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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] 

  • 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!

    Will Gaviota Coast Ranch Go Residential? - The Santa Barbara
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]
  • Urge the county to build housing on county-owned land

    You can still speak up for affordable and workforce housing on county-owned land!
    Please join with Santa Barbara County Action Network to urge the county Board of Supervisors to use underutilized plots of land owned by the county to develop affordable housing and workforce housing units.
     
    We encourage you to voice your support for developing affordable and workforce housing units on underutilized county-owned land in the following three ways:

    1) Sign this Petition, which SBCAN will submit to the Board of Supervisors

    Thanks to those of you who have already signed!

    2) Submit written comments to the Board of Supervisors at [email protected]

    3) Attend the May 3 (South County sites) board rezone hearings in person or by Zoom and provide public comment. Register using this zoom link.

    This county administration building's parking lot on West Anapamu Street could hold housing.

  • SBCAN announces North County honorees to be recognized on June 23

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    Santa Barbara County Action Network
    announces honorees who will be recognized this year
    during SBCAN's
    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. 

    This year we are recognizing:

  • Support farmworkers on Sunday, April 28, 2024 in Santa Maria

    We at Santa Barbara County Action Network invite you to support farmworkers during CAUSE and MICOP's day of action in Santa Maria at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 28 and to read the new research report Harvesting Dignity: The Case for a Living Wage for Farmworkers.

    We hope many SBCAN members will join the rally and march. Please email [email protected] if you will attend.

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    Here is a message about the day of action from our allies at CAUSE:

  • Urge the county to build housing on county-owned land

    Please join with Santa Barbara County Action Network to urge the county Board of Supervisors to use underutilized plots of land owned by the county to develop affordable housing and workforce housing units.
     
    We encourage you to voice your support for developing affordable and workforce housing units on underutilized county-owned land in the following three ways:

    1) Sign this Petition to the Board of Supervisors, which SBCAN will submit to the County of Santa Barbara.

    2) Submit written comments to the Board of Supervisors at [email protected]

    3) Attend the April 29 (North County sites) and May 3 (South County sites) board rezone hearings in person or by Zoom and provide public comment. We will send out another reminder later this week when further information becomes available. 

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    A vacant county lot by the county's Betteravia Government Center in Santa Maria