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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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A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria High School students who spent many hours volunteering in the merchandise booth at Avofest. “You guys and girls rock!”

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If you were in an alternate reality and proposed a storyline for Hollywood studio executives that perfectly mirrored Donald Trump’s time in Washington, they couldn’t kick you off the lot because they’d be too busy attempting to control their laughter.

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Every national story about our cannabis county (and there have been many) is like a drip that slowly corrodes our historic Santa Barbara brand. A recent Wall Street Journal article contained familiar themes: odor, property values and cannabis tax revenues that continue to underwhelm. What I …

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I was happy to see Alena Steen’s column “Life on the Edge: The Carpinteria Salt Marsh” (CVN, Vol. 26, No. 1) about the tremendous success of the Carpinteria Salt Marsh in restoring and helping to preserve a beautiful and valuable natural area in Carpinteria. I would hope that the achievement…

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This column is not uplifting, not light-hearted; but I need to say some things. We have to look at the hard stuff sometimes. We must not be silent; we must not turn the other way and pretend it’s not happening when we are worried for a child. Children didn’t choose to be brought into the wor…

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Every week there is another Washington, D.C. scandal perpetuated by the mob: the Democratic Party, mainstream media, George Soros and the intelligence agencies. Included are the Russian hoax, Brett Kavanaugh and Ukraine. What will be next? Why? To impeach President Trump, disenfranchise his …

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I took part in the Global Climate Strike on Friday, Sept. 20, in both Carpinteria and Santa Barbara. I did so primarily to support the youth coming out to promote action on this crisis. What was truly inspiring is that there were youth from elementary school to college age all showing up, pa…

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In response to Sanderson's Smith's letter “The Dems have it wrong” (CVN, Vol. 25, No. 52): We are not fine and the Dems have it right. A majority of Americans are living under a constant cloud of anxiety and anger because of the occupant in the White House and his Republican sycophants in Co…

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How can City Council members sit back and let Governor Newsom dictate how our city should be run? Thank you, Gregg Carty, for standing up and saying that (his housing policy) undermines what our community has fought for for years.

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In response to Bob Franco’s letter, “Committee bands together,” (CVN, Vol. 26, No. 1), I think it is way too early to tell if Carpinteria Rent Stabilization Ordinance Action Committee (COAC) has been successful or if it has merely been used by park management to circumvent the current rent s…

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I have personally known and worked with Das Williams for well over 25 years, and he is a conscientious, responsive and dedicated representative of his constituents. Even though we have not always agreed, I have valued and trusted his integrity and willingness to engage on issues that affect …

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In the 54 years since Carpinteria became a city, it has never put a city parking lot against any residentially zoned property. Now apparently four City Councilmen are poised to do just that, in a blatantly insensitive move that would deleteriously affect dozens of property owners. Would coun…

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Mr. Steve King’s letter (“The slow road of progress,” CVN, Vol. 25, No. 52) voiced what most of Carpinteria thinks about the very long, on-going 101 project. I received the latest news update from the PR agency and it stated that the project is on time, and yes, weather slowed them down in t…

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Good on Craig Murray (“What lies beneath the streets,” CVN, Vol. 25, No. 52) for an open and honest appraisal of our infrastructure. I think the video image of sewage lines he provided, because it is via a governmental agency, is an open public access document. This was not the case in a nea…

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At their most recent meeting, the Carpinteria City Council kicked the ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) can farther down the road. Instead of taking the recommendation of staff to prepare an interim amendment to our Local Coastal Plan, which would have finally brought us into harmony with both s…

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A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria High School student who turned in another student’s lost wallet. “You saved him from having to replace his license and debit card, and have renewed my admiration for the integrity of our local high school students. Warrior spirit all the way.”

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A couple weekends ago, my wife Diane and I were in Memphis and had a little free time. We heard about the National Civil Rights Museum and, even though we knew nothing about it, we thought it sounded interesting, so we found the address and headed there.

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Since its 100th birthday in 2010, our Carpinteria Library has seen historic changes:  the 2017 retirement of longtime library director Tara O’Reilly and the hiring of an entirely new staff; a dramatic increase in the cost of operating our library; and the passing last November of Measure X, …

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Nestled on the edge of town where tidal ebbs and flows inundate the shore, the Carpinteria Salt Marsh spans over 230 acres of some of the most biologically productive and diverse land remaining in Southern California. It is a place of overlapping boundaries, where habitats such as tidal zone…

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I love surprises when Mother Earth serves them up. A few years ago when I kayaked from Santa Cruz Island to tiny Santa Barbara Island, I just wanted the 42-mile slog to be over.

