Goleta was incorporated in 2002 and sits near the coast of Central California. Our City’s eight square miles are nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and Pacific Ocean, offering unparalleled scenic beauty. More than 28,000 people live in Goleta, and many more commute to work here. The City is on the cutting edge of the entrepreneurial business community. For a small city, there are lots of large, well-known companies who make their home in Goleta, and new entrepreneurs are popping up each year.
The City is governed by a five-member, elected City Council. As a General Law City, it has a Council-Manager form of government. This is the system of local government that combines the political leadership of elected officials in the form of a Council with the managerial experience of an appointed local government manager. The Goleta City Council serves as a legislative body. In 2018, residents voted for the first directly-elected Mayor to serve a two-year term, whereas previously, the Mayor was selected for a one-year term amongst the Council members.
The Dam Dinner is a popular annual event every August. The idea for the event was hatched at a Love of Goleta workshop in which participants shared what they love about our City and brainstormed on how to further create community. Every year at this event, people share a meal (either homemade or purchased from a local food truck) at the Lake Los Carneros Dam, a picturesque spot in Goleta. Since its inaugural event in 2012, the dinner has grown to over 400 people. This casual event brings people of all ages out to get to know one another over dinner, live music and a good time.
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