CARLSBAD – The Carlsbad City Council on Tuesday denied the Planning Commission’s approval for a liquor license at K1 Speed, the indoor go-kart racing company, but did approve a restaurant.
The owner had applied for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to sell beer and wine at its indoor track, but without that license, he said he will not add the restaurant and even threatened to leave Carlsbad.
David Danglard argued bowling alleys revived their business by serving alcohol and K1 Speed should be allowed to do so as well.
Alcohol prevention advocates like North Coast Prevention Coalition, San Dieguito Alliance for Drug Free Youth appealed the CUP and said K1 Speed should not be the first indoor go-kart facility in California to serve alcohol.
“We have to keep improving our service and not just racing,” said Danglard.
The Carlsbad mayor was the lone vote supporting K1 Speed. “I do believe all laws and regulations should be applied equally,” said the Mayor Matt Hall.
City Council member Keith Blackburn said he is “philosophically against teens, kids and adults go kart racing all under one roof.”
Danglard said he would require wristbands to drive and remove once finished and if a customer is drinking they would not be allowed to drive and was willing to compromise: only serve one drink per customer.
He further added that 70-percent of go-kart racing is done by adults, but said it does feel like a daycare for parents.
“We have people dropping their kids off at our place and not attending them and I think it’s a lot more irresponsible.”
After the City Council’s vote, Danglard threatened to leave Carlsbad or make K1 Speed a 21 and up venue.
There are 35 K1 Speed locations in the country including one in San Diego. The owner says the two locations in Chicago already serve alcohol.
The owner said he will go to San Diego and apply for an alcohol permit for the downtown location.
Several dogs are in the custody of San Diego County, after a Lomita woman reported that her six dogs were attacked and some killed by a group of pit bulls.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College. The two marches were held in conjunction with other marches across the country.
The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, which prompted the closure of many federal operations, such as national parks and monuments and that included the shutdown of Cabrillo National Monument.
Chilly temperatures and scattered showers started the weekend. Temperatures at the coast and inland communities hovered around 60 degrees with some areas of San Diego County receiving rain during the morning hours.
A transient accused of fatally stabbing a man after they got into an argument near a 7-Eleven store in Poway pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.
Coastal rail closures could complicate the commute for the thousands of people expected at Women's Marches set for downtown San Diego and San Marcos Saturday, though additional transit options are being made available.
A man arrested in the doctor's lounge at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa after claiming to be an anesthesiologist pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony charge of treating the sick without a certificate.
People who bought new homes in Otay Ranch's Village of Escaya can start moving in Friday - later than planned but after the developer took steps to address methane found at the site.
Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico found their imposing heights should stop border crossers, The Associated Press has learned, a finding that’s likely to please security hawks but raise concerns about costs and environmental damage.