March 2009

San Diego Children’s Choir At MoMM

by The Editors on March 27, 2009


The San Diego Children’s Choir Intermediate Ensemble will perform tomorrow, Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 1 PM at the Museum of Making Music. Directed by Michael Morgan, group will perform such songs as, “Oye La Musica,” “Oh Shenandoah,” “J’entends Le Moulin,” and others.

As “Ambassadors of Song,” the San Diego Children’s Choir brings the joy of choral music to audiences throughout the region, the nation, and world! Polly Campbell founded the choir in 1990 with the mission to “provide the children and youth of San Diego with the opportunity for artistic and personal growth through choral music performance.” Our choristers follow a comprehensive music education program that includes classical works, folk music from many cultures, jazz, and more. For more information about the choir, please visit:

The performance is free, however, a $5 donation would be greatly appreciated by the museum.

[Link: Museum of Making Music]


Carlsbad Police Chief On Administrative Leave

by The Editors on March 27, 2009

Tom ZollCarlsbadistan’s Police Chief Tom Zoll, 58, has been placed on administrative leave “pending an investigation” according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Capt. Mike Shipley has been the acting chief since March 18, Kristina Ray, the city’s communications manager, said yesterday. . . . “It’s a personnel matter, and the city cannot comment,” she said. . . .Councilman Keith Blackburn, a former Carlsbad police officer, said, “All I know was our chief was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.” . . .Zoll’s stewardship of the Police Department has seen little to no public controversy since he was hired in 2003. He is known for an easygoing style and dry sense of humor. . . .Contacted at his Carlsbad home yesterday afternoon, Zoll politely said he had no comment.

Guess we’ll find out more as the story develops.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune and San Diego 6]


The Carlsbad 25,000 Arrives On April 5

by The Editors on March 26, 2009


The “World’s Fastest 5k” returns to Carlsbadistan on April 5th, 2009 as our streets are again taken over by thousands of ground pounders in the Carlsbad 5000. But this year there is another twist. It’s called the All Day 25k.

“We wanted to offer a new longer-distance aspect of the race that could serve as a training option for runners preparing for a marathon or half marathon later in the season,” said Shannon Davis, Event Manager. “It will make the 5K course into a challenging 25K, thus allowing our more serious runners a chance to participate in a fast, seaside training run while still taking advantage of one of Southern California’s most exciting races.”

Limited to only 150 competitors the All Day 25K will see runners racing in five of the day’s 5k runs. No thanks. Click here for photos from last year, or follow the jump for all the details. [click to continue…]


Property Tax Adjusters Gets Blogged

by The Editors on March 26, 2009

Proptextlet2.JpgOC Register real estate blogger Jeff Collins wrote up the Carlsbad-based company Property Tax Adjusters today and mentioned that their recent direct mail piece arrived with the words “2009 Orange County Property Tax Assessment Notice” could be a little misleading.

Crosby Teague of Property Tax Adjusters said “there’s a fine line” between making a mailer that commands attention and claiming you’re from the government. . . “We clearly say we’re not a government agency,” Teague said. “Making a letter look important enough to open and read is a far cry from claiming we’re from the government.”

Collins was also skeptical of the companies ability to represent clients in “13 Bay Area and Southern California Counties.” For the rest of the story follow the link.

[Link: OC Register]


The Wine Spot Flies Blind

by The Editors on March 26, 2009

Brown-Paper-Bag-Blind-Tasting.JpgFor those who think there is nothing better than drinking wine out of brown paper bag on State Street, Andy and Jen at The Wine Spot have the perfect solution with their April Fool’s Blind Flight.

This week, test your senses with a blind flight and try to win a free tasting. Masquerading as bottles of malt liquor in simple, brown paper bags, the wines we choose will exhibit typical characteristics of common varietals. Swirl it, sniff it, sip it, and take your best guess. After the dust settles, we will take the best guesses and the winners will be rewarded with a deep sense of pride… and a free tasting.

Drop by anytime this week for a little sip and swirl escape.

[Link: The Wine Spot]

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Carlsbad Has Great Credit

by The Editors on March 26, 2009

Carlsbad CityStandard & Poor’s recently upgraded the City of Carlsbadistan’s credit rating from AA to AAA, according to a release sent out by the city.

