Past Events

Santa Maria City Council picks election district boundaries Map N, not favored Map J. 


The Santa Maria City Council, in a 4-1 vote Tuesday, picked its new election district boundaries and which quadrants of the city will choose its representatives in the 2018 election.

The council picked the map drawn by National Demographics Corporation (NDC), the firm it hired to guide them through this process. The map was labeled “Map N” for the purpose of the meeting held at the Minami Center. 

Councilman Michael Moats cast the lone dissenting vote.


The election district map chosen by the City Council beat out two other maps submitted by residents that the council narrowed down from a total of 16 map options at its April 20 special meeting.

The city’s southeast and southwest quadrants will choose their representatives first, according to the map.

The southwest district reaches from the Santa Maria Public Airport to about Main Street at the west side of Broadway. The southeast district stretches from the Orcutt border, past Marian Regional Medical Center, to the Santa Maria River levee.

Incumbent Councilman Jack Boysen resides in the southwest district, and Councilwoman Etta Waterfield lives in the southeast.


There will be no more hearings scheduled and City Council meetings will go back to the Council Chambers at 110 E. Cook Street, SM  93454 beginning May 16, 2017.

2017 Meeting calendar link:

Santa Maria Times article May 3, 2017.


The Santa Maria City Council has chosen 3 maps for consideration, presented on April 20th at the Public Hearing held at 809 Panther Dr, SM, 93454.

Schedule for future public hearings:

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 6:30 p.m., at the Minami Center, 600 W. Enos Street

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 6:30 p.m., at the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center, 600 S. McClelland Street

Link to the City of Santa Maria for all other related information:

 (See all 3 final maps on our POSTS CONTINUED tab)

May 1, 2017, Monday.  Meet at Santa Maria High School on S. Broadway, at 3:00pm and march at 3:30pm to Main and Broadway.

Join CAUSE, the North County Coalition, and local students this upcoming Monday, May 1st, for a national event to support local workers, immigrants and the statewide push to pass SB54 (California Values Act) and make California a sanctuary state! At 3pm we will be gathering in front of Santa Maria High and begin marching up Broadway, there we will rally at the corner of Main & Brodaway around 3:30pm. We are already hearing from local businesses that they will be closing down for the day to show support, please spread the word, flyer is attached.  Click on image to download flyer.

Here is the Facebook Event as well:




Our DCSMV April 20th General Meeting 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.


UPDATE: It’s not over! –  Phillips 66 can appeal the decision to the California Coastal Commission even though on March 14, 2017 the SLO County Supervisors voted to DENY Phillips 66 Oil appeal of a no vote last year to allow up to 80 oil tank cars to carry oil 3 times a week for 20 years through Central Coast cities.  Thank SLO County Supervisors Lynn Compton, Adam Hill, and Bruce Gibson for their no vote.

(Past event)  – UPDATE – 100 concerned citizens attended this hearing on March 14:  Public hearings where SLO County Supervisors voted.  SLO County Supervisors meeting at 1055 Monterey St, SLO at 9:00 am – 5:30 pm.

Rally was held at noon at the same address.




District-based Public Hearings, Santa Maria City Council:

Another public hearing starting at 5:30 p.m. on THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 at the Veterans Memorial Community Center, 313 W. Tunnell St, Santa Maria, 93458.After at least two hearings, maps will be crafted, leading to additional public hearings to collect comments on the proposed districts.
A draft version of the maps will be unveiled in mid-April, with two more public hearings planned for May, before a deadline of May 22.
The city hopes to adopt the new districts by June, with the first two council members to be chosen in November 2018 when seats now filled by Jack Boysen and Etta Waterfield will be on the ballot.

(Past Event) MARCH 7, 2017 Meeting:  Future meetings scheduled through May.  Make your voices be heard!
SANTA MARIA CITY COUNCIL.  Public comment requested at City Council meetings.
The Santa Maria City Council voted February 21, 2017 to hold elections with a district-based system, and will begin the process of designing the district-based voting map on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 6:30 pm, 110 E. Cook St, S.M.

City of Santa Maria (805) 925-0951:


February 24, 2017 

CAUSE extends a cordial invitation to attend their unity event and learn about CAF’s important social justice work. Cause is a nonprofit organization (501 (c) 4) that seeks to educate and mobilize diverse working class and young voters and lobby for policies benefiting working families. Appetizers and refreshments. Please RSVP (805)720-1263 or UDW Hall, 402 S. Miller Street, Santa Maria, 93454.


