SHIRLEY KIMBERLIN Everything I list turns to SOLD! 805-886-0228 email@example.com DAVID JASKOLSKI INSURANCE AGENCY INC. CARPINTERIA/SB • 805.684.8808 • LIC# 0129684 WWW.FARMERSAGENT.COM/DJASKOLSKI Trio of projects gets ARB nod This week’s listings on the back page Let it grow Faith Lutheran proposes parsonage The pastor at Faith Lutheran Church is one step closer to a 50-yard commute. On March 27, the Carpinteria Architectural review Board recommended preliminary approval for plans to construct a parsonage on the southwest corner of the church property, accessible through a driveway off Ogan Road. If approved as planned, the parsonage will consist of a single story, 2,219-square-foot modular home and 484-square-foot garage. The church intends to remove eight of its 58 avocado trees in order to make way for the construction. John Welty represented Faith Lutheran at the public hearing and explained to ArB members that the proposed location was chosen for several reasons. The trees in that area are not as healthy as the others, and longterm plans include construction of a sanctuary in the southeast corner of the property. The Planning Commission is tentatively scheduled to consider the project on May 5. New Holly tower in the works The city’s Parks and rec Department has set its sites on improving the Holly Avenue lifeguard tower, a project that was generally well-received by the ArB on March 27. Plans include a 10-foot by 14-foot storage room beneath the lifeguard kiosk and observation deck. The proposed kiosk includes wood siding and large glass windows on all sides. Plans call for the new tower to be constructed in approximately the same area as the existing one, though its 19-foot height is three feet taller than the current tower. City Planner nick Bobroff noted that the proposed tower is very similar in style and function to the existing tower on Ash Avenue. ARB members supported the project but suggested a more decorative base, given the tower’s visibility from the parking lot. M3 mixed-use moves forward Plans for the mixed-use project proposed by M3 Multifamily at 4819 Carpinteria Ave. received an inprogress review by the ARB on March 27, and board members generally liked what they saw. The review gave applicants a chance to have new details considered by the ArB before investing in full working drawings by architects and engineers. M3 Multifamily, a Santa Barbara-based company that purchases and manages apartment complexes, owns the vacant lot and plans to construct an 8,080-squarefoot building with retail space on the ground floor, office space above and two one-bedroom apartments behind the offices on the second floor. M3 plans to occupy the offices. The ArB will review the plans once more when details have been finalized and the M3 is ready to for building permits. Joel Conroy Isla and Othello Gonzalez, grandchildren of B&G Color Nursery owners Jorge and Irma Gonzalez, lead Coastal View News photographer Joel Conroy on a mini-tour of B&G during the March 29 Carpinteria Greenhouse and Nursery Tour. Six local nurseries opened their doors to the public that day to showcase the start-to-finish process of growing flowers—as well as succulents, lettuce and other products—in Carpinteria. More photos from the tour can be seen on pages 12 and 13. Deputy Banks lauded for community service Homegrown Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Banks was honored on March 27 as the lions Club’s 2013 outstanding Public Safety officer. Banks, the son of recently retired Chief Deputy Geoff Banks, has worked for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department since 2006 and is currently a Special Duty Deputy and Detective Investigator. Funding cuts at the Carpinteria Substation during the recession led Banks to take on the tasks typically assigned to a community resource deputy, station sergeant and detective. “In reality, he is performing the duties of most of the eliminated positions and is doing the work of three people at times,” stated a press release from the Lions. Banks was instrumental in developing the “Coffee with a Cop” program, which has now been replicated throughout the county. He is also a member of the department’s SWAT team. The annual officer award is given to promote community awareness of the security, emergency services and professionalism provided to the people of the Carpinteria Valley. This year, nominations were submitted from the Sheriff’s Department, Carpinteria-Summerland Fire District, the California State Parks and the California Highway Patrol. The Lions Club’s Outstanding Public Safety Officer Matt Banks pictured with wife Aimee and sons Kyle, 8, and Connor, 6.