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Carpinteria Headlines

February 28, 2024 

The new stoplight at Carpinteria and Palm Avenues was activated to four-way flashing red today, with full activation coming after final testing. Work crews are busy completing the roadwork and landscaping around the signal, which was installed late last year.

February 28, 2024 

Caltrans has again extended the completion date for the project to resurface four miles of freeway just south of Carpinteria. Last week marked three years since the start of a project to resurface four miles of roadway between Seacliff and Mussel Shoals, and today the completion estimate was extended to April 30th. The project has caused monumental traffic backups and an increase in accidents and other problems. No reason was given for the latest extension, and managers say the project is now 97% complete.   

February 27, 2024 

Southern California Edison will pay a settlement of $80 million to the federal government in a lawsuit over the Thomas Fire. The fire blackened thousands of acres and was a major factor in the 2018 Montecito debris flow that killed 23 people. In paying the settlement, the corporation admits no wrongdoing. In 2020 Edison paid a settlement of more than a billion and a half dollars to insurance companies for its part in causing the Thomas and Woolsey fires. 

February 27, 2024 

The legal cannabis industry in California brought in more than $5 billion in taxable revenue last year, according to the latest numbers from state tax officials. The bulk of the money was from actual cannabis sales, but the figure also includes paraphernalia and other related merchandise sold online and in dispensaries. The figure represents a 4.7% drop in revenue from 2022, as the industry continues to grapple with flaws in proposition 64.

February 26, 2024

Caltrans continues the effort to reopen a section of highway 150 between Ojai and Santa Paula. Last week a massive mudslide closed the highway north of Santa Paula, with aerial photos showing a huge mudflow that reportedly stayed active for several days. It’s unclear when the road might reopen. Late last week a rockslide forced a temporary closure of the highway between Carpinteria and Ojai.

February 22, 2024

The Carpinteria School District is pushing ahead with legal action against the head of the local teachers’ union. Jay Hotchner was fired from his position as a local teacher two years ago, and a state commission recently ruled in his favor in his effort to win reinstatement. Coastal View News reports that at this month’s meeting, the school board rejected the notion of rehiring Hotchner, despite arguments that school funds could be better used helping students.  District officials say it’s important that the case be heard in a proper courtroom.

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February 26, 2024

A broken pipe In the Oak View area reportedly spilled 35,000 gallons of raw sewage last week. KVTA reports the Ojai Valley Sanitary District notified Ventura County officials of the spill February 22nd, and that 15,000 gallons of waste reached the Ventura River. The leak has since been stopped and cleanup operations are underway. The cause of the spill hasn't been determined. To the west, Goleta Beach Park remains closed after a much larger spill due to storm activity.

February 22, 2024

People who live at La Conchita recently received slide warnings from the Ventura County Sheriff’s office. KEYT reports residents got notices advising them to be ready to leave if the ground shifts. The town has had two disastrous hill collapses since 2005, one that killed ten people, but many of the homes that were destroyed in those slides have since been rebuilt. Weather experts have said La Conchita could experience another one if it gets 15 inches of rain in a month. So far in February it’s gotten 11.

February 18, 2024

Environmental groups are calling it a major victory for the south coast, as Exxon-Mobil ditches its plan to truck oil across Santa Barbara County roadways. The Independent reports it was to be part of their effort to restart operations on three oil platforms off the Gaviota coast. The plan had met with stiff opposition from citizens who want to see local oil operations scaled back or eliminated.

February 16, 2024

Authorities have released the name of the man whose body was found at Toro Creek on Valentine's Day. He was 54 year old Shane Bandy of Carpinteria, and now police are saying they don’t believe foul play was involved in his death. His body was discovered in the creek by a passer-by. The investigation continues.

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February 13, 2024

The City Council has approved the design for a new dog play area at Monte Vista Park, and will use it as a template for setting up future dog parks. The vote to move forward with the Monte Vista project was unanimous. It was a year ago today that the city decided to end the program that allowed for dogs to run leash free at El Carro Park because of complaints from neighbors.

February 12, 2024

A cannabis greenhouse fire off Foothill Road was put out by firefighters February 11. Noozhawk reports the local fire district got a call of a fire at 5:20am, and arrived to find a greenhouse with smoke billowing out and flames shooting out of the top of the building.  Fire crews worked to keep the fire from spreading to an adjacent greenhouse and knocked it down completely in about an hour. Only about seven percent of the greenhouse was damaged. The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no injuries.

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