Santa Barbara Developer Announces Run for City Council

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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. 

 

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TheKid5 Jun 16, 2021 12:53 PM
Santa Barbara Developer Announces Run for City Council

You are on the money! I am convinced that we need new people with fresh ideas on the council. City government is adrift and shows no specific route to at least improve our local conditions. They either talk issues to death or they hire expensive consultants. If consultants are an ongoing necessity for this council to be able to govern, then why are we paying them?

a-1623874000 Jun 16, 2021 01:06 PM
Santa Barbara Developer Announces Run for City Council

So, I think Sneddon could be doing better, but you're way off on some things. She doesn't believe everyone deserves a roof over their heads. State St is not a 'disaster' - Montecito's debris flow was a disaster. State St's implosion is entirely on the backs of landlords who wouldn't lower rents, calcified city planning processes that failed to respond when conditions changed, and too many homeless. Plus retail fundamentally shifted in the past 5 years to Amazon. So the council had control of 2 of those 4 things, and greedy landlords could have been dealt with by a penalty ordinance for continuing to leave a property vacant. Sneddon hosted a towhall on SB9 and 10, and Limon flipped her vote because of it - what more did you want Sneddon to do there?

Bird Jun 16, 2021 02:37 PM
Santa Barbara Developer Announces Run for City Council

If we get "new people" every four years then we'll have, as has happened this past two years, councilmembers who say, "I am new here..." and then spend some time learning how things work. It took Mike Jordan 8-years on the planning commission and 4-years on Creeks Commission to feel knowledgeable about the council and not to have to apologize his first two years. Mr.Reed who hasn't been on the planning commission even two years (and often has to recuse himself because of conflicts) is a newcomer to city government.

a-1623880058 Jun 16, 2021 02:47 PM
Santa Barbara Developer Announces Run for City Council

If we get "new people" every four years then we'll have, as has happened this past two years, councilmembers who say, "I am new here..." and then spend some time learning how things work. It took Mike Jordan 8-years on the planning commission and 4-years on Creeks Commission to feel knowledgeable about the council and not to have to apologize his first two years. Mr. Reed who hasn't been on the planning commission even two years (and has had to recuse himself from some of the major projects because of conflicts) is a newcomer to city government. The learning curve is steep to be a competent councilperson, taking the time to read the often lengthy staff reports, able to understand the issues, and, most importantly, be a "people person", appreciating that SB is a historic city of people where buildings enhance the history and serve the people, not the developer.

a-1623898441 Jun 16, 2021 07:54 PM
Santa Barbara Developer Announces Run for City Council

Hallelujah, we need new, qualified , talented , intelligent , experienced people ( who cares race sex or status ) who are going to change the trajectory of where we are going as a city .
Please , what has been done in district 4 that has been meaningful .

a-1624035050 Jun 18, 2021 09:50 AM
Santa Barbara Developer Announces Run for City Council

Sneddon advocates for existing Santa Barbara residents and our quality of life. I don't know where you get the idea that she has the ability to - unilaterally - fix homelessness, fix State Street, or reduce rents. This is absurd. And what evidence do you have that Sneddon is for SB 9&10? Ludicrous!

designs Jun 16, 2021 03:56 PM
Santa Barbara Developer Announces Run for City Council

What we need are qualified people . Regardless of their sex or race .

I recall a letter being sent out in district 4 during that campaign telling people in the district to vote for Sneddon because she was a WOMAN . During that whole me too thing that was happening .

oops Jun 16, 2021 04:23 PM
Santa Barbara Developer Announces Run for City Council

voting for him is could be like putting a fox in charge of the hen house. SB doesn't need anymore development, time to pull the ladder up. Building and conserving water are opposite objectives.

a-1623945939 Jun 17, 2021 09:05 AM
Santa Barbara Developer Announces Run for City Council

The government is dictating Calif development . Wouldn’t it be better if we have to develop parts of SB , we actually have experience on the council on how to deal with the directives from Sacto ? That experience is currently lacking on our council, so while you think that is a weakness , it’s a strength for the council .

