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Carlsbad News

Carlsbad News

June 23, 2022

We are excited to kick off the return of TGIF Concerts in the Parks this Friday, following a two year break due to the COVID pandemic. Get all the details, plus updates about these stories below:

  • Temporary coastal fire station moving forward
  • Monroe Pool on November ballot
  • Free kitchen caddy for composting
  • Art in the Village
  • Carlsbad teen wins $5K scholarship
  • Honoring (and joining) Team Carlsbad
  • Upcoming meetings
  • Carlsbad beaches make the honor roll

TGIF Concerts kick off

Our 2022 TGIF Concerts in the Parks summer series kicks off Friday at Stagecoach Park, featuring the country-rock band Back Pocket Whiskey Fellas & the Bayou Brothers. We are expecting big crowds this year, so please plan ahead if you’re planning to attend. These events are the highlight of the year for our community, and we’ve got a great lineup in store.

Details

  • Field will open at 4 p.m. Concert starts at 6 p.m.
  • Free parking at La Costa Canyon High School across the street and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is just down the road from the park on Camino de los Coches.
  • No shuttle service for concerts at Stagecoach because we have parking close by.
  • Even so, please consider getting dropped off or carpooling to ease traffic.
  • Don’t forget to pack a picnic – no food and drink vendors this season.
  • Please leave your furry friends at home.
  • It never hurts to bring bug spray just in case.

See all the tips in the video linked below:

Temporary coastal fire station moving forward

The City of Carlsbad will have a fully staffed and equipped temporary fire station on the coast as soon as January 2023 thanks to an agreement approved by the City Council Tuesday. The project is part of a City Council goal to improve emergency response times and ensure fire and emergency medical services are ready to meet the community’s needs as the city’s demographics and population change.

  • This would also be the city’s first fire station west of Interstate 5 and the railroad tracks, two major transportation corridors that could be impacted in the event of a wide-scale emergency or natural disaster.
  • The $194,052 6-year lease with NRG Inc. will allow the city to build a temporary fire station on part of the old Encina power plant site. The agreement could be extended for up to two additional years.
  • The city will reuse some of the temporary buildings now being used while Fire Station 2 in La Costa is rebuilt.
  • Construction on Fire Station 2 is set to wrap up in the next few months, and the temporary buildings will move from the Dove Library parking lot to the NRG site.

Why it’s important

In May 2021, the Fire Department completed a “Standards of Cover” evaluation, looking at current and future emergency response needs based on Carlsbad’s size, demographics and other factors. The evaluation found that to meet industry standards, the Fire Department needed a seventh fire station, ideally west of I-5 and the railroad tracks, as well as more ambulances and personnel.

Fire Department Improvements webpage

Voters to decide on spending for Monroe Street Pool improvements

Carlsbad voters will decide during this November’s election whether or not to authorize the City of Carlsbad to spend up to $24 million of existing city funds to renovate and expand the Monroe Street Pool, located next to Carlsbad High School in northern Carlsbad. The approved question that will appear on the ballot is:

“Do the voters of the City of Carlsbad approve spending existing city funds from various sources, including the General Fund, in an amount to exceed $1 million for the Monroe Street Pool Renovation/Replacement project located at 3401 Monroe Street for an estimated cost range of $22 million up to $24 million, adjusted annually by the percentage increase in the regional construction cost index?”

  • The ballot measure is needed because of a Carlsbad-specific law that requires voter approval for certain construction projects that cost more than $1 million in general city funds, even if the city already has the money on hand.
  • Carlsbad voters passed this requirement in 1982 to have more direct oversight of city spending.

Learn more

Free kitchen caddies available for new composting program

Starting June 25, Carlsbad residents can pick up a free kitchen caddy to make food scrap recycling a little easier. These small, plastic bins can be used to store leftover food scraps in the kitchen before putting them in the green compost bin along with other green or “organic” waste, like plants and food-soiled paper. 

New food waste collection

Under a new state law, on July 1, Carlsbad residents and businesses will begin disposing of their food scraps, food soiled paper and yard waste in their green compost container. This organic waste will be collected by Republic Services and composted at a special compost facility. (City staff took a tour of this massive composting operation recently. Here is a video so you can see too.)

What goes in the kitchen caddy?

Any residential food waste, such as meat, fish, bones, eggshells, old bread, tea bags, coffee grounds, produce, leftovers, expired foods and soiled paper products. Plastic, plastic bags and plastic packaging can’t be placed in the green compost cart, so they should not be placed in the kitchen caddy.

Where will kitchen caddies be available?

Republic Services is making them available at city libraries, community centers and other community locations between June 25 and July 30. The full schedule is on the Republic website.

Art in the Village

The City of Carlsbad is inviting residents to get outdoors and exercise their creativity by participating in a Pop Up Art event Sunday, June 26, at the 24th annual Art in the Village festival.

Sunday, June 26 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. State Street and Grand Avenue

  • Organized by the Carlsbad Village Association, Art in the Village is an open-air art show that features original works by artists from all over the region, as well as live music, performance art and interactive art activities.
  • Carlsbad city staff will host a Pop Up Art activity giving people a chance to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the city’s popular TGIF Concerts in the Parks by creating a drawing that reminds them of their favorite music.
  • Each drawing will be on a card with the dates and locations of the concerts in this year’s TGIF series – a reminder of the summer fun yet to come.
  • The Pop Up Art event is free and open to people of all ages. All materials are provided.

Learn more on the city’s Pop Up Art webpage.

Carlsbad teen wins Don Diego award

Congratulations to Carlsbad resident and recent San Dieguito Academy graduate Kyra Chen who was just awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation, an organization that honors high-achieving students of great promise who have participated in activities at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Kyra is heading to Duke University in the fall where she plans to conduct research contributing to the development of new medicines. (She’s already worked as an intern for a local pharmaceutical company.) If that’s not impressive enough, she’s also an award-wining figure skater, a published artist, a fluent Mandarin speaker, a musician and a member of her school’s California Native Plant Club. Congratulations, Kyra!

Team Carlsbad recognition

Here’s a great example of a city employee who exemplifies the dedication, perseverance and heart of Team Carlsbad. Cristina Rangel, a senior office specialist in our Public Works Department was recently featured in MiraCosta College’s Transforming Lives newsletter.

Cristina had always wanted to go to college, but she entered the workforce at a young age and started a family. Over the years, her responsibilities grew, but her dream of attending college never faded.

When she talked about her higher-education dream with her supervisor, Public Works Superintendent Brian Bacardi, he told her he saw her as someone destined to be a leader. Encouraged and determined, she enrolled last year at MiraCosta College.

Now Cristina is a full-time student pursuing liberal arts and ethnic studies, while balancing her responsibilities as a full-time city employee and mom. When she has extra time, she volunteers helping victims of human trafficking in North County.

After completing her studies at MiraCosta and earning her degree, Cristina plans to use her education and job experience to better serve the community through public works.

We’re so proud of Cristina and thrilled that she’s a part of our team.

City jobs

Speaking of working at the City of Carlsbad, I would be remiss if I didn’t put a plug in for considering a career in public service. Cities like ours need talented people from a wide variety of different professional disciplines, from engineering to HR, accounting, auto mechanics, IT specialists and more.

Available positions are always posted on our website. I know a lot of people don’t think of local government as a career option, but I encourage you to explore it. The sense of pride and satisfaction that comes from public service is very rewarding, and Carlsbad is a great place to work!  

Get involved: Upcoming meetings

The next City Council meeting will take place Tuesday, July 12, at 5 p.m. in the City Council chamber. The agenda will be posted on the city’s website the Friday before the meeting.

No other city meetings are scheduled for next week.

Carlsbad beaches make the honor roll

Finally, we got word yesterday that Carlsbad beaches have once again made the “honor roll” in Heal the Bay’s annual beach report card. This is a statewide ranking the organization releases each summer reporting on water quality. The City of Carlsbad invests significant resources into preventing runoff and other sources of pollution that can get into our gutters and storm drain system, where they travel, untreated, to our lagoons and the ocean. 

You can read more about these efforts on the city’s website, including ways you can help keep our beaches clean.

I’ll be back next week – the last day of June, if you can believe it. Until then, enjoy our beautiful weather and this amazing community.

Scott Chadwick, Carlsbad City Manager

Summer Reading Adventure begins June 13

The annual all ages Summer Reading Adventures begins on June 13. Complete 12 activities and earn a reward. Register for the Summer Reading Program here. To find more exciting events all summer long, visit sra.carlsbadca.gov. Hope to see you at the library this summer.

Grow Your Garden

Carlsbad City Library’s Grow Your Garden program lets you swap succulents, seeds, fruit, vegetables and herbs from your garden with your neighbors and learn new gardening techniques.

Saturday, June 25, 10:30 a.m. – noon (event begins at 10 a.m.)

Workshop with Sue Nessel, Armstrong Gardens Courtyard, Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane

A little about Sue Nessel

Sue Nessel has worked as a Nursery Professional with Armstrong Gardens for ten years. Today she nurtures over 100 roses in her garden and enjoys planting and harvesting numerous varieties of tomatoes and vegetables.

Overdrive/Libby Login Change

As of June 8, 2022, OverDrive/Libby will require library patrons to enter their Carlsbad Library PIN to access their account for eBooks and eAudiobooks. Your PIN is the same password that you use to sign into the Carlsbad Library catalog or self-check kiosks to access your account.

I do not know my PIN. How do I reset the PIN on my account?

To reset your PIN, click the My Account link on our website and click the Forgot PIN? link in blue. Enter your library card number and a PIN recovery link will be emailed to you. If you do not receive an email within a few minutes, please contact your nearest Carlsbad Library location via phone, chat, Ask Us, email, or in person to update your information. 

Library’s Got Talent

Thursday, July 14 at 6 p.m. Dove Library, Schulman Auditorium Grades 7 to 12

The Carlsbad City Library is looking for teens to participate in our annual teen talent show on Thursday, July 14 at 6 p.m. in the Schulman Auditorium at Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane. Teens will be able to perform a song, dance or perform a piece of original material. Register by emailing libraryteens@carlsbadca.gov. All teens are invited to participate and audiences of all ages are invited to attend. Hope to see you there! 

Don’t know what to read? We have you covered!

Request a personalized reading recommendation from Carlsbad City Library staff. Fill out this form today. 

Exploration HUB

We are excited for you to come in and use the Exploration HUB located at Dove Library! 

Reserve a self-guided HUB Station to do the following:  

  • Digitize home movies or scan slides, negatives and photos. 
  • Use Adobe Creative Cloud, GameMaker Studio 2 and other apps.  
  • Create and cut designs for DIY projects with the Silhouette Cameo. 
  • Submit your original 3D design for printing on our Dremel 3D45 printer. 
  • Staff are onsite to provide guidance during your session. 

Sign up for a free class and learn how to code with Arduino, create projects with Adobe Creative Cloud, expand your knowledge of 3D design and much more!

Saturday, June 18, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Beginning Arduino

Learn about this open-source platform used to build electronic projects. It consists of a programmable circuit board and computer software that is used to write and upload computer code to the Arduino. No prior Arduino experience necessary. This class is for patrons ages 13 and older who have a valid library card.

Wednesday, June 22, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Adobe Premiere Pro: Packing Your Media Properly

Need advice on organizing your video footage? Using pre-selected footage of nature and camping learn how to upload files, organize them in folders and place them in the timeline for editing. This class is for patrons ages 13 and older who have a valid library card.

We look forward to seeing you!

Genealogy Programs & Services

Tuesday, June 14, 10 to 11:30 a.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m.) Intermediate Genealogy Class

City of Carlsbad Faraday Administration Building, Room 173, 1635 Faraday Ave.

Each Intermediate Genealogy Class will take an in-depth look at a record group focusing on the origins of the records, the information provided by the records, their importance to genealogy research and ways to access the records both online and off. Register here to attend virtually.

Saturday, June 18, 1 to 2:30 p.m. DNA Interest Group, Georgina Cole Library Community Room 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive.

The DNA Interest Group is a special interest group designed to educate and inform people about the use of DNA testing for genealogical purposes. Topics are offered for all levels of computer/genealogy experience. This program is offered both virtually and in person. Register here to attend virtually. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. for those who will be attending in person. This genealogy program is presented through a partnership between Carlsbad City Library and the North San Diego County Genealogical Society (NSDCGS).

Tuesday, June 21, 2 to 4 p.m.

Focus On: Scandinavia – Tuesday, June 21, 2 to 4 p.m. Library Learning Center, upstairs computer lab, 3368 Eureka Place, Carlsbad.

Millions of Americans have ancestors from Sweden, Norway or Denmark, yet the thought of doing research on them can be daunting. With patience, determination and the tools needed to access available resources available through the library, tracing your amazing Scandinavians is easier than ever. This hands-on class will be held in the upstairs Computer Lab at the Library Learning Center. A Carlsbad City Library card with internet privileges is required. Register here for a session.

