Action Alerts

  • SBCAN: Defund Line 3! Stop the Money Pipeline day of action Friday

    Sunrise Santa Barbara is planning an action in conjunction with the "Defund Line 3" / Stop the Money Pipeline day of action on Friday, May 7 at 1 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Courthouse.

    The oil pipeline known as Line 3 is being built through Indigenous territory without consent. The Red Lake Nation, White Earth Nation and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe are all suing to stop the pipeline. Prominent native activists have described the pipeline as “cultural genocide” and Indigenous activists in northern Minnesota are leading the direct actions on the ground.

    If built, Line 3 would release as much greenhouse gas into the atmosphere as 50 new coal-fired power plants. It would release as much greenhouse gas as the entire rest of the state of Minnesota.

    The fight to stop this pipeline is the fight to save our planet.
    Meet at the Santa Barbara Courthouse at 1 p.m. and march to four major banks that fund fossil fuel projects (Union, Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Chase) with signs, songs and chants.
  • Join Santa Maria May Day Caravan!

    Santa Barbara County Action Network invites you to join a caravan on May Day to show support for immigrant workers.
    Participants are asked to show up on May 1 at 11:45 a.m. at CAUSE's location, 120 East Jones St., Santa Maria. The caravan will start at noon and travel around Santa Maria. See the flyers below for more information.
    Bring signs showing support for immigrant workers who are #AlwaysEssential.
  • Speak up for Hero Pay at SB City Council on Tuesday, April 20

    Please join SBCAN in advocating for temporary increased "Hero Pay" for grocery and drug retail workers in the City of Santa Barbara.

    At the Santa Barbara City Council meeting on Tuesday, Apr. 20, the council will decide whether or not to approve an emergency ordinance to temporarily increase pay for grocery and drug retail workers by $5 per hour for 120 days.

    The item is #14 on their agenda and will likely be heard around 4 p.m. You can call into the meeting through their webinar app (information on their website here) or you can submit a written comment to the clerk before noon on April 20 by emailing it to [email protected]

    Below are some talking points you could include in your comments. Thank you for supporting essential workers!

  • SBCAN North County and South County Roundtables are combined this week

    You are invited to Santa Barbara County Action Network's countywide combined Roundtable on Friday, April 9 from noon to 1:30 p.m.
    We hope you will be able to make it. Please let us know if there are items you would like to discuss that are not listed on the agenda below.

    SBCAN North AND South County Roundtable

    Friday, April 9, 2021
    12 PM - 1:30 PM 

    Via Zoom:
    Email [email protected] for a Zoom link.


    1. Call to Order by Chairs and SBCAN Co-Presidents Janet Blevins and Dick FlacksIntroductions; Agenda Review (5 min.)
    2. Holistic Defense Practice and Cash Bail: We will hear from the Racial Justice Committee from the Santa Barbara Public Defender's Office about their program to provide holistic support to those at risk of incarceration. We will also hear about the efforts to keep cash bail at $0 in California beyond the pandemic. 
    3. Save San Marcos Foothills: The community has reached an agreement with the developer who is planning to build luxury homes on the West Mesa of the San Marcos Foothills. Now, we have until June 1st to raise $20 million to protect this land forever. We will hear an update from the activists who have been leading this effort. 
    4. Hazard Pay for Grocery and Drug Store Workers: Major grocery and drug stores have seen record increases in profits. Meanwhile, workers of these stores have faced high exposure of COVID-19 for over a year. SBCAN is joining UFCW 770 in advocating for a $5 per hour increase for major grocery and drug store employees.  
    5. May Day Concert - SBCAN will be sponsoring an exciting virtual concert on Saturday, May 1st in honor of May Day! More details will be sent out early next week. 
    6. Brief updates from participants. Please let us know if there are items you want to bring up. (2 to 5 min. each)
    7. Our next meeting is to be determined and will be via Zoom.

    Ken Hough
    Executive Director
    Santa Barbara County Action Network
    [email protected]
    (805) 563-0463

  • County Climate Action Plan Workshops March 25

    The County of Santa Barbara is hosting two online community workshops on March 25 to kick off the development of the 2030 Climate Action Plan(CAP).
    The CAP seeks to reduce communitywide carbon emissions 50 percent by 2030 while improving community resilience, social equity, and quality of life. 
    The workshops will provide background on the planning process, an update about where the County’s greatest climate challenges are, and about what the potential focus areas are for the plan. Members of the community are invited to learn, provide feedback and discuss with others to explore the community’s values and priorities.
    Both workshops have the same presentation and agenda. Pick the time that works for you!

