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					     community input summary report

Plan Santa Barbara

            APPENDICES
              December 2007
                       Table of Contents

Appendix 1: Compilation Of Public Comments Round 1 Public Workshops

Appendix 2: Grassroots Groups Summary of Comments

Appendix 3: Summary Of Comments From Mail –In And Electronic Forms




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                        Appendix 1
            COMPILATION OF PUBLIC COMMENTS
               ROUND 1 PUBLIC WORKSHOPS

                                June and July 2007
People’s comments in the workshop breakout session were summarized by the note
takers as they noted comments on the flip charts. The material recorded on the flip charts
was subsequently transcribed by each note taker into a text file. To avoid further
reworking of people’s comments, the note takers’ summaries from each session have not
been further consolidated. Thus each breakout session from the four workshops is
presented separately. Some re-formatting has been done to present the information
consistently.

   In total, there were 17 individual breakout sessions conducted throughout the series of
   public workshops.

   The sessions were structured by having a person facilitate them, another person
   record what was said, albeit not verbatim, and each session started with the same list
   of topics. This approach helped to focus discussion, but may have also limited the
   breadth of comments received when compared with the range of comments from the
   comment cards and grassroots groups.

   The six topics used in the workshops were: Housing/Neighborhoods, Transportation,
   Economy, Environment, Community Design and Public Services and Facilities. The
   workshops also included a category for “Big Ideas” which is unique to the
   workshops.

   Not all breakout sessions addressed all of the six topics and in some sessions other
   topics were added to the list. Many of the breakout group summaries also include a
   category for “Other” comments. Overall, the topics that received the most attention
   in the breakout groups were Housing/Neighborhoods and Transportation.




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    JUNE 13, 2007 WORKSHOP - FAULKNER GALLERY, CITY
                        LIBRARY

GENERAL LARGE GROUP THOUGHTS ABOUT SANTA BARBARA

Housing/Neighborhoods
• Historic Architecture/Preservation
• Spanish/Mexican Heritage
• Green City of Santa Barbara RV Ordinance
• Small Town Character
• Affordable housing
• Make process democratic
• Growth/Urban Core
• Don’t displace housing

Transportation
• Nature/Transportation
• Trolley
• Public Transit
• Accessible/safe bike routes

Economy
• Small town with big city amenities
• Diverse
• Self-determination

Environment
• Views
• Natural Resources
• Well defined borders
• Progressive Culture

Community Design
Walkability

Other
• Responsive Government
• Vision
• Maintain ordinance
• Help for homeless
• Amend voting




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SMALL GROUP COMMENTS

Group #1

Overall Themes
• Ways to address affordable housing issues to maintain the diversity of the community
  in SB.
• How to become more sustainable and recognize the connectivity of all our actions
  and the impact our decisions have on the environment (not just direct)
• Santa Barbara can be an innovative leader in addressing these tough issues

Housing/Neighborhoods
• People need to understand the history of SB, impact of growth
• If you limit housing, price increases
• What is the impact on our community diversity?
• Need to slow down the way we live and remember the “pre-history” of this place
• Carrying capacity – are we there??
• Decrease impact of current population or decrease population to maintain resource
   use
• Argument has become affordable housing vs. growth
• We need to do both
• Keep existing structures – convert into affordable housing that people can live in all
   stages of their lives
• Community polarization between people who own here and the people who work
   here
• Our vision should be truly socio-economically diverse
• School districts should use their properties for housing
• Inclusionary housing further stratifies housing costs, by driving up the cost of the
   market units to compensate for the affordable units
• Need to develop middle-range (i.e $400K) housing
• Cost of land, length of process, building envelope DRIVE cost of housing
• Create another category $600K/ 2bed
• As long as housing is seen as investment we will never solve the problem.
• Need to create non-market housing (city or employer subsidized)
• Middle-income co-ops
• Can be funded by City or banks as mortgage brokers (not subsidies)
• Mix types of housing in same neighborhoods
• Chapala developments address a lot of the issues talked about
• Lower impact
• Housing options
• On transportation corridor
• Cooperative Housing Program
• City investment (not just subsidy)
Transportation


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•   Build housing on transit corridors
•   Decrease parking
•   Create car/sharing opportunities
•   Try to live without a car
•   Improve transportation systems
•   Busing our kids to high school
•   SB should be an example
•   Carpool
•   Drive slower
•   Planning rules need to stop prioritizing automobile
•   Develop high speed trans. to SLO

Economy
• People move because of prices – if people could live here we could maintain this
   population
• What is the plan for SB tourism?
• Need more of the business community involved

Environment
• Plant trees
• Permaculture
• Address solar like we did water conservation (everyone switched to low-flow)
• The City should not make $$ on selling water
• City does not incentivize innovative approaches (e.g. greywater etc.)
• Recycling is successful because you get $$
• We can use “climate change” as a “carrot”
• Provide better incentive for green buildings

Community Design
• It is unrealistic to increase inclusionary housing and decrease heights
• We need a program like City Repair that is grassroots, environmental, social, etc.
• We need the working middle-class included in these discussions
• Guiding principal should include HOT/sustainability
• Green tourism/universal design

Services and Facilities
• Concern over the impact of development on City facilities – in particular youth
   facilities

Other
Arts and Cultural Activities Website
• Need new web portal that lists services and facilities for adults and kids that is totally
   comprehensive (e.g. Calendar/blogs)




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Youth
• We need a big idea for our youth – 1:1 intervention

Health
• Support a healthy City (healthy food, walkable communities, health care)

“Big” Ideas Presented To Larger Group
• Goal should be to develop a holistic (i.e. social, environmental, economic, housing,
   transportation), incentive-driven plan for the future that is a healthy and affordable
   model for other communities

Group # 2

Overall Themes
Overall community health, including the environment, where we live, and how we travel
were the general themes throughout. The areas with the most comments include:

•   Housing and Neighborhoods Issues
•   Transportation Issues
•   Services / Facility Issues

In the discussion some did try to counter people’s ideas by challenging how feasible
some of these ideas were, but the facilitator kept the group on track for simply
brainstorming issues and concerns.

Housing/Neighborhoods
• Planter / Parkway strips are being paves
• Needs dorms at SBCC
• Preserve mature trees
• We can’t provide population for all – put a cap on the population
• If Inclusionary Housing Program is part of a project, make it rental
• Better define the words AFFORDABLE HOUSING
• Quit waiving parking requirements for developments
• No density bonus for market rate projects, only for affordable/rental
• Rental housing developed but not subsidized by owners
• Affordable housing is not in $$ reach of workers
• Prevent sub-urban sprawl
• Need more affordable housing near Sr. Housing, especially workers in SB
• Affordable housing can be smaller units
• Limit Affordable Housing purchases to those in SB already
• Don’t push density to the neighborhoods
• Funds to subsidize Sr. Affordable housing.




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Transportation
• There is an overuse of private automobiles
• Make bus stops wheelchair accessible
• Need regional Light Rail – Elevated Rail
• Need local (south coast) Light Rail
• Would like small public transportation on Riviera
• Need investment into multimodal transportation system
• Affordable housing linked to transportation via commuters who cannot afford local
   housing
• 101 Routed inland
• Give free Segways within City limits for use
• Shared taxi / jitney / collectivos
• Solar lights / better lights at bus stops
• Convince public (education) of the benefits of walking in conjunction with
   transportation
• Solar lights / better lights at bus stops
• Convince public (education) of the benefits of walking in conjunction with
   transportation
• Development applications should go to TCC 1st to be better linked to land use
• Do not reduce parking requirements
• Widen 101 to Venture
• More bus turnouts
• Wider sidewalks and landscaping
• All public transportation should be hybrid or green of some type
• Better public transportation to schools from neighborhoods
• Better Amtrak services to improve air quality and see stars – environmental item too.
• Need regional high speed rail maybe 300 mph
• Use freeway line for the high speed rail
• Move Transit center to Train Station
• Shift lanes on 101 during commute to alleviate traffic

Economy
• Preserve / encourage local business
• Large commercial space broken into small spaces for local business, to make it more
   affordable for them.
• Use RDA funds
• Preserve the Funk Zone
• Renew Measure E

Environment
• Need more enforcement of gas blowers
• Enforce doggy bags on trails, etc.
• Adequate water supply
• Live within our resources


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•   Clean up creeks and beaches
•   No septic allowed near creeks and beaches
•   Recycling liaison that goes to apartments and businesses
•   Fix (re-engineer or redesign) storm drains to prevent pollution
•   Fossil Free by 33
•   Reduce carbon emission to ZERO
•   Better recycling education such as putting items in water bills.
•   Turn garbage into energy. Covanta Company CVA on stock exchange
•   Encourage homeowners and business to use compostable products

Community Design
• Use Floor Area Ratio for R3 and C2
• Limit height to 40’

Services and Facilities
• Reduce light pollution
• Do road work at night
• Better distribution of Community Service Information
• 211 – educate the community on this
• Better publicize CERT
• Publicize public services on buses
• Purchase Armory and Army Reserve sites – convert to Teen Centers
• Temporarily close State St. to vehicles, maybe on weekends
• Temporarily close interchanges
• Pay for resettlement
• Neighborhood Task Force groups such as Community Outreach Police Officer and
   Eastside / Westside / Mesa areas
• Enforce traffic laws, red light, school zones, etc.
• Red light cameras
• More and less traffic circles where appropriate

Other
• Health
• Community health concerns
• Improve walk ability, bike paths
• Plant fruit trees
• Need better mental health facilities and housing – also effects the jail
• Pesticide free SB – include homeowners and schools
• More City involvement in mental health issues
• Large income gap for SB workers
• Affordable housing for health care workers is needed = higher densities
• Population pressure underlying health issues
• Population pressure affects housing, and need balance between new housing and
   reducing other units.


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•   Slow or no growth

“Big” Ideas Presented To Larger Group
Transportation
• Shared taxi / jitney / collectivos
• 101 Routed inland
• Need regional high speed rail maybe 300 mph

Environment
• Need a recycling liaison that goes to apartments and businesses
• Need better recycling education such as putting items in water bills.
• Turn garbage into energy. Covanta Company CVA on stock exchange

Economy
• Turn large commercial space into small spaces for local business, to make it more
   affordable for them.
• Use RDA funds

Public Services / Facilities
• Purchase Armory and Army Reserve sites – convert to Teen Centers

Group #3

Overall Themes
• Environment
• Education
• Transportation.

Issues about the environment, education, and transportation were primary areas of
interest within the group discussion. These issues were tied together to promote energy
and water conservation; reducing demand for oil consumption and personal vehicle use;
creating a safer pedestrian and bike safe community; promoting a light rail or other
alternative transportation method; centering around a more local based economy; and
increasing public education to promote goals of sustainability and environmental
stewardship. Emphasis was also placed on improving local school systems and creating a
less ethnic and economic divide in our schools. Encouraging our youth to become
involved in decision making was another value discussed as children today will one day
become leaders.

Housing/Neighborhoods
• Rent Caps – City Ordinance
• Increase mixed use zones;
• Streamline permits for mixed use;
• Increase density; build up not out;
• Large employers provide housing;


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Transportation
• Encourage joint City and County Transportation planning!
• Place controls on maximum number of highway lanes (before there are six lanes in
   each direction).
• Pollutions controls; control carbon output; improve air quality;
• Increase housing density in transportation corridors;
• Pedestrian oriented City.
• Synchronize the City traffic lights to reduce stop and go.
• Standardize left turn signal systems;
• reduce traffic congestion,
• increase fuel efficiency, and
• improve air quality;
• Reduce demand of oil; consider peak oil; world reserve v. supply;
• Increase the number of buses and frequency; extended service (5 a.m. – 1 a.m.);
   increase number of electric/hybrid busses; phase out standard gasoline engine buses.
• Create incentives for public to utilize alternative modes of transportation.
• Employers provide bus passes;
• Create and encourage greater and safer bike paths and pedestrian friendly facilities;
• Improve street lighting – safety for pedestrians.
• Encourage a light rail system; possible relocate Greyhound station to outer City area
   and expand alternative transportation center;
• Reduce personal vehicle parking areas;
• Educate the public about modes of alternative transportation and explain
   environmental benefits.

Economy
• Taxes: direct tax money towards a local environmental emphasis;
• Education in Green technologies; LEED Certification;

Environment
• Encourage and increase efforts in sustainability.
• Concerns of Global warming; reduce impacts!
• Effects of increased ocean levels and City sewer system;
• The system will soon be under water;
• Water and Energy Conservation;
• Encourage and create incentives to increase local food supply;
• Aim for a Zero-waste City;
• Require large corporations to be environmental stewardships
• Incentives and penalties.

Community Design
• Improve / encourage neighborhood communities; walkable for all needs;
• Improve / encourage landscaping – helps air quality.



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•   Preserve cultural values; arts;
•   Preserve public ocean and mountain views and access to open spaces;

Services and Facilities
• Education:
• Improve school systems; eliminate income/social biased schools; all public schools
   shall be treated equally.
• Invite and encourage school officials to attend public workshops.
• Encourage youth involvement in decision making;

 “Big” Ideas Presented to Larger Group
• Improve the education system for local schools and the general public;
• Housing: put caps on rental properties; create more affordable rental housing; create
   housing communities with markets and general needs in walkable distances;
• Reduce demand for personal vehicles; provide alternate transportation system; and
   gear towards a pedestrian oriented city.

Group #4

Overall Themes
• Housing Needs
• Transportation and Traffic
• Growth Issues Associated with Development

Housing/Neighborhoods
• Preservation of Neighborhoods by maintaining architectural character
• Housing Ownership Programs for the Disabled
• Increase the percentage of Section 8 Housing required
• Inclusionary Housing needs to be fixed to cover a broader range of people/needs
• Maintain and increase affordable rental housing
• Needs programs to ensure that rental housing is in good
  condition/maintenance/quality
• Collect funds to increase affordable rental housing
• Limit or Eliminate New Time Shares – Does not Serve the Community
• Promote health by bringing density downtown to encourage biking & walking

Transportation
• Concern of the amount of people commuting
• Traffic circulations issues associated with new development
• Traffic concerns for Upper State Street
• Increase hours of Trolley Service and increase route to include Upper State St.
• Increase State Street Shuttle Service
• Operate Cross Town Shuttles on the Weekends
• Increase bus service to every 10 minutes and increase late night bus service
• Make public transportation easier and cheaper


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•   Challenge to get people out of their cars
•   Make driving cars less convenient
•   Reduce parking to get people out of their cars
•   Concerns of safety of public transportation at night & takes too long to get to your
    destination
•   Provide more transit service to meet the needs of Senior citizens
•   Traffic congestion on Hwy 101 due to single occupancy vehicles
•   Need commuter rail service from SB to Goleta and from SB to Ventura
•   Increase connections for service from Train Station & other areas of the City to
    encourage commuter rail service
•   Need more grid street systems as collector streets create problems

Economy
• Too much catering to the affluent
• Inability of the community to stop or limit development

Environment
• Live within our resources and limit development
• Resist Urban Sprawl
• Need walkable/livable community
• Growth concerns for the future/SB desirable place to live creating demand for growth
• Global Warning concerns with increase vehicle use
• Maintain healthy environment

Community Design
• Make City more pedestrian friendly
• Concerned with Large Development
• How do we make people less dependant on their vehicles?
• Limit Height of Building
• Density – Concerns with overbuilt properties
• Mixed-Use is good to promote walking & vibrant neighborhoods
• Increase the number of bike racks required
• More open space/not high density

Services and Facilities
• Concerns with limited resource and constraints on service
• Need sidewalks on Upper State Street

Other
• Planning terms and jargon are confusing; – more education and public outreach
   needed to explain planning issues to public




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“Big” Ideas Presented To Larger Group
• Growth & Health – Concern with consequences of growth and what to do about it –
   need to balance growth with affordability of housing and loss of housing
• Transportation for disabled people – need more seating on buses for the disabled
• Downtown State Street – turn into a pedestrian zone & Milpas Street – turn into a
   pedestrian zone or take out a lane of traffic or remove street parking

Group #5

Overall Themes
• Housing; transfer tax on market housing could reduce speculation and help subsidize
  much needed downtown housing
• Alternative and inexpensive public transportation very important
• Global warming issues and concern with resources like water

Housing/Neighborhoods
• Concerned that SB is getting too big
• Can’t build our way out of problems
• Children’s future should be focus of development plans
• How do universities –UCSB, City College, Westmont—expect to meet the needs of
  everyone?
• Downtown housing should be for downtown workers
• Limited space between mountains and ocean permitting only limited growth
• Need to understand how much housing area can support
• Currently 87% Single-Family residential – need to look at alternative developmental
  models
• Smart growth model OK but in SB there is no place to sprawl
• The City is limited by State mandates – State maintains control because they control
  $$
• Tension between public planning and private property rights
• May not be able to accomplish everything through public planning
• Housing policy needs to consider who we build for and what kind of housing we want
• At the current rate we will only have expensive, rich housing
• Demand rental, smaller housing
• Concern with “mansionization” in some neighborhoods
• Need affordable housing that will maintain charm of neighborhoods
• How do we create affordable housing?
• Rent control? Price control?
• How healthy is a “company town” – a city with price controls?
• Revenue from title transfer fee can go right to affordable housing
• Housing build for “poorer” folks is now not affordable to middle-class
• Concern with building envelope/ air space denied to locals an out of town people
  develop
• Are housing units serving local needs? Those vested in community?
• Preserve SF zones but need amenities in neighborhoods


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Transportation
• SB should be car free
• Parking lots could be transformed into affordable housing
• Bus riders who ride to and from work should get a discount
• Concern with St. Francis project. People will need to drive, why not some of the
   housing in Goleta
• Public transportation needs to be improved
• Need rapid transit.
• Taking the bus not fast enough
• Need commuter parking lots
• Need to address commuter traffic
• Other cities are more successful with bicycle amenities
• People would use bicycles if safer to ride in city.
• 20 year goal – lots of bicycles
• Largest room in most houses is the garage – does not make sense
• Need motor vehicle free areas
• Future alternative fuel technologies will not address/alleviate congestion
• In London you can only drive on certain days or you can charge for access to city
   roads
• Taking cars away from downtown, however, may adversely affect downtown
   merchants
• Better integration of transit, e.g. buses should carry more bicycles
• Integrate bus and rail, e.g. move bus depot to Amtrak

Economy
• Will always have very poor and very rich.
• Need to look at our Middle Class
• Do not want to become a Carmel (lacking vitality)
• .5 of 1% on transfer tax would generate $6 million
• Impacts only those speculating rather than long-term residents
• Are we going to start targeting a certain workforce?
• Money needs to go where it is needed not just to the general fund – we need strict
   rules on where money goes
• Local businesses being forced out by large retail chains (e.g. Starbucks).

Environment
• Do we want to stay within our resources
• Concern with global warming, water resources, sustainability
• Have to be able to deliver basic resources
• If water were to raise 2’ we would lose beaches, hotels, highways
• Need to construct dykes between cliffs and downtown
• Very small margin of error
• Need to think bio-region and not just City – Rincon Gaviota


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•   Question wisdom of lawn-as-accessory – need public education on problems with
    watering lawns
•   Need to address motor vehicle emissions

Community Design
• Need a common set of values to have these conversations
• i.e. land available per population, planning for families
• Both long-term residents and those seeking housing must listen to each other
• Are there other communities that we can use as a model?
• Survey 10 similar communities
• Community design and housing go together
• Zone for rental or small ownership – overlay zone for upper state, downtown, most of
  town
• Should not rezone agricultural land for higher density – agricultural land being
  outpriced for agriculture
• Transfer rights within the city. Can build up if providing open spaces, parks or other
  community benefits

Services and Facilities
• Large homes require services
• Concern with services, especially water
• Need water filter installed upstream to improve tap water quality
• Where do we get water resources?
• 1990s water moratorium worked
• Why did city sell lots of desalination equipment?
• Water quality is not acceptable
• Need to define higher water quality standard (value statement, what is acceptable?)

Other
Education
• People are moving because schools are not very good
• Concern with consolidation of education
• Instead plan local schools in neighborhoods which would reduce taxes

“Big” Ideas Presented to Larger Group
• Increase transfer fee so less land speculation. Money goes into housing, downtown
• Workforce housing.
• Assess what other cities have done
• Integrate transportation, center at train station




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         JUNE 16, 2007 WORKSHOP - LA CASA DE LA RAZA

GENERAL LARGE GROUP THOUGHTS ABOUT SANTA BARBARA

Housing/Neighborhoods
• Affordable rental housing
• Multi-generational
• Small feel know our neighbors
• Sanctuary for vagrants

Transportation
• Make alternative transportation attractive and safer
• Walk-able/bike-able

Environment
• Active Community
• A City for everyone – Sustainability
• Energy efficient
• Beach – scenic/recreation
• Ocean Air
• Mountains/sense of openness
• Think globally/act locally
• Consider effects of global warming
• Nuclear free zone

Other
• Inspiring others
• Perfect size – big enough for cultural amenities
• People care about the community – creativity/diversity
• Legacy of planning and environmental conservation
• Recreational institutions – youthful energy
• Exciting Atmosphere – fun to live downtown
• Community gardens
• Traffic flow
• Political will to not exploit SB
• Healthy City of Santa Barbara
• Natural Corridors
• Mountain Views
• Hope for the future
• Healthy City




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SMALL GROUP COMMENTS

Groups #1 & #2

Overall Themes
• Reduce auto orientation
• Need affordable housing
• Preserve environment

Housing/Neighborhoods
• Use space above Highway 101 corridor for housing
• Need subsidized rental housing
• Housing stock is wrong type, need affordable rentals
• Eliminate requirement for residential parking
• Create registered house-sitting and sitters to use empty houses
• “American dream” of a house and yard even with commuting is still preferred
• Low-density residential is not environmentally friendly
• Need a range of housing types
• Need short-term transfer fee to discourage housing speculation
• Recycle existing housing
• Need housing for service workers

Transportation
• Consider all impacts of parking
• Charge for on-street parking
• End subsidization of automobiles
• Eliminate parking for new residences
• Better bike paths
• Reduce speed limits downtown to 15 mile per hour
• Consider regional traffic congestion
• Close State Street to automobiles

Economy
• Need diverse economy

Environment
• Land use goes hand-in-hand with transportation
• Create high-density housing in parking lots
• Eliminate parking downtown
• Improve mass transit
• Limit cars and parking at subsidized housing for workers
• Use alternative energy to preserve our environment
• Keep development away from mountains and beaches, preserve views
• All issues are related to environment



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•   Need incentives to reduce carbon footprint

Community Design
• Need three-story height limits
• Preserve view corridors as compromise to allow future growth

Other
Policy Conflicts
• Difficult to implement solar, especially in El Pueblo Viejo
• Need affordable housing via secondary units
• Open space/views vs. high density
• Need to enforce zoning—no modifications

“Big” Ideas Presented To Larger Group
• Use space above Highway 101 corridor for housing
• Create registered house-sitting and sitters to use empty houses
• Need incentives to reduce carbon footprint
• Reduce speed limits downtown to 15 mile per hour

Group #3

Overall Themes
• Housing affordability/ cost of living is a big issue which affects economy/ ability to
  provided needed workers and affects quality of life and stress for many residents.
  Need workforce housing, rental housing, housing for multi-generations to live here.
• Automobile transportation creates traffic, air pollution, and water pollution. Need
  Alternative Modes - better bus, rail, and carpool programs for the many commuters;
  promote and provide safe facilities for pedestrians and bicycles.
• Community health facilities and programs are needed for mental health, drug
  addiction, senior population needs, gang violence, and child care.


Housing/Neighborhoods
• Stress created in many persons due to housing affordability issues
• Need workforce housing for 20%+ commuters
• Reduce # jobs/ restrict job creation
• Require residents to have jobs
• Need many professionals – impact of housing costs – can’t attract needed workers
• Need more rental housing – scattered all around the city
• Keep single-family aspect of the city
• All attractive places have affordability issues – it is inevitable
• Desire for housing parents/ multi-generational households.
• Proposition 13 effects.
• Empty homes / house sitters – potential for new policy? Potential for non-profits or
  others to create connections.


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•   Price of housing constrains demand.
•   58% households are renters – the flip of nationwide figure – renting is a bargain here.
•   Should promote more ownership opportunities, e.g., convert apartments to condos.

Transportation
• 20%+ commuters
• Means of commuting is the problem – need better buses, rail
• Carpooling used in past as solution – need good match pools with on-line service
   (Traffic Solutions website noted)
• Cycling safety is an issue – cycling is not respected – partly because police don’t live
   here – police on bikes would help – Eastside and Westside bicycle police reinstated.
• Safer cycling lanes would have an immediate beneficial effect.

Economy
• The question we need to grapple with is “Can Santa Barbara enjoy a healthy economy
   without population growth?”
• Many people live and work here, and then retire and stay here, which doesn’t make
   room for new workers.
• Encourage retirees to continue to work – benefits them and the economy
• The area cannot pay for health professionals needed – can’t recruit the quality
   workers needed due to cost of living.
• Land value – what effect on economy?
• Tourist-based economy
• Regional business center
• More emphasis on telecommuting – also has a traffic benefit.

Environment
• All topics are interrelated: Transportation, Housing, etc.
• Need to promote Green Building, Alternative Transportation, etc.
• Impact of auto transportation and commuting – air quality and water quality effects
• Need to reduce traffic and use of automobile
• Promote pedestrian lifestyle
• Safety and feasibility of pedestrian and bicycle use is needed
• Zoning affects this – creates separation of uses requiring transportation – mixed uses
   allows living and working in close proximity and reduces transportation.
• Creeksides – good place for neighborhood parks
• Reduce asphalt-based paving for roads – use newer materials (NYC uses recycled
   glass)
• Slurry evaporates causing air pollution, or erodes and runs off creating waterway
   pollution
• Also reduce permeable surfaces
• City street sweeping is good to reduce water pollution
• Joe Rution written comment submitted to facilitator: Environment (Transportation)
   (Re: concern about pursuing goals that might be unrealistic) Even if we were able to
   reduce car use by – pick a number representing our wildest dreams – 50%? - would


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   that in fact appreciably (or even perceptibly) affect our local air quality? If not, why
   risk making enemies by appearing unnecessarily anti-car, if it is non-productive as a
   practical matter. I urge caution in tying anti-car proposals to local air pollution: We
   should make sure that any proposals we make intending to affect or influence auto
   use in the City can be substantiated by some respected, credible data. Unless we can
   demonstrate a credible nexus, opponents stand to beat us over the head with it and
   make us look foolish. If not air quality, then we need some other supportable nexus.

Services and Facilities
• Much suffering here – homelessness, depression, drug addiction, etc.
• Need mental health wellness drop-in center (Project for new facility across the street
   from 630 Garden was noted)
• Franklin Center provided mental health functions – then budget cuts, and it is now a
   senior center
• County health department facilities are not adequate
• Senior population needs – outpatient, residential, mobility when lose drivers license
• Seniors move downtown, or services brought to them
• Marborg recycling facility is great. Substantial recycling is now occurring, and keeps
   increasing
• Need to put more effort into Franklin School area and other Core areas
• Huge drug problems and gang violence
• Need to know our problems, look at options, and identify creative solutions
• Get seniors working with youth
• Free child-care center
• Licensing of child care changes the nature of, and constrains child care
• Keep seniors engaged – some like to work with kids
• Allow innovation – balance with regulation
• Senior meals project – Rather than $8.00 to produce a senior meal and ship it to a
   center, create coupon program run by participating restaurants – provides good will
   for restaurants

Other
• Community Health should be an additional general topic.

“Big” Ideas Presented To Larger Group
• Housing affordability issues need to be addressed
• Promote alternative transportation/ walkability/ bicycling
• Promote community health

Group #4

Overall Themes
• Transportation / Community Design – Milpas Street needs to be improved,
  particularly the pedestrian and cycling amenities which are lacking.



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•   Gang Violence – Public officials such as judges and probation officers should help to
    educate parents on their rights/responsibilities and on how to discipline and support
    their children.
•   Education – Educate the public on various topics such as recycling, building
    requirements, traffic rules, etc.

English translation is provided for the following comments:
Housing/Neighborhoods
•   Falta comunicación con la comunidad               •    Communication is needed with the
    Latina.                                                Latin community.
•   Los garajes están convertidos en                  •    Garages are converted into housing.
    viviendas.
•   No participa la gente por temor de                •    People do not participate out of fear
    perder sus viviendas.                                  of losing their housing.
•   No se esta manteniendo limpia los                 •    The public areas are not being
    áreas públicos.                                        maintained clean.
•   Las carpas que usan para cubrir los               •    The tarps used to cover cars are
    carros son horribles.                                  horrible.
•   Las carpas cubren viviendas ilegales.             •    The tarps cover illegal housing.
•   Educar el público en las reglas cuando            •    Educate the public on the rules on
    van a fincar viviendas.                                how to build housing.
•   Ay carros viejos abandonados.                     •    There are abandoned vehicles on
                                                           properties.

Transportation
•   El transporte es bueno.                       •       The transportation is good.
•   Se necesita educación en las reglas de        •       Education is needed on traffic rules.
    tráfico.

Economy
•   Negocios chicos no sobreviven porque          •       Small businesses are not surviving
    las rentas están muy altas.                           because the rents are too high.

Environment
•   Se necesita educación de reciclaje.       •       Education is needed on recycling.
•   No limpian la playa bien; esta muy        •       The beach is not cleaned properly; it is
    sucia.                                            very dirty.
•   Los servicios no han crecido con la       •       The services have not grown with the
    populación.                                       population.



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Community Design
•   La calle Milpas es peligrosa porque ay    •   Milpas Street is dangerous because
    muchos usos en las banquetas.                 there are many uses on the sidewalks.
•   Milpas tiene que ser mejorada para        •   Milpas Street needs to be improved for
    bicicletas.                                   cyclists.
•   Los ciclistas no respetan la ley.         •   The cyclists don’t respect the laws.
•   Las banquetas están muy angostas en el    •   The sidewalks are too narrow on the
    Eastside.                                     Eastside.
•   Estacionan los carros en las banquetas.   •   People park their cars blocking
                                                  sidewalks.
•   Las leyes de estacionamiento no son       •   The laws are not being enforced in the
    esforzadas en los barrios del este y          Eastside and Westside neighborhoods.
    oeste.
•   El centro esta muy angosto. Goleta        •   The downtown area is too narrow. The
    esta más ancho.                               one in Goleta is wider.

Services and Facilities
•   Se necesita mas presencia de policía en   •   More police presence is needed in the
    los barrios.                                  neighborhoods.
•   La ciudad esta creciendo muy rápido.      •   The city is growing too rapidly.

Other
•   Problemas con las gangas.                 •   Problems with gangs.
•   Educar los padres en como disciplinar     •   Educate parents on how to discipline
    sus hijos y darles autoridad.                 their children and empower the parents.
•   Los jueces deberían hablar con los        •   The judges should speak with the
    padres para educar y apoyar los padres.       parents to educate and support them.

“Big” Ideas Presented to Larger Group
• Los jueces deberían hablar con los          •   The judges should speak with the
  padres para educar y apoyar los padres.         parents to educate and support them.
• La calle Milpas es peligrosa porque ay      •   Milpas Street is dangerous because
  muchos usos en las banquetas.                   there are many uses on the sidewalks.
                                                  It needs to be improved.
• Se necesita educación en las reglas de      •   Education is needed on traffic rules.
  tráfico.




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GENERAL LARGE GROUP THOUGHTS ABOUT SANTA BARBARA

Transportation
• Walkable
• Attractive
• Accessible
• Bicycling
• Safe
• Reasonable public transit

Environment
• Climate
• Trees/Foliage
• Wildlife
• Beautiful creek systems
• Focus on using resources on citizens
• Natural Areas
• Green Spaces
• Surf & Beach
• Ocean
• Open Spaces
• Healthy Environment
• Parks – diversity, programs, facilities
• Preserve history

Community Design
• Maintain Low Density
• Grow up!
• Protect Natural Areas
• Architectural Integrity
• Downtown
• Distinct Neighborhoods
• Sign Ordinance
• Small town feel
• Ambience
• Preserve our history
• Need to understand interconnectedness of issues
• Create positive change
• Close State Street
• Amenities – restaurants, culture, places, flowers




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Other
Community and People
• Welcoming
• Diversity
• Age
• Income
• Cultural Events
• Educational Community
• Active and Involved
• Need affordable housing – rent caps?
• Living within our resources
• Zero population growth
• Being innovative and creative
• Locating housing work and study places important –urban core
• Maintain our diversity
• Provide frequent bus services
• Caring for our homeless
• Recognizing our Mexican heritage –legacy, native people, Indian center
• Supporting arts for arts sake

Policy Questions
• Integrating character
• Preservation with small town feel and growth
• Providing equal housing access
• How to avoid becoming Montecito
• Balance/ Mix of transportation options (bus, walk, cars, bike)
• Social issues –gangs, homeless
• Housing links to equity

SMALL GROUP COMMENTS

Group #1

Overall Themes
• Youth – Turn armory building into teen center & parks
• Housing - require city -college to provide housing for students and teachers. Tax
  absentee landlords
• Neighborhoods – Re-visit zoning designations to create multi-use within
  neighborhoods (housing, shopping, employment)
• Transit- provide multi-model, safe, frequent and reliable transit

Housing/Neighborhoods
• Safety
• Rent caps – 58% don’t own, absentee owners



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•   No housing in buildings with three stories
•   Size and scale of new development too high
•   City College needs to provide housing
•   Recognize different demographics
•   Second homes – require owners to live a certain % of time in house
•   Investors don’t have stake in community
•   Incentives to renovate existing buildings
•   Inclusionary housing program raises cost of market rate units – unintended
    consequence
•   City built out – not much un-built sites/suburb is Lompoc
•   Lower density for $1 mil. Units/Double density for affordable
•   Floor/area ratio
•   Downtown = not a lot of housing options

Transportation
• More safe bike routes across town and downtown
• Remove on street parking for bike lanes
• Focus on transit. Redevelop lead times -10 min
• Workers tend not to ride bikes because need to "clean-up" before work
• Reliable and consistent transit needed
• Variety of choices - other options so it's convenient and available
• Develop neighborhoods so people don't need to leave their neighborhood
   (live/work/shop)
• Congested intersections can't add any trips to intersections @ level "E"
• Bus not always efficient
• Better driving instructions/especially in regards to bikes
• Need more options for commuters = to get to town and within town
• "Hop, skip & jump" example need "connectedness
• Job/housing balance = part of traffic problem is because of lack of affordable housing
• neighborhood opposition to density

Economy
• Lost of services based elsewhere
• Businesses can't afford SB
• Manufacturing moving out of town
• Many retail jobs
• Shortage of "workforce" housing
• Find incentives to attract higher paying jobs
• Don't need more high end units
• Housing mitigation ordinance = provide housing for workers (concerns that it would


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   impact business, maybe use for larger projects (Cottage/City College) or give $ for
   transit

Environment
• Public safety - gang stabbing on state street/youth problems
• Police recruitments
• Create more teen centers, give youth positive outlets (armory)
• Educational system is important, raise quality of education
• Open Space/views are important (beach, mountains etc.)
• Taxes for cleaning up watershed
• Politics/Vision = clash
• Need more parks on east and west sides

Group #2

Overall Themes
• Santa Barbara should be the leader in it’s regional perspective/policies.
• Social issues greatly affect the community.
• The strong linkage between transportation and land use (where we are and where we
  go) warrants great consideration and action.
• Involve and educate the youth for they are our future us.

Housing/Neighborhoods
• Affordability
      Is there ever enough? No.
      Consider downtown worker housing
      What is the housing limit? Should there be a limit?
      Historic preservation can save some affordable housing (e.g. bungalos)
      Emergency personnel need affordable housing to remain in the community
• Decision-makers need to be cognizant of changes to neighborhood character that
  could be caused by new development.
• Consider ignoring the State mandate for housing production.
• Manage growth
• Who is able/should build affordable housing?
      City? Private employers? Cottage hospital? SB School District? City College?
      These all need to coordinate.

Transportation
• Funding always an issue!
• Bicycling
      Safety
      Uphill speed limits for cars should be reduced to minimize the speed differential
      with bicycles traveling up hill.


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       Bicycling around the city is still somewhat difficult.
•   Bike Lanes
       W. Beach path design mixes pedestrians and bike lanes - poor design
       Downtown, cars should be prohibited from parking in bike lanes.
       Overall, improved design is desired.
•   Link with land use!
•   Widening freeway should be considered.
•   Metropolitan Transit District (MTD)
       Routes from SB to UCSB very good.
       More frequent scheduling on main corridors desired
•   Cars still dominate planning policies
•   Sidewalks
       Need repair. Some blocks still missing sidewalks.
       Pleased with the completion/finalization of the Pedestrian Master Plan

Economy
• Support for a jobs/housing balance
• Rate of development growth an issue - diminishing returns at some point. How do we
   recognize and agree on that point?
• “Impacts of Growth” study determined that SB had resources to accommodate a
   population of up to 85,000. We’ve exceeded that so now what?
• Increased density should be considered for main transportation corridors (e.g. State
   Street)
• Develop density in the downtown core
• Emphasis on affordability
       Could accommodate service workers
• Run buses more frequently in core to support/encourage density
• Social services linkage to land use
       Provide where needed
       Re-zone if needed

Environment (& Sustainability)
• Energy
      Green building practices would conserve energy
      Policies should reward use of renewable energy (though not a mandate)
      Pre-planning is the key to addressing climate change
      Sea level rise - construct a sea wall?
      “Think globally, act locally”
      Integrate real (i.e. “hard”) data into General Plan
      Gen Plan should be a real plan for the future.

•   Transportation corridors should be the site of dense development - more sustainable
•   Air quality concerns
•   Ocean water quality concerns
•   Youth Involvement - Promote!


