With Margaret Connell dissenting, the Goleta City Council voted on 12/16 to begin a study of two General Plan amendments relating to a 22-acre mixed-use complex on Hollister Avenue near Storke Road. The project proposes 300 apartments as well as commercial space for “boutique” businesses and a recreation center. The General Plan amendments themselves would switch the site’s land use designation from residential to mixed use and raise the maximum building height from 25 to 35 feet. (/goleta1224)


The City of Goleta welcomed Lt. Phil Willis as its new police chief this week. Formerly of the Sheriff’s Department’s offices in Carpinteria and Solvang-both of which contract with the County Sheriff for law enforcement, as Goleta does-Willis replaces Lt. Chris Pappas, who served as Goleta’s police chief for nearly four years and has been reassigned to a deputy training program. (/willis1224)


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