August 2010

MaxLinear #17 On Inc.’s Top 500 List

by The Editors on August 31, 2010

MaxlinearCarlsbadistan’s MaxLinear, makers of a “highly integrated radio-frequency analog and mixed signal semiconductor system-on-a-chip” was listed as number 17 on the Inc. Magazine top 500 fastest growing privately held companies list this month saying that the company has grown 8784% in the past three years to a 2009 revenue of $51.4 million.

Not bad.

[Link: Inc.]

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Carlsbad Boys & Girls Get Stardusted

by The Editors on August 27, 2010

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Artist Cheryl Ehlers shared her Startdust Arts program with members of the Carlsbad Boys & Girls Club this summer.

Encouraged to think outside of the box, the children mapped out and started painting what they knew – the Carlsbad Village. The end result? A cohesive and beautiful collaborative piece that is being submitted to Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Fine Arts Exhibit Program – a first for the Club. . . . “This was a fabulous partnership for us,” stated Club CEO Brad Holland. “The kids had a blast learning new creative painting and drawing techniques, and Cheryl did an incredible job encouraging and teaching our members. We are grateful for the gift of her time and talent.”

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Mayor Lewis Will Be Missed

by The Editors on August 23, 2010

4C708A84C71D5.Preview-300Believe it or not, we’re not big fans of change. And as much as we have been critical of some of the decisions made in the past few years by Mayor Claud “Bud” Lewis, it is going to be sad to see him go at the end of this term.
As Mayor Lewis prepares for his final State of the City address this Friday, August 27, 2010 at the Park Hyatt Aviara Hotel North County Times writer Barbara Henry checked in to look back on his 40 year career in Carlsbad politics and it’s well worth a read. . .

He was first elected mayor five years before the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce began hosting its annual State of the City events, and he served as a councilman for 16 years prior to that. . . “His whole life has been city of Carlsbad,” said Councilwoman Ann Kulchin, who’s served on the council herself so long that she sometimes says that she and Lewis are like a long-married couple. . . Known for his plain-spoken manner and his distinctive bald head, Lewis is fond of telling people that if they don’t like the job he’s doing, they’re free to vote him out of office. Friends and supporters say he has kept his post because people like what Lewis offers.

No matter what else people have said about him one thing is for certain– he has served Carlsbad like few other have or ever will.

[Link: North County Times]

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Carlsbadistan Mayoral Forum Number One

by The Editors on August 20, 2010

Carlsbadistan will get its first chance to hear from our four three of our mayoral candidates as the Carlsbad Republican Women Federated host the first forum/luncheon on Tuesday August 24, 2010, according to as story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The forum will following a social hour and luncheon that begins at 11 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 6450 Carlsbad Blvd. . . Tickets for the luncheon are $25. Reservations can be made by calling (760) 434-6478 or by email at bevy17@att.net

We’re not really sure which candidates will be there. Keith Blackburn, Matt Hall, or Walt Meier? Glenn Bernard said in an email that he was told only “registered Republicans could be there, so I’m left out.” Maybe this luncheon is simply a fund raiser for Matt Hall. If the Carlsbad Republican Women Federated ever get back to us, we’ll let you know.

[Update: 10:42 PM August 22, 2010] This morning we received a polite email from Carlsbad Republican Women Federated’s Judy Rees, VP on behalf of Crystal Harris President, explaining that Keith Blackburn, Matt Hall, and Walt Meier will be speaking at the Mayoral Forum on Tuesday, however because of the Carlsbad Republican Women Federated’s bylaws “Article 1V- Section 2″ which states that “This Club shall not invite nor permit a person registered in any party other than the Republican Party to speak at any meeting” the other candidate was not invited to speak. Rees went on to say that while everyone who has a reservation is welcome at the forum, only Republican candidates can speak.

For a slightly less polite, more biting reiteration of the above information, be sure to read Carlsbad Republican Women Federated associate member James McMillen’s comments listed below.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

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Susan Weller Opening At Ivanffy-Uhler Gallery

by The Editors on August 20, 2010

WellerOn Thursday, August 26, 2010 Carlsbadistan’s Ivanffy-Uhler Gallery will be hosting an opening reception for artiest Susan Weller.

