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I recently crossed paths with one of the biggest and most beautiful coyotes I’ve ever seen while walking my dog on the Bluffs just after sunrise. It was tall and sleek, with a thick, shiny coat and direct stare.  We walked towards one another until I turned so as not to trap it in a narrow s…

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Mike Wondolowski is president of the Carpinteria Valley Association (CarpinteriaValleyAssociation.org), a local organization dedicated to maintaining the small beach town nature of our community. In his 30 years of involvement in planning issues, he has witnessed visionary successes, as well as decisions that were later widely regretted. When not stuck indoors, he can often be found enjoying Carpinteria’s treasures including kayaking and snorkeling along the coast, running or hiking on the bluffs or the Franklin Trail, or “vacationing” as a tent camper at the State Beach.

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A reader sends a halo to Kerry at Jazzercise for always being there for her clients. “She brings her beautiful smile and keeps us moving.”

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Carpinteria is well served by our two water-related agencies, but we are also dependent on governmental agencies external to our direct control. I worked for the Office of the California Legislative Analyst (LAO) and did forensic audits/analyses on many state and local agencies and their pro…

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As a local mom, I’ve thought a lot about cannabis farming in Carpinteria. It’s now a fact of life that cannabis is legal. I never thought cannabis was a big deal, because it has been around in Carpinteria ever since I was a kid and before that. It’s funny that now that it’s legal it has now …

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I understand that Laura Capps is running for County Supervisor as a campaign ethics reformer. If only her deeds matched her words.

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The current plans for the Carpinteria-Rincon Trail project will impact paragliding and hang gliding in the Carpinteria, Santa Barbara and greater SoCal areas.  I am a representative of the paragliding and hang gliding community in Santa Barbara County, and myself and other members from this …

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There are all sorts of ways to scare someone. You could jump out at them. You could gross them out. You could make them feel unsafe. Or you could give them an itchy, eerie, creepy feeling—make it a skin-crawling spook fest.

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Both ends of California have had an unpleasant welcome to the holiday season. Northern California dealt with the wind-whipped Kincade Fire in Sonoma County, while blowtorch-like winds in Southern California fueled the Maria Fire in Ventura County. I thank all first responders for fighting on…

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A reader sends a halo to GranVida Senior Living for generously opening their beautiful lobby for the public to drop off non-perishable items for the Carpinteria Woman’s Club annual Food Drive.

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On Thursday, Nov. 28, America will celebrate Thanksgiving. Many of us will get together with family and friends. Thanksgiving is also a time to give thanks and count our blessings. Included in this should be a thank you for President Trump. He has given America a period of peace and prosperi…

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In last week’s “Letters” in CVN (Vol. 26, No. 9), I saw some slight reason for hope. Across a few of the pro-cannabis letters there was an acknowledgement that “yes” there is a cannabis odor, and that the odor itself can be bothersome (I might be more forceful, but it’s a start). This simple…

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For years, we directly associated smoking with images of tar-filled lungs. Thanks to anti-tobacco education in schools, these images reinforced why we shouldn’t smoke. Nowadays, e-cigarette and vaping companies have created an appealing array of smoking devices and trends that we don’t neces…

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Many research studies support what educators know: Students are academically and socially successful when schools build positive relationships with their families.

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As a big proponent of organic farming, I’ve followed the cannabis farming phenomenon with great interest. What strikes me most is if all these greenhouses no longer apply dangerous chemicals to plants, and avocados growers are rethinking pesticide use along with them, our small agricultural …

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Some do not like the smell of marijuana permeating the air and have launched a NIMBY-like campaign against growers, claiming that they are not members of the community and their money is not acceptable to support our schools. Is it just those who farm the stuff who should not be allowed to d…

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By 2016, 190 million Americans (three-quarters of the nation) were getting their family insurance from their employer. Even my husband’s small family-owned company gave us excellent insurance. That number is probably more now that the unemployment rate is down to 3.5 percent. Insurance and o…

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Cannabis farmers are Carpinterians and are a huge part of the strength in our community today. A front-page article in the Sunday, Nov. 10, LA Times inexplicably claims that cannabis interests have somehow infiltrated Carpinteria. How do farmers that were already here for generations infiltr…

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The marijuana growers are grief-stricken as their biggest supporter, advocate and friend will soon be gone. It was revealed that Dennis Bozanich, the county’s cannabis czar, has quit. Bozanich is responsible for putting together the disastrous cannabis licensing and tax ordinance. County Sup…

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My friend Mark Johnson was an original and authentic person. People who came in contact or worked with him knew he would always listen, and then give a direct and honest opinion on the subject being discussed. He was unafraid of speaking his mind. Mark was one of the best craftsmen and cabin…

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On a day to day basis, we stay busy repairing water main breaks, helping our customers find leaks and providing safe drinking water, but we also devote a lot of time to planning for the future. It is important that we look ahead so we can successfully manage our water resources and implement…

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Carpinteria is not a city in crisis. It hasn’t changed a bit. When local farmers decided to grow a new crop—legal cannabis—a small group of people went on the attack and continue to try to divide a community by saying those involved with cannabis, or who are even OK with it here, are bad.

