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Carlsbad News

Carlsbad News

News from the City of Carlsbad | May 23, 2024

This week I’ll continue my series on the city budget and tell you about a specific type of burglary we have seen here in Carlsbad, how our police cracked the case and tips to avoid becoming a future target. Here’s the full list of stories:

  • City budget: breaking it down
  • Preventing burglaries in Carlsbad
  • Just one more Coffee with the Chief
  • Latest homeless count released
  • Safer Together on Memorial Day weekend
  • Holiday city service schedule
  • Still time to sign up for summer camps
  • Recognizing some folks you may never see

City budget presented – At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, we presented the preliminary budget for fiscal year 2024-25, which starts July 1. I gave you a preview of what was being proposed last week, so today I’ll break down the main parts of the budget, so you know what the different sections cover:

Operating budget -The city budget is made up of three parts. The operating budget covers the day-to-day services provided by the city, in addition to the cost to operate and maintain city infrastructure and other assets, like parks and buildings.

Capital Improvement Program – The capital improvement budget is used for the construction of major projects such as a new fire station, a major building expansion, street paving and sewer projects. The projects require significant investments and often take place over the course of multiple years.

Digital infrastructure -Several years ago, the city created the Strategic Digital Transformation Investment Program, which is similar to the capital improvement program, but focused on our digital infrastructure. The budget includes our overall strategy and schedule of projects and their costs.

General fund – The city’s general fund covers most day-to-day city services. Here is one of the slides from the presentation showing the breakdown of general fund spending proposed for next fiscal year.

We are often asked what “non-departmental” means. This is money we put in the budget that goes to things like our infrastructure replacement fund, general capital construction fund and technology fund. We have certain amounts we try to put in those funds every year, so we have money available for large expenses when they hit.

Public safety is typically the largest portion of a city budget. That’s because safety is always a top priority and police officers, firefighters and other first responders are on duty 24/7 (in shifts, of course).

If you’d like to learn more about the city budget, you can start with this glossary of budget terms we’ve put together on our new budget website.

Next up will be the June 18 public hearing, when the City Council is scheduled to adopt the final budget. 

Protect your home from organized burglary rings

Since many people go out of town for the long weekend, I wanted to share some details about a burglary ring we caught that specifically targeted unoccupied homes. This is, unfortunately, part of a nationwide pattern.

Earlier this year, undercover detectives and uniformed patrol officers converged on a La Costa neighborhood after investigators developed a lead on a car tied to previous burglaries. Sure enough, three suspects were seen leaving a home that had just been hit. A foot pursuit ensued, and the suspects were apprehended after a short chase. All three were suspected members of a South American group responsible for a rash of residential burglaries.

While newer to Carlsbad, “South American Theft Groups” have been operating throughout the United States for years. They have also been called crime tourists because the thieves typically come from South American countries on tourist visas. Here are some of their patterns:

  • Their MO is to target homes in affluent neighborhoods when the residents are out of town, concentrating on the primary bedroom and taking high-end jewelry, accessories and cash.
  • Once they have a target, they often case homes during the day to learn their victims’ schedules and look at real estate websites to get a look inside.
  • Houses that are backed up against green belts, golf courses, nature preserves and access roads are at a higher risk from these groups.
  • Second homes and homes that appear unoccupied due to vacations and holidays are also common targets.
  • Suspects often enter homes through the second floor by breaking windows or glass doors. First floor sliding glass doors are also targeted.
  • They use gloves and masks to make it harder to catch them through security cameras, fingerprints and DNA.

When the Carlsbad Police Department began to get reports of increased burglaries last year, they immediately began an intensive investigation. Special enforcement details, license plate readers and surveillance cameras were used to catch the perpetrators and deter further criminal activity. Because of the prevalence of these groups, we are also collaborating regionally and across the nation with other law enforcement agencies.

Last December, our Police Department hosted a community meeting, and throughout 2024, have visited homeowners associations to spread information about the tactics of these groups and how residents could reduce their chances of being targeted.

As we enter Memorial Day weekend, I thought it was a good time to share this information again. You can see the full list of prevention tips, but I wanted to highlight two here that may be new to you:

Security window film A special kind of security film can be put on your windows and glass doors to strengthen the glass, making it harder and take longer to get into your home. Common brands are NU-VUE and 3M. The film also provides protection from the sun without interfering with your views. One caveat: it requires professional installation.

Decrease your home’s online presence – To prevent thieves from studying your home’s features and layout, request that photos be taken down from any real estate websites where they may appear. You can also request that Google blur the image of your home on Google Maps. Here’s how:

Remember, Carlsbad Police is always just a phone call away. Call 9-1-1 to report a crime in progress and the non-emergency line, 442-339-2197, to report suspicious activity. 

One more Coffee with the Chief planned – If you haven’t met our new Carlsbad Police Chief Christie Calderwood, our last Coffee with the Chief event is planned for next week, this time in South Carlsbad.

This is the fourth in a series of casual gatherings we’ve held this month across the city to give residents a chance to say “hello,” ask questions and share ideas. Officers assigned to South Carlsbad will also be on hand.

Chief Calderwood is a longtime Carlsbad resident and an 18-year veteran of the Carlsbad Police Department who stepped into the top job on April 15. Chief Calderwood’s desire to serve the community inspired her career in law enforcement, and she’s a great example of our Police Department’s commitment to communication and collaboration.

Coffee with the Chief Thursday, May 30 9 to 10 a.m. Starbucks at 7615 Via Campanile

Annual homeless count released -Earlier this week, the Regional Task Force on Homelessness released the results of January’s Point in Time count, a national effort to collect data on homelessness on the same day over a four-hour period. The results show regionwide homelessness has increased (about 18%), but the rate of the increase is less than it was last year.

In Carlsbad, the number of unsheltered homeless counted was 112, up from 60 in 2023. To put these numbers in perspective:

  • Carlsbad makes up approximately 3.5% of the region’s population but has less than 1.8% of the region’s unsheltered population.
  • Carlsbad’s unsheltered population makes up 9% of the total North County unsheltered population.

Because the results can vary widely, depending on the number of volunteers in your area, weather and other variables, Point in Time results are just one of several data points we track as part of our Homelessness Action Plan.

Our latest progress report has detailed information about our efforts and results. Our next six month report will be presented to the City Council in about a month. 

Record travel expected this weekend -A record number of Southern Californians are expected to travel over the long Memorial Day weekend, and the majority by car, according to the Auto Club of Southern California.

The City of Carlsbad is continuing to prioritize safer streets by practicing the three E’s of traffic safety – education, engineering and enforcement – but we need everyone to do their part. Here are several ways you can help keep our community safe:

  • Slow down.
  • Put away distractions like your cell phone.
  • Do the Dutch reach. When exiting your vehicle, use your far hand (the hand farthest from the door) to open the door. This forces you to turn your body and look over your shoulder, reducing the risk of hitting a person on a bike with your door.
  • Follow all traffic signs and lights, whether you’re driving or biking. If you’re on an e-bike, please review our e-bike rules of the road.
  • Plan for a safe ride home – select a designated driver or use rideshare services.

Carlsbad Police will have extra enforcement out this weekend and as always, call 9-1-1 if you see an impaired driver on the road. 

What’s open, what’s closed on Memorial Day -City offices in Carlsbad will be closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day, but there will be no delay in trash pickup. Here’s the city’s full holiday schedule:

  • City offices: Closed
  • Emergency services: Regular service
  • City libraries: Closed
  • Cannon Art Gallery: Closed
  • City sculpture garden: Closed
  • City pools: Close at 2 p.m.
  • Community centers: Closed
  • Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park: Closed
  • Senior Center: Closed
  • No street sweeping on city holidays
  • Transit: For the holiday transit schedule, please visit gonctd.com or call 5-1-1.

Still time to sign up for summer camps — Summer is just around the corner, and the City of Carlsbad is once again offering one-week camps for kids 3 to 16, including sports and fitness camps, creative and performing arts camps, science and exploration camps, aquatic camps and more. See the full list in the city’s Summer Community Services Guide.

They fill up fast, but we still have some openings. You can see what’s available and sign up online.

Recognizing our public works professionals – We are winding up National Public Works Week, and I want to recognize these dedicated professionals who are the backbone of our city’s infrastructure. They work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep Carlsbad running smoothly – from maintaining city streets and managing our water and sewer systems to keeping our vehicle fleet in good working order and more.

I often talk about being brilliant at the basics, and our public works team shows what that looks like every day.

City construction map -While we’re talking about infrastructure work, don’t forget to check our weekly construction map to see where city projects are happening that may impact traffic.

Checking the map allows you to plan ahead and take an alternate route, saving you time and helping keep traffic flowing safely through construction zones. Remember, the map only shows city projects, not work being done by utilities or private companies. 

No city meetings next week – There are no city meetings planned for next week. They’ll be back the first week of June. See the meeting schedule on our city calendar.

Lastly, I wanted to take a moment to recognize the meaning of Memorial Day and honor the brave people who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. I’m truly grateful for their service and selflessness.

Be safe this holiday weekend, and I’ll be back next week with more updates.

Scott Chadwick, City Manager

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May events at the library

Discover the latest programs, events and must-reads. Summer Reading Adventure 2024, Exploration HUB, Local Author Fair, Connecting with Contracts, and Fixit Clinic

Summer Reading Adventure 2024 – June 10 – Aug. 10 For readers of all ages

Join Carlsbad City Library’s summer reading program for all ages from June 10 to Aug. 10. This summer, for every 20 minutes read, readers will be entered into a weekly drawing for fantastic rewards. The more you read, the more entries you earn. In addition, all locations will host special events throughout the summer, as well as regular weekly programming.   

Here’s how you can participate: 

  • Register – Starting June 10, visit our website, or use the Beanstack Tracker app for Android or iOS. Log into your account or create one if you are a new reader. Sign up for the Summer Reading Adventure challenge that matches your grade or age. 
  • Record – Log your reading and be entered into a weekly drawing for every 20 minutes read. Can’t get to a computer? Talk to a staff member about a different option. 
  • Rewards – Readers of all ages can record their reading and be entered into a weekly raffle. The more minutes read, the more chances readers have.  

Exploration HUB

Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane, on the second floor – 1775 Dove Lane

The Exploration HUB, Carlsbad City Library’s Makerspace and Memory Lab on the second floor of the Dove Library, is brimming with state-of-the-art technology and limitless possibilities. Whether you’re a seasoned maker or a curious beginner, there’s something for everyone. 

Crafting with Silhouette Cameo Orientation

Thursday, May 23, 5:30 p.m.

Learn about the electronic cutting tool Silhouette Cameo and what you can make with it, from personalized tote bags to party decorations. Staff will show you different materials available in the HUB, sample projects, how the software and machine work and allow time for discussion and questions.

Photo Scanner Demo 

Saturday, May 25, 1 p.m.

Do you have stacks of photos, slides and negatives you want to digitize? Staff will walk you through the process of using our high-resolution scanner with sophisticated software.

Video & Film Conversion Demo

Wednesday, May 29, 5:30 p.m.

Do you have old home movies on VHS or VHS-C tape, Super 8 or 8mm reels or Hi8 tape? Join this free demonstration on how to use various digital conversion equipment to convert your home movies to digital files. Staff will walk you through the process step by step.

Please visit the Exploration HUB for more information or call 442-339-2039. All dates and times are subject to change. 

Author Events

Local Author Fair Saturday, June 1, 2 – 3 p.m.

Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane, Kulchin Courtyard 1775 Dove Lane

Visit our courtyard to discover and support 13 local authors’ latest books.

Save the date: Kate Quinn Author Event 

Tuesday, July 9, 1 p.m. Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane, Kulchin Courtyard, 1775 Dove Lane.

Join us in the Kulchin Courtyard at Dove Library to hear historical fiction author Kate Quinn discuss her new book, “The Briar Club.” For author event details, please visit our website.

Connecting with Contracts

Tuesday, June 4, 8:30 a.m. – noon Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane, Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane. Join our program, Connecting with Contracts, designed to assist small businesses connect with government agencies, prime contractors and resource partners in one location. The program focuses on educational opportunities, marketing skills, networking and access.

Fixit Clinic

Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Georgina Cole Library, Front Lawn , 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive

Join the City of Carlsbad for a Fixit Clinic and repair event. Bring your broken, non-working items, electronics, appliances, computers, toys, bicycles, clothes and more for assessment, disassembly and possible repair.

Essential Guide to Garden Tools

Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. – noon Georgina Cole Library, Front Lawn 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive

Jodi Bay, Master Gardener presents the “Essential Guide to Garden Tools.” Garden hand tools are as important to gardening as seeds and plants. Selecting and using the right tool makes the work easier and safer for the plant and gardener. This presentation reviews the types of tools, their uses and what works for a particular task.

Carlsbad City Library’s Grow Your Garden program lets you swap succulents, seeds, fruit, vegetables and herbs from your garden with your neighbors and learn new gardening techniques.

Explore a variety of contemporary books by Asian American & Pacific Islander writers, thoughtfully curated by our librarians.

Find more on the Adult Recommendations Page.

Celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month with streaming video and eBooks!

Check out streaming films, eBooks and eAudiobooks for free using your Carlsbad City Library card! Explore curated lists that celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander cultures. To borrow content, visit our eResources page.

Carlsbad City Library eResources offering dyslexic font

Did you know that you can adjust the font typeface and size of text in many of our Library’s eResources?

Dyslexic font can help improve text readability. This font is designed to make things easier for people to process, with the bottom of the letters a bit thicker than the tops, making it easier to differentiate each letter from others that are similar.

eResources offering dyslexic font can be found on the Carlsbad City Library’s eResource page under Books and Reading, and include LibbyEnki California Digital Library and Hoopla.

Gear up for adventure: Check out CA State Parks with passes and backpacks

Step into nature with our latest offerings: FREE California State Parks day-use vehicle passes and hiking backpacks, now available in two sizes to suit your outdoor needs. Our day pack comes fully equipped with a California State Parks Pass, binoculars, a compass and wildlife guides. For those craving even more adventure, reserve our new adventure pack, which includes all the day pack essentials plus hiking poles, a flashlight, pocket microscope, rain poncho, dry bag, mosquito head net and safety whistle.

Embark on your next journey with confidence and convenience, courtesy of your library card. Visit us today to start exploring!

Friends of the Carlsbad Library

The Friends of the Carlsbad Library is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds to support Carlsbad City Library programs. Show your support by shopping at the Friends bookstores at the Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane and Georgina Cole Library.

Friends Bookstore, Dove Library 1775 Dove Lane

Monday, 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. • Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. -442-339-2020

Friends Bookstore, Cole Library1250 Carlsbad Village Drive

Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 442-339-2898

Join the Friends and volunteer your time. Information is available at the Friends Bookstore or call 442-339-2020 or email us at friendsofcarlsbadcitylibrary@gmail.com. Book donations are welcome at any time. 

Important Notice: Memorial Day

All Carlsbad City Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. Libraries will reopen on Tuesday, May 28 at 9 a.m. If you have any questions, please contact the library at 442-339-2049 or email librarian@carlsbadca.gov.

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 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

THREE LOCATIONS

Manage Conflict Effectively in the Workplace

Wednesday, May 29 | 10 am – 12 pm | Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Office

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Don’t let workplace conflicts hold your business back. Join Olive Branch Solutions and Mediator Laura for a seminar on “Managing Conflict Effectively in the Workplace.

Benefits: Avoid costly litigation Enhance workplace communication and relationships. Transform conflicts from a hindrance to an opportunity
Experience: Explore conflict management strategies. Learn new skills for active listening. Role-play a workplace mediation” 

Led by seasoned mediators Scott Silk and Laura Lorber

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Workshop Details: Date: Wednesday, May 29 Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm –

Location: Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce

For inquiries: Contact Scott Silk at ssilk@olivebranch-solutions.com or Laura Lorber at lorberlm@gmail.com 

Let’s pave the way for smoother, more productive workplace interactions. RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY

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Coffee Connection at TailoredSpace Fuel up for Memorial Weekend and start the weekend off with energized conversations over coffee this Friday morning at TailoredSpace Carlsbad, 2888 Loker Ave. E., Ste. 110.

Event is free but please register ahead of time. REGISTER

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Carlsbad’s Top 40 Under 40

If you are an emerging young leader or know someone who is, nominate yourself or someone else below! Nominations close June 7!

Contact DarrylR@carlsbad.org for Priority ADs for this July Issue of the Business Journal.

NOMINATE

Check out our new Podcast Episode!

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In this episode, Bret Schanzenbach sits down with finance guru Jackie Mazur, president of Guide My Finances, who’s revolutionizing the way we think about money management. LISTEN

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TGIF Concerts

Become a sponsor of the TGIF Concerts in the Parks. Contact Lindsey Hansen, Community Relations Manager at lindsey.hansen@carlsbadca.gov or 442-339-8010

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Join The Summer Strawberry Crawl!

The Carlsbad Summer Strawberry Crawl is on! Celebrate the local harvest with strawberry-infused items all across town.

Win weekly raffle prizes from local Carlsbad businesses when you visit strawberry stops on the map: bit.ly/SummerCrawl

How to play and win prizes:

1) Follow @carlsbadchamber

2) Visit map and purchase a featured item at a participating strawberry stop

3) DM us photo of your item as proof

Summer Strawberry Crawl ends July 31, and winners are announced weekly!

Also: The traveling strawberry has not been found. The first one to find it, snap a photo with it, and direct message proof to @carlsbadchamber wins a local $50 gift card! We will keep posting live updates so you know when it’s found!

Hint: The traveling strawberry is at a business that is fully outdoors, has been in Carlsbad since the 1950’s, and on the map!

START CRAWL

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May/June Combo Carlsbad Business Journal

Check out the latest Stay and Play Summer Special Issue! Grab your copy and read up on the latest featuring the first Annual Strawberry Crawl all summer long, the NCAA coming to Carlsbad, and more! READ MORE

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File for $5.5B Payment Card Settlement

Time is ticking for businesses to secure their slice of the $5.5 billion Visa/Mastercard settlement, owners must file by May 31, 2024. Visit  PaymentCardSettlement.com or by mail. Eligibility is broad, covering those who accepted Visa/Mastercard between January 1, 2004, and January 25, 2019. Watch the video above for a quick explainer. LEARN MORE

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Chamber Trip To Ireland – Join us for an unforgettable 9-day Ireland trip departing on October 21, 2024. Hold your booking today with deposit and pay the balance by June 22, 2024 BROCHURE

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Lunch and Learn: Beyond The Hustle

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, Hera Hub Carlsbad, and Cleeri are teaming up again for a Lunch & Learn workshop to build community for North County San Diego health and wellness entrepreneurs. REGISTER

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First Friday Breakfast on June 7

This next First Friday Breakfast on June 7, we have the President and CEO of GelatoLove coming to speak!

Unlike a Happy Hour or Coffee Connection, our Monthly First Friday Breakfast includes continental breakfast, industry-differentiated and strategic table networking with a trained facilitator, plus a fantastic guest speaker to teach the group a new skill.  REGISTER

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CBAD Lunch Mob

Join us for the CBAD Lunch Mob at Pitfire Pizza on Friday, June 14, 11:30 am – 1 pm

Networking, connections, good food, and fun. Your only cost is what you order.

Pit Fire Pizza La Costa, 7720 El Camino Real Carlsbad. REGISTER

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New Member Orientation

Welcome to the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. We are so happy to have you as a member! Join us for the New Member Orientation on Thursday, June 20, from 11:30 AM – 1 PM. The chamber office is located at 5934 Priestly Drive, Carlsbad. Lunch will be provided! REGISTER

Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce | 5934 Priestly Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce

Carlsbad | May 16, 2024

The start of the 2024 TGIF Concerts in the Parks season is just a little over a month away, and today I’ve got the band lineup to share with you, plus the next part of our series about the city budget. Here’s the full run down of stories in this issue: 

  • TGIF bands announced 
  • The draft budget is ready – here’s what’s in it 
  • Brilliant at the basics: behind the scenes with the city’s fleet 
  • Two mystery authors featured Friday at Dove Library 
  • What’s on the agenda for your next City Council meeting 
  • Apply for an open seat on the Planning Commission 
  • Spreading joy in the Village 

TGIF band lineup

This year’s TGIF Concerts in the Parks series will feature classic rock, R&B, swing, disco and more, a lineup we chose based on your input (thanks for the ideas!). 

Bands and dates 

Stagecoach Community Park  – 3420 Camino De Los Coches 

June 21, Pine Mountain Logs (Top 40 dance hits from yesterday and today) 

June 28, Jimmy’s Buffet (Carlsbad-based tribute band) 

July 5, Finnegan Blue (Irish folk and rock) 

July 12, Mad Hat Hucksters (swing and jazz from the 1920s-40s) 

Calavera Hills Community Park  -2997 Glasgow Drive 

July 19, Kimba Light (Afro-Cuban dance music) 

July 26, B.I.G. (90s funk and R&B) 

Aug. 2, Polyester Express (1970s disco) 

Alga Norte Community Park  6565 Alicante Road 

Aug. 9, Back to the Garden (1960s-70s classic rock) 

Aug. 16, Anthony Cullins (blues rock) 

The gates open at 4 p.m. with concerts from 6 to 8 p.m.  

Change in park locations …Some of you have asked why no concerts are scheduled for Poinsettia Park this year. The short answer is because the layout doesn’t work well with some of the additional security precautions being put in place. For example, it would be more difficult to establish a perimeter fence with controlled entrances at Poinsettia Park because of where the parking lots and other park amenities are located. 

New security measures   …Speaking of new security precautions, concert attendees will go through a security screening before entering this year’s concerts. Here’s what that will look like at Stagecoach Park: 

  • There will be multiple entrances to minimize wait times. 
  • Security personnel will do a bag check and use handheld wands to check for weapons and other items not allowed at the concerts, like drones and fireworks. 
  • Bottle openers, utensils and other picnic items are allowed. 
  • We have set up a new website with all the details, including venue maps and some frequently asked questions. Sign up to get email updates about TGIF Concerts in the Parks. 

Preliminary budget now available for review

Last week I shared a new budget website we have launched to help community members learn about the city budget process and the budget itself.  

Today we released the preliminary city budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. The City Council will receive a presentation about it on Tuesday, and we will have a community budget workshop on Thursday. The City Council is scheduled to adopt the budget June 18. 

Here are some of the basics when it comes to reviewing the preliminary budget: 

General Fund …People typically focus on the “General Fund operating budget” because that is the fund that pays for most day-to-day city services.  

The main sources of revenue for that fund are property tax, sales tax and transient occupancy tax, which is the tax visitors pay when they stay at a local hotel or short-term vacation rental. 

Revenue trends ,,,,We include recent history and projections for our revenue sources, which can give you a sense of how much money the city has coming in to pay for basic services. This chart from page B-6 shows revenue from transient occupancy taxes, where you can see the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, both in terms of the slow down and what has become known as “revenge travel,” where people seem to be making up for lost time. 

Department budgets  – Department budgets include details on personnel and categories of spending, as well as previous years’ data to see how things have changed.  

Behind the Scenes: Managing the city’s fleet – One of the key concepts in our City Council’s 5-Year Strategic Plan is being “brilliant at the basics.” That’s why we were so pleased to hear recently that the City of Carlsbad has been recognized as having the eighth best public fleet in the country (up from 32nd last year). 

What does that mean? The award is presented by the Fleet Management Association and based on criteria evaluating efficiency, innovation, accountability, financial management, turnaround time and a commitment to doing things right the first time. 

Fleet facts 

  • Our city staff manage nearly 500 vehicles, including fire engines, police cars, public works trucks, watercraft and more. 
  • Last year alone they completed 4,600 maintenance and repair jobs.  
  • We are in the process of transitioning our fleet to cleaner, greener vehicles. 

Not only were we recognized by the Fleet Management Association, but the American Public Works Association has named the person who oversees our fleet, Fleet Manager Bradley Northrup, as its Professional Manager of the Year. 

Congrats to Bradley and our whole fleet team and thanks for all you do to keep our city operating at the highest levels of professionalism and efficiency. 

Reminder to check our construction map 

While we’re on the subject of public works, wanted to pass along our weekly construction map which shows where city projects are happening that may impact traffic. 

Checking the map allows you to plan ahead and take an alternate route, saving you time and helping to keep traffic flowing safely through construction zones. Remember, the map only shows city projects, not work being done by utilities or private companies. 

Meet local mystery writers -Two mystery writers from the San Diego area will be featured at our next author talk at the library. 

Encinitas author Christopher Reich was born in Tokyo, raised in L.A. and spent a summer at a camp on Mount Kilimanjaro as a teenager.  

After college, he started a successful watch-making business in Switzerland. But Reich’s biggest adventure was leaving the security of a successful career in his mid-30s to become a mystery writer. Over the past 30 years, he’s written 14 books, including several New York Times bestsellers, along with his latest novel, “Once a Thief.”  

Mystery writer Parker Adams is also no stranger to adventure. Adams is the pen name for San Diego author Joseph Reid, whose first career was as a marine biologist studying great white sharks. He then earned his law degree and for 25 years has been a patent litigator, trying million- and billion-dollar cases for high-tech companies and inventors. Somehow, he’s also found time to write four mystery novels, including his latest, “The Lock Box,” which he wrote under the Parker Adams moniker. 

Christopher Reich & Parker Adams author event -Friday, May 17, noon 

Schulman Auditorium  Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane 

What’s on the agenda for your next City Council meeting –The next City Council meeting will take place Tuesday, May 21, starting at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chamber. Topics include: 

  • A contract to extend an engineering services agreement for a project to install new motorized valves on water mains
  • A contract to replace the roof on the city-owned building on Las Palmas Drive that MiraCosta College leases for its Technology Career Institute program. 
  • Continuing the local storm-related emergency proclamation to repair a slope between El Camino Real and Trieste Drive. This proclamation must be renewed at each regular City Council meeting until the emergency is declared over. 
  • The annual work plans for the city’s Planning, Historic Preservation and Community Police Engagement commissions 
  • A proposal to purchase a 16-unit apartment building on Chestnut Avenue just west of Interstate 5. The building would then be resold to a developer who would renovate or rebuild the project to continue to provide the units as affordable housing. 
  • The preliminary fiscal year 2024-25 city budget 

See the 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 afterward
  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

Apply for an open seat on the planning commission -If you want to help to make a difference in our community, consider applying for a vacancy on the City of Carlsbad Planning Commission. 

