Cooper Drops Out of City Council Race

Eight Remain in the Running

Dentist Michael Cooper confirmed earlier reports that we was withdrawing from the city council race just one week after qualifying for this November’s ballot.

Cooper cited the need to spend more time with his family as the reason. Had Cooper remained, he had the political portfolio to be the strongest challenger to face the three incumbents Helene Schneider, Brian Barnwell, and Das Williams. Cooper has long served on the board of the Downtown Organization, and currently chairs City Hall’s Transportation and Circulation Committee. A lifelong Republican who became a Democrat in reaction to the presidency of George Bush, Cooper has been a staunch critic of how he says City Hall is trying to get people to abandon their cars in favor of alternate transportation. Cooper claims City Hall is seeking to induce anger and frustration in motorists to get them out of their cars.

Cooper would have been running as part of a slate with challengers Dale Francisco-a vocal critic of the mini-roundabouts approved by City Hall-and Michelle Giddens, a Mesa resident opposed to recent regulations passed by City Hall to limit the proliferation of large homes and mini-mansions in more suburban neighborhoods. Also running are Bob Hansen, David Hotchkiss, and Dan Litten. Of all the challengers, only Hansen has run for elected office before, and Hansen has run unsuccessfully for mayor and council about seven times.

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

event calendar sponsored by:

Newly Restored Wetlands Opens Public Trails

North Campus Open Space near UCSB is seeing wildlife returning already.

Mental Health Experts Consider More Psychiatric Beds

Hospital leaders are in talks with county Behavioral Wellness and Sheriff's Office.

Report on Disasters Praised, Criticized

A representative with Montecito's volunteer responders found the report lacking.

Bellosguardo Fundraiser Draws Big Donors and Heavy Criticism

The nonprofit foundation, set up to fulfill Huguette Clark's legacy, also faces a legal challenge.

Arts and Honors Scholarship Deadlines Approach

High school seniors can now apply to S.B. Scholarship Foundation for financial awards.