October 2008

Magnolia Ave. Closed By Downed Powerline

by The Editors on October 29, 2008

Magnolia Clo

A downed, live power line forced Carlsbadistan Police and Fire to close Magnolia Ave. at Pio Pico and one block east this morning before 8, according to the Carlsbad Fire Department.

“The line is still live so we’re keeping the street closed until the utility company can get here.”

This put a cramp in many students’ morning commute, but should be cleared up sometime this morning. Special thanks to a Carlsbadistan new tipster for alerting us to this breaking story.


Fall Carlsbad Street Faire This Sunday

by The Editors on October 29, 2008


We originally wrote this in May, but as the bi-annual Carlsbadistan Street Faire and Junk Show is the same year after year after year we’re going to do our part for self-sustaining blogging and simply run it again:

Hard to believe it’s already been six months since the last Carlsbad Street Faire, but don’t kid yourself. Time flies.

On Sunday, November 2, 2008 expect to see the streets of Carlsbadistan shut down so traveling QVC salespeople can clutter our Village with push-up tents filled with junk of all shapes and sizes. Get out early and load up. And don’t forget the beer garden. Because it’s usually the safest place to stand in the whole faire. Plus, in the beer garden you won’t have to worry about tripping over any neon coyote doorstops with macramé tails.

And please, if you’re coming down to park in our neighborhood, please do it quietly and remember to pack your trash.

[Link: Carlsbad.org]

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Carlsbadistan Invades Tavarua

by The Editors on October 28, 2008


Just got this photo from a Carlsbadistan reader who is currently riding perfect waves in Fiji, near an island called Tavarua. See that wave? It’s called Restaurants. If you’re nice it will barrel you, if you’re not it will cut you up.

If you’d like to take some Carlsbadistan stickers on your next trip click here and we’ll send you a bunch of ’em. Then just snap a photo of you with the sticker, email it to us, and we’ll put you up right here.

[Link: Free Stickers Please]


The Panyard Comes To Carlsbadistan

by The Editors on October 28, 2008

Newsound-1The Caribbean rhythms of the “steel pan” drums warm hearts around the world, but on November 1, 2008 at 5:30 PM at The Carlsbad Village Theatre, 2822 State Street, the sounds of Trinidad and Tobago come to Carlsbadistan on film and in person.

Keli Ross-Ma’u will be premiering his documentary In The Panyard and playing a live concert following the film.

Keli Ross-Ma’u, a music student from the U.S., studies and performs with the Pamberi Steel Orchestra in Trinidad, the birth place of the steel pan. Ross-Ma’u gets an insider’s experience of the Panyard, a community center where people of all ages from the surrounding neighborhood gather for steel pan rehearsals, and he learns how the country’s unique instrument and personal methods of teaching music create a close bond within the community.

All tickets are $22 at the door, or $20 if purchased in advance. Click the link to purchase tickets.

[Link: Carlsbad Village Theatre]


Carlsbad Students Stay Home For Prop 8

by The Editors on October 27, 2008

102808-Kids-At-TableSeveral upset Carlsbadistan parents made their kids stay home from school to protest a $1.25 million donation made to the “No on Prop. 8” campaign by the California Teachers Association, according to a story on NBC San Diego.

The parents are upset because they say the union should be fighting for legislation that will actually affect schools — legislation like the budget and class size — not gay marriage. . . Anita Kelley’s family is one of many who received e-mails about the protest and said she believes the teachers union has no business supporting a social issue that doesn’t affect schools. . . “It’s nothing that will benefit students or teachers. It was just wasteful spending,” said Kelley. “I think the money could be better used and spent in areas that would have benefited more kids.”

Maybe the union represents a lot of gay teachers. . . guess Mrs. Kelley didn’t really think of that one, huh?

[Link: NBC San Diego]


Carlsbad’s Nobama Cruiser

by The Editors on October 27, 2008

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While out cruising The Village this morning, we saw this Toyota FJ Cruiser parked in someone’s driveway (click the image to see if full size).

The more we looked at it, the more it appeared to be complete farce. Does someone who supports John McCain and Sarah Palin really put the words “Drill here/Bomb There” on the hood of their car? Do they believe that a vote for Obama equals more Osama? Are they actually encouraging people not to vote?

