SBCAN hires Nadia Lee Abushanab as Advocacy and Events Director!

We at Santa Barbara County Action Network write to you again, following up on our message from last week seeking your financial support.

We are pleased to announce that we have hired Nadia Lee Abushanab as our new Advocacy and Events Director. Just two weeks on the job and Nadia has testified several times before commissions and councils. Among other topics, she is researching mobile home and other housing issues, coordinating with people who are planning our local actions regarding the Green New Deal, and is starting to plan our events for 2021.

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A recent graduate from UCSB with a BA in Environmental Studies, Nadia has been working on food security and housing issues and—with enthusiasm—is diving into the range of issues SBCAN is involved in.

Some of you have already responded to our funding request and we thank you for your support. We hope all of our supporters will step up, to the extent they can, to assist in our work throughout Santa Barbara County and especially to welcome Nadia to our staff.

In spring of 2021 we will convene our annual Membership Meeting—virtually this time—and we really hope we will see you there.

With increasing competition for foundation support, we are all the more reliant on our members, major donors, and fundraisers. Therefore, we hope that you will make a membership donation that suits your budget and helps SBCAN continue its educational and advocacy roles.

If you haven’t contributed in a couple of years or more (or ever), your donation before the end of 2020 will be doubled; we have a generous supporter who will match new donations dollar for dollar up to $10,000.

It is easy—as always—to contribute at: https://sbcan.nationbuilder.com/membership_annual_dues.  

There is an option for automatic monthly payments athttps://sbcan.nationbuilder.com/membership_monthly_dues.

You can also mail a check to P.O. Box 6174, Santa Maria, CA 93456.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our annual membership meeting.

Sincerely,

Janet Blevins, CoPresident
Dick Flacks, CoPresident

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SBCAN Membership Drive

We at Santa Barbara County Action Network appreciate the support—both financial and participatory—you have shown us over the years that has made it possible for us to continue nurturing our strong local network of progressive folks and creating bridges between environmental and social justice activism.

For nineteen years Santa Barbara County Action Network (SBCAN) has been the preeminent non-profit organization working on both sustainability and social justice issues throughout the county. We have many partner organizations, to be sure, but we always strive to be countywide and working on a wide range of progressive issues—especially looking for issues that might fall through the cracks otherwise. Please look at the attached inventory of what we have been working on.

In spring of 2021 we will convene our annual Membership Meeting—virtually this time—and we really hope we will see you there.

With increasing competition for foundation support, we are all the more reliant on our members, major donors, and fundraisers. Therefore, we hope that you will make a membership donation that suits your budget and helps SBCAN continue its educational and advocacy roles. If you haven’t contributed in a couple of years or more, your donation before the end of 2020 will be doubled; we have a generous supporter who will match new donations dollar for dollar up to $10,000.

It is easy—as always—to contribute at: https://sbcan.nationbuilder.com/membership_annual_dues.   There is also an option for automatic monthly payments at https://sbcan.nationbuilder.com/membership_monthly_dues. You can also mail a check to P.O. Box 6174, Santa Maria, CA 93456.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our annual membership meeting.

Sincerely,

Janet Blevins, Co-President
Dick Flacks, Co-President

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SBCAN SC Roundtable on Friday, Dec. 11

We hope you'll join us for our SC Roundtable this week via Zoom. The NC Roundtable is cancelled this week.

SBCAN South County Roundtable
Noon, December 11, 2020 
via Zoom

This month we will hear from Susan Epstein, who serves on the Goleta Union School Board. Susan will report about Measure M, the first bond measure the GUSD has brought since 1966 and the sustainability projects it will bring to the area. Renewable energy and e-vehicle charging stations in 10 locations across the Goleta Valley are features of GUSD's newly adopted Facilities Master Plan. Susan will also discuss ways GUSD can build workforce housing as we recover from the pandemic.

The formation of the County's Redistricting Commission is progressing. The first five of 11 commissioners have been selected and those five have the task of selecting the final six, taking ethnic, age, and other diversity concerns into account. They are meeting Dec. 8 and 9 to interview 12 candidates and we will provide you with an update on their action.

Then Tom Parker will give a brief update on the progress toward the city's Civilian Police Review Board process and the resistance of Sheriff Bill Brown to citizen oversight of his department (see page 9 of last week’s Independent).

And we try to save a few minutes for other announcements attendees may have.

Hope to see you Friday!

If you plan to come, please contact staff at [email protected] so we can send you the Zoom link.

Enjoy your holiday times and be safe! 

