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.
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.
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.
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?
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…]
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.
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…]
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…]
Those 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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…]