Santa Barbara County's Third District Supervisor
Fall 2019

Dear ,

As we welcome the change of seasons, it is hard to believe that it has been nearly three years since I was sworn into office. It remains my great honor to serve you and represent the Third District of our County. Below, you will find several updates about County business and events in the Third District. I hope that you enjoy this newsletter and find it informative.

As always, I appreciate your engagement. Please feel free to reach out at any time.

My warmest regards,
News and Upcoming Events
County Passes Strategic Energy Plan -
Paving the Way for New Renewable Energy Projects
At our September 10 Board Meeting, I was proud that our Board approved the County's Strategic Energy Plan (SEP). The SEP will create a streamlined permitting pathway for renewable energy projects, particularly solar projects, in our County. This plan is one of the most important actions that Board of Supervisors has ever taken for clean energy.

Since taking office, I have supported the development of the SEP to stimulate renewable energy development, create jobs, foster economic development, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve the resiliency of the local electricity system. In addition to making it easier to permit large scale solar projects, the SEP also includes development of an Energy Assurance Plan, which will ensure that critical facilities will have power during disasters or power shutoffs. The County will also update its permitting process for energy storage solutions like battery storage - a critical component in the transition to clean energy.

Click here for media coverage of the Board's action on the SEP.
County Conducts Public Safety Power Shutoff Community Meetings
In late September, my office, the County Office of Emergency Management, PG&E, SCE, and California Highway Patrol held community meetings regarding Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) .

The community meetings, held in Los Olivos and Montecito, gave residents an opportunity to learn about PSPS events, what to expect if the power is shut off, ask questions, and access resources to prepare for these shutdowns.
 
Public Safety Power Shutoffs are a new policy from California electrical utilities that dictate that if extreme fire danger conditions threaten a portion of the electric grid, the utility may opt to shut off power to avoid the risk of wildfire. Please note, PSPS is a  statewide policy that impacts local communities. The County has been taking measures to prepare for PSPS events, educate the community, and hold the utilities responsible for mitigating the impacts of these shutdowns.

The County Office of Emergency Management will soon be scheduling additional community meetings, once they are scheduled the meetings will be posted here.

It is very important that residents are informed and prepared for PSPS events. For tips on how to prepare for a PSPS click on the image below.
Santa Ynez Valley Clean Ups Restart This Fall
Earlier this year, my staff and I volunteered with the Bill Connell and the Valley Clean Team to pick up roadside trash in the Santa Ynez Valley.

The Valley Clean Team is back cleaning our roads this fall and the public is invited to join them. The clean ups take place every Saturday, rain or shine. All supplies are provided.

For more information, contact team organizer Bill Connell at wconnell@connellandersen.com .
Isla Vista Community Center Ribbon-Cutting
 I am happy to announce that the much anticipated Isla Vista Community Center is having a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception this Saturday, October 12th from 11am - 12:30pm.

Residents of Isla Vista have long expressed a desire for a community center – offering an inviting and welcoming place for all to enjoy for arts, education, recreation, community gatherings and celebrations. The Isla Vista Community Center will serve all members of the diverse Isla Vista community and can be made available for individual and family activities.


Vandenberg Village / Mission Hills Community Meeting on October 30th

In partnership with the Mission Hills Community Council, the Vandenberg Village Association, my office and the Santa Barbara County Fire Department is hosting a town hall on October 30 at 6:00pm . At this meeting County Fire will share details about the Lompoc Valley Fuel Reduction Project , a $2.23 million dollar project intended to reduce wildfire risk by creating community defensible space and reducing fuel loads in the Burton Mesa area. Santa Barbara County was recently awarded a state grant covering 90% of the cost of this project.

The town hall will be held at the Cabrillo High School Theatre at 4350 Constellation Road, Vandenberg Village and will include a presentation by County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig, County Division Chief Rob Hazard, and Captain Fred Tan, followed by a Q&A.

Refreshments will be provided by the Mission Hills Community Council and the Vandenberg Village Association. 
Third District County Commission Vacancies
I encourage residents to participate in and serve on local regulatory and advisory boards. Hundreds of citizen volunteers from across the County make up approximately 70 boards, commissions, and committees.

My office has the following vacancies for Third District appointees:

·         Air Pollution Control District - Community Advisory Council
·         Guadalupe Cemetery District Board of Trustees
 
If you’re interested in serving, you can apply at the link below or call my office at 805-568-2192 if you have questions.

Noteworthy Board of Supervisors Agenda Items
(Dates are subject to change)

Options for Merit-Based Cannabis Retail - 11/5

Economic Development Report - 11/5

Legislative Platform - 11/19

Child Welfare Services Annual Update - 12/17


Upcoming Events in Guadalupe

Out and About in Our Community
Biking in Guadalupe at the 96th Annual Fiestas Patrias Parade
Speaking to Youth at the Police Activities League with
Superintendent Susan Salcido and Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo
Sneaking a Peek at the Isla Vista Community Center
Exploring Santa Barbara County Fire Station 17
Touring the Associated Students Food Bank Pantry at UCSB
Visiting Girls Inc. and Learning About STEM
Speaking at the Youth Strike for Climate Rally
Sharing Economic Development Ideas at the Hourglass Project Planning Meeting
Discovering New Literary Favorites at the Planned Parenthood Book Sale
Honoring August Veteran of the Month, the late Staff Sergeant Bindo Grasso 1923-2019
Contact Us

 Santa Barbara Office
105 East Anapamu Street, 4th Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 568-2192

Solvang Office
1745 Mission Drive
Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 686-5095

Santa Maria Office
511 Lakeside Parkway, Suite 111
Santa Maria, CA 93455
(805) 699-1140

Joan Hartmann , Third District Supervisor
Jefferson Litten , Chief of Staff
Gina Fischer , District Representative & Scheduler
Meighan Dietenhofer , Central County District Representative
Alma Hernandez , Northern County District Representative