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Week of May 2-May 7: 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, good idea? waste of time? want it to continue but covering more than Santa Barbara city? 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 of meetings; for May: (NB: City Calendar is a guide and not always accurate.) City TV covers many of the meetings and has reruns and updates with newly-scheduled meetings: .

This month is budget time for the Council where each department presents its budget for Council approval and adoption. The nuts and bolts of city government will be Friday's Special City Council meeting, focusing on budgets of the City Administrator, Mayor and Council, Human Resources and Finance departments. Next up on Monday, 5/9 is Parks & Rec. Planned close of budget discussions, Wednesday, June 8, 6-9 p.m.

Common acronyms, abbreviations: hybrid, meeting access is both in person and via Zoom or other web; 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.

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!


City Council, Special Meeting, 1:30 pm,  Agenda: budget meeting, Fiscal Year 2023 Recommended Operating And Capital Budget for the Library Department and the Airport Department. Packet, including Zoom access and the current list of budget hearings.

Architectural Board of Review, DGR Consent agenda, 1 pm, Public comment by email or in person, see the agenda for info; 116 E. Cota, Review after F.A., revised project description, building form remains consistent with the approved; Proposal for a new four-story mixed-use building on a 10,865 square foot vacant parcel adjacent to Plaza Vera Cruz, 28 studio units, 16 covered parking places...."   2 S. Quarantina, F.A.; 3888 State Street, Review after F. A.

Architectural Board of Review, DGR, 3 pm: Agenda: Public comment in person or by electronic participation: .

Concept review (cont) 414 W. Canon Perdido; concept review (new item) 3703 State Street (Chick-fil-A).


City Council Finance Committee, hybrid, DG Room, 12:00 p.m., Agenda, Review Of The Fiscal Year 2023 Recommended Budget.

City Council, regular meeting, 2 p.m., hybrid; Agenda, item 8, report on sea level rise, the acceptance of a $2+ million grant from the CA Coastal Commission, Local Coastal Program - and the disbanding of the 9-member city's Sea Level Rise Committee and concentrating it in the Council's 3-member Sustainability Committee. Item 9, Report on BEACON, focus on beach erosion, funded out of the Waterfront Department's budget.


Staff Hearing Officer, 9 am, DGR, hybrid, with access instructions in the Agenda: 116 Santa Cruz Blvd, ADU to an existing single family res.; 1721 Olive St.


Street Tree Advisory Committee, regular meeting, Parks Office, 402 E. Ortega St, 8:30 a.m., no video. Agenda, 1 street tree and 23 setback trees challenged. Also on the agenda, Street Tree Master Plan, no specifics.

Planning Commission, 1 p.m., cancelled. Noted that the Roster needs updating: both past commissioners Reed and Schwartz are still listed.

City Council, Special Meeting, 9 a.m., hybrid; Agenda: Subject: Fiscal Year 2023 Recommended Operating And Capital Budget  "Recommendation: That Council hear a presentation from the Fire, Information Technology, and Waterfront Departments regarding their Fiscal Year 2023 Recommended Budget."


City Council, Special Meeting, 9 a.m., hybrid; Agenda: "Recommendation: That Council hear a presentation from the City Administrator’s Office, Mayor & Council, Human Resources Department, and the Finance Department regarding their Fiscal Year 2023 Recommended Budget.


57th Anniversary of the Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show, 10-5 a.m., Cabrillo Boulevard. Regularly, the show is on Sundays, 10-6; Saturdays only for holidays, special occasions.

BUDGET HEARINGS SCHEDULE, fiscal year 2023, link. These are work sessions and public hearings, with a chance for the public to speak. City Departments will be presenting their annual budgets to the City Council starting in early May with final consideration 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. Application deadline for current vacancies is May 9, 5 p.m.

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

The April 22, 8:30 a.m., Faulkner Gallery, Public Library, joint HLC/de la Guerra Plaza Revitalization Design Advisory Committee meeting was recorded. It is av available on the HLC page: link. Keep checking! City TV's programming, does have more showing scheduled at 10 pm, Tuesday, 5/3. Showing community interest in and concern for the historic center of Santa Barbara, posted are 26 public comment letters, linked here. There's no mention at all that there even was a meeting on the dlGPRDAC's web page.

A useful City webpage is Government Transparency:

Not listed 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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SB LOC May 02, 2022 07:44 AM

THANK YOU for providing this information to the public. More public involvement is needed.
Locals must get involved.

The Santa Barbara City Council is responsible for all the problems we face as a community.

There are so many problems with the Santa Barbara City Council and the City of Santa Barbara and I am unaware of organized citizenry actively taking on the City. Overtourism, high fees, outrageous salaries, crime, limited building, crisis after crisis, a vision for the city that likes words like "inclusivity" yet the City does not include its own residents, generally making SB a place for visitors is their plan and locals do not like their plan, do not like where the City has ended up and do not like the direction the City is going. Our kids will not be able to live here due to the City Council, and frankly, the City probably would like all of us to move to make room for more wealthy people.

One thing that each of us can do now is to not engage in any discretionary spending within the City limits of the City of Santa Barbara. I know many many other locals and this is a theme that is spreading among people that believe and feel the City has gone too far and is too greedy and has none of our interests in mind.

Want to get inflation down? Stop buying anything that is not absolutely necessary, today.

Want to affect City revenues and keep your finances stronger? Make a challenge for yourself to see how little you can spend in a day. Think of where you spend your money. I personally know people that do not have money issues and they compete with each other to see who can spend the least money in a day, week, month etc., and its fun, give this a try, see how you like it and your savings will likely increase.

If you want to have an immediate contribution to helping City revenues decline therefore not financially supporting the Santa Barbara City Clowncil and positively affecting these problems stop spending within the City of Santa Barbara, discretionary spending taxes the City gets will decline.

During the next couple of elections a house cleaning needs to occur and every elected present occupant of City Council should be voted out of office for destroying our lovely place. It is people like each and everyone of you and your friends that can change the City of Santa Barbara.

And, the City of Santa Barbara clearly looks at readers comments as these have been referenced in City meetings and hearings. So keep up sharing your thoughts about all the substandard jobs performed by City of Santa Barbara employees and the City of Santa Barbara and write in to the Santa Barbara City Council on every issue that you as a Santa Barbarian resident local believe to not be in the best interests of SB LOCALS.

Thank you for being involved.

Write to the following people that purport to care but are responsible for all the issues and hardship our community faces. The Santa Barbara City Council bears all the responsibility for all the problems of our community because they caused them.

Below is their email address.

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