July 2009

Time Flies At New Village Arts

by The Editors on July 24, 2009


Carlsbadistan’s New Village Arts Theater’s next mainstage production will be David Ives’ “hysterical and philosophically clever” Time Flies, directed by Associate Artistic Director Joshua Everett Johnson. The play is actually a series of short plays, with a cast of eight actors who make quick changes between being mayflies, a washing machine and a famous french painter, to name a few. This summertime comedy will reportedly have you rolling in the aisles!

For tickets please click the link or call the box office at (760) 433-3245.

[Link: New Village Arts Theatre]


Palomar Cheer Distracting Drivers At Cannon Park

by The Editors on July 23, 2009


Hopefully, none of the members of Palomar cheer fall out of Cannon Park and into the middle of Historic 101 during their practice. . .


Bocce Ball Worlds Raises $50,000

by The Editors on July 21, 2009

Artw.Title 001The event may have been at Dog Beach in Del Mar, but the Vigilucci’s Beach Bocce Ball World Championship XXIX held Saturday July 18, 2009 raised about $50,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, according to a story in the Coast News.

“The event has exceeded my expectations,” Pat Maldi, marketing and special events coordinator for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, said. “It’s an easy crowd. They come out to have fun.” . . . During the life of the event, more than $500,000 has been raised according to longtime emcee Brian Cook. “Bottom line is that this is about the kids,” he said. Maldi said the tournament was expected to bring in at least $50,000 this year.

We’re just sorry we missed it. It’s kind of hard to leave the beach on a sunny Saturday morning.

[Link: Coast News]


Poseidon May Start Plant In November

by The Editors on July 21, 2009

Desal-PlantCrews could start ripping up prime lagoon-front land for the Poseidon Resources desalination plant as soon as November, according to a story on KPBS.com.

The company that plans to build a desalination plant in Carlsbad has hired three people to oversee the project’s construction. Poseidon Resources hopes to break ground this fall. . . Poseidon Resources says the three new management employees have decades of expertise in water supply, engineering and project construction. . . Maloni says the company expects to start construction on the $300 million Carlsbad desalination plant in November. . . He says the plant could be operating in 2012.

Seems like we drink enough ocean water as it is. . . but then again, the developer is a thirsty beast and we want to be sure and keep him well hydrated so he can get back to building more houses when this whole economy thing turns around, right?

[Link: KPBS]


Carlsbad High Grad Dies In HB Fire

by The Editors on July 21, 2009

B78529828Z120090720142330000Gckir1Vn2 LgCarlsbad high school graduate Travis McCarthy, 25, and another man died in an Huntington Beach apartment fire reportedly started by a barbecue on a balcony early Sunday morning, according to a story in the OC Register.

At 1:31 a.m., authorities received a call about a residential fire at an apartment complex at 6401 Warner Ave. at Edwards Street, the dispatcher said. . . It took a 50-person team of firefighters about 15 to 20 minutes to bring the two-alarm fire under control, said Martha Werth, a spokeswoman for the Huntington Beach fire department. . . The bodies of two men, identified by the coroner as Travis McCarthy, 25, and Matthew Danihels, 29, were discovered in one of the units after the fire had been extinguished, Werth said.

The fire department has not ruled out “alternate causes” for the blaze, the story says. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of both men.

[Link: OCRegister]


TGIF July 24: Lowrider Band

by The Editors on July 21, 2009


All our friends know the lowrider and it would be silly to think that we would miss out on the band formerly known as War when The Lowrider Band playing at Poinsettia Park this Friday night at 6 PM as part of the TGIF Jazz In The Park.

After losing the rights to the name War years ago in a court battle, Harold Brown, B.B. Dickerson, Lee Oskar and Howard Scott from the landmark ’70s soul-rock band now play their music together as the Lowrider Band, a reference to one of their biggest hits and a song that earned them lifelong respect in Latino car culture. The group’s signature funk-rock sound – a steamy Afro-Latin R&B groove, always with a social message grounded by their distinctively breezy Southern California vibe – propelled a series of ’70s hits, including “Slippin’ Into the Darkness,” “All Day Music,” “The World Is a Ghetto,” “The Cisco Kid,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” and “Low Rider.” Today the funky jam band is on a mission to stake their rightful claim as the indisputable authorities of their top hits.

Great after linking this post all up we can’t get that song out of our heads. . . low ride er, goes a little slower. . .

[Link: Jazz In The Parks]


Carlsbad Youth Baseball Goes To Council

by The Editors on July 19, 2009

314Carlsbad Youth Baseball is headed for a Carlsbad City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 to see if they can get Poinsettia Field #1 re-named as Thorp Field in memory of Mitchell Thorp a former player who died last November after “fighting a 5-year battle against an unknown disease.”

This proposal has been supported by CYB, La Costa Youth Organization (LCYO) and Carlsbad High School Baseball Programs. The proposal was reviewed by the Carlsbad Parks Planning Commission on May 18th, and was endorsed unanimously by the Commission for Council approval.

Everyone is invited to the council meeting and player are requested to attend in uniform and carry signs saying “Thorp Field.”

[Link: Carlsbad Youth Baseball and Mitchell Thorp]


The Ponto Boat People’s Dawn Arrest

by The Editors on July 17, 2009

Imagine spending the night at sea in a small boat, crusing up on shore at Carlsbadistan’s Ponto beach at 4:40 AM thinking you’re in the land of opportunity, and blamo, you’re spotted by a US Customs and Border Protection agent and arrested. That’s exactly what happened to 20 “Mexican nationals” this morning.

The group included 14 men, five women and one teenage boy. They were wearing life vests and got to shore about 4:40 a.m., officials said. Among those arrested was a person whom authorities believe was a guide who was going to assist the group once they reached land.

And the guys driving the boat and running the business to Ponto Landing? Oh, they got away no problem.

[Link: San Deigo Union-Tribune]


Thursdays On The Coast

by The Editors on July 17, 2009

Thursdays OtcWhat started out as a one-time event is now going monthly. The Carlsbad Village Association presents Thursdays On The Coast. On the last Thursday of each month the Village is going to come alive with music and art.

The event’s mission is to bring people to the Village who may not normally visit on a Thursday evening, “Combining fine art, live music and other types of performance, Thursdays on the Coast brings a new vitality to the Village and creates a fun and engaging destination for visitors and residents alike.”, said Robin Young, executive director of the CVA, “Village businesses stay open late and are able to engage new customers who may not have realized they were there. It’s a wonderful opportunity for exposure.”

The first event will be Thursday, July 30, 2009 from 5 – 9 PM. Click the link for more info. [click to continue…]


The Riehl World: Outsourcing Safety

by Richard J. Riehl on July 17, 2009

When I learned North County Transit District directors are thinking about privatizing the operation of our local buses, I thought about my recent experience as a passenger on an outsourced bus during Carlsbad’s Village Faire a couple of months ago.

My wife and I took the shuttle downtown from the Poinsettia Coaster Station.

The driver was courteous, had a fine sense of humor and showed by his driving that he cared about getting us there safely. The return trip with another driver, however, was a white-knuckler.

As we boarded the bus at the downtown station, the driver was talking animatedly on his cell phone. I figured he was updating a dispatcher on his location. But when he continued the conversation, steering with one hand, as he drove through the heavy downtown traffic, it became evident it was a personal call. When my wife was about to ask him about that, he put his cell phone down.

We were relieved he’d be able to focus his attention on driving.
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