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       “High Performance” schools
              Teach green design
              Teach problem solving
              Teach land planning in high school
       Green Academy
              San Marcos High
              Santa Barbara High - Peace Academy


Community Design
• Improve/Enhance sidewalk lighting. Very dark in some downtown neighborhood
  streets.
• Increase tree maintenance/pruning in order to open up sidewalks to more light.
• Install more trash/recycling containers
• Landscape diversity in neighborhood design appreciated.
• Quality in design should be continually sought

Services and Facilities (including Social Services)
• Homeless - An issue due to increasing numbers and aggressiveness.
       Law enforcement is inadequate
              Situation getting worse (not nearly as bad a few years ago)
              Either better laws, political will or funding is needed
              Coordinate law enforcement with social services
                      Counseling services would help
              Providing affordable housing for PD officers may lead to more
                  enforcement
       Climate is a draw for homeless
       Motorhomes/RV’s as “homes” growing in number
       Mental Illness
              Policies should encourage treatment not imprisonment
              Stuart B. McKinney Act [McKinney-Vento Act]
                      Provisions to help homeless - utilizes rural setting
                      Need support from, and partnering among State, County, City
              More facilities and coordinated management needed to provide:
                      housing, counseling, health care
              Facilities need to be culturally sensitive
• Youth
       Create more, and better publicize/market, after school programs
              Keep affordable/provide funding/subsidies
       Need work/skills programs
              Students would participate/learn skills
              Vocational training
              Minimize the attractiveness of gang involvement
       Models of outdoor schools exist. Implement in Santa Barbara?
• City & School District Partnership
       Share land (parking, open space, buildings/classrooms)


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              Would be more efficient use of facilities/resources
              Would save $$$

Other
• District elections for Council members
      City had before, consider again? Better representation for neighborhoods?

“Big” Ideas Presented To Larger Group

•   Density: Concentrate development along transportation corridors and downtown with
    a focus on affordability and sustainability.
•   Transportation: A regional, multi-modal approach needed (walking, bicycling, buses,
    trains and cars are all legitimate modes)
•   Housing: Greater range of affordability needed in community with specific mention
    of student dorm housing development (SBCC), downtown worker housing and
    emergency personnel housing (Fire, PD)
•   Design: Requires a balance of safety, character/aesthetics and cleanliness.
•   Social Issues: Increase youth development programs and get them involved in the
    community - they are our future leaders. More and better social service facilities
    needed.
•   Environment & Sustainability: Land use decisions/policies need to regard global
    climate change and incorporate energy efficiency strategies and operations.

Group #3

Overall Themes
• Transportation = need safer bike paths/parking incentives
• Affordable housing = modify housing expectations
• Keep single family zoning
• Environment = work on solar energy opportunities

Housing/Neighborhoods
• Public servants = few live in S.B., in the event of a major disaster will we be without
  our police/fire/nurses? Should we decide who lives here and who does not?
• Affordability, diversity = need range of housing options/market rate affordability, not
  just a lotto for a few
• Increase the cost of everything then balance housing market
• A lot of students
• Homeowners = difficult for them to make changes to their property, this should
  change
• High rise vs. remodels = high density vs. high rise
• Great neighborhoods = suburban developments not sustainable
• We’re a city not a little suburb = need to be true to our culture
• We’re in an ideal location = how are we going to invest residential money
• Modify housing expectations


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•   Roles/rules we’ve had need to change that’s why we’re here
•   Replacement housing bumping up prices
•   Smaller higher density
•   We can’t sustain sprawl but we need to focus on the core
•   Rethink density = recreate so we can have mixed use downtown
•   Polarized housing
•   Castillo/Carrillo= low income/homeless = more of these types of developments
    needed
•   Zoning for mixed-use = less commute
•   Well designed high density = patios/open space/easy access
•   Keep our city’s identity
•   Protect single family homes = keep single family zones
•   No granny flats (too many parking issues)
•   Balance dense housing/open spaces for family parks etc.
•   La cumber plaza = create high density housing
•   Change prop. Tax rules
•   Families are in small apartments and singles are in big houses

Transportation
• Walk-ability important
• Transportation = use current railway/not dependent on Amtrak
• Create better ways to commute
• Parking regulations/requirements needed
• Need cultural change about parking/driving/commuting
• Better/safer bike paths to work/schools
• Work on employers providing parking for employees so that neighborhoods aren’t
   impacted
• Work on infrastructure for better bike routes/commuting
• Employee incentives needed to decrease traffic congestion

Economy
• Need an income resource other than the tourist $
• We need a viable city government
• Solar power on tiles = help economy/environment
• Use public dollars to provide incentives for business development

Environment
• Reevaluate parking requirements = a lot of wasted space
• Rules are all the same for Mesa/Downtown for parking = need to change
• Consider tandem parking
• Fees for bus pass to improve transportation = consider bus on demand/taxi
• Measure D – discourage sales
• Drive a lot/pay a lot = tax gas instead of sales


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•   Pollution = urban run off @ beaches = need to work on storm drains/ level
    streets/filter storm run off

Community Design
• Close part of State Street (lower part) for walking/cafes
• Need more access and options for affordable healthy food/ no more fast food chains
• Need balance to keep mom and pop/independent shops in business
• Local shops are in small buildings – keep some things small commercial
• Preserve architectural quality in SB




Group #4

Overall Themes
• Walk-able districts: market/decentralized food sources, safe bus/bike lanes/mini-vans
• Emergency preparedness = with volunteers in the neighborhoods
• Alternative energy sources = offshore wind, bio grass clippings
• Housing = increased low and moderate income housing / density as appropriate for
  each district

Housing/Neighborhoods
• SB should be a model for other communities – guardians of life
• It’s not about height but design
• Have a moderate increase in building height
• Have neighborhood shuttles to farmers markets
• Make better use of parks
• RENT CONTROL
• Using “density” term is offensive
• People using improper living areas (garages)
• Housing for service workers needed
• Increase density as appropriate = need low/moderate income options

Transportation
• Transportation: good integrated bus system = trolleys, bike lanes, paseos, expanded
   sidewalks, other counties can learn from what we’re doing
• Need subsidies for public transportation

Economy
• Create ways to keep businesses in town
• Need new business




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Environment
• Realistic but livable City
• Let’s not rely on experts = they know little about our community
• Alternative energy savings
• Need to be able to walk to food sources = reduces air pollution/obesity
• Rise in sea level would wipe-out beaches
• Need to all that we can so that we do not contribute to global warming issues locally
• Need alternative energy resources / wind energy = use open space for this
• SB has great energy potential
• Mulch/thrown into transfer center could be used for energy = need more education on
   composting

Community Design
• Learn from retired/locals knowledge
• Health concerns tied to walk-ability = wider sidewalks and narrower streets needed
• Solutions will/can fulfill a variety of issues
• Creating street vendors/economy = more farmers markets that are spread out
• Plan to live more simply since we’re heading that way anyway
• Close State Street
• West-side/Milpas = each neighborhood has their own character
• Need more divisions of small districts = plan to meet among neighbors
• Portland a great example = walkable/shopping/healthcare/food/advanced
  transportation model
• State street is not the paradigm
• Disaster isolation a concern: increase volunteers as a reserve in times of emergency
• Keep SB as small as possible
• Need to grow some in order to stay a viable City
• Local decisions need to be made

Group #5

Overall Themes
• Each element is related – don’t isolate housing/transportation
• Walk our talk – live within resources/allocate space for people not cars
• Economics-local economy, question tourism & chain stores, limit non-local business

Housing/Neighborhoods
• create more affordable housing
• plan ahead for old infrastructure
• allow increased density with reasonable heights
• smaller units /restrictions on size
• enforce developers to create affordable housing
• height of housing & parking
• Rentals still needed


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•   Diversify housing – mixed-use needed
•   direct relation to job income/housing costs

Transportation
• Downtown core – Don’t expand vehicle infrastructure/instead more pedestrian
   friendly lanes
• look into subterranean parking
• Reduce parking regulations through alternative transportation options
• alternative transportation needed
• sell parking spaces
• make bike lanes safer and separate from cars

Economy
• Jobs needed
• chain store conversions/take overs
• Tourism serves wealthy

Environment
• protect the downtown
• natural physical barriers
• open space parks
• clean air/water interconnected
• affected by transportation choices

Community Design
• Policy Implementation/City Growth Patterns
• drastic measures – create consequences
• maintain quality of life
• growth control – balance!
• development in small steps



               JULY 7, 2007 WORKSHOP - HOPE SCHOOL
GENERAL LARGE GROUP THOUGHTS ABOUT SANTA BARBARA

Arts /Culture/Design
• Vibrant
• Community Support & Events
• Small town feel
• Architecture and Design –good design downtown
• Include design in development projects, trees/flowers


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Safety
• Safe Community
• Gangs
• Personal families
• Adequate public safety

Housing
• Protect small scale urban design
• Balance Mange Growth
• Emphasize healthy design –obesity, connectivity, walkability
• Enhance affordability
• Local workers need housing
• Cost of living too high
• Expand/grow downtown
• Foster sustainability

Transportation
• Provide, multi-modal transportation
• Easy to access
• Location of stores
• Walkable
• Reform political campaigns
• Foster sustainability
• Need safe routes to schools

Community
• Food recycling
• Political Reform – reform campaigns
• Build a stronger sense of community
• Build consensus - ballot issue
• Volunteers
• Awareness
• Air quality
• Our people care – lack of criticism
• Staying active and engaged
• Visitors support our community
• Long term families and generations
• We all know each other
• Complete – without bi-furcated income levels

Environment
• Air quality – address health impacts
• Maintain good quality


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•   Address health impacts
•   Keep people away from pollution and emissions
•   Views – easy on the eyes – mountains, ocean
•   Parks and Public Spaces
•   Climate
•   Natural Settings


SMALL GROUP COMMENTS

Group #1

Housing/Neighborhoods
• People don’t know about affordable programs
• So much need and you won’t get it if you’re single, different income levels
• Never can we take care of everyone, but we need to do better for working middle
  class – make this all we do – like St. Francis, but maybe smaller all over town
• We don’t need anymore market rate housing 15% inclusionary = 85% market rate,
  this makes the problem worse
• Need better balance
• Market rate is the way people raise wealth
• Reexamine zoning – density parking
• Help create affordability by design
• Need zoning for rental housing
• Housing options to be creative (i.e. housing over grocery stores)
• Discussion of affordable housing needed
• Inclusionary –lg. market units needed to subsidize affordable housing
• Challenge – 4 story downtown for affordable housing or what is in lieu of fees – used
  for what? Not help workforce
• Children shouldn’t live above transit center
• Employers need to get involved in housing and administer it to include rentals
• (Lg. coalition of smaller employers needed)
• “True workforce housing
• Just because developers work so long in the process – that isn’t a reason to approve
• Peak Oil Crisis – current economic assumptions vs. coming changes
• Attach our local concerns to global issues and future changes and widen our horizons
• Greyhound sign + use needs to stay
• Pop and neighborhood transient and speculators
• More housing in Goleta for students
• What is wealth for you can’t take it with you when you die
• Loss of views for new penthouse
• Ordinance needed for protection of current views
• Want to keep two stories
• Mixed use can help solve these issues


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•   Change is painful – but what about doing nothing? We need to make choices
•   Can we really say who lives here?
•   What is the 40,005? It does not account illegal units or so much downtown housing
•   Climate changes - how does that change our City of Santa Barbara
•   What about development that could be under water someday
•   Concern about condo conversions
•   What about SBCC housing needs
•   What about building nothing? What happens?
•   Quality of life choice does not equal home owner if you can’t afford it

Transportation
• Food expenses are likely to rise
• We might live differently in light of all these changes and issues
• Love to walk near Downtown, other areas of town not as much – can we change to be
   more walkable
• If you build density where we don’t have infrastructure – will it make traffic worse?
• Better to have density in urban core
• The bus thing needs a lot of work to be as efficient as the car
• Commuter rail could work here – it does in other places
• Depot and buses together – a hub that is away from housing
• Sidewalks and street lighting needed
• Sustainable fuel –ethanol not available here
• Transit center needed downtown because that is where people work and live
• We’ve added more buildings and cars yet with less people per household
• What would make you ride the bus – Coffee? Jugglers? Internet?
• Service population not able to stay in community
• Need large mixed-use projects

Economy
• Don’t have much hope to maintain diversity of income due to property values

Environment
• Air pollution- traffic corridors
• We can deal with global and local issues
• Flood threats Mission Creek

Community Design
• Community needs to be involved in planning
• Concerns about scale of new buildings on Chapala

Services and Facilities
• Need to share cultural resources
• Free tennis courts
• Drinking fountains a long waterfront



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•   How is Hispanic community in the process – need to reach different groups
•   Need to include homelessness in this discussion
•   Rising obesity and chronic illness are big issues - we need to encourage and support
    an active community


“Big” Ideas Presented to Larger Group
• Shared car program
• More frequent buses – tied to costs of oil
• Change zoning to provide creative ways for affordable housing, employer housing
• Hire and buy locally – what you need vs. 100 hairpins
• More choices for the bus – more than 3 bike racks, 24 hours/day

Group #2

Overall Themes
• Need for engaging all segments of community and those typically not involved
• Housing ~ need to decide are we a City just for wealthy? Even if so, need to
      provide for workers.
• Transportation connections very important
• Need for policies for small businesses

Housing/Neighborhoods
• Growth and density
• Concerns that demolishing our affordable housing and key structures throughout the
  city – why removing assets.
• What will SB be? Will it continue to be just for the wealthy to live? Do we want it to
  be inclusive? Youth oriented? Housing affordable or expensive?
• If only for the wealthy to live, do we want affordable housing? Have to ask ourselves
  these questions.
• Most cannot afford the housing – need both affordable ownership and rental; need
  housing for service workers
• If going to have more density for affordable housing, must consider open space; need
  a balance
• Affordable housing linked to traffic, transportation
• What would slow down developer speculation? Rent Control?
• There is the dilemma of condominium development including affordable units and
  then the wealthy not wanting to live in the development
• Inclusionary requirements result in more market units. Need to increase the % of
  affordable units.
• Inclusionary not really working.
• Rent control a bad idea.
• Does the public pay for the affordable housing?
• Accept that affordable housing is inevitable.
• The reality is that not everyone who wants to live here gets to live here.


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•   There has been an increase in population. Over time housing needs have not kept up.
    How do we provide for a decent living for people living in our community?
•   Can we look at what other coastal communities have done as far as solutions to our
    city issues?

Transportation
• Good transportation network is crucial for people getting around.
• Concerned with parking modifications being granted.
• 101 should be open to three lanes asap.
• Widening 101 is a lousy idea.
• Improve surface streets, make MTD Free.
• Why aren’t kids taking the buses? Why are they driving to school?
• Light and heavy rail needs to be looked at regionally.
• Need freeway connectivity.
• Bus service needs to be increased. Subsidized bus systems. Limited service affects
   connections.
• Transportation planning affecting residences. If too public transportation oriented
   then neighborhoods will be affected.
• Express trolley on De La Vina could better serve small businesses off of State Street.
• Dowtown parking lots need to be available for people doing the shopping.
• Problem that on Sundays and Holidays there is no bus operating from Montecito to
   the Eastside.
• MTD has provided great service.

Economy
• Need for affordable local business opportunities
• Need cultural and economic diversity.
• When large businesses go out why not subdivide them into affordable tenant spaces
   for local small businesses.
• Many small businesses are disappearing.
• Need policies for small, local business
• La Entrada is ruining the area!

Environment
• Sustainability
• City more than the physical setting.

Community Design
• Importance of cultural heritage, diversity and history
• Historic Structures must be preserved.
• Open Space must be considered in developments.

Services And Facilities
• What recreational services can we offer for the youth?



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•   The sewer treatment plant needs to be improved. It needs to be able to handle more
    capacity.
•   The permit process needs to become tougher. Should look at sewer as a gauge for
    development control; similar to what was done with water before.

Other
Community Engagement
• Need for community cohesion – how do you engage all segments of the community.
   Need to engage community in all City processes, not just this effort. If 50% Latino,
   why is 50% excluded?
• Westside – ghetto attitude, not included
• More proactive about involving people not typically involved. Need very grassroot
   level. Consider barriers such as transportation and language needs so that all can be
   involved.
• Need for publicly financed election campaigns.
• There are many community organizations already established – go to these segments.
• Youth engagement
• There is a war on dark people in our country. Large social issues. Economic
   apartheid affects all.
• Local government and approach to planning and policies.
• Need better understanding of how policies are developed. What is the rational,
   thinking before decisions are made?
• Public relations and more City effort to get information out before decisions are
   made. Use the media, liaisons, grassroots, word of mouth.
• Need to educate on smart growth. What is smart growth? Not everyone familiar with
   this. Better explanation of concepts.
• Planning Department does not exist unless there is actual development.
• Decision makers need to address type and pace of development. Need to consider
   availability of Transportation and services.

Growth
• Too much development growth happening rapidly. Put the break on.
• Santa Ynez accepted that it was a town for wealthy people. They General Plan set
   densities so would not be overdeveloped.
• The City needs to buy public/open spaces. Perhaps City should appeal to the wealthy.
• Our General Plan needs to pace residential and commercial development (e.g.
   Measure E).

 “Big” Ideas Presented To Larger Group
• Expand outreach to have wider inclusiveness
• Need better public relations and education about City policies
• Better utilization of existing structures
• Affordable housing an important community need; should consider rent control.
• Support transportation in the City and regionally. Increase subsidy for public transit
   and more school based transportation.


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•   Need more opportunity for local, small businesses. Subdivide large buildings into
    small tenant spaces.
•   Recreational and open space opportunities for the youth are very important.
•   Learn from other coastal communities.

Group #3

Overall Themes
• HOT Committee: Housing, Open Space, and Transportation
• Housing and Affordable Housing
• Who is the developer?

Housing/Neighborhoods
•   Inclusionary Housing is not working. This concept may lead to larger buildings.
•   A long discussion pursued regarding what Inclusionary Housing is and maybe how to
    change it.
•   Affordable Housing lottery is a bad system, brings negative impacts.
•   All in agreement that HOT needs to be integrated in all discussions.
•   Who is the developer? It should be EMPLOYERS, the public, private, non profits,
    etc.
•   In SB, developers cannot build at a rate that affordable houses are to sell it at. It costs
    more to build than the asking price.
•   Need policies to building the type of housing that we need vs. letting the market
    decide?
•   Dual density in R3 and C2 Zones to encourage rental and discourage Million dollar
    homes.
•   Require lower density on housing we don’t want and allow higher density on housing
    we do want.
•   Major employers should provide housing.
•   Higher density areas be developed in coordination with bus routes to move people.
•   Housing areas can be dense, but then have Group Public Open Space within the area
    and/or nearby.
•   Develop incentives for the Development we want to see.
•   People are here for jobs. Limit job growth and it will help on the housing issues.
•   Jobs / Housing balance
•   There is angst is building from neighbors. Example: St. Francis development
•   Housing is expensive, especially for people coming to SB
•   Need a range of rentals
•   To build rental housing is cost prohibitive. Loans are not available.

Transportation
•   All in agreement that HOT needs to be integrated in all discussions.
•   Schools equal increased transportation, so how do you change that?
•   Need alternative transportation methods, especially to schools.


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•   Measure D funding and what people think.
•   Make riding the bus to COOL.
•   Higher density areas be developed in coordination with bus routes to move people.
•   Raise taxes to get kids to school vs. single occupant vehicles (mom/dad)
•   There is one vote for Measure D if they lock in the funding for light rail and mass
    transit. Afraid the funds will go only to repairs.
•   Develop policies to make it harder to use your own car.
•   Find parking options for getting groceries home if you don’t have parking or a car.
•   Need connectivity of people/parking needs.
•   Mass Transit / Park and Ride

Economy
• Raise taxes to get kids to school vs. single occupant vehicles (mom/dad)
• Live within our resources.
• Questioned how much do we want / spend / see vs. living within our current
   resources.
• People are here for jobs. Limit job growth and it will help on the housing issues.
• Jobs / Housing balance
• Need public information on OPTIONS and then what are these COSTS to the public.
• Impact fee study is going on and how to fund our infrastructure needs.
• Real Estate Transfer Fee – Then where do the funds go? Schools, infrastructure,
   transportation, affordable housing??
• Some of the ideas presented seem to be creating an unfriendly business environment.
   Is this what we want?
• Businesses do have a responsibility to community – find creative ways to help.
• Per SBCAN HOT, they don’t want multi-millionaires, major CEOS in town, they
   want responsible businesses to the citizens of SB.
• Find a way for current responsible businesses can continue to be prosperous in SB.
• UCSB fosters small businesses and this is good.
• The community should decide what type of business environment to foster.

Environment
•   All in agreement that HOT needs to be integrated in all discussions.
•   Keep drainage on site of the property.
•   Live within our resources.

Community Design
•   Overflow parking in adjacent neighborhoods near higher density areas is a problem.
    Projects should take care of their own parking.
•   Chapala Condos have nice internal Open Space, but non for the public.
•   Reauthorization of Measure E.
•   Measure E worked very well.
•   Shorten the process on development projects.
•   Design of buildings – make them pedestrian friendly and comfortable to live in.


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•   Not into urban sprawl. Look at Upper State St. Corridor for development
•   Need an aesthetic scale in SB – Nature 1st and urban development 2nd.
•   View issues – View Corridors are needed.
•   Height limit / organic

Services and Facilities
•   Enforce speed limits. Slow down SB.
•   Establish a linear public park along Mission Creek.
•   El Estero plant is at capacity – Expansion is needed.
•   Need an updated study of the carrying capacity of our resources / infrastructures
•   Need development certainty, especially for plan check time frames if building green.
•   Sustain public services in SB
•   Need more teen centers in town. Army Reserve or Armory.

Other
•   Regional coordination is needed, especially with SBCC and UCSB.
•   Non Profits contribute to our quality of life in SB.
•   Whenever there are changes to our environment / surrounding, we freak out. After
    awhile we settle down and it is OK.
•   Increase regional discussion regarding all the outlying areas.
•   New towns?

“Big” Ideas Presented to Larger Group
•   HOT Committee: Housing, Open Space, and Transportation
•   Regional Cooperation is needed
•   Create Developer / Non Profit Incentives to get the type of development the
    community wants.

Group #4

Overall Themes
•   Affordable Housing
•   Pedestrian, Biking, Transit Facilities
•   Sustainable Community
•   Regional Coordination

Housing/Neighborhoods
•   High cost of housing – This is a big problem. Few members of high school graduating
    class of a few years ago are still in Santa Barbara.
•   Lack of Affordable Housing – Important issue.
•   Tall Buildings/ Affordable Housing – Tall buildings are needed to provide affordable
    housing.



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•   Housing Location – Housing should not be too close to major transit corridors due to
    air quality and noise effects. Suggest needs to be a block away.
•   Housing Types/ Income Strata – There is limited capacity for housing, and clearly are
    housing affordability issues for needed workers. Identify income strata for workers
    needed in City, and correlate with type and price of housing to identify housing
    needs. Establish policies to only allow housing of type and price needed.
•   Rental Housing – Difficult to find rental housing. The rental housing system is all
    based on who you know. Need a better, fairer system.
•   Rental Housing – Need to have policies to support creating more rental housing.
•   Unoccupied Housing – There are large numbers of second homes and other homes of
    part-time residents that stand unused for long periods and represent existing unused
    housing capacity.
        -Find a way to connect this housing with people in need of rental housing.
        -Consider taxation as disincentive to allowing housing to remain vacant.
             o -Consider legal means, such as used in Britain, to disallow housing to
                remain vacant.
•   Home Businesses – Allowing home businesses will contribute to housing
    affordability for a segment of small business.
•   Retain Limits on Home Businesses – The problem with allowing home businesses in
    residential areas is that in some cases they may begin to generate negative impacts to
    quiet areas such as substantial truck traffic, noise, clients to the neighborhood.
•   Employer Provision of Housing – Should require developers of business and
    institutional uses to provide enough affordable employee housing to support their
    uses.
•   Mixed Use Zoning – Provide in more locations to improve livability by having
    residences in close proximity to commercial uses.
•   Funding for Affordable Housing – Need to identify funding sources to subsidize
    affordable housing.
•   Rental and Parking Regulation – Establish regulated rental units and parking.

Transportation
•   Mass Transit – Improve mass transit to address traffic and sustainability.
•   Buses, Shuttles, Electric – Programs to increase service levels, convenience, coverage
    would improve future livability.
•   Shared Parking Use –Large empty parking lots fenced off during evening and
    weekend hours makes no sense. Should have policies to allow parking lot use for
    citizens and tourists during off-business hours.
•   Reduce Commuters with Tall Buildings – Support tall buildings to provide for
    affordable housing. Otherwise more commuters and associated traffic impacts.
•   Better Modes for Commuters – Need to have better choices of transportation modes
    and better service levels for commuters to reduce traffic effects – rail, express buses,
    car and van pools, etc.
•   Mixed Use Zoning – Increased residential/commercial mixed use to reduce some
    traffic trips by allowing residents to do shopping, eating out, work trips by foot, bike,
    or transit.


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•   Regional Coordination on Commuting– Need better inter-County and Cities
    coordination on commuting solutions, including Ventura County, Cities of Ventura
    County, Carpinteria, County of Santa Barbara, Goleta, and North County cities.
•   Car Pooling – Recently called the existing car pool match program and it was not
    helpful. Need much better program. This was a method that worked well decades ago
    when gas prices/ supplies changed.
•   Travel from Station to Job – Need to focus on providing effecting means of surface
    travel for those using mass transit to travel from station to jobs or other destinations.
•   Loaner Cars – Suggest establish program of loaner cars, as is done at UCSB.
•   Van Pools –Increase emphasis, including funding support, for setting up van pools.
•   Regulated Parking
•   Bicycle Safety and Ease – Encourage through physical improvements to support.
•   Reduce Reliance on Cars.
•   Safety of Bikeways – A key concern. Need master plan funding to implement.
•   Safe Routes to Schools – Important transportation priority

Economy
• Housing Affordability –This is a huge issue and affects economy – especially ability
   to attract and retain workers.
• Jobs/ Housing Balance – Years ago, the problem was inability to find jobs in area.
   Now problem is housing affordable for workers. Need jobs/ housing balance, and to
   be careful we don’t focus on housing to exclusion of otherwise supporting jobs.
• Liberalize Allowable Home Businesses – This will contribute to housing affordability
   for many small business owners, and support local small business and local services.
• Limit Home Businesses – Avoid traffic, noise, trucks, crime effects to neighborhoods.
• Employer Provision of Employee Housing – Require big employers to provide
   affordable housing for their employees.
• Affordable Retail Space – Provide retail condos to support local small business.
• Education is an important issue and key component of local economy. Planning for
   schools should be part of PlanSB process.
• Tourism a key component – bring in eco-tourism


Environmental/ Sustainability
• Air Pollution, Noise - Housing Along Transit Corridors– Recent studies show that it
   is not healthy for housing to be too close to freeways or major transit corridors.
   Should change land use policies to reflect this.
• Preserve Open Space – Build Higher –Better to build taller in downtown urban core,
   in order to preserve open space in outlying areas such as the Gaviota coast.
• Urban Core Density Problem – Increasing core density does not preclude outlying
   developments without regional coordination among jurisdictions.
• Transfer of Development Rights – Could use to preclude outlying development.
• City Role as Leader/ Educator in Sustainability – The City could provide an example
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•   Sustainable Bio-Region – Suggest establishing entire South Coast region from
    Gaviota to Rincon as a sustainable bio-region. (agriculture, energy, pollution, green
    practices, transportation, etc.)
•   Connect Sustainable City with Tourism – bring in eco-tourists to help support local
    economy.
•   Regional South Coast Coordination and Planning - City/County/Goleta coordination;
    need planning for Noleta. Coordinate sustainability.
•   UCSB and City College – Coordinate on sustainability work.
•   Preserve County Farmland; grow some food locally; zoning for local agriculture.
•   Preserve Gaviota Coast – Protect from large-scale development.
•   Policies for No Sprawl
•   Financial Incentives to Promote Green Practices – e.g., tax breaks, loans for solar,
    affordable housing.
•   Public Service Announcements for Sustainable Practices.
•   Climate Change – Ocean rise and loss of beaches a large concern.
•   New Technologies for Sustainability – Agri-char, Plasmic-Arc; Solid Waste and
    Wastewater technologies

Community Design
• Underground Utilities – need strong policies and programs to make this happen.
• Building Heights – Buildings and height limits are too tall.
• Height Limits – Need to limit building heights to 2-story. Tall new buildings on
  Chapala are bad.
• Building Heights – Open Space – Build taller to preserve surrounding open areas.
• Building Heights – Affordable Housing – Need taller buildings to provide affordable
  housing - in appropriate locations
• Vacant Development Projects – Allowing hotel and other projects to remain vacant
  for long periods is a problem and eyesore. Should require time limits for projects to
  clean up the sites.
• Housing – Yards – Families need back yards, so this is the best type of housing to
  provide.
• Condos – Green Space. If multi-family housing is provided, provide enough open
  space and tot lots to support it. All housing needs to provide sufficient open space,
  green space, recreational space.
• Denser Urban Development to Reduce Sprawl

Services and Facilities
• Public Safety – This is the biggest priority issues and should be addressed before
   anything else. Can no longer feel safe just traveling or walking around City,
   especially at night – Vagrants demanding money; gang violence. Maybe need more
   police patrols
• Taxes for Benefits – Solutions for most issues need more funding. Suggest require
   higher taxes to provide more services and benefits.




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Other
• Property Owner Rights – Concerned about protecting rights and freedoms of property
   owners. We need to be sure when we address other issues that we are not
   unreasonably restricting property use or burdening development.
• Conflicting Goals and Choices – This process will be about choosing among
   sometimes conflicting goals. Can’t always have everything. Need to clearly identify
   choices and options.
• Community Discussions – Need more discussions like these to really get to in-depth
   understanding of issues and options.
• Coordination Among Jurisdictions – Need better City/County coordination.
• Dialogue with Developers – Need to understand their needs as well to identify good
   policies and solutions.
• Options for Issues – Present public with options; identify uncertainties and costs

“Big” Ideas Presented To Larger Group
• Sustainable Bio-Region – Suggest establishing entire South Coast region from
   Gaviota to Rincon as a sustainable bio-region. (Agriculture, Energy, Pollution, Green
   Practices, Transportation, etc.) City Role as Leader/ Educator in Sustainability – The
   City could provide an example to educate other communities. Connect Sustainable
   City with Tourism – bring in eco-tourists to help support local economy.
• Improve Pedestrian, Cycling, and Transit Facilities to address traffic and growth and
   improve livability.
• Regional Discussions and Coordination is needed to better plan for future growth and
   sustainability – with Governments (Cities, County, SBCAG); Educational Facilities
   (UCSB, City College), Developers; etc.




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                            Appendix 2
              Grassroots Groups Summary of Comments
                      March - September 2007
Early in the public involvement process, about 40 meetings were conducted with an array
of interest groups at the groups’ requests. The majority of these meetings occurred
between March and September 2007. Perhaps because many of them preceded the public
workshops, there are many more comments about the process than found in the other two
methods and many more comments are expressed as questions.

   The predominant topics addressed in the grassroots meetings are housing,
   transportation, design/visual quality and the environment and the Decision-
   Making/Planning Process.
   Because the summary of each meeting was prepared by the staff or outreach
   committee person that attended the meeting, styles and format will vary.
   The individual meeting summaries are also available under “documents” on the
   YouPlanSB.org website.

The following is an alphabetical list of the groups that participated in grassroots meetings
from March to September of 2007:
   Allied Neighborhood
   Arts Advisory Committee
   Board of Realtors Government Relations
   Bungalow Haven
   Chamber of Commerce
   Child Care Planning Council
   Christian Science First Church
   Citizens Planning Association
   Coalition for Sustainable Transportation
   Coalition for Community Wellness (Twice)
   Coastal Housing Partnership
   Community Environmental Council
   Cottage Hospital


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Downtown Organization (Twice)
Downtown Santa Barbara Childcare
Endowment for Youth
Faith Baptist Church
Green Building Alliance
Green Hills Software
Independent Living Resources Center
League of Women Voters
Legal Aid Foundation
Nonprofit Support Center
Pearl Chase Society
Rotoract Club
Safe Routes to School
Samarkand
Santa Barbara Club
SB Association of Realtors
SB Beautiful
SB Bicycle Coalition
SB Contractors Association
SB County Action Network
SB High Swap Meet
Second Baptist Church
Sunrise Rotary Club
The Sustainability Project
Vista Del Monte




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: July 16, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Paul Casey, Community Development Director
and John Jostes, City Planning Commissioner
Host Organization: Allied Neighborhood
Number of Participants: Approximately 20

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?
Comments:

Concerned with more people living in the City exacerbating traffic and other issues –
affordable housing efforts are bringing more people to the City.

Can the City target who lives in affordable housing so it’s existing residents and/or
existing employees, not someone from out of state?

What should single family neighborhoods be concerned about in this process?

Safe Routes to Schools efforts need to be enhanced and more money spent on projects.

There should be a density limit in the City – mixed use allows the existing commercial
space PLUS more residential on the site – this leads to projects that are too big and dense.
Need to consider only what’s allowed from a residential density standpoint.

Underground parking in the SD-2 zone in Upper State Street allows for too much
development and building bulk above grade – a portion of that space should go towards
open space and landscaping.

When the City looks at 5 or 6 scenarios in the next phase of planning, one of them should
be the existing goals and policies – because what we have now is pretty good and should
be kept.

Opposed to extensive density, and Inclusionary housing policies are exacerbating that.

The City does great in low income affordable housing – and the City should stay focused
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The development patterns in downtown are leading to an overcrowding of the downtown
area

Need to relate the percentage of affordable housing units in the City (13%) to an actual
number so people can understand what that means.

Allied Neighbors prepared a survey for their membership and neighborhood associations.
Over 2,000 surveys were sent out – with 120 returned. The results were shared and will
be compiled and submitted at a later date.

The City should consider doing a survey of all City residents as part of this process, and
use the Allied Neighborhood survey as a basis.

Density is ok, but it has to come with some real transportation options.

Air quality is a problem – we should be building residential units along heavily traveled
auto and transit corridors because of air quality health concerns – or at least provide more
landscaping and open space.

The Air Pollution Control District web site has good information about motor vehicles
being a high source of air pollution.

The City’s Plan Santa Barbara website should allow residents to read all the comments
that have been submitted.

City needs to pay attention to traffic as part of this process.

Santa Barbara does not exist in isolation – what happens in other areas in the South Coast
matters to Santa Barbara – need to stay aware and engaged with other jurisdictions.

The City is approving too many modifications.

Staff has too much power in the planning process – and based on what authority?

The Planning division should have an ombudsperson to assist neighborhoods.

The Planning Division should assist Allied as best as possible during Plan Santa Barbara
in gathering information, doing some analysis, and other upcoming potential requests.




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: September 20, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Michele DeCant; Peggy Burbank
Host Organization: City Arts Advisory Committee
Number of Participants: 15

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?

THE COMMITTEE AND PUBLIC MEMBERS PRESENT MADE THE FOLLOWING POINTS. MOST
COMMENTS ADDRESSED CONCERNS RELATING TO ARTISTS AND THE ART COMMUNITY.


ONE OVER-ARCHING COMMENT    WAS: THE PLAN SHOULD FOCUS ON SUSTAINABILITY, AND
THE QUALITY OF LIFE WHILE ACKNOWLEDGING A REGIONAL CULTURE.


ART VENUES, DISPLACY AND WORK SPACE:

LARGE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO CONTRIBUTE A PERCENTAGE
FOR THE ARTS AS IS DONE IN OTHER COMMUNITIES AND CITIES.


GENTRIFICATION IS REPLACING WORKSPACES SUITABLE FOR CRAFTS PEOPLE. MORE LIVE-
WORK SPACES ARE NEEDED AND THESE SHOULD INCLUDE COMMERCIAL/GALLERY SPACE,
E.G. MORE LIKE THE PALM LOFTS IN CARPINTERIA THAN THE EL ZOCO DEVELOPMENT.
ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS THE BELL MARIN FACTORY CONVERSION IN VENTURA WHICH IS
BEING RENOVATED FOR ARTISTS.


EACH NEIGHBORHOOD SHOULD INCLUDE A COMMUNITY CENTER WHERE LOCAL ARTISTS
COULD DO SHOWS OR DISPLAY THEIR ARTWORK E.G. GOLETA LIBRARY. FOR EXAMPLE, ON
THE WESTSIDE IT WAS A SHAME THAT THE OLD HOUSE ADJOINING BONNETT PARK WAS
KNOCKED DOWN – IT COULD HAVE SERVED AS A COMMUNITY CENTER FOR THE
NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE DISPLAYS AND OCCASSIONAL SHOWS COULD OCCUR.




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WHY ARE BUILDINGS ALWAYS TORN DOWN AND REPLACED? NEED TO BE CITY INCENTIVES
TO KEEP BUILDINGS AND REUSE. THIS WOULD BE MORE SUSTAINABLE.


MORE AFFORDABLE COMMERCIAL SPACE IS NEEDED FOR ARTISTS. WHERE NEW BUILDINGS
ARE BEING PLANNED, KEEP THE NEEDS OF ARTIST IN MIND. SPECIFICALLY, CONSIDER SOME
OF THE MATERIALS ARTIST USE MAY BE TOXIC AND NEED TO BE ACCOMMODATED IN
DESIGN.


ALSO, THERE NEEDS TO BE SPACE AVAILABLE FOR ARTIST THAT DON’T MAKE A LIVING ON
THEIR ARTWORK BUT STILL NEED A SUITABLE SPACE IN WHICH TO WORK. CHANGES
OCCURRING IN THE FUNK ZONE WILL FORCE THESE PEOPLE OUT. ARTISTS NEED A NICE
“EMPTY” SPACE SO THEY CAN ARRANGE IT TO SUIT THEIR OWN NEEDS. NEED MORE
VENUES FOR DSIPLAYING ART. A GOOD EXAMPLE OF PROVIDING SPACE FOR ART AS PART OF
A LARGE DEVELOPMENT IS CAF. DEVELOPERS ARE USUALLY GIVEN THE CHOICE TO
CONTRIBUTE MONEY, BUT IT DOESN’T COVER THE COST OF A UNIT/SPACE. [IN LIEU]
PAYMENT NEEDS TO BE RAISED TO BE COMPARABLE TO PROVIDING THE UNIT.


