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RSF native spends time ‘horsing’ around Food trucks will have to make the grade

By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Tracey Kestler said it was her grandfather, Herbert Korholz, who got her interested in horses. “He said everyone should learn to ride just like they should learn how to swim,” she said. “He said the reason was you never know when you will fall into someone’s pool or be invited on a fox hunt and you wouldn’t want to embarrass yourself,” Kestler said with a chuckle. Kestler, now in her early 40s, still treasures the memories of Sunday trail rides with her grandfather who had “grand ideas about how life should be.” She took her grandfather’s advice, but went far beyond mere fox hunting skills. Over the years she has earned national titles with her riding and even helped train Grindstone, the 1995 Kentucky Derby winner. And believe it or not, a couple of years ago, she was invited to a fox hunt.

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Tracey Kestler competing last year with a young horse she had been training. Kestler is a Rancho Santa Fe resident who trains racehorses and local people and their horses. Courtesy photo

These days she continues to train racehorses and teaches riding skills to locals. Kestler is home grown. “I have been extremely fortunate to have grown up in Rancho Santa Fe and it so happens, I started riding with Hap Hansen, such a wonderful man and an amazing trainer, one of the best in the world,” she said,

“I started with him when I was 6 years old. He has an amazing gift with horses and the horses love him and perform for him.” She said one of Hansen’s best qualities as a teacher is making students feel they can do anything and that they are already successful. “That is what I try to impart to my students,” she

said. “When I was young I thought when I grew up, all I ever wanted to do is be a horse trainer,” she said. As a teenager, she and her mare placed first in the country in the Junior Hunter Division in 1986 and 1988. She TURN TO KESTLER ON A14

Sheriff’s contract renewed, options weighed By Bianca Kaplanek

City Council unanimously approved a new five-year contract with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, immediately after agreeing to take the next step to find other viable options for law enforcement in the county’s smallest city. For years city officials have discussed researching alternatives to save money in pensions and police services. They eventually gave the task to the Finance Committee, which reported on the latter at the Jan. 28 meeting. Jim Benedict, chairman of that subcommittee, noted that while the general fund has grown by 2 percent during the past seven to 10 years, the contract with the Sheriff’s Department has increased simultaneously by 5.5 percent. Benedict said there is no indication that will change — and it doesn’t under the new agreement. “The sheriff’s contract is really not sustainable to the growth of our city and


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that, financially, is a very big concern,” he said. Benedict said as he researched the issue, he discovered it’s not just about the money. “When we started out in this project we were really looking at this from a

budget. Under the contract, the city has one officer 24/7 and a traffic officer weekdays from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., as well as regional services such as SWAT, aerial support, search and rescue, the crime lab and bomb and

As we entertain the idea of looking at other options, if we want to leave it, we can leave it within 12 months.” Jim Benedict Subcommittee Chairman

financial point of view and it became evident very early on … that there (were) concerns about service levels,” he said. “People are concerned in the neighborhoods that we don’t see anybody.” Del Mar has contracted with the Sheriff’s Department for police services since its inception in 1959. It is currently one of nine cities to do so, accounting for 52 percent of the county’s law enforcement

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arson. The previous contract expired in June 2011. Negotiations were ongoing until the new agreement was reached in October 2012. Under the new contract, Del Mar will pay about $1.7 million for the 2012-13 fiscal year, about $150,000 less than what was budgeted. Assistant City Manager Mark Delin said the new contract offers the same

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level of service with an emphasis on cost control. The previous agreement capped annual increases at 5.5 percent with exemptions for salary and benefits. If an individual city exceeded the cap, that cost could be spread to other cities. The new contract reduces caps and includes salaries and benefits except for certain retirement costs the county can’t control. It also eliminates the cost spread to other cities. The only issue not resolved is if a city terminates its contract, which it can do with a one-year notice. “The Finance Committee is fine with that contract and thinks that we should be going forward with it but with this very important clause,” Benedict said. “As we entertain the idea of looking at other options, if we want to leave it, we can leave it within 12 months.” Benedict said one problem with the county agreement is that it doesn’t provide flexibility for Del Mar, which is very much a quiet community in the winter months with about 4,000 residents. But the population swells as more than 3 million visitors flock to the area in the summer for the county fair, horse races and beaches. “There’s no way currently to seasonally adjust the service that we have,” Benedict said. “We want to look at options to beef up protection and service durTURN TO CONTRACT ON A14

COAST CITIES — An “A” grade in a restaurant’s window is a reassuring sight. But how do you know it’s safe to eat at the hip food truck across the way? This line of thought led the county to require all food trucks to display the same “A,” “B” or “C” grades as brick-and-mortar restaurants. The county adopted the new rules this summer, and it will issue the first grades this month. New regulations often aren’t popular with businesses. But Scott Lucksanalamai, operations and events manager for Thai 1 On Eats, said the grades only cement the evolution of food trucks. “Some people still associate food trucks with beatendown ‘construction trucks,’” Lucksanalamai said. “Gourmet food trucks are all the rage now. We want people to know they’re eating quality products…this is proof that they are.” He added that he fully expects an “A” grade once his truck is inspected later this month. There are roughly 550 mobile vendors in San Diego. Of those, 50 are gourmet food trucks, 250 fall under the category of “hot food trucks” and 300 food carts serve items like hot dogs, according to Gig Conaughton, a spokesman for the county. All must post letter grades with the new ordinance. Previously, food trucks were subject to a pass or fail rating. A “pass” rating didn’t have to be displayed on the food truck, but the owner had to produce the report if anyone asked to see it. The county considered revising its rules when food trucks exploded in popularity. Indeed, cities like Carlsbad and Oceanside saw their first food truck gatherings in the last year. To give consumers a better idea of the cleanliness of mobile kitchens, the county decided to apply the familiar letter-grading system to food trucks, Conaughton said. North County cities took very different approaches to the food truck craze moving in on their areas. Regardless of which cities food trucks park in, the owners must conform to the letter-grading system. Inspections, which are twice every year, look at everything from safe food handling to whether foods are the appropriate temperature to employee hygiene — just like a traditional restaurant. More serious violations like contaminated food surfaces translate into greater point deductions. A score of 90 to 100 results in an “A” inspection. A “B” means the food truck can

New rules debuting this month will require food trucks to post letter grades, similar to the system already in place for restaurants. The food truck industry says they’re welcoming the new rules. To them, it’s a sign the food truck trend is picking up speed. Photo courtesy Gig Conaughton

operate, but the owner needs to address any problems, while a “C” is below satisfaction. Food truck owners that receive a “B” or “C” must get an “A” within 30 days, or they risk suspension, revocation of their health permit or immediate closure, according to county rules. The county has the power to shut down food trucks with a score less than a “C.” The inspection results will be online at The county raised its annual health permit fee for some types of food trucks in order to pay for more inspections. Full food preparation trucks must pay $469, which is $20 more than the previous year. San Diego is one of the first counties in the nation to approve the grades. Los Angeles implemented a similar system in 2010. Matt Geller, the CEO of the SoCal Mobile Food Vendors Association, said the grades have helped the food truck industry in L.A. “The grades drove the public to food trucks,” Geller said. “They show the same standards are in place at both restaurants and food trucks, erasing any line.” Geller said the industry welcomed the letter-grading rules. However, he said that there were a few hiccups with the new system. Most notably, an old ordinance in L.A. demanded food trucks had to be inspected any time they frequented certain community events. This resulted in TURN TO FOOD TRUCKS ON A14


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SAN DIEGO — In light of prosecuting a rising number of cases involving online victimization of children, the San Diego District Attorney’s office is offering free Internet monitoring software throughout the county to help adults protect children from online predators. “Over the past year, our office has filed 60 cases that involve the use of the Internet to victimize children. That’s roughly double the number of cases from the year before,” said San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis in a press release. Recently in the county, there has been an increase in people recruiting girls online for prostitution and predators trying, via the Internet, to lure children to meet them in person, said deputy district attorney Marissa Detillio. She said the increase is partly because children are getting online at a younger age and the Internet is becoming increasingly accessible on many different types of devices and at many public places. The district attorney’s office is providing 5,000 free copies of “Computer Cop,” software that allows adults to scan children’s computers for inappropriate content by searching for key words. The software can search through documents, media and Internet histories. The software was paid for using asset forfeiture funding, which is money taken from

drug dealers and other criminals. The software has been used with notable success in other jurisdictions, according to Detillio. “Parents need to recognize that their children are incredibly vulnerable online,” said Detillio, who has been working with victimized children for seven years and with the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force for the past two. She said that the software is intended to be used as a tool for parents to monitor their children’s online activity and to launch a dialogue about safe Internet use among families. She said that for the most part, parents are not on the Internet as much as their children, and as a result are not aware of everything that children are doing online. “We have to give our kids the tools and the mechanisms to keep themselves safe because you’re not going to be with them the whole time they are online,” she said. Copies are available to any county resident and are located at any district attorney location throughout the county. Detillio recommended that if an adult suspects that a child is being victimized online they should use the resources available at the ICAC website at and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s website at

