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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

 The calendar of all of our monthly club meetings are also listed along with our contact information on the Tab “About Us”.   Join us and meet our members.   With health and safety exceptions, when meetings will be conducted for members only on ZOOM, meetings are conducted at the IHOP Restaurant in Santa Maria the third Thursday of every month at 6:00 pm, speaker at 7:00 pm.   The public is always welcome to hear what our informative guest speakers have to say,  and enjoy other planned programs.   We’re all in this together!  Join us and be part of the progressive support system for our community.

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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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City of Santa Maria Voting Districts


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 link:   https://drawsantabarbaracounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/20211213-SB-CIRC-Final-Report.pdf

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Memorial Day 2023.

Remembering and honoring all of our military men and women who gave their lives for our country.



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The White House

Follow the progress of the Biden/Harris Administration.  Text or write the President.


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February is BLACK HISTORY Month.


Welcome to local NAACP presentations in SANTA MARIA  on February 18, 2 pm,  at the SM Public Library and on February 25, 11 am,  at Pioneer Park on E. Foster Rd.   LOMPOC on February 19, at 2 pm,  at the Lompoc Public Library.



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CA Governor Gavin Newsom Record 2022

On the Record for California Governor, Gavin Newsom, re-elected Nov 2022:


Gov. Gavin Newsom signed nearly 1,000 bills into law during the 2022 legislative session.   Among the laws that take effect Jan. 1, 2023, are harsher penalties for street racing, shrinking the minimum wage gap and resources for missing or endangered indigenous people.  Here are a few California laws that take effect:

News articles about new laws for 2023:  https://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/news/local/2022/12/30/new-year-new-california-laws-here-are-a-few-that-go-into-effect-jan-1/69760038007/

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Biden-Harris Administration Record 2021-2022

With  a razor thin majority,  President Biden Administration  was able to accomplish some of the most historic goals for the American people of any U.S. President in history.



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Wishing you all joy and peace for the Holidays and the New Year.                                                                                                           –  From the Members of the Democratic Club of Santa Maria Valley.







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January 6th Insurrection Hearings on Youtube and Conclusions

Final Report,   December 21, 2022:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtwItbTPWNE

 Criminal Charges recommended by the Committee on December 21, 2022:     https://santamariademocrats.info/criminal-referrals-made-by-the-january-6-committee/



CBS News:    https://www.cbsnews.com/atlanta/news/january-6-committee-conclusion-trump-ultimately-responsible-for-insurrection/

Newsweek:    https://www.newsweek.com/jan-6-criminal-referral-charges-against-trump-will-stick-kirschner-says-1767978

Review of the hearings and discussions on C-SPAN:   https://www.c-span.org/search/?searchtype=Videos&sort=Newest&seriesid[]=112

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

Day 9, October 13, 2022:  https://www.c-span.org/video/?523473-1/january-6-committee-votes-subpoena-president-trump

Final Report,  December 21, 2022   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtwItbTPWNE

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California Certified Final Results for Nov 8, 2022 Mid Term Election

California Certified Election Results of Mid Term Election November 8, 2022:
(Begin on page 21 for individual candidates vote count.)



The CA Secretary of State will certify the results for all CA counties on December 16, 2022.

County elections officials must complete final official results by December 8, 2022.




Note:  Not all votes are conclusive on the preliminary results.

Second update to Preliminary Results in Santa Barbara County as of Nov. 18, 2022:


First Preliminary Results in Santa Barbara County as of Nov. 9, 2022:



Why aren’t all of the ballots processed at the same time?  Visit the SB County Election link for an explanation:  https://content.civicplus.com/api/assets/2f4fd4dc-805e-4d40-8819-c9938c346c11

What is a Provisional Ballot?:  Provisional ballots ensure that voters are not excluded from the voting process due to an administrative error. They provide a fail-safe mechanism for voters who arrive at the polls on Election Day and whose eligibility to vote is uncertain.  If their eligibility cannot be established, the ballot will not be counted.

When there is uncertainty about a voter’s eligibility—the potential voter’s name is not on the voter rolls, a required identification document isn’t available or another issue arises—the election official is required to offer the voter a provisional ballot instead of a regular ballot. Standards for handling provisional ballots are determined by state law.  Voters often need to be their own biggest advocate when it comes to provisional ballots — following up with local elected officials to confirm they have looked into their qualifications and have counted their vote.  There is an option in California to be notified when your vote is received and counted by the elections office.   It can be requested on the registration form or online.  Online:  https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-status/wheres-my-ballot

In nearly all of the states, after being cast, the provisional ballot is kept separate from other ballots until after the election. A determination is then made as to whether the voter was eligible to vote, and therefore whether the ballot is to be counted. Generally, a board of elections or local election officials will investigate the provisional ballots within days of the election. If their eligibility cannot be established, the ballot will not be counted.  Since this is an additional administrative step, a large number of provisional ballots can increase costs for jurisdictions.

