Carlsbad

City Info


Whether they canvass the concrete or the pulsating waves of the Pacific, many action sports stars are among the more than 100,000 residents who call Carlsbad home. Carlsbad’s beaches and commitment to preserving open space are part of what make it a great place to live. The burgeoning art scene, top notch chamber of commerce and plentiful and diverse shopping don’t hurt either.

Population: Approximately 110,972

Housing units: Approximately 44,670

Median income: $96,084

Education: 51 percent of adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher

Reporter: Ellen Wright


Email: ewright@coastnewsgroup.com

Contact Info


City Hall
1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-434-2820

Carlsbad Police Department
2560 Orion Way, Carlsbad, CA 92010
24-hours, non-emergencies call 760-931-2197;
Business line: 760-931-2100
E-mail: police@carlsbadca.gov

Graffiti Hotline
760-434-6700

Carlsbad Fire Department
2560 Orion Way, Carlsbad, CA 92010
760-931-2141

Storm drains on Grand Avenue  under construction

Storm drains on Grand Avenue under construction

CARLSBAD — Construction has begun along Grand Avenue to improve the storm drainage, which is outdated and often floods after a big storm. City Council approved the $1.64 million project in February. “Some of the storm drain system in northwestern Carlsbad is the oldest in the city and dates back to the 1960s, so we’re […]

Carlsbad’s Planning Commission approves Palomar Brewing Co.

Carlsbad’s Planning Commission approves Palomar Brewing Co.

CARLSBAD — After much back and forth, the Planning Commission approved a Conditional Use Permit for the owners of Palomar Brewing Company to open a tasting room at the site of their brewery on Loker Avenue West Wednesday night. The permit passed with four in favor and two against. Next, Founder of Palomar Brewing Ben […]

City to analyze strawberry fields shopping center

City to analyze strawberry fields shopping center

CARLSBAD — The City Council approved staff to prepare a report on the plans submitted for the strawberry fields property on Tuesday night. Rick Caruso, CEO of Caruso Affiliated, hopes to transform about 200 acres south of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon into a combination of open space and an upscale retail shopping center. Caruso said […]

Man enters not guilty plea in jogger’s death

Man enters not guilty plea in jogger’s death

CARLSBAD — The man who was driving the Ford Expedition that hit and killed a jogger on Dec. 28 of last year pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter Tuesday. Police took Joseph Knight into custody, after issuing a warrant for his arrest on May 15. Knight is facing misdemeanor charges with a maximum punishment of […]

A Coast News brief: Kitesurfing in Carlsbad

Carlsbad resident Roger Hudritsch took advantage of an empty Tamarack Beach and storm brought winds on Thursday to head out and do some kite surfing in this short Coast News Group video.

A year after fires, county reflects

A year after fires, county reflects

CARLSBAD — It’s been a year since the Poinsettia fires raged through Carlsbad and the official cause has still not been determined. Carlsbad Division Chief Mike Lopez said “all the players have been interviewed” but investigators haven’t been able to come to a conclusion. The Poinsettia fire began last year on May 14 on the […]

State lays groundwork for more desal plants

State lays groundwork for more desal plants

REGION — The largest water desalination plant in the western hemisphere is set to open this fall and will supply 7 percent of the San Diego region’s water supply. The $1 billion Carlsbad Desalination Plant developed by Poseidon Resources is the largest and newest to open, and will be the last project to have been approved […]

Ponto development in early stages

Ponto development in early stages

CARLSBAD — In 2009, the city of Carlsbad polled residents to find out what they viewed for the city’s future and released the report “Envision Carlsbad.” Residents voiced their opinions on everything from parks, to open space to important amenities. Residents also shared what they hoped to see along Carlsbad Boulevard east of Ponto Beach. […]

Strawberry fields mall moves forward

Strawberry fields mall moves forward

CARLSBAD — Strawberry fields forever… The Beatles tune is becoming a Carlsbad reality after Los Angeles-based developer Rick Caruso announced his plans for the 200 acres south of Agua Hedionda Lagoon. In 2006 voters passed Proposition D, which set aside about 300 acres along Cannon Road as permanent open space. About 50 of the acres where […]

Four stories allowed for Grand Pacific Resort

CARLSBAD — On Tuesday night, the City Council voted to approve a city ordinance change, allowing The Grand Pacific Resort to include four stories in a 45-foot building instead of three. Height limits did not change, just the amount of floors that can be built in Carlsbad Ranch Planning Area 5, which is the small […]

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