July 2010

Physical Therapy Student Saves Surfer’s Life

by The Editors on July 16, 2010

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Sofia Costa, a physical therapy student at the University of St. Augustine in San Marcos, California has only been surfing for one month and she has already saved the life of one longtime Carlsbad surfer.

At approximately 9 AM July 16, 2010 Costa was surfing with friends at Carlsbad’s Cherry Street when she saw a lone board floating in the water.

“I saw a board just floating there for a while and I asked someone, ‘Hey where is the guy,'” she said. “I paddled out there and another surfer met me there and we saw him there in the water. His board was holding him up.”

The surfer was completely submerged and at the end of his leash. If Costa and the other surfers hadn’t taken action the man would have died. “We both helped him up and we put him on the board,” she said. “Then we called all the other surfers to come and help us out because we couldn’t hold it that much longer. We got all our boards together put him on one and floated him. We just all came together and helped him out.”

Carlsbad Police, Fire, and California State Park Lifeguards responded. According to friends on the beach the surfer, who appeared to be in his early 50s, may have had a seizure while surfing. He was transported by State Beach Lifeguards to a Carlsbad Fire Department Ambulance for transport to a local hospital.

“I think I just got initiated into the surfing world,” Costa said. Thanks to Costa, it looks like another surfer will live to surf another day and we’re pretty certain she will be welcome at any surf break for life.

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Stand-Up Paddleboard Rental Deals Expanded

by The Editors on July 16, 2010

N77767811593 4553Beginning Monday, July 19, 2010 the Carlsbad Stand-Up Paddleboard Club will be expanding their special stand-up paddle and kayak rentals for parents paddling with kids under 12. From 8 AM to 12 PM Monday through Thursday rentals will only be $10 an hour.

The Carlsbad Stand-Up Paddleboard Club is located at 4509 Adams St., in Carlsbad (not at California Water Sports near the freeway). For more information click the link.

[Link: Carlsbad Stand-Up Paddleboard Club]


Carlsbad Mourns The Loss Of Harold McSherry

by The Editors on July 15, 2010

In an official press release from the City of Carlsbad Mayor Bud Lewis officially confirmed the death of City Treasurer Harold “Mac” McSherry and reminded us all of the kind of man he was:

“Mac approached his role as city treasurer very professionally, always working to make sure city funds were safe and earning the highest rate of return for our taxpayers,” said Mayor Claude A. “Bud” Lewis. “He was a man with a tremendous intellect and immense curiosity about the world and was also very generous with his time giving back to our community. He will be greatly missed by his entire City of Carlsbad family.”

Our thoughts are with everyone at the City offices but mostly with the McSherry’s family and their close friends. For the rest of the release, follow the jump.
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Police Discover Body In City Treasurer’s Office

by The Editors on July 15, 2010

A body, believed to be that of City of Carlsbad Treasurer Harold “Mac ” McSherry, was discovered last evening (July 14, 2010) by the Carlsbad Police department while performing a welfare check in McSherry’s State Street office.

Carlsbad Police Lt. Jay Eppel, quoted in the North County Times, would not release the name of the deceased other than to say that the person had “apparently committed suicide” and that the body was found after McSherry’s son asked police to check on his father’s welfare Wednesday evening.

Officers first checked McSherry’s house, but he wasn’t there. They then checked his office on State Street, where they found the deceased person, Eppel said. [Eppel] declined to give any further details. The county medical examiner’s office has assumed the investigation, Eppel said, and that office did not release any information Wednesday.

After being self-employed as a tax attorney since 1978, McSherry became Treasurer for the City in June 2006. He was 59 years old.

[Link: North County Times]


Swerving, Urinating NCTD Bus Driver Charged

by The Editors on July 13, 2010

NctdDavid Joseph Costello, 41, the North County Transit bus driver who was arrested for allegedly driving his bus under the influence after one of his passengers called 911 on June 1, 2010, was officially charged today on “drunken driving and public intoxication charges” according to a story on San Diego 6.

Costello was arrested after failing a series of sobriety tests, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Thomas Yancey. Authorities said the defendant’s blood-alcohol level was measured at .25 percent at the time of his arrest. The threshold for drunken driving is .08 percent. . . A North County bus rider was praised as a hero for calling 911 when she suspected the bus driver was intoxicated.

None of this should come as any kind of surprise to Costello’s friends as he has reportedly been cited “nine times since 2006 for alcohol-related offenses in North County.” But he was still able to drive a NCTD bus. Don’t blame NCTD, however. No, no. Costello didn’t work for them. He worked for First Transit the private, Cincinnati, Ohio-based transportation company that operates the buses for the North County Transit District.

Guess we can chalk this up as one more win for the “private sector.”

[Link: San Diego 6]


Carlsbadistan Sunshine Day Two

by The Editors on July 13, 2010

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Blue skies over Carlsbadistan has been such a rarity lately that all the sunshine is kind of tripping us out. But then, seems we’re not alone. The beach today was packed like a holiday weekend. And everyone was smiling about it.

