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City Manager's Update

What's going on with your city government? While we're busy managing the city services you use every day, I think it's just as important to share information and seek feedback!

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Nov. 18, 2019 

Veterans Day Celebration

The Senior Center invited the City of Carlsbad’s adopted Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 to the annual Veterans Day Lunch and Marine Corps Birthday Celebration. The luncheon featured the “missing man table” as well as a large sheet cake for the oldest and youngest veteran in attendance to cut together. This is a tradition for the United States Marine Corps Birthday that is celebrated every year on Nov. 10.     

The oldest veteran was 95 years old Walt Travis, who served in World War II after joining the Marines in the summer of 1942 and was assigned to Marine Fighting Squadron 115. (See article “A Witness To History”). Walt cut the cake with an 18 years old Marine from the squadron. 

2019 Planning Grant Award

The City of Carlsbad was awarded $310,000 by the California Department of Housing and Community Development, under the SB 2 Planning Grants program. The Planning division submitted a grant proposal in response to a Notice of Funding Availability released on March 28, 2019. The program commits state funds to work in partnership with local governments to address California's critical housing needs. Local governments are using the grant awards to accelerate housing production by streamlining the approval of affordable housing and promoting development consistent with the state’s planning priorities, among other related activities. 

The City of Carlsbad is proposing to utilize this grant funding to complete the following activities: examine rezoning of available parcels; create objective design standards for multi-family housing projects; develop applicable municipal code regulations and zone code amendments; and produce forms, administrative procedures and other outreach tools for projects eligible for streamlined ministerial review.

Heads Up – All Libraries are Closed on Nov. 19!

On Tuesday, all library locations will be closed from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. for an all staff training. This year, the theme, Finding Your Inner Superhero, is focused on utilizing one’s strengths in existing roles, to develop professionally and to optimize one’s ability to have a positive impact. The day will start with a staff panel, moderated by The Centre for Organization Effectiveness, sharing how they have utilized their strengths in the workplace. The panel will be followed by keynote speaker Devin Hughes, who’s presentation will touch on positivity, recognizing one’s impact and how to be an everyday leader. 

Intergenerational Ping Pong


According to the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), “...there are numerous benefits to connecting older and younger generations with one another.” The participants from the City of Carlsbad’s Leadership in Training & Education (L.I.T.E.) afterschool program visited the senior center last week for a ping pong pow wow.  Students learned from the group of seniors who frequently play ping pong at the senior center. All players had a blast!

The Corvelles Motown Revue was a Hit

Last Friday as part of Front Row Fridays, the Schulman Auditorium experienced a time warp when San Diego based The Corvelles flashbacked to the heyday of 1960s Motown. A capacity crowd of 215 and a courtyard filled with another 90 fans eavesdropping from outside, The Corvelles presented a high-energy show featuring three lead singing women backed by five musicians with a full rhythm section and horns. Together, they provided a dynamic revue spotlighting songs from favorite girl groups such as The Shirelles, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas and The Supremes. The Corvelles’ performance recalled a special time in popular music and provided instant nostalgia to an enthusiastic Carlsbad audience. Front Row Fridays continues on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. with a jazz and blues concert by local favorite vocalist Missy Anderson.

Library Hosts Census Events

The library partnered with the Census Bureau San Diego County office to host a census informational event at each of its three libraries Oct. 29, Nov. 4 and Nov. 12. Census staff shared the importance of responding to the census, how the census can shape different aspects of our community and shared information about job opportunities with the Census Bureau, with 25 people applying for jobs at the events. 

Good Life Lecture Series


Next week, the library wraps up its October and November Good Life Lecture series, with eight workshops attended by more than 400 people. The lectures covered everything from brain and memory support to preventing and treating seasonal colds. The Carlsbad Senior Center partnered with the library and staffed a table at each event to share Senior Center services and programs with program attendees, receiving a lot of interest. 

Fall Youth Basketball Season


The Parks & Recreation Department will wrap up their inaugural fall youth basketball season with a schedule full of championship games this Saturday, Nov. 16. The City of Carlsbad is the only municipality in the county that offers year-round youth basketball leagues due to a partnership with Master Sports. Games and practices are held at the Calavera Hills, Pine Avenue and Stagecoach Community Centers.

Police Department Launches Text Message Communications


The Police Department started a new program to enhance community communication about the crime reporting process. Through the new program, community members who call the department to report crime will get text messages about the investigative process. The text messages will include information about a community member’s initial call for service, if for some reason the responding officer’s response is delayed, who the responding officer was and their case or incident number, and the outcome of the call for service. 

Police Officers’ Association Serves Pancakes for Charity


Officers from the Carlsbad Police Officers’ Association united with Park 101 to serve pancakes and raise money for Shop with a Cop. Shop with a Cop partners officers with children to shop for gifts during the holidays. The mission is to help San Diego Children have a happy holiday season.

