Carlsbad, CA — This week the City Council passed our annual budget, which was a bigger deal than usual due to COVID-related economic uncertainty. After a lot of number crunching, the end result was a budget that maintains all city services and invests in the key priorities of growth management, homelessness and public safety.
The other big news is that everyone is getting ready for next Tuesday when the state will officially reopen, dropping most of the COVID-related health rules that have been in place for more than a year now. Find out what to expect below.
And in other news ….
- Time to review beach safety
- Understanding eBike rules
- Apply to serve on the Independent Redistricting Commission
- Just a few days left to give us input on the city’s new homeless plan
- New exhibit at Cannon Art Gallery
- Celebrate Great Outdoors Month
- Openings on Boards & Commissions
- Topics for Tuesday’s City Council meeting
- Caltrans transportation survey
City Budget Invests In Community Priorities
On Tuesday, the Carlsbad City Council approved the annual budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. In spite of the pandemic, the city continues to be financially healthy, but according to the city’s finance director, staff will need to keep a close eye on revenues and spending as the recovery continues.
City revenues in many areas were affected by the pandemic, but residents should not expect to see any changes in city services when the new budget goes into effect. This is in part due to the city’s overall financial stability and the City Council’s policy aimed at ensuring ample reserves, which can be used to smooth the effects of economic downturns.
Earlier this year, the City Council identified three major goals that are reflected in the new budget: reducing homelessness, creating a new approach to managing growth, and expanding the city’s fire and emergency medical services to meet the community’s changing needs.See all the details here.
Reopening, New Rules Coming Next Week
On June 15, the state of California will leave the color-coded tier system behind and allow almost all businesses to reopen without restrictions. Masks will only be required in certain places, like public transportation, health care settings and workplaces. The main changes are summarized here. Here is a link to the state’s new face mask guidance that also goes into effect on June 15.
City offices and most facilities will also reopen June 15 (some have already been open, but many by appointment and some for limited days or hours). Please note that until we get further updates from the state on workplace rules, masks will continue to be required in all city buildings.
Faraday Administration Center and City Hall M – F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Libraries M – Th, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fri, Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Check pool hours on the city’s website (no more reservations needed!) and hours for community centers and other city buildings. Senior Center will open July 6.
Just a few more days to provide input on homeless plan
We have just finished our four town hall meetings to discuss the city’s current and future plans to address homelessness. We had about 200 people participate and got a lot of good feedback. We also have a survey that will be open through this Sunday, June 13, asking questions similar to what was discussed at the meetings for those who couldn’t attend the meetings (or just have more to share). We know this is a top concern for our community. We’ve update the city’s website with more questions and answers asked during the town hall meetings. We continue to add other information based on the community’s input and we’ll keep you updated about progress and next steps.
All of the feedback will be provided to the new City Council Homeless Action Subcommittee at its June 28 meeting and used to help shape the city’s current and future programs. You can read the latest workplan for the City Council’s goal of reducing homelessness. You can also read about what is already being done.
Apply to serve on the Independent Redistricting Commission
City of Carlsbad residents have a once-in-a-decade opportunity to get involved in the City Council redistricting process by serving on the independent commission that will choose the updated district maps.
Redistricting is the process of redrawing the boundaries of election districts based on Census data to ensure that all districts have the same number of residents. In Carlsbad redistricting will determine which neighborhoods and communities are grouped into a district for the purpose of electing a City Council member.
The City of Carlsbad has four City Council members, each representing a district, and a mayor who is elected citywide. The Carlsbad City Council chose to have an independent commission decide on the final district maps following a number of public meetings, hearings, workshops and online surveys to get input from the public. The public engagement process is scheduled to kick off in August with an informational meeting. Residents can sign up to be notified about the redistricting process on the city’s website.
June 30, 2021: Applications due no later than 5 p.m.
July 13, 2021: Members chosen through random draw
July 29, 2021: First meeting of the commission
Aug. 2021 – March 2022: Public input
Sept. – Oct. 2021: Updated Census data available
April 2022: Deadline to approve new district map
Nov. 2022: First general election with new district map
Learn more about the commission makeup and who is eligible to apply.
As you may have seen in the news this week, ebikes are continuing to generate buzz (electricity pun intended) in Carlsbad and around the region. We’re taking a proactive approach to educate riders about safety, and our police officers are keeping their eyes peeled to make sure riders and motorists are following the rules of the road. You can brush up on ebike road rules and ridership requirements with our new ebike webpage and quick-reference flier.
Stay safe at the beach the summer!
School’s out and we have some beach safety tips to help keep you and your family safe while enjoying our beautiful beaches. Before you hit the beach, remember that rip currents can be extremely dangerous and can lead to drowning. In this video series, our lifeguards share some great tips:
- How to spot a rip current
- What to do if you get caught in a rip current
- How to avoid getting stung by a stingray by doing the stingray shuffle
Celebrate Great Outdoors Month
It’s Great Outdoors Month, an entire month dedicated to the outdoors! Spending time outdoors helps with mental clarity, pain and stress relief. June gloom is starting to clear so plan some time outdoors at one of our Carlsbad parks, trails or beaches and enjoy!
Juried Biennial exhibition at Cannon Art Gallery opens Saturday
The City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office presents the 2021 Juried Biennial Exhibition. Over the past 21 years, the William D. Cannon Art Gallery’s juried exhibitions have become an important showcase for the work of both emerging and mid-career artists in San Diego County. Juried exhibitions are open toSan Diego County artists age 18 and over and are guest judged by arts professionals from the region. This year’s jurors were Sonya Sparks, Owner of Sparks Gallery in San Diego, and Andrew Utt, Executive Director of Lux Art Institute in Encinitas.
- Exhibit runs June 12 – Aug. 7
- William D. Cannon Art Gallery is located at 1775 Dove Lane in the City Library Complex
- Opening hours are: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m – 5 p.m.
- For more information or to make a reservation, visit our website or call us at 760-602-2021
- Admission is free
Get involved in city matters
Interested in matters involving traffic safety, pedestrian safety and parking? The city is seeking residents interested in filling two vacancies on the City of Carlsbad Traffic & Mobility Commission for a term through December 2024. Applications must be submitted by June 30, 2021. Want to be involved in how Community Development Block Grants should be allocated? The City of Carlsbad is seeking residents to fill four vacancies on the Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee for terms ending in May 2023. Applications must be submitted by June 24, 2021.
Find out more.
Topics for next week’s City Council meeting
The agenda for the next City Council meeting is now available . Topics will include:
Lease agreements for the old train depot and its parking lot in the Village and for the agricultural area along Cannon Road
- Contracts for maintaining the city’s information technology infrastructure and for marking pavement to locate underground city traffic signal lines
- Allocating state transportation infrastructure funding to city pavement replacement
- The annual update on Carlsbad’s Sister City Program Update on a proposed new trail between Cannon Road and the Agua Hedionda Lagoon
- An update on the city’s Strategic Real Estate Plan and the leases on city properties
- Creation of a standing City Council Economic Development Subcommittee
- Appointing two members to the Beach Preservation Commission and one to the Carlsbad Golf Lodging Business Improvement District
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.
Caltrans active transportation plan survey
Caltrans is developing its first Active Transportation Plan for San Diego and Imperial Counties. With your help, the plan will identify bicycle and pedestrian improvements on, across, or near the State Highway System.
Take Caltrans’ survey to indicate areas where you feel there are opportunities for improvement.
Your input will help Caltrans prioritize active transportation improvements to make travel more comfortable and convenient for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users. Watch this video and visit the Caltrans website for more information.