To stop the bulldozers, to preserve San Marcos Foothills and its wildlife, to keep paws, hooves and feet traveling its trails, to see this land alive with native plants rather than buried under luxury homes. I made a pledge to myself and our community when I joined the Save the San Marcos Fo…

Today’s Democratic Party is all about power and control. And nowhere is that more evident than in the state of California. Gov. Newsom has ruled over California with an iron fist. He has issued some of the most severe lockdown restrictions, has been intent on closing churches and has been ve…

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The new Surfer’s Journal arrived recently and more than ever, in this era of digitized peering into palm-sized devices, its glossy pages resonate with glimpses of the surfing life from across the world and over the decades. Authentic and tangible, the Journal always surprises. One essay in p…

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I had originally planned to write about health and technology but that will have to wait for a future column as another idea has taken center stage for me. Let me take a minute to explain why I shifted gears.

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A reader sends a halo to Rose Story Farms for their generous donation of their beautiful roses to Carpinteria High School AVID students. “The fragrant and vibrant bouquets made our night magical.”

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The Snowy Plover sat nestled under a roofed cage with bars wide enough for it to come and go, as if it were relaxing under a palapa. 

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There are many moving pieces when trying to get healthier. Nutrition and all its facets is certainly in the top spot. Besides that, you could focus on moving more and working out (including steps), getting more sleep, reducing stress, nutrient timing, appropriately timed rest days and fixing…

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“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”

This Memorial Day has special memories for me. It brings back memories of those who lost their lives that day in March 1967. There were Silver Stars, Bronze Stars and many Purple Hearts awarded also. There were many heroes that day. I feel honored to have served with them. There are many sto…

To quote a conservative, Republican, former president, “There you go again.” How appropriate to the latest rate increase proposal by the Carpinteria Valley Water District (CVWD). Not quite a year has gone by and the district again proposes, “water rates and changes increases.” With a flouris…

One thing that has been made clear over the past year through the pandemic is the value of having open spaces where we may get outside to enjoy nature, wildlife and beautiful views, and gain some respite from a hectic world. The community of Carpinteria has a long history of understanding th…

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The county of Santa Barbara wants to build 173 apartment units at 1103 Bailard Ave. This project will increase density in an already dense neighborhood. And because the project is in the county, just outside the city’s Urban Boundary Line, the county will benefit from the development impact …

As president of Carpinteria Beautiful I want to acknowledge and thank all the citizens of Carpinteria who came forth with encouraging words, wonderful spirit and great offers of help, after John Wulbrant’s “History of Agriculture” mural was tagged. Though there was damage done, and there was…

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In Sanderson Smith’s letter, “Beware of socialism,” published in last week’s CVN, he blames unemployment benefits for the failure of companies to locate willing employees. There’s no data to support that. More likely it is the lack of childcare, Covid-19 risk or other factors.

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On Monday, May 24, Carpinteria City Council passed a proclamation declaring June as Pride month. While the council took turns reading the proclamation, I was brought to tears and reached for my partner’s hand. The symbolism behind this vote to visibly support and create a safe space for LGBT…

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. While there was already a crisis of mental health issues, the global pandemic has exacerbated it and brought a new layer of concerns. Alcohol, substance abuse, including the opioid pandemic, suicide and domestic violence are among the most prevalent prob…

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We’re almost there – we’re almost back to the movies. After more than a year of binge watching movies and TV and sports and Youtube and anything else we could stream from home, the time is almost here when we can bask in the warm glow of those neon lights, pay way too much for way too much p…

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The bait ball, moving with the ebb and flow of an incoming morning tide, had attracted a decent chunk of Elkhorn Slough inhabitants toward the frenzied food source. We sat motionless in our kayaks and watched from inside the second largest tract of tidal salt marsh in California outside the …

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Throughout the past few weeks, California has moved into a drought crisis with the governor declaring drought emergencies in 41 of the state’s 58 counties. As of May 18, 16% of the state is in exceptional drought, 57% is in extreme drought, 21% is in severe drought, and 6% is in moderate dro…

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A reader sends a halo to Vera who at age 101 walks daily with her son-in-law, Kenneth, and “inspires all of us to get out and enjoy the fresh air.”

