Cheers for Megan Diaz Alley

Monday, October 14, 2013
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I am voting for Megan Diaz Alley for Santa Barbara City Council, and I ask city voters to do the same. Working on her campaign has been a privilege and a joy.

Last week, while I was on lawn-sign duty, I was amazed to install a sign at a stately Upper East home and the next one at a West Downtown property inhabited by multiple families. The Upper East voters appreciated Megan’s progressive values and wanted the sensibilities of a woman in political office. We agreed that women work collaboratively, have endurance in achieving goals, and use emotional intelligence in communicating.

At the second home, the downtown residents asked simply, in Spanish, “Is she a good person?” In their experience coming from Latin America, a politician either cares about the people or is part of a corrupt machine and only out for himself. I was glad to tell them Megan is 34, rents an apartment on the Eastside, works for nonprofits, and wants to restore recreational services for our youth. One of the men helped me install the sign.

Remarkable and dedicated volunteers are working for Megan. One is former county supervisor Susan Rose, who works to improve the lives of women all over the world through the International Women’s Rights Committee of Human Rights Watch. Another is Ivette Gil, a graduate of Santa Barbara High School who was a star athlete for the girls basketball team. Now in her first year of college, Ivette was a student leader in many local organizations.

These two women — Susan an accomplished veteran, Ivette a youthful activist — see in Megan Diaz Alley what I see: a bright, young, progressive woman who has the courage to seek this wonderful, challenging job. Megan has vowed to ask tough questions and to dig for the answers herself. She comes with experience in finance, environmental protection, and city government as a Parks and Recreation commissioner. She has the personality to work with everyone and find common ground among good people of differing opinions.

I would be honored to serve with Megan Diaz Alley.


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OMG!! An endorsement letter that does not trash the other candidates like half the other candidates are doing.

But according to the Indy, we need more old white affluent male homeowner guys on the city council.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
October 14, 2013 at 9:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Great idea John. Vote for her because she is Hispanic. God knows, I can't think of any other reason.

Botany (anonymous profile)
October 14, 2013 at 10:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"and wanted the sensibilities of a woman in political office. We agreed that women work collaboratively, have endurance in achieving goals, and use emotional intelligence in communicating."

Just like Margaret Thatcher--who progressives love so much. I'm dissapointed in you Cathy, I really though you were above gender-baiting, but you've just shown that "progressive" is about divisivness. Perhaps if we get rid of Jerry Brown, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden and replace them with women all will be well.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
October 14, 2013 at 3:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

while I'm voting for Alley, Murillo's 100%-sounding feminist agenda is irritating and like BC states, it's pretty divisive. We all need to get beyond such crude "identity politics", one-issue politics, and examples of this abound. It's too often one-issue stuff, and this leads to Tea Party and eventually anarchism.
Alley deserves a chance on the council not because she's a "progressive woman" but because she will work hard and she's "wants to restore recreational services for our youth". And I hope to restore better educational opportunities for our youth here in SB.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
October 14, 2013 at 4:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It is truly amazing how nothing has been learned from the past. For so long we were told of the evils of sexism, and here it is, right in our faces. How symbolic that Murillo cites Susan Rose--whose frequent male-bashing op-ed pieces appear in this publication. (Same line: Women are deeper and more empathetic)

Once again, since Murillo and Rose feel this way, they should get underway to replace ALL men in political office with women. Sad to think that the political party I supported for so long sees me as nothing more than a Useful Idiot, but better late than never.

Cathy: Porque tienes que mencionar la conversacion en espanol? Poder hablar este lengua te hace mas capaz de sentir para otros? Palabras son nada mas que palabras, en cualquier lengua mundial. Me dejas muy desalusionado poque yo te pensaba libre de tales prejudicios. Que lastima.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
October 14, 2013 at 7:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The federal government would not be shut down right now if more women were in Congress or had more power in the White House. Is it wrong to want more women in politics?

BongHit (anonymous profile)
October 14, 2013 at 7:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes, we would be a better city with more middle-aged, middle-income Latina homerenters elected to city council, considering that is the profile of 40% of the city residents. We founding fathers should know.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
October 14, 2013 at 8:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

That's great criteria John. Does it even matter what their views are?

Botany (anonymous profile)
October 14, 2013 at 9:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So let's sum up what we've learned:

1. Cathy Murillo and some lib-dems agree with each other. Wow! really?

2. Cathy Murillo is sexist and practices gender discrimination. "Everything a woman can do a man can do better", right Cathy?

3. Cathy and Megan have no interest in why a family from Latin America is not speaking to them in English - because they both know why... hint, hint, wink, wink: vote for Megan and get an open-borders council member.

4. Renting is superior to owning because owning a house implies financial success, discipline of personal behavior and a willingness have a piece of the American dream, which in the minds of lib-dems, doesn't exist and owners of homes are all oppressive evil-doers.

