SBCAG Seeks Interested Individuals to Serve on the Measure A Citizens Oversight Committee

Applications to fill three vacancies will be accepted until August 16

Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) seeks interested individuals to fill three vacancies on the Measure A Citizens’ Oversight Committee. The committee provides important accountability for the expenditure of an estimated $1 billion of Measure A, voter-mandated, high priority transportation projects and programs throughout Santa Barbara County.

People who serve on the Measure A Citizens’ Oversight Committee are a part of regional transportation efforts to relieve traffic congestion and improve public safety. Those who represent diverse transportation, geographic, social, cultural, and economic interests in the county are encouraged to apply.

The Measure A Citizens’ Oversight Committee is comprised of 11 community leaders who represent North County, South Coast and the region “at-large.” Two vacancies must be filled by individuals who live in Buellton; Guadalupe; Lompoc; Santa Maria; Solvang; or the unincorporated areas of Orcutt, Vandenberg Village, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and New Cuyama.

Appointed members serve four-year terms and can be reappointed to additional terms at the discretion of the SBCAG Board of Directors. The Committee conducts meetings one to three times a year and annually submits comments to the SBCAG Board of Directors on whether the provisions, requirements, and voter mandates as outlined by the Measure A Investment Plan and Ordinance have been properly carried out.

The Measure A Investment Plan and Ordinance provides an estimated $140 million in matching funds to make local and U.S. highway 101 multimodal improvements from Santa Barbara to Mussel Shoals. The plan also provides an estimated $455 million each in North County and South Coast for transportation projects and programs to build safer walking and bike routes to schools, increase senior and disabled accessibility to public transit, increase options for carpool and vanpool programs as well as local street improvements such as pothole repairs and synchronized traffic signals.

To apply, individuals are encouraged to download and complete the application by 5 p.m. on Monday, August 16, 2021. The application is available on the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments website at www.sbcag.org/news. Alternatively, interested individuals may request an application from Lauren Bianchi Klemann, SBCAG’s government affairs and public information manager, at lbianchiklemann@sbcag.org or (805) 961-8900.

SBCAG administers Measure A according to strict accountability provisions including annual independent financial audits and public review of expenditures by the Measure A Citizen’s Oversight Committee.

More information about Measure A is available on the measure’s website at www.measurea.net.

ABOUT MEASURE A:

On November 4, 2008, Measure A was approved in Santa Barbara county with 79% voter support, a one-half of one percent (1/2%) sales tax for transportation projects and programs over 30 years. Measure A is administered by Santa Barbara County Association of Governments and it is estimated to provide more than $1 billion of local investment in transportation projects and programs through 2040.

Poll Workers Needed for Recall Election

The Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters office is seeking volunteers to serve as poll workers for the September 14 California Gubernatorial Recall Election. Community participation is always essential to staffing the precincts and polling places for the election. With this election taking place on such a short schedule, the Elections Office has less time than usual to recruit poll workers. Please consider applying to be a poll worker today!

Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor & Registrar of Voters said people should volunteer because, “poll workers are on the frontline of democracy; without them voting does not happen.”

Poll workers who work at a polling place receive a stipend of $180 to $240 for Election Day and to attend training. Each polling place is led by a Polling Place Supervisor who oversees one or more Precinct Boards. Each Precinct Board is comprised of one Inspector and two Clerks. In addition, each polling place will need a Traffic Clerk and Ballot Reception Clerk. 

To be a poll worker, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a registered voter in the State of California or lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States, as specified, and who is otherwise eligible to register to vote, except for their lack of United States citizenship.
  • Be able to follow written and verbal instruction.
  • Be available to serve Election Day – September 14 – from approximately 6 a.m. to
    9 p.m. or until all of the closing procedures have been completed.
  • Must be available to attend a mandatory training class.

Howard Hudson volunteers as a poll worker and as an Adopt-A-Poll organizer for the Santa Barbara Host Lions Club because he wants to be a part of the democratic process. Hudson said, “I feel that as a citizen I am obligated to do what I can to help with the process and I encourage others to get involved and participate. Election Day is busy, but rewarding and I get to meet others supporting our democratic process and right to vote.” 

