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lynda.com receives $186 million investment

One of Carpinteria’s largest employers, lynda.com, recently announced a $186 million investment into the company led by TPG, a global private investment firm with $65 billion in assets under management. The financing will be used to accelerate acquisitions, growth and new content initiatives, according to a press release.

An online learning company, lynda.com provides content covering business, creative and technical skills through video tutorials taught by experts in the fields and accessed on a subscription basis. With this investment, the company plans to increase its library of more than 5,700 courses and 255,000 video tutorials (inclusive of English, French, German and Spanish content).

Customers of lynda.com include half of the Fortune 50 companies, 30 percent of U.S. colleges and universities and many government entities.

With the investment, David Trujillo of TPG will join the board, which also includes co-founders Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin.

“This investment is a tremendous vote of confidence in lynda.com's ability to empower more people everywhere to learn the skills they need to succeed," said Eric Robison, CEO. "We are thrilled also to have David Trujillo join our board and look forward to drawing on his operational expertise to build on the success of lynda.com and to help grow the company." 

Chamber unveils three Jr. Carpinterian of the Year finalists

On Jan. 24, three qualified Junior Carpinterian of the Year finalists will be whittled down to a single winner. The three Carpinteria High School students in the running—Jonathan Cleek, Adriana Morales and Gabriel Zapien-Ybarra—all boast resumes beyond their years and are leading the Class of 2015 by example. Their sights are set on prestigious universities, and the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce award carries a $4,000 scholarship for the winner and $1,500 for both runners up. Read on for highlights from their uncanny academic achievements and seemingly impossible commitment to clubs, community service and athletics.

Jonathan Cleek
If everything goes as planned for Junior Carpinterian of the Year finalist Jonathan Cleek, his future will include a scalpel and an in depth knowledge of what’s going on under the hood of his medical patients. The aspiring surgeon has a 4.475 GPA at Carpinteria High School, achieved while taking on a rigorous course load that proves he can handle the high-level academics of medical school. His top choices for college are Stanford, Harvard and Westmont, and his list of extra-curricular activities is as well-rounded as they come.

“I place great value on interacting with as many people as possible,” Cleek said. “I try to impact as many lives as possible, if even in small ways.”

He is the drum major in the band, a four-year tennis player and varsity basketball captain last season. A natural leader, Cleek has been president and lead attorney for mock trial all while earning the title of Mr. Warrior this year by taking the crown at the school’s variety show. He counts his position as regional senator in the Junior State of America, a political debate organization, as one of his proudest achievements.

He said the performance side of his activities is his way of challenging himself. “I love a challenge, and that helps me push my boundaries,” Cleek said.

He also founded the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and leads the club at its weekly meetings. His community involvement includes three years of volunteer work at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, volunteering at Rods and Roses, Carpinteria Triathlon and the Orchard to Ocean race. In his spare hours, Cleek tutors, both paid and unpaid, works in the school cafeteria and makes some money as a dog walker.

Adriana Morales
Adriana Morales has such a clear picture of her ideal future that she knows where she wants her office to be. Her longterm goal is to report to the White House to work in finance management. She said such ambition requires funding for an expensive college education, which makes her position as a Junior Carpinterian of the Year finalist both a necessity and an honor.

“I really want that college education, so I need any scholarship I can get my hands on,” she said.

Her experiences in high school in Virtual Enterprise class, which empowers students to run a business, and as a math whiz in Advanced Placement Calculus have turned her on to economics. Morales’ top choice for a school is the University of Pennsylvania, where she hopes to major in economics. An experience that got her wheels turning on the interesting intricacies of economics was when she volunteered to help prepare taxes through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance last year in a program at Main School.

She has also been a four-year member of girls volleyball and captained the team for two years. Her leadership skills shine through in her service as Vice President for the Associated Student Body, a role that allows her to do the behind-the-scenes work for student activities.

While Morales has been a student leader, she credits the guidance of teachers for steering her in the right direction. “I’ve had so many great teachers who have been very supportive. I wouldn’t have taken the rigorous courses that I have or have been involved nearly as much if it weren’t for them,” she said.

