Official Statewide June 5, 2018  Primary election results are now available.

Official Statewide and Local June 5, 2018  Primary election results are now available from the CA State Elections office and the SB County Elections office and links are posted here.

– All local elections (Schools, Sheriff, Supervisors, etc.) are conclusive with no runoffs.
– All County Measures are certified and are final.
– All state top two positions will be on the ballot again on November 6, 2018.
– State Propositions certified results July 6, 2018.

CERTIFIED CA STATEWIDE ELECTION RESULTS:

https://vote.sos.ca.gov/contests/statewide

CERTIFIED SANTA BARBARA COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS INCLUDING LOCAL ELECTIONS AND STATEWIDE (SB County results not necessarily the same result as CA Statewide.)

http://www.sbcassessor.com/elect/resources/results06_2018/results-1-cert.html

REGISTER AND UPDATE NOW TO VOTE IN THE NOVEMBER 6, 2018 GENERAL ELECTION. ELECTIONS OFFICE HOTLINE 1-800-722-8683 (BILINGUAL), CONDITIONAL BALLOT, UPDATE INFORMATION, SIGN UP FOR VOTE-BY-MAIL

 

http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/cavoter/

CONTACT THE ELECTIONS OFFICE AT 1-800-722-8683 FOR ASSISTANCE IF NEEDED.

Note:  Eligible 17 1/2 year olds  may register to vote as long as they are 18 on an election day.

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JULY 19, 2018, Thursday, 5:30 pm-8:30 pm, DEM CLUB GENERAL MEETING. Guest Speaker Rafael Gutierrez, Candidate for SM City Council, 4th District. Join Us! Public Welcome!

JULY DCSMV GENERAL MEETING
Thursday, July 19,  2018.

 

Democratic Club Santa Maria Valley meetings are held every third Thursday of the month, IHOP Restaurant, 202 Nicholson Ave, Santa Maria, 93454.


JOIN US!  No-host social and menu dinner at 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.
  Stay for guest speaker at 7:00 pm.   Business meeting 7:45 pm – 8:30 pm (registered Democrats.)

      Call for more information 1-805-349-2708, Office open M-F, 11am – 2pm.

Presented by Speaker Coordinator,  Scott Baker,  2nd V-P:

DCSMV Welcomes July Guest Speaker:

RAFAEL GUTIERREZ

Candidate for Santa Maria City Council, 4th District

Rafael Gutierrez’s Background

Rafael attended Ernest Righetti High School and Allan Hancock College. At Righetti, Rafael studied drafting and architecture design and he received several awards for his skills in those areas. As a high school and junior college student, Rafael supported himself by working as a carpenter for a local construction company. His experience in construction and love of architecture led Rafael to become proficient in other areas of construction, including electrical, plumbing, and finish carpentry, in addition to architectural design, a field he has continued to pursue.

In reverence of his mother’s example, when Rafael was at Hancock, he began volunteering to work for the benefit of the community.  From the early to mid-1990s, Rafael served on the County of Santa Barbara Superintendent of Schools’ Alternative Education Committee, which functioned as an advisory body on issues pertaining to at-risk youth. Later, Rafael served on the Santa Barbara County Kids Network, an advisory body on children and family issues created by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors. Besides running successful campaigns for student government at Hancock, Rafael also volunteered to work in Judge Rogelio R. Flores’ campaign and eventually served as the campaign manager. 

After graduating from Allan Hancock College, Rafael attended the University of California at Berkeley and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Art degree in political science. The subject matter of his honors thesis was California’s Three Strikes Law. While at Berkeley, Rafael volunteered to work at La Raza Centro Legal, a legal aid organization in San Francisco where he served as a labor and employment advocate for low income clients and often represented clients at Labor Commissioner hearings.

Rafael then attended Columbia Law School in New York. At Columbia Law School, Rafael joined the editorial board of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and edited several legal articles for the journal. Rafael also served as editor of the Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual, in addition to serving in other law school student organizations. 