To learn more about the poll worker program and training process, please go to https://countyofsb.org/care/elections/officers/information.sbc

New Funding Rounds for CA Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA), part of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), announced July 29 that there will be three additional rounds for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program following Governor Gavin Newsom signing into law the largest economic recovery package in state history

Guided by a principle of equity, the program provides a crucial financial recovery resource to traditionally underserved small businesses and nonprofits. As of July 29, in the first six funding rounds of the program, 180,939 small businesses and nonprofits have been awarded for a total of $2,034,395,811 in grant funding. Additional data can be found at https://business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019/.

The additional $1.5 billion expansion, for a total of $4 billion, makes this the largest small business grant program of its kind in the country and provides grants up to $25,000 for small businesses impacted by the pandemic. The three new competitive funding rounds will be conducted by CalOSBA’s selected intermediary, Lendistry. 

Additional information can be found at CAReliefGrant.com and below:

Round 7: Waitlisted applicants from certain previous rounds

Selection Window: Tuesday, August 3 through Thursday, September 16

  • Eligible applicants: This is a closed round and only available to eligible applicants who were waitlisted in certain previous rounds.  Selection does not guarantee approval or an award. If you were waitlisted, you do not need to reapply. New applications will not be accepted in this round.
  • Eligible grant award: $5,000 to $25,000
  • Details: This is a closed funding round; no new applications will be accepted.
Round 8: Nonprofit cultural institutions only 

Application window: Friday, August 27 through Wednesday, September 8 

  • Eligible applicants: Only nonprofit cultural institutions of any revenue size that meet eligibility criteria found at CAReliefGrant.com.
  • Eligible grant award: $5,000 – $25,000
  • Details: Approximately $16 million remain under the Nonprofit Cultural Institutions Program. Eligible nonprofit cultural institutions must complete a new application even if they already applied in Rounds 1, 2, 5 or 6; nonprofit cultural institutions that applied in Round 4 do not need to reapply.  Grants will only be available to nonprofit cultural institutions that did not receive funding in any previous rounds. Grants will be prioritized based on the documented percentage revenue declines based on a reporting period comparing Q2 and Q3 of 2020 versus Q2 and Q3 of 2019.
Round 9: New Applicants and Waitlisted applicants from certain previous rounds

Application window: Thursday, September 9 through Thursday, September 30

  • Eligible applicants: Current waitlisted applicants from certain previous rounds and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria found at CAReliefGrant.com.
  • Eligible grant award: $5,000 – $25,000
  • Details: Applicants not selected to move forward in the review process in Rounds 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, or 7 do not need to re-apply and will be automatically moved into Round 9. New applicants will need to apply at CAReliefGrant.com.

Habitat for Humanity Santa Barbara County Home Repair Program

If you are looking for a way to give back in a meaningful way, Habitat for Humanity is looking for volunteers who want to make a difference. Habitat for Humanity promotes dignity and independence for low-income homeowners by addressing critical health and safety needs within the homes. The Santa Barbara County Home Repair Program serves the geographic boundaries of Santa Barbara’s South County only – this includes Gaviota to the north and Carpinteria to the south.

Repair Opportunities
Repair opportunities range and can include both internal and external modifications. Health and safety upgrades in the home can potentially include: accessibility ramps, installing grab bars, exterior security lighting, flooring, exterior stairs, kitchen repair, windows, doors/widening doors, minor electrical, improving unsafe landscaping, and more. Habitat is also happy to provide access to community referrals and additional resources to eligible applicants.

Eligibility:
Each individual and/or family must meet all of Habitat’s homeowner selection requirements, and program eligibility will be determined based on the eligibility criteria for repairs. Completing an application does not guarantee program acceptance.

Partial list of Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Have a demonstrated need for critical health and safety repairs.
  2. Household gross income must be at or below 80% of the Area Median Income.
  3. Be willing to partner with Habitat for Humanity, volunteers and the community.

