FIX-IT Healthcare at the Tipping Point

A powerful documentary that reaches across the political and ideological divide. It makes the case for business leaders support for major healthcare reform.

The film was two years in the making, with more than forty voices advocating for reform, including: activists, health policy experts, economists, physicians, nurses, patients, business and labor leaders.This documentary takes an in-depth look into how our dysfunctional health care system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting on the nation’s health, while remaining un-affordable for a third of our citizens.

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

 

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Big Lies about CA Single Payer Healthcare begins.

KNOW THE FACTS!

As the Single-payer bill heads to the state Assembly, big pharma wants to discourage us with this….SACRAMENTO — As a legislative deadline loomed, California senators Thursday — in some cases, reluctantly — voted to pass a $400 billion plan to create a government-run health care system without a way to pay for it.

As the single-payer bill heads to the state Assembly, this is exactly the media message that the private insurance and pharma industry wants. And it’s utterly, completely, embarrassingly inaccurate.

With single-payer, the cost would drop to $331 billion — meaning the people and businesses in California would pay $37 billion less than they are paying now for health care, a new study shows.

http://www.healthycaliforniaact.org/the-big-media-lie-about-single-payer-health-care/

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Trump signed away your internet privacy. A California legislator wants to give it back.

 

Call CA (R) Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham Phone: (805) 549-3381 SLO.  Vote YES on AB 375 introduced by CA (D) Assemblyman Ed Chau.

AT&T, Comcast and other internet service providers can continue to track every search you make and website you visit and sell that information to the highest bidder, under legislation recently signed by President Donald Trump.
That legislation, which reversed an Obama regulation, ought to alarm any American who ventures online, no matter their political persuasion. Now comes Assemblyman Ed Chau, a Democrat from Monterey Park, carrying a bill that for Californians would reverse the legislation and provide someprivacy at a time when seemingly nothing is private.
Chau’s Assembly Bill CA AB 375 promises fundamental protections: Internet services providers would have to provide customers with a “clear and conspicuous” opportunity to agree to authorize their information to be used, disclosed or sold. You could revoke that permission at any time. Providers could not deny service if consumers refuse to sign away their right to privacy. And they could not they charge customers more for failing to grant them access to their information.

Text of AB 375:  http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB375

(Also more information on our FB page – see link on our home page)

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Small town, low income Santa Maria pays city staff top dollar, receives unfavorable grand jury report.

As of 2015, 30.4% of Santa Maria residents were living below the federal poverty line of about $24,000 year.

Santa Maria City Manager salary exceeds $376,000 including benefits.  30 other city salaries exceed $200,000.

http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/santa-maria/


Statistics in an article in the Santa Maria Times, February 24, 2017:

As of 2015, 30.4% of Santa Maria residents were living below the federal poverty line of about $24,000 year.

That’s 10% higher poverty than the statewide average, and the Santa Barbara County average is 20%.

That means 1 out every 5 families in Santa Barbara county have an income of $24,000, or less.

78% of Santa Maria residents rent, they don’t own their own home. That’s 40% higher than statewide.

Santa Maria is 73% Hispanic, and are part of the agriculture industry, without much else to rely on.


 

 

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CALL ASSEMBLYMAN CUNNINGHAM. Fight Dark Money.

Give the California DISCLOSE Act a vote!

Last Wednesday, June 11, over 150 people from all around the state rallied and lobbied their legislators to demand that the California legislature give AB 14, the California DISCLOSE Act, its promised vote to stop secret money in politics. Chants rang out loud and clear across the Capitol steps — from coauthors, coalition partners, and activists alike — that “We Want a Vote!”
To get our democracy back, we must stop the wealthy and powerful from secretly buying elections — which the California DISCLOSE Act will do by making political ads show who really pays for them. That’s why we have to keep fighting to show our elected officials how many people are demanding they vote to end Dark Money.

Sign Petitions CA AB 14 & CA SB 651 Fight Dark Money  

Sign Petition for CA AB 1089 Limit Campaign $ in Local Elections

CALL ASSEMBLYMAN JORDAN CUNNINGHAM: 

Phone: (805) 549-3381 

1150 Osos Street, Suite 207, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 

 

CA STATE ASSEMBLYMAN REPRESENTING NORTH SANTA BARBARA COUNTY:

District 35 State Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R)http://ad35.assemblygop.com   (Term 2016-2018)

State Capitol, Room 4098, Sacramento, CA 94249-0035 Phone: (916) 319-2035; FAX: (805) 549-3400

District 35 Map:   http://www.calvoter.org/voter/maps/2011/assembly/map_20110815_ap_ad_35_certified.pdf

1.)  SIGN THE PETITION FOR AB 14:    

https://www.yesfairelections.org/petition/ab14.php?ms=caclean-home

Read  AB 14 Bill:  http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB14

AB 14, The California DISCLOSE Act, will fight Dark Money by making it illegal for political ads to mislead voters about who’s paying for them. 