February 23, 2017
HEAR OUR VOICE. Respectfully share issues of significance with the newly elected (R) CA Assemblyman, District 35, Jordan Cunningham at his open house at 801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, Thursday, February 23, 4:30pm-7:30pm.


February 23, 2017

Register 9:00 am-1:00 pm, Thursday, February 23, Veteran’s Memorial Center, 313 W. Tunnel St, Santa Maria, 93458. The Santa Barbara County Commission for Women invites you to a free event featuring three panels of business, government & community activists and non-profit women leaders and executives who will reveal how women can become more involved in their communities and connect women to the many leadership tools and resources available in our region. Noon lunch box. Keynote Speaker Kelly Jenkins. Panelists Mayor Alice Patino, Marell Brooks, S.B. County Supervisor Joan Hartmann, Hilda Zacharias, Lorraine Chavez, Ashley Costa, Kim Davis.


February 22, 2017

UPDATE: A large crowd turned out to the Arroyo Grande town hall meeting February 22nd. Members of the Central Coast asked questions regarding the ACA, environment, immigration, military services, and other issues of concern. Please join 24th District Congressman Salud Carbajal for a town hall meeting Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 6-7:30pm in Arroyo Grande at the Lucia Mar Unified School District Building, 602-G Orchard Street, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420.
“Last month, on the anniversary of the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill, I announced the introduction of my first piece of legislation in Congress, the California Clean Coast Act. This legislation would permanently ban future offshore oil and gas leasing in areas of the Outer Continental Shelf off the coast of California.
In California, our coastal communities, local economies, and fragile ocean ecosystems cannot afford another disastrous oil spill. That is why it is critical that we pass this legislation to protect our coastal environment from further oil drilling and preserve its beauty and vibrancy for future generations.”
There are many important challenges we face, from creating jobs and helping to improve the economy, to passing a comprehensive immigration reform bill, improving health care, or lowering the cost of higher education. Please take a moment to take my survey and let me know what you think the main focus of the 115th Congress should be, and as always, feel free to send me more detailed thoughts by email.
What issue(s) represent your top priorities for Congress?
Creating jobs and expanding the middle class
Protecting and improving our health care system
Strengthening our national defense
Reducing our debt and deficit
Enacting meaningful legislation on gun violence prevention
Passing comprehensive immigration reform
Addressing climate change and protecting the environment
Improving K-12 education and lowering college costs


February 21, 2017

Please attend the district-based voting system. February 21, 2017.
The Santa Maria City Council is expected to discuss potentially changing how its members are elected at its next meeting Tuesday at City Hall, 110 E. Cook St, Santa Maria, 93454.
The council will consider taking steps toward creating a district-based voting system to replace its current at-large voting system. Board members have been chosen by the at-large system since the city was incorporated in 1905.
The City Council is comprised of five members, one (1) Mayor and four (4) Councilmembers. The Mayor and the four members of the City Council are elected for 4-year terms by the electorate. The Mayor presides at Council meetings and serves as the executive and ceremonial host of our city government.
The City Council also serves as the governing board of the Parking Authority, and the Housing Advisory and Appeals Board.


February 16, 2017

Connie Ford, President

Vibiana Saavedra, Second Vice–President
Please join us for our Democratic Club SMV monthly meeting on Thursday, February 16, at the IHOP at 202 Nicholson Ave in Santa Maria. No host social 5:30 pm, Dinner (optional) 6:00 pm, Speaker and General meeting at 7:00 pm.
Our speaker this month will be 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.


February 14, 2017  The Allan Hancock College Board will vote on 13.H (Resolution 17-01) supportive of Diversity, Unity, and Undocumented students. Hancock should join Santa Barbara City College and the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District, who have taken the lead, along with countless other educational institutions across the country, in declaring themselves safe zones for immigrants. This is about sending a clear message to AHC campus community that they are always safe to learn at Hancock. Speakers welcomed.
February 14, 6:00 pm, Room B-100 (new building), 800 South College Drive, Santa Maria 93454.

