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Discussion on Homelessness Update

The Carlsbad City Council Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Homelessness held a town hall meeting Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m., to discuss homelessness in Carlsbad, including the city’s current homeless response plan, how homelessness affects community members and what residents can do to support the city’s response.

Approximately 200 community members attended the meeting which began with a presentation from the Homeless Outreach Team Police Captain. Community members then broke into groups to discuss three questions

  • In your opinion, what are the biggest issues/concerns related to homelessness?
  • How do you think Carlsbad can help address the issues/concerns on a regional basis?
  • What three things are you going to do or commit to?

The responses to these questions were reported out at the meeting and will be transcribed into a summary document that will be posted on the city’s homelessness webpage on its website to share with other interested residents. It is anticipated that these responses will be on the city website by the end of next week. This information from the residents will assist the City Council subcommittee as it meets with elected officials from other North San Diego County elected officials to discuss the development of a North County Homeless Action Plan.


In 2017, in response to increasing concerns about homelessness in Carlsbad, the City Council approved a multi-departmental Homeless Response Plan in 2017 that takes a “compassionate enforcement” approach to this region-wide problem. The plan includes enhanced efforts to assist those in need of housing and reduce the impacts of homelessness on the community. 

Subcommittee on Homelessness

On July 23, the City Council formed an Ad Hoc City Council Subcommittee on Homelessness to determine whether there is regional support for Carlsbad participating in a collaborative effort to develop a North County Homeless Action Plan.

  • In addition to meeting with the community, the subcommittee will meet with the nonprofit group Alliance for Regional Solutions.
  • The subcommittee, which includes Mayor Matt Hall and Council Member Cori Schumacher, will then bring a recommendation to the City Council for consideration.
  • If the City Council ultimately decides to participate in a regional effort, it would appoint members to a standing regional committee at that time.

New Resources for Homelessness

In the city budget that went into effect July 1, the City Council increased the amount of resources dedicated to the city’s Homeless Response Plan by more than 50 percent, in response to increasing community concerns. This increase includes:

  • One new sergeant and two new officers to the Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Team, which will allow specially trained officers to be available seven days a week. The city previously had two full time officers supervised by a police sergeant who also oversaw other specialized teams.
  • A full-time manager for the city’s Homeless Response Plan.
  • A “housing navigator” position to help people find rental housing.

These new staff positions will join the existing members of the Homeless Outreach Team and other programs, including grants for affordable housing and temporary shelters, social workers contracted through Interfaith Community Services, a resource guide and other support.  

For more information about the meeting or the city’s Homeless Response Plan, please call 760-434-2810.

August 30, 2019 

Events Around Town

Foreign Film Fridays Lineup





The City of Carlsbad’s popular Foreign Film Fridays series is celebrating its fifth year with seven films including audience favorites. Selections have been recognized by critics as representing some of the finest cinema from across the globe. Films are screened in their original language with English subtitles at 4 and 7 p.m. Seating is limited and first come, first served. Admission is free.


At a Glance 

September 6
Amelie (France, Comedy, Romance, R, 2001) 2h 2m
A shy, lonely French woman plays cupid to the colorful characters in her life, performing one random act of kindness after another.

September 20
The Tobacconist (Austria, Drama, NR, 2018) 1h 57m
A tender story about a young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna.

More Info


Call to Artists: Library Art Exhibit 2020 Opportunities

The City of Carlsbad’s Library & Cultural Arts Department is seeking artists to exhibit for two months during 2020 at the Carlsbad City Libraries. The call is open to all artists and applications may be submitted at any time.

At a Glance

  • The selected artist will create a wall and/or display case exhibit.
  • There are two exhibition locations: Dove Library and Georgina Cole Library.
  • Artists must submit five to 10 photographs of their work, a list of proposed artwork including titles and dimensions and a brief biography, including contact information. Additional details and requirements are available online.
  • A selection committee will jury the applications and artists will be notified by Dec. 2019. At that time, selected artists will be notified of exhibition dates and locations. Incomplete applications will not be considered.More Info

Save the Date 9/21: Night at the Library

Carlsbad Library & Arts Foundation presents their annual gala. Enjoy dinner, dancing and live entertainment at the library, with a special performance by singer and entertainer, Elijah Rock.

When: Saturday, Sept. 21, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane
Admission: Purchase tickets ($75/person) at
More information: 760-651-CLAF (2523) More info

Award-winning Art on Display at Cole Library

Award-winning Artist Natasha Ragland will have an exhibit of original paintings entitled “Visions of Joy” at the Georgina Cole Library 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive from August 29 - Nov. 1. Natasha has created a large body of work featuring fanciful scenes of animals, dancers, musicians, and landscapes composed from elements of the local terrain. Her deep conviction for veganism and preserving the earth is evident in her paintings as well as her life’s mission to uplift the spirit through her art and music.

Who: All ages
When: Monday -Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 - 5 p.m.
Where: Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Dr, Carlsbad, CA

Admission: Free

2020 Community Arts Grants Opportunities

The City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office is kicking off its 2020 Community Arts Grants application cycle with two information sessions in September. New applicants are strongly encouraged to attend to learn about program guidelines and the application process. Participants may attend either session. The grant application deadline is Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 at 4 p.m. The information session schedule is below.

