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Keynote Speaker Representative Lois Capps 
and Co-President Lindsey Baker LWV of Santa Barbara at the Annual Meeting
ANNUAL BOARD MEETING
The Santa Barbara Unit of the League of Women Voters held its Annual Board Meeting on Saturday, June 10th.  A business meeting included the recognition and acceptance of the slate of officers for 2017-2018, and recognition of new League members present.

New officers are: Joanie Jones, co-president, community education, membership & administration; Beverly King, vice-president, voter service & membership; and David Landecker, treasurer.

Directors are: Barbara Kuhn, communications coordinator; Vicki Allen, community outreach; Susan Horne, voter service; Bonnie Lassen, Voters Edge & Webmaster; and Penn Borden, water.

A lunch was followed by keynote speaker, former U.S. District 24 Representative Lois Capps who followed her talk with a question and answer period. Many areas of interest and concern were shared and discussed by the group. Ms. Capps shed light on some of the problems and difficulties faced by both citizens and elected officials in today's political arena.   

Of the several issues discussed, the need for Civil Discourse was of particular concern to Ms. Capps and she urged our local unit, the State and National Leagues, to continue their much needed work in this area.  
An Incredible Experience at the California State League Convention!
CONVENTION, CALIFORNIA LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
"A Capitol Connection - Convention 2017" was this year's billing for a very busy and productive event that took place from Friday June 2nd through to Sunday June 4th.  Hosted at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, League participants from all over the state gathered for this three day event, including the five Santa Barbara participants pictured above.

At our Annual Meeting held on Saturday June 10th, these members reported on what sounded to be an energizing program of forums, working groups and speakers.  And most importantly, the convention began the process of focusing our League for the work in the year ahead (see information regarding July 13th Calendar Planning Meeting).  

For more information about the convention, program and materials, click hereYou can also go the California League Facebook page to learn more.  Click here 

LOCAL ACTION ALERT!
COUNTY BUDGET HEARING

LOCAL ACTION ALERT!
Take Action at the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors' meeting & m ake a public comment at the June 12th Budget Hearings.  Contact members of the Board of Supervisors in advance to urge them to restore important community services that are being threatened (see letter above):
1st District: Das Williams,Vice Chair: (805) 568-2186  
2nd District: Janet Wolf: (805) 568-2191 
3rd District: Joan Hartmann, Chair: (805) 568-2192  
4th District: Peter Adam: (805) 737-7700  
5th District: Steve Lavagnino: (805)346-8400
You can also email a Public Comment Letter to the Clerk of the Board for submission at the budget hearings - please state clearly that the statement is for submission at the hearing. 


STATE & NATIONAL ACTION ALERTS
To see and respond to the latest LWVUS (National League) action alerts, click here. Get the LWVC (California State League) action alerts and help us advocate on critical policy issues here. The League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara also shares LWVUS and LWVC Action Alerts on our  Facebook page (@LWVSB). Please share our posts and "like" us.
 
MAKE IT FAIR AMENDMENT & HEALTHCARE
TAKE ACTION!
California Action Alert:
"Making Democracy Work" is the motto that the California State League is proud to embrace, and in doing so, both the National and State Leagues will endorse particular issues and legislative concerns. 
 
California's state league has adopted an "Action Policy" that addresses the Make It Fair Amendment  to close Proposition 13's property tax loophole for the biggest corporations. In California, the same corporations avoid paying nearly $9 billion in property taxes every single year. That money could help provide healthcare to families, educate our children, build affordable housing, train workers, feed our seniors, tend our parks, and so much more. 

National Action Alert:
Click here to go to the League's National Website and register your voice against legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  A small group of Senators are working to make decisions that will cut coverage, raise rates and give the richest Americans tax breaks at the expense of everyone else.  

Legislation passed by the U.S. House to repeal and replace the ACA fails to reflect the American value of fairness. Demand that Congress provide the needed fixes to the ACA and address Healthcare in a 
bi-partisan way to provide all Americans with quality, affordable care.  
SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES WILL MEET 
IN JULY & AUGUST
SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES WELCOMES GOLETA COUNCILMAN KASDIN
New Goleta City Councilman Stuart Kasdin came to our Garden Party this spring, and Cheryl  Rogers asked if he would come and talk with our Committee. He readily agreed, and so  we have scheduled him to join us at our Friday, July 14th meeting. We will use the
large clubhouse room at Maravilla and a nyone who has had concern about all the recent large  developments in Goleta is invited to attend. We will plan time for questions from the audience. The clubhouse is in front of you as you enter the only entrance to the community. You may be able  to find parking to your right, but if those places are full, you can park in the large central parking  lot. Our meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at ll:30. You may join us for lunch in their excellent restaurant, but be sure to bring some cash, because  they don't take credit cards.

In June the Sustainable Communities committee will be taking one month off, which is unusual for us. In July and August we will be back on our usual schedule on the second Friday mornings at 10 a.m. 

In the meantime our members will be attending the Housing Task Force meetings to monitor work on the AUD housing program, and all the other regular meetings that we cover. Email us about any special meetings that you know of and we will see if we can attend.
CALENDAR PLANNING MEETING
Join us to plan for the year ahead at our Calendar Planning meeting, 5:30 pm July 13th.  For location contact league@lwvsantabarbara.org.  
What are your hopes and aspirations for your league in the coming months? We invite members to join us as we look toward the year ahead and start planning our monthly Community Forums, and Candidate Forums that will take place prior to the November 2017 elections.  (We are excited that the Santa Barbara Public Library is now a co-sponsor of the League Forums, and these monthly programs will continue to be held in the Faulkner Gallery at the Library.)  

In this most important civic endeavor let's come together and work to bring information to the Santa Barbara Community.  To be knowledgeable and informed makes for wise choices and decisions as we move ahead.
MAY COMMUNITY FORUM
 
With public education under attack as never before, we are proud to say that the League of Women Voters is a strong supporter of Federal, State and Local programs that support our schools and communities.  

Our May Forum "Can Every Child Succeed?" was especially informative, with both providers and program participants presenting about the work being done on the local level.  


CHANNEL VOTER 
After a summer hiatus, the September-October Channel Voter will be online in late August and bring you up to date on the start of a new season of Community Forums and league programs. 
COMMUNITY EVENTS
The League of Women Voters does not support or oppose candidates or political parties. The League encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

As a service to our members who want information about the SB Progressive Coalition, Indivisible, and other local meetings and events, we are directing you to the Fund for Santa Barbara's
Community Calendar.
Our Annual Board Meeting was well attended and it was an honor to recognize the service of our keynote speaker Former Congresswoman Lois Capps for her 18 years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives! An informative question and answer period followed her talk.

We invite members to join us at our July Calendar Planning Meeting to help us set our agenda for the busy year ahead! 

Sincerely,

Lindsey Baker, Co-President of Program & Action
League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara 


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