Faced With Retail Vacancies, Santa Barbara Attempts to Revitalize Downtown

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The Santa Barbara City Council will begin to cover programs aimed at revitalizing a struggling part of the city's downtown area.

That area encompasses the 13 blocks of State Street from Cabrillo Boulevard to the middle of downtown.

The council is expected to talk about infrastructure, public safety, business retention and commercial property vacancies in their discussions.

Some business owners are suggesting that the city needs to cut the red tape that lengthen permit and inspection timelines for new businesses that want to move in.