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City Headlines, 9/12/19

Upcoming District 1 City Council Vacancy

City Council Member Barbara Hamilton announced plans at Tuesday’s City Council meeting to step down from her seat effective Oct. 31. According to the Carlsbad Municipal Code, which is a collection of the city’s laws, vacancies can be filled by City Council appointment or an election.

Analysis Continues for Lowering the Railroad Tracks through Northern Carlsbad

The Carlsbad City Council received an update from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Tuesday night, on a future project to potentially lower the railroad tracks in Carlsbad’s downtown railroad corridor.

In anticipation of train traffic doubling through Carlsbad by 2035, a second set of train tracks will need to be built alongside the existing tracks. The city is exploring the alternative of lowering the future double tracks beneath the existing street elevations through the Village and Barrio areas in Northern Carlsbad.

New Public Committee Will Help City Plan for Future Housing Needs

The City of Carlsbad will form a public advisory group to help update the city’s “Housing Element,” a plan for how the city will accommodate new housing needs. All California cities are required to have a plan and update it every eight years when the state issues its “regional housing needs assessment.”

Veteran's Park Workshop 9/21

Draft conceptual park plans will be shared with the public at an upcoming community workshop for feedback. An online survey will be available after the workshop for those who cannot attend or just prefer to provide input that way.

City and Schools Form Cool Rides School Carpool Program

The City of Carlsbad has partnered with Carlsbad and San Marcos Unified School Districts and six local schools to form a pilot carpool program that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing a safe and convenient way for parents to get their children to school.

New Plan Will Increase City Trails to 100+ Miles

A new trails plan was adopted by the City Council Tuesday, laying out a long term approach for maximizing the city’s extensive network of walking, jogging and biking paths throughout Carlsbad. The document, which includes maps showing future trails, is available on the city’s website.

An Updated Plan for Caring for the City’s Trees

The City of Carlsbad has updated its Community Forest Management Plan, a document that describes how the city cares for its existing trees and will increase its overall “forest canopy.” Trees provide such benefits as:

· Shade and energy conservation

· Habitat for wild animals

Family Movie Night at Stagecoach Community Park, 9/14

Enjoy movie-themed games and activities plus a free showing of The Sandlot (rated PG) at the City of Carlsbad’s annual Family Movie Night Saturday, Sept. 14, at Stagecoach Community Park at 3420 Camino de los Coches in Carlsbad.

Night at the Library Gala, 9/21

The Carlsbad Library & Arts Foundation is celebrating its 20th anniversary Sept. 21 with a special “Night at the Library” gala featuring a live musical performance by award-winning singer, dancer and actor Elijah Rock. The evening begins with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. followed by Mr. Rock’s performance in the Carlsbad City Library’s Schulman Auditorium and a unique dining experience within the library, located at 1775 Dove Lane.

Volunteer for National Public Lands Day, 9/28

The City of Carlsbad will celebrate National Public Lands Day with a volunteer trail cleanup at Rancho Carrillo Trail on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Super Heroes Wanted for Obstacle Race, 10/6

Adventure seeking families can dress up like super heroes and come out to the sixth annual Super Hero Obstacle Race on Sunday, Oct. 6 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Alga Norte Community Park, 6565 Alicante Road. Parents and children will run together through a super hero themed 2K obstacle course while dressed in costumes.

2020 Community Arts Grants Opportunities

The City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office is kicking off its 2020 Community Arts Grants application cycle with two informational sessions on Sept. 4 and 16. New applicants are strongly encouraged to attend to learn about program guidelines and the application process. Participants may attend either session. The grant application deadline is Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 at 4 p.m.


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