Proposed Orcutt Hill oil drilling, our editorials on parks

1. Pacific Coast Energy Company’s Orcutt Hill Project
2. Our editorials on parks


1. URGENT: Pacific Coast Energy Company’s Orcutt Hill Project

The proposed Final EIR for Pacific Coast Energy Company’s plan to add 96 cyclic-steaming oil wells—and as many as 48 more—to its Orcutt Hill property is to be reconsidered on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 by the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission at the Betteravia Government Center in Santa Maria. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. and this item is expected to come up sometime after 10:30 a.m. and will likely continue after their lunch break.

SBCAN urged a year ago, last month, and will continue to urge, denial of the project. All of us should oppose the project, including the scaled-back alternatives, for the following reasons:

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Motorsports Park in Lompoc, SBCAN Roundtables (formerly HOT Committees) and Community Choice Energy

SBCAN Action Alert
June 6, 2016

1.  Motorsports Park/Drag strip Proposed for Lompoc goes before City Council Tuesday, June 7 
2.  SBCAN North County Roundtable (formerly H.O.T. Committee) meets Thursday, June 9 in Santa Maria
3.  SBCAN South County Roundtable (formerly H.O.T. Committee) meets Friday, June 10 in Santa Barbara
4.  Tell the County to Keep Funding Clean Energy Programs

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Garden Day on Sunday, May 29, North County Awards Given

1. The Green Team is working on the Edible Landscaping Demonstration Garden in Santa Maria, Sunday, May 29 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
2. SBCAN honored five individuals on Sunday during annual North County “Looking Forward” Awards Dinner in Santa Maria


 

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Join us for North County “Looking Forward” Awards Dinner Sunday, May 22

Please join us in honoring outstanding community leaders during our 
2016 North County “Looking Forward” Awards Dinner Sunday, May 22
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Each year Santa Barbara County Action Network honors individuals, businesses and organizations for their outstanding contributions to the community.  The dinner will be held on Sunday, May 22 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 3455 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria. 

The dinner this year is dedicated to the memory of Joann Marmolejo and Jerry Connor.

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Farmworkers, Clean Energy, Buena Vista Park, PCEC oil wells, SBCAN Roundtable, SB Housing Conf

1. County Board of Supervisors meeting, Tuesday, May 10 at 9 a.m. on Farmworkers Bill of Rights and Community Choice Energy
2. Speak up for Buena Vista Park at City of Santa Maria Recreation & Parks Commission Meeting, 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 10
3. Consideration of Final EIR on the Pacific Coast Energy Company's Proposal to add 96 cyclic-steaming wells to its Orcutt Hill oil field, 9 a.m. May 11, SB County Planning Commission, Betteravia Government Center, SM
4. SBCAN North County Roundtable (formerly HOT Committee meeting), Thursday, May 12 will be in Lompoc
5. SBCAN South County Roundtable (formerly HOT Committee meeting) scheduled for May 13 is cancelled
6. Coastal Housing Coalition 2016 Santa Barbara Housing Conference, May 13
7.
 North County "Looking Forward" Awards Dinner, Sunday, May 22, in SM


 

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SBCAN Action Alert - Buena Vista Park, PCEC oil wells, Community Choice Energy

Santa Barbara County Action Network
Action Alert
May 6, 2016


1. Speak up for Buena Vista Park at City of Santa Maria Recreation & Parks Meeting, Tuesday, May 10
2. Speak out against Pacific Coast Energy Company's plan to add 96 cyclic-steaming oil wells on Orcutt Hill, Wednesday, May 11
3. Speak up for Community Choice Energy ASAP
4.
 North County "Looking Forward" Awards Dinner, Sunday, May 22, in SM


1. Speak up for Buena Vista Park at City of Santa Maria Recreation & Parks Meeting, Tuesday, May 10
The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Commission will consider plans for renovating Buena Vista Park during its 4 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, May 10 in the City Council chambers, 110 E. Cook St., Santa Maria.