Police Department Welcomes New Officer


Officer Victor Mariscal joins the Police Department. Victor was born in Tijuana Baja California, Mexico and raised in Chula Vista. Victor comes to us with six years of law enforcement experience.  


Nov. 4, 2019

Carlsbad Climate Action Plan Recognized  


The City of Carlsbad’s leadership in sustainability continues to gain statewide attention as its energy efficiency ordinances were highlighted at the Bay Area Regional Energy Network Codes & Standards Regional Forum in San Francisco.

Senior Program Manager Mike Grim was invited to speak at the forum where he shared the city’s strategies to meet Climate Action Plan goals and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Carlsbad is the first California city to adopt energy reach codes in the 2019 California Building Code cycle, laws that require new and renovating residential and non-residential buildings to go beyond current state code requirements.  

The planning team, which also includes David de Cordova, Christie Marcella, Mike Peterson and Jeremy Riddle continue to evaluate new ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, work with the community to implement them and fulfill the city’s strong commitment to protecting the local environment. 

City Joins International Network of Problem Solvers


The City of Carlsbad has been selected to join the 2019 Startup In Residence program to partner with startups and small businesses for their creative solutions to various challenges the city is facing. The program is led by City Innovate, a nonprofit focused on bridging the gap between government and business.  

Under the coordination of Chief Innovation Officer David Graham, the entire city was tapped to provide ideas on challenges the city is facing. About 80 ideas were evaluated and refined into nine challenges, all of which have been accepted into the Startup in Residence program, more than any other participating city. These nine challenges, ranging from how to replace paper routing for City Council agenda items to how to improve mobility and behavior change, are now open until Nov. 20 for startups and small businesses to submit their creative solutions. 

This approach is called challenge-based procurement, a type of request for proposal that does not specify all the details of a product or service as in a traditional RFP. Instead it describes the desired outcome for the solicitation. This approach unlocks creativity to problem solving and attracts different solutions from different types of companies, instead of the same solutions from the same companies.

Carlsbad’s innovative approach led to Information Technology Director Maria Callander being asked to speak at the City Innovate Summit in October. She shared how Carlsbad wants to create partnerships between government and emerging technology companies. She explained how attracting new innovative partners who are willing to explore new ways of doing business can lead to more collaborative problem solving, which ultimately leads to solutions to help our employees and residents. 

Kudos to city staff for working on new ways of problem solving to benefit the community of Carlsbad! 

Carlsbad City Libraries Servicing the Community

Carlsbad City Library recently shared stats on library usage with the California State Library, which annually collects statistical data from public libraries throughout the state. 

Highlights for Carlsbad’s three libraries includes:

  • Nearly 669,000 people walking through the doors of one of the three libraries last year
  • More than 195,000 reference questions asked 
  • More than 1.153 million items checked out
  • And more than 122,000 electronic materials (e-books, e-audiobooks, etc.) circulated

Monster Bash Dance Party


Last Thursday, the Pine Avenue Community Center gym transformed into a Monster Bash Dance Party! Adults of all ages arrived in their finest Halloween costumes to dance the night away. The night began with a social dance class led by City of Carlsbad dance instructor Abigail Astley. Participants received a brief intro to dance styles, including the two-step, jitterbug and the cha cha. Afterwards, the live band, Alias, lit up the dance floor. The event was accented by a costume contest for most creative, funniest and creepiest costumes. More than 75 dancers enjoyed the bash and are looking forward to the next dance party on Nov. 21. In December, social dance classes are available on a drop in basis.

Haunted Escape Teen Event


Last Friday, middle schoolers celebrated Halloween at the Haunted Escape teen event in the Friday Nights @ Pine series. Teens were encouraged to face their fears in the haunted corridor and navigate the cemetery themed escape room. For teens looking for a more relaxed Halloween, they gathered upstairs for gaming, and hung out with friends in the gym where Halloween lights and music set the scene for the spooky theme. This event featured a costume contest that brought out the best and most creative costumes in Carlsbad. Friday Nights @ Pine in November will showcase a movie night in the gym. Reserve your spot online today!

Weekend Events

The Parks & Recreation Department has permitted three events taking place during the next two weeks.

On Sunday, Nov. 3, the Chamber of Commerce presents their biannual Carlsbad Village Street Faire from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year marks 45 years of what is known as the largest one-day street faire in the nation. Approximately 70,000 people will descend on the heart of the Village to enjoy more than 750 unique booths, family entertainment and a delicious international food court. 

On Saturday, Nov. 8, 200 walkers will participate in the Challenge Walk MS, a three-day, 50-mile fundraiser for multiple sclerosis research. On Nov. 9, North Coast Vettes hosts their 8th annual Vettes for Veterans All-Corvette Car Show at The Shoppes at Carlsbad from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features 250 Corvettes of all generations, music, raffles, goodie bags and a silent auction.

