Oct 31

Welcome to Our Informative Website


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.

Sep 20

Save the Date – Joan Hartmann’s Final Stretch to Victory Celebration

Sep 15

September 15 DCSMV Meeting Featured Debra Broner of CDP

Connie Ford Second Vice-President
Debra Broner was the guest speaker at our September 15 meeting at the IHOP resturant. She is the California Democratic Party Region 10 Director and the source of our Hillary Clinton buttons, stickers and yard signs!!
Debra has been an active grassroots Democrat for the past 27 years, serving as a volunteer with the California Democratic Party for 16 years. She currently serves as a CDP party officer, LGBT Caucus Secretary and the Native American Caucus Treasurer. She also served for more than a decade in the Environmental Caucus in various positions.

Debra is also the San Luis Obispo County volunteer team leader for the Hillary for America campaign and was one of the 56 people in California to be appointed as an at-large Clinton delegate to the Democratic National Convention. She states she is proud to be a volunteer for the Hillary for America campaign as we move towards the November general election.


Debra understands the importance of the down ticket races, including Congressional District 24, State Assembly District 35, and the local elections that will be taking place in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara County.
Santa Maria is a huge piece of the success to win in CD 24 and AD 35, and Debra is looking forward to helping in whatever way she can as we continue the progress of educating our voters and supporting our endorsed candidates!

Aug 31

Labor Day Picnics in Santa Barbara County

Come to Santa Maria’s Labor Day Picnic will be held at Pioneer Park (located on west Foster Road), Friday, September 2, from 3:30 7p.m.  Free to all!
The Lompoc Valley Democratic Club will be hosting a Labor Day Weekend Picnic this Sunday, September 4.  Salud Carbajal, Joan Hartmann, and Dawn Ortiz-Legg all plan to be there!!
PLEASE RSVP ASAP to Marell  at 733-3462  if you plan to attend. Thanks!!
The County Party still has plans for its annual Labor Day Picnic at Oak Park, Santa Barbara, Monday, September 5, from 2 5 p.m. Reservations are $25. More information on speakers will follow soon.


Aug 31

Guía del Votante! de Santa María del Valle!

Guía del Votante!
de Santa María del Valle! Santa María, Orcutt, Guadalupe, Tanglewood!
el martes, el 08 de noviembre, 2016
Lugares de votación abren a las 7 am y cierran a las 8 pm el día de las elecciones.
Votar por Candidatos respaldados por el CLUB DEMOCRÁTICO del valle de SANTA MARÍA
327 E. Plaza Dr. #2, Santa Maria, CA 9345 805-349-2708
Registrarse para votar www.santamariademocrats.info
Cada voto es importante!!
El Presidente de los Estados Unidos
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Senador los Estados Unidos
Kamala D. Harris
Representante de U.S., Distrito 24
Salud Carbajal
Senador del estado, Distrito 19
Hannah-Beth Jackson
Asamblea Estatal, Distrito 35
Dawn Ortiz-Legg
Santa Maria Ayuntamiento (Santa Maria)
Terri Zuniga
Hector Sanchez
Supervisor del Condado de Santa Barbara
Distrito 3 (Guadalupe, Tanglewood)
Joan Hartmann
SÍ 51, 52, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 61, 62, 63, 64, 67
NO 53, 54, 60, 66
Neutrál 65
Ay que votar por adelantado con el voto por correos BOLETAS
Matasellos no más tarde del 8 de noviembre.
( FPPC 1288725. Impreso en casa.)

Aug 31


VOTER GUIDE for SANTA MARIA VALLEY: Santa Maria, Orcutt, Guadalupe, Tanglewood
TUESDAY, November 8, 2016
 Voting Polls open 7 am and close 8 pm
327 E. Plaza Dr, #2, Santa Maria, CA 93454 805-349-2708
Register to vote www.santamariademocrats.info
Every vote is important!!!
President of the United States
Hillary Rodham Clinton
U.S. Senator
Kamala D. Harris

U.S. Representative, 24th District

Salud Carbajal
State Senate, 19th District
Hannah-Beth Jackson
State Assembly, 35th District
Dawn Ortiz-Legg
Santa Maria City Council (Santa Maria)
Terri Zuniga
Hector Sanchez
Santa Barbara County Supervisor,
3rd District (Guadalupe, Tanglewood)
Joan Hartmann
YES 51, 52, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 61, 62, 63, 64, 67
NO 53, 54, 60, 66
Neutral 65
Vote early with VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOTS
Postmarked no later than November 8.!
(FPPC 1288725. Printed in house.)

