September 2009

Power Of Vision Still Against New Power Plant

by The Editors on September 30, 2009

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Carlsbadistan’s Power of Vision, “a coalition of opponents” to the proposed NRG West power plant, held another press conference yesterday to remind everyone that building another power plant in Carlsbadistan is a very bad idea. They were joined yesterday by two congressional candidates.

Francine Busby and Solana Beach Councilmember Dave Roberts, both of whom are running for Congress in the 50th District, also announced their opposition to the project at today’s event. Roberts’ opposition was previously lodged as part of the Solana Beach Council. . . Elected officials of the cities of Vista, Solana Beach and Del Mar have written letters to the City of Carlsbad citing opposition to the proposed 540-megawatt power plant due to its significant regional impacts to the environment, coastal resources and the region’s visual resources.

We know there are a lot of details involved, but we just think a beautiful coastal lagoon is a seriously silly place for another power plant (or desalination plant). So more power to the Power of Vision. Follow the jump for the full release.
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TK Arnold’s Ridiculous Lego Pool Proposal

by The Editors on September 30, 2009

LegopoolIn his latest column for the North County Times, TK Arnold suggests that since the City of Carlsbadistan appears to be “dragging its feet” when it comes to grading the 32-arce Alga Norte Park and Aquatic Center, that it might be a good idea to go the privatized route and ask Legoland to include a “competition sized pool” in their proposed 5.5 acre water park.

Wouldn’t it be grand if a spectacular competition-size pool was added to the mix? . . The Carlsbad City Council could put into action its long-professed affinity for government partnerships with the private sector, maybe even contracting with Legoland to operate the pool. Legoland could then play host to swim and water polo tournaments that draw thousands of visitors —- further justification for the hotel the park wants to build.

This may be one of the most ridiculous suggestions we’ve heard in a while. Aside from the fact that Legoland already has a large enough footprint in our city, do we really want our local swimming complex controlled by a New York City based private equity fund (Blackstone Group)? Do the children of Carlsbadistan need to be constantly bombarded with Lego advertising each and every time they go swimming? If you’re still wondering, the answer to both rhetorical questions is: No!

What the City of Carlsbadistan needs is a proper swimming pool (and skateboard park). The City has the money and several mandates from its citizens. The discussion does not need more ridiculous clutter. It needs clear and concise messaging. We can do it in four words: get those tractors rolling.

It really is that simple.

[Link: North County Times]

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Small Tsunami Coming To Carlsbad

by The Editors on September 29, 2009

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A 15 cm tsunami caused by a 8.0 earthquake near Samoa is scheduled to start lapping on the beaches of Carlsbad starting at 9:10 PM tonight according to the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Information site. The San Diego News Network is reporting the following:

The magnitude-8.0 temblor struck at 10:48 a.m. California time in the ocean and triggered a tsunami that leveled at least one Samoan village. Early media reports indicated that as many as 20 people had been killed. . . The National Weather Service issued a tsunami advisory for the California coast, stretching from the Mexican border to the Oregon/Washington border. . . “Coastal residents are advised to stay out of the water, off the beach and away from harbors and marinas,” according to the NWS. ”

Guess that means we shouldn’t go down to the beach to check it out. . .

[Link: West Coast And Alaska Tsunami and San Diego News Network]

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Pizza Port Wins 9 Medals At Beer Festival

by The Editors on September 29, 2009

Uti1005392 T350Carlsbadistan’s Pizza Port kicked serious ass last weekend at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. Pizza Port nabbed nine medals in all, seven of them from the Carlsbad location including Large Brewpub of the Year, according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Brewpub ops director Jeff Bagby (pictured right) was pleased.

“I kind of prepared myself for the worst,” said Jeff Bagby, director of brewpub operations for the Pizza Ports in Carlsbad, Solana Beach and San Clemente. “I was prepared to come home with nothing.”

