September 22, 2023
The Coastal View News is putting out a call for paid subscribers. Carpinteria’s only newspaper has been offered free each week for almost 30 years, but a full page ad appears in this week’s edition, warning that the paper could cease publication if people don’t sign up and pay. Three tiers of subscriptions are being offered, from $1 to $5 per issue. The paper has been struggling financially since the shutdown of the Santa Barbara News-Press, which provided publishing services for Coastal View.
September 21, 2023
Another cannabis grow operation has been approved for the Carpinteria Valley. A company called Mediedibles will operate on two and a half acres near Carpinteria High School, after the county planning commission gave the OK this month. The company asked for an exemption to strict odor abatement rules and showed proof that they had never received a single complaint about the smell because of the nature of their operation. Commissioners ordered expensive carbon scrubbers to be installed within 12 months anyway.
September 20, 2023
Sea otters off the California coast will remain on the endangered species list. Two years ago someone petitioned the US Fish and Wildlife Service to take the otters off the threatened list, and after researching the issue the agency denied the request this week. They say that although the otters have made great strides toward recovery the past few decades, they still face major challenges because of climate change and sharks.
September 17, 2023
Carpinteria is in the process of selecting a new City Manager, and the application process has now closed. A firm has been hired to do the search and more than 30 people applied for the position, according to Coastal View News. Assistant city manager Michael Ramirez is among those who applied, and later this month the city council will meet with the consultants to move the process forward. Current City Manager Dave Durflinger is retiring.
September 12, 2023
The latest numbers show the cannabis industry brought in a little over $6 million in county tax revenue in the one-year period that ended June 30th. That’s $10 million short of what was projected, with the industry now struggling from a number of flaws in state law. Local officials say the main problem is a combination of oversupply and the black market. Several new laws take effect January 1st, including one that will allow for interstate commerce for cannabis farmers.
September 6, 2023
To the east of Carpinteria, the massive pavement rehabilitation project on highway 101 is now 74% complete and is still on target to be completed by October 31. It started two and a half years ago and has caused long traffic jams and an increase in accidents in both directions as lane closures and traffic pattern changes are implemented. The original projected completion was for early 2024.
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