Carlsbad Insider

February 15, 2018

It’s 3 a.m. – is your water line working?
Thanks to the dedication of assistant engineer Ela Karczewski, a successful recycled water conversion and cross-connection test was completed at the West Development site this week, including six water services for two restaurants, gas station and hotel.  Ela was on site from 9:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. to check performance, immediately correct issues, and ensure everything would be working safely and properly. She also played a key role in facilitating cooperation between West’s management, its landscape maintenance company, Carlsbad Municipal Water District, and Department of Environmental Health. Her commitment to expanding recycled water use is a great example of the level of stewardship we take with our precious water resources.

Storm Drain Maintenance promotions
Public Works is pleased to welcome two new members to the Storm Drain Maintenance team who were promoted from the Streets Maintenance division.  Dmitry Johnson, originally from Belarus, joined the city in 2015 as a part-time employee to assist with the Poinsettia Fire recovery efforts and was later hired on full-time.  Ayinde Smith, originally from Trinidad, has made many positive contributions to the various crews he’s worked with since 2007, including the sign, paint, asphalt and concrete groups.  Next time you’re down at Oak please congratulate these gentlemen on their promotions!

Serving our Fire fleet
Congratulations to Robert Martinez, Albert Moreno, and Jorge Orduna for receiving their Level 1 certifications from the California Fire Mechanics Academy (CFMA).  CFMA is the oldest and largest Emergency Vehicle Technician Training Academy in the U.S. Fire Mechanic I is the first of three levels of certification in the career path leading to Fire Mechanic III/Master Mechanic. This certification recognizes the high level of expertise needed to properly maintain one of the fire departments most valuable resources — fire apparatus.  Thanks for your commitment to the organization,  professionalism, character, and exemplifying excellence!

Volunteer Trail Maintenance Event

Last Saturday, Parks & Recreation Department staff and 20 volunteers collaborated for a Batiquitos Lagoon North Shore Trail cleanup event, that contributed 39 hours of volunteer trail maintenance service. Participants repaired erosion, trimmed vegetation, installed trail regulation signs, removed litter, and maintained the existing seating and gazebo. This successful event would not have been possible without the passion and commitment of volunteers who came out and served their community. The next volunteer trail event will be held on March 24 at the Rancho Carrillo Trail from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Colorful Caribbean Collection Opens in Cannon Gallery

A new exhibit of stunning Haitian art opened this past Sunday in the Cannon Gallery.  Highlighting the extensive collection of Carlsbad resident Lawrence Kent, more than 45 paintings present a complex mix of diverse cultures, emphasizing the visual heritage of strong cultural expressions that span several generations of artists since the 1940s.  These works reflect African roots with strong Indigenous American and European aesthetic and religious influences.  A special reception takes place at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 24 when Kent will speak on the art of collecting.  This exhibition runs through April 15.  The William D. Cannon Gallery is open Tues. through Sat. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Carlsbad Reads Together Culminates in Daniel Pink Author Talk
This year’s Carlsbad Reads Together program culminated on Sunday with Daniel Pink’s author talk.  Pink spoke about the subject of his latest book, “When: The Scientific Secrets to Perfect Timing.”  The event took place in the Schulman Auditorium to an overflow crowd, with live streaming at two additional locations. There were several other programs during the week inspired by Daniel Pink’s books. Self- portrait and memoir classes helped attendees experience how to turn personal experience into artistic expression.  Attendees at a Tilt Brush class in the Exploration HUB on Thursday learned to paint in 3D space with virtual reality. And a community art project, where the creations of individual community members have been combined to make a harmonious larger whole, is on display in the Children’s area of Dove Library

February 14 Marked the 11th Anniversary of the Jodine Serrin Homicide

Police investigator working with the District Attorneys Officer and Crime Stoppers reintroduced a person of interest composite to the public.  The composite created by Parabon NanoLabs last year with new technology uses DNA evidence to predict a person of interest’s or suspects physical appearance.  The public was asked to look at the photo and respond.

Police Partner with the Boys and Girls Club for Security

The Police Department met with directors of the Village Boys and Girls Club to discuss safety and security.  The location, in the heart of the village, sees more foot traffic and a greater density of activity.  The group discussed the physical security of the property using Crime Prevention through Environmental Design to assess its strengths and weaknesses and create a plan for improvement.

Police Department Joins Community Campaigns

The Police Department joined several campaigns geared at community health and wellbeing.  The first, “No one Eats Alone Day,’ targets school age children and the unhappiness they feel when they eat lunch alone.  In the second, Carlsbad dispatchers joined the “Wear Red for Women’s Heath Campaign,” a promotion that targets women’s’ heart health.  In the third, patrol officers joined Hope Elementary School to talk to second graders about community service.

Police Department Remembers Officer Wesley Fox

Officer Wesley Fox died in the line of duty on February 13, 1978. Wesley died as the result of a traffic collision. It was raining heavily and he was responding to a burglary alarm call in the industrial park. Wesley’s police car spun on the slick roads and collided with another car. Tragically, Wesley died from his injuries in the hospital.

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