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Carlsbad News

Carlsbad News

February 23, 2021 –Two things have been fairly constant as events have unfolded during the past year of the COVID-19 pandemic: Good news always seems to be tempered with some new area of concern, and bad news is rarely a surprise.

The good The latest example of good news is the continuing decline in case numbers. Yesterday, the county reported 321 new cases, the first time the daily case count has been under 400 since Nov. 3. Today the City of Carlsbad is reporting 160 active cases. This time last month that number was more than double, at 390. Our all-time high was 693 on Jan. 11.
Our testing positivity rate is 5%, comfortably under the 8% threshold for getting into the red tier. As of today’s state announcement our adjusted case rate is down to 15 per 100,000, which is still above the seven or fewer threshold, but decreasing quickly. 

The bad We knew last week that the U.S. would soon hit the milestone of 500,000 lives lost to COVID-19. When the 500,000th death was, in fact, reported yesterday, it still felt like a punch to the gut. Nationwide, and right here at our own City Hall, flags are flying at half-staff through Friday in their honor. 

Local Case Numbers

Latest county charts and graphs

North coastal dashboard

Cases by ZIP code

Vaccine updates We see a similar pattern of two steps forward, one step back on the vaccine front. However, soon enough, we should be making significant progress. The county continues to open more and more distribution sites, and our site here in Carlsbad is making steady progress in getting vaccines administered. 

Due to a delay in shipments, some appointments had to be rescheduled, but the county health officer said she expects shipments to resume this week and for significantly more doses to be available toward the end of March. Statewide, the governor said yesterday about 1.4 million doses are being administered a week, and he expects that to increase to 4 million a week very soon.

Reminder: where to get a vaccine Health officials still recommend going to your own health care provider first if you are eligible for a vaccine. All have information on their websites. If you try calling you should expect a long wait. If you aren’t able to get a vaccine from your provider, the county is your next best bet. The county website has appointments broken down by location and day. If the closest location doesn’t have anything available, and if you have the means to travel, check others in the county. And, check back often. I know for the Carlsbad site, we are notified regularly that new supplies are available. Last Friday, our firefighter-paramedics were vaccinating people late into the night due to a last-minute delivery.

I expect this will all get streamlined eventually as supplies become more regular. In the meantime, if you are 65 or older, you can call 2-1-1, and someone there can help with making an appointment if needed.

Who is eligible? There are lots of rumors about who will be eligible next and when the groups might change. It can be confusing because the state has guidelines, but counties only advance through the tiers within those guidelines as they have supplies available. That’s why you might hear about some tiers getting vaccinated in LA, when those same groups aren’t yet eligible here.

The city has a vaccination page where we link to the most recent information about eligibility. Right now, it’s the same as it was last time I gave you an update: health care workers and those 65 and up.

Update on sports Last week the California Department of Public Health issued new guidance for outdoor sports. The guidance breaks sports into groups, depending on risk level: low, moderate and high. Among the changes, football and other high contact sports can resume, including competitions, even in counties in the purple tier, as along as case rate is 14 per 100,000 or lower. We aren’t quite there yet, but we are very close. The soonest these sports could resume under the new guidance is Feb. 26, for eligible counties.

In a separation action, a court ruled Friday that all youth low and moderate contact sports can resume competitions effective immediately, regardless of case rate and tier, as long as COVID-19 guidelines for collegiate athletics are followed.

There are a lot of caveats and restrictions, but this is still very welcome news all around. No word yet on when new guidelines might be released for indoor sports.

Pickleball updateWe will be reopening the pickleball courts at Poinsettia Park this Friday – for singles play only. Once the county reaches a case rate of 14 per 100,000 or lower, doubles play will once again be allowed. We ask all players to please respect the health order restrictions.

