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Chick-fil-A Restaurant Controversy In Santa Barbara Focus Of City Council Hearing

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 12:28am

A controversial move by a Santa Barbara board, in which some board members brought political and personal views into what were supposed to be planning decisions, is the focus of a Santa Barbara City Council hearing tonight.

Last month, the city’s Architectural Board of Review was supposed to act on some minor landscaping changes proposed for an already approved Chick-fil-A restaurant in Santa Barbara.

But, in the wake of controversy over the restaurant President’s funding of the anti same sex marriage movement, not enough board members were willing to vote on the landscaping changes for a decision to be made.

The inaction was blasted by some council members, and city officials, who say board members are only supposed to act to the merits of proposed projects, and not their personal or political views of the applications.

Some pro same sex marriage advocated defended the action.

One board member, Keith Rivera, has already stepped down, but the council could act to remove board members when they look at the issue tonight.

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