My Life, My Story: Genius Project


Last Wednesday, Sage Creek High School students presented “My Life, My Story” at the Carlsbad Senior Center. This program was a Sage Creek Genius Project created by high school senior, Belle Flanegan, who wanted to present life stories that would transcend generations and speak to a wide range of people. The process demonstrated to the audience the value of intergenerational connections within a community and exemplified the magic of a great story. Preparation began in the summer when students came to the Senior Center to interview senior volunteers, and ask them about their life. Students transcribed the interviews, creating verbatim scripts to retell the seniors’ life stories. 

Hosp Grove Trail Maintenance


Last Saturday morning, 24 trail volunteers accomplished many tasks at Hosp Grove, and collectively put in over 50 volunteer hours. Community members worked side-by-side on a very warm morning repairing trails and improving the overall aesthetics of the grove. The work included re-surfacing of the bench pads, mulching and picking up trash. Volunteers assisted in preparing for the rainy season by installing straw wattles, cleaning drainage channels and setting up check dams with sandbags. After the event was finished, a hiker praised the group on the outstanding job they did. The City of Carlsbad appreciates all the volunteers and staff that worked so hard to make this event a success.

What’s Out There Weekend


The Parks & Recreation Department received this nice note from the event organizer:

“We want to pass along our gratitude to the city for your involvement in the What’s Out There Weekend San Diego and to express how successful the tour led by Mick Calarco was of the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park! The content Mick delivered was informative and the participants enjoyed his stories of the ranch and of Leo. Mick talked about the cultural landscape aspects of the ranch and why this ranch was located where it is. The Cultural Landscape Foundation What’s Out There Weekend and to our local partner – the group I’m associated with …. The Historic American Landscapes Survey of the San Diego Chapter of ASLA appreciates Mick’s fun and informative tour, and all that the city does in support of cultural landscapes and public parks. 

The weekend was a success, with 25 tours, over 900 tour participants, 100 people at the Friday reception and a lot of good publicity including a piece on Midday Edition KUAT radio. Here is a summary of the weekend.”

Palomar Airport Emergency Response Drill


Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport held a required Federal Aviation Administration emergency drill on October 30. The purpose of the drill was to train and evaluate emergency responses from its own Palomar Airport Fire Rescue, and local neighboring agencies. The exercise provided an opportunity for agencies to interface and test the mass casualty incident command system. Fire agencies, including Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Marcos and Encinitas, responded along with Carlsbad Police Department and San Diego County Sheriffs. The additional agencies are all part of the county’s North Zone. The drill was evaluated by more than 10 volunteers and included approximately 25 additional volunteers acting as passenger victims of the aircraft. 

Fire Response During Weather Conditions

As winds and temperatures have increased, Carlsbad Fire Department has been busy across all ranks preparing for and responding to the recent weather and fire activity. Carlsbad brush fire engines have been staffed with additional personnel to improve initial response abilities to any rapidly developing fires. Carlsbad’s Emergency Operations Center has been on standby and developing situational awareness for weather and fire events as they occur around the county.

Chief Calderwood, serving as San Diego Operational Area Coordinator, has assisted fire efforts by ensuring resources are positioned and available for our region while also responding to emergencies occurring across the state. Carlsbad Fire crews have been pre-positioned as part of strike teams with other regional resources to decrease response time for larger incidents as part of a preparedness agreement funded by Cal OES. Those strike teams, including Carlsbad resources, responded to the Miller Fire near Rincon and the Sawday Fire threatening Valley Center. 

Police Department Welcomes New Officer


Please help us give a warm Carlsbad welcome to Officer Chris Lucas. Chris is a lateral officer (comes to us from another agency) and was born and raised in San Diego County. Chris attended Valley Center High School and went on to get a Sports Management Degree from Gonzaga University. Chris began his law enforcement career in 2016. 

Robotics Teams Share their Inventions


Some middle schools Robotics Teams in Carlsbad demonstrated to the Carlsbad Police Department personnel their inventions. One group addressed homelessness and a second, traffic related issues. The Police Department was honored and amazed by these young inventors.

Community Partners Day


School Resource Officer Martinson helped out at a local elementary school in Carlsbad with Community Partners Day. The day gives the children the opportunity to get to know those that help them in the community. It also gives the children a little insight into the community. 

Public Works Staff Present at Conference


City of Carlsbad staff from several Public Works departments including, Environmental Management, General Services and Transportation attended the California Stormwater Quality Association conference in Monterey, CA. Environmental Management’s Vivi Stevens presented at one of the sessions on the Carlsbad's Trash Amendment Implementation and Roll Out planning process. She discussed the trash control measures currently implemented by the city and how those activities can be leveraged and enhanced to meet compliance with a statewide mandate to reduce trash in our local waterways. 


