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Carlsbad News

Carlsbad News

Carlsbad, CA — July 29,2021 –My update today is coming a little later than usual. That’s because, as you might have seen, new guidance has come out, first from the CDC, then the County of San Diego and just this afternoon from the state. As always, I’ll provide links to the source documents and details below, but here is what’s been going on:

OVID-19 case numbers are back where they were after the holidays. The CDC has new data showing how variants (including the Delta variant) spread among people who are vaccinated. The CDC is now recommending wearing a mask in indoor public settings, regardless of your vaccination status, in areas with a high level of spread.

What’s different Health restrictions have typically become tighter when cases spike, but several things are different this time around:

Vaccines are widely available and appear to be effective at preventing serious illnesses. In San Diego County, 98% of hospitalizations in the last 30 days are among people who are not fully vaccinated.

Health experts are still learning about new variants, some of which are much more easily spread.

Recommended vs required You may have read that Los Angeles County is requiring masks indoors. The County of San Diego is recommending indoor masking, not requiring it.

Masks continue to be required at the following locations, regardless of vaccination status (no changes here):

  • On public transit, such as buses, trains, airplanes, ferries, taxis and ride services, and in the areas that serve those, such as airports, transit stations, etc. 
  • Indoors in K-12 schools, child care and other youth settings  
  • Healthcare settings, including long-term care facilities 
  • Detention facilities
  • Homeless shelters, emergency shelters and cooling centers


Businesses and other organizations may require masks, so be sure to check for signs before entering.

The City of Carlsbad is following the county’s guidance for members of the public visiting our buildings, meaning masks are required for those not fully vaccinated and recommended for those who are.

Local situation The indoor mask guidance applies to counties with 50 or more cases per 100,000 in population. At last count, San Diego County had 192 cases per 100,000 in population over the past week. You can see this data and more on the CDC website.

In Carlsbad, we track active COVID-19 cases. The latest number of active cases is 162. This is the highest number since Feb. 22 of this year.
Looking at the county’s dashboard, you can see where all the indicators are as of today. Although some triggers have been passed, others are still in the green, notably new hospitalizations (this was in the red last week), hospital capacity, ICU capacity and ventilator availability.

P.S. In case you’re wondering why the county’s case numbers are so different from what the CDC data show, it’s because the CDC is tracking the total number of new cases over a seven-day period. The county is showing the daily average number of cases over a seven-day period.

Here is a link to the page on the county’s website with all the latest COVID-19 data. Some is updated weekly now instead of daily, but there is still a lot of information available. Here is a link to the CDC guidance and the latest study on variants. Here is a link to the county’s face mask page.

Vaccine access The county has consolidated its vaccine centers into what it’s calling the “Great Eight,” a collection of geographically distributed no-cost vaccination sites that allow people to choose any one of the three vaccines available in the United States, Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. For a list of locations and more information, visit www.coronavirus-sd.com/vaccine.

Vaccines also continue to be available through pharmacies and private healthcare providers. No matter where you get your vaccine, there will be no charge. I know it is disappointing to see cases going up again and everything that comes with that. I also know that the Carlsbad community will do its part, just as we have all along. We continue to have the lowest case rate in the county among cities 50,000 and larger. That is thanks to all of us working together. Let’s keep it up (or, I guess if we’re talking case rates, let’s keep ‘em down!).

In other news…
City Council vacancy update Last night the City Council approved the application and interview process to fill the District 1 City Council vacancy. The application is available now and due no later than Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. Included in the process is an opportunity for District 1 residents to submit topics they would like to be part of the public interview process, which is scheduled for Aug. 24. All candidates will have five minutes to address the City Council and answer questions. Find out more here.

Redistricting commission holds first meetingOur newly formed independent redistricting commission will hold its first meeting Thursday (tomorrow) at 6:30 p.m. in our City Council chamber. The meeting will also be streamed on our website and cable channel. The agenda includes some housekeeping and background information as well as an overview of the redistricting process and the commission’s role. One of the things we’ll ask the commission to do is approve the public meeting schedule. We are planning several, starting in August, so everyone has a chance to weigh in on new City Council district boundaries. Find out more here.


Meet your new chief In September we will officially welcome a new Police Chief, following the retirement of Chief Neil Gallucci. Although Assistant Chief Mickey Williams has been with the City of Carlsbad for 26 years, including raising his own family here, he is new to this role. That’s why we are providing opportunities for community members to meet him in person, share their ideas and priorities, or just say, “hi.” Throughout the month of August, we will hold evening outdoor get-togethers at city parks (one in each City Council district). Your district City Council member will be on hand too, as well as other members of the Police Department. Find out more here.

The city will share more news and updates later this week in our This Week in Carlsbad newsletter. In the meantime, please stay safe, be well and continue to #Care4Carlsbad. 

Scott Chadwick, City Manager

Independent Redistricting Commission Special Meeting

Carlsbad, CA — The agenda for the following Independent Redistricting Commission Special Meeting is now available on the City’s website.
Thursday, July 29, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
City Hall – In Person1200 Carlsbad Village Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008

The City of Carlsbad welcomes your participation. Public Meetings can be viewed online via the city website and on the city’s cable channel.

