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Carlsbad News

Carlsbad News

January 20, 2022

Carlsbad, CA This week I’ll be sharing the latest on COVID-19, including new ways to get free tests, along with these city updates: 

  • Connecting Carlsbad to the coast
  • Power plant demo update
  • Carlsbad in 5 years: workshop next week
  • Federal grants to help those with low incomes
  • Upcoming public meetings
  • What to do during a tsunami advisory

COVID-19 updateThis week the federal government launched a new website where you can order four rapid COVID-19 test kits to be shipped to your home free of charge. The four tests are for each household, not each person in the household, and will ship later this month. Here are four other options for getting tests:

  1. Since Jan. 15, private health insurers have been required to cover the cost of over-the-counter, at-home COVID-19 tests for members, by providing them free of charge or reimbursement. Check with your insurance provider to see how they are managing this.
  2. The state lists several testing locations in Carlsbad.
  3. The county is still operating free testing sites, with the closest ones to Carlsbad being in Oceanside, San Marcos and Escondido. You can get more information on the county’s website.
  4. Finally, local pharmacies also provide testing, and each has its own system for making an appointment

 Health officials are asking people not to visit urgent care or hospital emergency rooms for COVID-19 testing. Keeping our community safeYou might have read about hospitals in the southern part of San Diego County being overloaded with patients and needing to activate emergency plans. Wait times for treatment are longer than ever, and ambulances spend hours waiting to unload patients. This is in part due to staffing shortages and in part due to the high number of COVID-19 cases overall. I received an update yesterday from City of Carlsbad Fire Chief Mike Calderwood on how things look up here in the north and how the city is responding.

  • Early in the pandemic (in fact, before it had even become a pandemic) the Fire Department ran through potential scenarios and how we would respond.
  • Because of this, they ordered personal protective equipment long before there was a run on supplies.
  • They played an active role in involving paramedics in the regionwide Operation Collaboration to administer vaccines.
  • Our senior level Fire Department personnel created contingency plans for interruptions in health care delivery, like what we are seeing now. 

 Wall timeChief Calderwood said ambulances across the county transporting patients to the various emergency departments have waited at the entrance with patients on gurneys more than five hours. These wait times are referred to as “wall time” because paramedics and EMTs line up along the wall with their patients. When this happens, the ambulances are tied up at the hospital and not available to respond to the next call. In addition to working with the county and local hospitals to find solutions to the wall time issue, the Carlsbad Fire Department’s early planning is paying off to ensure those who call for emergency medical care in Carlsbad will receive it in a timely manner. Here are the details:

  • On Jan. 6, the two additional ambulances approved by the City Council were put into service. These two ambulances add depth to the delivery system at a time when it is desperately needed. 
  • The addition of part-time EMTs had added flexibility when critical staffing shortages are reached as well as during peak hours when ambulance surge capacity is needed.
  • The city has partnered with other North County fire agencies in hiring a medical director position in the regional dispatch center, which enables us to create programs offering a higher level of care and do so more quickly.
  • One example of utilizing a medical director position is when we collaborated with other fire agencies in the North County to create a pandemic response plan. Under this plan, when calls come into the dispatch center, fewer resources may be sent based on the medical need. This plan will only be activated when the emergency response system reaches a stress point that will negatively affect overall response times.
  • Another program directly relates to wall time by allowing unit-to-unit transfer of patients at a hospital’s entrance when wait times reach a level that causes ambulances to be unavailable for new calls.
  • If all of these measures are taken, and the system still shows a negative impact to emergency medical response, fire crews will be authorized to use private EMT ambulances for the least severe medical calls that do not require advance life support interventions.

 To date, all Carlsbad Fire Department fire stations and emergency response resources remain open and in service. By having these contingency measures in place, we can continue providing pre-hospital emergency medical services at normal levels.  I would like to personally thank our Fire Department for its foresight and dedication to excellence. I also would like to thank our City Council, which approved a significant investment in our fire and emergency medical services in this year’s budget, including two new ambulances and crews. 

Case data New cases were over 10,000 again yesterday in San Diego County, a number unheard of just a few weeks ago. But symptoms are being described as less severe, so case numbers alone are no longer seen as the best measure. When looking at the county’s triggers, hospitalizations increased almost 17%, and ICU capacity is right at the 20% trigger.

Carlsbad’s case rate is 144 per 100,000, lower than the county average of 196. In terms of active COVID-19 cases in Carlsbad, we had another increase this week, but nothing near the increases of the past two weeks.

Here is a link to the latest COVID-19 Watch from the county.

What’s next?I am reading lots of theories about what is to come. I recently shared that UCSD’s modeling had predicted San Diego County would reach its peak of new cases yesterday. We will be keeping a close eye on that. In the meantime, please continue to do your part to limit the spread of new cases: 

  • Wear a mask when inside and with people outside your own household.
  • Consider upgrading your mask from cloth to a surgical mask (You can get up to three free N95 masks at pharmacies and community health centers starting in the coming weeks. We are waiting for more details on that federal program.)
  • Get up to date on all vaccines recommended for your age and health conditions.
  • If you feel ill or think you may have COVID-19, stay home and away from others.

Connecting our community to the coastWhat if 60 acres of coastal land were suddenly available for your enjoyment? What would you want to do there? How would you design this space to make Carlsbad’s coastline even more amazing? Believe it or not, we actually have this opportunity. When the city’s General Plan was approved in 2015, it outlined guiding principles for the south Carlsbad coastline (from around Cannon Road south) and policies for redesigning Carlsbad Boulevard in this area. The long and the short of it is this:

  • South Carlsbad Boulevard was built before we had I-5.
  • That’s why it’s a relatively wide, fast-moving road.
  • The General Plan calls for turning the three miles in the south into a “coastal street” where people can slow down and enjoy the natural beauty of the area, in a car, on a bike or walking.

 By getting rid of the wide medians and moving southbound traffic to the east, about 60 acres of city owned land can be used for things the community would enjoy doing along the coast. To put this in perspective:

  • Our largest city park (Poinsettia Community Park) is 42 acres.
  • That popular park at Pine Avenue and Carlsbad Boulevard is less than an acre.

 This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to reimagine our coastline. Please answer some questions through this online survey and consider attending an upcoming workshop to share your ideas. More info

Demolition of power plantSpeaking of coastal land, the demolition of the Encina Power Station should be completed by July, according to the property owner NRG. That’s a big milestone in the future of Carlsbad’s coastline,but there’s still a long road ahead in terms of what comes next for the property.

  • Demolition refers just to the above-ground structures. Other work is needed before the site could be reused.
  • NRG has agreed to work with the community and the city on a plan for the future use of the land.
  • The city’s General Plan calls for a mix of open space, lagoon access and visitor-serving commercial uses on the site.
  • Since the property is along the coast, any use must be approved by the California Coastal Commission, which has a goal of “maximizing public access to the coast.”

Applications available for community grantsIn a few months, the Carlsbad City Council will decide how to distribute an estimated $527,154 in federal grants for community projects that help people with low incomes.

  • The federal program, called Community Development Block Grant, is run by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • The program distributes money to eligible cities and counties so they can improve life for people and areas with lower incomes.
  • The City Council set priorities for how to spend the money within the guidelines for the program. In recent years, reducing and preventing homelessness has been a major focus.
  • In Carlsbad, social service organizations apply for the grants and a citizens advisory committee makes recommendations to the Carlsbad City Council.
  • Applications for the grants are now available on the city’s website and are due by Feb. 21.
  • The City Council will make its final decision on the grant awards at a public hearing in May.

Learn more

What would make Carlsbad even better?On Feb. 1 we will hold a workshop to get input on the City Council’s five-year strategic plan. The workshop will be virtual and focus on economic vitality; sustainability and the environment; community character; quality of life and safety. In addition to the strategic plan, input at the workshop will help inform improvements along Carlsbad’s southern coast and the upcoming Climate Action Plan update. We have three ways to provide input on the strategic plan:

  • Have 5 minutes? Take an online survey to answer three open-ended questions based on themes from the Community Vision.
  • Have 15 minutes? Share your ideas on an online idea wall, where you can also see ideas that others have added and comment on them.
  • Have 90 minutes? Attend a virtual workshop with city staff on Feb. 1 where you can talk about your ideas and ask questions.

 We will report back to the City Council to share the public’s input at the City Council’s second strategic planning workshop March 16.

Get involved: Upcoming meetingsThe next Carlsbad City Council meeting will be at 3 p.m. Jan. 25. Here are some of the topics that are scheduled for discussion:

  • Funding for public art in the Chestnut Avenue Interstate 5 underpass, which is being enhanced as part of the freeway widening project 
  • A contract for work to improve traffic flow on northbound El Camino Real near Cannon Road
  • A city ordinance that would prohibit the unlawful possession of catalytic convertors 
  • The annual consideration of compensation for City Council members 
  • A report on the transition to Republic Services for the collection and recycling of solid waste
  • An update on the city’s efforts to improve transportation around Carlsbad in a car, on foot and by bike.
  • Appointing one member to the Parks & Recreation Commission

 The full agenda and staff reports will be published on the city’s website by 3 p.m. Friday. Remember, City Council meetings and city boards and commission meetings will continue to be virtual through mid-February, at which time the City Council will consider when to return to in-person meetings.   These city meetings are also happening next week.  

What Carlsbad should do during a tsunami advisoryThe recent holiday weekend got off to an active start when we were notified Saturday morning of a tsunami advisory in place for the entire West Coast. A tsunami is a series of traveling ocean waves of extremely long length generated by disturbances below or near the ocean floor. This has happened before, but it’s not common. Here are some things to know about tsunami notices:

  • Tsunamis here often show up as a series of surges that may look like small waves but can be much stronger than we’re used to.
  • Often the first surge is not the strongest. Surges can last for many hours and cause rip currents and other dangerous conditions.
  • Boats that are tied up to docks can get damaged from the surges.

 Here are two good resources to learn more:ReadySanDiego.orgTsunami.gov The City of Carlsbad prepares for all kinds of emergencies and has several ways to notify residents:

  • Reverse 9-1-1 calls to affected areas (landlines are automatically part of the system, but you have to add your mobile devices and email addresses. Please do that now if you haven’t already)
  • Providing information to news stations
  • City social media and Nextdoor
  • The city’s website, which has an emergency banner that can be activated at the top
During evacuations, our police use loudspeakers in affected neighborhoods and, if possible, go door to door to make sure everyone knows what to do
So, today we began with public safety and are ending there too. Keeping our community safe is the most important thing a city does, whether facing a public health emergency or a natural disaster. The very best way to keep our community safe is by working together. Thank you for taking the time to stay informed about your city! I’ll be back next week with more updates.

