October 2010

Carlsbadistan Shuffleboard Wrecking Crew

by The Editors on October 14, 2010

Gazebo Council With Shovels
Carlsbad City Council members Matt Hall, Ann Kulchin and Mark Packard (pictured, L-R) help break ground at Magee Park to mark the new location of the historic Twin Inns gazebo.

Looks like today was ceremonial dirt turning day in Carlsbadistan. We knew about the new high school ground breaking, but we didn’t know that the Rotarians had a secret groundbreaking this morning for the new home of their homeless drinking shelter Twin Inns gazebo.

Construction will begin on Oct. 18 and will take approximately two to three months to complete. The gazebo roof will be placed atop a new supporting structure located next to Magee House and the rose gardens. Lighting and electrical access will be installed inside the gazebo by city staff. In addition, the existing shuffleboard courts will be leveled to create an area that will accommodate special events and park rentals. In May, the Hi-Noon Rotary Club donated $28,638 to the City of Carlsbad to fund a contract with an approved construction company to complete the structural elements of the relocation of the Twin Inns gazebo to Magee Park. Blair Rasmussen Construction Inc. was awarded the construction contract.

Can you tell we’re still bitter about losing the shuffleboard courts? We are.

Follow the jump for the official word from the City of Carlsbadistan.
[click to continue…]


Ground Broken For New Carlsbad High School

by The Editors on October 14, 2010

Cusd Hs At College & Canyon Rendering

Dignitaries gathered this afternoon (October 14, 2010) to smile, shake hands, and ceremonially turn over some dirt (we’re just guessing here) near the corner of College and Cannon Rd to mark the official beginning of construction on Carlsbad Unified School District’s new $104 million state-of-the-green high school.

Students and staff will benefit from improved indoor air quality resulting from the use of low-emitting building and surfacing materials. Energy-efficient ventilating systems and siting on a high elevation just three miles from the ocean that enjoys westerly breezes will decrease overall energy costs by one-third. When completed in an estimated 28 months, the campus will include a library, career center, classrooms, science and fine arts buildings, and a gymnasium with nearby athletic fields.

Come to think of it, students at the new school will benefit from all kinds of things, namely not having to drive through packed neighborhoods to get to school every morning.

Follow the jump for more info from the company who will be building the school. [click to continue…]

{ 1 comment }

Witch Creek Winery’s Groupon Deal

by The Editors on October 13, 2010

Witch-Creek-WineryCarlsbadistan’s Witch Creek Winery currently has a deal on the dogpiling bargain site Groupon.com. The current offer is $35 worth of wine and wine tastings for $15 (5-7 in store tastings). Not bad at all.

The way Groupon works is that a deal is presented to the public, along with a minimum number of buyers required to turn the deal live. If that “tipping point” is not reached, then no one buys anything. If the minimum is reached, then the deal goes live and everyone gets a piece of the discount.

In Witch Creek’s case they said they’d only do the bargain if 100 people bought in. And buy in they did. So far it appears that Witch Creek has sold 630 of their $15 wine deals. Seems to be working quite alright.

[Link: Groupon.com]


Order Online At Allen’s New York Pizza

by The Editors on October 13, 2010

Allens PizzaWhen we’re in the mood for a slice of authentic New York style pizza we often make the trek to the corner of El Camino Real and Alga for a couple slices of Allen’s New York Pizza.
Allen’s recently relaunched their website and the best part of it? No more treking. The new site features online ordering. Now, Allens fans can order pizza for pick up or delivery from a comfort of their computer or iPhone.

Standard Delivery time is 45-50 min and pickup time is 20-25 min. During busy periods pickup and delivery time may run longer. Should delivery or pickup time be longer that the time stated above a representative from Allen’s will contact you at the number you’ve provided.

Best yet, the delivery is free. Allen’s New York Pizza is located at 6943 S. El Camino Real near the Ultra Star La Cost 6 Cinemas.

[Link: Allen’s New York Pizza]


TK Arnold: Carlsbad’s Defining Moment

by Thomas K. Arnold on October 13, 2010

Img 0414The tragedy could have been a calamity. Had gunman Brendan O’Rourke not been tackled by three heroic construction workers as he was fumbling with his gun, the senseless shootings last Friday at Kelly School in Carlsbad could have gone on—and we might have had one of the worst massacres in history instead of just two little girls being shot in the arm.