AB 14 will strike the biggest blow yet against the unlimited secret money unleashed by Citizens United by requiring that ballot measure ads and ads about candidates by outside groups clearly and prominently disclose their top 3 true funders.

 2.)  SIGN THE PETITION FOR SB 651:

https://www.yesfairelections.org/petition/sb651.php?ms=yfe-home-feature

Read SB 651 Bill:http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=

 SB 651 complements AB 14, the California DISCLOSE Act, which requires political ads to clearly disclose their top 3 funders when they ask for your vote.  Together, they’ll let voters know who’s paying for initiatives every step of the way.

 

3.) SIGN THE PETITION FOR AB 1089:

http://www.yesfairelections.org/petition/ab1089.php?ms=facebook-post-ab1089-2017-05-23

AB 1089 In 78% of cities, wealthy special interests can give unlimited amounts of money to candidates in LOCAL elections.   Most states impose limitations on contributions to candidates for local elective offices. California is among the minority of states without these contribution limitations.

 

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Trump ignores the world, withdraws the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement

The main goal of the Paris deal was to limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius. Beyond that point, scientists worry that catastrophic impacts of warming become irreversible.

Trump at the White House:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/01/530748899/watch-live-trump-announces-decision-on-paris-climate-agreement

 

INDIVISIBLE.  WHAT YOU CAN DO NEXT.

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CA DEM Convention 2017 Resolutions


Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its 2017 Statewide Convention
Sacramento Convention Center

https://santamariademocrats.info/resist-call-to-action/call-to-action/get-informed/

https://www.facebook.com/cadems

https://www.instagram.com/cademocrats/

https://twitter.com/ca_dem

https://www.youtube.com/user/cademorg

 

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Another bill, H.R. 1180 that erodes work-life balance for women.

Congress is considering the deceptively-named Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1180/S. 801), which would erode longstanding overtime protections and create a “comp time” law that would offer hardworking people a false choice between time off and money in their paychecks.
Access to a high standard of benefits and policies that promote work-life balance, which are critical to achieve economic self-sufficiency for all women. The misnamed Working Families Flexibility Act is not an improvement for working families. 
The Working Families Flexibility Act has already passed in the House of Representatives. Urge your Senators,

Diane Feinstein Phone: 1-202-224-3841 and Kamala Harris Phone: 1-202-224-3553, to oppose the Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1180/S. 801) now!

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1180/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22hr+1180%22%5D%7D&r=1

https://santamariademocrats.info/call-to-action/

 

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217 Republican U.S. House of Representatives voted Yes to gut health care for millions.

Here are the names of all of the Republicans who voted Yes on May 4, 2017. (Click on image to enlarge.)
Action #1.  Call Toll free 1-844-241-1141 (a number that will randomly make the selection of who receives the call) and tell them that you:  “will be funding their opponent in their next re-election.  It’s not a state constituency issue when citizens in every state will be affected by national health care policies.  We know who they are and we will not forget, no matter what the Senate decides to do.”  
Action #2.  Donate as little as $1 towards defeating these Republicans. Here’s a special fund set up for that:
Twenty-four Republicans from districts where Trump won less than 50 percent of the vote in 2016 voted for this bill. Democrats need 24 seats to take back the House. Most of these races don’t have Democratic candidates yet or have primaries next year. But we’re not waiting till then. Every dollar you contribute to a Democratic Nominee Fund on this page will be transferred to the Democratic nominee when they win their primary next year. That means every dollar will go directly to beating Paul Ryan’s majority and taking back the House.  You can select CA districts, or your donation will be spread evenly by ActBlue.
Click here and donate (secure site):    https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/dkendorses2018dems?refcode=20170504fsdemslate

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Santa Maria City Community public TV station may lose funding. (See our Sign Petitions to help)

 

Santa Maria….USE IT OR LOSE IT!!  
  It’s OUR community channel available at minimal cost.  The studio is the only one of its kind in northern Santa Barbara County. It’s in the hands of the Santa Maria City Council and the Supervisors of Santa Barbara County to keep or discontinue this community benefit!!

