October 18, 2017
- The Parks & Recreation Department has been busy permitting several events this week, including Carlsbad High School’s 60th Lancer Day celebration. The festivities start Friday at 2 p.m. with the annual Lancer Day Parade. This year’s theme is Carlsbad High School’s Diamond Celebration-60 Years of Excellence. The fun continues as alumni, parents and friends gather on campus to continue the celebration including a fireworks display at the end of the Homecoming football game against Torrey Pines.
- On Saturday and Sunday, approximately 2,000 cyclists are expected to participate in Bike MS: Bay to Bay, a two-day cycling event from Irvine to San Diego to raise funds benefitting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. On Sunday morning, expect delays westbound on Cannon Road from Grand Pacific to Carlsbad Blvd from approximately 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. In addition, the northbound I-5 Cannon on ramp and the southbound off ramp will be closed until 11 a.m.
Pumpkin Plunge at Alga Norte Community Park was a fun splash last Saturday. Over 500 people joined in celebrating the Halloween season complete with a pumpkin themed bounce house, floating pumpkin patch, Halloween themed pool games and races, floating obstacles, and an outdoor presentation of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Every child left the event with fun prizes and their very own pumpkin harvested from the Floating Pumpkin Patch. The Dive in Grill was busy serving delicious, freshly prepared burgers and pizzas to attendees.
Libraries Upgrade Patron Printing and Copying Services
This week, all three library facilities installed new Xerox multi-function printers and copiers for use by library patrons. The new equipment offers patrons faster printing and copying, better quality prints and updated payment methods. Additionally, the new system will provide increased security to patrons, with a means to authenticate their identity using their library card before releasing any print jobs. The ability to print from personal devices will be added by the end of the calendar year.
The Library’s Good Life Lecture Series Continues
On Wednesday, 128 people attended the increasingly popular Good Life Lecture Series, a six-part health and wellness series in the Schulman Auditorium at Dove Library. “Keeping Your Wits: Why Brain Function Declines and Ten Ways to Prevent It” was led by Dr. Philip Goscienski. Surprising to some, the decline in one’s mental function has nothing to do with aging. In fact, some mental functions actually improve with age. There are at least ten things that one can do to keep the brain working while the rest of the body is working. Dr. Philip Goscienski retired from the Navy with the rank of captain and was head of the Infectious Diseases Branch in the Department of Pediatrics at the Naval Regional Medical Center in San Diego. A former clinical professor of pediatrics at the UCSD School of Medicine, he continues to teach medical students on a volunteer basis. Each lecture occurs weekly on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. through Nov. 15. Refreshments will be provided.
Kristy Castillo Named 2017 Fire Explorer of the Year
Over the last three years Kristy has been an exemplary fire explorer, serving over 1,250 hours to not only the Carlsbad Fire Explorers Post, but also to the local community. Going above and beyond the regular duties of an explorer, Kristy contacted a local restaurant to set up a fundraiser where all the proceeds raised were used to buy other explorer’s uniforms. She also coordinated the filming and editing of a North Zone Fire Explorer Academy video which was shown to the 200 attendees at the graduation of explorers from Carlsbad, Escondido, and North County. Every September Kristy returns to her high school to meet with students in a recruitment day she sets up, organizes, and runs. This event has led many to become explorers throughout San Diego County. Kristy’s dedication and hard work lead to her being promoted to Lead Explorer in 2017 where she now supervises up to 21 other explorers. These are just a few of the reasons why Kristy was nominated and ultimately named the 2017 Explorer of the Year.
Strike Teams Deployed to Northern California
Over the past few weeks we have seen four deployments to Northern California to aid in firefighting efforts on the LNU Complex Fire in Napa and Sonoma Counties. The LNU Complex is made up of four separate fires that have burned over 107,000 acres and is 80% contained. There have been 23 fatalities and nearly 5,800 structures destroyed. In total there are 5,422 fire personnel and full containment is expected early next week. For current fire information, road closures, and evacuations http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents.
Public Safety Open House
Thank you to Public Works, the Police and Fire Departments, Carlsbad Firefighters Association Local 3730, Carlsbad Fire Department Foundation, and volunteers from CERT, TIP, 2-1-1, and Police and Fire Explorers for their work at the Public Safety Open House last weekend. This was one of the best attended events to date, and would not be successful without everyone involved! A few highlights from this year…310 citizens were taught sidewalk CPR, the Carlsbad Fire Explorers did an excellent job running the fire demo as well as assisting kids with the opportunity to operate the fire hose, and thank you to the Carlsbad Firefighters Association who cooked over 450 hot dogs. A special display this year came from the Remembrance Rescue Project. A nonprofit organization created by firefighters to remember the 9/11 first responders who lost their lives, they brought FDNY Rescue 5 which was at ground zero on 9/11. On that day eleven firefighters from FDNY Rescue 5 lost their lives trying to save others at the World Trade Center. The Remembrance Rescue Project has restored Rescue 5 and now uses it as an educational tool, historical artifact, and memorial. We were honored to have them attend.