Plans costing $1.8 million have been drawn up that would remove the existing bell-shaped sidewalk and central circle that commemorate California's history. The four half-court basketball courts and all the picnic tables would also be removed. The five mature trees might also be removed if "they are in the way."

Please read my editorial at http://www.sbcan.org/keep_the_good_things_at_buena_vista_park for more details.

We are asking members of the public to show up at the commission's hearing to try to keep the 1970s design of the city's first park while adding new amenities to it. It is possible to do. The park was the city's first park and its reason for incorporation. It is a city historic landmark and should be preserved, according to the city's own guidelines on landmarks.

Here's what the park looks like now:

 

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"Where to Invade Next," Edible Garden, NC Awards Dinner

Santa Barbara County Action Network
Action Alert
April 30, 2016

1. Special showing of Michael Moore’s new film "Where to Invade Next," Tuesday, May 3, in SB
2. Green Team is working on Edible Landscaping Demonstration Garden, Sunday, May 1, in SM
3. North County "Looking Forward" Awards Dinner, Sunday, May 22, in SM


 

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Dear President Obama, Youth Council forming in SM, Green Team fun day, Stop Shelby, NC Awards Dinner

Santa Barbara County Action Network
Action Alert
April 26, 2016

1. Local premier of Mark Ruffalo's new film "Dear President Obama" April 27
2. Youth Advisory Council forming in Santa Maria, Friday, April 29

3. Green Team is working on Edible Landscaping Demonstration Garden in Santa Maria, Sunday, April 30
4. Shelby Foothills Coalition Forms to oppose the Shelby Development Plan

5. North County "Looking Forward" Awards Dinner Tickets

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SBCAN receives awards, Jerry Connor memorial service, op-eds, NC Awards Dinner

1. Roosevelt-Hamer Dinner April 16
2. CAUSE Action Fund Awards April 17
3. Safe Energy Now! forum April 24
4. Local premier of Mark Ruffalo's new film "Dear President Obama" April 27
5. Jerry Connor Memorial Service April 30
6. Op-ed "Retain views from ancestral riverbank"
7. Op-ed "Locals help turn lives around, and more"
8. North County "Looking Forward" Awards Dinner Sponsorship and Tickets


 

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Cesar Chavez Rally Today at 5 in SM and Farmworkers Bill of Rights

In January, the SBCAN Board of Directors voted to support the Farmworker Bill of Rights developed by CAUSE. CAUSE and many other organizations, including SBCAN, are asking the County Board of Supervisors to consider approving this Bill of Rights on an agenda in the near future.

Our friends at CAUSE have asked us to forward the information below:    
1. Today, March 31, is our Cesar Chavez Day Rally outside of Santa Maria City Hall at 5 p.m. Our main message is to honor Cesar Chavez' legacy by continuing the fight for farmworkers. We will use this event to continue to pressure the board of supervisors to put us on the agenda. Click here for a flyer. Please spread the word. 
2. Today we are launching a change.org petition that will send emails directly to the board of supervisors asking them to vote for the Farmworker Bill of Rights. Since it's Cesar Chavez day we're hoping everyone can take time out of their day to add their signature in support of farmworkers. Please circulate widely: https://www.change.org/p/pass-a-farmworker-bill-of-rights-in-ventura-and-santa-barbara-counties
3. Lastly the next important action after tomorrow is a County Ag. Advisory Committee meeting on Wednesday April 6th at 2:00 p.m. in Buellton.  The opposition from agrilculturalists has been growing. In fact the AAC wrote a letter to the board of supervisors (click here to view the letter) requesting they not agendize us because our farmworker report is "invalid and dangerous." We know that's not true and we need to be there at this meeting to let the committee members know what farmworkers are going through! Click here for a flyer.

From Hazel Davalos
Community Organizing Director
CAUSE (Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy)
402 S. Miller St. Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 720-1263
hazel@causenow.org
www.causenow.org

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