Apply Today
Habitat’s ability to address your need is dependent on available funding and project scope. If you are interested in learning more or completing an application, please contact katherine@sbhabitat.org or (805) 455-4919. Download the application here.

Our Water Our World: Controlling Cockroaches

No one wants cockroaches in their home or space, but it’s important to deter or remove them the right way and avoid harmful pesticides as much as possible. Below are some tips to help you keep these critters away.

Controlling Cockroaches
  • If you only have a few cockroaches, you may be able to control the problem with sticky traps and cleanup.
  • Use a strong vacuum with a crevice attachment to pull cockroaches from their hiding places and clean up nests. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter if possible. After vacuuming, take the vacuum cleaner outdoors, remove the bag, seal it in a plastic garbage bag, and put it in the trash. Wipe down the vacuum cleaner with a damp cloth.
  • Cockroach droppings (frass) attract more roaches and other pests. Clean up frass with soap and water. Then, use a hand duster such as a Pest Pistol to blow diatomaceous earth (DE) or boric acid powder into cracks, crevices, and other openings in walls, under large appliances, or in areas where you have found cockroach nests. Be sure to use DE sold for pest control, not for pool filters. When applying DE or boric acid powder, protect your lungs and eyes by wearing a dust mask, gloves, and safety goggles. Apply a very light coating because cockroaches will avoid piles of dust. It doesn’t take much to kill them.
  • One way to get to a cockroach hiding place behind a wall is to remove the cover plate on an electrical outlet or switch. Always turn off the power before applying products near electrical outlets.

If dusting is not effective, use enclosed cockroach baits.

Keep Cockroaches Out

Keep cockroaches away by blocking access to your home and to their food, water, and shelter. Follow these simple good housekeeping tips to keep them from coming back:

  • Store food in the refrigerator or in containers that seal tightly.
  • Clean counters and eating areas daily. Vacuum or sweep floors. Don’t leave dirty dishes out overnight, even in the dishwasher. Take out recycling and any garbage containing food scraps every night.
  • Place pet food and water bowls in larger bowls of soapy water.
  • Reduce clutter in all rooms (it provides shelter for cockroaches).
  • Keep kitchen surfaces dry whenever they are not in use, especially overnight.
  • Fix leaky plumbing.
  • Check items you bring into your house for cock- roaches or their egg cases. Pay special attention to used furniture and appliances, and cardboard cartons from food stores.
  • Put out sticky traps so that you’ll know as soon as cockroaches return. This is especially important in apartment buildings, condominiums, or other homes that share walls, where cockroaches can easily move from one home to another.

Find more information on controlling cockroaches with eco-friendly pesticide alternatives in our OWOW brochures in English and Spanish

The City of Goleta along with the Cities of Buellton, Carpinteria, Solvang, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and the County of Santa Barbara have partnered with the OWOW organization to promote the use of less-toxic products in an effort to reduce pesticide pollution in our communities. By reducing pesticide use and the use of less-toxic products around the home, you can help reduce pesticides and other pollutants such as herbicides and fertilizers from being picked up while watering or when it rains and transported to the nearest storm drain inlet and into our waterways. The OWOW website is a great resource for finding less-toxic products to use around your home or garden.

Green Room: Trash Pollution Prevention & Upcoming Events

The City of Goleta Environmental Services Division would like to highlight existing and upcoming programs to help avoid litter and trash pollution. Trash is an issue in watersheds since trash can make its way through the storm drain system, into creeks, and eventually into the ocean. It’s also bad for wildlife and it’s unsightly! The City of Goleta is committed to reducing trash in our communities and preventing trash from entering our creeks and the ocean. Here are some City programs as well as some ways that you can get involved and be a part of the solution.

