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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