Dolores Huerta keynote speaker at virtual Women’s March SMV & SB 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23

SBCAN is forwarding this message from the Women’s March executive committee:

Dolores Huerta is the keynote speaker at Women’s March Santa Maria Valley and Santa Barbara joint virtual event: "We lead. We heal. We transform."

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This year’s event features speakers and artists from throughout Santa Barbara County, including

• Former California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

• Santa Barbara County Supervisor Joan Hartmann

• Santa Barbara Public Health Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso

• Santa Maria City Councilmember Gloria Soto and

• Former Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Sojourner Kincaid Rolle

Dolores Huerta, President and Founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers of America with Cesar Chavez, a labor leader and community organizer, has worked for civil rights and social justice for over 50 years.

In 1962 she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union, serving as Vice-President and playing a critical role in many of the union’s accomplishments over four decades.

In 2002, she established the Dolores Huerta Foundation, connecting groundbreaking community-based organizing to state and national movements to register and educate voters, advocate for education reform, bring about infrastructure improvements in low-income communities, advocate for greater equality for the LGBT community, and create strong leadership development.

This year, for the first time, Women’s March Santa Maria Valley and Women’s March Santa Barbara will join together in presenting a virtual recognition of women’s leadership in response to a year of crisis. As 2020 brought multiple challenges, women took the lead in helping local communities heal and transform.

The event will be livestreamed on Facebook (@WOMENSMARCHSMV), Saturday, January 23, beginning at 3 p.m. Spanish, Mixteco, and American Sign Language interpretation will be available at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84662093487

For more information, email [email protected], or followFacebook.com/WomensMarchSMV, Facebook.com/WomensMarchSantaBarbara, and Instagram @WomensMarchSMV.

Media Contacts: Santa Maria: For English, Pam Gates, 805-268-4400, [email protected]; For Spanish, Ivette Peralta, 805-448-9429, [email protected]

Santa Barbara: Michal Lynch, 805-895-4885, [email protected]

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"At the Table with Dr. King" Jan. 17, 2021 at 3 p.m.

SBCAN Board Member Lawanda Lyons Pruitt is inviting you to the free virtual event "At the Table with Dr. King" today, Jan. 17, 2021, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Click on this link: https://event.webinarjam.com/channel/ATTNAACP. This will take you to a page for your name, email address and password "MMNAACP21."  
 
After you fill in the information, click "Enter Room" and then sit back, relax and enjoy the program!
 
Donations are welcome.  
 
Please share widely and call or email if you all have questions.
 
Yours In The Fight,
 
Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt
President, Santa Maria-Lompoc NAACP
Phone: (805)-448-7869
Email: [email protected]
WEBSITE: https://www.santamarialompocnaacp.org 
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/SMLONAACP 
Email: [email protected] or [email protected] 

 

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Salud Carbajal is guest speaker at SBCAN Roundtable Friday

SBCAN South County Roundtable
Friday, Jan. 15
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
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The South County Roundtable will begin with our Congressman Salud Carbajal, live from Washington, DC, giving us his report on the Capitol ordeal, expectations for the inaugural week—and a sense of what to expect in the first days of the Biden administration and the new congress.

Congressman Carbajal is only available for the first 15 minutes, so try to join between 11:40 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. so we can all settle in before he starts his remarks.

The remainder of our session will focus on State Street and downtown Santa Barbara. We've invited Alex Pujo, one of the leaders of the group of architects that initiated the participatory design charrette project for State St. He'll provide an overview to help us figure out possibilities and priorities for the State Street development. And council member Meagan Harmon, who chairs the council subcommittee on State Street, will be on hand to report on that committee's immediate purpose and plans, helping us to see how citizen engagement can be directed. 

If time allows we will also hear updates on the upcoming eviction cliff in February and California Assembly Bill 15 which would extend COVID tenant protections.

Hopefully there will be time for some short announcements and reports.

If you haven't already, please let me know if you will attend so I can send you the Zoom link.

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Support fossil-free buildings in Santa Barbara

Please join SBCAN, Sierra Club, Food and Water Watch, and 30 other organizations in asking Santa Barbara City Council to support fossil-free new buildings by passing the proposed building electrification reach code at their Jan. 12 meeting.
 
Forty cities and counties in California have already implemented electrification reach codes, but this will be the first one in Santa Barbara County. 
 
The code will require new buildings in the city to be all-electric -- improving indoor air quality, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and saving money on construction costs and utility bills. 
 
A gas industry front group has sent mass texts to Santa Barbara residents with misinformation urging them to speak against this proposal at the meeting, so support on this item from our members is needed!
 
You can support our efforts by sending a public comment through this form, or providing a verbal public comment at the virtual meeting on Jan. 12. The meeting starts at 2 p.m. but it is item #18 on the agenda so it will likely not come up until the evening.  
 
For more information, read this article written by UCSB professor Leah C. Stokes on the issue. 

 

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A donor could match your membership dues before the end of the year!

The Board of Directors of Santa Barbara County Action Network appreciates the support you have given us. You have made it possible for us to continue building our strong local network of progressive folks and creating bridges between environmental and social justice activism.

Thank you to those of you who have renewed already. If you haven't, please make a contribution now.

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.

We at Santa Barbara County Action Network appreciate the support—both financial and participatory—you have shown us over the years.

For nineteen years Santa Barbara County Action Network (SBCAN) has been the preeminent nonprofit 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.

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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Last chance to have your membership dues doubled!

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.

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 nonprofit 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.

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, CoPresident
Dick Flacks, CoPresident

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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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