Action Alerts

  • SBCAN Action Alert June 23, 2015 - Blue Bins Press Conference (SM) and Refugio Oil Spill (SB)

    Santa Barbara County Action Network 
    June 23, 2015

    1. Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.
    Blue Bins Press Conference
    Preisker Park (to the right of the entrance), 330 Hidden Pines Way, Santa Maria
    2. Friday, June 26, 2015: 
    Joint Legislative Hearing on Refugio Oil Spill, 2 to 5 PM at the County Administration Building, Fourth Floor.

    HERE ARE THE DETAILS:
  • SBCAN Action Alert June 22, 2015 - Mosby Rec, Vacation Rentals, Refugio Oil Spill

    Santa Barbara County Action Network 
    June 22, 2015

    1. Tuesday, June 23, 2015: 
    Board of Supervisors to consider reaffirming denial of Conditional Use Permit for Mosby Recreational Fields.
    2. Tuesday, June 23, 2015: 
    Santa Barbara City Council Hearing on Short-Term Vacation Rentals at 6 PM.

    3. Friday, June 26, 2015: 
    Joint Legislative Hearing on Refugio Oil Spill, 2 to 5 PM at the County Administration Building, Fourth Floor.

    HERE ARE THE DETAILS:
  • Action Alert June 8, 2015 - Trucking crude oil, SM bike plan, Rail spur, local energy, homeless issues, Oasis Senior Center

    Santa Barbara County Action Network 
    Action Alert 
    June 8, 2015

    TOPICS:
    1.  Emergency Permit Request for Trucking Crude Oil, ASAP
    2.  City of Santa Maria Bikeway Master Plan, Tuesday, June 9

    3.  Phillips 66 Rail Spur at the Goleta City Council, Tuesday, June 9
    4.  Santa Barbara County Community Choice Energy, County of SB, Wednesday, June 10

    5.  Budget items regarding homeless issues, County of SB, Thursday, June 10
    6.  Relocation of OASIS Senior Center in Orcutt before the County Planning Commission, Thursday, June 11

  • SB CAN Action Alert - Water issues in Santa Maria Valley

    Santa Barbara County Action Network 
    Action Alert 
    June 4, 2015

    Public Hearing on
    The Santa Maria Valley Management Area 
    2014 Annual Report of Hydrogeologic Conditions, Water Requirements, Supplies and Disposition

    2 p.m. Friday, June 5, 2015
    Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, Betteravia Government Center, 
    511 E. Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria


    Are you interested in water issues in the Santa Maria Valley. If so, this meeting is for you.

    The Twitchell Management Authority will solicit input regarding The Santa Maria Valley Management Area 2014 Annual Report of Hydrogeologic Conditions, Water Requirements, Supplies and Disposition.

    The report was prepared by Luhdorff and Scalmanini Consulting Engineers, April 2015, according to the terms of the June 30, 2005 Stipulation in the Santa Maria Valley Water Conservation District v. City of Santa Maria, et al.

    For more information, contact Twitchell Management Authority at 805.925.0951, ext. 7270. Written comments can be sent by June 8 at 10 a.m. to: TMA, 2065 E. Main St, Santa Maria, CA 93454.

    The report is available at: http://www.cityofsantamaria.org/home/showdocument?id=11806.

    The Introduction of the Report states:

  • SB CAN Action Alert - Stand in the Sand, Cmty Choice Energy, Rail Spur, Homeless advocacy

    Santa Barbara County Action Network 
    Action Alert 
    May 30, 2015

    TOPICS:
    1.  Stand in the Sand, Community Rally, Sunday May 31,
    2.  Santa Barbara County Community Choice Energy, City of SB June 1 and County of SB June 10
    3.  Phillips 66 Rail Spur on June 9 at the Goleta City Council
    4.  Budget items regarding homeless issues, City of SB June 1 and County of SB June 10

  • Join SB CAN on June 7 to honor Peoples' Self-Help Housing, Al Thompson, Deborah Tobola & the Poetic Justice Project, Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt, and Laura & Ron Selken

    We hope you will take a moment to read about Peoples' Self-Help Housing.CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

    GET YOUR TICKETS BY MAY 31 TO SAVE: 
    Dinner tickets purchased by May 31 are $65 per person for members and $70 for non-members. After that, tickets will be $75 for anyone. Please consider becoming a member to support our work.

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                Peoples’ Self-Help Housing develops affordable housing and community facilities for low-income households and homeownership opportunities for working families, seniors, veterans, the disabled and the homeless in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties.

    Since 1970, they have developed about 380 self-help homes in Guadalupe, Santa Maria, Tanglewood and Los Alamos, including 117 in Santa Maria for farm workers and their families and 57 units for limited-income elderly residents and developmentally disabled households; 80 units in Orcutt; and 80 in Guadalupe.

