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Carlsbad News

Carlsbad News

Mark your calendars for the many exciting upcoming events offered for children by the City of Carlsbad.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the Super Hero Obstacle Race

Sunday, Oct. 2 – 8 – 10 a.m. at Alga Norte Community Park, 6565 Alicante Road

$25 per person, ages 4 years and older

Adventure seeking families can dress up like super heroes and come out to the seventh annual Super Hero Obstacle Race.

Parents and children will run together through a super hero themed 2K obstacle course while dressed in costumes. 

  • Defeat villains while leaping over tall buildings, crawling through toxic tunnels and navigating through 20 obstacles throughout the park, including mazes, slides, tight ropes and more 
  • Everyone is a winner and each participant will receive a free super hero cape, bib and finishing medal
  • The race will take approximately one hour to complete
  • More info

Grab your swimsuit – it’s Pumpkin Plunge time! 

Saturday, Oct. 15, 5 p.m., movie starts at dusk – Alga Norte Aquatic Center, 6565 Alicante Road

Enjoy Halloween themed pool activities and games during the City of Carlsbad’s annual Pumpkin Plunge! Alga Norte Aquatic Center will transform into spooky fun with Halloween-themed pool activities and games with prizes and floating obstacles. The night ends with a special movie presentation of the 2001 animated version of Monsters, Inc. (rated PG) on the giant outdoor movie screen while you float in the water.

The splash pad will also be open for the little ones. Dry activities include a themed bounce house and the floating pumpkin patch where every child will get to lasso and keep a pumpkin.

Cost is $10 per person. Children ages 3 and under are free. Read More

Saturday, Nov. 5 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Alga Norte Aquatic Center, 6565 Alicante Road

Free – $5 per lantern (no limit per person)

Be a part of a special night of light and reflection as we float hundreds of lanterns in the recreation pool. Purchase a lantern ahead of time or at the event and design yours with pictures, inspirational messages, poems, thoughts, hopes and/or dreams. At dusk, we will launch the lanterns into the pool while enjoying entertainment including music, performances, and readings.

Lanterns are biodegradable and will not be returned after the events. Can’t make the event? You can still participate. Presale

Lantern pick up and drop off If you can’t attend the event but would like to still participate or you would like more time for your design, you can purchase a lantern ahead of time at Alga Norte Aquatics Center (during business hours) starting Oct. 11, take it home to decorate and return it back to Alga Norte Aquatics Center. Be sure to return your lantern by noon on Nov. 5 if you will not be attending the event, to have your lantern included. 

  • Lanterns will not be returned after the event.
  •  No replacements for lost lanterns.
  •  Any age can participate.
  •  No limit on how many lanterns can be purchase.

Read more

Carlsbad City Library

New! Carlsbad Reads Together

We want to hear from YOU! Carlsbad Reads Together is an annual event that engages the entire Carlsbad community through reading, engagement and discussion of selected reading materials. Programs and events will occur throughout the month of April 2023, but nominations are open now! Click here to learn more about the 2023 Carlsbad Reads Together program and submit your book nomination for the adult reading selection, available now through Oct. 4.  

New! Friends of the Library Bookstore Silent Auction

The Dove Friends of the Library Bookstore is holding a Silent Auction now through Monday, Sept. 26 during regular Bookstore hours. Sale items include sets of Will and Ariel Durant’s Story of Civilization, Carl Sandburg’s Abraham Lincoln, the Shorter Oxford Dictionary, Childcraft, and My Book House.

The Silent Auction ends at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26. Winners need not be present to win. Visit the Friends of the Library Bookstore for more details.

  • Friends of the Carlsbad Library Bookstore Hours at Dove Library
  • Mondays: 10:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays – Saturdays: 10:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Friends of the Carlsbad Library Bookstore Hours at Cole Library
  • Tuesdays – Fridays: 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

New! Jennifer Coburn Author Event

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 8 at. 2 p.m. in the Schulman Auditorium at Dove Library for an author discussion in partnership with Adventures by the Book, featuring author Jennifer Coburn. Cradles of the Reich will be available for purchase during the event before the release date on Tuesday, Oct. 11. An author signing will follow the discussion.

New! Oktoberfest

Carlsbad City Library is proud to participate in this year’s Oktoberfest Family Fall Festival, presented by Carlsbad Rotary Clubs. Look for our booth from

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at this year’s celebration, located at the Carlsbad Strawberry Company on Oct. 1. We will provide a craft for children and fun giveaways for all ages! $5 entry fee required to the Carlsbad Strawberry Company, with optional purchases available to experience the pumpkin patch as well as food, beverages and souvenirs. All proceeds from Oktoberfest go to charities in the Carlsbad area supported by the Rotary Clubs of Carlsbad. We look forward to seeing you there!

New! OverDrive Magazines

Magazine lovers, rejoice! OverDrive eMagazine access has been restored. Log in with your Carlsbad City Library card to enjoy content from hundreds of titles, including The EconomistSports Illustrated KidsBetter Homes & GardensHola! and more. OverDrive eMagazines are available to browse on the web or through the OverDrive app on IOS/Android. Visit the Serra Digital Download Library page to get started.

New! Bendable

Bendable is a learning marketplace that allows people of all ages to discover new knowledge and skills through online courses, in-person events, and other learning resources.

Under Carlsbad’s unique Job Readiness Room program, entry-level job seekers take online job-readiness courses to earn a micro-credential through Bendable. Those who complete the training are guaranteed at least one job interview with a local employer in one of several fields the job seeker chooses. Click the image to fill out an interest form to join the pilot program. 

New! Grow Your Garden

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.

Saturday, Sept. 24, 10:00 a.m. – noon Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive

Integrated Pest Management – Kathryn Blankinship, Master Gardener, incorporates irrigation practices and limited use of pesticides to encourage beneficial insect populations.

For more planting tips, visit the Master Gardener San Diego website.

New! Hoopla

Carlsbad City Library now offers free access to streaming music, comics, movies & TV shows, eBooks, eAudiobooks and readalongs with Hoopla. More than 80 languages are included among all formats. Patrons can check out 6 titles per month for ad-free content with no wait times. Hoopla is compatible with Apple and Android mobile phones, Apple TV and Android TV, Roku, Fire TV and web streaming.

Here are some titles that you can find on Hoopla right now:

  • The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn (eBook)
  • The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict (eBook)
  • Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu (eComic)
  • The Order by Daniel Silva (eBook)
  • Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (soundtrack)

Honoring the Hispanic community on Kanopy

To celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, Carlsbad City Library is pleased to present this collection of films on Kanopy. To view these narrative and documentary titles honoring the Hispanic community, click here and log in to your Kanopy account.

Exploration HUB

We are excited for you to come in and use the Exploration HUB located at Dove Library! 

Reserve a self-guided HUB Station where you can do the following:  

  • Digitize home movies or scan old slides, negatives and photos. 
  • Use Adobe Creative Cloud, GameMaker Studio 2 and other apps.  
  • Create and cut designs for DIY projects with the Silhouette Cameo. 
  • Submit your original 3D design for printing on our Dremel 3D45 printer. 
  • Staff are onsite to provide guidance during your session.

Sign up for a free class and learn how to use the equipment and software to digitize home movies, scan old photos, slides and negatives. Gets hands on experience with Arduino, create projects with Adobe Creative Cloud, expand your knowledge on 3D design and much more!

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Digital Conversion Demo: VHS tapes, Super 8, DV tapes and more

Participate in a demo and learn how to convert your old VHS tapes, Super 8 or 8mm reels, DV/DV mini tapes or Hi8 tapes to digital format. This class is for patrons ages 13 and older. A Carlsbad City Library card with internet privileges is required.  

Genealogy Programs & Services

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

Our team is hard at work on a long-term plan to address traffic safety, which we will present to City Council in just under two weeks on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Details on additional upcoming meetings plus these updates below:

Ask a Genealogist — Whether you’re just getting started in genealogy, or need help breaking down a brick wall, you can “Ask a Genealogist” during a special one-hour appointment with qualified staff at the Georgina Cole Library. Staff will help you navigate the library’s highly regarded print and online resources to answer your specific genealogy questions. Fill out the “Ask a Genealogist” form to get started.

Focus On: Finding Your Mexican Roots – Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2 – 4 p.m.

Library Learning Center, upstairs computer lab, 3368 Eureka Place

Discover how to get started tracing your Mexican roots using genealogy records available in the Ancestry Library Edition database and FamilySearch.org website. A FamilySearch.org account is required. Please create a free FamilySearch account before the class.

This hands-on computer class is for ages 13 and older, and will be held in the upstairs Computer Lab at the Library Learning Center located at 3368 Eureka Place in Carlsbad. A Carlsbad City Library card with internet privileges is required. Register here for a session.

