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The City of Carlsbad Gives $175,000

by The Editors on May 11, 2020

The Carlsbad City Council has approved increased funding to expand a local homeless shelter and provide increased rental assistance, food service other basic needs for the city’s most vulnerable community members.

At its May 5, 2020 meeting, the City Council approved $58,000 to Catholic Charities, which runs the La Posada de Guadalupe homeless shelter. The money will be used to expedite a planned expansion of the shelter. for all the details, please follow the jump.

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Carlsbad’s Parks & Trails To Open With Rules

by The Editors on May 1, 2020

You know all that yellow tape that’s been reminding us that the trails, beaches and parks are all closed? Well, thanks to a unanimous vote by the Carlsbad City Council it’s all coming down on Monday, May 4, 2020. At a special City Council meeting on Friday, May 1, 2020 the City of Carlsbad voted to open our parks, trails, and (with some help from the State of California) maybe even our beaches (with some serious limitations).

For all the details, including all the dos and don’ts, please follow the jump.

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We watched most of the meeting. Keith Blackburn and Mayor Matt Hall are ready to open, while Cori Schumacher and Priya Bhat-Patel pressed for more analysis and maybe a bit more of a plan, since this really is a life or death situation.

Here’s what the city sent out following the meeting:

The Carlsbad City Council voted Saturday to keep its beach, parks and trails closed for now and hold a special City Council meeting May 1 to review plans for a phased reopening. The County of San Diego’s public health order is in effect until May 1.

The specific topics of the May 1 meeting will include city parks and trails as well as the city-owned golf course and the three-quarter of a mile stretch of beach north of Oak Avenue.

The six miles of Carlsbad’s coastline controlled by California State Parks also remain closed, and city officials said they would like to coordinate the opening of all beaches in Carlsbad at the same time.

On Friday, April 24, the County of San Diego announced it would lift the restrictions on going into the ocean starting Monday, but left it up to the cities and State Parks to decide whether to open the beaches. 

County requirements

County public officials have said they will consider allowing parks to reopen for passive activities such as walking, jogging and bicycling once cities complete and submit to the county a protocol template for each park as to how public health protections will be addressed. The same template applies to beaches. Requirements include:

Post signs about maintaining a 6 foot distance from those not in the same household and not entering the park if you have a fever or cough.

Wear face coverings if you are within 6-feet of someone not in your household.

No gathering except for people from the same household.

“Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol” to be posted at each entry to the park.

Minimum of one employee must be present at each park to monitor compliance.

All employees shall receive temperature screening prior to each shift and shall not be allowed to work if employee’s temperature is 100 degrees or higher.

Break rooms, bathrooms and other common areas shall be disinfected at least every two hours.

At a minimum, close off every other parking space.

Keep playgrounds, community centers and gyms closed.

At a minimum, limit use of courts and fields to members of the same household.

Golf courses and trails

The county also has provided templates for trails and golf courses.

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Church and Club Provide For Families In Need

by The Editors on April 21, 2020

With their normal operations on pause, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad are going above and beyond to still take care of their communities.

“This is a steep learning curve for me, because social distancing is the polar opposite of what the Club is all about,” said Village Clubhouse Director Abby Snyder. “Our job typically is to nurture and love huge groups of children. Now we’re pivoting to provide not only emotional nourishment, but daily meals for families in need.”

Even though the Club was mandated to shut its doors in mid-March, it has provided daily hot meals to its members and their families. And as COVID19 takes its toll, Abby discovered that many families could use more than just one meal a day.

That’s where Daybreak Church stepped up. “I was walking in the Village and ran into Abby, and she shared the good work the Club is doing,” said Daybreak’s Jeff Myers, Director of Operations. “Our church was looking for a way to positively impact our community, to shine a light. Our congregation jumped on the opportunity to help.”

