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My name is Randy Rowse. It’s likely we met during the 37 years I owned and operated the Paradise Cafe in downtown Santa Barbara, or during my 9 years of service as your City Council Member. 

I came here in 1972 to attend UCSB as an Environmental Studies major, and never left. My wife Janet and I live in the same house on the Mesa where we’ve spent the past 36 years and raised our two children.  Throughout all these years, my passion for the vibrancy of our downtown and the natural elements of our beautiful city has not diminished.

Prior to my City Council tenure, I was active in community organizations such as the Downtown Parking Committee, the Chamber of Commerce, The Downtown Organization, Hospitality Santa Barbara and the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.  I was honored to win Volunteer of the Year from the Downtown Organization in 2010 and Business Person of the Year from the Chamber of Commerce in 2019.

My concern for our city and devotion to ensuring a bright and vital future led my decision to enter the race for Mayor of Santa Barbara.  While some of the chronic issues of concern remain, there are new elements that require firm leadership, energy and a commitment to non-partisan focus.  Our reemergence from the pandemic shutdown, attention to our public areas and careful stewardship of the myriad of capital projects in the pipeline are demanding priorities that must be expedited and helmed to completion.  

I would be honored by your support.  All of us who live in Santa Barbara know it’s imperative that we return to a clean, safe, healthy environment and vital economy.  Our time is now.


Public Safety

Council’s #1 obligation to the community. We are blessed with fabulous departments and personnel currently, but constant vigilance and attention are needed to preserve those elements. Read more

Community Development

A time for reform. Streamlining and expediting the process so that the maximum certainty for applicants can be achieved. Read more

Environmental Protection

Protecting our environment is the cornerstone of our human existence. It takes more than slogans and symbolic legislation. It takes leadership to engage everyone to participate and preserve our natural heritage. Read more

Homeless Strategy

The maintenance of status quo serves no one and won’t meet the needs of the community or our standards of compassion. Change will take energy, courage, and leadership if we are to alter the trajectory of this constant issue. Read more

State Street

Leading an effort for immediate recovery and vibrancy and a plan for a viable future. Read more

City Budget

Discipline and experience are required to rebuild our city’s budget while maintaining the essential services that taxpayers rightfully expect. Read more

Santa Barbara supports Randy!

Randy has been endorsed by many business and community leaders in Santa Barbara. Add your name today!



"We are supporting Randy because he understands the issues that concern our city, and specifically, the fire department. Randy is a strong advocate of our firefighters' health and wellness. He will be proactive to meet the challenges we face so that we can provide for the safety of the City of Santa Barbara."

The Santa Barbara City Firefighters' Association


"Randy's experience as a leader focuses on community engagement, economic strategy, policy, and accountability. Randy can bring the change in leadership needed to ensure public safety in our community. As a former City Councilmember and business owner we believe Randy has the experience and ability to make Santa Barbara a better place to live and work."

The Santa Barbara Police Officers' Association


"The Chamber of Commerce endorses Randy Rowse for Mayor because of his strong background as a restaurant owner, business owner, local employer and public servant. Randy recognizes the importance of the business community, regardless of political party, and knows that small business is the backbone of our community."

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce

"I'm supporting Randy Rowse. He's one of the most commonsensical people I know."

Sheila Lodge, Former Santa Barbara Mayor

"Randy is our best choice to be Santa Barbara's next Mayor. He will approach Santa Barbara's challenges with the care, kindness, and humility he's known for."

Bendy White, Former Santa Barbara City Councilmember

"His focus, understanding, and non-partisan approach make him the clear choice."

Pat McElroy, Ret. Santa Barbara Fire Chief

"Randy's integrity and experience is first-class. I highly recommend we vote for him."

Pete Jordano, Local Businessman


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