Santa Maria Chapter (PUEBLO) Keeps Metal Scrapyard out of their Community
The Santa Maria Chapter of CAUSE (at the time known as PUEBLO) won a major victory in 2012 to fight off the placement of a hazardous metal scrapyard in the middle of a low-income Latino neighborhood. The Santa Maria Housing Committee partnered with a new community group called Friends of Fesler to stop this environmental hazard that would be placed near one of the most dangerous intersections in town. It was widely understood that a site like this would not be placed in a residential neighborhood that was not low-income or majority Latino.
After hosting a successful press conference, the Housing Committee mobilized its members and partners in environmental organizations to oppose the project in city hearings. After the Committee filled City Hall twice and highlighted legal concerns around the project, on March 21st the City Planning Commission voted to remove the project from the agenda until further notice.