Following his graduation from Columbia Law School, and prior to embarking on his legal career, Rafael worked in the fields of real estate, banking and finance in Los Angeles and Orange counties, which included working as a financial planner and financial advisor at Smith Barney.

Rafael’s unwavering devotion to giving back continued, and when residing in Orange County, he served on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County, where he worked closely with the administration and faculty of local law schools to increase access to higher education for disadvantaged students.  Rafael also volunteered to serve as a pro bono advocate for children with developmental disabilities and their families. While working as such advocate, Rafael came to the realization that there was an enormous need for knowledge of the applicable laws and negotiating skills among parents of children with disabilities. Consequently, Rafael started conducting seminars teaching parents the law and how to effectively advocate for their children. At first, Rafael conducted the seminars at his home, and later at the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County and Fiesta Educativa, Inc., an organization serving primarily Spanish-speaking parents of children with developmental disabilities. In 2012, Rafael served as the Master of Ceremonies for Fiesta Educativa’s annual conference, a conference attended by over 500 parents of children and adults with developmental disabilities and which featured speakers such as Rosario Marin, former Treasurer of the United States, and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. 

More recently, prior to opening his own law practice in the heart of Santa Maria, Rafael worked as an attorney for a law firm in Arroyo Grande with a focus on civil litigation and as a deputy public defender with the Santa Barbara County Public Defender’s Office in the City of Santa Maria. 

June 5, 2018 Official Certified Primary Election Results/ North County ballot results

 

CERTIFIED STATEWIDE CA JUNE 5, 2018 PRIMARY RESULTS:

https://vote.sos.ca.gov/contests/statewide

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HOW DID SANTA BARBARA COUNTY VOTERS VOTE?

(Not necessarily the same result as the statewide result, but close)

Both parties, all  CA statewide AND local Primary June 5, 2018 SB County Election Certified Results link:  

http://www.sbcassessor.com/elect/resources/results06_2018/results-1-cert.html


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(Don’t forget, you can also register before the November 6th General Election if not eligible for the June Primary.)

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DEMOCRATS RESULTS QUICK GLANCE:

THE FOLLOWING ARE SPECIFICALLY FOR DEMOCRATIC ENDORSED CANDIDATES FOR THE SANTA MARIA VALLEY AREA BALLOT:

In local (North SB County) elections, the Santa Barbara County Democratic Party has endorsed the following people for the June 5, 2018 election:    http://sbdems.org/endorsements/

Results:

LOCAL, SANTA BARBARA COUNTY (No runoffs):

Santa Barbara County Auditor-Controller: Betsy Schaffer – (WON.  No runoff.)
Santa Barbara County Sheriff-Coroner: Eddie Hsueh – ( Bill Brown winner. No runoff.)
Measure T (Cannabis tax): YES – (WON.  No runoff).

Results:

ENDORSED STATEWIDE (Top two Winners will be on November 6, 2018 ballot):

CA-24th District United States Congress: Salud Carbajal –     (WON.  Runoff against (R) Fareed in Nov.)
35th District California State Assembly: William Ostrander – ( WON.  Runoff against (R) Cunningham in Nov.)
 
California State Controller: Betty Yee  –       (WON. Runoff against (R) Rodditis in Nov.)
California Secretary of State: Alex Padilla –      (WON. Runoff against (R) Meuser in Nov.)
California State Treasurer: Fiona Ma –    (WON.  Runoff against (R) Conlon in Nov.)
California Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond –    (WON.  Runoff against Tuck in Nov.)
California Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara –    (WON.  Runoff against (NPR) Poizner in Nov.)
* Disclosure on Proposition results:  Certified by the state July 6, 2018.
Proposition 68 (Parks bonds):       Recommended YES vote                                                    – (* Predicted as YES win.)
Proposition 69 (Transportation revenue use):     Recommended YES vote                   – (* Predicted as YES win.)
Proposition 70 (Cap and Trade revenue use):      Recommended NO vote                     – (* Predicted  as NO win.)
Proposition 71  (Effective date for ballot measures):     Recommended YES vote    – (* Predicted as YES win.)
Proposition 72 (Rain capture exclusion):    Recommend YES vote                                      -(* Predicted as YES win.)

