Kudos to Vice Mayor Al Clark for voicing important issues and for voting his conscience at the last City Council meeting about the leasing agreement for the Surfliner Inn. If we could all agree on one thing, it is this: Carpinteria is a great city, and we love and appreciate living here. Per…

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Carpinteria is the very last community of its kind in a geographic area that enjoys a climate almost unique in the entire world. The only way to know you’re entering any beach community south of Carpinteria is by looking closely at freeway signs to make sure you don’t miss its off ramp.

Thank you, Ms. Wittwer, for your recent column, “Honoring Women, do we count?” (CVN, Vol. 27, No. 43) – for pointing out a fact that should be obvious to all Americans which is taken for granted, and certainly never changed: there are no holidays honoring women, and there are no women featur…

The power of the far left in the Democratic party has moderate Democrats bewildered. In the last two years, more than half a million Democrats have left the party – check the “Walkaway” movement. The far left has adopted a destructive belief system of cultural Marxism, separating people into…

I’m writing in response to Langdon Nevens’ letter “Fair and honest elections” (CVN, Vol. 27, No. 44). 

I find it both maddening and laughable that all the usual Tea Party suspects are suddenly concerned about the southern border crisis – particularly, “the children,” voting laws and procedures, and inflation. They are laying the blame for these problems at the recently elected president and v…

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The skatepark will be the perfect addition to Carpinteria. We spend most weekends driving my boys to various skateparks where we watch them challenge and exhaust themselves and then usually grab lunch and a smoothie or ice-cream and spend money in the local stores.

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It seems to me that the majority of City Council members are no longer listening to the will of the people that have elected them to serve. It seems to me that someone has convinced them that it is more important to follow the dream of a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. It seems to me th…

On Monday night, we attended the Carpinteria City Council meeting concerning a vote of approval for an agreement between the city and the applicant Surfliner Inn partners, for a lease of city land and development of that property for a for-profit business: the hotel. 

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Last night I was able to attend the Carpinteria City Council meeting in-person to discuss a resolution for the city to enter into a lease development and disposition agreement with developers that would allow public property to be used for private development. Everyone who attended or watche…

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In an ideal world, all citizens would demand fair and honest elections. They would insist that politicians and government officials implement common sense and practical voting laws and procedures. The highest priority should be that every legitimate vote is counted, and fraudulent ballots ar…

In a recent CVN letter to the editor (Vol. 27, No. 41), Carolyn Edwards, referencing the tragic situation at our southern border, asked “Where are the children?” Readers are familiar with the border crisis and realize that no answer has been provided and that the media is simply ignoring thi…

As stewards of the earth, are we as a city willing to make a change that will contribute to the health of our planet and improve the quality of life for residents of Carpinteria?

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I write this letter to express my concern and dismay for proposed developments in our town, in particular, the Surfliner Inn downtown, the hotel on Via Real, the Green Heron Springs housing off Cravens Lane and the “affordable” family apartments off Bailard. 

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As Carpinterians are confronted again with the prospect of large, unwanted development, now on the agricultural buffer land on Bailard Avenue, I want to recommend former Santa Barbara Mayor Sheila Lodge’s book “Santa Barbara: An Uncommonplace American Town.” The book traces the last 100 year…

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These are my concerns about the proposed Surfliner Inn and parking changes at the Carpinteria Amtrack Station lot. This is a backward-looking commercial proposal for city-owned property, one that does not preserve nor enhance the small-town character of Carpinteria, adds to traffic problems …

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Did Gidget surf Rincon? In the July 8 issue of CVN (Vol. 27.42, “Did Gidget surf Rincon Point?”) Vince Burns stated that Gidget, whose real name is Kathy Kohner, did not surf Rincon. Actually, she did! The real Gidget had brunch with my friend and fellow faculty colleague, Connie Corley, a n…

The apartment project that the county is planning for the northerly terminus of Bailard Avenue, which involves annexing county farmland to the city of Carpinteria and developing it with approximately 173 apartment units, is a terrible idea for the following reasons:

A very hurt and angry reader feels the need to shout out to all those people who adopted animals from the shelters during the pandemic and are now returning them because they think their life is coming back and they are returning to work. What is wrong with you people? 

Fireworks are illegal in Carpinteria, or so I’m told. You would not know by the reaction of law enforcement. By reaction, I mean abandoning.

California‘s ongoing war against the family farm arrived in Carpinteria with the recent contribution from S.B. Channelkeeper’s (Vol. 27.40, “We must work together to protect our water from agricultural waste”). 

In her letter to the editor, Carolyn Edwards asks, “Where are the children that cross the border without parents?” (Vol. 27.41, “Where are the children?”). This is an excellent question to a problem that should have never happened. The quick answer is that most of these unaccompanied minors …

In his June 24 “Viewpoint,” County Supervisor Das Williams discussed the proposal to build 173 housing units on seven acres at the north end of Bailard Avenue replacing the existing farm across from Monte Vista Park.

Donald Trump’s biggest promise was that he was going to build a wall and Mexico was going to pay for it. Everybody but Republicans knew this was a scam. Carolyn Edwards was mad at Joe Biden apparently in her letter last week (Vol. 27. 41, Letters, “Biden concerns”), but where is her and the …

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How grand to read about Carpinteria’s newest celebrity the Snowy Plover in . We are fortunate to live in a community that appreciates, celebrates and protects our natural world.

I concur with one point in Ray Kolbe’s article, “In response to Biden concerns” (CVN Letters, June 24, 2021). The border issue is a distraction for this administration. On March 16, 2021 on Univision in an interview with Jorge Ramos, President Biden said again, “No one will be deported in th…

Monday’s car accident in Carpinteria closed Highway 101 northbound for almost three hours. Why so long?