Oct. 21, 2019 

Celebrating Aviara Community Park Improvements


Please join us on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 9 to 10:30 a.m., to celebrate the grand opening of the new Aviara Community Park gathering area. Located on a 1-acre site at the northwest corner of the park, the new improvements are ideally positioned to take advantage of the outstanding views of the surrounding habitat preserve on three sides. The improvements include a large passive outdoor community gathering space with a stage, individual and group picnic areas, and a community building that contains restrooms and a catering support room. The new outdoor community gathering area will be ideal for hosting weddings, birthdays, small concerts, company or family picnics, and other similar gatherings. It is also envisioned that the area will function as an observation point where residents can come to watch the sunset, see summer fireworks at LEGOLAND, or spot private airplanes landing at the McClellan-Palomar airport.

Poinsettia Park Improvements Debut


On Thursday, Oct. 10 the Parks & Recreation Department held a grand opening celebration at Poinsettia Community Park for three new park components: pickleball courts, playground, and multi-sport arena. The six lighted pickleball courts are a much-welcomed addition to the park by the many avid community pickleball players. The new playground – at more than twice the size of the old playground – features unique play equipment in separate areas for kids aged 2-5 and 5-12. The playground is designed to encourage inclusive play and create an environment that welcomes kids and families of all abilities to learn, play and grow together. The synthetic turf multi-sport arena field with warm-up areas, bleachers and picnic tables, is sure to be a popular destination for all ages to engage in a variety of sport activities.

North County Manufacturing & Engineering Day Shows Off Carlsbad Careers to Local Students

Economic Development Staff participated in North County Manufacturing & Engineering Day at California State University, San Marcos on Tuesday Oct. 1. The expo connected nearly 1,000 local high school and middle school students with tech, manufacturing and engineering careers right in their own backyard. Carlsbad companies like Nordson, Calsense, Walmart Labs, Beckman Coulter, HME, SeaSpine, FormFactor and Argonaut Manufacturing Services were on hand with interactive exhibits to show students the cool things they do every day. 

Innovate78 Hosts Startup78 Quarterly Meetup at TaylorMade Golf


Economic Development as part of the Innovate78 initiative hosted the Startup78 Quarterly Meetup on Oct. 2 at The Kingdom, TaylorMade Golf’s world famous club fitting and swing analysis facility. Over 100 attendees were on hand to network and help build the startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem in North County. The theme of the night was sports & active lifestyles, featuring a panel of leaders from Carlsbad companies like Blast Motion, Light Helmets and Stact. Local sports & active lifestyle startups were also on hand to display their products and connect with other entrepreneurs. Startup78 is an initiative of the Innovate78 economic development collaboration between the five cities along the 78 Corridor: Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos and Escondido.

Reading Comes to Life

The library partnered with the Carlsbad Unified School District on Saturday to present a book signing with Salva Dut, founder of waterforsouthsudan. Salva discussed and signed copies of A Long Walk to Water, the true story based on his life. Carlsbad 6th grade students have been reading the book in school and were thrilled to hear from and meet Salva, who entertained the audience of more than 200.

Tech Help at the Library

Pacific Ridge students from the school’s technology club volunteered to help library patrons with technology such as cellphones and other devices at the library on Tuesday. The 12 students answered questions about Snapchat, apps and downloading to one’s phone. Library patrons appreciated the service and look forward to the student’s next visit on Oct. 29.


Fire Department Partners with CUSD Robotics Team


The Carlsbad Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau received a request from the Carlsbad Unified School District’s Robotics Team to sit in on a presentation by 7th and 8th grade students that are trying to make the world a safer place. The presentation was part of the FIRST LEGO® City Shaper Challenge. The Challenge requires that students think like scientists and engineers to solve a real-world problem through innovation and creativity, to create a more sustainable future. The problem selected by the students was to create a natural flame retardant that could be applied to the walls of senior citizen care homes, to provide more time to shelter in place until they are rescued by first responders. The students studied the growing concerns that current flame-retardant treatments can expose the public and first responders to materials that may cause cancer.  

The students proposed utilizing the sap from the banana plant as a natural byproduct that can be harvested and then applied to wall coverings and wood to create a fire resistive barrier.  The students presented their idea and research to Carlsbad’s Fire Marshal, Randy Metz, to get some insight into the problem, and what the fire code requires currently in these occupancies. The fire department was asked to oversee a burn test of small bird houses that have been treated with the banana plant sap to see if their research would prove effective. 

On Oct. 16, the students performed their burn test at Fire Station 3 with the assistance of fire suppression and prevention staff. The testing was successful and allowed the students to see their research in action while also learning valuable lessons on fire behavior. Test results cannot be shared until the challenge is complete... standby for updates and additional photos. Good Luck to Robotics Team Nh2!

Fire Department Assists with Agriculture Project 


The Fire Department partnered with a local high school student who is working to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. This student chose a civic project, adding a hydroponic rain system for growing agriculture, and requested assistance from Fire Station 6. The student developed his project, gathered the funding, and acquired a team to assist with implementation. The project was completed in early October and is successfully growing herbs and vegetables out at Station 6. The Fire Department is proud to partner with Carlsbad’s youth in community innovation and education.

