To celebrate the naming of the Santa Barbara Airport’s terminal in honor of John T. Rickard, elected officials, community members, and his family gathered to remember the late Rickard’s lasting contributions to the city on Monday. A Santa Barbara native, influential two-term mayor, and respected judge, Rickard is best remembered for his ability to annex the city’s airport property and his commitment to stop offshore drilling from developing off of the city’s coastline. Those who lobbied for the terminal to hold Rickard’s name — including The Santa Barbara Independent‘s Editor-in-Chief Marianne Partridge — spoke at the dedication ceremony and emphasized his “foresight,” “persistence,” and “stewardship” as a longtime public servant.


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