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Welcome to Carlsbad, allow us to introduce you to the Carlsbad Police officer who is riding-a-long with you every time you get in your car. That’s right, each time you drive in Carlsbad, the Carlsbad Police Department puts a digital tail on you thanks to a network of 51 (soon to be 86) license plate reading cameras located at intersections all over the City. With these cameras the Carlsbad Police department is able to track your car in real time where ever you travel in Carlsbad.

Today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and MuckRock have released a data set that allows all of us to see how many plates are being scanned in Carlsbad, how many other agencies the Carlsbad Police Department is sharing their plates scans with, and how many times a plate they’re actually looking for has come up in the scanning.

To make it easier here are the numbers: in 2016-17 Carlsbad Police scanned (and stored) at least 8,363,866 plates and hit on 2,358 that they were actually looking for. They shared their scanned plate data with 198 other agencies. These numbers are likely only a portion of those scanned as the data is not complete in Carlsbad’s case.

 Here’s how the EFF pitches this data dump:

We have released records obtained from 200 agencies, accounting for more than 2.5 -billion license plate scans in 2016 and 2017. This data is collected regardless of whether the vehicle or its owner or driver are suspected of being involved in a crime. In fact, the information shows that 99.5% of the license plates scanned were not under suspicion at the time the vehicles’ plates were collected. . . On average, agencies are sharing data with a minimum of 160 other agencies through Vigilant Solutions’ LEARN system, though many agencies are sharing data with over 800 separate entities.

We are living in a surveillance state, but it’s still shocking to see it spelled out on easy to read charts. For all the details for Carlsbad and 199 other agencies and how they use license plate reading cameras, please click the link.

[Link: Automated Licese Plate Reader Dataset]

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Celebrate Holiday At The Rancho 2018

by The Editors on November 14, 2018

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. 1, 2018 from 5 to 8 p.m., at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, located at 6200 Flying L.C. Lane. The event will feature a 14-foot tree lighting, train rides, games, crafts, face painting, holiday shopping, cookie decorating and more. For all the details, please follow the jump.

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Carlsbad Funds Beach Lifeguards

by The Editors on October 24, 2018

The City of Carlsbad, California will officially provide Fire Department lifeguard services on the North stretch of beach from Oak Avenue to the city’s northern border.

Two full time positions will be added to supervise the program. During peak beach going times, around May through September, depending on weather conditions, the city will employ about 25 part time lifeguards. . . In addition to lifeguard staffing, the approved program includes three small scale wooden lifeguard towers, two lifeguard trucks and one personal watercraft to patrol in the water as needed.

Finally the City spends some money ($603,000 year) on something we can all agree on. Now, about that skatepark in the Village. . . For the official word from the City, please follow the jump.

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City To Hold Buena Vista Park Workshop

by The Editors on June 4, 2018

The City of Carlsbad is holding a workshop on Thursday, June 7, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Buena Vista Elementary School to find out what neighbors would like to see in a new park being planned at the site of the former Buena Vista Reservoir. And as we all know, the one thing every new park in Carlsbad should always have is some kind of skateboarding facility. Nothing big, just a nice little corner with some shapes to skate that won’t bother anyone and this is your chance to let the City of Carlsbad know that some skate able terrain would be perfect for this location (especially seeing as the reservoir was home to many historic moments in skateboarding.)

Here are the details.

Community Workshop
Thursday, June 7
6 to 8 p.m.
Buena Vista Elementary School,
1330 Buena Vista Way

If you can’t make the workshop? No problem. You can give input about the need for a new skate park in Carlsbad through the online survey which will be available beginning Friday, June 8 at www.carlsbadca.gov/input.

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City To Update Tamarack & Carlsbad Blvd

by The Editors on November 30, 2017

The City of Carlsbad is proposing some pretty nice upgrades to the area around the intersection of Tamarack and Carlsbad Boulevard right about Tamarack Surfing beach. Anyone who has tried to push a stroller or pull a wagon down the sidewalk above the Tamarack parking lot knows that the sidewalk there is way, way too narrow, not to mention that it is nearly impossible to cross Tamarack while walking on the west side of Carlsbad Boulevard. Thankfully, it seems all these problems will be corrected with the new plan. Here are some of the fixes:

  • Widening sidewalks and improving bike lanes throughout the area.
  • Adding new parking spaces on Tamarack Avenue and Carlsbad Boulevard.
  • Getting rid of the asphalt island on the west side of Carlsbad Boulevard and south of Tamarack Avenue.
  • Relocating the bus stops to more accessible locations.
  • Creating more functional space on the ocean side of Carlsbad Boulevard, just to the south of Tamarack, including an overlook with space to sit and enjoy.
  • A new crosswalk across Carlsbad Boulevard south of Sequoia Avenue to the lagoon trailhead.
  • Signs directing people to the Coastal Rail Trail along the railroad tracks between Tamarack and Oak Avenue.

