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Outshine the Darkness
Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville, VA
a community vigil
Wednesday, August 16th, 6 pm
SLO Mission Plaza, 989 Chorro St.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Democratic Club SMV General meetings and speaker session (Public welcome) are held every third Thursday at the IHOP at 202 Nicholson Ave in Santa Maria, 93454.  No-host social and menu dinner at 5:30 pm.  Speaker session begins at 7:00 – 7:40 pm followed by (registered Democrats only) meeting until 8:30 pm. 

August Guest speaker Peter Flores, III.

Discussion on the current political and social climate.  Pete will draw parallels to years of institutional and systemic barriers that continue to exist for students of color and their families in the P-12 public schools.  He will also introduce the importance of cultural competence for addressing implicit bias, and racial and ethnic disparities that contribute to parents and students becoming disenfranchised with school.  Open discussions with the audience.

 



Friday, September 1, 2017

3:30pm – 6:30pm – Free event

Pioneer Park, W. Foster Road

 

 


 

 

Jul 13

The environment isn’t a political issue. It is a survival issue.

Planet Earth is planet “A.”  

There is no planet “B.”

We live on the Mother Ship.  If we humans, as caretakers, protect our planet, it will continue to give and sustain life. If we don’t, it will take life.

To deny that we humans have no effect, or that we can’t make changes that will limit damage, is to contribute to a destiny for humanity that will be catastrophic.

Our leaders say things to appease our comfort level, but are enacting laws and changes that are destructive and irreversible to our planet.  If we don’t come together to prevent this, nothing else will matter.  There are no “do overs” when it comes to extinction.

What they vote into law, is what we, and future generations, will live or die with.  Don’t expect someone else to step up on your behalf.  It’s everyone’s turn to be present.

What can an individual do?

Continued on our tab ‘POSTS CONTINUED” –

Click here –  http://www.santamariademocrats.info/posts-continued/climate-change-is-a-survival-issue/

Aug 15 2017

Vigil in SLO, Wednesday, August 16, 6 pm.

Outshine the Darkness
Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville, VA
a community vigil
Wednesday, August 16th, 6 pm
SLO Mission Plaza, 989 Chorro Street.

Aug 14 2017

AUGUST 17 DCSMV GENERAL MEETING. Pete Flores, III is Guest Speaker.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Democratic Club SMV General meetings and speaker session (Public welcome) are held every third Thursday at the IHOP at 202 Nicholson Ave in Santa Maria, 93454.  No-host social and menu dinner at 5:30 pm.  Speaker session begins at 7:00 – 7:40 pm followed by (registered Democrats only) meeting until 8:30 pm. 

August Guest speaker Peter Flores, III.

Discussion on the current political and social climate.  Pete will draw parallels to years of institutional and systemic barriers that continue to exist for students of color and their families in the P-12 public schools.  He will also introduce the importance of cultural competence for addressing implicit bias, and racial and ethnic disparities that contribute to parents and students becoming disenfranchised with school.  Open discussions with the audience.

 

Aug 13

Congressman Salud Carbajal has opened an office in Santa Maria. Open Mon-Thursday.

1619 S. Thornburg Street, Santa Maria, CA  93458 (S. Broadway to W. Battles)

Open Mon – Thursday 9am – 5 pm.

A local office will be an opportunity for constituents to discuss with Congressman Carbajal how he can best be of assistance in dealing with constituent casework and federal matters that concern Santa Maria residents.

OTHER LOCATIONS:

OFFICE LOCATIONS

WASHINGTON, DC OFFICE
212 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515Phone: (202)-225-3601

SANTA BARBARA OFFICE

360 S. Hope Ave.
Suite C-301
Santa Barbara, CA 93105Phone: (805)-730-1710

SAN LUIS OBISPO OFFICE
1411 Marsh St
Suite 205
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 546-8348

 

Aug 09 2017

STOP 750 new wells! Save our WATER!

