Goleta Valley Beautiful News
October 2004


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

 A society is judged great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in. --Greek proverb

1. GVB Volunteer/Community Service opportunities -
.   -Oct 9         Parkway Tree Plantings Beginning at 261 Santa Barbara Shores Dr-various addresses.  Sat., 9 AM to Noon Call 252-1952 or e-mail kennethknight@Cox.net for further information. Students please bring your community service forms.  Tools, drinks, & snacks provided. No experience required, projects under the supervision of a Certified Arborist.

-Oct 9, 25    Cleanups of selected Goleta streets such as Cathedral Oaks, Patterson and Los Carneros Saturdays, 9:30 AM to Noon.  Call Judy Nason at 964-0436 and leave a message.

-Oct 16-17  California Lemon Festival -Girsh Park Sat. 10 AM to 8 PM, Sun 10 AM to 5 PM 4 volunteers per 2 hour shift needed (40 total volunteers) to serve Sweet Lemon Frosted Churros & Sweet Lemon Glazed Popcorn.  Students welcome.  Call 252-1952 to schedule.

  -Oct 23       El Encanto Beautification Project Part 2 - Tree Planting Sat., 8 AM to noon.  Meet at Glen Annie and Calle Real next to the Mobil Station.  75 volunteers needed for planting 75 trees and shrubs in pre-dug holes along the parkway, move mulch and remove pre cut palm fronds.  Eagle Scout candidate Alex Murdoch will be leading this project along with support from local residents, businesses and the City of Goleta.  Call 252-1952 to participate.

-Oct 30       Parkway Root shield installations-various addresses.-Meet at 6003 Paseo Palmilla Sat., 9 AM to Noon We^re filling in behind a trencher to prepare for tree plantings.  Call 252-1952 or e-mail kennethknight@Cox.net for further information.  Students please bring your community service forms.  Tools, drinks, & snacks provided.  No experience required, projects under the supervision of a Certified Arborist.

-Special      GVB Volunteer Coordinator-One year term.  Position on the GVB Board of Directors. Candidate should enjoy speaking and working with GVB members, nonprofit policymaking, and urban forestry.   Call Sam Alfano at 967-0595

-Ongoing    Interviewers needed to make phone calls and follow-up in person visits if necessary to determine the interest of residents in the planting and care of public parkway street trees adjacent to their property.  Hours and Goleta Valley locations vary according to your schedule and interest.  Call 252-1952 

-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.

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

-Ongoing    Anti-litter cleanup - Report litter problem areas to Judy Nason of Cambridge Drive Community Church at 964-0436, and volunteer to help with clean-up crews. 

  2. GVB Residential and Business Awards of the Month
Residential September - 1483 Camino Rio Verde, John and Mary Rose Handley, owners and designers

Residential October  -   5200 Austin Road, Bonnie Freeman owner, Landscape Designer Janie Ableson

Business September - 91 Frederick Lopez Road, Goleta Building Materials, Ken Hall Owner

Business October -  6465 Calle Real, California Highway Patrol

Nominate your favorite place by downloading our nomination form on the Goleta Valley Beautiful by Clicking here to see and download the nomination form  For residential properties, contact Bonnie Freeman at  683-1878.  For commercial/office/homeowner associations call Marc Bradley at 967-3738.  Look for articles in the Valley Voice, the South Coast Beacon and the SB News Press.  

3. GVB News Tidbits
-Leaf-it-to-us school tree planting grants - The California Department of Fire and Forestry is offering tree planting grants of between $500 to $2500 to any K-12 public school that involves children in the planting process.  GVB will assist any Goleta Valley public school in writing and implementing a grant for your school.  For more information, check out the grants page at www.ufei.org  and then call GVB at 252-1952.  The application deadline date is December 1, 2004.  Last year there was money leftover in this fund because there weren^t enough applicants. 

-New Lemon Festival Products! - In a continuing effort to be lemon correct during the Goleta Lemon Festival, GVB will feature sweet lemon frosted churros, sweet lemon glazed popcorn, and hot and iced lemon tea.  We are also selling coffee, and if anyone has any lemon coffee recipes, let us know.  We need a lot of volunteers to help us in the booth - call 252-1952 for a 2 hour shift.

  -Save the Date - GVB Member and 3rd District Supervisor Gail Marshall^s retirement party, Friday evening December 3 at the UCSB Corwin Pavilion  

-Santa Barbara Shores/Coronado Tree Planting- This project was delayed once again until the residents could achieve consensus about the species of trees on a block by block basis.  We^re hoping to get all the trees on this street planted by Halloween. 

   -Honor Tree Locations  - Girsh Park is available for honor tree locations with plaques.  This is a different situation than in other city and county parks, where no plaques are allowed with the Honor Trees. 

-Tree Planting/Maintenance Requests -  We continue to respond to requests for trees, most recently from Paul Schaffer, Alan Howard and County Fire Station 11, from the Men^s Garden Club, and anyone else with a need for public trees.   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. 



Thanks to Marilyn martin for the donation of several shovels

4. Event results/kudos
GVB Tree Planting and Care last month 
Trees  -Species  -Location  -Date - Hours  - Action

6 - Brisbane Box - Bristol Place-  9/5/04 - 30 - Planted, mulched
100 - Brisbane Box - Cathedral Oaks Rod - 9/6/04 - 6  -  Watered
1 - Ginkgo biloba - 6296 Stow Canyon - 9/11/04 -  2  - Planted, mulched
2 - Brisbane Box - Devereux   -  9/13/04  -  15  - Planted, mulched
0 - Multiple native trees  - Calle Real  - 9/18/04  -  375  -  Site preparation 
  3 - Geijera  -  Employees University - 8/25/04 - 15 - Planted, mulched 
5 - Geijera  -  Devereux  - 8/30/04  - 22 - Planted, mulched

Thanks this month to tree volunteers at Los Prietos Boys Academy, Los Prietos Boys Camp, Kristian Blom, Bob Lugo and the Devereux crews.

