Carp Appeals Venoco’s Plans for Vote on Oil Proposal

Decision Maintains Ability to Fire Later Legal Challenges

The Carpinteria City Council voted to 4-1 to appeal Venoco’s plans to take its proposal to build a new slant drilling platform behind City Hall directly to a vote of the people.

Efforts by Carpinteria City Attorney Peter Brown to challenge the legality of Venoco’s initiative on constitutional grounds were rebuffed by Superior Court Judge Thomas Anderle two weeks ago. A majority of the council voted to support the appeal because to do so is necessary to maintain the city’s standing for any subsequent legal challenges the city might file. Many also contend the initiative is an end-run around the city’s environmental review process. As a practical matter, the appeal will not slow down Venoco at all. Brown will have to provide a title for the initiative, allowing Venoco to begin circulating petitions.

Councilmember Joe Armendariz cast the sole vote against the appeal, arguing that it amounted to throwing good money after bad. Thus far, Carpinteria has spent $180,000 in legal fees fighting Venoco’s initiative.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:

Group Sues School District Over Anti-Bias Training

Members claim the Just Communities curriculum is "anti-Caucasian, anti-male, and anti-Christian."

Police Dispatch Whistleblower Claims Wrongful Termination

Bridget Bryden says she was fired after voicing concerns over lowered qualification standards for new hires.

First Baby Condor Fledges in Santa Barbara County

Condor number 933 successfully hatches and flies in the county.

Competition Growing for Available Drinking Water

New UCSB study determines less potable groundwater exists than previously thought.

Gas Company Launches New Conservation Program

SoCalGas asks Californians to 'Dial It Down' through a high-demand alert.