There are over 750 new wells proposed for Santa Barbara County that will be voted on by our county Board of Supervisors.  Click on the link: NO drilling! Reject proposals by oil companies AERA, ERG and PetroRock.  These projects would drill through the Santa Maria Valley Groundwater Basin, which provides clean drinking water to 12 cities and over 200,000 people. We need to make sure our county votes against these proposals

SIGN THE PETITION:

https://secure.foodandwaterwatch.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2949

 

CONTACT YOUR SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SUPERVISOR:

http://www.santamariademocrats.info/your-reps-and-maps/north-santa-barbara-county-supervisors/

 

OTHER ARTICLES OF INTEREST:

Oklahoma Has Had More Earthquakes Than California in 2014, Partly Because of Fracking

 

 

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/earthquakes-triggered-by-fracking/

 

Aug 08

Scientists are concerned that the Trump White House won’t release climate change study.

The U.S. is already showing signs of the effects of climate change, according to a recent scientific report. (PBS Hour)   Photo with elevated sea levels in 2015.

“Many lines of evidence demonstrate that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse or heat-trapping gases, are primarily responsible for recent observed climate change.”

This report is part of what’s called the National Climate Assessment. It comes out every four years. It’s congressionally mandated. And the larger report, this National Climate Assessment, will presumably come out next year.

So far, many scientists find that there has been very little direction, in fact, from the White House about the report altogether.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/scientists-concerned-government-climate-change-report-wont-released/#

Aug 08

Prevent a Trump TV takeover.

Protect our rights to free speech and broadcasting.  Sign the petition to the FCC.

The Sinclair Broadcast Group is not a well-known name, but a shorthand reference for it these days is “Trump TV.”

The Sinclair management style means newscasters across the country are obligated to parrot the same story, without commentary or analysis. Sinclair has tried to evade the rules in the past and has been fined millions of dollars by the FCC for not acting in good faith during negotiations

So much for Sinclair’s “respect for the First Amendment”.

Sign the petition to be presented to the FCC:

http://act.mpowerchange.org/sign/sinclair_broadcast_group/?sp_ref=325434108.387.182455.o.1.2&source=other

Aug 05

Senators Harris and Paul Introduce Bill to Encourage States to Reform or Replace Unjust, Costly Money Bail System

U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a bipartisan bail reform bill – The Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017 – to encourage states to reform or replace the practice of money bail, the requirement that people awaiting trial are locked up in jail unless they are able to pay for their release. Across the country, state and local governments continue to have ineffective money bail systems that negatively impact poor people and people of color.
“Our justice system was designed with a promise: to treat all people equally,” said Senator Harris. “Yet more than 450,000 Americans sit in jail today awaiting trial and many of them cannot afford “money bail.” In our country, whether you stay in jail or not is wholly determined by whether you’re wealthy or not – and that’s wrong. We must come together to reform a bail system that is discriminatory, wasteful, and fails to keep our communities safe.”

To learn more about the Senator’s bill, check out this joint Op-Ed by Senator Harris and Senator Paul featured in today’s New York Times.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE BILL:   https://www.harris.senate.gov/sites/default/files/HEN17684.pdf

Help spread the word via social media by retweeting @SenKamalaHarris and tagging@SenKamalaHarris in your tweets and share posts from @SenatorKamalaHarris on Facebook and tag @SenatorKamalaHarris in Facebook posts. Also, be sure to use #BailReform.

Below are sample tweets you can use to help spread the word.
SAMPLE TWEETS:
In our country, you may stay in jail even if you didn’t commit a crime – just because you can’t make bail. We need to fix that. #BailReform
Criminal justice reform isn’t a bipartisan issue – it’s a nonpartisan issue. @SenKamalaHarris and @RandPaul have plan for #BailReform. 

Not being able to make bail for a crime you didn’t commit could cost you:your job
your home
your kids

It’s time for #BailReform.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/20/opinion/kamala-harris-and-rand-paul-lets-reform-bail.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/policing/2017/07/28/alternatives-bail-police-policing-the-usa-money/513032001/

Aug 04

Want to improve Obamacare? HELP AMEND IT.

 

REPUBLICANS VOTE TO REPEAL OBAMACARE FAILED!

Need to sign up for CA Care health insurance?  Enroll here:

http://www.coveredca.com

 

Help efforts to fix problems with Obamacare and improve health insurance for Americans in the future.  Take Action Now!!  There is a Bi-Partisan caucus in Congress working on fixing problems with the Affordable Health Care Act.  

