Any championship effort takes the contributions of so many people and the support of even more to be successful. This fall is a perfect example of community and collaboration, as our two Carpinteria high schools joined efforts to help Carpinteria High’s boys water polo and Cate’s football te…

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I am Debbie Murphy, broker and owner of Murphy King Real Estate. One day I went to Parking Lot #3 and simply stood there and took in the view: the mountains, the buildings, the community garden, the tracks, the state park and the sky. In taking in the view, I realized that all of that would …

Over a decade ago, Carpinteria Parks and Recreation Department proposed a bike path – the Rincon Trail Project – that was supposed to be good for bikes, paragliding and hang-gliding. The current plan, presented by director Matt Roberts, removes massive portions of the bluff. This will change…

Five years into the cannabis takeover of Carpinteria, I am laser focused on the environmental degradation caused by the pot operations nearby. That’s why I’ve started Save the Arroyo Paredon Watershed, an environmental protection and advocacy group, working alongside Concerned Carpinterians,…

Many vaccine “naysayers” are no longer with us. 

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At the risk of being redundant, kudos to Al Clark for his “no” vote at the city council meeting on Monday. Kudos to Natalia Alarcon as well. Thank you both for your votes regarding the Surfliner Inn.

Each week in the Coastal View News readers see a slate of destructive behaviors vividly displayed in the “Commander’s Recap” column. Is this any different with the Surfliner Inn debates? In each go around, we see the same city officials vividly addicted to their economic tourism passion habi…

A reader sends a halo to the woman who found the reader’s husband’s wallet in the Albertsons parking lot the day after Thanksgiving and turned it in. “Thank you and many blessings to you this holiday season!”

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Imagine a child with a keen sensitivity to rejection, difficulty with emotional control and trouble modulating their behavior. They would likely be labelled by peers as “different” within a classroom. 

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Consider the following numbers: There are 9,378 jobs in Carpinteria Valley. Of the 20,618 total Carpinteria Valley residents, an estimated 13,897 are employed.

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In preparation for the upcoming Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Dec. 18, I have set up my work computer by the dining room window so I can monitor which birds are coming to our bird feeders, bird bath and fountain. 

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Here’s your mind-bender for the day: there are no “good” or “bad” foods, only fuel. While enjoyable, that’s all food really is – fuel for our bodies. Whether it’s from Christmas sugar cookies or roasted Brussel sprouts, it is fuel. That said, different foods can be like different grades of f…

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A reader sends a halo to the individuals that plant additional trees appropriate for their region, making the world carbon neutral. “We are two-thirds of the way there. We can do the other one-third now, and phase in renewable energy sources logically.”

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Parts of California are in a drought emergency – an argument among many against the housing project proposed for county property on Bailard Avenue. 

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Since the microphone was off when I spoke at the Nov. 22 Carpinteria City Council meeting, I would like to inform Carpinterians that members of the Committee to Save the Downtown & Beach Parking Lot submitted 28 petition packets with over 1,000 signatures. That is several hundred signatu…

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When thinking about self-care, what comes to mind is a spa-like setting where you are getting a pedicure, while sipping on a fruity cocktail drink and surrounded by the sounds of nature. Sure, that sounds lovely – but it’s not the reality for the majority of us. Self-care for me sometimes is…

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I am trying to remain optimistic, but it is beginning to look like we are heading into our second dry winter in a row. While that brief and miraculous moment of October rain refreshed native plants attuned to even the barest hint of moisture and abated our fire danger, our water’s cumulative…

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During the Covid-19 pandemic we have all learned that the connection we have via the internet with family, friends, social organizations and work is a critical component in our evolving digital lives. The technology known as Streaming is a huge part of this connection – whether it be through…

I just finished reading the CVN article “School Board says no to CHS statue redesign” (CVN, Vol. 28, No. 7). Who are these school board trustees? It appears that the issue requires a fair amount of common sense. Does this board realize that the offensive caricature was originally a product f…

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As a lifelong Carpinterian, I have been able to witness some great CIF victories by teams at Carpinteria High School. I’ve witnessed the first and only Baseball Championship in 1974; the first of many CIF Championships in football starting in 1975; the back-to-back Girls Tennis Championships…

Some call Carpinteria a charming, sleepy town. We may be sleepy, until a big rich development comes to town to try and “improve” it. When that happens, we wake up.

I can easily see the burdens of the proposed Surfliner Inn, but I cannot forecast the financial burdens. However, I cannot help but feel that they are somewhere out there, waiting to be realized. 