SQUARE-FOOTAGE MATTERS TO ARTIST. ARTISTS COULD USE SHARED SPACE. WHAT ABOUT
IN THE AIRPORT DISTRICT?


NEED MORE CLASS-ROOM SPACE FOR ART CLASSES. THE CITY SOMETIMES RELEASES SPACE
FOR OTHERS TO USE AT $1.00/SQ FT. THIS OPTION WOULD BE DESIREABLE IN CONJUNCTION
WITH COMMUNITY CENTERS.


AFFORDABLE HOUSING:

AFFORDABLE HOUSING COULD BE PROVIDED IN AN OLD BUILDING RENOVATED FOR
MULTIPLE USES AND WITH COMMUNITY AREAS.


ALLOW GARAGE APARTMENTS.


NEED RESIDENTIAL HOTELS, THE SINGLE RESIDENTIAL OCCUPANCY UNITS. NEED MORE
RENTAL PROPERTY (FOR FAMILIES) TOO.


GOOD RENTALS AND GOOD [PURCHASE] PRICES WOULD CHANGES IN LIFE STYLE. FOR
EXAMPLE WHERE MULTIPLE FAMILIES ARE LIVING TOGETHER, THIS MAY NO LONGER BE
NECESSARY.


IN CONJUNCTION WITH ALL THE HIGH END DEVELOPMENT, NEED HOUSING NOT JUST FOR
ARTIST BUT ALSO FOR ALL THE SERVICE PEOPLE THAT PERFORM SERVICES FOR THE



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OCCUPANTS.   NEED MORE LOW AND MODERATELY LOW HOUSING. INCREASE THE
INCLUSIONARY PERCENTAGE REQUIRED FOR LOW AND MODERATE AFFORDABLE HOUSING.


NEED A LIST OF ALL THE LOW-INCOME HOUSING AND WHERE IT IS LOCATED. CITY NEEDS
TO MAKE SURE IT REMAINS AFFORDABLE. IT NEEDS TO BE CONSTANTLY MONITORED.
MAKE SURE ALL NEW AFFORDABLE PROPERTIES ARE INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM WHERE
THEY WILL BE MONITORED.


URBAN DESIGN CONCERNS:

CONCERN WAS EXPRESSED ABOUT THE NEED FOR REDUCED HEIGHT AND BUIDING SETBACK
RESTRICTIONS AND NEEDED SOLAR REQUIREMENTS.
THE HOPE WAS EXPRESSED THAT SANTA BARBARA NOT BECOME LIKE DISNEYLAND AND
THAT VARIETY IS NEEDED. THE VARIED NEIGHBORHOODS FEATURING CRAFTSMAN,
VICTORIAN AND OTHER ARCHITECTURAL STYLES NEED TO BE PRESERVED. ALSO THE NEED
FOR VARIETY IN THE DOWNTOWN COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS: PASEO NUEVO IS
APPRORIATE FOR NATIONAL CHAINS BUT NOT ALL OF STATE STREET. THE DOWNTOWN
RENTS ARE CAUSING INDIVIDUAL SHOPS TO LEAVE.


COMMERCIAL SIGNS ON UPPER STATE STREET ARE TERRIBLE; APPLY SAME STANDARDS AS
FOR THE DOWNTOWN.


TRANSPORTATION:

NEED LIGHT RAIL; COMMUTER RAIL IS NEEDED FOR THE AREA.

ENCOURAGE USE OF ELECTRIC CARS WHICH HAVE THE ADDITIONAL BENEFIT OF TAKING UP
LESS SPACE.


THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM NEEDS TO ACCOMMODATE THE CHANGING TRANSPORT
NEEDS OF SENIORS AND THEIR CONCERNS FOR LOSS OF INDEPENDENCE.


NEED MORE CURB CUTS.




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: September 10, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Bettie Weiss, City Planner
Location: 1415 Chapala Street
Host Organization: Board of Realtors Government Relations Committee
Number of Participants: 14

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?

      Overview of PlanSB process to date including highlights from workshops.

      Members very interested in how the community is getting involved and one member
      offered to assist with Latino outreach (suggested use of radio and magazines).

      Encouraged City officials to work with School Districts.

      Noted that many diverse opinions have been expressed on key issues and asked how
      it will all be presented and responded to in next phases of PlanSB.

      Discussion of residential build-out and whether the analysis and discussion was on all
      residential development issues or focused on the smaller percent left to build out.
      There was question as to rezonings and if that was possible as part of PlanSB.

      There was also discussion on the decision making process and the likelihood of a
      vote of the people on major issues.




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: July 19, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Bungalow Haven Neighborhood Association;
314 E. Arrellaga Street
Host Organization: Bungalow Haven Neighborhood Association
Number of Participants: 15
Staff: Das Williams & Jaime Limon

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?

OVERALL THEMES

1. Maintaining the character and feel of Santa Barbara
2. Over development ruining quality of life
3. Desire for less commercial growth

HOUSING/NEIGHBORHOODS

   •   Not enough affordable housing units being constructed.

   •   Concerns regarding unit counts and if State mandates are dictating over
       construction of units.

   •   Go observe what has happened to parts of the City. Concern regarding new
       developments impacting old Victorian style buldings like what has resulted along
       Equestrian Avenue. Planning and decision makers need to closely look at
       projects for density and setback issues.

   •   Why was development allowed to building too close to property lines?

   •   Some residential neighborhoods used to be for the working class a long time ago.
       However, now we see more and more exploitation of properties to maximize
       development.


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  •   Lot of old timers elected not to develop multi-residential; quality of life more
      important than greed. Greed has taken over. We should have the ability to keep
      our quality of life not have developers dictate.

  •   Too many 2nd story projects designed in De La Vista area without an architect
      involved at expense of destroying neighborhood. Some still being proposed
      approaching 40 feet.

  •   Current trends when developer controls the project density should not be allowed
      to continue. Need better controls on density issues.

  •   There is a way to keep middle class in town if we protect neighborhoods from the
      creation of expensive new condos, maintain small character houses.

  •   We need to protect those areas of the city that have chosen not to develop their
      properties to maintain quality of life.


TRANSPORTATION

  •   The City does not feel like it once did. Could go downtown and not sense traffic
      and crowded conditions. Have to wait longer just to get thru intersections. Small
      town atmosphere gone.

ECONOMY

  •   Businesses have already left to Goleta or elsewhere.

  •   It appears tourism is major driving force of decisions. Not what is best for
      community residents.

  •   Is there not a better way to attract businesses to the City than to always need the
      tourist?

  •   Look at all the local businesses that have left or businesses closed. We need to
      ensure we maintain a business environment to support local businesses.

  •   I have lost employees. It may be too late since it has already happended to so
      many.
  •   No real workforce left in Santa Barbara.. Most technical and manufacturing
      businesses have relocated to Goleta.

  •   Santa Barbara is being marketed in the right way. As the west coast Riviera. It is
      not. The tourist should not intrude into the residential areas with their mopeds or
      recreational vehicles.


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ENVIRONMENTAL

   •   Weather is major attraction of community. However. Vitality of community and
       attraction from tourists is to keep SB different from LA.

   •   How about green space in developments. Air quality improvements come with
       green development.

   •   I am concerned regarding waste of water and future water shortages .We should
       encourage or mandate the use of grey water systems for toilet drainage systems.

COMMUNITY DESIGN

   •   Nobody acknowledges what has already taken place. The loss of the middle class
       from our community.

   •   We are old-timers and NIMBY’s. We have lost our small town feel.

   •   The town’s character that attracted us to this place has been lost or is being
       compromised by new arrivals.

   •   Expansion will come. San Fernando valley was nice place once.

   •   I have an interest is no changes. No growth.

   •   I want less commercial growth. It is not needed given the office/retail vacancies.

   •   Height of buildings should be lowered to two stories maximum. I am concerned
       about the canyon-ization along lower Chapala Street.

   •   I support height limits or ensuring downtown building heights or not increased.

   •   Need to better define urban downtown boundary growth lines and makes sure
       these developments at the perimeter of Urban downtown areas to not negatively
       impact adjoining residential areas.

   •   I remember when the small town atmosphere existed and there were funk zones to
       hang out. Now the areas are no longer here.

Mixed use projects that have been constructed do not feel like SB, units too close to
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SERVICES AND FACILITIES

  •   Need developer mitigation fees to pay for impacts to local residents. What are
      large developments giving to neighbors being impacted? Other communities get
      developers to give open spaces, parks and other community benefits. The need to
      pony up for neighborhoods.

  •   It is not right for to not require a better way for developers to address these
      impacts.

OTHER

  •   Regarding where we ant to be in twenty years. We need to look at world
      realistically. How can we have less impacts in the most favorable way.

  •   Will our neighborhood voices be heard this time. Some mention that the City’s
      visioning process was followed. I feel that the City has not heard our concerns
      regarding past developments. Somewhat skeptical if this process will be heard or
      ignored. I am tires of fighting all the battles at every project.

  •   We no longer have strong community activists like Pearl Chase to protect us from
      developers that ruin our City. Where would we be if she had not protected and
      fought for open space along Cabrillo Blvd?

  •   Is there a population cap limit to City? Is it being followed? Does not feel that
      there is less people than 10 years ago.

  •   What happens if there is no consensus. Will General Plan still be adopted.
      Concerns about others taking control of outcome.

  •   New Gas taxes to promote bus use.

  •   Questions in Plan SB brochure are worded to be emotional driven. Questions
      should be more specific about topics to discuss. More meaningful than comments
      about what you “love: about City.

  •   Need some more design guidelines for developments to protect neighborhoods.




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: Monday April 23, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Mayor Blum (Outreach Committee); Julie Bixby
(City staff)
Location: 924 Anacapa
Host Organization: Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce – Board of Directors
Number of Participants: 22

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?
       Mayor Blum began the discussion with an overview of Plan Santa Barbara and how
       important this process is to setting the future direction for the City, emphasizing the
       importance of the community to get involved and tell us exactly what they want.
       The Board’s questions and comments focused on commercial growth limits and how
       best they can stay involved.
           • There were several questions about the recent discussions about lowering the
               building height limit in El Pueblo Viejo from 60’ to 45’ (e.g. when will the
               item be discussed, should they come to the Council meeting etc.)
           • The discussion of height limits should not be considered independent of Plan
               Santa Barbara efforts because if you constrain growth in one area, you put
               pressure on other areas and that discussion belongs in Plan Santa Barbara
           • There are some European communities with small scale historic districts that
               allow more height in other areas of the City, while protecting the urban
               boundary, perhaps this is a model for SB.
           • Other groups in SB – like the neighborhood associations - are very involved
               in City planning and the business community should organize and be as
               actively involved in this process




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: August 8, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Peggy Burbank, Adam Nares
Host Organization: CHILD CARE PLANNING COUNCIL
Number of Participants: 16

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?

The overall theme was provision of child care facilities within the City of Santa Barbara.

Issues:

   People can’t find child care in the city and are traveling to Goleta. People are driving
   unnecessarily to get to/from child care.

    The most queries for child care are for infants and toddlers. For example, the UCSB
   child care center for infant and toddlers has 150 children on its waiting list.

   Large family child care homes (up to 14 children) are leaving the area and are not
   being replaced

   There used to be 145 family child care providers on the South Coast; now there are
   only 89.

   The reasons for this are in part the cost in time and money for city permits and the
   amount of paperwork (e.g. blueprints) required which is intimidating, especially for
   those not fluent in English.

   Also the rising costs of buying or renting space as well as operating the home.

Solutions proposed:

Make it easier to establish child care homes in the city.
  Simplify the regulations and process for getting permits. The State already regulates
  child care providers; why does the City need to do this as well?


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   Child care regulations need to be more specific. Good examples of simplified
   permitting processes are Lompoc and City of Santa Maria. Both only require an
   over-the counter form to be completed, compliance with State requirements, and a
   minor application fee.

   Simplify and reduce costs, or eliminate the process to convert from a small child care
   home (up to 8 children) to a large family child care home (up to 14 children).

Facilitate the provision of child care facilities.
   Evaluate need for child care facilities along with review of new residential
   development. Require the provision of child care facilities for every N residential
   units or N square feet of commercial development.

   In new multifamily projects, designate certain units to be residences for family child
   care providers so the units are constructed to suit the use and comply with
   requirements. This would greatly reduce the price of setting up business for the
   operators, and would address both housing and child care.

   Take a regional view of child care needs since so many families are commuting from
   Ventura and Santa Maria.

The Child Care Planning Council also provided written comments at the meeting which
are attached below.




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          Attachment




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date:       July 14, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s):     Bettie Weiss (City Staff); Helene Schneider
(City Council)
Host Organization: Christian Science First Church
Number of Participants:    11

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?

Is this plan about the lands within the City Limits or does it include other communities like
Goleta too? It is primarily a plan for City policy but many issues are regional
(transportation, commuting, air quality, etc.). The Council can set policy and direction in the
City and is also working with other local officials on regional issues.

The Church is also looking at land use and development options for their property.
Questions and concerns about whether and how the Plan SB process may change zoning
regulations and how to proceed now. Parking requirements for typical development may
not make sense for the Church because the parking lot is often not used during the week.
The Church will likely want more information on what land uses would best serve the
community and be compatible with their primary objectives.

Demographics – question about how much the City is likely to grow and discussion of
various income groups, diversity, and density. Some concern about overcrowding and too
much parking on the streets.

Economic vitality and diversity is also important to have jobs for the middle class.

There are too many cars on the street and sometimes parked in bike lanes.

       Traffic is seen as a big problem and some wonder if widening Hwy 101 will be
       possible to fund. Some discussion of Measure D – it is a County-wide issue. Some
       public perception that funds are not used for projects as intended and that may be
       why people




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: Monday, May 7, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Bettie Weiss, George Haskell (City staff);
Helene Schneider (City Council)
Host Organization: Citizens Planning Assoc. (Land Use & Comprehensive Planning
Committees and Board Members)
Number of Participants: 13

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?
The group primarily offered suggestions for the Outreach effort. There were a few
comments and questions on process and substance of issues as well.
Suggestions for outreach:
   • Use Schools – primary, secondary, high school, SBCC and UCSB. Perhaps try an
       essay contest on key questions. The UCSB Faculty and Staff Association is a good
       group that will include residents of the City and surrounding areas.
   • Creative idea for TV raffle (was used in LA or San Diego).
   • SBCAG – South County Sub-regional Group
   • Extensive talk btw staff of City, County and other Cities – be informed of what each
       other is doing, look for policy consistency &/or conflicts
Comments/Questions:
   • What to do and say to help people get engaged when many feel it is all a done deal
       and they cannot influence change at “City Hall”
   • Small is beautiful and more sustainable. Many now thinking that “growth” is not the
       right model for economies and communities – asking big questions.
   • Social problems & concerns will probably be expressed in community workshops –
       what will City response be in this process.
   • What, When & How will the tough questions be raised for community
       understanding & decision-making?
       How will the process proceed with workshops, Staff analysis/recommendations, and
       Council decisions?



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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date:       May 17, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Marisela Salinas (City Staff); Mayor Marty
Blum (City Council)
Host Organization: Coalition for Sustainable Transportation (COAST)
Number of Participants:    8

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?
The discussion included transportation/parking, the social fabric of the community,
obtaining input from commuters, etc. Comments and questions included:
       How do you elevate the discussion from the usual rhetoric (for example:
       “preserve and maintain the quality of life”) to more concrete topics?
       The questions should be more focused instead of asking about people’s feelings.
       Provide more information on demographics of the community and statistical
       information on development patterns (including variation in uses). The
       community needs more facts to see the trends and how to evaluate how the
       community and region is evolving.
       Will the Circulation Element or other General Plan Elements be updated? If so,
       when?
       There does not appear to be a sense of urgency because the changes are
       incremental over longer periods of time. Analogy: “A frog is placed in a pot of
       water and the heat is slowly raised”.
       How do you focus the discussion on the larger community issues/values and move
       away from “NIMBY” comments? Community values vs. individual goals.
       What is the tree canopy? The social fabric of the community? Etc.
       Recognize that when you move into this community, you are not just buying the
       house; you are buying into the community.
       Parking policy needs to be part of the discussion.
       Recognize that change is continually occurring even when people say “no” to
       everything.
       Comments should be obtained from people who work in Santa Barbara and live
       elsewhere? Why don’t they live in Santa Barbara? Consider using the Rideshare
       information to contact them and solicit comments.
       How do we plan to balance development within our resources?


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How do we preserve affordable housing?
Research other communities who have successfully balanced both.
Measure E ends in 2010. How effective has Measure E been? How many times
did we reach the cap? Has it really limited development?
Some issues should be looked at from a regional point of view.
The answers may mean that we put more restrictions in place.
Over time the community is incrementally becoming more gentrified. There is
concern that it will become “Solvang by the Sea”.
Study how La Jolla has evolved. It used to be like Santa Barbara.
Concerned about the future. We don’t want to become a “tourist only”
community.
Some see a vision of a declining city.
The national trend indicates that the middle-class is disappearing. Santa Barbara
appears to be following that trend.
Some believe that people moving to Santa Barbara won’t remain here. Everyone
is losing employees and new employees are harder to find.
The housing market is out of the reach of many of the children of Santa
Barbarans. Who is moving into the community as the younger generations move
out? Will this become a white, rich, retirement community?
The high cost of housing and property values is promoting a NIMBY ideology.
What happens when economics dictates what is happening?
Where is the consumption coming from and what about the affordability?
There is not enough pain yet for the public to get out of their cars and seriously
consider alternative forms of transportation.
What about car-share? We need to look at other solutions.




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: 4/25/07
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Helene Schneider (City Council); John Ledbetter
(City staff)
Host Organization: Coalition for Community Wellness
Number of Participants: 7

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?

This diverse coalition of public health care workers is organizing a forum on May 14, 2007
for health care professionals to begin making the connections between public health care
and the built environment (planning) and to encourage these professionals to participate in
the PlanSB process. This presentation will be given at the May 14th forum and most of the
questions were related to how this presentation can best be used during the forum.

The following questions were raised:

       •   Should each agency and/or non-profit provide their own comments?
       •   Should the comments be “official” policy of each respective group or simply the
           position of the representative?
       •   How can the public health community best coordinate their input for the PlanSB
           process?
       •   How can public health concerns be “translated” into planning policy?




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: May 14, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Helene Schneider, Councilmember and John
Ledbetter, Principal Planner
Host Organization: Coalition for Community Wellness
Number of Participants: 65

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?

This meeting was a forum titled: Community Health and Urban Planning: Making
the Connections sponsored by the Coalition for Community Wellness, with three
speakers, followed by a question and answer period. The following are notes from both
the presentations and the question and answer period.

Presentations
Helene Schneider, Santa Barbara Councilwoman gave the introductions and the
opening welcome. She gave the history of the Coalition for Community Wellness and
thanked those involved. She welcomed the audience of health professionals as “not being
the usual suspects” in giving input into the General Plan process and talked about the
importance of integrating urban design with community health.

Alex Kelter, retired physician and statewide Chief of Epidemiology and Prevention
for Injury Control: “Beyond Inconvenient: How Poor Land Use Leads to Poor Health”.
Dr. Kelter outlined five emerging concerns:
       1. Climate Change
       2. Graying of American
       3. Crime and Public Safety
       4. Health Care Costs, especially as they relate to obesity
       5. War and Peace

Chart describing: Obesity = (over) Eating/ (under) Activity
       He discussed the leading death statistics: Heart disease, Cancer, Stroke,
Respiratory problems and      the causes of death: tobacco, exercise/diet, alcohol,
microbial bacteria….


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       Obesity trends will surpass tobacco as the leading cause of death.
       Asthma, Obesity and Diabetes rates are increasing.
“We must heal our communities”.
He discussed the concept of OBESCITIES. Sprawl = (over) size/(under) performance
Clogged arteries, bulging waste lines, etc.
Communities are now designed for cars, not for active lifestyles
He discussed Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and pointed out the need for safe
communities, more physical activity, and less isolation.

Solutions: The public (local government, planners, water districts, law enforcement,
transportation) and private factions (architects, builders, media, businesses) need to come
together to work on the General Plan, Specific Plans, specific projects, improved schools,
housing, jobs, air quality and transportation. This starts at the individual level and
eventually changes social norms.

Judy Corbett, Executive Director of the Local Government Commission:
“What an Active Living, Healthy Eating Community Looks Like”

In 1991 the Ahwahnee Principles were established by architects and planners
Plan must be complete & integrate communities. Considerations include:
       1. Land Use Mix
       2. Connectivity
       3. Street design
       4. Site design
       5. Density
-Diversity of housing
-Walking distances to transit stops and shopping.

She talked about streets being designed for people, not just cars and discussed the
benefits of narrow streets, wider sidewalks, reduced set backs, and good street crossings.
She also talked about the economic feasibility of establishing light rail and bus service to
more densely populated areas (at least 7 units/acre). She suggested that Building Codes
be revisited and/or rewritten.

John Ledbetter, Urban Planner: Plan Santa Barbara
Mr. Ledbetter described some of the current issues in Santa Barbara (including Upper
State St. and building heights). He briefly described what a General Plan is and how
these policies guide future growth. He then discussed the importance of issues identified
by the Council and the community such as sustainability, urban design, historic
preservation and the need for growth management.

He encourages public input to the upcoming workshops in June. The basic questions are:

       What do you love about Santa Barbara?

       What hopes do you have for Santa Barbara’s future?



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       What are your greatest concerns?

Issues from the Health Community (question and answer session)
1. “Smart” growth and density
High density/mixed use projects can cater more to the more prevalent non-traditional
families. There is less need for cars if developments are located near transit corridors.

2. Affordable Housing
What is truly affordable in Santa Barbara at rates community clinics can actually pay
their staff?

3. Walkability
Though there exists walkable areas on State St., there is less walkability in the lower
income areas such as Eastside and Westside.

4. Low Income Neighborhoods-Eastside and Westside
These communities lack adequate sidewalks and lighting, access to healthy foods, and
creek restoration activities.

5. Safety/Violence/Crime
There is demarcation of the rich and poor and among ethnic groups. Gang violence is a
big concern. Poverty (similar to what we’ve seen in other parts of the world) is here
too, and leads to violence when people don’t see other alternatives for change. As a
wealthy community we need to be receptive and proactive in the concerns and welfare of
the poor working community. With adequate lighting and wider sidewalks, there are
more people out, which may deter crime.

6. Diversity-economic, ethnic, age
Developers need to consider residential and open spaces that are friendly to all economic,
ethnic, and age groups.

7. Community Gardens

8. Physical Design - must encourage physical activity

9. Cottage Hospital expansion
New construction includes:
       • Workforce housing which will sell much below market rates to employees.
           The permit process       and adjacent neighborhood complaints have delayed
           progress.
       • Incentivizing use of alternative transportation
       • Bike facilities and showers




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10. Building Heights

11. Bicycle Safety

Helene discussed how linked community improvement projects are to the budget process.

Alex discussed the need to incorporate a vision/value statement in the General Plan such
as:
In 25 years in Santa Barbara, every child can bike or walk to school.

Support for creating such a statement(s) was expressed and the Coalition will discuss this
further.




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: June 21, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): John Ledbetter (staff)
Host Organization: Coastal Housing Partnership
Number of Participants: 11

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?

John Ledbetter presented a summary of the Plan Santa Barbara process to date.

The following comments and questions were discussed by the group:

This process needs to focus on the underlying community-wide values rather than just the
specific concerns of one neighbor or another. Key questions need to be asked and
understood such as how are we going the retain and recruit employees and where will
your children live/

What is the status of the proposed Sphere of Influence changes in eastern Goleta?

Is this process limited to city residents? Will the process include regional issues such as
protecting the Gaviota Coast through the use of a Transfer of Development Rights
program?

Has the loss of the middle class been discussed thus far? What about gang violence?

The PlanSB outreach program has been effective to date.

There are presently not enough service workers to meet the need

Need to examine what the city will look like demographically if trends continue.

Businesses need to know that pay rates don’t equate to a livable wage in Santa Barbara.

What about using the Regional Impacts to Growth model for the PlanSB process?
Need to look at the Caltrans commute pattern survey to understand where we are headed.




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Need more demographic analysis to under stand the growing need for senior housing;
youth are leaving and seniors are retiring.

Where will the seniors move that currently live in the Riviera?

Need to survey UCSB and SBCC graduates; what efforts are being made to retain these
populations? Did they want to stay, and if so, what prevented them from staying?




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: Thursday April 19, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Julie Bixby (City staff); Dave Davis (Outreach
Committee Member)
Location: 26 West Anapamu
Host Organization: Community Environmental Council Board of Directors
Number of Participants: 12

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?
        Following a brief presentation by City staff, the discussion focused on renewable
energy, commercial development, regional cooperation and demographic changes in Santa
Barbara.
            • As an organization they have a lot of information and expertise in energy
                issues and hope that the City will draw on that knowledge throughout the
                process (e.g. have a forum on energy with CEC representatives as panelists)
            • Energy issues should be addressed throughout all parts of the plan: energy
                supply, transportation, housing etc.
            • This process should meaningfully look at regionalism: analyze current trends
                (environmental, transportation, water, economics) using regional data, reach
                out to the commuting population, have informal and formal dialogues with
                other south coast localities
            • The safety of our streets and walkability of our community are important to
                consider for public health and environmental reasons
            • Forecasts project a declining middle class in SB and that needs to be a
                priority focus
            • Renewal of the commercial growth management program (Measure E) is also
                a top priority
        There was also some discussion about how to communicate with the community
about what “growth” means and looks like. Our workshops should be visual and provide
participants with hands-on exercises so they can see the complexities of growth (e.g. the land
use game).
        Finally the meeting ended with a general discussion of what is the appropriate


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balance of growth for SB over the next 25 or 30 years. We have limits in this community
and how much growth is needed to sustain our economic diversity and also protect our
natural environment and quality of life.




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: June 7, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): John Ledbetter (City staff)
Host Organization: Cottage Hospital
Number of Participants: 11

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?
Presentation
The City is currently in the process of updating their General Plan and is seeking public
input.
A General Plan includes seven required elements on topics such as transportation, land use,
housing, and open space. The public is encouraged to come to the first set of community
workshops in June and July to share what they love about Santa Barbara, what are the
concerns, and what they would like to see in the future. The City of Santa Barbara is also
currently doing presentations for various groups who want to learn about Plan Santa
Barbara. In the fall, the City will host a series of education forums, and then there will be
another round of workshops from the winter 2007 to spring 2008. More information is
available at www.YouPlanSB.org.

Questions & Answers
Q: Do you have to live in the City of Santa Barbara to participate in this process?
A: No. Anyone that lives or works in Santa Barbara is invited to provide their input.

Q: What type of interaction is there between the City of Santa Barbara and the City of
   Goleta in terms of development?
A: There is no regional government among the cities and the Santa Barbara Association of
   Governments has little clout. Santa Barbara is aware that development that occurs in
   Goleta will affect them.

Q: What is the status of the development on upper State Street?
A: The land use pattern along Upper State Street evolved very differently from the
   downtown “grid” pattern. Consequently, the more strip commercial and suburban look
   and feel of upper State Street is very different from the more urban and architecturally
   cohesive downtown. The recently completed Upper State Street study attempts to
   improve the urban design (the “look and feel’) of the area, as well as improve the
   circulation for both pedestrian and vehicles.


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Q: How does the City balance spending for tourists and residents?
A: The downtown benefits for the Redevelopment Agency, which generates a significant
   amount of improvement funding through tax increment financing. All the funds
   generated by the Redevelopment Agency must be spent within the Redevelopment
   district with the exception of affordable housing project. Many affordable housing
   projects have been built outside of the Downtown. Typically, though, neighborhood
   improvements are funded by the General Fund. Within the last few years the City has
   initiated the Neighbor Task Force to address neighborhood improvement concerns.

Q: How does the City help small local businesses with unaffordable rents?
A: Some towns have an economic retention program, but Santa Barbara does not.

Q: Does the General Plan include repair and maintenance of streets and sidewalks?
A: No, these are Public Works maintenance issues. Maintenance of streets is very
   expensive and much of the current funding comes from Measure D, the renewal of
   which was defeated last election. It will be on the ballot again this year and needs 66%
   of the vote for approval.

Q: Who makes the final decision regarding roundabouts?
A: Residents start the process by requesting action from the City regarding traffic issues.
   The City investigates the issue and presents the best possible solution to the City Council
   who makes the final decision. The new roundabouts will be beautified with landscaping.

Q: Who requested the Samarkand traffic chokers/calming devises?
A: The residents requested the City assist with slowing traffic in that neighborhood.

Q: What is the status of the Transit Center redevelopment project?
A: The project is still moving forward, but no major decisions have been made as yet.

Q: Do issues surrounding gang violence fall into the General Plan?
A: Typically “youth” is not a separate Element of a General Plan. Youth issues tend to fall
   into other categories such as housing and recreation.

Q: Do seniors have a separate category in the General Plan?
A: Seniors do not have a separate Element since their issues are present is other Elements
   such as housing and transportation. If the public identifies seniors as a top priority then
   the City could develop a senior “Element”.

Q: What is the status of the project regarding bike path and roundabout near Cabrillo and
   Coast Village Road?
A: The project is moving forward.

Q: Do we have community gardens?
A: Santa Barbara does have some community gardens, and this topic can be included in the
   General Plan.

Q: Is there a way to report graffiti?


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A: There is a graffiti hotline. (Graffiti Hotline Phone Number: (805) 897-2513 and more
   information can be found at
   http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/Resident/Home/Graffiti/)

Q: Is the new Granada parking lot full yet?
A: The lot is not full yet, but more people are parking in that garage. The City anticipates
   greater usage as the word spreads about the location.

Q: What is being done about illegal dwellings?
A: This is a difficult issue in Santa Barbara since people need places to live, but many of
   those places are not up to code. Currently, only five granny units have been legally
   permitted by the City. The Housing Element of the General Plan is the only Element
   that needs to be certified by the State. Each year the State requires that the City
   demonstrate that there is the zoning capacity for so many residences, but granny units
   are not identified per say. However State law is changing and each year local
   governments are being required more and more to facilitate the approval of granny units.

Q: How are fees determined for residential construction since they can be cost prohibitive?
A: The City of Santa Barbara compares its fees to surrounding communities and finds that
   we are always either at or often times below the average. Currently the City recoups
   about 30% of the actual cost. The County charges 100% of the cost.

Q: Is the City moving forward with green buildings?
A: Yes. One example is where the local contactors association has worked with the City to
   create a green building program for residential development. The Council also recently
   adopted a set of regulations requiring that all new City buildings will be LEED certified
   and that energy efficiency requirements exceed state standards by 25%. In addition, the
   City is installing solar panels on the building s in the Public Works yard at no cost to us
   through a creative tax arrangement with a consulting firm.

Q: Is the four day work week going well for the City?
A: This will be implemented in July, and there is excitement surrounding the new hours.
   This is a good program since employees won’t be driving during the am and pm
   commute hours and there will be fewer cars on the road on Friday. In addition, this plan
   makes employees happy which helps employee recruitment and retention efforts.

Q: Does the City plan to give tax breaks to residents who people who have solar panels on
   their home?
A: The tax breaks will probably come down from the State and or Federal government; the
   City of Santa Barbara currently doesn’t offer any tax breaks. Some environmental
   groups in Santa Barbara are saying that Santa Barbara needs to once again become a
   model city when it comes to the environment.

Q: How do projects transition from the old to the new General Plan?
A: Once the City Council approves the General Plan it goes into affect. Any new projects
   from that day forward must meet the requirements of the new General Plan.

Q: When will the City of Santa Barbara get a Target store?


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A: La Cumbre Plaza is a possibility since they are looking at completely redeveloping the
   mall at some point.

Q: Will the City ever close downtown State Street to automobiles?
A: It’s not likely to happen permanently, but it might happen on occasion.

Q: What is the status of Whole Foods?
A: The project is moving forward and the environmental impact report will begin soon.
   Whole Foods is looking to make it a “green” LEED certified shopping center. The
   current plan is to have Whole Foods, Circuit City, and condominiums. Traffic is the
   biggest issue at the moment.

Q: Would it be possible to close the Wharf to cars and just have busses shuttle people?
A: It is possible, but unlikely in the near future




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: May 5, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Paul Casey (City staff); Kate Schwab (Outreach
Committee)
Host Organization: Downtown Organization Board of Directors
Number of Participants: 40

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?

This was the Downtown Organization Board of Directors Annual Retreat. They appreciated
the City speaking to them about the Plan Santa Barbara process, and expressed great interest
in being engaged and involved early on. They spent the rest of the retreat meeting in small
groups to discuss goals for the upcoming year, and those that relate to Plan Santa Barbara will
be summarized and forwarded to the City in a letter. They will also likely use their
Government Affairs Subcommittee to be the focal point for their involvement in the
process.




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date:       July 20, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s):Bettie Weiss (City Staff); Kate Schwab
                                     (Outreach Committee)
Host Organization: The Downtown Organization
Number of Participants:  10

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?

Question & concern expressed about whether the City’s parking requirements allowed use of
the downtown parking lots for residential use. Concern that this is being talked about a lot
and it could negatively affect business and the economic vitality of the Downtown.

Question and concern expressed about possible changes in the core of the Downtown
relating to building height. Also, are changes such as this being considered in other parts of
the City.

Opinion expressed that it is important to keep some areas zoned for the “trades” and
services – like in the Haley and M-1 areas.

Another opinion or question was offered to suggest that allowing housing in the M-1 and
coastal area could serve to support the community – maybe better than timeshares.

The extreme pressure created in the housing market and potential increases in land values
needs to be looked at carefully.

What will the City do to respond to the differing opinions offered about parking in the
Downtown and throughout the City? There should be discussion about the Circulation
Element (CE). The CE is intentionally very broad and vague, so discussions and decisions
can go in a variety of different directions (2 examples were given – loss of parking in front of
the Courthouse and possible loss of parking around Plaza de la Guerra).

People are concerned and nervous about present discussions based on expectations that
people will change their behavior as it relates to the use of cars in the future. What if the




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projections are wrong and projects get built anyway and the community gets stuck with what
gets built.

This is a democracy and the process needs to reflect the needs and desires of the people.
Look at how people get around – personal transport is the top choice. What does the
majority want and how do you hear from them?

Office rents are rises because Measure E limits new construction.

People do not like the projects on Chapala Street. How did the Council and Planning
Commission approve it? Why didn’t they say no? Is a down zone necessary? Most want to
advocate for give & take with flexibility. Hope this is what comes out of the process – a way
to balance many important issues.




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: June 25, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Bettie Weiss, Beatriz Ramirez, Kate Schwab
Host Organization: Downtown Santa Barbara Child Care Meeting
Number of Participants: 14

This group is made up of employers from various sectors, responding to the expressed
needs of employees for greater access to high quality child care services downtown. The
members had prepared the attached Statement for Plan Santa Barbara.

The comments provided at the meeting included:

•   A subsection of the Plan should be devoted to youth and children. Will the City
    decide to make youth and children a priority? 100 cities have a committeee on youth.
    Children are the future of our community. The plan should have a separate section
    devoted to them.

•   Recognition that childcare has been in the Land Use Element since 1989.

•   "How are the Children" is a tradional greeting in the Masai tribe. We as a community
    must always consider this, "How are the Children?."

•   Employers are very concerned with the high cosrt of living relative to wages.
    Housing and childcare very expensive in our community. It is not seen as a friendly
    environment. Childcare is more of a crisis than housing, due to lack of and cost. If
    not addressed, the town will be seen as for "only newlyweds and nearly dead."

•   Families are moving away due to high cost and lack of childcare. There is a large
    shortage of childcare for infants three months to two years old. Programs are
    completely full with waiting lists.
•   An employer present explained that they have 60 employees in Santa Barbara (125



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    worldwide). Of those, locally approximatley 20% had children ~ many infants.
    While employees have median income wages, they found childcare a problem due to
    a shortage of care and cost. This can result in losing good quality employees.

•   One goal is for existing childcare facilities to be able to expand their capacity.
    Permitting for expanding existing capacities needs to be streamlined so that there is
    not so difficult and so that the process is clear.

•   There are currently ordinances that make it difficult to develop.

•   Reggio's principles need to be incorporated into childcare.

•   With the sunsetting of the Redevelopment Agency

Other general comments:

•   Downtown parking is a problem for employees. There is never enough.

•   Not enough restroom facilities downtown. Especially during events like Fiesta. Many
    people not informed about local business that are in the downtown restroom program.
    The problem is worse with tourists and foreigners.




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date:       May 15, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s):  Bettie Weiss (City Staff); Helene Schneider
(City Council)
Host Organization: Endowment for Youth
Number of Participants:    8

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?

They wished us luck with the important and big effort!

       Several ideas were mentioned to help outreach specifically to the youth in the
       community, including: high school clubs, student and staff associations, school
       events, and maybe even hold a specific student forum. Contact the local youth
       magazine and perhaps hold a meeting with the Youth Council.




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: Monday, May 7, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Naomi Kovacs (Outreach Committee); George
Haskell (City staff)
Location: Faith Baptist Church, Goleta
Host Organization: Faith Baptist Church Leadership
Number of Participants: 6

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?
Pastor Fred Barton began the meeting with some concerns he had seen expressed on
Channel 18 earlier in the week. Barton expressed several specific concerns:
    1. Housing and being able to maintain the workforce. For example, a large percentage
        of the firemen in the City are close to retirement. Where will new firemen come
        from if they cannot afford to live in the area?
    2. What happens when Santa Barbara becomes a place that only the wealthy can afford
        to live?

Other individuals seemed somewhat skeptical of the Plan Santa Barbara process. Several
members expressed these concerns:
   1. How long the Plan Santa Barbara effort had been going on. Why has no one heard
       of it before?
   2. The housing shortage in the community started 10-15 years ago, what has been done
       before now? Why does it seem as if very little has been done until now?
   3. Who is paying for the Plan Santa Barbara effort and how much will it cost.

Overall the meeting had a strong focus on providing housing for the workforce and middle
class. Despite some concern over the past policy and the current process, the Leadership
Council seemed eager to participate and requested the further information be sent to them
as it becomes available.