Aug 30

November 8, 2016 GENERAL ELECTION Events Calendar

October 10 — First day Vote-By-Mail / Mail Ballots Will Be Mailed

October 24 — Last day to register to vote. Voter registration cards postmarked on or before October 24 WILL be   accepted through Election Day. Deadline to register to vote using COVR website (online registration) is 12:00 midnight on October 24, 2016.

November 1 — Last day to request a Vote-By-Mail Ballot by mail. Voters may come into the Elections Office to pick up an emergency Vote-By-Mail Ballot between November 2 and Election Day November 8

November 8ELECTION DAY — Polls are open from 7:00 A.m. to 8:00 p.m. Vote-By-Mail / Mail Ballots MUST be received in the Elections Office by 8:00 P.M. on Election Day

If the ballot is received after 8:00 P.M. on Election Day, it may not be counted.


Aug 30

AHC BULLDOG BOW-WOW, Allan Hancock College-Santa Maria campus

AHC BULLDOG BOW-WOW, Allan Hancock College-Santa Maria campus behind Student Center; tabling and voter registration opportunity with students of all ages and levels; contact Connie Ford for more information at 878-8987.

Aug 30

September 16: Next Democratic Women Monthly Meeting

The Democratic Women (and Men) meet monthly in the DCSMV headquarters, 327 E. Plaza Dr., Suite 2, in Santa Maria, to discuss issues of concern from city politics to international affairs. In addition, they currently act as our  Ways & Means Committee implementing a variety of strategies to raise funds for the club.
If you would like to be a part of this vital and active group of members, please join us the Friday immediately following the monthly DCSMV meeting at Noon. For more information, call 340-2708.

Aug 29

November 8, 2016 ELECTION: Statewide Ballot Measures (Propositions 51-62)

