Action Alerts

  • County will consider cutting a channel in Santa Maria River to alleviate flooding in Guadalupe

    On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the County of Santa Barbara will consider whether to cut a channel in the Santa Maria River to divert the river away from the City of Guadalupe and the West Main Street entrance to Guadalupe Beach.
    Santa Barbara County Action Network has not taken a position on this since the item just arose. We are sending this action alert for your information.
  • Fixing Capitalism to Save Democracy forum Wednesday, September 13 in Santa Barbara

    SBCAN Co-President Richard Flacks and former SBCAN board member Richard Appelbaum are key speakers at a forum on saving democracy sponsored by the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara on Wednesday, September 13. We hope you are able to attend.
    Here's information from USSB:

    Contemporary Issues Forum Event:
    Fixing Capitalism to Save Democracy

    • Wednesday, September 13, 7:00-9:00 PM
    • Parish Hall, Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, 1553 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara
    • $10 (suggested donation to cover costs)

    WELCOME to the Contemporary Issues Forum, a monthly series designed to promote understanding, enlightenment, and engagement on complex societal, technological, economic, and policy issues that shape our world.

  • Protect Prime Ag Outside Santa Maria, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023

    Help protect prime agricultural land outside of the City of Santa Maria at the Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday, Sep. 6 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. 
  • Oppose removal of 3000 oaks in Nipomo

    Our allies Nipomo Action Committee have asked us to ask our members to oppose the Proposed Dana Reserve in Nipomo, a high-density housing development that would remove 3,000 mature oaks on the Nipomo Mesa.

    Although we don't often take action on issues outside of Santa Barbara County, we believe the issues in this case warrant our attention.

    Here is information from Nipomo Action Committee:

    The County of San Luis Obispo Planning Commission has scheduled a hearing for Aug. 30 and 31, and then they will make their recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.  

    Nipomo Action Committee has asked us to write letters against this proposed project before Aug. 30 after which the public record will close.  

    Equally important is to have as many people there at the Planning Commission meeting at the Board of Supervisors Chambers, County Government Center, 1055 Monterey Street, Room D170, San Luis Obispo on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

  • 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.