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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
OF SANTA BARBARA
LWVSB to Sponsor TGIF Friday, May 8
At Environmental Defense Center 

Our league is a proud sponsor of the Environmental Defense Center's first "TGIF!" of the season. Join us this Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the beautiful courtyard at 906 Garden Street. The special event features live music, drinks, hors d'oeuvres and a raffle for $15. All our members and friends are invited to come to this special event.
Wednesday, May 20 Community Forum: Money in Politics
This year one of the priorities of the national League of Women Voters has been to try to stop the flow of secret money into politics. The Santa Barbara League is also concerned about it, and in May some experts will discuss what the chances are for reducing the amount of money--or at least recording all of it so that the public will know where it comes from.

The state League will send Chris Carson from Burbank to talk about California efforts to control that money. Former Santa Barbara Mayor Marty Blum will discuss campaign spending at the local level. UCSB Professor Ted Anagnoson will look at the issues from a national perspective. LWVSB Co-President Susan Shank will moderate the meeting. League member Jane Benefield will discuss local ballot measures that have passed and failed and the role of money in these outcomes.

The forum is from noon to 2 p.m. at the Louise Lowry Davis Center, 1232 De La Vina St. All League forums are free and open to the public. League members and guests can bring a brown-bag lunch, and cookies and beverages will be provided. Parking at the center is free during the meeting.
CAGV to Celebrate 20th Anniversary
The League thanks the Coalition Against Gun Violence for keeping the community safer and congratulates CAGV on its 20th Anniversary. Members are invited to attend the anniversary party Sunday, May 17 at the Santa Barbara Club.
Common Ground Santa Barbara County Benefit Party Thursday, May 28
Learn more about Common Ground Santa Barbara County, find out how you can get involved and have fun! Attend a wine-tasting  event at Santa Barbara Winery, 202 Anacapa St., from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Door prizes and silent auction items will be offered, with proceeds benefiting Common Ground.

Common Ground Santa Barbara County--a coalition partner of LWVSB--recruits, trains and educates volunteers so they can effectively house the most vulnerable individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Santa Barbara County.

League Defends the Environment
LWVSB had a booth at last month's Earth Day event. We registered voters and gave out information, including these important links on how League has defended the environment and fought climate change for many decades.

 

Local:   More on Website
Local Clean Energy: LWVSB's recent Community Forum explored the possibility of establishing a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)--a promising new way to supply clean energy at competitive prices. The Community Environmental Council is leading this effort on the South Coast, and the timing was perfect for Earth Day! The forum video is now on our website.

Fracking and other issues: We supported Measure P to ban fracking in Santa Barbara County. LWVSB regularly advocates on environmental and climate issues at local government meetings. Our largest and most active committee is the one on sustainable communities.  

Legislation: Last year, LWVC opposed a bill in the Legislature which would have made it extremely difficult for CCAs to be formed or to succeed. LWVC supported the original AB 32, California's pioneering climate change bill, and we now support the SB 32 to extend AB 32 to 2050. Another issue we are emphasizing this year is protecting water supply and quality, especially during this record drought. For these and other legislative efforts (on natural resources, government, or social policy issues), go to the website and click on "Bill Status Report."
National:  More on Website 
LWVUS Action Alert: Urge the President to Fully Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline. To take action: on the home page, scroll down and click on "Defending the Environment."  
Climate action is one of League's top priorities at all levels--from international (participating as an NGO in climate conferences and at the UN) to local. See the National Call to Action on Global Warming on the website. LWVUS and other groups recently sent a letter asking Congressmembers to co-sponsor a set of bills called "FRACK Pack" (Also on the "Defending the Environment" page).  
Members: Help at Election Forums
Election forums for candidates and issues are an important part of the League's goal to educate voters. We are looking for League members to help us provide these forums. Facilitators to moderate these forums are needed and we will be holding a facilitator training later this month.

If you are a good public speaker, can think on your
feet quickly and are willing to be enforce time limits and other forum rules, please consider attending
this training. We can also use members interested in helping prepare for forums and in handling time keeping for these events.

If you are interested in these activities or in helping with voter registration, please contact Janice Rorick.
We would love to have you join the Voter Registration Team.
Annual Meeting for Members: June 13 

Save the date for this important meeting! It will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. You will be receiving an information packet in the mail soon.

Our Channel Voter is now being mailed only to members without email addresses. There is no newsletter during the summer. But you will continue receiving League information via these emails, the occasional letter and on the website. You can view the April-May Channel Voter online. 

We hope to see you soon.

Sincerely,

Joanie Jones and Susan Shank
Co-Presidents
League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara 


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