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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California

Ciudad de GoletaCandidato para Consejo Municipal

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Stuart Kasdin

Public Finance Professor
6,767 votos (30.28%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Achieving a more rational, sustainable rate of growth, while protecting open space, agriculture, and the environment
  • Making elected and appointed officials and city employees more responsive to residents.
  • Promoting fiscally responsible leadership -- making sure the public’s money is well spent while accomplishing our priorities.



Profesión:Professor of public budgeting and finance
Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts — Cargo designado (1975–current)
Assistant Professor, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (2010–2015)
Senior Program Examiner, Office of Management and Budget (1991–2002)
Policy Analyst, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (1990–1991)
Research Assistant, Freedom from Hunger Foundation (1986–1988)
Peace Corps volunteer, Peace Corps (1981–1984)
Peace Corps Volunteer -- agricultural extensionist, Peace Corps — Cargo designado (1981–1984)


University of California, Santa Barbara Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Political Sciece (2009)
University of California, Davis Master of Science (M.S.), Agricultural and Resource Economics (1991)
University of California, Davis, Master of Science (M.S.), International Agricultural Development -- Emphasis: Project Design and Manag (1991)

Actividades comunitarias

Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts (1975–current)


I have extensive experience in government, both practical and academic. 

I worked at the White House Office of Management and Budget for over 11 years, where I served three presidents. In this capacity, I balanced agency budgets, and evaluated their programs’ effectiveness and efficiency. In this capacity, I managed OMB staff to provide administrative oversight and policy analysis of Department of Agriculture programs, including Forest Service, farm commodity, conservation, rural development, and international trade programs. I evaluated agency budget requests, recommending budget increases and decreases based on whether the programs got results. I also assessed agency strategic plans and performance measures, analyzed regulations and proposed management reforms and restructuring. Finally, I assisted in policy development as OMB representative to the Council on Environmental Quality, as well as being a member of the White House Wetlands Working Group. 


• Enabled the Forest Service to develop new simplified budget structure and performance measures to enhance financial integrity, display financial information more visibly to the public and encourage increased accountability from Forest Service managers.

• Proposed legislation for Forest Service Payments to States receipt decoupling and Trust Fund reform, and helped in negotiating to eliminate harmful environmental appropriation riders. 

• Directed the change in the Conservation Reserve Program toward paying market rental rates for retiring cropland for conservation purposes, saving the Federal government over $500 million annually. 

• Advanced the development of new land selection system, the Environmental Benefits Index, for the Conservation Reserve Program to identify priority lands to enhance the program’s environmental benefits, with more visibility in the decision-making process

• Led OMB Agriculture branch staff in preparing the FY 2003 President’s Budget for the Department of Agriculture.  Reforms include organizational reforms and programmatic changes throughout USDA.  As the deputy branch chief, managed the operations of the Agriculture branch for extended periods. 

• Participated in analysis and review in development of regulations for Roadless Conservation Policy, Forest Service land management planning, and national forest transportation policy. 

• Administration representative to Congressionally charted Forest Counties Payment Committee, which submitted the report to Congress, “Recommendations for Making Payments to States and Counties Report to Congress.” 

I also saw development from the ground up at the Peace Corps, where I worked as Agricultural Extensionist, providing technical assistance for farmers and cooperatives in an Indian community in the Andes.  I developed projects on soil conservation, livestock, and product marketing. 

I have a PhD in Political Science from UCSB and work as a university professor. I worked as an assistant professor at Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Pubic Administration, George Washington University -- My classes covered issues related to public administration and governmental budgeting. Issues discussed included tools like cost benefit analysis, principals for evaluating tax equity and efficiency, and management issues, such as performance measurement, in which one evaluates the effectiveness and efficiency of agency operations. I left the position to be with my family in Goleta




¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Featured Endorsements

  • The Independent
  • The Sierra Club
  • Margaret Connell, former Goleta Mayor and 2 term council member

Organizaciónes (7)

  • Democratic Party of Santa Barbara County
  • Friends and Neighbors of Goleta
  • Democratic Women of Santa Barbara County
  • Tri-Counties Council Central Labor Council
  • Goodland Coalition
  • Sierra Club
  • Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee

Funcionarios electos (5)

  • Ed Easton, former Goleta council member
  • Paula Perotte, Council member
  • Janet Wolf, Supervisor, Santa Barbara County
  • Margaret Connell, former Goleta Mayor and 2 term council member
  • Cynthia Brock, former Goleta council member

Individuos (5)

  • Paula Perotte, Council member
  • Ed Easton, former Goleta council member
  • Janet Wolf, Supervisor, Santa Barbara County
  • Cynthia Brock, former Goleta council member
  • Hannah-Beth Jackson, California State Senate

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política


 I’m running to offer the residents of Goleta, CA a clear choice. I believe that the current pace of development in Goleta has been excessive, with little regard to the consequences of the development on the city and environment. We need to better manage our rate of growth, so that we can provide the needed water, roads, libraries, and recreation. For example, during a declared drought emergency, in which families are asked to cut back on their water use, the city council has approved projects, even amending the General Plan to make it happen. More projects are being considered right now. 

Moreover, the city council majority has too often approved development projects that ignored the full impacts on environmentally sensitive locations and foothill and mountain views, again, often contrary to Goleta’s General Plan. I will work to protect open space and the environment and ensure that the city council looks after the interests of all its residents, not just developers. 

Finally, the council supported projects that do not help reduce the costs of housing for Goleta’s workforce.  Most of the approved projects were for luxury units unaffordable to most Goleta residents. The cost of housing and rents is a real problem in California. Producing housing that is affordable requires a city government committed and active in seeking funds and building partnerships with community groups; we cannot just leave it up to the developers. 

In some ways, the election is a classic ideological contest. On the one hand, the current city council majority believes that that private property is sacrosanct and there is no justification for government interference. In practice, the pro-business side goes further – amending the General Plan and waiving stream buffer requirements to help the real estate developers get the outcomes they desire.

My view is that because some impacts of private property spill over and affect others (eg traffic and water), it is important for government to be involved. Government can help to ensure that economic growth and development decisions favor the community as a whole. 

I want to hear what the community is concerned about and act on those issues. What I learned in the Peace Corps was to listen. When I arrived in Ecuador, I was shocked at the level of erosion. After most rains, roads would be covered by inches of rich volcanic soil. So I tried to encourage landowners to adopt soil conserving measures, but these drew little interest. Thus, I had to switch projects. Instead, I found that the families were interested in raising small animals as livestock. I switched my focus to the introducing improved breeding stock and breeding and management technics. Other projects I worked on included helping in the creation of a handicraft festival for a small, nearby city and in the development of quinua as a more lucrative crop for local farmers.

I would bring this commitment to listening and to service -- in addition to being a Peace Corps volunteer, I was also an Eagle Scout – to my work as a council member. You can find out more about me at and on Facebook:





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— November 1, 2016 Stuart Kasdin for Goleta City Council 2016

Why has the city council approved the projects they have? How have they done this? Don't we have a General Plan that controls over-development? 

The election is a referencum on the performance on the performance of the currrent city council majority.

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