Mar 15

Party Endorsements for 2017 City Elections

Introducing City Council & Mayoral Candidates
Santa Barbara will be electing a new mayor and city council members for Districts 4, 5, and 6 in November. In an effort to assure the success of progressive values in a city that heavily favors Democrats among registered voters, the county’s Democratic Central Committee has endorsed the following candidates:


For Mayor: Cathy Murillo
Now in her second term on the city council, Cathy is well-known to city voters and has built an impressive record of involvement and achievement in District 2 (Westside), which she now represents. Cathy has a strong record of promoting and defending affordable housing, job creation, protecting our environment, and strong fiscal management. She is council liaison to the Santa Barbara Youth Council, Housing Authority Commission, Library Board, Rental Housing Mediation Board, Living Wage Ordinance Committee, Sustainability Committee, Neighborhood Advisory Council, among others.

For District 4: Jim Scafide
A private practice attorney with municipal and state government experience, Jim moved to Santa Barbara in 2009, though he’d gone to SBCC in the 1980s. Immediately prior to moving to Santa Barbara, he was a Division Chief for the Massachusetts Attorney General and had served as the General Counsel for a publicly-traded company in Boston, Massachusetts. He is now an adjunct Professor of Law at Santa Barbara College of Law. His most recent public service experience was as the City of Santa Barbara’s representative on the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens. In the past, he was a two-term Mayor and City Councilman in the City of East Liverpool, Ohio.

For District 5: Eric Friedman
Eric has lived in Santa Barbara County since 1980, graduating from Lompoc High School in 1995 and going on to receive a B.A. in history from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters in Public Administration from Cal State Northridge. From 2002 to 2016 he worked as a district representative for 1st District Supervisors Naomi Schwartz and Supervisor Salud Carbajal. Highlights of that service include being lead staff to Supervisor Carbajal on President Obama’s State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Resiliency and Preparedness, working on the current effort to implement a Tri-Countues Community Choice Energy Program, staffing the 2013 Countywide Poverty Study, and contributing to the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness in Santa Barbara County.

For District 6: Gregg Hart
Having served two previous terms on the city council (elected in 1995 and re-elected 1999), Gregg returned to the council in 2013. A life-long Santa Barbaran, he entered public service as a legislative aide to State Assemblyman Jack O’Connell. He owned and operated Transitions Preschool for 20 years and besides holding a seat on the city council is currently employed as the Government Relations & Public Information Manager for the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments. He has served both as a City Planning Commissioner (1988-95) and a California Coastal Commissioner (2000-04).

Mar 05

2017 Profile in Courage Award goes to …

Mar 01

9th Annual Roosevelt-Hamer Dinner, Saturday, April 8th

Santa Barbara County Democratic Party Santa Barbara County Democratic Party


Save the Date! The 9th Annual Roosevelt-Hamer Dinner will be on Saturday, April 8th at 6 PM.

The theme of this year’s dinner is Making a Stand: Progress and Resistance. Santa Barbara Democrats are ready to fight back–with City Council and Mayoral elections for the City of Santa Barbara in November, and daily challenges to our rights and freedoms coming from the Trump Administration.

This year’s dinner will honor Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, high school students campaigning for Ethnic Studies Now in local schools, Isla Vista activist and SBCC Trustee Jonathan Abboud, and Gail Teton-Landis for her enduring volunteerism for the Party.

RSVP and purchase your seats now to join us at the Carrillo Ballroom at 100 E Carrillo in Downtown Santa Barbara to celebrate this year’s award recipients and help thank them for their contribution to a stronger Democratic community.


Welcome to the Resistance!

If you need any more information about the dinner, or are interested in sponsoring or buying a program ad, please contact us at: (805) 965-8030 or To purchase your tickets now, click here.

In Solidarity,

Santa Barbara County Democratic Party

Feb 15

United We Stand: Presidents’ Day, February 18 at 11am, March

March With Fellow Santa Barbarans:
United We Stand:
Presidents’ Day Weekend March
Please join the Santa Barbara community on Presidents’ Day Weekend to express yourself and make your voice heard. Whether it’s for immigrants’ rights, voting rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, the protection of wildlife, or if you can’t pick just one issue…Protest ALL of Trump’s dangerous policies. Whatever the peaceful cause or issue, you are welcome.
On February 18, we will gather in
De La Guerra Plaza
for a rally with speakers at
11 a.m.
then head onto State St. for the march @ about noon
Lend your voice and join the power of the people!
And here’s the event page on FB
Democratic Service Club, P.O. Box 1478, Santa Barbara, CA 93102

Feb 12

Learn How, When & Where the Democratic Party Works

Ever wonder to yourself, “what the F%@$ is the Democratic Party?!?” We hear so much about it all the time, but there isn’t much out there giving a clear and honest explanation of the party tailored to people not very deep in politics. Since so many people are interested in getting involved in the wake of the recent election, we thought it would be good to host this event.
Come have your questions answered and be empowered to make a change
Sunday, Feb. 12, 1-4 p.m. at Impact Hub (1117 State St.)

We’ll be exploring questions like:

Who is in charge of the Democratic Party? How are decisions made?

Who is voting for DNC Chair on Feb 23rd, and how can I get involved?

What exactly is the structure of the party? How does the average person fit it?

What’s the difference between the DNC we hear about a lot, the California Democratic Party, and the SB Democratic Party?

What is the future of the party? How can we affect the future?

And more!

This is a free event. Parking is available at Lot 4 on Chapala between Figeroua and Anapamu. For more information contact:
Please mark yourself as going and share the facebook event!

Feb 12

Volunteer Appreciation Party Pics

photos by Marian Shapiro

Feb 06

The Scandalous Super Bowl Commercial

Jan 28

Volunteer Appreciation Party, February 5th

poster for Annual Volunteer Party, Sunday, February 5, 2 - 4 p.m.

Jan 28

Local Color on the March

Also  Women’s March 10 Actions in 100 days campaign.

Jan 22

Annual Volunteer Appreciation Party, Sunday, February 5, 2 – 4 pm

poster for Annual Volunteer Party, Sunday, February 5, 2 - 4 p.m.