September 2008

Post Office Partys Like It’s 9-20-08

by The Editors on September 20, 2008


Our favorite Carlsbadistan letter carrier Conrad Beck organized a a pretty big party at the Carlsbad Post Office today to celebrate that fact that today’s date (9-20-08) also happens to be our zip Code.

92008 AmWhile Mayor Bud Lewis did not make the festivities as promised, nearly 70 people along with the Carlsbad Lancer Cheerleaders, Miss Carlsbad Dana Ducommon, the Army & Navy Academy Atkinson Warrior Marching Band and some of Carlsbad’s most appreciated postal workers (and family) did.

Lorraine Ludowsky, Sheila Mata, Lola’s Connie Trejo, Michelle, Michael Januzzi (starting center for the CHS football team), Cathy Kardas, the Post Office’s most senior employee Mack Mata, the youngest carrier C.C. Vallejo, Mike Alston, and Sharra Kliebenstein helped Conrad count-down to the big event at 9:20:08 AM.

Then it was all silly string and music from the Army & Navy Academy Atkinson Warrior Marching Band, free cake, and for a dollar all the philatelists in the crowd could get a special commemorative postcard with a custom cancellation stamp.

Click the link for all the photos.

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The 71 Percent Carlsbad Music Festival

by The Editors on September 19, 2008

Musicfestival CbThe Fifth Annual Carlsbad Music Festival kicks off tonight in. . . well, in Los Angeles with Calder Quartet, Red Fish Blue Fish, and Build. Weird, huh?

And the third concert at The Loft on the campus of UCSD September 25, 2008 is only open to UCSD students. Seems like organizers really should call this the 71% Carlsbad Music Festival.

For those who aren’t interested in making the trek to LA or currently students at UCSD the festival actually begins in Carlsbad on Monday September 22, 2008 at the New Village Arts Theatre with Build, Tristan Perich, and Favian Svensson.

The musicians of the Carlsbad Music Festival will perform a split set of music by composers-in-residence, Tristan Perich and Fabian Svensson. Build, led by composer/violinist Matt McBane, performs a full set of original music featuring music from their recent release self-titled debut album. This marks festival’s first collaboration with New Village Arts Theatre in their Carlsbad Village black box theater. Seating is limited.

Seeing as this is music we’re not familiar with we may have to go check it out. Ticket are ($28 Priority, $18 General, $10 Student) and can be purchased by clicking here.

For more info follow the jump for the rest of the dates and players.

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Surfrider and Coastkeeper File Desal Suit

by The Editors on September 19, 2008

We were wrong when we said the Poseidon Resources Inc. desalination plant had cleared it’s last hurdle on August 22, 2008. Now the San Diego Coastkeeper and the Surfrider Foundation have filed a lawsuit in Superior Court “in an attempt to force another review of a proposed seawater desalination plant in Carlsbad,” according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The lawsuit against the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board claims the agency did not ensure the best site, technology and design for the facility. “What we are trying to do is make sure that all of the analysis goes on so that we get the best plant possible,” said Gabriel Solmer, Coastkeeper’s legal director.

We hate to admit it, but we kind of like seeing the project faced with more hurdles.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

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Renown Trombonist Warren Brown Dies

by The Editors on September 19, 2008

Brown Warren ACarlsbad resident and renown trombonist Warren Brown died September 15, 2008 after a “lengthy illness.” He was 92.
Warren’s life was filled with music. He majored in music at the New York Military Academy and was a trombonist with his brother’s band Les Brown and the Band of Renown until he went into the Navy during World War II, According to a story on All About Jazz,

Upon discharge, he entered the business end of music and joined Leeds Music in New York City. . . . Because of his success as a song plugger, finding hit songs for many artists and overseeing many educational projects for Leeds, he was transferred to California to open and head the Leeds Music office there. The company sold to MCA and Warren served as Vice President of MCA Music, Inc., later to become Universal Music, until his retirement in 1981.

Thanks for all the songs, Warren.

[Link: All About Jazz]


Art Splash Gets Tasty This Weekend

by The Editors on September 18, 2008


Carlsbadistan’s Armada Drive is in for a serious chalking on September 20-21, 2008 as artists lay down some amazing transitory art on the pavement during the two-day Art Splash festival. This event is to benefit arts in the local community and is a great way to spend the day with the family.

