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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, June 16, 2015

GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION LEADERS ENDORSE HELENE SCHNEIDER FOR CA-24

GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION LEADERS ENDORSE HELENE SCHNEIDER FOR CA-24
Call Mayor Schneider “A Consistent Outspoken Advocate in the Battle to Combat Gun Violence and Enhance Neighborhood Security”

SANTA BARBARA, CA— Reflecting her commitment to reducing gun violence, today Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, who serves as a Member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, secured numerous endorsements from local gun violence prevention leaders from the Coalition Against Gun Violence*, a Santa Barbara County Coalition.

Those endorsing Mayor Helene Schneider today, include:
Toni Wellen, Founder and Chair, Coalition Against Gun Violence*
Christina Pizarro, Board Member, Coalition Against Gun Violence*
Christine Silverstein, Board Member, Coalition Against Gun Violence* (previously announced)
Margaret Connell, Founding Board Member, Coalition Against Gun Violence*, former Mayor of Goleta (previously announced)
In announcing her endorsement of Mayor Schneider, Toni Wellen, Founder and Chair, Coalition Against Gun Violence* released the following statement:

“We need more independence and pragmatism in Congress, especially when it comes to tackling the issue of gun violence in America. I’m endorsing Mayor Helene Schneider for Congress because she’s been a consistent outspoken advocate in the battle to combat gun violence and enhance neighborhood security. Additionally, as Mayor, she has been an outstanding elected official with integrity and intelligence who is always accessible to her constituents. I know in Congress she will be a leader in the fight to curb gun violence by spearheading sensible policies such as universal background checks and banning assault weapons, high capacity magazines, and military style weaponry.”

Christina Pizarro, Board Member, Coalition Against Gun Violence* declared her support of Mayor Schneider by stating:

“California has led the way on numerous forward-thinking and innovative policies that aim to address gun violence tragedies in our state. While more must be done here in California, the reality is that Washington is lightyears behind California on common sense gun legislation. I believe Helene Schneider is the best candidate to lead the charge in Congress to address these issues head-on and apply California’s laws nationally in order to reduce gun violence tragedies across America. She has my enthusiastic support.”

Responding to news of the endorsements, Mayor Helene Schneider released the following statement:

“It’s a real honor to have the support of these key local leaders who are on the forefront of the movement in the Central Coast to curb gun violence. For far too long the United States has dealt with senseless acts of gun violence that can and should be prevented by the implementation of tougher laws that aim to curb gun violence. As Mayor of Santa Barbara, I have worked closely with the Santa Barbara Police Department and the Coalition Against Gun Violence on gun buy-back events, as a Member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and I have consistently supported common sense gun legislation in California and nationally.

“Unfortunately, in recent years Congress has lacked any meaningful action when it comes to instituting tougher gun control policies. That’s why in Washington, I will work to advance smart gun violence prevention policies like a ban on assault weapons, universal background checks, bans on military-style high-capacity magazines, requirements so that trigger locks are sold with every weapon, mandated background checks for gun store employees, among others so that we can enhance neighborhood security in communities across America.”

Earlier this week, Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider secured a coveted endorsement from California State Assemblyman Richard Bloom, who previously served as a California Coastal Commissioner and as Mayor of Santa Monica.

Beyond today’s announcement, Mayor Helene Schneider has secured endorsements from several influential organizations and local leaders, including the following:
International Union of Operating Engineers (I.U.O.E.) Local 501
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36
California State Assemblyman Richard Bloom, Past California Coastal Commissioner
City of Ventura Mayor Cheryl Heitmann
City of Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte
City of Goleta Mayor Margaret Connell (Ret.)
Hope School District Board of Trustees Member Kristi Newton
City of Santa Barbara City Council Member Harwood “Bendy” White
City of Ventura City Council Member Carl E. Morehouse
Santa Barbara Unified School District Board President H. Edward Heron
Environmental Defense Center Founder Marc McGinnes*
Central Coast Water Quality Control Board Member (Ret.) & Santa Barbara City Planning Commissioner Michael Jordan*
Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee Past President Sharon Hoshida*
Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee Past President Lois Phillips*
Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee Past President Alissa Hummer*
Santa Barbara City Housing Authority Commissioner (Ret.)* & Board Member with Coalition Against Gun Violence* Christine Silverstein
Santa Barbara City Housing Authority Commissioner Catherine Woodford*
Santa Barbara City Housing Authority Commissioner Don Olsen*
Santa Barbara City Council Member Grant House (Ret.)
Founder of The Key Class John Daly*
Santa Barbara City Planning Commissioner Bruce Bartlett (Ret.)*
Santa Barbara City Parks & Recreation Commissioner Lesley Wiscomb*

Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider was elected to her second term as Santa Barbara’s Mayor in November 2013. She has served at Santa Barbara City Hall since January 2004, winning her first election as City Councilmember in 2003 and first election as Mayor in 2009.

Mayor Schneider serves in leadership roles on a number of regional-wide policy issues, such as transportation, air quality, solid waste, public education, youth violence prevention and homelessness. She represents the City of Santa Barbara on the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG), Air Pollution Control District (APCD), Multi-Jurisdictional Solid Waste Task Force, Partners in Education, the South Coast Task Force on Youth Gangs and the Central Coast Collaborative on Homelessness (C3H). She is the immediate past-President of the League of California Cities Channel Counties Division.

Prior to elected office, Mayor Schneider spent 11 years in human resources management at Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties.

For more information, please visit: www.HeleneSchneider.org.

Contact

Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Shallman Communications

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