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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
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.
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.
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).
The County of Santa Barbara will consider applying for a grant to create a Farmworker Resource Center during the Board of Supervisors Hearing tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 29. We hope you will call in to support the item.
Our friends at CAUSE have compiled background information and details on how to testify, which we pasted below. The board is meeting in Santa Barbara. Although remote testimony is available in Santa Maria, it is advisable to testify via Zoom since there is construction going on in the county building.
Here are the details from CAUSE:
Our friends at CAUSE Action have asked us to invite like-minded community members who might like learning about their work to a free event tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 19 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Blosser Urban Garden, 915 S. Blosser Road in Santa Maria.
The event, "Turning the Tide: An Afternoon with North County Changemakers," brings together movement friends – longtime and new – from around the area to connect with one another around food, drinks and music, as well as help raise funds for grassroots-led work for economic, environmental, and social justice!
The event is free to attend, but RSVP ahead of time so they'll know you’ll join them.
Thank you to everyone who attended the "Reflections of a Trailblazer: SBCAN's Tribute to Hannah-Beth Jackson."
We feel privileged to have been able to honor Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and grateful to all of you who sponsored, helped out, attended, made pledges, or supported us in other ways.
We are so appreciative of all the support we received and the heartwarming feedback we've heard since the event.
We'd like to share the wonderful photos, videos and Tribute Book with you all.
If you made a pledge and still need to fulfill it, the link is below.
Click on the links below to view them:
"Reflections of a Trailblazer: SBCAN's Tribute to Hannah-Beth Jackson"
are posted on our Facebook page.
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please feel free to post any comments you'd like on our Facebook page:
This Friday, November 18th at noon SBCAN will discuss the UC graduate student worker strike. Yesterday 48,000 workers across all ten UC campuses started the largest academic strike in the history of the nation. We will also hear from folks at the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara (LWVSB) and Clergy & Laity for Economic Justice (CLUE) about their petition to transform criminal justice in Santa Barbara County.
This Thursday, November 10th at 5 p.m., we will hear from Maggie Hall from the Environmental Defense Center about the efforts of the City of Lompoc to expand their Sphere of Influence (SOI) to include the Bailey Ave corridor. For more than 20 years SBCAN has been opposing this expansion in support of protecting prime agricultural land. Come learn about the issue and how to support.Our South County Roundtable has been postponed to next week: Friday November 18th from 12-1:30pm.