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					            THE            Santa Barbara
COUNTY ACTION NETWORK
 NEWSLETTER
SPRING 2010 • www.sbcan.org • mail@sbcan.org • 805-722-5094


          IN THIS ISSUE                                 Engaging People & Strengthening Communities

  Strengthening Communities.......1                     SB CAN works to create sustainable communities that meet the needs
                                                        of all members of our community and future generations. We advocate
  Crafting Public Policy........................2       a holistic approach to community planning that integrates Housing,

  HOT Across the County….............3
                                                        Open Space, and Transportation (our HOT principles): building
                                                        affordable and workforce housing near jobs and public transportation

  Celebrating Selma!…......……...4,5
                                                        centers, while protecting open space, sensitive habitat and agriculture.
                                                        Community education and organizing are important to strengthen

  Highlights of Harvest Picnic….....6
                                                        relationships among diverse groups and to empower people to actively
                                                        and effectively participate in the civic life of the larger community.

  Action Fund Makes Endorsements..6                      SB CAN has been especially interested in building a progressive

  Welcome New Board Members.........7 discourse and governmental decision-making systematically disenfranchise
                                                         movement in the North County, where conservative ideologies in public


  Annual Board Meeting…..............8 progressive views. We’ve made considerable progress in the Santa Maria
                                                         lower and middle income people and are intolerant of diverse cultures and

                                                         Valley with our Civic Engagement Project and Leadership Development
                                                         Series in 2005 and 2006, and our Sustainable Santa Maria workshop
  series last fall. Now we’re looking forward to applying similar strategies for helping to build a strong progressive community in
  the Lompoc Valley. We will be launching our Lompoc Livable Communities & Civic Engagement Program this fall.
  Helping in that effort is our newest staff member, Joyce Howerton, formerly North County Coordinator for the Fund for Santa
  Barbara, and Lompoc Mayor.

  The Lompoc Valley is surrounded by beautiful hills, rich farm lands and the Pacific Ocean. Lompoc has a richness of cultural
  heritage --including Philippians, African Americans, Portuguese, Hmong, Latinos, Italians and Native Americans. In many
  ways, it is a nice compact community. But Lompoc faces high local unemployment as well as a large number of residents who
  commute out of the community for work. It has many challenges facing it, not the least of which is low involvement in
  local government. Many of Lompoc’s problems could be solved with more community involvement. When a big issue like state
  water or the county split threatens the community, people turn out. The challenge is to get people involved and keep
  them involved on a day to day basic.

  Civic engagement is difficult when people feel they do not have a voice or are uncomfortable challenging the status quo
  and often don’t know how to get involved. Our program is designed to engage people, inspire them to get involved in the com-
  munity, and to give them the tools they need to have a strong voice and effect positive change. This includes
  working on social and environmental issues, as well as attending meetings, serving on committees and writing letters to the
  editor--all part of creating livable communities.
                                       Crafting Public Policies that Protect Communities
                                  O    ne of the upturns in an economic downturn--when there’s not a whole lot of building or major
                                       projects going on--is the opportunity to slow down and fine tune or create public policy that will
                                  benefit all of our lives. SB CAN has been working with our coalition partners to do just that. Here’s
                                  what we’ve been working on lately.

                                    Ag Futures Alliance (AFA) Crafts Historic Ag Buffer Ordinance
    SB CAN DIRECTORS              “A locally unprecedented union of agricultural and environmental power brokers—two factions with
   Joann Marmolejo, Pres.         a long history of drawing battle lines instead of breaking bread”—that’s how Ethan Stewart of the
    Dick Flacks, V.P. South
                                  Santa Barbara Independent described the Ag Futures Alliance, of which SB CAN is a founding member.

