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Airport Commission

In 1929, a committee was formed by the Chamber of Commerce to choose a site for a permanent commercial airport. After considerable study, the present Goleta site was chosen. As a result of lobbying in Washington, the federal government helped Santa Barbara's dream of an airport to materialize. In February 1941 the local electorate approved a $149,000 bond issue for the purchase of the land with construction beginning soon thereafter. It was at this time that an Airport Commission was formed.

Construction accelerated during World War II when the United States Navy leased the airport for use as a Marine Corps Air Station. Considered surplus after the war, the airport was transferred back to the City in 1947, which annexed the property in 1962.

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General Functions

Advises City Council regarding the following

  • Selection and appointment of an Airport Director.
  • Terms and conditions of leases, contracts and agreements pertaining to operation of the Airport.
  • Rules and regulations related to operation and maintenance of the Airport, including the fixing of rates and charges related to operation of the Airport.
  • Preparation of development plans, financial plans and budget for the Airport.

 

Membership 7 Members
Qualifications
  • Four members must be qualified electors of the City.
  • Three members may be City or County residents.
Length of Term Four years and until successors are appointed and qualified. Staggered terms expire on December 31 of the appropriate year.
Meeting Schedule The Commission meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Airport Administration Conference Room, 601 Firestone Road.
Time Involved Approximately 3 - 4 hours per month for meetings and related activities. Time commitment may vary depending on voluntary participation on subcommittees.
Financial Disclosure Requirement Members are required to file a Statement of Economic Interests upon appointment, annually and when leaving the advisory group.
Ethics Requirement The City of Santa Barbara requires members of this commission to take City ethics training within one year after member is appointed or reappointed. 
Compensation None.
Staff Airport Department, (805) 692-6003.
Reference City Charter Sections 800-805, and 812; Municipal CodeSection 2.08.020.A; Chapter 18.44; Ordinance Nos. 3992, 3904, 3860, and 3726; Resolution Nos. 95-158, and 87-001
Last Updated: Nov 24, 2014