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Week of June 6: SB city council and advisory committee meetings
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. We agreed. 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 email@example.com.
Santa Barbara has a City Calendar, a guide to meetings; for June: https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/cals/; see also, What’s Happening. City TV https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/SBdocuments/Advisory_Groups/Single_Family_Design_Board/Current/02_Current_Agenda/2022-06-06_June_6_2022_Revised_Agenda.pdfcovers many of the meetings and has reruns and updates with newly-scheduled meetings.
May was budget time for the Council when each department presented its budget for Council approval and adoption. This week, there’ll be final budget deliberations, with a special 6-9 P.M. meeting on June 8; budget adoption will be in June 21. For a review of city council videos, the budget schedule is listed below.
Common acronyms, abbreviations: hybrid, meeting access is both in person and via Zoom or other web; ADU, Accessory Dwelling Unit; PDA, Project Design Approval; FA, Final Approval. Meeting locations: City Council chambers upstairs at City Hall, 735 Anacapa Street; David Gebhard Room, 630 Garden Street, or where noted.
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MONDAY, June 6
Single Family Design Board, 11:00 a.m., DGR, Consent Calendar, no electronic access, no City TV; Agenda: 402 Coleman Ave, Concept Review; 1142 Harbor Hills Dr., Rev. after FA; 1515 Sta. Rosa Ave, FA; 2356 Skyline Way, PDA & FA;l 3067 Paseo del Descanso, PDA & FA. Architectural drawings linked here.
Architectural Board of Review, Consent calendar, 1 P.M., canceled.
City Council 1:30 p.m., Special Meeting, Council Chambers, hybrid Agenda, with electronic access; Subject: Proposal For Implementation Of Recommendations From The Community Formation Commission
SFDB, regular meeting: 3p.m., DGB, Join for electronic participation; Agenda: 25 Las Alturas, cont. PDA; 101 Sta Cruz Blvd, pre-Application Review; 2339 Edgewater Way, Concept Rev.; 1208 Las Alturas, Concept Rev; 21-9 Gibraltar Rd, postponed. Architectural drawings linked here. Public Comment letter (101 Santa Cruz Blvd.)
State Street Advisory Committee, canceled, as is the July 18 meeting.
TUESDAY, JUNE 7
City Council, regular meeting, 2 p.m. hybrid, Agenda: items 2-17, Consent Calendar, several items of interest; Item 20, interim ordinance limiting new hotel development… Council agenda report; Item 21, a continuation of the 3/1/22 Public Hearing to declare a public nuisance, 3707 State Street, Chick-fil-A, staff report. Item 22: interviews of advisory commission applicants.
HLC, 1:30 p.m, DGR, hybrid Agenda, with Zoom participation: 1201 Las Alturas, city landmark recommendation; 222 E. Canon Perdido St, pre-appl. consultation (cont.); 400 W. Carrillo St, pre-appl. review, (cont.) 801 Alston Road/formerly 2190 Alston Rd, consent review–postponed to 6/22, applicant’s request. Architectural drawings.
City Council, special meeting, 6 p.m., hybrid Agenda, with web access; discussion of the fiscal year 2034 budget, staff report(CAR): unusual listing on pages 5-6 of the various citizen commissions and how many FTE (full time employees) are tasked from the departments to staff these commissions. Item D of the CAR: “Direct staff to develop a program to address commercial vacancy and draft an ordinance for the Central Business District.” with no further information provided. There is also a proposal to charge City utility payers a credit card fee.
Downtown Parking Committee, regular meeting, canceled.
Water Commission, special meeting, Water Resource Conference Room, 819 Garden St; 1-3 p.m., Agenda, with how to stream and participate electronically. Water shortage alert, Stage 2, NB: ” However, the City is not currently experiencing a water supply shortage and does not anticipate a shortage in the next two years, even if dry conditions persist.” Pg 3 of the 40-pg Staff Report.
City administration offices closed.
BUDGET HEARINGS SCHEDULE, fiscal year 2023, link. On June 8, 6-9 p.m.: Committee Budget Recommendations to Council; Council Budget Deliberations; Final Council Budget Direction to Staff; Planned Close of Budget Hearings. Budget Adoption will be on June 21.
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. For the next two weeks there will be Council interviews of the applicants for committee vacancies: 6/7, 4 p.m., and 6/14, 6 p.m. See also the City Council 6/8 agenda.
A useful City webpage is Government Transparency: https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/transparency/default.asp.
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.”