City of Carlsbad | 1200 Carlsbad Village DriveCarlsbad, CA 92008

Carlsbad, CA –January 13, 2022 According to a presentation by the county’s Public Health Officer Tuesday, new modeling shows we are approaching the peak of Omicron infections in San Diego County, but health care resources may be stretched thin for several more weeks. Sharing more COVID-19 updates today and the following city news:

  • Homeless services contract shows results
  • City Council urges collaborative approach to sand replenishment
  • Water, wastewater rates going up, but still among the lowest
  • Carlsbad Marathon this Sunday, some roads closed
  • Upcoming public meetings
  • Holiday hours for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Some fun recognition for the flower fields

COVID-19 update Our Fire Chief Michael Calderwood updated the City Council Tuesday on the latest COVID-19 data and what health experts at the state and regional level are predicting.

  • As I mentioned last week, case numbers are becoming less relevant as a COVID pandemic indicator now that vaccines are widely available, and the Omicron variant has taken over.
  • Both of these factors mean that symptoms of COVID-19 infections are less severe and less likely to lead to hospitalization and death.
  • Even so, because of the sheer number of cases (more than twice as many as our previous high), hospital capacity is a concern.
  • Many health providers have said they are rescheduling some surgeries and wait times at emergency rooms are long.
  • A high number of cases among health care workers is another reason why the health care system is stretched thin.

This just in …Just today the federal government announced it will provide high quality masks free to all Americans as well as make more tests available. This comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that private insurers will be required to cover up to eight at home tests a month to each member of the household on the insurance plan. More details about all of these changes are expected soon.

Icepicks and flash floods Because Omicron spreads so quickly, the shape of this latest surge is expected to look more like an icepick than a curve, according to health experts. (Or, as a CDC official said yesterday, a flash flood, not a wave). The county shared a UCSD model at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting predicting San Diego County could see the peak of new cases Jan. 19. Hospitalizations tend to follow a couple of weeks behind new cases, so we will be feeling the effects for a while longer.

Although deaths are thankfully less common now than during previous surges, people are still dying as a result of contracting COVID-19. That’s why taking precautions is still the prudent thing to do.

The county hosted a discussion with independent physicians this week to address common questions and misinformation about COVID-19. They shared some really interesting charts and graphs, more details that I can fit here. But if you’re interested in understanding more about the Omicron variant, new treatments and how boosters work differently with different variants, among other things, you can watch the session on the county’s website.

Test availabilityThe best bet for getting tests right now is to check with your health care provider or try the county’s website. PCR and rapid tests are available at local drug stores intermittently as they get restocked.

You may remember that Carlsbad recently celebrated the opening of Quidel’s new rapid test manufacturing facility. Some have asked if we could get first dibs on tests being produced here in Carlsbad. Unfortunately, that’s not really how test distribution works, but I can say that I am very proud of the city staff who processed the permits for this new facility in record time so it could start production of tests as quickly as possible.

Latest COVID data So, I already mentioned that case data is becoming less meaningful as a measure. I guess that is a good thing because we are continuing to see record high cases. Here are some highlights from numbers released Wednesday:

The county’s medical director said during the physicians’ panel that one in every 20 people countywide has COVID-19. Here is what the overall case rate chart looks like, from the beginning of the pandemic to now:

Looking at hospitalizations, the county is approaching its trigger of 80%, but because so many health care workers are out sick, that doesn’t really tell the whole story of health care capacity. ICU capacity is currently at the trigger point. As the physicians’ panel explained, Omicron is resulting in fewer hospitalizations compared to previous variants, but because so many more people have it, hospitals are still at or near capacity.

Carlsbad is still doing better than most. Here is the latest North County dashboard (you might want to bookmark that link. It’s a little hard to find among all the county’s data):

All the latest data is in the weekly COVID Watch report.
What to do?What does all this mean in terms of our everyday lives here in Carlsbad? We are doing our very best to keep all city facilities and services up and running. So far, so good, but we are closely monitoring staffing levels and taking precautions to protect the public and our workforce.

The best advice I have to share will sound familiar – health officials are asking everyone to continue to take actions to limit COVID-19 spread:

  • Get fully vaccinated, including recommended boosters
  • Avoid crowds
  • Avoid indoor gatherings
  • Wear a mask indoors when around people you don’t live with and in all workplaces and public places
  • Upgrade your mask to a surgical or double mask
  • Stay home if you could be contagious; check with your doctor for guidance
  • Be patient just a little longer

Okay, that last one was from me. Look, I get that we are all tired of COVID. I am too. It has affected our lives in big and small ways almost two years now. I am very proud of how our community and our city workforce have responded. As a result of our actions, Carlsbad has fared much better than most cities in our region.

This latest surge will end soon enough. Health experts say COVID-19 eventually will be something we live with in the background. More and better treatments are becoming available, vaccines are plentiful and, given the high number of cases, many people will have the added advantage of natural immunity. Thanks for hanging in there, and thanks for doing everything you can to care for our community of Carlsbad.

Homeless services contract shows results

The City Council approved a new contract Tuesday with the Community Resource Center to provide rapid re-housing assistance and case management services to those experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

This contract is a continuation of a program we already had up and running using funding from the state. Over the past 18 months of that contract, the Community Resource Center made measurable progress, including moving 28 households into permanent housing.

  • The City Council has identified homelessness as a top priority, dedicating more than $5 million in new spending in the current city budget to make measurable progress by addressing address gaps in county and state programs.
  • The city’s homeless response plan includes strategies to find long term solutions for people experiencing homelessness as well as addressing immediate quality of life impacts homelessness has on the community.
  • City staff are planning to provide the second quarterly update on the program’s progress in February.

More information

City Council urges collaborative approach to sand replenishment The City Council adopted a resolution Tuesday opposing devices that could interfere with the natural flow of beach sand into Carlsbad. This is a general policy statement, but it was prompted by a City of Oceanside study currently underway.

  • Beaches are shrinking all along San Diego County’s shoreline because of a combination of factors, including sea-level rise, coastal development and structures like jetties and harbors that keep sand from flowing south.
  • Addressing the problem and keeping beaches healthy is a high priority for all coastal cities, including Carlsbad.
  • Oceanside is considering putting groins on its beach (groins are like jetties but jetties are at water inlets and groins can be anywhere along the beach).
  • Groins, jetties and similar structures can be controversial because they may interrupt the natural flow of sand and could accelerate the erosion of beaches further down the coastline.

In approving the resolution, the City Council said it wants to work with Oceanside and other coastal cities on a collaborative approach to sand replenishment that would benefit the entire region. Oceanside’s study is in the very early stages and would need Coastal Commission approval to move forward.
More info

Water, wastewater rates going up, but still among the lowestAlso on Tuesday, new water, wastewater and recycled water rates were approved for customers of the Carlsbad Municipal Water District, based on an updated report on what it costs to provide those services. Even though rates will be going up, they’re still among the lowest in the region.

One way we were able to keep water rate increases as low as possible was by applying a $1.7 million refund from a legal settlement related to the region’s cost to buy water. This money will be used to offset costs over the next five years. Water rates will actually go down slightly this year, followed by increases the next two years.

In approving the water increases, the City Council was acting in its role as the Carlsbad Municipal Water District board of directors. The district is a separate legal entity that serves most of Carlsbad, though some southern parts of the city are served by other water districts(Here’s the map.)

Wastewater rates are going up more than water rates in terms of percentages, but because wastewater rates have been the lowest in the region and held steady for several years, the new rates will still be relatively low when compared to other local agencies.

P.S. Some residents have asked how the Carlsbad Desalination Plant affects water rates. The desal plant is in Carlsbad but we don’t own it. It is a public-private partnership with the San Diego County Water Authority, which distributes the water to water agencies throughout the county. It makes up about 10% of the region’s supply. Desalting seawater is expensive, but as the cost of water from other sources continues to increase, it will eventually be on par or less than the cost of these other sources.  

Carlsbad Marathon this Sunday, some roads closed If you’re planning to be out and about in the city this weekend, keep in mind that the Carlsbad Marathon, Half Marathon and Surf Sun 5K are all happening Sunday, Jan. 16. Several roads will be closed in north Carlsbad from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. on race day:

  • Marron Road between Monroe Street and Jefferson Street
  • Monroe Street between Marron Road and Carlsbad Village Drive
  • Jefferson Street between Marron Road and Grand Avenue
  • Laguna Drive between Jefferson Street and State Street
  • State Street between Laguna Drive and Carlsbad Boulevard
  • Carlsbad Boulevard all lanes between the Buena Vista Lagoon and La Costa Avenue
  • Palomar Airport Road between Carlsbad Boulevard and Avenida Encinas
  • Poinsettia Lane between Avenida Encinas and Carlsbad Boulevard
  • Note: Jefferson Street between Laguna Drive and Arbuckle Place will reopen at 8 a.m.

Get involved: Upcoming meetings City Council meetings will continue to be virtual through mid-February, at which time the City Council will consider when to return to in-person meetings. The next City Council meeting will be Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. Here are the topics scheduled to be discussed:

  • Using a $1.3 million refund from the county Water Authority to offset the need for future water rate increases
  • An agreement for water and sewer improvements along Carlsbad Boulevard near Cannon Road
  • The plan for allocating more than $500,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds to local organizations that provide services to our community
  • An update from Visit Carlsbad on the Carlsbad is Calling marketing campaign to provide COVID relief to our tourism economy
  • A joint regional marketing partnership among the cities along the State Route 78 corridor
  • Annual work plans for the Library Board of Trustees, Arts Commission and Historic Preservation Commission
  • An update on the Clean Energy Alliance, North County’s community choice energy program
  • A discussion of whether or not to go on record opposing proposed changes in the state program that gives bill credits to people who generate their own electricity 
  • Two appointments to the city’s Planning Commission

The meeting starts at 3 p.m. The agenda and staff reports will be posted on the city’s website by Friday at 3 p.m. and include instructions on how to participate by phone or via Zoom. Other public meetings

  • Tonight, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m. the city’s Independent Redistricting Commission will hold its third public hearing on the creation of new boundaries for City Council districts. See proposed maps and learn more on the project’s website.
  • There are no city commission or committee meetings scheduled next week.

What’s open, what’s closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, city offices in Carlsbad will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17. A full holiday schedule for city services is listed below:

  • City offices: Closed
  • Emergency services: Regular service
  • Trash pickup: Regular service, no delay
  • City pools: Alga Norte, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. (regular hours); Monroe Street, 3 to 7 p.m. (temporarily reduced hours.)
  • Libraries: Closed
  • Community centers: Closed
  • Senior Center: Regular hours; no meal service
  • Leo Carrillo Ranch: Regular hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ending today with yet another reason why Carlsbad is such an amazing place – our world famous flower fields have been named the most “Instagrammable” travel spot this spring by none other than Travel & Leisure Magazine. Spring might seem far off, but it will be here before we know it. Here’s hoping we will be well on our way back to normal by then.

