Today, we honor the life of Medgar Evers, WWII veteran and civil rights icon, on the anniversary of his murder, June 12, 1963. Evers fought for freedom in Europe, but it was his work as a civil rights leader in Mississippi that cost him his life. He is laid to rest in Section 36.
It’s almost the weekend and we just want to remind everyone to please stay at home or be safe when you are outside. Even if you are on a trail, riding on a bike path, or jogging, please wear a mask to protect yourself and those you are passing. Especially if you are exercising, you are breathing hard and spreading more droplets longer distances than the mandated 6 feet of separation.
Here are messages from Gregg Hart, who as Chair of the Board of Supervisors, has been conducting the County daily press conferences, and from Joyce Dudley, Santa Barbara District Attorney, who is raising concerns regarding domestic violence, child abuse and animal abuse.
Wishing you well,
Chair, Santa Barbara County Democratic Party
I hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy during this challenging time. Over the past several weeks, our community has demonstrated an incredible level of resilience in responding to the threat of COVID-19. Thanks to the diligence of residents and businesses in practicing physical distancing, we have been able to flatten the curve of the spread of COVID-19 in our community, care for those who are ill, and support community members in need.
Over the coming weeks, we must continue to take steps to protect the health of our community. Please remember to practice physical distancing at all times. If you are feeling sick, please self isolate, treat your symptoms at home, and contact your medical provider. If you or your loved ones are struggling with the emotional impacts of COVID-19 in our community, please call 211 to reach out for assistance — there are many community organizations that are ready to help.
I know that COVID-19 has had far-reaching consequences for our local economy. Local officials are currently working to launch a county-wide economic recovery effort that will assist local businesses, while continuing to protect the health of our community. The County is working closely with Governor Newsom’s Office and State health authorities to ensure that we are well positioned to open segments of our economy in accordance with the State’s six-part criteria for eventually easing the Stay at Home Order. Part of this effort includes expanding our local testing and contact tracing capabilities, and ensuring that we continue to maintain the capacity of our medical system. We are making progress on these efforts every day.
Santa Barbara County has experienced many challenging times over the past several years. During this public health emergency, we will continue to come together as a community and lean on each other as we get through this unprecedented situation. We are all in this together, while safely apart.
Please take care and stay healthy.
Chair, Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors
It is now a perfect storm for what I’m calling in-home abuse.
Families are experiencing every kind of stress possible, alcohol and drugs are closer than human beings, and there are no “outsiders” to witness these horrific crimes and call for help.
What can you as a loved one, neighbor or even stranger do if you are concerned about something you are experiencing, hearing or seeing?
Don’t intervene, don’t ignore it, and don’t think you have to have proof — that’s not your job.
All of our law enforcement officers are trained investigators in these crimes. It’s part of their job to do welfare checks, and they will do it in a professional and sensitive manner.
If you don’t call 9-1-1 and something terrible happens, you will never forgive yourself.
What can you do if you are a victim of one of these crimes?
Beyond your immediate safety and the safety of your loved ones, you can also contact our social service first-responders:
» Domestic or Intimate Partner Violence: Contact Domestic Violence Solutions.
» Child Abuse: Contact CALM.
» Sexual Assault: Contact STESA.
» Animal Abuse: Contact Animal Control in your city or the county. Also the Human Society will lovingly shelter your pet until the threat of abuse is over.
But again please start with CALLING 9-1-1.
What if you are a perpetrator? If you are abusing someone or some animal, leave your home and go some place safe.
Even if you are “just” abusing alcohol or drugs and you know that can lead to acts of violence, LEAVE and go someplace where you can’t hurt yourself or anyone else.
If you feel you are not in danger of endangering others, but you know you need help because you are abusing alcohol or drugs, now is the time to get it. Call 2-1-1 to find out what resources are available to you right now.
What if none of these crimes have occurred but you can feel the stress in your home building?
Don’t ignore it. Talk about it. Find the solutions that work for you and/or your family.
Walks? Projects? Prayer? Reaching out to your extended family and/or friends? And if you are still not sure call 211 and ask about other resources that may be helpful to you.
What if you or one of your loved ones is feeling helpless, hopeless and suicidal? Locally you can call 2-1-1.
You can also call the National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255.
These, for many of our community members, are the worst of times. Please do what you can to make things better.
District Attorney, Santa Barbara County
Unity and shared endeavor are core ideals for the DSC, but right now literally coming together is not cool.
We had great plans: Throw a party to celebrate recent victories in local races. Give it a bit of a St. Paddy’s Day theme, but make sure to distinguish luck from hard work. Honor our great volunteers and supporters, encouraging them to mingle informally with grateful electeds. We’d even found a perfect setting and friendly hosts at Live Oak Unitarian in Goleta.
Still there are a couple things that can be accomplished from a safe social distance. One is that our friends can still join or renew memberships for 2020. Some of you already have, using the remit envelopes that came with our snail mail invite, and others who planned to attend the event may have intended to do so on arrival. Those can still be used. We also offer a handy ActBlue donation page on our website. Thank you all for your participation as volunteers and supporters however you engage.
Secondly, today’s party was also to serve as our Annual General Meeting, required in our bylaws. The main order of business was to elect two of the four club officers: this year, President and Secretary. To keep things “regular,” please take a moment to vote by email ballot with the link on your newsletter. Thank you for that sign of support as well.
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Election Day in California is today! Listen up for some important voting information.
If you are a vote-by-mail voter, drop your ballot off at any one of the polling stations in Santa Barbara County, or at a U.S. Post Office.
If you are a poll voter, vote at your assigned polling station. Click here to check and see if your polling station has changed since the last election.
If you have moved addresses or changed your party preference since you last voted, you can re-register to vote via same-day “Conditional Voter Registration” at your assigned polling place on Election Day.
Below you will find our Democratic voter guide which includes the Democratic Party’s endorsements. If you have any questions or need assistance, please call Democratic HQ at (805) 965-8030.
Lastly, we need volunteers for our final Get-Out-The-Vote push today. Please review our schedule by clicking here, and show up at Democratic HQ anytime. When 8PM roles around, and the polls close, please join us for an Election Night celebration at Casa Blanca in Santa Barbara, located at 330 State St.
Chair, Santa Barbara County Democratic Party
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