March 2012

Savory’s Vignau Named Hilton Executive Chef

by The Editors on March 16, 2012

Hiton ChefPascal Vignau, the founder of Encinitas’ Savory Casual Fare (one of our favorite restaurants) has been a named executive chef of The Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa.

Passionate about food that is both comfortable and approachable, Pascal Vignau specializes in simple yet contemporary international and home-style cuisine. “I look forward to presenting the next generation of ‘Simple Food, Simply Prepared’ at Chandler’s Restaurant,” said Vignau. “With our spectacular oceanfront setting, I can think of no better place to introduce a major new restaurant for San Diego County. . . With ocean views available from much of our 25,000 square-feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, it will be a pleasure to present visually stunning dining experiences. . . ”

The hotel is scheduled to open this July and we’re looking forward to checking out his new food creations. For the official word, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Jury Deadlocks On O’Rourke Sanity

by The Editors on March 16, 2012

It’s difficult to imagine the case prosecutors must present to show that a man who walked onto the campus of Kelly Elementary school on October 8, 2012 and started firing a gun at school children was in any way “sane” when he did it, but that’s exactly what is happening in San Diego Superior Court as the Brendan O’Rouke trial continues.

Yesterday (Thursday, march 15), according to the U-T San Diego, the jury deadlocked on O’Rouke’s sanity.

Jurors say they are deadlocked over whether Brendan O’Rourke, who wounded two children in a 2010 elementary school shooting in Carlsbad, was legally insane at the time he committed the crime. . . But a judge on Thursday ordered them to resume deliberations the next morning in the sanity phase of O’Rourke’s trial. . . If the jury determines he was legally sane at the time of the shooting, O’Rourke faces a possible prison sentence of 103 years to life.

As long as he’s never able to harm children again, we’ll be happy with either decision.

[Link: U-T San Deigo]

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Hit & Run Driver Sentenced To 6 Years

by The Editors on March 13, 2012

Julianne Elyse Thomson, 24, was sentenced to six years in prison on Monday, March 12, 2012 in the Carlsbad hit-and-run death of cyclist Arthur Jacobs, 64, according to a story in the UT San Diego.

Jacobs died July 27, 2011 about 9:45 a.m. on El Camino Real at the intersection with Cassia Road, authorities said. . . Thomson pleaded guilty in January to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit and run causing death, and agreed to the prison sentence. She was sentenced in Vista Superior Court according to her plea agreement.

Sad that we have to worry about drunk drivers at 9:45 AM. Our thoughts are with Jacob’s family.

[Link: UT San Diego]

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Pacific Rim Keeps On Food Truckin’

by The Editors on March 13, 2012

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On Friday evening, March 16, 2012 from 5 to 8 PM the Friends of Pacific Rim School is hosting the Pacific Rim Elementary’s first ever food truck festival. Choose food from Flippin Pizza, Mangia Mangia, Super Q BarBQ, Sushi Ninjas, Two for the Road, Sweet Treats plus more. It’s a food-truck-a-palooza. But that’s not all pro vert skateboarder Pierre-Luc Gagnon will be signing posters and raffling off a signed skateboard!

Bring a great appetite because 20 percent of total sales from the trucks will go to Friends of Pac Rim Foundation. Pacific Rim Elementary school is located at 1100 Camino del los Ondas in Carlsbad.

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The Riehl World: Impact Of Prison Reform

by Richard J. Riehl on March 8, 2012

It took a federal court ruling and a $28 billion budget deficit for California to finally do something about its obsolete prison system. San Diego County’s Chief Probation Officer, Mack Jenkins, told the Carlsbad City Council last month that implementing AB 109, the Public Safety Realignment Act will be “the most significant change in California’s correctional system in at least 30 years.”

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last May that conditions caused by crowding 167,000 inmates into buildings built for 90,000 were in violation of the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Now it’s a question of how to reduce the prison population while protecting the public and reducing the deficit. San Diego County’s community corrections plan is on track to do all three.

Contrary to a wealth of misinformation, no state prison inmates are being transferred to local jails. Those who’ve served their sentences, are at low risk for re-offending, and are eligible for parole are being assigned to local probation officers who will engage in far more proactive follow up than the state parole system. Jenkins said it will include both announced and unannounced visits and more careful tracking.

Only four of the 1,000 parolees shifted to San Diego County to this date reside in Carlsbad. Vista has 61, Escondido 55, and Oceanside 41. Carlsbad Police Chief Gary Morrison reported there’s been no increase in the city’s crime rate. [click to continue…]

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AOL Hitting A Serious Rough Patch

by The Editors on March 8, 2012

Patch Network LogoThis week AOL’s Patch, the network of faux-local cookie-cutter websites, is reportedly firing a slew of sales people. While the original rumor was that the company would fire 200, Patch PR and president Warren Webster refused to comment on that number, according to a story on Business Insider.

We asked one employee how many people were getting let go, and this person responded: “Why does it matter? It is 2 people on my team and other ones too. It stinks.” . . Says another: “I’m taking my 15k payout and running the hell away from this disaster.” . . The firings come after the experiment lost ~$150 million last year.

Business Insider goes on to explain in more detail:

The problem with Patch is a pretty classic one: it has too many employees (~1,500) working on a product that doesn’t get enough attention from consumers and, therefore, advertisers trying to reach consumer.

It won’t be long now. . .

[Link: Business Insider via I Want Media]

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