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January 2023 RoundtablesHappy new year from SBCAN! Our first roundtables of 2023 will be held this week. We hope you will join us for one or both. Zoom information for both meetings are below.On Thursday, January 12th we will discuss Santa Maria's proposal to annex and develop a parcel near Union Valley Parkway, the Phillips 66 refinery shut down, and other updates.On Friday, January 13th, Supervisor Laura Capps will join us for a discussion about her priorities for the second district, and will answer questions from our members.
2023 Annual Membership MeetingMark your calendars for SBCAN's Annual Membership Meeting on February 5th, 2023.As we “come of age” on our 21st anniversary, founding members will talk about the origins of Santa Barbara County Action Network, what the political climate was like in 2002, and why they saw a need for this organization. All SBCAN members will be invited to discuss how the organization has progressed through the last two decades and what their hopes are for the future of SBCAN.We will begin the meeting with a member social half-hour with a potluck meal, so please bring a dish, snack, or drink to share. We will also conduct the election of SBCAN Board of Directors and the installation of officers and at-large board members for 2023We hope you will be able to join the festivities and the discussion during SBCAN’s annual membership meeting on Sunday, February 5, 2023 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Marks-in-the-Valley, 2901 Nojoqui Ave. in Los Olivos.Please RSVP and let us know if you are bringing a dish by emailing [email protected]. See you then!
CEC Climate Action WebinarPlease see this message from our partners at CEC, the Community Environmental Council.
The Community Environmental Council (CEC) a webinar, CEC Climate Action Webinar Series: Creating Waves of Change: CEC’s Climate Stewards Talk Local Action & Impact —free to attend. Thursday, January 12, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Zoom. Register here: cec.pub/cswebinar
Join us for a webinar to get inspired by a powerful showcase of community-led action. You’ll hear from a handful of CEC’s Climate Stewards (a growing alumni network now 80+ strong) as they share their experience taking the course, the community action projects they designed, and how they are putting new-found climate knowledge to work within Central Coast communities. You’ll also learn how you can step up by getting involved in their projects, starting your own, or becoming a Climate Steward yourself. Register here: cec.pub/cswebinar
Happy Holidays from SBCAN!
from Santa Barbara County Action Network
board of directors and staff!
With your help, we are making a difference in environmental, economic and social justice throughout the county.
THANK YOU!Great egret at Goleta Slough April 28, 2022 by Jeanne Sparks
Sleeping bags and more needed by Dec 12The Public Defender's Office is requesting donations of sleeping bags and other items by December 12.
Potential loss of nearly 4,000 oaks in Nipomo, SM River watershed initiative & Bailey Avenue at Dec, 8, 2022 NC RoundtableThe potential loss of nearly 4,000 mature oaks in Nipomo has been added as a topic in our North County Roundtable meeting tomorrow -We hope you will join us!Pelicans at Santa Maria River estuary, Aug. 26, 2022, photo by Jeanne Sparks
Protect Prime Agricultural Farm Land in Lompoc
Please see this important message from our partners at the Environmental Defense Center, who is representing SBCAN on this issue. Also, the staff report was recently posted and staff recommends that LAFCO postpone the issue until the February meeting. Please let LAFCO know you support the staff's recommendation.
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).