But art isn’t all. Food is on the menu, too as Taste at ArtSplash features a sampling from 16 area restaurants all for $20 per person. Last year’s popular Karl Strauss Beer Garden will be back along with the all-new Bellefleur Wine Gardenso everyone will have the chance to drink a smile on their faces.

To see what you’re in for click the following links for our coverage of last year’s events: Art Splash 2007 and Taste of Carlsbad 2007.

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Sing With Alice Parker Tonight

by The Editors on September 18, 2008

ApCarlsbadistan’s St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church is hosting the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus’s presentation of The Alice Parker Festival tonight (September 18, 3008), and they’re calling it a “once in a lifetime choral event.” Seeing as we haven’t had many “choral events” in our lifetime, that statement is most likely true.

“Alice has been one of the most beloved and revered figures in choral music for half a century,” continues Chase. “We are very pleased to present this Festival, which I recommend to anybody, at any level, who loves vocal music. I guarantee it will be a musical experience like none other, and choir singers and audience alike will feel musically gratified.”

So, if you appreciate group singing of a spiritual bent, this might be a perfect evening. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for “youngsters 18 and under.”

[Editors’ Note: If anyone attends this event based on seeing it here, please let us know in the comments.]

[Link: La Jolla Sympohy via San Diego Union-Tribune]


Plaza Camino Real Loses Another One

by The Editors on September 17, 2008

Steve Barrys

BHY S&B Holdings LLC, the new owners of the bankrupt Steve & Barry’s chain of cheap sports clothing stores, has decided to close 103 of their 276 stores including the store in Carlsbad’s Plaza Camino Real (not that anyone will notice another empty retail space).

BHY S&B Holdings LLC, a newly formed investment consortium affiliated with Bay Harbour Management and York Capital Management, purchased the assets of Steve & Barry’s for $163 million. . . following the retailer’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection July 9.

Wish we could say we’ll miss that store, but truth is aside from an occasional trip to AT&T we never visit Plaza Camino Real because we’re scared.

[Link: Los Angeles Business]

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There’s A New Bro In Bressi Ranch

by The Editors on September 17, 2008

StaterbrosResidents of Carlsbadistan’s exclusive Bressi Ranch are getting a brand new 44,000 square foot Stater Bros Market. And groundbreaking ceremonies went on today at 9:30 AM (sadly, we missed this photo op).

The NEW Stater Bros. Supermarket will be located at Bressi Village Shopping Center at the intersection of Gateway Road and El Fuerte St. in southeast Carlsbad. A Grand Opening Celebration for the new Bressi Ranch Stater Bros. Supermarket is scheduled for February 2009.

We won’t want to miss that celebration. If the market keeps going the way it’s headed today we’re all going to need some free food come February.

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Welcome To Foreclosure Hell

by The Editors on September 17, 2008

Foreclose is calling Carlsbadistan one of the country’s largest foreclosure hotspots right in above La Jolla, and Miami Beach.

In Carlsbad, for example, there are 302 homes in foreclosure. The wealthy beach town–the median home sale price is $710,000–has suffered from overvaluation and risky financing, says Rick Sharga, a senior vice president at RealtyTrac. . . . The only thing that separates homeowners in Carlsbad from those in [other hot spots] is that in Carlsbad folks are losing their second homes.

Oh, we get it. Forbes is saying that it’s no big deal because in Carlsbad we can all afford to lose our “second homes.” Nice.



Boat Club Plans Pushed Back Out To Sea

by The Editors on September 17, 2008

Z9961344373C4E1A1882574C700170D65In a 4-to-1 vote the City Council upheld a planning commission decision sending Carlsbad Boat Club owners Jim Courtney and Michael Pfankuch back to the drawing board on their plans to develop a 25-unit time-share unit on a 1-acre lot on the north shore of Agua Hedionda Lagoon, according to a Barbara Henry story in the North County Times.

Council members, including Hall, said Tuesday that it was time for the two men to “go back and listen to the neighbors” and revise their plans.

Wonder how differently that vote would have gone if Courtney or Pfankuch were on the City Council?

[Link: North County Times]