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Council talks trash, hears quarterly

financial report BY SARA MONGE

The rumble of E.J. Harrison and Sons garbage trucks will continue to be heard every Thursday throughout Carpinteria thanks to unanimous approval of a new solid waste handling contract by the Carpinteria City Council at its Oct. 22 meeting. While the new contract is similar to the current agreement, city staff negoti- ated for new benefits at the lowest prices in the Santa Barbara area. Vice Mayor Brad Stein praised the family company E.J. Harrison for its “pride and innovation” adding, “20 years ago we took a chance with E.J. Harrison … and we’re still paying less than we did 20 years ago.” The city is currently diverting 64 percent of its waste

from landfills, a rate significantly higher than the state- required 50 percent. Under the new contract, 75 percent of the city’s waste will be diverted by 2020. In November of 2011, a financial and performance audit of E.J. Harrison convinced the City Council to vote for sole-source negotiations with the waste haulers. Erin Maker, the city’s environmental coordinator, explained that new and expanded services for residents include allowing customers to upgrade from 64 to 96-gallon cans, request recycling and green waste cans for weekly pickup, a free sharps container mail-back program, free Christmas tree pick-up and two free bulky item pick- ups per year. In addition there will be two household battery recycling sites in the city. Commercial customers will be given incentives to

use recycling and green waste services, which will be less expensive than refuse rates. While costs will not increase in the first year of the 10-year contract, the new agreement allows E.J. Har- rison to later increase prices to remain profitable. A cap, however, will prevent prices from rising higher than the Consumer Price Index. Residents could see a maximum rate increase of just under $2 for a 64-gallon receptacle. The contract also stipulates that Carpinterians con- tinue to get a better deal than their neighboring cities, including Santa Barbara and Goleta. The city itself will benefit financially from the deal, receiving $140,000 in franchise fees and a $120,000 solid waste program fee. The council also discussed an issue that plagues the

beach areas during the summer: overflowing public garbage cans. Plans are in the works to hire a part- time seasonal worker to clean up downtown, park and beach areas to keep garbage from spilling out along the sidewalks. Trash capacity has increased as well in the problem areas. City Manager Dave Durflinger explained new roll off dumpsters have replaced cans at the end of the beach streets. Specific bins for recycling will not be added, Maker clarified, because E.J. Harri- son removes recyclables from downtown garbage bins before trash is taken to the landfill. In other news, city officials are tentatively optimistic

about Carpinteria’s finances according to projections based on city revenue from July to September of this year. Sales tax revenue continues to grow steadily. Durflinger cautioned the council about getting too excited over the numbers since the recession had little impact on sales tax. The Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) or bed tax also showed modest improvements in comparison to last year. Voters will decide whether to raise the TOT in the November election.

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A time to shine


Sporting sparkling smiles and equally dazzling duds, Homecoming Queen Catalina Maldonado and Mr. Warrior Gabriel “Gabo” Studt cruise Carpinteria Valley Memorial Stadium in their golf cart carriage following Maldonado’s official coronation at the Oct. 19 Homecoming football game. Though the Warriors ultimately fell to Nordhoff High School on the football field, the Homecoming royals maintained their high spirits throughout the evening and carried their sparkle into the next night’s Homecoming dance.


Carpinteria City Council candidates are, from left, Gregory Gandrud, Wade Nomura, Tom Perry, Kathleen Reddington and Fred Shaw. The photo was taken at the candidate forum on Oct. 10.

Council candidates report on campaign spending

Carpinteria City Council candidates Wade Nomura

and Fred Shaw were leading the pack in fundraising, and Nomura was the biggest spender as of the filing deadline of Oct. 1. Nomura, with several greenhouse growers in his corner, reported taking in $7,792 toward his campaign and spending $5,719 before Oct. 1. In what appears to be a tight race for two council seats, the five candidates have their final deadline for reporting before the election on Oct. 25. Shaw had raised $7,153 before the deadline and spent $3,546. The largest contributors to his campaign were Salud Carbajal’s campaign committee, which wrote Shaw a check for $1,000, and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, which contributed $500. Most other do- nors contributed $200 and under. Nomura contributed to his own campaign and re- ceived $500 each from local property manager Michael Pollard and growers Winfred Van Wingerden, Ed Van

Wingerden, Rene Van Wingerden, Joe Overgaag and Myriad Flowers. Greg Gandrud had raised the next most at $5,178, of which he reported spending $3,042. His donors were mainly small contributors of $200 and less. Pollard, who also supported Nomura, chipped in the most for Gandrud at $250.

Councilwoman Kathleen Reddington reported rais- ing $1,270 and beginning the campaign with a cash bal- ance of $195 in her campaign account. She spent $1,303 and was supported by $500 donations from Robert L. Lieff, a San Francisco attorney, and the Santa Ynez Band of Mission Indians. Southern California Pipe Traders District Council #16, a trade union with a Los Angeles address, donated $250 to Reddington. Candidate Tom Perry reported only that he plans on neither raising nor spending more than $1,000 for his campaign.

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