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TGO #42: Comm. Forum, Library help,’granny flats’

— The Goodland Outlook, April 16, 2018 —

1. THE COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO A FREE FORUM ON “RUNNING FOR AND SERVING ON GOLETA’S CITY COUNCIL,” THURSDAY APRIL 19 AT 6:45 PM

2. GOLETA LIBRARY NEEDS YOUR HELP ASAP (volunteers of all ages)

 3.  GOLETA’S PLANNING COMMISSION TO HOLD A HEARING ON GRANNY UNIT ORDINANCE AT THEIR APRIL 23 MEETING AT 6PM

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Details:

1, THE COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO A FREE FORUM ON “RUNNING FOR AND SERVING ON GOLETA’S CITY COUNCIL,” THURSDAY APRIL 19 AT 6:45 PM.

Responding to community interest on Goleta’s November 6 election for City council, The Goodland Coalition will be hosting a free, non-partisan public meeting on Thursday, April 19 6:45 PM at the Goleta Public Library Meeting Room. The topic will be: “What’s involved in running for, and serving on, Goleta’s City Council?”

PROGRAM

-Margaret Connell, Goleta’s first Mayor and twice elected to the City Council, will speak about the duties, rewards, and time commitment for serving on the Council including attending council meetings, committees, and community functions, remuneration, and other considerations.

– Goleta City Council members Stuart Kasdin and Kyle Richards will speak about what’s involved in running for office – the mechanics of filing, deadlines, public speaking, and “electioneering” including campaign costs and fundraising.

Audience question and answer period: The attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of Margaret, Kyle and Stuart. Attendees can also comment on what they are looking for in a city council candidate.

DATE & TIME: Thursday, April 19 6:45 PM – 8:30 PM

LOCATION: Goleta Public Library, 500 N Fairview Ave, Goleta

ADMISSION: FREE

R.S.V.P. Optional, just to make sure we have enough cookies: info@thegoodlandcoalition.org

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2. GOLETA LIBRARY NEEDS YOUR HELP ASAP (volunteers of all ages)

Here is a message from Allison Gray, Director of the Goleta Valley Library:

THE GOLETA VALLEY LIBRARY NEEDS YOUR HELP! We have until June 30th to re-label and re-barcode our entire 75,000 item collection prior to becoming an independent library on July 1st, 2018. (There will be a HUGE celebration July 1st that we will tell you more about closer to the day).

We need volunteers for two different roles:

– One group will pull items from the shelves onto carts, keeping them in order, cross out anything that says “Santa Barbara Library,” and finally put a new barcode on each item. No tech skills required!

– The other group will use the library computers and scanners to register the new barcodes into the library system. The scanners do most of the work but it will be helpful to be comfortable with a computer.

We will need people to sign up for hour-long slots of time any time the Goleta Library is open from April 16 through June 30.

You will be trained during your first day or you can come to a Training Session on Saturday April 21st from 3:30 – 4:30 pm.

Please sign up for as many time slots as you can – 75,000 items will take a LONG time to convert!

Specific staff and volunteer coordinators will be available to help you while you are volunteering. If you are interested, please sign up at the Library.

If you have questions, feel free to call me at 805-562-5502 or email me at agray@cityofgoleta.org

WE’RE RELYING ON YOU!

Thank you most sincerely,

B. Allison Gray Director of the Goleta Valley Library

[Added note: be sure to tell your community-minded friends, service clubs and other organizations]

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3. GOLETA’S PLANNING COMMISSION TO HOLD A HEARING ON GRANNY UNIT ORDINANCE AT THEIR APRIL 23 MEETING AT 6PM

As you may have heard, the State of California has passed a series of state laws that seek to ease California’s housing shortage by eliminating local restrictions that made it difficult or impossible to build such small second homes, “Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) commonly known as granny flats. (see http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-backyard-homes-20180413-story.html for a more on this.)

The laws do provide some latitude for how local jurisdictions, such as Goleta, can adopt these laws. And some existing Goleta ordinances will need to be modified to be in compliance with California’s ADU laws. So Goleta’s Planning Commission will hear from the public on a new ADU ordinance. The Planning Commission meeting will take place Monday, April 23 at 6PM at City Hall-Council Chambers, 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B.

You can view Goleta’s official hearing notice on this matter by clicking here.

You will be able to view the agenda for the Planning Commission’s April 23 meeting by clicking here later this week.

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CITY OF GOLETA CONTACT INFORMATION:

To send an email to Mayor Perotte, city council members Aceves, Bennett, Kasdin and Richards and City Manager Greene, copy the following and past it into the TO: section of an email.

pperotte@cityofgoleta.org, raceves@cityofgoleta.org, mbennett@cityofgoleta.org, skasdin@cityofgoleta.org, krichards@cityofgoleta.org, mgreene@cityofgoleta.org

 

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TGO #41- a forum, a hearing, a recap, and CPA

— The Goodland Outlook, March 26, 2018 —

1. THE COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO A FREE FORUM ON “RUNNING FOR AND SERVING ON GOLETA’S CITY COUNCIL,” THURSDAY APRIL 19 AT 6:45 PM.

2. PUBLIC IS INVITED TO GOLETA’S ANNUAL STATE OF THE CITY PRESENTATION TUESDAY, APRIL 10 AT 6:00 P.M.

3. HEARING ON APRIL 24, 2018 AT 5:30 PM REGARDING REPLACING THE ODOR MONITORING STATION REQUIREMENT UNDER THE ELLWOOD ONSHORE FACILITY PERMIT WITH AN ODOR MONITORING STATION NEAR WEST CAMPUS (UCSB)

4. SUMMARY OF GOLETA PLANNING DIRECTOR PETER IMHOF’S PRESENTATION ON PLANNING DEPARTMENT’S WORK PLAN

5. INFORMATION FROM CITIZENS PLANNING ASSOCIATION OF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY (CPA)

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Details:

1, THE COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO A FREE FORUM ON “RUNNING FOR AND SERVING ON GOLETA’S CITY COUNCIL,” THURSDAY APRIL 19 AT 6:45 PM.

Responding to community interest on Goleta’s November 6 election for City council, The Goodland Coalition will be hosting a free, non-partisan public meeting on Thursday, April 19 6:45 PM at the Goleta Public Library Meeting Room. The topic will be: “What’s involved in running for, and serving on, Goleta’s City Council?”

PROGRAM

-Margaret Connell, Goleta’s first Mayor and twice elected to the City Council, will speak about the duties, rewards, and time commitment for serving on the Council including attending council meetings, committees, and community functions, remuneration, and other considerations.

– Goleta City Council members Stuart Kasdin and Kyle Richards will speak about what’s involved in running for office – the mechanics of filing, deadlines, public speaking, and “electioneering” including campaign costs and fundraising.

Audience question and answer period: The attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of Margaret, Kyle and Stuart. Attendees can also comment on what they are looking for in a city council candidate.

DATE & TIME: Thursday, April 19 6:45 PM – 8:30 PM

LOCATION: Goleta Public Library, 500 N Fairview Ave, Goleta

ADMISSION: FREE

R.S.V.P. Optional, just to make sure we have enough cookies: info@thegoodlandcoalition.org

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2, PUBLIC IS INVITED TO GOLETA’S ANNUAL STATE OF THE CITY PRESENTATION TUESDAY, APRIL 10 AT 6:00 P.M.

PROGRAM

– Hear from Mayor Paula Perotte and City Manager Michelle Greene on topics important to you.

– This is a great opportunity for the public to ask questions of the city leaders.

– Spanish translation will be available.

– This event will be rebroadcast on Goleta TV (channel 19/104.148) and will also be posted on the City’s website at http://www.cityofgoleta.org. A broadcast schedule will be available after the event.

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6:00 PM

LOCATION:The Goleta Valley Community Center (5679 Hollister Avenue)

ADMISSION: Free

R.S.V.P.: Not necessary, just come

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3. HEARING ON APRIL 24, 2018 AT 5:30 PM REGARDING REPLACING THE ODOR MONITORING STATION REQUIREMENT UNDER THE ELLWOOD ONSHORE FACILITY PERMIT WITH AN ODOR MONITORING STATION NEAR WEST CAMPUS (UCSB)

This hearing is to accept public comments on the recently issued draft permit renewals and proposed major modifications for the South Ellwood Field stationary source.

Many are especially concerned with the State Land’s proposal to replace the current odor monitoring station with one on UCSB campus which is more distant.

The Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday April 24, 2018 from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm in the Wisteria Conference Room at the District’s office in Santa Barbara: Air Pollution Control District; 260 N. San Antonio Rd, Suite A; Santa Barbara, CA 93110

To learn more, click on https://www.ourair.org/031118-pub-notice/

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  1. SUMMARY OF GOLETA PLANNING DIRECTOR PETER IMHOF’S PRESENTATION ON PLANNING DEPARTMENT’S WORK PLAN

Goleta’s Director of Planning and Environmental Review, Peter Imhof, spoke at a free public forum hosted by The Goodland Coalition, March 10, 2018.

Mr. Imhof discussed his plan for his 15 regular staff members to deal with a huge set of ambitious and pressing items. Here are some of the key projects The Planning Department is focused on.

– A Permit Tracking System. The purpose of this new system will be to increase efficiency and retrieval of permits leading to better service to the public. Changing from a paper system to an electronic one will make it easier for staff, applicants and the public to access needed documents. The tracking system should be in place by year’s end.

– Another important project is the New Zoning Ordinance, to align Goleta’s zoning with its General Plan. Roll out of the draft new ordinance could be available for public review and comment in 2018, with final adoption by the council in 2019.

– Several key ordinances are being drafted to apply local preferences to State of CA legislation on Accessory Dwelling Units (granny units) and Cannabis. These should be finished by summer 2018.

– The Ellwood butterfly habitat plan by November.

– A review and clarification of Goleta’s Design Review process should be completed by the end of 2018.

Director Imhof followed his talk by staying and graciously answering all the questions from the audience.

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5. INFORMATION FROM CITIZENS PLANNING ASSOCIATION OF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY (CPA)

Some Goleta residents have asked how they can become more involved in local planning issues. We at The Goodland Coalition want to mention that there are opportunities for Goleta residents to keep in touch at CPA, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots community organization. Below is an excerpt from CPA’s newsletter, CPAR.

CPA’s annual meeting will be Saturday, June 16 at 1 p.m. at the Pico Adobe (behind the office, with free parking.) We will be electing officers and board members, so if you have a few hours to help us support the organization and our mission, please consider volunteering for the board. Contact us: citizensplanningsb@gmail.com.

You can visit CPA’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/citizensplanning/ and the CPA website https://www.citizensplanning.org/ for updates. Or contact Marell Brooks, Executive Director; 805-966-3979 or by email, citizensplanningsb@gmail.com

As CPA indicated in a recent newsletter, “CPA is always open to new volunteers, new committee members, new board members, new topics for research, and planning-related subjects for civic or policy action. If you have a topic or project we should know about, please let us know. If you know someone who hankers to get trained, and get involved, please tell us. We need your help to stay involved and pay attention to all that goes on in our community. Join us! To contact us or subscribe to our newsletter: citizensplanningsb@gmail.com.”

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CITY OF GOLETA CONTACT INFORMATION:

To send an email to Mayor Perotte, city council members Aceves, Bennett, Kasdin and Richards and City Manager Greene, copy the following and past it into the TO: section of an email.

pperotte@cityofgoleta.org, raceves@cityofgoleta.org, mbennett@cityofgoleta.org, skasdin@cityofgoleta.org, krichards@cityofgoleta.org, mgreene@cityofgoleta.org

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TGO #40: A Forum, Workshops, Meetings and more

This is the first Goodland Outlook in a while. Our readers have told us they appreciate receiving it only when there is important news to share. Now, after the holidays, fire and floods, it seems like there’s a lot happening all at once that affects Goleta residents. Here is a short review of the topics, with details below.

— The Goodland Outlook, Edition #40 — February 25, 2018 —

  1. FREE PUBLIC FORUM, 6PM ON MARCH 8 TO MEET PETER IMHOF GOLETA’S NEW DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW
  2. GOLETA PLANNING WORKSHOP 1PM ON MARCH 5
  3. HYDROGEN SULFIDE RELEASES IN WEST GOLETA – PUBLIC HEARING 6PM ON MARCH 7
  4. OLD TOWN GOLETA SIDEWALK PROJECT, PARKING, AND COMPLETE STREETS MARCH MEETINGS AND WORKSHOP (SEE DATES AND TIMES BELOW)
  5. ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT (ADU) ORDINANCE IS CHANGING;  Design Review Board Meeting at 3PM on February 27 on ADU Design Review Standards
  6. CITIZENS PLANNING ASSOCIATION OF SANTA BARBARA (CPA)

Details:

  1. FREE PUBLIC FORUM, 6PM MARCH 8 TO MEET PETER IMHOF GOLETA’S NEW DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW

The Goodland Coalition invites the public to a FREE forum to meet and hear from Goleta’s new Director of Planning and Environmental Review, Peter Imhof.

What – Program
*Moderators Introduction: Peter’s background and qualifications

*Learn about his goals, challenges and opportunities for the department

*Update on major issues and opportunities for community involvement:

– Ordinance revisions in process: Zoning, Cannabis, and Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinances

– Sustainability Programs: Community Choice Aggregation, SEC Distributed Energy Resources, Ellwood Mesa Tree and Habitat

Management Program, etc.

  • Audience question-and-answer session
  • Peter’s concluding remarks
  • When: Thursday, March 8 at 6:00 PM
  • Where: Goleta Public Library, 500 N Fairview Ave, Goleta, CA 93117 in the large community meeting roomR.S.V.P. is optional, just to make sure we have enough cookies: info@thegoodlandcoalition.org

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  1. GOLETA PLANNING WORKSHOP 1PM ON MARCH 5

The City Council is having an important special meeting to hear from the Planning and Environmental Review Department on possible re-organization and on priority setting.

The Agenda for the March 5, 2018 Special City Council Meeting has been posted and is available here.

The meeting will be held at Council Chambers at City Hall.

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  1. HYDROGEN SULFIDE RELEASES IN WEST GOLETA – PUBLIC HEARING 6PM ON MARCH 7

On March 7, 2018 at 6:00 pm the City of Goleta will hold a public meeting on the repeated hydrogen sulfide releases in western Goleta. The meeting will be held in the City’s Council Chambers at 120 Cremona Drive. Staff from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Environmental Health Department, the Air Pollution Control Board (APCD) and the Office of Emergency Management will explain their roles and responsibilities and respond to questions.

THE PROBLEM

Goleta residents are concerned that such nearby hydrogen sulfide releases are dangerous and that local agencies can and should be doing more to protect resident safety:

– Exposure to hydrogen sulfide can cause permanent injury and can be fatal. Its toxicity depends on the concentration and duration of exposure.

– Current policies and practices do not prevent exposures, but seem to only detect and report on them.

– It is apparent that local authorities don’t know the concentration levels or the duration of the releases, and often not even their source.(see below for recent examples.)

At least one local resident is an authority on detecting releases of toxic materials and has noted that reliable detection and automated alerting systems are commercially available.These systems are much more capable of identifying sources of the releases, exposure concentrations and durations of exposures.

RECENT HISTORY

Residents of western Goleta recently experienced a serious hydrogen sulfide release on Sunday, October 9, 2016. It was feared the release came from Venoco’s Ellwood oil processing facility (EOF) located next to the Sandpiper golf course. The source was later discovered to be a water well being drilled on agricultural land near Winchester Canyon. The Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control Board (APCD) finally ordered the drilling stopped.

Since October 2016 local authorities have repeatedly responded to hydrogen sulfide releases in western Goleta, but not always in a satisfactory way. For example, last week hydrogen sulfide fence alarms at Venoco’s facility sounded intermittently for more than 90 minutes. When residents called 911 to report the odor, they were told that the source was offshore and that the first responders were not able to detect any toxins with their equipment.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

If you think more should be done to protect local citizens from future toxic releases, please to attend the March 7 meeting and advocate for better monitoring and enforcement to prevent dangerous releases.

More background information on APCD findings on recent releases can be found here: https://ourair.org/hydrogen-sulfide-in-goleta-area

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[The following is excerpted from City of Goleta announcements.]

  1.  OLD TOWN GOLETA SIDEWALKS PROJECT, PARKING AND COMPLETE STREETS MARCH MEETINGS AND WORKSHOP (SEE DATES AND TIMES BELOW)

Old Town Sidewalks Project Meetings

This project will provide a network of sidewalks on at least one side of neighborhood streets north of Hollister Avenue between South Fairview and Kinman Avenues as well as along Pine Avenue south of Hollister Avenue. Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2019.

