City Headlines, 2/6/2020

Updated: Jun 1, 2020


City Council Meeting Agenda for 2/11

We’re back at City Hall (and back to 6 p.m.) for next week’s City Council meeting (Feb. 11). Shorter agenda than the last two meetings – here’s what’s on the docket:

  • Report on city investments

  • Adopting changes to outdated city codes

  • Updating floodplain regulations

  • Purchase of property to preserve as open space near Kelly School

  • Consideration of a city partnership with New Village Arts

  • Appoint one member to the Beach Preservation Commission

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Input sought on Parks & Recreation Master Plan

As the City of Carlsbad kicks off a process to update its Parks & Recreation Department Master Plan, community members are invited to share their ideas at one of two upcoming workshops:


Thursday, Feb. 20, 6 to 8 p.m.

Alga Norte Community Park


Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to noon

Pine Avenue Community Center

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Residents invited to provide input on priorities for the annual city budget

The City of Carlsbad is seeking input from community members about their needs and priorities for the fiscal year 2020-21 city budget. Feedback can be provided two ways:

Online Budget Survey Live Jan. 30 – Feb. 14

Community Budget Workshop

Monday, Feb. 10, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Faraday Administration Center

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Traffic shifts on I-5 San Elijo Lagoon Highway Bridge

As part of the Build NCC I-5 improvements, traffic has been shifted on southbound Interstate 5 toward the outside of the San Elijo Lagoon highway bridge in the City of Encinitas. This temporary shift is the first in a series of shifts announced last week by Caltrans and SANDAG along an eight-mile stretch of I-5 between Encinitas and Oceanside over the next few months.

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Coronavirus risk low in Carlsbad, hand washing, other normal precautions best defense

City of Carlsbad public safety officials are closely monitoring developments with the coronavirus outbreak that began last December in China and reminding residents that simple steps like proper handwashing remain the best way to stay healthy:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

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City traffic programs showing positive results, efforts continuing

The City Council heard an update Tuesday about efforts to address traffic concerns around Carlsbad, one of the top issues identified by local residents in a recent survey. According to city Traffic Engineer John Kim, the city has seen promising results from a program to reduce speeding in neighborhoods and one that uses technology to synchronize traffic signals.

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Cannon Art Gallery 2020 Invitational ends on Feb. 8

The 2020 Invitational, an exhibition featuring the work of five San Diego County artists continues through Feb. 8 at the William D. Cannon Art Gallery, located at 1775 Dove Lane. The biannual exhibit provides an opportunity to showcase a select few of the artists from the most recent Juried Biennial and present their work in greater depth. Admission to the exhibit is free.

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New state housing laws

The Carlsbad City Council held a workshop Jan. 21 on changes in state housing laws created in response to what has been described as a statewide housing crisis. The laws generally take discretion away from cities when it comes to approving new housing, with the goal of making it easier, quicker and less expensive for projects to get built.


Watch video of the workshop for information on how the new housing laws are expected to impact Carlsbad.

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Planning Commission vacancy, seeking applicants

The City of Carlsbad is seeking residents interested in filling a scheduled vacancy on the City of Carlsbad Planning Commission for a four year term. Applications for this volunteer position are available on the city’s website or in the City Clerk’s Office, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive. Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk's Office by noon on Feb. 17.

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Census 2020 information

Every 10 years, the U.S. Constitution requires a count of the nation’s population to determine the number of congressional representatives for each state. The government also uses census data to distribute an estimated $600 billion dollars in federal funding annually. The next federal census will begin on April 1, 2020.

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