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Last week, families and friends gathered to cheer 141 Carpinteria High School and 17 Rincon/Foothill graduates proudly walking across the stage to receive their congratulatory handshakes and more importantly, their high school diplomas. Earning a high school diploma is a meaningful milestone…

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I had to take the drive slow on Soda Lake Road. It was a muddy slip-and-slide going off Highway 166 to the dirt road north heading behind Soda Lake. I knew right where I wanted to be with light rain soaking life into already blooming carpets of wildflowers.

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A reader sends a halo to Coriander for caring for the reader’s dog Stella. “Thank you, for caring for our dog Stella as your own—despite her eccentricities. Stella and I are so grateful for your time, and the love you show her.”

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The burgeoning growth of Cannabis farms in and around Carpinteria has led to one obvious problem: the skunk-like odor. Far worse is the potential damage to health from growing the plants.

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Regulating marijuana is a difficult public policy issue that has evaded an adequate solution for decades. The passage of Prop 64, only 53 days before I became First District Supervisor, and the decline of the domestic flower industry forced me into the fray. It is a particularly divisive iss…

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What makes our Constitution unique in all the world? Its power lies in the ideas from the Age of Enlightenment that people’s rights are granted by their Creator—not by the state—and that the people then grant power to government. Unheard of! All other governments, past and present, rely on a…

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Isn’t it time that we stop putting all of the focus of our angst and anger on cannabis and the industry that’s evolving in our area and place our energy and focus on real issues? Every time that I read the Commander’s Recap of the Sheriffs report in Coastal View News, I become more concerned…

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On July 3, the California State Lands Commission (CSLC) will carry out work to uncover and investigate another of Summerland’s old improperly abandoned oil wells. The leaky C.H. Olsson 805 well was identified as the source of beach oil, tar and stench just below Lookout Park.

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A reader sends a halo to Diana Rigby for always being approachable, thoughtful of all students and finally moving our district into the competitive future. “Our kids’ future shines bright, thanks to you!”

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I push open the shaping bay door, emerging in my Tyvek suit, goggles and mask, covered in foam dust. My son Miles is standing there with a short length of two-by-four he’s found, and Natasha tells me he’s been there quite a while, “shaping” with his “planer,” making the high whine of the pow…

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I love research. Send me off to the deepest basements in county records buildings near or far, and I’m one happy camper. Yes, these caverns are mostly cold and creepy; yes, you risk running a gauntlet of misinformed clerks who don’t mind sending you on wild goose chases. But, oh, the rewards…

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Yippie!! School is out! At its best, summer provides a break in the action, a chance to sleep in and get a mental health break. It is also an opportunity to focus on all aspects of well-being, and to pursue one’s interests. But the flexibility can lead to a little more pushback from young pe…

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I play “Pokémon Go” with my six- and three-year-old sons. Yeah, that’s right. We play it. Laugh it up. We like it. It’s fun. I’d never played or watched anything Pokémon-related before, so I never developed any particularly deep love for the franchise. Still, when I recently took my six-year…

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I voted for Donald Trump.  I have intelligent and caring liberal friends who voted for Hillary Clinton. I respect their choice. My sincere belief is that Barack Obama was a feckless president of our great country. I did not voted for him. I genuinely believed that his far-left liberal views …

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I laughed right out loud startling several folks in the quiet surroundings of Starbucks when I read Diana Thorn’s latest screed (“Cannabis industry,” Letters, CVN, Vol. 25, No. 37). This one concerning marijuana.

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I have read this lady’s letters for too long now to not respond. Ms. Thorn, I have lived in the Carpinteria area since 1976. I got married here, raised two beautiful children here, and love this town. I count among my friends many members of the Carpinteria City Council, past and present, lo…

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I have lived in the Carpinteria area for over 20 years and I am given a choice each day to either be outraged or to seek solutions to problems in my home town. My attitude will either spread like wild flowers or like weeds depending on my choice. I can reap the rewards of solution-oriented t…

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I read a couple letters in last week’s CVN that said cannabis farming was a bad thing. My question is, what about the hundreds and hundreds of people who work on cannabis farms? Do they not count? Those families are putting food on the table supported by dependable jobs.

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Only 24 of California’s 58 counties choose to allow commercial marijuana, the majority of counties are opting out. Santa Barbara County supervisors made the choice to allow for cannabis operations.

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We have an opportunity to clean house. Helicopter sprayers that were overhead last weekend reportedly only dropped organic pesticides. The sprayers were worried about contaminating neighboring cannabis farms with pesticides like abamectin, so they had to opt for a milder organic spray.

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I would like to thank Mayor Wade Nomura and our City Council for listening to the concerns of Carpinterians regarding the cannabis odor, including those of citizens who are having respiratory illnesses related to the cannabis farms. I also want to thank city staff for the numerous letters th…

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Someone recently asked me about the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and how it will affect our community. I didn’t have an immediate answer for that, since I am still learning about it. But it seemed like a good opportunity to dive into the world of groundwater management and r…

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A reader sends a halo to Rincon Brewery for not having straws or plastic to-go bags. “You make a difference, thank you. Maybe other restaurants in town will follow suit.”

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Our valley has been contaminated with nauseous, noxious air. We have a processing facility being programmed for the business park across from the Bluffs. You have investors coming in to town and placing their mark on our city…and the county continues to let it happen. What happened to our be…

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We parents prefer not to think about it. It’s unthinkable but entirely within the realm of possibility. Innocent children are shot all the time in the United States. Innocent adults are too. Every year in the United States, 40,000 people die of gunshot wounds.

