Downtown Santa Barbara is a world away and yet so close. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez mountains and only a day trip from Los Angeles, its natural beauty and historic architecture have been protected for nearly two centuries. With its year-round Mediterranean climate, this central California coastal port is a relaxing rendezvous. Downtown Santa Barbara’s most famous Paseo, State Street, offers renowned architecture and an authentic sense of place, along with amazing shopping, and is a culinary paradise.
Since the days when early Hollywood stars and scions of industry frequented Santa Barbara beaches, this town has become an international tourist resort and summer playground for all. The promise of America’s Riviera beacons you to rediscover the never-ending charm of Downtown Santa Barbara.
The Downtown Organization of Santa Barbara, Inc. (DSB) is dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of the business, cultural, community and environmental vitality of Downtown Santa Barbara for the benefit of its members, Santa Barbara residents and visitors. DSB was first incorporated in 1967, in response to growing competition and development in the suburbs. This non-profit membership organization has served as the collective voice for Downtown Santa Barbara for more than fifty years.
Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, DSB has a long history of leading change, organizing community, and building the brand of this amazing place we call Downtown Santa Barbara. At our core, our volunteer leadership has built the strength of our organization through the years. We pride ourselves on providing services that benefit our members every day and we work in an innovative way to leverage our knowledge and can-do history to help shape future opportunities and overcome challenges.
This is our organization’s fifty-first year managing the Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). These are “self-assessments,” meaning the businesses agreed, through a legal mechanism, to assess themselves to pay for certain services that would benefit their businesses. There are actually two BID’s: the Downtown BID created in 1968, and the Old Town BID created in 1976. BID services in Downtown Santa Barbara include marketing, promotion, events, decorations, and other advocacy and activities that benefit the businesses.
Once the BIDs were established, the City of Santa Barbara contracted us to manage and implement the BIDs management plans and programs. While the Downtown Organization merged with the Old Town Business Association in 2004, the two BIDs have continued to operate separately, in compliance with their respective ordinances. Their combined assessment revenues support DSB’s member programs and services that are improving the overall business climate for Downtown Santa Barbara stakeholders.
In the late 1970's, the City of Santa Barbara contracted with DSB to provide daily landscaping maintenance and cleaning services along a defined corridor of State Street. This Contract for Services has been renewed and its Scope of Services expanded through the years, with DSB now providing needed services for seasonal sidewalk cleaning to meet additional demands along key pedestrian corridors. Downtown members opening their businesses in the mornings will see the DSB crew taking care of business, and taking pride in keeping our dynamic district clean and attractive.
Board of Directors
David de L'Arbre
Santa Barbara Travel Bureau
Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation
MOXI, Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation
LYNX Property Management Inc
The Towbes Group
Santa Barbara Arts
Hook & Press Donuts
The Cearnal Collective
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
American Riviera Bank
Grassini Family Vineyards
Cost Plus Market
Visit Santa Barbara
Sol Wave Water
Miramar Group Santa Barbara
The Good Lion / Shaker Mill
Sarah York Rubin
SB County of Arts & Culture
Sherry & Associates, Architects Inc.
Ensemble Theatre Company
Santa Barbara Independent
Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants
To Be Determined
Santa Barbara City Council