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CEC is committed to creating a more resilient and just region in the face of climate change. Through our work with the Central Coast Climate Justice Network and elsewhere, our vision includes an end to racial injustices and their resulting environmental inequities.


CEC, the Coalition for Sustainable Transportation (COAST), and the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition developed a questionnaire for Santa Barbara City Council and Mayoral candidates. The questionnaire focused on current transportation issues, such as the attractiveness of alternative transportation and the jobs/housing imbalance.

We asked the following questions:

  1. The City of Santa Barbara is updating its bicycle master plan next year. What elements do you see as important to improve our city’s bicycling infrastructure?
  2. How do you plan to improve accessibility and safety for all users of our streets?
  3. The jobs/housing imbalance in Santa Barbara is forcing more and more local employees to live elsewhere and commute long distances.  Is this the City’s responsibility and if so, what can the City do to alleviate this issue?
  4. Please list three specific transportation improvements you would prioritize to improve our regional transportation.  
  5. Traffic is always cited as a concern in Santa Barbara, do you see active transportation having a role in reducing upcoming street congestion?

    Six candidates responded to the questionnaire. As CEC’s status as a 501(c)(3) does not allow us to endorse candidates, the unedited answers are provided here:

    Responses sorted
    by candidate
       Responses sorted
    by question
    Megan Diaz Alley   Question 1
    David Landecker   Question 2
    Gregg Hart   Question 3
    Helene Schneider   Question 4
    Lesley Wiscomb   Question 5
    Wayne Scoles    

    Please vote, and remember that the City of Santa Barbara’s upcoming election is entirely vote by mail.

    • Monday, October 7: Voter Information packets mailed including pre-paid postage for returned ballots
    • Monday, October 21: Last day to register to vote
    • Tuesday, November 5: Election Day – Last day City Clerk’s Office can receive vote-by-mail ballots.  There will be also be five drop-off centers throughout the City, allowing voters the option to vote in person
    • Three City Councilmember seats are on the ballot.

    More information at

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