Meeting of the Board of Directors – WE Watch members are invited to attend all Board of Directors meetings. Meetings are usually held the 3rd Tuesday of each month at St. Marks Church parlor in Los Olivos from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m.
Our February meeting is Tuesday, February 21st, at 12:00 noon. We will be meeting in the “Parlor” at St. Marks Church, Los Olivos.
NEWS AND EVENTS, LETTER FROM PRESIDENT PENNY KNOWLES:
Dear WE Watch Supporters,
As a member of WE Watch, I know you care deeply about our Valley and are committed to preserving its beauty and agricultural way of life. Because of your proven concern for the future of the Santa Ynez Valley, I am writing to urge you to renew your membership for the coming 2017 year.
The purpose of WE Watch (formerly “Women’s Environmental Watch”) is “to educate our members and the community about environmental issues affecting the quality of life in our Valley. We actively support socially responsible efforts to protect our surroundings for ourselves and future generations while allowing for differences of opinions and approaches” (www.we-watch.org). Currently, we have four major programs: Protect Our Valley, Save Our Stars (SOS), Water Issues, and Scholarships. As a member, you will be updated about our activities (most of which are free) and hopefully participate in some. While our focus is on education, we also support the County’s Comprehensive Land-use plan for the Valley which we helped craft. That is why we oppose the annexation of Camp 4 to the Chumash reservation through fee to trust, because it would exempt the Tribe from the land-use regulations that we have supported since 2006.
We have joined the Santa Ynez Valley Coalition (www.syvcoalition.org), a group of like-minded organizations opposed to the Chumash fee-to-trust annexation of Camp 4. We are assisting the Coalition in its opposition to federal legislation that would facilitate this and in its promotion of further negotiations with the Tribe through the County’s Ad Hoc Committee.
We have also formed a new Committee on Water Issues. Members will monitor agencies concerned with the management and regulation of water here in the Valley with the hope of being able to advocate for sensible solutions to our water shortage.
The past several years we have awarded scholarships to graduating seniors from Santa Ynez Valley Union High School. This year our graduate, an amazing girl and a Syrian refugee, is now studying biology at Long Beach State University.
To kick off the 2017 year, we are planning an Annual Gathering for Sunday, February 12, 3-5 p.m., at the home of Charles and Cheryl Stauffer. At this event, our new 3rd District Supervisor, Joan Hartmann, will speak to us about the important environmental issues facing our Valley where WE Watch can make a difference. [Our Gathering / Meeting was a resounding success! The weather was gorgeous and the company congenial. A big hit was Nicole Peña’s wonderful food. Thanks also to Buttonwood Winery, Thekla and Richard Sanford and Vickie and Bob Baehner for the donations of their wonderful wines.]
Again thanks for supporting WE Watch. As we are no longer a gender-specific organization, we are encouraging couples to join as family members ($50). We also have a new category ($25) for Teachers and Students.
You can join via this website, www.we-watch.org, or complete the Membership Form and send it with your check to WE Watch, PO Box 830, Solvang, CA 93464. Please make sure that you give us an email address so we can send you our monthly electronic newsletter.
We thank you for your past support and look forward to getting to know you better in 2017.
PS: If you have already renewed your WE Watch membership please accept our thanks!
From Save Our Stars Committee: please check out the following article from the “Inside Santa Ynez Valley” magazine, Winter edition.
“Santa Ynez Valley the Birthplace for Global Telescope Network,” by Tyler Hayden