October 2007

Legoland Opens On Friday

by The Editors on October 25, 2007

Legoland was closed this week due to the fires, however, they are re-opening on Friday October 25.

LEGOLAND California will not open for business today out of respect and consideration for the firefighters as well as victims of the many fires currently burning in San Diego County. . . .We are saddened by this situation that affects so much of California at this time and our thoughts and prayers go out to those families affected by the fires. . .

Carlsbadistan visitors who travelled across the county to visit the park will finally be able to tomorrow. And, since school is out for most everyone what better time to hit the park. Enjoy.

[Link: Legoland]


The Village Comes Alive

by The Editors on October 23, 2007

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As the sun burned through the smoke around 11 AM this morning Carlsbadistan’s Village came alive with shoppers, people out to grab a bite to eat, and school kids happy to be out of class in spite of the terrible destruction in other parts of San Diego County. As a guy on the Seawall said, “In the mountains this would be a snow day.”

Yes, but in Southern California, it’s a fire day and it seems like everyone is making the most of it, albeit in appropriate garb.

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Smoke Engulfs Carlsbadistan

by The Editors on October 23, 2007

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After two days of wind protection from the smoke of the Rice fires to the north and the Witch fire to the south of Carlsbadistan, the clear blue skies gave way to heavy smoke and ash falling like light snow. As the sun came up this morning over Agua Hedionda Lagoon southern skies were dark orange. To the north it looked like a normal foggy morning, however, a few deep breaths let it immediately be known that this is not fog.

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Hammon said he rode from Carlsbad down to the Del Dios Highway in Del Mar out to Interstate 15 and then back again and didn’t see any flames. “They were doing a really good job of keeping all the roads in the fire areas blocked,” he said. “The only place I saw flames was out on the 15 in what looked like the Pala area.”

So far no fires have crossed the border into Carlsbad proper. We will update the site throughout the day. For an interesting Google Map of the fires click here.

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Carlsbadistan Home To Fires’ Motor Homeless

by The Editors on October 22, 2007


This evening (October 22, 2007) Carlsbadistan’s seawall began filling with motorhomes as residents from the fire threatened cities escaped their homes thanks to what the media are calling Firestorm 2007. By 8:30 PM there were at least 12 motorhomes with associated trucks (motocross bikes in the back), trailers, and cars camping out in the shadow of the Enicina Power Plant just south of Tamarack.

Mblhls2David and Kathryn (pictured left with their five dogs) evacuated from Fallbrook earlier this afternoon. “We came out through the backgate at Pendleton,” Kathryn said. “If they hadn’t opened that gate I don’t know what we would have done. I guess we would have just burned up. There was no other way for us to get out.”

Both were happy to have their motor home and a place to stay while the fires rage in Fallbrook. “There isn’t a motel room available between Mexico and Orange County,” Kathryn said. “I learned my lesson after the last fire in East County and I got a motor home for times like these.”

“It really teaches you to value what is important,” David added. “We’re here, out of the fire with our dogs and nothing else really matters. I figured if there’s going to be a fire there’s no better place to be than right here between two bodies of water.

“And this place is even better because it’s where we first met,” Kathryn said throwing a smile David’s way.

In the past we’ve complained about all the motor homes clogging our seawall all summer, now we’re sure Carlsbadistan is happy to welcome anyone who has been displaced by the fires. If you know anyone who is looking for a place to park their motorhome, the seawall is open and there still are a few empty million dollar, ocean view parking spaces.


Voluntary Evacuation for South Carlsbad

by The Editors on October 22, 2007

According to the San Diego Union Tribune there has been a “voluntary evacuation for all Carlsbad residents south of Palomar Airport Road,” according to the Sheriff’s Department. According to the reports:

Residents were notified by a Reverse 911 call from authorities at about 3:30 p.m.

[Link: San Diego Union Tribune]


Carlsbad’s Finest On The Job 24-7

by The Editors on October 22, 2007

An unnamed, off-duty Carlsbad Police officer who was in Belleville, Illinois this past weekend witnessed a man on a street corner stabbing a woman. He jumped out took action.

Assistant Police Chief Roger Barfield said the officer from Carlsbad, Calif., was driving by the scene. “He witnessed the suspect on top of the victim making a stabbing motion,” Barfield said. He got out of his car and ordered the suspect to stop and the suspect did. . . . The arriving Belleville officer found a woman laying face up in the street, bleeding from her right arm and abdomen area, according to a statement released by Capt. Donald R. Sax.

Turns out the woman had money that she wanted to use to buy food, the man of course, thought it would be better to spend it on beer. When she wouldn’t give it to him he took out a knife and began slashing her. Thanks to the Carlsbad police officer the woman is still alive.

[Link: Belleville News-Democrat]

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Smoke On The Water And Fire In The Inlands

by The Editors on October 22, 2007

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Carlsbadistan awoke this morning to a billowing wall of smoke on the south side. The surf was still rolling in clean, yet backed off a little, and the Eastern Front was in the process of being evacuated. The San Diego Union Tribune has the latest updates on all the San Diego fires on their Fireblog. The latest on road closures is here.

[Link: San Diego Union Tribune]


Pelly’s Get In My Belly

by The Editors on October 21, 2007

PellysCarlsbad writer Lynn Alley is blowing out one of our secret lunch spots to the world in the San Diego Union Tribune with her nice write up of Pelly’s Fish Market.

When it’s time to grab a meal out in Carlsbad, the California Bistro at the Four Seasons Aviara might be my dining room of choice, but since I live in the real world, I’ve got little places that I turn to for a good, honest bite. . . . My current favorite is Pelly’s Fish Market.

While we’re not going to agree with her on the California Bistro tip (we prefer the Blue Fire Grill at La Costa), she’s dead-on with Pelly’s.

[Link: San Diego Union Tribune]
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Carlsbad Farmers’ Market Reminder

by The Editors on October 21, 2007

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While strolling through The Village Saturday morning we rolled into the twice weekly Carlsbad Farmers’ Market that is held in the parking lot on at 2930 Roosevelt Street between Grand Avenue and Carlsbad Village Drive. The market features delicious produce including the best tomatoes we’ve ever tasted (thanks for the samples) as well as fresh salsa, hand-made tortilla chips, locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, and a large assortment of fresh flowers.

We all know it exists and that it’s been there for a while, however, it’s good every once in a while to refresh the memory with an in-person visit. The Farmers’ Markets are held “Rain or Shine” every Wednesday 1pm -5pm and Saturday 9am-1pm. Mom was right: fresh food is good food.

[Link: Carlsbad Farmers’ Market]


Ponto Vision Plan Back To City Council

by The Editors on October 21, 2007

When the Carlsbad City Council meets on Tuesday October 23, 2007 Mayor Bud Lewis is expecting a large crowd to be on hand to voice their concerns about what is being called the Ponto Vision Plan, according to the North County Times.

Victor Ramirez, who lives in the Hanover Beach neighborhood, said Friday that the council can expect to hear from just as many public speakers as the planning commission did last month. . . “I think maybe even more,” he said, noting that his community has a Ponto meeting coordinator who is encouraging people to come. “I think they’ll have a full room and maybe overflowing.”

The mayor says the council will go until 10 PM and if they’re not finished it will be put off until next week. That sounds like a plan.

[Link: North County Times]