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JULY DCSMV GENERAL MEETING

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Democratic Club SMV General meetings are held every third Thursday at the IHOP at 202 Nicholson Ave in Santa Maria, 93454, with no host social 5:30 pm, optional dinner reserve 805-349-2708 6:00 pm, Speaker begins at 7:00 pm followed by (Democrats only) meeting. 

Citizens’ Climate Lobby the Focus of July General Meeting


Sharon Rippner was the featured speaker at our July General Membership meeting. She is a clinical psychologist and long-time resident of San Luis Obispo County. She first became aware of and concerned about global warming more than 30 years ago, and her concern has steadily grown since then.
In early 2013, Sharon heard about a promising avenue for citizen action on the issue, namely the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. It is a non-partisan, non-profit organization focused on achieving bi-partisan
national legislation that will significantly reduce carbon emissions. They believe that the most effective approach is a revenue-neutral carbon fee-and-dividend plan. Their only mission is “to establish the political will for a livable planet.”
Upon learning about CCL, Sharon immediately joined with two other people to co-found the San Luis Obispo Chapter of CCL. She will be sharing CCL’s policy for which it advocates, the progress it has made, and the growing hope for accomplishing its mission this year.
You can visit the SLO Chapter’s Facebook page here: facebook.com/CCL.SLO/ or the national organiza-tion’s Facebook page here: facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobby/. The national organization’s website is: citizensclimatelobby.org.
Please join us for our next scheduled general meeting at IHOP, 202 Nicholson Ave., Thursday, August 17th, with a no-host social and dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the program at 7 p.m.



July 12 – 17, 2017.  Our Democratic Club of SMV enjoyed talking with visitors to our annual booth at this year’s Santa Barbara County Fair.  Thanks to all of our club members who volunteered!  

Club volunteers Sara and Don meeting and greeting Democrats on Saturday.

 



June 17, 2017

Thanks to club volunteers Scott Baker, Sara Macdonald, Linda Hudson, and Beth Schneider for helping out at the “Summer Solstice” event sponsored by the Santa Maria Natural History Museum on Saturday, June 17th.

Area citizens signed California petitions of support for:  Bill in the Assembly awaiting a vote SB562 “CA Health Care For All” and SB775 “Climate Solutions” in the Senate.

 



JUNE DCSMV GENERAL MEETING

                          Thursday, June 15, 2017.

General meetings are held every third Thursday at the IHOP at 202 Nicholson Ave in Santa Maria, 93454, with no host social 5:30 pm, optional dinner reserve 805-349-2708 6:00 pm, Speaker begins at 7:00 pm followed by (Democrats only) meeting. 

Public Welcome for Guest Speaker.

Democrats welcome for general meeting.

“Abe Melendrez, Club member and local organizer with Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE), will be our speaker at the June 15th General Membership meeting. He chairs the North County Coalition and has been working extensively with educating the public and getting them involved with the city’s change to district elections. He will be speaking about where we are now with this issue, how we got here, and what lies ahead.”
“In March, he was interviewed by Club member, Mark Miller, for his column in the Santa Maria Times: Melendrez is a local product. After graduating from Allan Hancock College in 2013, he studied in Europe,”
“interning with a consultancy firm that focused on helping nonprofit organizations in London. While in London he witnessed the organized opposition to Brexit first-hand. He studied European immigration history and”
“French/Muslim relations in Paris, then returned to the U.S. to take his bachelor’s degree in psychology from UC-Berkeley before coming back to his hometown.”
““I decided to return to Santa Maria after being inspired by the multi-faceted work being done in Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco, as well as after seeing the similarities in struggles and injustices immigrants in Europe face to those in the U.S.,” he said.”
“He also feels a special need to reach out to and represent millennials who, like himself, grew up in immi- grant, farm-working households in Santa Maria.”

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Dems honored at SBCan Dinner.

Award recipients included DCSMV members Vibiana Saavedra, Social Justice Award,

and Terri Zuniga, Looking Forward Award.

SBCan Awards Dinner, June 11, 2017

Recipient Vibiana and family members.

 

Lawanda, Mark, and Laura.

 

Gale and Betty provided beautiful singing and piano music.

 

Jeanne Sparks, Associate Director of SBCan.

 

Ken Hough, Executive Director of SBCan.

 

Martie and Ilene.

Erma, Ron, Betty, and Ilene.

Many of our members attended and enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Radisson in Santa Maria.

 

Note:  Recipient Terri wasn’t able to attend but was well represented by her family.

 



      MAY DCSMV GENERAL MEETING

  Thursday, May 18, 2017

Dem Club General meeting was held Thursday, May 18, 2017, IHOP, Social/dinner 5:30pm, HEALTH CARE Speaker Peter Conn, 7:00pm followed by meeting.

General meetings are held every third Thursday at the IHOP at 202 Nicholson Ave in Santa Maria, 93454, with no host social 5:30 pm, optional dinner reserve 805-349-2708 6:00 pm, Speaker begins at 7:00 pm followed by (Democrats only) meeting. 