Public meetings this week

The City Council meets today at 3 p.m. Topics will include:

  • Maintenance contract for community parks and school athletic fields
  • New lighting for Calavera Hills, Stagecoach and Poinsettia community parks
  • Buying a condominium to provide another affordable housing unit
  • Contracting for city copiers and scanners
  • Adopting an ordinance revising rules for city’s elected officials
  • Adopting ordinance giving the City Council authority to approve plans and permits in the Village and Barrio Master Plan area
  • Planning the federal Community Development Block Grant funds for fiscal year 2021-22
  • Update on city’s COVID-19 response and its costs
  • Approving the master plan for Veterans Memorial Park

 Here’s a link to full agenda and staff reports.
We will also be recognizing Kaillie Humphries at today’s meeting. I mentioned Kallie several weeks ago when she made history by winning the first-ever world title in a new one-person bobsled event called the monobob. Kallie and her husband, also a bobsledder, are Carlsbad residents, and she is planning to compete for Team USA in the Beijing Olympics in 2022. Congratulations to Kallie, one of many extraordinary individuals who call Carlsbad home. I’ll be back Thursday with more updates. Please continue to do your part to keep our numbers headed in the right direction:

  • Wear a mask when you leave home
  • Avoid crowds
  • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others
  • Wash your hands often
  • Get vaccinated when it’s your turn

Thank you for everything you are doing to #Care4Carlsbad.

Scott Chadwick , City Manager

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

Carlsbad’s role in administering vaccinations

Carlsbad Fire Chief Mike Calderwood explains how Carlsbad firefighters got to become vaccinators, how the city is working to make sure vaccines get administered as quickly as possible, how the tiered system works and other background about the COVID-19 vaccination process.
Watch the video

Carlsbad Small Business Loans

The city still has money available in its program to provide no-interest and low-interest loans to local businesses affected by the pandemic. To date, 71 businesses have been approved for total of $1.36 million in relief, and $2.5 million is still available. The city recently expanded eligibility to make these loans available to even more businesses:

  • Small business microloans of between $5,000 – $10,000 for businesses with $2 million or less in gross revenue and 15 or fewer employees
  • Small business recovery loans of between $10,000 – $50,000 for businesses with $5 million or less in gross revenue and 50 or fewer employees

Both loan types include scaled interest rates depending on how quickly the loan can be repaid. Access the application here.

Join our first ever “virtual” Family Open Studios

Family Open Studios is back.We are excited to present our inaugural virtual Family Open Studios and the opportunity to create a collaborative abstract work of art inspired by a local artist.San Diego artist Anne Mudge, whose work was on display in the Cannon Art Gallery’s exhibit Four Visions: A Celebration of the Year of the Woman, will provide live art instruction, talk about the history of wire art and give tips so you can create your own masterpiece.Free art kits are available with registration at Carlsbad City Library and Georgina Cole Library. First come, first served.
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Carlsbad at Work: New expanded sidewalks

This week the City Council approved the construction of new and expanded sidewalks on El Camino Real near Cannon Road. Construction is anticipated to start this spring.
• New pedestrian bridge to the northbound side over Agua Hedionda Creek
• Widen and extend the existing southbound sidewalk
Road widening in the same area is planned for later this year. 

No rail service from Oceanside to San Diego, Feb. 20 – 21

The North County Transit District will suspend all coastal rail line service between the Oceanside Transit Center and Santa Fe Depot during the weekend of Feb. 20-21, as part of a planned schedule of rail closures that support routine maintenance and rail infrastructure work. Weekend COASTER service is currently suspended due to COVID-19 service reductions; however, the February weekend closure will affect Metrolink and Amtrak trains. Service suspension will begin Saturday, Feb. 20, at 12 a.m. and remain in place until Monday, Feb. 22, at 5 a.m., enabling rail service to resume in time for the weekday morning commute.
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City Council meets next Tuesday

The agenda for the next City Council meeting is now available. Topics will include:

  • Maintenance contract for community parks and school athletic fields
  • New lighting for Calavera Hills, Stagecoach and Poinsettia community parks
  • Buying a condominium to provide another affordable housing unit
  • Contracting for city copiers and scanners
  • Adopting an ordinance revising rules for city’s elected officials
  • Adopting an ordinance giving the City Council authority to approve plans and permits in the Village and Barrio Master Plan area
  • Planning the federal Community Development Block Grant funds for fiscal year 2021-22
  • Update on city’s COVID-19 response and its costs
  • Approving the master plan for Veterans Memorial Park

Meeting starts at 3 p.m. Sign up by 2 p.m. if you want to provide live comments by phone. Otherwise, you can send your comment via email. Here’s a link to full agenda and staff reports……..

