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Fog loves Summerland, lingering on our doorsteps, caressing the hillsides long after it’s deserted Carpinteria and Montecito. I used to joke that there was a fog vacuum on Ortega Hill that sucked the long, misty streamers into town. Lately, the fog machine has been fully operative.

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Every morning I enjoy coffee and a newspaper. I usually check the sports page first, so I don’t have to think too much while I’m waking up. We read the Los Angeles Times so several days a week Bill Plaschke gets me worked up about how the Lakers blew their latest recruiting negotiations or h…

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I am a pediatrician and a mother and thus extremely concerned about the well-being, health and safety of children and young people. I co-own a six-unit apartment building. Our unit is located on the corner of Dorrance Way and Elm Avenue which has historically been a small and safe cul-de-sac…

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Last fall, we bought a home in Carpinteria unaware that our elected county supervisor, Das Williams, had taken handfuls of money from cannabis growers to grant permits to grow foul smelling cannabis near our home. We want him to return the $30,000 he received in campaign contributions and re…

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The article “Cannabis industry adds $458 million annually to countywide economy” (CVN, Vol. 25, No. 46) is a reminder that there is another side to the cannabis story. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 in favor of the current regulations (only Peter Adam voted no because he wanted even less…

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The proposed hotel at the parking lot of the train station is out of character with the area and the community. Our small beach town of Carpinteria is unique, and we do not want to spoil it through excess commercialization. The hotel would block magnificent views of the mountains. The lot ne…

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There are over 14,000 people in our city who will benefit from a new and much-needed downtown hotel that will focus on travelers arriving by train and car who can walk into town and visit the businesses we all depend on.

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How could the city government of Carpinteria be pursuing the idea of imposing a public parking lot at the bottleneck to our downtown beach neighborhood?

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There is a sizable fine for unauthorized parking in an ADA parking space. Is there a penalty for removing existing accessible spaces from the city lot?  How does Carpinteria plan to replace the four handicapped-parking spaces that will be lost when the property is developed? Some of us worke…

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Carpinteria’s vibrant ag economy is here to stay, thanks to cannabis, and I thank our county supervisors for having the foresight to let it grow. We have an abundance of greenhouse farms as part of our local landscape. That existing infrastructure was made to grow plants.

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Most Carpinteria residents choose to live in this special community because of its natural beauty, its friendly faces and slow-paced lifestyle. The future of Carpinteria is at a critical fork in the road, however. Early signs of overcrowding, traffic snarls on Carpinteria Avenue during rush …

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I appreciated the article last week regarding invasive plants from Alena Steen (“How to stop the spread of invasive plants,” CVN, Vol. 25, No. 45). In addition to removing invasives, I believe it is important to plant natives. When it comes to milkweed, the plants on which Monarch butterflie…

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Parking lots are fraught with negative impacts on the environment and they are harmful to human health. According to the city’s Downtown “T” District map, all 18 boundary lines of the city’s existing parking lots either border streets or commercially-zoned properties. Not a single city lot b…

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I was recently interviewed on “The Boardroom” podcast by a surf-industry colleague, Scott Bass. We riffed on growing up surfing in Southern California, the notion of surfing values and the ethical implications of bringing surfboards—and by extension, surf culture—to isolated coastal communities.

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Two men, one woman—one of them real-life, two fictional. One at the beginning of a career, one at the end, and one without much of a career at any point. Seemingly disparate stories are intertwined by a fateful history, or, rather, they could have been intertwined, if only in our imaginations.

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Last month I wrote about La Casa de No Problemas, the house my parents built in Campo Lopez, Mexico, in 1981. The home has given my family nearly 40 years of rest, relaxation, perpetual projects and memories.

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Several years ago, I wrote about community choice energy (CCE) in this column, and as the city of Carpinteria nears a decision regarding who has the buying power of our energy, I thought a reintroduction to the topic would be helpful.

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“Doctor, it hurts when I move my arm like this.”

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A reader sends a halo to the ladies and gentlemen who volunteer to make the beautiful floral bouquets every Friday evening for St. Joseph Church. “Thanks also for the flower growers who donate the flowers!”

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Greenhouse farms in Carpinteria Valley are major economic providers. There are a few people in town who can’t look past the stigma of the plant to see the great benefits of cannabis farming in the valley. We should be proud to ride the green wave and seize the opportunity. It’s an environmen…

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What is happening to our beautiful beach community? I am the owner of 4900 Dorrance Way, a six-unit building on the corner of Dorrance and Elm. This complex consists of mostly moderate-income families, and several units have families with small children. When the city approved its constructi…

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I work in the cannabis industry and feel incredibly fortunate that our local farmers had the courage to be pioneers in this newly emerging industry. As a 25-year-old, I don’t know if I’d be able to live in my home town without the professional opportunity provided by this new industry.

