September 2008

The Riehl World: Carlsbad Six Web Tour

by Richard J. Riehl on September 12, 2008

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The biggest challenge facing Carlsbad’s leaders in the near future will be to agree on spending priorities without the safety net of an ample reserve fund.

The city’s yearly budget surpluses may soon disappear because of the planned opening of new city facilities and a reduction in new development as the city reaches build-out.

Enter the Carlsbad Six, City Council candidates ranging in age from 19 to 74.

Their campaign Web sites suggest they can be divided into three groups: the Insiders, the Outsiders, and the Long Shots.

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Taylor Knox Shut Down At Boost Mobile

by The Editors on September 10, 2008

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Carslbadistan pro surfer Taylor Knox gave it a charge at Trestles in the Boost Mobile Pro, the continental US’s biggest surf event. He made it past Timmy Reyes this morning, but in his next heat against current world champion Mick Fanning he got stuck waveless for the last half of the heat.

Sadly, he is now out of the contest along with Carlsbad’s Ben Bourgeois who was knocked out by Bobby Martinez in heat number five of round three.

[Link: Boost Mobile Pro]


Vista Firefighter Saves Drowned Surfer

by The Editors on September 9, 2008

A Vista Firefighter who saw a surfboard “sticking up in the water” around 5PM tonight rescued a surfer who was apparently knocked out according to a story on Sign On San Diego.

The surfer may have hit his head on the ocean bottom off a stretch of city beach between two jetties south of Agua Hedionda Lagoon, Carlsbad police Lt. Marc Reno said. . . The firefighter tugged on the board’s leash, pulling the surfer up from the bottom, and started CPR.

The surfer was revived before being transported from Canon Park at 6 PM by San Diego’s copter 1 to a hospital.

[Link: Sign On San Diego]


Man Attempts Suicide By Train

by The Editors on September 9, 2008

This afternoon a man in his “30s or 40s” apparently tried to throw himself under a Coaster train at the Carlsbad Village Station at approximately 3:40 PM on September 9, 2008, according to a story on Sign On San Diego.

It was an attempted suicide, it appears from witness accounts,” said Carlsbad Police Cpl. Rob Shelton. . . .“He contorted his body and he threw himself at the train,” said Chris Wood, who was standing on the platform about 100 feet away.

Firefighters were able to get him out from under the train and transport him to Scripps Memorial Hospital. This is the same location where Jeffrey Samora, 24, killed himself by jumping in front of an Amtrak train on Monday April 21, 2008.

[Link: Sign On San Diego]


Benny And the Boost Mobile Pro

by The Editors on September 9, 2008


After a great year on the WQS Carlsbadistan surfer Ben Bourgeois is back on the WCT tour for the first time since 2001 and North County Times writer Michelle Esposito caught up with him to get his view on competing at the Boost Mobile Pro this week at Trestles.

Bourgeois will be among 48 of the world’s top surfers competing in the men’s World Championship Tour event at Lower Trestles. The Boost Mobile Pro, which began Monday and continues through Saturday, is the only WCT event on the U.S. mainland. . . . “I’m looking forward to Trestles because it’s right here and I know the break pretty well,” Bourgeois said. “I definitely just want to get a good result here. For me, it would mean a lot so I could jump up in the ratings. That’s my goal right now.”

Benny made it out of his first round head against Adrian Buchan and Tiago Pires. Carlsbad’s Taylor Knox surfs in Heat 15 today. Follow them both while you work, click here to watch the Boost Mobile Pro live on the Internet.

[Link: North County Times]


Coco Brings Home The Jr. U.S. Open Title

by The Editors on September 9, 2008


For the first time in 13 year the American’s have won the girls’ junior U.S. Open Championships. And that’s all thanks to Carlsbadistan’s Coco Vandeweghe winning over Venezuela’s Gabriela Paz 7-6 (3), 6-1, according to the New York Times.

After a competitive first set, Vandeweghe took control almost immediately in the second, breaking Paz in her first service game to take a 2-0 lead. After holding serve, Paz then double-faulted to give Vandeweghe a second break and a 4-1 lead. Vandeweghe was never in danger from there and went on to break Paz a third time to win the match on a sizzling forehand winner down the line.

She’s the first to ever win it as a wildcard entrant and the word is Coco is just beginning to hit her tennis stride. Congrats, Coco.

[Link: New York Times and San Diego Union-Tribune]


ViaSat Lands $50 Million Contract

by The Editors on September 9, 2008

Carlsbadistan’s satellite products company ViaSat Inc. has just signed a $50 million deal to “intall land-based ‘gateways’ to connect European broadband subscribers to the Internet via satellite.”

The contract was awarded by Skylogic, a subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications of Paris. ViaSat will install 10 broadband gateways in Europe linked to the KA-SAT satellite, which is scheduled to launch in the third quarter of 2010.. . . “This is the first network infrastructure award resulting from our transformational broadband initiative and leverages ground system economies of scale because it can be used for both high-capacity satellites — KA-SAT and ViaSat-1,” said Mark Dankberg, chairman and chief executive officer of ViaSat.

Yeah, what Mark said. We’re hoping someone got a nice fat bonus for this one.

[Link: San Diego Business Journal]


Callaway CEO Agrees To Stay Awhile

by The Editors on September 8, 2008

According to a story on Carlsbadistan’s number one golf company Callaway is holding on to CEO George Fellows until at least 2011 thanks to an agreement made by the company’s board of directors.

Fellows, 65, joined Callaway in August 2005. Last year, the Carlsbad, Calif.-based equipment maker posted record net sales of $1.125 billion and fully diluted earnings of $0.81, an increase of 138 percent compared with the previous year.

Fellows will be making “not less that $925,000” and is up for a bonus that could equal that salary. That’s not a bad paycheck for working in God’s favorite city.

[Link: Golfweek]


Vans El Ponto Loco Finals On Now

by The Editors on September 6, 2008

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Some of the world’s best up and coming surfers (Kelly Slater is there, but don’t tell him we told you) are at Carlsbadistan’s Ponto Beach right now as the Vans El Ponto Loco contest wraps up. It’s 12:50 PM, the sun is out and you still have time to get down to Ponto to check out the semi-finals and finals of the event. Or, stay in your cave and watch it all on the Internet.

(Photo: Encinitas’ Shey Yates “blasts one off the top”)


Legoland Wins 5th Straight Award

by The Editors on September 6, 2008

Img400 Golden TicketIt’s getting to be a bit of old hat, but Carlsbadistan’s Legoland has won an Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Award for Best Children’s Park for the fifth year in a row. Must be a lot of competition in that category.

It’s a great honor to be distinguished as the Best Children’s Park five years in a row,” said John Jakobsen, Managing Director Legoland Parks and General Manager of Legoland California Resort . “We are constantly striving to make Legoland California an incredible adventure for families with children 2 to 12 years old.”

Congrats, Legoland.
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