Gabriel Zapien-Ybarra
The words “I love Carpinteria,” easily roll off Gabriel Zapien-Ybarra’s tongue. He is all about community and by extension what he sees as a cornerstone of the community of Carpinteria, its proud athletic traditions. He considers the scholarship he’ll receive as a Junior Carpinterian of the Year finalist a stepping stone to being able to return to Carpinteria after receiving a college education and enact positive change.

He has observed firsthand the positive impact athletics can have on young people through volunteering with the Carpinteria girls softball league and as an assistant coach on the Santa Barbara Special Olympics basketball team. “To see how people push themselves to achieve and overcome obstacles was just amazing,” Zapien-Ybarra said.

Zapien-Ybarra has been accepted to Baylor University but is waiting to hear from his top choice, USC, which he wants to attend for its business and human biology schools. His plan to turn a love of sports into a career has led him to devise a business plan that mixes kinesiology and sports equipment. All future plans the current Carpinteria High School student body president has end with him circling back to his home city to dedicate himself to the community.

President is a title Zapien-Ybarra wears comfortably. He’s also president of the Spanish Club and the California Scholarship Federation. And he captained the football team in the fall before taking on the role with this winter’s basketball squad.

He said his experience as a volunteer for Carpinteria’s Relay for Life has impacted him greatly. Zapien-Ybarra lost a great-aunt to cancer; she had been an integral part of his early life. Her memory has partly fueled his ambition to be named a Junior Carpinterian of the Year. “If I were to be named Junior Carpinterian of the Year, I’d just be speechless,” he said. 

Second Franklin Trail phase set to open soon

Second Franklin Trail phase set to open soon
From left, Bea and Edie Abbott and Agatha and Gwendolyn McTigue enjoy the view from the Frank Louda memorial bench near the top of Franklin Trail’s first phase. A similar bench will be accessible to the public another mile-plus up the trail when phase two opens this spring.

By Lea Boyd
In county offices and on chaparral-covered hillsides, work is underway to open the rest of Franklin Trail. The gate to phase two is expected to swing open in the next 90 days, giving hikers, bikers and horseback riders access to another 3-plus miles of wide trail leading to the edge of the Los Padres Forest, 1,750 feet above Carpinteria. Then, in 2016, completion of the project’s final phase is anticipated. The trail will realign with the historic Franklin Trail in the last phase and reach a crest 7.34 miles from the trailhead at a 3,704-foot elevation.

“Thrilled” is how Jane Murray, co-chair of Friends of Franklin Trail, described the way she feels about the imminent opening of the second phase. “It has been a community effort and I am happy to say I see light at the end of the tunnel.”

Murray and Bud Girard formed Friends of Franklin Trail four years ago and managed to clear more bureaucratic red tape, fundraising and construction hurdles than they had ever imagined to open the first phase in November 2013. The second phase of the trail is a well maintained Edison dirt road that has existed for decades. It winds through Rancho Monte Alegre, a massive ranch now under development, before coming to an end at the boundary of the National Forest.

Opening that leg has required much less construction—a couple of gates and signs to keep trail users on the prescribed path—and, therefore, minimal expense. Land use issues between Santa Barbara County and Rancho Monte Alegre have kept the second phase closed, but a trail agreement is expected to be finalized soon, Murray said. Once the agreement is approved by the Board of Supervisors, the gate that divides the first two trail segments will be unlocked.

The first phase includes a memorial bench perched at a scenic overlook, and the second phase will also include a bench hewn from the trunk of a Monterey cypress tree. Both benches honor major donors to the trail project, the first in memory of Carpinteria surfer/carpenter Frank Louda, and the second given by the family of Suzanne Duca, a Carpinteria resident and outdoor enthusiast. Duca chose the site for the newest bench.

The final phase will lead through the National Forest to connect with an existing trail called Franklin Trail Northside, which drops down to Jameson Lake and links to trail systems throughout Santa Ynez Valley. The Santa Barbara County Trails Council is coordinating the final phase, which Executive Director Mark Wilkinson said will closely follow the route of the historic trail that hasn’t seen use since the 1970s. Volunteer crews and firefighters from the Rincon Station of the U.S. Forest Service are now working to identify the old trail before re-cutting the track.