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: May 22, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Dave Davis (Outreach Committee); John
Ledbetter (City Staff)
Host Organization: Green Building Alliance
Number of Participants: 7

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?

Mr. Davis and Mr. Ledbetter gave a brief presentation on PlanSB. The following points
where made by members of the Green Build Alliance:
       • PlanSB needs to be a broad, holistic planning effort.
       • Need a sense of principle that will guide future growth, i.e. the Awahnee
           Principles; Mr. Davis indicated that the H.O.T group is developing such a set of
           principles, specific to Santa Barbara (he will forward copies to the GBA
           members)
       • Implementation measures should reflect these principles.
       • Goals and Indicators are also needed:
               -Sustainable indicators to measure goals and encourage more informed
               discussions
               -Track how we have done over the last 10years and how we are doing now;
               -Metrics!
               -The indicators need to be adjustable;
               -Need to consider “life costs”
               -Homelessness, gangs, insufficient health care all have long-term costs –
               global warming;
       • Long “catch-up” time to realize the benefits, i.e. new green construction and
           appraisers;
       • The City needs to be a leader in sustainability, reclaimed water, reclaimed because
           we need to be a model (for China);
       • Global warming and “blueline” very tangible;
       • “Adaptation”
       • Move sustainability to the “top of the list” of Council goals
       • Transportation – need better air to ground transportation




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       •   Why does the public process inhibit neighborhood quality of life for middle class
           families; parking requirement adjustments; simpler process for smaller homes;
           permits in the coastal zone

The following comments were also submitted for consideration:

GREEN BUILDING ALLIANCE
Santa Barbara Visioning
5.22.2007
A. Principles
       Sustainability – Leadership/ecological city
        Awahnee Principles - Adopt
        Balance Social, Economic and Environmental Issues

B. Goals and Indicators
       2030 Challenge – Adopt
       Sustainable Indicators
               Set Goals, Staff Measure results, report to community annually, discuss and
               adjust

C. Land Use Planning – Connecting all the issues
      Need regional planning/revenue sharing/ cooperation
       Resources/Environment
       Social Justice/Jobs
       Economy
       Land Use
       Transportation
       Housing
       Visual

D. Resources/Environment
       Energy
       What does our future hold?
       Should the City become an independent energy supplier?
       What happens in the event of an emergency and a natural disaster?
       Food
       Make our own food supply local/regional/low energy and cost
       Are we able to sustain ourselves and promoting this?

       Water
               Secure supply

       Waste
               Zero net waste

       Pollution
              Measure & reduce to zero



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E. Social Justice
        Jobs, Housing and healthy neighborhoods available to all
        Diversity of jobs/ businesses hurt
        Support neighborhood businesses/markets

F. Transportation
       Jobs and Housing/Reduce Commuting/Regional Public transit
       Car Share Programs
       Reduce Automobile dependence
       Stop sprawl
       Continued Development of Bike Lanes (safer for car and bike)
       Example: Upper Chapala

G. Housing
      Large Housing Developments sited near public transportation
      Development to incorporate sustainable building principles
      Are we providing the housing we need?
               Diversity of housing types declining
               Million Dollar condos or Worker housing.
               Developer Fees to go toward workforce housing/ toward the purchase of
               open space
      Are we able to house our work force?
               Can these people find affordable housing and rentals?
               Service Industry staff, Teachers, Fire people, Police, College Graduates,
               Young Professionals
      Are we limiting the Middle Class development of their property through parking
      policy? Parking restrictions on residential additions cause more tear downs
      Density
               Fees paid
      Illegal Housing – The Hidden population
      Granny Flats – Aging Population needing care

H. Visual
       Historic Landmarks District is too large
       Example: Spanish Revival being required in bungalow neighborhoods
       HLD must be solar friendly
       High Density Areas, Example: Chapala Corridor
       Guidelines: workshops to develop guidelines for large buildings

I. Goals/Incentives

       Develop planning incentives for LEED & Built Green projects
       What is the ratio we should have for rentals v. buyers?
       Are we providing incentives for developers to build lower income housing,
       apartments, studios?




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date:       July 24, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s):        Adam Nares (City Staff); Michael Berman
                                             (City Staff)
Host Organization:                           Green Hills Software
Number of Participants:       50+

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?

Transportation issues including
   1. Like to have more bike lanes
   2. Like to have a more pedestrian friendly lower State St / south of 101.
   3. Bus more frequent and later in the evening. The hours are not adequate.
   4. Commuter train from Ventura a better alternative than buses or widening the
       freeway.
   5. Takes a long time to get here in Car and Bus from the south.
   6. Commuter Bus from Ventura stuck in traffic like automobiles.
   7. Prefer trains link to work.
   8. Need more public transportation.
   9. One can be productive on bus or train during commute unlike automobile.

Housing issues including
  1. Lack of affordability for even higher paying jobs and people with good salary.
  2. Need more housing.
  3. Liked the idea of taller buildings if it meant more housing.
  4. Need affordable housing
  5. Problems recruiting because of lack of affordable housing

Economic Issues including
   1. There is a lack of office space in Santa Barbara for expansion for growing companies
      like Green Hill Software.
   2. What is the City doing to attract technology firms?
   3. Like to see citywide wireless (WiFi).
   4. Why is there an Old Navy downtown?


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Other issues including
   1. Jazz Clubs downtown is a reason to live.
   2. Website is too government looking and hard to navigate.
   3. Questions about the Plan Santa Barbara process and how to get involved.




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: Tuesday April 17, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Julie Bixby (City Staff)
Location: Westside Community Center
Host Organization: Independent Living Resource Center
Number of Participants: 10

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?

Their mission: “The Independent Living Resource Center, Inc., is an organization of, by
and for persons with disabilities who reside or work in our service area. Our purpose is to
assist and encourage individuals to achieve their optimal level of self-sufficiency while
eliminating the architectural, communication and attitudinal barriers which prevent them
from full participation in the community.”

The comments and discussion during this meeting focused on:
   • The need for the City to enforce – consistently - the laws protecting access to
      businesses and housing for people with disabilities.
   • People with disabilities (of all kinds) need to be involved in the development review
      process to ensure that laws and policies are enforced and adequate
   • There is a need to be more explicit in our policies and programs on the principles of
      access.
   • There are people in the community willing to volunteer to assist the city in these
      efforts (on an ongoing basis).
   • The City should lead by example by hiring more people with disabilities (of all kinds
      – physical and mental)
   • The needs of the disabled should to be considered early in emergency management
      planning and emergency situations, including notification and evacuation needs. For
      example, live television is not closed captioned.




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: Friday, April 20, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Liz Limon (City staff)
Host Organization: League of Women Voters - Sustainable Communities Committee
Number of Participants: 10

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?

Staff began the discussion with a brief overview of Plan Santa Barbara public outreach and
community planning process. The overall theme was an urgent need to address affordable
housing, traffic and density in the City ASAP. Members present felt strongly that policy
option workshops on affordable housing, traffic and density should be held in the fall 2007
at the latest. These are issues that the City has control over. Concern that the public will
lose interest and focus between June 2007 and January 2008.

Other issues and concerns expressed included:
   Policies / issues related to affordable housing, density and traffic need to be decided
   soon.
   UCSB and Earth Day have done a great job of highlighting world-wide
   environmental issues. General Plan should address these issue but they are not the
   most pressing issues right now.
   We need a vibrant community of all ages. Need housing and jobs to support that.
   The income range of people needing housing assistance is now huge. Greater support
   for assisting very low and low-income families than those making over $100,000 /
   year.
   City must explore all possible funding sources to increase affordable housing.
   League would support any efforts to expand funding for affordable housing.




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: June 5, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Beatriz Ramirez & Irma Unzueta (City Staff);
Kate Schwab (Outreach Committee)
Host Organization: Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County
Number of Participants: 9

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?
We reviewed the power point presentation as a handout. This organization had a good
range of comments and ideas for improvement and was supportive of this process.
Comments and questions included:
    I like everything about Santa Barbara except that there is not enough affordable housing
    which is a critical issue.
    Questioned whether Plan SB will address social issues such as homelessness.
    The free bus passes to downtown employees needs to be reinstated. The program needs
    better marketing. The public could really benefit from education about alternative
    transportation and environmental benefits.
    Need more trains and trolleys.
    Alternative fuel sources that City uses are appreciated.
    The rent prices for commercial space throughout Santa Barbara are outrageous. Small
    businesses have to go elsewhere. This results in a loss of local commercial ventures to
    national chains (e.g. Starbucks). The local businesses are what contribute to Santa
    Barbara’s uniqueness. The shutting down of the Earthling was a great loss. Not
    supportive of large chains like Walmart, Target or signs on Highway 101. Support the
    Sign Ordinance.
    90 minute parking restrictions on streets abutting businesses is a real problem. Should
    expand the permit process to allow employees to park on the street.
    Support a pedestrian mall and closing off of State Street to the auto. This would benefit
    store owners, promote walkability and result in a nice ambiance.
    Like the City parks, especially Alice Keck Park and the Concert in the Park Series.


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Compliments regarding the Halloween Haunted House put on by Parks and Recreation.
Would like to see more outdoor art which enhances the community and State Street.
Would like the art to be more permanent.
Upper State Street needs to be more accessible to seniors. Consider a pedestrian mall
and connecting Hidden Valley to La Cumbre mall. This would save vehicle trips.
Need more bike trails. Needs to fill in sidewalks where missing.
The City is too dark. Need more street lighting in a lot of the neighborhoods.
Would like to see more incentives for solar power for both commercial and residential.
Like the public landscaping and would like to see more. It truly enhances the quality of
life.
 The street named “Indio Muerto” (Dead Indian) needs to be changed.




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: Monday, May 21, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Charmaine Jacobs (Planning Commission
Chair); Liz Limón, (City Planning Staff)
Host Organization: Nonprofit Support Center (NSC)
Number of Participants: 15

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?

The meeting began with the Plan SB powerpoint presentation followed by questions and
answers.
    • What are the Council’s Goals? Where did they come from? Are we being asked to
       change them or prioritize them?
    • Nonprofits make up 10% of the workforce
    • Issues slide should include community health. This includes Human Health, well-
       being, and the environment.
    • Housing is making staffing and recruitments expecially difficult for nonprofits.
    • How can bias be kept out of the process? Measure D was an example of elected
       officials trying to please everyone without prioritizing. So it did not pass. Plan SB
       should be up-front about built-in bias at the city council level. Otherwise, why
       should people participate if decision-maker minds are already made up? Where can
       the public make a difference?
    • Very glad to see environmental quality and sustainability listed as separate issues on
       slide. They are separate issues and often can be in conflict with each other. This will
       be a difficult planning process in that many of the values are emotional and not
       rational. it is going to be “hellishly difficult” to incorporate these issues into the
       planning process. Urban planners are now saying that the “downfall of civilzation”
       will be the single-family suburuban lot / development pattern. Yet that’s where &
       how many of us live.




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: March 1, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): John Ledbetter (City staff); Julie Bixby (City
Staff)
Host Organization: Pearl Chase Society
Number of Participants: 10

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?
After a presentation by City staff on Plan Santa Barbara and the process over the next 2 years,
discussion focused on elevating historic preservation as a priority, controlling growth and
how their organization can get more involved. Questions and comments included:
     • The Downtown/Waterfront Visioning process developed a plan based on broad
        consensus, has that been implemented?
     • It is important that when the City undertake efforts like this that they keep the public
        informed at the implementation stage so the public understands what the outcome
        of their participation was
     • If at one time 39,000 housing units was considered a limit for the City, why would
        we reconsider that now?
     • Zero-growth should be considered as an option for the City in this process
     • Historic preservation should be highlighted more explicitly in this process and in the
        City’s General Plan
     • We should always talk about preserving the livability of our City not just improving it
     • We should consider developing a Historic and Cultural Resources element
     • As an organization, they would like to stay engaged to make sure their concerns are
        represented




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: 09/04/07
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Das Williams
Host Organization: Rotaract Club
Number of Participants:

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?
   • Work toward developing incentives for younger people/young professionals to
       stay/live in Santa Barbara
   • Include the rental market in considerations involving housing, as many people
       rent and may not intend to buy property
   • Bike transit issues: more bike racks, (more) bike racks in city parking lots, shared
       right-hand lanes (and maybe some other issues I'm not remembering)
   • Traffic at the 101 bottleneck/widening the freeway
   • Promoting ecotourism in SB
   • Taking into account the "style" of SB vs. the suburbs (this one I don't remember
       well enough to clarify)
   • Encouraging the City/Plan SB to make the extra efforts necessary to gather input
       for the general plan from the City's Latino population, from other minorities, and
       from the homeless population
   • Taking healthcare and health-related issues into account in planning the City:
       issues such as heart disease, air quality, obesity
   • Addressing the needs of young families who may be inclined to leave the City:
       not many things for kids to do, gang issues-- finding incentives for adult male
       Latinos to become mentors to children




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: August 16, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Bettie Weiss (City Staff); Das Williams (City
Council)
Host Organization: Safe Routes to School
Number of Participants: 15
Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose?
What concerns did the participants express?
   • Power Point presentation made by Bettie Weiss, City Planner.
   • Introduction into what a General Plan is and council Goals discussed by Das
       Williams.
   • Some individuals did attend the Round One Workshops and also noted the
       divergence of opinion among the public and questioned how the City would
       respond to all of it. Bettie responded that all comments are being recorded and the
       next steps will offer options that respond to different ideas in a general way, i.e.
       less growth, more preservation, growth in certain areas, etc. There will likely be
       possible “scenarios” or options that people will discuss and provide feedback to
       policy makers.
   • The goal of this group is to have a safe route to school for every child. The health
       and education of our children is key. The children need to be able to get around
       their town, they need to walk & bike and keep doing it.
   • Das Williams noted that recently the Council adopted a Youth Platform that p
       laces a high priority on youth & considerations for youth in all Council actions.
   • It was noted that this PlanSB process is also about the City’s Circulation Element
       as it is part of the General Plan.
   • People from Goleta and other areas may participate in this process too, as the
       community and regional issues extend beyond the City Limits. However, it was
       noted that Council can only act on behalf of the City.
   • What different ways are we getting input from the community beyond the
       internet? What coordination is being done with the County? Full public outreach
       was explained.




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: Thursday, June 21, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Bettie Weiss (City staff); and Das Williams
(City Council)
Host Organization: Samarkand Neighborhood Association
Number of Participants: 35-40
Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes? What
issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?

       * Heights of buildings regulations - what is the status? Height isn't everything -
setbacks are important       too.
       * Given timeline of PlanSB - how will the current development review process
proceed and how will the City operate during this time period?
      * Streets need to be made safer for pedestrians (particularly State & Las Positas).
Why have improvements not happened yet?
        * Need to be able to enforce even existing codes. Not satisfied with current
enforcement standards, and people continue to do illegal work because they can get away
with it. What will happen in the future?
       * If the planning process comes up with good ordinances, then we need to apply
them and not grant so many modifications. Council needs to take this seriously.
       * More and more people are parking on the streets. How can zoning address this
problem?
       * Need creative ideas to deal with shopping carts ; ones that many neighbors can
share and keep at their apartments.
        * Remodeling - of homes can create problems in neighborhoods. We need to be
diligent to ensure quality
       projects and architecture.
       * Given that 30,000 people commute into SB from other places - we do not need
more jobs.
       * How much more development will be allowed and how will we limit it? We are
almost at our limit, so we need to be very careful and realistic. What will the framework


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be to deal with major issues, of limited space and desire for growth control? There are
many things the City cannot control. This is as big as "good & evil" people want
property rights and want to see the public good - the hard issue is how to balance, and
money is always a factor.
       * Will the voters get the opportunity to decide on these big issues?
      * Transit Center - it needs to truly be a center and for many modes, not
fragmented. How can we make it work and increase rider-ship?
       * Want more information on water resources given our arid climate and costs.




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: September 9, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Paul Casey, Marty Blum, Jim Armstrong
Host Organization: Santa Barbara Club
Number of Participants: 40

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?

   Questions about Measure E -
          o Need to encourage commercial growth for better jobs.
          o Eliminate significant impact restriction on commercial growth. Treat just like
               residential.
   Housing affordability especially for the workforce is always a concern.
   Allow owner housing above workshops in the M-1 Zone.
   Preserve as much commercial zoning for commercial uses as you can.
   Question of what is happening with the Ritz Carlton, Fess Parker, Airport and living
   wage.
   Need to make process less costly and more timely to develop in Santa Barbara.




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date:       May 31, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Mayor Blum; Jan Hubbell (City staff)
Host Organization: Santa Barbara Association of Realtors
Number of Participants:    60+

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?
Themes discussed included:
    • Outreach:
       o Regarding the Community Forums, asked if middle management from other
           departments would be present to answer specific questions. Also, asked
           questions about how information that is gathered will be made avaiable to all.
       o Suggested doing a City-wide poll to gather additional information regarding
           community wants & desires. In addition to Community Forums, suggested
           pieces in the News-Press and other papers, and on KEYT, etc. to make all
           results available. Suggested that Public Service Announcements be put on
           KEYT, KCOY & KSBY, as well as local radio stations, regarding upcoming
           forums, programs on Channel 18, etc. Also, suggested that the Community
           Forums be played live on streaming video & the videos archived for people to
           replay. Asked City to be more proactive about what’s going on at City regarding
           Plan SB & other development.
       o Expressed interest in putting YouPlanSB.Org links on individual realtor websites.
    • Commercial & other Corridors: Hoped that they will be business-friendly at the
       street. Paseo Nuevo is not inviting from Chapala. Make other streets as walkable as
       State Street.
    • There is a shortfall for infrastructure, yet spending millions on roundabouts, etc.
    • Public Health – Asked if gang problem will be discussed; see an interrelationship
       between planning and social issues. Gang signs now showing up on Ferrello Road
       near APS. Need more enforcement on overcrowding through Zoning & Building
       Codes – need more staff & higher fines. Balance this with finding ways to provide
       creative housing. ZIRs need to be more consistent/thorough (example given where
       2 ZIRs for the same parcel had indicated no enforcement issues, but a 3rd did –



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    correctly – yet there had been no change to existing development on site). clamp
    down on homeless problems.
•   Parking – Costs lots of money to construct buildings, but retail ends up being
    reduced to provide parking, which shouldn’t happen. Consider putting parking
    space markings back on streets.
•   Annexation: Plan SB should address annexing “Noleta.” Need to annex Peach
    Grove Lane & Earl Warren Showgrounds area – expressed concern about what State
    could do with the Showgrounds.
•   Asked about how both private& public undergrounding projects are going. Glad to
    see them.
•   Maintain Santa Barbara’s desirability as a tourist destination – a serious problem,
    given what the public hears about homeless & gang problems. People (businesses &
    tourists) hear about problems & don’t come.
•   Ultimately, it’s still a great place to live, so much better than Los Angeles.




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: May 22, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): David Jacoby, Dave Davis (Outreach Committee);
Tony Boughman, Bea Ramirez (City staff)
Host Organization: Santa Barbara Beautiful
Number of Participants: 21

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?
What were the overall themes?
Housing affordability, Parking, Pros and cons of density

What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?
   • Like that we are doing the outreach
   • Would like to see good Upper State Street Guidelines
   • Grove Lane Assn. has concerns: the Town & Country development, San Remo
       Drive, garages used for storage, not parking, causing parking problems and on-
       street parking
   • Lower Westside apartments being rehabbed and turned into student housing with
       4 people in 2-bedroom units causing parking problems
   • Too much red curb around Anapamu & Alta Vista for County Bowl and High
       School parking
   • The City’s inability to respond to major disaster or a regional disaster
   • Ocean is dirty
   • Need to underground utilities
   • Economic viability of middle-class, how can the young permanent middle-class
       residents stay?
   • Fear of becoming a city of haves and have nots
   • House prices
   • Need an affordable housing program and do not fear density
   • Building height restriction impacts affordability




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• Housing is related to job growth, where are future jobs?
• If we increase density we should preserve our horticultural legacy with a
    commensurate increase in parks
•   Lack of resources for parks
•   We must consider and understand the consequences of policies, “codimetrics”
    measure effects and results of City Codes, consider secondary effects
•   Tradeoff: Housing/Open space/Transportation
•   Should have the ability to expand bungalows in R-3 zones
•   Second story additions are appropriate on the Mesa
•   Santa Barbara has not always been a one-story town e.g. Porter Hotel
•   Need bigger houses and the ability to expand houses to retain middle-class
•   City should retain the small town feeling
•   People want to live here rather than commute with high gas prices, small houses
    are the way to make this work
•   Density has benefits as well as negative effects
•   “Land-use Game” illustrates difficulty of tradeoffs, very difficult to be objective
    about one’s own back yard
•   Electric shuttles would be more user-friendly than MTD buses for Upper State
    Street
•   Get people out of cars at Upper State Street, consider time-share electric vehicles
•   Do planners access other communities’ plans and ideas? Don’t reinvent the wheel
•   Santa Barbara is a leader in use of electric shuttles
•   Did 1989 plan consider high housing costs?
•   Do we have a big picture “macro vision”?
•   There are tradeoffs to living here, who lives here and why?




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: May 1, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Tony Boughman (City Staff); David Jacoby
(Outreach Committee)
Host Organization: Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition Meeting
Number of Participants: 11

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?
PowerPoint presentation by Tony Boughman followed by discussion with group
(approximately 40 minutes). Items mentioned in the discussion were:

    • Commute traffic and workers living outside the City.
    • Need for worker housing in City.
    • Statewide trails day May 19.
    • The City has an existing bicycle plan with goals already in the Circulation
        Element. Is it being followed?
    •   Learn from the past. There is an existing General Plan and policies in place.
        Have high-level staff and elected City leaders who have implemented these look
        back to see what worked and what didn’t. Identify problem areas in existing
        documents and policies. What have been unintended consequences? An example
        is the urban canyonization of Chapala Street.
    •   There should be pedestrian crossing signals at more intersections, otherwise cars
        take precedence.
    •   State Street should be closed to autos. A downtown street in Albuquerque closes
        to autos at 9 pm on Saturday nights.
    •   Higher urban density can lead to a lively downtown experience.
    •   The City should not become a cute, Disneyland-like place for tourists with service
        workers brought in from outside.




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: May 31, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Stella Larson (Planning Commission); Julie
Bixby (City staff)
Host Organization: Santa Barbara Contractors Association and Built Green
Number of Participants: 8

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?
Following a brief presentation a discussion followed which focused on sustainability, the
relationship between the City and it’s stakeholders and the development process in Santa
Barbara. Comments included:
      • This should be a world class City so we want to set the bar really high with our long-
        term plans
      • We should continue the trend to move toward sustainability in efforts like Built
        Green and Architecture 2030
      • Efforts like this are important to look at the consequences of our decisions and
        discussion of building heights, unit size and the 2-step flip should be discussed in
        this broader context
      • Is the outcome going to be an adopted plan? The City should consider a mix of
        policies, volunteer programs and regulations to get us to our goal
      • If you have the buy- in from the community, a voluntary program can be as effective
        and makes the development process less adversarial
      • We all want to build good, safe projects so the relationship between the City and the
        development community should be more cooperative, collaborative and focused on
        solving problems together.
      • The City should consider a survey that asks the public how they would characterize
        their working relationship with the City; adversarial or “roll up your sleeves and work
        together”
      • The City should use organizations like this to solve problems and to understand why
        certain things happen like they do (e.g. the 2-step flip)
      • All discussions of development standards need to include the economic drivers for



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        development
    •   Contractors are getting involved in processes like this one so they can be part of the
        solution not the problem
    •   If the public understood the history of this City and why we have the current
        development review regulations that we do then they might buy into the process
    •   All Santa Barbarans should do one of the weekend historical walking tours so they
        can appreciate and understand why we have the development review process
    •   The City’s efforts to come out to organizations and discuss Plan Santa Barbara is a
        perfect example of a partnership attitude between the City and the community
    •   Our job is to find balance in our Goals

Suggestions for workshops and further outreach”
    • Incorporate the historical walking tour as a part of the educational effort
    • Use aerial photos of the City to give people a different perspective
    • Like the AIA did for Upper State Street, at the workshops ask the community to
       come up with solutions (e.g. “draw us what YOU want for Upper State Street”).




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: Friday, May 18, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Dave Davis (Outreach Committee Member);
Michele De Cant (City Staff)
Host Organization: Santa Barbara County Acton Network (SBCAN)- Housing, Open
Spaces and Transportation (HOT) Committee
Number of Participants: 10

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?
This particular group is generally well versed with City Planning; even so, a brief history was
discussed regarding the major planning efforts and ballot measures which have shaped what
the City of Santa Barbara has been charged with to date. It was mentioned that historically
these were community processes from the bottom up, not from the top Down.

Discussion centered on the legacy of “The Impacts of Growth Study” from 1974. This
document looked at the optimal size of our city and 85,000 population was chosen by the
City Council. This lead in progression over the years to: the residential downzoning in
1975, Measure K - Charter Section 1507, the measure passed to “Live Within Our
Resources” 1982, and Measure E - Charter Section 1508, the measure passed to limit
commercial and industrial growth in 1989. It is the expiration of Measure E in 2009 that
necessitates the current update process.

Questions raised:
   • What will be the concrete outcome of this process? Will there be a ballot measure?
   • How does the timing of this process and a resultant Ballot Measure fall with Council
       elections in 2009? What if Council Elections are moved to even numbered years?
   • Are we weighting peoples comments if they Live outside the City vs. being a
       resident of the city? (Discussed below).

    • Will this information be taped by channel 18, City TV?
    • What type of metrics are going to be used to check our progress over time?



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      (Discussed below).
    • What is the next steps for this community group? Should they be watching, helping,
      etc.?

Discussion items:
    • There was serious concern about the structure of the public participation process.
       Some felt it better to fully educate the public first as to what the community status
       and issues were and then ask for comments. It was felt this results in informed
       opinions and feedback regarding what their concerns and dreams are for the city of
       Santa Barbara. There was a dissenting view, however, that this may bias a person
       and how they perceive the City today is their reality, even if it is not real. One
       thought is to educate the public at every session via the Conditions, Trends, and
       Issues document (found on www.youplansb.org), the Indicators Project, and the
       Economic Community Project; therefore everyone all starts on the same page.
    • Throughout the process the City should consider the source of who is making
       comments. People should be required to say where they are coming from and what
       interests they represent. Members from this organization would like to know this in
       order to better judge the neutrality or possible bias of the comments made. It is
       recommended that the City of Santa Barbara always consider the source when
       compiling comments.
    • One of the failings of “General Plans” in the past has been the lack of “metrics”.
       Without metrics, how does a community know if it is achieving its goals over time?
       We should require metrics be deveoloped as part of this process. They should be
       built into the adopted plan with an ability to check in over time and allow the
       community to readjust the strategies if necessary.
    • Will there be a big community “fight” over the new Plan, and if so, with whom? If
       there is, it was stated that the fight may be within the community itself, a scenario
       such as environmentalist and developers supporting increased housing opposed by
       neighborhhood groups concerned with traffic.
    • How can the process work to ensure the City Council is able to hear all interests and
       formulate policies BEFORE the very end when a complete document is presented
       and all the decision makers will be hearing from are the naysayers? It was stated in
       response that one must trust in the process and the Council’s ability to hear and
       weigh all interests involved.
    • One person felt that the last time the General Plan was updated the forum and
       outreach meetings were a charade and wondered where all the information went (the
       flip chart information). His concern is if people spend the time making comments,
       they want to ensure their voice is heard. The concern was addressed by clarifying
       that during the last General Plan Update process all comments were compiled into
       one public document for all to read and was used by the Planning Commission and


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  City Council in their deliberatiobns during the update process.
• It was noted that only the Housing Element of the General Plan documents are
  required, by State Law, to be updated every five years, and yes, the City of Santa
  Barbara is in compliance. This update process is necessary, due primarily to the
  expiration of Measure E, but has been made a comprehensive Update to bring the
  City’s plans and policies up to date and relevent to addressing the City’s future.




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date:       Saturday, June 9, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Beatriz Ramirez and Irma Unzueta (City staff)
Location: Swap Meet at Santa Barbara High School
Host Organization: n/a
Number of Participants: Spoke to approx. 20 individuals and families

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?

We explained the effort to surrounding vendors and to persons walking in and out of the
Swap Meet (we were very first booth when you walked in). Some had received the comment
cards and others who had not appeared interested in the effort. Spanish brochures with
comment cards were distributed to all Spanish speakers we spoke to. Some filled out the
comment cards on site and others explained what their main concerns and hopes were.

Common themes included:

•   Very concerned with the gang problem, violence, and vandalism. People don’t feel as
    safe in their neighborhoods/homes as they used to.
•   Suggested education/classes for parents on how best to discipline their children and to
    steer them away from gangs.
•   Need for rental and affordable housing.
•   Need for rehabilitation centers to help people stay “dry and sober.”




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date:       July 14, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s):   Bettie Weiss (City Staff); Das Williams
(City Council)
Host Organization: Second Baptist Church, 1032 E. Mason St.
Number of Participants:    28

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?

Jobs - it is important to have jobs that support middle income and for lower income, a
living wage is needed.

Affordable Housing - needed for all, including ownership for middle income and
reasonable rents.

Heath - with the closure of St. Francis, there is a concern about lack of access to needed
medical care. There is a lot of traffic around Cottage Hospital.

Veterans - we should be thinking about how to support our veterans when they come
home and need services and housing.

Homeless - there are different categories of homeless: those that choose it, mentally ill
and locals. Different responses may be needed for each group. Want to lessen negative
effects on residents and businesses. (Look at "Avenue of America" program that helps
homeless people acquire jobs.)




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: August 8, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): John Ledbetter, Peggy Burbank
Host Organization: SUNRISE ROTARY CLUB
Number of Participants: 45

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?

1. Regional involvement should be part of the process, are Goleta and UCSB
plugged into the process?
-- City has encouraged all the local jurisdictions to participate; we have and will continue to
hold meetings with them and invite them to participate.
-- For example, the next phase will be a series of information forums in which members of
the UCSB faculty will hopefully participate, especially the Economic Forum.

2. Based on comments from the Round 1 workshops we what are some of the
community’s concerns for Santa Barbara?
-- We are currently putting together a summary of all the comments received both at the
Workshop breakout sessions and the hard and electronic comment cards. That will be
publicly available starting in September when we go back to the various Boards and
Commissions.
-- It is still possible to make comments. Even if they are not in time to make it into the
summaries, they will be read and given consideration. The public can also make comments
at the Board and Commission meetings.
-- The Board and Commission meetings will begin in September with a joint City
Council/Planning Commission meeting on the 11th. From the review so far the main issues
include: Housing, Neighborhood or Community Character (especially Urban Design/Visual
Quality), Environmental Preservation, and Traffic.

3. What is the process for creating the plan? Are there specific needs (requirements)
to consider?
-- First and foremost this is a community driven process (per direction from the City
Council) to identify the issues and how to address them.
-- Following the release of the Community Input Summary report in September and review
by the Boards and Commissions, staff will then develop several growth scenarios over the
next six months based on what we have heard to date.


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-- These growth scenarios will then be shaped and refined by the community when we return
with the “Round 2” public workshop series early next year.
 -- After environmental review is completed, the last step will be the formal public hearing
process, culminating with the adoption of a policy framework by the City Council.




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: June 21, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Das Williams (City Council); Julie Bixby (City
Staff)
Host Organization: The Sustainability Project
Number of Participants: 15

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?
The discussion focused on how important it will be throughout this process to educate the
community on the trade-offs and consequences of policy decisions. The Sustainability
Project is an education-based organization and they were anxious to become more
involved in Plan Santa Barbara . Councilman Williams encouraged the group to actively
participate and to be specific in their comments and suggestions. They are going to
submit a set of comments on behalf of the organization. Specific comments included:
     • How can TSP help with education efforts related to Plan SB?
             o Try to explain the ramifications of decisions on housing, transportation
                and open space
             o Use local examples of higher densities that work (like Garden Court and
                Casa de las Fuentes)
             o Look for community-scale examples of places a little more developed that
                SB that are well done to help the community develop a vision.
             o Explain to the community how to understand our current general plan and
                how the policies work together toward a vision
     • A key element of sustainable community planning is that there is no one-size-fits-
        all solution and typically our zoning and planning policies are not that flexible,
        and that inhibits innovation in our community
     • Consider an adaptive management model, set goals and track indicators of the
        Plan that are measured as we go along so we can make adjustments as necessary
        instead of waiting 20 years to update the Plan again.
     • Projects need to be evaluated more holistically by weighing several different



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    types of public benefits that a project may provide
•   Staff should look at other communities that provide good on-the-ground examples
    of what we want and then look at that communities General Plan to see what
    policies created that. This will help to lessen the unintended consequences of our
    policies.
•   Sustainability should the template for the whole Plan
•   How are we analyzing the community comments? The City should invest in
    enough staff resources for this process so that when we reach the implementation
    phase we have staff that is already trained and implementation will go smoothly
•   Who ultimately makes the decisions? Majority rules?




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PUBLIC INFORMATION
Meeting Date: September 11, 2007
Plan Santa Barbara representative(s): Helene Schneider, Councilmember and Bettie
Weiss, City Planner
Location: Vista del Monte
Host Organization: Vista del Monte
Number of Participants: 25

Please take a moment to summarize the meeting. What were the overall themes?
What issues arose? What concerns did the participants express?

      A power point presentation was shown.

      The group offered several opinions on what is important to them and they like in the
      community, including: walkability of the city; particularly in the grid; affordable
      projects like St. Vincents; museums and cultural events; and the climate.

      A number of concerns were also expressed, including: stop lights do not allow
      enough time for people to cross the street; traffic circles in neighborhoods; and the
      large size of new buildings.

      An idea was offered that removing cars from State Street could be good for business
      and people walking downtown.

      Concern was expressed that too many modifications are approved.

      Want to be sure that the city is properly managing resources like water and finances.




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                                                       Appendix 3
                                                 PLAN SANTA BARBARA
                        SUMMARY OF COMMENTS FROM MAIL-IN AND ELECTRONIC FORMS
                                          As of August 31, 2007

With very few exceptions the written or emailed comments received made use of the form provided in the Plan Santa Barbara
brochure or on the YouPlanSB.org website.
   Comments are organized using the following topic categories: Growth, Community Design/Visual Quality, Housing,
   Environment, Transportation, Sense of Community, Economy, Public Services and Facilities, Healthy Community, Open Space,
   Diversity and Other.
   Within each topic peoples’ comments have been recorded under the three questions posed: What do you love about Santa
   Barbara; what are your hopes for the City’s future; what are you most concerned about? Some people also made use of the “Other
   Comments” section provided on the form, though more often than not these comments expressed additional hopes or concerns. In
   the compendium of comments the letter “L”, “H” or “C” precedes each comment to indicate which it is: a “love”, “hope” or
   “concern”. Note that in reading some of the comments, the comment will not make sense or will even imply the opposite intention
   if read without the initial “Hope that…” or “Concerned that….”
   Identical comments or comments that expressed exactly the same sentiment were consolidated and the combined tally shown in
   the columns on the left side of the page. However, it was deemed important to retain the variety of ways people expressed a
   similar comment so consolidation has been kept to a minimum.
   To the extent that comments expressed complete thoughts, the language used by the person was recorded wherever possible.
   While many comments in this compilation read as a complete statement, they have been extracted from a larger context of thought
   that is lost by extraction. Readers are welcomed to access the City’s public file of the comment forms and view what was said in
   its original context. This file is available by appointment to be viewed in the offices of the Community Development Department,



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Long Range Planning and Special Studies Section, which can be contacted working days between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at (805)
564-5470 or by emailing info@youplansb.org
It should be noted that two members of the public explicitly requested that their comment forms not be included in any summary
document. Those requests were honored and the forms were not summarized. The forms are included in the hard file record.
The grouping together of the comments by topic facilitates evaluation of the array of opinions on the topic. However, topics are
linked in reality and some comments addressed the links, making it challenging to categorize them. For someone interested in a
selected topic, it is worth scanning through all the comments because related comments may be found under other headings.




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                                                       GROWTH
 #   L/H/C                                                  Comment
2    L       Slow growth
     L       Controlled growth
     L       Strict growth controls
     L       That Santa Barbara is a no growth town
3    L       Small town
3    L       The existing small town; existing size of the city
3    L       Small size
     L       The City’s relatively small “footprint”
     L       Lack of sprawl
     L       Our relatively modest development
     L       Relatively little crowding
     H       Smart growth
     H       Interfilling rather than sprawling out (into our vanishing ag land)
     H       Reach a goal of sustainable growth and lessened environmental impacts
     H       Sustainable growth that considers cumulative traffic impacts
     H       Measured growth, but growth nevertheless
     H       Moderate planned growth that holds true to the Spanish theme
     H       Find a balance between moderate growth and maintaining quality of life
     H       Continue to grow but maintain current charm without becoming overbuilt
3    H       Controlled and sensible growth
     H       Santa Barbara has to evolve naturally, not by placing limits on growth to stay small
     H       Change is inevitable. Best can hope for is intelligent guidance of change.
     H       City can continue to grow and mature gracefully and house a caring, diverse population, in an environmental way
     H       Managed growth without losing character
     H       This is no longer a “beach town”. The city will need to grow up, have more development, and a larger population
             without losing the eco-friendliness and walk ability
     H       Planned growth


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                                                      GROWTH
#    L/H/C                                                 Comment
     H       No erratic growth
     H       Not too rapid of growth
     H       Not change too much, not grow too much
     H       Control population growth
     H       Doesn’t grow so much that it becomes congested and mean-spirited
15   H       Slow growth
     H       Slow growth: we may not be able to accommodate everyone who wants to live here, there is only so much
     H       Less growth
     H       Don’t grow too much
5    H       Keep growth under control; controlled growth
     H       City doesn’t grow too large
     H       The General Plan Update process can focus on reconciling “preserve, small vs. “growth, change”
     H       Need growth in housing; lessen limits on growth
     H       That unreasonable restrictions on growth and development not be enacted
     H       Maintain a viable population mix (economically)
     H       Annexation of unincorporated urban area
     H       Honor existing city boundaries
     H       Limit its expansion
     H       Limit sprawl; concentrate new housing downtown with mixed use
     H       The city stops expanding
2    H       Don’t get too big or too developed
3    H       Stay small
     H       City will stay small [in size; compact ] – like small towns and villages in Europe
     H       Keep the size so we can still be one team
     H       Remain a mid-size city
     H       Strict parameters on growth
2    H       Selective growth
3    H       Limit growth


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                                                         GROWTH
 #   L/H/C                                                    Comment
4    H       Limited and selective growth
     H       Limited growth and development
     H       Limit on population growth and building height
     H       Limit growth within the city and on the hillsides
2    H       Limit population
     H       That it won’t become too crowded or too developed
3    H       Stop growth
3    H       Stop development
8    H       No growth
     H       Avoid crowding and change
     H       Avoiding overpopulation
2    H       Population control
     H       Fixed population not to exceed the resource and area size (reached 10 years ago)
     H       Leave the city as it is
     H       A realistic assessment of growth that can still maintain the unique ‘small’ city feel of SB. There is a reason our city
             is so desirable it is because one does not have to drive 30 minutes to go anywhere.
     H       City that lives within its means (read 1982 Charter Amendment)
     H       Build within the limits of our resources and space (land) – the existing infrastructure can only hold so many people
     H       Must live within our resources, which ultimately means no more growth
     H       Growth needs to be linked to water availability
     H       Adequate water, i.e., not drought threats
     H       Stay as we are. If not, where are we going to get more water?
     H       Be more self-sufficient in terms of water
     H       We come together as a community to address real issues of food, water and housing.
     H       Support development that protects the environment
     H       Re-do Measure E for another 30 years
2    H       Commercial growth limits
     H       Limit commercial growth, especially at the waterfront


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#   L/H/C                                                    Comment
    H       No more commercial development
    H       Commercial and residential growth will be minimized
    H       Commercial and housing development within city limits be curtailed but we need more stores such as Target, Wal-
            mart, Red Lobster, Olive Garden and a fabric store in Goleta
    H       Don’t allow creation of any new jobs until the housing is in balance
    H       Number of jobs equals the number of homes and apartments. Either increase number of homes or reduce number of
            jobs.
    H       Maintain the small town feeling with cultural offerings, and the clean, well-designed qualities without getting too big
2   H       Stop city growing; zero growth
    H       City will not grow; no population growth
    H       Not become more overcrowded
2   H       The population will decline
    H       Wish city still had only 40,000 population. Life was simple and everyone knew you.
    H       Like to see city stay the same, with little new development
3   H       Less development
    H       Effectively limit development (leave some rustic –looking open space within the City)
    H       The overdevelopment will be stopped
    H       No more development right now
    H       No more building – up, down, around, behind, in front, etc.
    H       Say no to developers
2   H       Stop the mad rush to get bigger; stop now or go backwards. It’s big and crowded enough. Bigger is not better.
    H       Don’t become a second Hollywood
    H       No more housing
    H       Building moratorium
    H       The building and no-growth restrictions in the 1980’s helped to keep this city unique.
    H       Dollar-seeking growth doesn’t reduce us to the counterfeit level found elsewhere along the coast
    H       Don’t put in place “smart-growth” high density mixed use zoning along transit corridors. Keep density low.
            Continue the existing general plan and zoning ordinances with no changes


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#   L/H/C                                                       Comment
    H     The intruders will move out and the development will cease along with the “good old boy system”
    H     No more tourist than are already visiting
    H     That we remain the beautiful treasure that we have been in the past
    H     Follow the Pearl Chase vision
    H     Maintain hold on growth and the green color of our landscape
    H     That someone sits down and calculates what the maximum population of this city can be with the given rules. And
          how would we enforce that number.
    H     That the City resist the inexorable pressure by developers to develop just one more piece of property, one more
          apartment to condo conversion or one more agriculture to residential lot conversion.
    C     Sprawl
    C     Irreversible damage to natural areas by housing tracts and sprawl
    C     Overdevelopment along the coast and other natural open spaces
    C     Be realistic about growth. Regional growth contributes more to traffic than local growth. Some compromise (like
          higher buildings) may be necessary to reduce urban sprawl. Recognize the land use/transportation connection
    C     We have to accept change and growth, but we can promote responsible growth and sustainability. Do not cave into
          the highest bidder
    C     Change is inevitable but keep in mind what will be lost
    C     City should absorb all unincorporated urban areas (to eliminate fractured political landscape on South Coast)
    C     Consider park land adjacent to city on western border
    C     Over extending a limited water supply
    C     More people; too many – where will the water come from?
    C     Too many people in proportion to our natural resources
    C     Growth
4   C     Growth is a concern
    C     Unmanaged growth
    C     How much growth can we sustain?
    C     Hold down growth to a small town size
    C     Hold growth back as much as possible


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#   L/H/C                                                       Comment
    C     Slow growth: we may not be able to accommodate everyone who wants to live here, there is only so much
    C     Want city to not grow. Preferred choice is no growth – live within resources and traffic
    C     Lopsided growth – an over abundance of high income residents
    C     Unbridled growth and development
    C     Rapid growth
3   C     Too much growth
    C     Population
8   C     Overpopulation
    C     Overpopulation has caused a crushing impact on transportation, crime and pollution.
3   C     Too many people; too crowded
    C     Too many people; too much building
    C     Too many buildings and people
    C     Increasing population of immigrants
    C     Population growth of wealthy people
    C     People are welcome as tourist visitors but should be encouraged to go home
    C     Overgrowth
7   C     Overgrowth of population
    C     Will get too crowded
6   C     Overcrowding
    C     Overcrowding and overdevelopment
    C     Overcrowding – too much expansion without enough streets and/or parking spaces
    C     Overcrowding, i.e., condos/townhouses and low income housing scams
    C     Overcrowding due to poor downtown planning
    C     Will get more overcrowded
    C     Everyone wants to come live here based on what we had. The more that come, the less we have of what we had.
    C     All the building downtown when every other store on State Street is empty
    C     There will be too many new jobs
    C     No more commercial developments


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#   L/H/C                                                         Comment
    C     No more commercial development, as jobs and housing are out of balance already
    C     Address jobs/housing balance by stopping commercial growth that leads to low-paying jobs and additional housing
          pressure
    C     Industrial development needs to be matched by housing growth
2   C     Stop building; Santa Barbara is full – rent out or sell what is available [first?] then maybe add more; can never house
          everybody that works here
    C     Put growth to vote; it seems the only way to express community consensus and have political will to enforce growth
          decisions.
    C     Too many condos
    C     “Condomania”
    C     Lack of building limits
    C     Too many zoning variances (no set backs)
    C     Overbuilding
    C     Overdevelopment
    C     “Runaway Construction”
    C     Real estate development – the approval of Levy’s project for Lowes
    C     The City Council and government seem to have their own “growth” agenda regardless of what the people want
    C     No more development in outer State Street areas
    C     Too much upper State Street development
    C     Do not want this town to turn into a gigantic timeshare, vacation property or second home
    C     Hope Santa Barbara does not become LA
    C     Avoid building more small apartments where the only recreation is the streets
    C     What happened to the idea (pre-state water) that there was a target max size for Santa Barbara?
    C     No one is willing to stand and say enough is enough and the City cannot continue to expand without serious
          planning and money spent on the infrastructure.
    C     There is a limit to what the roads can accommodate and without alternative transportation each new unit really does
          generate two cars.
    C     “Living within our resources” – is a valid and wise principle to be followed but as a practical matter it is totally


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#   L/H/C                                                        Comment
          useless. Relying upon it provides a false sense of security that blinds us to the need for more effective, substantive
          action.
    C     “Living within our resources” – problematic because it is hard to establish concrete and recognizable standards as to
          when existing resources are, in fact, being exceeded. It is also difficult to ascertain the degree to which the proposed
          projects will, in fact, impact City resources.
    C     “Smart Growth” is not higher density.
    C     “Smart Growth” is no growth other than that which expands and encourages a superior quality of life.
    C     True cost of population increase and its effect on the environmental resources is the biggest issue that needs to be
          addressed in this region
    C     Regulation




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#   L/H/C                                                          Comment
    L       Santa Barbara is a visual delight
    L       The way it [the City] is
    L       The city’s unique character
    L       It doesn’t look like every other town (although this is changing on State Street with chain stores)
    L       Unique character
    L       Charm
    L       [City’s] open feeling
    L       Open atmosphere of SB
    L       It appeals to the eye (no screaming billboards)
    L       Great design
    L       Clean and well designed
    L       Strict design controls
    L       Planned feel of the city
    L       Well-planned and maintained public facilities
    L       The layout of the city
    L       Functionality of the city and area
    L       A great city to walk and drive around
    L       The way the city is sectioned off everywhere
    L       Constant property improvement
    L       Public spaces
    L       Charming paseos and pedestrian walkways
2   L       Surprising, off-street courtyards with fountains and colorful Mediterranean plants; courtyards
4   L       Beautiful gardens and foliage; diversity of vegetation – trees and plants
3   L       Tree-lined streets
    L       The big tall trees (sycamores and eucalyptus) if front of bigger buildings
    L       The design and planning of reconstructed and new buildings
    L       Architectural consistency and thoughtful careful planning


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 #   L/H/C                                            Comment
42   L       Architecture
17   L       Beautiful buildings/beautiful architecture
     L       The esthetically pleasing architecture
2    L       It’s beautiful and varied architecture: Craftsman, Victorian, Spanish, mansions; the courthouse, Arlington, Granada
     L       Continuity of the architecture
4    L       The continuity of the Spanish design/Spanish historical style/Spanish architecture in downtown
     L       The old SB architecture from before 1950
2    L       Spanish colonial architecture
     L       Our neo-colonial Spanish style architecture
     L       Spanish Revival Architecture
     L       Some of the Spanish architecture
     L       Mediterranean/Tuscan architecture
     L       Old Victorian style
     L       Old craftsman style cottages
     L       Spanish style houses in the Westside
     L       Eclectic mix of houses on the Riviera
     L       Beautiful historic architecture
     L       Historical character
4    L       Historical buildings; old buildings; historic houses
     L       Historic homes and land marks
     L       Historic neighborhoods
     L       Old homes
     L       Attention to detail in built environment
     L       Spanish-American charm of low-storied buildings and red-tile roofs
12   L       Red-tile Spanish architecture
5    L       Red-tile roofs
     L       White walls and red-tiled roofs
     L       Stonework on buildings


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#   L/H/C                                                        Comment
    L     The city and county government buildings
2   L     Mission, courthouse, presidio, historic buildings
    L     Courthouse
    L     The existing churches
4   L     The scale of the city; human scale
    L     Walkability
2   L     Walkable, thriving downtown
    L     Being able to walk on State Street at night (and stop to enjoy the music and dance).
4   L     Downtown
    L     The Downtown as it is now
    L     The busy downtown area
2   L     Ambiance of Downtown
2   L     Downtown is beautiful; beautiful architecture
    L     Charming downtown
    L     Well defined downtown
    L     Coordinated downtown design
    L     Compact downtown
    L     Spanish themed downtown
    L     State street
    L     The continued upkeep of State Street
    L     The way the city has developed lower State Street to the beach
    L     The way the city has developed Paseo Nuevo
    L     Low profile skyline
2   L     Low-profile architecture
    L     Low profile buildings
2   L     Low rise buildings
    L     Buildings are not too tall, so can see what’s on the next street easily
    L     Very few tall buildings


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 #   L/H/C                                                        Comment
2    L     Very few tall buildings to block the view. Not too many high-rise buildings that block views
2    L     Building-height restrictions
     L     Lack of high rise buildings
2    L     No high rises
     L     Low profile cityscape
2    L     Low scale buildings
     L     2-storey character
     L     Our mostly 2 story buildings
     L     Small to moderate human scale
     L     Low profile buildings along the waterfront
3    L     Low density
     L     Character of neighborhoods
     L     Well-preserved neighborhoods
     L     A beautiful city with low and high income neighborhoods
     L     The Funk Zone within walking distance to the beach
     L     Beauty of City College campus
     L     Outlying areas: Hope Ranch; Riviera; Montecito; the Mesa
     L     The natural and built environment
     L     Urban sophistication – next to farmlands and forest
     L     Our attention to the aesthetic environment with careful building and zoning planning.
     L     Being close to nature in so many neighborhoods
     L     Natural landscape aspects incorporated into design
     L     Serious effort to fit nature into cityscape
     L     Freedom to view the natural vistas at all times
     L     Pleased with recent ordinance about the negative effects of huge houses being built in established modest
           neighborhoods
     L     Mixed use housing in the downtown areas as long as they are affordable
     L     Mix of shops, restraints, bars, cafes and their proximity to beaches and parks.


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#   L/H/C                                             Comment
    L       Look of the stores
    L       City doesn’t have high-density, smart-growth, mixed use projects along transit corridors; nor form-based zoning
    H       Keep city’s charm and beauty without being regulated to death by zoning/costs/endless delays
    H       Follow the advice of people like Pearl Chase and Max Fleischman
    H       Maintain the high standards that the city has now
    H       Maintain the old feeling
2   H       Keep it as much as possible like “old Santa Barbara”
2   H       That SB keeps its ambiance
    H       Maintain small-town atmosphere of city
    H       Small scale downtown
    H       Find ways to make the city like a village
    H       That the beauty and simplicity can be fostered and maintained as the city grows
5   H       Maintain charm and beauty; continue to be a place of grace and beauty
3   H       Maintain character of city
    H       Keep new buildings in same cultural/architectural mode
    H       Retain colonial architecture
    H       Like to see more diversity in the architecture. The faux-Spanish colonial detracts from the real thing. Like to see
            some more Granada buildings and modern ones too.
    H       Encourage architects with vision for something unique and creative, not just the regular old Spanish thing
    H       Make what we already have good instead of trying to bring in/build more
    H       More emphasis on beautifying all of SB not just “touristy” State Street
    H       Preserve history
    H       Preserve the essence of the Spanish Architecture
    H       Preserve Spanish character and flavor of the buildings
    H       Housing in Spanish Style
    H       Preserve the beauty of the old adobes and other historic buildings
    H       Expand the beautiful look of the Spanish style on Eastside (Milpas) while preserving the local business aspects.
    H       A high priority of control to hold the lovely, pleasant stucco and tile courtyards.


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#   L/H/C                                                         Comment
    H     Close watch over architecture and preservation
    H     Take the next step beyond traditional Spanish Architecture
    H     Human scaled buildings
    H     Human scale downtown
    H     Respect the human scale of Downtown
    H     Lots of trees
    H     Stop cutting down the Eucalyptus Trees
    H     Need more green space with residential units in town, more “village” scale and less retail
    H     More landscaping
    H     Mandate landscape to enhance setting
    H     No billboards
    H     No prominent advertising signs
    H     Keep downtown plazas
    H     More paseos, open courtyards, Spanish style meandering pathways
    H     More walkable areas
    H     Urban trails
    H     The pedestrian friendly character of State street is preserved
    H     Turn State street into a pedestrian only street
    H     Permanently close a few blocks of lower State (from De la Guerra to Haley St.) to vehicular traffic.
    H     Create a 3rd Street Promenade like in Santa Monica or a European pedestrian zone.
    H     Make State Street a pedestrian boulevard
    H     Make State Street a walking mall (with licensed musicians and flower vendors)
    H     Close State Street to pedestrian between ∼ 400 and 1000 blocks
    H     Make State Street from Canon Perdido to Gutierrez a promenade like Santa Monica’s 3rd Street – allowing
          pedestrians, vendors and street performers
    H     Close State Street downtown, at least on Sundays
    H     A car-free portion of lower State Street
    H     Benches


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#   L/H/C                                                        Comment
    H     Clean up lower State Street
    H     Like to see Haley and Chapala strips become better and more viable as destinations of their own for shopping,
          eating, bars, music clubs, and non-chain stores
    H     Keep Funk Zone funky
    H     Work on the California Hotel and the empty areas by the beach – how about an art center there?
    H     Save character of neighborhoods
    H     Prevent developers changing the character through high rise buildings and housing tracts
    H     Maintain charm, low-profile throughout whole city. No high density
    H     Keep it open and low density
    H     Increased density doesn’t destroy quality of life
    H     Doesn’t become too dense
    H     Less “infill” building
    H     Provide in-fill alternatives; up not out
    H     More density in the downtown area is okay
    H     Encourage mixed use projects
    H     Continue to have “infill” businesses and housing projects that blend with the existing styles, zoning and height.
    H     Increased density
    H     High density, multi-use buildings
    H     Multi-use buildings/ work & live
    H     Mixed-use: business on first floor, living on 2nd & 3rd
    H     “If you’re going to allow more building, it should be unsubsidized, high density apartments and condos near public
          parks and transportation not more mansions.”
    H     High density in downtown area with multi-residential zones throughout the city but no more than 4 stories in height
    H     More mixed use
    H     Mixed-use buildings for affordable housing along with commercial use
    H     A dense downtown with mixed-use (shops at street level/residential above) like European towns
    H     A few tasteful mixed-use buildings in already developed areas (not on Upper State Street)
    H     Change codes to allow mixed-use, with more stories and less parking [to make affordable to small business and


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#   L/H/C                                            Comment
            residents]
    H       Downtown living to reduce or minimize need for cars
    H       Older, rundown buildings redeveloped into mixed use, modern buildings, especially in areas around Downtown and
            the Funk Zone
    H       Create Work/Live corridors and transit loops
    H       Provide more space for artists and creative people
    H       Provide apartments near public transportation
    H       Create high-rise zones where they make sense: near city center or transportation centers
    H       Build up downtown
    H       Instead of more luxury hotels and apartments build housing downtown and limit parking so that people with no cars
            or one car per family will live there
    H       No more condos in the upper State Street area.
    H       Keep it easy to see mountains and ocean
    H       Preserve look of the city by preserving views and height-limits
    H       Maintain building height restriction
    H       That city can remain small (i.e., not too tall of buildings)
    H       Limit tall buildings; keep SB quaint
2   H       Maintain low profile
    H       Lower the height limit of new buildings downtown
    H       No tall buildings over 3 or 4 stories except existing ones
    H       Retain its small-town aspect, with buildings not over 3-stories high
    H       Keep new buildings no higher than 2 or 3 stories
    H       Limits on buildings of 3 stories and 45 feet
    H       Limit building heights to 40 feet
    H       A sky-line that shows scattered 10-30 story buildings, separated 20-20 blocks apart with underground parking
    H       City planners think before developments such as the one behind the paseo
    H       Bigger buildings need to be set back from the street and the edges of their lots
    H       Laws keeping buildings 15-25 feet from the curb


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#   L/H/C                                                       Comment
    H     You build up instead of out and over the agricultural lands
    H     Look at the beautiful San Diego high rises – 6 story apartment buildings with tiles and balconies
    H     No building higher than 4-5 stories and have building view corridors
    H     Restrictions on height should be made more flexible
    H     Limited building heights to 45 feet
    H     40 foot limit on buildings
    H     Drop the height of buildings
    H     2-story buildings only
    H     Focus high buildings on State Street but not over three stories
    H     Keep development low in elevation
    H     Limit high rise-like buildings
    H     No high rises
    H     New General Plan will limit building heights, dampen development and give credence to existing neighborhoods
    H     Doesn’t become too urbanized/”canyonized”; stays people-friendly [in scale]
    H     Resist pressure to build massive tall structures everywhere, destroying small-town historic character
    H     No more “monster” high-rise condos
    H     Less high rises
    H     Tall buildings to be stepped back
    H     Large buildings don’t proliferate
    H     Stop filling individual lots with condos
    H     Prevent tearing down of old houses and instead renovate them in sizes small enough for the lots
    H     Keep out the “McMansions”
    H     Stop huge houses and remodels
    H     Mesa mansion-ization ends soon – what is wrong with small houses anyways?
    H     Stop “mansionizing” the Mesa
    H     Maintain the existing development in the business district
    H     Careful development of Upper State Street
    H     Opportunity to carry the walkable business core theme to Upper State Street


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#   L/H/C                                                          Comment
    H     Would like a path to walk from La Cumbre Plaza to San Roque Plazas and to Las Positas, State and Gelson’s
    H     No more huge, tall buildings like the gigantic lower Chapala Street monstrosity
    H     Stop the uncontrolled buildings; ugly buildings on Chapala
    H     Keep height restrictions on new buildings in place
    H     Continue vigilant development restrictions (i.e. design, height, density, etc…)
    H     Pass an ordinance that addresses the height and density issues
    H     Condo mania stops soon
    H     Use the Pearl Chase/David Gephard rules for controlling new development
    H     It doesn’t become another Disneyland
    H     A charming area at beach with restaurants, shops and music
    H     San Andreas corridor: preserve craftsman homes. If allow condos impose standards of existing: 15-20 foot
          setbacks; single storey, at least in front; incorporate existing house into project; provide green space
    H     Have a standardized home size to lot size ratio with height limits (instead of allowing only rich/connected to build
          monster projects spoiling neighborhoods
    H     Follow plans already accepted such as architecture 2030
    H     More innovative architecture that incorporates energy conservation
    H     Create housing communities in very green ways using eco-village models
    H     Green built remodels and new buildings only
    H     I want to see sustainability be the driving force and no house without a solar panel and front garden.
    H     Keep the mountain views
    H     Keep view-scapes not just corridors
    H     Preserve views with low buildings
    H     We have plenty of mountain range to see as long as buildings that are high in density are not adjacent to each other
    H     Enforce laws about people blocking views with trees
    H     Commons reclaimed and porches used
    H     Increase front, back and side yard set backs (they have become to minimal)
    H     Allow the neighborhood areas to remain intact
    H     Neighborhoods need to be intact size-wise


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#   L/H/C                                                       Comment
    H     That attention is paid to what is making SB less than it has been
    H     That things are built in a well-planned and cohesive way
    H     “I prefer slower, calmer environment and would like to discourage those who prefer to turn us into Camarillo or
          other charm less places.”
    H     Plan and design for residents not visitors
    H     That SB does not turn into the next OC
    H     Moratorium on building for a few years
    H     Only allow apartments to be built
2   H     Parking below ground
    H     Put utilities underground
    H     Keep development consistent and beautiful
    H     Respect our surroundings by having great standards
    H     Do not allow variances unless there is unanimous approval of all residents on the same and adjacent blocks
    H     Prevent developers form ruining the area for their profit.
    H     Sustaining the ocean front with low rise construction to keep beach/harbor access and views
    H     Funk zone developed: houses, shopping area, movie theater, skating rink, golf, parks and a recreation center for
          youth
    H     Rebuild Milpas area
    H     Beautiful Milpas/Eastside area (No more $99 cent stores)
    H     Fix up west and east side Milpas area
    H     Redevelop Milpas, upper De la Vina and upper State
    H     No more big cookie cutter strip malls
4   C     Loss of beauty and charm of Santa Barbara
    C     Loss of Spanish design
    C     Losing small town character
    C     Laud those trying to preserve beauty in Santa Barbara, but don’t forget that the Eastside and Westside are part of
          the City too.
    C     Difficult to maintain our small town feeling while improving our streets, services and housing


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#   L/H/C                                                         Comment
    C     Being turned into a Disneyland
    C     Restrictions on development and architectural design may cause city to become stagnant and Disney-fied.
    C     Beach area loosing laid-back/real-ness of our town; getting like Orange County homogeneity
    C     Developers are not protective of history
    C     Developers only concerned with money and not with what is best for keeping SB beautiful
    C     Architectural integrity of the area is being compromised (if not eliminated)
    C     Everywhere that is beautiful is being destroyed
    C     Ugly buildings
    C     Ugly architecture in the main part of town
    C     Not enough open space in new buildings
    C     Lack of garden space
    C     Buildings should not be allowed to occupy the entire site
    C     Tiles (with flair) instead of bricks which are not traditional
    C     Mixed-use is good but control building size
    C     Housing should be part of whole (in a mixed-use project) not just added onto the use allowed by zone
    C     Too much density (Smart growth meaning higher density is dumb)
    C     Housing density
    C     If there is high density the charm will be lost
    C     Upper Westside is starting to look like a slum – too many people packed into houses, often illegally
    C     Housing development should be concentrated close to work and schools
    C     Destruction of scale in every neighborhood
5   C     Development; allowing too much development
    C     Development of the hills for housing
    C     Over building – towering houses, crowded apartments
2   C     Stop overbuilding
    C     Do not over-develop the city – keep our perspective
3   C     Overdevelopment; overdevelopment in all districts
    C     Overdevelopment of downtown with expensive overpriced and high density housing


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#   L/H/C                                                      Comment
    C     Overdevelopment of Downtown and Upper State Street
6   C     Density; no high density; too much density
    C     Too many large buildings
    C     No more large buildings
    C     Building density and height
    C     Infill
    C     Enormous buildings which mean more cars; traffic and air pollution
    C     Establish building size limits
    C     Staggered building heights and setbacks
    C     Protect views from taller, larger buildings
    C     Higher buildings do not belong in Santa Barbara. Why would anyone want to destroy our views?
3   C     Higher buildings destroying views
    C     The myth of view corridors – there are fewer and fewer each year
    C     Height restrictions must be enforced
4   C     Too-tall buildings; all over the city
    C     No more tall, tall buildings, please
    C     Keep development low in elevation
    C     Limit high rise-like buildings
3   C     High-rise buildings
2   C     No high-rise
2   C     Don’t turn SB into a high-rise haven like LA
2   C     A Los Angeles look will replace the little Spanish town look
    C     Don’t make SB a mini-LA
    C     A Hollywood take-over
    C     No buildings over 2 stories
    C     High-rise buildings (anything above 2-3 stories)
    C     Do not build 3- and 4-storie buildings
    C     Restrict buildings to 3 stories downtown


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#   L/H/C                                                        Comment
    C     Need height restrictions – buildings over 3 of 4 stories adversely affect everyone
    C     Too many 4-story buildings
    C     Allowing buildings above 4 stories
    C     Creation of wind tunnels as a result of more high-rise development
2   C     Downtown condos without set backs – much too dense; 4-storey, very dense condos
    C     Too tall and ugly of buildings going up in Downtown
2   C     Tall buildings on Chapala are appalling
    C     Buildings on Chapala replaced an interesting and diverse block with tall buildings with no set back or character
    C     Buildings at Chapala and de la Guerra are an example of too-tall buildings
    C     The Chapala Street project and now the 1025 Santa Barbara Street project are forever changing our landscape.
          Understand that 4-stories are allowed, but so dense as well? Please stop the 1025 project unless it is scaled down. I
          like change but not to the point we block our views and the sun.
    C     Canyonization of Downtown; stop the massive buildings
    C     Stop creating urban canyons
    C     Buildings downtown higher than 45 feet will make streets dark corridors
    C     Large, tall buildings
    C     Large developments downtown
    C     Too tall buildings downtown
    C     Keep skyline low – government not responding to what people are saying
2   C     Mansionization; McMansions
    C     Mega-ego-mansions
    C     Mansionization of neighborhood homes
    C     The ugly buildings going up in the neighborhoods
    C     Upper (north) State Street
    C     Upper State Street doesn’t need anymore buildings in the Circuit City block; traffic already a nightmare
3   C     Destruction of historic St Francis Hospital; ruining the neighborhood
    C     Do not destroy St Francis Hospital. Put it to a vote
    C     Efficient use of land: build in the downtown core; close to jobs, shopping and activities. Build up not out.


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#   L/H/C                                                       Comment
    C     Build along transportation corridors: State and Hollister; Milpas
    C     Close State Street to Cars. Create Santa Monica-style promenade
    C     Redevelopment of State Street is a total waste; it was better before
    C     Coast Village Road needs hands-on help – improvement wise
    C     Waterfront/Lower State Street – Don’t let development be condos with garages facing State Street
2   C     Developers’ heavy influence/getting their way in Downtown and Upper State Street areas
    C     Shortcuts to please developers
    C     Stop up-zoning, bonus density – developers have too much influence
    C     Accepting poorly planned development (i.e. Levy project)
    C     Need much more restrictive policies for developers
2   C     Levy’s time-shares should have never been approved
    C     Levy fiasco – please don’t let it be timeshares
    C     Need FAR for C-2 mixed use projects with a combined FAR not to exceed 1.0 for combined commercial and
          residential
    C     Graffiti
    C     As tourism and affluent visitors are our biggest income producers the town has to maintain the very special
          environment that has been its claim to fame for years
    C     Please keep the quality and beauty of Santa Barbara safe for the future
    C     Plan should have a historic preservation element
    C     Sometimes wonder if SB is too pretty?
    C     Halt unwanted projects: Veronica Springs; St Francis condos
    C     More housing is needed but not at the cost of loss of privacy; no space to call one’s own
    C     The Eastside, mainly the Milpas Area: beautification has made a big improvement but still far from what residents
          would like to see it become
    C     Controls on home additions
    C     No urban villages
    C     Failure to maintain quality and appearance of housing
    C     Buildings designed by Barry Berkus or any others not in keeping with SB’s tradition and charm


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#   L/H/C                                                        Comment
    C     Rebuilding on lots with substandard small houses
    C     Let’s not enlarge our footprint but grow “up”
    C     Shopping on lower state is too crowded – spread it out
2   C     Concerned that high density projects will block out the sun and views of the ocean, islands and the mountains
    C     Buildings that obstruct views
    C     Losing our views too tall buildings
    C     Overly tall trees taking away views
    C     Height of downtown building obscuring mountain view
    C     Tall building development that only have “view corridors”
    C     Loss of aesthetic values
    C     Developments damaging architectural setting of our community
    C     As corporate businesses move into the downtown Santa Barbara is slowly losing some if its historically quaint
          atmosphere
    C     Buildings are inconsistent with surroundings: too many older, charming family homes either being torn down or
          turned into business establishments (we need the housing and the charm)
    C     The lot line to lot line modern Spanish style or pseudo Victorian homes are slowly ruining the flavors and beauty of
          our older neighborhoods
    C     Buildings that are big, bulky and take away the “flare” of the city
    C     Tall buildings and houses too large for the lot and neighborhood
    C     Houses are built on postage size lots
    C     No more two-story monsters overshadowing single-story neighborhoods – San Roque, West side, the Mesa etc.
    C     Mansion-ization on small lots which cause lack of privacy for neighbors
    C     Loss of privacy due to inappropriate “McMansions”
    C     Buildings with cramped apartments and no outdoor areas
    C     Loss of yard space
    C     Too much retail space in town
    C     Loss of uniqueness
    C     Not being able to walk or bike in shop/business areas


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#   L/H/C                                                       Comment
    C     Stop cutting down beautiful trees (lower State)
    C     State Street has been destroyed with the cutting of the trees.
    C     Removing old beautiful trees and replacing them with something like the rest of Southern California
    C     Landscaping defoliant left forever along curb
    C     Need set-backs from the street
    C     Need better setbacks downtown and on historic streets
    C     City destroying trees, buildings, neighborhoods – rather than protecting and preserving
    C     Tearing down of the lovely cottage-style (single-story) homes
    C     Poor building without notice from government agencies
    C     Need to rebuild or re-structure existing buildings
    C     Find solutions for over-building
    C     Overbuilding in all the neighborhoods
2   C     No more huge condo monstrosities
    C     Do not want thousands of condos, office buildings or giant houses
    C     Stop building
4   C     High-density
    C     Stop high density housing
    C     No more high density buildings
    C     High density lead to traffic and water problems
    C     Overdevelopment with resulting traffic-clogged streets
4   C     Need limits on building heights and density
    C     Size of buildings
    C     Huge ugly, overbuilt structures
    C     Cut down size of buildings
2   C     No more oversized development
    C     Large development
2   C     Building limits
4   C     High rise buildings


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 #   L/H/C                                                        Comment
2    C     Need to stop building tall buildings
     C     Tall buildings cause SB to lose it’s hometown feel
     C     No more taller or larger buildings that change the character of Santa Barbara
     C     That it [city?] doesn’t grow upward
     C     Too many high rise developments causing my former town to follow into the ugly shadows of NYC and other cities
     C     Nothing over 2 stories
     C     3 stories is too tall
     C     Buildings that exist should be expanded rather than build new buildings
     C     No more buildings
2    C     Overdevelopment
     C     Over-development, specifically buildings that are out of scale with SB, will change the character of the community
     C     Overdevelopment of the downtown
     C     Uncontrolled development of downtown
2    C     Overbuilding of downtown
     C     Height and scale of downtown developments is too massive
     C     As the charm of the central business district is being lost in the rush to build oversized buildings, fueled again by the
           enormous profits to be made, this time in luxury condos.
     C     Density that luxury condos create
     C     Large downtown structures diminish the areas charm
     C     Proliferations of downtown structures being built that seem to loom over the streets.
     C     “Canyon-ization” of downtown
     C     Concerned about “canyon-ization” of any streets
     C     Concerned about buildings with no setbacks from sidewalks and 60 foot height limit
     C     High rise buildings with no set back
     C     Height of buildings in the historic Pueblo District
     C     High rises ruining the city
     C     High Rise Building in small places downtown
     C     State Street is not user friendly


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#   L/H/C                                            Comment
    C       Lower State street
    C       Overbuilding especially on upper State Street and State and La Cumbre
    C       Need to preserve the Arlington Theater and restore it to it’s former glory as the Granada
    C       Condos on lower Chapala look like they are smack down on the street
    C       Chapala St is terrible because you can’t even see the mountains
2   C       Monstrous out of proportion buildings like the behemoths on Chapala St.
    C       Mess at Gutierrez and Chapala
    C       Chapala Streets keep getting darker and darker because of the high rise buildings
    C       Do not like developments with large 3 floor buildings with no setbacks – like Chapala development
    C       City being destroyed by projects on Chapala, Victoria
    C       Huge overbuild city blocks like the new development on Chapala behind Paseo Nuevo
    C       No more huge buildings like the one on Chapala. They look like prisons. Their massiveness is overwhelming and an
            assault to SB. Please, please no more. When history shows how poorly we valued the wonderful, peaceful little city
            it will be a sad commentary on how mighty the dollar is. Shame on all involved.
    C       Poorly planned projects such as the Granada parking garage
    C       Excessive tall, no set back, no landscape attitude of development dominating the ideas of the city council
    C       Developers who don’t have SB in their hearts
    C       Even though a house can be built on a bad lot from an engineering standpoint, it has a terrible adverse impact in
            every other way – too steep for proper access, dangerous curves and driveways, no room for cars to turn and/or
            park, ugly and view blocking.
    C       Lack of concern for an absence of architectural review on the Eastside
    C       Encroachments onto public sidewalks should not be allowed
    C       Waste of resources and energy when there are many alternatives
    C       Bricks and mortar “in your face” buildings make the human blood pressure go sky high and also make for a troubled
            society
    C       High density; a good natured community will turn angry very quickly when they are packed like sardines with no
            outlet
    C       Zoning violations because of overpopulated homes and apartments



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     L/C                                                      Comment
     L     Programs that support housing and child care
     L     Mixed-use housing
     L     Love that I live in affordable housing
     L     Housing spread-out and mostly available for certain accessibility needs
     L     Support construction of upscale townhouse apartments like La Colina Gardens
     H     Solve our housing problems
     H     Housing for all income levels
     H     Provide a wide variety of housing options for people of all income levels (this will ensure housing for healthcare
           workers/professionals)
     H     Continuing environmental quality with more reasonable housing options to support a more diverse community
     H     Truly affordable housing
3    H     Affordable housing
     H     More affordable housing
     H     Housing that is affordable for workers, from professional down to manual labor
2    H     Affordable housing for average working people
3    H     Support workforce housing
44   H     Affordable housing for the middle class and working class
     H     Affordable housing for middle class
     H     Improve affordable housing for lower and middle income citizens
     H     Affordable housing for those in emergency services so they can live near where they work and be available for our
           safety during emergencies
     H     Affordable housing with respect for service workers and all employees
     H     Affordable housing for educators and key professionals
     H     Affordable housing for those who work at UCSB/SBCC as academics
2    H     Affordable housing for existing residents
     H     Affordable housing for Santa Barbara natives. Give them priority or set units aside just for them
     H     Affordable housing for our children


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L/C                                                      Comment
H     Reasonable housing (for our kids)
H     Affordable housing purchase options for residents
H     Housing for public sector employees
H     Workforce housing for all non profit employees
H     Housing preference given to those who have worked here over five years
H     More housing for elders preference now given to those with babies
H     Maintain enough area for housing [with] easy access
H     Develop a workforce housing plan – form partnerships with businesses that need to house their workers
H     Encourage affordable housing (for residents) by charging fees on large sized condos, based on square footage over a
      minimum reasonable size. Fees go toward housing for all workforce (not just teachers, firefighters, etc.)
H     Provide more housing for the homeless
H     Lower housing costs
H     Low-cost housing for many of those that live and work here
H     Become easier for average middle-class citizen – the foundation of the community – to purchase a home and create a
      safe family environment
H     Inclusionary housing
H     Inclusionary housing should be extended to its logical limit, and have a fee paid to support Affordable housing
      whenever any property in the City changes ownership
H     New growth in housing should be accommodated/encouraged as well as incentives to remodel existing housing
H     Locals will be able to afford to remain here
H     When having drawings for affordable housing, the police, firemen, teachers and nurses should be at the top of the list
H     Denser housing
H     More multi-residential overlay zones to accomplish high density housing
H     More downtown housing
H     Build lofts/condos for locals in Downtown (lower State Street)
H     The inclusion of housing in the downtown continues even if it means larger building (it is a downtown) and that most
      of that housing is affordable (however that is interpreted.)
H     Need to designate downtown areas for redevelopment into multi-residential mixed-income housing served by public


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    L/C                                                       Comment
          transit
    H     Integrate housing into “Funk Zone”
    H     More moderate housing prices
    H     More affordability for people making less than $40,000
    H     Consider duplexes so that grandparents can live adjacent to children and help toward payment of the homes
    H     Legalize “Grandmother” units
    H     Need rental housing solutions
    H     We need more rentals, not condos
    H     Implement rent control
2   H     Rent control
    H     Policies, such as rent control, that will reduce the cost of housing for workers and artists in lower and middle income
          brackets
    H     Affordable housing should be rentals only
    H     City or county should own and develop rental housing
    H     Apartments for under $1,000/mo
    H     Cannot accommodate all people but provide more “stair step” dwellings like small apartment complexes rather than
          condos
    H     Stop building condos downtown
    H     Restriction on the amount of time-shares that can be built near the beach
    H     Limit the construction of new local housing – no one has the right to live here
    H     City protects home owners and adheres to Prop. 13
    H     Enforcement on how many people/families per house
    H     San Andreas corridor: enforce health and safety standards: regulate occupancy levels; bootleg rental units; illegal
          wiring; require documentation from landlords
    H     No building of new homes
    H     Stop building subsidized, low cost units because they are making the city too dense and without parking
    H     Ignore state mandates for congested housing (don’t sell out)
    H     Regain local control on the state mandate to allow 2nd dwellings on single family properties


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    L/C                                                         Comment
    H   There seems to be more than enough “affordable” units in the planning stages
2   H   Work with County against State-mandated housing
    H   Refuse to meet State-mandated building
    H   Forget the State mandates – let’s keep this town to a reasonable size
4   C   Housing
    C   Not enough housing
    C   Lack of housing
5   C   Affordable housing/lack of affordable housing
2   C   Need creative solution for affordable housing
    C   Affordable housing needed over subdivisions
    C   Find a way to build more affordable housing – rents and prices are outrageously high
    C   Providing affordable housing within the framework of a market economy is a delusion we need to abandon in SB
    C   More affordable housing without densification everywhere
    C   How create affordable housing/rentals that stay affordable?
    C   Keep affordable housing in perpetuity, not just 80-90 years
    C   Need to keep city vital with housing and jobs for locals.
    C   That the remaining land in the city and county be used strategically. There’s plenty of market-rate housing; push for
        affordable for-sale housing for nurses, police and firemen and for the work force in general
    C   The few remaining urban sites should be fully developed to provide housing. Permit requirements should be eased.
    C   Need a neighborhood of affordable high-rises (housing is a crisis that requires a radical solution)
    C   Ritz-Carleton – why not sell these to people who want to live here full time?
    C   Timeshare developments like Bill Levy’s – we need affordable housing for local folk not multi-million dollar condos
        for out of town people who have no connection to our city
    C   Better quality affordable housing
    C   Lack of affordable housing and of day care
    C   Unaffordable housing for young families – its getting worse
    C   Affordable housing for the middle class (not the poor)
2   C   Middle class cannot afford to live here anymore; lack of housing for the middle class


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    L/C                                                          Comment
2   C   Need to make sure that people vital to our community such as police, fire, sheriff, medical, teachers, city and county
        workers have a place to live in our community, but the government should not have to foot the entire bill. Make
        public/private partnerships viable and do infill projects instead of developing vacant land outside of the city
    C   Housing for our emergency workers (police, firemen, hospital workers, utility workers) and families instead of for the
        poor
2   C   Need housing available for firemen, nurses, police, teachers so they will be here in case of disaster
    C   Lack of housing for critical work force. Use city property by the airport for subsidized housing for city workers
    C   Lack of affordable housing for service workers
2   C   Affordable housing for workforce is critical; great need for workforce housing
    C   Great need for workforce housing but land costs are so high that it cannot be achieved without very large government
        subsidies
    C   Housing is getting out of reach for doctors, nurses, teachers, librarians and firemen etc.
    C   Keep good professionals in the area – being driven out due to housing
    C   Loss of young professionals to more affordable areas
    C   Retention of qualified teachers who move away for cheaper living
    C   Property prices so high that the younger generation can’t live here.
6   C   Cost of /Increasing cost of housing
    C   Housing market is just out of control price-wise
2   C   Median home price out of reach for most incomes; ridiculous housing prices
    C   Cost of housing and the effect that cost has on inclusiveness and sustainability
    C   Cannot afford to buy a house
    C   Long-term local family’s doubtful can ever buy house
    C   SB will be off-limits to middle and lower classes due to housing prices
    C   Small-business owners (and home owners) cannot see way to remain in Santa Barbara when retire
    C   Purchasing a home as a young professional is unattainable
    C   Cost of buying a house – allow government workers to be able to buy a house
    C   Affordable housing has been replaced with high end housing, office space or expensive hotels
    C   Stock of middle class housing will be lost to the trend toward super-sizing


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    L/C                                                        Comment
    C   Need more housing: condos in urban areas, and/or co-housing; we need less huge homes
    C   Policy on type of housing the city wants; e.g. apartments vs. condos
3   C   Rising cost of renting
    C   Increasing rent without a standard charge
    C   Need to consider rent control
    C   Renters, low-income and work force folks
    C   More affordable apartments are needed – legal and for everyone
    C   Only building should be a few low-middle income units – mainly rentals
    C   Not enough building of new rental apartments
    C   If enough apartments are converted to condos, or no more are built there will be little affordable housing – i.e. talking
        about middle and 120% of median – in this town
    C   Stop apartment/condo conversions
    C   Keep apartments rather than convert to condos, for those that are working
    C   Affordable rentals for middle class
    C   Low income rental housing
    C   Why do we limit granny flats and conversions?
    C   Lack of space for people on the road or camping to park trailers and motor homes
    C   Need to leave home town because can no longer afford rent
    C   Being pushed out of here by not being able to afford the rents
    C   Hardship on elderly because of high rents
    C   Apartment dweller will never be able to afford to buy a house here despite having a good income. Even the cost to
        rent a house is ridiculous.
    C   Need more housing for homeless people
    C   Not enough decent middle income units, inclusion doesn’t work
    C   Housing should be created by conversion of existing market housing to subsidize housing not by building new housing
    C   Affordable housing causes market rate units to go up in price therefore the middle class will be driven out of SB and
        there will only be rich and poor.
    C   Tearing down too much old affordable housing and substituting ugly condos


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    L/C                                                     Comment
3   C     Overpriced
    C     Too many high end residential units
    C     No more million dollar condos unless we want a city of retirees or vacation home owners
    C     Too many luxury condos being developed
    C     Too many mega-houses being built by remodeling small homes
    C     Too much expansion of high income homes up the mountainsides
    C     Keep out time shares for out-of-town residents
    C     What about a planned senior’s community?
    C     Too much focus on subsidized housing
    C     To much emphasis on affordable/subsidized housing for middle class
    C     No cheap, subsidized housing for developers, illegals and legal parasites
    C     Subsidized housing only for essential community based jobs perhaps in the form of rentals not sales
    C     Don’t try to provide free or low-cost housing and medical care for everyone
2   C     Stop building low income/affordable housing
    C     Housing turning SB into a welfare state
    C     Too much “gimmee” housing – the more built the more they come
    C     Large numbers of affordable housing units being crammed in
    C     People splitting their lots to cram in more housing
    C     Don’t like one home lots becoming 2, 3, 4-unit lots – this is not healthy living
    C     Rezoning back to houses might help reduce the current blight of over building
    C     In-fill housing units; it’s too dense now
    C     Overcrowding [in housing]
    C     High density housing leads to overcrowding
    C     Only 1 family per SFH
    C     No living in garages or motor homes or trailers on properties
    C     Too many “un-related” people per house/property
    C     Requiring developers to provide a percent of profit for low income constitutes a taking of private property
    C     The neighborhoods that use to be nice, quiet and clean are packed with apartments and studios. People are practically


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L/C                                                         Comment
    living on top of each other. This increase has caused a lot of the social and public safety issues mentioned.
C   How can we provide housing for our workforce? 3 ways: 1) Increase salaries; 2) Increased commuting from lower
    cost areas; 3) Move state, county and local government functions to North County
C   Less intrusion of City officials on family’s need of adequate housing space
C   Too many mega-houses being built in outlying areas
C   Affordable housing program is poorly run
C   Poor, aged, inadequate housing stock
C   Unchecked condo/housing development which over taxes the infrastructure (roads, water) of the area.
C   Repair or add on – process costly and difficult
C   High price and lengthy process for remodeling permits (shouldn’t we be encouraged to fix up our house)
C   Being forced (as a city) to build by the state




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                                                    ENVIRONMENT
     L/C                                                    Comment
4    L     Ambiance
7    L     Air; clean air
7    L     Clean air
     L     Good climate when there is no pollution
     L     Air still cleaner than LA’s
     L     Sun
     L     Open sky
24   L     Climate
26   L     Weather
45   L     Weather/climate
     L     Low annual precipitation
     L     Foggy mornings
     L     Sunsets
2    L     The environment
     L     It’s a good place to work outside (esp. as a farmer)
2    L     Unique geography
     L     Our geography
     L     Topography
     L     The geographical location
     L     Location
     L     Its isolated location
9    L     The city’s location
9    L     Beautiful setting: mountains and ocean; natural setting
     L     Front country
88   L     Mountains
     L     “The always visible mountains anchor me on earth.”
     L     The islands


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     L/C                                                   Comment
2    L     The natural heritage
     L     Native plants
4    L     Gardens
37   L     Green gardens, parks, green belts
     L     Its like living in a big garden
     L     Diversified Flora
10   L     Vegetation; plants; greenery
     L     The variety of plants and trees along our streets
3    L     The Trees
13   L     Trees; lots of trees; sycamores
2    L     Palm trees everywhere
     L     Jacaranda trees
4    L     Flowers; floral beauty; bougainvillea; hibiscus
     L     The bougainvillea
2    L     Landscape
     L     Landscaping
     L     Diversity of birds
3    L     Creeks
28   L     Ocean
     L     Clean ocean (but maybe not anymore)
5    L     Clean water
80   L     Beaches
     L     Beach/ocean
     L     Public beaches
6    L     Free/easy access to beaches; public access to beaches
4    L     Access to ocean
2    L     East Beach
     L     West Beach


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     L/C                                                  Comment
     L     Casual beaches along Cabrillo
2    L     The harbor
2    L     Wharf
     L     Marina
     L     Montecito to east of city
17   L     Beauty
2    L     It’s pretty; aesthetic
51   L     Physical beauty
17   L     Natural beauty
2    L     Scenic; scenic beauty
2    L     It’s very scenic
     L     The beautiful scenery
     L     Open vistas
6    L     Views
     L     Views from ocean to foothills
5    L     View of mountains
3    L     Ocean views
     L     Views of mountains and ocean from same spot
     L     The mountain and ocean views throughout the City
2    L     Able to see mountains/ocean from streets; from downtown
     L     Views from the Mesa
     L     Sweeping views of ocean where there are no tall buildings to draw the eye’s attention
     L     Beautiful vistas all over the city
     L     Sense of living surrounded by nature (and dominated by nature’s vastness)
     L     Feeling of connection between human and nature; connection with ocean and mountains
     L     Direct access and coexistence with nature
     L     Pesticide-free parks
     L     Open coastal areas - Carpentaria and Goleta bluffs


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    L/C                                                    Comment
    L     Proximity of the Ocean to housing
2   L     Cleanliness
3   L     How clean our city is
3   L     Clean city
    L     Our city is clean
    L     Clean streets
    L     Tree enhancements
    L     That it still has country-side, farms and ranches
    L     Proximity to horse country
    L     The areas that the City takes care of (i.e. State Street, San Roque etc.)
    L     Places that have nice landscaping, newly paved roads and no trash.
    L     Recycling at my apartment
    L     That it’s livable – air continues to be cleaner
    L     Santa Barbara’s sustainable tendencies: interest in Green Building, recycling, fossil fuel free in 2033 and other non-
          profit driven goals of sustainability.
    L     Recycling
    L     Recycling and yard work program
    L     Progressive, environmental ideas seem to be nourished in this environment
2   L     General environmental awareness (desire to be cutting edge on issues e.g. solar roof program, etc.)
2   L     Citizen concern about the environment; are green
    L     The many people who care about a sustainable city
    L     The actions and initiatives to make it a more sustainable community
    L     The City’s environmental responsibility
    L     Leader in civic efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions
    L     City is attempting a green transition – Hurrah!
    L     Environmental awareness
    L     Our attention to the environment
    L     Environmental awareness and activism (room for even more!)


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    L/C                                                    Comment
    H     Totally sustainable city by 2030
    H     Sustainable community
    H     Be more sustainable; increase participation at all levels
    H     That we become a “green” city
    H     Environmental responsibility and accountability
2   H     Continues to improve environmentally; innovation for sustainability
    H     Continue commitment to becoming a more sustainable community
    H     Environmental issues will be the key issues (especially along Hwy101)
    H     We work hard to protect and preserve the legacies left to us
    H     Focus on the environment and continued awareness of the future
    H     Protect our environment
    H     Environmental awareness
    H     That SB becomes a model city for sustainability and green business models for other communities to emulate
    H     We lead the nation and the world with a clean energy program that includes everyone, no one left out, saves the
          environment, and saves us all lots of money that can be spent building our community into an example that all will
          want to follow.
    H     City adopts more policies that promote and achieve reduced environmental impacts
    H     Increases its reputation for beauty, environmental quality and stewardship
    H     A pristine environment – air, water, soil
    H     Avoid environmental damage
    H     Protect the environment
    H     Becomes pesticide-free
    H     More regional cooperation
    H     Self-sufficient community
4   H     Keep/improve air quality
2   H     Keep good water/improve; clean water
2   H     Clean up streams, and streambeds
    H     Restored riparian areas


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    L/C                                                        Comment
3   H   Clean, safe water at all the beaches; clean ocean
    H   More awareness about beach clean-up and ocean pollution
    H   Clean beaches
    H   A clean city
    H   Keep it clean and green
    H   Awareness to maintain our resources so we can continue to enjoy the mountains and ocean
    H   Retain its beauty
    H   Retain its natural beauty
2   H   Protect our mountain and ocean views
    H   Maintain views of the ocean, mountains, and of tile roofs
    H   Protect views of ocean from hillside roads from private development
3   H   No tall buildings blocking our views; continue to be able to see mountains, ocean, sky, trees
    H   Enact a view ordinance
    H   Live up to our reputation as a USA tree city
5   H   Green building
    H   Follow up on pledges of green building and planning.
    H   Think outside the box toward green building
    H   More solar energy
    H   Solar on City buildings
    H   A solar and wind-powered city
    H   Encourage more solar power usage, more installations of solar power everywhere
    H   Tax breaks for solar energy usage
    H   Leader/innovator of alternative energy sources
2   H   Energy independence efforts are continued; energy self-sufficiency
    H   Alternative energy – reduction of fossil fuel use
2   H   Better recycling; keep recycling project
    H   City-wide composting of residential compostables (food scraps, green waste, biodegradable products)
    H   More trash cans on streets


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    L/C                                                          Comment
    H   Offer incentives for electric cars (like property tax reduction)
    H   Subsidized solar heating and voltaics
    H   Create a “City Challenge” across the country to encourage green building, CO2 reduction and 2030 architecture
    H   Toward energy conservation: efficient lights; change thermostats a few degrees and wear sweaters or shorts at work or
        in stores (like we did before their was air conditioning; signs in stores to remind about energy conservation; covers for
        open freezers/refrigerators
    H   Need positive reinforcement to reduce energy use: life-cycle audits are very instructive
    H   City promote very functional and measurable environmental programs aimed at making a difference not just to feel
        good.
2   H   We live within our resources
    H   Law requiring department stores to recycle
    H   More alternative energy (hybrid buses)
3   H   Keep our ocean/beaches clean
    H   Put reclaimed water to each house for gardening/lawn use
5   H   Clean beaches
    H   Measure B Money: That there will be knowledge, materials and guidance to assist residents (on private land) improve
        their environments for the good of watersheds, creeks, ocean, steelhead, summers etc.
3   H   Conserve water
    H   Maintain our environmental concerns
    H   Maintain our parks and public areas
    H   Maintain our green spaces
    H   Keep SB clean
    H   Preserve native plantings
    H   Continued emphasis on recycling
    H   Need emphasis on energy conservation
    H   Think NIMBYism inhibits the adoption of really progressive measures that reduce SB’s environmental impacts
    H   Cleanliness – keeping all areas of the City appealing to visitors and residents. Milpas is dirty and unappealing.
    H   We need to be able to dispose of our recyclables in an easier manner


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    L/C                                                   Comment
    H     Preserve what we have and treasure
    H     Beaches need to be cleaned at Henries
    H     Cleaner creeks
2   H     Cleaner streets
    H     Adopt cleaner air standards
    H     Community Gardens
    H     Food waste collection program
    H     Community composting
    H     Clean air and water will achieve high priority
    H     Install low maintenance drought resistance native plants
    H     Preservation of estuaries
    H     Maintain the environmental and sociological health of our community
    H     Capture water run off
    H     Alternative energy sources
    H     Follow plans already “accepted” such as Fossil Fuel Free
    H     Encourage reduction of waste
    H     Encourage composting
    H     Encourage renewable energy systems
    H     Encourage re-use
    H     Cleaner air
    H     Alternate energy policies will be strengthened
    H     Emphasis on keeping our environment unpolluted and beautiful
    H     City becomes a beacon of green living
    H     Preserve all wild spaces that are left
    H     Encourage and promote more solar power
    H     Continue to encourage reduction of fossil fuel usage
    H     That steelhead come back into our creeks (there are less than a hundred now)
    H     That people grow foods not lawns


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    L/C                                                      Comment
    H     No pesticide policy
    H     Preserve remaining agricultural land
    H     Find people that want to grow food for our community and help them afford land and taxes
    H     We reduce, reuse & recycle
    H     Need native, drought tolerant plants
    H     Education on less water use, gray water, rainwater catchments
2   H     More green practices
2   H     More solar use
    H     No pesticide use in the parks
    H     Beaches need to be cleaned
    H     Clean creeks
    H     Help the fish up the creeks with fish ladders
    C     Loosing the views
    C     Retain the beauty of Santa Barbara
    C     Environment
    C     Environmental protection
    C     Preserving environmental assets
    C     Loosing it [beauty, environmental quality, stewardship] and becoming ordinary
    C     Environmental sustainability: encourage all alternatives to fossil fuel consumption, especially solar energy.
    C     Start with serious conservation of energy
    C     Going green as much as possible
    C     People commuting from far away is not good for the environment or the community
    C     SB can be a leader showing other cities that sustainability and social justice, encouraging diversity at all levels will
          benefit us all.
    C     Pressure to grow vs. effort to be sustainable
2   C     Look at the regional context; take regional view for planning
    C     Clean water and air are vital to residents and tourist (upon whose income we depend)
3   C     Air quality; air pollution


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    L/C                                                   Comment
    C     Air polluted by highway congestion
2   C     Increasing air pollution, specifically smog; want it reduced
6   C     Pollution
2   C     Pollution of beaches
3   C     Clean up pollution in creeks and the ocean
    C     Bacterial pollution in creeks and ocean
2   C     Pesticide free
    C     Noise
    C     Too much noise
    C     Noise pollution from cars and motorcycles, car radios, lawn mowers, etc.
2   C     Water; water quality
2   C     Lack of water
    C     Replace lawns with fruit trees that will cool earth, store carbon and convert CO2 to oxygen (and provide food)
    C     In this semi-desert environment water availability is more of a concern that water quality
    C     This is a desert – plant accordingly
    C     Ultimately, the desalination plant will be needed, and greater re-use of wastewater
    C     Lack of water: need to revisit de-sal and dredging Gibralter
    C     Streets parallel to State become storm sewers when it rains. Build storm bioswales that would send cleaner water to
          ocean, Mission Creek and central drainage basin
    C     Global warming
    C     Carbon footprint
    C     Develop a building code that meets LEED standards
    C     Expand green building
    C     Permitting process should actively encourage green building provided it is economically attractive.
    C     Property tax relief should be used as an incentive for green building
    C     Want more environmentally responsible green buildings
2   C     Install solar panels and rain-water catchments on all City-owned buildings
    C     Change building code to make solar panels, thankless water heaters, etc are mandatory


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    L/C                                                           Comment
    C   Allow straw bale and cob construction and composting toilets
    C   Changes to codes to allow more solar and less waste [of materials, energy, etc.]
    C   Use forms of energy that are economically affordable, efficient in use with a minimum overall impact to the
        environment.
    C   Continue/expand recycling program
2   C   Keeping the city clean
2   C   Trash and dirt everywhere; litter
    C   Trash, recycling pick-up; keep the city clean
    C   Trash, especially from take-out foods
    C   Start fining those that thoughtlessly drop their trash, stomp out cigarettes, spit, drain oil into sewer
    C   Tourist pollute the beaches with trash
    C   Don’t ban plastic bags – require biodegradable plastic instead
    C   Present policies [development] are creating huge amounts of pollution and waste; government should be a helpful
        partner on a project
    C   If individuals are required to recycle, why are developers allowed to tear down and rebuild – which is overbuilding –
        and in the process create tons of debris?
    C   Idyllic environment becomes a cartoon of what had here before those fleeing the destroyed California coastal areas
        arrived
    C   Faux green measures instead of actual results
4   C   Need to focus on preservation
    C   Increasing population of immigrants degrading environmental resources
    C   Do not cut down our trees without letting the public know
    C   Run off to our creeks and ocean
    C   Clean ocean
    C   Cutting out CO2 emissions
    C   Lack of rain
    C   Sustain agriculture
    C   Losing farms and ranches


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    L/C                                                   Comment
    C     Outgrowing our resources
    C     Increased population affects our water supply and the vegetation we treasure so much
    C     Mission creek drainage to the ocean (terrible smell & dirty)
    C     Hard water
    C     Toxic pesticides to grounds
    C     Large projects without mandating energy efficiency
    C     City wastes gas on power tools to manicure public laws thus creating air & noise pollution
2   C     Global warming
    C     Ban on gasoline leaf blowers
    C     Not enough water
    C     Pollution
2   C     Polluted beaches
    C     Very poor decision to dismantle and sell our desalination plant. What about self-sufficiency?
    C     Pollution
    C     Builders not building with “green” materials
    C     USCB Devreux project will be a disaster
    C     Water limited
    C     Loss of watershed due to over-development
    C     Connecting to the state water aqueduct took the barrier away from developers. The fear of drought caused us to vote
          for more water. With more water caused more development and the rest is history.
2   C     Preserve our landscape
    C     Water supply
    C     Living beyond our water, food and energy means
    C     Water supply
    C     Contaminated creeks
    C     Water supply
    C     Fire off the mountains




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    L/C                                                          Comment
2   L     Pedestrian friendly - can walk all over city
    L     Sidewalks
    L     Sidewalks that are clean and wide-open
    L     Being able to walk almost anywhere I want – and feel safe doing it
    L     That I can walk, bike or take public transportation wherever I need to go
    L     Walking on State Street
4   L     Good for bicycling and walking
5   L     Bike paths; bike paths for commuting
6   L     Bicycle friendly
    L     Accessible bike paths
    L     Project on Chapala between Mission and Constance
7   L     Bus service; shuttle bus, MTD. Bus service is very good
    L     We have good public transportation
    L     Accessible and efficient public transportation
    L     Fossil-free buses
    L     Disability services
2   L     No traffic; less traffic
    L     Manageable traffic
2   L     Our low traffic
    L     Our generally acceptable amount of traffic
    L     Initial free parking
2   L     Easy parking (use to be); plentiful public parking
    L     Easy parking downtown
    L     Parking is easier downtown thanks to the Granada Garage
    L     New parking lot behind Granada
    L     I support the parking structure downtown because we need to accommodate shoppers and play goers.
    L     The way the parking lots are spaced downtown


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    L/C                                                  Comment
2   L     75 minute free parking downtown
    L     Accessibility of the train to go north or south
    L     Being able to drive on Cabrillo Blvd.
    L     One way side streets
    L     Closing State/Victoria was great idea. Shut off more cross streets.
    L     The ease of getting around in SB
    L     Round abouts ok
    L     Ease of getting around town
    L     Plenty of shaded sidewalks
    H     Alternative transportation – give it more attention and resources
2   H     Expand alternative transportation possibilities, for all
2   H     Encourage alternative transportation
2   H     More alternative transportation options
    H     Alternative transportation is given top priority with practical solutions for the average city dweller
    H     Reliable, easy to use alternative transportation would be more attractive to weekend travelers
    H     That SB leads the country and encourages people to get out of their cars
    H     Make city bike, bus and pedestrian friendly
    H     Aggressive pro-pedestrian approach: closing some streets to automobiles and brainstorming ways to get people to
          walk, bike and use the bus
    H     Become more of a walking town
    H     That it will become more pedestrian friendly
    H     More walking space downtown. Squares etc.
    H     Better sidewalks so pedestrians can walk safely
    H     More pedestrian ways (or promenades) which encourage walking and social interaction
    H     Sidewalks needed in some residential neighborhoods especially along APS and Mission Ridge
    H     Lower state street pedestrian only
    H     Close State Street to traffic
4   H     Portion of State Street (600-800 block) closed to traffic (like 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica/Boulder, Co)


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    L/C                                                        Comment
    H   It will become friendlier to people who walk and bike to work
    H   Create neighborhoods that are safe for walking and biking by people of all ages
    H   Safer pedestrian and biking paths
3   H   Need pedestrian/bike friendly community with safe access
    H   Encourage bike use
    H   Encourage more commuting by bike
    H   Improve “bike-ability”
    H   Recreational bike-riding will become safer
2   H   More bike paths
2   H   Better bike paths
    H   More bike paths not on and separate from streets, especially leading to the downtown area
    H   More safe bike routes
    H   Better bicycling conditions on streets
2   H   More bike path lanes
3   H   Bike lanes everywhere; more bike lanes
    H   More bike lanes – keep bikes off sidewalks
    H   More incentives for bicycles
    H   Safer bike lane on Milpas
    H   One car lane and bicycle lane on De La Vina or at least Alamar to Mission
    H   Address the bike way/pedestrian/traffic problem at Castillo and Cabrillo and the Harbor area in general
    H   Construct a bicycle/pedestrian bridge over Carrillo Street next to the railroad bridge, in order to better connect the
        Westside and Lower Westside neighborhoods
    H   A centralized pedestrian friendly area would be a huge benefit to citizens, musicians, artists etc.
    H   Reduce Cliff Drive with a bike path
    H   More and brighter street lights
2   H   Better transportation besides cars; to ease traffic
    H   Need expanded busing services to decrease driving
    H   Better transportation system


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    L/C                                                   Comment
4   H     Need better public transportation
4   H     Improved public transportation/public transit; bus transit
4   H     More public transportation
    H     Expanded bus system
    H     Develop a viable mass transit system
2   H     Convenient and adequate public transit; more available
    H     Cheap public transportation with convenient routes and connections
    H     Free bus system
    H     Non-oil dependent mass transit
    H     Green buses
    H     Free electric bus service paid for by taxes on cars and higher parking fees
    H     Electric or hybrid public transportation
    H     Better utilization of public transportation
    H     Bus lines that run north, south, east and west.
    H     Provide electric buses into the foothills and other areas
    H     City ride (like in LA) transportation within town for disabled and seniors
    H     I want the quarter bus to go up to the 1500 Block. Put an extra bus to accommodate the longer route.
    H     Naming bus routes by number is very difficult to understand. Need an easier method to identify buses.
    H     Improve traffic by using small electric bus vehicles and run them on north-south streets (La Cumbre Rd., San Roque,
          Los Positas, Milpas etc.
    H     Allow passengers to transfer to the major east/west streets (Cliff Dr., State St., Foothill Rd., US 101 Transit Center
          and East Valley Rd.)
    H     Pay for the extra buses by charging a dollar and allowing turn around rides and transfers to be free.
    H     Bus schedules at every stop so that we know exactly where the bus is going and when
    H     Make San Andreas and Chino paired one-way streets to improve parking, pedestrian safety and bus transit and allow
          for bike lanes.
    H     MTD bus going along Cabrillo to SBCC
    H     MTD bus going to the Wharf from Milpas (South Milpas) so employees who work at the beachside hotels and SBCC


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    L/C                                                         Comment
        and live on the lower east side can take only one bus rather than two (would help cut down the trip in half)
    H   Open air vehicles along State Street and a few arteries such as Alamar, San Roque and Ontare (the strategic ones to be
        researched)
    H   More bus routes/times connecting Goleta commuters to downtown
    H   Continue effort to align with other jurisdictions to promote non-auto regional transportation
    H   Decent, reasonably-priced transportation plan for commuters
    H   Better transportation in and out of Santa Barbara
    H   Transportation options for commuters
2   H   Mass transit to/from Ventura, Solvang, Lompoc, Camarillo etc. in order to reduce traffic during the week
    H   Improve public transit connections between MTD and the Amtrak surf liner
    H   Commuter trains connecting buses to downtown
    H   Light rail
    H   Local light rail
    H   Commuter rail
    H   More rail commuting
    H   Commuter rail to Ventura
    H   Commuter trains from Ventura to Goleta to reduce traffic and pollution. Needs to be fast and affordable.
    H   Commuter rail will be available throughout the city and south coast
    H   Ventura-Santa Barbara-Santa Maria train will become a major transportation link
    H   Trains from Ventura and Santa Maria connected to better bus system
    H   Public transit between LA and San Luis Obispo
    H   Rail system
    H   We must develop railroads
    H   Rail commuters and MTD centered at train station
    H   Work with Santa Maria and Ventura to formulate regional plan for sustainable growth and reduce traffic commuting
        in and out of SB
2   H   Metrolink extension of the Ventura County line to SB
    H   Work with Metrolink to send a train to the Ventura Fair during the same time as our Fiesta.


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    L/C                                                          Comment
    H   To have Amtrak run a special train from Camarillo/Ventura to SB – round trip.
    H   Expand the Amtrak train with more tracks and regularly scheduled trains
    H   More trains or public transportation to and from LA
    H   Better rail service to San Francisco and South to San Diego
    H   High speed bullet train going south (at least) to relieve some traffic on 101
    H   Reduce car dependency
    H   Fewer cars
3   H   Less traffic
    H   That it not become gridlocked
2   H   Traffic congestion won’t grow
    H   Traffic declines
2   H   Manage/solve traffic congestion
    H   The new general plan will not exacerbate traffic on upper State
    H   Logical locations for new business that generates traffic
    H   End need for employees to commute into SB
    H   Solve highway traffic and Ventura commuter issues
    H   Car commuting will be severely limited by parking limitations
    H   Better accommodation of the traffic
    H   Disperse congestion of cars
    H   Keep the city convenience for driving and for cars
    H   Make city U.S. auto friendly
    H   Improved traffic flow on Hwy 101
    H   Don’t widen highways
2   H   No widening of the 101
    H   Do not widen the freeway. Let commuters sit there until they realize it makes sense to carpool or ride the bus or train.
        Do not reward the “car” people.
5   H   Widen 101
    H   Widen the freeway


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L/C                                                          Comment
H   Make the road way [highway?] larger from Milpas to Carpentaria
H   Freeway wider at Milpas Bridge
H   Freeway wider at Montecito Bridge
H   Better roads
H   Streets in good shape without pot holes
H   Focus on repairing streets
H   Improve public streets; potholes
H   The roundabouts are great
H   Solutions to parking
H   Need parking solutions
H   Parking is built efficiently using structures or underground space
H   Get tough on parking
H   No more garages
H   No more housing for vehicles
H   Do not require parking spots on remodels or new buildings when an owner pledges they use their bike and don’t have
    a car
H   Residents use their driveways and garages
H   Cottage Hospital takes care of it’s own parking
H   Reduce car spaces for St. Francis Project
H   Head-in parking (Lower State Street); it would effectively “narrow” the street, provide a little parking and have an
    esthetic appeal
H   Be realistic about parking; people are not going to change and use public transportation
H   Require all new construction to comply with existing parking requirements; no variances
H   Liked 90 minute free parking better than current 75 minute time limit
H   Keep parking fees affordable
H   Use the first block of State Street for tour bus parking
H   Slower traffic
H   City wide speed limit of 25 mph


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     L/C                                                            Comment
     H   Traffic calming devices will be landscaped and made less ugly
     H   Traffic should flow easily without deliberate obstructions
     H   Re-think the policy for traffic calming – the way it is done now is not effective
     H   Get rid of traffic-calming devices which infuriate motorist
     H   Put in stop signs rather than obstacles for slowing traffic
     H   Need stop light at five way by the Montecito Inn
     H   4 way stop sign at Gutierrez & Soledad intersection
     H   Electric car friendly
     H   Electric cars
     H   Electric charge stations for electric cars at restraints, shopping malls and motels
29   C   Traffic; traffic congestion; too much traffic
     C   Traffic in both the city and on the freeway; increasing traffic everywhere
     C   Traffic in general, and the city is making it worse
3    C   Increased traffic as a result of more development
     C   Traffic due to too many people in a confined area
     C   Gridlock
     C   Increasing traffic everywhere
     C   Too many automobiles
18   C   Too much traffic pollution/congestion
     C   Lack of planning to accommodate and mitigate traffic congestions
45   C   Need traffic solutions
     C   Keep traffic off local streets so that neighborhood streets are safe, by improving bus transit, good bike routes; dead
         ends, etc.
     C   Need to move traffic not impede it
     C   Poorly thought out primary and secondary traffic flow patterns
     C   Too much traffic especially by schools
     C   Density of cars on State Street especially across San Roque to Las Positas
     C   Gridlock on State Street


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    L/C                                                    Comment
    C     Traffic that luxury condos create
    C     Marked increase in vehicular traffic especially on Upper State Street
    C     Traffic on outer State Street
    C     Schools add to the traffic problems
    C     Traffic congestion on all main arteries, especially on Upper State Street
    C     Traffic on State Street
    C     Too much traffic on North Side – no more apartments in this area
    C     Traffic on Upper State Street
    C     Too much traffic on Upper State Street between Las Positas and Hwy 154
    C     Projects like Whole Foods/Circuit City that will increase traffic and make living in upper state area less appealing
    C     Traffic in Milpas neighborhood at peak hours
    C     Increased traffic on Westmont Road
    C     We need Level C traffic
2   C     Increased cars and speed
    C     Increase in dangerous driving (ban cell phones in moving vehicles)
    C     Cars will be driving faster and more recklessly killing more bikers and pedestrians
    C     Low speed limits turn people into speeders
    C     Traffic speed in residential areas
    C     Too many cars and smog
2   C     Too much traffic noise
    C     Calming and reducing vehicular traffic
2   C     A number of kids have been hit and killed by cars. Traffic must slow down and give way to bikes and pedestrians.
    C     Dangers associated with too many cars on the road
    C     Get rid of cross walks in the middle of State Street
    C     SB streets were not made for parking/traffic
    C     Crowded streets
    C     People are too dependent on automobiles
    C     Need car pools


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    L/C                                                            Comment
    C   Have car sharing and bicycle sharing programs for city employees
    C   Need to be sure of facts, e.g. less cars = better air quality if City proposes SOV-reducing measures
    C   Keep [the city] easy to drive in
    C   Traffic lights that keep cars idling when there is no cross-traffic
    C   Traffic flow – enough stop signs
    C   Commuting
2   C   Traffic on 101
    C   Highway 101 definitely needs to be widened
    C   Highway 101 needs to be widened by 2 lanes in each direction
    C   Getting freeway/Montecito corridor widened
    C   Plan the Hwy 101 expansion better: double-deck with lower level subterranean
    C   [Don’t?] delay widening of Hwy 101 to 4 lanes in each direction, so will contribute tourism dollars to local business
    C   Widening of Hwy 101? Don’t. (If you build more lanes they will come.)
    C   If you widen the freeway more will come therefore that is not the solution.
    C   If Measure D doesn’t pass with funding for alternative transportation we run the risk of ever greater traffic problems
    C   Need diamond lanes or rail
    C   Need good rapid transit
    C   We need a commuter rail ASAP
    C   Need high speed rail to other cities
    C   Light rail service must be expedited
    C   Low cost reliable transportation along the costal corridor between Lompoc, Oxnard/Camarillo for working commuters
    C   Trains arriving from Lompoc and Ventura/Oxnard increase traffic
    C   Need a second rail line for commuters from Ventura
    C   Commuter trains to Ventura and onward to LA and up to SLO
    C   Use more trains (with more times) for commuting to/from Ventura and Santa Maria
    C   Need commuter rail going with shuttle and bike ways to work
    C   Need a BART/Metro type rail system as a transportation option for in and out of, and around SB
    C   SB transportation needs a bus service to and from the Amtrak rail station


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L/C                                                         Comment
C   Commuter trains are absolute losers for Santa Barbara. They only work between dense residential and employment
    areas
C   Need improved transportation hubs for commuters
C   Could use more convenient transportation for seniors
C   Lack of public transportation
C   I want the quarter bus to run earlier and later (6AM-2AM)
C   I don’t ride the bus because I don’t know where they are going. With only one transfer I can’t get anywhere I want to
    go.
C   Increased bus routes have caused more traffic because they run 5 minutes a part
C   Shuttle is irregular and unreliable for going to a job
C   Increased stress on public [transportation]system due to increasing population of immigrants
C   Public transportation; transit
C   Need more mass transportation, lots more, and less cars and highways
C   Need small buses going to more neighborhoods. Right now have to walk more than 1 mile to catch bus
C   Make it easier and cheaper to get to work by public transportation than by car
C   In the short term expand bus and van pool services
C   Buses are too big and wide for city streets
C   Upkeep on buses and shuttles
C   Bus depot should stay where it is and no tall buildings built on in its place
C   Seniors that do not have a way to get around
C   Keep trying to convince people to park and walk to reduce some of the traffic problem
C   Improve the sidewalks
C   Lack of sidewalks near Mission
C   Lack of sidewalk ramps under 101 on Mission
C   Expand pedestrian ways, sidewalks
C   Better sidewalks and more of them at the beach, especially East Beach [on both sides of Cabrillo?]
C   Pedestrian and bicycle safety
C   Streets do not have shoulders or sidewalks


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    L/C                                                  Comment
    C     Condition of sidewalks & bike paths
    C     Lack of adequate off-street bike paths
    C     Need to be more bicycle friendly
3   C     Need better bike lane protection and systems
    C     Safe bicycles paths – especially Milpas Street
    C     Renewed bike-to-work effort
    C     Need a better bike network. The bike lanes are not networked together to make biking an option as the only source of
          transportation
    C     Expand bike lanes
    C     Lack of rules for bicycles
    C     Bicyclists ride on heavily used streets like Anacapa and Santa Barbara.
    C     No cars on State Street
    C     Streets are too dangerous for bicyclists
    C     Encourage telecommuting
2   C     Parking problems
    C     Inadequate parking requirements
    C     Limited parking
    C     No places to park
    C     On street parking
    C     Do not reduce parking requirements
    C     Approval of buildings without enough parking spaces
    C     Limiting parking for new residential development is a gamble – people are not going to give up their cars
    C     New residential development must have sufficient on-site parking
    C     Require residences to have off street parking
    C     Need more parking downtown
    C     Downtown parking
    C     Very little street parking downtown
    C     Dirty parking structures


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L/C                                                    Comment
C     Lack of street parking
C     Street parking in residential areas
C     Too many cars parked on-street; need more off-street parking
C     Too many people do not use their garage (or even drive way) for parking, the city could regulate this
C     There are not enough parking spaces (5 points is an example)
C     Lack of parking (e.g. 5-Points Shopping Center; all of Upper State Street)
C     Parking for central area of Shoreline Park to get cars off of Santa Rosa Place
C     Parking a problem and safety hazard on Westside in San Andreas corridor
C     Too much on-street parking in residential areas of Riviera (very dangerous, especially if need to evacuate)
C     Designating streets/roads as such that are inadequate for parking purposes (people have to fold in their mirrors flat to
      avoid having them hit by passing traffic)
C     Illegal garage conversions have pushed vehicle storage onto the streets making it almost impossible to take a walk in
      our neighborhood
C     Parking fees changing from 90 minutes to 75 minutes
C     County employees take so many spaces all around parks – let them park in the new structure
C     We do not need another $25 million dollar parking garage
C     Streets in poor state of repair
C     Lack of street repair
C     Improve the streets
C     Archaic narrow streets
C     Need better infrastructure
C     Quit messing with traffic flows – local government not being responsive to people
C     Appalled by the attempts in trying to slow traffic on narrow, residential streets with bumpers on the sides and a lump
      in the center of the street. Rescue vehicles cannot readily get through these obstacles
C     Do not install any traffic calming
C     Eliminate traffic calming roundabouts
C     Poor “traffic calming” circles/barriers
C     Traffic “calming” devices and unnecessary impediment of vehicles


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    L/C                                                          Comment
    C   Remove “traffic calming circles” they are ugly
2   C   Roundabouts seem dangerous because there is no space for pedestrians or bicyclists when cars are using them
    C   Reduced size of street driving lanes
    C   Stop narrowing streets
    C   Narrowing of Chapala above Mission Street
    C   No provision for a wider road on Chapala
    C   Narrowing of one way streets with two traffic lanes to one traffic lane and one bicycle lane was a mistake.
2   C   Traffic bulb-outs and mini roundabouts
8   C   Do not like the round abouts
2   C   Traffic circles are horrible
2   C   Awful and ugly round abouts – a few dips in the road would be more effective
    C   Round-abouts in small blind intersections
    C   Ridiculous traffic slow-down bumps
    C   Traffic calmers are an abomination
    C   Roundabouts on Olive Street are dangerous and should be removed
    C   Ugly yellow circles on Garden Street serve no purpose
    C   Islands at Garden and Islay
    C   Circles on Alta Vista
2   C   Proposed traffic circle at Coast Village and Hot Springs roads; it’s a mistake
    C   Dreading roundabout construction at cemetery and impact on traffic going to/from Montecito
    C   Unprofessional experiments in traffic control (round a bouts in small intersections)
    C   Concerned about what will happen at the foot of State and Cabrillo Blvd.: huge mistake to narrow State. Lower State
        is a busy place abounding with traffic, tourists and residents alike and I don’t want to see it impeded any further.
    C   Get rid of “calmer” on Garden Street
    C   Traffic calming is ugly on Garden Street
    C   Get rid of traffic hazard round abouts on Olive St.
    C   Street signs should be clearly seen
    C   More street lights


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L/C                                                          Comment
C   No ramps under Mission Street bridge and other streets for handicapped people
C   For aging population need more crosswalks, more stop signs, lower speed limits and strict enforcement traffic
    regulations affecting pedestrians
C   Transportation planning must be 95% for the car and only 5% for all other forms of alternative transportation. Do not
    discourage use of the car.
C   Transportation policies based on realistic assumptions rather than ideals
C   Need another road out of Santa Barbara
C   Easy-lift transportation should be available for all seniors and disabled
C   Need to think outside the box. Long term need a mix of individual “transporters” controlled and dispatched by a
    central computer and guided by satellite navigation and wireless communication systems. Can be powered by any
    source thought electric would be most effective long term.




