Most of you probably don’t know that there’s a city council election happening in Santa Barbara this year or who the candidates are. I’m guessing far fewer of you know why this election is actually really important to UAW 2865 members and why we’ve endorsed city council candidates Megan Diaz Alley and Gregg Hart.
Here’s why it’s important: right now, the Santa Barbara City Council is narrowly divided between liberals and conservatives, but the balance of power is up for grabs.
Megan Diaz Alley and Gregg Hart want more affordable housing, so that young people and working families like you and me can afford to live downtown; their conservative opponents are opposed to building more affordable housing because it lets in the “wrong kind of people.”
Megan Diaz Alley and Gregg Hart want to improve the public transit and bike paths that many UAW 2865 members rely on for their commute; their conservative opponents oppose curb extensions and bike paths that protect pedestrians and walkers and anything that doesn’t promote the car culture.
Megan Diaz Alley and Gregg Hart want to use social outreach programs to deal with at-risk youth and the homeless, their conservative opponents want to use gang injunctions because they want to run “undesirables” out of the city.
So here we have a clear choice: a progressive city council that promotes real solutions to the problems that UAW 2865 members and working families face, or a Tea Party city council that wants to keep Santa Barbara for a privileged few.
Vote for Megan Diaz Alley and Gregg Hart, your UAW 2865-endorsed candidates!