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Nov 23 2018
Santa Barbara County General Election SEMI-OFFICIAL
Updated November 9, 2018 (FINAL CERTIFIED UPDATE DEC. 6, 2018)
(For all statistics and areas, http://sbcvote.com/elect/resources/results11_2018/results-1-so.htm)
CITY OF SANTA MARIA CITY COUNCIL MEMBER – DIST. 3
CITY OF SANTA MARIA CITY COUNCIL MEMBER – DIST. 4
SANTA MARIA-BONITA SCHOOL DISTRICT (2)
V. R. ALVAREZ-FLORES
SANTA MARIA JOINT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT (3)
ORCUTT UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT (3)
GUADALUPE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT (3)
DIANA R. ARRIOLA
SHEILA COSTA CEPEDA
CUYAMA JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT (2)
WHITNEY N. GOLLER
GAVIN NEWSOM (D)
ELENI KOUNALAKIS (D)
SECRETARY OF STATE
ALEX PADILLA (D)
BETTY T. YEE (D)
FIONA MA (D)
XAVIER BECERRA (D)
RICARDO LARA (D)
BOARD OF EQUALIZATION 2ND DISTRICT
MALIA COHEN (D)
UNITED STATES SENATOR
DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D)
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE 24TH DISTRICT
SALUD CARBAJAL (D)
STATE ASSEMBLY 35TH DISTRICT
JORDAN CUNNINGHAM (R)
SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
PROPOSITIONS AND MEASURES:
PROP 1 VETERANS AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING BOND ACT OF 2018
PROP 2 NO PLACE LIKE HOME ACT OF 2018
PROP 3 BONDS. WATER, FISH/WILDLIFE, GROUNDWATER PROJECTS.
PROP 4 BONDS. CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION. INITIATIVE STATUTE.
PROP 5 TRANSFER PROPERTY TAX BASE. INIT. CONS. AMEND.
PROP 6 ELIMINATE TRANSPORTATION FUNDING. INIT. CONST. AMEND.
PROP 7 DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME.
PROP 8 STATE REGULATION OF KIDNEY DIALYSIS CLINICS. INITIATIVE STATUE.
PROP 9 WITHDRAWN.
PROP 10 LOCAL GOVT AUTHORITY TO ENACT RENT CONTROL. INITIATIVE STATUTE.
PROP 11 CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT. EMERGENCY AMBULANCE EMPLOYEES.
PROP 12 STANDARDS FOR CONFINEMENT OF CERTAIN FARM ANIMALS.
MEASURE Y2018 ALLAN HANCOCK BOND
MEASURE G2018 COUNTY ORDINANCE
MEASURE H2018 COUNTY INITIATIVE
MEASURE U2018 CITY SANTA MARIA PUB SAFETY SVCS
AJ OF THE SUPREME COURT-CAROL A. CORRIGAN
AJ OF THE SUPREME COURT-LEONDRA R. KRUGER
AJ 2ND APP DIST, DIV 1-VICTORIA G. CHANEY
AJ 2ND APP DIST, DIV 1-HELEN BENDIX
PJ 2ND APP DIST, DIV 2-ELWOOD LUI
AJ 2ND APP DIST, DIV 2-VICTORIA M. CHAVEZ
AJ 2ND APP DIST, DIV 3-LUIS A. LAVIN
AJ 2ND APP DIST, DIV 3-HALIM DHANIDINA
AJ 2ND APP DIST, DIV 3-ANNE H. EGERTON
PJ 2ND APP DIST, DIV 4-NORA M. MANELLA
AJ 2ND APP DIST, DIV 4-THOMAS WILLHITE
AJ 2ND APP DIST, DIV 5-DOROTHY C. KIM
AJ 2ND APP DIST, DIV 5-CARL H. MOOR
AJ 2ND APP DIST, DIV 5-LAMAR W. BAKER
PJ 2ND APP DIST, DIV 6-ARTHUR GILBERT
AJ 2ND APP DIST, DIV 6-MARTIN J. TANGEMAN
AJ 2ND APP DIST, DIV 7-GAIL R. FEUER
AJ 2ND APP DIST, DIV 7-JOHN L. SEGAL
PJ 2ND APP DIST, DIV 8-TRICIA A. BIGELOW
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Nov 15 2018
GLORIA SOTO, newly elected to the Santa Maria City Council, was born, raised, and educated in Santa Maria. She comes from an immigrant family whose example taught her the value of hard work and determination. Gloria took advantage of every opportunity that her family and community offered her. She holds degrees from Allan Hancock College and Chapman University.