And help they did. Over 4000 pounds – 531 bags – of groceries and toiletries were collected and distributed to about 100 local families via a continuous line of cars that snaked around the block for hours last Friday. Abby hopes to continue to hand out food to needy families each Friday, and she estimates she has enough to last the next five weeks.

“It’s not just about a meal or a loaf of bread, it’s about connection,” states Abby.  “We thank Daybreak Church for their amazing contribution, and making it possible to fulfill a real need!”

“It’s best to partner with great people and organizations,” added Jeff. “It enhances the impact, and it feels good to know that we were able to put food on the table for some Carlsbad families. All of us at Daybreak hope we can continue to work together to do make a positive difference in our community.”

If you would like to help by donating food or other supplies, please contact Abby Snyder at asnyder@bgccarlsbad.org or call 760.517.8955.

Daybreak Church is located at 6515 Ambrosia Lane in Carlsbad. For more information please contact info@daybreakchurch.org

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Carlsbad Suspends in-person Services

by The Editors on March 18, 2020

The City of Carlsbad will temporarily suspend all in-person services in response to today’s San Diego County public health order to slow the spread of COVID-19. A special City Council meeting will be held at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, to declare a local emergency.

The city has been planning its COVID-19 response for the past six weeks and is ready to manage essential city services that protect the health and welfare of the community. 

Effective Monday, March 16 at 5 p.m. all city libraries and Tuesday, March 17, at 7 a.m., all city buildings will temporarily be closed to the public. City employees will continue to work, maintaining a 6-foot distance between each other and following all other health guidelines. 

Although many city employees are affected by the COVID-19 emergency due to child care and other personal needs, the city has arranged options to help all who can work to carry on either in person or remotely. 
Among the facilities affected are:

  • Libraries
  • Senior Center (M-F meal service for those 60 and older will continue outside on a pickup basis and by delivery)
  • Community centers, aquatic centers and all parks buildings except restrooms
  • Faraday Administration Center
  • City Hall

Many city services can be accessed online or by phone. The city will have a list of these on a special website set up on Tuesday, March 17 for the ongoing COVID-19 response.

City parks and trails will remain open to the public, and park restrooms will be open and accessible during operating hours. Additional maintenance will be conducted to clean, disinfect and stock restrooms. The city has also placed handwashing stations in community locations. 

Other guidance and directions issued by the county today include:

  • Those 65 and older and people with underlying health conditions should stay home and avoid contact with other people.
  • Residential care facilities like nursing homes may not allow visitors except in end of life circumstances.
  • No events, public or private, will be permitted with over 50 people. Any non-essential gatherings of any size are discouraged.
  • All bars, nightclubs, breweries and wineries must close that don’t serve food.
  • Restaurants may only do delivery and pickup.
  • Schools may not hold classes in person.
  • Nonessential personnel prohibited from health care and long term care facilities.
  • Hospital and labs shall report all COVID results to county health officer
  • Businesses will implement social distancing, telecommuting and additional cleaning. 
  • All businesses will suspend policies and procedures requiring a doctor’s note for employees to take advantage of sick time.
  • Those exhibiting symptoms shall isolate themselves until seeking medical treatment.
  • Quarantine orders for all those traveling from COVID-19 impacted countries.

For more information about the City of Carlsbad’s COVID-19 response and other related information, please visit www.carlsbadca.gov/COVID19.

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Carlsbad High Students Produce Oneirataxia

by The Editors on September 17, 2019

Back:​ Cassie Nesbit, Evan Boda, Travis Kramer, Kathryn Yi, Bella EdelmanFront: ​Maddy McCarthy, Sachi Stewart, Marina Kenat, Dublin-Ireland Villa, Aly SutherlandNot pictured:​ Kobe Cowell, Sierra Benosa, Jason Guerrero, Cinjun Chiniquay
 
The student production club at Carlsbad High School are pleased to announce their second student run production Oneirataxia.

