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The newly-elected Rancho Santa Fe School Board members are Todd Buchner,Todd Seltzer and Richard Burdge. Seltzer was appointed last year and was successful in his first electioin bid. Burdge, the veteran takes his seat for the last time. When he finishes this four-year term, he will have served 14 years. Buchner, a newcomer from Colorado takes the place of Jim Depolo who has served on the board for 10 years and who decided not to run again. Photo by Patty McCormac
School board will stay on course By Patty McCormac
RANCHO SANTA FE — Three of the newly elected board members of the Rancho Santa Fe School District attended the Nov. 7 board meeting. Tyler Seltzer and Richard Burdge are continuing board members. Newcomer Todd Buchner came to get up to speed before taking his place on the board in January. Seltzer received 1,000 votes, or 21.59 percent, of the vote. Burdge received 981 votes equaling 21.18 percent of the vote. Buchner gar-
nered 979 votes and 21.14 percent of the vote. The results of the election showed that the community wanted to stay the course of the school board. Candidates for change Lorraine Brovick Kent received 883 votes for 19.07 percent of the vote and Heather Slosar earned 788 votes with 17.02 percent of the vote. “I want to publically thank all the candidates who ran for the board,” said Lindy Delaney, superintendent. “I think we are going to have a
fine board. We will have to say goodbye to Jim (Depolo) next month after 10 years.” Depolo decided not to run again for the board.After competing his upcoming term, Burdge will have served a total of 14 years on the board. Seltzer was appointed last year to take the place of Jim Cimino who was transferred to Texas with his job. Seltzer was successful with his first election bid. The board is still glowing about the outstanding TURN TO SCHOOL BOARD ON A15
SAN DIEGO — San Diego ratepayers may be billed for hundreds of millions of dollars in expenses from the 2007 wildfires and also for costs of wildfires to come pending on the request of SDG&E and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) to raise utility rates to cover the costs related to wildfires. SDG&E and SoCalGas have applied to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to raise utility rates to recover the costs from past and future wildfires that are not covered by a utility’s insurance. The utilities plan to establish a Wildfire Expense Balancing Account (WEBA) to track the wildfire costs that can be recovered from ratepayers. The utilities’ request was submitted to the CPUC in light of the mounting costs of the massive 2007 wildfires in Southern California. The CPUC’s investigation determined that three of these fires were linked to SDG&E power lines: the Witch Creek fire, the Guejito fire, and the Rice fire. SDG&E does not know the final costs of the 2007 wildfires that the utility hopes to recover from ratepayers because of outstanding lawsuits and counter claims, said Stephanie Donovan, SDG&E’s Senior
Communications Manager. SDG&E estimated in April that the utility may attempt to recover up to $400 million of the costs of the 2007 wildfires through the WEBA.
CPUC Proposed Decisions
The CPUC will vote on the utilities’ request on Nov. 29 based on two proposed decisions from the Commission released in mid October. Administrative Law Judge Maribeth A. Bushey’s proposed decision denied the request, claiming that the utility companies had not proven that the proposed raised rates were reasonable. CPUC Commissioner Timothy Alan Simon’s proposed decision partially approved the utilities’ request, limiting the wildfire costs recoverable through the WEBA to 90 percent of the uninsured wildfire costs over $10 million per wildfire. SDG&E, SoCalGas, PG&E, and Edison initially filed the claim in 2009; PG&E and Edison have dropped out of the claim and SDG&E has taken primary responsibility for the request to the CPUC.
SDG&E’s Proposal SDG&E has claimed that TURN TO RATE HIKE ON A14
Trend of local lobsters going overseas reverses course By Jared Whitlock
Wayne Campbell’s boat, the Sonya C, ambled into the Oceanside Harbor near sunset. While securing his boat to the dock, Campbell was happy to report a larger than expected haul of spiny lobsters. But there was bad news to go along with the good. The lobsters didn’t fetch as much as they would have
last season. Last year in San Diego County, lobster was being sold for around $18 a pound. Now they’re going for about $12 to $13, the first drop in eight years. It’s cause for celebration for many consumers and restaurants that were previously priced out of the local lobster market. Lobstermen like
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Lobstermen Wayne Campbell (right) and Scott Kirby look over the lobsters they caught earlier in the day. Campbell said the price of lobster falling in San Diego County is another difficulty he’ll have to contend with this season. Photo by Jared Whitlock
Campbell, however, say the decline is piling onto a perfect storm that hit earlier this year. “My catch is down; my income is down,” Campbell said. “Any fishermen in Oceanside will probably say Lobster prices for San Diego County from 2000 to 2011. Prices so far this the same thing. This industry year are hovering around $12 to $13. Source: Doug Neilson, is getting tougher and environmental scientist with the California Department of Fish and Game tougher.”
Among the fishermen’s woes: New marine protected areas that went into effect in January across San Diego.The marine protected areas are designed to replenish fisheries over time, but less territory means fewer catches this season. Further, Campbell said a
large sand replenishment project that kicked off in September has destroyed some traps and could hurt fishermen’s prospects by displacing the lobster. The price of local lobster falling is yet another damper on his busiTURN TO LOBSTERS ON A14
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Association, with support from En Fuego Cantina & Grill, will host the official downtown Del Mar Cheering Station and water distribution center for the walkers. Between 7:30 and 9 a.m. Nov. 16. Volunteers, dressed in pink, are needed to help cheer on the walkers and pass out water bottles as the walkers sweep through Del Mar. Event officials are asking for donations of cases of water bottles to be delivered to En Fuego Cantina & Grill.
To add to the festivities, the Torrey Pines High School cheerleaders and the Del Mar lifeguards and fire fighters will be on hand to cheer on the walkers. “This is an amazing opportunity for Del Mar to show our community pride and support for these walkers,” said Jen Grove, executive director of the Del Mar Village Association. “We want them to remember the overwhelming support and cheers from the crowd as they walk through the Village of Del Mar.”
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Finance Committee puts community’s interests first Editor’s note: This is the third in a r ecurring series highlighting the v arious Rancho Santa Fe Association committees that help run the community. This week we will look at the F inance Committee. By Patty McCormac
RANCHO SANTA FE — The job of the Rancho Santa Fe Finance Committee members is to check their opinions and emotions at the door of their meetings and think only about what is best financially for the Covenant. It is their job to gather facts and then let the Association board make the final decision. “The Finance Committee is more black and white,” said Larry Spitcaufsky, treasurer on the Association board which automatically makes him chairman of Finance Committee. “You represent the whole community and try to decide what is best for the community.” He said because the Association collects money from everyone in the Covenant it should be used in the best way possible. “I feel if you look at the assessed value of all the real estate here it is about $5 billion,” he said. “How do those people who are living here enjoy the Ranch and enjoy the place where they live and when they leave will others maintain the value of everyone’s property?” There are six members of the committee including Spitcaufsky and their duties are varied. “We do the (annual) audit and budget and probably equally important is, for example, buying a piece of property or something as simple as a pickup truck,” he said. For a pickup truck purchase, the staff will go out and get three bids. “We will review the bids and if we think one is an appropriate price, we will bring it to the next Association meeting where
they can approve it.” The larger purchases are handled in much the same way. “Let’s just say we are looking at a piece of land to buy for open space. There might be a few opinions about that, but we look at the appraisals, what other properties in the area have sold for. Things like that,” he said. Then opinions aside whether it should or should not be purchased, the committee makes a recommendation to the Association board.
between. “It is not our position to make a decision. It’s just to tell them (the board) the staff is telling us why they need to spend more,” he said. It is up to the Association board to say yea or nay. As for the annual budget, it goes to the Finance Committee first. “We work on it with Steve Comstock (CFO),” he said. “We are the ones who dig down on the details and we will take it to the Association for approval.”
I feel if you look at the assessed value of all the real estate here it is about $5 billion.” Larry Spitcaufsky Chairman,Finance Committee
“The Osuna House, for instance, would come to our committee,” he said referring to the single-family home on the Osuna property that was put up for sale recently. “Our committee would come up with a price and make a decision on the process.” Because there were so many realtors vying for the opportunity to sell it, the committee had to narrow down realtors and then bring the top contenders to the Association board for a final decision. “We had to come up with a process about how to be fair and unbiased in picking a realtor,” he said. And very recently, the Finance Committee had to consider additional funds for the restoration of the Osuna Adobe when workers found rotting wood in the door and window jambs. The restoration of the adobe is an issue divided among the Association members, at least one calling it a “money pit” with others loving the idea and the remaining members somewhere in
He said one of the things the Finance Committee is working on now is a way to give them more time to analyze the budget so they can make comparisons year to year and decide what the community can afford. Spitcaufsky said after having been on the board and the Finance Committee he is amazed at how much the residents care about the community. “I am amazed about the amount of time people who live here put into the Ranch,” he said.”The people on the board and from the community are doing great work.”
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Win for pet proposition proves Brown is unique By Thomas D. Elias
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Jerry Brown’s signature was notably absent from the ballot arguments in favor of Proposition 30, the tax increase measure he pushed so hard in this fall’s election. He was essentially responsible for its content and for the now-mooted triggered budget cuts that — barring a “Perils of Pauline”-style rescue — would have cost public schools and universities more than $6 billion over the next year alone. Brown, who raised most of the money for his measure and rounded up endorsements from business and labor that gave it added credibility, has prided himself for decades on being iconoclastic and different from other governors. Now he should become known as one of the most effective governors California has seen. For sure, his Prop. 30 win proves him pretty unique. A long string of California chief executives before him tried and failed to pass pet initiatives after state legislators refused to OK the laws they wanted. The list goes back at least as far as Ronald Reagan, who staged a special election in 1973 in an effort to pass a propertytax-cutting initiative, which lost badly. Reagan’s subsequent presidency, of course, stands as evidence that losing an issues battle at the polls does not necessarily mean the end of a political career. It was the same for Arnold Schwarzenegger, who in 2005 called another special election barely two years after ousting ex-Gov. Gray Davis in a historic recall. He ran four initiatives aiming to curb the influence of labor unions in politics and to give himself and future governors the power to cut budgets long after they’ve been signed into law. Voters saw that last notion as a kind of fiscal dictatorship and rejected it — just as they did this year in voting down Prop. 31, which included something similar as part of its farreaching so-called reforms. Then-Gov. Pete Wilson tried much the same thing with his 1992 Proposition 165, and also lost. But like Schwarzenegger and Reagan, Wilson nevertheless went on to further electoral success. He didn’t write, design or sponsor the 1994 Proposition 187, with its draconian anti-illegal immigrant provisions, but he used it skillfully to win reelection — and in the process wrote a virtual death sentence for the California Republican Party, which has won major office since then only in races involving movie muscleman Schwarzenegger. Exit polls indicated voters saw Proposition 165 as a blatant Wilson power play. He tied the budget powers he wanted for himself and all future governors to welfare reforms, seeking to cut grants to mothers on Aid to Families with Dependent Children by 25 per-
cent and demanding that the first year’s welfare payments to newcomers from other states be no higher than what they could get where they came from. Wilson predecessors George Deukmejian and Brown himself also lost initiative battles during their first terms, but both were reelected. Which means the claims that Brown’s entire electoral future was on the line with Proposition 30 were a tad exaggerated. Still, by winning, Brown has set himself up as a possible fiscal savior for California. The claim is yet to be tested, but he said in a pre-election talk that “This sets us on a path to a more harmonious California.” He noted that “Getting Republicans in the Legislature to approve new taxes has been a bit like getting the pope to back birth control.” With the new Democratic legislative supermajorities, maybe they won't matter much anymore. The win for 30 doesn’t guarantee that Brown will run again two years from now. But even before it passed, he hinted that he intends to. “My goal over the next few years,” he said in one speech, “is to pull people together. We have our antagonisms and we always have had some, but we can find a common path.” Why? Because “California matters to us and our descendants, and also to the rest of the country and the rest of the world.” The implication, of course, was that Brown wants to be the trailblazer finding that common path. No doubt, Brown would have had a tougher time both governing and winning the fourth term of his lifetime if Proposition 30 had failed. Plus, no one does better than Brown at making adjustments on the run. When he saw in 2010 that his campaign for governor was flagging, he ran commercials where he spoke directly into the TV camera, saying “No new taxes without a vote of the people.” He did exactly the same when Prop. 30 — the product of that pledge — began to sag in mid-October. Having lost a run for the Senate in 1982, and two tries at the presidency, Brown is well aware he’s not immune to the same sorts of defeat virtually almost all governors have suffered during the initiative era that began in 1970. The relief for him, and for the schools and colleges that might have been cut, is that this time he won’t have to demonstrate how to respond constructively to defeat.
