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In the November 2018 Statewide General Election, county voters approved Measure G that formed an 11-member independent redistricting commission to establish the electoral district boundaries in Santa Barbara County for the upcoming decade following receipt of the 2020 federal census data.
More than 175 county residents applied to serve as a commissioner. Following a comprehensive process that included 10 public meetings, 11 seats were filled; one per district and one at-large member.
The Commission will begin meeting in January 2021 to review, discuss and deliberate on redistricting statutes, public outreach plans, and mapping tools for constituents to use during a series of public meetings that will be held in each district. The public is encouraged to participate in the redistricting process that is expected to be completed by late summer or early fall 2021.
Public Meeting Calendar and Documents
- February 22, 2021 - 6:30 p.m.
- February 1, 2021 - 6:30 p.m.
- January 28, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. Agenda, Packet
- January 27, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. Agenda, Packet
- January 25, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. Agenda, Packet
- January 19, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. Agenda, Packet, Public Comment, Video
- January 11, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. Agenda, Packet, Public Comment, Minutes, Video
- December 14, 2020 - 11 a.m. Agenda, Packet, Public Comment, Commission Selection Interactive Scenarios Tool - Completed, Commissioners Selected with Demographics, Minutes, Video
- December 9, 2020 - 6 p.m. Agenda, Packet, Public Comment, Commissioner Submission, Minutes, Video
- December 8, 2020 - 6 p.m. Agenda, Packet, Public Comment, Minutes, Video
- December 2, 2020 – 3:30 p.m. Agenda, Packet, Public Comment, Minutes, Video
- November 18, 2020 – 2:30 p.m. Agenda, Packet, Public Comment, Minutes , Video
- November 12, 2020 – 3:30 p.m. Agenda, Packet, Public Comment, Minutes, Video
- November 9, 2020 –
- October 24, 2020 –
- October 22, 2020 – 2:30 p.m. Agenda, Public Comment, Presentations, Minutes and Video
- October 13, 2020– Random Draw of Initial Five Commissioners
Board Agenda w/Documents
Video of presentation, Board discussion, public comment and the random drawing
First District Commissioner
Commissioner Laura (Lollie) Katz is looking forward to serving the county in her seat on the Citizens Independent Redistricting Commission.
Laura first came to Santa Barbara with her mother and sister in 1969 as a junior transfer student from Hollywood High School. She is a 1971 graduate of San Marcos High School. She left the area to attend college and eventually became a nurse and later a nurse practitioner specializing in geriatrics.
Laura and her husband returned to Santa Barbara County in 1993 where they have resided ever since. Their only son was born and raised in Carpinteria. Laura and her family love the outdoors, especially camping, hiking and occasional backpacking. She is semi-retired and able to pursue new and old interests through the amazing adult learning and enrichment classes offered by Santa Barbara City College. In these days of the pandemic, like many others, Laura has become a sourdough baker!
First District Commissioner
Commissioner Karen Twibell is a native of Santa Barbara and has always enjoyed the natural beauty of Santa Barbara County. She and her family have hiked almost all of the front and back country trails of the county, as well as the Channel Islands and the coastline from Gaviota to Arroyo Burro Beach. She has also kayaked our beautiful coastline and Cachuma Lake.
She received her bachelor's degree in Sociology from UC, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and holds a California real estate license. She returned to UCSB again for two years to receive a Certificate of Human Resource Management. Now retired, she spent many years in the real estate investment and property management field, managing properties from Carpinteria through the Goleta Valley. After receiving the Certificate of Human Resource Management, she became the Human Resource Director for Lotusland, a nonprofit public garden dedicated to the preservation of its botanical collections, the use of sustainable gardening practices and the education of the public regarding these practices.
Karen recently became a Master Gardener through a University of California Cooperative Extension program. Before Covid-19, Karen and her husband would volunteer at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden on Sunday afternoons managing an education table to provide information to visitors on water-wise gardening, gardening with native plants, and gardening practices that are earth-friendly.
