OIL 101 - A Webinar on May 18th on Oil Projects Threatening SB County

You are invited to the webinar Oil 101: Moving Beyond Platforms, Pipelines and Pollution in Santa Barbara on Monday, May 18th. It will be hosted at 12pm PT in English and at 6pm PT in Spanish.


For the fifth anniversary of the Refugio Oil Spill, several organizations, including the Environmental Defense Center, Los Padres ForestWatch, Sierra Club, 350.org, and Center for Biological Diversity, are co-hosting a webinar about the various oil projects threatening Santa Barbara County. 

The webinar will walk the audience through the main projects soon to be considered in Santa Barbara and asks folks to take action in remembrance of the Plains Pipeline spill at Refugio State Beach five years ago. 

RSVP here for the webinar in English at 12pm PT:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1415886804285/WN_3nwzC_KlQbuSoLBMcGP9dw

RSVP here for the webinar in Spanish at 6pm PT:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/8315886807160/WN_9IOT71OURF2QIqwJ5J9RWA

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/844212959409781/?notif_t=plan_user_joined&notif_id=1588718122340993

EDC Assistant Director
906 Garden Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
805.963.1622 x 111



May Day car rally in Santa Maria!

The North County Coalition has scheduled an event to celebrate May Day – International Worker’s Day! SBCAN is one of several cosponsors.
Every year we honor workers and immigrants for their contributions to our communities on this day. This year, millions of working-class families are struggling for survival during this pandemic. We want to show our appreciation to all the workers putting themselves and their families at risk.
We will also be advocating for worker's rights and the plight of working-class people. Join our car caravan this May Day where we will be asking to bailout the working class and cancel rent while honoring our essential workers.

Meet in the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE) parking lot at 120 E. Jones St. in Santa Maria, beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1. The caravan will start out at 5 p.m. Details of the route are in the poster below.

For more information, click here for the Facebook Event Page.
PLEASE RSVP at the FB event page or sign up on this Google Doc.
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Mickey Flacks, 1940-2020

We are sad to report that SBCAN Founding Member Mickey Flacks died earlier this week. Many of you know that SBCAN was founded 18 years ago in Mickey and Dick Flacks’ living room.

Mickey was a tireless advocate for a myriad of social justice issues, especially affordable housing and efficient alternative means of transportation. In addition to her many other civic and activist roles, she often represented SBCAN at planning commission meetings and city council and county board meetings.

There is so much more to say about her, and when we are able to get together again, we will do more to recognize her contributions to the community. In the meantime, we wanted to let you know in case you had not heard.

Mickey was at the heart and soul of SBCAN. She will be sorely missed.

Here’s a link to an article about Mickey in the Santa Barbara Independent: https://www.independent.com/2020/04/21/mickey-flacks-longtime-housing-advocate-dies-at-80/


Apr 11 webinar on organizing for climate justice on the Central Coast

Intersectional Organizing, Frontline Leadership and Climate Justice in California

Online Workshop Saturday, April 11, 7 PM to 8 PM

Join Central Coast organizers and youth leaders in a panel discussion about intersectional organizing for climate justice on the Central Coast. This interactive webinar and panel will explore the ways intersectionality can be used to build inclusive, accountable alliances and grow solidarity in the climate justice movement here in California.

Drawing on stories of efforts to stop new oil drilling in counties throughout the Central Coast, as well as the formation of new intersectional environmental justice organizations in the region, panelists will share best practices, pro-tips, and key learnings from the region’s climate and environmental justice movement.

Panelists include:
Ana Rosa Rizo-Centino, Food and Water Action’s Senior Organizer in Santa Barbara
Jami Medina, youth organizer and Hancock College student, based in Santa Maria
Elvia Cruz-Garcia and Diana Garcia, UCSB Environmental Justice Alliance student leaders.
Carmen Bouquin, moderator. Carmen is a San Luis Obispo Sunrise Movement youth climate leader, and Cuesta College student, .



SBCAN Roundtables cancelled this week

We are cancelling both of our Roundtables this week. (North County was scheduled for Thursday, March 12, South County for Friday, March 13.) 
We will send more information before our next Roundtables in April.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

Thank you for your support and involvement with SBCAN.

Ken Hough
SBCAN Executive Director


Join us on March 4 for a CalGEM workshop in Santa Maria and rally before

With three projects on the horizon in the Cat Canyon Oil Field, Santa Barbara County is facing a massive increase in onshore oil and gas production using much dirtier and more dangerous extraction methods.

These projects that SBCAN and the Sierra Club are fighting together with theEnvironmental Defense Center would triple onshore oil production in the County and are located near the towns of Sisquoc and Garey.

The projects threaten surrounding communities’ air quality, drinking water, would add hundreds of oil tanker truck trips per day on their local roads and state highways and would bring the additional risk of spills threatening water, wildlife, and public health.

