November 2007

Freelance Cop Gets One Year In Jail

by The Editors on November 27, 2007

Frank Javier Olmos, 38, the guy who was arrested on July 30 on suspicion of “impersonating a lawman” was sentenced to “one year in jail and two years probation” yesterday by judge K. Michael Kirkman. When arrested Olmos was driving a black-and-white Ford Crown Victoria equipped with emergency lights down Carlsbad Village Drive:

Inside the vehicle were a side-handled baton, ammunition, body armor, handcuffs, a flashlight, a handheld radio and paperwork, according to the officer.

Looks like Olmos will get all kinds of quality “peace officer” time during the coming year.

[Link: North County Times]

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Holiday At Leo Carillo Rancho

by The Editors on November 27, 2007

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Ring in the holiday season December 8 from 5 to 8 PM as the Leo Carillo Ranch is magically transformed into Candyland. Wonder what they’ll dress the shrieking peacocks up as?

The Ranch will be decked out in lights of candy canes, gumdrops and gingerbread houses. Join in the fun by creating crafts of Lifesaver® trains, candy cane reindeer, mini gingerbread houses, and cookie decorating. You can sing along with the carolers during the tree lighting ceremony then vote for your favorite tree in the holiday tree decorating contest.

And if you’re hungry there will be “soup and beverages” for sale. For more info follow the jump.

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Jenny McCarthy Lights Lego “Holiday” Tree

by The Editors on November 27, 2007

1371494387_jenny-mccarthy-zoomJenny McCarthy, the former Playboy Playmate, best selling author, and autism activist, along with her five-year-old son Evan plugged in the power cord at Legoland last night to light the “world’s largest Lego holiday tree.”

The ceremony, which also featured Carlsbad Firefighters and Santa Claus, brought special meaning to more than 3,000 California families coping with autism as LEGOLAND California’s President and General Manager John Jakobsen presented $10,000 to Talk About Curing Autism (TACA).

Legolands’ Jakobsen also announced that beginning today they will be “offering all active fire and law enforcement with valid ID and up to three immediate family members a complimentary fun-filled day at LEGOLAND.” Season’s greetings.

[Link: Earthtimes.org]

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Painting The Village Red

by The Editors on November 26, 2007

20 09 0011 25 07If you’ve been cruising the Village lately and noticed that many of the shop windows have been painted up with colorful holiday scenes, you can thank Vista artist Alli Thoeni and The Carlsbad Village Business Association. According to a Barbara Henry story in the North County Times, Thoeni has already dressed up the front windows of 15 businesses.

It’s first stage of what the downtown merchant’s group is billing as its first full-scale, month-long holiday celebration. . . “We’re very excited,” said Robin Young, the association’s executive director. She said that she hoped some elements of the holiday schedule —- especially the extended shopping hours on Wednesdays —- become permanent.

For more info on upcoming Holiday events in the Village, follow the link below.

[Link: North County Times and Alli’s Art Studio]

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Comfort Inn Robbed At Gun Point

by The Editors on November 25, 2007

Friday night at 9:30 two masked men robbed the Carlsbad Comfort Inn on Pio Pico Drive with a handgun and a shotgun, according to a story in the North County Times.

One suspect was described as a white man about 20 years old, 6-feet to 6-feet-2-inches tall, with a thin build. The second suspect is a black man in his mid-20s, 5-feet-8-inches to 5-feet-10-inches tall. He wore a faux black leather jacket and had a medium build.

The two men reportedly stole $300 in cash and a portable DVD player before “running south toward Tamarack.” It is believed that the same men then continued on to Encinitas and robbed the Chin’s Szechwan Cuisine on Encinitas Boulevard at 10:30 PM.

[Link: North County Times and San Diego Union Tribune]

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Lake Calavera Gets Dam Upgrade

by The Editors on November 24, 2007

Dam280The 65-year-old dam at Lake Calavera that nearly flooded the mobile home park at the Rancho Carlsbad Golf Course in January of 2005, and has “failed inspections by the state Division of Safety of Dams,” is getting a needed upgrade according to a story in the San Diego Union Tribune.

“Although they won’t have it all done by the start of the rainy season, we’re very pleased the city has finally gotten around to putting in the controls and controlling the level of the lake,” said Bill Arnold, president of Rancho Carlsbad’s homeowners association. . . “In 2005 the lake was already full, we got a couple inches of rain and had a near disaster,” Arnold said.

The total cost of the upgrades are being estimated at $6.1 million.

[Link: San Diego Union Tribune]

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Pine Avenue Park Now An Award Winner

by The Editors on November 24, 2007

Despite not having a skateboard park or anyplace to ride a skateboard, Carlsbad’s Pine Avenue park was recently awarded a “Park of the Year” award from the American Public Works Association, according to a story in the North County Times.

The city was recognized for its use of environmentally sound building materials as well as its public outreach process during the design phase of the project, according to officials from the association.

Congrats. Now where is our skateboard park?

[Link: North County Times]

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The Christmas Shopping Orgy ’07 Kicks Off

by The Editors on November 23, 2007

Thumb 1195838483980 0P9310963197975719As much as we love Carlsbadistan, there are times when we’re not that sad to be away. One of those days is Black Friday (especially when there is no real surf). And the best place to NOT be is the mall.

Fox 6’s Antonio Castelan did a little live broadcasting from the No Fear store at the Carlsbad Premium Outlets to get the pulse of the mad Christmas shopping bonanza that began at midnight Friday morning. No Fear workers said their busiest time of the day so far was the midnight to 3 AM. Good, lord. People certainly are programmed to buy, buy, buy. We’re proud to say we didn’t buy one thing today. Did you?

[Link: Fox 6 News and San Diego Union Tribune]

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Skateboarder Gets Knocked Out

by The Editors on November 23, 2007

According to the North County Times, a 13-year-old skateboarder, who was not wearing a helmet took, a Thanksgiving Day slam at the Carlsbad Skateboard Park and knocked himself out.

The boy . . . was unconscious for a few minutes after hitting the concrete. He was taken by Mercy Air helicopter to Rady Children’s Hospital.

[Link: North County Times]

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Happy Thanksgiving, Carlsbadistan!

by The Editors on November 22, 2007

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At this time of year we have so much to be thankful for that it would take much to long for us to list it all out. Let’s just say we’re happy we live in Carlsbadistan, and we’re honored that you have chosen to spend even a minute with us today. If there is something you’re particularly thankful for, leave a comment below so we can all share in each other’s thanks.

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