Public Welcome for Guest Speaker.
Watch the documentary FIX It: https://fixithealthcare.com/watch-the-movie/
Guest Speaker was Peter Conn CV, Health Care for All                                                                                                                                                    
 Peter is a retired social worker, having worked in a variety of settings assisting the aged, blind and disabled. He has held positions with Santa Barbara County Social Services, Visiting Nurses, Hospice of Santa Barbara, and in a convalescent hospital. Paulina Conn was a medical lab scientist working in a physicians office, in a hospital lab, and at the Isla Vista Medical Clinic.

For additional information, Bio is continued on our “Democrat Club Events and Community Activism” tab.

BE NOTIFIED OF THE PROGRESS OF HEALTH CARE FOR ALL SB562http://www.healthycaliforniaact.org

More information on Peter Conn:

Peter was raised in New Jersey. He came to UCSB in 1960 met his wife Paulina there while getting his BA in Combined Social Sciences. Peter and Paulina were Peace Corps volunteers in North-eastern Brazil in a health education project from 1966-68. They raised two children, Eric, an audio engineer in Nashville, and Caroline, a veterinian in Agua Dulce, Ca.

Peter is a retired social worker, having worked in a variety of settings assisting the aged, blind and disabled. He has held positions with Santa Barbara County Social Services, Visiting Nurses, Hospice of Santa Barbara, and in a convalescent hospital. Paulina was a medical lab scientist working in a physicians office, in a hospital lab, and at the Isla Vista Medical Clinic.

Peter and Paulina joined Health Care for All – California in 2000. Paulina has served on a number of committees with the state HCA organization and with the local chapter. Peter was Membership Secretary for the state HCA for 6 years. He is currently the Outreach Coordinator for the Santa Barbara Chapter as well as assisting with the formation of new HCA chapters across California. He writes a monthly column on health care policy for the Mesa Paper.

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DAY OF THE WORKER.  

Another successful rally May 1, 2017 in Santa Maria, marching with other community organizations and activists in solidarity with workers and immigrants, and in support of the California Values Act SB54 with our petition.

              Thanks Scott Baker, Volunteer.

 



EARTH DAY in Santa Maria, April 22, 2017.  

 

It was a good day for Earth Day.  Santa Maria Earth Day on Saturday, sponsored by the Santa Maria Natural History Museum, brought many people to our Dem booth to sign the petition currently in Congress, Bill H.B. 731, authored by our Congressman Salud Carbajal, to permanently prohibit oil and gas leasing off the coast of California. Thanks to all who signed, and thanks to our club members, Scott Baker, Linda Hudson, and Lee Franks for helping out, and many other club members for visiting our booth (Jim and Marlene Christianson in photo). And thanks to my husband, Skip, for transporting and helping with setup.

More petitions on our website: www.santamariademocrats.info.

– Connie Ford

 
Over 50 names were collected in favor of the H.B. 731 and
forwarded to Congressman Salud Carbajal.  


Hannah-Beth Jackson was honored at the 9th Annual Roosevelt-Hamer Dinner on Saturday, April 8th at 6 PM, Santa Barbara. The theme of this year’s Santa Barbara County Democrat Party’s dinner was “Making a Stand: Progress and Resistance.” This year’s event honored Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, high school students campaigning for Ethnic Studies Now in local schools, Isla Vista activist and SBCC Trustee Jonathan Abboud, and Gail Teton-Landis for her enduring volunteerism for the Party. Keynote speaker was Lucy Flores, former Nevada State Assemblymember.  Santa Barbara Democrats are ready to fight back–with City Council and Mayoral elections for the City of Santa Barbara in November 2017, and daily challenges to our rights and freedoms coming from the Trump Administration. Welcome to the Resistance!

In Solidarity, Santa Barbara County Democratic Party
http://www.sbdems.org/
Santa Barbara County Democratic Party · United States



      APRIL DCSMV GENERAL MEETING

   Thursday, April 20, 2017

 

Our last monthly meeting was Thursday, April 20th.  General meetings are held every third Thursday at the IHOP at 202 Nicholson Ave in Santa Maria, with no host social 5:30 pm, Dinner (optional) 6:00 pm, Speaker and General meeting begins at 7:00 pm.  (The next meeting will be Thursday, May 18th.)

Our April 20th Speaker was James Lawrence Powell, geologist and climate change expert. Powell, a Santa Ynez Valley resident, has a PhD from MIT in Geochemistry. His lengthy academic resume includes serving as president of Oberlin College and Franklin and Marshall College. He also served on the National Sciences Board for 12 years appointed first by President Reagan and then by President G.H.W. Bush. He is the author of several books. Asteroid 1987 SH7 is named for him.

He is also executive director of the National Physical Science Consortium. The National Physical Science Consortium is a partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry, and higher education. NPSC’s goal is to increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in the physical sciences and related engineering fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool including women and minorities.
Most recently Mr. Powell conducted a unique study over several years, reviewing the abstracts of thousands of peer-reviewed articles on global warming and climate change, looking for those that reject the theory that global warming is largely man made. Just during 2013 and 2014, only four of 69,406 authors of peer-reviewed articles on global warming, rejected the premise that humans are responsible for the warming crises.
Mr. Powell in his address to our membership will speak to the credibility of various scientific climate change surveys, the actual number of scientists who are climate deniers, and how global warming is affecting our local area.

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