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Vote for Carpinteria’s New Library Card Design

Be part of Carpinteria’s future by voting for the new library card for the July 2022 transition to a City-led library. Each of these designs was made by a local young artist in grade 6 – 12. To see the works in person, visit The Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center, 865 Linden Avenue, and vote any time by phone using the QR code, or by ballot during open hours (Friday-Sunday, noon to 4.) Or vote now at Voting ends Nov. 3, and the winner will be announced in the Coastal View News on Nov. 18.

Please see designs and read our semi-finalists’ artist statements below:

Blooming Book

I chose this design for the library card contest because I think it’s a great way to show how each book has its own bloom. I love every single book because they all have an amazing story, just by flipping some pages, or waiting for its “bloom.” I hope this card will show the Carpinterians who use this library card that each book blooms in its own way. Every book may not seem interesting at first because it hasn’t bloomed yet, but if you wait for that bloom you will realize how interesting and unique that book is.

Books of the Sea

I chose this art piece as my design to represent the beautiful beach and sunsets that we have in Carpinteria, as well as the books that the library provides for everyone. It means a lot to me. I have been going to the beach ever since I was a little girl, and since the first time my mom took me to the library here I loved coming, like many other kids. I hope that Carpinterians will see that the library is a nice place where kids can learn about stuff that they might have not known about, and that the beach is calming and you can read peacefully there.


I chose this artwork as the design for the library card because it’s really simple and colorful. This design to me just means how simple art can be and still turn out really nice. I’m hoping it reminds Carpinterians about the beautiful wildlife we have here in Carpinteria.

Carpinteria Dream

How lucky are we to live in Carpinteria? It’s a beautiful town with a happy and supportive community! My library card represents some of the most famous parts of Carpinteria, the local agriculture, view of the Channel Islands, and all the amazing places to read a book! I hope my library card reminds people of Carpinteria’s homegrown charm.


I made my Carpinteria library card artwork with flowers because I’ve always loved flowers and I think that they make people happy. These represent the flowers that are outside of the library. The flowers around Carpinteria have always been one of the best features, and they give our town color.

Reading is Magic

I chose this design because books are very magical. I put the girl in a tent at the beach because I think that the beach represents Carpinteria, which has the Safest Beach. I made her reading a book because I feel that books represent the library.

Reading is Juicy-licious

I have dyslexia and reading is very challenging for me, and this artwork reminds all of us that Reading can be or is Juicy-Licious to all.

Relaxing Day at the Park

I chose to submit this artwork for the library card because I wished to convey the joy I feel when reading a book. When I open a new book, a new story is unraveling with every word I read. To me, this artwork is symbolizing a new beginning. I hope Carpinterians will see how relaxing and enjoyable reading is when they see this artwork.

Ride into a Good Book

I made this design because we live so close to the ocean. I love the ocean and like to surf. It’s also nice to read a good book at the beach. When I turn the pages of a book it looks like a wave.

Trust in Reading

I drew this picture because I love to read, and I hope others do too. Good books are like a great friendship, they stay with you. I hope others get the same joy from reading as I do.

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Seeking School Crossing Guard

The City of Carpinteria is seeking a part-time school crossing guard who will monitor traffic flow at local school crosswalks before and after school to ensure safe crossing of students. Work hours are designed to coordinate with school term and daily class schedules. The salary range is $14.09 – $17.13 per hour depending on experience. Learn more or apply at

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Meet Jason Dane, Engineering Technician

Jason Dane, the City of Carpinteria’s new Engineering Technician, brings extensive experience into his new position. He holds a bachelor’s of science in environmental studies from U.C. Santa Barbara and a master’s of science in environmental engineering from California State University Fullerton. For the last six years, he has worked in environmental consulting, primarily on environmental remediation and assessment projects. Jason is certified as an Engineer in Training and am working toward a professional engineering license in civil engineering. The City is thrilled to have him join our Public Works team! Learn more about Jason at

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Flash Flood Watch & High Surf Advisory Issued

In response to the storm expected to arrive late Sunday night, Oct. 24, the National Weather Service in Los Angeles/Oxnard has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Santa Barbara County Mountains and Santa Barbara County South Coast. There is also a High Surf Advisory in effect for Monday morning through Wednesday afternoon.

