The Carpinteria City Council acted on a series of issues in sweeping votes at its Nov. 25 meeting.
In a unanimous vote, City Council agreed to send a letter to the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District requesting active regulation and monitoring of commercial cannabis cultivation. The letter states that the Air Pollution Control District should coordinate with the county of Santa Barbara “to identify stationary sources of emissions and ensure the safety of odor control systems.” The stated interest of the city is to ensure that Carpinteria Valley’s emerging cannabis cultivation industry is conducted safely with minimal public health risks. The letter moreover requests that local governing bodies do more to advocate for state legislation that would give local air pollution control districts greater regulatory authority over cannabis cultivation activities.
Mobilehome park ordinances adopted
In a 4-0 roll call vote, City Council adopted two ordinances related to mobile home parks. Mayor Nomura abstained. The first is the Mobile Home Park Rent Stabilization Disclosure Ordinance, which aims to ensure prospective tenants/mobile home owners are fully informed of their options to sign space leases subject to the city’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance. The second is the Mobile Home Park Closure Ordinance, which seeks to address the substantial hardship that residents could face when a mobile home park closes.
Consultant to evaluate library reorganization
City Council unanimously approved a Memorandum of Understanding outlining terms for the city of Carpinteria, Friends of the Montecito Library and Friends of the Carpinteria Library to hire and manage a consultant to study the feasibility of creating an independent library zone and other options for the two libraries.
Money allocated to dog park design
An appropriation of $30,000 was approved in a 5-0 vote by City Council to fund professional design and engineering services for off-leash dog park projects at El Carro Park and the Lagunitas property. The design services will provide the city with required information to analyze and determine the best site for a dog park.