Genealogy Partnership Programs – For a list of partnership programs offered by Carlsbad City Library and the North San Diego County Genealogical Society, please view the genealogy programs calendar.

Safe Streets Together

On Aug. 23, the City of Carlsbad declared a local state of emergency for traffic safety following a significant increase in collisions involving bikes and e-bikes. The city is taking a balanced approach focused on education, infrastructure and enforcement while asking the community to also do their part for traffic safety. 

  • Eliminate distractions
  • Slow down and watch your speed
  • Obey all traffic lights and signals
  • Know the bike and e-bike rules of the road
  • Use crosswalks when available as a pedestrian
  • Be kind and patient

We are all part of the Carlsbad community, and working together, we can make our streets safer for everyone. Visit carlsbadca.gov/saferstreets for more resources on improving traffic safety.

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 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Ask a Genealogist

Whether you’re just getting started in genealogy, or need help breaking down a brick wall, you can “Ask a Genealogist” during a special one-hour appointment with qualified staff at the Georgina Cole Library. Staff will help you navigate the library’s highly regarded print and online resources to answer your specific genealogy questions. Fill out the “Ask a Genealogist” form to get started.

Focus On: Finding Your Mexican Roots – Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2 – 4 p.m.

Library Learning Center, upstairs computer lab, 3368 Eureka Place

Discover how to get started tracing your Mexican roots using genealogy records available in the Ancestry Library Edition database and FamilySearch.org website. A FamilySearch.org account is required. Please create a free FamilySearch account before the class.

This hands-on computer class is for ages 13 and older, and will be held in the upstairs Computer Lab at the Library Learning Center located at 3368 Eureka Place in Carlsbad. A Carlsbad City Library card with internet privileges is required. Register here for a session.

Genealogy Partnership Programs – For a list of partnership programs offered by Carlsbad City Library and the North San Diego County Genealogical Society, please view the genealogy programs calendar.

Safe Streets Together

On Aug. 23, the City of Carlsbad declared a local state of emergency for traffic safety following a significant increase in collisions involving bikes and e-bikes. The city is taking a balanced approach focused on education, infrastructure and enforcement while asking the community to also do their part for traffic safety. 

  • Eliminate distractions
  • Slow down and watch your speed
  • Obey all traffic lights and signals
  • Know the bike and e-bike rules of the road
  • Use crosswalks when available as a pedestrian
  • Be kind and patient

We are all part of the Carlsbad community, and working together, we can make our streets safer for everyone. Visit carlsbadca.gov/saferstreets for more resources on improving traffic safety.

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

Ask a Genealogist

Whether you’re just getting started in genealogy, or need help breaking down a brick wall, you can “Ask a Genealogist” during a special one-hour appointment with qualified staff at the Georgina Cole Library. Staff will help you navigate the library’s highly regarded print and online resources to answer your specific genealogy questions. Fill out the “Ask a Genealogist” form to get started.

Focus On: Finding Your Mexican Roots – Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2 – 4 p.m.

Library Learning Center, upstairs computer lab, 3368 Eureka Place

Discover how to get started tracing your Mexican roots using genealogy records available in the Ancestry Library Edition database and FamilySearch.org website. A FamilySearch.org account is required. Please create a free FamilySearch account before the class.

This hands-on computer class is for ages 13 and older, and will be held in the upstairs Computer Lab at the Library Learning Center located at 3368 Eureka Place in Carlsbad. A Carlsbad City Library card with internet privileges is required. Register here for a session.

Genealogy Partnership Programs – For a list of partnership programs offered by Carlsbad City Library and the North San Diego County Genealogical Society, please view the genealogy programs calendar.

Safe Streets Together

On Aug. 23, the City of Carlsbad declared a local state of emergency for traffic safety following a significant increase in collisions involving bikes and e-bikes. The city is taking a balanced approach focused on education, infrastructure and enforcement while asking the community to also do their part for traffic safety. 

  • Eliminate distractions
  • Slow down and watch your speed
  • Obey all traffic lights and signals
  • Know the bike and e-bike rules of the road
  • Use crosswalks when available as a pedestrian
  • Be kind and patient

We are all part of the Carlsbad community, and working together, we can make our streets safer for everyone. Visit carlsbadca.gov/saferstreets for more resources on improving traffic safety.

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 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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

September. 15, 2022

Our team is hard at work on a long-term plan to address traffic safety, which we will present to City Council in just under two weeks on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Details on additional upcoming meetings plus these updates below:

It has been just over three weeks since we declared a traffic safety emergency, and I want to start with a sincere thank you for making it a priority to be safe and courteous on the road, whether you’re biking, walking or driving. You may have noticed new banners on display throughout the city to remind all of us to share the road, slow down and create safer streets together.

  • Moving forward on traffic safety and mobility
  • South Carlsbad Boulevard projects
  • Kitchen caddies available again for organic composting
  • Carlsbad Police present preparation and policy for active shooter emergencies
  • Environmental review of potential future housing sites
  • Clean Energy Alliance update
  • Find inspiration at Saturday’s Author Talk event
  • Upcoming meetings

Traffic safety update

We are continuing to implement the immediate actions presented to the City Council when it ratified our proclamation of local emergency Aug. 30.

  • These are things we could advance immediately, such as increasing traffic enforcement, raising awareness of the rules of the road and other traffic safety information, and making bike lanes more visible.
  • All fall under one of the “three Es” of traffic safety:

On Tuesday, the City Council approved a project that will prioritize the implementation of dozens of projects contained in our Sustainable Mobility Plan, adopted by the City Council in January 2021.

  • The City Council already accelerated several projects when approving this fiscal year’s budget.
  • This project approved Tuesday includes developing a new approach to funding transportation infrastructure through something called a “multimodal impact fee.” 
  • Basically, this means instead of charging developers a fee based on cars, we would be able to collect development fees to help fund improvements in all the ways people travel around our city, like bike infrastructure and wider sidewalks.

Learn more.

Update on south Carlsbad Boulevard projects

City staff shared an update at Tuesday’s City Council meeting on plans to protect a 1-mile stretch of south Carlsbad Boulevard from Manzano Drive to Island Way from future sea level rise while prioritizing walking and biking paths.

Three roadway designs are being evaluated through the grant-funded project. Right now, we are focused just on that 1-mile segment that is part of the sea level rise adaptation project. The city’s general plan identifies several priorities for the entire stretch of south Carlsbad Boulevard from Manzano Drive to La Costa Avenue. The long-term goal is to transform that segment of road to a coastal street with slower speeds, more space for biking, walking and gathering and more access to the beach.

Next steps

  • City staff are working with those who live and have businesses along this section of south Carlsbad Boulevard to refine the options.
  • The city is completing a traffic study for the 1-mile project and will present results to the Traffic & Mobility Commission by the end of the year.
  • On Sept. 27, city staff will present a plan to change the striping on the southbound side of this 1-mile road segment, which will change the western-most lane to create more space for biking, walking and parking and leave one lane for traffic. This has been planned, but we moved up the timing due to our traffic safety emergency proclamation. 

Free kitchen caddies back in stock

Carlsbad residents who haven’t picked up a free kitchen caddy from Republic Services can do so at two events this month.

  • These small containers can be used to store food scraps in the kitchen so you don’t need to take them out to your green compost bin several times a day.
  • Republic Services will host two pick-up events and make them available at the Palomar Transfer Station, which is just north of Palomar Airport Road, off El Camino Real.
  • Friday, Sept. 16 – 8 a.m. to noon – Poinsettia Community Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Road
  • Saturday, Sept. 24 -8 a.m. to noon Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive
  • Monday – Saturday (ongoing) – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Palomar Transfer Station

Contact Republic Services directly to learn more 760-332-6464  carlsbadservice@republicservices.com

Carlsbad Police share preparation and policy for active shooter emergencies

Also at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the City of Carlsbad Police Department detailed its in-depth approach and extensive training for a potential active shooter emergency.

  • Shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, underscore the importance of ongoing training, development and equipping of public safety personnel and the community.
  • The Police Department has a policy that specifically addresses the response to active shooter incidents, directing officers responding to an active shooter incident:

“If a suspect is actively engaged in the infliction of serious bodily harm or other life-threatening activity toward others, officers should take immediate action.”

This policy is intended to ensure that department personnel understand their responsibility to intervene immediately to minimize the potential for loss of life. This important obligation and expectation of officers is reinforced through ongoing training. All officers have already completed at least eight hours of training, and some even more. Learn more.

Clean Energy Alliance year one report

Clean Energy Alliance Executive Director Barbara Boswell joined us at Tuesday’s City Council meeting to recap the first year of operations.