Or is this entire rig designed as subterfuge to make people think that McCain/Palin supporters are total and complete lunatics?

We’re guessing the later.


Westfield Pissed At New Oceanside Mall

by The Editors on October 24, 2008

Westfield, the Australian retail property owner that operates the Westfield Plaza Camino Real Mall in Carlsbad has submitted an appeal to the City of Oceanside City Council attempting to reverse their approval of Thomas Enterprises‘ proposed 950,000 square foot mall “on a 92-acre site near Highway 76 between Foussat Road and Mission Avenue,” according to a story in the San Diego Business Journal.

The appeal states that Westfield has substantial concerns about the legal sufficiency of the final environmental impact report certified by the city’s planning commission. . . . It contends that the document does not provide adequate information and understates the impacts of traffic, air quality, noise, water quality and biological resources.

Right. A mall developer is concerned about the “environmental impact” of a competitor’s property. How thoughtful of them. Seems that with an increasingly empty mall in Carlsbad that Westfield would focus a little more attention on building value on their own property rather than trying to stop competition in Oceanside.

[Link: San Diego Business Journal]


Carlsbad Company Has Your Mac Covered

by The Editors on October 24, 2008

Ljk-BkMacCase, the Carlsbadistan-based manufacturer of fine coverings for Apple products has just released a case that we’ve been waiting for. It’s leather, vertically oriented, and it can be slung over the shoulder, carried by handle or made into a backpack for easy on-the-go computer action.

The compact case has several storage pockets for accessories and a removable, customized pouch for the MacBook Air Super Drive or AC adapter for the larger MacBook Pro models. . . . The design of the Flight Jacket embodies the minimalism of the MacBook Air and the romanticism of our Premium Leather,” expresses Michael Santoro, Chief Creative Officer at MacCase. “Apple owners looking for a timeless case design with outstanding protection and minimal bulk will find this, and more, in the new Flight Jacket.”

Let’s just say this is exactly what we’ve been looking for.

[Link: MacCase]


Joe Six-Pack: Alive And Well In Carlsbad

by Richard J. Riehl on October 24, 2008

G3O 07572 Construction WorkerWe’re hearing a lot about Joe Six-Pack lately, the mythical resident of a mythical Main Street who politicians fall in love with each political season. Office seekers abandon their “ing’s” when they’re talkin’ about their plans for helpin’ folks who are just tryin’ to make a livin’. They love to have their pictures taken with Joe in his yellow hardhat. They seek him out in bowling alleys, delis and bars.

What makes Joe so popular? He’s become the living symbol of common sense wisdom. Politicians believe winning him over is the key to winning elections.

From their many letters to the editor and online chatter, Carlsbad’s Joe Six-Packs seem to be alive and well, but not very happy at the moment with the leadership in their local schools, regional hospital, and congressional district.

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Final Carlsbad Candidate Forum All Business

by The Editors on October 23, 2008


Just a reminder: tonight (October 23, 2008) at 5:30 at the Dove Library (1775 Dove Lane) all six candidates for Carlsbadistan City Council will be attending their final “candidate forum.” This one sponsored by the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. Here is how it is going to go down, according to Carlsbad’s Vice-President of Governmental Affairs Michael Bobawal.

  • Candidates will be seated left to right in alpha order (Arnold, Bernard, Blackburn, Douglas, Kulchin and Rodgers).
  • Each candidate will be given 90 seconds for an opening statement (starting with Arnold)
  • The dais will be presented a question and each candidate will have 60 seconds to answer
  • The first candidate to speak first will be rotated among the panel starting opening and ending closing statements (i.e., Arnold will start with opening statements, Bernard will start with question 1 and Rodgers will start with closing statements)
  • Each candidate will be given 90 seconds for a closing statement (starting with Rodgers)
  • All questions, including audience questions, will be business related
  • The first hour of the program will be televised
  • We will take a short break to let the camera’s stop rolling and then begin the second hour
  • The second hour will take questions from the audience
  • Questions will end around 7:00 p.m. allowing for 30 minutes of meet and greet.

Trust us, even if you don’t care all that much about City politics, these forums are great entertainment purely for spectacle. And since the topic tonight will be all business we’re thinking it’s going to be even more enlightening.