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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Vote “yes” on Measure X, it’s going to cost the average citizen very little. Ask yourself, what do I purchase in Carpinteria, food and gas, none of which will be impacted by this tax increase. Carpinteria needs this additional income to maintain our cute seaside community that we all love an…

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As a longtime resident of Carpinteria Valley, I strongly support preserving Carpinteria’s small town quality of life and volunteer for “Yes on Measure X” for this reason: Maintaining roads, sidewalks, trails, parks and open spaces benefits us all, provides work locally, and supports local bu…

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Take a look around Carpinteria and marvel at the way we have designed this town, starting with the State Beach. It could be choc-a-block three story apartment buildings, but we said, “No, let’s have some space.” Walk down to the Salt Marsh, and imagine a yacht marina there. Again, we said, “…

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I have lived here for 20 years and have listened to the same old same old (I raised my children here, I love Carpinteria, stop all developers, etc.). What I have seen is the town has increased staff who have a pension, which we are paying for. They negotiated a contract with the police that …

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The author of a recent letter lamenting loopholes in our local mobile home rent stabilization ordinance (“Loopholes,” CVN, Vol. 25, No. 4) has taken on an issue that is not as cut-and-dried as he apparently believes, and he has made some inaccurate and misleading statements.

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Voting for political offices has always been troublesome for me, however this one, is very easy for me and my family. We moved to Carpinteria in 1974 and have always voted for our city council favorites and often times some very poor candidates whom we did not support squeaked through the el…

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In 2005, UC Irvine neuroscientist James Fallon was studying anatomical patterns in the brain that correlated with psychopathic behaviors. While simultaneously doing a study on Alzheimer’s, he discovered a brain scan that was, as he described, “obviously pathological.” To his surprise, he rea…

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The author of the letter “Elections have consequences” (CVN, Vol. 24, No. 3) Langdon Nevens, demonstrates just how far from the mainstream the Republican party has gone.

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In 1992, a local mobile home park sued the City of Carpinteria because the city had passed a Mobile Home Stabilization Ordinance to preserve affordable rents. The park claimed that the ordinance unconstitutionally “prevents them from raising rents to market levels upon the sale or transfer o…

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Roy Lee is just the person to help guide our City Council into the foreseeable future. He is a dedicated husband and a father of three children, all attending public school here in Carpinteria. He is part owner and operator of a family-run small business in town. He is an active participant …

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Is it time for a change on our City Council? YES. It’s not that the current incumbents have done a bad job, it’s just that, well, change is good and needed. A fresh look at our city by a new face is good for everyone. In general, we should have term limits in all forms of government but that…

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The state of our nation worries me, and I want to do something personally to help get us back on an even keel. So, I am sending this letter to the editor and to you, not to ask you to get involved in social media or to contribute money, but rather to ask you to vote in the upcoming elections…

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Before I start, I am not telling anyone who to vote for in the upcoming election. However, the three incumbent candidates have endorsed each other, creating a monolithic slate. If you are voting for these candidates there is no issue, vote the slate, one vote for each of the three candidates…

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Front and center on page one of the City of Carpinteria General Plan, it is clearly stated that the goal of the community is “to preserve the essential character of our small beach town, its family-oriented residential neighborhoods, its unique visual and natural resources and its open, rura…

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There are two faces running for City Council who are unfamiliar to many of us. Their campaign statements are full of the usual blah-blah-small-beach-town-blah-blah but their statements are short on specifics. Where do they think the current Council made a mistake? What specific actions do th…

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I am a member of the Carpinteria Unified School District Citizens Advisory Committee regarding the sale of the District’s Bailard and Whitney properties. I am reporting on the Committee’s deliberations but this is my letter, not the committee’s, although the superintendent and the Committee …

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I know that many seniors face a similar situation with their health care bills, especially the ones who are single. Those of us on Social Security have not had a decent COLA (cost of living adjustment) in seven years. I received an $11 COLA per month this January, and my rent was raised $11 …

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Barack Obama, in an arrogant tone, proclaimed, “elections have consequences.” The consequences he sought were to (in his own words) “fundamentally transform the United States of America.” Allow me to translate. He wanted to “transform” this great country into a socialist state. His favorite …

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In November, California voters will need to decide how to vote on Proposition 6, which, if passed, would repeal the 12-cent per gallon gas tax imposed last year. I urge voters to vote no on Proposition 6.

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The TV advertisement with the farmer who is concerned about his land, but wants to have oil and gas drilling continued safely. Well there is no safe drilling now. The oil companies do fracking. Fracking puts toxic chemicals into our soil and can get into our ground water and make us ill. Don…

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If you care about healthy food and animal welfare, don’t overlook Proposition 12 on your November ballot.  A “yes” vote for Prop 12 is a vote to level the playing field for California’s farmers and to improve the lives of millions of chickens, veal calves and pigs across the U.S.

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Did you know that it took only one year and 45 days to build the Empire State Building? One hundred and two floors of steel and glass which is still standing and in full use.

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As a longtime resident of Carpinteria and parent of an active six-year-old daughter, I support Measure X. I appreciate our town’s overall safety, lush parks, amazing library, pedestrian-friendly infrastructure and many kid-centric nonprofits, including Girls Inc. Did you know the City helps …

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Roy Lee is an excellent candidate for Carpinteria City Council. He is familiar with our local issues. While the incumbents have done an excellent job of caring for our city, an infusion of new energy and ideas can also serve us well. Roy Lee doesn’t appear on the sample ballot I just receive…

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I am voting for Al Clark because he thinks seriously and studies the issues thoroughly that come before the City Council. Some people may wonder why he asks so many questions at the meetings. It is because he thinks about the issues, studies them and only after hearing from the residents, Ci…

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The foundation for the California Avocado Festival was established in 1986 and since its inception, the volunteer board of directors has put on an annual three-day festival with crucial support from sponsors and collaboration with the community, including the city, county and countless volunteers.

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On Sept. 14 my granddaughter Ivy Jo and I watched a Santa Barbara County helicopter land on Viola Field.

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I agree 100 percent with Debbie Murphy in her letter to CVN on September 13, 2018 (Vol. 24, No. 52) expressing her desire to “have fresh voices on our City Council.”  There have been many questionable decisions made by the current council members that have left many of us scratching our head…

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