Carlsbad news & stories

My Medifast Diet Experience and French Tarts

Dessert binge leads to diet including steak and lobster.

Sleep cuts into Yani Tseng’s tee time at Carlsbad

Missed chance at defending title

The Ladies Professional Golf Association’s four-day tournament began March 21 at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad without one of its top players: defending champion Yani Tseng. The 24-year-old Taiwan native has earned more than $9 ...

Carlsbad Village to extend restaurants into the street

Reminiscent of European cafés?

Almost a dozen restaurants in the Carlsbad Village area now have permission to extend their dining areas into the street as part of the city’s newly adopted three-year program to introduce “curb cafés.” The parking-lot ...

Chabad at La Costa

God in Tijuana on Christmas Day

Chabad La Costa’s rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort trains to desire Godliness.

Drop-boxes installed for worn flags in Carlsbad

Fire dept. to give dignified destruction

A mailbox-like disposal bin for worn American flags that are no longer fit to display is a new fixture at the Dove Library in Carlsbad, thanks to a donation from the city 's fire department. ...

Paradise Pizza proposal leads to engagement in Carlsbad

Hold the pepperoni and bacon

A longtime Carlsbad resident named Paul Carreon came up with a unique way to pop the question to his true love — in green pepper slices, on top of a pizza, amid black olives and ...

SeaWorld rescuers net sea lion pup in Carlsbad

Was mom watching from the water?

On Thursday, March 7, Carlsbad resident Doug was taking his daily 7:00 a.m. walk along the beach next to Carlsbad Boulevard. At the Agua Hedionda Lagoon’s outlet, just south of Tamarack Avenue, he spotted a ...

Forced entry thwarted in Carlsbad

Neighbors help track perp

An 80-minute search for a man who tried to force his way into a Carlsbad home on the 800 block of Ginger Avenue ended with his arrest on February 25. The search began around 5 ...

Oysters Obama

No oysterphiles among these limousine liberals

San Diego seafood lovers may soon be paying more for their oysters since the Drakes Bay oyster farm in the Bay Area is being threatened with closure.

Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation reopens Discovery Center

Luiseño tribal leaders take part in ceremony

The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation in Carlsbad celebrated the reopening of its Discovery Center on Saturday, February 16. The center, which opened in 2006, was closed to the general public recently while interior improvements were ...

Wounded Warriors bike from Oceanside

A coastline ride after “being blown up”

Local representatives of the Wounded Warrior Project sponsored a group of 45 veterans in a 30-mile bike ride along Coast Highway 101 on February 9. Starting off at Buccaneer Beach in Oceanside, the riders were ...

Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park

Once a mecca for the Hollywood set; includes trails connected to the City of Carlsbad

We don't bang

“We’re going for a walk.” “Oh, yeah?” Blam! Blam! Blam!

Three Carlsbad residents were shot in an unprovoked incident allegedly instigated by Luciano Velasquez.

Check thieves target apartment complexes

Thwart them with gel ink

Four apartment complexes in Carlsbad have recently experienced thefts of checks and money orders totaling nearly $50,000 from rental payment boxes. Police have notified local property managers of the thefts. National City, Vista, and Oceanside ...

Santa art sought from Del Mar to Oceanside

One painting depicts St. Nick smoking pot

After seeing a window painting of Santa smoking a pipe and a snowman holding a water pipe at an Oceanside smoke shop, I decided to see if there were any other businesses that had pictures ...

Carlsbad power outage prompts reminder

Last Friday, November 30, I was reminded of the dangers of electricity as I ignored orange safety cones and approached SDG&E workers at an open transformer box at Melrose Drive and Rancho Santa Fe Road. ...

Dropping trou in North County

Coda Reactor frontman Miles Orff gets ejected from Boar Cross’n for dropping his trousers in protest over his band’s abbreviated set.

Carlsbad Considers Ordinance to Limit RV Parking

Richard Shapiro is fighting a campaign on behalf of recreational vehicle owners against the City of Carlsbad. Effective January 1, 2013, the city intends to ban RVs on Carlsbad city streets due to complaints of ...

