March 2011

Carlsbadistan’s Not So Super Moon

by The Editors on March 20, 2011


Thanks to a mostly heavy “marine layer” our shot at seeing last night’s “supermoon” didn’t go so well. But reader Kim O was able to get a few moody black and white images of the super one coming up out in La Costa at around 8:40 PM.

Sadly, that was about all we saw of it. Guess we’ll have until November 14, 2016 and hope for clearer skies. Remember to mark your calendars.


Radioactive Plume To Reach Carlsbadistan

by The Editors on March 17, 2011

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A computerized model from the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization shows radiation from a nuclear power plant damaged during Japan’s 8.9 earthquake reaching San Diego County as early as Friday evening (8 PM, March 18, 2011), according to a story in the New York Times.

The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory B. Jaczko, said Monday that the plume posed no danger to the United States. “You just aren’t going to have any radiological material that, by the time it traveled those large distances, could present any risk to the American public,” he said in a White House briefing. . . “I don’t want to speculate on various scenarios,” he replied. “But based on the design and the distances involved, it is very unlikely that there would be any harmful impacts.”

Hopefully, Mr. Jaczko is right.

[Link: New York Times]


Free Face Fighter For St. Patrick’s Day

by The Editors on March 16, 2011

Facefighterlogogreen450 348Our favorite Carlsbadistan-based mobile development company Appy Entertainment has announced that they are making their best-selling game FaceFighter for iPhone free “in the interest of maintaining public order.:”

“Our Secret Worldwide Headquarters is directly above an Irish pub,” said Appy Brand Director Paul O’Connor. “We’ve seen — and done — terrible things down there when people are under the influence. Tomorrow is going to be a riot. Offering up FaceFighter for free is our way of making the world a more polite place.”

Keep things safe on St. Patrick’s Day and do your fighting on your phone. Things go better that way.

[Link: FaceFighter]


Pop-Up: The 10 Hour Art Gallery

by The Editors on March 14, 2011

10 Hr Phantom LogoThe Carlsbad Village Association will be host an art pop-up for 10 hours at 538 Grand Avenue (formerly Chandler’s) during Thursdays On the Coast on March 24, 2011.

Displaying in the gallery will be art, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, silks and an energy like no other. A demonstration of silk painting will be out front with Marjorie Pezzoli while across the street located in front of Paradise Cottage a fellow artist who is one of the quickest watercolor painters, Steve Alan, will be exhibiting his techniques. . . “This had been an amazing collaboration of communication and logistics. The eagerness of all the artists to come together in such a short time is a welcomed sight. Those that missed the opportunity are already lining up to get involved in this new experience. No pun intended on the words, but it keeps popping up in many conversations with local business and others alike, the renaming of the Thursdays on the Coast, The Experience is well suited,” stated Event Manager, Cheryl Ehlers.

Thursday On The Coast is March 24, 2011 from 5:30 – 8:30 PM. For more information follow the jump. [click to continue…]


Hundreds Watch For Tsunami In Carlsbadistan

by The Editors on March 11, 2011


Though hundreds lined the sea wall this morning around 8:40 AM (March 11, 2011) none of the people we spoke to noticed anything out of the ordinary occurring in the ocean at all.

“Here’s comes a set,” one view said, getting out his cellphone. “I’m going to send this to friends and tell them it’s the Tsunami.”

But according to a story in the San Francisco Chronicle it’s not over just yet:

U.S. Geological Survey scientist Lucy Jones warned that a tsunami does not just come and go as one surge. . . “We should not believe that the problem is over until well after noon,” Jones, chief scientist of the USGS Multi-Hazards Demonstration Project, told a press conference at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

While many were disappointed that they didn’t get to see a big surge, most were thinking of how lucky they were compared to those in Japan who have suffered so much over the past 12 hours. Our thoughts continue to be with the people of Japan, especially those whose homes and/or family member have been lost to the the Tsunami.


Tsunami Expected Around 8:42 AM

by The Editors on March 11, 2011


A Tsunami triggered by a massive 8.9 earthquake in Japan (2:26 PM March 11, 2011 Japan time, 9:46:23 PM PST) has sent Tsunami waves rolling across the Pacific. Currently, the surge is expected to his San Diego County at approximately 8:41 according to NBC San Diego.

