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Cole Library Reopens February 27, 2016

by The Editors on February 1, 2016

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One of the coolest buildings in the City of Carlsbad family of spaces, the Georgina Cole Library, will reopen to the public (after a complete facelift) on Saturday, February 27, 2016 with what the City is calling a “community appreciation event.”

The free celebration will include a reopening ceremony, tours, live music, children’s activities and more. . . Improvements to the 49-year-old Cole Library have transformed the oldest library in the city into a modern space able to meet the community’s changing needs in an increasingly digital age. . . “We appreciate the patience of our library patrons during the closure,” said City of Carlsbad Library & Cultural Arts Director Heather Pizzuto. “Community members are invited to come and explore the new spaces and amenities available at the Cole Library.”

We’re most excited with the new Friends of The Library Book Store (best book deals in town) and the new collaborative study spaces. The party beings at 10 AM on February 27, 2016. For the official word from the City of Carlsbad, please follow the jump.

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Carlsbad Sculpture Garden Exhibit Opens Jan. 28

by The Editors on January 5, 2016

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The City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office presents a new installation in the Carlsbad Sculpture Garden, located at 2955 Elmwood St., immediately north of the city’s Georgina Cole Library.

Leslie and Paul Wilton: Reclaimed, Repurposed, Remembered features nine sculptures created by Escondido artists Leslie and Paul Wilton of Metalmorph Sculpture Studio. A free opening reception will be held on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m., hosted by the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts. The Sculpture Garden is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is free.

For the official word from the City of Carlsbad, please follow the jump.

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City Council To Blow Half Million Dollars

by The Editors on November 18, 2015

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In what came as no real surprise, the Carlsbad, California City Council on Tuesday night (November 17, 2015) voted to hold a special election on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 for the proposed Caruso Affiliated lagoon shopping mall, rather than scheduling it for a future general election.

The special election, on a referendum which could have easily been added to the next general election at almost no cost, will cost the City of Carlsbad close to $500,000. The Council collectively said:

“We have thoroughly reviewed this plan, including extensive technical and environmental studies, and continue to believe the benefits are far greater than any other commercial development that would eventually be built on this land. We also respect the referendum process and support Carlsbad voters having an opportunity to make a final decision at the first available opportunity.”

In other words, they’re hoping to move forward with the mall as soon as possible. The referendum will need a “simple majority” of 50 percent plus one vote to be defeated.

For the official word from the City of Carlsbad, please follow the jump.

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Holiday At Leo Carrillo Rancho December 5

by The Editors on November 13, 2015

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Blending holiday spirit with a bit of western history, the City of Carlsbad will celebrate the season at its Holiday at the Rancho event Saturday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park.

For all the official details, please follow the jump.
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City Of Carlsbad Wants Input On Terramar

by The Editors on November 9, 2015

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The City of Carlsbad is asking for input concerning what exactly they should do to improve the coastal zone from the Warm Water jetties south to Mansano Drive.

“We have a lot of opportunities along our coastline to improve safety, especially for bicyclists and pedestrians, ease traffic flow and create a better experience overall,” said Assistant City Manager Gary Barberio, who is overseeing a variety of coastal improvements in Carlsbad. “Before we make any changes, we want to make sure we have considered the input of everyone who uses the area.”

If you’d like to contribute please attend the community meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave. For the official word from the City of Carlsbad, please follow the jump.

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Pumpkin Plunge At Alga Norte

by The Editors on September 18, 2015

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The City of Carlsbad will be hosting a Halloween pool party on Saturday, October 17, 2015.

Where your swimsuit for Halloween themed pool games. Visit the floating pumpkin patch, where every child will leave with a pumpkin. End the night with an outdoor movie.

The Pumpkin Plunge costs $10.00 per person. Ages three and under are free. For more info click the link.

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Super Shady Ad For Building A Mall

by The Editors on September 13, 2015

Nothing better outlines the outrageous lengths to which LA based shopping mall developer Caruso Affilitated will go in their campaign to obfuscate the truth about their development plans than their own disinformation ads that have been running non-stop on the web and local TV.

This edit above is in support of building a shopping mall on the shores of the Agua Hedionda lagoon. Did you hear the word “mall” used? Or shopping? Or acres of parking lots? Or anything at all related to what the developer hopes to do with the property? No. You didn’t. That’s because Caruso Affiliated would rather not mention all that. We also find an LA developer’s use of the word “our” when referring to the Carlsbad City Council a bit misleading as well. Talk about “outside interests.”

For a reminder of what Caruso Affiliated shopping malls looks like, check out their own photo of The Grove below. It was probably named after the nursery grown trees they sandwiched into holes in the concrete outside of Pottery Barn Kids. Nice use of open space, huh?

Oh, and remember: Please Sign The Referendum Click here for locations.

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Sign The Referendum & Vote On The Mall

by The Editors on September 11, 2015

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Anti mall sticker as seen on the seawall.

We believe that placing a shopping mall on the shores of Carlsbad’s Hedionda Lagoon is such a ridiculously dumb idea that we’ve found it difficult to even comment. Exactly why it’s foolish seems so obvious as to make listing the reasons redundant. We’ll cut to the chase: The Carlsbad City Council believes putting a mall on the lagoon is such a good idea that they approved Los Angeles based developer Rick Caruso’s plans without even asking the citizens of Carlsbad to vote. Luckily a group of Carlsbad citizens (Citizens For North County) believe we should vote on it. That’s why they’re out getting signatures for a referendum that will overturn the Carlsbad City Council’s approval and put the Hedionda Lagoon Mall up for vote to everyone in Carlsbad.

If you think the citizens of Carlsbad should have a voice in deciding the future of the community and a beautiful piece of open space on the shores of the Hedionda Lagoon, then you should sign the referendum.

This afternoon (Friday, September 11, 2015) you can sign the petition at the corner of Highland and Basswood from 2 PM to 6 PM. Or stop by the Dove Library (at Dove and El Camino Real) to sign. All your signature means is that you’d like the people of Carlsbad to have a vote on the Mall.

For a little more background on the issues and the current state of chicanery surrounding this mall project please follow the jump for a nice overview by Richard Riehl. [click to continue…]

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Carlsbad Triathlon Seeking Volunteers

by The Editors on June 5, 2015

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The City of Carlsbad is looking for a few good people to help with the Carlsbad Triathlon and Lifestyle & Fitness Festival on July 11 and 12, 2015.

Volunteer opportunities for the Lifestyle & Fitness Festival, taking place on Saturday, July 11, include checking in athletes, providing race bibs and handing out goodie bags. Body marking, assisting with timing at the finish line and passing out refreshments at the hospitality booth are among the volunteer opportunities on race day on Sunday, July 12.

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Pool Party At Alge Norte June 6, 2015

by The Editors on May 20, 2015

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Get the kids revved up for summer on June 6, 2015 as the City of Carlsbad Splashes Into Summer at the Alga Norte Aquatic Center.

Splash Into Summer, from 5 to 9 p.m. is family-friendly event designed to preview all the aquatic center has to offer this summer, including classes, camps, movies and other fun events. Swim in the warm-water pool, play on the giant inflatables, take a spin in the water balls and lay on an air mattress in the instructional pool for a special presentation of the Disney-Pixar movie UP (rated PG.)

Learn about masters swim, water fitness classes, swimming lessons for all ages, individual and family passes, and aquatic sports and junior lifeguarding camps. Tickets are $8 per person and one child, age 3 and under, may be admitted free with a paying adult. For all the details, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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