Action Alerts

  • SB CAN Awards Dinner honoring Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt, Laura & Ron Selken, Al Thompson, Peoples' Self-Help Housing, Deborah Tobola & Poetic Justice Project

    We hope you will take a moment to read about Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt's involvement in the community. 


    Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt is involved in numerous community groups, including serving as the president of the Santa Maria/Lompoc National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 2007.  She is a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church where she serves as Hospitality Chair, Trustee and participates in monthly feedings at the Good Samaritan Shelter.

    She is a member of the Five Cities Diversity Coalition, which formed as a result of the 2011 cross burning in Arroyo Grande, and a member of the Santa Maria Valley Democratic Club.

    She is the Chief Investigator for the Santa Barbara County Public Defender Office. She is the first African American female in California to hold this distinction.

    She is a founding member of the Defense Investigator Training Accreditation Academy and served as the first Chairperson and Instructor of Record. She continues to serve as the Instructor of Record and its Chairperson. The program is accredited through Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria.

    She has been on the Defense Investigators Association Board of Directors since the late 1980’s.

    Growing up in the Deep South in the 60’s and 70’s gave her an understanding and appreciation of injustice and unfairness, which gave her the passion she has for defense related work, civil and human rights and social justice. 

  • Join us in honoring Deborah Tobola, Poetic Justice Project and others!

    We hope you will take a moment to read about Poetic Justice Project, an organization that is helping formerly incarcerated individuals reintegrate into the community, and will join us in honoring them on June 7 along with other members of the community.


                The Poetic Justice Project is helping people transform their lives.

                Deborah Tobola started the local program in 2009 to engage formerly incarcerated youth and adults in original plays that examine crime, punishment and redemption.

                Tobola has a passion for social change, creating art and putting artists before audiences. Through the project, 87 actors have appeared in 12 theatre productions. Many are active in their communities—creating art, mentoring at-risk youth, counseling people coming out of jail and prison, advocating on behalf of indigent people, and studying at Hancock or Cuesta Colleges.

              Several PJP actors have gone on to act in local community theatre productions. One has moved to Chicago to start his own theatre company. Another is the star of a new web TV show. Only three participants have been re-incarcerated in prison.

  • Join SB CAN to honor Deborah Tobola & the Poetic Justice Project, Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt, Laura & Ron Selken, Al Thompson & Peoples' Self-Help Housing

    Santa Barbara County Action Network invites you to join us in honoring Deborah Tobola & the Poetic Justice Project, Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt, Laura & Ron Selken, Al Thompson & Peoples' Self-Help Housing at the 2015 North County Looking Forward Awards Dinner

    Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Santa Maria Inn, 801 S. Broadway, Santa Maria



    Poetic Justice Project will perform a short skit.

    Gale McNeeley, accompanied by Betty Faas on piano, will sing to the award recipients.

    Chuck Osborne will provide musical ambiance with his electronic accordion.
  • SB CAN Action Alert May 12, 2015 - NC HOT Committee, Waterwise Workshops, Op-ed on Santa Maria's downtown

    Santa Barbara County Action Network 

    Action Alert 
    May 12, 2015


    1. North County H.O.T. Committee on Thursday, May 14
    2. Waterwise Workshops countywide
    3. Editorial on Santa Maria's downtown 
  • SB CAN Action Alert May 5, 2015 - Show support tonight for bikeways in SM and more

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    Santa Barbara County Action Network 
    Action Alert 
    May 5, 2015


    1. Show support for bikeways in Santa Maria tonight, May 5
    2. Mesa Refinery Watch oil train protest tonight, May 5
    3. Guadalupe Ciclovia (Street Party) on Saturday, May 9
    4. City of Santa Maria is taking input on its Bike Master Plan on Tuesday, May 12
  • SB CAN Action Alert May 1, 2015 - May Day Rally in SM, Community Choice Energy & water supply and quality

    Santa Barbara County Action Network 
    Action Alert 
    May 1, 2015


    1. May Day Rally 6 p.m. Friday, May 1 in Santa Maria
    2. Support Community Choice Energy Tuesday, May 5  
    3. "Learn It, Build It" workshop for rain, gray water and stormwater supply and quality Tuesday and Wednesday, May 5-6
  • Join Mayor Helene Schneider, SB CAN and many others to roast Rob Pearson during a dinner in his honor April 23

    Mayor Helene Schneider and other community leaders including Rob Fredericks, Dave Davis, Rich Appelbaum, Kathleen Baushke and Alyce Parsons will roast Rob Pearson during RGP Up with a Twist Gala Banquet in Rob's honor April 23. 

    We hope you will join them and Santa Barbara County Action Network for this fun-filled evening featuring Rob's favorite drink, Ketel One, Up with a Twist, lovingly served by Mickey Flacks!

  • Action Alert March 23, 2015

    Santa Barbara County Action Network 
    Action Alert 
    March 23, 2015


    1. Guadalupe City Council to consider taking a position on the Phillips 66 Santa Maria Refinery Rail Spur on March 24
    2. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Thresholds to be considered by County Planning Commission and the Air Pollution Control District’s Community Advisory Council on March 25
    3. SBCAG Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan workshop on March 25 (and op-ed pieces on the subject)
    4. Comments on the Draft EIR for Pacific Coast Energy Company’s proposal to double its cyclic-steam oil production project on Orcutt Hill are due March 26
    5. Granada Books on State Street in Santa Barbara needs your support
  • Food Action Plan and Regional Bike Plan

    Santa Barbara County Action Network 
    Action Alert 
    March 16, 2015


    1. Food Action Plan - Listening Sessions March 17 and 18 in Santa Maria, Santa Barbara and Solvang
    2. SBCAG bike and pedestrian plan - seeking input March 17 and 25
  • Green Team Garden Fun on Saturday; Food Action Plan; Earth Day

    Three things you might be interested in:
    1.  Green Team Garden Fun Day on Saturday, February 28
    2.  Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan on Tuesday, May 17
    3.  Earth Day at the Natural History Museum on Saturday, April 25