Important Santa Maria Groundwater Meeting Wednesday

Wednesday, May 7, at 2 PM, there is an important Santa Maria Valley Groundwater Basin meeting at the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room at the Betteravia Government Center in Santa Maria. If you plan to drink water in North County in the future please attend! This is the only public meeting each year to talk about our groundwater quantity and quality.  See details in the meeting notice below.  The meeting addresses the groundwater basin Annual Report, which describes declining levels of groundwater and numerous pollution problems facing our groundwater.

SBCAN will have a list of important questions that we want to ask the report author. If you are interested in helping us on this, please come early and meet us in the foyer of the meeting room; we’ll be there by 1:30 PM to discuss our concerns and questions. We think the report glosses over the some of the major problems facing our water supply. Commenters only have until 10 AM the next morning to submit written comments on the report.

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Help save Santa Barbara County Ranchland and Farmland

On Wednesday, May 31 the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission is scheduled to consider final approval of its earlier tentative decision to deny 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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Join us to honor Terri Zuniga, Rona Barrett, Ann & Rob Glasgow, Vibiana Saavedra and Alma Hernandez

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Join us for the 2017 North County "Looking Forward" Awards Dinner & Fundraiser

Sunday, June 11 at 5 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 3455 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria

Help up recognize six individuals for their outstanding contributions that make our community a better place to live!

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

CLICK HERE TO SEE PHOTOS FROM LAST YEAR'S EVENT

This year’s award recipients are:

  • Terri Zuniga, “Looking Forward” Award, for strong leadership and vision in community building, civic engagement, and improving the quality of life in our community.
  • Rona Barrett, Giving Back to the Community Award, for giving back selflessly to the community through volunteer activities and community projects.
  • Ann & Rob Glasgow, Working Families Award, for helping to provide education, health care, nutrition, recreation and cultural services and opportunities to working families.
  • Vibiana Saavedra, Social Justice Award, for promoting fairness, tolerance, equality, respect and compassion for all people in our community.
  • Alma Hernandez, Environmental Protection & Sustainability Award, for valuing, protecting, and preserving our natural resources and environment.
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Urge Sen Jackson to support Health Care for All in CA

As you may know, California has a new single payer health care proposal in the Legislature, SB 562 (Lara, Atkins), the Healthy California Act.

The Santa Barbara County Action Network Board of Directors is joining with a coalition of organizations seeking endorsements of the legislation. We have just sent our letter of support. We urge you to support this legislation as well, and if you are a member of a group that might also support the legislation, please ask the group to also send a letter.

The bill was passed by the Senate Health Committee on April 26. The next hearing will be with the Appropriations Committee tomorrow (May 25) and then a Senate Floor vote soon after. It must pass these votes so that it will go on to the Assembly in 2018. So time is of the essence.

Here are links to a sample letter that you can customize, the text of the 36-page bill and a fact sheet.

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SBCAN: CEC info and discounts on installing solar panels in SM tomorrow, SB Thurs & more locations

The Community Environmental Council is expanding its solar panel program to be countywide.  

The first of four workshops is in Santa Maria tomorrow: 
Wednesday, May 24th at 6 pm
Elwin Mussell Senior Center, Silva Room, 1510 East Park Ave, Santa Maria

Programs will also be in Santa Barbara, Solvang and Goleta.

More info about the program is available online at SolarizeSB.com and in the flyer below.

 

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Join SBCAN in recognizing community leaders in the North County on June 11

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You're invited to the 2017 North County "Looking Forward" Awards Dinner & Fundraiser

Sunday, June 11 at 5 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 3455 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria

Help up recognize six individuals for their outstanding contributions that make our community a better place to live!

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

This year’s award recipients are:

  • Terri Zuniga, “Looking Forward” Award, for strong leadership and vision in community building, civic engagement, and improving the quality of life in our community.
  • Rona Barrett, Giving Back to the Community Award, for giving back selflessly to the community through volunteer activities and community projects.
  • Ann & Rob Glasgow, Working Families Award, for helping to provide education, health care, nutrition, recreation and cultural services and opportunities to working families.
  • Vibiana Saavedra, Social Justice Award, for promoting fairness, tolerance, equality, respect and compassion for all people in our community.
  • Alma Hernandez, Environmental Protection & Sustainability Award, for valuing, protecting, and preserving our natural resources and environment.

