First District Goals and Accomplishments


2019-20 Anticipated Accomplishments

  • Responded timely to constituent concerns, partnered with other local governments and community organizations and conducted targeted outreach including weekly office hours in Carpinteria.
  • Played an active role in getting Santa Barbara County to join the community choice energy aggregate, Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP). Additionally was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve on the Governance Board of MBCP and was selected by the Governance Board of that body to also serve on the Executive Board for MBCP.
  • Championed County policy to require that all new vehicles added to the County fleet be electric.
  • Allocated funding to increase options for green commute options for County employees.
  • Supported the first large-scale wind energy project in Santa Barbara County, which will double to the amount of renewable energy we produce in our County.
  • Continued our work with the Montecito community to rebuild homes and infrastructure in the wake of the January 9, 2018 debris flow.
  • Worked with community members to hold an event commemorating the second anniversary of the Montecito debris flow.
  • Partnered with the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade, Montecito Trails Foundation, Montecito Community Foundation, and others to create the Jameson walking trail to link Olive Mill and San Ysidro roads and beginning work with those organizations on an additional walking trail along Olive Mill Road.
  • Worked with Montecito-based non-profit Partners in Community Renewal and our Santa Barbara County Flood Control to move plans forward for a new debris basin on Randall Road in Montecito.
  • Allocated the funding necessary to begin the process for improving three existing debris basins in Montecito: Cold Springs, San Ysidro, and Romero Creek.
  • Celebrated the opening of Carp Connect – a space located at the Carpinteria Veterans Hall that brings together numerous mental health services in one centralized location – in partnership with HopeNet of Carpinteria, Carpinteria Children's Project, and others.
  • Continued to serve on the Board for the Cuyama Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency and developed a Groundwater Sustainability Plan in coordination with multiple community stakeholders that was sent to the California Department of Water Resources.
  • Proactively sought to educate and inform First District residents of ways to prepare for a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).
  • Working with Santa Barbara County Public Health to ensure accuracy and transparency of information related to the COVID-19 public health crisis and working to continually keep constituents informed of what the current status is and helping constituents through personal challenges that have arisen as a result of the crisis.
  • Co-sponsored a moratorium on evictions due to financial challenges that come as a result of the COVID-19 crisis in the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County.
  • Continued making appointments to Boards and Commissions to ensure diversity in representation of the First District and active participation and constituent engagement at every level of County government.
  • Continued to work with both neighbors and cannabis growers in the Carpinteria Valley to decrease the impact of odor on the community and worked to increase compliance with taxation.
  • Worked with the County Community Services Department to ensure funding availability to begin construction on community-approved improvements to Lookout Park in Summerland.
  • Worked with Summerland Citizens Association to have robust community input in the design of the 101 HOV project through the town.
  • Worked with the Montecito community to ensure their input is received as plans are developed for projects in the community that are accessory to the 101 HOV widening.
  • Served on the Santa Barbara Board of Supervisor ad hoc committee on libraries and working with stakeholders to develop a long-term solution to the sustainability of our library system.
  • Participated in the City of Carpinteria's ad hoc committee on their library in partnership with the Friends of the Montecito Library to consider options specifically related to the Carprinteria and Montecito library branches and held two town halls (one in Carpinteria and one in Montecito) on the subject of the challenges faced by their respective libraries and potential solutions.
  • Worked with the Montecito Planning Commission to hold the first ever Montecito Planning Commission meeting directly in the community of Montecito.
  • Held a community meeting in Montecito regarding the latest debris flow risk map and how to prepare for the winter storm season.
  • Supervisor Williams serves on the following Boards and Commissions:
    • Represents Santa Barbara County on the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Executive Board
    • Chair of CSAC Health and Human Services Policy Committee
    • Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG)
    • Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD)
    • Santa Barbara County First 5 Commission
    • Beach Erosion Authority for Clean Oceans and Nourishment (BEACON)
    • Multi-Jurisdictional Solid Waste Task Force
    • Santa Barbara County Adult and Aging Network
    • Santa Barbara County Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF) Governance Board
    • Chair of the Library Advisory Committee
    • Home For Good Funders Collaborative
    • Legislative Program Committee


2020-21 Objectives

  • Continue to serve on the Governance Board of community choice aggregate, Monterey Bay Community Power and use the position to advocate for expanded carbon-free energy throughout our region.
  • Continue to push for and champion a Countywide utility-scale solar ordinance.
  • Continue working with the Montecito community on recovery, rebuilding, and other opportunities for community improvement following the January 9th debris flow.
  • Continue working to push forward debris basin enhancements throughout the County, and specifically in the areas affected by the January 9th debris flow.
  • Continue to do proactive outreach to constituents on critical First District issues.
  • Continue to work with the Summerland community to finalize improvements to Lookout Park.
  • Continue to work with the Summerland and Montecito communities to prepare for the 101 HOV widening project and parallel infrastructure improvements.
  • Continue to serve on the Cuyama Groundwater Sustainability Agency and take an active role in the implementation of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan that will bring the Basin into sustainability by 2040.
  • Continue to work with the Library Advisory Committee and other stakeholders on the long-term sustainability of our public libraries.
  • Continue to work with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission to foster the connection between local government, artists, and the community.
  • Work with local government agencies to remain proactive about disaster preparedness and sustainable development.
  • Partner with local government agencies to expand environmental protection and reduce carbon emissions around the County.
  • Work with stakeholders to ensure compliance with state law regarding access to water and clean restrooms for all farmworkers.
  • Continue to work to find long-term solutions to our County's budget issues and maintain the long-term fiscal health and sustainability of our County. 
  • Work with state officials to alter statewide programs to enable local governments to develop more renewable energy.
  • Develop an ordinance that will allow for cost recovery for use of law enforcement officers in false alarm activation and response.
  • Champion projects that will allow for increased train service through the Ventura/Santa Barbara County corridor.
  • Work to expand mental health services offered in Cuyama.
  • Work with local agencies, community members, and the Barbareño Chumash community to preserve Hammond's Meadow.  
  • Support the Franklin Service Center and work with school districts to meet the needs of families across the First District.