Aloha Plunge At The Pool This Saturday

by The Editors on July 20, 2022

Don’t miss the City of Carlsbad, California’s Aloha Plunge on Saturday, July 23, at Alga Norte Aquatic Center! Hula on down and enjoy fun, island themed games and pool activities, floating obstacles, a tropical bounce house, limbo and more. End the night with a special Polynesian dance performance where the audience can learn to hula.

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CEF Awards $50,000 In College Scholarships

by The Editors on June 3, 2022

The Carlsbad Educational Foundation awarded 11 scholarships totaling $50,000 to seniors from the Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) who best demonstrated how an education in the public schools paved the way for them to further their education at a leading university or college. Carlsbad High School’s Josephine Dominguez (pictured above with Jeff Campbell and Laura Pitts) took top honors with the $15,000 Judith Campbell Educational & Community Foundation scholarship. 

“These outstanding students have not only found their passion but have also embraced the opportunities presented to them. We are thrilled to help them pursue the next steps in their education,” said Chief Executive Officer Laura Pitts. . . $50,000 is the highest amount ever awarded in senior scholarships from Carlsbad Educational Foundation in a single year since the awards were established in 2016. Half of the scholarship funding was provided in partnership with the Judith Campbell Educational & Community Foundation, a new nonprofit that helps high school students and grants to charitable organizations in San Diego County. Two scholarships were sponsored by Viasat and awarded to Science Olympiad participants.

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Hot Rods & Cool Treats In Carlsbad

by The Editors on May 9, 2022

The City of Carlsbad is bringing back the past at the Hot Rods & Cool Treats carnival and classic car show on Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pine Avenue Community Park. Grab the family and come on out for some good old-fashioned fun.

Enjoy vintage carnival games for the young and the young at heart, like can-knock-down, ring toss, frog hopper and more. Build your own sundae at the ice cream bar. Vote on your favorite classic car. Enjoy live performances covering the oldies, face-painting, crafts, and a fun zone. Senior Center will be open with program demonstrations.

The event is free, and carnival game tickets and food will be available for purchase, including hot dogs and root beer floats. No registration is required. Pine Avenue Community Park is located at 3333 Harding Street, in Carlsbad, California.

[Link: City of Carlsbad]

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Carlsbad Lays Down The Law On E-Bikes

by The Editors on March 25, 2022

The City of Carlsbad is apparently cracking down on the roving gangs of e-bikers who continually swerve through our city streets by adding some new rules of the road for the underage electric motorcycle riders.

What are these new rules? Well, things like “always ride with care,” no passengers “on handlebars,” don’t ride “on sidewalks,” and rather than scaring the bejeezus out of dog-walking pedestrians by blasting past them on the city’s trail systems, e-bikers must now “get off their e-bike on trails less than 5 feet wide when they’re within 50 feet of a pedestrian.” Get out your tape measures.

It will be interesting to see how the Carlsbad Police department will enforce these new rules. For the official word from the City along with a list of e-bike info sources, please follow the jump.

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Love To Ride SD At The Island

by The Editors on February 24, 2022

The City of Carlsbad is the next host city for the Love to Ride SD expo hosted by the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition this Saturday, Feb. 26 at The Island at Carlsbad at 5806 Van Allen Way in Carlsbad, California.

The community is invited to this free, family-friendly event that will have interactive activities for all ages including:
     A guided family bike ride at 11 a.m.
     Helmet fittings
     Bike and scooter rodeo
     Ebike test rides
     Scooter test rides
     Bike repair services
     Live entertainment, food and drinks

Be sure to stop by the city’s booth to learn about electric bike rules of the road and other transportation resources for safely getting around town.

Love to Ride SD Expo – Free attendance
Saturday, Feb. 26
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Island at Carlsbad
5806 Van Allen Way, Carlsbad

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Legoland Facing Lawsuit For Labor Violations

by The Editors on January 7, 2022

Legoland California is reportedly being class action sued by the San Diego employment law attorneys at Blumenthal Nordrehaug Bhowmik De Blouw LLP for allegedly violating the California Labor Code.

The complaint alleges Legoland California, LLC failed to compensate employees for all the time they were under Defendant’s control. Employees were from time to time allegedly required to work longer than four hours without being provided their ten minute rest periods. Additionally, employees were allegedly required to work for more than five hours without receiving an off-duty meal break.