-Neighborhood Cleanup - Judy Nason and her Cambridge Drive Community Church volunteers are continuing their anti-litter campaign along our roadsides.  On September 11, They cleaned up Los Caneros Road from Calle Real to Cathedral Oaks, Cathedral Oaks from Patterson to Kellogg and Carlo to Los Carneros, and Patterson from Parejo to Cathedral Oaks, collecting 3 1/2 bags of trash  in 5 man hours.

  - El Encanto Beautification Project -Phase 1- September 17th Day of Caring Excerpts from an E-mail to the 7 Block Captains from Bonnie Freeman, Project Coordinator after the September 17 project:

    Dear Warriors,
and that^s all I can come up with after seeing you on the debris laden Calle Real once the labor intensive work got under way on Saturday  I don^t know about you, but I could barely move the next day so my out-of-town company just had to take me zombie-like wherever we went.  Today I^m back to work and first on my mind are all of you who did this incredibly amazing job of transforming what seemed like an overwhelming set of tasks at the start of the day on Saturday - and turning it into a tough-as-nails improvisational success!  I could not get down to the end section, I only made it to Plumas so I could get back to my station on Sonoma, but I can only say that without the pickup trucks ferrying debris back and forth, and the extra wheelbarrows and tools from homes, I do not think the work set out could have been accomplished.  Ken Knight shuffled back and forth in his big truck with supplies and directions after an early morning bout with street sign mania but, in the end, an amazing amount of work was accomplished and the way is paved for the OCTOBER 23RD WORK DAY where the Eagle Scouts will be in charge of planting all the trees and shrubs.
    I took some photos but not on digital so when I get that roll finished and developed, I^ll drop off some shots of the work day for you. In the meantime, I just wanted to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, and THANK YOU again. It occurred to me that the best feedback would come from all of you; you each had your own perspective from your blocks and I^m sure there^s much to be learned from your critical eye^s point of view if you could take a few minutes to share.  For myself, I know I felt the SET UP was poor, in terms of not enough tools for each block, not the right kind of tools (more hard rakes and wheel-barrows) and we certainly needed the pick-up trucks.  Carson, Eric, Greg and several men I did not know (neighbors? volunteers for the day?) who were riding rough-shod over this went beyond the call for what was expected, but the results are beyond question.  AMAZING!!
    I had garnered a pruning of the palms by BILL^S TREE SERVICE, but his crew would not be able to get in there until the week before the planting day, Oct. 23rd, and I think he will be shocked to see how much of the work you already did!!!  He chose our project as one of two his company selects to do for COMMUNITY SERVICE each year, so you will see continuing work on those palms as the weeks come upon us.  Just getting rid of the palm fronds alone will add so much beauty and elegance to your neighborhood entryway.
    If some of you know the names of other neighbors who pitched in last Saturday, then please forward their names to me so I can thank them as well.  Give us your feedback on the work day and any suggestions for further improvements ahead. 
With deep appreciation, Bonnie Freeman GVB Volunteer Coordinator, 683-1878

Hats off to Block captains Liz Hasch (COLUSA), Carl Noss (AMADOR temp), Rick Warren/Bonnie Freeman(SONOMA),Greg/Chris Krueger (SAN MATEO),Jan Holtzclaw (MENDOCINO), Deborah Lyons (PLUMAS), Eric Little,  Carmen Rouse (CALAVERAS), Carson Kittle   ALL-PURPOSE STREET COMMANDO, Lori Keller and the Pacifica Hotel Co. Team, Dave Smargon and the Superconductor Technology Team, John Norris and the huge crew from the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, Marti Schultz and Julian DeAnda from the City of Goleta, and Kristin Rushforth and the United Way Day of Caring staff and all the other individuals who stepped up to help beautify Goleta Valley!  Special thanks to marborg Industries for their donation of the rolloff boxes, and to the Goleta City Council for the Community Project Grant for making this event possible.

5. Water Kings and Queens. -
Please refill your portable tree irrigators (Treegators) once a week until the first good soaking rain (3/4 inches or more in one day).  Treegator instructions can be found at www.treegator.com.  We^ll stop by to remove and store the Treegators sometime in November.  For those of you in your second year of Treegator service, we thank you and you^ll be relieved of further duty.

6. Welcome last month^s new/renewing donor members -
R designates renewing member  
    Basic-David Oliver
Honor Trees-Paul Schaffer (3)
Business Sponsor - Cherie Welsh (now at the SB Botanic Garden!)
Benefactors - Goleta Lions for their assistance with keeping the trees watered on Cathedral Oaks  
Thanks for discounts/donations/reduced prices and services from Pacifica Suites, Camino Real Marketplace, CopyRight, Island Feed and Seed, San Marcos Growers, Marborg Industries,and West Covina Nurseries. 

7. 2004 Annual Donor Membership Information
To down load your application and become a member Click here : and mail to: Goleta Valley Beautiful
P. O. Box 6756
Goleta, CA 93160-6756 

Board of Directors: Sam S. Alfano-President, Lori Roper -  Vice President, Doug Winter - Secretary, Tami Mason - Treasurer. Board members: Merlyn Cummings, Alan Cavaletto, Al Turnbull, Thom Myall, Laura Funkhouser, Kristen Amyx, Dan Condon, Phebe Mansur, Marc Bradley.  Executive Director - Ken Knight -Member California ReLeaf Network and National Tree Trust Grant Recipient