Join the Democratic Party of Santa Barbara County as we kick off the grassroots effort to take back Santa Barbara's City Council. This Sunday, August 14, we'll be sharing the importance of this election with fellow Democrats as we canvass the beautiful Mesa neighborhood for our three endorsed candidates: Iya Falcone, Cathy Murillo, and Deborah Schwartz.
We will meet in Shoreline Park, at the bench located directly across from the intersection of La Plata and Shoreline Drive, at 1pm this Sunday, August 14. Water and snacks will be provided. And be sure to bring sunscreen! See you there!
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The local legal community is determined to feed families in First Annual ‘Food From the Bar’ drive. Santa Barbara Women Lawyers (SBWL), along with SBWL Foundation, Santa Barbara County Bar Association, Santa Barbara Trial Lawyers, Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara’s District Attorney, Public Defender, County Counsel, Santa Barbara Paralegal Association, Environmental Defense Center, Santa Barbara Legal Secretaries Association, Santa Barbara Barristers, and California Rural Legal Assistance have joined forces to raise money and collect food donations during the month of July to benefit the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, in the First Annual 'Food from the Bar' event.
Every dollar donated to the Foodbank provides for nine dollars of food for families in our community.
Sunday, April 17, 2011, history will be made as nearly 2 million people
join hands in one line up and down California, all in support of
California Community Colleges and their nearly 3 million students.
part of history! Volunteer your time to help make this event a success. Hands
Across California needs you!
If you're interested in serving as a volunteer for Hands Across California and
can donate some time in support of California's community college students,
please fill out our Volunteer Form and
we'll be in touch with you right away!
Across California will raise awareness of California Community Colleges
like never before by being the largest-ever event held by any system of
higher education. But more importantly, it will increase financial
support for California’s Community College students—a truly worthy
cause. Due to the ever-increasing cost of an education, California
Community College students are facing a crisis of affordability, with
many being forced to abandon their education each and every day because
of financial hardships. Nearly 90 percent of full-time students are in
need of financial aid, and almost half of all students have no resources
to pay for college.
is why Hands Across California is so important. Funds raised through
the event will directly support the California Community Colleges
Scholarship Endowment, a permanent fund that provides annual
scholarships to thousands of students with the greatest need. And thanks
to the generosity of The Bernard Osher Foundation, every dollar raised
for the Endowment through Hands Across California will be matched by 50
percent, significantly increasing the impact of every donation.
However, this opportunity doesn’t last forever. We as a system have only
until June 2011 to benefit from the Osher Foundation’s generous
matching opportunity, which is why the timing of Hands Across California
is so critical.
us tell the world why California Community Colleges are so vital to the
future, all while raising money toward scholarships that will support
generations upon generations of students.
involved in this exciting event is simple:
your support to make this unparalleled and unique
event a reality and bring new awareness
of the needs of California Community College students. A sponsorship of
this event will
result in untold media coverage and public awareness of the need to
enhance support to
California Community Colleges, the training ground of tomorrow’s
Santa Barbara is a series of events from February 25 through March 7
focused on keeping Freedom Warming Centers open every night they are
needed, both this winter and next.
In 2010, thirty-one homeless people died in
Santa Barbara County. Robert, a homeless man, died of hypothermia four
days before warming shelters were able to be open. The Freedom Warming
Centers house the homeless on nights when it is cold and raining. There
are a total of five warming centers countywide, with three Santa Barbara
centers open at any one time, housing up to 100 people per night.
county and the city of Santa Barbara have provided substantial funding,
much more is needed to keep the centers open every night they are
needed, both this winter and next. It costs approximately $2,000 to open
the countywide centers for one night. The goal is to raise at least
Santa Barbara is a coalition of independent concerned citizens working
in close collaboration with numerous city, county, non-profit and
inter-faith religious organizations.
Night Friday, February 25 Homeless:
The Motel Kids of Orange County 7pm,
Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, Parish Hall (Free)
Alexandra Pelosi documentary explores the lives of children living in
limbo as their families struggle to survive in one of the wealthiest
regions of America. Join Social Worker Ken Williams & Chuck Wolfe,
UCSB Professor of Film and Media Studies for a discussion after the
- Community Forum - Thursday, March 3 The Revolving Door: Moving Beyond Socks
& Blankets, Moderated by Former Assemblymember Hannah Beth Jackson 6:30pm, Unitarian Society of Santa
Barbara (1535 Santa Barbara St), Parish Hall (Free)
diverse panel discussing causes and solutions to homelessness.
Panelists include: Dr. David Lennon (Santa Barbara County Public
Health), Deedrea Edgar (Deputy Public Defender, Santa Barbara County),
David Hopkins (Formerly Homeless), Jennifer Ferraez (Licensed Social
Worker, Doctors Without Walls), Silvia Bernard (Good Samaritan
Services), Councilmember Dale Francisco (Santa Barbara City Council),
Suzanne Riordan (Co-founder SB Homeless Coalition), Wayne Mellinger
Concert W/ Glen Phillips & Friends - Sunday, March 6 Join Glen Phillips, Ellen Rockne, Ken Ryals
& Anthony Ybarra for an evening of great music. 7pm, Marjorie Luke Theatre (721 E Cota
us February 27, 5 PM, for our 7th Annual Academy Awards viewing party!
