Action Alerts

  • We're counting on you to renew your membership - or become a new member!

    Dear Friend --

    Now, more than ever before, given this new and challenging national political climate, is the time to nurture our strong local network of progressive folks to create bridges between environmental and social justice activism.

    For fifteen years Santa Barbara County Action Network (SBCAN) has been the preeminent non-profit 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.

    On January 14, 2017 we will convene a Membership Meeting and I urge you to participate. Our newly elected county supervisors, Joan Hartmann and Das Williams, will be our guest speakers. We will discuss recent successes and challenges for 2017 (preview below). The meeting and social time will be a great chance to renew friendships and continue building the networks that support all of our issues. Mark your calendar for January 14 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Marks-in-the-Valley, 2901 Nojoqui Ave., Los Olivos.

    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 role.

    If you can, please consider becoming a major donor with a contribution of $500 or more and get special recognition at our annual membership meeting.

    It is easy to contribute here.

    If you prefer to mail a check, please send it payable to SBCAN, P.O. Box 6174, Santa Maria, CA 93456. Please see Membership Application below or click here for a pdf version.

    We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on January 14.



    Margaret Connell, President

  • Farmworker Issues Workshop, Transportation Plan, Annual Membership Meeting, Roundtable Summaries

    1.  County Workshop on Farmworker Issues, Monday, December 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Santa Maria or via teleconference in Santa Barbara.
    2.  SBCAG is updating its Regional Transportation Plan. Comments due by December 22.
    3.  Summaries from SBCAN's recent North County and South County Roundtables.
    4.  Save the date for SBCAN's annual membership meeting: January 14 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Marks in the Valley

  • Help Stop a Dangerous Oil Drilling Project

    For a year and a half SBCAN has been commenting on the EIR for the PCEC project near Orcutt and urging denial of the project. A few months ago SBCAN teamed up with the Sierra Club to retain the Environmental Defense Center to represent us in this matter. With EDC's help and testimony from many of our own volunteers, we secured a Planning Commission denial of the project. Now it is before the Board of Supervisors for a second hearing on the appeal filed by PCEC.

    It is crucial that we have a large turnout at this hearing on November 1 at 9 a.m. At the first Board hearing, people who got there after staff started reporting on the agenda item were not allowed to testify. Please get there before 9 to ensure you will be heard.  

    Click here for more information from the EDC.

  • PCEC oil project Tuesday at BOS, SBCAN Roundtables cancelled, Props 62 and 66

    SBCAN Action Alert
    October 10, 2016
    1. Pacific Coast Energy’s proposed Orcutt oil project before Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, October 11
    2. SBCAN Roundtables cancelled this week 
    3. Propositions 62 and 66
  • Rail Spur decision expected Wed, Oct 5; Pacific Coast Energy’s proposed Orcutt oil project Oct 11; Articles about oil transport; SBCAN Roundtables in north and south county next week

    SBCAN Action Alert
    October 3, 2016
    1. Rail Spur decision expected Wednesday, October 5 in San Luis Obispo
    2. Pacific Coast Energy’s proposed Orcutt oil project before Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, October 11
    3. Articles about oil extraction and transport
    4. SBCAN North County Roundtable meets Thursday, October 13 in Santa Maria
    5. SBCAN South County Roundtable meets Friday, October 14 in Santa Barbara
  • Get Free Vegetable Seedlings at the Green Team Gardening Day in Santa Maria Sunday, September 25

    SBCAN's Central Coast Green Team invites you to help with the Edible Landscaping Demonstration Garden Sunday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to noon. The garden is located at 910 S. Oakwood Drive in Santa Maria.


    Leonardo Espinoza Jr. is the garden director for the Green Team. He is leading this "fun day" at the Edible Landscaping Demonstration Garden.

    Leo says:

    Join us and help make a positive impact for our community. We provide a natural learning environment about how and where our food is grown. Come out and have some fun with the Green Team then take some free starter plants, provided by Plantel Nurseries, to start your own garden at home. Bring your garden gloves and get ready to spruce up the garden. Invite your family and friends. Hope to see you there.

    Read more about the garden in Leo's editorial:

    For more information, contact Leonardo Espinoza at [email protected].

  • RT meeting summaries, Gaviota Coast Plan, AmeriCorps Jobs, Rail Terminal, Editorial on Green Team

    1. SBCAN Roundtable meeting summaries
    2. Planning Commission Hearing on Gaviota Coast Plan, September 14
    3. AmeriCorps Info Sessions in Santa Maria, Lompoc and Santa Barbara September 13-15
    4. San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission Hearing on Phillips 66 Rail Terminal, September 22
    5. Editorial on SBCAN's Green Team published September 9, 2016

  • Roundtables on Sept 8 and 9, Garden day on Sept 25

    SBCAN Action Alert
    September 5, 2016

    1.  SBCAN North County Roundtable meets Thursday, September 8 in Santa Maria
    2.  SBCAN South County Roundtable meets Friday, September 9 in Santa Barbara
    3.  SBCAN's Green Team invites you to help with the Edible Landscaping Demonstration Garden in Santa Maria, Sunday, September 25

  • SBCAN Green Team Garden Day on Aug 28, NC Roundtable Sept 8, editorial about proposed motorsports park in Lompoc, Mesa Refinery Watch Newsletter

    SBCAN Action Alert
    August 23, 2016

    1. SBCAN's Green Team invites you to help with the Edible Landscaping Demonstration Garden in Santa Maria, Sunday, August 28 from 10 a.m. to noon.
    2. SBCAN's North County Roundtable will meet on Thursday, September 8 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    3. SBCAN editorial: Motorsports Park a bad idea for Lompoc
    4. Mesa Refinery Watch Newsletter about the proposed Phillip 66 rail spur


  • Proposed Orcutt Hill oil drilling, our editorials on parks

    1. Pacific Coast Energy Company’s Orcutt Hill Project
    2. Our editorials on parks

    1. URGENT: Pacific Coast Energy Company’s Orcutt Hill Project

    The proposed Final EIR for Pacific Coast Energy Company’s plan to add 96 cyclic-steaming oil wells—and as many as 48 more—to its Orcutt Hill property is to be reconsidered on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 by the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission at the Betteravia Government Center in Santa Maria. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. and this item is expected to come up sometime after 10:30 a.m. and will likely continue after their lunch break.

    SBCAN urged a year ago, last month, and will continue to urge, denial of the project. All of us should oppose the project, including the scaled-back alternatives, for the following reasons: