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City Council to meet May 28

The Carpinteria City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, May 28 at 5:30 p.m. Members of the public may attend the meeting at City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave., or view the meeting live at, on Government Access Television Channel 21 or by logging into the Zoom webinar.

The following topics are highlights of the agenda. Additional details and numerous ways for the public to provide comments can be found at Comments posted on social media will not be provided to council members.

👧👧🏽 Proclamation celebrating the 160th Anniversary of Girls Inc.

👍🏼 New Employee Introduction: Jeanette Gant, Parks, Recreation & Community Services Director; Josef Gottwald, Community Garden Coordinator; Francisco Morales, Parks & Facilities Attendant; and Scott Toepfer, Parks & Facilities Attendant.

🛢️Southern California Gas Company Hydrostatic Testing Operation Presentation.

🗳️ Resolutions calling the November 5, 2024 General Municipal Election and requesting the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors to consolidate said election with the Presidential General Election to be held the same day, and adopting regulations for Candidate Statements.

🛏️ Potential November 2024 Transient Occupancy Tax Measure.

🎶 Introduction of an amendment to Carpinteria Municipal Code Chapter 5.40 to permit outdoor live entertainment. This would amend the definition of “place of entertainment” to include outdoor portions of premises open to the public.

🏠 Status Report on the City’s 2023-2031 Housing Element certification and approach to rezoning candidate sites under Program 1 (Adequate Sites to Accommodate Regional Housing Needs).

🖋️ Resolutions concerning the continuation of the following districts for Fiscal Year 2024-25: Street Lighting District No. 1; Lighting, Landscaping and Right-of-Way Improvement District No. 3; Parking and Business Improvement Area Assessment District No. 4 and Assessment District No. 5.

👩🏽‍⚖️ An amendment of the Carpinteria Municipal Code to modify the compensation of the Carpinteria City Councilmembers pursuant to Government Code Section 36516.

🚔 Law Enforcement Services Budget Considerations, including Community Resource Deputy Position and Summer Augmentation Patrol.

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ARB to review Palms proposal May 30

The Carpinteria Architectural Review Board will meet on Thursday, May 30 at 5:30 p.m. to review conceptual plans for the proposed renovation of the former Palms restaurant at 701 Linden Avenue. Proposed plans include a restaurant and market/café retail area on the ground floor, a banquet/event space on the second floor, and a bar and dining area on the roof.

The City will provide both in-person and virtual attendance and participation options for the meeting. Members of the public may attend the meeting at City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave., or view the meeting live at, on Government Access Television Channel 21 or by logging into the Zoom webinar. Additional details and numerous ways for the public to provide comments can be found in the agenda at

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County funds Franklin Creek Trail improvements

Funding for safety and accessibility improvements to the Franklin Creek Trail was recently approved by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors. The project will receive Community Development Block Grant Funding totaling $570,000.

Improvements will include accessible surfacing, safety fencing and adjacent connection improvements along the east side of the trail between Carpinteria Avenue and Seventh Street. The Franklin Creek Trail Improvements project has been identified as a priority in the City of Carpinteria Capital Improvement Plan for many years. The trail serves as a route to Aliso Elementary School students and parents.

Funding for the planning and design phase of the project is also secured through two Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) Measure A grants totaling $275,000.


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Amy Stanfield joins AgeWell team

Please give a warm welcome to the AgeWell team’s newest addition, Amy Stanfield! Amy is our new Recreational Leader of Senior Services, and she is excited to jump in and get started in her new role. 🌟

Amy brings with her a wealth of experience and a whole lot of enthusiasm. With a background in programming from our Carpinteria Arts Center and her after school homeschooling art lessons, she’s armed with creativity and innovation. Plus, her stint in general management at our local health food store has equipped her with important leadership skills.

Get ready to be inspired because creativity abounds in Amy! We can’t wait to see all the amazing recreational activities and events she’ll bring to our community. 🎨🌈

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Carpinteria Celebrates Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in Carpinteria! The City of Carpinteria honors the achievements of AAPIs in various fields while acknowledging the challenges they face.

Established in 1978, AAPI month coincides with the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869, built partly with Chinese labor.