That’s a wrap for this week’s news. I hope everyone has a wonderful end to the week and relaxing weekend. I’ll be back next week with more updates.

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

City seeking applicants for new committee
The city is seeking community members for a new advisory committee that will help ensure the city maintains an excellent quality of life and remains financially healthy as the city grows in the future. In March 2021, the City Council made the creation of a new growth management plan one of its top three priorities. 

For the past 35 years, the City of Carlsbad has followed a community-based plan to manage growth in a way that protects Carlsbad’s excellent quality of life and safeguards the city’s financial health. Today, as the city transitions into a time when most of the major planned new development is complete, the community will once again play a major role in deciding how to ensure quality services, amenities and facilities are provided for the next 30 years and beyond.
Committee makeup
Applications are currently being accepted. Committee members will be appointed by the City Council, to include:

Four residents from District 1 (Two primary and two alternates)
Four residents from District 2 (Two primary and two alternates)
Four residents from District 3 (Two primary and two alternates)
Four residents from District 4 (Two primary and two alternates)
Four at-large residents (Two primary and two alternates) 

Each City Council member will review applications and nominate four members, for a total of 20 committee members. 
Requirements to participate on the committee include:
City of Carlsbad resident
Registered voter
Attend approximately 10 committee meetings between February 2022 and April 2023

Additional guidelines for serving on the committee are available on the city website.
Key dates
Feb. 7, 2022: Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by noon
March 2022: Committee expected to be formed
Summer 2023: Project scheduled for completion 

Public involvement In addition to the committee’s work, which will be conducted in public with opportunities for community input, community members will have other opportunities to share feedback, such as an online survey and public meetings. Learn More

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

City Of Carlsbad Planning Update…Help strengthen design standards in Village and Barrio

Carlsbad, CA –The city is looking for residents who live in the Village and Barrio who would be interested in serving on a citizens committee that will help turn existing design standards for multifamily and mixed-use projects in the Village and Barrio into “objective design standards.”
Under new state housing laws, creating objective design standards is one way cities can retain influence over new development. 
Committee makeupApplications are currently being accepted for the following committee positions:

  • Two Village residents
  • Two Barrio residents
  • A downtown business owner
  • Two people with experience developing multifamily housing and/or mixed-use projects in Carlsbad

The committee will meet approximately three times over one year and will also include a member of the city’s Planning Commission and a member of the Historic Preservation Commission. Citizen committee members will be appointed by the City Council.
EligibilityAll committee members must be City of Carlsbad residents and registered voters. Village and Barrio members must be residents of the Village or Barrio area (map is included in the vacancy notice). Additional guidelines for serving on the committee are available on the city website.
Key dates

  • Feb. 7, 2022: Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by noon
  • March 2022: Committee expected to be formed
  • Summer 2023: Project scheduled for completion 

The project to create objective design standards will not include changes to existing objective design standards such as building heights or setbacks. It also only applies to future condos, apartments and mixed-used projects. 
Public involvementIn addition to the committee’s work, which will be conducted in public with opportunities for community input, community members will have other opportunities to share feedback, such as an online survey and public meetings. Once a draft of the design standards is ready, it will also be available for public review and comment.  
Learn more

Carlsbad Senior Center January 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, yoga, meditation, art and much more! January lunch menu included. Register for programs.
View January newsletter

News Highlights

Carlsbad Senior Center  799 Pine Ave. Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-602-4650

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All Carlsbad City Library locations will be closed on Friday, December 31st and Saturday, January 1st in observation of the New Years holiday.

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Winter Reading Challenge January. 1 – 31, 2022

All ages
Carlsbad City Library is joining thousands of libraries and schools nationwide to participate in Beanstack’s annual Winter Reading Challenge. We challenge the Carlsbad community to collectively read for at least 100,000 minutes during the month and keep track of their reading on Beanstack.

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Virtual 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.

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Try the Personalized Reading Recommendation Service
Looking for your next great read? Request a personalized reading recommendation from Carlsbad City Library staff.

Fill out this form today. 

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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 genealogy classes have been cancelled for January. Stay tuned for more details.

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Are you a fan of The Witcher?
The hit Netflix show, The Witcher, starring Henry Cavil returned to the small screens in December.

If you are a fan, try reading the book series first or check out the RPG guide book.

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December 23, — If you are feeling a sense of déjà vu as we head into the Christmas holiday, you are in good company. However, even though COVID-19 spread is surging once again, there are many reasons to feel hopeful. I’ll tell you about those along with the following updates from the city:

  • First draft maps for new City Council district boundaries
  • Carlsbad’s budget wins national award
  • Don’t let your holiday meal lead to a holiday plumber’s bill
  • How to recycle your Christmas tree
  • New Year’s safety
  • A look back … and a look ahead

COVID-19 updateIt’s true that a new very contagious variant has emerged that is causing a surge in cases, and some health restrictions have been brought back. But we are still better off in many ways than we were last year.

  • Vaccines are widely available, as are boosters (for 16+)
  • New treatments are being approved.
  • Nearly 77% of those eligible in San Diego County are fully vaccinated (much higher than the 70% statewide).

 So, even as we once again mask up indoors and see major events postponed, we are making progress, and we will get through this.

 Vaccination update Vaccines have proven very effective in reducing severe symptoms and hospitalizations. Here is the latest data from the county.

First COVID pills approvedOn Wednesday, the FDA authorized a pill made by Pfizer to treat COVID-19, and earlier today a pill made by Merck also got emergency use authorization. These are the first two treatments that can be done at home. Other treatments approved to date have to be given in a health care setting by IV or an injection.  Supplies will initially be very limited and shipped to the hardest hit parts of the country first (which is not likely to include San Diego) and be available only to those most at risk.  According to the FDA, the Merck pill is less effective, has more side effects and is subject to more limitations on its uses than the Pfizer pill. However, both represent the ongoing work being done to find new ways to treat COVID-19. Monoclonal antibody treatmentSpeaking of treatments, recently I was asked to share information about monoclonal antibody treatments, which have been under emergency use authorization since last November. The treatments, given by injection or IV in about an hour, reduce symptoms and help people recover more quickly and avoid hospitalization. The treatment can also help prevent COVID-19 if you were in close contact with an infected person.  Right now, anyone 12 years old and older is eligible if they meet these criteria:

  • Tested positive for COVID-19, and
  • Has symptoms of COVID-19, but not for more than 10 days, and
  • Weighs at least 88 pounds, and
  • Is at high risk for developing severe COVID-19. The following conditions place you at high risk:
  • Age 65 or older
  • Obesity or being overweight, with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or greater
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes, chronic kidney disease, or a condition that weakens the immune system
  • Heart disease, high blood pressure, or lung disease (like asthma)
  • Other medical conditions or factors, such as race or ethnicity, that may place you at high risk for severe COVID-19


  • Was in close contact with a COVID-19-infected person, is not fully vaccinated, or not expected to have enough immune response.

 There are three versions available. Of those, initial data show that only one is effective against the Omicron variant, and that one is in short supply at the moment. If you are interested in this treatment and meet the criteria, health officials want you to call your doctor first. If you can’t get it through your own doctor, you can call 619 685-2500 to make an appointment at a county site. The closest one to us is at the Vista Community Clinic. More informationNew state efforts to reduce spreadThe state announced three new measures Wednesday to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  1. Booster requirement for health care workers to mitigate potential hospital staffing shortages as Omicron spreads and protect Californians in vulnerable settings
  2. Providing rapid tests for every public school student as kids head back to school
  3. Increasing testing hours for state-operated sites to expand capacity

Local case update Active cases in Carlsbad have gone up by about 25% since last week, which is a lot, but less than half of the 57% increase in cases countywide.

Here is a look at breakdowns of cases per 100,000 in population by ZIP code in Carlsbad. The ZIP code reporting is about a week behind the citywide data, just FYI.

  • Carlsbad is back in the “substantial” spread tier after inching up to the “high” spread tier last week.
  • Case rates in three of Carlsbad’s four ZIP codes went down, with 92008 going up.
  • Last week three of our four ZIP codes were in the red. This week only one is.

 You can see details on county COVID-19 case numbers and other data in the latest COVID-19 Watch newsletterTips for a healthy holidayYesterday the county and Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties put out a joint statement urging everyone to take precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 over the next several weeks and lessen the burden on the health care system, including:

  • Get vaccinated, including a booster shot if you’re eligible
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Get tested before and after traveling or gathering for the holidays
  • If some members of your group are unvaccinated, take precautions
  • Wear a mask, and make sure it’s a good one
  • Gather outside or increase airflow in indoor spaces

 For links and more details about these tips:

First look at redistricting mapsThe city’s Independent Redistricting Commission got its first look last week at proposed City Council district maps. At the commission’s meeting, the city’s demographer, National Demographics Corporation, went over 28 draft maps submitted by the public and four draft maps it created.

  • Even though the City of Carlsbad switched to electing City Council members by district in 2017, the districts were created based on the latest Census data at the time, which was from 2010.
  • Since that time, some parts of the city have grown more than others.
  • Of the draft maps, each showed a different way to balance out the voting age population among the four City Council districts.
  • Some of the proposed maps made small changes to existing City Council boundaries.
  • Some had part of the city’s coastline in each district, and one had the coastline all in one district.
  • One map divided the city into quadrants, using El Camino Real and Palomar Airport Road as the main dividing line, although to balance the population, the boundaries deviated from those main streets in some areas.

 The next step is a Jan. 13 public hearing to get community input on maps, which can still be submitted for consideration. Draft maps are on the city’s websiteLearn more

Carlsbad wins national award for its budget — again!This week, the City of Carlsbad once again earned a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. This is the 15th consecutive year the city has received the award and the 20th time overall.

  • This latest honor is for our fiscal year 2021-22 budget, which was prepared by city staff and approved by the City Council in June.
  • To qualify for the award, a government agency must satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation, including creating a budget that serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communication tool.

 I know the topic of city finances isn’t for everyone, but I do encourage you to take a look at the city budget sometime. It provides a comprehensive overview of where our money comes from and how it will be spent. Every year we work to make the document easier to read, with clear graphics and explanations. It’s an important part of our commitment to transparency and community engagement.

