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On Wednesday, April 26th the County Planning Commission will decide whether or not to approve ExxonMobil's attempts to upgrade the valves on their existing pipeline. This pipeline, which was formerly owned by Plains, is the pipeline that ruptured in 2015, causing the Refugio oil spill. Since then, the pipeline has not been operating, and is now heavily corroded. For ExxonMobil, getting approval for their valve upgrades is just one step towards reviving this pipeline.
Please join SBCAN and our partners in urging the Planning Commission to support the appeals and deny the valve upgrade project or to prepare a supplemental Environmental Impact Report that takes the current corroded state of the pipeline into consideration.
The meeting is this Wednesday, April 26th, starting at 9am at 123 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara and on zoom. If you plan to attend via Zoom, register in advance at this link: https://countyofsb.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cfjPCnPzRD6foNtaa7qaIQ. This is item #1 on the agenda, and SBCAN and our partners are in support of the appeals.
Here are additional talking points on which you can draw to craft your public comment.
Thank you for showing up in opposition to dangerous oil projects in Santa Barbara County!
The City of Santa Barbara's Harbor Commission Cruise Ship Subcommittee meeting, which had been scheduled for Tuesday, April 25th, has been cancelled. We will send an update when the subcommittee reschedules its meeting.
We hope to see you at our Earth Day table in Guadalupe on Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at the American Legion Parking Lot, 1025 Guadalupe St.We'll be talking about our Santa Maria River Healthy Watershed Initiative and how to get involved. Come see some drone photos of how the recent rains have affected the Santa Maria Valley.Entrance to Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve, Apr. 16, 2023, by Jeanne SparksYou might also be interested in the Natural History Museum of Santa Maria's Earth Day event on the same day. It will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 412 S. McClelland St., Santa Maria.See the posters below for more information on both events.
Our partners at Community Environmental Council have asked us to share information about an opening they have for a Climate Justice Fellow:
CEC has an open position right now for a Climate Justice Fellow to support work on the CARB Guadalupe Community Air Project. A description and link to the full job posting are below. Please share in your networks and/or directly with anyone you think may be interested!
CEC is seeking a Guadalupe-based youth who wants to learn about air quality, pollution, pesticides and data collection, and help share information to community members who are interested in learning about and advocating around our air.
The Climate Justice Fellow will work with CEC’s Climate Justice team and our technical partner Blue Tomorrow to support the CARB Guadalupe Community Air Project. This project involves community-scale air quality monitoring, bilingual education, and community engagement in Guadalupe, CA and adjoining areas of the Santa Maria Valley.
We will be joined this Friday by tenants rights activists to discuss the issue of renovictions: when landlords evict tenants to do renovations in order to drastically raise the rent. There are updates about this issue in both the City of Santa Barbara and in Isla Vista. We will also hear from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 770 (UFCW 770) about their efforts to stop the planned Kroger-Albertson's merger.
SBCAN South County Roundtable
Friday, March 24, 2023
12 - 1:30 PM
Via Zoom - register at the link below
Our partners, the Fearless Grandmothers of Santa Barbara are hosting a National Day of Action next Tuesday, March 21st from noon to 2pm to stop big banks from investing in fossil fuels and other unsustainable practices. The action will begin with a rally at State and Anapamu, followed by a march to Chase Bank, Wells Fargo and Bank of America. More information is available at thirdact.org and fearlessgrandmothersSB.org
It is time to submit your nominations for the 2023 North County Awards Dinner!
Santa Barbara County Action Network will hold its 2023 North County “Looking Forward” Awards Dinner & Fundraiser on Sunday, June 25th at Blosser Urban Garden, 915 S Blosser Rd, Santa Maria.
Please mark your calendar and keep an eye out for additional information we will be putting out soon!
Every year we recognize individuals or organizations that work to protect our environment and the rights of our county’s residents. These awards help encourage this good work to continue and to raise the funds we need to keep doing our part.
This week we will hear from SBCAN Board member, Alhan Diaz-Correa, about the Guadalupe Air Monitoring Project. We will also hear updates about other issues and projects in which SBCAN is involved. Our South County Roundtables are now on the fourth Friday of the month, so we will see you on March 24th for that meeting.SBCAN North County Roundtable
Thursday, March 9, 2023
5 - 6:30 PM
Via Zoom - register at the link belowAGENDA
Register in advance for this meeting:After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
- Call to Order Introductions; Agenda Review (5 min.)
- Guadalupe Air Monitoring Project- Alhan Diaz-Correa
- Healthy Watershed Initiative - The winter storms have impacted our access to the Satna Maria River Estuary, where we are planning to do the water quality testing. We will hear an update the status of the project
- Solomon Hills Update - This item is going before the County Planning Commission on Wednesday, March 8th
- Richards Ranch Annexation Update - LAFCO held a study session on this topic on March 2nd and comments are due to the City of Santa Maria on March 7th.
- Updates from participants. Please let us know if there are items you want to bring up. (2 to 5 min. each)
- Our next meetings are to be determined and will be via Zoom.
Our guest speakers for the roundtables this month will discuss industrial fish farming, housing developments, homelessness solutions, and the Draft County Housing Element Update. Zoom registration links for both meetings are below.