Carlsbad, with a population that now exceeds 100,000, is located just 35 miles north of San Diego. Growth in the city has been in our view strong over the past five years with 10%-13% annual assessed valuation growth and good trends in local sales and transient occupancy tax taxes. We view the Legoland theme park and several resort hotels as strong tourism magnets. Also, we believe that strong financial management has resulted in healthy general fund surpluses and reserves, and a new formal policy requires and unreserved fund balance of no less than 30% of expenditures, although the city targets 40%-50%. The city actively monitors its budget and has made adjustments in fiscal 2009 to account for slowing TOT and sales taxes, in particular auto sales. We understand that adjustments are also being made in the 2010 budget to preserve its strong liquidity.”

Looks like City of Carlsbad Finance Director Lisa Irvine is doing a great job. Follow the jump for the entire press release.
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Callaway Suing To Find Web Commenter

by The Editors on March 25, 2009

Callaway-LogoSomeone in the Yahoo Finance message boards has been sharing opinions about Carlsbad’s own golf giant Callaway Golf that Callaway doesn’t seem to like. So, the company filed a lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court to subpoena Yahoo Finance and require them to hand over information regarding the identity of the poster, according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The lawsuit claims that, as a vendor or employee, the poster would have agreed not to disclose confidential information. It contends that around March of this year, the poster revealed information about the company’s operations. . . .Most posts on the Yahoo chat board for Callaway in the past two months don’t appear to reveal inside information. Several discuss the recent performance and attire of Phil Mickelson, a Callaway-sponsored player. . . One post is titled “Could golf get any more boring?”

It appears that the person they are hunting down is posting under the name “billclauson”. (Click here for a collection of his posts). And we have to agree, the posts seem pretty benign. Even this one from February 12, 2009:

I have been in and out of Callaway for many years. I just think the economy and the state of golf make any “golf” company a sell at this time. Callaway stock and golf related investments are going nowhere for the forseeable future. We may have seen the hayday for golf sometime back.”

Nothing that most people wouldn’t agree with there. Thankfully, Judge William Nevitt Jr. denied Callaway’s subpoena request, but it’s still nice to know that Callaway’s corporate lawyers have time to troll the Internet looking for fights.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

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Be Aggressive: Still Life With Pom Poms

by The Editors on March 25, 2009


A new play about cheerleaders opens at the New Village Arts Theatre on April 4, 2009. Be Aggressive, by Annie Weisman, is the story of Laura, a 17-year-old cheerleader whose life turns around when her mother is killed in a car accident, according to

. . . she is thrust into the role of caregiver for her precocious younger sister, Hannah, and her brittle father, Phil. Escape comes in the form of a ferocious fellow cheerleader. Leslie has a brochure about the Spirit Institute of the South, a two-week intensive where they can learn real cheer, the kind with Bible belt intensity. All they need is two weeks and a thousand bucks.

We won’t tell you the rest except to say that the story takes place in “Vista Del Sol” which most will recognize as San Diego. The play is directed by Kristianne Kurner and features NVA ensemble members Dana Case, Amanda Morrow, Daren Scott, Amanda Sitton and Rachael VanWormer with Caitlin Kunkle, Rachel Robinson and Alyssa Schindler.

Be Agressive runs April 4 to 26, 2009 nightly at 8 PM Thursday through Sunday with a matinee on Saturday at 3 PM click here for tickets. (Pay what you want previews are April 2 and 3)

[Link: New Village Arts Theatre]


Carlsbad Company Recalls Peanut Bars

by The Editors on March 24, 2009

Jaybarsinglepb.JpgThe salmonella poisoning scandal has finally swum upstream to Carlsbadistan, according to a story on

Jay Robb Enterprises Inc. of Carlsbad, Calif., is recalling all of its peanut butter-flavored JayBars due to potential contamination with salmonella. . . The recalled peanut butter JayBars were sold nationwide in retail stores and through online and phone orders. . . Consumers with questions can contact Jay Robb at 877-529-7622.

Luckily, we’ve never heard of JayBars, let alone eaten them.

[Link: MarketWatch]

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Kite Surfing At Tamarack

by The Editors on March 22, 2009

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With 20 to 25 mile per hours winds blowing sand down the beach, the conditions were perfect for kite surfing. This afternoon four guys were out ripping the waves and launching thirty feet into the air. The wind was blowing so hard that anything laid down on the sand would be buried in 10 minutes.

Click here for the full photo gallery.

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