The Leonard Patton Trio: Streaming Feb. 24 – 28

Leonard Patton is redefining the Jazz Scene as one of its premier vocalists with recognition and respect from musicians worldwide. Leonard’s influences are vast and varied; thus, encouraging a unique style all his own. Don’t miss his riveting rendition of Sam Cooke’s A Change in Gonna Come. It’s timeless and timely! Streaming Feb. 24 – 28 on the Cultural Arts website and sponsored by Carlsbad Library & Arts Foundation.More Info

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: Streaming Feb. 24 – March 2

CMS Front Row events include live, HD performance video from the CMS archive, introductions by CMS Artists and end with a Q&A with the featured artist, hosted by CMS co-Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han. February’s presentation features Gabrieli’s Canzon XVI a 12 with twelve cellists and works by Beethoven and Rachmaninov.
More Info

Carlsbad Friends  of the Arts Dedicated to making the arts an integral part of the community experience. To become a member or volunteer, visit www.carlsbadfriendsofthearts.org
Carlsbad Library & Arts Foundation Financially supporting and enhancing Carlsbad libraries and arts facilities, programs and events. www.carlsbadlibraryartsfoundation.org/

Upcoming Events Arts Commission Meeting Virtual Events

Quick Links Art at Home Projects Arts Commission Online Event Calendar Public Art

Good progress reported on traffic and mobility City staff presented its fifth semiannual traffic and mobility report last week to the City Council, highlighting projects that improve everyone’s ability to get around town safely, without hassle, and in the way they want to go, be it by car, on a bike or by foot. The City Council declared mobility to be one of the top three city priorities for this fiscal year, along with homelessness/affordable housing and economic revitalization.
What’s been going on? A lot! here’s a sampling:
• Moving forward on projects to expand or otherwise reconfigure roads to provide better traffic flow.

• Getting ready to hook up our traffic signals to a super-high-speed fiber network that will help them be “smarter,” which translates to better traffic flow.

• 9 projects to slow down speeding in neighborhoods.

• A new “sustainable mobility plan” that ties all these efforts and more into a strategic approach making sure all our transportation modes are optimized and as eco-friendly as possible.
Read more

Love Monroe Pool? We do too! The pool where Carlsbad residents have been learning to swim for the past 38 years is poised for a major overhaul. The Carlsbad City Council voted on Jan. 26 to move forward with improvements to the Monroe Street Pool in northern Carlsbad that will, if approved by voters in 2022, result in an expanded, modern, eco-friendly facility that better meets the community’s needs. Improvements include:

  • • 50% more lap swim lanes
  • • More shade
  • • Larger pool deck with lockers
  • • New locker rooms
  • • Larger parking lot
  • • Features to reduce sound

Why a vote? We have enough money to build this project, but Carlsbad has a law that certain projects like this need voter approval if they will cost more than $1 million in general fund money. Read more

One step closer to new Veterans Memorial Park

Following a more than two-year planning process involving hundreds of community members, we have a plan for Veterans Memorial Park, located near the corner of Cannon and Faraday.

Some of the features include:

  • Rustic, nature-inspired playground
  • Group exercise areas
  • Family picnic areas
  • Native and interpretive gardens
  • Family-oriented bike park with interwoven loop paths and jumps
  • Trails around the perimeter and through the park, with connection to the citywide trails system
  • Plazas, lookout points and gathering areas

The Parks & Recreation Commission gave the thumbs up to the plan this week, and next the City Council will consider final approval, likely at the end of February. Building a new park is a big undertaking, so don’t dust off your mountain bike quite yet. Once all the approvals are in place we’ll have a better idea of the construction timing. We promise it will be worth the wait. Read more

