Critiquing the New Mayor

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By Natalia Govoni

Mayor Murrillo has now presided over two City Council Meetings and some disturbing trends are emerging. She has begun chastising residents for exercising their right to free speech at City Council meetings, inferred that some take up too much of Council’s time and criticized the volunteers of two of our most venerable organizations---the Pearl Chase Society and the Santa Barbara Conservancy, for wasting her time in hearing an appeal. Conversely, she has overly praised Developers, who may not live in Santa Barbara, at every opportunity.  

Isn’t the mayor supposed to represent all residents and encourage them to participate in government?  After watching our former Mayor, Helene Schneider, skillfully preside over meetings, appeals, and public comment one would think that our current Mayor would have mastered the basic understanding of how to treat residents at City Council.

Alas, Mayor Murillo seems to have decided to exercise her new mayoral muscle.  First, she told the applicants of the Pearl Chase Society and the Santa Barbara Conservancy that their appeal of 800 Santa Barbara Street was the “WORST appeal” she had ever seen, while she went overboard complimenting the Developer who proposed a 3 story high-density AUD project in the city’s historical district.  Browbeating a respected organization that spent hundreds of hours and resources to make their case to preserve this city is not befitting of a public employee.

As if this wasn’t sufficiently egregious, Murillo chided Pete DaBello, an Eastside resident, during his public comments. The public has the right, enshrined in the first amendment of the US constitution, the state constitution, the city charter and numerous city resolutions and ordinances to voice their concerns. It is indeed a right, not a privilege.  As those who have summoned the courage to speak at City Council meetings know only too well it is intimidating. Raised above the public and behind their seats of authority, it easy to forget that this council serves the public. This effort to intimidate members of the public, wield power against those with whom she disagrees and disrespect constituents in a public forum is likely to have a chilling effect on speech. 

Is this how we want the Santa Barbara City Council to operate? Tell the City Council what you think: SBCityCouncil@SantaBarbaraCA.gov.

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a-1519211503 Feb 07, 2018 07:52 AM
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I think LOCALINSB should win an award for accurately predicting what our new sneaky-sneak mayor was going to do....and she done did it: ___________"Tuesday Murillo & Friedman plan to remove Council member Jason Dominguez from the SBCAG post he was elected to in January."_________ "Cathy works tirelessly.....blah, blah, blah....."

a-1519211503 Feb 06, 2018 11:57 AM
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If this is true, that Mayor Murillo has not yet made any public speech or anything regarding the deadly mudslides and catastrophic Thomas Fire, then I think that speaks VOLUMES about your new mayor.

a-1519211503 Feb 05, 2018 10:42 PM
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Have you been to or watched a CC meeting and how often Pete Dalbello requests to speak on multiple subjects, gets people to give him their time and includes antidotes about his personal life that have no bearing on the subject?

a-1519211503 Feb 06, 2018 11:54 AM
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And he never removes his hat. In the old days, when there were rules of decorum, that was considered rude. Welcome to the modern times.

a-1519211503 Feb 06, 2018 08:42 AM
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Pete is Pete and a concerned member of the community. For him to be teated so horribly my Marillo is very telling. Her silence on the Thomas fire and subsequent mudslide disaster in Montecito prove that "leading from behind" is quite telling. Cathy, what ARE you doing?.....crickets...

a-1519211503 Feb 05, 2018 08:57 PM
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You have to admit, even if you voted for her (I didn't), that this is a dismal performance by a new mayor. She fails to run the first three council meetings. She is then utterly silent on the mudslide disaster. She proclaims she feels pussy power in the park while neighbors 1 mile away are facing lives newly obliterated. How tone deaf can you be??? She doesn't understand business at all. Attending WEV sessions and distributing notes as your one action to help the business community is like going to the Jr High Prom in the hopes of meeting a potential spouse. She. Is. Way. Out. Of. Her. League, and everyone saying she's so nice and will eventually be good is willfully blinding themselves.

SBLocalGregg Feb 05, 2018 07:24 PM
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Ms. Murillo is an advocate of rampant development (as long as its CHEAP housing) and she's a PODER lackey. Any sane, rational citizen should be able to see right through her. Shame on the idiot Dems for selecting her as their poster child. Speak up, Santa Barbara! SBCityCouncil@SantaBarbaraCA.gov.

