City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

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Source: City of Santa Barbara

As Santa Barbarans, we're taking on a big challenge -- the creation of a new police station. Our existing station is outdated, too small, and hasn't been earthquake retrofitted. One of the first steps for a new station is selecting the location.

We'll review site considerations with City Council on Tuesday, September 17. Visit the project website to review all the site analysis documents and more.


Our police station is a busy place. Currently, it takes four separate buildings to house operations. Today’s facilities have not been earthquake retrofitted (as required by California’s Essential Services Buildings Seismic Safety Act of 1986). There are insufficient bathrooms for the 22 female officers, cramped interview rooms that are too close to witness areas, and storage constraints that result in a waste of significant time merely getting to equipment.

Santa Barbara Police strive to be a mix of highly skilled officers and effective community partners to help us maintain safe neighborhoods and beach-town charm. In 2017, with the passage of Measure C, Santa Barbarans chose to create a new police station to address the current inadequacies and to support both the special equipment necessities and everyday patrol needs.

The first step in the process is site selection. Key considerations include size, parking, zoning, access to high call areas, conflicts inherent to each site, and the costs associated if the site is not already owned by the City.

Map and table of sites considered for the police station. Please follow the text-based site selection table link for a machine readable table.

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a-1571373787 Sep 14, 2019 04:15 PM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

Those who say the city cannot use the Sears land because it is privately owned have forgotten about “eminent domain,” the government’s ability to take it over for the “public good.”

Factotum Sep 14, 2019 04:29 PM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

Have you forgotten about the "just compensation" provision of eminent domain, if the city can even sort out who the owners are for what they might want. Do you just think it merely is an arbitrary taking? Time to get back to the basics of constitutional law and its allocation of rights and duties.

SBZZ Sep 13, 2019 03:57 PM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

There is a reason why the police station is 1 block from the courts - lots of administrative foot traffic between the two. Move the station out of downtown and vehicle miles driven will go way up.

a-1571373787 Sep 13, 2019 03:00 PM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

Earl Warren is a Fairground, and during disasters, a staging area. No need to lose the fairgrounds just because some folks don't want to move their Saturday market. Come on people, this is getting absolutely ridiculous! MOVE the market!

a-1571373787 Sep 13, 2019 02:26 PM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

"No on Earl Warren. It's already perfect as is, and ready-made for our many fire emergencies. Vehicles coming to area to help us, easy for them to reach Earl Warren, and be dispatched from there. People trucking in animals to save them from wildfires. Our Police Department needs it's own identity. Don't clog up Earl Warren." Repeat comment.

a-1571373787 Sep 13, 2019 02:21 PM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

Forget about the police statioin, the Farmers Market should re-locate to State Street every Saturday. It's a great way to re-energize the street and nearby businesses. And the farmers are relatively used to that location anyway.

a-1571373787 Sep 13, 2019 02:03 PM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

A building doesn't have to be close to the action. Police cars need to be close to the action. If all the police cars are parked at the building, then there's an additional problem that needs to be addressed.

a-1571373787 Sep 13, 2019 02:06 PM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

at 2:03 - the police station "doesn't have to be close to the action" the neither does the farmers market need to be where it is. It's FAR more beneficial to our community, though, to have the SBPD station close to downtown than it is to have the FM right there.

SBZZ Sep 13, 2019 02:00 PM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

The police station has to stay downtown close to most of the action. I do not want the farmer's market to move, but putting it on State St. could work - plenty of parking in the garages for that. But the City needs to cut out the glass is half empty routine - active fault at Sears - yeah, the current building has really suffered from it.

TWOSCOOPS Sep 13, 2019 01:56 PM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

I would like a second dedication and plaque at the proposed park: "For Roger the Scanner Guy, whose civilian life is dedicated to the protection of our people and city."

a-1571373787 Sep 13, 2019 01:50 PM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

Name the park at Sears after the owner of the property. Put a plaque there, thanking the owner, from all the people in Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Police Department. Do a dedication.

a-1571373787 Sep 13, 2019 01:52 PM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

OR...........put the Farmer's Market in the parking lot of La Cumbre Plaza and put plaque at the Cota street lot thanking the farmers for letting the SBPD do their jobs...?

a-1571373787 Sep 13, 2019 01:40 PM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

Do you Sears people not understand that the property is privately owned? We can't just plan a big police complex on land that doesn't belong to the City with no idea whether the owner will even sell. Stop stalling! Move your Saturday market somewhere else for a couple hours so our police can effectively do their job to keep you safe!

a-1571373787 Sep 13, 2019 12:34 PM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

I went to the Cota Farmer's Market a few years ago, once. It wasn't for me. It can stay or go. I'm for the Sears location because it's a better option than Cota.

a-1571373787 Sep 13, 2019 11:45 AM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

Police cars with officers are needed in the community. That's the point, drive to the problem. Lights and sirens. Having a precious small building on Cota downtown, or a salute to policing "can do" at the Sears location, location is not important. Create something that the whole country admires...where there's space! How about a small park at the police station outer parking lot of Sears? That's something new.

