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Posted on 01.09.2013 11:22 a.m.

Ed Easton Sworn In as Member of MTD Board of Directors

Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District board chair Dave Davis, left, swears in Ed Easton on Tuesday.
Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District board chair Dave Davis, left, swears in Ed Easton on Tuesday.  (Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District photo)

Source: Kate Schwab for Santa Barbara MTD

The Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District is pleased to announce that Ed Easton has been appointed to a term on the Board of Directors by the City of Goleta.

Easton was sworn in at Tuesday’s Board of Directors meeting and is replacing Roger Aceves, newly appointed mayor of Goleta.

Easton was elected to the Goleta City Council in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. He served as mayor from December 2011 to December 2012.

Prior to election, he served as a member of the Goleta Planning Commission, the Design Review Board and the City of Goleta Old Town Project Advisory Committee.

Originally from the East Coast, Easton earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in architecture from Yale University. He has held leadership positions in the Sierra Club and National Wildlife Federation, is a board member of the Gaviota Coast Conservancy, and founded the Friends of Coal Oil Point Reserve and the Institute of Conservation Leadership.

After the swearing-in ceremony, board chair Dave Davis congratulated Easton and remarked that it will be a pleasure to work with him on MTD’s board.

Also at Tuesday’s MTD Board of Directors meeting, Davis and Olivia Rodriguez retained their elected positions of board chair and board secretary, respectively. Director Chuck McQuary was elected vice chair.

The MTD board is made up of seven directors. Two are appointed by the county Board of Supervisors, two are appointed by the Santa Barbara City Council, one is appointed by the Goleta City Council and one is appointed by the Carpinteria City Council. The seventh member, also known as the at-large director, is appointed by the other six members of the board.

The mission of Santa Barbara MTD is to enhance the personal mobility of South Coast residents and visitors by offering safe, clean, reliable, courteous, accessible, environmentally responsible and cost-effective transit service throughout the district.

— Kate Schwab is an assistant manager of marketing and customer service for Santa Barbara MTD.

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» on 01.10.13 @ 09:06 PM

Easton ran for Goleta Council the first time stating he would represent all including the business community.  In particular he was forceful in his intent to represent the Old Town businesses and fulfill GOPAC.

Fast forward, to the San Jose Creek and un-needed work backed by, you guessed it…. Ed Easton.  The businesses in the area had proven with records the work was not needed.  Now comes the Old Town objections to 2 roundabouts on Hollister and the ones on Eckwill.  Un-needed work and expense to the taxpayers.  His attitude “they just don’t understand.”  In the football game of blame the City Council and Easton state it is Caltrans who want the roundabouts.  Ah, but wait for it, Caltrans states it is the City of Goleta forcing the roundabouts on Old Town.  *Laugh* Now all Easton had to do as Mayor was put a vote on the Council Agenda to oppose the roundabouts and they would have been stopped.  Did that happen?  Nope.  So much for campaign promises.

Now he is on the MTD Board.  Does this mean the little used MTD shuttle bus around Old Town and Calle Real will be stopped?  After all it is a real waste of taxpayer money.  Don’t bet on it folks and in fact you can count on him wanting to add more buses to Goleta streets that have little use. 

How did he get re-elected?  Simple the residents felt with the actions of the Council last time it would be fruitless to run against anyone there.

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