Dave Cross

Dave Cross

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The Committee to Improve North County, better known as Committee INC, was established in the 1980s to better the lives of families living in north Santa Barbara County.

Then as now, there is a diversity of economies between the north and south county, and the organization was established to highlight the challenges, needs and political issues facing North County residents.

A long list of prominent community leaders rolled up their sleeves and went to work developing the organization. From the beginning, the Committee to Improve North County embraced the overarching purpose of improving the quality of life for the people who live here. This includes common sense in government, economic freedom and limitations on job-killing regulations. Over the years, Committee INC has supported measures and candidates, provided vital information about important topics, and organized forums for debates among county and city candidates.

Committee INC is made up of members from throughout North County, and the organization continues to examine city and county issues. Though these issues and challenges have evolved over the years, the direction remains the same — the betterment of the lives of its residents is first and foremost.

Committee INC has been most active during election years. The organization takes on a prominent role in providing essential information to the public and furnishing a welcome, nonpartisan environment for candidates to debate each other freely and express their platforms. Committee INC often collaborates with other agencies to organize and sponsor these events. Over the years, these forums have been held in every city in North County and in the unincorporated areas throughout the county. Committee INC has hosted these debates and discussions of measures at the state, county and city level.

This year, the Committee to Improve North County continues the long tradition of involvement during the political season and begins the 2018 election year with an informational luncheon about Santa Maria’s new districts and their impacts on the upcoming city elections.

In Santa Maria, council members were previously chosen on a citywide ballot, and each represented the entire city. In 2017, the City Council created and approved four election districts. City Council members will be elected from these districts. During this election cycle, one person from Districts 3 and 4 will be elected to Santa Maria’s City Council and each will serve a four-year term. This is perfect timing to review the district parameters before all the interested candidates register and announce their candidacy.

To better understand the makeup of Santa Maria’s districts and details about how the voting will be accomplished, Committee INC has partnered with the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce to cover the topic on Wednesday, April 18, at 11:30 a.m. at the Santa Maria Inn. Jason Stilwell, Santa Maria’s city manager, will be the luncheon speaker and he will go into the specifics about the districts in detail. The cost is $25, and RSVPs should be emailed to: demcgaughey@gmail.com. You can also RSVP by calling 345-5552.

Committee INC continues to provide a voice for the people of North County and a supporter of efforts to improve their lives, support job creation and promote economic health.

Dave Cross is a local consultant and member of the Committee to Improve North County.

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