Gale McNeeley, accompanied by Betty Faas on piano, will sing a song selected by each recipient to each recipient

Chuck Osborne will play accordion

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You're invited to SBCAN's Roundtables on Thursday in SM and Friday in SB

We hope you'll join us Thursday in Santa Maria or Friday in Santa Barbara to discuss several important issues:


SBCAN North County Roundtable/North County Coalition Environmental Committee

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 6 PM

Cornerstone Community Room, Santa Maria, CA

AGENDA

  1. Call to Order by Janet Blevins; Introductions; Agenda Review (5 min.)
  2. Review of Santa Maria Valley Environmental Issues. The environmental committee of the Santa Maria Valley Progressives has developed a list of issues and aspects of the issues. We will review the issues with an eye toward giving input to that committee and also toward suggesting priority issues that SBCAN should address. (40 min.)
  3. Rancho La Laguna. This mid-county proposal to subdivide a 4,000-acre ranch into 13 lots for luxury estates was conceptually denied by the County Planning Commission last month. The Commission will consider findings for denial on May 31.  (10 min.)
  4. Open discussion about other items of interest. All (10 min.)
  5. Suggestions for next month’s agenda (May 11).  (5 min.) 
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Support SBCAN and community leaders by sponsoring our North County Looking Forward Awards Dinner

SBCAN
Celebrating 15 years of environmental, social, and economic justice activism

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For 15 years, SBCAN has been working to protect our environment and the rights of all of our county’s residents. Now, this work is more important than ever. 

Each year we recognize individuals, businesses or organizations that work selflessly to these ends during our North County “Looking Forward” Awards Dinner & Fundraiser. These awards help encourage this good work to continue. The dinner also helps raise the funds we need to keep doing our part. 

Please join us in honoring outstanding community leaders by becoming a sponsor of the dinner or by placing a Greeting in our Tribute Book. 

 The dinner will be held on Sunday, June 11 at 5 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 3455 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria. 

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You're invited to the 2017 North County "Looking Forward" Awards Dinner & Fundraiser

SBCAN
Celebrating 15 years of environmental, social, and economic justice activism


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Hi Friend –

You're invited to the 2017 North County "Looking Forward" Awards Dinner & Fundraiser

Sunday, June 11 at 5 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 3455 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria

Help up recognize six individuals for their outstanding contributions that make our community a better place to live!

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

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May Day Marches in SB now and in SM at 3:30 pm TODAY!

This message is from CAUSE:

Dear CAUSE friends,

As the Trump administration continues to move forward with their promised attacks on our communities, immigrants’ rights advocates have called for a national Day Without an Immigrant strike on May 1st (TODAY!)

May Day is the International Day of the Worker and Day of the Immigrant.  This May Day, we’ll be showing Trump that America wouldn’t exist without the immigrants who build our cities and homes, take care of our children and elderly, and grow and cook our food.  

With 1 in 10 residents of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties an undocumented person, we all have family members, friends, coworkers, classmates, and loved ones facing the threat of Trump’s attacks on immigrants.  We are all affected by deportations that tear apart our families, schools, businesses, and neighborhoods.  We ask everyone to stand in solidarity with our immigrant communities and join us in the streets next Monday.  

Santa Maria: 3:30pm at Broadway and Main
Santa Barbara: 1pm at De La Guerra Plaza
Santa Paula: 6pm at Santa Paula High School

Join us to show Trump what America really looks like without immigrants and call on our local leaders to make California a sanctuary state!

Thanks,

Maricela Morales

maricela@causenow.org
http://www.causenow.org

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Santa Barbara County Action Network (SBCAN) works to promote social and economic justice, to preserve our environmental and agricultural resources, and to create sustainable communities.