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SB County to begin vaccinations for people ages 75+

January 15, 2021

In light of the State’s direction for California counties to prioritize vaccination for people 65 years of age and older, Santa Barbara County is beginning vaccination efforts for people 75 years of age and older. As soon as more vaccines become available from the State, vaccination will then begin for people ages 65 and...

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SBA opens new round of PPP first draw loans

January 12, 2021

SBA OPENS NEW ROUND OF PPP FIRST DRAW LOANS The federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) resumed this week with new funding. The US Small Business Administration opened the PPP loan portal on Monday, Jan. 11 at 9 a.m. to accept First Draw PPP loan applications from lenders. WHAT CAN PPP FUNDS BE USED...

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Mobile COVID-19 testing unit coming to SB County

January 9, 2021

Beginning Jan. 11, a mobile COVID-19 testing unit will be available to support the expansion of testing throughout Santa Barbara County. The mobile testing unit will be located at CenCal Health in Santa Barbara (4050 Calle Real) from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 11. This test site will be available from 7...

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SB County COVID-19 Distribution Plan & Timeline

January 6, 2021

In accordance with guidelines from the California Department of Public Health, Santa Barbara County is taking a phased approach to vaccinating individuals for COVID-19. The strategy is designed to ensure high-risk community members are prioritized as vaccine distribution continues. Currently, vaccines are being provided for people in Phase 1 Tier 1. The tier includes...

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State extends deadline for small biz relief grants

January 4, 2021

The deadline to apply for a Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant has been extended to Jan. 13. Small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible for grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. The State will award $500 million in grant funding, and grant amounts will be based on the business’s...

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COVID-19 surges & more vaccines arrive

December 31, 2020

COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County is at record high levels. The case rate, number of new daily cases, testing positivity, active cases, and hospitalizations are all the highest we have ever experienced during the course of this pandemic. Further, the rate of increase of these metrics is approaching exponential growth. More COVID-19 vaccines have...

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Rental assistance available through CAA

December 28, 2020

Renters who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic will be provided some relief in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA), which extends the eviction moratorium now in effect until Jan. 31. It also includes $25 billion to help families cover the cost of rent. Online resources for renters impacted by COVID-19...

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Added unemployment benefits to resume

December 28, 2020

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) includes a second round of Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation payments to supplement state benefits. Weekly unemployment payments will include up to $300 in additional assistance through March 14, 2021. People who are self-employed and gig workers will also receive extended assistance. The $600 FPUC payments included in...

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State offers small business grants

December 28, 2020

The application window is now open for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program, which will award grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to small businesses. Eligible businesses must currently be operating or have a plan to re-open once permitted to do so, and they must be impacted by COVID-19 restrictions such as...

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CAA 2021 offers small business relief

December 28, 2020

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) designates significant funding for small business relief. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will receive $284.45 billion to operate and administer initial and second draw Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. The program has new parameters for eligibility—in order for a business to qualify, it would need to...

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Second round of stimulus checks to begin soon

December 28, 2020

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which the President signed into law on Dec. 27, includes another round of Economic Impact Payments for individuals. The payments are expected to begin in late December and will be made by Jan. 15. Unlike the CARES Act, which provided a maximum payment of $1,200, this bill provides...

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County extends Stay Home Order

December 28, 2020

The late fall surge of COVID-19 cases continues to grow and threatens to overwhelm healthcare systems throughout the state. In an effort to slow the spread of the disease, Santa Barbara County has extended its Stay Home Order through Jan. 21. The ICU availability in SB County has dropped to 13.9%, and the Southern...

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Senior Bridge Program Supports Older Adults

December 22, 2020

Santa Barbara County’s Behavioral Wellness Community Wellness Team is helping to keep seniors connected through the holidays. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, seniors have been among the most vulnerable of groups. Not only for physical health reasons, but also for their mental health. Many studies report that loneliness among older adults has...

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County order allows for open playgrounds

December 12, 2020

The County of Santa Barbara released a new health order yesterday that allows for playgrounds to reopen. The order also allows for outdoor swimming lessons with a licensed instructor and overnight camping when an exception applies, such as camping for residential or emergency purposes. To read the full order, please visit https://bit.ly/3qKZQOJ.

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City furlough begins Monday

December 11, 2020

Due to financial constraints caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, most City of Carpinteria employees will be furloughed between Dec. 14 and Jan. 1. During the furlough, the following services will continue uninterrupted: Law Enforcement Services, Street Sweeping Services, Trash Services, Downtown Right-of-way Maintenance, Janitorial Services at public facilities. Certain services will continue on a...

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County offers holiday coping advice

December 11, 2020

How can I cope with the holidays in a pandemic? How should I say no to holiday invitations? The Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness Department has some good advice for residents facing tough questions as the COVID-19 pandemic persists through the holidays. To learn more, check out these videos featuring Marriage and Family Therapist...

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New phone tool notifies for COVID exposure

December 10, 2020

Starting today, Dec. 10, a new digital tool called CA Notify, will help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and be available to smartphone users. Upon its launch, Californians can opt in to receive COVID-19 notifications informing them if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus. Read the County...

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Central Coast counties request separate region

December 10, 2020

On Dec. 8, the Board of Supervisors from San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties issued a letter to state health officials and California Governor Gavin Newsom to request a separate Central Coast Region composed of the three counties. The letter requests that the Central Coast Region be allowed to exit the regional...

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City suspends most parking enforcement

December 8, 2020

In response to the State’s new Regional Stay Home order aimed at slowing the transmission of COVID-19, the City of Carpinteria has suspended enforcement of parking restrictions for street sweeping and timed parking. Code Compliance officers will continue to enforce disabled parking, red, yellow, and passenger loading zones during this period.

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Stay Home Order takes effect Sunday night

December 5, 2020

The Regional Stay Home Order for Santa Barbara County will take effect on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 11:59 p.m. and is expected to remain in place for at least three weeks before re-evaluation by the State the week of Dec. 28. The order was prompted by yesterday’s drop to 13.1% ICU capacity in the...

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Stay Home Order Update

December 4, 2020

As COVID-19 cases surge and threaten to overwhelm hospitals, the state is preparing to implement its new Regional Stay Home Order tomorrow. Regions where the ICU capacity is 15 percent or less will be required to adopt new restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. Santa Barbara County is part of the...