   Jerry Connor, V.P. North
                                  After nearly a year of research, long discussions, numerous field trips, and fine-tuned crafting, AFA

   Vibiana Saavedra, Secretary
                                  released its 14-page proposal for a County agricultural buffer ordinance, representing a historic
                                  balancing of needs between the County’s agricultural and environmental interests.
   Selma Rubin, Treasurer
  Jon Williams, Membership
                                  Creating a buffer ordinance is no mean feat, since for the past 30 years members of the ag and
                                  development community have been citing this as a critical need in the County. Yet it took a diverse
           Emily Allen            group of committed individuals with a common goal and focused purpose to make it happen.
       Corinna Contreras
       Margarita del Valle
                                  A buffer is a designated space between agriculturally zoned farmland and any new non-agricultural
                                  development (a new housing tract, industrial or commercial facility, shopping center, etc.) that
           Lee Heller             is designed to protect farmland and reduce conflict with adjacent uses. Effective buffers must
         Gale McNeely             restrict the types of uses allowed within them by prohibiting things that would 1) jeopardize public
         Robert Potter            health or safety and 2) jeopardize the agricultural land's production viability.
         David Pritchett          The need to implement such a policy in our region cannot be overemphasized, as land that is
         John Sterling            developed adjacent to agriculture continues to create land use conflicts that threaten to impede

  EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
                                  normal agricultural operations. The diverse membership of the AFA has put forth a document
                                  reflecting a broad spectrum of views and needs, one that will help expedite the local process for
     Deborah Brasket              adopting such a policy.
  ADVOCACY DIRECTOR               “Basically, this is a tool we are giving to the County’s Planning and Development Department for
     Joyce Howerton               them to use as they develop their buffer policy for the county,” summed up Santa Barbara County
                                  Farm Bureau Executive Director and founding Alliance member Teri Bontrager. “This is really just
                                  the first step in a long process.”

Now the draft ordinance is in the hands of the County and we look forward to seeing county staff moving forward to prepare
an ordinance. More information on the ordinance and AFA, can be found at http://agfuturesalliance.org/santabarbara/

                       Rental Housing Roundtable (RHR) Seeks Justice
                           for Renters through County Ordinance
On April 20 the Board of Supervisors met to consider amendments to Ordinance 4444 that would protect tenants from mass evictions
that ruin families and devastate lives. After the fifth mass eviction in three years, RHR proposed a number of amendments to the 2002
Tenants Displacement Assistant Ordinance which seek to: (1) Expand the ordinance to include demolitions, remodeling (“upgrades”)
and rezoning; (2) Establish a County tracking process, and raise penalties for non-reporting; (3) Increase relocation pay-
ments (to reflect increased costs); (4) Provide for greater education on this ordinance among both tenants and landlords.
These amendments will provide assistance to tenants who are evicted – through no fault of their own. After each eviction, tenants are
sometimes forced to move three or four times a year, losing thousands in security deposits, forcing children to switch schools, and ru-
ining entire neighborhoods. Increasing tenants’ protections that will discourage landlords from evicting families is a cost-effective
way for the county to prevent displacement and preserve its workforce. These amendments would enable families to have the dollars
necessary to move and find a new residence.
By a 3/2 vote, the Board is asking staff to bring the amendments back for a final vote.RHR is a coalition of more than 30 community
organizations, including SB CAN, that was created to address the lack of legal protections for renters, end unjust evictions and unfair
treatment of tenants, increase the number of rental units available and develop cooperative ownership
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                                         H.O.T. Across the County
SB CAN’sHOTCommitteemeets once a month in Santa Barbara                     General Plan Updates: SB CAN members have been taking
to address HOT issues in housing, open space, and transporta-               part in the planning process for General Plan Updates through-
tion across the county. SB CAN also meets on a regular basis with           out the County, paying close attention to the issues of housing,
Coalition partners to create public policies that meet common               open space and transportation, our H.O.T Principles. In the
goals. Here are a few items we’ve been working on lately:                   City of Santa Barbara, this means supporting concentrating the
                                                                            development of housing in the downtown areas, along tranjs-
Bringing Our Community Home: BOCH came out of the 10 –                      portation corridors, expanding the protection of neighborhoods
Year Plan to end chronically homelessness. SB CAN sits on the               and reducing automobile dependence for City residents.
board, along with both public and private agencies throughout
Santa Barbara County, who believe housing is a basic necessity, a           Mattei’s Tavern: Mattei’s Tavern, built in 1886, is a beautiful
place to be safe, stable, and from which to grow into one’s poten-          restaurant in Los Olivos, and much to everyone’s surprise it had
tial. On May 19, BOCH is holding the first of a two part confer-            no historic landmark status. The Valley Alliance has submitted
ence on affordable housing opportunities and community support              a nomination to the County’s Historic Landmarks Advisory
                                                                            Commission (HLAC) of Mattei’s Tavern, along with the sur-
programs available in Santa Barbara County. The conference will
                                                                            rounding cottages, the historic water tower and the specimen
focus on educating providers with what is available, what the re-           trees for status as a Historical Landmark. SB CAN wrote a
strictions or requirements are, and how to best work together to            letter of support for this long overdue effort, and will attend the
provide housing for homeless people countywide.                             HLAC meeting to support the Valley Alliance request.
Pacific Surfliner: There is a growing consensus by the Santa Bar-           Measure A: The Santa Barbara County Association of Govern-
bara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) and many                     ments, SBCAG, is convening a stakeholders committee, of
                                                                            which SB CAN will be a member, to assist in the preparation of
community groups that the low ridership of the Surfliner can be at-
                                                                            the North County Safe Routes to School, Bicycle and Pedes-
tributed to the times of day it arrives and departs Santa Barbara. If       trian Program. The first five years of revenues projected to be
CalTrans and Amtrak would re-adjust the schedules, it would                 available for this program total is $439,763.
allow some of the 20 thousand daily commuters into the South-
coast to use the Surfliner. SB CAN raised these concerns with the



