November 2010

Tillman Pleads Not Guilty In Ghost Ride

by The Editors on November 16, 2010

25801218 640X480Accused Juniper Avenue ghost ride the whipper Neal Tillman, 29, of Carlsbad pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of driving under the causing injury Monday, according to a story on

Neal Tillman, 29, appeared before Judge Marshall Hockett Monday morning to face those charges. He is currently free on $2,500 bond, and he is not allowed to drink any alcohol and can only drive to and from work.

Tillman has apparently never even gotten a speeding ticket before. He certainly went big for his first alleged infraction.



Man Falls From Lake Calavera Cliff

by The Editors on November 16, 2010

Carlsbadistan has had another cliff faller, but this time it wasn’t at the beach, according to a story on NBC San Diego. On Monday (November 15, 2010) at about 9 AM a man fell from the cliffs at Lake Calavera on the North Eastern edge of Carlsbad.

The 21-year old man fell approximately 200 feet near the levy road around 9 a.m. Monday, police said. Paramedics had stabilized the man near the base of the cliff until a helicopter could be used to take him to Scripps Hospital.

The man’s injuries were reported as “grave to serious,” according to the story.

[Link: NBC San Diego]


Carlsbad Remembers Surfer Andy Irons

by The Editors on November 15, 2010


Yesterday, November 14, 2010, the world remembered Andy Irons with a memorial service on the three-time world champion’s home break at Pine Trees on the island of Kauai, but surfers in Carlsbadistan gathered over a week ago (November 6, 2010) to remember the 32-year-old surfer, according to a post on

Irons was found dead in a Dallas, Texas hotel room on November 2, 2010. He had been feeling ill and was on his way home to Hawaii from Puerto Rico. when he died. Click the link for more photos.

[Link: Transworld Surf]


Fit Women Invade Carlsbadistan

by The Editors on November 12, 2010


If you’re wondering why there are so many cougars roaming the streets of Carlsbadistan this weekend, we may have the answer: a Jazzercise Shopping Escape & On Location event, according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Hundreds are expected to attend the two, three-hour fitness classes, scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday at the Carlsbad Sheraton Resort & Spa Grand Pacific Ballroom. The event sold out in 10 days. . . The event will include Jazzercise, Bump & Pump, Pilates and other popular fitness routines, led by Jazzercise founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett, Jazzercise President Shanna Missett Nelson, and other top fitness professionals.

Don’t say you weren’t warned.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]


Couple Found Dead in Carlsbad Home

by The Editors on November 12, 2010

The bodies of Michael Medford, 50, and wife Rochelle Medford, 47, were discovered Saturday morning November 6, 2010 in their Carlsbad apartment by their adult children, according to a story in the North County Times.

Unable to reach their parents by phone Saturday, the young adults returned home and found their parents dead, Cain said. . . The medical examiner’s office is investigating how they died, Cain said. There were no signs of violence, and no signs that anyone broke into their apartment.

According to police, Michael Medford was on parole for grand theft auto at the time of his death. Our thoughts are with the entire Medford family.

[Link: North County Times]


Tee Off At Dove Library

by Bridget Smith on November 12, 2010

Libraryartsfond LogoCarlsbadistan’s Dove Library will be transformed into a mini –golf course on Sunday, November 14 from 10-5, for a one of a kind fundraiser for the Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation.
Ticket holders can play nine holes of mini-golf, bid at the silent auction, and jive to the music of “The Swamp Critters” a Cajun/ Zydeco band. Other kid friendly activities like face painting and Ballo the Clown will take place in the Kids Activity Area located in Dove’s Children’s garden.

Tickets are $10 for adults. Kids tickets are $5 for golf only or $10 for golf plus entrance to the Kid’s activity area. Tickets can be reserved by a calling the library at 760-602-2060 or purchased the day of the event. So if you’re looking for some fun this Sunday, head to Dove library and play mini golf “fore” the library!


