SBCAN SC Roundtable date changed to Sept 22

We hope you  had a good summer and that you will join us for our first South County Roundtable meeting of fall 2017. We have changed the meeting date this month from our usual second Friday to Friday, September 22 at noon at Union Bank’s Community Room, 15 East Carrillo, Santa Barbara.

The draft 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 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

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SBCAN: Help save farm and ranch land from becoming upscale estates

Hi Jeanne –

On Tuesday, August 29, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors will consider the appeal of its Planning Commission's denial of a proposal to subdivide 4,000 acres of farmland and ranchland, known as Rancho La Laguna, into 13 parcels for upscale estates.


Rancho La Laguna - Photo by Mark Oliver
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SBCAN: Peace Vigil tonight at 6:30 pm at Santa Maria City Hall - join us!

Join us in a Vigil for Peace ~ Friday, August 25, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. ~ Corner of South Broadway & West Cook, Santa Maria

This event is for all citizens who believe that a diverse, rich culture adds to our nation; where people are not excluded due to race, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or financial status. Join us in sending a powerful message of inclusion, not division. Help us stand united against hate & racism.
 
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SBCAN: RENOUNCING AND REJECTING HATE AND BIGOTRY RALLIES: Sun, 8/20 Santa Maria & Mon, 8/21 Lompoc

The National Association For The Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), United Domestic Workers (UDW), Central Coast Alliance For A Sustainable Economy (CAUSE), Santa Barbara County Action Network (SBCAN), the Democratic Club of Santa Maria Valley, and the Lompoc Valley Democratic Club are collaborating to show their support for Charlottesville, Virginia by renouncing and rejecting hate and bigotry.

Rallies are planned on Sunday, August 20, beginning at 2 p.m. at the southeast corner of Betteravia Road and Miller Street, Santa Maria, and Monday, August 21, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of H and Ocean Streets, Lompoc. The theme is “RENOUNCING AND REJECTING HATE AND BIGOTRY.”

The non-partisan rallies are free and open to the public. ALL ATTENDEES are encouraged to dress in layers and bring their own non-political signs. Additional information can be obtained by contacting NAACP President Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt at (805) 448-7869, UDW Regional Coordinator, Yesenia DeCasaus (805) 357-9851, CAUSE Organizer Abraham Melendrez, (805) 253-3686, SBCAN Executive Director Ken Hough, (805) 563–0463, Democratic Club of Santa Maria Valley President Connie Ford, (805) 878-8987, or Democratic Club of Lompoc Valley President Janet Blevins, (805) 717-4160.


 

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Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Summit Wed, Aug 16 in SM

We've been asked to help publicize the Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Summiton Wednesday, August 16 in Santa Maria.

There is no cost to attend, but they need to have RSVP’s.

Here's the information from the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership:

Here’s Why You Should Attend!

If you interested in our future regarding energy, water and sustainability, you should attend this summit!

  • If you are a business - It includes discussions of programs for businesses like the RMDZ program with up to 2 million in low interest loans available for businesses. There are ways to save energy and costs that are also discussed. You should also know about future energy regulations. Attending is a great business decision!
  • If you are a municipal partner, you should be interested in micro grids, water conservation, solar, regulations and preparing our communities for the future.
  • If you are an interested community member, water use is paramount, as well as solar, and what our energy will look like after Diablo Canyon is decommissioned. The program includes residential programs for energy efficiency and cost savings.

Please spread the word to your contacts and anyone who may be interested in attending.

2017 Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Summit

Wednesday, August 16   8 am to 1pm at the Santa Maria Fairpark, Fountain Pavilion, 937 S. Thornburg, Santa Maria

Additional details can be found HERE. No Cost, but Registration is required.

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High Cost of Living in SB forum July 26

The City of Santa Barbara's Living Wage Advisory Committee is sponsoring this panel discussion on the high cost of living in Santa Barbara. SBCAN is cosponsoring this event and encourages you to attend and engage in this important issue.