  • The Clean Energy Alliance is a joint effort among several North County cities to purchase power from more renewable sources.
  • That energy is then delivered to customers through the SDG&E infrastructure.
  • Carlsbad, Del Mar and Solana Beach were founding members. Escondido, San Marcos, Vista and Oceanside have recently joined.

About nine out of 10 Carlsbad households are now purchasing their power through the Clean Energy Alliance. Learn more.

Environmental study for potential housing sites

Housing affordability remains an important priority for the City of Carlsbad.

  • Our plan to promote the creation of more affordable housing, called the Housing Element Update, was approved by the state in 2021.
  • One part of the plan involves rezoning certain properties to allow more housing units to be built.
  • We worked with the community to choose potential sites, and the next step is to perform environmental studies.
  • This analysis will help inform the final selection of sites.

Input opportunity

If you would like to provide input into the environmental impact analysis, there are three opportunities coming up:

In person meeting – Sept. 26, 6 p.m. Faraday Administration Center

Virtual meeting – 1635 Faraday Ave. Sept. 28, 6 p.m.

Register online

Via mail or email through Oct. 14 to: Scott Donnell, Senior Planner, City of Carlsbad Planning Division 1635 Faraday Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92008 Scott.Donnell@carlsbadca.gov Learn more.

Inspiring authors to speak at Dove Library

During a special author panel on Saturday at the Dove Library, three inspiring authors will share their stories of resilience and survival.

  • They’ll touch on topics including the refugee experience, substance abuse, mental health struggles, poverty and trauma.
  • The free event, presented in partnership with Adventures by the Book, will feature award-winning authors Shugri Said Salh, Jesse Leon and Jillian Haslam.

Voices of Inspiration – Saturday, Sept. 17, 2-3 p.m., Schulman Auditorium Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane. Free

Starting at 1 p.m., resource tables will be available in the Dove Courtyard from community groups including:

Learn more.

Get involved: Upcoming meetings

The next City Council meeting will be held Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. in the City Council chamber. A link to the full agenda and staff reports will be available on the city’s website by the Friday before the meeting.

Meanwhile, these city meetings are planned next week:

  • Sept. 19, 5:30 p.m. – Parks & Recreation Commission
  • Sept. 20, 3 p.m. – Economic Development Subcommittee
  • Sept. 21, 5 p.m. – Planning Commission
  • Sept. 22, 5 p.m. – Growth Management Citizens Committee

Before I sign off, I’d like to thank you once again for helping to model safe driving, biking and walking practices. We are a community where people care for one another, and I can’t think of a more important way to demonstrate that than when we’re on the road.

Scott Chadwick, Carlsbad City Manager

September 1, 2022

It’s hot and getting hotter, with temperatures this weekend expected to reach 90 here in Carlsbad and 100+ inland. With the extreme heat forecasted through the weekend, a Flex Alert has been issued for 4 – 9 p.m. today, and more may be issued in the days ahead. If you haven’t already, you can sign up online to receive notifications when new alerts are issued. I’m sharing a few tips to help everyone stay safe and cool this holiday weekend, along with these updates below:

  • City Council approves $2 million in immediate traffic safety efforts
  • Milestones for the city’s homeless programs
  • Heat warning and tips to stay cool
  • Repaving local streets
  • Labor Day safety reminders
  • No more library late fines
  • Help State Parks with a sea level rise study
  • Upcoming meetings

City Council ratifies local traffic safety emergency, approves $2 million for immediate actions

Earlier this week, the Carlsbad City Council ratified a proclamation of local emergency on traffic safety and allocated $2 million in funding for immediate efforts, while city staff develop a comprehensive menu of options to present Sept. 27.

I appreciate everyone’s suggestions and feedback over the past week. For those who have shared ideas, we are forwarding them to our transportation and police departments and will make sure they are also shared with the City Council. Our goal is to take a balanced approach that includes the three E’s of traffic safety: 

  • Education: Raising awareness of traffic safety rules and encouraging safe riding and driving
  •  Engineering: Continuing to implement dozens of projects to make Carlsbad’s streets inviting for all modes of transportation
  • Enforcement: Making sure people follow the rules of the road

Current actions

Because of the local emergency proclamation, the city has been able to quickly redeploy resources over the past week to focus on immediate traffic safety actions, some of which are displayed below:

Smoother streets are safer streets

Speaking of safer streets, the city is about to start our annual paving work, something that helps prolong the life of our 350 miles of roadway while making for smooth riding and driving. Each year, the city evaluates local streets using pavement management software and resident feedback to identify streets that need a fresh surface.

For the past several years, when we repave a street, we also adjust the lane stripes to provide more room for bicyclists and, where needed, narrow the vehicle lanes to slow traffic. This year, we will be adding green paint as well, to make bike lanes even more visible. Some of the main streets scheduled for repaving starting next week include:

  • El Camino Real between Cannon Road and Palomar Airport Road, and south of Alga Road
  • Cannon Road between El Camino Real and Faraday Avenue
  • College Boulevard between Sunny Creek Road and Palomar Airport Road
  • Alicante Road between Gateway Road and Paseo Candelero

In addition to these major streets, many neighborhood streets are also being resurfaced through this effort. In total, crews will resurface more than 200 street segments throughout the city this year.

Lane closures and signage will be in place to direct traffic around work areas, and businesses and residents near construction areas will be informed before work begins. Crews will complete this work as quickly as possible while minimizing dust, noise and other impacts. 

Homeless programs reach key milestones

City staff reported Tuesday that over the past year, the city has helped 62 people experiencing homelessness transition into permanent housing. That progress was among several key milestones shared with the City Council on Tuesday as part of the city’s fourth quarterly report on reducing homelessness.

  • 110 people placed in temporary shelters
  • 50 encampment cleanups
  • 749 people provided with information, referrals and other services to help them get off the streets

As you may know, City Council has made reducing homelessness and its effects on the community a top priority. As part of this goal, the City Council asked staff to provide quarterly updates so the public could track progress and provide feedback as the city implements its plan. Tuesday’s meeting included data from the last quarter of our fiscal year that ended June 30 as well as a summary of the entire year. Some annual highlights are below:

The city is continuing to update its website on homelessness so you have easy access to information and can get your questions answered. Read the full report for more details on fourth-quarter data and additional steps to address homelessness that were implemented between April and June.

So goodbye to library late fines

Some good news for book lovers: We’re eliminating late fines at the Carlsbad City Library effective today as part of our continuing efforts to ensure the library remains easy to use and accessible for everyone.

  • All fines for overdue items will be forgiven, including any outstanding fines.
  • Everyone will get a clean slate. Only fees for lost or damaged items and interlibrary loans will still apply.
  • If you have any overdue items, you can return them to any Carlsbad library branch. 

Getting rid of late fines has become a national trend, with studies showing fines can actually be a deterrent to getting materials returned. Our library works hard to connect our Carlsbad community with materials and resources that can enrich their lives, and eliminating late fines is one more way we can do just that.

Tips to stay cool 

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for our entire region that will last through the weekend. Although coastal cities like Carlsbad don’t get as hot as inland areas, we’re not immune from the dangers of excessive heat. Following these tips can help you and your loved ones stay cool, safe and healthy.

  • Don’t push yourself. Save any physical activity for the coolest part of the day, usually between 4-7 a.m.
  • Drink more water than usual, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine; they make the heat’s effects on your body worse.
  • Call your physician if you feel you may be experiencing a heat-related illness.
  • Keep pets cool and make sure water is available.
  • Stay indoors. If you don’t have air conditioning, keep blinds closed and windows slightly open.
  • Never leave children or pets inside vehicles at any time, even with the windows cracked; temperatures inside a vehicle can reach lethal levels no matter what the weather is like.

Carlsbad has two air-conditioned facilities where you can escape the heat:

Senior Center 799 Pine Ave., 442-339-2650 Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Dove Library 1775 Dove Lane 442-339-2049 Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Both sites will be closed Sunday and Labor Day.

Labor Day weekend reminders

Labor Day weekend is always a busy time in Carlsbad, with visitors getting in one final vacation before summer ends and locals enjoying the long weekend. With the heat wave, we expect even larger crowds than usual as people flock to cooler temperatures along the coast.

Traffic safety

Carlsbad Police will be out to keep our community safe. If you plan to visit the beach, city parks or trails, or anywhere else this weekend, please be extra alert and follow these safety reminders.

  • Drive carefully. Slow down and watch for pedestrians, bicycles and motorcycles. Share the road and give others extra room and consideration.
  • If you’re traveling on two wheels, follow those same guidelines. If you’re on an e-bike, please review our e-bike rules of the road.
  • Curb your distractions, including your cell phone. Distracted driving is illegal and can have tragic consequences.
  • Park legally and carefully. Failing to do so can block traffic and create dangerous conditions.
  • Plan for a safe ride home – designate or use rideshare services. We will be looking for DUI drivers.

