Meetings Dec 5, 2017 - SB County oil report, Goleta clean energy and bike plan, SM housing

SBCAN ACTION ALERT

Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 5, is a busy day for issues of interest to SBCAN members.

1. Oil and Gas Briefing. 

The County Board of Supervisors will be hearing a wide-ranging informational report from the County's Energy Division. The report includes information about the three proposed East Cat Canyon oil projects, data on violations over the last three years (the vast majority of citations issued by the County Petroleum office, the Fire Department, and the Air District are to one company...Greka, of course. The meeting is in Santa Barbara, but can be watched on cable or at Santa Maria's Betteravia Government Center. The agenda item is #4 and the link to the meeting agenda and staff reports is:

https://santabarbara.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=528352&GUID=4008C6D1-6A69-4AB4-B896-8CC0E7FCA91C&Options=info&Search=

Here is a direct link to agenda item 4: 
https://t.e2ma.net/click/oa5j1/oapbgu/wo9uih

If oil and gas production is of concern to you, you shouldn't miss this presentation and the Supervisors' discussion. Of course, there is always the opportunity to make public comment.

2. Clean Energy Goal for Goleta.  

During its afternoon session, around 2 PM, Goleta's City Council will consider adopting a 100% renewable energy goal by 2030.

The Goleta agenda is here: https://docs.google.com/gview?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgoleta.granicus.com%2FDocumentViewer.php%3Ffile%3Dgoleta_c7199c39646f489f21ae243b09e4088d.pdf%26view%3D1&embedded=true

3. Goleta's Bicycle Master Plan. 

During its evening session (same agenda listed above) the City Council will hear a report on the status of the Bicycle Master Plan.

4. Santa Maria's Consideration of Auxiliary Dwelling Unit Regulations. 

State law now requires that local jurisdictions allow second units on single-family properties, but--within certain limits--cities and counties can regulate ADUs. SBCAN's Board of Directors recently voted to oppose restrictions that would run counter to the intent of the state law.

One such restriction would be to require that the owner of the property be required to live on the property, either in the main house or in the ADU. The Santa Maria planning staff recommended that requirement in order to "maintain neighborhood character." The Planning Commission voted 3-2 to NOT include that requirement. SBCAN will encourage the Council to follow that recommendation and we encourage local residents to do so as well.
 
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SBCAN Roundtables Thurs and Fri in SM and SB

Hi Jeanne –

Join us for our roundtables in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara:


NEW LOCATION!

SBCAN North County Roundtable

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 6:00 PM

Rabobank Conference Room, Northeast Corner of South Broadway and Battles 

Santa Maria, CA

AGENDA

(times are approximate)

  1. Call to Order by Janet Blevins; Introductions; Agenda Review (5 min.)
  2. Report on Joint Meeting of County Planning Commission and Agricultural Advisory Committee: Ken Hough. Topics include: streamlining the processes related to Farm Worker Housing, Right to Farm issues, updating the Ag Viability CEQA Thresholds, Economics of Agriculture and the effects of regulations on sustainability, how the ACC can best inform the Planning Commission on future development issues such as the Rancho La Laguna subdivision, and Cannabis issues. (20 min.)
  3. Status of 750+ Unconventional Oil Wells Proposed for East Cat Canyon. (10 min.)
  4. The Neighborhoods: Proposed New Housing Near Rancho Maria Golf Club. (10 min.)
  5. Open discussion about other items of interest. All (10 min.)
  6. Suggestions for next month’s agenda (December 14).  (5 min.)
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City of SM wants your input on the design of downtown - Oct 23 & 24

The city of Santa Maria is holding important workshops Monday and Tuesday to get input on the future of its downtown and how to make its streets safer, efficient and fun.  We hope you can participate in one or more of these workshops:

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Help enliven Downtown Santa Maria and build a better Broadway! 

Share your opinions and help guide your fellow neighbors at upcoming Community Design Charrette events this Monday 10/23 and Tuesday 10/24.

All activities will be in English and Spanish!
¡Todas las actividades estarán en inglés y español!