FEBRUARY 11, 2017 is the ANTI-choice demonstration day anti-PP groups call “DEFUND Planned Parenthood Day.” Two things to do:
1.) Rally in SLO on Feb 11, 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Emerson Park, 1316 Beach St., San Luis Obispo. Meet on blacktop at the park. From there, groups of 50 at a time will walk down to the PP clinic and stand in silent, peaceful demonstration in support of Planned Parenthood. Groups will change out at the clinic every half our or as needed. Register:
2.) Call, write, or email our reps (see below) with the message shown (or write your own) and then send the same message to every other Republican and Democrat.
The U.S. House and Senate have already undertaken several efforts to threaten women’s health care and more are expected, including:
Cutting funds to Planned Parenthood. Republicans in Congress have made clear their intentions to defund Planned Parenthood, which provides affordable, critically needed, and quality preventive health care to millions of women and men across the country. Everyone deserves access to health care like cancer screenings, birth control, and STD testing at their chosen provider. Attacks on Planned Parenthood are attacks on access to reproductive health care.
Limiting abortion coverage for nearly all women. The House-passed H.R. 7 would permanently restrict federal funds for abortion care and create burdensome regulations for insurers to cover abortion services. As a result, many women would lose access to the care they need.
Enacting abortion bans that disregard the needs of women. Bills to ban abortion after 20 weeks and so-called “heartbeat bills” are a part of a dangerous, out-of-touch, and coordinated effort to chip away at abortion access. Not only are they unconstitutional, these types of bill diminish the important role that doctors play in helping women make decisions about their reproductive health.
SUBJECT: Oppose Efforts to Restrict Reproductive Health Care
Dear Representative/Senator:
As your constituent, I urge you to vote NO on any attempt to limit or restrict women’s access to reproductive health care. I strongly support choice in the determination of one’s reproductive life and increased access to health care and family planning services.
Several harmful efforts that threaten women’s health care access and autonomy have already begun, and they are expected to continue. Among these threats are limiting abortion coverage for nearly all women, cutting funds to Planned Parenthood, enacting a so-called “heartbeat bill,” and banning abortion care after 20 weeks.
I trust that every woman has the ability to make her own informed choices regarding her reproductive life within the dictates of her own moral and religious beliefs. I urge you to oppose these and any efforts that would restrict women’s access to reproductive health care.
Thank you, and I look forward to your response.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
District: CAS01
Phone:(202) 224-3841
Fax:(202) 228-3954
Sen. Kamala Harris
District: CAS02Phone:(202) 224-3553Fax:(202) 228-3863
Kamala D. Harris Email:
Rep. Salud Carbajal
District: CA24
Phone:(202) 225-3601
Laura Selken
on behalf of the Democratic Club of Santa Maria Valley


February 9, 2017  Join us for the NO DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline) Rally and March at 5 p.m. at the corner of Broadway and Main in Santa Maria. Bring signs if you have them.
At 5:45 p.m., join us as we march south on Broadway to 120 E. Jones Street for a meeting of the SBCAN North County Roundtable/North County Coalition Environmental Committee Meeting at the Cornerstone Community Meeting Room.


January 22, 2017

Roe v Wade

43rd Anniversary Candlelight Vigil

Sunday, January 22, 2017  5-6 p.m.

Planned Parenthood, 415 East Chapel St., Santa Maria

Please bring a candle and a friend!  (rain or shine)

Shareth8is message!!

Info: Rebecca 264-4474

January 21, 2017

You are invited to attend a very special program you will not want to miss
Lobbying in Sacramento for California Women and Girls
featuring Shannon Smith-Crowley, CA AAUW Lobbyist
Saturday, January 21, 2017
10 AM to Noon
Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 511E. Lakeside Pkwy
Santa Maria, CA
No charge. Reservations requested.
Contact: Judy Frost
The Santa Maria Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) will be hosting registered part-time lobbyist for AAUW-California, Shannon Smith-Crowley. She is the founder of Partners in Advocacy which specializes in the areas of medical and health advocacy including reproductive health, women’s health, and equity for women and girls.

Smith-Crowley will be speaking about her work with AAUW-California and her lobbying efforts in Sacramento for the women and girls of California. She will be sharing strategies on how to combine voices and work together in achieving mutual goals. This is a great opportunity for persons interested in learning effective methods of lobbying and advocacy locally and at the state level.

January 20, 2017
United Against Hate Rally
Rally & March
Join us for a peaceful rally and march.
On Inauguration Day we will come together, united against hate, to stand up for our communities.
Unidos Contra el Odio
Manifestación y Marcha
Friday, January 20th
Corner of Main & Broadway, Santa Maria, CA
For more information please contact Abe: (805) 253-3686
Santa Maria Valley Democratic Club
Guadalupe Catholic Worker House
Santa Maria Queer Community
Viernes, 20 de enero
Esquina de la Main & Broadway, Santa Maria, CA
Para mas información llame Abe: (805) 253-3686
Stand Up … Speak Up … Speak out

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