If you follow daily news, you realize that businesses are having post-pandemic startup problems because they can’t hire enough workers, many of whom are too content with government checks that have sustained them through tough times. Both the Biden and Newsom administrations will continue th…

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I am writing to express my opposition to the three story-tall, high-density housing project that has been proposed for the end of Bailard Avenue. This project would replace a successful organic farm with 173 apartment units on just seven acres of land. Its location would interfere with the o…

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My grandsons saw me just about every day of their lives until their parents had the audacity to move to Texas. Maybe I could have forgiven Northern California but Texas? Of course the fickle gods of bad luck had more ways to torture me when Covid kept everyone isolated, plane travel virtuall…

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Volunteering trailblazer Caroline Alarcon is no stranger to setting her own path. Not only is she the founder of the Latina Professional Alliance, but she also organized the Child Safety Event, a free children’s safety program in 2016 and 2017. She also served as the 2018 chairwoman of the b…

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Often in my practice, I listen to patients talk about what they don’t want. One simple way to make it through challenging times is to avoid focusing on what we don’t want and instead, to try and concentrate on what we do want. 

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Between making lunches for the kids, responding to emails at work, and paying bills at home, we try to find time to connect with our partner. The same partner who we fell in love with and were spontaneous and fun with. It’s hard to remember that when life is happening at 100 miles per hour. …

I would like to give a huge shout out to the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Department for their generous help in Summerland with removing dead landscaping annually by providing MarBorg roll off dumpsters at our disposal free of charge. Every year around this time, our fire department deploys t…

I understand where Mrs. Treloar is coming from in her letter to the editor regarding water issues and the new landscaping along Highway 101 (CVN Letters, May 6, 2021), but I don’t agree. We, along with Montecito, live in a very unique and picturesque area. We’ve watched and talked with the l…

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In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, National Police Week.

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Focus on mental health: In this four-week series acknowledging the month of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, HopeNet will be contributing different perspectives each week on mental health and community resources. 

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The past year has presented many different challenges that have tested our strength and resiliency. The global Covid-19 pandemic required coping with situations we never could have imagined and as a result, has caused an increase in struggles with personal wellbeing for many people. 

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A reader sends a halo to Gillian who was walking on the Carpinteria Bluffs Preserve and picking up after dogs. “Thank you for your stewardship and caring for our bit of heaven.”

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I am on the plane returning from an “almost-post-pandemic” visit with my family in Washington State. The primary purpose was to visit with my father who is 91 and lives alone in the house he built for my late mother 30 years ago. I am sharing this because it has to do with how I spent my tim…

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The California Department of Education and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are partnering to offer K–12 California schools antigen testing for students and staff at school sites. The Abbott BinaxNOW is a rapid antigen test designed to detect the Covid-19 virus, with results…

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A couple of weeks ago, on a beautiful Saturday morning with clean waves at backside Rincon, I took on the role of surfing elder and pretty much mangled it. A south swell had been widely broadcast by my friends at Surfline.com, and many of the guys I’m in contact with had plans to make the mo…

We are surprised to learn of a proposed housing development off of Bailard Avenue. The Carpinteria City Council unanimously voting to move forward with a Memorandum of Understanding is disappointing, as this brings us closer to a binding contract. To learn that our City Council has little au…

It’s very frustrating to constantly be reminded that we are in a drought and should not use water unless absolutely necessary. The frustration comes when I see a forest being planted at the Casitas Pass northbound traffic circle and on-ramp.

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A reader sends a halo to the students of Carpinteria High School and their parents. “On Monday, while the parent support group was distributing goodies for teacher appreciation week, students broke into applause. It was a truly humbling and inspirational experience.”

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When Covid hit last year, my husband and I decided to buy a used sprinter van as an escape mobile into nature. We bought it sight unseen from a couple in San Francisco. They met us in Paso Robles, gave us a quick intro to #vanlife and off we drove. We have not looked back. 

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I think I have yet to meet a person who says they eat too many veggies. We all know that veggies are good for us, but why is it so hard to get them into our bodies? 

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I write this article as a vast swarm of honey bees swirls about the community garden searching for a new home, one of the sure signs of spring in Carpinteria. The native ceanothus, elderberry, California poppies and phacelia have been blooming for weeks already, blossoms coated in both Europ…

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A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria Community Pool staff for all their efforts during this past year. “You enabled all of us swimmers to survive!”

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Growing up in Carpinteria during the 1950s meant that during the summer break you would go to work in the fields when you turned 15 years of age. Most of us boys would go out and work picking lemons, tomatoes or other seasonal fruit that is so abundant in our valley. Working in the fields wa…

Throughout 2020, the overall focus for the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center had been to be there for the community by providing a virtual arts center under the theme of “Together ApART.” So far, 2021 is showing signs of hope that the arts center can start to transition back to activities…

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