January 2009

Stabbing At The Golden Tee

by The Editors on January 30, 2009

One of Carlsbad’s finest late-night drinking establishments hosted a fight in the early hours of Thursday morning and a 29-year-old man was found in front of the Golden Tee Cocktail Lounge at 1065 Carlsbad Village Drive with two stab wounds, according to a story in the North County Times.

The extent of the injuries were unknown but were not expected to be life-threatening, Thomas said. . . . The victim was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital for treatment, he said. . . . Meanwhile, police are looking for two men seen leaving the area south on Interstate 5 in a silver Infinity G35 sedan, Thomas said. . . .Both men are white and between 25 and 35 years old. One is approximately 6 feet tall and 190 pounds; the other is approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and 180 pounds.

Bummer. Anyone with info is encouraged to call the Carslbad Police Department at (760) 931-2197.

[Link: North County Times]

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Surfrider Challenges Desalination Permit

by The Editors on January 27, 2009

The Surfrider Foundation, fresh off defeating the Trestles Toll Road, continues to battle the proposed Poseidon Resources Inc. desalination plant on our Agua Hedionda Lagoon, according to a post on their blog.

The contentious plan to build a massive ocean desalination on the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad, California has been challenged in court. Surfrider Foundation, as lead plaintiff, claims approval by the Coastal Commission to build the largest ocean desalination facility in the western hemisphere violates California law because it was not designed or located to avoid the unnecessary destruction of marine life.

We fully support and back the Surfrider Foundation in this mission.

[Link: Surfrider Foundation]

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Forecloser Rent Scammers Go To Jail

by The Editors on January 27, 2009

It’s only for 90 days, but several North County residents are happy to know that Orange County residents Alexander Braslavsky, 34, and Anthony Patrick Marshall, 38, are headed to the clink for renting out homes they didn’t own, according to a story in the North County Times.

Linda Smith, who had fallen prey to their scam, whispered a loud “yes” in an otherwise quiet courtroom as Superior Court Judge Daniel Goldstein sentenced [the men]. . . The pair would show the home, make a deal with the victim, hand over a set of house keys and take the victim’s money, Winn said. . . Each victim paid between $3,350 and $4,500 to the pair, she said. . . Families moved into the homes, Winn said, only to find out within days that their rental agreement was phony. . . . In reality, the two men had no ties to the home at all, and the victims had no idea that the homes they thought they were renting were actually in foreclosure and set for auction, Winn said.

Nice work. It’s sad they’re couldn’t spend even more time in jail.

[Link: North County Times]

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Former Carlsbad Mayor Frazee Dies

by The Editors on January 27, 2009

Former Carlsbad Mayor and state Assemblyman Robert Frazee has died of an apparent heart attack while on a South Pacific cruise with his wife he was 80 years old, according to a story on 10news.com.

He was first elected to the Carlsbad City Council in 1972, before becoming the North County city’s mayor in 1974. In 1978, he was elected to the state Assembly, where he represented North County and part of Orange County until his retirement in 1994.

According to the North County Times “At 80, Bob Frazee was a North County institution, a designation few would dispute given his nearly three decades of accomplishments in public service at the city, regional and statewide levels.”

Carlsbadistan’s beach from Pine Street to Tamarack was named after Frazee. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.

[Link: 10news.com and North County Times]

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Sustainability Committee Meeting Tonight

by The Editors on January 26, 2009

The Imagine Carlsbad Sustainability Committee will meet at 5:30 Monday, January 26, 2009 at the Harding Center (3096 Harding Street). We’re guessing the public is invited. The focus of the meeing is: “What would you like the general plan or community vision for Carlsbad to address?”

Anyone interested in Carlsbad’s future and the future of the Carlsbad General Plan should attend. For all the details please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Shaun White Wins X Games

by The Editors on January 26, 2009

We’re guessing this is news to no one with cable TV, but we’re going to link it up just for history sake: Carlsbadistan’s flying tomato resident Shaun White won all the snowboard events at the 13th Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado this weekend. By doing that he now has the most gold medals in X Games history and became the first snowboarder to win back-to-back halfpipe gold.

Congrats, Shaun. Slopestyle vidoe after the jump.

[Link: ESPN]
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Sunday Morning Lagoon Manhunt

by The Editors on January 26, 2009

One of our Twitter friends alerted us to this early Sunday morning. Apparently, “A man suspected of drunken driving ran into a lagoon, refused to surrender and tried to drown a police dog before he was arrested, police said yesterday.” according to a story in the San Diego Union–Tribune.

Lavar Toosweet McKiernan, 34, was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence, felony evading causing injuries, and attempting to harm a police dog, said Carlsbad police Lt. Marc Reno.. . . The motorist drove away with Alexander in pursuit, Reno said. He rear-ended a vehicle and hit a telephone pole before leaving the car and running into the Buena Vista Lagoon, about half a mile from where the chase began.

Alcohol is such a wonderful thing, huh?

[Link: San Diego Union-Triubne]

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City Council To Vote On Powerplant Resolution

by The Editors on January 26, 2009

Jpeg-1The City of Carlsbad City Council is getting more and more serious about its opposition to NRG’s proposed second power plant. They’re even planning to vote on something:

The Carlsbad City Council will vote on a resolution finding that the second power plant proposed by NRG, called the Carlsbad Energy Center Project violates key city laws, regulations and plans at the regularly scheduled council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the council chambers, 1200 Carlsbad Village Dr. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Sadly, the city has no control over whether the plant gets approved or not, but it’s nice to see them going down with a fight. Follow the jump for the rest of the release. [click to continue…]

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The 2009 Carlsbad Marathon & Half

by The Editors on January 25, 2009

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At 6 AM this morning, far to early for anyone to be up, let alone thinking about running a race, the 2009 Carlsbad Marathon & Half kicked off at the Westfield Plaza Camino Real. More than 1,200 competitors dashed off into the morning darkness for a 26 mile trot through Carlsbadistan.

At 7:30 AM (when we finally got to the starting line) 8,000 half marathoners kicked out into the streets in waves and by 8:30 Coast Highway was packed and overflowing with runners. Follow the jump for more photos (click them to see them full size).
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X Games Star In Carlsbad Magazine

by The Editors on January 24, 2009

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She may not have won the X Games halfpipe last night thanks to a bit of trouble with a frontside 900 spin and being “down for a minute and motionless” according to TransWorld Snowboarding magazine, but Gretchen Bleiler is still a Carlsbadistan resident and we’re proud of her.

If you saw her zipping through Carlsbad Village on her scooter, with her long blonde hair blowing in the wind, you might mistake Gretchen Bleiler for just an average Carlsbad girl on her way to check the surf.

But according to the profile in Carlsbad Magazine she is much more than that. Check it out.

[Link: Carlsbad Magazine]

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