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City Council Seeking Applicants for District 1 Vacancy
On Oct. 9, City Council Member Barbara Hamilton resigned her District 1 seat. District 1 covers the oldest part of Carlsbad, including the Village and Barrio. When a vacancy occurs, the City Council has 60 days to decide how to fill it, either by an appointment or a special election. On Oct. 22, the City Council decided to fill the vacancy by an appointment process. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 12 from residents interesting in fulfilling the term, which runs until November 2022.
Fire Danger: Santa Ana Conditions
With warm weather and Santa Ana winds forecasted through the next few days, City of Carlsbad public safety officials remind the public to take precautions.
Avoid any activity that could lead to sparks near a wild land environment or open space, including:
- Lawn mowing
- Using leaf blowers
- Setting a piece of hot gardening equipment in the brush
- Electrical work
- Using outdoor grinding or cutting tools
- Outdoor grilling
Be aware of trees, power lines and anything else that could cause harm or damage during strong winds.
Use caution when driving off-road vehicles or even driving on the road’s shoulder during dry, windy conditions. Stopping or parking in the brush can quickly start a fire. When towing a trailer, make sure your trailer hitch chains and cables don’t drag on the roadway.
Review this guide and video series for tips on protecting your home from wildfires.
Do a home safety check, using the tips in our fire prevention guide.
The city also has webpage dedicated to emergency preparedness, including an Emergency Preparedness Guide with tips for creating an emergency plan for your family, putting together an emergency kit and staying informed in an emergency through city website and social media sites, as well as Alert San Diego, the region’s reverse 9-1-1 emergency notification system. The County’s emergency app can be downloaded through your device’s app store.
Budget Savings Put to Use
The City Council decided to put $9.1 million in savings from last year’s city budget into an “economic uncertainty” reserve fund so it can be set aside for a rainy day. The decision was part of a larger discussion about how to use a $16.3 million surplus from the fiscal year 2018-19 budget.
New Pavilion, Gathering Spaces Open
Park improvements are now complete at Aviara Community Park. The new area is located on a 1-acre site of the park and the new improvements are ideally positioned to take advantage of the outstanding views of the surrounding habitat preserve.
The entrance into the gathering area features a 2,000-square foot shaded picnic pavilion with an outdoor fireplace and a facility flanked by trees and additional shaded and unshaded picnic areas.
The new amenities also include a large grassy area for gathering and playing, a new stage with a shade structure, individual and group picnic areas, and a community facility that contains restrooms, storage and a dedicated room that caterers can use as a prep space. This new outdoor community gathering area will be ideal for hosting weddings, birthdays, small concerts, company or family picnics, and other similar gatherings.
The park’s sustainable landscaping design features include drought-tolerant plantings irrigated with recycled water; porous concrete paving to manage stormwater by preventing runoff and pollution; and energy-efficient features such as a two-port electric vehicle charging station, solar tubes for natural lighting, and LED lighting fixtures.
Following a national call for artists, bronze sculptor Michael McLaughlin was selected to develop designs for the art work at Aviara Community Park. The artwork, called Myriad and Manzanita and California Quail and Cone consists of two bronze sculptures, approximately 5 feet in height. These whimsical works of art are located to the left and right of the stage area and are prominently placed to be enjoyed by all, during the day and the night, while visiting this park for years to come. Read more about public art.
Construction of this final phase of improvements for Aviara Community Park began in early August 2018. The improvements were identified in the master plan update for this park, based on community input and a comprehensive needs assessment.
Aviara Community Park webpage
For rental information
Lori Swenck, recreation area manager, firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-602-7515
Events Around Town
Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at Leo Carrillo Ranch
On Nov. 2 celebrate Dia de los Muertos at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park and experience the tranquil beauty of the Hacienda at night adorned with traditional decorations. Enjoy a special cultural adventure of sights, sounds, and tastes of this traditional Mexican holiday. During a candlelight tour, guests will have the first opportunity to view the ofrendas (alters) that will be on display at Leo Carrillo’s historic Hacienda.
Enjoy complimentary Mexican hot chocolate and a build-your-own churro sundae bar. One adult beverage is included with each adult ticket and a cash bar will be available.
Candlelight Hacienda Tours
Saturday, Nov. 2
Session 1 (code 7150): 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Session 2 (code 7151): 7:30 - 9 p.m.
$20 per person
Advance tickets required at www.carlsbadconnect.org
Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park
6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Lane
William D. Cannon Art Gallery
National quality with a regional focus. Variety and balance. Introduction of new work to the area. Engaging new audiences... These are just some of the primary goals of the changing exhibition program that have made the William D. Cannon Art Gallery a dynamic center for the visual arts in San Diego’s North County. Through museum-quality exhibitions, hands-on family activities, acclaimed arts education programs, lectures and publications, the gallery strives to make the visual arts an accessible, integral and ongoing part of the community’s life.
Location and hours: Carlsbad City Library complex, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, 92011
Tuesday through Saturday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday: 1-5 p.m.
Ansel Adams: Early Works
September 22 – December 1, 2019
Intimate master prints from the 1920s through the 1950s depict Adams’ transition from pictorialism to straight photography, and provide a fresh look at this legendary master of the American landscape. Presenting 42 photographs, several singular examples are included in this exhibition, including an extraordinary rare print of Moonrise, Hernandez, NM, 1941, and Clearing Winter Story, 1938, Adams' most celebrated Yosemite view. Traveled by Art2art Traveling Exhibition Service.
Marion Lake, Kings Canyon National Park, California, Photograph by Ansel Adams, Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, ©The Ansel Adams Publishing Trust
Library Hosts Fall Author Talks
Carlsbad City Library is hosting a “Meet the Author” event Nov. 13. Admission is free, and seating is first come, first served.
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6:30-7;30 p.m.
Author Talk With
Georgina Cole Library, Community Room
1250 Carlsbad Village Drive
Anthropologist Michael Wilken-Robertson will discuss his book, Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Shared Heritage of the Californias, which explores the remarkable interdependence between native peoples and native plants of the Californias. Presented in partnership with the Carlsbad Historical Society.
Each program will include a discussion with the authors followed by a book signing.
Oct. 20 event made possible by Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation’s Robert H. Gartner Cultural Endowment.
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