Ways to Watch Regular Meetings
Streaming on Web
City Cable Channel
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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Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce to Hold Carlsbad Village Street Faire – Summer Edition

Event marks the return of the largest event in Carlsbad in more than a year

Carlsbad, CA — The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce will hold a special edition of the Carlsbad Village Street Faire on Sunday, July 25, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the heart of Carlsbad Village (State St. and Grand Ave.) While this will be a smaller version of the Spring/Fall Carlsbad Village Street Faire, the event will feature unique vendors with a little of everything: arts and crafts, antiques, unique clothing, items from around the world, a food court, and more. 

Currently managed by Kennedy and Associates, this Carlsbad bi-annual tradition started in 1974 and ran consistently every year until 2020, when the global pandemic shut it down. “We are excited to be able to bring this beloved Faire back to Carlsbad and return to some semblance of 2019 ‘normalcy’,” said President and CEO of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, Bret Schanzenbach.

As the event is being held at the height of the tourism season, it is highly recommended to take advantage of the shuttle lots located at The Shoppes at Carlsbad and the Poinsettia Train Station. “We have added more shuttle buses so you won’t have to wait to get a ride,” said Schanzenbach. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and per CDC recommendations for gatherings in a crowded outdoor setting, people who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to do so, or wear a mask. This event is sponsored by Tri-City Medical Center.

About the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce acts as a regional economic catalyst, leadership convener and community champion. With more than 1,100 members, the Carlsbad Chamber promotes business through member services, economic and community development, and public policy that balances economic prosperity with quality of life. The Carlsbad Chamber is the second largest chamber in the county and the 10th largest in the state. For further information about the chamber, please contact (760) 931-8400, or visit the website at www.carlsbad.org.

TGIF in Your Backyard

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This summer only we are keeping the TGIF spirit alive with the TGIF in Your Backyard concert series beginning July 9 with Euphoria Brass Band. This fun twist on TGIF Concerts in the Park series gives our community the opportunity to enjoy music with friends, family and neighbors in the comfort of their own backyards and then share their experiences with us on social media. Email us your backyard or block party pics to communications@carlsbadca.gov for us to share or tag us on Instagram with #TGIFinmybackyard.
Concerts debut on the city’s website on select Fridays in July and August and stream for a week. We look forward to returning to the familiar live format as in past years during summer 2022 and celebrating the 35th Anniversary. Learn more

Want to be more involved in city matters? The city is seeking residents to fill vacancies on two boards and commissions that will work on specific issues like affordable housing and art. Apply today. The deadline is July 15.
Learn more

Get more information and agendas on the city’s website.

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Summer Reading Adventure Now – Aug. 8
Register for the all-virtual Summer Reading Adventure in Beanstack! Read and complete activities to earn a reward. This year’s theme is “Tails and Tales”. For more details, check out the all-new Summer Reading Adventure webpage. Once you earn your reward (after completing the Summer Reading Adventure), please visit the Children’s Desk at your local Carlsbad City Library location. The last day to pick up your Summer Reading Adventure rewards is Saturday, Aug. 14.

Summer Reading Adventure activities: Pet cemetery virtual bilingual adult escape room
In this virtual escape room, adults will experience moving into a new home and discovering a pet cemetery deep in the adjacent woods, leading to the accidental unleashing of evil. Enter here.

En esta sala de escape virtual, los adultos experimentarán mudarse a un nuevo hogar y descubrir un cementerio de mascotas en las profundidades del bosque adyacente, lo que conducirá que se desate accidentalmente una maldición maligna. Entre a la Sala de Escape.

Check out the brand new Recommendations for Adults webpage and find “Tails & Tales” themed books and DVDs perfect for summer.

Virtual genealogy events
Join us for free genealogy webinars presented in partnership with the North San Diego County Genealogical Society. Learn more about our free genealogy programs and resources available from home.

Trace your ancestral lines with Ancestry Library Edition
Feeling inspired to do some family research after watching television shows such as Finding Your Roots and Who Do You Think You Are? Ancestry Library Edition can help you discover your own history with billions of records, like census data, city directories, cemeteries, wills and probates, and immigration information. Use your Carlsbad City Library card to access Ancestry Library Edition and all seven genealogy databases from home for free.

Library collection spotlight: Playaway audiobook Check out the Carlsbad City Library Playaway collection. These small, mp3 player devices are preloaded with a single book. All you have to do is provide the AAA battery and a pair of headphones (no CD player or smart phone required).

Use a Playaway Audiobook while doing chores around the house, walking on the beach or walking the dog. Need some help? Email librarian@carlsbadca.gov.

Virtual book clubs
Want to connect with other readers? Try one of our free virtual book clubs. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with new people, experience great literature and engage in interesting discussions. Email librarian@carlsbadca.gov to register. See below for dates and times:


  • Monday Night Classics Book Club Aug. 23, 7 p.m.
  • My Cousin Rachel by Daphne DuMaurier

For the new and returning graphic novel fan…
Do you love graphic novels? Are you curious about graphic novels and not sure where to start? Discover just some of the top graphic novels that the Carlsbad community are checking out this summer. Can’t make it to the library? The Serra Digital Download Library also offers eComics. Need some help accessing these titles? 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 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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City of Carlsbad | 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
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
City of Carlsbad | 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008


4 Comments

  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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