5. Liberals need more poor people and people dependent on their handing out of services and money - because all those people vote for Democrats.

willy88 (anonymous profile)
October 14, 2013 at 10:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes, we would be a better city with more middle-aged, middle-income Latina homerenters elected to city council, considering that is the profile of 40% of the city residents. We founding fathers should know.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
October 14, 2013 at 8:50 p.m

According to your bio, you died in 1826! How can you be blogging when you dead already?

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
October 15, 2013 at 5:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

As posted above, I urge people to vote for Alley. And bonghit's probably correct that things would be much better in DC with the stupid shutdown "if more women were in Congress or had more power in the White House." It is still a shame that only 20% of the US Senate is female.
I was raised in a tight family surrounded by four powerful sisters, all of whom have been leaders in their lives and not afraid to lean in. However, BC and Botany make decent points, especially when the latter writes, "Does it even matter what their views are?"
It really does matter what their views and experience are! I won't be voting for Hillary Clinton for Pres. because of her gender, or against her because of her gender. Murillo's unfortunate letter is really divisive, female-arrogant, and borders on gender-baiting. We need to end this era of picayune obsession with "identity politics" where a voter, for e.g., ONLY votes for a ___________ [fill-in the blank: woman/African-American male/older white male/younger person/older person/ ETC] or only votes for a single-issue [e.g. gun control or lower taxes].
I urge you to vote Alley because she combines good progressive values, lives in a real neighborhood, has some experience and has worked in our town, is younger, wants more recreation spaces and funds for our SB youth, is open and thoughtful.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
October 15, 2013 at 9:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Aren't we males an insecure bunch? I have zero problems with the tone of Murillo's letter.

Regarding Alley, I watched the video of the League of Women Voter's candidate forum and read the article in the Mesa Neighbohood paper about their candidate forum (Super Cuca's on Micheltorena has copies). I don't like to form opinions based only on candidate forums, but I do look for an ability to communicate publically and express ideas. I think Alley does well in that area (Mayor Schneider is another excellent communicator, plus she responds to emails!).

In contrast, as an example, Michael Self was one of the worst communicators I've see on the council. She sometimes had a difficult time explaining her votes after the public comment period. Frank Hotchkiss is (almost) refreshingly simple in his style when he speaks during council meetings, but I think that's a reflection of the way he thinks.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
October 15, 2013 at 9:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

EastBeach: I have the same problem with Murillo as I do with people who preach Christian "love" then stick their hands out asking for $$$ or who practice bigotry--hypocrisy.

Again, I go back to Hannah-Beth Jackson when she was saying how she was against the war yet supported H. Clinton over Dennis Kucinich because Clinton only had an X-chromosome. (Even though Kucinich was truly against the war) Also, what message does this give young boys and girls? Guess what, it's more divisiveness. Furthermore, does anybody here REALLY believe that Santa Barbara will ever be a place where kids growing up will have a chance at the American Dream?

Your progressive politics is an economic illusion and a sociological lie and some of us have the courage to expose it for what it is, which is not t he idealistic liberalism from which it came.

This words explains it.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
October 15, 2013 at 3:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

EastBeach: the males here are sensitive to hypocrisy and identity politics, not statements about the capabilities of women.

Dr. Dan: you're voting for Alley in part because she "lives in a real neighborhood"? I think what you mean is she lives in a poor or lower-middle class neighborhood with working class people that are struggling and so you believe she is aware of those people and will be sympathetic to them and work to forcibly separate upper middle class and rich people from their money (via taxation and fees), which by far most worked for - and then give it to her "real" neighbors in her "real neighborhood".

What will you do when the money runs out? Probably just target middle and lower-middle class people and tear their money and property from them and give it to even poorer people - after all the government union bureaucrats get their share of course.


willy88 (anonymous profile)
October 15, 2013 at 5:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Sigh, you're totally Right, willy88. When elected Mayor, I will immediately "work to forcibly separate upper middle class and rich people from their money (via taxation and fees)"... Unreal.
Alley may end up supporting some local taxes (like Schneider ONCE did) to benefit local education, assistance to low-income families, support for local area youth programs, especially in our lower Eastside and lower Westside areas. I hope she does this, absolutely.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
October 15, 2013 at 7 p.m. (Suggest removal)

gotta clarify "progressives" and progressive politics, since BC says the latter is an "economic illusion and a sociological lie".
To the limited point I comprehend progressive politics, it is not an economic illusion, it has worked. How is it a sociological lie?

