Hobnobbing with Helen

Hobnobbing with Helen


As published in the Santa Maria Sun June 11, 2015: http://www.santamariasun.com/news/13283/hobnobbing-with-helen/

When I went to an event Sunday night, June 7, at the Santa Maria Inn, I did not expect to see the likes of Congresswoman Lois Capps, Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, and 1st District Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal.

But there they were in a room full of 140 folks who came to the Santa Barbara Community Action Network’s (SB CAN’s) North County “Looking Forward” annual awards dinner.

The trick of making an awards dinner something other than a big ho-hum is injecting something unexpected and fun into the program. SB CAN did just that.

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Santa Barbara County Action Network to honor North County residents

June 05, 2015 12:00 am  •  Ryah Cooley [email protected]

Awards dinner slated for Sunday

What: Santa Barbara County Action Network's North County Looking Forward Awards Dinner

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: Historic Santa Maria Inn, 801 S. Broadway in Santa Maria

Tickets: Dinner tickets cost $65 per person for members and $70 for nonmembers. Tickets can be purchased at sbcan.org

Here are the awards to be presented — and their recipients: 

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SB CAN fetes five during its North County Looking Forward Awards Dinner on June 7

            Santa Barbara County Action Network will honor five individuals and organizations during its North County Looking Forward Awards Dinner on Sunday, June 7 at the Historic Santa Maria Inn, 801 S. Broadway, Santa Maria. Reception starts at 5 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m.

            Members of the public are invited to attend.

            The awards are as follows: Deborah Tobola and the Poetic Justice Project, “Looking Forward Award” for leadership and vision; Al Thompson, “Environmental Protection & Sustainability Award;” Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt; ”Social Justice Award;” Peoples' Self-Help Housing, “Working Families Award;” and Laura and Ron Selken, “Giving Back to the Community Award.”

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Refugio spill rekindles debate about oil industry risks

SB CAN Executive Director Ken Hough was interviewed by Keith Carls regarding the May 19, 2015 oil spill at Refugio. Click below to read the article, or click here to read the article on KCOY/KEYT's website.

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SM Energy project before SB supervisors

Santa Maria Times, November 10, 2013 12:55 am, by

Santa Maria Energy’s proposal to drill 110 new wells in the state designated Orcutt oil field and use cyclical steam injection to extract crude will be discussed Tuesday by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors when it meets in Santa Maria.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Betteravia Government Center, 511 E. Lakeside Parkway.

The supervisors will be discussing the project because its approval by the Planning Commission in September is being appealed by a host of environmental groups including the Environmental Defense Center, the legal lead organization, Get Oil Out!, Los Padres Chapter of the Sierra Club, Santa Barbara County Action Network and the Santa Ynez Valley Alliance.

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Online Petition Drive Targets SB County Oil Project

KCOY, November 7, 2013, By Keith Carls

SANTA MARIA - Santa Maria Energy is proposing to drill 136 oil wells in the 100 year old state-designated Orcutt Oil Field between Orcutt and Los Alamos.

The company plans to use a "cyclic steaming" process by employing giant steam generators to heat recycled water which is injected deep underground to heat and extract the crude oil.

Despite approval of the project by the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission, the Santa Maria Energy project has been appealed to the County Board of Supervisors next week.

Opponents say the project will create dangerously high greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to thousands of more cars on the roads and highways every day.

"This project uses a lot of steam and really high pressure to pump into the ground to extract this thick oil, and creating the steam creates a lot of greenhouse gas emissions", says Ken Hough of the Santa Barbara County Action Network, or SBCAN, which has joined a group of environmental organizations appealing the project, "so this is a pretty energy intensive operation to get the oil out of the ground and we're advocating they be required to mitigate those greenhouse gas emissions."


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Lompoc recreational field owner seeking permits

Santa Maria Times, September 12, 2013 12:15 am  • 

James Mosby’s field of dreams in Lompoc has slowly deteriorated into a nightmare. But he’s hoping for a happy ending.

The Lompoc man, who seven years ago built a practice soccer field for his daughter Amanda on land he owns near River Park, has encountered obstacles to creating youth recreation facilities.

Mosby is seeking to have the county zoning changed on two parcels, approximately 10 acres each, to a designation that would allow him to get a conditional use permit for them to be used for recreation. He said he is trying to get the county’s approval for a use that has been going on there for many years.

“I guess one of my mistakes is I shared with the public,” Mosby said, not really lamenting the fact that local youth enjoy his property.

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County hears from public on emissions

Santa Maria Times, August 09, 2013 12:30 am  • 

A sparse crowd turned out Thursday for a public hearing on Santa Maria Energy’s proposed oil and gas drilling project in the Orcutt hills.

The hearing, held by the Santa Barbara County Planning and Development Department, focused on the recirculation of the air quality section of the proposed final environmental impact report for Santa Maria Energy’s oil and gas drilling and production plan for its project on the Careaga Lease south of Orcutt. Citing concern about the project’s projected greenhouse gas emissions, the Planning Commission ordered recirculation of the document with a proposed 50-percent reduction threshold for GHG.

The project calls for drilling 110 new wells on the lease east of Highway 135 and using cyclical steam injection to extract oil. It has a 26-well pilot project already in operation.

It will use recycled water from Laguna County Sanitation District that will be piped to the lease and flare gas from its own wells to produce the steam.

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SB Can hosts Looking Forward Awards Dinner

Santa Maria Times, May 31, 2013 12:00 am  • 

When Karen Evangelista talks to young persons at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts and Education Center, she asks them if they know their heritage. She wants them to talk to their parents to learn their stories.

This was one message the executive director of the center in Guadalupe gave to attendees at the North County Looking Forward Awards Dinner put on by Santa Barbara County Action Network (SB CAN) May 19 at the Santa Maria Inn.

SB CAN member Joyce Howerton presented the awards to Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Bill Libbon, Judge Rogelio Flores, Mary Ellen “Marell” Brooks, Jan Martinez, Dan Mally and the Lompoc Co-op Development Project.

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Environmental Groups Keep Close Watch on Onshore Energy

KCOY News, May 10, 2013, By Keith Carls

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY - A surge in onshore oil extraction on the Central Coast has the industry pointing to immediate economic benefits while environmental groups and other skeptics are wondering out loud, at what cost?

Oil and gas companies maintain their industry is creating jobs, raising badly-needed revenue for local and state government, operating in a safer, cleaner and more efficient manner than ever before and working under the strictest environmental regulations and oversight in the world.

"These are compelling arguments", says Ken Hough, Executive Director of the Santa Barbara County Action Network, or SBCAN, "but why not also mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and make it as safe as we can?"

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