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New High School One Lawsuit Away?

by The Editors on July 13, 2010

New Hs What purports to be the last legal hurdle between Carlsbadistan and a new high school will reportedly go before a judge next month unless all the groups can come to terms on some kind of settlement according to a Stacy Brandt story in the North County Times.

The property owners suing the district include land developer Bentley-Wing Properties Inc., the Rancho Carlsbad Owners Association and another group of nearby homeowners. They filed their opening arguments in Superior Court on Wednesday, challenging the environmental impact report the district approved in January. . . The lawsuit claims the district hasn’t adequately addressed the environmental and traffic problems that could be caused by the new campus the district plans to build on a 57-acre site near College Boulevard and Cannon Road. . . “All we’re saying is, ‘Let us help you,'” said Wayne Rosenbaum, an attorney representing the group. “Once you build this thing, it’s too late.”

Okay. We all get it. Bentley-Wing wants to make sure they can get the most out of land they own in the area and the residents of Rancho Carlsbad, a mobilehome park that’s pretty much in a hole already, are worried that the new school will increase their already high probability of being flooded. We just hope they can settle it before even more tax dollars are wasted in court. As Brandt says, they have a month.

[Link: North County Times]


Name A Red Door Conference Room, Win A Beer

by The Editors on July 13, 2010

Carlsbad-Office2-1Red Door Interactive is opening an office in the heart of the Village of Carlsbadistan.

Forgetting for a moment that they are a “creative agency” it seems they’re having some trouble naming two conference rooms in their space above Paon Restaurant (near the corner of Carlsbad Village Drive and Roosevelt Street), according to a post on their company blog.

How does one name a conference room? Well, our Carlsbad office is just steps from the great Pacific Ocean, so we are hoping for something beach chic. And while nothing is completely off limits, at Red Door is not the kind of place where we name things “The Board Room,” though come to think of it – given how many of our employees love to surf…nah, we are sure you can be more creative than that!

The agency, who has offices in downtown San Diego and Denver, Colorado will apparently buy beer for the person who comes up with the winning name. Which, come to think of it, is probably why they’re outsourcing this project. Click the link if you have any ideas.

[Link: Red Door Interactive]


Woman Wakes And Breaks Away

by The Editors on July 12, 2010

Fifty-eight-year-old Bonnie Bass was peacefully asleep in her car, which incidentally was parked the wrong way in the median of north bound Carlsbad Boulevard near Ponto at 5:45 AM July 12, 2010, when Carlsbad Police approached to see if she was okay, according to a story on Crimevoice.com. That’s when things went a little crazy.

. . . officials said that she woke up, rolled up and locked her vehicle’s windows, and did not comply with the officer’s commands. . . “Bass started her vehicle, and as she drove away, turned her vehicle towards the officer, forcing him to move or be struck by the vehicle,” according to the release, which was prepared by Lt. Paul Mendes of the Carlsbad Police Department. . . Police then pursued Bass and chased her for about 4 minutes at speeds that reached 80 mph, traveling southbound on Carlsbad Boulevard and eventually entering the neighboring city of Encinitas.

When Bass finally ran out of gas officers had to break her window to get her out of the car. Now she’ll be charged with “assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, driving under the influence and felony evading.” The high cost of a Sunday night out, huh?

[Link: Crime Voice and Coast News]


Julie Nygaard Pulls Out Of City Council Race

by The Editors on July 12, 2010

N1063178659 8953According to a note posted on Julie Nygaard’s facebook page the three-term former Carlsbad City Councilwoman is no longer in the race for a seat on the Carlsbad City Council.

In a status update posted at 12:27 PM July 12, 2010 she wrote the following:

After much thought, deliberation and soul-searching, I have decided to not seek election to the Carlsbad City Council.

As many of you may know, I have a new grandchild in my life, and I want to spend more time with her. While I believe I have assembled a winning team, the commitment of campaigning, and then serving on the council, is not one I want to make at this point in my life.

Carlsbad is a special place because of the people who live, work and play here. I love this community, and I only want the best for it. I know Carlsbad will continue to be the best place to live in Southern California.

I want to thank all the people who have helped during this time, particularly my campaign management team of James Comstock, Julie Baker and Ellen Roundtree. They have been very generous in their commitment to me. They are owed a special thank you.

I also want to thank all the people who have encouraged me, believed in me and helped me throughout the years. Your help has been greatly appreciated.

I am proud of the projects that I have worked on throughout the years. Working together, we have created an amazing community.

I will continue to be involved in Carlsbad as a member of the Planning Commission. I will still make my presence known in Carlsbad, and I’m sure I will see many of you around.

Thanks, again, for your support.


Julie Nygaard

There is sure to be more on this story in the coming days.

[Link: Facebook]