Tuesday, June 28, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

In-person location: Carlsbad City Hall, Council Chamber, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive

Using Fold3 to Find Your Military Ancestors presented by Jennifer Warner

Jenny Warner will go over the basics of how to use Fold3 specifically for genealogists. Fold3® features premier collections of original military records. These records include the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military. This program is offered both virtually and in person. Register here to attend virtually. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for those who will be attending in person. This genealogy program is presented through a partnership between Carlsbad City Library and the North San Diego County Genealogical Society (NSDCGS).

Ask a Genealogist

Whether you’re just getting started in genealogy, or need help breaking down a brick wall, you can “Ask a Genealogist” during a special one-hour appointment with qualified staff at the Georgina Cole Library. Staff will help you navigate the library’s highly regarded print and online resources to answer your specific genealogy questions. Fill out the “Ask a Genealogist” form to get started.

Celebrate Baz Luhrman’s musical, Elvis

Learn more about the beloved King of Rock and Roll before you see the film later this month.

We’re here to help

We’re available to answer your questions over the phone, through our chat service or by email during open library hours.

All Carlsbad City Library location hours

Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. • Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

City of Carlsbad | 1200 Carlsbad Village DriveCarlsbad, CA 92008

Time to dust off your dancing shoes!
As we enter into June—Cultural Arts is preparing for a jam-packed summer of live music at the very popular TGIF Concerts in the Parks series. Enjoy live music while spending quality time with friends and loved ones at one of our scenic parks. In addition to the concert series, the Cultural Arts Office is also opening a new exhibit in the Cannon Art Gallery and providing a variety of artistic experiences for all ages and abilities. Come join us!
Celebrating 35 Years! TGIF Concerts in the Parks 
One of the most beloved and highly anticipated summer activities in Carlsbad, TGIF is celebrating its 35th anniversary. The Cultural Arts Office is dedicated to bringing you a TGIF season reminiscent of years past. To commemorate this anniversary, the band line up for this season is a mix of encore performances and new bands that we know will have you dancing the night away!

Stagecoach Community Park

June 24Back Pocket Whiskey Fellas & Bayou Brothers -These performers blend Irish folk with country-rock, using guitars, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, accordion and more to keep crowds energized.

July 1The Corvelles -This nine-piece Supremes Tribute Band also performs beloved Motown favorites from iconic groups such as the Shirelles, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.

Poinsettia Community Park

July 8The Mighty Untouchables – An award-winning band playing a diverse range of dance music that ranges from Top 40 to disco to classic rock to jazz.

July 15Phat Cat Swinger – This contemporary swing band brings retro showmanship to a wide range of musical styles.

July 22High Tide Society – A stylish tribute band recreating the smash soft-rock hits of the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Calavera Hills Community Park

July 29Ryan Hiller Band – This San Diego-based singer-songwriter blends an original sound mixed with funk, soul and rock.

Aug. 5Sabrosas Latin Orquesta – This female Salsa band brings together a variety of talented musicians celebrating a common love for Latin music.

Alga Norte Community Park

Aug. 12The Detroit Underground – A high-energy band featuring red-hot rhythm and horn sections, powerful vocals and covering genres including soul, funk, pop and R&B.

Aug. 1980z All-Stars – This “ultimate ‘80s tribute band” covers classic hits from iconic artists such as Duran Duran, Devo, Bon Jovi, Rick Springfield and more.

More info

New exhibition at the Cannon Art Gallery 

Artists Together: Today and Tomorrow

Showcasing the Talents of MiraCosta College Art Faculty and Students

June 4 – Aug. 13, 2022

Opening reception: Saturday, June 4, 5-8 p.m.

The Cultural Arts Office is committed to fostering the next generation of artists and the Cannon Art Gallery is highlighting the Art Faculty of MiraCosta College for their incredible mentorship to students. Featuring the work of faculty and selected students, this exhibition contains a wide spectrum of media, including painting, printmaking, photography, installation, furniture and ceramics. From bright abstracts to painted sculptures, the exhibition is certain to have something to stimulate everyone’s interest and satisfy their spirit. Join us for the opening reception hosted by the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts. More Info

Image credit: Artist, Jonathan Broberg

Pop-Up Art: An artmaking event themed to the exhibition

Saturday, June 18

Carlsbad City Library, Children’s Garden 

11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Free

Join us to Create Your Own Triptych! The Cannon Art Gallery shares its commitment to fostering the next generation of artists in the new exhibit: Artists Together: Today and Tomorrow. Experience the amazing and varied artworks highlighting the incredible mentorship of the Art Faculty of Mira Costa College. See a wide spectrum of artworks by faculty and selected students, then join us in the Children’s Garden to create a triptych. What’s a triptych? An artwork made up of three sections. You’ll use different art materials in each of those sections! These interactive arts experiences are suitable for all ages and abilities and are sponsored by the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts.More info

Cinema Club series on Wednesday nights 

Schulman Auditorium, Carlsbad City Library complex 6 pm Free

Lady of the Manor -(Comedy, 2021, R, 1h 36m)

Wednesday, June 8 -An aimless ne’er-do-well becomes a tour guide in a historic estate and winds up befriending the manor’s resident ghost.

The King of Staten Island -(Comedy, Drama, 2020, R, 2h 16m)

Wednesday, June 15 – Struggling since his father died, twenty-something Scott squanders his life away. When his mother brings home a new boyfriend, Scott must face his demons head-on.

Breaking News in Yuba County -(Comedy, Crime, 2021, R, 1h 36m)

Wednesday, June 29 A woman takes advantage of her growing celebrity status when the police and the public think her dead husband is missing.

Carlsbad Sculpture GardenOn view through Friday, Aug. 26 2955 Elmwood St., Carlsbad, 92008 Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free 

There’s still time to visit the Carlsbad Sculpture Garden. Cultural Arts is extending the exhibition to be on display through the summer months. Hear from our featured artists before your visit. Then, come out to view the works on exhibit. Added tours during the month of June will provide groups with more opportunities to learn about the nine works of art by incredibly talented artists. The refreshed space provides a natural setting for the artwork to take center stage, and a knowledgeable docent will share each featured artist’s vision as you stroll. 

Like what you see? Stop by one of the three library facilities and get your free Carlsbad Sculpture Garden coloring book. Great for all ages!

Would you like a guided group tour? 

To book your tour date, email wendy.sabinlasker@carlsbadca.gov.

Group Reservations are available between the hours of 10 a.m. ‒ 5 p.m. More info

Hear from local artist Christopher Polentz! 

Christopher Polentz The Island of Professor P. Calavera Hills Community Park, 2997 Glasgow Drive

Hear local artist Christopher Polentz share details about the iconic Carlsbad Beach Chair on view at the Calavera Hills Community Park – Gateway Project. You’ll be drawn in to take a closer look at the whimsical artwork created by Polentz, titled The Island of Professor P. The Carlsbad-centric chairs were designed and fabricated by artist Michael Stutz. The iconic Carlsbad Beach Chairs are part of our Pop Up Art series, featuring temporary art installations throughout Carlsbad. More Info

Two summer opportunities for young artists—to play, create and thrive!

Missoula Children’s Theatre Guest Residency Program 

Carlsbad City Library complex on Dove Lane 

Monday, June 20 – Saturday, June 25

Monday through Friday, 9:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.,

and Saturday, 1 – 6:30 p.m. 

Ages 7 – 14, Free

Limited Availability

A week-long theatre residency program, culminating in the Missoula Children’s Theatre Company’s original adaptation of the Little Mermaid. This program provides music, drama, rehearsal and theatre workshop experience for children ages 7 to 14. This production is part of the Missoula Children’s Theatre’s unique international touring project in which all registrants have a chance to play a part in creating a theatrical production!  More info Register at www.carlsbadconnect.org

Kids: Spread your Wings at Club Peacock 2022

Club Peacock

Summer Arts Camp Program

July 11 ‒ 15, July 18 ‒ 22, and Aug. 1 ‒ 5 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Ages 8 – 13, $210

Time to tap into your creativity and unique style through art! The Cultural Arts Office is partnering with the Parks & Recreation staff at Leo Carrillo Historic Ranch Park to offer Club Peacock, a half-day camp inspired by this special real-life rancho in Carlsbad.

Whether you’re just beginning or have loads of experience, if you love art, join us in using a variety of mediums to create awesome art from inspired imagery. The day will fly by in this camp designed to encourage participants to think like artists as they explore different art making techniques. More info Register at www.carlsbadconnect.org

Carlsbad Friends of the Arts
Dedicated to making the arts an integral part of the community experience. To become a member or volunteer, visitcarlsbadfriendsofthearts.org
Carlsbad Library & Arts Foundation
Financially supporting and enhancing Carlsbad libraries and arts facilities, programs and events.
carlsbadlibraryartsfoundation.org/
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June 2, 2022 Safer mobility on Avenida Encinas

Community members have another opportunity to provide feedback on plans for new sidewalks, buffered bike lanes and crosswalks for sections of Avenida Encinas when it returns to the Traffic & Mobility Commission on Monday, June 6.

Due to a technical problem with noticing, all items on which a vote was taken from the May Traffic & Mobility Commission agenda, including the Avenida Encinas Coastal Rail Trail and pedestrian improvements project, will be placed on the June 6 agenda for additional input.

The mobility improvements on Avenida Encinas are part of a nearly 2.5-mile segment of the Coastal Rail Trail throughout southern Carlsbad. Caltrans has awarded the city a $1.77 million grant to help pay for work. 

Feedback on the proposed designs along the southernmost part of Avenida Encinas, from the Poinsettia Coaster Station to Carlsbad Boulevard, can be given to the Traffic & Mobility Commission

In person on Monday, June 6, 4 p.m. City Hall Or via email at traffic@carlsbadca.gov

Details on how to comment – The June agenda will be posted by June 3, noon on the Traffic & Mobility Commission webpageSign up to be notified.

What if I already gave feedback? Do I have to do it again? -Comments already submitted during the May meeting have been documented and do not need to be re-submitted. Additional feedback can be sent in.

What’s proposed? Grant funds are proposed for improvements including: 

  • New Class II buffered bike lanes, delineated by pavement striping and signs
  • Conflict points delineated by green paint
  • New pedestrian improvements and ramps for safety and enhanced mobility
  • Slowing down traffic by realigning driving lanes between Poinsettia Lane and Carlsbad Boulevard
  • Intersection improvements and high-visibility intersection crosswalks along Avenida Encinas at:
  • Poinsettia Lane
  • Portage Way
  • Dory Lane
  • Carlsbad Boulevard
  • Enhanced mid-block pedestrian crossings along Avenida Encinas at:
  • Poinsettia coaster station driveway
  • San Carlos Street

Avenida Encinas as part of the Coastal Rail Trail -The Coastal Rail Trail was initially planned in the 1990s as a continuous bicycle route that would run along the railroad tracks from downtown San Diego to Oceanside. According to SANDAG, logistics, costs and environmental concerns since its original planning have forced some areas of the route away from the tracks and onto side streets such as Avenida Encinas.

Using Avenida Encinas as part of the Coastal Rail Trail supports the city’s goals to design roads that can safely accommodate all modes of travel and improve access and connectivity. 

More informationProject webpage

City Of Carlsbad | 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

May 31, 2022

Summer Reading Adventure begins June 13

The annual all ages Summer Reading Adventures begins on June 13. Complete 12 activities and earn a reward. Register for the Summer Reading Program here. To find more exciting events all summer long, visit sra.carlsbadca.gov. Hope to see you at the library this summer.

Overdrive/Libby Login Change

As of June 8, 2022, OverDrive/Libby will require library patrons to enter their Carlsbad Library PIN to access their account for eBooks and eAudiobooks. Your PIN is the same password that you use to sign into the Carlsbad Library catalog or self-check kiosks to access your account.

I do not know my PIN/Password. How do I reset the PIN/Password on my account?

To reset your PIN, click the My Account link on our website and click the Forgot PIN? link in blue. Enter your library card number and a PIN recovery link will be emailed to you. If you do not receive an email within a few minutes, please contact your nearest Carlsbad Library location via phone, chat, Ask Us, email, or in person to update your information. 

Mail Ballot Drop Off
Carlsbad City Libraries will be providing Mail Ballot Drop Off services for the upcoming Gubernatorial Primary Election. Starting May 9, drop off your signed and sealed mail ballot with Registrar of Voters staff at any Carlsbad City Library location during open business hours. On Election Day, June 7, mail ballots will be accepted on site from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. For more information about the upcoming election, visit www.sdvote.com.

Library’s Got Talent

Thursday, July 14 at 6 p.m. Dove Library, Schulman Auditorium – Grades 7 to 12

The Carlsbad City Library is looking for teens to participate in our annual teen talent show on Thursday, July 14 at 6 p.m. in the Schulman Auditorium at Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane (1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011). Teens will be able to perform a song (with instrument or voice), dance or perform a piece of original material (poem, song lyrics, short story or play up to 1,000 words). Register by emailing libraryteens@carlsbadca.gov. All teens are invited to participate and audiences of all ages are invited to attend. Hope to see you there! 

Don’t know what to read? We have you covered!

Request a personalized reading recommendation from Carlsbad City Library staff. Fill out this form today. 

Exploration HUB

We are excited for you to come in and use the Exploration HUB located at Dove Library!