For more information on the Santa Barbara County Democratic Committee:

http://sbdems.org

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Also Democrats (NOT ENDORSED) on the North Santa Barbara County Ballot, state positions.  

ALL STATE WINNERS WILL BE IN A RUNOFF ON THE NOVEMBER 6,  2018 BALLOT:

June 5, 2018 Election
California Democratic Party Statewide Endorsement
Balloting Results for Candidates requesting endorsements,
but receiving less than the required 60% of caucus votes:
(CCDP Bylaws, Art. VIII, Sec. 3.c.(8).)

U.S. SENATE

(left % column indicates CA Dem Caucus votes. See link below for CA voters % results):
54% Kevin de Leon – WON (Runoff against (D) Feinstein)
37% Dianne Feinstein – WON  (Runoff against (D) de Leon)
05% Pat Harris
03% No Endorsement

GOVERNOR:
39% Gavin Newsome – WON  (Runoff against (R) Cox)
30% John Chang
20% Delaine Eastin
09% Antonio Villaraigosa
03% No Endorsement

LT. GOVERNOR:
42% Ed Hernandez – WON (Runoff against (D) Kounalakis)
41% Eleni Kounalakis – WON (Runoff against (D) Hernandez)
07% Jeff Bleich
11% No Endorsement

ATTORNEY GENERAL:
56% Dave Jones
42% Xavier Becerra – WON (Runoff against (R) Bailey)
02% No Endorsement

BOARD OF EQUALIZATION – District 2:
52% Malia Cohen – WON (runoff against (R) Burns)
29% Cathleen Galgiani
19% No Endorsement

CSCC visit Website:      www.cadem.org/endorsements

CERTIFIED CA JUNE 5, 2018 PRIMARY RESULTS:

https://vote.sos.ca.gov/contests/statewide

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Elections Office Hotline at 1-800-722-8683 (Bilingual) for conditional ballot information.

Vote early.  Download and mail the VOTE BY MAIL ballot at:

http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/vote-mail/

Don’t forget, you can also register before the November 6th General Election if not eligible for the June Primary.

Click here to find current elected officials:    https://santamariademocrats.info/your-reps-and-maps/

Vote for Bill Ostrander (D) – 2018 Endorsed Candidate for CA Assembly 35th District, June 5, 2018 Primary.

 

 

 

 

 

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:  https://www.billostrander.org

 

Incumbent Congressman, 24th District, 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.

OTHER LOCATIONS:

OFFICE LOCATIONS

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

SANTA BARBARA OFFICE

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

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

 

The facts about Trump’s policy of separating families at the border.

Obama’s guidelines prioritized the deportation of gang members, those who posed a national security risk and those who had committed felonies.

Trump’s January 2017 executive order does not include a priority list for deportations and refers only to “criminal offenses,” which is broad enough to encompass serious felonies as well as misdemeanors.

Because of Trump’s executive order, DHS can deport people for misdemeanors more easily, because the government no longer prioritizes the removal of dangerous criminals, gang members or national-security threats. (A DHS fact sheet says, “Any individual processed for removal, including those who are criminally prosecuted for illegal entry, may seek asylum or other protection available under law.”)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2018/06/19/the-facts-about-trumps-policy-of-separating-families-at-the-border/?utm_term=.00610c418f4a&wpisrc=nl_fact&wpmm=1

Where are the children coming from?

  1. This rural town, is among the poorest in a nation.

2) Guatemala’s capital is plagued with gang violence.

3) Rival gangs are responsible for most of the murders in El Salvador’s capital.