From left, April Stone, Elizabeth Sanchez of Angel Faces and Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club President Matt Wellhouser gathered as the club presented Angel Faces with a $10,000 check from its Golf tournament and Auction benefit in November. Courtesy image

Rotary keeps busy pace RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe’s Rotary Club keeps a busy pace as the new year unfolds. Club members started out the New Year with a trip to Rosarito Beach, Mexico on Jan.5 where Rotarians distributed food and blankets to long lines of people in need. On Jan. 15, Rancho Santa Fe Rotarians gathered with other Rotarians for a joint meeting of the district’s seven Rotary Clubs.The meeting, held at the Solana Beach Boys and Girls Club, celebrated Rotary achievements in the elimination of polio in the world. On Jan. 22, the Rancho Santa Fe Rotarians welcomed fellow Rotarian Chuck Limandri who spoke to the club about “Litigation at the U.S. Supreme Court.” At the lunch meeting, President Matt Wellhauser



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presented Angel Faces with a check for $10,000 from the recent Rancho Santa Fe Rotary/Kids Korps golf tournament benefit. The club hosted Neil Martin, a Patent attorney will speak about the “World of Patents—The Process and Their Importance to the Business World,” Jan. 29 and held a Rotary Social Happy Hour Feb. 5 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. Save the date for the upcoming RSF Rotary’s Taste of Rancho Santa Fe on July 20. The event will feature wines and food and be held at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. Rancho Santa Fe Rotary meetings are held at noon on Tuesdays at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, 5827 Via de la Cumbre. For more information, v i s i t

Despite objection, bike lane, ‘sharrows’ cycling forward following Council vote By Jared Whitlock

Bicyclists breathed a sigh of relief at Wednesday night’s Council meeting. Under siege, a bike lane and “sharrows” are back on track and will soon debut on Coast Highway 101. Council voted 5-0 last week to go ahead with the traffic projects despite objections from the California Coastal Commission. “Driving down Highway 101 today, something needs to be done ASAP,” Councilman Mark Muir said. Just last week, the bike lane and sharrows — markings that remind cyclists and motorists to share the road — were scheduled to move forward. But the work unexpectedly came to a grinding halt. On Jan. 23, city staff received a letter from the Coastal Commission stating that proper permits hadn’t been filed for the projects. In turn, city staff argued that Encinitas is exempt from the permits. Still, staff recommended Council hold off the bike lane for fear of the Coastal Commission imposing penalties, which range from a cease-and-desist order to fining the city $6,000 a day for a project that doesn’t come into compliance. There were 30 public speakers at the meeting. Most urged Council to fight the Coastal Commission. “Are we going to have the California Coastal Commission to be responsible for our biking and traffic safety in this city, or are you the elected representatives going to assume that responsibility?” asked Charlie Marvin. Marvin said he’s cycled for 38 years on the Highway 101 corridor in Leucadia. The stretch is known for being among the most dangerous

A bicyclist rides northbound along Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia, near where a bike lane will be installed. The bike lane was threatened by a recent objection from the California Coastal Commission. Photo by Jared Whitlock

for bicyclists in the county. Because there isn’t much room for bicyclists in the lane, he said there’s a greater likelihood of getting “doored” — a collision when a parked car door opens unexpectedly. Other speakers said cited the death of a cyclist several years ago in Leucadia on Coast Highway 101 as proof of just how unsafe the road is for those on bikes.

Bicyclists have promoted sharrow markings as a way to reduce collisions. Painted onto the ground, the sharrows are a reminder to all that bicyclists can legally occupy the middle of the road in the absence of a bike lane in close quarters. Sharrows will be installed on the southbound lane of Highway 101 from La Costa Avenue to A Street, and also from D Street to K

Street. Respectively, bicyclists and motorists going north on Highway 101 should spot sharrows from K Street to D Street, and then from A Street to Leucadia Boulevard. Within these spaces, there will be a sharrow marking in the middle of the lane every 160 feet or so. The bike line is also designed to improve safety. A northbound traffic lane just past Leucadia Boulevard is being eliminated to make way for an 8-foot bike lane. Two traffic lanes will merge into one beginning at Jasper Street. About 100 yards beyond that, the bicycle lane will start at Glaucus Street and connect with an existing bike lane at La Costa Avenue A few at the meeting argued the “lane diet” would result in traffic jams. “There’s going to be choke points,” Lynn Marr said. City staff, however, said their analysis shows cutting down to one lane on the stretch wouldn’t have a significant impact on traffic. In approving the bike lane and sharrows, Council argued that the Coastal Commission handled similar projects in the past differently. “Coastal Commission I’m sorry but you just can’t change the rules mid-game,” Councilwoman Kristin Gaspar said. Deputy Mayor Lisa Shaffer called upon citizens who are in favor of the traffic projects to contact the Coastal Commission’s office in San Diego. After the vote, Rob Blough from the city’s traffic engineering division said he expected the bike lane and sharrows to be implemented “within the next week.”

Racking up frequent reader miles on ‘word express’ JEAN GILLETTE Small Talk I am trying, folks. My heart’s desire is to grab a good historical novel, with fascinating fictional characters and, if not a happy ending, then a reasonable one. I must add here that no “bodice-busters” will ever darken my bedside table, but when I read, I do want to be cut loose from the worries and demands of the every-day world. I want serious diversion. To me this means fiction. When I am nudged by some of my brightest friends to read any number of nonfiction books, my reaction is pathetically visceral. I don’t want to go back to school and that is what reading nonfiction usually feels like to me. It’s

rather odd, since I was a good student who never had any real trouble with school. But once I slapped on that cap and gown for the last time, I lost all patience for most large

ing to someone discuss it. Maybe that’s from all my interviews as a reporter. Then just when I swear I will never again pick up anything resembling a textbook, a nonfiction lands in

I must add here that no ‘bodicebusters’ will ever darken by bedside table, but when I read, I do want to be cut loose compilations of facts. And, remember, I was an English major. Wrap that history or even science in a storyline with dialogue and I will snap it up, but just the “how-to” or a straight description of research and evidence swiftly makes my eyes glaze over. I’m not proud of it. It’s just how I’m wired. I prefer to get my straight information listen-

my lap that is absolutely captivating, in spite of its genre. My husband kept insisting that I read “At Home” by Bill Bryson. I bobbed and weaved, hemmed, hawed and finally, to keep harmony, gave it a try. It was fascinating. Next, when everyone else at the table was familiar with the books by neurologist Oliver Sacks, I

accepted the challenge to read “The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat.” If you can slap a clever title on it, I am sucker enough to be intrigued, and am glad to be finally introduced to Sacks’ very readable research. And of course, there is always James Herriot or any book by Anne Lamott. Now don’t get carried away. I’m not free of my nonfiction phobia and any serious wrestling matches with facts or (heaven forbid) figures will have to be sweetened with great bowls of Pat Conroy, Wallace Stegner, Jill Connor Browne, Elizabeth Berg and the like. As Em and I always say, “There is no frigate like a book, to take us lands away.” Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who takes frequent exotic vacations via the word express. Contact her at



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Obamacare: Good for many Californians and state’s coffers? By Thomas D. Elias

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Roundabout project would impact church, community By Elder Don MacNeil

The Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe has alerted its members of the impacts of the proposed roundabout project planned for the Paseo Delicias/Del Dios Highway corridor by the County of San Diego. The County recently released a lengthy draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) and the period for public comment ends on Feb. 28. In the meanwhile the Rancho Santa Fe Association Board of Directors will have taken up the project Feb. 7 at 9 a.m. at the Garden Club. Because it is so controversial a larger than usual number of member of members are expected to attend the meeting. Village Church Pastor, The Reverend Dr. Jack Baca, has encouraged members and neighbors to get familiar with the project and to express their views to the County and the Association Board. He observed recently, “This project will have a tremendous impact on our Village, on Del Dios, on Paseo Delicias, on our

