July 2008

Rockin’ The Carlsbadistan

by The Editors on July 29, 2008

These are the kinds of stories everyone already knows about because we all felt it (well most of us), but we’ve got to log it anyway. The 5.8 Chino earthquake was felt up and down the coast this morning around 11:40 AM. “It rocked and rolled for a while,” one resident told us. “But nothing fell or broke in our house. It was more of a rattle.”

Up at Callaway Golf employees said they got a serious rocking according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Barb West . . . said, “It rocked our world.” . . . She said the temblor wasn’t severe enough to topple desktop objects, but “in our headquarters building where I’m located, we could feel it shake under our desks.”

We noticed there were earthquakes in the South Pacific and Japan in the last 24 hours and we’re kind of hoping that the ring of fire isn’t getting ready to let something serious loose.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]


Sammy’s Woodfired Building

by The Editors on July 29, 2008

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Photo: BJ Morgan

This morning commuters on South I-5 were treated to billowing black smoke and bumper to bumper traffic as Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza on Avenida Encinas cooked up a little more than delicious pizza.

A Carlsbad police officer working traffic duty in front of the restaurant heard an explosion about 8 a.m. and called in the emergency. Forty-eight firefighters from Carlsbad, Encinitas and Vista were called to the scene. . . .the fire started in the back of the restaurant where the kitchen, electrical panels and gas lines are located, Carlsbad Fire Marshal James Weigand said.

The fire caused $1 million in damages. Luckily, no one was injured.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]


Dsc02273Mmmm, dees shore am shweet jazz een doe pox. Get ready for a little Cajun spice this Friday night as Roddie Romero & The Hub City All-Stars heat up Carlsbadistan’s Poinsettia Park with a little Southern Louisiana rhythm and soul.

Roddie’s passionate vocals, pumping accordian and mastery of the slide guitar leads the funkified groove of his talented band, the Hub City All Stars. You will not only experience great, original music at a Hub City All Stars’ concert, but you’ll witness the tightest band from the swamps of Louisiana put on an electrifying show.

That sounds like exactly what we were looking for this Friday night. Do not miss this one ’cause there are only three more this summer.

[Link: Jazz In The Park]


Atera Raises $24 Million “C” Round

by The Editors on July 28, 2008

Aptera Interior Photo 540X223Turns out that Google money we told you about last week was only a drop in the bucket. Thanks to Esenjay Investments, the Simons Family, and the Beall Family Trust the Carlsbad based electric motorcycle company has $24 million more to roll with, according to a story on c|net.com.

Aptera has set the end of this year for the release of its all-electric Typ-1, a two-seater, three-wheeled electric car whose streamlined shape might look at home in a Jetsons cartoon. Each street-legal vehicle would cost less than $30,000.

And if you want one: get on the list. The company has reportedly already accepted 3,000 $500 deposits for the 300 mpg vehicles.

[Link: c|net.com]


Bluewater Jon’s Shark Tale

by The Editors on July 27, 2008

Carlsbadistan resident and “world famous kayak fisherman” Bluewater Jon Schwartz, 39, and his wife Veronica were kayaking in Kona, Hawaii when a 9-foot-long tiger shark pulled up along side them, according to a story in the San Francisco Chronicle.

“It surfaced next to us like a submarine,” said Jon Schwartz. “It was like 9, 10 feet long, directly perpendicular to us, about 12 feet away, a tiger shark, about 200 pounds. It was staring at us, right next to us. Our worst fear was right in front of us.”

Luckily, Schwartz was armed with a device called a Shark Shield.

In the chaos of the moment, Schwartz said he remembers flipping a switch to activate the Shark Shield. They watched as the shark suddenly veered off just a few feet from them.
“It was as if the shark hit a force field,” Schwartz said. . . . The pair said they went crazy with relief, shouting and hooting. “It was unbelievable,” Veronica said.

More fish tales? Click the link and you decide.

[Link: San Francisco Chronicle]


Carlsbad Knocked Out Of US Open

by The Editors on July 27, 2008

It was pretty much game over for Carlsbad surfers in the round of 48 at the US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach this week. Taylor Knox? Out in the round of 48. Julia De La Rosa Toro? Same thing.

And while we saw Kyla Langen destroying Cherry Street in the days before the US Open began, neither she nor Lauren Sweeney made it past the round of 48.

There is one last hope, according to the San Diego Union Tribune: Taylor Jensen is in the longboard championships and will be surfing at 2:35 PM today.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]


Premium Robbery At Outlet Mall

by The Editors on July 26, 2008

The driver of a limo-van who had just dropped people off at Legoland and the Carlsbad Premium Outlet Mall Friday night July 25, 2008 was bound and robbed at gun-point by a black man 20-30 years old, medium build 5 feet 8 inches tall, according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The driver had dropped other customers from Los Angeles at LegoLand before going to the outlet mall. As he waited, a man walked up to him, pointed a pistol at him and ordered him into the back of the van, Sgt Keith Blackburn said. . . . The gunman bound the victim’s ankles and wrists with plastic zip-ties. He took the victim’s bank teller machine card, ordered him to reveal his secret code, and drove him to several banks over the next hour.

The limo driver was dropped back off at the outlet mall where a passerby was able to free him from his Zip ties. No one was hurt and it wasn’t clear how much money the robber got. That sort of thing is not supposed to happen here. Seriously.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]


TGIF July 25: Cancelled By Dead Bird

by The Editors on July 25, 2008

The July 25, 2008 Jazz In The Park was cancelled today by the San Diego County Department of Health after a dead bird found in the park tested positive for West Nile Virus. “This is the 122nd bird found with WNV this year in San Diego County. The concert cancellation is purely precautionary. Poinsettia Park remains open to the public.”

“With such short notice of this situation and because the concert occurs at a time when mosquitoes are most prevalent in the park, we felt it was in the best interest of the community to cancel tonight’s concert. This gives the City—and the public—adequate time to take appropriate precautions for the remaining 2008 TGIF concerts,” said Jazz in the Parks Project Manager Peter Gordon.

Bummer. Thanks to all the Carlsbadistan New Tippers who sent this in.

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Courtney Barnett Art Opening

by The Editors on July 25, 2008


Salon 580 in the Carlsbadistan Village is hosting an art show and reception for Courtney Barnett tomorrow night July 26, 2008 from 6-10 PM. The show runs through August 17.

[Link: Carlsbadcrawl.com]

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Three Stories High On Roosevelt

by The Editors on July 25, 2008

The corner of Roosevelt Street and Oak Avenue in Carlsbadistan’s downtown is getting an upgrade, according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The proposed building, on the northwest corner of Roosevelt Street and Oak Avenue, is planned to have 2,400 square feet of shops on the ground floor and six condominiums on the upper two stories. . . . The property is one block south of Carlsbad Village Drive, the city’s downtown commercial artery. It is occupied by a business and four one-story residences, which will be torn down to make way for the new project.

Let’s hope they look good. You never know when the City Council approves of it.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]