July 2008

Carlsbad Middleweight Wins Comeback

by The Editors on July 25, 2008

Dannyperez 240X230 20080725Carlsbadistan’s middleweight boxer Danny Perez won a decision last night in his first fight in more than two years, according to a story in the The Sweet Science.

Nice combinations in the third round by Perez as a toe to toe battle ensued. Stanisavljevic landed a couple shots but took many more in return as his face was bloodied. The fourth and the fifth came and both men waged war. Perez’s 37 year old opponent fought on as Perez constantly peppered his body and face. By the sixth and final round Perez had completely dominated Stanisavljevic, who’s slower and less talented than Perez but still put up a good fight.

We knew there were a lot of fighters in Carlsbadistan, but we didn’t know there were any boxers.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]


Carlsbad Lightning BU-8 Champs

by The Editors on July 24, 2008

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We’re not even going to pretend we understand anything about the convoluted world of kids soccer nor it’s organizations. That said, apparently:

The Carlsbad Lightning BU-8 Red team, led by coach Bob Barbosa, prevailed over a tough Del Mar Sharks team, 4-1, to grab their first championship of the season at the Carlsbad Cup. . . .Multiple goals were scored in the tournament by Christian Kampfl, Ryan Anderson, Cole Miller, Jet Trask and Ryan Ashby. Outstanding defensive play was provided by Bennet Chergosky, Juan Ibanez and Ethan Cohen. Star goalies included Cooper Ward and Logan Schmitt.

This of course follows the Carlsbad Lightning GU-12 Black Championship win on Monday. Two questions: how many “championships” are there in a season? And, do these kids get a blue ribbon and a trophy each and every time they kick the ball?

[Link: XK San Diego.com]


Invitrogen Profits Up 30%

by The Editors on July 24, 2008

We were so excited about our favorite Carlsbad-based life sciences company the last time we mentioned Invitrogen that we bought a couple shares. Lucky us, because yesterday they announced that second quarter profits were up 30 percent

The Carlsbad, California-based company posted net income of $53.2 million, or 55 cents per share, compared with a profit of $40.9 million, or 31 cents per share, a year earlier. . . The results topped analyst expectations by a whopping 11 cents, according to Reuters Estimates, and Invitrogen shares jumped nearly 5 percent in premarket trading.

Knowing nothing about the life sciences business or the stock market in general, we’re feeling pretty good about Invitrogen’s future as well. Not that it matters.

[Link: Forbes.com]


Active Power Hour @ Carlsbad Skatepark

by The Editors on July 24, 2008

Active CarlsbadAction sports retailer Active Ride Shop will be at the Carlsbad skatepark on 2560 Orion Way on July 29th, from 8-9 PM for their “Power Hour” skateboard contest.

This is a winner take all prize pack on the line, featuring all of the latest Active label goodies. We’ll be looking for the most rippingest person, who can get down throughout the whole park for one solid hour! No sign ups necessary and all are welcomed.

Chick Fil A will be providing “free delicious chicken sandwiches” as well.
[Link: Active Ride Shop]


Council Stalls Skatepark Project Again

by The Editors on July 23, 2008

This is getting to the point of absurdity. Last night the Carlsbad City Council voted to stall the proposed $50 million Alga Norte Park, Aquatic Center and Skateboard Park and not put it out to bid because as the Mayor said we’re having hard economic times, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.

Mayor Bud Lewis recalled when his family lost its home when he was a youngster during the Great Depression, and said it was not good for the city to spend millions on a project during hard economic times.

Council voted to reconsidered the park in October. What they failed to mention is that this means Carlsbad will be without a skateboard park for even longer now as the Orion park will be destroyed so the city can build a police and fire training facility.

Note to Mayor Lewis: when economic times are hard it’s all the more important that kids and families have local, free recreational options. Not less.