Carlsbad Emergency Management Leads Earthquake Symposium

Carlsbad Emergency Management, in support of InfraGard San Diego, coordinated, led and presented at a day long earthquake symposium on Oct. 9 focusing on recently published research related to off-shore fault hazards. This first-of -its -kind event was held at Qualcomm’s Jacobs Hall and drew over 350 attendees including subject matter experts, regional first responders and critical infrastructure sector representatives. Carlsbad Fire Department’s Heavy Rescue apparatus and CERT team contributed to the event.  

Emergency Preparedness Workshop

Carlsbad Emergency Management coordinated and presented at the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Ready Carlsbad Business Alliance Emergency Preparedness Plan development workshop. Representatives from 20 local business left the workshop with City of Carlsbad-style preparedness plan templates ready for implementation. 

Preparation for Weather Conditions

During last week’s Santa Ana conditions, Carlsbad’s Carlsbad Emergency Management coordinated was virtually activated to monitor the fire potential index and be prepared for incident response support operations. Similar practices will be implemented for the potential Santa Ana conditions forecasted for later this weekend and early next week.

California Wildfire Symposium

Carlsbad Emergency Management was one of four panelists at the day-long symposium California Wildfires: Reducing Risk by Strengthening Emergency Preparedness and Building Statewide Resilience, moderated by Los Angeles County Fire.

Public Safety Open House


The City of Carlsbad held its annual Public Safety Open House on Saturday, Oct. 12, in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week and Crime Safety Month. This year’s event, hosted at the Safety Training Center, was well attended by Carlsbad and neighboring communities and provided valuable safety information, training, and fun activities for adults and kids of all ages. Carlsbad Police, Fire, Public Works and other public safety agencies provided an inside look at the daily operations of public safety and the inter-agency partnerships necessary to successfully manage large-scale events.

Live demonstrations included residential fire suppression, SWAT scenario, and K-9 presentation. Police and Fire Explorers assisted youth and adult attendees with activities such as hose pulling and spraying, Sidewalk CPR, and Stop the Bleed demonstrations. Other activities included fingerprint analysis, environmental demonstrations, and fire extinguisher training.

The annual Public Safety Open House is a fun, interactive opportunity for employees to engage with residents and share valuable prevention and safety information. 

Officers Travel to NYPD Officer’s Memorial Services


Officers lateral to Carlsbad from all over the United States, but that does not mean they forget where they have come from. Recently, Officer Wang, who came to the Police Department from the New York Police Department’s Highway Patrol and Officer Guerrero, traveled to New York to represent the Department at the memorial services of Brian Mulkeen, a NYPD officer that was tragically killed in the line of duty. 

Police Department Welcomes Three New Officers


Officer James DeRose grew up in Victorville and comes to the department from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Officer Conrad Page-DeMorst is from Imperial Valley. He is a veteran that started his Law Enforcement career with the Imperial County Sheriff’s Department and next the El Cajon Police Department. Finally, Officer Seth Thomson is from Vista and attended El Camino High School. Seth comes to the department from the San Diego Police Department. 

Walk Like MADD 

Members of the Police Department participated in the Walk Like MADD Event. The event's goal is to raise awareness and eliminate drunk and drugged driving. It was anticipated that thousands rallied together in over 90 cities around the nation to help create a future of no more victims.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month


If you see a police officer wearing pink patches, the patches are in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Crime Fighter of the Quarter 

Congratulations to Officer Andre Ramirez, awarded “Crime Fighter of the Quarter.” Andre was a member of our Homeless Outreach Team and is currently a member of our Crime Suppression Team. Andre received this award for his hardworking and persistent crime-fighting work ethic.

City of Carlsbad Earned the Achievement Award for Excellence


The City of Carlsbad earned the Achievement Award for Excellence in Information Technology Practices awarded by the Municipal Information Systems Association of California. The Excellence in Information Technology Practices Award is intended to foster and recognize outstanding governance and operation practices. The award examines practices across ten different subject areas. 

  • Budget and Strategic Planning
  • Purchasing
  • Operations and Staffing
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Internet
  • Project Management and Application Development
  • Professional Development and Training
  • Disaster Preparation and Recovery
  • Security
  • Level of Services

The City was also recognized with a Visual Information Award for our Citywide Parks and Trails Map. Congratulations to the Information Technology team for all their hard work.

Educating Students, Watershed Protection 

During the first three weeks of October, staff from Watershed Protection presented at several different school groups in Carlsbad, including the LEGO robotics teams and sustainability clubs. Students from Kelly Elementary, Pacific Ridge Middle School, Calavera Hills Middle School, and Aviara Oaks Elementary and Middle Schools met with Watershed Protection to learn about watershed science, water quality and pollution prevention. The students’ projects ranged from trash capture devices, decorating campus storm drains, and composting, and the students were excited to meet with environmental specialists. These outreach opportunities not only help the students in their projects, but also help the city meet storm water permit requirements such as enhanced education and collaboration with Carlsbad Unified School District.

