Archive for December, 2011
It was almost two years ago that the City of Carlsbadistan dream of free parking at Tamarack State Beach died and the California State Park system began charging for parking. It was sad, but at $2 a hour or $10 a day, it wasn’t completely out of the question.
Well, it appears we can all forget about that hourly parking thing. Apparently, California State Parks has eliminated the $2 an hour parking in the Tamarack Beach parking lot completely.
Want to take a 40 minute run on the beach in the morning? $10. Want to eat lunch on the rocks and watch the surfers at noon? $10. Nice how they do that, isn’t it? The State should probably just throw in the towel and charge $100 a day to park. Just think how much that would help the State budget. . . and truthfully, who uses that parking lot anyway?
The Carlsbad Police Department is getting a brand new $249,000 Lenco BearCat for use by the SWAT team, you know, if and when things really escalate in our fair city by the sea, according to a story in the Coast News.
“The rescue vehicle will be funded through the Homeland Security Grant Program’s Urban Areas Security Initiative and State Homeland Security Program,” said Sasway, adding that a year ago the department learned of these available funds.
Phew. Thought for a minute that we were paying for it. The new rig should arrive by November 2012 just in time for the end of the world.
[Link: Coast News]
Carlsbad’s self-proclaimed social media marketing and SEO expert Paul Christoforo has proved one thing for certain–he knows how to make a name for himself and his Carlsbadistan based company Ocean Marketing using social media. Unfortunately, it is for all the wrong reasons, according to a story titled Ocean Marketing Disaster in the International Business Times.
Christoforo, who was handling customer service for a company called N-Control replied to a customer who was complaining about not getting his video game controller with the following email:
“Really … Welcome to the Internet ? Son Im 38 I wwebsite as on the internet when you were a sperm in your daddys balls and before it was the internet, thanks for the welcome to message wurd up,” Christoforo said. “Grow up you look like a complete child bro. I Don’t have my controller so I’m gonna cry to the world … Really ?? Hey take that free time and do something more productive. All you had to do was check the like everyone else , people have inquired but you’re the douchiest of them all J.”
When the customer posted his email exchange to Reddit things really began to snowball for Chrisoforo, resulting in more international media coverage than anyone in Carlsbad has gotten in a while, all for being reprehensible to customers.
There is much more to the story, but in the end Chrisoforo was apologizing to anyone and everyone for the way he’d handled things and he lost the N-Control account.
For a complete interview with Carlsbadistan’s most infamous web celebrity, click here, or follow the jump for some of the viral creativity Christoforo has inspired.
Carlsbadistan resident Gary Bobel, 59, has pleaded guilty to “conspiring to commit wire fraud, money laundering and tax evasion in a loan-modification scam involving an Oceanside company called 1st American Law Center,” according to a story on Courthouse News Service.
“The defendants used high-pressure sales tactics and outright lies to induce their customers to purchase loan modification services – for payments from $1,995 to $4,495 – such as falsely claiming to have a team of attorneys who pre-screened clients and having a 98 percent success rate in obtaining loan modifications,” according to prosecutors’ statement.
In all Bobel and his associates brought in more than $11 million on the “business.” He and three other men will be sentenced on March 9, 2012 and could face up to five years in prison. Another associate has already been sentenced to 21 months in prison.
So that’s what those logo’d out vans were doing in the Norte parking lot last week. And to think, we didn’t even get to be dropped by them even once. Sad. Sad. Sad.
We can’t disagree more with the message included in this City of Carlsbadistan video. Watch that copper, grease is bad, shop local, and oh, don’t let the thieves steal your Christmas presents.
Carlsbadistan’s flagging golf company Callaway Golf is hoping to boost sales slump by digging deep into the world of celebrity and hiring “multiple Emmy and Grammy Award-winning actor, musician and avid golfer” Justin Timberlake as “creative director” of the company.
The multi-year agreement was announced by Jeff Colton, Sr. Vice President of Global Brand and Product, Callaway Golf. . . “We have worked with Justin for more than three years now and have been thoroughly impressed with the level of quality he brings to everything he is involved with,” said Colton. “Justin is an extremely gifted artist and an avid golfer with a deep passion for Callaway products, and his creative energy will serve us well as we connect with the next generation of golfers. The opportunity to bring someone with his multifaceted talents into our creative matrix is very rare, and his input has already made an impact.”
Good luck, Callaway employees. Paying a celebrity to wear/use your product is one thing, but when a starstruck management team mistakenly believes that a celebrity can add something more than an endorsement they’re obvious confused. The stock is up 13 cents on the news this morning, but ELY is still down 29.69 percent on the year.
We’re guessing this new move will do little more than help put more money in Timberlake’s pockets.
Aptera, Carlsbadistan’s once darling electric car manufacturer has throw in the towel due to some funding issues. And now the company is being forced to auction off all of its assets, according to a story on EGM Car Tech.
The company will auction off computers, furnishings and auto-repair equipment, in order to raise funds to pay off some of Aptera’s creditors, AutoObserver reports. . . The auction will be conducted by Heritage Global Partners on Dec. 20 and Dec. 21 on its website. A preview will be provided on Dec. 19.
Hope they have some extra Aeron chairs laying around. Guess we’ll find out on December 19, 2011.
[Link: EGM Car Tech]
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Been wondering what exactly when into the old Blockbuster video store on Carlsbad Village Drive? It’s Carlsbadistan’s newest seafood and sushi restaurant, Catch. Here managing partner Steve Barr tells us all about it. We’ve haven’t checked it out yet. If you have, let us know how it is in the comments.
Catch is located at 660 Carlsbad Village Drive.