Goleta Valley Beautiful News

May 2004

GVB cell phone 252-1952, E:mail kennethknight@cox.netClick Here

Also reserve now for June 27 3rd Annual GV Heritage Tree Tour -  New locations! 

    May 2004 Highlights
  1. GVB Volunteer/Community Service opportunities 
  2. Residential and Business Awards of the Month
  3. Sponsor of the Month
  4. News Tidbits
  5. Event results/Kudos
  6. Water Kings and Queens
  7. Member information
  8. 30th Anniversary GVB Awards Banquet and Silent Auction Reservation Form 
  9. Donor Membership Information Form

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.  Tree planting projects under the supervision of a Certified Arborist.  

May 1        Treegator Distribution - Saturday 8 - 2  -Meet at Girsh Park Santa Felicia Parking lot. Annual distribution of portable tree irrigators (Treegators) to young trees in need of supplemental watering.  To volunteer call 252-1952 

May 1, 15  Cleanups of selected Goleta streets. Call Judy Nason at 964-0436 and leave a message if you want to volunteer.  Call 252-1952 if you see areas needing trash cleanup.

May 8       Tree Planting - Saturday 8 AM to Noon - Girsh Park, 7050 Phelps Rd.  Meet at Community Center Building.  Planting 4 15-gallon Honor Trees.  Stay afterwards to help staff the GVB booth at the Water Awareness Fair from 10 to 2.  To volunteer call 252-1952

May 15      30th Annual GVB Banquet and Auction  - 6 Volunteers needed for silent auction set-up and processing before and during the Banquet.  Call Sam 967-0595

May 15      Tree Planting - Saturday 9 AM to Noon,  Devereux Campus, 7055 Seaway Drive Planting of 7 15-gallon New Zealand Christmas Trees. Call 252-1952.

May 22      Tree Planting - Saturday 9 AM to Noon - Devereux Campus, 7055 Seaway Drive Planting 7 15-gallon Peppermint trees.  To volunteer call 252-1952

May 29     Tree Planting - Saturday 9 AM to Noon - Devereux Campus, 7055 Seaway Drive Planting 10 15 gallon Catalina Cherry trees.  To volunteer, call 252-1952

Special      GVB Board position openings-One year term.  Candidate should enjoy speaking with GVB members, nonprofit policymaking, urban forestry, and/or monitoring government activities, Call Sam at 967-0595

June 27- 3rd Annual Goleta Valley Heritage Tree Tour featuring Tour Guides Jerry Sortomme and Dan Condon.  Join us as we tour new locations and old favorites in a comfortable Santa Barbara Airbus.  Only $35 for a tour of the trees that you will never forget.  252-1952.

July 4 Old Fashioned Fourth of July at the Stow House sponsored by the Goleta Valley Historical Society, 10 to 4.  Contact GVHS for more information at 964-4407  

July 4-Fireworks, entertainment, food booths  and more at Girsh Park sponsored by Goleta Noontime and Evening Rotary and the Foundation for Girsh Park.  For information call Girsh Park at 968-2773 

Ongoing    Graffiti Cleanup - Report acts of graffiti to Ed Graper at 964-7117 or e-mail edgraper@yahoo.com. Click Here Contact Ed if you would like to help remove graffiti in your area. Supplies and training provided. 

Ongoing     Develop your own Goleta Valley beautification project!

Goleta Valley Beautiful will provide resources and expertise to youth groups interested in developing their own tree planting, maintenance, educational and clean-up programs. Good opportunity for 4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouts, 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 Month

Residential May - 5236 Calle Morelia, Linda Harris and Robert Miyade-owners, Pat Brodie-Landscape Designer 

Residential April -  927 N. Kellogg Ave., Jane and Terry Honikman, owners

Business April- Mission City Sales and Leasing, 5551 Hollister Avenue, John Mullins-owner, Salvador Guiterrez-maintenance.  

Business May - 6067 Shirrell Way, Goleta Presbyterian Church and it^s adjoining Casita de Suenos Housing Community.  Church Project Manager Alan Scholl, Landscape architect, David Black, Landscape contractor, Ken Corson.  Casita de Suenos Manager Natalie O^Connor and Dennis Axelrod  maintenance.

