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Council spends grants on infrastructure


BY PETER DUGRÉ A harmonious city council whipped through bridge,


bike trail and lease decisions with little public discourse and complete unanimity on May 13. The ball is of- ficially rolling on an $8.65 million project to overhaul the aging Carpinteria Creek bridge, and Measure A funding has been secured to, in part, connect Carpin- teria pedestrians to Rincon Point. Also, Friends of the Carpinteria Library secured a two-year extension on its under-market value lease for its used-book store at the city’s Seaside Property.


Council awards $1.1 million Carpinteria Ave. bridge


contract In a unanimous vote, the city council awarded a


$1.1 million contract to Drake Haglan and Associates for preliminary engineering of the bridge replacement project where Carpinteria Avenue passes over Carpin- teria Creek. Funding for the design and environmental reporting on replacing the 76-year-old bridge will be mostly covered through the Federal Highway Bridge Program with the difference paid with city Develop- mental Impact Fees and Capital Improvement funds, which are assessed to developers. City Public Works Director Charlie Ebeling cited Cal-


trans bridge evaluations when he initiated replacement efforts in 2012. Caltrans scored the bridge a 51.7 of 100, and while it can safely handle loads in the present, the


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On the farm


JoEl Conroy


From left, Ethan Almgren, Alondra Contreras and Benjamin Gaspar introduce themselves to a new furry friend. The lamb was one of many animals that preschool students from Aliso, Canalino and Carpinteria Children’s Project at Main met while touring Carpinteria High School’s Future Farmers of America farm on May 14. In addition to meeting barnyard animals, the tykes were treated to a tractor hayride and a visit with the crops grown at CHS, many of which are used in school cafeterias.


Carpinteria bids farewell to long-time volunteer Herman Zittel


BY LEA BOYD Herman Zittel tried his best to move away quietly


before Coastal View News could write a story about all the great things he has done for the Carpinteria community. But when you have given your time and energy the way Zittel has for the last 30 years, people are bound to sing your praises whether or not you feel like joining in the song. “The guy is just amazing,” said David Griggs, cura-


tor and director of the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History, where Zittel volunteered for decades. Zittel’s wealth of historical and practical knowledge has con- tinued to surprise Griggs over the 26 years they have worked together. During that time Zittel regularly lent his services for the good of the museum. “We’re going to miss his sage advice on the board and his muscle at


the flea markets,” Griggs said. After his wife, Betty, passed away last December,


Herman decided it was time to move to Susanville, where a three-bedroom tract house cost less than a Carpinteria mobile home and his daughter is less than two miles down the road. It was a typical Herman deci- sion—rational and reasonable—but it leaves Carpinte- ria absent one well-respected, well-learned community servant, a man who worked tirelessly in support of his passion for books and history.


Asked about the tens of thousands of hours he has


logged as a volunteer for the Carpinteria Valley His- torical Society and Friends of the Carpinteria Library, Herman, whose modesty can be relied upon, shrugged


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At a book signing earlier this spring, Herman Zittel enjoys a sweet celebration of all his years dedicated to Friends of the Carpinteria Library.


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