Professional equipment for us to film and broadcast community events and programs.  Located at 910 South Oakwood Drive in Santa Maria.

See our tab POSTS CONTINUED for additional information and SIGN PETITIONS tab.

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Santa Maria Airport. To expand or stay the same?

 

SANTA MARIA AIRPORT:

What will be the future for the Santa Maria airport for the next 20 years?

Question:  Will our airport be critical to attracting businesses, and jobs, to our area?

The Santa Maria Airport District Board of Directors, composed of 5 elected officials, will hold a public

workshop, the fifth out of five chapters, in June to discuss changes in the airport.  

Written comments to the Board may be addressed to:

SANTA MARIA AIRPORT DISTRICT OFFICE, 3217 TERMINAL DRIVE, SANTA MARIA, CA 93455. 

or email: jmharris@coffmanassociates.com., who are assisting with the district’s plan.

https://santamaria.airportstudy.com

https://santamariaairport.com/board-of-directors.php

 

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The Democratic Party wants YOU to run for political office.

WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER! LEAVE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION ON OUR POST OR A PHONE MESSAGE AT (805) 349-2708, or email at dcsmv@dcsmv.net, attention Connie Ford.  If you think the country is headed in the wrong direction, and you are willing to get involved as a game changer, then now is the time to come forward and begin the process.  We would like to hear from you.Are you interested in shaping the future of the organized Democratic Club?
Would you like to help make North Santa Barbara County as blue as South Santa Barbara County? Are you able to give your time to make a true differenceIf you answered yes to ANY of these questions, we need you!! To sign up/volunteer: 805-349-2708 or email dcsmv@dcsmv.net.

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Santa Barbara County law enforcement officials do not plan on cooperating with I.C.E.

Article on March 7, 2017:

Santa Maria Times – Santa Barbara County law enforcement officials do not plan on cooperating with I.C.E.

https://santamariatimes.com/news/local/county-law-enforcement-won-t-assist-immigration-enforcement-efforts/article_186a6248-2eaf-5b26-a73f-9ca1a43773ee.html#utm_source=santamariatimes.com&utm_campaign=%2Femail-updates%2Fdaily-headlines%2F&utm_medium=email&utm_content=3AA521AECEF80FD328ECA9DEE002AC7E56BDFF45

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ELECTIONS WEBSITES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS: Where and How to Register to Vote

 

DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF SANTA MARIA VALLEY:

Website: santamariademocrats.info

Democratic Headquarters,327 East Plaza Drive, Suite 2, Santa Maria, CA 93454

Phone: 805-349-2708; (Call for office hours) Leave phone messages.

Facebook: Democratic Club of Santa Maria Valley


NOTICE:  THE SANTA MARIA ELECTIONS OFFICE #134 WILL BE CLOSED IN 2017.

Voter registration forms may be found at:

SANTA MARIA PUBLIC LIBRARY, 421 S. McClelland St 

U.S. POST OFFICE,  201 E. Battles Rd 

SANTA MARIA CITY HALL,  110 E. Cook St 

DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF SANTA MARIA VALLEY

 327 E. Plaza Dr, #2  (Call for hours 805-349-2708)

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY RECORDS OFFICE,  511 E. Lakeside Parkway

Online voter registration website: www.sbcvote.com/elections

Phone: 1-800722-8683, ext. 0 for customer service

Phone: 805-346-8374


SECRETARY OF STATE: ALEX PADILLA

Website: www.sos.ca.gov/elections

Phone: 1-800-345-8683, Voter Hotline

 

 

 

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Welcome Volunteers! We need you! Every vote counts!

If you would like to participate in the election process, we welcome campaign volunteers to register voters, telephone, and walk neighborhoods. Every vote counts!

Give us a call at 805-349-2708:  leave a message, and you’ll get a return call. Please give your name and phone number.


Take Note:
The Democratic Club of Santa Maria Valley is only as effective as our members enable us to be!
Although money is important, the volunteer work of our members is what REALLY makes us powerful!
AND WE NEED MORE MEMBERS to step up and help out, especially during important election years!!!
 Here are a few ways you can make DCSMV stronger, and thereby enable us to get more Democrats elected:
      Take your turn volunteering in our office OR AT EVENTS!
      Be a monthly caller or do phone-banking!
      Fill an empty Committee position! (Labor Liaison, Tabling, Precinct Organization, etc.)
      Help with fund raising on the Ways & Means Committee!
                        Call 805-349-2708 or email us at dcsmv@dcsmv.net

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