The Lossings To Eat Up Even More Of Carlsbad

by The Editors on June 30, 2010

Thelossings-Tm-Tm-1At the City Council meeting last night (June 29, 2010) the City announced that to cover the $4.2 million in loans it has made to “keep the golf course in the black” it is now planning to “transfer” and possibly sell two pieces of City-owned property, according to a story in the North County Times.

Initially, the two lots were to be leased to golf-related businesses, but they have stood vacant since they were created. . . One parcel is about 5 acres and the other is about 7 acres. They sit on each side of College Boulevard on the eastern edge of The Crossings at Carlsbad course. . . Joe Garuba, who is handing the issue for the city, said after Tuesday’s meeting that there has been “some interest” recently in the properties, but declined to provide specifics about the negotiations. . . . “I’m not going to talk about who or what,” he said.

We have one question: How much of Carlsbadistan is this golf course going to eat up before someone puts a stop to it? The Lossings has already cost the City of Carlsbad nearly $70 million and now the City want’s to begin slicing off pieces of itself to pay for more?

If the City is going to sell anything to cover its golf course loans it should simply cut it losses and sell the golf course to Legoland. They can throw up a few block sculptures, create some Lego golf carts, call it the “World First Lego Golf Course” and charge $350 green fees.

We’re not usually in favor of privatization, but The Lossings has been a revenue suck for over a decade and the sooner the City gets out of it the better. Then the City can spend a tiny fraction of that money on things everyone will use like parks, swimming pools, and skateboard parks. . .

[Link: North County Times via VoteJonWantz]

Jon Wantz June 30, 2010 at 9:53 am

We need a full-scale, independent audit of the operations and management company at The Crossings. After watching them ask for an additional 150k last December and then proposing another budget with huge losses, it seems as if the competency of this group to properly manage the course should be in question.

The failure of the golf course and other previous projects has led to a City Council that is scared to make any advancements(i.e. Alga Norte Park), because they are afraid to make a mistake again. Good leaders own up to the mistakes they have made, move to correct them, and move forward without a fear of failure.

It’s time for a change Carlsbad…

Jon Wantz
Candidate for Carlsbad City Council

carlsbadisbeige June 30, 2010 at 9:13 pm

The Remove the Bars campaign worked. Maybe it’s time for stickers.
And at least now we have a nice lawn where the bars used to me. Hopefully they can learn and fix it.

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