GoletaValleyBeautiful News

May 2003

GVB cell phone 252-1952, Website www.goletavalleybeautiful.org


Your Annual Banquet Invitation was mailed April 29

May 2003 Highlights
1. GVB Volunteer/Community Service opportunities

2. Other Notable and Upcoming Events
3. Residential and Business Awards of the Month
4. Sponsor of the Month

5. News Tibits


6. Event results & Kudos

7. Member Information


1. GVB Volunteer/Community Service opportunities - Call 252-1952 or e-mail kennethknight@cox.net  Small Tree Pruning and Maintenance Workshop Friday 9:00 AMto 12:00 PM.

Meet atQueen Ann Lane Kellogg (Queen Ann Open Space), later proceeding toMomouth Ave and Mathilda Open Space. Learn small and young tree pruning techniques on the ground under supervision of a Certified Arborist. Tools provided, please wear garden gloves.
RSVP 252-1952

May 3Water Awareness Day 2003Saturday9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Girsh Park Community Room and Group picnic Area, 7050 Phelps Road (between Storke Rd and

Pacific Oaks Road)Volunteers needed to staff the GVB booth at the Goleta Water District^s annual educational event. Lunch and refreshments available for volunteers. Call 252-1952.

Small Tree Pruning and Maintenance Workshop Sunday1:30PM to 4:30PM.

Meet at Cambridge & Via Salerno (Oro Verde Open Space) and at 2:30 proceeding to La Goleta and Manzanillo (La Goleta Open Space) and at 3:30 Stonebridge Open Spaces. Learn small and young tree pruning and maintenance techniques on the ground under supervision of a Certified Arborist. Tools provided, please wear garden gloves. RSVP 252-1952

May Small Tree Pruning and Maintenance Workshop Friday 9:00 AM to Noon the Northwest corner of Glen Annie and Cathedral Oaks Road. Learn small and young tree pruning techniques on the ground under supervision of a Certified Arborist. Tools provided, please wear garden gloves. RSVP 252-1952

May 10 GoletaBoys and Girls Club Playground Planting Saturday, 9:00 AM to 2 PM Installation of drip system, planting of native trees and shrubs, and clearance of invasive weeds. This will be an Eagle Project for Troop 105 Scout Trevor Scoggins. To volunteer, please contact Trevor at 968-0128



May 16 Small Tree Pruning and Maintenance Friday 9:00 AM to Noon
Meet at the Northwest corner of Glen Annie and Cathedral Oaks Road. Learn small and young tree pruning techniques on the ground under supervisionof a Certified Arborist. Tools provided, please wear garden gloves.RSVP 252-1952
May 30 Small Tree Pruning and MaintenanceFriday 9:00 AM to Noon Meet at the Northwest corner of Glen Annie and Cathedral Oaks Road. Learn small and young tree pruning techniques on the ground under supervision of a Certified Arborist. Tools provided, please wear garden gloves. RSVP 252-1952


2. Other Notable and Upcoming Events

May 17GVB Annual Banquet and Silent Auction Holiday InnGoleta,6 pm. Invitations were mailed April 29. If you did not receive yours, call 252-1952 or check our website at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org. This is our annualevent with awards for the best looking Goleta Valley homes and businesses. Everyone is invited to recognize the best in the Goleta Valley, and to join MC Larry Crandall in having agood time with your neighbors.

May/June Treegator distribution to Water Kings andQueens Due to unseasonably late rains, we^re going to extend the time for distribution of the portable tree irrigators to late May, early June. We^ll deliver to your door. If you would like to help distribute, call 252-1952.

June 29 2003Heritage Tree and Nursery Tour Sunday10:30AM to 5:00PM
This is our annual tour of Goleta Valley trees to benefit Goleta Valley Beautiful. Join tour leaders Jerry Sortomme and Dan Condon for a delightfulexcursion around the Goleta Valley aboard a comfortable bus courtesy of Santa Barbara Airbus. Please check our website for ticket information or call 252-1952.


Ongoing Develop your ownGoletaValleyurban forestry project! Goleta Valley Beautiful will provide resources and expertise to youth groups interested in developing their own urban forestry projects, or assisting with a GVB project. Good opportunity for 4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouts (Eagle Projects!), school groups and any youth groups in theGoletaValleyarea. Call 252-1952 to develop a project.
Sept. 20 Goleta South Little League Landscaping Project Tree Planting Project originally scheduled for April 3.

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3. GVB Residential and Business Awards of the Month
Our judges are busy this month with the annual awards, so the May awards are running late. Check us next month, or at the annual banquet on May 17
Neighborhood Residential - April - 344Merida, Pat and Billie Murphy
Commercial April - 5540 Ekwill, Inamed, John Madawich

Nominate your favorite place by downloading our nomination form from theGoletaValleyChambers website at www.goletavalley.com. For residential properties, contact Ross Harris at 563-7247, for commercial/office call Kathy Curtis at 967-5240. Look for articles in the Valley Voice, the Beacon and theSanta BarbaraNews Press.