On March 6 at 6:00 pm, City staff will update the Goleta City Council and community on this neighborhood project and the right-of-way process, at City Hall Council Chambers, 130 Cremona Drive.

On March 22, staff will hold a community meeting to have a more interactive discussion that includes street-level graphics and private property owner information on what to expect during the right-of-way process.The meeting is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Avenue.

 Old Town Parking Restrictions Community Meeting on March 12
The City is looking at changing the parking in Old Town along Hollister Avenue and adjacent streets in order to accommodate easier access for patrons of local businesses and the desire of the Old Town community. Join us for a Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Standing Committee meeting on March 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the Goleta Valley Community Center (5679 Hollister Avenue) to provide input on this topic. Anyone interested in providing feedback and learning more is welcome to attend.

Can’t make the meeting? Take our survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/oldtownparking

Para obtener información en español, y para tomar nuestra encuesta, haga clic aquí:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/oldtownparkingespanol

Hollister Complete Streets Community Workshops, 5:30 PM March 12 for residents, 9AM March 13 for businesses

Residents and visitors of Old Town are invited to a community workshop on March 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Goleta Valley Community Center (5679 Hollister Avenue).

Business Owners & Employees of Old Town are invited to a community workshop 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. on March 14 March 14 at the Goleta Valley Community Center, Room 6 (5679 Hollister Avenue).

Attendees will see three alternatives for what Hollister Avenue could look like. Should it be reduced from two lanes to one in each direction? What should the bike lanes look like? Do you prefer parallel or diagonal parking on Hollister Avenue? We will be gathering feedback on the different options to see which one people like best.

Hollister Avenue is a main corridor in Old Town Goleta providing access to businesses and residential homes. The Complete Streets project will enhance safety, access and mobility for all users (pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders) on Hollister Avenue between Fairview Avenue and State Route 217.

For those who are unable to attend, we still want to hear from you!

Please take our online survey which allows you to rank the three options and provide comments and feedback.

The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HollisterCompleteStreets and will be open through March 18, 2018.

For more information on the project please visit http://www.goletacompletestreets.com.

Para obtener información en español, y para tomar nuestra encuesta, haga clic aquí:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/oldtownparkingespanol

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  1. ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT (ADU) ORDINANCE IS CHANGING;

Design Review Board Meeting at 3PM on February 27 on ADU Design Review Standards

 Recent changes to state law governing Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) rendered Goleta’s previous ordinance on ADUs void. The state legislature intends to make it easier for residents to build ADUs to meet statewide housing needs.So, the City of Goleta will be adopting a new ADU ordinance to comply with the requirements of state law.

Unfortunately, the state’s “one size fits all” approach to planning does not factor in some of the unique characteristics of individual communities. Fortunately, some discretion still remains with local jurisdictions to tailor an ADU ordinance somewhat.

The Goleta Planning Commission has held two public workshops to provide input to city staff in advance of creating the draft ordinance. Issues of interest include: size and design requirements, the permitting process, development fees, owner occupancy, parking, and incentives to get unpermitted units permitted.

Goleta’s Design Review Board is discussing Design Review Standards for ADUs at its February 27 meeting beginning at 3PM. To see the agenda, click here https://tinyurl.com/yauq5zff and then refer to item D1.

Also, keep an eye out for a draft ADU ordinance to be on a Planning Commission meeting agenda in March 2018 and on the City Council’s agenda for final approval in May 2018 (tentative schedule subject to change). Your input will ensure that the new ordinance adequately preserves neighborhood character while also meeting the requirements of state law and the General Plan.

MORE ABOUT ADUs

An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a secondary dwelling unit on land with a single family dwelling. ADUs may informally be referred to as in-law units, secondary units, or granny flats. An ADU is more than just an addition to a single family home – it is a separate space with its own living facilities and separate entrance. It may be a repurposing of space within the primary dwelling, an addition to the primary dwelling, or detached from the primary dwelling. ADUs may not be sold separately from the primary dwelling.

NOTE: ADUs should not be confused with the City of Santa Barbara’s “Average Unit-Size Density” Incentive Program – also called the AUD Incentive Program.

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  1. CITIZENS PLANNING ASSOCIATION OF SANTA BARBARA (CPA)

Some Goleta residents have asked how they can become more involved in local planning issues. We at The Goodland Coalition want to mention that there are opportunities for Goleta residents to keep in touch at CPA, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots community organization.

CPA representatives and members have been very supportive of issues raised by The Goodland Coalition, helping spread our message and often testifying in our support at Goleta City Council and Planning Commission meetings.

In addition, CPA has provided a free email newsletter that often spots and highlights local issues. They also hold informative meetings and forums on topics of interest. Most recently, they co-sponsored with the SB Urban Creeks Council and the Santa Barbara Public Library a presentation by geologists Edward Keller and Larry Gurrola on the Montecito Debris Flow, video soon to be linked on the CPA website.

Upcoming on March 5,  Supervisor Janet Wolf will be at CPA’s First Monday (always free) planning meeting; 12 noon-1:15, Hill-Carrillo Adobe, 11 East Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara. …space is limited!

And they always welcome input when community members want to raise concerns on something that needs attention.

As CPA indicated in a recent newsletter, “CPA is always open to new volunteers, new committee members, new board members, new topics for research, and planning-related subjects for civic or policy action. If you have a topic or project we should know about, please let us know. If you know someone who hankers to get trained, and get involved, please tell us. We need your help to stay involved and pay attention to all that goes on in our community. Join us. Contact us: citizensplanningsb@gmail.com.”

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CITY OF GOLETA CONTACT INFORMATION:

To send an email to Mayor Perotte, city council members Aceves, Bennett, Kasdin and Richards and City Manager Greene, copy the following and past it into the TO: section of an email.

pperotte@cityofgoleta.org, raceves@cityofgoleta.org, mbennett@cityofgoleta.org, skasdin@cityofgoleta.org, krichards@cityofgoleta.org, mgreene@cityofgoleta.org

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TGO #39 Urgent: Special Council Hearing on 9/5

— The Goodland Outlook, Edition 39 — September 1, 2017

URGENT NOTICE OF A SPECIAL HEARING ON ELLWOOD MESA EUCALYPTUS GROVE

This is a special edition of The Goodland Outlook for a September 5 Goleta city council meeting on dealing with dead and dying trees in and around the Ellwood Mesa Eucalyptus Grove.

The meeting on September 5 begins at 6:00PM at Goleta City Council chambers at City Hall. The purpose of this meeting is “… to receive the staff report, ask questions, and listen to public comment.” You can find the staff report here.

As the city announced, “A second meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on September 7th for a special Council meeting.  At this meeting, staff will be available to answer questions, additional public input will be heard, and the Council will be asked to decide and direct staff on how to proceed with the project.  The staff report for this meeting can be found here.

THE GOODLAND COALITION’S RECOMMENDATIONS: The Goodland Coalition fully endorses the “Option 6” recommendations detailed in the position paper below by The Friends of the Ellwood Monarchs. Their recommended approach would provide for safe public access to Ellwood Mesa and the Ocean while protecting priceless Monarch habitat.

* * * Please join The Goodland Coalition in telling city council and staff that we want them to adopt the “Option 6” approach of The Friends of the Ellwood Monarchs.* * *

If you want to be more specific, you can add the following. We want Goleta to:

– create and implement a short-term plan that provides for public trails to areas currently lacking a safe route to Ellwood Mesa and the ocean, while attending only to the trees that pose a real and imminent threat to public safety along these trails. This includes providing adequate signage and maps for the public.

– delay any large-scale removal of trees until a restoration plan is prepared, reviewed by the public and approved.

– expedite the development and approval of a Monarch Habitat Management Plan for Ellwood Mesa. This should include a timeline for phasing any tree removal restoration, and for reopening the remaining public trails, while respecting habitat management strategies and requirements.

Please see the contact information at the end of this email. And please review the detailed proposal by

The Friends of the Ellwood Monarchs just below.

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THE FOLLOWING IS THE POSITION PAPER SUBMITTED TO GOLETA’S CITY COUNCIL BY

The Friends of the Ellwood Monarchs

Ellwood Monarch Groves at Risk. Support a More Balanced Alternative: Option 6

On Tuesday, September 5th, the City Council will consider options for addressing the current condition of the Ellwood Mesa eucalyptus groves, which have provided the most important overwintering habitat for Monarch butterflies in Southern California.