Weller’s paintings are both reflections of her life spent near the ocean and of her travels in Europe. Weller lives and works in Laguna Beach and in Verona, Italy, in a 12th century palazzo, where she is inspired by the country’s rich cultural and architectural history. Art critic Roberta Carasso, Ph.D., says, “The artist is drawn to generations of history embedded in the facades” of ancient buildings. “Layers of generational narratives, each with its own mystical essence, find their way into her art.”

Those who enjoy the kind of art that hangs in the lobbies of some of the world’s largest corporations will not want to miss this.

Ivanffy-Uhler Gallery, 565 Grand Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008, (760) 730-9166
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It’s Carlsbadistan Election Season Again

by The Editors on August 16, 2010

Following the close of the Carlsbadistan candidate filing period on Wednesday August 11, 2010 it appears that we have four mayoral candidates, four City Council candidates and a couple people who want to be treasurer come November, according to a story in the North County Times.

As expected, two councilmen —- Keith Blackburn and Matt Hall —- as well as former Marine Glenn Bernard and landscape company owner Walt Meier will be seeking the mayor’s spot. The city’s current, longtime mayor, Bud Lewis, decided at the start of his term four years ago not to seek re-election. Hall’s council seat is up for re-election this year, but he is not seeking that post. . . . Four people are seeking the two City Council seats on the ballot. They are city Planning Commissioner Farrah Douglas, incumbent Councilman Mark Packard, frequent council candidate William Jubb and Carlsbad education company employee Jon Wantz.

Oh, this election season his is going to be fun. We can hardly wait for the candidates forums. . .

[Link: North County Times]

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Carlsbad’s Pinball Wizard Takes 3rd World Title

by The Editors on August 16, 2010

At the Professional & Amateur Pinball Association World Pinball Championships held August 12-15, 2010 in Scott Township, Pennsylvania, Carlsbad’s Keith Elwin won his third A Division titles and is now the Re-Repeat World Pinball Champion, according to the PAPA website.

We mentioned Elwin first on August 29, 2007 when he had just won his first title. Congrats again, Keith. You’re a chrome baller.

[Link via Pittsburghlive.com]

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Boy Escape Carlsbad Police Arrest

by The Editors on August 16, 2010

Vonsuspect2-1A “boy” who was arrested for allegedly trying to steal alcohol from the Vons on El Camino Real Monday escaped from Carlsbad Police custody even though he was wearing handcuffs, according to a story on NBC San Diego.

The boy fought with officers during the arrest, hurting both officers and ultimately broke free, Williams said.. . . The suspect was wearing handcuffs when he fled the scene. Williams said the youth was hit in the nose during the fight and may have been bleeding when he left the parking lot.

If the kid in the straw hat look familiar please call the Carlsbad Police at (760) 931-2197

[Link: NBC San Diego]

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TGIF August 20: Earl Thomas

by The Editors on August 16, 2010

Earl ThomasHard to believe it’s over, but what better way to shut down the 25th anniversary season of Carlsbadistan’s TGIF Jazz in the Park than with the Blu-ro-so-funk of Earl Thomas playing Calavera Park.

His 1991 major label debut Blue . . . Not Blues blended the sensuality of Stax soul with the grittiness of modern electric blues, but the real indication of his talent is the power of his voice and his knack for crafting memorable contemporary blues and this is what made Earl Thomas one of the most highly respected blues artists in the world.

And he’s playing Carlsbadistan. Earl Thomas is your last chance this summer. He is likely the best vocalist to Carlsbadistan in years. Don’t put TGIF Jazz in the Park off any longer. Just go. Show starts at 6 PM.

[Link: TGIF Jazz in the Park]

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The Riehl World: The New vs. The Good Old Boys

by Richard J. Riehl on August 13, 2010

Farrah WantzWhy does mayoral candidate Matt Hall continue to mislead Carlsbad voters about a measure on the November ballot?

His website was revised a day after my July 30 Carlsbadistan column criticized him for wrongly claiming the city charter amendment up for a vote would create a two-tiered pension plan for city employees. He now says he “successfully persuaded” his fellow council members to adopt the plan last spring, continuing to imply it covered all new city employees. He failed to point out that only police and firefighter benefits were affected.

The charter amendment would require a vote of the people for future pension benefit increases for safety employees. The council would retain the right to reduce them. Hall says he supports “fair” and “balanced” public employee pensions. He doesn’t explain why he should only be trusted to cut them.
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