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City Manager's Update 9/6/2019

This Weekend in Carlsbad

The Parks & Recreation Department recently permitted two weekend events. On Saturday, the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary presents the 6th Annual Carlsbad Brewfest from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Holiday Park. The event, presented by Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary, features over 40 craft breweries and cider houses, music, entertainment, games and food vendors. Event details and tickets are available on the Carlsbad Brewfest website. On Sunday, LA Galaxy San Diego soccer club is hosting their annual opening day celebration at Poinsettia Community Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Coaches, teammates and their families come together to enjoy a day of food, games and live entertainment.

SumTotal Going Live

For the last eight months, the Finance and IT departments have been working diligently on a new timekeeping system, SumTotal, which is an upgrade to the current system, CyberShift. The new application will be going LIVE in the next month. SumTotal will provide staff easier timesheet management and reporting, including the ability to see future vacation accruals. Supervisors will have a streamlined way to manage and approve their assigned staff’s timesheets.

Look for SumTotal training sessions over the next few weeks to give you an understanding of the functionality and upgrades prior to going live. This important upgrade to our timekeeping system has required detailed and extensive testing and collaboration with our teams and we are looking forward to finalizing it this month.

Successful Symposium

On Thursday Aug. 29, 2019, Laura Rocha, Deputy City Manager, Administrative Services partnered with two outside experts on municipal financing to present a symposium to City Council on public financing of city infrastructure and services. This informational presentation covered topics impacting public infrastructure and service financing, a survey of financing tools and methods used successfully by the City of Carlsbad and a look ahead to future financing mechanisms that may be appropriate to a changing urban landscape. The entire presentation can be viewed on the city’s website.

Police Department Welcomes Four New Officers

Officer Travis Albini was born and raised in Escondido. He comes to us after spending five years with the Chico Police Department. Officer Tyler Hubka was born and raised in East County. After getting a law degree, Tyler spent two years with the La Mesa Police Department. Officer Taylor Edelman is also from Escondido. Taylor spent two years with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Officer Dan Palazzo is from Connecticut. Dan joined the Navy after college and recently graduated the Regional Police Academy.

Joint Training for Carlsbad Police

Four members of the Police Department’s SWAT team participated in joint training held by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The training included over 33 local law and federal enforcement agencies. The training covered topics related to critical incidents and hostage rescue situations. These types of training help improve regional public safety

Fire Department Responds to Hurricane Dorian

Paramedic/Firefighter John Aguirre was deployed on September 3 with California Task Force 8 to Charlotte, North Carolina in response to Hurricane Dorian. San Diego County’s Urban Search & Rescue Task Force 8 is a FEMA resource, specially trained to assist local agencies throughout the nation in mitigating large scale urban disasters, both natural and man-made.

Fire Department Personnel Introductions

The Fire Department is happy to announce two employees joining our team in the Fire Prevention Bureau:

Darcy Davidson, Assistant Fire Marshal

Darcy Davidson comes to us from the City of San Diego where she has worked for San Diego Fire-Rescue Department for 12 years. After six years as a firefighter, she moved into the Fire Prevention Bureau, serving as an inspector and more recently as the Supervising Deputy Fire Marshal, overseeing the hazardous materials annual inspection office. Darcy brings extensive fire prevention knowledge to the City of Carlsbad and has been actively involved in the state and national code development process.

Darcy will oversee daily operations in Fire Prevention, including the supervision of department inspectors.


Megan VanZandt, Secretary

Megan has been working with the City of Carlsbad for the past three years in Library and Cultural Arts, largely supporting the Library Administration office and Board of Trustees.

Prior to her career with the City of Carlsbad, Megan worked as clerical support for the Carlsbad Unified School District and a family law attorney. Before moving to San Diego County, Megan worked as an investigator in the Child Support Enforcement office of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

Megan will lead the clerical support team, overseeing daily administrative needs, clerical support to Fire Prevention staff, customer service needs for residents and contractors, and trains our emergency responders for a critical event.


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