Oil Industry Contributes Much

As a philanthropic advisor with energy industry clients, I fully attest to the impressive contributions these community partners make to our nonprofits — from the Santa Barbara Food Bank to the S.B. Scholarship Foundation to S.Y.V. Fruit & Veggie Rescue … and literally hundreds more.

As voters contemplate shutting down this industry, I ask we fully examine and prepare for the economic impacts. The industry contributes more than $400 million to our county annually; how are we going to replace those funds?

Verbiage states “vested rights” protects existing production. But the “rights” are akin to prohibiting skyscrapers and including two-story homes in that definition. Those living in a two-story may remain — but, the permit(s) needed to upgrade or maintain the home will now face another layer of permitting requirements, without any guarantee of approval. So you’ll be living in a home without electricity or plumbing.

Supporters claim that without this measure, we’ll become a littered, oily wasteland. Really? That’s all that stands between now and then? I’m born-and-raised S.B., registered Democrat, champion for equal rights, school bonds, and lots of things liberal … but, also a champion of economic vitality — for our schools, parks, and the hundreds of nonprofits doing phenomenal work, all elements necessary to enjoy this beautiful, robust life of Santa Barbara. Again I ask, where’s the plan? If Measure P passes, our energy industry, as we know it, will no longer exist, and with no alternative energy to adequately replace it. Before we slash and burn, I ask that a collaboration of energy and environmental champions, with elected officials, commit to developing a cohesive, civil, give-and-take strategic plan. If not, we’re going to face one whopper of a deficit in our county’s and nonprofits’ budgets, and as we all know, no good can ever come of that.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:

Red Flag Warning for North Santa Barbara County

National Weather Service predicts high winds and low humidity for backcountry areas.

Montecito Water District to Replace Meters

The $3-million project gives smart meters to 4,600 customers.

San Marcos High to Host Candidate Forum

The October 18 event is organized by the Associated Student Body.

Agriculture Hoops Ordinance Returned to Planning Commission

Will these temporary structures need a building permit?

Hotel Bed Tax Rises

Increase attributed to more rooms at an inn.