Ken Hough
SBCAN Executive Director
[email protected]
805.563.0463
http://www.sbcan.org/

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Roundtables this week

We hope you'll join us for our Roundtables this week:

SBCAN North County Roundtable
6 p.m. Thursday, November 12
via Zoom

We will have open discussion about election results (non-partisan, of course) and the potential impacts on SBCAN's policy agenda. Congratulations to Janet Blevins, SBCAN's co-president, elected to the Lompoc School Board! 

One item we have discussed before--The Neighborhoods at Willow Creek and Hidden Canyon--will be heard for the second time earlier on Thursday by the County Planning Commission. The staff report and related materials are here: 

https://cosantabarbara.box.com/s/9xoh3p9wihb3iwfq376tl93f20b5sr5n

The item will likely be heard for a third time, date TBD.

Another recurring topic is the Santa Maria General Plan Update. Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 6:30, the City is hosting a Community Visioning Workshop. Details are in this article in Sunday's Santa Maria Times:

https://santamariatimes.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/santa-marias-general-plan-officials-seek-input-about-the-future-of-a-changing-city/article_eb9e1a63-5aa1-5b62-8349-9dc561320c53.html

Finally, we'll discuss oil issues; celebrating Terracore's withdrawal of its Cat Canyon expansion proposal; next up, continued opposition to ExxonMobil's proposal to restart their offshore oil production and truck the oil to somewhere (apparently not to Santa Maria, as Phillips now plans to close its Santa Maria Refinery in a couple of years).

Please let me know if you will attend so I can be sure to send you the Zoom link. Also please let me know if there are items you would like to see discussed or that you would like to present on.

SBCAN South County Roundtable
Noon Friday, November 13
via Zoom

We will have open discussion about election results (non-partisan, of course) and the potential impacts on SBCAN's policy agenda. Congratulations to Janet Blevins, SBCAN's co-president, elected to the Lompoc School Board!

Relocation assistance for no-fault eviction of tenants, an issue before the Santa Barbara City Council is a continuing subject of our Roundtable discussions; Dick Flacks submitted comments on SBCAN's behalf and will report on the matter.

The formation of the County's Redistricting Commission is something to discuss. The first five of 11 commissioners have been selected and those five have the task of selecting the final six, taking ethnic, age, and other diversity concerns into account. Mary Rose will report on this topic.

Topics from our last meeting (September 17, 2020) that participants wanted to discuss at our next meeting include: Public Banking, Accessory Dwelling Units, and a potential police and sheriff oversight commission.

Finally, we'll discuss oil issues; celebrating Terracore's withdrawal of its Cat Canyon expansion proposal; next up, continued opposition to ExxonMobil's proposal to restart its offshore oil production and truck the oil to somewhere (apparently not to Santa Maria, as Phillips now plans to close its Santa Maria Refinery in a couple of years).

Please let me know if you will attend so I can be sure to send you the Zoom link. Also please let me know if there are items you would like to see discussed or that you would like to present on.

Hope to see you this week!

Ken Hough
SBCAN Executive Director
[email protected]
805.563.0463
http://www.sbcan.org/

 

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Terracore Withdraws Cat Canyon Application!

For several years, SCBAN has been fighting against three proposals to expand dangerous cyclic-steaming oil expansion in Cat Canyon, southeast of Santa Maria. Terracore is the third and final one to withdraw its application.
 
SBCAN and the Los Padres Chapter of Sierra Club have been represented in this fight by Environmental Defense Center and a host of other organizations have been part of the battle.  Many of them have quotes in this joint press release.
 
Thanks to all of you who have helped preserve our air, water and health by joining in the effort to defeat these projects.
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COVID in Santa Barbara County -- Now and Beyond Recovery

An invitation from SBCAN Board Member Emily Allen:

October Community Forum:
COVID in Santa Barbara County
Now and Beyond Recovery

Wed, October 21
Noon-1:30pm

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sEAED-nzRV-U8LpQq6kXwQ

Speakers Panel

Lisa Brabo, Ph.D., Executive Director, Family Service Agency

Rubayi Estes, Vice President, Programs Santa Barbara Foundation

Eder Gaona-Macedo, MPA, Executive Director, Future Leaders of America, Inc. & the 805 Undocufund

Kathi King, Director of Outreach and Education, Community Environmental Council 

Councilmember Meagan Harmon, City of Santa Barbara

Supervisor Gregg Hart, County of Santa Barbara

Abe Powell, Co-Founder, Executive Director, Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade

Frank Rodriguez, Policy Advocate, 

Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE)

Emily Allen, LWVSB Social Policy Co-Chair and Program Director of the United Way of Northern Santa Barbara County Home For Good Program, will moderate.