Carlsbad Municipal Water District Earns Award for Excellence


The Carlsbad Municipal Water District recently received the 2019 Excellence in Resourcefulness award from Frost & Sullivan for the implementation of its Advanced Metering Infrastructure technology to improve meter reading efficiency and reduce water loss. The award ceremony was held on Oct. 14 in conjunction with Itron Utility Week. 


Oct. 7, 2019 

National Public Lands Day

On Saturday, Sept. 28, the Parks & Recreation Department celebrated National Public Lands Day with approximately 40 volunteers, city staff and Urban Corps workers. Volunteers rolled up their sleeves and worked side-by-side, while donating 80 hours of community service locally and improving trail conditions along the Rancho Carrillo Trail. According to the National Environmental Education Foundation, National Public Lands Day events generated over 150,000 volunteers nationwide and $15 million in volunteer work at more than 2,000 sites. The City of Carlsbad appreciates all the volunteers and staff that worked collectively to make this yearly event a success. 

Parks & Recreation Department Staff Goes Out on a Limb

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, at approximately 5 p.m., Parks & Recreation Department staff received a call for mutual aid from the Fire Department. The Fire Department staff was on the scene at a residence on Xana Way where the owner’s cat was stuck in a tree and had been there for more than three days. With the tree in a challenging location in the back of the property, the Fire Department staff was looking for an experienced tree climber to climb this tree and safely extract the cat. Kevin Nolan, Tree Trimmer II, was just the man for the job. Kevin responded to the call and was able to successfully retrieve the cat from the large Torrey Pine tree. This joyful reunion was the result of a great collaboration by the Fire and Parks & Recreation teams – ‘to go out on a limb’ to help a resident in need!  

Library Hosts Acclaimed Authors

On Thursday, Sept. 26, the library hosted Carlsbad residents and Drs. Steffanie Strathdee and Thomas Patterson for a discussion about their book, The Perfect Predator: A Scientist's Race to Save her Husband From a Deadly Superbug. Fifty-five attendees were riveted by the presentation as they also learned more about the researchers work at UCSD to save lives around the country.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, the library was honored to host American war hero, founder of the Navy's Top Gun fighter pilot school and author Dan Pedersen at the Schulman Auditorium. Not only were there more than 100 fans in the audience, but we were honored to also host about 20 military veterans. As the veterans gathered together on the stage after the event, the audience gave these heroes a standing ovation in gratitude for their service to our country.

Good Life Lecture Series

The Good Life Lecture Series, free health and wellness talks for community members, kicked off on Tuesday. The first talk on probiotics and prebiotics with Dr. Goscienski attracted nearly 90 people. The lectures continue each Tuesday in October from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and will address preventing and treating seasonal colds and flus, mindfulness, medicinal properties of spices and herbs, and more. 

Ansel Adams Exhibit at Cannon Art Gallery

The City of Carlsbad presents Ansel Adams:Early Works art exhibit at William D. Cannon Art Gallery, at the Carlsbad City Library complex at 1775 Dove Lane. The exhibit features intimate master prints from the 1920s through the 50s depicting Adams’ transition from pictorialism to straight photography and provides a fresh look at this legendary master of the American landscape. All works are from the collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg. “Few artists have reached a wider audience or enjoyed more widespread popularity than Ansel Adams. His work is familiar to most Americans who recognize his extraordinary black and white images of the natural world. But rarely do we have the opportunity to see his original photographs, which are being presented at the Cannon Art Gallery," commented Curator of Exhibitions Karen McGuire. "We are excited to bring 42 of these small and exquisite views of the American landscape to Carlsbad as they also serve as a reminder that nature is one of our most valuable resources.”

Library and Arts Supporters Enjoy Night at the Library

On Saturday, Sept. 28 evening, more than 150 people enjoyed a Night at the Library, the Carlsbad Library & Arts Foundation’s annual fundraiser to support Library and Cultural Arts Department facilities and programs. Attendees enjoyed a pre-show reception, a performance by singer-dancer Elijah Rock, dinner and dessert in the library, and dancing. 

New Guest Artist Residency

The Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office presents Ken Waldman, Alaskan fiddler and poet, as the newest guest artist in residency with over 10 events in six days in Carlsbad. Waldman has drawn on his 30 years in Alaska to produce poems, stories and fiddle tunes that combine into a performance uniquely his. A former college professor, poet and writer, recording artist, touring fiddler and teaching artist, Waldman brings his artistry to Carlsbad through a variety of programs throughout the city. “I'm honored to be the inaugural solo performing artist in residence for the City of Carlsbad. I've come through previously to play at the Museum of Making Music, so I look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones. Every event during the week will be fun, inspiring, surprising and different,” says Waldman. The Guest Artist in Residency program is part of the city’s Arts & Culture Master Plan, which serves as a road map to fulfill the vision and continue the growth of arts and culture in the community. 

