SUPPORT SAVING THE PRESS ROOM FROM BEING DEMOLISHED BY DEVELOPERS (SANTA BARBARA)

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BY SIGNING THIS PETITION, YOU ARE VOICING THAT YOU DO NOT SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT THAT THREATENS THE PRESS ROOM, LOCATED AT 15. E. ORTEGA; AS WELL AS THE POTENTIAL HISTORIC LANDMARKS LOCATED AT 714 STATE STREET AND 718 STATE STREET. 

On June 10th, 2020 at 1:30pm, The Santa Barbara Historic Landmarks Commission will be holding an online public hearing that addresses a re-development project that greatly affects downtown, family-owned-and-operated businesses as well as potential historical landmarks. The proposed buildings to be torn down are located at 710-720 State Street and 15-19 E. Ortega Street. This petition specifically addresses the public desire to preserve 15 E. Ortega, the 25-year-long location of The Press Room; as well as the potential city landmarks located at 714 State Street and 718 State Street. 714 & 718 State Street are on the City of Santa Barbara's List of Potential Historic Resources which affords them protection under the California Environmental Quality Act.

Private developers want to demolish and merge this property with adjacent properties to make way for a 39,600 square foot mixed use building. While the proposed structure includes commercial space and 36 rental units--the proposed structure does not yet boast affordable housing. It can be argued that the downtown Santa Barbara corridor does not benefit from evicting long-term local tenants in favor of MORE empty commercial spaces and upscale housing developments that do not help the working class. Also, railroading potential historic landmarks is not in the best interest of the community. 

What does help the working class and our community? The Press Room. The Press Room has been a hospitality mainstay in Santa Barbara for over two decades. Its owners James and Carol Rafferty have served the Santa Barbara community in many positive, measurable ways. The Press Room acts as an art exhibition space; they also host local charity and non-profit events and donate thousands of dollars a year to local charities and non-profit organizations. All while being a “Mom and Pop” establishment. 

Moreover, The Press Room is best known for being the only bar in town that provides comprehensive viewings of international soccer and rugby events. Most notably, the Press Room is a cherished location for viewing The FIFA World Cup and other major sporting events from around the world. The Press Room also sponsors local soccer teams and has long been one of the most inclusive establishments in Santa Barbara—catering to residents and tourists of all backgrounds. 

We can voice our concerns about this development directly to the Historical Landmark Commission and potentially help save the Press Room’s location from being compromised. 

 

WRITTEN PUBLIC COMMENT: Public comments may be submitted via email to HLCSecretary@SantaBarbaraCA.gov PRIOR to the beginning of the meeting on JUNE 10th, 2020 @ 1:30pm. All public comments submitted via email will be provided to the Commission and will become part of the public record