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New Water Rates
Following new water and wastewater rates approved this week, Carlsbad residents will continue to have some of the lowest bills in the region.
The Carlsbad Municipal Water District provides water, recycled water and wastewater services to over 80% of the city. Members of the Carlsbad City Council also serve as the board of directors for the water district.
The City Council heard the results of a “cost of service” study that looked at the current actual cost to provide water, wastewater and recycled water services to customers. Based on the study, City Council adopted a 1% increase to water revenue Jan. 1,2020 and another 2% Jan. 1, 2021. The Carlsbad Municipal Water District has not increased its water rates for the past two years. Recycled water rates will remain the same.
Water rates will remain 20% lower than the average rates for the rest of the San Diego region. One gallon of water will cost the average residential customer less than a penny per gallon.
Wastewater revenue, which has not increased for the past four years, will increase by 3% Jan. 1, 2020 and another 3% Jan. 1, 2021 for the average household.
The water district and city notified customers by mail of the proposed rate increases prior to Tuesday’s public hearing.
Visit the city’s website for more information about Tuesday's actions.
Permit Process for Protests
The Carlsbad City Council approved a new permit process for protests, demonstrations and other events that fall under the category of “expressive activities” on city property, such as parks or city hall.
In May, city staff presented a proposed permit process to the City Council following concerns about the length of time and cost of getting a city permit, among other issues. The City Council formed a subcommittee to further refine the process and get additional community input.
The new process allows people to get a city permit much more quickly, waives the permit requirement in certain cases, and no longer requires groups to have insurance, reimburse the city for emergency response costs or pay a rental fee.
The permit requirements are included in an ordinance, which was introduced Nov. 19 and is scheduled to be adopted Dec. 10. It will go into effect 30 days after that.
To read more information about the permit process, freedom of expression laws and other background, the staff report is available on the city’s website.
November 22, 2019
CCA Draft Plan Review
The Clean Energy Alliance, a Joint Powers Authority between the cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar and Solana Beach, reviewed a draft of its Community Choice Aggregation Implementation Plan and Statement of Intent on Nov. 19, staying on track for a community choice energy program launch in 2021.
The implementation plan describes the JPA’s organizational structure, its operations, funding, customer rate-setting, energy supply, goals and purpose including:
- Offering an energy mix for its default service that provides a cleaner power portfolio than that of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
- Offering a voluntary opt-up service at 100% renewable content that customers may elect to participate in
- Achieving – and sustaining – the Climate Action Plan goals of the Member Agencies
- Setting generation rates with a target of at least two percent below those of SDG&E
Upon rollout, Clean Energy Alliance customers would include 49,800 residential customers and 8,200 non-residential customers with the choice to opt-out of the CCA program and return to SDG&E electric service at any time.
The plan’s financial document and energy supply forecasting shows that the CCA is a financially viable program with positive net revenue projections through fiscal year 2030.
The Clean Energy Alliance also authorized the establishment of an interim bank account at Union Bank and an issuance of a request for proposal in January 2020 for credit and banking services.
A public hearing for the adoption of the Implementation Plan and Statement of Intent is scheduled for the next JPA board meeting on Dec. 19, 2 p.m. at the Carlsbad City Council Chamber. The adopted plan will be submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission by Dec. 31, 2019, on track to serve customers in 2021.
Board meeting locations for the remainder of fiscal year 2019-2020 will be:
- Carlsbad City Hall (1200 Carlsbad Village Drive): December 2019, March 2020, June 2020
- Del Mar City Hall (1050 Camino Del Mar): January 2020, April 2020
- Solana Beach City Hall (635 South Highway 101): February 2020, May 2020
Events Around Town
Front Row Fridays: Missy Andersen and Her One Man Band, 12/13
Missy Andersen and her accompanist husband, Heine Andersen, love what they do. Keeping a heavy touring schedule, this tenacious twosome showcases the couple’s individual and combined talents. In the absence of other instruments, listeners find a greater appreciation for Missy’s gospel-tinged vocals and Heine’s Blues & Americana-inspired guitar work.
Who: All ages
When: Dec. 13, 7 p.m.
Where: Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane
Seating is first come, first served.
William D. Cannon Art Gallery
2020 Invitational Art Exhibit at Cannon Art Gallery
The City of Carlsbad presents the 2020 Invitational art exhibit at William D. Cannon Art Gallery, located at the Carlsbad City Library complex at 1775 Dove Lane More than 500 artists have appeared in the Cannon Art Gallery Juried Biennial exhibitions. In the alternative years, we present the Invitational, an exhibition in which the work of artists from the preceding Biennial is showcased. This year, we are presenting work from local artists Sue DeWulf, Juan Flores, Alison Haley Paul, Annalise Neil and Vicki Walsh.
Opening Reception: Saturday, Dec. 14, 5 -7 p.m.
Who: All ages
When: Dec. 15, 2019 - Feb. 8, 2020
Tuesday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 - 5 p.m.
Where: William D. Cannon Art Gallery at Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane
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