Legoland Legends of Chima Water Park Grading Plans Signed
The precise grading plans for Legoland’s Legends of Chima Water Park were signed this week. Work will start immediately for a planned opening in Summer 2014. The water park is based on LEGO’s newest hit product “Legends of Chima,” featuring animal tribes that battle for control of the precious energy source called “chi.” The 3-acre park includes an interactive wave pool, hands-on water play area with slides, water cannons and jets.
Artist Selected for Design of Roundabout Public Art
Roger Stoller of Portola Valley, Calif., has been selected by a public art advisory committee and will be contracted to design the Coastal Rail Trail roundabout public artwork at Carlsbad Boulevard and State Street. Eighty-six proposals were submitted by artists from throughout the country. A selection committee made up of Arts Commissioners, community stakeholders, public art professionals and staff selected Stoller from interviews with five artist finalists. The artist’s design concepts will be presented to the Arts Commission, and put on public display for community comment before being forwarded to the City Council for review and approval. The roundabout is scheduled to be completed by June 2014.
New Partnership Brings Jazz to Buena Vista Elementary
The Cultural Arts Office has coordinated a partnership with Young Audiences of San Diego, Carlsbad Friends of the Arts, KSDS Jazz 88.3 and the Nordson Corporation to offer two assemblies to Carlsbad Title I schools with The Rob Thorsen Jazz Quartet. The program "Jazz - An American Art Form,” traces the history of jazz in America through performance, lecture and demonstration. The first assembly took place Wednesday, exposing approximately 450 kindergarten through fifth grade students from Buena Vista Elementary School to New Orleans jazz, bebop, Latin jazz and other styles.
Saturday Family Fun at Dove Library
On Saturday, local children’s author Salina Yoon shared her book “Penguin and Pinecone” with families, taught children how to draw penguins and led a penguin craft. The children enjoyed the opportunity to meet a published author. The library was honored to host an author who had written and illustrated some of her books from her “office away from home,” Dove Library. This Saturday, Dec. 21, families are invited to learn about whales at Dove Library at 2 p.m.
Alga Norte Community Park Training, Testing and Inspections
Staff continues to prepare for the opening of Alga Norte Community Park, staging practice runs to fine tune new programs, including birthday parties and an aquatic training conference. The department also coordinated a “skatespection,” which included a few high profile skaters, and dog agility training with a few of our own local canine friends. New marketing materials for these programs and more are being distributed this week to local schools, stores and other outlets.
Helping Homebound Seniors
On Tuesday, Dec. 17, participants from the Parks & Recreation Department LITE program completed preparations for their gifts to homebound seniors in the community. An annual event, the teens in this program use the funds raised from sales of their “candygrams” to purchase gifts to deliver to nearly 50 homebound seniors who participate in the Senior Center home meal delivery program. This year, the teens put together “Friendship Soup” mixes using all necessary ingredients and placed in a decorative mason jar. The kits were complete with a cardstock of printed directions, the remaining ingredients and a handcrafted greeting card signed by individual LITE participants. For many seniors, this is one of the few – if not only – gifts they receive during the holiday season. The gifts were delivered by the volunteer drivers at the Senior Center on Dec. 18 and 19, and were welcomed by the recipients with huge smiles and genuine gratitude.
Lake Calavera Trail Cleanup Day
Approximately 30 volunteers generously demonstrated the holiday spirit by giving their time on Saturday to clean up the Lake Calavera Trails. Volunteers, including Cub Scouts from two local packs, picked up litter, installed post-n-rail fencing, and cleared brush and weeds as well as distributed flyers to nearby neighbors about the upcoming trail boardwalk construction currently getting underway.
World Class Training
Human Resources has just wrapped up this year’s training initiatives. Coaching Conversations and Setting Priorities were attended by 139 managers and supervisors, totaling 2,166 training hours. We plan to celebrate this achievement early in 2014 and recognize each individual who completed the program. In addition, 217 employees attended World Class Customer Service Training for a total of 651 hours. This was a major initiative that demonstrates the city’s commitment to staff development. In addition, training needs assessments have been facilitated for nearly all departments. The results will be consolidated in a strategic training plan that will be published in early 2014. The report will highlight the current skill gaps in our organization along with a proposed two to three year learning plan.
Recruiting and Employment
This was our first full year using NEOGOV, an applicant tracking system. This year more than 10,000 applicants applied online, 494 applicants found their way onto eligibility lists. Fifty full time employees and 171 hourly employees were hired, and 33 employees were promoted. There are 30 recruitments currently under way and more in the planning stages.
