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Libraries have literally rescued me from boredom nearly all of my life. Choosing a book to read, meeting the characters, turning each page as I explore what happens next, and saying goodbye at the end are all parts of not only entertainment but also ways to broaden my view, experience empath…

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Hi, I’m Matt—I’m an email-aholic. I check it too much. I can’t resist. I get a little rush each time I tap “refresh,” though, I have to admit, the high isn’t what it used to be. I want to stop checking my email. There’s no real reason to. It’s not like I get a ton of urgent messages, nor is …

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A small, quaint inn in the downtown area sounds like a great idea for locals and travelers alike. I believe the proposed architecture is charming, has that coastal feel and is Carpinteria through and through.

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When most Carpinterians think about our town, they realize we are very fortunate to live in a place that is beautiful, with easy access to the beach, bluffs, mountains and open spaces. Carpinteria is relatively quiet, with minimum traffic, clean air and good people. We want to live here. Tou…

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Monday, Nov. 30 at 5:30 p.m. is a time to be heard. Five years have passed since Judy Mulford submitted the first written opposition to development on the beach parking lot three—the “People’s Property.” Since then, waves of concern have shuddered the city. Volunteers began collecting inform…

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For the past 25 years, Carpinteria has been my favorite place on earth. After calling Carpinteria home in the ‘90s and longing to return here in the intervening years, I have come back home as a resident once again. I was delighted to hear about the proposed Surfliner Inn project as it truly…

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A luxury hotel next to the railroad tracks is not what Carpinteria needs. They said the city don’t need no stinkin’ oil money in this town and the city coffers are flush without those tax dollars. They said we don’t need any cannabis growing or dispensing in town and that the city coffers ar…

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As someone lucky enough to call Carpinteria home, I strongly believe that the proposed Surfliner Inn project will only add to our community, giving us all one more distinctly Carpinteria landmark to be proud of. It will give Carpinteria residents another place to get together, to take our fr…

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So, I clearly understand the lively and aggressive debate going on in regards to adding this proposed hotel to our town. What I am truly confused about is the concept of travelers wanting to book a room right on railroad tracks? 

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Dear fellow Americans, I know you’re tired. I’m tired, too. Tired of having to stay home, tired of not being able to see our loved ones or get a hug from a friend. Yeah, me too. But if we are tired, our health care workers are just plain exhausted. Exhausted from 10-12-14-hour days caring fo…

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My family and I immigrated to Carpinteria over 50 years ago. We’ve raised our families, built thriving businesses and have been a part of many community projects over the years.

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Carpinterians have a history of protecting our open space. Open space connects us to nature. Nature makes humans happier while improving mental and physical health. It provides recreation. It improves values of adjacent properties and revitalizes commercial areas.

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The Carpinteria Garden Park’s goal is to provide affordable access to organic vegetable gardening, especially for folks without the space, sunlight, or ability to garden where they live. However, as the wild edges of the garden have matured in the last few years, the garden has also become a…

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For the last nine months, I have been writing about my eight great-grandparents (GG), and this is what I learned.

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On Sept. 11, 2001, I was on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, participating in a surfing festival organized by the eccentric and visionary Australian surfer Derek Hynd. Santa Barbara’s own Tom Curren was there, as was his brother Joe and a small coterie of other professional…

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For those of you that missed reading Nancy Baron’s column, “In the Naturehood,” in last week’s CVN, I suggest you find a copy or go online to read it. The article is filled with hope and vital information on how to help our raptors be successful and keep them safe. 

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As a proud Carpinteria resident, the proposed Surfliner Inn project has my full support. I think the development team has done a phenomenal job of not only designing a beautiful establishment, but also keeping the people, environment and culture of Carpinteria on the forefront of their plann…

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I’ve been a beachside resident in Carpinteria for some 25 years. I pass by the proposed Surfliner Inn location many times daily. Even on the busiest beach days, there is rarely more than 10 or 15 cars there. Why then, has parking and traffic become such an issue surrounding this project? I c…

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Carpinteria stole our hearts and is the first place we purchased a home. Quaint and community centered, with all the nostalgic simplicity of being on vacation in a small beach town. I write in support of the vision for the proposed Surfliner Inn that upholds what makes Carpinteria so special…

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While I didn’t win a seat on Carpinteria City Council, I am pleased to have brought many important issues to the table, including our community’s growing need for reliable broadband/5G access, a comprehensive cannabis policy and a course adjustment to the ill-conceived plans for the train st…

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For over 22 years, I’ve owned and operated a business on Carpinteria Avenue. Finding success as a small business owner is never easy, now add fires, floods and Covid and the odds for success deteriorate even more! The health of our local business economy affects every resident in our communi…

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It’s owl season. At dusk and dawn listen for the sounds of male and female Great Horned Owls duetting back and forth.  Or if you hear a raspy shriek, look for a Barn Owl floating by on moth-like wings. This is the time of year owls are bonding with their mates and looking for nesting sites.

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A reader sends a halo to Pat Keiser and Jack and Robin Niederpruem for their continued dedication to serving meals on Wednesday and Fridays. “You are true CarpHearts!”

