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Time to fill out your SAMPLE BALLOTS FOR THE NOVEMBER 6, 2018 ELECTION. (Open registration ends October 22nd.  To register, make changes, request a Vote-By-Mail ballot, visit:  https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/cavoter/

2018 ENDORSEMENTS (S.M. City, State Candidates, and Propositions):

For Santa Maria Valley ballots, the Santa Barbara County Democratic Party has endorsed the following people for the November 6th general election. To find out more about our endorsement process, https://sbdems.org/endorsements/

Santa Maria City Council-District 3: Gloria Soto

Santa Maria City Council-District 4: Rafael Gutierrez

Santa Maria Bonita School District: Abraham Melendrez

Santa Maria Joint Union School District: Diana Perez

Measure G: YES | Establishes eleven member Independent citizens redistricting commission.

Measure H: NO | Designed by special interests FOR special interests. Major funding from California petroleum industry.

Measure U: No position.



The California Democratic Party has endorsed the following statewide candidates for the November 6, 2018 election:

CA-24th District United States Congress: Salud Carbajal

35th District California State Assembly: William Ostrander

 37th District California State Assembly: Monique Limón

Governor: Gavin Newsom

US Senator: Kevin DeLeon

California Attorney General: Xavier Becerra

California State Controller: Betty Yee

California Secretary of State: Alex Padilla

California State Treasurer: Fiona Ma

California Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond

California Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara


PROPOSITIONS (Scroll down and read additional information below):

Proposition 1: YES | Creates affordable housing for vets, working families, disabled, seniors, homeless-without raising taxes

Proposition 2: YES | Delivers housing with mental health services to alleviate chronic homelessness-without raising taxes

Proposition 3: No Position

Proposition 4: YES | Provides specialized care for 2 million seriously ill or injured kids a year, regardless of family income

Proposition 5: NO | Takes up to $2 billion per year from schools and local services to give a tax break to wealthy property owners

Proposition 6: NO | Stop the attack on bridge and road safety!

Proposition 7: YES | Saves lives and money by stopping dangerous time changes

Proposition 8: YES | Requires dialysis clinics to improve patient care, update equipment and provide safe and clean facilities

Proposition 9: Removed by Court Order

Proposition 10: YES | Empowers local communities to limit skyrocketing rents

Proposition 11: NO | Undermines basic workplace protections for hard-working and dedicated emergency responders

Proposition 12: YES | Prevents cruelty to millions of farmed animals by prohibiting unhealthy, cruel and extreme confinement.

*  (See Discussion on Propositions at the bottom of this page)


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Judges appointed by Democrats:

Leondra R. Kruger

Helen Bendix

Elwood Lui

Luis A. Lavin

Halim Dhanidina

Anne H. Egerton

Dorothy C. Kim

Carl H. Moor

Lamar W. Baker

Arthur Gilbert

Martin J.Tangeman 

Gail R. Feuer

John L. Segal

All others on the ballot were appointed by Republicans.

(To research this information, do an internet search by name to find out who appointed them to office.)



Proposition 1:  YES.  Issues $4 billion in bonds for housing programs and veterans’ home loans creating affordable housing for vets, working families, disabled, seniors, homeless WITHOUT RAISING TAXES.  www.yesonprops1and2.org.

Proposition 2:  YES.  Authorizes the state to use revenue from millionaire’s tax for $2 billion in bonds for homelessness prevention housing and will build housing with mental health services to alleviate chronic homelessness.   www.yesonprops1and2.org.

Proposition 3:  NO.  Issues $8.877 billion in bonds for water-related infrastructure and environmental projects.  (According to the League of Women Voters this proposition will shift the cost for water from the end users to California taxpayers; reduce state money available for other critical state programs like education, affordable housing, and healthcare; fails to provide for adequate project oversight and financial accountability.)  The California Democratic Party has not taken a position on Proposition 3.

Proposition 4:  YES.  Issues $1.5 billion in bonds for children’s hospitals to provide specialized care for 2 million seriously ill or injured kids a year, regardless of family income.  http://www.yesonproposition4.org.

