Action Alerts

  • Policy training Cafecito on Saturday, August 26, 2023 in Santa Maria

    Community Environmental Council will give information about the City of Santa Maria's updating of its General Plan and how to participate in public meetings.


  • Say No to Plains Pipeline Valve Project on Tues, Aug 22, 2023

    SBCAN is represented by the Environmental Defense Center on the pipeline issues. Here is the action alert EDC prepared. Please urge the County Board of Supervisors to deny the proposal to add valves to the pipeline that caused the 2015 oil spill.



    On Tuesday, August 22, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing regarding the corroded Plains All American Pipeline that ruptured in 2015 causing the devastating Refugio Oil Spill. EDC has been working on behalf of Get Oil Out!, Santa Barbara County Action Network, and our own members to ensure ExxonMobil cannot restart production from three offshore platforms and these damaged pipelines.


  • Channelkeepers asks for your help with cruise ship issue

    Hi Jeanne,
    Our partners at Santa Barbara Channelkeepers have asked us to send this message to you:

    Hello everyone:

    Join us and other concerned community members this Tuesday, August 22 at 12 p.m. for the next Harbor Commission Cruise Ship Subcommittee meeting. The meeting will most likely take place in the Marine Center Classroom, 125 Harbor Way, 2nd Floor, Santa Barbara, CA 93109. I will send the agenda as soon as it is released.

    At Tuesday’s meeting, the Subcommittee will discuss recommended changes to the City’s Cruise Ship program. The goal is to incorporate and align public comments and written recommendations from:

    • Waterfront Department staff;
    • Santa Barbara Channelkeeper (see attached);
    • Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council (see attached).

    There will be a public comment period.

  • SBCAN seeks to hire Assistant Director

    Santa Barbara County Action Network is seeking a part-time Assistant Director to work with the Executive Director, the Associate Director, and its Board of Directors to help promote social and economic justice, preserve our environmental and agricultural resources, and create sustainable communities.
    If you'd like to join us in this important work, please send a cover letter and resume by 5 p.m. Aug. 22. If you know someone who may be interested, please forward this information to them. 
    We are ready to hire now. We hope to have the new employee start by September 1.
    Here is the position description: 

    Santa Barbara County Action Network
    Assistant Director
    (Part-time position)

    General Summary: The Assistant Director shares responsibility for advocacy, education and events. The Assistant Director will have other duties and will assist in a variety of ways as necessary to advance the work of an organization with a small staff. Although the Assistant Director will work under the direction of the Executive and Associate Directors and the Board of Directors, we all work as a team.

  • North County August 10 Roundtable Cancelled

    Our North County Roundtable, which is generally held on the second Thursday of each month, will not be held Aug. 10.
    We hope to see you at the next one on Thursday, Sep. 14 at 5 p.m. via Zoom. We'll send more information before the meeting.
  • Thank You! SBCAN North County "Looking Forward" Awards Dinner - photos & video

    THANK YOU! Although the 2023 North County Awards Dinner took place a few weeks ago, we at SBCAN are still blown away by the work the awardees are doing, the excellent musical performances, the community-building we were able to do together, and the support from our sponsors, ticket purchasers, and everyone who raised their hands to donate. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!

    If you made a pledge and haven't yet completed it, or if you'd like to make a donation to SBCAN, you can do so online at this link, or you can mail a check to P.O. Box 6174, Santa Maria, CA 93456-6174. 

    If you missed the event, or if you were there but want to re-live it, here is a link to the recording on our YouTube channel, and here is a link to the photo album on our Facebook page. Also, here is a link to the tribute book with information about our awardees and ads from our sponsors. 

    Thank you to everyone who attended the North County "Looking Forward" Awards Dinner, and congratulations once again to all of our award winners!


  • County hosts meeting re river, trail and beach access issues in Guadalupe on Wed, July 19

    County Supervisor Steve Lavagnino is hosting a Community Town Hall meeting with topics SBCAN has been involved with and advocates on:
    • Repairing West Main Street and reopening Guadalupe Dunes Park
    • Restoring the Santa Maria River channel
    • Developing the Santa Maria River Levee Trail
    • Replacing Bonita School Road Bridge

    Several county departments are involved.

    The meeting is July 19 at 6 p.m. at Guadalupe City Hall Auditorium, 918 Obispo St., Guadalupe.

    For more information, contact Cory Bantilan at [email protected] or call 805.680.2226.
  • Protect Prime Ag Outside Santa Maria - July 19

    Help protect prime agricultural land outside of the City of Santa Maria at the Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday, July 19th at 6:30pm. 
    On the heels of a big victory a few weeks ago with LAFCO denying Lompoc's repeated attempt to annex the Bailey Avenue corridor, now there are 1,000 acres outside of Santa Maria that are at risk of being annexed and developed as part of the Santa Maria General Plan Update Land Use Alternatives. 
  • Quail Springs and SM General Plan at NC Roundtable July 13

    This Thursday we will hear from Brenton Kelly about the work going on at Quail Springs. Also, on the heels of a big victory a few weeks ago with LAFCO denying Lompoc's repeated attempt to annex the Bailey Avenue corridor, now there are 1,000 acres outside of Santa Maria that are at risk of being annexed and developed as part of the Santa Maria General Plan Update Land Use Alternatives. We hope to see you there!  

    SBCAN North County Roundtable
    Thursday, July 13th, 2023
    5 - 6:30 PM
    Via Zoom - register at the link below


    1. Call to Order Introductions; Agenda Review
    2. Quail Springs - Brenton Kelly from Quail Springs will discuss the work they are doing related to water conservation and other environmental issues. 
    3. Santa Maria General Plan Land Use Alternatives - The staff recommended preferred alternative includes 1,000 acres of land outside of Santa Maria that could be annexed and developed. Here is a link to the memorandum document, and here is a link to the presentation
    4. Updates from members - please let us know if you have items you'd like to see added to the agenda
    5. Our next meetings are to be determined and will be via Zoom.

    Register in advance for this meeting:

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.