The rendering shows the proposed roundabout that Village Church officials in Rancho Santa Fe would impact the church and the community. Image courtesy City of San Diego Photo courtesy City of San Diego

neighbors, and especially our Church and Preschool. If this project is approved the first impact will be the taking of about 23 parking spaces from our church and preschool. This is vitally necessary parking for our members and guests.” Those spaces are mandated

by the permits the Church has obtained from the County and the Association. The Church does not want those displaced to have to park on adjacent streets. The Village Church Preschool is immediately adjaTURN TO ROUNDABOUTS ON A14

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It’s hard to find any government program that helps both the physical and financial health of many Californians and also fattens the state’s own coffers. But a new study from UC Berkeley indicates that’s how parts of the federal Affordable Health Care Act may play out, in spite of all its vocal detractors. The controversial law, shunned by governors and legislators in most of the 23 states where Republicans enjoy full control, already has seen more than 450,000 young adults in California gain insurance coverage and state residents on Medicare save upwards of $600 million on prescription drugs, compared to what they paid in 2009-10. But the really big benefits for California are yet to come, says the report, authored principally by policy analyst Laurel Lucia of Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education. The study does not consider Obamacare’s effects on businesses or on individuals who already have health insurance, nor does it include a $674 million federal grant awarded in mid-January to help set up the “Covered California” insurance exchange. “The state has the chance to improve the health of its residents by greatly expanding health care coverage at a relatively minimal cost,” Lucia said. “This expansion would also translate into much-needed new jobs for many Californians.” If forecasts in the Berkeley study (http://laborcenter.berkel e y. e d u / h e a l t h c a r e / m e d i cal_expansion.shtml) prove correct, it will also provide a yetunknown cash boost for hospitals and trauma care centers that have long had to eat at least some costs of “safety-net” coverage for the poor. That’s because at least 750,000 low-income, under 65 Californians who lacked health insurance before Affordable Health passed, but were able to get no-cost (to them) emergency treatment are expected to have enrolled in Medi-Cal by 2019, solely because of Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid eligibility. About 500,000 have already signed onto county low-income health programs over the last two years, almost all of them likely to switch to Medi-Cal by the end of 2014. As many as 1 million more low-income Californians are newly eligible but not yet signed up for Medi-Cal, the state’s variant of Medicaid. Not all will enroll even though the federal government will pay all their medical costs in 2014-2016 and 90 percent after that. Those who do get insured will cost the state less than $75 million, below even the amount of state tax revenue likely be created by the 100,000 new healthcare jobs the Berkeley researchers estimate the new health insurance system will spawn. Meanwhile, 85 percent of whatever it costs to inform and sign up new Medi-Cal patients will be paid by the federal government. The 15 percent state

contribution may be less than what it now pays for emergency care to the uninsured. So enticing are these benefits that even Arizona’s ultra-conservative GOP Gov. Jan Brewer reversed course and decided to take her state into the new system’s expanded Medicaid setup. Even before new Medi-Cal enrollments begin in earnest, reported Anthony Wright, executive director of the Sacramentobased consumer advocate group Health Access, California was getting a net benefit of $500 million per year from Affordable Health. That money was one reason Gov. Jerry Brown could propose a balanced new budget this year. Once the system is fully operational next year, he said, the net benefit to California should be upwards of $1 billion, compared with previous state health care spending. Wright and Lucia both said that while neither they nor anyone else can yet pinpoint the exact amount of California’s fiscal Obamacare bonanza, “there is the opportunity for a lot of additional savings.” Beside the benefits to newly-eligible Californians, more than 2.1 million over-65 Medicare patients in the state are already getting free preventive services like mammograms, pap smears and colonoscopies, or free annual visits with their doctors. That’s in addition to 6 million state residents who stopped forking over co-pays for such preventive services when the first parts of the Affordable Health Care Act became effective in 2011. All is certainly not perfect in this rosy Obamacare picture. Even if everyone eligible enrolls, there will still be more than 1 million of the uninsured living in California, with counties and hospitals mostly on the hook for their emergency room care. Ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger famously claimed that each of them costs everyone who pays for health insurance $200 per year, calling it a “hidden tax.” His figure was pretty close to accurate, says Wright, who adds this means health insurance buyers will stay on the hook for about $200 million — much less than before, but still a considerable amount. Disputes over who should fund this safety-net care will continue through the spring and into future budget-writing seasons, keeping politicians busy. But it’s high time to recognize the minimum that Obamacare offers California: Coverage for many hundreds of thousands of the previously uninsured, plus savings both to low-income individuals and the state that together will mount well into the billions.

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Council signs off on 10/20 run By Jared Whitlock

PRE-AUCTION FUN From left, The Bishop’s School annual auction Co-chairpersons David and Tina Thomas, Head of School Aimeclaire Roche and Co-chairpersons Janna and Marco Monroy, celebrated at the Jan. 26 The Bishop's School Tastings Party, which launched the school’s annual fundraising auction season. The event was held at the La Jolla home of Dawn and Sam Maywood. All wine, donated by guests during the event and valued at $100 per bottle or more with a rating of 95-plus points, will be auctioned during the upcoming The Bishop’s School annual auction Baja Knights, set for April 20. Courtesy photo

Remnants of Valitar production go to highest bidders in auction By Bianca Kaplanek

The gigantic red tent that has infamously graced a large section of the Del Mar Fairgrounds parking lot for more than four months will soon be gone. The 45,000-square-foot structure, valued at approximately $1.3 million, sold for $85,000 at a Jan. 29 bankruptcy auction. Although there were no minimum bids on any items during the two-and-a-halfhour event, auctioneer Jeff Bloom, from Fischer Auction Company, tried to kick things off with $200,000 but there were no takers. Someone finally shouted $55,000 and bids inched up from there until it came down to two potential buyers. Duane Ward, who works in the event industry in Orange County, beat out David Brand, who planned to ship the tent to Arizona. “I think it’s great,” Ward said of his purchase price of $85,000. His immediate goal is to get the structure out of the parking lot within the required 10 days. After that he plans to sell the tent for about half its original price tag. “There are a lot of viable options,” he said. “I don’t have a solid plan. It could go to a church.” Ward must pay to dismantle and remove the structure. David Brand, who was bidding against him, said he received an estimate of $250,000 for the job. A stable tent went for $57,500, while one used by performers sold for $23,000. The concession and VIP tents took in $24,000 and $15,000, respectively, and someone bought all five entrance tents for $1,500 each.

David Brand (left) congratulates Duane Ward on his purchase of the enormous Valitar tent. The two volleyed back and forth for the item about a half a dozen times before Ward outbid him with an $85,000 offer. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Other items auctioned off included everything from feed buckets, wheelbarrows and horse stalls to furniture, fire extinguishers and floor mats. Even the performance sand, which is treated to minimize dust, was up for grabs. The everything-must-go event attracted 93 bidders to the tent, where the auction was held, and another 91 watched and participated online. It took in about $300,000, which will be turned over to a bankruptcy court to pay off creditors of Equustria Development Inc. That’s the company created by Mark Remley to produce Valitar, a horse-andhuman acrobatics extravaganza for which the elaborate tent facility was built. Originally planned to run 50 shows in Del Mar from Nov. 16 to Dec. 31 before heading out on a 10month, five city U.S. tour, Valitar was unexpectedly canceled after only four public performances because of

poor ticket sales. Equustria Development filed for bankruptcy in midDecember, and the company is now being sued for millions by vendors and former employees who claim they weren’t paid. The fairgrounds received $100,000 upfront from Equustria for use of the parking lot, as well as all parking revenue and75 percent of gross concession sales for the four performances that did take place. The fairgrounds housed and cared for the show’s horses until a benefit performance was held to fund travel expenses so the animals and their owners could return to their homes. Fairgrounds manager Tim Fennell, as well as the site’s attorney, were on hand for the auction. Fennell was a successful bidder for one of the smaller tents and a few other items for the fairgrounds Linda Zweig, the facility’s media relations director said.

With a 3-1 vote, Council gave the “10/20 run” the green light at their last meeting. Because organizers have also received approval from Del Mar and Solana Beach, the race is a go. The race, slated for Feb. 16, 2014, will take an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 participants from the Del Mar Fairgrounds to Chesterfield Drive in Encinitas, and then runners will turn around and head back on the same path to the fairgrounds. Along the route, live bands on 20 stages, six of which are in Encinitas, will play tunes to motivate runners. Both directions of Coast Highway 101 will be closed from 7 to 11 a.m. for the event. Race organizers plan on donating $10,000 to nonprofits in each of the three cities. In Encinitas, the Cardiff Mainstreet Association was chosen as the beneficiary. Last summer, Council asked race organizers to address traffic and other potential issues for businesses on “restaurant row” on Coast Highway 101. Council indicated they were satisfied with the answers, however, brought up fresh concerns about the race being within several weeks of the Cardiff Kook Run, which has been held in early February for the past two years.

