Measure Z Plea

The ballots are out, and it is time to make a decision. The important Measure Z was approved by the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Districts’ Board of Directors after a long and thorough process. We are requesting support for General Obligation Bond funds to allow the district to build a new station in Summerland and rejuvenate the station in Carpinteria.

Neither station meets the current building code for seismic strength, and as a member of the board, I am compelled to do all that I can to ensure the first responders have appropriate facilities that will allow them to respond in the event of an emergency. The planned improvements will provide space at our stations to accommodate the type and variety of response vehicles needed to support the needs of the district from the ocean shore to the wildland urban interface. Furthermore, the funds will provide the district an opportunity to build fixed training apparatus at the Carpinteria station, keeping our responders in the district for most of their training needs.

As a medical professional, I can speak firsthand of the need to provide proper facilities and opportunities to train emergency response professionals. An opportunity like this is critical to both the short and long term health of our community.

Join me in support of Measure Z and vote “Yes!”

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

event calendar sponsored by:

Observed Altercation Leads to State Street Car Chase

Crash at De la Vina and Alamar precedes hours-long search for occupant.

Santa Barbara County Sets Carpinteria Cannabis Grow Cap

Neighborhood activist Anna Carrillo scores a victory in limiting pot acreage.

Evacuees Across Santa Barbara County Allowed Back Home This Evening

Mandatory evacuation order lifted for all burn areas.

New Scam Involves ‘Ground Stability Testing’

Fake 'land tech' tried to enter a home on the Westside.

Family Sues Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office for Wrongful Death

Five deputies shot Bryan Carreño 20 times.