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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Fun Alert: A Love Song Cabaret Sat. Aug. 25, 2018

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SBCAN Roundtables: South is on, North is not

The North County Roundtable, which would have been this Thursday, is cancelled. The next one is scheduled for September 13.

The agenda for this Friday's South County Roundtable is below. We hope you'll join us.

SBCAN South County Roundtable

Friday, August 10, 2018, Noon to 1:30

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

AGENDA

 (times are approximate; feel free to bring your lunch)

  1. Call to Order by Chair and SBCAN Co-President Dick Flacks.Introductions; Agenda Review (5 min.)
  2. Santa Barbara City Councilmember Kristen Sneddon will speak about key city issues especially housing issues(40 min.)
  3. Joanna Kaufman & Ben Werner will present a proposal for a pilot housing initiative called the “Commons Collaborative.” (10 min.)
  4. Alena Simon will report on Food & Water Watch Activities. (5 min.)
  5. Proposal to Restart Offshore Oil Production and Transport Crude Oil by Truck. (5 min.)
  6. Sharon Rose will report on the Mobile Homeowners 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 September 14. 
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Support Community Choice Energy with a letter, phone call or in person

Join us in supporting Community Choice Energy
 
On July 17 the Board of Supervisors will be receiving an updated report on the efficacy of Community Choice Energy (CCE) participation for Santa Barbara County (and participating cities). 
 
The report states that all scenarios will be cost competitive with the Independent Owned Utilities, and that the participation of North County entities, particularly the City of Santa Maria, will improve the overall prospectus for all potential participants. This is a significantly different finding than the earlier study that evaluated CCE for a tri-county area. 
 
The item will also be considered the same day by the Santa Barbara and Goleta city councils.
 
Below is today's action alert from the Community Environmental Council, which contains information on these three meetings and asks you to sign a letter to local decision makers.
 
If you live in District 5, it would be really helpful if you would contact Supervisor Steve Lavagnino at (805) 346-8400 or steve.lavagnino@countyofsb.org and encourage his support. He supported the study the first time, but didn't the second time, noting that he hadn't heard from his constituents. The action we support on the 17th is to get started with unincorporated County, Goleta and Santa Barbara. Other cities can be added later.
 
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Join us at our roundtables in Santa Maria on Thursday and Santa Barbara on Friday

Please join us at one of our roundtables - Thursday in Santa Maria or Friday in Santa Barbara --


SBCAN North County Roundtable

Thursday, July 12, 2018, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Rabobank Conference Room, Battles and South Broadway, Santa Maria

AGENDA

  1. Call to Order: Co-president Janet Blevins. Introductions; Agenda Review (5 min.)
  2. Community Choice Energy. On Tuesday, July 17 the Board of Supervisors will be receiving an updated report on the efficacy of Community Choice Energy (CCE) participation for Santa Barbara County (and participating cities). The report states that all scenarios will be cost competitive with the Independent Owned Utilities, and that the participation of North County entities, particularly the City of Santa Maria, will improve the overall prospectus for all potential participants. This is a significantly different finding than the earlier study that evaluated CCE for a tri-county area. (15 min.)
  3. Discussion of Santa Barbara County Supervisorial Redistricting Proposals. (10 min.)
  4. Status of 750+ Unconventional Oil Wells Proposed for Cat Canyon. ERG’s DEIR is available; a second workshop to comment to staff on the adequacy of the DEIR is scheduled for July 17. Aera Energy’s DEIR is expected soon. PetroRock’s scoping hearing was held recently. (20 min.)
  5. Santa Barbara County-Wide Integrated Stormwater Resource Plan.SBCAN submitted some project ideas. The County is holding a stakeholder meeting to solicit comments on the draft plan on July 19 at 5:30 P.M. in Santa Barbara. SBCAN staff will report on the matter. (10 min.)
  6. Open Streets Event in Santa Maria. October 21 is the target date.  Staff will attend the monthly planning meeting on July 11 and will provide the latest updates.  (5 min.)
  7. Strauss Wind Energy Project. The wind energy project near Lompoc surfaces again. A scoping meeting is to be held on July 19 at 6 PM in Lompoc’s City Council chambers. (5 min.)
  8. Report on July 11 Scoping Meeting for Exxon Trucking Proposal. (5 min.)
  9. Brief updates from participants. (2 to 5 min. each)
  10. Open discussion aboutvother items of interest. All (5 min.)
  11. Next meeting. Our next meeting is scheduled for August 9.
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First Annual Arts Fiesta Friday, July 13 at 6 p.m.

We'd like to invite you to the “First Annual Arts Fiesta” on Friday, July 13 at 6 p.m. at the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center,  600 S. McClelland St. in Santa Maria.
 
The fiesta is a production of Youth Arts Alive, a project of Santa Barbara County Action Network, with support from The Fund for Santa Barbara and the City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department.
 
We hope you will support the youth of our community at this event.
 
For more information, text 805.930.9029 or email info@youthartsalive.org.
 
If you'd like to contribute to the program, visit the GoFundMe campaign (and watch the fun video) at: https://www.gofundme.com/youth-arts-alive-year-two?sharetype=teams&member=274642&rcid=r01-153048880854-0ed2408570814be6&pc=em_co_campmgmt_w
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On-shore Oil

One of the biggest issues for SBCAN right now is the prospect of more than 760 oil wells being drilled in Cat Canyon by three companies, all of them penetrating and putting at risk the Santa Maria Valley Groundwater Basin. They all propose to use risky thermal-drilling techniques that have high rates of well-casing failures, leading to contamination of groundwater. This aquifer provides drinking water for 200,000 people and irrigation for over 50,000 acres of farmland.  If approved, these three projects would triple the amount of on-shore oil production in our county. 

The first of the three proposals is ERG’s.  A Draft EIR is published and is available here: http://sbcountyplanning.org/energy/projects/WCC_DEIR.asp. (Our Firefox browser did not display content correctly. Safari worked fine. Perhaps other browsers will be fine also.) Comments are due by August 3, 2018.

The first of two public workshops, at which County staff will take comments about the adequacy of the DEIR, is being held Monday, June 25 at 6 PM at the Betteravia Government Center, 511 E. Lakeside Parkway, in Santa Maria. A second one is scheduled on July 17 at 3 PM in Santa Barbara.

Food & Water Watch has organized an informational meeting about these three proposed projects. The meeting is in Santa Barbara tomorrow (Sunday, June 24) at 3 PM.  SBCAN and other organizations are co-sponsoring. Here is the information: https://secure.foodandwaterwatch.org/act/stop-new-wells-santa-barbara-county?ms=dist_re_06212018_SB-public-forum&oms=dist_re_06212018_SB-public-forum 

Please help us oppose these dangerous proposals. Check out SBCAN’s maps showing the relationship of past, current, and proposed oil and gas wells to the Santa Maria Valley Groundwater Basin; find them at http://www.sbcan.org/issues_maps.

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