Second District Commissioner
Commissioner Will McClintock is a marine scientist at the UC, Santa Barbara (UCSB) National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. For the past 20 years, Will's lab at the university has developed and implemented spatial planning software for the collaborative design of ocean zones.
From 2004 to 2011, he served as Director of the MarineMap Consortium, a collaboration of scientists, technologists and planners supporting California's Marine Life Protection Act Initiative, a process of creating marine protected areas within state waters.
In his work, Will provides software, data and process support for large scale planning initiatives that promote transparency, inclusiveness, stakeholder participation and data-driven decision-making.
Second District Commissioner
Commissioner Megan Turley was born and raised in Santa Barbara, and currently works on the fundraising team at the UC, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. She graduated with dual degrees in Sociology and East Asian Studies from Brown University. While at Brown, she helped to implement a research study analyzing the intersection of socioeconomic status and first-generation college experiences.
Megan has worked in the nonprofit sector since 2012, and served on the Emerging Leaders Alumni Council for the last three years, most recently as Co-Chair. The council seeks to provide regular opportunities for networking, professional development, and community service for more than 150 nonprofit leaders from across Santa Barbara County.
Third District Commissioner
Norman Douglas (Doug) Bradley
Commissioner Doug Bradley has lived in the unincorporated area north of Lompoc since 2015. With the exception of residing in the San Francisco Bay Area during the mid- to late-1980s to work and complete a master's degree from Stanford, he has also lived in unincorporated Eastern Goleta Valley, Los Olivos, Solvang and Isla Vista since first arriving in the county in 1981 to attend UC, Santa Barbara (UCSB).
He has been a lecturer at UCSB since 1999, serving on numerous academic committees and projects there, and previously worked at several local, high-tech businesses, including Motion Engineering, Digital Instruments, DAC and MODEL.
From 1998 to 2002, Doug served on the Solvang Unified School District Board of Trustees, including as President in 2000. From 1994 to 1997, he served on the steering committee of the Santa Ynez Valley Blueprint to develop a 20-year plan for the Valley's five communities, and served in the early-1990s on a city of Solvang task force to consider the impacts of outlet stores there. He was a co-founder and board member of the Santa Ynez Valley Alliance, a 501(c)4 not-for-profit educational and land use study organization, serving from 2005 to 2017. When he is not teaching at UCSB, Doug is an active volunteer docent at La Purisima Mission State Historic Park. He is a military veteran and the father of two children who attended Santa Barbara County public schools.
Third District Commissioner
(James) Chris Hudley
Commissioner (James) Chris Hudley is a senior financial analyst in the Executive Vice Chancellor's Office at UC, Santa Barbara (UCSB).
Chris has more than 20 years of professional experience in finance, operations and data analysis, and has worked in the higher education, investment management and healthcare industries. He is honored to represent the interest of community members in Santa Barbara County.
Chris and his wife, Dr. Anne Charity-Hudley, have lived in Goleta for the past four years after relocating from Williamsburg, Virginia. He has been an active member of the Santa Barbara community. He serves as a board member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara, where he works to promote educational and social justice initiatives in the city. Chris engages with UCSB students and advocates for access and expanded services as a member of the UCSB University Center (UCEN) Governance Board. Additionally, Chris advocates for both unionized and policy-covered staff as a member of the Chancellor's Staff Advisory Council at UCSB.
Chris received his master's degree in Business Administration and a master's degree of Accounting from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He received a bachelor's of science degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and an associate arts degree from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico.
Fourth District Commissioner
Commissioner Cary Gray is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who has lived in Santa Barbara County since 1986. Cary earned two bachelor's of science degrees, as well as a master's of science degree in Systems and Logistics Management.
In 1997, he founded the Center for Effective Organizations. For five years, Cary taught five different courses for Chapman University and University of La Verne (Calif.), including Ethics in Business and Corporate Communications. Cary is a graduate of all nine Central Coast Community Leadership programs administered by the various chambers of commerce. In 1995, Cary co-founded Leadership Santa Maria Valley, an 11-month program designed to foster and create future community leaders. To date, more than 330 graduates are serving in a variety of leadership roles within service, nonprofit, business and government sectors.
