Action Alerts

  • Dear President Obama, Youth Council forming in SM, Green Team fun day, Stop Shelby, NC Awards Dinner

    Santa Barbara County Action Network
    Action Alert
    April 26, 2016

    1. Local premier of Mark Ruffalo's new film "Dear President Obama" April 27
    2. Youth Advisory Council forming in Santa Maria, Friday, April 29

    3. Green Team is working on Edible Landscaping Demonstration Garden in Santa Maria, Sunday, April 30
    4. Shelby Foothills Coalition Forms to oppose the Shelby Development Plan

    5. North County "Looking Forward" Awards Dinner Tickets

  • SBCAN receives awards, Jerry Connor memorial service, op-eds, NC Awards Dinner

    1. Roosevelt-Hamer Dinner April 16
    2. CAUSE Action Fund Awards April 17
    3. Safe Energy Now! forum April 24
    4. Local premier of Mark Ruffalo's new film "Dear President Obama" April 27
    5. Jerry Connor Memorial Service April 30
    6. Op-ed "Retain views from ancestral riverbank"
    7. Op-ed "Locals help turn lives around, and more"
    8. North County "Looking Forward" Awards Dinner Sponsorship and Tickets


  • Cesar Chavez Rally Today at 5 in SM and Farmworkers Bill of Rights

    In January, the SBCAN Board of Directors voted to support the Farmworker Bill of Rights developed by CAUSE. CAUSE and many other organizations, including SBCAN, are asking the County Board of Supervisors to consider approving this Bill of Rights on an agenda in the near future.

    Our friends at CAUSE have asked us to forward the information below:    
    1. Today, March 31, is our Cesar Chavez Day Rally outside of Santa Maria City Hall at 5 p.m. Our main message is to honor Cesar Chavez' legacy by continuing the fight for farmworkers. We will use this event to continue to pressure the board of supervisors to put us on the agenda. Click here for a flyer. Please spread the word. 
    2. Today we are launching a petition that will send emails directly to the board of supervisors asking them to vote for the Farmworker Bill of Rights. Since it's Cesar Chavez day we're hoping everyone can take time out of their day to add their signature in support of farmworkers. Please circulate widely:
    3. Lastly the next important action after tomorrow is a County Ag. Advisory Committee meeting on Wednesday April 6th at 2:00 p.m. in Buellton.  The opposition from agrilculturalists has been growing. In fact the AAC wrote a letter to the board of supervisors (click here to view the letter) requesting they not agendize us because our farmworker report is "invalid and dangerous." We know that's not true and we need to be there at this meeting to let the committee members know what farmworkers are going through! Click here for a flyer.

    From Hazel Davalos
    Community Organizing Director
    CAUSE (Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy)
    402 S. Miller St. Santa Maria, CA 93454
    (805) 720-1263
    [email protected]

  • SBCAN NC VP Jerry Connor is in the hospital with terminal cancer

    It is with great sorrow that we tell you that our good friend and SBCAN's North County Vice President Jerry Connor was admitted to Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria on Thursday. He suffers from angioblastoma, blood vessel tumors in the brain. His condition is terminal. We visited him in room 413 tonight. He can be seen by visitors, but did not open his eyes at all on Sunday. How much awareness and time he has is uncertain.

    Jerry's wife Doris said she is grateful to all Jerry's friends and colleagues who have appreciated him and his skills as he has been involved with SBCAN and other organizations.
    We think of Jerry as a man with a tremendous intellect and a big heart. We loved hearing his stories, especially how he met Doris. He was always cheerful and upbeat. We will miss him.

    With warmest regards,

    Ken Hough and Jeanne Sparks
    SBCAN Executive Director and Associate Director

  • Celebration of Life for Joann Marmolejo

    It is with great sorrow that we say goodbye to our good friend and colleague Joann Marmolejo. She passed away on Tuesday.

    There will be a Celebration of Life for Joann on Saturday, March 19. 

    Here’s a message from Joyce Howerton:

    “It is with sadness that I let you know that Joann Marmolejo passed away on Tuesday, March 8th. Until the end Joann did it her way by emailing people on important issues facing Santa Barbara County. There will be a celebration of Life for Joann, and her sons asked that I try and get a count of Joann's political friends who might attend because the family is providing a BBQ. Please RSVP back to me ([email protected]) by Wednesday, March 16 if you can join the family in saying goodbye to our friend.”

