City Headlines, 3/6/2020

City Council meeting agenda for March 10

Next week’s City Council meeting agenda and staff reports are now available. Topics include:· City preparations for COVID-19 (“cornonavirus”) spread· Report on city investments· Contracts for a sewer project and a recycled water project· Rules for City Council ad hoc committees.

Join us in person or watch live on Spectrum 24, AT&T channel 99 or the city’s website.

Meetings and Agendas

Important COVID-19 message

A message from the City of Carlsbad’s Emergency Services Director

How public agencies are preparing for and responding to COVID-19

Reports of increased spread of the coronavirus – officially called COVID-19 -- in the U.S. has prompted questions from Carlsbad businesses and residents about how the City of Carlsbad is prepared to respond. A diverse and well-coordinated array of federal, state and local agencies are mobilized to prepared for and respond to COVID-19.

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Time change this weekend

As long as you’re changing your clocks this weekend, City of Carlsbad public safety officials recommend making a few other quick changes around your home (Daylight Savings Time starts Sunday, March 8 at 2 a.m.)

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Official election results

Visit sdvote.com for the official results. Results will be updated each business day after 5 p.m. Final certified results will be posted no later than Thursday, Apr. 2.

New Habitat Management Plan annual report available

The City of Carlsbad has set aside nearly 6,200 acres of open space as preserves for plants and animals through an environmental program called the Habitat Management Plan, which is marking its 15th year. City staff recently released the Habitat Management Plan’s annual report for 2019, and held a meeting Tuesday, March 3, to discuss its findings.

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City meets habitat goal ahead of schedule

The City of Carlsbad will purchase 13 acres of coastal sage scrub as a home for the threatened coastal California gnatcatcher as part of a broader program to conserve natural open space for sensitive plants and animals.

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Rebates for smart irrigation

Landscape contractors, HOAs and owners of large properties can take advantage of a new WaterSmart Contractor Incentive Program to help improve water-use efficiency and save money through rebates for irrigation hardware upgrades.Contractors, site owners and site managers must enroll by March 30. This program is being offered for a limited time on a first come, first served basis.

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Spring and summer camps signups

Looking for spring and summer camps? This year’s lineup includes sports, arts and science camps and other programs for kids 3 to 16. Spring break camp registration is now open and summer camp and class registration starts March 11.

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New utility bill payment website

The City of Carlsbad recently upgraded its utility bill payment website to provide a new, improved and secure way for Carlsbad Municipal Water District customers to pay their utility bills online.All Carlsbad Municipal Water District customers who currently, or would like to, receive their bills electronically and/or pay their bills online will need to register for a new account.

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City draining projects will reduce future flooding

The City of Carlsbad will construct new storm drains and repair old drainage pipes around the city to help reduce potential flooding during rainstorms. The repairs and construction will bring aging infrastructure up to modern standards to protect property and the environment, and to ensure public safety.

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Questions about new affordable housing project answered

Following resident concerns over a new affordable housing project in the Barrio, the city has worked with the developer to provide additional information about who will live in the 50 apartment units, how residents will be screened, and the level of care and supervision they will have.

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Starring Artists free performance, March 7

Starring Artists, An Interview and Performance Series, presents a musical experience by North Wind featuring Ray Li. North Wind creates unique sounds and visual affects with custom-built musical instruments. An interview with the artist is followed by a live performance on Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at Schulman Auditorium in the Carlsbad City Library. Admission is free.

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New exhibit at Cannon Art Gallery is open

The City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office presents Edges Frayed, an exhibition at Cannon Art Gallery that brings together three Southern California artists: Bhavna Mehta, Michelle Montjoy and Irma Sofia Poeter, in a material-rich conversation about construction and connection. Admission is free.

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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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