Community Forms, Candidate Forums, and other events sponsored and co-sponsored by League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara
The good news is that for the first time we know the scope of the problem for these vulnerable populations and have begun to address it through expanded Pre-K and a variety of special K-12 programs. Speakers included: Ana becerra, Program Director at Just Communities; Kelli Choi, Director of the Academy for Success; Patricia Madrigal, Director of the Program for Effective Access to College (PEAC), students from these programs and Kate Parker, President of the Santa Barbara Board of Education. The Panel Moderator was Irene Stone. This program was co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara Public Library.
For useful information see the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress http://www.caaspp.org research by Sean Rearden and Kendra Bishoff, and New York Times articles by Professor David Kirp.
Connie Hannah, Vice-President for Program and Advocacy
Please note that this forum will return to the Louise Lowry Davis Center. Bring friends and your lunch. Parking is free during the meeting.
For more details, see the article in the Channel Voter
The league believes that a robust public dialog is critical to a healthy democracy. Something has gone wrong and our League has made a commitment to addressing the problem.
The Forum featured 2nd District Supervisor Janet Wolf and Lanny Ebenstein, political science, author and educator, and included a presentation by representatives of the League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo,Sharon Kimball and Deb Humphreys about their nationally acclaimed study and report on best practices in promoting Civil Discourse on public policy issues. Here are some of their notes.
The League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara will hold its annual Holiday Party this year and meet with some of our newly elected officials. Joan Hartman, supervisor from the Third District who will replace Doreen Farr, will discuss her future plans. Das Williams, newly elected to take Salud Carbajal's seat in the First District will send his representative, Darcel Elliott, to represent him. The two City Council members from Carpinteria who have just been reelected will speak. Kyle Richards, newly elected City Councilman in Goleta, will be also be attending and speaking.
They will also meet with all of us informally at the festive tables. Bring your questions and a dish to share at our Potluck table to be enjoyed by all. Parking behind the center is free during the party. Lindsey Baker, Co-President, Program & Action
Chief Luhnow also participated in a panel following her presentation, and engaged with several organizations that frequently interact with the police department, including youth organizations, other public entities, and the judicial system. Glenn Bacheller: Homeless Affinity Group; Maureen Brown: Resstorative Court Liason SBPD; Maggie Campbell: Ex-Director Downtown Santa Barbara; Vanda Epstein: Outreach Specialist SBPD; Rev. Julia Hamilton: Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara; Officer Keld Hove:SBPD; Prof. Tania Israel: Counseling, Clinical, School of Psychology UCSB; Maricela Morales: Ex-Director CAUSE; Kathleen Riel: Independent Living Resource Center.
Beverly Herbert, Gun Violence Chair
At times this has the potential to create a tension. LWVSB policy calls for the "coordination of social policy and natural resources." And in advance of this Forum representatives of the Sustainable Communities and the Social Policy Committees convened in order to discuss areas of agreement and areas of tension. At the October Community Forum longtime League members Connie Hannah (Sustainable Communities Committee Chair), Mickey Flacks (housing advocate) and Emily Allen (Social Policy Co-Chair) discussed these policy intersections.
State and local League policies around affordable and moderate-income housing are made in the context of what is frequently referred to as an "affordable housing crisis" in California and particularly Santa Barbara. Locally the League has been a coalition partner of the Rental Housing Roundtable--which is made up of community organizations and concerned individuals working toward social justice in our community to address the lack of legal protections for Santa Barbara renters. The vision of RHR is to: protect and encourage a diverse, inclusive, and representative community of very-low to moderate income renters and the development of healthy and vital communities to ensure the expansion of the local and regional sustainable economy and improve the wellbeing of present and future generations. The RHR is interested in looking at solutions for addressing affordable housing. Some of the solutions the RHR recognizes have been the average unit density program, investment in affordable housing, support of legal services and mediation and inclusionary zoning programs.
RHR recently held a community forum on rental housing issues where the community was surveyed and identified issues related to rental housing. These issues can be broken down into "Affordability," "Habitability," "Protection from Unlawful Evictions," and "Creation of A Tenants Union."
Frank Rodriguez from CAUSE joined us at the forum to discuss the work of the RHR including the RHR's decision to focus on a specific Rental Stabilization policy known as a "Just Cause Eviction."
Emily Allen, Co-Chair, Social Policy Committee
Held October 16, 2016, 2 p.m.
Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Main Public Library, 40 East Anapamu Street.
Co-sponsored by Health Care for All - Santa Barbara & LWV Santa Barbara
The movie was followed by discussion, a Q and A period and light refreshments. FIX IT shows the growing support for an expanded and improved "Medicare for all" solution, with positive testimony from business owners and conservative politicians. The movie discusses how single payer can provide good coverage for all while saving money for individuals, families, businesses and public employers.
For information phone: (805) 682-5183
Held October 16, 2016, Sunday
First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Held October 9, 2016, Sunday
Santa Barbara Public Library Faulkner Gallery, 40 E. Anapamu, Santa Barbara, 93101
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Held October 2, 2016, Sunday
Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117, USA
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At our September Community Forum, we will explain LWV's recommendations on 11 of the 17 state propositions, and on several of the 7 local (county, city, or school district) measures that will be on South Coast ballots this fall. League members and speakers from other organizations that are working with us will present information on the ballot measures.
Some of the propositions are very confusing - in one case, intentionally so. And this will be an incredibly long ballot. So come learn more about it!
LWVC's Vote with the League flyer is included with this Channel Voter. You may want to read it first, and bring it with you.
Remember, this is an advocacy forum. The LWVSB Education Fund will also host an impartial Voter Service forum on the Pros and Cons, in early October.
The Community Forum, as always, is free and open to the public. You are encouraged to invite your friends. Bring your brown bag lunch; beverages will be provided. Parking behind the Center is free during the meeting.
Linda Phillips, State and National Action