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Residents pay new fire protection tax By Patty McCormac
RANCHO SANTA FE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The state is sending out advance notices of the new annual fee for fire protection, which is considered double taxation by most residents of Rancho Santa Fe who already pay 6 percent of their property taxes for protection to the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fee is $150 for each habitable structure on a property,â&#x20AC;? Ivan Holler, Association planning director, told the board at its Nov. 1 meeting. This is a sore subject for many Rancho Santa Fe residents who are not only in the Rancho Santa Fe Fire District but also in a state responsibility area for which the new annual fee will be used. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The board of supervisors are in the process of opposing this fee and there will likely be litigation on this,â&#x20AC;? he said. In fact, recently the Jarvis Taxpayer Association filed a lawsuit on the subject and the board of supervisors may join that effort. Residents of cities are not charged this fee, only those in unincorporated areas. During wildfires, the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department partners with Cal Fire. The Association is still glowing from the successful Rancho Days and members were still talking about it at the Nov. 1 meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m one meeting late, but I want to tell you how wonderful the Osuna event was. It was a glorious event,â&#x20AC;? said Jack Queen, former Association president. Queen has been a champion for the restoration of the adobe. Director Anne Feighner is on the Osuna Committee and told the board they are about to partner with the school district to make the adobe a part of its fourth grade California History curriculum. While the plans are still
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in the works, Feighner said she hopes that some of the upper classmen at the school can work at the adobe as volunteers for the younger students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are excited to go ahead with that,â&#x20AC;? Feighner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We may be even starting a history club. Holler gave the board an update about roadway resurfacing in the Covenant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On Nov. 9 through Nov. 16, Via de la Valle will have some traffic control,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Projects on Lago Lindo and Via de la Cumbre are upcoming,â&#x20AC;? he said. The Association gave the nod to purchasing two trucks for the maintenance department. One of the, is a stake bed truck, at a cost of $38,555 with a dump feature for the truck bed. This truck was a budgeted item at a cost of $33,000. The remaining funds will come from free reserves. It will replace the 1991 Toyota pickup that is in very poor condition and repairs to it would not be cost effective, said Arnold Keene, field operations manager. The second truck, also a pickup and budgeted for $29,000, will be purchased for $31,660. This truck will replace a 1989 Toyota 4X4 pickup with high mileage in very poor condition, Keene said. It will be a Toyota Tacoma which will serve the off-road needs of the staff. It took 18 months, but at long last the playground equipment for toddlers is under construction at the sports fields. Some joked that it would be easier to place a toxic waste dump in the Covenant than this playground for toddlers. It took a year and a half because it could not be decided where to place it because neighborhoods kept rejecting it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel fortunate it took only 18 months,â&#x20AC;? said Heather Slosar, who brought the proposal to the board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Others have tried to do this and it never happened.â&#x20AC;?
Fateful talk spurs doctor retirement By Tracy Moran
Dr. James Quigley may have practiced medicine for another dozen years if not for a conversation he had with an older dentist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He asked me when I was going to retire,â&#x20AC;? said Quigley.â&#x20AC;&#x153;I said I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if I had enough money, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m giving him all these other reasons (to keep working) and he says, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Stop. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have enough money by now, shame on you. But probably whatever you have is enough.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? But what the dentist said next resonated with Quigley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He told me, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;What you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know is how much time you have.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?As Quigley recalled this statement, he became quiet. Late afternoon sunlight slanted through his office blinds at North Coast Family Medical Group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He made me start thinking about it,â&#x20AC;? Quigley continued,â&#x20AC;&#x153;about how hard we work. But a lot of guys start changing physically. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be 64 next year and I keep thinking those next 10 years are a big deal.â&#x20AC;? He wants to enjoy those years with his wife, Denise, his children and his granddaughter, he says, adding he would like to spend more time backpacking, biking and fly fishing. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to learn Spanish, take photography classes, travel. And, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a few IOUs to the Good Lord, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do some charity work.â&#x20AC;? So after 37 years as a doctor â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 30 of those serving North County â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Quigley is retiring at the end of the year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be sitting around watching daytime TV,â&#x20AC;? he joked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you just go from 50 to 60 hours every week to zero, that would not be good for a guy like me.â&#x20AC;? Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also be busy with the medical research company he opened in the 1990s, Encompass Medical Research North Coast. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a principal investigator,â&#x20AC;? he explained, researching
Dr. James Quigley will be retiring at the end of the year after 37 years practicing medicine. He attributes his plan for retirement to a conversation he had with an older dentist. Photo by Tracy Moran
treatments for diseases like diabetes. While his schedule will be full, his patients will surely miss him, as theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already begun expressing to him. Shortly after Quigley sent out the announcement of his retirement, calling it â&#x20AC;&#x153;the most challenging letter I have ever written in my career,â&#x20AC;?he began receiving notes from his patients. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank you for all the help during the last 30 years,â&#x20AC;? reads one. Others mention how much they value his ability to listen and put them at ease. Tall and athletic with an easy smile, Quigleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s calm demeanor has reassured generations of patients. And his care for them is conveyed in that retirement letter: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can never explain in words the honor it has been to care for each of you as patients and friends. You have shared your deepest secrets and hardships, your best stories and funny moments, and most important-
ly, you have entrusted me with your health. I have always taken that privilege and honor seriously and I am so very grateful for it all.â&#x20AC;? In addition to his patients, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s served the medical community as chairman of the Physicians Health and WellBeing Committee at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas since 1983. But he leaves a legacy beyond the medical community. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a businessman who was one of the founders of the medical com-
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Local golf legend Jim Flick dies of pancreatic cancer at age 82 By Bianca Kaplanek
As an Army veteran, famed golf instructor Jim Flick was curious back in 2008 when he first saw combat-injured troops with prosthetics at The Kingdom at TaylorMade Golf. The soldiers had just completed eight weeks of lessons as part of Operation Game On, a golf rehabilitation program founded by Tony Perez that provides lessons, specially fitted clubs, reduced green fees and playing opportunities for wounded soldiers. While the warriors waited at the Carlsbad facility to be fitted for their new equipment, Flick walked over and
Jim Flick chats with Pat Perez before the start of the fifth annual Operation Game On Golf Classic this past August at Morgan Run Club & Resort. Flick, who passed away Nov. 5, volunteered with the program, teaching golf to combat-injured troops. Photos by Bianca Kaplanek
Jim Flick offers advice to Pat Perez during a putting demonstration before the start of the fifth annual Operation Game On Golf Classic this past August at Morgan Run Club & Resort. Looking on is program founder and Pat’s father, Tony. Flick, who passed away Nov. 5, volunteered with the program, teaching golf to combat-injured troops.
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introduced himself. “He went over to the guys, shook their hands and thanked them for their service,” said Perez. “He had tears in his eyes. “He said he liked what I was doing,” Perez added. “He said they were his heroes, too, and anytime they came over he’d be there to help.” True to his word, whenever Perez brought soldiers to The Kingdom, Flick spent three hours working with them. “He never charged a dime,” Perez said. “He just wanted to be with the troops. We started with four, then eight, then 10 and 12. He was always there.” Flick became a regular at Morgan Run Club & Resort for the Operation Game On Golf Classic. He was there Aug. 13 for the program’s fifth annual fundraiser, goodnaturedly offering advice during a putting demonstration to Perez’s son Pat, a professional golfer. Less than three months later, on Nov. 5, Flick passed away at his Carlsbad home, following a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 82. “I was shocked,” Tony Perez said. “I still can’t get over it. I think about him all the time. What a loss for the golf world. “He gave so much,” Perez said.“He loved our troops and would do anything for them.” “His welcoming focus on each individual he came into contact with in our program was so very memorable,” retired Chief Petty Officer Daniel Peabody said. “He made each of us, despite our ability or disability, feel like royalty.“I personally enjoyed every minute of his time because I knew how valuable it was on the open market and despite that, he readily gave it to us so freely and without hesitation,” Peabody added. Army veteran K.C. Mitchell described Flick as “a really down-to-earth, overall great man.” “He called me Long-ball Mitchell,” he said. “And he had a nickname for my wife, who was in the Wives of Warriors program. He called her Little Dynamite. The name still sticks. “I saw him three weeks before (he passed away),” Mitchell said. “He looked great. He spent 45 minutes with me in a one-on-one session.That’s an experience of a lifetime I’ll always have and
can tell stories about.” “He was always there, scheduled and ready to teach us how to swing or grip the club,” recalled Marine Sgt. Charlie Linville. “He always made us feel comfortable, sharing his wisdom and always joking,” Linville said. “He always made them laugh,” Perez said. “He was so quick witted. He was the Bob Hope of golf.” Born in Bedford, Ind., on Nov. 17, 1929, Flick began playing golf when he was 10. During his sophomore year at Wake Forest University in North Carolina he and Arnold Palmer were roommates for a semester. He turned pro in 1952 but eventually discovered his real passion was teaching the sport. During his 50-plus years as an instructor he taught the game in 23 countries, operated the Nicklaus-Flick Golf Schools and the Jim Flick Premier School and served as a lead instructor for the ESPN Golf Schools. Flick was PGA Teacher of the Year in 1988 and a 2011 inductee into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame. Golf World magazine named him one of the top 10 teachers of the 20th century. Since 2006, he served as the ambassador for TaylorMade Golf. Flick also wrote five books on the sport. “Knowing this man's history as not only an icon in the sport, but of his amazing work ethic and grueling schedule, it was just an inspiration to be given his undivided attention each time we were scheduled to meet,” said Peabody, who taught golf before being mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. “I had been teaching golf for years, but each time I was around him, I found a new, more reasonable way to convey even the simplest lesson,” he said. “Whether it was the strength of someone’s grip or the mental aspect of putting, he was so adept at making it sound so simple that you just had to chuckle and hit your palm to your forehead afterward. “He will be sorely missed, but I, for one, will be able to pass a little bit of Jim along in my career as an adaptive golf teaching professional,” Peabody said. “I already utilize many of his analogies and techniques successfully. I thank him daily for the gift.”
Cities to grapple with food trucks expanding By Jared Whitlock
COAST CITIES — Food trucks are gaining momentum across North County, but one question looms: How will cities handle the trend? The first regular food truck gatherings have rolled into Encinitas and Del Mar, and will likely be in Solana Beach, Carlsbad and Oceanside in the next several months. Yet most of the North County cities’ municipal code is vague or doesn’t specifically address food trucks at all. That contrasts with further south in San Diego proper, where food trucks have been a staple in the many of the cities for years. Accordingly, codes and ordinances in those neighborhoods are more likely to spell out the rules for mobile vendors. “The food trucks are unprecedented for us,” Del Mar Mayor Carl Hilliard said. Food trucks began setting up on the Seagrove parking lot every Wednesday night at for a three-hour event. In response to concerns over design requirements and whether the food trucks pose a threat to existing businesses, the Council called for a staff report, which will be released at a Nov. 19 Council meeting, to gauge the pros and cons of the event. The food trucks currently are breaking any rules, but the staff report was necessary to determine the impact of gourmet food trucks, because existing city code pre-dates their arrival, Hilliard said. “There’s certainly some grey area we need to figure out,” said Hilliard, adding that he’ll have a better idea of what the city should do once the staff report sees the light of day. Ambiguities in city code haven’t deterred food trucks from making their way up the coast. “The food trucks that appear in North County are based in San Diego,” said Christian Murcia, owner of the food truck Crepes Bonaparte. “That’s their home market and where they park — where the infrastructure to support the food trucks is. The scene is more established there.” Food trucks have proliferated in San Diego proper in recent years. As such, competition has increased in many neighborhoods. So food trucks ventured north to claim untapped markets in Del mar and Encinitas. Although not there currently, he said food truck owners would like to hold regular events in Carlsbad and Oceanside. The food truck expansion has drawn the ire of some brick-and-mortar restaurants. For example, in Encinitas more than 20 restaurants signed a letter in September addressed to the Downtown Encinitas Merchants Association expressing their concerns about a weekly food truck gathering. For his part, Murcia cautioned against cities imposing regulations on where and when food trucks can set up. “Regulations on food trucks are nothing new, but cities find they’re costly and
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Residents peruse food trucks in the Seagrove parking in Del Mar, where a regular food truck event has developed Wednesday nights. Del Mar will be the first North County city to formally review its food truck policy at a Council meeting Nov. 19; officials from Solana Beach and Encinitas said the issue will likely be put on a Council agenda soon. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek
fail,” Murcia said, referencing food truck bans or limits in other California cities that were eventually overruled by sections of the California Vehicle Code and a state law from 1984 forbidding cities from outlawing mobile food vendors. “We should focus on collaboration, not elimination,” he added. Encinitas Councilwoman Teresa Barth said she brought up the city’s outdated code governing food trucks at a Council meeting about a month ago. She’s optimistic the issue will be placed on a Council agenda within the next several months and the city’s policy will be updated. “This is something that’s not going away,” Barth said. Barth said she’d like to find a solution that strikes a balance between the food trucks’ entrepreneurial spirit and the community’s needs, especially in regards to trash, recycling and health issues. Also, she’d like to promote “clear expectations” by creating a “one-stop-shop” checklist of requirements for new food trucks or those considering hosting a food truck event, referring to a food truck gathering that was cancelled last month because of an unforeseen permit demand. The Black Sheep, a yarn store located off of Coast Highway 101, began hosting food trucks in its parking lot in early August in exchange for a percentage of sales. However, two months into the event the city’s planning department determined
Black Sheep would need to obtain a minor-use permit, as the event was larger than expected. The owners of The Black Sheep argued the city didn’t initially communicate the possibility of the permit.They have since said they will not pursue the permit due to its cost and the time required to obtain it. Solana Beach City Manager David Ott said he’s been watching the food truck situation in Encinitas and Del Mar. Solana Beach has been playing host to sporadic food truck events, and a resident recently approached the city with a proposal for a regular gathering, he said. He too believes his city’s Council will review the food truck issue sooner than later. Currently, the city code forbids “mobile vendors” from parking on public property for more than 10 minutes, a policy that may need to be updated with the rise of gourmet food trucks, he said. “We haven’t done all our research on whether this is good or bad,” Ott said. “We’ll need to look into it more.”
