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News from the City of Carlsbad | Dec. 7, 2023

This week, I’m sharing new DUI data from our Police Department, along with a plea to plan ahead if you’re going to holiday gatherings with alcohol. More on that plus other holiday-themed news and updates from your city government.

  •       New grant focuses on community safety
  •       5 easy ways to make your holidays more environmentally sustainable
  •       Experience nature hidden in plain sight
  •       The grass really is greener at Poinsettia Dog Park
  •       19 opportunities to serve your community in 2024
  •       Help share our business survey
  •       Upcoming events and celebrations
  •       What’s on the agenda for your next City Council meeting

DUI second highest cause of injury collisions in October

With holiday parties ramping up, this seems like a good time to highlight the importance of planning ahead, so everyone gets home safely.

At this week’s Traffic Safety & Mobility Commission, the Police Department shared the latest data on injury collisions. Speeding remains the top cause, which is why we have been making changes to local roads that will slow down traffic. The second highest cause was driving under the influence.

The Police Department recently secured two new grants from the Office of Traffic Safety, one for $200,000 focused on ongoing enforcement and education programs, and another for $40,000 specifically to reduce alcohol-related harm in the community.

So, while we’ll be out in greater force, we also need our community members to do their part to keep Carlsbad safe:

  • Don’t drive to your gathering in the first place. If you don’t have your car, you won’t be tempted to drive home when you shouldn’t.
  • Have the number for a taxi service in your phone, download ride-share apps and set up your accounts so they’re ready to use.
  • Arrange in advance to spend the night.
  • Understand how blood alcohol levels work. The legal limit for those 21 and older is .08. For those under 21, any amount of alcohol in the blood is an automatic DUI. 

In addition to the potential for harming yourself and another person, driving under the influence has significant penalties, including having your license temporarily suspended on the first offense, as well as fines, attorneys fees, impound fees and increases to your auto insurance premium for three years.

If you are the host …

Providing alcohol to those under 21 is illegal in California. Here in Carlsbad, we have taken an additional step to prevent underage drinking, which is something called a social host ordinance. This ordinance specifically states that you may not provide an environment where underage drinking takes place, even if you don’t directly provide the alcohol. 

The person responsible could include the person who owns or rents the premises, the person in charge of the premises or the person who organized the event. Violation of this ordinance is a misdemeanor with penalties starting at $1,000.

Our state of emergency on traffic safety may have ended, but the mission continues. If you haven’t already, consider taking our Safer Streets Together pledge and ask your family members to do the same. Thank you!

Share your thoughts on regional traffic safety

Traffic safety isn’t just a top priority in Carlsbad, it’s a goal we share with other cities and agencies throughout the San Diego region.

The San Diego Association of Governments – which provides funding to cities for various driving, walking or biking infrastructure projects – wants your input on areas across the county where you’ve noticed traffic safety concerns.

SANDAG’s efforts complement city plans like Safer Streets Together, and could also lead to more funding for local traffic safety improvements.

You can provide input to SANDAG through Dec. 31 using this interactive online map.

5 easy ways to make your holidays more environmentally sustainable

Today I led with an important public safety message because safety is one of the main reasons cities exist and one of the top goals in the City Council’s 5-Year Strategic Plan. Environmental sustainability is another important goal laid out in the plan.

Trash and food waste increase up to 25% during this time of year. The holiday season doesn’t have to be a time of excess; it can be a time to redouble our commitment to caring for each other and the world around us.

  • Community members who stopped by the Be Creative Zone at our recent Fixit Clinic learned about some easy ways to reduce waste during the holidays including using fabric to wrap presents. We also got the demonstration on video.
  • Read more about this and other easy things you can do below.

Top 5 things you can do to make the holiday season environmentally sustainable:

  1. Ditch paper wrapping. Here’s an easy way to wrap presents using a cloth napkin and other fabrics– no tape or cutting needed.
  2. Gift sustainably. Buy local, embrace regifting and consider giving an experience instead of a thing. Support local businesses by planning a staycation, taking advantage of lower rates in the winter and less crowded attractions.
  3. Set the table with reusables. Ditch the disposables and deck out your holiday table with cloth tablecloths, napkins, silverware, glasses and dishes.
  4. Choose LED holiday lights. LED lights use less energy than regular lights and are far more durable.
  5. Fix it, don’t toss it. If you have broken holiday decor, hang on to it instead of throwing it away. You can bring it to an upcoming Fixit clinic where someone can show you how to repair it (or, search YouTube for help and ideas). Many items can get a new life with a new string of lights or other easy fixes.

