November 2012

Carlsbad Music Festival Fundraiser

by The Editors on November 30, 2012


Like rhythmic sounds? Then the 10th Annual Benefit for the Carlsbad Music Festival might just be the perfect thing for you. Percussionist Steve Schick will be performing in the St. Michael’s by the Sea Chapel on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 6:30 PM.

Schick is Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego and a Consulting Artist in Percussion at the Manhattan School of Music. He was the percussionist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars of New York City from 1992-2002, and from 2000 to 2004 served as Artistic Director of the Centre International de Percussion de Genève in Geneva, Switzerland. Schick is founder and Artistic Director of the percussion group, “red fish blue fish,” and in 2007 assumed the post of Music Director and conductor of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus.

Ticket for the performance cost $100 and can be purchased online right here. Following the performance there will be a reception at the Beach Terrace Inn. St. Michael’s by the Sea is located at 2775 Carlsbad Blvd. in Carlsbad.

Follow the jump for the official details or click here for a video of a Schink performance. [click to continue…]

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Carlsbad’s Jensen Wins Another World Title

by The Editors on November 29, 2012

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Carlsbad surfer Taylor Jensen, 28, won his “second consecutive ASP World Longboard surfing title, defeating Hawaiian veteran Ned Snow, 30, to secure the CITIC PACIFIC ShenZhou Peninsula Pro hosted by Wanning in China today, November 29, 2012. Jensen had to fight through the flu, but the sickness didn’t stop him apparently.

“I didn’t know how bad my sickness was going to be, but it knocked me flat for 48 hours,” Jensen said. “It was touch and go as to whether I was up to surfing, my first heat was sketchy. It all came together. I got better everyday as the contest went on. You hear guys like Kelly Slater talk about building momentum through contests, and how the guy with the highest heat total usually loses in the next round. So I knew that getting through heats wasn’t a bad thing, I felt like I hadn’t surfed my best yet and that there was still something left in the tank. . . “It doesn’t seem real yet,” Jensen said. “My win in Italy just set in last week. It was always a goal to get more than one ASP World Longboard Title to solidify the first one, but to go back-to-back and now have two is amazing. I’m speechless. I haven’t even realised it happened yet.”

Congrats to another talented Carlbadistan surfer. Follow the jump for the official word from the ASP. [click to continue…]

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Holiday At The Rancho Dec. 1

by The Editors on November 21, 2012

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On December 1, 2012 celebrate the beginning of the holidays with the City of Carlsbad’s Annual Holiday at the Rancho celebration at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic State Park.

Enjoy the tree lighting ceremony, cookie decorating, face painting and pony rides. Write your own letter to Santa and create wooden gift tags, ornaments and more. Get some holiday shopping done at the craft boutique or tour the Hacienda. The evening will also feature a very special visit by Santa himself, who will light the 14-foot tree. Bring a blanket and a chair and finish the evening gathered around the giant outdoor movie screen for the classic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

The festivities begin at 5 PM. Tickets for this magical Carlsbad holiday tradition are $8 at the door or $5 if you buy them before November 29, 2012 at one of the Carlsbad Community enters. Click here for photos from years past (2008, 2009), or follow the jump for the official information. [click to continue…]

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Hilton Neighbor Card Helps Carlsbad Education

by The Editors on November 21, 2012

Purchasing a Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa “Preferred Neighbor Card” from the Carlsbad Education Foundation brings discounts on nearly everything at the resort and helps raise money for Carlsbad Schools.

“CEF is excited about the new partnership, which is a win-win for everyone involved,” said Valin Brown, CEO of the Carlsbad Educational Foundation. “The Hilton property will gain many new customers and receive added exposure within the area, while CUSD students will receive much-needed funding for programs and initiatives that otherwise could not be provided.”

The cards cost $10 each and can be purchased online at Follow the jump for all the official details. [click to continue…]

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Get Riehl: Pay Now or Pay Later for Schools

by Richard J. Riehl on November 17, 2012

After comparing their school test scores with statewide results you’d probably agree Carlsbad’s 5th graders, like their Lake Wobegone classmates, are all above average

When No Child Left Behind was signed into law in 2002 it was supposed to produce 100 percent grade level proficiency in English and math for all students by 2014. But to this date only 59 percent of California 5th graders have reached proficiency in English, only 63 percent in math. By comparison, 79 percent of Carlsbad’s 5th graders are proficient in English and 80 percent in math.

