As the year comes to a close, we would like to share some highlights of MMPC’s work in 2006:
In early May, the More Mesa Preservation Coalition (MMPC) hosted a Forum for all candidates seeking the position of Second District Supervisor. This two hour event was very well attended, with about 100 of our neighbors present. Residents were eager to hear what each candidate had to say, with regard to specific questions about More Mesa, and Open Space in general. Details of the forum, including all candidate responses, were documented on this web site, a feature that was appreciated and well received by the community.
MMPC had strong representation on a year long Visioning Process for the unincorporated portion on the Second District. The final and approved document describing the work done by the Goleta Visioning Committee is now available [here]. We are gratified that More Mesa has a prominent place in the chapter of the document that is concerned with Open Space and Parks.
As usual, many hours have been spent toward insuring appropriate development on the edges of More Mesa. We are hopeful that the implementation of the new “Design Guidelines” for the Second District will ease and standardize this process during reviews at the BAR and the Planning Commission.
Finally, in a year where routinely occupied kite nests were often empty, we are happy to report that our white-tailed kites have been much in evidence and prolific as well. They have fledged at least eight chicks this year!
Celebrate the season in a most glorious way … visit More Mesa! Our warmest holiday wishes to all of you.
More Mesa Sunset
Usage Survey: For more than a year, MMPC has been conducting a Usage Survey to determine how members of our community recreate on More Mesa. We would like to thank our many supporters who responded to a recent e-mail request by completing this survey on line. Because of this excellent response, we now have almost 300 replies and are nearing completion of the study. If you have not already participated in this survey, you may do so [here].
White-tailed Kites: We are happy to report that we have at least six resident kites on More Mesa at this time. This is an impressive and heartening number, as many of the traditional sites for these magnificent birds have not been occupied this year.
Northern Harrier on More Mesa, November 4th, 2006
Readers of More Mesa News may recall that this past Spring the More Mesa Preservation Coalition (MMPC) hosted a Forum for all the candidates seeking the position of Second District Supervisor. At that time, we also provided a detailed reporting of the event, as a feature on this web site.
As the run-off election between the top two candidates (Janet Wolf and Dan Secord) is approaching, we thought you might want to refresh your memory about what these candidates had to say about More Mesa, and how they would go about protecting it, if elected. You can access their views here.
May 11, 2006 – Candidate Forum
Another note from the Board …
As reported in the February News, the Goleta Visioning Committee was formed and tasked with conceiving a vision for the Eastern Goleta Valley (Second District) 20 years from now. The expectation is that the committee’s recommendations will soon become a framework for a Goleta Community Plan update. A draft of the document summarizing the committee’s work over the past eight months is now available [here].
The draft may be accessed under the “Attachments/Presentation” column for the 9/16/06 meeting. There are two prominent sections that should be of interest to all More Mesa supporters; Stewardship of the Environment and Open Space and Parks. We hope you will look carefully at these, and other, sections as well. Voicing your opinion will be a great help to the committee, and your community. Let us know what you think of the draft via the Contact page
We live in a truly beautiful place. Thanks so much for caring about it.
Oak Hollow, More Mesa.
This month we would like to highlight a feature that was introduced to our web site several months ago … “Appreciation of More Mesa”. “Appreciation” contains some of the comments from participants in our More Mesa Usage Survey. We are grateful to these folks who have been kind enough to share their thoughts and feelings about a place that means so much to thousands of residents of the Santa Barbara area. The page can be seen here.
If you would like add any comments, reflections, thoughts, appreciation of More Mesa, please contact us via the Contact page.
We have ample room on our site for a thousand entries … so let us hear from you!!
Marsh area of More Mesa, toward evening sun.