Just when you thought your General Election ballot might be a bit shorter this year, SEVENTEEN ballot measures have qualified to be placed on it. Beginning with this issue we will print a few of those measures. Later we will provide the State Party Executive Board’s endorsement, non-endorsement, or neutrality on each measure. We will also have discussion at one of our general meetings. If you feel passionately about any measure and think we should take a different position than the State or County Party, now is the time to begin preparing your case.
School Bonds. Funding for K-12 School and Community College Facilities. Initiative Statutory Amendment. Thomas W. Hiltachk (916) 442-7757
     Authorizes $9 billion in general obligation bonds: $3 billion for new construction and $3 billion formoderni-zation of K-12 public school facilities; $1 billion for charter schools and vocational education facilities; and $2 billion for California Community Colleges facilities. Bars amendment to existing authority to levy developer fees to fund school facilities, until new construction bond proceeds are spent or December 31, 2020, whichever is earlier. Bars amendment to existing State Allocation Board process for allocating school construction funding, as to these bonds. Appropriates money from the General Fund to pay off bonds. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: State General Fund costs of $17.6 billion to pay off principal ($9 billion) and interest ($8.6 billion) on bonds over a period of 35 years. Annual payments would average $500 million. Annual payments would be relatively low in the initial and final few years and somewhat higher in the interveningyears. (15-0005.) (Full Text)
State Fees on Hospitals. Federal Medi-Cal Matching Funds. Initiative Statutory and Constitutional Amendment. Thomas W. Hiltachk (916) 442-7757
     Increases required vote to two-thirds for the Legislature to amend a certain existing law that imposes fees on hospitals (for purpose of obtaining federal Medi-Cal matching funds) and that directs those fees and federal matching funds to hospital-provided Medi-Cal health care services, to uncompensated care provided by hospitals to uninsured patients, and to children’s health coverage. Eliminates law’s ending date. Declares that law’s fee proceeds shall not be considered revenues for purposes of applying state spending limit or determining required education funding. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: State savings from increased revenues that offset state costs for children’s health coverage of around $500 million beginning in 2016-17 (half-year savings) to over $1 billion annually by 2019-20, likely growing between 5 percent to 10 percent annually thereafter. Increased revenues to support state and local public hospitals of around $90 million beginning in 2016-17 (half-year) to $250 million annually by 2019-20, likely growing between 5 percent to10 percent annually thereafter. (13-0022.) (Full Text)
Revenue Bonds. Statewide Voter Approval. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Dean Cortopassi c/o Kurt Oneto (916) 446-6752
      Requires statewide voter approval before any revenue bonds can be issued or sold by the state for projects that are financed, owned, operated, or managed by the state or any joint agency created by or including the state, if the bond amount exceeds $2 billion. Prohibits dividing projects into multiple separate projects to avoid statewide voter approval requirement. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: The fiscal effect on state and local governments is unknown and would vary by project. It would depend on (1) the outcome of projects brought before voters, (2) the extent to which the state relied on alternative approaches to the projects or alternative financing methods for affected projects, and
(3) whether those methods have higher or lower costs than revenue bonds. (15-0003.) (Full Text)
Legislature. Legislation and Proceedings. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Charles T. Munger, Jr. & Sam Blakeslee c/o Thomas W. Hiltachk (916) 442-7757
     Prohibits Legislature from passing any bill unless it has been in print and published on the Internet for at least 72 hours before the vote, except in cases of public emergency. Requires the Legislature to make audiovisual recordings of all its proceedings, except closed session proceedings, and post them on the Internet. Authorizes any person to record legislative proceedings by audio or video means, except closed session proceedings. Allows recordings of legislative proceedings to be used for any legitimate purpose, without payment of any fee to the State. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased costs to state government of potentially $1 million to $2 million initially and about $1 million annually for making additional legislative proceedings available in audiovisual form on the Internet. (15-0083.) (Full Text)
Tax Extension to Fund Education and Healthcare. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Lance H. Olson, Thomas A. Willis, Dario J. Frommer, c/o Karen Getman, (510) 346-6200

     Extends by twelve years the temporary personal income tax increases enacted in 2012 on earnings over $250,000 (for single filers; over $500,000 for joint filers; over $340,000 for heads of household). Allocates these tax revenues 89% to K-12 schools and 11% to California Community Colleges. Allocates up to $2 billion per year in certain years for healthcare programs. Bars use of education revenues for administrative costs, but provides

local school governing boards discretion to decide, in open meetings and subject to annual audit, how revenues are to be spent. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased state revenues annually from 2019 through 2030likely in the $5 billion to $11 billion range initiallywith amounts varying based on stock market and economic trends. Increased revenues would be allocated under constitutional formulas to schools and community colleges, budget reserves and debt payments, and health programs, with remaining funds available for these or other state purposes. (15-0115.) (Full Text
Cigarette Tax to Fund Healthcare, Tobacco Use Prevention, Research, and Law Enforcement. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Dustin Corcoran, Laphonza Butler, Olivia M. Diaz-Lapham, & Tom Steyer c/o Lance H. Olson (916) 442-2952
     Increases cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack, with equivalent increase on other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes containing nicotine. Allocates revenues primarily to increase funding for existing healthcare programs; also for tobacco use prevention/control programs, tobacco-related disease research and law enforcement, University of California physician training, dental disease prevention programs, and administration. Excludes these revenues from Proposition 98 funding requirements. If tax causes decreased tobacco consumption, transfers tax revenues to offset decreases to existing tobacco-funded programs and sales tax revenues. Requires biennial audit. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Net increase in excise tax revenues in the range of $1.1 billion to $1.6 billion annually by 2017-18, with revenues decreasing slightly in subsequent years. The majority of funds would be used for payments to health care providers. The remaining funds would be used for a variety of specified purposes, including tobacco-related prevention and cessation programs, law enforcement programs, medical research on tobacco-related diseases, and early childhood development programs. (15-0081.) (Full Text)
Criminal Sentences. Juvenile Criminal Proceedings and Sentencing. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute. Margaret R. Prinzing & Harry A. Berezin c/o James C. Harrison (510) 346-6200

