Oct 31

Welcome to Our New Fantastic Website

    WELCOME

This website is a work in progress but we certainly hope you will like and enjoy our efforts here. After all, this is Website-Construction1-300x169really for your edification and illumination about who we are, where we are and what we do.

We really hope that we can motivate you to come to one of our monthly meetings – no obligation whatsoever but, of course ,we will try to interest you in our club membership. We have a lot of fun while we educate and inform the citizens of the Santa Maria Valley. No, you do not have to live here in order to join.

Aug 16

August 18 DCSMV Meeting: Ben Romo of FIRST 5 to Speak

Connie Ford Second Vice-President
Ben Romo, Executive Director of First 5 Santa Barbara County, will be our guest speaker at this month’s General Meeting, Thursday, August 18.
   
Ben was born and raised in Santa Barbara. He attended Starr King Parent-Child Workshop, a high-quality preschool center to which he credits all of his success in life. He graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 1996.    Ben began his career in politics working in the legislative and campaign offices of Congress members Walter and Lois Capps.
In 2001 Ben launched a political, government, and public relations consulting firm serving electoral, nonprofit, and corporate clients. He left politics in 2005 to serve as the Director of Community Education for the County Education Office where he oversaw programs such as Partners in Education, Transitional Youth Services for Homeless and Foster Youth, and the AmeriCorps Literacy Tutoring Program. In 2012, he became the Executive Director of First 5 Santa Barbara County, an independent agency which oversees the expenditure of Proposition 10 tobacco sales taxes to help children age 0-5 to be healthy, safe, and ready for kindergarten.

Ben has an eight-year-old daughter named Ruby who he raises with her mother, Geordie.

Jul 05

PLEASE VOLUNTEER!!!

The Santa Barbara County Fair is just around the corner, and we need “all hands on deck” to fill all the various time slots from Wednesday, July 13, to Sunday, July17. We need to let North County residents know that DEMOCRATS are HERE and ACTIVE!!!
PLEASE SIGN UP!

Jul 05

JUNE 16: ERICA REYES SPEAKS AT DCSMV MEETING

Erica Reyes, Deputy Field Director with Salud Carbajal for Congress, was our guest speaker at this month’s General Meeting, Thursday, June 16. She provided us with an informative and inspiring election re-cap.
    Erica graduated from Nipomo High School in 2007. After obtaining a B.A. in Public Sociology from UC-Santa Cruz, she returned to her hometown and soon volunteered with AmeriCorps, a national service organization, working with the Santa Barbara County Office of Education in partnership with the Santa Maria Valley YMCA to recruit public classroom volunteers throughout Santa Maria. In 2011, Erica interviewed to fill the vacancy on the Lucia Mar School District Board of Education and was appointed to represent her hometown of Nipomo on the board as the youngest member in Lucia Mar history. She served until the November 2012 election.
    During her term on the school board Erica was hired by Lois Capps for Congress to direct the Santa Maria Field Office. After a successful campaign effort in the 2012 election, she was hired onto Capps’ Congressional Staff.
    Many of you know Erica from her various roles in getting Lois Capps re-elected once again in 2014 and continuing to work for Lois Capps throughout the Central Coast the past three years. Most recently, Erica has been engaged in getting Salud Carbajal elected to replace Lois Capps as our Congressional Representative. So far her efforts have been very successful, and we are fortunate to have her on “our side”!!!

