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I live in Concha Loma with my wife Tanya, who is also an avid photographer. We moved to Carpinteria from the Bay Area about 10 years ago. Our last home in Northern California was in a mountain forest, so we needed a place with natural beauty, but we were also ready to be closer to town. Carp…

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Carpinteria businesses received some economic relief from their friends and neighbors on Feb. 19 when the 93013 Fund distributed 17 grants of $1,000 each. Businesses were able to apply for the grants from the fund and qualified by being located in Carpinteria’s 93013 zip code and demonstrati…

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The Santa Barbara Public Library (SBPL) has launched a new discussion group led by staff from all SBPL branches. TED & Joe in the Morning will offer learning and conversations on almost anything. This series aims to bring the community together to participate in thinking, conversing and …

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This Saturday, Feb. 27 from 10 to 11:15 a.m. join Corey Welles, plant healthcare specialist at Ganna Walska Lotusland, and Alena Steen, Carpinteria Garden Park coordinator, for a Zoom webinar on Organic Gardening 101. Steen and Welles will discuss organic soil building, seed starting and how…

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Cases of Covid-19 in Santa Barbara County remain high but have decreased over the past two weeks. The daily 14-day average per 100,000 people that reached 102 in mid-January is now around 24, according to the New York Times. Daily reports of new cases have also fallen. This week, on Feb. 23,…

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The Carpinteria City Council declined to take action on the Surfliner Inn project at its meeting on Feb. 22, ultimately deciding to wait until a more concrete plan for the controversial project is available before deciding whether to put the project up for a public vote. 

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While some may consider Carpinteria High School students Sierra Mayoral and Laura Flores the future of volunteering in Carpinteria, the two young trailblazers are making a difference in their community today.

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In October 2002, a group of local anti-war activists started standing in protest every Friday afternoon at the corner of Linden and Carpinteria avenues. Eventually, people started calling the spot “Peace Corner,” and the name stuck. 

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It was a lovely day for an open-air Carp Rocks gathering of hand-painted lady bugs. Led by Danielle Bordenave, who organized the Valentine’s Day event at Carpinteria State Beach, painters brought 496 rock ladybugs painted in a variety of styles and colors. The ladybugs were placed along the …

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In Fall of 2021, Carpinteria Unified School District will begin a dual language immersion (DLI) program at Aliso Elementary School under the leadership of Aliso’s principal, Dr. Michelle Fox, and her team. In the program’s first year, there will be one kindergarten class.

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On Feb. 16, Santa Barbara County reported 376 deaths since the start of the pandemic, including 18 individuals in the South County communities of Carpinteria, Montecito and Summerland. 

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At last week’s Feb. 8 Carpinteria City Council meeting, decisionmakers agreed to formally dispute the city’s contract with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office over significant and unexpected increases to the cost of police services – resulting in a 37% increase in the cost for services…

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The county of Santa Barbara is now offering Emergency Rental & Utility Assistance through United Way of Santa Barbara County to eligible county residents who have experienced a loss of income due to the Covid-19 pandemic and can demonstrate the need for rental support. 

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Residents of Santa Barbara County who are age 65 and older are now eligible to receive their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. This expanded eligibility, effective Feb. 16, allows for local health care providers, pharmacies, hospitals and Public Health vaccination sites to open appointment…

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Mayor Wade Nomura has been appointed to the California League of Cities Advancing Equity Advisory Committee. Nomura was one of three panelists last October for the California League of Cities annual conference addressing advancing equity in our cities. He was joined by Cal Cities immediate p…

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Whether you’re looking for that special someone, going steady with the one you love or celebrating an anniversary, getting into that loving feeling comes with challenges during quarantine. In this four-week series, we hear from four couples on how they created romantic moments and proved tha…

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The Lou Grant Parent-Child Workshop couldn’t open its doors to the community for its annual Valentine’s Day workshop this year, but that didn’t stop students and their families from spreading the love and getting in the holiday spirit.

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In a sale that closed at $44 million, a Los Angeles-based investor has purchased a 121,230 square foot office property on 9.3 acres at 6303-6309 Carpinteria Ave. from the Santa Monica-based company Montana Avenue Capital. This was the second largest sale of the year in Santa Barbara County, …

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On Feb. 9, Santa Barbara County reported 11 deaths on the day, including two individuals in the South County communities of Carpinteria, Montecito and Summerland. There have now been 348 deaths countywide from Covid-19. Forty-five new deaths were reported in the last seven days. Deaths are r…

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Carpinteria Beautiful, with the help of Risdon’s U-Haul Center, has cleaned up the Highway 101 off-ramp toward Highway 150. Members also cleaned up the portion of Carpinteria Avenue near the Bluffs, and a section of Highway 150. Ten bags of trash were picked up in total. 

