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Watch the videos of past events. Gather information on still timely topics.

Is this the Time to Establish a CCA to Provide Local Clean Energy?

A Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is an agency set up to buy electricity with a high percentage of green energy for the power company to supply to an area's customers. Customers have the ability to choose this source or the power company mix. Our April Forum explained this new concept.

Watch the video

Our speakers for the forum will include Jeffery Litten of the Community Environmental Council, the lead organization in the local CCA effort; Joe Galliani of the newest California CCA forming, South Bay Clean Energy, and County Supervisor Salud Carbajal or County Supervisor Janet Wolf.

The April 15 forum will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the Louise Lowry Davis Community Center, 1232 De la Vina St. It is free and open to the public. Bring a brown bag lunch and beverages and desserts will be provided. Parking behind the center is free during the forum.

There are a number of reasons to be interested in moving now to green sustainable sources of electricity. The major reason for most Americans is to respond to climate change with costs and effects that only increase drastically with time. Local action is especially important given the limited ability of the federal government to respond. Surprisingly a second reason is now economics. Electricity with a high percentage of green energy is now being supplied by California CCAs 4 to 5% cheaper than electricity from the utilities. Cities and ratepayers can save money and at the same time put CCA profits into local jobs in energy efficiency, solar, and green energy projects which are decided upon locally. California is behind several other states in developing CCAs, but they have now been formed in Marin and Sonoma Counties in the north and are being formed in Lancaster and six coastal towns of Orange and LA counties in the south. The state has mandated that local governments have a plan for reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) and a first milestone is in 2020. CCAs have been suggested as being an mportant part of several plans, but CCAs have not been acted on by either the county or the SB county cities.

A stumbling block to a local CCA formation has been the several million dollar setup cost and the need for a vote on a bond to fund this. The existing California CCAs above have been able to pay off the bonds in several years and still supply higher percentages of green electricity at 4 to 5% less cost than the power companies. Is this the time to educate the public and seriously consider a local CCA to meet the 2020 GHG milestones?

Immigration and the Vote

Why Is housing the first priority for the homeless?

Panelists include Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, who discussed the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.

Watch the video of the March 18, 2015 Community Forum.

For more information, see the Flyer and Channel Voter, and Casa Magazine

Crimes Against Women: Rape, Trafficking and Domestic Violence

Six prominent Santa Barbara proponents for women and men's safety joined our panel. They defined the scope of their expertise and told us what we can do as citizens to stem the tide of these abusive behviors.

View the video of the event held February 18, 2015.

Also see the article in the Channel Voter

Will the City of Santa Barbara return to district elections?

On January 21, 2015 the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara sponsored a Community Fourm: Will the City of Santa Barbara return to district elections?

To watch the English version video of the event, click here
To watch the Spanish version video of the event, click here

To view the speakers' notes and handouts, click on the links below:
Sheila Lodge's notes

Lucas Zucker's notes
Lucas Zucher's charts: City of Santa Barbara Voter Turnout and Santa Barbara City Council vs. School Board Voter Turnout Graph
Shane Stark's notes

LWV: The Next 100 Years

Jennifer Waggoner, President of the State League of Women Voters of California discusses issues and ideas impacting the league and communities today and in the future. Local league member, Connie Hannah, engaged in an invigorating discussion with our State president Jenny. Ms. Hannah will serve as next year's Vice President of program and local action.

LWV Santa Barbara celebrates 75 Years

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of our Santa Barbara League.
Our year long celebration began with a "Birthday Celebration" on December 18, 2013. Long-time League members, including former presidents, spoke of their experience in the League.
A slide show of old newpaper articles, and pictures ran during the celebration. View a PDF of this slide show here. Note: the format has changed so you will need to manually scroll down to see the entire presentation.
View the video of the event