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.
For the past 11 years Boar’s Crossing owner Ralph Burnette has held a Fish Fry Fundraiser in August to help raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad. Over the years he has donated more than $100,000 to the clubs.
The event brings the community together on a summer afternoon to support the Club while enjoying excellent fish tacos. Raising at least $10,000 annually, much of the donation comes straight from Ralph’s coffers – with more than $100,000 being donated to the Club over the years. . . “What I enjoy most is taking the money to the Club staff, and going on a shopping spree with them,” said Burnette. “They make a list, and get items that are needed but not in their budget. This year’s items included a flat screen in the lobby used for announcements, plenty of sports equipment, and even a computer.”
For the official word from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, please follow the jump.
Caruso Affiliated’s plans to sneak their lagoon mall plans past the citizens of Carlsbad (and environmental checks and balances) are over for the time being, according to a news release from the City of Carlsbad.
The County of San Diego Registrar of Voters has verified that a referendum to overturn the City Council’s Aug. 25 decision to approve The Agua Hedionda South Shore Specific Plan has the required number of signatures to move forward to the next step in the process.
So what is the next step? Well, the City Council has two options — they can either repeal the ordinance they passed on August 25, 2015 (which would be the cheapest way to go) or they can put the matter up for vote at either a regular election or a “special election.” It will be interesting to see which way they go as they claim a “special election” could cost the City of Carlsbad up to $550,000. For the official word from the City of Carlsbad, please follow the jump.
Just the other day we noticed the modern townhomes that seemed to have sprouted up overnight at the North end of State Street in the village of Carlsbad and they look really nice. The 47-unit development, called Seagrove, is the most recent work of national homebuilding giant Taylor Morrison.
Seagrove offers the unique opportunity for townhome living in the center of it all, where options for entertainment in Carlsbad are bountiful including boutique shopping, local restaurants and the sea just a short walk away. . . “Imagine being able to step out of your front door and experience all the spectacular qualities that make San Diego one of the most desirable cities to call home,” said Phil Bodem, president of Taylor Morrison’s Southern California division. “An excellent location and luxury design is what makes Seagrove a standout community.”
They’re a bit of a jaunt to the beach (thanks to the railroad tracks Army & Navy Academy), but for high style living in the Village ($960K and up), they’re pretty smooth. For the official word from Taylor Morrison, please follow the jump.
The San Diego Union Tribune has decided to blow the cover on our best kept secret gelato spot in The Village with a profile on Italian cousins Cristina Amoroso and Paola Richard. Their Gaia Gelato located in the Village Faire Shopping Center has been our go-to cold sweets spot since they opened.
The desserts they serve are made in the Italian style, which is denser, creamier and with less sugar than many American-style gelatos. Amoroso has developed more than 60 flavors of gelato, sorbet and granita and introduces new ones each week. To preserve the flavor and texture, gelatos are made in small batches and not sold after 24 hours.
It’s no wonder why their Yelp reviews are off the charts. For the rest of the story please click the link.
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?
What’s in a name? Sometimes everything. Maybe that’s why the hotel resort formerly known as the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort is changing it’s name to Cape Rey Carlsbad. Huh?
Beyond the name, the bulk of the rebranding effort will manifest in the experiential aspects of each guest’s stay. Creative itineraries, excursions and partnerships from the new “Leisure Services Team” introduce guests – both on property and off- to the tastes, places, products and personalities that speak to the surrounding beach lifestyle and provide the type of immersive hospitality the modern traveler craves. Employees act as property ambassadors, whose expertise in everything from surf spots to taco shops provides guests with a backstage pass to all things local and Southern California-cool.
Hey, a complete re-branding with great photography to back it up never hurt anyone. And if some local businesses benefit for the update, even better. For the official word from Cape Rey, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
On Sunday, March 15, 2015, Ride Cyclery, Carlsbad’s newest full-service bike shop, is hosting their grand opening event.
Join us at our Carlsbad location for a full-day of celebrating this Sunday, March 15! It’s our way to say thank you for all your support so far, and get things rolling in our next chapter, the new Carlsbad RIDE Cyclery.
There will be pries, contests, group rides, a food truck, give-a-ways and 10 – 20% off deal in the shop. The party begins at 10 AM and runs through 4 PM. If you’re in the mood, roll by at 8 AM for a Ride/Swami’s group ride that will roll you out through the beauty of North County. Ride Cyclery Carlsbad is located at 4901 El Camino Real, in Carlsbad. Right under the big chicken.
The Carlsbad Village Association has launched a new website that the say will help them reach their goal to “continually improve Carlsbad Village.”
The new site, www.carlsbad-village.com has streamlined navigation and a radically increased amount of content, so users can access a wealth of information about the Village, including upcoming events, dining and entertainment options and local retail opportunities. Visitors to the site can even use interactive maps that highlight beach access points and the location of more than 50 new bike corrals and racks that are part of the “Bike the Village” program. . . “This newly designed website puts the best of Carlsbad Village front and center,” said Doug Avis, Chair of the CVA Board of Directors. “We now have an information hub accessible from anywhere through which residents and visitors can learn about the wealth of opportunities and experiences the Village offers on a daily basis.”
The website is located at http://www.carlsbad-village.com. Check it out and tell your friends. For the official word from the CVA, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Tri-City Medical Center has hired Tim Moran (right) as their new chief executive officer. He officially begins in the new position on June 23, 2014.
Moran is an experienced senior healthcare executive with more than 35 years of leadership experience and a track record of success serving as Chief Executive Officer, President and Administrator for hospitals in several states. . . “Tim brings extensive strategy and operations experience leading hospitals,” said Larry Schallock, Chairperson of Tri-City Healthcare District’s Board of Directors. “Our organization will benefit greatly from Tim’s collaborative leadership approach and strong focus on developing a close relationship with the community that we serve.”