New at Lake Calavera
On Saturday, Sept. 28th, National Public Lands Day, the city of Carlsbad hosted an event at Lake Calavera. Trails were cleaned up of trash and maintained to prevent erosion; 300 native plants were planted in one of the restoration areas and new signs were dedicated, one of which was produced in part, by Preserve Calavera. See the photo of the new sign below. Note the tracks on the base of the first sign. Soon another will be installed, thanks to the city and Mira Costa College, discussing the geology of the area. Look for it near the base of Mt. Calavera.
Look for the wetlands sign to show up along the creek after the boardwalk is done in a few months. This is the second sign sponsored by Preserve Calavera.
See a recent news story/video about Carlsbad’s Hidden Gem: Lake Calavera from CBS News 8.
On April 2, 2013 the Carlsbad City Council voted unanimously to approve a 656 unit development at Quarry Creek. The only concession made was to preserve a portion of the panhandle known as R5. They ignored the Planning Commission’s recommendation to limit the number of units to 606.
We worked for years toward a compromise that would protect the priceless natural, cultural and historic resources of this valley. The Council received thousands of signatures on petitions asking them to preserve this valley, hundreds of postcards and emails, and heartfelt testimony at numerous public hearings. But instead of listening to these voices, the Carlsbad City Council approved all 656 units the developer asked for- including hundreds on the panhandle. Litigation is always a last resort. Unfortunately, that was the only option left for us to protect this priceless valley and we have done the following:
First, we charged the city violated the Brown Act (open meetings law) by holding a closed session meeting and discussing Quarry creek without the legally-required public noticing and reporting. Look at the video tape of the city council’s March 26th meeting (5hours and 9 minutes into the meeting) and see exactly what the Mayor said that caused our concern. The city has 30 days to respond.
Second, we filed suit (5/12/13) challenging approval of the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) citing eight causes for action with numerous specific instances under each for procedural errors; included were failure to adequately consider environmental impacts and to provide adequate mitigation or to provide adequate findings to support their conclusions. The City Council placed a low value on the natural, historical and cultural resources of this valley- but to the people of north county they are priceless.
To see recent articles on the progress of the Quarry Creek development check our Media page. Other resources on Quarry Creek are listed below:
- View the program produced by Oceanside’s KOCT on Quarry Creek to get more details on our position and the need to scale back this project.
- Take action by reading what you can do in the Quarry Creek- issue statement.
- As part of our ongoing campaign, you can sign our online petition.
- Final Quarry Creek Environmental Impact Report
SOS for Open Space – Saving the Natural Lands of Carlsbad
Preserve Calavera is leading a coalition of community organizations on a grass roots campaign to save some of the priceless natural lands of Carlsbad. These natural lands are a key part of what makes this such a special place to live. But many of the areas are under immediate threat of development. We need to preserve the best of what we have left- places like the Buena Vista Creek Valley with the sacred El Salto waterfall. Places like Village H that serves as a natural meeting area for the community. Places like Kato/Mandana that provide the critical link in the regional wildlife movement corridor. Places where our children can connect with nature and everyone can enjoy a quiet walk or hear the sound of a creek or the call of a bird. Open space gives us a high quality of life and preserves our property values. It is good for residents, businesses and visitors alike.
In 2002 the residents of Carlsbad passed Measure C- authorizing some of the millions of reserve funds to be allocated for the acquisition of open space and trails. In 2007 a City Council appointed citizen’s committee evaluated and prioritized the remaining lands. Ten years seems like long enough to do what the voters asked them to do- allocate these funds to a restricted account and preserve some of these lands before it is too late. Finally, in June, 2012, the Carlsbad City Council agreed to set aside $5 million for open space. We continue to educate the public and lobby the city council to use this money for natural open space acquisition while it is still available. Share our the new video above with friends and family.