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Candidates, Measures Finalized for November Ballot

Here's the lineup of races to go before Santa Barbara County voters this fall

By Giana Magnoli, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @magnoli |

The Santa Barbara County Elections Office has finished processing candidate paperwork, and finalized the local races and measures for the Nov. 6 ballot.

Many positions for schools or special districts are not on the ballot, since candidates entering the races don’t outnumber the available seats. Those people will be appointed in lieu of election, but serve just as if they were elected, according to the Elections Office.

The cities of Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta and Solvang all have transient occupancy tax rate increases on their ballots, which would push taxes on hotel occupants from 10 percent to 12 percent. Each measure requires a majority vote to be approved.

The Santa Barbara Unified School District is giving its parcel taxes a second try, after a close loss in June. Measures A and B need two-thirds support to pass and would replace expiring tax measures that fund math, science and arts programs.

The Goleta City Council voted to put the Goleta Agricultural Land Protection Initiative on the ballot, which needs a majority to pass and would amend the city’s General Plan Land Use Map so that re-designating any agricultural land more than 10 acres in size would require approval through a vote of the people.

Other county measures include Buellton’s term limits initiative, which would limit City Council members to three consecutive terms; the Montecito Fire Protection District wants to increase its Board of Directors from three to five members; Guadalupe wants to change its name to Guadalupe Beach and pass a parcel tax to fund libraries; and the College School District and Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District are trying to get approval to issue bonds.

On the ballot for the South Coast in November are:

» Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees: Brian Fay and Craig Nielsen are battling for the District 4 seat on the board. The other two positions up for election this year will be appointed, since only one candidate came forward for either seat.

» Carpinteria Unified School District: Four candidates are running to fill two available seats — incumbent Terry Hickey, and newcomers Blanca Gorman, Alison Livett and Suzanne Schneider.

» Santa Barbara Unified School District: Incumbent Ed Heron and newcomers Lou Segal, Gayle Eidelson and Pedro Paz are in the race for three seats on the Board of Education.

In the Goleta Union School District, Board of Trustees president Susan Epstein and parent Yvonne DeGraw are running for the two available seats so far, so the race isn’t expected to appear on the ballot, according to the County Elections Office.

Races are also on the ballot for special district governing boards, including the Carpinteria Valley Water District, the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District, the Embarcadero Municipal Improvement District, the Goleta Sanitary District and the Montecito Fire Protection District.

While Goleta’s City Council race is already over — Ed Easton and Jim Farr ran for the two spots and will be appointed — Carpinteria has five candidates for its two seats: incumbent Kathleen Reddington, and newcomers Frederick Shaw, Gregory Gandrud, Thomas Perry and Wade Nomura. Incumbent Joe Armendariz announced he wouldn’t run for re-election after his Dec. 2 driving under the influence accident, his second such offense.

In Buellton, City Council members Holly Sierra and Dave King are running for re-election against challenger Leo Elovitz.

In Guadalupe, Frances Romero is running uncontested for mayor but five people have thrown their hats into the ring for the two council seats: Kenneth Chamness, Alejandro Ahumada, William Tucker, David Radmacher and Gina Rubalcaba.

Lompoc resident Ann Ruhge is challenging incumbent John Linn for mayor and seven people are fighting over two council positions available in November: incumbent Bob Lingl and newcomers Robert Cuthbert, Dewayne Holmdahl, Jedidjah De Vries, Nick Gonzales, David Grill and Ronald Barrows.

Santa Maria Mayor Larry Lavagnino has served on the City Council since 1996 and will not be running for re-election. Councilmembers Mike Cordero and Alice Patino are running, as are newcomers Dan Gebhart and Marty Mariscal.

For council, incumbent Bob Orach and newcomers Terri Zuniga and Etta Waterfield are trying to get the two available seats.

Solvang Mayor Jim Richardson is unchallenged to continue his post, and two people applied for two council seats: incumbent Hans Duus and Edwin Skytt.

The June 5 primary election set up hot regional, state and national races for voters: Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, will fight Republican Abel Maldonado to keep her congressional seat; Democrat Hannah-Beth Jackson and Republican Mike Stoker will battle for the 19th State Senate District seat; Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo, will fight to keep his 35th District seat against Democratic challenger Gerry Manata; Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara, will face Republican challenger Rob Walter; and Fourth District county Supervisor Joni Gray will face challenger Peter Adam in a runoff election for the Board of Supervisors.