  • We have one unscheduled vacancy for a term that runs through December 2024. 
  • The application deadline is June 7 at noon. 
  • Applications are available on the city’s website or in the City Clerk’s Office, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, and must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by noon Friday, June 7. 

Colorful art brings joy (and customers) to the Village  – I wanted to share this recap video of our recent art project in the Village. We partnered with the Carlsbad Village Association for this event, inviting 10 local and regional artists to display spring-themed artwork throughout downtown. In the video you can learn about their inspiration and see their colorful artworks come to life. 

That’s it for this week. I hope you can tune in Tuesday to hear all about our proposed budget and please help us spread the word about next Thursday’s community budget workshop. 

Have a great weekend! 

Scott Chadwick, City Manager

News from the City of Carlsbad | May 2, 2024

This week I’ll tell you how you can meet your new Police Chief, see our latest public art and care for Carlsbad’s natural environment all year long. Here’s the full line up:

  • Coffee With the Chief coming to a neighborhood near you
  • Extending our Earth Month commitment all year long
  • New installation features “Art All Over”
  • A unique night out takes you back in time
  • Celebrate comics at the library
  • What’s on the agenda for your next City Council meeting
  • Street fair turns 50, now features a bike valet
  • Don’t forget to follow Carlsbad on social media

Get to know Police Chief Christie Calderwood

If you haven’t had a chance to meet new Carlsbad Police Chief Christie Calderwood, please stop by and say hi at one of our upcoming Coffee with the Chief events. These casual gatherings will be an opportunity to say “hello,” ask questions, and share your ideas. Officers assigned to your neighborhood will also be on hand.

Chief Calderwood is an 18-year veteran of the Carlsbad Police Department who stepped into the top job on April 15 following the retirement of former Chief Mickey Williams. (Read this Q&A with the new Chief we shared a few weeks ago.) 

All events will be from 9 to 10 a.m.

Tuesday, May 7 -Baba Coffee 2727 State St.

Thursday, May 9 La Costa Coffee Roasting 6965 El Camino Real #208

Monday, May 20 Peet’s Coffee 2641 Gateway Road #103

Thursday, May 30 Starbucks 7615 Via Campanile

Extending our Earth Month commitment all year long

You may be familiar with the three R’s of sustainability: reduce, reuse and recycle, but what about the other two? Sustainability professionals across the country have now added refuse and repair to the list. Here’s what they mean and how the city is incorporating them into our sustainability practices:

Refuse: The first step in reducing waste is to refuse what we don’t need, such as single-use plastics and items that will end up in the landfill after just one use.

  • In an effort to reduce waste and prevent plastic pollution, the City Council passed local laws banning single-use plastic bags and food ware items for businesses in Carlsbad.
  • City staff are working with local businesses to phase out single-use plastics and Styrofoam and replace them with reusable and certified compostable items.

Repair: Before you get rid of something broken, consider whether it can be repaired. Events like our popular Fixit Clinics, where people can learn to repair household items themselves, promote a culture of reducing waste. Here’s info on the next one:

Fixit Clinic

Saturday, June 8

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cole Library

1250 Carlsbad Village Drive

Register today

Commonly repaired items at our clinics include bikes, clothing and small kitchen appliances. This video tells the story of a successful repair of a fan at a recent Fixit Clinic.

Electronics -The State of California is also embracing the repair movement to keep electronics out of the landfill.

new state law taking effect in July will make it easier to repair electronics and appliances. The Right to Repair Act requires manufacturers to make manuals and parts available for a minimum of three years for items priced between $50 and $100 and at least seven years for items that cost more than $100.

The State of California is also embracing the repair movement to keep electronics out of the landfill.

  • new state law taking effect in July will make it easier to repair electronics and appliances. The Right to Repair Act requires manufacturers to make manuals and parts available for a minimum of three years for items priced between $50 and $100 and at least seven years for items that cost more than $100.

Fun fact – Who decides how many R’s? We checked, and no single group is credited with popularizing the five R’s, but environmental organizations, nonprofits and others working to encourage environmentally sustainable practices have slowly been adding to the original message of “reduce, reuse and recycle.” And, there are even more R’s out there, like:

Rethink

Regift

Repurpose

Rot (this one refers to composting)

Whether you commit to three R’s, five R’s or even extra R’s, thank you for doing your part to help protect Carlsbad’s environment.

If you’re interested in learning more about the city’s environmental programs and ways you can support sustainability, sign up to receive the Sustainable Carlsbad newsletter. Learn more

Discover “Art All Over” Carlsbad’s latest piece of public art was just unveiled at the Dove Library Children’s Garden in south Carlsbad, along with messages of joy and kindness. Artist Nan Coffey calls her eye-catching style “Art All Over,” and one look at her artwork will tell you why.

Nan coined the term based on two features of her artistic style. First, her art takes advantage of the entire surface of her chosen canvas. Second, her definition of “canvas” often extends to objects, like when she worked for her favorite band, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and created artwork on their blazers, the stage backdrop, instruments and merchandise.

Nan’s latest work is a hand-painted oversized beach chair covered in black-and-white words and images that reflect some of the best things about living in Carlsbad, along with messages about connection and kindness.

The chair will be on display through spring 2025 (and yes, you can sit on it). It’s one in a series of extra-large beach chairs you may have spotted around town over the years, decorated by artists as part of our temporary public art program.

Meet the artist You have two upcoming opportunities to meet Nan Coffey and see her latest work up close:

Nan Coffey Meet the Artist events 

Saturday, May 4 and May 18 Noon to 3 p.m.

Dove Library Children’s Garden, 1775 Dove Lane

Comic book fans unite! If you’re drawn to this latest artwork, you might also be a comic book fan. Fans of comic books and graphic novels can celebrate Free Comic Book Day on Saturday by picking up a free comic book at any Carlsbad City Library location, while supplies last. 

As part of the celebration, we’re also hosting a social hour at the Cole Library where you can meet fellow comic lovers and learn more about the library’s collection of graphic novels available for checkout. Come in costume and you’ll be entered to win a raffle prize.

Free Comic Book Day Social Hour

Saturday, May 4 1 to 2 p.m.

Cole Library Community Room, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive 

Have a unique night out to support a good cause – Enjoy the warm spirit of hospitality that Leo Carrillo made famous by attending the upcoming Fiesta at the Rancho, featuring outdoor dining, a silent auction and live entertainment in a setting that will transport you back in time.

The city’s Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park was once the weekend retreat for actor Leo Carrillo, who designed the property in the style of Spanish hacienda estates. (Catch a glimpse in this video.)

The event is a fundraiser presented by Friends of Carrillo Ranch to raise money for the California History & Art Program at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park. Over 1,200 local fourth-grade students will have the opportunity to visit Carrillo Ranch to share in Leo’s vision of early California life and participate in an interactive art lesson.

Fiesta at the Rancho

Saturday, May 11 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, 6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Lane

Tickets: $150

Register

What’s on the agenda for the next City Council meeting The next City Council meeting will take place Tuesday, May 7, starting at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chamber. Topics include:

  • An agreement that will enable the Fire Department and other firefighting agencies participating on a specialized urban search and rescue task force to be reimbursed by the state for associated costs
  • A contract to replace the audio and video systems at the Schulman Auditorium at Dove Library
  • A contract to replace a water pipeline on Valley Street and a sewer pipeline on Foxtail Loop.
  • An agreement with an engineering firm to design road improvements on Faraday Avenue in preparation for Veterans Memorial Park, scheduled to open in 2026
  • Ending the local storm-related emergency proclamation to remove debris from the Buena Vista Creek channel and continuing another one to repair a slope between El Camino Real and Trieste Drive. These proclamations must be renewed at each regular City Council meeting until the emergency is declared over.
  • A proposed plan to spend federal Community Development Block Grant funding to help people with low incomes find housing
  • A report on the city’s vehicle fleet and how it’s managed and financed
  • Changes to how the city manages its Capital Improvement Program, which is a plan for building and funding future infrastructure projects across the city

See the 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 afterward
  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

You can see the full meeting schedule on our city calendar and watch board and commission meetings livestreamed on the city’s website and on-demand afterward.

Some streets closed Sunday for Carlsbad Village Faire, free bike valet– If you’re planning to come downtown this weekend, keep in mind that the Carlsbad Village Street Faire is happening Sunday, May 5, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Several streets in the Village will be closed to make way for this popular community event, celebrating its 50th year.

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce hosts the street fair, which typically draws tens of thousands of people. So, please remember to slow down and be alert for people driving, walking or biking to and from downtown.

Safer Streets Together bike valet station

Sunday, May 5 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Engel & Völkers Carlsbad parking lot 2965 Roosevelt St.

While you’re there, stop by our Carlsbad Police Department booth to pick up your Safer Streets Together yard sign.

Construction map reminder -Speaking of safe streets, thank you to everyone who has made a habit out of taking a look at our weekly construction map to see where city projects are happening that may impact traffic.

Checking the map allows you to plan ahead and take an alternate route, saving you time and helping to keep traffic flowing safely through construction zones. Remember, the map only shows city projects, not work being done by utilities or private companies.

Are you following Carlsbad? Every Thursday, I do my best to catch you up on what’s happening in your city, but there is never enough room for everything. If you don’t already follow us on social media, please do! That way you can be even more in the know about upcoming events, new programs and more.

The full list of city social media channels is on our website.

Scott Chadwick, Carlsbad City Manager

News from the City of Carlsbad | April 18, 2024

This week the City of Carlsbad officially welcomed our new Police Chief, Christie Calderwood, the 11th since Carlsbad became a city in 1952. Learn more about her in today’s update, along with these updates:

  • City passes annual audit, gearing up for budget season
  • Sustainable progress made on environmental goals
  • Exploring renewable energy sources
  • Get involved: Creek to Bay Cleanup
  • Next steps for Veterans Memorial Park
  • Understanding immigration enforcement laws
  • What’s on the agenda for the next City Council meeting

A Q&A with Carlsbad’s new top cop – Chief Christie Calderwood may be the Carlsbad Police Department’s newest leader, but she is no stranger to the city. She steps into this new role after 18 years of service, most recently as second in command to former Police Chief Mickey Williams. 

Q. What led you to a career in law enforcement? -A. I was looking for a career that was different than the normal 9-5. I wanted an opportunity to give back to the community and be a part of something challenging, but also rewarding. I think playing sports as I was growing up also made me drawn to the camaraderie and teamwork that goes into policing.

Q. How has law enforcement changed since you first started your career? – A. There are the obvious things like the increased use of technology, but the biggest shift has been in the philosophy and culture of law enforcement. There is a greater priority placed on communication, crisis intervention and de-escalation. In Carlsbad, we have always had a strong focus on community collaboration, and this is now widely recognized as a critical component of effective law enforcement.

Q. What are some of the challenges you see on the horizon? – A. Carlsbad has always been a very safe city, but we are still affected by the same economic and societal forces you see in larger cities. Issues are always evolving, like cybercrime, ghost guns and the opioid epidemic. These are things that we hadn’t seen in previous decades of policing.

Our challenge is to be very nimble and use data to detect new trends and allocate our resources where they’re needed most. As our population increases, we need to ensure that we have the right quantity and quality of resources to continue to do the job at a very high level.

Ideally, we want to seize every opportunity to get out in front of issues before they become problems. As Police Chief, I want to carry the community’s voice back to the department, but also be the voice for the brave professionals who work for the Police Department, ensuring they have what they need to be successful in their jobs.

Q. You now have two chiefs in your household. How has that been? – A. Our careers have always been on more or less parallel paths, so it’s normal for us. We both have a calling for public service. My husband (Carlsbad Fire Chief Michael Calderwood) was a Battalion Chief when I was a Sergeant. I was a Lieutenant when he was a Division Chief and ultimately became the Fire Chief. The Police and Fire departments work closely together but are totally separate entities, so we are not in each other’s chains of command. The departments have complementary roles, a great working relationship and mutual respect.

Q. What do you like to do when you’re not working? A. Our family is probably like a lot of Carlsbad families. We are involved in a lot of sports, and we like to spend time with friends and family. We love the ocean and try to get out to the beach as much as possible.

If you want to meet your new Police Chief in person, keep an eye out for a series of “Coffee with the Chief” events we will be planning in the coming weeks.

City gets clean financial audit -Our Finance Department provided the results Tuesday of the city’s most recent audit, covering the financial report for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2023. Our results were as good as it gets, with the auditors finding that our financial statements meet the standards set by the Comptroller General of the United States. These standards are outlined in a publication called General Accounting Standards, which is commonly referred to as The Yellow Book (yes, it has a yellow cover).

Cities are required to undergo an outside audit every year. The Independent Auditor’s Report is part of the city’s Annual Comprehensive Financial Report, which also includes an analysis of the city’s finances and basic financial statements.

As we put a bow on last fiscal year’s budget, we are preparing to present the proposed budget for next fiscal year. Here are the key upcoming dates:

Learn more

Sustainable progress made on environmental goals -Also on Tuesday, city staff presented the Climate Action Plan annual report. The plan is a roadmap for how the city will reduce greenhouse gas emissions to meet state requirements. You can read about the report highlights or read the entire report on our website.

Carlsbad was one of the first cities in the region to have an approved and measurable Climate Action Plan, and that was almost 10 years ago. So far, we surpassed the initial goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 4% lower than what they were in 2012. Now, we’re working on the next target—reducing greenhouse gas emissions to less than half of what they were in 2012 by 2035 (2012 is considered the “baseline year” for measuring greenhouse gas emissions).

We are in the process of updating the Climate Action Plan to align with new statewide targets. We will share a draft this summer for review. After that, it goes to the Planning Commission and, finally, to the City Council for adoption.

Doing our part for the planet – In honor of Earth Month, over the past few weeks I’ve been sharing tips on how you can live more sustainably – from reducing food waste to curbing your energy use and using water wisely.

Today, I’ll highlight some of the ways the City of Carlsbad is leading the way in environmental sustainability, a key goal in the City Council’s 5-Year Strategic Plan. In 2023, the city:

  • Certified 18 more businesses through the Carlsbad Green Business Program, which encourages businesses to conserve energy, water and other resources.
  • Approved permits for more than five megawatts of solar on nonresidential buildings throughout Carlsbad – enough to cover the electricity usage of about 6,200 California households each year.
  • Approved permits for more than 12 megawatts of solar on residential properties.
  • Continued implementing city ordinances related to energy efficiency and alternative water heating in new construction and major renovation projects.
  • Connected 52 households in Carlsbad with free in-home energy assessments through our Home Energy Score Assessment pilot program.
  • Replaced eight more city fleet vehicles with hybrid or electric alternatives, bringing the total number of replacements to 96.

Stay up to date on environmental initiatives, find out about rebates and weigh in on city programs by signing up for our new environmental sustainability e-mail newsletter.

Exploring renewable energy sources – Speaking of Carlsbad’s environmental sustainability goals, the City Council’s 5-Year Strategic Plan identifies several long term projects related to protecting our natural resources.

new solar energy study is one of those projects. This week, the City Council, in its capacity as the Carlsbad Municipal Water District Board, received an update on a study to see if we could utilize available property near the city’s eastern border to generate and store solar energy.  

  • The goal on April 25 is to narrow the field down to three to five artists who will be invited to make presentations at a future meeting.
  • Once an artist is selected, the community will have an opportunity to help shape the public art design concept before work begins.

You can sign up for email updates about this very special public art project to be kept informed about progress and opportunities to get involved.

Understanding immigration enforcement laws -On Saturday, April 13, around 10:47 a.m., the City of Carlsbad Police Department received a call concerning a boat that came ashore near Grand Avenue with about 10-20 people onboard. When officers responded to the scene, the passengers were no longer there.

  • While we can’t confirm the immigration status of those involved, this incident matches other similar operations in the region involving human smuggling.
  • California laws prohibit local police from enforcing immigration laws.
  • That’s why when officers observe or receive reports of suspected illegal immigration activities, our only recourse is to report them to U.S. Customs and Border Protection – the agency responsible for securing U.S. borders and enforcing against illegal entries and human smuggling.

The City Council supports legislation that provides financial assistance to local agencies for Homeland Security. We are urging the state and federal governments to provide the necessary technology and personnel resources to effectively monitor and put a stop to scenes like the one we saw here in Carlsbad.

I hope that helps answer questions you might have had about this incident. Carlsbad is one of the safest communities in the state, and we will continue to do everything we can to keep it that way. 

What’s on the agenda for the next City Council meeting — The next City Council meeting will take place Tuesday, April 23, starting at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chamber. Topics include:

  • Continuing local storm-related emergency proclamations to remove debris from the Buena Vista Creek channel and repair a slope between El Camino Real and Trieste Drive. These proclamations must be renewed at each regular City Council meeting until the emergency is declared over.
  • Considering new fees and the amount of land developers of new residential subdivisions must contribute to support parks in Carlsbad
  • Approving the plans and putting the Stagecoach Park community garden construction project out to bid
  • A request from the Citizens for a Friendly Airport organization to change the city’s zoning regulations to address potential new uses or expansion at the county-run McClellan-Palomar Airport
  • A report on the results of a grant-funded project to demonstrate how a 1-mile segment of Carlsbad Boulevard, south of Palomar Airport Road, could be moved farther from the coast to protect against future sea level rise

See the 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:

This weekend should be a nice one, so if you’re heading out, please do take a few moments to enjoy our natural resources. And be sure to review our construction map of city projects so you know which areas will be affected and can change your route if needed.  Keep in mind the map only shows city projects, not work being done by private companies or local utilities.

Scott Chadwick, City Manager

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Sign up for summer camps today!

Summer will be here before you know it, and the City of Carlsbad’s annual Summer Community Services Guide is online with details about all our camps and classes. 

Summer camps This year’s lineup includes creative and performing arts camps, science and exploration camps, special interest camps, sports camps and traditional day camps. Camps last one week each and are offered from June through August for kids ages 3 to 16. Here’s just some of the many options we’re offering this year:

Explorer Camp: Join our full day camp for 10 to 13 year olds. Campers are guaranteed one off-site trip per week including Boomers, a Padres game, Dave & Busters and more.

Kaleidoscope of Arts and Crafts at the Ranch: Join artist Liz Kile from lizzerose studio on a creative journey to discover the artist within. We will use a multimedia approach to make 2 and 3 dimensional works of art. A ceramics experience is included in this camp.

Kid Laboratories: Join us for science and exploration themed camps suitable for 6 to 12 year olds. Each week has a different focus from learning about space to computer science.

Wonders! Science Camp & Young Explorers Science Camp: Join us for hands-on science fun at Magee Park. Camps are for ages 4 to 12 years old. Experiments vary week to week.

Join us for Teen Friday Nights at Pine

Calling all tweens and teens! Join us on Friday nights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pine Avenue Community Center. Here’s what we have planned for the month of April:

Cooking Intro: Kids will learn basic skills to help them in the kitchen. Skills will include chopping, dicing, creating recipes, & bringing those recipes to fruition all in a safe controlled environment. This cooking instructional will be led by Theresa Chai, an experienced chef.

Sports Night: Enjoy an active night of fun. Kids can choose from futsal, basketball, whiffle ball, dodgeball and flag football. There is no minimum skill level required.

Each night has a theme, but kids are welcome to participate in their own activities at the community center, including ping pong, air hockey, foosball and video games. Register online

Join Carlsbad Reads Together this month

Join our citywide bookclub in April. The Carlsbad Reads Together 2024 selection for adults is “The Maid” by Nita Prose. For children the selection is “Detective Mole” by Camilla Pintonato and the selection for teens is “Sadie” by Courtney Summers.

We have a lineup of exciting special events planned for Carlsbad Reads Together. Read through the Carlsbad Reads Together program guide for a complete schedule of activities for the whole family.

Other fun things to do

Visit our website

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

Carlsbad Reads Together 2024

Adult selection  April 2024

With assistance from the Carlsbad community, the New York Times #1 Best Seller “The Maid” is the 2024 book selection for Carlsbad Reads Together, our community-wide program where everyone reads the same book at the same time!

Described as Carlsbad’s biggest book club, Carlsbad Reads Together is an annual celebration that connects the community through reading books and participating in programs and events to discuss them.

We have a lineup of exciting special events planned for Carlsbad Reads Together. For a sneak peek, read through the Carlsbad Reads Together program guide.

In-person author event: 

Nita Prose

Thursday, April 18, 6 p.m. – Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane, Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium,1775 Dove Lane

Join us in the Schulman Auditorium to meet Nita Prose, the author of “The Maid” and its sequel, “The Mystery Guest.” “The Maid” has sold over 1 million copies worldwide and was published in more than forty countries. For author event details, please visit our website.

How mysteries are really solved  – Thursday, April 11, 6 p.m. 

Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive 

As part of Carlsbad Reads Together, and in keeping with the book selections mystery theme, join detectives from the Carlsbad Police Department for a discussion about how crimes are really solved, what detective work entails and how the media accurately or inaccurately depicts crime solving.  

Upcoming Author Events

Author Jayci Lee Friday, May 3, noon
Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane, Schulman Auditorium1775 Dove Lane 
Join us in the Schulman Auditorium at the Dove Library to hear author Jayci Lee celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Month and discuss her books. 

Author Ann NapolitanoSaturday, May 11, 2 p.m.

Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane, Children’s Garden1775 Dove Lane 
Join us in the Children’s Garden at the Dove Library to hear author Ann Napolitano discuss the re-release of her book “Within Arm’s Reach” and her other books.

Authors Christopher Reich and Parker Adams Friday, May 17, noon

Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane, Schulman Auditorium 
Join us in the Schulman Auditorium at the Dove Library to hear Christopher Reich and Parker Adams discuss their new books. 
For author event details, please visit our website.

Consumer Reports

Explore the library’s eResources!

Do you need help picking the right product from a sea of options? Don’t stress! Consumer Reports is on your library’s website. It helps you make informed decisions by comparing three products side by side.  Please visit the library’s eResources page for more information.

Exploration HUB

Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane, Second floor 1775 Dove Lane

We’re thrilled to unveil our revamped Exploration HUB, Carlsbad City Library’s Makerspace and Memory Lab on the 2nd floor of the Dove Library.

The Exploration HUB is brimming with state-of-the-art technology and limitless possibilities. Whether you’re a seasoned maker or a curious beginner, there’s something for everyone. Have old photos or home movies? Save money and use our free conversion equipment to preserve those memories. Come in and talk with staff about what’s new.

What can I do in the Exploration HUB

  • • 3D design using Tinkercad.com.
  • • 3D printing on the Bambu Lab X1 Carbon
  • • Coding and robotics with MakeCode and Micro: bits
  • • Crafting with Silhouette Studio and the Silhouette Cameo 5
  • • Reserve a Memory Lab Station to convert videos, film and photos to digital format.

The Exploration HUB Makerspace and Memory Lab is more than a room – it’s a community. Collaborate, create and celebrate the joy of making. Whether you’re a coder, a crafter or a curious explorer, there’s a spot for you here. We look forward to seeing you!

Friends of the Carlsbad Library

The Friends of the Carlsbad Library is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds to support Carlsbad City Library programs. Show your support by shopping at the Friends bookstores at the Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane and Georgina Cole Library.

Friends Bookstore, Dove Library 1775 Dove Lane

Monday, 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – 442-339-2020

Friends Bookstore, Cole Library 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive

Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 442-339-2898

Join the Friends and join the volunteer staff. Information is available at the Friends Bookstore or call 442-339-2020 or email us at friendsofcarlsbadcitylibrary@gmail.com.

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 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

THREE LOCATIONS
Carlsbad City Library
on Dove Lane
442-339-2049
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Georgina Cole Library
442-339-2870
1250 Carlsbad Village Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad City Library Learning Center
442-339-5500
3368 Eureka Place
Carlsbad, CA 92008

News from the City of Carlsbad | April 11, 2024

From streetlights above to water pipes underground, Carlsbad is continuing to take action to make sustainability a part of daily life. As Earth Month continues, I’ll share how the city is involving the community, plus:

  • Fixit Clinic and e-waste recycling event Saturday
  • Easy ways to prevent food waste
  • Safe seaside strolling along Carlsbad Boulevard
  • Honoring our Police leadership
  • Behind the scenes with our emergency dispatchers
  • Meet the author of “The Maid”
  • Comedy night at The Schulman
  • Help preserve a historic Carlsbad gem
  • Explaining the new vegetation at The Flower Fields
  • Northbound I-5 to be closed overnight Monday
  • What’s on the agenda for the next City Council meeting
  • Solar eclipse captivates Carlsbad

Sustaining the environment together – In the City of Carlsbad, our commitment to environmental sustainability is woven into every corner of our community. From smart lighting systems that cut energy use to water system upgrades aimed at conservation, environmentally sustainable features are quietly protecting our most precious resources. I’ll share more specific ways we’re advancing our environmental goals in next week’s update.

For now, I want to focus on how we can keep waste out of the landfills – whether it’s old appliances, electronics or food.

Reducing waste is one of the best ways we pursue environmental sustainability, one of Carlsbad’s core community values and an important part of the City Council’s 5-Year Strategic Plan.

  • Each year, millions of tons of items worldwide are discarded and end up in landfills.
  • Plastics, electronics and textiles are among the many types of materials found in landfills, where they leach toxic chemicals into the soil and water.
  • Many of these items still have usable parts and just need some simple fixes.
  • Repairing items instead of throwing them away and replacing them saves money and conserves resources. It also reduces pollution and greenhouse gas emissions since fewer new products would need to be manufactured.

If you have an item at home you’re considering throwing out instead of repairing, consider stopping by our free Fixit Clinic and e-waste recycling event this Saturday first.

  • Get help fixing small appliances, electronics, bikes, clothing and more.
  • Craft do-it-yourself coasters and cake stands from used tiles.
  • Learn how to upcycle old wood pallets into a beautiful new planter.
  • You can drop off old electronics, lightbulbs and household batteries for recycling during the Fixit Clinic on Saturday. (More than 300,000 pounds of e-waste were recycled in Carlsbad last year.)

