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City of Santa BarbaraCandidate for Mayor

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Randy Rowse

Downtown Business Owner and City Council Member
7,895 votes (40.5%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Restore non-partisan leadership to refocus City Hall on local issues
  • Maintain clean and safe public areas that we expect in our city
  • Preserve our progressive public safety department



Profession:Downtown Business Owner and City Council Member
Santa Barbara City Council member, Santa Barbara City Council — Elected position (2010–2019)


University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Environmental Studies (1976)


My name is Randy Rowse. It’s likely we met during the 37 years I owned and operated the Paradise Cafe in downtown Santa Barbara, or during my 9 years of service as your City Council Member. 

I came here in 1972 to attend UCSB as an Environmental Studies major, and never left. My wife Janet and I live in the same house on the Mesa where we’ve spent the past 36 years and raised our two children.  Throughout all these years, my passion for the vibrancy of our downtown and the natural elements of our beautiful city has not diminished.

Prior to my City Council tenure, I was active in community organizations such as the Downtown Parking Committee, the Chamber of Commerce, The Downtown Organization, Hospitality Santa Barbara and the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.  I was honored to win Volunteer of the Year from the Downtown Organization in 2010 and Business Person of the Year from the Chamber of Commerce in 2019.


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Retired SB Mayor, Sheila Lodge
  • Retired SB Fire Chief, Pat McElroy
  • Businessman, Pete Jordano

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My concern for our city and devotion to ensuring a bright and vital future led my decision to enter the race for Mayor of Santa Barbara.  While some of the chronic issues of concern remain, there are new elements that require firm leadership, energy and a commitment to non-partisan focus.  Our reemergence from the pandemic shutdown, attention to our public areas and careful stewardship of the myriad of capital projects in the pipeline are demanding priorities that must be expedited and helmed to completion.  



I would be honored by your support.  All of us who live in Santa Barbara know it’s imperative that we return to a clean, safe, healthy environment and vital economy.  Our time is now.

Position Papers

Randy's Priorities for Santa Barbara


Randy's Position on Santa Barbara Issues with Homelessness, Water, Housing, State Street and Public Safety. 


* Enforce exisiting laws

* Maintain public areas

* Restorative Outreach

Homelessness is affecting Santa Barbara more and more. We need to increase our authoritative presence in areas where lawless behavior has created blight, develop new strategies to change the status quo, and maintain clean and safe public areas - all while working cooperatively with our existing service agencies.


* Encourage public conservation

* Expand desalination capacity

* Coordinate with other agencies

I advocated for our desalination plant and cooperative production for surrounding agencies. By supporting cooperative public outreach, we’ve proven that needed conservation can be achieved without punitive measures.


* Encourage private investment

* Reform permit process

* Protect neighborhood sanctity

We must enable and encourage the private sector to invest in local housing and not discourage development with artificial mechanisms that attempt to create an artificial market. Thorough reform of the permitting process will be essential to ensure certainty and reliability for development applicants. More housing downtown is a desirable element and key to urban vibrancy.

State Street:

* Preserve the current vibrancy

* Create a clean, inviting atmosphere

* Develop a strategy that serves all

This is a transformative time for our downtown. The current vibrant atmosphere on State Street should be encouraged while developing the strategies to ensure that the configuration serves all needs. Aesthetics and cleanliness will be key to the reinvigoration of our downtown business corridor.

Public Safety:

* Support our personnel

* Complete new police station

* Continue community policing

Santa Barbara has public safety departments that are the envy of cities our size. Our police personnel and leadership must be recognized and supported for their creative lead and enthusiasm for community policing. National issues cannot be allowed to distract from the culture of protection and service we have created in Santa Barbara.

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