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Since we moved into our home in the hills above Carpinteria more than a decade ago, we have had a large boisterous family of Acorn Woodpeckers as neighbors. They have lived here for many generations – much longer than us. Acorn Woodpeckers live in a colonial nest where they pile in and sleep…

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Have you heard the recommendation that we need 10,000 steps a day for good health? Guess what? Just like the eight cups of water a day recommendation, it was made up! In fact, not only was it made up, but it was also a marketing ploy from a 1965 Japanese pedometer. The company name was Manpo…

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Sometimes a problem is so huge and so far beyond our immediate control that it seems impossible to tackle. Why bother doing anything when our tiny effort can’t have any real effect? Besides, change is hard.

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A reader sends a halo to CHS dads John Persoon, Duke Loundsbury and Brian Yamaoka for being rock star helpers at the e-waste recycling event. “We couldn’t have done it without you!”

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If you care about the environment you are probably aware that harbor seals live here. Some do not care. On Saturday, a fisherman did not care, nor did he care that he was violating a City Code by entering the closed section of beach that the seals call home. Nor did he care that he was viola…

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Attention City Council members and citizens of Carpinteria: You may wonder why many of us are adamantly opposed to the hotel planned for our quaint train depot parking lot. I ask you to take a moment and sit down to study the photography in recent issues of Coastal View News and Carpinteria …

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We were staring at each other, blue eyes to dark, bloodshot red. In bare feet my toes gripped the barnacle-encrusted reef as I teetered on my haunches on a low tide slab on the northern fringe of Santa Rosa Island.

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Aliso School will now be offering a Dual Language Immersion program in Spanish and English. How ironic. In the late 1940s, my third and fourth grade teachers washed my mouth with soap because they heard me speaking in Spanish. This punishment was humiliating. I’m glad things have changed.

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A reader sends a halo to the family with the 4-month-old puppy who found the reader’s keys in the sand at fourth beach. “By the time I realized I dropped them, they had already found them.”

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Roughly 100 people submitted public comments this week to Carpinteria’s City Council, the vast majority of which requesting that the city hold an advisory vote on whether or not to lease public property, Parking Lot # 3, to a private developer for profit. This was in keeping with the motion …

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In high school I took Spanish for two years and then switched to French in college. Needless to say, I have a very limited vocabulary in both languages. Actually, one of my secret life goals is to spend six months in Mexico or Spain and try to absorb more language than “buenos dias” – that i…

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I’m ready for the good old days. The nowadays are tough. And even the glimmers of hope – vaccines, new leadership, an improving economy – just make me all the more ready to turn the page and get back to the way things were. I’ve started to listen to NPR again (I couldn’t stomach the news for…

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I support the Surfliner Inn and believe that it will enhance Carpinteria as a charming, beautiful beach community. Many of the arguments against the project don’t make sense to me. Will it block the view? The Surfliner Inn will be a two-story structure. There is already a two-story apartment…

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Under the Obama, Trump and Biden administrations we have become a divided nation which will eventually fail. Can we start a dialogue at the local level to become the United States of America again? To pass this on to our grandchildren, and be an example to the rest of our nation?

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To vote or not to vote. That is the question! Carpinterians have been voicing their opinions opposing the city’s proposed 99-year lease of our Beach Parking Lot #3 to a hotel developer in numbers above and beyond anything the City Council has seen in many years. No matter one’s position on t…

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A reader sends a halo to Coach Brett of the Carpinteria High School JV girls volleyball team. “Coaching under normal circumstances is hard; coaching during a pandemic as well as you did is epic. Your consistency, dedication and inspiration to our girls is so appreciated.”

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I am pleased that the council is in discussion to put the Surfliner Inn to a ballot. Although many in the capacity of ruling seem sold on the soundness of this project, some of the people who vote in Carpinteria are expressing valid concerns.

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In last week’s letters, Sanderson Smith pointed out (pun intended) that it is possible to have a 1-point safety and that it has never happened in the NFL. However, it has happened twice in NCAA Division I football – in the 2004 Texas vs. Texas A&M game, and in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl betwee…

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May I just comment on how much I have enjoyed reading Coastal View News in the past four weeks! Some of the highlights for me were the articles, “Thankful for the Franklin” with photos and commentary, and “Soaring over Rincon” about paragliders above Rincon Point. I also love reading the “Ma…

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Although our doors are closed to the public, we are still working hard to provide safe, reliable water to our customers. Our agency has quickly taken steps to minimize our staff’s exposure to the Covid-19 virus and avoid impacts to our workforce. We will continue to remain closed to the publ…

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Seeds come in all shapes, sizes and colors, from the tiniest specks of white sand which are chamomile and lettuce seeds to thick and robust pumpkin seeds and corn kernels. All seeds, no matter how tiny, contain a combination of genetic material from two parent plants. For as long as plants a…

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My dream for Carpinterians is that during this pandemic, we astutely and intelligently realize, grasp and take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we have right now. Sadly, I see criticisms of others, pitchforks and more. Is this use of precious and valuable time truly caus…

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Regarding Diana and Don Thorn’s letter, “Hold onto your hats, America,” published in last week’s CVN, I say, “au contraire.” 

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I realize CVN prints letters submitted by the public and these letters represent opinions. But as we’ve seen during the last four years of our prior White House administration, misinformation can have a long memory. In particular, I’m responding to the letters published on Feb. 4 that state,…

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At long last, the City Council seems to be listening to the people of Carpinteria, the majority of whom have been voicing opposition to the development of a hotel on our Beach Parking Lot #3 and installation of a parking lot on our open space on the south side of the tracks.