Cary served on the United Way Board of Directors for more than 15 years during two separate terms; twice as Treasurer and twice as Chairman of the Board. Cary also served for six years as the Veteran Mentoring Coordinator for the county's first Veteran Treatment Court. Cary founded Teen Leadership Santa Maria Valley, which has graduated 63 high school students who meet monthly during a school year to explore community issues and improve their civic knowledge.
Fifth District Commissioner
Commissioner Glenn Morris leads the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, the leading business support, economic development, and tourism promotion agency in northern Santa Barbara County.
In addition to his work with chambers, Glenn has professional experience in economic development, tourism and community development. He brings more than two decades of experience and leadership to bear on his passions of community, organizational excellence, and the power of collaboration to achieve goals.
Fifth District Commissioner
Commissioner Jannet Rios is a life-long resident of Santa Maria and first became involved in the community at age 14. In her role as a community youth leader, she focused on empowering other youth to become involved in leadership opportunities offered across Santa Maria.
She received a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Marymount California University and master's degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas.
Jannet is currently a Bilingual Academic Success Coach at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, where she works with students and families of diverse backgrounds and communities.
Additionally, she is a voting member of the Cuesta College Equity and Student Success committee and Vice-President of the Cuesta College Latina Leadership Network Chapter, a state-wide organization focused on providing professional development opportunities to Latina staff at the California Community Colleges.
In her free time, Jannet serves as a Steering Committee member for the Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success (CCC-USS), an nonprofit organization focused on providing support to undocumented students on the central coast and education to the local community.
Jannet is excited to serve on the Citizens Independent Redistricting Commission and looks forward to expanding her connections with the communities in order to meet their needs.
Benjamin (Ben) Olmedo
Member At-Large Commissioner Benjamin Olmedo has lived in Solvang since 2015 and has family ties to Santa Barbara County for more than 20 years. He received an ROTC Scholarship and graduated from Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo in 2002. Following his distinguished Army service, Mr. Olmedo earned his PA-C (Physician's Assistant Certified) through the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program, after which he served in the Commissioned Corps of the U. S. Public Health Service. The USPHS Commissioned Corps is one of the nation's uniformed services - a branch committed to the service of health.
Ben served as President of the Public Health Service Academy of Physician Assistants from 2015 - 2016, as the Chief Clinical Consultant for Physician Assistants for the Indian Health Service from 2017 – 2019, and worked with the Santa Ynez Tribal Health Clinic from 2015 - 2019. He currently works with Dignity Pacific Central Coast Health Centers in Solvang and Lompoc where he provides primary care and walk-in urgent care services for the community, in addition to working on quality improvement initiatives. He currently serves on the Solvang School Board of Trustees and is an Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are helpful frequently asked questions about the process. If you have additional questions, please e-mail email@example.com.
Redistricting is the process where the district lines for Congress, state legislatures, city councils, and school boards are redrawn. Every 10 years, the districts are redrawn based on Census data.
Redistricting ensures every person has fair representation by drawing districts with an equal number of people. How the districts are drawn determines how effectively a community is represented in the halls of government.
The incorporated areas in Santa Barbara County are Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, Guadalupe, Lompoc, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and Solvang. All other areas are unincorporated, including Montecito, Summerland, Eastern Goleta Valley, Santa Ynez Valley excluding Solvang and Buellton, Vandenburg, Orcutt and Cuyama.
In the November 2018 Statewide General Election, Santa Barbara County voters approved Measure G (County Code Section 2-10.9A) that establishes an 11-person Citizens' Independent Redistricting Commission to adjust the boundaries of the county supervisorial districts through an open and transparent process in accordance with federal and state criteria.
The commission will be tasked with establishing the electoral district boundaries in Santa Barbara County for the upcoming decade following receipt of the 2020 federal census data, currently scheduled to be received in early April 2021.
