|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.
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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.
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.
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.