History

 



A Timeline of the Coalition for a Living Wage, PUEBLO, & PUEBLO Action Fund





2000 COALITION FOR A LIVING WAGE PERIOD


 

February

 

Brain Trust


Walt, Ed, and Tim meet over beer about living wage



June

 

Steering committee formed


1st grant received from Fund for SB


  

July 20th

 

Coalition for a Living Wage officially born


Half-time field organizer hired (Harley)

  

 

August to December

 

Outreach to Orgs, Faith Leaders to construct Coalition


 

November

 

Living Wage Conference in Baltimore


Local press conference Living Wage Campaign launched


Lisa Morningfire joins CLW


Ana R. Rizo joins CLW


Silvia Rodríguez joins CLW



 

2001




January


Eileen Boris came to 1st meeting with Alice O’Connor and Nelson Lichtenstein



April



CLW lobbied county to help pass the 1st tenants rights legislation


1st People’s March for Economic Justice


Ralph Armbruster Joins


Brian Helmle joins – did worker outreach

 

 

June


City Council unanimously endorses the concept of a living wage


 

September

 

CLW fundraiser

 

“Bread and Roses” Film

 

Wozani Band

 

9/11

 

Living Wage hearing before City Council cancelled because of terrorist acts

 

Living Wage sent to committee by City Council

 

E. Kay joins impressed by the new grassroots enthusiasm of Coalition of Living Wage


 

October

 

Jesus Catalan hired as Worker Organizer

 

Organization among low wageworkers intensifies

 

 

November

 

Marty Blum Elected Mayor

 

Babatunde Elected to City Council

 

 

 

2002

 

 

 

January

 

Change from Steering Committee to Board of Directors

 

 

February

 

Fundraising training and start of grassroots fundraising strategy

 

 

March

 

City Council votes 4-3 to raise wages of 200 city temp workers

 

CLW membership drive launched

 

 

May

 

CLW receives $30,000 grant from McCune Foundation

 

Women Waging Justice workshop

 

 

June

 

1620 Garden Street condo issue

 

CLW sent delegation to UFW March for Farm Worker Bill

 

 

September

 

Labor Day fundraiser at Eileen Boris’ home

 

Lucero Marquez and Rafaela Cornejo hired as Worker Organizers

 

Lisa Pompo fills in for Harley while he works on “NO ON RECALL” Campaign

 

Businesses and Living Wage forum

 

Scott becomes a member of CLW

 

 

November

 

CLW supports striking CUE Workers

 

 

December

 

CLW launches an intense process to explore launching a ballot initiative in 2003

 

Jarrod joins Board of Directors

 

Scott joins Board of Directors




 

2003




 

January

 

CLW polled voters on Living Wage

 

Board of Directors Retreat

 

 

February

 

Board of Directors decides not to go the ballot route

 

Board decides to take multiple strategies approach to achieving our goals

 

 

March

 

8 CLW staff/members/board members went to LA for org. education including Bus Riders Union

 

March 8th

 

Dolores Huerta house party


 

May

 

Dolores Huerta trains CLW

 

House Meeting Campaign launched


 

June

 

MTD unveils plan to raise bus fares 150%

 

CLW is OUTRAGED!!

 

Parents organized with PUEBLO and saved Cleveland Child Care Center

 

 

July

 

Parents at Cleveland and Adams schools learn of childcare cuts – start to organize

 

CLW wins MTD victories

 

30 day pass

 

Discounted 10 ride passes

 

Youth pass

 


August

 

House Meeting campaign ends

 

General meeting at La Casa de la Raza

 

Parents organized at School Board

 

Marlilu Alcantar joins the Organization

 

Miguel Ramirez joins the Organization

 

 

September

 

PUEBLO launches “NO ON 54” Precinct organizing

 

Gov. Davis signs Drivers License Bill

 

MTD appoints non-bus rider to Board

 

PUEBLO moves to La Casa de La Raza

 

 

October

 

PROP 54 is defeated

 


November

 

Gleason is defeated

 

2 PUEBLO members elected to City Council

 

Drivers License Protest

 

 

December

 

Immigrant Rights March on the 12th




 

2004




 

January

 

Martin Luther King Jr. house party

 

 

March

 