Reserve a self-guided HUB Station where you can do the following:  

  • Digitize home movies or scan old slides, negatives and photos. 
  • Use Adobe Creative Cloud, GameMaker Studio 2 and other apps.  
  • Create and cut designs for DIY projects with the Silhouette Cameo. 
  • Submit your original 3D design for printing on our Dremel 3D45 printer. 
  • Staff are onsite to provide guidance during your session.

Sign up for a free class and learn how to code with Arduino, create projects with Adobe Creative Cloud, expand your knowledge of 3D design and much more!

Thursday, June 2, Noon to 1 p.m.

Silhouette Cameo: An Introduction and Demo

Discover what the Silhouette Cameo cutter can create and get basic knowledge about the Studio software and materials used for projects. This class is for patrons ages 13 and older who have a valid library card.

We look forward to seeing you!

Genealogy Programs & Services Tuesday, May 31, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Getting Started with Genealogy Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave. Activity Room 111

Genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies in the United States. Learn how to start discovering your family’s heritage by using one of the largest genealogy collections in Southern California located right here in Carlsbad at the Georgina Cole Library.

Register here to attend virtually.

Tuesday, June 7, 2 to 4 p.m.

Focus On: Scandinavia

Library Learning Center, upstairs computer lab, 3368 Eureka Place

Millions of Americans have ancestors from Sweden, Norway or Denmark, yet the thought of doing research on them can be daunting. With patience, determination and the tools needed to access available resources available through the library, tracing your amazing Scandinavians is easier than ever. This hands-on class will be held in the upstairs Computer Lab at the Library Learning Center. A Carlsbad City Library card with internet access is required to sign on to a computer. This topic is offered on June 7 and repeats on June 21.

Register here to attend virtually.

Tuesday, June 14, 10 to 11:30 a.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m.)

Intermediate Genealogy Class

City of Carlsbad Faraday Administration Building, Room 173, 1635 Faraday Ave.

Each Intermediate Genealogy Class will take an in-depth look at a record group focusing on the origins of the records, the information provided by the records, their importance to genealogy research and ways to access the records both online and off.

Register here to attend virtually.

Ask a Genealogist

Whether you’re just getting started in genealogy, or need help breaking down a brick wall, you can “Ask a Genealogist” during a special one-hour appointment with qualified staff at the Georgina Cole Library. Staff will help you navigate the library’s highly regarded print and online resources to answer your specific genealogy questions. Fill out the “Ask a Genealogist” form to get started.

Pride Reads

June is Pride Month. Celebrate all month long by checking out books about the LBGTQIA community:

Celebrate Jurassic World: Dominion

The final (for now) movie in the Jurassic Park franchise (based on the Michael Crichton) book releases on June 10. Looking for a book similar to Jurassic Park? Try these:

We’re here to help

We’re available to answer your questions over the phone, through our chat service or by email during open library hours.

All Carlsbad City Library location hours

Monday – Thursday –10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday and Saturday – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Carlsbad City Library holiday closure
In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, all library locations will be closed on Monday, May 30.

Mail Ballot Drop Off
Carlsbad City Libraries will be providing Mail Ballot Drop Off services for the upcoming Gubernatorial Primary Election. Starting May 9, drop off your signed and sealed mail ballot with Registrar of Voters staff at any Carlsbad City Library location during open business hours. On Election Day, June 7, mail ballots will be accepted on site from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. For more information about the upcoming election, visit www.sdvote.com.

Summer Reading Volunteer Opportunities for Teens
Know a teen? The Summer Reading Volunteer Program is returning and we will be accepting volunteers for the Georgina Cole and Library Learning Center locations (Dove Library has reached capacity). Teens in grades 7 to 12 will be able to volunteer to help library staff with the annual Summer Reading Adventure. The application period ends on May 27 or until all vacancies are filled, whichever comes first. Visit the Summer Reading Volunteer Program webpage to learn more.

Don’t know what to read? We have you covered!
Request a personalized reading recommendation from Carlsbad City Library staff. Fill out this form today. 

Grow Your Garden
Carlsbad City Library’s Grow Your Garden program lets you swap succulents, seeds, fruit, vegetables and herbs from your garden with your neighbors and learn new gardening techniques.
Saturday, May 28, 10 a.m. to noon

Planting with Pollinators workshop begins at 10:30 a.m. Georgina Cole Library1250 Carlsbad Village Drive
Join Jay Klopfenstein and the Carlsbad Community Gardens to learn techniques for planting for pollinators.

Exploration HUB
We are excited for you to come in and use the Exploration HUB located at Dove Library! Reserve a self-guided HUB Station where you can do the following:  

  • Digitize home movies or scan old slides, negatives and photos. 
  • Use Adobe Creative Cloud, GameMaker Studio 2 and other apps.  
  • Create and cut designs for DIY projects with the Silhouette Cameo. 
  • Submit your original 3D design for printing on our Dremel 3D45 printer. 
  • Staff are onsite to provide guidance during your session.

Sign up for a free class and learn how to code with Arduino, create projects with Adobe Creative Cloud, expand your knowledge of 3D design and much more!

Tuesday, May 17, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.Adobe Premiere Pro: An Introduction to Video EditingAdobe Premiere Pro is great for beginners and skilled editors. We will familiarize you with the the software, how to upload and organize your video footage, place them on the editing bay and understand the basics of creating a simple narrative. This class is for patrons ages 13 and older who have a valid library card. 

Wednesday, May 18, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.Tinkercad 3D Design: Grouping Shapes to Make Garden MarkersGet an introduction to the Tinkercad 3D design software and learn how to manipulate and combine shapes to create garden markers. Your design will be printed for free and ready to pick up in a few days. This class is for patrons ages 13 and older who have a valid library card. 
We look forward to seeing you!

Genealogy Services
Ask a Genealogist Whether you’re just getting started in genealogy, or need help breaking down a brick wall, you can “Ask a Genealogist” during a special one-hour appointment with qualified staff at the Georgina Cole Library. Staff will help you navigate the library’s highly regarded print and online resources to answer your specific genealogy questions. Fill out the “Ask a Genealogist” form to get started.

Tuesday, May 17, 24 and 31, 2 to 4 p.m.

Focus On: FamilySearch: Editing the Family Tree Library Learning Center, upstairs computer lab, 3368 Eureka Place 

Learn how to start a tree on FamilySearch.org and add records, photos and memories to document the lives of your ancestors. The class will also cover merging profiles, editing records and answering users’ questions. 

This hands-on class will be held in the Computer Lab at the Library Learning Center. A Carlsbad City Library card with internet access is required to sign on to a computer. A FamilySearch account is also required. Create a free FamilySearch account before the class. Register here for a session. ​

Saturday, May 21, 1 to 2:30 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.) DNA Interest Group (in-person)Georgina Cole Library, Community Room (1250 Carlsbad Village Drive)Untangling the X presented by Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D.

This session explores X-chromosome DNA, explains how it’s inherited, and describes how X-DNA matches can help you focus your genetic genealogy research. During the session we will explore several X-DNA mini-cases. Register here to attend virtually​.

Tuesday, May 24, 10 to 11:30 a.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m.) Genealogy Program Meeting (in-person)Carlsbad City Hall, Council Chambers (1200 Carlsbad Village Drive)Discovering Your Irish/U.K. Roots Online: Resources for English, Welsh, Irish & Scottish Ancestry presented by Debra Dudek

This program will lead you through the resources and search techniques for the three big UK and Irish databases: FindMyPast, ScotlandsPeople and RootsIreland. Register here to attend virtually.

Tuesday, May 31, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Getting Started with Genealogy

n-person location: Carlsbad Senior Center, Activity Room 111, 799 Pine Ave. Genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies in the United States. Learn how to start discovering your family’s heritage by using one of the largest genealogy collections in Southern California located right here in Carlsbad at the Georgina Cole Library. Register here to attend virtually.

Book Clubs
Meet fellow readers, experience great literature and engage in interesting discussions by attending a Carlsbad City Library book club.

Spanish book clubs will be on a summer break, resuming in September. 
Los clubes de lectura en español estarán en vacaciones de verano y se reanudarán en septiembre.

Mystery Month
The month of May is declared Mystery Month by Booklist. Try these mysteries and expand your reading horizons:

Celebrate Top Gun
After 36 years, the film Top Gun is getting a sequel, Top Gun: Maverick. Check out these awesome books that will be perfect for fans of the film before the sequel hits theaters later this month:

We’re here to help
We’re available to answer your questions over the phone, through our chat service or by email during open library hours.


May 12, 2022

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Protecting public safety and the environment were main themes at this week’s City Council meeting. I’ll recap those items plus more below:

  • More new environmental measures being phased in
  • A reminder about new organics recycling (starts July 1)
  • New smoke detector installation program saves lives
  • Using technology to reduce crime
  • Supporting our community through federal grants
  • Updated campaign sign rules in effect
  • Celebrating local businesses
  • Get ready for bike to work day
  • Fun things to do this weekend
  • Next week’s public meetings

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Phasing out single use plastic The City Council took the next steps this week to deliver on Carlsbad’s commitment to environmental sustainability by introducing three new ordinances that will be phased in over the next two years (ordinances are what we call city-specific laws):

  • A ban on the use of single-use plastic bottles at city facilities and city-affiliated events
  • A ban on single-use plastic bags at retail stores and food establishments (to mirror the rules already in place for grocery stores)
  • A ban on intentionally releasing helium balloons into the sky

The new ordinances are part of a plan approved by the City Council in December 2021 that spells out how the city will help reduce waste going to the landfill and littering our streets.

  • To make sure businesses have plenty of time to adjust, the bag ban will be enforced starting July 1, 2023, for retail stores and July 1, 2024, for food establishments.
  • The balloon ban will be enforced starting in July 2023.

Why balloons? California already has laws prohibiting the outdoor release of balloons made of electrically conductive materials, such as foil or Mylar, but has not addressed more common latex balloons. Latex balloons – and the strings, ribbons or plastic components that come with them – often end up in the ocean, where birds, sea lions and other animals mistake them for food.

Earlier this year, the City Council approved other measures to support the city’s sustainability goals. Here’s a graphic summarizing all the changes and how they’re being phased in. The reason for the two-year timeline is to allow the public and businesses plenty of time to learn about and get ready for the new rules.

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When to recycle food scraps? We have gotten some questions recently about the new state law requiring food scraps and other “organic” material to be recycled.


  • New trash carts are being delivered to get ready for our new trash contractor to take over pick up July 1. This includes a green cart for organics.
  • The organics recycling program in Carlsbad also starts July 1.
  • For now, you can put your yard waste in the green bins like you have been all along, but please hold off on the food scraps until July 1.
  • Republic Services, our new trash contractor, will be sending out more information about how to recycle organic material and how to get a free kitchen bin as we get closer to July.

 Get more information on our website: Reduce, reuse, recycle

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Stay safe with free smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm installation. The city is offering two new programs to help keep you safe in case of a fire or carbon monoxide leak.

  • Free smoke alarm installation is available to all residents who need help getting this done.
  • Carbon monoxide alarm installation is available to residents 62 and older.
  • You will need to purchase the devices; our firefighters will come to your home, find the best locations and install them for you.

 Here’s a video from a recent visit we made to a 55+ community in Carlsbad:

Call 442-339-2665 or email firepreventionpublic@carlsbadca.gov to arrange a date and time. 

Learn more about the smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm installation programs and home fire safety by visiting our website. 

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Using technology to keep Carlsbad safe. Speaking of safety, the City Council approved two items this week that will help our Police Department do its important work:
The city has been using license plate reader technology for more than 20 years, and we need to update the system from time to time.

  • Given the role this technology has played in solving crimes, recovering stolen cars and more, the City Council also voted to add new locations, providing greater coverage.
  • Cameras are strategically located near freeway entrances and exits, around shopping areas and at city borders. We also have some license plate readers that are mobile.
  • I encourage you to read the staff report, which includes several examples of recent cases that were solved thanks to our ability to track a license plate, including the tragic homicide in Hosp Grove last year.

The other item approved Tuesday is an update of our computer aided dispatch system.

  • This system links officers in the field with our dispatch center, which answers 9-1-1 calls.
  • The new version we are getting works with mobile phones, has mapping capabilities, displays “be on the lookout” notices with photos, and has the capability for citizens to interact with the police department more efficiently. The new system also includes in-car cameras that will automatically turn on when someone is in the back seat, as well as a forward-facing camera that will record traffic stops and other police interactions. This adds an extra layer of officer safety as well as transparency to the community.
  • It also enables officers to communicate more efficiently when they’re in the field and get real-time data to help make critical decisions during an incident.

Both of these items are examples of how tools for law enforcement have changed with the availability of new technology. Along with adding these new tools and resources, the city has established several policies that govern their safe and appropriate use. You can see these on the city’s website.

While we’re on the topic of law enforcement, Sunday is the beginning of National Police Week, which was established in 1962 to honor officers who have lost their lives while protecting others. The City of Carlsbad Police Department has lost two officers in the line of duty. Officer Wesley Fox and Officer William Jack gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving the community of Carlsbad, and we will be forever grateful. You can read more about them and National Police Week on our website.

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City awards federal grants to support low-income residents On Tuesday the City Council approved $527,154 in federal grants to help low- and moderate-income residents, with a focus on increasing and preserving affordable housing and reducing homelessness.

  • The grants have a strange name – Community Development Block Grants – but an important purpose.
  • The money comes from the federal Department of Housing & Urban Development each year, and the city can decide how to best use it, within the parameters of the program.
  • A citizens’ committee reviews applications and recommends funding to the City Council.

This year’s recipients include:

  • Casa de Amparo (facility improvements): $40,000
  • Interfaith Community Services (prevent and reduce homelessness): $25,000
  • Legal Aid Society of San Diego (fair housing services): $23,000
  • Community Resource Center (prevent and reduce homelessness): $20,000
  • Catholic Charities (prevent and reduce homelessness): $14,000
  • Brother Benno (prevent and reduce homelessness): $10,073
  • WRC, formerly known as the Women’s Resource Center (Prevent and reduce homelessness): $10,000

In addition to the seven organizations, the City Council directed $302,651 to the Carlsbad Affordable Housing Fund, which was established by the city to develop affordable housing for lower income households and purchase affordable housing units that can be made available at a cost affordable for lower income families.
You can learn more about this program in the May 10 City Council staff report.

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New rules for campaign signs Election season is here, the first since new rules were approved for where campaign signs can be displayed in Carlsbad.

  • Temporary political and other non-commercial signs are not allowed on public property or on streets in the public right-of-way (like along sidewalks and street medians).
  • Signs are allowed on private property with the permission of the property owner.
  • The maximum allowable size of signs during campaign periods (30 days prior and five days following an election) are 10 square feet total signage per property.
  • Signs may be no more than 3.5 feet in height above ground if located in a front yard and no more than 6 feet above ground if located elsewhere.
  • Signs are allowed in traditional public forum areas (e.g., a person holding a sign in a public park) as long as a person is holding the sign or within 5 feet of the sign.

Why the change?

  • The city has in the past allowed political signs to be placed in the public right-of-way (like along sidewalks and street medians) on major streets in commercial and industrial areas during campaign season, with certain restrictions.
  • Enforcing the rules has become increasingly time consuming and expensive, with staff working overtime to remove signs from places they are not allowed and field complaints about sign theft and vandalism among competing campaigns.
  • Signs were also causing safety concerns, such as people running across a busy street to put up a sign and signs blocking views for drivers.
  • Candidates have access to many more ways to promote themselves these days, such as social media, making signs less important than they used to be.
This move puts Carlsbad in alignment with 14 other cities in San Diego County, with only Oceanside, Santee and Vista still allowing these kinds of signs on public property.
More information
Campaign sign fact sheet
Election information



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Celebrating local businesses It’s Economic Development Week, which makes it a great time to reflect on the local businesses that help give Carlsbad its special charm and are a big part of what makes our city an amazing place to live, work and play.

I’m proud to report that the city’s economic development staff have worked with more than 85 companies on expansion, talent attraction and retention projects over the past two years, supporting more than 11,400 jobs and $1.4 billion in economic activity.

  • Economic development continues to be a priority for the city because it supports our high quality of life for Carlsbad residents, workers and businesses by contributing to a vibrant and resilient economy.
  • The city’s economic development efforts help establish partnerships with multiple organizations and support the next generation of new businesses and entrepreneurs.

 If you’re looking to improve your economic prospects by making a career move, visit the Carlsbad Life in Action website to explore job openings and submit your resume so that city staff can help connect you with Carlsbad companies and recruiters. 

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Celebrate Bike to Work Day Bike to Work Day, a regional celebration to encourage commuters to get out of their car to bike to work, is back this year and will take place Thursday, May 19.

There are several pit stops throughout Carlsbad, including one hosted by Carlsbad Commuter, the city’s program to help people find alternative ways to get to and from work. That will be at the corner of Faraday Avenue and College Boulevard and feature music, breakfast burritos, resources and games. 
Before you hit the road, please register online so the region can track participation (and you just might get a free t-shirt).

Working from home? No worries, you can still bike to the nearest pit stop to take in the festivities.
Visit the Carlsbad Commuter website to learn more.
More information carlsbadcommuter.comSANDAG Bike to Work Day

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Events this weekendThe City of Carlsbad is bringing back the past at the Hot Rods & Cool Treats carnival and classic car show, one of our newer community events geared at bringing multiple generations together. Hot Rods & Cool TreatsSaturday, May 1411 a.m. to 2 p.m.Pine Avenue Community Park3333 Harding St. 

  • Enjoy vintage carnival games for the young and the young at heart, like can-knock-down, ring toss, frog hopper and more
  • Build your own sundae at the ice cream bar
  • Vote on your favorite classic car
  • Enjoy live performances covering the oldies, face-painting, crafts, and a fun zone
  • Senior Center will be open with program demonstrations

The event is free, and carnival game tickets and food will be available for purchase, including hot dogs and root beer floats. Awards will be given out in seven categories:

  • Best of show
  • Best interior
  • Best paint
  • Best wooden car/wagon
  • Most original car
  • Kids’ choice
  • Spectator’s choice

If you’re up for even more fun on Saturday, enjoy world music with a fiery soul at the Front Row Saturday performance featuring Jimmy & Enrique.

Front Row Saturday: Jimmy & Enrique

Saturday, May 147:30 p.m. Schulman Auditorium at Dove Library Free admission

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Upcoming public meetings The next City Council meeting is Tuesday, May 17, starting at 5 p.m. in the City Council chamber. Topics scheduled to be discussed include:

  • A workers’ compensation settlement for a city employee 
  • The permit that allows the city to enter state property to maintain the upper picnic facilities at Tamarack State Beach and the coastal bluff at Tamarack/Frazee State Beach
  • Granting the City Manager the authority to sign agreements protecting private property owners from damage claims for the use of their properties by the city 
  • Adopting an ordinance to reduce the use of single-use plastic bottles and bags and prohibit the intentional release of balloons in Carlsbad
  • The annual work plan and report from the city Planning Commission 
  • An economic and financial update on the third quarter of fiscal year 2021-22 
  • The results of the city’s recent employee engagement survey 
  • Appointing a Historic Preservation Commission member to serve as an alternate member on the Growth Management Plan Update Advisory Committee

A link to the full agenda and staff reports is available on the city’s website. You can watch the meeting live on the city’s website or cable TV channel. 

Also next week, we have one commission meeting scheduled: May 16, 5:30 p.m. – Parks & Recreation Commission

We have several vacancies on city boards and commissions at the moment. Please take a look and consider applying. It’s a great way to stay connected to your community and help influence important programs and initiatives.

Finally, you may have seen stories about a small fire that started in Laguna Niguel yesterday afternoon and quickly spread to over 200 acres, destroying an estimated 20 homes. Smelling the smoke in the air brings many of us back to 2014, when something very similar happened in Carlsbad.

This Saturday marks the eight-year anniversary of the Poinsettia Fire, another fire that broke out unexpectedly (fire season typically starts in the fall) and spread very quickly.

The main takeaway from fire officials is that here in California, there really is no “fire season” anymore, at least as long as we are experiencing drought conditions.

  • I want to assure you that the Carlsbad Fire Department is one of the finest in the state.
  • Our City Council has made significant investments in personnel and equipment to keep our city safe.
  • To truly be prepared, we need residents to do their part too.

Please take a few minutes to review some easy steps you can take to make sure you and your family are prepared for the next wildfire.

Bonus points if you could also share that site with your friends and ask them to get prepared too!
I’ll be back next week with more city news. Have a wonderful weekend.

Scott Chadwick, Carlsbad City Manager

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CarlsbadConnects app is an easy way to report things that need repair or attention around town, like potholes, sidewalk cracks, traffic light outages, graffiti and code enforcement issues. Submit service requests anonymously or create a free account where you can track progress and see what other people have reported.
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New e-bike Safety Laws Now In Effect

The City of Carlsbad’s local laws that make it easier to enforce the safe and considerate use of e-bikes, motorized scooters, bicycles and other similar ways of getting around town are now in effect as of May 5. This means that police can issue citations or offer certain violators a safety course option instead of a citation.

What are the new laws?Specifically, the ordinance says riders and operators:

  • Have a duty to always ride with care and to reduce speed when needed for safety 
  • Can’t have passengers on handlebars, floorboard or other areas of a bicycle, e-bike or similar motorized device that aren’t specifically made for additional riders
  • Can’t attach a bicycle, e-bike or similar motorized device to any moving vehicle or motorized or non-motorized wheeled device
  • Can’t operate or ride a bicycle, e-bike or similar motorized device on sidewalks, public drainage facilities, culverts, ditches, channels, or any public athletic sports court or gymnasium in the city
  • Must get off their bicycle, e-bike or similar motorized device on trails less than 5 feet wide when they’re within 50 feet of a pedestrian or horseback rider.

 More e-bike safety rules, required by state law

Who is affected?

  • The updated ordinance covers a variety of motorized and non-motorized mobility devices including bicycles, e-bikes, electrically motorized boards, low-speed vehicles, motorized scooters, Segways, shared mobility devices such as electric scooters and other similar vehicles.
  • It doesn’t apply to the type of mobility devices that people with disabilities use to get around.

Why the change?

  • As the use of e-bikes has increased in Carlsbad over the past few years, so have the number of accidents.
  • There were 186 traffic collisions involving bicycles or e-bikes between January 2019 and December 2021. In 163 of those accidents, one or more people were injured.
  • The City Council, Carlsbad Police, city staff and community members have all observed people riding e-bikes unsafely or violating traffic laws and have raised concerns about the impact on public safety.
  • The updated ordinance prohibits a broad range of careless and reckless behavior on bicycles, e-bikes and similar motorized devices, while the State Vehicle Code violations for these types of vehicles are more limited in scope.
  • It also allows the city to be in charge of enforcement rather than referring all cases for prosecution in court, which is required for State Vehicle Code citations. 
  • For instance, the Police Department could choose to offer a safety course to offenders instead of a citation and a court-ordered fine. The course may do more to impact future behavior, especially for younger riders who may not be as familiar with the rules of the road.

More e-bike safety effortsThe City of Carlsbad and Carlsbad Police have implemented several other initiatives in the past few years to enhance e-bike safety, including several that are ongoing.

  • More enforcement of traffic safety rules and Vehicle Code violations
  • Created resources to explain laws governing e-bikes and provide safety tips
  • Hosted and promoted e-bike safety webinars and classes
  • Created public service announcements and social media campaigns promoting safety and the rules of the road
  • Working with the San Diego County Bike Coalition and local school districts to promote bicycle and e-bike safety, including through free classes.

 Looking ahead, the City of Carlsbad and Carlsbad Unified School District Parent University are hosting a bicycle and e-bike safety and education workshop for parents and students. Bicycle and e-bike safety and education workshop Tuesday, May 24, 6 – 7 p.m. Pine Avenue Community Center

To attend, RSVP to Rosemary Eshelman Student Services Specialist at reshelman@carlsbadusd.net

More information

City’s e-bike webpage

E-bike rules of the road

carlsbadcommuter.com

San Diego County Bike Coalition classes and events

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Check out the May Newsletter

Find out about all of the wonderful in-person activities and programs brought to you by the Carlsbad Senior Center. Featured programs this month include pickleball, yoga, garden club, art and much more! May lunch menu included. Register for programs.
View May newsletter

Hot Rods & Cool Treats, May 14

The City of Carlsbad is bringing back the past at the Hot Rods & Cool Treats carnival and classic car show.

Saturday, May 14 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pine Avenue Community Park 3333 Harding Street

Grab the family and come on out for some good old-fashioned fun.

  • Enjoy vintage carnival games for the young and the young at heart, like can-knock-down, ring toss, frog hopper and more
  • Build your own sundae at the ice cream bar
  • Vote on your favorite classic car
  • Enjoy live performances covering the oldies, face-painting, crafts, and a fun zone
  • Senior Center will be open with program demonstrations
  • The event is free, and carnival game tickets and food will be available for purchase, including hot dogs and root beer floats. No registration is required to attend the event

Latin dances with Ricky Ricardo Mondays, May 2 – 23 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Featuring popular Latin dances such as salsa, cumbia, bachata, cha-cha and merengue! Join instructor Ricky Ricardo Villa, Top 10 world champion in salsa, swing, and hustle, in 60-minute dance classes full of fun, joy, community building, music and movement. Learn how to make a good impression with every partner and meet new friends in the process. $70, Ages 18+
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NEW! Pine pickleball league Wednesdays, May 4 – 259:30 – 11:30 a.m.
This four-week pickleball league will play indoors at the Pine Avenue Community Center gym. Play will be in a round robin format with individual participants teaming up with rotating partners. All players will receive a league tshirt and the individual with the most wins will earn a championship prize. Pickleball experience required (beginner-intermediate level). $40
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Concert in the courtyard Monday, May 9 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Join us for a concert featuring the talented artist Daniel Newheiser, specializing in jazz, country rock, and his original music. The concert is free and no registration is required.