Remember, each of us plays a role in keeping our streets safe. A little patience and kindness will go a long way on a busy holiday weekend.

Grilling safety

Firing up the grill this weekend? This grilling safety video has great information on how to avoid injuries and fires.

Holiday schedule

City offices in Carlsbad will be closed on Monday for Labor Day, but trash pickup won’t be delayed, and city pools will be open.  A full holiday schedule for city services is listed below:

  • City offices: Closed
  • Emergency services: Regular service
  • Trash pickup: Regular service, no delays
  • City pools: Alga Norte, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Monroe Street, 6 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Libraries and Cultural Arts facilities: Closed
  • Community centers: Closed
  • Senior Center: Closed
  • Leo Carrillo Ranch: Regular hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Transit: For the holiday transit schedule, please visit www.gonctd.com or call 5-1-1

For more information, please call the City of Carlsbad at 442-339-2820.

State parks and sea level rise

Sea level rise is a major issue that will affect Carlsbad and many other coastal communities in San Diego County and beyond. California State Parks has started working on a significant study looking at the impact of sea level rise on coastal state parks property across the San Diego region.

As part of that study, the state agency wants your help identifying places and features at coastal state parks that are most important to you – what you value about the trails, beaches, overlooks and other features.

You can submit your comments on this online platform or in person on Saturday, when parks officials hold a Pop-Up Event in Carlsbad:

Saturday, Sept. 3 3 to 5 p.m., South Carlsbad State Beach – California State Parks Nature Table at Campfire Center 7201 Carlsbad Blvd. Learn more

Get involved: Upcoming meetings

The next City Council meeting will be held Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. in the City Council chamber. A link to the full agenda and staff reports will be available on the city’s website by the Friday before the meeting.

The following boards and commissions are scheduled to meet next week:

  • Sept. 6, 4 p.m. – Traffic & Mobility Commission
  • Sept. 8, 6 p.m. – Housing Commission

On behalf of Team Carlsbad, have a fun and safe holiday weekend. Please remember to allow extra time to get around this weekend and look out for one another on the road.

Scott Chadwick, Carlsbad City Manager

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

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August 25, 2022

As you may have heard, this week the city declared a local emergency so we can immediately focus additional attention and resources on making our streets safer for everyone. I’ll explain that, plus these other updates today:

  • Working together to improve traffic safety
  • Barrio project gets federal funding
  • Watch the State of the City
  • Celebrating Carlsbad’s seniors
  • Learn to garden: green thumb not required
  • Affordable internet resources
  • Fall activities for parents (and other adults)
  • Upcoming meetings

Working together to improve traffic safety

This week’s local emergency declaration will provide the city with greater flexibility and allow us to focus more resources on making sure everyone feels safe using our roads. You can read the details on our website, and here are some key points:

  • People are using our roads much differently than they used to. E-bikes have become very popular, along with other ways to get around that don’t involve cars.
  • The city has held educational workshops, passed stricter rules, increased enforcement and completed dozens of projects to make streets safe and inviting for all. Despite this, we recently experienced two tragic fatalities.
  • We all need to do more – the city has an important role, and so does everyone who uses local roads, whether driving, riding a bike or walking. Let’s work together to care for our community.

Questions

Thanks to everyone who has emailed us since we made this announcement. I appreciate your support, and I appreciate your pointed questions too. Here are some of the main topics that have come up since Tuesday:

Isn’t this really all because of (fill in the blank)?

There is no one reason why collisions occur. It’s everyone’s responsibility to be careful and follow the rules. That’s why people refer to the “three Es of traffic safety:” engineering, enforcement and education (engineering is the street design). The California Office of Traffic Safety has a good summary of what is called the “safe systems” approach, which acknowledges the realities of traffic safety: we need safe roads and safe road users.

Are e-bikes the problem?

No, just the opposite. E-bikes and other alternative ways of getting around are better for the environment, reduce traffic and contribute to a healthy lifestyle. This is a situation where something has become very popular very quickly. Infrastructure, laws and awareness need to adapt, and drivers and riders need to take time to understand the rules of the road.

What will the emergency proclamation do?

Declaring a local emergency gives cities more flexibility, allows them to move more quickly, and enables resources to be immediately redeployed. That’s a long way of saying that it’s a tool designed to help get things done when there is a significant threat to public safety. On Tuesday, we will ask the City Council to ratify the emergency proclamation (which is required by law) and provide direction on immediate next steps. Then, on Sept. 27, we will return to the City Council with a comprehensive menu of actions for consideration. After that, we will have our marching orders and focus on efficient and expeditious execution.

Improving traffic safety together tips

Safe walking and driving

Bike and electric bike resources and rules of the road

Federal funding for Barrio lighting and traffic circles

Improving our infrastructure is a big part of our commitment to providing safe roads for everyone who walks, bikes and drives in our city. Carlsbad has several projects in the works to slow down traffic through residential areas, including one you may have seen in the news this week.

Congressman Mike Levin was instrumental in securing $5 million in federal funding for new traffic circles and lighting improvements in the Barrio, Carlsbad’s oldest neighborhood. City leaders gathered Tuesday morning to official accept this funding and celebrate this important project moving forward.

Watch the State of the City video 

This is one of my favorite times of year in Carlsbad, our annual State of the City presentation. We welcomed community members last week to a free showing at the Schulman Auditorium at Dove Library and on Friday the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce hosted its own celebration.

I think one of the reasons I enjoy our annual video presentation is because it highlights of all the different work going on in the City of Carlsbad, from all city departments.

You have two ways to watch the video, which is about 13 minutes long:



  • Watch the video at the top of every hour (except during City Council meetings or replays of meetings) on our cable channel, Spectrum channel 24 and AT&T U-verse channel 99.
  • See and share the video on the city’s official YouTube channel.

Celebrating our older residents

Sunday was National Senior Citizens Day, designed to recognize older adults and their many accomplishments and contributions. Carlsbad is proud to be home to many active seniors and have many activities and programs specifically for this part of our community:

  • The Senior Center at 799 Pine Avenue is open six days a week to provide in person services, a senior lunch program, fun activities and a place to connect.
  • The Carlsbad Transportation Service provides free or low-cost rides on certain days of the week to residents 60 and older.
  • Older adults can sign up for a wide range of classes, workshops and recreation programs, including Zumba and tai chi to technology tips and music and art programs.

Last December, the Carlsbad City Council approved North County’s first Age-Friendly Action Plan, which lays out a vision for meeting the needs of older residents in the future.

More information

Carlsbad’s 50+ webpage

50+ classes and programs

Learn to garden: green thumb not required

If you’re looking to improve your gardening skills and add new plants to your collection, the Carlsbad City Library’s Grow Your Garden program can help. Participants can swap succulents, seeds, fruit, vegetables and herbs from their gardens and learn new gardening techniques. The next session focuses on microgreens.

Grow Your Garden -Saturday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m. – noon at Dove Library Courtyard, 1775 Dove Lane

The session will be led by Patrice Smerdu, a life-long gardener and Carlsbad Community Gardens board member. She’s also the daughter of Harold Smerdu, the namesake of Carlsbad’s first community garden, the Harold E. Smerdu Community Garden.

Free seeds are available through the library’s Seed Library program. You can pick them up at the public service desks at all three Carlsbad library branches.

Learn more about free gardening resources on the library’s website.

Resources for affordable internet access

This Saturday, Aug. 27, is the first ever Get Connected Day in California. Schools, nonprofits and local governments throughout the state are sharing resources to help everyone access affordable high-speed internet.

The San Diego Association of Governments has compiled resources to help people in our community learn how to get affordable high-speed internet.

  • A monthly internet discount through the federal Affordable Connectivity Program
  • Public Wi-Fi at hundreds of locations across the region
  • Check out a laptop from your local library to get connected today
  • Purchase a low-cost computer or get free digital training from the San Diego Futures Foundation

More information is available at GetConnected.SANDAG.org or by calling 2-1-1.

5 ways to fill your time with kids back in school

As many more Carlsbad kids head back to school this week, parents are starting new routines too. If you’re looking for a way to explore some of the city programs and activities that help make Carlsbad a great place to live, here are our top five ideas:

  1. Join a book club. The Carlsbad City Library offers virtual and in-person book clubs on different days of the month. Find the full list of clubs on the city’s website, along with which books they’re reading next and how to join in.
  2. Go hike. The City of Carlsbad has 67 miles of trails that offer easy scenic strolls, challenging hikes, mountain biking and beautiful views. Use the city’s interactive GoHike Carlsbad app for details about each trail, including degree of difficulty and parking.
  3. Take a class. Find a wide variety of fall health and fitness classes, including danceyogaswimming and more, in the City of Carlsbad’s Fall Community Services Guide. You can find the right class for you and register for the class you want on the city’s website.
  4. Stream something on Kanopy. Carlsbad residents can use their library card to access to a large collection of narrative and documentary films, TV shows and kids content for free through the streaming service Kanopy. Download the app or sign up for your free account through the library’s eResources page.
  5. Enjoy the view. As summer crowds wane, this is a wonderful time of year to enjoy our coastline, whether you’re taking in the sunset, going for a run or just sitting back and feeling the sand beneath your toes. We are so lucky to have this natural resource accessible all year round.

Get involved: Upcoming meetings

The next City Council meeting will be held Aug. 30 at 5 p.m. in the City Council chamber. Topics scheduled to be discussed are:

  • A contract to complete studies that will help city re-prioritize and identify the funding for future transportation improvements
  • An agreement to evaluate the feasibility of constructing offices to centralize Fire Department administrative staff currently working in various locations
  • Designating Republic Services as the city’s approved e-waste collector
  • Awarding contracts for the repair and rehabilitations of sewer pipes across the city and the replacement of old water main pipes downtown and in Terramar
  • Appropriating the funds to buy 34 police vehicles
  • Contract with the company that provides city’s human resources software system
  • The Registrar of Voters’ request to use two more rooms at Carlsbad community centers as vote centers in the November general election
  • Adopting an ordinance to update how the city lifeguard and swimming instructor positions are listed in the city’s contract with the state pension system
  • Approving a developer’s use of state bonds to build 70 affordable apartment units on Laurel Tree Lane.
  • Ratifying the proclamation of a local emergency for bikes, e-bikes and other mobility devices and providing direction on next steps.
  • The fourth quarterly update on the city’s efforts to reduce the unsheltered homeless population and the impacts of homelessness on the community

A link to the full agenda and staff reports will be available on the city’s website by the Friday before the meeting.

In addition, these city meetings are planned next week:

  • Aug. 29, 6 p.m. – Historic Preservation Commission
  • Sept. 1, 3 p.m. – Senior Commission
  • Sept. 1, 6 p.m. – Arts Commission

As you’re out and about this weekend, please help us spread the message about traffic safety. Remember, we are all in this together!

Scott Chadwick, Carlsbad City Manager

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

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July 28, 2022

This week saw big milestones achieved for city parks, public art and how we are helping people get around town in a more sustainable way. More on that plus other news in the updates below.

  • A new park for dogs
  • Veterans Park passes another milestone
  • Public art at Fire Station 2
  • Why all the talk about mobility?
  • TGIF concerts move to Calavera
  • Free pet adoptions this week
  • Getting involved
  • Thank you for feedback!

Poinsettia park gets new dog park, restrooms, parking and EV charging Yesterday the city celebrated the official ribbon cutting for several improvements to Poinsettia Community Park, including:

  • The city’s third dog park and the first with grass (don’t worry, we use recycled water for irrigation, to help conserve our precious drinking water supplies).
  • A new restroom next to the very popular pickleball courts.
  • A new parking lot that includes four EV charging stations. 

Watch a video

Veterans Memorial Park passes another milestone

Speaking of parks, on Tuesday the City Council approved some additional studies and plans that will bring Veterans Memorial Park one step closer to completion. This park will have a totally different look and feel than any other city park.

  • The community told us they really wanted to keep a natural setting at this park to complement the protected habitat preserves and nature trails already on the property.
  • There will also be spaces for quiet contemplation and reflection, to honor those who have served our country.
  • Trails, art, three different kinds of playgrounds and a bike track round out the planned amenities.

Check out these new renderings to get a sense of just how special this new park will be.

The next step is to submit final designs to the City Council before putting the construction contract out to bid. If all goes as planned, the new park will open in 2025.

More information

Speaking of new city parks, next up is Robertson Ranch Community Park, located at the northeast corner of El Camino Real and Cannon Road. Stay tuned for next steps, including how you can be involved in the park’s design.

The next step is to submit final designs to the City Council before putting the construction contract out to bid. If all goes as planned, the new park will open in 2025.

More information

Speaking of new city parks, next up is Robertson Ranch Community Park, located at the northeast corner of El Camino Real and Cannon Road. Stay tuned for next steps, including how you can be involved in the park’s design.

  • The new public art piece was designed by artist Mary Carter Taub in collaboration with firefighters, the community, the arts commission and the city’s Cultural Arts staff.
  • It will be made of vibrant illuminated kiln-fused glass, unlike any other public art we have in Carlsbad.
  • The glass panels are a “map mashup” of aerial views of Carlsbad with colors inspired by beach sunsets, the Flower Fields, Batiquitos Lagoon and homes in Olde Carlsbad. The lines are actually a map of our major streets plus an outline of the shape of the lagoon.
  • The artist chose to focus on curved lines and vibrant colors to complement the more linear design of the fire station.
  • This project is part of Arts & Culture Master Plan and public art program. The program is designed to expand residents’ appreciation of art, improve quality of life and help enhance and identify Carlsbad as a unique community.

Fire station next steps – The old Fire Station 2, built in 1969, was demolished last year to make room for a new modern station. The new station will occupy the same footprint as the old one but has about 7,000 more square feet. That’s enough space to accommodate up to five emergency response vehicles, including a 60-foot ladder truck, fire engine and an ambulance. 

What is mobility and why do we keep talking about it?

Also on Tuesday, our city’s Transportation Director gave an update to the City Council on the city’s efforts to ease traffic congestion and generally make it more convenient for people to get around Carlsbad in whatever way they want to do that. In a nutshell, that’s what we mean by “mobility.”

  • In the past, transportation around cities was almost exclusively focused on driving, except for dense urban areas where public transit is well utilized.
  • Fast forward to today and for a variety of reasons this thinking is changing.
  • The new term of art – mobility – changes the focus to moving people rather than vehicles. 
  • Don’t get me wrong, cars are still an important way people get around.
  • But now we (along with most cities) are finding ways to make other modes of transportation a safe and inviting alternative where that makes sense. 

On Tuesday, the City Council gave feedback on our Sustainable Mobility Plan’s implementation. This plan focuses on prioritizing transportation options that also are good for the environment. Some of the current and upcoming initiatives include:

  • A safe routes to schools program, making it easier to walk and bike to school
  • A program to work with employers to encourage ridesharing, transit, telecommuting and other alternatives to driving alone in a car
  • Improving sidewalks, crosswalks and bike lanes on streets all over the city.

Aside from these special projects, city staff also provided an update on other transportation improvements. Below are some highlights. You can read the full report for more information (it is long!).

How will we ensure an excellent quality of life tomorrow?

The Carlsbad Tomorrow Growth Management Citizens Committee is meeting this evening to discuss three topics related to growth that are always of interest to our community:

  • Fire Department services and response times
  • Demographics and population trends from the San Diego Association of Governments
  • Traffic and mobility (there’s that term again)

Background

The resident-led committee is working with the city to develop a new plan for how to manage future growth while maintaining Carlsbad’s excellent quality of life.

  • The committee is still in the early stages of discussion, where they are learning about 11 existing “performance standards.” 
  • These standards have been in place since the 90s and need to be updated to reflect where the city is today and our community’s priorities.
  • An example of a performance standard is the number of acres of parks per 1,000 residents.
  • In August, they’re expected to discuss performance standards for libraries, parks and open space.

The full agenda and staff report for tonight’s meeting are posted on the city’s website. The meeting will probably go until around 8 p.m., but you can also watch a recording after the fact It’s a lot of technical information right now, but it’s all very important background. 

The committee is expected to meet through early 2023 to look at different options and ideas. Their final recommendations about what a new plan should consider will be presented to the City Council next year.

More information

Growth Management in Carlsbad

Growth Management Committee webpage

TGIF moves to Calavera Hills Park

On Friday, our TGIF Concerts in the Parks series moves to Calavera Hills Community Park. The show will feature the Ryan Hiller Band, blending an original sound mixed with funk, soul and rock. If you haven’t attended a show yet this season, you’re in for a treat. Remember this important info before you head to the park: 

  • The field will open at 4 p.m. Concert starts at 6 p.m.
  • Consider getting dropped off or carpooling to ease traffic.
  • You can park offsite at Sage Creek High School, 3900 Cannon Road, and take our free shuttle to and from the concert location.
  • The shuttle runs from 4:15 to 9:15 p.m.
  • Don’t forget to pack a picnic – no food and drink vendors this season.
  • Please leave your furry friends at home (service animals are welcome).
  • It never hurts to bring bug spray just in case.

