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Funding Secured for EV Charging Stations

The City of Carpinteria has been approved for funding to replace and expand City-owned electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure. New charging stations are proposed for installation at Parking Lot 1 at Ninth Street and Holly Avenue, Parking Lot 3 at the Amtrak Station and at City Hall. The City is currently in the early stages of the funding process and installation is expected to take place next winter. “We are thrilled to provide new opportunities for electric vehicle drivers to charge their cars in Carpinteria,” said Erin Maker, City of Carpinteria Environmental Program Manager. “Promoting EV use is another way the City is working to reduce carbon emissions by acting locally while thinking globally.”

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Public Invited to Workshop on Hazard Mitigation Plan

The City of Carpinteria is updating its Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) and is seeking the public’s input at a virtual public workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 5:30 p.m. The purpose of the LHMP Update is to improve disaster preparedness and reduce or eliminate risks to community, life and property. The LHMP Update will identify local hazards and mitigation measures available to reduce associated risks.

“The goal of this update is to understand emerging hazards and develop strong mitigation strategies,” explained Olivia Uribe Mutal, Program Manager of Emergency Services, Volunteers & Outreach. “We need public input in order to prepare our community for a wide range of risks.”

The public workshop for the LHMP will cover the goals, components and timeline of the project. To attend, visit https://carpinteriaca.gov/local-info/emergency-preparedness/.

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County Seeks Volunteers for Point-in-Time Count

Volunteers are needed for the Santa Barbara County Point-in-Time Count, a county-wide effort to obtain a snapshot census of people experiencing homelessness on a single night. The 2022 Count will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 23 between 5:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. The PIT Count is an essential element in the effort to end homelessness, as the data gathered from this census shows not only how many people are homeless in Santa Barbara County but also who is homeless and why. To volunteer or learn more about this very important activity, visit https://countyofsb.pointintime.info/.

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City Council to Meet Jan. 24

The Carpinteria City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 24 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., but the City encourages the public to participate via Zoom (details in agenda link below) to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Those who attend in person will be required to wear a mask. Members of the public may also 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/3nQ5CP1. Comments posted on social media will not be provided to council members.

  • Authorization for a notice of dispute to be submitted to the County of Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office disputing the Sheriff’s Office’s recomputation of compensation for fiscal year 2022-23.
  • Authorization of an amendment to the agreement with COM3 Consulting, Inc. for consulting project management services for the Carpinteria Avenue Bridge Replacement Project.
  • Approval of applications for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to the California Department of Parks and Recreation Office of Grants and Local Services.
  • City Council District Maps review, including presentation on three draft plans created by Redistricting Partners for Council review and feedback.
  • Appointments to the Harbor Seal Advisory Committee.
  • General Fiscal Outlook and General Fund Reserve Policy report related to the City’s update of its Long-Term Financial Plan.
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Draft District Maps Now Available, Meeting Jan. 24

The City of Carpinteria is preparing to hold district elections for City Council seats beginning in 2022 and has released three draft maps depicting the five potential voting districts. The maps, which incorporate community ideas and requirements of the Voting Rights Act, will be presented and discussed at the upcoming City Council meeting on Monday, Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting to learn more and/or to comment on the maps that are under consideration. Feedback from the meeting will be used to update the maps for consideration at the Council’s Feb. 21 meeting.

The three draft maps available at https://bit.ly/CarpDistrictMaps were prepared by the City’s district elections consultant, Redistricting Partners, based on review and analysis of all maps submitted by members of the public. This includes maps submitted in person, via mail, email and on the DistrictR mapping software.

The agenda for the Jan. 24 City Council meeting will be available at https://bit.ly/CityCarpAgendas later this week. Numerous ways to view the meeting and/or comment will be noted in the agenda.

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Planning Commission to Review Proposed Rincon Trail Project

The Carpinteria Planning Commission will review the proposed Rincon Trail Project at an in-person meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave. The Commission will consider the request for a Conditional Use Permit and a Coastal Development Permit to allow the construction of the 850-linear foot segment of the proposed Rincon Trail project located in the City of Carpinteria (the remaining 1,900 feet of the proposed trail is located within the jurisdiction of the County of Santa Barbara); and to certify the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) prepared for the entirety of the project. The EIR is available for review at https://bit.ly/RinconTrailEIR/. The trail would connect the east end of Carpinteria Avenue with Rincon County Park to provide access for cyclists and pedestrians.

Members of the public may view the meeting in person at City Hall, live at https://bit.ly/CityCarpAgendas or on Government Access Television Channel 21. The agenda, available at https://bit.ly/PlanningRincon, includes detailed information on how to participate and how to submit public comment.

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TSUNAMI ADVISORY IN EFFECT

A Tsunami Advisory is in effect on Jan. 15 for Santa Barbara County as a result of the volcanic eruption in the Tonga Islands. The event is expected to produce wave heights of 0.3-1 meter throughout Southern California. No inundation or damage is expected, but strong waves and rip currents are likely today. Please be cautious. Visit ReadySBC.org for more information.

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City to Review 2022 Goals at Work Plan Meeting

Each year in January, the Carpinteria City Council holds a meeting with City staff to discuss strategic issues and work plans for the year. Open to the public, the meeting gives community members an opportunity to learn about upcoming programs and projects, and to express their views to City leaders. This year’s Work Plan Meeting will be held on Saturday, Jan. 22 from 8 a.m. to approximately noon in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave. The draft Annual Work Plan will soon be available for public review on the City website at https://carpinteriaca.gov/city-hall/agendas-meetings/.

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Draft Dune & Shoreline Plan Released, Workshop this Week

The City of Carpinteria’s draft Dune and Shoreline Management Plan is now available for review at https://bit.ly/DraftDunePlan, and a public workshop to discuss the plan will be held on Thursday, Jan. 13 at 5:30 p.m. Protecting public and private properties from sea level rise is the aim of the Dune and Shoreline Management Plan. Several public workshops have been held throughout the process of developing the draft plan to provide regular updates and gather feedback from stakeholders. To participate in this week’s virtual workshop, use the following zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81924451823. To have your questions answered, email taylor.lane@woodplc.com.