May 2011

Legoland’s $248 Water Safety Lessons

by The Editors on May 31, 2011

Lego WaterparkWant your child to learn about American Red Cross water safety at the Legoland Waterpark this June? Then the Whale Tales program might be for you. Like all things at Legoland, however, you’ll need a whale sized wallet. First of all the child must get in to the park. If you have a $99 pass for your child and a $129 pass for yourself, then the four-day, eight-hour program will only cost you $40. Without the passes it will only cost $240 for one child, and that’s with Legoland’s.

The four-day WHALE Tales course is taught by LEGOLAND certified lifeguards and covers basic water safety and more. Sessions are Monday-Thursday, 4-6 p.m. June 6-9; June 13-16; June 20-23. Call 760-918-5347 for more information.

Or, you could just pay $50 and get the same thing at the Monroe Street Pool without all the Lego brand indoctrination The choice is yours.


RVs Have Three More Days On The Wall

by The Editors on May 26, 2011

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Live it up, RVers. In three days time (beginning May 30, 2011) the upper spots on the Carlsbadistan seawall (between Cherry St. south to Hemlock St.) will be closed to all vehicles that are over seven feet high, or seven feet wide, or over 22 feet long. And those rules are in effect until Labor Day.

Wish we could say we’ll miss your moving in and taking over the lawn every weekend, but we won’t.


Riehl World: Council Civility Covers Political Divide

by Richard J. Riehl on May 25, 2011

A week after Carlsbad’s City Council voted unanimously to amend a policy governing grants to agencies for special events of citywide interest, Oceanside’s council wrangled over what to do about rent control. Carlsbad’s council meeting was, as usual, polite. Quite a contrast to the shouting match that erupted on the dais in Oceanside, where one council member, after being repeatedly interrupted by another, demanded of the mayor, presiding over the verbal slugfest, “Will you shut her up?” A recess allowed the city leaders to retreat to their opposite corners.

The difference between the behaviors of the two groups reflects more than just the gravity of the issue being discussed. Yes, deciding how to spend $50,000 of earned interest on a $1 million savings account for city enrichment activities is a bit less contentious than deciding whether to end rent control for nearly 2,600 low-income residents of mobile-home parks. But a closer look at the civil discussion among Carlsbad’s council members offers clues about how more contentious issues may be debated in future meetings and what the talking points of new and incumbent city council candidates will be in the next election. [click to continue…]

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Boys & Girls Club Sports Camps At Bressi Ranch

by The Editors on May 19, 2011

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Club CEO and Coach Brad Holland teaches Tyler Hill the finer points of shooting.

The Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad’s new Bressi Ranch clubhouse will get some use this summer with a series of sports camps.

“We just completed Phase 1 of our beautiful new state-of-the-art facility in Bressi Ranch,” said Athletic Director Aaron Brown. “It will be exciting to throw open our doors, and welcome youngsters in the community to their new Clubhouse.”. . . Kicking off the summer will be the Brad Holland Basketball Camp. Featuring instruction from current Club CEO and former Lakers player/USD head coach Brad Holland, four one-week sessions will be offered beginning June 13 and is open to boys and girls of all skill levels. . . In addition, a sports lovers camp is being offered for those kids who just love to have fun and compete. This camp will focus on a different sport each day leading up to a sports-themed field trip on Friday.

For more information on the sports camps and how to sign-up, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Leo Carrillo’s Wild, Wild West Fest

by The Editors on May 12, 2011

Westfest CropFrom 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2011 the City of Carlsbad Parks & Recreation department is hosting the Wild West Fest at the famous Leo Carrillo Ranch. The community event is a “re-creation of the days of the “wild west,” when cowboys ruled.” Here’s a little of what is planned for the day.

Shop at the trading post, ride the bucking bronco in the Fun Zone, and create a cowboy hat to take home. Real cowboys will demonstrate shoot outs, rope tricks and much more. Plus – pony rides! . . Enter the salsa-making contest to win prizes, or just come to taste the entries. There is no entry fee; however, pre-registration is required. Salsa tasting cards can be purchased at the event for $3 and includes a bowl of house chili.

