Action Alerts

  • SBCAN Roundtables cancelled this week

    We are cancelling both of our Roundtables this week. (North County was scheduled for Thursday, March 12, South County for Friday, March 13.) 
     
    We will send more information before our next Roundtables in April.

    Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

    Thank you for your support and involvement with SBCAN.

    Ken Hough
    SBCAN Executive Director

  • Join us on March 4 for a CalGEM workshop in Santa Maria and rally before

    With three projects on the horizon in the Cat Canyon Oil Field, Santa Barbara County is facing a massive increase in onshore oil and gas production using much dirtier and more dangerous extraction methods.

    These projects that SBCAN and the Sierra Club are fighting together with theEnvironmental Defense Center would triple onshore oil production in the County and are located near the towns of Sisquoc and Garey.

    The projects threaten surrounding communities’ air quality, drinking water, would add hundreds of oil tanker truck trips per day on their local roads and state highways and would bring the additional risk of spills threatening water, wildlife, and public health.

    But, right now you can have a voice in California’s effort to update and strengthen regulatory oversight of oil and gas production to protect our communities and environment.

    The California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) will hold a public workshop on Wednesday, March 4 at 6 P.M. at the Santa Maria Veterans Memorial Community Center, 313 W. Tunnel St., and they want to hear from you!(CalGEM was formerly known as the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR).

    We will have a rally at 5 P.M. outside at the same location, then go inside to make comments.

  • SB Councilmember Meagan Harmon at SBCAN SC Roundtable Fri., Feb. 21

    We'll hope you'll make our roundtable:

    SBCAN South County Roundtable
    Friday, February 21, 2020, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

    NOTE LOCATION!

    We are back at our regular location—the Hill-Carrillo Adobe 

    Hill-Carrillo Adobe, Board Room
    13 E. Carrillo St.
    Santa Barbara, CA 93101

    DRAFT AGENDA

     (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. Discussion with Meagan Harmon, Santa Barbara City Councilmember, regarding housing and other issues. Councilmember Harmon last joined us eight months ago and a lot has been happening since then. (45 min.)
    3. NatureTrack Film Festival. Maureen McFadden will tell us about this festival, which will take over Los Olivos on the weekend of March 20-22. (5 min.)
    4. Green New Deal. Follow up on last month’s Green New Deal discussion. (5 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 March 13, 2020 at the Hill-Carrillo Adobe.
  • Volunteers needed for homeless count

    We encourage you to help out with the 2020 Point-in-Time Count.

    The following is information from Home for Good Santa Barbara County:

    VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR THE 2020 POINT-IN-TIME COUNT.

    The Point-In-Time Count is the annual count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness on a given day. The Santa Barbara County effort will take place on Wednesday, January 29 from 5:30am-8:30am. Teams of volunteers and experts will canvas assigned routes throughout the county and will briefly document who is experiencing homeless. This information can be used to plan local homeless assistance systems and raise public awareness. Volunteer trainings will be held in January. Join us today. Change doesn’t happen without you. 


    VOLUNTEER SIGN UP

    Register today

     


    HELP US REACH MORE VOLUNTEERS

    Print the Point-In-Time Count Poster

    Share the Event on Facebook


    TRAINING DAYS TONIGHT AND TOMORROW:

    • Santa Barbara: Wednesday, January 22 | 5:30-7pm. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran, 909 N La Cumbre Rd
    • Carpinteria: Thursday, January 23 | 6-7:30pm. Carpinteria City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave
    • Santa Maria: Thursday, January 23 | 6-7:30pm. Veterans Memorial Center, 313 W Tunnell St
     
    If you are unable to attend an in-person Volunteer Training please contact [email protected] 

     

  • Mike Jordan, Green Deal at SBCAN SC Roundtable Fri, Jan 17

    South County Roundtable
    Friday, January 17, 2020
    Noon to 1:30 p.m

    NOTE LOCATION CHANGE:
    Hill-Carrillo Adobe, Board Room,
    15 East Carrillo St., Santa Barbara

    We are back at our regular location—the Hill-Carrillo Adobe—on a regular basis starting with this meeting.

    DRAFT AGENDA
    (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. Discussion with Mike Jordan, new Santa Barbara City Councilmember. (30 min.)
    3. Green New Deal. Discussion item; the SBCAN Board of Directors has expressed its support for the Green New Deal and directed that discussions begin at our Roundtables as to how SBCAN should engage in this topic. Mariah Clegg from UCSB will participate and others active in environmental leadership have been invited to join us. (30 min.)
    4. Brief updates from participants. (2 to 5 min. each)
    5. Open discussion about other items of interest. All (5 min.)
    6. Our next meeting is scheduled for February 14, 2020 at the Hill-Carrillo Adobe.

    Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

    Thank you,

    Ken Hough
    SBCAN Executive Director
    [email protected]
    805.563.0463
    http://www.sbcan.org/

     

  • SBCAN Roundtables: SC is Jan. 17, NC is Feb. 13

    South County Roundtable
    Friday, January 17, 2020
    Noon to 1:30 p.m

    NOTE LOCATION CHANGE:
    Hill-Carrillo Adobe, 15 East Carrillo St., Santa Barbara

    Happy New Year and New Decade! 

