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What a Dragmaster it is getting old

Historic Carlsbad auto shop gets retooled as drinking-and-dining center

A historic building, once the hub of drag racing in the U.S., is getting a facelift in the downtown village of Carlsbad. The old auto-mechanic shop and quonset hut in the 2700 block of State ...

The big guy wins another in Carlsbad

City council approves plan to develop 27 acres of strawberry fields

Over 350 people turned out for the Carlsbad City Council meeting on August 25. The hot-button issue was the proposed shopping center on 203 acres of the Ukagawa family's strawberry fields, above the Agua Hedionda ...

Brews and food and music and more brews

Thursday | 27 Dr. Andreas Marks, Japanese and Korean art curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, introduces the museum’s vast Japanese art collection, which, at almost 8000 works, is one of the largest and ...

Grand Deli Mike won't slam greedy landlords

Carlsbad institution to close after 28 years

Mike Downs and his family have owned the Grand Deli, on the corner of Grand Avenue and Roosevelt Street in Carlsbad Village, for 28 years. On August 27, he will close the doors to the ...

Why didn't SDG&E come up with this idea?

Carlsbad bio-gas facility expected to produce cheaper electricity

Escondido is set to ink a deal today (August 17) with the Carlsbad-based private firm Anaergia in which the company will capture waste from a city water-treatment facility, convert it into energy, and then sell ...

Bookstore muscle prevails in Carlsbad

Lhooq Books reopens after challenges foisted by city

Opened earlier this year in a small, old garage just off Carlsbad Village Drive, Lhooq Books, a rare-books bookstore, was shuttered by the city for the past three weeks. But now, after much research, owner ...

Under age and fictitious

Oceanside man accused of baiting online party trap with Hydrocodone

Juan Gerardo Castaneda, a 31-year-old man, never made physical contact with a 14-year-old girl, so all the charges should be dropped, Castaneda’s attorney said at a hearing yesterday, August 10. But judge Harry Elias disagreed, ...

Eve of destruction

Cygnet stages Dogfight; New Village Arts explores Forbidden Planet

Did Eddie spend four years in Vietnam? Or did it just seem that way?

CityFest, David Koechner, and the Guardians of the Galaxy

Thursday | 6 Actor, writer, and producer David Koechner is best known for his roles as Todd Packer on The Office and Champ Kind from Anchorman and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Koechner stars in ...

Sin City send-off

Elvis turns up for Biz Air's inaugual flight from Carlsbad to Las Vegas

Elvis impersonator George Thomas was belting out "Viva Las Vegas" and other Elvis tunes as a crowd gathered in the terminal at Carlsbad’s Palomar-McClellan airport. On July 30, city and county leaders, media, and paying ...

Last Call: The Quality of Life & Fringe Fest best

The Fringe Festival ends this Sunday. As does one of San Diego’s best dramatic productions in years. The Quality of Life. Intrepid Theatre Company mounted Jane Anderson’s heart-wrenching, gut-busting play at the Carlsbad Village Theatre, ...

More on the fake Uber drivers in Carlsbad

“When you call for a limo, you don’t expect to get picked up in a Prius.”

A story was published here on July 24, where a vacationing Uber driver from Augusta, Georgia, Rob Noel, outted a fake Uber driver in Carlsbad. Over the weekend of July 25, I attempted to find ...

Fake Uber driver outed

A fake Uber driver has been outted in Carlsbad, thanks to the same social media that makes the driving service so popular. Rob Noel was recently visiting his Oceanside family for nine days. The 27-year-old ...

Beach Plum looks nice

I spotted the buttermilk fried chicken & waffles

I found Beach Plum in a shopping center off El Camino Real and picked it over a few other unfamiliar restaurants in the same center because it looked nice. Or because I like plums and ...

Carlsbad or bust

Annual music festival turns to Kickstarter for support

The simple math works like this: another $8000 needs to be pledged this week or the Carlsbad Music Festival gets a big fat zero. At the time of writing, 32 potential donors have thus far ...

Carlsbad, another parking place to shop

Post Title: Duped! The signature campaign for a Strawberry Fields Mall Post Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 My afternoon nap was disturbed last Thursday by the sound of a man’s cheery voice from behind the ...

Hops and spouse in the house

Husband and wife open brewery and supply shop north of the border

A little outside Ensenada, Valle de Guadalupe has a reputation as Baja's wine country. For a couple of years it was also home to a small brewery with a loyal following and key restaurant placements. ...

Showered with nothing

Freshwater rinse-offs at the beach are over until the drought is

On Wednesday, July 15, the outdoor showers at San Diego’s four state-park beaches were scheduled to be shut off, in compliance with the governor’s mandated 25 percent reduction in water usage. The cold-water shower towers ...

