Carlsbad news & stories

Carlsbad Whistleblower Quizzed Shooter at Kelly Elementary

Stephanie Durkee was tending to children in the school cafeteria when she heard someone swearing. “Fuck AIG!” somebody yelled. It sounded like a man out on the schoolyard. She walked a few steps to the ...

Carlsbad Resident Recalls Unbuilt Alga Norte Community Park

During the October 26 Carlsbad City Council meeting, Michelle Levy, a Carlsbad resident of 20 years, cited a pair of big investments by the City of Carlsbad as financial blunders and then asked, “Are we ...

The Fields: A Church without Walls

Contact: PO Box 131131, Carlsbad, 92013; 760-602-0722; thefieldschurch.org Membership: 300 Pastor: David Fandey Age: 46 Born: Torrance Formation: California Polytechnic State University, San Louis Obispo; Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, La Mirada. Ordained: ...

Carlsbad E-Car Company Plans 4th Q Production

Carlsbad-based Aptera Motors recently failed to win the Automotive X Prize, a competition, according to the website, “To inspire a new generation of viable, super-efficient vehicles that help break our addiction to oil and stem ...

Carlsbad City Council Accused of Fascism

"You all are fascists," yelled 53-year-old Carlsbad resident Richard Shapiro during his three-minutes of public comment to the Carlsbad City Council on September 14. "Because of a word I was removed from this hall. That's ...

Daybreak Church

Weekly Attendance: 1200 Pastor: Jason Graves Age: 36 Born: Van Nuys Formation: Life Pacific College Ordained: 10 years San Diego Reader: How long do you spend writing your sermons? Pastor Graves: That can vary greatly, ...

Hawk Hunter

He said he was a falconer and his bird had failed to return after a feeding trip. But in this day and age you have to be careful, so I was reluctant to let him ...

Stark Reality

Retired landscape architect and Carlsbad resident Walt Meier showed up at the city council meeting on July 27 to discuss the lack of landscaping around large retail buildings in the city. He asked the council ...

New Pipes

A $2.2 million project to replace sewer pipelines near the beach will affect traffic and bus routes in northwestern Carlsbad from now until September. There are two construction sites: Beech Avenue between Ocean Street and ...

Racoon of Near Doom

For nearly two weeks, my next-door neighbors had tried to get rid of a family of raccoons that were destroying their manicured backyard. At about 8 p.m. on July 21, the slider door to my ...

Mr. Watchdog

A man calling himself "Mr. Watchdog" was escorted out of Carlsbad City Council chambers on June 22 after hurling expletives at the mayor and council members during public comment. Mr. Watchdog was the first citizen ...

SSV=Self-Sufficient Vehicle

During the recent Memorial Day weekend, a Carlsbad resident observed several large RVs constantly parked just north of the Tamarack Beach area in Carlsbad. The same resident appeared before the city council on June 8 ...

Pet Sounds Pondered

The Carlsbad City Council unanimously approved changes to the animal noise abatement and control code at their June 8 meeting. The amendment adopts San Diego County's code of regulatory ordinances regarding the treatment of animal-noise ...

Swamp Thing

On May 25, a loss-prevention agent at the Marshall’s store on Marron Road confronted a 41-year-old Hispanic male suspect after he clipped security sensors with wire cutters and concealed merchandise on his person. According to ...

Between the Lines

A resident from Acacia Avenue in Carlsbad appeared at the May 11 city council meeting to ask for help in reducing the number of utility lines that are in the vicinity of her home. “When ...

Today in the Backyard

Carrying my whitewater kayak down the stairs at Swami’s on a shoulder, wetsuit draped over the other, I survey the ocean on one of the most beautiful days yet this year. March 16 and 75 ...

Pinch and Reform

The Carlsbad Police Officer's Association dominated the public commentary portion of the City Council meeting on April 27, accusing council members of being short sighted when it comes to public safety. Rod Mortenson, President of ...