Whale watching Friday, May 13 9 a.m. – noon
Join us as we travel to Oceanside Harbor to board a 50’ catamaran for an awe-inspiring whale and dolphin watching adventure! Tour will run approximately 2 hours. Limited transportation and tickets available so register before we sell out! $45, Ages 50+
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News Highlights
Find the most up-to-date COVID-19 information
City Manager’s Update
Input wanted for Kelly and Park improvements
Guest Artist in Residence Betsy K. Schulz
Happy Trails newsletter
New pedestrian bridge installe
dVillage street closures for Carlsbad Street Faire
Other programs for adults 50+ 
 Carlsbad Senior Center 
 799 Pine Ave. Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-602-4650
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Carlsbad Reads Together 2022

This annual literary program brings the community together to discuss and participate in a series of events related to this year’s selection, The Personal Librarian.

Please visit www.carlsbadca.gov/carlsbadreadstogether for details about all the Carlsbad Reads Together events.
Register here fpr an Evening with Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray on Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m.
Adult Memory Kits Create your very own memory jar to capture and cherish special moments you’ll love looking at and reminiscing. Kits will be available through the entire month of April or while supplies last. Register here for more information.  
Kit de tarro de memorias para adultos Crea tu propio tarro de recuerdos para capturar y atesorar

momentos especiales que te encantará mirar y recordar. Regístrese aquí para obtener más información. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Carlsbad Library.
Curbside service hours expansion
We are pleased to announce that we are expanding call-in curbside service for all three library locations! Starting April 11, curbside service will be available from Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. To learn more about how to use our curbside service option, visit our website.

Exploration HUB
We are excited for you to come in and use the Exploration HUB located at Dove Library!

 Reserve a self-guided HUB Station where you can do the following:  

  • Digitize home movies or scan old slides, negatives and photos. 
  • Use Adobe Creative Cloud, GameMaker Studio 2 and other apps.  
  • Create and cut designs for DIY projects with the Silhouette Cameo. 
  • Submit your original 3D design for printing on our Dremel 3D45 printer. 
  • Staff are onsite to provide guidance during your session.

Sign up for a free class and learn how to code with Arduino, create projects with Adobe Creative Cloud, expand your knowledge of 3D design and much more!
Saturday, April 23, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Beginning Arduino Join us in the Exploration HUB and learn about this open-source platform used to build electronic projects. It consists of a programmable circuit board and computer software that is used to write and upload code to the Arduino. No prior Arduino experience necessary! This class is for patrons ages 13 and older who have a valid library card. 
We look forward to seeing you!

Genealogy Services

Ask a Genealogist Whether you’re just getting started in genealogy, or need help breaking down a brick wall, you can “Ask a Genealogist” during a special one-hour appointment with qualified staff at the Georgina Cole Library. Staff will help you navigate the library’s highly regarded print and online resources to answer your specific genealogy questions. Fill out the “Ask a Genealogist” form to get started.

Tuesday, April 26, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Virtual Genealogy Program Meeting Carriers of News and Knowledge: Post Office Records
Post Office records are full of genealogical riches. Join professional genealogist Julie Miller as she discusses Post Office records, their contents, and how to access these underutilized records. Register here.

Tuesday, April 26, 1 to 3 p.m. Virtual Legacy Users Group
Participate in a workshop focused on solving users’ problems. New to Legacy Family Tree software? Come learn how to get started! Seasoned Legacy User? Share your experience! Want to learn what Legacy offers? All are welcome to learn more about the tree-building software for PC users. Register here

Tuesday, April 26, 2 4 p.m. Focus On Library Learning Center, upstairs computer lab Focus On returns in April with hands-on lessons for navigating the Ancestry Library Edition database. Topics include a review of the types of records available and tips on searching for records, including how to use Ancestry’s card catalog. This hands-on class will be held in the upstairs computer lab at the Library Learning Center, located at 3368 Eureka Place. A Carlsbad City Library card with internet access is required to sign on to a computer. Register here.

Celebrate the Bard!

The object of Art is to give life a shape. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
For those who appreciate good word play and a rousing verse, you can’t beat William Shakespeare! He has inspired artists, historians, educators and romantics for centuries. This month, we celebrate his birthday on April 26. So, why not revisit one of his plays or watch a film version? Check out what’s available online or at any of the Carlsbad Libraries.

Tap Dance Widows Club events

Tap Dance Workshop Saturday, April 9 10:30 a.m. – noon Carlsbad Senior Center Free admission
Enjoy a wonderful, heartful presentation with a question and answer session, followed up by a tap dance class for beginners led by Artistic Director Louise Reichlin.

Showtime @ The Schulman Saturday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. Schulman Auditorium at Dove Library Free admission
Dealing with the loss of loved ones can, along with sadness, bring fear, self-doubt, and uncertainty. For one group of widows, while sharing grief, dance and movement became their saving grace. Join us for a wonderful documentary and live dance performances that reminisces about Old Hollywood, and the power of dance to heal a broken heart. Sponsored by the Carlsbad Library & Arts Foundation.
More info

Pop Up Art: Illustrate your own Artist Book Scroll

April 9, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Children’s Garden at Dove Library Free, for all ages and abilities
What happens when the worlds of art and books intersect? Tour the Cannon Gallery’s latest exhibit Reimagined: An Artist’s Book and then come find out at our Pop Up Art event! In this colorful and unique art project, learn how to create and illustrate your own artist book Scroll. All art supplies are provided at this free event – you bring the creativity!
More info

New Carlsbad Beach Chair debuts

The newest iconic Carlsbad Beach Chair is now part of the Calavera Hills Community Park – Gateway Project. You’ll be drawn in to take a closer look at the whimsical artwork created by local artist Christopher Polentz (right), titled The Island of Professor P. 

The Carlsbad-centric chairs were designed and fabricated by artist Michael Stutz. The iconic Carlsbad Beach Chairs are part of our Pop Up Art series, featuring temporary art installations throughout Carlsbad. It may quickly become your new favorite park destination!

Front Row Saturday @ The Schulman Auditorium

Amanda de Rosa Saturday, April 16, 7:30 p.m. Free admission
It’s Samba, Salsa, and Portuguese Folk galore! If you want to dance in the aisle, this is the show for you! Previously seen in Virtually Artful last spring, catch Amanda de Rosa, one of the North County’s rising musical stars, in an upbeat, fun and engaging performance. Sponsored by the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts. More info

Flag Book Workshop with Sage Serrano

April 16, 9 – 11 a.m. Gowland Meeting Room at Dove Library
The Flag Book is best known for its expandable display of “flags” held up by the assistance of the accordion fold. Create your own Flag Book with photos, prints, or old drawings that you bring and repurpose into your own Flag Book!
Limited capacity. To reserve a spot, email Karen.Mcguire@carlsbadca.gov More info

Virtually Artful – Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Sponsored by Carlsbad Friends of the Arts and the Carlsbad Library & Arts Foundation’s Robert H. Gartner Cultural Endowment Fund.

Roaring Twenties MasterworksStreaming April 11 – 15 
Jazz may have been all the rage, but classic music produced in the 1920s was most accomplished and widely celebrated with composers like Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). In 1928, Ravel made a very lucrative, four-month long, 25-city concert tour of the United States. He went with Gershwin to hear jazz in Harlem and visited New Orleans. His admiration of jazz led to those elements in a few of his later compositions, especially the two piano concertos. 

Surprising Piano Quartets Streaming April 25 – 29

Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957) was one of Hollywood’s most prolific composers, best known for the film Adventures of Robin Hood, starring Errol Flynn. Korngold provided the music for 23 studio films, from 1928 – 1955. Hollywood aside, he was best known for his compositions of Don Quixote – Six Characteristic Pieces, and Four Little Happy Waltz.  More info

Meet & Greet Fire Station 2 Public Artist: Mary Carter Taub

Saturday, April 30 10 – 11:30 a.m., Children’s Garden at Dove Library2 – 4 p.m., Batiquitos Lagoon Nature Center, 6880 Gabbiano Lane

Meet artist Mary Carter Taub and learn about the artwork designed for the new Fire Station 2. Your feedback will help the artist finalize the design, leading to the formal review and approval process. If you can’t attend the workshop, please visit the Public Art, Fire Station 2 webpage to view the artwork design, respond to the proposed color palette and see what’s ahead for the project.

Cinema Club line-up
Check out the schedule of Cinema Club films lined up this month at the Schulman Auditorium at Dove Library. Admission is free.

Wednesday Film Series April 13, 6 p.m. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
Action, Comedy (2021, R, 1h 40m)The bodyguard Michael Bryce continues his friendship with assassin Darius Kincaid as they try to save Darius’ wife Sonia.

Calavera Hills Community Park Improvements now open

Great news! The new one-acre entryway to Calavera Hills Community Park is now open at the corner of Glasgow and Carlsbad Village Drive.
We’re excited for you to experience the new area of the park, which includes:

  • Outdoor fitness equipment
  • Shaded picnic tables
  • Open lawn area
  • Looped walkway with park benches
  • Water-wise landscaping

The new area was designed based on community input received as part of the city’s Parks & Recreation Master Plan.
Thanks for your patience and we hope you check out this new corner of Calavera Hills Community Park.
For more information on the park project, visit the city’s website

Carlsbad Senior Center

Find out about all of the wonderful in-person activities and programs brought to you by the Carlsbad Senior Center. Featured programs this month include meditation, photo and tech classes, Zumba, walking club, art and much more! April lunch menu included. Register for programs.
View April newsletter

Join the City of Carlsbad to celebrate Earth Day’s 52nd anniversary with events and activities throughout the month of April. Earth Day is an opportunity to reflect on our community’s commitment to responsible stewardship of the environment. Enjoy fun activities and a showcase of city programs aimed to help you reduce your impact on the environment and live more sustainably. 
Check out the Earth Month activities

Celebrate Earth Month in Carlsbad

Carlsbad, CA –The City of Carlsbad is hosting several events in April as part of a month-long celebration of Earth Month. Residents can enjoy fun activities and a showcase of city programs aimed to help reduce environmental impact and live more sustainably.

Earth Month celebration at Pine Park

April 2, 9 a.m. to noon
Pine Avenue Community Park 755 Chestnut Ave. Free Event

Enjoy family-friendly activities, sustainability-focused workshops and live music at the City of Carlsbad’s annual Earth Month Celebration. This popular event is moving from the library to Pine Park this year.

Join us for:

  • Composting workshops
  • Pickle making
  • Kids activities
  • Live music
Other Earth Month activities
Other Earth Month activities in April will include:

Shred and Recycle It! April 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Carlsbad location provided upon registration 

Shred and recycle sensitive documents in an environmentally responsible way for free. Advanced registration and proof of residency are required. Register at northcounty.wm.com by April 1. 

Donate, Don’t Waste collection event  April 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 5815 El Camino Real

Give your used items a second chance. Donate them through Goodwill programs instead of sending them to the landfill. Items accepted at the event include:

  • Small home appliances like toasters or blenders
  • Housewares and home décor
  • Small furniture items
  • Sporting goods
  • Electronics
  • Gently used clothing, shoes and accessories

Registration is not required.

SD FixIt Clinic & repair event April 16, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Cole Library, east lawn, 1250 Carlsbad Village Dr.

Learn repair tips and tricks on common items to keep them out of the landfill and give them a second life. This repair event will feature the SD Fixit Clinic and spotlight local repair businesses with informational booths and a series of demonstrations for do-it-yourself repairs of various items, including bikes, clothing and small appliances.

Creek to Bay Cleanup   April 23, 9 a.m. to noon Register for a location

Help the City of Carlsbad and I Love a Clean San Diego remove 30,000 pounds of litter in a single day at the 20th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup. Register for a hosted location at www.creektobay.org, or get outside, stay close to your home and collect litter throughout the streets of your neighborhood. Registration starts on April 1. 

10 Ways to Live a Sustainable Life virtual workshop  April 30, 10 a.m. to noon Virtual

Join ReEarth Consultants and the City of Carlsbad for a free virtual workshop, focusing on how to put your passion for sustainability into action from the comfort of your own home! Learn practical tips on how reduce ‘disposable’ waste and make sustainable choices part of your everyday life. Register at www.carlsbadsustainability.com

Find out more about all of our Earth Month events.

City of Carlsbad | Website

Carlsbad Reads Together 2022
March 28,2022 -This annual literary program brings the community together to discuss and participate in a series of events related to this year’s selection, The Personal Librarian

Please visit www.carlsbadca.gov/carlsbadreadstogether for details about all the Carlsbad Reads Together events.
Register here for An Evening with Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray on Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Carlsbad Library.

A Ballad of Love & Glory: A live discussion featuring award-winning author Reyna Grande
Schulman Auditorium, Dove Library March 26, 2 p.m.
Join us in the Schulman Auditorium at Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane on Saturday, March 26 to hear Ms. Grande discuss her new book A Ballad of Love and Glory.

Earth Day Celebration
April 2, 9 a.m. to noon Pine Avenue Community Park755 Chestnut Ave., Carlsbad 92008

Free
Enjoy family-friendly activities, sustainability-focused workshops and live music at the City of Carlsbad’s annual Earth Month Celebration. This popular event is moving from the library to Pine Park this year.

