Santa Barbara’s newest councilman will be very busy come Tuesday.
Hart, who served two terms on the City Council a decade ago, works for the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments as its public information officer and government affairs coordinator. He told Noozhawk he plans to keep his full-time job.
“I’ve got it all planned,” he said. “I think it’ll work out OK.”
Hart is one of 20 staff members at SBCAG, whose board members include the five Santa Barbara County supervisors and mayors from all eight cities in the county.
City Administrator Jim Armstrong told Noozhawk that some people have been concerned about a conflict of interest, but the city has left it to Hart to determine any potential problems with the California Fair Political Practices Commission.
“I typically don’t initiate things like that,” he said. “It’s up to them to do their own research.
“I know people have raised the question, but it’s really up to Gregg to consult with the City Attorney’s Office, and I know he talked to City Attorney Steve Wiley before (Wiley) left.”
Hart’s SBCAG compensation is not a result of any City Council decision, Armstrong noted.
“It’s not a black-and-white issue because he works in another government agency,” he said.
Tuesday’s council meeting begins at 2 p.m. and will have a swearing-in ceremony followed by a short recess for celebratory coffee and punch. The meeting will be brief, with a water supply management report as the main item.
Outgoing Councilman Grant House will make some brief remarks before turning over the seat to Hart. House served two consecutive terms on the council and was barred by term limits from seeking re-election.
Schneider was re-elected with 73.32 percent of the vote in the Nov. 5 election. White was the top vote-getter among the 10 council candidates with 18.24 percent, Hart won 16.8 percent and Hotchkiss got 13.49 percent.