April 2020

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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Support Witt’s With Carlsbad Pipelines Vans

by The Editors on April 23, 2020

As part of Vans global COVID-19 plans that have partnered with local shops around the world to build custom, limited edition Vans shoes with net proceeds going to the local shop.

Isn’t it our luck that Witt of Carlsbad Pipelines, Tony Hawk, and Grant Brittain have been friends for years and have created an amazing Carlsbad shoe for those luckily enough to get a pair. To buy a pair directly from Vans (and money going to Witt’s Carlsbad Pipeline, please click the link.

[Link: Vans/Carlsbad Pipelines]

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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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