The Goleta City Council has approved regularly donating the city’s outdated computer workstations and equipment to local nonprofits providing refurbished products to Santa Barbara County families.

Councilman Stuart Kasdin made the motion, and Councilman Roger Aceves seconded it.

Mayor Paula Perotte was absent.

Council members last week authorized City Manager Michelle Greene to donate outdated and inoperable computer equipment to nonprofits offering computers to local students lacking the educational tools. The vote also approves adopting an ordinance establishing a disposition of surplus property to make storage available for future supplies.

City staff suggests donating computer equipment to the Santa Barbara County Education Office’s Computers for Families Program, but council members decided to open the door for Goleta’s participation in other organizations, too.

A joint project of Santa Barbara Partners in Education and the county Education Office, Computers for Families was created to provide computers and internet access to local students lacking these educational tools at home.

Boys from Los Prietos, a high school and county probation detention center, refurbish and distribute the computers. 

“It would be nice if we could also be exploring any other options besides the boys camp, which is a great program, but it’s also just boys,” Councilman James Kyriaco said. “It’s important to try to get girls into technology, too.”

Nonprofit Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara, nonprofit EqualiTech and other organizations also are providing computer services in the Goleta Valley, council members said.

Goleta’s Emergency Operations Plan

The City Council last week unanimously approved updating emergency operations plan.

Aceves made the motion, and Kyriaco seconded it.

“I think going forward we are in a great position,” Aceves said, adding, “This is one of the best documents I have seen in a long time.”

Michael Baris, emergency services coordinator, presented the city’s emergency operations plan, which is mandated by the State of California and federal regulations. 

He said major changes include easier-to-read language and formatting; removing redundant sections and emergency management jargon; increasing clarity of emergency roles for staff; creating job action sheets providing guidance to staff on how to fulfill their role within the emergency operations center; updating threat analysis pages; and “how-to” pages for declaring an emergency with important timelines.

“Overall, there are a lot of changes to the emergency operations plan,” Baris said.

Goleta’s plan was created in 2006 and updated in 2014, according to Baris.

In 2017, the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) decided an emergency operations plan should be updated every two years or after each activation.

City Hall was last used as the emergency operations center in wake of the catastrophic and deadly debris flows in Montecito, said Vyto Adomaitis, neighborhood services and public safety director.

The 2019 plan will be distributed to other jurisdictions within the county and CalOES.

Goleta is updating the plan to remain in compliance with the National Incident Management System and Standardized Emergency Management System. Falling out of compliance can prevent or limit Goleta’s ability to obtain federal and state money or disaster cost reimbursement.

City departments, partners and special districts like the Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital and Goleta Union School District, outside agencies within the county operational area, the county Office of Emergency Management and Goleta residents contributed to the 2019 plan.

Click here to read Goleta’s updated emergency operations plan.

Consent Calendar

The City Council also passed a resolution condemning white nationalism and white supremacy in the wake of recent national incidents.

The item was placed on the agenda’s consent calendar, which lists matters considered routine items and approved unanimously in one motion unless the City Council pulls the item.

Kyriaco pulled the item, which then required opening it for comment and a separate vote.

Kyriaco said he requested city staff put forward a resolution stating Goleta’s position on issues of white supremacy and hate crimes to the City Council for consideration. Perotte supported the request. 

The mass shootings in Dayton, El Paso, Gilroy, Thousand Oaks, and Pittsburgh are a continuation of a long line of other race-, religious-, gender- and ethnic-based hate shootings, Kyriaco said when reading the resolution.

The City Council has expressed a commitment to making Goleta a welcoming, safe and inclusive community for all, promoting free thought and speech, while condemning hate speech, bigotry, violence and prejudice, according to the resolution.

“It’s a positive statement of values for what Goleta stands for, and also what we stand against,”  Kyriaco said of the resolution. “Goleta stands on the side of love and not of hate.”

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