About Santa Barbara County Action Network

Our Mission

Santa Barbara County Action Network (SBCAN) is a countywide grassroots organization that works to promote social and economic justice, to preserve our environmental and agricultural resources, and to create sustainable communities.

SBCAN advocates a holistic approach to community planning that integrates housing, open space, and transportation to meet the needs of all members of our community and future generations. (Our H.O.T. Principles.)

SBCAN works in cooperation with a broad range of progressive activists and organizations to ensure that all members of our community share a voice in our future.

Our Structure

SBCAN is a membership-based organization that draws its strength from the active participation and support of people throughout the county who share our mission.  We hold annual membership meetings to elect our board members who represent various regions across the county and a wide range of environmental and social justice interests. 

SBCAN uses its organizational strength to advocate for progressive policies that are generated from within and by its allied organizations and enables efficient communication and coordination between local progressive groups. 

We are active participants in a wide range of environmental and social justice coalitions across the county, including the Community Environmental Council, COAST, the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, CAUSE, and the Santa Maria Community Coalition.

Our Nonprofit Status

On May 27, 2009, SBCAN's Board of Directors voted to re-organize as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Our tax ID number is 73-1676916. Donations to SBCAN are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Our History

In 2001, a group of community activists and leaders came together to discuss the future of Santa Barbara County. This group came to the consensus that although there were numerous local organizations and activists working on a wide range of progressive causes, our efforts were often fragmented, and sometimes working at cross purposes. There was a clear need for a countywide organization that could bridge the gap between environmental and social justice issues, and help progressives find a united vision for the future of Santa Barbara County.

In January of 2002, SBCAN was created to serve this purpose.  Since our inception, many of our board members have been elected to public office, including State Assemblyman Das Williams, former State Assemblyman Pedro Nava, 1st District County Supervisor Salud Carbajal, Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, and Allan Hancock College Board Trustee Hilda Zacarias.

Our Board of Directors

Margaret Connell, President

Janet Blevins, North County Vice President

Dick Flacks, South County Vice President

Gale McNeeley, Secretary

Hazel Davalos, Treasurer

Jonathan Abboud

Emily Allen

Rebecca August

Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt

Alena Simon

Our Staff

Executive Director Ken Hough, (805) 563-0463, ken@sbcan.org

Associate Director Jeanne Sparks, jeanne@sbcan.org

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6174, Santa Maria, CA 93456-6174

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Santa Barbara County Action Network
Santa Barbara County Action Network (SBCAN) works to promote social and economic justice, to preserve our environmental and agricultural resources, and to create sustainable communities.