Inter-agency Collaboration and Cross-training
The Carlsbad office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invited Mike Grim of Environmental Management to give a presentation this week about the city’s Habitat Management Program. The hour long presentation was attended by the ACOE staff responsible for all of San Diego and Imperial counties, and the Santa Margarita Watershed including southwest Riverside County. At the end of the training the head of the South Coast Branch complimented the city on its successful program and discussed collaboration on permit processing, mitigation banking and restoration projects.
Fuel System Improvements
This week construction began on the fuel island located at the Fleet Operations Center to modernize the vehicle fueling system. Fleet staff has been working diligently to outfit city vehicles with new technology that will automate the tracking of fuel use, which will ultimately save the city money by improving the accountability of fuel inventories. The gas pumps will remain operational; however please exercise additional caution when fueling as work crews will be in the immediate vicinity. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of February 2014.
Night Work Conducted by Utilities Wastewater Collections Crews
Utilities crews removed an estimated 70 gallons of debris out of the 15-inch wastewater trunk-line on Palomar Airport Road from Loker Avenue to El Camino Real, and conducted a TV inspection of the pipe condition following debris removal. This work has historically been completed by contractors; however Utilities Wastewater Collections crews were able to successfully complete the work and minimize safety and traffic impacts to the public.
Credit Card Thief Arrested
This week, collaboration between detectives and crime analysts from five agencies in San Diego County and Orange County resulted in the arrest of a suspect responsible for numerous cases of credit card and identity theft. The same suspect has been observed on surveillance cameras using stolen credit cards throughout San Diego County. Several bulletins were distributed throughout the county, but no one was able to identify this suspect. On Dec. 10, the Fountain Valley Police Department shared a bulletin for a similar crime, with a similar suspect. Carlsbad Police Department Crime Analyst Cindy Anderson recognized the suspect as part of this series and reached out to Fountain Valley PD. Based on past behaviors, they predicted he would likely visit Fry’s in Mission Valley in the near future. This information was shared with Fry’s employees, who were instructed to call 9-1-1 should the suspect enter their store. On Saturday, the suspect visited the Fry’s in Mission Valley as predicted, and attempted to purchase an Apple computer using a fake name. Store employees recognized him from the bulletin and delayed him while they called police. Officers from San Diego Police Department arrested him and found numerous fake IDs and stolen credit cards in his possession.
Santa Claus Stops by Fire Station 5
On Saturday Santa Claus and his elf came to visit City of Carlsbad employees and their families at Fire Station 5. The event was well attended by approximately 60 employees, children and family members. St. Nick arrived aboard the firefighters Antique Fire Engine, and the firehouse was transformed into a very merry Christmas scene complete with a “jump house in the apparatus bay.”
Vegetation Fire in San Marcos
On Saturday Carlsbad units responded with a CalFIRE aircraft resource to San Marcos (San Elijo Road and Questhaven) for a vegetation fire. Initial units reported one to two acres burning in heavy brush. The fire was quickly contained with ground units and air attack helicopters.
North Zone Elevator Rescue Training
Beginning on Saturday and continuing on over the week North Zone Fire agencies came together to train on elevator rescue techniques at the Carlsbad Safety Training Center. Instructors from the Los Angeles County and San Diego fire departments delivered training on the types of elevators, design and mechanics along with tools needed to effectively perform elevator rescues. Instructors brought with them the five common types of elevator doors so that firefighters could experience hands-on practice opening elevator doors with special tools designed specifically for rescue.
On Sunday the Carlsbad firefighters deployed “Operation Santa,” a canned food and toy drive in the Rancho Bravado, Bressi and Carrillo Ranch neighborhoods. The non-perishable foods and toys collected for North County families will be distributed via Interfaith Ministries, which provides food, shelter and basic needs for families. The event was a huge success, collecting three pick-up trucks full of items.
Police Department Works With ViaSat to Reduce Bicycle Thefts
Last week, Police Community Relations Manager Jodee Sasway consulted with ViaSat to identify creative ideas to reduce bicycle theft on their company campus. ViaSat provides a pool of bicycles their employees use to get around. Because they are left outside unlocked, many have been stolen. Some ideas to reduce the thefts include managing access to the bikes in secure areas, providing locks with each bike, branding the bikes with a ViaSat logo or using GPS trackers on the bikes.