Goleta Valley Beautiful News
January 2004

GVB cell phone 252-1952, E:mail kennethknight@cox.net Website www.goletavalleybeautiful.org
Thanks to the Santa Barbara Foundation and Graham Chevrolet for our one-ton truck
1. GVB Volunteer/Community Service opportunities
2. Residential and Business Awards of the Month
3. Sponsor of the Month
4. News Tidbits
5. General Plan Policies
6. Event results/Kudos
7. Water Kings and Queens
8. Member information
1. GVB Volunteer/Community Service opportunities - Call 252-1952 or e-mail kennethknight@Cox.net Students please bring your community service forms.Tools, drinks, snacks provided. No experience required.All projects under the supervision of a Certified Arborist.
Jan 2 - Tree Planting - Friday 9AM to Noon - Fire Department Administration Building grounds, 4400 Cathedral Oaks Road. For details call 252-1952
Jan 10 - Tree Planting - Saturday 9AM to 3 PM Devereux Campus, 7055 Seaway Drive Planting of 44 15-gallon trees as part of an Eagle Scout project.;For details call 252-1952
Jan 18 - Oak Tree Pruning and Care Workshop- Sunday 1 PM to 4 PM Optimist Grove behind the Goleta Railroad Depot in Lake Los Carneros Park.300 N. Los Carneros Road Annual oak tree pruning and maintenance of Honor Trees. Training provided by a Certified Arborist.  Call 252-1952 to RSVP
Jan 23 - Tree Planting - Friday 9 AM to Noon - Girsh Park, 7050 Phelps Rd Planting 10 Honor Trees.  RSVP 252-1952
Jan 24 - Tree Planting - Saturday 9 to noon 4540 Hollister Avenue Planting 17 trees at Goleta Valley South Little League/Page Youth Center.  For details, call 252-1952 
Jan 30 - Tree Planting - Friday 9 AM to 11 AM-Rhoads Open Space, San Marcos Rd and Burtis St. Planting 2 oak trees.  RSVP 252-1952
Jan 31 - Tree Planting - Saturday 1 PM to 4 PM - University Open Space, Merida Dr Agana Dr
Feb 27- Young Trees-Overcoming Urban Challenges Workshop Friday 8 AM to 4 PM Goleta Union School District Board Room, 401 N. Fairview Ave.  6 CEU Credit Approved Top arborists from around the state will be gathering to convey the latest in choosing, planting, and caring for young trees in cities. Discount for advance registration-call 252-1952. If you would like to register download this file Click here to see the fileOngoing Student Interns 30-hour structured,  project-oriented internships, for high school, university and photography students interested in urban forestry, volunteer development, report and grant writing, displays, food product testing and training programs.    Flexible hours.  Call 252-1952
Ongoing - Develop your own Goleta Valley tree planting and maintenance project! Goleta Valley Beautiful will provide resources and expertise to youth groups interested in developing their own tree planting and maintenance  projects. ;Good opportunity for 4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouts (Eagle Projects!), school groups, fraternity/sorority, church groups and any youth groups in the Goleta Valley area.Call 252-1952 to develop a project.
2. GVB Residential and Business Awards of the MonthResidential December - 6239 Avenida Gorrion. Barbara Daly, owner, designer and maintenance
Residential January - 7017 Armstrong.  Audrey Weiss and Jon Busch, owners
Business November/December - 326 Holipat Center Drive, Holipat Apartments. Cathy Sanders, Manager,  Genaro Salazar, gardener.
Business January - 5486 Calle Real, Maravilla.  Brian McKague, Executive Director
Nominate your favorite place by downloading our nomination form on the Goleta Valley Beautiful website at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org. For residential properties, contact Ross Harris at 563-7247, Merlyn Cummings at 964-7802, or Ellen Hamilton at 895-3134.For commercial/office/homeowner associations call Janet Gripp at 705-6832 or Kathy Curtis at 967-5240. Look for articles in the Valley Voice, the Beacon and the SB News Press.
