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I’m so proud to be a participant and sponsor of the new skatepark. I grew up in Carpinteria riding my skateboard everywhere. I’m looking forward to the new park and watching the next generation of skaters thanks to everyone who has worked hard and dedicated their energy to a great cause. 

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I was informed yesterday, Jan. 10, via a letter from the city of Carpinteria that a new, small cell wireless communications facility would be erected at 323 Elm St., within 300 feet of my home. The existing wood SoCal Edison pole would be replaced with a concrete one with attached antenna an…

On Thursday, Jan. 6, just before sunset, a man chose to ride a small, rental electric bike across Jelly Bowl beach. He sped across the cove with a posted “Beach Closed” sign straight at a volunteer holding a stop sign who told him he was breaking the law. He rode into the seal sanctuary, cir…

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I want to express my appreciation for the many travelogue adventures by Chuck Graham published in CVN each month in his column, “Unpredictable Wilderness.” I enjoy sitting beside my warm fireplace and armchair traveling with him. I get to sip hot tea and let Chuck get stuck in blizzards, fog…

Frustration is at an all-time high, and I have antidote. We’ve been cooped up, whining, complaining and generally consuming Netflix and CNN until we could burst. But I know this to be true: helping someone else takes you out of this endless loop and makes you a better human, if not a great o…

Sitting at a Carpinteria Avenue café, I noticed that a sheriff vehicle often cruises by. Then 10 cars with modified tailpipes. Then a CHP cruiser goes by. Then 10 cars with modified tailpipes. Then a sheriff vehicle. Then 10 cars with modified tailpipes.

Congratulations to the registered voters in Carpinteria who signed the petition by the Initiative to Save Parking Lot 3. The initiative is now legally certified and will be placed on the ballot. The people of Carpinteria will decide its future, not city staff who, in my opinion, I suspect, c…

I know what I want for Christmas! I would like Donald Trump to come to Carpinteria and explain to everyone how he won the presidency, even with no evidence of widespread voter fraud. Who needs presents when the smartest man in America finally explains why 849 + 36 = 49,802. Or something like that. 

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Happy holidays! It’s beginning to look and feel a lot like the holidays in Carpinteria! With the rains, cooler weather, shorter days and beautiful sunsets, we know it is the winter season. I did not realize how much I missed seeing all the decorations and lit up homes in our neighborhoods, a…

The Carpinteria Cemetery District participated for the sixth consecutive year in the Wreaths Across America program. This program allows the community to purchase memorial wreaths to place on veteran graves at the cemetery. 

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In the United Kingdom, the small Welsh town of Fairbourne bears a striking similarity to Carpinteria. Due to sea level rise, the government will not be able to afford to keep defending the town. In about 20 years, Fairbourne will become the UK’s first “climate refugees.” The government’s pla…

2021 was a rough year. Americans have had to deal with Covid-19, inflation, sky-high energy costs and supply chain problems.

I have genuinely tried to appreciate Biden. I have failed, and have concluded he is both a poor president and not a passionate human being.  

The creation of a center that serves our entire community would be great. The letter written by Rosalyn Kahute (CVN, Vol. 28, No. 12) has many excellent ideas for activities for seniors. I work out at the Gym Next Door. After discussing this with the members, I realize how necessary a place …

Is forcing everyone to get Covid-19 vaccines a good or bad idea? I am in favor of Covid-19 vaccines, especially for seniors and adults who have serious medical issues. However, I believe it should be an individual choice. Is forcing everyone to get the shots appropriate, constitutional or wi…

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In my letter to CVN (Vol. 28, No. 9), I made a mistake. At the time I wrote it, I didn’t know that all the tenants at Sandpiper are under rent control. The only difference is that 60% of the tenants have “locked” rent until the end of next year. 

I have a wish for the new year that I hope you can share. I’d love to see a Carpinteria Senior/Community Center! It could be a gathering place where you can stop in and have a cup of coffee, chit chat, read the paper, or more – a place to enjoy a game of Scrabble, bingo, bridge or mahjong, a…

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I am Debbie Murphy, broker and owner of Murphy King Real Estate. One day I went to Parking Lot #3 and simply stood there and took in the view: the mountains, the buildings, the community garden, the tracks, the state park and the sky. In taking in the view, I realized that all of that would …

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At Monday night’s city council meeting, the Carpinteria City Council had the opportunity to speak for the majority of people requesting a reduction in the size of the proposed Surfliner Inn. Back in November 2020, during the conceptual review of proposed plans, eight out of 14 comments from …

Any championship effort takes the contributions of so many people and the support of even more to be successful. This fall is a perfect example of community and collaboration, as our two Carpinteria high schools joined efforts to help Carpinteria High’s boys water polo and Cate’s football te…

Over a decade ago, Carpinteria Parks and Recreation Department proposed a bike path – the Rincon Trail Project – that was supposed to be good for bikes, paragliding and hang-gliding. The current plan, presented by director Matt Roberts, removes massive portions of the bluff. This will change…

Five years into the cannabis takeover of Carpinteria, I am laser focused on the environmental degradation caused by the pot operations nearby. That’s why I’ve started Save the Arroyo Paredon Watershed, an environmental protection and advocacy group, working alongside Concerned Carpinterians,…

Many vaccine “naysayers” are no longer with us. 

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At the risk of being redundant, kudos to Al Clark for his “no” vote at the city council meeting on Monday. Kudos to Natalia Alarcon as well. Thank you both for your votes regarding the Surfliner Inn.

