SUMMERLAND FIREHOUSE TOO PRICEY TO STOMACH:
By Janis Grimont
The Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection Board’s support for a $10 million bond issue is a disappointment and, frankly, astonishing. While the $60 per typical household cost for the bond appears nominal, the board should seriously re-evaluate the proposed budget.
The 5,390-square-foot firehouse approved in Summerland has a $5 million budget, which equates to construction costs of $927 per square foot. This is on par with super luxury home building costs in our area! Most homes in our area selling for $900 per square foot include land value as well. While specialized equipment, handicap access and training facilities are much needed, why should it cost this much?
Estimated costs from Marshall Valuation Service indicate something in the range of $500 to $600 per square foot is the typical construction cost for firehouses in our area. Where is the fiscal responsibility in trying to “sell” us this over-inflated budget at over $900?
When polled by the SCI Consulting group regarding your opinion on the firehouses, please respond with a “no” vote for the proposed exorbitantly high cost and apparent waste of our bond-payers’ money. A more realistic bond cost should be $7 million, not $10 million.
SKATEPARK? NOT IN OUR BACKYARD:
By Richard Batchelder
I write with great concern and opposition to the placement of a skatepark within our peaceful downtown neighborhood. There is no way of mitigating noise; there is no way of mitigating gangs of kids looking to have a good time with their sport. No amount of sub-ground cement can mask the constant clatter and grind of skateboard activity. Most of the surrounding homes and apartment buildings are two-story, where noise carries upward.
Skatepark competition and events would undoubtedly occur. The impact on the residential area would be significant. Traffic problems, noise and criminal offenses will occur. I know. As a retired policeman I speak from experience. I strongly disagree that a skatepark “will bring together different generations,” as Jason Lesh of Carp Skate Foundation opines in CVN on Feb. 14. There simply is no good reason for the city to entertain placing a skatepark in a residential area among tax-paying properties—all of which would be directly negatively impacted. I think the majority of my generation would agree.
Mr. Lesh says skateboarders don’t fit the “team mold” and that they need an outlet. It is not the mandate of our city to provide “an outlet” for special interest groups. The city has no business giving up use of valuable park/greenspace in a residential area to a specialized interest group for cementization.
The Skatepark Foundation claims to be willing to “bend over backwards” to appease the neighbors. Unfortunately, theirs is an impossible task. It is naively optimistic of them to think neighbors will passively capitulate. Noise is noise. The internet is fraught with examples of skatepark issues.
The property-owning neighbors are overwhelmingly united against a skatepark at the proposed location. It is neither the city’s business to impose such property-devaluing activity, nor the neighborhood’s responsibility to police the inevitable elements associated with skateparks. Carpinteria already has enough law enforcement problems without exacerbating the issue.
LAWN BOWLING OVER SKATEBOARDING:
By Martha Hickey
Having followed the question of a skatepark on the property formerly owned by Union Pacific, I must agree with the letter in last week’s Coastal View News; that property is not the place for a skate park. There are other areas in Carpinteria better suited for a noisy activity like skateboarding.
Instead I would like to propose an alternative use for that area. Why not something for senior citizens? Many of our seniors go to Santa Barbara for lawn bowling. Why not put a lawn bowling area for them on that property. It is centrally located for them. Many of our seniors cannot get to Santa Barbara, but would take advantage of it here.
Just a suggestion, but I do think it might be a wonderful idea for our seniors. I have never lawn bowled, but hear it is great fun, and I might take it up if there was a place here in Carpinteria.
ROOKERY OFFERS “CHUM LINE” FOR GREAT WHITES:
By RG Wood
Great white sharks have a very acute sense of smell and are able to detect minute amounts of blood or food in the water. At Casitas Pier there has been created a large gatherings of seals, with some giving birth on the beach. This is a “chum line” for sharks! The sanctuary/tourist attraction has done a great harm to those animals; it’s not safe for them there. Six seals at a time with shark bite wounds is very sad and unprecedented.
Those animals by Casitas Pier are causing great white sharks to come here. Saying seals are “not the problem,” as Peter Howorth did at the Dec. 7 Marine Mammal Center fundraiser in Santa Barbara, is absurd!
After attending the shark presentations in Santa Barbara and Carpinteria I would like to say that myself and many others are concerned that nothing was resolved. Why is the City of Carpinteria continuing to encourage seals to come here, especially in light of all the recent shark attacks? How is it that our city got involved with marine mammals?
We think the city is out of bounds. It’s the jurisdiction of the federal government or the State of California. Please, stop closing the beach and just leave those harbor seals alone.
Remember the storyline from the movie “Jaws” and the role of the city of Amity Island?
This is definitely a very real threat to public safety. If someone is attacked, then you will be closing all of our beaches. The Seal Watchers are misguided and causing harm to the animals they are trying to protect. It’s just common sense to stop this beach closure!
CONSPIRATORIAL MINDS THINK ALIKE: By George Lehtinen
Conspiracy theorists and anti-theorists endlessly debate the technical aspects of invented conspiracies like the Moon Landing Hoax, the Twin Towers Conspiracy and other more off-center ones like chemtrails. A Feb. 7 letter to Coastal View News reminds us of that hypothesizing. But what rarely gets discussed is the apparently perfect sociology and psychology of the conspirators.
For example, in the case of the Twin Towers conspiracy, so perfect were the conspirators’ recruitment and indoctrination processes that none of the claimed hundreds of insiders talked about their plans beforehand to anyone. No one got cold feet, no one blabbed, and no one called the cops.
Beyond that, and much more difficult, all the people asked to join the conspiracy must have either agreed to join or agreed to remain silent if they didn’t join. If the conspirators misjudged even a single potential conspirator who chose instead to call the FBI, the jig would have been up. But again, so perfect were the sociology and psychology of the conspirators that no false moves were made and no one gave up the conspiracy.
If conspirators’ goals have broad public support, then the chances of a successful recruitment go up, but for a crackpot cause like slaughtering as many innocents as possible, the chances of picking a willing fellow conspirator are approximately zero. But here again the Twin Tower conspirators, like the moon hoaxers and the chemtrails conspirators, unerringly pinpointed the many insiders required and flawlessly bypassed the great majority who would have gladly done them in.
THE CARING OF CARPINTERIA:
By Lorraine Castro
On Feb. 17, my sweetheart Stephen Goldwater and I were at the seal rookery watching the amazing new life through borrowed binoculars. The adorable new seal pups were being taught all the talents new seal moms have been teaching throughout time. Then something happened that made me experience first hand how amazingly kind people can be in times of crisis. One moment I was sitting on the bench watching the seals, and the next I was unconsciousness sitting on the muddy ground.
Apparently I passed out, something I’ve never experienced before. Stephen attempted to bring me back, noting I was still breathing, but for minutes nothing roused me. At Stephen’s request, someone called the paramedics. The wonderful husband and wife team on duty that afternoon proved to be strangers who come through for others in distress. The gentleman helped Stephen pull me up to sit on the bench, at which point I projectile vomited all over myself. This gentleman did everything needed to help me, including getting me water and ultimately helping me into the back of his car, gooey and muddy as I was, so that I didn’t have to wait for Stephen to do the return walk to the condo for his car to come back and pick me up.
Although I can’t remember this gracious man’s name, I hope he knows how much his kindness and gentle responses made a scary, embarrassing event much less so. Please pass along my sincerest gratitude to him and his wife. Carpinteria is a community of wonderful people, and we are blessed to be part of it.