3.Business Sponsors of the Month -Thanks to all our business sponsors!
Merlyn Cummings, REALTOR Town^n Country Realty, 5669 Calle Real, next door to Carrows Restaurant 964-7802 Office, 967-0638 Res, 967-9654 Fax, 564-9745 Pager, mcummings@townncountry-realty.com
Merlyn Cummings has been a REALTOR since 1978 specializing in residential listing and sales. He has been on the Executive Board of Goleta Valley Beautiful since 1988 when he retired from teaching at Goleta Valley Junior High School. At GVHS he coordinated the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program and taught social studies. Merlyn was raised on a farm in Iowa, served during the Korean War, graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa, taught in Cedar Rapids, and moved to Goleta Valley in 1965. Merlyn serves on the Santa Barbara Board of association of Realty Professional Standards Committee and is active in community activities. He welcomes all real estate inquires. And in his spare time, he builds miniature Goleta Lemon crates which are given to GVB Benefactors.
4. GVB News Tidbits
Intern/Community service opportunities- We will need several 30 to 40 hour per term interns to complete a vacant tree planting sites survey in the City of Goleta. We also need help with preparing for our 30th anniversary celebration in May 2004 by preparing displays of past GVB award winners. We could also use a person with a digital camera to develop a digital notebook of our present and proposed tree planting sites. We are also looking for a 30 hour project to clean and repair several hundred used Treegators during the rainy winter months.Finally, we need a product tester to help Marcia Field revise our products for the Goleta Lemon Festival - we need someone handy in the kitchen to test recipes. Call 252-1952 for information.
Tree Planting Requests -We are working on tree planting requests from Marie Butcher, Francesca Cleyet, Paulette Ley, Joanne and Peter Logan, Michael T. Bennett, Helen and Robert McPherrin, Glenn Covean, Mimi Elder, Lee Ann Applebay, Glen Meyer, Lauren Gleason, Joan McClearan and Ron White. This may take another several months so please be patient. Within City of Goleta areas, GVB is working with City staff and the Design Review Board to develop a process that will allow tree planting species to be decided and acted upon. Until we do, please let your tree planting desires made known to the appropriate government departments in addition to GVB. In the City of Goleta, send your requests to the Community Development Department, 6500 Hollister Ave Suite 120, Goleta CA 93117. In the unincorporated areas of the County, contact either the County Parks Department at 610 mission Canyon Rd., SB 93105-2911 or the Public Works Department at 123 East Anapamu St., SB 93101.You can mention that you would like to work with GVB in planting trees in public areas. In the meantime, contact 252-1952 for information.
Membership Campaign - Our 2004 membership campaign resulted in 240 new and renewing members so far. Over the next month, the membership committee composed of Kathy Curtis, Laura Funkhouser and Phebe Mansur will be contacting current members who have not yet renewed for 2004. Please note that you can now use your Visa or MasterCard for membership donations and use the form at the end of this newsletter.
Unincorporated Tree Planting Projects Underway, City Tree Planting Projects Under Review-California Department of Fire and Forestry officials have completed the administrative processing of grants awarded last June, so we have an active tree planting program underway in January. City of Goleta tree planting projects will be limited to the number of trees that the Design Review Board will be able to accommodate in their quarterly review cycle. We hope to meet with the Design Review Board on January 6 and work with individual homeowners so that we can start planting in February.
GVB Board Member changes - Tami Mason has assumed the role of GVB Treasurer after doing a stellar job with our Membership Committee.
The GVB Nominating Committee is looking for one candidate to serve on the Board of Directors through July 2004. Candidates should be familiar with the mission and goals of Goleta Valley Beautiful (see the end of thi Newsletter 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.
In Sympathy - Our sympathies to former Board Member Pat Corwin. Her husband Merlyn Corwin passed away on December 28. Services will be at 2 pm January 10 at the Welch-Ryce-Haider Chapel at 450 Ward Drive. Also, our condolences to the family of GVB member Rosemary Varga, who died unexpectedly last month. Rosemary had recently ordered a GVB Honor Tree for her 2 cats. We will proceed with planting the Honor Tree in accordance with her last wishes.