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Purple Tier curfew starts tomorrow

November 20, 2020

Beginning tomorrow, Nov. 21, non-essential workplaces in Santa Barbara County must close between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily. The new State of California mandate applies to all counties in the Purple Tier, which includes Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo. Restaurant takeout will be allowed after 10 p.m. but no sit down...

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Health Order specifies new restrictions

November 16, 2020

A health order released this evening details requirements for the County of Santa Barbara’s shift back to the more restrictive Purple Tier. The State has reassigned Santa Barbara, as well as several other counties, to the most restrictive reopening tier in response to steeply rising COVID-19 numbers throughout California. Beginning on Nov. 17 at...

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SB County moved back to Purple Tier

November 16, 2020

The State of California announced that it is reassigning several counties, including Santa Barbara County, to the Purple Tier effective tomorrow (Tuesday) evening. The recent escalation of cases throughout most of the state has prompted the step backwards in the state’s economic reopening. California went from 6,000 new cases per day to ~11,000 new...

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Make COVID-19 changes to your holiday plans

November 15, 2020

The fall and winter holidays are fast approaching and California is experiencing a sharp increase in cases statewide. Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary for the California Health and Human Services Agency, reported an increase in cases statewide of greater than 47% in the matter of one week from Nov. 1 – 7. Santa Barbara County...

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New data dashboard combines County & State COVID metrics

November 10, 2020

A newly released pandemic Community Data Dashboard is the result of a countywide public-private partnership to empower Santa Barbara County residents and leaders with real-time information necessary to rein in COVID-19 and mount effective recovery efforts. The new dashboard builds upon existing metrics released by the County with additional timely, accurate data presented in...

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County summarizes safe voting info

October 30, 2020

The County of Santa Barbara has compiled information for voters to safely participate in the election. Please read details in the press release HERE.

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SB County provides update on state metrics and tier status

October 27, 2020

Santa Barbara County remains in the Red Tier (Substantial) in the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. We have been in the Red Tier for four weeks and have not met all criteria for the Orange Tier (Moderate). Testing positivity percent and the Health Equity metric meet the criteria for the Orange Tier, but...

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Downtown Trick-or-Treat Canceled

October 22, 2020

The City of Carpinteria is disappointed to announce that its annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat event will not be held this year. State and County guidances designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 prohibit gatherings of this type. We look forward to bringing back this well-loved tradition next year, but in the meantime, health and safety...

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Childcare providers eligible for Restart Grant

October 14, 2020

The City of Carpinteria is now accepting applications for a third round of the COVID-19 Relief Small Business Restart Grant Program. In this round, licensed daycare/childcare businesses can receive up to $1,000 to help cover costs related to running their businesses with COVID-19 health and safety requirements in place. Eligible businesses must be licensed...

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City prepares to reopen playgrounds

October 8, 2020

In accordance with State guidance, the City’s Parks & Recreation Department is working to reopen playgrounds that have been closed since last spring. Playground equipment will be cleaned before reopening, and signage will be installed to inform users of their responsibilities. These include wearing a mask, social distancing, respecting capacity limits, and not bringing...

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State of the City: Available online

October 5, 2020

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce’s virtual State of the City – Carpinteria is now available to view at https://bit.ly/3d100L9. The informative event, which was filmed at the Bega North America Campus in Carpinteria, features presentations by Mayor Wade Nomura, City Manager Dave Durflinger, and Dr. Peter Rupert, Director of the Economic...

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SB County moves into the red tier, more businesses allowed to reopen

October 4, 2020

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has issued a health order allowing more businesses to reopen indoors with modifications and capacity limits, in accordance with the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. As of today, Santa Barbara County has met the State’s red tier case rate and positivity rate criteria for two consecutive...

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County provides safe Halloween guidance

October 4, 2020

In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has provided guidance on safe Halloween celebrations. Santa Barbara County is in the State’s Red Tier, which means virus transmission remains substantial and gatherings are not permitted. For ideas on how to participate in holiday fun that offers a...

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City Council to consider dog park, third round of business restart grants, etc.

September 26, 2020

The Carpinteria City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m. To minimize the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, the City of Carpinteria has closed physical public access to City Council Chambers for the meeting. Instead, members of the public are strongly encouraged to view the meeting...

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Nail Services Allowed to Operate Indoors

September 24, 2020

Governor Newsom has announced a change related to the Personal Services industry sector. The State of California guidelines have been modified to allow nail services to resume indoor operations and physician-ordered electrolysis to reopen with modifications. Piercing, tattoo, and non-medical electrolysis services are still prohibited from reopening at this time. The County Health Officer,...

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State COVID-19 testing opens to entire community

September 13, 2020

Over the past four months, the state-run COVID-19 testing sites’ utilization has fluctuated based on the need of the community. These testing sites have seen lower utilization rates over the past few weeks which has left sites with open availability for testing. While it remains critical that those in higher risk environments receive testing,...

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New State law protects from COVID evictions

September 3, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed legislation to protect tenants from eviction and property owners from foreclosure due to the economic impacts of COVID-19. These protections apply to tenants who declare an inability to pay all or part of the rent due to a COVID-related reason. Under the legislation, no tenant can be evicted before...

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Why don’t we have COVID-19 data for Carpinteria?

September 2, 2020

In its reporting of COVID-19 data, the County of Santa Barbara includes Carpinteria in an area called Unincorporated South County, which also contains Summerland and Montecito. Several Carpinteria residents, as well as the City itself, have requested data specific to Carpinteria. Here is the County’s response: “The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department adheres...

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New State Blueprint allows some reopenings, clarifies path forward

August 30, 2020

Under the State’s new Blueprint for a Safer Economy, Santa Barbara County may reopen some businesses with modifications as of Aug. 31. Hair salons and barbershops will be allowed to reopen indoors with modifications, and indoor shopping centers will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity. The Blueprint for a Safer Economy incorporates new...

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Emergency rent assistance available

August 28, 2020

The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program is providing limited rental assistance to eligible County of Santa Barbara residents that have experienced a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and can demonstrate the need for rental support. Eligible renter households must reside in the Unincorporated County, Santa Maria, Buellton, Solvang, Guadalupe, Goleta, and...

