Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Andrade Enters 5th District Race

Saying "people are more important than potholes", Yvette Andrade entered the supevisorial race for the 5th district against incumbent Joe Centeno yesterday.

Does this mean we will have something else to talk about besides the 2nd district? Somehow I doubt it...even fluvial principles of water runoff seem to mean something about candidates these days....


Anonymous Anonymous said...

or could it be, Sara, that more of this blog's audience reside in the South Coast, not the 5th.

Though it's true, having Andrade--a progressive Democrat--in the 5th District seat could positively impact the whole county.

Why did she enter so late in the game? who are her endorsers?

3/11/2006 7:33 AM  
Anonymous Valerio said...

Here is a radical concept:
Subjects for Blogabarbara actually could be inspired by more than what appears in Santa Barbara News-Press.

The News-Press article by McManigal took a cheap shot at Andrade about the details of her answers, then reported detailed responses anyway. That Barney should leave the editorial jabs to the other Barney.

Below is an article in Santa Maria Times from February 14th. Considering so much of the County is unincorporated (i.e., not controlled by a city government), every one of the only five County Supervisors is a LOCAL elected representative,r egardless of which Supervisorial District one my reside and vote in.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Candidate enters county supervisors race

By Randi Block/Staff Writer

Local Democrat Yvette Andrade, a 21-year Santa Maria resident, indicated Friday that she is interested in being the next 5th district representative on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors.

Andrade, 48, picked up papers Friday that allow her to collect signatures supporting her candidacy, avoid paying a $800 filing fee and signal her intention to run for the office in the June 6 primary election.

The 5th district seat, which represents Santa Maria, Cuyama, New Cuyama and Ventucopa, is a four-year position now held by Joe Centeno of Santa Maria. The new term would start Jan. 8, 2007.

“I am absolutely excited and serious about running,” Andrade said. “I'm looking forward to a spirited debate and some good old-fashioned competition.”

Centeno announced his intention to seek a second term three weeks ago. He said the additional four years would afford him more time to accomplish work in Cuyama and Ventucopa on a new community center and community plan.

Candidates will face off in June. If no one wins a majority, the top two candidates will run in the Nov. 7 general election.

She described a platform focused on the needs of poverty-stricken residents, allocating federal and state money appropriately for education, and the lack of affordable housing in the Santa Maria Valley. She also said she wants to bring more “equitable leadership” to the board.

“Every resident in the district matters. They are important to the health of the community,” she said. “I want to be that voice for all residents of the district, and I feel like I can do that.”

Andrade said she is planning to launch a strong grassroots campaign and expects to get support from local Democrats.

A member of the Democratic Central Committee, Andrade works for a local nonprofit that provides services to children. She has also served time as a Los Angeles police officer and worked for U.S. Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, for five years as a community liaison.

She also has raised four sons in Santa Maria.

The deadline to file signatures in lieu of paying the filing fee is Feb. 23. Candidates can declare their official intention to run until March 10.

Randi Block can be reached at 347-4580 or

February 14, 2006

3/11/2006 10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


What Sara does is work.
Managing Blogabara is no easy task.
I won't back off from that, it is work and my guess is that she earns something less that a million bucks for the effort.

3/11/2006 12:13 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Thanks SBR. You are right about the million bucks for the effort.

AND Valerio is correct too -- finding time to do this is challenging at times but I would like to start using other sources occasionally. Valerio has fed me stories occassionaly too -- which I appreciate.

I'm just glad there is a readership and community discussion for even part of the time...

3/11/2006 12:24 PM  
Blogger daraka kenric said...

I've served with Yvette on the Democratic Central Committee for a couple of years now. She's a dedicated, seasoned, progressive who understands the odds she faces. This will the the first serious campaign for a lot of great grassroots Democratic activists in Santa Maria, and I think that whatever happens, it will strengthen the capacities of a lot of good folks.

Want to make a donation that will really matter in this election cycle? Give to Yvette.

3/11/2006 7:22 PM  
Anonymous Carpman said...

Joni and Joe pushed for the split early on and had the county spend ONE MILLION DOLLARS to study it! Simply because they were on the BOS minority and felt slighted. One million dollars could have bought alot of therapy for Joe and Joni...they could have gotten thru their feelings of hurt and neglect by the "twisted southern sisters". But never, ever did you hear a peep from the "taxpayer advocates" Andy Caldwell and Joe-dawg Armendariz about the wasted million..I wonder why. 
And now Joni and Joe C don't want the split? Sumthins up wid these two! Joe will be challenged by Yvette Andrade for his supe that'll be interesting..time to go, Joe!

3/12/2006 7:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The county spent money (if was close to one million) because a valid petition was presented and that is state law.

This is spin central

3/12/2006 10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

..and that makes it right?? The "valid" petition was probably packed with very creative signatures! Now, Joni and Joe do what Brooks tells them, which is not necessarliy bad! But Joni and Joe's act is getting old and they gotta go!

3/12/2006 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It wasn't "twisted southern sisters," just "twisted sisters." Now, almost past tense all the way across.

3/12/2006 3:10 PM  
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3/12/2006 8:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree.

And the anger and hard hearted south coast supervisors where not a positive force in listening to anyone else, leaving some in the north to push for this ill fated split vote - it did cost the county one million but why and who was at fault?

All of us. Those north and those south. Yet instead of pointing fingers maybe we can look forward and hope we never do this again.

3/12/2006 8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 2nd is so much more important for our state and countrys future. Please, lets all get behind Das. Forget about this unimportant race. Put your time and resources into Das Williams

3/15/2006 2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yea ignore the rest of the world just make sure Das gets what he wants

3/15/2006 11:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meanwhile the Wolf has a website.....

3/17/2006 12:12 PM  

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