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 hour, and shortened tempers have begun to slowly emerge in our little town.

Knowing when to say “enough-is-enough” in regard to building and developing the land, as history has shown, is not one of our strengths as human beings. The quaint Los Angeles suburb that I grew up in during the ‘70s and ‘80s is now just a shell of its once-charming self because of overdevelopment. With overdevelopment came air pollution, noise and light pollution, traffic jams, crime, and subsequently, disgruntled and frustrated residents. Unfortunately, this similar scenario has played out in so many beach towns, resorts and cities up and down our Golden State.

I highly commend Al Clark (currently the only City Councilmember who has taken a stand against the proposed Train Station Inn) for having the wisdom and foresight to understand that building a three-story “boutique hotel” in town would not be good for the future of Carpinteria. And I thank him for listening to the voices of an overwhelming number of residents who are adamantly against it.

We are all just temporary guardians of this very special, nine-square-mile piece of earth called Carpinteria. Let’s nurture it. Let’s take care of it. Let’s not repeat the same mistake that so many other communities have made in California by not knowing when to stop building.

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