Last member of the original Carpinteria City Council passes away
Robert “Olly” Olivas, the last living original Carpinteria City Councilmember, passed away on July 17 in Norman, Okla. Olivas, who was 91 when he died, was elected to the first Carpinteria City Council when the city incorporated in 1965 and served on the council until 1971. He moved from Carpinteria to Washington D.C., and then in 1976 he and his wife, Betty, moved to Norman, where he also served on the city council. During his years in Carpinteria, he ran an auto body shop and worked as a firefighter. His wife survives him.
News in Brief
Tony’s building sells for top dollar
After more than a half century of dishing up homestyle Italian meals, Tony’s Pizza and Pastaria closed earlier this summer, and the sale of the Borello family-owned building was finalized recently. A local investor purchased the 3,000 square foot building, located at 699 Linden Ave., which is now up for lease. The building’s closing price has not been disclosed, but according to Hayes Commercial Group, which represented the buyer, the sale fetched the highest price per square foot on record for a retail building in Carpinteria.
Host program holds final meeting of the season
Summer is flying by and before the season comes to a close, the City Host program will hold a last meeting for its volunteers. For Host volunteers to sign up for their last month of volunteering, they should attend the meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. in the city council chambers, 5775 Carpinteria Ave.
September First Friday to spotlight education
The Carpinteria First Committee, which sponsors First Friday each month, invites local educational institutions, public and private, to set up information tables at the Seal Fountain for the event on Sept. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. Participating schools are invited to let locals and visitors know what offerings are available for tots, children, teens, adults and seniors in town. There will be no cost to set up a table. Give-a-ways are encouraged. Live music will be performed at the Seal Fountain. Due to a city ordinance, no food or drinks can be given out or sold. Please send an email of interest to Chair Kistler at email@example.com on or before Aug. 19.
City Council recognizes city employees, announces new police chief
By Dale Myers
Accolades abounded at the July 27 Carpinteria City Council meeting. The council presented a plethora of awards to various city employees for their years of service and presented Catholic Charities the Outstanding Community Partner award. Accepting on behalf of Catholic Charities was Brian Clark, regional coordinator. “It really is a community effort (in Carpinteria),” said Clark. “It feels like neighbor helping neighbor down here.”
On another note, Lieutenant Brad McVay of the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department, who is the police chief in Carpinteria, announced his retirement effective Aug. 16. McVay also introduced his replacement, Lt. Mike Perkins, who has worked on and off in Carpinteria since 1992, the year law enforcement services for the City of Carpinteria were contracted to the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s office.
“A lot of my career was in this area (Carpinteria). I was actually one of the first eight deputies that got deployed down to this station when we took the contract over in 1992,” said Perkins. “The bulk of my patrol experience has been out of the Carpinteria station.”
In administrative matters, the council voted unanimously in favor (with Councilman Wade Nomura recusing himself and Councilman Al Clark absent) of amending zoning of the Carpinteria Municipal Code and Local Coastal Program creating a transportation corridor wetland overlay district and a Whitney site agricultural overlay district and removing zoning from a portion of the site. This item follows the June 22 council hearing in which it considered the Linden Avenue and Casitas Pass Road interchanges and Via Real extension item. The council adopted a resolution that evening and recommended approval of Local Coastal Program amendments that have since been sent to the California Coastal Commission for consideration.
“This is being brought back to (the council) as basically a cleanup item so you adopt some of those changes by ordinance,” said Community Development Director Jackie Campbell.
The next City Council meeting will take place on Monday, Aug. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave.
Olmstead worth her weight in gold: Assistant volleyball coach part of first USA Pan Am gold since 1967
By Dan Terry, volleyball editor
Every four years, in years preceding the Summer Olympics, a new batch of national team volleyball players cut their teeth in the Pan American Games. One of the coaches at the helm of Team USA this year was newly promoted Heather Olmstead. Olmstead, a Carpinteria High School alumna, was just awarded the head coach position for the Brigham Young University Women’s Volleyball team after the team’s Cinderella run to the National NCAA Championship in December, at which Heather was the assistant coach.
Shortly after BYU’s incredible performance in the NCAA tournament, Olmstead was contacted by Santa Barbara native and volleyball legend Karch Kiraly. Kiraly is the current head coach for the 2016 Olympic Women’s Indoor Volleyball Team and asked Olmstead to assist Dan Fisher with the US National team at the 2015 Pan American games in Toronto, Canada. Needless to say, Olmstead got on board.
“Coaching at the international level has been a great experience for me. I got to see how similar it is to what we’ve been doing at BYU, so it was easy to feel comfortable coaching these players. Their talent level was very high and they understood the game extremely well. It was also great to work with coach Fisher, he managed and coached the team very professionally, which will help me as I transition to being a head coach myself,” says Olmstead.
This year’s Pan Am team was a very promising group of players, and expectations were high. Through the initial two matches in pool play, USA looked to be the favorite for the championship, winning each match decisively 3-0.
In the third and final match of the pool, they faced defending Pan Am champions Brazil. USA took game one and looked to be in control for most of the second, but eventually let it get away from them, giving up the second game to Brazil. Team USA bounced back and took game three by a wide margin, 25-18. On the brink of losing the match and a bye in the next round of the tournament, Brazil, fed by an electric crowd, battled back winning games four and five, 25-22, 15-11 respectively.
“It felt like playing in a home match for Brazil,” recalled Olmstead. “Overall, we were very pleased with how we played and did a good job considering all of the emotion of the match.”
In the quarterfinals, Team USA faced off against Cuba, while Brazil rested, and won 3-1. In the semifinals, Team USA also defeated Dominican Republic, 3-1, while Brazil narrowly defeated Puerto Rico, a team that the U.S. beat in three games, in five.
This gave the U.S. another shot at Brazil, but this time for a Gold Medal. Again, it looked as if things were under control and through two well fought games the U.S. had Brazil at its mercy, just like their first meeting, but as history enjoys repeating itself, Brazil refused to go down without a fight. Brazil battled back into the match in the third game putting the U.S. down 20-12.
“When we were down in the third set, we were telling the team what we needed to do to get back into the set, which was stay in the present with each touch. We made a few huge plays and suddenly we were back in the game. The team always believed in each other and never gave up,” said Olmstead.
Refusing to let Brazil get a foothold, like they did in pool play, Team USA avenged its only loss of the tournament and came back to defeat Brazil 28-26 in dramatic fashion, winning Team USA’s first Pan-Am Games Gold in Women’s Volleyball since 1967.
“We played a better and smarter match in the finals … We were prepared for the emotions playing Brazil creates; we were playing for each other and for the USA. It was so amazing to see them win Gold and bring it back to the USA!” commented Olmstead.
The artist’s way: Art-niture event wraps up Aug. 7
A fusion of furniture and fine art has made a temporary home at Carpinteria Arts Center for the fifth annual Art-niture event. Creatively decorated chairs, tables and more are in search of forever homes, and their sales will benefit the nonprofit dedicated to promoting the arts in Carpinteria. The auction style event is open now and bidding will conclude on Friday, Aug. 7 with a celebration from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the arts center, 855 Linden Ave. The Rincons will perform for the event, and food from Señor Frogs and wine from The Carpinteria Wine Company will be served. Coastal View News gives readers a taste of what’s waiting for their bids.