Michael Self

Paul Wellman (file)

Michael Self

Self Announces Plan to Run for Reelection

Randy Rowse Says He’s Still on the Fence

Santa Barbara Councilmember Michael Self, part of the council’s new more conservative majority, announced plans to seek reelection this fall. Self, a citizen activist up in arms about bulb-outs and other traffic-calming devices, was first elected two years ago to fill out the remainder of Helene Schneider’s council term after Schneider was elected mayor. She’s joined with Councilmembers Dale Francisco, Frank Hotchkiss, and more recently, Randy Rowse, to push for more police, tougher enforcement of street transient laws, and limited government spending. Self has been emphatic in her opposition to increased housing densities, arguing they will breed crime and congestion while failing to provide the increased housing affordability argued by supporters.

In person, Self is warm and engaging; on the dais, she is given to meandering monologues that typically feature references to good child rearing practices and allusions to spoiled food. Self said she’s not sure who her campaign manager will be.

Councilmember Randy Rowse, appointed to the council in December to fill a vacancy created when Das Williams was elected to the State Assembly, is also up for election. Rowse said he’s still deliberating whether he’ll run. Francisco has not announced that he’s running again, but it’s assumed he will. With the election five months away, the Democratic Central Committee has already endorsed a slate of three candidates — former councilmember Iya Falcone, Planning Commissioner Deb Schwartz, and longtime community activist and former KCSB news director Cathy Murillo.

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

event calendar sponsored by:

Mandatory Evacuation Called for Fire Zones

Heavy rains expected Tuesday-Thursday; debris flows feared.

Cannabis Farmer Gets over $1 Million Insurance Payout

Thomas Fire ash destroys crop; analysis finds asbestos, lead, arsenic, and magnesium.

Next Debris Flow Could Take Different, Unknown Path

"I've never seen this degree of hazard," says Cal Fire scientist.

Biggest Storm Since 1/9 Approaching Santa Barbara

The storm system brings increased threat of flash floods and debris flows.

Jack Johnson Tours Montecito Disaster Area Ahead of Benefit Concert

Jack and Kim Johnson met with Bucket Brigade leaders to see the destruction firsthand.