Sharon Byrne Joins Santa Barbara View as Contributor and Columnist

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Santa Barbara View is proud to announce that Sharon Byrne, neighborhood activist and former city council candidate, has joined the online magazine as a contributor and columnist.

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Sharon Byrne's education in engineering, with a master's in psychology, gives her an unusual mix of skills and insights in her work on improving the quality of life for neighborhoods.

Santa Barbara View is proud to announce that Sharon Byrne has joined the online magazine as a contributor and columnist. Though long interested in public policy, Sharon Byrne found herself unwittingly thrust into municipal issues when she took a sabbatical from her corporate career, and moved to West Downtown in late 2008. The reasonable price reflected a neighborhood in serious decay, suffering from violence: a shooting and 2 murders within 3 months. She helped organize the neighborhood with other determined women, and began to see how a series of municipal decisions had created conditions that breed decay. Her work on neighborhood issues, coupled with advocacy against the proliferation of dispensaries near schools and low-income neighborhoods, landed her a spot on the Franklin Advisory Committee on the Eastside. That led to the founding of the Milpas Community Association, a neighborhood coalition dedicated to improving conditions in and around the Milpas corridor. She serves on the Neighborhood Advisory Council, a city of Santa Barbara committee that advocates on behalf of neighborhoods below Canon Perdido.

Sharon joins a growing list of contributors to include; Senior Editor and Columnist Cheri Rae, Columnist Loretta Redd, photographer Bill Heller, Barbara Hirsch, Cerena Childress, Outdoor Editor John McKinney, Cartoonist Steve Greenberg, and Food, Wine & Travel writer Georgina Stassi.

The Santa Barbara View is Santa Barbara’s online home for information, commentary, and conversation. It’s a website for informed opinion writing and thoughtful analysis about the stories, events, and people that shape Santa Barbara, California. Daily posts are enhanced by an interactive and engaged online audience. is an online magazine focused on the quality-of-life issues, people, places, events, and pastimes that affect our community mosaic. It’s a place for civil, thought-provoking and high-quality public discussion, and a respectful airing of different points of view. Publishing since 2005, the mission of the award-winning website is to help Keep Santa Barbara Santa Barbara™.


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