Motorsports Park in Lompoc, SBCAN Roundtables (formerly HOT Committees) and Community Choice Energy

SBCAN Action Alert
June 6, 2016

1.  Motorsports Park/Drag strip Proposed for Lompoc goes before City Council Tuesday, June 7 
2.  SBCAN North County Roundtable (formerly H.O.T. Committee) meets Thursday, June 9 in Santa Maria
3.  SBCAN South County Roundtable (formerly H.O.T. Committee) meets Friday, June 10 in Santa Barbara
4.  Tell the County to Keep Funding Clean Energy Programs


1.  Motorsports Park/Drag strip Proposed for Lompoc goes before City Council Tuesday, June 7 

Motorsports Park/Drag strip Proposed for Lompoc. After our last meeting, the Lompoc City Council voted to terminate its involvement in this project at a special meeting. Five days later they voted to reconsider that action and the reconsideration is on the agenda for June 7. For more information, email ken@sbcan.org or call 805.563.0463.

Message from SBCAN Board Member Janet Blevins:

Hello friends,
 
Some of you may have already received this plea for help to be sure that this project IN THE CITY LIMITS does not go forward. If you, like me, think the location for this project is ALL WRONG .... in the floodplain between the riverbed and the airport...please take time to do one or all of the suggested actions below.
 
Thanks so much,
Janet Blevins
 
What can I do to oppose the Motorsport Park/Drag strip:
  • Write letters to the editor
    • Lompoc Record
    • Sun
    • Online-Noozhawk
  • Call/email city council members
  • Attend the June 7th city council meeting
  • Pass this on to friends & family who oppose the project
  • Contact State Representatives and let them know you oppose the project and don't want the deadline for state grant to be extended after the December deadline.
Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian
1150 Osos St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 549-3381

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
website (http://sd19.senate.ca.gov/send-e-mail)  
Phone: (805) 965-0862

2.  SBCAN North County Roundtable (formerly H.O.T. Committee) meets Thursday, June 9 in Santa Maria

SBCAN North County Roundtable
(formerly Housing, Open space & Transportation Committee)
Thursday, June 9, 2016, 6:00 PM
Cornerstone Community Meeting Room, corner of Jones Street at 705 S. McClelland, Santa Maria, CA 

AGENDA

  1. Call to Order by Interim Chair Janet Blevins: Introductions; Agenda Review (5 min.)
  2. Review of Election Results. As they relate to SBCAN advocacy positions. (10 min.)
  3. Final EIR for Pacific Coast Energy Company's proposal to double their current 96-well cyclic-steaming project: Item to be reconsidered at County Planning Commission on June 29; debrief and consideration of next steps. (10 min.) 
  4. Phillips 66 Rail Terminal and other immediate hazards of oil-on-rail: Monthly update on status of efforts to convince County of San Luis Obispo to disapprove the project; the SLO Planning Commission has now directed staff, who had recommended denial, to return on September with findings for approval. And most of you have likely seen the news reports from the Columbia River Gorge. (5 min.)
  5. Community Choice Energy. We need to encourage the County Board of Supervisors to approve funding at its budget hearing next week to continue the feasibility study. (5 min.)
  6. Motorsports Park Proposed for Lompoc. After our last meeting, the Lompoc City Council voted to terminate its involvement in this project at a special meeting. Five days later they voted to reconsider that action and the reconsideration is on the agenda for June 7. (10 min.)
  7. Bailey Avenue Corridor Annexation. The last time the Lompoc City Council considered this matter, direction was given to staff to initiate action that would lead to Local Agency Formation Consideration of the annexation request. (5 min.)
  8. Farmworkers’ Bill of Rights. Continuing discussion on this topic, which has been initiated by CAUSE and endorsed by SBCAN and dozens of other organizations. (5 min.)
  9. Buena Vista Park in Santa Maria. The effort to upgrade this inner-city park in Santa Maria has grown to involve a couple of dozen organizations, including SBCAN and CAUSE. It has become a case study in how a park can become a focal point for community building. Also a case study in how a city bureaucracy has avoided real engagement with the community and with energetic volunteers. There are a couple of new parks coming into Santa Maria, and others needing revitalization; and there are, no doubt, other park projects around the county. (10 min.)
  10. Central Coast Power Connect. PG&E, under direction from the California Public Utilities Commission, is planning a major new transmission line from the Central Valley to the Santa Maria Valley. Staff attended public workshops a couple of months ago; as well as another on May 26. PG&E is focused on alternative alignments for a new 230 kV line, which would help reduce the risk of power outages, like one that affected tens of thousands of customers for a few hours three years ago. SBCAN and others might consider advocating a different focus for some $150 million of utility users fees...say solar and wind, and developing a micro-grid in North County, as is being discussed by some in South County. (10 min.)
  11. Governor’s By-Right Housing Proposal. The Sierra Club and the California League of Cities have come out against this proposal. SBCAN’s Board will consider this topic Wednesday evening. Here is a link to a good article in the LA Times that explains the pros and cons:http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-jerry-brown-housing-cities-20160602-snap-story.html?utm_campaign=Contact+SNS+For+More+Referrer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=snsanalytics. (10 min.)
  12. Other items of interest to those in attendance: All (5 min.)
  13. Suggestions for next agenda: next meeting is scheduled for September 8, 2016 (5 min.)

