SBCAN NC Roundtable meeting is Thursday in Orcutt

We hope you'll join us for the

SBCAN North County Roundtable

Thursday, March 14, 2019, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Giavanni’s Pizzeria, 1108 East Clark, south side of Bradley, Orcutt


  1. Call to Order: SBCAN Co-President Janet Blevins. Introductions; Agenda Review. (5 min.)
  2. Debrief on March 13 Planning Commission hearing on the Final EIR for ERG’s proposal and on rally. (10 min.)
  3. Status ofAera and PetroRock Proposals. (10 min.)
  4. ExxonMobil Trucking Proposal to Restart Offshore Wells. Draft Supplemental EIR expected in March. (15 min.)
  5. Plains New Pipeline Project. Information prepared by SBCAN Board Member Carla Frisk, which was discussed at length at last Friday’s South County Roundtable, will be presented and discussed. There is mounting opposition to this replacement pipeline, but there are also many nuances to the issue relating to the trucking proposal, which we will discuss.
  6. Santa Maria Open Streets Event, 11 AM – 5 PM, March 31. (5 min.)
  7. SBCAN General Membership Meeting. May 11 in Los Olivos, 1 PM, Gregg Hart guest speaker. (5 min.)
  8. SBCAN North County Awards Dinner, June 23, 2019. (5 min.)
  9. Brief updates from participants. (2 to 5 min. each)
  10. Open discussion about other items of interest. All. (5 min.)
  11. Next meeting. Our next meeting is scheduled for April 11.

Oppose ERG oil project Wednesday in Santa Maria at a rally and Planning Commission hearing

The first County Planning Commission hearing on ERG's Final EIR is this Wednesday in Santa Maria. 
For the last several years, SBCAN has been commenting on the three big on-shore oil projects being considered by our County. We have written to you many times to alert you to the dangers of these projects. Groundwater basins, surface water courses, air quality, habitat for endangered species, and much more are at risk. The first of these projects to be considered by the County Planning Commission is ERG's proposal and it will be heard this Wednesday, March 13, 2019. 
The Planning Commission meeting begins at 9 a.m. in Santa Maria at the County's Betteravia Government Center, 511 E. Lakeside Parkway. The item will come up after 10 a.m. and public testimony will be heard for sure at 1 p.m. and likely through most of the afternoon. Some testimony may be heard before the lunch break. Testimony can be given in Santa Barbara at the Planning Commission's hearing room at 123 E. Anapamu St. 
A rally to oppose the project is planned for 8:30 a.m. in front of the Betteravia Government Center; we hope you will attend. 
We also hope you will sign up and give testimony to encourage the Planning Commission to direct staff to prepare findings for denial for consideration at a future Commission meeting. We are dismayed that County staff has recommended approval of the project. We need your help to urge the Commission to deny the project. 
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SC Roundtable is Friday, March 8, 2019 in Santa Barbara

You're invited to our SBCAN South County Roundtable. Feel free to bring a lunch.

SBCAN South County Roundtable

Friday, March 8, 2019, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Santa Barbara Foundation, 1111 Chapala Street, Suite 200, Santa Barbara, CA 93101


(times are approximate)

  1. Call to Order by Chair and SBCAN Co-President Dick Flacks. Introductions; Agenda Review (5 min.)
  2. Update on Just Cause and Inclusionary Housing efforts in the city of Santa Barbara. (30 min.)
  3. Brief updates from participants. (2 to 5 min. each)
  4. Discussion of Upcoming Oil Projects. (a) ExxonMobil’s proposal to truck crude oil to Santa Maria and Kern County, allowing their offshore platforms to resume production after the oil spill 3 ½ years ago, (b) Plains Pipeline’s proposal to rebuild its pipeline to Santa Maria and Kern County, also to allow offshore platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel to resume production, (c) the relationship of the two projects regarding advocacy, and (d) the Cat Canyon onshore proposals coming before the County in the immediate future, including the ERG project with its Final EIR before the County’s Planning Commission on March 13. (40 min.)
  5. Open discussion about other items of interest. All (5 min.)
  6. Our next meeting is scheduled for April 12, 2019, at this same location.