Activity cards are required for some activities and can be purchased for $5 each. For more information follow the jump, or click here. [click to continue…]


Valley Middle School Clear After Bomb Scare

by The Editors on May 12, 2011

Vms LogoCarlsbad’s Valley Middle School was on lockdown this morning (May 12, 2011) from 10:50 AM to 11:17 AM after one student reportedly mentioned a bomb on the campus. Parents of students at Valley received the following text after the school was cleared and reopned.

Students are safe. VMS was on lockdown from 10:50 until 11:17 as a preventative measure after an unconfirmed report by a student of the possibility of a bomb.

According to the Carlsbad Police Department one student was in custody for “making a threat” following the lockdown. This is the second bomb scare in Carlsbad in a little over a week. The first was on May 4, 2011 when a “suspicious device” was found at the Cole Library.

Hopefully this one was simply a misguided middle school prank, as 10News is now reporting.


Carlsbad’s Kelli Hutcherson On

by The Editors on May 10, 2011

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Wait a hot minute. Isn’t Kelli Hutcherson the girl we keep seeing on the sand at Offshore? Carlsbadistan is definitely heating up this summer as Kelli locks in with a Maxim Girl profile. Click here for the whole video.

[Link: Maxim]

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UltraStar LaCosta 6 Theaters Close

by The Editors on May 10, 2011

Ultrastar LogoIf UltraStar is going to close three theaters in North County, it figures that it would be the ones we visit most often. The Del Mar Hightlands UltraStar closed in January and on May 2, 2011 UltraStar’s La Costa location closed, and Flower Hill (the only North County location for quality films) will close this summer, according to a story in the North County Times.

UltraStar, which currently operates 14 theaters in Southern California and Arizona, closed two theaters in North San Diego County after the company opted to not renew leases, Rubio explained. . . “They were old Edwards theaters that we never had a chance to structure the way we wanted. We had to live with what we had there,” he said.

As digital delivery continues to gain we’re certain we’ll be hearing about more and more theater closings moving forward. It’s nice to hope that the LaCosta and Del Mar Highlands locations will reportedly reopen as “luxury boutique theaters” under new ownership and we’re hoping they play the art-house style films that Flower Hill delivered, but we’re not going to bet on that. At least we can hope.

[Link: North County Times]

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Violence Ruled Out In Bice Death

by The Editors on May 10, 2011

After a final autopsy report a “Spanish court official” says that Austin Bice, 22, the Carlsbad resident whose body was found on March 8, 2011 in the Manzanares River in Madrid, Spain after he had been missing for 10 days most likely suffered an accidental death, according to a Associated Press story in the Sacramento Bee.

The spokesman for Madrid’s Superior Justice Tribunal said Tuesday that a judge has ordered further investigations before concluding the case but that details of the probes were confidential by law. . . He said the autopsy had ruled out violence as a cause of death.

Just what constitutes an “accidental death” isn’t actually explained.

[Link: Sacramento Bee]


Beverly Lewis Dies After Alzheimer’s Battle

by The Editors on May 9, 2011

Citizen Of The Year 2009 3-C T352Our thoughts and prayers go out to former mayor Claude “Bud” Lewis today as he and the rest of his family grieve over the death of his wife Beverly Lewis. She was 84, according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Mrs. Lewis died Sunday evening, Mother’s Day, following complications from Alzheimer’s disease and a hip injury suffered in March. She was 84. . . The couple met when he was 24 and she was 28. Lewis proposed to her after just five dates. . . She helped support the family financially, working as a proofreader at the Los Angeles Examiner and The San Diego Union-Tribune.

The couple was married for 57 years. According to the story, the family plans to hold a memorial service at 10 a.m. May 21 at Carlsbad Community Church, 3175 Harding St. in Carlsbad.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]