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The Lower Riviera neighborhood (for our survey purposes) is depicted on the map. Areas highlighted in green will be surveyed.
The City of Santa Barbara is offering free indoor and outdoor water use surveys. This service could provide savings on your water bill. You were sent the survey letter because you qualify for this opportunity.
Santa Barbara residents enjoy a beautiful environment bordered by mountains and seashore, with clean air, a temperate climate, and charming ambiance. But this beautiful City exacts a high price from those who live here. Housing costs are among the highest in the nation, and vacancy rates are among the lowest.
The high housing costs result in problems for many residents. The gap between incomes and housing costs is great. Many people commute long distances from less expensive housing in outlying areas. Much of the housing is seriously overcrowded, as families double and triple up in order to stay in the City. Young adults who grew up here are often forced to leave the area in search of housing they can afford. The low vacancy rate contributes to substandard housing, as unscrupulous landlords get nearly the same rent for units they allow to deteriorate as for well-maintained units.
Responsible property owners face stiff challenges. Many local homeowners are elderly, living on fixed incomes and residing in homes that need extensive repairs. Landlords renting to low- and moderate-income people at affordable rents do not have operating budgets or reserves that can cover rehabilitation expenses.
The City has done well in creating a level of affordable housing that constitutes 12% of the City's housing stock. The City is in the process of analyzing several strategies to provide even more affordable housing opportunities.
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For Internet Explorer, the procedure is as follows.
You should expect to see volunteers walking the streets, taking photographs of each building in the neighborhood and taking notes as to the composition of each building and structure on site. Volunteers are not checking or enforcing zoning and building code requirements, nor are they being trained on what those requirements are. Volunteers all have badges they are required to present to you upon request. Do not hesitate to ask a volunteer for their badge. Citizens who care about their neighborhood question strangers. Volunteers will remain on public land (i.e. the sidewalk and road) while surveying your property unless you invite them onto your land. Please thank our volunteers. They are your fellow citizens donating their time to reduce the cost of this public expenditure.
Affordable housing means housing that does not cost more than 30 percent of a household's gross income. For example, an affordable monthly rent for a household earning $2,000 per month would be $600 (including utilities). For homeowners, affordable monthly housing expenses for a household earning $4,000 per month would be $1,200 (including mortgage payments, taxes, and condominium association fees).
The City's affordable rental housing programs are targeted to low- or very low-income households. Affordable ownership housing programs are targeted to moderate-income households. Under the City's Density Bonus Program, units are also provided for middle and upper middle income households. The maximum limits for these and other income levels are listed in the table below. They are based on median income figures the federal government calculates annually for Santa Barbara County, with adjustments made for household size.
Area Median Income = $71,000
|Category & % of Median||# in Household:||1||2||3||4||5||6|
|Median - 100%||$49,700||$56,800||$63,900||$71,000||$76,680||$82,360|
|Extremely Low - 30%||$16,750||$19,150||$21,550||$23,900||$25,850||$27,750|
|Very Low - 50%||$27,900||$31,850||$35,850||$38,800||$43,000||$46,200|
|Low - 80%||$44,600||$51,000||$57,350||$63,700||$68,800||$73,900|
|Moderate - 120%||$59,640||$68,160||$76,680||$85,200||$92,016||$106,738|
|Middle - 160%||$79,520||$90,880||$102,240||$113,600||$122,688||$142,318|
|Upper Middle - 200||$99,400||$113,600||$127,800||$142,000||$153,360||$177,897|
Eligibility determinations are based on total gross income (before taxes) from all household members. Allowances are made for childcare expenses and other costs. Please contact staff for more information.
Note: In 2008, HUD changed the method of setting the maximum incomes for the very-low income and low income categories in Santa Barbara County. This was done in order to adjust for the high housing costs of the area. In past years, the limit for the very-low income category was 50% of the area median income (AMI) for a given household size, and the limit for the low income category was 80%. Under the new method of calculation, HUD supplies the very-low income limits. HUD calculates the low income limits by doubling the very-low income figure and taking 80% of this doubled number. Likewise, we base the maximum rents for projects funded by our Redevelopment Agency on 60% of this doubled number. The percentages for moderate, middle and upper-middle income have not changed, and continue to be based on the AMI.
The CII survey is a free service provided by the City of Santa Barbara to select commercial, industrial, and institutional water customers to identify ways to reduce water use.
