Urge City of Santa Maria to implement community choice energy

We encourage you to attend the City of Santa Maria's Council meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 20 when the council will decide whether to join Monterey Bay Community Power Authority. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at 110 E. Cook St. The item is number 4B. 
There is some opposition to community choice energy, although city staff supports it, citing many good reasons to join MBCPA including a carbon-free electrical energy portfolio, rebates that result in rates 3 to 5 percent lower than PG&E’s, electric-vehicle incentive programs and encouragement of local clean energy generation. 
The staff report estimates Santa Maria residents will save $12.5 million in electric costs from 2021 through 2025. 
Santa Barbara County Action Network supports the proposal. SBCANExecutive Director wrote an editorial that was published in the Santa Maria Times on Aug. 16, 2019 urging adoption of the proposal. See that editorial here.
The County of Santa Barbara and City of Guadalupe recently signed up with MBCPA. We hope you will join us in urging the City of Santa Maria to do the same.  

SBCAN Roundtables cancelled this week. NC residents encouraged to attend Congressman's Town Hall

Here's an update on SBCAN August Roundtable Meetings:

North County Roundtable

We have decided to cancel this Thursday's regularly scheduled meeting and to instead encourage participation in Congressman Carbajal's Townhall in Santa Maria.  Here is the information we received from his District Representative, Erica Reyes. We hope to see you there.

Good Afternoon, 

On Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm Congressman Salud Carbajal will be hosting a Congressional Townhall at the Santa Maria Veterans Memorial Building, 313 W Tunnell St., Santa Maria, CA 93458. 

This is an opportunity for all constituents to get an update on what is happening at the United States Capital and to have questions answered by the Congressman directly. 

The townhall will include simultaneous Spanish translation, as well as ASL interpretation. The proceedings will be available on Facebook live and questions can be asked from both the in-person and virtual audience. 

We would like to invite your organization and community to attend and participate in the Congressman’s first townhall event in Santa Maria this year. To attend in-person, please reserve your seat on the Eventbrite page: https://santamariatownhall.eventbrite.com

The Facebook event page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2373965419493290/?active_tab=discussion

The Facebook Live event will be available on the Congressman Salud Carbajal Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/repsaludcarbajal/?eid=ARAs9X6zv0OEb5xFTJ2knVJ_U9wNRkU0fAqZMDN11o4lNV_LJ0unq0HcdyKYVQszJIH3tNWLgMJIi0pF

This is an ADA accessible event, and if any accommodations are needed, please contact District Representative Erica Reyes by emailing [email protected], calling (805) 546-8348, or replying directly to this email.

South County Roundtable

We have been trying to put together an agenda focused on Community Choice Energy, with information about the Monterey Bay Community Power authority, which the County, Carpinteria, Goleta, and Guadalupe have decided to join, and about the separate City of Santa Barbara Program. Key people to lead the discussion are not available for meetings either August 9 or 16, so we have decided to cancel this month's meeting.
Our next scheduled meeting is September 13.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

Thank you,

Ken Hough
SBCAN Executive Director
[email protected]


Das Williams at SC Roundtable on Friday

SBCAN South County Roundtable

Friday, July 19, 2019, Noon to 1:30


The Fund for Santa Barbara, 26 W. Anapamu St., Suite 110

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. Conversation with Das Williams, District 1 Supervisor, Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors, Regarding Cannabis, Community Choice Energy and Other Issues. (45 min.)
  3. Housing Issues: (a) Evictions in San Vicente Mobile Home Park; (b) Other Mobile Home Park Issues; (c) Creative Housing, and (d) Possible housing symposium. Sharon Rose, Emily Allen, Linda Honikman, Matt Lowe, and Patricia Solorio. (20 min.)
  4. Transition-to-Employee-Ownership Project sponsored by the Sustainable Economy GroupHal Hill will report on this. (10 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 August 9, 2019. After that meeting, again at the Fund for Santa Barbara, we will be moving to a new location to be determined.

Support Community Choice Energy

For several years we and our local governments have been discussing how to implement Community Choice Energy in Santa Barbara County. Feasibility studies have suggested that going it alone as a county may not be the best option. Tuesday, July 16, the County Board of Supervisors will consider what to do next at its meeting at 105 E. Anapamu St. in Santa Barbara. The most promising possibility seems to be joining Monterey Bay Community Power. 
Here is the link to the agenda item: 
Please note the letter from the Community Environmental Council; it is succinct and makes a lot of sense. SBCAN staff plan to speak in support of the County joining with Monterey Bay Community Power. It is likely that there will be support for this course of action in South County. It would be good to have support in North County as well. Remote testimony can be made at the Betteravia Government Center, 511 E. Lakeside Parkway, in Santa Maria. 
It is the last item, number six, and may come up late in the morning or early afternoon. The hearing starts at 9 a.m., but the best way to determine when this item will come up is to monitor the hearing on Comcast channel 20 or streaming live at: http://www.countyofsb.org/ceo/csbtv/media.sbc  
If the County signs on with Monterey, we hope Santa Maria, Guadalupe and others will as well. 