Events at the RSF Community Center RANCHO SANTA FE — The holidays are filled with glittering activities at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center. They will include animal extravaganza, printmaking, the woodworking bus, fashion design all during Session 2. The Session 2 classes began Nov. 5 but there is still time to register so you can still attend the majority of the eight-week session through Jan. 18. For the full list of classes or to register, visit rsfcc.org or call (858) 756-2461. Helen Woodward Animal Extravaganza is for first- through fifth-graders. Meet and pet a variety of animals including mammals, birds, reptiles and bugs. Each class meets a variety of California State Science Standards while focusing on a different animal theme for hands-on education. The print-making class with holiday projects is for pre-kindergarten through kindergarten. They will use different materials and everyday items to create images on various media (papers, wood, fabric etc.) using inks and paints. In addition, a few classes during this session will be devoted to creating one-ofa-kind, handmade holiday gifts which will come home wrapped and ready. This will be a great opportunity for your child to discover a glimpse of the many printmaking processes through
hands-on activities and projects. A visit from the woodworking bus takes place on a refashioned bus that has been coming to the Community Center for more than 10 years. Children will learn how to saw wood clamped into a miler box, shape and sand it, drill holes, turn screws, and drive nails to create pieces, with an emphasis on safety. Children are equipped with goggles and taught the importance of attention to detail. This class resumes Nov. 26. Fashion Design was one of our most popular summer classes and is returning by demand. Designers will have the opportunity to sew several creations and learn more about the fashion industry. There will be a runway show at the last class.
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Experience the best of olive oil and balsam ic vinegar DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate So I will admit, even as a food writer, my eyes had been opened recently to the world of high-quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar after attending the Fancy Food Show and seeing both being tasted like wine, with a plethora of flavors and nuances. Then I discovered Baker & Olive here in Encinitas and am now hooked on the good stuff. Baker & Olive is the brainchild of Paul and Marion Johnson. Both had been working in the corporate world, Paul as a CEO and Marion as a VP of marketing. Two years ago, they decided it was time to focus on their two wineries in Napa Valley, Fiftyrow Vineyards and Smokescreen Cellars, and to open the first Baker & Olive. I spoke with Paul recently to learn more about the world of quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Lick the Plate:?How would you explain the bene-
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Vintana & 100 Wines are a Cohn double win in San Diego FRANK MANGIO
Taste of Wine Two â&#x20AC;&#x153;shout outâ&#x20AC;? restaurants have opened recently in Escondido and Hillcrest amid great praise for their strategic use of wine with their impressive food service. Vintana and 100 Wines are the latest creations of the Cohn Restaurant Group, now numbering 15 locations in San Diego, established 25 years ago with the legendary Corvette Diner in 1987. A paradigm has been set here as each new restaurant has set up wine as the lead attraction, with big bold bars and billboard style point of purchase as soon as guests come through the front entrance. Greg Provance is the personality to know at Vintana. As General Manager he orchestrates a large retail wine department where the customer can pick and choose from value priced wines with a wide variety of price points, then take the bottle to a dining table where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s uncorked and serviced for just $15. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We like wine choices to be made in the display area, it adds more value to the restaurant,â&#x20AC;? he declared. Our choice this night was the St. Michelle Eroica Riesling for the appetizer and salad startup portion of the menu, a true favorite and a collaboration of German and Washington State wine country influences, with just the right acidity and sweetness. The main entrĂŠe of Vintanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature Filet Trio had great support with a 2009 Argyle â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nuthouseâ&#x20AC;? Pinot Noir from Amity Hills Oregon. It possessed a smoky, licorice, berry flavor that was silky and smooth from start to finish. This steak was served in three pieces, each one with a different spread on top: bone marrow butter, bearnaise sauce and garlic blue cheese. Sides included seasonal mushrooms and prosciutto asparagus. The brilliant executive chef who is also a partner at Vintana is Deborah Scott, who has teamed up with the Cohns since 1995 at Kemo
Sabe in Hillcrest. A 30 minute freeway trip south from Vintana will get you to Hillcrest and the casual, cozy, old world wine den and bistro, 100 Wines. This Cohn creation is sentimental, rustic and small-plate inspired. Executive Chef Kathryn Humphus calls it â&#x20AC;&#x153;home style food, prepared simply with Mediterranean flavors.â&#x20AC;? I asked her for some typical examples of her style. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The lamb meatballs are wonderful starters, easy to share, and comes with lemon-cumin yogurt. Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the dry roasted beet, burratas, arugula and toasted walnut salad. Entrees include Free Form Ravioli with Pecorino, Pear, Mozzarella and Butter Sage Sauceâ&#x20AC;Ś a recipe I picked up in Florence, Italy. We want diners to share everything. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re changing it seasonally so expect something new and different when you come backâ&#x20AC;? The wine program at 100 Wines is novel and significant. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s old world and California by design. Customers can browse selections by price categories of 20 wines under $20, 30 wines under $30, 40 under $40 and some sparkling and dessert wine options. The bar has craft style cocktails as well. While each format of a Cohn restaurant varies wildly in food selection and design, they all share an â&#x20AC;&#x153;obsession with hospitality.â&#x20AC;? See 100wineshillcrest.com, and for Vintana, access dinevintana.com.
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NOV. 16 NIGHT MUSIC Mother Hips is playing at 9 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Belly Up, 143 S. Cedros Ave. in Solana Beach, with Steve Poltz and Stinky opening the show. GALLERY WANTS YOU ArtBeat on Main Street at 330 Main St., Vista is seeking artists for its 3,000-squarefoot venue to create, display and sell their artwork. For information, contact the gallery at (760) 295-3118 or email@example.com m.
Submissions are now open for the 2013 San Diego Surf Film Festival set for May 8 through May 12. Submit by Dec. 31 to receive a 20-percent discount. Visit sandiegosurffilmfestival.com.
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Kids@Lux will be offered for kids ages 6 to 12 from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 17. Cost is $20 at Lux for a two-hour tour and hands-on art project. For reservations call (760) 4366611.
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First Christian Church of Oceanside hosts a jazz concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 18 by the Holly Hofmann/Mike Wofford Quartet at 204 S. Freeman St., Oceanside. Holly will be on flute and alto flute, Mike on piano with Rob Thorsen on bass and Jeff Hamilton on drums. Cost is $10. Call (760) 722-8522 or go to fccoside.org for more information. MULTIMEDIA ART The Front Porch Gallery of Carlsbad presents Coastal Artists in a free multimedia exhibit, “Shared Inspirations,” from Nov. 18 through Jan. 6, plus an opening reception from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 18 at 2903 Carlsbad Blvd. For more information, call (760)795-6120 , or visit frontporchgallery.org.
NOV. 20 WARM JAZZ Robin Henkel solo blues from 7 to 9 p.m Nov. 20 at Wine Steals Cardiff, 1953 San Elijo, Cardiff. LOCAL TUNES New O r l e a n s guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Anders Osborne will be opening for Toots & The Maytals at the Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach at 8 p.m. Nov. 20, 143 S. Cedros Ave. Tickets are $31 advance and $33 day of show at bellyup.com. PICKIN’ AND SINGIN’ Cowboy Jack and the North County Cowboys are performing at 1 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Pala Casino Infinity Lounge, 11154 Highway 76, Pala. Call (760) 510-5100 for more information.
NOV. 21 BEETHOVEN The Free Wednesdays@Noon concert presents pianist Glenn Vanstrum will perform Beethoven at noon Nov. 21 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. For more information, visit cityofencinitas.org.
KAY COLVIN A Brush With Art Creating something where there was previously nothing — especially when the process involves the unpredictable — thrills Encinitas artist Richard Hawk. The figurative painter says, “In art and in life, I am attracted to the uncontrollable. More specifically, I am drawn to that difficult sector where the controlled and the uncontrollable meet. Exciting things happen there.” Hawk adds that striving to control the materials “results in a cocreative visual poetry that keeps me coming back for more.” Recognized for strength of his underlying design, expressive intensity and intuitive paint handling in his paintings on canvas and paper, Hawk’s most recent body of work merges exquisite figurative oil paintings with the intrinsic beauty of oxidized copper. According to Los Angeles fine art advisor Ryan Crowley of Crowley Art Investments, “Hawk has achieved something truly novel and his artwork will stand the test of time as being the first person to develop this technique, style and approach to a blank surface. There are followers and there are leaders, and
Richard Hawk falls unquestionably into the latter.” Hawk’s ground breaking work made its auspicious debut in a 2011 solo exhibit at L Street Fine Art in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter followed by a 2012 solo show at Point Loma’s Pulse Gallery. From the beginning of his 14-year art career, his artworks have appeared in numerous juried shows, and are now in collections around the world. The New York City-born Hawk says that as a third grade student in Tenafly, N.J., he was singled out for his artistic talents, which made him realize his creative ability and understand that art should express a metaphor for the real world, not a duplication of it. With the examples set by his librarian/teacher mother and English professor/author father, Hawk learned from an early age the essential nature of communication, both in the written word and images. His father, a staunch supporter of civil rights and journalist working closely with the Vatican during a time of radical change, was a role model of intensity and intention. Hawk says that his mother, a lifelong proponent of the arts, “has been the greatest champion and supporter of my progress as an artist every step of the way.” After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa, Hawk served as University of Maryland College director of creative services. He then
Rich Hawk with his oil painting on copper titled, "Rest for Dancers.” Courtesy photo
founded his own agency where much of his work involved commercial illustration. This provided his segue to fine art, which allowed him to “smell the paint, touch the canvas, and drip paint on his shoes.” In his inimitable style, Richard Hawk plumbs the depths of the hearts and souls of his subjects to reveal the essence of their inner lives.
Hawk says, “These paintings give voice to a joy and examination of what it is to be alive.” Frequently conducting painting demonstrations and performing as juror for local art groups, Hawk also instructs painting workshops, the next of which is scheduled to begin Nov. 26. More about Richard Hawk, his art, and his work-
shops can be seen at hawkstudio.com. Kay Colvin is an art consultant and director of the L Street Fine Art Gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. She specializes in promoting emerging and mid-career artists and bringing enrichment programs to elementary schools through The Kid’s College. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Actors of all ages encouraged by local t eacher By Lillian Cox
RANCHO SANTA FE — This is an exciting time for actress Alicia Silverstone. While she starred on Broadway with Henry Winkler in “The Performers” this week, her movie, “Vamps,” was being released. Silverstone got her acting chops from dad, Monty, who teaches acting through the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center and the San Dieguito Adult School. His students are of all ages and backgrounds including a former CNN correspondent, Greg Lefevre. “I have been on television for 38 years but never acted,” he said. “I signed up as a lark. From then, I became hooked. “Monty’s been there — stage, TV, film. When he speaks to us, it’s with authority and practice. As an acting coach he wants you to succeed. That’s Monty.” Silverstone was raised in London's West End, in the heart of the theater district. He was a child actor, studying at the famed Italia Conti Stage where he auditioned for the Artful Dodger in the original version of “Oliver” with Alec Guinness, but lost out to classmate, Anthony Newley.
Actor and acting coach Monty Silverstone. Students Barbara Parker and Maxine Bushnell run through a cold reading of a Noel Coward play. Photo by Lillian Cox
At 13, his dad told him to abandon his theater career and work at the family restaurant. In 1964, Silverstone grew tired of the cold, damp weather and moved to Miami where he became a restaurateur and met his future wife, Didi, a Pan Am flight attendant. When she was transferred to San Francisco, he followed and, once again, achieved success in the restaurant industry and also real estate. Later, the youngest of his three children, Alicia, began showing promise as a model and performer. “Neighbors said I should
take her to Hollywood,” he remembered. “Agents saw and loved her. In 1990 we thought she should attend Beverly Hills High and we moved to Los Angeles.” In 1994, Monty started taking acting lessons himself. “I hadn’t acted since 13,” he remembered. “After one year, I looked for auditions and got an agent. I went for small parts because I didn’t think I was ready for anything big. Someone said, ‘Why don’t read for this role?’ I got the lead in an Agatha Christa play. I was ready even though
I was scared. After that, I never took a role other than a lead.” Monty and Didi Silverstone returned to Florida where Monty seriously injured his back while boating. They were told about the excellent doctors in San Diego and moved to Coronado in 2003, and Rancho Santa Fe in 2004. “Because of my injury, I couldn’t act, so I decided to teach at the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center,” he recalled. “Then a newspaper article came out and the senior center started getting calls from young people.” Silverstone was subsequently recruited to teach acting by the San Dieguito Adult School and San Dieguito Academy. Today, he teaches through the adult school from 1 to 4 p.m., Wednesdays at the Solana Beach Community Center and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays at the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center. He explains that some students study acting to build confidence, or develop public speaking skills, while others harbor ambitions of becoming professionals. Regardless, Silverstone says you’re never too old. “One of my students was
discovered at the age of 97 and began making films and commercials,” he recalled. Maxine Bushnell started taking lessons two years ago. “Someone suggested I take up acting and I said, ‘Acting?!’” she remembered. Since then she has had a walk-in part on the television show “Dexter” and performed stand-up comedy at The Comedy Store in La Jolla. “This class brought me a new life I didn’t know was possible,” she said. “Monty’s affirming rather than critical. I’m more confident in myself and my abilities.” Fellow student Barbara Parker, a retired principal, starred with Bushnell in an Agatha Christie spoof at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Church. She’s been studying with Silverstone for three years and says she’s ready to take the next step and audition for a professional role. “There’s a kind of freedom of expression in acting, a chance to explore in a variety of ways I’ve never explored before,” she said. Silverstone has published a manual titled “The A – Z of Acting and Auditioning for All Ages.” For more information visit montysilverstone.com or call Silverstone at (858) 759-7881.