Lizeth Simonsen Honored by Latino Literacy Now

As the Library & Cultural Arts Department celebrated Community Outreach Coordinator Lizeth Simonsen’s retirement after 29 years of service, she was also honored as anEspiritu de la comunidad recipient by Latino Literacy Now. Lizeth’s bilingual services work at the Library Learning Center exemplifies grassroots community leaders who have devoted their energies to serving others in need while solving key issues that confront our communities. The award was presented to Lizeth at the Latino Book & Family Festival, featuring keynote speaker, actor and director Edward Jam.

Emergency Response for Brush Fire

Fire Department personnel responded to a brush fire on Palomar Airport Road west of Palomar Oaks Way on Friday, September 27.  The fire started near the westbound sidewalk and spread into heavy eucalyptus.  With businesses threatened, second alarm units, San Diego County Helicopter and two CalFire hand crews responded to contain the fire to approximately one acre.  Carlsbad Police assisted in investigating reports of possible causes and provided traffic control in conjunction with city traffic engineering, while units contained and overhauled the fire area.   

Senior Volunteer Patrol Graduation


The Police Department added four new members to its Senior Volunteer Patrol ranks.  Participants attend a two-week academy where they receive training in traffic control, safety, first aid and CPR, ethics, radio communications, traffic citations, gangs and drugs, crime prevention, as well as hands-on driving safety. 

Operation Clear Track

During Rail Safety Week the Police Department participated in Operation Clear Track with the Amtrak Police, Operation Lifesaver and 600 law enforcement agencies in 48 states. The mission was to enhance railway safety through education and enforcement. Officer handed out over 150 educational flyers about railroad crossing safety at two crossings in Carlsbad.  

Carlsbad Represents: California Fire Chiefs Association - Operations Section

Assistant Fire Chief Nick Ordille was nominated and selected as the Southern Operations Director for the California Fire Chiefs Association - Operations Section. The Operations Section is comprised of fire service professionals representing organizations with varying and diverse service areas, and is a dynamic group committed to maintaining and improving the effectiveness and safety of all-hazard emergency responders. Congratulations Chief Ordille!

Sept. 23, 2019

New Pickleball Courts and Playground Premiere 


On Saturday, Sept. 21, the Parks & Recreation Department opened two new recreational elements at Poinsettia Community Park. The new six-court pickleball area is a much-welcomed addition to the park by the many avid pickleball players in the community. Likewise, children of all ages have eagerly awaited the opening of the new playground area – with separate play equipment for kids aged 3-5 and 6-12. The playground has been designed for ‘inclusive play’ which creates an environment that welcomes kids and families of all abilities to learn, play and grow together. Prior to the opening of these elements, the consulting playground inspector told staff that “this is one of the most unique playgrounds I’ve seen in over 20 years!”  

ArtWalk Carlsbad 

The Parks & Recreation Department recently permitted the second annual ArtWalk Carlsbad, a two-day fine art festival on scenic Armada Drive. The event features live music, interactive art experiences, more than 175 artists showcasing all mediums of fine art, chalk artists creating temporary masterpieces, food, and beer and wine gardens.

Native Plant Talk

On Oct. 4, Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park is hosting a free native plant talk. Native plant expert, Susan Krywicki, will discuss the "new normal" concept of gardening, review key gardening and maintenance strategies, and appreciation of native plants in the garden, near wildland interface and in public places. Participants will learn about some of the most iconic California native plants that are easy to grow and love. Everyone is welcome, but must first register at carlsbadconnect.

Excellence in Resourcefulness Award

Carlsbad Municipal Water District has been designated the winner of the 2019 North American Excellence in Resourcefulness, Water Best Practice Award for its Advanced Metering Infrastructure. This Excellence in Resourcefulness award applauds a utility's method for addressing resourcefulness through the implementation of behavioral change and technology implementation that results in significant reduction of water usage and water waste. The award will be presented at Itron Utility Week on Oct. 14. The Advanced Metering Infrastructure program was also recognized recently by the American Public Works Association and the San Diego County Taxpayer Association. By successfully deploying Advanced Metering Infrastructure in 100% of the Carlsbad Municipal Water District’s service area, more than 30,000 meters are monitored in real time to provide more efficient system maintenance, reduced water loss and increased water conservation. Improved leak detection saves ratepayers millions of dollars.

New Text Messaging Service Keeps Community Informed

Thanks to a new text messaging service, residents along La Costa Avenue have been able to adjust and plan ahead for upcoming construction activities. One especially grateful resident was able to ensure school transportation for a special needs child was not disrupted because of information she received via text from the city. Paving work is now taking place along La Costa Avenue between El Camino Real and Camino de los Coches as part of the city’s annual pavement management program.  To date, the text messaging service has logged 741 subscribers and growing. Thanks to this service, the public now has the ability to receive immediate construction updates on this project. 

