Action Alerts

  • County needs 5th District residents for trails committee

    People who value trails and live in the 5th District are needed to serve on the County Riding and Hiking Trails Advisory Committee (CRAHTAC).
    There are currently two or three vacant seats in Supervisor Lavagnino's district. Click here for a map of the 5th District.
    Members of the County Riding and Hiking Trails Advisory Committee (CRAHTAC) have told us that the committee has become pretty active with trail and recreation matters and recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission.
    Committee members are needed who want to protect existing trails and expand the county's system, including the Santa Maria River Levee Trail, Orcutt Hills Trails, Orcutt Creek Trail and other 4th and 5th District trails, as well trails in other districts. 
    Committee members spend a minimum of four to five hours per month in meeting time and more if they wish to do tasks such as research, help write letters or testify. Find more information about CRAHTAC here.
    If you are interested, contact Sup. Lavagnino's Chief of Staff, Cory Bantilan, at [email protected].
    Or if you know someone who lives in the 5th District who might be interested, please forward this email to them.
  • NC Awards Dinner June 23 - Save the Date and Nominate

    Santa Barbara County Action Network's
    North County “Looking Forward” Awards Dinner & Fundraiser
    June 23, 2024
    3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
    Radisson Hotel, 3455 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria
    Who do you think deserves recognition this year for their good work in the North County?

    Every year we recognize individuals or organizations that work to protect our environment and the rights of our county’s residents. These awards help encourage this good work to continue and to raise the funds we need to keep doing our part.

    To nominate an individual or an organization for an award, please fill out this online form,

    If you are unable to access the nomination form, email us at [email protected]and we can send you one via email. 

    And please mark your calendar for June 23! We'll be sending more information later on how to sponsor and purchase tickets.

    Thank you.

  • Support Santa Maria firefighters on February 20, 2024

    Here's a message from an ally. We urge you to support Santa Maria firefighters:

    Hello friends and allies,

    I am following up my last email about the ongoing labor dispute in Santa Maria.
    Although SEIU local 620 reached an agreement with the city of Santa Maria, the Santa Maria Firefighters Local 2020 and the city of Santa Maria are far apart on reaching a fair deal. 
    On Tuesday, February 20th at 4pm the firefighters will be on the picket line at the Santa Maria City Council. 
  • Speak out against cruise ship impacts on Thursday, February 15, 2024

    SBCAN stands with Santa Barbara Channelkeeper in urging Santa Barbara to put limits on cruise ship visits and their impacts.
    Please consider joining Channelkeeper at the 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 15, 2024 meeting of the Harbor Commission. 
    For background, see this op-ed in The Independent co-signed by SBCAN: 
    And here is the latest message from Channelkeeper, which includes a new 4-minute video: 
  • Happy Black History Month!

    Join us in celebrating events hosted by social justice, anti-racist, and black-led and -serving organizations around Santa Barbara County. 

  • North County Feb. 8 Roundtable Cancelled

    We are cancelling the SBCAN North County Roundtable that is usually held on the second Thursday of the month.

    Please join us for a Combined South County Roundtable on Friday, Feb. 23 at noon. We will be sending more information later.

    Thank you.

  • SBCAN Roundtable Friday, January 26 on universal healthcare

    Universal healthcare is the main topic of discussion at Santa Barbara County Action Network’s South County Roundtable on Friday, Jan. 26 at noon. 

    Dr. Jerome Hoffman, Dr. Nancy Greep, Dr. David Lebell and Prof. Dick Flacks will lead a discussion on the potential for a single payer system, current legislative opportunities, and what we can all do to promote universal healthcare and a healthier state and country. 

    See below for more information.

    SBCAN South County Roundtable
    Friday, Jan. 26 at noon
    Via Zoom - register at the link below


    1. Call to Order Introductions; Agenda Review
    2. Universal Healthcare
    3. Updates from members - please let us know if you have items you'd like to see added to the agenda

    Register in advance for this meeting:

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    Hope to see you!

    The following information is from Dr. David Lebell who is a member of Gray Panthers Santa Barbara Network and a member of SBCAN:

  • SBCAN Roundtable Thurs, Jan 11 at 5 pm - trauma-informed workshops

    We will hear a presentation by Creative Behavior Specialist Susan Jones on "trauma-informed" workshops, which seek to bring connection, safety and security into our current practices in schools, homes and communities. We will discuss whether SBCAN ought to pursue a grant to bring these workshops to the Santa Maria Valley.*

    SBCAN North County Roundtable
    5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024
    Via Zoom - register at the link below


    1. Call to Order Introductions; Agenda Review
    2. Susan Jones, Trauma-informed workshops
    3. Santa Maria River Healthy Watershed Initiative
    4. Updates from members - please let us know if you have items you'd like to see added to the agenda
  • Join SBCAN for environmental, economic and social justice action!

    We at Santa Barbara County Action Network thank you for your support of environmental, economic and social justice issues through your interaction with SBCAN in 2023.

    We invite you to become a member of SBCAN to help us continue to save prime farmland, create more affordable housing, bring together community members to work on watershed issues, fight increased trucking of fossil fuels, oppose restarting of the pipeline that spewed oil into the channel, recognize and promote outstanding leadership, and much more.


    Read our 2023 Highlights below to see many of our recent actions and our plans for 2024. We’ll soon send information on our upcoming Annual Membership Meeting and Election. We'd like to know what issues you think are important for us to work on in the coming months.

    We hope you will become a member of SBCAN. Members choose whatever level of dues they desire, ranging from $10/year to $250/year. We especially like monthly contributions. Many members chose $10/month. Any level of contribution is valued, and your participation as a member in is invaluable!

    Please use a link below to sign up for membership.

    Happy Holidays!

    Jeanne Sparks and Ken Hough
    SBCAN Co-Executive Directors
    [email protected]


  • Thank you from SBCAN! Plus photos & video of Making History/Making Blintzes

    to everyone who attended or supported our event
    Making History/Making Blintzes - Brunch and Fundraiser
    Sunday, November 12, 2023

    We hope you'll enjoy these photos by Marian Shapiro and Catherine Bernhardt


    Click here to see photos from the event

    and video by Oscar Gutierrez!