Goleta city councilmembers Tony Vallejo and Jim Farr received kind regards from community members before stepping down from their posts on Tuesday. Longtime Goleta advocate Farr, who suffered a stroke last year, is retiring. Vallejo, an accountant active with the Goleta Chamber of Commerce, lost his bid for reelection. Taking their places will be Kyle Richards, a policy analyst at UCSB, and Stuart Kasdin, a public management consultant. Both campaigned vigorously against growth, and their success can be seen as a rejection of the previous council’s approval of new projects via changes to Goleta’s General Plan. Meanwhile, the effort to elect a mayor for Goleta for four years — instead of a vote among the council — won two to one.


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