Action Alerts

  • Grocery Merger, Ring Net Issues, Housing Updates at SC Roundtable June 30

    This Friday we will have updates about the renoviction issue at the County level, and other housing issues. We will also hear from Ben Pitterle from Los Padres Forest Watch about how the ring nets installed in the wake of the Montecito Debris Flow are having unintended negative impacts on our creeks. We will also receive an update from UFCW Local 770 president Kathy Finn about the proposed grocery merger of Albertsons and Kroger, and what it means for consumers and workers. 

    SBCAN South County Roundtable
    Friday, June 30, 2023
    12 - 1:30 PM
    Via Zoom - register at the link below

    AGENDA

    1. Call to Order Introductions; Agenda Review
    2. Ring Nets and Creeks- Ben Pitterle from Los Padres Forest Watch will discuss some negative impacts from the Montecito Emergency Debris Flow Mitigation Project, and what can be done to address the issue. 
    3. Proposed Grocery Merger - UFCW Local 770 President Kathy Finn will give us an update about the proposed Albertsons - Kroger merger and what it means for consumers and workers. 
    4. County Renovictions- After weeks of advocacy and organizing from tenant activists, this Tuesday the County Board of Supervisors passed amendments to strengthen the Just Cause ordinance. We will hear about what this means for tenants and what the next steps are to further increase protections.
    5. Other Housing Updates- We will hear other updates related to housing issues at the State and local level. 
    6. Our next meetings are to be determined and will be via Zoom.
  • Stand up Against ExxonMobil - Planning Commission Hearing June 14, 2023

    Please see this message from our partners at the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) about this important oil issue that will be discussed at the County Planning Commission meeting tomorrow. EDC represents SBCAN on this issue. Thank you to the Fund for Santa Barbara for providing us an emergent needs grant to retain EDC on this matter. 
     

     

    On June 14, the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission will consider whether to approve Plains All American Pipeline Company’s request to transfer ownership of Lines 901 and 903 to the Pacific Pipeline Company (“PPC”), an ExxonMobil subsidiary. Plains also seeks to change the operator of the pipelines to ExxonMobil Pipeline Company (“EMPCo”), another ExxonMobil subsidiary. Please join the Environmental Defense Center today to urge Santa Barbara County to deny this request and protect our environment and climate.

  • North County Roundtable June 8th

    This Thursday we will have updates from various groups in North County, including some winners for our upcoming North County Awards Dinner. Tickets are available for purchase here. We hope to see you at the roundtable, and the Awards Dinner!

    SBCAN North County Roundtable
    Thursday, June 8, 2023
    5 - 6:30 PM
    Via Zoom - register at the link below

    AGENDA

    1. Call to Order Introductions; Agenda Review
    2. St. Peter's Episcopal Church - Claudia Vega from St. Peter's will tell us about their multicultural ministry activities. St. Peter's will receive SBCAN's Looking Forward Award at our North County Awards Dinner this year
    3. Mobile home Rent Stabilization - Andrea Mayfield will give an update on the Mobile home Rent Stabilization Initiative
    4. Our next meetings are to be determined and will be via Zoom.
  • Housing Updates at South County Roundtable - Fri. May 26

    This Friday we will hear some exciting updates about various housing initiatives going on in the City of Santa Barbara and throughout the County. Rob Fredericks from the City of Santa Barbara Housing Authority and Alex Entrekin from Legal Aid will be among the presenters. We hope to see you there!

    SBCAN South County Roundtable
    Friday, May 26, 2023
    12 - 1:30 PM
    Via Zoom - register at the link below

    AGENDA

    1. Call to Order Introductions; Agenda Review
    2. Housing Updates - Rob Fredericks from the City of Santa Barbara Housing Authority will present updates related to the City's HOPE fund. Alex Entrekin from Legal Aid will present about the IV mass eviction situation. 
    3. Our next meetings are to be determined and will be via Zoom.
  • BROKE Film Screening, May 16th

    SBCAN will be co-sponsoring a forum this TUESDAYMay 16, beginning with the screening of a 56 minute documentary film by Gail Osherenko, BROKE: THE SANTA BARBARA OIL PIPELINE SPILL OF 2015, followed by a panel discussion of three applications by Pacific Pipeline Corp. (the current owner of the pipeline) and efforts to restart Exxon's platforms off the Gaviota Coast. 
     
