One Week to Go – Get Out The Vote

the time to contact as many voters as possible is upon us

It’s That Time of Year Again
With ballots going out next week, the time to contact as many voters as possible is upon us. With any luck, if we work now, the harvest and the celebration in November will be prodigious.

Club Update – DSC Volunteers in Action

Club Update
DSC Volunteers in Action
Putting out the mail for the Friedman campaign on the porch at HQ.

Since the September 1st opening of the new Democratic party headquarters at 1025 Castillo St., DSC volunteers have carried out two mailing projects for the current election campaign and appeared on camera with mayoral and council candidates Cathy Murillo and Gregg Hart in their new TV spots. Thank you to those dedicated folks who responded this month when needed for these various projects: John Devereaux, Chris Dille, Jane Fehrenbacher, Mickey Flacks, Gerry Gabowitz, Caroline Gunther, Maggie Gold, Martha Hassenplug, Sally Hearon, Vijaya Jammalamadaka, Cheryl Rogers, Barbara Tennison, Marian Shapiro, Gail & David Teton-Landis, Mary Thompson, Hap Ziegler, Chas. & Jan Clouse and others.

Bungalow Heaven for Dem candidates this year and next.
The spacious campaign HQ, a charming bungalow in a residential neighborhood, is conveniently located downtown near the corner of Castillo and Carrillo streets, with ample street parking for volunteers as well as free parking in the adjacent commuter lot after 6 p.m.and on Sundays, which makes it particularly useful for evening phone banks and weekend walks. Once past the 2017 SB city elections, it will be retained at least through 2018 for the congressional race and other coordinated campaign needs.

Getting to Know Jim Scafide, the endorsed Democrat for District 4, Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30

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Here’s a great opportunity to meet the endorsed Democrat for District 4. Even if you don’t live in that part of town, you’ll want to see what Jim will contribute to the Santa Barbara City Council when he joins the team of Mayor Cathy Murillo, Gregg Hart, and Eric Friedman.
Democratic Service Club, P.O. Box 1478, Santa Barbara, CA 93102

SB Young Dems Walk & Hope Ranch Pool Party

Santa Barbara Young Dems are worried that the city is in danger of having a Trump-supporting mayor due to a split Democratic field. Working against that possibility, they will come together to talk to at least 1,000 people on October 8, a month before mail-in ballots are delivered.
The immediate reward for the noontime Cathy Murillo canvassing operation starting from Dem HQ at 1025 Castillo will be a 3 o’clock pool party at the Hope Ranch home of county Democratic party chair Gail Teton-Landis. Check out the details and sign-up here.

City of Santa Barbara Elections

The Time Has Come

Ballots for the city election go out to voters the week of October 9, and need to be returned by mail by Tuesday, November 7. Ballots may be brought in to the City Clerk’s office prior to Election Day, and there will be four other drop off locations open on Nov. 7, but there are no traditional polling places. For full details about voter registration deadlines and ballot collection click here
The endorsed candidates, Cathy Murillo for Mayor, Jim Scafide (District 4), Eric Friedman (District 5) and Gregg Hart (District 6) for City Council, are busy walking neighborhoods and phoning voters from the recently opened party headquarters at 1025 Castillo St. It’s a job requiring lots of volunteer effort. Here’s how to help:
Contact Tyler Gibson at 805-364-2685 or


“It’s YOUR Party: General Planning Meeting” at UCSB’s Corwin Pavilion

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow for “It’s YOUR Party: General Planning Meeting” at UCSB’s Corwin Pavilion.
You’ll learn about Party structure, local clubs, campaign strategies, opportunities for engagement, and more.A few logistical details below… 

Food: a light lunch will be provided; if you’d like to purchase additional snacks/coffee, the UCen cafe will be open

10:30 a.m. Check-in: suggested donation of $10
11:05 a.m. Welcome & Introductions
11:30 a.m. Why the Party Matters
11:50 a.m. The Organizing Director’s Role
12:00 noon Club Introductions
12:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions
1:15 p.m. Working Lunch: Party Structure and Platforms
2:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions
3:15 p.m. Closing Session
3:50 p.m. Opportunities for Engagement and Closing Remarks
4:00 p.m. Event Ends
5:00 p.m. informal mixer off-campus (Rusty’s)

No matter what happens in Washington, D.C., Santa Barbara County Democrats are committed to fighting for our core values of truth, respect, and perseverance. With nearly 39 million people living within our borders, California will lead the nation in the fight to protect the dignity and basic human rights of all who live here. And our voices will be heard.

California has led the way: creating millions more jobs, passing equal pay legislation, establishing a living wage, protecting our invaluable natural resources and expanding health care for all.

There’s lots of work to do, so join us at the 2017 Santa Barbara County Democrats General Planning Meeting where we’ll map out how we can continue to lead the nation in the fight for progress together.

RSVP for the General Planning Meeting: Saturday, September 16, 2017 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at UCSB’s Corwin Pavilion. Suggested donation of $10 to help offset the cost of lunch.

Help shape the party platform.

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State Party News

New Party Officers

The main business of the CA Democratic Party’s recent state convention (May 19-21) was to elect new party officers to lead the most powerful blue state into an uncertain future. In a hotly contested election among the 3,000 convention delegates, Eric Bauman narrowly defeated Kimberly Ellis for state party Chair, 

Fierce floor demonstrations by Kimberly Ellis supporters (in pink) and Eric Bauman’s backers (yellow signs) made last month’s state Democratic convention particularly contentious. Bauman was elected party Chair, but the battle may continue in the courts.

replacing John Burton, who’d served since 2009. Ellis has not yet to conceded. Santa Barbara County Chair Daraka Larimore-Hall won election as Vice Chair-Male and Alexandra Gallardo-Rooker as Vice Chair-Female. Jenny Bach won a Sunday morning run-off to become party Secretary, and Daniel Weitzman was elected as Controller. Santa Barbara County Vice Chair David Atkins became the Region 10 Director and will oversee party operations in four South Coast and northward Assembly districts.

Upcoming Global Climate Change Forum

The annual BBQ was the biggest and best attended ever

The Re-Sisters performing “I Can’t Keep Quiet”

Our program of speakers included Rep. Salud Carbajal, Assembly Member Monique Limón, SB Mayor candidate Cathy Murillo, and the endorsed candidates for SB City Council Districts 4, 5, and 6 —Jim Scafide, Eric Friedman, and Gregg Hart respectively.

All photos by Marian Shapiro.

Thanks everyone!