“The good thing is that there’s more or less existing trail tread … The problem is there are trees growing out of the trail,” said Wilkinson.

Depending on the grade of the historic trail and the construction necessary to create the new trail, phase three should cost around $10,000. Anyone interested in contributing to the effort can make a donation to the Trails Council at sbtrails.org by clicking on the link to the nonprofit’s blog.

Also, Murray will be present a short update about the trail at the Montecito Trails Foundation annual meeting on Thurs. Jan. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Clubhouse, 3375 Foothill Road. The meeting is open to the public.


Sibling success: Olmsteads co-coach BYU volleyball to NCAA finals

Sibling success: Olmsteads co-coach BYU volleyball to NCAA finals
Following the team’s run to the national championship game, Heather Olmstead recently was bumped up from assistant women’s volleyball coach at BYU to associate head coach under head coach and brother Shawn Olmstead, also pictured.

 By Dan Terry
Volleyball editor
There is no volleyball gene, but nobody told the Olmsteads that. The brother-sister coaching pair of Shawn and Heather Olmstead just wrapped up one of the most storied women’s volleyball seasons in Brigham Young University history, a Cinderella run that land the program in its first Division 1 NCAA Championship Finals.

The sibling coaches grew up in the quaint Carpinteria home of parents Rick and Trudy Olmstead, who instilled a great appreciation for volleyball in each of their seven children. “Our family would always pepper in the front yard or even inside the house,” recalled Heather.

Hanging above his desk at BYU, Shawn has a photo of himself with legendary, three-time Olympic gold medalist and all-time most winning beach player Karch Kiraly. Shawn was only a month-and-a-half old in the photo, and Karch Kiraly was just in high school. Kiraly’s coach at the time was Rick, whom both Shawn and Heather heavily credit with shaping their drive as coaches, players and as human beings in general.

Shawn and Heather both played at Carpinteria High School. Shawn spent the first half of his junior year at CHS convincing his buddies to switch over from their normal spring sports to volleyball and petition for the addition of the sport.

When Shawn and Heather graduated from CHS, they went on to successful Division 1 collegiate careers at BYU and Utah State, respectively. Heather went on to play professionally in Europe, and Shawn went directly from winning his second national championship with BYU to a coaching career. Heather, on the other hand, was hesitant to take up a coaching mantle but was eventually convinced by her former coach to give it a shot.

After a year of coaching at Utah State, she knew that she had made the right decision. “It was a way for me to continue to be involved in the sport I love and give young women the opportunity that I was given, to get a degree and play division one volleyball.”

When Heather moved from assistant coach at Utah State to assistant coach at the University of Utah, Shawn landed in her former spot. Two years later, Shawn was grabbed up by his alma mater, BYU. After three years as BYU women’s volleyball assistant coach, Shawn was promoted to head coach and insisted that the school hire Heather as his assistant. “Heather is twice the coach I am, no doubt about it,” he said.

That was four years ago. Since the Olmstead’s took the helm, BYU’s women’s volleyball team has broken into the elite ranks of Division 1 powerhouses. The team earned two consecutive runs to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA playoffs in 2012 and 2013, and the Olmsteads had made a name for themselves.

However, BYU still had not received the respect it deserved. After winning the West Coast Conference in 2014 as the best blocking team in the country, the end of the season polls still ranked the Cougars below the top 16 teams nationwide. They entered the NCAA tournament unseeded with the auto-bid awarded to them for winning their conference. BYU first faced off against unseeded Seton Hall and won in three consecutive games.

From there, the Cougars became the eternal underdogs of the tournament. Their next opponent was number 11 ranked Arizona. After dropping the first game, the Cougars managed to rally back and win the match on Arizona’s home court in four games. With that win, BYU was on its way to the Regional Semifinals.

“I think our win at Arizona in the second round really gave our team confidence and some swagger heading to the Sweet 16,” remarked Heather.