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4.Business Sponsor of the Month – Enviroscaping, 485 Venado Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93110  (805) 383-6196  Open Monday through Friday 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM  Saturdays and Sundays by appointment

Owner Lalo Mora formed his company Enviroscaping two years ago to be an environmentally sensitive landscape manager and to conduct business organically whenever possible.  The company has grown to 22 employees with 8 trucks and does business from Santa Maria to Carpinteria.  Approximately 1/2 of Environscaping business is landscape maintenance with the other half being in landscape construction and installation with a C-27 license Environscaping is currently doing extensive creek restoration work for County Flood Control and the Clean Water Project.  Thanks for your support.


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5. GVB News Tidbits

Donor Membership RenewalFor those of you who haven^t renewed your donor membership since September 2002, our Annual Banquet mailing includes a note on the outside envelope that says when your donor membership expires, or a request to consider donor membership if you are not a donor member.  Much of our general operating expense is covered by the generosity of our member donors. We will also continue to offer volunteer memberships that are oriented primarily to students and lower-income families who choose to support with sweat equity

 GVB Board of Directors Nominating Committee The GVB Nominating Committee is looking for Board of Directors candidates to serve next year.  Candidates should be familiar with the mission and goals of Goleta Valley Beautiful and be willing to provide policy direction for implementing these goals.  Goleta Valley Beautiful is committed to a diverse representation of interests on the Board that reflects the Goleta Valley population.  If you are interested in serving, please contact Sam Alfano at 967-0595. 

    "Professor and the Potman" Radio Show - SBCC Environmental Horticulture Professor Emeritus and GVB Heritage Tree Tour guide Jerry Sortomee discusses all of your horticultural issues and questions on his radio show.  "The Professor and the Potman" on KEYT AM 1250 radio now airs from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM every Saturday.  You can call Jerry and partner Brent Freitas during their show at 962-8255, or contact them by e-mail at profanpot@hotmail.com

                                   WISH LIST 

          Bottled water, packaged snacks forvolunteer workers

        Garden hoses, any length

          Waterproof storage containers with lids

          Heavy duty tarpaulins

          Coffee Thermos-Pump Style 

          Portable shade structure
          Pitchforks/spade forks

          Ice chests

          Month-to-month office space


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6. Event results/Kudos

City of GoletaArbor Day Observation On April 25, the Mayor Jack Hawxhurst, Councilmember Cynthia Brock, and members of the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Goleta Valley Board of Directors, Tri-Counties Boot Camp and others gathered to plant the City of Goleta Arbor Day tree in Girsh Park.  The tree, a Montezuma Cypress, is in honor of the City of Goleta Arbor Day Proclamation approved by the Council on April 7, 2003.  This proclamation is one of the four requirements necessary to become a Tree City USA as recognized by the National Arbor Day Association. 

Tree Pruning and Maintenance Workshops– Despite a few rainouts this month, GVB volunteers have been busy in the field.  On April 12, twelve volunteers contributed 48 volunteer hours to prune and maintain 46 trees at he Goleta Valley South Little League fields. On April 13 and 25, Tri-Counties Boot Camp crews spent 68 hours pruning and maintaining 49 trees at 4400 Cathedral Oaks Road, at the County Employees University, on El Gaucho Street, San Federico, and More Mesa Open Space. Thanks to GVB volunteer Sabri Ballin for his assistance in organizing and inventorying our storeroom at Camino Real Marketplace.

Tree Plantings -With the help of Tri-counties Boot Camp crews, GVB planted 3 Chinese Pistache on Pembroke Ave, one Australian Willow in front of the Elks Lodge on Kellogg Avenue, and one Montezuma Cypress in Girsh Park for Arbor Day.

Annual Report – The first GVB Annual Report is eight pages long (all your names are in there). Rather than attaching it to this newsletter, we urge you to check it out on our e-mail site at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org. Special thanks to Natalie Giusti for her work in making this report possible. Please let us know what you think of the report, which we hope to make an annual report every year at the end of our fiscal year in August. If you don^t have access to e-mail, or would simply like a paper copy, please request your free copy by calling 252-1952.

Thanks to Ken Doty of Ellwood Ranch for his donation of oak tree seedlings to Goleta Valley Beautiful.  We^ll put them to good use during the coming year.

  County Public Works Road Division Representatives Udy Loza, Anthony Ramirez and Consulting Arborist Dan Condon unveiled the proposed expansion of the County Street Tree List from 14 to 31 species at a April 24 workshop. GVB President Sam Alfano and GVB member Ann Ostrowsky were on hand to provide testimony. Public Works staff is reviewing testimony and will have recommendations to the board of Supervisors in the near future. 

Goleta City Council approved submitting a Proposition 12 grant application for planting 270 trees along various City streets over the next several years. Thanks to Community Services Director Steve Wagner, the Design Review Board and particularly Cecilia Brown for their support in the preparation and review of this grant. Council members received questions about the recommended tree species chosen, how citizens would be involved in the process, and the long term maintenance issues. All of these issues will get further review in July.