Speak up for rental protections in Santa Barbara

Help our partners at CAUSE and the Rental Housing Roundtable advocate for protections against unjust evictions. The City of Santa Barbara's Ordinance Committee with be considering the Tenant Protections Ordinance on Tuesday, February 26 at 12:30 PM.  Here is a flyer for a call to action.

Help us emphasize that protections against unjust evictions needs to be part of the ordinance.



Help us with Santa Maria Open Streets March 31

We'd like your help giving away plants during the first Santa Maria Open Streets event on Sunday, March 31 in Santa Maria. 

We'll be one of many groups providing fun activities for the community on Main Street -- in the street! This is the first time West Main Street will close for a community event that promises to have tons of activities for hundreds, if not thousands, of people who attend.

Please contact us and let us know you can help. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. We need people to help bring some tables, chairs and canopies to the event, to help set up the booths and to give away the plants during the event.

Felicity Lazo is organizing a booth for SBCAN to give away organic seedlings from Plantel Nurseries and would like you to contact her at or 805-441-6782 (voice and text) to let her know how you can help. 

Kathy Sharum is organizing a booth for SBCAN, along with the California Native Plants Society, to give away native plants. We'll let you know later if she needs additional help.

SBCAN has been involved in the planning of this event, which is coordinated by SBCAG Traffic Solutions. 


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SBCAN Membership Meeting CANCELLED due to storm

We are cancelling tomorrow's (Saturday, February 2) membership meeting because of the incoming storm with its high wind warning and flash flood watch.

We are saddened by the accident on Thursday on the Nojoqui Grade that killed two people and injured a third when a car hydroplaned from the water on the highway. And Montecito residents are already evacuating today.

We don't want to put anyone at risk by traveling to our meeting. We plan to reschedule it at a future date.

Thank you for your support of Santa Barbara County Action Network. We will let you know when we reschedule the meeting.

Be careful. Be safe.

Ken Hough, SBCAN Executive Director and Jeanne Sparks, SBCAN Associate Director


SBCAN 2019 Membership Mtg. Feb. 2 - Meet Gregg Hart, 2nd District County Supervisor


Second District County Supervisor Gregg Hart will be the guest speaker at Santa Barbara County Action Network's annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, February 2. We hope you will join us to welcome the newest county supervisor and hear his plans and priorities for the new year.

The meeting begins at 1 p.m. at St. Marks-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, 2901 Nojoqui Ave. in Los Olivos. The social hour with refreshments will be a great chance to renew friendships and build support for SBCAN’s future. Mark your calendar!

If you know you're coming, let us know by emailing so we can get an idea of how many are coming. If you don't know now, that's okay. Just show up. We'll be happy to see you!

If you haven't paid your dues for 2019 yet, please do so soon. We appreciate the support you have shown us over the years that has made it possible for us to continue nurturing our strong local network of progressive folks and creating bridges between environmental and social justice activism.

If you haven't been a member before, now would be a good time to join!

For seventeen years Santa Barbara County Action Network (SBCAN) has been the preeminent nonprofit organization working on both sustainability and social justice issues throughout the county. We have many partner organizations, to be sure, but we always strive to be countywide and working on a wide range of progressive issues — especially looking for issues that might fall through the cracks otherwise. Please look at the attached Issues and Actions paper highlighting what we have been working on. We are especially proud of our leadership on several North County issues.

With increasing competition for foundation support, we are all the more reliant on our members, major donors, and fundraisers. Therefore, we hope that you will make a membership donation that suits your budget and helps SBCAN continue its educational and advocacy roles.

It is easy — as always — to contribute at:  

There is also an option for automatic monthly payments at

If you prefer to mail a check, please send it payable to: SBCAN, P.O. Box 6174, Santa Maria, CA 93456.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on February 2 at our annual membership meeting.