A race map for the “10/20 run,” which received approval from the Encinitas City Council Wednesday night. Courtesy image

Deputy Mayor Lisa Shaffer, who voted against the motion, proposed Council refrain from action in order to also receive input from Cardiff Kook Run organizers. But Councilwoman Kristin Gaspar said 10/20 run organizers had already waited one year for approval, and it was unfair to ask them to hold off again, especially since that could potentially delay the event. “I’m going to end up supporting this because I think it’s a good thing for the com-

munity,” Councilman Tony Kranz said, adding that he hopes organizers consider ending the race south of Chesterfield Drive, as businesses and residents in the area could be impacted more than others. Mayor Teresa Barth recused herself from the vote. The California Fair Political Practices Commission said she shouldn’t weigh in on the race because her condo is within 180 feet of the race course.


RSF Golf Club welcomes new chef By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE —Meet Brian Freerksen, the new chef at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. He came on board just a few weeks ago and is already meeting with members to determine their desires. “This is their place. I have been going out and talking to members to get a feel for what they want,” he said. “It’s their home away from home.” Freerksen’s credentials are impressive. He has been the head chef or executive chef for some of the most well-know restaurants in the area from the Hotel Del Coronado to the Marine Room. Yet, he could be described as salt-of-theearth genuine and easy going. “I am a simple eater myself and I am not picky,” he said. “I like simple, clean food.” When the golf club put out the call for a new chef, there was a lot of interest. “After an exhaustive search we interviewed dozens of candidates and elected the top five to come in for cooking interviews,” said Al Castro, general manager. “With his ability and skills, plus the great personality, he was just who we were looking for.” Over his years of experience Freerksen said he has learned that when people go out to dinner and it is not a special occasion, they

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Brian Freerksen, the new chef at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, poses with his wife Amelia. Courtesy photo

order what they recognize. “I do the common things and put a twist on them,” he said. “One of the things on the menu is liver and onions. I am not going to touch that. It’s one of those things you love or

Dix and then in Germany where he was a baker. “I was the night baker. I was baking all the cakes and pies,” he said. At that job, he realized he didn’t like baking very much mainly because bak-

I am a simple eater myself and I am not picky. I like simple, clean food.”

Brian Freerksen Chef,Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club

not.” But her said, for nonliver lovers, he is offering specials every night. “We’re doing a lot of seafood, some red rice and Forbidden Rice. It’s a black rice from China that got it name because the emperors were the only ones allowed to eat it. We’re doing some pasta and teaming it up with fish,” he said. Freerken’s relationship with food began early. His first job was at McDonalds. “I was the burger flipper and the Egg McMuffin flipper. I did that for about two years.” He then joined the army as a cook where he was stationed first at Fort

ing ingredients must be exact and allowed very little room for creativity. He put in five years active duty and three in reserve. Out of the army he got a job at the Chicken Dinner Restaurant at Knotts Berry Farm, but he didn’t last there because they could not give him enough hours. So, he went to work at a warehouse driving a fork lift for a while. “Working at a warehouse was not my thing,” he said. “He went off in search of a cooking job. “I actually applied for a job at Michael’s in Santa Monica. It was pretty big back then. The chef told me

if was serious about this I should go to culinary school,” he said. He signed up at Western Culinary Institute and excelled. He graduated in 1991 and went to work for the Hotel Del Coronado as a seasonal part-time, outside chef. “I was outside making Cesar Salads and Shrimp cocktails,” he said. “I got my break when the chef pulled me up to the Prince of Wales – it was their fine dinning place. He saw I could handle it and I stayed there for about two years.” He went on to open the Lowes Coronado Bay as a cook and then was pulled back to the Prince of Wales, he said. When the hotel management decided to change the whole concept of the restaurant, they explored getting a well known chef to head it, but they gave him a chance to compete for the job, which he won, he said. “I planned a menu and did a tasting for 20 people,” he said. “They decided ‘this is our guy,’” he said. There he stayed for about five years, until he was approached to be chef at the Marine Room. “I wasn’t there very long when I was approached to be the chef of Dakota’s downtown. “I was there to get more experience in a freestanding restaurant. All I had done had been at hotels or resorts,” he said. The restaurant at the time had a southwestern influence, but he had little experience in that brand of fare. “They sent me to New Mexico, I went and ate for three or four days and then came back to see what we could here,” he said. There he stayed for 2 ? years until he was invited to be the chef at a brand new restaurant Baleen at Paradise Point. “From there to a local beach and tennis club for four years and now I am here,” he said. He said all his moving around was to try to do something different, “I like change and I like to teach people and learn from them,” he said. He said he took the Rancho Santa Fe job because he is at a time in his life when he wants to settle down. “I can’t keep popping all around. I have six kids. I don’t know how I had time to do all that,” he said. But he has a confession to make. He loves all kinds of fast foods. “At Taco Bell I love their Burrito Supreme or Taco Supreme,” he said.

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Aces for Health tournament readied COAST CITIES — Player registration and sponsorship opportunities are now available for the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation Aces for Health Golf Tournament to be held 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Del Mar Country Club, 6001 Clubhouse Drive, Rancho Santa Fe. Cost for the day is $250 and reservations can be made by calling (858) 759-5500 or at or The tournament will raise funds for SDCMSF’s Project Access San Diego.

Since 2008, PASD continues to provide specialty medical services to San Diego County’s medically uninsured residents; people who would otherwise have no access to health care. The Aces for Health Golf Tournament schedule is 11:30 a.m. registration and luncheon with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start time; Shamble Format and an awards reception at 5 p.m. Each golf tournament package includes green fees, a golf cart, a gift bag, entry in the tournament putting contest, lunch and awards reception.

Wine expert advances in competition DEL MAR — Joshua Orr, Del Mar resident, inhouse sommelier and bar manager at the downtown Marina Kitchen, has advanced as one of 25 young sommeliers in the nation to compete in the second round of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs 2013 Young Sommelier Competition. The competition kicked off on Dec. 8, 2012, with an online written exam, from which the top scoring sommeliers were selected. “It’s such an honor to be recognized as one of the country’s top 25 young sommeliers,” Orr said. “It is with great esteem that I move onto the second round and I hope to advance to the finals as the West’s regional winner.” The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is the world’s oldest international gastronomic society, founded in Paris in 1248. Each year the society sponsors young chef and sommelier competitions that attract contestants from throughout the world, while the Chaîne Foundation provides scholarships for students in these fields. The competition’s next stage will be held between by March 2013, in six of the Chaîne’s regions, which includes the far West, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, South Central, and Hawaii/Pacific. Members of the Chaîne will have an opportunity to meet the young men and women during this time and will select one representative from each region. Orr is one of three young sommeliers representing the far West. Winners of the regional competition will advance to the finals, which will be held at the Société Mondiale du Vin annual meeting in Sonoma May 4.

Joshua Orr, in-house sommelier and bar manager at the downtown Marina Kitchen. Courtesy photo

Orr holds the Advanced Sommelier certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers and is currently studying to pass his Master Sommelier certification in the spring of this year. He has been with Marina Kitchen since the restaurant’s opening in May of 2012. Before joining Marina Kitchen, Orr worked in Las Vegas as a sommelier at B&B Ristorante at the Venetian Hotel and then at Fiamma Trattoria in the MGM Grand Hotel. Orr was also the wine director for Vineagogo, a wine company in San Diego. In addition to wine certifications, Orr is also certified as a specialist of Sake from the Sake Education Council and holds a bartender’s certification through Pernod Ricard’s Bar Smarts program.

