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CHS students earn Great Books awards

CHS students earn Great Books awards

Six Carpinteria High School students were among the winners of a Great Books writing contest at Santa Barbara City College. Christopher Fedderson, Edin Kuba, Hugo Chavez, Kelsie Bryant, Hannah Huston and Shannon Callaway were recognized for their expository essays and creative writing samples. The students spent a month studying Homer’s “The Odyssey” and submitted writing samples reflecting on the classic Greek work. 

Best of Pitchforks 2014

Yes, we know it. Many Coastal View News readers skip the cover news and turn to the Halos and Pitchforks first thing Thursday morning—and then they scroll down to read the pitchforks first. So, as we look back on 2014, it seems only courteous to resurrect a few favorites from the last year.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the Mexican restaurant that microwaves its overpriced food on plastic plates. “I can't even begin to name all the fails in that effort. Oven much?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the cowardly wanker who sideswiped the reader’s aging luxury car in the Vons parking lot last week without leaving a note. “I was just returning from pre paying my funeral due to recent news. Nice timing. I enjoy a bit of irony, so I am off to buy a lottery ticket.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to Carpinteria for not having female representation on the city council. “There aren't any qualified women in town, really?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the people who give out pitchforks. "Don’t you guys have other things to do rather than hate. Jeez, get a life.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the “gentleman” who, after enjoying his meal on the porch of a local restaurant last Friday, proceeded to floss his teeth for the enjoyment of all the diners still eating. “How crass.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to people who lack common sense. “Get off your smartphone and pay attention to the real world around you.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local restaurant that has orange juice with pulp. “Yuck!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to those women who think they can change a bad boy. “Trust me, the only way those guys change is through therapy—if they're lucky.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the host who lit himself on fire at his own poker game.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local psychology academy for not teaching a class in common sense.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the people who spit out their chewing gum on the sidewalk in front of the post office. Nearly every morning there is a fresh wad of gum. “No one wants your gum on their shoes, so cut it out!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to all those people who say they are going to show up for a friend's birthday party and then flake. “You all had plenty of notice and some talked to me that day and flaked. Good friends. I'd never do that to you all.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person who has too much time and an overactive imagination. “It's not a crime if eight people want to share one pizza. You should be ashamed for calling in that one.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the man who forgot his daughter's first name while trying to remember her middle name.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the woman who pitched a fit about a well behaved companion animal near her on a restaurant patio at dinner time. “Sorry your cats aren't considered companion animals, and your perfume was obnoxious.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the guy who thinks he is funny driving around town in a truck with a hockey mask from like Jason in the movie “Friday the 13th.” “It is very dangerous and scary for little ones.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to people who steal flip flops at the beach. “All I want to do is leave my flippies where the pavement meets the sand when I go to the beach, but they end up swiped half the time.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the pool patron who behaved badly and stole another patron's towel. “Shame on you!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to people who come into local businesses with a bad attitude and treat the employees rudely. “Stay home. Nobody likes to be treated like an indentured servant.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to all those dog owners who don't pick up after their pets on the Bluffs paths. “May karma deposit a flaming bag of pooch poo on your porch.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to beach-goers that place camping tents in front of parents trying to watch their kids in the water. “You cannot see through a tent.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to those women who complain about their bad boys acting bad. “They're not the problem. The problem is choosing to be with someone like that.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the army of ants and its queen for refusing to surrender. “I've made examples out of your friends and yet you continue to defy me. For this you will pay. Victory shall be mine.”

This reader sends a pitchfork to the ill-mannered individual who egged the reader’s house. “If you have something to say, just ring the door bell. We’ll be happy to listen.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to Cox Cable for failing to put the last six Dodger baseball games of the season on when they are made available to them for free. “Thanks for nothing.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the State of California for not having enough CHP officers to patrol the 101 corridor from Ventura to Carpinteria. “Now there have been four fatalities since Aug. 8 on this stretch. That fact alone should get the state’s attention.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to all the bicyclists riding in the wrong direction and not obeying the traffic laws.

A reader sends a pitchfork to those who water in the middle of the day and wash down the sidewalk. “They are the problem. And the rest of us suffer the consequences.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the father who forces his children to eat organic pasta "because it's healthy," everyday and then does nothing when his daughters are in pain from the sever constipation. It's ok to feed them other foods. Don't be afraid of cooking something that does not come in a box.

