June 2008

June 28 Is Family Day At The Lagoon

by The Editors on June 27, 2008


We’re at a bit of a loss with the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation’s Family Day tomorrow from 3 – 5 PM at the visitor center. Isn’t it always family day on Carlsbadistan’s hiking trails?

The San Diego Union-Tribune says there will be a “scavenger hunt followed by light refreshments,” but a visit to the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation Nature Center’s website gives no illuminating information other than saying “bring the kids.”

[Link: Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation via San Diego Union-Tribune]


Bobby’s Crash-A-Way

by The Editors on June 26, 2008


This evening (June 26, 2008) at approximately 5:12 pm, traffic on the 4900 block of El Camino Real slowed down in both North and South lanes after two silver Toyotas collided in front of Bobby’s Hideaway Cafe.

The driver of the Carolla, a woman in her 20s, was unhurt, however, the driver of the Matrix, a woman who appeared to be in her late 60s was a bit shaken by the crash and was “pretty shaken up by her airbags” according to one witness.

Carlsbad Fire, Paremedic, and Police units responded within minutes.


City May Sue For Free Parking At Tamarack

by The Editors on June 26, 2008

According to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune the City of Carlsbad is still kicking when it comes to the California Department of Parks and Recreations plans to charge beach visitors $8 a day for parking in the lot at Tamarack.

Mayor Bud Lewis announced Tuesday that the City Council voted 4-1 in closed session, with Councilwoman Julie Nygaard dissenting, to possibly sue the state Coastal Commission for allowing the parks department to install a fee machine.

We didn’t think the City Council had it in them, but we appreciate their seemingly better-late-than-never attention to the issue.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]


Golden Boy At The New Village Arts Theatre

by The Editors on June 26, 2008

11 Gb Promo5X5V2North County Times staff writer Pam Kragen was surprised to find that the New Village Arts Theatre presentation of Clifford Odets‘ “nearly three-hour long” boxing/violin/love story drama Golden Boy actually works, even though there are “huge casting demands, thick, ethnic accents, dated dialogue where women characters practically beg to be smacked around.”

Yet somehow, scrappy little New Village Arts Theatre in Carlsbad has made this play work, thanks to a smartly designed two-story set that keeps the action always in motion, and Joshua Everett Johnson’s thoughtful direction that holds the play firmly in period.

Golden Boy runs Thursday through Sunday at 8 PM (a 3 PM matinee on Saturdays) from June 21st – July 13th. For more information or to buy tickets please visit the New Village Arts Theatre website.

[Link: North County Times]


More Sad Mortgage Stories

by The Editors on June 25, 2008

Carlsbadistan real estate is getting pulled into to the recent foreclosure debacle according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune. Defaults in the 92010 are “up 85.7 percent over the past year.” And some of the stories are just plain sad.

The weak market is very much on the mind of Jan Terry, 54, who faces foreclosure on a $935,000, 2,300-square-foot house she bought a couple of blocks from the coast in Carlsbad early last year.

Terry acknowledges that she made a mistake in getting a high-risk loan for the investment property, but she thought beach properties should have been a no-brainer money maker. “Based on the way I could see the market going,” said the one-time real estate agent, “I would make a few bucks.”

But then the mortgage market tanked, her tenants left, she moved back in and her business partner skipped town. Terry now faces bankruptcy, eviction and possibly living on the streets. She has a daughter in college and was recently divorced.

Guess living on the streets is the downside of a “high-risk loan.”

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]


TGIF Jazz June 27: Janiva Magness

by The Editors on June 25, 2008

MagnivaThe Los Angeles Daily News has described award-winning vocalist Janiva Magness as “a superb, powerhouse R&B singer who delivers blues and soul with show-stopping authority.” And her new album What Love Will Do is reportedly amazing.