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Focus on scenery keeps ‘Karenina’ from developing By Noah S. Lee
“Anna Karenina” may, in a literal sense, be artistic to some in a few places, but even a striking visual approach cannot rescue the latest adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s novel from its weak characterizations, melodramatic acting, confusing narrative and ineffective “staging.” Filmmaker Joe Wright certainly does not lack for an attention to detail when it comes to visual realism, given his knowledge of art history and interest in paintings. This attribute served him well while making some of his early critical successes, such as “Pride & Prejudice,” “Atonement” and “Hanna.” What is normally his greatest strength, however, transforms into his greatest weakness in “Anna Karenina.” It’s such a shame to witness this kind of downfall in what was supposed to be a cinematic work of art. In nineteenth-century Russia, Anna Karenina (Keira Knightley) is the wife of Alexei Karenin (Jude Law), a prominent government official. She appears to be satisfied with her high-society lifestyle and unaffectionate marriage until she meets the affluent Count Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). The two of them enter a passionate affair, which soon takes a turn for the worst. As Karenin’s indecision regarding the divorce proceedings, her own insecurities, and the strict conformity of Russian social norms get the better of her, the oncegreat aristocrat finds herself losing control to a point where tragedy is the only out-
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come of her life. It is one thing to use visuals in conjunction with story and character development to create an engaging film for moviegoers to experience. That being said, it is another thing to rely on visuals as the primary filmmaking instrument. Let me give you some advice: don’t try it. Sure, the costumes and architecture possess a plentiful amount of rich colors, but the “staging” environment comes off as distracting; it’s not too difficult to see how much the story and characters are smothered in visual excess. Had the story been told on stage but shot on film, the results might have produced a different response. I don’t know what was going on in Wright’s head during the making of this film, but his painterly style crosses the line and sacrifices believability in exchange for grandiosity. Another problem lies within the convoluted narrative. Not once did I detect a
sense of balance in the storylines. I think Wright was so focused on capturing the visual aesthetic of the titular character’s world that the utter disregard for the subplots cripples the film’s pacing and consistency. I really couldn’t bring myself to understand most of the characters’ plights, much less sympathize with them. I felt the cast members tried too hard in terms of becoming the characters, failing to absorb the essence of their roles in an organic manner. Keira Knightley certainly fits this tragic description. The onscreen stoicism of Jude Law hints at the possibility that he really did not want to sign onto the project in the first place. Aaron Taylor-Johnson does what he can, but he never fully expresses his character’s feelings. Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander should have been given more; they had potential the direc-
tor did not utilize. It pains me to say this, but I’m afraid “Anna Karenina” will not be remembered as an excellent adapta-
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ness, he said. “We knew we had a hard season ahead,” said Campbell, referring to the new marine protected areas he believes are unnecessary. “But the price of lobster coming down was unexpected — it hurts.” Lobster hovered around $7 a pound for the first half of the 2000s. But about five years ago, the price shot up thanks to foreign markets, particularly China, buying more lobster, according to Dave Rudie, owner of Catalina Offshore Products. “China really likes our lobster,” Rudie said. “It’s especially popular for weddings there.” China’s economy has slowed down in the last year, and so has the country’s appetite for lobster, Rudie said. But decreased demand isn’t the only reason the price of local lobster has fallen. The Chinese government is cracking down on lobster importers that weren’t paying enough, or the appropriate taxes, according to Kristine Barsky, senior marine biologist with the California Department of Fish and Game.
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many aspects of wildfire risk and damage are outside of utilities’ control, and as such utility companies should be able to charge ratepayers for wildfires costs through the WEBA. SDG&E has claimed in proceedings that even if utilities follow safety regulations diligently, utility companies are exposed to wildfire risk because they must serve everyone in the county regardless of the fire risks in certain areas. Furthermore, utilities may be held accountable for wildfire damages that result from factors beyond the utilities’ control, including weather, population density, and fire ighting resources. Considering these factors, SDG&E has argued that recovering the costs from ratepayers i necessary for the utility to remain financially strong. “We can’t protect our system 100 percent of the time. We are certainly making great strides in the area,” said Donovan. For example, in recent years SDG&E has tracked weather data in real time to preventatively assess the fire risks throughout the county and has also replaced some wood poles with steel poles, Donovan said. If the WEBA is approved, it will be another year or two
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with any unhappiness at all.” What other career, he wondered, would “allow a mailman’s son to spend his entire professional life listening to people’s most cherished and sometimes frightening stories and be asked to help find a solution to their problems?” Quigley admitted that “it was often a daunting task” in his early years. “It frequently left me with self-doubt if I was doing it right,” he added. “I guess as I look back, that fear is what
With fewer Chinese importers, more lobster is staying in San Diego. “The details are murky — that’s what we know so far,” Barsky said. “It is difficult to predict, but I expect the price to stabilize over the near future,” she added. Many fishermen that rely on lobster catches are understandably frustrated by the price dropping. Lobster is the most valuable species for the local fishing industry, according to a San Diego Association of Government’s environmental impact study from several years ago. On the flip side, consumers and restaurants have benefited so far this lobster season, which began in late September and will end in March. The Fish Market was one of the few restaurants that kept local lobster on its menu once prices spiked,said Darren Gorski, a market manager who buys supplies for the Fish Market. “(Local) lobster was a loss leader for us,” Gorski said. “But this season (local) lobster is more affordable to buy.” Trey Foshee, executive
partner and chef at George’s at the Cove, said the restaurant discontinued a special tasting menu for local lobster several years ago when prices for the catch began climbing. Meanwhile, lobster was imported from elsewhere. “I would look out the window of the restaurant and see lobster fishing,” Foshee said, adding that guests’ plates had East Coast lobster, which is cheaper due to a more robust fishing area in that region. It was “odd”and “frustrating” at the same time to have lobster from nearly 3,000 miles away, Foshee said. However, Foshee has resumed the local lobster menu because prices have come down. He hopes to continue serving the local bounty, noting that many guests prefer San Diego lobster to other markets because it’s “meatier” and “more dense.” Ultimately, because of more competition from global markets, San Diego restaurant goers and consumers have to be willing to pay a little more for local lobster, he said. “This is a great local resource and your money stays within the county,” Foshee said.
before ratepayers are impact- who is so burdened down ed by these costs, said already...it’s not equitable,” Donovan. said Catherine Barry, a Rancho Santa Fe resident since 1977 Objections to WEBA and co-founder of local real Those opposing the utili- estate company Barry Estates. ties’ request have argued that if the WEBA is approved, utili- 2007 Wildfires ty companies will not be held As part of their request, financially responsible for the utility companies would wildfires that utility equip- like to recover uninsured costs ment causes. from the massive 2007 Administrative Law Southern California wildfires. Judge Bushey’s proposed deci- The CPUC determined that sion stated, “Financial incen- SDG&E power lines contives for prudent risk manage- tributed to the Witch Creek ment and safety regulation fire, the Guejito fire, and the compliance are substantially Rice fire. undermined by the presumpThe Witch Creek and tion of recovery from ratepay- Guejito fires burned 197,990 ers.” acres, including 1,141 homes, SDG&E claims that under as well as killed two people Commissioner Simon’s pro- and injured 40 firefighters.The posed decision, the limitation Rice fire burned 9,472 acres, of costs recoverable by ratepay- including 206 homes. ers will provide incentive for “We do not dispute the utilities to follow safety regula- fact that our power lines were tions and avoid fire risk. the ignition source,” said “They (SDG&E) just want Stephanie Donovan, SDG&E’s a blank check to cover the Senior Communications costs of wildfires,” said Mindy Manager, of the 2007 wildfires. Spatt, communications direc- However, she said that the tor for The Utility Reform wildfires would not have Network (TURN), which has occurred without the extreme been campaigning for the wind conditions. CPUC to deny the utilities’ SDG&E maintains that WEBA request. “SDG&E the company did not break needs to held accountable like safety or maintenance requireany other business for their ments in regards to the 2007 safety practices.” fires, said Donovan.“There has “They (the utility compa- been no agency or court to nies) make so much as a com- date that has found that pany so for them to turn SDG&E has done anything around to have the tax payer wrong.” kept me on my toes, keenly aware that I didn’t want to screw up because there was so much on the line for everyone. As the years passed that worry gave way to a sense of calm that is the confidence of having seen so much. I certainly gave it my best and I really do think most of my patients and my fellow physicians feel the same way.” Certainly his friend and colleague of 30 years, Dr. James Hay, feels that way. “(Dr. Quigley) is one of the warmest and kindest men I know,” said Hay, adding that he considers himself fortunate to have Quigley as his
personal physician. “He’s almost unflappable.” The strong bond the two share is apparent in the way each speaks of the other, and it’s surely contributed to the success of the medical group they helped found, North Coast Family Medical Group. Shortly, Quigley will embark on the next phase of his life. “The career goes fast,” he said. “All of a sudden you turn around and it’s 30 years later. But I just figure the next 10 or 20 years is going to go just as fast, so I’ll grab hold of the next stage of life and get going on it.”
Going all in for the Senior Center
Stan Wong awaits his hand during the No-Limit Texas Hold ‘em fundraising tournament.
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Commission seeks help for homeless teens The city of Encinitas’ Youth Commission has begun its 2012 Teen Backpack Project. The commission members are seeking backpacks to give to homeless, transitionally homeless, displaced or atrisk teens. The goal is to provide the Community Resource Center with 50 backpacks filled with essentials and other items
T h e Inn at Rancho Santa Fe plays host to the a n n u a l Rumble in the Ranch Celebrity Poker Tournament and Silent Auction to benefit the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center Nov. 10. The Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit founded in 1988 to help seniors and their families through educational programs and social activities.
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Jason Morgan enjoys the luxury of tall chip stacks early in the evening.
Bonnie and Barry Mantel take time out from providing the entertainment during Amy Abrams (right) and Iris Meyers (center) the fundraiser to benefit the Rancho Santa watch with anticipation as wheel to win raffle tickFe Senior Center. ets spins.
API test scores, the best in the history of the school. “We had phenomenal test scores that we celebrated at the last meeting,” said Todd Frank, board member. “Do we have a short list or plan to keep that moving?” The answer is yes, Delaney said. “We do it all year long. We look at every single child to see how they are doing,” she said. “We identify the needs of each child. A lot of discussion takes place every day about that. The idea is to catch the student and determine what they need.” She said a lot of people from other schools are calling to see what Rancho Santa Fe is doing to achieve such high test scores. In other school board news, Delaney said the Halloween celebration went
A donation of a new or unused backpack, toiletries, school supplies, gift cards, package snacks and reusable water bottles will help out a homeless teenager in the community. For more information regarding the Teen Backpack Project, contact Vicki Rubenstein, Recreation Supervisor at (760) 633-2758. off without a hitch. “It was the very best we have ever had,” she said. The roll out of placing iPads into the hands of middle school students is going fine. “Things are going along very well,” Delaney said. “We have had not that many issues. We are gong to look at what technology will look like in 2012 and 2014.” Burdge asked about the new bleachers that have been installed by the sports field. “We are looking at a canopy because it gets so hot,” Delaney said. The robotics program is taking off under the tutelage of Dave Warner and even the younger students are taking to it. “Wow! Learning is fun. Who would have thought?” said Depolo. The school board usually meets on the first Thursday of the month, but will be on Dec. 13 next month.
