First District Goals and Accomplishments


2018-19 Anticipated Accomplishments

  • Served as Chair of the Board of Supervisors for 2018
  • Continued work with the Montecito community on recovery and rebuilding after the January 9, 2018 debris flow.
  • Provided staff support to Montecito leaders organizing the remembrance event for the anniversary of the January 9th debris flow.
  • Continued to send out email blasts and information to constituents with up to date storm information.
  • Began to work with neighbors on the creation of a new debris basin for Buena Vista Creek on Randall Road.
  • Continued engaging the Carpinteria community on the rebuilding of the Arroyo Paredon bridge.
  • Staffed the Montecito Resource and Recovery Center until its closure at the end of August 2018 and continued to hold weekly office hours in Carpinteria.
  • Worked with stakeholders to create an ordinance regulate and enforce on cannabis operations in Santa Barbara County, included an odor control requirement and created a new revenue stream to fund enforcement of the ordinance. Since the passage of the ordinance, our office has been heavily engaged with the Cannabis Enforcement Team to shut down non-compliant operations in the Carpinteria Valley.
  • Continued proactive outreach to Summerland and Montecito communities in preparation for the Highway 101 HOV Widening Project and parallel infrastructure improvements.
  • Continued to serve on the Cuyama Groundwater Sustainability Agency and played an active role in the development of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan that engages the whole community.
  • Held a town hall in Cuyama regarding cannabis policy to receive feedback and answer questions from the community.
  • Continued to serve as Chair of the Library Advisory Committee and became a member of the Board of Supervisors' Library Ad Hoc Committee to work with stakeholders on long-term solutions to the sustainability of our library system.
  • Supported funding and worked with staff to create the County's first ever Clean Energy Road Map through the Sustainability Division of the Community Services Department, which will lead to the creation of the County's first utility-scale solar ordinance – a necessity to transition to clean energy sources.
  • Developed an ordinance for a transparent and inclusive independent redistricting commission, approved by voters in the 2018 General Election, and will begin work in redrawing Supervisorial districts following the 2020 census.
  • Supported an ordinance change that will make it easier to develop on-site housing for agricultural employees.
  • Continued with stakeholders to ensure compliance with state law regarding access to water and clean restrooms for all farmworkers.
  • Worked with public safety officials on an ordinance that will allow for cost recovery for use of law enforcement officers in false alarm activation and response.
  • Championed the new, earlier commuter rail service through the Ventura/Santa Barbara County corridor and continued to work toward longer-term and more accessible solutions for the future.
  • Continued work with local agencies, community members, and the Barbareño Chumash community to preserve Hammond's Meadow.  
  • Supported the Franklin Service Center and work with school districts to meet the needs of families across the First District.
  • Served as the keynote speaker for the Santa Barbara County Emergency Medical Services Agency annual breakfast honoring survivors of cardiac arrest and reuniting them with the first responders who saved their lives.
  • Supervisor Williams serves on the following Boards and Commissions:
    • Represents Santa Barbara County on the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Executive Board
    • Chair of CSAC Health and Human Services Policy Committee
    • Represents Santa Barbara County on the Local Government Commission
    • Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG)
    • Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD)
    • Beach Erosion Authority for Clean Oceans and Nourishment (BEACON)
    • Multi-Jurisdictional Solid Waste Task Force
    • Santa Barbara County Adult and Aging Network
    • Chair of the Library Advisory Committee
    • Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors' Library Ad Hoc Committee
    • Served on Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors' Planning & Development Director
      Recruitment Ad Hoc Committee
    • Home for Good Funders Collaborative
    • Legislative Program Committee
    • Santa Barbara County Psychiatric Health Facility Governing Board
    • Alternate on the Local Agency Formation Commission

2019-20 Objectives

  • Continue work with the Montecito community as recovery and rebuilding from the January 9, 2018 debris flow continues.
  • Continue efforts to get a new debris basin in Montecito for Buena Vista Creek on Randall Road.
  • Support collaboration and engagement in community-wide emergency preparedness between local government, non-profit and private sector partners.
  • Continue work with and support resources for our Cannabis Enforcement Team to shut down non-compliant operations in the Carpinteria Valley and throughout the County.
  • Continue work with the Summerland and Montecito communities in preparation for the Highway 101 HOV Widening Project and parallel infrastructure improvements.
  • Continue to serve on the Cuyama Groundwater Sustainability Agency and finalize a draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan that engages all stakeholders of the Cuyama Valley.
  • Continue work on the Library Advisory Committee and the Board of Supervisors' Library Ad Hoc Committee to create a framework for a sustainable and equitable model for financing and governing our library system.
  • Continue to work with Planning & Development on the creation of a Countywide utility-scale solar ordinance that will support the creation of renewable energy in Santa Barbara County and move us away from a dependence on fossil fuels.
  • Participate in the Santa Barbara county Complete Count Steering Committee to ensure everyone in our county is counted in the 2020 census to protect federal and state funding our County receives as well as ensuring fair representation for everyone in our County.
  • Work on options to provide housing for our County's first responders to limit the amount of commute time during an emergency.
  • Work with Human Resources on options to decrease commuting by County employees as part of Renew '22.
  • Continue work with the Public Health and Agricultural Advisory Committee Field Sanitation Workgroup.
  • Continue work with public safety officials to finalize an ordinance to ensure cost recovery for use of law enforcement officers in false alarm activation and response.
  • Continue to hold weekly office hours in Carpinteria and do proactive outreach to constituents throughout our District.
  • Continue to provide constituent service and public engagement opportunities in all First District communities including Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito, Eastside, Westside, and Downtown Santa Barbara, Mission Canyon, San Roque, and the Cuyama Valley.
  • Increase effective outreach, public engagement and public service in Spanish-speaking communities in the First District and throughout the County.