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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of GoletaCandidate for City Council

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James Kyriaco

Human Resources Professional
7,729 votes (52.62%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • I support carefully managed growth and living within our natural resources, especially water
  • Preserving and protecting our environment, and opposing any new offshore oil drilling
  • More resources for our children and youth

Experience

Education

California State University Northridge Master of Arts, Public Administration (2011)
Antioch University of Santa Barbara Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies with Area of Concentration in Social Services Administration (2009)

Biography

I grew up here, attended local schools including SBCC and Antioch University, before eventually earning a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cal State Northridge.

 

My family has deep roots in Goleta. My grandfather Andy worked for many years at Jordanos. Later in life he settled down at Maravilla with my grandmother Geri. My mother Mara Dee also lived and worked for a number of years in Goleta before she retired in Santa Barbara. My father Jim graduated from UCSB and is now retired after a career as a legal professional.

 

I started my career working in local politics, managing and assisting the election campaigns for a number of respected local elected officials who represented Goleta including Susan Rose, Janet Wolf, Margaret Connell, Monique Limon & Kyle Richards. I also worked in Goleta’s nonprofit community, serving as the first executive director of the Goleta Valley Historical Society, which manages Rancho La Patera and Stow House. My accomplishments there include working to open the new History Education Center and raising needed funds for restoration of the historic gardens, trees and pathways.

 

Most recently I served on Goleta’s Public Engagement Commission, working to make our local government more accessible and responsive to all residents. This represented a continuation of years of community service focused on preserving our community’s unique character, as well as supporting our vital non-profit community.

  • County of Santa Barbara Historic Landmarks Advisory Commission, Former Member
  • Citizens Planning Association of Santa Barbara County, Former Board Member
  • Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara, Former Board Member
  • Santa Barbara Community Development & Human Services Commission, Former Member
  • Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons Board of Directors, Former Board Member
  • Santa Barbara Family Care Center, Former Board Member and President
  • Contemporary Arts Forum of Santa Barbara, Former Development Associate
  • Leadership Santa Barbara County, Class of 1999-2000
 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • The Goodland Coalition for Goleta
  • Democratic Party of Santa Barbara County
  • Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriffs Association

Organizations (4)

  • Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee
  • Democratic Women of Santa Barbara County
  • CAUSE Action Fund
  • Planned Parenthood Central Coast Action Fund

Individuals (1)

  • Margaret Connell, Goleta’s Original Mayor

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Manage Growth and Protect Goleta’s Small Town Feel

The pace of growth in recent years is harming the small town feel and agricultural heritage that makes our community so special. Preserving what remains of our urban agriculture and historical resources is critical to keeping Goleta “the Goodland” for future generations. As Executive Director of the Goleta Valley Historical Society I was responsible for preserving and protecting Historic Rancho La Patera and Stow House. Working closely with community leaders like former Mayor Margaret Connell has instilled in me a strong belief in following our Goleta General Plan, preserving coastal & mountain views & maintaining a rate of development that is balanced and sustainable, without exceeding our ability to deal with impacts to water resources, traffic circulation and public health & safety.

Protect Key Resources and oppose new Offshore Oil Drilling

Our natural environment is one of Goleta’s greatest assets, and a key contributor to our local economy. We must stand up and oppose any new offshore oil drilling off our coast. Poorly planned retail development is leading to greater traffic congestion, increasingly longer commutes, air pollution, and too much time away from our families and friends. Future development should be built along traffic corridors, provide a diversity of housing opportunities for our diverse community, and be affordable for those of us who live and work in Goleta.

More accessible, affordable & quality child care & recreation opportunities for children youth

The need for affordable, accessible and quality child care is something that impacts families throughout Goleta, and the South County. For many families child care is their second largest expense after the cost of housing. The need for child care they can afford leads many Goleta families to make difficult choices between higher costs and longer commutes. The City of Goleta can be a leader in convening area employers to develop solutions such as a dedicated, licensed child care center. We can and must do more to lead on this issue. Nothing is more important to our future than our children.

Greater Regional Cooperation for a Healthier Goleta

Everything Goleta needs to be successful is within our grasp. We are minutes away from a world class university and its high tech spinoffs, fantastic resorts where visitors can enjoy our Mediterranean climate, travel from a convenient airport, and sandy beaches with scenic views of the mountains and the Channel Islands. Unfortunately too often we find ourselves at odds with our neighbors. I will be a voice for a collaborative relationship with UCSB, the City of Santa Barbara and the County. I will also be a strong advocate for standing up for our Goleta values when necessary to protect our quality of life.

Preserve and Protect Public Health and Safety

Public Health and Safety are essential to a vibrant, functioning community. Our firefighters, sheriff deputies, flood control workers and other first responders must always have the tools and resources to keep them safe, so they can keep us safe. As we have learned from recent disasters, another critical component of public safety is having healthy creeks and watersheds to help prevent major events like wildfires, floods and mudslides. Future development in Goleta must be slow, and carefully managed to ensure that we maintain adequate water resources and sufficient traffic circulation to be able to respond quickly and effectively when disaster strikes.

 

More Accessible, Responsive and Transparent Governance

Goleta needs new energy and commitment to maintaining an open and transparent relationship with residents. Goleta needs to invest more in its communication infrastructure and staffing to ensure that all members of our community have access to important and potentially lifesaving information about what is happening in our community, when it is happening. Spanish language interpretation should be available at City Council meetings and emergency communications should be accessible to all residents, not just English speakers.

Videos (3)

— October 15, 2018 James Kyriaco

short video of experience and positions taken at a houseparty in May 2018

Endorsement at a news conference in July 2018

Endorsements at campaign event in July 2018

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