Jul 05

June 7 Primary Election Results

Ron Faas Former Precinct Organization Chairperson
Based on early June 8th 100% precincts (partially) reporting, ALL our endorsed Democratic candidates survived the June 7th primary election by gaining the most votes in each race!
In the Santa Barbara County supervisorial races, Das Williams (1st District) was elected out- right, and Joan Hartmann leads the top two in the 3rd District going into this fall’s general election. Salud Carbajal leads the 24th Congressional District race over two Republicans that are in a close race. Other top candidates and their totals are listed below.
Thanks to all of our amazing volunteers for your great effort phone banking, precinct walking, and providing support in various other ways!!!
Note: The Santa Barbara County results for the Democratic presidential primary were much closer than the statewide total. Statewide: Hillary Clinton ~55.8%; Bernie Sanders ~ 43.2%; Santa Barbara County: Clinton ~ 49.74%; Sanders ~ 48.54%.
Races on Local Ballot with Endorsed Democratic Candidate or Issue:
35th Assembly District Dawn Ortiz-Legg ~ 44.9%; Jordan Cunningham (R) ~ 37.3%; Steve Lebard (R) ~ 14.8%; Dominic Robert Rubini (LIB) ~ 3%
19th State Senate District Hannah-Beth Jackson ~ 63.2%; Colin Walch (R) ~ 36.8%
24th Congressional District Salud Carbajal ~ 32.7%; Justin Fareed (R) ~ 20.5%; Katcho
Achadjian (R) ~ 18.9%; Helene Schneider (D) ~ 14.4%; (five other candidates totaled 13.4%)
U.S. Senate Kamala Harris ~ 40.3%; Loretta Sanchez (D) ~ 18.6%
Prop. 50: Suspension of Legislators Yes ~ 75.3%; No ~ 24.7%
Race on Local Ballot with No Endorsed Candidate:
4th District County Supervisor Peter Adam ~ 69%; Eduardo Ozetta ~ 33%
Other Races (Elsewhere) with Candidate ENDORSED BY DCC:
3rd District County Supervisor Joan Hartmann ~ 43%; Bruce Porter ~ 36%; (three other candidates totaled 21%)
1st District County Supervisor Das Williams ~ 59%; Jennifer Christensen ~ 41%
37th Assembly District Monique Limon ~ 65%; Edward Fuller ~ 35%
Sources:
California Presidential Primary Election Tuesday, June 7, 2016, Semi-Official Election Results, CA Secretary of   State http://vote.sos.ca.gov/
(100% precincts partially reporting as of June 8, 2016, 6:33 p.m.)
Santa Barbara County Presidential Primary Election, June 7, 2016, Semi-Official Election Night Final, http://sbcvote.com/elect/resources/results06_2016/results1.htm
(100% precincts partially reporting as of June 8, 2016, 12:13 a.m.)
Next Santa Barbara County Update: Friday, June 10 by 5:00 p.m.
Official Santa Barbara County Election Results will be posted upon certification of the election. Certification of the election will occur no later than 5:00 p.m. July 7, 2016.
From California Secretary of State Website:
Election results will change throughout the canvass period as vote-by-mail ballots, provisional ballots, and other ballots are processed. Depending on the volume of these types of ballots, it may take up to 30 days (28 days for presidential delegates and 30 days for all other contests) for county elections officials to verify voter records and determine if ballots have been cast by eligible voters. The frequency of updated results will vary based on the size of each county and the process each local elections office uses to tally and report votes.
    County elections officials must report their final results to the Secretary of State for presidential delegates by July 5, 2016, and all other offices by July 8, 2016. The Secretary of State will compile the results of the election of presidential delegates by July 9, 2016, and will certify the results of all other offices by July 15, 2016.

Votebymail ballots that are received by county elections offices before Election Day are typically counted on Election Day. Many more vote-by-mail ballots are dropped off at polling places or arrive at county elections offices on Election Day. A vote-by-mail ballot is to be counted if received in the elections office no later than 3 days after the election, and it is postmarked on or before Election Day. Depending on the volume of these types of ballots, it takes up to 30 days (28 days for presidential delegates and 30 days for all other contests) for county elections officials to verify voter records and determine if ballots have been cast by eligible voters. The frequency of updated results will vary based on the size of each county and the process each local elections office uses to tally and report votes.

    All vote-by-mail ballots that county elections officials determine have been cast by eligible voters are counted and included in the official election results, which will be published by the Secretary of State on July 15, 2016.
    All provisional ballots that county elections officials determine have been cast by eligible voters are counted and included in the official election results, which will be published by the Secretary of State on July 15. Depending on the volume of these types of ballots, it takes up to 30 days (28 days for presidential delegates and 30 days for all other contests) for county elections officials to verify voter records and determine if ballots have been cast by eligible voters.
    Under California Elections Code sections 3017 and 3019.5, a voter who casts a vote-by-mail ballot can find out if the ballot arrived at his/her county elections office, if the ballot was counted, and, if not, the reason why it was not counted.
    Each county elections official allows voters to check the status of his/her vote-by-mail and provisional ballot either through the county website, by telephone, or both.
    To find out if your votebymail ballot was received by Santa Barbara County electionsofficials, please click here or call (800) 722-8683. You will need to provide your birthdate and the last four numbers of your driver’s license (or your Social Security number).
    In addition, under the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002, every voter who casts a provisional ballot is entitled to find out from his/her county elections official if the ballot was counted and if not, the reason why it was not counted. To check the status of your provisional ballot in Santa Barbara County, call (800) 722-8683.

May 26

Bernie Sanders is coming to town. Santa Maria, that is!

A Future to Believe In Santa Maria Rally
Saturday, May 28

Doors open at 10:30 am
Santa Maria High School, Wilson Gym
901 S Broadway, Santa Maria CA

This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Admission is first come, first served. No tickets necessary.

For security reasons, please do not bring bags and limit what you bring to small, personal items like keys and cell phones.

Weapons, sharp objects, chairs, and signs or banners will not be allowed through security. Public transit is offered via public bus lines 5 & 6 to stop at Broadway at Morrison (Santa Maria High School stop). Limited on-site parking is available, carpooling is strongly encouraged.

www.berniesanders.com

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May 17

URGENT FYI from Laura!