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Fall is fruitful for art Ah, fall. It is just my favorite time of year. The beautiful leaves, the crisp air, cozy fires, the lack of yard work and my annual wrestling match over my centerpieces. It reminds me of a rerun of “Green Acres.” I view this annual struggle with high, good humor now, but the first time, it took me completely by surprise. My husband had planted a pomegranate tree and it was full of glossy, red fruit just this time of year. On the other side of the yard, our persimmon tree was producing bright orange globes. They look so pretty on the tree that I might have just left them there. Not so for my farm-boy husband who loves nothing better than a good harvest. Suddenly my table was filled with baskets of colorful fruit. When I looked at them, I did not see food. All I saw were items begging to be made into stunning, magazine-coverworthy centerpieces to scatter throughout my house. I promptly arranged and placed, oohed and aahed and went on my merry way. The next time I glanced over at my creations, something was missing. About half the arrangement was missing. Because it had ripened, it had been pirated and was being juiced, chopped or pureed in the kitchen. When I queried my husband as to what he thought he was doing with my décor, he looked at me like I was some French princess crying, “Let them eat cake!” How did I not understand that fruit was to be eaten? Letting them molder as decorative flora was just wasteful, don’t you know. It’s not like I am slopping the hogs in my fulllength mink. I just get real joy from gazing at a fabulous bowl or basket filled with the bounties of nature. Perfect ripe fruit is exquisite. But now that I have discovered a decent recipe for persimmon bread and have enjoyed pomegranate-cranberry juice and a nice pomegranate glaze on a pork TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B15
Artists, entrepreneurs ride crowdfunding wave By Jared Whitlock
Encinitas artist Manuelita Brown wants to create the sculpture of her dreams. Finding funding for the project, a tricky endeavor in this economy, is the only thing that stands in her way. Her solution? Join the crowdfunding trend. Brown, a longtime sculptor, once looked solely to private donations, foundations and government grants for her pieces. Due to a down economy, those sources of funding have largely dried up, but a new one has emerged. Like so many artists in the last few years, Brown recently turned to Kickstarter, a national crowdfunding website where local artists and entrepreneurs can ask friends, family and strangers to finance their projects. “Kickstarter has been a blessing for people — a real alternative for artists,” Brown said. Since mid-October, 32 people have pledged roughly $3,900 to Brown’s vision — a life-size sculpture of Sojourner Truth, a former slave who became an abolitionist and women’s suffragette. Like all Kickstarter projects, funding is an allor-nothing proposal within
Artist Manuelita Brown with a scale model of Sojourner Truth, a former slave who became an abolitionist and women’s suffragette. Brown has embraced the crowdfunding trend in hopes of creating a full-scale statue of Truth. Photo by Jared Whitlock
a set time frame, meaning Brown won’t get anything if her project fails to reach the $18,000 she’s requesting by Nov. 17. “I’ve been humbled by support and hope I can get there,” said Brown, who plans to donate the statue to a park or school should she secure enough funding. Another reason Brown chose crowdfunding: She’ll
have total creative control over her project. Those who pledge to Kickstarter projects aren’t given a stake of the project and don’t share in any profits (if there are any); however, they receive “rewards” in exchange for support — in Brown’s case that means a disc of photographs documenting the sculpting process for those who provide $25, or on the
higher end, a small bronze sculpture specially for people who contribute $2,500 or more. Brown said she’s proud of past commissions and grateful to those who provided funding. But money from outside groups or individuals sometimes requires compromising on her artistic vision. “I wanted to do this one
my way, and I’m happy people are buying into my idea,” Brown said. Like Brown, Carmel Valley filmmaker Pierce Kavanagh wanted to create something entirely of his own mind, and Kickstarter has helped him do just that. Kavanagh’s first Kickstarter raised more than $16,000, which is $7,000 more than he originally requested for “What the Sea Gives Me,” a documentary that will highlight those with a lifelong connection to the ocean. Kavanagh said he was reluctant to try Kickstarter, because he “didn’t want to ask for a handout.” But he came around to the idea of crowdfunding when he realized most donations were small and backers got something in return. “Seeing people support independent filmmakers is amazing,” Kavanagh said, adding with a laugh: “Small filmmakers are typically passionate to the point where we would set up a lemonade stand if we had to. It’s good to know we have something like Kickstarter too.” Kickstarter is the largest of a dozen or so crowdfunding websites. Since it was founded in 2009, 77,000 projects have TURN TO CROWDFUNDING ON B15
Farmers market proposed for Ranch By Patty McCormac
RANCHO SANTA FE — The organizers of the proposed farmers market for Rancho Santa Fe took the next step to its fruition by asking the Association for the go-ahead at its Nov. 1 meeting. The issue was tabled until the community could be notified. “We need to allow time for member input,” said Pete Smith, Association manager. The topic will return at the Nov. 15 meeting. “Nine months ago we started working with the merchants in town to try to get a farmers market in the Village,” Association Director Eamon Callahan said. “We are almost there. I think it will be a great thing for the Village.” Janet Christ, a local realtor and one of the organizers, told the Association that before giving its approval, the county asked first for the support of the Association. She said the market will sell only high-quality produce, bread, flowers and the like. “We will have quality vendors who really want to be here,” she said. It would take place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The most likely proposal
for the location of the market would be closing El Tordo between Avenida de Acacias and La Granada during the farmers market, said Ivan Holler, planning director for the Association. “Because El Tordo is a public road, the county must approve any road closure plans and some form of traffic control will also be required,” Holler said. “In addition, merchants and property owners along the affected portion of El Tordo are being notified and must agree to the road closure.” In addition, if every one agrees to its location, the county will probably require permanent streets signs noting the time of the market. “It will become more of a walking district on Saturday,” Christ said.” I don’t think parking will be an issue at all.” The farmers market will be self-sustaining because vendors will pay a small fee for a spot at the market and also a portion of their profits. The rest will be donated to Archie’s Acre’s for its Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training Program that teaches transitioning veterans how to run an organic farm. “We want to make sure TURN TO MARKET ON B15
Another day on the job for Cal State San Marcos student interns from left: Toni Gomez and Megan Bainbridge and California Fruit Wine co-owner Brian Haghighi. Students are collaborating with the winery to hold a Thanksgiving food drive Nov. 17. Photo by Promise Yee
Students join winery for food drive By Promise Yee
Cal State San Marcos marketing students are collaborating with California Fruit Wine to hold a Thanksgiving food drive Nov. 17 that promises to become an annual event. The food drive will be a one-night event at California Fruit Wine that will also celebrate the remodeling and grand reopening of the urban winery. Guests are asked to bring nonperishable food items and make monetary donations to the food drive for local families in need. Marketing student Megan Bainbridge said the event is a way to motivate
people to come out and give. She added that she hopes it draws students and community members. “When it’s a food drive it’s hard to get people involved,” Bainbridge said. “They think someone else will do it. An event gets them involved because they want to hang out.” The collaboration between the winery and university students began when Bainbridge landed an internship with the winery. During her first week on the job she listed community service as one of her goals. Brainstorming between Bainbridge and company coowner Brian Haghighi led to
the idea of making the Thanksgiving food drive part of the winery reopening celebration. Duties to organize the event and alert the public will chiefly be the responsibility of Cal State San Marcos students. “They are spearheading the effort,” Haghighi said. “We are guiding them along the way.” About 50 students are helping with the food drive. Most of them are members of the university’s Marketing Society club. Bainbridge said the internship and food drive are TURN TO FOOD DRIVE ON B15
NOV. 16, 2012
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Failed sale of Pacific View site wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t affect districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget this year By Jared Whitlock
The Encinitas Unified School District (EUSD) wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see increased class sizes or the laying-off of teachers this year following the collapse of their deal with the nonprofit Art Pulse. EUSD Superintendent Dr. Tim Baird told the Council at the Oct. 18 meeting that the loss of revenue from the Art Pulse deal would force the district to increase class sizes and lay off teachers. EUSD would have received a non-refundable $300,000 deposit within the next several months and $7.2 million around a year later from Art Pulse if the deal to sell the old Pacific View
Elementary site had gone through, according to John Britt, assistant superintendent of business services for the school district. The $7.5 million, however, wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allocated into this year or next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do our budget in May and June and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t account for income thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not real,â&#x20AC;? Britt said. The districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fiscal year begins in July. Additionally, Britt said district officials hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t met to tentatively discuss where specifically the $7.5 million would go. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gotten that far yet,â&#x20AC;? he said. Art Pulse wanted to turn the 2.8-acre site, which was
closed in 2003 because of declining enrollment, into a community art center. The group also planned to build as many as seven homes on the property as part of the deal. In order for the Art Pulse deal to move forward, EUSD asked the city to hear Art Pulseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal to change the zoning of the Pacific View site to a mixeduse arts center. A deadline of Oct. 30 was set between Art Pulse and the district to deliver the $300,000 nonrefundable fee. The city had said they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t aware of any deadline and that they had planned to hear the proposal at the next available The Encinitas Unified School Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget this year wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be impacted by the Art Pulse deal not moving Council meeting set for Nov. forward, because the money had yet to be accounted for. Photo by Jared Whitlock 14.
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CARMEL VALLEY â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A sweet night will launch the holidays and benefit the Epilepsy Foundation, from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 29. Come and see the gingerbread structures at the 19th annual Gingerbread City Design Competition display at The Grand Del Mar, 5300 Grand Del Mar Court. On display will be 15 structures both petite and grand size, some weighing up to 700 pounds. All structures are made of edible confectionary materials such as pastillage,
marzipan and rolled fondant. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gingerbread structures will be drawn from American myths to worldly tales for benefiting the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County. All proceeds benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County, which offers free services to more than 50,000 people with epilepsy. For ticket prices and more event info, visit gingerbreadcitysd.org or call (619) 296-0161.For information, call (619) 296-0161.
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NOV. 16, 2012
ODD Group pushes for 150 fewer houses at Quarry Creek FILES
by CHUCK SHEPHERD
By Promise Yee
In October, state alcohol agents, assisted by local police in full riot gear, pointing their weapons, raided a bar in Largo, Fla., to shut down the latest gathering of the venerable Nutz Poker League, even though its players do not wager. (They meet at bars and restaurants, where management gives winners token gifts in exchange for the increased business.) A prosecutor told the Tampa Bay Times that Florida law defines illegal “gambling” as any game that permits players to win something — even if they don’t have to “ante up.” The raid (during which players were ordered to keep their hands where the officers could see them) came after a months-long undercover investigation.
Recurring Themes Among the most creative illegal behaviors are those of clever smugglers — or immigrants trying to enter a country illegally. In September, two Moroccans tried to smuggle a Guinean man into Spain at the Melilla border in north Morocco by disguising him as a Renault car seat. One Moroccan drove, with the passenger perched on a seat in which the foam had been removed to make room for the Guinean. A police spokesman called the attempt “novel.” India’s notorious bureaucracy records deaths particularly ineptly, to the advantage of men seeking an alternative to divorce. They find it easier merely to swear out a death certificate on one wife so they can marry another, but that means the first wife will face years, and maybe decades, of campaigning to convince officials that she is not dead. BBC News chronicled the plight of Ms. Asharfi Devi, now 64, in September as she was finally declared “alive” after being deserted by her husband at age 23 and ruled dead at age 40. After Devi finally earned a hearing and brought relatives and evidence to the village council, deliberations took eight more months. Notwithstanding the ruling, the husband stuck to his story. Puzzingly, adults continue to accidentally ingest improbable objects, often seemingly unaware of what they did. Lee Gardner, 40, of Barnsley, England, swallowed a plastic fork 10 years ago, but said he “forgot” about it until violent stomach pains forced him to the hospital in August. And British student Georgie Smith, 19, became the latest person to accidentally swallow a regular-sized toothbrush (though the first doctor she consulted told her he couldn’t spot any “toothbrush” on an X-ray). (With kids, the phenomenon is more understandable.
Preserve Calavera and other community groups are encouraging the Carlsbad Planning Commission and City Council to choose the Quarry Creek project alternative to build 506 houses instead of the current proposal, which includes 656 houses. Diane Nygaard, CEO and founder of Preserve Calavera, said concerned residents are not opposing the Quarry Creek project.They are simply asking for fewer houses to be built on the west panhandle of the site. This end of the site butts against the 134-acre Buena Vista Creek Ecological Reserve and neighbors the historic Marron Hayes Adobe. “We’re reasonable people,” Nygaard said. “We realize the developer has the right to develop the land.” The 156-acre project site is part of the reclaimed Hanson Aggregates quarry. It includes El Salto Falls and is bordered on the east by Oceanside’s Quarry Creek Shopping Center. Corky McMillin Companies built the shopping center and is an active officer of Quarry Creek Investors LLC that will develop the housing project. Nygaard said the alternative of 506 units is a compromise and notes that the area was originally zoned for 293 homes. Project builders prefer to stick to the current proposal. “There is one proposed project with 656 homes,” Todd Galarneau, senior vice president of Quarry Creek Investors LLC, said. “A number of alternatives are required by the California Environmental Quality Act. Some have more (houses), some have less.” Galarneau added at least one alternative calls for 750 homes to be built. The perk for the city to approve a plan with 656 houses or more is that the density would satisfy part of the city’s affordable housing requirement. Galarneau said Quarry Creek Investors has been working with the city, regional agencies and a dozen community groups throughout the planning process to reach the best project proposal. The city’s general plan states that at build-out 40 percent of city will remain parks and open space. The current project pro-
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Leveling has begun on the north end of the Quarry Creek site. Carlsbad City Council will choose between allowing development of 506 homes or 656 homes. Some fear the historic Marron Hayes Adobe will loose its sense of place if homes are built too close by. Photo by Promise Yee
posal designates 60 percent of the site to parks and open space with 56 percent of the site to remain natural open space. “We meet all city criteria or exceed them,” Galarneau said. “This is a critical habitat and historical site. We really struck that balance in the current land use plan.” Nygaard said the proposed 87.9 acres of open space fails to preserve a visual buffer between planned homes and the adobe. Poles that mark planned building are distinctly visible on the hill across from the adobe and adjacent reserve. “It’s a regional wildlife corridor and has a historic sense of place,” Nygaard said. “There’s 9,000 years of Native American history, a land grant adobe and natural resources. It’s a unique treasure of Carlsbad.” Citizen groups have been involved in preserving the area since the Quarry Creek Shopping Center was built as the first phase of the project. “This is the third round of community involvement,” Nygaard said. “I don’t know anybody that doesn’t agree there’s been too much development.” Previous efforts were made to preserve and maintain El Salto Falls.
