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Vacuuming up french toast, sausage, and fried rice at Al’s

"Drink this. It’s 9500 years old.” The lady’s thrusting a glass of what looks like water at me in front of this food truck, “California Braise.” Truck’s new around here. And they serve this Carlsbad ...

Eat the record

Visiting North County's Spin Records on Record Store Day

Last weekend marked the seventh time Spin Records has celebrated the annual Record Store Day. “It’s our biggest day of the year,” says Ken Kosta, who brought Spin Records to Carlsbad 23 years ago. “We ...

Coke-Pepsi's discreet war in North County

“No one has ever walked in and asked for a glass of Pepsi. No one!"

“Is Pepsi okay?” are not the words serious Coca-Cola drinkers want to hear in restaurants. So when a Coke-themed diner switched to Pepsi, customers like Oceanside resident Cheri Noel were “not happy.” Last week Noel ...

My Energy Wave, my jail time

Caught selling phony healthcare devices, Carlsbad resident cured of fraud

David Perez, a former Carlsbad resident now living in Oregon, was sentenced to 30 months in custody yesterday (April 4) for selling unapproved "Energy Wave" medical devices over the internet. He admitted to his crimes ...

Hammering away on that mall-crazy Carlsbad City Council

If projections are too low, local traffic will be a nightmare

Ten reasons to vote "No on A" in Carlsbad’s Special Election

Palomar Brewing abandoned for Culver

Rebranded startup to officially open this spring

Last July, the Union-Tribune reported that the City of Carlsbad had approved the application of Palomar Brewing Company to open in the vicinity of McClellan-Palomar Airport. In late December, while researching an article previewing new ...

You sure you don’t want a beer with that?

The Compass is pointing in the right direction

According to the website for Carlsbad Village gastropub The Compass, “Sometimes drunken conversations become a reality.” Not surprisingly, the reality of this two-blocks-from-the-beach restaurant is a full bar plus plenty of wine and a craft ...

The Carlsbad Lagoon Mall and money

How much will it bring to the community?

Carlsbad expected to revel in splendor at the mall.

New beds and no neon

Former Scandia Motel comes to life as Hotel Surf

After floundering for years, what some locals referred to as Carlsbad's version of the Psycho horror film series' Bates Motel, the city’s last Old Highway 101 motor court–type motel has a new life. As reported ...

Marriott to take place of Surf Motel and Armenian Café in Carlsbad

Chain chain chain

Last week, chain-link construction fencing covered with green shade cloth was placed around the Armenian Café and the two-story Surf Motel on Carlsbad Village Drive. Both are scheduled to be demolished. When he signed his ...

Carlsbad’s Julie Harper gets 40 years for shooting husband

Daughter: “I will never call you Mom again.…”

A San Diego Superior court judge told Julie Harper this morning, January 15, “Rather than go through a painful divorce process you took the easy way out.” And then he sentenced the former Carlsbad housewife ...

Exploring the future of energy in Carlsbad

"El Nino isn't going to fix the problem — it'll fix next summer's problem at best."

A group of about 100 Carlsbad residents gathered on the afternoon of January 13 to participate in a forum focused on the future of energy generation and delivery for the region and beyond. A discussion ...

Bassic instinct

Museum of Making Music's new Low exhibit is all about that bass

“Our intent is to reveal the bass,” says Kamau Kenyatta, about LOW: The Power & Beauty of Bass, the newest exhibit at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad. “Everyone feels it, so we did ...

Landlord's going to prison

Carlsbad man admits killing his renter

As part of a plea deal last week in San Diego’s North County Superior Court, David Diaz admitted killing a young man who had rented a room in his Carlsbad home two years ago. On ...

Let's fill some swimming pools!

Desalination plant opens in Carlsbad

“Now serving Pacific on Tap” was the slogan of the day December 14, when the San Diego County Water Authority announced the full operation of the largest desalination plant in the Western hemisphere. In actuality, ...

Weekend Carlsbad

Coastal picks in North County: Carlsbad's just far enough to get away.

I love vacations so much that I’ve made the effort to take one every month the past year. But why spend tons of money traveling to far-off destinations when we San Diegans have so much ...

F.O., Sierra Club

Utilities commission disregards petition against Carlsbad power plant

Plans to build a controversial new gas power plant in Carlsbad are moving forward, after the California Public Utilities Commission on Friday (November 6) refused to consider a petition from the Sierra Club to reconsider ...

Pain meds and another jail mattress denied

With Julie Harper's sentencing near, attorney asks judge for comforts

During a hearing today (November 5) the defense attorney for Julie Harper, convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband, requested that her sentencing be delayed for two months. A prosecutor has ...