After knocking off sixth-ranked Florida State in four games and then 14th-ranked Nebraska in three, BYU made the Final Four to face off against Texas, the second seed. The Cougars dramatically upended Texas in four sets.

The Cougars’ road ended in the national championship—the first title match for the program—against fifth-ranked Penn State, the defending national champion. BYU held its own in the first two sets but ultimately lost 3-0 (25-21, 26-24, 25-14).

A near miss in their bid for the national championship only further motivated the siblings, who now have their names planted firmly on the national volleyball map. Shawn was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, and Heather was promoted to Associate Head Coach for the Cougars.

Movin’ and groovin’: Carpinteria students develop confidence with SB Dance Institute

 Movin’ and groovin’: Carpinteria students develop confidence with SB Dance Institute
Salene Pantaleon Reyes and Luis Maya take it low during a recent after school dance practice at Canalino School. (Photo by Lea Boyd)

By Kateri Wozny
Third-grade teacher Mary Lewandowski has her hands full with her class at Aliso School, but she looks forward to Monday the most, when she and her students can cut loose during the dance period.

“The students love dancing and it's one of my favorite times of the week,” Lewandowski said. “The students walk into class with energy, focus and really work hard at learning all the steps. They also remind me to practice so I know that by the time the performance comes around, we will definitely have it down!”

Lewandowski’s class is one of three third-grade classes at Aliso that participates in the Santa Barbara Dance Institute’s (SBDI) in-school program at Carpinteria Unified School District. The SBDI serves about 550 children in 12 schools throughout Santa Barbara County to teach kids to believe in themselves, work together as a team and develop excellence through dance choreography. In Carpinteria, the dance organization teaches about 110 third-graders comprised at Aliso and Canalino schools. The organization was also recently awarded about $10,000 from the California Arts Council.

“Dance should be part of a child’s curriculum,” said Rosalina Macisco, executive and artistic director for SBDI. “We use music from around the world to have students move to the beat and stay with the rhythm. The class is disciplined, strict and very challenging so they feel successful at everything.”

CUSD teamed up with SBDI in 2010, and the partnership has been going strong ever since. Besides Aliso’s in-school program, the dance organization also teaches third graders with the district’s After School All-Stars program at both Aliso and Canalino. Once the program is complete, students at Aliso’s in-school program perform at the Marjorie Luke Theatre in the springtime with about 300 other kids from schools and organizations from across the county. Students who participate in the after-school program have the opportunity to perform at the Carpinteria Middle School auditorium in the spring as well.

“I like (SBDI) because of the structure and how the students are taught,” said Sharon Velarde, director of the After School All-Stars program for CUSD. “The kids learn more than dance, they learn memorization and coordination that stimulates their brain and enhances their academic learning.”

CUSD Superintendent Holly Minear feels that students who have a difficult time with academics often shine when it comes to dance.

“Embedded in the dance instruction is math since music is comprised of eight counts and the routines are all built on that eight count structure,” Minear said. “In an era when art education has been virtually cut out of public education, this program serves a huge need for our students: the need to move and to express themselves in a dramatic and creative way.”

Tickets for the May 17 performance at Marjorie Luke Theatre will go on sale in March through the Lobero Theatre Box Office. Prices are $15 for adults and $5 for kids. The May 14 performance at Carpinteria Middle School is free. For more information, visit sbdi.org.

Carpinteria third-graders love to dance!
Mary Lewandowski’s third-graders share their thoughts on Santa Barbara Dance Institute

 “I think that dance class is fun because we get to dance a lot and jump and hop and clap.” – Katie

“I think Rosalina and Meri (the dance teachers) are good at dancing and are nice.” - Esperanza

“I like dance because we get to do something that some of us have done and others have a dream to do (dance or even be on TV).” - Jessie

“Dance is really good for you. Dancing is the best.” - Paola

“I think dance should go on all over the world.” - Matthew

“When I do dance, after dance is over, it gets me in shape. We love dance because we play games like Boys versus Girls. Girls go first to do the dance, then boys go after the girls, so pretty much it is a dance off, and usually the girls win.” - Amarisse

“We are lucky to get to do a do-over when we mess up. I am also thankful for getting to have such great teachers to teach us.” - Mackenzie

Clap along: Howard School students present “Happy” video parody

Clap along: Howard School students present “Happy” video parody
Howard School seventh-grader Peter Robbins and eighth-grader Sophia Dominguez star in Howard School’s video spin-off of Pharrell Williams' “Happy.”