In one case a buffer zone between the falls and shopping center was approved by Oceanside City Council, but papers were hastily signed off that did not include a sufficient buffer zone and the agreement was not recognized. “There is a history of concern,” Nygaard said. In other efforts money was successfully raised to purchase adjacent land and preserve it as part of the Buena Vista Creek Ecological Reserve. The latest efforts are focused on creating a visual buffer between the adobe and planned development by not
building on the 56-acre panhandle area next to the adobe. A period of public review of the project’s draft Environmental Impact Report extends from now through early December and allows residents to give their feedback. “In three months a critical decision will be made,” Nygaard said. “Three of the eight alternatives are taking development off of the panhandle.” So far the Carlsbad Planning Commission has not given direction and City Council has not made a recommendation on development plans. Community input on the housing project is being collect-
ed through Dec. 7. All comments will be reviewed, responded to and presented as part of a summary to the Carlsbad Planning Commission and City Council in late January or early February. “Each comment is listed,” Chris DeCerbo, principal planner said. “Often times actual revisions are made.” The project will proceed with public hearings in early 2013. Construction of homes is expected to begin in 2015. The Quarry Creek master plan can be viewed on the city of Carlsbad website. Comments can be emailed to senior planner Van Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Olivenhain Country Preschool provides a curriculum for the senses Since 2003, Olivenhain Country Preschool has sought to provide a learning-rich environment that establishes a love of learning in the youngest of their students. Their educational philosophy comes from the idea that kids will retain more of what they learn if done through a kinesthetic approach — that is to say, what the kids are able to experience and learn about the world through their own senses, they’ll be able to take with them throughout their lives; especially if it’s done through the school’s monthly curriculum, which includes gardening, cooking and baking, or by getting in touch with nature in the preschool’s idyllic setting. At one time a residential home in the 1970s, the preschool, on 2-acres of land, still features a full working kitchen where the students help to make their
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Star of stage Carlsbad resident Charlotte Bailey will take part in the Whittier College production of “The Taming of the Shrew” in the part of Katharina Minola.
Del Mar resident Don Cleveland will be honored Nov. 16 by the San Diego Huntington’s Disease Society of America, along with Dr. Frank Bennett, Holly Kordasiewicz and their research teams at UCSD for progress in therapy developBest Bach Bravo to freshman Edwin ment for Huntington’s disease. Li,who was selected as the win- Their efforts are pioneering the ner of the Southern California development of stem cell and
The unique setting at Olivenhain Country Preschool makes to learning is that it’s away from the distractions of bustling city noise. Courtesy photo
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Giveback program SoCal Volleyball Club is scheduled to hold its 2013 season tryouts for high school players through Nov. 18. As part of their giveback program, SoCal chose Casa de Amparo to receive a portion of each tryout fee to create a fund that will be used for Casa Kids to participate in volleyball. For information on high school tryouts, visit socalvbc.com.
Revenues down on 101 due to construction By Bianca Kaplanek
The long-planned renovation project currently under way along a 1-mile stretch of Coast Highway 101 came with assurances the improvements would increase business along the corridor. But that promise is doing little to assuage the current fears of some merchants who say revenues are down so much they’ve been forced to lay off employees or cut their hours. “There are a lot of smallbusiness people who are hurting,” said Chris Tatum, who’s owned Do-it-Yourself Dog Wash on Plaza Street for 15 years. “I’m not sure how much longer some of us can hold on. I don’t think (city officials) understand the impacts.” Charles Pinady, the manager at Yummy Yogurt, is essentially the only employee at his shop. “Business has gone down dramatically,” he said. “I had to cut my staff (of two) to see if we could ride it out. We need the city to step it up.” Jackhammer noise made summer camps at Art a la Carte difficult because the studio is outside, manager Lisa Creagan said. “The construction has definitely kept some people from planning birthday parties, which is a big part of our business,” she said. “We haven’t had to let anyone go but we’re doing a lot of explaining to our customers.
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Meet Marshmallow, Pet-of-the-Week at Helen Woodward Animal Center. This 5 month-old, 5-pound domestic long hair is sweet and fluffy Marshmallow is waiting to meet you at Helen Woodward Animal Center. She has been spayed and is up-to-date on all her vaccinations. Her adoption fee is $141. Marshmallow also comes with two free passes to SeaWorld. Helen Woodward Animal Center is located at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. Workers install new trees in the median as part of the Coast Highway 101 improvement project. Some merchants say the priorities should be re-evaluated. “We need parking, not trees,” said Chris Tatum, who owns Do-it-Yourself Dog Wash. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek
some owners have criticized the city for a lack of information before the project started and as it is progressing. Creagan, whose business has only been on the 101 since 2010, said she recalls receiving a vague letter explaining when the project would be completed. Bell said her predecessor at Pizza Port knew about the improvements but city officials weren’t “as clear as they should have been.” A twice-monthly newsletter was recently created and hand-delivered to all business on Oct. 30. Future publications will be posted on the kiosk on Plaza
There are a lot of small business people who are hurting.” Chris Tatum Owner,Do-it-Yourself Dog Wash
It’s definitely been slower.” Pizza Port is still making a “decent profit,” according to manager Torie Bell, but “we’re not seeing the trend of increased sales every month like we have been for the last few years.” The situation has gotten so bad for some in the four months since the project began that Tatum and a few other business and property owners started a petition. “I just wanted to see some action,” said Tatum, who was also threatening legal action against the city but acknowledges the project will likely be finished before a lawsuit is settled. Council members have been talking about improving the corridor since the 1990s and, in the past three years, held several public meetings and workshops. Groundbreaking took place in front of Do-it-Yourself Dog Wash on June 27, and the Highway 101 Merchants Association held a kick-off party this summer at Java Depot to advertise the project. City Manager David Ott said every business along the roadway received an informational flier and he walked the highway and personally talked to every property owner with a driveway that would be moved. Despite those efforts,
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Street and the city website. It will also be distributed via email to those who sign up. Merchants said they were also upset to see crews onsite for only eight hours a day and perhaps four days a week. “They should be working longer hours because the more they extend this, the longer we’ll be affected,” Bell said. Glen Bullock, with contractor Dick Miller Inc., said his bid was based on an eighthour day. At one point, council members discussed funding overtime. Ott said work hours were extended but the time change and light and noise impacts on nearby residential neighborhoods limit the opportunities for longer work
days. However, one night of construction is scheduled in about two weeks and crews will work some Saturdays, Ott said. “As spring rolls around we’ll extend our hours again,” he said. Ott also noted workers were leaching the dirt in the medians because of high salt content. “So it may have looked like they weren’t working but they had to leach the soil before they could plant the trees,” he said. “We need parking, not trees,” said Tatum, who leases his dog-wash space and owns the three-unit building that houses Art a la Carte. “This affects so many people. Their priority should be to get the road, sidewalks and parking back in so we can at least have a Christmas.” Construction costs are estimated at $7 million. To fund the project, Solana Beach took advantage of a financing plan offered by the San Diego Association of Governments in 2011. SANDAG issued federal Build America Bonds and allowed cities to use their TransNet money to make payments. Solana Beach borrowed $5.5 million at 3.8 percent interest. Total interest that will be paid during the 38year loan is about $10.8 million, but approximately $3.8 million of that will be paid by a federal subsidy, bringing the cost to the city to about $12.5 million. In addition to improving aesthetics, installing 11 gathering places, increasing pedestrian and bicycle safety and adding parking spaces, Ott said the project includes “severely needed” repairs to
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existing infrastructure such as roadway and sidewalk pavement and deteriorated storm drain facilities. The city’s sanitation fund has healthy reserves, but that money can’t be used for storm drains, Ott said. Although the project isn’t slated for completion until fall 2013, Tatum said he was told parking and accessibility to businesses will be restored by January. “That sits well with me,” Pinady said. “I’d give that a thumbs up.” “That would be fair but if it exceeds that a lot of people are going to be in trouble,” said Tatum. “My rent is $6,000 a month. I’ve got to wash a lot of dogs to cover that.”
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Hollywood comes to Rancho Santa Fe and a memory that remains Around Town On Oct. 20, Fresh Start’s Butterfly Ball was held at 6:30 MACHEL p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in PENN La Jolla. If you are looking for SHULL an amazing nonprofit organization to become involved Machel’s Ranch with or to donate to, Fresh Start Surgical Gifts is one to Do you believe in signs? I definitely consider. This do. I think that life is organization offers recondesigned to guide us if we at structive surgery (at no cost to least pay attention along the the patient) to children with way to the details surrounddeformities who could never ing us.Today was one of those afford the surgery otherwise hum-drum days that had me without Fresh Start’s help. milling around my house in So they are actually makflannel pajamas while sweeping dreams come true and ing the kitchen. changing their lives! How I wore my little furry slipwonderful. The Butterfly Ball pers with a long black V-neck raised more than $200,000 sweater as the autumn leaves that will help transform more swirled around outside my children’s lives. I have includsink window. I also rememed some gorgeous photos bered to turn on the televifrom that event in La Jolla. sion to watch the Hope For more information on Telethon at Helen Woodward Fresh Start, visit in Rancho Santa Fe because freshstart.org. Katie, my mother-in-law On Nov. 5, I ran a few would be donating her time to errands in Rancho Santa Fe the telethon. Robin and I with my husband. We walked were so proud to see his mom around town and enjoyed the looking so elegant and goramazingly fine weather. One geous on television. of our little stops included Then I snapped photos of Union Bank where I made the Diane Keaton sitting next to an exciting discovery. Right Mike Arms, the president of inside the bank just off to the Helen Woodward. For a few left was the most exquisite moments the day felt like piece of art framed in beautiHollywood had arrived in ful gold framing. I stood there Rancho Santa Fe and Katie admiring it for awhile then was center stage. Life can be asked the teller if this was one of the local Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild members. “Yes it is! Isn’t it beautiful?” she said agreeing. I was thrilled when they said I could takes some photos and share with the readers in the paper where they, too, can find art for themselves or their loved ones this holiday season. Debra Giese is the artist of this painting, titled “Flowers,” which sells for $800. If you would like to buy this painting, you can call the art guild for more information. Please do support the arts and buy art this holiday season here locally in Rancho Santa Fe. Visit ranchosantafeartguild.org for more information. On Nov. 8, I received an amazing announcement regarding “Once in a lifetime, the most exclusive property becomes available … .” I received word from The Artist Debra Giese's "Flowers" is on display in the front of Union Bank in Guiltinan Group this week downtown Rancho Santa Fe. Buy art for your loved ones at the Rancho that the property on Border Avenue in Del Mar is on the Santa Fe Art Guild. Courtesy photo so much fun when you let yourself become swept away by fun moments like that. After the show was over, I left to do a little shopping at my favorite consignment shop in Solana Beach. You know when you are looking for something when you shop but you don’t know what you really want? I was having a day like that … until I found a black sweater with white polka dots in black trim. Now this was just my style. I looked at the tag and noticed that it was actually one of my great friends that designs clothes! I felt touched by seeing her name because I haven’t seen her since my birthday earlier this year. But then I remembered the date and knew it was a hint to remember an important memory. I did. Life moves on and memories can fade. However once in a while a little sign will remind us it’s OK to look back over our shoulder and recognize what has once been will never leave us either. I didn’t buy the sweater, but I will go back tomorrow to as a reminder of a golden era when four friends all shared laughter and hugs. I will remember those cherished times always.
Fresh Start CEO & Executive Director Shari Brasher, Stephanie Myers and Fresh Start Director of Major Gifts, Michelle Pius. Courtesy photo
Bob Brasher, Fresh Start CEO & Executive Director Shari Brasher, Grant Show, Katherine LaNasa at the Fresh Start Charity Ball. Courtesy photo
market at the asking price $33.9 million. Call in Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart and how about Mitt Romney? Maybe he will trade his La Jolla view for this prestigious view in Del Mar instead. Brian D. Guiltinan is the chief executive officer of Guiltinan Group, which was established in Rancho Santa Fe by Brian in 2003. If you would like to contact Brian regarding this property or need more information, please visit theguiltinangroup.com. On Nov. 10, Hollywood came to Rancho Santa Fe to help save animals lives! Oscar-winning actress Diane Keaton (she is on the board at Helen Woodward) donated her time and efforts to encourage others to adopt cats and dogs that need homes. Wearing a really cool looking Annie Hall hat, Diane
looked absolutely stunning at the HOPE Telethon on KUSI. My mother-in-law Katie Shull was there, too, looking absolutely gorgeous. The show featured successful adoption stories of recent owners who just were glowing with love and pride for their new family member. According to the Humane Society, 3 to 4 million cats and
dogs are euthanized each year in the U.S. Please help save an animal’s life today and adopt a pet! For more information on Helen Woodward, please visit animalcenter.org. If you have a fun event you would like Machel Penn to cover, contact her at email@example.com.