But the greater concern about these scores is the lingering achievement gap separating students by family income. Californian’s should care because 59 percent of the state’s 5th graders come from low income families. Only 47 percent of them are proficient in English, 55 percent in math. That doesn’t bode well for the state’s future workforce, which will need higher level skills than today’s workers. [click to continue…]

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Help Carlsbad Village Choose Trash Cans

by The Editors on November 16, 2012

Photo 2-1Oh, we love trash! Anything dirty or dingy or dusty Anything ragged or rotten or rusty. . . and it appears we’re not the only ones. The City of Carlsbad has planted six different styles of garbage cans in the Village of Carlsbad this week and they what your help deciding which style of trash receptacle you’d most like to see around town.

The trash receptacles are all located on State St. between Carlsbad Village Dr. and Grand Ave., with one by the fountain at State and Grand. Voting is open until November 30. . . The cans were either donated or loaned by various street furniture manufacturers. The goal of the contest is to determine which cans the public likes best and which perform the best — and ultimately to upgrade the existing receptacles throughout the Village.

Each can has a card on it explaining exactly how to vote. For complete info follow the jump [click to continue…]

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Mary Laver Dies At Home

by The Editors on November 14, 2012

931830-Rod-And-Mary-LaverMary Laver, the wife of tennis legend Rod Laver, died Monday, November 12, 2012 in their home in Carlsbad, according to a story on She was 84.

The Lavers were married for 46 years and had one son, Rick, who was born three weeks after Laver won the grand slam in 1969, claiming all four singles majors in the same year. . . “We had a wonderful life together,” Laver said. “We did a lot of travelling, a lot of tennis tournaments, tennis events.”

Our thoughts are with the entire Laver family.


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Get Riehl: Voters Crash Tea Party

by Richard J. Riehl on November 8, 2012

No TeapartyYou could hear a collective sigh of relief in school district offices throughout California after voters approved Prop 30 on Tuesday. Not that happy days are here again for school funding. The Carlsbad school district has already cut costs by $6.1 million this year. Teachers, managers and other school workers pitched in with $2 million of that amount in pay cuts.

If Prop 30 had failed to pass, another $4.8 million would have been slashed from city schools, amounting to a hit of nearly $11 million in a single year.

But the best news from Tuesday’s election results is that the air is beginning to leak from the anti-tax Tea Party balloon. Maybe it’s the irony voters are beginning to see in the public’s eagerness to contribute millions to political campaigns to support candidates who pledge not to raise their taxes by a dime and who hate government so much they’ll say or do anything to win a seat in it.

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AM PM Robbed In the AM

by The Editors on November 8, 2012

Am PmThe AM PM Arco gas station at 1991 Palomar Airport Rd. (at the intersection with Camino Vida Roble was robbed at gun point in the early hours of November 7, 2012 according to the Carlsbad Police Department.

Officer Seapker contacted the victim who stated a white male adult entered the store and pointed a gun to his head. The suspect demanded money. The clerk gave the suspect and undisclosed amount of money and the suspect fled the scene on foot. Several Officers and a K-9 checked the area for the suspect but were unable to locate him. The investigation is ongoing.

If you know a thin white, blonde, gun-toting 25 – 30 year old male 5’7″ tall who suddenly came into a little money, give the Carlsbad Police Department’s Sergeant Chase a call at 760-931-2136.

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Carlsbad High School TV Covers Election

by The Editors on November 7, 2012

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The talented crew from Carlsbad High School TV spent last evening (November 6, 2012) down in the thick of San Diego’s election 2012 coverage hub at Golden Hall producing hourly reports from 5 – 9 PM.

The team responsible included: (From the left) Brandon Scharaga (soph), Mark Huckaby (jr) Leonardo Sander (Sr.) Ashley Welzel (jr) Taylor Team (jr) Brian DeGour (Sr.) Adam Faringhy (jr) Sam Stadlberger (jr) Nicole Walker (jr) Matt Kenney (sr) Allie Degour (soph) Seannie Bryan (Sr) Gabe Retzer (soph) Joseph Smith (soph).

The great job they did last night proves they’re ready to take on the biggest stories gives the local “professional media” a reminder not to slack off because theses kids are coming up.

[Link: CHSTV]

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