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Beach use restricted on Labor Day Weekend

August 27, 2020

Consistent with a countywide health order, the City of Carpinteria will implement beach use restrictions and parking closures over Labor Day weekend in an effort to discourage crowded conditions that could increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission. All beaches throughout Santa Barbara County, including Carpinteria State Beach, will allow only active physical activity in...

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COVID-19 cancels “Touring with the Candidates”

August 26, 2020

Due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and increased legal risks, the City of Carpinteria has decided to not sponsor production of the Touring with the Candidates video for the current election cycle. Traditionally, the video provides City Council candidates with an opportunity to introduce themselves to the community while touring Carpinteria with a...

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Mask Up Carp Call to Artists

August 23, 2020

If you’re a fan of making art and helping to spread an important message, sign up to participate in Mask Up Carp. This is a FREE chalk art campaign that will promote mask wearing to slow the transmission of COVID-19. Chalk and PPE will be provided, and participants can create their art over a...

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Linden to reopen, restaurants benefit from extra space

August 14, 2020

In response to feedback from businesses and residents, the City will reopen all of Linden Avenue starting this morning, Aug. 14. The reopening will continue to provide a benefit to several restaurants that had expanded their outdoor dining areas into the public right-of-way during the brief street closure. City employees will safely block off...

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Adjustments made to Linden closure

August 12, 2020

The City has amended plans to close a portion of Linden Avenue to create a pedestrian area and allow businesses to temporarily expand their footprint. Taking into account feedback from businesses and the traffic flow complications created by the pavement repair project on 8th Street, the City has reduced the closed portion of Linden...

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Application window extended for safe business reopening

August 12, 2020

Carpinteria businesses that have accrued expenses related to reopening under State and County guidelines now have until Aug. 19 to apply for a grant through the City’s COVID-19 Relief Small Business Restart Grant Program. The $1,000 grants are designed to offset costs associated with efforts such as cleaning and sanitation, purchase of face coverings,...

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State Beach encourages mask wearing

August 11, 2020

This Carpinteria State Beach video informs visitors about mask wearing requirements in Carpinteria. The State Parks and City are collaborating on efforts to keep residents and visitors safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. See video HERE.

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City Council to hear law enforcement report and more

August 8, 2020

The Carpinteria City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 10 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. To minimize the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, the City of Carpinteria has closed physical public access to City Council Chambers for the meeting. Instead, members of the public are strongly encouraged to...

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Household Goods & Hazardous Waste Day rescheduled for Sept. 12

August 4, 2020

Save the date for the City’s Annual Household Goods and Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave. This year’s event was postponed from its typical spring date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional details will be posted prior to the event and...

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Community tennis courts reopen

August 3, 2020

The Carpinteria Community Tennis Courts have reopened for public use. Players must abide by the rules and pay a per hour fee for use. The courts are located on Palm Avenue next to the Community Pool and are open during the pool’s operational hours, which are weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays...

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Round 2 City grants available for safe business reopening

July 31, 2020

In an effort to help small local businesses reopen their doors safely, the City of Carpinteria is launching a second round of its COVID-19 Relief Small Business Restart Grant Program. The program has already provided $1,000 grants to 69 local businesses seeking financial support to meet guidelines for a safe reopening. The second round...

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Temporary Linden closure begins Aug. 10

July 28, 2020

In an effort to support local businesses, the City of Carpinteria will temporarily close Linden Avenue to traffic between Sixth and Eighth streets starting on Aug. 10. Businesses on these blocks will be able to expand into the roadway once they’ve secured a permit through the City. Many cities, including Santa Barbara and Ventura,...

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City suspends Jr. Lifeguard session out of an abundance of caution

July 23, 2020

Acting out of an abundance of caution, the City of Carpinteria has suspended the current session of its Junior Lifeguard Program due to an instructor’s exposure to a person who tested positive for COVID-19. The City employee currently has no symptoms and is quarantined at home. The City is also arranging for the employee...

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Hair salons, barbershops, and certain personal services can now move some activities outdoors

July 20, 2020

In response to requests from personal care practitioners desiring to move some of their activities outdoors, Governor Newsom announced today that State of California guidelines have been modified to allow some personal care activities to occur in outside locations. Prior to the issuance of new guidelines, barbershops and hair salons were required by the...

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Local leaders participate in “Respect. Protect. Wear your Mask.” campaign

July 20, 2020

A group of Santa Barbara County leaders and community organizations recently launched a campaign encouraging the public to “Protect. Respect. Wear Your Mask” in public spaces in order to support local economic opening efforts and slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The campaign supports the State of California’s requirement to wear a face...

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Health Officer order mandates indoor business closures

July 15, 2020

In response to the State Public Health Officer Order on July 13, the Santa Barbara County Health Officer has issued an order mandating the closure of additional indoor business operations. This guidance went into effect July 14 at 5 p.m. and will continue through Aug. 12, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded or...

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Rental assistance available for those in need

July 14, 2020

Carpinteria residents who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for rent assistance. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program managed by the County of Santa Barbara will provide up to three months of rent payments for tenants who cannot pay rent because of lost or reduced income due to COVID-I9. Funded...

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State orders major reopening rollback

July 13, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom today ordered that Santa Barbara County, along with 29 other counties on the state’s watch list for rising COVID-19 transmission, must reinstate closures for several business types. An order from the Santa Barbara County Health Officer is anticipated shortly.  The County will be required to shut down the following industries or...

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Commercial eviction ban extended

July 9, 2020

The City’s Commercial Eviction Protections will remain in place until at least Sept. 30 due to an order by Governor Newsom that extends local governments ability to halt evictions. The Carpinteria City Council unanimously voted on April 13 to adopt a temporary moratorium on commercial evictions for tenants who have suffered income loss from...

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Reminder: Playground structures remain closed

July 6, 2020

While some regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic have relaxed, the playground structures in City parks remain closed until further notice. This closure is aimed at reducing the spread of the virus. Thank you for your cooperation in this difficult time.

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Catch up on videos chronicling the pandemic

July 6, 2020

In recent weeks, filmmaker Larry Nimmer has made available several short videos that depict various aspects of life in Carpinteria during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most recently, he shot footage of downtown Carpinteria from the Fourth of July holiday weekend and included interviews with City Manager Dave Durflinger and Carpinteria Cemetery District General Manager Mike...

