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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.

For all the info from the City, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Pool Party At Alge Norte June 6, 2015

by The Editors on May 20, 2015

Splash Into Summer

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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Friday May 15 Is Bike To Work Day

by The Editors on May 12, 2015

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If you’re going to ride your bike to work one day this year (you should be doing it every day, of course) then make it Bike To Work Day (Friday, May 15, 2015) because the City of Carlsbad and the San Diego Association of Governments will hook you up with some free goodies, maybe even a T-shirt at their “pit stop” at triangle park aka Frazee Beach at Carlsbad Boulevard and Pine Avenue.

“The City of Carlsbad encourages those who live and work in and around the city to join neighbors, friends and coworkers in celebrating Bike to Work Day with us,” said Rachael Shay, special events supervisor for the city. “The many miles of bike-friendly transportation systems in our community and now a great campaign like Walk + Bike Carlsbad make it easy to take in Carlsbad from a different perspective.”

We’ll see you on the road. For the official word from the City of Carlsbad, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Stolen Bikes Recovered In Downtown Carlsbad

by The Editors on May 6, 2015

Police LightsThose who drove down the 3600 block of Harding St on May 1, 2015 may have seen four Carlsbad Police cars and several trucks removing what seemed like bicycle after bicycle from a home on the East side of the street. Turns out all those bike where stolen and they have now been recovered.

During the searches, officers recovered what appears to be approximately 35 stolen bicycles and other miscellaneous bicycle parts. . . The Police Department is attempting to return the bicycles to their owners. The bicycles may have been stolen from Carlsbad and the surrounding area. . .Community members that have recently had their bicycles stolen are asked to contact the Police Department at 760 931-2142 or judy.thomas@carlsbadca.gov to identify and recover their bicycle.

If you’re missing a bike from Carlsbad in the past few weeks, it’s probably here.

During another search yesterday (May 5, 2015) five men were arrested including former professional surfer Che Stang.

During the search on May 5 in downtown Carlsbad, five adults were arrested for miscellaneous drug charges. Those arrested were 31-year-old Che Stang for being in possession of a controlled substance and being in possession of drug paraphernalia,and 32-year-old Brian Gutierrez, 30-year-old Steven Gutierrez, 35-year-old Keelan Stocks and 35-year-old Joshua Brandt for being under the influence of a controlled substance. The five were booked into the Vista Detention Facility.

Seems it’s been a busy week in Carlsbadistan. Nice work by the Carlsbad Police Department. For the official word, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Saddle Up For Wild West Fest

by The Editors on April 24, 2015

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On May 16, 2015 the City of Carlsbad will turn Leo Carillo’s historic ranch into the Wild West Fest.

Wild West Fest is a free event and activity cards can be purchased for $6 for activities like pony and mechanical bull rides, souvenir photos with authentically dressed cowboys and cowgirls, and western themed crafts. . . Among the event highlights is the salsa contest, which is judged by Chili’s Encinitas, and features prizes for salsa taste as well as table presentation in the following categories: best overall, people’s choice, best presentation, funniest presentation, best fruit salsa, hottest salsa and originality.

For the official word from the City of Carlsbad, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Carlsbad & City Manager Part Ways

by The Editors on April 24, 2015

Sarkozy Mid-1Steven R. Sarkozy, the Carlsbad, California city manager who has been on the job since March 11, 2014, will no longer be with the City as of April 24, 2015.

Speaking for the City Council, Mayor Matt Hall said, “Steve is one of the top city managers in the nation, with vast experience and a stellar track record. Sometimes you can have all the right pieces, and just not the right fit. We are grateful for Steve’s efforts and wish him the best.”

In other words, don’t blame the Mayor and the City Council for hiring the wrong guy. He’s got a great resume. How could they know? Not surprisingly, this is the same way Mr. Sarkozy left his last job in Bellevue, Washington. So, it’s back to the head-hunting drawing board for the City. In the meantime, Assistant City Manager Kathy Dodson will act as interim city manager.