Generations of AAPIs have enriched Carpinteria’s culture and economy. The city recognizes the AAPI community’s 6.4% share of Santa Barbara County’s population and the historical contributions of AAPI families to Carpinteria’s growth.

Residents are encouraged to learn about AAPI issues and celebrate their achievements throughout May.

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General Plan/Coastal Plan Update meeting: Public welcome!

The public is invited to attend our next General Plan/Coastal Plan Update Committee meeting on Monday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave. At the meeting, an overview will be provided for the drafts of two elements: Public Facilities and Services, and Healthy Community. Members of the public may attend and comment in person or through Zoom. The agenda, which details discussion topics and ways to participate, can be found at

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Jeanette Gant takes the helm of Carpinteria Parks, Recreation, and Community Service Department

The City of Carpinteria proudly announces the appointment of Jeanette Gant as its new Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Director.

Jeanette brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Carpinteria, including a Master’s Degree in Recreation and Tourism from California State University East Bay, a Bachelor’s Degree from San Diego State University in Recreation Administration, and over a decade of experience in municipal recreation management. Most recently, Jeanette served as the Community Recreation Manager for the City of Santa Monica, and has also served the cities of El Segundo, Carlsbad, and Coronado where she held roles as Recreation Area Manager and Aquatics Program Manager. Two of Jeanette’s notable accomplishments are successfully spearheading the opening of two new aquatic centers and demonstrating exceptional leadership skills while guiding teams through periods of change.

Jeannette has been appointed as the new Director following a comprehensive recruitment effort, succeeding Parks and Recreation Director Matt Roberts, who dedicated 36 years of service to the City of Carpinteria before retiring in 2023. In her role, she will oversee the restructured Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department in Carpinteria, which encompasses parks, nature preserves, and a diverse array of programs. This includes the Carpinteria Community Pool and Aquatics Programming, Carpinteria Beach activities, the Carpinteria Community Library, the Carpinteria Skate Park, the Carpinteria Community Garden, the new AgeWell services, and all rental facilities.

Jeanette has come full circle in her recreation journey as her connection to Carpinteria dates back to her youth where she spent summers camping at Carpinteria State Beach and riding her bike to Fosters Freeze. Her deep-rooted passion for Parks and Recreation stems from her early career as a lifeguard beginning at the age of 15. Jeanette has held many positions within the recreation field, including swim instructor, youth and masters swim coach, and after-school program supervisor. Beyond her professional pursuits, Jeanette is an avid outdoor enthusiast, who enjoys long hikes with her dog, Bear.

“Jeanette brings an impressive track record of innovation and leadership to Carpinteria,” said City Manager Michael Ramirez. “We are looking forward to the enthusiasm, vision, and stewardship that she will add to our City team. From the bluffs to the beach, and our library to the seal sanctuary, our residents and City Council are passionate about our community resources. I have full confidence that Jeanette will support and guide that passion as our new Director of Parks, Recreation, and Community Services.”

With Jeanette’s leadership, the City of Carpinteria looks forward to a bright future for its parks, recreation programs, and community services. Please join us in welcoming Jeanette to Carpinteria!

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Join us in a group bike ride!

The City of Carpinteria Public Works Department is organizing a group bicycle ride Saturday, May 25 at 11 a.m.! Come out to promote the significance of eco-friendly transportation, physical activity, and the natural beauty of Carpinteria. The planned route, around 5 miles round-trip, will start at the Carpinteria Amtrak Station Parking Lot (499 Linden Avenue), make its way to Santa Claus Lane, and return to Island Brewing Company (5049 6th Street) for food and non-alcoholic drinks. People of all ages are welcome to participate and there is a chance to win a RadWagon 5 e-bike! This event is expected to end around 3 p.m. To register, visit

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City Recognizes Community Action Month and CommUnify’s 57th Anniversary

May is designated Community Action Month in Carpinteria, coinciding with the 57th anniversary of local non-profit CommUnify.

Part of the national Community Action Network, CommUnify has empowered families towards economic stability since 1967. They offer vital services to Santa Barbara County’s most vulnerable residents, including prenatal care, childcare, educational programs, job training, and assistance for seniors.

Through their comprehensive services, CommUnify has improved countless lives and continues the fight against poverty in Carpinteria and beyond. The City Council extends its thanks to CommUnify’s staff, volunteers, and board for their dedication to the community.