New Santa Barbara City Council Members Sworn In
Meagan Harmon, Oscar Gutierrez, Michael Jordan, and Alejandra Gutierrez (Photo: John Palminteri)
By edhat staff
Four Santa Barbara City Council members were sworn in on Tuesday with two members taking their seats.
Incumbents Meagan Harmon and Oscar Gutierrez were joined by newcomers Alejandra Gutierrez and Michael Jordan in taking their oath of office.
Harmon and Oscar Gutierrez ran unopposed securing their seats for Districts 3 and 6. Councilmembers elected to hold a special meeting to appoint them instead of spending $106,000 to add them to the ballot.
Alejandra Gutierrez won District 1 by just eight votes against incumbent Jason Dominguez with her grassroots campaign. Jordan edged out four contenders in his highly populated race for District 2.
The council is gearing up for important changes within the city including the relocation of the Saturday Farmer's Market from the Cota Street commuter lot and remodeling De La Guerra Plaza.
Councilmembers Dominguez and Randy Rowse said their goodbyes as the newly elected officials entered. Dominguez has plans to run for Monique Limon's State Assembly seat while Rowse just recently sold his longtime restaurant Paradise Cafe.