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provide unlimited public access to open space and to our coastal
wonders for the citizens of the City of Carpinteria, the Carpinteria
Valley and the greater South Coast area. Additionally, the
Bluffs continue to attract tourists and school groups to its spectacular
vistas and harbor seal
overlook. The volunteers
of Seal Watch of Carpinteria logged 12,500 visits to the Bluffs
in 1996 of people coming to view the seals during the six month
pupping season between December and May.
|© 1998 Ted Rhodes
benefit to a community from public open space acquisition is often
difficult to quantify. Many studies have shown that there
is an overall economic benefit to having greenbelts and open spaces
in urban areas. As pressures of population growth and urbanization
continue to transform the California landscape, open spaces and
greenbelts become increasingly important for us urban dwellers by
protecting those special places where we can still breathe the open
air and reconnect to the natural wonders of the land. The
City of Carpinteria has grown from a population of 6,754 in 1970
to a population of 14,600 in 1998 with El Carro Park being
the only substantial acquisition of additional parkland.
Open space is as necessary for the health of a town as streets and
sidewalks. Twenty years from now, the acquisition of the Carpinteria
Bluffs as open space will seem as visionary as Santa Barbara's decision
years ago to keep its stretch of land from East Beach to the harbor
in open parkland instead of hotels and commercial development.
March of 2000, Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs finished its
extensive fundraising campaign to complete the community acquisition
efforts to purchase 52 acres of the Carpinteria Bluffs. Working
in partnership with the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, the
Citizens group was able to meet the landowner's asking price of
$3.95 million. In addition, the grassroots organization has raised
a $500,000 endowment fund to offset maintenance costs for the
city when the city takes over stewardship of the property.
is being gifted to the City of Carpinteria, with a "conservation
easement" held by the Land Trust defining permitted and prohibited
uses for the property. This will help ensure that the majority
of the property remain forever as public, natural open space dedicated
to passive recreation. A small portion of the property at the
eastern end will be devoted to active playing fields, a commitment
we made to the community from the very beginning of our acquisition
campaign. The fields will be designed to have minimal visible
impact upon the passive and natural character of the bluffs property.
members of Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs are members of the
City of Carpinteria's Bluffs Advisory Board that has been working
for several years on crafting a long-term management plan for the
Carpinteria Bluffs. This plan, now in final draft form, is about
to go to the City's Planning Commission for approval. The plan
articulates maintenance and enhancement practices that will be
minimal but will adequately protect and, in the case of native
plantings, enhance the conservation values and natural open space
integrity of the property.
||Reached an agreement with
the landowners as to the purchase price and timing for acquisition
of all or part of the Bluff property. Date: August 1998.
||Secured iud grant funding
and pledges of $1,085,000. Date: August 1998.
||Secured option to purchase
52 acres of Shea/Vickers Bluffs property. Option ended: December
||Launched high profile fundraising
campaign, including submittal of grant proposals to foundations
and government grant programs. Approached potential large donors for
significant acquisition money and challenge grants. Original Target Date:
||With the landowners lawsuit
against the City of Carpinteria postponed, sought agreement
from the City as to the long-term management of the property. Original Target
Date: December, 1998.
||Completed fundraising, executed
option and closed escrow, reimbursed bridge financing. Original Target Date:
August through December 1999.
||Facilitated the preparation
of a park development plan for the Bluffs with community participation,
and continued fundraising for endowment. Original Target Date: 1999 - 2000.
||Carpinteria Bluffs property
transferred to the City of Carpinteria as the Carpinteria Bluffs Nature
Preserve and the Viola Playing Fields. Date: October 16, 2000.
||Official Celebration of the public
acquisition of the Carpinteria Bluffs including the unveiling of the donor
acknowledgement marker. Date: May 25, 2002.
||Official dedication ceremony
for the Viola Fields, Lois Sidenberg Overlook, and the Rhodes-Fleming
Coastal Trail at the Carpinteria Bluffs. Date: July 3, 2003.
to acquire the 52 acres is finished. However, our mission still
remains to acquire all 81 acres of the Carpinteria Bluffs property
eventually. If the parcels to the west (29 acres) ever become
available and we are able to purchase the property, we will complete
We do know
of several major funding sources immediately available to us,
if the remaining 29 acres of Bluffs were to become available to
the community for purchase at or below the land's appraised value
(which most foundations require). So far, however, the current
landowners have not yet offered the property to us at a fair market
price. You bet we'd be interested if they do!
it was a great disappointment to learn that new owners had
purchased the Serena/Brown parcels of the Carpinteria Bluffs,
but we remain open and eager to negotiate a public purchase of
the property, should present or future landowners consider that
And of course,
we still welcome donations.
| Mission Statement:
The goal of the Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs is to
preserve forever the Carpinteria Bluffs as open space.
We use educational and promotional activities to raise public
knowledge and appreciation of the Bluffs
and its natural
features. We aim to ensure that the Bluffs remain an area
for active and passive recreation.
As Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs, we assert that the
Bluffs property is a symbol larger than itself, a legacy we
should bestow to future generations, and a treasure crucial
to the quality of the coastline that is worth presenting for
Public Service Announcement
Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs
- PO Box 700 - Carpinteria, CA 93014
Giving It to the Bluffs
to the Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs have chosen to make
their major gifts in appreciated securities rather than cash.
There can be a substantial tax advantage to this. Donors receive
the regular charitable tax deduction if they itemize their taxes.
They avoid paying tax on capital gains. In addition, if they have
owned the security for more than one year, they may claim a tax
deduction for the full market value rather than the purchase price
of their securities.
this work? Let us say that you purchased 100 shares of "Y Company"
stock in May 1990 for $25 per share for a total cost of $2,500.
Let us say these same shares are now selling for $75 per share
for a market value of $7,500. By giving these 100 shares of Y
Company stock to Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs, you 1) avoid
paying capital gains tax on the $5,000 gain and 2) you can deduct
as a contribution the entire market value of the $7,500 gift on
the day you instructed the stock to be transferred.
If you would like to make a gift of
stock to Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs, please contact:
[co-chair of Major Donor Committee
Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs]
c/o Cate School
Phone: (805) 684-4127 x 254
Fax: (805) 684-6897
Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs]