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RIP: Carlsbad’s Former Mayor Bud Lewis

by The Editors on October 16, 2014

Citizen Of The Year 2009 3-C T352-1Carlsbad’s former mayor Claude “Bud” Lewis died on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, according to announcement on the City of Carlsbad website. He was 83.

Few have done more for the City of Carlsbad than the former Mayor. He served on the Town Council for 40 years (the last 24 of those as Mayor).

“Mayor Lewis embodied the very best of Carlsbad,” said Mayor Matt Hall, who succeeded Lewis in 2010. “He devoted his life to public service and remained committed to the principles of a fair and open local government, accessible to everyone regardless of social or economic status. His values helped shape the city we are today, effectively managing growth to maintain an excellent quality of life, a strong and diverse economy, and an involved citizenry.”

“Mayor Lewis was my teacher first, then my colleague and ultimately my friend,” said Mayor Pro Tem Mark Packard. “He always took the long term view. Whether talking about how to manage growth or address our critical water supply challenges, he laid the groundwork to make sure our city would continue to thrive long after he was gone. That is a sign of a great leader.”

“Mayor Buddy Lewis was a rare politician who won people over while remaining true to himself,” said City Council Member Lorraine Wood, who served as City Clerk during Lewis’ mayoral tenure. “He wasn’t prone to telling people what they wanted to hear, but he told them the truth. He stayed true to the motto that what was right for Carlsbad wasn’t always popular, and what was popular wasn’t always right.”

“Mayor Lewis was a humble man who never forgot his roots,” said Council Member Keith Blackburn. “He was a man of integrity, and he brought that to the office every day, trying to do what was best for Carlsbad, its residents and its businesses.”

“When I served on the Carlsbad Planning Commission, I saw the result of Mayor Lewis’ legacy every day,” said Council Member Michael Schumacher. “He made sure we maintained high standards, and as a result of his hard work he left Carlsbad a better place than he found it.”

Lewis’ wife Beverly (pictured right) died in May of 2011. Our thoughts go out to Mayor Lewis’ family, friends, and the entire city of Carlsbad. For the official word from the City, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Be A Volunteer In Hosp Grove

by The Editors on September 8, 2014

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On September 27, 2014 the City of Carlsbad will celebrate National Public Lands Day with a volunteer trail clean up at Hosp Grove from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Volunteer work will include tree planting in the East Grove, as well as trail surface improvements, litter pick up and other trail work. City staff will be on hand to assist with the volunteer event.

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

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Tell The City What The Parks Need

by The Editors on August 26, 2014

Carlsbad Parks
Three of Carlsbad’s finest parks are in the process of getting their master plans updated and now is the time to share your thoughts. On Wednesday, August 27, 2014 the City will discuss plans for Aviara and Poinsettia Parks in rooms 173 A and B at the City Offices at 1635 Faraday Ave. in Carlsbad. Then on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, Pine Avenue Community Park will be discussed in the Carlsbad Senior Center at 799 Pine Ave. Both meetings begin at 5:30 PM.

Please attend one of these meetings to give your input and opinions about the future of Carlsbad public parks. If you feel that Community Gardens should be part of our city parks, this is the time and place to make your voice heard. Can’t attend? Please email Mick.Calarco@carlsbadca.gov to share your thoughts.

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Splash Into Summer At Alga Norte

by The Editors on May 23, 2014

Alga Norte Aquatic Center
On Saturday, June 7, 2014 the City of Carlsbad will be introducing all their summer activities at the Alga Norte park Aquatic Center from 4 to 7 PM with Splash Into Summer.

This family-friendly event is designed for kids and adults 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 and water balls, and enjoy the splash pad. Learn about masters swim, water fitness classes, swimming lessons for all ages, individual and family passes, and aquatic sports and junior lifeguarding camps. Entrance fee is $8 per person and refreshments are available for purchase. One child, age 3 and under may be admitted free with a paying adult.

If you haven’t yet visited the Alga Norte Aquatic Center, you really should. It’s just like going on vacation to a fancy resort, however, this one only costs $5 for adults and $3 for children. For the official word from the City Parks and Rec department, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Coastal Roundabout Sculpture Approved

by The Editors on March 26, 2014

No, that piece of twisted metal is not the mangled fuselage of a downed Cesna 172, it’s Bay Area artist Roger White Stoller’s newest work “Coastal Helix.” And it will be the centerpiece of North County’s newest (yet rather pointless) traffic circle at the confluence of State Street and Carlsbad Boulevard on the Village’s north end.

