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Week of October 10 - October 15, 2022: council and advisory committee meetings of Santa Barbara City

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 October: (NB: City Calendar is a guide to many public meetings.) City TV covers many of the meetings and has reruns and updates with newly-scheduled meetings, as this Friday's. However, Consent Calendar meetings are not televised. Our new city website design is a mixed blessing, prettier-looking but with some information harder to find if it exists at all.

Common acronyms, abbreviations: hybrid or Hyflex, meeting access is both in person and via Zoom or other webinar; PDA, Project Design Approval; FA, Final Approval; CAR, Council Agenda Report. Meeting locations: City Council chambers upstairs at City Hall, 735 Anacapa Street; David Gebhard Room (DGR), 630 Garden 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.

A relatively quiet week for public meetings, with the major city celebration being Saturday's Harbor & Seafood Festival at the harbor. (Noted for curious, interested members of the public, Ariel Pierre Colonne, City Attorney, is back on the Council Agenda masthead.)

MONDAY, 10/10

Single Family Design Board, 11:00 A.M., DGR, in person: Consent Agenda, 211 Oliver Rd, PDA & FA; 949 Portesuello Ave., PDA&FA; 140 Loma Media Rd, FA; 3081 Calle Pinon, FA;  . Architectural drawings, link.

Architectural Board of Review, 1 P.M., DGR, in person, Consent Agenda: 1212 Coast Village Road, PDA & FA; 921 Medio Rd., Concept Review, " Project will abate violations identified in enforcement case ENF2015-00006 and zoning information report ZIR2016-00567."; 224 S. Milpas, PDA & FA. Architectural drawings: link.

Single Family Design Board, 3 P.M., DGR, hyflex, Zoom link at the Agenda: Item 1, Brown Act training; 1322 Dover Rd., Concept Review; 939 Carrillo Rd., Concept Review; 2108 Gibraltar Rd., Concept Review; 3208 Laurel Canyon Rd., Concept Review. Architectural drawings, link.

Neighborhood Advisory Council, 6 P.M., Franklin Center, Cancelled.

TUESDAY, 10/11

City Council Ordinance  Committee, Hyflex, 11:30, Special Ordinance Committee, Agenda: to revise M. Code sections and to revise the membership of the SFDB.

City Council, regular meeting, Hyflex, 2 P.M., city council chambers, access info at the AgendaAgenda packet (345 pgs.)

SB Arts and Crafts Show Advisory Committee (part of Parks & Rec.), 6 P.M., in person, Palm Park Beach House, 230 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Agenda.


Historic Landmarks Commission, 11 A.M., in person, Consent Agenda: 15 E. Anapamu, FA; 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd, PDA, FA, Historic Significance report, linkArchitectural drawings.

Historic Landmarks Commission, 1:30, DGR, in person, Agenda: 113-117 W. de la Guerra St., revised PDA; 1332 Laguna St., PDA & FA, Historic Significance Report; MemoArchitectural drawings.


Downtown Parking Committee, 7:30 A.M., DGR, in person; agenda includes "an update on the on interim operations in the State Street Promenade, including Council-adopted design standards, enforcement issues, and operational priorities." Staff Report on commuter parking, but no staff report on State Street.

Planning Commission, 1 PM, Hyflex, Council Chamber, meeting cancelled.

FRIDAY, 10/14

Joint meeting of the HLC and PC, Agenda for Zoom link. 10 A.M., Faulkner Gallery, Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu St; also streamed live on the City's YouTube channel, link. "The Historic Landmarks Commission and Planning Commission will jointly receive a presentation on the State Street Master Plan and discuss the past, present, and future condition of State Street." Tess Harris and Tim Bolton, by Zoom, rebroadcast on City TV Ch 18 at 6 P.M and several times on Saturday and Sunday.

Biweekly city administrative offices closed.

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 fall recruitment is presently on-going, deadline for applications is Monday at 5 P.M.:

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: Not listed under city 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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