  • This Thursday - North County Roundtable

    This Thursday evening we will have our North County Roundtable meeting. We will hear from Gail Osherenko from the League of Women Voters about County-wide concerns about the County Jails. We will also hear from Alexander Murkinson from C4 Lompoc: Collective Cultures Creating Change about their work in the community. C4 will be the winner of this year's Giving Back Award at SBCAN's North County Awards Dinner. (Tickets to the Awards Dinner are available now, click here!)
     
    SBCAN North County Roundtable
    Thursday, May 11th, 2023
    5 - 6:30 PM
    Via Zoom - register at the link below
    AGENDA
    1. Call to Order Introductions; Agenda Review (5 min.)
    2. County Jail Reform Gail Osherenko from the League of Women Voters will discuss issues with the County's plans for the South and North County jails. There is an important decision coming up around this issue at the May 16th Board of Supervisors meeting. 
    3. C4 Lompoc: Collective Cultures Creating Change Alexander Murkinson will be sharing about the work that C4 does in the community. 
    4. Updates from participants. Please let us know if there are items you want to bring up. (2 to 5 min. each)
    5. Our next meetings are to be determined and will be via Zoom.
    Register in advance for this meeting:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvcO6gqzMrGdKshVJ-uglZrkUsW-oIey8S

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 
  • Thanks for signing up for SBCAN's Clean Water Team during Guadalupe's Earth Day

    Thanks for signing up for Santa Barbara County Action Network's Clean Water Team. We enjoyed meeting you at Earth Day in Guadalupe on April 22.

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    We just began forming the Clean Water Team in January as part of the Santa Maria River Healthy Watershed Initiative. Our overarching goal is promoting a healthy watershed for the Santa Maria River. There will be several components to the initiative.

  • Tickets Available for North County "Looking Forward" Awards Dinner

    Tickets for the North County Awards Dinner are now available for purchase here: https://sbcan.nationbuilder.com/

  • Help Protect Agricultural Land in Santa Maria

    Please fill out the City of Santa Maria's Land Use Alternatives survey to let them know how you would like to see Santa Maria grow. The deadline to fill out the survey is Tuesday, May 2nd. https://www.imaginesantamaria.com/community-surveys   
     
    The City of Santa Maria is in the process of updating their General Plan. Currently, they are soliciting feedback on their Land Use Alternative Plans, which will determine how and where the City grows in the future. 
     
    The alternatives are: Annexation, Infill, and Hybrid. SBCAN supports alternative B, which is focused on infill development and does not allow for annexation of prime agricultural land into the City. 
  • Earth Day South County Roundatble

    This Friday we will have a special South County Roundtable in honor of Earth Day! We will hear from Garrett Wong with the County of Santa Barbara about their Climate Action Plan, and SBCAN staff will give updates on the efforts to stop ExxonMobil's various projects in the County, and SBCAN's Healthy Watershed Project. We hope you will join us. 
     
    SBCAN South County Roundtable
    Friday, April 28th, 2023
    12 - 1:30 PM
    Via Zoom - register at the link below
    AGENDA
    1. Call to Order Introductions; Agenda Review (5 min.)
    2. Santa Barbara County Climate Action Plan- Garrett Wong, Collaborative Manager of the Santa Barbara Regional Climate Collaborative (30 min.)
    3. Exxon Be Gone!- SBCAN staff will give updates on the different projects ExxonMobil is trying to push through in Santa Barbara County, and how you can help stop them. (20 min.)
    4. Santa Maria River Healthy Watershed Initiative Update - SBCAN staff will present about the Healthy Watershed Initiative project. (20 min.) 
    5. Updates from participants. Please let us know if there are items you want to bring up. (2 to 5 min. each)
    6. Our next meetings are to be determined and will be via Zoom.
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.