Fixit Clinic & e-waste recycling event

Saturday, April 13 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dove Library 1775 Dove Lane Register online

These videos show success stories from one of our recent Fixit Clinics.

Fan-tastic success at Fixit ClinicOld bike gets new life at Fixit Clinic

If you can’t make the event Saturday, you have other options to recycle e-waste:

  • Drop off at the Palomar Transfer Station Recycling Buyback Center:

Monday – Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 5960 El Camino Real

  • Schedule an e-waste collection through Republic Services. Carlsbad residents may request this service three times per year, with up to five items collected at each pickup. To schedule, call 760-332-6464.

Reducing food waste – When food breaks down in landfills, it creates methane, a greenhouse gas that’s 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere. (That’s not good for the environment.)

Here are some easy ways you can reduce waste and prevent that excess methane: 

  • Buy only what you intend to use. Make a grocery list before you head to the store and stick to it.
  • Know how to store fresh fruits and vegetables. This handy guide helps you determine what goes where.
  • Instead of tossing leftovers, get creative and make a stir-fry, soup or sandwich.

It also can help to have a better understanding of the dates you see on food packaging. In short, if the date passes, it doesn’t necessarily mean the food has gone bad. Here’s how the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service explains it:

  • “Best if used by/before” date – When a product will be at its peak for taste and quality. Not a purchase or safety date.
  • “Sell-by date – A guideline for stores on how long to display a product. It’s not a safety date.
  • “Use-by” date – The last date a product is at its best. It is not a safety date, except for infant formula. 

To determine if a food has spoiled, trust your eyes, nose and taste buds.

What to do with food you can’t use

  • Donate non-perishable items or unopened packaged food to food banks or shelters.
  • If you have too many fruits or vegetables, consider preserving them by canning, pickling or freezing them.
  • If you can’t donate or preserve food, make sure you place it in your green bin so it can be turned into compost. (Here’s a reminder of what can go in your green bin.)

Safe seaside strolling along Carlsbad Boulevard – If I asked you to name somewhere in Carlsbad where people love to walk, the sidewalk or “upper seawall” along Carlsbad Boulevard would probably top the list. Every day, thousands stroll and jog along that stretch of coastal road. One city count put the number at 5,700 pedestrian trips in a single day.

Because it’s such a busy area, the city recently upgraded five crosswalks on Carlsbad Boulevard between Carlsbad Village Drive and Tamarack Avenue. (The city upgraded a sixth crosswalk near the Army and Navy Academy last year.)

The improvements build on safety features already in place to support safe walking, biking and driving along our coastline. The recent changes include:

  • Curb extensions that shorten the distance to cross and give drivers a visual cue to slow down
  • Green paint that calls attention to potential conflict zones with bikes
  • Additional flashing lights to alert drivers when someone wants to cross

Watch this before and after video for a closer look at the upgrades and see them in person the next time you visit the beach. 

City construction map – While we’re talking about city projects, don’t forget to check our weekly construction map to stay updated on ongoing construction projects and plan ahead for areas where road work could cause traffic delays. Remember, the map only shows city projects, not work being done by private companies or local utilities.

Honoring our Police leadership – I want to take a moment to congratulate Police Chief Mickey Williams on his retirement this week after an impressive 29-year career. 

Chief Williams has led the Carlsbad Police Department into the era of modern law enforcement, prioritizing trust, transparency and the responsible use of technology, while creating a culture focused on continuous improvement and community engagement. He also set up a solid succession plan to ensure there was a well-prepared team in place once he retired.

Incoming Chief Christie Calderwood was sworn in at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. She joined the City of Carlsbad Police Department 17 years ago, gaining hands-on experience in every aspect of law enforcement. Calderwood, a longtime Carlsbad resident and graduate of La Costa Canyon High School, says becoming chief provides the ultimate opportunity to give back to the community.

You can read more about Chief Williams’ many contributions to the City of Carlsbad over the past 29 years and learn about the equally impressive track record of incoming Chief Christie Calderwood in the announcement posted on our website.

Behind the scenes with our emergency dispatchers -In any emergency, 911 dispatchers are the calm voice on the other end of the line, the first critical link between people who call for help and the police officers, firefighters or paramedics who respond.

Sunday is the start of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, so I want to take a minute to honor the service and sacrifice of these hardworking professionals who help keep our community safe.

  • In Carlsbad, all emergency calls go through our in-house dispatchers in the Carlsbad Police Department, who quickly determine what kind of help is needed so the right resources can be deployed.
  • If a caller needs fire or medical support, the call is immediately routed to the North County Dispatch Joint Powers Authority’s communications center under a partnership with the Carlsbad Fire Department.
  • Each year, Carlsbad dispatchers answer more than 110,000 calls. Nearly 36,000 of those calls are to 911, while the others are to the non-emergency line.
  • Nearly 99% of 911 calls are picked up within 15 seconds, beating the state average of 95%.


You can help dispatchers get emergency crews deployed quickly:

  • Only call 911 in a true emergency.
  • Make sure your house number is visible so it’s easy to find you if an emergency happens
  • If you need to call 911, give precise details about what’s happening, along with any medical history
  • Stay on the phone and follow the dispatcher’s directions

Meet the author of “The Maid” – Before becoming a best-selling author, Nita Prose taught high school students with special needs and worked as a book editor. Both experiences helped shape her blockbuster novel, “The Maid,” a quirky murder mystery about a hotel maid turned amateur sleuth who has a hard time reading social cues. 

“The Maid” is this year’s selection for Carlsbad Reads Together, a citywide book club with events throughout April to connect the community through a love of reading. You can meet Prose and hear her talk about her work during a special event Thursday at the Dove Library.

An Evening with Nita Prose

Thursday, April 18, at 6 p.m. – Schulman Auditorium – Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane

We expect a big crowd for this event, so plan to arrive early. We’ll be passing out numbers for admission starting at 5 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) and creating a standby line if needed. Visit the library website for more details.

Comedy night at the Schulman – If you’re in need of a good laugh, some of the region’s hardest-working comics – many of whom have appeared on “The Tonight Show,” “Late Show” and countless other programs – will share their wit, wisdom and comedic talents Saturday evening for our Stand Up Comedy Night.

Stand Up Comedy Night

Saturday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane

Help preserve a historic Carlsbad gem – There is a little over a week left to get early bird discount tickets to Fiesta at the Rancho, an annual fundraiser to help preserve Leo Carrillo Historic Ranch.

The Friends of Carrillo Ranch host the event, which raises money to help with the restoration, preservation and promotion of this slice of old California history. Proceeds from the dinner and silent auction also allow over 1,200 local fourth grade students in Carlsbad to participate in the award-winning California History and Art Program each year.

Fiesta at the Rancho

Saturday, May 11

5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park

6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Lane

Tickets: $125 before April 19

Explaining the new vegetation near The Flower Fields – Community members reached out to us with questions about vegetation growing on the edge of The Flower Fields along the Armada Drive walkway.

I wanted to let you know that these are silver-leaf eucalyptus plants used as filler in bouquets. The Flower Fields grows them every spring. Once the plants reach about four or five feet in height, they’ll be harvested back down to one foot. In fact, The Flower Fields has already started pruning some of them, also a spring tradition.

Thanks to everyone for writing in with your questions, and I hope you’ll get a chance to enjoy the area as the days get longer. 

Northbound I-5 to be closed overnight Monday -Caltrans and the San Diego Association of Governments asked us to let you know that northbound I-5 between Carlsbad Village Drive and State Route 78 will be closed overnight Monday, April 15, for more construction related to the Build NCC project. The lanes will be closed from 11:30 p.m. Monday to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 16.

For ongoing construction updates on this stretch of I-5, sign up for project emails from SANDAG.

What’s on the agenda for the next City Council meeting – The next City Council meeting will take place Tuesday, April 16, starting at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chamber. Topics include:

  • The monthly update on the city’s investments
  • A report on the positive results of the city’s financial audit for fiscal year 2023-24
  • A memorandum of understanding that would formalize the city’s relationship with the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts, which raises money for city arts programs
  • An agreement with a youth sports company to manage the city’s basketball program
  • Updating an agreement with SDGE to move overhead utility lines on parts of Valley Street, Magnolia Avenue and Brady Way underground to make way for new sidewalks and adding funding to the project because of a higher cost estimate
  • Advertising for bids for a project to widen El Camino Real between Sunny Creek Road and Jackspar Drive and add new sidewalks, a buffered bike lane and better access for people with disabilities
  • Continuing local storm-related emergency proclamations to remove debris from the Buena Vista Creek channel and repair a slope between El Camino Real and Trieste Drive. These proclamations must be renewed at each regular City Council meeting until the emergency is declared over.
  • Adopting an ordinance to comply with a state law requiring cities to approve the funding, acquisition and use of what the state defines as military equipment used by the Police Department
  • Adopting another ordinance to make modifications to the city’s zoning regulations requested by the California Coastal Commission
  • The annual plan for the city’s Housing Agency, which works to make more housing available to people with lower incomes
  • Authorizing the city to remove dry weeds and trash on private property to reduce fire risk
  • An appeal of the Planning Commission’s approval of a cell tower in Poinsettia Community Park
  • The annual Climate Action Plan report, highlighting the city’s progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • An update on a potential project to build a solar power generating and storage facility on vacant land next to the Carlsbad Municipal Water District’s Maerkle Reservoir, near the city’s border with Oceanside and Vista 
  • An updated plan to build a centralized public works operations facility on Orion Way

See the 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

Solar eclipse captivates Carlsbad –  Did you see it? Carlsbad community members donned their eclipse glasses and joined in the international excitement for Monday’s solar eclipse.

The next solar eclipse visible from Carlsbad will come around in 2045. There will certainly be a lot of City Manager’s Updates between now and then, including next week, when I’ll be back with more news on what’s happening in Carlsbad.

Until then, take care, stay safe and enjoy all that is here for us under the sun.

Scott Chadwick, City Manager

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News from the City of Carlsbad | April 4, 2024

This week marks the beginning of Earth Month, so all month I’ll be highlighting the ways we are helping to care for our beautiful beaches, lagoons, natural open spaces and the environment. Today I’ll talk about how we can reduce one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gas, and the source may surprise you. Plus, this other news of the week:

  • Compost and mulch giveaway at Earth Month Celebration
  • New sponsorship program for TGIF concerts
  • Curbing distracted driving this spring
  • Water pipeline project starts in south Carlsbad
  • Carlsbad 5000 street closures this weekend
  • More art springing up in the Village
  • A word on the recent officer involved shooting
  • What’s on the agenda for the next City Council meeting
  • An Egg-stra special shout out

The method behind the mulch -Preventing food from being wasted is ideal (and I’ll share tips for this next week), but if you end up with something that’s gone bad or you have food scraps leftover, the city’s organic waste recycling program will turn food and yard clippings into compost and mulch, giving them new life.

  • The city uses the compost and mulch clippings to landscape parks.
  • The materials also help capture and store carbon in the soil to prevent it from entering the atmosphere.
  • Residents can pick up free compost and mulch anytime at the Palomar Transfer Station (just east of El Camino Real off Faraday).

We’ll be giving away compost and mulch this Saturday at Pine Park, as part of our annual Earth Month celebration (more on both below). 

In addition to the benefits of using compost and mulch, diverting food scraps from landfills has another important benefit. That’s because food rotting in landfills produces significant greenhouse gas emissions.

How you can help + Our community is getting the hang of organic waste recycling with more than 46,000 tons collected since we started the program. Here’s how it works:

Collect your food scraps in a kitchen caddy, then transfer them to your green cart on trash day. Carlsbad residents can pick up a free caddy (and compost and mulch) from Republic Services.

Kitchen caddy pickup

Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Palomar Transfer Station , 5960 El Camino Real

You can also call Republic Services at 760-332-6464 or email them to request a caddy.

Put all food and yard scraps in your green compost cart. This includes coffee filters, tea bags and food-soiled papers like napkins, paper towels and greasy pizza boxes, as well as yard waste like grass clippings, leaves, branches and plants. Here’s a video that highlights what goes where. You can also call Republic Services at 760-332-6464 or email them to request a caddy.

What does NOT go in your compost cart? Never put diapers, hygiene products, glass, plastic, oil and grease, pet waste or rocks in your compost cart. Pet waste is one of the bigger problems, so please spread the word to friends and neighbors.

Earth Month Celebration and Compost & Mulch Giveaway – This Saturday, we’re hosting an Earth Month Celebration at Pine Park, where you can learn more tips and tricks for reducing food waste and living more sustainably. We’ll have “how-to” information on:

  • Vegetable picklingSmart food storage tipsMaking reusable food wraps out of beeswaxGrowing your own veggies

Earth Month Celebration

Saturday, April 6 +9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Pine Avenue Community Park 3209 Harding St.;

As part of the event, we’re also hosting a Compost & Mulch Giveaway using some of the material created through the organics recycling program.

Compost & Mulch Giveaway

Saturday, April 6  -9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Carlsbad Senior Center parking lot -799 Pine Ave.

  • compost and mulch for your spring gardening projects.
  • Prefilled bags will be available (first come, first served), or you can bring your own containers to be filled by Republic Services staff.
  • Republic Services representatives will assist in loading and lifting containers.
  • There is a limit of five 5-gallon buckets for a total of 25 gallons of material for either compost, mulch or a blend of the two.

Want more information about the environment?

Last week we launched a new Sustainable Carlsbad e-newsletter, which offers more tips and ideas for living sustainably, plus links to more in depth information, studies, laws and data. Read the first issue and sign up to receive future newsletters.

New sponsorship program for TGIF concerts – The city launched a pilot program this week to allow local businesses an opportunity to be a part of our most popular community event, the TGIF Concerts in the Parks summer series.

Why offer sponsorships?

In recent years, prices for vendors and supplies have increased significantly. When we asked for community feedback after the 2023 season, some common themes emerged. To offset higher costs, most people said they preferred the city seeking corporate sponsorships over other options, like reducing the number of concerts or charging admission.

After reviewing this community input, the City Council decided to return to a nine-concert lineup in 2024 and explore a sponsorship program.

Sponsorship opportunities +Sponsors will be recognized throughout the summer season through:

  • Event signage
  • Mentions on the city’s website and social media channels
  • Shoutouts onstage by the event announcer

We’ve outlined two sponsorship levels and can work with organizations to come up with custom packages. You can read the announcement for more details about how the pilot program will work.

Curbing distracted driving this spring -To kick off Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released some important data last week:

  • In 2022, more than 3,300 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers.
  • An additional 289,000 people were injured in these crashes.
  • It’s estimated that 373,000 drivers were talking on their phones while driving at any given moment in 2021.

If you have a young driver at home, it’s important to talk to them about focusing when they’re driving. Young people make up one of the largest proportions of drivers who were distracted at the time of fatal crashes.

If you’re having a hard time resisting the urge to check your phone when you’re driving, here are a few tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  • Before you get in the car, turn on your phone’s “Do not disturb” feature.
  • If you’re riding with other people in the car, hand your phone to your passenger. They can reply to any time-sensitive texts for you.
  • Put your phone in the backseat or even your trunk before you get behind the wheel. Out of sight, out of mind.

Our traffic safety emergency may have ended, but our Safer Streets Together message remains a top priority. View more traffic safety tips.

City construction map -While we’re on the subject of distracted driving, please be mindful of construction crews out working along roadways. Our map of major city construction projects is updated weekly to help you plan your route and avoid potential traffic delays. Remember, the map only shows city projects, not work being done by private companies or utilities.

Water pipeline construction project starting in south Carlsbad -The Olivenhain Municipal Water District is an example of another public agency doing work in Carlsbad. They asked us to let you know that construction is starting this month on a project to add 5,600 feet of new recycled water pipeline in Carlsbad and Encinitas. 

When the project is complete, more customers will be able to use recycled water for irrigation in Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s service area, which includes some neighborhoods in south Carlsbad. In all, the district expects to save more than 12.5 million gallons of drinking water every year due to its recycled water program.

  • The first phase of the project will be along Calle Barcelona in Carlsbad, from Rancho Santa Fe Road to Calle Acervo.
  • Work will take place Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
  • Near Mission Estancia Elementary School, work will be limited to 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon Friday to reduce the effect on student drop offs and pickups.
  • Water service for Olivenhain Municipal Water District customers shouldn’t be affected. (Three water districts serve Carlsbad. If you’re not sure which district provides your water, check the water district map.)
  • This phase of the project should be complete sometime this summer.

Find project updates at olivenhain.com/projects.  

Several downtown streets to close for Carlsbad 5000 -If you plan to visit downtown Carlsbad or the beach this weekend, a heads up that several streets will be closed Saturday and Sunday for the Carlsbad 5000 race and events.

Known as the World’s Fastest 5K, the Carlsbad 5000 has been a popular running event in the city since 1986. This weekend’s races are expected to draw thousands of spectators and participants from all over the U.S. and many foreign countries.

You can find a full list of road closures on our website. To avoid delays, please take alternate routes. 

Inside the art springing up in the Village – Speaking of downtown, if you’ve been in the Village lately, you’ve probably seen more spring-themed window art popping up on storefronts.

The pieces are part of Spring Kaleidoscope, a temporary art installation made possible through a partnership between the city and Carlsbad Village Association.

Last month, I shared behind-the-scenes videos featuring a couple of artists as they did their work. Today, I’m sharing three additional videos of artists discussing their inspiration and how they’re doing their part to maintain Carlsbad’s unique community character, a key part of the City Council’s 5-Year Strategic Plan.

A word on the recent officer involved shooting -You might have heard that last Friday a Carlsbad police officer was attacked near I-5 and Carlsbad Village Drive. As he took cover, he fired his service weapon. The suspect, who was not hit, ran and was captured a few blocks away.

This marks the third attack on one of our police officers in the past seven months. I’m glad to report that the officer has been released from the hospital, although it will take time to fully recover.

Even though Carlsbad remains one of the safest communities in the nation, we are not immune from the threats and trends affecting much larger cities. When our officers come to work, they put their lives on the line.

I want to acknowledge the important job they do and thank our officers for the sacrifices that they and their families make to help keep our community safe.

(Here is a news release about Friday’s incident. Whenever an officer is involved in a shooting, we turn the investigation over to another agency, the San Diego Police Department, as part of a regional agreement.)

What’s on the agenda for the next City Council meeting – The next City Council meeting will take place Tuesday, April 9, starting at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chamber. Topics will include:

  • A workers’ compensation settlement for a city utility worker
  • Buying two housing units originally sold by developers as affordable housing so they can be resold to eligible lower-income buyers as part of the city’s efforts to increase the amount of affordable housing in Carlsbad
  • Continuing local storm-related emergencies to remove debris from the Buena Vista Creek channel and repair a slope between El Camino Real and Trieste Drive. Such emergencies must be renewed at each regular City Council meeting until the emergency is declared over
  • Introducing an ordinance required by state law that approves the funding, acquisition and use of the Police Department equipment the state defines as military
  • A proposal by LEGOLAND to replace its driving school ride with a new space-themed attraction that includes an indoor roller coaster
  • Modifications to the city’s zoning regulations requested by the California Coastal Commission
  • Actions taken to address community concerns about the Windsor Pointe affordable housing project in the Barrio, which provides housing and support services to homeless veterans and their families as well as people suffering from serious mental illness

View the 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 afterward
  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

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

An EGGstra special shout out Rainy weather couldn’t dampen the mood at this year’s EGGStravaganza, as the city transformed the event into a Hop ‘n’ Go drive-through last Saturday. 

Our city team activated a rain plan that allowed more than 500 families to collect eggs and say hello to our bunny, all from the comfort of their cars. 

It may not have been a traditional egg hunt, but I know it will be memorable for those families all the same. A huge shoutout to all our city employees who go above and beyond to help create lasting memories, rain or shine.

Scott Chadwick, City Manager

News from the City of Carlsbad | March 28, 2024

This week the City Council approved projects to address traffic safety concerns in four Carlsbad neighborhoods. Today, I’ll explain how this program could work for your neighborhood, along with updating you on other news of the week:

  • Get ready for more rain and wind
  • “Traffic calming” explained
  • Save energy and money this Earth Month
  • Look for a credit on your energy bill in April
  • A feathered friend returns to Carlsbad
  • Rain plan is turning EGGstravaganza into a “Hop ‘n’ Go” event
  • Meet author Shilpi Gowda Saturday at Dove Library
  • Artist shares his talents at the Senior Center

A rainy end to March -March may have come in like a lion, but it’s certainly not going out like a lamb. More rain and wind are in the forecast for the weekend. The National Weather Service says the heaviest rain will come on Saturday, with showers continuing Sunday with a chance of thunderstorms. (If you are interested in meteorology, watch the official briefing on the National Weather Service San Diego YouTube channel. It is always full of fun weather-related facts).

Here’s a recap of steps you can take to keep your family, your property and the environment safe during storms:

Before the storm starts

  • Make sure your tires are property inflated and that your wiper blades are in good condition. (Tip: if you search for the make of your car and “wiper blades,” chances are you will find a video on YouTube that shows you how to take care of this task.)
  • Pick up pet waste and don’t use fertilizers or pesticides before it rains because water can carry these pollutants through our storm drain system to our local lagoons and the ocean.

Prepare for high winds

  • Trim tree branches away from your house and power lines.
  • Secure or remove items outside that could cause damage or injury if they were to be picked up by wind (patio furniture, patio umbrellas, loose gardening items, yard decor, etc.).

Driving in the rain

  • Slow down and give yourself extra time.
  • Turn on your headlights.
  • Avoid slamming on your brakes.
  • Turn around, don’t drown. Never drive through standing water.

To report flooding, call 442-339-2197. To report an issue with roads or blocked storm drains, call 442-339-2980. For emergencies, immediately call 9-1-1.

Remember, Friday is the beginning of a week-long spring break for our largest school district, so keep an eye out for more kids walking, biking and driving around town.

“Traffic calming” explained (and how you can sign up) – As you probably know, government tends to use a lot of specialized terms. Traffic calming is one of those. Here’s what it means:

  • Traffic calming refers to a variety of things that can be done to slow down cars as they travel through neighborhoods.
  • The term originated in Europe to describe an approach to designing streets that balance the needs of all users – cars, walkers and bicyclists.
  • Traffic calming is not used on major thoroughfares. It’s geared toward neighborhoods where you have a greater mix of users sharing the road.

The city has a traffic calming program designed to address neighborhood concerns about speeding in Carlsbad. On Tuesday, the City Council approved new traffic calming plans for sections of Park Drive, Black Rail Road, Plum Tree Road and Carrillo Way. (See the plans.)

Here’s how the program works:

  1. Report a concern about neighborhood speeding to traffic@carlsbadca.gov.
  2. A city staff person will follow up to discuss your specific street and gather background.
  3. If your street qualifies for the program, traffic engineers visit your neighborhood to determine potential solutions.
  4. We often start with quick solutions, like adding signs, increasing police enforcement and installing temporary speed feedback signs.
  5. If more is needed, we work with neighbors to evaluate other solutions, like speed bumps, restriping, curb extensions and traffic circles.
  6. Once we develop a plan, we mail a survey to the whole neighborhood explaining the proposed changes. 
  7. If approved, the city makes the changes then monitors the street to make sure they’re working as intended.

(This is a high-level overview. You can read more about how the program works to decide if it’s a good fit for your neighborhood).

The City Council allocates funding for this program in the annual city budget. Depending on how many requests have been made in a given year, some neighborhoods might get put on a waiting list.

See the results This video shows how the project works using three recently completed projects.

Don’t forget to check our weekly map of major city construction projects that could cause traffic delays along your route. Remember, the map only shows city projects, not work being done by utilities or private companies.

Energy (and money) saving tips, just in time for Earth Month -With Earth Month starting in April, over the next few weeks I’ll share some easy ways you can live more sustainably and help protect our natural environment – one of the key goals in the City Council’s 5-Year Strategic Plan.

The first topic is energy:

  • Save energy and get rewarded. Carlsbad residents who are part of the Clean Energy Alliance can sign up for OhmConnect, a new service that lets you earn rewards by reducing energy use during peak times. (Carlsbad residents were automatically switched from SDG&E to the Clean Energy Alliance in 2021, unless they opted out. The Clean Energy Alliance provides the power, but SDG&E still handles billing, so check your bill if you’re not sure).
  • Switch to 100% renewable energy. Consider switching to the Green Impact plan through the Clean Energy Alliance. It costs a few dollars more each month but ensures that 100% of the energy you use comes from renewable sources like solar, wind and hydropower.

Look for a credit on your energy bill in April – Whether your energy supplier is the Clean Energy Alliance or San Diego Gas & Electric, you can expect to see a $72.22 credit on your electric bill and a $58.98 credit on your natural gas bill in April.

  • The rebates will be provided to residential and small business accounts.
  • All customers receive the same amount, regardless of their energy consumption.
  • Customers who are signed up for net metering or who have an electric vehicle will also receive the credit.

Why the credit? The California Climate Credit is part of California’s efforts to address climate change.

  • This credit is from the California Cap-and-Trade Program, which requires power plants, fuel providers and large industrial facilities that emit greenhouse gases to buy carbon pollution allowances.
  • The credit on your bill is your share of the payments from the state’s program.
  • The Climate Credit is one of many programs resulting from legislation called the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.
  • The credit on your bill is designed to help utility customers during the transition to a low-carbon future.
  • The credits began in 2014.
  • To date, Carlsbad customers have received total rebates of $949 from the program, and the 2024 rebates are the largest so far.

Save the for these Earth Month activities

We’re hosting events and activities each Saturday in April to help you reduce your environmental impact and live more sustainably.

Earth Month Celebration and Compost & Mulch Giveaway  

Saturday, April 6 

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Pine Avenue Community Center 

3209 Harding St. 

Fixit Clinic and Electronic Waste Collection Event 

Saturday, April 13 

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Dove Library, back of main parking lot  1775 Dove Lane 

Creek to Bay Cleanup

Saturday, April 20  –

9 a.m. to noon 

Register for a location starting April 1 

Shred and Recycle It! Event 

Saturday, April 27 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Carlsbad location provided upon registration  Register

A feathered friend returns to Carlsbad
If you’re up for a little birdwatching once the rain clears, spring is a great time of year to catch a glimpse of the least Bell’s vireo. This unassuming songbird is a state and federal endangered species that returns to Southern California in March and April after spending the winter in Baja California. 