City actively managing budget impacts of COVID

When the City Council approved the fiscal year 2020-21 budget, it asked staff to provide quarterly updates in case adjustments need to be made, given the economic impacts of the pandemic. The latest update was earlier this week. The city gets most of the money it uses for day-to-day operations from three main sources: sales tax, property tax and “transient occupancy tax,” money visitors pay per night when they stay in a Carlsbad hotel or short-term vacation rental.Unsurprisingly, the hotel tax revenue has taken the biggest hit. Property tax revenue is actually higher than projections right now.Overall, the city is managing spending very carefully, and at this time does not foresee needing to make changes to day-to-day city operations or to the budget overall. You can get more details in the presentation slides from Tuesday’s meeting. It’s interesting, we promise!

Our business is your business As a government agency, the City of Carlsbad wants to make it easy for our community to see what we’re up to. That’s why we just launched a new system where you can search for city records online. Why would you want to do this? Lots of reasons. Maybe you’re interested in the status of a certain project or you want to know how much money the city is spending on COVID-19 or what companies the city does business with — this is all public information that you have a right to review.
For those who may have used our old system, yes, that was also “online,” but had a lot of quirks that could make it hard to find things. Technology is much better now! Read more

I-5 traffic shift and ramp closure at La Costa AvenueThe City of Carlsbad isn’t working on the I-5 widening, but we partner with other government agencies to share information about projects affecting our community. And this is a big one!
The San Diego Association of Governments is working on the North Coast Corridor Project (the official name because it includes much more than just the freeway). In this current phase, I-5 is being widened from Carlsbad south to Del Mar and adding 27 miles of express lanes from La Jolla to Oceanside, along with improvements to more than 30 highway overpasses. Construction is expected to begin on the I-5 express lanes between Palomar Airport Road and SR-78 this spring, with completion targeted in late 2022. 

In early February, Build NCC highway construction crews will shift all Interstate 5 travel lanes toward the center median – four lanes in both the northbound and southbound directions – between Manchester Avenue and Birmingham Drive in southern Encinitas.
Additionally, from Feb. 5 to Feb. 7, Caltrans and SANDAG Build NCC crews will conduct a planned Interstate 5 weekend ramp closure in the City of Encinitas. Please drive extra carefully in the construction area.
Read more

Community meetings about police oversight With incidents throughout the nation prompting new interest in the issue of police oversight, the City of Carlsbad would like feedback from our residents and business owners:Do you see a need for greater community involvement or oversight of the City of Carlsbad Police Department? If so, what would you hope to achieve through this oversight?
We had our first meeting last night and three more to go. Please sign up to attend the virtual meeting in your district.  Read more

It’s your city: join the Arts Commission The City of Carlsbad is seeking residents interested in filling two vacancies on the City of Carlsbad Arts Commission for the term March 2021 to March 2025.
Applications for this volunteer position are available on the city’s website or in the City Clerk’s Office, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive. Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by noon on Monday, Feb. 22.
Read more

Featured post Do you follow the city on social media? It’s a great way to stay up to date.

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City of Carlsbad | 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
February newsletter now available

Find out about all of the wonderful virtual activities, programs and more brought to you by the Carlsbad Senior Center. Featured programs this month include bingo, culinary lab, writing, yoga more! February lunch menu included. Register for virtual programs.
View February newsletter

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Carlsbad Reads Together 2021 Announcement
Carlsbad Reads Together brings community members together and engages them in discussion about the same selection of books at the same time. This year’s selections are:

  • Adults – Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
  • Teens – The Reader by Traci Chee
  • Children – Nothing Stopped Sophie by Cheryl Bardoe

Get started by reading anytime, then join us for special virtual events throughout April.
Save the Dates!We will host a virtual book discussion on April 5, a virtual visit with author Tara Westover on April 8, youth and teen events and more. Visit http://carlsbadca.gov/CRT for more information.Sponsored by Friends of the Carlsbad Library.