       BEYOND RECYCLING – Best Practices in Sustainability
governing agencies.



 SB CAN held a two part series on Transitioning from Waste to Resource in Santa Maria earlier this year, and will be holding sim-
 ilar workshops in Lompoc at the local library, 501 East North Ave. These are part of SB CAN’s continuing series of workshops
 on B e s t P r a c t i c e s i n S u s t a i n a b i l i t y .

     Beyond Recycling – “The Story of Stuff”                                   Beyond Recycling – Are We Doing Enough?
       Wednesday, May 5, 7:00-9:00 P.M – Presenter:                                    Wednesday, June 16, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.
   Joerg Blischke, Chemical Process Engineer & Consultant                       – Presenters: City of Lompoc & County of Santa Barbara

This free, public workshop moves us beyond mainstream                       Now that recycling has become mainstream, what more can we
recycling practices to explore some of the newest thinking about            do locally to divert waste from our landfills and manage our
waste reduction and resource management. A slideshow                        resources more wisely? Learn what the City of Lompoc and
presentation will provide a diverse overview of what various                County of Santa Barbara are doing, and how we can help.
communities in North America and Europe are doing to manage
resources more wisely. The workshop also features video clips of
Annie Leonard’s entertaining talk on “The Story of Stuff,” and
William McDonough and Michael Braungart’s inspirational
vision of “Cradle to Cradle” product design that prevents waste
from being manufactured in the first place by promoting the
intelligent redesign of goods and services.


                                  SB CAN Board President Joann Marmolejo
                                            at the Lompoc Nonprofit Faire



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                                  Santa Barbara Celebrates Selma!