Gloria is a non-profit professional who, over the last seven years, has worked with Planned Parenthood California Central Coast in a variety of positions, including education, public affairs, community engagement, and development. Currently, she is the Regional Development Manager. Her work in the non-profit sector has also included volunteering to train youth leaders and directing week-long youth leadership programs. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Directors for Future Leaders of America and has served on The Fund for Santa Barbara’s Grant Making Committee (GMC). She is currently the GMC liaison to the Fund’s Board of Directors. Her wide experience with non-profit organizations has taught her the importance of building coalitions between communities and individuals who share common goals.
Gloria is a homeowner and resident of the Westgate neighborhood in District 3. She is bilingual, bi-cultural, and deeply connected to the Santa Maria Valley’s many communities. Gloria understands the everyday struggles of families in our city and will be a fierce advocate for affordable housing, living wage jobs, and expanding opportunities for all the youth of Santa Maria. The Candidates & Endorsement Committee recommends her endorsement.
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Jun 28 2018
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.”)
Where are the children coming from?
- 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.
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:
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.
Jun 10 2018
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!
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CONTACT YOUR SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SUPERVISOR:
OTHER ARTICLES OF INTEREST:
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.
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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.”
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
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.
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Jan 30 2018
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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.”
Jan 27 2018
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” –
Sep 18 2017
California lawmakers approve landmark ‘sanctuary state’ bill SB54 to expand protections for immigrants
California lawmakers on Saturday passed a “sanctuary state” bill, SB54, to protect immigrants without legal residency in the U.S., part of a broader push by Democrats to counter expanded deportation orders under the Trump administration.
The decision came hours after a federal judge in Chicago blocked the Trump administration’s move to withhold Justice Department grant funds to discourage so-called sanctuary city policies.
On the Senate floor minutes before 2 a.m. on Saturday, De León said the changes were reasonable, and reflected a powerful compromise between law enforcement officials and advocates.
“These amendments do not mean to erode the core mission of this measure, which is to protect hardworking families that have contributed greatly to our culture and the economy,” he said. “This is a measure that reflects the values of who we are as a great state.”
The bill’s core aim is to limit the ways that state and local officials can cooperate with federal immigration enforcement. Measures range from treating schools and courthouses as “safe zones” to restricting the ability of law enforcement to detain people on behalf of federal immigration officers. Though Brown worked to soften the bill, allowing for more interaction with federal authorities, experts like Santa Clara University law professor Pratheepan Gulasekaram say the measure still provides the most robust “p rotection available for non-citizens anywhere in the U.S.”
Does that mean people in California won’t be deported?
No. Some immigrant rights advocates don’t like the phrase “sanctuary state” because they believe it gives a false impression of the amount of protection California can provide. (Others don’t like it because the word “sanctuary” has become an epithet to many conservatives. And others object to it because they believe it might suggest to undocumented criminals that they’ll be safe from the law in the state.) Nothing in the bill prevents federal immigration authorities from coming into California. But given that the feds have limited resources, their ability to target individuals in the state is lessened when local officials aren’t willing to help.
Why can’t the federal government just force local agents to assist them?
While immigration policy is the purview of the federal government, court cases have found that the federal government cannot force state and local officials to carry out federal laws or simply commandeer local officers and turn them into unwilling deputies. To some extent, the Trump Administration can use money — either as a carrot or a stick — to entice cooperation, which is why the federal Department of Justice has threatened to withhold funds from sanctuary jurisdictions. Cities and counties in California have, however, pushed back on that move in lawsuits.
What about concerns that criminals will slip through the cracks?
That is a criticism that has been voiced by the California State Sheriffs’ Association, which has argued that public safety could be endangered if officials are limited in their ability to work with federal authorities. In some cases, for example, the measure would bar them from alerting immigration officers when an undocumented person has served time for a crime and is about to be released. The bill was amended early on to allow for cooperation in cases that involve violent or serious felonies such as murder, rape, kidnapping and robbery.