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Season for marsh mosquitoes coming to an end

CARLSBAD — The large number of marsh mosquitoes that surprised residents who live in northern Oceanside and parts of south Carlsbad earlier this month are not expected to be as much of a problem as the summer begins to wind down. According to Greg Slawson, senior vector ecologist for San Diego County Vector Control, the […]

Celebrity mosaics auction to benefit Surfrider Foundation

CARLSBAD — The ocean-themed Lego brick creations created by celebrities are surprisingly artistic, said many who came out for the unveiling Aug. 11. The pieces are currently on display at the Sea Life Aquarium at the Legoland California Resort. Supermodels Brook Shields and Heidi Klum; actors Al Pacino, Steve Carell and Jamie Lee Curtis; and […]

City’s police chief cleared on charges

CARLSBAD — As the city looks for a replacement for Police Chief Thomas Zoll, who recently announced his resignation, results of an investigation emerged clearing the chief of any “chargeable crimes.” The District Attorney’s office reported no chargeable crimes occurred after an investigation into a complaint filed by Carlsbad Police Department’s Detective Pat Preston, following […]

La Costa Town Center wins final approval

CARLSBAD — After some deliberation and a slight revision, City Council unanimously gave La Costa Town Square the green light Aug. 18, despite protests from community members worried that the project will have them sitting longer at red lights. The planned development will bring 284,400 square feet of shopping, with banks and two gas stations, […]

City’s police chief not charged

CARLSBAD — As the city looks for a replacement for Police Chief Thomas Zoll, who recently announced his resignation, results of an investigation emerged clearing the chief of any “chargeable crimes.” The District Attorney’s office reported no chargeable crimes occurred after an investigation into a complaint filed by Carlsbad Police Department’s Detective Pat Preston, following […]

Group proposes new North County botanical garden

CARLSBAD — Carlsbad is already a diverse community, with a long list of attractions and activities for visitors and residents, but if a group of North County residents have their way, a world-class botanical garden would be added to the list. Kenneth Brennecke, representing a group of seven plant enthusiasts, spoke at a recent City […]

Groups weigh in on new power plant proposal

CARLSBAD — Another organization has weighed in about the proposed power plant, to be built on the property of the existing Encina Power Station, along Carlsbad Boulevard. The San Diego Highway Development Association has expressed concerns to the California Energy Commission about possible conflicts between the expansion of the power plant and the widening of […]

Carlsbad’s police chief announces resignation

CARLSBAD — The city’s chief of police announced his resignation July 30 after nearly six years with the Carlsbad Police Department. Thomas Zoll joined the department in October 2003, after a nationwide search of more than 65 potential candidates. Before working for Carlsbad, Zoll served as assistant sheriff as well as commander for the San […]

City supports continuance of agriculture committee

CARLSBAD — City Council voted to approve the allocation of grant awards to seven projects submitted to the city’s agricultural committee, as well as renew the terms of six of seven committee members at the July 28 council meeting. The Agricultural Conversion Mitigation Fee Ad Hoc Citizen’s Advisory Committee took over the responsibility in 2005 […]

Carlsbad moves forward on Ponto

CARLSBAD — After years of planning and several hurdles, plans for the development of the Ponto region are moving forward. City Council approved the first hotel within the Ponto Beachfront Village Vision Plan at the July 21 meeting. The three-story, 215-room Hilton Carlsbad Beach Resort and Spa, will be just down the road from the […]