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     L/C                                                   Comment
2    L     Sense of community
     L     Community spirit [lives in a great neighborhood]
56   L     Small town feel
     L     Small town feel: cozy, compact and convenient
6    L     Small town atmosphere/ambience (small city ambience)
     L     Gracious small-town feeling
6    L     Its relative smallness; its small town
     L     The houses, streets, stores and parks are human-friendly
7    L     Small town feel but with big town amenities, cultural offerings, shops and restaurants
3    L     A small community with so many cultural and educational offerings; nice size yet outstanding cultural life
     L     Small but still (thought barely) economically diverse community
     L     Small enough to have a country feel in the city
     L     Syuxtun (Santa Barbara) is still a sacred place to the Chumash Natives
     L     The scale and “feel” of the city (excluding Goleta)
     L     Small-scale neighborhoods
     L     Accessibility
     L     10-minutes to anywhere
     L     Easy access to everything
4    L     All areas of city are in close proximity
     L     Ease of getting around and proximity of everything on the South Coast
     L     Easy to get to stores
     L     User-friendliness of city where everything is close at hand
3    L     Feeling of openness an relaxation; outdoor feeling of the city
     L     Pleasant atmosphere
     L     Nice quality of life
     L     Life is peaceful/relaxing
2    L     Lifestyle


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    L/C                                                  Comment
2   L     Laid-back lifestyle
    L     Small-town lifestyle
    L     Small-town affordable lifestyle
2   L     Pace of life; slow and easy
    L     Slower pace, “gentle feeling”
    L     Casualness
    L     Casual, open feeling
    L     Community is friendly, communicative and interesting
    L     The atmosphere of creative and constructive fun
9   L     The people; la gente; great people
    L     Good neighbors
6   L     Friendly people; Friendly
    L     People are gracious
    L     Fellow natives
    L     Government and people who care
    L     People caring about each other and our planet
    L     Involved residents who love where they live and work to protect the area
    L     People who care enough to fight against overdevelopment
    L     Support for the arts
    L     Broad, civic participation
3   L     Involved, caring citizenry; community involvement
    L     Care for less fortunate – homeless, low-cost housing
    L     Access to help for handicapped, sick, mentally ill and elderly
2   L     The many foundations and other organizations that help people in our community; non-profits
    L     Opportunities for volunteer work
2   L     Political activism; community activism
    L     Unity among diversity creates a city whose residents share a sense of pride
    L     Creative, forward-thinking attitude


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     L/C                                                  Comment
     L     High energy of the place
5    L     We are a progressive city; progressive people and institutions; positive progressive initiatives
     L     Liberalness, open-minded, democratic
     L     The liberal environmentalists who have a strong voice in this town
     L     We have a consciousness you don’t see elsewhere
     L     Several months of the year that it is quiet with little tourism
     L     A city that retains its traditions and charm
     L     Variety of neighborhoods
     L     Passion for civic aesthetics
     L     Predictability
     L     Not so commercial like so many beach-front cities
     L     Not LA
     L     Mostly I like the people that live here because they have decided quality of life trumps a big paycheck
     L     Its my community – my friends, my family
     L     Concerned and connected community
     L     Sense of reverence and respect people have for historic buildings
     L     Love being a local tourist
     L     Love access, community camaraderie and the use of State Street for parades and festivals
     L     Closeness of shops and businesses to our home
     L     The people – the old time Santa Barbarans seem a lot different than the new comers. The new comers are rude, pushy
           etc.
     H     Keeps its “flavor
     H     It keeps its charm
     H     Retention of our Spanish, Mediterranean, Mexican charm and traditions
     H     Keep it low key; the simple, quiet lifestyle
     H     Keeps its laid-back feeling
3    H     Remain a “small town” type of place; small-town feel
11   H     Keep the small town feel


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    L/C                                                   Comment
    H     Retain the small-town feeling
2   H     Preserve small town feel
    H     Retain small town character
    H     Maintain the small town feel and big city amenities
    H     Maintain its sense of community and not become too large
    H     Making the downtown feel even more like a community with safe events occurring
    H     Keep its social structure, for people to live well in as they are now
    H     People living here will be productive and humble in attitude towards others and the land
    H     Keep liberalness
    H     Doesn’t become another Beverly Hills
    H     Don’t become another LA
    H     Balance between commercial, residential and visitor needs
    H     A holistic community
    H     Retaining a good quality of life for people of all economic levels
    H     That its [the City’s] residents will treat each other like they treat the environment
    H     SB grows into a cultured, metropolitan, green, eco-friendly city
    H     Be more inclusive and concerned about low income and workforce issues
    H     People need to take care of each other, including animals (no more rodeos and circus animal acts)
    H     Develop policies that make SB diverse, inclusive, well-balanced economically, not just a rich retreat
    H     There will be a middle class
    H     Can maintain quality of life while supporting a growing middle-class
    H     Stay small while being more affordable for the middle class
    H     Don’t push out families and young adults due to high cost of living
    H     Find a way that working families can again live and raise their children here
2   H     Doesn’t become more exclusive, a town just for the wealthy; just a playground for the rich
    H     More support for youth – more places for them to go
    H     Youth are integrated
    H     Make it a better place for kids


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    L/C                                                            Comment
    H   The Chumash will be recognized as the true indigenous children of this land. That we will no longer be considered as
        history, but as living peoples of this area, and that we will no longer be passed by when cultural activities are
        presented.
    H   Keep the ambiance
    H   Programs for Hispanic youth (mentoring, tutoring, cultural enrichment, etc.)
    H   We all work together in all that is important for the community
    H   Would like people distributed all around throughout the city so we could see what is important to each other and that
        way work together because that strengthens our community
    H   We can become a model city once we have solved our affordability problem
    H   A real newspaper
    H   Have stores stay open later so the sidewalks don’t roll up at 6:00pm
    H   The city be less of a “campus” and more like the quiet and beautiful place it once was
    H   Rules so that our neighborhoods look cleaner
    H   That Santa Barbara does not become a city of celebrities but a city for all kinds of people – those who live and work
        here.
    H   Maintain the mixture of lifestyles, ages, and socio-economic levels
    H   That it continues to evolve in progressive way on all social issues
    H   We remain a viable, conscious city with a sense of community
    H   It doesn’t become a bedroom community for the “uber” rich and the middle class is squeezed out
    H   To see the same atmosphere were residents and tourists can enjoy our unique city
    H   Living within resources while maintaining the charm of SB.
    H   We do not become another coastal tourist town where only the mega-wealthy can afford to live
    H   Please keep our city a pleasant and well-tempered place to live. Let nature be your guide.
    H   Preserve our culture
    H   Not to be just a tourist destination but a city that is sustainable for the people who live and work here
    H   If you want shopping centers, discount stores, and huge houses you need to live elsewhere
    C   Remembers a smaller, slower city
2   C   Retain the small-town feeling


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L/C                                                   Comment
C     Be a family-friendly environment
C     Loosing the “homey” feeling about SB
C     Neighborhoods are preserved
C     Why are our officials not protecting [the look of] our neighborhoods?
C     Affordable activities available for young people [youth?] in their residential areas
C     Safety and development of younger kids
C     More activities for kids, and teens (e.g. skating, teen center)
C     Disappearing middle-class
C     Loosing our middle class and low income people
C     Dwindling middle class means loss of support for public schools
C     “Service class” having commuting from Oxnard and Ventura
C     Not enough attention paid to those who labor on our behalf and their children pay the price
C     Losing good teachers because there is no affordable housing
C     Not loose our teachers, and students [(families) because no affordable housing]
C     Small town feel is disappearing with the exodus of the middle class. Becoming a city of the wealthy; much greater
      attention should be give to the needs of the middle class and elderly.
C     Widening gap between rich and poor, and squeezing out the educated middle-class
C     Becoming a stratified society; very have and have-not
C     Ultra-gentrification of downtown by super-rich
C     Becoming super-gentrified and losing sense that people from all walks of life are welcomed here to live
C     Pay attention to eastside and Westside residents – why are they not at these workshops?
C     Rich people buying up SB and forcing the average working people out of town
C     What will the community become without the artists, laborers, teachers, nurses, etc., etc?
C     LA people coming in droves
C     Too many tourist and events that bring extra amounts of tourist (e.g. 4th of July parade; Fiesta – overly promoted)
C     Locals are being crowded out [by tourist]
C     Too much tourism/people with too much money purchasing part time homes with no stake in the community
C     That young people are killing each other


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L/C                                                          Comment
C   People moving in with money and building monster houses on the Mesa and Shoreline
C   More activities that involve all the community and ethnic groups
C   People in SB are not taking responsibility where others before have left off
C   Lack of adaptation of Hispanic youth; racism; rejection they feel in the community
C   More empowerment for the predominantly Hispanic population; recognition of their contribution to SB
C   After 27 years of loving this place and 13 years owning a home, I plan to leave; this city is headed for a decline in
    “quality of life”.
C   Every beautiful place becomes a “campus” that keeps growing until it takes over the city
C   Clean up neighborhoods
C   The problems that are not being dealt with adequately – drugs, gangs, homeless, jail – are going to drive the wedge
    between the haves and have-nots even further apart
C   Between areas of privilege a no man’s land of unchecked drugs and gang violence is going to take over
C   That city officials, outside business interests, developers and city [civic?] leaders are creating a city that is no longer
    unique, no longer a place to begin one’s life, but only a place whose interests are financially motivated.
C   Middle class and poorer people that grew up here and have generations of roots will still be able to live and enjoy SB
C   Loss of working class
C   Fast disappearing feeling of “special-ness” that SB has




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    L/C                                                   Comment
    L     It’s a great place for business
    L     Businesses
    L     “Mom & Pop” shops
    L     Small boutiques
    L     Support of local businesses
    L     Fine services
    L     Non-chain boutiques and restaurants
3   L     Few major (big box) stores; mostly local merchants/owners
    L     Few chain businesses
    L     That “to date” we have not been overrun by every chain store
    L     Shopping density on State Street
    L     Vibrant downtown
2   L     Lots of work opportunities
    L     Reasonable prices (use to have)
    L     That city helps tourism
    H     Become less rich and attract more middle class
    H     Economic development while retaining the small-town feel
    H     Economic success
    H     Thriving economy in spite of global warming and scarcity
    H     That the local economy will find a way to thrive without further “Disneylandification” of downtown, uptown and the
          waterfront.
    H     That the downtown will continue to thrive as a place where people like to stroll with their friends and family
    H     More localized economy where mom and pop shops are treasured as much as a corporate store
    H     More small businesses
2   H     Allow small business to be able to afford to be here; more local businesses stay intact
    H     A community that thrives on local business, that draws tourists because we are unique
    H     Encourage small businesses to stay and expand


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    L/C                                                        Comment
2   H   Allow small and local businesses to flourish because that keeps the charm, authenticity and special small-town feel
    H   Encourage local business to stay
    H   Keep SB unique – it has been eroded by big business and developers
    H   Even though not within government’s control, how can we encourage owners to retain fair [commercial] rents?
    H   Be a little more friendly to business. Every Fortune 500 company has left. Tourism and retail are not enough to keep
        the City going.
    H   The Downtown retail and restaurants can remain unique and local rather than chains
    H   Don’t drive all small businesses off of State Street
2   H   Stabilized commercial rents
    H   Lower rents on State Street, too many empty stores
    H   Cater to local residents; accept weekend tourist business
    H   Limit or stop anymore chain stores and encourage local businesses
    H   Would make an exception for Target, otherwise avoid big box retailers
    H   Fewer empty stores downtown – greed of city is pushing people out
    H   Encourage businesses which provide engineering and high-tech, etc. jobs
2   H   Job growth
    H   More high-tech jobs
    H   Job opportunities for young adults
    H   Access to jobs for everyone
    H   Fairness to all economic groups. Who will provide the services if the working/lower middle class is driven out?
    H   Keep our workforce local
    H   Educated workforce
    H   Hold on to kids who graduate
    H   More employment opportunities with competitive wages
    H   Salaries that reflect the cost of living
    H   Increase salaries not subsidies
    H   Better salaries for the middle to lower class
    H   Better wages


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    L/C                                                    Comment
    H     Cost of living decreases
    H     Resident/local discounts to restaurants, shops, parking, hotels for families
    H     One or two inexpensive restaurants at the beach (e.g. Carl’s, McDonalds, Taco Bell)
    H     Stores for middle-class people and especially for the poor
    H     Attract high-tech industry and tourism
    H     More high tech industry and less hotels
    H     Need a diversity of businesses downtown (Fewer clothing boutiques appealing only to young skinny women)
3   H     I don’t mind it becoming a “big city” if commercial growth is allowed (i.e. Wal-Mart and Big Box stores like Penny’s
          and Mervyns)
    H     Pay more attention to clubs over hotels because they service more people
    H     City should promote business development and renovation on Milpas and Funk Zone
    H     We maintain quality of life by not being too oriented towards tourists
    H     Have local people take pride of business ownership
    H     Classy chains like P.F. Changs would be a great addition if the building fits SB guidelines and style
    H     Locals are forced to shop in Ventura and Santa Maria for everyday necessities; we need a Wal-Mart or Target. (Give
          them a terracotta roof if that would help preserve SB’s image)
2   H     Spanish style Target (get rid of K-Mart)
3   H     Need a Target
    H     Whole Foods
    H     Keep out some repetitive retailers (several nail salons on State Street)
    H     Limit on how many stores allowed
    H     Better internet and cable options –Cox is too expensive
    H     Need more drive through restaurants
    H     Continue it’s openness towards visitors
    H     Reap the benefits of the relatively clean industry of tourism (this requires that we take care of our environment, but
          also the people that live and work here)
    H     Recognize those things that bring tourists here and not diminish them in the future.
    H     Tourists help pay our taxes which keeps our public landscaping, street cleaning, mini-busses and other unique services


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    L/C                                                    Comment
          flourishing
    C     Loss of commercial property
4   C     Loss of locally-owned businesses; locally-owned, independent businesses; small retail
    C     Losing our uniqueness, as rents go up and many original SB stores close, e.g. Day Dreams
    C     Disappearance of “mom and pops”
    C     Commercial rental prices have become so high that consumer goods are becoming more and more expensive
    C     Rising rental prices downtown are forcing out small businesses
    C     Saddened to see landlords raise rents downtown pricing out local-based business
    C     Saddened by loss of locally-owned businesses due to greedy landlords. Favorite lunch spot, Santa Barbara Sandwich
          Co., was forced out and replaced by yet another coffee chain.
    C     High cost of renting space makes it difficult for individually-owned and operated businesses to survive
    C     Given the high cost of doing business in SB, retail establishments in other cities (Santa Maria, Oxnard, and Camarillo)
          can most economically provide goods and services needed. Don’t see that increased commercial development is
          needed.
    C     Encourage unique small shops
    C     The stores here look like every other town in America
2   C     Don’t want to become Mall of America here on State Street; look like everywhere else
    C     Box stores
    C     Don’t want chain stores; small, independent establishments are Santa Barbara
3   C     Too many chain retail stores; franchises and “cookie-cutter” stores
2   C     Big franchises taking over local businesses
    C     Keep mega department stores/restaurants to a minimum
    C     Great amount of commercialism
    C     Stop the commercialism of our town, losing our uniqueness to big business and brand name companies, and catering
          to companies that deal with countries that pollute and destroy the environment
    C     State Street has been largely turned into a strip of corporate retail and small local shops are disappearing
2   C     Increasing number of vacancies on State Street
    C     Empty storefronts on State Street (tourist dollars should go to local businesses)


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    L/C                                                   Comment
    C   One store after another is closing
    C   Let’s develop areas like Milpas, Haley, and Chapala for the small local stores and keep them alive.
    C   City ended dancing in many night clubs and charges an outrageous $400/year and a dance permit, so small places are
        empty and will close
    C   Put cap on amount of rent that can be charged for State Street property
    C   We need a Target – let them have space in Goleta
    C   Tourism will bring in only so much income. The county did very well with “smokeless industry” for many years
    C   Tourism prices are pushing out the locals
    C   Tourism industry squeezing local life out, e.g. Ritz-Carelton
    C   SB has sold out to development , to tourism, to glitz – we want Alpha Thrift back
    C   Catering to tourist instead of long-term residents
    C   Tourism should be attracted by train and bus
    C   Residents won’t be able to afford property taxes on expensive real estate
    C   Cost of living
    C   High cost of living is not in line with salaries and wages
2   C   Cost of Living: it’s out of control. It creates a hardship for those who want to live in the community they serve
    C   High cost of living makes it difficult to both live and work in Santa Barbara
    C   Cost of living: do not expect to be able to remain here once retired
    C   Affordability and living wages go hand in hand
    C   Not being able to afford to live here
    C   Santa Barbara natives are being pushed out because they cannot afford a house or to raise a family here. They include
        school teachers, postman, social worker, nurse, doctor, landscape artist, hairdresser, cabinetmaker, shop clerk,
        bartender- all of whom do not earn the income they could make in another town or city.
    C   Need to welcome small and medium employers and businesses to create viable jobs at all income levels
    C   Good jobs
    C   Jobs leaving town
    C   Loss of professional-level employment opportunities
    C   Friends and family make decent money but still struggle with high cost of living. Employers should provide higher


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L/C                                                    Comment
      compensation.
C     Ability of all income levels to be here (a balance of economic interests)
C     High cost of living is forcing good people out
C     Being able to afford to stay
C     Need to address issue of normal people needing to work 3 jobs just to stay here
C     Won’t be able to retire here; if downsized home wouldn’t be able to afford property taxes
C     The wealthy are pushing out middle-class residents; wealthy should contribute since they are causing the problem
C     Widening gap between rich an poor
C     Economic development should focus on catering to the tourism industry (small, boutique retail) or high-tech or think-
      tank types of industry that provide high paying jobs with a minimum of traffic, noise, pollution or disruption
C     Better conference facilities
C     A sustainability center to serve the region
C     Planned economic development should be based on sustainability
C     Property taxes should be lower for full-time residents
C     Remove illegal Mexicans and homeless as fiscal drain
C     Panhandlers in tourist areas; visitors have said they don’t like it
C     Cannot afford cost of paying defined payment pensions
C     The living wage is a joke
C     A coming [economic] depression
C     Forgive some tax assessments for teachers, etc. As the most overvalued real estate market in the country, could give
      rebates on taxes (current median price home is taxed $13,000 per year)
C     Too much expense on government – reduce taxes
C     City leaders need help in providing us with a healthy [economically?] city; Mayor Daley did it and revived Chicago
C     Quality of life has deteriorated over the last 20 years
C     Keep economic vitality with a relaxed “know your neighbor” feel
C     Continuing to be a place for the very young and the very old – no middle class
C     Don’t want city to be commercialized
C     Need a plan for what kinds of business we will accept, it seems like anything goes


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    L/C                                                         Comment
    C   Small, local businesses being driven out by “Rodeo Drive” retail places and changing the face of State Street
    C   The disappearance of independent stores/restaurants and the glut of chains and boutiques
    C   Influx of chain stores
    C   Need solutions for monopolies (big corps.) are buying up businesses and open spaces
    C   An increase in commercial buildings and businesses that don’t fit our style after the 20 year plan end in 2009.
    C   Stop charging the restaurants sidewalk/chair/table fees
    C   Stop charging the SB Maritime Museum rent
    C   Developers favored over residents
    C   We’re last in shopping. We need to lower the cost of rent and leases in downtown business district so that real local
        entrepreneurs can occupy what are now boarded up storefronts
    C   Higher property taxes for multimillion dollar homes (amend prop 13)
    C   Industrial money and big business corporate chains are taking over
    C   Business needs to be supported
    C   Vacancy of commercial businesses on State Street – chain franchises taking over
    C   Over-concentration of bars in the downtown
    C   Gap between rich and poor
    C   Cost of living
2   C   Losing the middle class
7   C   Need to retain the middle class
    C   We are losing our safety workforce – the police and hospital workers have inadequate salaries/benefits
    C   Fair wages
    C   Huge exodus of mid to high paying jobs in SB over the last 5 years
    C   Job market compensation does not increase equally as housing costs rise.
    C   Losing the “funk zone”
    C   Length of time it takes to bring in businesses like Whole Foods/Target
    C   Small businesses closing leads to lack of character in certain areas
    C   Big corporate stores replacing local stores
3   C   Small businesses are being forced out by higher lease prices


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    L/C                                                        Comment
    C   Turning SB into a rich man’s city is destroying our community
2   C   Loss of independent stores
    C   Take over of excessive space by giant stores (like Ralphs etc.)
    C   Stores are too expensive for middle income residents
    C   Too much focus on attracting tourists
    C   No big box stores (replace Kmart with something decent)
    C   High rent for commercial/retail property threatens small businesses resulting in chain store take over and loss of
        unique character
    C   Too much money spent downtown. Not enough spent keeping the rest of SB beautiful.
    C   City finances
    C   High taxes
    C   Vacant buildings on State Street
    C   Businesses closing on State Street
    C   Large number of empty stores on State Street between Victoria and Figueroa
    C     Loss of family businesses on State Street
    C     Jobs for the youth
    C     High cost of retail space downtown




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                                       PUBLIC FACILITIES AND SERVICES
     L/C                                                 Comment
     L     City services
     L     Airport
     L     Decent airport
     L     The new airport expansion project
     L     Educational facilities
4    L     Schools; good local schools
     L     Respect and support for education/schools (use to be)
     L     Peabody Charter School
     L     Recycling efforts
     L     Desalinization plant
     L     Harbor and shops
5    L     Festivals – open to all, and year round events
     L     Local community events
     L     Farmer’s Market at La Cumbre Plaza – especially because of the good parking and easy access
10   L     Culture and activities
     L     Concerts in the park
5    L     Farmers Market
2    L     Film Festival
     L     East Beach
     L     Dolphins/Whale Watching
2    L     Parades/Festivals
     L     Great restaurants
2    L     Restaurants bars, clubs and shops downtown
3    L     SB Museum of Art
     L     Museums
     L     Westside memorial
2    L     The Wharf


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                                        PUBLIC FACILITIES AND SERVICES
     L/C                                                  Comment
     L     The Wilcox Property
16   L     Adult Ed, SBCC, Westmont and UCSB
     L     Churches
     L     Good churches
4    L     The library; our wonderful library
     L     Dog friendly (off leash) beaches
     L     Preservation of the Wilcox property
     L     Craft shows on Cabrillo
     L     Entertainment outlets
     L     Fiesta and the flamenco dancers
     L     Arts
     L     Arts and lectures
     L     Having an excellent university nearby
     L     Spacious feel of the waterfront
2    L     Water front development
     L     Hospital
     L     Paseo Nuevo
     L     Summer concerts in the park
     L     Kid-friendly places
     L     Proximity of public facilities to one another thus making errands easy to do
     L     Independent State Street in the Winter time when the tourists are gone
     L     Ledbetter Beach
2    L     Shoreline Park
     L     Chase Palm Park
     L     Beautiful drive along Cabrillo Blvd
     L     Music in the park
     L     Music on State Street
     H     More street sweepers


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                                       PUBLIC FACILITIES AND SERVICES
    L/C                                                           Comment
    H   Strengthen the public school system
    H   Funding for schools
2   H   Improved schools
    H   Resolve lack of committed and exceptional educators
2   H   Would like all of our schools to be considered good not just those in more expensive areas: same high standard
    H   More vocational training for young adults
    H   Mentorship program for youth: 1:1 from business and professionals for at-risk youth
    H   City to join in joint venture with private entities to provide more after school services and functions for youth
    H   Another skate park
    H   Roller rink for kids
    H   Need an ice rink
    H   Parenting classes during elementary school years
    H   Get homeless into homes, but distributed throughout the City rather than in one place where impacts the neighborhood
    H   Get homeless off streets; put them to work or encourage them leave
    H   Homeless people need to be taken care of
    H   Treat, instead of incarcerate, mentally ill and addicted persons
    H   Have homeless people work for the city, start apprenticeships
    H   Homeless problem, not doing enough. They are homeless for a reason: some need drug and alcohol intervention in
        addition to shelter, food and clothing. But if they don’t take the help, then they need to move on.
    H   Develop our community services for the mentally ill, the homeless and the medically uninsured. This is the best way
        to get the mentally ill homeless off the streets and this wealthy community is lagging badly in this.
    H   Remove homeless people from sidewalks
    H   Dogs need to be kept off beaches that have signs that say “no dogs”. Do need to be kept on leash
    H   Need teen education alternatives
    H   We need a world class center for performance to match the artistic talents we have and those we attract.
    H   Free days for civic institutions (Botanic Gardens and Museums)
    H   More affordable outdoor activities
    H   Need a place for mentally challenged


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                                       PUBLIC FACILITIES AND SERVICES
    L/C                                                           Comment
    H   Need to support ballet, opera etc.
    H   Have an ROTC program in high schools for young people in order to deter gang activity
3   H   Youth outlets/programs/activities to avoid gangs & trouble
3   H   More job training for youth
    H   Initiate a corps of volunteers (identifiable by shirts/hats) to walk State Street and busy areas offering assistance to all.
        Especially visitors, elderly and homeless.
    H   Need more live jazz venues in and outdoors
    H   More benches and public restrooms on Sate Street
    H   That we could build a facility for the homeless where they are required to go for health/mental treatment.
    H   Los Banos is great but we need another Olympic pool since Los Banos can be crowded.
    H   Improve Vera Cruz Park
    H   Vera Cruz Park needs walkways for wheel chairs, fountains, benches, lights and restrooms
    H   Doggy bags for owners to pick up after their dogs at Vera Cruz Park
    H   Assist aged and disabled
    H   More public restrooms
    H   That the new General Plan will make an effort to deal with homeless on streets.
    H   More housing and services for the homeless population.
    H   Re-establish a connection between affluent community and those less fortunate
    H   Street maintenance – they are in very poor condition
    H   Shelters for homeless and mentally ill
    H   Offer more programs for the youth that work not just for students
2   H   We need to educate the parents so they know how to help their children avoid drugs and gangs
    H   Educate the youth about staying away from drugs and gangs
    H   After school programs for youth
    H   Community service opportunities for youth
    H   Family Fun Center (i.e. roller skating rink, miniature golf etc. at Earl Warren Show grounds)
2   C   Failure to maintain infrastructure
    C   The jail


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                                       PUBLIC FACILITIES AND SERVICES
    L/C                                                  Comment
    C     Hard water
    C     Concerned about drought – need desalinization plant
    C     Revitalize desalinization plant
    C     Trash; trash in neighborhoods
    C     Keep streets clean
    C     Abandoned cars and trucks
    C     Streets and sidewalks need some work
    C     School system use to be one of the best – now too many cuts and loosing good programs
    C     Catch schools before they fall
    C     Lack of quality high schools
    C     Need to fund raise to cover school basics
    C     Include in local education training in responsibility to the community – including on things like impact of littering
    C     Chartered and/or vocational schools for young people to keep them out of gangs
2   C     Need Bob Noel-type charter schools for students not going on to college so can be productive citizens
    C     Standing of SB high school graduates in national tests is shameful and embarrassing
    C     After-school sports for children on school grounds again (volunteers could be used)
    C     Help for the poor
    C     The poor, suffering homeless people amongst us
    C     The homeless on State Street and elsewhere: they need help
5   C     The homeless/homeless population
3   C     Homelessness; increasing homelessness
3   C     The homeless problem/s
    C     Homeless require humane and effective solutions. Some can be rehabilitated and return to being productive members
          of society, but some likely cannot be. We need ways to work with both types of the problem
    C     The mentally ill in the jail
    C     City has welcome mat out for the homeless
    C     The homeless sleeping everywhere and begging everywhere
    C     Homeless camping out on beaches (e.g. below the cemetery), etc.


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                                         PUBLIC FACILITIES AND SERVICES
     L/C                                                        Comment
2    C   Homeless have turned a number of parks into slum areas; the lawn in front of the main library is a homeless
         encampment; shouldn’t be parking their RVs in front of our houses and litter our streets
     C   Put the homeless to work; no freeloading. No parking RVs by the beach. Work for the community to pay their way.
         There’s lots of clean up that needs to be done
     C   As [city] gets more sophisticated, the problem of homeless and mentally ill on streets gets worse
     C   Getting a bad reputation with tourist because of the homeless
     C   Get bums off of streets and out of the parks
     C   Panhandlers
     C   Clear out the homeless Downtown
2    C   Control panhandlers; get rid of them
     C   Taggers. Don’t penalize victims of tagging; go after the taggers
     C   Graffiti abatement program is great
     C   Address social problems of violent teen gangs, huge, homeless populations and sense of safety in downtown
         neighborhoods
     C   Improve animal control policy so can prevent coyotes from coming down from hills and eating pets
     C   Unleashed dogs on trails and beaches
     C   Street-sweeping is overrated and not that useful
     C   Public restrooms on East Beach are a disgrace and are long overdue for repair and updating
     C   No substitute teachers because of low wages and cost of living
     C   Weekly celebrations bringing more and more tourists
     C   St. Francis Hospital leaving
     C   Sharp increases in utilities, sewer, water trash.
27   C   Homeless and beggars are a social problem
     C   Stop panhandling
     C   The Granada Theater will not fully meet the needs of the community
     C   Have city streets cleaned in San Roque
     C   Maintenance has deteriorated at parks (Shoreline & Alice Keck have more garbage, plastic bags and weeds)
     C   The stairs by Borders really need steam cleaning the are unsanitary


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                                   PUBLIC FACILITIES AND SERVICES
L/C                                                  Comment
C     City streets seem dirty
C     Poor public education system
C     Teachers salaries
C     Need more money in the schools
C     Spend money on youth programs rather than sidewalks on lower State Street
C     Loss of St. Francis Hospital
C     We routinely close down ‘affordable’ hotels (i.e. California Hotel) and put disabled/low income people on the street.
C     Alter feeding programs to homeless
C     Limit the availability of cheap alcohol like the City of San Diego does in their Gaslamp District so that we have less
      drunk homeless people in our City
C     Improve public elementary schools that will draw in more residents rather than making many people avoid certain
      areas of town when buying a home
C     As a downtown small business owner for over 35 years it has always been my thought that there are too many people
      asking for money on the street. This is bad for business (Antique Market Place)
C     Lack of parental participation in the schools




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                                              HEALTHY COMMUNITY
    L/C                                                  Comment
3   L     Peace and quiet; the quiet
2   L     Quiet streets at night; quiet streets
    L     Close proximity of essential services
    L     City cleanliness
2   L     Clean and safe environment; clean public areas and public safety
2   L     General feeling of safety
    L     It’s a safe place to live
2   L     Very little crime – feel’s safe; relatively crime-free
    L     Use to be able to go around trustingly
    L     Walking downtown from neighboring area feeling reasonably safe
    L     Walking/biking town that promotes a healthy lifestyle
    L     Ease of walking & biking
    L     High quality of life
    L     Rejuvenating lifestyle
    L     Focus on health
    L     Use to have support for hospitals and child care
    L     Use to have great medical and educational facilities and personnel
    L     Quality health care
    L     High quality of medical care
    L     Having an excellent medical facility nearby
    L     Excellent medical facilities (Doctors at Cottage Hospital)
    L     Cottage Hospital
    L     Good doctors
    L     Healthiness a plus: various runs and bi/triathalons
    L     Recreational opportunities
    L     Events like the Bike Challenge encourage healthier habits
    H     Stays quiet community


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                                              HEALTHY COMMUNITY
    L/C                                                        Comment
    H   Maintain tranquility of our environment eliminating unnecessary noise
    H   Maintaining a sustainable economy and lifestyle
    H   Keep healthy focus
    H   Provides a healthy and safe environment for young and old
    H   Retain the clean and safe environment
    H   Use to be able to walk at night without fear of being mugged
    H   Create neighborhoods that promote physical activity
    H   Expand recreational opportunities for youth
    H   Ensure convenient access to affordable and healthful food
    H   Use vacant land for community gardens
    H   Make the beaches non-smoking; make State Street non-smoking (This would the homeless off on our streets and out
        of our parks.)
    H   Eliminate smoking on beaches
    H   Ban smoking on the streets
    H   Investigate health effects of perfume on workers, customers and passers by at retail outlets.
    C   Noise pollution in residential areas from loud cars
    C   Enforce bush clearing to reduce fire danger
    C   Evacuation in case of disaster; sea evacuation needs to be planned for in advance
    C   Require parking off-street at night to make narrow streets safer
3   C   Safety
    C   Safety for citizens to continue
    C   Pollution from traffic congestion
2   C   Lack of activities for teenagers; youth
    C   Consider the connection between public health and transportation
    C   Programs and space for youth (e.g. for obesity, gang issues)
    C   More opportunity for our youth. I appreciate the efforts being done now.
    C   More security for our youth
    C   Need one or two more hospitals


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                                          HEALTHY COMMUNITY
L/C                                                  Comment
C     Lack of doctors
C     Re-open St. Francis Hospital
C     Safe access to exercise, local foods and good schools
C     Mental health: need services for those requiring long term mental health care and support for those that cannot afford
      it.
C     Need more focus on youth needs
C     Taking care of less fortunate with their immediate problems to help them become independent
C     Do not outlaw outdoor smoking on sidewalks anywhere in town
C     Senior health care
C     Health care cost
C     Exodus of medical care community (nurses, doctors etc.) due to lack of decently priced housing
C     As a teaching hospital Cottage Hospital is behind the rest of the country in creating an integrative medicine program
      and other programs that teaching hospitals incorporate
C     We are a rich county but we spend the least out of all the southern counties on Alcohol, drug and mental health
      services




