November 2010

Wrestling Mask Robbers Strike Plaza Camino Real

by The Editors on November 28, 2010

A Zumiez employee at Carlsbadistan’s Westfield Plaza Camino Real was robbed at gun point on Friday night (November 26, 2010) at approximately 11:30 PM, according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The employee told authorities that the suspects were wearing “wrestling-type” masks over their faces and were carrying large semi-automatic handguns. They ran northbound through the parking lot of the shopping center, located at 2525 El Camino Real.

The robbers got away with the employee’s personal property and a Zumiez bank deposit but there were no injuries.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]


Carlsbadistan’s Thanksgiving Dinner Options

by The Editors on November 24, 2010

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While our foodie friends will probably hate us for this, sometimes it’s just easier to let someone else do the cooking on Thanksgiving. Especially when our home is so much smaller than our family. That’s one of the reasons we’ve occasionally gone out for dinner on Thanksgiving. No cooking. No cleaning — just a perfect afternoon spent with family and friends (without the pressures of showing off or dealing with leftovers).

Carlsbadistan has many remarkable meal possibilities for every budget. And we hope you all have the best of Thanksgivings no matter where you hold your feast.

Follow the jump for just a few of the quality meals we found around town this year.
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Carlsbad Boys & Girls Clubs Thankgiving

by The Editors on November 24, 2010

Club members Nalah Butler, Age 8, and Ashley Meeks, Age 10, enjoy a Thanksgiving Feast at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad.

More than 75 members of the Village and La Costa Branches of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad celebrated Thanksgiving today (Wednesday 23, 2010) with a “non-traditional” feast of hot dogs, hamburgers, beans, and tater tots on Wednesday (which likely won’t sound to bad tomorrow afternoon).

“I’m thankful for the Boys & Girls Club because the counselors are so nice,” stated member Sophia Musgrove, age 7. “I’m thankful for all the food, and my family!” added Nalah Butler, age 8. Club members got in the mood for the holiday with special Thanksgiving-themed activities.

For us it’s just one more reason to be Thankful for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad. For more info click the link.

[Link: Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad]
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Appy Entertainment Launches Trucks & Skulls

by The Editors on November 21, 2010

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Our favorite Carlsbadistan based mobile app developer Appy Entertainment has just launched their latest game for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. It’s called Trucks & Skulls, and like everything they do, it is a cleverly odd mix of weirdness and fun.

Trucks & Skulls sports features that are new to the physics-based puzzler genre, including a tongue-in-cheek heavy metal theme, pits of bubbling lava, amped-up action with plenty of mayhem and secondary explosions, and (for our iPad version) a fully-featured level editor so players can construct and share their own explosive Trucks & Skulls levels!

We really can’t explain it. You’ll have to click here to download it yourself.

[Link: Appy Entertainment]


Stabbing In Front Of Motel 6

by The Editors on November 21, 2010

A 28-year-old man was found stabbed in front of the Motel 6 at 1006 Carlsbad Village Drive on Saturday night, according to a story in the North County Times.

When police arrived, the victim was on the sidewalk, suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was taken by helicopter to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Eppel said. . . The assailants were reportedly two men and a woman, Eppel said. A witness said that at least one person fled in a dark-colored SUV, he said.

The man is apparently expected to survive. Those dark SUVs seems pretty busy lately.

[Link: North County Times]


Something Wrong At The Lossings?

by The Editors on November 21, 2010

Thelossings-Tm-Tm-1It doesn’t take a professional to know that something is terribly wrong with Carlsbadistan’s The Lossings at Carlsbad golf course. But the City apparently hired one anyway. And according to a Barbara Henry story in the North County Times that consultant discovered some problems.

“It’s a difficult golf course to play. The design is very severe,” Sunrise Golf consulting company President Mark Tansey said at a Carlsbad City Council workshop TuesdayIn an interview Friday, Tansey said several holes along the back stretch of the course are extremely tough for the average golfer. The holes have multiple “forced carry” points where golfers must hit their balls over hazards and can lose those balls if their shots fail. . . . Add fairways with slope issues and the bad visibility from some hole tee-off points, and you’ve got some very frustrated golfers, he said.