Fatbergs, part 2Before Thanksgiving I shared tips for keeping drains free of clogs when cooking a large holiday meal, by disposing of fats, oils and grease the right way (as in, NOT down the drain). I promised our wastewater staff I would send this reminder before the Christmas holiday:

  • Sewer backups are messy and expensive to repair. Scrape food, sauces and oils from plates and pans and into the trash.
  • Put a strainer in the sink drain and empty solids into the trash.
  • Use your garbage disposal sparingly. Fun fact: these are meant to take care of food scraps that accidentally go down the drain. You aren’t supposed to put food down there intentionally.
  • Do not rely on grease cutting detergents to wash away grease.
  • Wipe cooking pan residue with a paper towel and throw it in the trash.
  • Collect small amount of fat, oil and grease into a container such as a milk jug or coffee can or mix with kitty litter, coffee grounds, or shredded newspaper and throw it in the trash.
  • Dispose of larger amounts of used cooking oil responsibly and for free. Call Waste Management at 760-929-9400 or PSC at 800-714-1195 for more information.

 If you missed my Thanksgiving reminder and have no idea what a “fatberg” is, check your favorite search engine. I guarantee that after seeing the photos (and videos!) you will be motivated to keep fats, oils and grease out of your plumbing system (and the city’s).

Easy ways to recycle your treeI know Christmas isn’t until this weekend, but since this is my last update of the year, I wanted to let you know how to get rid of your tree when you’re ready. Curbside pickup for Christmas trees will be available from Dec. 26 to Jan. 15 on your regularly scheduled trash pickup days. There are also five drop-off locations in the city that will be open from Dec. 26 to Jan. 15:

  • Calavera Hills Community Park, 2997 Glasgow Drive
  • Stagecoach Community Park, 3420 Camino de los Coches
  • Poinsettia Community Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Road
  • Fire Station 1, 1275 Carlsbad Village Drive
  • Waste Management, 5960 El Camino Real

 There are some important instructions to follow (you must remove all decorations, trees taller than 6 feet must be cut in half, and flocked trees aren’t recyclable, etc.)  Get all the information here.

New Year’s Eve safety tipsWe want you to stay safe this holiday season, so while you’re making plans for New Year’s Eve, please follow these tips provided by the City of Carlsbad Police Department:

  • If alcohol will be part of your New Year’s Eve celebration, create a plan to arrive home safely. Designate a driver or use rideshare services.
  • If you’re planning to host a party, let your neighbors know and give them a way to contact you if the party gets too loud.
  • If you’re going to serve alcohol at your party, develop a plan to get your guests home safely and make sure they’re on board. (And remember, the city has a Social Host Ordinance that prohibits serving or providing alcohol access to minors.)
  • If you’re going out to celebrate, secure your house. Home security tips can be found here.
  • When you reach your destination, park carefully. Be aware of what is going on around you. Don’t leave items unattended in your car.
  • Don’t set off fireworks – they’re dangerous and prohibited.
  • If you see or hear suspicious activity or a crime, call 9-1-1.

 Officers will be patrolling neighborhoods throughout the city on New Year’s Eve, keeping an eye on things. Thank you for partnering with us to help keep our community safe.  

What’s open and what’s closed over the holidays

City offices will be closed for the holidays on Friday, Dec. 24, and Friday, Jan. 31. A full holiday schedule for city services is listed below: 

  • Emergency services Regular service 
  • Trash pickup  Regular service 
  • City offices Dec. 23, 30    Closing at 2 p.m.
  • Dec. 24, 31 Closed 
  • Monroe Street Pool Dec. 24, 25, 31, Jan. 1  Closed 
  • Alga Norte Aquatic Center Dec. 24, 31  Open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Dec. 25, Jan. 1  Closed 
  • Libraries and community centers Dec. 23, 30   Closing at 2 p.m
  • Dec. 24, 25, 31, Jan. 1  Closed 
  • Senior Center Dec. 23, 30   Closing at 2 p.m.
  • Dec. 24, 31  Closing at 3 p.m.
  •  Leo Carrillo Ranch Dec. 24, 31 Closing at 3 p.m
  • .Dec. 25, Jan. 1  Closed
  • The ranch will also close during inclement weather. 
  • Transit For the holiday transit schedule, please visit http://www.gonctd.com, or call 5-1-1.
Last week I shared some of the city’s accomplishments over the past year, and today I will leave you with a few more – all from our 2021 Year in Review

I’ll be back Jan. 6 with my first update of 2022. In the meantime, you can keep up with city news on our website and social media. 

I’d like to sincerely thank you for spending a little time with me each Thursday, reading up on the latest news from your local government. An actively engaged community is one of the main reasons Carlsbad is the very special place it is today. 

I hope you have a wonderful holiday and happy New Year. I look forward to connecting in January! 

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All Carlsbad City Library locations will be closed on Friday, Dec. 24 and Saturday, Dec. 25 in observation of the Christmas holiday.

Have you heard? The Friends Bookstores are now open

Shop at the Friends Bookstores at the Dove and Cole libraries. Items for sale at bargain prices include gently used books, magazines, greeting cards, puzzles, sheet music, DVDs and audio books. Gift certificates are available. Get holiday shopping in now before the bookstores close for a holiday break from Dec. 23 to Jan. 3.

Dove Library Mondays, 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cole Library Tuesdays – Fridays, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Book a study room at the library Available during library hours

Looking for a place to study or a quiet place for an interview? Good news, study rooms are now available at all three Carlsbad City Library locations. With a valid library card, patrons can book a study room for two hours per day. Masks are required to be worn at all times in City facilities, including while using a closed study room. Reserve a study room today.

Ready for a new career? Crave new skills?

Check out three new eResources with thousands of topics and online courses.

  • Coursera – Upskill in tech and business with classes from leading companies and universities. 6 month checkout.
  • GetSetUp – Patrons 55+ only for technology, dancing and more live classes.
  • Skillshare – Online classes in everything creative. 3 month checkout. 

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 genealogy classes return in January
Focus On returns in January 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. A Carlsbad City Library card with internet access is required to sign on to a computer. Face masks must be worn during the class. The class will be offered from 2-4 p.m. on Jan. 4 and repeated on Jan. 11, 18 and 25. Register online.

What are you reading this winter?

Use the Serra Digital Download Library to find your new favorite eBook or eAudiobook to enjoy this holiday season.

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 Saturday10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Carlsbad City Library
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011
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1250 Carlsbad Village Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Library Learning Center
3368 Eureka Place
Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Carlsbad, CA –Parks & Recreation Master Plan Meetings Are This Week…. Don’t forget to register for one of two virtual meetings we’re holding this week to talk about whether COVID has changed parks and rec priorities.
Thursday, Dec. 9, 6 to 7 p.m. Register 

Saturday, Dec. 11, 10 to 11 a.m. Register

The City of Carlsbad is creating an updated blueprint that will guide priorities and proposed investments in parks and recreation for the next five years. This project was interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as the project starts back up, the city wants to know if the community’s priorities have changed. Community members are encouraged to attend one of the two virtual meetings to hear the public feedback that was provided in February 2020 and let the city know if anything has changed.

The city’s existing Parks & Recreation Master Plan was completed in 2015. The update will cover: 

Assessment of current parks, facilities and recreational programs Demographic and industry trends Community needs and priorities Funding needs and revenue opportunities A five-year strategic action plan  Other input opportunities Input from the workshops will be used to create a survey questionnaire to obtain feedback from a statistically representative group of Carlsbad residents. The survey will also be available online to anyone who wants to take it; however, the results will be analyzed separately from the random sample. A draft of the master plan will be made available for input by the end of summer 2022, with a final draft scheduled to be presented to the City Council for approval in fall of 2022. 

More information Mick Calarco, special projects manager, mick.calarco@carlsbadca.gov, 760-434-2859 

‘Tis the Season… ringing in good cheer, as the holidays are upon us! The arts have always been a way of bringing us together, capturing our hearts, sparking lively conversations and cultivating joy. Be sure to check out the city’s arts and culture offerings in December to help you wrap up 2021. Indoor events require attendees to wear a mask.

Front Row Saturday @ The Schulman

Grigorian Gubenko Piano Duo: An Evening of Musical Splendor Saturday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. Schulman Auditorium Free

Anna Grigorian is a Russian-trained concert pianist and piano teacher here in North County. She has been performing all her life and teaching the piano for over 25 years in the United States and abroad. With her unconditional love for music and children, and her warm personality, Anna is able to achieve incredible results with her students. Over the years, many of her students have chosen music as their profession thanks to the love and the skills she has instilled in them. This seasonal classical event is sponsored by the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts.

Showtime @ The Schulman

Celeste Barbier – A Holiday Cabaret

Saturday, Dec. 11 Courtyard reception, 6:30 p.m.

Schulman Auditorium performance, 7:30 p.m.

Both events are free
Back by popular demand after an entertaining Valentine’s Day virtual concert earlier this year, Celeste Barbier is a premier solo vocalist and recording artist located in Southern California, based out of North San Diego County. Celeste performs jazz and blues standards, oldies and ballads from the 1920s through the 1970s and select contemporary tunes by artists such as Norah Jones, Amy Winehouse and Diana Krall. The reception and seasonal cabaret performance are sponsored by the Carlsbad Library & Arts Foundation.

Virtually Artful free streaming performance

TAKE3 – A Winter WonderlandStreaming Dec. 12 – 22

With a flair for the wild and unexpected, this genre-defying trio brings the refinement of a rigorous classical music background and infuses it with rocks-star charisma. Known for their infectious and down to earth onstage personalities, this threesome leaves their indelible mark on captivated audiences around the country. Catch this talented trio online at your convenience.

International Film Fridays

Enjoy the best of world-wide cinema with selections that have been recognized by critics as representing some of the finest cinema from across the globe. Films are screened with English subtitles at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Schulman Auditorium. Admission is free.

Friday, Dec. 3 Asia
Israel, Drama, Family (2020, NR, 1h 25m) Despite living together, Asia barely interacts with her daughter Vika. Their routine is shaken when Vika’s health deteriorates and Asia must step in and become the mother Vika so desperately needs.

Friday, Dec. 17 Corpus Christi
Poland, Drama (2019, R, 1h 55m) Daniel experiences a spiritual transformation in a detention center. Although his criminal record prevents him from applying to the seminary, he finds himself ministering a small-town parish.

View more

Wednesday Film Series

Features a mix of films screened the last three Wednesdays of each month at 6 p.m. at the Schulman Auditorium. Includes pre-show introduction and optional post-show discussion. Admission is free.

Wednesday, Dec. 15 In the Heights

Musical, Drama (2021, PG-13, 2h 23m) A film version of the Broadway musical in which Usnavi, a sympathetic New York bodega owner, saves every penny every day as he imagines and sings about a better life.

Wednesday, Dec. 22 Yellow Rose

Drama, Music (2019, PG-13, 1h 34m) A Filipina teen from a small Texas town fights to pursue her dreams as a country music performer while having to decide between staying with her family or leaving the only home she has known.