A coalition of roughly 40 House Republicans and Democrats plan to unveil a slate of Obamacare fixes they hope will gain traction after the Senate’s effort to repeal the law imploded.  Got a Democratic Senator? We’ve still got work to do.  Send support for fixing the AHC and protecting millions of Americans from losing their insurance coverage during the Trump administration term:

https://www.ouramendments.org

 

 

Read what California’s position is on Trump’s plan to force Obamacare to “fail”:.

In this corner: Health

Aug 02

Daraka Larimore-Hall resigns as SBCCC Chairman to move into new CDC V-P position.

 

After a decade leading the Santa Barbara County Democratic Party, chairman Daraka Larimore-Hall has stepped down to devote more of his time to the statewide party position he won last year.

Larimore-Hall formally resigned at Thursday night’s meeting of the county party’s central committee. He will continue to serve on the panel, but has been succeeded by Gail Teton-Landis.

https://www.noozhawk.com/article/daraka_larimore_hall_santa_barbara_democratic_party_chairman_20170805?utm_source=Noozhawk%27s+A.M.+Report&utm_campaign=b7fb054d82-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_08_06&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cb376aba6e-b7fb054d82-247096045

 

Jul 18

Small town, low income Santa Maria pays city staff top dollar, receives unfavorable grand jury report.

As of 2015, 30.4% of Santa Maria residents were living below the federal poverty line of about $24,000 year.

Santa Maria City Manager salary exceeds $376,000 including benefits.  30 other city salaries exceed $200,000.

http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/santa-maria/


Statistics in an article in the Santa Maria Times, February 24, 2017:

As of 2015, 30.4% of Santa Maria residents were living below the federal poverty line of about $24,000 year.

That’s 10% higher poverty than the statewide average, and the Santa Barbara County average is 20%.

That means 1 out every 5 families in Santa Barbara county have an income of $24,000, or less.

78% of Santa Maria residents rent, they don’t own their own home. That’s 40% higher than statewide.

Santa Maria is 73% Hispanic, and are part of the agriculture industry, without much else to rely on.


 

 

Jul 18

City of Santa Maria received unfavorable grand jury report 2017.

Community sentiments…….”If you don’t have a seat at the table, you are probably on the menu.”  The City isn’t listening as groups ask to be heard.  

City of Santa Maria found to be unresponsive to the community in grand jury report.

Santa Maria Times article:  The grand jury’s concerns include its belief that the task force coverage area is limited, the city of Santa Maria has direct control, and there is not a plan yet to create new taxes or fees to support future endeavors to increase youth safety.  The jury also believes that at-risk youth and their families aren’t represented on the task force; specifically that the One Community Action Coalition does not have a seat at the task force table.

http://santamariatimes.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/grand-jury-santa-maria-task-force-on-youth-safety-perpetuates/article_28900aff-4d5e-50ae-81f9-fe1804ff4101.html


KEYT:  The report continues, “The Jury finds that the at-risk youth and their families that the Task Force aims to help have little role in developing the envisioned changes and services that would affect them.” 

The 7-page report claims the Mayor and City Council of Santa Maria of not including representatives at the policy-making level of parents and at-risk youth who would be directly affected by the services of the Santa Maria Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Safety.

The Jury noted that the city’s major and City Council’s “exclusive control of the strategic plan’s design and implementation may cause costly delays.”

Among several other concerns and issues observed by the Grand Jury, several recommendations to remedy these issues are included in the report.

http://www.keyt.com/news/safety/grand-jury-report-slams-santa-maria-for-limiting-its-youth-safety-task-force/543934900

Something to remember.  “If you don’t have

Jul 16

Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino is not on the list. 279 US Climate Mayors commit to adopt, honor and uphold Paris Climate Agreement goals

Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino is not on the list.

U.S. Climate Mayors:

We will continue to lead. We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We will buy and create more demand for electric cars and trucks. We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice. And if the President wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we’ll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks.

The world cannot wait — and neither will we.

https://medium.com/@ClimateMayors/climate-mayors-commit-to-adopt-honor-and-uphold-paris-climate-agreement-goals-ba566e260097

http://www.climate-mayors.org

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