SBCAG Elects New Leadership

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Holly Sierra, Alice Patino, and Gregg Hart

Source: SBCAG

Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) elected their 2020 leadership and approved the Board of Directors regular meeting schedule through December 2020. The Board of Directors selected Gregg Hart, County Supervisor Second District to serve as Chair and Holly Sierra, Mayor of Buellton to serve as Vice-Chair. The Board also extended their appreciation to outgoing Chair Alice Patino, Mayor of Santa Maria. 

"As a former Santa Barbara County Association of Governments Deputy Director, I understand transportation and housing issues facing our region,” said director Gregg Hart. “I will work hard with my Board colleagues, SBCAG staff and our partners to secure full funding to complete the 101 widening project, expand rail service, increase funding for transit, bike, and pedestrian improvements and create new opportunities for affordable housing."

In 2020, Santa Barbara County Association of Governments, in partnership with Caltrans, will be focused on the Santa Barbara U.S. 101 Multimodal Corridor Project, which is the priority project of Measure A, the transportation measure passed overwhelmingly by voters in 2008. Measure A funding helped leverage $184 million in competitive Senate Bill 1 funding for the project from Carpinteria to Summerland with construction starting in 2020. In the new year, Santa Barbara County Association of Governments will seek to leverage additional Senate Bill 1 funding to secure the remaining investment needed for the entirety of the project to Santa Barbara. The funding also supports improving local connections for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit and rail users. The public can stay informed on the progress by signing up to receive updates at

Santa Barbara County Association of Governments will also be engaged in Connected 2050, Santa Barbara County’s next Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP-SCS).  The RTP-SCS is the long-range transportation plan that is updated every four years and helps guide future planning efforts and policy decisions that affect transportation, including its relationship with housing and land use.  The current RTP-SCS, Fast Forward 2040, as its name suggests, plans out to the year 2040.  Connected 2050 will plan out to 2050.  Connected 2050 will also align with the Regional Housing Needs Allocation process as directed by the State of California to support how Santa Barbara communities can adequately plan to meet the housing needs for our region. Public participation will be vital to the development of Connected 2050 and Santa Barbara County Association of Governments will conduct public meetings and surveys in advance of a draft release of Connected 2050 anticipated in June 2021.

Regular meetings of the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments Board of Directors occur on the 3rdThursday of each month, convening at 10:00 a.m. Listed below is the 2020 Meeting schedule and locations. Santa Barbara meetings are held in the Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors Hearing Room at 105 East Anapamu Street, 4th Floor, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Santa Maria meetings are held in the Santa Maria Board of Supervisors Hearing Room at 511 East Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria, CA 93455

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ChillinGrillin Dec 29, 2019 08:45 AM
SBCAG Elects New Leadership

"Fast Forward 2040," "Connected 2050," RTP-SCS. A bunch of slogans and alphabet soups to cover the fact that SBCAG and local govt. have been talking about things and not doing much for decades. I remember them talking about the same things over 30 years ago. Now it's going to be another 30 years and they'll come out with some mediocre recycled plan like "Zoom 2080." Totally pathetic.

Eggs Ackley Dec 29, 2019 06:31 AM
SBCAG Elects New Leadership

A fool’s errand…continue fouling the nest at ever greater rates in misguided expectations of poor solutions to the wrong problem. None of their proposal or projects have alleviated any of the issues they purported to solve. That was never the objective. Aordable Housing:check. Traffic and transportation: check. Millions and millions spent over decades with negative results to show for it. Yet the same folks are sitting thee pretending to have your interests at heart.

aragorn Dec 28, 2019 10:02 AM
SBCAG Elects New Leadership

Is Mayor Murillo still on with SBCAG? Soon to be former City Council Member Jason Dominguez of District 1 was suppose to be on SBCAG, but one of the City Council Members "flipped" on Jason Dominguez when at first this City Council Member supported him. I was at that meeting. A good strong support (including myself) by quite a few from SB residents. I do believe just one of the City Council Member supported Jason Dominguez. All the others backed up Mayor Murillo.

a-1594546527 Dec 28, 2019 09:29 AM
SBCAG Elects New Leadership

A lot of yahoos from up here in the No. County dominate this board. The public needs to follow its work very closely.

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