March 2010

Carlsbadistan Dance Studio Sweeps

by The Editors on March 31, 2010

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Dancers from the Carlsbad Dance Center placed first overall in the teen and senior divisions at the Spotlight Dance Cup in Long Beach, California last weekend.

The competition judges paid special tribute to star Carlsbad Choreographer and Teacher, Abbie Ginsberg, by recognizing her with a special Judges Award during the ceremony. All of the dances Abbie Choreographed earned Diamond Awards at the competition. Judge Stacy Paydo said, I have been watching her choreography for years and have been amazed and awed!”

Apparently Carlsbadistan has all the dance moves. Congrats!

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Former Teacher Pleads Guilty To Sexual Battery

by The Editors on March 31, 2010

Former Pacific Rim Elementary School teacher Raymond Firth (click here for previous coverage) pleaded guilty March 19, 2020 to “sexual battery involving two girls in his second- and third-grade classes in school years starting in 2006 and 2007. He also admitted to one count of false imprisonment involving a third girl,” according to a story in the North County Times.

Firth has agreed to a three-year, eight-month prison term when he is sentenced April 26. The Carlsbad resident remains free on $450,000 bond. . . In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the six counts of child molestation —- lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 —- they had filed against Firth. . . “This is a plea that we came to after consulting with the victims,” said Deputy District Attorney Kelly Mok, who prosecuted the case. “Considering the facts and the victim input, we felt this was appropriate.”

According to an email received at Carlsbadistan.com parents of students at Pacific Rim Elementary are not happy about the way the school nor the district handled the case. One parent said this:

He was a 3rd grade teacher at Pacific Rim Elementary and they have not told any of the parents who had kids in his classes. They have tried to keep the story quiet. We were told not to discuss it. We know there are other victims who won’t come forward to press charges. We also believe there are victims out there who don’t know enough to come forward, whose parents have not been told. The last victim to come forward only came forward after the parents read about it in The Coast News and then asked their child. Some of these kids don’t realize what he did was wrong until they get to the 5th grade and learn about the human body and what is inappropriate.

Firth is currently free on a $450,000 bond.

[Link: North County Times]

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The Riehl World: The Union Distraction

by Richard J. Riehl on March 26, 2010

Img 7516-1If you walk the seawall late at night along Carlsbad Boulevard, you may hear voices in the distance sounding the alarm: “To arms! To arms! The unions are coming! The unions are coming!”

The familiar warning cry began with a Feb. 20 headline in the North County Times: “City’s unions expected to play active role in mayoral election.”

From the day City Councilman Keith Blackburn declared his candidacy for mayor, tongues have been wagging about how police and firefighters unions have announced their intent to do whatever they can to put the former police officer in the seat that Bud Lewis occupied for a quarter of a century.

Unlike in Oceanside, labor unions have not played a major role in Carlsbad City Council politics. With more union involvement, will North County’s model municipality of political civility be in danger of being sucked into the all-consuming black hole of partisanship that plagues its northern neighbor?

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Thursdays on The Coast Live Stream

by The Editors on March 25, 2010

Live stream of Southern California plein air painter Toni Williams’s exhibition and opening reception from Carlsbadistan’s Thursdays on the Coast presented at Ivanffy-Uhler Gallery.

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Pacific Ridge School In The SD Science Olympiad

by The Editors on March 25, 2010

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Carlsbadistan’s Pacific Ridge School fielded 10 middle school teams and 15 upper school teams in the San Diego Science Olympiad Competition. Pacific Ridge finished 10th overall for middle schools and 9th over all for upper schools. For the complete individual results follow the jump. . .
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Scouts Host 52nd Annual Easter Breakfast

by The Editors on March 24, 2010

110109  13Carlsbadistan Boy Scout Troop 748 will serve a pancake breakfast to the community on Easter morning (April 4, 2010) at the Carlsbad Senior Center at 799 Pine Street from 7:30 AM until Noon as part of their 52nd Annual Pancake Breakfast.

The delicious all-you-can-eat breakfast consists of pancakes, eggs, fresh fruit and coffee. Breakfast patrons can look forward to sitting indoors at beautifully decorated tables and having fully-uniformed Scouts “wait” on them. The nearly 40 Boy Scouts now in Troop 748 will use the proceeds for activities to advance rank towards the ultimate goal of Eagle Scout.

Tickets are $4 a person for pre-purchase or $5 at the door on Easter Sunday. For more information follow the jump or call 760-729-1357.
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Hay House Presents I Can Do It Conference

by The Editors on March 24, 2010

IcandoitThe world leader in self-help publishing, Carlsbadistan based Hay House, is presenting their eighth annual I Can Do It!® Conference May 13-16, 2010 at the San Diego Convention Center. The event features speakers like Wayne Dyer, Robert Holden, Deborah King, and others.

“The I Can Do It!® conference is an extraordinary opportunity for individuals to realign and concentrate only on themselves and their personal journey,” said Reid Tracy, president and CEO, Hay House, Inc. “The conference provides an opportunity to step outside of the normal day-to-day life and leave feeling reenergized, refreshed, and refocused on achieving goals. We hand-picked the presenting authors to bring a wealth of knowledge, inspiration and enlightenment to attendees.”

We love concentrating on ourselves. The conference costs $275 ($375 for “preferred seating”). You didn’t actually think you could get reenergized, refreshed, and refocused for free did you?

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ViaSat Donates $15,000 To Science Education

by The Editors on March 24, 2010

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Left to right: Dave Irvine, ViaSat; Patty Johnson, Carlsbad Educational Foundation; Bob Peterson, Calavera Hills Middle School; Jen Gastauer, Valley Middle School; Cesar Morales, Valley Middle School.

Last night, March 23, 2010, at Valley Middle School’s science night, Carlsbadistan based ViaSat announced a $15,000 donation to super charge the science programs in Carlsbad Middle school. Principal César Morales along with science teachers, a member of the Carlsbad Education Foundation, and accepted the check from a representative from ViaSat.

On a side note: ViaSat announced on Monday, March 22, 2010, that they were going public, offering 5,500,000 shares of its common stock, consisting of 2,500,000 shares offered by ViaSat and 3,000,000 shares offered by certain selling stockholders.

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Ex-CHP Officer Gets 1 Year For Lewd Acts

by The Editors on March 22, 2010

Retired CHP Lieutenant Stephen Robert Deck of Carlsbad “was sentenced Friday to a year in jail and five years of probation for attempting unlawful sex with a fictitious 13-year-old girl,” according to a story in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Deck engaged in explicit online conversations with a woman posing as a 13-year-old girl, prosecutors said, and was arrested when he drove from San Diego County to Laguna Beach in an attempt to meet with her. . . “I take full responsibility for my actions. No excuses,” an emotional Deck said before he was sentenced Friday. “I have a fair understanding of my conduct. This will not happen again. I’m not a pedophile. I’m not a threat.”

While we find Deck’s behavior despicable, isn’t it kind of odd that a man is going to jail for having an online conversation with an adult.

[Link: San Francisco Chronicle]

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Legoland Waterpark Getting Closer

by The Editors on March 22, 2010

Is it wrong of us to watch this video thinking about all the ways we might sneak in and skate all this stuff before they put the water in for the June 2010 opening of the Legoland California Waterpark?

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