Help Ventura house our Homeless Residents! Write City Council to acquire State funds to address our Shelter Crisis & attend the Council Meeting on 9/24

First things first. Familiarize yourself with the issues, myths, and solutions in the pipeline regarding our homeless brothers and sisters in Ventura.

On Monday, Sept 24, our City Council will be deciding whether or not to ask for State funds by declaring Ventura as having a Shelter Crisis. 

The City Council will be voting on the decision to declare a local emergency shelter crisis to be eligible to access California Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) funding.

In order to receive these State funds, Ventura must have an official Shelter Crisis declaration for this funding to be utilized within our city. Funds are anticipated to be released by year-end 2018 and in an amount significant to really make a difference to our most vulnerable residents.

Action #1: Email our City Council (addresses below)

Talking points for emails (be sure to make it your own!):

-As a voter and concerned citizen in Ventura, I’d like your commitment to declare a Shelter Crisis to be eligible to receive California Homeless Emergency Aid Program funding.

-State funds are being allotted by year-end to help our most vulnerable residents and, in addition to the funds earmarked by the Council in June, I feel strongly that, we, as a city can make great strides in addressing homelessness in our city

-Funding will go toward homelessness prevention, emergency housing vouchers, rapid rehousing, and navigation centers.

-In addition,
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Weekly Postcard Parties until the Election! Let’s help flip our sister district CA-25 – a MUST to turn the House Blue!

We will be joining the effort to get out the vote in California Congressional District 25. Our goal is to send out 5,000 postcards before the November elections! We are not endorsing a candidate, just advocating power to the polls.

Every Wednesday from 11am-2pm at Santino’s – Postcard Pizza Parties! (See below for evening parties)
September:  12th, 19th, and 26th – October: 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th
WhenWednesdays at 11:00AM – 2:00 PM 
Where: Santino’s Pizza Parlor – 4321 Telegraph Rd, Ventura
Fun! Pizza will be provided (we must keep up our energy – and a little pizza grease adds to the homey, handwritten touch!)
RSVP: No need – just come!
Note: Not to be downers, but we would appreciate that if you order ANYTHING besides the pizza we provide, that you foot the bill for it! We have to account ahead of time for all funds we spend.

Postcard Party – “After Dark” at Panera Bread
When:  October 17th at 6-8pm

Where: Panera Bread – 4910 Telephone Rd, Ventura
RSVP: No need – just come!

Can’t make it? Help fund these events – click here!

CD25 includes parts of Ventura County, Santa Clarita, Lancaster, and Palmdale. We Venturans can’t vote in CD25, but we can help our neighbors turn their district blue – and help ourselves by helping to flip one of the 24 districts needed to turn the entire House blue! We are not endorsing a candidate, just advocating power to the polls.

Our appeal will be directly to the Democratic voters in CA25 – NOT mass political mailings, because all of our cards will be handwritten. Each will be a message from one voter to another. We are simply asking Americans to do that most American thing — VOTE!

Tues 8/28: CA legislative update. Your calls killed AB 84! Let’s get net neutrality and police use-of-force over the finish line.

It’s the home stretch for the California state legislature who will be voting on all bills on the floor of both chambers between now and the deadline of August 31st.

If you haven’t called on these yet, do it this morning! This is most likely their last day.
Items in BLUE are new to this list today! 

(For those unfamiliar with how bills are passed in CA, here is a description of each stage on a bill’s little red and green flow chart, found under the “status” tab. Here is the main page link for CA legislation.)

Good news – You did it!

AB 84 is dead! – Look how close this bill, that would have drastically changed CA campaign finance law for the worse, came to passing!

AB 84

It would have permitted  caucus leaders to make unlimited contributions for independent expenditures for and against candidates of their choosing, not necessarily the candidate endorsed by their party. It would have dramatically expanded the influence of undesirable special interests like fossil fuels, charter school, and the private prison industry and was opposed by  the League of Women Voters, Common Cause, and a host of other groups who oppose the influence of dark money in our politics.

Instead, it has been officially ordered to the inactive file at the request of Senator Monning.

Our top priority bills:

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Wed 8/22: CA legislative update. The deadline for ALL bills is close!

It’s the home stretch for the California state legislature who will be voting on all bills on the floor of both chambers between now and the deadline of August 31st.