Construction could start in the fall of 2018 and we’re looking forward to it. This will solve so many traffic problems for so many people. And if Carlsbad Boulevard gets cut down to one lane in each direction from The Village to Cannon we’d be even happier. For the official word from the City (including community meeting schedules), please follow the jump.

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Plant A Tree On Arbor Day April 29, 2017

by The Editors on March 28, 2017

The City of Carlsbad is celebrating Arbor Day, Saturday, April 29, 2017 by working with local volunteers to plant trees at Stagecoach Community Park, located at 3420 Camino de los Coches in the lower picnic area.

For all the official details, please follow the jump, or click here to view the flyer.

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Race Like A Super Hero At Alga Norte

by The Editors on September 21, 2016

Dress up like a super hero and come out to the park for the third annual Super Hero Obstacle Race, on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Alga Norte Community Park, 6565 Alicante Road. Parents and children will run together through a super hero themed 2K obstacle course while dressed in super hero costumes.

Defeat villains while leaping over tall buildings, crawl through toxic tunnels and navigate through 20 obstacles throughout the park. Conquer inflatable mazes and slides, wrecking balls, tight ropes, web crawlers and other obstacles along the way. The race will take approximately one hour to complete.

Cost is $25 per participant. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.For more information, visit the city website at www.carlsbadca.gov/parksandrec or visit the race website at www.active.com and search “super hero.”

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Carlsbad’s 2016 State Of The City

by The Editors on September 12, 2016

We were a little late getting to this one, but here’s how the City would like you to think about the City of Carlsbad in 2016. Just for fun count the number of times the word “growth” is used. Developers just love that “growth” word, don’t they? And, there’s no one more friendly to development than the Carlsbad City Council. Click play and let Mayor Hall explain it all.

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TGIF 3: The Mighty Untouchables

by The Editors on July 5, 2016

TGIF Concert In The Parks 2016 rocks into Carlsbad’s newest park, Alga Norte, with a “supreme multi-cultural mix of musicians and singers” as The Mighty Untouchables deliver their mix of cover songs*.

The Mighty Untouchables offer everything from Motown to classic rock, along with Latin, country, current pop hits, and much more. Their repertoire includes songs from Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green, Earth, Wind & Fire, Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Prince, Santana, AC/DC, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, and Celia Cruz just to name a few! If you want fun, excitement and dancing, with your party-goers enjoying a cool and classy scene, this band delivers an event your guests will remember for years to come.

Remember: bring chairs, snacks, drinks (to share with your neighbors), and maybe your walker for the uneven ground. The music begins at 6 PM. Alga Norte Communicty park is located at 6565 Alicante Road in Carlsbad, California. Shuttle service operates between 4:30 to 9 p.m. from Ocean Collection, 2510 Gateway Road in Carlsbad.

For the rest of the TGIF Concert In The Park please click here.

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TGIF 2: The Dustbowl Revival

by The Editors on June 28, 2016

Carlsbad’s 2016 TGIF Concerts In The Park series has one the best lineups ever, but the hippest, brightest, raddest highlight of the summer is going down this Friday night (July 1, 2016) as The Dustbowl Revival lights up Stagecoach park with their bluegrass, hot jazz, pre-war, American roots orchestra.

Here’s how the LA Times describes the band:

A nine-piece band replete with tuba, washboard, accordion, fiddle, mandolin, trumpet and guitar joyously pumped out early 20th century standards and original tunes that would have sounded utterly at home within the hallowed confines of Preservation Hall in New Orleans’ French Quarter. “

We usually say this once a summer, but here it is: if you only go to one TGIF Concert In The Park make it The Dustbowl Revival.  You will be glad you did. Music starts at 6 PM. Remember to bring low-back chairs, snacks, and feet ready to move. Stagecoach Community Park is located at 3420 Camino de los Coches, Carlsbad, California.

For more info on the rest of the TGIF Concert In The Park series, please click here.

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