EnerGov Application Upgrade
Through the collaborative efforts of IT, Finance, Public Works, Fire Prevention, Recreation and Community & Economic Development, the City completed a major upgrade to EnerGov, the City’s application for Permitting, Code Enforcement, Inspections and Business Licenses. This upgrade provides bug fixes, improved functionality for the inspection and enforcement mobile applications, keeps us current with latest versions of the software and lays the ground work for implementing a new and improved user interface. The success of this upgrade was a direct result of the excellent team work from staff across multiple departments in thoroughly testing the upgrade and was instrumental in the upgrade being completed with minimal interruption to the business and our customers.
Police Department Presses Play on New Video Software
The Police Department recently acquired licenses for Input Ace, a video player that is able to open a wide variety of proprietary video file formats. The Department purchased this software to address an ongoing need in the Investigations Division to view video evidence from surveillance systems that can’t be played using traditional video players. Instead of relying on dozens of different video players, investigators will be able to utilize Input Ace’s consistent user interface, greatly expediting the review process. The software also allows investigators to stabilize shaky video, track suspects through multiple camera views, and convert video into standard file formats.
Lawson “MyPayCheck” Upgrade
In the spirit of taking care of the City’s technology application and platforms to ensure supported versions and to take advantage of improved capabilities, the Human Resources and Payroll system, Lawson, also known as ”MyPayCheck,” was recently upgraded. The Human Resources, Finance, and Information Technology departments worked together to get this upgrade done for the City. The application functions are the same; just the look and feel changed slightly.
Fire Agencies Begin Using Tableau Software
This week, after its long awaited introduction, fire agencies throughout North County are beginning to utilize Tableau Software. Designed as a platform to enter into the world of data visualization, Tableau allows its users a way to present data instantaneously, into visually appealing, easy to understand dashboards. This is an exciting platform that will allow fire agencies to continue to promote discussions based upon real-time data.
Multiple Strike Team Fire Deployments
Over the past several weeks multiple strike teams have been deployed to help battle the wildfires burning throughout California. In addition to in-state resources, 16 states throughout the U.S. are sending assistance. Click here for current fire information http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents. Currently, Carlsbad has resources at the Ferguson Fire, which is in its 21st day. Started July 13th in the Sierra National Forest, the fire is now 68,610 acres with 39% containment. Over 3,300 personnel are engaged on the fire, where there have been 2 fatalities, 11 injuries, and 10 structures destroyed.
If you are planning a trip to Yosemite National Park, go to: nps.gov/yose or call 209-372-0200 for more information. It has been announced that several areas will remain closed to all visitors through Sunday, August 5, 2018 due to continued unhealthy smoke impacts and ongoing firefighting operations.
Create Your Own Virtual Reality Video in the Library Exploration HUB Want to learn how to create 360° virtual reality video? Join the library for a free four-week course to learn how to film 360° VR footage using a GoPro Fusion camera. You’ll also learn how to edit your footage with Final Cut Pro. Classes start Saturday, Aug. 4, and attendees need to be 13 and older with a library card. We'll supply all the necessary equipment, including the cameras. Interested? Learn more or sign up at www.carlsbadca.gov/hub. City staff and their families are welcome!
More Library & Cultural Arts Employees Promoted The Library & Cultural Arts Department are celebrating two more promotions this week, filling vacancies created by recent retirements. Sheri Hanlon has been promoted to Library Assistant II. Sheri has been working for the Carlsbad City Library for 6 months as a part-time Reference Technician bringing 21+ years of experience as a store manager for Barnes & Noble. Sheri has a wide-range of knowledge including overseeing the operations and staff of a large retail book store, merchandising materials, managing large scale-budgets and projects, coaching and training staff as well as programming through community partnerships. Ashleigh Hvinden has been promoted to full-time librarian in Reference Services. Her unique skillset and passion for working with teens and adults will be an outstanding asset to the Reference team. Ashleigh received her MLIS from San Jose State University. She began her work at the Carlsbad City Library as a Library Technician in the Children’s Services Division. She then went on to increase her professional experience working at other public, academic and high school libraries before returning to Carlsbad City Library as a part-time Reference Librarian in 2016. Special thanks to our Human Resources partners who continue to support us as we fill these valuable roles!
Reverse Angle Parking on Beech Street
Next week, crews will begin installing reverse angle parking on Beech Street near Carlsbad Boulevard. In addition Carlsbad Boulevard from Mountain View Drive to Beech Avenue will be restriped to accommodate additional parallel parking spaces and improve traffic operations. These projects will result in the addition of 39 parking spaces, and will be complete in advance of the upcoming Art in the Village event on Aug. 12. To learn more about reverse angle parking, watch this video: https://youtu.be/QtfmWiJG3q4
Tamarack Avenue Storm Drain Improvements Update
Valley Street will be closed to through traffic from Tamarack to Andrea avenues through Friday, Aug. 10, during the weekday construction hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Motorists will not be permitted to travel through the intersection at Valley Street and Tamarack Avenue, and will be detoured as shown on the map. Valley Street residents will have access. The closure is necessary while crews are trenching and laying drainage pipe through the intersection and up Tamarack Avenue. Please drive slowly through the construction zone to protect our crews. To receive construction updates via text messages, please text the word CONSTRUCTION to 797979.
Cassia Road Improvements
Next week, city workers will begin making changes to current signage, striping and traffic control devices along Cassia Road. Construction activities will take place over the next several weeks between El Camino Real and Poinsettia Lane. For the safety of the workers, please drive carefully through the work zone and observe all traffic control measures. Also starting next week are construction activities related to the Poinsettia 61 development. The developer will install an all-way stop at the intersection of Poinsettia Lane and Cassia Road so that construction vehicles can safely enter and exit the work site nearby.
Valve Replacement Work
During the next two weeks, crews will begin construction work for the Carlsbad Municipal Water District Valve Repair and Replacement Program along Camino De Las Ondas between Batiquitos Drive and Lonicera Street, including some work on nearby streets. Once work begins, the project will take approximately a week to complete. The project will repair and replace deteriorating or broken valves to improve water delivery, maintain high service levels to customers, and reduce water loss. Extensive outreach efforts are underway to keep affected residents informed of the impacts.