Incumbent Santa Barbara City Councilman Frank Hotchkiss kicked off his campaign for re-election this weekend. In addition to a kickoff event at the waterfront, Hotchkiss debuts a new website, where he lays out his appeal…
“My name is Frank Hotchkiss, and I am running for reelection to Santa Barbara City Council. It’s never easy for a straightforward candidate like me to win office, but we did it in 2009 and I am confident we will do it again this year. However, it won’t be easy. Nothing worth doing ever is!
Over the last four years, we’ve made real changes that help our City:
- Increased cruise ship visits from 2-3 a year to 24 this year. Estimated economic impact to the city — $5M.
- Balanced the city budget and pared down 81 city personnel.
- Banned parking meters in El Pueblo Viejo (downtown) in the General Plan Update.
- Held airport retail prices in line with regular street retail prices (Cup of Frank)
- Saved the Christmas Holiday tree in 2012.
- Removed RVs from Cabrillo Blvd.
- Reduced the number of proposed curb extensions (partial victory).
- Kept politics out of our city commissions with an ABR reprimand.
- Increased the number of police on the street (4 beat officers).
- Began a gang injunction (not yet in place but supported and now in court).
- Reduced the number of marijuana dispensaries.
I hope to reduce our “street population” for their sakes and ours, and to pressure potential gang members to seek a better way of life. I also think we need to double our beat police officers from four to eight, and increase funding for our Restorative and Veterans courts, which take people out of the criminal justice system by getting them into real – and very strict – recovery programs.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Please take a look at the site and be sure to sign up to volunteer.”