See the full TGIF schedule

Free pet adoptions through Sunday

If news of our new dog park has inspired you to consider adding a new member to your family, you are in luck. The San Diego Humane Society is waiving all adoption fees this week until Sunday, July 31, for all adoptable birds, dogs, cats, small pets and livestock. The nonprofit animal shelter has more than 1,600 animals in care, including more than 600 that are available for adoption, including many kittens, birds and large dogs.

Humane Society shelters, including the two in Oceanside, are open for walk-in adoptions from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. 

The City of Carlsbad contracts with the Humane Society for a wide variety of animal services.

To view animals currently available for adoption, visit the Humane Society’s website

Meetings update

No public meetings are scheduled next week, and the City Council will be on recess until Aug. 16.

This week we said goodbye to City Attorney Celia Brewer, who has been with the City of Carlsbad for nearly 10 years. I shared news of her retirement a couple of months ago, but now it is official. City managers and city attorneys tend to work very closely together, and this is certainly the case in Carlsbad. Celia has been a trusted colleague, creative problem solver and passionate advocate for good government, and I am going to miss working with her very much.

However, I want to assure you we are in good hands with the appointment of Cindie McMahon. I have already begun to work with Cindie in this new capacity and I am looking forward to our community getting to know her too.  

Clarification from last week

Finally today, I want to clarify something I shared last week (and thank those of you who let me know when something sounds off).

In the update on COVID-19, instead of restating the same health precautions I have been sharing for the past two years, I instead suggested you check with your own health care provider and public health agencies for guidance. To some, this seemed like I had changed my approach or was no longer urging caution.

Why the change?

Here’s the reason for the change – as I reviewed all the latest guidance from public health agencies, I quickly realized that at this stage of the pandemic, recommendations have become much more specialized based on individual situations and settings. I started to try to summarize it all, then decided it was best to just share the links to the public health agencies and suggest checking with your own health care providers.

My goal all along has been to help protect the health and safety of our community. I am not a public health expert, but the city works regularly with public health experts, mostly from the county. I want to make sure our community always knows where to get the latest information about COVID (or any public health concern) and that what I am sharing is accurate.

I’m sorry if this change caused concern. And I really do mean it when I say I enjoy hearing from you. Whether you want to give the city praise or point out a concern, your engagement tells me you care, and I can’t ask for more than that.

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

Scott Chadwick, Carlsbad City Manager

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July15, 2022

Happy birthday! To us! This weekend is the City of Carlsbad’s 70th birthday and as you read in our stories today, the city has much to celebrate as we reflect on a rich history full of arts and culture, exemplary leaders, programs and more. I look forward to what the next several decades hold, knowing we have an amazing and engaged community like you. Get all the details about: 

  • Supporting the arts downtown
  • Honoring a Dove Library visionary
  • Celebrating Carlsbad’s history (and our birthday!)
  • TGIF Concert tips
  • A superstar swimmer at 84
  • A new city attorney
  • How to save water and money 
  • Agricultural committee openings
  • Teen Art Contest
  • Upcoming city meetings

Partnering to grow the arts

As I mentioned last week, a unique partnership between the City of Carlsbad and New Village Arts that began more than 14 years ago and transformed an underutilized city building into an award-winning arts center has entered an exciting new phase.

On Thursday, city leaders joined New Village Arts to mark the official launch of a major renovation project for the downtown theater at 2787 State Street that will include exterior improvements, a larger lobby and gathering spaces, a new box office, safety upgrades, new lighting, new classroom space and more.

The project is another example of how promoting arts and culture is not just part of Carlsbad’s Community Vision, but it’s part of the city’s history, too.

Many longtime residents remember the downtown building as the old Bauer Lumber Store, which closed when the North County Transit District took over the surrounding land to build the Carlsbad Transit District. The city purchased the building and has leased it to New Village Arts since 2006, providing a low-cost home that allowed the nonprofit theater group to grow and thrive.

  • Last year, the city awarded New Village Arts a 10-year lease, with up to two five-year extensions, paving the way for the theater group to launch a fundraising campaign and invest in upgrading the facility.
  • The city is contributing nearly $900,000 to cover the exterior renovations, including the cost of rebuilding the outside walls, upgrading to a new HVAC system, and installing new solar panels, in keeping with our commitment to sustainability.
  • Once the renovations are complete, the city’s Cultural Arts Department will commission a 97-foot wide by 16-foot-tall mural for the west-facing side of the building’s exterior. Everyone who visits the arts center or passes through the downtown Coaster station will be greeted by the new mural and be reminded of the pivotal role the arts play in Carlsbad.
  • The mural and the New Village Arts renovation also support the city’s vision for identifying downtown as a dynamic arts and culture district.

Dove Library courtyard gets a new name

The courtyard at the Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane will be named in honor of former Carlsbad City Council Member Ann Kulchin, the Carlsbad City Council decided Tuesday.

Kulchin, who served on the City Council for 32 years – from 1980 to 2012 – was a driving force behind the creation of the library, which opened in 1999. A former teacher, she was passionate about expanding library services and promoting the library as a hub for community gatherings, education and entertainment in south Carlsbad.

In her years on the council, Kulchin was also a leader in developing the city’s first growth management plan and the Carlsbad seawall, just a few of her many accomplishments. Still, she counts the library as her favorite project.

Kulchin’s family approached the city earlier this year with the naming proposal. A city policy allows naming city facilities after individuals who have made a significant contribution to the City of Carlsbad by enhancing the quality of life and well-being of the city and the people who live here.

Kulchin, who will celebrate her 90th birthday this month, attended Tuesday’s meeting and spoke briefly about the joy she found in serving the Carlsbad community. “You were my family for 32-and-a-half years, and I loved every minute of it,” she said. “Thank you for this honor.”

A sign will be installed in the courtyard in the coming months designating it as the Ann Kulchin Courtyard. Learn more.

Celebrating Carlsbad’s history

Speaking of people and events that helped shape our city, history is one of the core values that make up Carlsbad’s Community Vision. We have some great city resources devoted to preserving our city’s history and, with Carlsbad’s 70th birthday coming up Saturday, July 16, it’s the perfect time to check them out and learn more about our journey as a city.

  • The Carlsbad History Collection at the Georgina Cole Library is a treasure trove of personal papers, city records, government reports and oral histories about the City of Carlsbad, as well as old high school yearbooks and newspaper archives on microfilm.
  • You can also take a virtual historic tour of Carlsbad with our nifty map that highlights two dozen historic locations around town and gives a synopsis of each spot.
  • The city’s Historic Preservation Commission advises the City Council and Planning Commission on anything related to identifying and protecting historic areas in the city. Meetings are streamed live on the city’s website.
  • This video from our 50th birthday is full of historical photos and interviews with long-time city residents and former city officials who talk about:
    • The dramatic events leading up to incorporation, including a competing effort by Oceanside to annex coastal Carlsbad that nearly passed. (It ended in a tie.)
    • The narrow vote to incorporate, which was held on June 24, 1952. Carlsbad officially became a city on July 16, 1952, when the paperwork was filed with the California secretary of state.
    • The formation of the city’s police department, fire department and Carlsbad Municipal Water District and other early challenges.
  • Part 2 of the video covers the early growth and expansion of the city from the 1960s onward, including the creation of the city’s first library in 1967, the opening of the Plaza Camino Real mall and Car Country Carlsbad, the annexation of La Costa in 1972 and the city’s dynamic approach to planning and managing growth.

TGIF Concert reminders

Our TGIF Concerts in the Parks series continues this week at Poinsettia Community Park with a performance by Phat Cat Swinger, a fun swing band that brings a retro vibe to a wide variety of musical styles. We want everyone to have a great time, so if you’re planning to attend, please note this important info:

  • Field will open at 4 p.m. Concert starts at 6 p.m.
  • Consider getting dropped off or carpooling to ease traffic.
  • You can park offsite at North Coast Calvary Chapel, 1330 Poinsettia Lane, and take our free shuttle to and from the concert location.
  • The shuttle runs from 4:15 to 9:15 p.m.
  • Don’t forget to pack a picnic – no food and drink vendors this season.
  • Please leave your furry friends at home.
  • Bring bug spray, just in case.

See the full TGIF schedule.

An inspiring Parks & Rec success story

As Parks & Recreation Month continues, we’re proud to share another inspiring story taking place right in our city. Anne Williams said she was the slowest swimmer in the slowest lane when she started doing laps at a City of Carlsbad pool 22 years ago. Today, at 84, she’s not only leading the lane, but setting national records.

