Hannah-Beth Jackson

Hannah-Beth Jackson

Former State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson will be the featured speaker at Santa Barbara County Action Network’s (SBCAN) brunch in her honor, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 at El Paseo Mexican Restaurant, 10 El Paseo, Santa Barbara.

Award-winning author and journalist Starshine Roshell will engage Jackson in a conversation about her decades of public service.

State Sen. Monique Limon, who now holds the seat from which Jackson retired, will also speak. Performer Gale McNeeley will entertain the audience with his rendition of “Shakespearean Baseball Game.”

SBCAN will celebrate Jackson’s prolific career in the state legislature. In her 23 years of public service, Jackson fought for equality and women’s rights. She wrote bills that expanded maternity and paternity leave, established one of the strongest equal pay laws in the nation, and required gender diversity on corporate boards in California.

Among other legislation, she authored a bill that expanded voting rights by allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote; she supported environmental justice and natural resource protections.

Jackson’s impact was recognized by Huffington Post when it named her one of 11 women “blazing new trails in American politics,” and The New York Times called her the “State senator shifting California’s workplace culture.”

In addition to recognizing Jackson’s commitment to serving the community, the event will help SBCAN to raise the funds needed to keep doing its part to carry this type of work forward.

SBCAN thanks sponsors: CommUnify; Dick Mazess; Lee Heller; MICOP; Gail Osherenko & Oran Young; Dick Flacks; Jonathan Abboud; Ruth Ackerman; Rich Appelbaum & Karen Shapiro; Scott Fina; Senator Monique Limón; Law Office of Marc Chytilo, APC; the Santa Maria-Lompoc Branch of the NAACP.

Also, County Supervisor Das Williams; Spencer Brandt; Democratic Women of Santa Barbara County; County Supervisor Gregg Hart; Lisa Carlos & Brett Queener; the United Domestic Workers of America; Mechanics Bank; Susan Rose; Law Office of Janet McGinnis; The Santa Barbara Independent; BL Borovay & George Relles.

Also, Santa Barbara Foundation; Janet & Harvey Wolf; David Landecker; Margaret Connell; UFCW Local 770; and Nancy Alexander. 

Tickets are $100 and include brunch from El Paseo: a federal landmark and the oldest restaurant in Santa Barbara. Tickets can be purchased at www.sbcan.org.

To make a donation, become a sponsor, request sliding scale tickets, and for other information, visit www.sbcan.org, email nadia@sbcan.org, or call 805-563-0463.