Congrats to Bagby and the Pizza Port team. We know the beer is good, but it’s even nicer to know it’s the best beer in America.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

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Carlsbad Man Sentenced In Washington

by The Editors on September 28, 2009

Carlsbad resident Jeffrey David Rau, 21, was sentenced in a Lewis County Washington court to 15 days in jail on one count and 365 days in jail with 364 suspended with nine months community custody on the second count for possession of a controlled substance (heroin and/or ecstasy), and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to a story in The Chronicle Online.

Rau was also fined $4,136.

[Link: Chronicle Online]

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Beware The Brown Widow Spiders

by The Editors on September 28, 2009

Brown WidowEvery morning when we go outside it seems like we’re walking into one big spider web. Seems like bits of web are catching us at every turn. We’re just hoping it’s not the newest poisonous invader whose work we keep running into.

According to a story on KTLA.com the Brown Widow spider in invading SoCal.

Originally from South Africa, the brown widow spiders were first spotted in San Diego in 2004. . . Experts say they have multiplied by the thousands and have been found as far north as Carlsbad and as far south as Imperial Beach. . . The brown widow’s venom is more potent than the venom of its cousin, the black widow, and one bite can send a person to the hospital.

We think we saw one on our fence the other day. Ouch.

[Link: KTLA]

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October Is Military Month At Mulloys

by The Editors on September 28, 2009

Mulloys LogoEach time we roll in to Mulloys Fine Jewelry at 2978 State Street in the Village of Carlsbadistan, we are surprised. Surprised by the friendly staff, by the depth of high quality merchandise, and by the fact that we don’t do it more often as it is well within walking distance. This month, there is even more of a reason to be surprised as Mulloys celebrates “Honor Our Military” month.

“During these times of uncertainty in the economy, I’ll do whatever it takes to help my fellow Americans serving our country save money and still get the respect, dignity and customer service they deserve,” said the founder of Mulloys Fine Jewelry. “I want to continue to be a part of all of our service members lives and in doing so, I ask if you’ve had a terrific experience at MulloysJewelry.com then please spread the word and take advantage of our Friends and Family referral program specially directed to those Military servicemen and women.”

Obviously, these deals won’t do a whole lot for us, but for those in the Armed Forces it could make a huge difference. Follow the jump for even more special offers. . . [click to continue…]

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Hodad’s Coming To Carlsbadistan?

by The Editors on September 27, 2009

Bossman In CarOne of our favorite San Diego burger joints Hodad’s is apparently coming to Carlsbadistan’s Village Faire at the corner of Carlsbad Village Drive and Carlsbad Boulevard, according to leasing information obtained on The Free Library.com.

Hodad’s leased 1,900 square feet of retail space for $217,738 for five years at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 202, in Carlsbad.

Suite 202 is the current location of Mr. Peabody’s. No shirt. No shoes. No problem. Damn. Our mouths are already watering. Should we get in line now?

[Link: The Free Library]

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Carlsbad Armed Robbers Caught

by The Editors on September 25, 2009

Francisco Bonillas, 27, and Robert Amador, 28, have been arrested for the armed home invasion robbery of at home in the 7200 block of San Benito in Carlsbad at about 8:20 PM on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, according to a Story on San Diego 6.

The men broke into the home while carrying handguns and stole property from a 51-year-old man and his 48-year-old wife, then fled in a white four-door Mitsubishi, according to Thomas. . . Officers spotted the getaway car a short time later on eastbound Highway 78 and stopped the vehicle at San Marcos Boulevard and Grand Avenue, the sergeant said.

Nice work by the authorities.

[Link: San Diego 6]

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Get Splashed With Art This Weekend In Carlsbad

by The Editors on September 25, 2009

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Carlsbadistan’s Armada Street will get all chalked up this weekend at the 7th Annual Carlsbad Art Splash September 26-27, 2009. The two day festival will feature chalk art street paintings, musicians, street entertainers, and performing artists. And Saturday sample food from Carlsbadistan’s finest restaurants at Taste at ArtSplash, September 26, 2009.

Click here for photos and coverage from last year, or here for all of our Art Splash coverage.

[Link: Carlsbad Art Splash]

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