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Girls Inc. of Carpinteria has received a $75,000 grant from the Audacious Foundation to support enrichment programming for girls focused on physical education, health and wellness. The funds will be utilized to implement ‘Strong’ programming for 120 girls ages 5 to 13 (as part of the organiz…

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Santa Barbara County’s Public Health school liaison, Susan K. Rothschild, has stated that the vaccine supply is very limited in Santa Barbara County, according to a report by Carpinteria Unified School District Superintendent Diana Rigby. Rothschild said she cannot predict the timeline for v…

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Aliso School will offer a Dual Language Immersion (DLI) kindergarten classroom in Fall 2021. Staff members at Aliso have been collaborating with Canalino Elementary School DLI teachers to develop the program. Incoming families will have access to the DLI program at their home school, and if …

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Whether you’re looking for that special someone, going steady with the one you love or celebrating an anniversary, getting into that loving feeling comes with challenges during quarantine. In this four-week series, we hear from four couples on how they created romantic moments and proved tha…

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Two thousand five hundred miles from Rincon’s shores, pro surfer and Carpinteria resident Conner Coffin feels right at home. The 27-year-old shortboarder regularly trades California’s cold winter months for the warmer water, sunshine and legendary waves of Hawaii. Though this season brought …

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Visit Carpinteria State Beach on a Sunday morning and you just might see a group of swimmers braving the winter water as the sun rises.

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If you feel stuck at home during Covid, a sure way to lift your mood is to encourage nature to come to you. At our house, we have a variety of bird feeders, a bird bath and a small fountain that I can watch from our kitchen window. Each day, we see a predictable parade of regular visitors, a…

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The Pack 50 Cub Scouts’ annual Pinewood Derby was held Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Scout House in Carpinteria. Viewing was limited to scouts and their immediate families. Even with social distancing, masks, temperature taking and lots of hand sanitizer, this year’s derby was a success and the C…

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Cupid's arrow will spell B-I-N-G-O on the lucky winner's square during Carpinteria Family School's Virtual Valentines Bingo Night on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. The event is designed to bring together students and families throughout the community for a virtual get together and the love o…

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Applications for the 2020 Harriet Miller Youth Leadership Award Scholarship are now being accepted. The scholarship is given to a high school senior in the Santa Barbara area who has excelled in community service and leadership. Applicants must be a student in the Santa Barbara Unified Schoo…

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On Jan. 29, Governor Newsom signed legislation to extend the state’s residential eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021. Senate Bill 91 extended the eviction moratorium that was set to expire on Jan. 31, 2021. SB 91 pauses evictions for residential tenants who declare, under the penalty o…

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On Feb. 2 at approximately 4:55 a.m., a solo vehicle collision occurred on U.S. Highway 101 northbound, south of the Santa Ynez Avenue over-crossing involving a 2013 freightliner tractor-trailer. The tractor-trailer, driven by Martin Garcia, 24, of Mexicali, was traveling northbound approach…

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With the Regional Stay at Home Order lifted, California State Parks has reopened Carpinteria State Beach campground sites for existing reservation holders. Additionally, a phased approach has commenced to reopen other campground sites for new reservations. Group campsites remain closed.

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After PETA and more than 85,000 of its supporters urged the Hass Avocado Board (HAB) – a major agricultural commodity research and promotion board overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – to end animal testing, HAB has adopted a groundbreaking new public policy that it will no…

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Residents of Carpinteria who have lost income due to the Covid-19 pandemic may be eligible for rental assistance through the Covid-19 Emergency Rental Assistance program administered by United Way of Santa Barbara County. A total of $890,000 is available for eligible applicants throughout Sa…

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Santa Maria’s Marian Regional Medical Center announced on Jan. 29 that it has Covid-19 vaccination appointments available for Santa Barbara County residents who are 75 and older. Only eligible Santa Barbara County residents aged 75 and older and health care staff are eligible to receive the …

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On Jan. 1, the nonprofit AHA! welcomed its new executive director, Roxana Petty. Petty brings to AHA! a wealth of leadership skills and an extensive background working in financial institutions, including working as an administrator for AHA!