Monday, October 23, 2017
9:00am - 1:00pm
Downtown Walking Tour, Discussions and Lunch
Walk the Downtown with the project team and help us develop goals and objectives.
@ Community Development Conference Room
110 S. Pine Street, No. 101. Santa Maria, CA 

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Community Workshop #1
Bring your friends, family, and neighbors to have an engaging community conversation about the future of Downtown Santa Maria!
@ Shepard Hall, Santa Maria Public Library
421 S McClelland St, Santa Maria, CA 93454

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting

Engage with the project team to discuss and visualize your visions for Downtown.
@ Community Development Conference Room
110 S. Pine Street, No. 101. Santa Maria, CA 

6:00pm - 8:00pm 
Community Workshop #2

Bring your friends, family, and neighbors to have an engaging community conversation how to make downtown streets safer, efficient, and fun! 
@ Shepard Hall, Santa Maria Public Library
421 S McClelland St. Santa Maria, CA 93454

 

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SBCAN SC Roundtable Fri, Oct 20 at noon - join us!

SBCAN South County Roundtable

Friday, October 20, 2017, Noon

Union Bank’s Back Patio, 15 East Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, CA

 DRAFT AGENDA

(times are approximate)

  1. Call to Order by Chair Dick Flacks. Introductions; Agenda Review (5 min.)
  2. Reflections on City of Santa Barbara Election. Dick Flacks will lead a discussion about the politics and policy issues in play with this upcoming municipal election. Issues include how to revive retail on State Street, whether to approve a sales tax to better maintain infrastructure, and more. (30 min.)
  3. Status of Average Unit Density and Tenants Rights in the City of Santa Barbara. Frank Rodriguez of CAUSE and Mickey Flacks will lead a discussion of these issues. (15 min.)
  4. “Soul of the City:” John Klein will brief us on the short film he is producing, which is both a tribute to an unsung Latino leader and role model in Santa Barbara, Francisco Aguilera, and a reminder to the community of the fragility of the public land known as East Beach. 
  5. Brief updates from participants. (2 to 5 min. each)
  6. Next meeting. Our next meeting is scheduled for November 10.
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NC Roundtable cancelled tonight, SC Roundtable rescheduled

The North County Roundtable scheduled for tonight has been cancelled. We hope you will attend the county's Storm Water meeting instead. (See yesterday's action alert.)

The South County Roundtable scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed to next Friday, October 20. We will send more details later.

Thank you,

Ken Hough
SBCAN Executive Director

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Broke: The Santa Barbara Oil Pipeline Spill of 2015 documentary needs your help

Hi Friend –

Longtime SBCAN member and supporter Gail Osherenko has produced a film about the 2015 oil spill at Refugio Beach. Now she has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise needed funds to complete and promote the film. It will be about 55 min long. 

Please go to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/880772739/broke-the-santa-barbara-oil-pipeline-spill-of-2015?ref=newest to read about the film and the campaign and to view the short trailer. 

And after you make a pledge, forward the information via Facebook or other methods.  Thanks!

Here's the message from Gail Osherenko:

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SBCAN encourages you to participate in the Countywide Storm Water Resource Plan

The Santa Barbara County Water Agency (SBCWA) is holding a meeting on Thursday to receive public input on the preparation of a Santa Barbara Countywide Integrated Storm Water Resource Plan (SWRP).
 
SANTA MARIA
5:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 12
Betteravia Admin Complex
511 E. Lakeside Parkway 93454
 
This meeting is being held by the SBCWA and its partner agencies, which include the cities of Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, Guadalupe and Solvang; Carpinteria Valley and Montecito water districts; and UCSB. 
 
Public input from these meetings will inform the development of the Plan. The SWRP is funded by a state planning grant awarded to the County pursuant to the Stormwater Resource Planning Act (SB 985).
 
In 2014, the California Legislature adopted SB 985 that requires public agencies to develop a stormwater resource plan as part of the grant funding request process, including a collaborative effort with input from stakeholders throughout the County in order to identify and prioritize multiple benefit  stormwater (and dry weather) runoff projects that improve regional water self-reliance, and adapt to the effects on water supply arising from climate change. Beneficial projects include improving stormwater quality, increasing water supplies, flood management, and environmental and community benefits.
 
For information about this meeting and how to provide public comment, contact John Karamitsos, Program Specialist, at (805)739-8761 or Johnk@cosbpw.net. For more information on the SBCWA, visit www.countyofsb.org/pwd/wateragency.sbc.

You can find the Board of Supervisor’s Agenda letter regarding the project here, and a PowerPoint presentation used earlier in the process with background information here.

