Michael VanStry

From left, CVN publishers Gary L. Dobbins and Michael VanStry accept a certificate of Mayoral Recognition from Councilmember Fred Shaw, Mayor Wade Nomura, and Councilmembers Gregg Carty and Roy Lee.

At the Oct. 14 Carpinteria City Council meeting, Mayor Wade Nomura commended the Coastal View News on the 25th anniversary of its first issue, praising founding publishers Michael VanStry and Gary Dobbins for their “dedicated service to the Carpinteria community” and commitment to “unbiased news coverage.” VanStry and Dobbins were met with a round of applause from the audience as they accepted the commendation, thanking Mayor Nomura for acknowledging a local institution which has been the recipient of numerous national awards in its brief history. “Those words have great meaning to me, because it means we did our job for the last 25 years,” said Dobbins. Dobbins then presented the board with a copy of Coastal View’s very first issue.

City Manager Dave Durflinger, in his bimonthly council report, reminded the community that the city’s website now has a dedicated cannabis information link, which includes information on county and city policies, an online form for filing community complaints, and an FAQ on cannabis issues in Carpinteria. Durflinger also discussed the city’s work with Friends of the Library to improve library governance in the city, specifying that because of local voters’ approval of Measure X, “the funding part of this has been taken care of.”   

The Council recommended that Vice-Mayor Al Clark be its representative to the county of Santa Barbara Elected Leaders Forum on homelessness, in recognition of his long service with Home for Good and great knowledge of homeless and housing issues.

Councilmembers also heard several traffic-related matters. The council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No. 5911, concerning changes in timed parking restrictions in Parking Lot No. 1 on the 900 block of Linden Avenue in the Downtown T. After several downtown businesses petitioned the city, the council decided to approve an extension of time limits from one hour to two hours.

The council also approved multi-way stop signs at three area intersections, including Ogan Road and El Portal Avenue, Via Real and Via Linda, and Via Real and Via El Rincon. A nearly $50,000 contract with Encompass Consultant Group was approved to provide design services for the Pedestrian Crossing Safety Improvements Project, an issue dear to the hearts of many ambulatory Carpinterians. Progress was also made in funding consulting services for the Carpinteria Avenue Bridge Replacement Project. COM3 Consulting will provide project management services for the infrastructure project.

Councilmembers volunteered as standing representatives for a host of local and state committees. Councilman Gregg A. Carty joined the Santa Barbara Joint Affordable Housing Task Group, the South Coast Task Force on Youth Safety, and the council’s Economic Vitality and Finance/Budget Committees. Fred Shaw also elected to represent the city on the Affordable Housing Task Group, along with serving on the city’s Public Safety and Transportation Committees. The newest member, Roy Lee, will serve on the Utilities and First District Supervisor Committees, along with an ad hoc committee on local marijuana policy, where he will be joined by Mayor Nomura.

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