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I am a pediatrician and a mother and thus extremely concerned about the well-being, health and safety of children and young people. I co-own a six-unit apartment building. Our unit is located on the corner of Dorrance Way and Elm Avenue which has historically been a small and safe cul-de-sac…

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Last fall, we bought a home in Carpinteria unaware that our elected county supervisor, Das Williams, had taken handfuls of money from cannabis growers to grant permits to grow foul smelling cannabis near our home. We want him to return the $30,000 he received in campaign contributions and re…

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The article “Cannabis industry adds $458 million annually to countywide economy” (CVN, Vol. 25, No. 46) is a reminder that there is another side to the cannabis story. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 in favor of the current regulations (only Peter Adam voted no because he wanted even less…

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The proposed hotel at the parking lot of the train station is out of character with the area and the community. Our small beach town of Carpinteria is unique, and we do not want to spoil it through excess commercialization. The hotel would block magnificent views of the mountains. The lot ne…

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There are over 14,000 people in our city who will benefit from a new and much-needed downtown hotel that will focus on travelers arriving by train and car who can walk into town and visit the businesses we all depend on.

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How could the city government of Carpinteria be pursuing the idea of imposing a public parking lot at the bottleneck to our downtown beach neighborhood?

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There is a sizable fine for unauthorized parking in an ADA parking space. Is there a penalty for removing existing accessible spaces from the city lot?  How does Carpinteria plan to replace the four handicapped-parking spaces that will be lost when the property is developed? Some of us worke…

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Carpinteria’s vibrant ag economy is here to stay, thanks to cannabis, and I thank our county supervisors for having the foresight to let it grow. We have an abundance of greenhouse farms as part of our local landscape. That existing infrastructure was made to grow plants.

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Most Carpinteria residents choose to live in this special community because of its natural beauty, its friendly faces and slow-paced lifestyle. The future of Carpinteria is at a critical fork in the road, however. Early signs of overcrowding, traffic snarls on Carpinteria Avenue during rush …

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I appreciated the article last week regarding invasive plants from Alena Steen (“How to stop the spread of invasive plants,” CVN, Vol. 25, No. 45). In addition to removing invasives, I believe it is important to plant natives. When it comes to milkweed, the plants on which Monarch butterflie…

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Parking lots are fraught with negative impacts on the environment and they are harmful to human health. According to the city’s Downtown “T” District map, all 18 boundary lines of the city’s existing parking lots either border streets or commercially-zoned properties. Not a single city lot b…

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Greenhouse farms in Carpinteria Valley are major economic providers. There are a few people in town who can’t look past the stigma of the plant to see the great benefits of cannabis farming in the valley. We should be proud to ride the green wave and seize the opportunity. It’s an environmen…

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What is happening to our beautiful beach community? I am the owner of 4900 Dorrance Way, a six-unit building on the corner of Dorrance and Elm. This complex consists of mostly moderate-income families, and several units have families with small children. When the city approved its constructi…

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I work in the cannabis industry and feel incredibly fortunate that our local farmers had the courage to be pioneers in this newly emerging industry. As a 25-year-old, I don’t know if I’d be able to live in my home town without the professional opportunity provided by this new industry.

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Why is our city park department promoting a developer to build a hotel on our city beach parking lot? Why is our park department promoting moving the public parking lot onto our great open space corridor on the south side of the tracks in order to allow this development to take place? This d…

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On Friday and Saturday, Carpinteria for the first time in history hosted the California State Lifesaving Championships. It was a great event and a success for our town. We had great participation for the Junior Lifeguards competition on Friday. Saturday was the senior lifeguard competition a…

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Where are my local papers? The internet is great but in this age of managed mega media, local small-scale communication is vital and—shall I say—sacred. Whatever your political persuasion, I believe our local papers should be all around town and in our face, reminding us to pick one up, be r…

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Recently I received a notice for a public hearing regarding a new cannabis project in my neighborhood. The situation that the “pot farmers” have created here in the valley of Carpinteria has been going on for at least three years, if I remember correctly. Countless letters have been sent to …

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Carpinterians are well-known for protecting our precious environment. We are passionate about retaining our city's unique small-town charm. Make no mistake, well-planned under-development is the main ingredient to our successful recipe. Take a look at our edges: Carpinteria State Beach again…

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At the July 16 board of supervisors meeting, supervisors finally admitted that they have lost control of the marijuana licensing process they approved. Essentially, the patients are running the psych ward. Also, when Lompoc residents voice that they do not want to be like Carpinteria, you kn…

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This letter is in complete opposition to the building of a hotel on city property at the Carpinteria train station. Placement of a parking lot for the hotel's use on the other (south) side on city open space, adjacent to a quiet residential area not even connected to the hotel grounds, canno…

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I am grateful to see those peaceful Friday night protesters standing on the corner of Carpinteria and Linden avenues. It reminds me of our freedoms, whether or not we agree with what they are protesting.

