League Action

The League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara supports Measure C2017

The League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara is supporting Measure C2017, which would raise the local sales tax in the City of Santa Barbara by one percent to 8.75%. The measure on the Nov. 7 ballot would maintain essential services and repair critical infrastructure, including: police, fire, and 911 emergency medical response; local streets, potholes, bridges and storm drains; neighborhood fire stations/public safety infrastructure; parks, youth/senior services; address homelessness; help retain local businesses; and support other general services.

National, state and local League positions all support "adequate funding" for government services. LWVSB supports "measures to provide a flexible, economical and equitable local structure to finance the necessary services for the South Coast cities and the County of Santa Barbara."

In California, the State League's position is to "Support measures to ensure revenues both sufficient and flexible enough to meet changing needs for state and local government services; that contribute to a system of public finance that emphasizes equity and fair sharing of the tax burden as well as adequacy; that include long range finance methods that meet current and future needs while taking into account the cumulative impact of public debt."

The LWVSB Board's decision to support Measure C2017 was also based on a commitment to transparency and accountability, including the provision for a citizens' oversight committee and public disclosure of all spending, and a promise that all funds will be used locally.

Recognizing the need for adequate funding of government, the League of Women Voters of California is part of a coalition to "Make It Fair," which seeks to reform Proposition 13 in order to continue to protect homeowners, while providing for large corporations to pay a larger share of property taxes." LWVSB will have a community forum on local and state financing, including this reform effort, on Oct. 18.

National Action

State Action

  • The League of Women Voters of California website has a new look and more information than ever!
  • On their Take Action page see an explanation of how the League takes action, a list of current and past Alerts - opportunities for you to act (you can also subscribe to future Action Alerts here) - and under Legislation, a Bill Status Report showing which bills LWVC supports or opposes.

League Positions

Program, in the League lexicon, is a term that refers to those issues that the League, as a whole, takes up for concerted study and action. LWVSB must conform to LWVUS and LWVC positions as well as to our local positions.

League of Women Voters of the United States Impact on Issues 2016-2018, A Guide to Public Policy Positions. is designed to help League leaders use LWVUS public policy positions effectively at the state and local levels.

Committees Taking Action

This is a list of our committees actively working on issues. Meeting dates can be found on the Google Calendar. Contact us if you have questions or need further information.

Hazardous Materials

(not currently a committee; if you would like to participate, contact us)
For Public Statements made by LWVSB on this issue, click here.

Social Policy Committee 

Meets at 3:00 p.m. on the 4th Monday of the month at the League office.
For Public Statements made by LWVSB on this issue, click here.

Sustainable Communities Committee and Energy Committee  

Meets the 2nd Friday of the month at 10 a.m. at Maravilla.

These are Public Statements made and letters sent by LWVSB on these topics. 

Collection of Public Statements

These are LWVSB's public statements based on our Positions. Follow the link above to see all of the public statements in our Google Archive Library. Questions? Contact us!

Our Coalition Partners

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LWVSB often joins coalitions or partners with other organizations on issues and projects. For more information, see the March 2013 Channel Voter.