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Hero dog’s story garnering national attention PET OFTHE WEEK RANCHO SANTA FE — Last week, Helen Woodward Animal Center added a heroic 2-year-old Maltipoo named Sophie to its list of resident orphan animals. The canine, who had defended a 7-month old puppy from a vicious coyote attack, charmed Center staffers with her gentle nuzzles and friendly tail-wags, in spite of the multiple bite wounds still healing along her neck, shoulder and side. Little did workers know that in only a matter of days, Sophie would have the hearts Sophie, the heroic 2-year-old Maltipoo who defended a 7-month-old puppy from a coyote attack is doing well of dog-lovers across America and garnering national attention with her story. Courtesy photos too. Now thriving under center veterinary care, Sophie and her story quickly gained media attention, eventually reaching Shepard Smith’s evening segment on Fox National News. While the pup was healing from the latest procedure to her most serious neck injury, the media aired Helen Woodward Animal Center’s contact information and the calls began pouring in. Adoptions staff say that applications have come from such far away cities as Billings, MT, Columbia, SC, Washington D.C., Eugene, OR, Camden, NJ, Detroit, MI, West Philadelphia, PA and Las Vegas, NV. With the large number of requests and inquiries rising, Helen Woodward Animal Center is now requesting that a 300 word-or-less essay accompany each application, stating why Sophie would be best suited to the potential adopter. “It is going to be a very difficult decision,” said Shannon Bush, Customer Service Lead, “but Sophie is worth it. She really embodies every characteristic people hope to find in a furry family member…loyalty, heart and sincere devotion. She also happens to be really, really cute.” Sophie should be fully healed and ready for adoption within two weeks. Helen Woodward Animal Center would like to unite the pup with her new family on Valentine’s Day. If you would like to adopt Sophie, submit your application along with a 300 word-or-less essay, no later than Feb. 10. Applications can be downloaded at: nDogs.pdf. Send applications and essays to 6461 El Apajo Road, PO Box 64, in Rancho Santa Fe, 92067 or fax to (858) 756-0605 or email to For Sophie updates, click on

Meet Penelope. Like the mythical wife of Odysseus for whom she is named, this 5-year-old, 11.5-pound tortoiseshell kitty is a beauty. She is a classic, confident feline,and is waiting at Helen Woodward Animal Center. She has been spayed and her adoption fee is $106. Helen Woodward Animal Center is located at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

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Quilter takes craft to a whole new level By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — When Kathy Collins starts talking about quilting, she takes passion to a whole new level. When she begins explaining about her craft, the excitement comes bubbling out. Collins does not do traditional quilting used as bedding though. Her quilting is quite a departure from the traditional squares and is considered an art form that is winning awards in competition around the nation. “I’ve won a couple of seconds in three national competitions this year,” she said.

I don’t care about winning prizes. It’s about winning first place. It’s about prestige” Kathy Collins Quilter

But that is not enough for Collins. She is still shooting for a first place which has eluded her somehow. “I don’t care about winning prizes. It’s about winning first place. It’s about prestige,” she said. She said her pieces fall into the category of wall art. “I like to put on Swarovski Crystals, sequins and beading for embellishments. It is more like art on fabric.” She said she has always loved art. “It is one of my passions. My husband and I collect it,” she said. “We have an art gallery downtown in the

Gaslamp District.” She has been creating her art for about seven years, she said. “I work on it most every day. Right now I’m doing a whole series on trees. It has a more oriental flair with cherry blossoms in the spring,” she said. She gets a thrill out of entering her work in competition. “I entered in the Paducah Kentucky show, the mother of all quilting shows,” she said. “I entered it the last week of December and I won’t hear until the third of March (if she has been accepted) and the

Kathy Collins of Rancho Santa Fe spends hours at her sewing machine creating her award-winning wall art. Photo by Patty McCormac

show is in the summer.” She said she thinks there is a small cash award for the winner, but again it is not about the money. Recently, she entered a national competition for Swarovski Crystals with a theme of music. Her entry was named “The girl with the crystal tattoo. Music to my eyes.” It was a model wearing a garment with a crystal musical staff on the back made up of blue crystals. “ I got into the semi-finals with about 30 others from around the nation,” she said. She also entered a competition in a national magazine and took second place. She is preparing for her next competition sponsored by “Quilt” magazine that is themed “West Coast Wonders.”

Collins decided against doing the obvious Golden Gate Bridge. She decided instead on the “gnarly” Monterey cypress. “This is going to look cool,” she said. She said the piece needs to be entered by the end of February for a show to be held in the summer. In the past she has created wall art with women’s faces set in a labyrinth of color and she did a series of “Alice in Wonderland” one “with a stack of cups all wonky. It was very whimsical.” “You can’t enter all the shows. You don’t have enough time,” she said. And the criteria for judging are different at every show. “Each show has its own staff of judges and you never know what they are looking for,” she said.



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The romance of Temecula wines

TASTE OF WINE Wine of the Month


was barrel aged in new French Oak and 40 percent in 2-4 year old French Oak neutral barrels. The blend was barrel aged for 28 months and bottled May 2011. Expect a smooth, medium bodied wine with deep ruby look and plum accents. It’s enveloped with a chocolate halo of flavor and a slight smokiness, complimented by bell pepper. A long finish with toasty vanilla, licorice and spice will have you longing for more.

Taste of Wine The stars are aligned for a banner year in Temecula Wine Country this year. My in-box is full of exciting developments for most of the 35-plus wineries that are anticipating an overwhelming public response to their ambitious programs of improvement offering more tastings, tours, dining, lodging and event activity. In a recent interview with Jim Carter, owner of the renowned South Coast Winery Resort and Spa, TASTE OF WINE learned that Carter plans to build a new winery, Carter Estates. It will be part of a much bigger resort, winery, spa, and office and meeting space. The existing property will be offering new hotel space in March. “We have 50 new all-suite rooms in a three story structure with units from 538 to 850 square feet. Each suite will have a fireplace, soothing tub and lanai deck in the vineyards,” he said. “It will include a rooftop garden for receptions and banquets.” South Coast produces 65,000 cases of wine annually and has now topped 1,800 medals with the 2013 wine competition results, one of the highest in the nation. A short drive beyond Jim Carter’s winery on Rancho California Road, up on a hill, sits Monte De Oro. It has a spectacular 180 degree panoramic view, lavish allstone exterior, glass floor overlook to a barrel room and

TASTE OF WINE columnist Frank Mangio exclusively interviews winery owner Jim Carter, who revealed ambitious plans for expansion in Temecula Wine Country. Photos by Frank Mangio

premium wines. Monte De Oro electrified the wine world by winning the Best of Class, Red Blend at the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition with its 2008 Synergy 65, a five varietal estate grown wine. This wine earned the TASTE OF WINE February Wine of the Month. ($32 at the winery; Club price is $26.40.) Robert Renzoni Vineyards is taking the wraps off the new Robert Renzoni Prosecco coming in direct from Italy. They delighted their wine club recently with their brand of Brunello, one of Tuscany’s finest reds and will introduce the latest vintage in mid-February along with the latest Sonata Blend, a big seller at the Italian-style winery on De Portola Road. The Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association has its next wine country event

style wines that are locally made. Some 30-plus wineries will offer food and wine samplings. This is a self-guided event.Two-day tickets are $99 per person. Full details are yours at

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Monte De Oro General Manager Ken Zignorski guides the ambitious premium estate vineyard and winery program, since its introduction in 2010.

March 2 and March 3 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It’s the World of Wine (WoW) 2013. Visitors will be able to barrel taste the latest old world

Valentines Day events in Temecula are blooming and here are some that crossed my “Bytes” desk. Thornton Winery is presenting its Romantic Rendezvous Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. with an array of fine cuisine and matching Thornton wines. $90. There is also an optional choice of menu items at Café Champagne from 5 to 9 p.m. For reservations, call (951) 699-0099. Callaway Winery has a Vine d’Amore Valentines Day dinner Feb. 9 from 6:30 to

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2008 Monte De Oro Owner’s Blend Synergy 65 Red About this wine From the fast-growing rolling hills of gold in Temecula, the collective vision of Monte De Oro’s owner-members have produced a synergistic creation of 100 percent Estate grown wine. The 2008 Synergy 65 consists of: • 30 percent Syrah • 30 percent Zinfandel • 16 percent Cabernet Sauvignon • 14 percent Merlot • 10 percent Cabernet Franc 60 percent of this wine

Monte De Oro, one of Temecula’s newest wineries, is known for its passion for producing award winning premium wines. The 2008 Synergy 65 has just returned a Best of Class for Red Blends at the prestigious 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The five varietals expertly blended in this wine produce a wonderful outcome worthy of the best meals.

