Meet Kristen

I am running for re-election to City Council District 4 because, as a 34-year resident, I know and am passionate about Santa Barbara, and about representing the beautiful community-centered neighborhoods of District 4 and the unique City that we all cherish.

Santa Barbara is at a crossroad in its history. As City leaders, we have made and will continue to make important decisions for our environment, local economy, and housing while adapting to changes in extreme weather, fire hazards, water use, public safety, and in our retail and commercial environments.

Through my experiences as an education leader and City Council member, I bring a balanced perspective to Council that honors preservation of our City’s unique character while contributing to our long legacy of environmental leadership. I believe that continuing my hard work with my fellow Council members, City staff, and community members will bring us closer to our goals of environmental sustainability, economic vitality, and diverse housing choices, while also maintaining Santa Barbara’s very special qualities.

I know Santa Barbara as a student, a professional, a shared head of family, an educator, and a community leader.

I am a local who graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1989, not long after the last stop sign was removed from the 101, and before Paseo Nuevo made its debut. I paid my own way through college, first attending Santa Barbara City College, then transferred to UCLA where I majored in Applied Geophysics, and completed my education with a Masters in Science, specializing in the analysis of groundwater contamination.

My husband Chris (also a Don ’89) and I are lucky to raise our three children in this city we all love. While our children were young, I was also Chair of Starr King Parent-Child Workshop, graduated from Women’s Economic Ventures, served six years as an executive officer on the Governing Board of Peabody Charter School, earned my College Counseling Certificate, and opened a small college counseling business. I continue to volunteer teaching college test prep for high school AVID students, volunteer as a radio co-host discussing issues involving our local teens, and teach Environmental Geology at Santa Barbara City College.

I would like to hear from you! Please email me with questions, what matters to you and what you envision for the future of Santa Barbara. I hope to earn your vote for re-election to Santa Barbara City Council District 4!

In addition to my thorough preparation for and participation in regular City Council meetings, I thoughtfully dedicate my time to eighteen committees and City-related agencies:

City Council Standing Committees

  • Ordinance Committee – Historic Resources Ordinance of note [link]
  • Community Choice Energy – establishment of Santa Barbara Clean Energy to be implemented starting July 2021. Every electrical outlet in Santa Barbara will be delivering 100% Renewable Energy (unless you opt down or out)
  • Farmers’ Market Relocation Subcommittee – worked with the Farmers’ Market Association for preferable site location in the event the Santa Barbara Police Station is constructed at the current Saturday Farmers’ Market site. Working together with the Market and with the public, a suitable and supported site was located
  • Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan Subcommittee (Chair) – the considerable work of this subcommittee resulted in a Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan addressing the foreseeable risk factors associated with expectations of sea level rise along our coast
  • Sustainability Council Committee – major works included development of Strategic Energy Plan to meet the City’s aspirational goals of 100% renewable energy and setting the achievement of this goal by 2035; expansion of city-owned vehicle charging stations; introduction of the City’s new Sustainability and Resilience Department

Advisory Groups, City Council Liaison

  • Creeks Advisory Committee
    • Arroyo Burro Open Space Restoration, Las Positas Creek Restoration; Lower Mission Creek Restoration, Rattlesnake Creek Restoration; Sycamore Creek Restoration; Andree Clark Bird Refuge Restoration;
    • Stormwater Management Plan Amendments: the City has made progress in reducing urban runoff pollution, as well as balancing between providing increased flexibility for development and redevelopment projects while maintaining water quality protections necessary to comply with state law and protecting Santa Barbara’s creeks and beaches
    • Improved creek water quality
  • Historic Landmarks Commission
  • Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Water Commission Board: Liaison to the Water Commission Board that saw us through our historic 7-year drought; development of Enhanced Urban Water Management Plan to ensure water supply for the next decade of unpredictable climate

Ad Hoc Committees

  • Committee on Legislation
  • De La Guerra Plaza Revitalization Concept Plan Subcommittee
  • Police Station Ad Hoc Committee
  • State Street Subcommittee

City-Related Agencies

  • Coast Village Association: advocated for the establishment of a Coast Village Road Community Benefit District

Council Representation On Regional Agencies

  • Cachuma Conservation Release Board (CCRB)
  • Cachuma Operations and Maintenance Board (COMB)
  • Central Coast Water Authority (CCWA) – alternate