The most recent COVID-19 information is available at, and at the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Public Information Portal:

LEAD Goleta (Learn Empower Advocate Discuss)

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

2nd LEAD Goleta Community Academy Graduates

The City of Goleta is proud to congratulate 25 exceptional community members for completing the six-week LEAD Goleta Community Academy.  LEAD stands for Learn, Empower, Advocate, and Discuss. On February 12, 2020, the group completed their final class and then received their well-deserved graduation certificates as well as a City of Goleta pin.  The celebratory event was attended by the Mayor, City Councilmembers, City Manager, City Staff and family and friends of the participants. 

Watch a video recap of the six week LEAD Goleta Community Academy that took place in January/February 2020.  

The diverse group of Academy participants came from all different backgrounds and walks of life.  The group included a high school student, college students, retirees, business professionals, community activists and more. For the past six weeks the participants have been learning about how the City of Goleta is run from how the City came to be to all the facets that make up a City including presentations from Finance, Public Works, Planning, Neighborhood Services & Public Safety, the City Clerk’s Office, Goleta Valley Library, City Attorney’s Office, Community Outreach and more. 

Besides getting a behind the scenes look at each of these departments, the participants also got a tour of City Hall, experienced a Mock City Council meeting and watched video ride-alongs with our Public Works Director and our Parks and Recreation Manager.

The City's next LEAD Goleta will take place in the fall on six consecutive Wednesdays, September 9 - October 14, 2020, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. If you would like to be notified when we begin taking applications for the fall class, please email Jaime Shaw at

About LEAD Goleta

LEAD Goleta Social Media no URL

LEAD Goleta is a free, interactive and eye-opening six week program designed to help community members better understand the role that local government plays so that they can effectively participate, share that knowledge with others and possibly even consider a future role in city governance. 

Each class is interactive and features different key City departments giving a behind the scenes view of how the City of Goleta is run.  Attendees will learn everything from how roads are maintained to what goes in to creating the City’s budget. Throughout the program, participants will be exposed to the role of local government.

LEAD Goleta Class Jan_Feb 2020

Pictured: January/February 2020 LEAD Goleta participants

LEAD Goleta 2019 Graduates

Pictured: Graduates from our inaugural LEAD Goleta class in 2019 and City Council members