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Apr 09

Endorsed Candidate Betsy Schaffer, CPA, Guest speaker, Thursday, April 19, 2018, 5:30 pm, IHOP, Santa Maria. General DCSMV Meeting and Speaker.


Democratic Club Santa Maria Valley meetings are held every third Thursday of the month.
Where:     IHOP Restaurant, 202 Nicholson Ave, Santa Maria, 93454.
Time:      No-host social and menu dinner at 5:30pm.                                                                                             
Speaker session open to the public 7:00 –  7:40 pm  (followed by 
DCSMV meeting, registered    Democrats only) until 8:30 pm
David Dennis – 2nd VP:   Our speaker at the this month’s general meeting is Betsy Schaffer, CPA, endorsed candidate for Santa Barbara County Auditor-Controller.

QUALIFICATIONS: The County Board of Supervisors, since the 1950’s, has required candidates for the Santa Barbara County Auditor to meet certain qualifications (CA Government Code Section 26945):



Betsy Schaffer, CPA

1. Possession of a California Certified Public Accountant (CPA) License or be a Certified Internal Auditor.  California Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – License #70139, issued 1995

2. Hold a degree in accounting.  California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Accounting Concentration – 1991 Graduate

3. Serve as the county auditor, chief deputy county auditor, or chief assistant county auditor.  Assistant Auditor-Controller (2 years) \ Chief Deputy Controller (2 years)

Other Qualifications: 2  years as a CPA and the Assistant Auditor-Controller, I fulfill and represent the basic tenets of independence, objectivity, and the required professional ethics of the Auditor’s Office for financial related issues   26+ years of professional work experience in government & private sector  Committed to the office, the county, the community – I have lived and worked in Santa Barbara County for 35 years.  Strong team builder and team leader (I have successfully applied W. Edwards Deming’s Process Improvement & Management Philosophies)  Proven ability to think critically and provide an alternate perspective  Proven ability to get things done with a realistic, yet positive temperament GFOA Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO), #590, issued 2015.

EDUCATION:  California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Accounting Concentration – 1991 Graduate Cuesta Community College, San Luis Obispo, CA Associate in Arts, Business Administration – 1989 Graduate Ernest Righetti High School, Santa Maria, CA – 1985 Graduate.

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Mar 31

Santa Maria Transgender Day Celebration honored local transgender community members and allies.

Celebration of International Transgender Day of Visibility in Santa Maria at the corner of Main and Broadway, March 31st, 12-2pm.
The rally honored our local transgender community members and allies. Speakers, resources and meeting new folx.

After the rally carpooled (check out QUEERPOOL) to Tranz Central Coast’s event in San Luis Obispo 4-6pm. Look for their
TDOV event on facebook at Tranz Central Coast

Plan on attending more events in the future.  

FYI: There will be a RESOURCE FAIR ON JUNE 30TH in downtown Santa Maria.  Fair booths will be located in the parking lot area of the Town Center Mall on the WEST side of S. Broadway.

Mar 20 2018

Students organized “MARCH FOR OUR LIVES” rally in Santa Maria, March 24, 2018..

March 24th,  at 2:30 p.m., over 120 people marched in front of Santa Maria High School’s Ethel Pope Auditorium and took over the corners at South Broadway and Morrison Avenue, chanting “Enough is enough!” “The people united will never be divided!” “Vote them out!” and “Hey, hey NRA, how many kids did you kill today?” 

Joana Barrera, community organizer for Central Coast Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE), said the organization has been talking to students since the Parkland shooting and the national walkout March 14, and hoped that it’ll spark more conversations about gun control in the near future. 

“Santa Maria already faces high crime and youth violence stemming from gang activity,” Barrera said. “We want students to be listened to, and today’s a great way to help students get involved. Enough is enough.” 

The “March for Our Lives” rallies were spearheaded by survivors of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead.


