June 2011

City To Chip $186,000 More At The Lossings

by The Editors on June 28, 2011

Thelossings-Tm-TmTonight when the Carlsbadistan City Council meets they will approve AB#20.610 or Improvements To The Crossings and Adjacent Open Space Erosion Mediation.

Apparently, City staff and Kemper Sports Management (the company that runs The Lossings, but can’t seem to do it at a profit) have decided (after paying a golf consultant to prepare a report) that improvements need to be made if the business is ever expected to prosper.

In order to increase “course playability” the city staff would like to spend $80,000 making the 18th hole easier. Apparently, people aren’t playing the course as much as they should because the 18th hole is just too difficult. City staff is also suggesting that $12,000 be spent to transform a “boardroom” into the clubhouse’s second bar. Apparently, the Canyons Bar and Restaurant (one of the more profitable pieces of the Lossing’s business in the past) is not the kind of establishment that keeps golfers around after their round.

But that’s not all. Thanks to heavy rain fall last winter (and the way the land has been artificially shaped for the course) city staff would also like an additional $106,000 for “open space remediation.” They’d like to “repair serious erosion” that created “crevices and brought silt onto city streets.”

Of course, money has already been set aside in the “Golf Course Capital Reserve Fund” for simplifying the 18th hole and building another bar, however, city staff would like to use money from the Capital Construction funds to pay for the erosion repair. And just like that another $200,000 is flushed down The Lossings.

Meanwhile, we still don’t have the Alga Norte Pool nor the skateboard park. Nice, huh?

[Update June 29, 2011: For the record the City Council unanimously approved the $106,000 erosion control funding and the $80,000 to simplify the 18th hole, however, they did not approve the $12,000 to create a “players club” because Farrah Douglas didn’t like the idea of using the boardroom as a temporary bar. She thinks the course needs something more luxurious and suggested maybe turning the pro shop into a new lounge. Council will discuss the new bar issue at a future time.]

[Link: City County Agenda and AB#20.610]

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Carlsbad Lancer Dancer Junior Campers

by The Editors on June 28, 2011

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The week of August 1, 2011 Carlsbad’s national dance competition award winning Lancer Dancers will be sharing some of their deep dance skills with young dancers grades K-7 during Jr. Lancer Dancer Summer Camp.

Team Co-Captain, Camille Posard shares her theory on success, “Last year we were the Cinderella Story winning the National Championship with 8 rookies on the team and 5 freshmen, but it was hard work and determination not experience that made it possible. We will be sharing what we learned with the dancers at camp this summer”. . . . The Lancer Dancers are excited to be able to share their dance skills, choreography, and teamwork with other young dancers during this week of camp. Their goal for the camp is to inspire others with their love of dance, but more importantly, how teamwork, dedication, and hard work can take you just about anywhere that you set your sights on! Lancer Dancer, Katie Park, describes how camp is about more than dance, “Young dancers will not only learn dances, but leadership qualities and discipline that help you succeed in other aspects of life.”

All the five-day camp requires the will to dance and a $100 donation to the Lancer Dancers. For more information click here and/or follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Carlsbad’s Noelle Freeman Is Miss California

by The Editors on June 27, 2011

Lnf22I-B78814238Z.120110626142101000Gt810A2Q5.2We’re not really sure how all the beauty pageants work, but Noelle Freeman, 21, of Carlsbadistan has won the title of Miss California and a $10,000 scholarship, according to a story in the Orange County Register.

When she won she didn’t even hear her name called, she said. “I kept looking down at my sash to make sure it was actually happening,” said Freeman, who graduated Chapman as a double major in communications and advertising/public relations.

So, let’s get this straight–a girl from Carlsbad (and former Miss Teen World), going to school Orange, competes as Miss Culver City and wins Miss California. Apparently, when she competed in the 2009 Miss California Pageant as Miss City of Orange things didn’t go so well.

Not sure what Freeman, who just graduated from Chapman University with a double major in popular pageant degrees “communications and advertising/public relations” will do with her scholarship money, but she will definitely represent the state in the 2012 Miss America pageant in Las Vegas in January. Which it would appear she’s been preparing for for years.

[Link: OC Register]

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TGIF July 1: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band

by The Editors on June 27, 2011

Big BootyThings about to get funky this week in Carlsbadistan’s Stage Coach Park as the funkidelic sounds of Ashville, North Carolina’s Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band bounce Jazz in the Park to it’s feet with some of the best dance music of the summer.

