Victory for 2 Democratic endorsed candidates; Alejandra Gutierrez & Mike Jordan

Thanks to all the volunteers, leaders and voters
who worked elect our City Council candidates!

Alejandra won by only 8 votes.

Elected to the SB City Council: Alejandra Gutierrez and Mike Jordan

The victory of the two Democratic endorsed candidates (especially for Alejandra Gutierrez) is a tribute to the very hard work of grassroots volunteers, who phoned, canvassed and fought tooth and nail for months to make this happen, and also the superb work of the county party’s Organizing Director, Spencer Brandt, and its Chair, Gail Teton-Landis.


Group of about 20 volunteers

The hard-working grassroots volunteers

The results show Alejandra Gutierrez winning District 1 with 963 votes, just eight votes over challenger Jason Dominguez in the District 1 race. Mike Jordan won the Mesa District 2 race with a total of 1,509 votes. They will both serve 5 year terms.


Veterans Day Appreciation



The water sings along our keel,
   The wind falls to a whispering breath;
I look into your eyes and feel
   No fear of life or death;
So near is love, so far away
The losing strife of yesterday.
We watch the swallow skim and dip;
   Some magic bids the world be still;
Life stands with finger upon lip;
   Love hath his gentle will;
Though hearts have bled, and tears have burned,
The river floweth unconcerned.
We pray the fickle flag of truce
   Still float deceitfully and fair;
Our eyes must love its sweet abuse;
   This hour we will not care,
Though just beyond to-morrow’s gate,
Arrayed and strong, the battle wait.


This is a critical time for our campaign to elect Alejandra Gutierrez and Mike Jordan to the City Council


Joan Hartmann Fund-raiser, Sunday, October 13

Spend a lovely afternoon in the very “green” garden of hosts Dennis Allen and Jenny Cushnie, and hear from Third District Supervisor Joan Hartmann about her work on behalf of Santa Barbara County, as she heads into a re-election campaign.
Election Day is March 3, 2020. Joan has been an impassioned and highly effective environmental actor for decades, first as an attorney working on endangered species and habitat; as an advocate for open space preservation; as a (former) member of the EDC Board of Directors; and now as the Third District Supervisor, a strong advocate for renewable energy and resilience planning.
Sunday, October 13, 1 – 3 p.m.
at the home of Dennis Allen & Jenny Cushnie
(address provide upon RSVP)
For sponsorship levels or tickets, please RSVP to Lee Heller (805-451-5787).

Voters in Santa Barbara are about the receive their vote-by-mail ballots!

New SB Campaign HQ Opens: volunteer-driven canvassing with neighborhood walks starting at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. on Sundays

  Campaigns 2019-20

With Labor Day in the rear-view mirror, the campaigns for Santa Barbara City Council and County Board of Supervisors have kicked into high gear with the opening of a new Santa Barbara County Democratic Party headquarters that will get the work done not only for this November and next March’s Primary, but on through 2020. The HQ is located centrally at 123 E. Carrillo Blvd.

According to Operations Director Spencer Brandt, last weekend’s kickoff went well, making initial contact with hundreds of voters in support of council candidates Mike Jordan (District 2) and Alejandra Gutierrez (District 1) as well as 1st District Supervisor Das Williams.
There are only 3 weeks left until mail-in ballots for the City Council election go out. Many people in Santa Barbara still don’t even know an election is happening. We need to contact them as soon as possible, and that’s why our volunteer work is so very much appreciated.

The schedule of volunteer-driven canvassing and phone banking will continue with neighborhood walks starting at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. on Sundays, while Monday thru Friday phone banking beginning at 5 p.m. will start September 20.

To get involved in the action or for questions contact Spencer at 559-805-0733 or email.

Global Climate Strike, Friday, Sept 27 at noon, De la Guerra Plaza

On September 27th, people across the world will strike from work and school to demand immediate action from our local, county, state, and federal governments on climate change. In Santa Barbara, we will have a rally and march in De La Guerra Plaza at noon, where attendees can connect with local environmental groups and learn about what they can do to stop climate change.


First Precinct Walk of the Season

announces precinct walking

Hot Issue Among Democrats


Link to poll

4th of July Photorama

The Democratic community’s annual 4th of July BBQ at Stow Grove Park in Goleta,  co-sponsored by the Democratic Service Club and the Santa Barbara Young Democrats,  was our best attended ever,  and included addresses by Rep. Salud Carbajal,  State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson,  Assembly Member Monique Limón,  Supervisors Das Williams and Joan Hartmann.  SB Mayor Cathy Murrilo  introduced the party’s endorsed City Council candidates for 2019:  Alejandra Gutierrez, Oscar Gutierrez, and Meagan Harmon.


all photos by Marian Shapiro