THE SHELBY FOOTHILLS COALITION FORMS TO OPPOSE THE SHELBY DEVELOPMENT PLAN Press Release 2016-04-20 Today a coalition of Santa Barbara County organizations is announcing the formation of the Shelby Foothills Coalition (SFC). SFC is the product of a series of meetings to discuss community challenges engendered by the proposal to build 60 high-end houses on… Read more »

Our Busy Conservation Committee

by Cherie Topper [Editor’s note: This is the full article referred to on page 1 of El Tecolote April/May 2016.] Have you ever wondered what our Conservation Committee is up to? You may be surprised to discover both the volume and the variety of our activities in the community on SBAS’s behalf. We are fortunate… Read more »


Submitted by Steve Ferry Residents of the Goleta Valley are alarmed by the recent, rapid, massive development that has occurred in their community. These huge developments are threatening the quality of life in the Good Land with traffic congestion, crowding, environmental degradation, and the loss of open space and bird habitat. Now, yet another developer… Read more »

Help Protect Our Coast!


California’s independent Coastal Commission has been an amazing success for 40 years. In all that time the Coastal Commission has done an admirable job of limiting development on our state’s remaining pristine coastline and beaches. Now this work may be threatened: From February 10th through 12th, the California Coastal Commission is meeting in Morro Bay…. Read more »

SBAS Leadership letter on the Refugio Oil Spill

Update 5/25/2015 – Please be advised that the most current and up to date information regarding the oil spill and especially its impacts to COPR and the Snowy Plover nesting site are available on our Facebook page. Click the Facebook icon at the top of any page on our site.   Below is an update… Read more »