  • Least Bell’s vireo are small and gray with short rounded wings and a straight bill.
  • During breeding season, you can hear males marking their territory with a distinctive beautiful song.
  • Fun fact: There are no documented sightings of the least Bell’s vireo drinking water. They appear to get all the water they need from the insects they eat.

Least Bell’s vireo live along streams and in wetland habitats. In Carlsbad, you might be able to spot a pair along the Quarry Creek Trail and the Lake Calavera Sage Creek Trail. These areas feature cattail, mulefat, bulrush and salt heliotrope, which thrive in moist soil conditions.

The City of Carlsbad’s Habitat Management Plan helps protect endangered species like the least Bell’s vireo, part of the Sustainability and Natural Environment goal outlined in the City Council’s 5-Year Strategic Plan

Eggstravaganza Spring Festival rain plan -Due to the forecasted rain, we are transforming this year’s EGGstravaganza into a “Hop ‘n’ Go” drive-through event. Come by Poinsettia Park between 10 a.m. and noon Saturday, and our dedicated Parks & Recreation staff will pass out eggs and treats right through your car window, with an assist from our resident bunny.

Please visit our event page for final confirmation before you head out. We will update the page by 8 a.m. on Saturday with any changes or if it needs to be canceled.

Meet author Shilpi Somaya Gowda on Saturday at Dove Library – Shilpi Somaya Gowda didn’t set out to be a writer, but a summer during college spent volunteering at an orphanage in India inspired her first book, “The Secret Daughter.” The novel became a New York Times bestseller, and after years in the business world, Gowda transitioned into writing full time.

Today, Gowda is the author of four New York Times best-selling novels, including the just-released “A Great Country.” The book is about an Indian American family wrestling with what success means to each of the members. It explores themes like ambition, cultural expectations, race and class.

Gowda will talk about “A Great Country” during an author event Saturday at the Dove Library.

Shilpi Gowda author event – Saturday, March 30, 2 p.m. • Dove Library Schulman Auditorium,1775 Dove Lane

Books will be for sale, and a book signing will follow. You can also put a hold on the book through the library (all copies are currently checked out)

Artist shares his talents at Carlsbad Senior Center – When Leigh Cohn visits picturesque spots around Carlsbad, he doesn’t just take in the view – he captures the scene on canvas.

Over the past 20 years or so, Leigh has given away more than 300 of his original oil paintings that now hang in homes and offices in Carlsbad and around the world.

Last fall, Leigh was a featured artist at the Senior Center, with 25 of his paintings on display. At the end of the exhibition, he gave away all but two of those paintings, as well as several more.

Now, he’s sharing his love of painting by leading programs at the Senior Center celebrating the 150th anniversary of impressionism.

Birth of Impressionism (lecture) • April 15 – 3 to 4:30 p.m. Register

Let’s Paint Like Impressionists (six week class) • April 23 to May 28 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Register

You can learn more about these workshops and stay up to date on all Senior Center programs by signing up for our Adults 50+ mailing list.

City meetings next week – There is no City Council meeting next week, but some of our city boards and commissions are scheduled to meet.

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

Stay safe, stay dry, and I’ll be back next week with more updates.

Scott Chadwick, City Manager

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With several new security measures already planned for the 2024 TGIFConcerts in the Parks season, the City Council decided Tuesday not to proceed with a ticketing or registration process to limit attendance. The nine concerts will be held at three locations that will provide the safest and most convenient experience for the thousands of concert-goers who enjoy this annual summertime tradition.

Stagecoach Community Park June 21 • June 28  • July 5 • July 12 
Calavera Hills Community Park July 19 • July 26 • Aug. 2 
Alga Norte Community Park Aug. 9 • Aug. 16     

Poinsettia Community Park was dropped from the lineup this year because other parks were better suited to security needs, such as the ability to establish a clear event permitter with controlled access points, the size and location of the fields, and other issues related to the park’s configuration.T

he City Council also approved an ordinance Tuesday that allows for security screening of concert attendees. This will include screening adults and teens with a metal detector wand and checking bags for weapons. Alcohol, glassware, cutlery and other picnic supplies will continue to be allowed.

Why the changes? At the City Council’s Dec. 12, 2023, meeting, Police Chief Mickey Williams recommended bringing the popular summer concerts into better alignment with safety planning for other major public events. At that meeting, the City Council approved a list of security improvements that were based on best practices for major public events.

According to Police Captain Reid Shipley, the city’s goal is to retain the overall community feel of the concerts while acknowledging that safety needs at large public events have evolved in recent years.

More information about the 2024 season, including the band line up, will be announced in May.

To get updates about TGIF Concerts in the Parks, sign up on the city’s website.

More information

TGIF Concerts in the Parks

TGIF Concerts 2023 Public Input Report

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Carlsbad | March 21, 2024

It’s spring break time, which means during the next several weeks, you may notice more kids, teens and families walking and biking around town. Today, I’ll share some important safety tips, plus these updates:

  • 2024 TGIF concert plans announced
  • Spring blooms in the Village
  • Be a household detective on World Water Day
  • The author of ‘The Maid’ is coming to Carlsbad
  • Jazz trio to perform Saturday at the Schulman
  • Overnight freeway closure on northbound I-5
  • No rail service this weekend
  • What’s on the agenda for the next City Council meeting

Staying safe on the road during spring break – Longer days and school holidays mean more people will be getting outdoors. Please take care on the roads, especially when it comes to the most vulnerable users of the road – walkers and bicyclists. 

You may have seen reports earlier this week of a 48-year-old father who was killed while bicycling along the coast in Encinitas. We won’t know the circumstances until the investigation is complete, but we do know that tragedy on local roads can occur in an instant.

5 steps to a safer spring break

  1. Talk to children about the rules of the road, including rules for pedestrians and bicyclists and Carlsbad-specific e-bike rules. You can also share this video as a refresher.
  2. Remember that anyone under 18 is legally required to wear a helmet while riding a bike. Make sure the helmet fits properly.
  3. Eliminate distractions. Put your phone away when walking, driving or biking.
  4. When driving, slow down and allow extra time to get where you need to go.
  5. Encourage your young riders to sign up for our April 20 bike and e-bike safety class taught by Carlsbad Police officers who are certified bike instructors. Space is limited and advanced registration is required.

Don’t forget to check our weekly map of major city construction projects that could cause traffic delays along your route. Remember, the map only shows city projects, not work being done by utilities or private companies. See more traffic safety tips on our website.

2024 TGIF concert plans announced -With several new security measures already planned for the 2024 TGIF Concerts in the Parks season, the City Council decided Tuesday not to proceed with a ticketing or registration process for this summer’s events. Also on Tuesday, staff provided an update on concert planning, including announcing the dates and locations of the nine concerts this summer:

Stagecoach Community Park

June 21

June 28

July 5

July 12

Calavera Hills Community Park

July 19

July 26

Aug. 2

Alga Norte Community Park

Aug. 9

Aug. 16

Poinsettia Community Park was dropped from the lineup this year because other parks were better suited to security needs, such as the ability to establish a clear event perimeter with controlled access points, the size and location of the fields, and other issues related to the park’s configuration.

The City Council also approved an ordinance Tuesday that allows for security screening of concert attendees. This will include screening adults and teens with a metal detector wand and checking bags for weapons. Alcohol, glassware, cutlery and other picnic supplies will continue to be allowed. 

Why the changes?

At the City Council’s Dec. 12, 2023, meeting, Police Chief Mickey Williams recommended bringing the popular summer concerts into better alignment with safety planning for other major public events. At that meeting, the City Council approved a list of security improvements that were based on best practices for major public events.

According to Police Captain Reid Shipley, the city’s goal is to retain the overall community feel of the concerts while acknowledging that safety needs at large public events have evolved in recent years.

More information about the 2024 season, including the band line up, will be announced in May.

To get email updates about TGIF Concerts in the Parks, sign up on the city’s website.

Art blooming in the Village – If you’ve visited the Village in the past few days, you may have noticed some colorful paintings in storefront windows. It’s all part of Spring Kaleidoscope, a temporary art installation made possible by the city in partnership with the Carlsbad Village Association.

The Carlsbad Village Association chose 10 local and regional artists, from Carlsbad, Vista, Oceanside, Escondido and San Diego, to help springtime come alive in the Village with images that evoke the change in season. Artists are collaborating with over a dozen downtown businesses.

  • The city’s Cultural Arts program includes a wide variety of permanent and temporary exhibits.
  • Bringing art into the community through temporary art projects is a major goal of the city’s Arts & Culture Plan.
  • Partnering with local businesses has the added bonus of drawing more people to patronize local shops they might otherwise not be aware of.

Through April 21, the spring-themed artwork will be on display throughout the Village. (See a map of locations.) We caught up with a couple of the artists to learn more about their inspiration.

Through April 21, the spring-themed artwork will be on display throughout the Village. (See a map of locations.) We caught up with a couple of the artists to learn more about their inspiration.

https://youtu.be/YrQmB_QKTR4?list=PL1FSofDHBQsMsaqvYb9sV9lWpAm9WJpnR

More behind-the-scenes videos will be added as the artists finish their work, so stay tuned. 

Be a household leak detective on World Water Day – World Water Day is this Friday, a perfect time to think about small ways we can help conserve our most precious resource. It may sound strange to talk about conservation with more rain in the forecast, but saving water is always a good thing to do in an arid climate like ours. 

One easy way to save water (and money) is by staying vigilant about household leaks. Household leaks waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A faucet that drips just 10 times per minute wastes nearly 1.5 gallons of water in a day, and 525 gallons in a year. Checking for leaks is easy, no plumber necessary. Here’s how:

  • Check your water bill. If you notice an unexplained increase, you could have a leak.
  • Turn off all your water faucets and appliances that use water and then check your water meter (usually out by the street). Wait 15 minutes and check it again. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak. (Tip: You can take a quick before and after photo on your phone to compare.)
  • Identify toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl after 10 minutes, you have a leak. (Be sure to flush immediately after to avoid staining the tank).
  • Examine faucets and shower heads for any water on the outside of the pipe. Don’t forget garden hoses.

Find more water-saving tips on our website.

The author of ‘The Maid’ is coming to Carlsbad

In Nita Prose’s “The Maid,” a quirky hotel maid named Molly enters the suite of an infamous and wealthy man, only to find him dead. To make matters worse, Molly soon becomes the lead suspect. Molly transforms from maid to amateur sleuth in this popular Clue-like whodunnit tale.

“The Maid,” published in 2022, has since become a New York Times bestseller and is a Good Morning America Book Club pick. A movie is also in the works (there are at least two other movies called, “The Maid.” The one based on this book has not come out yet, in case you were checking).

“The Maid” is also the book selected for Carlsbad Reads Together, a month-long citywide book club with special events and activities to connect the whole community through a love of reading. The author will be featured during a special discussion at the Schulman Auditorium.

An Evening with Nita Prose – Thursday, April 18, at 6 p.m.

Schulman Auditorium Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane

We expect a big crowd for this event, so if you plan to attend, please arrive early. We’ll start handing out numbers for admission at 5 p.m. and open the doors at 5:30 p.m. Once all the numbers have been handed out, a standby line will form, and people will be admitted as space allows.

Carlsbad libraries have digital, print and audio versions of the book available to check out, along with other Carlsbad Reads Together selections:

  • For teens: “Sadie” by Courtney Summers
  • For children: “Detective Mole” by Camilla Pintonato

Visit the library website for more details, including some of the other fun activities planned for Carlsbad Reads Together.

Jazz trio to perform Saturday at the Schulman

Vaughn Fahie began playing songs by ear on the accordion and keyboard at just 8 years old, while also arranging his own music. Throughout high school, he perfected his piano skills and was then introduced to the clarinet and alto saxophone. 

Fast forward to today, and Vaughn’s music and positivity are entertaining audiences throughout Southern California. You can enjoy Vaughn and his jazz trio this Saturday at the Schulman Auditorium.

Vaughn Fahie Jazz Trio

Saturday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane

Doors open at 7 p.m., and seating is first come, first served. This concert is part of the city’s Front Row Saturday series, where we showcase new and emerging artists from Carlsbad and across the region.

Overnight freeway closure on northbound I-5

We have gotten word that all northbound I-5 lanes between Carlsbad Village Drive and State Route 78 will be closed overnight Monday for construction work related to the Build NCC project, which includes widening I-5 and other improvements to the region’s transportation infrastructure and environment.

The closure will begin at 11:30 p.m. and end at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

If you need to be out at these hours, please follow detour signs and drive with caution around the construction area. You can get SANDAG’s construction updates about projects on this part of I-5 by signing up for project emails.

No Rail Service This Weekend -The North County Transit District asked us to let you know that there will be no coastal rail service Saturday and Sunday between the Oceanside Transit Center and Santa Fe Depot in San Diego. This kind of routine closure happens several times a year so crews can do maintenance and infrastructure work along the tracks. Service should resume by Monday morning.Learn more on the NCTD website

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

The next City Council meeting will take place Tuesday, March 26, starting at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chamber. Topics will include:

  • Authorizing city staff members to act as the city’s agents on its claims for state disaster relief for the recent storm emergencies
  • An update on the ongoing negotiations to relocate SDG&E’s North Coast Service Center from its current location near Carlsbad Boulevard and Cannon Road  
  • Designating seven trees around Carlsbad as heritage trees to recognize them as historic and cultural resources for the community
  • A contract to repair a retaining wall along Park Drive, west of Bayshore Drive
  • Extending the term of an engineering agreement for a new recycled water tank being built near the corner of Black Rail Road and Poinsettia Lane
  • Continuing local storm-related emergencies to remove debris from the Buena Vista Creek channel and repair a slope between El Camino Real and Trieste Drive. Local emergencies must be renewed at each regular City Council meeting until the emergency is declared over.
  • Appointing one member to the Library Board of Trustees and three members to the Arts Commission
  • Adopting an ordinance that will allow for security screening at the TGIF Concerts in the Parks
  • A public hearing on state bonds to be issued by a developer to renovate the 138 apartments in the Laurel Tree Apartments affordable housing complex off Aviara Road, south of Palomar Airport Road
  • Approving plans and authorizing bidding on a project to install a type of speed bump along sections of Park Drive, Black Rail Road, Plum Tree Road and Carrillo Way in response to community concerns about speeding.

See the 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 afterward
  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

Board 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.

Since we started this week with spring, I’ll end there too. Here’s what our city Sculpture Garden looked like (and sounded like) on the first day of spring this week. The Sculpture Garden is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please come by and enjoy a peaceful break in your day. It’s just north of Cole Library, next to the community garden. The current exhibit will be on display through August.

Take care, and I’ll be back next week with more updates.

Scott Chadwick, City Manager

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Carlsbad City Council to discuss 2024 TGIF Summer Concerts – The Carlsbad City Council is scheduled to receive an update at its March 19 meeting about planning for the 2024 TGIF Concerts in the Parks season.

Last December, the City Council asked staff to plan nine concerts in 2024. The City Council also voted to add security precautions recommended by the city’s police and fire chiefs to bring the concerts up to the same standard as other large public events.  

On the agenda

At the March 19 meeting, staff will provide an update on planning completed so far, including proposed park locations and dates, options for managing attendance and increasing security, a sponsorship pilot program and other details. 

Part of the added security precautions for the 2024 concert season included evaluating concert venues based on safety and security management, adjacent parking and shuttle pick-up lots, and the overall size of each park.

The locations for the nine concerts this season are:

  • Stagecoach Community Park
  • Calavera Hills Community Park
  • Alga Norte Community Park

More information

Tuesday, March 19 – 5 p.m. • Carlsbad City Hall 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive

EGGstravaganza Spring Festival

Hop on down to the City of Carlsbad’s popular EGGstravaganza Spring Festival

Saturday, March 3010 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Poinsettia Community Park 6600 Hidden Valley Road

This annual spring event features

  • Carlsbad’s largest egg hunt, an ongoing egg scramble where kids race to collect candy-filled eggs
  • Face-painting, crafts, cookie decorating, a fun zone, soak the bunny and more
  • Food and beverages available for purchase

How the egg scramble works …. The egg scramble is ongoing from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or until eggs run out. To keep the scramble fun for all ages, one field will be designated for children ages 6 and over who want to race for their eggs, and an identical one will be for children ages 5 and under. There is also a noncompetitive field for young children, children with special needs, and for families wanting to pose for a photo opportunity.
To avoid lines during the event, $5 activity cards and $5 unlimited inflatables wristbands can be purchased in advance at city community centers. The cards can be divided among multiple children for all the activities; however, wristbands are per person. Both can be purchased at these locations Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

Calavera Hills Community Center, 2997 Glasgow Drive

Stagecoach Community Center, 3420 Camino de los Coches

Alga Norte Aquatics Center, 6565 Alicante Road

Pine Avenue Community Center, 3209 Harding St.

It is highly recommended to buy your tickets presale at one of our community centers. Don’t forget to bring your favorite basket for the egg scramble. 

For more information Rachael Shay, 442-339-2519, rachael.shay@carlsbadca.gov

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News from the City of Carlsbad | March 14, 2024

This week, we’re going behind the scenes of our recent DUI checkpoint and sharing a reminder to look out for each other during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday this weekend. Plus, with spring approaching, I’ll share some timely information, including:

  • A fresh start: Sustainable spring cleaning tips 
  • How to protect your home when you travel
  • Smooth streets ahead for Avenida Encinas 
  • A more intense trail volunteer event 
  • Exploring the history of Leo Carrillo Ranch 
  • What’s on the agenda for the next City Council meeting 

Carlsbad behind the scenes: DUI and driver’s license checkpoints 

Keeping our community safe is one of the most important things we do as a city. That’s why protecting quality of life and safety is one of the pillars of the City Council’s 5-Year Strategic Plan. Today, I’m giving you a behind-the-scenes look at just one of the tools the Carlsbad Police Department uses to help keep our community safe – DUI and driver’s license checkpoints.  

  • Carlsbad’s latest checkpoint was on Saturday night, Feb. 17, at Palomar Airport Road and Gateway Road in Bressi Ranch.  
  • More than 1,700 vehicles passed through, with officers arresting two people on suspicion of driving under the influence and citing 18 for driving without a license.  
  • Thank you to the roughly 20 officers who staffed the checkpoint, including some from the California Highway Patrol and Chula Vista Police Department.  

Alcohol-and drug-impaired driving cause one-third of all traffic fatalities in California, according to the state Office of Traffic Safety. The agency recently awarded the city a grant to help pay for enforcement tools like checkpoints.  

How a checkpoint works  -Checkpoints may appear to have an easy setup, with cones and electronic signs, but they actually take weeks of planning with multiple city departments. That includes the Public Works streets team to make sure there’s a traffic control plan in place. 

  • Officers choose the location based on a few different factors, including whether there have been previous DUIs in that area and whether there’s already a plan in place to control traffic.  
  • Not surprisingly, most checkpoints are held near areas where there is a high concentration of bars and restaurants. 

Once the location is determined, the Carlsbad Police Department notifies the public of the date and time as required by state law. (Police aren’t required to announce the location.)  

  • The announcements used to be in the newspaper, now they’re on social media.  
  • Getting the word out helps deter impaired driving, while educating the community about the dangers of driving under the influence.  

Most checkpoints begin around 7 p.m. Here’s how it works: 

  • As drivers approach the checkpoint, they’ll see cones in the road putting them into a single-file line along with electronic signs explaining a checkpoint is ahead.  
  • Officers will allow about 10 vehicles through, then stop the next seven. 
  • When a driver rolls down their window, officers will ask to see their driver’s license and look for any signs of impairment.  
  • If alcohol or drugs are suspected – or a person doesn’t have a license – they’ll be asked to step out of the car for further investigation while another officer pulls their vehicle off to the side.  

What happens if someone makes a U-turn?  -As traffic begins to slow and the checkpoint signs pop up, some drivers may be tempted to turn around. Police have already thought ahead, with chase vehicles stationed along the road to pull over anyone who tries to avoid the checkpoint. 

What if someone refuses to show their license? Or refuses an alcohol screening? – Simply put, state vehicle code says a licensed driver who takes a car onto a public road must show their license at the request of a police officer. 

While drivers can refuse a breathalyzer test, officers can look for signs of impairment and administer sobriety tests like asking the driver to walk in a straight line or to tilt their head and touch their nose. Only people who have been arrested are required to give a blood or breath sample.  

Driving under the influence carries significant penalties. Drivers charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.  

Extra enforcement this weekend  – With St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, Carlsbad Police will have extra officers on patrol looking for signs of impaired driving. We’re also asking our community to follow the “see something, say something” rule. If you see someone you suspect is driving under the influence, report it by calling 911. 

A fresh start: Sustainable spring cleaning 

The first day of spring is this Tuesday and if you’re ready to dust off the cobwebs and start decluttering, we have tips and resources to make your spring cleaning easy and safer for the environment.  

Sustainability and protecting Carlsbad’s natural environment is also one of the top goals in the City Council’s 5-Year Strategic Plan.   

Here are three ways to make your spring cleaning more sustainable: 

Schedule a bulky item pickup. 

  • Carlsbad residents with bulky items that can’t be donated or repaired can schedule three pickups a year through our waste disposal company, Republic Services.  
  • Up to five large items like mattresses, furniture and appliances can be picked up at a time. When possible, the items will be reused, donated or recycled.  
  • To schedule a bulky pickup, call Republic Services at 760-332-6464. Learn more and watch this video

Dispose of household hazardous waste properly.  

  • Items like light bulbs, household cleaners and paint can be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, 1145 East Taylor Street in Vista.  
  • You can also arrange for a pickup service. (It’s free for people over age 65.) Learn more and watch this video for an easy way to recycle household batteries. 

Swap your cleaning products for greener options. 

  • Instead of disposable products like paper towels, wipes and single-use mop pads, choose reusable alternatives like microfiber cloths, washable mop heads and sponges that can be washed and reused multiple times. 
  • DIY cleaning solutions with simple ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and lemon can be just as effective as store-bought cleaners without the harmful chemicals. Plus, they’re often more budget-friendly and reduce the need for single-use plastic bottles. 

If you like tips like this and want to do more to help care for Carlsbad, sign up for the city’s new environmental sustainability newsletter. We’ll share news throughout the year about the city’s environmental sustainability programs and how you can help. 

Planning a spring vacation? Secure your home before you head out 

Spring break season is around the corner for ​local schools and that’s always a popular time for family vacations. If you’re planning a getaway, take steps now to safeguard your home while you’re gone.  

  • Set timers for your indoor lights to turn on and off at different times. This creates the illusion that someone is home. 
  • Tell trusted neighbors or friends about your vacation plans, so they can keep an eye on your property, collect your mail and alert you if anything seems amiss. 
  • Avoid posting key details about your vacation on social media like the dates you’ll be gone. If you plan to share photos while you’re away, make sure only your trusted friends can see them.   
  • Consider installing a home security system with cameras, motion sensors and alarms. Many systems allow you to keep an eye on things via an app on your smartphone.  
  • Install outdoor surveillance cameras with multiple angles, including back-door coverage (not just a doorbell camera). 
  • Install motion-activated lights around the perimeter of your home to deter burglars and increase visibility at night. 

If you are out of town and your surveillance camera catches suspicious activity, don’t call 911 where you’re vacationing, which would be routed to the nearest dispatch center, not Carlsbad’s. Instead, call the Carlsbad Police non-emergency line at 442-339-2197 to be connected to someone here in Carlsbad.  LEARN MORE

Smooth streets ahead for Avenida Encinas  – As part of an overall goal of improving traffic safety in the city, Avenida Encinas is being repaved between Carlsbad Boulevard and the Poinsettia COASTER Station during the next several weeks, pending weather.  

Repaving and restriping require several steps, so please watch for construction workers and give yourself plenty of time to get where you need to go.  

  • Repaving work requires a combination of grinding, striping removal and crack sealing. 
  • When areas are ready to be resurfaced we try to resurface one side at a time to maintain at least one lane of traffic and access to businesses.  
  • The new surface needs a little time to dry before it’s ready for new striping, but there will be temporary traffic markings. 
  • Completing all the striping and markings usually takes between two to four weeks after the road is resurfaced.  

The project is listed on our latest map of major city construction projects, including ones that could impact traffic around town. The map only shows major city construction projects. It doesn’t include work being done by utility companies or private developers.   

 Help a trail and work out at the same time this Wednesday  – Our next trail volunteer event is Wednesday, March 20, at the Village H North trail. Community members will work alongside city staff to revegetate a portion of the trail and install a new fence.  

  • The work will be a little more challenging because the trail is in a steep area. Expect to get a workout. 
  • Because the project is so labor intensive, we’re asking volunteers not to bring young children. 

Trail volunteer event  – Wednesday, March 20  8:30 to 10:30 a.m. 

Village H North Trailhead  Carlsbad Village Drive at Victoria Avenue 

  • The city provides all the tools you need, plus training. 
  • Wear closed-toe shoes and long pants to protect against bugs and branches. 
  • Bring water, sunscreen and gloves. (If you don’t have gloves, we can provide them.) 

Public parking is available along the street on Victoria Avenue across from Carlsbad Village Drive. You can also park along Tamarack Avenue near Hope Elementary (but not in the school parking lot). If you park on Tamarack, you’ll have to walk the trail to get to the meeting location.  

Please RSVP to Sarah at sarah.czech@carlsbadca.gov by Friday if you plan to attend. 

Introducing students to Carlsbad (and California) history  …Every year we invite all 4th grade classes from public schools in Carlsbad to take a field trip to Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park as part of the free California History & Art Program.

More than a thousand students from the four school districts that serve our community get an up-close look at California history with a visit to the historic ranch of the late actor Leo Carrillo. 

On Tuesday, the City Council accepted a donation from the Friends of Carrillo Ranch, Inc. to help fund the field trips in the coming year. 

During the field trips, students learn about Carrillo and the history of the ranch. Carrillo starred in plays and acted in over 90 films but may be most famous for his role as “Pancho” on the Cisco Kid television series that was popular in the 1950s.  