PitMix Jun 17, 2021 08:36 AM
Santa Barbara Developer Announces Run for City Council

Grant House has a successful small business when he was on the Council. I don't remember that anyone said that he created a business friendly paradise except for giving Rowse his council seat.

Byzantium Jun 17, 2021 09:33 AM
Santa Barbara Developer Announces Run for City Council

Reminder: the "state" who is telling us what we can and cannot do is nothing more than the collected voices of those whom we elect. In our case, the "state" includes the politically ambitious voices of Monique Limon and Steven Bennett, who are merely picking up where too many years of Hannah-Beth Jackson and Das Williams left off -a solid string of community destroying "progressives" who kept electing and re-electing. We are not the victims of the "state" - we are the willing recipients of the edicts coming down from Sacramento written by those we keep choosing to elect. By now it should be obvious, the current partisan dominance in this state is not interested in you; just themselves.

Byzantium Jun 17, 2021 10:09 AM
Santa Barbara Developer Announces Run for City Council

PitMix: Grant House was a leading spokesperson for the Eastside Business community and did a lot of work upgrading city attention to this previously neglected part of town, as well as outreach rasiing its visibility to the general public. His type of small local business friendly energy is exactly what this town needs. Creating and maintaining a healthy street environment is essential for customer attraction to our local storefront businesses. The Milpas small business corridor finally got the attention it needed due, to both Grant House and exemplary follow up work continued by local community organizer Sharon Byrne. Remember Sharon's trash can art campaigns and rebranding Milpas as "Eat Street"? It was our own Mayor who tried to sabotage these efforts, and participated in a disruptive event at one of the Milpas businesses who was supporting this Milpas business improvement activity. So yes, having a local business person on city council was a huge benefit, have more than one will be even better. Simply representing the organized city employee interests who are now sitting on both sides of the bargaining table has not left us with a fiscally sound, administratively efficient or even a community responsive city government. District elections merely allowed organized status quo interests an easier seat to acquire; but it so far has not broadened input from the city at large.

SBLetsGetAlong Jun 17, 2021 05:41 PM
Santa Barbara Developer Announces Run for City Council

Support new people who don’t need the job.
Do not vote for people with a zero track record of addressing the big issues of SB; homeless, businesses, ghost town state street, etc...
what has Sneddon done in any of these areas. Walking around SB I can’t see any evidence of progress, can you?

SBLetsGetAlong Jun 17, 2021 05:43 PM
Santa Barbara Developer Announces Run for City Council

Same goes for Randy Rowse.
9 years on council with zero progress. And he had a more conservative council his first term.
Zero track record. Why have him cone back to do nothing?

a-1624028828 Jun 18, 2021 08:07 AM
Santa Barbara Developer Announces Run for City Council

Because Rowse is still a better and more qualified than the other candidates by far . And you have no idea what he is capable of doing on the council this term . A Rowse that did “nothing” by your standards for 9 years is way better than what we have or what is running .
When was the majority of the council conservative ?

a-1624032636 Jun 18, 2021 09:10 AM
Santa Barbara Developer Announces Run for City Council

Rowse supported Deborah Schwartz for the planning commission— it will be interesting to watch t(em run against each other for mayor! The collision will probably result in the re-election of Cathy Murillo.

The council was conservative when it had Self, Hotchkiss, Francisco, and Rowse— in that company, Randy was a moderate. In the present company he would be seen as close to a Trumpster.

a-1624034625 Jun 18, 2021 09:43 AM
Santa Barbara Developer Announces Run for City Council

Over time, Sneddon has been one of the only conscientious voters on council - a breath of fresh air. There was also Jason Dominguez, and now we have a few more who can think for themselves rather than blindly take direction from the mayor. But that bombastic blowhard Mike Jordon - disgusting! and sexist to boot. I don't understand how he got voted in.

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