Stop Exxon's Dangerous Trucking Proposal - Protest Friday, Sept. 24, 2021

Join The Society of Fearless Grandmothers, UCSB's Environmental Affairs Board and SBCAN at a rally in downtown Santa Barbara this Friday at 4:30 pm to oppose Exxon's dangerous trucking proposal. 


WHO: The Society of Fearless Grandmothers-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County Action Network, 350 Santa Barbara, UCSB Environmental Affairs Board, Sunrise Movement-Santa Barbara, Women’s March-Santa Barbara, and other social justice and environmental justice organizations.

WHAT: Rally and March with Elders and Youth in support of the Fridays for Future Global Climate Strike

WHEN: Friday, September 24, Rally at 4:30 PM followed by March

WHERE: Rally at County Administration Building, 105 E. Anapamu, followed by march onto State Street ending at De La Guerra Plaza.

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Gloria Soto & Steve Bennett at Roundtables This Week

Below are the agendas and zoom links for our

North County Roundtable on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. 

and our South County Roundtable on Friday, Sept 17 at noon

Please be sure to register and let us know if there are any other items you would like to see discussed! 

Come to our North County Roundtable on Thursday, September 16 at 5 p.m.

We will hear from Santa Maria City Councilmember Gloria Soto about the General Plan Update and other issues coming up at the Santa Maria City Council.


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SBCAN August South County Roundtable Cancelled, Save the Date for Assembly Member Steve Bennett - September 17th at noon

Our South County Roundtable is cancelled for this month. 

Please save the date for a special Roundtable meeting next month, on September 17th at noon via zoom. We will be meeting with State Assembly Member Steve Bennett to hear his thoughts on housing, particularly around SB 9 and 10 and Community Land Trusts, as well as his bill AB 896 that would remove bankruptcy loopholes for oil and gas companies that allow them to improperly abandon their idle wells. There will be plenty of time for any other questions you may have for him. Hope to see you there!

Let us know if you have any topics you'd like us to discuss in the upcoming months. 


SBCAN NC RT: SM General Plan, SM River project, premium pay for grocery workers and more at our NC Roundtable on Thurs. SC RT postponed.

Below is the agenda for our North County Roundtable on Thursday, Aug. 12 at 5 p.m. 

We are tentatively planning our South County Roundtable for next Friday, Aug. 20 at noon. We will send more information on that in a few days.

We hope you’ll come to our North County Roundtable this Thursday, Aug. 12 at 5 p.m. to hear about relevant issues SBCAN is involved with in the North County.

We will hear from Santa Maria city staff about the Santa Maria General Plan Update, from SBCAN staff about the Santa Maria River Healthy Watershed Project and from UFCW 770 about efforts to direct some of the American Rescue Plan's funds towards essential workers in our county. 

We will also hear an update about the push to change the Santa Maria school board logo and the city logo and we'll give an update on the Neighborhoods project.

Please let us know if there is anything else you would like to discuss. 

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Santa Barbara County Redistricting hearing August 4, 2021, at 6

Santa Barbara County's Citizens Independent Redistricting Commission will have a hearing tonight, Aug. 4 at 6 p.m.

This is an important issue that SBCAN is tracking and may weigh in on in the future.

The commission is looking for input from community members and residents, especially from the Fifth District, on important communities of interest and neighborhoods that should be respected when drawing the county's new supervisorial districts.

The meeting includes: Redistricting overview, public input on communities of interest and the composition of districts. Mapping tools training. Business meeting.

Download the agenda here:

A link to additional information is here. You can draw a map, view draft maps, view public comments and more:

The meeting will be in-person and accessible via Zoom.

In person: Betteravia Hearing Room, 511 East Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria

Zoom: or call (669) 900-6833 or (346) 248-7799 ID: 966 2781 8457

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Santa Maria River Healthy Watershed Initiative is main topic of North County Roundtable Thurs, July 8

We hope you’ll come to our North County Roundtable to hear about an exciting new project SBCAN is likely to get involved in – the Santa Maria River Healthy Watershed Initiative. 

Steph Wald from Creek Lands Conservation has asked SBCAN to become involved with the project. She will tell us what CLC has been doing and their desire to add new partners and get funding through a CalEPA Environmental Justice grant. She will ask us what we are most interested in doing. Come with your ideas for participating.