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HEALTH OFFICER ORDER ISSUED TO CLOSE BEACHES IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY FOR FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND

July 2, 2020

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Rising COVID-19 cases prompt return of beach parking restrictions

July 1, 2020

Over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, the City of Carpinteria will reinstate emergency parking restrictions to discourage large gatherings and slow the transmission of the coronavirus. These include 2-hour parking limits and parking closures, as well as the temporary resident parking permit program near City beaches. The State Beach will also close its...

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Council to receive COVID-19 update at special meeting

July 1, 2020

The Carpinteria City Council will hold a special meeting on Thursday, July 2 to receive an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and a response report from City Manager Dave Durflinger. Though physically closed to the public, the meeting will be live streamed through the City’s website https://carpinteria.ca.us/city-hall/agendas-meetings/ at 5:30 p.m. A recording will be...

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Governor orders restaurants to close indoor dining

July 1, 2020

Today Governor Gavin Newsom announced that several counties, including Santa Barbara, must roll back reopening in response to elevated levels of COVID-19. In addition to bars being forced to shut down temporarily, restaurants are now ordered to close their indoor dining facilities. Those that can provide outdoor dining will be permitted to do so....

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No food bank distribution today

July 1, 2020

This month the food distribution hosted by the Foodbank of Santa Barbara and Carpinteria Children’s Project will take place every other Wednesday afternoon, on July 8 and 22, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Carpinteria Children’s Project, 5201 8th Street. The distribution will not be held on Wednesday, July 1. To find out more, call...

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Bars in SB County ordered to close

June 30, 2020

Santa Barbara County Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg has issued a health officer order mandating the closure of local bars at the recommendation of the California Department of Public Health. This guidance is effective tomorrow (Wednesday, July 1) at 8 a.m. This Order will continue until 5 p.m. on July 26 or until it...

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Gov. Newsom recommends closure of SB County bars

June 29, 2020

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has recommended that Santa Barbara County close bars due to elevated transmission of COVID-19. The County Health Officer is strongly considering options to address these concerns. On Sunday, the CDPH released guidance recommending that counties on the County Monitoring List for three or more consecutive days, but...

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SB County to allow reopening of expanded personal care services

June 25, 2020

Santa Barbara County Public Health Officer Henning Ansorg, M.D., has issued a Health Order permitting the reopening of personal care businesses that were previously closed. This Order is effective starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, June 26, and continuing until 5 p.m. on July 26 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended...

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Plastic bag ban resumes

June 24, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order that temporarily suspended certain requirements of the plastic bag ban has now expired. This means that Carpinteria retailers, including local grocery stores, must now provide a reusable grocery bag or recycled paper bag to a customer at a charge of at least 10 cents. For now, grocery stores may...

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State requires face coverings

June 24, 2020

The State of California requires face coverings for anyone over the age of 2 who is inside a business, public building or vehicle with others. Face coverings are also required outdoors anywhere that social distancing is difficult to maintain. There are some exceptions that are detailed HERE.

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How do I find out if a business is certified for reopening?

June 23, 2020

The County of Santa Barbara has released an interactive map at https://bit.ly/2CuTDl7 that identifies businesses which have gone through the County process and received their certification for reopening. Map users can scroll through the county and magnify cities and neighborhoods of interest. Additionally, the search tool can be used to locate a business by...

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2020/2021 City Budget reflects pandemic impacts

June 23, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated economies across the nation and resulted in dramatic budgetary shortfalls to cities, counties and states. The City of Carpinteria, like most municipalities, is facing reduced revenues for the current and upcoming fiscal years. Still, thanks to strong reserves and spending reductions, the City has been able to provide funding...

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Council to consider City Budget & options to support racial justice

June 20, 2020

The Carpinteria City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, June 22 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. To minimize the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, the City of Carpinteria has closed physical public access to City Council Chambers for the meeting. Instead, members of the public are encouraged to view...

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Junior Lifeguard Program details announced

June 18, 2020

The Carpinteria Junior Lifeguard Program will be held this summer with modifications that allow for compliance with State and County COVID-19 pandemic requirements. This year’s program will consist of three two-week sessions starting on July 6 and running through Aug. 14. To ensure a fun and safe experience for participants, Parks & Recreation Department...

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No new reopenings planned for SB County this week

June 17, 2020

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department announced today that it will not move forward in reopening expanded personal care service industries at this time. SB County’s increase in recent hospitalizations coupled with ongoing increases in COVID-19 positive cases have led to the decision to pause reopening. The State is allowing counties to reopen...

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City cancels Independence Day Parade

June 15, 2020

The City of Carpinteria’s annual Independence Day Parade has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Large gatherings such as festivals, celebrations or parades are not allowed during the current phase of the State and County’s reopening plans. Slowing the spread of the virus remains a priority, and social distancing would be difficult to...

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Parking enforcement resumes today

June 15, 2020

Timed and street sweeping parking enforcement resumes today after being suspended for several months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please pay attention to parking signs in the City of Carpinteria and be aware that Code Compliance officers will be enforcing both street sweeping and time limits.

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Picnic in the Park provides free lunches for kids

June 13, 2020

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County will provide free takeaway meals for all children 18 and younger this summer. The program will take place Monday through Friday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. starting Monday, June 15. Lunches will be distributed from Carpinteria Middle School, 5351 Carpinteria Ave., and Canalino School, 1480 Linden Ave. Measures...

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SB County announces move into Stage 3

June 10, 2020

Santa Barbara County will enter the next phase of reopening on Friday, June 12. Businesses included in the Stage 3 reopening must follow guidances created by the State & County and complete an online self-certification form to be approved for reopening by the County Public Health Officer. See the full Health Officer Order HERE.

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City lifts remaining pandemic parking restrictions

June 9, 2020

The City has lifted the last of the parking restrictions implemented as a means of slowing the spread of COVID-19 by reducing congestion at local beaches, parks and downtown. This includes the removal of the 2-hour limits in the Beach and Concha Loma neighborhoods, as well as a small number of permit parking only...

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City considers pandemic impact to budget

June 9, 2020

Though the City of Carpinteria is facing significant budget cuts, the City Council reviewed a proposed budget on Monday evening that will support existing service levels and important projects and programs in the coming year.  Council members considered the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the current and upcoming fiscal years. Stay-at-home orders aimed...