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We’ve all heard stories about the Mayflower and the First Thanksgiving—how the colonists left England in September of 1620, spent an arduous 66 days crossing the Atlantic before arriving at Cape Cod, suffered the loss of half the original passengers during that first disease-ridden winter, a…

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“Facing Ourselves,” the recently-closed art installment that centered on portraits by Patricia Houghton-Clarke of Carpinterians and immigrants from around the world hung throughout our community and at the Carpinteria Arts Center. The Arts Center’s website explained, “The exhibition is inten…

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A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria Unified School District for not shutting down school when there was a fire 40 miles away. “Thank you for keeping kids safe and putting families first.”

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Elizabeth Warren is an intelligent person. She released her “how I will pay for everything” plans as U.S. President. I find it difficult to comprehend why she thinks her socialist plans make an ounce of financial (or common) sense. In limited writing space, it’s impossible to elaborate much,…

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The Cow Fire burned brightly to the south, smoke wafting skyward and colliding with billowing, puffy monsoonal clouds hovering above the Eastern Sierra.

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As we hope for winter rains as nourishing as last year’s, now is the time to prepare perennial garden space. Many vegetable farms and gardens operate on a seasonal cycle of annual plants whose short lives span the longer, warmer days of spring to fall. In contrast, perennial plants have life…

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Picture yourself driving in slow-and-go traffic toward Santa Barbara on a sunny fall day. Suddenly a little red sports car zooms past you on the shoulder, cuts in front of you, and zigzags its way through the traffic ahead.

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While I was waiting at the counter for my order at a local restaurant, an employee took a phone call from someone who was asking if a patron there had left a dog in their car in the parking lot. The employee went around the restaurant asking everyone until she found the dog’s owner. He grumb…

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I don’t know where Carolyn Edwards (“Due Process Denied,” CVN, Vol. 26, No. 5) got her notions of how impeachment must be conducted. Maybe it was from reading White House talking points. Despite what she wrote, there is no requirement that the full House vote to initiate impeachment proceedi…

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The GOP has some nice talking points regarding the president and due process. However, they appear to misunderstand the Constitution and the rule of law. The role of the House in an impeachment process is that of a grand jury. A Grand Jury is convened to investigate whether sufficient eviden…

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I want to thank candidate for County Supervisor Laura Capps for taking time out of her busy schedule to speak at Monday night’s Carpinteria City Council meeting on the issue of the dangers to our youth regarding flavored tobacco products and e-cigarette (vaping) use.

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Ask any Carpinteria High School (CHS) student, “What are your post-secondary plans and more than likely you will learn about a “10yearPLAN” created in the freshman “Get Focused ...Stay Focused!” (GFSF) college and career readiness course at CHS.

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The complete disdain for traffic rules in our town is evident. Why not consider just making every stop sign a yield sign, because very few people make a complete stop anyway. Pay attention, it happens at every corner, all day and night long. And while we are at it, let’s change 5th Street to…

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Some thoughts on this impeachment process: Next to declaring war, the most important and solemn matter Congress can take up is the impeachment of a president. It is in fact the nullification of the decision of the American people—in this case, about 63 million people.

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As an American woman, I am saddened and outraged over what is happening in the world of sports. I am especially upset over male transgender athletes being allowed to compete against natural born women. How is this fair? For example, transgender cyclist Rachel McKinnon, a biological male, dom…

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A reader sends a halo to Sandra Pereira for being an excellent physical trainer at Carpinteria Athletics. “She’s keeping me in shape as I enter my old age.”

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Major Roy McBride of the United States Space Command is a cool customer. He’s got ice in his veins. Strap him to a rocket, knock him off his footing thousands of feet in the air, shoot at him, yell at him, punch him—he won’t blink.  

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Regarding “Throwback Thursday” (CVN Vol. 26, No. 3): Currently the Grapevine (the newsletter of The Carpinteria Valley Museum of History) has published a two-part investigation into the history of Carpinteria’s theaters that I researched and wrote. In Part II of the series, I address segrega…

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As Fran Davis says, good things come to an end (“Summerland Shore,” CVN, Vol. 26. No. 3). The end of 25 years and more of real news about Summerland events and issues deserves special notice and thanks. Except for an occasional positive comment to her, our neighbor up Whitney, I just accepte…

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We all know a child that has special needs. We all know these children need and deserve specialized and unique educational services. What we don’t always consider is how the cost of special education in public school impacts the entire school budget.

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For my coworkers and I, October means having a moment to breathe after a busy September and the Avocado Festival and getting ready for what passes for winter on our little slice of coastline. In California, over 90 percent of precipitation falls between Oct. 1 and April 30, but on the Centra…

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I thought I had it all. I’d gone through all the places where photos and letters and gems and artifacts would be saved. Gramma was fully on board with my search—it was her memories and treasures we were after to write her life story—but my thoroughness at some point taxed her. She didn’t com…

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Now Rincon is not what you’d call a “secret spot.” The Queen of the Coast is an international celebrity, and always well-attended with even a hint of swell. It certainly does not belong to me, nor to any individual, although some surfers seem to own the place through sheer skill, and more th…

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The final Shore. Sounds ominous, like crossing the river Styx to reach Hades. But this, the final Shore that I’ll write, feels more like coming into harbor, stepping off onto warm sand for a nice walk on the beach.

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