July 2010

The Riehl World: A Peek At The Races

by Richard J. Riehl on July 30, 2010

With the retirement of a mayor who has been in office for a quarter of a century and two City Council seats up for grabs, Carlsbad voters will have their first opportunity in decades to make a substantial change in city leadership.

The incumbents have a lot going for them. The city’s in better financial shape than its neighbors, and public opinion surveys show three out of four Carlsbadians have faith in their city government.

Here’s a peek at the candidacies of two council members who say they want to be Carlsbad’s next mayor, Matt Hall and Keith Blackburn.

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CVS Pharmacy Robbery Fail

by The Editors on July 29, 2010

When Eric Gaskell, 21, and Peter Zastoke-Cleary 30, needed some money they allegedly thought it would be a good idea Gaskell to roll onto Carlsbad’s CVS Pharmacy at 2510 El Camino Real about 9 p.m. Wednesday July 28, 2010 and demand money with a note, according to a story on News10.com But they were much too slow for police.

Officers responding to the incident arrived in time to see the men leave the parking lot in a 1992 Honda, according to Beason. . .They allegedly saw that the passenger, Gaskell, matched the description of the robbery suspect. The vehicle was subsequently pulled over in the parking lot of Kragan Auto Parts on Plaza Drive in Oceanside.

Both men were arrested and booked on “suspicion of conspiracy and attempted armed robbery.” Nice work by the Carlsbad Police Department.


Surfers Host At Gregorio’s For Boys & Girls Club

by The Editors on July 27, 2010

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Local surf legends Randy Laine and David Barr (pictured above left) won the Gregorio’s Boy’s and Girls Clubs of Carlsbad fund raising contest for the first half of 2010.

“We had a blast, and the restaurant was packed!” said Barr. “I remember attending the Club as a kid, and my son was a member when he was a kid, and it just feels really good to give back.”

For more on how you can help raise money at Gregorio’s follow the jump for all the details [click to continue…]


TGIF July 30: Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers

by The Editors on July 26, 2010

RodpiassaOn Friday, July 30, 2010 Carlsbadistan’s Poinsettia Park will give TGIF Jazz in the Park fans one more chance to hear the blazing hot harmonica sounds of Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers.

From his first recordings as a leader in 1967 fronting The Dirty Blues Band, through his multiple W.C. Handy Award winning with his current band The Mighty Flyers, to his countless appearances both live and on record with legendary blues figures, Piazza has set a standard for harmonica virtuosity that has established him as one of the most influential living blues harp players.

Don’t blow it. Get in the park by 6 PM and get ready to get blue.

[Link: TGIF Jazz in the Park]


Six Days Until Seven Year Itch At NVA

by The Editors on July 25, 2010


Carlsbadistan’s New Village Arts production of George Axelrod’s The Seven Year Itch opens on July 29, 2010. Make sure you get your tickets now for the “hilarious classic comedy that made Marilyn’s little white dress famous.”

. . . laugh out loud as Richard Sherman (Daren Scott) jumps in and out of his own private fantasy as he bubbles his way through a summer fling that begins when the Girl (Jacque Wilke) nearly drops a tomato plant on his head

The play runs through August 22, 2010 and tickets are going fast, click the link to buy tickets and help support Carlsbadistan.com’s best sponsor.

New Village Art Theatre, 2787 State St, Carlsbad, CA 92008


Logan Jenkins Gets Free Lunch At The Chamber

by The Editors on July 25, 2010

Photo Of Logan-JenkinsSan Diego Union-Tribune columnist Logan Jenkins spent got a free lunch last week at the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce with CEO Ted Owen and he was obviously impressed.

As you’d expect, Carlsbad’s chamber is the second-largest in the county and 10th largest in the state. It doesn’t need taxpayer funds to operate. Its stylish headquarters in a business park near the airport convey affluence. A dozen employees stoke the engine of local commerce with close to 300 events a year and glossy in-house publications that make money. . . Not exactly the sort of business where you’d expect to find the pinstriped CEO slipping into an apron to cook meals for employees and guests.

But that’s our Ted, right? Click the link for the rest.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

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ViaSat Signs $477 Million Army Deal

by The Editors on July 23, 2010

Viasat LogoViaSat, the Carlsbadistan based, manufacturer of all kinds of super stealth communication apparatus just signed a deal with the US Army to provide $477 million worth of troop tracking tech, according to a story in the San Diego Business Journal.

A July 21 company statement said the contract, which is for indefinite delivery and quantity, involves technology called blue force tracking, which allows the armed forces to view regularly updated troop positions on screens in vehicles and aircraft, to differentiate between friendly and enemy forces. . . ViaSat also received the first order for $37.7 million, to fund deliveries of the initial production terminals and other ground networking equipment, the statement said.

Guess we’d offer up the “indefinite delivery and quantity” of pretty much anything for $477 million.

[Link: San Diego Business Journal]


TK Arnold On Mac McSherry

by The Editors on July 23, 2010

In his North County Times column this week TK Arnold remembers his friend and Carlsbad City Treasurer Harold “Mac” McSherry.

Maybe an hour after police found his father’s body in his State Street office, Travis McSherry, the eldest son of Carlsbad City Treasurer Harold “Mac” McSherry, posted this on his dad’s Facebook page: “I’m angry and confused. I don’t know why you felt that was your only way out. But you were loved and you will be missed. RIP. I love you, dad.” That pretty well sums up the feelings of most of us who knew McSherry, who took his own life after facing increasing pain from a brain tumor. . . We’re angry, because Mac was such as integral part of our lives, and he had no right to rip himself away from us.

He will certainly be missed. For the rest of Arnold’s thoughts please click the link.

[Link: North County Times]


Father Uses iPhone To Catch Molester

by The Editors on July 23, 2010

Admitted child molester William Wright Harris, 60, of Carlsbad, will be up for a preliminary hearing on August 11, 2010 in Vista Court for allegedly exposing himself to a 5-year-old girl at Del Mar’s Dog Beach in February 2010, according to a story on 10News.com.

Authorities allege Harris approached the girl in Del Mar the afternoon of Feb. 24. He was arrested six days later at his home in the 2500 block of Unincornio Street in Carlsbad, said San Diego County sheriff’s Detective Chris Davis. . . Investigators identified Harris from video footage the girl’s father took using his iPhone. The father ran after Harris after he was allegedly spotted rubbing his unexposed genitals in front of the girl, the detective said. . . The father’s video depicted Harris making admissions before fleeing in his vehicle, Davis said, adding that the license plate was visible in the footage and helped authorities identify Harris.

Harris could face up to 14 year in prison if convicted. According to 10News he was convicted of child molestation in 1992. Technology wins again.

[Link: 10News.com]


TGIF July 23: The Screamin’ Primas

by The Editors on July 19, 2010

ScreaminprimasjpgThe Screamin’ Primas are apparently a tribute band to a “rat pack” era performer of whom we had never heard. Oh, we’d heard his legendary songs like Jump Jive and Wail, Just a Gigolo, and That Old Black Magic, but we’d never heard the name Louis Prima. Now, thanks to TGIF Jazz in the Park on Friday, July 23, 2010 those who make it to Poinsettia Park will know his music just a little better.

Last year, their TGIF debut offered a wacky version of Prima’s late 1950s Las Vegas Night Club show featuring his acclaimed singer-wife Keely Smith that captured all the energy, emotion and excitement of the original.

Wacky jazz works. We guess. Show begins at 6 PM in Carlsbadistan’s Poinsettia Park. Don’t be late.

[Link: TGIF Jazz in the Park]