Buttny Campaign/ Prop 54/55

 

 

April

 

Anti Wal-Mart campaign in Inglewood

 

 

May

 

Saved MTD New Year’s service

 

Received $100,000 matching grant from Jimmy Walter

 

Organizers Miguel and Gretchen join PUEBLO

 

Second House Meeting Campaign

 

 

June

 

PUEBLO brings Gil Cedillo to Santa Barbara

 

Respond to INS sightings in SB

 

County votes to support SB 1160


 

July

 

Pressured city to save over $1 million Redevelopment Agency $$ for affordable housing instead of Granada parking lot

 

 

August

 

Establish neighborhood committees in Goleta, Isla Vista, SB and Carpinteria

 

City votes to support SB 1160


 

September

 

Emergency meetings to train Precinct Leaders to get out the vote

 

 

November

 

Won Measure A (living wage for City Council)

 

Won Measure D (community center for Isla Vista)

 

 

December

 

Volunteer Appreciation party

 

New Living Wage campaign

 

Santa Barbara for a Living Wage forms

 

PUEBLO Education fund is born




 

2005




 

January

 

Won $8.6 million for affordable housing

 

 

February

 

City appoints bus rider and PUEBLO member to MTD Board


 

April

 

Blog is born

 

 

May

 

PUEBLO gets incorporated as a 501(c)(4) organization

 

Carpinteria Committee opposes water rate hike


 

July

 

1st Annual Dinner


 

September

 

Organizes against Schwarzenegger Special Election Initiative and Supports Grant House and Dianne Channing

 

Starts organizing in Santa Maria


 

November

 

Grant House elected to City Council

 

Schwarzenegger Initiatives DEFEATED




 

2006




 

January

 

Living Wage = hot topic


 

February

 

Santa Barbara Council APPROVES Living Wage Ordinance

 

On the 25th: 3,000 people march in Santa Barbara for Immigrant Rights


 

April

 

SBC AG votes on historic Measure D Compromise – PUEBLO plays a major role

 

High school student walk outs to protest HR 4437

 

On the 20th: 15,000 people March in Santa – the largest march ever in Santa Maria



 May

 

May Day Protest and General Strike

 

40,000 throughout County march for Immigrant Rights

 

PUBELO organizes against county split and for Santa Maria Hancock Bond

 

Youth committee begins

 

County PASSES low income-housing plan

 

 

June

 

Hancock Bond passes by 2% - County split defeated soundly

 

SB CAN – PUEBLO appeals demolition of housing at La Cumbre

 

 

July

 

Ana comes to PUEBLO

 

 

August

 

PUEBLO Education Fund gets incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization

 

In surprise, SB city votes to demolish low-income housing


 

November

 

Historic upset: Hilda Zacarias elected to City Council in Santa Maria

 

Other election victories:

 

Pulido and Grant elected to Carpinteria School Board

 

Wolf elected to Carpinteria School Board

 

Aceves elected to Goleta City Council

 

Clark elected to Carpinteria City Council


 

December

 

Pulido flip-flops on school closure issue

 

North county Youth Committee begins




 

2007

 

 

 

 February

 

6 more News press Reporters fired

 

Main school: Parents fight school closure

 

Assisted thousands of farmworkers during last winter’s freeze

 

Successful advocacy effort with the City and County to sponsor a vanpool program to provide safe transportation for farmworkers.




 

2008




 Summer

 

Saved over $18m for working families by lowering bus fare increases in the 10 ride pass


 

November

 

PUEBLO published In the Shadows of Paradise: Testimonies from the Undocumented Immigrant Community in Santa Barbara

 

Helped get Supervisor Doreen Farr elected as the Supervisor


 

December

 

Won a mediation case with 36 evicted families in Santa Barbara County to extend their eviction notice from 60 to 90 days and wave one month of rent




 

2009




 February

 

Organized 40 families to seek legal representation against “slumlord” Dario Pini in Santa Maria. California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) started a class action.

 

 

March

 

Organized the Rental Housing Roundtable and launched the Justice for Renters Campaign

 

 

September

 

Organized bus-riders and won back Line 8 in Goleta and Santa Barbara

 

PUEBLO and PUEBLO Action Fund adopt their new names!