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In a previous letter, I mentioned that while I didn’t vote for Joe Biden, he would be my president and I wanted him to do well. I now have some serious reservations. First, the abrupt decision to halt construction of the Keystone Pipeline. Granted, this project has been controversial from it…

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At this week’s City Council meeting, the council voted to enter into negotiations with Santa Barbara County and the Santa Barbara County Housing Authority about a proposal that would convert 6.9 acres of our urban/agricultural buffer zone into a housing project with 173 apartment units. 

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I may be taking an unpopular stand, but I am opposed to a “Safe Parking Program” in Carpinteria. I understand the need for such a program, but Carpinteria is a coastal town where space is at a premium. While I sympathize with homeless families, many people who are homeless are not families, …

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I can understand the concerns of those troubled by odors infiltrating their lives and homes. I once lived down the road from a pig farm in central Illinois. We must be from different generations. That skunky cannabis smell that some find objectionable was once highly praised and valued, espe…

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On behalf of the residents of Linden Meadow in Carpinteria, a community of 40 homes immediately adjacent to the greenhouses located at 4801 Foothill Road and 1495 Sterling Road. For the last few years, we have been regularly subjected to the heavy, skunky odors of cannabis growing in the gre…

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I appreciate Alan and Carol Koch for their letter in last week’s Coastal View News. It relates to the Feb. 22 City Council meeting about the Surfliner Inn project proposal. Somehow, the citizens’ request for a vote fell on deaf ears. Instead of addressing the central concern of the public, t…

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At the Feb. 22 City Council meeting, an agenda item for the council was to discuss an advisory vote on the Surfliner Inn development on Parking Lot #3. A citywide vote would be additional input into the Council’s deliberations on the merits of using limited public land for a private commerci…

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Thank you to Coastal View News for showing and highlighting several Carpinteria businesses. Thank goodness many businesses have survived during these tough times. It was great to see the faces of the owners or business personnel. I loved reading about the flower growers, the Farm Cart and Zo…

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During the pandemic, officials have encouraged families to stay at home because that’s where they are safer. However, during my time indoors, I have noticed another danger just next door: smoking. Although families might not smoke themselves, that doesn’t mean they have a choice in what they…

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The four local families partnered on the Surfliner Inn project would like to express appreciation to the four City Council members for not supporting the motion to hold an advisory vote and to allow the multi-year approval process to continue on to the negotiation of the DDA. The remaining p…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Kudos to Leslie Westbrook for her excellent article in last week’s CVN concerning the sale of Sandpiper Mobile Home Park to a company known as Pacific Current Partners (“Sandpiper Mobile Home Village land ownership changes hands in $20 million sale”). 

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Bruce Friesen’s letter (“Democracy vs. socialism,” CVN, Vol. 26, No. 17) indicating that democrats are attempting to overthrow our government through “socialistic actions” which he claims lead to communism is troubling for so many reasons. I understand that facts, science, education and trut…

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AB 15—a statewide moratorium on rental evictions—finally got some publicity in the Jan. 14 issue of the Santa Barbara News-Press. Yay! Certainly, the situation for some workers, such as restaurant employees, hasn’t improved at all since last March. They certainly need some additional help be…

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What makes our constitution unique in all the world? The founders of the United States embraced a previously unheard-of political philosophy which held that people are “...endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights.” This was the statement of a guiding principle for our nation,…

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Sanderson Smith’s letter in the Jan. 7 issue of CVN (Vol. 26, No. 16) wishing Joe Biden well is welcome; yet the differences cited between Democrats and Republicans show very selective reasoning. “Take from the rich and give to the poor,” is overstated and omits the broader interests of most…

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I noted in the Jan. 7 edition of CVN (Vol. 26, No. 16) that in the “Man on the Street” column a responder “wondered”: whether our democracy will survive after this attempt by the GOP to overthrow the election. The responder and other like-minded thinkers should be aware that the GOP’s electi…

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After the horrifying and despicable acts of violence against our democracy today, prompted by Donald Trump and his congressional enablers, I am thoroughly disgusted. During the past four years, our democracy has been stretched to the limit by a president who has shown no regard for the rule …

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I didn’t vote for Joe Biden, but he will be my president and I genuinely hope he does well.  I have conservative views and usually vote Republican, but I have voted for Democrats in the past. Unfortunately, the modern day Democratic Party, in my opinion, offers little except the Robin Hood “…

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I have been a resident of Carpinteria for the last three years.  I took an early retirement to move here to a place that was only in my dreams to live. As part of my retirement, I wanted to adopt a golden retriever.  I found out about No Dogs Left Behind (NDLB), from our own Carpinteria Swap…

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We need phrases that reflect the real situation rather than subtle bias. For example, we should use phrases like “repurpose the police” not “defund the police” (to remove implicit fear); we should say “expose racism” not “end racism” (which removes personal responsibility whereas expose requ…

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In the event of President Biden signing a nuclear agreement with Iran or North Korea, it must include inspection right away for any site suspected of violating it. If there’s a waiting period, they can move the contraband to another location and during the waiting period for the other locati…

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