Tune in Tomorrow, July 7th, to the Goleta City Council Meeting
Agenda Items Include the November 2020 Election, COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Programs, Goleta City Grants and More
Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, July 7 at 5:30 p.m. for Goleta's Virtual City Council Meeting. The City Council will be considering several important items, including:
- Council will consider a resolution to hold a General Municipal Election on November 3, 2020, for the following: electing two City Councilmembers for the full term of four years; and election of a Mayor. They will also consider placing the following measures on the ballot: increasing the Mayor's term of office from two years to four years; and a 1% (or 1 cent per dollar) sales tax increase.
The current terms of Councilmembers Stuart Kasdin and Kyle Richards will conclude in December 2020. The term of Mayor Perotte will also conclude in December 2020. Accordingly, the office of Mayor and two City Council offices are to be filled at the November 2020 General Municipal Election. The candidate filing period for the Mayor and the two City Council seats will be July 13, 2020, through August 7, 2020. However, the candidate filing period may be extended to August 12, 2020, for persons other than the incumbents should an incumbent who is eligible to file elect not to file. No incumbent may file during the extended candidate filing period. The City Council has the opportunity to place two additional questions before the voters: A Proposed Question Relating to Mayor’s Term, “Shall the term of office of the mayor be changed from two years to four years?”, and a proposed ordinance establishing a 1 cent per dollar sales tax providing approximately $7,000,000 annually until ended by voters, requiring annual independent audits with all funds benefiting Goleta residents. The staff report can be read at: https://tinyurl.com/y96lxbvz.
- Council will consider approving COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Programs. The City is interested in partnering with Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) and Santa Barbara Foundation (Foundation) to provide funding assistance to Goleta-based small businesses with a focus on reopening needs in order to comply with public health guidelines. Both programs would be managed by the Neighborhood Services and Public Safety Department, through partnerships with WEV and the Foundation. The Economic Development & Revitalization Standing Committee recommended proceeding with WEV’s $200,000 request for the ReStart Loan and Basic Loan programs as well as the Foundation’s $50,000 request to support the Santa Barbara Foundation Santa Barbara Better Together Small Business Grant Assistance Program. View the staff report here: https://tinyurl.com/y8tyady2.
- City Council will consider approving the recommended recipients of the Goleta City Grant Program for FY 2020/21. The Grant Program is made up of funding from the City of Goleta for grants of up to $5,000 each. A total of $80,000 will be given to non-profit organizations involved in providing public services, educational and cultural activities such as music, art, dance, and recreation, and Goleta-oriented special events and regional projects that enhance and support the quality of life in Goleta. Of the 57 applications received this year, the Grant Funding Review Standing Committee has recommended funding for 33 nonprofits serving Goleta, with this year’s focus on applicants who are providing critical services during the current public health emergency. An additional $20,000 will be used throughout the next fiscal year to support nonprofit sustainability and one-time special events. Read the staff report at: https://tinyurl.com/yayarx4c.
- Council will conduct a Public Hearing to Consider Adoption of Vehicle Miles Traveled California Environmental Quality Act Thresholds. Council is being asked to approve new thresholds of significance for determining the traffic impacts of projects under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The City must implement California State Senate Bill 743 which changes the focus of transportation impact analysis in the CEQA from measuring impacts to drivers to measuring the impact of driving as the environmental impact. This will affect all projects that require CEQA analysis beginning July 1, 2020. CEQA requires disclosure to the public of significant environmental effects of proposed discretionary projects through the preparation of an Initial Study (IS) which leads to preparation of a Negative Declaration (ND), Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND), or Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The staff report is available here: https://tinyurl.com/ya68baf4.
- City Council will issue a proclamation declaring July 2020, as National Parks and Recreation Month in Goleta. View the proclamation here: https://tinyurl.com/y7vhv5cp.
For the complete July 7 City Council agenda, please go to https://tinyurl.com/y7twxd87.
How to Participate in the Virtual Goleta City Council Meeting
Participation by E-mail
As always, public comment on agenda items can be submitted by email to the City Clerk at email@example.com. Please submit written comments by noon on Monday prior to the City Council meeting to ensure Council and staff can review comments before the meeting. Comments e-mailed during the meeting will be read by the City Clerk aloud if they are submitted prior to the close of the agenda item they pertain to and that the reading does not exceed three minutes. Please state in your e-mail that you would like your comments “read into the record”. E-mail comments received after an agenda item will be placed into the record and distributed appropriately.
Participation by Phone
For community members who want to participate in the meeting by phone:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the speaker list. Please state your name, your phone number and indicate which item you would like to speak on.
- Dial-in 10 minutes prior to the start of the meeting (5:30 p.m.): Toll-Free Dial-in: (866) 580-6521 Participant passcode: 72295187 followed by #
- PLEASE MUTE YOUR PHONE UNTIL YOU ARE CALLED TO SPEAK. If you do not have a mute button, you may mute by pressing the star key followed by the number six (* 6). You can unmute by pressing the same keys (* 6). Comments from the public are limited to 3 minutes per speaker.
- Please be respectful and mindful while making your comment; children may be watching the broadcast of the meeting and appropriate language is expected.
Watch the Council Meeting Live
We encourage you to watch City Council meetings live on Channel 19 or live on our website at www.CityofGoleta.org/GoletaMeetings. If you miss the meeting, it is rebroadcast on Channel 19 Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., and is available to watch at any time on the City website. Sign up to receive an agenda sent to you via email or text here: https://tinyurl.com/y36ervg4.