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City of Santa BarbaraCandidate for City Council, Council District 2

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Michael Jordan

Insurance agent, planning commissioner
1,507 votes (37%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Improve the look, feel and vitality of downtown Santa Barbara and other City business districts
  • Protect and improve our neighborhoods and their quality of life
  • Focus business and housing development in locations that clearly benefit the community



Profession:Insurance agent, planning commissioner
City Planning Commissioner, Santa Barbara City Planning Commission — Appointed position (2009–current)
City Water Commissioner, Santa Barbara City Water Commission — Appointed position (2015–current)
Regional Water Board Member, California Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board — Appointed position (2011–2015)
Committee member, Santa Barbara Creeks Advisory Committee — Appointed position (2000–2009)


CSU Chico Master of Arts (M.A.), Recreation Management (1986)
CSU Chico Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Recreation Management (1984)

Community Activities

Executive Officer and Board Member, Hospitality Santa Barbara (2005–current)
past participation as a working Committee Member, on a wide range of community groups- Housing Task Force, South Coast Youth task Force on Youth Safety, SB County Plan to end Chronic Homelessness (2019–2019)
Executive Officer and Board Member, Downtown Santa Barbara (2005–2018)
Committee Member, SB Chamber of Commerce- Government Relations Committee (2014–2018)


I am a 30-year residents of the Mesa, and have helped raise four children have attended local public schools and Santa Barbara City College.

I am a current City Planning Commissioner and City Water Commissioner and serve on the board and executive committee of Hospitality Santa Barbara.  As an Account Executive with HUB International Insurance Services, a national insurance broker, I work with local and regional employers with employee counts between 25 and 200.

I have also served as a Governor Brown appointee to the Regional Water Quality Control Board, as an appointed member of the City’s Creeks Advisory Committee, and on the boards and executive committees of Downtown Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Family YMCA and La Mesa Neighborhood Association.


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Democratic Party of Santa Barbara County
  • Sierra Club
  • former Mayor Hal Conklin

Organizations (1)

  • the Independent

Elected Officials (9)

  • County Supervisor Das Williams
  • County Supervisor Gregg Hart
  • former Councilmember Iya Falcone
  • Mayor Cathy Murillo
  • former Mayor Sheila Lodge
  • Councilmember Kristen Sneddon
  • Councilmember Eric Friedman
  • former Mayor Helene Schneider
  • former Councilmember Grant House

Individuals (8)

  • Betsy Cramer, City Harbor Commissioner
  • John Jostes, former City Planning Commissioner
  • Beebe Longstreet, City Parks and Recreation Commissioner
  • Bill Mahan, former City Planning Commissioner
  • Lesley Wiscomb, City Planning Commissioner
  • Geoff Green, CEO SBCC Foundation
  • Jeffrey Young, Co-founder Heal the Ocean
  • Dave Davis, former CEO Community Environmental Council

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Why vote for Mike Jordan?


Overview of priorities and interests

My wife and I are 30-year residents of the Mesa, are both employed locally, and have raised four children who attended our local public schools, including Santa Barbara City College.

I’ll work on our district issues such as protecting and improving our neighborhoods and their quality of life, improving safety along Cliff Drive for pedestrians, bicyclists and safe routes to schools, work to resolve continuing neighborhood impacts related to Santa Barbara City College, and protect and improve our parks, open spaces, beaches and coastline.

I’ll also work to improve the look, feel and vitality of our downtown and other business areas; focus business and housing development in locations that clearly benefit the community; improve the city processes that negatively impact economic stability; address wildfire safety reforms, ongoing drought and water resource planning, sea level rise challenges; and address upcoming public pension cost impacts.

I’ll handle district vs. city tensions this way- a decision that’s good for the city must also be good for the district, and a decision that’s good for the district must also be good for the city.  If not, the decision needs more work.  

I’ll bring the experience, knowledge and relationships to the position of over 10years as a city planning commissioner, 4years as a city water commissioner, and over 10years as a board member of both Downtown Santa Barbara and Hospitality Santa Barbara. 

I’ll bring a stabilizing presence to the current Council and focus on common sense decisions resulting from respectful and thoughtful consideration in a setting that is inclusive, transparent, allows for participation by all, and is not driven by special interest groups. 

I’m supported by local and regional elected officials, appointed community members on boards and commissions, business and non-profit groups, environmental and social justice organizations, and individual community members who have committed to a candidate that recognizes that all ideas, viewpoints, and members of our community have a voice, and that we each have a responsibility to each other and to our community to work together positively toward a better present and future.

If you live or work in the city, I would welcome your support.  If you live in District 2, I would ask for your vote for Mike Jordan for City Council. 

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