Carlsbad Man’s Motorcycle Misshap

by The Editors on November 10, 2010

Carlsbadistan’s Joshua Sullivan, 32, was apparently coming home from a ride in the desert Sunday, November 7, 2010, when his sleeping bag did him in, according to a story in the Imperial Valley Press.

Sullivan. . .was riding his 2006 Kawasaki Ninja west on Highway 78 west of Highway 86 about noon Sunday at more than 100 miles per hour [when] a sleeping bag, attached to the rear fender, became loose and wedged between the frame and the rear tire, stopping the bike.. . Sullivan lost control and was ejected onto the pavement.

Sullivan sustained what were reportedly “major injuries” in the accident.

[Link: Imperial Valley Press]

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Boys & Girls Club Memories Gala Nets $180,000

by The Editors on November 9, 2010

Boys & Girls Club CEO Brad Holland with his wife Leslie, and Emcee Jim Laslavic with his wife Susan.

The Boys & Girls Club Memories Gala, held October 16, 2010, in the Del Sol Ballroom at the La Costa Resort, netted a whopping $180,000, according to information released by the Clubs.

“I am so proud of the fun, memorable evening we created,” said Chair Barbi Nelson. “And, thanks to the talented members of the event committee, we were able to raise significant funds that will benefit our community’s children.”

Yeah. We’d call $180,000 significant. The money raised by the events towards operating funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad. For more info, please click the link.

[Link: Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad]
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Interstate 5: Will Wider Really Be Better?

by The Editors on November 9, 2010

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Personally, we think widening I-5 as a solution to North County traffic congestion is a lot like giving an heroin addict a larger needle to help him kick the horse, but we wanted to point out a couple recent articles that discuss the options from the Department of Transportation’s 10,000 page report. We like how the San Diego Union-Tribune puts it:

After $4.1 billion, nearly 20 years of construction, the condemnation of dozens of houses and businesses, and, for some, years spent commuting through a construction zone, here is what it could all come down to: A car traveling from Oceanside to La Jolla on Interstate 5 in proposed new toll lanes would save 10 minutes over the same car traveling the same 27-mile stretch of highway in 2006. A car traveling the distance in the regular lanes would shave one minute off the clock. . . Will it be worth it?

Our answer? Of course not. But then we’re not the North County Times. They think adding lanes is required:

Doing nothing about Interstate 5 widening —- or hoping that somehow mass transit will save us —- is a pipe dream. . . Indeed, anyone driving south toward San Diego on I-5 in the morning lately knows that it’s often congested from Carlsbad until the recently widened lanes near Cardiff —- so don’t bother with the anti-everything argument. . . Hoping that congestion will force drivers onto the Coaster isn’t a solution.

Well, actually, it is. One only has to look to the most congested streets in the world (Tokyo) to see that traffic congestion actually does force people to use public transportation. And you know what? That makes things better for everyone. That’s why it could be argued that the best solution for North County traffic jams would be to remove a couple lanes from Interstate 5 and add 24/7/365 service on the Coaster.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune and North County Times]


I Am The Machine Gunner At NVA Theatre

by The Editors on November 8, 2010

GunnerCarlsbadistan’s New Village Arts Theatre kicks off its November New Play Festival with stop number three of the world premiere of Yury Klavdiev’s I Am The Machine Gunner November 12-14, 2010.

In a poetic, vulgar, violent and aggressive translation, John Freedman presents Yury Klavdiev’s work that transcends time, place and person to capture the struggle of a young Russian gang member trying to find the same honor in his own battles that his grandfather found fighting Germany in World War II. This one man show features Equity actor James Knight, most recently seen in San Diego in ALIVE AND WELL at the Old Globe Theatre and is directed by David M. White.

Tickets for I Am The Machine Gunner are $15 or $39 for a festival pass which includes tickets to Renee Moreno’s Picturing My Sister (November 19-21, 2010), and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (November 26-28, 2010). For more information click the link.

[Link: New Village Arts Theatre]

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