Oscar night, bright lights, a red carpet and large screen TVs will
transform the home of Susan Rose and Allan Ghitterman into . . .
SB CAN ACTION FUND's Oscar Viewing Gala***
WATCH the Academy
Awards Show on Big Screen TVs INDULGE in a bountiful buffet NAB
the Grand Prize for best predictor & other prizes & surprises NIBBLE
luscious desserts & movie candy ENJOY the company of friends REVEL
in the general merriment SAVOR sumptuous local wines
About Us:Common Ground Santa Barbara is a collaborative effort of
community members from the non-profit, governmental, business and faith
communities of Santa Barbara County striving to end homelessness in our
Common Ground Santa Barbara is working
alongside the National Common Ground Non-Profit organization as part of
their 100,000 Homes Campaign. During the week of February 28th - March
4th, 2011, community volunteers and dedicated experts will use Common
Ground's Vulnerability Index to survey persons experiencing street
homelessness who are at the greatest risk of premature death.
prioritization will target limited housing resources to those most in
need, thereby saving lives and impacting the community through an
immediate visible reduction in street homelessness and use of high cost
Barbara’s Registry week will begin with a training of volunteers on
Sunday, February 27th. Then, on Monday, February 28th and the following
two days, volunteers will canvas the County in teams to find our homeless neighbors and administer the Vulnerability Index. We will then
compile all of the surveys into a secure database for evaluation and
We need your help to carryout this important
task of administering the survey and inputting the data. We need
hundreds of volunteers to go out for the three days of surveying
beginning February 28, 2011 and for the following two days (March 1st
and March 2nd). Please sign up to volunteer and also direct your
friends to this site to volunteer [http://www.commongroundsb.org/commongroundsb/Volunteer.html].
morning surveying of our homeless neighbors utilizing our locally
adapted Vulnerability Index; volunteer outposts will be set up at
various locations throughout the County including SM, Lompoc, Goleta/IV,
Santa Barbara and Carpinteria (exact locations TBD). Sign up now at www.commongroundsb.org! Volunteers
will be assigned to teams of 4 and will arrive at their designated
outpost each morning at 4am sharp for hot coffee, donuts, camaraderie,
and supplies, returning by 7am for debriefing. Volunteers are also
needed to assist volunteers at the outposts, help with refreshments,
upload photos, etc.
If You Belong To A Club or
Organization:Common Ground Santa Barbara can make a
presentation about volunteering to your members.
Below is a very good statement from Lynnelle Williams regarding
Willbridge's proposed use of the property under their permanent
supportive housing program.
Dear Peabody School
Officials, Parents, San Roque Neighborhood, and Community at large,
I would like to
provide some clarification about what Willbridge does and what we intend
to do at 2904 State Street.
two types of housing: Transitional Housing and Permanent Supportive
Housing. Our Transitional Housing provides shelter and case management
and other support services for chronic homeless mentally ill individuals
and is the first step in their coming from the streets to greater
independent living. This is NOT what 2904 State Street will be used
The second type of
housing we offer is Permanent Supportive Housing, which IS the intended
use of 2904 State Street. Permanent Supportive Housing is low income
housing for individuals who are currently housed and are now ready to
live in a more independent setting and who require minimal supervision
but continue to receive case management and other supportive services.
Housing residents are often employed, enrolled in school, or in other
vocational training programs. They pay 30% of their income in rent,
make their own meals, clean their own rooms, care for the common areas
of the housing, and are building the skills necessary to prepare them
for completely independent living.
eligibility guidelines for potential residents of the Permanent
Supportive Housing facility at 2904 State Street include:
must have demonstrated an interest and ability to live independently
and want to move to greater independent living.
To be considered, they must either be employed or a
student in a technical or similar program.
must be fully able to live independently, and are medication compliant.
They must have three recommendations, including one
from their doctor.
They must have proof of income
They must not use illegal drugs or drink on the
premises and they must agree to random drug testing including
breathalizing tests: violation is cause for removal from the housing
They must help foster a
positive environment for themselves and other residents of the
facility. Non compliant individuals will be removed from the
manages its facilities to assure that clients comply with all house
rules. To assure a positive environment for residents, residents must
live within house rules or they are asked to leave and referred to
At Willbridge, ALL
premises are illegal drug and alcohol free. Residents who don’t comply
are asked to leave and referred to another program.
As a result of this
active management process, Willbridge has successfully operated all its
facilities without significant complaints from its neighbors.
operated a Permanent Supportive Housing facility for 6 residents at 18 E
Sola Street for the past two years without complaint or unfavorable
incident with neighbors.
Supportive housing clients do not panhandle, do not loiter on the
streets, are not aggressive with the individuals they come in contact
with, are respectful of the rights of others and want to live in their
housing that Willbridge provides and for which they pay rent.
