April 11, 1999 |
Hundreds of thousands of orchids, daisies, mums and roses bloom in an explosion of colors inside the greenhouses of the Carpinteria Valley. But outside, many residents see the giant hothouses as a white blight eating up the land in south Santa Barbara County. Greenhouses have multiplied on the fringes of this beach city, with glass or plastic now covering 330 acres of prime farmland in a tiny valley wedged between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
December 20, 1998 |
It's not just breathtaking views of the Channel Islands that make the Carpinteria Bluffs so special, residents here say. The ocean-side tract must be saved, they add, because it is a rare, unspoiled spot amid creeping suburban sprawl. So a grass-roots campaign is in the final stretch of raising funds to buy a 55-acre chunk of the bluffs and preserve this last piece of privately held, undeveloped coast between Santa Barbara and Ventura as parkland. With $205,000 left to be raised by Dec.
May 30, 1999 |
Sea-gull droppings mar his white cuffs, and the rosy glow has long since left the cheeks of the giant St. Nick that beckons travelers on U.S. 101 to Santa Claus Lane, a struggling roadside strip. In fact, Santa's days as a testament to 1950s kitsch may be numbered. Property owners want to dump Santa and the lane's year-round Christmas theme and transform the beachside attraction into a Cape Cod-style village.