Goleta Race Heats Up

The Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce said it supported the campaigns of two City Council challengers and held a press conference on Monday to express concerns about Goleta’s draft General Plan, with Chamber President Kristen Amyx saying the plan needed significant revision. The current City Council would like to write the ordinances implementing the plan, but that wish may be derailed by the outcome of the City Council race. Santa Barbara Airbus CEO and City Council candidate Eric Onnen charged that the plan is contradictory and does not allow for appropriate growth. Michael Bennett is also preparing to run for Goleta City Council against incumbents Jack Hawxhurst, Margaret Connell, and Cynthia Brock. Bennett, a retired county fire battalion chief, was involved in Goleta cityhood efforts dating back to the 1970s and was even elected mayor in one of Goleta’s many unsuccessful bids for cityhood. The race promises to be close, and issues of growth will be central for each candidate.

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