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A long-time Edhat subscriber, hoping for more public participation in our local government, thought it would be helpful and interesting for the community to have a weekly listing of selected meetings, those of city-wide interest. Please tell us what you think. There were requests for coverage of Carpinteria and Goleta; volunteers to do that and/or County meetings, please contact

Santa Barbara has a City Calendar, a guide to meetings; for June; see also, What's HappeningCity TV is a great resource, covering many of the meetings, and it has reruns and updates with newly-scheduled meetings.

Common acronyms, abbreviations: hybrid, meeting access is both in person and via Zoom or other web; ADU, Accessory Dwelling Unit. Actions on the Consent agenda are reported to the Full Board at the next regular meeting. The Full Board has the discretion to ratify or not ratify the Consent actions. Common actions include: PDA, Project Design Approval; FA, Final Approval. Meeting locations: City Council Chamber upstairs at City Hall, 735 Anacapa Street; David Gebhard Room, 630 Garden Street; others, where noted.

If we've mis-posted an address or there's a meeting you'd like to have listed, please note in the Comments section below. Thanks!

A quiet council and advisory commission week ahead:

MONDAY, June 13

Single Family Design Board, 11:00 a.m., DGR, Consent Calendar, in person only or by written public comment; Agenda; 0 Las Tunas Rd, FA; 3067 Paseo del Descanso, PDA and FA; 15 W. Valero St, PDA and FA; architectural drawings here.

Architectural Board of Review, DGR; Consent calendar, 1 P.M;, in person, not televised; Agenda, 1109 San Pascual St, PDA, FA; 2515 de la Vina St, PDA, FA; 3210 State St., PDA, FA. :

ABR: Regular meeting, 3 pm; hybrid, Agenda, link for electronic access:(cont) lot merger, demolition of a SF and expansion at 8 Ocean View Ave., PDA;  Architectural drawings, link; 533 E. Micheltorena, concept review: new condo development; 121 E. Mason, (cont) concept review of a revised proposal for 155 residential units on the 2.1 acres site in the funk zone. Public Comment letters, re parking at 425 Santa Barbara St ; building color, black, on 300 block of E. Haley St.

State Street Advisory Committee, 4:00 p.m., DGR, cancelled for June and July meetings.  meeting schedule.

Neighborhood Advisory Council, 6 p.m., Franklin Center, cancelled. Next regular meeting, July 11 at the Franklin Center.


TUESDAY, June 14

Sign Committee, 9 a.m., DGR, meeting cancelled.

City Council, Finance Committee, special meeting, 11 a.m, DGR, hybrid/Zoom access, see: Agenda, city's fiscal challenges, Fiscal Sustainability Initiative.

City Council, regular meeting, 2 p.m. hybrid, Agenda: items 2-17, Consent Calendar, several items of interest, item 6: dangerous animals; and #12, re public hearing on proposed water/wastewater charges. #13, Wastewater rate schedule for 2023-2025; item 15, 6 p.m., final interviews for advisory commissions.



Staff Hearing Officer, 9 a.m, DGR, Agenda, Zoom access: 525 W. Pedregosa, interior setback modification; 650 Rockwood Drive, front setback mod. Architectural drawings link.

Creeks Advisory Committee, 5:30 p.m, in person and City TV, Agenda, outreach update.:

Airport Commission, 6:00, in person (and by City TV) at Airport Administration Conference Room 601 Firestone Road, Santa Barbara; Agenda.


Thursday, June 16

Water Commission, 9 a.m., DGR, hybrid; Meeting cancelled.

Planning Commission, 1 p.m., hybrid, Council Chamber, meeting cancelled.

Harbor Commission, 6:30 p.m., hybrid, Council Chamber, Agenda: proposal and preliminary design of a Diving Monument


FRIDAY, June 17

Bi-weekly, City administration offices are closed.

Of general interest:

City Advisory Commissions are listed with their duties and powers described in the Charter of the City of Santa Barbara, Article Vlll, Appointive Boards and Commissions. Others may be formed by the City Council for certain issues of public concern. List of applicants for present vacancies.  

City of Santa Barbara Draft Annual Action Plan, a strategic vision for housing and community development. The goals are to assist low and moderate-income persons, provide decent housing, create suitable living environments, and expand economic opportunities.

AIA-Santa Barbara, August 2020,  State Street Promenade and housing community survey results, more than 4,800 responses, linked here.

A useful City webpage is Government Transparency:

Oddly not listed under transparency is a link to the Ralph M. Brown Act ("Brown Act"), "In enacting this chapter, the Legislature finds and declares that the public commissions, boards and councils and the other public agencies in this State exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business. It is the intent of the law that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly."

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Sun Jun 14, 2022 05:44 AM

This is cool, the Harbor Commission Agenda item 5 for Harbor Operations,
Jellyfishbot comes to Santa Barbara, a bot that cleans ports of small trash
CASSIS, France, July 7 (Reuters) - Tourists visiting the picturesque port at Cassis, southern France, often see an unedifying sight: plastic bags, discarded drinks bottles, and even used surgical masks, floating in the water among the boats in the marina.

But the port has found a solution, in the shape of a bright yellow remote-controlled electric powered boat that weaves around the harbour sucking the trash into a net that it trails behind its twin hulls.
The boat, called Jellyfishbot, is about the size of a suitcase and so can get into the corners and narrow spaces where rubbish tends to accumulate but which are difficult for cleaners with nets to reach.

"It can go everywhere," said Nicolas Carlesi, who has a PhD in undersea robotics and whose company, IADYS, created the boat.
It is not the only device of its kind. San Diego non-profit Clear Blue Sea is developing a proto-type trash-collecting robot called "FRED".
A marine technology firm based in the Netherlands, RanMarine, has developed a robot called the "Waste Shark" which has been deployed to clean up garbage in Rotterdam harbour.

"Jellyfishbot" is in operation in around 15 French ports, and has been exported to countries including Singapore, Japan and Norway, according to Carlesi's company. The firm has just launched an autonomous version.

A keen sailor and diver, Carlesi said he came up with the idea after noticing, whenever he spent leisure time on the water, how much rubbish bobbed in the water in ports.

a-1655230367 Jun 14, 2022 11:12 AM

Great! Now if only slipholders would stop dumping the large items overboard. Volunteers last month pulled up more than two tons (!) of trash in the first fingers of Marina 1, much of it from the commercial fishing boats in the first finger. The commercial fishers (rightfully) get preferences but they should at least show some respect by not dumping.

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