SB CAN Action Alert Feb 7, 2014 - Mosby, HOT Committees, Rovics

Santa Barbara County Action Network (SB CAN)

Action Alert

February 6, 2014

1.  Board of Supervisors' hearing on proposal to convert agricultural land in Lompoc Valley to urban uses
2.  North County H.O.T. Committee Meeting
3.  South County H.O.T. Committee Meeting
4.  David Rovics performance in Santa Barbara


The details:

1. Board of Supervisors' hearing on proposal to convert agricultural land in Lompoc Valley to urban uses
February 11, 2014
Board of Supervisors Hearing Rooms in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria

On February 11, the County Board of Supervisors will consider the recommendation of the Planning Commission to deny the rezone and conditional use permits for the Mosby Recreational Fields. This is a really important meeting and all concerned county residents should attend and let the Board know how important it is to protect our agricultural resources.

These recreational fields (paintball, remote-control car track, and two soccer fields) were installed without permits on agricultural lands east of Lompoc. Now, the property owner is seeking permits after the fact to make these uses legal.

The project--if approved--would set a terrible precedent and would encourage other owners of agricultural land to seek permits to bring urban uses onto their lands. Even worse, approval would encourage others to take their land out of agricultural production WITHOUT permits.

Please see our op-ed on the subject, http://www.sbcan.org/keep_urban_recreation_within_the_city, which was published in the Lompoc Record, and come to the hearing to state your support of the Planning Commission's recommendation to deny the rezone and permits.

2. North County H.O.T. Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Rabobank, 1554 S. Broadway, Santa Maria (on the corner of Broadway and Battles Road)

Our Housing, Open space and Transportation (H.O.T.) Committee meetings are open to all, and all who come are welcome to comment about issues of concern to them.

3. South County H.O.T. Committee Meeting
Friday, February 14, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
South County H.O.T. Committee Meeting

We are changing the location of this meeting. We will send out another email announcing the location when we have it.

Our Housing, Open space and Transportation (H.O.T.) Committee meetings are open to all, and all who come are welcome to comment about issues of concern to them.

4. David Rovics Performance
February 25 at 7:30 p.m.
New Granada Books, 1224 State Street

For the second time, SB CAN is sponsoring a performance by David Rovics, this time at the new Granada Books on State Street, just below Victoria Street, in Santa Barbara.

Donations, which SB CAN will collect and remit to David Rovics, are $10.

Here is an excerpt from Rovics' Wikipedia entry:

In 1985, Rovics enrolled at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana but dropped out and moved to Berkeley, California. He worked in varied occupations, including as a cook, barista, secretary and typist, while pursuing his musical interests as a street and subway performer and in small clubs and bars. He immersed himself in leftist counterculture and made contact with other songwriters and performers on the underground circuit.

By the early 1990s he was a full-time busker in the Boston subways.

On May 1, 1993, Rovics was involved in a traumatic incident in which a close friend was shot dead after intervening in a gang shoot-out. This was a turning point in his life, forcing him to concentrate on his songwriting career, initially as a means of dealing with the grief over his friend's death. He had already amassed a fair collection of lyrics and songs by that time, but his own admission, his compositions prior to this time were inferior and "preachy," and none were used in his later albums.

From around the mid 1990s, Rovics has spent most of his time on concert tours around the world. In 1996 he self-released his first album, Make It So, which consisted mostly of covers of other artists’ songs. He released his second cover album in 1998. He produced a series of five original song albums between 1998 and 2003 as self-released titles. The album Who Would Jesus Bomb? was entirely distributed in mp3 format over the Internet and had no commercial release, although it was included in a later "best of" album.

In 2003 Rovics signed up to Ever Reviled Records and produced a studio album, Return. Later that year, he released Behind The Barricades: The Best Of David Rovics in association with AK Press, including titles from his earlier self-releases which met with minimal commercial success. He has since released the Songs for Mahmud album as a self-release in association with Ever Reviled Records. Despite being the sole performer in most of his work, he usually describes himself only as a songwriter.

Rovics tours regularly on four continents, playing for audiences large and small at cafes, pubs, universities, churches, union halls and protest rallies. He has had his music featured on Democracy Now!, BBC, Al-Jazeera, Acik Radyo and other networks. His essays are published regularly on CounterPunch and Truthout and the 200+ songs he makes available on the web have been downloaded more than a million times.

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Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Ken Hough
Executive Director
SB CAN
ken@sbcan.org
(805) 563-0463

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