February 2010

Boys & Girls Club Youth Of The Year Named

by The Editors on February 22, 2010

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Gerald Ball, Jason Salinas, and Winner Prashant Bhat (pictured above) were recently selected as Carlsbad Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year finalists and Bhat was awarded the title and a $1,000 scholarship.

Currently a senior at Carlsbad High School, Prashant is destined to make a positive impact on a national or global level. He became involved with the Club because he wanted to raise environmental awareness, and structured a recycling program for the La Costa Branch. “The friendly nature of everyone at the Club is welcoming to any stranger. The bonds I have created with my Club “family” will stay strong even when I go off to college. I am so grateful for these relationships.”

Ball and Salinas both won $500 scholarship. For the rest of the details follow the jump.
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ATF Offers Reward In Aviara Arson Case

by The Editors on February 22, 2010

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever was responsible for the fire that charred the teachers lounge at the Aviara Oaks Elementary School in Carlsbadistan in the early morning hours of February 2, 2010.

Fire investigators from the Carlsbad Fire Department determined that the fire was deliberately set. Law enforcement personnel are working to locate suspects and determine a possible motive for the fire. . . “This senseless crime caused an unnecessary financial and emotional impact to Carlsbad,” Torres said. “ATF is determined to protect our local communities, and we are hopeful that the public can assist us in providing information which may lead us to the person or persons responsible for this crime.”

Anyone with information on the crime should contact ATF at (888) ATF-FIRE or (888) 283-3473.
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Wealth-builder James Ray Is Broke?

by The Editors on February 20, 2010

Cbe43Ecc-Ec9C-41Bd-Aee7-9Ef048208A63-SmallCarlsbadistan’s James Arthur Ray built a large motivational speaking business on the idea that with his training people could become wealthy. The tagline on his website explains it: “create harmonic wealth in all areas of your life.” That was his game. Give me money, he seemed to say, and I’ll give you the secrets of getting other people to give you money.

Now, with manslaughter charges filed against him for three sweat lodge ceremony deaths and a $5 million bail Ray is telling the court that he is actually broke, according to a story from the Associated Press.

“Despite misconceptions perpetrated in the media, Mr. Ray is not a man of significant assets and certainly not the millions reported in the press,” his attorneys wrote in documents obtained by The Associated Press from the court. The documents are now officially sealed. . . Ray himself has touted his wealth and success in numerous media interviews and on his Web site, including an estimated $10 million in revenue in 2009 and a seven-figure advance for his book, “Harmonic Wealth” that hit the New York Times Best Sellers List in May 2008. . . but the court documents paint a much different picture, showing that he is severely in debt with a net worth of negative $4.2 million

Wait, are they trying to tell us that Carlsbadistan’s self-help guru misrepresented his wealth?

[Link: The Washington Post]

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Southbound 101 Closed A Solamar Drive

by The Editors on February 19, 2010

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If you’re going to San Diego, be sure to not drive south from here. If you’re going to San Diego, the old bridge you’ve crossed will no longer be there. . . because the work crews are busy replacing the old 90-year-old bridge at the dip.

. . a portion of the southbound side of the road between Palomar Airport Road and Island Way. During the closure, traffic will be re-routed to Avenida Encinas. Northbound traffic on Carlsbad Boulevard will not be affected.

Until then is looks like a great place to run along the coast with no traffic at all.

[Link: City of Carlsbadistan]

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Councilman Blackburn Gunning For Mayor

by The Editors on February 19, 2010

490A2628-3Caa-5C8D-Bc06-78B272485B42-1.Preview-300Keith Blackburn, the former Carlsbad Police officer and current Carlsbadistan City Councilman has announced that he will be running for Mayor according to a Barbara Henry story in the North County Times.

As he announced his mayoral bid Thursday, Blackburn said his candidacy would focus on economic development, open space land purchases and the long-discussed Alga Norte park project. . . He also said that he wants to purchase open space land for preservation now while local real estate prices are more affordable and he wants to get the swim complex planned for the future Alga Norte park open as soon as possible, even if it means dipping into the city’s substantial reserves to cover its daily operations expenses. . . “We can run that pool for 10 years … before we have to tap into our general fund,” he said.

If he promises to get the Alga Norte skateboard park and pool running ASAP, then he has our vote for certain.

[Link: North County Times]

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Tree Leaves Norte Restaurant

by The Editors on February 18, 2010

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If something seems to be missing the next time you’re sipping margaritas on the Norte patio this is probably the reason. Their enormous Eucalyptus tree has been 86’d from the property because he had a bad case of tree fungus. We’re going to miss it.

Luckily, the beautiful Australian Fig on the other side of the restaurant is doing fine.

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Smith On The Hemlock Stairs

by The Editors on February 15, 2010

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It’s good to see the youth of Carlsbadistan engaged in healthy outdoor activities while making use of public structures. Although, a new skatepark would be nice.

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Man Spends 100th Birthday At Legoland

by The Editors on February 13, 2010

Image001-2At 100 years old we believe we should be able to do whatever we want to celebrate our birthdays and that’s apparently what Edward “Ed” Burney Baker of Pine Lake Plateau, Washington has done for quite some time now.

What does he want to do? Every year since he turned 92 Baker has been spending his birthday at Legoland.

To honor his 100th birthday, a LEGOLAND Master Model Builder created a miniature model of Baker and placed it in the farmland of Miniland New England, where guests from all over the world will be able to visit him for years to come. Model Builders also created a LEGO cupcake decorated with a bright red 100 for Baker as a souvenir to mark this momentous occasion. . . Miniland U.S.A. is the heart of LEGOLAND California and the New England cluster is a particular favorite of Baker’s as he grew up on a farm outside of Seattle. He loves the animation in this area where LEGO farm animals come to life.

Baker’s secret to long life? “A daily mug of root beer, being kind to others and fun hobbies like building with LEGO.” And yes, he says he coming back next year. For the rest of the story, follow the jump.
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Jon Wantz To Be On City Council

by The Editors on February 12, 2010

Jon WantzJon Wantz, 28, of Carlsbadistan is running for City Council in the next election and The Coast News was good enough to profile him today.

“I think people are ready to see something a little different,” Wantz said. . . As Wantz gets his campaign off the ground, he’s focusing on two main issues to improve the city: creating an open and responsive local government and increasing occupancy rate in a city that has nearly reached build-out of the general plan. . . Wantz said he advocates for a more responsive government after having witnessed the current council feign interest in what residents want without following through. He specifically points to the Alga Norte Park project — which many residents asked for and have still not received — as a prime example of unresponsive representation.

Yes, Carlsbadistan could use a little more of what Jon Wantz is talking about.

[Link: The Coast News]

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Carlsbad In The Wall Street Journal

by The Editors on February 11, 2010

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The Wall Street Journal’s Jennifer Levitz writes up Carlsbadistan and mentions all the hotspots and what to do, where to eat, and places to stay. She doesn’t do that bad a job of it either.

About 35 miles north of San Diego, Carlsbad can entertain both beach-lovers, and those who get bored with days of surf and sand. The first of March kicks off a Southern California spring tradition—the yearly bursting of bulbs on rolling hillside at the privately owned Flower Fields. . . Carlsbad Village is full of trendy boutiques, diners, and restaurants. Locals take their dogs and grab a seat outside at The Naked Cafe.

Click the link to read the rest.

[Link: Wall Street Journal via @carlsbadcagov]

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