SBCAN receives awards, Jerry Connor memorial service, op-eds, NC Awards Dinner

1. Roosevelt-Hamer Dinner April 16
2. CAUSE Action Fund Awards April 17
3. Safe Energy Now! forum April 24
4. Local premier of Mark Ruffalo's new film "Dear President Obama" April 27
5. Jerry Connor Memorial Service April 30
6. Op-ed "Retain views from ancestral riverbank"
7. Op-ed "Locals help turn lives around, and more"
8. North County "Looking Forward" Awards Dinner Sponsorship and Tickets


1. Roosevelt-Hamer Dinner April 16
SBCAN will receive the Chris Lanier Solidarity Award
 at the Roosevelt-Hamer Dinner on April 16 at 6 P.M. at the Carrillo Recreation Center in Santa Barbara, and SBCAN's long-time Board member and President, Joann Marmolejo, will receive the Selma Rubin Democratic Leadership Award posthumously. Supervisor Doreen Farr will receive the Democratic Values Award. Krishna Hammond will receive the Democratic Future Award.

Tickets may be purchased here:

If you need any more information about the dinner, please contact: (805)965-8030 or [email protected].

2. CAUSE Action Fund Awards April 17CAUSEawardw.jpg
SBCAN Founding Members, Dick and Mickey Flacks, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the CAUSE Action Fund Annual Leadership Awards Reception, scheduled for Sunday, April 17th 2016, at 2 P.M. at the Cabrillo Arts Pavilion Center in Santa Barbara. 

Here is information about the event:

3. Safe Energy Now! forum April 24SafeEnergyNowFlier2.jpg

Our friends at Safe Energy Now! for Northern Santa Barbara County are holding a forum on Sunday, April 24 at 2 P.M. at 
the Los Alamos Valley Senior Center, 690 Bell Street in Los Alamos.  

Click here for a flyer about the event.

4. Local premier of Mark Ruffalo's new film "Dear President Obama" April 27
From Food & Water Watch:

The People Have a Message for the President: Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground
Join Us for a Special Screening of Dear President Obama

You're invited to the Santa Barbara premiere of Jon Bowermaster's new film Dear President Obama, The Clean Energy Revolution Is Now!

Narrated by Mark Ruffalo, Dear President Obama takes a journey through more than 20 states to examine the impacts of drilling and fracking for oil and gas — and hear directly from the people living on the front lines. 

What: Santa Barbara screening of Dear President ObamaDearPresObamaw.jpg
When: Wednesday, April 27th, 7:30PM
Where: Faulkner Gallery, 40 East Anapamu St., SB
How: Tickets are free!
Reserve your seat today!

Under President Obama’s watch, drilling and fracking expanded rapidly across the United States. And that means there are now more than 15 million Americanscurrently living within a mile of an oil or gas well. They're facing the real-world consequences of our national energy policy. Shouldn't they have a say in what that energy policy is?

Join us for this amazing film and hear from everyday Americans telling President Obama it's long past time to change course.

You'll be inspired by the community members, whistleblowers and scientists exposing the impacts of President Obama's "all of the above" energy policy and calling for a real clean energy revolution instead.

I hope to see you there! 

Rebecca Claassen
Santa Barbara County Organizer
Food & Water Watch
[email protected] 

5. Jerry Connor Memorial Service April 30
We are sad to announce that SBCAN's North County Vice President, Jerry Connor passed away on April 4. There will be a memorial service on April 30 at 1 P.M. at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 4380 Orcutt Road in Santa Maria.

As vice president, Jerry chaired the North County H.O.T. Committee meetings, and he also accompanied staff every month to the South County H.O.T. Committee meeting, regaling us with stories of his hikes, books read, career and more. We especially liked the story about how he met Doris, who would become his wife, on a hike he led. It was snowing and he laid out his blanket on a boulder, poured her some coffee, and the rest is history.

6. Op-ed "Retain views from ancestral riverbank"
Click here to read SBCAN's op-ed on a development on Betteravia Road near Highway 101.

7. Op-ed "Locals help turn lives around, and more"
Click here to read SBCAN's op-ed on the dedicated work done by five individuals in the north county.

8. North County "Looking Forward" Awards Dinner Sponsorship and Tickets

Please join us in honoring outstanding community leaders by becoming a Sponsor of our 2016 North County “Looking Forward” Awards Dinner, or by placing a Greeting in our Tribute Book. 

Thanks to the sponsors who have signed up so far:

Silver Sponsors
Fund for Santa Barbara
May Kwok
United Domestic Workers

Bronze Sponsors
Democratic Club of Santa Maria Valley
Law Office of Marc Chytilo
Lompoc Valley Democratic Club
McCune Foundation
Santa Maria-Lompoc Branch of the NAACP
Los Padres Chapter of the Sierra Club

Each year Santa Barbara County Action Network honors individuals, businesses and organizations for their outstanding contributions to the community.  The dinner will be held on Sunday, May 22 at 5 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 3455 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria. 

The dinner this year is dedicated to the memory of Joann Marmolejo and Jerry Connor.

This year’s award recipients are:

  • Chuck Madson, “Looking Forward” Award, for strong leadership and vision in community building, civic engagement, and improving the quality of life in our community.
  • Patricia Solorio, Working Families Award, for helping working families to obtain affordable health care, housing, educational and job opportunities; or to improve wages, benefits, working conditions, and worker rights.
  • Franca Bongi Lockard, Social Justice Award, for promoting fairness, tolerance, equality, respect and compassion for all people in our community.
  • Rosemary Holmes, Giving Back to the Community Award, for giving back selflessly to the community through volunteer activities and community projects.
  • Doug Jenzen, Environmental Protection & Sustainability Award, for valuing, protecting, and preserving our natural resources and environment.

Your sponsorship will reflect your commitment to the community and to those who have served it so selflessly. You will also benefit from significant publicity through our invitations, media promotions, public acknowledgements and Tribute Book, helping to connect you with our friends and members throughout the county.

Please respond by April 24 to be included in our promotions, our Tribute Book and to be announced at the event. 

Please click here for a downloadable sponsorship letter and form as well as information about placing a greeting in our Tribute Book. 

Thank you for considering a sponsorship or a greeting this year.

Tickets are also available now at

SBCAN is a countywide, grassroots organization, dedicated to creating sustainable communities by promoting social and economic justice and preserving our communities’ environmental and agricultural resources.

North County "Looking Forward" Awards Dinner
Radisson Hotel, 3455 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria
Sunday, May 22 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.