In responding to Andrew Pfeffer’s letter (CVN, Vol. 28, No. 8) promoting the reopening of the county, I can safely say that we all want our lives to return to normal. However, I must start with the errant math in the letter. If 71% of the eligible county population is fully vaccinated, those…

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Welcome to The Sea Witch Says, a monthly advice column where we’ll tackle the stickier social situations specific to la vida Carpinteria. I know many of you readers from my tenure as CVN editor and look forward to making more friends. If life at the World’s Safest Beach isn’t perfect, share …

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Last Sunday, while fixing dings out behind the garage, I overheard my neighbor say, “Think of it as an early Christmas present.” The young man visiting her was lashing the surfboard she had given him to the roof of his car, and straightaway I noticed the clean thickness flow and hand-foiled …

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We were hiking back in the dark, up and over Green Mountain, and then up and over San Miguel Hill, before we trekked back to the ranger station overlooking Cuyler Harbor. My girlfriend Holly Lohuis and I were returning from a full day at Point Bennett, soaking in the sights, sounds and smell…

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A reader sends a halo to Sen who works at the RiteAid pharmacy. “Sen remembers customers by name and runs a tight ship while being exceptionally kind. She recently saved my 91-year-old father a lot of money on a prescription by working some kind of magic with the drug manufacturer. Really, t…

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The “Epidemic of Dishonesty” that former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg identified so clearly some time ago has now even come to our fair city of Carpinteria. 

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A few weeks ago, CVN reported on CUSD’s Oct. 12 board meeting (CVN, Vol. 28, No. 5). That report included deeply concerning information about the discrepancies in proficiency between white and Hispanic students, with those discrepancies increasing as the grade levels move higher. 

The column, “Local housing or vacation rentals?,” and the article, “Talking ADUs,” were published in the same issue of CVN (Vol. 28, No. 7). It is quite a debate. 

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has announced that 71.5% of the eligible county population has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, compared to 60.5% of the total county population. Added to those who have had the Covid-19 virus, the number of protected or resistant indi…

An article in last week’s Coastal View News (Vol. 28, No. 7) regarding the Carpinteria Water District’s water shortage contingency plans raises some concerns for many of its customers. An analyst for the engineering and science firm Woodward & Curran presented the district’s urban water …

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Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel “Dune” has had a huge impact on sci-fi movies. Everything – from “Star Wars” to “Mad Max” to “Blade Runner” to “Alien” – owes a huge debt to the book. Yet, before this year, the story itself hadn’t been given the on-screen adaptation it deserved. David Ly…

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A reader sends a halo to the three young people who helped an elderly man who fell from his electric chair on a slanting driveway into the street this past Saturday. “Several adults came to help too. It only reinforces my pleasure of living in Carpinteria with so many good-hearted people.”

Like Jim Dragna wrote in his letter to the editor (Vol. 28. No. 6), I believe that the decision about whether to get Covid-19 vaccines and a booster should be left up to each individual, not the government. I personally received the shots, and I think seniors and those with health issues sho…

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The petition to save our downtown and beach parking lot, known as Lot 3, now has enough signatures. It proposes putting the issue to a public vote: whether to change the zoning of Lot 3, so it remains an open, non-commercial public space, or to keep the current zoning and allow a project lik…

I’m hoping that the new Harbor Seal Committee will be able to negotiate with the new owners or buy the Harbor Seal Rookery in Carpinteria. 

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Your family members’ schedules finally all line up, and you can plan a week-long vacation together. You are hoping to find a place where you can all be together – not in separate hotel rooms that will probably end up on different floors. So, you start searching on a website like Airbnb or VR…

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CUSD has partnered with CARE Solace to make it easier for families and students to connect with mental healthcare resources and providers in our community. Our goal is to ensure that our school community has access to reliable, ethical and high-quality mental healthcare services – regardless…

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The bluebird and his mate swooped onto the perch and surveyed our property. 

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We are approaching one of the best times of year – in my opinion. I love the holidays. The smells, the decorations, the excitement in the air and especially the food. However, if you are someone who has been working on getting healthier and losing weight, this time may bring anxiety and stress. 

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I cringed when I saw those children, prodded by their parents, carrying political signs protesting California’s upcoming Covid-19 school vaccination mandate. The debates over whether Covid 19 is real, whether vaccines work and whether a national vaccination program is necessary to control th…

As of Monday, Oct. 18, 70.1% of the eligible population of Santa Barbara County is fully vaccinated, compared to 59.3% of the total county population. We were told for months that once 65% – 70% of our population was vaccinated we would have reached herd immunity. We ran out to get vaccinate…

I’ve tried to appreciate President Biden, but I now have genuine doubts about his mental capacity and his ability to lead our great country. He recently said he got to the Senate 180 years ago; he said he served 36 years as vice president; he confused Libya and Syria three times at the G-7 S…

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As we continue to live our lives in the presence of Covid-19, many people seem to feel they have one foot in and one foot out of the pandemic. I talk to Carpinterians who begin by speaking about the pandemic in the past tense, then switch to the present tense, or vice versa. If you’re feelin…

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Happy Cybersecurity Awareness Month! I thought that since we are officially acknowledging cybersecurity and I was just hacked on Facebook, it was the perfect topic for a column.  

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