The Guiltinan Group announced their premier listing on Border Avenue in Del Mar, which is listed for $33,900,000. Courtesy photo
Brian Guiltinan is the Chief Executive Officer of The Guiltinan Ema Tudor & Jannelle Bongiovanni at the Fresh Start event at the end Group, which he established in Katie Shull is being interviewed by KUSI for the HOPE telethon at Helen Woodward. Photo by Machel Penn of October. Courtesy photo Rancho Santa Fe in 2003. Shull Courtesy photo
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SO CAL CYCLOCROSS Racers on single speed and mountain bikes continued the racing series hosted by Southern California Cyclocross around Lake Hodges and the San Dieguito River Park Sunday. The race covered terrain from grass to gravel, sand to rocks, and even mud around a 1.4-mile course. Racers in the 35 to 40 year old bracket hoist and carry their bikes to traverse one of the obstacles on the course. Photo by Tony Cagala
Inn offers holiday memories RANCHO SANTA FE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe will be part of holiday celebrations and holiday dining in the heart of the village of Rancho Santa Fe. For Thanksgiving, Nov. 22, there will be servings at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. A three-course tasting menu will include a choice of four starters, four entrees and three desserts created by Executive Chef Todd Allison. Cost is $64.95 per person; children $18.95. Children under 5 are complimentary. Festive and charitable gift-wrapping will be available from Nov. 24 through Dec. 23. Enjoy the ease of having your presents beautifully wrapped at a gift-wrapping station with proceeds benefiting The Country Friends and Casa de Amparo. Gift-wrapping will be available from
noon to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, and will be joyfully staffed by volunteers from The National Charity League, The Country Friends and Casa de Amparo. Gift-wrapping will range in price from $3 to $7 per package. A Christmas Eve dinner will be offered at 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. Dec. 24. Enjoy a three-course tasting menu with choice of four starters, four entrees and three desserts created by Chef Allison. Plus, from 4 to 6 p.m. enjoy Christmas harmonies by local carolers. The cost is $64.95 per person; children $18.95. Children under 5 are complimentary. Celebrate Christmas Day with sittings at noon, 2:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 25 will offer a threecourse tasting menu with choice of four starters, four entrees and three desserts created by Chef Allison. Cost
is $64.95 per person; children $18.95. Children under 5 are complimentary. New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve, try a four-course tasting menu Dec. 31, from 5 to 10 p.m. created by Chef Allison. A la Carte dining is also available. $74.95 per person; plus $29.95 per person for wine pairings. A New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve package is available for the evening of Dec. 31, and includes guest room accommodations for two, resort fee, four-course tasting menu for two with wine pairings on New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve, breakfast for two on New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day and a special chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selection welcome amenity. Rates begin at $489, and includes taxes and gratuity. For guestroom reservations, call (858) 756-1131. Room and rate are per couple, and subject to availability at the time of reservation.
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Removing mothball odor from furniture SARA NOEL Frugal Living Dear Sara: Do you have a remedy for getting mothball odor out of a cedar chest? Nothing I have tried works. — Alice M., email Dear Alice: Don’t try to wash it out. That usually causes the odor to go deep-
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er into the wood. I would keep the chest open and outside as much as possible. A covered porch would be a good place. It will take a lot of time, fresh air, heat and sunlight before it goes away. I suppose you could try to refinish it, but that’s a lot of work, and there’s no guarantee, because most cedar chest interiors are not finished, so the smell is really absorbed by the wood. You can try a product called Smelleze Mothball Deodorizer Pouch by Imtek (noodor.com) or all of the typical absorbers, such as baking soda, kitty litter, coffee grounds, newspaper and charcoal. Dear Sara: My aunt (an avid reader of your column) asked me to email you for suggestions on how to eliminate the center creases from magazine pages. One of her hobbies is framing pictures of birds from magazines, and many times they are two-page spreads with the
middle crease. How can she eliminate the crease without altering the picture? — Myrna Z., email Dear Myrna: She could try ironing the page on a low setting, but she’ll need to use another piece of paper on top so she’s not ironing directly on the poster. She can try laminating it, too. Dear Sara: I read your column faithfully and have used your shortcuts. Do you have a suggestion for straightening out a tangled herringbone necklace? I received one many years ago from a dear friend and wore it constantly until about two months ago, when it became twisted.Your help will be greatly appreciated. — Barbara L., email Dear Barbara: I would take it to a jeweler. A chain necklace can be untangled with baby oil and a straight pin, but herringbone kinks aren’t something you can simply get rid of, because of their flat design. I suggest
taking it to a jeweler to see if they can do anything to save it. They might be able to roll out the kinks or cut them out. Dear Sara: I watched a disaster prep video on the Internet that featured a big plastic baggie called a waterBOB that you fill with water in your bathtub. I think I want one; we always fill the downstairs tub when a big storm is predicted. (We’d like to fill our upstairs tub, but the drain has a slow leak.) Have you ever actually used a waterBOB? If you use it once, is it possible to drain it and use it again someday? It seems like it’s a one-shot deal, because it would get icky inside from the residual water unless you can store it in the freezer when it’s not in use. If you can reuse it, it’s a good idea, I think, just to save on bottled water alone; but if you can’t, $20 is an awful lot for a throwaway baggie. — Zhoen, forums Dear Zhoen: I would fix the drain in your other tub. The parts and kits are not expensive, and there are plenty of repair video tutorials online. I’m assuming this is not for drinking, though. Another option is to simply use a clean bucket or two, or use 2-liter plastic pop bottles, food-grade water storage containers/barrels (which you can find where camping supplies are sold), or commercially bottled drinking water. The waterBOB is for one-time use.
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Strategies to support weight-loss goals Scripps Health Watch By the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 34 percent of adults in the United States are obese and another 34 percent are overweight. While strategies for losing weight will vary with each individual, following are several practical strategies to consider that can help keep goals on track. Consulting with a physician is advisable before starting a weight loss program. Weigh In. Get a scale and use it regularly. In the past, conventional wisdom said frequent weigh-ins might lead to frustration. Recently, however, it’s been shown that people can benefit from weighing themselves often, up to three to four times a week. The idea is to keep any eye out for trends and make adjustments as needed. Move Around. Losing weight requires burning calories through exercise. Working out for an hour or two per week will help, but effective weight loss usually calls for at least three to five hours of exercise a week. And the form of exercise makes a difference. Once, it was believed that aerobics alone was enough, but adding some resistance training has proved to be more effective. So, in an hour of exercise, 45 minutes of aerobics and 15 minutes of resistance is a good rule of thumb. Avoid Fads. Be wary of fad diets; they may be very helpful at first, but it’s best to look for a dietary program you can sustain. A recent study showed that just about any diet will work as long it is followed consistently. When looking for a diet, pick one that seems
realistic to follow over the long haul. Watch Calories. The exact amount of caloric intake for weight loss varies with individuals, but for women 45-55 years old 1,200-1,300 calories is a good ballpark; for men of the same age, the target maximum should be around 1,800. The more exercise one does, the more they can eat and still maintain or lose weight. Consider keeping a daily calorie journal, as humans are very good at forgetting unneeded calories. Size Up Surroundings. Assess the home and work environment for unhealthy foods and discard them.This may mean removing a candy dish on the living room end table, or emptying a junk food drawer at the office. Also, make every effort to identify and avoid no-win situations. Employers tend to reward their employees with food – think pizza party – or sometimes they will have food waiting at the office so employees don’t have to go out. This can sabotage even the best of intentions. Assess Relationships. Inter-personal relationships will also affect weight-loss efforts. It would be ideal if everyone were fully supportive all of the time. But this may not always be the case, so become aware of individuals that end up defeating weight-loss efforts. The difficult part is that some people traditionally express their love through food. Be aware and when it happens, be honest. Let friends and family members know about important changes to personal eating habits. If it’s necessary to “eat socially” to avoid hurt feelings, be very aware of the amount and have a small portion. “To Your Health” is brought to you by the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. For more information or for physician referral call 1-800-SCRIPPS.
It’s a different world than I remember JOE MORIS Baby Boomer Peace This is one of my tougher columns to write. I was in the minority Tuesday before last. I’m considered by the winners as old, white, moronic, heartless, etc. I remember as a child, a true first wave baby boomer (my brothers were second wave baby boomers following Korea), growing up in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Those were the impressionable years. I remember riding my bike into the back of a neighbor’s car. Apparently I put a dent in the car. The owner of the car, and also a father of one of the kids on the block, had issue with my dad. They eventually decided to work on the car together and of course I got a spanking while my mom was nursing my busted lip. There was a time in America that people got along and worked together to solve problems. But today we live in a far different society. Today the neighbor would have sued my dad and one or the other would have been forced to move from the neighborhood because of the animosity. We live in a world so much different than that which I experienced. Immigrants came to the land of the free where they could seek out their dreams, not be stymied by a glass ceiling of $250,000. They refused to take anything from the government because they knew from whence they came that if you give in to let government be your master, soon you became a slave to that government. The government
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giveth and they taketh away. I love my little condo down in Puerto Vallarta. When I visit there I’m marveled by the ingenuity and individualism of the Mexican people. No one looks to the government for their subsistence. They must find a way. Because they do, family becomes so important. Family is the support system and together they find their freedom and they find their success or failure together. Today in America it makes more economic sense to be on food stamps, unemployment, disability, housing assistance, free education, free healthcare, etc. But what we all know is true is that there is no such thing as the word free. Even winning the lottery first cost you a dollar. There is no free lunch. Mexico reminds me of my modest streets growing up in Levittown, Long Island; Mobile, Ala.; Palmdale, Calif., and Yuma, Ariz. (my dad was military and then aerospace). People there are self-sufficient; they don’t argue or hold animosity toward the other when it comes to their government. They understand government is there to be responsive to protecting the citizenry. They are not there to mold people’s lives. They said there is pain in growth and we are about to grow as humans. They said that we are moving out of a dark age and into a new dimensional age where 100 years from now our greatgreat-great grandchildren will look back at the foolishness of our age and the savagery of it. One hundred years from now will be a time of great peace and love but that we as humans must now hit rock bottom first. What they did not say is whether we are at
rock bottom already or whether the events that take place over the next four years will take us to the bottom. I’m a throwback baby boomer. I’m not the same idealistic person I was when I was in college. I have lines in my face and gray hair on my head from the battles of time. But, I believe and hope I have wisdom from my growth. I love my country; I love the 49 percenters that believe in individual spirit. But, I will not hate my adversaries, the 51 percenters. I must learn to acknowledge those persons’ heavenly spirit and hope that we will find peace and love before 100 years pass and
that God will at least let us have a soft landing if the coming fall is near. We must accept that which the majority has spoken and we must now learn to find our own peace. I love Encinitas but I love the spirit of Mexico too. So, go find your peace as I have attempted to do. We all need to learn how to take care of ourselves with help from those closest to us and at the same time learn to accept the fate that we ourselves have carved. Joe Moris may be contacted at (760) 500-6755 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final step enforced in plastic bag ban On May 9, the Solana Beach City Council voted to ban single-use carryout plastic bags at point-of-sale within Solana Beach. As of Nov. 9, retail establishments, vendors and nonprofit vendors will be required to comply, as well. On Aug. 9, grocery stores, food vendors, pharmacies, and city facilities were required to meet the new law. Paper bags are not restricted at this time. However, commercial/retail businesses must charge 10 cents per paper bag if they choose to provide them, in an effort to encourage the use of reusable bags. For more information, visit the city’s web site at ci.solana-beach.ca.us/.
