In 2008, FOMC organized neighbors and community organizations to convince the Board of Supervisors to scale down the unpopular expansion of the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden and its conditional use permit.  Today FOMC and the Garden share a positive and mutually supportive relationship.  

From 2018-2020, Friends of Mission Canyon (FOMC) led a campaign to remove the power lines from the Tunnel Trail trailhead. Three years of effort culminated with the City Water Department agreeing the power lines were unnecessary, and their removal in December 2020.

In Fall of 2021, flows in upper Mission Creek dropped to historically low levels, endangering the survival of creek wildlife.  FOMC worked with City staff and officials with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to temporarily augment water flowing into the creek and sustain stressed populations of sensitive aquatic and terrestrial species.

Board of Directors

David Lebell – President

Bob Maloy

Judith Rubenstein

Robin Schievink

Stephen Sherrill

Timothy Tillman


Marc Chytilo – Legal Advisor