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ABOP to resume June 13

June 4, 2020

The City’s regular ABOP Collection events are scheduled to resume this month, with the first collection event since the COVID-19 pandemic’s stay-at-home orders taking place on Saturday, June 13. The twice monthly event allows residents to drop off antifreeze, batteries, oil and paint (ABOP) for disposal at the Public Works yard at City Hall,...

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City relaxes parking restrictions

June 3, 2020

The City of Carpinteria is in the process of removing some of the restrictions placed on parking in response to State and County stay-at-home orders. Parking lots that were closed in an effort to reduce beach and downtown congestion are being reopened. These include the beach parking lots at the end of Linden, Elm,...

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City offers COVID-19 signage and FAQs for businesses

June 1, 2020

The City of Carpinteria has created signs and compiled information to help businesses reopen safely. The materials were distributed in informational packets to several businesses last week, and City staff will be distributing additional packets this week. Additional printed packets are available to be picked up at City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave. Businesses are...

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Parking reopened on Linden & Bluffs

May 30, 2020

As the economy begins to reopen and restrictions throughout the state are loosening, the City has begun relaxing public parking restrictions implemented to reduce congestion in areas with high intensity use, such as beaches and the Bluffs Preserve. Last week, parking was restored along the east side of Linden Avenue between Sandyland Road and...

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Applications available for business restart grant

May 28, 2020

Applications are available for a new City of Carpinteria grant program designed to help small local businesses reopen their doors safely. The COVID-19 Relief Small Business Restart Grant Program will provide $1,000 grants to up to 100 local businesses seeking financial support to meet guidelines for a safe reopening. The goal is to offset...

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Sidewalk dining & retail program

May 27, 2020

Businesses looking to temporarily expand their footprint in order to comply with social distancing requirements will soon have that opportunity within the City of Carpinteria. The City Council has approved a temporary COVID-19 outdoor business permit program to allow businesses to operate in the City right-of-way and other privately owned outdoor spaces. Businesses can...

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City offers business restart grants

May 27, 2020

In an effort to help small local businesses reopen their doors safely, the City of Carpinteria is launching the COVID-19 Relief Small Business Restart Grant Program. The new program will provide $1,000 grants to up to 100 local businesses seeking financial support to meet guidelines for a safe reopening. The goal is to offset...

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Now allowed: Salons/barbershops, churches, and modified graduations

May 26, 2020

New orders issued by the County of Santa Barbara allow for hair salons and barbershops to reopen, for places of worship to hold limited-attendance in-person services, and for modified graduation ceremonies to be held as of 5 p.m. today, May 26.   Hair salons and barbershops may now operate in person if face coverings are...

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City Council to consider right-of-way dining & $100k small biz grant program

May 25, 2020

The Carpinteria City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, May 26 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. To minimize the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, the City of Carpinteria has closed physical public access to City Council Chambers for the meeting. Instead, members of the public are strongly encouraged to...

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Local businesses: How to reopen or stay open

May 23, 2020

All businesses open in Santa Barbara County must complete the requirements laid out by the Governor of California and the SB County Health Officer. Businesses that are reopening now must complete an industry site specific COVID-19 protection plan, checklist, and attestation before reopening. Those that have been in operation, must complete these steps by...

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Carpinteria & SB County approved for additional reopening

May 21, 2020

With permission from the State of California, the County of Santa Barbara will take another step in the reopening process. Starting today, in-dining restaurants, retail and shopping malls in Santa Barbara County, including the City of Carpinteria, are allowed to open, under the condition that they follow safety guidance provided by the State. The...

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Next phase of reopening expected soon

May 20, 2020

Governor Newsom’s reopening plan for California allows counties that meet specific criteria to move into the next phase (late Stage 2). Though Santa Barbara County has not yet received approval by the State to move into late Stage 2, it is expected to come very soon.  In this next stage, the following businesses will...

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Council approves face covering requirement

May 18, 2020

At a special meeting held this afternoon, the Carpinteria City Council established requirements for wearing face coverings as an additional health protection measure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new ordinance, which is effective immediately, requires all workers and members of the public to wear a face covering while present at an essential...

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SBA releases PPP forgiveness application

May 18, 2020

On May 15, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released guidance for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness provisions in the form of an 11-page application. Many questions that have arisen since the launch of the program, including which borrower costs are forgivable, can now be answered in the application. Borrowers should review the...

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Special meeting on Monday to consider mask requirements

May 17, 2020

The Carpinteria City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, May 18 at 3 p.m. to establish City requirements for wearing face coverings as an additional health protection measure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The draft ordinance requires all workers and members of the public to wear a face covering while present...

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SB County releases guide to reopening

May 15, 2020

Santa Barbara County is taking steps to safely reopen society and our economy within the framework of Governor Newsom’s Resilience Roadmap. To support implementation of the roadmap for phased reopening, a localized supplemental guide has been produced and is available at https://recoverysbc.org/the-rise-guide/. The Santa Barbara County RISE Guide, or Reopening In Safe Environment, was...

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Council considers pandemic parking & masks

May 12, 2020

At the Carpinteria City Council meeting on May 11, the council considered a number of items of public interest. To minimize the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, the meeting was held through Zoom video conference call. Meeting highlights are included below (out of order considered) and video footage of the meeting can be...

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Community Pool to partially reopen

May 12, 2020

Starting on Monday, May 18, the City of Carpinteria will open the Community Pool for very limited swimming in a manner consistent with State and County Public Health Orders. A maximum of five swimmers will be allowed to use the pool at once, and reservations must be made in advance at https://www.carp-pool.com/. Swimmers can...

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Carpinteria webinar recording available

May 11, 2020

Members of the public are invited to view a recording of Carpinteria in the Time of Corona, a webinar created by the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce. The informational event, which took place on May 8, features a variety of speakers who discuss reopening efforts for the County of Santa Barbara and City of...

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City Council to meet Monday

May 8, 2020

The Carpinteria City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, May 11 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. To minimize the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, the City of Carpinteria has closed physical public access to City Council Chambers for the meeting. Instead, members of the public are strongly encouraged to...

