With the November election only about a month away, local politicians are giving the public a chance to become familiar with their views at a series of free nonpartisan forums this week.
The 3rd District supervisor candidates will appear at an election forum tonight from 7-7:45 p.m. at the Goleta Valley Community Center Auditorium on Hollister Avenue.
Doreen Farr and Steve Pappas will face each other on Nov. 4 in a run-off for Isla Vista’s only elected official after neither candidate received a majority of votes in the election last spring. Voter turnout for the June election — in which Farr received 35.71 percent of the vote and Pappas 25.02 percent — was the lowest in 28 years. Moreover, just 14 percent of I.V. residents and 16 percent of campus residents showed up to the polls to cast their ballots.
The forum is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters Education Fund and the Citizens Planning Foundation. Following the supervisor forum, candidates for the Goleta City Council will take the floor from 8-9:30 p.m.
On Monday, October 6, a forum for the Goleta Water District Board Candidates will also be held at the Goleta Valley Community Center Auditorium from 7-8:30 p.m. Three of the five seats for the Water Board will be decided in the upcoming election.
Additionally, on Saturday, Oct. 4, the CPF will sponsor a meeting regarding Measure A at the Santa Barbara Public Library. The proposed measure would provide over $1 billion of estimated local sales tax revenues for county transportation projects over the next 30 years. Additionally, $140 million matching funds would be available to widen Highway 101 from four to six lanes south of Santa Barbara.