July 2010

Carlsbad Mourns The Loss Of Harold McSherry

by The Editors on July 15, 2010

In an official press release from the City of Carlsbad Mayor Bud Lewis officially confirmed the death of City Treasurer Harold “Mac” McSherry and reminded us all of the kind of man he was:

“Mac approached his role as city treasurer very professionally, always working to make sure city funds were safe and earning the highest rate of return for our taxpayers,” said Mayor Claude A. “Bud” Lewis. “He was a man with a tremendous intellect and immense curiosity about the world and was also very generous with his time giving back to our community. He will be greatly missed by his entire City of Carlsbad family.”

Our thoughts are with everyone at the City offices but mostly with the McSherry’s family and their close friends. For the rest of the release, follow the jump.
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Police Discover Body In City Treasurer’s Office

by The Editors on July 15, 2010

A body, believed to be that of City of Carlsbad Treasurer Harold “Mac ” McSherry, was discovered last evening (July 14, 2010) by the Carlsbad Police department while performing a welfare check in McSherry’s State Street office.

Carlsbad Police Lt. Jay Eppel, quoted in the North County Times, would not release the name of the deceased other than to say that the person had “apparently committed suicide” and that the body was found after McSherry’s son asked police to check on his father’s welfare Wednesday evening.

Officers first checked McSherry’s house, but he wasn’t there. They then checked his office on State Street, where they found the deceased person, Eppel said. [Eppel] declined to give any further details. The county medical examiner’s office has assumed the investigation, Eppel said, and that office did not release any information Wednesday.

After being self-employed as a tax attorney since 1978, McSherry became Treasurer for the City in June 2006. He was 59 years old.

[Link: North County Times]


Swerving, Urinating NCTD Bus Driver Charged

by The Editors on July 13, 2010

NctdDavid Joseph Costello, 41, the North County Transit bus driver who was arrested for allegedly driving his bus under the influence after one of his passengers called 911 on June 1, 2010, was officially charged today on “drunken driving and public intoxication charges” according to a story on San Diego 6.

Costello was arrested after failing a series of sobriety tests, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Thomas Yancey. Authorities said the defendant’s blood-alcohol level was measured at .25 percent at the time of his arrest. The threshold for drunken driving is .08 percent. . . A North County bus rider was praised as a hero for calling 911 when she suspected the bus driver was intoxicated.

None of this should come as any kind of surprise to Costello’s friends as he has reportedly been cited “nine times since 2006 for alcohol-related offenses in North County.” But he was still able to drive a NCTD bus. Don’t blame NCTD, however. No, no. Costello didn’t work for them. He worked for First Transit the private, Cincinnati, Ohio-based transportation company that operates the buses for the North County Transit District.

Guess we can chalk this up as one more win for the “private sector.”

[Link: San Diego 6]


Carlsbadistan Sunshine Day Two

by The Editors on July 13, 2010

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Blue skies over Carlsbadistan has been such a rarity lately that all the sunshine is kind of tripping us out. But then, seems we’re not alone. The beach today was packed like a holiday weekend. And everyone was smiling about it.

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New High School One Lawsuit Away?

by The Editors on July 13, 2010

New Hs What purports to be the last legal hurdle between Carlsbadistan and a new high school will reportedly go before a judge next month unless all the groups can come to terms on some kind of settlement according to a Stacy Brandt story in the North County Times.

The property owners suing the district include land developer Bentley-Wing Properties Inc., the Rancho Carlsbad Owners Association and another group of nearby homeowners. They filed their opening arguments in Superior Court on Wednesday, challenging the environmental impact report the district approved in January. . . The lawsuit claims the district hasn’t adequately addressed the environmental and traffic problems that could be caused by the new campus the district plans to build on a 57-acre site near College Boulevard and Cannon Road. . . “All we’re saying is, ‘Let us help you,'” said Wayne Rosenbaum, an attorney representing the group. “Once you build this thing, it’s too late.”

Okay. We all get it. Bentley-Wing wants to make sure they can get the most out of land they own in the area and the residents of Rancho Carlsbad, a mobilehome park that’s pretty much in a hole already, are worried that the new school will increase their already high probability of being flooded. We just hope they can settle it before even more tax dollars are wasted in court. As Brandt says, they have a month.

[Link: North County Times]


Name A Red Door Conference Room, Win A Beer

by The Editors on July 13, 2010

Carlsbad-Office2-1Red Door Interactive is opening an office in the heart of the Village of Carlsbadistan.

Forgetting for a moment that they are a “creative agency” it seems they’re having some trouble naming two conference rooms in their space above Paon Restaurant (near the corner of Carlsbad Village Drive and Roosevelt Street), according to a post on their company blog.

How does one name a conference room? Well, our Carlsbad office is just steps from the great Pacific Ocean, so we are hoping for something beach chic. And while nothing is completely off limits, at Red Door is not the kind of place where we name things “The Board Room,” though come to think of it – given how many of our employees love to surf…nah, we are sure you can be more creative than that!

