Action Alerts

  • COVID in Santa Barbara County -- Now and Beyond Recovery

    An invitation from SBCAN Board Member Emily Allen:

    October Community Forum:
    COVID in Santa Barbara County
    Now and Beyond Recovery

    Wed, October 21

    Register in advance for this webinar:

    Speakers Panel

    Lisa Brabo, Ph.D., Executive Director, Family Service Agency

    Rubayi Estes, Vice President, Programs Santa Barbara Foundation

    Eder Gaona-Macedo, MPA, Executive Director, Future Leaders of America, Inc. & the 805 Undocufund

    Kathi King, Director of Outreach and Education, Community Environmental Council 

    Councilmember Meagan Harmon, City of Santa Barbara

    Supervisor Gregg Hart, County of Santa Barbara

    Abe Powell, Co-Founder, Executive Director, Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade

    Frank Rodriguez, Policy Advocate, 

    Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE)

    Emily Allen, LWVSB Social Policy Co-Chair and Program Director of the United Way of Northern Santa Barbara County Home For Good Program, will moderate.

    As a community we have been reacting to the COVID crisis. We are also starting to engage in discussions of what the future holds. We are pleased to bring together a panel to discuss the topic. We will provide an update on how our community has responded and the next steps of recovery and beyond. 

  • Call for stronger relocation assistance in SB at 11 a.m. Tues

    SBCAN has been discussing this issue at recent South County Roundtables and Board meetings, and we encourage you to act on this call to action from CAUSE:

    Hello all, 

    Tell the Santa Barbara Ordinance Committee this Tuesday, October 20th at 11am that their proposed Relocation Assistance for No-Fault Evictions would give Santa Barbara renters much weaker protections than other cities!

    The Santa Barbara Ordinance Committee’s current proposal is only 1.5X months rent, which would be on average $2,310 for a studio and up to $5,887.50 for a three bedroom or larger. This is far below other cities across the state.
    Join us in asking for 4X months rent for the relocation amount, and 5X months rent for vulnerable populations, which would average $6,160 for a Studio and up to $15,787.50 for a three bedroom or larger. Vulnerable populations like seniors, low-income families, and people with disabilities should receive additional assistance like in other cities.
  • SBCAN is hiring an advocacy and events director

    SBCAN is looking for an Advocacy and Events Director to supplement the existing staff, which includes the Executive Director and Associate Director.

    SBCAN’s Board of Directors includes activists and leaders of progressive non-profit organizations from throughout Santa Barbara County, and the board will be involved in the selection and approval of the successful candidate. 

    Click here to view or download the description of the position. Please send a letter of interest and a resume to Ken Hough, Executive Director, at [email protected]

    If you have questions about this position, please write to Ken at the email address above or call him at (805) 563-0463. 

    Our first approach to advertising this position is via this email to over 1,000 people on our mailing list, people who have already paid dues or otherwise expressed interest in our work.

    The best candidate might not already be on our list, and if you know someone who should be involved with SBCAN and might be a great candidate, please pass this along to him or her. We will also be announcing the position on other sites. 

    This is open until filled, but we would hope to fill it within about six weeks.  



    Ken Hough
    SBCAN Executive Director
    [email protected]

  • SBCAN NC Roundtable meeting is Thurs, Sep 24 via Zoom

    SBCAN North County Roundtable

    Thursday, September 24, 2020, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

    Via Zoom


    Here are some topics we will discuss, some with links:
    Solvang Development Proposal by Ed St. George
    "Surface Expressions:"
    And other topics:
    OASIS Senior Center. This proposal, under discussion for several years, was recommended by the County Planning Commission last Friday. It involves changes to the County's General Plan, therefore, it will be heard by the Board of Supervisors.  SBCAN's Board previously endorsed the "Environmentally Superior Alternative," which would locate the new facility on County property on Foster Road instead of in open space in the middle of Old Orcutt. Here is the information on the County's website:
    The Neighborhoods of Willow Creek and Hidden Canyon.  This proposed development of homes in between the fairways of Rancho Maria Golf Course has been on our agendas over the years. Now a final SEIR is finished and a Planning Commission Hearing is scheduled for October 14. Here is the link to the County's information on this:
    Update on Oil Issues: Exxon/Mobil Trucking, and On-shore Proposals.
    Other Issues: Please write or call if you have other items you want to be sure we discuss.

    If you would like to be in on the meeting, email me at [email protected] and I will send you a link to join the meeting.

    Hope to see you Thursday.

