Special interests and conservative Republicans are trying to buy this election


Santa Barbara County Democratic Party

Make no mistake – special interests and conservative Republicans are trying to buy this election. They’re spending big to reverse the progress our Democratic city leaders have made over the past four years: fighting climate change, protecting renters, implementing real solutions to homelessness, and creating more good-paying union jobs.


The Democratic Party supports the progress our city council has made under the leadership of Mayor Cathy Murillo, Councilmember Kristen Sneddon, and Councilmember Meagan Harmon. We need your help to keep our city moving forward on the issues that matter, and to help voters understand what is at stake in this election.


Ballots have already been mailed out – the time to help is now! Can you sign up for a volunteer shift to help reach voters and let them know that their ballot is arriving? Just an hour of your time will go a long way towards helping win this election.


Spencer Brandt

Organizing Director, Santa Barbara County Democratic Party



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Thank You to Our Dedicated Volunteers


DSC Volunteers in Action

The everlasting pandemic has somewhat constrained our eager team of volunteers as far as opportunities to be of service go. Candidate fund-raisers, where we could cover an array of essential chores, have, shall we say, all but dried-up, and mass mailings, routinely handled by our seasoned Mailing Brigade, have generally gone to the expensive alternative of a professional mailing house.

Joan and Richard Page assemble materials for precinct canvassing and help keep Dem HQ running smoothly.
We have, however, been able to provide safe staffing on a regular rotation at the party’s downtown headquarters, preparing campaign materials for neighborhood walks, greeting visitors, distributing yard signs, answering phones, and handling other clerical duties. Many thanks to Sondra Aggeler, Stephanie Chandler, Jan and Charles Clouse, Jane Fehrenbacher, Gerry Gabowitz, Laurie Guitteau, Martha Hassenplug, Paula Johnson, Joan and Richard Page, and Mary Stoddard for their service in the 2020 campaign. Caroline Gunther and Sally Hearon have joined the Clouses, the Pages, and Martha Hassenplug for the current campaign season.
Last year’s “lock down” did not mean idle hands for the DSC, who organized a vast team of regulars and newcomers to write more than 3,000 postcards to voters around California and out of state, especially to Georgia in its special senatorial election. Deserving recognition for their tireless work and legible handwriting are Sondra Aggeler, Lauren Berris, John Devereaux, Jacqueline Dyson, Ilana Eden, Jane Fehrenbacher, Gail Gillies, Laurie Guitteau, Peter Hasler, Martha Hassenplug, Sally Hearon, Lee Heller, Kathy Houlihan, Majorie McKean, Charlotte MacMillan, Cynthia Marin, Susan Matsumoto, Marcy Mullin, Lee Neill, Joan and Richard Page, Cheryl Rogers, Antonia Robertson, Marian Shapiro, Mary Stoddard, Jill Wilk, and Hap Ziegler.
Currently, the DSC has recruited volunteers to write some 500 Stop the Recall postcards to voters around California. Many of the same volunteers named above are involved, plus several more. Requests to participate have outrun our ability to supply cards and voter addresses–a good problem to have!

California Procrastinators – Vote Now

And make sure every CA friend, relative and acquaintance you know has voted.

Every single one.

  • Return your vote-by-mail ballot by mail with prepaid postage as long as it’s postmarked by September 14, 2021 or in-person to a secure ballot drop box, to a voting location or your county elections office by 8:00 p.m. on September 14, 2021.
  • In-person voting locations will offer voter registration, replacement ballots, accessible voting machines, and language assistance to those who need it.

2021 – Stop the Republican Recall

Let’s Just Get This Done!

Yes, this recall nonsense is aggravating and wasteful, but it’s not trivial and needs to be beaten down by the majority of California voters who know better. There are plenty of us, but we need to vote without fail. Ballots will be arriving this week.

Here’s what to do:
Mark, sign & seal your ballot right away. Ballots arrive this week; don’t procrastinate.
Vote “NO” on Question #1. That’s it. Don’t even engage with Question #2. If we defeat the recall, the rest is a pointless distraction.

Mail it in or drop it off. If you don’t trust the U.S. Mail, there are several drop-off locations, including the County Adm. Bldg. on Anacapa St., County Elections at 4440-A Calle Real, the Eastside Public Library at 1102 Montecito St., San Andres Hardware at 635 Micheltorena St., the Goleta Valley Community Center on Hollister, Goleta City Hall at 130 Cremona Dr., and the Carpinteria City Hall.
There are Election Day (Sept. 14) polling places, but everyone will receive a mail-in ballot. Why wait?

If you have friends or family who need persuading or are even considering not voting, remind them about: Gov. Newsom’s careful, data-based leadership throughout the pandemic, California’s current financial stability, and our state’s strategic investments in housing, infrastructure, public education, and climate change.
Or scare them with the opponents’ positions: Reported recently in the Orange County Register.


Remind Your Neighbors Where You Stand!
Free anti-Recall yard signs are now available at party HQ at 123 E. Carrillo St. Organizing Director Spencer Brandt is often at his desk there, but predictably you will find DSC volunteers to help you Wednesdays thru Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take one for a friend in a different part of town! And while you’re there, ask about how you can join the weekend walks or call voters from home.

2021 Celebrate Labor Day – Picnic 2pm – 4pm

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Tickets Still Available!       Monday September 6, 2021, 2pm-4pm
Tuckers Grove Park

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Marty Walsh, Secretary of Labor

”  … You’re leading the Department of Labor at a major inflection point for the country, with people getting back to work after so many lost jobs during the pandemic — and with the way we work potentially reshaped by the experience. What do you see as the opportunities or as your central mandate in this moment?

This is such a huge opportunity to do things right this time. Whatever the number on the infrastructure plan, it can be transformative for working people. So I view it as an opportunity for us to tackle the toughest issues that, quite honestly, maybe we haven’t tackled directly head-on as an administration. To tackle inequity in the workplace. To tackle wage disparity between women and men. To tackle racial inequities in the workplace and create better pathways.

I’m still kind of figuring out: How much I can push and where I can push and how much we can move forward? The beauty is that I have a president and a vice president who really believe in the mission of the Department of Labor. We have this unique opportunity in front of us to make some major changes in the workforce and to come back stronger. I think you get that opportunity once in a political career or once in a generation. And this is the time.  ”     from the Washington Post, August 31, 2021

2021 Labor Day Picnic – Monday September 6


Tickets still available!


Monday, September 6

2PM – 4PM

Tucker’s Grove Park

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Important COVID-19 Information

In accordance with health safety guidance, we will be requiring all attendees to be fully vaccinated, or provide proof of a negative covid test before entry. Additionally, masks will be required. Once you purchase your ticket online, you will receive a follow up email next week about how to verify your vaccination status.


Reject the Recall

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SB Democrats, Reject the Recall:
Join the CA Democratic Party and special guests on
Tuesday, June 15 at 6 p.m.
to kick off our organizing work
to Stop the Republican Recall.
We’ll use this time to learn more about the recall effort against Governor Gavin Newsom and how we’ll work together over the next few months to fight back against the right-wing Republican recall attempt. Come learn more about how you can lead organizing efforts in your community and about our upcoming Weekend of Action!
I hope to see you there,
Spencer Brandt
Organizing Director
Democratic Service Club, P.O. Box 1478, Santa Barbara, CA 93102

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if you’ve worked under our banner but never been a dues payer,
accept our thanks and think about joining us as a club member.

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please be generous when you reflect on the value of volunteer labor.)

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