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We hope you will find our multilingual website informational and interesting.  We strive to provide educational tools to help voters make good, informed decisions, and to become active  Democrats.  Scroll down for step-by-step tips on how to get the most out of our site.

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Do you know who our representatives are?  For a list and contact information for federal,  state,  county and local elected officials , CLICK HERE

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(Note:  The Santa Maria Elections Office at 511 E. Lakeside Parkway has limited hours during off election years.  Call 1-800-722-8683 for details or to speak to an election’s office  assistant.  The County Recorder’s Office in the same building can accept registration forms and answer some election questions.)

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Santa Barbara County Districts have been redrawn as of December 2021.  There are graphics of the maps for the boundaries for all 5 Districts.  Santa Maria and Orcutt are in District 4 and 5.  MAPS ARE ON PAGE 15-22 of the document.   https://drawsantabarbaracounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/20211213-SB-CIRC-Final-Report.pdf

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Democratic Club of Santa Maria Valley

 

CALL TO ACTION websites:  https://santamariademocrats.info/resist-call-to-action/

WRITE LETTERS to our local  newspaper Editors:  https://santamariademocrats.info/letters-to-media/

KNOW OUR  ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES:  https://santamariademocrats.info/your-reps-and-maps/

INDIVISBLE:   https://www.indivisible.org

LISTS OF CAMPAIGN DONORS:   https://www.opensecrets.org

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Re-elect Gloria Soto to the Santa Maria City Council!

Endorsed by the Democratic Party, Incumbent Gloria Soto,  Santa Maria City Council, District 3,  has launched her re-election campaign for 2022.   Gloria made history in 2018 as the youngest woman ever to be elected to the Santa Maria City Council. During the last 4 years, Gloria has been a champion of Democratic values – fighting climate change, protecting renters, and supporting working families. Now, Gloria is being challenged, and Democrats need to rally behind her! Join us next weekend in Santa Maria to kick off the campaign!  Email our North County Democratic Field Organizer at  jovany@sbdems to volunteer

Remember,  while only residents of a district can vote for their district representative, votes by  the city council often affects the entire city population, not just one district.  Your support for Gloria is also support for your own interests.

Look up your Santa Maria City District by address:  https://santamariacity.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=a12d2f43a91e4d869de09458e15cf34a

Councilwoman Soto has been a fierce advocate for women’s rights, racial justice and equality, affordable housing, farm worker’s rights,  LGBTQ rights,  Senior citizen’s rent stabilization, low-cost clean energy,  the COVID-19 emergency eviction moratorium, and for veterans, many of whom are in the oppressed category when they become civilians because of systemic racism.

Ms. Soto has been speaking up for the oppressed and under served people in all of the community since she was elected to her 4 year term in 2018.   “If all of us are not equal under the law, enforcement is subjective, and none of us can be guaranteed equality“.

Santa Maria has made great strides for north county home buyers, including being a partner in the “Workforce Homebuyer Down Payment Assistance Loan Program” that  helps local low-income households purchase their first home in Santa Barbara County.

 Follow Gloria Soto on her Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/smcmsoto

https://gloriafordistrict3.com/

Donate to Gloria Soto:    https://syndon.us/campaign/sotoforsantamaria

 

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January 6th Insurrection Hearings on Youtube

Youtube recordings of the Congressional Investigating Committee of the January 6, 2021 Insurrection:

Day 1, June 9, 2022:   https://youtu.be/UiL2inz487U

Day 2, June 13, 2022:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jblC2Ooog2U

Day 3, June 16, 2022:  https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/watch-live-jan-6-committee-hearings-day-3

Day 4, June 21, 2022:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZPBWZcr-vw

Day 5, June 23, 2022:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eNhqobJl_E

Day 6, June 28, 2022:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC3_VFFJlSY

Day 7, July 12, 2022:   https://www.thirteen.org/blog-post/january-6-hearing-july-12-live-with-pbs-newshour/

Day 8, July 21, 2022:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48HH4LVn07g

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DEMOCRATS DELIVER!! Get ready to vote November 8, 2022!

DEMOCRATS DO DELIVER,  and we should shout it from the rooftops! Here’s a long list in case you haven’t been able to keep track!
– Organized NATO to stand up against the Russian invasion of Ukraine and inspired Sweden and Finland to join NATO. These actions strengthened NATO, which has now worked out a 22 million ton grain deal to enable Ukraine to export grain to developing nations.
– Passed a 1.9 million American Rescue Plan to rebuild the economy after the Pandemic creating 10 million new jobs and lowering unemployment to the rate of 3.6%.
– Launched programs to untangle logistics at US Ports and increase truckers in this country in an effort to resolve issues with our supply chain.
– Signed the largest bi-partisan Gun Safety Bill in 30 years!
– Signed a bi-partisan bill to resolve the issue of challenges with Baby Formula distribution.
– Shepherded and signed a 1.2 Trillion bi-partisan Infrastructure Bill to invest in bridges, roads, public transportation, clean energy, and broadband.
– AND STANDBY as Democrats are poised to pass a Bill to lower inflation and implement critical Climate Change measures in the next week.

