The board of the Santa Barbara County Action Network Action Fund has voted for a number of endorsements in local races to be decided in the June 5 election.
The SBCANAF board recommends a no vote on Measure Y on the ballot in Santa Barbara. The ballot question is whether to allow a private developer to use a portion of city parkland to install a bridge over Arroyo Burro Creek for his 25-unit housing development — two moderate, 23 market rate homes.
The SBCANAF board joins a long list of community and environmental leaders and groups opposed to allowing public parkland to be turned over to private development. The fact that the project aims at developing luxury homes makes the proposal even more questionable. Benefits alleged in campaign material by proponents of Measure Y erroneously claims public benefits — park improvements that are not dependent on the development to be implemented.
“Joyce was a founder of SBCAN (our sister organization) and has served as its director for the past 18 months,” Action Fund board chair Richard Flacks said. “Her record as a staunch advocate for the environment, for working families and for transparent government extends over decades as a leader and mayor of Lompoc. Her election to the board would be a transformative event in the history of this county.”
“Hannah-Beth Jackson served our region and our state in the Assembly as an outstanding advocate for education, justice and environmental values,” Flacks said. “We really must have her voice back in Sacramento.”
The SBCAN Action Fund will be urging its hundreds of supporters to contribute their time, energy and dollars to these campaigns.
— Richard Flacks is board chairman for the Santa Barbara County Action Network Action Fund.