Campaign Update from Paula

Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I want to let you know about some recent, exciting Goleta successes, as well as update you on my campaign for Goleta Mayor.

Election Update

As many of you know, on November 6, in just 15 days, Goleta will elect a new Mayor. Many of you have already received a mail-in ballot and can vote right now. In the 35 years our family has lived and worked in Goleta, I’ve worked to make a positive impact on our community – as a parent, business person, children’s advocate, PTA president and Goleta City Councilmember for 8 years, 3 of them as Mayor.

Now, I’m asking for your vote so that I can keep Goleta moving forward toward a vibrant and sustainable future, one that preserves our small town, semi-rural feel. That’s why one of my top priorities is preserving the unique character of Goleta and its neighborhoods, as discussed below.

Preserving Goleta’s Character

One of the highest priorities I hear when listening to Goleta residents and local businesses is preserving the character, natural beauty and safety of our neighborhoods. I’m proud to be the only candidate for Mayor endorsed by our Sierra Club, the Central Coast League of Conservation Voters, environmental leaders including Katie Davis, Linda Krop and Dave Davis, as well as the Deputy Sheriffs Association, the Goodland Coalition for Goleta and more.

Here are just a few of my actions to preserve our community and protect
Goleta’s environment:

  • Voted against many major projects that impact our traffic, water supply, scenic views, and key public services.
  • No new major developments have been approved since I was joined on City Council in 2016 by Stuart Kasdin and Kyle Richards.
  • Opposed General Plan amendments that my opponent supported, weakening environmental protections. The amendments reduced creek and sensitive habitat setbacks in new developments and changed many mandatory protections into optional ones.
  • Led our Council in preventing massive logging of nearly 1,400 drought-stricken Ellwood trees and directed the formulation of a habitat management plan to save butterfly habitat while safeguarding public access to Ellwood Mesa, beaches and ocean.
  • Strongly supported the Agricultural Protection Initiative (G2012), passed by 71% of voters, giving residents the last word on developing large farmland such as Bishop Ranch. My opponent wrote the Voters’ Guide argument opposing this ballot initiative.
  • Is leading successful efforts to close Venoco’s Ellwood Oil Processing facility and return the beach to public recreation, supported a fracking ban, and opposed Phillips 66’s Plan for oil filled trains running through Goleta to San Luis Obispo. And I led City Council to adopt a resolution for 100% renewable energy by 2030.

Sure, many challenges lie ahead. I have the proven experience, commitment and energy to serve as Goleta’s Mayor and hope you will join me in keeping Goleta the Goodland.

Endorsements Matter

My endorsements show the trust and confidence that elected officials, local leaders, and organizations have in me to collaboratively tackle major regional challenges that affect us every day – roads and traffic, water, energy, safety and much more.

I’m honored to have earned a wide range of endorsements, from the Santa Barbara Independent and local Sierra Club to the Deputy Sheriffs Association, plus most of the Goleta Water Directors, Council Members Kasdin and Richards, all three SB County South Coast Supervisors, and a growing list of individuals and organizations. You can see more by clicking here.

New Crosswalk will make Crossing Calle Real Safer & Easier

My work on crosswalks and safe routes to schools goes back over 20 years, so I’m especially happy to report that our City Council recently approved a new crosswalk on Calle Real, near Albertson’s and Carl’s Jr. Right now, the two crosswalks in that shopping area are over 1,000 feet apart and that means some people must walk pretty far to cross Calle Real safely and legally.
This improvement will make crossing much easier and safer for everyone, especially for Encina Meadows and Encina Royale residents. People will just need to press a curbside button and several lights will start flashing on the road, alerting drivers to slow down, until you have completely crossed.
A recent Goleta residents’ survey indicates that with this new crosswalk, even more people will walk and shop on foot rather than rely on their cars. So traffic in the area should be reduced too.
Construction is scheduled to be completed by early 2020. Until then please stay safe by using the existing crosswalks.

Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan will make Travel in Goleta Better & Safer for All

Public health and safety has long been a priority for me. Last week the City adopted a bicycle and pedestrian master plan to significantly improve mobility and safety for cyclists and pedestrians, while reducing traffic, fuel consumption and parking shortages associated with cars.
Its broad range of improvements will encourage more walking and biking by reducing the two biggest barriers: having to compete with cars and the lack of north-south crossings over the railroad tracks and Highway 101.
As the plan is implemented, biking and walking in Goleta could triple by 2030. That would have a big effect on reducing traffic and parking issues, without the costs of building more lanes and parking lots.
Perhaps even MORE importantly, this will result in greater safety for all – motorists, bikers and pedestrians, especially at particular Goleta intersections. This is most important near schools, where we’ll prioritize actions to make it safer for students to walk or use bicycles.
I’m really proud that this plan is the culmination of working with all groups in our community and look forward to the benefits we’ll all receive as it is implemented.

Old Town Park to Honor Founding Councilmember Jonny Wallis

A new park is coming to Old Town Goleta, and last week we voted to name it “Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park” to honorJonny Wallis , one of Goleta’s original councilmembers.
Jonny was a long-time Old Town resident and one of the nine members of Goleta Now! . This group collected signatures putting Goleta Cityhood on the ballot and won cityhood after three unsuccessful attempts by other groups. Jonny served on Goleta’s City Council and Planning Commission and passed away in 2013.
The park is under construction now and a naming contest brought forth suggestions from over 300 residents. Over 40 suggestions recommended Jonny’s name, for her service to Goleta. The list was reviewed by Goleta’s Parks & Recreation Committee and by our Naming Committee on which I serve with Mayor Pro Tem Stuart Kasdin.
After considering all the great and creative suggestions, our City Council unanimously agreed to name the park in Jonny’s honor. We believe this will also inspire others to follow her example of public service. She served on dozens of boards and organizations, including the Goleta Old Town Redevelopment Project Area Committee, County of Santa Barbara Park Commission, and Goleta Planning Commission.
When completed in March, the Jonny Wallis Park will include a multi-use field, basketball court, bocce ball court, pickle ball court, skate plaza, playground area, picnic structures, walking paths, game tables and parking.

HOW TO HELP

Please take a moment to check out my website, paulaperotte.com , especially the sections marked volunteer or donate to join me in keeping Goleta the Goodland. From now until Election Day, you can help by just posting a yard sign, joining me in walking neighborhoods, or phoning voters. To help, please contact Mollie at  culver.mollie@gmail.com.

Thank you, Paula.