Voting in the mid terms is crucial to hold onto our DEMOCRACY! Register to vote or check your current registration information for any updates: https://santamariademocrats.info/voting/

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5-4 Supreme Court Conservative Majority overturns Roe V Wade on June 24, 2022. 4 men and 1 woman stripped away federal Constitutional reproductive rights of American women and returned abortion decisions to the states. At least 28 states have immediately enforceable draconian anti abortion laws.

 Planned Parenthood health centers in Santa Maria, and all California clinics, are still open and will continue to provide a full range of sexual and reproductive health care services.   Women’s Health Care in Santa Maria, CA:  https://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center/california/santa-maria/93454/santa-maria-center-2250-90170/womens-health

On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court has eliminated the federal constitutional right to abortion by overturning Roe v. Wade, returning decisions to the states. This dangerous outcome will open the floodgates for states across the country to ban abortion.  With the Supreme Court stripping Americans of their federal constitutional rights, dozens of states can quickly move to ban abortion. We’ve already seen many states pass bans; this decision will fuel the efforts of lawmakers to ban abortion across the country.  Liberal Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan dissented and Chief Justice John Roberts abstained.

Which states are likely to ban abortion?https://abc7news.com/which-states-ban-abortion-banning-is-illegal-trigger-laws/11992746/

Supreme Court lIberal Justices warn more rights are at stake:     https://news.yahoo.com/supreme-courts-liberal-justices-warn-145915639.html?fr=yhssrp_catchall
California Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted, “This is an attack on American freedom. CA, OR and WA are creating the West Coast offensive.  A road map for other states to stand up for women. Time to fight like hell.”    CA Governor Newsom :   https://www.capradio.org/articles/2022/06/24/watch-live-california-governor-gavin-newsom-on-states-action-to-protect-abortion-rights/
President Biden and Planned Parenthood respond to Roe v. Wade being overturned: https://abc7news.com/roe-v-wade-overturned-planned-parenthood-abortion-california-rights-is-still-legal-in/11993333/

 

Vigil in Santa Maria.  110 E. Cook St, Santa Maria, CA  93454 at 5:30 pm on June 24, 2022.

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March for Our Lives in Santa Maria

March for Our Lives 2022 was held in downtown Santa Maria,  June 11th. Concerned and outraged residents, from Santa Maria, Lompoc, Santa Barbara, and surrounding areas, participated in the nationwide demonstration against gun violence. Chairs with the names of each of the 19 children and 2 teachers, murdered in the Uvalde, TX, mass shooting on May 24th, were lined up facing Broadway. Several local families who have experienced the loss of loved ones due to gun violence spoke. Leaders of local groups encouraged everyone to stay involved and continue as part of an ongoing movement. (Watch for media coverage on KSBY and Noozhawk online news.)

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Results of the June 7, 2022 Primary Election

June 7, 2022 preliminary California Primary Election results.
A good day for Democratic candidates in California!
Visit the CA Secretary of State website link:  https://electionresults.sos.ca.gov/returns/governor
Final results will be certified and available on July 15, 2022.
Here are some preliminary results of particular interest:
Gavin Newsom (D) leads statewide at 56.3% and counting (Santa Barbara County 60.0% of the vote)
Gregg Hart (D) won the majority 58.4% of the votes for our newly revised Assembly District 37, which includes our Santa Maria Valley, and will runoff against Mike Stoker this coming November.
Incumbent U.S. Representative Salud Carbajal (D) received 61.91% for his 24th District, and will run off against Brad Allen in November.
Incumbent Dr. Susan Salcido, endorsed by Democrats, was re-elected and will retain her seat, no runoff in November, as Superintendent of Schools in Santa Barbara County.
In Santa Barbara County, 4,464 people went to the polls and 44,824 mailed in ballots, 20.95% of the county’s 235,212 registered voters. Let’s keep our state BLUE and get out the vote in the final decisive election on Tuesday, November 8, 2022! Contact our local north county Democratic Field Coordinator, Jovany Medina at jovany@sbdems.org to find out how you can help.