Orgy of Self-Congratulation

Fore!! Callaway Golf — the big maker of golf clubs, balls, and other accoutrements — has hit an errant shot that may plunk its shareholders on the head. The blog Footnoted.org says Callaway is “taking ...

Insane...Mindless Bureaucracy

A lack of overnight parking spaces on Eureka Place near Holiday Park has been troubling residents in the area. Dean Russell, who resides in a nearby apartment, has been trying to convince the City to ...

No Free Ride

Starting on Monday, February 15, the Tamarack Surf Beach located just west of Carlsbad Boulevard and Tamarack Avenue will charge visitors to park their vehicles on an hourly basis. The beach’s parking lot — state-owned ...

Gain of Control

Approximately one year ago, the City of Carlsbad prohibited the use of radio-controlled airplanes in city parks and restricted their use in a beach area west of Carlsbad Boulevard (between Palomar Airport Road and Solamar ...

Troubled Bridge

The Encinas Creek Bridge will soon be demolished and replaced. Built in 1913, the 120-foot bridge is located on Carlsbad Boulevard, south of Palomar Airport Road. The bridge has been a concern for the City ...

Dude...

On Tuesday, January 19, a tow-in surf duo (a jet-ski rider pulling a guy on a surfboard) was apprehended and ticketed after enjoying the large surf near the Tamarack jetties in Carlsbad. At 11:55 a.m., ...

Morning Swarm

On January 14, officers from the San Diego North County Regional Gang Task Force, the Carlsbad and Oceanside Police Departments, the San Diego County Probation Department, and the FBI awakened documented gang members at 6 ...

Stolen Fashion Statement

A 20-year-old man was arrested for burglary after he was found sporting the clothes he allegedly stole from a dryer at about 9:30 a.m. on December 28. A 911 caller alerted police that the thief ...

All for Façades

The Carlsbad City Council, on December 8, approved the initial appropriation of funds for the implementation of the Village Storefront Improvement Grant Program. The dollar-for-dollar grant program allots Carlsbad Village business owners a maximum of ...

Now Drink This

The California Coastal Commission has issued the Poseidon Resources Corporation a construction permit for the Carlsbad desalination project, according to a November 3 press release. “With this permit in hand, the project’s preconstruction phase formally ...

Another Perfect Day

Snapshots of all sides of our neighborhoods.

BALBOA PARK Another Perfect DayBy downtownphotoguy, June 26Today we were in Presidio Park in the morning and Balboa Park in the afternoon. We were shooting with a variety of lenses and techniques…. It seems everybody ...

Traffic Fix

To improve the traffic capacity and relieve heavy drive-time congestion, road construction has begun on Palomar Airport Road between Armada Drive and Paseo del Norte (just west of Legoland and south of the flower fields). ...

Mostly a Jolly Place

Nathaniel Hawthorne once wrote, of a garden, in his 1854 collection of stories Mosses from an Old Manse: “I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation ...

Social Host Comes to Carlsbad

"We don't want our young children to become addicted to alcohol; addiction to alcohol makes a person crazy," said an elderly female during the Tuesday, September 15, Carlsbad city council meeting. The statement came minutes ...

Sea Water

Poseidon Resources plans to build the western hemisphere’s largest ocean-water desalinization plant in the western basin of Carlsbad’s Agua Hedionda Lagoon, home to a power plant, an aqua farm, and the Sea World research hatchery. ...

Unfair Game

Last Thursday morning, August 27, some people in northbound I-5 traffic probably noticed the green California Department of Fish & Game truck parked on the side of the freeway, above the Batiquitos Lagoon. Unfortunately for ...

Driving Drunk Is Not Easy

Brian Campbell, 50, will spend the next couple of years in prison for a July 12 hit-and-run accident in Carlsbad, at which time authorities said he had a blood alcohol level nearly two times the ...

