February 2008

City Council Cans The Waterslides

by The Editors on February 27, 2008

When the Carlsbad City Council discussed the proposed Alga Norte Park last night we were worried they were going to do what many cities across the nation have done: cut funding for the planned skatepark. Luckily, that didn’t happen. Instead, they eliminated the water slides from swim complex.

Packard and Councilman Matt Hall have repeatedly argued that the water play area is a luxury that should be eliminated from the plans. Their position gained ground in recent months as state and national economic forecasts became grim. At Tuesday’s meeting, councilwomen Ann Kulchin and Julie Nygaard joined them in voting for a scaled-back project, while Mayor Bud Lewis voted against it.

Luckily, Mayor Lewis was voted down because his wacky idea was to build either the swim complex or the rest of the park but not both. We all know that if Carlsbad needs one thing it’s a quality skatepark.

[Link: North County Times]

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Hop On The Foreclosure Bus

by The Editors on February 27, 2008

This was a little too funny to believe, but desperate times. . . :

Prudential California Realty of Encinitas will host a free bus tour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturday. The tour will visit neighborhoods in the Carlsbad and Encinitas areas, giving homebuyers an opportunity to view houses of various sizes and prices. Lunch also will be provided. Space is limited. Reservations must be made by Thursday. For more information, or to RSVP, call Patti Phillips at (800) 680-9133, or e-mail.

There is nothing like viewing defaulted loans from the comfort of an air conditioned tour bus. . .

[Link: North County Times]

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The Flower Fields Open March 1

by The Editors on February 26, 2008

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Maybe is was the Friday monsoon (we’ll blame it), that kept us from even thinking that The Flower Fields will be opening on Saturday March 1, 2008 for their annual Ranunculus run. This year, the Fields will stay open until May 11, but don’t let that stop you from getting in on all the color early.

You will get to view the 50-plus acres of breathtaking Giant Tecolote Ranunculus, abundant roses in the All American Rose Garden, the world famous Ecke poinsettias and tour the entire ranch on an exciting tractor ride that is fun for the whole family, young and old.

We’re just glad it’s not a outlet mall parking lot.

[Link: The Flower Fields via North County Times]

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Cities Consider Swapping Land

by The Editors on February 24, 2008

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For years Highway 78 has been the unofficial boarder between Oceanside and Carlsbad. According to a Barbara Henry story in the North County Times, however, there is one parcel that illogically doesn’t fit. Oceanside dips south of the 78 just North of the the Westfield Plaza Camino Real Mall and Carlsbad officials would like that 32 acre chunk. In fact, they’re willing to trade a 288 parcel to Oceanside for it.

Under the proposal, which Carlsbad’s leaders stress is in the very early stages, Carlsbad would be permitted to absorb the 32 acres next to the mall in exchange for Oceanside’s annexation of a much-larger area to the east.

“To me, it’s common sense,” said Carlsbad Mayor Bud Lewis as he discussed his plan to bring up the issue at his council’s March 19 workshop. “Why shouldn’t we … make a fair trade with them?”

While Oceanside could get much more land in the deal, it’s not as simple as that. For the rest of the story follow the link.

[Link: North County Times]

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Carlsbad Songwriter Featured In New Surf Film

by The Editors on February 23, 2008

Gwtfcr Premieread2-1Carlsbadistan surfer/singer/songwriter Marklyn Retzer’s original music is featured in Arsen Production’s latest surf film Going With the Flow: Surfing Costa Rica’s Jungle Breaks.

The film, which stars Kevin Connelly, Jesse Timm, and In Search of Captain Zero author Allan Weisbecker, includes five songs from Retzer’s album Beach Days.

Going With the Flow is premiering at two San Diego locations this week: at Sherwood Auditorium, at 700 Prospect St., in La Jolla on Tuesday February 26, 2008 and at the world famous La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas on Thursday, February 28, 2008.

Marklyn will be playing a live acoustic set before each show, so arrive early and hear some music from the film.

[Link: Going With the Flow and Arsen Productions]

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Carlsbad Auqafarm Oysters In Santa Monica

by The Editors on February 22, 2008

ClamsApparently, Carlsbad Auqafarm oysters are creeping in to LA by appearing at the Santa Monica Farmers Market each Wednesday and they were interviewed for KCRW’s Good Food (which is supposed to air this Saturday at 11).

And with all the depressing news about how aqua-farming is hurting our oceans and coastline ecosystems, sustainably minded aqua farms are they way to safely enjoy these delectable goodies.

I picked up a dozen Luna Oysters which were harvested just a day ago for a mere $8. Carlsbad Aquafarm will be at the Santa Monica Wednesday market each week. Run oyster lovers, run!

[Link: Emerald City]

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Carlsbad Cheerleaders Bring It On

by The Editors on February 22, 2008

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According to a News 8 report the Carlsbad High School Cheerleaders have won one round in their first cheerleading competition in five years. Coach Heather Pyland, and cheer team members Paige Pollock and Mandy Abdi were all quoted. The next round is this Saturday at the Showcase of Champions at SeaWorld. Maybe they need some spirit fingers to help them sell it.

Click the link to watch the entire video.

[Link: News 8]

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Annual 5K Walk for Life At McGee Park

by The Editors on February 22, 2008

Walk20082This Sunday, February 24, 2008, in Carlsbadistan’s Magee Park the Cardiovascular Disease Foundation is holding their annual 5K walk for life and free community health fair (RAIN or SHINE).

The 5K Walk entry fee for adults is $25; children 12 and under walk free as well as military, fire and police department personnel and their families. The entry form and online registration are available at www.cvdf.org. Walkers registering on-line may bring a friend free! Day of walk registration will be from 8-9 a.m. An aerobic warm-up will begin at 8:30 a.m. And the walk begins at 9. All the details after the jump (click the “continue reading” link).

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The Man Behind Vigilucci’s

by The Editors on February 20, 2008

Food280We have two of his restaurants right in Carlsbadistan, but we know very little about the man behind the Vigilucci empire other than its great food and fine wines. Now, thanks to the San Diego Union-Tribune we know that Roberto Vigilucci is a soccer fan, and that he is opening his seventh restaurant in La Jolla of all places.
Follow the link for the rest of the story.

[Link: San Deigo Union-Tribune]

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Carlsbad Homes Going For Sale By Owner

by The Editors on February 20, 2008

FsboReal Estate bloggers Eve Sieminski and Roberta Murphy of San Diego Previews.com noticed recently that more and more homes in Carlsbad are going “FSBO,” or being put up for sale without the help of a Realtor. Eve and Roberta say:

The vast majority of these Carlsbad FSBO listings are overpriced. Are the owners relying on outdated information from Zillow–or wishful thinking when pricing their homes? . . . The majority of the advertised FSBO’s are in short sale position. In other words, these sellers owe more than what their homes are likely worth. This leads us to wonder: How prepared are these sellers to negotiate with lenders and keep buyers on the line?

We have a little guess for Eve and Roberta: the reason more home sellers are going FSBO is two-pronged: one, they’ve realized that Realtors really aren’t doing all that much for them; and two, home sellers have discovered that in this “down market” most Realtors are more interested in dropping asking prices than they are in sitting in and holding price.

But then, we’re not “Real Estate professionals.” What do you think? Let us know in the comments

[Link: San Diego Preview]

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