Action Alerts

SBCAN NCRT Thursday, June 13, 2024 on marine sanctuary, Pt Sal MPA, and oil trucks

Santa Barbara County Action Network invites you to participate in our North County Roundtable to learn about the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary and a proposed Point Sal Marine Protected Area. We'll also talk about SBCAN's appeal of the approved trucking of oil starting on Harris Grade Road near Lompoc and continuing 165 miles to Coalinga.

Marine Sanctuaries

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North County Roundtable
Thursday, June 13, 2024 - 5 pm to 6:30 pm
via Zoom

Agenda

  1. Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary. Guest speaker, Azsha Hudson, Marine Conservation Analyst & Program Manager, Environmental Defense Center.
  2. Proposed Point Sal Marine Protected Area. Report from SBCANstaff.
  3. Sentinel Peak Resources Truck Rack Project. Follow up from last month; SBCAN’s appeal to the County Planning Commission is scheduled for August 14.
  4. Other matters.

Email [email protected] if you would like to register for this meeting.

 

  • SBCAN NCRT Thursday, June 13, 2024 on marine sanctuary, Pt Sal MPA, and oil trucks

    Santa Barbara County Action Network invites you to participate in our North County Roundtable to learn about the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary and a proposed Point Sal Marine Protected Area. We'll also talk about SBCAN's appeal of the approved trucking of oil starting on Harris Grade Road near Lompoc and continuing 165 miles to Coalinga.

    Marine Sanctuaries

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    North County Roundtable
    Thursday, June 13, 2024 - 5 pm to 6:30 pm
    via Zoom

    Agenda

    1. Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary. Guest speaker, Azsha Hudson, Marine Conservation Analyst & Program Manager, Environmental Defense Center.
    2. Proposed Point Sal Marine Protected Area. Report from SBCANstaff.
    3. Sentinel Peak Resources Truck Rack Project. Follow up from last month; SBCAN’s appeal to the County Planning Commission is scheduled for August 14.
    4. Other matters.

    Email [email protected] if you would like to register for this meeting.

     

  • Free outdoor adventure program, NC Awards Dinner, housing petition

    Do you know any middle school students in Santa Maria or Guadalupe who would like to attend a
    FREE five-day outdoor adventure program this month? 

    There are still a few spots available!

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    Central Coast
    Youth Environmental Stewardship Program
    (CC YES)
     

    Creek Lands Conservation (CLC) has developed a free summer day camp for underserved students that reside in Guadalupe and Santa Maria.

    There will be three one-week sessions serving 10 sixth- to eighth-grade students each week.

    The five camp days will take place at various locations within San Luis Obispo County. The sessions begin June 10, June 17 and June 24.

  • Fill out survey by Friday on regional transportation and growth

    Public Input Needed on Transportation Funding and Regional Growth

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    The Santa Barbara County Association of Governments Board of Directors is expected to select a future land use and transportation scenario to serve as the basis of its next Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy at its meeting on June 20.
     
    The results of their survey will be reported to the Board at that meeting. This is a chance to advocate for a transportation system designed to serve a future land use pattern that protects farmland and open space. Santa Barbara County Action Network encourages you to complete this survey. The deadline is Friday, June 7.
  • Buy tickets now to SBCAN NC Awards - less than 3 weeks away!

    Join us for a fun, inspiring dinner
    to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations!

    Songs will be sung to the honorees
    by Gale McNeeley, Deborah Sykes, Leo Felix, Jordan McCormick and Judge Rogelio Flores.
    Accompanist is Michael Betts.
    Sound man Curt Sykes will make sure they all sound great!


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    Santa Barbara County Action Network
    North County “Looking Forward”
    Awards Dinner & Fundraiser

    Sunday, June 23, 2024
    3 p.m. - 6 p.m. 