Willbridge has operated two Transitional Housing facilities in the 1200
block East Montecito Street for 6 years; these buildings can accommodate
14 individuals in two buildings. These clients have not had any
unfavorable incidents with their neighbors.
received a $123,000 two year renewable grant from HUD for the operation
of a Permanent Supportive Housing facility to house 8 individuals.
Willbridge intends to operate 2904 State Street under this HUD grant
funding, which is restricted for use only for Permanent Supportive
Housing, and has specific requirements for its operation and the clients
it serves. We have until July, 2011 to put a facility into operation
to qualify for this Grant. If the acquisition of State Street is
denied, it may not be possible for us to put another facility into
operation in time, and Willbridge and the community would lose the use
of these Federal funds.
There has been much
concern recently raised about programs for the homeless in Santa
Barbara. The 2904 State Street is an affordable permanent supportive
housing project and not a revolving door shelter. Its resident will have
demonstrated stability in transitional housing & are interested in
moving forward with their life as contributing members of the community.
Our goal is to
empower individuals, assist them is reintegrating back into community
living and support their efforts in rebuilding their lives.
Tags: santa barbara, affordable housing, 2904 State Street, permanent supportive housing
Send a Pro-Choice Message to Congress! Join us in commemorating the 38th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade by signing on to our annual advertisements in local newspapers and attending local events.
Roe v. Wade Advertisements
Send a message to the new House leadership that we will not go back and that we are committed to protecting the rights and services that matter to women more fiercely than ever. Join us in a show of solidarity by signing on to the Roe v. Wade Anniversary newspaper ad. The ad deadline is Friday, January 14.
Join us in celebrating the 90th anniversary of U.S. women winning the right to vote! In recognition of Women's Equality Day, the Santa Barbara Pro-Choice Coalition is hosting its seventh annual Great American Write-in,
THIS Saturday, August 28th from 1-3 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Main Library's Faulkner Gallery, 40 E. Anapamu.
The event is a letter writing campaign aimed at defending and upholding laws that protect reproductive health and justice! Please join us for this fun and energizing grassroots event!
STAND UP FOR CHOICE!
Before or after you sign letters, join women's rights advocates at the corner of State and Anapamu Streets, in front of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, as they Stand Up for Choice! from 1:30-2:30. Bring your pink t-shirts and your sunglasses. Signs will be provided.
List of Registered Organizations:
ACLU Santa Barbara Chapter American Association of University Women of Santa Barbara and Goleta Valley American Association of University Women of Santa Maria Coalition Against Gun Violence Democratic Service Club Democratic Women of Santa Barbara County Food Bank of Santa Barbara County FUND for Santa Barbara Health Care for All – Santa Barbara Chapter League of Women Voters – Santa Barbara League of Women Voters – Santa Maria Pacific Pride Foundation Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura & San Luis Obispo Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Santa Barbara, Ventura & San Luis Obispo Progressive Democrats of Santa Barbara County PUEBLO Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee UCSB Campus Democrats UCSB Women’s Center Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Please remind your friends and co-workers about this event - please distribute this email to your lists! I hope to see you Saturday!
Measure S will allow the
Sheriff to halt the early release of more than 1,700 jail inmates annually into
our neighborhoods, and will provide funds to augment, not supplant, crucial
public safety services.
Measure S will increase
safety in our communities by:
Building and operating an additional 304-bed jail facility.
Implementing proven programs that reduce the rate at which criminals return to
jail (currently 70%).
Strengthening front-line law enforcement throughout the County.
Bolstering critical front-line fire and life-safety services countywide.
Measure S will be funded by
a dedicated ½ percent sales tax beginning July 1, 2011. This new ½ percent tax
will coincide with the legislated expiration of the State’s temporary one
percent sales tax, for a net ½ percent reduction – from 8.75% to 8.25%.
Measure S is expected to
generate approximately $30 million annually:
In the first four years, approximately $15 million annually goes toward jail
construction, after which these funds will be spent on jail operations.
Starting year 1, approximately $5 million goes to evidence-based repeat
offender reduction programs and alternatives to incarceration.
Starting year 1, approximately $10 million goes to front-line law enforcement
and fire protection for the Cities of Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, Guadalupe,
Lompoc, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Solvang, County unincorporated areas,
and all Fire Districts within Santa Barbara County.
Measure S, overseen by independent
advisory committees, will sunset in 14 years. All funds will be kept local,
must be used as defined in the Measure, and cannot be taken by the State.
Measure S allows the County
to accept $56.3 million in State jail construction funding, and boosts the
local economy with new construction and new jobs.
Measure S will be funded by
those who spend money in Santa Barbara County, including out-of-county shoppers
Measure S – For a safer
Santa Barbara County.
The undersigned authors of
the primary Argument In Favor of ballot proposition Measure S-2010 at the
Consolidated General Election for the County of Santa Barbara to be held on
November 2, 2010 hereby state that this argument is true and correct to the best
of their knowledge and belief.