On Scene: Carlsbad Condo Fire

On October 24 around 4:00 p.m., a woman name Marsha heard a loud explosion near her second-floor condo in the 2300 block of Hosp Way, in Carlsbad's Grove condominiums. She went outside and saw black ...

Carlsbad Residents See Yellow

Before summer began, Carlsbad installed five new pedestrian crosswalks on oceanfront Carlsbad Boulevard, between Tamarack and Sycamore avenues. Each crossing is well marked, with a pedestrian-safe, raised median in the middle of the busy four-lane ...

The Doggie-Door Man

John Clayborne Kerr tried to invade a Carlsbad home through a doggie door.

Caulerpa Conquest to be Celebrated in Carlsbad

The sixth annual Carlsbad Lagoon Day takes place on Sunday, July 22. The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation (AHLF) celebrates the anniversary of the formal declaration of eradication of Caulerpa taxifolia with a walk/run and community ...

New Airline to be Based at Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport

Over 300 North County business people, community leaders, and government officials gathered on July 10 in a large hangar at McClellan-Palomar Airport. The crowd was there for the introduction of California Pacific Airlines, a new ...

Batiquitos Lagoon

View salt-marsh plants year round and shorebirds especially during spring and winter migrations.

iPirates for Eiden Protest at Apple Store in Carlsbad

About a dozen “iPirates” assembled in front of the Apple store in Carlsbad on the morning of May 26 to protest what they said are the computer company’s tax-avoidance schemes. The iPirates were also there ...

An Oceanside Man’s Meditation for Peace

Once about every two weeks, around sunset, Oceanside's José Vasquez dons his tie-dyed, peace-sign T-shirt, parks along the busy Coast Highway in Carlsbad, climbs on top of his signage-laden truck, and meditates for unconditional love ...

Amtrak Police on Track Patrol in Carlsbad

On the afternoon of Thursday, May 10, two Amtrak police officers arrived on a bluff overlooking the Batiquitos Lagoon and railroad tracks near the corner of Carlsbad Boulevard and La Costa Avenue. Amtrak officers Robert ...

Brendan O’Rourke Tells His Tale

Schoolyard gunman tells a tale of torture and conspiracy.

Jefferson Street Closure Frustrates Carlsbad Drivers

Residents in Carlsbad's village area of town are miffed. One of their main thoroughfares, Jefferson Street, is closed to through traffic heading out of the downtown Carlsbad area, east over I-5 along the Buena Vista ...

Jury Considers Sanity of Carlsbad Schoolyard Gunman

Most jurors deliberating the sanity of a murder defendant are voting that he did understand right from wrong at the time of the shooting, according to statements made in court on March 15 by Daniel ...

Las Flores Church of the Nazarene

Membership: 500 Pastor: Dwayne Edwards Age: 57 Born: Montgomery, Ala. Formation: Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego Years Ordained: 25 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on ...

Carlsbad SWAT Officers Train (Loudly) for School Shooting Incidents

"Our idyllic life, the peace, the quiet and the serenity that we love about Carlsbad has all of a sudden turned into a shooting gallery," said resident Steven Johnson as he spoke during the public ...

Construction Worker Testifies Against Brendan Liam O’Rourke

Construction worker Mario Contreras broke his hand on October 8, 2010, the day a gunman arrived at Kelly Elementary School in Carlsbad. “I broke it when I punched him,” testified 42-year-old Contreras at the Vista ...

Ex Carlsbad Attorney Patricia Gregory to Serve One Year in Jail

Two former clients of disbarred attorney Patricia Gregory had the satisfaction of seeing the admitted thief put into handcuffs in the Vista courthouse on February 24. The victims, Denise Doll and Luwain Ng, complained to ...

Dr. Bill and GT Surf Hwy 101

A few words about my bike. I call him GT, but his real name is GT LTS 3. He is a brute. He was born in 1998 and listed for $4295. My wife Debra bought ...