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        ore than 250 admirers honored longtime commu-               evening’s keynote speaker. She’d been instrumental in
        nity activist Selma Rubin on the eve of her 95th            launching his illustrious career back in the 1970s, in the
        birthday with a catered dinner at Temple B’nai B’rith       process helping turn formerly conservative Santa Barbara
and SB CAN as the grateful beneficiary. Ms. Rubin, one of           into a bastion of progressive values.
SB CAN’s founding board members was, as always, the shining
star in a glittering firmament. In the almost 50 years that         If you’re wondering whether the Big 95 have taken a toll on
this Toledo, OH native has called Santa Barbara home, she’s         our tireless champion of social justice and environmental
pitched in to found or champion countless nonprofit                 action, fear not: when SB CAN polled board members for
endeavors. Along the way she’s made lifelong friends of             Earth Day duties, the first voice mail to roll in was from
many who cherish her wit, wisdom and willingness to sit             Selma, saying, “I’m at the Citizens’ Planning Association
through hours of meetings before showing up to do what’s            table from eleven to one, then PUEBLO’s from one to three
needed at a rally, forum, protest or fundraiser. As anyone          and Sierra Club five to seven. So I can handle SB CAN from
who knows Selma will tell you, she would have been                  three to five.”
perfectly happy to sign in guests and hand out name tags at
her own birthday celebration.                                       She’s never said no to the Santa Barbara County Action Net-
                                                                    work, or to many others anyone could think of. Positivity
Any number of out-of-towners, including family, turned out          and simple, sound advice are truly what Selma Rubin is all
to help fete the birthday girl, but Selma took special joy in       about. We’re all looking forward to 100!
welcoming veteran California legislator Gary K. Hart, the




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                SB CAN Action Fund makes June primary endorsements

W       hen SB CAN changed its nonprofit status to a
        501(c)(3), a new 501(c)(4) organization, the SB
        CAN Action fund, was formed. The Action Fund
board members are Dick Flacks, chair; Marc Chytilo,
                                                                       Joyce Dudley for Santa Barbara District Attorney: Her
                                                                       varied personal experience uniquely qualifies her. We
                                                                       appreciate her concern for the most vulnerable in the
                                                                       community, for environmental enforcement and for fairness.
secretary-treasurer; Bob Potter, Vibiana Saavedra, Walt                We’re impressed by her capacities for leadership and her
Hamilton, Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval, George Relles, and                dedication.
Mickey Flacks.
                                                                       Das Williams and Susan Jordan for state assembly
On April 23 the Action Fund board met to discuss the                   Democratic nomination, 35th Assembly district: Both of
endorsement of candidates running in the upcoming June                 these are well-qualified progressive candidates, and both
primary election. The board’s decisions were based on                  have strong support within our organizations, so,
candidate responses to questionnaires sent to them by the              accordingly neither received the 2/3 vote necessary for
Action Fund; support of 2/3of the board members is                     endorsement. Election of either would provide strong voice
required for an endorsement. The questionnaires asked                  for the values we seek to fulfill and would benefit our
about candidates’ support for the Action Fund’s principles             district. One of the issues that divides them, however, is the
and policies: protection and development of housing that’s             PXP agreement, which the local environmental community
affordable for middle and lower income workers, preserva-              has supported because it offers a way toward stopping oil
tion of open space and agricultural land, and development of           drilling in the channel. SB CAN endorsed this agreement.
transportation alternatives that reduce dependence on                  Susan Jordan opposed the agreement from the outset; Das
private cars.                                                          Williams endorses it.
Based on these criteria, the following candidates                      This article is paid for by the Action Fund.
were endorsed by the Action Fund:

Janet Wolf for County Supervisor, 2nd district: Janet
Wolf’s record in her first term merits her re-election. She
has been particularly concerned with open space preserva-
tion and environmentally conscious planning. We hope to
see her exercise leadership in behalf of opportunities for
affordable housing, but appreciate her desire to encourage
processes of community participation in planning. Janet
Wolf has exercised strong leadership in the budget crisis to
ensure that community needs are voiced and heard.
                                                                                Dick Flacks, Chair of SB CAN Action Fund


SB CAN Members’ Continuing Legacy of Community Leadership and Public Service
Since SB CAN was formed in 2001, founding members have                 Both Das Williams running for the 35th State Assembly seat, and
sought and won public offices throughout the county and state.         Tim Allison as a Democratic Party candidate for congress in the
These include Helene Schneider, current Mayor of Santa                 24th District were members of the SB CAN founding board. Long
Barbara, Das Williams, SB City Councilmember; County                   time members Janet Wolf, Susan Jordan, and Hilda Zacarias are
Supervisor Salud Carbajal, and Pedro Nava, currently holding           all running for office: Wolf is running for re-election for supervi-
35th State Assembly seat.                                              sor in the 2nd district; Jordan is running for the state assembly in
                                                                       the 35th district; and Zacarias is running for state assembly in the
SB CAN members are very well-represented among candidates              33rd district. Founding SB CAN board member (and newly
in the coming elections. Pedro Nava, SB CAN’s first president,         appointed Action Fund board member), Mickey Flacks, is a can-
is running in the Democratic primary for state attorney general.       didate for Democratic Party Central committee in the 1st District.


