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Movement to Ban Fracking in Santa Barbara County

posted Mar 24, 2014, 6:00 PM by pdsb chapter   [ updated Mar 24, 2014, 6:05 PM ]

From the Santa Barbara County Water Guardians

Dear Friends,

Please let me know if you would like me to come speak to a group of your friends or associates about this project sometime in the next couple of weeks. Love, Becca

Hi! Exciting news for Santa Barbara County! March 18, 2014

We just filed an initiative to ban fracking and its bedfellows, with our county registrar today! And now we need your help to get it on the November 2014 Ballot!

Join the rapidly growing movement to ban fracking in Santa Barbara County, by helping us get an initiative on the ballot this year!

Who: The Santa Barbara County Water Guardians ( is a rapidly growing coalition of students, professionals, farmers, parents, professors, non-profits and retirees. 

What: Place an initiative on the November 2014 ballot to ban fracking and other hazardous extraction techniques in our beautiful county. We hired the finest lawyers in all the land, Schute  Mihaly and Weinberger LLP and Nathan Alley, who drafted our high quality, legally defensible initiative and we are very excited about it!

When: We have an incredibly short timeline, but it's totally possible! We need your help to gather signatures, between April 5 and May 7 in order to reach our goal of 18,000 signatures. Sign up here:  Or call 805-865-2231, or email with questions. We are working with several groups of enthusiastic student at UCSB and SBCC, and are feeling very confident about our ability to meet our deadline.

Why Ban Fracking Now:  Because fracking in California is for heavy, dirty tar-oil that will be transported to the highest bidder. Because we like clean air, fresh water, and safe energy. Because we must protect our precious resources and health from the multiple hazards of extreme oil extraction techniques facing our county. Because we are at an energy crossroads, with companies like Santa Maria Energy, proposing 7,700 new wells, using the most emissions intensive form of extraction in the world, which won't be covered by SB4 regulations, nor the proposed statewide moratorium. Because there is no way that we can lower our countywide emissions if these projects go through. And because we cannot afford to wait even two more years. 

Why a ballot initiative: In order to get a ban passed through the County Board of Supervisors we would need support from 4 out of the 5 board members and that is very unlikely to happen anytime soon. 

Why join the fight? Because it allows us to become more fully alive at a time when the world desperately needs us to be. And because we always have A LOT of fun together! Join us! 

Sign up to help us gather signatures or make a much appreciated donation toward our sizable legal fees and campaign costs here:

We will have a training on how to gather signatures this Sunday at 5PM at The Unitarian Society, 1535 Santa Barbara St. Please join us!

Imagine how strong our movement will be after gathering 18,000 signatures in 4 weeks! Let's do this!


Much love,

Santa Barbara County Water Guardians
Citizens Climate Lobby

(805) 865-2231

"Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done." Louis D. Brandeis

Get Out The Vote Santa Barbara

posted Nov 2, 2012, 7:13 PM by Emily Allen   [ updated Nov 6, 2012, 8:58 AM ]

Help Get Out The Vote TODAY!!!

Tuesday, November 6

-Morning Lit Drop (coffee & doughnuts!) 

5am, Capps HQ, 1019 Chapala St

9am-8pm, Democratic HQ, 114 E Haley St, Suite E; 
Or Capps HQ 1019 Chapala St

Questions? Volunteer & Get Out The Vote!

Darcel (Dem HQ): 252-4249 or Jaime (Capps HQ): 884-0202

Questions about candidates/propositions vist: 


Vote 2012

posted Oct 2, 2012, 2:23 PM by Emily Allen   [ updated Oct 4, 2012, 10:12 PM ]

Santa Barbara County Democratic Party's Official 2012 Endorsements


President Barack Obama & Vice President Joe Biden

US Senate Dianne Feinstein

US Congress Lois Capps

State Senate Hannah-Beth Jackson

State Assembly (35th District) Gerald Manata

State Assembly (37th District) Das Williams

Carpinteria City Council Fred Shaw & Kathleen Reddington

Lompoc City Council Robert Cuthbert

Santa Maria City Council Terri Zuniga

Allan Hancock Board of Trustees Hilda Zacarias & Robert Yoshioka

Santa Barbara School District Pedro Paz & Gayle Eidelson

Santa Maria High School District Diana Perez

Santa Maria-Bonita School District Helen Galvan

Goleta Sanitary District Sharon Rose

Isla Vista Recreation and Parks District Pegeen Soutar, Sawyeh Maghsoodloo, Alejandro Rodriquez, & Jeffrey Bessmer

Statewide Propositions 

Proposition 30 YES

Proposition 31 NO

Proposition 32 NO

Proposition 33 NO

Proposition 34 YES

Proposition 35 YES

Proposition 36 YES

Proposition 37 YES

Proposition 38 NO

Proposition 39 YES

Proposition 40 YES

Local Measures 

Measure A YES

Measure B YES

Measure D YES

Measure E YES

Measure G YES

Measure H YES

Measure Z YES


Visit: to get involved!

Peace Day

posted Sep 18, 2012, 10:02 PM by Emily Allen

Join Us At The Great American Write In!

posted Aug 14, 2012, 3:14 PM by Emily Allen

In recognition of Women's Equality Day, the Santa Barbara Pro-Choice Coalition will host the 9th annual Great American Write-in on Saturday, August 25 from 12:30-3:00 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Central Library's Faulkner Gallery. Join members of more than twenty local organizations for a fun and energizing event! Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss critical issues impacting women’s health care and sign letters to our legislators in support of a wide variety of legislation that supports reproductive justice.