Hold nothing back

The Quality of Life amazes at Intrepid Theatre Company

Intrepid Theatre’s casting is so spot on, it’s as if Jane Anderson wrote her four-hander, The Quality of Life, for Jeffrey Jones (Neil), Deanna Driscoll (Jeanette), Tom Stephenson (Bill), and Maggie Carney (Dinah). Even their ...

Babylon by airbus

Carlsbad's airline takes its maiden flight to L.A.

With 20 people onboard, Carlsbad’s only airline took off on its maiden flight on June 18 for the 25-minute ride to LAX. Biz Air’s owner, Dan Cretsinger, along with head flight attendant Robin Rossi, welcomed ...

Love's 'hose

North County band the Gift Machine share memories of Kurt and Courtney

Dave Matthies, the singer/guitarist for the psych-tinged indie band the Gift Machine decided he needed a cyclops monster and colorful swirls coming out of the mountains for the music video for their song “Telemetric Mayhem.” ...

How the churchgoer preyed...

Dennis Long had the confidence of over a dozen people

A superior court judge sentenced admitted fraudster Dennis Eugene Long to 12 years in state prison during a hearing on Friday, June 12. Sixty-five-year-old Long read a “statement of apology” before he heard the judge ...

Good in the service of bad

Great performers work hard to save Sylvia from itself

Director Kristianne Kurner has created an energetic evening of theater with A.R. Gurney Jr.’s play about a man and his dog — oh, and his wife. I’m being facetious by suggesting that the wife is ...

I-5 is for simps

Chicago-based airline sets up in Carlsbad

Beginning Thursday, June 18, North County air travelers will again be able to fly directly to Los Angeles from Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport. The airport was left without a public airline when United Express pulled out ...

One could trust international investor guy

Sunil Sharma fleeced investors of $6 million

Sunil Sharma of Carlsbad pleaded guilty yesterday (June 2) of scamming local investors of more than $6 million through a fraudulent day-trading strategy. Through one of his companies, Gold Coast Holding, Sharma told investors they ...

Can SDG&E be forced to do anything?

Dissent among public utilities commissioners on proposed gas-fired power plant

An official decision approving a controversial new gas-fired power plant in Carlsbad has been issued by the California Public Utilities Commission. As promised, commissioner Catherine J.K. Sandoval, who cast the lone vote against approval, appended ...

Berry disconcerting

More shopping, less strawberry picking in Carlsbad's strawberry fields?

The future developer of the 203-acre California Strawberry Farm, east of I-5 on Cannon Road, may be trying an end-run around city hall and Carlsbad citizens. Last month, the owners of the land at the ...

A gas-fired power plant for Carlsbad

Utilities commissioner sides with SDG&E, trumps judge's recommendation

The California Public Utilities Commission voted 4-1 Thursday morning (May 21) to approve a slightly scaled-down version of a gas-fired power plant proposed for construction along the Carlsbad coast. "This decision is just more of ...

Strike struck

Burglar gets lesser sentence while prosecutor argues for more

A superior court judge gave a man he described as a “career criminal” a compromise sentence of 24 years in state prison today, May 18. Probation officers had suggested that a term of 36 years ...

After the fires...

Good news and bad following last year's North County disasters

Last year, on the morning of May 14, humidity levels were down to 5 percent, morning beach temperatures already up into the high 80s, and strong Santa Ana winds were blowing from the east. Over ...

Early San Diegans couldn’t celebrate without lots of noise

More unexpected vignettes from San Diego's history — including the Horribles

1.) This photograph, taken in the late 1880s, was rare for its time. No male cradles a wide-brimmed hat in his arm. No one stares up, or dreamily off, as if posing as the person ...

Carlsbad’s Green Dragon Tavern has revolutionary feel

Ambitious colonial museum delivers a proper tavern experience

Nearly 250 years ago, Boston’s historic Green Dragon Tavern served as a meeting place for men who would become heroes of the American Revolution. Two years ago, Carlsbad’s Green Dragon Tavern & Museum didn’t exist. ...

Saltier than average environmentalists

The argument against increased reliance on desalination

As California's drought continues to intensify, coastal cities are looking to the ocean as a potential means of supplementing a dwindling reserve of fresh water. Construction of what's being billed as the largest desalination plant ...

Utilities commission flunks another smell test

"[He] said, 'We need to give them a gas plant,' all the while ignoring the record."

Clean energy activists gathered in Solana Beach on Tuesday morning (May 5) to protest a proposal from San Diego Gas & Electric and Texas-based NRG Energy to build a new gas-fired power plant along the ...

No plea deal — 12 years in the clink

Fraudster called a swindler, a fake, crook, false prophet, predator...

On April 28, statements from victims of admitted fraudster Dennis Eugene Long so impressed a judge that he broke the plea deal in order to sentence the con artist to 12 years in prison instead ...