                 Santa Barbara County Action Network invites you to join us to honor Al Thompson, Laura & Ron Selken, Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt, Peoples' Self-Help Housing, Deborah Tobola & the Poetic Justice Project, at the 2015 North County Looking Forward Awards Dinner Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Santa Maria Inn, 801 S. Broadway, Santa Maria.

  • Join SB CAN to honor Al Thompson, Deborah Tobola & the Poetic Justice Project, Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt, Laura & Ron Selken, and Peoples' Self-Help Housing

    We hope you will take a moment to read about Al Thompson's involvement in the community.

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

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                Al Thompson has written garden columns on sustainability, encouraging the idea that gardens can be practical and artistic.

                He has interpreted Chumash uses of native plants and became the garden historian at La Purisima Mission. He encouraged exploration of wildflowers and plants along the mission trails, eventually having one of the trails named after him.

                He is a docent at the Arroyo Hondo Preserve where he leads hiking tours and explains the importance of natural habitats. His own garden is open for the sharing of ideas. 

                 Santa Barbara County Action Network invites you to join us to honor Al Thompson, Laura & Ron Selken, Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt, Peoples' Self-Help Housing, Deborah Tobola & the Poetic Justice Project, at the 2015 North County Looking Forward Awards Dinner Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Santa Maria Inn, 801 S. Broadway, Santa Maria.

    Dinner tickets purchased by May 31 are $65 per person for members and $70 for non-members. After that, tickets will be $75 for anyone. 
    Please consider becoming a member to support our work.

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

               We'll tell you more about the other award winners in future emails, or click here for more information.

  • Join with us to honor Laura & Ron Selken, Al Thompson, Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt, Peoples' Self-Help Housing, Deborah Tobola and Poetic Justice Project

    We hope you will take a moment to read about Laura & Ron Selken's involvement in the community. 

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

                Laura and Ron Selken volunteer with the Santa Maria Noontimers Lions where Ron has served as club president, among other positions, and Laura is serving as secretary and newsletter editor. 

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                They are involved with the Democratic Club of Santa Maria Valley, with Laura serving on the board and editing the monthly newsletter. They are active in their mobile-home park, assisting with various activities including the monthly news magazine.

                Laura also sits on the boards of the local Literacy Council, the North Santa Barbara County Manufactured Homeowners Team, and the AAUW and the Santa Maria Public Library. She also serves on the county Library Advisory Committee.             

                 Santa Barbara County Action Network invites you to join us in honoring Laura & Ron Selken, Al Thompson, Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt, Peoples' Self-Help Housing, Deborah Tobola & the Poetic Justice Project, at the 2015 North County Looking Forward Awards Dinner Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Santa Maria Inn, 801 S. Broadway, Santa Maria.

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

               We'll tell you more about the other award winners in future emails, or click here for more information.

  • SB CAN Awards Dinner honoring Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt, Laura & Ron Selken, Al Thompson, Peoples' Self-Help Housing, Deborah Tobola & Poetic Justice Project

    We hope you will take a moment to read about Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt's involvement in the community. 

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
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    Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt is involved in numerous community groups, including serving as the president of the Santa Maria/Lompoc National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 2007.  She is a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church where she serves as Hospitality Chair, Trustee and participates in monthly feedings at the Good Samaritan Shelter.

    She is a member of the Five Cities Diversity Coalition, which formed as a result of the 2011 cross burning in Arroyo Grande, and a member of the Santa Maria Valley Democratic Club.

    She is the Chief Investigator for the Santa Barbara County Public Defender Office. She is the first African American female in California to hold this distinction.

    She is a founding member of the Defense Investigator Training Accreditation Academy and served as the first Chairperson and Instructor of Record. She continues to serve as the Instructor of Record and its Chairperson. The program is accredited through Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria.

    She has been on the Defense Investigators Association Board of Directors since the late 1980’s.

    Growing up in the Deep South in the 60’s and 70’s gave her an understanding and appreciation of injustice and unfairness, which gave her the passion she has for defense related work, civil and human rights and social justice. 

  • Join us in honoring Deborah Tobola, Poetic Justice Project and others!

    We hope you will take a moment to read about Poetic Justice Project, an organization that is helping formerly incarcerated individuals reintegrate into the community, and will join us in honoring them on June 7 along with other members of the community.

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
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                The Poetic Justice Project is helping people transform their lives.

                Deborah Tobola started the local program in 2009 to engage formerly incarcerated youth and adults in original plays that examine crime, punishment and redemption.

                Tobola has a passion for social change, creating art and putting artists before audiences. Through the project, 87 actors have appeared in 12 theatre productions. Many are active in their communities—creating art, mentoring at-risk youth, counseling people coming out of jail and prison, advocating on behalf of indigent people, and studying at Hancock or Cuesta Colleges.

              Several PJP actors have gone on to act in local community theatre productions. One has moved to Chicago to start his own theatre company. Another is the star of a new web TV show. Only three participants have been re-incarcerated in prison.