South Broadway and W. Morrison Street


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Feb 02 2018

Bill Ostrander (D) – Candidate for CA Assembly 35th District

Why I’m Running
I’m Bill Ostrander and I’m running to represent California’s 35th Assembly District, which includes all of San Luis Obispo County and almost 50% of Santa Barbara County.
With the extraordinary energy of protest and resistance we’ve experienced here in the 35th Assembly District and across the country, now is our best chance in the past 50 years to flip this seat from red to blue.
But I want to focus on the issues of concern to the residents of the district. That’s why I’m hoping that our current Republican Assembly representative, Jordan Cunningham, will agree that residents of the 35th Assembly District will benefit from a wide-ranging discussion of political positions, ideas and ideals in the form of a series of Lincoln-Douglas style debates. These debates will be an opportunity for a substantive dialogue about where we are going and how we want to get there.
It’s my hope that these debates will not include now-typical political equivocation and poll-tested political sound bytes with no substance. Instead, these debates – to be held across the county – will follow the general form of the seven debates between Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln during the 1858 Illinois state election campaign. The issues Douglas and Lincoln discussed were of critical importance the basic underpinnings of the union. We are now experiencing a time in our history that many believe are comparable to the troublesome times faced in 1858.
While, at the time of these momentous debates, Senators were elected by the state legislatures, Douglas and Lincoln nevertheless chose to take their message directly to the people. I would hope that our incumbent Assemblyman will do the same as Douglas and Lincoln, gather in our communities’ public squares throughout the 35th district, and debate the substantive issues we face today.
These debates will be free to the public because that’s what democracy dictates. I believe that everyone, regardless of political party, deserves a meaningful discussion of the complex issues that are crucial to our future. Let’s lay out our visions for the future for our district, our communities, and pour neighborhoods. And let’s provide voters with the information they need to make a truly informed decision based on the issues and not just empty rhetoric.
Remember, it’s not THE government, it’s OUR government, and we must all take part for democracy to flourish.

For more information, visit my website:


Jan 30 2018

800,000 Dreamers are at risk in the land of immigrants.


SIGN THE LETTER. Protect the Dreamers.  These Dreamers came forward with the government’s promise of protection, and passed a rigorous background check, paid a fee, and are currently in school, active duty or the workforce. They are hardworking, young individuals who are part of the fabric of our nation. Eliminating the ability of these Dreamers to work legally in the U.S. and subjecting them to immediate deportation is a moral, policy, and political disaster.
There is overwhelming bipartisan support across America for legislative solutions to protect Dreamers from deportation and to create a legal status for them.
Take action to protect Dreamers.







Jan 30


California can’t count on congress to assist Americans with affordable insurance.  We must take steps to provide coverage to those who will need it and whose lives depend upon health care.  The CA Senate has passed SB562, now the CA Assembly must pass it.  

CALL Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon (AD 62): (916) 319-2063.  Vote on this in 2017!!

The Senate passed SB562 June 2, 2017, now the Assembly has to step up!!

Please FORWARD this message to friends and activist groups. We need a flood of calls to stir these legislators! Thank you all for your work!

This is an important message for all SB 562 supporters. Please read and follow up ASAP.

As our bill heads to the CA Assembly, the Healthy California campaign is asking us to make THREE VERY QUICK PHONE CALLS.  If everyone does this, it will bolster the process and build momentum going forward.

SAMPLE MESSAGE: “SB 562 is key to our health and economy. I am looking to (name of Assemblymember) to support it.”

1.) CALL:  

District 35 State Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham

                Phone: (805) 549-3381 SLO

SAMPLE MESSAGE: “SB 562 is key to our health and economy. I am looking to (name of Assemblymember) to support it.”

1150 Osos Street, Suite 207, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

District 35 Map:

2.)  CALL 

two other important Asssemblymembers, Health Committee Chair Jim Wood and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon:

               Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon (AD 62): (916) 319-2063

                          Assemblymember Jim Wood (AD 2): (916) 319-2002




Jan 29

Why do the wealthy run the country? People living in poverty are registered, but don’t vote.

Study: Polarization and Gridlock Work Well for Rich Americans

Data collected by the Pew Research Center in 2014 found that only half of the least financially secure Americans are registered to vote, and only one-fifth planned to cast a ballot in that year’s midterm election. These voters also didn’t follow politics very closely — only a quarter knew which party controlled Congress, and only 14 percent had gotten in touch with an elected official in the last two years.

“Most people are registered to vote but you’ll find that they’re not turning out to vote,” says Alexandra Gallo, an organizer with West Virginia Citizen Action Group who participated in a panel on rural organizing. “They don’t feel that it matters or that it’s going to make a difference, or they don’t want to vote for the lesser of two evils.”

“You don’t just show up and knock on people’s doors,” she continues. “You have to develop trust. They want to know why you’re there. How long you plan to stay. And usually, when people are showing up, they assume that they have some money associated with their being there that probably will never get to the community.”


Jan 28

Congressman Salud Carbajal opened an office August 8, 2017 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.

