Advocacy & Legislation

Our Goals

  • Support local, state and/or Federal legislation that provide benefits to seniors in any aspect of life, including but not limited to, financial issues, health care, housing, safety, and services that assist people with disabilities.
  • Support political candidates who actively espouse our focus areas and mission statement and work to address the needs of older adults and those who care for them.
  • Support organizations whose goals match our focus areas.
  • Advocate change of and/or enhancement of public policies and legislation that support our mission and the above focus areas and oppose those that do not.


18 October 2022
Letter sent to Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors in support of Modoc Road multi-path Alternative B, creating a bikeway.  Such paths improve bike safety and overall  quality of lifer for all, including older adults, and the proposed Alternative B offers minimal removal of trees.
1 August 2022

Part of the mission of the Gray Panthers Santa Barbara Network is to work towards increasing safe, affordable and accessible housing for seniors.  In support of that goal the Board of Directors has sent the following letter to members of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors and to members of local city councils, urging that needs of older adults be part of each local Housing Element Plan. See letter below:

24 March 2022

A message sent to local government officials asking that the need for closed-captioning for public meetings be made available as it is especially useful to inform senior adults of local government discussions and actions: