Action Alerts

  • Reproductive Freedom Rallies today at 5 pm in Santa Barbara & Santa Maria

    Last night news broke that the Supreme Court is prepared to end the constitutional right to abortion by overturning Roe v. Wade.
     
    Planned Parenthood California Central Coast is asking us to show up at rallies in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria at 5 p.m. today, May 3, to make our voices heard. 
     
    The rally in Santa Barbara is at De La Guerra Plaza. The rally in Santa Maria is at City Hall.
     
    Planned Parenthood says this is far from over. There is strength in numbers and power in united voices.
  • Save the Date for SBCAN's North County "Looking Forward" Awards Celebration and Fundraiser

    Santa Barbara County Action Network will hold its 2022 North County “Looking Forward” Awards Dinner & Fundraiser on Sunday, June 26 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Blosser Urban Gardens, 915 S Blosser Rd, Santa Maria.  

    Please mark your calendar and keep an eye out for additional information we will be putting out soon! We are eager to be back with each other in person outdoors after two years of virtual-only events.

    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.

    We are excited to announce this year’s award recipients:

    • Mireya Piña, "Looking Forward" Award
    • Sara Macdonald, Giving Back Award
    • Wildling Museum, Environmental Award
    • MICOP (Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project), Working Families Award
    • Pastor Chris Brown, Social Justice Award
    • Elizabeth Beebe, Youth Activist Award

    We hope you will come celebrate with us on Sunday, June 26.

    If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact [email protected].

    Please note that all guests should be fully vaccinated or have a negative test within 48 hours of the event. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • Save the date for SBCAN's 2022 NC Awards Dinner & Fundraiser June 26

    Santa Barbara County Action Network will hold its 2022 North County “Looking Forward” Awards Dinner & Fundraiser on Sunday, June 26 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Blosser Urban Gardens, 915 S Blosser Rd, Santa Maria.  

    Please mark your calendar and keep an eye out for additional information we will be putting out soon! We are eager to be back with each other in person outdoors after two years of virtual-only events.

    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.

  • UCSB Housing Crisis Webinar

    Please see below for information about a virtual workshop on housing that the Blum Center is sponsoring on Thursday, April 28th from 5:30-7:00pm via Zoom, including SBCAN's South County Co-president, Dick Flacks as one of the presenters. This is the second in a series of Blum Center-sponsored workshops on the crisis of affordable housing in California and the Central Coast. The workshop is free and open to the public.   

                                                                                              

  • SB rent stabilization

    There are two important issues coming to Santa Barbara City Hall on April 19th. 

    The Santa Barbara City Council will be discussing a potential scope for a study on Rental Stabilization. We need to emphasize the urgency to speed up this process to stop the displacement of our community.

    Immediately before that at 1pm, city workers in Santa Barbara are hosting a rally in front of City Hall calling on the city to pay its workers a living wage. The City passed an ordinance requiring outside contractors to be paid a living wage, yet many of its own employees earn below a living wage and are not able to live in the city where they work. Issues around wages and rents go hand in hand and we hope you will lend your voice in support of both of these issues.

    If you can't make it in person to the council meeting at City Hall, join virtually via zoom by registering on the following link, and choosing to speak on Item number 15:

    https://santabarbaraca-gov.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BHXU9bk1SWq0ntGHplRq0Q

    Keep up to date for the start time of the agenda item via our Social Media, or sign up for Text Alerts from our friends at CAUSE by texting #RentSB to (805) 500- 2627


    Take Action Now!
    1. Email SB City Council asking them to “cap the rent at 2 percent”! by filling out this petition

    2. Sign on to the support letter for Santa Barbara city workers HERE

  • Public readings of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Beyond Vietnam” speech in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara

    You're invited to commemorative readings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s prophetic “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” speech in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara


    SANTA MARIA
    MONDAY, APRIL 4 AT 4:30 PM
    SANTA MARIA CITY HALL COURTYARD

    The Poor People’s Campaign – Central Coast will host commemorative public readings of “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.”

    The event will be held on the 55th anniversary of its first presentation.

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  • 2022 Membership Appreciation Meeting

    Santa Barbara County Action Network 
    2022 Membership Appreciation Meeting
    and Board Election

    Saturday, March 19, 2022
    Noon-1 p.m.

     

  • LWV Housing forum

    Please see this message from the League of Women Voters Santa Barbara. Register for the Housing Panel featuring SBCAN's Advocacy and Events Director, Nadia Abushanab, as one of the speakers. 

    To start an exploration of the complex issues involved in our housing crisis, the League of Women Voters Santa Barbara (LWVSB) invites you to complete this Pre-Forum Survey.

  • Meagan Harmon is SBCAN's Membership Mtg guest speaker March 19 via Zoom

    Please join us for our


    Santa Barbara County Action Network 
    2022 Membership Appreciation Meeting
    and Board Election

    Saturday, March 19, 2022
    Noon-1 p.m.

    via Zoom
    Registration required. Click here to register.

  • ExxonMobil and Idle Wells at March 8 Board of Supervisors meeting

    There are two items of interest at the upcoming County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, March 8:

    • The Grand Jury's Report on idle wells (item A-8) 
    • The ExxonMobil trucking project (item 3).

    Idle Wells (item A-8): 

    Please join SBCAN in supporting all four recommendations made by the Grand Jury to the Board of Supervisors to better monitor the health and financial impacts of idle wells in the county and to make sure companies are removing equipment from the wells in compliance with the petroleum code.

    Idle wells pose threats such as methane leaks, oil leaks, and soil and groundwater contamination. They also pose financial risks to taxpayers who often end up paying for cleanup when oil companies declare bankruptcy.

    Please make a comment during the meeting or send a written public comment in support of the Grand Jury's four recommendations. 


    ExxonMobil (item 3): 

    SBCAN opposes the ExxonMobil proposed trucking project because of its impacts on climate change, the risk of an oil spill, and the dangers of increased traffic on highways 101 and 166. 

    Please make a comment - virtually and or written - in opposition to this dangerous project.

    Watch this video that shows just how dangerous the trucking route is. 

    Video produced by Vacation Land for the Environmental Defense Center.