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Why is our city park department promoting a developer to build a hotel on our city beach parking lot? Why is our park department promoting moving the public parking lot onto our great open space corridor on the south side of the tracks in order to allow this development to take place? This d…

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On Friday and Saturday, Carpinteria for the first time in history hosted the California State Lifesaving Championships. It was a great event and a success for our town. We had great participation for the Junior Lifeguards competition on Friday. Saturday was the senior lifeguard competition a…

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Where are my local papers? The internet is great but in this age of managed mega media, local small-scale communication is vital and—shall I say—sacred. Whatever your political persuasion, I believe our local papers should be all around town and in our face, reminding us to pick one up, be r…

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The plum tree was loaded, even a few branches broken under the weight of the ripe fruit. Santa Rosa plums littered the ground, plundered by ants. It’s been a very good year for fruit.

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Carpinteria’s beauty lies in the natural world that surrounds us: steep bluffs crumbling into the ocean, the sprawling, tidal world of the Carpinteria Salt Marsh and the rugged peaks of the Santa Ynez Mountains. These wild spaces, which community members and local government work to preserve…

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Carpinteria’s beauty lies in the natural world that surrounds us: steep bluffs crumbling into the ocean, the sprawling, tidal world of the Carpinteria Salt Marsh and the rugged peaks of the Santa Ynez Mountains behind town. These wild spaces, which community members and local government work…

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A reader sends a halo to whoever returned the reader’s purse. “Thanks for all the prayers—they worked and I got the most important stuff back. Carpinteria rocks!”

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Recently I received a notice for a public hearing regarding a new cannabis project in my neighborhood. The situation that the “pot farmers” have created here in the valley of Carpinteria has been going on for at least three years, if I remember correctly. Countless letters have been sent to …

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Carpinterians are well-known for protecting our precious environment. We are passionate about retaining our city's unique small-town charm. Make no mistake, well-planned under-development is the main ingredient to our successful recipe. Take a look at our edges: Carpinteria State Beach again…

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At the July 16 board of supervisors meeting, supervisors finally admitted that they have lost control of the marijuana licensing process they approved. Essentially, the patients are running the psych ward. Also, when Lompoc residents voice that they do not want to be like Carpinteria, you kn…

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This letter is in complete opposition to the building of a hotel on city property at the Carpinteria train station. Placement of a parking lot for the hotel's use on the other (south) side on city open space, adjacent to a quiet residential area not even connected to the hotel grounds, canno…

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I am grateful to see those peaceful Friday night protesters standing on the corner of Carpinteria and Linden avenues. It reminds me of our freedoms, whether or not we agree with what they are protesting.

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The skies were dark gray, which allowed spring wildflowers to prolong their brilliant bloom well into summer. Northern elephant seals appeared sickly on the windswept beach of Piedras Blancas but it was only their annual molt, shedding old, tired skin and beginning anew. Their annual molt ca…

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Raw foods guru Gerri French led a garden-to-table inspired cooking class at Carpinteria Garden Park on July 13. A professional dietitian, French demonstrated the preparation of a gourmet raw foods meal featuring legumes, grains and dressings. Following the cooking demo, class participants en…

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We suspected that the various $50-per-head “adventure tours” on offer near Lake Arenal in Costa Rica would leave us feeling confined, under-inspired and ripped off. So, we asked the nice lady at the hotel where she and her family went for outings, and she told us about a river spot just past…

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Our city management and the citizens of Carpinteria hold a sacred trust. Carpinteria is absolutely the last city of its kind on Southern California’s coast. To open it to further development on any scale would be a sacrilege. Many Carpinteria families, second, third and some fourth-generatio…

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What is going on with local government these days? From our city of Carpinteria to the county of Santa Barbara we have seen a hunt for tax dollars at the expense of quality of life for local citizens. When the tax increase was put on the ballot for Carpinteria and passed, we were told it wou…

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Anyone still questioning whether Donald Trump is a full-blown racist need only read his three tweets from Sunday. He has irrevocably, and without shame, branded himself in front of America’s citizenry, as a racist.

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It was difficult listening to 20 bellyaching presidential hopefuls in the recent Democratic debates. Nary a one stressed the qualities that have made the USA the greatest and most successful country in the world: Individual hard work and personal effort to achieve success along with collecti…

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My husband and I bought our first home in Carpinteria in 1974 for less than $30,000. We thought we would never leave this area, but about 16 years ago we went a little crazy and moved to Ojai, a charming small town with lots of quirkiness (if that’s a word). We kept our Carpinteria house bec…

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A reader sends a halo to Ken Ha for hosting another successful Independence Day Tennis Tournament at Sandpiper. “You are a community-focused and all-around great guy. Lots of fun!”

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“There were about 1,800 of us: men, women and children… We were trembling from fear. They lined us up in rows of six and ordered us to march… One of us asked her for water. The woman came out with a bucket of water, but one of the guards ordered her to go back… In the evening we reached the …

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Lost in a sea of tweets that have hijacked the media, readers may have missed that Gov. Gavin Newsom formally apologized for the state’s part in the history of atrocities committed against thousands of native Californians and is considering the possibility of reparations.  

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The “boutique hotel” at the train station is chugging along and we are threatened, not only with additional traffic and loss of already scarce parking, but with the loss of the small-town beach vibe we currently enjoy.

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