Learn more about Creek Lands Conservation here:
Learn more about the CalEPA Environmental Justice grant here:

Below is the agenda for our North County Roundtable on Thursday, July 8 at 5 p.m.
We plan to have our South County meeting next Friday, July 16 at noon.

SBCAN North County Roundtable
Thursday, July 8, 2021
Via Zoom - Registration Required

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Protest Line 3! Day of Action Friday, June 4 in Santa Barbara

Please see this message from SBCAN member and Society of Fearless Grandmothers leader, Irene Cooke:

WHO: The Society of Fearless Grandmothers-Santa Barbara, Sunrise Movement-Santa Barbara, 350-Santa Barbara, Women’s March-Santa Barbara, Standing Rock Coalition-Santa Barbara, Democratic Socialists of America-Santa Barbara, Extinction Rebellion-Santa Barbara, Standing Rock Coalition-
Santa Barbara.

WHAT: STOP LINE 3 PROTEST - A nonviolent demonstration, part of the global movement to “#Stop the Money Pipeline”

WHEN: Friday, June 4 at noon

WHERE: Beginning at Wells Fargo Bank at 3804 State St., Santa Barbara, then marching to nearby Bank of America and Chase Bank, Santa Barbara

WHY: Elders join with Youth to tell banks to stop funding fossil fuel projects contributing to climate chaos. This protest focuses on banks funding the Enbridge “Line 3” project, a pipeline that violates treaty rights and threatens Indigenous lands in northern Minnesota. The Grandmothers will deliver letters to CEOs of these three banks to inform them of the damage being done by their funding and to demand that they stop contributing to the climate crisis.

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George Floyd Memorial 5 pm Tuesday, May 25 in SM and Lompoc

SBCAN urges you to join with NAACP to honor the life of George Floyd on the first anniversary of his death. 

Meet at Santa Maria City Hall, 110 E. Cook St., and Lompoc City Hall, 100 Civic Center Plaza, at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 25. Social distancing and masks required.

For more information, call 805.448.7869.

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Save the Date for SBCAN's North County "Looking Forward" Awards Celebration and Fundraiser

Santa Barbara County Action Network will hold its 2021 North County “Looking Forward” Awards Celebration & Fundraiser online on Sunday, June 27 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Please mark your calendar and watch for more information we'll be putting out soon!

There is still time to sponsor the event! Please email our Events Director at [email protected] if you or your organization would like to sponsor our event. 

Click here for information about our sponsorship levels

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.

This year’s award recipients are:

  • Yasmin Dawson, “Looking Forward” Award
  • Lorraine and Wally Waldau, Giving Back Award
  • Larry Bishop, Environmental Protection & Sustainability Award
  • Zulema Aleman, Working Families Award
  • Pam Gates and Cliff Solomon, Social Justice Award
  • Juliana Neel, Youth Activist Award
  • Art Hibbits, Lifetime Achievement

Because of the extenuating circumstances of the past year, we are giving special recognitions this year to:

  • Dr. Melissa Smith and Dr. Van Do-Reynoso for their county public health work during the pandemic
  • The Racial Justice Committee of the Santa Barbara County Public Defender’s Office and the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District, both for advancing racial justice
  • UFCW Local 770 for their essential work during the pandemic
  • Jane Baxter for volunteer work with SBCAN and other organizations

SB County Grassroots Green New Deal online on Sat, May 15

The Climate Justice Network's Green New Deal Subcommittee would like to invite you to the Junta Grande virtual celebration on Saturday, May 15!

This will be a celebration of the cumulation of over a year's worth of work gathering information from the community via house meetings. 

The event will be a chance for those who participated in house meetings to hear findings, and for those who are interested to learn about this project and how to help make it a reality. 

Please register at this link:

Facebook event:

Junta Grande for the Green New Deal

Come learn about the Central Coast Green New Deal proposal
and join in the movement to make it a reality!

May 15, 2021, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time

Junta Grande del Nuevo Acuerdo Verde

¡Venga a conocer la propuesta del Nuevo Acuerdo Verde de la Costa Central
y únase al movimiento para hacerlo realidad!

15 de mayo de 2021 12 PM en hora del Pacífico (EE. UU. Y Canadá)

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