Goleta Community State of the City Wrap-Up

Check out Photos and Videos from the Event

Thanks to everyone who attended the 6th Annual Goleta Community State of the City on April 10, 2023, at the Santa Barbara Elks Lodge located at 150 N. Kellogg Avenue. We were pleased with the great turnout of around 200 people, beginning when doors opened at 5:00 p.m., continuing to the formal program at 6:00 p.m. and through the live question and answer panel to close the evening. We hope everyone left feeling more informed and connected with the City. To see firsthand what a memorable night this was, check out the following:

The main part of the program was the Mayor’s 2023 State of the City Address. During her speech Mayor Paula Perotte spoke about the City’s recent accomplishments and challenges ahead. She said, “The overall goal we must pursue will be to do everything we can to preserve the unique and essential character and traditions of this corner of the universe that we call Goleta. I want to ask for your help in making sure that next year we can report that the changes we will have made have also made Goleta stronger, more vital, and an even better place to live, work and play.”

Following the State of the City Address, City Manager Robert Nisbet provided an update on the City’s finances. During his presentation he said, “The good news is that this past November this community passed a one cent sales tax, Measure B. This says a lot about the value the community places on local government and the trust they have in their council and staff.”

During the final segment of the program, City staff answered questions submitted from the audience on various topics ranging from housing, pavement concerns, homelessness, future construction plans and more.

We again want to thank everyone who attended and helped to make this event one to remember.

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Mayor Paula Perotte giving her 2023 State of the City Address

City Manager Robert Nisbet giving the City’s financial update

Staff member talking to a community member at a City information table

Council and City Manager (pictured left-to-right): District 2 Councilmember James Kyriaco, Mayor Pro Tempore Kyle Richards, City Manager Robert Nisbet, Mayor Paula Perotte, District 1 Councilmember Luz Reyes-Martín, and Councilmember Stuart Kasdin

Electeds and Stakeholders (left-to-right): District 1 Councilmember Luz Reyes-Martín, Congressman Salud Carbajal, Mayor Paula Perotte, 2nd District Supervisor Laura Capps, and Santa Barbara Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Hilda Maldonado

City of Goleta staff