Five days a week, Anne swims in the Masters Program at the city’s Alga Norte Aquatic Center. We’re excited to share Anne’s story as just one example of the thousands whose lives have been touched by our Parks & Rec programs.Watch our video about Anne and find the Parks & Rec program that speaks to you.

Watch our video about Anne and find the Parks & Rec program that speaks to you.

Carlsbad’s new City Attorney

The Carlsbad City Council announced Tuesday that Cindie McMahon will be Carlsbad’s next City Attorney, effective Aug. 2. McMahon, who currently serves as Assistant City Attorney, succeeds Celia Brewer, who announced her retirement in April.

The City Council voted to appoint McMahon in a closed session meeting July 12. The City Attorney is one of two positions appointed directly by the City Council. (The City Manager is the other.)

McMahon first joined the City of Carlsbad in 2000 as Deputy City Attorney, after having that same position in the City of Escondido from 1998 to 1999. From 2005 to 2019, she worked for the state of California’s appellate court, in the division covering San Diego and Imperial counties. 

She returned to Carlsbad in 2019 as our Assistant City Attorney and for the past three years has worked with city departments and leadership on a variety of legal issues. She has also served as our Acting City Attorney when needed and has managed the city’s civil litigation, including determining legal strategies and representing the city in mediations and settlement conferences.

We’re thrilled to see her continue her excellent work as our next City Attorney. Congratulations, Cindie!

Learn more.

Saving on your water bills

July is Smart Irrigation Month! The Carlsbad Municipal Water District has compiled resources to make it easier for residents and businesses to save water, lower their water bills, prevent runoff and earn rebates.

  • Residents can earn rebates by replacing their grass lawns with water wise plants or switching to a smart irrigation controller.
  • Free water saving checkups are available to receive site-specific recommendations.
  • A new outdoor watering schedule is in place.
    • Even numbered addresses water on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
    • Odd-numbered addresses water on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
    • Apartments, condos and businesses water on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
    • Water between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. on assigned days, for 10 minutes per station. Tip: Split that time to 5 minutes twice a day.
  • Preventing runoff can save water and protect our stormwater system from pollutants. Fixing broken or blocked irrigation fixtures can help ensure sprinklers are watering the yard, not the sidewalk.

Learn more.

Serve on our agricultural advisory committee

If you’re looking for a simple way to serve our community, please consider applying for one of six open seats on a Carlsbad citizens advisory committee, which helps the city reinvest in its agricultural heritage.

The agricultural mitigation fee committee makes recommendations to the City Council on how to spend grant money that comes from fees the city collects when agricultural land is developed for other uses in the coastal zone. The grants support certain types of agricultural, coastal or wetland restoration projects that enhance quality of life in Carlsbad. 
The committee typically meets once a year, so it’s a great option for people who have always wanted to serve on a city board or commission but don’t have a lot of time available.

How to apply

  • The application process is easy; just fill out and submit the application on the city’s website.
  • Members are appointed by the mayor, with input from the City Council.
  • All members must be Carlsbad residents who are registered to vote in the city. They must also file a statement of economic interest with the City Clerk’s Office.
  • Terms run through August 2025, or until all the grant funds have been allocated, whichever comes first.
  • Applications are due by noon Friday, August 5.

Learn more.

Teen art contest

Know a teen artist who is feeling inspired this summer? From now until July 31, teens entering grades 7 to 12 are invited to participate in the library’s first ever Teen Art Show. The theme is “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” or “Outdoors.” Teens are welcome to submit up to two pieces that are no larger than 8.5″ x 11″.

  • Submissions can include photographs, digital art, drawings, sketches, paintings, sculptures, etc.
  • Art can be turned into the Information Desk at all three library locations. The art will be displayed and judged on Saturday, Aug. 6. 

Questions? Email libraryteens@carlsbadca.gov

Get involved: Upcoming meetings

The next City Council meeting will take place Tuesday, July 19, starting at 5 p.m. in the City Council chamber. Topics scheduled to be discussed include:

  • An update on the city’s investments
  • Putting the second phase of the city’s street light replacement program out to bid
  • Formally adopting a regional water management plan so that the Carlsbad Municipal Water District can apply for state grants
  • Buying two apartments to continue to provide them as affordable housing units
  • Accepting a state grant that will pay for specialized training for Police and Fire personnel
  • Officially certifying the city’s June 2022 election results
  • Giving up the city’s rights to public utilities easements on two residential properties
  • Updating the city lifeguard and swimming instructor positions in the city’s contract with the state pension system 
  • An annual update from the organization that operates Carlsbad’s Sister City Program
  • The results of a city employee-satisfaction survey

A link to the full agenda and staff reports will be available on the city’s website no later than Friday. You can watch the meeting live on the city’s website or cable TV channel.

These city meetings are also scheduled for next week.

  • July 18, 5:30 p.m. – Parks & Recreation Commission
  • July 20, 5 p.m. – Planning Commission

That wraps up this week’s news. Thanks for staying engaged and being a part of what makes Carlsbad such a great community

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Temporary coastal fire station moving forward

The City of Carlsbad will have a fully staffed and equipped temporary fire station on the coast as soon as January 2023 thanks to an agreement approved by the City Council Tuesday. The project is part of a City Council goal to improve emergency response times and ensure fire and emergency medical services are ready to meet the community’s needs as the city’s demographics and population change.

  • This would also be the city’s first fire station west of Interstate 5 and the railroad tracks, two major transportation corridors that could be impacted in the event of a wide-scale emergency or natural disaster.
  • The $194,052 6-year lease with NRG Inc. will allow the city to build a temporary fire station on part of the old Encina power plant site. The agreement could be extended for up to two additional years.
  • The city will reuse some of the temporary buildings now being used while Fire Station 2 in La Costa is rebuilt.
  • Construction on Fire Station 2 is set to wrap up in the next few months, and the temporary buildings will move from the Dove Library parking lot to the NRG site.

Why it’s important

In May 2021, the Fire Department completed a “Standards of Cover” evaluation, looking at current and future emergency response needs based on Carlsbad’s size, demographics and other factors. The evaluation found that to meet industry standards, the Fire Department needed a seventh fire station, ideally west of I-5 and the railroad tracks, as well as more ambulances and personnel.

Fire Department Improvements webpage

Voters to decide on spending for Monroe Street Pool improvements

Carlsbad voters will decide during this November’s election whether or not to authorize the City of Carlsbad to spend up to $24 million of existing city funds to renovate and expand the Monroe Street Pool, located next to Carlsbad High School in northern Carlsbad. The approved question that will appear on the ballot is:

“Do the voters of the City of Carlsbad approve spending existing city funds from various sources, including the General Fund, in an amount to exceed $1 million for the Monroe Street Pool Renovation/Replacement project located at 3401 Monroe Street for an estimated cost range of $22 million up to $24 million, adjusted annually by the percentage increase in the regional construction cost index?”

  • The ballot measure is needed because of a Carlsbad-specific law that requires voter approval for certain construction projects that cost more than $1 million in general city funds, even if the city already has the money on hand.
  • Carlsbad voters passed this requirement in 1982 to have more direct oversight of city spending.

Learn more

Free kitchen caddies available for new composting program

Starting June 25, Carlsbad residents can pick up a free kitchen caddy to make food scrap recycling a little easier. These small, plastic bins can be used to store leftover food scraps in the kitchen before putting them in the green compost bin along with other green or “organic” waste, like plants and food-soiled paper. 

New food waste collection

Under a new state law, on July 1, Carlsbad residents and businesses will begin disposing of their food scraps, food soiled paper and yard waste in their green compost container. This organic waste will be collected by Republic Services and composted at a special compost facility. (City staff took a tour of this massive composting operation recently. Here is a video so you can see too.)

What goes in the kitchen caddy?

Any residential food waste, such as meat, fish, bones, eggshells, old bread, tea bags, coffee grounds, produce, leftovers, expired foods and soiled paper products. Plastic, plastic bags and plastic packaging can’t be placed in the green compost cart, so they should not be placed in the kitchen caddy.

Where will kitchen caddies be available?

Republic Services is making them available at city libraries, community centers and other community locations between June 25 and July 30. The full schedule is on the Republic website.

Art in the Village

The City of Carlsbad is inviting residents to get outdoors and exercise their creativity by participating in a Pop Up Art event Sunday, June 26, at the 24th annual Art in the Village festival.

Sunday, June 26 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. State Street and Grand Avenue

  • Organized by the Carlsbad Village Association, Art in the Village is an open-air art show that features original works by artists from all over the region, as well as live music, performance art and interactive art activities.
  • Carlsbad city staff will host a Pop Up Art activity giving people a chance to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the city’s popular TGIF Concerts in the Parks by creating a drawing that reminds them of their favorite music.
  • Each drawing will be on a card with the dates and locations of the concerts in this year’s TGIF series – a reminder of the summer fun yet to come.
  • The Pop Up Art event is free and open to people of all ages. All materials are provided.

