Two community leaders, Abraham Carmona and Lisa Osborn, have been named to the Measure A Citizens Oversight Committee by the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) Board of Directors.
The appointments fill vacant positions on the committee that represent the county as a region and southern Santa Barbara County.
Carmona is a traffic engineer and electrical operation engineer for the California Department of Transportation. A resident of Guadalupe, he will represent the county as a region.
Carmona previously worked in Chicago on one of the largest public transportation systems in the nation. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
He said he is particularly interested in Measure A’s role in creating safer facilities. He has been involved with youth-related programs and services in Guadalupe and Santa Maria, as well as with MOVE Santa Barbara County (formerly SBBike) and BiciCentro.
Osborn is the news and public affairs director for UCSB’S radio station KCSB-FM. She lives in Santa Barbara and has been tapped to represent southern Santa Barbara County.
Osborn has experience as a traffic reporter, entrepreneur, and engagement with Caltrans as a broadcast journalist. Her work with Traffic411, a pioneering website for real-time traffic information, has given her insight on transportation issues.
She has served in various leadership roles in the community, including three years as president of the Association for Women in Communications, Isla Vista Community Network co-chair/facilitator, 2023 Saint Barbara for Old Spanish Days Fiesta, and Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee.
Alongside Carmona and Osborn, Pat Saley, Tomas López and J. Lansing Duncan have been reappointed to the committee.
Saley, an original member of the Measure A Oversight Committee, serves as chair and has 40 years of experience serving as a land use planner for local agencies and nonprofits in Santa Barbara County.
López, is a civil engineer and principal at TSL Consulting Engineers, Inc. serving the Santa Maria Valley for two decades.
Duncan, a resident of Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley, is a retired landscape designer and contractor with involvement in community planning issues including circulation.
The Measure A Citizens’ Oversight Committee is comprised of 11 community leaders who represent North County, South Coast and the region at-large.
The committee provides accountability for the expenditure of $1.6 billion in Measure A transportation sales tax funds through 2040. The measure supports voter-mandated, high-priority transportation projects and programs throughout Santa Barbara County.
Appointed members serve four-year terms and can be reappointed to additional terms at the discretion of the SBCAG Board of Directors.
The next meeting of the Measure A Citizens Oversight Committee is Thursday, Nov. 2. The meeting is open to the public and will include the annual review of the Measure A audit.
Details on how to participate are described on the agenda, which will be posted online at sbcag.civicweb.net by Monday, Oct. 30.