January 24, 2019

SBWPC Interview with Senator Hannah Beth Jackson – October 11, 2018

Maya Upton and Karen Cahill, interviewers Please update us on your mentoring of women to participate in the political process since our last interview a year ago. (e.g., appointments to boards or commissions, encouragement to run for office) Senator Jackson told us that she has always mentored women across her offices. She spoke about her broad and far-reaching support of many women, including her endorsement and support of Monique Limon, Kristin Sneddon, Cathy Murillo and other female candidates throughout the district. Please tell us about diversity on your staff and any changes that may have taken place this year, particularly as regards women and their roles. Senator Jackson shared that she has always had a woman in the position of […]
January 23, 2019

Off to a strong start in 2019!

I wish you all a Happy New Year and Welcome to 2019! I am humbled and honored to lead, along with our Board of Directors, the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee into its 31st year. I am constantly inspired by their passion and commitment to feminist values. Thank you for being a member and supporting the work we do to train, support and endorse candidates who promote a feminist agenda. We continue our legislative advocacy work to support policy change at the local, state and federal level. We are fortunate to have many elected officials in our community that are champions for women. They are examples of why elections, organizing and advocacy matter. Over the course of my updates to […]
December 29, 2018

Thirty Years, The Mid-Term Election and Beyond

Dear Members: 2018 was a landmark year for SBWPC as we celebrated “30 Years of Feminism: From Marching in the Street to a Seat at the Table.”  Thirty years ago, our founding members organized to bring feminist consciousness into the political discourse. They understood that feminist, progressive women needed to take a seat at the table, or as Sheila Kuehl would say, a place in the room, to shape policies and enact legislation consistent with our values. SBWPC changed the political landscape in Santa Barbara. In 1988, for the first time ever, two women, Gloria Ochoa and Diane Owens, were elected to the Board of Supervisors. Ten years later, Barney Brantingham proclaimed in his November 7, 1998 Santa Barbara News Press column […]
April 22, 2018

Interview with Congressman Salud Carbajal

Pam Flynt Tambo and Karen Fields interviewed 24th District Congressman Salud Carbajal on Saturday, February 10th. This is a summary of their conversation. — Salud Carbajal hasn’t gotten much sleep lately. We caught up with him after he’d participated in a late night vote in Congress followed by a red-eye flight from D.C to Santa Barbara. It would have been easy to forgive him if he’d shown signs of wear-and-tear, but instead he was energetic, enthusiastic, and anxious to talk about women’s issues and about the SBWPC. In fact, he began our conversation with, “Let me start by saying how appreciative I am of the SBWPC and the role you guys play. I think it’s invaluable, and I think you’re […]