Each week in the Coastal View News readers see a slate of destructive behaviors vividly displayed in the “Commander’s Recap” column. Is this any different with the Surfliner Inn debates? In each go around, we see the same city officials vividly addicted to their economic tourism passion habi…

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Parts of California are in a drought emergency – an argument among many against the housing project proposed for county property on Bailard Avenue. 

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Since the microphone was off when I spoke at the Nov. 22 Carpinteria City Council meeting, I would like to inform Carpinterians that members of the Committee to Save the Downtown & Beach Parking Lot submitted 28 petition packets with over 1,000 signatures. That is several hundred signatu…

I just finished reading the CVN article “School Board says no to CHS statue redesign” (CVN, Vol. 28, No. 7). Who are these school board trustees? It appears that the issue requires a fair amount of common sense. Does this board realize that the offensive caricature was originally a product f…

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As a lifelong Carpinterian, I have been able to witness some great CIF victories by teams at Carpinteria High School. I’ve witnessed the first and only Baseball Championship in 1974; the first of many CIF Championships in football starting in 1975; the back-to-back Girls Tennis Championships…

Some call Carpinteria a charming, sleepy town. We may be sleepy, until a big rich development comes to town to try and “improve” it. When that happens, we wake up.

I can easily see the burdens of the proposed Surfliner Inn, but I cannot forecast the financial burdens. However, I cannot help but feel that they are somewhere out there, waiting to be realized. 

In responding to Andrew Pfeffer’s letter (CVN, Vol. 28, No. 8) promoting the reopening of the county, I can safely say that we all want our lives to return to normal. However, I must start with the errant math in the letter. If 71% of the eligible county population is fully vaccinated, those…

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The “Epidemic of Dishonesty” that former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg identified so clearly some time ago has now even come to our fair city of Carpinteria. 

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A few weeks ago, CVN reported on CUSD’s Oct. 12 board meeting (CVN, Vol. 28, No. 5). That report included deeply concerning information about the discrepancies in proficiency between white and Hispanic students, with those discrepancies increasing as the grade levels move higher. 

The column, “Local housing or vacation rentals?,” and the article, “Talking ADUs,” were published in the same issue of CVN (Vol. 28, No. 7). It is quite a debate. 

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has announced that 71.5% of the eligible county population has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, compared to 60.5% of the total county population. Added to those who have had the Covid-19 virus, the number of protected or resistant indi…

An article in last week’s Coastal View News (Vol. 28, No. 7) regarding the Carpinteria Water District’s water shortage contingency plans raises some concerns for many of its customers. An analyst for the engineering and science firm Woodward & Curran presented the district’s urban water …

Like Jim Dragna wrote in his letter to the editor (Vol. 28. No. 6), I believe that the decision about whether to get Covid-19 vaccines and a booster should be left up to each individual, not the government. I personally received the shots, and I think seniors and those with health issues sho…

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The petition to save our downtown and beach parking lot, known as Lot 3, now has enough signatures. It proposes putting the issue to a public vote: whether to change the zoning of Lot 3, so it remains an open, non-commercial public space, or to keep the current zoning and allow a project lik…

I’m hoping that the new Harbor Seal Committee will be able to negotiate with the new owners or buy the Harbor Seal Rookery in Carpinteria. 

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I cringed when I saw those children, prodded by their parents, carrying political signs protesting California’s upcoming Covid-19 school vaccination mandate. The debates over whether Covid 19 is real, whether vaccines work and whether a national vaccination program is necessary to control th…

As of Monday, Oct. 18, 70.1% of the eligible population of Santa Barbara County is fully vaccinated, compared to 59.3% of the total county population. We were told for months that once 65% – 70% of our population was vaccinated we would have reached herd immunity. We ran out to get vaccinate…

I’ve tried to appreciate President Biden, but I now have genuine doubts about his mental capacity and his ability to lead our great country. He recently said he got to the Senate 180 years ago; he said he served 36 years as vice president; he confused Libya and Syria three times at the G-7 S…

While I don’t feel I was misquoted in the Oct. 14 CVN report (Vol. 28, No. 4) on the off-leash dog park, I think I was “underquoted.” In the first third of my comments, I stated that I agree with the need for dogs to exercise, socialize and just plain run around with gay abandon. I also stat…

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As some of you may or may not know, there was a statewide school walk-out in support of medical freedom on Monday, Oct. 18. This was attended by parents, children, and school staff who believe in their basic human right to choose what they put (or don’t put) into their bodies. Pretty fundame…

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This is a recent response to a concerned letter writer’s approach to very concerning political times (“Check your bias,” CVN, Vol. 28, No. 4). The letter writer critiques a previous letter while bloviating her own opinion. Diana Thorn was actually correct.

A recent letter in Coastal View News gave the Biden/Harris administration low grades after nine months in office. But perhaps letters like this should receive low grades for failing to check the bias in their criticism. 

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I strongly feel that if this proposed Surfliner Inn is built – and it looks more and more that it will be – Southern California will lose the very last little sliver of what was once a true paradise. 

Frank’s Bench site is experiencing serious erosion damage caused by a few people. Speeding down the road, some mountain bikers run up the front of the promontory upon which the bench sits. Other hikers, bikers and runners are going over the side from the bench site rather than using the acce…

Do we really want to support Trump, who is a fascist? He used his platform and power to sow chaos, spout lies and disinformation; to poison our democracy by defying norms and laws; to pander to despots and alienate allies. He downplayed and actually worsened a raging pandemic. 

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