  • HOT Committees, Rail Spur Hearing, NC Awards Dinner

    1.  Thursday, March 10, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., N.C. H.O.T. Committee, Rabobank Conference Room, 1554 S. Broadway (corner of Battles Road), Santa Maria
    2.  Friday, March 11, Noon, S.C. H.O.T. Committee, Rabobank 2nd Floor Conference Room, 33 Carrillo St. (corner of Anacapa Street), Santa Barbara
    3.  Friday, March 11, 2016 starting at 9 a.m.: Continuation of County of San Luis Obispo Planning Commission's Hearing on the Phillips 66 Rail Spur. 
    4.  Sunday, May 22 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m., North County "Looking Forward" Awards Dinner, Radisson Hotel, 3455 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria

  • URGENT - SM Councilwoman Terri Zuniga asks for your help tonight at City Council Meeting

    We are forwarding an urgent message from Santa Maria City Councilwoman Terri Zuniga about the Betteravia Development going before the City Council tonight. Please attend or send an email. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 110 E. Cook St., Santa Maria. 


    Tonight the city council will be making important decisions regarding trees and the streetscape in the new Betteravia Development.  The car dealers in particular are pushing hard AGAINST the vision and are asking for limited trees and streetscape.  This completely flies in the direction the council gave staff for new developments!!!  If you care what your community looks like in the future please come out and voice your opinion. Let the city council know what YOUR VISION for YOUR COMMUNITY is!!!!!  Or email the council TODAY, ask that your correspondence be READ into the record!!!!  Post on social media and ask your friends to come to the meeting to speak on the item, send emails and post.  Let your voices be heard! 

    (Read Terri's talking points below.)


    We agree with everything Terri says. We would add:

  • Take action on Farmworkers Bill of Rights

    SBCAN is joining with CAUSE (Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy) in asking the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors to pass a Farmworker Bill of Rights.

    Please add your voice to this call for action today! Please email: [email protected][email protected][email protected][email protected], and [email protected].

    Here is a sample message:

    "Hi. My name is __________ and I am a Santa Barbara County resident. I support CAUSE's proposed Farmworker Bill of Rights because I am concerned with the working conditions of farmworkers in Santa Barbara County. Farmworkers do one of the most difficult, dangerous and underpaid jobs in our community and they deserve humane treatment. Please do everything in the county’s power to set and enforce basic standards to prevent extreme overwork, wage theft, and health and safety problems in our fields. Please put the Farmworker Bill of Rights on your agenda by Cesar Chavez Day March 31. Thank you."

    Here's what the Farmworker Bill of Rights calls for:

  • Oscars Viewing Gala and your support of SBCAN

    We notified you last week about the cancellation of our annual Oscars Viewing Gala. Pasted below is the public message about this that we sent to the local media.  Please read it--and please read this:

    The Oscars Viewing Gala has been one of our three annual fundraisers (aside from our membership drive). With this cancellation, which was widely supported by our members and the participants in past Galas, we have even greater need of your support to continue our advocacy work. 

    If you are behind in your dues, please rejoin. If you would have come to the Gala and bought tickets, paid dues, or made donations, PLEASE do this now to indicate your support of our decision to join the boycott and of our ongoing advocacy of policies you have supported in the past.

    It is easy to pay dues as monthly recurring payments right here:

    From that link it is easy to click on "one-time payment" if you prefer that. More and more of our members are signing up for recurring monthly payments. 
    If you are unsure of your payment status, please let me know and I will get back to you right away.  We need your support now as much as ever.

    Thank you for your support! 

    Ken Hough
    SBCAN Executive Director
    [email protected]

  • PG&E Workshops Tuesday and Wednesday in Santa Maria

    In addition to the daytime hearings we wrote to you about a few days ago (see below), there are two open houses in Santa Maria that are of interest.

    PG&E is beginning work on a new project called, "Central California Power Connect." The company is considering a major new transmission line from the Central Valley to the Central Coast and a new substation near Santa Maria.

    Public workshops are being held to engage the community in the planning process. PG&E wants input as to the potential location of these facilities.

    SBCAN has not yet considered the specifics of the project, but we are in favor of solar and other local alternative energy sources connected through a microgrid, which could reduce the need for major new transmission lines. According to the Santa Maria Times, it will be five years until locations might be determined and approved. It is always a good idea, though, to get engaged at the beginning of a major planning process.

    The two local workshops are tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Community Center, 313 W. Tunnel Street, Santa Maria and Wednesday, Feb. 24, 4 to 7 p.m. at Santa Maria VFW Post 2521, 200 East Battles Road, Santa Maria.