Phone: (805) 730-1710

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.



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


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

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


Jan 27 2018

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.

There are no “do overs” when it comes to extinction.

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.  

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?

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Nov 14 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






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


Sep 18 2017

California lawmakers approve landmark ‘sanctuary state’ bill SB54 to expand protections for immigrants

California lawmakers on Saturday passed a “sanctuary state” bill, SB54, to protect immigrants without legal residency in the U.S., part of a broader push by Democrats to counter expanded deportation orders under the Trump administration.

The decision came hours after a federal judge in Chicago blocked the Trump administration’s move to withhold Justice Department grant funds to discourage so-called sanctuary city policies.
On the Senate floor minutes before 2 a.m. on Saturday, De León said the changes were reasonable, and reflected a powerful compromise between law enforcement officials and advocates.
“These amendments do not mean to erode the core mission of this measure, which is to protect hardworking families that have contributed greatly to our culture and the economy,” he said. “This is a measure that reflects the values of who we are as a great state.”

The bill’s core aim is to limit the ways that state and local officials can cooperate with federal immigration enforcement. Measures range from treating schools and courthouses as “safe zones” to restricting the ability of law enforcement to detain people on behalf of federal immigration officers. Though Brown worked to soften the bill, allowing for more interaction with federal authorities, experts like Santa Clara University law professor Pratheepan Gulasekaram say the measure still provides the most robust “p rotection available for non-citizens anywhere in the U.S.”

Does that mean people in California won’t be deported?

No. Some immigrant rights advocates don’t like the phrase “sanctuary state” because they believe it gives a false impression of the amount of protection California can provide. (Others don’t like it because the word “sanctuary” has become an epithet to many conservatives. And others object to it because they believe it might suggest to undocumented criminals that they’ll be safe from the law in the state.) Nothing in the bill prevents federal immigration authorities from coming into California. But given that the feds have limited resources, their ability to target individuals in the state is lessened when local officials aren’t willing to help.

Why can’t the federal government just force local agents to assist them?

While immigration policy is the purview of the federal government, court cases have found that the federal government cannot force state and local officials to carry out federal laws or simply commandeer local officers and turn them into unwilling deputies. To some extent, the Trump Administration can use money — either as a carrot or a stick — to entice cooperation, which is why the federal Department of Justice has threatened to withhold funds from sanctuary jurisdictions. Cities and counties in California have, however, pushed back on that move in lawsuits.

What about concerns that criminals will slip through the cracks?

That is a criticism that has been voiced by the California State Sheriffs’ Association, which has argued that public safety could be endangered if officials are limited in their ability to work with federal authorities. In some cases, for example, the measure would bar them from alerting immigration officers when an undocumented person has served time for a crime and is about to be released. The bill was amended early on to allow for cooperation in cases that involve violent or serious felonies such as murder, rape, kidnapping and robbery.

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Sep 12 2017



Sep 12 2017

LEGISLATOR: VOTE NO on AB 726 and AB 813. Stop the attacks on clean energy.

Big Energy took California for a ride once already. It’s time to let local communities pave a new path toward a clean energy future.  

While this move may benefit corporations like PacifiCorp (and billionaires like Warren Buffett), it does not benefit the renewable energy future of California or its residents. This is a clear push away from the democratic, local benefit model of CCA in favor of centralized, profit-driven market manipulation.  


AB 813 BILL:

Sep 08 2017

Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education, takes first steps towards dismantling protections under Title IX prohibiting sex-based discrimination.


“All K–12 schools and postsecondary institutions that receive federal funds must designate at least one employee to coordinate their efforts to comply with and carry out their responsibilities under Title IX. These Title IX coordinators ensure that all people affected by sex discrimination in schools — students, parents, and employees — are aware of their legal rights, including how to file a complaint.

Now is also the time for schools to step up and demonstrate that they will do the right thing for their students even in the midst of potential rollbacks from the Department of Education. Considering that 89 percent of college campuses disclosed zero reported rapes last year — despite the fact that we know incidents are far more frequent — we should move forward and build on past progress not walk back current protections.”   AAUW


Santa Maria Valley coordinators:


    708 S. MILLER ST.
    SANTA MARIA, CA 93454

    Mark Muller


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    500 DYER ST.
    ORCUTT, CA 93455

    Don Nicholson


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    2560 SKYWAY DR.
    SANTA MARIA, CA 93455

    Tracy Marsh

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    Santa Maria, CA 93454