July 2012

The Riehl World: Outsourcing Why?

by Richard J. Riehl on July 12, 2012

A year ago we learned Carlsbad is considering outsourcing city services, but to this date we haven’t been told why.

At a July 2011 workshop, city council members heard a presentation by Carrollton, Texas’ Director of Competition, Tom Guilfoy (“City to explore some outsourcing of government work,” NCT, 2011). He told the council his city saved at least $25 million over nine years under its Managed Competition plan.

Liking what they heard, the council directed City Manager Lisa Hildabrand to conduct an internal review to see if outsourcing could make city government more business-like.

City park landscaping work has been suggested for potential outsourcing, which added irony to Councilman Mark Packard’s warning that council members should not “let the grass grow under our feet” waiting for Carlsbad to “handle its operations the way private businesses do.” Packard is apparently not as worried about the weeds growing under his feet while he’s strolling through Aviara Park if a private contractor is maintaining it with lower paid employees.

Carrollton’s Guilfoy proudly pointed out how much money was saved by outsourcing solid waste management collection and laying off 50 city employees. Carlsbad outsourced waste collection long ago. Carrollton’s Parks and Recreation department escaped outsourcing by reducing costs of equipment replacements. [click to continue…]


Swimming, Biking, Running Carlsbadistan

by The Editors on July 6, 2012

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If you’re wondering why you’re seeing an abnormal amount of fit people cruising the streets of Carlsbad this week, we’re blaming it on the 30th Annual Carlsbad Triathlon which is going down at Tamarack Beach on Sunday, July 8 2012. The first swimmers hit the water at 8 AM and from there it’s a swim, bike, run to the finish. For coverage of past events, click here. For more information on this year’s race click the link.

[Link: Carlsbad Triathlon]

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Beach Bocce World Championships July 7

by The Editors on July 6, 2012

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Tomorrow (Saturday, July 7, 2012) Del Mar’s Dog Beach gets rolling with Vigilucci’s Beach Bocce World Championship XXXII. The only reason we’re mentioning this is that the proceeds from the day benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad.

This year’s sold-out event boasts over 350 two-person teams. Some come dressed in costume, all come ready for fun. Over 1200 players and spectators (no charge) are expected. Organizers expect to net $75,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad. In addition, a small portion of the proceeds is donated to the Del Mar Lifeguard Association.

The party begins at 8 AM. Get out, support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, and have a (bocce) ball. For more information click the link.

[Link: Beach Bocce]


Waste Managements Change Of Cart

by The Editors on July 6, 2012

New Trash Carts-COn Monday, July 9, 2012 Waste Management (the friendly people who pick up our trash) will be rolling out cart exchanges for people who would like to swap out their new cart for a cart of a different size.

“Our entire team has been focused on the successful rollout of the new cart program, and we are excited to see residents already enjoying this enhanced service,” said Lori Somers, community and municipal relations representative for Waste Management. “We understand that after receiving the carts, some residents realized that they would prefer a different size, and we are working hard to get those carts exchanged as quickly as possible.”

If you’re one of the people who would like a different sized cart simply “emailing carlsbadcarts@wm.com or calling 866-WM-RECYCLE with name, address, and the cart size and type they wish to have exchanged.” For all the official details follow the jump. [click to continue…]