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Tucked along the business strip that shares a wall with John Wullbrandt’s mural, “World’s Safest Beach,” you’ll find the Carpinteria Cotton Co. For 30 years, fashionable fans have flocked to this boutique to shop its latest clothing selections. Cotton Co.’s distinct style grabs hold and tran…

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A reader sends a halo to the man who rushed to help a middle-school boy who crashed on his bike and was doubled-over, screaming in pain. “I saw you; you were amazing—you helped him up, get straightened out and on his way. People like you give the world hope.”  

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To the residents of our mobile home parks:  About a year ago a group of concerned citizens formed a committee we named the Carpinteria Rent Stabilization Ordinance Action Committee or COAC. The mission of this committee is to preserve and protect our local rent stabilization ordinance (RSO) …

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Like many others, I always thought of farm animals as “food on the hoof.” But, after watching the deeply moving film “Okja” on Netflix, I realized that a farm animal is much like our family dog, fully deserving of compassion and respect. Theologians have long debated whether there is life af…

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“Settled science” and “scientific consensus” are not scientific, but political, terms. When you hear those phrases from the media or a scientist, they are politically motivated—and that’s OK, just don’t confuse it with science.

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Watching the brilliant 16-year old Greta Thunberg speak to Congress last week about climate change sure stands in contrast to Sanderson Smith’s letter, “The Dems have it wrong,” in last week’s Coastal View News (Vol. 35, No. 52). Smith’s condescending tone regarding Al Gore’s 10-year project…

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Global California 2030 is the newest initiative and call to action of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, and it’s mission “is to equip students with world language skills to better appreciate and more fully engage with the rich and diverse mixture of cultures, heritage…

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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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A reader sends a halo to the flip flop that has managed to stay in the middle of the Carpinteria Avenue and Casitas Pass Road intersection for two months. “Parents work hard to teach their kids that kind of tenacity—I don’t know where your mate is, but I’m sure it would be proud.”

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Fran Davis is an award-winning writer and freelance editor whose work appears in magazines, print and online journals, anthologies and travel books. She has lived in Summerland most of her life.

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Some moments in life are so dramatic they stay vividly seared in our memories. I was a high school freshman sitting in my history class when the announcement came through on the intercom: President Kennedy had been assassinated. I was a sophomore in college when we waited fearfully for draft…

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Thousands of people are trying to get into our wonderful country. Hong Kong residents are waving the American flag as they protest Communist oppression, using it as a symbol of desired freedom and opportunity.  However, listening to the Democratic presidential hopefuls at the recent debate o…

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I was shocked to see a photo of Carpinteria Unified School District leaders (except for the high school principal) lined up at a tour of a cannabis growing facility. The school board should not accept donations from a cannabis company. Besides this, the community is currently trying to obtai…

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I live along the 101 between Bailard and Casitas Pass Road. It’s been months since any significant work has been done along Via Real. Instead, a small (but diligent) workforce moves from one small spot to another, while leaving most of the project abandoned. As this project drags on, safety …

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Although I was fortunate to move to the hills east of Carpinteria just prior to the influx of cannabis stench, it is sad to miss our proximity to the beach. Now, reading about another takeover of a Carpinteria flower greenhouse by Graham Farrar, it is even more sad to see the disaster wrough…

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Both of my children have attended CUSD since Pre-K. My husband Grant Cox attended Aliso, Carpinteria Middle School and Carpinteria High School. We are, and have been, avid supporters and advocates of our public-school system in our awesome community for years.

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“We have met the enemy and he is us!” This famous line by cartoonist Walt Kelly from “Pogo the Possum,” the comic strip character appeared on a poster to commemorate the first Earth Day in 1970. It was also used to promote an environmental awareness that as “we all are responsible for the da…

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A reader sends a halo to the people who ride their bikes after dark with front and rear lights. “I’ve had a few scares, and so I appreciate you!”

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California Avocado Festival, scheduled for the first weekend in October, is a cherished Carpinteria tradition. Locals and tens of thousands of visitors gather to celebrate Carpinteria and its favorite fruit. It’s our time to shine.

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As a former teacher, I was appalled to see the picture of Superintendent Rigby and school principals (except Gerardo Cornejo) having their picture taken with the Glass House logo. School leaders must not be used as publicity for the cannabis growers.

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As a Carpinteria Unified School District board member, I have seen many donations to the district. Two donations, however, involved cannabis profits and I did not approve of either as a private citizen—nor did I vote for them as a board member. Both have been written about in the Coastal View News.

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We are a Coalition of individuals and groups in Santa Barbara County. We’re focused on the Carpinteria area because of the proliferation of marijuana cultivation in close proximity to schools and residences. We urge reconsideration of your decision to accept $189,000 from marijuana growers. …

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