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Each month, starting in February 2022, we will have a Community Forum on the third Wednesday from Noon to 1:30 pm.  Upcoming topics include Voting Rights,  Housing, Public Safety/Criminal Justice, and Climate Change.

The February Forum on Feb. 16th at Noon will focus on voting rights.  We will have speakers from states that have experienced voter suppression, including the Presidents of the Georgia and Texas state Leagues, and the President-Elect of the Arizona League.

For now, the Community Forums will be held via Zoom.  They are all listed on our calendar, so check it out! See the Community Forums page under the Events tab on our home page for more information.


Santa Barbara’s League of Women Voters Seats New Directors and Debuts New Website


The League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara (LWVSB) is announcing three new board members and a new website. Joining the Board of Directors are Dianne Meester Black, Emily Engel, and Linda Honikman.

Dianne Meester Black. A Santa Barbara resident since 1978, Dianne holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from UCSB. An interest in planning led her to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Master’s program for City and Regional Planning. Returning to Santa Barbara, Dianne joined the County of Santa Barbara's Resource Management Department (now Planning and Development), working in every division, most positions, and at every level before retiring as Department Director in 2019.

Emily Engel, PhD.  A community advocate who focuses on women and the environment, Emily is an independent art historian who earned her bachelor's degree from Tulane University and her masters and doctorate degrees from Boston College. She has published several articles and books on visual culture in Latin America, is the founding associate editor of Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture – a scholarly academic journal published by the University of California, and often teaches undergraduate courses for the Latin American and Iberian Studies Program at UCSB.

Linda Honikman. After growing up in Dallas, Linda majored in Human Relations and worked in Raleigh, NC as a community planner. She moved to Miami where she earned a master’s degree in Architecture and Planning. From 1980 to 2005, her work centered on software development, design, and media projects for the running industry. Linda moved to Santa Barbara in 1990 and has become an active member of the LWVSB’s Social Policy and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committees. Linda looks forward to pursuing her interests in social justice, housing, and community planning.

As one of 68 Leagues throughout California, the League of Voters of Santa Barbara is a 501(c)(3) charitable trust, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. LWVSB has 14 additional board members whose work focuses on  Voter Service, Redistricting, Housing and Homelessness, Criminal Justice Reform, and other topical issues all through a lens of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

“Each member of our Board of Directors is a passionate advocate for community involvement,” added LWVSB President Vijaya Jammalamadaka. “The League of Women Voters is a great way to play a role in the community, and our robust new website is an easy way to learn more at

Letters Sent to Local Officials and Other Entities

Letters to the SB County Board of Supervisors

  • June 7, 2021 letter supporting a Workforce Housing Study - discussed at the Board of Supervisors Meeting on June 8, 2021  
  6-7-21 Letter to SB County Supervisors on Budget on Workforce Housing Study
  • June 7, 2021 letter with recommendations for the Sheriff's Department that would reduce the long term jail population and increase community-based alternatives - discussed the Board of Supervisors Meeting on June 8, 2021
  6-7-21 Letter to SB County Supervisors on Sheriff's Budget

Letters to the Santa Barbara City Council

  • August 2, 2021 letter to the Mayor and City Council urging them to agree on realistic goals for affordable housing models for all income levels and identify innovative funding avenues.

8-2-21 LWVSB Public Comments on Affordable Housing for SB City Council Meeting

Letters to the Santa Barbara Planning Commission

  • September 24, 2021 group letter to the Planning Commission opposing ExxonMobil's proposal to restart three offshore oil platforms and then truck the oil through the county.
  9-24-21 Group Letter to PC on ExxonMobil Trucking
  • August 3, 2021 letter to the Planning Commission encouraging them to include very low-, low-, and moderate-income residents in their plans for new housing units in the downtown area.
8-3-21 Letter to SB Planning Commission on the BAE Economic Feasibility Study

Letters to the Santa Barbara Community College Board of Trustees

  • August 5, 2021 letter to the SBCC Governing Board of Trustees noting our support for their resolution requiring all students and employees to be fully vaccinated by October 1, 2021, among other thing, for everyone to wear face masks in indoor settings  except when eating or drinking, and to adhere to social distancing in accordance with the recommendations of the CDC.

8-5-21 Letter to SBCC Trustees on Covid-19 Immunization Requirements

Letters to U.C. Santa Barbara

  • August 2, 2021 letter to the Principal Planner of UCSB's Munger Residence Hall recommending improvements to the Notice of Preparation and the Amendment to the 2010 Long Term Development Plan.

8-2-21 Letter to UCSB Principal Planner on Munger Residence Hall

Letters to the Santa Barbara Unified School District

  • August 5, 2021 letter to SB Unified School District's Board noting our support for their requirement for staff and students to provide proof of vaccination or submit to weekly testing and for unvaccinated staff to obtain vaccination prior to the start of the school year. See the letter posted below for additional requirements being imposed by the Board and recommendations for other factors we urge them to consider.

8-5-21 Letter to SB Unified School District on Covid-19 Immunization Requirements


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