Moments after writing this opening line, I felt ashamed. “Just two little girls”—as though that isn’t tragic enough. Two little girls, 6 and 7 years old, happy that it’s Friday, happy that the school week’s coming to an end, probably looking forward to a soccer game Saturday morning and maybe a visit to the pumpkin patch or Legoland in the afternoon. A point in space, in time, and their lives are changed, possibly forever—strapped to a gurney, rushed to a hospital, worked over by doctors. Their physical wounds will heal, but their emotional ones? No one can tell.
[click to continue…]


Legoland’s Award Winning Water Park

by The Editors on October 12, 2010


Legoland California is proud to announce that they have been awarded an Industry Innovation Award from the World Waterpark Association. The news came out last Thursday and was obviously overshadowed by more serious news. Things are safe again and Lego is still very proud.

“The fact that our Water Park is LEGO themed and geared toward young children and their families is what truly separates LEGOLAND Water Park from any other water park in the world,” said General Manager of LEGOLAND California Resort Peter Ronchetti. “I’m glad to say the reaction has been very positive and despite the rather untraditional summer weather and continuing economic stress in the market, we have had a very strong season and will be once again reporting record attendance numbers for LEGOLAND California Resort this year.”

For all the details, please follow the jump. . .
[click to continue…]


State Beach Open & Sewage Free

by The Editors on October 10, 2010

Good news. Thanks to the Encina Wastewater Authority’s amazing sucking skills none of the sewage that spilled when when a pipeline was damaged actually reached the beach, according to a news release.

After review of flow monitoring data, the Encina Wastewater Authority (EWA) has estimated that 252,000 gallons of sewage reached the storm drain as a result from the pipeline failure. Recovery efforts included suctioning 388,800 gallons of water from the storm drain channel and 166,400 gallons from the Encinas Creek. Based on the recovered volumes and ocean monitoring results, it is not believed that any of the spilled sewage reached the Pacific Ocean.

This may be the one time when totally sucking is a great thing. Follow the jump for more info.
[click to continue…]


ANA Dedicates Alumni Veterans’ Memorial

by The Editors on October 9, 2010

Img 0439

Today (October 9, 2010) at 11 AM Carlsbadistan’s Army & Navy Academy students joined with parents and alumni to dedicate the school’s new Alumni Veterans’ Memorial to ANA graduates who have paid the ultimate price defending our country. The ceremony was part of a weekend of events for the school Centennial Celebration 2010.

This afternoon at 1:45 there will be a Commissioning Ceremony and reception. A Tailgate Party at 5 PM for people those who played on the schools football team is planned for the hockey rink, and then tonight, parents, alumni and school dignitaries will attend a Centennial Gala celebrating the Army And Navy Academy’s 100th year in operation. Events continue on though Sunday, October 10, 2010.

[Link: Army and Navy Academy]


Avenida Encinas Closed Until Oct. 22

by The Editors on October 9, 2010

As if there hasn’t been enough poop in the proverbial fan lately, the City of Carlsbadistan has announced that thanks to literal poop Avenida Encinas is expected to remain closed in front of the Encina Water Pollution Control Facility (located between Palomar Airport Road and Poinsettia Lane) for the next two weeks as crews work to replace a broken sewer pipeline.

Avenida Encinas is open to the north and to the south of the plant. Coaster station access is not affected. Motorists are asked to take alternate routes, including I-5 and Carlsbad Boulevard, avoiding using Avenida Encinas as a north-south route.

The road will likely reopen on October 23, 2010. Good to know.


Kelly School Shooting Media Roundup

by The Editors on October 9, 2010

Img 0105
Carlsbad’s Laguna Riviera Park as children were being released.

In the hours since suspected gunman Brendan L. O’Rourke, 41, walked onto the campus of Carlsbad’s Kelly School a little after 12 PM October 8, 2010 and began firing a handgun more information has come out regarding day’s events. Below are links to some of the most recent coverage.

We’ll add more as information become available.