December 2009

Santa Visits Carlsbad Boys & Girls Clubs

by The Editors on December 18, 2009

Santa Aiden

The holidays arrived early at Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, when members were treated to a special afternoon of holiday activities complete with a visit from Santa and a present for each child.

Throughout the past month, community individuals and businesses were quite busy working as “elves” collecting toys to ensure each member received an age-appropriate gift. Over 200 presents were collected, thanks to the diligence of The Disney Store, Interknowlogy, It’s All About The Kids, La Costa Chiropractic, Law Office of Richard Macgurn, Legoland, Joy Nicole, NRG Cabrillo Power Operations, Oceanside Glasstile, Palomar Investigative Group Inc, PBS&J, Sons of Italy (La Costa Chapter), Torrey Pines Bank, and USAopoly.

“The spirit of giving is truly alive and well in Carlsbad,” said Michelle Felise, the coordinator of the toy drive. “I wish everyone could have seen the smiles on the kids’ faces – they were so excited!”

For more information, call (760) 729-0207, email, or visit


New Village Arts Adds Santaland Show

by The Editors on December 16, 2009

Santa1With seats selling quickly to David Sedaris‘ one-man holiday comedy The Santaland Diaries, Carlsbadistan’s New Village Arts Theatre has added a Sunday evening show at 7 PM.

Daren Scott is simply amazing as he brings the work of David Sedaris to life. With all of its witty humor and dry sarcasm it is the perfect show to get you through the holidays. Playing now through Dec 23rd and selling out fast so grab your tickets today!

Click the link for more information and to buy tickets.

[Link: New Village Arts Theatre]


Upper Deck Sticks With Tiger Woods

by The Editors on December 16, 2009

Image.AspxCarlsbadistan’s trading card giant Upper Deck Co. announced yesterday (December 15, 2009) that they, unlike Elin Nordegren, would be “continuing their relationship” with Tiger Woods.

“Upper Deck will maintain its exclusive agreement with Tiger in both our sports cards and memorabilia categories, and we look forward to his eventual return to the PGA Tour,” Upper Deck CEO Richard McWilliam said in a statement. “Tiger and his family have our full support.”

That sounds great. We’re looking forward to a limited-edition Upper Deck Tiger’s Girlfriends set. Wonder if that’s in the works.

[Link: Upper Deck]


Purse Snatched At Plaza Camino Real

by The Editors on December 16, 2009

As if Carlsbadistan’s Plaza Camino Real needed any more pejorative nicknames, last night (December 15, 2009) two women robbed a 24-year-old woman in the parking lot, according to story in the North County Times.

The 24-year-old victim had left Plaza Camino Real Mall on the northeast side about 9:30 p.m. when a late model Ford Mustang with silver rims approached her, Lt. Bruce May said. . . The passenger got out, asked the shopper for a cigarette, then grabbed her purse, May said. The victim ran after the robber and struggled with her for the purse through the open car door. . . As they fought, the driver moved the car, running over the victim’s foot, May said.

The robbers were described only as Latina woman and a white woman, both in their early 20s.

[Link: North County Times]


Tamarack Surf Beach Sign Before & After

by The Editors on December 15, 2009

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We still don’t really know what happened to the old Tamarack Surf Beach Sign at the corner of Carlsbad Blvd and Tamarck. We know one thing for sure: the new sign is no comparison. Ugly, ugly, ugly. Thanks, Arnold!


The Counter At The Forum Is Now Open

by The Editors on December 14, 2009

Carlsbad LoungeFor weeks we’ve been peeking in the windows of the old Sushi on The Rock location at the Forum At Carlsbad because we knew something good was coming. Today, it’s finally here. The Counter, a build your own custom burger joint that people seem to rave about opened today (December 14, 2009) with 312,120 possible burger combinations.

Founded in 2003 by restaurant industry veteran Jeff Weinstein, Culver City, Calif.-based The Counter is the 21st-century equivalent to the classic burger joint, offering a fresh, unconventional approach to the American tradition of creating the ultimate premium burger. Since opening its original Santa Monica location, The Counter quickly gained national acclaim. In July 2005, GQ magazine columnist Alan Richman named The Counter’s “Build Your Own Burger” to his list of the best burgers in America and “The Oprah Winfrey Show” featured the GQ list shortly thereafter in a segment entitled “20 Burgers You Must Eat Before you Die.”

The Counter, which has 23 locations, isn’t just for the kids. The Forum restaurant includes a new lounge area that features more adult fare like “Fried Goat Cheese Sandwiches, Portobello Sandwiches, Mini Grilled Cheese & Bacon Sandwiches and spiked milkshakes” for the mommies and daddies. We haven’t been in yet, but we’re looking forward to it.

The Counter, The Forum At Carlsbad, 1923 Calle Barcelona

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Carlsbad Visitors Center Gets New Sign

by The Editors on December 14, 2009

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Along with the hundreds of thousands of dollars that have been spent re-branding Carlsbadistan as a destination for where tourists “go for fun” comes a new sign that we think looks great.

According to Sam Ross, executive director for the organization, “the sign is a fun way to introduce our new logo to the community and the tagline that goes along with it Carlsbad Where To Go For Fun is featured on our new license tag frames that are now on sale at the Visitor Center.”

The new frames are $5.99. Stop by the Historic Train Depot at 400 Carlsbad Village Drive to pic up your own.

[Link: Visit Carlsbad]


Santa Comes In Hot At Pendleton

by The Editors on December 14, 2009

Santa Chopper

Last week the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce helped Santa as he dropped in on Camp Pendleton to welcome 130 Marines home from Afghanistan as part of Welcome Home World Famous Flying Vipers HMLA169 from Afghanistan.

The Marines and their families attended the celebration; 350 people were there total. The event featured a car show, free raffle prizes ranging from big screen TVs to hotel stays, a huge buffet, free chair massages, and a bounce house for kids. Sam’s Club in Vista donated 100 toys and 20 free memberships.

It will be a much Happier Holidays for these Marines. Our thoughts are with those how won’t be home for Christmas.


Carlsbadistan Power Still Out

by The Editors on December 14, 2009

The power in Carlsbadistan went out Sunday December 13, 2009 at about 10:35 PM and as of 9 AM Monday it was still out.

SDG&E reported early on that they were investigating an “outage of the overhead electrical system” and that power would be restored by 11:37 PM. That estimate was later moved to 1:37 AM.

Obviously the problem is a little more serious than workers first thought. The source of the outage was traced to the substation level and “that is why so many customers were affected,” a spokesperson the SDG&E said.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported last night that 21,000 homes were originally without power.

An spokesperson SDG&E said that as of 9:50 AM power was still out for 3,576 homes and there was no estimated time for repair.

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Carlsbadistan Council’s Elfing Holiday Wishes

by The Editors on December 13, 2009

Mayor Bud Lewis and the rest of the Carlsbadistan City Council (Ann Kulchin, Keith Blackburn, Matt Hall, and Mark Packard) wish you and your’s a most wonderfully happy elfing holidays from the world’s best City.