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Civic Forums at the Santa Barbara Central Library Return this October

On Tuesday, October 9 at 6 PM, the Santa Barbara Public Library (SBPL) and the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara will welcome the community to the first of the 2018-2019 civic forums the two organizations hold together in partnership. This is the third year SBPL and the League of Women Voters have worked together to bring pertinent information to the community on topics such as housing issues, immigration, and voting rights.


To begin this year's series of civic forums, the October 9 event will present pros and cons of all state propositions and local ballot measures that will be on the November 6 ballot. The eleven statewide propositions and two local measures will all have both pros and cons presented so as to help the community be informed voters in November.


The second forum of the year will also be held this month, on Wednesday, October 17 at 6 PM. The purpose of this forum is to give an update to last November's immigration forum and will provide the community information on what is happening today regarding immigration policies and enactment in the County of Santa Barbara. The panel and discussion will include general information about Federal and State actions, but will be centered on local activities of existing and emerging community groups, public officials, volunteers, affected immigrants, and law enforcement personnel.


Invited speakers for the October 17 civic forum are Sheriff Bill Brown, Jacqueline Inda, founder of the Santa Barbara Response Network, Anahi Mendoza, Executive Director of the Santa Barbara County Immigrant Legal Defense Center, and Erica Reyes, District Representative for Congressmember Salud Carbajal.


These civic forums are held at the Santa Barbara Central Library's Faulkner Gallery at 40 E Anapamu St. Both forums will be livestreamed on the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara's Facebook page and will be available after for later viewing and sharing.

To stay informed of happenings at the Libraries, individuals can access the SBPL web calendar with all events, programs, and classes and/or sign-up for the SBPL newsletter in English or Spanish. Visit the Santa Barbara Public Library System online at for information about library hours, locations, programs, and services. All library programs are free and open to the public.


Contact: Jen Lemberger, Programming & Marketing Librarian

Phone: 805-564-5621



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