Wednesday, Dec. 29 Yesterday

Comedy, Music (2019, PG-13, 1h 56m) A struggling musician realizes he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed.

Visit the newest exhibit at the Cannon Art Gallery!

2021 Cannon Invitational Now – Feb. 5 Free
The city’s William D. Cannon Art Gallery is pleased to present the work of five San Diego County artists for their remarkable body of work in drawing, painting, encaustic, mixed-media collage and installation.

Gallery Curator, Karen McGuire commented, “these artists address a variety of themes, media, aesthetics, and attitudes, and their work reflects the diversity and the multi-dimensionality of San Diego County’s population.

This exhibit is designed to appeal to a broad audience, one that crosses over into various disciplines and areas of interest.” Featured artists: Samantha Barrymore (Carlsbad), Brad Maxey (San Diego), Griselda Rosas (Chula Vista), Jiela Rufeh (Encinitas) and Melissa Walter (La Mesa).

Showcase your artistic talent!

Our Library Arts Displays have a new name!

Now called, Pop-Up Art: Showcasing Local Talent.  The Cultural Arts Office invites local artists to submit an application to display their artwork for two months at the Dove Library or Georgina Cole Library.

Artists are encouraged to submit applications for either a solo exhibit or to submit as a small group exhibition.  To be considered, please submit the Artist Application Form. Only completed forms will be accepted for consideration.

New Artist Registry open: Apply now!

The city’s Cultural Arts Office invites visual artists to submit an application to the new Artist Registry, a prequalified list of artists that will be used for upcoming temporary public art opportunities.

Temporary public art experiences last from two days up to seven years and include outdoor and indoor projects with a range of media and budgets.

This is the first step for artists who are interested in being considered for temporary public art projects within the City of Carlsbad during the next two to three years. Only completed forms will be accepted for full consideration.

Community Arts Grantee spotlight: Classics 4 Kids

The city’s Cultural Arts Office is pleased to spotlight a Fiscal Year 2021-22 Community Arts Grants recipient, Classics 4 Kids. Classics 4 Kids has received a Community Arts Grant to provide virtual music education and virtual field trips to elementary schools within the Carlsbad Unified School District.

These virtual “Meet & Greets”, include educational and interactive music performances by professional musicians and conductors, an explanation of the instruments and a Q&A session to allow for students to engage in lively discussions. Learn more about the city’s Community Arts Grants program.

Take a tour of the Carlsbad Sculpture Garden

Various Saturdays, 11 a.m.

Now offered, an exciting opportunity to experience an interactive and informative tour of Another Glance: Celebrating 25 Years in the Garden, led by a knowledgeable arts educator from the city’s Cultural Arts Office.

The Carlsbad Sculpture Garden is located at 2955 Elmwood St. Flexible options in tour length, group size, days and times are available. Sign-up now at: carlsbadconnect.org

Meet Sculpture Garden artist: Diana Markessinis

Learn what inspires artist Diana Markessinis whose artwork, Kaktos, is on display at the Carlsbad Sculpture Garden!

Diana chose to create this sculpture using a pipe-and-tube welding technique which resulted in two tall cylindrical forms that stand strong and cast beautiful shadows near the entryway of the outdoor garden setting.
Hear from Diana…

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Carlsbad City Manager–December 2, 2021 –Yesterday, he California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 caused by the new Omicron variant was detected in the U.S. in Northern California. The individual was a traveler who had returned from South Africa last week.

More information on the new variant and COVID-19 updates below, along with these topics:

  • Construction progress on Carlsbad’s newest dog park
  • Tell us how COVID affected your parks and recreation priorities
  • New veterans fellowship program coming to Carlsbad
  • Carlsbad earns Top 10 spot on Digital Cities list
  • Save money and water with rain barrel rebates4 tips for safe holiday decorating
  • Support local businesses this holiday season through GiftCarlsbad
  • New free online library learning resources
  • Meet the author event with Annabelle Gurwitch
  • Free Friday international films
  • Caring for Carlsbad’s trails
  • Upcoming public meetings
  • Get into the holiday spirit at Holiday at the Rancho event Saturday

COVID-19 updateMuch of the news this week has been focused around the new COVID-19 variant, named Omicron by the World Health Organization. There is still a lot we don’t know about the variant, and we expect it will take some time until more information is available on how it spreads, how severe the symptoms are and how effective current vaccines are against it. Here is what we know so far.

  • The variant was first detected in South Africa in November.
  • At least 115 cases have been identified in various countries around the world as of Nov. 27, with the first detected in the U.S. in Northern California yesterday.
  • No cases have been detected in the San Diego region at this time.
  • Scientists are concerned about the new variant because it has many mutations that impact infectiousness and the ability for immune systems to protect against the infection.

The California Department of Public Health has created a fact sheet with information about the Omicron variant.
Public health officials are advising everyone continue to follow these precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including the Omicron variant:

  • Get vaccinated and get a booster if you qualify. Vaccines are available through health care providers, retail pharmacies and community clinics. Visit the MyTurn website to make an appointment or find a site near you or call 833-422-4255.
  • Wear a mask, especially in public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Get tested if you have any symptoms, regardless of your vaccination status. Information on appointments and walk-in locations can be found at coronavirus-sd.com.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Stay home if you’re sick and distance yourself from others.

President Biden also announced new actions today to help combat COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. Actions include things like expanding vaccine availability for all adults and free at-home testing, efforts to get more youth vaccinated and keep schools open, stronger protocols for international travel, supplying treatment pills to help prevent hospitalizations and death, continued commitment to global vaccination efforts and more. You can read the full statement from the White House that outlines all that will be included in the plan.

Booster recommendations With the emergence of the Omicron variant, the Centers for Disease Control increased its recommendation for booster shots this week. The CDC now recommends that all adults 18 and older get booster shots two months after the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or six months after the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.

This recommendation is a slight shift from what the CDC advised earlier in November, which was that people should get the booster if they are 50 and older, or 18 and older and living in long-term care facilities. Instead of advising that anyone 18 and older “may” get a booster shot, the CDC is now advising they “should” get the booster shot. Here is where you can read the CDC’s latest announcement.

Why the name Omicron? I was curious when I heard the World Health Organization named the new variant Omicron and came across this CNN article that talks about how the name came about. The WHO uses letters of the Greek alphabet, in order, to name COVID-19 variants. Delta was the last variant that most of us were familiar with, which was followed by eight others including Epsilon, Iota and Lambda that have been less prominent. The WHO shared that it skipped two letters in the Greek alphabet – Nu and Xi – because “Nu” could be easily confused with “new” and “Xi” is a common surname. Next in the 24-letter Greek alphabet is Omicron.

Active cases Active cases in Carlsbad are down by 51 after going down by eight last week. At this time last year we had over 200 active cases, so we are doing a bit better at 159 this week. With much still unknown about the new variant and the holiday season upon us, it’s important we continue to follow health precautions.

In terms of new cases overall, Carlsbad is among the low range when compared to other cities in the region.

Other updates from the county include:

  • Among those eligible (now ages 5 and up), 75.1% are fully vaccinated and 84.7% are partially vaccinated.
  • 21 new deaths were reported since the last report on Nov. 24, 2021. The region’s total is now 4,346.
  • New cases per 100,000 population are at 13.6 overall, and testing positivity is 3.1%.
  • New hospitalizations are at 11.4%, above the county’s trigger of 10%.
  • ICU capacity is at 28%. The county’s trigger is 20%.

More updates and data can be found in the county’s weekly COVID-19 watch report.

Construction underway at new dog park A new off-leash dog park is starting to take shape at Poinsettia Community Park. This is a project the community requested and helped shape through public input, so it’s exciting to see the progress at the site. Here’s a look at what the site looks like currently.

  • Rough grading is wrapping up this week
  • Construction of a new restroom building is underway
  • Underground electrical is being installed
  • Excavation has started on “bioswales,” which are natural-looking channels that collect stormwater runoff
  • Work is taking place Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Residents are still able to use the rest of the park. The only minor impacts will be to sidewalks between the pickleball courts and the basketball courts.
  • No restrictions are expected for the use of other park amenities
  • All parking lots remain open

Construction is expected to wrap up in summer 2022. More details here.

Did COVID change your parks and recreation priorities? While I’m on the topic of future parks, we want your feedback on whether COVID-19 has changed your parks and recreation priorities. In February 2020, the city asked for community input on an updated blueprint that will guide priorities and proposed investments in parks and recreation for the next five years. Then came the COVID lockdowns, and the project was put on hold.  

Now we are starting back up and want to know if what we heard pre-pandemic still holds. Please consider attending one of two upcoming virtual public meetings next week where we’ll share what we heard and ask for feedback. Both meetings will be Zoom webinars, so you can participate without your camera on. We will ask for input through on-screen polls and chat. 

Thursday, Dec. 9, 6 to 7 p.m. Register

Saturday, Dec. 11, 10 to 11 a.m. Register

Please encourage your friends and neighbors interested in parks and recreation to attend too!

New veterans fellowship program coming to Carlsbad This week, we were honored to host guests from the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service team to begin planning a special fellowship program at the city. The fellowship, which is part of the Department of Defense SkillBridge Program, will give active-duty service members the opportunity to gain valuable civilian work experience.

As a veteran myself, I’m proud that Carlsbad will be one of the first cities in the state to roll out this program.

It’s an exciting partnership at no cost to the city where we’ll be able to employ veterans as they look to transition into the civilian workforce. High performers will have the opportunity to compete for future positions with the city. This is another reason why the City of Carlsbad is the best local government around.

Pictured from left to right: VETS Senior Military Fellow Kristopher Rick, VETS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations and Management Margarita Devlin, Carlsbad City Manager Scott Chadwick, VETS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy James Rodriguez, VETS Regional Veterans Employment Coordinator Tony Forbes

Carlsbad earns Top 10 spot on Digital Cities listThe city recently earned top-tier recognition in the Center for Digital Government’s 2021 Digital Cities Survey. 

  • The awards recognize cities that use technology in innovative ways to better serve their community. 
  • Carlsbad ranked ninth in the nation among cities with a population of 75,000 – 124,999. 
  • Carlsbad has been working for several years on new ways to use technology to improve efficiency, customer service and public engagement. 
  • This year for the first time we created a new section of the city budget that treats technology investments much like traditional infrastructure, like roads and pipes.
  • All require ongoing investments, so planning ahead for these needs is key. 

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Save water and money with rain barrel rebate As the rainy season (hopefully) begins, Carlsbad Municipal Water District customers can save water and money by purchasing low-cost rain barrels through a rebate program that’s being offered for a limited time. The program is a partnership between the water district, the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation and other nearby water agencies.

The rain barrels cost as little as $62 after the $35 rebate. They can be purchased online from the Solana Center by Jan. 31 and picked up at the company’s headquarters in Encinitas.

