January 2013

Get Riehl: City Leaders Envision Carlsbad 2025

by Richard J. Riehl on January 28, 2013

Carlsbad LogoAt its annual retreat last Tuesday Carlsbad’s City Council decided to forego listening to the usual parade of reports from department heads. They engaged, instead, in a creative visioning exercise, imagining the year was 2025 and Time magazine planned to do a cover story on the city. Council members were to suggest headlines and teasers for the story.

One headline declared the city “An oasis of prosperity, quality of life, and innovation.” Among the teasers were, “How a small city is raising its future workforce in its own world class university” and “Recession proof your city a la Carlsbad.”

One council member drew characters on a white board depicting a father working in a high tech company, his wife shopping, their kids reading books from a world class library, and their dog running unleashed in the city’s open space. [click to continue…]


NVA’s Trip To Bountiful Previews Feb. 1

by The Editors on January 28, 2013

377The New Village Arts Theatre’s production of The Trip To Bountiful goes into previews beginning February 1, 2013. The Horton Foote play is described as:

A beautiful play about finding your way home. All Carrie Watts wants to do before she dies is to see her hometown of Bountiful, Texas. Her son and daughter-in-law don’t think it’s a good idea for an elderly lady to travel, so Mrs. Watts takes off on her own for a journey to reclaim her memories, her youth and her life.

For more information (including tickets), click here.

[Link: New Village Arts Theatre]


Arkeia Software Sold To Western Digital

by The Editors on January 22, 2013

ArkeiaArkeia Software, the Carlsbadistan (and Paris, France) based data backup software company has been acquired by digital storage giant Western Digital for an undisclosed amount, according to a story in the Orange County Business Journal.

Western Digital will fold Arkeia into its small- and medium-business unit, and expects the addition to boost its portfolio with products designed for the “larger SMB customers,” according to Western Digital’s Executive Vice President Jim Welsh. . . Arkeia provides data backup software, as well as other services such as data de-duplication. Its products are used on more than 150 platforms, including Windows and Linux.

We’re guessing everyone is very happy about the sale. But that would, of course, just be a guess.

[Link: OC Business Journal]


Pizza Port Hearts Beer & Boobies

by The Editors on January 11, 2013

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On February 8-9, 2013 Pizza Port Carlsbad will host its 4th Annual Brewbies Festival. Each year the festival brings in specialty pink beer from renowned breweries and holds a raffle/silent auction with items donated from Reef, Black Box, Electra, Bella D’ora, Bakerloo, Honest Tea, and many local restaurants. All the money raised goes directly to the Keep A Breast Foundation. So far Brewbies Beer Fest has raised over $50,000 for the breast cancer awareness organization. Nice to know that it is possible to drink beer for a good cause.

The event runs Friday February 8th from 5 to 10 PM and Saturday, February 9, 2013 from Noon to 5 PM. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, but as the event has sold out every time it’s been held, it best to purchase tickets online by clicking the link.

For a little video view of what went down last year, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Get Down To Business At The Library

by The Editors on January 10, 2013

For the next four months the Carlsbad City Library will host free business workshops at the libraries Gowland Meeting Room at 1775 Dove Lane. Topics will cover Building Business on Facebook, Link Up on LinkedIn, Steps to Starting a Business, and Doing Business in Carlsbad.

Now that we mention it, we’re realizing it might not be a bad idea for us to attend a couple of these. Most importantly, the Doing Business in Carlsbad session taught by Cith of Carlsbad Economic Development Manager Kathy Dobson, PhD. Couldn’t hurt right? For more info, including dates and times, follow the jump. [click to continue…]


Help The City Restrict RV Parking

by The Editors on January 6, 2013

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As we’ve mentioned many times before, but we hate it when people park their RVs out on the street for days, weeks, and months on end. We dislike it even more when they park them, live in them, and then repeatedly relieve themselves in nearby foliage. It’s ugly and the stink of urine and feces is both noxious and unsanitary.

Luckily, after years of complaints, the City of Carlsbad is attempting to do something to regulate these miscreant interlopers. They’ve created a draft city ordinance to outline when, where, and for how long RVs can be parked on our streets and they’d like you to read it over and comment on it. Granted, few things in life are more boring than reading city ordinances, but if you care either way on this issue (yes, that includes those who would like to continue planting their hulking, aluminum sided rigs anywhere they like) please read the ordinance and respond.

A draft of the ordinance is available on the city website and at the Transportation Department, 1635 Faraday Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92008. Members of the public interested in providing feedback about the ordinance are asked to put comments in writing and send via email to transportation@carlsbadca.gov or to the address above.

For the official (and more polite) information directly from the city (minus all urine and feces talk) please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Carlsbad Superman Buzzes The Beach

by The Editors on January 4, 2013

Have you seen Superman flying State Beach? If not, here is the video evidence.


Carlsbad Gets A New City Attorney

by The Editors on January 1, 2013

The City of Carlsbad has a new city attorney. The City Council hasn’t voted on Celia A. Brewer’s appointment yet, but don’t let that stop the City from announcing her hiring. Brewer’s past work has included being interim attorney for the Port of San Diego, and assistant general council for the San Diego Water Authority.

“Celia’s diverse experience and collaborative style will be a great fit for Carlsbad,” said Mayor Matt Hall. “Her legal expertise coupled with strong leadership and communication skills will be invaluable as the city faces future challenges and opportunities.” . . Brewer will succeed City Attorney Ron Ball, who is retiring Dec. 31 following 26 years of service to the City of Carlsbad.

Brewer is scheduled to official start work on January 22, 2013. Follow the jump for the official word. [click to continue…]