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We honor Women’s History Month

The Carpinteria City Council declared March 2024 “Women’s History Month” at its Feb. 26 meeting. Leading local efforts to celebrate women’s history through the “Women Making Change” initiative, members of the Carpinteria Woman’s Club accepted the proclamation. The initiative aims to educate residents about the achievements of women throughout history, specifically highlighting the fight for suffrage and voting rights, and the ongoing efforts to secure equal rights for all. The City’s proclamation recognizes the historical and ongoing contributions of women in all areas of society, from the workforce to volunteerism and social movements. It emphasizes the often-overlooked role of women in shaping our nation and community.

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El Carro Park has a new very-Carpinteria flagpole

When Little League athletes and fans take off their hats to salute the flag this season, they’ll be paying their respects to an American flag flying on a brand new flagpole. Public Works crew members Anthony Vega and David Huff put up the new pole this week, just in time for Saturday’s Little League Opening Day. Take a close look for the uniquely Carpinteria element on top!

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City volunteers honored for dedication to community

At its Feb. 26 meeting, the Carpinteria City Council commended Volunteer of Year nominees Robin Kait, Jack Niederpreum and Ray Kolbe for their commitment to their community and their generous gifts of time and expertise. Kait is a dedicated Carpinteria Community Garden volunteer described as “an invaluable asset to our community.” Niederpreum lends his time and talents to Carpinteria Community Library where he is described as a “standout” volunteer. Finally, Kolbe has demonstrated “a profound commitment to community enhancement” by actively beautifying Santa Monica Trail and organizing volunteer efforts there for the past few years.

The Council commented on the difficulty of selecting just one Volunteer of the Year from among the three incredible community servants. Ultimately, they selected Niederpruem for the honor, which will be bestowed at the Carpinteria Community Association’s Community Awards Banquet (an event formerly held by the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce).

Kolbe was not able to attend the Feb. 26 meeting, but Kait and Niederpreum are pictured here holding their commendations.

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ARB to meet on Feb. 29

The Carpinteria Architectural Review Board will meet on Thursday, Feb. 29 at 5:30 p.m. to review several projects that may be of interest to the community. The public meeting will include the following highlights:

✔️ Final review of a request to complete new and rehabilitated landscape and hardscape improvements to The Row business park, located on the west end of Carpinteria Avenue.

✔️ Preliminary review of a request to replace the existing freeway pole sign for the Holiday Inn Express and Suites located at 5606 Carpinteria Avenue.

✔️ Final review of a request to construct a new 1,137 square foot covered outdoor dining patio to replace the previously existing detached and enclosed dining room structure for the Spot Restaurant.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting at City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave., and participate in public comment. Written comments for distribution to ARB members must be submitted by noon on Feb. 29 to PublicComment@carpinteriaca.gov. Comments posted on social media will not be provided to ARB members. Learn details about the agenda and how to participate at https://bit.ly/49xiY8W

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City Council to meet Feb. 26

The Carpinteria City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 26 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 https://carpinteriaca.gov/, 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/3uKMatP. Comments posted on social media will not be provided to council members.

👭👭🏾 Proclamation Designating the Month of March 2024 as “Women’s History Month.”

🌳 Proclamation Designating Thursday, March 7, 2024 as California Arbor Day in the City of Carpinteria.

🌴 Agreement with West Coast Arborists, Inc. for Tree Maintenance Services.

🏅 Commend Carpinteria Volunteer of the Year nominees for their service in 2023 and select one nominee as the Volunteer of the Year to be awarded at the Carpinteria Community Association’s Community Awards Banquet.

📋 Consideration of potential priorities / tactical deliverable and measures and metrics to support City Council adopted goals for the Fiscal Year 2024-25 Annual Work Plan.

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Let’s get your kiddos swimming!

Before Carpinteria Community Pool opens registration for swim lessons, we will hold swim assessments to determine placement for little swimmers. Kids who do not know how to swim will be placed in level 1, and kids who will be placed in levels 2 and 3 will need to have their swim skills evaluated on Saturday, March 2 or March 9 from noon to 2 p.m. Please sign up for a date and time at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B044FA4A62AA1FA7-48020862-swim#/

Swim lesson registration will open online on April 1 at 6 p.m. Lessons will be available for children ages 3 to 12 years. Two week sessions of daily 30-minute lessons held Monday through Friday are $100. Skilled instructors will help children develop water safety habits and build foundational swim skills.

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Solid Waste Local Task Force seeks two Community Reps

The Santa Barbara County Solid Waste Local Task Force (LTF) is seeking TWO volunteer Community Representatives to help support solid waste programming across the County. Learn more at: www.LessIsMore.org/LTF-communityrep.

The LTF was created in 1990 and consists of 14 voting members and eight (8) non-voting members. These members typically have knowledge of the solid waste industry including source reduction, recycling, composting, and environmentally safe landfilling practices. The Task Force was formed to address the many growing and multi-faceted issues surrounding solid waste management in Santa Barbara County.

 

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Ocean recreation presents storm water risks

Due to recent rainstorms, Santa Barbara County Environmental Health Services reminds residents that there are potential health risks associated with storm water runoff at countywide beaches. Storm water is untreated rainwater that flows through the drain system into creeks, the ocean, and other waterways. Contact with storm water while swimming or surfing may increase the risk of illnesses such as rashes, fever, chills, ear infections, vomiting and diarrhea. Also, due to heavy creek flows following the rain, large debris such as logs may be present in the ocean and other waterways. This large debris can be very dangerous to anyone in the water.

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Roy W. Harthorn commended for his 26 years of service

On Feb. 12, the Carpinteria City Council unanimously passed a resolution to thank Roy W. Harthorn for his 26 years of service to the City of Carpinteria. Throughout his career as a Contract Building Inspector, Roy reviewed almost every major development project constructed in the City, providing expertise in seismic safety, accessibility and historical preservation that helped keep our community safe. Roy has performed invaluable service to the City, and we thank him and send our best wishes for relaxation and enjoyment to Roy and his family.

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City enacts new tenant protections

In an effort to protect renters, the Carpinteria City Council unanimously passed a requirement for landlords to issue relocation assistance payments to qualified tenants in the event of a no-fault just cause eviction. The payment amount is the equivalent of two month’s rent or $6,500, whichever is greater. Examples of no fault just cause evictions include situations in which a landlord evicts tenants to occupy the rental or to house close family members in the rental, or when a landlord evicts tenants to demolish or substantially remodel the rental unit. The new regulation comes as a result of recent rapid rises to housing costs and the heightened risk of low-income residents being displaced from just cause evictions. Learn more under “Tenant Protections” at https://carpinteriaca.gov/city-hall/community-development/housing/