Sept. 4, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Georgina Cole Library, Community Room
1250 Carlsbad Village Dr.

Sept. 16, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Carlsbad City Library, Gowland Meeting Room
1775 Dove Lane

At a Glance

  • Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations, schools and school-related organizations for visual, media, literary and performing arts projects taking place in Carlsbad.
  • Applicants must be a 501©3 nonprofit organization or secure a fiscal agent with that status
  • Arts organizations located elsewhere in San Diego County are also eligible to apply, but funded activities must take place in Carlsbad.
  • Applicants have the option to attend a panel session to answer questions regarding their application.
  • Program staff will be offering one-on-one session appointments for applicants (sign up here) to ask questions about the grant process, application and procedures. Any applicant taking advantage of the one-on-one sessions must attend an information session.
  • Total funding amount of $88,000 includes $8,000 funding increase as part of the Carlsbad City Council approved Arts & Culture Master Plan.
  • The grant application deadline is Monday Oct. 14, 2019 at 4 p.m.

To Apply for Community Arts Grants 2020, visit the Arts Grants webpage More Info

San Diego International Airport Arts Program Applications

San Diego International Airport Arts Program is now accepting applications for the 2020 Performing Arts Residency Program.

The Residency Program aims to cultivate the local performing arts community by inviting two artist groups/collectives to develop and perform new material over the course of five months that is inspired by and enlivens the airport environment for our customers. We are looking forward to selecting our next two groups following Fern Street Circus (2016), transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project (2017), Astraeus Aerial Dance Theatre (Spring 2018), Kristina Wong Projects (Fall 2018), San Diego Dance Theater (Spring 2019), and Blindspot Collective (Fall 2019).

We will also be holding an information session at the airport on Thursday, August 29 for interested applicants to learn more about the opportunity.

More info

New Art Beach Chair in the Village

The City of Carlsbad Cultural Arts Department recently unveiled Carlsbad's newest public art, The Carlsbad Art Beach Chair, located adjacent to the fountain on Grand Avenue. Come check out this oversized, vibrantly painted art piece that was created and built by artist Michael Stutz and painted by local artist Ron Juncal. Take a picture in the chair and tag #CarlsbadArtChair.

Who: All ages
When: Anytime
Where: Grand Avenue adjacent to the fountain
Admission: Free

Carlsbad City Library Cinema Club is screening family films in July at Schulman Auditorium, located in the Carlsbad City Library complex at 1775 Dove Lane. Admission is free. Seating is first come, first served.

Saturday Stories (Cole)Children's stories and fingerplays hosted by library volunteers and staff. For all ages.

Saturdays at Cole and Dove Libraries
Children's calendar (PDF)
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Events Around The County

Today - September 1
Lamb's Players Theatre presents Mixtape on stage at their resident theatre in Coronado. -
Today - September 15
La Jolla Playhouse offers THE COAST STARLIGHT, on stage at the Mandell Weiss Center for the Performing Arts on the UCSD campus in La Jolla. A favorite San Diego theater event. -
September 3 - October 13
La Jolla Playhouse offers KISS MY AZTEC!, on stage at the Mandell Weiss Center for the Performing Arts on the UCSD campus in La Jolla. A favorite San Diego theater event. -
September 7
Don't miss theGala in the Garden at the San Diego Botanic Garden. 230 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas. -
September 7
Thornton Winery Champagne Jazz Series features KEIKO MATSUI SAX TO THE MAX at this beautiful outdoor summer concert venue in San Diego wine country. 3275 Rancho California Road in Temecula. -
September 11 - 28
Moonlight Stage Productions bring you Victor/Victoria on stage in Vista, California. -
September 11 - October 6
Cygnet Theatre presents THE VIRGIN TRIAL on stage at the Old Town Theatre located at 4040 Twiggs Street in San Diego. Tops on the San Diego events calendar. -
September 13 - October 6
Cygnet Theatre presents The Virgin Trial on stage at the Old Town Theatre located at 4040 Twiggs Street in San Diego. Tops on the San Diego events calendar. -
September 14 - 15
Thornton Winery Champagne Jazz Series features DAVE KOZ AND FRIENDS SUMMER HORNS at this beautiful outdoor summer concert venue in San Diego wine country. 3275 Rancho California Road in Temecula. -
September 20 - October 13
Coronado Playhouse brings you THE WINTER'S TALE, on stage at 1335 First Street at the Coronado Ferry Landing. One of the exciting San Diego events. -
September 21
Thornton Winery Champagne Jazz Series features NORMAN BROWN SUMMER STORM TOUR at this beautiful outdoor summer concert venue in San Diego wine country. 3275 Rancho California Road in Temecula. -
September 28
Thornton Winery Champagne Jazz Series features JONATHAN BUTLER & KIRK WHALUM at this beautiful outdoor summer concert venue in San Diego wine country. 3275 Rancho California Road in Temecula. -
September 28 - October 20
New Village Arts Theatre presents INTIMATE APPAREL at 2787 State Street in Carlsbad. -