7 men lie about sexual abuse?

Or Jeffrey Barton took advantage of them all as boys?

After hearing evidence for five weeks, on October 29 the jury began to hear closing arguments in the child-abuse case against Jeffrey Barton, the former master of schools at Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad. ...

Spirits and true-life ghosts abide in The Weir

New Village Arts offers warmth but with a chill at the edges

Jack just picked a winner at the track. He and Jim meet up at Brendan’s pub on a desolate, Irish country road. Life’s a mite bleary for these lonely blokes. But as a westerly howls ...

The parting out of Haggen

Smart & Final reputedly to bid on 10 of the 25 stores

With large “Store Closing” banners draped across the front of the La Costa Haggen Food and Drug, advertising 10 to 30 percent off, the much storied four-month expansion to bankruptcy of the Washington based-chain may ...

Absolutely malled in Carlsbad

“I wouldn’t be surprised if they tore the whole thing down and built condos.”

What’s going on with Carlsbad’s Plaza Camino Real…er…Westfield Carlsbad shopping center? Last year’s name change hasn’t seemed to help. Recently, rumors have been flying around the mall’s remaining merchants and their customers. In 2013, Westfield ...

Alleged abuse victim faces Carlsbad headmaster

Jeffrey Barton preyed on boy over 20 years ago, says former student

A man from Tennessee said in his pleasant Southern accent that he recognizes Jeffrey Barton as the man who molested him more than 20 years ago. The witness spoke in court yesterday, October 13, 2015. ...

They ate the schoolmaster's brownies

More allegations of abuse by Jeffrey Barton, who pleads not guilty

The grandmother of John Doe Number One gave testimony yesterday, October 7, in the trial of Jeffrey Barton, who pleads not guilty to 20 felony counts of child abuse. No Reason to Distrust Him The ...

Out-of-towners influence the Strawberry Field vote

Carlsbad shopping mall debate continues

The homework is done on Carlsbad mayor Matt Hall.

The birds win one in Oceanside

Audubon Society buys 3.5 acres once intended for development

The Buena Vista Audubon Society announced this week that they have reached their fundraising goal of $1.5 million to purchase a 3.5-acre parcel on the west side of Coast Highway, on the border of Oceanside ...

Haggen, dogged by problems, closes

Some customers unaware of closures but aware of no donuts

Nine months after announcing the biggest move into the Southern California grocery business, Washington-based Haggen Foods is giving up, leaving 127 California, Nevada, and Arizona stores vacant and laying off thousands of workers. The closures ...

Who's minding Department of Animal Services?

Lawsuit lends insight into X-ray safety protocol and lack of permits

A former veterinarian is accusing San Diego County's Department of Animal Services of retaliating against her and her colleagues after discovering that several X-ray machines were not inspected and two shelters lacked permits to operate. ...

The carnitas taco champ

Barrio Eat Mexican serves a winner in Carlsbad

Barrio Eat Mexican isn’t exactly in the Carlsbad barrio, but the tastes are as close to authentic Mexican street food as you can get in North County coastal. For many, the street fish taco is ...

Strawberry field developer's sign has got to go

That rush-hour audience was good while it lasted

A few months ago, Carlsbad residents were inundated by an L.A. developer’s two-million-dollar TV and PR campaign, asking voters to “Sign the Petition” to support his 27-acre shopping center on the strawberry fields east of ...

Former Carlsbad treasurer in trouble

James Comstock admitted stealing from ArtSplash nonprofit

The California Board of Accountancy has filed an accusation against James Milton Comstock of Carlsbad. Last year he pleaded guilty to stealing more than $212,000 from ArtSplash, a nonprofit organization promoting the arts. Accountants who ...

Julie Harper on trial — take 2

Accused murderer heads back to court after acquittal last year

A jury of seven women and five men was seated September 10 for the retrial of Julie Elizabeth Harper, 42. The defendant was acquitted of first-degree murder at the conclusion of her first trial one ...

Elvis has left the terminal, the tarmac, the plane...

Carlsbad-based Biz Air stops flying, ceases operation

How does one blow through millions of dollars quickly? Start an airline. Such is the case of Chicago’s Dan Cretsinger and his family, who started Biz Air Shuttle in June. Based in Carlsbad, Biz Air ...

Skateboard consumerism is not a crime

Black Friday for the skater set in Carlsbad lures campers

Saturday, August 29, was like Black Friday to the San Diego skateboarding world, as hundreds of teenagers lined up for hours for the annual Kayo sale. Kayo is the distributor of some of the industry’s ...

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 ...

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?

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 ...

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