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Our city management and the citizens of Carpinteria hold a sacred trust. Carpinteria is absolutely the last city of its kind on Southern California’s coast. To open it to further development on any scale would be a sacrilege. Many Carpinteria families, second, third and some fourth-generatio…

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What is going on with local government these days? From our city of Carpinteria to the county of Santa Barbara we have seen a hunt for tax dollars at the expense of quality of life for local citizens. When the tax increase was put on the ballot for Carpinteria and passed, we were told it wou…

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Anyone still questioning whether Donald Trump is a full-blown racist need only read his three tweets from Sunday. He has irrevocably, and without shame, branded himself in front of America’s citizenry, as a racist.

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It was difficult listening to 20 bellyaching presidential hopefuls in the recent Democratic debates. Nary a one stressed the qualities that have made the USA the greatest and most successful country in the world: Individual hard work and personal effort to achieve success along with collecti…

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“There were about 1,800 of us: men, women and children… We were trembling from fear. They lined us up in rows of six and ordered us to march… One of us asked her for water. The woman came out with a bucket of water, but one of the guards ordered her to go back… In the evening we reached the …

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Lost in a sea of tweets that have hijacked the media, readers may have missed that Gov. Gavin Newsom formally apologized for the state’s part in the history of atrocities committed against thousands of native Californians and is considering the possibility of reparations.  

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The “boutique hotel” at the train station is chugging along and we are threatened, not only with additional traffic and loss of already scarce parking, but with the loss of the small-town beach vibe we currently enjoy.

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I have given great thought to the Train Station Inn. There is a nostalgic dream of the old train station. I suspect there are many regrets that it was demolished before it was cherished. I’m sure the council members who voted on that decision thought they were doing something to improve Carp…

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The concept of a privately-owned, three-story, 40-room hotel—with extremely expensive rooms—to be built on the city’s beach parking lot is simply wrong.

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Kudos to Don and Diana Thorn for presenting a cogent argument (whether I agree with it or not) for keeping the electoral college (“The electoral college matters,” Letters, Vol. 25, No. 41). But in their letter, the Thorns also reveal why they generate visceral, often negative responses to th…

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This July 4th seemed like the Tet Offensive once the sun went down. Carpinteria is a town of dogs and their owners. All the explosions on the beach freaked our dogs out, to the point we put them in the car and drove to Santa Paula and back. When we returned after 10 o’clock the BANG-BANG was…

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The left is continually attacking “the foundational ideas of American governance.” Today, their target is the electoral college.

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Families are being separated at our southern border; children are being held in terrible conditions. This is an unspeakable crime against humanity.

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The recent debates certainly confirmed the fact that the loony left has completely hijacked the Democratic Party. One example was when the commentator asked how many of them supported free medical care for undocumented immigrants. They all raised their hands. How many citizens will be out of…

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Our first district supervisor, Das Williams, sold our soul to the devil. Marijuana growers and their lobbyists promised riches beyond our dreams, rainbows and unicorns. What we got is conflict, divisions, sickness and alleged misconduct.

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Carpinteria City Council has decided to send letters and resolutions against cannabis farming in Carpinteria to the county and coastal commission.

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Whether you are for marijuana cultivation or not, you should take the cannabis tour offered by CARP Growers at the Ever-Bloom Nursery on Foothill Road. It will open your eyes and mind to the enormity of the cannabis industry in our valley.  

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Santa Barbara County Supervisor Das Williams’ comments at the Carpinteria City Council’s special meeting concerning cannabis activity in the Carpinteria Valley on June 17 strike us as an insult to the intelligence and common sense of his constituents. We are weary of hearing him pretend to s…

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I recently stood and explained to our city council that the noise problem created by St. Joseph Church on Linden Avenue has become untenable—not the annual fiesta noise, the constant parties occurring in their converted classrooms. Most weekends throughout summer, loud thumping music starts …

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I attended the city council meeting on June 17 regarding cannabis. I live, work and volunteer regularly in Carpinteria. I love this community and the values it stands for. I’m committed to giving back, because of all that Carpinteria has given to me. As a survivor of a traumatic brain injury…

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The Electoral College is outdated and needs to go. A recent Politico poll showed 50 percent support for using the popular vote to determine the winner of the presidency, while 34 percent support the Electoral College. The Public Religion Research Institute saw a new high for support for the …

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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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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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