A reader sends a pitchfork to those who are stealing yards signs expressing positions on various ballot proposals. “Suppressing our fellow citizens' freedom of speech is un-American, and whoever did should feel ashamed.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the sociopathic personalities of the world. “One to four percent of the population are sociopathic. That's at last 150 sociopaths in Carpinteria. Suggestion: study this destructive type.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to cyclists who don’t pick up after their dogs

A reader sends a pitchfork to the clerk at a local convenience store for yelling at a 9-year-old boy for not knowing how to use a credit card. “You scared him and made him very upset and embarrassed. It was uncalled for and rude.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to Carpinteria for not having a Miss Teen Carpinteria or Miss Junior Teen Carpinteria. “It would be a good idea to have one.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to smokers who think the dirt around public benches and picnic tables are ashtrays. “You are littering and expecting others to clean up after your discouraged and unhealthy habit.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to equestrians who use bike lanes and/or hiking trails but don't take responsibility for cleaning up their horses’ massive piles of poo. “It’s about as rude as walking 10 dogs and not cleaning up after any of them.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the people in front of Starbucks yelling at a handicapped person with a parking permit because she was not "handicapped enough" to be parking in the designated spot. “Shame on you; that is not how we act in Carpinteria.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the woman in a small SUV who told the reader to "use the bike lane" when the reader was slightly over the line. “My friend and I bike to work together daily. I wanted to talk with her. Cyclists must obey the law, but you're driving. Please move over, so I can send you a halo.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the family that stays in a beach house near Holly Avenue and insists on hosing down the sand to cool it off before playing beach volleyball. “Um, get with the program. We’re neck deep in a drought, guys.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the unstable woman who eavesdropped on a personal conversation in a local eatery. “You butted into the conversation then followed us out into the parking lot and yelled some more. Take a chill pill, get a life and take an anger management class.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the Carpinteria police for harassing teens over sitting in their car because it was cold and assuming the were "smoking marijuana" and having two squad cars go check it out.

Aliso Lion gets facelift

Aliso Lion gets facelift
Artist Neal Parrow recently gave the Aliso School Lion mascot a fresh look.

Local artist Neal Parrow recently reinvented the Aliso School mascot. Parrow, working with school parent Addie Smith, gave the Lion image at Aliso School a new look. “(Parrow) and (Smith) designed the new lion and lettering together, but he is the amazing painting talent that could actually execute it,” commented Principal Holly Minear. Parrow has been working as an illustrator for 25 years since attending The Art Institute of Philadelphia and The School of Visual Arts in New York. Other examples of his work hang at Reality Church. The beautification effort was sponsored by Parents for Aliso School.

Warrior girls soccer makes history in playoff win, but falls in round 2

Warrior girls soccer makes history in playoff win, but falls in round 2
Warrior soccer player Monica Garcia slices a corner kick in a 2-0 Warrior playoff victory. One of her corner kick deliveries found Lesly Zapata for a goal in the second half.

Carpinteria High School girls soccer got its first ever CIF playoff first round victory, a 2-0 win over the Cavaliers of Santiago/Garden Grove on Feb. 19. The Warriors opened the game fast and dominant but could not sink a momentum-building goal early in the contest. About midway through the first half, the pressure finally paid off, when Jenny Alaniz found Natalie Saito, who blasted a close range shot into the net. The 1-0 advantage stuck at halftime, and in the second half the Warriors continued to generate many scoring opportunities but capitalized on few.

Midway through the second half, the Warriors struck again. A corner kick from Monica Garcia found Lesly Zapata, who headed in the goal. “We staved off a few late attacks, and the girls were very happy to make history. Hopefully they can keep it up in the second round,” commented coach Charles Bryant.

He commended the play of the backline Alejandra Alvarez, Monica, Megan Garcia and Alejandra Garcia for be being “composed in the back and made it easy for our midfielders to confidently use them to help spread the game out,” according to Bryant.

Girls soccer falls in round two
In a home playoff match against Moreno Valley on Feb. 24, Warrior girls soccer lost 2-1 despite controlling the game. “Soccer is one of the few games where the better team does not always win, and that was the case today,” commented coach Charles Bryant. The Warriors controlled the ball but could not capitalize on opportunities.

Bryant said Moreno was very fast and physical and slipped in two goals of its few opportunities. “They challenged every ball and were a very disruptive team. They played a lot of long balls to their fast and very skilled forwards,” commented Bryant.

The Warriors struck first when Keslie Bryant slotted a perfect free kick from 18 yards away into the upper corner. Moreno tied it at the end of the first half on its own free kick. The ball was struck into the Warrior box and led to a scramble from which the Warriors were unable to clear the ball. Moreno slipped it past Warrior keeper Laura Valdez.