Enhancing Safety on the Coastline

The recently completed Encina Discharge Channel Bridge Railing Improvements Project along Carlsbad Boulevard north of Cannon Road is a shining example of interagency collaboration. Built in in 1954, only chain link fencing once separated drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians from the power plant’s discharge channel. This project installed safety railing on both sides of the bridge. In addition, the existing waterline was replaced and a wider sidewalk was provided on the east side to meet the new bridge sidewalk standards. This federally funded project had an overall cost of $1,580,000, yet the city share was only $188,000 of local TransNet funds, due to eligible reimbursements. City staff coordinated with representatives from NRG, Poseidon, Caltrans Sacramento, Caltrans San Diego and California Coastal Commission to make this important project happen. 

The Grandfriends Kindness Project

Thursday, Sept. 5, marked the first Grandfriends Kindness Project. On Sept. 5, the Senior Center, in collaboration with Kids for Peace, and with grant funding from the Carlsbad Foundation hosted the first Grandfriends Kindness Project, an intergenerational event that encourages youth and seniors to complete small acts of kindness together. The theme was “Planting a Friendship,” and participants potted succulents decorated with messages of kindness. The plants were delivered to homebound seniors and used as centerpieces in the senior center dining hall. Next month’s theme is, “What’s Your Story?” The program will take place on Oct. 3 during National Book Month. Join the Grandfriends to share your love of reading, donate a children’s book while learning new ways to be kind. 

Teen Friday Nights @ Pine

Teen Friday Nights @ Pine launched on Sept. 6 with a fun dodgeball-themed event. Middle school students formed teams with their friends and competed in a tournament for prizes. After the tournament, teens hung out to enjoy all the Pine Avenue Community Center amenities, including foosball, air hockey, basketball, pool, video games, computer lab and snack bar. Every Friday night, the Pine Avenue Community Center is reserved just for teens. On Oct. 25, the theme will be “Haunted Escape Room” and will feature several other chilling activities to activate the spirit of the season. 

Police Department Introduces Employee Wellness App

The Police Department is providing employees with a high tech wellness solution to support mental health and well-being. The confidential wellness app provides access to therapists and peer support 24/7, to include modules on topics like emotional health, family support and stress management. The app supports law enforcement’s diverse work schedule and is aimed at strengthening workforce retention, resilience and well-being.

Chief Neil Gallucci Elected President of the California Police Officers’ Association

As the newly elected president of the California Police Officers’ Association, Chief Neil Gallucci speaks at the California Police Chiefs’ Association’s Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Training Symposium. The purpose of the training symposium is to bring together law enforcement professionals in a supportive and empowering environment, enabling them to learn from the knowledge and experience of others.

Lt. Bryan Hargett Graduates FBI National Academy

The National Academy, which began in 1935, is a professional development course for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders. Its mission is “to support, promote, and enhance the personal and professional development of law enforcement leaders by preparing them for complex, dynamic, and contemporary challenges through innovative techniques, facilitating excellence in education and research, and forging partnerships throughout the world.” The academy is a 10-week accredited program where participants relocate to Quantico, Virginia. Officers participate in a wide range of leadership and specialized training, where they share ideas, techniques and experiences with each other, creating lifelong partnerships that transcend state and national borders.


Fire Department Aquatic Rescue Response Team 

Carlsbad Fire Department recently certified 22 firefighters as Aquatic Rescue Response Team members. Personnel completed a 24-hour hands-on training course that focused on ocean rescue. This training provides personnel the knowledge, equipment and training to perform rescues in any of Carlsbad’s lagoons or the ocean, when lifeguards are not immediately on scene. These firefighters are spread across different shifts and apparatus, and have the capabilities to perform rescues whether they are on an ambulance, engine or truck. The program, which started with the inception of the lifeguard program, has already paid dividends with a previously certified Aquatic Rescue Response Team member performing a recent rescue of two people at Terramar Beach after being flagged down by a bystander while operating as an engineer on Truck 105. 

Fire Department Probationary Testing

Six probationary firefighters recently completed their nine-month exam at the Safety Training Center, testing in the following disciplines: auto extrication, ladders, forcible entry, rope rescue, miscellaneous tools and ventilation. Probationary firefighters train daily and are tested quarterly during their one-year probation. Each process is an all-day event and involves training, instruction and leadership from all levels of the organization.

Fire Department Mutual Aid

During the past week Carlsbad Fire Department sent crews to assist with wildfires burning throughout the state. California is fortunate to have a robust mutual aid system that allows for jurisdictions to request resources from all across the state. Carlsbad assisted with the Horseshoe Fire in San Jacinto just north of Hemet and the Walker incident in the Plumas National Forest, just south of Susanville. When apparatus are deployed firefighters are called in from home to staff additional apparatus, so Carlsbad remains protected.