Carlsbad Attorney Admits Taking Clients’ Funds for Personal Use

A former Carlsbad attorney admitted that she took money from two clients’ accounts and used those funds “for personal use,” according to a plea deal read in court by the judge on January 24. Patricia ...

The Elephant Has Landed

Four years after he launched Hensley’s Flying Elephant, pro skateboarder-turned-accordionist (Flogging Molly) Matt Hensley has sold the music venue he built from scratch. “I had help from friends. We built the entire pub.” The artwork ...

Carlsbad Man Admits Killing Parents with Machete

On January 18, 2008, Jean Gluck, 77, and Harry Gluck, 90, were found dead in their bed in the Carlsbad home they shared with their son, Dennis Brian Gluck. In the Vista courthouse on the ...

Bonnie Dumanis a No-Show, Michael T. Pines “Cannot Focus”

The preliminary hearing for former attorney Michael T. Pines was suspended on Friday, August 26, and a subpoenaed witness — San Diego County district attorney Bonnie Dumanis — did not make an appearance. Instead, superior-court ...

Bonnie Dumanis Subpoenaed in Michael Pines Case

On Wednesday, August 24, a superior court judge declined to quash a subpoena that was served on San Diego County district attorney Bonnie Dumanis.The subpoena reportedly demands her as a witness in the case against ...

Shake Tree.com and See What Falls Out

n November 2010, Bernard Smith (not his real name) of Tree.com Inc. asked Peggy Gartin, leader of SD Tweetup — a local socialnetworking group with over 1100 members — to help him assemble what he ...

Carlsbad Jewelry Thief Does His Homework

Gaylene Taylor and Mary Hyde opened the jewelry store as usual at 9:00 a.m. on an overcast Wednesday in October. Taylor, 52, and her coworker Hyde, 55, were longtime, trusted employees at Mulloys jewelers, which ...

Fishermen Cited at Agua Hedionda Lagoon

Three fishermen at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon were nabbed by the Department of Fish and Game for fishing violations on July 12. Acting on a tip, wardens confronted the suspects on the banks of a ...

Would-Be Carlsbad Pizzeria Thief Charged with Seven Felonies

Thomas Scott Ruth, 22, allegedly told Carlsbad police officer Shaun Lawton that he made a spur-of-the-moment decision to rob a pizzeria on State Street in February. Officer Lawton gave testimony in the Vista courthouse on ...

Coasting

Author: Sharon J. Corrigan Neighborhood: Carlsbad Age: 60 Occupation: Communications Generalist Heading down the stairs to the mezzanine at the back of the car, I attempt a bank shot into the corner trash bin with ...

Ficus Trees on Jefferson Street to Get Axed

“I don’t know if any of you guys are aware that they are going to be cutting down [ficus trees] on Jefferson Street,” said Carlsbad resident Ila Schmidt during the May 25 city-council meeting. According ...

Alleged Carlsbad Killer Arrested in Indianapolis

According to court documents, on March 25, when 27-year-old Devin Allen was asked where he was from, he reportedly answered, “Oceanside.” The gangster told him, “You’re in the wrong town!” before knifing Allen in the ...

Calvary Chapel Carlsbad

Membership: 260 Pastor: Roger Moyers Age: 55 Born: Redlands, California Formation: Calvary Chapel School of Ministry, Sierra Vista Years Ordained: 17 San Diego Reader: What is your main concern as a member of the clergy? ...

Simpatico at New Village Arts

Every time someone enters in Sam Shepard’s Simpatico, it’s as if the stage dips like a spider web...or waterbed. One move, even a tiptoe, alters what’s come before. Parts rise, others sag. Here is now ...

Revenge — Served Cold in Carlsbad

"We had to do something about it ’cause he’s our little cousin,” said Victor Lopez. “We got to go shoot somebody.” Victor’s 18-year-old cousin Alex had been shot in the face on his way to ...

Construction Worker Describes Apprehension of Carlsbad School Shooter

“Well, I kicked him right in the head,” said witness Steven Kane, recounting the day he chased down a man seen shooting a gun at schoolchildren last October. The construction worker testified for about 30 ...

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