Cost Only 322 cases were produced preserving quality. Cost at the winery in Temecula is $33. Wine club price is $26.40. Tasting room open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit


Discovering Chuao chocolate is like opening new pleasure area to the brain DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate For those of us brought up with mass-produced chocolate, discovering chocolates like those made by Chuao is like opening a whole new pleasure area of the brain. I mean really, how many times has a Snickers bar produced an endorphin release similar to that of a nice scalp massage? Nothing against Snickers, as they have satisfied many a sweet craving, but when you enter the realm of gourmet chocolate, produced with the finest ingredients, the difference is dramatic and from my personal experience, one of life’s great pleasures. Chuao Chocolatier is based in Carlsbad and I recently sat down with Chef and President Michael Antonorsi to talk about his business. Lick the Plate: Michael, your Venezuelan roots included a German mother and relatives that had a cacao farm. It

seems like a natural foundation for a career in the culinary arts.What was that experience like? Michael Antonorsi: My mother had the hardest job that exists: homemaker and mother. She gave her 1,000 percent to keep a perfectly run home (German style with a tropical twist) and raise four children. Watching my mother prepare feasts for her friends and family in our home was always amazing because of the care she put into every detail. Venezuela is known for the best cacao in the world, so growing up there, you’re surrounded by incredible chocolate. It’s a part of our culture and, in my family, it was a part our roots, as our ancestors had a cacao farm. I must say though, that the vibe around the tropical,coastal cacao plantations was always enchanting. LTP: You did not go right into the culinary world upon graduation from college, opting for a few years in the technology sector followed by culinary school in Paris, where you trained as a French chef, followed by a specialized training

The Aphrodisiac chocolate sampler from Chuao Chocolatier. Photo courtesy Chuao

in pastry and chocolatier.What was that experience like? MA: All I wanted to do after graduating from UCSD was go to Europe for culinary school ... but I was afraid that my dad would kill me after he just supported me through my studies to become a bio engineer. So I continued to try to please my family, getting my MBA in Venezuela and starting up a computer networking and telecom company. It wasn’t until my mid 30s, when I was married and had my first two daughters, that I decided to listen to my heart.We took a leap of faith and moved to Paris for culinary school. Sometimes

making the decision to follow your dreams is hard; but not following them is a lot harder. LTP: You returned to the U.S. in 2002 and returned to your chocolate roots by opening Chuao with your brother Richard. You settled in Encinitas. What was it about this area that appealed to you? MA: After my culinary studies in Paris, my brother and I were looking for our next adventure. He had married a native San Diegan woman and, as USCD alums, we both had a special place in our hearts for this city. We also saw a lack of fine chocolate here, so we set up shop in Encinitas, a laid

back beach town that our families had fallen in love with. Our entrepreneurial adventure began, with my brother as the business side and myself on the creative side as the chocolatier.The rest is history. LTP: Your business has exploded, with three chocolate cafes in Southern California and a wholesale business that has expanded nationwide. What are your plans for future growth or are you comfortable with where you are at? MA: Yes, we have been very blessed by the support of our chocolate and our mission to arouse the senses. I believe the whole world needs this ... and we just might be the ones to share it with them. LTP: With Valentine’s Day coming up, tell me about some of your chocolates and related treats that would make good gifts. MA: Our Love Child bonbon is the result of two Valentine’s favorites — the chocolate covered strawberry and dessert wine — becoming one. We soak dried strawberries in port wine before enveloping them in a decadent dark chocolate and port wine ganache, and then enrobe

them in dark chocolate and a drizzle of white chocolate. We only make them once a year, they are coveted that much more. We also offer an Aphrodisiac Bonbon Collection featuring bonbons and truffles infused with luscious fruits, fragrant herbs and exotic spices to get you in the mood. We can recommend wine pairings in our cafes, as well, to take your evening to the next level. And, for the little ones, we have the Bundle of Love, a bag of mini chocolate bars to share at parties or school. Chuao has three San Diego locations. The Lumberyard in Encinitas, UTC, and Del Mar Highlands. Get more information at Lick the Plate can now be heard on KPRi, 102.1 FM Monday-Friday during the 7pm hour. David Boylan is founder of Artichoke Creative and Artichoke Apparel, an Encinitas based marketing firm and clothing line. Reach him at or (858) 395-6905.


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Artist’s winding path leads to Japanese Use caution with ‘Side Effects’ Friendship Gardens solo exhibit By Noah S. Lee

KAY COLVIN A Brush With Art “Life is not a straight line,” declares Oceanside artist Diana Carey. The nonlinear evolution of her artistic creations have led to her current solo exhibition at the Japanese Friendship Gardens in Balboa Park titled “Creating A Storm; Sakura Fubuki.” Having grown up in the Los Angeles area, Carey resided in Encinitas for 20 years, where she was an active member of the 101 Artists’ Colony and Full Moon Poets. When asked at what point she began seriously creating art, Diana responds emphatically, “I always created art. Always.” Fully immersed in her creative lifestyle as she completes a degree in Art History at San Diego State University, Carey says, “Art should evoke and portray the artist’s fibre, his struggles and his vision. The artist interprets his vision. The viewer brings his own visions and interpretations to the artists work. Together the real art work is determined.” This philosophy is evident in the evolution of Carey’s artwork. During a period of less than two years during the late 1990’s, Carey was left emotionally reeling from a divorce and the death of several close friends and family members. To deal with the grief, she began painting hearts on the surface of stones, while writing original poetry on the reverse. Under the pseudonym “d.goth,” Carey shared her “Hearts of Stone” not only through shops and galleries across the country, but also at local art fairs. She reflects, ”People would look at the art, read the poetry and tell me their stories about love, loss,


No surface escapes paint in artist Diana Carey’s studio. Photo courtesy of Nadine Baurin

joy and pain. I realized the healing aspect of art, not just to the artist but also to help others deal with grief and loss through artistic expression.” Her weekly classes at Casa de Amparo in San Marcos continue helping youth ages 5 to18 heal their emotions while taking refuge from abusive and negligent homes. Carey’s work acquired an additional dimension when she began breaking the stones, allowing more abstract images to emerge from the cracked and broken surfaces. These “contemporary frescoes” won acclaim as Best of Show, First Place, and a Special Award at the 2001 Del Mar Fair. This body of work paved the way for her current abstract impressionist style. In 2008 Carey felt driven to experiment with the abstract expressionist technique of throwing paint pio-

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neered by Jackson Pollock. Unlike Pollock, however, Carey discovered a preference for having a subject to anchor her paintings. With the gestural technique of throwing, splashing and dripping paint onto large canvases, she creates abstract impressionist works of art infused with the essence of her subject, such as tangled bird nests or the blossoming cherry trees in “Cherry Blossom Storm,” the signature piece of her exhibit currently at the Japanese Friendship Gardens. Acknowledging the importance of the viewer in the artistic process, Carey says, “The audience has the power of determining the status of an artist and painting, and also determining the interpretation of the artist’s own interpretation.” Excited TURN TO BRUSH WITH ART ON A14

Are you a patient of Steven Soderbergh’s? If so, I advise you to not take the “Side Effects” medication he has prescribed to you and get a second opinion from a trustworthy doctor. I may enjoy thrillers as much as the next moviegoer does,but I’ve also come to realize that even a fan of the genre has to understand what makes this type of film work. As long as the puzzle spreads its clues for us to figure out and the fearful excitement is injected with just the right amount of intensity, then a thriller is fulfilling its purpose. If any number of those qualifications is not met, then you can expect whatever it is you’re watching to be a disgrace to the genre’s name. “Side Effects” exemplifies the inevitable consequences of said disgrace and should not be taken by anyone. Successful psychiatrist Jonathan Banks (Jude Law) begins to conduct sessions with a young married woman named Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara), who is suffering from an anxiety disorder due to her husband Martin’s (Channing Tatum) jail release. Following Emily’s reunion with Martin, Banks prescribes a new pharmaceutical drug called Ablixa as treatment. Soon afterwards, however, Emily wakes up to find a corpse in her apartment, having seemingly murdered the person. Banks then comes under fire from investigators, coworkers and his wife, all the while struggling to determine whether Emily intended to murder the person,or if her situation is the result of medical malpractice. Every thriller needs its clues, and every clue must be mapped out so that the audience and the main character can determine the solution simultaneously. In the case of “Side Effects,” the clues are only present toward the end and hardly, if ever, emerge in the beginning or middle. There isn’t enough to explain why the complications

El Fuerte St, Carlsbad. For tickets, call (760) 448-9820 or PLEIN AIR EXHIBIT Meet visit the artists at a reception with the artists at 3 p.m. Feb. 9 to launch the San Diego Plein ‘BOUNTIFUL’ ART The Air group display through Foundry Studios at New March at the Solana Beach Village Arts present “Finding Library, 157 Stevens Ave. Solana Beach. For more information, call (858) 755-1404. HANDS-ON ART A free Family Open Studio will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium Carlsbad City Library complex, 1775 Dove Lane, for a hands-on art making event designed for all ages. Families Home: The Trip to tour of the exhibition in the Bountiful” exhibit from William D. Cannon Art noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 9 through Gallery, then make an art March 3 at 2787 State St., project related to the exhibiCarlsbad Village Tuesday tion. through Sunday with an opening reception from 5:30 CHRISTIAN BLUES Glenn Kaiser and the Full Throttle to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9. band will play Christian Blues For information, call (760) at Rushing Wind Church at 6 433-3245 or visit