The High Cost of Living in Santa Barbara
A Panel Discussion Sponsored by the
City of Santa Barbara's Living Wage Advisory Committee

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Faulkner Gallery, Central Library

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SBCAN: Get discounted group rate on solar, workshop tonight in Orcutt and July 26 in SB

Thinking about adding solar to your home? Check out these Community Environmental Council workshops:

Solarize Santa Barbara Workshop: North County – Thursday, July 6
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Orcutt Lions Club, 126 N. Broadway St., Orcutt, CA 93455
Join a free workshop to learn how you can save money and reduce your footprint by going solar through CEC's discounted group purchasing program. Learn more.

Solarize Santa Barbara Workshop: South County – Wednesday, July 26
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Veterans Memorial Building, 941 Walnut Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013
Join a free workshop to learn how you can save money and reduce your footprint by going solar through CEC's discounted group purchasing program. Learn more.


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Help Save Our National Monuments!

Hi Friend –

SBCAN member Kathy Sharum prepared the helpful information below about the threat to our National Monuments and how you can help protect them.  Kathy is recently retired from the Bureau of Land Management, where she worked at Carrizo Plain, the National Monument closest to home for all of us.

Please note the deadline for comments--July 10--and please help save our National Monuments by commenting to the Secretary of the Interior.

We added links to the Center for Biological Diversity and Audubon for your convenience.

 -- SBCAN staff

National Monuments Threatened

In April of 2017, President Trump issued an executive order to review the status of 27 National Monuments that have been created since 1996. This means there are intentions of perhaps rolling back their national monument status and in so doing, removing some or all of the cultural and environmental protections for these areas. Even though each one of these Monuments had extensive public involvement, Trump wants to do it all over.

Why this matters:

National Monuments are created through Executive Orders by sitting Presidents under the authority of the Antiquities Act. These places are areas that are home to irreplaceable resources such as Native American cultural sites and thriving ecosystems with threatened or endangered species of plants and animals.

Our Own Precious Monument Under Threat!

Photo of the Carrizo Plain Super Bloom April 15, 2017.
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Click here for more photos of Carrizo Plain. 

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SBCAN SC Roundtable Fri, June 16 at noon - join us!

You're invited to:

SBCAN South County Roundtable

Friday, June 16, 2017, Noon

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

AGENDA

 (times are approximate)

1.  Call to Order by Chair Dick Flacks.Introductions; Agenda Review (5 min.)

2.  Brief updates from participants. 
(2 to 5 min. each)

3.  Housing Issues in City of Santa Barbara. 
There are several controversies about housing affordability in Santa Barbara that warrant brainstorming and debate. Frank Rodriguez of CAUSE, who is working on these issues, will join us. We will have a freewheeling conversation about these issues:
  • Downtown housing and fears of gentrification: Average Unit Density will encourage housing on the Lower East Side and this has raised anxieties about Milpas Street as a target of gentrification. How might this dilemma be resolved?
  • Efforts to promote affordable rental housing come up against state laws that hamstring rent stabilization and inclusionary rules. How can these be changed?
  • What is the status of current efforts to improve the AUD and strengthen renters’ rights?
4.   Mobile Homeowner Issues. Sharon Rose will report on this topic.
 
5.   Sales Tax Proposal for City of SB.  Mary Rose will brief us on this proposal for Nov. ballot.

6.   Other Items of Interest to Participants.


7.   Next Meeting: 
Our 2017 calendar has a summer break. Next meeting is Sept. 15 unless changed.
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Advocate for funding for persons experiencing homelessness and more

SBCAN Board Member Emily Allen asked us to forward the following information. Emily is involved with Common Ground Santa Barbara County, which is asking county residents to contact their county supervisors to urge them not to cut programs that impact people experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable individuals and families. She asks you to advocate against these cuts by speaking during the county's budget hearings, or by calling or emailing your supervisor. More information is below:

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