Roger Aceves

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Roger Aceves

Roger Aceves Runs for Supervisor

Goleta Mayor Challenges 2nd District Incumbent Janet Wolf

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
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To a crowd of dozens at Goleta Beach Park on a foggy Tuesday morning, Goleta Mayor Roger Aceves officially announced his much-anticipated candidacy for 2nd District County Supervisor.

“I’ve been talking about this for a while,” Aceves said. “But something like this you don’t take lightly.” A former longstanding police officer, two-term Goleta city councilmember, and the city’s current mayor, Aceves was endorsed by the Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association for the county position.

The beach park location for his announcement was chosen in part because Aceves supports “Friends of Goleta Beach Park,” a group committed to protecting and saving the park. Recent public debate has intensified about removing the rock revetment that keeps the park — which attracts 1.5 million visitors every year — from eroding. Avid park-goers also fear future access to the space, which includes a children’s play structure, park restrooms, and parking lots, are in jeopardy as sea levels rise in future decades.

Referring to the ongoing discussion, Aceves said, “If you can’t find eco-friendly alternatives, then the revetment stays, because obviously it’s working.” The issue will return to the Board of Supervisors in the fall.

Aceves highlighted other issues for the 2nd District, which included committing to public safety and ensuring Goleta sales tax revenue returns directly back to the community.

His son Tim Aceves told the crowd, “I think when we hear the word politics, it’s inherently polarizing.” But, he added, “He’s going to be able to bring a fresh and moderate view to a very polarized Board of Supervisors.”

Aceves is challenging current Supervisor Janet Wolf — a decision that prompted one audience member to ask: “What do you say to those people who blindly support Janet Wolf?”

“You know,” Aceves responded, “we are two different people with two different leadership styles. And I think the public needs to spend time and see how we’ve operated in policy making, and then make the decision for themselves.” He added that Wolf doesn’t understand the changed parameters of the 2nd District.

“She thinks she still represents just the eastern portion of Goleta,”Aceves said. In fact, he said, the 2nd District starts at Shoreline Park and stretches all the way to Winchester Canon. “Eighty percent of our city now is in the 2nd District. That’s why it’s critical that we have a member of the Board of Supervisors who’s going to represent the City of Goleta at that level because we need a partner.”


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About time there's viable 2nd district candidate that doesn't get their marching orders from the EDC or GOO.

Validated (anonymous profile)
September 11, 2013 at 6:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This new 2nd district candidate instead gets his marching orders from the COLAB or TEA.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
September 11, 2013 at 7 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hope that Janet Wolf will run for re-election! Aceves is so hungry for the BOS seat near Carbajal (whose next stop is Sacramento when Das moves on to Lois Capps's) he is drooling.

at_large (anonymous profile)
September 11, 2013 at 9:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Get Janet out. JA? Maybe you forget, Aceves is a registered democrat. Janet has never given a hoot about the concerns of people. Only the concerns of EDC, GOO and the Unions.

BeachFan (anonymous profile)
September 12, 2013 at 9:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Roger is a very decent man but not too bright. I am pretty sure that if he gets elected the coast is toast and we will return to the bad old days of Willy Chamberlain. I would like to see his official position on the various development schemes along the Gaviota Coast. If asked I bet he waffles.

Noletaman (anonymous profile)
September 12, 2013 at 10:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Not too bright? Compared to who? Certainly not Janet. She is one of the dimmest bulbs in local politics in a long long time. She won by the skin of her teeth the last time only because they ran Mr. Magoo against her and Carbajal raised all her donations. Time for her to go.

Validated (anonymous profile)
September 13, 2013 at 5:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Janet's been a pretty decent supervisor for the 2nd District. I hope she stays IF she figures out we need to keep Goleta Beach as is and not hand it off to extremists.
Maybe Roger's candidacy will push her in the right direction re Goleta Beach.

mangomamma (anonymous profile)
September 13, 2013 at 12:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Mango, Janet's had all kinds of opportunities to make the right call on Goleta Beach since her first election. The writing is clear.....she will do what EDC and Surfriders tells her to do regarding Goleta Beach. County Directors hate working with her. She is a micro manager interested in making decisions based on her political survival, not what's best for the residents or those affected by her decision. But then again, most of these Supervisors operate the same way.

BeachFan (anonymous profile)
September 19, 2013 at 8:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Did Aceves retire or resign from the PD? Does the police union support Aceves?

whatsinsb (anonymous profile)
March 14, 2014 at 3:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Word on the street by knowledgeable people has it that Roger left SBPD under a cloud and in the midst of major disagreements with the Chief. Someone, in an earlier comment above, mentioned that Roger is not too bright -- an apt description in the experience of many residents. He criticizes Ms. Wolf for taking campaign contributions from the SEIU and other unions, yet his coffers are replete with thousands upon thousands of dollars from the oil industry, most of whom are out of his district. While problems caused by oil companies have plagued this county for decades -- mostly horrific spills -- Roger sees no problem in taking tons of their petro-dollars. What a hypocrite! When money comes in from campaign donors who can't even vote for the recipient, it means only one thing -- they are trying to buy his support and future votes.

There's a big difference between taking donations from employee unions, and pocketing money from bad corporations. Remember, Roger is perceived to be not too bright. This difference should have been crystal clear to him, but it obviously isn't.......

Janet has done a good job and the old adage certainly applies -- "If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it."

scoop9324 (anonymous profile)
May 1, 2014 at 11:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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