Council also sets aside building for possible higher-ed institute
CARLSBAD — City Council approved a raise for Carlsbad’s city attorney and designated a building for a future higher education institute at its Jan. 28 meeting.
Just over one year after Celia Brewer was hired as Carlsbad’s new city attorney, her performance was evaluated by council in a closed session special meeting on Jan. 21.
Based on that review, council members amended her salary as a consent item at Tuesday’s meeting.
Brewer received a 13 percent raise, bumping her annual salary to $237,300. The city will also be contributing $11,865 annually to her retirement plan.
Also via consent calendar at the meeting, council designated a city-owned facility for a potential higher education institute.
Located at 5815 El Camino Real, the building used to belong to the Farmers Insurance Group. The building was originally bought by the city in 2001 to build a new civic center, but voters halted those plans by passing Proposition D in 2006.
The city has not earned any revenue on the empty building for over a decade.
In 2012, the city set a goal to establish a higher education institute within Carlsbad to offer graduate-level courses to supplement its local businesses with an educated, skilled workforce.
The city’s consultant on the matter, K. Backus & Associates, recommended that offering available real estate at a low cost would entice potential offers from education institutes looking to set up a satellite branch.
The available building is 128,846 square feet and three stories. The facility is on the same property as the city-backed Bio, Tech and Beyond community life sciences incubator and biotechnology research lab.