President's Corner

The Lines They are a Changing

         Back on January 2022, I was pleased to discover that the City of Santa Barbara had posted an invite on the Nextdoor app inviting all citizens to participate in the redrawing of boundaries of District 1. To the city’s credit, this public information spot was published in both English and Spanish.  Unfortunately, it was the only one I saw.  I am confident that working with the new Public Information Officer, Ms. Shelly Cone, that better outreach to the community will be in store.   

         The Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) has recommended the City Council adopt their recommendations of map 101Re, which included the beach front, Lower State Street and the Funk Zone district.  This is a positive event for the Eastside because it means a majority Latino District will now qualify for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), which will be used to improve the community. The unfortunate tradeoff is that the upper Eastside corner running from East Cota to North Voluntario Street, up De La Guerra Road to Alameda Padre Serra and South to East Cota will now be placed in District 3. This change was based on the 2020 Census which was used by the IRC. 

Recently, the Census Bureau published their finding for the 2020 Census.  The Bureau unequivocally stated that it undercounted Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans by 4.99%.  This is not the first time this has happened as the Bureau stated that their findings “also include some limitations — the 2020 Census undercounted many of the same population groups we have historically undercounted, and it over counted others.”  Despite all this, the data was used to make the decision in drawing up new redistricting lines.

Nevertheless, if you live in the upper Eastside Corner, you will now reside in District 3, Councilwoman Kristen Sneddon will now be your new representative.  I have found her to be articulate, informed and an advocate for her district and am looking forward to meeting with her.  Although the lines have changed. The Eastside needs to continue to advocate for continued improvements and representation to beautify and upgrade our community.

Santa Barbara Holiday Highlights for 2021

The Eastside is alive and well again after a spectacular holiday parade on December 11th that featured Mr. John Palmintari and Mr. Victor Reyes as celebrity announcers. It also showcased local talent in the form of bands, dancers, floats, a lively Santa Claus and a guest appearance by the Grinch.

After postponing the Milpas Holiday Parade last year due to Covid19, the Santa Barbara Eastside Society rallied for the occasion and organized a season extravaganza by hosting its 67th Christmas parade.

Featured were Santa Barbara High School women’s 2021 Championship volleyball team, High School and Junior High marching bands, high performance cheer leaders, classic lowrider cars and trucks, La Boheme Dance group, magical floats from Sarah House Hospice, a Tomol from the Chumash people, living nativity performers, gigantic Oaxacan puppets, local dignitaries, the Grinch in the Sheriff’s paddy wagon and of course, the jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus. Transport cars and trucks were donated by Milpas Motors and Milpas Rentals.

The parade was a good harbinger for the New Year and people from the community flocked to enjoy the festivities and partake of the local businesses which remained open for the event.

New and exciting activities are being planned by the Society for 2022.  The Santa Barbara Eastside Society wishes everyone a healthy holiday and a Covid free New Year.   Looking forward to seeing everyone in 2022.

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