  • Composting workshops
  • Quick-pickle making
  • Kids activities

Friends of the Library bookstores
The Friends of the Library bookstores are now open and phone numbers have changed. See the information below for locations, hours and phone numbers:
Friends Bookstore at Dove Library

  • Mondays, 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 442-339-2020
  • Friends Bookstore at Georgina Cole Library Tuesdays – Fridays, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 442-339-2898

Try the Personalized Reading Recommendation Service
Request a personalized reading recommendation from Carlsbad City Library staff. Fill out this form today. 

Genealogy Services
Ask a Genealogist
Whether you’re just getting started in genealogy, or need help breaking down a brick wall, you can “Ask a Genealogist” during a special one-hour appointment with qualified staff at the Georgina Cole Library. Staff will help you navigate the library’s highly regarded print and online resources to answer your specific genealogy questions. Fill out the “Ask a Genealogist” form to get started.

Focus On: Ancestry Library Edition Tuesday, April 5, 2-4 p.m.Topic repeats on April 12, 19 and 26, 2-4 p.m. Library Learning Center, upstairs computer lab 

Focus On returns in April with hands-on lessons for navigating the Ancestry Library Edition database. Topics include a review of the types of records available and tips on searching for records, including how to use Ancestry’s card catalog. This hands-on class will be held in the upstairs computer lab at the Library Learning Center, located at 3368 Eureka Place. A Carlsbad City Library card with internet access is required to sign on to a computer. Register for a session

Book Clubs
Come meet some fellow readers, experience great literature and engage in interesting discussions by becoming a member of the Carlsbad City Library virtual book clubs.

  • Monday Night Classics Book Club April 25, 7 p.m. (virtual) The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
    Tuesday Night Book Club April 5, 7 p.m. (virtual) The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray 
    First Wednesday Book Club April 6, 2 p.m. (in-person at Dove Library) The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
  • Thursday Afternoon Book Club April 14, 2 p.m. (in-person at Georgina Cole Library) The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray 
    Club de lectura en Español Vespertino April 7, 6 p.m. (virtual) Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    Club de lectura en Español April 19, 10 a.m. (virtual) La mitad evanescente por Brit Bennet (Carlsbad leemos juntos)

National Library WeekApril 3 – 9, 2022
Love Libraries? Celebrate with us and check out these amazing reads:

We’re here to help
We’re available to answer your questions over the phone, through our chat service or by email during open library hours.

All Carlsbad City Library location hours

Monday – Thursday10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday and Saturday10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

City of Carlsbad | 1200 Carlsbad Village DriveCarlsbad, CA 92008

Carlsbad, CA — This week, the Carlsbad City Council appointed members to serve on a citizens committee that will help turn existing design standards for multifamily housing and mixed-use development in the city’s Village and Barrio neighborhoods into “objective design standards.”

Having objective design standards will help the city preserve the unique character and charm of the Village and Barrio areas, while complying with new state laws designed to help ease California’s housing crisis.

The new Design Review Committee is made up of residents from the Village and Barrio, as well as one downtown business owner, two professionals with expertise in designing and/or developing multifamily housing and/or mixed-use projects in Carlsbad, and one member each from the city’s Planning Commission and Historic Preservation Commission.

Committee members are:
Mary Goetz, Village resident Debbie Sullivan, Village resident Nicholas Puccio, Barrio resident Annette Swanton, Barrio resident Todd Harris, Village or Barrio business owner Patrick Connolly, professional Mona Gocan, professional Raul Diaz, Historic Preservation Commission Alicia Lafferty, Planning Commission 

Next steps
The committee is expected to meet approximately three times over the next year. All the meetings will be held in public with opportunities for community input. Community members will also have other opportunities to share feedback on the objective design standards, such as an online survey and public meetings in the coming months.

Once a draft of the new standards is ready, it will also be available for public review and comment. The project is scheduled for completion by summer 2023. 
 
Background
Due to a shortage of housing in California, the state has streamlined the approval process for multifamily housing projects. Under these new state housing laws, cities have less control over how many apartments and condos can be built and when.
The committee is part of a project the City Council embarked on in October to strengthen local control over the design of future multifamily housing and mixed-use development in the city’s Village and Barrio areas.

The project will include:
Working with residents and the new Design Review Committee to make sure existing design guidelines that are subjective and open to interpretation are written in objective language that helps preserve the community’s character and complies with the new state laws. Creating a streamlined permitting process for multifamily and mixed-use projects Creating up to five different architectural design styles for developers to choose from.

The new standards won’t change any objective standards that already exist in those neighborhoods, like building heights or setbacks. Some of the recently completed projects in the Village and Barrio were approved prior to the approval of the Village and Barrio Master Plan, which includes provisions to protect community character through building design.

According to state law, objective design standards are standards or guidelines that can be uniformly applied without involving personal or subjective judgement by public officials or decision makers. The guidelines should be published in advance and known by both developers and public officials. Examples of subjective design standards and guidelines could include the following language:

“Special care shall be taken to avoid obstructing views.” “Produce high quality authentic design.” “Reflect look and feel of the community.”

In each of these cases, more detail would be needed so the standard can be uniformly applied, without relying on the subjective judgement of decision makers.

The city is working on a similar project to create objective design standards for areas outside of the Village and Barrio. The City Council voted to separate the two projects so Carlsbad’s two oldest neighborhoods could receive special attention.

More information
Village & Barrio Objective
Design Standards background
Design Review Committee charter
Village & Barrio Master Plan

Shelley Glennon, Associate Planner, shelley.glennon@carlsbadca.gov

City of Carlsbad | 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

What’s happening this month at the Senior Center

October Newsletter

Find out about all of the wonderful in-person activities and programs brought to you by the Carlsbad Senior Center. Featured programs this month include Zumba, pickleball, chess, flu shot clinic, art classes and more! October lunch menu included. Register for programs.
View October newsletter

Discover alternative transportation options

Join us for an interactive, virtual Move Carlsbad workshop series to explore easy, affordable and sustainable ways to get around Carlsbad. The city and Circulate San Diego will host four, one-hour workshops to demystify public transit and answer questions about Carlsbad’s transportation options.Virtual workshops (held via Zoom)

Rideshare 101: Oct. 122021, 10 a.m. Learn how to use rideshare services and RideFACT, a County of San Diego program.

Public Transit 101: Oct. 19, 2021, 10 a.m. Learn more about public transportation options available in Carlsbad and tips to improve your transit experience.

Walking and Biking 101: Oct. 26, 2021, 10 a.m. Learn the best routes, safety tips and more.

Getting around Carlsbad: What’s Next? Nov. 2, 2021, 10 a.m. Learn about transportation and mobility news.
RSVP here to receive your Zoom link to attend all four workshops.

City News

Carlsbad Senior Center  799 Pine Ave. Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-602-4650 parksandrec@carlsbadca.gov

Banned Book Week


Every year, the American Library Association compiles a list of the most challenged books that were reported by public and school libraries. Here are the top 10 books challenged around the country in 2020:

If you want to read more about banned books, place a hold on the graphic novel Banned Book Club or Books Under Fire: A Hit List of Banned and Challenged Children’s Books by Pat Scales.

Hispanic Heritage Month 

Every year, the Library of Congress recognizes Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month. Visit your local Carlsbad City Library to discover books about and written by notable members of the Hispanic community. Need a recommendation? Email librarian@carlsbadca.gov.

Virtual genealogy events

Join us for free genealogy webinars presented in partnership with the North San Diego County Genealogical Society. Learn more about our free genealogy programs and resources available from home.
Wednesday, Sept. 22, 10 to 11:30 a.m., freeVirtual DNA FoundationsTransfers and Third Party Tools presented by Stacey Sanders. Register here.
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 10 to 11:30 a.m., free    Virtual DIG: DNA Interest Group  Border-What Border? Our Ancestors Who Called Both Canada and the USA Home presented by Annette Burke Lyttle. Register here.

Personalized Reading Recommendation Service

Carlsbad City Library offers online personalized reading recommendations for all ages. Adults, teens and children – or parents on their behalf – may complete this form to receive a customized list of five reading suggestions via email. Try it.

Cuddle up with a cozy read
Check out these cozy mysteries at your local Carlsbad City Library.

Virtual Book Clubs

Come meet some fellow bibliophiles, experience great literature and engage in interesting discussions by becoming a member of the Carlsbad City Library virtual book clubs. Email librarian@carlsbadca.gov to find out how to join.

Monday Night Classics Book ClubOct. 25, 7 p.m.The Plague by Albert Camus 
Tuesday Evening Book ClubOct. 5, 7 p.m.Deacon King Kong by James McBride
First Wednesday Book ClubOct. 6, 2 p.m.Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
Thursday Afternoon Book ClubOct. 14, 2 p.m.Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Club de lectura en Español VespertinoOct. 7, 6 p.m.Caramelo, O, Puro Cuento by Sandra Cisneros 
Club de lectura en EspañolOct. 19, 10 a.m.El Bosque Sabe Tu Nombre by Alatiz Leceaga 

All Carlsbad City Library location hours Monday – Thursday10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

City of Carlsbad | 1200 Carlsbad Village DriveCarlsbad, CA 92008

Education Finalists For The 2021 Carlsbad Business Achievement & Distinction (CBAD) Awards Announced

Carlsbad, CA — The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce announced the Education finalists for the 2021 Carlsbad Business Achievement & Distinction Awards. Winners will be announced at the Carlsbad Business Achievement & Distinction (CBAD) Awards Luncheon: Resilience on Thursday, October 14, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa

“The 2020-21 school year was unlike any other for educators. We are excited to showcase those resilient teachers and administrators that continued to make an impact in students’ lives despite the challenges of form and format that they faced,” said President and CEO of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, Bret Schanzenbach. “We look forward to celebrating these great achievements along with our businesses and nonprofits.”

Below is the full list of Educational Finalists:

Administrator of the Year:

  • Jennifer Bond, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Encinitas Union School District
  • Bryan Brockett, Principal, Carlsbad High School
  • Leo Fletes, Assistant Principal, La Costa Canyon High School

Elementary Teacher of the Year:

  • Diane Kriskey, El Camino Creek Elementary School
  • Arlene Oyagi, La Costa Heights Elementary School
  • Peggy Parrish, Kelly Elementary School
  • Megan Smith, Pacific Rim Elementary School
  • Sierra Thernes, Calavera Hills Elementary School

Secondary Teacher of the Year:

  • Bethany Murphy, Valley Middle School
  • Paul Backus, Audeo Charter School II
  • Carol King, Carlsbad High School
  • Elizabeth Marshall, La Costa Canyon High School
  • Valerie Park, Sage Creek High School

The event will include a keynote address by the President/General Manager of LEGOLAND California Resort, Kurt Stocks.

Ticket prices to be a part of this celebration are $95 for members, $145 for general public and $1000 for a sponsored table of eight. Other event sponsorship opportunities are available.
Go to www.carlsbad.org/cbad-awards-2021 to purchase your tickets.

Presenting Sponsors for the #2020CBADAwards include Grand Pacific Resorts, Tri-City Medical Center and Wells Fargo.

About the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce is the largest chamber in north San Diego County with over 1,100 members. The Carlsbad Chamber acts as a regional economic catalyst, leadership convener and community champion. The Mission of the Carlsbad Chamber is to promote business through member services, economic and community development, and public policy that balances economic prosperity with quality of life. For further information about the chamber, please contact (760) 931-8400, or visit the website at www.carlsbad.org.

September 16, 2021

Carlsbad, CA –Right after I sent last week’s update, the President announced a series of new initiatives to help slow the spread of COVID-19. In the following days we have seen several other announcements – new studies, updated timelines on vaccine approval for kids, more information about booster shots and new health precautions being enacted by a county north of here. So far, nothing definitive has come out that changes the health recommendations here in San Diego County. But it does show that COVID-19 is still very much an evolving issue, both in terms of what we know and what is being done to reduce spread.

Today, I will focus my COVID update on information shared yesterday afternoon by the County of San Diego

: 57 COVID-19 deaths were reported in the past week, the highest weekly total during this current surge of the pandemic

Of the 57 deaths, 15 were 80 years of age or older, 11 were in their 70s, 22 were in their 60s, four were in their 50s, two were in their 40s and three were in their 30s

Since March 1, 2021, over 96% of hospitalizations and nearly 89% of deaths have occurred in people who are not fully vaccinated

81.3% of the COVID-19 cases have occurred in San Diegans who are not fully vaccinated compared to 19.7% cases in people who were fully vaccinated 

New cases are continuing their downward trend (remember, deaths tend to trail new cases by several weeks). So that is at least a bit of good news moving forward, but does not at all diminish the grief and suffering of the many, many people who have lost loved ones during this most recent surge.

Here is a link to the latest triggers dashboard from the county and the latest COVID-19 Watch newsletter.

