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Nationwide Emergency Alert System test to take place Oct. 4

On Wednesday, Oct. 4, at approximately 11:20 a.m., the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system. This test is to ensure that these systems continue to be effective means of warning the public about emergencies and disasters.

What to expect:

  • EAS messages will be broadcast over radio and television with an alert tone or scrolling text across the bottom of the screen.
  • WEA messages will be sent to cell phones and look like text messages that are accompanied by a distinct attention tone and vibration.

What to do:

  • No action is required from the public.
  • The test message will say “This is a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System.”
  • If you receive a test message, please do not call 911 or your local emergency management office.

Why is this test important?

EAS and WEA alerts are critical tools used by local, state, and federal public safety agencies to rapidly warn the community of threats and hazards and provide protective action recommendations that can save lives.

Additional information:

  • All local radio and T.V. stations will broadcast the EAS test, and all cell phones that are on, not on airplane mode, and within range of a cell tower will receive the WEA test.
  • Although local public safety agencies utilize these same alerting systems during emergencies in Santa Barbara County, it is important to note that this test will be managed by federal agencies with no local involvement.
  • In the event the nationwide test cannot be conducted on October 4, the back-up date is Wednesday, October 11.

How to register for local alerts:

Residents and visitors can register for the County’s local ReadySBC Alerts system by visiting ReadySBC.org.

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Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve Sunset Tour

Join us for a sunset walking tour at the Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve on Monday, Sept. 25 at 5:30 p.m. Learn more about the biodiversity inhabiting the land and the sea at and around the preserve, an open space park above the ocean waves. The group will meet at the Carpinteria Bluffs Trailhead at 6145 Carpinteria Ave. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, appropriate clothing and layers based on the weather. Fore more information or questions, please contact: dlssallen@aol.com

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Avofest needs volunteers

The California Avocado Festival, a massive three-day celebration of Carpinteria’s favorite fruit, is only possible thanks to the scores of community volunteers who come out each year. This year, the 37th Annual California Avocado Festival will take place in downtown Carpinteria, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 6-8. Volunteer opportunities include merchandise booth sales, pouring beer, ticketing for the Ferris wheel and operations support. Please consider volunteering for a shift to help ensure another fun and fantastic Avofest weekend. To sign up, visit the Avocado Festival website https://www.avofest.org/volunteer-info.

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City Council to meet Sept. 25

The Carpinteria City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 25 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/3POssFj . Comments posted on social media will not be provided to council members.

  • Authorization for the City Manager to execute the proposed lease agreement between the City of Carpinteria and the Friends of the Carpinteria Public Library for the City owned property at 5103 Carpinteria Avenue, also known as the Seaside Building.
  • Receive the recommendations from the Harbor Seal Advisory Committee Recommendations, with Carpinteria Open Space Management Advisory Board input and recommendations, and take appropriate action.
  • Approve and authorize the Mayor to execute the City of Carpinteria Contract Law Enforcement Services Agreement between the City of Carpinteria and the County of Santa Barbara for the period between July 1, 2023, and June 30, 2027.
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Creek Week Activities: Santa Monica Creek Trail volunteer day

A Santa Monica Creek Trail beautification volunteer event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 23, and volunteers can drop in and lend a hand anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Led by trail steward Ray Kolbe, volunteers will lay down cardboard and spread mulch to keep invasives from crowding out native species. Volunteers are encouraged to bring work gloves, a hat and water, as well as a rake and/or hoe if possible. Join the effort at El Carro Lane and Santa Monica Creek. To learn more, contact Ray at rwkolbe@gmail.com or (805) 705-3429.

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Street sweeping equipment in repair

The City’s street sweeping equipment is undergoing repair and is out of service temporarily. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to returning to our usual schedule of regularly swept roadways. In the meantime, we thank the Carpinteria community for its patience.

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Library Board proclaims September as Library Card Sign-Up Month, honors Viviana Morales

The Carpinteria Community Library Board of Trustees met on Sept. 11 and proclaimed September as Library Card Sign-Up Month and recognized Viviana Morales for serving on the Library Advisory Commission from July of 2022 to August of 2023. Morales, pictured at center in white top, was given a certificate of appreciation and honored by the Board of Trustees at the meeting. The Library Card Sign-Up Month draws attention to the value of a library card and the role of libraries as welcoming and inclusive spaces that provide a variety of books and resources to serve everyone in the community. As stated in the proclamation, “A library card empowers all people to explore new passions and interests.”

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Coastal Cleanup Day launches Creek Week

Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept. 23 launches a full week of programming for Creek Week. Coastal Cleanup is a statewide event taking place from 9 am to noon at any of the following locations in the City of Carpinteria: Carpinteria State Beach, Jelly Bowl Beach, and Franklin Creek Park. Learn more about how to participate http://ExploreEcology.org/CCD.

Throughout the week of Sept. 23 to 30, Creek Week will continue with events focused on watershed protection in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria. Events taking place in Carpinteria include Yoga on the Beach and at Linden Field, Santa Monica Trail Restoration Volunteer Day, tours of Carpinteria Salt Marsh, Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve Sunset Tour. Additionally, the City of Carpinteria has materials that can be downloaded or picked up at City Hall to enjoy anytime. Find details about all the Creek Week programs https://sbcreekweek.com/.

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Prepare yourself and your family for disaster

Carpinteria, will you be prepared when disaster strikes? Free disaster preparedness classes are available in English and Spanish throughout the fall through LISTOS. Class curriculum includes identifying hazards and risks, making a communication plan and a family reunification plan, emergency supplies, utility shutoff and much more. Sign up for classes https://forms.gle/MsFFAaDguo1EkYzW8

English

  • Sept. 20 and 21, 6 to 8 p.m. on Zoom.
  • Oct. 11 and 12, 6 to 8 p.m. on Zoom.
  • Oct. 13 and 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Zoom.

Spanish

  • Sept. 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in-person in Santa Maria.
  • Oct. 9, 16, 23, and 30, 6 to 8 p.m., in-person in Goleta.
  • Oct. 10, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Zoom.
  • Oct. 14, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in-person in Fullerton.
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Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate

The City of Carpinteria proclaimed Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month and encourages all members of the community to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of Hispanics in our community and the importance of social justice and fair representation for the Hispanic community. Hispanics, who make up 46% of the City’s population, increasingly impact the political, economic and social growth of our community and state. Generations of proud, hardworking, enterprising Latin Americans have contributed to and have strengthened our community.