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SB County to begin reopening of low-risk businesses

May 7, 2020

Santa Barbara County will begin the reopening of specified, low-risk businesses on Friday, May 8. Information provided in Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-60-20 provides guidance regarding the criteria and procedures with which Santa Barbara County is moving through Stage 2 of the Governor’s 4-Stage Process. A limited number of businesses will be able to...

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City announces new parking restrictions

May 5, 2020

Beginning on Friday, May 8, the City of Carpinteria will implement new parking restrictions to further discourage gatherings at beaches and to reduce the impact of visitor parking on residents. These include new timed parking limits and parking closures, as well as a temporary resident parking permit program near City beaches. Until further notice,...

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Webinar to consider next steps for Carpinteria

May 5, 2020

The Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a webinar called Carpinteria in the Time of Corona on Friday, May 8 from 11 a.m. to noon. Open to anyone in the community, the webinar will feature a variety of speakers and will be facilitated by Joyce Donaldson, President/CEO of the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of...

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Beach enforcement to increase over warm weekend

April 30, 2020

As another warm weekend approaches, the City of Carpinteria is increasing enforcement efforts to ensure compliance with State and County social distancing orders. City Code Compliance Officers, City and State Lifeguards, and Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department officers will be patrolling local beaches to discourage behavior that challenges orders intended to slow the spread of...

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Community-based COVID-19 testing comes to SB County

April 30, 2020

Beginning the week of May 4, an initial COVID-19 testing site will be opened in the city of Santa Maria. Future sites will be opened in Lompoc and Santa Barbara in the coming weeks. Residents of Santa Barbara County can be screened for community-based COVID-19 testing and schedule an appointment for in-person testing if...

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Watch “State of the City” & stream “State of the School District”

April 29, 2020

The Alcazar Theatre’s first live streamed event, “The State of the City,” is now available to view at https://bit.ly/3bRDUt9. It features presentations by Mayor Wade Nomura, Chief of Police Services Lt. Butch Arnoldi, and City Parks & Recreation Director Matt Roberts. The theatre will host its next live streamed event featuring presentations by Carpinteria...

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City Council considers pandemic response & financial update

April 28, 2020

The Carpinteria City Council held its regular meeting on Monday, April 27 by Zoom video conference call to minimize the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. Meeting highlights are included below and video footage of the meeting can be viewed at https://carpinteria.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=615 City Manager Dave Durflinger provided the Council with a lengthy update on...

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Protect your community, wear a mask

April 28, 2020

Carpinteria residents are advised to wear cloth masks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The primary role of a mask is to reduce the release of infectious particles into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes, including someone who has COVID-19 but feels well. Please note that cloth face coverings are not...

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Live streamed “State of the City” to include Q&A

April 28, 2020

The Alcazar Theatre will host a live streamed event entitled “Carpinteria: The State of the City” on Wednesday, April 29 at noon. Kicking off the event, Carpinteria Mayor Wade Nomura will speak, followed by Carpinteria’s Chief of Police Lt. Butch Arnoldi at 12:30 p.m., and City Parks & Recreation Director Matt Roberts at 1...

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County hosts COVID-19 Business Assistance Webinar

April 28, 2020

Businesses in Santa Barbara County are invited to a COVID-19 Business Assistance Webinar on Wednesday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to noon. Speakers will cover topics including the banking and loan environment; support from the local chambers of commerce and organizations like Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV); and the countywide and regional effort for economic...

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REMINDER: Parking enforcement adjusted

April 27, 2020

As Carpinterians continue to shelter in place for the COVID-19 pandemic, Code Compliance officers are not ticketing vehicles for street sweeping and most timed parking. Enforcement of disabled parking, red, yellow, and passenger loading zones continues during this period, and in some cases, 72-hour parking limits will be enforced.

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Enforcement increases with crowds

April 25, 2020

The City of Carpinteria is actively working to ensure safe social distancing is being practiced throughout Carpinteria as high temperatures increase local and visitor pressure on our beaches and downtown. Additional law enforcement, code compliance, and lifeguarding staff were on duty today (Saturday) and will continue to have a heightened presence at and around...

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City Council to consider financial update and pandemic response

April 25, 2020

The Carpinteria City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, April 27 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. To minimize the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, the City of Carpinteria has closed physical public access to City Council Chambers for the meeting. Instead, members of the public are strongly encouraged to...

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County adds clarity with new Stay Well at Home Order

April 25, 2020

To clarify essential businesses within the County of Santa Barbara, the County Health Officer has issued the Stay Well at Home Order, which is effective through May 31, unless amended. The new order stipulates the certain essential businesses may open with modified operations and social distancing protocols including but not limited to public and...

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SB County begins planning for reopening

April 23, 2020

The County of Santa Barbara has announced that it will begin creating a plan for a strategic phased re-opening that complies with State and National guidance. As outlined during an April 21 COVID-19 update to the Board of Supervisors, development of the reopening plan is expected to take four to six weeks. The plan...

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SB County confirms 22 new cases of COVID-19

April 20, 2020

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department reported an additional 22 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county today. None of the new cases are in the Carpinteria/Summerland/Montecito area, in which a total of 21 cases have been reported.  The total number of confirmed cases in the county is 416. Of these, 168 people are...

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City to close beach parking

April 16, 2020

Beginning Friday, April 17, the City of Carpinteria will close beach-end parking lots on Linden, Elm, Holly and Ash avenues, as well as the diagonal parking spaces on Linden Avenue south of the railroad tracks. The parking closures are intended to discourage beach crowding and behavior that challenges social distancing orders. By limiting parking,...

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Carpinteria Community Calendar is live!

April 16, 2020

Carpinteria Children’s Project launched a new online calendar where events and activities of all kinds are made available to the whole community. Visit https://carpchildren.org/calendar/month/?blm_aid=6140935 to find myriad opportunities to learn, connect, find support tools, and socialize while practicing social distancing. Organizations are offering exercise groups, circle times for children, enrichment activities for youth, teen...

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City Council approves commercial eviction moratorium & new funding for COVID-19 response

April 14, 2020

The Carpinteria City Council held its regular meeting by Zoom call on Monday, April 13. The full agenda and video footage from most of the meeting can be found at https://carpinteria.ca.us/city-hall/agendas-meetings/. Technical difficulties interfered with the video recording for the final items acted upon. The Council approved an agreement to continue receiving consultant services...