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Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum star in “Side Effects,” directed by Steven Soderbergh. Photo by Barry Wetcher

in Emily’s life resulted in several questionable situations, nor do we comprehend the logic behind several characters’ actions. Banks’ search for the answers surrounding the murdered person in Emily’s apartment is laced with aimless desperation, with no substantial findings until the climax. Even Alfred Hitchcock knew the boundaries of withholding and revealing critical information. In addition, the level of discomfort in the film comes too abruptly for both the audience and the main character to absorb. When Banks is informed by his co-worker that maybe it’s time he downgrade his practice and move to a different workplace, we’re suddenly yanked away from despising him to sympathizing for him. Such a hasty change in the mood not only gives the audience little time to adjust, but also creates a disquieting twist in the gut that compels moviegoers to say, “That does it! Enough is enough, and I cannot take this anymore!” Talk about a bad case of cinematic overdose. With the exception of Jude Law, none of the cast members’ performances contain much in the way of substance or movement. Law does what he can with the material given to him despite Soderbergh’s disjointed direction. While the actor’s efforts deserve to be commended, he

p.m. Feb. 9, 4168 Avenida De La Plata, Oceanside. Finger food potluck at 5 p.m. For more information, visit (760) 940-0257. SINGING SOLO Robin Henkel plays solo blues at Zel’s Del Mar, 8 to 10 p.m., 1247 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. Call (858) 755-0076 for more information. OPENING NIGHT You are invited to the reception Santos Fine Art “Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven” by Patrick Carney 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 9 at 978 N. Coast Highway, Encinitas. The show will run through Feb. 23.

alone cannot save this debacle from being locked away in a psychiatric hospital. If there is any trace of life in Rooney Mara, the lack of expression in her character gives no indication of it; her facial tics are so static you can’t help but wonder if she is being held back by super glue. Channing Tatum doesn’t get much screen time to justify his short-lived existence, and his marriage to Mara’s character contains little to no emotion. As for Catherine ZetaJones, well, let’s just say her involvement exhibits symptoms of a weak performance by a series regular in a soon-tobe-cancelled television show. Should you decide to ignore my advice and proceed to watch Soderbergh’s final big screen project before taking a filmmaking sabbatical, the side effects you will most likely experience are boredom, frustration and disappointment. If the director of “Side Effects” were a doctor, I would have his license revoked in a heartbeat and his office shut down until further notice.

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the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Refreshments, and Talk Back. Cost is $5.

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STUDENT ART Del Mar Art Center Gallery of Fine Art is hosting an exhibition from Feb. 15 through March 2, highlighted by a Scholarship Award reception featuring Julie Limerick and her talented Torrey Pines High School art students from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 24 at Del Mar Plaza 1555 Camino Del Mar Suite 122 Del Mar. For more information on the Scholarship Program, email PLAY READERS Encinitas Theatre Consortium, or call (858) 481-1678. CLOSE-UP Playwrights Forum presents a ACRYLIC staged reading of “The Galt Through Feb. 28, enjoy an Regency” with Carment Acrylic on Canvas art show at Beaubeaux, Todd Blakesley, the Civic Center Gallery, City Linda Castro and Brian Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Salmon at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Encinitas.

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Derby Girls rolling with the punches, changing perceptions By Rachel Stine

Former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia (back right) watches on as Andrew Castaneda of Pittsburgh State University goes through drills. Garcia, who went undrafted in the 1994 NFL draft, would enjoy 18 years as a professional in the NFL. Photo by Tony Cagala

Jeff Garcia shows there’s more than one way to make it to NFL By Tony Cagala

SAN DIEGO — The irony of it all is that if Jeff Garcia was entering this year’s NFL draft, with his style of play, and with teams looking for that more mobile, athletic quarterback, he’d surely be taken in the first round. As it happened, when Garcia entered the draft in 1994, more than 200 players’ names were called and none were his. But that didn’t stop the 6 foot 1 inch, 190 pound quarterback from going on to have an 18-year professional career in the NFL. On April 25, several hundred more young hopefuls will enter this year’s draft all intent on hearing their name called to begin their professional football careers. But even before that, those same hopefuls will have the chance to make an impression with their potential employers at the weeklong NFL Scouting Combine beginning Feb. 20. Garcia, with his Test West Football Academy and their newest partnership with Velocity Sports Performance Center, is helping to prepare those young players not only physically, but mentally for what may or may not happen on their road to the NFL. “I had hopes of being drafted,” Garcia said. “It was a long day of sitting around and not getting a call,” he said.What made it more embarrassing, he said, was that The Gilroy Dispatch, Garcia’s hometown paper in Gilroy, Calif. shadowed him that day to see if anything would happen. “And it didn’t happen,” Garcia said. “I didn’t get signed as a free agent. At the time, I believe there were 28 teams…and not one of them saw me as a fit, even as a free agent quarterback and so that’s why I had to go up to Canada and really prove myself up there.” After four years in the Canadian Football League and winning the Grey Cup (the CFL championship) with the Calgary Stampeders, the NFL took notice of Garcia and in 1999 he was signed by the San Francisco 49ers. Though Garcia didn’t participate in the combine when he emerged from San Jose State as a record-holding quarterback, he said it wasn’t nearly the same as it is today, especially with all of the TV coverage and marketing efforts. “The game has just become so big, so large that everything is getting promoted,” Garcia said. Not only is the combine a chance for players to show what they can do, but, Garcia said, for the 32 NFL teams, they’re deciding whether the young men are worth making a tremendous investment in. “To play at the elite level, you have to have the physical tools. But they (NFL teams) also want to see mental and emotional stabil-

ity. They want to see that a young man can handle this transition and how is he going to deal with it. “Is he going to be a problem in the community or somebody who’s going to be responsible and bring positive things to the community,” Garcia said. That’s something, that with Garcia’s years of experience in trying to find positives in a life riddled with adversity, he can talk to the players about. “I’ve lived it,” he said.“My life — I had so many trials and tribulations and learning experiences — very difficult experiences to overcome, especially as a child.” When he was 7 years old his younger brother died in a drowning accident and more than a year later his younger sister was killed in an auto accident. Questioning the “Why?” and “How?” he could lose his siblings in such a way, Garcia leaned heavily on sports to help prevent him from going down that wrong path in life. Having that daily distraction, to get him to focus on something else instead of focusing on what their family had just gone through helped, he explained. “And I had a love for sports. I was passionate about it. But what sport has taught me is how to deal with people better; how to work as a team; how to commit myself to something, how to learn how to work through adversity.” It isn’t hard to feel positive after talking with Garcia, the 42-year-old Rancho Santa Fe resident, grandson of Mexican immigrants and son of a football coach. “Being a quarterback, it’s great working Jeff,” said Ryan Katz, the 6 foot 1 inch, 210 pound quarterback from SDSU, who will participate in this year’s combine. “He’s been in the league for 18 years, he’s got that experience and that’s something, a young guy coming up, that’s what I’m looking for…to guide me through this process.” The process includes helping players to realize that they are their own brand and how to interact with the media, too. “There’s nothing that bothers me more than seeing an athlete in front of a camera who does not know how to speak to the camera, or how to represent himself,” Garcia said. “You may not think it’s a big deal as an athlete, but people are judging you… It’s important to have a certain manner about you; a certain character about you that is exuded in how you speak and what you have to say.” For Katz, he said from a young age he was taught that he was his own brand. “Everything I do is going to be seen and heard,” Katz said. “So you just try and stay TURN TO GARCIA ON A14

On Monday night, team members of North County’s only women’s flat track roller derby league gathered at Martin Luther King Park for their tri-weekly two-hour practice. Each of the Hidden City Derby Girls (HCDG) is geared up for a night of training, skating drills, and game technique with elbow pads, kneepads, wrist protectors, mouth guards, and helmets decorated with team nicknames, wild colors and glitter. Ranging from their early-20s to late-40s, the skaters are wearing neon colors and leopard prints galore. Two women are wearing socks covered in decorative blood splatters. Several came to practice wearing touches of mascara and lipgloss. All of them are wearing tight shorts, leggings, and tiny t-shirts, typical practice wear. “You’re stronger than you think!” yells their coach Johnny Guns, as the skaters shove each other while practicing a blocking technique. One skater falls so hard that she bruises her tailbone, and another is elbowed in the face. In the midst of practice, Carrie Bono, known by her team nickname “Carrie Bomb,” skates to the sidelines and gingerly takes off one of her roller skates. Her foot is visibly steaming in the cold night air. “It’s worth it,” she pants, wincing as she rubs her blistered foot. She said since joining the team she has made a number of new friends and lost weight. “I’m 40-years-old, and I do roller derby, and I have diabetes,” Bono said. “I feel better than I did when I was 30.” “Oh-my-gawd the pain!” she moans as she flexes her foot. A few minutes later, Bono laces up her skate again and rejoins her team on the track. Although make-up and flirtatious costumes are a common sight out on the track, in recent years women’s flat track roller derby has been gaining popularity and recognition for the physically demanding and even combative sport it is. Founded in 2001, there were over 1,000 women’s flat track roller derby leagues last year, according to the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. Over the past few years, the sport has gained a boost of media exposure from television appearances and movies, including the 2009 film, “Whip It” and a newly released Dr. Pepper commercial featuring a roller derby player. With roller derby’s new popularity, the HCDG