For the official word from the City of Carlsbad (including an entire paragraph on what an amazing resume Mr. Sarkozy has), please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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April 25 Is Arbor Day In Carlsbad

by The Editors on April 17, 2015

Arbor DayThe City of Carlsbad is celebrating Arbor Day, Saturday, April 25, by working with local volunteers to plant trees at Hosp Grove.

The tree-planting activities will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Hosp Grove Rotary Trailhead, located on Monroe Street between Marron Road and Wickham Way. Volunteer registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with a tree planting demonstration to follow.

In addition to the tree planting, volunteers will learn about the region’s butterflies and plant monarch pollinators in a meadow adjacent to the trailhead. This project will support statewide efforts to restore the population of the overwintering monarch butterfly.

This effort will help Carlsbad retain its status as a Tree City USA for the 11th consecutive year. The designation is given by the National Arbor Day Foundation and acknowledges the city’s ongoing commitment to tree care and urban forest sustainability.

“Arbor Day is a great opportunity to give back to the community and help the environment, while meeting new friends and neighbors,” said Kyle Lancaster, parks superintendent for the City of Carlsbad.

The Arbor Day event at Hosp Grove will feature tree maintenance displays and booths from CAL FIRE, SDG&E, Davey Tree, Davey Resource Group, Western Environmental Consultants, Nissho of California and West Coast Arborists.

Tools will be provided for all volunteers. Volunteers should wear work gloves, a hat, sunscreen and closed toe shoes. It is requested that volunteers bring additional shovels, if possible. Children age 16 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Carlsbad’s Date To Make A Difference

by The Editors on February 17, 2015

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On Thursday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m., the City of Carlsbad will host Make a Date to Make a Difference, or mad2mad, at 83 Degrees restaurant, 660 Carlsbad Village Drive. Mad2mad is an event designed to encourage members of the millennial generation, generally those born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s, to give back to their community.

“Mad2mad is a great opportunity for millennials to meet new people, enjoy free appetizers and find out about great organizations where they can volunteer in the community,” said City of Carlsbad Volunteer Coordinator Sue Irey. “We are focusing on one-day volunteer opportunities as a way to invite this generation to continue their commitment to volunteer service.”

For the official word and all the details from the City, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Slurry Seals Coming To Carlsbad Streets

by The Editors on February 11, 2015

And no, we’re not talking about marine mammals who’ve had a little too much to drink. We’re talking smoother, nicer roads in and around the City.

Every year the City of Carlsbad Public Works Department evaluates the streets to make sure they are well maintained. . . “Streets are selected based on their condition, and pavement management software helps us determine which streets are due for resurfacing,” said Jonathan Schauble, an associate engineer in the City of Carlsbad Public Works Department who oversees pavement management. “Regular maintenance is what keeps Carlsbad’s streets in good condition.”

For the official word from the City of Carlsbad and a map of exactly which roads will get their very own slurry seal, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Alga Norte Now Running With Solar

by The Editors on February 6, 2015

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The solar panels placed at the Alga Norte Park will power most of the park’s electrical needs rolling forward while at the same time providing shade in the park’s hot parking lots.

The 720 solar panels, which cover two rows of Alga Norte’s parking lot and provide shade for park visitors, are expected to generate about 360,000 kilowatt-hours of energy a year, which is enough to power about 55 average San Diego homes. It also will cut carbon dioxide output by approximately 6,838 tons over a 25-year period, which is the equivalent of cutting the emissions of automobiles driving 15 million miles. . . “This system will give us the ability to watch in real time our energy consumption compared to our production,” said City of Carlsbad Civic Projects Manager Patrick McGarry. “That will give us an opportunity to see how much energy the panels are producing and when we’re spiking electric power, allowing us to make decisions to reduce consumption.”

According to the City the panels, which cost $720,000, will pay for themselves in 11 years and begin creating a $66,000 a year savings in year 12. For the official word from the City of Carlsbad, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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