Nominate your favorite place by downloading our nomination form on the Goleta Valley Beautiful website atclick here  For residential properties, contact Ross Harris at 563-7247 or  Merlyn Cummings at 964-7802.  For commercial/office/homeowner associations call Janet Gripp at 705-6832.  Look for articles in the Valley Voice, the Beacon and the SB News Press.  

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3.Business Sponsor of the Month – 
Kruger Bensen Ziemer Architects 30 West Arrellaga Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101  (805) 963-1726  www.kbzarch.com click here

Kruger Bensen Ziemer Architects has been providing professional design services in Goleta since 1960.  On all of their projects, both public and private, they are committed to providing the highest level of service.  Their design philosophy includes flexibility, versatility, sustainability, and long-term value.  Kruger Bensen Ziemer Architects emphasizes principal involvement from programming through post construction.  Their direct approach has proven to be ultimately successful, with projects completed on-time and within budget.  Kruger Bensen Ziemer Architects is a proud sponsor of Goleta Valley Beautiful. 

4. GVB News Tidbits

   New truck service! - GVB has a one ton truck with a 12^ cab that we can make available to Goleta Valley 501 c 3 non-profit agencies when not in use by GVB or our partner Growing Solutions.    The truck is available for day use with our driver at no charge.  We envision this as a trial program to provide occasional support service for Goleta Valley nonprofit organizations.  To schedule, call 252-1952.

  -   Young Tree Program - GVB will be advocating that the City of Goleta and Santa Barbara County allocate some of their tree maintenance budget for a Young Tree Care Program.  Think of it as a Head Start Program for public trees.  Look for us at upcoming Council and Board meetings. 

       -    School Volunteers- We are looking for volunteers that would like to coordinate with GVB on volunteer beautification projects at San Marcos High and Goleta Valley Junior High.  Interested volunteers should call us at 252-1952

--   Intern/Community service opportunities -   GVB can use several summer interns to help complete work on completing vacant tree inventories for the City of Goleta and Isla Vista. Call 252-1952 for information.

--   GVB Grant Awards - GVB received 1 grant award in April
  City of Goleta Community Projects Grant- GVB received a $2,500 for the El Encanto Heights Beautification Project.  The project will be to cleanup, prune, mulch and replant the 10^ wide section of Calle Real parkway between Colusa and Daffodil adjacent to Highway 101.  The parkway plantings have not been maintained except for annual weed abatement.  The project objective is to involve El Encanto Heights residents in reclaiming the parkway as a source of beauty, to reduce ongoing weed and litter costs, to provide screening from adjacent 101 traffic, and to use native plants for ongoing community environmental benefits.  Initial discussions with City staff and residents will begin in May with a major community cleanup workday scheduled for the September 18 (Day of Caring) and an October 16 planting day.

--    GVB Products and Services - GVB provides (free to GVB members) young native oak trees, National Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA Bulletins(43 bulletins),   "Treechie" the Teaching Tree Coloring Book(English and Spanish), and consultation from a Certified Arborist on your tree care issues.  We also have a Speakers Bureau available to speak to local clubs and organizations, and an Educational Program for local schools that includes both classroom and field classes.  We also have an active community service program where we can structure projects to meet your interests and abilities.

   --   Tree Planting/Maintenance Requests - 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 for trees in public parks or the Public Works Department at 123 East Anapamu St., SB 93101 for trees in the public right of way.  You can mention that you would like to work with GVB in planting trees in public areas.

--  Sandpiper Golf Course - Keystone Advisors are developing a program for the repair and improvement of native habitats at the Sandpiper Golf Course, along with enhancing the course itself.  They are holding information sharing sessions on April 20 and 29 at Pacifica Suites Hotel at 5:30.  If you miss this opportunity,  you can learn more by contacting Greg Rice at 695-8887 ext 21

--   Nonprofit Resource Center - The Nonprofit Resource Center is a support organization for non-profits and they have recently moved to Old Town Goleta at 5638 Hollister, Suite 200. They have an excellent Resource Library, Computer Lab, and training programs available.  Call them at 681-1040


      Thanks to Cecilia Brown for donating oranges, lemons, grapefruit and tangerines for our volunteer workers last month. 