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Democratic Party Endorsed Candidates for June 7, 2022 election

The Santa Barbara County Democratic Party and the California Democratic Party made endorsements for the upcoming  Tuesday,  June 7,  2022,  Statewide Primary election.  Ballots will be mailed to registered voters beginning the first week of May.  Please return your ballots early.   Visit the Santa Barbara County Elections Office for contact numbers, link to register to vote, regular and extended hours, address of the elections office, and maps:  https://www.countyofsb.org/2808/Elections

Also, visit our Facebook page for ongoing election information:  https://www.facebook.com/DemocraticClubofSantaMariaValley

VOLUNTEER TO GET OUT THE VOTE!  Reach out to voters to elect our vetted and endorsed Democrats!  Call Jovany Medina at S.M. Democratic Headquarters 1-805-349-2708 for Santa Maria area campaign programs.

(Click on the names to connect to candidates’ websites.)

 

U.S. Congress, District 24

State Assembly, District 37

County Supervisor, District 2  (Santa Barbara)

U.S. Senator: Alex Padilla

NOTE:  Vote TWO places on the ballot for Alex Padilla for a U. S. Senate full 6 year term ending in 2028,  and a U. S. Senate unexpired term ending January 3, 2023 (he assumed the office in 2021 to replace Kamala Harris).  

 

Lieutenant Governor: Eleni Kounalakis

Treasurer: Fiona Ma

Attorney General: Rob Bonta

 

Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond

 

Governor: Gavin Newsom

Secretary of State: Dr. Shirley Weber

Controller: Malia Cohen

Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara

Board of Equalization, District 2: Sally Lieber

For more information on voting, visit our Registration and Voting Guide:    https://santamariademocrats.info/voting/

 

 

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VOLUNTEER! June 7, 2022 Primary and November 8, 2022 Elections.

We have GREAT Democratic Endorsed candidates!!  Contact DCSMV Field Organizer Jovany Medina at jovany@sbdems.org to volunteer.  The local campaign is organized and ready to go!!

Vote By Mail ballots will be mailed to voters in Santa Barbara County beginning the first week of May for the Primary Election on June 7, 2022.

https://santamariademocrats.info/2022/03/09/democratic-party-endorsed-candidates-for-june-7-2022-election/

 

 

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30-50% of your shopping purchases will be received by our Club!

Mid-Terms Are On The Horizon; Ukraine, Gun Safety, Choice, and Voting Rights Are On Our Minds….
Many new items available on our Democratic Club shopping site. Shop all year long on our online store for merchandise with FREE shipping. 30-50% of your purchase will be received by our Democratic Club by using our unique link EACH TIME you order or re-order:

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Congratulations to Ketanji Brown Jackson, confirmed April 8, 2022 to SCOTUS.

 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/

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WE STAND WITH UKRAINE!

Ukrainian-Russian Crisis

Donate with confidence to reputable charities involved in humanitarian relief, recovery, and peace-building efforts who are highly rated by Charity Navigator.

The 3 and 4 Star rated charities included in this list have earned their ratings by being financially efficient and transparent in their operations:

https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=9366

 

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President Biden, State of the Union, Tuesday, March 1, 2022 6 p.m., PT

https://www.whitehouse.gov/state-of-the-union-2022/

President Biden’s remarks and speech highlights will be available at:

http://WH.gov/SOTU after the address

and at:   https://youtu.be/mVIXLQrC9rE


 

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Women’s March 2022 in Santa Maria, Sunday, March 6, 2 p.m., Minami Center.

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Celebrate BLACK HISTORY February 2022

Black History Month: 2022 Black History Month Theme is Black Health and Wellness

https://libguides.midlandstech.edu/bhm/theme

January 25, 2022
Release Number CB22-FF.01

To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week (then called “Negro History Week”) nearly a century ago. The event was first celebrated during the second week of February 1926, selected because it coincides with the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and abolitionist/writer Frederick Douglass (February 14). That week would continue to be set aside for the event until 1976 when, as part of the nation’s bicentennial, it was expanded to a month. Since then, U.S. presidents have proclaimed February as National African American History Month.

The following facts are made possible by the invaluable responses to the U.S. Census Bureau’s surveys. We appreciate the public’s cooperation as we continuously measure America’s people, places and economy.

Note: References to the Black population in this publication refer to single-race Black people (“Black alone”) unless otherwise noted.

Explore data from A-Z based on the 2020 Census:  https://www.census.gov/about/index.html

 

ENJOY THESE OTHER PROGRAMS 2022:

https://www.today.com/black-voices

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/20/us/6888th-battalion-african-american-women-world-war-ii/index.html

https://thereader.mitpress.mit.edu/300-years-of-african-american-invention-and-innovation/

 

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 17, 2022

“I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

– “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”, April 3, 1968,  Martin Luther King, Jr.

https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/inspiring-quotes/31-powerful-quotes-by-dr-martin-luther-king-jr.html

https://www.naacp.org/dr-martin-luther-king-jr-mw/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/01/15/story-how-michael-king-jr-became-martin-luther-king-jr/

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