Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor

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Laura Capps (Photo: Manjari Sharma)

By edhat staff

Laura Capps officially launched her campaign for Santa Barbara County Supervisor in the Mission's Rose Garden Tuesday afternoon.

Surrounded by Roosevelt Elementary School students holding blue and yellow "Capps for Supervisor signs," Capps was introduced by her 8-year-old son Oscar and Reverend Anne Howard with her mother and former Congresswoman Lois Capps standing beside her.

Capps discussed the need to restore the bonds of trust between the people and the government stating there is far more that unites us than divides us. "Especially now, with our national government in despair, with our administration that could not be more alienating or out of touch, our local leaders need to be in touch with us, they need to be connected, they need to listen to us," she said.

Over 150 attendees including elected officials, friends, family, and community members joined as Capps formally announced her campaign while stating her passion for fighting child hunger and climate change at a local level.

“I am proud to announce that I am running for County Supervisor because I am a leader who listens – and my north star for how I will govern will be the children of our County and the future they deserve,” Capps said.  “I am blessed to be standing with so many of the people who’ve inspired me to get involved locally -- combatting child hunger, creating a more sustainable path for our County’s future an independent and accessible leader for our public schools.”

Capp's website shows a list of over 115 endorsements including former Supervisors Janet Wolf and Susan Rose, former Assemblymember Pedro Nava, former Mayor Sheila Lodge, and more. She got her political start as a White House Aide to Senior Advisor George Stephanopoulos and then as a speechwriter to former President Bill Clinton. She continued her work in politics when she became Senator Ted Kennedy’s Communications Director in the U.S. Senate and later the senior aide to John Kerry during his 2004 presidential campaign.

Capps is set to square off against incumbent Das Williams for the First District Seat who is already endorsed by the Democratic Party of Santa Barbara and current County Supervisors Gregg Hart, Joan Hartmann, and Steve Lavagnino.

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a-1573938938 Sep 01, 2019 10:47 AM
Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor

Prior to the Solstice celebration, SB's one-and-only major event was "Fiesta" (Old Spanish Days). Carpinteria's major event is the Avocado Festival (the car show does not even come close). Since the majority of Carpinterian's are "pro-weed", it is only a matter of time before they will have a "Hemp" festival. Tye dye. Drum circles. Hacky sack tournies. Non-stop reggae. Marley t-shirts/posters. It will be a true international destination event! Wooooo-hooooooo...go Carp!!!

a-1573938938 Aug 30, 2019 03:54 PM
Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor

I am very disappointed Laura Capps is running. I guess she thinks we need a 'great white hope' to pull us out of the cannabis quagmire. Well, there's much more going on in the County than cannabis. I am not a great Das fan but all my Dem. friends and I will continue to support him. I hope we send Das back to the BOS, and send Joan Hartmann back in the 3rd district. She is the smartest one up there. Hope a good progressive candidate comes forward in the 4th district because we sure as hell don't need Nelson, who is to the right of Peter 'no brain' Adam.

a-1573938938 Aug 30, 2019 04:04 PM
Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor

I too immediately noticed the air-brushing. LC is a beautiful woman and I hope she will use a more natural pic in her campaign. Her ma used lots of airbrushing toward the end of her career. I felt sorry for her as she continued to have 'work' done to make her look younger. I didn't vote for her for her 'youth'. She certainly was not a good speaker but I did like the way she voted in Congress. This is all going to cost a great deal of money that could have gone to charities/the homeless.

MyHonorStudentB Aug 30, 2019 01:07 PM
Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor

There is a lot more than the cannabis odor issue. Capps could wend her way into Congress when Carbajal retires and command a certain cachet. Regardless of what you think of Williams, Capps would have more influence if she ever went to Washington. Both she and DW are skilled and would probably have similar policies on most but not all issues. She, like her Mom, would bring a certain grace, humility and accessibility to the Board that is not often seen. Williams is shrewd but carries a certain arrogance reminiscent of Tammany Hall and it is often unclear whose tune he dances to, aside from his Donald-Trump-sized ego. Nevertheless, he is cagey and often comes up with slicvk compromises only a mad scientist could have thought up. Not necessarily a bad thing but he seems to think he owns his constituents.

mattyboy Aug 28, 2019 09:05 PM
Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor

We have a state overflowing with drug addled homeless, yet we're rejoicing in the prospects of recreational marijuana. I don't get it. Yeah, yeah, marijuana isn't a "gateway drug", opioids aren't addictive, and alcoholics just plain don't exist. Carry on.

a-1573938938 Aug 28, 2019 07:02 PM
Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor

Come of the cannabis pioneers seem to be newcomers to land use and environmental review in Santa Barbara County. The oil companies and big developers used to demonize residents who wanted responsible environmental review done. Using some of the same rhetoric, name-calling, veiled intimidation, to silence them. Joni Gray used to joke about “playing in the oil fields” as a kid, to underscore how healthy it was. Now we have Lavagnino waving around a report unrelated to the cannabis complaints but as a way to say it’s all great now, shut up. Das warns constituents “I don’t want to see too many appeals”. But in reality, Community plans took years to complete and months were spent achieving consensus on zoning changes, where to allow commercial, visitor serving etc. But since the product is marijuana, somehow people are supposed to suspend all critical thinking and adopt industry-promoting cheers? Or risk being thrown into the reefer madness rhetoric? Gotta hand it to Das and the big cannabis lobbyists, they planed this takeover down to the tee. Sadly, the real loser is the tradition of careful and transparent community planning. Gone now, with the unprecedented precedents that have been set to pave the way for this commercial industry.

a-1573938938 Aug 28, 2019 06:33 PM
Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor

Whoever wins, I really hope that they make an attempt to help out the good people of Carpinteria. We used to regularly go there with family and friends, and even recommend Carp to our friends as a destination. No more. Slowly, but surely, there has been a definite shift in a negative direction. For all they have, the top hotels are Motel 6, and Motel 6, and Sandyland Cove. There are two other better hotels, but the three mentioned attract an interesting clientele. Sometimes, when you're so close to something, you just can't see the deterioration.

SBREADER Aug 30, 2019 04:25 AM
Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor

Our family are some of the "good people of Carpinteria." I grew up here, am a senior citizen, born in SB, lived most of my adult life in Montecito, could live anywhere I choose. I chose Carpinteria to raise my only child and we could not be happier. You have no idea what you are talking about! Carp is as close to Heaven as it gets in SB County unless you are a hermit and want to live out in the boonies.

Flicka Aug 28, 2019 05:44 PM
Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor

So, Das "sold out his constituents in Carpinteria? How is that? A small, loud group is fighting cannabis but the majority of us are fine with it. We voted to make cannabis legal Also, he should be more interested in doing something about the sad state of business in town? He's a County supervisor, the State Street problem is in the City.

a-1573938938 Aug 31, 2019 02:36 PM
Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor

SBREADER, SB County BOS can ammend the LUDC in regard to cannabis cultivation any time they want with the correct process, especially in the inland area. The Coastal Zone requires approval from the Coastal Commission before an amendment but it can be done. Prop 64 gave communities local control over their cannabis rules. Local government cannot prohibit appropriate personal use allowed by state law or transportation of interstate product on local highways. But just as community plans are updated and ammended so too can our General Plan and LUDC. Can you define “local land use professional”? Does that mean a developer, land use attorney or county planner? Curious so I know who not to hire...

SBREADER Aug 30, 2019 02:16 PM
Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor

Factotum: Do you understand the boundaries of the 1st District? She gets 100 votes in Carpinteria. Maybe a close vote in Montecito. Das is the master Campaigner in SB, on the Eastside he will win 90% of the vote. If they split the rest in SB Das wins in a landslide. Those are the Factototums!

a-1573938938 Aug 30, 2019 12:47 PM
Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor

Your last point is incorrect. Santa Barbara’s cannabis ordinance can be modified at any time for a variety of reasons. The BOS reserves the right to modify or ban Cannabis cultivation altogether if the board feels it’s in the best interest of the county. The county is not liable for any damages to cultivators . Even if they have paid all their permit fees and were handed a land use permit, The risk is all on the grower. It is a gamble.

Factotum Aug 30, 2019 11:21 AM
Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor

Are there more than 100 pot grower voters living in District One ,who will out-vote the growing outrage that is spreading across the entire district, including your description rabid pot-hating elderly voters.. Prepare yourself for an election surprise and it may be none of the above.

SBREADER Aug 30, 2019 11:09 AM
Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor

I live in Carp. Crazy Carpinterians is a group of about 100 elderly people who all hated "pot" before Prop 64 and they continue to complain today. After the recent Graham Farrar Appeal, the War is over. They will keep yelling but they have no teeth. Das will win easily but even if he didn't, Capps by herself can do nothing and she has no personal legislative experience and it takes 3 votes to change anything. Also they can't deprive local property owners of their property rights at this point. Most of the uniformed don't understand that.

a-1573938938 Aug 30, 2019 10:09 AM
Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor

I hate to break it to you Flicka , it’s not a “small loud group”. It’s a large group, getting louder and larger by the day. The more people learn about how all of this went down the more they are organizing. We voted to make cannabis legal so we could go to a retail store and buy interesting products. We voted to make it legal to decriminalize a useful drug. We didn’t , however ,vote to have unlimited acres grown. There are 58 counties in California , only 11 have allowed cannabis cultivation. Of those 11 counties they vary in their ordinance language. The amount on any one parcel ranges from 1/4 acre in yolo to - 8 acres maximum on a 100 acre parcel in Mendocino. That’s the kind of control we voted for.