As a community we have been reacting to the COVID crisis. We are also starting to engage in discussions of what the future holds. We are pleased to bring together a panel to discuss the topic. We will provide an update on how our community has responded and the next steps of recovery and beyond. 

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Call for stronger relocation assistance in SB at 11 a.m. Tues

SBCAN has been discussing this issue at recent South County Roundtables and Board meetings, and we encourage you to act on this call to action from CAUSE:

Hello all, 

Tell the Santa Barbara Ordinance Committee this Tuesday, October 20th at 11am that their proposed Relocation Assistance for No-Fault Evictions would give Santa Barbara renters much weaker protections than other cities!

The Santa Barbara Ordinance Committee’s current proposal is only 1.5X months rent, which would be on average $2,310 for a studio and up to $5,887.50 for a three bedroom or larger. This is far below other cities across the state.
Join us in asking for 4X months rent for the relocation amount, and 5X months rent for vulnerable populations, which would average $6,160 for a Studio and up to $15,787.50 for a three bedroom or larger. Vulnerable populations like seniors, low-income families, and people with disabilities should receive additional assistance like in other cities.
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SBCAN is hiring an advocacy and events director

SBCAN is looking for an Advocacy and Events Director to supplement the existing staff, which includes the Executive Director and Associate Director.

SBCAN’s Board of Directors includes activists and leaders of progressive non-profit organizations from throughout Santa Barbara County, and the board will be involved in the selection and approval of the successful candidate. 

Click here to view or download the description of the position. Please send a letter of interest and a resume to Ken Hough, Executive Director, at [email protected]

If you have questions about this position, please write to Ken at the email address above or call him at (805) 563-0463. 

Our first approach to advertising this position is via this email to over 1,000 people on our mailing list, people who have already paid dues or otherwise expressed interest in our work.

The best candidate might not already be on our list, and if you know someone who should be involved with SBCAN and might be a great candidate, please pass this along to him or her. We will also be announcing the position on other sites. 

This is open until filled, but we would hope to fill it within about six weeks.  

Thanks! 

Ken  

Ken Hough
SBCAN Executive Director
[email protected]
805.563.0463
http://www.sbcan.org/

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SBCAN NC Roundtable meeting is Thurs, Sep 24 via Zoom

SBCAN North County Roundtable

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Via Zoom

AGENDA

Here are some topics we will discuss, some with links:
 
Solvang Development Proposal by Ed St. George
 
Wildfires:
 
"Surface Expressions:"
 
And other topics:
 
OASIS Senior Center. This proposal, under discussion for several years, was recommended by the County Planning Commission last Friday. It involves changes to the County's General Plan, therefore, it will be heard by the Board of Supervisors.  SBCAN's Board previously endorsed the "Environmentally Superior Alternative," which would locate the new facility on County property on Foster Road instead of in open space in the middle of Old Orcutt. Here is the information on the County's website:  https://www.countyofsb.org/plndev/projects/oasiscenter.sbc
 
The Neighborhoods of Willow Creek and Hidden Canyon.  This proposed development of homes in between the fairways of Rancho Maria Golf Course has been on our agendas over the years. Now a final SEIR is finished and a Planning Commission Hearing is scheduled for October 14. Here is the link to the County's information on this:
 
Update on Oil Issues: Exxon/Mobil Trucking, and On-shore Proposals.
 
Other Issues: Please write or call if you have other items you want to be sure we discuss.

If you would like to be in on the meeting, email me at [email protected] and I will send you a link to join the meeting.

Hope to see you Thursday.

Ken Hough
SBCAN Executive Director
[email protected]
805.563.0463
http://www.sbcan.org/

 

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SB Councilwoman Megan Harmon at SBCAN SC Roundtable Thursday, September 17, 2020

SBCAN South County Roundtable

Friday, September 18, 2020, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Via Zoom

AGENDA

Our primary agenda will include late news on housing and tenants' rights issues. 
 
Santa Barbara City Councilmember Meagan Harmon will join us as well as other representatives of housing advocacy groups.
 
We also will hear a report on the Equity Survey by the Fund for Santa Barbara.

If you would like to be in on the meeting, email me at [email protected] and I will send you a link to join the meeting.

Our North County Roundtable will meet Thursday, September 24 at 6 p.m. We will send out a notice next week.

Ken Hough
SBCAN Executive Director
[email protected]
805.563.0463
http://www.sbcan.org/

 

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