2018-2019 Community Forums

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APRIL COMMUNITY FORUM: The Climate Crisis and Our Community - Sea-Level Rise and Health Impacts  

Date: April 17

Time: 12 – 2 pm

Location: Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 East Anapamu Street 

How will the climate crisis affect our community? What are we seeing? What can we do? This 

forum will look at the impacts for our region overall and focus on two areas of impacts: sea-level 
rise and human health effects.

“It seems everyone now has a story about how climate change is affecting them and their 
families,” said Sigrid Wright, CEO/Executive Director of the Community Environmental Council. 
“For some it might be the loss of a special place. For others it’s the anxiety of climate-related 
disasters, or heat-related stresses. For populations already at risk – including low-income 
people, women, seniors, youth, immigrants, and people of color – climate threats bring even 
greater risk. In the face of this uncertainty, Santa Barbara is in a unique position to get 
organized and build resilience.”

Wright will provide an overview of the range of climate impacts expected for our region at the 
Community Forum. Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH, Director of the Center for Climate Change and 
Health at the Public Health Institute in Oakland, CA, will speak on health impacts. Said Rudolph, 
“Climate change is a global health emergency. We are seeing health impacts now in 
communities across California, and these impacts will only worsen without urgent and 
transformative action. The good news is that climate solutions offer big health benefits, so action 
on climate can improve the health of our communities.”

FORUM SPEAKERS:
Sigrid Wright: CEO/Executive Director, Community Environmental Council
Linda Rudolph: Director of the Center for Climate Change and Health at the Public Health 
Institute
Selena Evilsizor: Senior Planner-Long Range Planning Division, County of Santa Barbara 
Planning & Development 
Melissa Hetrick: Project Planner, City of Santa Barbara, managing the City’s Sea Level Rise 
Adaptation Plan

The LWVSB is co-sponsoring this forum with the Santa Barbara Public Library and the Community Environmental Council (CEC).

Community Forums are held in the Faulkner Gallery of the Santa Barbara Public Library. This April 2019 Forum will be co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara Public Library, Community Environmental Council, and the LWVSB. It will be filmed by TVSB for live streaming on our Facebook Page (@LWVSB) and continued showing on our YouTube Channel. Forums can also be viewed on TVSB's website. Sound is provided by Gary Atkins Sound Systems. Simultaneous Spanish translation provided by Transilpro.
 
Physical Accessibility is available at both entrances to the Library & parking is available close by.
FORUMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 

 

MARCH COMMUNITY FORUM: Census 2020 - How will it affect you?

DATE: March 20, 2019
TIME: 12 Noon to 2:00PM
LOCATION: Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. S.B.

Santa Barbara is preparing for the 2020 United States Census count. The data collected by the decennial census determines how seats are apportioned for the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities. There is so much more to know.

How will the US Census affect the State and local community of Santa Barbara? What are the National, State and League of Women Voters roles in collecting census data? What is “complete” count? What are the fears and solutions regarding immigrants and security of personal data? What information does the census collect from the basic census questions and from the more expansive and mandatory American Community Survey?

A panel of experts will discuss these issues and answer your questions. The use of this data is essential for redistricting, distribution of federal housing and business dollars, identification of demographics essential to planning of housing, school and business needs, targeting areas for public works improvements.

 

FEBRUARY COMMUNITY FORUM: Santa Barbara’s Foster Youth: Are We Providing What They Need to Succeed?

DATE: February 20, 2019
TIME: 12 Noon to 2:00PM
LOCATION: Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. S.B.

The League of Women Voters believes that taking care of all of our community’s children is of vital importance. We believe that early intervention and prevention measures are effective in helping children reach their full potential. The League supports policies and programs at
all levels of the community and government that promote the well-being, encourage the full development, and ensure the safety of all children, including family support services.

The League’s community forum will update us on the challenges to meeting the needs of our youth. The Forum Committee includes two community members who have been active in foster care reform: Gwyn Lurie, who chaired The Santa Barbara County Child Welfare Safety Net Task Force and served for 8 years as a member of the Montecito Union School Board, and Wendy Read, who is an attorney with local and state experience in foster care advocacy. The goal of this forum is education and awareness.

League members on the committee are, Mary Rose; Lindsey Baker, Co-President of Program and Advocacy; Pam Flynt-Tambo, co-chair of our Social Policy Committee and Vijaya Jammalamadaka, coordinator and VP Program and Advocacy. The committee has invited an expert panel of speakers who will be discussing Santa Barbara Foster Care’s challenges, trends, and hopeful solutions.

