Municipal Matters

A City Council subcommittee embraced a series of campaign finance disclosure reforms that would grant Santa Barbara residents online access to information about how much city council candidates were getting and from whom. Specifically, candidates would be required to post the identity and occupation of anyone donating $500 or more in the 60 days prior to the election and within 24 hours of receiving such contributions. While suggestions will be referred to the whole City Council, reform advocates suggested a higher penalty than the proposed $25 per day per infraction and a lowered minimum amount to necessitate reportingall for a period 30 days longer than the subcommittee decided on. Brian Barnwellwho announced he was running for re-electionsuggested the shame of being found out of compliance would be deterrent enough.

Mayor Marty Blum and the Santa Barbara City Council have appointed the members of the committee that will oversee the implementation and enforcement of Measure P, Santa Barbara’s new police directive that demotes misdemeanor adult marijuana infractions to the lowest priority of the police department. Out of a pool of a dozen applicants, the seven appointees include defense attorney Joe Allen, Goleta-based physician Dr. David Bearman, drug abuse and treatment counselor Al Rodriguez, and at-large members Ryan O’Leary and Thomas Hyatt. The 10-person oversight committee will also include a representative from the SBPD, the District Attorney’s office, and the county Public Health Department.

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