SBLocalGregg Feb 05, 2018 08:25 PM
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#ResisttheINSIST #ImNOTwithher #WhenSHEgoeslowWEgohigh If you see something, say something: SBCityCouncil@SantaBarbaraCA.gov.

22701015201 Feb 05, 2018 05:08 PM
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_______________ About Murillo, SBCAG & City Priorities _______________ Mayor Murillo lost an appointment to a seat she coveted her first day in office. She had “INSISTED” that she be appointed to the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG), which is a regional planning agency that includes representatives from the county and all the incorporated cities in the county. It distributes local, state, and federal transportation funds throughout the county and acts as a forum for addressing regional and multi-jurisdictional issues. Murillo’s peers voted to appoint Councilmember Jason Dominguez in a 3 to 2 vote. – Councilmember Greg Hart abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest. He is a Deputy Executive at SBCAG. When Councilmember’s are termed out their assignments are redistributed by majority vote. Councilmember Dan Secord, not the Mayor, served on SBCAG for years. - His peers choose him over the mayor. Mayor Murillo won’t be a team player and compromise. Instead she and Councilmember Eric Friedman are practicing party politics and are trying to remove Dominguez from SBCAG. (Agenda #13 & #14) Is this a good use of Council and Staff’s time and city resources? The city faces urgent issues that demand a professional mayor. They include: the Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudslide, Downtown revitalization, homelessness, affordable housing, and developer giveaways. These issues outweigh county issues and they should be the mayor’s priory. Should Mayor Murillo be attempting to manipulate council appointments and play party politics rather than focusing on the top priorities of the city? Tell the City Council what you think: SBCityCouncil@SantaBarbaraCA.gov.

JoeG Feb 05, 2018 04:53 PM
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She was a foolish choice, and y’all fell for it. Shame, shame on any of you who voted for her.

REX OF SB Feb 05, 2018 04:24 PM
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Four words. Just four: I TOLD YOU SO. The Murillo woman is the dreadful consequence when no one votes.

CivilEngineer Feb 05, 2018 04:01 PM
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These negative comments are pretty funny. Edhat has historically been anti-Murillo and is continuing this trend. But clearly you do not represent the majority of Santa Barbara. I know Cathy slightly and have never seen the behavior described here. I will wait until someone who was actually there and who opinion I trust can verify that this actually happened.

a-1519211503 Feb 07, 2018 07:02 AM
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Me thinks some people who used to spend hours commenting on Noozhawk have found a new home. LOL

SBLocalGregg Feb 06, 2018 03:04 PM
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Listen bucko, she won't be our mayor for 8 more years. She'll be seeking higher political office before two more years have passed. She'll be leaving on her own accord.

a-1519211503 Feb 06, 2018 02:24 PM
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CIVILENGINEER - I love how you admit that you only "know Cathy slightly and have never seen the behavior described here." So, in your admittedly limited knowledge of Cathy, you can undoubtedly claim that all who find her actions and deeds wanting are just being biased and unfair to this woman you know so little? Please tell us more about Cathy, or is that all you know?

CivilEngineer Feb 06, 2018 02:19 PM
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Due to the language used in the description. Not unbiased or evenhanded. Like most of the comments here. Must really chap your hides to know that she will be your mayor for the next 8 years!

a-1519211503 Feb 05, 2018 06:16 PM
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CIVILENGINEER, I would suggest you get stop sticking your head in the sand and WAKE UP! You definitely are drinking her Kool Aid!

a-1519211503 Feb 05, 2018 06:16 PM
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CIVILENGINEER, I would suggest you get stop sticking your head in the sand and WAKE UP! You definitely are drinking her Kool Aid!

a-1519211503 Feb 05, 2018 06:18 PM
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CIVILENGINEER, I would suggest you stop sticking your head in the sand and WAKE UP! You are DEFINITELY drinking her Kool-Aid!