Moreno scored again 20 seconds into the second half on a quick hitting play with a Moreno forward drilling in the shot.

The Warriors would not find a way to net the equalizer. Charles commented that the loss hurt since the team had set its personal and team goals so high—winning a CIF championship. The team finished the season at 15-8-1, the most wins ever by a CHS girls soccer team. 

Palm Loft displays Expressions

Palm Loft displays Expressions
“Aloha Boogie,” by Holli Harmon

Palm Loft gallery will welcome its next art show, Expressions, with an artists reception on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m., at 410 Palm Ave., Loft A-1. Works included in the show range from abstract to realistic expressions reflecting “the moment of being there,” according to show curator Arturo Tello. Artists in the show include Carpinterians Kim Snyder, Meredith Abbott, Tello, Sharon Schock and Julie Montgomery, among other area artists. Following the reception, special guest Vicki Genfan, an award winning guitarist and songwriter, will perform. For more information on the show, call 684-9700.

Happy 50th, Carpinteria

Happy 50th, Carpinteria
Pictured above are the folks that made the City of Carpinteria tick in its earliest days, city hall staff in the summer of 1966.

By Eydith Kaufman
In September 1995, in honor of the City of Carpinteria’s 30th Anniversary, Congressman Elton Gallegly and Congresswoman Andrea Seastrand issued a “Salute to the City of Carpinteria,” stating they were grateful “to remind our colleagues that there is a very special place in Southern California home to some very special people and that place is called Carpinteria.” These words capture the uniqueness of Carpinteria, which I would agree is a very special place with indeed, some very special people.

Carpinteria became a city on Sept. 28, 1965 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Over the next several months, local events will pay homage to the milestone, and the festivities will culminate in a party coinciding with the 29th California Avocado Festival in October. You may have already seen the promotion of the City’s Jubilee Anniversary event, which started with a float in the Holiday Spirit Parade in December 2014 and the release of a video by Larry Nimmer capturing the people wishing the city a happy anniversary. You can also expect to see more about the City’s 50th Jubilee Anniversary in upcoming events like the Rods and Roses parade.

When I moved to Carpinteria recently, all I knew was that I had found a cute town that was safe and well run, with a vibrant local business community and some very loving, selfless people, many of whom are impressively devoted to the community. The fact that it is an incorporated city, as opposed to a village or some other municipality, did not even cross my mind. The 50th anniversary of cityhood begs a few questions: Why did the community of Carpinteria choose to incorporate? What was the process for that incorporation? What have the ramifications of incorporation been for the city and its residents?

Incorporation was highly controversial at the time, but a majority of residents supported cityhood at the ballot box. Since then, the city has grown—both geographically, in population and in governmental structure. It has weathered (no pun intended) natural disasters and changing priorities. It has been through changes in law enforcement and handled economic ups and downs. It has balanced its identity as an agricultural valley and beachside tourist destination.

Living in Carpinteria to me feels like stepping back in time. There is a simplicity, a real sense of community and an authenticity to Carpinteria that has become unique among the urban sprawl of Southern California. When we look around Carpinteria and see the beautiful trees that line Linden Avenue, the green parks, the preserved bluffs and salt marsh, we can give substantial credit to the city for these aspects of our community. When we can walk around downtown Linden at any hour and feel safe, we have the city to thank. When we teach our children to swim at the community pool, we have the city to thank. The city, its employees and volunteers all deserve the greatest thanks for maintaining our community and holding true to Carpinteria’s original vision of keeping the area a uniquely quaint and special place.

From the first mayor, Allan Coates, to the current mayor, Gregg Carty, and the councilmen and councilwomen who served throughout the years, the city has adapted and evolved. It would be impossible to name or thank all of the people who have contributed to making Carpinteria the great place to live that it is today. There are so many “very special people” that have made Carpinteria the “very special place” saluted in the House of Representatives in 1995.

Over the next months, I will document the events surrounding the incorporation of the City of Carpinteria in 1965 and keep readers informed of the events surrounding the City’s Jubilee Anniversary. I invite you take a walk with me down memory lane. 

Girl Inc. National awards $20K scholarship to local girl

Girl Inc. National awards $20K scholarship to local girl
Arianna Lopez is among 31 high school girls around the country chosen to receive a National Scholarship from Girls Inc.