    We have rescheduled our next meeting from January 10 to January 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m. and we are back in our long-time meeting place at the Hill-Carrillo Adobe, 15 East Carrillo St., Santa Barbara.

    We will discuss local connections to the Green New Deal among other matters.  Please email me if you have something you want on the agenda. We will send a final agenda about three days before the meeting. 


    North County Roundtable
    Thursday, February 13
    6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Giavanni's Pizza, 1108 E. Clark Ave., Orcutt

    The meeting scheduled for January, first on the 9th, then on the 16th, is cancelled due to several conflicts.  We now plan our next meeting to be February 13.  

    Please let me know if you will be able to attend and if you have topics for the agenda.

     

  • 2020 Homeless Count volunteers needed

    VOLUNTEER IN THE NEW YEAR
    “THEY COUNT, WILL YOU?” 
    Volunteers Needed for the 2020 Homeless
    Point-In-Time Count
    Hundreds of volunteers are still needed for the Point-In-Time Count. Santa Barbara County, the Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care (CoC), and the Northern Santa Barbara County United Way invite volunteers to participate in the countywide 2020 Homeless Point-In-Time Count from 5:30-8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. The Point-In-Time Count is the annual count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness on a given day. 
     
    Teams of volunteers and experts will canvas assigned routes throughout the county and will briefly document who is experiencing homelessness. This information is used to plan local homeless assistance systems and raise public awareness. Volunteers will be trained to help count on the survey day.
    to volunteer please go to www.liveunitedsbc.org. Additional training information will be posted on the website.
     
    “We can't do this without volunteers,” said Emily Allen, Director of Homeless and Veteran Impact Initiatives for the United Way Home for Good Santa Barbara County. “Santa Barbara County residents have proven they know that everyone in this community counts."
     
    Point-In-Time Count Volunteer Trainings
    Carpinteria/Summerland: 6-7:30 p.m. Thurs., January 23
    Goleta: Wednesday, 6-7:30 p.m. Wed., January 15
    Isla Vista: Tuesday, 6-7:30 p.m. Tues., January 21
    Lompoc: 6-7:30 p.m. Thurs., January 16
    Santa Barbara: 9:30-11 a.m. Sat., January 11; and 6-7:30 p.m. Wed., January 22
    Santa Maria: noon-1:30 p.m. Thurs., January 16 
    (locations to be announced)
     
    Questions? Contact [email protected]
    SHARE ABOUT THE POINT-IN-TIME COUNT ON SOCIAL MEDIA
    Help us recruit more volunteers!
  • SBCAN Membership Renewal for 2020

    Dear Friend --

    We at Santa Barbara County Action Network appreciate the support you have shown us over the years that has made it possible for us to continue nurturing our strong local network of progressive folks and creating bridges between environmental and social justice activism.

    For eighteen years Santa Barbara County Action Network (SBCAN) has been the preeminent nonprofit organization working on both sustainability and social justice issues throughout the county.

    We have many partner organizations, to be sure, but we always strive to be countywide and working on a wide range of progressive issues—especially looking for issues that might fall through the cracks otherwise. Please look at the attached inventory of what we have been working on. We are especially proud of our leadership on several North County issues.

    In spring of 2020 we will convene our annual Membership Meeting in Los Olivos and we really hope we will see you there. We will schedule the meeting to occur after the primary election in March, and we'll let you know when a date has been set.

    With increasing competition for foundation support, we are all the more reliant on our members, major donors, and fundraisers. Therefore, we hope that you will make a membership donation that suits your budget and helps SBCAN continue its educational and advocacy roles.

    It is easy—as always—to contribute at: https://sbcan.nationbuilder.com/membership_annual_dues.  

    There is also an option for automatic monthly payments athttps://sbcan.nationbuilder.com/membership_monthly_dues.

    Alternatively, you can mail a check to P.O. Box 6174, Santa Maria, CA 93456.

    We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our annual membership meeting.

    Sincerely,

    Janet Blevins and Dick Flacks, Co-Presidents


     

  • SBCAN NC Roundtable rescheduled

    The SBCAN North County Roundtable scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 12 has been rescheduled.

    It will be held Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at Giavanni’s Pizzeria, 1108 E. Clark Ave., south side of Bradley, in Orcutt.

  • SBCAN SC Roundtable is Fri., Dec. 13 at Louise Lowry Davis Center

    SBCAN South County Roundtable

    Friday, December 13, 2019, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

    NOTE LOCATION!

    (Bear with us; we will be back at our regular location—the Hill-Carrillo Adobe—on a regular basis starting in January.)

    Louise Lowry Davis Center, Gilbert Room

    1232 De La Vina St.

    Santa Barbara, CA 93101

    DRAFT AGENDA

     (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. Future Housing Communities. Linda Honikman will update us on state and local affordable housing policies and projects. (45 min.)
    3. La Casa de la Raza. Discussion item; Ana Rosa Rizo-Centino will report on the status of La Casa de la Raza. (15 min.)
    4. Brief updates from participants. (2 to 5 min. each)
    5. Open discussion about other items of interest. All (5 min.)
    6. Our next meeting is scheduled for January 10, 2020 at the Hill-Carrillo Adobe.