22701015201 Feb 05, 2018 04:58 PM
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CIVILENGINEER - I suggest that you watch the Council Meetings from 1/23 and 2/30. If you do you would see that the author is spot on in her description. - Murillo did tell the Appellant's (The Pearl Chase Society and the Santa Barbara Conservancy) that it was the WORST Appeal she had ever seen and she did chastise Mr. Da Bello about speaking at Council. - No one should prevent anyone in the community from speaking. We need more community involvement NOT less. But Murillo wants to prevent that. There is a lot she doesn't want to hear about or consider. She has certain views and they are set in stone... Something many don't realize.

a-1519211503 Feb 05, 2018 04:45 PM
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CIVILENGINEER - The OP was there. How do you know you can't trust her? Just because she is opposed to Murillo's tactics?

GeneralTree Feb 05, 2018 03:01 PM
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Let's see - Murillo was sworn into office on January 10th (less than one month ago), has had two council meetings and the term "trends" was used in this opinion piece. I could see how the losing party in the mayoral race is upset. I'm glad to see her shake things up. "The sky is falling" op-eds don't carry much weight.

CoastWatch Feb 05, 2018 02:35 PM
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Murillo's reign over Santa Barbara's Council will be entertaining. Let all, in the local Democratic Machine, who embraced this "opposite of Trump, but like him in so many ways" Mayor and let their decision play out! LMAO!!!

Howard Roark Feb 05, 2018 02:07 PM
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The mayor didn't have the sense to return to town during the greatest crisis in memory, a complete failure in leadership. As a council member she looked to solve all problems by increasing fines. She doesn't represent all people of the city; she has a lot of prejudices towards people not of her demographic.

SBCountyLocal Feb 05, 2018 02:06 PM
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Murillo let Mickey Flacks (a cronie of hers) bash the City Council in last week's Council meeting in an effort to praise Council Member Eric Friedman. (Great way to run a meeting!) Allowing a member of the Public to personally attack the lives of City Council Members to prop up Friedman, her representative, was distasteful to watch and should not have been tolerated. But Murillo let Mickey drone on and on. It was shameful! - These meetings are becoming a circus at points and people need to wake up about Murillo before it's too late. Get involved!

GeneralTree Feb 05, 2018 02:57 PM
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She was sworn in less than a month ago. There is a new Sheriff in town laying down the law. I've seen the council meetings on local broadcast.

GeneralTree Feb 05, 2018 01:30 PM
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It's funny how a strong woman can men so angry. I'm currently more concerned about POTUS complete lack of disregard for the Constitution, the environment, and the people he serves - How Cathy Murillo acts at council meetings, not so much..

SBCountyLocal Feb 05, 2018 02:45 PM
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I admire strong, fair and rational women. If they ran the world we wouldn't have war or inequality. Murillo isn't strong or rational. She does have biases. She favors Developers over residents (they have $$). She isn't informed because she is out and about campaigning rather than reading reports or educating herself. And she clearly has issues with self control. Start attending meetings and you will see all of this and things will come into focus on just how screwed the City Is and just how stupid the Local Democratic Party is to have ever endorsed her.

a-1519211503 Feb 05, 2018 11:54 AM
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Still waiting to hear her speak to us about the Montecito mudslide. Waiting to see the heart of our city beating... isn't the mayor supposed to care about the city?

a-1519211503 Feb 07, 2018 07:05 AM
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If I were her, I would have been volunteering on the "Bucket Brigade" the day it was formed.......

a-1519211503 Feb 07, 2018 05:24 AM
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9617, Caring and leading are two very different things - both desirable in a Mayor. Time will tell if she has either.

a-1519211503 Feb 07, 2018 05:25 AM
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9617, Caring and leading are two very different things - both desirable in a Mayor. Time will tell if she has either.

a-1519211503 Feb 07, 2018 08:27 AM
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9617, Caring and leading are two very different things - both desirable in a Mayor. Time will tell if she has either.

a-1519211503 Feb 05, 2018 02:23 PM
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Totally disagree! Our mayor should be out there in the trenches, she should be reassuring our citizens that we will be okay, should be creating events to bring the community together, etc. Even if she delegates the work to others she should be being a positive face for our city. I know, I know, I have unrealistic expectations... but I DO expect it!