Rain barrels collect water from the roofs of homes through gutters and downspouts for use on landscaping. With the state in a serious drought, they’re a great water-conservation tool that fits with the governor’s Oct. 19 proclamation urging all counties in California to voluntarily reduce water use by 15%.

Holiday decorating safety tipsIf you’re planning to decorate for the holidays, our Fire Department has some important safety reminders to help protect you and your home.

  • Don’t overload outlets. Check lighting instructions for the maximum light strands to connect (usually no more than three), don’t use extension cords for appliances, and only plug one heat-producing appliance into an outlet at a time.
  • Take care with candles. Never leave burning candles unattended. Keep them away from pets and flammable items and place candles at least 3 inches apart.
  • Maintain your tree. If you’re buying a fresh tree, look for one that’s green with pliable needles, water it frequently and keep it at least 3 feet away from any heat source.
  • Watch your step. If you’re using a ladder to hang holiday decorations, make sure it’s on a steady surface, always have three points of contact (two feet and one hand), and never reach.

View the full list of safety tips to keep top of mind this holiday season.

GiftCarlsbad returns for the holidays You can shop local and earn rewards while you support Carlsbad restaurants and businesses this holiday season with the return of GiftCarlsbad. Like last year, shoppers can purchase digital gift cards and earn bonus gift cards in pretty substantial amounts, depending on your purchase, including a $40 bonus if you spend $100.

More than 100 Carlsbad businesses are expected to participate, and more are added each week. GiftCarlsbad is brought to you by the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the city, the Carlsbad Village Association and Visit Carlsbad. Last year’s program brought nearly $90,000 of economic activity to our community. 

Library adds free online learning resources The Carlsbad City Library is offering free access to several new online resources for learning and career development, courtesy of the California State Library. If you have a Carlsbad City Library card, you can take advantage of these free programs.

  • Coursera – 5,000-plus courses, as well as certificate programs offered in partnership with top businesses, universities and organizations. 
  • Skillshare -More than 35,000 video courses on topics including entrepreneurship, graphic design, productivity, freelancing, marketing and illustration.
  • GetSetUp – Classes and interest groups for people age 55 and older, held via Zoom by peer experts on yoga, technology, dance and more
  • LearningExpress – Prep materials and sample tests for many academic and occupational exams. Learning modules focused on GED skills and basic computer skills. 

Meet the author event Speaking of the library, you can meet New York Times bestselling author and actress Annabelle Gurwitch for a live and in-person adventure this Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Schulman Auditorium at the Dove Library. Admission is free and masks are required.

Check out some of her books and learn more about the event.

Free Friday films If you enjoy movies, you can also join the city’s Cinema Club to enjoy international films on Fridays in the Schulman Auditorium at the Dove Library. This week’s film is Asia, a dramatic family film from Israel about a mother and daughter navigating life’s challenges. The film will be shown at 4 and 7 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 3. Admission is free and masks are required.
Check out the full schedule of upcoming Cinema Club films.

Caring for Carlsbad’s trails One of my favorite parts of Carlsbad is our open space and trails. That is largely thanks to wonderful volunteers like those who recently helped our Parks & Recreation staff do some important maintenance work at Lake Calavera Preserve. The group repaired erosion along the trail, trimmed vegetation, picked up trash and cleaned out a culvert to prepare for the rainy season. In addition, Center for Natural Land Management staff and volunteers helped plant a dozen 5-gallon Coast Live Oaks to provide enhanced flood protection and improve the surrounding habitat. People who use the trails were grateful for the improvements and many thanked the team for all their hard work. Thank you to all involved for helping maintain our beautiful trails.

Get involved: Upcoming meetingsThe next City Council meeting is Dec. 7. The agenda is posted on the city’s website along with instructions on how to participate virtually. Here are some topics scheduled to be discussed:

  • An update on the city’s investments
  • A new discretionary leave program
  • Modifying city labor agreements on how overtime is calculated to align with federal law
  • The contract to manage the city’s more than 600 acres of open space preserves
  • Purchasing replacement golf carts for the Crossings at Carlsbad Golf Course
  • A construction contract for the replacement of a wastewater lift station
  • A project to enhance safety for pedestrians and bicyclists at six crosswalks on Carlsbad Boulevard
  • Hiring a consultant to help complete the Avenida Encinas Coastal Rail Trail, from Palomar Airport Road to Cannon Road
  • Amending city law to allow the city to enforce its ban on overnight parking of oversized vehicles even during a state of emergency like the pandemic
  • The Age-Friendly Carlsbad Action Plan, which sets goals to enhance the quality of life in Carlsbad for people of all ages
  • A $1.5 million loan from the city’s Housing Trust Fund to build a 42-unit affordable housing complex on Palomar Airport Road
  • An update on the city’s progress on the City Council’s goal to reduce the unsheltered homeless population
  • Appointing three members to the Senior Commission and two to the Traffic & Mobility Commission

We also have these city meetings next week:

Don’t forget Holiday at the Rancho event Remember, our Holiday at the Rancho event is happening this Saturday, Dec. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park. Tickets are $10 per person, kids under 3 are free. You can get into the spirit of the holiday season with arts, crafts, holiday shopping, cookie decorating and more, along with a tree lighting at 5:45 p.m. We will be following all COVID-19 health precautions, including requiring masks inside the Hacienda and stables and encouraging social distance outdoors.

Happy Hanukkah Hanukkah began at sundown on Sunday. This eight-night Festival of Lights is a celebration of hope and a reminder to treasure light in dark times. I want to wish a Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate.
That’s all for this week. I’ll be back next Thursday with more updates. 

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Mark your calendars for these upcoming events and programs offered for kids and families by the City of Carlsbad.

Holiday at the Rancho, Dec. 4 –Blending holiday spirit with a bit of western history, the City of Carlsbad will celebrate the season at its Holiday at the Rancho event Saturday, Dec. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, located at 6200 Flying L.C. Lane. The event will feature a 14-foot tree lighting, arts, crafts, face painting, holiday shopping, cookie decorating and more.

  • Tickets are available at $10 per person, and children under 3 are free.
  • Children can also take photos with Santa, and parents can capture with their own cameras or pay $3 for a souvenir photo.
  • The holiday movie, Rise of the Guardians (rated PG) will play on the giant movie screen under the stars.

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Winter break camps for kids

Radical Reptiles & Friends Camp Leo Carrillo Ranch Dec. 20 – 239 a.m. – noon
Need a little time to prep for the Holidays? Your kiddos are invited to join John Taibe for Radical Reptiles & Friends in this day-camp, learning about various live animals including reptiles, amphibians, arachnids, insects and more! As the children explore the animal kingdom, they will have a hands-on experience enhanced by art, games and projects related to these animals. Campers will also hike to explore the native wildlife around Leo Carrillo Ranch!

Virtual Roblox Game Design Leo Carrillo Ranch Dec. 20 – 23 and Dec. 27 – 3011 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Give your child an experience to remember! At our online Roblox camp, students will learn how to design, build and publish their very own Roblox game that they can share with friends and family. Students will get an awesome introduction to game design and Roblox studio while learning in an exciting and engaging virtual online environment with special designs inspired by the history and landscape of Leo Carrillo Ranch, all from the comfort of their own homes! 
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Carlsbad, CA — Mark your calendars for these upcoming events and programs offered for kids and families by the City of Carlsbad.

Outdoor Winter Basketball League

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New this year – outdoor leagues! Teams are now forming for the youth winter outdoor basketball league for kindergarten through eighth grade boys and girls. Players will discover the benefits of teamwork, develop good sportsmanship and learn how to showcase their ball handling skills.
Practices start the week of Nov. 15 at north and south Carlsbad community parks. Games will be played at Poinsettia Community Park on Fridays and Saturdays.
Mandatory assessments will be held Oct. 30 and Nov. 6.
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Creepy Creatures Camp

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They’re creepy, they’re crawly and they’re slimy, but kids love ’em! Sign your little adventurer up for a one-day Creepy Creatures Camp with John Taibe from Radical Reptiles & Friends. This hair-raising experience introduces kids ages 5 to 13 to various ‘monsters’ including creepy arachnids, crawly reptiles, spooky insects and other beasts in the animal kingdom.  
Saturday, Oct. 30 Sunday, Oct. 31 – 10 a.m. to noon

Leo Carrillo Ranch stables 6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Lane

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Dia de los Muertos Tours At Leo Carrillo Ranch

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Visit Leo Carrillo Ranch Oct. 23 through Nov. 2 to view the beautiful Dia de los Muertos decorations that celebrate and honor those who have departed. The Hacienda will be adorned in rustic traditional decorations and colorful ceramic art that includes an ofrenda (offering table) that highlights the life of Leo Carrillo and his family.
Oct. 23 – Nov. 2

Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park 6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Lane
Free guided tours are available on weekends at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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Festival of Lanterns, November 6th

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The second annual Festival of Lanterns: A Night of Light & Reflection is nearly here, so be sure to get your lanterns ready. Saturday, Nov. 65 – 7 p.m.

Alga Norte Aquatic Center 6565 Alicante Road

Free admission, $5/lantern 

Lanterns can be purchased ahead of time at Alga Norte Aquatic Center or at the event for $5 per lantern (no limit per person). Admission to the event is free, no registration necessary. Read more

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Carlsbad City Manager– Hello! This week I am sharing the latest on local COVID-19 cases, vaccine updates and health recommendations, as well as the following:

  • Latest crime stats show Carlsbad remains among the safest cities in our region
  • We are launching a project that will give the city (and community) more control over the design of apartments and condos in the Village and Barrio
  • Oil spill response update
  • What the latest drought declaration means for Carlsbad
  • How to turn in unused prescription medication
  • How the Coaster is expanding its schedule to better meet our needs
  • Learn how to draw a district map at workshops this weekend
  • Imagine a day without waterFun photos from last Saturday’s Pumpkin Plunge
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COVID-19 Update

Active COVID-19 cases in Carlsbad are continuing their gradual decline, although still much higher than six months ago and a year ago. Let’s keep up all the public health measures we’ve been practicing to get our case numbers as low as possible as we head into the holiday season.

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We are continuing to err on the side of caution and will hold public meetings virtually through the end of November and require face coverings in city facilities, regardless of vaccination status. This will be re-evaluated every month. 

San Diego County’s weekly COVID-19 Watch report shows cases decreasing, although deaths are up this week. Typically, deaths increase in the weeks following an increase in cases because of the time it takes for COVID-19 symptoms to progress. 

Flu watchThe county is closely monitoring flu activity as well as COVID-19, producing a weekly Influenza Watch surveillance report. Additional influenza data and resources and a link to subscribe to the Influenza Watch are available on the Epidemiology Unit website. Health experts are urging the public to get their flu shot to help avoid putting a strain on the health care system this winter. 

