Mayor Paula Perotte began her current term as Mayor of Goleta in December 2016. Originally elected to the Council in 2010, she was re-elected without opposition in 2014. Mayor Perotte previously served as Mayor during 2014.
Mayor Perotte serves as the City’s representative to the following organizations:
- Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTD)
- South Coast Affordable Housing Task Force
- Central Coast Collaborative on Homelessness (C3H)
- South Coast Task Force on Youth Safety
She also sits on the following committees:
- City Hall Facilities Standing Committee
- Grant Funding Review Standing Committee
- Energy/Green Issues Standing Committee
- Naming Standing Committee
- Library Ad Hoc Committee
- Legislative Issues Committee
Perotte has been a long-time advocate for children. She worked for the Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara helping parents of special needs children obtain services for their children. She has also been involved in the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at the local, regional and state level for the last 15 years. Her committee work has included service on the Community Concerns Commission; the Special Needs Committee; the Safe Routes to School National and State Partnership; Strategic Highway Safety Plan Pedestrian safety focus group; and the Teenage Driver committee.
In addition, Perotte served on the County KIDS Network from 2006-2009 and the First 5 Advisory Board from 2004-2006. From 2000-2004 she worked with the Santa Barbara Area Safety Committee. She was instrumental in successfully advocating for the passage of state laws increasing fines in school zones, reducing speed limits, and extending the school zones.
Perotte has been a resident of Goleta for 33 years where she and her husband Peter, a Goleta native, raised their two, now-adult daughters.