Hiding in plain sight

Fun fact: one of the best places to spot wildlife in Carlsbad is also one of the most surprising. That’s because it’s tucked behind a busy road and next to one of our most popular areas for shopping.

The La Costa Glen trail is an easy, mostly flat, out-and-back trail in south Carlsbad, perfect if you want a quick break from holiday stress to reconnect with nature. The natural surface trail abuts a linear open space corridor along Encinitas Creek, an area of habitat teeming with wildlife.  

Here are a few birds you can keep an eye out for (and an ear).

Cooper’s hawks are smaller than red-tailed and red-shouldered hawks, which also call Carlsbad home. Spotting a Cooper’s hawk is more exciting because they don’t spend long periods of time soaring overhead like other hawks. You have to be quick to spot a Cooper’s hawk as it sneaks up on its prey. They hunt mostly in the mornings and early afternoons.

If you’re there at dusk, you have an excellent chance of seeing a great horned owl gathering up some dinner. And if you don’t see one, you might still hear the familiar hoot. Here’s a link to the Audubon Society’s page where you can listen to recordings of the different types of hoots.

The Yellow warbler is easier to see because of its bright color and easy to hear because it loves to sing. This page has audio links for its different kinds of sounds.

Parking The best place to catch the trail is off Calle Barcelona. You can park in the back of the Jimbo’s parking lot: 1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009

Head up to the crosswalk to get to the other side of Calle Barcelona, then double back to the trailhead.

The grass really is greener at Poinsettia Dog Park

Several years ago when we asked the community to weigh in on the design of the Poinsettia Dog Park, one of the top requests was to have grass instead of wood chips or dirt.

  • One of the tradeoffs with using grass is that it needs a break every once in a while to regrow.
  • We recently reseeded both sides (small and large dogs) and both are now reopened with healthy, green grass, ready for action.

Note: to extend the life of the turf, we will continue to close the dog park for maintenance every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon. LEARN MORE

19 opportunities to serve your community in 2024

Every year, public agencies are required to publish a list of all planned vacancies on boards and commissions. Planned vacancies occur when someone’s term has expired. (Throughout the year I share information about unplanned vacancies, which are when someone needs to leave their position before a term is up.) This is one way we get the word out about ways to get involved in local government.

Carlsbad presented our list of scheduled vacancies at this week’s City Council meeting. I encourage you to take a look and see if anything piques your interest. You can submit a single application, which we will keep for the entire year. The application allows you to select one or more boards and commissions.

  • Some boards and commissions have special requirements, but most just require you to be a resident and registered to vote in Carlsbad.
  • City Council members nominate candidates from among the applications that have been submitted.
  • You are welcome to reach out to the City Council member who represents your district to talk about your interest.

For more information, visit our Boards, Commissions & Committees webpage or contact the City Clerk’s Office at clerk@carlsbadca.gov or 442-339-2808.

A survey for Carlsbad business owners and leaders

When local businesses thrive, our community thrives. To that end, the city conducts a survey for business owners and executives every two years to ensure we understand the current opportunities and challenges facing Carlsbad businesses.

Here’s how you can help:

  • If you own a Carlsbad business or serve as a local executive please take the survey at carlsbadca.gov/BusinessSurvey.
  • If you know people who have a local business, please share this information so they can take the survey.
  • This feedback will help us improve city services and guide the way we support businesses and our economy for the next few years.
  • The deadline to respond is Jan. 31.

For more information or questions related to the survey, email business@carlsbadca.gov.

Keep Carlsbad in tip top shape 

Holiday events, shopping and visitors mean heavier traffic on local roads. Take a look at our latest map of major city construction projects, including ones that could impact traffic around town. It’s updated every week and shows projects like street repaving that require temporary lane closures and detours. 