Aptera Gets Google Millions

by The Editors on July 23, 2008

Home4Carlsbad’s three-wheeled electric motorcycle company Aptera Motors has received $2.75 million from RechargeIT, a company run by Google’s philanthropic arm, according to VentureBeat.

The 230+ miles-per-gallon Aptera has received plenty of attention over the past few months, and a post here on VentureBeat asking whether readers would drive the odd-looking vehicle continues to get responses indicating that yes, quite a few people are interested in the $30,000 car.

Every little bit helps, huh?

[Link: VentureBeat]

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Two CYB Teams Make Super Regionals

by The Editors on July 22, 2008

Carlsbad Youth Baseball has a lot to be proud of this season as two of it’s All-Start Teams (Pony 13 and Mustang) made it to the 3rd Round Southern California Super-Regional Tournaments.

At the Pony 13 Super-Regional in Fullerton, CA the CYB team lost to Placetia 6-5, then beat Redlands 5-3 but then lost to West Covina, ending their season. The Mustang Tournament kicks off Thursday, July 24 at 7:30 in Chino Hills.

Good luck to all the Mustang players.

[Link: Carlsbad Youth Baseball]


TGIF Jazz July 25: Tinsley Ellis

by The Editors on July 22, 2008


[Editor’s Note: This event has been cancelled due to a dead bird.] Get ready for what will probably be the most hard rocking night of the entire TGIF Jazz In The Park as Tinsley Ellis drowns Poinsettia Park in his own brand of southern fried blues, tonight July 25, 2008.

Tinsley Ellis sings and plays with the energy and soul of all the great Southern musicians who have come before him. Ellis attacks his music with rock power and blues feeling, following in the tradition of Deep South musical heroes Duane Allman, Freddie King, Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes. His live shows feature extended fretwork filled with melodic and rhythmic experimentation, in the spirit of jam bands like his friends Widespread Panic and The Allman Brothers. Atlanta Magazine declared Ellis “the most significant blues artist to emerge from Atlanta since Blind Willie McTell.”

We’re going to guess that means he’s amazing. Show starts at 6 PM at Poinsettia Park and remember to bring earplugs for the kids.

[Link: TGIF Jazz In The Park]


$14 Million School Upgrade In Progress

by The Editors on July 22, 2008

Thanks to Propsition P, the Carlsbad Unified School District will get $14 million in much needed elementary school upgrades beginning next summer according to a Stacy Brandt story in the North County Times.

“It’s really exciting.” Trustee Nicole Pappas said Monday about seeing the projects beginning to take shape. “This is what we’ve been waiting for.” . . . District officials are expected to ask the board at Wednesday’s meeting to choose Trittipo Architecture and Planning to design the plans for overhauling four elementary school campuses. The district would pay the San Marcos-based company $915,000 for the work.

Work would begin on Buena Vista, Hope, Kelly and Magnolia elementary schools next summer, so kids will have to endure one more school year in the old buildings.

[Link: North County Times]


Alga Norte Park To Go Non-Union Wages?

by The Editors on July 21, 2008

110P-1The saga of Carlsbad’s Alga Norte Park continues to drag out. In November 2007 Consolidated Contracting Services of San Clemente bid $29.3 million on the project, but the City Council said that bid was too low.

Then in December 2007 the City denied all six park construction bids because there were “multiple problems with the bids the city received.”

Now, thanks to being a “charter city,” the City Council is considering putting the bids out to builders who pay “non-union wages” according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Councilman Mark Packard was the leading advocate for adopting a city charter, largely on the savings that the city could gain on public projects. “Unless staff can show me some overriding reason why we would do it as a prevailing-wage project, . . . I’m going to be supportive of allowing nonprevailing-wage bids,” Packard said. . . .Packard said he believes the city can get a high-quality project and save 15 percent to 20 percent, or about $5 million, by putting it out as a nonprevailing-wage job.

This obviously gets right to the heart of American labor issues. Hopefully, the City Council will do the right thing.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

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