Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee
Member Newsletter - January 2019

From the President's Desk

Off to a strong start in 2019!
I wish you all a Happy New Year and Welcome to 2019! I am humbled and honored to lead, along with our Board of Directors, the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee into its 31st year. I am constantly inspired by their passion and commitment to feminist values.

Thank you for being a member and supporting the work we do to train, support and endorse candidates who promote a feminist agenda. We continue our legislative advocacy work to support policy change at the local, state and federal level. We are fortunate to have many elected officials in our community that are champions for women. They are examples of why elections, organizing and advocacy matter.

Over the course of my updates to our members, I want to share some of the things our endorsed candidates are doing to support our feminist agenda. You may have recently read about Asssemblymember Monique Limón’s tour of migrant shelters along the US/Mexico border. We wholeheartedly agree with her assertion that “ no family and no child deserve to be subjected to the conditions we saw today, especially not at our own border.”

Congressmember Salud Carbajal is requesting that his pay be withheld and is “standing in solidarity with federal workers on the Central Coast and across the country”. We applaud that he is standing up for his values and the many families who are facing economic hardship because of the #TrumpShutdown.

Many SBWPC Board Members and Members recently attended a reception honoring longtime SBWPC member, Janet Wolf for her 24 years of public service (12 Years on the Goleta Union School District Board and 12 Years as a 2nd District Santa Barbara County Supervisor). Janet Wolf was also a past recipient of the prestigious SBWPC Roses Award. She leaves a legacy of excellence and strong advocacy for women and families. We thank her for her dedication to our community and we know she will continue to do wonderful things.

These are just a sampling of the impacts our SBWPC endorsed candidates have that work toward s achieving “a society based upon the feminist values of social, political, racial and economic gender equality” (our SBWPC Vision Statement). I look forward to sharing more stories like this with you in the months to come.

We have some exciting events coming up in the next few weeks. Join us at the Santa Barbara Women’s March on January 19th and at our Annual Member Meeting on January 27th!


Luz Reyes-Martín

City of Santa Barbara
City Council Appointment
District 6
Do you live in Santa Barbara City District 6? ( District Map - Click Here ) Do you want to bring our progressive feminist values to the City Council? The Santa Barbara City Council will appoint a qualified candidate to serve on an interim basis until the candidate elected at the special election takes office. Applications for appointment are being accepted now and are due on January 28, 2019. Click Here for the Application

SBWPC has a protocol in place to interview candidates and consider making a recommendation to the Santa Barbara City Council. Applicants should contact SBWPC at to be considered. This is not an endorsement. We will follow our full endorsement protocol for the Special Election in November 2019.
Santa Barbara Women's March: Truth to Power
Join us at the Santa Barbara Women's March on Saturday, January 19 in De la Guerra Plaza. Check out the Facebook Event for updates. From 11 am - Noon, partner organizations will have information tables and materials for making signs. A brief program will begin at Noon - SBWPC will have a speaking role! Then - we march!

Stop by our table for information and to purchase your SBWPC t-shirt!
46th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Click here to add your name to the ROE Signature Ad in the SB Independent (deadline January 17)
Upcoming SBWPC Events
Santa Barbara Women's March
January 19, 11 AM
De la Guerra Plaza
SBWPC Annual Member Meeting
January 27, 2-4 PM
Cathedral Oaks Village Clubhouse
451 Avenida Pequena
SBWPC Friendraiser
February 25, 5:30 - 7 pm
Carpinteria Woman's Club
Other Events of Interest
An Evening with Gloria Allred
January 17, Lobero Theater

A benefit for Standing Together Against Sexual Assault (STESA) and Santa Barbara Women Lawyers. More Information
 Celebrating the 46th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Rock & Roe
January 24, Wildcat Lounge

Get your tickets now! More information