Purveyors of original funk since 2002,” Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band zoomed onto festival stages nationwide, fueled by a heady mix of powerful original compositions, triumphant horns, laid-back grooves, and heavy backbeats. . . Today they are ready to shake the world, one cheek at a time.”

Get it? Ass cheek. Booty? Follow the jump for more info.

[Link: Jazz In The Park] [click to continue…]

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Ruby Summer Plays San Diego County Fair

by The Editors on June 24, 2011

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Carlsbadistan’s own singing sisters, Ruby Summer, will be playing the San Diego County Fair twice this summer. First, today (Friday June 24, 2011) at 4 PM and then again on July 3, 2011 at 5:30 PM. Both times on the O’Brien Stage. If you needed a reason to get back out to the fair, Ruby Summer might be it. Check them out.

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Thursday’s Traffic Ticket Rodeo Scores 116

by The Editors on June 24, 2011

012710 -2Yesterday (June 23, 2011) the Carlsbad Police Department was joined by “special detail” officers from San Diego, La Mesa, Chula Vista, Oceanside, Escondido, and National City police departments for what they called a “high profile traffic enforcement detail” on the streets of Carlsbadistan.

Approximately 15 locations in Carlsbad were the focus of the traffic enforcement efforts. The locations selected were those where speeding and other traffic violations have been a problem in the past. . . The operation was conducted between 0715 and 1115 hours. Approximately 166 citations were issued for violations including speeding, red lights, and unsafe moving. Additionally, 6 vehicles were towed for unlicensed or suspended driver licenses.

Great work. Maybe next time officers can focus a little attention on drivers who blaze right through pedestrian packed crosswalks on Carlsbad Blvd. For more info, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Carlsbadistan’s New Eavesdropping Water Meters

by The Editors on June 24, 2011

New water meters installed recently by the Carlsbad Municipal Water District are reportedly resulting is savings of both money and waters. The new meters allow workers to eavesdrop on customers’ water usage without even leaving the office. And, the City believes this is a good thing.

Mario Remillard, who supervises meters, customer service and conservation for the water district, said the new technology has proven valuable by reducing the time it takes to read the meters, and by helping identify leaks and excess water use. . . “If a customer calls in with a concern regarding a high water bill, we can check the computer to determine if they have a possible leak even before going out to the property,” Remillard said. “It’s a great example of using technology to work smarter and give even better service to our customers.”

So remember, if you’ve got any side growing projects that are using lots of water, it might be a good idea to remember that it will be noticed in real time, because your personal water usage is on the network. . . for the rest of the story, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Guru Ray Found Guilty On Three Counts

by The Editors on June 23, 2011

Capt.E4A3Bec16C554B7D8C902855A3E9B87D-13E0F7Cf8B6840F394A20C52Bf59F132-0It wasn’t manslaughter, but Carlsbad based sefl-help guru James Arthur Ray was found guilty Wednesday, June 22, 2011 of three counts of “negligent homicide” in charges related to three people who died during one of Ray’s $10,000 Sedona retreats, according to a story on Yahoo News.

The conviction came quickly — after less than 10 hours of deliberations — following four months of testimony and hundreds of exhibits. Prosecutors asked that Ray be taken into custody immediately, but the judge denied their request. . . The self-help guru faces a sentence ranging from probation to nearly 12 years in prison.

We’re going to guess that as Ray is white and rich (though he disagrees) he won’t get much jail time. But we’ll have to wait and see.

[Link: Yahoo News]

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Carlsbadistan Has A Balanced 2011-12 Budget

by The Editors on June 22, 2011

When the City of Carlsbadistan’s new fiscal year begins on July 1, 2011 it will be with a balanced budget according to City Finance Director Chuck McBride.

“By creating a balanced budget that doesn’t rely on borrowing from reserves or other short term fixes, we are on solid ground moving forward,” said McBride. “Over the past few years, as we saw our revenue projections start to decrease, we reduced spending accordingly, focusing on finding efficiencies rather than cutting public services.”

The City seems very proud that this budget will allow the “city libraries and community centers to remain open seven days a week” and that “police and fire services will remain at their current levels.” Strange to be excited by not making cuts to core services, but such are these economic times. Follow the jump for more info on where cuts were made. [click to continue…]

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Legoland’s Ronchetti’s Parking Spot Blocked

by The Editors on June 20, 2011

Legoland California General Manager Peter Ronchetti was in for a little surprise when he left for lunch today. Seems the Legoland model shop replaced his Volvo XC60 with an exact replica made entirely out of Legos. The replacement car weighed 2,934 pounds, but it doesn’t look like it drives very well. We’re guessing Ronchetti has never been blocked into his parking spot like that before.

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