Recent burn areas are of particular concern for flooding and debris flows. Peak rainfall is expected on Monday morning in and around the Alisal burn area with rates of 0.30 to 0.60 inch per hour. There is the potential for rainfall rates of up to 1 inch per hour. Mud and debris flows could affect roads and structures in the affected area, including Refugio Road and Highway 101.

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City Council to Meet Oct. 25

The Carpinteria City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 25 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. In accordance with the Santa Barbara County Health Officer Order, masks are required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Members of the public may also view the meeting live at, on Government Access Television Channel 21 or by logging into the Zoom webinar through the link in the agenda below.

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.

  • Proposed correspondence from the City to the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara Board of Commissioners objecting to its residential development concept for 173 apartment units on an approximately 7-acre site located at 1101 and 1103 Bailard Avenue.
  • A status report and request for City Council policy input on proposed amendments to the Carpinteria Municipal Code to implement recent State of California enactment of housing laws to promote development of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADUs).
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Surfliner Service Improvements Coming Oct. 25

The Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency, which manages the Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® service, will implement a major schedule adjustments for the Pacific Surfliner that will include further restoration of service across the corridor as well as sweeping changes to existing train schedules. The improvements will enhance the reliability and connectivity of trains that travel between San Diego and San Luis Obispo counties.

Pacific Surfliner trains have been operating on a reduced schedule since March 2020 due to a pandemic-related drop in travel demand. The upcoming schedule change builds on the partial service restoration that was implemented in June 2021, and also moves towards pulsed schedules, which evenly distribute trains to provide maximum service coverage.

Effective Oct. 25, the following changes will be made:

  • One additional round-trip will be added that travels the length of the corridor.
  • Most train departure and arrival times will shift to evenly space them out across the day for more consistent frequencies. Many train numbers will change.
  • The schedule will be consistent for both weekday and weekend travel.

For the latest information, visit

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Business License Info & Forms Now Online

Save yourself a trip to City Hall! The City of Carpinteria now has all its business license materials online, including detailed information and application forms. Access documents online at Businesses that are based in the city must have a business license. Business license taxes and fees help pay for City services like roads, fire, police and other community services that benefit businesses, business owners and the general public.

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Santa Barbara MTD Seeks Community Input

With the launch of MTD Moves Ahead, Santa Barbara MTD has initiated a community process to create a Short Range Transit Plan that will guide bus service development, infrastructure investment and capital needs for MTD’s bus system over the next five years. To prioritize community needs and desires for bus service, MTD is seeking broad community input from everyone—people who ride the bus and those who don’t, employees, employers, students, people with disabilities, seniors, and civic leaders. If you live or work here, MTD wants to hear from you!

To kick off MTD Moves Ahead, a virtual listening session will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., where attendees will be asked to weigh in on what is most important to them in a bus system. Interested individuals can register for the listening session at Spanish/English interpretation will be provided. Additionally, an interactive website with project information and a short survey is available in English at and at in Spanish.

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Temporary Carpinteria Monitor Provides Air Quality Information

A temporary monitor has been installed in Carpinteria by the Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District to measure effects of the smoke from the Alisal Fire on our air quality. Results, which are updated frequently, can be found on the interactive Fire and Smoke Map at To find current conditions in Carpinteria, enter “93013” into the map’s search bar and select the monitor depicted with a triangle. As of Friday at 4 p.m., air quality was in the “good” range, meaning that it’s a good time to open windows or go outdoors. Earlier today the quality was lower, in the “moderate” range.

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Highway 101 Reopened, Evacuation Zone Remains


The California Highway Patrol has reopened Highway 101 in the Alisal Fire area, but the evacuation zones remain in effect. A map of the evacuation warning and evacuation order areas can be found at

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public that traffic into the evacuation zones is restricted and there will be roadblocks in these areas to prevent access. The Sheriff’s Office has increased patrol in these areas to ensure security of the residences and buildings as well as to keep the area clear of traffic that would impede firefighting efforts.