The indoor survey will include
The outdoor survey will include
After the visit, you will receive a report with recommendations for cost-effective conservation measures specific to your site.
All registered hotel operators in the City will receive Monthly Notices by mail. The return will allow operators to declare total room rents charged and received, and taxes collected from guests. The operator must pay the full amount of TOTs recorded for the month, whether or not it has been collected from the guest, at the same time the return is filed.
Payment is due on or before the tenth day after the close of each month. (If the tenth of the month falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, the next business day becomes the due date. Postmarks are acceptable, but not imprint dates from postage meters.)
This particular CII survey program is for commercial, industrial, and institutional water customers only. Nevertheless, all City water customers are eligible for a free residential or commercial water checkup. To find out if you qualify for the WaterWise CII Survey, call the Water Conservation office at (805) 564-5460.
The City of Santa Barbara provides critical financial assistance to developers of affordable rental housing. The City does not own or manage the properties. The following is a list of owner/managers of affordable rental housing the City and its Redevelopment Agency have helped finance.
The City will use the results of this survey to aid planning. By identifying historically significant buildings, structures, and objects in our neighborhoods, the City can attempt to preserve the heritage and architectural beauty of our neighborhoods.
What if my building is selected as a potential historically significant resource? Can I still make changes to my property?
Yes, you may. Changes to the interior of historically significant buildings remain under the jurisdiction of each owner. When exterior changes are proposed to such properties, however, the changes that require building permits must be reviewed to determine if they would result in a substantial adverse change in the historical significance of the neighborhood.
The survey is free. A city contracted specialist will come to your facility and evaluate it free of charge. Your post-inspection recommendation report will also be provided free of charge.
The recommendation report you receive will contain information about cost-effective conservation measures. These measures will be offered to you at a discounted rate. For example, you may be offered rebates specific to your business that are not available to the general public.
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You can use the "Jump To" links in the drop down window under the video to skip from agenda item to agenda item. You can drag the tab on the scrollbar, directly under the video to move backward or forward in the video. It is tough to get to an exact time this way on long videos. To get to a precise point you can use the fast-forward or rewind buttons, the double arrow buttons on either side of the timeline directly below the video. Simply click once on the fast-forward or rewind button to begin, and click once again on the same button to return to the "Play" mode.
Hundreds of condominium units and single-family homes have been constructed under the City's Housing Development and Preservation Program for eligible low, moderate, middle and upper middle income homebuyers. In acquiring their affordable homes, owners have agreed to comply with resale restrictions that limit the resale price and require a new buyer to be of low, moderate, middle income, or upper-middle income.
When owners wish to sell their homes, they contact the City to find out what the allowable resale price will be. Owners are free to select a buyer from the City's list or find their own qualified buyer. Upon request, we provide to owners our current Interest List. Owners are free to sell to any qualified household. There is no guarantee that they will select their buyer from the list. The interest list is also provided to developers when new projects are being marketed.
An interested buyer’s name remains on the Interest List for six months from the date submitted. It is the interested buyer’s responsibility to submit a new written request every six months.
The streaming network keeps video files on a network of several servers. When a change is made to a video file then the new copy of that video file must be copied to all of the servers in the streaming network. Occasionally this takes a few minutes, and during this time you may receive this message. Some files on the video network are only available from certain locations, like your Public Library or City Hall. If you receive this message for more than a few hours, please contact the webmaster and tell them about it. Be sure to write down which file you are trying to view, and the exact wording of the error message.
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Owners of historically significant properties designated as City of Santa Barbara Landmarks or Structures of Merit can utilize the California State Historic Building Code (SHBC). The SHBC is more flexible than the Uniform Building Code (UBC) in many ways and helps owners preserve the historic nature of their building without forcing them to adhere to modern building codes. Historically significant properties help maintain the size, bulk, and scale of neighborhoods when new development is planned. Historically significant buildings alone or as part of a historic district often raise property values not only of their own site but the sites around them
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As with all Internet-based video, the more bandwidth available to you the better. The video on our site is configured to stream at various speeds from 20kbps (audio-only) up to 350kbps. Our servers will automatically detect your connection speed and send the highest quality stream possible. If you are trying to view the webcast with a dial-up connection, you will find the best performance is achieved by manually selecting an audio-only version of the webcast.