By Kateri Wozny
The Howard School students are expressing their warm and “happy” feelings about their school with others via YouTube, thanks to two local parents.

Jason Rodriguez and Jody Pesapane both have children attending the school for the first year. What started out as a meet and greet at the institution turned into a creative collaboration between the two. The result? A written and produced parody of hip hop singer Pharrell Williams' hit music video “Happy” called “Howard” with 83 students. Currently, the video has more than 1,700 likes on YouTube.

“I was thinking of creative ways to advertise the school, and one way people can relate is through music,” Rodriguez explained. “If you take a catchy song and replace the original words, it sticks.”

The inspiration for the video occurred while Rodriguez was at LAX.

“I picked ‘Happy’ because LAX staff were doing a PSA to the song and dancing,” he said. “That transformed the airport into an awesome idea, like, wow, this is a happy place.”

Production began in October at Rose Lane Studio, with lead vocalists Jonathan McEuen of Ojai and Anna Kasper of Santa Barbara recording the track, along with six Howard School choir students singing background. Shooting itself took seven days throughout November at over 60 locations throughout Santa Barbara and Carpinteria, including the Santa Barbara Airport, fire departments and Bacara Resport & Spa. Other locations in Carpinteria included City Beach, Carpinteria State Beach, Tomol Interpretive Play Area, United Studios of Self Defense, City Market, the alley adjacent to Island Brewing Company, the Plaza Playhouse Theater and along Linden Avenue and Willow Place. All but one location waived filming fees, and production costs came to only $100.

“People just hopped on board like crazy,” Rodriguez said. “They were very generous, and we're grateful to the community.”

Parents and school staff also embraced the project, allowing students to be taken out of school to film scenes and have Rodriguez and Pesapane transport them.

“The school really worked with us, and everyone was extremely flexible,” Pesapane said. “It was a neat experience to see the maturity level of these kids; they were very respectful.”

When it came to casting the two main stars of the video, Rodriguez and Pesapane chose seventh-grader Peter Robbins and eighth-grader Sophia Dominguez, who lip-synched the main vocals.
“Every kid at Howard has an outgoing personality but we wanted ones who were not afraid to step out of their comfort zone,” Rodriguez explained. “We made our decision based on the recommendations of the teacher, staff and students.”

Both Robbins and Dominguez view the video as an unforgettable experience.

“It was nice seeing other places around Santa Barbara that I hadn’t been to before,” Robbins said. “I learned more about acting, music videos and how many cuts have to be done.”

“My friends suggested that I be part of the video because they felt I was the most energetic to do the role,” Dominguez said. “My favorite scene to film was the one with all my classmates’ because it’s my last year with all of the students. It’s a great memory to have.”

After months of hard work and dedication, the music video debuted at the school’s annual Christmas play.

“There was a lot of laughing and clapping from audience members, and the kids were ecstatic because that was the first time they’d seen the finished product,” Pesapane said.

Rodriguez also commented that Williams himself had not seen the parody yet, but hopes he does.
“If it’s possible for him to view it, it would be awesome,” Rodriguez said.

But the “Howard” video is just the beginning. Both Rodriguez and Pesapane would like to make a yearly video and have the students and community even more involved.

“We are talking about this year’s project and want to make this an annual tradition,” Rodriguez said. “We also want to have more people embrace the project, whether it’s with equipment, finances or something else. We encourage community members to email us.”

To view the “Howard” video, visit The Howard School website at thehowardschool.org. Those wishing to become involved with this year’s video project should email Rodriguez at jasonrod2@yahoo.com or Pesapane at jody@liquidbluemedia.com

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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.

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