(For those unfamiliar with how bills are passed in CA, here is a description of each stage on a bill’s little red and green flow chart, found under the “status” tab. Here is the main page link for CA legislation.)

Our top priority bills:

Police reform:

  • AB 3131 (police demilitarization) – Read second time. Ordered to third reading in the Senate. Jackson was a “YES” in committee) We did an posting on this here. and Indivisible did this one on all three of these bills.AB 3131

  • AB 931 (deadly use of force policy) Re-referred to Com. on RLS in the Senate. Jackson was a “YES” in committee. We did a posting here.AB 931

  • SB 1421 (police misconduct records) Read second time. Ordered to third reading in the Assembly. Jackson was a “YES” in the Senate, Limón not recorded. We did a posting here.
    SB 1421

Miminal script for state senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___] to [continue to] vote “YES” on AB 3131, and AB 931. Continue reading “Wed 8/22: CA legislative update. The deadline for ALL bills is close!”

Help our Ailing Homeless – Urge our State Senators to support AB 1971 in its Original Form!

No fellow human being unable to make medical decisions for his or herself should die on our streets. Sadly, some people are so mentally ill that they do not know they’re sick. 

We need to change the definition of “gravely disabled” to include those who cannot care for themselves medically to ensure first responders and medical professionals have the authority to direct these people to treatment.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I am calling to urge the Senator [___] to support AB 1971 in the form unanimously voted for in the Assembly, NOT as amended by the Senate Judiciary committee.

Contact:
State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson: (SD-19): SAC (916) 651-4019, SB (805) 965-0862, OX (805)988-1940
Not your state senator?:findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.

Why this is so important:

Much of this text is from an exceptional op-ed in the Ventura County Star by Mary Haffner, an attorney and member of the Ventura Unified School District and Ventura County Behavioral Health Advisory boards. Read the full text here

On June 26, the California Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony regarding Assembly Bill 1971, which would expand the definition of “gravely disabled” to include medical necessity. Existing law does not recognize a person’s inability to provide for his or her basic personal needs for health as an element of grave disability. AB 1971 can change this.

Homelessness and homeless encampments have become a part of the permanent landscape of California, and approximately 33 percent of these people suffer from serious mental illness. A subset of the mentally ill lack the capacity to understand that without medical intervention, they will die

We need the tools to intervene. AB 1971 addresses this public health crisis and would give first responders and medical professionals the authority to direct these people to treatment.

AB 1971 passed with overwhelming support through two Assembly committees and the Senate Health Committee. On June 26, however, Continue reading “Help our Ailing Homeless – Urge our State Senators to support AB 1971 in its Original Form!”

Mon. 5/14: Environmental actions in the House! 3 calls and one written action.

Call for each action separately (more accurate) or combine them. 5 minutes total max!

#1 – “NO” on H.R.4239 – “SECURE American Energy Act”. Migratory birds vs. Exxon and friends…

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), enacted 100 years ago, helps protect over 1,000 species of birds from unauthorized hunting, toxic waste, wind turbines, oil spills, and other industrial threats.  The MBTA has been an effective tool to hold oil and gas industries (such as BP in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster) accountable for the deaths of over a million birds.  However, Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) has proposed an amendment into HR 4239, a larger (and very troubling) energy bill, that will gut this landmark legislation and shield corporations and industries from being held financially accountable for actions that negligently kill and injure wild birds.

Minimum Script: I am calling from [zip code] to urge Rep. [___] to vote “NO”  on HR 4239.

More script if you want it: I strongly oppose the gutting of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act by the Cheney amendment contained in HR 4239 and urge the strengthening of protections of our migratory bird populations.

Contact:
Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Other Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

#2 – “NO” on H.R. 2  –  Hey! What part of “farming” is starving kids? Oil drilling on AG Conservation lands? Poisoning water? Killing endangered species?

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Fri. 5/11: These are not your average midterm primaries. Join in and get involved.

Indivisible was launched as an organization committed to stopping Trump’s destructive agenda. Seven districts in CA are represented by GOP members who’ve consistantly voted for that agenda, in the interests of both their wealthiest donors and lobbyists such as the NRA.

However, these districts also voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election and are flippable, if we all put in the work.

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