Statements

SPVC Statement on UTLA Strike

The Socialist Party of Ventura County stands in absolute solidarity with the ongoing strike being conducted by United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA).

For far too long, educators have been devalued and deprioritized, while wealthy capital interests seek to profit from an already underfunded public education system. Financial cutbacks have taken their toll on both students seeking a decent education, and on educators who often must provide their own materials in order for their students to succeed. The situation is only getting worse with the introduction of charter school initiatives and for-profit educational programs.

This is no way to administer a public school system or develop a sustainable educational environment for the future of our children. The privatization of public education in Los Angeles and throughout the United States should be deeply concerning to everyone, especially the millions of working-class people who depend on a publicly funded education in order to pursue a better future for themselves and their loved ones.

We will always stand by our students and our teachers. We will always stand for free and universal public education. We will always stand for equality and opportunity in the face of privatization and austerity.

Approved by the Local Executive Committee of the Socialist Party of Ventura County on January 14, 2019.

Party News, Site Updates

Season’s Greetings (& Meetings)

To our members, comrades, and followers celebrating (or surviving) the holiday season, the Socialist Party of Ventura County wishes you all the best. We would also like to take this opportunity to share our deepest condolences for the many folks out there who are still recovering from the violence and destruction our community has endured throughout these past few months. The loss of life and property wrought by the Borderline shooting and wildfires, not to mention the disappointing election results that will continue to leave thousands without necessary medical care or housing, has been absolutely devastating. As we continue to push forward, remember that in addition to friends and family, you can always reach out to the Socialist Party or the many other fantastic local activist organizations for support. Solidarity is more than just a buzzword.

Next, we would like to inform everyone that due to the overall hectic nature of this time of year, we will not be having a general meeting for the month of December. If you or your organization has anything important to discuss, never hesitate to contact us and we’ll respond as soon as we are able to. And finally, we’d like to remind our supporters that we’ve recently launched a Patreon so that we can expand and improve our organizing efforts. If you’ve got a few spare bucks and would like to help out the cause, consider giving it a look. One-time donations are also available for those who are interested.

Thank you to everyone who stands alongside us in our common struggle for justice, and we’ll see you all again in January.

Electoral Politics

SPVC Proposition Voting Guide for 2018

While the struggle for socialism will not be won through the ballot box alone, and voting for progressive reforms cannot fully reconcile the inherent contradictions of capitalism, we have an opportunity on November 6th to achieve some concrete victories for working class people that could materially improve the lives of millions. The capitalist class does not ignore electoral politics as a means for class warfare, and neither can we. Click here to find your polling place.

Proposition 1 – Vote YES ✅

AUTHORIZES BONDS TO FUND SPECIFIED HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS. LEGISLATIVE STATUTE.

Authorizes $4 billion in general obligation bonds for existing affordable housing programs for low-income residents, veterans, farmworkers, manufactured and mobile homes, infill, and transit-oriented housing.

Proposition 2 – Vote YES ✅

AUTHORIZES BONDS TO FUND EXISTING HOUSING PROGRAM FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS. LEGISLATIVE STATUTE.

Amends Mental Health Services Act to fund No Place Like Home Program, which finances housing for individuals with mental illness. Ratifies existing law establishing the No Place Like Home Program.

Proposition 3 – Vote NO ❌

AUTHORIZES BONDS TO FUND PROJECTS FOR WATER SUPPLY AND QUALITY, WATERSHED, FISH, WILDLIFE, WATER CONVEYANCE, AND GROUNDWATER SUSTAINABILITY AND STORAGE. INITIATIVE STATUTE.

Authorizes $8.877 billion in state general obligation bonds for various infrastructure projects.

Proposition 4 – Vote YES ✅

AUTHORIZES BONDS FUNDING CONSTRUCTION AT HOSPITALS PROVIDING CHILDREN’S HEALTH CARE. INITIATIVE STATUTE.

Authorizes $1.5 billion in bonds, to be repaid from state’s General Fund, to fund grants for construction, expansion, renovation, and equipping of qualifying children’s hospitals.

Proposition 5 – Vote NO ❌

CHANGES REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN PROPERTY OWNERS TO TRANSFER THEIR PROPERTY TAX BASE TO REPLACEMENT PROPERTY. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AND STATUTE.

Removes certain transfer requirements for homeowners over 55, severely disabled homeowners, and contaminated or disaster-destroyed property.

Proposition 6 – Vote NO ❌

ELIMINATES CERTAIN ROAD REPAIR AND TRANSPORTATION FUNDING. REQUIRES CERTAIN FUEL TAXES AND VEHICLE FEES BE APPROVED BY THE ELECTORATE. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.

Repeals a 2017 transportation law’s taxes and fees designated for road repairs and public transportation.

Proposition 7 – Vote YES ✅

CONFORMS CALIFORNIA DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME TO FEDERAL LAW. ALLOWS LEGISLATURE TO CHANGE DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME PERIOD. LEGISLATIVE STATUTE.

Gives Legislature ability to change daylight saving time period by two-thirds vote, if changes are consistent with federal law.

Proposition 8 – Vote YES ✅

REGULATES AMOUNTS OUTPATIENT KIDNEY DIALYSIS CLINICS CHARGE FOR DIALYSIS TREATMENT. INITIATIVE STATUTE.

Requires rebates and penalties if charges exceed limit. Requires annual reporting to the state. Prohibits clinics from refusing to treat patients based on payment source.

Proposition 10 – Vote YES ✅

EXPANDS LOCAL GOVERNMENTS’ AUTHORITY TO ENACT RENT CONTROL ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY. INITIATIVE STATUTE.

Repeals state law that currently restricts the scope of rent control policies that cities and other local jurisdictions may impose on residential property.

Proposition 11 – Vote NO ❌

REQUIRES PRIVATE-SECTOR EMERGENCY AMBULANCE EMPLOYEES TO REMAIN ON-CALL DURING WORK BREAKS. ELIMINATES CERTAIN EMPLOYER LIABILITY. INITIATIVE STATUTE.

Law entitling hourly employees to breaks without being on-call would not apply to private-sector ambulance employees.

Proposition 12 – Vote YES ✅

ESTABLISHES NEW STANDARDS FOR CONFINEMENT OF SPECIFIED FARM ANIMALS; BANS SALE OF NONCOMPLYING PRODUCTS. INITIATIVE STATUTE.

Establishes minimum requirements for confining certain farm animals. Prohibits sales of meat and egg products from animals confined in noncomplying manner.

Endorsements

Vote “YES” On Prop 10!

At our previous general meeting on September 27, the Socialist Party of Ventura County unanimously voted to endorse Yes On Prop 10 – Affordable Housing Act. Proposition 10 is a statewide initiative to repeal the 1995 Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which currently: (1) prohibits cities from implementing rent control for any single-family home or condominium, and any apartment constructed after February 1995; (2) prohibits cities that established rent control laws prior to the Act’s passage from expanding rent control; (3) prohibits cities from implementing vacancy control, allowing landlords to raise the rental price to any amount following a tenant vacancy. We are all too familiar with the outrageous cost of living in our state, and repealing the Costa-Hawkins Act is the first step towards affordable housing for working class people. Vote “Yes” on Proposition 10.

Site Updates

Welcome to the Party

The Socialist Party of Ventura County is excited to announce that we’ve launched our very own website! While we’ve already got some of the basics taken care of, we’ll be continually working hard over the next several weeks to bring new content and features online that will help organize and educate our community. Check back regularly for party news, statements, events, and actions. Thank you to everyone who supports us, and to the local organizations that continue to serve the people of Ventura County in our unified struggle for a just and sustainable future. Solidarity!