a-1571373787 Sep 13, 2019 12:11 PM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

@ 11:45- so it doesn't matter where the hub of our City's safety is, as long as you don't have to go to a different parking lot for a couple hours once a week to buy veggies?

a-1571373787 Sep 13, 2019 09:40 AM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

Gonna try this again, since all I got was crickets last time - Why can't the Farmer's Market move their 4 hour, once a week market to another parking lot/location? What is/are the reason(s)?

a-1571373787 Sep 13, 2019 11:40 AM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

oops - forgot to include the link - https://www.change.org/p/santa-barbara-city-council-the-sbcfma-keeps-it-s-saturday-market-location-in-the-santa-barbara-and-cota-st-lot?use_react=false

a-1571373787 Sep 13, 2019 11:39 AM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

Still crickets..... ____ So, I did a little research. Here's the reasoning from the Change.org petition: "The Downtown Saturday Santa Barbara Farmers' Market has been held in this location for over 35 years.....The Cota St Lot is large enough to welcome new farmers, has adequate shade, a layout that's easy for customers to traverse and parking for existing farmers and customers. " ---------- The rest is about how important a farmer's market is, in general. Sure, I don't disagree with the need for a market, but the reasoning here is silly. So what if it has been there for 35 years? It can move. And I'm sure there are plenty of locations in the area that have enough room for new farmers, shade and are easy to "traverse." Find another parking lot! Easy.

Roger Sep 12, 2019 04:56 PM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

The Farmers Market can go to Sears Hands Down with a vehicle service bay and alittle place for a Helicopter to land delivering fresh fruits and vegetables to the market.

a-1571373787 Sep 12, 2019 03:47 PM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

Sears is the smart choice. Quick access to Highway 101 for emergencies, plenty of space to grow, plenty of parking, easy access for visitors, sirens won't bother neighbors at night, no displacement of Farmers Market, and, best of all, no condos going in w/ residents adding to an already congested traffic area.

a-1571373787 Sep 12, 2019 01:46 PM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

I'm excited about the Sears location, if it's selected. It would be nice to do a documentary on the process! What does a City do when it is allowed to dream big dreams...

neighbor Sep 12, 2019 01:43 PM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

Factotum, whatever the new location, it will be exempt from property tax just like the current one. There's a lot of concern for the Farmers' Mkt, but I wonder about the all the folks that currently park in the Cota Parking Lot. Where will all those cars go instead, and what revenue does the City lose when those folks no longer pay to park there?

Factotum Sep 13, 2019 09:22 AM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

The additional taxes I am talking about is the purchase price of any non-city owned property - that will fall on city residents, one way or another - increase retail sales tax or a property tax bonding or parcel tax. Or both. At least the city is starting out looking for the most cost-effective siting on property the city already owns. Adding the Sears property to this list would require huge additional costs to be borne only by local taxpayers. Just to keep the four hours a week Farmers Market at the Cota lot? I also believe both former military sites - the Armory and the National Guard Hdqtrs may have large toxic clean up costs involved, due to prior usages. Not confirmed, but this has been mentioned in the past. Cota remains the best choice -everyone has to compromise on this one. Not sure why the Farmers Market people are drawing a line in the sand.

a-1571373787 Sep 13, 2019 09:08 AM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

Very little revenue will be lost to City from conversion of Cota Parking lot for a Police Station, in comparison to amount of property and sales tax that will be generated from developing condo housing at Sears. Needed ownership housing to support Goleta tech, Business, Industry, and University.

CoastWatch Sep 12, 2019 01:34 PM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

SEARS, hands down- There is tons of room- They could move motorpool there for servicing the vehicles in the SEARS Auto bays and the biggest plus is that the CHP are looking for another location as well... The City of Santa Barbara could LEASE out 1/2 the building to the California Highway Patrol and make $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

a-1571373787 Sep 12, 2019 03:00 PM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

Not necessarily ‘hands down’. It’s not a walkable location and is not downtown. It’s not city owned and the owners haven’t agreed to it. Ideas are great, but they are not always realistic.

a-1571373787 Sep 12, 2019 01:14 PM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

The choice is clear. If there is opposition in the form of signatures, well, SBPD could just condemn the land in an eminent domain suit. Wouldn't look good, but hey, what is more important - the cops ability to effectively do their jobs or a 4 hour, once a week market?

a-1571373787 Sep 12, 2019 01:01 PM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

If the City of Santa Barbara annexes Noleta, Sears location would be central. Noleta is high density and stretches all the way to (almost) Patterson. Same, if S.B. annexed Hope Ranch.

a-1571373787 Sep 12, 2019 12:59 PM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

There's a nice little building for Sheriff sub-station on Hollister in Old Town Goleta. It looks vacant. Can it be moved to some location in downtown Santa Barbara for a sub-station? Isn't there a sub-station in Isla Vista?

a-1571373787 Sep 12, 2019 12:41 PM
City Council to Review New Police Station Locations

The Farmer's Market is established and a successful Santa Barbara program. As is. I don't like the Cota Street location for Police. Why would police want to start out in a neighborhood that didn't want them there? Bad PR.

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