In 1937, Carrillo purchased land in Carlsbad and began to build a ranch inspired by the historic ranchos of the early Californio era, before the region became part of the United States in 1850. The result was a rambling adobe hacienda, rustic outbuildings and beautiful grounds. The Carrillo family used the ranch as a vacation retreat and gathering place.  

Today, the buildings and 27 acres surrounding the ranch are a city park open to the public for touring as well as a location for educational classes and camps. 

Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park  -6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Lane : Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

The ranch is the only place in Carlsbad that is listed as a California Historic Landmark, on the National Registry of Historic Places, and on the city’s historic resource register.  

Learn more about the field trip program and all the educational resources available to teachers and students at Leo Carrillo Ranch.  

What’s on the agenda for the next City Council meeting…The next City Council meeting will take place Tuesday, March 19, starting at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chamber. Topics will include: 

  • An agreement that will enable the city to have official documents recorded through a new digital system instead of by paper and mail
  • A state-required report on the city’s progress in implementing its General Plan, with the focus on how the city has met its share of regional housing goals and implementing its housing programs
  • Results of the annual program to eliminate the fire hazards of dry weeds and rubbish on vacant lots around the city
  • An agreement that enables the Carlsbad Municipal Water District to receive federal grant money for its recycled water projects
  • Continuing local storm-related emergencies to remove debris from the Buena Vista Creek channel and repair a slope between El Camino Real and Trieste Drive. Local emergencies must be renewed at each regular City Council meeting until the emergency is declared over.
  • A presentation from Caltrans and the San Diego Association of Governments on the project to improve the Chestnut Avenue underpass beneath Interstate 5
  • An update on the planning for the 2024 TGIF Concerts in the Parks series, including the recommended schedule and locations, safety measures and a pilot program to solicit event sponsorships

A link to the full agenda and staff reports is now available on the city’s website.

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

Board 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.

If you have a trip coming up this spring, please travel safely. And while it’s always nice to get away, I can’t think of a better place to return home to than Carlsbad.  

Have a great weekend and I’ll be back next week with more updates. 

Scott Chadwick, City Manager

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City of Carlsbad | March 7, 2024

As we prepare to set our clocks forward an hour this weekend, I am providing some important information about traffic safety and the time change, plus these stories:

  • Annual habitat report shows Carlsbad’s commitment
  • Spring forward and stay safe
  • An interesting couple who helped Carlsbad bloom
  • Mark your calendars – summer camp registration opens soon
  • Enjoy some Irish folk music this weekend
  • Still time to nominate a deserving resident for Citizen of the Year
  • New CDC guidelines on respiratory viruses
  • What’s on the agenda for next week’s City Council meeting

Protecting Carlsbad’s natural resources – Protecting and maintaining Carlsbad’s 6,200 acres of habitat preserves is a big job – more than 4,700 football fields big.

City staff presented an annual report on our Habitat Management Plan earlier this week (watch the meeting recording) highlighting all the work the city, land management organizations and nonprofit conservancy groups have done over the past year to protect sensitive habitat in Carlsbad. Protecting our natural environment is one of the top goals in the City Council’s 5-Year Strategic Plan.

One of the main takeaways from this year’s report was the importance of removing invasive plants:

  • The past year has focused on removing non-native plants that sprouted after last year’s above average rainy season.
  • Invasive non-native species might look pretty – including the two below – but they disrupt sensitive ecosystems, choke out endangered plants and animals, and increase wildfire risks. 

New projects at two local preserves focused on fennel and artichoke thistle, which threatened native plant species thread-level brodiaea and San Diego thornmint.

You can learn more about habitat protection on our website and sign up for a new environmental sustainability e-newsletter we are about to launch, just in time for Earth Month in April. LEARN MORE

Spring forward and stay safe

Missing an hour of sleep might sound like nothing, but what about millions of people losing that hour, all on the same day? Research shows that traffic fatalities nationwide increase 6% the week following the “spring forward” time change. Most occur in the morning hours. 

The 2020 University of Colorado study also found the effects to be worse the farther west you live, making it even more important that Carlsbad residents do what they can to manage this transition safely.

Here is what is recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine on how to minimize the impact of the time change on your body clock:

  • Go to bed and get up a little earlier in the days leading up to the change (If you start tonight, you can change your sleep schedule for a couple of days, and every little bit helps).
  • Set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday evening, March 9, so when you start your day Sunday, you will already be on the new schedule.
  • Head outside for some early morning sunlight on Sunday. While it will get bright a little later, exposure to sunlight will help regulate your morning routine.
  • Get plenty of sleep on Sunday night to ensure you’re rested and ready for the week.

Let’s (still) be safer together

Since proclaiming a traffic emergency in August 2022, we have seen positive changes and fewer injury collisions. Please help this trend keep heading in the right direction by following these five tips:

  1. Slow down and stay alert. Even if you’re not tired, others on the road could be.
  2. Pay extra attention during the dark morning hours when it can be harder to see other people on the road.
  3. If you’re walking or biking, wear reflective strips, bright colors and carry a light (make sure your bike has front and back lights if you’re riding in the dark). This video shows some equipment you can wear or put on your bike.
  4. You can always use your phone as a flashlight if you’re walking – just stay focused on your surroundings and not your apps.
  5. A lighted or reflective collar and leash are great ways to be seen if you’re walking with a furry friend.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our streets safe!

Author to share history of The Flower Fields

When Jo Ellen Guthrie bought a Carlsbad vacation home with her husband in 2011, she was not expecting to become a local history expert. But fascinated by an old home still standing on the Lincoln Street property, she began to explore its origins. In doing so, she discovered the history of the world-famous Flower Fields and the emergence of Carlsbad as a center for the floriculture industry.

With the help of history staff at the Georgina Cole Library, her initial curiosity turned into a passion project, researching the origin story of our famous ranunculus fields. Today, she is the proud author of a book detailing how this specific flower ended up in Carlsbad, the people behind it and how this tradition has continued up until present day.

You can get the details tomorrow when we host Jo Ellen Guthrie for an author talk and book signing at Cole Library: LEARN MORE

Author event with Jo Ellen Guthrie Friday, March 8, 10:30 a.m.

Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive

Our summer camp lineup is out – get ready to register – Summer will be here before you know it, and the City of Carlsbad’s annual Summer Community Services Guide is now online with details about all our camps and classes. 

This year’s lineup includes creative and performing arts camps, science and exploration camps, special interest camps, sports camps and traditional day camps.

Camps last one week each and are offered from June through August for kids ages 3 to 16.

You can register beginning Wednesday, March 13. I recommend getting your plan together so you can sign up right after registration opens to be sure you get all your first choices. They always fill up fast!

Sign up for Parks & Recreation emails to stay updated on all our City of Carlsbad recreation programs.

Finnegan Blue in concert Saturday at the Schulman – St. Patrick’s Day is still 10 days away, but it’s not too early to enjoy some Irish folk music. We’ve got you covered with the San Diego-based band Finnegan Blue performing this Saturday at our latest Showtime at the Schulman concert.

Finnegan Blue Saturday, March 9, 7:30 p.m.

Schulman Auditorium , 1775 Dove Lane

Finnegan Blue is rooted in traditional Irish Folk music, but has fused that Celtic pride with rock, jazz, reggae and gospel. Siblings Anna Lee and Willie Fleming founded the group in 2015. While they’re based in North Park, they’ve since traveled all over the world and across the western states. Seating for the concert is first come, first served.

Still time to nominate a deserving resident for Citizen of the Year -If you know a local volunteer who has given time, energy and talents for the betterment of Carlsbad, you have one more month to nominate them for Carlsbad’s Citizen of the Year. This annual award, now in its 57th year, recognizes residents who have provided outstanding service to our community.

Nomination forms are available on the city’s website and at City Hall, at 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive and are due by April 5. Email council@carlsbadca.gov or call 442-339-2830 with questions.

CDC streamlines recommendations for preventing respiratory viruses

Cold and flu season is still in full swing, so I’m passing along some updated recommendations from the CDC about how to protect yourself from respiratory viruses, including COVID-19.

The federal agency released the new guidance this week. It essentially streamlines things into one set of prevention strategies that can apply to all common respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, the flu and RSV. The one getting most of the attention is a change to the isolation guidance – you no longer need to automatically stay away from others for five days if you meet certain criteria. Learn more on the CDC website.

What’s on the agenda for the next City Council meeting – The next City Council meeting will take place Tuesday, March 12, starting at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chamber. Topics will include:

  • The monthly update on the city’s investments
  • The annual review of the city’s investment policy with some minor City Council and state-required updates
  • Expanding an agreement with a consultant to provide temporary staffing for reviewing building plans, conducting building inspections and other building services so that the city can continue to provide timely service despite unanticipated staff vacancies
  • Shifting city grant funds from a Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation project to create a lagoon resiliency plan to another foundation project to fill trail gaps along the lagoon’s north shore
  • Accepting a donation from the Friends of Carrillo Ranch that will support the California History & Art Field Trip Program at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park
  • Purchasing lockers for the Police and Fire headquarters project
  • Continuing local storm-related emergencies to remove debris from the Buena Vista Creek channel and repair a slope between El Camino Real and Trieste Drive. These local emergencies must be reviewed by the City Council at every meeting to determine whether they need to be continued or should end.
  • An appeal of the city’s decision to approve a notice of completed work and release the cash security and bond required to guarantee grading and erosion control work being done for the construction of a home on Skyline Road
  • Update on Affirmed Housing’s Windsor Pointe Affordable Housing Project and potential actions to address concerns

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

Board 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.

That’s all for this week. Please stay well, stay rested and don’t forget to set your clocks forward. I’ll be back next week with more updates.

Scott Chadwick, City Manager

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Today, as we mark leap day 2024, I’ll fill you in how we’ve been making the most of our time at the city when it comes to our environment, water reliability, preserving community character and other issues important to the Carlsbad community.

  • City budget on track at mid-year, some economic uncertainty remains
  • Increasing local influence over airport issues
  • Preserving community character in the face of change
  • Under pressure: Maintaining our water supply
  • Annual meeting shares progress on habitat preservation
  • No rail service to San Diego this weekend
  • Tax deadline extended to June 17
  • Upcoming city meetings
  • A shout out to #TeamCarlsbad, one day early

Latest economic report has good news and some mixed messages – Halfway through the fiscal year, city revenues are up 8% over this time last year, and a recent report shows Carlsbad’s gross regional product increased 3% over the previous year, remaining the second highest in the region. At the same time, Carlsbad’s sales tax revenue is lower than the previous quarter, and hotel tax revenue is down 5% over this time last year, likely a sign of post-COVID travel demand easing.

The city uses a variety of data and models to forecast economic activity, which has a direct effect on city finances used to pay for local government services. By receiving quarterly updates, the City Council can closely track city spending and revenue trends to help inform its policy decisions.

Here’s what our city Finance Director Zach Korach had to say Tuesday:

“We are still feeling the ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic disruptions plus significant inflation, both of which make it harder to accurately estimate how much things will cost in the future and how much revenue the city can expect to receive. When there is a high degree of economic uncertainty, we recommend a more cautious approach to city spending, which is reflected in the current year’s city budget.”

Over 80% of city revenue that funds day to day services like the police and fire departments, parks, recreation and libraries comes from three sources: property tax, sales tax, and the tax visitors pay when they stay in Carlsbad hotels and short-term vacation rentals. All three are influenced by the strength of the economy.

When it comes to sales tax, 70% of our revenue comes from three sources: car sales, restaurants and retail shops.

Fun fact: The city gets only a small portion of property and sales tax. Most of your property tax goes to fund schools, with some going to the county and special districts. Likewise, most of sales tax goes to the state, with some to the county.

City spending on track

The city’s Finance Department conducted a mid-year review of all department budgets to identify any new needs and potential areas of savings.

  • At this time, departments have spent about half of their annual budgets and project to end the fiscal year within their allocated funding.
  • City departments no longer receive an automatic year over year increase as they have in years past.
  • Because of this, overall department spending has increased at a lower rate than the rate of inflation for the past couple of years.

The City Council will consider next fiscal year’s preliminary budget at its May 21 meeting. That same week, on May 23, the city will host a community budget workshop for those interested in finding out more about city financials and what is being proposed next year.  LEARN MORE

City Council will explore options to increase local influence over future airport impacts -The Carlsbad City Council voted Tuesday to explore a series of recommendations from the community about ways to potentially increase the city’s influence over the local impacts of future airport changes. The County of San Diego owns and operates McLellan-Palomar Airport, although the airport property was annexed into city limits in 1978.

Many local, regional, state and federal government agencies play a role in airport operations:

  • Aircraft flight operations are regulated primarily by the Federal Aviation Administration, which is a branch of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • The National Transportation Safety Board and Transportation Security Administration regulate safety and security measures.
  • The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, in its role as the region’s Airport Land Use Commission, develops Airport Land Use Compatibility Plans based on state law. These plans provide guidance on compatible land uses around regional airports and help protect the public against the noise and safety risks.
  • The county owns the airport and is in charge of operating the airport’s surface facilities and planning for its future needs.
  • The City of Carlsbad also plays a role, primarily through its local land use authority.

Citizens for a Friendly Airport is a local nonprofit group whose mission is to educate Carlsbad and surrounding communities about McClellan-Palomar Airport issues affecting the quality of life in the North County. The group recently asked the City Council to take several actions aimed at strengthening local influence over any future changes to the airport that could negatively affect our local residents. 

The group’s suggestions include making updates to the Zoning chapter of the city’s municipal code and the city’s General Plan to clarify issues related to the airport and resolve any perceived inconsistencies.

Tuesday’s City Council action authorizes city staff to analyze the group’s recommendations and provide a report to the City Council within the next 60 days. The City Council will consider next steps at that meeting.

This move follows other recent City Council actions to help address resident concerns about airport noise and other issues. LEARN MORE

Preserving community character in the face of change

About 13 years ago, the city worked with the community on a “visioning” project designed to get at the core values most important to our residents as they think about the future. Since then, we have checked with the community from time to time to make sure those values still ring true. They have held up well, even with all the changes we have gone through since the City Council first adopted the Carlsbad Community Vision in 2010.

At the top of the list is “Small town feel, beach community character and connectedness.”

When the City Council created Carlsbad’s first strategic plan, they started with the Community Vision. That’s why preserving Carlsbad’s unique community character is one of the main goals outlined in the plan.

Here is plan’s five-year vision for community character:

Even though the city has grown and changed, residents agree that it still has the small town beach community character and connectedness that made them want to live here in the first place. Diverse community members of all ages enjoy participating in the wide array of programs and events offered by the city, where they run into neighbors, meet new friends and, most importantly, feel welcome and included.

Some of the specific initiatives highlighted in our first annual progress report on the strategic plan, held at a City Council meeting Feb. 6, include:

  • Completed the foundational work that will inform the city’s next growth management plan
  • Completed objective design standards for multifamily housing throughout the city
  • Veterans Memorial Park is on track to open in 2026
  • A new community garden is scheduled to open this summer at Stagecoach Community Park
  • Projects are underway to increase lighting throughout the Village and Barrio

In addition to these initiatives, the plan emphasizes the importance of our day-to-day city services that bring people together and foster a strong sense of community, like parks, trails, library events, public art and more. The graphic below some only some of the many ways we foster connections among local residents:

The city is proud of its efforts to protect what makes Carlsbad special, but we also realize community character is ultimately defined by you, our residents. As we have seen with our recent traffic safety emergency and so many other examples, Carlsbad residents truly care about one another and make an effort to stay connected. This is a big part of the “small town feel” people love about Carlsbad.

You can read more about this goal in the city’s strategic plan and our first annual progress report.

Next week, I’ll focus on another of the key goals, “Prioritize the safety and well-being of our community.”

Under pressure: Maintaining our water supply .. Being brilliant at the basics is another key element of the City Council’s 5-Year Strategic Plan. It’s hard to think of something more basic than making sure when you turn on the faucet, water comes out, just like you expect.

Everyone knows about faucets and pipes, but there is another key piece of infrastructure that makes all this possible.

  • Throughout the city we have 70 pressure reducing stations.
  • This equipment makes sure water doesn’t enter your home at too high a pressure, which would be hard on your pipes and give you quite a surprise when you turn on the tap. 
  • These stations and their connected pipes are mostly underground.
  • Keeping them in good condition is crucial for a reliable and efficient drinking water system.

Our latest project focuses on four of these stations, including two on El Fuerte Street where a new station is now being built and another one is being improved. Next, construction is expected to start in April at our Melrose Drive and Poinsettia Lane station and in May at our station on Palomar Airport Road, east of College Boulevard.

This type of work is noisy and can affect traffic, so I appreciate everyone’s patience and caution when driving, biking or walking near the construction zones. Our construction map is updated with next week’s work areas, including this project and others, so you can know where construction is planned. (This doesn’t include all construction going on in Carlsbad, just some of the major city projects that could cause traffic delays.) LEARN MORE

Annual meeting shares progress on habitat preservation….World Wildlife Day is Sunday, but wildlife protection is something we practice all year long in Carlsbad. Environmental sustainability is one of the top goals in the City Council’s 5-year Strategic Plan, and we have more than 6,200 acres of open space preserves set aside to help sensitive plants and wildlife thrive.

City staff and our preserve stewards will present an annual report on the city’s habitat protection efforts during a virtual community meeting next Tuesday. This is a convenient way to learn more about Carlsbad’s nature preserves and how we take care of them. If you can’t watch the meeting live, a recording will be available on the city’s website.

Habitat Management Plan annual meeting – Tuesday, March 5 10 a.m. to noon

Virtual meeting details

Next week, I’ll share some highlights from the annual progress report, including how above-average rainfall has required increased efforts to treat and remove invasive non-native plants throughout the preserve system and why that matters.

Rail service suspended this weekend – The North County Transit District asked us to let you know that there will be no coastal rail service this weekend (March 2-3) between the Oceanside Transit Center and Santa Fe Depot in San Diego.

This kind of routine closure happens several times a year so crews can do maintenance and infrastructure work along the tracks. Service should resume by Monday morning. LEARN MORE

IRS extends tax deadline in San Diego County due to storm disaster

We’re also sharing some news from the Internal Revenue Service, which this week pushed back the tax deadline to June 17 for people and businesses in San Diego County. The entire county was recently declared a federal disaster area due to the severe storms and flooding that happened in late January. 

The IRS extension applies to everyone, whether your property sustained storm damage or not. That means this year, instead of the typical April 15 tax deadline, you have until June. LEARN MORE

City meetings next week -There is no City Council meeting next week, but some of our city boards and commissions are scheduled to meet, including the Traffic Safety & Mobility Commission on Monday. You can see the full meeting schedule on our city calendar and watch board and commission meetings livestreamed on the city’s website and on-demand afterward.

Carlsbad behind-the-scenes: Employee Appreciation Day Tomorrow is Employee Appreciation Day, so I wanted to conclude by sharing some behind the scenes footage of Team Carlsbad in action and my sincere appreciation for everything city staff do to provide a very high level of service to the community. If you happen to see our employees on the job around town, please give them a smile and a wave. Nothing makes our team happier than seeing our residents happy.

As we prepare for next weekend’s time change, sleep experts recommend adjusting your sleep schedule about 15 minutes a day leading up to Sunday. This helps your internal clock adjust. Next week I’ll share some recent traffic safety data that shows why that’s important.

Have a great weekend and I’ll be back next week with more updates.

Scott Chadwick, City Manager

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Carlsbad | Feb. 22, 2024

This week I’ll be providing updates on recent storms, how we’re meeting the City Council’s environmental sustainability goals, seeing rock ‘n’ roll royalty up close and personal, and other news of the week. Here’s the full rundown:

  • Understanding storm-related emergency proclamations
  • Homes and businesses can get assistance for storm-related losses
  • Progress reported on environmental sustainability goals
  • Yep, smart water use still important, even with the rain
  • Chestnut underpass is getting a whole new look
  • Volunteer trail event set for Saturday
  • Go behind the scenes with Rock ‘n’ Roll legends
  • What’s on the agenda for the next City Council meeting
  • Kindness, Carlsbad-style

Understanding storm-related proclamations – The city recently approved three storm-related proclamations of local emergency. Here’s some background about the emergency proclamation process and why the city took these actions:

  • The California Government Code allows cities to proclaim a local emergency based on established criteria, including when there are “conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property.”
  • These emergency conditions can exist citywide, like our recent traffic safety emergency, or in specific parts of the city, as was the case the last couple of weeks.

The City Manager has the authority to make the emergency proclamation, although the City Council must ratify that proclamation within seven days. Then, the emergency is subject to continuous review by the City Council until it is terminated.

When an emergency has been proclaimed, the city can streamline contracting procedures and obtain emergency permits from federal and state agencies to complete the needed work. 

Current status – One of the recent emergency proclamations allowed the city to quickly repair a split storm drain pipeline on Carlsbad Village Drive near Pontiac Drive. Getting this work done now prevented damage to the road and lengthy road closures. The repair work has now been completed, and the City Council will be asked to terminate the emergency at its next meeting.

The other two sites involved in the emergency proclamations already had longer-term projects in the design and environmental review process. One involves repairing a slope along El Camino Real north of Tamarack Avenue. The other is to clear the Buena Vista Creek concrete channel near the mall off El Camino Real.

  • The emergency work will not eliminate the need for the longer-term projects, which will continue in their design and environmental processes.
  • But because of the multiple heavy storms in late January and early February, the city needed to take some immediate actions.

You can read more about how emergency proclamations work on the state’s website.

In the meantime, I would like to thank city staff for keeping an eye on the city during each major storm, identifying potential problems, quickly mobilizing and working together effectively when emergency measures are needed. 

Assistance for residents and businesses with storm-related losses – Residents and business owners who suffered storm-related losses between Jan. 21 and Jan. 23 can apply for assistance online or call the FEMA hotline at 1-800-621-3362.

  • Assistance could include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover.
  • This assistance is available only for damage that occurred between Jan. 21 and Jan. 23, because these dates cover the time period of the storm that resulted in a federal emergency declaration.

FEMA will also establish disaster recovery centers in the county to provide in person guidance on available resources. Once locations are determined, you can find them on this mapLEARN MORE

Progress reported on environmental sustainability efforts – In week two of our deeper dive into the major goals of the City Council’s 5-Year Strategic Plan, let’s look at environmental sustainability.

The city presented its first annual progress report on the strategic plan at the Feb. 6 City Council meeting, which you can watch online if you’d like all the details.

Here’s the five-year vision for “Environmental Sustainability and the Natural Environment” from the plan:

“Thanks to the city’s strategic approach to environmental sustainability, Carlsbad is seen as a model for how to leverage partnerships and innovation to achieve climate and environmental goals. City residents and businesses feel supported in their own environmental sustainability efforts, whether it’s complying with new mandates or taking advantage of opportunities to go above and beyond. As a result, the city has met or exceeded goals for eliminating greenhouse gas emissions, reducing what goes to landfills, keeping creeks, lagoons and the ocean clean, and protecting native habitat and natural open space.”

Some of the major environmental initiatives in the strategic plan include:

  • Updating the city’s Climate Action Plan, which sets measurable goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions generated in Carlsbad. This is on track to be completed later this year.
  • Increasing citywide electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Two dozen new chargers are scheduled to be added to the Village this year.
  • Managing the city’s drainage system so pollutants don’t end up in our oceans and lagoons. We received an A rating once again last year for ocean water quality.
  • Launching the city’s first organics recycling program. Food and other natural materials decomposing in landfills are a significant cause of greenhouse gases. We now have a program to turn this organic waste into compost instead.
  • Rolling out new restrictions on single-use plastics while working with restaurants and other businesses to ease the transition to sustainable products.
  • Adding an average of 500 new trees to the city through 2026.
  • A program to limit the use of pesticides in city-maintained landscaping, including parks.
  • Monitoring and managing the city’s habitat preserve system to meet biological standards.

The city’s environmental efforts are some of the most highly regulated and technical work the city does. We have a biologist and arborist on staff, as well as experts in watershed protection, hydrology and a host of other specialties. Here’s a quick snapshot of what this work looks like in a typical year.

You can read more about our sustainability efforts and see the year-one progress report on our website. We also have links to available rebates and incentives to help you do your part to protect our beautiful environment here in Carlsbad.

Next week, we’ll take a look at efforts to preserve Carlsbad’s unique community character.

Smart water use as important as ever, even after heavy rains

Whenever we see significant rain here in Carlsbad, it’s usually followed by someone saying, “well, we need the water.” It’s true, we do always need more water. However, for a whole variety of reasons, rain falling in Carlsbad doesn’t have as significant of an effect on our long-term water reliability as you might think.

  • One reason is that although some rain goes into local reservoirs, most of the rainfall runs off into the ocean. The good news is that reservoirs statewide are above average for this time of year.
  • Another reason local rainfall isn’t going to solve our water supply challenges is that most of our water supply comes from Northern California and the Colorado River.
  • ·Finally, the amount of snow north of us makes a big difference. You can see from the map below that even though there has been a lot of rain, snow levels are still below normal (you can look at this animation on the NASA website to see how the snowpack changes over the years).

Carlsbad city leaders have long been actively involved in water issues, recognizing the critical link between a reliable water supply and our quality of life and economy.

  • Starting about 25 years ago, we were heavily involved in making the desalination plant a reality, which today provides about 10% of the region’s water supply.
  • The plant is the result of a public-private partnership: a private company owns the plant, and the San Diego County Water Authority distributes the water.

Recycled water is another area where Carlsbad has been a leader.

  • Last year, we delivered 1.1 billion gallons of recycled water to customers like HOAs, golf courses and others who need water for non-drinking purposes.
  • Each gallon of recycled water used saves a gallon of drinking water.
  • We deliver more recycled water per capita than any other city in our region except for San Diego.

Expanding the recycled water system …. If you’ve been near Poinsettia Lane and Black Rail Road recently, you’ve likely seen some construction activity. This is a new recycled water reservoir tank that will support our ongoing recycled water operations.

You can learn more about how we use recycled water on the city’s website.

Upcoming city construction ….. The new water recycling reservoir is just one of our city construction projects now underway in Carlsbad. Our construction map is updated weekly to show where big projects are taking place, including any that may affect traffic.

Check the map each week to see where road work is happening so you can plan ahead and take an alternate route. Remember, the map only shows city projects, not work being done by utilities or private companies.