We didn’t call Legoland for comment, but we’re certain a Legoland spokesperson would tell us that they are diligent about following all the laws of the State of California and that they don’t comment on current litigation. For all the official details, please click the link.

[Link: WFMZ]

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Inewsource has a great, in-depth story by Cody Dulaney about how San Diego County Police Departments are using the data they collect from license plate reading cameras illegally–including, but not limited to, our own Carlsbad Police Department. 

inewsource found police in Carlsbad, Coronado, Escondido, La Mesa and Oceanside had been sharing location data collected in those jurisdictions with hundreds of other agencies across the country. Small police departments in states like Florida, New York, New Jersey and Illinois have been given access to information about drivers in San Diego County. State law says license plate data can only be shared with agencies in California.

To their credit it appears that the Carlsbad Police Department has changed several of their policies after being questioned about them. But still, if you care about how Carlsbad police are using technology to follow you around 24-7, then you really should read this report.

[Link: Inewsource]

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Carlsbad Libraries Out of COVID Rapid Tests

by The Editors on December 30, 2021

Before we even knew that Carlsbad’s Libraries were helping the County of San Diego distribute COVID rapid tests (The library got .01 kits per City of Carlsbad resident) we’re getting word that the Libraries of Carlsbad are already out of the kits. No real surprise there.

Here are all the details from the City of Carlsbad:

Carlsbad libraries out of COVID-19 test kits

Carlsbad libraries have given out their full supply of free COVID-19 rapid test kits provided through a partnership with San Diego County. The county provided 1,500 rapid test kits to Carlsbad libraries Monday, Dec. 27, as part of a program that distributed kits to libraries throughout the San Diego region.

When and how to get tested

The California Department of Public Health issued updated testing guidance Dec. 17. It recommends testing in the following circumstances:

If you have symptoms
Vaccinated or not, get tested immediately if you’re feeling any COVID-19 symptoms.

If you were exposed
Vaccinated people should get tested within 5-7 days of exposure.
Unvaccinated people should test immediately, and again 5-7 days after.

If you go to a high-risk event
Unvaccinated people should test before and 3-5 days after.
For mega-events of more than 1,000 people, all attendees should test within 1 day (antigen test) or 2 days (PCR test) and bring proof of negative results. Children under 2 are exempt from testing.

If you travel
Unvaccinated people should test 1-3 days before travel, and 3-5 days after.
Vaccinated or not, anyone entering or re-entering California should test 3-5 days after arrival.

Read more in CDPH’s testing fact sheetPDF and travel guidelinesPDF.

To find a testing location, visit the San Diego County COVID-19 website.

Yes, it’s rather comical that we are here on the edge of 2022 in the leading country in the world and no one can figure out how to make COVID testing both FREE and EASY. Because, 1,500 kits for the City is a joke. And trying to get tested through one of the County of San Diego FREE sites is a cluster of bureaucracy that we’ve so far been unable to plow through. 

If you really need to get a test for your kids (and they attend a Carlsbad Unified School district school) you can schedule a test by clicking here. For everyone else, check in with Walgreen’s. They offer free drive through testing if you make an appointment.

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Playing Poker, You Know, For the Kids

by The Editors on November 29, 2021

The La Costa 35 Athletic Club, a local nonprofit organization, hosted its 10th Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament on November 13, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad.

Begun in 2011 as a way to give back to the community, the first poker tournament was held at the then under construction Bressi Ranch Boys & Girls Clubhouse. Since its inception, the event has nearly tripled in attendance and raised nearly $400,000. . . “There were 15 poker tables and close to 150 players,” said Tournament Director Rob Holzman. “In the end, it’s the kids who win. Over $41,000 in net proceeds was raised for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad!”

For the official word, please follow the jump.

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Celebrate 10 Years of Lego Ninjago

by The Editors on August 9, 2021

Guaranteed someone in your family will think this new promotion at Legoland California in Carlsbad is amazing, so you might want to swing by the old amusement complex and check it out. Apparently, Ninjago is 10 years old. 

From August 13 to September 5, 2021 celebrate 10 years of LEGO® NINJAGO® with a limited time AR digital experience. Real and virtual worlds collide, as visitors have the chance to enter the world of NINJAGO and complete the challenges alongside their favorite characters.

Ok. Sounds fun. For all the official details, please follow the jump.

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