“The roundabout is an important entryway into the City of Carlsbad, so we want a piece of art that tells people that this is a vibrant city, a cultural city, a city that treasures the environment and welcomes innovation,” said City of Carlsbad Cultural Arts Manager Vincent Kitch. “Roger White Stoller has developed this piece of art working with stakeholders, the Arts Commission and community members. Everyone involved with the project has been impressed by his design and appreciation of our unique community.”

For the official word from the City of Carlsbad and more on artist Roger White Stoller, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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City To Preview Barrio & Village Master Plan

by The Editors on March 26, 2014

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Tomorrow morning (March 27, 2014) Scott Donnell, the senior planner with the City of Carlsbad, will present an update and preview of what’s being planned for Barrio Carlsbad and The Village in Carlsbad’s “master plan.” The meeting will be held at the Village Workshop at 8:30 AM and will conclude by 9:30. Organizers pointed out that:

“This meeting is not part of the potential master planning process. Pending contract approval by the City Council on 3/25, the planning firm will develop a very extensive public outreach and “charrette” process, with many different meeting times and dates so everyone who’s interested can participate. If you can’t make today’s meeting, don’t worry – the process is yet to begin!”

In other words this is not the meeting to get up and complain about how the City of Carlsbad always waits until friends of the City buy up all the land before quietly deciding that changing zoning to allow higher density development is probably “great for the City of Carlsbad.” So please, leave your pitchforks and torches at home.

The Village Workshop is located at 530 Grand Ave in the Village of Carlsbad, California.

[Link: Carlsbad Village]

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Carlsbad Streets Getting Resurfaced

by The Editors on March 7, 2014

The City of Carlsbad will be cleaning up some streets with a new “slurry” coat this spring. Carlsbad Boulevard south of Palomar Airport Road to Poinsettia, and La Costa between the 5 and El Camino Real. Click here for a map of the streets being updated or follow the jump for more information. [click to continue…]

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Carlsbad Names Sarkozy New City Manager

by The Editors on March 7, 2014

Sarkozy Mid-1The City of Carlsbad is happy to announce that they have finally found someone to fill the position of city manager. His name is Steven R. Sarkozy and he’s the former city manager of Bellevue, Washington.

“Since leaving Bellevue, I have cast a wide net, looking at cities throughout the country as well as opportunities in the private sector,” said Sarkozy. “The City of Carlsbad offers an unmatched combination of progressive leadership, outstanding services, financial health and a talented staff passionate about public service. Most importantly, the City Council is united in its vision for the future, and I am excited to be a part of helping to bring that vision to life.”

Sarkozy “resigned” from his former position on May 15, 2013 in what Bellevue “Mayor Conrad Lee described . . . as a mutual decision that was supported by all seven City Council members,” according to a story in the Seattle Times. And when he says he “cast a wide net” he’s not kidding. Two months ago (January 17, 2014) Sarkozy was one of three candidates being interviewed for the city manager position in Irving, Texas, according to the Irving Chamber.

Nice to see the City hire someone from a good neighborhood. Looks like this could be a great fit. For the official word from the City of Carlsbad, please follow the jump.

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Carlsbad Teens Be Seen At Teen Scene

by The Editors on February 10, 2014

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On February 22, 2014 the City of Carlsbad will host it’s 11th Annual Teen Scene at the Calavera Hills Community Center. All ages are welcome. The evening will features a battle of the bands, a neon dance room, and a video game experience.

“The caliber of talent that Teen Scene attracts as well as its high-quality production, professional judges and prizes have made it one of the largest teen events in North County,” said Rachael Shay, special events supervisor for the City of Carlsbad. “The City of Carlsbad is proud to offer this venue for creative expression to its young residents.”

Admission is $5 a person until 4 PM February 21, 2014 and then $8 at the door. Follow the jump for all the official details. [click to continue…]

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Carlsbad City Council’s Douglas Resigns

by The Editors on February 5, 2014

farrah_douglas.jpgCarlsbad City Council member Farrah Douglas announced today that she was resigning for “pressing personal and family commitments.” Her last day will be February 6, 2014. Douglas was elected to a four-year City Council term in November of 2010.

“Farrah made a significant contribution during her time as a Council member, including helping the city be more business-friendly, working to make the desalination project a reality and initiating efforts to bring an institution of higher education to Carlsbad,” said Mayor Matt Hall. “We will benefit from her time here for many years to come.”

The City Council must now decide whether to hold a special election or make an appointment. They apparently have 60 days to figure that out. Follow the jump for the official word from the City of Carlsbad [click to continue…]

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