Action Alerts

  • Join us for kayaking and water testing in the SM River estuary

    Do you like kayaking?

    Would you like to help protect the Santa Maria River Watershed?

    Then join our Clean Water Team to test the water in the Santa Maria River estuary once a month.


  • Tell SB City to Invest in Affordable Housing

    The City of Santa Barbara has a historic opportunity next week to allocate their $14 million budget surplus

    SBCAN supports the Finance Committee's recommendation that at least $3.6 million of that surplus be allocated to the newly established Affordable Housing Trust Fund, so that the City can have a dedicated source of funding to build 100% affordable, deed-restricted housing. 

    Let the City council know that you support the council using as much of the budget surplus as possible towards the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. You can attend the meeting virtually (link to register here) or in person on December 6th starting at 2pm, or you can email the council with a written comment (email [email protected]). Email [email protected] if you want to be notified when the item is coming up. This is item #20 on the agenda (link to the agenda here).

  • Support Farmworker Resource Center Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022

    The County of Santa Barbara will consider applying for a grant to create a Farmworker Resource Center during the Board of Supervisors Hearing tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 29. We hope you will call in to support the item.

    Our friends at CAUSE have compiled background information and details on how to testify, which we pasted below. The board is meeting in Santa Barbara. Although remote testimony is available in Santa Maria, it is advisable to testify via Zoom since there is construction going on in the county building. 

    Here are the details from CAUSE:

  • SBCAN: CAUSE Action invites you to Saturday, November 19 event in SM

    Our friends at CAUSE Action have asked us to invite like-minded community members who might like learning about their work to a free event tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 19 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Blosser Urban Garden, 915 S. Blosser Road in Santa Maria.

    The event, "Turning the Tide: An Afternoon with North County Changemakers," brings together movement friends – longtime and new – from around the area to connect with one another around food, drinks and music, as well as help raise funds for grassroots-led work for economic, environmental, and social justice!

    The event is free to attend, but RSVP ahead of time so they'll know you’ll join them.


  • Tribute to Hannah-Beth Jackson -- Photos, Videos and Tribute Book

    Thank you to everyone who attended the "Reflections of a Trailblazer: SBCAN's Tribute to Hannah-Beth Jackson."  

    We feel privileged to have been able to honor Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and grateful to all of you who sponsored, helped out, attended, made pledges, or supported us in other ways.

    We are so appreciative of all the support we received and the heartwarming feedback we've heard since the event.

    We'd like to share the wonderful photos, videos and Tribute Book with you all.

    If you made a pledge and still need to fulfill it, the link is below.

    Click on the links below to view them:

    "Reflections of a Trailblazer: SBCAN's Tribute to Hannah-Beth Jackson" 
    are posted on our Facebook page. 

    Click below to view the album, and
    please feel free to post any comments you'd like on our Facebook page:


    Photos of "Reflections of a Trailblazer: SBCAN's Tribute to Hannah-Beth Jackson" in SBCAN's Facebook Album

  • UC Grad Student Strike and Jail Reform at SC Roundtable this Fri., Nov. 18th

    This Friday, November 18th at noon SBCAN will discuss the UC graduate student worker strike. Yesterday 48,000 workers across all ten UC campuses started the largest academic strike in the history of the nation. We will also hear from folks at the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara (LWVSB) and Clergy & Laity for Economic Justice (CLUE) about their petition to transform criminal justice in Santa Barbara County. 


  • Bailey Ave SOI at North County Roundtable this Thur., 5pm

    This Thursday, November 10th at 5 p.m., we will hear from Maggie Hall from the Environmental Defense Center about the efforts of the City of Lompoc to expand their Sphere of Influence (SOI) to include the Bailey Ave corridor. For more than 20 years SBCAN has been opposing this expansion in support of protecting prime agricultural land. Come learn about the issue and how to support. 
    Our South County Roundtable has been postponed to next week: Friday November 18th from 12-1:30pm. 
  • CAUSE Meeting with Alejandra Gutierrez on Thurs. Nov. 10, 6 p.m.

    Please see this message from our partners at CAUSE and join us on Thursday in Santa Barbara to show Councilmember Alejandra Gutierrez that we support rent stabilization. 
    Join CAUSE next Thursday, November 10th at 6pm for a Community Meeting with Councilmember Alejandra Gutierrez. For the last several years, Alejandra Gutierrez has voted against rent control and other tenant protections. Now she's agreed to sit down with the community to talk rent control and see how we can move forward. With a 7 person city council and 3 votes currently in support of rent control, Alejandra Gutierrez could be the deciding vote on the matter.
    Bring your family and friends to this community meeting to talk about our housing crisis and get real about what's at stake for us all. Food will be provided as well as interpretation services in English and Spanish. There will be an opportunity for you to submit questions you want to ask Alejandra Gutierrez, so come join the call for rent control and show Alejandra just how large the movement for tenant protections is.
    Save the date on your calendar!!
    Date and Time: Thursday, November 10th 6-8pm
    Location: Bici Centro, 434 Olive Street Santa Barbara, CA
  • Santa Maria Housing Element Update

    The City of Santa Maria heard our concerns about community accessibility and added another Fair Housing workshop next Monday, on Nov. 7 at 5:30 pm at the Library with the option to attend virtually. See below for more information. 
    Show up for housing affordability in Santa Maria this week and next week. The Santa Maria Housing Element Update is underway. This process will help determine housing policy in Santa Maria for the next nine years. 
    The City of Santa Maria is hosting Fair Housing workshops this week and next week to hear from community members what they would like to see in the Housing Element Update.