More than three-quarters of the children minors are from mostly poor and violent towns in three countries: El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Children from Mexico, once the largest group, now make up less than a quarter of the total. A small number come from 43 other countries.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/07/15/us/questions-about-the-border-kids.html

 

 

Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino is not on the list. 279 US Climate Mayors commit to adopt, honor and uphold Paris Climate Agreement goals

Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino is not on the list.

Here are the Mayors on the List on the Central Coast:

Goleta, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo.  See interactive map:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1aTksAOrC9gLOgSlBZecxZiBHenQ&ll=34.49875259839798%2C-113.24761935830116&z=6

U.S. Climate Mayors:

We will continue to lead. We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We will buy and create more demand for electric cars and trucks. We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice. And if the President wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we’ll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks.

The world cannot wait — and neither will we.

https://medium.com/@ClimateMayors/climate-mayors-commit-to-adopt-honor-and-uphold-paris-climate-agreement-goals-ba566e260097

http://www.climate-mayors.org

STOP new oil wells in Cat Canyon! Save our WATER!

There are dozens of new oil 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 (currently in bankruptcy) 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

SIGN THE PETITION:

https://secure.foodandwaterwatch.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2949

 

CONTACT YOUR SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SUPERVISOR:

https://santamariademocrats.info/your-reps-and-maps/north-santa-barbara-county-supervisors/

 

OTHER ARTICLES OF INTEREST:

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

 

 

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/earthquakes-triggered-by-fracking/

 

May 2, 2018, Co-authors held a public press conference announcing efforts to reform our broken campaign finance system

San Luis Obispo, CA – On Wednesday, May 2, Congressman Salud Carbajal (CA-24) and Bill Ostrander, Director of Citizen’s Congress, (and 2018 Candidate for CA 35 Assembly) introduced the Corporate Political Disclosure Act of 2018.

For more information, click on the link below:

https://santamariademocrats.info/past-local-political-events/may-2-2018-carbajal-and-ostrander-announce-legislation-to-disclose-corporate-election-spending/

CALIFORNIA MUST PROTECT HEALTHCARE. SUPPORT SB562, CA HEALTH CARE FOR ALL

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:   http://www.calvoter.org/voter/maps/2011/assembly/map_20110815_ap_ad_35_certified.pdf

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

 

***  BE NOTIFIED OF THE PROGRESS OF HEALTH CARE FOR ALL SB562:  http://www.healthycaliforniaact.org/home/

 

The case against Charter Schools and Voucher programs. Today, black students are over five times more likely to attend high-poverty schools than white children

Still Separate, Still Unequal: The Role of Black Women and Girls in the Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education

May 18, 2018
Yesterday marked the 64th anniversary of the historic Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, in which the Court ruled that state laws segregating schools were unconstitutional. Yet schools today are more segregated than they were in 1968, with approximately 75 percent of black students attending racially segregated schools. This is bad news for students and particularly impacts black girls.
Vouchers divert desperately needed resources from public schools to fund the education of a few students at private or religious schools.

Continue reading –

https://www.aauw.org/2018/05/17/still-separate-still-unequal/

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.

SIGN THE LETTER:

https://dreamers.fwd.us/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=protect-dreamers&utm_term=dream_act&utm_content=

 

EASY CONNECT WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS:  https://dreamacttoolkit.org/?link_id=1&can_id=83c605ec892ede215fcc88c82e0a78fb&source=email-defenddaca-protect-undocumented-communities&email_referrer=email_228200&email_subject=defenddaca-protect-undocumented-communities

 

SIGN THE PETITION:

https://santamariademocrats.info/petitions/immigration-and-daca/tell-trump-to-protect-dreamers/

 

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.”

http://billmoyers.com/story/poor-people-arent-involved-in-politics/#.WU3KOExq96w.facebook

 

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?

Continued on our tab ‘POSTS CONTINUED” –

Click here –  https://santamariademocrats.info/posts-continued/climate-change-is-a-survival-issue/