PitMix Aug 29, 2019 10:39 AM
Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor

You voted to make it legal but did you really want 15% of the planted pot acreage in the County to be next to your City? I bet if they put that on the ballot the vote would be a lot closer. And the City of Carp doesn't want any- it is all on County land.

TheMole Aug 28, 2019 02:41 PM
Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor

I’d vote Das out in a heartbeat. The man just can’t seem to make the right decisions. From my perspective.... and by hearing his comments during the Board of Supervisor hearings, he just doesn’t seem to understand much the first time around when an important issue arises that requires discussion. I just don’t know if Laura can do the job with her background.

a-1573938938 Aug 28, 2019 02:26 PM
Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor

I am hearing from insiders that the Das camp is quite worried about internal polls showing that Laura's "star" is skyrocketing. The money from the cannabis industry will be flowing to Das, but there is a HUGE amount of so-called smart money going to Capps. There are pros/cons to each candidate, but by all independent assessments, Laura pretty much has a lock on winning the election. Das is not a bad guy or anything, it's just that the "Capps Machine" is so much bigger, stronger, and most importantly, well funded.

a-1573938938 Aug 28, 2019 12:45 PM
Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor

Capps wants to take down cannabis farming. That's the only thing different in her platform. Das has worked his tail off to bring cannabis farming into compliance. No easy task and a thankless one at that. If Capps wants to differentiate herself as being for families, what about the thousands of families in the county who support themselves working in cannabis? Does the word "family" only apply to those in Montecito and SBs upper east side? "Mas Das" is a fitting slogan to reach a lot of families who need jobs and benefit from regulations that allow cannabis farming. How does one help families if the county can't afford services? Our county needs a strong ag economy to pay the bills. Say it again, "Mas Das," for balancing the county budget in ways that have proven to support families.

a-1573938938 Aug 30, 2019 09:27 AM
Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor

What a crock! Perhaps you're not familiar with the laws and ordinances pertaining to marijuana. You are a good example of the problem we face today. Swayed by propaganda, letting others do you're thinking for you.

a-1573938938 Aug 28, 2019 03:47 PM
Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor

voters legalized cannabis. not das. das gets one vote on a county board. you're right the election shouldn't be about cannabis, but what else does capps add to the conversation, other than the popularity of her mother?

2contango Aug 28, 2019 03:43 PM
Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor

The future looks cloudy for cannabis farming here because of a huge and growing oversupply in California plus a thriving black market that refuses to die. In any case, other crops overall bring in much more revenue to the county than marijuana does. And farmers simply switch to other crops, continuing to employ families and generate tax revenue for the county. I don't know what Capps' position on cannabis farming is, but that's not the most important issue in this race.

PitMix Aug 28, 2019 02:44 PM
Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor

Das is working hard to bring the industry into compliance after he set up the system that let them do pretty much whatever they wanted. No odor control, no verification that they had planted acreage when they applied for their permits- those LA Times and Indy articles are full of info about how his actions on the ad hoc committee gave the farm away to the pot farmers. Legal pot will not disappear, but they will have to be better neighbors in the future.

a-1573938938 Aug 28, 2019 10:54 AM
Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor

I took the Vietnam class at UCSB with Walter. He was sharp and represented his constituents with a independent and strong personality. I sat next to Lois on the United flight to DEN more times than I can count. We chatted about all kinds of stuff and she's a very nice lady, but she only did what the Dem machine told her to do. I've met Laura a couple of times. Seems to be a mix of her parents, but I consider her background in the WH and husband to be liabilities, not assets. I grew up with Das and knew him very well. I am on the fence on this one...

MyHonorStudentB Aug 30, 2019 01:12 PM
Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor

Don't know if the moderator will let this reply stand or delete it but I have screenshot this smear against Lois Capps and take note that it is a Williams supporter who is defaming one of the most outstanding members of Congress, ever: "only did what the Dem machine told her to do". Lois Capps was an independent thinker and she was known for taking initiative and willing to buck powerful interests.

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