A significant focus for the community and City organization has been the increase in youth violence, and the social and economic factors affecting families and neighborhoods. There has been a need for better collaboration and improved delivery of programs and services for underserved youth and families, and improved connections with neighborhoods to facilitate effective prioritization and delivery of City resources.
In 2009, two programs within the Parks and Recreation Department, Community Services and Teen programs were merged to create Neighborhood and Outreach Services. The mission of the newly formed unit was to provide programs and outreach services to strengthen families, improve outcomes for children and youth, enhance neighborhoods and create stronger communities. The unit also works closely with the Neighborhood Improvement Task Force, local non-profits, and the Community Development and Human Services Commission, and focuses on building community networks and collaborations to increase delivery of necessary services to the target neighborhoods: Eastside, Lower Eastside, Laguna, West Downtown, Westside, and Lower Westside.
In November of 2010, City Council by resolution created the Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) to support the resident focus on neighborhood issues. Three community center advisory committees were restructured into one joint council, shifting focus from community center-based recommendations to neighborhood-based representation, resident advocacy, youth voice, community outreach, resident participation, and to serve as a vehicle for resolution of neighborhood issues.
To provide guidance and operation assistance to the City Council, Parks and Recreation Commission, and Parks and Recreation Department in the provision of neighborhood services for residents of the City of Santa Barbara. As such, it will provide a vehicle for community input and assist in the mobilization of area resources to help meet neighborhood related interests and needs of the community.
|Lengths of Term||Four years and until successors are appointed. Members may be appointed to multiple terms. Staggered terms expire on December 31 of the appropriate year.|
|Meeting Schedule||The Neighborhood Advisory Council currently meets on the second Monday of each month. Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. and alternate between the Louise Lowry Davis Center, 1232 De la Vina Street, and the Franklin Neighborhood Center, 1136 E. Montecito Street.|
|Time Involved||A minimum of 2 – 3 hours for meetings and related activities.|
|Financial Disclosure Requirement||None|
|Ethics Training Requirement||The City of Santa Barbara requires members of this council to take City ethics training within one year after member is appointed or reappointed.|
|Reference||None Resolution No. 10-087|