1) LOCAL SANTA MARIA VALLEY Democratic Club Events

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. 

September Guest Speaker will be Roy Dugger.

This September is National Preparedness Month.  Roy Dugger is the Emergency Services Specialist from the City of Santa Maria Fire Department. 

The focus is on planning. Its theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You can.” Because we have seen our share of some real local disasters, we have invited Roy Dugger to our September 21, meeting. Mr. Dugger will conduct a session in assessing where we are in our preparedness and help with any barriers which he can address. We should all take action to prepare.

Roy has been with the City for 7 years assisting the community and the City with emergency preparedness education and planning.  Before joining the City, Roy worked for over 20 years with the American Red Cross and served on various response teams for a variety of disasters in the United States.

 September 16, 2017, Saturday, Santa Barbara County Platform revision.  UCSB.  Democrats.



 

ANNUAL ALLAN HANCOCK COLLEGE BOW WOW orientation event

September 6, 2017 Santa Maria campus at 800 S. College.

The Bulldog Bow-WOW is an opportunity for students to learn about essential student services to help them succeed in college, meet key faculty and staff, explore various academic, career and technical programs, as well as enjoy free music, entertainment and food!

THANKS TO OUR DEM CLUB VOLUNTEERS Beth Schnieder, Sara Macdonald, Kathy Schartz, Connie Ford who helped out at our table at the annual Santa Maria campus of AHC BOW WOW orientation for new and returning AHC students, and for bringing attention to the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program that is in jeopardy as a result of a current presidential act to end the program.  

Signatures were obtained to support DACA which will be sent to the U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, Senate Majority Leader McConnell, and House Speaker Paul Ryan in Washington,D.C.

 

 

Thanks to all of the Dem Club volunteers who helped meet and greet at our table,
and obtained signatures for our STOP THE 750+ NEW OIL WELLS over Santa Maria water table petition!
Sara Macdonald, Kathy Schartz, Joe and Mary Ivora, Don and Mary Jacka, Scott Baker.
It was 104 degrees but we had shade!  
  
 

Thanks to the Unions who sponsored this fun and yummy event!!!

 



LOVE NOT HATE Rally, August 20, 2017

Santa Maria and surrounding communities came together August 20th to reject hate and to show support for the victims of hate crimes in Charlottesville, VA, and demand that all elected representatives speak out against white supremacy and violence.   There is no place in America for racism and neo-nazism.

Organized by the Democratic Club of Santa Maria Valley, NAACP, CAUSE, IDW Union, SBCAN, and other affiliates together with churches and youth groups in the North County.  Representatives for Congressman Salud Carbajal and SB County Supervisor Joan Hartmann were among the many speakers and ralliers.

http://www.keyt.com/news/santa-maria-north-county/love-not-hate-rally-draws-big-crowd-in-santa-maria/607029554

 

 

 



AUGUST DCSMV GENERAL MEETING

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.

Additional Bio continued – click here:

Pete Flores, III Bio Continued

 



PRIDE EVENT, August 12, 2017, Santa Maria at Town Center West

What a fun day!  Huge turnout.  Food, music, dancing, speeches, comradery, interesting conversation, and more!

Thanks to House of Pride organization and leaders Jessie and Audie for starting what we hope

will be an annual event.  SANTA MARIA…..where people know how to have FUN!!!

 

Thanks to our volunteers Scott, Beth, Sara, Linda, Kathleen, Jane,

and our club members who stopped by to support this event.

 

Congressman Salud Carbajall, who also spoke              Andrea Padilla won our $35 gift certificate.

to the crowd, paid a visit to our booth.  So happy

our Congressman has a local office now.

(Photo Beth, Sara, Salud, Connie, Scott, Mark)   



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. 

July Guest Speaker Sharon Rippner

 

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.



SANTA BARBARA COUNTY FAIR July 12 -17, 2017

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.

 



Annual Santa Maria Summer Solstice, June 17, 2017

Thanks to club volunteers Scott Baker, Sara Macdonald, Linda Hudson, Beth Schneider, Connie Ford 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.

June Guest Speaker Abe Melendrez

 

“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.”

(SEE CALENDAR FOR ALL future meeting dates.)

 



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.

(SEE CALENDAR FOR ALL future meeting dates.)



DAY OF THE WORKER May 1, 2017  

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, Connie Ford, and Lee Franks for helping out, and many other club members for visiting our booth (Jim and Marlene Christianson in photo). And thanks to Connie’s husband, Skip, for transporting and helping with setup.

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

 

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.)

April Guest Speaker James Lawrence Powell

 

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.

(SEE CALENDAR FOR ALL future meeting dates.)

 



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. 

February Guest Speaker Bishop Jeanette James

Our speaker this month was Bishop Jeanette James. Reverend James, an ordained minister, is a certified Secondary school teacher, and an award-winning playwright and actress. She spoke at the recent MLK Jr. celebration in January.

Bishop James has been in ministry since 1972. She has served as the director/founder of a number of Christian performing arts groups across the country. She has degrees in Theology and Speech/Theater Education, with a Master equivalency in Theatre.

Rev. James is an ordained minister, the first woman elected as a Bishop in the Congregational Bible Church International, a certified Secondary teacher (Kansas School Systems), and an award–winning playwright and actress. She currently performs a one–woman show entitled “Ain’t I Ah Woman.” It is a compilation of prose and poetry gathered from a variety of sources that include selections written by or about black women in the American culture. It examines black women in chronological and historical stages of development – women accounting their journeys through slavery, the reconstruction, the World Wars, the revolutionary ’60s and ’70s, and the women’s movement.