Janet Blevins and Dick Flacks, Co-Presidents

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Women's March in Santa Maria Saturday, Jan. 19

We invite you to come out for the first Women's March in Santa Maria on Saturday, January 19 starting at 10 a.m. at Buena Vista Park, 800 S. Pine St. to support progressive values and celebrate achievements of the 2018 elections.
City Councilwoman Gloria Soto will be a featured speaker, along with others.
Around 11 a.m., participants will march east on Morrison Avenue to Broadway, then south to Enos Drive, then west to Minami Park at 600 W. Enos Drive.
Around noon, there will be several speakers at Minami Park, including Rep. Salud Carbajal, Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino, Santa Barbara County 3rd District Supervisor Joan Hartmann and Planned Parenthood Central Coast CEO Jenna Tosh.
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Support Concept Plan for Downtown Santa Maria

For years Santa Barbara County Action Network (SBCAN) and our allies have been advocating for safer and more pedestrian/bicycle-friendly streets throughout the county, but especially in Santa Maria, where two state highways cross through the center of the city.
The Concept Plan for downtown is a great start: narrower -- but still safe -- lanes for cars and trucks, wider sidewalks, bike lanes, clearly delineated crosswalks, and some on-street parking.
The Planning Commission approved the Concept Plan and Tuesday, January 15, the City Council will consider approval of the plan, which can be viewed here:
Please join us in encouraging the City Council to approve the Concept Plan. The meeting starts at 5:30 PM at 110 E. Cook Street, and the agenda is here:

SBCAN Roundtables this week

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Here is our draft agenda for Thursday's meeting. We hope you will be able to join us and participate in discussions about important issues and actions coming up later this month and in coming months.

At the last meeting (our first at Giavanni's) the pizza was on me. This time, come early, if you'd like, and order what you'd like. We will meet in the private room.

Hope to see you there!


SBCAN North County Roundtable

Thursday, January 10, 2019, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Giavanni’s Pizzeria, 1108 E. Clark Ave. at Bradley Road, Orcutt


  1. Call to Order by Chair and SBCAN Co-president Janet Blevins. Introductions; Agenda Review (5 min.)
  2. Housing and Homelessness Issues. (15 min.)
  3. Upcoming Hearings and Comment Deadlines for Oil Wells Proposed for Cat Canyon. (25 min.)
  4. ExxonMobil Trucking Proposal. (10 min.)
  5. Downtown Santa Maria Streetscape Plan. City Council hearing is January 15. (10 min.)
  6. Santa Maria Open Streets Event, March 31. (5 min.)
  7. SBCAN North County Awards Dinner. Jeanne Sparks (5 min.)
  8. Brief updates from participants. (2 to 5 min. each)
  9. Open discussion about other items of interest. All (5 min.)
  10. Next meeting. Our next meeting is scheduled for February 14, although that being Valentines Day, we could discuss moving it up or back a week. 

Here is the draft agenda for Friday's meeting.  Note the new location. We will start with an update on Santa Barbara's Average Unit Density program; there will be new information available in a staff report for the Council meeting the following week.
SBCAN Board Member Emily Allen will lead a discussion on housing and homelessness issues throughout the county.
We have also allotted ample time to discuss the important oil issues that are coming before the County in the immediate future. Several of the leaders in the efforts to convince the County to deny proposals to greatly expand oil production will be attending to lead this discussion.
Please join us as we organize for this new year.

SBCAN South County Roundtable

Friday, January 11, 2019 Noon to 1:30 p.m.


Santa Barbara Foundation, 1111 Chapala Street, Suite 200, Santa Barbara


 (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. Important Updates on Average Unit Density Program in Santa Barbara. A new city staff report will be available by January 10 for a City Council meeting on January 15. (10 min.)
  3. Housing and Homelessness Issues. SBCAN Board Member Emily Allen will join us to lead this discussion. (20 min.)
  4. Discussion of Upcoming Oil Projects. This discussion will include the ExxonMobil proposal to truck crude oil to Santa Maria and Kern County, allowing their offshore platforms to resume production after the oil spill 3 ½ years ago, as well as the Cat Canyon onshore proposals coming before the County in the immediate future. Los Padres Chapter of Sierra Club is (30 min.)
  5. Downtown Mobilehome Park issue. Sharon Rose (5 min.)
  6. SBCAN North County Awards Dinner. Jeanne Sparks (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 February 8, also at this new location.

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