Proposition 5:  NO.  Revises process for homebuyers who are age 55 or older or severely disabled to transfer their tax assessments.  Prop 5 takes upwards of $1 billion EACH YEAR from schools and local services, from fire and emergency response to health care, to give new tax breaks to long-term homeowners, especially those with pricier houses, who already pay significantly lower tax bills.  http://www.noprop5.com/

Proposition 6:  NO.    Repeals 2017’s fuel tax and vehicle fee increases and requires public vote on future increases and would eliminate funding for more than 6,500 bridge and road safety, transportation and public transit improvement projects currently underway throughout California.  www.noprop6.com

  • Here is what Prop 6 WILL ELIMINATE  if it passes:  39 Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads, 31 Projects improving the safety of local roads, 10 Traffic congestion relief projects, 14 Safety improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists.


Proposition 7:  YES.  Authorizes legislature to provide for permanent daylight saving time if federal government allows.  Changing our clocks twice a year has proven to be hazardous to our health and public safety compared to typical workdays.  On-the-job injuries increase deadly vehicle accidents, and a spike in heart attacks over the few days following the “spring forward” time change.  https://yesprop7.info/

Proposition 8:  YES.  Requires dialysis clinics to issue refunds for revenue above a certain amount.  Despite nearly $4 billion in profits from their dialysis operations in the United States, the giant dialysis corporations don’t invest enough in improving patient care.  Rather than spend their money on executives and investors, Prop 8 limits the corporations’ profits and encourages them to improve patient safety, staffing and conditions in the clinics.  www.yeson8.com.

Proposition 9 was removed from the ballot by order of the California Supreme Court.

Proposition 10:  YES.  Allows local governments to regulate rent on any type of housing.  Across California, people are struggling to stay in their homes, as developers, landlords and Wall Street speculators are given free reign over our cities, quickly transforming stable neighborhoods into high-priced markets at the expense of working-class communities.  Teachers, nurses, long-term care workers and grocery clerks are being forced to commute far from their place of work just to live in housing they can afford.  The less fortunate are forced to sleep on couches, in cars, or can be seen on our streets.  This didn’t just happen naturally.  In 1995, the California legislature passed the Costa-Hawkins Rental Act, which puts limits on how California cities can address the housing crisis and protect residents from displacement.  www.voteyesonprop10.org.

Proposition 11:  NO.  Allows ambulance providers to require workers to remain on call during breaks paid in a ploy that could save the American Medical Response  Company millions of dollars and potentially protect it from ongoing lawsuits.  This private ambulance outfit has poured $21,900,786 to date into the statewide campaign to pass Proposition 11 that regulates lunch and rest breaks for people who work in ambulance services.  www.noprop11.net/

Proposition 12:  YES.  Bans sale of meat from animals confined in spaces below specific sizes.  Prop 12 would require cage-free housing and improve space requirements in California for three types of animals who are typically confined in tiny cages on factory farms; baby veal calves, mother pigs, and egg-laying hens.  It would also ensure that veal, pork, and eggs sold in the state come from operatons meeting these modest standards. https://preventcrueltyca.com/


There were two Guest Speakers, BOTH ENDORSED BY OUR CLUB, at the September 20th General Meeting. Santa Maria School Board Candidates Abraham Melendrez and Diana Perez.

 Our September General Meeting featured two guests running for office on November 6, 2018 ~  both of whom we have endorsed and also happen to be members of our Democratic Club of Santa Maria Valley!!  Diana Perez is running for re-election to the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Board, and Abe Melendrez is running for the Santa Maria Bonita School Board.

              Diana Perez, Speaker                                                                                                                  Abraham Melendrez, Speaker
*  Diana Perez, Candidate for Santa Maria Joint Union High School, (Link with list of schools in the district below)  was raised in Salinas, California and graduated from Salinas High School in 1984. As the eldest daughter of five, Diana aspired to help her mother (who worked in the fields) and her younger siblings strive for a better life. She enrolled and graduated from Hartnell College then transferred to UC Santa Barbara and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Diana worked two jobs to earn enough money to attend Fresno State and earned a Master’s Degree in Education, Counseling and Student Services in 1994.

Immediately after, she was hired by Santa Barbara City College as an ESL Counselor, then UC Santa Barbara as an EAOP Admission Counselor and currently is the Director of the Central Coast Cal-SOAP Consortium at Allan Hancock College. Diana Perez has three children including a recent graduate from Righetti High School.