     Allows parole consideration for persons convicted of nonviolent felonies upon completion of full prison term for primary offense, as defined. Authorizes Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to award sentence credits for rehabilitation, good behavior, or educational achievements. Requires Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to adopt regulations to implement new parole and sentence credit provisions and certify they enhance public safety. Provides juvenile court judges shall make determination, upon prosecutor motion, whether juveniles age 14 and older should be prosecuted and sentenced as adults. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Net state savings that could range from the tens of millions of dollars to the low hundreds of millions of dollars annually primarily due to a reduction in the prison population from additional paroles granted and credits earned. Net county costs that could range from the millions to tens of millions of dollars annually, declining to a few million dollars after initial implementation of the measure. (15-0121) (Full Text)

English language education. (PDF) SB 1174 (Chapter 753, Statutes of 2014), Lara. (Counsel Digest)
     Bill would amend and repeal various provisions of Proposition 227. Would, among other things, delete the sheltered English immersion requirement and waiver provisions and instead provide that school districts and county offices of education shall, at a minimum, provide English learners with a structured English immersion program, as specified. Would authorize parents or legal guardians of pupils enrolled in the school to choose a language acquisition program that best suits their child, as provided.
Campaign finance: voter instruction. (PDF) SB 254 (Chapter 20, Statutes of 2016), Allen. (Counsel Digest)
     Would require the Secretary of State to submit to the voters at the November 8, 2016, consolidated election a voter instruction asking whether Californias elected officials should use all of their constitutional authority, including proposing and ratifying one or more amendments to the United States Constitution, to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
Adult Films. Condoms. Health Requirements. Initiative Statute. Michael Weinstein c/o Bradley W. Hertz
(818) 593-2949
     Requires performers in adult films to use condoms during filming of sexual intercourse. Requires producers of adult films to pay for performer vaccinations, testing, and medical examinations related to sexually transmitted infections. Requires producers to obtain state health license at beginning of filming and to post condom requirement at film sites. Imposes liability on producers for violations, on certain distributors, on performers if they
have a financial interest in the violating film, and on talent agents who knowingly refer performers to noncomplying producers. Permits state, performers, or any state resident to enforce violations. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potentially reduced state and local tax revenue of millions or tens of millions of dollars per year. Likely state costs of a few million dollars annually to administer the law. Possible ongoing net costs or savings for state and local health and human services programs. (15-0004) (Full Text)
State Prescription Drug Purchases. Pricing Standards. Initiative Statute. Michael Weinstein c/o Bradley W. Hertz (818) 593-2949
     Prohibits state agencies from paying more for a prescription drug than the lowest price paid for the same drug by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Applies to any program where the state is the ultimate payer for a drug, even if the state does not purchase the drug directly. Exempts certain purchases of prescription drugs funded through Medi-Cal. Fiscal impact: It is the opinion of the Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance that the measure, if adopted, may result in a substantial net change in state or local finances. (15-0009.) (Full Text)
Death Penalty. Initiative Statute. Mike Farrell (415) 243-0143
     Repeals death penalty as maximum punishment for persons found guilty of murder and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Applies retroactively to persons already sentenced to death. States that persons found guilty of murder and sentenced to life without possibility of parole must work while in prison as prescribed by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Increases to 60% the portion of wages earned by persons sentenced to life without the possibility of parole that may be applied to any victim restitution fines or orders against them. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Net reduction in state and local government costs of potentially around $150 million annually within a few years due to the elimination of the death penalty. (15-0066.) (Full Text)

Aug 16

August 18 DCSMV Meeting: Ben Romo of FIRST 5 Speaks with Democrats

Connie Ford Second Vice-President
Ben Romo, Executive Director of First 5 Santa Barbara County, was our guest speaker at the 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.

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