Action Alerts

SBCAN and EDC victory: SY Valley ag land preserved!

Santa Barbara County Action Network and the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) celebrate a big win for preservation of agricultural land in the Santa Ynez Valley!
 
The developers of Rancho La Laguna recently withdrew their appeal, leaving in place a Superior Court decision in favor of preserving agriculture.
  • SBCAN and EDC victory: SY Valley ag land preserved!

    Santa Barbara County Action Network and the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) celebrate a big win for preservation of agricultural land in the Santa Ynez Valley!
     
    The developers of Rancho La Laguna recently withdrew their appeal, leaving in place a Superior Court decision in favor of preserving agriculture.
  • Speak out against Cruise Ship impacts April 9 at 2:00 PM

    SBCAN stands with Santa Barbara Channelkeeper in urging Santa Barbara to put limits on cruise ship visits and their impacts. The Santa Barbara City Council is expected to take final action on recommendations to reshape the City’s Cruise Ship Program at its April 9, 2024, meeting (City Hall, Council Chambers- 735 Anacapa Street). The Council meeting will begin at 2:00 PM and should be the most critical step in this 2-year public review.

    It is imperative that our community participates. Please plan to attend in person! If you are unable to attend in person, written comments and participation via zoom are available to show your support. Read more about this initiative here. 

  • FREE Summer Day Camp for Guadalupe and SM 6th-8th graders

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

    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. The five camp days will take place at various locations within San Luis Obispo County starting on June 10. There will be three one-week sessions serving 10 sixth- to eighth-grade students each week.

    The Central Coast Youth Environmental Stewardship Program is five-day outdoor adventure-based, environmental and climate literacy program prioritizing students from under-resourced communities.

     

  • Sponsor our North County Awards Dinner

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    We’d like to invite you to sponsor 
    Santa Barbara County Action Network'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
     
    Click here to Sponsor or for more information
      

    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. 

    We give the following awards:

  • Save Southern steelhead from extinction!

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    Sign a petition by April 4 to save Southern California steelhead from extinction!
     
    Our allies at California Trout have asked us to spread the word about an important decision in front of the California Fish and Game Commission.
     
    They are calling for Southern California steelhead to be listed as endangered under California's Endangered Species Act.
     
    Click here for more information and to sign the petition by April 4: https://caltrout.org/our-work/legislation-advocacy/save-southern-steelhead
     
    Santa Barbara County Action Network has joined with CalTrout and several other organizations calling for the species to be listed.
  • County rezone workshop and SM firefighters picket

    Two events for your consideration today:
    1. Public comment welcome at Board of Supervisor’s Rezone Developer Workshop at 2 p.m.
    2. Santa Maria firefighters ask public to join them as they picket Santa Maria City Hall at 4:30 p.m.

    From the County of Santa Barbara:

    Board of Supervisor’s Rezone Developer Workshop
    Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 2 p.m.

    The public is welcome to comment in person at the Betteravia Center or the Planning Commission Hearing Room in Santa Barbara. There will not be ability to comment via Zoom for this workshop.

    The Board has released the agenda for their workshop. Owners/agents for some of the potential rezone sites will present the Board with their visions for development of housing and community amenities on their sites. 

  • SUN Coalition files suit against UCSB

    SUSTAINABLE UNIVERSITY NOW (S.U.N.) FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST 
    REGENTS of the UNIVERSITY of CALIFORNIA, & 
    UNIVERSITY of CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA 
    TO ENFORCE CALIFORNIA’S PUBLIC RECORDS ACT REQUEST

    On February 28, 2024, the SUN Coalition (Sustainable University Now), filed a petition pursuant to the California public records act and the California Constitution and complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief against the Regents of The University of California, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. The suit was filed in Santa Barbara County Superior Court. SUN is represented by the Mitchell M. Tsai Law Firm and the Law Office of Marc Chytilo.

    This action derives from UCSB’s failure to provide SUN with information regarding UCSB’s failure to fully provide the student, faculty and staff housing promised in the 2010-2025 UCSB Long Range Development Plan (LRDP). UCSB committed to providing new housing for the 5,000 new students and approximately 1,800 new faculty and staff allowed by the 2010-2025 LRDP. To date, UCSB has added 5,000 additional students but only 1,500 beds, and fewer than 200 of the promised 1,800 units for faculty and staff.

    SUN made numerous formal requests for information regarding these housing shortfalls and the campus’ plans to fulfill them. Because UCSB was unresponsive, on April 8, 2022 SUN submitted a Public Records Act request that has gone largely unanswered, despite numerous reminders and requests. SUN is filing this action today to get documents required to explain UCSB’s non-compliance with the LRDP commitments and the delays that have worsened the community’s housing crisis.

    Dick Flacks, UCSB Emeritus Professor of Sociology, stated, “As the housing crisis intensified and campus population grew, UCSB refused to look any further than the unrealistic and ill-fated Munger Hall project, adding years of unnecessary delay to the construction of campus housing facilities that are so desperately needed. UCSB’s housing shortfall has also exacerbated the housing crisis being experienced in surrounding communities.”

  • Join us on March 7 to empower change for theatre at SMHS!

    Join us on March 7 to empower change for theatre at SMHS!
    March 7, 2024
    5:30 pm - 7:30pm
    Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum
    705 S. McClelland, Santa Maria
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  • SBCAN Roundtable March 8, 2024 at noon on county housing element

    Please join us for a combined Santa Barbara County Action Network Roundtable on Friday, March 8 at noon. This roundtable focuses on thecounty’s new housing element.

    Our two speakers are Alex Tuttle, who leads the Long Range Planning Division of the County Planning Department, and Dianne Black, who recently retired after long service as a county planner and now active with the League of Women Voters.

    They will help us navigate the County’s planning process going forward as well as the process of selecting sites for upzoning, the prospects for affordable housing outcomes, the meaning and effects of ‘builders remedy’—and how advocates for affordable housing can effectively participate. 

  • Please nominate for SBCAN North County Awards by March 15

    Save the Date and Nominate!
     
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    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.