(for details, please see The Goodland Outlook #32, click here.)

 For Board of Supervisors, 3rd District:

Joan Hartmann

For Goleta City Council:

Stuart Kasdin

Kyle Richards

The Santa Barbara Independent agrees:

Goleta City Council: Stuart Kasdin and Kyle Richards

New growth and development have exploded throughout the Goleta Valley in the past six years in no time since the 1970s, and residents — accustomed to the politics of cruise control — are now grabbing for the wheel.

“What happened to the mountain views? Aren’t we in a drought? Where’s the water coming from?” These are all very good questions. The Santa Barbara Independent always worried that cityhood would accelerate the impetus for growth; the easiest way to provide basic services is to generate revenue through development. It’s called zoning for dollars.

This tendency was greatly exacerbated by the horrible financial deal Goleta city founders made with Santa Barbara County in order to gain cityhood. That may all be water under the bridge, but when there’s nothing left in the dam, it’s cause for serious pause. 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.

Kasdin and Richards bring years of knowledge and engagement, not to mention professional and governmental chops that would vastly expand and improve the scope of public discussion.

Candidates Forum: On October 2, the Santa Barbara branch held a forum for Goleta City Council candidates. Four of the five candidates, Tony Vallejo, absent, were present; the League has posted the video of the forum which can be seen by clicking here. (The League of Women Voters does not endorse candidates.)

For Goleta Water District:

Lauren Hanson

Rich Merrifield

Bill Rosen

And we urge a “NO” vote on Goleta’s Measure C2016, the question of having an elected mayor.

For details, click on the names above to access the candidates’ websites; for information of Measure C2016, click here or here.