Goleta Valley Beautiful News
August 2005

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

No trees were killed in sending this Newsletter (however a number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced) -unknown author

1. GVB Community Service opportunities - General public welcome, especially jr.high to college students

- Aug 1       Tree Planting -  Mon. 12:30-3 PM - Goleta Valley South Little League Fields-Planting Tipu shade trees around the perimeter of the ball fields.  No experience necessary.  Tools and snacks provided.  RSVP 252-1952

- Aug 6        Tree Maintenance and Watering- Saturday 9 to 11 AM - Meet at cul de sac next to the Mobil Station at the corner of Glen Annie and Calle Real.  Maintenance of Elk Encanto Heights parkway along Calle Real and maintenance of entryway sign.

  - Aug 8        Tree Planting -  Mon. 12:30-3 PM - Goleta Valley South Little League Fields-Planting  shade trees around the perimeter of the ball fields.  No experience necessary.  Tools and snacks provided.  RSVP 252-1952

- Aug 15, 22,29   Tree Plantings & Maintenance- Mondays 12:30-3 PM Meet at GVB Storage area on Santa Felicita Rd.  Take Storke Road towards UCSB and make a right onto Santa Felicita behind Home Depot.  Make the first left off Santa Felicita into the parking lot next to the Girsh Park bioswale.  Look for the GVB sign.  RSVP 252-1952 

- Aug 20,27 Tree Plantings & Maintenance- Saturdays 9-noon  Meet at GVB Storage area on Santa  Felicita Rd.  Take Storke Road towards UCSB and make a right onto Santa Felicita behind Home Depot.  Make the first left off Santa Felicita into the parking lot next to the Girsh Park bioswale.  Look for the GVB sign.  RSVP 252-1952

  - Aug 20, 27 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 on the 3rd & 4th Sat., 9 to 11 am.

- Ongoing    Develop your own neighborhood public area beautification project! Goleta Valley Beautiful will provide resources and expertise to youth groups interested in developing tree planting, maintenance, educational and clean-up programs in public areas. Good community service opportunity for 4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouts, school groups, fraternity/sorority,church, or any youth groups. Call 252-1952 to develop a project.

- Ongoing   Board of Directors  There are currently two openings on the Goleta Valley Beautiful Board of Directors.  The Board meets once a month, and committees meet as project needs require. No non-profit experience necessary, we^ll help you learn about how we serve the community.  Call 252-1952 or send e-mail to kennethknight@cox.net for more information.  Interest in volunteer coordination and training facilitation particularly needed. 

- Ongoing   Graffiti Cleanup - Report 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.

- Wanted    Administrative Assistants - Part time volunteers, variable hours, work from your home. Assist in maintaining and verifying  membership and volunteer information, and grant compliance reports.  Experience in Microsoft Word and Excel preferred.  Call 252-1952 

- Wanted     Bookkeeper -  Assist in maintaining financial records of Goleta Valley Beautiful for 8 hours/month.  Experience with QuickBooks and Excel essential.Call 252-1952 

- Wanted     Experienced laborer-Proficient at using a Ditch Witch or similar large trencher to assist with installation of root shields in public parkways prior to street tree installation.  Stipend available.Call 252-1952

               Upcoming events
- Aug 12-14  California ReLeaf Annual Statewide Conference - Atascadero. Meet and trade ideas with 75 other non-profit organizations statewide.  Call 252-1952 if interested in attending.

  - Sept 17     Annual United Way Day of Caring- GVB project planned for 125 volunteers at entry to Winchester Canyon

  - Oct 6-8      California Urban Forest Council Annual Conference - to be held in Lompoc 

    2. GVB Award of the Month
Residential - August 2005 - 233 Ancona Avenue, Goleta 93117 Owners:  Larry and Sandy Larson. 

   Multi-Family Residence - July 2005 - 60 Willow Springs Lane- Willow Springs Apartments, developed by Towbes Group, Inc., landscaping by Landscape Architect Philip Suding of Suding Design, aided by Project Manager Kim True, maintenance by Plowboy Landscapes, Inc. 

           You can nominate your favorite Goleta Valley Residential property by downloading a nomination form. 

Click here to see and download the nomination form

or contact Bonnie Freeman at  683-1878 or call 252-1952. 

We accept nominations in any of our 12 annual categories for consideration of our monthly award.  These categories include Single Family Residence, Multifamily residence, Sustainable Development, Home Owners Association, Preservation of Goleta Valley, Public/Institutional, Open Space, Shopping Center, Commercial Orchard, Open Category .  Look for articles in the Valley Voice and the SB News Press. 

  3. GVB News Tidbits
-    Winchester Canyon Entry Beautification Project - City staff have favorable reviewed the proposed project at the Northwest corner of Winchester Canyon and Cathedral Oaks Road.  Over 90 mostly native, all drought tolerant plants shrubs and trees are proposed in a setting to minimize long term maintenance and provide for view corridors.  The Design Review Board Meeting to review the proposed project, originally scheduled for August 2, has been postponed to August 9 at 3 PM at the Goleta Valley Community Center on Hollister Avenue.  If you are interested in coming or desire further information, please contact either Project leader Lauren Gleason at 893-2239 or Ingrid Smith at 565-8123.  Over $1,300 has been raised from 44 supporters so far towards a goal of $2500, with all monies raised going 100% to this project.  A neighborhood rummage sale to raise funds for the project is planned for early September.  This is scheduled to be a United Way Day of Caring Project to be implemented with over 125 volunteers on September 17. 

