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Carpinteria Headlines

May 20, 2024

Unemployment numbers are down substantially in Santa Barbara County, with 4.2% of adults reporting they are without a job in March. That's down from 5,1% the month before. Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties also showed significant drops in their jobless rates during March.

May 17, 2024

There will be a special election in November to choose a new city council member to take Roy Lee’s place. Lee shocked the local political world with an upset victory over County Supervisor Das Williams, and CVN reports that this week Lee turned in his resignation, which takes effect in December. He’ll be sworn in December 9 and takes office the following month. The special election will coincide with the general election November fifth, and it’s expected to be approved at the next council meeting.

May 20, 2024

Pink has been added to the lineup of the One 805 concert in September. It’s an annual benefit for first responders in Santa Barbara County that takes place on Kevin Costner’s ranch off Padaro Lane. Kenny Loggins is also on the bill, and more acts are being added for the big show on September 20th

May 16, 2024

This month military officials laid out their plan to increase launches at Vandenberg to a rate of one launch every few days on the average over the next two years. The California Coastal Commission has been seeking answers as to whether Space X should be allowed to bypass the federal permitting process, since it’s a privately owned corporation. Noozhawk reports technicians have been looking at data and working toward better warnings for the public in case of sonic booms, and there is also concern that the small balloons used to determine launch conditions are polluting the ocean. There have been 16 Space-X launches so far this year.

May 15, 2024

A peace encampment has sprung up at Cal State Channel Islands in Camarillo. Several tents are now lining an area of the campus, with students protesting US policy in the middle east. They join students at hundreds of other school campuses worldwide. A larger encampment has been in place at UCSB for a few weeks, with students there staging occasional marches across the campus. Photo from KCLU.

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May 13, 2024

There will be a public meeting May 28 in Carpinteria to hear a status report on the housing element that was approved by the county last week. It calls for adding more than 5,000 new housing units across the county by 2031, with over 900 here in Carpinteria. Outside the city limits, the the Bailard multifamily project was also approved, for about 160 new units in six new apartment buildings.  The meeting is open to the public.

May 13, 2024

There has been a surge in rattlesnake bites along the south coast. Noozhawk reports seven people have sought treatment for bites so far this year, compared to two for all of last year. Rattlesnakes are common in the hills around Santa Barbara, Montecito and Carpinteria, and the article includes warnings to stay calm and get to an emergency room as soon as you can if you’re bitten.

May 12, 2024

We reported a few weeks ago that there has been a drastic increase in sick pelicans along the coast, with wildlife experts saying they’re not sure what the problem is. It’s similar to an outbreak in 2022 that had brown pelicans suffering and dying by the dozens. Noozhawk reports that this year, doctors say more of the pelicans have a cough, and they’re also seeing an increase in birds caught in fishing line, which is an indication they’re looking for food in places they normally wouldn’t. Anyone seeing a sick or injured pelican is urged to contact the Santa Barbara County Wildlife Care Network.

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May 4, 2024

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors has approved rezoning for 26 sites to be used for housing, including the Bailard Avenue Multifamily Housing Project for Carpinteria. California's housing crisis has resulted in new laws designed to provide more affordable housing, with communities across the state submitting a housing element. The proposed Bailard Avenue project has long been opposed by city officials, but would be located outside city limits and therefore under the county's jurisdiction. Plans call for six apartment buildings with 132 units, and for 41 of the apartments to be "affordable." It's unclear when construction would begin. 

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