Upcoming Community Events and Programs
  • California Coastal Clean-up Day: The 37th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day is set for Saturday, September 18, 2021, from 9am-Noon, at beaches and waterways throughout the state. Help us remove the trash and plastic pollution! To learn more and sign-up, visit Explore Ecology.
  • Santa Barbara Creek Week: Celebrate the 22nd Annual Creek Week, September 18-25th, 2021. Creek Week is an annual celebration of our creeks, watersheds, and the ocean, with many local organizations hosting events to help build awareness and stewardship of the natural treasures of Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpinteria. Learn more about this event here.
  • Community Based Volunteer Programs: There are community-based volunteer programs through local organizations and partners at the Environmental Defense Center, Explore Ecology, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, Santa Barbara Urban Creeks Council, Heal the Ocean Santa Barbara, and Santa Barbara County. These organizations work with volunteers to clean up our creeks, ocean, and other spaces. If you know of other community cleanup programs, we would love to hear more about them! Please contact the Environmental Services Division at environmentalservices@cityofgoleta.org
    • If you are interested in getting involved in community cleanups, please contact us!
  • Full Trash Capture: The City of Goleta will be installing full trash capture systems or their equivalent in all of our storm drains to prevent trash from entering waterways. Stay tuned for more; updates will be provided in our Green Room posts, as well as our stormwater web page here.
Current City of Goleta Programs
  • Beautify Goleta: While this program was on hold during the pandemic, it will resume soon, new and improved! Beautify Goleta provides dumpster and collection services to neighborhoods on a rotating schedule, to help residents properly dispose of bulky items.
  • Illegal Dumping: contact our Environmental Services Division to report illegal dumping on public right of way (pickups occur twice a month). Report illegal dumping to environmentalservices@cityofgoleta.org.
  • Free Bulky Items Collection: We partner with MarBorg to offer two FREE bulky item collections annually. All you need to do is call them to schedule a pick-up (805-963-1852). You can place bulky items curbside on the scheduled day, and they will be removed.
  • Recycling Programs: We have many recycling services available to residents for battery collection, medicine and sharps collection, styrofoam, and of course including Unlimited Recyclables Collection and Unlimited Green Waste Collection at no additional charge. Learn more here.
  • Shopping Carts: Report abandoned shopping carts to CAR-TRAC 888-992-4778.
  • Homeless Strategic Plan: This plan will provide sanitary services to houseless community members as well as inspection and cleanup programs for abandoned items. View our Homeless Strategic Plan to learn about the sensitive issues related to homelessness, and how we as a City plan to address them.
  • Street Sweeping: This program is integral to keeping our streets clean and free of trash and debris. Street sweeping helps remove waste from the gutter and roadsides that would otherwise go into storm drains, causing water pollution.
  • Mutt Mitt Program: Pet waste is one of the largest sources of water pollution. The City of Goleta’s Mutt Mitt Pet Waste Program works to address the issue of bacteria in streams from pet waste. City staff maintains 24 mutt mitt stations located at City maintained parks and open spaces, and along bike paths and walking trails.
  • Parks and Open Space Cleanups: City of Goleta staff regularly encounter sources of pollution in our open spaces and around local creeks whether during regular creek cleanups or reported by local citizens, and staff work to remove these sources of pollution from our creeks immediately.

For more information on these programs as well as upcoming programs such as full trash capture and community-based cleanup events, visit our Environmental Services website.

Pictured: Beautify Goleta event c. 2016

Pipeline Safety – Contact 811 Before You Dig

Avoid hazards and prevent pipeline damage by contacting underground service alert before you dig.

Underground utility pipelines can be located anywhere, including under streets, sidewalks and private property – sometimes just inches below the surface. Hitting one of these pipelines while digging, planting, or doing demolition work can cause serious injury, property damage, and loss of utility service.

Whether you are planning to build a major development or just landscaping your yard, make sure to submit a request online or call 811, a free service available to everyone. Representatives will coordinate with the ga company and other utility owners in the area to mark the locations of buried utility-owned lines.

SoCalGas provides additional information, including how to recognize a natural gas leak, at www.socalgas.com/stay-safe/safety-and-prevention/digging-and-yard-safety.

More information is also available at https://call811.com/.

Contactless Payment Options Now Available on Santa Barbara County Public Transit Systems

Contactless payment options are now available on Clean Air Express buses and on a selection of Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTD) buses. It is the first to be introduced among public transit providers in the Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo tri-county region and one of the first three systems to be deployed statewide. The tap-to-ride system uses cutting-edge fare payment technology provided by specialist partners Littlepay, Kuba, Cybersource, and Elavon. 