Lights for Liberty rallies July 12 and 13

Several Lights for Liberty rallies are happening locally tonight and tomorrow.


The following information about Lights for Liberty is from their website at https://www.lightsforliberty.org. Links to local events are also on that page.

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Update on SBCAN Roundtables in north and south

North County Roundtable

The North County Roundtable meeting, which was scheduled for July 11 at 6 p.m., has been cancelled. Instead, we are encouraging our members to attend the public hearing on a proposed residential development known as The Neighborhoods of Willow Creek & Hidden Canyon. The project is a mile and more outside the urban area and would place 146 homes in the areas between the fairways of the Rancho Maria Golf Course on Highway 1 west of Santa Maria and Orcutt.

The hearing is Thursday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Betteravia Government Center, 511 E. Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria before County planning staffand is intended to receive comments about the adequacy of the Draft Environmental Impact Report. There are Class 1 Significant Impacts that cannot be avoided. We have not reviewed the DEIR extensively and do not yet know if we will argue that there are inadequacies. The comment period ends on August 5, 2019, so this hearing represents a chance to learn what others have to say so SBCAN might produce a letter commenting on the DEIR. 

Hearings on the merits of the project and consideration of approval or denial will be held at a date to be determined, when the Final EIR is available. Information is available on the County’s website at: https://www.countyofsb.org/plndev/projects/neighborhoodskeysite21.sbc 

South County Roundtable

The South County Roundtable meeting, which was scheduled for July 12 at noon, has been postponed one week. It will meet at noon on July 19 at a new location: the Fund for Santa Barbara’s office, 26 W. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara.

First District County Supervisor Das Williams will be our featured guest, speaking on cannabis and other topics.  We will send an agenda for the meeting in a few days. 


SBCAN staff host open house for Food & Water Watch/Food & Water Action

Join us for 
A Night of Envisioning
the Central Coast’s Clean Energy Future
with Food & Water Watch/Food & Water Action

Saturday, July 20, 2019 
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
Hosted by Ken Hough and Jeanne Sparks in Orcutt

7 p.m. Meet and greet with light bites and drinks
7:30 p.m. Program led by Ana Rosa Rizo-Centino,
Food & Water Action Senior Organizer

Visionary movements begin at the grassroots.

Food & Water Watch/Food & Water Action believes in a future where families can have clean, affordable water; where workers enjoy safe, well-paying green jobs; and where our food and energy decisions benefit communities not corporate interests.

Join us to learn how you can protect California’s public lands from being leased to oil drilling. Learn about plans to stop oil infrastructure expansion in Santa Barbara County. There’s much to do to halt hundreds of proposed new oil wells and ExxonMobil’s proposal to truck oil. Find out about strategies you can implement to prevent those expansions.

To learn more and receive the event address, RSVP here: https://secure.foodandwateraction.org/act/night-envisioning-santa-barbaras-clean-energy-future.

Santa Barbara County Action Network partners with Food & Water Watch on many issues of concern to both organizations.

We hope to see you July 20.

Ken Hough & Jeanne Sparks



Support Grocery Workers!

Here is an important message from SBCAN's South County Co-President:

Dear Friends:

Right now 60,000 grocery workers at Ralphs and Vons/Albertsons from Mammoth to the Mexican Border are without a contract. The struggle is very real as workers fight for better wages, access to hours, protection of benefits, and community supported stores.

Workers have just voted to authorize negotiators to call a strike if necessary. To learn more, check out:  https://foodfightus.com/.

Each of us can make significant contribution to helping them. Next Tuesday—July 2—there will be rally at Ralph’s in downtown Santa Barbara. I hope you’ll join us there—and spread the word! And of course let’s pledge not to cross the picket lines if a strike becomes necessary.

Check out the food fight website. See the attached flyers. Stand with grocery workers at Ralph’s at 100 W. Carrillo St. in Santa Barbara at 2 p.m. on July 2!


Dick Flacks


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Come to SBCAN's North County Awards Dinner June 23


Encourage City of SM to support clean and local power generation and lower energy costs

We hope you will join us at the City of Santa Maria's council meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, May 21) to support clean and local energy power generation and lower energy costs.

City staff is recommending the City join Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP), a nonprofit agency.

MBCP was established to source clean energy while retaining PG&E’s role delivering power and maintaining infrastructure. MBCP supports economic vitality by providing cleaner energy at a lower cost, supporting low-income ratepayers, and funding local energy projects. MBCP’s power mix is carbon-free.

The main benefit for Santa Maria would be cost savings for customers (at least 4 percent by 2021 when customers are enrolled), funding for energy programs, choice and a voice to help shape re-investment in the community.

In 2018, MBCP delivered over $4.4 million dollars in customer rebates (i.e. bill savings) and they estimate that will be $8 million in 2019.

We are happy to see that city staff is recommending that the city join the agency. We would like to get community members to attend to support that recommendation.

The council meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. This item is number 6B. We don't know what time it will come up, but your speaker slip must be in before they start the item.

Click here for the city council agenda item.

Hope to see you Tuesday.



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