Saturday, July 21 , 2018, 2:08 pm | A Few Clouds 72º



50th Birthday a Golden Opportunity for Downtown Santa Barbara

Party planners hoping to mine memories of former Citizens of Year

State Street undergoing rebuild in 1969-70.
State Street undergoing rebuild in 1969-70. (Downtown Santa Barbara)

Celebrating your golden anniversary is an historic occasion for anyone, but when you represent a 1,500-plus member business improvement district, you’d best go all out with your party. And at 50 years young, that is what Downtown Santa Barbara intends to do on Wednesday, April 12.

“This is a once-in-our-lifetime event,” said Maggie Campbell, DSB executive director. “We plan to celebrate not only our accomplishments and milestones, but our history as well.

"And we’re very fortunate to have Mayor Helene Schneider and Roger Durling, executive director of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, on board as our honorary co-chairs.”

Joining Campbell onstage as co-host for the evening’s program will be Marshall Rose, former DSB executive director and current owner of Hollister Brewing Company.

Preparations for the Downtown Santa Barbara 50th Anniversary Gala, presented by Fess Parker Doubletree Resort, include culling through archives for photos, articles, anecdotes and, perhaps most importantly, reconnecting with a particularly important and inspiring group of individuals:

Forty years of past Citizens of the Year (COY).

This annual award, bestowed upon civic and community leaders from the arts, media, business, city government and more, will take center stage during the gala.

“We’ve been reaching out to former COY, seeking their input as well as their memories,” said Campbell.

These former COY are providing a visual history of their contributions to Santa Barbara for the Gala Honor Wall sponsored by Southern California Edison. Additionally, organizations are encouraged to sponsor a table in honor of a specific COY, as well as their company or organization.

David Damiano, 2012 Citizen of the Year, served on the DSB Board of Directors from 2003-11, and as board president, 2009-10). When he passed away in 2012, the board honored him for his volunteer work.

“We proudly honor the memory of David, Santa Barbara MTD’s former manager of transit development and community relations, and dedicated board member of DSB,” said Jerry Estrada, MTD general manager.

“David’s contributions to our community and to downtown specifically continue to live on in countless ways,” he said.

“Along with honoring our Citizens of the Year again, we’re planning to celebrate our history all year long,” said Campbell.

Downtown Santa Barbara is soliciting historic photos and stories from business owners and residents through the years, as part of the 50th Anniversary effort.

Also on the gala agenda: annual Downtown Awards, including 2016 Citizen of the Year, 2016 Volunteer of the Year, and Harriet Miller Youth Leadership Award.

For information regarding table or other sponsor opportunities, or to buy tickets,  contact DSB at 962-2098, ext. 804.

— Kate Schwab for Downtown Santa Barbara.


Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through Stripe below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Enter your email
Select your membership level

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >

Meet Your Realtor Sponsored by Village Properties

Photo of Elizabeth Wagner
Elizabeth Wagner
"I consider myself to be an up front and honest agent and willing to talk my clients out of purchasing a property that isn’t right for them or won’t meet their needs in a year or two."

Full Profile >