Diana Perez was appointed to the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District in February of 2014, then elected to the board in November of 2014.  As a parent and educator with over twenty years of experience in higher education, and a former commissioner for the Off-Highway MotorVehicles Recreation (OHMVR), Diana is fully committed to contributing toward enhancing educational opportunities for all district students.

Here is a link for a list of the public schools in the Santa Maria Joint Union High School:  https://www.cde.ca.gov/SchoolDirectory/results?districts=1009&status=1&search=1

*  Abe Melendrez, Candidate for Santa Bonita School District, (Link with list of schools in the district below)  is a community organizer at Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE). Read his own words …

“I am a proud product of Santa Maria and the schools in our community. Like many children, I struggled in school and our family struggled financially, but amazing teachers and school programs helped me reach my educational dreams, including becoming the first in my family to achieve a university degree.

“I attended Miller Elementary, Fesler Jr. High, Santa Maria High, Allan Hancock College, and UC Berkeley. I know firsthand that our local schools have the potential to be some of the best, and in order to do so, we need strong leaders, focused on fiscal responsibility, with the energy to advocate for the best education for our students.

“I now serve on two nonprofit boards and am employed at a local nonprofit organization, working to address youth violence, encourage civic engagement and community leadership.

“I owe my success to my teachers, mentors and the community. I want to make sure every student is exposed to educational, professional, and vocational opportunities. I want us to give them a strong foundation because I believe that a strong investment in our children is a strong investment in our future.”

Here is a link to the schools in the Santa Bonita School District:  https://www.cde.ca.gov/SchoolDirectory/results?districts=990&status=1&search=1


Please join us at IHOP, 202 Nicholson Ave., every third Thursday of the month, with a no-host social and dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the program starting at 7 p.m.  Our October 18th meeting will feature Guest Speaker Leonard Champion, Fire Chief of the Santa Maria Fire Department.


VOTE NOVEMBER 6, 2018.  Find your District – Click HERE


GLORIA SOTO 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.

or   http://gloriafordistrict3.com/video/

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Vote November 6, 2018 for Bill Ostrander (D) – 2018 Endorsed Candidate for CA Assembly 35th District.


Bill Ostrander, Candidate for CA  Assembly,  35th District

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

Register to vote or update information:    https://registertovote.ca.gov

CONGRATULATIONS to RAFAEL GUTERRIZ, DCSMV Endorsed Candidate for 4th District, Santa Maria City Council. Vote November 6, 2018.

Rafael Gutierrez, Candidate 4th District, Santa Maria City Council


Meet the Candidate:

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.  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.  Rafael then attended Columbia Law School in New York.   (More below *)

Why am I running?

Rafael Gutierrez — who runs a private law practice from his office on Main Street — said he was running because he is disappointed in the current City Council.

“Santa Maria is a city with great potential.  Many of us who live here have noticed that Santa Maria has big city problems without many benefits that big cities enjoy. We have seen an increase in violent crime as well as drug and gang activity. We have overcrowded and deteriorating neighborhoods, congested streets and highway exits. Despite having the cheapest real estate of almost all the surrounding communities, we have a complete lack of affordable housing.”

“The people in City Hall right now are not thinking ahead.  The city lacks good-paying jobs, and needs to revitalize the city’s economy as well as implement mentorship and apprenticeship programs for the city’s youth.”

“We have a dilapidated downtown that does not entice people to come and visit.  We need to revitalize the downtown and make it so people want to live, work and shop here. We can’t have projects like the ones at Enos Ranch that take away from the small businesses on Main and Broadway.”

( Note:  Also, Link to watch a video by Rafa below)

(* Continued “Meet the Candidate” from above)

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.

* Register to vote, Vote-By-Mail, or update information:   https://registertovote.ca.gov

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.









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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Vote November 6, 2018 for Endorsed Incumbent Congressman, 24th District, Salud Carbajal. Santa Maria office opened August 8, 2017. 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.



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


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

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

 Register to vote or update information:    https://registertovote.ca.gov

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






(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:  


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




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/



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).


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:



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


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).)


(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

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

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

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

52% Malia Cohen – WON (runoff against (R) Burns)
29% Cathleen Galgiani
19% No Endorsement

CSCC visit Website:      www.cadem.org/endorsements




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

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


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/

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.”)


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.





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:


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.



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












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:



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/