Santa Barbara Developer Announces Run for City Council
By the edhat staff
Local developer Barrett Reed announced his candidacy for the Santa Barbara City Council this week seeking to unseat current councilmember Kristen Sneddon in District 4.
Reed, 36, was born and raised in Santa Barbara, has served on the Santa Barbara Planning Commission, and is a board member of Downtown Santa Barbara. He is also the co-founder of the Miramar Group, a real estate development company behind the creation of several mixed-use buildings including the Waterline building in the Funk Zone and "Kim's Service Department" on lower State Street.
“Our city has been celebrated around the world, it is a very special place. And today it needs some serious attention,” stated Reed in a press announcement. “Santa Barbara is not what it once was nor is it what it should be. For many, including me, it’s hard to come to terms with what we have allowed to happen.”
Reed stated he will create incentives for downtown revitalization to bring residents and families back, and emphasized the need to have a "robust conversation about the future of Santa Barbara," specifically homelessness.
“We have to help the truly homeless, get them into housing and off the streets. And we need to remove the lawless element and move them out of town, the dangerous encampments that pose a fire and safety threat to our neighborhoods must be removed,” he said.
Reed states he would be the only member of the council with business experience. “As a small business person, I know to succeed you must do more than talk or write reports, we must act, measure and make changes and continue until we achieve our goals," he said.
If elected, he also plans to focus on preserving single-family neighborhoods from state demands for more housing.