Married for 22 years, stabbed 30 times

Man who admits murdering his wife expects 20 years prison

A 50-year-old Mexican national admitted stabbing his wife to death and expects to get 20 years in a California state prison at his sentencing next month. The admission on the felony plea deal form reads: ...

The party house next door

Cities, state debate residential vacation rentals

While local cities continue to seek regulations on short-term vacation rentals, a bill making its way to the state legislature may provide the teeth needed for effective enforcement. Unless, that is, web businesses like Airbnb ...

Home is a menacing place

Spellbinding Lord of the Flies at New Village Arts features youthful actors and negative consequences.

New Village Arts Theatre has once again crafted a brilliant staging of a theatrical production adapted from the page. The Carlsbad company, which in the past has presented interpretations of To Kill a Mockingbird and ...

Yay! Got the cash and pills

Julie Harper lawyer Paul Pfingst says money needed to pay experts

Paul Pfingst, defense attorney for accused murderer Julie Harper, successfully got 12 items of evidence released from the district attorney during a court hearing yesterday, April 13. This included $30,000 in cash, some of which ...

John Doe Number One goes after Jeffrey Barton

Witness claims abuse at Carlsbad military academy

A man who claimed he was abused at a military academy when he was 14 said he feared his abuser would kill him if he revealed the abuse, according to grand jury transcripts made available ...

SDG&E’s got a gas problem

Will San Diego Gas & Electric bulldog through their Carlsbad plan?

Efforts by San Diego Gas & Electric to push through a new gas-fired power plant in Carlsbad fly in the face of instructions from the California Public Utilities Commission, Sierra Club lawyers contend. “Under the ...

Combing the North 40

Unique Carlsbad food and drink venue to feature a trio of local breweries

A while back (nine months to be exact…time flies when you’re drinking beer), I reported that AleSmith Brewing Company was working on establishing a combination tap room and retail establishment. Referred to as an upscale ...

The accused is with child!

And the prosecutor says Julie Harper, to be retried for murder, abused opiates

The defense attorney for Julie Harper has stated that she is pregnant and her due date is mid-May, and so it would be “impractical” for her to undergo a re-trial as scheduled, according to papers ...

The last bookstore opening ever?

Garage shop in Carlsbad has low-low overhead. And soul.

Bucking the trend of old-school small businesses being killed off by technology and the internet, Sean Christopher recently expanded his love of books into a freestanding garage bookstore, named Lhooq Books. The small space offers ...

Twice-guilty burglar claims innocence

Man says cop must have seen his own reflection in the window

A repeat felon heard closing arguments yesterday, March 9, during the re-trial of his most recent alleged burglary in which he is accused of stealing items from a Carlsbad home in August of 2013. During ...

Church thief who tested dirty comes clean

Pastor forgives robber and asks him for advice

On Sunday, March 8, 19 days after St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Carlsbad was broken into and robbed of dozens of silver and gold chalices, cruets, and ciboria, the items were found by a sheriff’s ...

Gas price sag

ISIS fighters and refinery explosion in Torrance fail to jack up prices

The dramatic rise in gasoline prices cracked on Thursday, March 5. Just as oil-industry watchers predicted, there was no true explanation for the daily price increase that occurred in San Diego County during the past ...

Church thieves strike in Carlsbad

Pastor comes across "spiritually violent" scene on Ash Wednesday

Like it was for most Episcopal priests, Ash Wednesday was a big day for Rev. Doran Stambaugh. He arrived at St. Michael’s at 7:40 a.m., 20 minutes before his first of three services that day. ...

Cops and hops

Now read this if headed for malted barley along SR-78

“It’s not like we’re going to camp out in the parking lot of an establishment.” Lt. Eric Skaja, spokesman for the Escondido Police Department, maintains that the “Avoid the Eight on the 78” campaign isn’t ...

When is a kiss just a kiss?

Illusions and oxytocin in Stage Kiss at New Village Arts

Sarah Ruhl took her five-year-old daughter to the theater. When her daughter asked if the actors were “real people,” Ruhl realized that “she must have asked because of the profusion of digital images she sees. ...

Kiss-friendly tipple

For Valentine’s Day you can hardly do better than the Divine Aspect

It ain’t pink or red, doesn’t include anything remotely chocolate, and it doesn’t come with a rose garnish, but for Valentine’s Day you’d hardly do better than suggest a drink that brings out a bit ...

Does that mean there's no herbal Viagra?

Fraudster Dennis Long makes plea deal after bilking fellow churchgoers

Dennis Eugene Long, 65, admitted to defrauding the faithful in a plea deal on January 29. The defendant pleaded guilty to five felonies, including multiple counts of grand theft and one residential burglary; plus, he ...