But, right now you can have a voice in California’s effort to update and strengthen regulatory oversight of oil and gas production to protect our communities and environment.

The California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) will hold a public workshop on Wednesday, March 4 at 6 P.M. at the Santa Maria Veterans Memorial Community Center, 313 W. Tunnel St., and they want to hear from you!(CalGEM was formerly known as the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR).

We will have a rally at 5 P.M. outside at the same location, then go inside to make comments.

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SB Councilmember Meagan Harmon at SBCAN SC Roundtable Fri., Feb. 21

We'll hope you'll make our roundtable:

SBCAN South County Roundtable
Friday, February 21, 2020, Noon to 1:30 p.m.


We are back at our regular location—the Hill-Carrillo Adobe 

Hill-Carrillo Adobe, Board Room
13 E. Carrillo St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101


 (Times are approximate, and feel free to bring your lunch)

  1. Call to Order by Chair and SBCAN Co-President Dick Flacks. Introductions; Agenda Review (5 min.)
  2. Discussion with Meagan Harmon, Santa Barbara City Councilmember, regarding housing and other issues. Councilmember Harmon last joined us eight months ago and a lot has been happening since then. (45 min.)
  3. NatureTrack Film Festival. Maureen McFadden will tell us about this festival, which will take over Los Olivos on the weekend of March 20-22. (5 min.)
  4. Green New Deal. Follow up on last month’s Green New Deal discussion. (5 min.)
  5. Brief updates from participants. (2 to 5 min. each)
  6. Open discussion about other items of interest. All (5 min.)
  7. Our next meeting is scheduled for March 13, 2020 at the Hill-Carrillo Adobe.
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Volunteers needed for homeless count

We encourage you to help out with the 2020 Point-in-Time Count.

The following is information from Home for Good Santa Barbara County:


The Point-In-Time Count is the annual count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness on a given day. The Santa Barbara County effort will take place on Wednesday, January 29 from 5:30am-8:30am. Teams of volunteers and experts will canvas assigned routes throughout the county and will briefly document who is experiencing homeless. This information can be used to plan local homeless assistance systems and raise public awareness. Volunteer trainings will be held in January. Join us today. Change doesn’t happen without you. 


Register today



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• Santa Barbara: Wednesday, January 22 | 5:30-7pm. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran, 909 N La Cumbre Rd
• Carpinteria: Thursday, January 23 | 6-7:30pm. Carpinteria City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave
• Santa Maria: Thursday, January 23 | 6-7:30pm. Veterans Memorial Center, 313 W Tunnell St
If you are unable to attend an in-person Volunteer Training please contact [email protected] 



Mike Jordan, Green Deal at SBCAN SC Roundtable Fri, Jan 17

South County Roundtable
Friday, January 17, 2020
Noon to 1:30 p.m

Hill-Carrillo Adobe, Board Room,
15 East Carrillo St., Santa Barbara

We are back at our regular location—the Hill-Carrillo Adobe—on a regular basis starting with this meeting.

(Times are approximate, and feel free to bring your lunch)

  1. Call to Order by Chair and SBCAN Co-President Dick Flacks. Introductions; Agenda Review (5 min.)
  2. Discussion with Mike Jordan, new Santa Barbara City Councilmember. (30 min.)
  3. Green New Deal. Discussion item; the SBCAN Board of Directors has expressed its support for the Green New Deal and directed that discussions begin at our Roundtables as to how SBCAN should engage in this topic. Mariah Clegg from UCSB will participate and others active in environmental leadership have been invited to join us. (30 min.)
  4. Brief updates from participants. (2 to 5 min. each)
  5. Open discussion about other items of interest. All (5 min.)
  6. Our next meeting is scheduled for February 14, 2020 at the Hill-Carrillo Adobe.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

Thank you,

Ken Hough
SBCAN Executive Director
[email protected]



SBCAN Roundtables: SC is Jan. 17, NC is Feb. 13

South County Roundtable
Friday, January 17, 2020
Noon to 1:30 p.m

Hill-Carrillo Adobe, 15 East Carrillo St., Santa Barbara

Happy New Year and New Decade! 

We have rescheduled our next meeting from January 10 to January 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m. and we are back in our long-time meeting place at the Hill-Carrillo Adobe, 15 East Carrillo St., Santa Barbara.

We will discuss local connections to the Green New Deal among other matters.  Please email me if you have something you want on the agenda. We will send a final agenda about three days before the meeting. 

North County Roundtable
Thursday, February 13
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Giavanni's Pizza, 1108 E. Clark Ave., Orcutt

The meeting scheduled for January, first on the 9th, then on the 16th, is cancelled due to several conflicts.  We now plan our next meeting to be February 13.  

Please let me know if you will be able to attend and if you have topics for the agenda.



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