Free Tree offer for donor members and volunteers If you have a non-irrigated location with room for a Coast Live Oak or a Valley Oak, we have fre oaks in 2, 5 and 15 gallon container trees grown from native (Ellwood Canyon) acorns. The trees were provided courtesy of the Santa Barbara Farm Bureau. If your location is well-irrigated and you have the space for it, we also have several 15 gallon Coastal redwoods available free to a good home with first priority given to current Goleta Valley Beautiful donor members or volunteers who have offered their services in the past year. We also have a limited supply of Redbud and Cypress trees in 2 gallon containers, and 1 15 gallon Deodar Cedar. Call 252-1952.
Fresh fruit/vegetable/cookie snacks for volunteers
Garage shelving 
Pitchforks/spade forks
Garden storage sheds, any size
Pipe wrenches 
Eight-foot wooden tree stakes
Tree ties
Time-release fertilizer pellets
5. General Plan Policies -GVB forwarded the following proposed City of Goleta Urban Forest Policies and asked that they be considered for inclusion in the interim and final General Plan policies.  Let us know your comments.
1.Public trees are recognized as an essential part of the City of Goleta public physical infrastructure, and as such will receive equal consideration with other City infrastructure systems (example, streets, sidewalks, utility systems, etc.) to be identified in the City’s General plan framework.
2. The City Council will establish programs to optimize the benefits derived from public trees by ensuring the collective population of public trees will be effectively managed that includes the following objectives:
a. Achieve an optimum degree of canopy cover to maximize the benefits from the urban forest ecosystem, and to shade city streets to help mitigate the urban island heat effect.
b.Provide mixed age tree population, adequate species diversity and an appropriate mix of tree types (evergreen versus deciduous), in order to provide a diverse forest ecosystem more able to adapt to changing environmental pressures such as disease, pest infestation, etc.
c. Provide varied forms, textures, structure, flowering characteristics and other esthetic benefits to enhance the types of public area and street environments found in the City.
d.Contribute to and preserve the integrity of the native remnant forest both within and adjacent to public areas.
e.Encourage and support neighborhood design and plantings of additional public trees through a one-stop permitting process and providing for long-term maintenance by the City.
f. Ensure the survival of newly planted trees, and encourage neighborhood support of newly planted young tree maintenance.
g. Increase the dedicated airspace and dedicated root volume available for public trees through review and revision of design standards, increased use of permeable materials, and other such measures that would better accommodate public trees.
h. Increase the awareness of the benefits of public trees through a citywide education effort.
i. Recycle all green waste generated by the maintenance of public trees.
j. Utilize a computerized tree inventory management system to achieve the aforementioned policies.
3. The public trees of Goleta will be properly maintained and enhanced through policies and programs that
a. Utilize consistent, approved state-of-the-art standards for the planting, pruning, management, and removal of public trees.
b. Ensure that public agencies and private enterprises affecting public trees operate with common goals and objectives.
c. Protect and provide for the necessary care of existing public trees.
d. Develop a sustainable urban forest management program through a public-private partnership.;
6. Event results/Kudos
Santa Barbara Foundation and Graham Chevrolet Provide GVB with 1-Ton Truck
The Santa Barbara Foundation^s Board of Trustees (Charles O. Slosser, President and CEO) approved a grant of $7,000 to Goleta Valley Beautiful to purchase a used one-ton truck.  We are especially grateful to Program Officer Theresa Drews for guiding us through the application process, and to the Santa Barbara Foundation^s Board of Trustees for supporting our objectives.  GVB submitted the grant in conjunction with Growing Solutions Restoration Education Institute, another local nonprofit working on habitat restoration, growing native plants and trees, and implementing enhancement efforts to clean up pollution from our watersheds.  The missions of our organizations complement each other, so this is a natural fit.  Growing solutions and GVB will share the use of the truck, along with operating and maintenance costs.  A one ton truck is needed to haul trees and supplies, which also sometimes include hauling trailers for watering trees.
