Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Tuesday, March 03, 2009


Fresh on the heels of a successful fall campaign, the Santa Barbara County Democratic Central Committee will host its first ever county-wide Democratic Party membership meeting, scheduled for most of the day on Saturday, March 7th, at the University Center at UCSB. Democrats plan to use the meeting to work on a local party platform, and prepare members and delegates for the upcoming State Democratic Party convention that will take place in May.

“This meeting is an opportunity for all of us who are inspired by the election of our new president to apply the principles we fought for in November to local issues,” said Daraka Larimore-Hall, the county party chairperson. “Lasting change requires that we all stay engaged, and this meeting is an important step in the process,” he said. The platform developed at this meeting is expected to guide the party’s endorsement decisions in the fall.

"This is the first time that the local party has got together to draft a platform on local issues. It's very exciting, and is keeping in the spirit of do-it-yourself democracy launched by Howard Dean and Barack Obama,” said Hillary Blackerby, local party Secretary. The event is open to all registered Democrats in Santa Barbara County. The agenda includes statements from candidates for statewide party posts, workshops on ‘starting a Democratic Club’, ‘grassroots activism’, and ‘the role, status and structure of the Democratic Party’. The day will include afternoon working groups to help develop a local Democratic Party platform, and will end with a meeting of elected and appointed local delegates to the California Democratic Party Convention.

When: Saturday, March 7th, 10AM – 5PM
Where: University Center, USCB (near Storke Tower) Flying A Room


Anonymous Tail Wagging the Dog said...

What a joke---some of the candidates who are already declared in the upcoming races actually sat on the committees formulating the platforms from which the candidates will be assessed for endorsement????? how transparent is THAT?

3/07/2009 2:43 PM  
Blogger The defender of uteri said...

Tail wagging...The meeting was open to anyone who wanted to participate and everyone was encouraged to speak/share ideas/give input. I'm glad potential candidates participated, it's part of holding folks accountable. Maybe next time you should participate in such community events and see how they actually pan out instead of sitting behind a lonely computer screen and criticizing.

And as it turns out almost 90 folks showed up, everyone shared their ideas, and a good and productive time was had by sad you missed out.

3/07/2009 6:09 PM  
Blogger The defender of uteri said...

Oh yeah....and Tail Wag....who do you think is running for office that formulated these drafting committees? You are highly uninformed and are getting bad information from somewhere if you think candidates ran this event.

3/07/2009 6:17 PM  
Anonymous Just making up more Chit said...

Tail Wagging is totally ignorant or deliberately lying.

The list of authors formulating the platform and its planks is at the local Democratic Party web site, here

None of these people are candidates for any election.

Liar. Liar. Liar.

3/07/2009 6:45 PM  
Anonymous thanks for making my point said...

Mr. Chit. I was there. and actually pointing people to the list helps make my point for those who were not--- some of those people are paid staff for candidates in upcoming races. Not worth arguing. that is just a fact.

3/08/2009 8:48 AM  
Anonymous Just making up more Chit said...

And yet the truth remains:

1. No one writing up the draft platform or planks is or will be a candidate.

2. No one writing up the draft platform or planks is being paid by any candidate. If they were being paid they would know it.

Perhaps someone is upset his candidate for Santa Barbara Mayor, who pretends to be a Democrat, did not bother to show up?

3/08/2009 6:28 PM  

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