July 2010

The Riehl World: A Peek At The Races

by Richard J. Riehl on July 30, 2010

With the retirement of a mayor who has been in office for a quarter of a century and two City Council seats up for grabs, Carlsbad voters will have their first opportunity in decades to make a substantial change in city leadership.

The incumbents have a lot going for them. The city’s in better financial shape than its neighbors, and public opinion surveys show three out of four Carlsbadians have faith in their city government.

Here’s a peek at the candidacies of two council members who say they want to be Carlsbad’s next mayor, Matt Hall and Keith Blackburn.

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Surfers Host At Gregorio’s For Boys & Girls Club

by The Editors on July 27, 2010

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Local surf legends Randy Laine and David Barr (pictured above left) won the Gregorio’s Boy’s and Girls Clubs of Carlsbad fund raising contest for the first half of 2010.

“We had a blast, and the restaurant was packed!” said Barr. “I remember attending the Club as a kid, and my son was a member when he was a kid, and it just feels really good to give back.”

For more on how you can help raise money at Gregorio’s follow the jump for all the details [click to continue…]

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TGIF July 30: Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers

by The Editors on July 26, 2010

RodpiassaOn Friday, July 30, 2010 Carlsbadistan’s Poinsettia Park will give TGIF Jazz in the Park fans one more chance to hear the blazing hot harmonica sounds of Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers.

From his first recordings as a leader in 1967 fronting The Dirty Blues Band, through his multiple W.C. Handy Award winning with his current band The Mighty Flyers, to his countless appearances both live and on record with legendary blues figures, Piazza has set a standard for harmonica virtuosity that has established him as one of the most influential living blues harp players.

Don’t blow it. Get in the park by 6 PM and get ready to get blue.

[Link: TGIF Jazz in the Park]

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Six Days Until Seven Year Itch At NVA

by The Editors on July 25, 2010


Carlsbadistan’s New Village Arts production of George Axelrod’s The Seven Year Itch opens on July 29, 2010. Make sure you get your tickets now for the “hilarious classic comedy that made Marilyn’s little white dress famous.”

. . . laugh out loud as Richard Sherman (Daren Scott) jumps in and out of his own private fantasy as he bubbles his way through a summer fling that begins when the Girl (Jacque Wilke) nearly drops a tomato plant on his head

The play runs through August 22, 2010 and tickets are going fast, click the link to buy tickets and help support Carlsbadistan.com’s best sponsor.

New Village Art Theatre, 2787 State St, Carlsbad, CA 92008

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Logan Jenkins Gets Free Lunch At The Chamber

by The Editors on July 25, 2010

Photo Of Logan-JenkinsSan Diego Union-Tribune columnist Logan Jenkins spent got a free lunch last week at the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce with CEO Ted Owen and he was obviously impressed.

As you’d expect, Carlsbad’s chamber is the second-largest in the county and 10th largest in the state. It doesn’t need taxpayer funds to operate. Its stylish headquarters in a business park near the airport convey affluence. A dozen employees stoke the engine of local commerce with close to 300 events a year and glossy in-house publications that make money. . . Not exactly the sort of business where you’d expect to find the pinstriped CEO slipping into an apron to cook meals for employees and guests.

But that’s our Ted, right? Click the link for the rest.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

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ViaSat Signs $477 Million Army Deal

by The Editors on July 23, 2010

Viasat LogoViaSat, the Carlsbadistan based, manufacturer of all kinds of super stealth communication apparatus just signed a deal with the US Army to provide $477 million worth of troop tracking tech, according to a story in the San Diego Business Journal.

A July 21 company statement said the contract, which is for indefinite delivery and quantity, involves technology called blue force tracking, which allows the armed forces to view regularly updated troop positions on screens in vehicles and aircraft, to differentiate between friendly and enemy forces. . . ViaSat also received the first order for $37.7 million, to fund deliveries of the initial production terminals and other ground networking equipment, the statement said.

Guess we’d offer up the “indefinite delivery and quantity” of pretty much anything for $477 million.

[Link: San Diego Business Journal]

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TK Arnold On Mac McSherry

by The Editors on July 23, 2010

In his North County Times column this week TK Arnold remembers his friend and Carlsbad City Treasurer Harold “Mac” McSherry.

Maybe an hour after police found his father’s body in his State Street office, Travis McSherry, the eldest son of Carlsbad City Treasurer Harold “Mac” McSherry, posted this on his dad’s Facebook page: “I’m angry and confused. I don’t know why you felt that was your only way out. But you were loved and you will be missed. RIP. I love you, dad.” That pretty well sums up the feelings of most of us who knew McSherry, who took his own life after facing increasing pain from a brain tumor. . . We’re angry, because Mac was such as integral part of our lives, and he had no right to rip himself away from us.

He will certainly be missed. For the rest of Arnold’s thoughts please click the link.

[Link: North County Times]

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TGIF July 23: The Screamin’ Primas

by The Editors on July 19, 2010

ScreaminprimasjpgThe Screamin’ Primas are apparently a tribute band to a “rat pack” era performer of whom we had never heard. Oh, we’d heard his legendary songs like Jump Jive and Wail, Just a Gigolo, and That Old Black Magic, but we’d never heard the name Louis Prima. Now, thanks to TGIF Jazz in the Park on Friday, July 23, 2010 those who make it to Poinsettia Park will know his music just a little better.

Last year, their TGIF debut offered a wacky version of Prima’s late 1950s Las Vegas Night Club show featuring his acclaimed singer-wife Keely Smith that captured all the energy, emotion and excitement of the original.

Wacky jazz works. We guess. Show begins at 6 PM in Carlsbadistan’s Poinsettia Park. Don’t be late.

[Link: TGIF Jazz in the Park]

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Physical Therapy Student Saves Surfer’s Life

by The Editors on July 16, 2010

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Sofia Costa, a physical therapy student at the University of St. Augustine in San Marcos, California has only been surfing for one month and she has already saved the life of one longtime Carlsbad surfer.

At approximately 9 AM July 16, 2010 Costa was surfing with friends at Carlsbad’s Cherry Street when she saw a lone board floating in the water.

“I saw a board just floating there for a while and I asked someone, ‘Hey where is the guy,'” she said. “I paddled out there and another surfer met me there and we saw him there in the water. His board was holding him up.”

The surfer was completely submerged and at the end of his leash. If Costa and the other surfers hadn’t taken action the man would have died. “We both helped him up and we put him on the board,” she said. “Then we called all the other surfers to come and help us out because we couldn’t hold it that much longer. We got all our boards together put him on one and floated him. We just all came together and helped him out.”

Carlsbad Police, Fire, and California State Park Lifeguards responded. According to friends on the beach the surfer, who appeared to be in his early 50s, may have had a seizure while surfing. He was transported by State Beach Lifeguards to a Carlsbad Fire Department Ambulance for transport to a local hospital.

“I think I just got initiated into the surfing world,” Costa said. Thanks to Costa, it looks like another surfer will live to surf another day and we’re pretty certain she will be welcome at any surf break for life.

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Stand-Up Paddleboard Rental Deals Expanded

by The Editors on July 16, 2010

N77767811593 4553Beginning Monday, July 19, 2010 the Carlsbad Stand-Up Paddleboard Club will be expanding their special stand-up paddle and kayak rentals for parents paddling with kids under 12. From 8 AM to 12 PM Monday through Thursday rentals will only be $10 an hour.

The Carlsbad Stand-Up Paddleboard Club is located at 4509 Adams St., in Carlsbad (not at California Water Sports near the freeway). For more information click the link.

[Link: Carlsbad Stand-Up Paddleboard Club]

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