    Ken Hough
    SBCAN Executive Director
    [email protected]


  • SB Councilwoman Megan Harmon at SBCAN SC Roundtable Thursday, September 17, 2020

    SBCAN South County Roundtable

    Friday, September 18, 2020, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

    Via Zoom


    Our primary agenda will include late news on housing and tenants' rights issues. 
    Santa Barbara City Councilmember Meagan Harmon will join us as well as other representatives of housing advocacy groups.
    We also will hear a report on the Equity Survey by the Fund for Santa Barbara.

    If you would like to be in on the meeting, email me at [email protected] and I will send you a link to join the meeting.

    Our North County Roundtable will meet Thursday, September 24 at 6 p.m. We will send out a notice next week.

    Ken Hough
    SBCAN Executive Director
    [email protected]


  • Truth in Recruitment Townhall with Salud Carbajal: Expand draft registration to women or end it for all?

    SBCAN is cosponsoring the Truth in Recruitment Townhall with Rep. Salud Carbajal: Will Congress ​Expand Military Draft Registration to Women?

    We hope you will join in.


  • SBCAN SC Roundtable meeting Friday, Aug. 21, 2020 via Zoom

    SBCAN South County Roundtable

    Friday, August 21, 2020, Noon to 1:30

    Via Zoom


    1. Call to Order by Chair and SBCAN Co-President Dick Flacks. Introductions; Agenda Review (5 min.) A wide range of housing issues and initiatives are bubbling up and we’ve invited several of those doing the bubbling to brief Roundtable participants on the details of their work. New possibilities for housing justice!
    2. The Santa Barbara City Council is deliberating strengthening of eviction and rent stabilization protections: Meagan Harmon, Santa Barbara City Councilmember, and Frank Rodriguez from CAUSE. (15 min.)
    3. Formation of a Santa Barbara Tenants’ Council: Alex Entrekin, Legal Aid Foundation, and Stanley Tzankov, Fund for Santa Barbara. (15 min.)
    4. Santa Barbara Housing Hub: Linda Honikman. (10 min.)
    5. Eviction Protection Bills in State Legislature: Vianey Lopez, with Assemblymember Monique Limon (10 min.)
    6. Housing for Santa Barbara’s State Street: Meagan Harmon, Santa Barbara City Councilmember (10 min.)
    7. Brief updates from participants. Including Kate Connell regarding Truth in Recruitment Townhall; Linda Honikman regarding the Affordable Housing report from County Grand Jury and the City's response, effort to apply for a state funded Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities grant and the ongoing AIA charette. (2 to 5 min. each)
    8. Open discussion about other items of interest. All (5 min.)
    9. Our next meeting is scheduled for September 10, 2020 via Zoom.

    If you would like to be in on the meeting, email me at [email protected] and I will send you a link to join the meeting.

    Ken Hough
    SBCAN Executive Director
    [email protected]

  • Important News on ExxonMobil Restart and Trucking Proposal

    As you probably know, SBCAN has been working with a broad coalition to urge the County to deny ExxonMobil's proposal to restart offshore platforms and truck crude oil to Santa Maria and Kern County. Hearings are currently scheduled for September 2 and 9 at the Planning Commission. This could change now.
    We are represented by the Environmental Defense Center in this matter and the following is based largely on their email.
    Yesterday the County planning staff released a report recommending that the project be revised to only allow trucks to the Santa Maria Pump Station (where the oil would be deposited in a pipeline to the Phillips Santa Maria Refinery and then on for further refining in the Bay Area), and not along Route 166 to Kern County. ExxonMobil agreed to this revision.
  • SBCAN Encourages You to Apply Now for County Citizens’ Redistricting Commission

    Application form:

    Applications are due August 21st

    Santa Barbara County is seeking 11 extraordinary people to draw the boundaries for the five supervisors’ districts. These districts will have a strong influence over policy direction for the entire County over the next decade.

    To comply with the Constitution’s guarantee of one person, one vote, political districts are redrawn every 10 years after the census to ensure that each district has roughly the same population. If the 2020 Census shows that Santa Barbara County’s population is around a half million, then each supervisor’s district will have about 100,000 people. But how should they be grouped for elections?

    Until this year, the supervisors made the final decision on district boundaries. Some complained that the supervisors were choosing their voters rather than the voters choosing their supervisors. So, in the November 2018 election, Santa Barbara County voters approved an initiative—YOU Draw the Lines (Measure G)—that creates an 11-person Citizens’ Independent Redistricting Commission to adjust the supervisors’ district boundaries.

    The process was designed to select independent, representative, and qualified residents to take on this critical task. The final 11-member Commission must reflect Santa Barbara County’s racial, ethnic, geographic, age and gender diversity and be as proportional as possible to the actual voter registration of the County.

    The commission will provide an open and transparent process that enables full public consideration and comment on the drawing of district lines. Commissioners will conduct themselves with integrity and fairness to create an independent and unbiased map (see the official document).