Arianna Lopez, a Carpinteria High School senior and a long-time Girls Inc. of Carpinteria participant, has been selected as a 2015 scholarship winner in the competitive Girls Inc. National Scholar Program. She was among 31 young women around the nation to be awarded the $20,000 college scholarship, and she is the most recent of 19 National Scholars to come out of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria.

“We are beyond thrilled to see (Lopez) receive this prestigious, well-deserved award and be named a Girls Inc. National Scholar,” said Victoria Juarez, executive director of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria. “(Lopez) is an incredible young leader who proves that with the right support, all girls can achieve success and change their communities for the better.”

As a young girl, Arianna battled illness, including a head injury at the age of 5. She has been with Girls Inc. of Carpinteria for 14 years and has participated in nearly every program the organization offers. She has completed over 2,600 community service hours and spent six years successfully campaigning to ban smoking in the City of Carpinteria. In 2014, Lopez was recognized for her community service by Radio Disney with a “Hero for Change” award, for highlighting the risks smoking holds and helping make Carpinteria a smoke-free city.

“(Lopez’s) journey has always been positive by her own doing and she has had an undisputed impact on her peers and younger girls through her empathy, strength and leadership skills,” said Asa Olsson, former cultural arts director at Girls Inc.

Lopez plans to attend Santa Barbara City College in the fall and ultimately transfer to U.C. Santa Barbara. She plans to study graphic design, photography and journalism. “I am ecstatic and feel so fortunate to have been selected as a Girls Inc. National Scholarship recipient,” she said.

Vaccines are safe and essential

By Bill Cirone, Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools

Local doctors are worried. School nurses are worried. Cancer patients are terrified. The number of parents opting out of vaccinating their children has now reached a critical mass, putting at risk not only their own children, but the entire community. Particularly at risk are young and old alike taking anti-cancer medications, those with autoimmune diseases, infants and the elderly. The metaphoric “herd immunity” is now in grave peril.

Yet the science is unequivocal. Vaccines are safe. Period.

Given the geometric spike in cases of autism several years ago, people began casting about for an explanation of the cause. A theory was hatched that the vaccines themselves, or the binding agent that enabled several vaccines to be administered in one dose, was a possible cause. Some celebrities — not scientists, celebrities — latched on to the theory and used their celebrity megaphone to spread that disinformation. Concerned scientists launched studies to prove or disprove the theory. The early studies, with a few hundred data points, were clear: there was no causal link. Subsequent studies have now provided hundreds of thousands of data points, nearly a million, with the same conclusion: No causal link whatsoever. But the misinformation persists.

There are two major contributing factors.

The first, ironically, is a function of the success of efforts to eradicate these diseases. For a while, they were gone. Young parents, concerned about their children’s safety, simply have no vision and no memory of the scourge of these childhood diseases when they were rampant. Parents were terrified. Polio, measles, mumps and whooping cough caused agony and worse among generations of children. One moment a parent would have a happy healthy child, and the next, polio would cause the child to be lame, maimed or need an iron lung to breathe. And those were the survivors. Measles, mumps and whooping cough made children unbearably miserable, and sometimes caused lifelong side effects. One local grandfather recalls that as a young child he thought the actual formal name for public drinking fountains was “whooping cough” because whenever he ran to drink from one his mother would shriek, “No! Whooping cough!” It’s hard now to imagine the terror parents lived with at the time.

When the causes and cures for these diseases were finally discovered, parents rushed to get their children protected. They considered vaccines a godsend. No longer would their children face the horror of these awful diseases. In time, the vaccines were so successful that these diseases were virtually wiped off the earth, or confined to small remote civilizations.  Sufficient numbers of the community were vaccinated so that even if one or two cases somehow emerged, the community as a whole was safe.

Scientists estimate that safety number for “herd immunity” is 95 percent. Hence the campaign, “Strive for 95.”

In several communities we have now fallen below that number. This places at grave risk all those whose immune systems are compromised: cancer patients, those taking cancer-suppressing drugs, those with autoimmune diseases, infants too young to be vaccinated and the elderly.

There is another group at risk, which is the second major contributing factor to the problem we face. Though the vaccines have been proven to be absolutely safe, a small number of those receiving them do not have successful outcomes, and are not entirely protected. Boosters are essential, and help with this issue. But for some young people the vaccines not entirely effective. These young people can contract the disease if exposed. This factor also leads some parents to decide against vaccinating, placing their children at far greater risk.