            We are proud of our members’ dedication to public service and the common good.


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                             SB CAN Welcomes New Board Members
During the past several months SB CAN’s Board of Directors welcomed three new board members. Here they are!


                            Corinna Contreras                                                  John Sterling
                            Corinna has been living in Isla Vista                                John has been in law enforcement for over
                            since 2006 when she began her un-                                    25-years, serving most recently as Police
                            dergraduate study at the University of                               Chief in Santa Maria, where, as the SB Indy
                            California. This June she will be grad-                              wrote: “He forged new relationships in Santa
                            uating with a double emphasis in Film                                Maria's Latino community and with other or-
                            & Media Studies and Sociology.                                       ganizations long suspicious of law enforce-
Corinna loves bringing local social, political, and environmental is-                            ment. Sterling did so because he understood,
sues to the media landscape, for the goal of having more peo-               then as now, that most social problems can be better addressed
ple involved in shaping their communities. You can often see                when people work together and not against each other.” John ran
her walking around town with a varying combination of shades, a             for the 4th District Supervisor seat in 2008 against incumbent
guitar, a tripod, a camcorder, and sometimes a hat. After hiber-            Joni Gray, winning the endorsement of many progressive or-
nating in the cold winter months, you can now find her along                ganizations, and losing by a narrow margin. Currently he’s
the lovely Santa Barbara bike trails, hiking in the hills, and tak-         pursuing a doctorate in business administration.
ing long strolls up and down the coast.


                                             Lee Heller, Ph.D.-- J.D
                                         Lee lives in Summerland where she loves to walk the beach with her dogs
                                         Henry, Sweetie and Jed. She has been a long-time activist in Santa
                                         Barbara County, working on social justice and environmental issues that
                                         range from animal rights to protecting our coastlines from the dangers
                                         of oil drilling. Accordingly, she has served on the board of both Dog
                  PAC SB and Get Oil Out!. She’s active in local progressive politics and political campaigns, as well
                  as volunteering at the County's three animal shelters, working to promote spaying and
                  neutering and responsible pet ownership.


                                            From 2010 Oscar Party Album




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                                              SB CAN
                                           P.O. Box 23453
                                    Santa Barbara, CA 93121-3453

                          Creating Sustainable Communities
              SB CAN works to create sustainable communities by
              promoting social and economic justice and preserving our
              environmental and agricultural resources.

              SB CAN advocates a holistic approach to community
              planning that integrates housing, open space, and
              transportation to meet the needs of all members of our com-
              munity and future generations.


       S B CA N’s AN NUA L MEM BERSHIP MEETI NG
                              “Home on the Sterling Ranch”
                                   1851 Santa Rosa Road, Lompoc
                                   Sunday, June 27, 3:00 – 5:00 PM


      This year’s annual meeting will be held on June 27 at the home of new board member John
      Sterling, who lives on a family ranch in Lompoc. John will speak about North County HOT
      issues and why he joined the SB CAN board. Each year our membership meetings rotate be-
      tween South County and North/Central County.

          For more information or to reserve your seat, call Joyce Howerton at 805-563-0463.


                                      SUPPORT SB CAN
          We cannot ight for environmental protection, social justice, and good government
            through out Santa Barbara County without our members’ generous support.

        Become a member or make a donation or at www.sbcan.org

SB CAN, P.O. Box 23453, Santa Barbara, CA 03121 • (805)722-5094 • mail@sbcan.org • www.sbcan.org

				
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