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Voter-approved sales tax takes effect
The sales tax increase approved by voters last fall went into effect on April 1, raising the rate within city limits from 7.75 to 9 percent. Projected to raise around $2.1 million dollars annually, the city of Carpinteria has stated that the additional tax revenue will be used to fund overdue maintenance of sidewalks and roadways, park improvements and important local services such as the Carpinteria Library.
Planners approve Highway 101 widening
The Carpinteria Planning Commission reviewed and approved proposed U.S. Highway 101 improvements on April 1 for the fourth and ﬁnal phase of the South Coast 101 HOV Lanes Project. This phase will add a third vehicle lane to both the north- and south-bound sides of the freeway from Bailard Avenue to the westernmost edge of the city near Cravens Lane. Caltrans is working to obtain a separate approval from Santa Barbara County to continue the project up to Hot Springs Road near Montecito. In addition to the new HOV lanes, the project includes improvements to some intersections at the entrance to freeway on- and off-ramps. At a March 5 hearing, commissioners voted to continue the matter to their next meeting due to concerns related to a proposed four-way stop sign at Carpinteria and Reynolds avenues. At the April 1 meeting, the commission approved a revision in which annual trafﬁc monitoring will be conducted and a four-way stop sign or stoplight will be considered only when trafﬁc volumes meet a speciﬁc threshold.
FEMA considers ﬂood mapping change along Garrapata Creek
According to a letter from Santa Barbara County Public Works Department Flood Control, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is considering a ﬂood mapping change along Garrapata Creek being pursued by the owners of the properties 3250-3282 Via Real who propose to develop their property. FEMA produces ﬂood maps nationwide that depict special ﬂood hazard areas for community planning, guiding development and establishing ﬂood insurance premiums. An engineering consultant hired by the Via Real developers have submitted to FEMA a map that shows changes to the limits of the special ﬂood hazard areas and the base ﬂood elevations resulting from the Garrapata Creek. If the remapping is approved, it would remove the 3250-3282 parcels from the ﬂood hazard area, while adding other properties not currently in the ﬂood hazard area including residences in Serena Tract neighborhood. FEMA’s determination of ﬂood hazard areas has serious implications pertaining to the need for mandatory ﬂood insurance coverage as required by federal regulations when securing a federally insured mortgage. After reviewing the proposal, FEMA will determine if they agree with the remapping on a technical basis, and if so, they will publish a “letter of map revision” within six weeks. The letter then triggers a 90-day public review and comment period—effectively a time for appeals to be ﬁled. If no changes result, the new map will be adopted ofﬁcially. For more information on insurance implications, contact a personal insurance agent. If questions remain, contact the National Flood Insurance Program Help Center at 1-800-427-4661. For general information, visit Santa Barbara County Public Works, cosb.countyofsb.org/pwd/water.
Children’s Day/Book Day comes to town
In 1996, Pat Mora learned about the traditional Mexican Día de los Niños, a festive day dedicated to children. Mora started a successful initiative to celebrate it in the United States, but with the added purpose of connecting it to family literacy for all children and their families. Children’s Day/Book Day will be celebrated in Carpinteria on Saturday, April 27, at the Carpinteria Children’s Project, 5201 8th St., from noon to 3 p.m. There will be entertainment, including the Rose Marie Cruz Dancers, Mariachi Inlakech, a book reading by award-winning author, Amada Irma Perez, and more. There will be children’s crafts, refreshments, face-painters, additional local children’s authors, a book giveaway and other fun activities. The free event is funded by Montecito Bank & Trust and La Centra Sumerlin Foundation with sponsors The Friends of the Carpinteria Library, Artesanía para la Familia and Carpinteria Children’s Project.
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