Following their “Love is Blind: A Spoken-Word Play,” “Oneirataxia” functions as the first official collaborative work of “Student Production Club,” a club dedicated to empowering students to write, direct, and act in their own theatrical and cinematic productions annually. The “Oneirataxia” production and Student Production Club work hand-in-hand to provide a platform for creative student expression. . . In a creativity-deprived world, any ounce of opposition is crushed immediately by “remediating” forces. When Beta is sent to the Eldritch Institute for the Misguided, she and her group of friends must escape the institute or else face death. In this hard-hitting piece highlighting the misuses of modern-day conformity, the gang discovers that changing the world will require some sacrifices.

The show runs October 10-12, 2019. For more information and to buy tickets click here.

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Yes, We Should Save The Stack

by The Editors on September 9, 2019

Retired Navy vet Jim Strickland told The San Diego Union Tribune that he likes the Carlsbad Stack and he thinks we should keep it. We totally agree (not only because its part of our logo).

“I like it, and I think it’s crazy to get rid of it,” said Jim Strickland, a retired Navy veteran and 19-year Carlsbad resident who has long admired the distinctive column. 

We also agree with Susan Gutierrez.

“It’s an iconic, visible symbol of Carlsbad,” said Gutierrez, president of the Carlsbad Historical Society. . . “As a resident, when I see the power plant stack from anywhere on the coast, I know I am in Carlsbad, and home,” she said.

Exactly. Apparently, the issue will be discussed by the Historic Preservation Commission tonight. For all the details, please click the link.

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Calavera Trail Coalition Works Toward Access

by The Editors on April 24, 2019

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has recently declared war on mountain bikers at Calavera a.k.a the Carlsbad Highlands Ecological Reserve, but a group of Carlsbad locals are hoping to get the land approved for multi-use recreation so decades of trail access can continue in a legal, open, and patrolled way. They’re calling themselves the Calavera Trail Coalition and they’ve built a website to help speed the flow of communication in the community. Here’s their mission statement:

The mission of the Calavera Trails Coalition is to Preserve Calavera for multi use for generations to come. We encourage sustainable management, ecosystem management, multi use recreation and preservation of open space for all to enjoy. We recognize the needs of people including those who have limited abilities or are unable to walk on the land. We support hikers, bikers, adaptive athletes, trail runners, families and wildlife. Sustainable management with enjoyment for all will Preserve Calavera.

For more info on the Calavera and how you can help, please visit the Calavera Trail Coalition website by clicking the link.

[Link: Calavera Trail Coalition]

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CEF’s 5th Annual Pedal for a Purpose

by The Editors on March 15, 2019

Join the Carlsbad Education Foundation at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa Plaza on Saturday, March 23, 2019 as they spin stationary bikes to raise money for the continually underfunded Carlsbad Unified School District in their 5th Annual Pedal for a Purpose presented by Gelson’s Markets.

This stationary bike-a-thon raises funds for music, science, and innovational education programs for the 11,000 students in the Carlsbad Unified School District. There will be music by DJ Extreme, high-energy spin instructors, activities for children, and a health and wellness expo. Riders receive VIP treatment in the form of massages, swag, drinks and nutritional snacks, contests, prizes and more!

You’d think the Carlsbad Unified School District could afford to teach science, music, and innovational education programs on its own, but that’s not how our district works. And because of this, the students of Carlsbad need your help. For all the official details, and exactly how you can help please follow the jump.

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Give Input on 2020 Carlsbad City Budget

by The Editors on February 12, 2019

On Monday March 4, 2019 the City of Carlsbad will hold a public budget workshop to get input on the City’s 2020 budget and how and where they are going to spend money. If you’re interested in putting in your two cents this is the time to do it. For instance, if you’d like to see the city build a skateboard park that is closer to the village, this would be a great meeting to attend. Or if you think a mountain bike park would be nice, let them know.

The workshop will be help from 6 to 8 PM on March 4, 2019 at the City of Carlsbad Administration Center at 1635 Faraday Ave, Carlsbad, CA.

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