Keith Blackburn

City Council rejects parks upkeep outsourcing

CARLSBAD — After two years of study and debate, the Carlsbad City Council decided not to outsource the city’s parks maintenance on Feb. 25, preventing the layoff of 22 city employees.

Farmers’ market criticized by surrounding businesses

Farmers’ market criticized by surrounding businesses

CARLSBAD — After months of grumbling to city officials, business owners had the opportunity to air their grievances about the Carlsbad farmers’ market at the Jan. 28 City Council meeting.

Deal secures cleaner, smaller power plant

Deal secures cleaner, smaller power plant

CARLSBAD — Facing the inevitability of a new energy plant along its coastline, Carlsbad used its only remaining power — its ability to influence how quickly that plant would be built — to negotiate with NRG for a cleaner, smaller new one.

In tale of two hotels, Westin gets vote

In tale of two hotels, Westin gets vote

CARLSBAD — Legoland and Grand Pacific Resorts went head to head with competing hotel expansion proposals at the Nov. 5 City Council meeting over a three-acre plot of land adjacent to the Crossings golf course.

Carlsbad in the process of banning pet sales

Carlsbad in the process of banning pet sales

CARLSBAD — At its Oct. 8 meeting, Carlsbad City Council adopted an urgency ordinance that immediately bans the sale of cats and dogs within the city, though refrained from voting on a formal ordinance to enact the ban permanently.

Carlsbad on its way to banning pet sales

Carlsbad on its way to banning pet sales

CARLSBAD — At its Oct. 8 meeting, Carlsbad City Council adopted an urgency ordinance that immediately bans the sale of cats and dogs within the city, though refrained from voting on a formal ordinance to enact the ban permanently.

Carlsbad resubmits request for outsourcing parks maintenance

Carlsbad resubmits request for outsourcing parks maintenance

CARLSBAD — Thanks to a Sept. 10 decision by City Council, the city will be reissuing its request for proposal (RFP) to outsource parks maintenance after its first request returned inadequate bids.

Carlsbad Councilman questions usefulness of city survey

Carlsbad Councilman questions usefulness of city survey

CARLSBAD — While residents may have given Carlsbad high marks in the 2012 resident satisfaction survey, Councilmember Keith Blackburn criticized the survey at the Jan. 8 City Council meeting.

Blackburn, Wood sworn into Council

Blackburn, Wood sworn into Council

CARLSBAD — City Council was all smiles as elected councilmembers Keith Blackburn and Lorraine Wood were sworn in at the Dec. 11 meeting.