As outlined in the County Ordinance No. 5051, Section 2-10.9A, the required qualifications to become a commissioner are as follows:
- Be a resident of Santa Barbara County.
- Be a voter registered in Santa Barbara County. ta Barbara County.
- Be a voter registered in Santa Barbara County.
- Have not changed registered political party affiliation within the past five years immediately preceding the date of appointment to the commission.
- Have voted in Santa Barbara County in at least one of the last three statewide elections immediately preceding applying to the commission.
- Must be eligible under the provisions of Elections Code § 23003(c), or any successor provision governing qualifications of commissioner for independent redistricting commissions.
- No commissioner may have any significant financial interest, as defined in the ordinance, in any company, corporation or other business entity that has donated $500 or more in one year to any candidate for elective office of the County of Santa Barbara, or to any controlled committee, primarily formed committee, general purpose committee, independent expenditure committee that expended funds in support or opposition to a candidate for elective office of the County of Santa Barbara within the last eight years preceding appointment to the commission.
- No commissioner or immediate family member may, within the last eight years preceding appointment to the commission, have contributed $500 or more in one year to any candidate controlled committee, primarily formed committee, or general purpose committee, independent expenditures committee or other political action committee that has expended more than $1,000 in support or in opposition to the election campaign for any elective office of the County of Santa Barbara.
- No commissioner or immediate family member may, within the last eight years preceding appointment to the commission, have been a board member, officer, paid or volunteer staff of, or had a significant influence on the actions or decisions of a political committee required to register with the California Secretary of State, which expended funds in excess of $500 in support or opposition to a candidate for any elective office of the County of Santa Barbara, including member communications.
In addition, the following criteria was taken into account:
- Experience that demonstrates analytical skills relevant to the redistricting process and voting rights, and ability to comprehend and apply the applicable state and federal legal requirements.
- Experience that demonstrates an ability to be impartial.
- Experience that demonstrates an appreciation for the geographic and cultural diversity of Santa Barbara County.
If selected to serve on the commission, a commissioner may not do the following:
- While serving on the commission, endorse, work for, volunteer for, or make a campaign contribution to, a candidate for any county elective office.
- Be a candidate for an elective county office for 10 years commencing with the date of his or her appointment to the commission.
- For four years commencing with the date of his or her appointment to the commission:
- Accept an appointment to any county office, board or commission.
- Accept employment as a staff member of, or consultant to, an elected county official or candidate for county elective office.
- In their personal capacity, receive a noncompetitively bid contract with the county.
- Register as a lobbyist for the county.
- Provide comment and testimony during the redistricting process in 2021.
- Stay tuned for updates on redistricting in Santa Barbara County posted at www.countyofsb.org/redistricting.
As of December 14, 2020, an 11-member commission has been appointed following a six-month public process. Thank you to the nearly 200 individuals who applied to serve on the County's Independent Redistricting Commission.
Steps in the process were as follows:
- The application period closed on Friday, August 21 at 5 p.m. The County Elections Official selected the most qualified applicants based on the criteria and qualifications detailed in the Ordinance, whose names were posted online for 30 days or more for members of the public to view before a random drawing on October 13 to select the initial five commissioners. Through several public meetings and applicant interviews, those five commissioners appointed another five members and one at-large member to complete the commission.
- Initial Five Commissioners Selected by Random Draw
On October 13, the following five commissioners were selected by random draw conducted by the County of Santa Barbara District Attorney.
First District: Laura Katz
Second District: William McClintock
Third District: Norman Bradley
Fourth District: Cary Gray
Fifth District: Glenn Morris
- The five randomly selected commissioners met publicly several times between October 22 and December 14 to select six more commissioners from the pool of qualified applicants to form a commission of 11 members.
- Final Six Commissioners Selected by Initial Five Commissioners
On December 14, the following six commissioners were selected by the initial five commissioners of the County of Santa Barbara Independent Redistricting Commission.
First District: Karen Twibell
Second District: Megan Turley
Third District: James Hudley
Fourth District: Lata Murti
Fifth District: Jannet Rios
Member At Large: Benjamin Olmedo