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My father, Robert Gillman Beamish, died this past summer on June 30. He was 85, born in 1932. When Sunday rolls around I still think of visiting him, and a couple of weeks ago at Thanksgiving, I began to go through the logistics of getting him to our place. On the heels of these thoughts com…

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When Arturo Tello came to Carpinteria in 1979 he was an avid long-distance runner covering miles a day in the foothills and on the bluffs. He fell in love with the land and the community, and for four decades he has expanded this passion as a landscape artist, songwriter and environmental activist.

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The holiday bustle seems to arrive earlier every year. It gathers steam in October, puffs out its cheeks in November and bursts into full holiday mode in December. Another Christmas comes trundling in laden with so much commercial baggage it feels like a cliché. While it may look like the sa…

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A reader sends a halo the kind gentleman who made a pre-K kitchen possible before the rain came. “You made so many kiddos super happy!”

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I clearly remember the first time I spoke during the public comment period in front of a governmental agency. When my name was called, I felt my heart beat faster as I walked up to the microphone. I had a lot to say and only three minutes. I tend to talk fast, plus I was nervous, so I spoke …

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How can the community ever thank you for making us what we are? We have become the quintessential beach town—a place that is a dream to many. I often say it was not by accident but by a lot of work and you are one of those pillars that made it happen. When we walk around town your name seems…

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I believe the only way a voting democracy can succeed is when every voter contributes nearly an equal amount to government funding. Otherwise, folks will tend to vote for anything they see as a personal benefit to themselves, with little or no concern for those providing the funds.

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To be successful today in school and life, our students need to develop a range of skills that include critical thinking, communication, collaboration, problem solving, conflict resolution and lifelong learning. Central to learning these skills are school environments that integrate academic…

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A reader sends a halo to the volleyball players at Monte Vista Park who are staying healthy by being outdoors, getting exercise and having good clean fun.

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California is a land of geologic restlessness, and the Santa Ynez mountains falling into the Pacific Ocean are no exception. The deep past of the Santa Barbara area is a story of earth-shattering events.  Some happened quickly, in the form of earthquakes and volcanoes; some happened on an al…

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Looking into the morning sun, I couldn’t make heads or tails as to what was landing in Scorpion Anchorage on the southeast end of Santa Cruz Island. At first, I thought it was a California brown pelican, but I quickly realized the beak wasn’t there. Then it landed, an immature snow goose tha…

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Thanksgiving usually brings visions of family and friends eating roasted turkey, pumpkin pie, homemade rolls, dressing, mashed potatoes, and on and on. But as nice as that is, it’s also a lot of work. Just the clean up makes me tired and my husband and sons do most of that. Usually, I love T…

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A reader sends a halo to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors for adopting a recommendation to reduce the cost of an annual County parks day-use pass for veterans. “Jalama and Lake Cachuma annual day-use passes are $10 for veterans!”     

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Smoke from the Camp Fire was just beginning to bloom when I started down to the Sacramento Valley from Sierra County—a small gray fist of smoke at first, turning brown as the fire built. We’d seen smoke all week. Signs along Highway 89 announced smoke due to controlled burns. (Who says the s…

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In Southern California, water agencies face incredible pressures such as water shortages and water supply management; however, nationally there are several pressures facing the industry as a whole. One of these challenges is finding technically qualified individuals to maintain water distrib…

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As board chair of the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center, I suspect I get about two dozen calls and emails per week asking about the status of our construction project at 865 and 855 Linden Avenue.  

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Mark Meza’s family and friends are experiencing profound grief.  There is no death that compares with the sudden and senseless loss of a child.  That empty chair at the dinner table is never filled.  

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American hero, retired Navy Admiral William McRaven, said on Sunday what the majority have said for years, that Donald Trump is a singular threat to the democracy of the United States of America.

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Dear Readers: I really appreciate your questions and from the feedback I receive, many others do too. Please keep sending your questions and comments either to Donnie@Coastalview.com or to me at mizdoni@gmail.com. All names are confidential. Remember that whatever your question is, it will m…

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For more than 35 years, the Santa Barbara Farmers’ market has brought fresh fruit, vegetables and other nutritious food to the city in a thriving Saturday morning ritual in the commuter parking lot at Cota and Santa Barbara streets. Now, the City of Santa Barbara is considering ditching the …

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I would like to correct an error in last week’s article about Cannabis manufacture, testing and distribution in the industrial park (“Cannabis growing…,” Vol. 25, No. 7). The article states that Lagunitas is “near” the industrial park, but in fact, according to the city, we are “in” the indu…

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I have a memo of sorts for all members of the council, incumbents and newly elected, and that is to remember who it is you serve.

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A reader sends a halo to all the Canalino teachers and staff for hosting Family Math Night. What a great way to get the kids and parents excited about math!