DrDan (anonymous profile)
October 15, 2013 at 7:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Answer to DrDan: Look at how well progressive politics is working in California. Working-class people and businesses are leaveing in droves. Also, look at the divisive nature of it when you have people such as Murillo and Rose saying one sex is better suited to occupy political power than another all the while this movement talks all about helping the working-class and standing up to racism and sexism. Look at Santa Barbara with the homeless people freezing to death in the streets. Laugh if you want at the "Red" states, but that's where a lot of Californians are going to because it's where they can afford to live.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
October 15, 2013 at 8:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

glad you have no trouble with the tone of Murillo's letter EB, & that you're a very secure male. So am I, but in her short letter Murillo specifically mentions her own female gender term [woman] five times, including "We agreed that women work collaboratively, have endurance in achieving goals, and use emotional intelligence in communicating." It's rather like women are from Venus AND Mars. And we hear about Susan Rose's good work "to improve the lives of women all over the world" [I like Rose and voted for her earlier], but at least the "other" gender is thrown a bone with Murillo's comment that "One of the men helped me install the sign" for Alley. Yahoo!
Imagine if I were a council member and wrote a letter supporting Frank Hotchkiss and noted his male experience, his male leadership, his strong male leadership qualities.... Murillo's letter isn't very helpful to electing Ms. Alley, a candidate I have fully supported

DrDan (anonymous profile)
October 16, 2013 at 6:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

EastBeach: Saying we're "insecure" is the equivilant of calling one "racist" if they dare question multiculturalism.

I won't waste my time trying to argue with you about whether or not I'm secure about my gender identity, what I WILL say is that what bothers me is the arrant hypocrisy of Murillo and those who preach about justice and equality while saying one group is inherently better than another.

Yes, I have met Murillo several times and found her to be a likeable sort, and have even defended her on these blogs in the past, but no matter how you cut it, she is preaching sexism and your attempt to cozy up to her isn't going to impress her. You're being played for a fool. I suppose the snarky response one could give me is "sorry Bill if you can't deal with facts, but women simply are superior and you can't handle that". In that case, at least be honest, and don't pretend this about harmony, and in being consistent with that theory, start rooting out men from the Democratic Party and replacing them with women. Which is it?

billclausen (anonymous profile)
October 16, 2013 at 7:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

'Nuff said:

Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) said on Wednesday afternoon that their female colleagues can take most of the credit for driving the compromise that is expected to temporarily reopen the U.S. government and raise the debt ceiling before Thursday's deadline.

"Leadership, I must fully admit, was provided primarily from women in the Senate," McCain said after the bipartisan deal was announced.

Pryor said that people sometimes like to joke about women in leadership, but he is a huge fan of his female colleagues after watching them negotiate. "The truth is, women in the Senate is a good thing," he said. "We're all just glad they allowed us to tag along so we could see how it's done."

Following weeks of stagnation, The New York Times reported on Monday that a bipartisan group of women senators was playing a crucial role in opening discussions between Republicans and Democrats over how to move forward and reopen the government. Out of the 14 senators on the bipartisan committee that laid the framework for the debt deal, six were women. Susan Collins (R-Maine) started the group, and Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) took part in negotiations.

“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that women were so heavily involved in trying to end this stalemate,” Collins told The New York Times. “Although we span the ideological spectrum, we are used to working together in a collaborative way.”

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
October 16, 2013 at 10:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Women certainly are more collaborative, no argument there. I've worked in school environments -- schools are often female-driven -- for over 35 years and it has been wonderful.
My issue with Murillo's letter is its unnecessarily divisive tone, the casual rubbing-it-in thing -- like, who DOESN'T KNOW women are superior! AND if she was trying to rouse female voters for Alley, oops, Alley already has most of them, so Murillo just offends the BC/Botany/Willy88s, and there are far more of them out there, John Adams, than you might think.
If you are truly for Alley, do as I may and bullet vote: just mark a single candidate: Alley, for Council.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
October 17, 2013 at 6:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Oh Diver Dan, whilst you humanoids bicker amongst yourselves along gender lines, we dolphins have no such issues and are just waiting for the sea levels to rise so we can take over. Maybe then you can call your little slice of paradise "Atlantis".

By the way, men are more collaborative than women since men have collaborated for thousands of years to keep women underfoot. Be good and keep on bloggin'

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
October 17, 2013 at 6:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If you were right Dan. I wouldn't be for Lesley Wiscomb. I'm sure you'll cast your vote for Wiscomb too then. I sure would!

Botany (anonymous profile)
October 17, 2013 at 7:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

diver dan's aquatic days are done, but they were still fun, Cyprus, Israel, Greece! see ya dolphin!

DrDan (anonymous profile)
October 17, 2013 at 9:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Dick Flacks' Voices piece clearly highlights the Tea Party flavor of Hotchkiss AND shows how Megan Alley would be a very fine Council member if elected. Hotchkiss is embarrassing. Notice how Flacks avoids male-bashing [duh!], and actually seems to want Alley to get in rather than insulting every male in SB like Murillo does in her awkward letter. He avoids mentioning the name of tired old retread David L., whose presence on the ballot will likely split the liberal vote with Alley, thus letting Hotchkiss back in.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
October 18, 2013 at 5:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Not only Hotchkiss, but Wiscomb too. The high-density, traffic-obstructing crowd has worn out their welcome in Santa Barbara.

Botany (anonymous profile)
October 18, 2013 at 6:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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