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» on 08.21.12 @ 11:07 AM

What is wrong with the citizens of Goleta- to have only one candidate for an open seat is shameful. All that work to become a ciy a decade ago and now you cant muster the civic interest to at least offer some choice in this election. Shame.

» on 08.21.12 @ 12:32 PM

“Math. science and arts” should be part of SBUSD core offerings.

Something is wrong wit their basic budgeting priorities to ask local voters to supplement the $8000 per student, per year with permanent Parcel taxes A & B to offer these educational core subjects. Answers first, before more money is permanently added to our local property tax bills.

Parcel taxes are for temporary set-backs or defined extras, but never should be used to permanently plug holes in school operating budgets.

No (again) for permanent local school funding parcel taxes A & B.

» on 08.21.12 @ 01:46 PM

Too bad Margaret Connell did not run for the new Goleta SBCC trustee seat, also lacking any opposition for that seat too. She would have brought seasoned wisdom and practical experience to the SBCC board.

» on 08.21.12 @ 06:45 PM

It was not a question of lack of interest. There were several people that would have run had the information about the process and who could qualify been publicized. The board majority of SBCC trustees voted to change the at large voting process to a trustee area election.
Unfortunately there was allot of confusion about the process so we ended up with a situation where two people will simply be appointed and are unopposed.
Some people are questioning if it is a fair election because of the failure to publicize the change of requirements for the election process. For clarification I went in person to the elections office just prior to the closing date and they could not produce a map and I was directed to call SBCC for information. When I contacted the college I was directed to a redistricting link on the SBCC website. The person directing me apologized for the inferior quality of the crude map showing district areas agreeing it was not clear. Where is the transparency and over site? Oh yeah the SBCC board majority of trustees under accreditation warning are the oversight.

» on 08.22.12 @ 11:31 AM

I would like to provide clarification about the SBCC redistricting process and the new SBCC districts. If a person living in the SBCC district actually wanted to run for a trustee position, all they needed to do was call the elections office, provide their home address and the elections office would tell them which district they resided in, whether that district had an election this year and the filing deadlines and requirements.  This is normal for any elected office in the county.

For those interested in the SBCC redistricting process, it was entirely open and public.  It was initiated by Dr. Serban in early 2011.  Dr. Serban also recommended the consultant who drew the new district boundaries and advised the board that redistricting based on the new census was necessary to comply with state and federal voting laws.  The consultant’s reports and proposed district boundaries were discussed at multiple noticed public board meetings and Information on the redistricting has been readily available on the SBCC website for over a year.  The SBCC Board made special efforts to solicit public comments on the redistricting including requesting a college press release which was issued before the vote on the proposed districts.  All of this information is and remains publically available on the SBCC website, including the recordings of the Board meetings where redistricting was discussed.

» on 08.22.12 @ 12:45 PM

For clarification regarding the SBCC redistricting process:

TIMING: Changes in the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) triggered reassessment of local trustee election processes throughout the entire California Community College system, of which SBCC is one district among over a hundred other community colleges in the state. The 2012 US Census is an additional triggering event for electoral area redistricting.

CONSULTANT: SBCC made use of a redistricting consultant firm who had an agreement with the state community college organization to provide package services for a fixed fee, available to all community colleges in the state.

INCUMBENT PROTECTION: Consultant included “incumbent protection” as one of the stated goals of the redistricting process.

CALIFORNIA CITIZENS REDISTRICTING COMMISSION “We Draw the Lines”: Concurrent to the SBCC redistricting process was the new, independent statewide redistricting process that disallowed sitting office holders from drawing their own district lines, and set forth guidelines and protocol for truly independent community involvement that had evolved from the California voter mandate to ensure non-partisan political independence when drawing new state electoral district lines. This state wide voter-initiative driven process needs to be compared and contrasted with the process selected by the SBCC board majority when it redrew SBCC district lines. As a school district, SBCC was not required to operate according to the independent state-wide California Citizens Redistricting Commission mandates.

SBCC PROCESS: tapes of all meetings, discussions, objections and final outcome are available on the SBCC college website

COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE WEBSITE: While this website was presented to the public as “unofficial” information, for over a week after the filing period opened the county elections office website presented materially inaccurate information to prospective SBCC candidates as to location of districts and status of open seats.

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