The Santa Barbara South Coast Public Policy Committee is dedicated to researching and reviewing local public policy issues. Below is information on our current, on-going and past issues.
The Chamber is actively involved in how the public health and economic crisis continues to devastate the local restaurant community in Santa Barbara County.
Many restaurants have closed, putting thousands of people out of work. Many more will close permanently. While outdoor dining has helped some restaurants, it has certainly not been the wide-scale savior some expected - as we have seen be the case with our neighbors to the North and South who have been impacted by the wildfires, our Central Coast communities have suffered from poor air quality as a consequence to these natural disasters. Soon, seasonal and temperature changes will also render patio dining much less practical.
The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce is requesting that careful thought be given to change some resources and approaches to the homelessness situation given COVID-19. The growing concern around the rise of homeless encampments, transient interaction with tourism, vandalism, theft and unsafe conditions due to the changes in our community and economy during the pandemic and subsequent economic meltdown.
Chambers of Commerce from across Santa Barbara County are coming together to voice their support for the restart of ExxonMobil’s Santa Ynez Unit (SYU). The newly-formed Santa Barbara County Chamber Coalition commissioned a report from the California Economic Forecast into the economic and fiscal impacts of restoring SYU’s interim and full oil production in Santa Barbara County.
Last year the Goleta Chamber of Commerce's Strategic Plan identified Old Town Goleta as one of the four initiatives that the organization would focus on in the next five years.
The Goleta Chamber is very focused on workforce housing in our area. We believe living in the same community that you work in is a large contributor to your quality of life. The Chamber’s workforce housing plan advanced 617 units in the past 4 years...
The Chamber runs a roughly $325,000 annual tourism and visitor services program, which is funded by the Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID), the County of Santa Barbara and the City of Goleta. The City of Goleta funds $150,000 per year, $25,000 of which is focused on Old Town Goleta. Last year in May, the Council approved 1-year contracts with all of the Goleta non-profits who receive funding under a category called “Support to Other Agencies”. Council directed a committee to bring back recommendations for guidelines on contracts, length of contracts and process improvements.
The Public Policy Committee has set 2017 as the year to study a long-term strategy for water security in the region.
The Goleta Chamber gathered a group of professionals and hired a consultant to study the City of Goleta Draft Zoning Ordinance. The new zoning ordinance is an important piece of the City's future and a huge step forward.
The Chamber has been working with the Friends of Goleta Beach Park for more than 10 years to advocate to protect Goleta Beach Park.
The Chamber is actively tracking the progress of new commuter rail service into Goleta.
The Goleta Chamber has been a long-time advocate for the widening of the 101. This project will widen Highway 101 from four to six lanes between the city of Carpinteria and the city of Santa Barbara to improve safety, reduce traffic congestion and match the six-lane highway south of Carpinteria and north of Santa Barbara.
The Chamber is an advocate for renegotiating the Revenue Neutrality Agreement with the County of Santa Barbara.
The Goleta Chamber of Commerce is helped residents and businesses prepare for the anticipated El Nino in 2016.
The Chamber was an advocate for the construction of Hollister Village, providing much needed workforce housing for our area. Today, 70% of tenants living in Hollister Village are employed on the South Coast and 50% of them are employed in Goleta.
The Chamber advocated for the approval of Old Town Village, a new mixed-use development that would bring 175 for-sale housing units and retail to Old Town Goleta.