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ARB to Hold Final Review of 700 Linden Project

A final review of the Linden Adaptive Reuse Project, located at 700 Linden Ave., is scheduled for the Architectural Review Board on Thursday, June 30 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave. The project involves remodeling and reconfiguring the existing buildings on the property to create a multi-tenant retail, restaurant and office development with a central outdoor plaza. The project includes a new second floor addition comprised of 2,443 square feet of office suites, a 614 square foot bar, and 2,887 square feet of rooftop deck/patio areas. A 20-space surface parking lot is proposed for the rear of the property, accessed from Cactus Lane.

Additional project details and numerous ways for the public to provide comments can be found in the agenda at https://bit.ly/3OvHbSu. Comments posted on social media will not be provided to council members.

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Five Members Sought for Library Advisory Commission

The City of Carpinteria is seeking five members to serve two-year terms for the new Library Advisory Commission. Commissioners will review programs and services and make recommendations acting as conduits between the community, Library Board of Trustees, and City Librarian to provide advice and feedback. The Commission will meet monthly and in accordance with the Brown Act. Compensation for Commissioners is $30 per monthly meeting. The City will seek to ensure the Commission is representative of the library service area population demographics; library user groups, including underrepresented user groups; and those who are knowledgeable in library management and operations. An application is available at: https://bit.ly/CarpinteriaLAC  and must be submitted to: City of Carpinteria, Attn: City Clerk, 5775 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria, CA 93013

Applications will be accepted until Friday, July 15. Applicants should plan to attend the Special Meeting of the Library Board of Trustees on Monday, July 25.

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City Council to Meet June 27

The Carpinteria City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, June 27 at 5:30 p.m. In accordance with State guidance, 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 www.carpinteria.ca.us, 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 https://bit.ly/3yfUUqX. Comments posted on social media will not be provided to council members.

  • Authorization of Development Permit Application for the Carpinteria Valley Water District El Carro Park Groundwater Monitoring Wells Project.
  • Authorization of the Amended Joint Powers Agreement for the City of Carpinteria’s membership in the Black Gold Cooperative Library System.
  • Adoption of the Fiscal Year 2022/23 Budget and year-end amendments to the FY 2021/22 Budget.
  • Receive Long-Term Financial Plan 2023-27 report.
  • Consider an urgency ordinance establishing a temporary moratorium on the establishment of formula businesses (chains) in the City of Carpinteria.
  • Approval of the revisions to the Conditions of Employment for Management and Miscellaneous Unrepresented Personnel for Fiscal Year 2022-2023.
  • Approval of the reclassifications of certain positions in Administrative Services, Public Works, and Parks and Recreation Departments.
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Celebrations Kick Off Picnic in the Park

The Food Bank of Santa Barbara County is kicking off another summer of free lunches with celebrations at distribution sites. DJ Hecktik will provide music and fun for kids and their loved ones at Aliso School on Thursday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to noon.

Local Picnic in the Park sites began distributing lunches last week. This summer, meals are available through Aug. 12 at Aliso Elementary School from 11 a.m. to noon, and through July 8 at Carpinteria High School from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The Picnic in the Park program aims to provide local children with a healthy meal every weekday this summer while school is out. No paperwork is required, and lunches are provided regardless of immigration status. All kids to age 18 are invited to partake.

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City Budget Hearing Scheduled for June 23

The City of Carpinteria will hold a special meeting on Thursday, June 23 to consider the Proposed 2022/23 Budget. The budget projects rebounding revenues and recovery of pandemic losses, full funding for all existing and new services, expanded support for community safety net services, work on significant advanced planning and important capital improvement and facilities maintenance projects.

The Proposed 2022/23 Budget is available for review at https://bit.ly/3O7n64H.  A budget overview hearing was held on June 13, and video footage of that hearing can be viewed at https://carpinteria.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1052.

Members of the public may attend the June 23 meeting at City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave., or view the meeting live at www.carpinteria.ca.us, 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 through the agenda link above.

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Mural to Move to More Visible Location

Artist John Wullbrandt’s well loved mural celebrating Carpinteria agriculture will soon be moved from its present location to the east wall of the Chrisman California Islands Center, formerly the Bank of America building. The paneled art piece will be removed from public view for a short time while the building undergoes exterior renovations, then it will be placed on the highly visible corner of Linden and Carpinteria avenues. The mural, a Carpinteria Beautiful project, will be moved with the support of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation, whose Chrisman California Islands Center is expected to open in 2023. While the building is being renovated, the mural will be given some needed care and additional waterproofing.

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Save the Date: South Coast Housing Workshop

The City of Carpinteria is joining its neighbors Santa Barbara and Goleta in hosting an educational workshop about the Housing Element process, regional needs and local challenges. The South Coast Housing Workshop – Local Housing Elements will take place on Wednesday, June 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu Street. It will also be livestreamed. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss solutions to South Coast housing challenges with local representatives. The event will include a panel discussion and breakout groups for each jurisdiction. Register at bit.ly/southcoasthousing. Livestream at bit.ly/housing-livestream.

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Don’t Miss: Free and Fun Summer Classes for Teens

This summer, local teens have an exciting opportunity for fun, growth, learning and adventure. Carpinteria Summer Wellness for Teens is a new free program designed to provide Carpinteria kids in grades six through 12 with high-quality summer classes that are educational and social. Most classes meet once a week in Carpinteria, and students can sign up for any number of courses that interest them. The class list includes cooking, drama, hiking, podcasting, multi-media journaling and letter writing. Registration is first-come first-served, and the deadline is June 15. It’s easy to sign up; simply fill out the form at https://bit.ly/3Od6qbD. Learn more by emailing info@carpchildren.org.

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Proposed 2022/23 City Budget Anticipates Recovery & Return to Healthy Revenues

The City of Carpinteria has completed its Proposed 2022/23 Budget, which projects rebounding revenues and recovery of pandemic losses, full funding for all existing and new services, expanded support for community safety net services, work on significant advanced planning and important capital improvement and facilities maintenance projects.

Approximately $31.8 million in total expenditures are projected for the City of Carpinteria in 2022/23. New services include the City’s operation of the Carpinteria Community Library, an $857,850 expense funded almost entirely by Measure X, the 1.25% sales tax approved by voters in 2018. The Proposed Budget includes $200,000 to support local community service providers that, in part, provide a safety net for residents during emergencies, and $250,000 to help address pandemic impacts to small businesses. The Proposed Budget also includes funding to construct the Carpinteria Skate Park, considerable pavement restoration work and deferred maintenance projects at Parks and the Community Pool.

Sales tax and transient occupancy taxes (lodging taxes) are key City revenue sources now projected to exceed pre-pandemic levels. Also in 2022/23, the second half of the $3.2 million designated for the City from the American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) will be received to assist in covering pandemic-related costs and reduced revenues. In total, the Proposed 2022/23 Budget projects $26.9 million in revenues. Despite marked increases, revenues in 2022/23 are projected to be lower than expenditures primarily due to the amount of capital project spending planned for the upcoming year. These projects are funded mainly through special funds and grants, some of which are received in a different fiscal year than they are spent.

Budget hearings will be held by the City Council on June 13, at 5:30 p.m.; June 23, at 3 p.m.; and June 27, at 5:30 p.m. The budget is available for review on the home page of the City website under Hot Topics and through the June 13 City Council meeting agenda at https://bit.ly/39dvoIW.

Members of the public may attend the June 13 meeting at City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave. or view the meeting live at www.carpinteria.ca.us, 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 through the agenda link above.