— The Goodland Outlook, Edition 35—
February 28, 2017
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
HOW TO KEEP UP TO DATE ON THE CITY OF GOLETA’S ACTIVITIES
Subscribe for City email notices on a wide variety of topics. If you have already subscribed, new topics of interest have been added. To update your current subscriber settings here: http://tinyurl.com/goletasubscriptions
Subscribe to Goleta’s newsletter, Monarch Press. Click here to view the current and previous editions and also to subscribe: http://www.goletamonarchpress.com/
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