Alga Norte Now Running With Solar

by The Editors on February 6, 2015

Alga Solar

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…]


Be A Volunteer In Hosp Grove

by The Editors on September 8, 2014

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…]


June 7 Is National Trails Day In Carlsbad

by The Editors on May 30, 2014

Volunteers At Lake Calavera
Come help the City of Carlsbad keep their beautiful trails beautiful on June 7, 2014 at the Lake Calavera Preserve in commemoration of National Trails Day.

“Trails are one of the most cherished features of Carlsbad and enable residents to get outdoors and lead an active healthy lifestyle,” says Liz Ketabian, City of Carlsbad park planning manager. “Every year we have hundreds of volunteers who help to maintain our wonderful trail system for all to enjoy. We are excited to have this specific day for volunteers to get involved with Carlsbad’s volunteer program and to participate at one of Carlsbad’s largest open space preserves with over six miles of trails.”

The trail work party begins at 8:30 AM on Saturday, June 7, 2104 at the Lake Calavera Preserve. For more details (including directions), follow the jump. [click to continue…]


Ride Your Bike To Work Day May 30

by The Editors on May 20, 2014

Biketowork 2014
While we’re of that opinion that every day should be bike-to-work day, we realize that others need to start somewhere. What better way to try it out than on Friday, May 30, 2014 when the City of Carlsbad will be handing out goodies to everyone who rides to work. It’s all part of the National Annual Bike To Work Day organized by SANDAG to promote bicycles is a great way to commute. It’s also a great way to check out all the new, wider, hopefully safer bike lanes that are currently going in a long the coast.

“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 make it easy to take in Carlsbad from a different perspective.”

A pit stop located at the seawall at at Frazee Beach at Carlsbad Boulevard and Pine Avenue will supply commuters with snacks beverages, and other giveaways. For the official word from the City, follow the jump. [click to continue…]


Lake Calavera Trails Clean Up Day

by The Editors on September 10, 2013

Lake Calavera Trail Cleanup

On Saturday, September 28, 2013 the City of Carlsbad is going out to Lake Calavera and groom our mountain bike trails for us as a way of celebrating National Public Lands Day and we’d all like your help.

Volunteers will assist in planting approximately 300 native plants in a one-acre restoration site and help with other trail work. City staff will be on hand to assist with the activities and to provide information on trail maintenance and restoration. Those who attend will also learn about the boardwalk trails being built this winter and can hike any of the six miles of trails within the preserve. . . “Every day is a good day to celebrate the extensive 46 miles of trails available to the Carlsbad community,” says Liz Ketabian, City of Carlsbad park planning manager. “But once a year in September, the city welcomes the opportunity to join with other communities nationwide in a special day of volunteer activities focused on appreciating public lands throughout the country.”

If someone could smooth out the trail on that left hander at the bottom of Flirting With Death Speed Check DH we’re pretty sure we can get nail down a KOM on Strava. For more information on how you can help make our mountain bike rides smoother, faster, better, stronger, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]


Contribute To Carlsbad’s Coastal Cleanup Day

by The Editors on September 9, 2013

Beach Shot

On Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 9 AM to Noon the City of Carlsbad, in cooperation with I Love A Clean San Diego and International Coastal Cleanup Day will be participating in the 29th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day and they need your help.

Cleanup volunteers not only pick up trash, they also collect data on types of trash and debris found. This data is used to educate the public, businesses, industries and government on pollution prevention. . . Volunteers are encouraged to sign up at www.cleanupday.org. Click on the map to select the city-sponsored cleanup site at Tamarack Beach or any of the other registered sites. A volunteer waiver form is available on the website or at the event. All volunteers are required to sign the waiver, and participants under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

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


Bike To Work Day In Carlsbadistan

by The Editors on May 17, 2013


The City of Carlsbadistan sprinted full speed into supporting National Bike To Work Day on Friday, May 17, 2013 with five pit stops located throughout the city. How did we know the City was involved? We saw the pit stops while riding our bike to work. Apparently, there were 90 Bike To Work pit stops (click the link to see them all) located through out San Diego County.

If you’re reading this now and you didn’t ride your bike to work, then you missed it. But don’t let that stop you from riding your bike to work next week.


The City Offers Free Lessons In Composting

by The Editors on April 29, 2013

solana_center_logoWe know that turning garbage and yard waste into nutrient-rich garden soil is possible, but we’re not exactly sure how to do it. If you’re in the same boat then the free Dig Into Composting seminar from the Solana Center For Environmental Innovation might be just what we’re all looking for.

Solana Center workshops will teach you all you need to know to make terrific compost at home. Compost experts will discuss the methods and benefits of composting and vermicomposting (composting with worms). Reduce your environmental footprint and improve the productivity of your soil.

The free seminar will be held on May 18, 2013 at the Calavera Hills Community Center from 10 AM to 12 PM. Click here to register. The Community Center is located at 2997 Glasgow Dr, in Carlsbad, California. For more details, click the link.


[Link: Solana Center]

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April 27 Is Arbor Day: Plant A Tree

by The Editors on April 8, 2013

Arbor-Day-Event-4-24-10-040-WebThe City of Carlsbadistan will be celebrating Arbor Day (April 27, 2013) by doing some work in the Calavera Hills Community Park.

Contribute to the community and the environment: help plant trees, restore irrigation basins and pick up litter. Get information on trees maintenance from Davey Tree Experts, West Coast Arborists and SDG&E’s Vegetation Management Department. . . Displays and booths will be set up near the lower parking lot. Volunteer registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Complete a volunteer application in advance and bring to the registration table.

The City has all the tools, however, if you’ve got the soft hands of a poet (or a blogger) then please feel free to bring your own work gloves. Work begins at 8:30 AM and finished at 10:30 AM Saturday, April 27, 2013. Calavera Hills Community Park is located at 2997 Glasgow Drive in Carlsbad.

[Link: City of Carlsbad]


Smoking Finally Banned For Outdoor Dining

by The Editors on September 26, 2012

No Smoking-2158How stoked are we with the latest news from the City of Carlsbadistan? Way. The Carlsbad City Council recently voted to ban smoking from all outdoor restaurant areas were food and/or alcohol are served as part of an update to the City’s ordinance covering smoking.

The ordinance was introduced Sept. 25 and will come before the City Council for adoption, currently scheduled for Oct. 2. The new ordinance will go into effect 30 days after its adoption. At that time, dining establishments will be required to ban smoking in outdoor spaces where they serve food or drinks, and to post signs alerting patrons of the ban. It would also require smokers to stay at least 20 feet away from outdoor dining areas, to prevent second-hand smoke from affecting diners.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Now if we could just get smoking outdoors (including in a car with the windows down) banned in Carlsbadistan, things would be all good. People are aren’t allowed to defecate all over the city’s streets, why should smokers be allowed to stink everything up? Think about it.

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

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