Carlsbad, CA –As things in Carlsbad continue to return to business as usual, we have no significant COVID-19 related news to share, for the first time in about a year and a half. (Okay, we did share a few things Wednesday.) The final two steps in the city’s reopening process will be the Senior Center on July 6 and a return to in-person City Council meetings July 13 (note start time will return to 6 p.m.).
In other news…
- La Costa getting new fire station
- Homeless Action Subcommittee meets June 28
- Carlsbad Works: Emergency water main repair
- Apply for Independent Redistricting Commission
- Del Mar Duo: Music Around the World
- Staying safe at the beach
- One more week to celebrate Great Outdoors Month
- Cannon Art Gallery exhibit
- Start your summer reading adventure
- Apply to serve on a board or commission
- Upcoming public meetings
New (old) fire station in La Costa
Carlsbad officials marked the official beginning of the end of old Fire Station 2 in La Costa Tuesday, making way for a new station approved by Carlsbad voters in 2016.
- Built in 1969, before La Costa was officially part of the City of Carlsbad, the old, wood-shingled station no longer meets modern standards for fire and emergency medical services.
- The old station was designed to fit smaller 1960s fire engines and house only one firefighter who responded to less than 250 annual calls for service.
- Today the station has a crew of five and responds to more than 4,000 calls a year.
- The new station will accommodate up to five emergency response vehicles, including a 60-foot ladder truck, fire engine and an ambulance.
- In keeping with the city’s Climate Action Plan, the new station will incorporate environmental sustainability features such as EV charging stations, solar and super-efficient fixtures.
- It will take about a year to build.
Carlsbad Works: Emergency repairs
Carlsbad crews must be ready 24/7 to respond to all types of emergencies. Exhibit A: Mike Divine, Lorenzo Davenport, Marco Castillo, Ramiro Sandoval and Chris Sanchez jumped into action Monday to make an emergency repair to a water main (mains are large pipes) off Palomar Airport Road to keep water flowing to nearby businesses. Great work, Team Carlsbad!
Homeless Action Subcommittee meets June 28, 4 p.m.
Today the city launched a new e-newsletter to keep community members informed of upcoming meetings, decisions and opportunities to give input on homelessness and affordable housing issues.
Read the first edition of the newsletter and sign up for the Homeless Response email list if you would like to get these updates directly in the future.
The new City Council Homeless Action Subcommittee will hold its second meeting Monday, June 28, starting at 4 p.m. One of the main agenda topics is the feedback provided recently on the city’s current and planned programs to reduce homelessness. Here is a link to the summary from the four town hall meetings and online survey. City staff will also present background information about the laws, zoning, regulations and typical operating considerations related to a potential safe parking lot program at a city-owned building at the corner of El Camino Real and Faraday Avenue. The full agenda and staff reports are available here. You can follow along live online or watch the recording later. Info on how to provide comments is on the agenda.
Don’t miss this opportunity to map Carlsbad’s future – it only comes around once every 10 years.
The deadline to apply to serve on the Independent Redistricting Commission is coming up June 30. Get more information, including links to the online application.
Redistricting involves redrawing the boundary maps of election districts to reflect changes in population based on the latest Census. In Carlsbad, redistricting will determine which neighborhoods and communities are grouped into a district for the purpose of electing a City Council member. Learn more and sign up to receive updates at carlsbadca.gov/districts.
Del Mar Duo: Music Around the World
Flutist Rosalind Richards and pianist Miho Gary collaborate to create a memorable experience celebrating music from around the world. Richards has played with the La Jolla Civic Orchestra and Villa Music Orchestra. Gary, originally from Kokura, Japan, graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has won numerous honors including teaching from Steinway. Streaming through June 29.
Be a summer water watcher
Pools. oceans and lakes are a big part of summer fun, but it’s important to stay vigilant about water safety. Drowning accidents are the leading cause of injury and death among children under 5. A temporary lapse in supervision is a common factor in most drownings and near-drownings as child drownings can happen in seconds in as little as three inches of water. Keep your family safe this summer and any time you are around water.
Celebrate Great Outdoors Month
Celebrate Great Outdoors Month by taking in a view or two, like this one of Lake Calavera from the Lake Calavera Trail. With rolling hills, miles of walking trails, shimmering lagoons and sandy beaches – there are many amazing views to experience in Carlsbad. Get outside and explore. LEARN MORE
Juried Biennial at Cannon Art Gallery
William D. Cannon Art Gallery’s 2021 Juried Exhibition is open through Aug. 7. Guest judges Sonya Sparks, owner of Sparks Gallery in San Diego, and Andrew Utt, executive director of Lux Art Institute in Encinitas reviewed the artwork submitted by over 125 emerging and mid-career artists in San Diego County.
Curator Karen McGuire commented, “From dreamy landscapes to brightly-hued abstractions, from computer-assisted photography to geometric textiles, from hyper-realistic drawings to hand-built ceramics, this exhibition is certain to have something to stimulate everyone’s interest, fire their imagination and satisfy their spirit.”
This eclectic mix of 43 artworks by 30 artists showcases the abundance of talent in Carlsbad and San Diego County.
Start your Summer Reading Adventure
The 2021 virtual Summer Reading Adventure has begun and offers free summer reading fun for everyone. This year’s theme is Tails and Tales. People of all ages can earn incentives as they read, explore and discover. From now until Aug. 8 enjoy family-friendly virtual interactive animal performances and adventures, pre-recorded and live.
In-person City Council meetings resume July 13
Life in Carlsbad is slowly but surely getting back to normal. City offices are open for in-person services, library hours are getting longer and the Senior Center reopens July 6. And this just in: City Council will resume in-person meetings and return to a 6 p.m. start time beginning July 13.
Monthly City Council workshops will continue to be virtual through the end of September. This was a compromise to accommodate those in our community to like the option of participating without having to drive to City Hall. The state executive order that allows virtual City Council meetings expires Sept. 30.
We will provide more information about the resumption of other in-person meetings as we get those details worked out.
Upcoming public meetings
Looking to get involved this week in Carlsbad? Here are some upcoming public meetings to put on your calendar.
Agenda and materials for the Homeless Action SubcommitteeAgenda for a Special City Council Meeting to discuss the development of a City Council ethics code
Our next regular City Council meeting will be in person at the City Council Chamber on July 13 at 6 p.m.
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