Chestnut underpass is getting a whole new look – Last week, Caltrans and the San Diego Association of Governments started on a big project to remake the Chestnut Avenue underpass beneath Interstate 5. Over the next 15 months, the underpass will get a whole new look with wider sidewalks, new landscaping, public art and extra room separating bike lanes from cars. (If you’d like to be involved in the public art process, give us your email and we’ll let you know how.)

The underpass will still be open during construction, but you still might want to go a different route if you can.

  • Most of the construction will happen on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Until the project is finished, parking won’t be allowed in the underpass or within 300 feet of the Pio Pico Drive crosswalk.
  • During construction, the NCTD bus stop at Pio Pico and Chestnut will move 200 feet to the south.
  • The whole project should wrap up by summer 2025.
  • Sign up for project updates. If you have questions or concerns during construction, call SANDAG at (844) NCC-0050.

See an overview of the underpass project on our website. The work is part of SANDAG’s North Coast Corridor Project, also known as Build NCC, which includes widening Interstate 5 and a host of other improvements in communities along the freeway. 

Enjoy the outdoors at a trail volunteer event Saturday

If all this rain has left you wanting to get outdoors, consider joining other local residents for a trail volunteer event this weekend:

Kelly Trail Volunteer Event

Saturday, Feb. 24, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Kelly Drive Trailhead (Corner of Kelly and Park), 4903 Park Drive

  • Check in at the Kelly Drive trailhead.
  • The city provides all the tools you need, plus training.
  • Volunteers will help clear debris, regrade some low spots in the trail and cut back vegetation.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes and long pants to protect against bugs and branches.
  • Bring water, sunscreen and gloves. (If you don’t have gloves, we can provide them.)
  • There should be plenty of parking along the street.

RSVP by emailing Sarah Czech or calling 760-859-0331.

A back stage pass to candid moments with rock ‘n’ roll royalty…..Last month, readers of this update got a sneak peek at the new exhibit at Cannon Art Gallery, featuring original photos of iconic rock legends like Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, B.B. King, Joan Baez and The Grateful Dead. 

If you haven’t gone already, or just can’t get enough, Saturday is the perfect time to head over. The gallery is hosting an opening reception with live music and a hands-on art activity celebrating the new exhibition: “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Images of an Era – The Photography of Baron Wolman.”

Wolman was the original staff photographer for Rolling Stone from 1968-1971.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Images of an Era

Photography of Baron Wolman opening reception Saturday, Feb. 24

Cannon Art Gallery – Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane

Hands-on art activity, noon to 2 p.m. • Opening reception, 3 to 5 p.m.

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

The next City Council meeting will take place Tuesday, Feb. 27, starting at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chamber. Topics will include:

  • An agreement with the County of San Diego to share emergency medical services data from the Fire Department while protecting patient information
  • Extending the term of an agreement with the company that installs special equipment in the city’s police vehicles. The extension is needed due to delivery delays.
  • Obtaining state-authorized credits for qualifying electric vehicle charging stations the city provides for public use. These credits can be traded and sold to help fund city environmental initiatives.
  • Continuing local storm-related emergencies to remove debris from the Buena Vista Creek channel and repair a slope between El Camino Real and Trieste Drive. Local emergencies must be renewed every 30 days until the emergency is over.
  • Ending the emergency proclaimed to repair a damaged storm drain pipe on Carlsbad Village Drive near Pontiac Drive. The repair has been completed.
  • Appointing one member to the Agricultural Conversion Mitigation Committee, which reviews and recommends approval of grants for projects that improve the coastal environment and projects that preserve agricultural uses in the city’s Coastal Zone. The money comes from development fees.
  • An update on Carlsbad’s economic and financial conditions in the second quarter of the current fiscal year, October through December 2023
  • An agreement with a consulting firm to redesign Tamarack Avenue from Carlsbad Village Drive to Carlsbad Boulevard to encourage slower speeds while making walking and biking more inviting, as called for in the city’s General Plan
  • Considering a request for a City Council discussion on issues related to McClellan-Palomar Airport

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

Spreading kindness in Carlsbad and around the world

The City Council hosted local students, principals and others in the school community recently to recognize the Great Kindness Challenge.

The Carlsbad-based nonprofit Kids for Peace launched the challenge back in 2012, with the goal of building a worldwide community of kind, compassionate and empowered young people. It began with three Carlsbad public schools and has since expanded to all 50 states, 115 countries with 20 million students participating.

I’m proud – but not surprised – that something so special would launch right here in Carlsbad and I’m glad to see the program getting the recognition it deserves.

Even though the program is aimed at kids, their checklist of ideas is something everyone can use to spread kindness all year long. I’ll start by saying “thank you” to the readers of these weekly updates. The Carlsbad City Council has made community engagement a top priority. That starts with people like you taking the time to follow what’s going on and sharing that information with your friends and neighbors. Your involvement makes a difference, and it makes us a better city.

Scott Chadwick, City Manager

Carlsbad | Feb. 15, 2024

This week the City Council made decisions focused on protecting Carlsbad’s quality of life. I’ll fill you in on that plus other news of the week as we head into the holiday weekend:

  • New pickleball courts coming to Carlsbad
  • Finding solutions to airport noise
  • Police chief retiring
  • Focus on economic vitality
  • Time for an emergency preparedness checkup
  • New program creates social connections
  • Meet two authors Saturday at Dove Library
  • City holiday services schedule 

New pickleball courts coming to two city parks -Just three months after approving an updated Parks & Recreation Department master plan that showed the increasing popularity of pickleball in Carlsbad, the City Council has approved locations for eight new outdoor courts.

  • The four new courts at Calavera Hills Community Park and four at Stagecoach Community Park will bring the total number of city-operated courts in Carlsbad to 14, spread among north, central and south Carlsbad.
  • Six courts were built in 2019 at Poinsettia Community Park as a result of the last Parks & Recreation Master Plan.

The new courts will include lights for night play and special fencing designed to reduce noise. Courts will be open the same hours as the parks and locked overnight.

Pickleball, which sports industry sources cite as the fastest growing sport in the United States for the past five years in a row, has been described as a combination of tennis, Ping-Pong and badminton. 

When approving the master plan last September, the City Council considered how to best meet the growing demand for pickleball courts, ultimately deciding against converting existing tennis courts or creating shared courts, even though those options could be completed more quickly. Feedback from tennis players and pickleball players alike led the City Council to opt for new, dedicated pickleball courts. New courts will take about two years to complete.

If you’d like to give pickleball a try, the city offers pickleball lessons for adults. Sign up online

Finding solutions to airport noise -The City Council continues to explore ways to reduce noise resulting from planes flying in and out of Palomar Airport. The challenge is that the County of San Diego operates the airport and the FAA controls flight paths.

On Tuesday, the City Council voted to pursue the formation of a community roundtable to address residents’ noise concerns.

  • Community roundtables are convened by the FAA to address community concerns over a sustained period of time.
  • The city cannot request the FAA form a roundtable directly, only the airport operator – in this case the County of San Diego – can make this request.
  • The action Tuesday will allow city staff to approach the county with the idea and ask county officials to make the request of the FAA.

In another airport related item Tuesday, the City Council voted to submit several requested changes to the membership composition and selection process for the Palomar Airport Advisory Committee, a county-led committee that serves as a forum to address community concerns about the airport.

In addition to the changes included in the staff report, the City Council asked staff to add three additional points:

  • A request that county supervisors honor the city’s recommendations regarding the nomination of Carlsbad residents
  • Adherence to term limits on the committee
  • To convey community concerns about potential committee member conflicts of interest.

The county is scheduled to discuss potential changes to the committee membership and selection process at its Feb. 28 board meeting.

Police chief retiring – This afternoon, I announced an important change coming up in the leadership of our Police Department. Police Chief Mickey Williams has let me know of his plans to retire, effective April 15, and I will be appointing Assistant Police Chief Christie Calderwood to be his successor.

Chief Williams has led the Carlsbad Police Department into the era of modern law enforcement, prioritizing trust, transparency and the responsible use of technology, while creating a culture focused on continuous improvement and community engagement. He also set up a solid succession plan to ensure there was a well-prepared team in place once he retired.

You can read more about Chief Williams’ many contributions to the City of Carlsbad over the past 29 years and learn about the equally impressive track record of incoming chief Christie Calderwood in the announcement posted to our website.

Appointing the leader of a city department is something I take very seriously, especially in the area of public safety. I am so appreciative of everything Chief Williams has accomplished during his time as chief and could not have hoped for a better candidate to take the reins than Assistant Chief Calderwood.

As Assistant Chief Calderwood prepares to take on this new role, we will be hosting a series of “Meet the Chief” meetings in the community. I’ll share the dates and locations as soon as we have those plans confirmed.

City Council goal spotlight: Economic Vitality -Last week I shared the first annual progress report on the City Council’s 5-Year Strategic Plan. Today and over the next several weeks, I’ll dive into the details of each goal, starting with economic vitality.

Carlsbad is known as a wonderful place to live, but we also have created a healthy and diverse economy by leveraging our excellent quality of life, prime coastal location, proximity to major universities and easy access to freeways, rail corridors and airports.

Below are some stats about our business community:

The vision for economic vitality in the City Council’s 5-Year Strategic Plan focuses on fostering “a strong and diverse economy that combines a thriving small business community with leading industries of the future. Smart, talented professionals want to work here, and entrepreneurial leaders want to invest in their own startup ventures. Those looking to grow their skills will find opportunities for workforce development in Carlsbad. Carlsbad has excellent relationships with key industries, business organizations, other cities in the region and academic institutions. By achieving this goal, the city as a whole is financially stable, and more residents have the jobs they want right in their own backyards.”

To achieve this vision, the city follows an Economic Development Strategic Plan with the following goals:

  • Support small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs
  • Develop the local workforce and attract talent to Carlsbad
  • Grow and support key industries
  • Encourage placemaking and engagement

You can find out more about Carlsbad’s economy and programs to support it on the city’s Life in Action website. Next week I’ll tell you more about the goal of environmental sustainability and the natural environment.

Time for an emergency preparedness checkup -Recent flooding in the region plus Monday’s earthquake in El Centro serve as good reminders to check your own emergency preparedness plans. Here are three easy things you can do this weekend:

  1. Sign up for emergency alerts. Register your cell phone numbers and email addresses with AlertSanDiego, a mass notification system that will alert you if a flood, fire or other disaster is threatening your home or business. You can also sign up by texting “HELP” to 98266.
  2. Download the county’s SDEmergency App. The app gives you important information in an emergency, including evacuation routes and shelter locations.
  3. Make a plan. The city’s website has tips and resources to help you create a simple emergency plan for your family, plus other information to help you be prepared.

New program creates social connections – Senior center volunteer Kim Shea saw a need in our community to help older residents connect and form new friendships, something that can be harder to do as you get older. The result is a new program called Community Friendship Builders. The group meets twice a month at the Carlsbad Senior Center.

Over coffee, Kim helps get the conversation going with a few ice-breaker questions, followed by informal conversations and sharing. Some participants have opened up about the loss of friends or spouses and how grateful they are to have a new way to make meaningful connections within their community. Others might be new to the area or recently retired with more time on their hands. However people find themselves seeking more social connections, Kim’s idea is taking off and changing lives.

Please help us spread the word about this new program or stop by yourself:

Community Friendship Builders

Second and fourth Fridays, 11 a.m. to noon Carlsbad Senior Center- 799 Pine Ave.

Register online or just drop in Sign up for emails to learn more about the group and other city programs for adults 50+.

Meet two authors Saturday at Dove Library – As Black History Month continues, Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane is featuring two renowned writers who will share stories about their work and the Black experience in America.

  • NBC News anchor Jeffrey Blount will discuss his new novel “Mr. Jimmy from Around the Way,” about a disgraced man’s journey of self-discovery.
  • Piper Huguley will talk about her new historical novel, “By Her Own Design,” about the Black dress designer, Ann Lowe who created Jackie Onassis’ wedding dress.

Author Event – Saturday, Feb. 17, 1 p.m. Schulman Auditorium, Dove Library-1775 Dove Lane

Seating is first come, first served. An audience Q&A and book signing will follow the discussion.

Learn more about this event and other upcoming author events on our website. 

Combating residential burglaries -I know our community is concerned about a recent uptick in residential burglaries, which appear to be part of an organized ring targeting high value items that are easy to turn around and sell.

Unlike much of the property crime in Carlsbad, which is opportunistic (doors and windows left unlocked, open garage doors and valuables left in plain sight in cars), these recent thefts are targeting homes where people are on vacation or out for the night, with thieves often gaining access by breaking a window.

Our Police Department has an active investigation underway, and here is how you can help:

  • Report all suspicious activity to our non-emergency police line, 442-339-2197, or call 9-1-1 to report a potential crime in progress.
  • Install visible video cameras and lights around your home.
  • Talk to your neighbors if you are going to be away from home and ask them to help keep an eye on your property.
  • Lock away valuables within your home.

Here is a link to more information about how you can protect your home and belongings.

City holiday services schedule -City offices, libraries and recreational facilities will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19, in observance of Presidents Day. There will be no delay in trash pickup.

See the full holiday schedule on our website.

Also, there is no City Council meeting next week, though the Planning Commission meets Wednesday. You can see the meeting schedule on our city calendar and watch board and commission meetings livestreamed on the city’s website and on-demand afterward.

After all the recent rain, I expect we will see lots of people out enjoying some blue skies over the long weekend. Please remember to slow down and watch for pedestrians and cyclists. Keeping Carlsbad’s streets safe is a responsibility we all share, so thanks for doing your part.

Scott Chadwick, City Manager

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February Events at the Library

Find your sweet spot at the library! You’ll find lots to love online and in-person!

Carlsbad Reads Together 2024Adult Selection 

April 2024 -Selected with help from the Carlsbad community, New York Times #1 Best Seller “The Maid” will be the 2024 book selection for Carlsbad Reads Together, our community-wide program where everyone reads the same book at the same time!

Described as Carlsbad’s biggest book club, Carlsbad Reads Together is an annual celebration that connects the community through reading books and participating in programs and events to discuss them. For more program information, please visit our website.

Jeffrey Blount & Piper Huguley Author Event 

Saturday, Feb. 17, 1 p.m. – Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane, Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane

Join us to hear celebrated NBC news anchor Jeffrey Blount discuss his new book “Mr. Jimmy from Around the Way” and Piper Huguley discuss her book “By Her Own Design” about the Black dress designer who created Jackie Onassis’ wedding dress.

An audience Q&A session and a book signing will also be available. Be sure to visit our website for more information.

Focus On: African American Genealogy  

A Genealogy & Carlsbad History event

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2 – 4 p.m. Carlsbad City Library Learning Center, upstairs computer lab 3368 Eureka Place

Join us in honoring Black History Month at our Focus On: African American Genealogy. Learn more about various resources that aid in the research, study and exploration of African American history and genealogy.

Register for a session or visit Genealogy Services for more information.  

Check out these award-winning titles by Black authors and more on the Adult Recommendations Page

Dive into the rich tapestry of Black history and culture through the lens of incredible narrative films and documentaries exploring untold stories, remarkable achievements and heroes who’ve paved the way for change by watching specially curated films on Kanopy or eBooks, eAudiobooks, music and videos on Hoopla.

Contact librarian@carlsbadca.gov if you have any questions. 

Local Author Fair 

Now accepting submissions Deadline March 1, 2024

Are you a local author living in San Diego County? The Carlsbad City Library is excited to announce the Local Author Fair on June 1, 2 – 3 p.m. in the Kulchin Courtyard at the Carlsbad City Library of Dove Lane. The Local Author Fair is a chance for authors residing in San Diego County to promote their books. Submissions will be accepted until March 1. Learn how to participate here.

Contact librarian@carlsbadca.gov if you have any questions. 

Museum Month -Feb. 1 – 29

In February, the Carlsbad City Library is offering free month-long passes that can save you 50% on admission to more than 60 San Diego museums and other attractions, including Legoland and the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad.

The passes are valid Feb. 1-29, courtesy of the San Diego Museum Council in honor of San Diego Museum Month.

Each pass is good for up to four (4) people to get half-off admission at participating museums, historical sites, gardens, zoos/aquariums and more.

You can pick up the passes at any Carlsbad City Library location or download a digital pass from the San Diego Museum Council starting Feb. 1.

Genealogy & Carlsbad History events

Jo Ellen Guthrie Author Event  Friday, March 8, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Georgina Cole Library, Community Room 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive 

Join us to hear Jo Ellen Guthrie discuss her new book “In a Garden by the Sea: The Story of Luther and Olive Gage.” This book focuses on the couple responsible for the creation of the Carlsbad Flower Fields and his development of the Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers (also known as Persian buttercups) that are featured there. A book signing will follow the program. There will be no book sales on the day. For author event details, visit our website

Start-Up Essentials: Concept Development

Thursdays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Georgina Cole Library, Community Room. 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive

Are you ready to turn your entrepreneurial dreams into reality? Join us for an interactive and informative series on starting your own business.

  • March 7: Start-Up Essentials
  • March 14: Customer Discovery and Acquisition
  • March 21: Financial Fundamentals
  • March 28: Business Creation

Led by Instructor Diana Barbiani: A highly accomplished and results-oriented entrepreneur and business owner experienced in developing and executing creative business strategies. Light refreshments provided. Register for a session, here.

Discover New Skills Through Bendable

Do you want to get ready for an entry-level job? Explore the Job-Readiness Room accessible via Bendable. It offers industry-specific overviews and courses to build the skills required for a job in customer service, office administration, hospitality, manufacturing, healthcare and logistics.  Please visit the library’s eResources page for more information.

Important Notice:

Presidents’ Day All Carlsbad City Library locations will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19 in observance of Presidents’ Day.

Libraries will reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 9 a.m. If you have any questions, please contact the library at 442-339-2049 or email librarian@carlsbadca.gov.

Friends of the Carlsbad Library

The Friends of the Carlsbad Library is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds to support Carlsbad City Library programs. Show your support by shopping at the Friends bookstores at the Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane and Georgina Cole Library.

Friends Bookstore, Dove Library 1775 Dove Lane

Monday, 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. • Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. • 442-339-2020

Friends Bookstore, Cole Library1250 Carlsbad Village Drive

Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. • 442-339-2898

Join the Friends and join the volunteer staff. Information is available at the Friends Bookstore or call 442-339-2020 or email us at friendsofcarlsbadcitylibrary@gmail.com. Book donations are welcome at any time. 

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 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. • Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The City of Carlsbad is asking the community to weigh in on three potential design concepts for Robertson Ranch Park, the city’s newest park, planned for the corner of Cannon Road and El Camino Real. The final design, which will likely incorporate elements of all three options, will then be presented to the City Council for approval later this year.

Community meeting on Saturday, Feb. 10 Drop by anytime for a “choose your own adventure” style walk through three information stations, each focused on one of the park concepts. Talk to park planners, ask questions and provide feedback.

“A walk through 3 parks” Saturday, Feb. 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – City of Carlsbad Faraday Administration Center, 1635 Faraday Ave. 

Review the design concepts Before the meeting, you can learn more about the design options for Robertson Ranch Park in two ways.

Input opportunities

For those who can’t can’t make it to the in person meeting on Saturday, there are two more ways to provide feedback on the park design concepts.

Join a virtual meeting

Robertson Ranch: A walk through 3 parks

Thursday, Feb. 15, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Register for the Zoom meeting online

Join the project team online to participate in group discussions about the park design concepts, ask questions and provide feedback.

Take an online survey

Give input through an online survey until Feb. 23.

To request reasonable accommodations to participate in a workshop, please call 442-339-5352 (voice), 711 (free relay service for TTY users) at least 72 hours in advance to discuss accessibility needs.

Next steps

  • The project team will incorporate feedback received on the design concepts to create a proposed Robertson Ranch Park master plan.
  • Later this year, the proposed park master plan will be presented to the Parks & Recreation Commission for review and then the City Council for approval. Both of these meetings will include opportunities for the public to share any final input on the park’s design.
  • After the design is approved, the City Council will determine next steps, including a funding plan, creating the detailed park design and a construction timeline.
  • Decisions about the specific design of amenities like playground equipment, the sports field surface and other details will be made when the city develops the detailed park design.

More information

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News from the City of Carlsbad | Feb. 1, 2024

After seeing the damage caused by heavy rain recently in other parts of the region, you might be wondering about Carlsbad’s drainage system and what we do to maintain it. I’ll tell you all about that today, along with this news of the week: 

  • Keeping Carlsbad safe during a storm
  • Zoning changes mean more control over housing
  • Robertson Ranch Park survey now live
  • Finding Carlsbad’s 200+ EV chargers
  • Celebrating Black History Month 
  • Half-price museum passes now available
  • What’s on the agenda for the next City Council meeting

Staying safe during a storm Whenever we have bad weather here in Carlsbad, it’s a good idea to revisit the basics of safe driving, prepare for power outages and put away items that could cause damage during high winds. We have a complete “to do” list you can read on our website.

I also want to share some information about how the city helps protect your safety and property during heavy rain.

City drainage system Drainage is one of those basic city services that is often out of sight, out of mind, yet critically important, especially when a storm passes through.

  • For decades now, we have required new development to install high quality drainage infrastructure as a condition of approval.
  • In older neighborhoods, we have spent more than $50 million to add drainage improvements where none existed or replace old, corroded pipes with new more durable materials.

We have made significant progress, but these projects are not easy. Construction is expensive and usually pretty disruptive to traffic, local homes and businesses.

  • We work on projects every year, and have made significant progress.
  • We were even able to reprioritize some of this work during the COVID-19 pandemic so work in the Village could get completed while businesses were closed.

Over the next five years we have another $24 million worth of projects planned. Learn more

Regular maintenance – Drainage systems need constant attention to function well. Before a major storm, crews check pipes, channels and other infrastructure to make sure they’re free from obstructions that could block water flow.

Emergency response – Even with all this work, some low-lying areas can experience flooding during significant storms. That’s why the final key to managing drainage is to schedule extra crews to be in the field during storms (like today!). This includes staff who can remove fallen branches from the road and clear blocked drains. We even have a special truck, which is like a giant wet vac on wheels, prepositioned and ready to remove water if needed.

Residents can do their part by keeping an eye on gutters in their own neighborhoods and letting us know if something needs attention. You can use our Carlsbad Connects app or, if it’s an emergency call our 24/7 emergency line at 442-339-2197.

Zoning changes help Carlsbad retain more local control over housing – On Tuesday, the City Council voted to approve the rezoning of 16 properties around Carlsbad to meet new state housing laws. Because of this action, Carlsbad will not be subjected to a provision of state law called the “builder’s remedy,” which would have allowed developers to build new housing at any site and any density, with Carlsbad having little to no recourse.

This is all part of a slate of new state laws enacted to address the shortage of housing in California, especially affordable housing.

The City Council’s action did not approve any specific projects, and the city itself does not build housing. Instead, the city is required to ensure enough land is zoned for housing to meet the housing demand projected.

Who decides how much? – In our region, every eight years, the San Diego Association of Governments assigns a number of new housing units to each city based on state population projections, employment centers and other factors. In addition to the total number of new housing units, the requirements specify how much needs to be affordable to people with low incomes.

Then, cities need to update their housing plans to show how they will accommodate the new housing.

Community input – The City of Carlsbad started the process of updating our housing plan over three years ago with a citizens advisory committee. That was followed by public meetings, online surveys and other outreach that first focused on how the city should prioritize properties.

  • For example, the community generally liked the idea of converting industrial and commercial properties to residential more than allowing more density in existing single-family neighborhoods.
  • There was also more support for adding housing in locations already close to services and transit.

See the community input report

Once sites were identified, we asked the community to provide feedback on the selections. Through a series of meetings, some sites were eliminated, and others were added. In some cases, the density of a proposed site was changed. Here is a link to the final map.

What about Carlsbad’s Growth Management Program?

These changes in state law mean that we cannot enforce the housing caps that have been part of the city’s Growth Management Program since the 1980s. We also no longer have the option of putting a moratorium on building if infrastructure falls short of established standards due to development.

Although most cities are not happy with the loss of local control resulting from new state housing laws, Carlsbad is doing everything we can to protect the quality of life in our community through the tools we still have available. For example, last year the City Council approved a framework for a new Growth Management Plan. We are working on programs to help reduce the number of cars on the road, and we continue to preserve approximately 6,200 acres as natural habitat for sensitive plant and animal species.

If you’d like to take a deeper dive into state housing laws and other related issues, our Community Development Department has created short, informative summaries that are available on our website. LEARN MORE

Robertson Ranch Park survey now live – This week, we launched an online survey to gather feedback on design options for Robertson Ranch Park, planned for the corner of Cannon Road and El Camino Real.

Input gathered late last year was used to come up with the three design options.

  • Each one has a unique theme, although they share some common amenities like pickleball courts, playgrounds, quieter, natural areas, a jogging track and a large multipurpose sports field.
  • You don’t have to pick just one.
  • It’s most likely that the final design will include favorite elements of each.

3 ways to provide input

Take the survey through Feb. 23.

Come to a meeting where you can stop by stations to learn more about each design, chat with the park design team and share your thoughts.

Saturday, Feb. 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. City of Carlsbad Faraday Administration Center, 1635 Faraday Ave.

Participate in a virtual meeting where you can ask questions and provide feedback. Thursday, Feb. 15, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Register here to get the link

Finding EV chargers in Carlsbad – Environmental sustainability is one of the major goals in the City Council’s 5-Year Strategic Plan. One of the ways we promote sustainability is by installing EV chargers around Carlsbad and requiring certain new development to include EV chargers in their projects.

From time to time, we get asked how to find EV chargers in Carlsbad. We actually have over 200! The easiest way to find them is to visit plugshare.com on your computer or use the Plug Share app on your mobile device (you might get a pop-up window on your computer asking you to register for an account. If you don’t want to, just close that window and proceed to the site).

Here’s a map that shows charging station locations (there are less than 200 map pins because the pin just shows the location, and each location can have multiple chargers available). Colors refer to different types of charging.

