Moving to Goleta

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Goleta is a wonderful place to live and we have a lot to celebrate in 2017!  This year marks the 15th anniversary of the City, the 10th State of the City and the 5th Dam Dinner.

Incorporated in 2002, this coastal city of about eight square miles is 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 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.  Currently one of the council members is selected by the other council members to serve as mayor for a one-year term. However, in the November 2016 election, Goleta residents voted to instead elect the mayor by popular vote for a two-year term beginning with the 2018 election.

The City works hard to keep its residents safe, and it shows.  Goleta has been named one of the top 100Safest Cities in California seven times in the last five years by multiple agencies! 

In 2017, the City celebrated its 10th State of the City.  This is the City’s annual opportunity to update the business community on the state of the City and what lies ahead.  The event is hosted by the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce and held at Bacara Resort & Spa.  For the first time ever, residents had another chance to attend the event. On May 31, 2017, the City of Goleta hosted the event at the Goleta Valley Community Center at no charge.

Another popular event in Goleta is the Dam Dinner, which will be held for the fifth time in August.  The idea for the event was formed 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 people share a meal (either homemade or purchased from a 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 300 people.  This casual event brings people of all ages out to get to know one another over dinner and live music.

Come join us in the Goodland - a great place to live, work and play!  

For more information, please check out our Helpful Links for New Residents and the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce website.