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City Headlines, 9/5/19

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.

Beat the Heat in a “Cool Zone”

With this week's heat, safety officials remind residents to take advantage of cool zones - free, air conditioned public gathering places. The city’s cool zones help residents, especially those most vulnerable to heat related ailments, to keep cool and save energy costs. On hot days go to an official Cool Zone site or the Cole Library which offer air-conditioned spaces with comfortable seating.

Carlsbad Art Chair Unveiled

The City of Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office recently unveiled Carlsbad's newest temporary public art. The Carlsbad Art Beach Chair was installed in Carlsbad Village adjacent to the fountain on State Street. This oversized, vibrantly painted art piece was created and built by artist Michael Stutz and painted by local artist Ron Juncal. The artists were selected by an art committee comprised of community members, Arts Commissioners and city staff.

Discussion on Homelessness Update

The Carlsbad City Council Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Homelessness held a town hall meeting Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m., to discuss homelessness in Carlsbad, including the city’s current homeless response plan, how homelessness affects community members and what residents can do to support the city’s response.

Understanding City Financing

To help the public understand how the city’s infrastructure is funded and the latest trends, the Carlsbad City Council held a free symposium on local government financing this past week to inform community members on how the city is going to pay for future infrastructure needs.

Watch State of the City Video

Carlsbad residents can get an update about key projects and initiatives, city priorities and future planning by watching the 2019 State of the City video online and on the city's government channels on Charter Spectrum channel 24 and AT&T U-Verse channel 99.

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

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.

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.

Carlsbad Approves New Plan to Promote More Sustainable Management of Waste

A comprehensive new approach to using and reusing materials more productively over their entire life cycles reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by landfills was presented to the Carlsbad City Council Aug. 20, along with an overview of new state laws and goals for reducing the overall waste stream.

2020 Community Arts Grants Opportunities

The City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Department 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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