Sanderson Smith’s concerns regarding Biden (CVN Letters, June 17, 2021) are premature and unfounded. Claiming that Biden’s policies are leading to inflation after just six months in office is ludicrous. Looking at the causes of price increases, I’ll detail three distinct products, starting w…

CVN’s Highway 101 construction update last week listed several milestones like the completion of on- and off-ramps and bridges. But one stood out in the middle of a list of mundane construction steps: “crews will notify and begin to clear the homeless encampments located between the freeway …

Today, after a morning walk on the bluffs, a couple pulled into the parking lot and asked me how she and her husband could find the seals. They had driven a long way and hoped to see them. I directed them on how to find the lookout point to view them from above.

I am troubled by the apparent conflicts-of-interest by attorney Marc Chytilo, which involve his lobbying for a major cannabis grower and Foothills Forever. The latter is a large community philanthropic effort involving the pro bono efforts of many attorneys, but one that Mr. Chytilo seeks pr…

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On May 21, Santa Barbara County counsel Mike Ghizzoni initiated his first enforcement action against cannabis grower Island Breeze Farms. The second cause of action, nuisance, alleges “a serious threat to the…health…and…peaceable…enjoyment of property” by residents because the county has rec…

The past two school years have had their ups and downs – like when we did virtual learning. But every day we found our way and got better. We were one of the first schools to open up even though we did cohorts A & B. We still pushed through and, like my teacher Dr. Colson says, we will c…

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I didn’t vote for Joe Biden, but I wanted him to do well.  I’m conservative. I try to avoid being harsh or nasty in my letters. I appeal to my liberal friends to offer some sunshine in the darkness I now envision. 

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Do you remember the Love Canal environmental disaster during the 1970s? The Love Canal was used as a dumping place by Hooker Chemical Co. to dispose of tons of chemical byproducts, causing an environmental disaster that became the first Superfund site. We seem to have a mini version of that …

As I understand it, the minority against the Surfliner Inn is calling for a referendum to determine if this project can proceed. Unfortunately, the cost involved in such an action is going to be a significant amount of taxpayer’s money, which the city should, and could, be using for addition…

I am writing to tell you how glad I am that Carpinteria Valley Little League had a season this year. It was shortened, but it was still a lot of fun. Last year, I was 12 years old and moving up to a new division. I was excited to play with new rules when the season was cancelled. I was very …

The Carpinteria Skatepark is low-hanging fruit. Gorgeous plans are in hand. Permits issued. It’s shovel-ready and ripe for the picking.

To stop the bulldozers, to preserve San Marcos Foothills and its wildlife, to keep paws, hooves and feet traveling its trails, to see this land alive with native plants rather than buried under luxury homes. I made a pledge to myself and our community when I joined the Save the San Marcos Fo…

Today’s Democratic Party is all about power and control. And nowhere is that more evident than in the state of California. Gov. Newsom has ruled over California with an iron fist. He has issued some of the most severe lockdown restrictions, has been intent on closing churches and has been ve…

This Memorial Day has special memories for me. It brings back memories of those who lost their lives that day in March 1967. There were Silver Stars, Bronze Stars and many Purple Hearts awarded also. There were many heroes that day. I feel honored to have served with them. There are many sto…

To quote a conservative, Republican, former president, “There you go again.” How appropriate to the latest rate increase proposal by the Carpinteria Valley Water District (CVWD). Not quite a year has gone by and the district again proposes, “water rates and changes increases.” With a flouris…

One thing that has been made clear over the past year through the pandemic is the value of having open spaces where we may get outside to enjoy nature, wildlife and beautiful views, and gain some respite from a hectic world. The community of Carpinteria has a long history of understanding th…

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The county of Santa Barbara wants to build 173 apartment units at 1103 Bailard Ave. This project will increase density in an already dense neighborhood. And because the project is in the county, just outside the city’s Urban Boundary Line, the county will benefit from the development impact …

As president of Carpinteria Beautiful I want to acknowledge and thank all the citizens of Carpinteria who came forth with encouraging words, wonderful spirit and great offers of help, after John Wulbrant’s “History of Agriculture” mural was tagged. Though there was damage done, and there was…

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In Sanderson Smith’s letter, “Beware of socialism,” published in last week’s CVN, he blames unemployment benefits for the failure of companies to locate willing employees. There’s no data to support that. More likely it is the lack of childcare, Covid-19 risk or other factors.

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On Monday, May 24, Carpinteria City Council passed a proclamation declaring June as Pride month. While the council took turns reading the proclamation, I was brought to tears and reached for my partner’s hand. The symbolism behind this vote to visibly support and create a safe space for LGBT…

If you follow daily news, you realize that businesses are having post-pandemic startup problems because they can’t hire enough workers, many of whom are too content with government checks that have sustained them through tough times. Both the Biden and Newsom administrations will continue th…

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I am writing to express my opposition to the three story-tall, high-density housing project that has been proposed for the end of Bailard Avenue. This project would replace a successful organic farm with 173 apartment units on just seven acres of land. Its location would interfere with the o…

I would like to give a huge shout out to the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Department for their generous help in Summerland with removing dead landscaping annually by providing MarBorg roll off dumpsters at our disposal free of charge. Every year around this time, our fire department deploys t…

I understand where Mrs. Treloar is coming from in her letter to the editor regarding water issues and the new landscaping along Highway 101 (CVN Letters, May 6, 2021), but I don’t agree. We, along with Montecito, live in a very unique and picturesque area. We’ve watched and talked with the l…

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