The Goleta City Council spent nearly an hour last Monday debating whether to honor the appeal of homeowners who painted their new house bright Crystal White rather than the more subdued Arizona White previously approved by the city’s design review board. A field inspector alerted city staff to the renegade color change. The council voted 5-0 to grant the appeal by Joe and Yvonne Kleeburg, but not before tempers flared; councilmember Jack Hawxhurst announced he was “shocked” that the design review board required the house to remain Arizona White in perpetuity, to which councilmember Cynthia Brock snapped back, “I’m shocked that you’re shocked.” To defend their color choice, the Kleeburgs collected signatures from 300 neighbors okaying the paint job. Three other Goleta residents expressed incredulousness at the city’s attempt to micromanage Goletans’ color choices. “Did you ever go to San Francisco?” asked Donald Thorton. “Man, [the houses there] are all different colors, and it’s beautiful.”

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