Booster updatesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to take the final step today to approve a Moderna booster shot for those 65 and older or who are at an increased risk. 

Everyone who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine would be eligible for a booster shot after two months, also pending final approval tomorrow by the CDC. 

Currently, Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for booster shots, and only for those 65 and older or in a high-risk group. 

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has also approved a mix and match approach to boosters, meaning if the additional boosters are approved by the CDC, you can get a different booster than your original vaccine. 

It’s about here that I should remind everyone to check with their own health care providers for recommendations on boosters and all other health matters! 

Vaccines for kids 5-11 The FDA is expected to approve the Pfizer vaccine for kids ages 5 through 11 the first week of November. In anticipation of that, the federal government announced Wednesday that it already has enough in hand to inoculate every child in this age range in the United States. The announcement said the specially packaged vaccines would be available at more than 25,000 pediatricians’ and doctors’ offices, hospitals, pharmacies, community health centers, and school- and community-based clinics. 

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Carlsbad remains among the safest citiesCarlsbad remains one of the safest cities in the region, based on the latest crime statistics presented to the City Council Tuesday. The San Diego Association of Governments’ mid-year crime index report also shows that 2020 sticks out from other recent years, likely due to people staying home more during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • For example, residential burglaries and car thefts plummeted in 2020 during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. When stay-at-home restrictions lifted, those numbers bounced back to pre-pandemic levels.
  • SANDAG officials said the COVID-19 pandemic made 2020 an anomaly, so it makes more sense to compare 2021 crime rates to previous years as a baseline. Through that lens, violent crime is down in Carlsbad and property crimes are up only slightly.
  • The report delivered to the City Council on Tuesday also highlighted strategies the Carlsbad Police Department uses to combat and prevent crime in the city, like utilizing data to ensure the right resources are being directed to the right areas.

 One important takeaway from Tuesday’s discussion is the importance of calling 9-1-1, or the police 24-hour non-emergency line at 760-931-2197, to report suspicious activity or any other safety concerns. Sometimes people are hesitant to call the police because they aren’t sure their concern is significant enough. All information is helpful, and the Carlsbad Police Department wants to hear from you. Read the full staff report.

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Community will help strengthen design standards in Village and BarrioThe City Council approved a professional services agreement Tuesday for the preparation of a project to strengthen local control over the design of future multifamily housing and mixed-use development in the city’s Village and Barrio areas. These actions are one way the city can help preserve the unique character of these areas while complying with new state laws designed to streamline approval of multifamily housing to help ease California’s housing crisis. Under the agreement and charter approved by the City Council on Tuesday, Carlsbad will:

  • Form a committee to include two Village residents, two Barrio residents, a downtown business owner, a member of the city’s Planning Commission, a member of the Historic Preservation Commission, and two people with experience developing multifamily housing and/or mixed-use projects in Carlsbad
  • Work with residents and the new Design Review Committee to make sure existing design standards 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
  • Create a streamlined permitting process for multifamily and mixed-use projects
  • Create five different architectural design styles for developers to choose from
See more details here.

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Oil spill response update This week the group of public agencies managing the response to the oil spill off the coast of Orange County removed protective booms from the Agua Hedionda and Batiquitos lagoons, following no sign of free-floating oil in the water off the Southern California coast since Oct. 5. 

Tar ball clean up continues on Carlsbad beaches, and we will keep in close contact with the response team in case anything changes. At this time, all beaches are open, and there is no public health threat. You can get more information on the response effort in two places:

 San Diego County emergency website

SoCal Oil Spill Response website

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What the statewide drought emergency means for Carlsbad On Tuesday, San Diego County was among the eight counties added to the statewide drought emergency, which previously had been limited to counties north of here. Here are four things to know:

  1. The statewide drought emergency comes with a call for everyone to voluntarily reduce water use by 15%. (The San Diego County Water Authority will consider asking our region for a voluntary 10% reduction.)
  2. The State Water Resources Control Board could decide to impose emergency regulations that mandate or prohibit certain activities related to water saving, but has not done so yet.
  3.  San Diego, and by extension, Carlsbad, is in much better shape than other parts of the state because of a decades long effort to conserve water and invest in drought proof water supplies, like the desalination plant located in Carlsbad. In fact, our regional approach to safeguarding against the drought was featured in last Sunday’s New York Times.
  4. The Carlsbad Municipal Water District has continued implementing level 1 drought contingency activities, which are mostly voluntary, between and after the last droughts. Carlsbad residents have done a great job conserving water which has reduced the amount of water per capita used by almost 48% since 2008. For more actions to take and programs to help you conserve visit the city’s website.

 The San Diego County Water Authority, which supplies water to agencies in our region, including the Carlsbad Municipal Water District, said Wednesday that even though our region has the water it needs for now, it will encourage increased conservation in support of the statewide proclamation. Its board is scheduled to discuss the matter next week. I will keep you posted as this situation develops. By the way, today happens to be national Imagine a Day Without Water, designed to increase awareness of the important role water plays in everything we do. It’s easy to take that for granted, so please continue to do all you can to use water wisely.

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Reminder: Redistricting map workshops happening Saturday Join us Saturday for a virtual workshop where you can learn how to create new City Council district maps to reflect population changes from the latest census.

 Saturday, Oct. 2310 a.m. – Register

2 p.m. – Register

 Both workshops will cover the same information. They will be livestreamed on the city’s website.

 You can learn more about the city’s redistricting process and sign up to receive updates at www.carlsbadca.gov/districts or by texting “districts” to 797979. 

The next step in the process will be to share maps created by community members and our professional demographer. Once these are ready, please review and give feedback to the independent commission in charge of choosing the new map.

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County redistricting We’re not the only government agency redrawing district boundaries. The County of San Diego is also in the process, also using an independent redistricting commission. They are already starting to look at maps, which you can find on this page.

The City of Carlsbad is currently in District 5. To get involved in the county process, their website is a good place to start.

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Get rid of prescription medication safelyThis Saturday, Oct. 23, is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, created by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to give people a safe way to dispose of unneeded or expired prescription drugs, including opioids, with no questions asked.

  • There are three nearby locations, in Oceanside, Vista and San Marcos. You can look up locations details on this website.
  • In Carlsbad, as a service to our residents, we have a year-round prescription drug drop box at the City of Carlsbad Police & Fire Headquarters, 2560 Orion Way, to help people dispose of prescription drugs safely.  
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Coaster to increase daily tripsIf you commute to San Diego, or just like taking the train to special events or for fun trips along the coast, good news: The North County Transit District is expanding its daily Coaster service starting Oct. 25.

  • The change means Coaster trips between Oceanside and San Diego will increase from 22 to 30 per day Monday through Thursday; from 26 to 32 trips on Fridays; and from 8 to 20 daily trips on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Transit officials said many customers had requested later service along the rail line and some of the added trips will meet that need.
  • The new schedule can be found on NCTD’s website
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Get involved: Upcoming meetingsThe next City Council meeting is Nov. 2. The agenda will be posted on the city’s website when it is ready, but no later than the Friday before. In the meantime, the following boards, commissions and committees are meeting next week:

  • Oct. 26, 1 p.m. – Carlsbad City-Schools Committee
  • Oct. 27, 4 p.m. – Library Board of Trustees
  • Oct. 28, 4 p.m. – Independent Redistricting Commission
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Getting into the Halloween spirit Last Saturday we held our annual Pumpkin Plunge event at Alga Norte Aquatic Center. Our events have always been popular, but following all the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year we are enjoying them even more. 

In case you’re not familiar with this event, think of the pool as a floating pumpkin patch where kids could lasso a pumpkin of their own to take home. Families also enjoyed Halloween themed bounce houses and games, an outdoor movie and time swimming and relaxing in the heated pool. We love seeing so many Carlsbad families having fun and enjoying spending time with friends.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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:

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I originally planned to share the charts above, but as I was getting ready to send this update, I saw this graphic that was shared by the county.

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It’s the same information as the chart on the right, but it leaves a much bigger impression.
Carlsbad casesHere in Carlsbad, we monitor active cases, meaning people who are estimated to have COVID-19 currently. You can see this number has gone up quite a bit.

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Even though cases are increasing, we continue to have the lowest case rates in the region, among cities with 50,000 or more people. This is due to our collective efforts to follow health guidance and slow the spread. Thank you!

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New testing sites openingYesterday the county announced four new testing centers, one of which is in North County:
North County Lifeline – Opens Aug. 12200 Michigan Ave., Vista CAThursdays from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
This is in addition to the six county sites opened last week. As you might recall, the county had been scaling back testing sites or turning them into vaccination sites. As we have all learned by now, adaptability is key during COVID.
Here is a link to the county’s testing webpage.And here is the CDC’s guidance on who should get tested and when.
Vaccination progress

  • Here are the latest stats from the county on vaccinations:
  • Doses administered: More than 4.4 million.
  • Received at least one shot: About 2.33 million or 83.1% of San Diegans 12 and older are partially vaccinated.
  • Fully vaccinated: Over 2.04 million or 72.8% of the population.

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

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New health precautions in placeBecause of all this, and based on the latest health recommendations from the county, California Department of Public Health and CDC, we have decided to make two changes in city operations: 

  • Masks: Starting this week, everyone coming into a city facility must wear a mask. We had already required all city employees to wear masks indoors, but this additional step will help further reduce the chance of COVID-19 spread, protecting our workers and the community.
  • Virtual meetings: For the month of August, all public meetings will be held virtually, including City Council meetings.

 I know this might feel like a step back, but it won’t be forever. We will continue to monitor health data and adjust as needed, with the health of our community and workforce always remaining the highest priorities. As we continue to respond to COVID-19, the city remains very busy with our usual business. Here are some highlights:

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Housing sites to be discussedCity planners have created two maps showing where the community thinks about 3,900 new housing units could be located to satisfy the state’s requirement that cities accommodate their fair share of the region’s housing needs. The maps will be presented to the City Council Aug. 17 with a request to begin the public input process. 

  • One map shows potential housing sites based on criteria prioritized by the public during a 2020 online survey that garnered nearly 5,000 responses.
  • The other reflects the priorities of a citizens advisory group formed by the City Council to help update the city’s overall housing plan.
  • The main difference between the two maps is that survey respondents wanted to see vacant industrial land converted to housing while the advisory committee favored increasing minimum densities on residential properties.

 The staff report with the maps will be available tomorrow on this page when the agenda is posted. If you want to get notified about next steps in this process, you can sign up online (select Housing Plan update). I’ll also be sure to share links in these weekly updates about the online survey and other ways you can provide comments.