At root, the decision to opt out of vaccinating has proven selfish. Parents always make the best decisions they can regarding their own children’s well-being, and the decision to opt out is no doubt motivated by noble impulses, but it is based on misinformation and it can prove deadly to others and to the community at large.

We have already seen evidence of this selfishness through the outbreak of measles in Disneyland. Children most at risk — those suffering from cancer or terminal illnesses, or those with compromised immune systems — often “make a wish” to go to Disneyland. They can no longer go there in safety, and those visits have been stopped. How sad that these children’s one joy has been taken away by those who profess to care about children.

It is said that in recent years we have lost the community spirit that used to be this country’s glue, binding us all together. At every level we see fewer and fewer acts done for “the good of the order,” and more done for purely self-serving purposes. This is not who we are as a nation or as a community. If we don’t act properly because it’s the right thing to do, we should at least realize that in the case of vaccines, it is in our own best self-interest.

Vaccines are safe. The community’s health depends upon the greatest possible number of people having immunity. Be smart. Be safe. Be wise. Make sure your own children are immunized, and every young person you know. This is one case where the future really does depend on us.

Flood-control concerns could delay interchanges project

By Dale Myers
The City of Carpinteria has found itself entangled in a dispute with the Federal Emergency Management Agency that threatens to stall the Linden Avenue and Casitas Pass Road Interchanges Project. At its Feb. 23 meeting, the city council received a status report on the Linden Avenue and Casitas Pass Road Interchanges Project, one element of which is an alteration to the floodplain that pulls hundreds of homes off the course of a 100 year flood but increases the chances that a handful of homes lie in the path of floodwaters.
The Linden Avenue and Casitas Pass Road Interchanges Project consists of replacing both the Linden Avenue and Casitas Pass Road U.S. 101 overcrossings, reconfiguring the northbound on- and off-ramps at Casitas Pass Road, extending the northbound Linden Avenue on-ramp, extending Via Real to Casitas Pass Road and to Linden Avenue and replacing the U.S. 101 freeway bridges over Carpinteria Creek, which were constructed in 1955.
However, the project faces delay due to legal challenges and unresolved flood-control concerns with the Carpinteria Creek bridge replacements. FEMA asserts that the bridge replacement plans do not meet federal requirements for flood control, despite the plans, specifications and engineer estimates being 95 percent complete. Subsequently, the council voted unanimously, with councilman Wade Nomura recusing himself, in favor of authorizing the Department of Public Works to initiate work on preparing a letter of map revision for the Carpinteria area FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map.
“When you have a floodplain and floodway, regulatory standards are much higher,” said Charlie Ebeling, director of Public Works for the City of Carpinteria. “That’s where we’ve hit a wall with FEMA.”
According to a Department of Public Works report, replacing the bridges over Carpinteria Creek requires current engineering design standards, including passing a 1-percent-chance flood (commonly referred to as a “100-year flood”), to be met; however, the predicted 100-year flood in Carpinteria Creek would be partially blocked by the existing freeway bridges. The portion of floodwaters that could not get past the bridges would travel onto the freeway and flow westerly to Franklin Creek. The additional Carpinteria Creek floodwaters in Franklin Creek would cause flooding in the city in the vicinity of the U.S. 101/Franklin Creek crossing. When the freeway bridges over Carpinteria Creek are replaced, flooding in the U.S. 101/Franklin Creek area of the city will be greatly reduced or eliminated.
Bridge replacement designs would allow flood flows to return to their historic path down Carpinteria Creek to the ocean and could impact other homes and properties downstream of the freeway, and remove several hundred homes from the floodplain. When the floodplain is reduced or eliminated, homeowners would then have their flood insurance premiums reduced or eliminated.
However, the plan to return Carpinteria Creek to its historic flow pattern places a small number of new properties in the floodplain. FEMA will not allow the addition of homes to the floodplain, and therefore would not be expected to process a letter of map revision. If the project were to proceed as planned, Carpinteria would be in violation of federal regulations; the city must meet the federal requirement so that property owners can purchase flood insurance.
“We will prepare a letter proposing a Flood Insurance Rate Map update with the update based on improved technical data and recognition of the 1969 flood damage,” said Ebeling, “when water and debris clogged U.S. 101 bridges over Carpinteria Creek.”
The next City Council meeting will take place on Monday, March 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave.

Carpinteria's got talent

Last weekend's Rotary Talent Showcase had all the singers, dancers, musicians and comedians in town in the spotlight playing to the delighted audience at the Plaza Playhouse Theater. Photographers David Powdrell and Robyn Karlsson caught all the action.

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