No Doomsday for D

For months, the opposing forces on either side of the Santa Barbara County transportation debate have threatened to nuke Measure D’s chances of survival at the June ballot box. In a surprise orgy of cooperation, the Board of Supervisors and representatives from each city came together Monday to approve a single three-quarter cent sales tax proposal for the June ballot. The County Association of Governments voted 12-0 in favor of the ballot measure with the 13th member, Solvang Councilmember Edward Skytt, abstaining. The 12-0 slam dunk outcome notwithstanding, Monday’s vote remained uncertain until the last minute, despite a compromise struck between South County Supervisor Salud Carbajal and North County Supe Joe Centeno to appease Santa Maria Councilmember Marty Mariscol, who held out for $10 million for improved intersections. Goleta Mayor Jonny Wallis sparked a late furor of negotiation, saying she would vote against the measure unless Goleta was promised seed money for two new freeway over-crossings; funds were sacrificed from rural highways, bike paths, and bus riders to round up $7 million needed to mollify Goleta. Opposition remained from the Taxpayers’ Association and Cars Are Basic, as well as the Coalition of Labor, Agriculture, and Business (COLAB). However, since COLAB’s membership includes the construction companies expected to build the freeway lanes, bike lanes, and commuter rail included in the measure, boardmembers expressed optimism that the business community would ultimately lend support for the reincarnated Measure D. — Martha Sadler

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Volunteers in Policing Is Looking for 10 Good Men and Women

An eye-opening volunteer program at Santa Barbara Police Department.

Alvarado and Ford File for School Board

Mark M. Alvarado and Kate Ford registered to run for the Santa Barbara Unified school board.

Thousands Received DACA Relief After Lawsuits Filed

Renewal applications have totaled 117,446 since program suspension was overturned.

Bank Robbery Suspect Kills Self in Bathroom

[Update] The suspect in the Goleta Rabobank robbery has been identified as Keith David Goodwin, believed to ...

News-Press’ Found to Owe Union and Employees $2.2 Million

National Labor Relations Board puts money amount on employee losses since 2006.