Vying for the Valley

by Martha Sadler

Candidates scrambling for the County Board of Supervisors’ 2nd District seat, which represents most of Goleta Valley and some of the City of Santa Barbara, debated last Saturday at a forum sponsored by Santa Barbara Community Action Network. On the question of the South Coast housing crunch, Janet Wolf favored employer-supplied housing; Das Williams supported offering home loans to county employees and requiring 50 percent of new housing along a section of Hollister be reserved for people with low or very low incomes; neighborhood advocate Joe Guzzardi proposed restraining the business growth that creates a need for workforce housing; while Dan Secord said he favored including some percentage of below-market units in new condo developments. Also this week, Williams racked up key Democratic endorsements, including the Democratic Women, the Santa Barbara County Young Democrats, and the Santa Barbara County Democratic Central Committee. The Sierra Club was torn, endorsing both Williams and his chief rival for the progressive vote, Janet Wolf.

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