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                                                      OPEN SPACE
     L/C                                                     Comment
12   L     Open space; beautiful open spaces
     L     Open spaces with mountain views preserved for all
4    L     Public open space
2    L     Lots of nature, natural open spaces
     L     Natural open spaces, especially near the beach
     L     Open spaces in the foothills and on the ocean mesas for all to enjoy
2    L     Space, room and air to breath; spaciousness
     L     The proximity of urbanity to nature and wilderness
     L     The abundance of undeveloped land
     L     Mountains that are open and not built over
     L     Open space for families and pets
     L     Open space to west of city
     L     What is left of the rural outlying areas
     L     Rustic-looking plots in the City
2    L     Access to nature
5    L     Access to mountains; back country; foothills
11   L     Trails; hiking/hiking trails
21   L     Parks
     L     Number and quality of parks
     L     Lots of parks and opens spaces
     L     Parks, walking and biking spaces
     L     Parks, zoo, beach sidewalks
     L     Long bike/running path along the ocean
2    L     Shoreline Park
     L     Alice Keck Park Garden
     L     Botanical Garden
     L     Recreational center


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                                                     OPEN SPACE
    L/C                                                     Comment
3   L     Recreational activities available
2   L     Outdoor recreational opportunities/activities
    L     Outdoor sports
    L     Parks & Rec activities for youth
2   L     Dog friendly
    L     Dog parks
4   L     Preserving space for parks
    L     Programs that support parks
    L     Parks and rec does an awesome job
    L     Agricultural heritage
    L     Access to vineyards
    L     Close proximity to public undeveloped, unimproved open spaces that are close to their natural state
    H     Protect open space
2   H     Save the open spaces
    H     Preserve precious open space
2   H     Maintain and increase green open space
    H     More open space (small parks)
    H     More parks
    H     Nature areas
    H     Need more recreational trails for our increased population
    H     Foothill trails
    H     Leave trails open to mountain bikes
    H     Open-space is valued more than development
    H     Open space policies will be strengthened
    H     Spend more on parks and recreation and public projects (raise taxes)
    H     Maintain a high ratio of available parkland open spaces per capita
    H     That it [the City] does not become dark and paved over
    H     Preserve open space by Gaviota Coast and San Marcos Foothills


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                                                    OPEN SPACE
    L/C                                                          Comment
    H   North of Ellwood, create a permanent protected area like Golden Gate National Recreation Area for all future
        generations to enjoy
    H   Target properties (like we did with Douglas Preserve) and have campaigns to buy them and keep them green space.
    H   Keep and expand recreational space
    H   Upgrade park and recreation facilities
    H   Focus resources to provide quality recreational facilities for residents, e.g. swimming pools, splash parks
    H   Update old parks with handicapped accessibility
    H   Please keep up Shoreline Park and the beach area. Also new picnic tables are needed
    H   Get serious about providing parks and open space on the Westside. Suggest lower Bohnett Park be integrated with the
        Mission Creek Restoration Project so that it invites people to stroll along the creek on way to upper park.
    H   Good to stop expanding the Presidio – its big enough
    H   More local agriculture
    H   Do not give up anymore agricultural land
    H   Get neighborhoods involved in protecting their own local public and private trees
    H   Keep our parks open to entice people to be active outdoors
    H   “Let’s keep improving by thinking about planning well for the future of our beautiful City and give space and beauty
        to our future generation”
    H   Keep ecologically sustainable
    H   Limit the amount of development and redevelopment in all zoning areas so that private green spaces are preserved
    H   Preserve a high percentage of green space within private lots (50%)
    C   Please protect open space
2   C   Preservation of open space
2   C   Less open space as a result of more development
    C   Save our green spaces, and build UP
2   C   Disappearance of open space
    C   Preservation of green space and agriculture
    C   Losing municipal golf course
    C   Growth on the Gaviota Coast, San Marcos Foothills and other natural habitats that still remain


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                                                    OPEN SPACE
    L/C                                                         Comment
    C   Development on coastal land beyond the Bacara
    C   Need more areas, that are cleaner and safer, for children
    C   Westside needs more parks
    C   Little green space or parks on the Westside near San Andres
    C   Turn Ortega Park into a community center for seniors, parent, children and youth up to 21 years old
    C   Parks need maintenance
    C   Amount of pesticides used on lawns and parks
    C   Hiking areas need to be cleaned more often. People do not pick up after their dogs.
    C   Need more dog control in our open spaces, parks and beaches
    C   Care and maintenance of trees
3   C   Removal of trees; mature trees
    C   People not given a voice in the removal of the beautiful Tipu trees on lower State Street
    C   Parks Dept not so severely prune the street trees taking away their lushness
    C   Oak Park has too many trees and in turn is too dark; needs to be modernized
    C   Please take care of our oaks. If you want mature oak trees to survive the buttress roots need to be exposed and don’t
        put water directly on the trunk. Water 8 to 10 feet from the trunk in a circle with soaker hose. Water on trunk will
        allow armilleria.
    C   Gardening
    C   Ag land should remain for agriculture
    C   Keep and expand agriculture to be self-sufficient in case of a disaster
    C   Don’t develop our farmland




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                                                       DIVERSITY
     L/C                                                      Comment
     L     Its diversity
     L     Diversity of people
     L     People from all over the world
3    L     Cultural diversity; multi-cultural
     L     A mix of people: cultured, intellectual, creative, talented, simple and/or worldly
     L     Diverse social scene
     L     Variety of places people either like or dislike but they can go where they want to go
     L     Wide range of things going on
3    L     All the things to do in the region; activities
     L     Eclectic mix of things to do and people to meet
20   L     Cultural opportunities/offerings; cosmopolitan culture
     L     Sophistication and outdoor sports in proximity
     L     Big enough to have many cultural events
     L     Great cultural institutions
13   L     Culture – arts, in general; museums
2    L     Cultural and historic heritage
     L     Great diversity of cultural and performing arts
     L     All the new arts venues
     L     Sunday art walk
8    L     Performing arts-music; theatre; entertainment; films, cinemas
     L     The Lobero Theatre
     L     Arlington Theatre
10   L     Farmers’ markets
     L     The zoo, waterfront and museums
     L     Train station
2    L     City has history
     L     A historic sense of custodianship


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                                                      DIVERSITY
     L/C                                                        Comment
     L   Preservation of historic buildings and residences
     L   The history of the area
     L   The City’s history of the Indians and the Spanish missionaries
2    L   Historical sites/buildings
14   L   Free festivals and events
2    L   Community events
     L   Youth events
     L   Social events for singles, kids and families
3    L   Parades
9    L   Educational opportunities; libraries
2    L   Classes at Adult Ed and the Carrillo Rec Center
4    L   Adult education
5    L   The University; presence of a first-rate university
2    L   UCSB and SBC
     L   SBCC; adult educ., beach sidewalks, art at the beach, museums – all within 10 square miles
     L   All the shopping, entertainment and events
3    L   Great Downtown with lots of shops and restaurants; bookstores
     L   A lively downtown
10   L   A number of good restaurants
2    L   Side-walk cafes; coffee shops
     L   Glamorous hotels
     L   Thrift stores (in Goleta and on Milpas)
     L   Street people
     L   Great nightlife
     L   Clubs (like Soho where one can dance)
     L   Wine!
     H   Retain its diversity
     H   More diversity


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                                                      DIVERSITY
    L/C                                                      Comment
    H     More diversity of population
    H     Retain its character and people/diversity
    H     More ethnic diversity
    H     To see SB become much more diverse
    H     To see more cultures represented in our city
    H     Exciting place to visit while also being safe
    H     A diverse community with sustainable services: housing, health care, local business and industry, education, arts and
          recreation
2   H     Remains a unique, richly endowed community
2   H     Maintain the community programs and cultural offerings, e.g. museums, classes
    H     Continues the city’s diverse art, film and music culture
    H     Retain its diversity and culture, education and arts
    H     Continue to offer the community events, e.g. Night Moves, Fiesta, Solstice
    H     Keep the educational opportunities and improve and make real the visions for schools
    H     Let’s have more nightlife too – more bars, clubs, dance clubs, music clubs, late-night dancing, etc.
    H     To be a place affordable to a large variety and diversity of people
    H     Accommodate a growing diversity of economic groups
    H     We can recapture our uniqueness which was once part of our City
    H     City can be an attraction for those interested in art, film, music, theatre.
    H     Offer more good quality art galleries and museums, art spaces, good music venues (large and small)
    H     Tall ship cruises around the channel islands
    H     Preserving the history
    H     Keep the “old” treasured placed, parks, special buildings, especially historical ones
    H     The city embraces some variety and contemporary architecture
    H     Keep our farmers’ markets and small business character
    H     Return of cultural festivals with further support (i.e. Irish, French and Chinese Festivals etc.)
    H     Farmers market stays local instead of shipping in food from far away
    H     Work on getting our service people to live and work in town and take pride in living/working here this might allow


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                                                     DIVERSITY
    L/C                                                     Comment
          quality employees to move into the area
    H     Bring down the inflation rate this area enjoys so that people can afford to live/work here
    H     Maintain the middle class
    H     Focus on basic human rights as opposed to the physical appearance of things
    H     To see art and dance valued
    H     Beautiful Milpas/Eastside area (No more $99 cent stores)
    C     To see SB become much more diverse
    C     To see more cultures represented in our city
    C     Return of cultural festivals with further support (i.e. Irish, French and Chinese Festivals etc.)
    C     Farmers market stays local instead of shipping in food from far away
    C     Work on getting our service people to live and work in town and take pride in living/working here this might allow
          quality employees to move into the area
    C     Bring down the inflation rate this area enjoys so that people can afford to live/work here
    C     Maintain the middle class
    C     More diversity
    C     Focus on basic human rights as opposed to the physical appearance of things
    C     To see art and dance valued
    C     More places to dance (in bars)
    C     Huge gap between upper and lower classes
2   C     Middle class residents are diminishing
    C     Influx of illegal immigrants
    C     We need to retain middle class professionals
    C     SB is going to become a city of the rich and the poor transient employees that do not have experience to provide
          “quality” services
    C     Gentrification
    C     SB will soon have one class – the super rich
3   C     Losing families because of the cost of housing
    C     Housing cost keeping young people out of town, including our adult children


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                                                     DIVERSITY
    L/C                                                       Comment
    C   Santa Barbara turning into a city of vacation rentals
    C   Widening gap between ultra-rich and “the rest of us”
2   C   Loosing many of our young, professional single/married families
    C   SB becoming a wealthy retirement community
    C   Hate to see downtown loose it’s “flavor” by having all our local and unique businesses pushed out because they can’t
        afford it here.
    C   Lack of housing for workers
    C   Schools are closing as families move away




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                                                            OTHER
          L/C                                                   Comment
Public Safety
    3     L     Police and Fire Department; feel safe most of the time because of them
    2     L     Good/great Fire and Police departments
          L     Friendly police enforcement
    2     L     Fairly safe
          L     Like the kids and skateboarders
          L     Crime is low
          H     More police presence
          H     Increased police force with adequate pay
          H     More meter maids (seriously)
          H     Less violence
          H     Crack down on crime
          H     Less gang activity
          H     Zero tolerance of gangs and gang activities
    2     H     Crack down on gangs; control gangs
          H     Clamp down on gangs and homeless
    5     H     Elimination of gangs; stop gang activity; gangs should be outlawed
          H     To combat gangs take away their turf. Specifically redesign Bohnett Park (a gang hangout now) for younger kids
          H     Lack of police presence on the street
          H     Curtail obnoxious elements at Fiesta
          H     Do something about the skateboarders [at Shoreline Park and the beach areas?]. There needs to be someone
                patrolling the area to keep skateboarders and bikes off the “walking side”
         H      Don’t punish the victims of graffiti by requiring removal within a certain time – punish the perpetrators
         H      Start curfew
         H      More police patrols around school neighborhoods while school is in session
         H      Tighten curfews
         H      Need better role models for the kids (irresponsible family structure to blame)


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                                                       OTHER
    L/C                                                    Comment
    H   More police
    H   More attention on juvenile crime
    H   Wiring in the city and county should be placed underground to protect our emergency communication during a
        disaster
    H   100-200 years from now SB will probably look a lot like Monaco. Maybe, you should send a team over there to see
        how they do it.
    H   Community profits from good planning
    H   Fire department needs to “police” and give tickets on a regular basis for non-compliance of removing brush
    H   Programs can be implemented to decrease gang violence and graffiti
    C   Lack of response by the Police Department
    C   Police be less concerned with affronting individuals/groups and more pro-active in stopping trouble before it starts
    C   Police need to focus on larger, more problematic issues like gang violence rather than people j-walking or open
        alcoholic containers on residential street
    C   City doesn’t have enough police
    C   Need to greatly increase police force to handle gang and crime
    C   Hire the police that were budgeted with last salary increase and get them trained and working
    C   Is it possible to have neighborhood policing? To deal with crime and homelessness need to make police presence
        known.
    C   Get a police chief who is a “real cop” and who is perhaps bilingual but respected by the troops
    C   More police who speak Spanish
    C   Need more traffic officers
    C   Support Measure P – the people have spoken
    C   Skateboarders and bicyclist make the sidewalks dangerous for pedestrians
    C   Increasing crime
    C   Graffiti
    C   Graffiti – suggest harsh penalties for those caught
3   C   Drugs
    C   Drug/alcohol use among young people


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     C     Drugs in the neighborhoods
     C     The crystal meth problem is destroying our children as far down as grammar school
4    C     Increasing crime; want reduced
     C     Theft
16   C     Gangs/gang activity; the gang problem
3    C     Increasing gang pressure/activity
9    C     Gang violence; crime
2    C     Gang fights (in the streets)
     C     Control gang activity
     C     Need a creative solution to gang problem
     C     Gangs – parents need to held accountable
     C     Rape
     C     Killings
     C     Bullying of school children by Mexican children
     C     Criminal people coming from LA
     C     People loitering everywhere
     C     Safety in walking to the beach from Milpas Street area
     C     What about a civil patrol unit of volunteers to help keep an eye on neighborhoods; relieve the police? – e.g. Camarillo
     C     Fines or some other penalty for vandals that throw toilet paper (or worse) on other people’s property
           City Government
53   C     Gang issues & Gang violence
     C     Gang violence might affect tourism: need prevention and enforcement
2    C     Illegal minorities
     C     Sycamore Canyon Rd. must be reopened for public safety
6    C     Graffiti
     C     Petty Theft
     C     Bad kids taking over a good city
3    C     Safety of neighborhoods


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    L/C                                                        Comment
    C   Lack of emergency procedures in event of fires, floods, tsunamis, earthquakes (especially with only one hospital
        under construction): we need a plan
    C   Youth Drug use
    C   Police presence to deter criminals
    C   Poverty
6   C   Crime
    C   Police presence needed
    C   Theft
2   C   Graffiti
2   C   The number of homeless and mentally ill wandering the streets
    C   Personal safety
    C   Random violence
    C   Kids being robbed at school
    C   Kids on the rampage killing each other
    C   The cavalier attitude if the PD & Board towards cleaning the City up is regrettable.
    C   One road in and out in case of an emergency
2   C   Safety in the downtown
    C   Divergent voices and visions will muddy the essence of what makes Santa Barbara and diminish it by reducing it to
        being just like everywhere else
    C   Local fire conditions – the desalination should be reactivated and kept in running condition
    C   Get the schools to extend hours and close campuses at noon to prevent gang activity
    C   Require a uniform at schools to curb gang issues
    C   SB rapidly approaching another LA
    C   Lack of police presence
    C   High density developers
    C   Large interests
    C   Lack of cooperation for homeowners to clean the brush around home on Foothill Rd (Fire Hazard)
    C   Youth drug use


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          L/C                                                      Comment
          C   Lack of emergency plan for SB area; there’s one road in and one out
          C   Lack of police enforcing driving laws in the city

City Government/Process
             Since you’re asking I hope you listen
             (An actual gold star) Thank you for sending out this survey. Good job!
             Good Job – but caveats! [Presumably in submission about this process]
             The City is doing a admirable job of running the city
             It’s admirable you are doing what [the process] you’re doing, really.
             Thanks for asking for community input
             Thank you for giving us a chance to share our opinion
             Thank you for letting me express my opinion to the Planning Department. I hope you will convey it to the Council.
             Thank you for opening comments from our citizens. We work and live here and should have a say about our future.
             On track with this process to get buy-in for future ordinances and regulations. Key will be enforcement and new,
             strong penalties
             This is a great start to determining what our city should look like in the future. Continue public forums and ask
             people to discuss public issues at the meetings, not giving them a forum to complain about their particular problems.
             I hope you read my comments. I am not an activist nor do I belong to a special interest group. I am just hoping to
             voice some of my thoughts. Thank you
             I am somewhat cynical about the usefulness of this “pubic input” since our vote to limit the size of SB to 85,000 was
             completely ignored. Why should we trust this or any democratic process?
         L   City tries hard to be a Green Community; proud of this trend
         L   Dedicated civil servants and elected officials
         L   City staff dealt with are knowledgeable and courteous
         L   People in government provide a structure for our lives, making life more predictable and what we can expect from
             other people
         L   Citizen concern about the planning process
         L   Good government


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    L/C                                                          Comment
    L   Civic leaders who care about our unique differences from big cities
    L   City Father’s and Planners seem to care about our beautiful clean city
    L   Respect for the old with careful consideration for the new
    L   Thank you for this (comment cards)! Representative government at its best.
    L   I’m glad we have such rigid city restrictions even though they are a pain.
    L   We have an excellent mayor and city council they are concerned with our city – the news press needs to get its act
        together and stop criticizing
    L   Increased efforts to keep developers in check
    L   Our receptive City Council
    L   City council members
    L   City is well governed
    L   It is astounding, refreshing and lovely that the City is taking this measure for its citizens and its future. It is a clear
        sign of how special a place it is. Many thanks to the Mayor, the City Council and others involved.
    L   The State of the City message on our sustainable city
    L   Sign committee because it is good to have control of the overall appearance of our city
    L   Grateful for the chance to share my feelings and think that more of this style of governance is needed
    L   Thanks for letting me vent
    H   Continue to plan carefully to preserve what we have but not take 10 years to decide on what needs to be done.
    H   More public town hall meetings to discuss/debate important issues
    H   More education over media and in schools re: recycling, composting, getting rid of pesticides in our gardens
    H   Keep existing zoning districts
    H   Address concerns wisely; don’t give in to irrational citizen concerns
    H   A caring City Council
2   H   Competent leadership; more responsible Council
    H   A new City Council and Planning Commission
    H   Council is elected by districts
    H   More attention is paid to public input. Council/staff need not agree; give credence without sneering.
    H   Planning staff will answer their phones (voice mail is curse for citizens)


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H   Streamlined building permit process
H   Streamline planning and building permit processes, but tell the applicant up front what you want within the existing
    guidelines and don’t be ambiguous or arbitrary.
H   Streamlined permit process for small property owners
H   Balance homeowners’ rights against too many restrictions from permits, ABR, etc. It’s too hard to improve property
H   Broaden the ways communicate with residents and visitors; not everyone uses a computer or can attend meetings.
    Use mass media [also] for public discussions about the plan and major developments
H   Social engineering is a concern
H   I hope that City Planning and Council will jeep the restraints of the Charter Amendment and Measure E in mind
    when approve future plans.
H   More care for the citizens who have a stake in the community
H   That city leaders recognize that vigilance and genius are required to care for and enhance our uniquely beautiful gem.
H   Focus on residents rather than tourists
H   We want to be included in every step/stage of planning and building
H   More fluid, quicker development process
H   Stricter laws for panhandling and kids on the streets
H   City council would strive to be civil to concerned citizens who show up to discuss and/or object to what is going on
H   Publicly funded elections
H   Better budget planning
H   Keep kids, health and environment as high priorities
H   Responsible government with financial control
H   Perks for green building and energy
H   City Council must demonstrate responsible leadership for progressive urban design to address the needs of future
    citizens and not be stuck in the past where we had cheap energy and could spread out.
H   Please let the City Council remember what it was that made the town attractive. The visionary ideas of the past
    included architecture of a similar style, landscaping in front of buildings, and insistence from the City of high quality
    architecture. No building unlace this criteria could be met.
H   We don’t succumb to special interest groups who want rules changed just for them and no one else.



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    L/C                                                      Comment
    H     Re-instate the water moratorium
    H     Zoning policies will be strengthened
2   H     Please listen to the citizens of SB
    H     Efficient government
2   H     Accountable government
    H     Better maintenance of city buildings. The grand old public library is a cultural mainstay. It looks shabby, neglected,
          needs new carpet, better lighting, upgraded ambiance, furniture and shelves.
    H     Zoning law need to be upheld
    H     City leaders think ahead especially in our neighborhoods that are overrun with apartments, condos and autos
    H     Stand up to “greedy” developers
    H     Listen to residents
    H     New City Council & Mayor
    H     Better neighborhood representation
    H     Strict and high fines for littering and polluting
    H     Improving, responsive, thoughtful Mayor and City Council
    H     Planning needs new leadership
    H     Better city government
    H     I am sure the current City administration inherited many of the problem areas I have mentioned. But there is no need
          for the administration to keep doing business as it’s been done. I think the area needs some fresh ideas and
          resolutions. While I have concentrated on the negatives there are positives. And regardless, I thank all the public
          servants who give their time, effort, and energy to the City. So thank you!
    H     If the City wants to include the public in the decision making process it should make a real effort to actively assist the
          citizens in understanding the rationale and thinking behind planning and policy proposals
    H     City/county government puts residents first
    H     City government will aggressively and proactively encourage participation by all stake-holders in the discussion of
          issues, formulation of options and selection of strategies – in all areas of city governance – on a continuing basis
    H     Creation of a participatory infrastructure: go to schools, work places and organizations for assistance
    H     Consider forming neighborhood councils in every neighborhood



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    L/C                                                          Comment
    C   No transportation option to get to any of the workshops
    C   If want more civic participation have to get the word out via all sources. Good luck.
    C   City Council doesn’t listen to the concerns of the people who live here
2   C   The general public is given short-shrift or totally ignored
    C   The waterfront farce with its meetings and so-called public involvement.
    C   Frustrating when a neighborhood votes against something – e.g. traffic circles, and the Council ignores the
        neighborhood
    C   Council and mayor need to listen to citizens’ view points
    C   Hopes are dim given the decision made by the City Council to date. Council doesn’t seem to address the real issues
    C   Don’t think the City Council is doing a good job [with respect to development decisions]
    C   Council is unrealistic with outlandish views on what’s best of residents; don’t listen or respond to critical questions;
        arrogant
    C   City needs a leader to implement these ideas, and no special interests
    C   Council makes development mistakes the standard rather than the exception
    C   Eliminate ABR and replace with simplified downloadable set of guidelines
    C   ABR governs remodels and new house building and it is capricious and have obvious conflict of interest
    C   Council and administrators have lost sight of fact that SB is a town or small city
    C   Council members and planners should have to read Bill Mahan’s article, ”The Urban Forest” in the Independent
        (3/22/07)
    C   Lack of adequate rules and regulations for the future of the city and how to live our lives
    C   Planners knuckling under to developers
    C   The vision being led my young staff members with little SB history
    C   City planning becoming too restrictive thus not able to adapt to changing market forces
    C   Make it easier for developers to get permits for projects that re-use existing rundown buildings for mixed uses
    C   Give developers incentives to provide work force housing; currently it is too difficult to develop profitable affordable
        housing. Not much land left so time is of the essence.
    C   Zoning regulations re minor things burden to sellers
    C   Grant reasonable modifications; planning should protect [existing] with flexibility for small reasonable remodeling


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    L/C                                                           Comment
    C   Make English the only language for government, otherwise print everything in every language used in the city
    C   Wasting public money printing everything in English and Spanish
    C   Loosing view due to unenforceable view-protection ordinance and neighbors that refuse to prune trees
    C   Council too loose with money to beautify the downtown for tourist – what about the people who live here?
    C   Not treating property owners equitably, e.g. new law for sewer lateral inspections discriminates against condos
    C   Indifference to opinions of public on various new projects. People need to know and be consulted. E.g. How did
        skateboard park get located on waterfront? Doesn’t add to reputation as beautiful and uncluttered. Let citizens give
        input on all decisions, especially the proposed baseball diamond in Pershing Park
    C   Tourist and homeless seem to be high on City’s list
    C   Issues that should be dealt with on a regional basis include transportation (especially freeways). Water supply,
        manufacturing industry and big-box retail
    C   City officials and staff need to serve the public interest better. They think Santa Barbara only wants to become a big
        tourist town. Lots of citizens like the city as a smaller town with less construction, lower height and size building
5   C   City council and staff not listening to the people
    C   Increasing rudeness and arrogant behavior toward residents by commission members (especially planning)
    C   That the City will take into account neighbors feelings before changing an area
3   C   City council doesn’t listen to the neighbors
    C   We need to live within our means
    C   Overbuilding by extending permits
    C   Liquor licenses
    C   Enforce law about homeless sitting on State asking for money
    C   City government not listening or heeding the wishes of the people
    C   Mayor and city council who think residents have deep pockets
    C   City council is a disappointment, they are a danger to our fiscal health and safety
    C   Displeased that City Council turned the Douglas Nature Preserve into a dog run. Many citizens donated money for a
        nature preserve. It’s unfair to give this beautiful area to dogs. I am older and no longer feel safe walking there.
    C   City council is being led around the nose by staff
    C   City bureaucracy


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L/C                                                         Comment
C   “Why does the City have money to redo sidewalks on State St. that looked good, but can’t add sidewalk to areas in
    West/East Side?
C   Lack of sidewalks is a safety concern and creates “blight”
C   Do not raise water rates so that more people can live here
C   I liked the way SB use to be before Marty Blum came into power and her developer friends
C   Shameful that our city government supports growth
C   I feel that the city ignores the Eastside/Milpas area. Although the Mayor made many promises to “beautify Milpas”
    new street lights don’t cit it. I wish they would work on this area more.
C   Carefully manage government services/costs for low income people
C   Hard to believe that the City has allowed some of the recent construction
C   The Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance – give it some teeth
C   Subsidized housing must be overseen and abuses prosecuted
C   Poor planning on State Street
C   Urban developers controlling our City
C   “City Gods” please do your part in keeping St. Francis intact Replacing St. Francis for employee housing would be a
    terrible crime against Santa Barbara.
C   Our elected officials hear the loud voices of local business owners who more tourists and more growth of population
    for economic reasons. The officials need to hear the voice of the residents not bow to the merchants
C   Political backers are more interested in furthering their own selves than for the city’s future. Stop catering to special
    interests!
C   Experience of elected officials and city employees.
C   Council members backed by city employee unions (Firemen, Police etc.)
C   Runaway employee services and pensions
C   Raising water, sewer and other “fees”
C   Zoning laws coupled with gross neglect is destroying my neighborhood on the Westside (San Andres)
C   Please don’t listen to developers
C   Staff members at the Planning Commission make too many important decisions that affect the community. These
    decisions should be made by elected officials.



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          L/C                                                          Comment
          C   City puts the majority population above the needs of tourists and the wealthy
          C   City and county declare financial woes and yet the City/County collects come of the highest property taxes in the
              country, what’s wrong with this picture?
          C   Parades. The City can’t afford to have a July 4th celebration but they can spend money on frivolous parades such as
              the ugly dog parade, a second dog parade, kid’s parade, summer solstice. Yet there’s no Memorial Day parade
              honoring the vets who have served this country; one has to go to a cemetery to honor vets. I fail to understand the
              City’s prioritization.
          C   Less public money spent on art
          C   Increased power given to special interests (building industry)
          C   The chances of the success of any governmental policy, plan or initiative are proportional to the degree of
              comprehension and support of it by those subject to its effects.
          C   Failure to engage citizens in the decisions that affect them leads to mistrust in local government.
          C   Breadth of resident participation in local governance
          C   Increased cost of elections and campaigns

Miscellaneous
         L    “I am privileged to live here”
         L    I am thankful everyday for the opportunity to live in SB. I hope our leaders and citizens can keep it the wonderful
              place that it is.
         L    Livability: an attractive and crime-free city to live in
         L    Santa Barbara
         L    Relative closeness to LA
         L    Proximity to Los Angeles without having to live there
         L    The driving distance to both LAX and Burbank airports
         L    The way that it was 10 years ago
         L    Lively downtown with something for everyone
         L    The history of our City
         L    Spanish Mediterranean Influences



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    L/C                                                     Comment
    L     Low food prices
    L     Convenience of downtown stores and medical facilities
    L     Our city is organized
    L     Proportion of SB
    L     Areas are being improved
    L     Small airport
    H     Walk around town to identify all the negatives and then turn them into positives
    H     A new newspaper
    H     A new owner and editor of the SB News-Press
    H     We need a real newspaper in town, Wendy McCaw’s News-Press is a joke and the community is suffering from it.
2   H     Do as little damage/change to our city as possible
2   H     Remain English-speaking
    H     Form should not have been printed in Spanish
    H     That all our children will be bi-lingual, be it Spanish, French or Chinese
    H     Be able to sit on the bench without someone coming and begging; also at parks and the beaches
    H     Get rid of panhandlers and other unwelcoming street people on Lower State Street
    H     Punish people who hire illegal aliens because they are a cost to all of us
    H     Get illegal aliens out of our City and take back our jobs and housing
    H     Get out from under thumb of federal and state government
    H     That a true Chumash spiritual leader would be asked, out of respect, to attend and bless all cultural, historic and
          anthropological endeavors in the future.
    H     Opportunities for all to get into movie theaters, restaurants and politics.
    H     Continues to be a wonderful place to live
    H     I have no hope.
    H     Better job training programs
    H     Urban agriculture
    H     Small scale food production
    H     Keep this process in the public eye by using alternative media other than the News press


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L/C                                                          Comment
H   Keep SB for residents instead of serving tourists
H   Put extra white lights in shopping zones for Christmas like the cops use for the Fiesta
H   Let’s buy up the SB News Press building on De La Guerra Plaza, evict Travis Armstrong and Wendy McCaw and turn
    that building into a museum or tourist bureau
H   More convenient multi-service areas such as villages sprinkled throughout the city
H   Need to work with groups like Habitat for Humanity and bring inventory to all vacant land and make it available to
    lower income groups for housing.
H   Redevelop areas with low density substandard residential housing into high densities
H   This plan could become one of the great examples of how people can live together and sustain a future.
H   More control of crowds on State Street
H   Keep LA a hundred miles away
H   Don’t sell out for tourist money
H   City continues to take care of itself and it’s citizenry
H   Measure E will be extended to help keep new job creation in better balance with housing
H   Focus on sustainability rather than growth and speculative development
H   We have the opportunity to change, so lets do it together, even if it’s scary – the might oak was once just a nut who
    stood his ground
H   The Conservation Element of the General Plan should be expanded to include the Old Mission Creek flood hazard as
    identified by the County Flood Control and several engineering studies (concerned about possible flood hazard)
H   Although the airport adopted its own plan, please don’t neglect a few issues there: 1) walking or riding a bike from the
    Airport terminal to UCSB at night is incredibly dark and pretty dangerous. A few lights and a little but of thought to
    the walking/biking lane along the road that borders the airport near Highway 217 would help. 2) The creek between
    Fairview Ave. and the eastern edge of the airport could use attention/remediation/planting. The creek is probably
    steelhead habitat.
H   Better translation of Spanish section of questionnaire by a native Spanish speaker
H   We need vision and personal touches around us.
H   Champions like Peal Chase are needed – those that consider people
H   Beauty in our surroundings enriches every one



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    H   Green education for community and students
    H   There is a strong movement in many parts of the US to restore commercial and other non-residential buildings into
        residences. We don’t want to lag.

    H    Don’t just cater to tourists
    H    Have the colleges be more academic vs. party/beach schools
    H    We need a skating rink for the youth
    H    We need a golf course for the youth
    H    State should make old military bases available on a voluntary basis for the homeless that are not actively trying to get
         jobs. They would have shelter, could be provided with food and first aid, and this could reduce the current negative
         impact on public areas of our city.
    H    We don’t get bogged down in unnecessary dance ordinances – when should it be a crime to dance?
    C    “The problems of our city have been created by those who live in it. PS: I’ve lived here over 60 years.”
2   C    Influx of Mexicans
    C    That it does not turn into little Mexico by the sea
    C    Burgeoning Hispanic population putting a strain on hospitals and schools
2   C    English disappearing
    C    Non-English-speaking illegal aliens
    C    Control illegal aliens
    C    Too many illegal residents and workers in SB
    C    Illegals in our work force
    C    Stop accommodating illegal immigrants
    C    City subsidizing illegal aliens and their growing families
    C    Illegals pack housing with 4 to 7 people per apartment
    C    Illegal Mexicans
    C    What does the law provide re gang members who are illegal aliens? What are they doing here? We have a
         responsibility.
    C    Proper signage on Hwy 101 so people can find SB


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    L/C                                                           Comment
    C   Number of workers and their families that do not have health insurance
    C   War in Iraq
    C   The undocumented
    C   Children whose parents don’t worry about them or listen to them
    C   Proliferation of bars in Downtown
    C   Controls [on buildings] of City and County seem to be out of hand; tasteless and ruinous
    C   It is wrong to allow houses to be built that block neighbor’s views
    C   Clean up the affordable housing bureaucracy incompetence
    C   Downsizing government
    C   Destruction of the News-Press
    C   Focus government on the basics: police, fire, safety, streets. Minimize or eliminate government pet programs
        (steelhead trout, traffic calming, canyonization)
    C   Health care need attention at the local level as well: improved staffing; staff housing; care for low-income residents
    C   Providing money to those who abuse the system
    C   Ugly tarp things that people use for storage can be seen from the streets. They should not be allowed
    C   We can’t just walk away and pretend these evils [- drugs, gangs, mentally-ill homeless, etc. -] don’t exist below our
        beautiful surface. SB is crazy about sweeping its civic problems under the rug
    C   History is not well preserved because the genocidal treatment of a non-warring culture is not represented in the
        history taught to visitors or other media outlets; in fact the history of Santa Barbara is shamefully hidden or
        conveniently overlooked.
    C   Skateboarders a long State Street
    C   We need to play up the natural beauty of our community and not the “glitzy” people who live here
    C   Bridge near Carrillo and San Andres needs attention – too many homeless people use it as a bathroom
    C   Clean up downtown for visitors and residents
4   C   Spanish speaking population needs to learn to speak English, it has been a waste of tax payer dollars having the
        comment cards translated to Spanish
    C   Schools have declining enrollment because no one can afford to raise kids here
    C   People who expect to do well in SB should expect to speak English. Enough of this pandering. (in reference to the


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    L/C                                                     Comment
          Spanish translation of the comment card)
3   C     ENGLISH ONLY (as stated in comment card/referring to the Spanish translation)
    C     Is this a Mexican city of an American city? We are sick of Spanish first. Who puts Spanish first? (referring to Spanish
          translation)
    C     Retirement living – concerned about cost of living
    C     Miss the “home-owned” businesses on State Street
    C     Cost of living for low income & middle income families
    C     “Is this serious? I sent pictures and a description of a horrible eye sore allowed by the planning committee to the
          planning commission, architectural review board and city engineer in charge of the project and the news press. I
          received no response – and you expect my comments. Did I waste my time again? My experience is that the people in
          charge care less about these comments. The balls in your court.” Dr. Chris Kennedy 3 Las Alturas Rd. SB 93103
    C     Too many clubs from 500 block down State Street
    C     Gas prices
    C     Hollywood encroachment
    C     City becoming “have and have nots”
    C     Crisis at the News press and its current ownership harms the city
    C     Need a fair News-press organization
    C     Lack of a decent public newspaper
    C     Do not like local paper
    C     Miss the pre-McCaw news press. I’m concerned about the repression of local news.
    C     Don’t give service to illegal immigrants
    C     Too many tourists
    C     I do not like that the comment card was printed in 2 languages
    C     Levy town disaster – don’t let this happen again
    C     Red tape loop-holes and road blocks to individuals attempting to make changes occur
    C     The alarming rate cal-trans and developers are cutting down mature trees
    C     What happened to 1982 charter agreement about living within resources?
    C     What happened to 1989 charter amendment (Measure E) limiting commercial growth for 20 years?


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L/C                                                    Comment
C   Don’t let UCSB tell us what to do
C   De la Guerra park and other public spaces like library becomes unattractive because of use by less fortunate for
    sleeping, bathing etc.
C   I think the creek commission uses their EIR’s as their personal committee to forward their agenda
C   Creek commission and their ludicrous EIR reports
C   Illegal immigrants
C   The number of non-profits with the City is huge. Let’s consolidate so the contributions can go further and do more
    work.
C   Seeing oil rigs in the ocean is not pleasing
C   I was surprised and disappointed that the word “our” was dropped from the logo on all the PlanSB documents and
    website.
C   What does “Living within our Resources” mean? Our resources of the air basin, street carrying capacity, water,
    wastewater and visual resources are limited. We must plan to live within them.
C   Future county government sites should be placed in Santa Maria to avoid commuting workers to SB
C   Why does the St. Francis plan include zero energy use by using solar entirely?
C   How does the St. Francis plan compensate for the loss of community gardens?
C   How can the architectural board of review possibly give an unbiased evaluation of the St. Francis plan when three
    members of the board are employees of Cottage Hospital?
C   Why destroy the outer structure of St. Francis Hospital when the inside can be remodeled for condos/apts?
C   I never received a flyer in the mail. I have a PO Box. Was it sent to PO boxes?
C   Conversion of the St. Francis hospital to high-density condos. We need work force housing but we need to keep from
    destroying neighborhood character by not turning it into a continuous traffic jam. I think the fact that the condos are
    being proposed as housing specifically for people who work at Cottage Hospital presents an opportunity to build units
    with no parking spaces and require residents to not have a motor vehicle as long as they live in the condo. Instead
    there should be parking for van pools and community rental cars.
C   1974 Impacts of Growth study was a failure
C   In 1963 I told my husband that this is where I wanted to live. We bought our first home in Hidden Valley and moved
    from LA in 1964. A rural area then with a country like charm. 44 years later the road along my property has become



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                      traffic turf.
             C        Zoning department’s failure to enforce ordinance against “vacation rentals” in residential zones
             C        NIMBY-ism is too rampant – there should be educational campaigns to reduce it
             C        Construction projects that never end
             C        Enormous amount of litter on 101/ramps/streets
             C        Selfish for Montecito not to let the City widen the 101
             C        Greedy developers hoping to make a buck by building two million dollar condos


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