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SBCAN: Phillips 66 drops rail spur lawsuit

In what appears to be the final chapter of this saga, Phillips 66 has dropped its lawsuit against San Luis Obispo County challenging the county's denial of its project.

Two and a half years ago, SBCAN raised the alarm in Santa Barbara County regarding the possibility of dangerous crude-oil trains bringing Canadian tar-sands oil through our county. In July 2015, SBCAN published a report prepared by Jane Baxter detailing the many hazards to our communities and to our coastal and other environmental resources.

SBCAN and others encouraged several of our local jurisdictions to urge SLO to deny the project. The SLO County Board of Supervisors upheld the Planning Commission's denial. Now, the last-ditch lawsuit has been dropped.

Here's an article in The Tribune: Phillips 66 agrees to drop lawsuit over oil trains to Nipomo refinery

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Come to SC Roundtable Fri, Sept 22 at noon

We hope you will join us for our first South County Roundtable meeting of fall 2017. 

The agenda is below. It includes important items about Tajiguas Landfill, Santa Barbara's housing issues, issues in Goleta, and a chance for other issues to be brought to SBCAN's attention.

Please join us on September 22 at noon.

Ken Hough
SBCAN Executive Director
ken@sbcan.org

SBCAN South County Roundtable

Friday, September 22, 2017, Noon

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

AGENDA

 (times are approximate)

  1. Call to Order by Chair Dick Flacks. Introductions; Agenda Review (5 min.)
  2. Tajiguas Landfill Comprehensive Plan Amendment. Marc Chytilo, who is representing the Gaviota Coast Conservancy, and Sigrid Wright, of the Community Environmental Council, will explain why they are opposing the amendment. Leslie Wells, program manager for County Public Works and Mark Schleich, deputy director of Public Works will provide background information about the project. The Planning Commission recently approved the amendment and related actions. (40 min.) County information can be found at: http://www.resourcerecoveryproject.com/    An op/ed by Marc and Sigrid can be found at: http://www.independent.com/news/2017/aug/24/another-path-tajiguas/     The staff report for the Planning Commission can be found at:http://sbcountyplanning.org/PDF/boards/CntyPC/08-30-2017/17GPA-00000-00002/Staff%20Report.pdf 
  3. Status of Average Unit Density and Tenants Rights in the City of Santa Barbara. Frank Rodriguez of CAUSE will update us on these issues. (15 min.)
  4. Discussion of Goleta Issues Including Goleta Beach and the Eucalyptus Situation at the Elwood Butterfly Grove. (10 min.)
  5. Community Choice Energy Feasibility Study.  The County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider the results of the study on October 3. The study is available athttp://centralcoastpower.org/resources.nrg (10 min.)
  6.  Brief updates from participants. (2 to 5 min. each)
  7. Next meeting.  Our next meeting is scheduled for October 13.  
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Come to NC Roundtable Thurs, Sept 14 in SM

We hope you had a good summer and that you will join us for our first North County Roundtable meeting of fall 2017.

The agenda is below. 

Please join us on September 14 and please let me know if there are other issues that need to be discussed at this meeting.

Ken Hough
SBCAN Executive Director
ken@sbcan.org

SBCAN North County Roundtable

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 6 PM

Cornerstone Community Room, 705 S. McClelland 

(next to the Discovery Museum), Santa Maria, CA

AGENDA

  1. Call to Order by Janet Blevins; Introductions; Agenda Review (5 min.)
  2. OFF Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (HR 3671). Alena Simon will report on this House Resolution, which would set a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2035.  (10 min.)
  3. Rancho La Laguna. This mid-county proposal to subdivide a 4,000-acre ranch into 13 lots for luxury estates was denied by the County Planning Commission in April and the Board of Supervisors upheld the denial on August 29. (5 min.) 
  4. The Community Research Project of the Santa Maria Valley.Jane Baxter will report on the formation of this new project. (10 min.)
  5. Status of 750+ Unconventional Oil Wells Proposed for East Cat Canyon. (10 min.)
  6. DACA and Related Immigration Matters. (10 min.)
  7. Bailey Avenue Corridor Annexation. (5 min.)
  8. OASIS Community Center in Orcutt. (10 min.)
  9. The Neighborhoods: Proposed New Housing Near Rancho Maria Golf Club. (10 min.)
  10. Open discussion about other items of interest. All (10 min.)
  11. Suggestions for next month’s agenda (October 12).  (5 min.)
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