Clean Air Express and Santa Barbara MTD customers will see contactless payment readers installed at the front of the designated buses. If a customer’s debit or credit card is valid and has the contactless symbol on it or if they use a mobile payment option, they can tap it on the payment reader, look for a green checkmark on the payment reader’s screen, and take a seat to ride. 

Clean Air Express and Santa Barbara MTD still accept physical passes and cash payments. The contactless payment option is just one more way to pay a fare—and to do so in a quick, secure way on both transit providers.

Together, the adjoining transit providers are making it simpler for Central Coast riders to travel along U.S. 101 and into and around Santa Barbara’s North and South Counties. Whether a day-tripper or a commuter, a North County rider can tap to enjoy a scenic coastline ride on Clean Air Express, transferring in Goleta or Santa Barbara to tap onto a Santa Barbara MTD bus to continue to ride seamlessly to South Coast workplaces, restaurants, shops, and beaches.

For more information go to: www.sbmtd.gov/TaptoRide

Thank You to our Outgoing Parks & Rec Student Commissioner

City of Goleta wants to thank our Parks and Recreation’s Student Commissioner Jonika Ronkainen for her service to the City! She served as the Student Commissioner from October 2020 through August 2021, and also graduated from the City’s first LEAD (Learn, Empower, Advocate, Discuss) Goleta Community Academy in July 2019. Jonika is leaving Goleta for Boson as she begins her freshman year at Boston University this fall, where she will be studying Linguistics and Philosophy at the College of Arts and Sciences.

Growing up in Goleta, Jonika spent much of her time in the city’s parks, running around the many playgrounds as a child,playing volleyball with friends, more recently walking her dog and hosting occasional meetings with her book club.

Jonika said about her experience on the Parks and Recreation Commission, “I loved having the opportunity to participate in discussions about the exciting new projects being undertaken in my hometown and investing a bit more time into getting to know Goleta’s shared spaces, the importance of which has been especially highlighted over the past year and a half of isolation.”

JoAnne Plummer, Parks and Recreation Manager, added “Commissioner Ronkainen was a valuable asset to our Commission and will be missed. Many of the points she raised during discussions contributed significantly to the outcome of the decisions made by the Commission. She was always prepared for the meetings and her inquiries and comments were well thought out, insightful, and enthusiastic. While we are sad to see Commissioner Ronkainen leave, we are excited for the next chapter in her life.”

Youth and Student Commission positions at the City are great opportunities to get involved and learn about City government at a young age. We encourage our eligible community members to look for openings when we have them and to apply!

Meet the New GUSD Superintendent

When school goes back this month, the Goleta Union School District will have a new Superintendent, Dr. Diana Galindo-Roybal. The GUSD board said it selected Dr. Galindo-Roybal due to her proven track record of promoting academic success, professional learning communities among teachers, and parent engagement.

Dr. Galindo-Roybal recently served as the Executive Director of Elementary Education for the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado. In that role, she oversaw and provided support to 15 elementary schools serving 8,000 students. Dr. Galindo-Roybal has over 25 years of experience in public education. and had been with the Cherry Creek School District since 1998. In her time as a Principal and Administrator, she implemented Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS), worked with Padres Unidos groups supporting Spanish speaking families, initiated an Adult English Class to increase parent engagement, and developed Professional Learning Communities (PLC) with teachers.

Dr. Galindo-Roybal earned her Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership from University of Phoenix, an Educational Specialist (Ed.S) degree in Administration & Educational Leadership from the University of Colorado, a Master’s Degree (MA) in Curriculum & Instructional Design from Colorado Christian University, and a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) in Elementary Education from Colorado Christian University.

Dr. Galindo-Roybal is a California native and was born in Woodland, California and grew up in the Inland Empire in Southern California. She has been married for 32 years to her husband, Chris Roybal who recently retired from the Colorado Air National Guard. They have two adult children and enjoy outdoor recreational activities. Dr. Galindo-Roybal and her husband are enjoying their recent relocation to the Goleta area.

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