Vaccination Progress The county also continues to promote the availability of no-cost COVID-19 vaccines. They can be found at medical providers, retail pharmacies, community clinics and county public health centers for people who do not have a medical provider. For a list of locations and more information, visit  www.coronavirus-sd.com/vaccine

Yesterday’s county update included the following progress on the vaccination efforts:

Doses administered: Close to 4.7 million

Received at least one shot: About 2.5 million or 87.1% of San Diegans 12 and older

Fully vaccinated: Over 2.16 million or 77.2%

More vaccination information can be found at coronavirus-sd.com/vaccine 

Outbreaks Outbreaks continue to be a concern. In the past week, 56 new community outbreaks were confirmed. The top sources are listed below:

  • 18 in TK-12 grade school settings
  • 10 in business settings
  • 8 in restaurant/bar settings

 Finally, please continue to do your part to keep our community safe:

  • Get vaccinated.
  • Avoid crowds, especially indoors.
  • When you’re inside with others, open a window or do other things to keep the space well-ventilated.
  • Wear a mask indoors if you’re around people outside your household. Here’s the latest mask fact sheet from the California Department of Public Health.
  • Stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Wash your hands regularly, and don’t touch your face. 

Keep in mind, workplaces, schools and other organizations may decide to use stricter precautions when it comes to COVID-19 exposure.

New laws to address homeless complaints The City Council discussed several changes to city laws Tuesday aimed at improving public safety and quality-of-life concerns related to homelessness and public spaces, while protecting the rights of people experiencing homelessness.

As you may know, changes in state law and recent court decisions have limited the Police Department’s ability to curb certain conduct and enforce existing laws. To pass legal muster, laws often must include reasonable “time, place and manner” restrictions, rather than enacting wholesale prohibitions on types of conduct.

Here are the proposed updates:

  • Prohibit certain types of solicitation, such as aggressive solicitation and soliciting to motorists stopped at traffic signals or stop signs
  • Prohibit fires and cooking on public property
  • Prohibit storing or leaving personal property unattended in public areas during certain times of the day
  • Expand and add city laws that prohibit obstruction of property, trespassing and disorderly conduct
  • Add Holiday Park and Pine Avenue Community Park public spaces to the list of areas where open containers of alcohol are prohibited (with some exceptions)
  • Make all the above offenses chargeable as a misdemeanor, although police officers would continue to use their discretion to issue citations, make misdemeanor arrests or issue warnings in lieu of enforcement

You can find out more about the city’s comprehensive approach to addressing homelessness on our website. The new laws and other updates will be discussed at the Sept. 28 City Council meeting.

Carlsbad firefighters helping with Northern California blazesI want to recognize the Carlsbad Fire Department for its service during the recent wildfires that have devastated parts of Northern California. Since July, our Fire Department has sent four firefighters in rotating two-week deployments to help fire-threatened areas up north. (The positions have been backfilled here at home, so there’s been no change in coverage for our local community.)

 This is a great example of something called the mutual aid system, which benefits Carlsbad, too. We know when or if we have a major incident, we can count on other agencies to reciprocate, like they did during the 2014 Poinsettia Fire. No single jurisdiction can manage some of these complex fires alone.

I-5 work to start in north Carlsbad Be on the lookout for road construction starting in the next few weeks along I-5, as a huge regional project to widen the freeway and improve the I-5 corridor makes its way to northern Carlsbad.

  • The project, called Build NCC, (NCC stands for North Coast Corridor) is led by the California Department of Transportation and the San Diego Association of Governments.
  • It includes extending I-5 carpool lanes in both directions from Solana Beach to State Route 78, along with other coastal projects including rail double-tracking, restoring the San Elijo Lagoon, and building seven miles of new bike lanes.
  • In Solana Beach, Encinitas and southern Carlsbad, much of the work has been completed, or will be in the next several months.
  • Construction is wrapping up now on new carpool lanes from La Costa Avenue to Palomar Airport Road.
  • We will share updates about construction details as we get them, so you know when and where to avoid (if possible) so you’re not inconvenienced too much.
  • You can learn more about what to expect during the next phase of construction, which will extend the 1-5 carpool lanes from Carlsbad to State Route 78, during an upcoming Build NCC webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. Join via Zoom here.

Share your input on new housing locations We had a great response this week to our first virtual workshop seeking community input on where new housing could be created in Carlsbad to satisfy a state requirement that cities accommodate their fair share of the region’s housing needs. 

You’ll have another opportunity to weigh in on proposed housing locations at a second workshop next week (via Zoom). 

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Register here You can see the 18 proposed locations for new housing on this interactive map. The locations were chosen based on public input gathered last year.

You can also provide feedback through an online survey or by emailing usLearn more

First public hearing on redistricting Sept. 23. The city’s Independent Redistricting Commission will hold its first public hearing next Thursday, Sept. 23, at 6 p.m. The City Council decided to appoint an independent commission to choose a new district map instead of choosing it themselves. The commission has regular meetings that are open to the public. You can see the schedule here

The focus of this first hearing is to get your input on communities that should stay together for the purpose of electing a City Council member, starting with next November’s election.

  • The virtual hearing will be held on Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Sign up to provide comments by phone. A link will be provided when the agenda is available.
  • It will be livestreamed on the city’s website and cable channel (Spectrum 24 and AT&T U-verse channel 99).
  • At the hearing, you can provide input to the city’s Independent Redistricting Commission, which will select the final district map by April 2022.
  • Here are some questions you can help answer:
  • What defines your community?
  • What are the boundaries of your community?
  • Why would this community benefit from being included within a single district for purposes of its effective and fair representation?

You can also take an online survey to help shape district boundaries. Stay updated on the redistricting process at carlsbadca.gov/districts, or by texting “districts” to 797979.

Next week’s City Council meeting The next City Council meeting will be Sept. 21, at 3 p.m. Here are some topics the council is scheduled to discuss:

  • Renewing a lease for a city owned building that houses the MiraCosta College Technology Career Institute
  • Renewing an agreement to provide police school resource officers to the Carlsbad Unified School District
  • Amending or updating the city’s Municipal Code to match the city’s current leadership structure (adding the Assistant City Manager position instead of a “Chief Operations Officer”) and enabling the city to recover attorneys’ fees in public nuisance cases
  • Setting a 45 mph speed limit for the recently completed last stretch of Poinsettia Lane
  • A sustainable materials management program to cut down on the waste that goes to landfills
  • Declaring that Carlsbad faces a climate emergency
  • A City Council policy on using city resources for council members’ community meetings
  • Possible purchase of property northeast of El Camino Real and College Boulevard for open space
  • A public engagement plan to create a vision for the coast along south Carlsbad Boulevard and design a 1-mile stretch of Carlsbad Boulevard vulnerable to sea level rise
  • An appeal by someone who has been suspended from the city’s Senior Center

In addition, these city meetings are also coming up:

  • Parks and Recreation Commission, Sept. 20, 5:30 p.m.
  • Library Board of Trustees, Sept. 22, 4 p.m.

 A full schedule of city meetings can be found on our website calendar.

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Carlsbad Library

Library Card Sign-Up Month Every September, the American Library Association celebrates National Library Card Sign-Up Month. A library card gives you free access to:

Help spread the word about all three of our wonderful library locations and all of our offerings. Don’t have a library card? Start the process today.

Virtual Genealogy Events
Join us for free genealogy webinars presented in partnership with the North San Diego County Genealogical Society. Learn more about our free genealogy programs and resources available from home.


Tuesday, Sept. 14, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Virtual Intermediate Genealogy Cemetery research presented by Linda Quimby. Register here.
Saturday, Sept. 18, 1 to 2:30 p.m.   Virtual DIG: DNA Interest Group  Investigative genetic genealogy case study presented by Carol Rolnick. Register here.

Teen Dating Violence Workshop for Parents Thursday, Sept. 9, 5:00 p.m., free
Join us to learn about teen dating violence and how to help your teens stay safe. This workshop will be held Thursday, Sept. 9 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in partnership with the Community Resource Center. Register here.

New: Personalized Reading Recommendation Service Carlsbad City Library offers online personalized reading recommendations for all ages. Adults, teens and children – or parents on their behalf – may complete this form to receive a customized list of five reading suggestions via email. Try it.

New: Creativebug Carlsbad City Library now offers Creativebug! Access unlimited arts & crafts videos for free with your library card. Explore your favorite projects from any computer; optional personal account activates the iOS/Android app. Enjoy expert instruction and inspiration while learning at your own pace.

Pop culture inspired recipes at the library
With the start of fall, are you looking to adopt a new hobby? Visit Carlsbad City Library online or at your preferred library location to discover cookbooks inspired by your favorite intellectual property. Not sure where to get started? Email librarian@carlsbadca.gov.

Want to know more about classic literature? Try Gale Literature Criticism online.
Try Gale Literature Criticism online for biographical information about classic authors, commentary on literary devices and in-depth looks into beloved stories such as FrankensteinApply for a Carlsbad City Library card to get your research started.

Drop off mail ballots at Carlsbad City Library locations
All three Carlsbad City Library locations serve as official mail ballot drop-off locations for the California Gubernatorial Recall Election through Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Your signed, sealed and dated mail ballot envelope can be dropped off during these hours:
       Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.              

 Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Election Day, Tuesday Sept. 14, hours will be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

September 2, 2021–

Carlsbad. CA — September 2, 2021 The city has had a busy week leading into the long Labor Day weekend, with lots to share, including:
COVID-19 update

Congrats to our Citizen of the Year2021

State of the City Your input needed on potential sites for new housing required by the state

New city trails app

New art exhibit

Labor Day city services schedule

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COVID-19 updateAs the county announced a week over week doubling of COVID-19 related deaths, from 25 to 49, there are also signs that the current surge could be waning. However, as we have learned, predicting anything related to COVID-19 is not something that should left to a layperson like me.
Here is what we know:

  • New COVID-19 cases reported daily in the county continue to hover around 1,000.
  • The overall “case rate,” which means cases per 100,000 in population, is a little better than last week at 35.6 (37 last week).
  • Most of the new cases are among those not fully vaccinated (case rate of 68) compared to those who are (15.2).
  • The 7-day testing positivity rate is down just a little this week, 8.3% compared to 8.8% last week.
  • Hospital capacity is the same as last week’s report at 78%. The county’s trigger to be concerned is when hospitals are at 80% capacity.
  • New hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are less than 1% this week compared to 9% last week.
  • ICU capacity is at 22%, better than last week’s 20%, which was on the cusp of the “less than 20%” county trigger.
  • Community outbreaks are up a lot, from 41 to 66 countywide.

You can see more information on the latest county data in the county’s weekly COVID-19 Watch newsletter and the latest triggers dashboard.

Carlsbad cases The number of active cases in Carlsbad is down for the second week in a row, and overall county case rates are also lower this week. 

Two-month pattern?The New York Times had an article yesterday about previous COVID-19 surges lasting about two months. Basically, data show that surges in different locations tend to peak at about the two-month mark, and the Delta variant could be showing a similar pattern, although it’s a little too soon to know for sure.
There are different theories about why two months seems to be the timeframe, one having to do with virus behavior and the other having to do with human behavior. But, as one epidemiologist quoted in the article says, we are still in the “cave age” when it comes to understanding viruses.
So, we wait and watch. Please continue to do everything you can to slow the spread, including these public health recommendations:

  • Avoid large crowds
  • If you’re getting together with other people, outside is better than inside
  • Stay home if you have any COVID-19 symptoms
  • Wear a mask when indoors with people outside your household
  • Become fully vaccinated if you aren’t already

Vaccination rate updateAs of this week, 80% of eligible Californians have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, putting our state in the top 10 nationwide.

  • San Diego County is doing better than the state average at 86% of those eligible receiving at least one dose.
  • 75% of San Diego County residents are fully vaccinated.
  • Looking at Carlsbad’s ZIP codes, three have higher vaccination rates than the county average (of at least one shot) and one is lower than the county average. (The ZIP code information is presented a little differently – people per 100,000 in population).

Long COVID-19An article in The Lancet just came out reporting a study of breakthrough cases of COVID-19 (people fully vaccinated who contract COVID-19). Among the findings, the study showed that people who are fully vaccinated and get COVID-19 have a 49% percent lower chance of developing so-called “long COVID,” referring to people who continue to experience symptoms like fatigue, shortness of breath, brain fog and heart palpitations, for months. The study looked at the Pfizer, Moderna and Astra-Zenica vaccines, not the Johnson & Johnson one.
Cloth masks not accepted in some placesSeveral airlines operating out of Europe have started to require surgical masks instead of cloth masks for passengers, due to the fact that cloth masks can vary so much in effectiveness. Some European countries have already specified that surgical masks must be worn where masks are required. According to the CDC, here is what you should look for in a mask:

  • Choose a mask with a nose wire.
  • Use a mask fitter or brace over a disposable mask or a cloth mask to prevent air from leaking around the edges of the mask.
  • Check that it fits snugly over your nose, mouth and chin.
  • If the mask has a good fit, you will feel warm air come through the front of the mask and may be able to see the mask material move in and out with each breath.
  • Use a cloth mask that has multiple layers of fabric. OR, wear a disposable mask underneath a cloth mask.
  • Knot the ear loops of a 3-ply face mask where they join the edge of the mask so it’s tighter (here’s a video demonstration).