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Digital Comics
Now in Overdrive and Libby: Over 2,400 graphic novels and comic books!
Check these out to read online or in the Libby app.
Get access to these comics and many more books and audiobooks anytime, anywhere through Overdrive and Libby, free with your Carlsbad City Library card.

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Virtual Book Clubs
Want to connect with other readers? Try one of our free virtual book clubs. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with new people, experience great literature and engage in interesting discussions.

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Cultural Arts
CMS Front Row Feb. 24 – March 2: Free streaming performance
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents CMS Front Row. CMS Front Row events include live, HD performance video from the CMS archive, introductions by CMS Artists and end with a Q&A with the featured artist, hosted by CMS co-Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han. February’s presentation features Gabrieli’s Canzon XVI a 12 with twelve cellists and works by Beethoven and Rachmaninov.
For more information and to watch, visit the Cultural Arts virtual event page.

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CarlsbadConnects App
Have you tried the new CarlsbadConnects app? CarlsbadConnects is an easy way you can report things that need repair or attention around town, like potholes, sidewalk cracks, traffic light outages, graffiti and code enforcement issues. Submit service requests anonymously or create a free account where you can track progress and see what other people have reported.More information

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On-demand Video Programs
We have a selection of on-demand programs and past recorded programs available for viewing from home including concerts, performances, wellness programs, workshops and more. View at https://www.carlsbadca.gov/services/depts/library/online.asp

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We’re Here to Help
We’re available to answer your questions over the phone, through our chat service or by email.
Monday through Saturday10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Call 760-602-2049 or 760-434-2870, email librarian@carlsbadca.gov or chat with us.

Other Helpful Links
Library@Home
Youth and family resources
Art@Home
Play@Home
Virtual programs for seniors

DNA Foundations: Clustering Methods and Tools Wednesday, Feb. 24, 10-11:30 a.m.Learn how DNA is used in genealogy research, DNA testing options and how to interpret results. The class covers genetic genealogy basics and provides helpful information based on new developments in the field and audience feedback. Register here

Virtual Book Clubs
Want to connect with other readers? Try one of our free virtual book clubs. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with new people, experience great literature and engage in interesting discussions.

Book clubs for adults in English and Spanish

Book Warriors – Teen book club

Book Explorers – Book club for grades 4-6

Cultural Arts offers fun programs for all ages. Enjoy new online programs and virtual events:
Black History Month Art Lessons Art lessons inspired by six Black artists who contributed greatly to the arts during different eras throughout history.

Virtual Events Feb. 24 – March 3: – Streaming performance: CMS Front Row featuring Gabrieli’s Canzon XVI a 12 with twelve cellists and works by Beethoven and Rachmaninov.

Virtual On-Demand Experiences Learn how to write a play with family friendly lessons, explore embroidery in a series of workshops, experience the joy of movement in dance classes designed for 55+ and more.

At-Home Art Projects Create and perform with the whole family.

On-demand Video Programs

We have a selection of on-demand programs and past recorded programs available for viewing from home including concerts, performances, wellness programs, workshops and more.

Live From My Living Room concert with Pipe Dream
Classical concert featuring Peter Dayeh and Nicolas Reveles
Mindfulness & Meditation with Shazia Gogia
Gentle Hatha Yoga with Shazia Gogia
And more

Other Helpful Links

Library@Home
Youth and family resources
Art@Home
Play@Home
Virtual programs for seniors
THREE LOCATIONS
Carlsbad City Library
760-602-2049
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Georgina Cole Library
760-434-2870
1250 Carlsbad Village Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Library Learning Center
760-931-4500
3368 Eureka Place
Carlsbad, CA 92008
City of Carlsbad | 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008


4 Comments

  1. Jeanette Chaffee says:

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

    What’s your email please?

    Thank you!

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

  2. Joanne Kontic says:

    I would like to help others during the Carona Virus and after by submitting questions to each newsletter. I waa diagnosed with Lupus 2003 and like to share my stories, experience, and educate people about Lupus. I am a life coach and helping other people now on my Facebook page with the same condition I have. If anyone has questions about lupus please submit them and I will answer them from my experience to educate people. I am spreading Lupus awareness.

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