June 2008

Today’s Local Schofield

by The Editors on June 30, 2008

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Former Carlsbad High School surf team member and current top UCSD distance runners Bre Schofield got a little profile (and photo shown above) in yesterday’s Today’s Local News. The 19 year old seems to have an amazingly bright future ahead of her in track and field.

When she’s not at MiraCosta College for a summer philosophy class or online completing a geology course, Schofield spends most of her time preparing for a new challenge: the upcoming women’s cross country season. . . . “It’s not often that a college athlete gets to practice a new sport,” said the 5-foot-4, 115-pound Schofield, who blossomed as one of UCSD’s top track distance runners last season. “It’s something new not being on the track, so it’s going to be twice as exciting to see what I can do.”

Congrats, Bre. We hope training goes well and that you have time to surf every once in a while. Because nothing should get in the way of your surfing.

[Link: Today's Local News]

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No Grace On New Cell Phone Law

by The Editors on June 30, 2008

While the O-side Police Department is giving residents a one-month grace period before enforcing the new “hands free cellphone law (California Vehicle Code 23123 and 23124)” that goes into effect tomorrow (July 1, 2008), Carlsbad officers are going to dive right in and begin handing out tickets right away, according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Carlsbad police Lt. Kelly Cain said his city’s officers will be given the same discretion in issuing tickets or warnings that they have with any other traffic violation.

So remember to keep those cellphones below the window when you’re texting your way down Coast Highway.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

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Sunday Sunny Sunday

by The Editors on June 29, 2008

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It was just another one of those perfect days at the beach that makes Carlsbadistan world famous. But then we’re a little bit biased, obviously.

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CHS Surf Team Second in NSSA Champs

by The Editors on June 28, 2008

Leave it to a crew of “home-school” Hawai’ian kids from Elite Element to squeak by Carlsbad High School Surf Team in the finals of the NSSA National High School Surf Championships.

Elite Element — which is a home-school program — defeated Carlsbad (Calif.) High in the final. The finals were run in 3- to 4-foot waves at Lower Trestles.

Congrats, CHS. It’s a shame we can’t all live in Hawaii and go to school only when we don’t feel like surfing.

[Link: Honolulu Advertiser]

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Javina Magness Makes It Through

by The Editors on June 28, 2008

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She was sippin’ water and suckin’ throat lozenges most of the set, but that didn’t keep blues diva Javina Magness and her band from rocking the crowd all the way to the outfield at Stagecoach Park last night, for concert two of Carlsbad’s TGIF Jazz in The Park 2008.

We didn’t catch the first bit of Magness’ show because, as usual when we venture that far into Carlsbad’s Eastern Front, we got lost. From the looks on the faces of the packed baseball field everyone was enjoying Javina’s efforts.

The new baseball diamond venue may lack a little of the flavor of the old location, but it sure makes it easy for all the picnickers. And that new jumbo-sized dance floor seemed to be extremely popular.

Follow the jump for all the photos.

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Carlsbad Apple Store: Inside The Black Box

by The Editors on June 27, 2008

ApplestorepqWe’ve been keeping tabs on the construction going on at The Forum Shopping Center in Carlsbad because it will soon be home to Apple’s newest retail store.

Right now it’s just a big black box. While we were hoping that this location would be open in time for the iPhone 3G launch on July 11, a sneak peek inside the store suggests that we’ll all be waiting a little longer than that.

Then again, who knows. Apple has worked magic in the past and we are talking about the launch of the Jesus Phone 3G with GPS. So anything is possible.

[Editors' Note: Always click the photos to super-size them.]

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Surfers Ride The Rails At Cold Waters

by The Editors on June 27, 2008

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People strolling the seawall this evening saw some strange happenings in the surf just north of the Power Station. A group of guys had what looked like a snowboard box out in the waves and surfers were repeatedly trying to boardslide and 50-50 it.

We’re not exactly sure what was up, but we saw a Volcom van and a Transworld Surf truck, and from the looks of the number of cameras around it would appear that someone was filming for either a TV show or a movie.

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CUSD Budget Cuts Not So Deep

by The Editors on June 27, 2008

One month ago administrators of the Carlsbad Unified School District thought they would have to trim $5.6 million from the 2008-2009 budget, according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune. Now, thanks to being reclassified as a “basic aid” school district (because of high local property values) the district adopted a $96.6 million budget with only $2 million in cuts.

Carlsbad joins several other coastal North County districts – Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas – that are designated as basic aid because property values are so high there. Only about 80 of California’s more than 1,000 public school districts are basic aid districts. . . . That means that over the next fiscal year, Carlsbad Unified is expected to have $3.1 million more to spend than it otherwise would have had as a revenue limit school district.

We don’t exactly understand all the technical details, but smaller-than-expected budget cuts on education are always a great thing.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

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Mariah’s Location Gets Grubby

by The Editors on June 27, 2008

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The sign on the roof at 377 Carlsbad Village Drive is all that’s left of Mariah’s Restaurant. Though the owners of the long-time Carlsbadistan breakfast spot tried fine dining and even went online last fall in hopes getting funding to give the business an upgrade, they just couldn’t pull it off and had to call it quits.

But it’s not all bad news for the old space. A new upscale “quick serve” tacos and beer restaurant (which may be called Grubby’s Tacos) is set to open within the next few weeks. The new restaurant is owned and operated by the same team responsible for Oceanside’s Los Tacos and Grubby’s Diner. They have completely renovated the space (it’s looking solid) and will be kicking down good food (including breakfast with a Mexican groove) and what just might be Carlsbadistan’s largest selection of Mexican beer on tap.

We’ll keep you posted.

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Joanie Mendenhall’s Party Schedule

by The Editors on June 27, 2008

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Okay, so the venue isn’t here, but Joanie Mendenhall is our new favorite Carlsbadistanian musician and whenever she plays we’re interested. Tomorrow night (June 28, 2008) she’s doing a duo set with violinist to the stars Ray Suen at Gregory Page’s album release party at Lestat’s.

If you can’t make the show tomorrow night, then be sure to put these dates on your calendar: July 9 at The Belly Up for the The Exfriends “Joy of Life” album release party with Escalera, Stripes and Lines and then Joanie’s big party on July 14 at The Casbah for her “On a String” album release party.

[Link: Joanie Mendenhall]

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