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About Time: Stopping Gun Violence
February Community Forum
Wednesday, Feb. 17, Louise Lowry Davis Center

Rep. Lois Capps will be our special guest at Wednesday's forum. She will join speakers Coalition for Gun Control President Toni Wellen, and Chief District Attorney Kelly Scott. The League is also proud to announce special guest speaker Rev. Alyssa DeWolf of the Congregational Church of Santa Barbara. She previously served at the Newtown Community Church, where she pastored to victims and families after the shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.    

There is new momentum to reduce gun violence, especially with President Obama's recent heartfelt town hall speech seeking to require background checks for all gun buyers. What do the statistics tell us, as opposed to the polarized media? What are practical and immediate solutions we can attain? What laws are showing positive results? What can you do? These questions will be discussed at the forum by experts who advocate gun control.
 
All forums are free and open to the public. Bring your friends, your lunch and your questions to the Louise Lowry Davis Center, 1232 De La Vina St., from noon to 2 p.m. Parking is also free during the forum. 
March 8 Luncheon: Empowered Woman 
Co-Sponsored by LWVSB
 

Be Our Valentine!

New and prospective members are invited to a Membership Coffee, Saturday, Feb. 27 at 10:30 am, at the League of Women Voters office, 328 East Carrillo Street, Suite A, Santa Barbara.

The purpose of the event is to offer an informal setting to introduce you to League positions and activities and the members who oversee them. Does League jargon sometimes confuse you or League positions seem overwhelming?

Come and enjoy the fellowship of other Leaguers, learn more about what we do and enjoy our newly remodeled office! All are welcome. For more information and to RSVP, contact Membership Director Beverly King. 
March Community Forum
Goleta Development: What is There Now
And What Will the Future Bring?
Wednesday, March 16, Louise Lowry Davis Center

The League is concerned about the new development occurring in the Goleta Area and about what the impacts will be. For this Forum we have invited former Mayor and Councilmember
Margaret Connell to talk to us about how many of these developments were included in Goleta's original General Plan.

We will hear from the Westside Goleta Coalition about a remarkable success they have had working with Sacramento to site a new California Highway Patrol station. Their experience proves that concentrated community action can solve problems. We will also hear from the Goodland Coalition about new concerns they have.

In order to take future action, the League wants to consider what the impacts of new development will be on water supplies and on traffic congestion. Join us for a lively discussion!
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Visit the LWVUS and click on "Get involved" for newsletters, action alerts, etc. Access the LWVUS member site by clicking on "League Management" at the top right corner of the page (sign-in is no longer required). Although LWVUS no longer has online "forums," a few email discussion groups have recently been re-started as Google groups: LWVUS Convention and program planning 2016, and LWVUS Climate Change.
 
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The Future of the Ellwood Shoreline:
Letter to the Editor from LWVSB

Do you live in Goleta? Would you like to see the Ellwood shoreline free of oil activity and available for recreational use? LWVSB is participating in a drive to do just that and you can help by urging the Goleta city council or any member to take the action described in the letter below which the League submitted to the News-Press (and which was printed Sunday, Feb. 14):
        
"Our coastline is a precious resource. Unfortunately the city of Goleta doesn't have much. Even more unfortunately, part of it is occupied by an aging oil and gas processing facility, the EOF (Ellwood Onshore Facility).

However, the EOF doesn't have to be there forever. Because the site is zoned Open Space/Recreation the city council can utilize a procedure by which this non-conforming use can be terminated. Over a year ago many people and organizations, including the League of Women Voters cheered when this process actually was started. The next step was to be a report on whether the oil company had already received--or when it would receive--a reasonable return on its investment. The study was expected to be finished in a few months. But it has been many months and we are still waiting for it. The League believes the public has a right to see the process move forward. People are vitally interested in seeking the removal of this hazardous facility from a location close to houses, a major resort and a nature preserve

The city council should release the study and hold a hearing on setting a termination date for this utterly inappropriate land use."
We hope to see you soon!

Sincerely,

Amanda Pelch and Lindsey Baker
Co-Presidents
League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara 


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