The first waves are expected to hit San Francisco at 8:16 a.m. PT, Santa Barbara at 8:24 a.m. PT, Santa Monica at 8:39 a.m. PT and La Jolla at 8:48 a.m. PT. San Diego beaches are not closed as of 5:30 a.m.

Here are the tentative wave heights:
Follow the jump for video of tsunami hitting Japan. We’ll keep you posted.

[Link: NBC San Diego] [click to continue…]


The Riehl World: Tale Of Two Cities

by Richard J. Riehl on March 10, 2011

Carlsbad City Council members nearly broke their arms patting themselves on the back after hearing a report on the results of the city’s annual public opinion survey at its February 8 meeting. The only councilmember to give credit where it was due, city employees, was Ann Kulchin, gushing, “This is your report card. As a parent I feel like I’d like to take you all out for an ice cream cone.”

Councilmen Packard confessed to having been one of the 1,000 residents whose opinions were sampled by telephone. After assuring the council he had identified himself to the caller, he crowed, “I did my very best to skew the numbers as high as I could.”

The only slight sprinkle on the evening’s parade of self-congratulations came from resident Diane Nygaard, representing the Preserve Calavera group, who reminded the council of the vote on Proposition C nine years ago to use city funds to acquire more open space. No additional natural lands have been acquired since the measure was passed.

Follow the jump for the rest. [click to continue…]


City Council Bans The Sea Wall Motorhomeless

by The Editors on March 8, 2011

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Scenes like this will be a thing of the past this summer thanks to the Carlsbadistan City Council. Tonight (March 8, 2011) they approved new parking regulations for the west side of Carlsbad Boulevard that will see the end of the summer motorhomeless invasion and we can’t thank them enough.

The new parking restriction prohibits “oversized vehicles” from parking on the west side of Carlsbad Boulevard, between Redwood and Cherry avenues, between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The new ordinance applies to vehicles that exceed any one of the following three criteria:
7-foot height, including any object fixed to the vehicle’s roof;
7-foot width, including any accessory attached to the sides, but excluding mirrors;
22-foot length, including any attached accessory.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Our prayers have been answered. Follow the jump for all the details. [click to continue…]


Free The Sea Wall From The Motorhomeless

by The Editors on March 7, 2011


In a May of 2007 we posted a story titled The Mobile Homeless Problem. In it we said:

We believe it’s time for a “No Vehicles Over Seven Feet Tall” ordinance. Our free sea wall parking is not a campground.

Now it looks like some action is about to be taken. At it’s meeting tomorrow night (March 8, 2011) the Carlsbad City Council will consider a proposal to prohibit motorhome and other large vehicles from parking on west side of “Carlsbad Boulevard from Redwood Avenue to Cherry Avenue,” according to a story in the North County Times.

The proposed ban would be in place from Memorial Day to Labor Day. . . . Carlsbad’s proposed ordinance would prohibit vehicles that are more than 22 feet long, 7 feet high or 7 feet wide from parking on the west side of Carlsbad Boulevard.

Not only will this allow for more parking, it will also create better views for people who live on Carlsbad Boulevard (and those just driving by). We only wish the ban could be on year around.

[Link: North County Times]


Carlsbad Bottlers Win Housewares Award

by The Editors on March 3, 2011

DissassembledThe Alex Hydration Bottle created by Carlsbadistan-based company Nice Reusables is now an “award winning” water bottle, according to a story in the San Diego Union Tribune.

Its Alex Hydration Bottle, won “Best in Category for Tabletop & Beverageware” at the 2011 Housewares Design Awards. . . “When we started this, we had no idea where it would go, and obviously the functionality was what we started with,” company co-founder Chris Hotell said. “To be recognized for the design part of it is such an accomplishment for us.”

Hotell owns the company with his wife, Olympic snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler and his mom Marta Hotell. Support a local Carlsbadistan company and click here to buy one. And to get a better understanding on what the company is about, read the FAQ on the site. It’s one of the funniest we’ve read in a while. Now we know what a Zebra is.

[Link: San Diego Union Tribune and Alex Bottle]