When we first read the San Diego Union-Tribune’s headline “1,000 lightning strikes recorded in San Diego County” today at noon it read “800 lighting strikes recorded in San Diego County.” It appears that not only is someone keeping track of the number of lighting strikes, but he or she is also updating the media along the way.
There have been about 1,000 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes in and around San Diego since midnight. At least two trees were struck and set on fire. One or more lightning strikes in Kearny Mesa also knocked out the business telephone lines and disrupted some 911 calls to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, spokesman Maurice Luque said.
We saw a lot of lighting in Carlsbadistan this afternoon, but more than than it was the house-shaking, car-alarm-triggering thunder that seemed to shake us out of our rainy afternoon haze. It sounded like Camp Pendleton’s Zulu explosives detonation range had moved next door.
While the thunder may have scared the kids and caused a few dogs to hide under the couch, it was entertaining. In a place where weather is considered by many to be the most boring on the planet, it was fun to have something to revel in for at least a few minute this afternoon.
[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune Photo: Susan Coppock]
When newspapers write opinion pieces it becomes immediately apparent who really runs their businesses. For instance, today, the San Diego Union-Tribune released their picks for Carlsbad’s mayoral and city council races. For mayor they break it down by Prop G:
If there’s an issue that defines the two [Hall and Blackburn], it is Proposition G, a measure to lock recent pension reforms into the city charter and to prevent any increases in employee retirement benefits without a vote of the people. Hall has co-signed the argument for Prop. G. Blackburn, a former police sergeant, opposes it. That speaks volumes as to which each candidate would put first, the people or the city’s labor unions.
And for City Council they pick Mark Packard (because he’s already on the council) and Farrah Douglas (because she made a respectable showing in her first try for office two years ago). At least we agree with one of their picks.
[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]
David Anthony Bonanza, 20, and a 15-year-old male were arrested yesterday (September 28, 2010) “on suspicion of burglarizing homes La Costa,” according to a story in the North County Times.
Police responded at 1:48 p.m. to a report of a burglary in the 2100 block of Corte Moral, Lt. Paul Mendes said. A housekeeper reported startling two suspects who had cut a screen door at the back of the house and were attempting to get inside. . . Both suspects were described as white and both had been carrying skateboards, Mendes said. . . The suspects jumped over a back fence and fled, but police set up a perimeter and found two people matching their descriptions walking down a culvert towards El Camino Real, Mendes said.
Wonder if they’re the same guys who hit the Cohen’s La Costa home last week. As we’ve mentioned to friends lately, in economic times like this even criminals have to work overtime.
[Link: North County Times and Coast News]
Two protests took place in North County last week, with wildly different views on what constitutes a proper use of taxpayer dollars.
On one end of the spectrum were Cal State San Marcos students, who demonstrated on behalf of a bill that would give illegal immigrant students a chance to legalize their status.
On the other was dark horse Carlsbad mayoral candidate Glenn Bernard, quietly picketing The Crossings at Carlsbad golf course with a sign that read, “Please patronize private courses only.”
Talk about a study in contrasts. In San Marcos, you had a mob of students whose educations are mostly subsidized by taxpayers demanding legal status for illegal immigrants who were brought into this country as children, provided they either attend college (on the public’s dime) or join the military (which, again, is funded by taxpayers). The protest died when word spread that the U.S. Senate would not move forward on the bill that would do precisely that, the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (or “DREAM”) Act.
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When the Cohen family home on Carlsbad’s La Costa Avenue was robbed last Thursday afternoon (September 23, 2010) the family immediately took action in the form of large signs on their home, according to a story on 10news.com.
Sheri Cohen and her family posted signs outside their house on La Costa Avenue with details of the burglary that happened on Thursday and asked anyone who saw something to come forward. . . “They took everything anything of any value, anything you can imagine, but they also did it violently,” said Cohen.
According to News10, Carlsbad police are “looking at a possible connection” with seven other home burglaries in the area. Sometimes crime victims have to do whatever it takes, including putting up posters.
Lambesis, Carlsbadistan’s world famous advertising agency, is getting a load of press for their latest campaign for Skyy Vodka called Skyy Sexy according to a story on Popsop.com.
SKYY® Vodka announced a new ad campaign featuring bold, vibrant imagery that is provocative and engaging. The prints are shot by world-renowned photographer Raymond Meier, who last worked with SKYY on the 2008 SKYY Infusions launch ad campaign, and kicks off the global “SKYY SEXY” marketing push in support of the core, unflavored brand.
Shiny, slick, fetish gear always reminds us of the gimp scene from Pulp Fiction, but hey, if Skyy thinks it will help sell more vodka, then Lambesis has a real winner.
A 50-year-old Carlsbad man was apparently arrested on charges related to his allegedly agreeing to meet a girl, whom he thought was 16, for sex according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.
[The Man] was arrested about 2:45 p.m. Friday by Oceanside police at the Sprinter Station in Oceanside, where he had planned to meet a 16-year-old girl that he had been communicating with via MySpace, said FBI Special Agent in Charge Keith Slotter.
As usual, the girl was not actually 16, but was (according to the North County Times) a “creation of the Oceanside Police Department” using a confidential informant who pretended to be underage in order to catch potential sex criminals. Looks like their plan is working very well.
[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune and The North County Times]
Summer in September continues with this epic sunset on Tuesday, September 28, 2010. Kind of makes us feel bad for people who have to live anywhere else.
We love the fact that Carlsbadistan is loaded with business so tech that we’ll never understand exactly what they produce or how they produce it. For instance, Carlsbadistan based satellite technology company ViaSat today announced the release of the AltaSec IPS-250 inline network encryptor.
The new product enables U.S. warfighters and government agencies to create secure IP networks without the expensive logistics and lifecycle costs associated with handling and accounting for Controlled Cryptographic Items (CCI). The IPS-250 is designed to secure networks to Secret and Below levels, and provide interoperability between CCI and CHVP/Non-CCI IP encryption devices. . . In accord with NSA CHVP guidelines, ViaSat is developing this new class of products based on its NSA-certified Type 1 cryptographic and cyber security product line.
Huh? Exactly. Follow the jump for more information.
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Escape the heat with a cool stroll through the Village of Carlsbadistan this Thursday night (September 30, 2010) as the Carlsbad Village Association presents its monthly Thursday’s on the Coast Art Walk.
. . . the Flippin’ Pizza truck will be joining us offering give-away scratchers to promote a special promotion they are running in October to raise funds for The Tony Hawk Foundation, which serves low-income youth by working with community leaders to build skate parks around the world. . . At Ivanffy-Uhler Gallery at 565 Grand Avenue, the city will be hosting an Opening Reception for the new Village Banner Installation. The reception will honor the artists, students from Valley Middle School, who created the works for a project called “Healing Waters”. . . The rest of the Village will be full of art and live music as well, so don’t miss out on all the great venues on State Street, Grand Avenue, and Carlsbad Village Drive.
Thursdays On The Coast runs from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. For a program and walking map check in at The Foundry @ New Village Arts located at 2787 State Street in Carlsbad or follow the jump fro more information. [click to continue…]