The agency, who has offices in downtown San Diego and Denver, Colorado will apparently buy beer for the person who comes up with the winning name. Which, come to think of it, is probably why they’re outsourcing this project. Click the link if you have any ideas.

[Link: Red Door Interactive]


Julie Nygaard Pulls Out Of City Council Race

by The Editors on July 12, 2010

N1063178659 8953According to a note posted on Julie Nygaard’s facebook page the three-term former Carlsbad City Councilwoman is no longer in the race for a seat on the Carlsbad City Council.

In a status update posted at 12:27 PM July 12, 2010 she wrote the following:

After much thought, deliberation and soul-searching, I have decided to not seek election to the Carlsbad City Council.

As many of you may know, I have a new grandchild in my life, and I want to spend more time with her. While I believe I have assembled a winning team, the commitment of campaigning, and then serving on the council, is not one I want to make at this point in my life.

Carlsbad is a special place because of the people who live, work and play here. I love this community, and I only want the best for it. I know Carlsbad will continue to be the best place to live in Southern California.

I want to thank all the people who have helped during this time, particularly my campaign management team of James Comstock, Julie Baker and Ellen Roundtree. They have been very generous in their commitment to me. They are owed a special thank you.

I also want to thank all the people who have encouraged me, believed in me and helped me throughout the years. Your help has been greatly appreciated.

I am proud of the projects that I have worked on throughout the years. Working together, we have created an amazing community.

I will continue to be involved in Carlsbad as a member of the Planning Commission. I will still make my presence known in Carlsbad, and I’m sure I will see many of you around.

Thanks, again, for your support.


Julie Nygaard

There is sure to be more on this story in the coming days.

[Link: Facebook]


TGIF July 16: Louie Cruz Beltran

by The Editors on July 12, 2010

Louiebeltran 1Those who thought the whole summer of TGIF Jazz in the Park was going to be a re-run of past seasons will be surprised to know that this Friday’s (July 16, 2010) Poinsettia Park performance by Louie Cruz Beltran will be a first for the Latin percussionist and his band. The Silver Lake News said:

Louie Cruz Beltran and His Latin Jazz Ensemble perform a sizzling blend of Brazilian style and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Louie’s ability to adapt his sound has allowed him to tour internationally and to work in many different styles with such great performers as Pete Escovedo, Starrfire and The Sylvers.

Poinsettia Park (click for Google map) could use a little sizzle this summer. Show starts at 6 PM. Bring your bug spray and you’re dancing shoes.

[Link: TGIF Jazz In The Park]


Elliot, Chiodini Win 2010 Carlsbad Triathlon

by The Editors on July 11, 2010

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Lewis Elliot, 30, of Phoenix, Arizona appeared relaxed and casual as he cruised ahead of the field of 1,000 triathletes and set a new course record in today’s Carlsbad Triathlon with an unofficial time of 1:08:49.

“It was a good race,” Elliot said. “I came from Arizona and the water was cold. We’ve been swimming in lakes with no wetsuits. It was neat to actually be chilly on the swim. I knew it was only for 1000 so I just sucked it up.

Elliot, who wasn’t even planning on competing in the Carlsbad Triathlon until a few days ago, finished ahead of last year’s winner Cam Hill of Fountain Hills, Arizona. “Cam had a great swim. He swam at ASU. He’s a great simmer,” Elliot said. “I was happy to get out less than a minute behind him. I was able to catch him on the bike and them I’m pretty confident in my running.”

Local Carlsbadistan triathlete Thomas Lopez came in third thanks we believe to a special sticker on his back wheel. “The swim is tough,” Lopez said at the finish line. “There are a lot of fast guys out there so I just had to find some feet and hang on for the ride. It was a great bike. The guy who took first [Lewis Elliot] was flying and I just couldn’t catch up to him. The run was pretty much one, two, three with that big a gap between each of us. All in all it was a great race. I’m happy.”

On the women’s side former UCSD triathlon team member Lauren Chiodini had no trouble at all. “It was a good day,” she said. “I was third out of the swim. The water was nice, not too cold and I just powered on through it. The bike was a little bit windy, but I made my way to second. It was an awesome day though.”

Second place finisher Jessi Strensland was leading through the first half of the run, but whenshe saw Chiodini closing the gap she knew it would not last. “I raced Lauren, trained with Lauren this year knowing full well that she can run faster than me right now,” Strensland said. “I haven’t been running. Once Lauren past me I thought I better just enjoy this. Then when I stopped to talk to my friends they’re the ones who told me Tatiana was coming so I thought I better just finish this.”

Follow the jump for photos and unofficial elite results..
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Local Triathlete All Stickered Up

by The Editors on July 10, 2010

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Turns out we’ve got a horse in this race after all. Carlsbadistan based triathlete Thomas Lopez (Colnago Triathlon Team) will be competing tomorrow in the Carlsbad Triathlon rocking one of our stickers for luck. We’re of course looking for Lopez to dominate. He starts at 8:00 AM. Watch for him among all the other Carlsbadistan locals who are swimming, biking, and running.

For photos from past Carlsbadistan triathlons simply click a year: 2009, 2008, 2007.

[Link: Carlsbad Triathlon]