While we had funds for buying a used truck, long time Goleta Valley Beautiful supporter Dick Graham of Graham Chevrolet offered GVB a used one ton Nissan box truck at $3,000 under the list price, plus he covered all dealer costs, taxes and registration. Dick Graham made it possible for us to secure a quality used vehicle as opposed to just a vehicle that runs, and that makes a big difference.
The other partner in this collaborative effort is Camino Real Marketplace.  In addition to letting us put our storage shed on their unused property at Camino Real Marketplace, we will also store our vehicle there as well.  We appreciate Mark Linehan^s generosity and Mark Ingalls for supporting Goleta Valley Beautiful. Thanks to all.
Goleta Council Approves Tree City USA Award Application - Although the item was on the December 15 Goleta City Council consent calendar (i.e. items usually requiring no discussion), someone challenged the 2003 Tree City USA Award application because it included a phrase in the Arbor Day Proclamation (a standard format from the National Arbor Day Foundation adopted by hundreds of communities) that, "...trees, wherever they are planted, are a thing of joy and spiritual renewal".  The objection was that the trees planted on the north side of Cathedral Oaks Road ^may^ block her view of the mountains sometime in the future and that didn^t give her joy.  Council passed the application 5-0. 
Tree Care during December On December 13, Larry Chavez and 8 boys repotted small oak trees to larger containers and helped remove stakes and ties from selected trees along Los Carneros Road for 24 service hours. On December 20, John Nickels and 10 boys potted 20 Redbud and Bald Cypress trees from the National Arbor Day Foundation, and weeded and inserted time release fertilizer tablets on the Brisbane Box trees along Cathedral Oaks Road for 30 service hours. And on December 28, Dan Hernandez and 11 boys inserted time release fertilizer pellets along Cathedral Oaks and Los Carneros Road for 33 service hours.  We also restaked the trees along Los Carneros Road where we had previously removed the ties and stakes.  Apparently the root ball have not sufficiently developed to hold the trees upright.  We also replanted 8 oak trees in Los Carneros Park lost to gophers, and one oak at Mathilda Park that may have fallen victim to too much animal urine.      
Holiday Party A Success  - Our annual Holiday Party at the Camino Real Cafe attracted a throng of celebrants, including 35th District Candidate Pedro Nava, 3rd District Supervisorial Candidate John Buttny, the Mayor (you know what City) and two members of Council.  With all that political correctness, the grab bag gift exchange was a tasteful if restrained affair.  Thanks to our host Jemel,  and Douglas and Debra Sharpe of Camino Real Cafe for the pleasant meal and surroundings.     
Where have all the willows gone? -One of our more popular street trees, the Australian Willow (Geijera parviflora) is generally not available for purchase from our nursery suppliers.  If anyone has some leads on a supply of good quality Australian Willows within a couple hours drive, please let us know. 
A roof over our heads and a place to stay - The Borgatello brothers at Marborg have generously provided Goleta Valley Beautiful with a storage container for 3 months while we try to find storage sheds to keep our equipment and materials.  Mark Ingalls and the staff at Camino Real Marketplace have provided us with an unused area to place our shed.  We are appreciative to both while we look for donation of a storage shed or sheds.   
Graffiti on trees -  Thanks to Steve Ozab at Goleta Valley Paint for supplies to help us remove spray paint on trees.  It is a tricky process to remove and/or cover it.  Give us a call at 252-1952 if you spot any vandalized trees.
We would give you the shirt off our back... but that would be excessive.  Due to the large number of new members, we have run out of our GVB polo shirts that we use as gifts to donor members.  We^ll have a new supply in about a month to take care of backorders. 
GVB Website.   Our website, www.goletavalleybeautiful.org, changes each month.  Thom Myall will be adding City and South County Approved Street Tree lists.  Please check it out and let us know how we can improve it.
Media Support -  Thanks to our friends in the media for the articles and promotions in the Beacon, Valley Voice, NewsPress and Independent.  

