Paula Perotte was elected to a two-year term as Mayor in November 2018 and began her term in December. This was the first election in City history where residents voted for Mayor, as opposed to the Mayor being selected by City Council for a one-year term. Mayor Perotte was originally elected to the Council in 2010 and re-elected without opposition in 2014. She previously served as Mayor in 2014, 2017 and 2018.
Meetings with Mayor Perotte are available upon request. Please click here to contact her.
Mayor Perotte serves as the City’s representative to the following organizations:
- Home for Good Santa Barbara County (previously known as Central Coast Collaborative on Homelessness or C3H)
- Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District Board
- Santa Barbara County Association of Governments
- Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTD)
She also sits on the following committees:
- Energy/Green Issues Standing Committee
- Grant Funding Review Standing Committee
- Legislative Issues Committee
- Revenue Neutrality Ad Hoc Agreement Committee
- Highway 154 Safety Task Force Ad-Hoc Committee appointed by SBCAG Board
Mayor Perotte has been a long-time advocate for children. She worked for the Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara helping parents of special needs children obtain services for their children. She was involved in the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at the local, regional and state level for over 20 years. Her committee work has included service on the Community Concerns Commission; the Special Needs Committee; the Safe Routes to School National and State Partnership; Strategic Highway Safety Plan Pedestrian safety focus group; and the Teenage Driver committee.
In addition, Mayor Perotte served on the County KIDS Network from 2006-2009, and the First 5 Advisory Board from 2004-2006. From 2000-2004 she worked with the Santa Barbara Area Safety Committee. She was instrumental in successfully advocating for the passage of state laws increasing fines in school zones, reducing speed limits, and extending the school zones.
Mayor Perotte is most passionate about the following issues: sustainability and environmental protection; preserving the character of Goleta and its neighborhoods; jobs and a vibrant economy; homelessness; affordable housing; children with special needs; education; transportation; public safety.
Mayor Perotte has been a resident of Goleta for more than 35 years where she and her husband Peter, a Goleta native, raised their two, now-adult daughters. They are also the proud grandparents of Colton and Dakota.