Last month, the Democratic Women of Santa Barbara County signaled the start to the 2013 campaign for Santa Barbara City Council with their unanimous re-election endorsements of Mayor Helene Schneider and Councilmember Bendy White.
Monday, Bendy White kicks off his 2013 campaign with a re-election celebration at Casa Blanca Restaurant and Cantina, 330 State St., 5-7 p.m.
Here is Bendy’s opening announcement:
“I was born and raised in Santa Barbara and have spent a good portion of my life serving the community as a member of the County Planning Commission, City Water Board, City Planning Commission and now on the City Council. In that time, protection of our community’s environment and our quality of life has been the foremost principle in guiding my decisions and policies. My deep background on local boards has helped me craft proposals which solve specific problems and have broad support.
When I joined the council at the beginning of 2010 the full effects of the great economic recession were just hitting the City. As a result over my term on council the City has struggled to both maintain our community’s values and recover from the economic slump.
I am proud to say that the City, with my support as a member of the finance committee and the chair of the sustainability committee, has done an excellent job protecting our financial health, while maintaining key programs such as the Rental Housing Mediation Task Force and making city departments leaner and more efficient.
Over the next four years we must fight to rebuild funding for our city’s infrastructure, protect our environment and our neighborhoods, and address social challenges such as the recent rise in youth gang violence.
I am asking for your support in ensuring the work that began four years ago continues over the next four and makes our City a better place to live. Please join Mayor Helene Schneider, the Santa Barbara County Democratic Women, Supervisors Salud Carbajal, Janet Wolf, Doreen Farr and many others in endorsing my re-election.
Please join my Monday evening at 5pm for the kickoff of my 2013 re-election campaign. I would be honored to have your support.”
Sincerely, Bendy White