HazMat Drill at Versum Corporation
Earlier this week Carlsbad Firefighters participated in Versum’s (formerly known as Air Products) annual Hazardous Materials drill for their emergency response team. Versum has been a great neighbor and model business in the City of Carlsbad by taking steps to keep their personnel and our surrounding community safe in the event of a hazardous material release. Carlsbad Firefighters worked with Versum and San Diego County Department of Environmental Health personnel to help mitigate a simulated accident as a team.
United Harbors Legoland HazMat Drill
Carlsbad Firefighters participated in a joint training exercise at Legoland. The exercise simulated the release of a toxic substance. Agencies participating in the drill included: Legoland, San Diego Fire Dept. HazMat, San Diego County Dept. of Environmental Health, Military Camp Pendleton HazMat, Orange County Fire Authority HazMat, Orange County Dept. of Environmental Health, FBI, and Civil Support Team #9 from Los Alamitos. HazMat teams and Health departments were able to work together, use technical monitoring equipment, and resolve any communications issues as a team. City of Carlsbad Communications personnel also attended to work with Legoland representatives regarding media issues for both the city and theme park.
“It Can Wait” Campaign
The Police Department joined AT&T and the Carlsbad Unified School District to share the traveling message “It Can Wait.” The campaign targets teen drivers and shares the dangers of texting while driving. Drivers are encourage to take the pledge, “It Can Wait.” To date, over 21 million people have taken the pledge. www.itcanwait.com
Teen Driver Safety Week
The Police Department joined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to promote “Teen Driver Safety Week.’ The campaign encourages parents to review and share save driving tips with their teens. The campaign notes the most dangerous and deadly teen driving behaviors to be alcohol, lack of seat belt use, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding, and passengers. https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/teen-driving
Golf Academy Partners with Police Department for Safety
The Golf Academy of America partnered with the Police Department to share safety tips for students. The students participated in a seminar that discussed personal safety, theft prevention and drug prevention. The goal of the academy is to keep students safe while students and in future endeavors.
Police Officers Provide Lifesaving Support until Fire Personnel Take Over and Together, Save a Life
A man in a brushy rural area of Carlsbad, just off Haymar Drive, flagged officers on foot patrol. The man wanted help for a friend in life-threatening need of medical attention. A second man was attempting to help but was unsuccessful. Officers Dement and Ramirez acted quickly and provided advanced life-support assistance while awaiting the arrival of the Fire Department. The Fire Department arrived, provided additional lifesaving aid and transported the man to the hospital where he will hopefully make a full recovery.
Recycled Water Treatment Presentation
Carlsbad Municipal Water District hosted the Southwest Membrane Operators Association at Carlsbad Water Recycling Facility last week. Water Systems Operators Ray Martinez and Aaron Pearce attended. Lindsey Stephenson, Lindsay Leahy, Mark Biskup, Eric Sanders, and Tora Schilling presented on different aspects of our recycled water treatment and distribution system.
Food Waste Diversion Pilot Program
Starting Monday, Recycling and Trash staff, in partnership with Parks and Recreation staff, will launch a food waste diversion pilot project at the city’s senior center. This pilot program seeks to bring awareness to all program participants about ways to reduce food waste and divert food scraps from the landfill. During the pilot period, staff members will collect food waste in a separate bin from recyclables and other waste. The food waste will be weighed and collected for off-site recycling through anaerobic digestion. In October 2014, Governor Brown signed AB1826 Mandatory Organics Recycling, requiring certain businesses to recycle their organic waste. This pilot program will provide data and information to help find solutions to keep food waste away from the landfill, as well as assist in achieving California’s aggressive recycling and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission goals.
New Construction Management and Inspection Manager
Public Works is pleased to welcome and introduce Baq (sounds like ‘rock’) Taj as our new CMI Engineering Manager. Baq joins us most recently from JR Filanc Construction Company where he has worked for the past 15 years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Arizona, and is a Professional Civil Engineer. He has great experience with contract and project management, leading multi-disciplinary teams, and delivering projects using a variety of methods including both design-build and design-bid-build principles. Please welcome him to our Carlsbad team when you get the opportunity.