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Yesterday was the application deadline for the District 1 City Council vacancy. A total of 13 residents applied. At its next meeting Aug. 17, the City Council will finalize the public interview process, which is scheduled for Aug. 24 at 3 p.m. Find out more information about the process, who applied, and how you can provide input.

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Strong relationships and two-way communication are both critical components of public safety. That’s why we encourage you to stop by one of our upcoming Meet the Chief get-togethers for incoming Police Chief Mickey Williams.

  • Starting next Wednesday, these casual outdoor meet and greets will give residents of all four Carlsbad City Council districts a chance to meet Chief Williams in person, ask questions and share ideas.
  • District City Council members and officers assigned to your neighborhood will also be on hand.
  • Stop by with the kids, pop by for a quick hello or bring a picnic and make an evening of it.
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New recruiter app helps find jobs in CarlsbadThis week the city is launching a new recruiting tool as part of our Life in Action economic development program.

  • The free, digital service matches residents with local companies looking to hire candidates with a wide variety of skills and backgrounds.
  • Visit our Life in Action website and click on “Get Recruited” to get started.
  • Then, answer a few questions to join the city’s list of interested candidates.
  • You can also upload your resume, view open positions, access regional job boards and read up on the latest news about Carlsbad companies.
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Upcoming meetingsI mentioned a couple of topics that will be discussed at next week’s City Council meeting. Here is the full list of topics planned. (Please note that virtual City Council meetings in August will start at 3 p.m. not 6 p.m.)

  • An update on the city’s investments 
  • Revising city pay schedules to accommodate two new positions, including part-time emergency medical technicians 
  • Accepting an incentive payment from SDG&E for the energy-efficient design of the new Fire Station 2, now under construction
  • Hiring a company to begin design and engineering work for the missing section of College Boulevard between El Camino Real and College Boulevard.
  • Changing the city’s code (laws) with a simplified permitting process for electric vehicle charging stations
  • Reviewing potential sites for new housing in Carlsbad and approving the process to get input from the public.
  • Approving the questions, interview and appointment process for applicants for the City Council’s vacant District 1 seat.
  • Appointments to the Traffic & Mobility, Housing and Arts commissions

City Council subcommittee meetings No boards or commissions are meeting next week, but we do have two City Council subcommittees scheduled: 

Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting Aug 16, 4 p.m. 

Legislative Subcommittee Meeting Aug. 17, 9 a.m. 

These meetings will be held virtually. More information on agendas, how to participate and how to watch the meeting can be found here
That’s it for this week. I know for many of you the start of a new school year is right around the corner. For others, this time means Carlsbad’s weather is warm and beaches have a little more elbow room. Either way, please continue to do what you can to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help us all get back to enjoying the many things that make this place so special.

Scott Chadwick, City Manager

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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

Carlsbad, CA — July 29,2021 –My update today is coming a little later than usual. That’s because, as you might have seen, new guidance has come out, first from the CDC, then the County of San Diego and just this afternoon from the state. As always, I’ll provide links to the source documents and details below, but here is what’s been going on:

OVID-19 case numbers are back where they were after the holidays. The CDC has new data showing how variants (including the Delta variant) spread among people who are vaccinated. The CDC is now recommending wearing a mask in indoor public settings, regardless of your vaccination status, in areas with a high level of spread.

What’s different Health restrictions have typically become tighter when cases spike, but several things are different this time around:

Vaccines are widely available and appear to be effective at preventing serious illnesses. In San Diego County, 98% of hospitalizations in the last 30 days are among people who are not fully vaccinated.

Health experts are still learning about new variants, some of which are much more easily spread.

Recommended vs required You may have read that Los Angeles County is requiring masks indoors. The County of San Diego is recommending indoor masking, not requiring it.

Masks continue to be required at the following locations, regardless of vaccination status (no changes here):

  • On public transit, such as buses, trains, airplanes, ferries, taxis and ride services, and in the areas that serve those, such as airports, transit stations, etc. 
  • Indoors in K-12 schools, child care and other youth settings  
  • Healthcare settings, including long-term care facilities 
  • Detention facilities
  • Homeless shelters, emergency shelters and cooling centers

Businesses and other organizations may require masks, so be sure to check for signs before entering.

The City of Carlsbad is following the county’s guidance for members of the public visiting our buildings, meaning masks are required for those not fully vaccinated and recommended for those who are.

Local situation The indoor mask guidance applies to counties with 50 or more cases per 100,000 in population. At last count, San Diego County had 192 cases per 100,000 in population over the past week. You can see this data and more on the CDC website.

In Carlsbad, we track active COVID-19 cases. The latest number of active cases is 162. This is the highest number since Feb. 22 of this year.
Looking at the county’s dashboard, you can see where all the indicators are as of today. Although some triggers have been passed, others are still in the green, notably new hospitalizations (this was in the red last week), hospital capacity, ICU capacity and ventilator availability.

P.S. In case you’re wondering why the county’s case numbers are so different from what the CDC data show, it’s because the CDC is tracking the total number of new cases over a seven-day period. The county is showing the daily average number of cases over a seven-day period.

Here is a link to the page on the county’s website with all the latest COVID-19 data. Some is updated weekly now instead of daily, but there is still a lot of information available. Here is a link to the CDC guidance and the latest study on variants. Here is a link to the county’s face mask page.

Vaccine access The county has consolidated its vaccine centers into what it’s calling the “Great Eight,” a collection of geographically distributed no-cost vaccination sites that allow people to choose any one of the three vaccines available in the United States, Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. For a list of locations and more information, visit www.coronavirus-sd.com/vaccine.

Vaccines also continue to be available through pharmacies and private healthcare providers. No matter where you get your vaccine, there will be no charge. I know it is disappointing to see cases going up again and everything that comes with that. I also know that the Carlsbad community will do its part, just as we have all along. We continue to have the lowest case rate in the county among cities 50,000 and larger. That is thanks to all of us working together. Let’s keep it up (or, I guess if we’re talking case rates, let’s keep ‘em down!).

In other news…
City Council vacancy update Last night the City Council approved the application and interview process to fill the District 1 City Council vacancy. The application is available now and due no later than Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. Included in the process is an opportunity for District 1 residents to submit topics they would like to be part of the public interview process, which is scheduled for Aug. 24. All candidates will have five minutes to address the City Council and answer questions. Find out more here.

Redistricting commission holds first meetingOur newly formed independent redistricting commission will hold its first meeting Thursday (tomorrow) at 6:30 p.m. in our City Council chamber. The meeting will also be streamed on our website and cable channel. The agenda includes some housekeeping and background information as well as an overview of the redistricting process and the commission’s role. One of the things we’ll ask the commission to do is approve the public meeting schedule. We are planning several, starting in August, so everyone has a chance to weigh in on new City Council district boundaries. Find out more here.

Meet your new chief In September we will officially welcome a new Police Chief, following the retirement of Chief Neil Gallucci. Although Assistant Chief Mickey Williams has been with the City of Carlsbad for 26 years, including raising his own family here, he is new to this role. That’s why we are providing opportunities for community members to meet him in person, share their ideas and priorities, or just say, “hi.” Throughout the month of August, we will hold evening outdoor get-togethers at city parks (one in each City Council district). Your district City Council member will be on hand too, as well as other members of the Police Department. Find out more here.

The city will share more news and updates later this week in our This Week in Carlsbad newsletter. In the meantime, please stay safe, be well and continue to #Care4Carlsbad. 

Scott Chadwick, City Manager

Independent Redistricting Commission Special Meeting

Carlsbad, CA — The agenda for the following Independent Redistricting Commission Special Meeting is now available on the City’s website.
Thursday, July 29, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
City Hall – In Person1200 Carlsbad Village Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008

The City of Carlsbad welcomes your participation. Public Meetings can be viewed online via the city website and on the city’s cable channel.

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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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Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce to Hold Carlsbad Village Street Faire – Summer Edition

Event marks the return of the largest event in Carlsbad in more than a year

Carlsbad, CA — The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce will hold a special edition of the Carlsbad Village Street Faire on Sunday, July 25, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the heart of Carlsbad Village (State St. and Grand Ave.) While this will be a smaller version of the Spring/Fall Carlsbad Village Street Faire, the event will feature unique vendors with a little of everything: arts and crafts, antiques, unique clothing, items from around the world, a food court, and more. 

Currently managed by Kennedy and Associates, this Carlsbad bi-annual tradition started in 1974 and ran consistently every year until 2020, when the global pandemic shut it down. “We are excited to be able to bring this beloved Faire back to Carlsbad and return to some semblance of 2019 ‘normalcy’,” said President and CEO of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, Bret Schanzenbach.

As the event is being held at the height of the tourism season, it is highly recommended to take advantage of the shuttle lots located at The Shoppes at Carlsbad and the Poinsettia Train Station. “We have added more shuttle buses so you won’t have to wait to get a ride,” said Schanzenbach. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and per CDC recommendations for gatherings in a crowded outdoor setting, people who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to do so, or wear a mask. This event is sponsored by Tri-City Medical Center.

About the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce acts as a regional economic catalyst, leadership convener and community champion. With more than 1,100 members, the Carlsbad Chamber promotes business through member services, economic and community development, and public policy that balances economic prosperity with quality of life. The Carlsbad Chamber is the second largest chamber in the county and the 10th largest in the state. For further information about the chamber, please contact (760) 931-8400, or visit the website at www.carlsbad.org.

TGIF in Your Backyard

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This summer only we are keeping the TGIF spirit alive with the TGIF in Your Backyard concert series beginning July 9 with Euphoria Brass Band. This fun twist on TGIF Concerts in the Park series gives our community the opportunity to enjoy music with friends, family and neighbors in the comfort of their own backyards and then share their experiences with us on social media. Email us your backyard or block party pics to communications@carlsbadca.gov for us to share or tag us on Instagram with #TGIFinmybackyard.
Concerts debut on the city’s website on select Fridays in July and August and stream for a week. We look forward to returning to the familiar live format as in past years during summer 2022 and celebrating the 35th Anniversary. Learn more

Want to be more involved in city matters? The city is seeking residents to fill vacancies on two boards and commissions that will work on specific issues like affordable housing and art. Apply today. The deadline is July 15.
Learn more

Get more information and agendas on the city’s website.

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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.

Check out the all-new graphic novel webpage
Look for the all new Carlsbad City Library web page dedicated to graphic novels and manga. Prefer reading digitally? The Serra Digital Download Library also offers eComics. Need some help accessing these titles? Email librarian@carlsbadca.gov.

New: Large type young adult and juvenile titles now available
Have you always wanted to read young adult and kids books but the font is too small? We’ve got you covered. Discover our brand new large type young adult and juvenile titles including The Hate U GiveThe Giver and some classics including Little Women.

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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.

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    What’s your email please?

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        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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