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Berm Building has Begun

Construction of the Winter Berm at the City Beach is now underway and is expected to be completed by Dec. 6. The sand dune is built annually between Linden and Ash avenues to protect public and private properties from winter storms and high surf, especially during the king high tides of December, January and February. For safety reasons, the area where the bulldozer is working is closed to the public. Members of the public are also reminded to be cautious when at the beach during high surf conditions, when large waves can suddenly sweep over previously dry areas. In a normal winter, the berm will be removed in early March, but if the winter has been severe and the beach is badly eroded, the berm may stay up later in the spring season.

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Community Library Announces Winter Celebration

Carpinteria Community Library invites young and old (and everyone in between) to come out for Frosty Fest, a winter-themed party on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to noon at 5141 Carpinteria Ave. The community event will feature fun family activities that are free for all. At 2 p.m. that afternoon, the library will close to participate in the Holiday Spirit Parade, which starts at 3 p.m. on Linden Avenue.

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City Council to Meet Nov. 28

The Carpinteria City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 28 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 http://bit.ly/3F4bhdo. Comments posted on social media will not be provided to council members.

  • Adoption of a resolution honoring Nona Hulick on her 100th birthday.
  • Proclamation recognizing 2022 Outgoing Santa Barbara Association of Realtors President Bob Walsmith Jr.
  • Ratification of Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District’s adoption of the 2022 California Fire Code with amendments.
  • Annual Report of the City’s Development Impact Fee Program and updating the Capital Improvement Plan.
  • Recommendations for the establishment of active adult/senior programming services in Carpinteria as supported by data collected through a survey.
  • Review and consideration of the land lease between the UPPO’s Garden, LLC and the City of Carpinteria for a portion of the property located at 399 Linden Ave.
  • Consideration of amendments to the City of Carpinteria’s Short Term Rental Administrative Policies and Procedures, which clarify and implement the City’s Short Term Rental regulations.
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Happy Thanksgiving!

The City of Carpinteria wishes you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. City Hall is closed today and tomorrow, Nov. 24 and 25. Also, the Carpinteria Community Library and Community Pool are closed Nov. 24 and 25 so that our staff may enjoy the holiday.

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Final ABOP of 2022 to be held Dec. 10

The City of Carpinteria will hold its final ABOP Collection event of 2022 on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave. At ABOP, residents can bring antifreeze, batteries, oil and paint for free disposal. Additionally, the City accepts up to three small household electronics (for example, microwaves, televisions, handheld devices), compact fluorescent lightbulbs, and fluorescent light tubes (limit six) and mercury based thermostats. This event is free of charge to residents. Please keep items separated and only bring those items that are accepted. If you have items not listed above, please visit lessismore.org or hold them until the City’s annual Household Goods and Hazardous Waste Day.

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CVWD Declares Stage 3 Drought

Carpinteria Valley Water District is projecting a potential 30% water supply shortage if drought continues. As a result, CVWD Board of Directors approved Ordinance 22-1 declaring Stage 3 drought condition and new watering restrictions on Nov. 9. Visit CVWD.net for information on the drought, summary of new watering restrictions, available rebates and conservation actions.

*Photo courtesy of County of Santa Barbara shows Lake Cachuma at 31.6% of capacity on Nov 14, 2022.

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Earthquake Brace + Bolt program offers funds to retrofit homes

Would you like to receive up to $3,000 toward an earthquake retrofit of your house? Registration is now open for the Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) program, which provides homeowners up to $3,000 to strengthen their home and lessen the potential for earthquake damage. Income-eligible homeowners may qualify for an additional Supplemental Grant on top of the $3,000 EBB grant. Find out more at https://earthquakebracebolt.com/How-Our-Program-Works/EBB-Registration-Process

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Save the Date: Holiday Spirit Parade and More

Holiday-focused fun and festivities will make downtown Carpinteria merry and bright on Saturday, Dec. 10. The well-loved Holiday Spirit Parade will take place on downtown Linden Avenue at 3 p.m., followed at 5:30 p.m. by Hospice of Santa Barbara’s Light Up a Life event at the Seal Fountain. Prior to the parade, the Carpinteria Community Library will hold its Frosty Fest from 10 a.m. to noon at 5141 Carpinteria Ave. and the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center will host an Arts & Crafts Faire from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 855 Linden Ave.

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Don’t Miss the Home Energy Savings Toolkit Workshop Nov. 19

3C-REN (Tri-County Regional Energy Network) has partnered with the Carpinteria Community Library to host a DIY Home Energy Savings Toolkit Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the library, 5141 Carpinteria Ave. The workshop will cover the tools, equipment and a guide to help you save energy and increase the comfort of your home. The kit has FREE items for you to install in your home as well as tools to conduct your own home-assessment and later return after use. Additionally, the presentation will cover how 3C-REN can help you save energy and make your home healthier and more comfortable. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/diy-toolkit-workshop-carpinteria-community-library-tickets-449702762067

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Tennis & Pickleball Courts Open and Free for Holidays

The Carpinteria Community Tennis and Pickleball Courts will be open for free play throughout the week of Thanksgiving, Nov. 21-27, and during a winter break, Dec. 19 – Jan. 2. During these free periods, the courts, which are located on Palm Avenue adjacent to the Carpinteria Community Pool, will be open on a first come first served basis and should only be used during daylight hours. On an ongoing basis, the courts are free and open every Sunday.