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BLF Receives New Funding from Coastal Commission
Rosalena settlement will also complete long-delayed trail segment West of I-5
In October, the California Coastal Commission (CCC) approved a consent order that provides $540,000 in long-term funding to the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation (BLF). The money is the CCC fine for the failure to build the Rosalena Segment of the Batiquitos Lagoon Trail on the northeast bluff of the Batiquitos Lagoon Ecological Reserve, just west of Interstate 5. The existing lagoon trail is shown below in long dashes, and the Rosalena segment of the trail is shown as a solid line.
The Rosalena trail segment was mandated in the mid-1980s as part of the Coastal Development Permit for the 75-home Rosalena Development, but the developer built and sold the homes without completing it. The developer did not properly record the necessary deed restrictions and filed for bankruptcy after selling the homes. The commission settlement ends a battle that lasted more than two decades and requires current Rosalena homeowners to build the trail and pay the CCC fine for the 33-year delay. As CCC Commissioner Erik Howell noted, “the owners of the association aren’t the villains in this story, the villains are the developers,” according to the Courthouse News Service.
The Batiquitos Lagoon Trail will ultimately stretch along the entire north shore of the lagoon, from the beach at Ponto Road to El Camino Real.
BLF Board members were instrumental in working with the CCC and Rosalena homeowners to get the long-delayed section of the trail built, and to direct the CCC fine monies for use at Batiquitos Lagoon - particularly in areas west of Interstate 5. The BLF, which will receive the fine in installments of $13,500 per year over the next 40 years, submitted a plan in January for spending that money. Given the length of the payout, the plan is by necessity a ‘living document’ that lays out initiatives that support coastal access, coastal resource education, open space acquisition, and trail improvements.
The BLF board also is working with the Rosalena homeowners to assist them where possible. The San Pacifico Community Association supported the trail effort by granting the Rosalena HOA an easement (shown as circle below) that provides an important connection between the Rosalena and San Pacifico trail segments.
The trail connection between the San Pacifico and Rosalena Segments sets the stage for Carlsbad’s planned development of the Batiquitos Lagoon Trail under Interstate 5, hopefully during the interstate 5 expansion work by SANDAG and Caltrans. We will expand on our plans in future newsletters.
—by Lance Schulte, BLF board member,and Fred C. Sandquist, BLF President
Story courtesy of the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation, a volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the lagoon. For membership information, please visits www.batiquitosfoundation.org
News Around Town
Multiple Generations, One New Community Center
Visit Carlsbad’s newest community center, located in the heart of the historic Barrio, right next to the Carlsbad Senior Center at Pine Park. This intergenerational gathering space is the new home to Carlsbad’s teen programs and features an ecofriendly design, indoor basketball, badminton, volleyball and pickleball, meeting spaces and even a “traverse wall” (like a climbing wall, but going sideways).
A More Connected Carlsbad
Just like technology is affecting everything from how we shop to how we communicate with friends, it’s also transforming how government does business. The City of Carlsbad is working on a digital roadmap of sorts to plan how it can improve customer service and efficiency through technology and other innovations. In addition to the long term strategy, the city is currently managing a number of new apps and online services, with more planned in the coming year. For more info, visit www.carlsbadca.gov/connect.
Carlsbad @Your Service App Report potholes, graffiti, etc
Public Meeting Streaming Watch City Council meetings online
Real Time Traffic Map See real time traffic status on city streets
Online Records Portal Request public records and see public record requests from others
Online Crime Reporting Fill out a crime report on your computer
Library Self Service Downloadable content, online learning tools and more
Exploration HUB 3-D printing, virtual reality, coding and other tools
Online Public Engagement
Give input on city projects
Digital Recruitment Tools Paperless job application and hiring process
Smart Lighting, Temperature Controls Automatically adjust for energy efficiency
Weather Controlled Irrigation Regulates watering schedule as needed
Smart Police/Fire Vehicles Mobile office and incident command capabilities
Public Safety Command Center Mobile emergency operations and incident command center
Pulse Point App Get updates on local fire and medical emergencies
License Plate Readers Scans license plates for wanted vehicles
Crime Analytics Crime scene re-creation using laser technology
Digital Dispatching Uses mapping to send closest available unit to the scene
Roadway Condition Monitoring Lasers measure road conditions to prioritize paving projects
Smart Traffic Signals Creates better traffic flow Smart Water Meters Quicker more accurate meter reading
Automated Manhole Detectors Alerts the city to sewage overflows
Virtual Sewer Pipe Inspections CCTV cameras on robots identify needed repairs
Energy Efficient Street Lights Equipped with auto-dimming technology
High Speed Fiber Transmits data at the speed of light
Solar Power Solar panels at city facilities allow real time energy monitoring
Events Around Town
Carlsbad Reads Together Throughout March, Free All Carlsbad City Library locations
Join us in celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein by reading The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White, a creative reimagining of the classic story. Then take part in library hosted book discussions, author events, movies and more.
Front Row Fridays March 8, 7 p.m., Free Carlsbad City (Dove) Library
LITVAKdance‘s spring season will be comprised of work by four female choreographers of different generations and multifaceted histories. Reimagining Suffrage takes a fresh look at the right to equality through the lens of the 1890-1920 women's suffrage movement that also includes and considers race, class and gender identity. The suite is comprised of three pieces; a quartet Finding Home, a duet loosely based on La Ronde (a racy play from 1897) and a solo inspired by the life of Jenny Scripps, pioneer of La Jolla arts and culture, and by Sadie's mother, San Diego dance pioneer Betzi Roe.
Library Got Game March 9 & April 13, 1 p.m., Free Georgina Cole Library
Love games and socializing? Join us for Library Got Game for an afternoon or evening of adult fun! Featured games include Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle decks, Telestrations, Tickets to Ride, Scrabble and more.
Pirate Plunge March 23, 5 p.m., $10 Alga Norte Aquatic Center
Bring a swim suit and join the Pirate fun at Alga Norte Aquatic Center with pool activities including Hook It, Cannon Ball Crush, Diving for Treasure, Ship Raiders, and more. Race across the floating obstacles, walk the diving board plank, and test your balance and agility on the Key Logs. The Splash Pad will also be open for the little ones.Admission is $10 per person; children 3 years and under are free but still need to be registered.
Even More Info Call the special events hotline at 760-434-2843 or visit www.carlsbadca.gov/parksandrec
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