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The 2021 Super Bowl is now history.  Here is an NFL challenge that might be of interest to some football fans.  Excluding a forfeited game, an NFL team cannot win or lose a game by a score of 1-0.  However, a team could win or lose a game by a score of 6-1.  This has never happened, but can …

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As recent recipients of the Covid vaccine, my senior friends and I would like to commend the personnel at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital and Wake Center for their smooth and speedy vaccination procedures. The medical staff members and volunteers were extremely efficient and caring, directing…

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I’ve heard somewhere that if a person writes a letter, say, to their congressperson, it represents about 10 people who share the point of view but haven’t gotten it together to write for themselves. The takeaway, in a political sense, is that personal letters to representatives make a differ…

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A reader sends a halo to Mrs. Ota, who at 103, cuts the thousands of elastic pieces that go into free face masks provided by Neighbor to Neighbor to all Carpinterians on request. “Mrs. Ota is an inspiration to all as she cuts each piece to a precise measurement. This is boring work but Mrs. …

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When I first saw him, I felt sorry for this island fox. I thought to myself, how is he going to survive on the island?

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If you feel stuck at home during Covid, a sure way to lift your mood is to encourage nature to come to you. At our house, we have a variety of bird feeders, a bird bath and a small fountain that I can watch from our kitchen window. Each day, we see a predictable parade of regular visitors, a…

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I support Mayor Wade Nomura and Councilmembers Gregg Carty and Roy Lee in moving forward with the Surfliner Inn project and allowing it to become the best it can be for Carpinteria’s future generations. Carpinteria does not have a parking problem from the middle of September through the midd…

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When you realize that our mayor and members of City Council sought the proposal for the new 40 room hotel from the developer, you realize the clearly stated truth of the letter to the editor by Ms. Marla Daily published in CVN on Jan. 28. The mayor and select members of the City Council do n…

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Fact: Agriculture is the top employment sector in Carpinteria Valley. Fact: All greenhouses cultivating cannabis in Carpinteria are preexisting farms. Most diversified into cannabis from cut flowers due to market pressures. Fact: Cannabis farming, by law, is more environmentally sustainable …

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After watching the City Council meeting on Jan. 25, I was left with two impressions of our City Council members. First, I want to thank the two council members who voted “no” on the Surfliner Inn project. I felt that Al Clark expressed very clearly the facts about why this project should not…

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Calling the members of our City Council corrupt is the ultimate in misuse of our common language and certainly not anywhere near accurate. (See the letters to the editor in the Jan. 28 issue of CVN.)

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The year is 2021, Joe Biden is president, and “the socialists” are now in charge. Going forward, it is an understatement to say things will be radically different. The question of the day is, will the new president do what is best for America?

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I observed the past two City Council meetings, and I am appalled by the total process that has taken place. The lengthy meetings have provided too many specific architectural details for a so-called “concept,” and it was obvious that the hotel perception has already been approved and has a s…

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Reach into your wallet and pull out a $1 bill. Turn it over and take a look at the back. Do you see the pyramid with an eye over it on the left side? This symbol is from the Great Seal of the United States. The unfinished pyramid represents strength and duration, as well as work yet to be do…

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Have you ever considered what happens in your brain when you say things like, “I’m not good at dieting” or “I am never consistent at working out”? It’s simple; you’re reinforcing these statements as true.

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A reader sends a halo to Emily Lainer at Rite Aid who found the reader’s credit card and returned it. “Thank you, Emily. Honesty and integrity are precious character traits.”

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A reader sends a halo to Natalia Alarcon and Al Clark of Carpinteria City Council for recognizing and acknowledging “the overwhelming will and needs of Carpinteria residents over the city’s interest in financial benefits.”

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Many thanks to Councilmembers Al Clark and Natalia Alarcon for their “no” votes to further action on the proposed Surfliner Inn. Clark’s excellent discussion on the parking problems said it all. I, for one, have heard all I want to know about the impacts to the surrounding community. We shou…

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On Jan. 25, 1993, the city of Carpinteria adopted its mission statement: “The government in Carpinteria shall be open, honest and equitable and shall encourage, to the fullest extent possible, public participation in the decision-making process.” At the Jan. 25, 2021 City Council meeting, by…

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I am a few weeks short of my 77th birthday and so far, have managed to avoid infection by Covid-19. I’ve also been very focused on the availability of the vaccine. So, when the county offered vaccines to residents over 75, I immediately jumped in, only to find that the two dates offered were…

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Does public participation in the decision-making process as stated in the city’s mission statement mean that City Council members listen to public input and then ignore it? That is what we saw on display Monday evening, Jan. 25 at the City Council meeting when the mayor and two other members…

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I am a resident of Carpinteria on Via Real near Nidever. I want to express my continued frustration and concern that our County Board of Supervisors does not seem to be taking our objections to big cannabis seriously. The Cresco proposal is only the latest. Not only does it increase the ongo…

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We try and find the right words every day to communicate our feelings with whatever the situation calls for. We find words of comfort, support, friendship, sympathy. We are aware that the right words will help someone feel better or loved or understood or acknowledged. We just try.

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In my opinion I have never seen a City Council so corrupt and disconnected as to put an unwanted hotel in the middle of a residential area. This plan will destroy the quiet neighborhood that thousands of people sought by moving into Carpinteria. Over 1,000 citizens have – either in writing o…

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A Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning member since 2019, Mary Layman has helped build the club’s Carp Aid Diem initiative from the ground up. She, husband Otto, and club members Leana Orsua, Sheila Murphy, Paige Van Tuyl and Tamarind Harman organized a five-week gift certificate fundraiser to…

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A reader sends a halo to Alan Koch for being the board chair for the Carpinteria Arts Center and for sharing his passion for the arts and our community.

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