County Supervisor Daniel G. Grant has confirmed rumors printed in the News-Press to the effect that he will not seek re-election. In his three terms in office, he has won the disfavor of many Isla Vista residents because of his strongly conservative political beliefs and actions.
Grant has been the representative to the Board of Supervisors from the Third District, which includes I.V., since 1960. During that period he attempted to have El Capitan re-zoned for a housing tract, allow a freeway through the Goleta slough, and have anyone in I.V. without $20 arrested as a vagrant.
Besides these actions, all of which were ineffective against popular reaction, Grant is often given credit for the Goleta branch library.
Santa Barbara tradition holds that Grant be elected in a primary. Some observers of local politics believe the disappearance of this political fixture may open the election for his post into a more controversial and informative race.
The most publicized rumors hold that, although Grant was urged by friends to run again, his conscience dictated that he spend more time with his family. Also reported to be a factor in the decision is his desire to give more attention to his own business interests, and to other political positions. Grant also is president of the County Supervisors Association of California.
Other political positions held by Grant are chairmanship of the County Employees Retirement Board and of the County Historical Landmark Committee, and past chairmanship of the Santa Barbara Water Conservation and Flood Control District.
Grant plans to make a formal announcement of his decision not to run on Monday [01/10/1972].