I very much enjoyed reading about Carmen Robitaille’s 90th birthday celebration in the Sept. 9 edition of the Coastal View News (No. 27, Vol. 51). You see, in this crazy “six degrees of separation” world we live in, Carmen and I are connected. When I was a child growing up in the San Fernand…

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Those of us old enough may recall some of the lyrics to Canadian folksinger Joni Mitchell’s song “Big Yellow Taxi”: “Don’t it always seem to go / That you don’t know what you got till it’s gone / They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” Did Parking Lot 3 just become a paradise? Don’t y…

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For over 30 years, the California Avocado Festival has been a family-friendly free event held on Linden Avenue in the heart of Carpinteria. The board of the California Avocado Festival had every intention of hosting the “Back to The Roots” community centered festival again this fall. With th…

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“Vivo” – Sony’s new animated movie featuring original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda – has been ten years in the making. It got picked up in 2010 by DreamWorks, then was dropped, then got picked up again by Sony in 2016, which scheduled its release for 2020. But 2020 was not a good year for mov…

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I am very proud of our entire community. As we look around and see the turmoil caused by the Delta variant, and with Covid-19 rates increasing globally at such an alarming rate, I am proud to report the vaccination rate in our community exceeds all areas in our county and most areas in the U…

This is in response to a recent letter writer concerning the California governor recall election (CVN, Issue 27, Vol. 50). So many inaccuracies. First of all, it is not Democrats and Independents fed up and calling for the expensive recall – it is disgruntled cult Republicans hitting at any …

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I am dismayed that public property has been usurped for private use by local restaurants, endangering public safety and restricting public access. And this is happening while the Surfliner Inn debate continues to draw outrage over its proposed use of public property for private profit. 

I will not talk about what it feels like to see Taliban terrorists dressed in our American military uniforms, carrying our rifles and sitting in our Blackhawk helicopters. But I will talk about human beings – our people. 

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It’s hard to tell, through the texts and tearful phone calls, the exact series of events: did the engine die, or did the headsail tear apart first? Either way, my wife’s best friend’s husband found himself in a bad way on the Timor Sea last week aboard his new 35-foot yacht, on the 350-mile …

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I’ve spent my last few columns discussing the state of agriculture in the Carpinteria Valley. I’ve considered the context of land being lost to agriculture via urban development and a farmer population that is “aging-out” without being able to pass farmland to the next generation. Another co…

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This summer, my annual migration to Mitlenatch Island off the coast of British Columbia was an obstacle course. First, there were three Covid-19 tests and a complex crossing at the U.S./Canada border. Then, my flight to the coast was cancelled due to wildfires in British Columbia. In a panic…

The core issue of the forthcoming Initiative to Save Parking Lot 3 is whether or not Carpinterians want the city to lease our public beach and downtown parking lot to a private developer. Ancillary impacts of this proposed private lease involve two additional public parcels, resulting in the…

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There seems to be some confusion over the Surfliner Inn commercial development project. City Council recently gave conceptual approval of the Surfliner Inn to be constructed on city-owned property. This proposed hotel is a private, for-profit business venture to be built on undeveloped land …

Carpinteria is a small town with big pride and many active, thoughtful residents participating in public debate on issues of importance. Cannabis has had its extended period in the hot seat under the community’s microscope and provoking passions on both sides. That’s why the agreement announ…

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Santa Barbara County is currently proposing that a large, three-story apartment building be built on the property directly behind the existing Casitas Village condominiums. The proposed project would create 173 apartments on the seven acres that currently houses four homes and the Bailard Or…

I am a lifetime, eighth generation South Coast resident. Our daughter is a student at Carpinteria High School. I am retired after a local career in land use and water. 

Why are the churches silent today? Jesus wasn’t. (Neither was Moses)

Peoplein California are fed up with the direction California is going.Democrats and Independents want to recall Newsom. FormerState Sen. Gloria Romero (D-East L.A.), a prominentDemocrat and the first woman to serve as Senate MajorityLeader in California, has endorsed Larry Elder. 

I read an article in the Washington Post about an unvaccinated politician who died of Covid-19. He had been in favor of everyone deciding for themselves. He didn’t believe he was at risk because he was healthy. His wife is devastated, and she doesn’t want her husband’s choice and his regret …

A reader sends a halo to Rincon Beach Park hosts Randy and Annie, who recently left the scene. “A great void in all our hearts. God bless you guys and wish you the very best.”

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Parents’ concern for their children is deep and compelling. Of course, parents always want what is best for their kids, not just in infancy, but throughout childhood and into adulthood. They often hope their offspring will remain nearby… just not in the same bedroom they grew up in.

I attended the August 16, special City Council meeting regarding the proposed Surfliner Inn.

