The Carpinteria City Council approved two proclamations at it's Monday, May 9 meeting: the first designated May 2022 as Community Action Month – on CommUnify’s 55th anniversary – and the second designated May 15 – 21 as National Public Works Week. Councilmember Natalia Alarcon recused herself from the former’s vote, noting that she works for CommUnify. 

CommUnify, formerly the Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County, serves over 8,000 teens, seniors and other disadvantaged individuals in the area, CommUnify’s CEO Patricia Keelean said. She thanked the council for its recognition. 

“May is a significant month: it is the national community action month,” Keelean said. “(We) have grown to provide 17 different programs, including Head Start, which serves 24 different centers across the county, including Carpinteria.”

“We’re looking forward to the next 55 (years),” she emphasized. 

Public Works Director John Ilasin spoke on the National Public Works Week proclamation, explaining that this year’s theme is Ready and Resilient. 

Councilmembers thanked both CommUnify and the city’s public workers. “We’re fortunate to have each and every one of you here,” Councilmember Roy Lee said. 

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