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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 https://bit.ly/2XMX2aa.

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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 www.carpinteria.ca.us, 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 https://bit.ly/30IEPLS. 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 http://www.pacificsurfliner.com/schedules.

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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 https://carpinteria.hdlgov.com/. 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 https://bit.ly/3DQvmjP. Spanish/English interpretation will be provided. Additionally, an interactive website with project information and a short survey is available in English at sbmtd.gov/MTDMovesAhead and at sbmtd.gov/MTDAvanza 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 https://fire.airnow.gov/. 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

HIGHWAY 101 REOPENED, EVACUATION ZONES REMAIN

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 ReadySBC.org.

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.

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You’re invited: Dune & Shoreline Management Plan Meeting

The City of Carpinteria is preparing a Dune and Shoreline Management Plan to help protect public and private properties from sea level rise. To learn more and contribute ideas, members of the public are invited to attend a virtual workshop on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m. The workshop will include a brief overview of previous work, as well as conceptual plans for a proposed living shoreline. The intent of these public workshops is to provide regular updates and gather feedback from stakeholders. Zoom log-in and additional information can be found at https://carpinteriaca.gov/?s=dune+. Anyone with questions should contact Environmental Coordinator Erin Maker at erinm@ci.carpinteria.ca.us.

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City Council to Meet Oct. 11

The Carpinteria City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 11 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 www.carpinteria.ca.us, 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 https://bit.ly/3ltJb1l. Comments posted on social media will not be provided to council members.

  • Authorize an amendment to the agreement with LIN Consulting, Inc. for adding Carpinteria High School Crosswalk Safety Improvements Project in an amount not-to-exceed $129,880
  • Authorize the City Manager to purchase a backhoe loader equipment from Quinn Company in an amount not to exceed $124,500.
  • Presentation on the Emergency Housing Voucher Program in Santa Barbara County and response to a related funding request.
  • Report on off-leash dog park pilot program at El Carro Park.
  • Consideration of a status report for the property located at 399 Linden Avenue.