Apparently, $75 million just doesn’t buy the same quality golf course that it used to. It’s difficult for many to remain calm when discussing the horrific theft of public moneys that is The Lossings. How City Council members who voted for the golf course can in the same breath discuss a “coming public employee compensation disaster” is completely astounding. At this point we’d probably all be better off if the City sold the clubhouse to a chain restaurant, closed the golf course, and turned the land into a public park that everyone could enjoy without having to pay $80.

[Link: North County Times]


Picturing My Sister At NVA

by The Editors on November 19, 2010

PicsisgroupCarlsbadistan’s New Village Arts Theatre is opening a world premiere, workshop production of Renee Moreno’s Picturing My Sister tonight (November 19, 2010) at 8 PM.

A funny, beautiful and touching exploration of one woman’s journey through helping her sister prepare for her wedding, while unable to get married herself because she is gay. A look at the impact of the current civil rights movement with comparisons to her grandfather’s experience as a Mexican-American soldier in World War II. An incredibly timely, important, San Diego story.

The play runs three nights only. New Village Arts Theatre is located at 2787 State St in the heart of the Villages of Carlsbadistan. Click here to purchase tickets. For more information, click the link.

[Link: New Village Arts Theatre]


Adopt A Carlsbad Family This Christmas

by The Editors on November 19, 2010


For the past 40 years the Carlsbad Christmas Bureau Adopt-a-Family program has provided Christmas for families that otherwise would not be able to afford it.

“This year more than 450 Carlsbad families have requested assistance from the Christmas Bureau,” said Phil Urbina, bureau president.
Groups can assist a family by purchasing food and gifts for a family or by making a monetary donation to cover the cost of food and gifts. . . The Christmas Bureau provides those adopting a family with a list of recommended items to be included in a basket, such as nonperishable food items, toiletries and school supplies for students.

For more information on how you can bring Christmas cheer to families less fortunate that your visit, email or call (760) 599-7567 or click here to sign up adopt family.

[Link: Carlsbad Christmas Bureau]


The Riehl World: Public Workers Not Overpaid

by Richard J. Riehl on November 18, 2010

At a September forum for Carlsbad’s mayoral and city council candidates, one city hall hopeful declared good pay for public safety personnel was unnecessary, since so many kids dream of fighting fires and catching criminals. Another claimed that if pay for public employees were cut by a third there’d be no problem finding replacements for those who quit.

Even though both candidates were losers, their comments may explain why voters overwhelmingly approved Carlsbad’s Prop G, which will prevent future city councils from increasing public safety employee benefits. Meanwhile, newspaper headlines continue their assault on public employee pay. In hard times, it seems, we need scapegoats.

Ever since a handful of elected officials in a small town in Los Angeles County were caught helping themselves to astronomical salaries at taxpayer expense, politicians and the press have declared open season on public employees.

The latest example is an article appearing in the North County Times a couple of weeks ago (“Salaries up for county employees,” November 7). The lead-in claims, “Base pay for some increased by 31 percent from 2007 to ’09.” This may have been an eye-catching introduction to a front page story. But it also fell short of the truth.

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Legoland Gets Saucy For The Holidays

by The Editors on November 18, 2010

Brooke-Burke4Legoland California certainly knows how to line up the naughties for the Holiday season. Yesterday, The Rockettes from Radio City Music Hall were kicking up their skirts around the Lego Christmas tree, and today we find out that Dancing With The Stars’ hottie mommy Brooke Burke will be lighting the Christmas tree this year.

According to a Legloland tweet:

So thrilled that @brookeburke will be here @LEGOLAND_CA 11/29 to light our 30-foot-tall LEGO Christmas Tree!

Apparently, Legoland is aiming at lighting a little more than a tree with this news. Not really sure why a family resort is so into women who paint their nude bodies and pose for photos, but bored daddies seem to be the direct target. If you can entice the guy with the wallet apparently the rest of the family will fall right in line.