In the Staff Report, available here: http://www.cityofgoleta.org/home/showdocument?id=15319 (and linked above) City Staff endorses Option 1 – an environmentally reckless proposal to remove over 900 trees in and around Monarch butterfly aggregation sites, even during the months when Monarchs aggregate, with no prior environmental review, and no plan for near-term mitigation of project impacts or habitat restoration in place. Staff’s recommended proposal is not practical, as it conflicts with the Coastal Act and CEQA.

Options identified in the Staff Report are either partial solutions (Option 2), take an unrealistically long amount of time (Option 5), or call for immediate mass removal of vegetation in environmentally sensitive habit areas with unknown and potentially catastrophic consequences to Monarch habitat (Options 1 and 4). Option 3, “Phased Tree Removal,” lacks specifics as to why the southern part of Ellwood North was chosen for the first phase and doesn’t explain how further prioritizing and phasing would proceed. Although it might enhance public access from the parking lot used by tourists, it doesn’t address access for local users.

The Friends of the Ellwood Monarchs, an ad hoc community group composed of local residents, has developed an alternative option not presented in the Staff Report (“Option 6”) that more carefully balances the need for public access with the need to preserve critical Monarch habitat. This approach includes the following elements:

Prioritize and restore selected public access trails:

1. Identify the areas that are currently lacking public access to Ellwood Mesa due to the trail closures, and determine which trails in those areas require the least amount of Monarch habitat disruption to be safely reopened for public access.

2. Assess which trees located along the public trail(s) identified for reopening actually constitute a “fall risk” (described in the Althouse & Meade draft Action Plan as involving multiple factors in addition to tree health, including eucalyptus tree root strength, canopy height and weight load, percent trunk rot, wind, topographic position of the trunk, erosion, and other factors that were not assessed in the report).

3. Identify the impacts to Monarch habitat from the selected interim trail safety measures and develop mitigation measures to replace and /or compensate for these impacts.

4. Submit an Emergency Coastal Development Permit (CDP) application for selective removal of trees found to constitute a “fall risk” that present an imminent danger to public safety along the trail(s) identified for reopening. Include targeted mitigation and restoration actions as a condition to be performed immediately and simultaneously with any tree removal.

Preserve and restore Monarch habitat:

5. Do not begin any large-scale removal of trees in or near the aggregation sites until a restoration plan is prepared and approved. The City’s Monarch biologist Dan Meade on page 25 of the Staff Report, section 1.7 refers to “the restoration plan…to be prepared prior to large scale tree removals.” We agree. Most of the historic Ellwood sites (Sandpiper, West, North, and East) were still functioning as habitat last season and probably will function similarly in the coming season. Tree removal without planned simultaneous and immediate mitigation and restoration is risky and may destroy the habitat value of the sites.

6. Adopt an expedited timeframe for development and approval of the Monarch Habitat Management Plan for Ellwood Mesa that includes a timeline for phasing any tree removal and restoration of the aggregation sites, and a strategy for reopening the remaining public trails in coordination with habitat management strategies and requirements. 3-5 years to develop a plan as projected in the Staff Report is unreasonable given that the City has been working on producing this Plan since 2010. Each month of delay in creating this plan translates to impacts to the Monarch that is literally the symbol of Goleta – this should be among the City’s highest priority projects.

Express your support for Friends of the Ellwood Monarchs and Option 6 by emailing the Mayor and City Council members (see contact information below) and/or attending and speaking at the Council hearing on September 5th.

* * *

CITY OF GOLETA CONTACT INFORMATION:

To send an email to Mayor Perotte, city council members Aceves, Bennett, Kasdin and Richards and City Manager Greene, copy the following and past it into the TO: section of an email.

pperotte@cityofgoleta.org, raceves@cityofgoleta.org, mbennett@cityofgoleta.org, skasdin@cityofgoleta.org, krichards@cityofgoleta.org, <mailto:mgreene@cityofgoleta.org>mgreene@cityofgoleta.org


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TGP #38 — a busy summer

The Goodland Outlook Edition 38

It’s been a busy summer and more important items are scheduled for this month of August. In an effort to keep Goletans informed about what’s going on, the Goodland Coalition is sending you this somewhat full update. We’re including lots of links and an attachment if you want more information. Here are the headlines with details below:

  1. PROPOSAL TO ADD 33 ADDITIONAL HOUSING UNITS AT HOLLISTER VILLAGE (WESTAR) – GOLETA’S PLANNING COMMISSION 3-2 VOTE TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL AT UPCOMING GOLETA CITY COUNCIL MEETING

  2. GOLETA CITY COUNCIL DENIES GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT FOR POTENTIAL GAS STATION DEVELOPMENT

  3. MASSIVE TREE REMOVAL CONSIDERED IN THE ELLWOOD MONARCH GROVES

  4. FIRE STATION #10, NOTICE OF PREPARATION FOR EIR

  5. A TALL COMMERCIAL OFFICE BUILDING IS BEING PROPOSED AT 80 NORTH PATTERSON, JUST NORTH OF THE HIGHWAY 101 NORTH OFF RAMP.

  6. SIGN UP FOR GOLETA’S ANNUAL DAM DINNER AUGUST 19, 2017

  1. . PROPOSAL TO ADD 33 ADDITIONAL HOUSING UNITS AT HOLLISTER VILLAGE (WESTAR) – GOLETA’S PLANNING COMMISSION 3-2 VOTE TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL AT UPCOMING GOLETA CITY COUNCIL MEETING

    As you may have heard, by a 3-2 vote Goleta’s Planning Commission recently recommended approval of proposed 33 more residential units at Hollister Village. This development is near the Storke-Hollister intersection and the new Smart & Final. To learn more, see media coverage here.

    However, this development requires City Council approval. Stay tuned for information on when the City Council will take up this proposal at one of its meetings, probably soon.

  2.  GOLETA CITY COUNCIL DENIES GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT FOR POTENTIAL GAS STATION DEVELOPMENT

    Goleta’s City Council recently denied a General Plan Amendmentto rezone a parcel at Santa Felicia and Storke, just south of Hollister. Mayor Paula Perotte and council members Kasdin and Richards voted no, while council members Aceves and Bennett voted yes.

    Afterwards, there was some controversy about the developer’s reaction.
    For more details about the proposal, click here.
    For more details on the developer’s reaction, click here.



  3.  MASSIVE TREE REMOVAL CONSIDERED IN THE ELLWOOD MONARCH GROVES

    The City is considering cutting down many hundreds of trees identified as dead or stressed in the Ellwood monarch habitat. On July 26 the City held a community meeting with a great turnout to discuss the tree health survey.
    It’s clear that the Ellwood Mesa is a beloved treasure within our community. Monarch biologist and City consultant Dan Meade explained that any removal of trees must be done carefully and thoughtfully. Only some of the key issues to consider before wholesale tree removal are:
    — such trees may still provide habitat functions for the butterflies in the Ellwood Mesa Sperling Preserve and their removal could damage or reduce the habitat value of the groves.
    —some of the trees are remote from public trails and so the need for removing all of them at once may be less vital.
    —it would be best if a restoration or replacement plan were approved about the same time as a removal plan is approved.
    —The public needs to be kept fully informed on the plans and progress to address these issues.


    Planner Anne Wells explained that the City staff would develop options for a plan in consultation with Meade and other experts to bring back to the City Council and the public. These options could include some immediate hazardous tree removal near trails, a phased removal of other trees over time along with a mitigation and restoration plan to plant new trees.
  • However, since the July 26 meeting there have been reports and indications that the City staff may be moving ahead with a plan to speedily remove many hundreds of trees in September on an emergency coastal permit without a biologist-recommended, City Council-approved action plan for the tree removal or a restoration plan.
  • If you want to express your support for a comprehensive plan that balances protections from falling trees and fire with protection of the butterfly habitat, beach access and careful funding for these efforts, you can express such concerns by emailing the Mayor and City Councilmembers (see contact information below.) Or you can speak at the Public Comment period at the beginning of each session of the City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 15 (afternoon session at 1:30 pm, evening session at 6:00 pm).
    Contact information for emailing Goleta’s Mayor, City Council members and City Manager is as follows: mbennett@cityofgoleta.org, pperotte@cityofgoleta.org, raceves@cityofgoleta.org, krichards@cityofgoleta.org, skasdin@cityofgoleta.org, mgreene@cityofgoleta.org
  • -The PowerPoint from the July 26 public workshop can be found here.
  • – A Noozhawk article about the meeting can be found here.
  • – Trails to and through the monarch habitat in the Ellwood Mesa Sperling Preserve have been closed because of the City’s concern for public safety. More information and FAQs can be found here.
  • – For City email and text notifications the regarding Ellwood Mesa projects, click here to subscribe.