For two years we have carefully listened to those voices opposing the proposed Surfliner Inn. Some have repeatedly expressed opposition to the private use of public property (a portion of Parking Lot #3) for the Surfliner Inn’s lease. These same people also assert the biological value of the…

I have served the city for 26 years: 17 on Architectural Review Board and nine on City Council, including as mayor. During this time, I have lived by Rotary’s four-way test in the things I say and do. Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendship?…

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Where is the outrage against what is happening in Afghanistan? Where are the voices of all the women of the world? Where are the voices of outrage from our vice president, the first female VP in the U.S.? Where are the voices of outrage from every living First Lady in this country? Where are…

All Carpinterians who are registered voters should have received their ballot for the special election to recall Governor Gavin Newsom. In case you’re wondering how this recall election came about, the California GOP – having lost the general election 62% to 38% – immediately set to work try…

You know, sometimes we don’t know how well everything runs until we hear it from an outside source. For example, someone who loves Carpinteria, but does not live here, and wishes they could. As well, of the hundreds of stories you’ve heard, those in part, built Carp’s history. The families t…

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AppreciationI would like to thank all the principals, assistant principals and their office staff for a safe and successful school opening for the 2021-2022 school year. Great job! Covid-19 Safety ProtocolsEnsuring that our students and staff return to healthy and safe school environment  is…

Please tell me, Mr. John Cox, how you propose to cut taxes by 25%? If our taxes are cut by that amount, what services are you proposing we lose? CalFire? California Highway Patrol? Medical? Food stamps? Foster care?

I’ve previously written that Joe Biden is “my” president and I want him to do well. I’m close to conceding that won’t happen. Presidents inherit tough conditions when they take office. However, in what seems to be an insatiable desire to undo accomplishments of Donald Trump, Biden has create…

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As the former Director of Technical Operations for one of the largest cannabis growers in California, I wanted to share how technology plays a key role in the cultivation, processing and protecting this highly regulated crop. The focus of this month’s column is technology as applied to the e…

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The weather-beaten, volcanic rock was some of the worst I have ever encountered. From atop a windswept marine terrace, I down-climbed the nearly sheer 300-foot-tall cliff to the frothy surf swirling below, my camera slung over my shoulder.

Having grown up in an agricultural environment, I have the greatest respect and admiration for our farmers and growers. We trust our farmers and growers to commit to protecting our water quality because irrigated agriculture is the greatest source of water pollution. 

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The winter of 2021 was dry, and it looks like 2022 may bring a dry winter as well. According to the NWS Weather Prediction Center, this year’s winter is under a La Nina watch, which could mean a dry winter. Our water supplies have already been impacted from the recent dry conditions, and we …

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Throughout the last decade, Governor Gavin Newsom and his predecessor effectively nullified laws that were passed to get tough on crime and to make us safer. Three strikes laws have been gutted, truth in sentencing has been eliminated and certain crimes have been downgraded and recategorized.

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The summer is quickly coming to an end. I can hardly believe the kids are back to school next week. One part of me feels like I spent a good amount of quality time with them, but the other part feels like I could’ve done more. I know I’m not alone here, and I also know that the “mom guilt” d…

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A reader sends a halo to John Wullbrandt, Janey Cohen and Anna Bradley for leading the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center’s 2021 Teen Mural “Together Again.”

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The Surfliner Inn developers stated their inn will “uplift the ambience of the downtown” in their Viewpoint published in last week’s Coastal View News (Vol. 27, No. 46). We already have a “classic, small beach town” ambience that would be irretrievably altered by this inappropriate developme…

The would-be developers of the Surfliner Inn repeatedly call for facts. They refer to Carpinteria as their city. A simple check of the 8,121 registered Carpinteria city voters reveals the undeniable fact that five of these six men are not registered to vote in the city of Carpinteria. Truth …

Every person lost to gun violence is a tragedy. Each death diminishes us. Where there are more guns, there are more gun deaths. Nearly 40 million guns were purchased in 2020 due to fears and anxiety regarding Covid-19. Statistics demonstrate that a gun in the home is 22 times more likely to …

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Very occasionally, the seemingly endless scrolling I do on Instagram reveals something worthwhile. One was a recent post from Australian surfer Dave Rastovich and his wife Lauren Hill for their Waterpeople podcast, featuring Professor Isaiah Helekunihi Walker of Brigham Young University, Oahu. 

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A reader sends a halo to the generous donors who helped make the Mike Betliskey Fundraiser a complete success in only seven days. “The true spirit of the Carpinteria community is exemplified by your generosity, kindness and love of neighbor.”

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Lately, I’ve found myself wondering what it will be like to do things that I haven’t done – and couldn’t do – since the pandemic began. What will it be like to sit inside a restaurant? Eat in someone else’s house? Go to the movies? I wondered: Will it be awkward? Will I feel anxious? Or will…

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