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Living Wage Advisory Committee

All City Board and Commission meetings are cancelled through March, unless meetings can be facilitated through telecommunications to avoid close personal contact. To protect public safety and slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Santa Barbara City Council adopted an emergency proclamation authorizing the City Administrator to take action necessary to respond to the local emergency.


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The Living Wage Advisory Committee was established on April 25, 2006, by Resolution No. 06-031. Its purpose is to advise the City Council regarding the City’s implementation of the Living Wage Ordinance.

General Functions

  • To advise the City Council regarding the City’s implementation of the Living Wage Ordinance.
  • To consider request pursuant to Santa Barbara Municipal Code Section 9.128.010(E)(5) that an employee benefit provided by a Service Contractor qualifies as a “Supplemental Employee Benefit” under Section 9.128.020(C) of the Santa Barbara Municipal Code.
  • To advise the City Council with respect to the granting of preferences to those organizations and entities which receive City grant funding when such organizations and entities pay their employees a wage consistent with the levels established in the City’s Living Wage Ordinance.
Committee Functions
Membership Seven Members
Qualifications Appointees may not hold any full-time paid office or employment in City government.
  1. One member of the Committee shall be employed by a local Santa Barbara area nonprofit entity.
  2. One member from the public at large who shall be a qualified elector of the City.
  3. One member nominated by either the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization or the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce.
  4. One member who is either an owner or a manager of a service contractor subject to the City’s Living Wage Ordinance.
  5. One member who is an owner or a manager of a business operating within the City.
  6. Two members nominated by a local Santa Barbara area living wage advocacy organization or organizations.
Length of Term The term of office for each Committee Member shall be for a period of 4 years. Notwithstanding the foregoing, those persons initially appointed to the Committee shall be appointed for staggered partial terms as follows: two members shall be appointed for four year terms, two members shall be appointed three year terms, two members shall be appointed for two year terms, and one member shall be appointed for a one year term. The City Clerk shall allocate these terms of office to each of the initial seven Committee members by lot upon their appointment. Terms of appointment shall end on June 30th of the appropriate year, or until their successors shall be appointed by the City Council.
Meeting Schedule

The meetings of the Committee will be held quarterly in City Hall, Room 15, located at 735 Anacapa Street at 3:30 p.m. Please contact staff for details. 

Meeting Schedule for 2020:

March 18, 2020

June 17, 2020

September 16, 2020

December 16, 2020

Time Involved Approximately 1 – 2 hours per quarter
Financial Disclosure Requirement Members are required to file a Statement of Economic Interests upon appointment, annually and when leaving the Advisory Committee.
Compensation None
Staff Bill Hornung, General Services Manager, (805) 564-5350
Reference Resolution No. 06-031

Last Updated: Mar 18, 2020
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