May 17

May 19: SANTA MARIA CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE, HECTOR SANCHEZ, SPEAKS AT DCSMV MEETING

Connie Ford – 2nd Vice President

Hector Sanchez, new Democratic Club member and Santa Maria business person, was our guest speaker at this month’s General Meeting, Thursday, May 19.

A native Santa Marian, Hector graduated from St. Joseph High School and attended Allan Hancock College before receiving a degree in International Business from San Francisco State University.

Hector has more than 20 years of experience selling to companies such as Amazon and Microsoft in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. He has also been part of start-up software firms in the Bay Area. Hector returned to Santa Maria and is engaged in the family’s business, Sanchez Immigration and Tax Services, and seeking to expand their current range of services. In addition, he has steered the family farm toward organic certification in 2015 and placed it on a road of sustainable farming practices.

Hector’s broad and thorough understanding of the needs of technology companies is vitally important as he champions our city in the pursuit of securing high tech jobs for the region. He is committed to the needs of the community, especially in regards to fair and affordable housing, as well as promoting initiatives to improve overall neighborhood safety and make Santa Maria a safer place to live, work and play.

Hector is a father of two children, a son pursuing his Masters in Engineering at USC, and a daughter working on her Masters in Anesthesiology at Washington Hospital Center.

Apr 30

Sunday May 1: Delegate Selection Caucus for your Presidential Candidate

Apr 19

Part Two: Safe Energy Now! for North Santa Barbara County

OIL Wells + Water & Wellness

FREE Admission, Refreshments, Snacks.

Meet neighbors who share your concerns.

Sunday, April 24, 2016 —  2-3:30 pm

Los Alamos Valley Senior Center, 690 Bell Street, Los Alamos CA

www.safeenergynow.nationbuilder.com

More new OIL DEVELOPMENT is coming

Find out how you and your WATER will be affected.

TIMOTHY KRANTZ, PhD is a Faculty Expert and Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Redlands, and the Program Director for the Salton Sea Database Program. He has 37+ years of environmental and land use planning experience including closed basin hydrology, ecological restoration, and hazardous oil waste remediation. He is a former Senior Associate Scientist at the environmental engineering firm Levine-Fricke Recon, and served on the San Bernardino County Planning Commission for six years. He was awarded a Fulbright Lecturer position to facilitate environmental technology and policy exchange between the U.S., European Union, California and Austria, and was the featured speaker before the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

DR. REBECCA CLAASSEN is a Santa Barbara County, California organizer with Food & Water Watch. She earned a Bachelor of Earth Science from Cal Poly, and then earned a degree as a Chiropractor. Growing up in Orcutt with an abandoned, leaking oil well in her back yard, as well as the birth of her daughter, motivated her to leave her career as a Chiropractor to fight unsafe oil development in Santa Barbara County. For this, she’s been awarded the 2014 Cox Conserves Hero Award, the Association for Women in Communication 2016 Lois Phillips Founders Award, and a CA State Assembly certificate of recognition.

DR. J. KEVIN BECKMEN is a California board-certified family physician, practicing in North Santa Barbara County for 18 years. He is a former Chief of Staff at Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, and a two-time recipient of the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Provider of the Year Award. He is a member of the Phi Sigma Alpha Honor Society, earned a BS in Environmental Science and Evolutionary Biology, is a native Californian, and wild horse advocate.

Apr 19

Part One: Support Safe Energy in North County. Free Forum in Los Alamos on Sunday, April 24

A new and relevant group is  Safe Energy Now! North County is hosting a free forum in Los Alamos on Sunday, April 24. It is hoped you’ll come to learn more about new oil development in north Santa Barbara County, the risks it poses to our water, our air, and our health, how you can stay informed, and how we can advocate for the health and safety of our environment. There will be a question and answer period, as well as time to connect or reconnect with other folks who care deeply about the future of our county.

Safe Energy Now! North County is a group that Rebecca August started to keep an eye on the oil industry in our area after Measure P failed. We are a growing alliance of residents from Santa Ynez, Buellton, Los Alamos, Orcutt, Santa Maria, and Lompoc. We are concerned about the threat to our water, our air, and our health posed by the escalating oil development and the use of new drilling techniques in the hills and canyons behind our homes. Together, we are working to stop unsafe energy production and to encourage safer, renewable energy. If you are interested in joining us, supporting us, or finding out more, please visit our website at www.safeenergynow.nationbuilder.com. You can also email us directly.

Many concerned individuals and groups have indicated concern about safe and unsafe energy in the past.

This notice about local oil development, renewable energy, or Safe Energy Now.

Rebecca August for Safe Energy Now!

safenrgynow@gmail.com

www.safeenergynow.nationbuilder.com

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

-Leo Tolstoy, Edmund Burke, John F. Kennedy, and others.

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