Memorial for Franca Bongi Lockard on Monday in Orcutt

Hi Jeanne --

We are sad at the passing of our friend Franca Bongi Lockard. She was a very giving person who received the "Social Justice Award" from SBCAN in 2016 and was a member of SBCAN. Here is a message from her good friend Jeni Olivera:

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SBCAN Roundtables: North is Thursday, South is Friday

We will meet Thursday evening, November 15 at 6 PM at Giavanni's Pizza, 1108 E. Clark Ave. in Orcutt. That is at Bradley and Clark behind the gas station and close to Albertsons. 
 
The agenda, which is below, includes discussion of election results and implications for SBCAN, and priorities for 2019. Cat Canyon oil projects will be discussed. Please let me know if you have items you want on the agenda.
 
We hope you will join us. First time at Giavanni's, pizza is on SBCAN staff!

SBCAN North County Roundtable

Thursday, November 15, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Giavanni’s Pizza, 1108 E. Clark Ave. (Clark and Bradley), Orcutt

AGENDA

  1. Call to Order: Co-president Janet Blevins. Introductions; Agenda Review (5 min.)
  2. Discussion of Election Results and Implications for SBCAN. (15 min.)
  3. Status of 750+ Unconventional Oil Wells Proposed for Cat Canyon. (20 min.)
  4. SBCAN Priorities for 2019. (20 min.)
  5. Brief updates from participants. (2 to 5 min. each)
  6. Open discussion about other items of interest. All (5 min.)
  7. Next meeting. Our next meeting is scheduled for December. 
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NC oil community meeting Tuesday you should attend

BCAN hopes you can make it to this community meeting Tuesday evening. Come see where the huge oil projects are planned near Santa Maria and what the impacts would be.

Please read the flyer and email from the Sierra Club below:

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SBCAN South County Roundtable on October 12

We hope you will join us for

SBCAN South County Roundtable

Friday, October 12, 2018, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Union Bank’s Board Room, 15 East Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, CA

AGENDA

(times are approximate, and feel free to bring your lunch)

  1. Call to Order by Chair and SBCAN Co-President Dick Flacks.Introductions; Agenda Review (5 min.)
  2. Discussion of Current Issues with Santa Barbara City Councilmember and Supervisor-Elect Gregg Hart(40 min.)
  3. Update on Tenants’ Rights. (10 min.)
  4. Update on Santa Barbara’s Average Unit Density Program. (10 min.)
  5. Immigration Advocacy Collaboration. Jacqueline Inda is seeking support for resolutions supporting the migrant community. (10 min.)
  6. Mobile Homeowners Project. Sharon Rose will report on the project. (5 min.)
  7. Brief updates from participants. (2 to 5 min. each)
  8. Open discussion about other items of interest. All (5 min.)
  9. Next meeting. Our next meeting is scheduled for November 9.
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League of Women Voters' Forum with Santa Maria City Council Candidates Thursday

We encourage you to attend the League of Women Voters Santa Maria City Council candidates' forum:
 
6:30 PM, Thursday, October 11
Betteravia Government Center
511 East Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria
 
Voting will be for Districts 3 and 4 this year.

For District 3, incumbent Michael Moats, a dermatologist, will face off against Raymond Acosta, a grocery store manager, and Gloria Soto, a development manager for Planned Parenthood of California Central Coast.

For Santa Maria District 4, incumbent councilwoman Etta Waterfield will face off against defense attorney Rafael Guttierez.

SBCAN's North County Roundtable, scheduled for the same time, has been canceled, because we instead recommend we all go to the candidates' forum.
 
We hope to see you there and at next month's North County Roundtable on Thursday, November 8, at 6 PM. At that time we will meet at a NEW LOCATION: Giavanni's Pizza, 1108 E. Clark Ave., Ste. 130 in Orcutt near the corner of Bradley and Clark. Finally we will have a restroom on site and can order something to eat!
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SBCAN Recommendations on State and Local Ballot Measures

The SBCAN Board of Directors has voted to take the following positions:
 
Statewide Measures:
 
SUPPORT Proposition 1: Authorizes Bonds to Fund Specified Housing Assistance Programs.  This $4 billion in general obligation bonds will support existing programs for low-income residents, veterans, farmworkers, manufactured and mobile homes, infill and transit-oriented development. 
 
SUPPORT Proposition 2: Authorizes Bonds to Fund Existing Housing Program for Individuals with Mental Illness. The "No Place Like Home Program" funds housing for those with mental illness who are homeless. 
 
