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Welcome To Downtown Santa Barbara

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

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.

Business Improvement Districts

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.

State Street Operations

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.

Downtown Santa Barbara recently completed a retail study, with Downtown Works, which has provided invaluable information for all Downtown stakeholders. Click here for the survey.

Board of Directors

Officers:

President:
Bob Stout
Wildcat Lounge

Vice President:
David de L'Arbre
Santa Barbara Travel Bureau

Treasurer:
Anne Petersen
Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation

Secretary:
Robin Gose
MOXI, Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation

Executive Committee:

Amy Cooper
Plum Goods

Matt LaBrie
LYNX Property Management Inc

Traci Taitt
The Towbes Group

Mark Whitehurst
VOICE Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board Members:

Lynn Adams
Santa Barbara Arts

Ivan Bercovich
Amazon

John Burnett
Hook & Press Donuts

Brian Cearnal
The Cearnal Collective

Larry Feinberg
Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Joanne Funari
American Riviera Bank

Katie Grassini
Grassini Family Vineyards

Paul Hixenbaugh
Cost Plus Market

Kathy Janega-Dykes
Visit Santa Barbara

Laura Knight
Pascucci

Abaseh Mirvali
Museum of Contemporary Art

Hugh Margerum
Presidio Neighborhood

Steve Nipper
Sol Wave Water

Barrett Reed
Miramar Group Santa Barbara 

Mikki Reilly
Fitness Transform

Brandon Ristaino
The Good Lion / Shaker Mill

 

Sarah York Rubin
SB County of Arts & Culture

Dawn Sherry
Sherry & Associates, Architects Inc.

Jill Seltzer
Ensemble Theatre Company

Sarah Sinclair
Santa Barbara Independent

Tammy Steuart
Metropolitan Theatres

Kristen Weidemann
Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants

 

Ex-Officio Board Member:

To Be Determined
Santa Barbara City Council

Honorary Lifetime Directors:

Estelle Karp
Dale Lauderdale
Ginny Brush
 

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