3.  SBCAN South County Roundtable (formerly H.O.T. Committee) meets Friday, June 10 in Santa Barbara

SBCAN South County Roundtable (formerly HOT Committee)
Friday, June 10, 2016, 12:00 noon
Rabobank, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 33 Carrillo St. (corner of Anacapa Street), Santa Barbara 

 AGENDA 

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

2.         Review of Election Results. As they relate to SBCAN advocacy positions. (10 min.)

3.         Shelby Foothill Coalition. Proposed conversion of agricultural land in Goleta to large-lot residential (5 min.)

4.         Average Unit Density (AUD) in Santa Barbara. General discussion on the implementation of this policy, intended to encourage more housing at higher densities, without negative impacts.  (10 min.)

5.         Final EIR for Pacific Coast Energy Company's proposal to double their current 96-well cyclic steaming project: Item to be reconsidered at County Planning Commission on June 29; debrief and consideration of next steps. (5 min.) 

6.         Community Choice Energy. We need to encourage the County Board of Supervisors to approve funding at its budget hearing next week to continue funding for the feasibility study. (5 min.)

7.         Farmworker Bill of Rights. CAUSE proposal for County Board of Supervisors (5 min.)

8.         Governor’s By-Right Housing Proposal. The Sierra Club and the California League of Cities have come out against this proposal. SBCAN’s Board will consider this topic Wednesday evening. Here is a link to a good article in the LA Times that explains the pros and cons: http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-jerry-brown-housing-cities-20160602-snastory.html?utm_campaign=Contact+SNS+For+More+Referrer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=snsanalytics. (5 min.)

 9.         Central Coast Power Connect. PG&E, under direction from the California Public Utilities Commission, is planning a major new transmission line from the Central Valley to the Santa Maria Valley. Staff attended public workshops a couple of months ago as well as another on May 26. PG&E is focused on alternative alignments for a new 230 kV line, which would help reduce the risk of power outages, like one that affected tens of thousands of customers for a few hours three years ago. SBCAN and others might consider advocating a different focus for some $150 million of utility users fees...say solar and wind, and developing a micro-grid in North County, as is being discussed in South County. (10 min.)

10.       Brief updates from invited, but not necessarily confirmed, participants (2 to 5 min. each)

a.         Bike Coalition: Ed France
b.         Milpas Business Improvement District: Jacquiline Inda
c.         Sierra Club: Katie Davis
d.         Food and Water Watch and World Business Academy: Becca Claassen 
e.         Mobile-Home Project: Sharon Rose
f.          Isla Vista Self Governance: Jonathan Abboud
g.         Citizens Planning Association: Lee Moldaver
h.         Community Environmental Council: Jefferson Litton  (other than CCE, such as Tajiguas)
i.          Sustainability Living Research Initiative: Ben Werner
j.          Lompoc update: Motorsports Park and Bailey Ave. Corridor: Ken Hough
k.         Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project: Ken Hough
l.          Other

11.       Other topics of interest to those in attendance (10 min.)

12.       Next meeting: Friday, September 9, 2016, same place.


4.  Tell the County to Keep Funding Clean Energy Programs

Message from Community Environmental Council:

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ACT NOW! Support clean energy for Santa Barbara.

Click here! Sign a letter to County Supervisors in support of Community Choice Energy.

On Wednesday, June 15, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors will vote on funding to go towards a local Community Choice Energy program. This program is a powerful tool that would provide county residents with cleaner electricity from renewable sources like solar and wind, all for prices competitive with or cheaper than our current utility.

Wednesday’s budget hearing is the best opportunity to secure
funding for Community Choice Energy and continue progress toward launching a local program.

Similar programs in Marin, Sonoma, Lancaster and San Francisco have all demonstrated that Community Choice Energy provides:

  • Cleaner electricity with lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • Competitive and most often cheaper electricity rates
  • Local control and local accountability of our energy provider
  • New opportunities for local renewable energy projects and high paying, union jobs.

Sign this letter now to urge supervisors to support Community Choice Energy by voting yes for 2016-2017 funding.

Want to take more action?

1) Speak at the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Budget Hearing

Date: Wednesday, June 15
Location: Santa Barbara County Admin Building – 4th Floor, Board Hearing Room – 105 E Anapamu St.
Time: Community Choice Energy is scheduled be heard under the Community Services Budget at 10:45 a.m., with public comment beginning at 11:45 a.m. **If the hearing is behind schedule, public comment may get pushed until after lunch.**

2) Personalize a letter to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors

Customize and sign a letter of support, and send the signed letter to the Santa Barbara County Clerk of the Board, sbcob@co.santa-barbara.ca.us

 

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