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January 25, 2019

SBWPC Interview with U.S. Congressman Salud Carbajal – December 3, 2018

Laurie Tumbler and Beverly Herbert INTRODUCTON: Representative Carbajal was enthusiastic and anxious to share his accomplishments in his first term. He sponsored 17 bills and co-sponsored over 300 bills, of which over 50% were bipartisan. He secured $2.4 billion to help fight and prevent forest fires and secured funding for 24 Blackhawk helicopters used in fighting wild fires. As a member of the House Committee on Armed Services, he secured $1 million in Department of Defense grants for UCSB and CalPoly, ensured female service members have adequate body armor suited to fit their bodies and fought transgender discrimination in the military. He also pressed the Department of Defense to expedite legal resident status for immigrants serving in the military. Below […]
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 […]