Santa Barbara Mayor Addresses the City in Second Video
By edhat staff
Over the course of five weeks, City of Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo, will issue a series of short, weekly, COVID-related State of the City Addresses. This is her second address of five.
Murillo stated it's due to residents following the social distancing guidelines that our region has avoided a spike in cases that could potentially overwhelm our healthcare system.
She emphasized the City Council's decisions to help reopen sections of the economy, including the closure of State Street to vehicles, free parking in city lots, and allowing outdoor/sidewalk dining.
"The vision is to allow outdoor dining on sidewalks, on-street parking spaces, some closed streets, and on private property to support the re-opening and recovery of the City’s foodservice businesses. This effort aims to stimulate and support our local businesses’ financial stability. We have over 400 restaurants and cafes in our community – many of them locally owned – and they employ thousands of workers," said Murillo.
Murillo thanked the city staff for their work on these efforts and also frontline workers for providing services to the community.
"Remember we are in a marathon and not a sprint – the virus is not gone away and we must remain vigilant. Wear a face covering and abide by public health directives and we’ll continue to get through this together," said Murillo.
The 9-minute dialogue aired on Santa Barbara City Television, Channel 18, Tuesday night, and a Spanish version was discussed on Radio Bronco FM 107.7 and La Musical FM 94.5 for the Spanish speaking members of the community.