Learn more on the city’s Pop Up Art webpage.

Carlsbad teen wins Don Diego award

Congratulations to Carlsbad resident and recent San Dieguito Academy graduate Kyra Chen who was just awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation, an organization that honors high-achieving students of great promise who have participated in activities at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Kyra is heading to Duke University in the fall where she plans to conduct research contributing to the development of new medicines. (She’s already worked as an intern for a local pharmaceutical company.) If that’s not impressive enough, she’s also an award-wining figure skater, a published artist, a fluent Mandarin speaker, a musician and a member of her school’s California Native Plant Club. Congratulations, Kyra!

Team Carlsbad recognition

Here’s a great example of a city employee who exemplifies the dedication, perseverance and heart of Team Carlsbad. Cristina Rangel, a senior office specialist in our Public Works Department was recently featured in MiraCosta College’s Transforming Lives newsletter.

Cristina had always wanted to go to college, but she entered the workforce at a young age and started a family. Over the years, her responsibilities grew, but her dream of attending college never faded.

When she talked about her higher-education dream with her supervisor, Public Works Superintendent Brian Bacardi, he told her he saw her as someone destined to be a leader. Encouraged and determined, she enrolled last year at MiraCosta College.

Now Cristina is a full-time student pursuing liberal arts and ethnic studies, while balancing her responsibilities as a full-time city employee and mom. When she has extra time, she volunteers helping victims of human trafficking in North County.

After completing her studies at MiraCosta and earning her degree, Cristina plans to use her education and job experience to better serve the community through public works.

We’re so proud of Cristina and thrilled that she’s a part of our team.

City jobs

Speaking of working at the City of Carlsbad, I would be remiss if I didn’t put a plug in for considering a career in public service. Cities like ours need talented people from a wide variety of different professional disciplines, from engineering to HR, accounting, auto mechanics, IT specialists and more.

Available positions are always posted on our website. I know a lot of people don’t think of local government as a career option, but I encourage you to explore it. The sense of pride and satisfaction that comes from public service is very rewarding, and Carlsbad is a great place to work!  

Get involved: Upcoming meetings

The next City Council meeting will take place Tuesday, July 12, at 5 p.m. in the City Council chamber. The agenda will be posted on the city’s website the Friday before the meeting.

No other city meetings are scheduled for next week.

Carlsbad beaches make the honor roll

Finally, we got word yesterday that Carlsbad beaches have once again made the “honor roll” in Heal the Bay’s annual beach report card. This is a statewide ranking the organization releases each summer reporting on water quality. The City of Carlsbad invests significant resources into preventing runoff and other sources of pollution that can get into our gutters and storm drain system, where they travel, untreated, to our lagoons and the ocean. 

You can read more about these efforts on the city’s website, including ways you can help keep our beaches clean.

I’ll be back next week – the last day of June, if you can believe it. Until then, enjoy our beautiful weather and this amazing community.

Scott Chadwick, Carlsbad City Manager

Carlsbad Senior Center

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Finalists For The 2021 Carlsbad Business Achievement & Distinction (CBAD) Awards Announced

Carlsbad, CA — The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce announced the finalists for the 2021 Carlsbad Business Achievement & Distinction Awards (CBAD Awards). Winners will be announced at the CBAD Awards Luncheon: Resilience on Thursday, October 14, 2021, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa

“After a very difficult 2020, we are excited to showcase those resilient organizations that continued to make an impact in our community,” said President and CEO of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, Bret Schanzenbach. “As every year, this is an opportunity to get everyone together and celebrate the achievements of amazing organizations in the region.”

New Coffee Expresso Bar Now Open in Carlsbad

TR Robertson — “Coffee, the favorite drink of the civilized world” Thomas Jefferson

There are a few other drinks that qualify with Thomas Jefferson’s quote, but millions of people cannot be wrong as they have their favorite cup of coffee in the morning and throughout the day. New coffee bar owners Ray Orate and John Herrmann can attest to their love of coffee as they have taken their years of roasting and brewing coffee to opening their own coffee bar in the heart of downtown Carlsbad. Interim Coffee is located in the back of the large parking lot on Garfield, directly behind Las Olas Mexican Restaurant.

“To me, the smell of fresh-made coffee is one of the greatest inventions” Hugh Jackman

Ray and John have over 12 years of experience in the coffee business, including work at Zumbar Coffee in the Sorrento Valley train station and at Global coffee importers. They searched long and hard for a perfect location and stumbled on the spot in the parking lot off Garfield. The location is the former home of Sarah’s Hair Style, which shut down during the height of the COVID pandemic in 2020. Their business is a labor of love with many hours put in redesigning the interior and adding a new look to the outside patio area. Ray’s father Jim helped in the work getting the spot ready to open, serving their first cup on July 25th.

“Coffee smells like freshly ground heaven.”  Jessi Lane Adams

Ray and John roast and brew all their coffee selections, continually adding new blends. Their location is close to numerous vacation homes and just a short walk to the beach. Access to the coffee bar can also be found from Carlsbad Blvd. with two walkways on each side of Las Olas and surrounding businesses. The large parking lot, off Garfield, also make for a great meeting place for motorcyclists, bikers, car clubs and anyone who wants a great cup of coffee. Ray spoke about his desire to create a place where those stopping by could “curate classic philosophies,” making the coffee bar a spot where people could meet up, have a great cup of coffee as they shared stories and conversation and move on to having an exciting day. Ray referred to possibly calling the coffee bar The Coffee Lot, in honor of the easy access to their business and a gathering spot. The coffee bar also has a good selection of tea and offers some pastry items and vegan trail mix. They are looking into adding more snack items, but for now their primary concern is brewing the best cup of coffee in the Carlsbad area. They also sell their coffee in 12 oz. blends and 5 lb. bulk bags.

“Coffee is a language in itself.” Jackie Chan

Ray and John offer a number of selections for coffee aficionados to try. They are currently serving Ethiopia Gedob Beriti, Decaf Peru made with the Swiss Water process, The classic (their darkest roast), the Rocksteady Blend (a mix), Live Wire (beans from Peru and Colombia) and the Costa Rica Hacienda Sonora. I had their Rocksteady Blend, and it was delicious. All their syrups used to flavor coffee for patrons are homemade and they bring in their own water, not using tap water. They will tailor their coffees to meet their customers needs and flavors. Inside the coffee bar patrons will notice numerous vintage coffee memorabilia and knickknacks, all for sale, including pictures on the wall. They plan on possible adding vintage clothing and records as well as using the parking lot for events like classic car shows.

“I never laugh until I’ve had my coffee.”  Clark Gable

Ever since coffee was first roasted, brewed, and served in 15th century Yemen, people around the world have enjoyed well made coffee. Interim Expresso and Coffee Bar is a placed you will find delicious coffee or tea, friendly and courteous people that like to tell you about their product and a spot to begin your morning (they also have hot cocoa). The location is easy to locate, and you will find a place to relax before you begin your busy day or a place to pick up a cup to go. Stop in an say good morning to Ray, John, or Fallon and have a cup. Interim is open Tuesday thru Sunday from 7 am until 2 pm. More information about their blends at www.interimcoffee.com.

“We want to do a lot of stuff. We’re not in great shape. We didn’t get a good night’s sleep. We’re a little depressed. Coffee solves all those problems in one delightful little cup.” Jerry Seinfeld

Ways to Watch Regular Meetings
Streaming on Web
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Other Meeting Agendas
The City Council also serves as the Carlsbad Municipal Water District Board, the Community Development Commission, the Public Improvement Board, the Industrial Development Board and the Public Financing Authority. These agencies hold meetings on an as-needed basis.

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Homebound services The Carlsbad City Library Homebound Program ensures that homebound individuals have access to a wide range of library materials which are delivered directly to their residences by trained volunteers. This free service is open to City of Carlsbad residents who are prevented by medical reasons from visiting the library. Books, audio books, CDs, and movies are selected based on the patron’s preferences and requests. To sign up for this service call Homebound Supervisor Susan Burke at 760-434-2913.

We’re Here to Help
We’re available to answer your questions over the phone, through our chat service or by email during normal library hours.

All Carlsbad City Library location hours Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Carlsbad City Library
760-602-2049
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Georgina Cole Library
760-434-2870
1250 Carlsbad Village Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Library Learning Center
760-931-4500
3368 Eureka Place
Carlsbad, CA 92008

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  1. Jeanette Chaffee says:

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

    What’s your email please?

    Thank you!

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

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