If you’re new to electric vehicles or considering making the switch, here are some details about charging stations:

  • There are different types of charging stations, based on the type of plug your car uses and charging speed.
  • Some EVs have plug adapters that allow them to use more than one type of charging station.
  • There are also different companies that run charging stations, so if you have an EV, you will likely want to set up accounts through their apps so you’re ready to use whichever one is available when you need it (city-owned chargers use the ChargePoint network).

The City of Carlsbad has directly installed 28 public EV chargers so far, with another 10 planned for the Village in 2024. And, as part of our Climate Action Plan, we now routinely invest in EV charging infrastructure when we build or do major renovations at city facilities. Here’s where the city chargers are located:

Library celebrations in February

Celebrating Black History Month – February is Black History Month, and our libraries have put together special programs that explore Black history, celebrate the Black experience and highlight stories of Black Americans who have made a big impact in our world.

The first one is next Thursday, Feb. 8, when award-winning author Breanna J. McDaniel will talk about her new book, “Go Forth and Tell: The Life of Augusta Baker, Librarian and Master Storyteller,” a picture-book biography about the first Black coordinator of children’s services at the New York Public Library.

Breanna J. McDaniel – Thursday, Feb. 8, 6 to 7 p.m. Schulman Auditorium, Dove Library 1775 Dove Lane

Learn about other programs this month including two special genealogy classes and an author talk event on Feb. 17 with NBC News anchor Jeffrey Blount and novelist Piper Huguley, where they will discuss their latest books.

Celebrate museum month – In February you can also pick up passes at any Carlsbad City Library to save 50% on admission all month to more than 60 San Diego museums and other attractions, including LEGOLAND and the Museum of Making Music right here in Carlsbad. More information

What’s on the agenda for the next City Council meeting – The next City Council meeting will take place Tuesday, Feb. 6, starting at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chamber. Topics include:

  • Putting two projects out for bids: One to repair a 35-year-old retaining wall and make drainage and pedestrian safety improvements on Park Drive west of Bayshore Drive and the other to replace the backup generator at a wastewater pumping station that’s reached the end of its service life
  • An agreement for a project to replace aging drinking water pipes on the southern part of Adams Street, near the Agua Hedionda Lagoon, and nearby Hoover Street, as well as parts of Highland Drive and Cove Drive
  • An agreement with the Carlsbad Unified School District to provide Police Department school resource officers at local schools
  • The annual report on the city’s Housing Trust Fund. The fund, generated primarily through developer fees, provides financial support for projects and programs to help people with lower incomes and in need of affordable housing
  • A request from the North County Transit District to work with the city on parking options at NCTD’s Carlsbad Village Station. NCTD is working on a proposal to build a mixed-use development on its property there
  • Adopting an ordinance to change the zoning on 16 properties across Carlsbad to meet state requirements that cities have planned housing capacity to meet projected needs across all income levels. (This item includes several actions related to the city’s overall land use plans.)Adopting an ordinance to change the zoning on two properties to open space: an undeveloped hillside area at the end of Aura Circle near Kelly Elementary School and Buena Vista Reservoir Park
  • Annual work plans for the city’s Library Board of Trustees and the Arts Commission
  • An update from the Police Department on recent crime trends and how they are being addressed
  • A progress report on the implementation of the City Council’s 5-Year Strategic Plan and what is proposed for the fiscal year that starts July 1

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.

I’ll be back next week with more updates. In the meantime, stay safe and please look out for one another, especially on our roads.

Scott Chadwick, City Manager

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January Events at the Library

Cozy up with a new book from the library!

Join the Winter Reading Challenge today!

Now – Jan. 31 All ages, all library locations The annual Winter Reading Challenge is back and it’s better than ever!

All ages are invited to participate during the month of January. This year’s theme is “Where We Come From,” celebrating the rich and unique tapestry of backgrounds that make up our Carlsbad community. Read at least 240 minutes and earn a $20 Power Card voucher compliments of Dave & Buster’s in Carlsbad while supplies last (location: 2501 El Camino Real).

Register for the challenge and track your reading on our Beanstack site at carlsbadlibrary.beanstack.org or on the Beanstack mobile app.

Visit our Winter Reading Challenge web page for more information, and happy reading!

Book Recommendations “Where We Come From” – Join us for the 2024 Winter Reading Challenge! Visit the Adult Reading Recommendations page for on-theme titles to get you reading and earning prizes.

Where We Come From curated list in Libby – Explore themes of history, family and identity with our staff-curated “Where We Come From” collection on Libby: your one-stop shop for eBooks and eAudiobooks!  Remember to log your minutes read in the Winter Reading Challenge on BeanStack

Carlsbad Reads Together 2024Adult Selection 

April 2024 – Carlsbad City Library

Selected with help from the Carlsbad community, New York Times #1 Best Seller “The Maid” will be the 2024 book selection for Carlsbad Reads Together, our community-wide program where everyone reads the same book at the same time!

Described as Carlsbad’s biggest book club, Carlsbad Reads Together is an annual celebration that connects the community through reading books and participating in programs and events to discuss them. For more program information, please visit our website.

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention

Starting January 31 (program runs for 12 weeks)

Every Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention has been shown to improve balance and mobility and reduce the risk of falls. People of all ability levels are welcome. This class can be conducted from a seated or standing position.

No registration is necessary; participants can join at any time but are encouraged to join early to gain the full benefits of the program.  Questions? Call 858-495-5500 or email HealthierLiving.HHSA@sdcounty.ca.gov. 

Focus On: African American Genealogy  

A Genealogy & Carlsbad History event

Tuesday, Feb. 6 and Feb. 20, 2 – 4 p.m. 

Carlsbad City Library Learning Center, upstairs computer lab -3368 Eureka Place

Join us in honoring Black History Month at our Focus On: African American Genealogy. We will teach you about various resources that aid in the research, study and exploration of African American history and genealogy. Register for a session or visit Genealogy Services for more information.  

In the Pages of History: A Black History month event with Dr. Breanna J. McDaniel

Thursday, Feb. 8, 6 – 7 p.m. Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane, Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane

Celebrate Black History Month by joining us to hear award-winning author Breanna J. McDaniel discuss her new book, “Go Forth and Tell: The Life of Augusta Baker, Librarian and Master Storyteller.” All ages and families are welcome. For more information, please visit our website.

Jeffrey Blount & Piper Huguley Author Event 

Saturday, Feb. 17, 1 p.m.

Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane, Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane

Join us to hear celebrated NBC news anchor Jeffrey Blount discuss his new book “Mr. Jimmy from Around the Way” and Piper Huguley discuss her book “By Her Own Design” about the African-American dress designer who created Jackie Onassis’ wedding dress.

An audience Q&A session and a book signing will also be available. Be sure to visit our website for more information. 

Local Author Fair 

Now accepting submissions Deadline March 1, 2024 –

Are you a local author living in San Diego County? The Carlsbad City Library is excited to announce the Local Author Fair on June 1, 2 – 3 p.m. in the Kulchin Courtyard at the Carlsbad City Library of Dove Lane.

The Local Author Fair is a chance for authors residing in San Diego County to promote their books. Submissions will be accepted until March 1. Learn how to participate here. Contact librarian@carlsbadca.gov if you have any questions. 

DNA Interest Group 

A Genealogy & Carlsbad History event

Saturday, Feb. 17, 1 – 3 p.m.

Georgina Cole Library, Community Room , 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive

Join us for a DNA Interest Group hosted by the North San Diego County Genealogical Society on how to interpret your DNA results and use DNA testing for genealogical purposes. The DNA Interest Group is open to people with all computer and genealogy experience levels.

Explore the library’s eResources

Why do stock prices fluctuate? Take advantage of a free Morningstar and Value Line subscription using your library card to make educated investing decisions. These eResources offer tools for stock screening, investment planning, portfolio managing and the latest research reports.  Please visit the library’s eResources page for more information. 

Elevate lives with clear vision! 

Carlsbad City Library

Donate your unwanted eyeglasses at any Carlsbad City Library location during open business hours. Thanks to the Encinitas Lions Club, your glasses will be cleaned and fitted with new prescriptions, directly benefiting community members in need. Be a vision changer – drop off your glasses today!

Important Notice:

Presidents’ Day

All Carlsbad City Library locations will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19 in observance of Presidents’ Day.

Libraries will reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 9 a.m. If you have any questions, please contact the library at 442-339-2049 or email librarian@carlsbadca.gov.

Friends of the Carlsbad Library

The Friends of the Carlsbad Library is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds to support Carlsbad City Library programs. Show your support by shopping at the Friends bookstores at the Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane and Georgina Cole Library.

Friends Bookstore, Dove Library 1775 Dove Lane

Monday, 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 442-339-2020

Book donations are welcome at any time. 

Support Us & Volunteer

Carlsbad City Library… There are many ways you can support your library and become involved with the library’s mission. For more information, click here.

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 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

THREE LOCATIONS
Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane
442-339-2049
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Georgina Cole Library
442-339-2870
1250 Carlsbad Village Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad City Library Learning Center
442-339-5500
3368 Eureka Place
Carlsbad, CA 92008

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News from the City of Carlsbad | Jan. 18, 2024

Recent storms have washed away sand from our beaches. Today I’ll explain what we’re doing about it, along with this other news of the week:

  • It really is easy being green
  • Safe Routes to Schools
  • See legends of rock and roll at the Cannon Art Gallery
  • Carlsbad Reads Together announces this year’s selections
  • Save the date: we’re about to unveil potential park designs
  • Monroe Street Pool update
  • Weekend rail closure
  • City meetings (including one of the final steps in housing sites decision)

Keeping sand on Carlsbad’s beaches

The latest storms have done a number on our beaches, washing precious sand out to sea and, in some cases, leaving nothing but a bed of rocks behind. This is typical for winter months, with some sand returning during the summer. However, keeping enough sand on local beaches is a growing challenge due to coastal erosion, heavy storms, sea level rise and other factors.

Source: Littoral Cells, Sand Budgets and Beaches: Understanding California’s Shoreline

Sand projects have been in the news lately. The City of Oceanside recently held a design competition to come up with new solutions for its shoreline and, just this week, news of a sand replenishment project put on hold in San Clemente mid-stream due to concerns about sand quality.

With the beach being such a big part of what makes Carlsbad special – and a large driver of our tourism economy (an estimated $2.4 billion in total economic impact and 22,000 jobs) – the city has a Beach Preservation Commission that investigates, researches, and makes recommendations to the City Council and the City Manager on coastal topics, studies and programs, including sand replenishment. The public is invited to attend their monthly meetings and provide input, and you can watch online live or after the fact. 

Sand replenishment at a glance Carlsbad beaches get sand from three main sources:

  1.  Regional effort: Sand doesn’t respect jurisdictional boundaries, which is why the San Diego County Association of Governments coordinates with local cities on a regional effort to dredge sand offshore and deposit it on local beaches. The next sand deposit from this effort is expected in 2027.
  2.  Lagoon dredging: Agreements are also in place that allow the Agua Hedionda and Batiquitos lagoons to be dredged regularly, which helps lagoon health and returns sand to our shores. Both are scheduled to be dredged this fall, returning more sand to local beaches.
  3. Oceanside dredging: The City of Oceanside dredges its harbor periodically, which deposits sand on nearby beaches. Some of this sand eventually makes its way down to Carlsbad. This is scheduled for spring 2024.

Oceanside’s regular maintenance dredging is different from its ReBEACH project, which is focused on developing innovative sand retention pilot projects for its beaches. The Oceanside City Council is planning to discuss the recommended approach from the design competition on Jan. 31. The City of Carlsbad is monitoring this project, which is still in the very early conceptual stages. 

Where does sand come from? Sand is created over time mostly from the weathering of rocks and shells. Some originates in the ocean, and some is transported to the coast by rivers and wind. Once the sand arrives, it settles in a self-contained area off the coast called a littoral cell.

  • The California coast is made up of several of these cells, where currents, waves, rivers, underwater canyons and other conditions transport sand, depending on the time of year and storm activity, to the beach and offshore within the cell, but not usually beyond the cell.
  • For this reason, these cells are sometimes called “containers” of sand.
  • So, when sand disappears from the beach, it isn’t all gone for good, it’s just moved into a different part of the cell, including on the ocean floor.

Carlsbad is within the Oceanside littoral cell, which starts in Dana Point and extends to La Jolla. 

Carlsbad beaches – The State of California manages most of the beaches in Carlsbad, except for a ¾ mile stretch at the north end of town. The city coordinates closely with California State Parks on issues related to local beaches, including sand replenishment. However, the state has the ultimate say over projects to deposit sand on its beaches.

Challenges – Sand projects are very expensive and require lengthy review and approval processes. Most use specialized dredging equipment, which is sort of like a giant sand vacuum, and great care must be taken to protect marine life. Dredging projects also must avoid nesting seasons for certain shore birds and other sensitive environmental conditions.

  • All of this makes planning and executing these projects challenging.
  • Agencies typically work for years before any dredging work can start, and then need to begin the planning and studies process all over again to be ready in time for the next project.
  • However, this work remains a priority, with the City of Carlsbad working on several fronts to help plan, fund and coordinate sand replenishment on an ongoing basis.

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It’s easy being green

Continuing with some quick tutorials on new striping on Carlsbad streets, today I’ll focus on green paint. We have added green paint in areas where bikes and cars are mostly likely to cross paths.

Green paint does not change the rules of the road; it is used to make drivers and bicyclists more aware of each other as they share the road.

We have an overview of why green paint is used on our website, and here are a couple of specific examples:

Can you drive in the dashed green paint area?

  • Yes! The dashed green paint just highlights areas where bicyclists and drivers are likely to cross paths, such as approaching intersections where you can turn right.
  • Drivers must yield to bicyclists before driving across the dashed paint and make their right turn from as far right as possible. Doing so helps prevent a collision called the “right hook” when a car makes a right turn in front of a bicyclist. The video below shows how that can happen:

What does the solid green bike lane mean?

  • This area is for bikes and shouldn’t be crossed, except to enter a driveway.
  • You’ll likely see a solid green bike lane when there’s a designated right turn lane for cars available.
  • Enter the right turn lane in the dashed green area, which may be earlier than you think.

Who chooses what color green? Some of our eagle-eyed residents have noticed that the color of the green bike lanes has changed. Here’s why:

  • During the traffic emergency, we did not have as many options readily available and tried a few different shades of green paint on our roadways.
  • The brighter green you’re seeing more recently is now our standard because it’s easier to see and brings more attention to those areas.

All of these new markings on our roadways are designed to improve traffic safety for everyone. What other street markings are you seeing and want us to explain? Let us know.

Construction map – City crews are continuing to do road work across Carlsbad, including some remaining restriping. Remember, our construction map is updated every week to show where many city construction projects are taking place so you can plan ahead and consider an alternate route.

Safe Routes to Schools As part of the city’s collaboration with schools in Carlsbad, we’re asking parents and community members to let us know how we can make walking and biking to Jefferson Elementary and Sage Creek High schools a better experience for students and families. More students walking and biking would be good news for drivers too, because it would help reduce traffic in those areas.

  • These efforts are part of the city’s Safe Routes to School program, which is one of several ways the city is working with school communities to promote safe and convenient travel to and from campus.
  • Safe Routes to School focuses on walking and biking improvements, while other programs focus on driving.
  • Jefferson and Sage Creek both have unique programs that draw students from throughout the city, so not every family is close enough to walk or bike. But the more who do, the better traffic will flow and the less time will be spent waiting in school pick-up and drop-off lines. 
  • Use this online mapping tool by Jan. 21 to point out areas near the two schools where changes could help make walking or biking easier. Click on the colored icons to see ideas and comments other people have made.
  • The city anticipates expanding the program to other schools in Carlsbad in the coming years as budgets allow. 

LEARN MORE

Be visible and predictable – One of our readers asked me to remind everyone about the importance of being visible when biking at dusk, night and other times when it could be hard to see. Always wear bright clothes and reflective items, and make sure your bike has lights.

This video shows the kind of equipment available to help make sure drivers see you.

Go behind the scenes with rock and roll legends – Back in 1967, a 21-year-old Jann Wenner got some friends together to launch a new magazine that would come to define rock and roll. Today, the city’s Cannon Art Gallery is featuring a new exhibit of photos captured by one of those friends, Rolling Stone’s first chief photographer, Baron Wolman.

  • Prior to his death in 2020, Wolman donated his photo collection from that time to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, where it has been on display.
  • From 1967 to 1970, he captured rare, behind the scenes images of musicians who have gone on to be legends.
  • After Wolman left the publication, Annie Liebowitz became the magazine’s chief photographer from 1973 to 1983, further defining this genre of art.

The Cannon exhibit was curated by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, presenting photographs from four areas of Baron Wolman’s Rolling Stone tenure, including California Rock, Women of Rock, Icons of R&B and Classic Rock. 

The opening reception isn’t until Feb. 24 but the images are being installed this week, and you can get a sneak peek if you stop by anytime from Jan. 20 on. If you’ve never been, the gallery is on the right as you enter the Dove Library courtyard.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Images of an Era

The Photography of Baron Wolman – Jan. 20 to June 1, 2024

Cannon Art Gallery, 1775 Dove Lane

I’ll share some photos of the exhibit once it’s fully installed, but in the meantime, you can get a feel for Wolman’s work on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s website. LEARN MORE

Announcing this year’s Carlsbad Reads Together books – This year’s book selection for Carlsbad Reads Together is “The Maid,” a New York Times #1 best seller by Nita Prose about a hotel maid suspected of murdering a wealthy guest.

Carlsbad Reads Together, which begins in April, is a communitywide program where everyone reads the same book at the same time. Thanks to the community for helping us choose this year’s book.

  • Readers who want to get an early start can reserve a copy of “The Maid” from the Carlsbad library.
  • It’s available in English and Spanish and in print, eBook or eAudiobook formats.
  • The 2024 teen book is “Sadie” by Courtney Summers, while the children’s selection is “Detective Mole” by Camilla Pintonato.

Learn more about the books and what’s next on our website. 

Save the date: Robertson Ranch park designs about to be released – Last year we sought your ideas for Carlsbad’s newest park, Robertson Ranch Park, located at the corner of El Camino Real and Cannon Road. Our park designers have come up with three different concepts, which we are refining and getting ready to release for input in the next week or so.

In the meantime, please mark your calendars for two upcoming opportunities to provide feedback:

  • Meet and speak with the park design team.
  • Learn how they took inspiration from Carlsbad’s natural landscape to create designs that reflect the community’s priorities.
  • Ask questions, share ideas and let us know where we got it right and what you would like to change.

In person meetingRobertson Ranch: A walk through 3 parks

Saturday, Feb. 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – City of Carlsbad Faraday Administration Center, 1635 Faraday Ave.

Drop by anytime during this first meeting for a “choose your own adventure” style walk through three information stations, each one focused on one of the park concepts.

Virtual meeting (via Zoom) Robertson Ranch: A walk through 3 parks

Thursday, Feb. 15, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Register here

Participate in group discussions about the park design concepts, ask questions and provide feedback.

We will also provide an opportunity to give feedback online. I’ll share the designs and a link for online feedback just as soon as they’re ready.

Based on other park planning processes, the final design usually ends up being a combination of the favorite elements of each design, so you don’t necessarily need to pick just one.

Monroe Street Pool preparing to reopen – I have good news to share on the reopening of Monroe Street Pool: The new pump has been successfully installed and safety checks are underway. This means the pool should be able to reopen next week. We will notify pool pass holders once we have a firm date (you can also sign up to get updates about the pool directly if you’re interested).

We appreciate the public’s patience as our staff has worked to get the pool back online. As you may know, due to the age of the equipment, parts were difficult to get, and when they finally arrived, they were damaged, causing an additional delay.

We are very pleased to have the most difficult work on this project behind us, and staff look forward to welcoming our community members back.

Coastal rail services suspended this weekend – The North County Transit District asked us to share the latest information about rail closures affecting Carlsbad.

This weekend, there will be no coastal rail line service between the Oceanside Transit Center and Santa Fe Depot in San Diego due to routine maintenance and rail infrastructure work. Learn more on the NCTD website by clicking on the COASTER link.. 

Upcoming meetings – There’s no City Council meeting next week, but a few of our city boards and commissions will be meeting in the City Council Chamber. See our city meetings calendar for dates and times. These meetings are also livestreamed on the city’s website and available to watch afterward.

Pickleball options – On Monday, city staff will present to the Parks & Recreation Commission options for where new pickleball courts could be built in Carlsbad. City Council gave staff direction to identify options for adding stand-alone pickleball courts (vs. courts shared with tennis courts) when it approved the Parks & Recreation Master Plan last year. Once the Parks & Recreation Commission reviews the options, they’ll make a recommendation to the City Council. You can see the potential locations when the agenda packet is published tomorrow. It will be on this page. The meeting starts at 5:30 at City Hall.

Housing sites – Looking ahead, on Jan. 30, the City Council is scheduled to consider rezoning properties in Carlsbad to comply with state laws requiring cities to meet projected demand for housing.

  • The city does not build housing, we are just required to make sure our zoning allows property owners to develop enough housing to meet the number of new housing units assigned to our city.
  • Just as with previous milestones in this process, everyone who lives near one of the proposed sites (or owns property near them) will be receiving a mailer with more information.
  • This is one of the final steps in a years-long effort that has included working with the community to identify and prioritize potential sites for new housing.
  • You can learn more about it on the city’s website, and I will share the agenda once it comes out for the Jan. 30 meeting (usually the Thursday before).

Finally, there’s a chance of rain this weekend, so if you’re going to head out, please leave extra time and slow down. Let’s all look out for each other on the road, and I’ll be back next week with more updates.

Scott Chadwick, City Manager

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News from the City of Carlsbad | Jan. 11, 2024

More art is coming to Carlsbad. Learn how we develop public art projects and how you can get involved, plus other news of the week in today’s edition:

  • Chestnut underpass project getting underway
  • Your road-striping questions answered
  • A reminder about dogs on the beach in Carlsbad
  • A trail tailor-made to support your New Year’s resolutions
  • Carlsbad Marathon this Sunday, some roads closed 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day city service schedule

Improving neighborhood connections If you’ve driven under I-5 at our neighboring cities to the south, you might have noticed some of the underpasses include artistic features, wide sidewalks and other elements that make them light and inviting. I’m happy to report that it’s finally our turn to remake one of our main freeway underpasses, and that work is getting started next month.

The North Coast Corridor Project, which you might recognize as “Build NCC” from signs along the I-5, is a years-long, multi-part project headed up by Caltrans and the San Diego Association of Governments. Most people think about the project as the I-5 widening project, but it also includes several projects designed to enhance communities along the freeway.

  • Back in October of 2019, the City Council selected the Chestnut underpass for this project.
  • The other option was Carlsbad Village Drive.
  • The Carlsbad Village Drive location would have been more complex to execute due to its location at a freeway on-ramp and off-ramp, the nearby gas station, traffic signals at the intersections and the drainage system.
  • Plus, the Chestnut underpass links two city parks (and Chase Field) and serves as a main gateway to the city’s historical Barrio area.

SANDAG and Caltrans are working together to fund and build the improvements, which will include:

  • Bike lanes and parking separated by a buffer
  • Doubling the width of sidewalks
  • Moving curbs to provide better pedestrian crossings
  • Improved landscaping, with native shrubs, groundcovers and street trees
  • Enhanced landscaping facing Holiday Park
  • New retaining walls (to make room for the widened sidewalks)
  • Additional fencing
  • Shielded LED street lighting
  • New lighting under the bridge
  • Cobblestone paving

Here’s an initial schematic of the project. The plan is to cut into the sloped walls and build retaining walls to create more space. Parking will still be allowed under the underpass as it is today.

We will be sure to share updates on the construction schedule, including any planned lane closures or other temporary inconveniences. The underpass is scheduled to be closed just twice during the project, for about 56 hours each time, to allow paving to set. The improvements should be completed by the summer of 2025.

You can sign up to be notified about projects around the Barrio area if you’d like to get this info emailed to you as it happens.

Creating community connections through art As you may know, the city sets aside 1% of the budget of certain projects to use for public art. That’s because arts and culture are important values to Carlsbad residents and public art can play a big role in creating a sense of shared space and community character.

Since the early 1990s, following a controversial public art project many still talk about 30 years later, the city has made community engagement a centerpiece of the public art process. (For those of you newer to town, I will spare you the details, but you can Google “Split Pavilion” if you are curious.)

We have something called the Art in Public Places program, which lays out the public art development process, with several opportunities for the public to participate early in the process, before major decisions get made.

  • For the Chestnut project, we sought volunteers from the community to serve on a public art advisory subcommittee to interview potential artists and then choose the one who will create this project.
  • That meeting was held last week (you can watch the interviews online).
  • The committee unanimously selected an artist team known as Greenmeme, a collaboration between Freyja Bardell and Brian Howe.
  • Their application stressed the opportunity this project presents to foster community connections (literally and figuratively) and their enthusiasm for working with the community to create something special and unique for Carlsbad.

The artist applications did not propose any specific type of artwork, they only covered their qualifications and overall approach. The next step will be for the artists to get together with community members to start envisioning what this artwork could be. That should get underway this spring.

About the selection process For this project, the city sent a “call for artists” to six artists with experience working on projects involving major transportation infrastructure. That was important for the Chestnut underpass project because of the construction timeline and complexity of the work.

We have two other public art projects coming up, one for the traffic circle planned for Harding and Pine and the other for Veterans Memorial Park. The Veterans Park call for artists was open to local artists, and the Barrio Traffic Circle call for artists will be as well.

If you’d like us to keep you up to date on art projects in Carlsbad you can sign up for email notifications.

New striping, same rules of the road The city’s transportation staff presented an update to the City Council Tuesday on several projects, including the resurfacing and restriping of major east-west roadways.

Now that the new striping is nearly complete, we have gotten some questions about what some of the new markings mean. Generally speaking, all the same rules of the road still apply when it comes to solid lines, double lines, dashed lines and other markings. 

  • For example, green paint doesn’t change the rules for a bike lane.
  • If you need to turn right and there’s a dashed line or dashed green paint, you should check for bicyclists and then, when safe, move to the far right of the lane before turning right.

Buffers When roads are restriped there is often an opportunity to create a buffer between cars and bikes. Treat these buffers as if they were physical barriers.

