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Poisons and playgrounds don’t mix
I was dismayed today to spot a sign explaining that the grounds at Carpinteria Middle School had been sprayed with a weed killer that contains glyphosate (an herbicide also found in Round Up which has been identified by the World Health Organization as a probable cancer-causing poison). This, just as a federal jury in San Francisco awarded $80 million to a man who sued Monsanto arguing that glyphosate caused his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Thousands more cases are working their way through the courts. We are way behind the curve. Glyphosates have been banned in other countries. Besides the health of our children, there are many other reasons to mow, mulch or pull weeds. Glyphosate has been associated with the steep decline of monarch butterflies. It harms honeybees and other pollinators and works its way up food chains to threaten birds trying to eke out a living. Spring is a time for flowers and bees, not billowing clouds of chemical herbicides sprayed by men in moon suit coveralls. I am grateful to the many organic farmers in our area who try to maintain a safe and healthy environment. We should all strive to be more organic. There is no place in Carpinteria for poisons—least of all in our schoolyards.
Nancy Baron Carpinteria
Ed. note: In fact-checking the letter “Poisons and playgrounds don’t mix,” CVN received an email from CUSD Superintendent Diana Rigby that stated, “For the next six months, April–September, our grounds crew is suspending the use of herbicides and piloting organic weed killers. We hope that we can replace the herbicides with organic weed killers.”
A park for people with dogs
As I was returning from the mailbox where I had just mailed off my property tax check, I decided to add my two cents to the dog park issue. I am retired. I do not have children, I do not play soccer or baseball, I do not barbeque or have birthday parties. I do, however, have a dog. My dog is an important part of my life. I live close to El Carro Park and my dog and I enjoy our walks there. I would like to bring my dog to a dog park in El Carro Park where she can run around and socialize with other dogs while I talk to like-minded owners. Why are my interests of less importance than the interests of the others that use this park? I do not begrudge them that they may not all be homeowners and have to pay massive property tax bills to support schools, parks and other services in Carpinteria. But I do feel that my use of the park should be acknowledged, and an attempt made to meet my needs, and the wishes of many others like myself who would benefit from such a park.
Teresa Peacock Carpinteria
“Administration costs in hiring and salaries are increasing. No district admin cuts are being proposed; this is totally unfair.”
–– Rogelio Delgado
School cuts, raise your voice
Teachers, parents, students, Carpinteria community: the Carpinteria Unified School District is proposing cuts for $1.1 million. Instructional aides, librarians, custodians, bus drivers, Carpinteria High School athletics professionals, will all have their hours reduced. Academic achievement is down. Test scores are down 15 percent. Administration costs in hiring and salaries are increasing. No district admin cuts are being proposed; this is totally unfair. These major cuts to the education of our children will affect their test scores again. As a parent of a daughter in the school district, I do not agree with these major cuts. If you disagree as well, please show up on April 9 at 5:30 p.m. for the next school board meeting. Let your voice be heard.
Rogelio Delgado Carpinteria
Findings from the Sheriff’s Annual Crime Report were published in last week’s CVN (“Crime rates are down,” Vol. 25, No. 27). Takeaway: crime has gone down across the board. Also, last week, the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted its State of the Community Luncheon, at which Dr. Mark Schniepp of California Economic Forecast reported on the economic wellness of Carpinteria. He indicated that property values have continued to climb. It’s now $1.2 million for a single-family home. So, crime has gone down, and property values have increased. This begs a question: Has the cannabis boogeyman lost it power? According to those opposed to cannabis, property values have plummeted and crime has surged. That’s the very opposite of the facts. Schniepp also reported on the top employers in the valley. Procore led the way with 850 employees (bravo). The number of employees in the cannabis industry doesn’t get ranked because jobs are spread over several employers. In just the CARP Growers association, member farms have over 600 employees, which would potentially make cannabis the second largest employer in Carpinteria Valley. That’s a big part of the local
workforce. Cannabis has not caused a crime wave or lowered property values, but it is part of a healthy economy. There are a lot of holes in the arguments of those opposed to cannabis farming. I don’t discount people’s passions, but has the time come to heal the divide and invite anti-cannabis activists back to reality and back to a healthy and happy community?
Terra Stephan Carpinteria
Cease and desist
We have lived on Foothill Road since 1976, and for 43 years we’ve respectfully shared the neighborhood with our farmer neighbors. We’re extremely alarmed by the mission of Concerned Carpinterians that states, “We will actively monitor and remedy Commercial Cannabis practices that adversely impact our residents.” As private law-abiding residents, we do not support any citizen group monitoring or conducting any form of surveillance in our neighborhood. They’re parking on our corner for hours, logging whatever they’re logging, and flying drones over private property. This invades our privacy and quality of life. We have not signed the Concerned Carpinterians petition, nor any neighbors that we know of. In reviewing their website, neither a list of supporters nor neighborhoods in which
they monitor is available. Santa Barbara County policy makers, staff, law enforcement, advisors, industry and the public have invested thousands upon thousands of planning hours in the development and implementation of a highly regulated Cannabis Ordinance. We’re confident in the county’s ability to manage the licensing process and the Sheriff’s Cannabis Compliance Team to professionally monitor, investigate and crackdown on any and all unlawful industry owners. Concerned Carpinterians are relentlessly bogging down Santa Barbara County’s departments with their strategic complaint and appeal filings. This behavior appears both economically and socially irresponsible. They are wasting hundreds of thousands of tax-payer dollars under the guise that they know best. I ask that Concerned Carpinterians cease and desist from declaring themselves our local representatives and from monitoring our neighborhoods; this is not only potentially unlawful, but extremely intrusive and unethical.
Tina and Greg Frontado Carpinteria
Cesarean Awareness Month
April is designated Cesarean Awareness Month by the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN). There’s been a lot written and publicized lately about state of maternal health in the U.S. Our statistics aren’t good. Two of the reasons are the overuse of Cesareans without full education of the risks, and the lack of access to a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). ICAN-SB, our local chapter, is hosting a panel on April 12 to raise awareness of the issues and discuss evidence-based care. As a cesarean and VBAC mom, I found the information crucial to making informed decisions. We have the right to informed-consent and refusal, and as consumers, we must assume more responsibility for our own births.
Vicki Diloia Carpinteria
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