- Other Neighborhood Beautification Projects Proposed. -     GVB Member Joan Hanna has suggested beautifying the area between Patterson and Kellogg on the mountain side of the road as a GVB 2006 beautification project next year.  Any comments on this proposal?    If you are interested in your neighborhood receiving Goleta Valley Beautiful support for a beautification project, please send us an e-mail and we^ll consider it as part of our long term planning for future years, as we only do one major neighborhood beautification project a year.. 

         -    Governor cuts funding for Los Carneros Interchange Landscaping Project -  Goleta Valley Beautiful had successfully applied for and was approved for a $37,000 Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Grant to landscape a portion of the Los Carneros Interchange.  The Governor cut funds for the entire Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program in the approved State budget, so the project is dead.

-    California ReLeaf Awards $7500 2005 Urban Forestry Capacity Grant  - GVB is fortunate to once again receive a grant to help support our urban forestry educational and outreach efforts.  Part of these funds pay to help keep our members informed through US mail, brochures at GVB activities, educational programs at schools, and this e-mail newsletter.


4. Event results/kudos
- GVB Tree Planting and Care last month  Trees-Species- Location -Date -  Hours- Action
2  - Pistache, Amber - Girsh - 7/27/05 - 17.5 - Planted
2 = Total Trees maintained    17.5 = volunteer hours
In addition, Devereux clients continue to provide 120 hours per month maintenance of the 500 GVB trees at the Devereux Greenhouse and growing grounds . Thanks this month to tree workers Bob Lugo and the Devereux work crews, which have transferred to Work Training Programs as of July 1.  Ken Knight^s knee is almost back in shape (thanks for the cards), so tree planting will resume in August, particularly for street tree plantings in the City of Goleta and the unincorporated Goleta Valley. 

-    Neighborhood Cleanups  - The Nasons picked up about 3 equivalent orange bags of trash the last two weekends along Cathedral Oaks, Los Carneros, the Fairview freeway overpass,  and Hollister from Lopez street back to Fairview.  Water bottles and toilet paper streamers are big these days.  Judy and her group do projects on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, except this month when she is on vacation the third week.  GVB will sponsor cleanups with your neighborhood groups at your request, just call 252-1952 

-    Shoreline Preservation Fund Update We are still searching for homeowners in western Isla vista to accept trees on their property, whether in county right-of-way or not.   We are still looking for more tree planting and maintenance volunteers to carry on this work over the summer.  Call 252-1952 

-    Goleta Fireworks Festival- In addition to the best Fireworks show ever, GVB volunteers helped raise funds for general operating programs by selling drinks and popcorn.  Among our many fine volunteers were Board members Scott Bull(who set up and helped pack up the next day), Sam Alfano, Lori Roper, Alan Scholl, Phebe Mansur(great signs), Laura Funkhouser, David (& Betty) Fainer, Merlyn (and Helen) Cummings.  Other volunteers included Richard Bookmyer, Peter Cortelyou, Molly Jewel, Paul Robillard, Jim Downing, Cecilia Brown, Anne Burrows, Sabine Faulhaber, Nancy and Ken Knight, and Lorena and Kathy from St. Raphael^s.  Many thanks! 

-    Goodbye South Coast Beacon- We were sad to hear that the South Coast Beacon has ceased publication.  Editor Bill MacFadyen and his staff provided excellent coverage of Goleta Valley Beautiful events, and paid particular attention to our monthly awards.  Thank you for your coverage.  We will miss you.

5. Water Kings and Queens. - If you have a portable tree irrigator (Treegator) installed on your street tree, you must fill it once every two weeks in overcast weather, and once a week in hot sunny weather until the fall when the rains start.  Please remove weeds and grass but do not remove mulch at the base of the tree and check that mulch is not touching the bark of the trunk.  Please do not use any herbicides such as Round-Up near the base of the tree- the newer varieties are strong enough to kill the tree!.  Please report any insect, disease or tree  damage problems to GVB at 252-1952.  Also let us know if you think you need a Treegator.  We^ll deliver one at no charge and we^ll pick it up in the Fall when it is no longer need for the year.  Generally, if your tree has been planted for less than 2 years, or if you do not have an irrigation system in place, you probably need one. 

   6. Welcome New/Renewing donor members
- R designates renewing member, + designates exceeding minimum contribution for that category
Honor tree: Joanie and Colin Jones
Business Sponsors:  Bermant Development Company and Cox Communications (R)

-  We are very pleased to receive contributions from these companies as a result of a special appeal to help support the $4600 cost of unexpected repairs to the Goleta Valley Beautiful truck.  While we ended the GVB fiscal year in a deficit on July 31, the amount of the deficit has been steadily shrinking due to fundraising during the Annual Banquet, and additional contributions from companies such as BDC and Cox.  We are continuing to accept donations to help us eliminate the remaining deficit from last fiscal year.  Thanks for the extra contributions.

Thanks for discounts/donations/reduced prices and services from Pacifica Suites, Camino Real Marketplace, CopyRight, Growing Solutions Restoration Institute, West Covina Nurseries and all of our business sponsors and silent Auction donors listed on our website www.goletavalleybeautiful.org.  We appreciate the ongoing coverage of our events in the Santa Barbara News Press, The Independent, the Valley Voice, the South Coast Beacon and the Independent.

7. 2005 Annual Donor Membership Information -