After signing letters, Pro-Choice Coalition supporters will gather for a Stand Up for Choice demonstration at the corner of State and Anapamu Streets, in front of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, from 2:30-3:00pm. Bring your pink t-shirts and your sunglasses. Signs will be provided.


posted Aug 8, 2012, 10:44 PM by Emily Allen   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 10:44 PM ]

MOVE TO AMEND RALLY in downtown Santa Barbara.
WHEN:     August 18, 2012, at high noon.
WHERE:  Entrance to the Paseo Nuevo Mall on State Street (between the 600 and 800 block of State Street).
CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE & SANTA BARBARA does not want unlimited and undisclosed amounts of corporate money coming into our local elections to influence the outcome that should belong to REAL PEOPLE in our community.  We will have tables set up with our petitions for community members to sign!

Get Out the Vote: Santa Barbara County!

posted Jun 4, 2012, 10:34 PM by Emily Allen   [ updated Jun 4, 2012, 10:34 PM ]

Santa Barbara Democratic Party HQ
114 E. Haley Street, Suite E, Santa Barbara

Santa Ynez Valley - Doreen Farr HQ

240 E Hwy 246 Suite 201, Buellton


5AM - morning literature drop
9am-8pm phone banking
4pm-8pm precinct walking

Save the Rental Housing Mediation Task Force (RHMTF)!

posted May 13, 2012, 2:14 PM by Emily Allen

Rental Housing Roundtable
Save the Rental Housing Mediation Task Force (RHMTF)!
Voice your support for RHMTF to City Council
on Wednesday, May 16 at 2pm
HOW YOU CAN HELP: Tell the Santa Barbara City Council to fund this vital program!

Last year the City Council considered cutting the RHMTF funding to a point that would eliminate mediation services, dismantle the 15 member volunteer Task Force and restricts services to telephone only; thereby limiting access to people with disabilities. Thanks to the relentless efforts of Rental Housing Roundtable and community to hold legislative visits with councilmembers, provide testimonies at council hearings and highlighting the benefits of this vital program the Council agreed to provide temporary funding for the RHMTF. We must put pressure on the City Council to prioritize this important service and continue funding the RHMTF!
First and foremost, consider writing a letter or email to the Santa Barbara City Council by Monday May 14 expressing your support for continued funding for the RHMTF program.  If appropriate, you can share that you have used the RHMTF or have made referrals, and know the benefit of the program’s mediation services.
Dear City Councilmember ________________,
The Recommended Operating and Capital Budget for Fiscal Year 2013 reflects elimination of mediation services, the 15 member volunteer Task Force and restricts services to telephone only; thereby limiting access to people with disabilities.
The Rental Housing Mediation Task Force (RHMTF) provides an essential service to residents of Santa Barbara through the provision of information and mediation services for landlords and tenants. In Santa Barbara, 60% of the residents are tenants. The RHMTF has provided mediation through an all-volunteer board since 1976. This Santa Barbara City program makes a huge impact on residents at risk for homelessness and saves community resources and money both for the disputants and the city.
Please join me in supporting this vital Santa Barbara City service for the residents of Santa Barbara and ensuring continued City funding for the RHMTF.
Thank you for your support,
Organization/Individual Name
Emails can be sent to Council members at:
(Please be sure to cc Justin Dullum, RHMTF Chair  to ensure that your letter can be included in the presentation to City Council)
Letters can be faxed to: (805) 564-5475
The City Council will be addressing the Community Development Department budget, including the RHMTF on Wednesday, May 16 at 2 pm at City Hall, 735 Anacapa St.

Hannah-Beth Jackson's Santa Barbara Campaign Kickoff

posted Apr 27, 2012, 8:40 PM by Emily Allen

114 E. Haley Street, Santa Barbara, CA, Please RSVP here -

Join us as we open our Santa Barbara Campaign Office with a day of exciting activities. The day will start with breakfast in the office followed by walking and phone banking. Afterwards we will gather in the office for a delicious BBQ and fun afternoon. We hope to see you there!

10 AM - Breakfast in the office
10:30 AM - Guest speakers
10:45 AM - Hannah-Beth speaks
11:00 AM - Walkers/phone bankers starts
1:15PM - BBQ Starts!

Please RSVP so the campaign can plan accordingly:


posted Apr 23, 2012, 9:44 AM by Emily Allen

IMPORTANT REMINDER.  Let’s show our local Democratic candidates how much we support them. 

We need to get Hannah-Beth Jackson into the CA State Senate to get IMPORTANT PROGRESSIVE LEGISLATION passed!

We must re-elect Das Williams to the CA State Assembly and get Congresswoman Lois Capps back into the House of Representatives.


Progressive Dems Phone bank Night!


Mark your calendars. Please join us!


Wednesday, April 25

From 5:30-8:30pm  (if you can only make it for an hour or two, please come)

Democratic HQ

114 E. Haley Street, Suite E


Refreshments & good company!


If you've been sitting at home frustrated about the rhetoric we're hearing in this Presidential Primary, getting out there and talking to fellow Democrats will be a great way to channel those frustrations. Let's get out there and use our collective voting power!


For more info on phonebanks and walks visit:


Peace, Progress, Courage & Compassion,

Lois Hamilton

PDSB Chapter Leader


"Activism is my rent for living on the planet"  (Alice Walker)


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