Some of the new markings are there to remind road users to watch for pedestrians or be alert for potential conflict zones. For example, in the graphic below you see a dashed line with markings next to a bike lane. This is there to alert bicyclists to watch out for people opening doors in parked cars.

You can watch this animation to see how it works.

I’ll share additional examples next week, and if you have any specific questions, please email us and we can be sure to include that information.

And, as always, please use extra caution around construction. You can check our weekly construction map to see when roadwork is expected next week.

Dogs on the beach When I highlighted the Sea Wall trail a couple of weeks ago, we got some questions about how the city enforces rules about dogs on the beach.

Short answer

  • Dogs are not allowed on the beach in Carlsbad, leashed or unleashed.
  • If you see a dog on the beach, you can call the Carlsbad Police Department’s 24 hour non-emergency line at 442-339-2197. Depending on your location, our dispatchers will assist you directly or connect you to the State Parks Department.
  • Owners can face citations and fines.

Long answer The state owns the vast majority of beaches in Carlsbad, starting at South Ponto all the way to Oak Avenue. The city is in charge of the ¾ mile stretch of beach north of Oak Avenue to the Oceanside border. Coastal property owners own most of the beaches in that area, but they’re all open to the public via easements.

The reason that matters is because it affects who is in charge of enforcement. You can still call us, even if you’re on a state beach, and our rangers will connect you to State Parks.

Why are dogs not allowed on beaches?

  • Pet waste is one reason dogs and beaches aren’t a good mix. Pet waste has two main types of pollutants – nutrients and pathogens – that can affect oxygen levels in water, increase bacteria and make the water unsafe for plants, animals and people.
  • Dogs on beaches can also disturb wildlife, like shorebirds and marine mammals, by chasing or barking at them.

I hope that clears things up. I’ll also take this opportunity to remind you that the city has three dog parks, including the all-grass Poinsettia Dog Park that opened in 2022, where dogs can play and socialize. 

Get your heart pumping on the East Ridgeline Trail If you’re looking for a challenge, our featured trail this week is a rugged one that’s sure to get your heart rate up.

The East Ridgeline Trail lives up to its name, following a ridge high above Box Canyon. It overlooks steep cliffs carved out by San Marcos Creek and offers expansive views of the San Marcos Mountains to the east and the Batiquitos Lagoon and Pacific Ocean to the west.

One of the best things about this 3.8 mile out-and-back trail is that it’s in the heart of the Rancho La Costa Preserve, a 1,640-acre protected open space area that’s home to more than 40 species of endangered or threatened plants and animals.

  • The abundance of wildlife is a magnet for scientific study and research, conducted primarily by the Center for Natural Lands Management, a nonprofit that owns and maintains the preserve.
  • The preserve is also part of a network of protected lands included in the City of Carlsbad’s Habitat Management Plan, which helps preserve and protect sensitive biological resources within the city so species can thrive. Carlsbad is the only city in North County with an approved Habitat Management Plan.

What you’ll see Along the East Ridgeline Trail you might see species like the Southern Mule Deer, Least Bell’s Vireo and Rufous-Crowned Sparrow, along with a host of native California plants, such as the San Diego thornmint and Orcutt’s hazardia.

Hiking and biking are allowed on the East Ridgeline Trail, but e-bikes and other motorized vehicles are prohibited. Some parts of the trail are steep and rocky – the elevation change is about 839 feet – so make sure to go at your own pace and drink plenty of water.

Note: When you’re out hiking or biking, be sure to stay on the designated trail. Because of the steep terrain, Box Canyon is off limits to the public. Not only could you hurt yourself, you could damage sensitive wildlife in the reserve. Hikers and others who deviate from designated trails can be cited for trespassing and face a fine.

Parking and access The trail begins at 7118 El Fuerte St., at SDG&E’s utility road and access gate. Parking is available along El Fuerte Street and on the opposite end along Corintia Street near the entrance to the Vallecitos Water District Treatment Plant at 7941 Corintia St. (you can also connect here to the Melrose 55 Filoli Circle Trail – a short and easy one). Happy hiking!

Carlsbad Marathon this Sunday, some roads closed If you’re planning to be out and about in Carlsbad this weekend, keep in mind that the Carlsbad Marathon, Half Marathon and Surf Sun 5K are all happening Sunday, Jan. 14.

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, between the north city limits at the Buena Vista Lagoon and to the south city limits at 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.

The marathon begins and ends at The Shoppes at Carlsbad shopping center. Organizers expect 8,000 participants and 10,000 spectators, so please drive carefully and be aware of increased traffic near the route and in surrounding areas.  

What’s open, what’s closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day City offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but there will be no delay in trash service. A full holiday schedule for city services is listed below:

  • Trash pickup: No delay
  • City offices: Closed
  • Emergency services: Regular service
  • City libraries: Closed
  • Cannon Art Gallery: Closed
  • City sculpture garden: Closed
  • City pools: Closed
  • Community centers: Closed
  • Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park: Closed
  • Senior Center: Closed
  • No street sweeping on city holidays
  • Transit: For the holiday transit schedule, please visit gonctd.com or call 5-1-1

No City Council or boards and commissions are scheduled next week. You can view the calendar of city meetings if you’d like to see meetings planned for later this month. Otherwise, I’ll keep you up to date on what’s happening at City Hall next week with more updates.

I hope you have a great holiday weekend, and if you explore the East Ridgeline Trail, let me know how you like it.

Scott Chadwick, City Manager

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News from the City of Carlsbad | Jan. 4, 2024

In this first update of 2024, I’m sharing a little-known gem hiding in plain sight along our coastline, plus ways the city can help get your new year off to a safe and healthy start:

  • Crosswalks: good, better and best
  • North Encinitas roadwork getting underway
  • Trail of the week: A detour worth taking
  • 3 top New Year’s resolutions, Carlsbad style
  • Winter Reading Challenge launched
  • Meet the author behind Netflix’s most watched series in 2023
  • First City Council meeting of 2024
  • Tree recycling through Jan. 14
  • Carlsbad athlete draws national attention (again)

Coastal crosswalks under construction – Over the past two months, we’ve been putting together a weekly construction map to keep you updated about city projects and help you avoid areas where road work could cause traffic delays. One of the projects you’ll see on the map is improving six crosswalks on Carlsbad Boulevard, one of the hot spots on our injury collision heat map.

We’ve already completed the improvements on a crosswalk in the north part of Carlsbad Boulevard, in front of the Army and Navy Academy. This video gives you an idea of what the upgrades look like.

You might remember that we upgraded crosswalks along the coast several years ago. This next round of improvements will build on the safety features already there:

In addition to the improvements described above, the five remaining crosswalks will feature flashing lights in the pavement to alert drivers when someone wants to cross. 

Construction hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The project should be done in time for summer.

  • Please remember to slow down in construction zones
  • Stay alert for crews as well as people walking, biking and driving in the area

Thank you for your patience as we make these improvements. Don’t forget to check the map each week to see where other road work is taking place. Keep in mind that it only shows city projects, not private projects or work by local utilities.

Heads up on north Encinitas construction – The City of Encinitas let us know they’re about to begin the final phase of the Leucadia Streetscape Project along Coast Highway 101 (it’s called Carlsbad Boulevard in our city, but it’s the same road).

This last part affects Coast Highway just south of La Costa Avenue at the Carlsbad border. They’ll be doing drainage improvements first, followed by roadwork. You can expect periodic lane closures and detours over the next 18 months.

Get more information about the Encinitas project in this fact sheet and project website. To sign up for project updates, email the project team at streetscape@encinitasca.gov.

A gem hiding in plain sight This week I’m going to share some fun facts about the sea wall that starts just south of Tamarack. That’s not an official city trail, just a nice, wide sidewalk. I will also tell you about a very cool trail nearby that is part of the citywide trails system. 

Southern “sea wall” (Carlsbad Shore Protection Wall) Last week I explained the “upper sea wall” and the Sea Wall Trail, which everyone calls the “lower sea wall.” This week we’ll continue south to what most people just call “the sea wall.”

  • This wide path is about 1 mile from Tamarack Avenue to Cannon Road, and for most of that time you’ll walk along a sea wall built in the 1990s.
  • This one was completed in 1996 to protect the Agua Hedionda Lagoon from beach sand blowing into it and to protect Carlsbad Boulevard from sand and storm damage.
  • If you weren’t around in the 90s, you can imagine the “before” state if you’ve driven along Ponto beach where mounds of sand tend to pile up along the road and parking area.
  • Like the sea wall to the north, this one stands at about 3 ½ feet tall, and goes down 20 feet underground.

Here is one of the original drawings of the project, created 30 years ago, before advancements in computer-generated design. 

In addition to marveling at the engineering involved, you can also see part of the city’s public art collection, created by artist Raul Guerrero. The protective sea wall has been embossed with a meandering fish pattern, and at lifeguard towers 31, 32 and 33 there are several mosaic tile squares inlaid into the wall.

In case you’re wondering, this is the same sea wall art we feature on the city’s home page:

North Shore Hubbs Trail Most locals have plenty of experience walking along this portion of the sea wall – it’s one of the most popular spots in all of Carlsbad. A nearby 1-mile roundtrip trek along the north shore of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon, however, could easily be overlooked.

  • The trailhead is beside a small utility structure, just north of the bridge over the lagoon inlet.
  • You can also get there from Garfield Street if you are willing to walk down a ramp and start in the middle.
  • It’s an easy 1-mile round trip stroll right along the water.

The trail offers a unique perspective on the outer portion of the lagoon (Agua Hedionda Lagoon is divided into three parts, the outer, middle and inner lagoons). The 66-acre outer lagoon allows shore fishing and provides intake water for the Carlsbad Desalination Plant.

Where does the trail name come from? As you approach the eastern end of this short trail, you may pass a nondescript set of buildings without taking a second look. This is the Leon Raymond Hubbard, Jr., Marine Fish Hatchery, one of several locations operated by the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute.

  • It’s part of the Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program, focused on restoring the California white seabass population in our oceans, the only program of its kind on the West Coast of North America.
  • The trail is named after the facility, which, in turn, is named after Dr. Carl L. Hubbs, one of the foremost scholars in the field of Ichthyology (I had to look that up. It’s the branch of zoology devoted to the study of fish).
  • The hatchery is not open to the public, so please don’t drop by, but they do tours occasionally. You can find out about that on their website
  • Or, you can watch this five-minute video, filmed in 2022 during an industry conference, to learn about the interesting work that happens there.

3 top New Year’s resolutions, Carlsbad style -Carlsbad residents tend to focus on enjoying a healthy outdoor lifestyle year long, so here are a few other ideas if you’re looking to solidify your New Year’s resolutions:

  • Goal: Be more social and meet new friends.Connecting over shared interests is one way to make new friends. Do something you love and find your people in one of our city classes or programs, which run the gamut from physical fitness to art and technology. (Some examples below.)If you’re 50 or older, our new Community Friendship Builders group is all about making new connections. It meets at the Carlsbad Senior Center on the second and fourth Friday of the month at 11 a.m. for activities and conversation designed to spark common interests. 
  • Goal: Learn something new. Indulge your creative side with a class on ancient Japanese brush painting. Learn to research your family tree in one of our genealogy computer classes.Explore new technology with a 3D Design workshop at Dove Library. 
  • Goal: Experience more art in your life. Do you need more art, movies or music in your life? The City of Carlsbad has some fantastic cultural arts programs, including the Cinema Club, performing arts shows, interactive art experiences, gallery exhibitions and more. See our arts calendar and sign up for email updates.

Want to read more in the new year? Join the Winter Reading Challenge – If reading more is on your 2024 to-do list, get started by joining the Winter Reading Challenge. Read for at least 240 minutes before Jan. 31, and you can earn a $20 voucher for Dave & Buster’s. This year’s theme is “Where We Come From,” celebrating the rich and diverse backgrounds that make up our Carlsbad community.

Here’s how it works:

  • Register – Sign up for the challenge on the Carlsbad City Library’s Beanstack page or through the Beanstack app for Android or iOS. You’ll need to log into your account or create an account if you don’t already have one.
  • Record – Read and track your minutes in Beanstack until Jan. 31.
  • Reward – If you read 240 minutes or more, you’ll earn a $20 Power Card voucher compliments of Dave & Buster’s at The Shoppes at Carlsbad. Visit any library branch by Feb. 7 to pick up your reward while supplies last.

Meet the author behind “The Night Agent” – Among the many, many year-end compendiums released over the holidays was Netflix’s first comprehensive “What We Watched” report. At the top of the list, clocking in at 812,100,000 hours viewed globally, was “The Night Agent.” Now, you can meet the author of the book that inspired the series when he stops by Dove Library this weekend.

Quirk studied history and literature at Harvard College and then spent five years reporting on crime, private military contractors and international gangs for The Atlantic. He has written eight thrillers that you can check out from the Carlsbad City Library.

Matthew Quirk author event – Saturday, Jan. 6 – 2 p.m., Dove Library Schulman Auditorium, . 75 Dove Lane

Registration is not required, but seating is first come, first served. Here is a link to the library’s regular author events lineup, which features writers talking about their work and answering questions from the audience. 

First City Council meeting of 2024 -The next City Council meeting will take place Tuesday, Jan. 9, starting at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chamber. Topics will include: 

  • Monthly update on the city’s investments  
  • Contracts for refurbishing the roof and exterior of the Calavera Hills Community Center and replacing the audio and video systems at the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium at the Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane 
  • Additional funding to cover needed design changes for water infrastructure improvements on El Fuerte Street, Palomar Airport Road and Melrose Drive
  • Extending an easement at the city’s fleet maintenance yard to allow SDG&E to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure as part of the city’s transition to electric-powered vehicles
  • A contract to begin the process of replacing the outdated system used to remotely monitor and control Carlsbad’s water and sewage operations 
  • Putting projects out to bid for the replacement of water and sewer lines on Foxtail Loop, Palomar Oaks Way, Valley Street and the Tyler Street alley  
  • Purchasing eight housing units originally sold by developers as affordable housing. The city buying these units will allow them to remain designated as affordable housing and resold to eligible lower-income buyers as part of the city’s efforts to increase the amount of affordable housing in Carlsbad  
  • Appointing one member to the Beach Preservation Commission and one to the Parks & Recreation Commission 
  • Conducting the annual review of elected officials’ compensation, which is required each January by the Carlsbad Municipal Code 
  • Approving the reissuance of state bonds that were issued to a developer in 2003 to build the 106-unit Mariposa Apartments affordable housing development off College Boulevard in Calavera Hills
  • The annual work plans for the Parks & Recreation Commission, the Senior Commission and the Beach Preservation Commission
  • An update on a project to redesign several streets in the Barrio to reduce speeding and improve walkability, including options for two intersections where traffic circles were not feasible 
  • The semiannual report on the city’s ongoing efforts to improve traffic flow and redesign city streets according to the policies in city’s General Plan, which are focused on safe, convenient and efficient travel for all modes of transportation

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 afterward
  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.

Recycle your tree through Jan. 14 – As a reminder, you can still recycle your Christmas trees through Jan. 14. Place your tree next to your green compost cart on your regular collection day (cut it in half if it’s larger than 6 feet) or drop it off at one of five locations across the city:

IMPORTANT: Learn how to prep your tree for recycling.

Local athlete draws national attention -Congratulations are in order for Carlsbad High School quarterback Julian Sayin, who was announced yesterday as the Gatorade California Football Player of the Year. He was also named one of three finalists in contention for the national award.

Julian is now enrolled at The University of Alabama and is committed to playing for the 18-time National Championship winning team starting in the 2025 season. He was spotted practicing with his new team before the Rose Bowl earlier this week and will join spring practice later this year.

We are proud to have so many outstanding and talented young people in Carlsbad, from sports to STEM to music and more. Good luck, Julian!

I hope you had a wonderful start to the new year, even if it was followed by some rain. Speaking of which, please remember to turn off your automatic sprinklers if you haven’t already. With recent storms, you should be able to forego watering your garden for at least a couple of weeks, saving both water and money!

Scott Chadwick, City Manager

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News from the City of Carlsbad | Dec. 28, 2023

For my last update of 2023, I will continue with an emphasis on keeping our community safe, on the road and off, plus share some backstory about a walk along the beach many of you have taken a thousand times.

  • Ring in the New Year safely
  • A trail by any other name …
  • E-bike and lithium battery safety tips
  • Recycle or donate your old electronics
  • Free COVID tests at Dove Library and the Senior Center
  • Cinema Club season lineup announced
  • Important election deadline approaching
  • Holiday city service schedule

Countdown to a safe new year When the local traffic safety emergency ended, it was with the understanding that programs and projects that support safer streets would continue to be a top priority. The City Council approved a comprehensive Safer Streets Together plan last September, and we have made significant progress on its implementation.

One of our strategies is to target extra enforcement around times when traffic safety is a bigger concern, like the holidays. As I mentioned last week, the Carlsbad Police Department will have extra patrols out through New Year’s Day helping to keep everyone safe on our local roads (the CHP, which patrols our freeways and highways, is also planning extra enforcement).

In addition to traffic safety, our Police Department will be on the lookout for other safety concerns, including violations of the city’s “social host ordinance.” This Carlsbad-specific law allows us to hold adults accountable for hosting parties where kids have access to alcohol and drugs.

Here’s a New Year’s Eve countdown with safety reminders:

10. If drinking alcohol will be part of your New Year’s Eve celebration, create a plan to arrive home safely. Designate a driver or consider leaving your car at home altogether and use a rideshare service.

9…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.

8… 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.

7…Supervise anyone under 21 at your gathering. The social host ordinance applies whether you provide the alcohol or people bring their own and consume it at your gathering.

6…If you’re going out to celebrate, secure your house. Check out these home security tips that can help keep your home and valuables safe.

5…If you’re driving, stay alert. Watch for pedestrians, bicyclists and other cars around you.

4…When you reach your destination, park in a legal spot in a well-lit area. Be aware of what is going on around you.

3…Don’t leave items unattended in your car and take other steps to prevent theft.

2…Don’t set off fireworks – they’re dangerous and prohibited. (BTW, those in the northern part of Carlsbad have likely noticed that LEGOLAND is hosting nightly fireworks displays over the holidays. This is scheduled to end after New Year’s Eve.)

1…Finally, if you see or hear suspicious activity, report it immediately. Our Police Department is here for you 24/7. You can always call the non-emergency number at 442-339-2197 (I would save this number in your phone, so you always have it handy). Always report an emergency or crime in progress by calling 9-1-1.

We have a saying, “Public safety is a team sport.” That means to keep our community as safe as possible, we rely on residents like you to do your part. Together, we can ensure everyone in Carlsbad wakes up on New Year’s Day knowing friends and family are safe. 

A trail by any other name …Being close to the beach is one of the main reasons people love living in Carlsbad, and since the late 1980s, thousands come every day to walk on the Carlsbad Sea Wall. By “Sea Wall,” I mean what most people refer to as the “lower sea wall,” the serpentine path along the sand between Pine and Tamarack.

  • This half mile walkway is part of the city’s trail system and a perfect place to take out of town guests.
  • It is a good trail for winter months when rain makes other trails muddy.
  • It’s flat and paved, making it one of our most accessible trails (the north end has a steep slope, but the southern end at Tamarack has access off the State Parks parking lot).
  • There are restrooms at both ends.

The Sea Wall’s original name was the Carlsbad Seawall Bluff Stabilization Project. The walkway features a short wall on either side (along with a significant substructure underground) that helps protect the bluff from erosion. You can get down to the sand at a few places along the wall that have stairs. (The terms “Sea Wall” and “Seawall” both appear in city documents, but the former seems to have won out as the official way to write it.)

Here are some of the original drawings I pulled from the archives:

Upper sea wall… The official name for what most people call the upper sea wall is the Carlsbad Boulevard Blufftop Walkway. This wide sidewalk is cantilevered over the bluff running parallel to the lower sea wall. It has stairs down to the Sea Wall Trail at several spots along the way.

Different rules

  • The Sea Wall Trail (the lower sea wall) is for pedestrians only and does not allow dogs.
  • Dogs on a leash are welcome on the upper sea wall, where you can also use roller skates and rollerblades, as long as you avoid any reckless behavior.
  • Scooters, skateboards and other similar forms of “wheeled transportation” are not allowed on either.

Meet some feathered friends While you’re walking along the beach, you can impress your friends and families by correctly identifying some of the shorebirds that hang out this time of year. See the photos and names below:

Next week I’ll tell you about yet another “sea wall” to the south of Tamarack, including its actual name and why it was built, along with a little-known side trip you can take along the shore of the lagoon.

5 ways to stay safe on your new e-bike If you have a new electric bike or e-scooter in your family, here are five tips to stay safe while enjoying your new ride.

  1. Follow the rules of the road. E-bikes must follow the same rules as pedal-powered bikes, including Carlsbad-specific rules designed to improve safety.
  2. Wear a helmet and make sure it fits properly.
  3. Stop for pedestrians.
  4. Use the bike lane if one is available unless turning or passing.
  5. Always use lights at night. Make sure you have a white front light and a red rear reflector, at minimum.

This video recaps everything you need to know. We will be scheduling additional safety trainings in 2024. Sign up to be notified of class times and other safety information.

Safely charge and store your lithium-ion batteries Please be aware that the lithium-ion batteries that power e-bikes and e-scooters can spark fires and explode if used improperly. Stay safe with these 10 tips:

  1. Store e-bikes, e-scooters and batteries outside of your living space, away from exit doors and anything that can get hot or catch fire.
  2. Purchase and use devices that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory (such as UL or Intertek).
  3. Avoid buying after-market batteries and charging devices that are not listed or made for the device.
  4. Take the manufacturer’s instructions seriously.
  5. Don’t exceed the recommended charging time, and don’t continue charging the battery after it is fully charged.
  6. Stop using the lithium-ion battery if you notice an odor, change in color, too much heat, change in shape, leaking or odd noises.
  7. Only use the battery and the charger that was designed for and came with the device.
  8. Only charge devices on hard surfaces, not soft surfaces.
  9. Do not leave batteries and devices unattended while charging.
  10. Make sure to correctly place batteries in the device.

Recycle or donate your old electronics If you got a new phone, TV or other electronic device over the holidays, you may be wondering what to do with your old one. Before you toss any old batteries or electronics, remember that you should never put e-waste in your trash cart.

The City of Carlsbad offers convenient ways to recycle your e-waste, which helps protect the environment and keeps your data safe. More than 300,000 pounds of e-waste have been recycled in Carlsbad this year.

  • Take e-waste, including broken holiday lights, to the recycling center at the Palomar Transfer Station at 5960 El Camino Real (access via Orion Road), Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Schedule an e-waste collection through Republic Services. Carlsbad residents may request this service three times a year, with up to five items collected at each pickup. To schedule, call 760-332-6464.
  • Recycle alkaline batteries (the common household batteries) by placing them in a clear plastic bag on top of your blue recycle cart on your trash collection day. (Remember, trash service in Carlsbad is delayed by one day through Jan. 6 due to the New Year’s holiday.)
  • Outdated electronics in working condition can also be donated to a charitable organization or thrift store.
  • Lithium-ion batteries are considered hazardous household waste. They can be dropped off at:

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility:

1145 E. Taylor St. Vista, CA 92084 – Saturdays only 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – 800-714-1195

You can also schedule a door-to-door pickup for $10 (free for residents over age 65). Available by appointment only; call 800-714-1195 to schedule.

COVID-19 tests available at no charge Cases of COVID-19 and other contagious illnesses tend to increase over the holidays, so it’s not surprising that San Diego County has seen an uptick in COVID cases over the past few weeks. (Thankfully, the increase is nowhere near as significant as last year.) If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or you start feeling symptoms, it’s a good idea to test so you can get the right care and avoid spreading the illness to others.

  • At-home COVID-19 test kits from the County of San Diego are available now at Dove Library and the Senior Center
  • You can still order free tests from the federal government. Order online at COVIDTests.gov or call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) and they’ll be mailed to you

Cinema Club just started its new season The new season of our Cinema Club kicked off this week at Dove Library’s Schulman Auditorium. Twice a week through the end of June, we’ll be showing a selection of international, independent and award-winning films in the Schulman Auditorium.

Popular films (Academy Award-winners, dramas, comedies) Wednesdays, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Next up: Jan. 3

Super 8 (Action, Mystery, Sci-fi)

2011, PG-13, 1h 52m

During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.

Independent and international films Fridays, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Next up: Dec. 29

102 Not Out (India, Comedy, Drama)

2018, PG, 1h 42m

102-year-old Dattatraya wants to beat the world record for oldest man alive, but he wants more enthusiastic company than his irritable 75-year-old son Babulal and tries to put him in a retirement home.

Seating is first come, first served. All films are free, and the lineup is subject to change. Get the full schedule on our website.

Jan. 5 deadline to request crossover primary ballot The San Diego County Registrar of Voters, which is gearing up for the 2024 election year, sends the city announcements from time to time to share with our residents.

Here’s the latest:

  • Voters registered as nonpartisan who want to participate in the March 5 presidential primary must request a crossover ballot from the Registrar’s office by Jan. 5.
  • Otherwise, you’ll receive a nonpartisan ballot that doesn’t include the presidential primary.
  • The county recently mailed all nonpartisan voters a pre-paid return postcard to request a crossover ballot. If you didn’t receive one, you can print one out and return it by mail, fax or email, or visit the Registrar’s office in Kearny Mesa.

The Registrar of Voters also needs poll workers for the March 5 primary, especially those who are bilingual. Learn more at sdvote.com.

City holiday hours
Just a reminder that city offices are open normal hours through the holidays with the exception of Dec. 31 and  Jan. 1, for the New Year’s Day holiday.

  • Trash service will be delayed by one day through Jan. 6.
  • The Carlsbad Unified School District needed to close some of the fields we manage for them so they could complete improvements over the winter break.
  • Republic Services will accept Christmas trees for recycling through Jan. 14

See the full holiday schedule on our website.

Wrapping up, I want to sincerely thank you for your continued interest in following what’s happening with your local government.

We will be hitting the ground running in the new year, with our first City Council meeting scheduled for Jan. 9. I will give you a preview of the topics along with other news of the week, our first of 2024!

Scott Chadwick, City Manager

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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!