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Local businesses: Submit your listings

April 13, 2020

Are you a local business looking for ways to inform customers about your services under social distancing orders? Are you a Carpinterian looking for ways to safely support your local businesses? Carpinteria’s COVID-19 Community Hub provides a space for local businesses to reach supporters during this challenging time. The “Support Local Businesses” page gives...

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Santa Barbara County confirms 267 cases of COVID-19

April 12, 2020

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) reported that there are an additional three confirmed cases of COVID-19, which brings the total number of confirmed cases in Santa Barbara County to 267. Additionally, the Santa Barbara County Call Center has transitioned to 2-1-1 that will provide the public access to general information about COVID-19...

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City Council to consider commercial eviction moratorium & new funding for COVID-19 response

April 10, 2020

The Carpinteria City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. To minimize the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, the City of Carpinteria has closed physical public access to City Council Chambers for the meeting. Instead, members of the public are strongly encouraged to...

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Do your part to keep parks, beaches, and trails open

April 10, 2020

As the holiday weekend approaches, Carpinterians are reminded that gatherings are not permitted and social distancing is mandatory. The City of Carpinteria is taking new steps to discourage congestion in public outdoor areas, and it is imperative that residents follow guidelines in order to maintain access to the City’s abundant open spaces. Distancing measures...

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Video series documents local life in the COVID-19 pandemic

April 9, 2020

In a new video series entitled “Carpinteria in the COVID-19 Pandemic,” local filmmaker Larry Nimmer interviews a wide range of Carpinterians and learns about how the pandemic has impacted their lives and the community. Sponsored by the City of Carpinteria, the collection of 12 episodes is now available on the City’s webpage at https://carpinteria.ca.us/visitor-info/videos/...

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City launches new websites

April 7, 2020

Providing residents with online access to local government programs and services is one of the City of Carpinteria’s ongoing priorities. Recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the need for residents to connect with important resources. To best serve the community, the City of Carpinteria has launched a completely updated City website at https://carpinteria.ca.us/ and...

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MTD takes Seaside Shuttle out of service

April 6, 2020

Today, Santa Barbara MTD further lowered service levels in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Carpinteria, the Seaside Shuttle has been removed from service until further notice. The reduction is due to reduced ridership and MTD workforce constraints. Carpinteria’s Line 20 to and from Santa Barbara remains in service. Passengers with questions about schedules...

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State bans water shut-offs

April 6, 2020

On April 2 Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that will restrict water shutoffs to homes and small businesses while the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order protects consumers who may not be able to pay for their water service from shutoffs. Under the order, the State Water Resources Control Board...

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County PSAs inform underserved population

April 6, 2020

Santa Barbara County recently released a series of COVID-19 videos designed to provide important information to community members who speak Mixteco. An estimated one-third of California farm workers speak an indigenous Mexican language. Many are from the state of Oaxaca, where many people speak Mixteco, and many do not speak Spanish or English. To...

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Financial support available for utility costs

April 4, 2020

Stay at home orders have led to higher residential energy use at the same time as many residents are experiencing financial stress and income loss brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. New utility programs and discounts are now available to assist those in need. Customers who have lost their income should call their utility...

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Local lodging restricted to essential workers

April 3, 2020

APRIL 4 The City of Carpinteria is notifying owners and operators of short-term vacation rentals and hotels/motels that guest users must be limited to people permitted to travel pursuant to Governor Newsom’s stay at home order. Short-term lodging must be restricted to those who are working in industries identified as essential.

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Bilingual volunteers needed for Foodbank calls

April 3, 2020

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County urgently needs volunteers bilingual in Spanish and English to answer phone calls from community members who need help with food due to COVID-19, including seniors who need home delivery. If you can help, please call (805) 967-5741 x209 or email lchilders@foodbanksbc.org.

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Check in on neighbors, friends, family

April 3, 2020

Call, text, and (safely) knock on doors to make sure your neighbors, friends, and family are connected and have the support they need during this difficult time. Use this Community Check-In Checklist:. DO YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEED: GROCERIES OR MEALS? If YES, call 211 to connect to food banks and more. MEDICINE...

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Keep your waste hauler safe

April 2, 2020

In order to protect solid waste haulers, the City would like to remind residents to place items in their bins for collection. If items intended for pick-up are outside of the bin, they may not be collected. This effort will allow haulers to remain in their vehicles, thus reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission....

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SB County announces death of patient with COVID-19

April 1, 2020

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting that a resident has died of COVID-19. The north county resident who died was in his or her 60s and had underlying health conditions.  “We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of this patient,” said Santa Barbara County Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg....

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County to consider penalty cancellation for late property taxes

April 1, 2020

The Santa Barbara County Treasurer-Tax Collector (TTC) is experienced in working with the community in times of emergency and disaster. Due to the COVID-19 emergency, after April 10 the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office will consider written requests for penalty cancellations on a case-by-case basis. Property owners who can pay their property taxes by the April...

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City extends COVID-19 service changes, discourages over-use of outdoor spaces

April 1, 2020

Consistent with State guidance, the City of Carpinteria has extended service changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Regular services are now tentatively scheduled to be restored on Monday, May 4, 2020.  Additionally, the City has decided to close the public parking lots at Viola Fields and Bailard Avenue and will be working with CUSD...

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ABOP postponed

March 31, 2020

The City of Carpinteria has decided to temporarily suspend its ABOP (Antifreeze, Batteries, Oil and Paint) disposal program out of an abundance of caution related to the spread of COVID-19. The event will not take place on its usual date, April 11, and a replacement date has not been determined. The City will inform...

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Small business support update

March 30, 2020

The City of Carpinteria recognizes that many local businesses and their employees are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to support our local businesses, the City will disseminate new and relevant information as it becomes available. Please note that these updates are not comprehensive but are intended to provide useful tools for...

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Emergency food distribution held weekly at CHS

March 30, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, an emergency food distribution will be held every Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Carpinteria High School, 4810 Foothill Road. Carpinteria Children’s Project and Carpinteria Boys & Girls Club alternate hosting responsibilities for this effort. The distributions are drive-through only. Please note that the weekly event will no longer...