a-1519211503 Feb 05, 2018 12:03 PM
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Not giving a speech does not equate to not caring.

a-1519211503 Feb 05, 2018 11:50 AM
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Calm down folks. She has only been in office for a short time. To many people she comes across as a gruff, uneducated bully, but she is not. She is obviously trying her best to let everone know that there is "a new sheriff in town." When people get in over their heads with a new job they often lash out, and I suspect Cathy is in that space right now. She is laser focused on getting businesses to fill the empty storefronts, shelter and help the homeless, but mostly she is concentrating on disaster recovery. Everyone should support her.

a-1519211503 Feb 05, 2018 01:30 PM
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In response to A-1517865796: She is NOT trying to do her best so STOP defending her! She did a PISS POOR JOB as Council Member for her district so do not think for one minute that won't act in the same manner now that she is Mayor. She is completely incompetent, unqualified and inept for this new role and if you think otherwise, you are as stupid and brainless as her!

LocalinSB Feb 05, 2018 01:00 PM
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Murillo IS a Bully, a Spoilsport and IS Manipulative. Anyone who regularly attends meetings just needs to watch what she does to see this, but most never attended meetings. So they see a sweet persona she plays. More importantly, watch what she says. Murillo doesn't vote the way you would expect. She says she IS for affordable housing. Yet she sides with developers every chance she gets. She doesn't want to vote for impact fees that could pay for some affordable housing, but she will IF all AUD projects with Applications in by 9-13-2017 are EXCLUDED! (That's wrong! It should be with building permits!) Tax payers fund 75% of Development Fees and the AUD was supposed to provide housing affordable for local workers. Yet the units built are only affordable to those earning the most and if Murillo gets her way about 700 units that are not even approved yet will pay $0.00, but thoes 700 market rate units with create a demand of at least 250 below market rentals + whatever units destroyed to build market rate. (With building permits would limit the damge.) Bottomline is the AUD and Murillo's rabid support of it IS making things worse! Tell The City Council that Impact Fees should be based on AUD projects with building permits as of 9-13-2017 and they must be at the highest level possible: SBCityCouncil@SantaBarbaraCA.gov

a-1519211503 Feb 05, 2018 11:44 AM
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I am skeptical of and also intrigued about the op-eds that have been posted regarding Murillo (as well as the comments getting 5+ upvotes within 20mins...but that's not important). Aren't City Council meetings televised? Maybe someone can put together a montage of the situations being discussed so we can all get an *unbiased* view of what is or isn't going on.

Red Creek Feb 05, 2018 11:39 AM
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Sounds like she is hopeful to move up to County Supervisor if she is trying so hard for the SBCAG position and cozying up to developers. Bummer for the City.

LocalinSB Feb 05, 2018 11:36 AM
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Tuesday Murillo & Friedman plan to remove Councilmember Jason Dominguez from the SBCAG post he was elected to in January. Murillo wanted it, but was NOT elected. This Mayoral spoilsport now wants to rig the system and give Dominguez the boot. - Everyone needs to rally behind Dominguez. We can't let a tyrannical mayor ruin this City. - Send a email to SBCityCouncil@SantaBarbaraCA.gov and tell them to leave the Democratic process in place for Appointments and to Keep Dominguez as the SBCAG appointee.

a-1519211503 Feb 05, 2018 11:24 AM
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I'm still baffled that she got voted in to begin with!

SBLocalGregg Feb 05, 2018 10:50 AM
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I've fired off an email to the SB City Council. There is no reason we need to put up with the MURILLO antics when she did NOT win a plurality of votes - It is time for MURILLO to act like a grownup.

SBLocalGregg Feb 05, 2018 10:57 AM
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Remember people, MURILLO isn't going to be content with her job as SB Mayoress. - she has higher political ambitions.

420722 Feb 05, 2018 10:45 AM
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Murillo wants this place to be packed n' stacked, she does not give crap about locals, quality of life, or keeping the puny bit of character that SB has left. She cares about expansion and tourism. We all knew this and should have done a better job at getting people to vote against her.

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