Congratulations to Jimmy Ukegawa, our Citizen of the YearThis week, Jimmy Ukegawa, a lifelong Carlsbad resident was named Carlsbad’s Citizen of the Year. The annual award recognizes community members who have dedicated themselves to improving Carlsbad through outstanding service. Jimmy, the owner of the Carlsbad Strawberry Co. and Aviara Farms, has devoted countless hours to helping community members eat healthier while having fun.
Congratulations to Jimmy on this well-deserved honor! You can read more about his impact on the Carlsbad community here.  

2021 State of the City videoI hope you’ll take a few minutes (well, 14 minutes) to watch our 2021 State of the City video, highlighting some of Carlsbad’s major projects and initiatives from the past year, as well what’s planned for the year ahead. The video gives a great overview of Carlsbad’s goals and recent accomplishments. There are two ways to see it:

  • See and share the video on the city’s official YouTube channel.
  • Watch the video at the top of every hour (except during City Council meetings or replays of meetings) on our cable channel, Charter Spectrum channel 24 and AT&T U-verse channel 99.  

Give input on locations for future housingOne of the issues discussed in the State of the City video is the need for more affordable housing.

  • The city is seeking your input on where new housing units could be built in Carlsbad to satisfy a state requirement that cities accommodate their fair share of the region’s housing needs, including homes for people of all income levels and stages of life.
  • Eighteen proposed locations were chosen based on public input gathered last year, input from a citizens advisory committee and direction from the City Council.

Review sites on an online map.
Community members have two main ways to provide feedback:
Survey An online survey will be available through Oct. 1.
Virtual public workshops (held via Zoom)Wednesday, Sept. 15, 5:30 to 7 p.m. | Register here Wednesday, Sept. 22, 5:30 to 7 p.m. | Register here

New app or city trails I’m super excited about a new trails resource we launched this week – it’s called “Go Hike Carlsbad” and can be accessed on the city’s website or found as part of our Carlsbad Connects app in your app store. It includes useful information about the city’s 67 miles of trails, including: Points of interest for each trail

Trail length

Surface type

Degree of difficulty

Trail connectivity

Parking locations

If you need a little more inspiration to check out city trails this weekend, read the latest Happy Trails newsletter

Frida Kahlo exhibit now open at Cannon Art Gallery There is already a lot of buzz about the latest exhibit to open at the City of Carlsbad’s William D. Cannon Art Gallery. We were honored to be chosen as a location to host Frida Kahlo’s Garden, a traveling exhibition exploring the life of one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. The exhibition includes iconic photographs of the artist, her home and garden, as well as authentic memorabilia on loan by a private collector in Carlsbad. 

Now through Oct. 20 1775 Dove Lane

Tuesday-Thursday, noon to 7 p.m.

Friday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. 

Admission is free.
More info

Get involved: Upcoming meetingsThis week we held a swearing in ceremony for our new District 1 City Council Member, Peder Norby, who immediately joined our virtual dais to participate in his first City Council meeting. With that, we now have a full five-member City Council once again. You can read about our newest City Council member on the city’s website. The next City Council meeting is Sept. 14. Next week we have two public meetings:

 All city meetings are still virtual at this time. Find more information on agendas, how to participate and how to watch the meetings here

Speaking of redistricting, you have one more chance to participate in our informational webinars. Sign up at the link below. Although City Council District 4 residents are encouraged to attend tonight’s meeting, residents from any district are welcome.

District 4 | Sept. 2The meeting is from 6 to 7 p.m.

If you’d rather just watch the meeting and not register, it will be livestreamed on the city’s website and cable channel. And, we have recordings of previous webinars on our website.
Here is a two-minute video explaining what redistricting is all about.

In observance of Labor Day, city offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 6. A full holiday schedule for city services is listed below.

  • Trash pickup: Delayed one day 
  • City offices: Closed 
  • Emergency services: Regular service 
  • Pools: Open 6 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Libraries: Closed, no curbside service
  • Community centers: Closed 
  • Senior Center: Open 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., no takeout or delivery lunch service
  • Leo Carrillo Ranch: Open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Have a great weekend, and thank you for continuing to #Care4Carlsbad.

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Finalists For The 2021 Carlsbad Business Achievement & Distinction (CBAD) Awards Announced

Carlsbad, CA — The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce announced the finalists for the 2021 Carlsbad Business Achievement & Distinction Awards (CBAD Awards). Winners will be announced at the CBAD Awards Luncheon: Resilience on Thursday, October 14, 2021, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa

“After a very difficult 2020, we are excited to showcase those resilient organizations that continued to make an impact in our community,” said President and CEO of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, Bret Schanzenbach. “As every year, this is an opportunity to get everyone together and celebrate the achievements of amazing organizations in the region.”

Below is the full list of finalists:

Business of the Year

  • 77 Electrical Services
  • Bitchin’ Inc.
  • FirstWatch
  • JLab Audio

Best Place to Work

  • Dynamic Space Solutions, Inc.
  • Fortis Fitness & YOGALUX
  • GoBe Rewarded Marketing Agency
  • Intelligence Driven Advisers (IDA)

Community Impact Local

  • Handel’s Carlsbad
  • Phillips + Co.
  • Snyder Art and Design

Community Impact Regional

  • ECOLIFE Conservation
  • Girl Scouts San Diego
  • Staff Pro Workforce
  • Wounded Warrior Homes

Innovator of the Year

  • ALL MAVEN, Inc.
  • SEAS Productions
  • Señor Grubby’s
  • Signature Veterinary Services

Nonprofit of the Year

  • Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation – Discovery Center
  • Beacons, Inc.
  • Carlsbad Charitable Foundation
  • Community Resource Center
  • Museum of Making Music

The event will include a keynote address by the President/General Manager of LEGOLAND California Resort, Kurt Stocks.

Ticket prices to be a part of this celebration are $95 for members, $145 for general public and $1000 for a sponsored table of eight. Other event sponsorship opportunities are available.
Go to www.carlsbad.org/cbad-awards-2021 to purchase your tickets.

Presenting Sponsors for the #2021CBADAwards include Grand Pacific Resorts, Tri-City Medical Center and Wells Fargo.

About the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce is the largest chamber in north San Diego County with over 1,100 members. The Carlsbad Chamber acts as a regional economic catalyst, leadership convener and community champion. The Mission of the Carlsbad Chamber is to promote business through member services, economic and community development, and public policy that balances economic prosperity with quality of life. For further information about the chamber, please contact (760) 931-8400, or visit the website at www.carlsbad.org.

COVID-19 update We are continuing to closely monitor increases in COVID-19 cases, both in the region and here in Carlsbad. Here is a link to the most recent “COVID Watch” data from the county, and below are some highlights, starting with the original “triggers” dashboard:

New Coffee Expresso Bar Now Open in Carlsbad

TR Robertson — “Coffee, the favorite drink of the civilized world” Thomas Jefferson

There are a few other drinks that qualify with Thomas Jefferson’s quote, but millions of people cannot be wrong as they have their favorite cup of coffee in the morning and throughout the day. New coffee bar owners Ray Orate and John Herrmann can attest to their love of coffee as they have taken their years of roasting and brewing coffee to opening their own coffee bar in the heart of downtown Carlsbad. Interim Coffee is located in the back of the large parking lot on Garfield, directly behind Las Olas Mexican Restaurant.

“To me, the smell of fresh-made coffee is one of the greatest inventions” Hugh Jackman

Ray and John have over 12 years of experience in the coffee business, including work at Zumbar Coffee in the Sorrento Valley train station and at Global coffee importers. They searched long and hard for a perfect location and stumbled on the spot in the parking lot off Garfield. The location is the former home of Sarah’s Hair Style, which shut down during the height of the COVID pandemic in 2020. Their business is a labor of love with many hours put in redesigning the interior and adding a new look to the outside patio area. Ray’s father Jim helped in the work getting the spot ready to open, serving their first cup on July 25th.

“Coffee smells like freshly ground heaven.”  Jessi Lane Adams

Ray and John roast and brew all their coffee selections, continually adding new blends. Their location is close to numerous vacation homes and just a short walk to the beach. Access to the coffee bar can also be found from Carlsbad Blvd. with two walkways on each side of Las Olas and surrounding businesses. The large parking lot, off Garfield, also make for a great meeting place for motorcyclists, bikers, car clubs and anyone who wants a great cup of coffee. Ray spoke about his desire to create a place where those stopping by could “curate classic philosophies,” making the coffee bar a spot where people could meet up, have a great cup of coffee as they shared stories and conversation and move on to having an exciting day. Ray referred to possibly calling the coffee bar The Coffee Lot, in honor of the easy access to their business and a gathering spot. The coffee bar also has a good selection of tea and offers some pastry items and vegan trail mix. They are looking into adding more snack items, but for now their primary concern is brewing the best cup of coffee in the Carlsbad area. They also sell their coffee in 12 oz. blends and 5 lb. bulk bags.

“Coffee is a language in itself.” Jackie Chan

Ray and John offer a number of selections for coffee aficionados to try. They are currently serving Ethiopia Gedob Beriti, Decaf Peru made with the Swiss Water process, The classic (their darkest roast), the Rocksteady Blend (a mix), Live Wire (beans from Peru and Colombia) and the Costa Rica Hacienda Sonora. I had their Rocksteady Blend, and it was delicious. All their syrups used to flavor coffee for patrons are homemade and they bring in their own water, not using tap water. They will tailor their coffees to meet their customers needs and flavors. Inside the coffee bar patrons will notice numerous vintage coffee memorabilia and knickknacks, all for sale, including pictures on the wall. They plan on possible adding vintage clothing and records as well as using the parking lot for events like classic car shows.

“I never laugh until I’ve had my coffee.”  Clark Gable

Ever since coffee was first roasted, brewed, and served in 15th century Yemen, people around the world have enjoyed well made coffee. Interim Expresso and Coffee Bar is a placed you will find delicious coffee or tea, friendly and courteous people that like to tell you about their product and a spot to begin your morning (they also have hot cocoa). The location is easy to locate, and you will find a place to relax before you begin your busy day or a place to pick up a cup to go. Stop in an say good morning to Ray, John, or Fallon and have a cup. Interim is open Tuesday thru Sunday from 7 am until 2 pm. More information about their blends at www.interimcoffee.com.

“We want to do a lot of stuff. We’re not in great shape. We didn’t get a good night’s sleep. We’re a little depressed. Coffee solves all those problems in one delightful little cup.” Jerry Seinfeld

Ways to Watch Regular Meetings
Streaming on Web
City Cable Channel
Other Meeting Agendas
The City Council also serves as the Carlsbad Municipal Water District Board, the Community Development Commission, the Public Improvement Board, the Industrial Development Board and the Public Financing Authority. These agencies hold meetings on an as-needed basis.

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Homebound services The Carlsbad City Library Homebound Program ensures that homebound individuals have access to a wide range of library materials which are delivered directly to their residences by trained volunteers. This free service is open to City of Carlsbad residents who are prevented by medical reasons from visiting the library. Books, audio books, CDs, and movies are selected based on the patron’s preferences and requests. To sign up for this service call Homebound Supervisor Susan Burke at 760-434-2913.

New: Library loan period changes
City of Carlsbad libraries will change to a loan period of three weeks for all library materials beginning Tuesday, Aug. 10. This will not affect the due dates of any materials currently checked out, and all materials can be renewed up to five times if there are no outstanding holds on the items. Please call 760-602-2019 with any questions, or to renew your items.

Discover New Recipes
Do you love shows like the Great British Baking Show and Chopped? Find out what your fellow Carlsbad residents are cooking up in their kitchens with Carlsbad City Library’s most popular cookbooks. Need some more recommendations? Email librarian@carlsbadca.gov.

We’re Here to Help
We’re available to answer your questions over the phone, through our chat service or by email during normal library hours.

All Carlsbad City Library location hours Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Carlsbad City Library
760-602-2049
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Georgina Cole Library
760-434-2870
1250 Carlsbad Village Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Library Learning Center
760-931-4500
3368 Eureka Place
Carlsbad, CA 92008

City of Carlsbad | 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

City of Carlsbad | 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008


4 Comments

  1. Jeanette Chaffee says:

    I want to submit information about my upcoming Author Talk at the Vista Library.

    What’s your email please?

    Thank you!

      • Author Talk with Jeanette Chaffee
        Join Jeanette Chaffee as she discusses her book Extravagant Graces: 23 Inspiring Stories of Facing Impossible Odds.
        Chaffee shares her survival of a midair explosion of a terrorist bomb less than fourteen feet from her. She also talks about her exclusive interviews of the personal difficulties and tragedies of famous people such as Donnie Dee, Steve Arterburn and Elisabeth Elliot who have had life-changing encounters with God.
        Jeanette has appeared on 20/20, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, The 700 Club, and 100 Huntley Street. She has been quoted in The New York Times, USA Today, and Newsweek.
        Books will be available for sale and signing. Learn more at JeanetteChaffee.com
        When: Thursday, Oct. 19, 6-7 p.m.
        Where: Vista Public Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave.
        Admission: Free. First come, first served.

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