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The City of Carlsbad is changing the way City Council members are elected, from at large elections to “by district” elections. Here are some important things to know about this change.

It’s happening
Once notified of a legal challenge (got the letter in April), the City of Carlsbad decided to make the change to “by district” City Council elections voluntarily. The alternative would have been to fight the challenge. So far, no one has won this kind of challenge, and many have paid legal fees in the millions.

You can be involved

We’re having two hands on, informal workshops this Saturday if you have questions or want to learn more about how boundaries are created. Otherwise, visit the website, city hall or the library to get a map making kit if you are interested in submitting your own concept or idea.
District boundaries are based on demographics
A professional demographer is creating some suggested district boundaries based on the legal criteria in the federal and state voting rights acts. They should be ready for public review in a couple of weeks.
Some things haven’t been decided yet
Like how many districts. We’ll either have four City Council districts plus an “at large” mayor or five districts and a rotating mayoral role. We’re exploring the possibilities and ramifications of each and are creating possible maps for each.
More info is on the city’s website:
Background info
Map mapping info
The schedule
The law
Watch a short video explaining the process.
Planning Update
The City of Carlsbad is preparing amendments to the General Plan and the Citywide Facilities and Improvement Plan to amend the Growth Management (GMP) performance standard for parks, pursuant to the General Plan lawsuit Settlement Agreement, dated March 14, 2017 between the City of Carlsbad and North County Advocates.
The lawsuit challenged the city’s September 2015 certification of the General Plan Environmental Impact Report and approval of the General Plan update and Climate Action Plan.  One of the requirements of this agreement is that the city will prepare an amendment of the Growth Management parks performance standard for the City Council’s consideration as follows: remove the 1,562 dwelling unit limit and provide that the five-year timing requirement for park construction shall commence on the date the City Council approves the GMP parks performance standard amendment.
The parks performance standard is identified in the Citywide Facilities and Improvements Plan and the General Plan Open Space, Conservation, and Recreation Element, and the proposed amendments revises each of these documents.
The draft amendment is available for review on the city’s website.

GPA 2017-0002/OAJ 17-0004 – GMP Parks Performance Standard AmendmentFor more information please contact Corey Funk, Associate Planner, email corey.funk@carlsbadca.gov or call 760-602-4645.


Americana: The Flag in Popular Culture Opens at Cannon Art Gallery

The City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office presents Americana: The Flag in Popular Culture from June 4 through Aug. 6, at the William D. Cannon Art Gallery, located in the Carlsbad City Library complex at 1775 Dove Lane. Admission is free.


Library Summer Concert Series Begins 6/15
The Carlsbad City Library summer concert series will showcase a concert each month at various libraries featuring professional artists from Southern California. Admission is free. Seating is first come, first served.

Preparing for Emergencies
The City of Carlsbad joined first responders and officials from more than 40 agencies Thursdayresponding to an emergency drill simulating a complex, coordinated terrorist attack in the San Diego region, the largest full-scale exercise ever conducted in San Diego County. Carlsbad safety officials urge all Carlsbad residents to check out the resources on the County of San Diego website about how to spot and report suspicious activity, create a family emergency plan and other preparedness information.

Arts & Culture Plan Workshops
Work continues on the development of a new Arts & Culture Plan in Carlsbad. The Arts & Culture Plan will identify community priorities for arts and culture over the next 10 years; develop measureable objectives to support those priorities; and create an implementation plan that includes strategies, tactics and resources needs

Summer Reading Program Begins 6/19
The City of Carlsbad’s Summer Reading Program for adults, teens and children begins on June 19 and runs through Aug. 4 at all Carlsbad library locations. The program is free for all ages. The theme for this year’s program is “Build a Better World.”
Veteran Employment Workshop, 6/27
The City of Carlsbad and Hire Heroes USA will host a veteran employment workshop on Tuesday, June 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the city’s Faraday Center, located at 1635 Faraday Avenue. Transitioning military members, veterans and military spouses are invited to expand their professional network and enhance job search skills.