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We are now being bombarded with advertising and propaganda by the developers of a proposed hotel on a public parking lot. They have even given it a cute name, “Surfliner,” in order to make it feel more appealing and comfortable. And they are not building a quaint little 10-room B&B desig…

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Carpinteria is quite literally the last small beach community in Southern California. The only area from here to San Diego of undeveloped land is the Marine Corps Camp Pendleton. Thank goodness for the Marines and the Federal Government.

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I have loved all there is about Carpinteria for my entire 63 years. My parents have owned a house there for 50 years. Carpinteria has been able to hold onto its identity by listening to its citizens. The effort to preserve the Bluffs proves that Carpinterians choose quality of life over the …

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This year, there were some concerns regarding the Carpinteria Unified School District Adopted Budget. Normally, the budget is approved by July 1, which is a few months before the county of Santa Barbara releases its property tax roll collection estimates in October. 

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A reader sends a halo to the wonderful person who found the reader’s black wallet at Smart & Final. “Everything was intact. You are to be praised for your honesty and good will, a perfect example of what’s right about our citizenry.”

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After reading the Coastal View News’ description of the Surfliner Inn proposal and the comments for/against it (CVN, Letters, Vol. 27, No. 5), I gather that the main issue is parking. More specifically, the issue is the loss of parking in the existing City Lot #3, plus paving half of the ope…

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The current discussions around the development of an hotel on the grounds of the Amtrak parking lot is conflating two separate public discourses that the City Council should be orchestrating.

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The financial benefits of the proposed Surfliner Inn cannot be ignored. The city would own the hotel property and would receive over $500k annually in terms of rent and in terms of trades. The development would bring new tourism dollars, add employment and beautify the area as a compliment t…

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Kudos to longtime Carpinteria resident and friend, Keith Stein, for his recent letter expressing his views on the proposed Surfliner Inn (CVN, Letters, Vol. 27, No. 5).  Mr. Stein clearly stated his opinions relating to the issue while showing total respect for those who disagree with him.  …

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Thank you, Keith Stein, for bringing the words “respect” and “civil” into the conversation (CVN, Letters, Vol. 27, No. 5). Right now, we are all faced with two monumental issues: Covid and the upcoming elections.  

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In response to “Getting to know the Surfliner Inn proposal” (CVN, Vol. 27, No. 3), the developers really mean well and do appreciate Carpinteria as much as any of us. However, promises made based on future events do not always turn out as planned.

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I am very stressed about the outcome of the coming election. However, it occurred to me that whatever the result, I am grateful for the life and opportunities I have been blessed with as a citizen of the United States. Therefore, I will abide by the law and accept the results. To me, the mos…

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It is time for our school district to step up and take action to build a respectful and appropriate culture of anti-racism. Ignoring the objections raised by our community members of indigenous descent, our high school and youth sports leagues continue to be represented by an inaccurate and …

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Eighteen months ago, a local company answered a city request to build on the property at the train station on Linden. Why do we need to build a hotel? How do you improve Carpinteria and how do we ensure what gets built won’t be ugly? All fair questions.

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Regarding “Getting to know the Surfliner Inn proposal” (CVN, Vol. 27, No. 3), this is the best idea I have heard for the town. I have only been here for 23 years and don’t know why this will spoil the “small town” feel. Maybe it’s small minds that can’t look at positive progress that will br…

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I own or am a trustee to various properties adjacent to the proposed Surfliner Inn that may be affected by this project, but I still support this landmark building for the following reasons:

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Many of our local Carpinteria businesses have been forced to close their doors due to Covid-19. This leaves a few empty buildings on Linden Avenue, which is our main thoroughfare for tourists, and a way to collect taxes to keep our mom-and-pop shops going.

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As manager for the past 10 years of a 78-unit condominium complex near the beach in Carpinteria, I am 100% in support of the proposed Surfliner Inn because I see the need for it daily. People regularly call my office looking for nightly accommodations, but to protect the residential integrit…

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I’m a resident of Cravens Lane and although I don’t live near the beach, I walk there often. In order for our local businesses to thrive, they need our support, not just from the community, but from our city leaders.

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Development of the proposed Surfliner Inn is dependent upon use of three public parcels of land: City Parking Lot #3, the Community Garden, and the Open Space Corridor south of the tracks. It is also dependent upon a Conditional Use Permit to allow the developer to employ a “Conjunctive Park…

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I am writing this letter in regards to the proposed parking lot for the Surfliner Inn.

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A reader sends a halo to the person that rescued the reader’s dog that had escaped the yard. “I was contacted by Santa Barbara Humane Society with the great news that someone had found our dog. This angel had also posted signs around her neighborhood, listed him on Nextdoor and on Craigslist.”

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The nameless dusty track turned out to be a night-time buffet for a squadron of opportunistic burrowing owls. It was all about the crickets and grasshoppers, a menagerie of entomology living in the tall grasses and the cunning eight-inch-tall owls gobbling down as many as they could before t…

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