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Week of November 21 – 25: Santa Barbara 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 have been requests for coverage of other jurisdictions; volunteers to do that, please contact If we’ve mis-posted an address or there’s a meeting that we failed to list, please note the correction in the Comments section below. Thanks!

Santa Barbara has a City Calendar of meetings; for November. (NB: The City Calendar is a guide to many meetings and events but is not always accurate in its civic-interest meeting listings.) City TV covers many of the meetings and has reruns and updates with newly-scheduled meetings. However, some meetings, Consent Calendars and Downtown Parking Committee, as examples, are not televised even though they are held in the David Gebhard Public Meeting Room, wired for TV.

Common acronyms, abbreviations: hybrid or Hyflex, meeting access is both in person and via Zoom or other web accesses; ADU, Accessory Dwelling Unit; PDA, Project Design Approval; FA, Final Approval; CAR, Council Agenda Report. Meeting locations: City Council chamber upstairs at City Hall, 735 Anacapa Street; David Gebhard Room (DGR), 630 Garden Street; Franklin Neighborhood Center, 1136 E. Montecito Street; or where noted. Noted also for some Council and Advisory Committee meetings are non-public addresses; these are addresses for those public servants who choose to attend the meetings at home or elsewhere.

Except for the always busy design review boards, SFDB, ABR, and the HLC’s Consent Agenda, it will be a quiet meeting week ahead.

MONDAY, 11/21

Single Family Design Board, 11:00 A.M., DGR, in person: Consent Agenda: 3508 Madrona Dr., ADU, Concept Review; E Calle Laureles, PDA & FA; 965 W. Mountain Drive, PDA & FA; 1224 N. Ontare Road, PDA & FA; Architectural drawings, link.

Architectural Board of Review, 1 P.M., DGR, in person, Consent Agenda: 602 Eucalyptus Ave, PDA & FA; 18 Anacapa St., Review after FA;  Architectural drawings: link.

Single Family Design Board, 3 P.M., DGR, Hyflex, Zoom link at the Agenda:1218 Shoreline, proposal to demolish…, PDA; 425 Alan Rd., one-time pre-application consultation; 639 Island View Dr, PDA; 1337 Cliff Dr, new item, Concept Review;. Architectural drawings and public comments, link.

Santa Barbara Youth Council, 5:15 PM , regular meeting cancelled.

TUESDAY, 11/22

No City Council or Advisory Commission meetings.


Historic Landmarks Commission, 11 A.M., in person, DGR, Consent Agenda:

A. 1118 Cabrillo Blvd, Cabrillo Pavilion, Historic Significance Report, installation of a windscreen and gate, PDA & FA;

B. 1118 Cabrillo Blvd, Flock-Off bird deterrence system, PDA & FA;

C. 481 W. Mountain Drive, “…seven dwelling units (469-493 W. Mountain Dr.) and various accessory structures on one 4.59 acre lot and is nonconforming to residential density. The project seeks approval of as-built and proposed new residential remodels, additions, and as-built and proposed new accessory buildings….” PDA;

D. 1426 Bath Street, PDA;

E. 314 E. Carrillo St., PDA;

F. 1009 State St., PDA & FA, for the removal of two ficus trees to be replaced with two Mexican Fan Palms, PDA & FA.

Architectural drawings and staff reports, link.

Historic Landmarks Commission, 1:30, DGR, in person, cancelled.

THURSDAY, 11/24, Thanksgiving Day. Holiday Observed.

FRIDAY, 11/15, Day after Thanksgiving Day, Holiday Observed.

Of general interest:

City Advisory Commissions are listed with their duties and powers described in the Charter of the City of Santa Barbara, See: Article Vlll, Appointive Boards and Commissions, pg; 25 et seg. Other commissions may be formed by the City Council for certain issues of public concern.  Santa Barbara Municipal Code. The appointments to the Advisory Commissions will be made at the December 6 City Council meeting.

AIA-Santa Barbara, August 2020,  State Street Promenade and housing community survey results, more than 4,800 responses, linked here. Civic groups concerned about city government: Allied Neighborhoods Association, Citizens Planning Association, League of Women Voters -Santa Barbara, and various hyperlocal neighborhood associations.

City of Santa Barbara emphasizes transparency: Linked under city transparency is a link to the Ralph M. Brown Act, aka “Brown Act“, Legislative Chapter, Government Code 54950.5. “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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