The City has implemented a comprehensive program to encourage the preservation and construction of affordable housing. Santa Barbara's housing program consists of several activities. Through most of these activities the City provides financial and/or land use incentives to a developer in exchange for a recorded agreement that some or all of the housing units will remain affordable to a certain income group (for example, "low-income" or "moderate-income") for a specified number of years.
The program solicits and evaluates proposals involving requests by developers for financial assistance from the City for the construction of new housing units or the rehabilitation of existing housing units. This result in the creation of housing that is affordable to low- and moderate-income people and that will remain affordable for 90 years pursuant to an agreement recorded against the title.
The City primarily provides direct financial assistance to nonprofit housing developers. (For-profit developers generally participate in the density bonus program described below.) The City generally provides gap financing that is the last portion of financing that enables the developer to create a project with rents and home prices low enough to be affordable by low- and moderate-income households. Financial assistance generally comes in the form of a 30-year, three percent loan.
Through the City's density bonus program the City allows development of a greater number of units than would normally be allowed under the existing zoning. As a tradeoff, some or all of the units on the site are subject to rent restrictions or resale controls which provide for continued affordability to low income renters or moderate income purchasers for at least thirty years. Since the beginning of the City's Density Bonus Program in the early 1980s, the Planning Commission has approved 58 projects with density bonus. These projects contained approximately 415 bonus units and 961 affordable units.
If you would like to set up a survey appointment, call the City’s Water Conservation Program at (805) 564-5460.
Homeless housing shelters and support services in the City of Santa Barbara.
The City of Santa Barbara has helped finance the operation and in some cases, the construction of homeless housing shelters throughout the City. Listed below are the homeless housing shelters and centers currently in operation:
For more information on homeless services contact The Homeless Service Resource Center at (805) 692-4999.
If you qualify, the CII survey is the best way to identify methods to reduce your water use. If you do not qualify for the CII survey, the City offers rebates and free water checkups to all customers.
Affordable Housing Programs staff can be contacted by calling (805) 564-5461 or by the email addresses indicated below
(805) 564-5461 x4578
Community Development Programs Supervisor
(805) 564-5461 x5511
Occasionally enough packets will get lost in cyberspace on the way to your computer to cause a noticeable interruption. In most cases the system will recover automatically and resume the webcast after a few seconds without any special action on your part. However, if you get no response after the first minute, refreshing the page is the best way to resume the webcast.
The number one cause of buffering is poor network connectivity. This may not be a problem with your network but may be caused by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) getting overloaded. This is especially likely during peak usage hour.
If you experience excessive buffering after 15 seconds to 1 minute, no matter what you try, you may be experiencing a firewall problem. The problem has to do with the way some firewalls handle streaming traffic. To fix the problem, you must update your firewall’s firmware. For instructions on how to update your firewall’s firmware, contact your firewall vendor. They will be able to provide you with firmware updates and easy to follow instructions on how to install them.
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The streaming system shows a blue screen when it is not receiving a signal from the cable network or video feed. If you are watching an on-demand clip, try selecting one of the Jump-To points from the jump-to drop-down menu. If you are watching a live stream, please make sure that there is a broadcast in progress. If a broadcast is in progress and you are still getting a blue screen, we may be having technical difficulties. Rest assured if that is the case, we are working as hard as we can to fix the problem. Try again in a few minutes and it will probably work.
Once you click on the "View" link of the specific archived meeting that would like to watch, a new window opens and the meeting starts from the beginning. You can either click the pull down menu under the screen and "Jump to.." any of the listed items. Or, once the minutes of the meeting have been published they will appear in the window on the right and you may click on that item and the video will "jump to" that segment of the video.
The City Council Meetings search is not integrated with the main City search engine. The Meetings search is rudimentary in nature and does not support many of the features of modern search engines, like Boolean logic (and, or, not), nor the use or quotes to denote phrases. The City is aware of these shortcomings and has confirmed that the vendor has plans to increase the search functionality with system upgrades in the future.
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This is an issue that has been reported by Mac OS X users. It appears to be an issue caused by the buffering algorithm, but this has not yet been substantiated. This is an emerging issue that will be explored, but has no fix at this time.
All meeting videos will be retained and be available for public viewing on the City's Internet web site for a period of not less than two (2) years. The posting of City Council meetings commenced in July of 2006. You should expect these videos to be available through July of 2008. This retention policy only applies to recorded and archived meetings. It does not apply to public service announcements, general information or videos of any other type.