Construction activities for the eastern pipe heading will be crossing Business Park Drive in Vista this week and next, moving to Lionshead Avenue the week after Thanksgiving. Also this week was the first concrete pour at the desalination plant site for the reverse osmosis filtration and administration building. See a time lapse video here (Poseidon is working with the city communication team to post videos like these on the city website and cable channel). Meanwhile, pipeline construction along Cannon Road has been very slow due to unstable sandy soil. This has required a change in the location and direction of pipeline construction to east on Cannon Road, starting just west of the Cannon Road bridge, progressing west toward Interstate 5 to Car Country Drive. To minimize impacts to holiday season traffic, pipeline construction is prohibited on Cannon Road between Grand Pacific Avenue and Interstate 5 starting mid-December through Jan. 4. Two lanes of traffic will be open in each direction during this time to welcome shoppers and visitors to Carlsbad.
Environmental Management Partners With Antioch University
This week Environmental Management welcomed a graduate student from Antioch University who is working on a master’s degree in urban sustainability. The student will be shadowing Environmental Management staff through March 2014 to learn about the role of government on environmental and sustainability-related issues to fulfill the fieldwork program degree requirement.
IT Implements New Project Management Tool
The IT Project Management Office, lead by Sherry Remington, completed the implementation of “Daptiv PPM,” a leading project and resource management tool for managing all IT projects and IT staff on a daily basis. Daptiv provides a powerful, integrated suite of applications that include portfolio management, project management, resource management, time and expense, document management and more. The tool will enable IT to shift resources more effectively to improve turnaround times and quality of service. Daptiv also provides a comprehensive budgetary view of every major project, providing visibility to the executive leadership of how city funding is being spent.
Pools Are Filled!
Alga Norte Community Park reached a major milestone this week when the City of Carlsbad filled the park’s two pools and began testing the heating and filtering systems. The pools will be used in early December for classroom training for lifeguards. Be sure to check out the aquatic center’s new fitness classes, featured on the cover of the latest Community Services Guide, coming out next week.
Thanksgiving Comes to the Senior Center
In observance of Thanksgiving, the Carlsbad Senior Center will be serving more than 200 traditional holiday meals on Wednesday, Nov. 27, for lunch. This year’s menu includes roast turkey along with all of the sides: mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, vegetable medley and cranberry sauce. No Thanksgiving feast would be complete without some pumpkin pie. Fifty homebound seniors will also receive the same meal delivered by our volunteer drivers that day, along with additional meals to enjoy over the long holiday weekend.
Public Art Proposals for Roundabout
The city received 86 proposals from artists throughout the country for public art in the Carlsbad Boulevard/State Street roundabout. Five finalists have been invited to present to the public art selection committee made up of Arts Commissioners, community stakeholders, public art professionals and staff. The artist will design artwork proposals for the project to be presented to the Arts Commission, and put on public display for community comment before being forwarded to the City Council for review and approval. The Roundabout is scheduled to be completed by June 2014.
Cannon Art Gallery Exhibition Opens
The Cannon Art Gallery’s newest exhibition, the 2013 Invitational, opened on Saturday and features the work of five artists selected by Curator Karen McGuire from the 2013 Juried Exhibition. The city’s next “Family Open Studios” takes place on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dove Library. The free, hands-on art-making workshop for the entire family starts with a tour of the exhibit followed by the opportunity to create a vibrant, colored collage in the style of one of the Invitational artists.
Teen Activities at the Library
Teens came together for three library events this week: A party celebrating the release of the next Hunger Games movie, “Catching Fire,” at Cole Library; a pizza and movie night featuring “Iron Man 3” at Dove Library; and an afternoon of Native American crafting at the Library Learning Center.
Science Saturday Proves Magnetic
More than 70 people attended Dove Children’s Science Saturday program to learn about magnetism. Activities included making crazy hair styles using a magnet and colorful pipe cleaners and testing extra-strength magnets.
Thanksgiving Fun at the Library
Kids and families celebrated Thanksgiving at the Library Learning Center last week and at Cole Library on Tuesday with a trip to Plymouth and an opportunity to play with the toys and games of colonial children. Next Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 27, Dove Library will host a “Thanksgiving Family Fun” event for kids of all ages. This program has proven popular in previous years with families looking for holiday break activities.
Response to a Garage Fire
On Sunday fire personnel from Carlsbad and Oceanside responded to a residential garage fire. Upon arrival crews aggressively attacked the fire and were able to contain it to its point of origin, resulting in no sustained damage to the rest of the residence.
18th Annual Fall Training Symposium
This week four personnel from the Fire Department attended the Training Officers’ Symposium in Fresno. With a mission of providing world class fire service training and offering the opportunity of networking with more than 500 members of the fire service, this symposium is considered the premier training opportunity in California. Over four days training courses are offered which cover a magnitude of topics, ranging from Tactical Decision Making to Chief Officer Leadership.
Rapid Intervention Crew Training
Last week the City of Escondido hosted Rapid Intervention Crew training and focused on the search and rescue of other firefighters in distress within commercial buildings. This week the Carlsbad Fire Department has invited agencies to come to the Safety Training Center to participate in simulations involving a single-family residence. Fire department crews from Rancho Santa Fe, Vista and Encinitas participated.