Alliance Meeting: Marc Chytilo
We are proud to present Marc Chytilo, a public interest environmental attorney, previously chief counsel for Santa Barbara’s Environmental Defense Center. Since his arrival in Santa Barbara in 1987, he has advocated for environmental protection and the public’s interest in hundreds of cases. These include preserving open space areas including the Douglas Family Preserve, Veronica Springs, and the San Marcos Foothills; preventing development on the Gaviota Coast; promoting alternative transportation; and most recently seeking to limit impacts of commercial cannabis operations to neighborhoods and businesses. He will give us the insider’s everyday view of this important work. Everyone who has an interest in our Santa Barbara environment can benefit from Marc’s expertise.
Each Alliance meeting is held on the first Friday afternoon of the month at 2:00 PM in Parish Hall, from October to June. The program series is open to all members of USSB and the public. You are warmly invited to come, and bring a friend!
About the Alliance
In addition to holding the monthly speaker series, the Alliance is a charitable organization. An endowment built on gifts and bequests of its members enables it to make charitable donations. During the months it was not able to meet, the Alliance continued to make gifts to USSB and to charitable and non-profit organizations and causes in our area. Since 2020 the Alliance has given to the 805 Undocufund, the USSB Minister’s Pastoral COVID-19 Fund, the Santa Barbara Immigrant Legal Defense Center, the Church Without Walls fund for enabling USSB to offer online services, the USSB Sumi Nungwa Hopi and Navajo outreach, and the current project of refurbishing rooms at USSB for the use of our members and community groups. This endowment has also allowed the Alliance to provide thank-you gifts to speakers for the non-profit organizations they represent. These have included The Feminists of Cambridge Documentaries, the Alternatives to Violence Project, the Sanctuary Center, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the USSB Music Fund, and the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County. Founded in 1888 by a group of Unitarians who remembered the liberal Unitarian services they had enjoyed in their homes on the East Coast, the Alliance was rooted in the ethical and spiritual values of Unitarianism and devoted to ensuring the success of the Unitarian community in Santa Barbara.