Follow the Election Results on the Santa Barbara County Elections websitehttps://www.countyofsb.org/3294/Election-Results

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Click here for Endorsed Democrats and Propositions on the Nov 8 Ballot


 JUDGES Appointed by Democratic or Republican Governors?

On our Santa Barbara County November 8 ballot:

All candidates on the ballot for judicial offices on the ballot were appointed by
Democrats Governor Jerry Brown or Governor Gavin Newsom
Appointed by Republican Governors:
Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, 2nd District:
Frances Rothschild, Judith Ashmann, Elizabeth A. Grimes.

Source:  https://ballotpedia.org/California_intermediate_appellate_court_elections,_2022


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information including your Districts and Precinct by address:



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JOIN US! Public Invited.

Make your reservations by December 1st  for the Democratic Club of Santa Maria Valley annual Holiday Party on Thursday, December 15th.   Our Program Guest Speaker will be Santa Maria City Councilwoman, GLORIA SOTO.  She will be followed by other recently elected persons, entertainment by Gale McNeeley, and special presentations.

Where:  Lake Marie Estates, Lake Marie Valley Club,  2327 Fallen Leaf Dr., 93455                                                              Date:     Thursday, December 15, 2022                                                                                                                                                            Time:     Doors open at 5:30 p.m.,  Dinner served at 6:00 p.m.

Reservations and payment of $45 per person must be paid in advance and received by Thursday, December 1, 2022. Space is limited. Use the ActBlue link:    https://secure.actblue.com/donate/dcsmvholiday   to pay online, or you may mail or deliver your check to DCSMV headquarters, 327 Plaza Drive, Suite 2, Santa Maria, CA, 93454.  If the office is closed, use the mail slot in the door. Be sure to indicate if you prefer a vegetarian meal (if paying online, please leave your name and how many vegetarian meals requested on our office phone, or send us an email) otherwise a non vegetarian meal will be provided.  Table sponsorships are also available with names on the event poster. For additional information, call our office at 1-805-349-2708 or email dcsmv@dcsmv.net.


Gloria Soto was born, raised, and educated in Santa Maria. She attended Pioneer Valley High School and earned her Associate Degree at Allan Hancock College and her B.A. at Chapman University. She is currently the Executive Director of Future Leaders of America (FLA), one of California’s largest Latinx youth-serving organizations. Before joining the FLA team, Gloria served in various positions at Planned Parenthood California Central Coast (PPCCC), including education, public affairs, and development.

In 2018, Gloria was the youngest woman elected to the Santa Maria City Council as part of the national wave of young women of color seeking representation in local governments. She currently serves on the boards of the Allan Hancock Foundation, The Fund for Santa Barbara, 805 UndocuFund, and One Community Action.


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DEMOCRATS DO DELIVER,  and we should shout it from the rooftops! Here’s a long list as of Nov. 2022,   in case you haven’t been able to keep track!

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White House websitehttps://www.whitehouse.gov/therecord/

– On health care, the bill enables the federal health secretary to negotiate the prices of some drugs for   Medicare.  It also caps out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for people on Medicare at $2,000, effective in 2025.  The bill also provides a three-year extension on health care subsidies in the Affordable Care Act that were originally passed in last year’s pandemic relief bill.

– The sweeping bill allocates more than $300 billion to be invested in energy and climate reform. It’s the largest federal clean energy investment in U.S. history, It includes $60 billion for boosting renewable energy infrastructure in manufacturing, like solar panels and wind turnbines, and includes tax credits for electric vehicles and measures to make homes more energy efficient.  The bill is expected to lower greenhouse gas emissions by 40% based on 2005 levels, by the end of the decade.

– On taxes, the legislation establishes a 15% minimum tax for corporations making $1 billion or more in income, which is estimated to bring in over $300 billion in revenue.

– The Chips and Science Act, providing more than $200 billion to boost domestic production of semiconductor computer chips and reduce U.S. reliance on overseas manufacturing of the components that power nearly all facets of modern technology.  The legislation was a top priority for the Biden administration, with top officials warning lawmakers ahead of its passage that failure to act would have severe national security and economic consequences.

– Two new laws will extend the time period prosecutors have to prosecute individuals who committed fraud through the Paycheck Protection Program or Covid-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, extending the statute of limitations for criminal and civil enforcement against a borrower to 10 years.

– 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.
– President Biden, Vice President Harris, and the U.S. Department of Education have announced a three-part plan to help working and middle-class federal student loan borrowers transition back to regular payment as pandemic-related support expires. This plan includes loan forgiveness of up to $20,000. For details on the plan visit this official site:    https://studentaid.gov/debt-relief-announcement/

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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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


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


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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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