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 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).
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 For more information on the SBCWA, visit

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.


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


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

SBCAN South County Roundtable

Friday, September 22, 2017, Noon

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


 (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:    An op/ed by Marc and Sigrid can be found at:     The staff report for the Planning Commission can be found at: 
  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 at (10 min.)
  6.  Brief updates from participants. (2 to 5 min. each)
  7. Next meeting.  Our next meeting is scheduled for October 13.  

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

SBCAN North County Roundtable

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 6 PM

Cornerstone Community Room, 705 S. McClelland 

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


  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.)

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

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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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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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