Labor Day in Oak Park
By Robert Bernstein
Last weekend was the annual Labor Day barbecue picnic in Oak Park, sponsored by the Democratic Party.
Here are all of my photos!
About 100 people were in attendance for the occasion.
Woody's BBQ catered a delicious meal of chicken, rice, beans and salad
Featured speakers included Congress Member Salud Carbajal who is running for re-election
California State Controller Betty T. Yee who is running for re-election
Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte who is running for Goleta Mayor under the new system
James Kyriaco who is running for Goleta City Council
Gloria Soto, candidate for Santa Maria City Council
Rafael "Rafa" Gutierrez, candidate for Santa Maria City Council
Kathleen Werner, candidate for Goleta Water Board
Darcél Elliott, candidate for SB City College Trustee
Luz Reyes-Martin is running for re-election to the Goleta Union School Board. She also serves with me on the Sierra Club Santa Barbara Group Executive Committee. Here she poses with her husband and one of her children
Many of the candidates posed for a group photo
The theme of the event was honoring labor. The featured speaker was a union organizer
Former Congress Member Lois Capps was one of many other notables in attendance!
Here were Goleta City Council member Kyle Richards and Goleta Water Board member Lauren Hanson
We are not as notable, but we posed, too!
Notice my Aloha shirt that I had purchased at the Ventura Aloha Festival the day before!
Or course my friend Gary Atkins did his usual superb job of sound engineering
Sep 12, 2018 09:15 AM
Aging Democrats out of touch with Progressives. Take a look at these photos. All you see are older white adults. You don't see the youth of today. The dysfuntional Democratic Party of Santa Barbara County is out of touch and needs real change. - They are the reason we have elected Democratic leaders who put special interests groups above residents.
Sep 12, 2018 10:56 AM
What are you even talking about? Take another look. I see a cross-section of many ethnicities. Most are mature, but a few on the youthful side.
And if the youth of today wants change, they should get involved. No one is stopping them from running for office. And no one is going to hand it to them on a silver platter either. It takes intelligence, a strong message and hard work.
Sep 18, 2018 04:41 PM
Thank you RTO. Almost all of the candidates are in their 20s or 30s and of diverse ethnic backgrounds.
The attendees tend to be older because the lunch is a fund raiser. Younger people may not be able to afford that. But they are certainly welcome to attend.