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A visit to the eastern most point in the country E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road “Do you really want to drive all the way out to Lubec?” My husband posed this query several months ago as we planned our trip to coastal Maine. Oh, yes. I certainly did. “If we’re going to travel all the way to Maine, I want to stand on the furthest most eastern point in the United States,” I answered. So here we are, standing on that very place, which actually is in nearby Quoddy Head State Park — a little point that juts into the Atlantic farther than any other place in the country. And it’s as pretty as it is notable. Nearby is the iconic West Quoddy Head Light, the candy-striped lighthouse perched on a cliff. We take pictures, then head out on a 4-mile park trail that becomes much more of a challenge than we anticipated. We soon learn that a sea-level hike is not synonymous with easy. Rocks, roots and rain the night before test our coordination and patience. Maybe we should’ve asked a few questions at breakfast an hour earlier, but
we were distracted by the exotic, popover-like confection created and served by hosts Dennis and Sue Baker, co-owners of Peacock House Bed & Breakfast. The couple, last from Pennsylvania, fell in love at the first sight of quaint Lubec (population 1,650) abut 10 years ago. Having decided to venture into the B&B world, the Peacock House fit their plan. “We didn’t tell anyone what we were doing until it was a done deal,” Dennis explains, “because they’d tell us all the reasons we shouldn’t do it.” They have proven to be loving stewards of the house, built in 1860 by a sea captain for his wife. (The captain’s picture hangs over the fireplace.) The couple has spent the last 10 winters repairing and renovating. Today, the home is warmly welcoming, as are the Bakers, who say that even though they live on the edge of the earth and off the beaten path, there is no sense of loneliness. “The world comes to see us,” Sue says. What brings all those visitors to Lubec? “They come to get away, to hike, to see Campobello,” Sue continues. “If you’re looking for fine dining and shopping, this is not the place.” I might argue that point after tasting the Brazilian fish stew at the Water Street
Tavern & Inn, a short walk down the hill from Peacock House. Who would expect to find such a delicacy in Lubec? “I like to try different things,” says proprietor Jim Heyer, who just happened to grow up in the same place and era in Ohio as my husband. His otherwise quick visit to our table morphs into a hometown reunion and extra glasses of wine. Heyer and wife, Judy, originally intended just to save this aging, weather-beaten waterfront building, then sell it, but “we got carried away,” he admits. They not only created a gathering place for residents, business owners and visitors — “This is what a tavern should be” Heyer says — but beautifully renovated several nautical-themed rooms and suites. The tavern also displays art by locals, and Heyer is proud of his wine selection. The next morning, we debate whether to visit Roosevelt Campobello International Park, just across the bridge in New Brunswick, Canada.When I fret about the time it might take to return, the Bakers give us a look that says, “You’re kidding, right?” I explain that in San Diego, a three-hour delay at the San Ysidro checkpoint is not uncommon. “Well,” Sue laughs, “here you might have to wait 30 seconds … ” It is a mere 15-minute drive to the idyllic summer home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and family, the only international park in the world. FDR spent many summers on Campobello during his formative years. After he married Eleanor, they built a home on the many acres of natural wonderland and spent many summers there with their five children. FDR also contracted polio here, and after he became president in 1933, visits there were rare.
The iconic, candy-striped lighthouse at Quoddy Head State Park is the subject of photos taken each year by thousands of visitors from around the world. Photo by Jerry Ondash
Jim Heyer and wife, Judy, originally from Ohio, bought a dilapidated building on Lubec’s waterfront, then converted it into a tavern where everybody knows your name. The complex also features beautifully renovated, nautically-themed rooms and suites. Photo by E’Louise Ondash
The 34-room “cottage,” which includes living quarters for several servants, nannies and teachers, is perfectly preserved and contains many of the family’s possessions and artifacts of the times. Even FDR’s hat sits in the corner of
the first room guests enter, giving the feeling that he might just be in the next room. Well schooled docents, both Canadian and American, are stationed throughout the home to answer questions and relate anecdotes about the family. Despite the drizzly autumn day, the garden was still vibrant, including the ornamental kale, so perfect looking that it appeared unreal. We had to leave the island all too soon, and our only delay at the border was a nice chat with the agent. Visit lubecme.govoffice2.com/. Peacock House Bed & Breakfast - Open May through October; (888) 305-0036; peacockhouse.com Water Street Tavern & Inn (207) 733-2477; watersttavernandinn.com E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at email@example.com.
For Sue and Dennis Baker, it was love at first sight when they first visited Lubec. The former Pennsylvanians decided to buy the historic Peacock House Bed & Breakfast, which they have renovated and operated for 10 years. The are never lonely, they say, “because the world comes to us.” Photo by Jerry Ondash
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No Bones About It The Bones Brigade from left: Founder Stacy Peralta, Rodney Mullen, Steve Caballero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain and Tommy Guerrero. The skateboard group is featured in the new documentary “Bones Brigade, An Autobiography,” directed by Peralta. Courtesy photo
and Tommy Guerrero, is being told by award-winning director and founder of the Brigade Stacy Peralta. The film, which has been showing worldwide this year, depicts more than just the amazing feats and tricks the Brigade invented, but also the struggles that many of the skaters had in just trying to fit in during a time when skateboarding wasn’t half an accepted “sport” as it is today. McGill said he felt absolutely like an outcast, having grown up mostly in Florida where he was one of only two skateboarders in his junior high school. Traditional team sports like baseball, football was what you did, he said. They were the sports he played because his brothers and cousins all played, but when he discovered skateboarding something just clicked, he said. “It was something that I just couldn’t get enough of.” Seeing the finished film proved a very different experience than what he thought it would, he explained. “Because all of us hadn’t really seen what the others had said before or had done, so it was very different for me to see that, especially seeing some of the older videos of some of the guys that we skated with and aren’t around today was hard to see that,” he said. “And just seeing some of the emotions of some of my teammates that I didn’t realize what they went through as well, some of the struggles they went through outside of skateboarding, which really enlightened me as well.” The Bones Brigade name, which was coined by Craig Stecyk was never once questioned by the team on what it meant. “We just went with it,” McGill said. “We were so into skateboarding it didn’t matter what we we’re called.” A common theme between the skaters was that they had all found solace in
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Brigade featured in new documentary By Tony Cagala
Sighting a 48-year-old man working behind a desk isn’t an unusual sight, but that this man behind the desk is Mike McGill, the inventor of the McTwist and longtime member of one of skateboarding’s most influential groups is what makes this sighting seem a little strange. On this day, he’s helping set up computers at his skate shop McGill’s, which he opened in 1987, and where he spends as much time as he can. On the back wall of the shop are racks of skateboard decks ranging through time from the 10-inch-by-30-inch Powell Peralta boards McGill used to ride in the ‘80s to the leaner and more maneuverable decks used today. McGill still resembles the teen he once was as a key member of the pivotal Bones Brigade, a group of described teenaged outcasts that would, over a decade in the 1980s, help to change the culture of skateboarding. Fans of McGill still come into the shop; in one day alone skaters from Australia, Brazil and New Jersey traveled to the shop for a chance to visit and meet him. The fans come from all different walks of life; mostly they’re kids whose dads told them about McGill. “I love it,” McGill said. “Especially when people see the older videos that we were in, it’s pretty inspiring to know, ‘Wow, we didn’t realize we had such an impact in your life or your son’s life.’” It’s something he may have to get used to even more following the release of the documentary, “Bones Brigade, An Autobiography.” The story of the Brigade and some of its most notable skaters, including McGill and Encinitas resident Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Lance Mountain, Steve Caballero
skateboarding. For them it was a way to be independent; for McGill, skateboarding was a way to do something artistic and physical without having to have somebody else to do it with. “That’s what really drove me…especially the neighborhood that I grew up in, there weren’t a lot of kids around so I could actually do something on my own and not have to rely on somebody else.” Looking back on it now, he never could have imagined how far the skateboard would take him. “I was in it for the joy of just doing it and I could keep creating. It was just nonstop creation…so that’s what really attracted me to skateboarding and things just kept progressing.” Progression was a driving force for the Bones Brigade. Some of the most influential and essential tricks would emerge from then-teenagers Hawk and Caballero. But with the invention of the McTwist, an aerial maneuver that consists of spinning your body one-and-a-halftimes, McGill’s place in skateboard history is firmly cemented. “I got pretty religious right before I tried the first one,” he said referring to his attempts as a teenager to land the never-before-done trick. “I didn’t want to mess myself up,” he said. “You got to reach down inside and just try to see it in your head and I pictured in my head that I could at least try to bail out of it. I knew if I could do that then at least I could try it,” he said. In contests, the trick became a game changer and a source of discouragement for some of the other skaters that knew they couldn’t compete against it. McGill, who continues to skate, said he’s still able to pull off the trick, though maybe not as big as they used to be. Upon reflection McGill said those were some good times.“Not that we don’t have good times now,” he added, “but it makes you feel just how blessed and lucky you are to have done what you
did.” Hawk still lives in Encinitas and the two meet up at times, but not as much as they have these past few months while going to premieres and touring in support of the film. They all share a bond together, “all of us do,” McGill said. “Each one of us had to have each others’ back because even though we were competing against each other we were still a team.” For 10 years the Bones Brigade broke new ground with tricks and skateboard movies, including one of their most popular videos, “The Search for Animal Chin.” Today, McGill continues to be an advocate for the creation of skate parks (he’s used his influence to help establish skate parks in Carlsbad, Escondido and at the YMCA skate park in Encinitas.) Hawk also travels the country, helping to establish skate parks with the Tony Hawk Foundation. For people who don’t necessarily skateboard that see this film, they can still find something to relate to, McGill explained. Despite their challenges in and out of the skateboarding world, each of them had the passion to continue doing what they wanted to do in the face of adversity. “When times are down, especially for us, instead of just saying, ‘Well everything’s taken away, I guess we’ll just quit skateboarding,’ we still had the passion to skateboard so we found a way to skateboard.” They were skateboarders and that’s what they were going to do. McGill was humble about the role the Bones Brigade has played in skateboarding history. “The only thing we take credit for is maybe inspiring kids to go out and skate,” he said. As for whether the industry will ever see another group of skateboarders as influential as the Bones Brigade: “I would hope so,” McGill said. “I’m not sure, but I would wish for it because I know how good it was for us.”
Army and Navy Academy (ANA) officials and Carlsbad public figures auspiciously dipped golden shovels into pre-dug dirt to break ground on the school’s new $10 million sports complex on Nov. 10. The Duffield Sports Complex will replace ANA’s Maffucci Field and include a new stadium and press box, athletic field with synthetic turf and stadium lights, restrooms, concessions, and executive suites. The complex will also consist of a two-story 27,250-square-foot sports facility that will house a new gymnasium, locker rooms, weight training rooms, conference facilities and offices. “Our first reaction (to the sports complex) was, ‘Really? What about the dorms and the classrooms?’” said ANAPA Vice President Tracey Borst. But she said that she came to realize that the sports facility would enhance the experience of all the cadets and the campus’s sense of community.“This facility and field are an extension of the classroom…these young men deserve this facility.” An average of 300 cadets will use the facility each year for 11 interscholastic sports and physical fitness training. “Today marks the first step in our master plan to modernize this campus,” said Chairman of the ANA Board of Trustees, Capt. Jack Wyatt at the groundbreaking ceremony. The ceremony also marked the beginning of a capital campaign to raise about $4.5 million needed to cover rest of the project’s $10 million price tag. The sports complex is named in honor of a $3.5 million donation from Dave and Cheryl Duffield the parents of two ANA cadets. Sporting hardhats and gold shovels, ANA administration, board members, and committee members, as well as Carlsbad’s Mayor Pro Tem Ann Kulchin acted as “ceremonial shovel bearers” at the late morning event. Hundreds of ANA students, parents, and alumni attended the ceremony. Kulchin said that City Council has supported the ANA’s addition since its first proposal. “Carlsbad is happy, pleased, proud to have the Academy as part of our city,” she said. The ANA is a boarding school for boys in 7th-12th grades and was founded in 1910.
CHAMPS AGAIN Horizon Prep won this year’s Spirit Bowl flag football tournament, beating out The Grauer School, The Nativity School, St. Joseph, Maranatha, Calvary Christian and St. Mary Star of the Sea in 14 games. The event is a fundraiser for Camp Julian Oaks, for abused and neglected children. Caleb Phillips (38) looks on as Jackson Baere (19) makes a touchdown catch against The Nativity School in the Spirit Bowl Championship. Horizon Prep went on to win 12-6. Courtesy photo
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we are not knocking out our own merchants,” said Association Vice President Anne Feighner. Association Manager Pete Smith said nothing about the market is set in stone. “Let’s see. If it works, that’s fine. If it doesn’t, we can roll it up,” Christ said. The idea of a farmers market was initially proposed by the Garden Club and several merchants as a way of bringing more business to the Village. “As one part of the larger
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roast, I am a bit closer to understanding the functionover-form club. Left to my own instincts, however, I am destined to remain the “starving artist” whereas my husband might have been the guy who decided to market pomegranate juice and it’s anti-oxidant qualities a few years ago.
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Local schools walk and roll to victory Flora Vista Elementary School was the grand-prize winner in the week-long Walk, Ride and Roll to School Challenge in October. The school will receive $1,000 for school supplies and Ocean Knoll Elementary School, the second place winner, will receive $750 for supplies. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness of the health and environmental benefits of walking and biking to school, while also highlighting the importance of pedestrian and bicycle safety. Throughout the region, 29 schools representing 19,260 students participated. To win the challenge, parents logged their children’s alternative commute trips in TripTracker on the SANDAG iCommute web site. Overall, participants logged a total of 7,356 miles. If students were to maintain this level of activity for the entire school year, it would be the equivalent of traveling almost 11 times around
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GROUND ART Clockwise from left, Torrey Pines High School freshman Francisca Vasconcelos, junior Carol Chang, junior Madeline Ho and junior Lisa Shingo are among members of the Torrey Pines Art Club and National Art Honor Society participating in “Gesso Italiano” Chalk Street Painting Festival in Little Italy. Courtesy photo
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