 Tree Planting and Care during April   - 

Trees -Species -Location-Date-Hours-Action

3 - Pine, Cedar, Xmas- Girsh - 4/3/04 - 36 - Planted with plaques
37 - 7 species  - Devereux - 4/10/04 - 145 - Planted, mulched
1 - New Zealand Xmas - Girsh - 4/10/04 - 2 - Planted with plaque
1 - Mulberry - Kellogg School - 4/16/04 - 2 - Planted, with presentation
8 - Magnolia, oak - Devereux - 4/17/04 - 28 - Planted
3 - Elderica pines - Devereux - 4/23/04 - 30  - Planted
5  - Coast Live Oak - Devereux - 4/24/04 - 28 - Planted and mulched

- GVB Liaison to the Beautify Dos Pueblos Committee Bonnie Freeman, along with Dan Condon and Jim Dowling coordinated 35 student volunteers in a campus cleanup.  Twenty one trees and 17 shrubs were weeded, mulched and watered.  More ongoing watering, mulching and maintenance is recommended prior to the summer recess.

     Turnpike Area Tree Planting Preparation - Dos Pueblos student Rachel Cohen is assisting in the door to door interviewing residents in the Turnpike/Hollister subdivision.  GVB is seeking support from adjacent property owners to help water trees to be planted in their parkways in July.

Kudos to all those involved in the decisions to save the Ficus trees on upper State Street.  We are particularly pleased to see Goleta residents adding their voices to the editorial pages in the Santa Barbara News Press, along with Dan Condon^s commentary.  While GVB does not promote planting new Ficus trees in parkways, we applaud the efforts to save healthy urban trees and make accommodations for them, such as flexible sidewalks. We urge City of Goleta and Santa Barbara County tree and sidewalk maintenance staff to invest in the book "Reducing Infrastructure Damage By Tree Roots: A Compendium of Strategies" by L. R. Costello and K. S. Jones, a 2003 publication by the Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. GVB has the book available for loan.  

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6. Water Kings and Queens. -

April was another abnormally dry month with some really scorching weather at the end.  We^ll begin rolling out Treegator (portable tree irrigators) installation beginning May 1 and continuing throughout the month.  Volunteers needed to help-call 252-1952!  If you have had new trees planted by GVB in the past year and a half and your tree is not watered by an irrigation system, we^ll be delivering a Treegator to you.  Please begin filling it immediately and refill it once a week.  NOTE: Treegators should be place on a short bed of mulch (no mulch touching the tree trunk) to avoid the holes on the bag from clogging up.  If your Treegator doesn^t empty within ten hours, or if you develop a hole in the bag so that the water runs off the rootball, contact us at 252-1952 If we don^t get to you within the first week of May, you may need to create a temporary soil watering berm one to two feet away from the trunk and encircling your tree, and deep water your tree with a slow trickling hose .   8.-
30th Anniversary Goleta Valley Beautiful Awards Banquet and Silent Auction

  Saturday, May 15, 2004 6 PM, Goleta Holiday Inn

You should have already received an invitation to the Annual Banquet.  If you aren^t going to the Dos Pueblos High Prom that evening and you haven^t received an invitation, please use the reply card at the end of this article, or call 252-1952 if you want make reservations using Visa or MasterCard.  Please join us before the ceremonies for a Silent Auction benefiting Goleta Valley Beautiful.  The awardees include the following;

Honor Tree Awardees - National Tree Trust, Graham Chevrolet, GVB Founders R.O. Sandow, Betty Rosness, Ken Kruger, Phillip Meyers, Jay Torrey, Bill Chamberlain, June Casey

Golden Shovel Award -Cecilia Brown

Monthly Award Review -We^ll review and recognize all the monthly residential and business award winners from May 2003 through April 2004  

Annual Award Categories

1.  Single Family Residence - 4950 Trocha Way, Rod and Kathleen Valendta
2.  Multifamily or A