  1.  FIRE STATION #10, NOTICE OF PREPARATION FOR EIR
    The City has just released a Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for Fire Station 10.  An NOP gives the public a chance to help determine what considerations should be examined in the DEIR. There are 2 ways for the public to provide input, during the public comment period of August 8, 2017, to September 7, 2017.
    The public can submit written comments. See contact information below for the project manager Claudia Attend the Scoping Meeting which will be held on Tuesday, August 29 at 5:30pm in the Council Chambers to provide and listen to public comment on the Draft EIR.

    The project consists of the design and construction of a new fire station, approximately 11,600 square feet in size, with associated landscaping and appurtenant facilities on a City-owned parcel located at7952 Hollister Avenue.
    Further details are available on the City’s website here.
    If you have any questions, please contact Claudia Dato, Project Manager, cdato@cityofgoleta.org or 805-961-7554.


  2. A TALL COMMERCIAL OFFICE BUILDING IS BEING PROPOSED AT 80 NORTH PATTERSON, JUST NORTH OF THE HIGHWAY 101 NORTH OFF RAMP.

    Because this project is so near to Goleta’s eastern edge and our main thoroughfares, Goodland Coalition is following this project in the unincorporated area near Patterson Avenue. Residents of Goleta and nearby county area should stay alert and involved as this project makes its way through the county’s permitting and design review process.

    We believe that
    – that the 33ft. tall commercial building’s height is incompatible with the surrounding community,

    – will block views of the mountains from Patterson.

    – will create traffic and circulation issues this already traffic-intensive intersection.

    – is contrary to Santa Barbara County’s development standards for commercial buildings in urban neighborhoods as well as the Eastern Goleta Valley Community Plan policies.

    We are hoping when the project is next reviewed by the South County Board of Architectural Review commissioners on Friday, August 18th, they will address the height issue and other design issues.  If you are interested in further information about the project, please contact Cecilia at brownknight1@cox.net.


  3. SIGN UP FOR GOLETA’S ANNUAL DAM DINNER AUGUST 19, 2017

    [The following announcement was distributed by Goleta]

    The 5th Annual Dam Dinner is less than two weeks away! Join us for this FREE community event on Saturday, August 19, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m at the Lake Los Carneros Dam. Guests can bring their own dinner to feast on or purchase something to eat from Altamirano’s Food Truck. Everyone is encouraged to bring a potluck dessert to share. Water, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Kids are welcome at this family-friendly event where there will be live music from the Salt Martians, a face painter and other activities. Parking is available in the Stow House / Goleta Depot parking lot at 304 N. Los Carneros Road.
    Show your spirit by purchasing one of our t-shirts with the new Dam Dinner logo. They will be available at the event for $10, or email jshaw@cityofgoleta.org if you are interested in purchasing any in advance.
    We hope to see you there! Please let us know you are coming athttp://tinyurl.com/2017goletadamdinner; your registration helps us plan for enough tables and chairs.
    Like us on Facebook to get updates and reminders about the event. Participate in the social media fun by using #OhDam on Facebook and Twitter.
    [also, you can see pictures of previous dinners here]

 

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TGO #37 — meetings and happenings

June 24, 2017

Friends,

This Goodland Outlook contains information on some really important meetings and happenings. We hope you will take a moment to review it and pass it along to your family and friends. First, here are just the “headlines.”

  1. RANCHO ESTATES MOBILE HOME PARK FIRE IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT FINAL EIR AT JUNE 26 PLANNING COMMISSION
  2. GOLETA’S JUNE 27 DESIGN REVIEW BOARD AGENDA IS NOW AVAILABLE. SEE ESPECIALLY FIRE STATION AND VILLAGE AT LOS CARNEROS ITEMS
  3. GOLETA’S NEW PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT COMMISSION – INVITATION TO APPLY. APPLICATIONS DUE BY JULY 31
  4. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE COUNTY’S PARKS COMMISSION REGARDING GOLETA BEACH PARK
  5. SAVE THE DATE AUGUST 19, 2017 FOR GOLETA’S ANNUAL DAM DINNER


  1. RANCHO ESTATES MOBILE HOME PARK FIRE IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT FINAL EIR AT JUNE 26 PLANNING COMMISSION

The City has just released the Final Environmental Impact Report (Final EIR) for the Rancho Estates Mobile Home Park Fire Improvements Project.  The Final EIR and related information are available on our website here .

The Final EIR and proposed project will be considered at the Planning Commission on Monday, June 26, 2017 at 6pm.  The staff report and agenda for the Planning Commission will be posted on our website at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting.

Planners:  Joe Pearson II, Associate Planner, jpearson@cityofgoleta.org, 805-961-7543, or Kathy Allen, Supervising Senior Planner, kallen@cityofgoleta.org or 805-961-7543


  1. GOLETA’S JUNE 27 DESIGN REVIEW BOARD AGENDA IS NOW AVAILABLE. SEE ESPECIALLY FIRE STATION AND VILLAGE AT LOS CARNEROS ITEMS

The agenda for the June 27, 2017, Design Review Board Meeting has been posted and is available here.

It includes review for several important projects, especially:

– 7952 Hollister Fire Station 10 design

– Village At Los Carneros Tecolotito Creek Bridge design


  1. GOLETA’S NEW PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT COMMISSION – INVITATION TO APPLY, APPLICATIONS DUE BY JULY 31.

 Goleta’s City Council has created a new commission to increase residents’ participation in city elections, commissions, and public processes. Please see Goleta’s announcement:

The City of Goleta is now accepting applications for the City’s first Public Engagement Commission.  This Commission is charged with looking for opportunities and ways to increase public engagement in City government.  More specifically, the Commission will make recommendations to the City Council on matters pertaining to:

  • Whether the City should become a charter city;
  • Whether councilmembers should be paid greater compensation, and, if so, how much;
  • Whether regular City Council meeting should be scheduled after 5 p.m.;
  • Whether the directly elected mayor’s term should be 4 years;
  • How to increase resident participation in government;
  • The district mapping process in determining district lines for future district elections; and
  • Any other matters as directed by the City Council.

The Commission will have six regularly scheduled meetings per year and commissioners will be compensated at $50/meeting.

The Commission will be comprised of 7 members.  These members must be residents of the City.  They may not be employees or officers of the City of Goleta.

Apply today! Applications due by July 31.

Completed applications can be dropped off, mailed or emailed to:

City of Goleta, Attn: Deborah Lopez, City Clerk

130 Cremona Drive, Suite B, Goleta, CA 93117

Phone: (805) 961-7505, dlopez@cityofgoleta.org


  1. GOLETA BEACH MEETING, JULY 13, 2017

The public is invited to a meeting on Goleta Beach 6 p.m., Thurs., July 13, 2017. Please see SB County’s press release below.

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE COUNTY’S PARKS COMMISSION REGARDING GOLETA BEACH PARK

At a Special Meeting of the County Parks Commission, commissioners and the public will receive an update on the status of Goleta Beach Park following impacts from recent winter storms. Topics for the special meeting include specifics of the California Coastal Commission Emergency Permit; balancing recreation, environment and critical infrastructure; and preserving the Park for generations to come. County staff is gathering research and public comment before presenting options and recommendations to the Board of Supervisors in August. With direction from the Board, staff will be submitting a revised permit application to the Coastal Commission in September.

6 p.m., Thurs., July 13, 2017 Goleta Union School District Office – Board Room

401 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta 93117

Download or print the English and Spanish bilingual flier.

Spanish language interpretation will be available at the meeting. For more information, the public can call (805) 568-2410 or send e-mail to goletabeach@sbparks.org


  1. SAVE THE DATE AUGUST 19, 2017 FOR GOLETA’S ANNUAL DAM DINNER:

The Dam Dinner will be held on August 19. Time: 5-7pm. Soon details will be available via flyers, Goleta “Nextdoor” Goleta’s website and on channel 19.

In the meantime, see pictures of previous dinners here: http://tinyurl.com/y7ghrxyr



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TGO #36 — Development Forum

— The Goodland Outlook, Edition 36—

May 16, 2017

Friends,

Below you will find 2 items of IMMEDIATE interest. Please forward this information to your family and friends as soon as possible.