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With everything going on in our nation and especially in our local community the last year, the open wounds of devastation, stress and trauma seem to keep re-opening every time I turn around—from politics to random, senseless acts of violence against humanity, our youth, natural disasters an…

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Thanksgiving usually brings visions of family and friends eating roasted turkey, pumpkin pie, homemade rolls, dressing, mashed potatoes, and on and on. But as nice as that is, it’s also a lot of work. Just the clean up makes me tired and my husband and sons do most of that. Usually, I love T…

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We of a certain age remember from our youth the parade of professionals that traveled to our neighborhoods delivering their wares. The milk man, the egg man and the bread man were ubiquitous and necessary throughout rural and suburban communities, announcing their arrivals with gently clangi…

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When they were young, my boys would wake up in the morning and one would ask, “What are we doing today?” The other one would announce, “Today I want to go to the park, go swimming, and [insert fun activity].” Two terrific kids, two very different ways of thinking about the day. No matter the…

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As I write this, midterm election results are unknown. However they turn out I suggest that, regardless of political affiliation, we absolutely insist that our representatives start behaving like mature adults and put the nation’s overall welfare ahead of the present blind adherence to polit…

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We, like all Carpinterians, owe outgoing Councilman Brad Stein an enormous debt of gratitude. Brad has stood fast for Carpinteria for 28 years and helped to guide our little city to become the gem of the southern California Coast. His list of accomplishments is long and will stand well into …

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A reader sends a halo to the guys at Carpinteria Valley Lumber for mounting the reader’s son’s costume to his wheelchair. “You guys were so great and you made it happen for him—without your help he wouldn’t have been ready in time!”

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My great-great-grandfather John Beamish, with his brother Alleyn, left their home near Skibbereen in West County Cork, Ireland in 1867/68 and sailed for New Zealand, where their brother George ran a mercantile shop in Patea, Taranaki. Within four months of their arrival, the brothers had joi…

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People often exaggerate when they talk about a “lifelong relationship,” but it fits the bill perfectly for Jamie Persoon and Canalino Elementary School. At age six, Persoon (then Jamie Morris) attended first grade in Canalino’s Room 5; years later, she started her teaching career with a firs…

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A reader sends a halo to firefighter/paramedic Gabriel, his partner and the EMTs who responded to her husband’s medical emergency. “Thank you for your efficiency and compassion!”

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Never in my lifetime have I ever seen a president and his administration so relentless in their attack on the environment and our health. These attacks are so atrocious and numerous they seriously imperil the air we breathe, the water we drink, climate stability, animal and plant life, and o…

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The other day I looked around and saw people who carelessly littered on the street.  I saw invasive weeds choking vegetation where once grew beautiful shade trees and fragrant flowers, I saw buildings and houses covering hillsides where once grew beautiful jungles. I was in Hawaii. And this …

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vThere is an election next Tuesday. If that is a surprise to you, you have somehow managed for months to avoid watching any TV or listening to the radio, and you must have skimmed over the multitude of ads and letters in this paper without noticing the candidates and issues being discussed.

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It is time to calm down, America. No more shootings of politicians, no more bomb threats, no more mobs attacking our leaders at restaurants, no more newspapers encouraging violence, no more leaders threatening to get in your face, no more threats to behead/assassinate our president, and no m…

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I am writing to thank Vickie Gonzalez for her thoughtful Viewpoint in last week’s CVN (“Be better,” Vol. 25, No. 5). In the wake of a very sad and tragic event, your letter evokes, without judgement, how our community could have responded to someone in need, and inspires us all to respond be…

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I’d received a hot tip from a friend who had recently summited Mount Langley in the Eastern Sierra. He told me he saw a handful of Sierra Bighorn Sheep around the New Army Pass region of the mountain.

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Gardening with plants native to the Santa Ynez mountains and Carpinteria’s coastal bluffs is a beautiful way to honor the ecosystems in which we live, as well as providing an environmentally sustainable alternative to water-guzzling landscapes such as lawns.  

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October is “moving in” month for our Canalino and Carpinteria Family School students and teachers whose worn, outdated, inefficient portable classrooms are being replaced by the new Gen 7 modular classrooms. Thanks to the generosity and incredible support from Carpinteria and Summerland citi…

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I attended the Chamber of Commerce’s Forum for City Council Candidates on Thursday night, and my take away was “stay the course.” Our three incumbent councilmembers, Brad Stein, Gregg Carty and Al Clark have served our city well. Their records in office speak for themselves. They have the kn…

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I find it ironic in this election cycle that only one of the candidates running has taken the time to come down Ogan Road and talk to us about the ongoing problems we have had due to the freeway construction—Al Clark. When the Via Real on-ramp is closed, traffic is detoured down our street. …

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The incumbents have been in power over eight years. Mr. Stein has been in power for 28 years. The incumbents seem to be a troika. They are governed by a small organized interest group. They follow each other. Let’s change faces. What have we to lose? Put some new faces in the city. I recomme…

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