    Radisson Hotel, 3455 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria  

    Buy Tickets Now!
  • SC Roundtable Friday, May 31, 2024 on Maximize Affordable Housing Development

    SBCAN South County Roundtable
    May 31, 2024 
    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
    via Zoom

    Agenda

    1. Maximizing Affordable Housing Development with Guest speakers:
      • Lucille Boss, Senior Housing Programs Specialist, Housing and Community Development Division, County of Santa Barbara
      • Maria Navarro, Oxnard Policy Advocate with CAUSE
    2. Organizational updates

    You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
    When: May 31, 2024 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    If you would like to register for this meeting, email us at [email protected] 

  • NC Awards Dinner, Summer Program, Housing Petition

    Join us for a fun, inspiring dinner to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations!

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    Santa Barbara County Action Network
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    North County “Looking Forward” Awards Dinner & Fundraiser
    June 23, 2024 from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. 
    Radisson Hotel, 3455 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria
      

    Santa Barbara County Action Network recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations that work selflessly to protect our environment and the rights of our county’s residents. These awards bring attention to this good work and help raise funds we need to keep doing our part. 

    If you'd like to volunteer or would like a sliding scale ticket, contact us at [email protected]

  • Oil issues, Zero Emission Vehicle Plan, Regional Transportation Plan, and more

    Oil Issues

    Nine years after the Plains All American Pipeline ruptured spilling more than 450,000 gallons of crude oil onto Refugio Beach and into the ocean, an oil company is trying to restart offshore oil production.

    SBCAN is working with our allies to prevent this.

    Here are links to publications in the Santa Barbara Independent that give updates on these issues:

    May 15, 2024 Article by Margaux Lovely

  • Protect the Gaviota Coast, Summer Camp Opportunity for Middle School Students & More

    Help protect the Gaviota Coast and urge the Zoning Administrator to stop the development of Naples!

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Independent

    Join Santa Barbara County Action Network (SBCAN), the Environmental Defense Center (EDC), the Surfrider Foundation, and the Gaviota Coast Conservancy and oppose development of any housing at Naples on the Gaviota Coast. 

    We oppose the "DMF Fund LLC Seaside Residence Project and Habitat Restoration" project because:

    • Restoration must happen first and restoration plans must not be linked to the project. 
    • Developing on this coastline would set a precedent for additional development. 
    • Naples holds sacred and ecological importance.

    Read the SB Independent article about the project here.

    Find the DMF project here.

  • County Land for Housing and SBCAN North County "Looking Forward" Awards Dinner

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    Hope Village on county-owned land in Santa Maria
     

    You can still speak up for affordable and workforce housing on county-owned land!

     

    While the rezone process is over for the Housing Element, you can still encourage the County of Santa Barbara to help alleviate our housing crisis. 
     
    Sign this petition to urge the Board of Supervisors to use county-owned land to develop deed-restricted affordable and workforce housing and to maximize low-income and moderate housing units, rather than developing any additional market-rate units. 
     
    Developing housing on underutilized county-owned land can help guarantee that housing units will be affordable and will go directly to local employees rather than out-of-town investors. This can help disrupt additional gentrification and can promote stability for our hard-working residents.
  • North County Roundtable Thursday, May 9, 2024

    SBCAN North County Roundtable
    May 9, 2024 
    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
    via Zoom

    Agenda

    1. Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary.  Guest speaker, Azsha Hudson, Marine Conservation Analyst & Program Manager, Environmental Defense Center.
    2. Sentinel Peak Resources Truck Rack Project.  SBCAN Board Member Janet Blevins and Co-Executive Director Ken Hough will describe this proposal that would allow oil production in the hills above Lompoc to restart by providing a truck-loading facility. Six tanker trucks would transport crude oil 165 miles every day for up to 50 years to Coalinga. A land use permit was issued by staff and SBCAN has appealed this decision to the Planning Commission.
    3. Pale Blue Dot Amusement Park. Janet and Ken will also discuss a proposal by the City of Lompoc to ask its voters to change the designation of the land including Ken Adam Park to allow commercial use. The suggested, but not required, use is for a space-themed amusement park.
    4. Santa Maria General Plan. Staff will report on the current status of the plan update.
    5. Other matters.  
    If you would like an invitation to this meeting, email us at [email protected]