Hot Corner

On July 9, 1942, just after graduating high school, Severine Kelly was visiting her grandparents in Carlsbad. While walking to the beach with a girlfriend, an Army truck pulled over at the corner of Highway ...

Swift Serenade

Luke Walton, an 18-year-old Carlsbad resident and recent graduate of La Costa Canyon High, is getting popular because of a song he sort of wrote, a love song for Taylor Swift. He posted it on ...

Poolhardy

Just like most other communities in the county, Carlsbad’s finances are tanking. The City’s finance experts are projecting a deficit during the next three years. For the first quarter of the current fiscal year, general-fund ...

Flush It, Sell It

Mike Hogan walks toward a small pile of treated sewage sludge, a moist, black, lumpy, faintly malodorous substance inside a newly expanded processing plant at Encina wastewater treatment facility in Carlsbad. “That’s what biosolids look ...

The Fields Church of Carlsbad

A chill clung to the air as the service began; it would be 11 minutes before the sun crested the hill to reveal the ranunculus and warm the 900 or so souls gathered in the ...

Good Day to Drown

As Carlsbad residents took advantage of a sunny Friday morning at the beach, paddling into head-high waves, jogging and biking on the boardwalk, a group of Orange County firefighters plunged into the channel at the ...

Towers Land in North County

Beachgoers are noticing the changes on the sand at Seaside, Cardiff Reef, Ponto, South Carlsbad, and Tamarack beaches. A California icon, the classic lifeguard tower, has had an extreme makeover. The old, less-angular fiberglass towers ...

Highway to the Danger Zone

Carlsbad city councilmember Matt Hall stood before the Encinitas City Council on Wednesday, January 14, and asked for their support in opposing a proposed power plant near the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad. The applicant, ...

The Uncertain Fate of the Falls

Mel Vernon leans against a black steel fence behind Quarry Creek Shopping Center, on the border of Carlsbad and Oceanside. Above him towers a massive signpost facing the traffic on State Route 78. Below him ...

On the Road

At a December 17 Oceanside City Council meeting, councilmembers Jerry Kern, Rocky Chavez, and Jack Feller voted in favor of awarding La Mesa's Helix Environmental Planning, Inc. an extra $247,000 for an environmental impact report ...

Oceanside Councilmember Suggests Carlsbad Boycott

At the November 19th Oceanside City Council meeting, Caltrans along with shopping mall giant, Westfield Group, appealed the Planning Commission’s decision to support Jefferson Enterprises proposal to build a 92-acre shopping plaza in Oceanside, near ...

Greased Lining

On Tuesday night, the Carlsbad City Council issued an order to the city’s 184 restaurants...and it wasn’t for take-out, either. The city council voted unanimously to add a subsection into the city’s municipal code, Title ...

Back to the Tap

Faith Paulus remembers growing up in the ’50s, the good old days of playing in the sprinklers and drinking from the hose on a hot day, when people could spend hours outside without a plastic ...

The Morning After Mess

The Fourth of July is about celebration. It's about honoring our country, our freedoms, while tossing a few back with family and friends — not on the beach of course — and watching the spectacular ...

North Coast Calvary Chapel

Portrait of a church on the cusp: North Coast Calvary Chapel, founded as a home Bible study in Encinitas, was housed five years in a YMCA, then ten years in the Vulcan Center (now Encinitas ...

True Lagoon

“In June 2000, the highly invasive Caulerpa taxifolia — the aggressive algae which has destroyed thousands of acres of the Mediterranean Sea — was discovered [in the Agua Hedionda Lagoon], most likely dumped into the ...

Less Dense, Fewer Homeless, More Sky

Having lived in San Diego since 1980, one would think that I would have long ago gravitated to residence in the northern portion of the county. It seems, by consensus, to be more generally livable ...

Neighborhood Watch

I attended two parties in one night, though both of them started early in the evening. I hoped the second one would run late. The first was at Brick by Brick. Astra Kelly, a DJ ...

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