Carlsbad Triathlon Seeking Volunteers
The City of Carlsbad is seeking volunteers to help with the upcoming Carlsbad Triathlon and Lifestyle & Fitness Festival on July 8 – 9. Volunteer opportunities include checking in athletes, providing race bibs, handing out goodie bags, body marking, assisting with timing at the finish line and passing out refreshments at the hospitality booth

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Poetry Workshop with Janel Spencer-Levy

In this workshop led by Janel Spencer-Levy, participants will explore how new meaning is created with metaphor. Drawing from the writing of the masters, participants will learn how dreamscapes can allow the re-construction of reality and move readers out of dream-worlds into surrealist worlds.
When: Sunday, June 11, 1:30 p.m. – Where: Cole Community Room, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive
Admission: Free. Advanced registration is required. To register, call 760-602-2400 x8149

Summer Reading Program Kickoff Concert with Angie Keilhauer
Angie Keilhauer is an international touring bi-lingual artist known for her success on NBC’s hit TV show, The Voice. Born in El Salvador, Angie moved to Georgia at 11 years old where she found her love for country music. Her most recent release, Wild, debuted at #5 on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts and #1 on the same chart in El Salvador.
When: Thursday, June 15, 6:30 p.m. – Library Learning Center, 3368 Eureka Place – Admission: Free. First come, first served.

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The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds 

Presented by the Carlsbad Playreaders, this play tells the story of Tillie who lives in an old converted vegetable shop with her bitter and cruel mother, Beatrice, and her epileptic sister, Ruth. In the midst of chaos, Tillie struggles to keep her focus and dreams alive.

When: Monday, June 19, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane

Admission: Donations of $5 for general admission and $1 for students are accepted at the door.

Author Talk with Lisa Napoli

Author Lisa Napoli will discuss her book Ray & Joan: The Man who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and the Woman Who Gave it All Away which details the true story of Ray Kroc, who was responsible for building up the McDonald’s business during the 1950s, and his wife, Joan Kroc, who is considered to be one of the greatest philanthropists of our time, giving away billions to landmark organizations and causes.  Books will be available for sale and signing.

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Where: Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane Admission: Free. First come, first served.


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TGIF Concerts in the Parks 2017 Lineup Announced

You heard it here first! TGIF Concerts in the Park is back and the 2017 lineup will make this summer one to remember. Concerts are free on Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m., with venue open to the public at 4 p.m. Make sure to check the dates, as the park order is a little different this year.

Stagecoach Community Park

Poinsettia Community Park
Calavera Hills Community Park
Alga Norte Community Park
Check the website for more details, including parking and shuttle information. See you at the park!
Give Input on the Arts & Culture Plan

Deedie’s House Photography Exhibition Now Open
A photography exhibition showcasing 37 works from 25 local artists is now open at Deedie’s House at Leo Carrillo Historic Ranch Park. The photographs feature a variety of subject matter, including Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park. Annie Lemoux, photographer and adjunct professor at University of California, San Diego, guest juried the exhibition. Check out the complete list of selected artists.
Visitor advisory: Deedie’s House is approximately 900 feet from the parking lot via uneven terrain, including earthen and paved surfaces.
Who: All ages
When: April 23 – Aug. 27, Friday through Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Deedie’s House, Leo Carrillo Historic Ranch, 6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Lane
Admission: Free

Swap Screen Time for Play Time at Summer Camp
camp kids jumping

Looking for less screen time and more play time for the kids this summer? The City of Carlsbad’s camps offers many opportunities for physical, emotional and social growth, combined with a whole lot of fun. This year’s camp lineup includes sports, science, arts, aquatics and more for kids 3 to 16. Summer camps run from June 19 through Aug. 25.

Summer Reading Program Seeks Volunteers
The City of Carlsbad’s Summer Reading Program for adults, teens and children begins on June 19 and runs through Aug. 4 at all Carlsbad library locations. The program is free for all ages. The theme for this year’s program is “Build a Better World.” Read more









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