We do our best to plan construction activities to avoid peak times, although often we take advantage of the holidays to get work done around schools or other areas that are less busy this time of year. 

Remember, the map only shows major city construction projects. It doesn’t include work being done by utility companies or private developers. 

Upcoming events and celebrations

We have some amazing opportunities coming up to connect with other community members, learn something new and share activities with friends and family

Last chance to see Dual Visions

If you haven’t already visited the current exhibit at Cannon Art Gallery, be sure to stop by before it closes on Dec. 16. “Dual Visions” features extraordinary abstract artwork from two artists, Sijia Chen & Kelsey Overstreet, who showcase their unique use of color, line and pattern to create movement. Last month, we shared a video of Kelsey Overstreet explaining her inspiration, and here’s a new video about how a local Carlsbad icon inspired one of Sijia Chen’s favorite pieces.

“Dual Visions” at Cannon Art Gallery

Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: Noon – 5 p.m. – Wednesday: Noon – 7 p.m.


Attend a holiday concert at Dove Library

Get into the holiday spirit with a concert featuring the J. Kreml Combo performing jazz standards and holiday classics Dec. 16 at the Schulman Auditorium.

Swinging Holiday Concert – J. Kreml Combo on Saturday, Dec. 16th 7 p.m. -Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane

This Carlsbad-based group specializes in swing, jazz, torch songs and more from the Great American Songbook – an era of timeless favorites like the music of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Cole Porter. This is the latest concert in our Front Row Saturday series. Seating is limited and first come, first served.

Holiday book recommendations

In addition to these events, we also have something for those of you who might like to hunker down with a good book. Here are some recommendations the library has put together just for you.

What’s on the agenda for your next City Council meeting

The next City Council meeting will take place Tuesday, Dec. 12, starting at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chamber. The topics to be considered include:

  • An annual report on the city’s capital project funds and special taxes. This report is required by state law to show the funds were used for the purposes they were intended
  • The monthly update on the city’s investments
  • Compensation plans for part-time city employees and employees not represented by labor organizations
  • Renewing the contract for firewall software used as part of the city’s overall cyber security plan
  • Relinquish an easement on a residential property that the city no longer needs. Easements give public agencies the right to go on private property for certain reasons, like maintaining infrastructure
  • A contract to purchase Tasers for the Police Department to replace existing models that are reaching the end of their service life
  • An agreement with the company that reviews fire safety plans for buildings and homes in Carlsbad to make sure they comply with the city’s Fire Code, as part of the city’s fire prevention efforts
  • Amending sections of the Carlsbad Municipal Code related to elected officials to clarify contract-signing authority, specify that people convicted of a serious crime are ineligible to hold public office and provide clearer eligibility criteria for the City Treasurer position
  • An agreement that gives a fiber-optic cable company access to the city’s underground conduits in exchange for the city getting access to fiber-optic cable it can use to further modernize its traffic signal network
  • An overview of the 2023 TGIF Concerts in the Parks season and an update on the plans for the 2024 season
  • The City Council’s 2024 legislative platform, which specifies the city’s policies and positions on potential state and federal legislation
  • A new proposal in the negotiations to relocate SDG&E’s service center on Cannon Road near Carlsbad Boulevard (next to the former Encina Power Plant)
  • The annual update on which City Council members will represent Carlsbad on regional committees and who will serve as Mayor Pro Tem in 2024

See the full agenda and staff reports.

The City Council encourages your participation. You can get agendas and staff reports emailed to you directly, and if you want to provide input, you can email council@carlsbadca.gov before the meeting or come in person and fill out a request to speak.

If you want to watch from home, we have three options:

  1. Watch the meeting live on the website
  2. Watch a recording of the meeting afterwards
  3. Watch live or a replay throughout the week on the city’s cable TV channel, Spectrum channel 24 and AT&T U-verse channel 99

Boards and commission meetings are also livestreamed on the city’s website and available to watch afterward. You can see the meeting schedule on our city calendar.

Wrapping up today’s update by recognizing National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, an opportunity to honor the 2,403 service members and civilians who were killed 82 years ago at the attack at Pearl Harbor. May their sacrifices never be forgotten.

Scott Chadwick

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