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My name is Diana Thorn, and I have lived in the Carpinteria area for over 26 years. I am saddened and outraged over what is happening in the Carpinteria area. The cannabis industry is spreading like wild flowers. I am upset about the nauseating skunk like smell, increased crime and the devas…

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Spending the extra effort to start with good soil is an investment in your summer crops, as well as an acknowledgement of the Carpinteria Valley’s limited and precious water resources.  As southern Californians facing a future where the effects of climate change remain uncertain, we must do …

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Surfers are a hardy lot. Those in the “dawn patrol” have their wetsuits on and are paddling out in chilly water at Rincon while many of us are still warm and toasty under the covers. They may not arrive at work exactly the same time I do, but they definitely have more fun before breakfast th…

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So, what happened to May? It flew by with the speed of a peregrine falcon, the fastest of all birds, only lingering long enough to douse us with some surprise showers. May days passed a blur of change, fog, cold, sun, wind, wet. It was a promiscuous month, subject to whim, sudden fits and tu…

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A reader sends a halo to a long time postal customer, John. “Thank you for the cutest gift for my granddaughter. You are so thoughtful!”

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May every spring be like the last! Our backcountry has received record amounts of rainfall this winter including late showers in May to replenish depleted reservoirs.  Lovely, cloudy days for weeks have allowed spring’s wildflowers to unfurl at a leisurely pace. This welcome reprieve from th…

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My name is Graham Farrar, and I’m a cannabis farmer in Carpinteria Valley. Being part of this community is a privilege that my team takes seriously every day. I grew up in Goleta, and I was an early founding member of Sonos. I’m also a local dad of two young kids. I want to take a moment to …

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A reader sends a halo to the Gym Next Door for helping to create a community of friends and role models who “just keep moving” ...even into their 90s.

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Where’s the California Avocado Commission? Are they going to just stand by while the marijuana industry muscles its way into the Carpinteria Valley and intimidates avocado growers and their livelihood? These marijuana growers are only in it to make a profit before the federal government step…

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On May 1, a really important thing happened in New York City. The city officially named West 63rd Street and Broadway “Sesame Street” in honor of Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary. Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and other Muppets were on hand to commemorate the awesome event. I wa…

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The best choice for president in 2020 may be one of the lesser known candidates, Jay Inslee, governor of Washington State. Before moving to Carpinteria, we had over 20 years of “Jay Watching” from our Seattle home. We learned that he has been a remarkably approachable, empathetic, decent and…

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I’d barely begun bushwhacking up a side canyon in Scorpion Canyon—located on the southeast end of Santa Cruz Island, the largest isle in the Channel Islands National Park—when I felt an annoyingly familiar pinch on my upper back. A dreaded something was burrowing in.

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Dear Readers, I really appreciate your questions and comments. I need to hear from you to keep this column interesting.  Please send questions and comments to me at Donnie@coastalview.com or mizdoni@gmail.com. All names are kept confidential and all questions will be edited for brevity and clarity.

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Children and teachers are gunned down while in school. Riots break out over racial prejudice. Foreigners are under suspicion and threatened with deportation. Places of worship become targets for angry militants brandishing assault rifles. All of these tragedies could—and should—have been pre…

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A reader sends a halo to the staff at the Carpinteria Post Office for returning a loose paycheck lost in the mail. “Thank you for your outstanding customer service.”

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I’ve never written a letter to Coastal View News before, but a recent experience at Carpinteria High School impressed me so much that I was moved to share this experience with others. For the second year in a row, I interviewed CHS seniors who applied for Carpinteria Education Foundation col…

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Malaria, Zika, West Nile, Citrus greening and Pierce’s disease, these are all examples of insect borne diseases to people or plants whose insect hosts are in California. From the recent article, “The unintended consequences of cannabis” (CVN, Vol. 25, No. 33), it’s clear that the local pot c…

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The recent issue of avocado pesticides and their potential contamination of marijuana greenhouses illustrates how the current filter requirements are useless, because clearly, they open up all the vents. Many municipalities are more restrictive by requiring that no untreated air leave the gr…

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If cannabis is as sensitive to contamination as recently indicated by the apparent incompatibility with avocado cultural practices, water may become an issue. It has been mentioned that the area around Carpinteria may start to utilize recycled water. The base material for recycled water is s…

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Light rain fell in intermittent showers across south LA as I motored north late in the evening on Cinco de Mayo. I’d spent the afternoon with my cousin and his wife and two kids in their Aliso Viejo, Orange County in their tract-house paradise, overlooking other tract houses and Laguna Canyo…

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Rod Lathim said he could see the spirits gathering, townspeople from the past when Summerland simmered with spiritualists and mediums living in tents and cottages and holding séances in Liberty Hall. Lathim, who is not a medium, said his visitations were visual.

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This month I had the unexpected pleasure of being the interviewee instead of the interviewer for a blog post by Karen Dustman of Clairitage Press. Karen wanted me to share my experience of working with my father on his memoir, “A Sense of Humor,” recently published by Your Stories Written an…

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Real estate in 2019 is off and running in Carpinteria. One quarter is behind us as April comes to a close.

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Next Monday, May 13, our City Council will have on its agenda several recommendations made by the Mobile Home Rent Stabilization Control board for changes to the local Mobile Home Park Rent Control Ordinance. The intent of this 40-year old law is to protect low-income families and seniors re…

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