1. INVITATION to a Free Goleta Development Forum TOMORROW, May 17, 6:30 PM (note that a technical difficulty prevented us from sending this Outlook earlier, but you may have received notice of tomorrow’s forum through other emails and postings. We have received a positive response from the public.)

2. Notice of a Planning Commission hearing on 33 residential units proposed to be added to the 274 already existing units at Hollister Village (Westar)


1. INVITATION to a Free Goleta Development Forum TOMORROW, May 17, 6:30 PM

The Goodland Coalition http://thegoodlandcoalition.org/  invites the public to a FREE forum on Goleta Development, How It Gets Approved and What YOU Can Do About It.

WHAT
* During the forum’s first 45 minutes, a panel of knowledgeable community members and activists will present a brief overview of
– Who makes what decisions?
– What rules govern decision-making?
– Who are the decision makers (and how did they get there)?
– How can YOU influence the development process?

* Audience members are invited to participate in a question-and-answer session following the presentation.

*Come for the session, stay for the cookies.

WHEN
6:30 PM, May 17. The forum will be repeated on May 25 for those who cannot attend the first event.

WHERE
Goleta Public Library, 500 N Fairview Ave, Goleta, CA 93117 in the large community meeting room.

R.S.V.P. is optional, just to make sure we have enough cookies: info@thegoodlandcoalition.org

To learn more about The Goodland Coalition, click on http://thegoodlandcoalition.org/

  1. Notice of a Planning Commission hearing on 33 residential units proposed to be added to the 274 already existing units at Hollister Village (Westar) 

    The Planning Commission hearing on this project is on Monday May 22, 2017 at 6 P.M. at City Council Chambers, located at 230 Cremona Dr.  The entrance is at the rear of the building.Goleta Hollister Apartments LLC and Goleta Hollister Triangle LLC, has requested approval of 16 studio and 17 one bedroom apartments for a total of 33 apartments on 1.84 acres.
    The Project site is located on Village Way, north of Hollister Avenue, west of Storke Road and immediately west of South Glen Annie Road (7000 Hollister Avenue).
    Some project details:

  • The development includes two 40 foot elevator towers that will further block mountain views.
  • The development seeks to create rooftop gardens as a substitute for required open space. This rooftop area would be SEPARATE from other project open space. Since Goleta’s General Plan says that housing site design should include usable, contiguous open space, a rooftop garden should not qualify.
  • The project will worsen traffic on Hollister and Storke.  Caltrans and SBCAG have expressed concerns about the project.

You can express your views on this proposed development by attending the Planning Commission hearing. Or you can send in an email to Goleta’s Planner on this project, Mary Chang, Supervising Senior Planner atmchang@cityofgoleta.org or 805-961-7567.

You can see details of this proposal here http://www.cityofgoleta.org/city-hall/planning-and-environmental-review/ceqa-review/hollister-village-apartment-project
The Staff report for this project should be available on this Thursday, May 18 at Goleta’s websitehttp://www.cityofgoleta.org/i-want-to/news-and-updates/government-meeting-agendas-and-videos


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TGO #35: highlights and updates

— The Goodland Outlook, Edition 35—

February 28, 2017

FOREWORD:

Friends: This is our first Goodland outlook for 2017. We hope you will take a moment to review it and pass it along to your family and friends. This issue includes no funding request, just the following:

  • A LITTLE GOODLAND COALITION HISTORY
  • OUR 2016 HIGHLIGHTS
  • SOME 2017 GOODLAND COALITION’S PRIORITIES AND CHALLENGES
  • WELCOME TO GOLETA’S 2 NEW PLANNING COMMISSIONERS
  • HOW TO KEEP UP TO DATE ON THE CITY OF GOLETA’S ACTIVITIES

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A LITTLE GOODLAND COALITION HISTORY: Before a preview of 2017, here’s a little context. The Goodland Coalition is the group that promoted the successful passage ofThe Goodland Farmland Protection Initiative in 2012 that passed by 71% of Goletans. As a result, Goleta voter approval is required before any of the 5 remaining agricultural parcels of 10 or more acres, including Bishop Ranch, can be rezoned for non-agricultural uses.

We’ve stayed active in Goleta, dedicated to defending the quality of life in Goleta by:

  • Advocating policies that protect, preserve, and improve Goleta’s unique character,
  • Encouraging and facilitating participation of Goleta residents in community planning and decision-making, and
  • Sending out information on key Goleta meetings and events via our Goodland Outlook newsletters such as this one, which we hope you forward to your friends and neighbors.

You can learn more about us and see previous Goodland Outlooks by going to our website, http:/thegoodlandcoalition.org


OUR 2016 HIGHLIGHTS

Only some of our 2016 activities are included in the following. We:

  • Joined with the Westside Goleta Coalition to convince the CHP to withdraw a proposed new CHP station in West Goleta.
  • Held a public forum on Goleta’s proposed new Zoning Code; and a forum or what it takes to run for and serve on Goleta’s City Council.
  • We subsequently endorsed Kyle Richards and Stuart Kasdin who won with their commitment to protect and preserve Goleta’s precious resources such as water, public safety and traffic capacity, recreation and neighborhoods.
  • Joined The Shelby Foothills Coalition to oppose the rezone for 60 luxury homes of a 14 acre parcel currently zoned for agriculture.
  • Opposed acceptance of a “gift” to Goleta whose acceptance would have prevented Goleta from initiating shut down of Venoco’s dangerous oil processing facility at Haskell’s Beach.

Successfully advocated for changes to planned Fire Station #10 for a safer and more attractive design. Testified at numerous Goleta’s Design Review Board, Planning Commission and City Council on a number of developments.


WELCOME TO GOLETA’S 2 NEW PLANNING COMMISSIONERS

New City Council members Kasdin and Richards have appointed Goleta Planning Commissioners Jennifer Smith and Robert Miller respectively. They joined planning commissioners Ed Fuller, Katie Maynard, and Eric Onnen who were already on the Commission. Recently Katie Maynard was elected Chair and Ed Fuller was elected Vice Chair. You can contact commissioners by clicking here




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TGO #34: Goleta Election Updates

— The Goodland Outlook, Edition 34 — November 4, 2016

 Foreword:

This edition has two VERY time-sensitive items:

1. UPDATES ON ELECTIONS AFFECTING GOLETA

* Breaking News: Kyle Richards and Stuart Kasdin Endorse Each Other for Goleta City Council (see their press release below)

Important “Follow the Money” and other updates on ballot items affecting Goleta on the November 8 ballot:

  • Two Goleta City Council seats
  • A measure that would change the way Goleta selects its mayor
  • The 3rd District County Supervisor who represents a large part of Goleta
  • The Goleta Water District

    2.  RANCHO GOLETA MOBILE PARK FIRE ROAD PROPOSAL

An important EIR hearing on this proposal will take place at Goleta City Hall on November 9 at 5:30 PM. Please consider attending or sending comments via email.

Just a few of the many objections raised by the Santa Barbara Audubon society are listed here, with more details provided further below.

  • The proposed project violates Goleta’s carefully crafted General Plan and would violate many California Coastal Act and Goleta General Plan/CLUP provisions.
  • The current trail adjacent to Devereux Creek from Coronado Drive to the southern end of the mobile home park is heavily used by walkers, joggers, birders, and bicyclists.
  • The project proposes to remove native trees in this riparian corridor, including five arroyo willows, one western sycamore, and four live oaks.
  • The DEIR’s analysis of impacts on birds and wildlife is inadequate.

More details on these and other objections from the Santa Barbara Audubon Society are listed below.

Please take a moment to review this important information.


Details:

  1. UPDATES ON ELECTIONS AFFECTING GOLETA

BREAKING NEWS, PRESS RELEASE: Candidates Kyle Richards and Stuart Kasdin Endorse Each Other for Goleta City Council

Today, Goleta City Council Candidates Kyle Richards and Stuart Kasdin announced that they are endorsing each other’s candidacies. They said that as their respective campaigns progressed, they found that they agree on many issues, especially citing the need to rein in Goleta’s over-development and resulting impacts. They also cited the fact that they have been endorsed by many of the same community organizations, including: Sierra Club, Democratic Party, Tri-Counties Central Labor Council, Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee, The Goodland Coalition, and others.

Richards said, “I am confident Stuart Kasdin will be a voice for slow, carefully-managed growth and living within our resources. I’m impressed by Stuart’s experience with community and economic development, and his background in public policy will bring fresh ideas to the council and promote a more efficient city government.”

