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Margaret Connell was not only a founding member of the Goleta City Council, she was the city’s first mayor. She failed to win re-election in 2006 because of a well-funded campaign against her waged by development interests. Another factor, as Connell describes in this video, is that the city may have been too rigid when residents wanted to build additions to their homes. With developer money still nipping at her heels in this election, Connell was the top vote-getter on Tuesday.

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