Robin Elander, executive director of Downtown Santa Barbara, is one of Santa Barbara’s most important people in the conversation about the future of Santa Barbara.

She’s at the center of the discussion regarding State Street, outdoor dining, parklets, and the revitalization of downtown.

In this podcast, Elander talks about how businesses and restaurants are responding to the re-opening of the economy, and what their needs are now.

Elander joined Downtown Santa Barbara a little more than a year ago after serving for years as the executive director of the Summer Solstice celebration. She is originally from New York. 

This is a wide-ranging conversation leading into Tuesday’s Santa Barbara City Council discussion on possible changes to outdoor dining rules. 

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