“It is critical that Goleta voters elect two candidates who will bring change, not more of the same in this election,” said Kasdin. “I am supporting Kyle Richards as a common sense candidate who I can partner with on the council. We are the two candidates most committed to making sure future development doesn’t further erode the key services and resources residents expect such as water, public safety, libraries, and road capacity.”

Richards concluded, “Stuart and I agree that this election is really a referendum on Goleta’s growth policies. We are committed to returning to the vision in Goleta’s General Plan, protecting Goleta’s neighborhoods and resources.”

[END OF PRESS RELEASE]


As you may recall, The Goodland Coalition has made several endorsements in races directly affecting our city. One of the races is for Goleta City Council.

The Goodland Coalition strongly endorses Stuart Kasdin and Kyle Richards for Goleta City Council.

They are committed to reining in Goleta’s rapid pace of growth and preserving and protecting water supply, roads, views, libraries and other key services and resources.

The incumbent candidate is Tony Vallejo who votes with the council majority that approved virtually all of Goleta’s recent development. To “Follow the Money,” a who’s-who of realtor and development interests supporting Vallejo, click here  http://tinyurl.com/hbn9bso

For an entertaining video, see http://tinyurl.com/jr3opn2


Other key Goodland Coalition endorsements include:

  • Goleta’s proposed Measure C2016 for an elected Goleta Mayor (C2016): Vote NO. For a great article about this measure, click on http://tinyurl.com/zc2fxcx
  • 3rd District County Supervisor: Joan Hartmann – To “Follow the Money” of her opponent’s big oil and developer supporters, click here  http://tinyurl.com/jeyalj7
  • Goleta Water District Board: Lauren Hanson, Rick Merrifield, Bill Rosen


    2.  RANCHO GOLETA MOBILE PARK FIRE ROAD PROPOSAL

  • An important EIR hearing on this proposal will take place at Goleta City Hall on November 9 at 5:30 PM. Please consider attending or sending comments via email.Details of the ideas and objections raised by the Santa Barbara Audubon society are listed below.[From the Santa Barbara Audubon Society]Dear Friends,

    The City of Goleta has proposed a project called the Rancho Goleta Mobile Home Park Fire Improvements Project that would damage the environment at Devereux Creek near the Coronado Butterfly Preserve. See the City info on the project at  http://www.cityofgoleta.org/city-hall/planning-and-environmental-review/ceqa-review/rancho-goleta-mobile-home-park.

  •  Santa Barbara Audubon is opposing this project as proposed and has prepared the email below to marshal additional opposition.We would appreciate your support to help us protect Devereux Creek. Please come to Goleta City Hall on November 9 at 5:30 PM and comment on the project.For those of you who can, we’d appreciate it if you could forward the email below to your membership.We just received the attached letter from the California Coastal Commission to the City. The letter expresses some of the same concerns that Audubon has.

    Regards,

    Steve Ferry, Santa Barbara Audubon Society

    Save Devereux Creek!

    Speak for the Creek on Wednesday, November 9th, at 5:30PM in Goleta City Council Chambers! [If you can’t testify in person or if you would like to augment your verbal remarks, please send written comments via email to Joe Pearson II, Associate Planner, 805-961-7573; <mailto:jpearson@cityofgoleta.com>jpearson@cityofgoleta.com no later than 5:00 PM Monday, November 21st.]

    The City of Goleta has released a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Rancho Goleta Mobile Home Park Fire Improvements Project. The proposed fire road would be built on top of the bank of Devereux Creek, near the Coronado Butterfly Preserve. Devereux Creek in the Ellwood area of Goleta is an important corridor for migratory and breeding birds and other wildlife. The proposed project would remove trees and violate the creekside buffer zones that are mandated by Goleta’s General Plan.

    The creek needs your help! If we have a strong turnout at the hearing we can influence the City to select Alternative 2, a more environmentally-friendly alternative (see below).

    Attend the hearing on November 9th at 5:30 PM and give your comments on the adequacy of the DEIR. Goleta City Council Chambers are at 130 Cremona Dr., Suite B, Goleta.  Enter on the east side of the building. Anyone can testify – you don’t need to be a resident of the City of Goleta.  Be sure to pick up and fill out a speaker slip near the entrance and give the speaker slip to a City official inside the Council Chambers.

    Attend the hearing on November 9th at 5:30 PM and give your comments on the adequacy of the DEIR. Goleta City Council Chambers are at 130 Cremona Dr., Suite B, Goleta.  Enter on the east side of the building. Anyone can testify – you don’t need to be a resident of the City of Goleta.  Be sure to pick up and fill out a speaker slip near the entrance and give the speaker slip to a City official inside the Council Chambers.

    Speakers will probably be given three minutes each to give their comments. Some people find it easiest to write out their remarks and just read them. This is perfectly acceptable. Santa Barbara Audubon Society has prepared talking points below. You should select the two or three talking points that you feel strongest about and give those. Using your own words is most effective, but not necessary.

    Talking Points

    —I  support Alternative 2.  Alternative 2 achieves the goal of fire safety without the environmental impacts of proposed project.  In this alternative, an extension of Sea Gull Drive provides a different location for the fire access road and fire line.  The new fire access road would be gated to prevent regular access between the mobile home park and the adjacent neighborhood.  The gate would only be opened for emergency access.  The DEIR appropriately describes Alternative 2 as the Environmentally Superior Alternative.  Alternative 2 would avoid all the damage to the streamside habitat.  Because a much less environmentally-damaging alternative is available, the City must support Alternative 2 to avoid Class I environmental impacts and conflicts with City and Coastal Act policies.

    — I support Alternative 2.  Alternative 2 achieves the goal of fire safety without the environmental impacts of proposed project.  In this alternative, an extension of Sea Gull Drive provides a different location for the fire access road and fire line.  The new fire access road would be gated to prevent regular access between the mobile home park and the adjacent neighborhood.  The gate would only be opened for emergency access.  The DEIR appropriately describes Alternative 2 as the Environmentally Superior Alternative.  Alternative 2 would avoid all the damage to the streamside habitat.  Because a much less environmentally-damaging alternative is available, the City must support Alternative 2 to avoid Class I environmental impacts and conflicts with City and Coastal Act policies.

    —The proposed project violates Goleta’s carefully-crafted General Plan.  General Plan policy CE 2.2 requires a minimum 100-foot buffer outward from the tops of stream banks.  This is the streamside protection area, or SPA.  This buffer is required unless a project is infeasible without the reduction and the resulting reduction has insignificant environmental impacts.  Even if conditions for exceptions are met, the SPA cannot be reduced to less than 25 feet.  However, in this case, it is clear there is a feasible alternative, Alternative 2.  In addition, the proposed project with reduced buffers will have significant environmental impacts.  The proposed project will reduce riparian buffers to as low as 6 feet, violating even the minimum requirements of CE 2.2, resulting in an unmitigatable Class I impact to SPAs.

    —The current trail adjacent to Devereux Creek from Coronado Drive to the southern end of the mobile home park is heavily used by walkers, joggers, birders, and bicyclists.  Thus the trail is a valuable public amenity for the community. Most users and neighbors would prefer that the trail stays in its current configuration.  The proposed all weather fire road, and associated water pipeline and wall, would replace this trail and destroy the vegetation on the north side of Devereux Creek.

    —The project proposes to remove native trees in this riparian corridor, including five arroyo willows, one western sycamore, and four live oaks.   The DEIR recognizes these trees are important as habitat, for shading, and as filters for contaminants. Although the DEIR states that this tree removal would constitute a mitigatable Class II impact, mitigation plantings cannot occur in the road corridor, owing to road clearance requirements.  As a consequence, the project would destroy native riparian vegetation without appropriate on-site mitigation, constituting a Class I, unmitigable impact.

    —The Devereux Creek corridor in this area is critical habitat for migratory and resident birds.   The proposed road and vegetation clearances would degrade on-site and adjacent bird and wildlife habitat, including the important migratory bird “stopover site” at the end of Coronado Drive.  This is a designated Audubon birding hotspot known as the “Coronado Seep”.  This area is especially valuable for fall migrants from late July to early October.

    —The DEIR’s analysis of impacts on birds and wildlife lists only 28 bird species that might be affected by the project.  The DEIR is inadequate in its analysis of bird species.  Santa Barbara Audubon has gathered documented observations of 114 bird species within the project area, including 44 migrants and 54 breeding species. These data were collected by many birders who regularly visit this site.  Lists for other vertebrates are also inadequate.  For example, brush rabbits are common in the project area and ringneck snakes are often observed.

