Candidate Statement – By Joan Hartmann
I have spent my life making government more responsive to the people. My greatest privilege has been serving as your supervisor, addressing your concerns and responding to your needs. I am honored to be endorsed in my re-election by both the Santa Barbara County Firefighters and Deputy Sheriffs Associations.
The hallmark of my office is responsiveness and openness. We respond to all calls promptly and I hold regular office hours in Solvang and throughout the district.
Despite recent natural disasters, the County’s budget is balanced, with a fully restored Rainy-Day fund. We’ve improved efficiencies in delivering mental health, homeless services, criminal justice, and programs for children and families. I have championed clean energy and water wise projects along with expanded parks and trails for public health and community well-being.
I have a balanced and pragmatic approach to my job and take pride in working with community partners to achieve shared goals:
– Public Safety: I worked to ensure that our Fire, EMS and Sheriff have the resources they need to ensure your safety. Together, we’ve improved disaster preparedness, are instituting borderless dispatch, and have held the utilities accountable for recent disasters and power shutoffs.
– Highway Safety: I championed a Traffic Safety Study of Highways 154, 246 and 101 to identify and fund upgrades. I chair the Highway 154 Safety Taskforce committed to bring improvements along this highway.
– Senior Services: I facilitated long-term leases for both the Solvang and Buellton Senior Centers and supported a major funding grant to the Buellton Senior Center.
– Libraries: I increased funding to keep our libraries open and serving the public.
– Tourism: I sponsored a successful bicycle tourism summit, and I support agricultural tourism through a new Farm-Stay ordinance.
– Bikes & Mobility: I advocated for the Santa Ynez Valley Bike Master Plan and a collaborative Safe Routes to School bike education program.
– Parks & Recreation: I am leading the countywide effort for a Recreation Master Plan to guide park and trail improvements. I initiated a major contribution from the County to the Santa Ynez Valley Aquatics Complex.
– Cannabis: The County seeks a well-regulated and enforceable cannabis industry consistent with state regulations and voter-approved Proposition 64. I led the effort to institute a cap on cultivation, to ban cultivation on small parcels, and to direct the planning commission to consider additional measures to resolve the conflicts between traditional agriculture and cannabis and further protect urban-rural boundaries.
– Camp 4. Without a local agreement, Camp 4 would have been put into trust by Congress and the County and community would have had no say in how Camp 4 was developed. Under pressure of this Congressional action, I negotiated an enforceable, local agreement with the Tribe that prohibits gaming, restricts development to 143 homes and a tribal center, while ensuring that 90% of the property will remain in agriculture or open space.
I am proud of my record of service.
I would be honored to have your vote to continue this important work.