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Outdoor gatherings suspended during COVID-19 pandemic

March 30, 2020

The recent closure of schools, workplaces, theaters, bars and restaurants under COVID-19 orders has intensified the public’s use of outdoor spaces for recreation. Unfortunately, not everyone is using Carpinteria’s abundant outdoor resources responsibly. This must change, and the City is working to ensure that social distancing orders are followed in public places. These orders...

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New cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Santa Barbara County

March 28, 2020

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) has confirmed four additional cases of COVID-19 today. This makes 68 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County. Below are more details about the four cases announced March 29: Case #65­—in their 70s and resides in the South County Unincorporated Areas, which include communities...

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County confirms 47 COVID-19 cases

March 27, 2020

The newest data from the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department indicates that 47 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in the County. Five of the positive cases are residents of an area comprised of Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria. Other demographic data are available on the PHD Public Information Portal at https://publichealthsbc.org/. As a...

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Governor bans evictions related to COVID-19

March 27, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order banning the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through May 31, 2020. The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. It also requires tenants to declare in writing, no more...

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COVID-19 city e-newsletter released

March 25, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, City of Carpinteria has increased the frequency of its monthly e-newsletter in an effort to keep residents informed about local impacts of the pandemic and resources available to them. Each weekly edition will contain a letter from Carpinteria Mayor Wade Nomura, as well as updates on the number of confirmed...

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SoCalGas updates customers

March 24, 2020

The attached notification from SoCalGas informs customers of changes related to COVID-19. The company has closed branch payment offices and provides information on alternative pay methods. Additionally, service disconnections have been suspended so that no customer has their gas turned off for failure to pay a bill. See https://www.socalgas.com/coronavirus for details and additional updates.

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City council ratifies local emergency

March 24, 2020

The Carpinteria City Council held a meeting on March 23 at City Hall with social distancing measures in place to minimize the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. One councilmember participated in the meeting by phone. The council chamber was closed to the public, though members of the public had opportunities to submit written...

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Parks and beaches must be used responsibly

March 23, 2020

Public parks, trails, and beaches offer a number of opportunities for Carpinterians to recreate in healthy and safe ways while complying with social distancing mandates. While the City encourages use of public open spaces, we insist that these shared areas be used responsibly. To slow the spread of COVID-19, residents must follow guidelines developed...

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Four new cases of COVID-19 in SB County

March 21, 2020

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is confirming four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the total to 13. Case #10—in their 20s and resides in South CountyCase #11—in their 60s and resides in North CountyCase #12—in their 40s and resides in South CountyCase #13—in their 40s and resides...

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City council agenda highlights, how to participate

March 20, 2020

The Carpinteria City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, March 23 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. To minimize the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, the City of Carpinteria has decided to close physical access for members of the public to City Council Chambers for the meeting. Instead, members of...

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Sanitary district requests public help

March 20, 2020

For the Carpinteria Sanitary District’s collection system and treatment plant to function reliably, it is critically important that customers do not flush any disinfectant wipes or any other wipe products, even if they are labeled “flushable.” Also, please do not flush paper towels as they do not break down and can clog sewer pipes....

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City supports state order to stay home

March 20, 2020

California Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered all Californians to stay home to disrupt the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Effective yesterday, the order will remain in place until further notice. The Governor’s order allows individuals to leave their homes as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government...

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City proclaims local emergency

March 18, 2020

Today, March 18, the City of Carpinteria proclaimed a Local Emergency in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Issued by the Director of Emergency Services, the proclamation is scheduled to be ratified by the City Council at its meeting on Monday, March 23 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The proclamation will improve the...

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Important update to COVID-19/coronavirus social distance plan

March 18, 2020

The City of Carpinteria is committed to continuing to provide essential local government services to the Carpinteria community during the extraordinary circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate your patience, cooperation, and understanding that the situation is fluid and will continue to demand changes in how we endeavor to deliver services to the...

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COVID-19/coronavirus social distance plan

March 18, 2020

The City of Carpinteria is committed to continuing to provide essential local government services to the Carpinteria community during the extraordinary circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate your patience, cooperation, and understanding that the situation is fluid and will continue to demand changes in how we endeavor to deliver services to the...

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Second case of COVID-19 confirmed in SB County

March 17, 2020

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) has confirmed another positive case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a north county resident. This is the second confirmed case in Santa Barbara County. The person identified is in their 50’s and does not have underlying health conditions. The individual is recovering in isolation at...

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Bars instructed to close, restaurants to offer take-out only

March 17, 2020

A press release from the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department instructs bars, nightclubs, pubs, breweries and wineries to immediately close to the public under new guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on Tuesday. Restaurants and other food facilities offering on-site dining should immediately transition to only offering delivery or...

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A message from the mayor

March 16, 2020

Coronavirus has spread around the globe, and efforts to slow its transmission and minimize its damage have caused significant impacts. Though no cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been identified in Carpinteria, we realize that the daily lives of most Carpinteria residents have been seriously affected already. Measures to slow its spread have disrupted residents’...

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General plan meeting canceled

March 16, 2020

The City of Carpinteria has been closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and working with public health officials. After assessment of the current situation, the decision was made to postpone the Coastal Land Use Plan/General Plan Committee meeting that was scheduled for tonight, Monday, March 16. The public will be informed when a new...

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Household/hazardous waste day postponed

March 13, 2020

The City of Carpinteria has decided to postpone its Annual Household Goods and Hazardous Waste Day out of an abundance of caution related to the spread of coronavirus. The event will be rescheduled from April 11 to a new date which has not been determined yet. Household goods and waste will NOT be accepted...

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County mandates event cancellation and social distancing

March 12, 2020

Given the imminent threat presented by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Santa Barbara County’s Director of Emergency Services has proclaimed a Local Health Emergency. The emergency proclamation signed today mandates the cancellation or postponement of non-essential gatherings of 250 people or more. Additionally, attendees of small gatherings shall maintain six foot distancing, particularly for those...

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County suggests steps to prepare for coronavirus

March 8, 2020

In the face of a significant increase in the numbers of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in mainland China and other countries, as well as the western U.S., local residents are understandably worried and fearful. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD), out of an abundance of caution, is seeking to solidify...

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County provides coronavirus updates

March 5, 2020

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is working closely with the California Department of Public Health and the CDC to respond to the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Thus far, no cases have been identified in Santa Barbara County, and the health risk to the public remains low at this time....

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