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SHIRLEY KIMBERLIN Everything I list turns to SOLD! 805-886-0228 DAVID JASKOLSKI INSURANCE AGENCY INC. CARPINTERIA/SB • 805.684.8808 • LIC# 0129684 WWW.FARMERSAGENT.COM/DJASKOLSKI Water board buys pump for drought prep As drought concerns continue to grow, the Carpinteria Valley water District board of Directors approved the purchase of a pricey new pump on oct. 30 that should ramp up groundwater production and give the district some peace of mind if other water sources dry up. “we’re at a point where we need to produce what we’ve projected from our groundwater,” said district general Manager Charles hamilton. Cachuma lake, the district’s main water source, has dropped to less than half capacity over the last two dry winters. Unless significant rainfall arrives, the lake will be reduced to a puddle in the next two years. the stainless steel pump now approved for the Headquarters Well will cost the district about $335,000, but should provide at least eight years of function without requiring major fixes. According to Hamilton, the dearth of rainfall has resulted in higher water sales than budgeted and, therefore, surplus funds that will be used toward the new pump. District wells have been plagued with corrosion problems for years, and currently the valley’s highquality groundwater supply is out of reach due to mechanical failures within the pumps. the El Carro Well will be patched up and back in action by early December, but the quick fix of coating its bearings and altering its lubrication system is expected to give the mechanism a lifespan of only two to four years. the cost of the El Carro pump improvements will be covered by supplier Bakersfield Well and Pump. WATER DISTRICT continued on page 6 This week’s listings on the back page Father-daughter dance Photo by bill Swing School spirit hit a crescendo when Brooke Whitney was crowned 2013 Homecoming Queen at halftime of the Warrior football game on Nov. 1. Brooke, whose impressive resume includes ASB president, Link Crew leader and varsity cheer captain, was able to share her moment with father Tyler Whitney, who escorted her around the field. The football team did its part too, knocking off Santa Paula 28-11 in an emotionally charged battle that had teammate Jonathan Esqueda wheelchair-bound on the sideline following his car accident the previous week. For more homecoming photos and coverage, turn to page 12. City officials react tepidly to bluffs mixed-use proposal By Peter Dugré while many City of Carpinteria councilmen and planning commissioners came away from a joint meeting on Nov. 4 amenable to a proposal to build an office building and homes on the last undeveloped lot in the bluffs industrial park, the city’s zoning code remained firmly against the plan. the conceptual review meeting was an opportunity for the developer to pitch plans and gauge how warmly city officials viewed the project proposal for the 3.62-acre lot wedged between S&S Seeds and Plan Member Services at 6175 Carpinteria Ave. Barton Myers Associates, Inc. has proposed building a 14,000-squarefoot office building on one floor bordering Carpinteria Avenue and seven condos on the second floor. The seaward side of the property would be built with 11 single-family homes between 2,500 and 4,000 square feet in two rows. City Planner Steve Goggia told city officials that the proposal required zoning changes rather than a straight up review of the application. As proposed, the project is incompatible with the Industrial Research Park designation at bluffs ii, which allows for mixed-use developments but requires primary usage to be industrial. Current plans dedicate a majority of the lot to residential rather than complementing office/industrial usage with worker housing, the city’s preferred model. A city goal is to avoid “piecemeal development” of the bluffs, and Goggia called the plan similar to “spot zoning,” due to its incompatibility with neighboring usages. in his persuasive presentation, architect barton Myers of barton Myers Associates, inc., touted the mixed- BARToN MyERS ASSoCIATES, INC. The mixed-use project is proposed for the 3.62-acre lot wedged between S&S Seeds and Plan Member Services at 6175 Carpinteria Ave. use proposal as the best thing for the site and a concept that would bring people together for working and living. The Toro Canyon Road resident and acclaimed architect said, “I live right next to you and want to build a stunning project for you.” He argued that zoning allowed his plans. “I think planning is zoned for this … I think the planners are being a bit tough,” he said. City planners preferred a larger office building of BLUFFS continued on page 6

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