Magness reaches heights only hinted at in her previous recordings, interpreting new material written especially for her and songs from Little Milton, Tina Turner, Bill Withers, Al Green, Candi Staton, Dorothy Moore and Marvin Gaye. Her impassioned singing takes each song from deep within her being and projects it out directly into the heart and soul of her audience, making What Love Will Do essential listening for blues, roots, rock and soul music lovers everywhere.

In April 2008, Magness traveled to Iraq and Kuwait co-headlining Bluzapalooza, the first-ever blues concert tour to perform for American troops. And this Friday night (June 27, 2008), at 6 PM Magness will perform in Carlsbad’s Stagecoach Park. Don’t miss it.

[Link: Jazz In The Park]

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AT&T’s All New U-worse

by The Editors on June 24, 2008

Logo AttuverseWe finally pulled the plug on Time Warner Cable. We could not continue to justify paying $140 a month for a system that never worked properly (OnDemand especially).

No sooner did we quit cable than we started hearing that AT&T was sending people door-to-door in Carlsbadistan selling their new “100% digitally delivered television,” Internet, and phone service called U-verse. We’ve written about U-verse before and the reviews have not been good.

Today we got the following from a reader who switched to AT&T’s U-verse for about a week, but is now going back to cable:

“AT&T sucks! Hard selling (contracted sales force) Girls roaming the neighborhoods selling the savings of AT&T. . . My whole bundle of services was down for 3 days+ (including the phone). All the techs are nice but it gets down to a unreliable service. So now we are on the Disconnect AT&T program and going back to Time Warner.”

If you’ve signed up for AT&T’s U-verse service, please let us know how it’s going. We’re personally going to just stick with Internet and Apple TV, but there may be others who would like to know what they’re getting into before then go through all the hassles.


Sammy’s Puts Their Foot Down

by The Editors on June 24, 2008

Carlsbadistan’s Sammy’s Wood Fire Pizza at 5970 Avenida Encinas is holding a fundraiser on Wednesday June 25, 2008 to raise money for the Barefoot Kids Foundation.

This Non-Profit organization exclusively provides new footwear to Kids in Need through their National Distribution Network currently in 27 cities throughout the USA. Childcare organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Salvation Army and Court Appointed Special Advocates provide Payless ShoeSource shopping cards to underprivileged Kids.

Sammy’s will donate 20% of all dinner bills to the Barefoot Kids. And hopefully, that means the kids will get some new shoes. Have some good chain-restaurant pizza and help a good cause at the same time tomorrow night at Sammy’s.

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Aptera’s New Chief Marketing Officer

by The Editors on June 24, 2008

Tonykirton ApteraCarlsbad’s own little green automobile company Aptera has announced that they have hired former “Director of Marketing at Audi of America” Tony Kirton as its Chief Marketing Officer.

Having spent the last three decades successfully implementing and executing marketing and sales strategies for the world’s leading car manufacturers such as BMW, Audi, and Volkswagen, we are very fortunate to bring someone of Tony’s caliber to the team,” said Steve Fambro, co-founder and CEO of Aptera. “His wide-ranging experience coupled with established relationships in key automotive channels will prove invaluable as we prepare to roll our first vehicle off the assembly line this year.”

Welcome to Carlsbadistan, Tony.
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Brakes Break Boris’ Bid

by The Editors on June 23, 2008

Thanks to brake trouble Carlsbadistan’s NASCAR racer Boris Said had a bad day at Infineon Raceway on Sunday. After starting in 14th position, he flipped it and finished in 41st.

Before coming into the season’s first Sprint Cup road race, Said was looking to overturn his unlucky year of racing. But on Lap 3 of the scheduled 110-lap race, the front brakes on Said’s No. 60 7-Eleven No Fear/Slurpee Ford Fusion were starting to fail. . . . “When the brake pedal went to the floor on the third lap, I knew we had a big problem,” explained Said, who qualified 14th. “Our car started the race just as strong as we were in practice yesterday. But a component failure cut our day short.”

Said’s next race will be a 400 miler in Daytona. We hope things go better there.

[Link: Motorsport.com]