The panelists are:
* Kim Davis, Executive Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County
* Steve Elson, PhD, CEO of Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families
* Suzanne Grimmesey, MFT, Chief Quality Care and Strategy Officer, County of Santa Barbara,
Department of Behavioral Wellness
* Lillian Pipersburg, Retired Probation Officer, Foster Parent to over 200 children
* Rochelle Trochtenberg, MSW, California Foster Care Ombudsperson

Gwyn and Wendy will introduce us to this important topic and give us an overview of Santa Barbara County’s Foster Care system. Panelists will share their unique perspectives on
this important topic and answer questions about challenges, trends and hopeful solutions from their experience and expertise. The forum promises to be enlightening and interesting. Please join us with your lunch at noon at the Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library. For more information, contact:
Vijaya Jammalamadaka, VPProgram [at] lwvsantabarbara.org

January Community Forum: Homelessness and Housing - Updating our Local Position

DATE: January 16, 2019
TIME: 12-2:00PM
PLACE: Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA
The League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara is currently updating our local “Homelessness” policy position to better reflect current best practices. As part of this process we are pleased to bring together a panel to discuss the topic. We will provide an update on the new Home For Good Santa Barbara County Coordinated Entry System. Experts in the area will address the Coordinated Entry system including: Street Outreach, Emergency Shelter and Housing and discuss local data and long-term solutions.

Panelists will include:

Kimberlee Albers from the County of Santa Barbara
Chuck Flacks from PATH Santa Barbara
Rob Fredericks from the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara
Sara Grasso from Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness
Valerie Kissell from Youth And Family Services YMCA

Emily Allen, Social Policy Co-Chair and Program Director of the United Way of Northern Santa Barbara County Home For Good Program will moderate.

We will also discuss the 2019 Point In Time Count and opportunities for people of all experience levels to volunteer.

The forum--free and open to the public--is co-presented with the Santa Barbara Public Library. Sound is provided by Gary Atkins Sound Systems. The library is physically accessible from the Public Garage accessed from Anacapa Street.

THEY COUNT, WILL YOU?
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE 2019 HOMELESS POINT IN TIME COUNT. The Point In Time Count is the annual count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness on a given day. The Santa Barbara County effort will take place on Thursday, January 24 from 5:00am-8:30am. Teams of volunteers and experts will canvas assigned routes throughout the county and will briefly document who is experiencing homeless. This information can be used to plan local homeless assistance systems and raise public awareness. Volunteer trainings will be held in January. Join us today. Sign up on www.CommonGroundSBC.org. Change doesn’t happen without you.

NOVEMBER COMMUNITY FORUM: BEYOND THE BUBBLE: HOW TO
ENGAGE IN DIALOGUE ACROSS POLITICAL LINES

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 12-2PM (PLEASE NOTE DATE: SECOND WEDNESDAY)
LOCATION: Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu St.

It can be difficult to bridge the political divide. How do we talk with people who hold political views that are different from our own? Is there a path forward, out of conflict, toward understanding and common ground? This two-hour interactive workshop will prepare participants to engage in dialogue by building skills for listening, managing emotions, and perspective talking. People of all political persuasions can benefit from this program. More information is available at: http://taniaisrael.com/beyondthebubble/

Tania Israel is a Professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. She teaches about helping skills, leadership, and community collaboration, among other things. She has facilitated educational programs and difficult dialogues about a range of topics, including abortion, law enforcement, religion, and sexual orientation. She is engaged in leadership within the local community, on campus, and in the American Psychological Association. Dr. Israel's Beyond the Bubble workshop draws on her strengths as a psychologist and community organizer to prepare people to engage in dialogue across political lines.

For more information, email or phone: league [at] lwvsantabarbara.org; 805) 965-2422

Community Forums are held in the Faulkner Gallery of the Santa Barbara Public Library the third Wednesday of the month. The Forums are co-sponsored by the Library and filmed by TV/SB for live streaming and continued showing on that channel. Sound is provided by Gary Atkins Sound Systems, Simultaneous Spanish translation provided by Transilpro.

Handicapped access is available at both entrances to the Library and parking is available.

FORUMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

OCTOBER COMMUNITY FORUM: IMMIGRATION PART II
WHAT IS HAPPENING TODAY IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

(This is a follow-up to the League’s Forum “Immigration 2017”)
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, October 17, 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM
PLACE: Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu St.
* PLEASE NOTE EVENING TIME*
At our October Community Forum, we will provide information for the general public about “what is happening today” regarding immigration and the current situation affecting new and existing immigrants in Santa Barbara County. The discussion will include information about Federal and State policies and actions, but will focus on local activities of existing and emerging immigrant and community groups, public officials, and law enforcement.
The panelists, who will each speak from their respective viewpoint, are:
Anahi Mendoza, Executive Director of the Santa Barbara County Immigrant Legal Defense Center (ILDC); Jacqueline Inda, Founder and Board member of the Santa Barbara Response Network; Erica Reyes: District Representative for Congressmember Salud Carbajal; ) and Bill Brown, Santa Barbara County Sheriff.

Videos of September 2018 Community Forum: Ballot Measures - What the League Recommends and Why

English: <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_DGK8ubuTM>
Español: <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpMVEOuMIOs>

 

 

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