Action Alerts

  • Trail Entry at Bonita School Road

    We hope you will speak up at a public meeting Thursday, Sept. 29 to make sure that entry points for the Santa Maria River Levee Trail are included when the Bonita School Road bridge is replaced.
    The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. with a presentation on the proposed bridge replacement at 6:50 p.m.
    The meeting is at Bonita Elementary School at 2715 W. Main Street, Santa Maria.
    It is important that there are advocates at the meeting that speak in favor of the trail so that the bridge is built with an entry/exit point for the trail in mind.   
    Please attend the meeting if you can and invite others who are in favor of the trail.
  • What to do with food waste? Th, Sep 22 at 5pm (Organics Recycling Programs)

    SBCAN is hosting a special Roundtable to hear about and discuss California's most significant waste reduction bill, SB 1383.
    This bill mandates that all jurisdictions create programs to recover and donate edible food that would otherwise go to waste, and to recycle organic food waste. Many residents in Santa Barbara County have expressed confusion as to where to put their food waste, how to deal with pests, and what is actually happening with their food waste once it is collected.
    Join us to hear from Maia Hoffman from the City of Santa Maria and Mackie Forgey from the County of Santa Barbara about these different programs and what you can do to help them be more successful. 

    SBCAN Roundtable
    Thursday, September 22, 2022
    5 - 6:30 PM
    Via Zoom - link below


  • Save the Date to honor Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

    Save the date! Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson will be honored at Santa Barbara County Action Network's South County Fundraiser at El Paseo Restaurant in Santa Barbara on Sunday, November 13th from 11am-2pm. 

    You won't want to miss this special event honoring Hannah-Beth Jackson for being one of the great champions of social change on the central coast over the last two decades. We look forward to seeing you there. 

    Please mark your calendars and keep an eye out for additional information we will be sending out soon. 

  • Historic Labor Law Discussed This Friday at South County Roundtable - Sept. 16th

    The state legislature recently passed and Governor Newsom signed The FAST Recovery Act (AB 257): a historic labor law that provides a framework for hundreds of thousands of fast food workers to be represented in the establishment of state standards for wages and working conditions in the fast food industry. UCSB history professor Nelson Lichtenstein, one of the leading labor historians in the U.S., will dialog about this groundbreaking law and how it fits into the revival of labor movement organizing happening today. We will discuss this Friday, September 16th at noon. Register below to join us.

    SBCAN South County Roundtable
    Friday, September 16th, 2022
    12 - 1:30 PM
    Via Zoom - link below

  • CHAMP! Update

    Please see this update from our partners at CHAMP! - Campus Housing Alternatives for Munger Hall Please!

    Dear Members and friends of CHAMP!,

    We hope everyone has enjoyed their summers so far. The CHAMP! leadership team has been on a bit of a hiatus following our June 1st event, Munger Hall: Student and Public Response Panels, but we’re gearing up for Fall quarter and new opportunities to push for better UCSB student housing. In this newsletter, we’ll share some updates and materials from the response panels and recent UC Regents meeting, and a vision for the upcoming school year.

    Recap of our June 1st Event: Munger Hall Student and Community Response Panel

    “Something to revel in”… The students “schooled university administrators on what a professional planning process looks like.” -Carolina Miranda, the LA Times

    “An amazing rebuke of their university’s purblind pursuit of the Munger Hall mega-dormitory project.” -Josh Niland, Archinect News

  • Youth Arts Alive Student Showcase Friday, July 29 in Santa Maria

    Santa Barbara County Action Network


    Youth Arts Alive

    Student Showcase!
    iExhibicion de Estudiantes!

  • Thanks to those who attended our North County Awards Dinner

    It was so great to see so many of you on Sunday, June 26 for our 2022 North County "Looking Forward" Awards Dinner & Fundraiser!


    Thank you for coming to celebrate the honorees and support our important work. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, members and guests, this has been our most successful fundraiser yet.

    For those of you who still have outstanding pledges and would like to fulfill them using a credit or debit card the links are:

    Checks can also be sent to SBCAN at P.O. Box 6174, Santa Maria, CA 93456.

  • Urge Lompoc to Stop Trying to Develop Prime Farmland

    For more than 20 years, the City of Lompoc has been trying to annex prime farmland on its western edge to allow for urban development. Tomorrow evening, June 21 at 6:30pm, the City Council will again consider taking action to facilitate this development.

    The City needs approval from the Santa Barbara County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) if this development is to happen. In 1999, LAFCO denied the City’s annexation proposal. The state law that governs LAFCOs makes it very difficult for a LAFCO to justify urbanization of prime agricultural lands.

  • Idle Wells Hearing on May 24, 2022 at the Board of Supervisors

    Please see this important message from our partners at the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) regarding the upcoming hearing about Idle Wells in Santa Barbara County. We hope you will speak up on Tuesday, May 24 and let the Board of Supervisors know we want more regulation and monitoring of these hazardous idle oil wells. 

  • Support Santa Maria River levee trail extension to Guadalupe

    SMRT_Rally_page01.jpgOn Tuesday, May 17, around 3 p.m., the Board of Supervisors will consider whether to extend the Santa Maria River levee trail to Guadalupe.

    This trail would provide a much needed scenic, recreational and transportation corridor between Santa Maria and Guadalupe that could accommodate bicyclists, joggers and pedestrians. It's a unique asset that the public should be able to access. It would provide more access to nature, more opportunities for recreational activities for residents and economic stimulation for local businesses in both cities.

    Although the levee is in the north county, we are looking for support from members of the public from throughout the county.

    Can you join us and sign a petition supporting the extension now? Click here:

    If you can, please attend a rally organized by CAUSE prior to the item coming before the board. It will be Tuesday, May 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Betteravia Government Center, 511 E. Lakeside Parkway in Santa Maria. You can also provide testimony there or on the fourth floor at the county building at 105 East Anapamu St. in Santa Barbara. 

    If you can’t show up in person, please send written comments to the board by 5 p.m. Monday or testify remotely on Tuesday.

    If you would like to submit a pre-drafted email, which you can modify, click here:

    Or click here to create an email to the Clerk of the Board. Add a subject line such as "May 17 BOS Agenda Item #7, Letter in support of the Santa Maria River Levee Trail." 

    More information about testifying is below.