    —The DEIR is inadequate in that it does not include the impacts of the project to Recreation.  I recommend that the DEIR be re-circulated to account for impacts to Recreation and mitigation measures that should be implemented.  Large numbers of birders from throughout the state visit the project area, especially the Coronado Seep, from mid-summer through fall.  This is the most visited birding spot in the county in some years.  The impacts to this form of recreation, the loss of Recreation, remedies and mitigations leading to more prudent management of the site are missing.

    —The DEIR and associated Biological Reports (Appendices B and C) recognize that the project would violate many California Coastal Act and Goleta General Plan/CLUP provisions.  These include polices on Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Areas (ESHAs, including raptor and monarch butterfly habitat) and their required buffers, Streamside Protection Areas (SPAs), and wetland buffers.  The Biological Reports recognize that this project violates many of the City’s environmental policies.  However, the DEIR is inadequate because it argues that many of the project impacts could be mitigated.  This assertion contradicts the environmental review documents which clearly state that violation of the underlying policies protecting environmental resources could not be mitigated (therefore resulting in Class I impacts).

    —The proposed fire road is in the Coastal Zone, conflicting with Coastal Act 30240(a), which states that Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area, ESHA, shall be protected against any significant disruption of habitat values; Coastal Act 30240 (b), which states that development adjacent to ESHAs must be situated and designed to prevent impacts to ESHAS, and Coastal Act 30231, which protects the biological productivity and quality of coastal waters, including encouraging riparian habitat.

    —Due to the construction and maintenance of the 20-foot wide road, and 10 foot clearances on both sides (within 6 feet of stream banks), the disruption to bird breeding, feeding, and roosting habitat would persist for the life of the project, that is, indefinitely.

    —The numbering of impacts and mitigations in the Biological Report (Appendix B) do not match the numbering in the DEIR, which is confusing and misleading.  The Biological Report performed a considered analysis of the environmental impacts of the fire safety plan, which largely was not followed in the DEIR.  The DEIR made many unsubstantiated conclusions regarding the class of environmental impacts and the appropriateness of mitigations.  We refer the City to the DEIR’s Appendices B and C for a reasonable environmental impact analysis.

    —The City erred in making the fire safety plan a condition for approval of the mobile home park condominium conversion years ago.  At that time the environmental impacts of the fire safety plan were unknown.  Therefore, the attachment of these conditions as a Development Agreement (DA) did not trigger a revised or supplemental EIR which would have allowed the environmental impacts of the entire project to be evaluated.   The impacts and mitigations for the project with conditions were not examined until long after the conversion was approved, inappropriately limiting the options of future approval bodies.

    —Further, the City is allowing a private operator to build and maintain infrastructure on City-owned public lands, while degrading an important community amenity.

     

    If you can’t testify in person or if you would like to augment your verbal remarks, please send written comments via email to Joe Pearson II, Associate Planner, 805-961-7573; jpearson@cityofgoleta.comno later than 5:00 PM Monday, November 21st.  SBAS will be providing a letter template.

    Notes on City of Goleta process:

    The hearing on the DEIR on November 9 is a hearing before the City’s Environmental Hearing Officer.  The City will take the public’s verbal and written comments on the adequacy of the DEIR.   No decision on the project will be made at the November 9 hearing.  After the hearing the City will incorporate the public’s comments into the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) where appropriate.  Then there will be hearings on the FEIR before the Goleta Planning Commission and the Goleta City Council.  There is also likely to be a hearing before the California Coastal Commission.

    Alternative 2 would require removal of two mobile homes.




     

TGO #33: Goleta Election Information

— The Goodland Outlook, Edition 33 — October 17, 2016

Foreword:

This Outlook contains important information on two matters that are vital for Goleta:

  1. This Wednesday’s (10/19) hearing in Goleta about Venoco’s proposal to extend its drilling outside its current offshore lease.
  2. Election information about how Goleta will select its mayor and endorsements that will affect Goleta. There are only about 21 days until Election Day and voting by mail has already started for many people.

Details:

Venoco’s Extended Drilling Proposal

This Wednesday, October 19 California’s State Lands Commission will hear public comment on Venoco’s proposal to drill outside its current offshore lease to include the entire Ellwood Field. To ensure public input, the meeting will take place twice, at 3 and 6 p.m., in the Goleta City Council chambers. People can comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR). Suggested talking points are listed at the end of this Goleta Outlook.

And you can learn more by reviewing the recent story in the SB Independent, click here.

Also: see below for more information.


Election Information Ballot Item C2016 To Change The Way Goleta Selects Its Mayor.

The Goodland Coalition says “Vote no on C2016” because there is no need to change the current method, as so well discussed by Goleta’s first Mayor, Margaret Connell, in her recent column which you can view here: http://tinyurl.com/zc2fxcx .

We were pleased to see agreement by Andy Caldwell’s News-Press October 13, 2016 opinion column when he opposed measure C2016 by saying it would “…empower, the mayor of Goleta to make all appointments to boards, commissions and committees…Concentrating power and authority into one politician’s hands creates a power vacuum for the rest of the elected officials and is the perfect recipe for abuse behind closed doors.”


Other Key Endorsements

Since our previous edition’s endorsements for Goleta City Council, we were heartened that the Santa Barbara Independent agreed on the importance of voting for BOTH Stuart Kasdin and Kyle Richards, noting: “The two candidates pushing the pause button hardest are Stuart Kasdin and Kyle Richards, who we think would bring some necessary balance to a government body otherwise too quick to say yes to developers and too slow to impose conditions designed to protect the environment and ensure affordability.” [SB Independent, 10/6/16]

You can view the Indy’s other endorsements for Goleta City Council, 3rd District Supervisor, and Goleta Water Board with which we agree, here: http://tinyurl.com/hgo5ckt

Just to recap, The Goodland Coalition is proud to make the following endorsements: Goleta City Council: Kyle Richards & Stuart Kasdin To see a new Goleta Grapevine column on the importance of electing both Kyle Richards and Stuart Kasdin, click http://tinyurl.com/gqbqszu

  • 3rd District County Supervisor: Joan Hartmann
  • Goleta’s Proposed Measure for an elected Goleta Mayor (C2016): Vote NO 
  • Goleta Water District Board: Lauren Hanson, Rich 


More information concerning item 1 above regarding Venoco’s expanded drilling application: Draft EIR Talking Points On Venoco South Ellwood Expansion Project – Prepared by EDC, Sierra Club, GOO!, CPA, [10/14/16]

The EIR should disclose the following facts:

  • Venoco seeks to drill into the California Coastal Sanctuary
  • This would be the first new or expanded oil lease in State waters since the 1969 oil spill
  • Expanding the existing lease would violate the settlement agreement between ARCO (Venoco’s predecessor), the State, the County, and the Sierra Club, in which ARCO quitclaimed this area in exchange for additional drilling rights near Long Beach
  • The area to be quitclaimed does not overlie any portion of the South Ellwood oil field; thus the project would simply add 3,400 acres of new oil and gas leasing (i.e., there is no benefit of 431 “net” acres being protected)
  • Venoco wants to process the oil and gas at the Ellwood Onshore Facility, despite the fact that the site was re-zoned in 1990 for recreational use, and such processing would violate the City of Goleta’s General Plan and Zoning Ordinance
  • We agree that the project would result in many “Class 1” significant and unavoidable impacts. Given the dangerous and risky nature of the project, the EIR must pay special attention to the impacts associated with the following:
    • Extending the life of Platform Holly and associated facilities
    • The full life cycle of oil and gas drilling, production, processing, refining, transportation and combustion
    • The numerous endangered and threatened species, important habitats and vulnerable ecosystems (including the University’s Coal Oil Point Natural Reserve and the State’s Campus Point Marine Protected Area) that would be affected by an oil spill
    • The adjacent uses that would be impacted by oil spills, gas leaks, air pollution and other risks, including nearby neighborhoods, Ellwood School, Sandpiper Golf Course, Haskell’s Beach, Ellwood Mesa, Highway 101 and frontage roads, Isla Vista, and Devereux
    • The difficulties responding to an oil spill, as evidenced by the 2015 Refugio Oil Spill
    • Consistent with a previous Draft EIR for this proposal, the EIR should use a “zero emission threshold” for greenhouse gas emissions

The EIR analyzes only one alternative, in violation of CEQA. The EIR must analyze a range of alternatives, including clean energy alternatives that would provide the same resource without any of the adverse impacts and risks.


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