    Register now: 
    3/25, 12:00pm - 1:30pm Meeting Registration 
    3/25, 6:30pm-8:00pm Meeting Registration

    For any direct questions, please contact Climate Project Manager, Garrett Wong, at: [email protected] or (805) 568-3503.

    A recording of the event will be provided on project website after the meeting. Visit to learn more. 

  • Oppose Oso Flaco Lake "Improvement" Plan Friday, March 12

    We urge you to join SBCAN in advocating for the denial of the Oso Flaco Lake Improvement Project.

    The California State Parks Department is proposing a three-phase plan to develop around Oso Flaco Lake. If passed, the plan would create 100 new drive-in campsites, 20 cabins, 200 new RV sites, and a new Off-Highway Vehicle access route from the campground into the riding area. This new access would create dust, air and noise pollution from the OHV area that would carry into the Guadalupe area and beyond.

    Contrary to the California Coastal Act, this plan would affect the environmentally sensitive dune habitat and adjacent areas. Oso Flaco Lake is an important area for biodiversity of birds and native plants, as well as one of the only beach access points for local residents. 

    Please tell the State Parks Department and California Coastal Commission that you oppose the Oso Flaco Lake Improvement Project in its entirety.

  • Save San Marcos Foothills!

    Santa Barbara County Action Network urges you to help save some of the last native grassland on the Central Coast.
    The San Marcos Foothills provides essential habitats for a number of significant species including white-tailed kites, hawks, burrowing owls, tarantulas, coyotes, and more. 
    This habitat is threatened by the impending development of eight multi-million dollar luxury homes. 


    A community advocacy group, Save San Marcos Foothills, is fighting to preserve the entirety of the San Marcos Foothills and stop the Chadmar Group's development of several multi-million dollar homes on 101 acres on the West Mesa.
  • Green New Deal a topic of combined North & South County Roundtables on Thursday

    Here is the agenda for a combined North and South County Roundtable for this Thursday, March 11 at 5 PM.
    The two Roundtables are combined this month due to the countywide nature of the items, especially Item #1, and because we hope our participants will join the Community Environment Council’s Webinar on Climate Resilience on March 12 at 10 AM. Information on that is at the bottom of this agenda.
    We hope you can make it.
    Please let me know if there are items you would like to see discussed beyond the topics listed.

    SBCAN North AND South County Roundtable

    Thursday, March 11, 2021
    5 PM to 6:30 PM 

    Via Zoom. Registration Required: 
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the meeting.

  • SBCAN wants your nominations for annual NC Awards

    Santa Barbara County Action Network would like your nominations for the 2021 North County "Looking Forward" Awards.

    Awards will be presented at SBCAN's annual spring celebration (virtually, this time) on Sunday, June 27 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to individuals, organizations, or businesses in the North County who have made significant contributions to the community. Please mark your calendar!
    Please take the time to nominate those in your community that deserve recognition. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 12.  

    - Open to individuals, local businesses, and community organizations located or working in northern and central Santa Barbara County (Santa Maria, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos and Guadalupe areas).
    - Must have demonstrated commitment to social equity, diversity, social and economic justice, or environmental protection.
  • Join us for a virtual Green New Deal discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021

    Please join us for a virtual panel discussion on the "Green New Deal In Action" on Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    SBCAN Board Member Ana Rosa Rizo-Centino and SBCAN Advocacy and Events Director Nadia Lee Abushanab will be among the speakers.
    The call for a Green New Deal has emerged in communities, classrooms, and protest sites across the country. In the Fall of 2019, UCSB held a public forum to start a conversation about how the Green New Deal can be used as an organizing framework to bring together environmental and social justice activism. Less than two years later, we are in a fundamentally different reality. 
    Youth, UCSB and community leaders will share concrete examples of the Green New Deal in practice.
    The aim of this second public forum is to deepen our conversation about local efforts to create a Green New Deal, discuss its promise to help plan for a post-pandemic world, and examine how the current socio-political environment helps or hinders our collective ability to work towards transformational environmental and social justice. 
    Use this link to join the zoom meeting:

    Ken Hough
    Executive Director
    Santa Barbara County Action Network
    [email protected]
    (805) 563-0463