Action Alerts

  • SM Housing Element Update

    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. 
  • Short Term Rentals at SC Roundtable Oct 21st

    Meagan Harmon, Santa Barbara City Councilmember, will join us this Friday, October 21st, for our South County Roundtable. We will discuss the City's draft Short Term Rental ordinance and the council's recent decision to allocate $250,000 over the next three years to the Housing Trust Fund. Hope to see you there!
  • Truth Act Forum at BOS on Tues, Oct. 18

    Please see this message from our partners at CAUSE and the 805 Immigrant Coalition about the Truth Act forum next week. 
    The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors has planned the next TRUTH Act Forum for Tuesday, 10/18, tentatively around 2pm (at the end of the Board of Supervisors Meeting agenda). You can register to join here (to give public comment, register for Agenda Item #3). This is the annual meeting in which our County Sheriff's Office has to report on any collaborative activity with ICE. We were not made aware of the TRUTH Act Forum until the end of last week, and so we are scrambling to organize local advocates to join the meeting.
  • North County Roundtable Thurs. Oct. 14, 5pm

    Join us for our regularly scheduled North County Roundtable this Thursday, October 13th at 5pm via zoom. We will hear from Abe Melendrez from Corazón del Pueblo about their new community center and their upcoming Día de los Muertos celebrations. Frank Rodriguez from CAUSE will also discuss the Truth Act forum that the County Board of Supervisors will hold next Thursday. There will be plenty of time for community updates this week, so please come and feel free to share what you have been working on. 
    Our South County Roundtable has been postponed to next week: Friday October 21st from 12-1:30pm. 
  • Corazón del Pueblo Open House on Fri., Oct. 14 6-8 p.m.

    Corazón del Pueblo is hosting an open house at their new community center! Come celebrate the grand opening on Friday, October 14 from 6 - 8 p.m. upstairs at 201 E Main St., Santa Maria. 

    Corazón del Pueblo is Santa Marias first Latinx Cultural and Creative Center. They offer free art supplies for families and youth, art exhibits for local artists, community events and workshops, and a place for Santa Maria residents to practice art and share their culture. 

    We hope to see you there!

  • Trail Entry at Bonita School Road

    We hope you will speak up at a public meeting Thursday, Sept. 29 to make sure that entry points for the Santa Maria River Levee Trail are included when the Bonita School Road bridge is replaced.
    The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. with a presentation on the proposed bridge replacement at 6:50 p.m.
    The meeting is at Bonita Elementary School at 2715 W. Main Street, Santa Maria.
    It is important that there are advocates at the meeting that speak in favor of the trail so that the bridge is built with an entry/exit point for the trail in mind.   
    Please attend the meeting if you can and invite others who are in favor of the trail.
  • What to do with food waste? Th, Sep 22 at 5pm (Organics Recycling Programs)

    SBCAN is hosting a special Roundtable to hear about and discuss California's most significant waste reduction bill, SB 1383.
    This bill mandates that all jurisdictions create programs to recover and donate edible food that would otherwise go to waste, and to recycle organic food waste. Many residents in Santa Barbara County have expressed confusion as to where to put their food waste, how to deal with pests, and what is actually happening with their food waste once it is collected.
    Join us to hear from Maia Hoffman from the City of Santa Maria and Mackie Forgey from the County of Santa Barbara about these different programs and what you can do to help them be more successful. 

    SBCAN Roundtable
    Thursday, September 22, 2022
    5 - 6:30 PM
    Via Zoom - link below


  • Save the Date to honor Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

    Save the date! Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson will be honored at Santa Barbara County Action Network's South County Fundraiser at El Paseo Restaurant in Santa Barbara on Sunday, November 13th from 11am-2pm. 

    You won't want to miss this special event honoring Hannah-Beth Jackson for being one of the great champions of social change on the central coast over the last two decades. We look forward to seeing you there. 

    Please mark your calendars and keep an eye out for additional information we will be sending out soon. 

  • Historic Labor Law Discussed This Friday at South County Roundtable - Sept. 16th

    The state legislature recently passed and Governor Newsom signed The FAST Recovery Act (AB 257): a historic labor law that provides a framework for hundreds of thousands of fast food workers to be represented in the establishment of state standards for wages and working conditions in the fast food industry. UCSB history professor Nelson Lichtenstein, one of the leading labor historians in the U.S., will dialog about this groundbreaking law and how it fits into the revival of labor movement organizing happening today. We will discuss this Friday, September 16th at noon. Register below to join us.

    SBCAN South County Roundtable
    Friday, September 16th, 2022
    12 - 1:30 PM
    Via Zoom - link below

  • CHAMP! Update

    Please see this update from our partners at CHAMP! - Campus Housing Alternatives for Munger Hall Please!

    Dear Members and friends of CHAMP!,

    We hope everyone has enjoyed their summers so far. The CHAMP! leadership team has been on a bit of a hiatus following our June 1st event, Munger Hall: Student and Public Response Panels, but we’re gearing up for Fall quarter and new opportunities to push for better UCSB student housing. In this newsletter, we’ll share some updates and materials from the response panels and recent UC Regents meeting, and a vision for the upcoming school year.

    Recap of our June 1st Event: Munger Hall Student and Community Response Panel

    “Something to revel in”… The students “schooled university administrators on what a professional planning process looks like.” -Carolina Miranda, the LA Times

    “An amazing rebuke of their university’s purblind pursuit of the Munger Hall mega-dormitory project.” -Josh Niland, Archinect News