7. Water Kings and Queens. -Relax, it rained.  Just make sure there is no water ponding around any trees
8. Welcome last month^s new/renewing donor members - R designates renewing member 
We are processing the information from the returning member surveys.  We^ll have a report next month after all the ...ahem... delinquent current donor members turn in their membership renewals to take advantage of a 2004 tax deduction and get a great warm feeling in their hearts.
Basic -  Gerald Groff-R, David and Lorene Lynch, A J and Wanda Blake-R, Lydia Swanson, Viola Miller, Margie Brawn, Virginia Turner, Arthur Kennedy, Susan Ehrlich and Bill Elliott, Alison Tamminga-R, Gail Marshall-R, Greg Janee-R, Dorothy Matson, Eileen Piatek, Robert and Mary Yost, Jorge Cuevas, Ralph Armbruster, Robert and Harriett Phillips-R, Ken Kruger-R, Thomas and Ilene Dietrich, Peter and Rebecca Adams, The Valley Voice-R, Evalyn Robbins-R, Ruth Profant, Roger and Anita Staples, Mary Medbury-R, William P. Van Horn, Walter and Nan Crooks, Barbara Daly, Linda and Robert Anderson, Pat Corwin-R, Phillip Pazich, Joanne Wightman, BJ Robertson, Yvonne DeGraw, Steven Glikbarg, Dr. Glenn and Mary Lucas, Jean Seaton-R, Vicki and Dean Young-R, Ed and Manka Bookin, Phebe Mansur, Edith Luck-R, Charles Hamilton, James and Ella Markham, Estaban Diaz-R, Jim Kemp, Robert Muhr      
Supporting -Richard Main-R, Doug and Ann Winter-R, David and Diane Russell, Bill Norton-R, Ed and Janee Grat, Hank and Betty Rosness-R, Donald and Elizabeth Smith, Paul and Janet Gripp (additional donation), Sam and Lee Alfano-R, Tom and Lorin Burton, Constance and Randall Burns, Suzanne and Thomas Owens-R, James Kennett-R, Robert and Mary Logan, Kathy Lucian-R, Carl Hopkins, Lalo Mora-R, Steve and Murill Forrester-R, Carolyn Cogan-R, Patricia and John Coppejans, Thom and Barbara Myall-R, Susan Rose, Frederick and Anne Eissler, Robert Simon and Colleen Kegg, Shirley Dettmann, Pedro Nava               
Family-Carol Nardo, Hurston and Joyce Buck, Charles and Patricia McPartlin, Carol Emslie-R, Cindy Lavasseur-R, Loretta Roper, Michael and Janice Simmons, Doreen and Jim Farr-R, Harry and Julie Hagen-R, Joseph Bauer, Kay and Richard Miller-R, Thomas and R. Cezanne Tolton, Jean Blois-R, David and Cynthia Oliver-R       
Business Sponsors - Kitson Landscape Management-R, Reid and Robin Cederloff-R, Village Terrace homeowners Association, Ramada Limited-R, Sandy Foehl-R, Ken and Nancy Knight-R, Deigaard Nurseries, Bruce and Ida Rickborn, Charles V. Eckert III-R,  Cecilia Brown-R, Merlyn Cummings-R, Goleta Water District-R, Beachside-R, Isla Vista Bookstore-R, Goleta Valley Paint-R, West Covina Nurseries-R, The Bishop Ranch-R
Honor Trees- William Irvine, Joan Churchill, Mr. and Mrs. Peter and Joanne Logan(3)-R, Arden Kysely and Aaron Baumart-Kysely, Linda Hill, Mignon Bradley-R, Cox Communications-R, Michael Donovan,      
Benefactors- Michael T. Bennett-R, Denny Franks-Toyota of Santa Barbara-R
Thanks for discounts/donations/reduced prices and services from Goleta Valley Paint, Pacifica Suites, Camino Real Marketplace, Camino Real Cafe, Marborg, CopyRight, Graham Chevrolet, San Marcos Growers and West Covina Nurseries.