Who We Are

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
Traci Taitt
The Towbes Group

Vice President
Bob Stout
Wildcat Lounge

Treasurer
Mark Whitehurst
Voice Magazine

Secretary
Joanne Funari
American Riviera Bank

Executive Committee:

Kim Clark
Noozhawk

David de L’Arbre
Santa Barbara Travel Bureau

Matt LaBrie
LYNX Property Management Inc

 

 

 

Board Members:

Lynn Adams
Santa Barbara Arts

Scott Burruss
The Shade Store

Amy Cooper
Plum Goods

Genny Cummings
Indigo Interiors

Tamara Erickson
Hotel Santa Barbara

Larry Feinberg
Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Joanne Funari
American Riviera Bank

Robin Gose
MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation

Kathy Janega-Dykes
Visit Santa Barbara

Laura Knight
Pascucci

Doug Margerum
Margerum Wine Co.

Anne Petersen
Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation

Mikki Reilly
Fitness Transform

Randy Rowse
Paradise Cafe

Sarah York Rubin
SB County of Arts & Culture

Jill Seltzer
Ensemble Theatre Company

Sarah Sinclair
Santa Barbara Independent

Tammy Steuart
Metropolitan Theatres

Tina Takaya
Opal Restaurant and Bar

Kristen Weidemann
Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants

Michal Wiesbrock
Arthritis Foundation

Michael Zuckerman
Montecito Bank & Trust


Ex-Officio Board Member:

Gregg Hart
Santa Barbara City Council

Honorary Lifetime Directors:

Estelle Karp
Dale Lauderdale
Ginny Brush
 

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