OPPOSE Proposition 6: Eliminates Certain Road Repair and Transportation Funding.  This would repeal the gas tax enacted in 2017 and would reduce funding for road and highway repairs and public transportation. 
 
SUPPORT Proposition 10:  Expands Local Governments' Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property. This measure would repeal state law that currently restricts the scope of rent control policies that cities and counties may impose on residential properties. Repeal of the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act will allow cities and counties to decide how to handle rent control in their jurisdictions. 
 
Santa Barbara County Measures:
 
SUPPORT Measure G: Creates a County of Santa Barbara Citizens' Independent Redristricting Commission. This measure would create an 11-member independent redistricting commission to adjust the boundaries of the County's supervisorial districts.
 
OPPOSE Measure H: Creates a County of Santa Barbara Independent Redistricting Commission.  This measure would create a 5-member commission to adjust the boundaries of the County's supervisorial districts.
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Join Mickey & Dick Flacks for their book signing Tuesday, October 2

We're pleased to invite you to join Mickey and Dick Flacks, two founding members of SBCAN, as they celebrate the publication of: 

Making History/Making Blintzes
How Two Red Diaper Babies Found Each Other and Discovered America

Tuesday, October 2 at 7 p.m., Chaucer's in Loreto Plaza, 3329 State St., Santa Barbara
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Open Streets Santa Maria planning meeting Wednesday, October 3, 2018

We hope you can join us to help plan an open streets event in Santa Maria coordinated by SBCAG Traffic Solutions.

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We are meeting Wednesday, October 3 from noon to 1 pm at CET (Center for Employment Training, 509 W. Morrison Ave., Santa Maria). 

Traffic Solutions will have sandwiches, so please RSVP to Kent Epperson (KEpperson@sbcag.org) so that he can have a headcount.  Let him know if you prefer a vegetarian sandwich.

We would like your involvement as an individual, as a nonprofit, or as a business.

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SBCAN Roundtables: South is Friday, North is next month

The North County Roundtable, which would have been this Thursday, is cancelled.

Next month, we plan to have guest speakers on the subject of Community Choice Energy. The County and the cities of Carpinteria, Santa Barbara and Goleta have all taken actions to move ahead with forming an organization to bring local control and cleaner supplies to meet our electricity needs. It's time to get North County jurisdictions interested and on board. It's going to take a lot of advocacy, like it did in South County. 

We will get back to you on the new date for the meeting.


Here is the agenda for Friday's South County Roundtable. We hope to have a good turnout for these discussions of important housing and immigration issues.

SBCAN South County Roundtable

Friday, September 14, 2018, Noon to 1:30

Union Bank’s Board Room, 15 East Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, CA

AGENDA

 (times are approximate, and feel free to bring your lunch)

  1. Call to Order by Chair and SBCAN Co-President Dick Flacks.Introductions; Agenda Review (5 min.)
  2. Proposition 10 and Rent Control. Proposition 10 would repeal the Costa Hawkins Act, which limits localities' capacity to regulate rents. Repeal would give localities the opportunity, now denied, to institute or expand rent regulation. Prop. 10 doesn’t itself create rent control, but discussing and understanding the debates and the models for local rent control is the intent of this primary topic at this meeting. Professor Rich Appelbaum of UCSB will be on hand—he was one of the leading academic analysts of the rent control debate back in the '80s and can help us decode the arguments. (40 min.)
  3. Average Unit Density. The City of Santa Barbara’s Planning Commission is meeting on September 13 to begin discussion about revising the AUD program. We will get a report on the status of that. (10 min.)
  4. Immigration Advocacy Collaboration. Jacqueline Inda is seeking support for resolutions supporting the migrant community. (10 min.)
  5. Mobile Homeowners Project. Sharon Rose will report on the success achieved in the state legislature this year. (5 min.)
  6. Brief updates from participants. (2 to 5 min. each)
  7. Open discussion about other items of interest. All (5 min.)
  8. Next meeting. Our next meeting is scheduled for October 12.

 

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Community Meeting Thurs, Aug 30, 2018 re SM General Plan

We invite you to participate in CAUSE's Community Town Hall meeting regarding the Santa Maria General Plan on Thursday, August 30th at 5:30 pm at the Veteran's Memorial Hall. Santa Barbara County Action Network (SBCAN) is a co-organizer of the event. We hope you will attend.

Please see the flyers below in English and Spanish and the message from CAUSE N.C. Organizer Abe Melendrez:CAUSE_SM_General_Plan_Town_Hall_Flyer-Eng.jpg

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