Members of the Hidden City Derby Girls speed around the track, practicing their blocking technique during Monday night’s practice. Photo by Rachel Stine

is relying more on the qualities of the sport and the camaraderie of its teams to sustain itself, and is considering phasing out the league’s feminine flashiness that it used to depend on. “I’m one of those girls that absolutely hates the fishnets and the stereotype that you have to dress sexy and wear fishnets in order to play,” said Amie Dewees, aka “Rosey Graves,” co-founder of the HCDG. But because the league struggled to find players and sponsors when it first started, Dewees said that the team used to hold “Spank Bank” fundraisers where people could spank a player in exchange for a donation. Now, for the first time since the league was founded in 2008, HCDG has enough players to have two competitive teams this season, the Beach-side Bullies and the Beach-side Bruisers. The HCDG has numerous sponsors, as well as trainers and a chiropractor that

donates their time to help the skaters stay in shape. “We used to use our ‘assets’ as a way to make money, but we don’t do that any more. Gone are the days of cute outfits and spanking,” said Dewees. Currently, the league’s members are split over whether to ban fishnets from its games, referred to as bouts, or not. During a roller derby bout, five members from each team skate around an oval track. One member of the team, called a “jammer” scores points for her team by lapping members of the opposing team. The other four-team members skate in a pack in order to block the opposing team’s jammer from completing laps. Each bout consists of two 30-minute periods, and usually lasts from one-and-ahalf to two hours. “As much as (the costumes are) fun, it can also be TURN TO DERBY ON A14


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a distraction as well,” said Kristie Hallcox, who goes by the name, “Merry Go Down.” “We don’t want to be a joke on the track.” Many of the skaters acknowledge that while the costumes helped spark their interest in roller derby, the sport and their teammates are what convinced them to join the HCDG. “You can knock a girl over and it’s sexy. She falls and there’s fishnets in the air,” said Erin Pistilli, aka “Celtic Knotty.” But Pistilli said that she joined HCDG to feel better about herself and make new friends. “What better way to boost my confidence than to get shoved around by a bunch of cool people?” she said. “You can wear what you want and do what you want,” said Alexandria Dougherty, whose nickname is “Axle Breaker.” “(Roller derby is) pretty much my release, a way to get out and be your own person aside from a mom and a student all the time, and a wife.” Many of the HCDG skater said they are attracted

ing the summer months.” Those alternatives include creating its own police department or developing a joint powers authority with neighboring cities, such as Solana Beach and Encinitas, whcih also contract with the county for law enforcement. Benedict said Del Mar should also consider a volunteer program, which has been successful for their northern neighbors. Resident Bud Emerson recommended supplementing service with a private patrol as Rancho Santa Fe does. Benedict estimates a Del Mar Police Department would cost the city, for the same level of service, about $1.5 million annually, plus $500,000 for one-time startup costs.




positive and do the right thing.” He’ll try to make his mark during the combine with his energy and focus, he said. “Intelligence is going to be a big thing, and just doing the right thing. These guys (scouts) are looking for positive young guys to come into their organization and give a good vibe, and that’s what I’m trying to do,” Katz said. “I think that players are becoming more aware that they are a brand,” Garcia said, adding “that they have an opportunity to build their brand if they represent themselves in a positive way, if they promote themselves in a positive way. But if you’re not promoting yourself to the public in a way the public embraces


cent to one proposed roundabout. Church officials worry about the difficulty for parents of preschoolers in accessing the parking lot while there is an 18-month or longer period of construction. Parents worry about the dangers of construction, the dust, the noise, and the access problems. Neighbors have expressed concern about the substantial impact on them as well. Elder Don MacNeil has heard from numerous residents along Paseo Delicias. He observed, “neighbors and the Church will lose parking, driveways, access, stately trees, mature landscaping, walls, privacy and more. One street will even be cul-de-saced. When the project was proposed and explained to the Association years ago, the roundabouts were expected to be around 80 feet in diameter. Now they are

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Kristie Hallcox (center), who goes by her derby nickname “Merry Go Down,” listens with her Hidden City Derby Girls teammates to instruction from their coach during Monday night’s practice. Photo by Rachel Stine

to the closeness brought about by belonging to a roller derby team. Dewees described HCDG as “a sisterhood that beats the crap out of each other at night time, but still loves each other off the track.” “You’re out there on the track and you have to communicate and you have to be a team and you have to be strong. And I think (camaraderie) comes naturally,” said Tammy Fogleman, who

goes by “Nasty Nightingale.” “I think (roller derby) makes women empowered to be out there on the track and doing something that’s competitive,” Fogleman added. The HCDG currently has over 30 committed members. Its 2013 season will start with an away bout March 10. Their home bouts are also played at Martin Luther King Park.Visit HCDG’s facebook page or website at for more information.

you, then why would anybody want to market you or to be associated with your brand.” Speaking of helping build brands, Garcia will soon begin working with New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, whose 2012 season could be described politely as “difficult” and that resulted in his benching to a rookie in the final two games of the season. Garcia said he’ll also start working with former first-round draft pick JaMarcus Russell on a “last shot,” “comeback” type of deal. Russell is a guy who is extremely talented, but mentally, just did not grasp and understand what he needed to do, but is still young, is still very capable and can we help him, said Garcia. “Well, we’re going to find out. We’re going to find out if he wants to be

helped, and that’s the key.You have to want to be helped in order to be helped,” Garcia said. Once the combine has come and gone this year, Garcia still looks to keep active in reinvigorating sports training in San Diego with their new sports complex (the partnership is only monthsold and are still looking for sponsorship help. Sponsorship inquiries may be made to Nadia Abdala at What Garcia looks to do is not only cater to the professional athlete, but also to the high school students involved in all sports to help them get better and instill a commitment in something, including how to overcome adversity. Something Garcia happens to know all about.

estimated at 110 feet and could grow larger. No doubt the old budget estimate of $4.5 million will grow exponentially, as well.” Another concern the church’s neighbors have expressed is the traffic being rerouted through quiet neighborhoods for 18 months or more. Trucks, busses, commuters, emergency vehicles, motorcycles, horses and bicycles are a bad mix for our semi-rural streets right now. We know that regardless of what route the county prefers for these vehicles, people will go the way they want. Right now the church is burdened with morning cutthroughs in its parking lot by impatient commuters. They enter the east side of the campus and exit on Las Colinas by the Preschool. This problem could get much worse during construction. Those sneaking around lines of traffic poses a substantial danger to the children arriving for preschool classes. The County’s DEIR

makes much of the concern that residents have about the environmental impacts of the project. The most interesting finding is that the roundabouts have substantial environmental impacts, and are not the best answer, and that, in their findings, the “Signalized Intersections Alternative would be the environmentally superior alternative.” The Church wants to be a good neighbor and is sensitive to those who believe in roundabouts over traffic signals. We want to preserve our semi-rural character as much as anyone, but we also recognize that the 20,700 ADT’s (cars) on Del Dios today are hardly a semi-rural condition. We hope our friends and neighbors are sensitive to the effects this project will have on us and the neighborhood and will carefully decide what is best for our community. Don MacNeil is an elder with the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe.



was also the Grand Hunter Champion at the Washington D.C. International Horse Show in 1988 and was also a Reserve Champion at the National Horse Show that was held at the time in Madison Square Gardens. “I traveled to horse shows every weekend. I went to Rancho School and Torrey Pines. I would take off Thursday and go to the show and compete. I was always a good student too because my parents said I had to keep my grades up if I wanted to ride,” she said. At age 17 her parents sold her horse because she had become so valuable. “I couldn’t imagine going into a show ring without her,” she said. “I went to college in Boston for a couple of years. It was the only time in my life that I didn’t ride,”


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frequented certain community events. This resulted in what Geller called “tedious inspections.” But these no longer happen after enough food truck owners objected.


by this concept of relationship between art and audience, Carey has created a 21block montage for her “Sakura Fubuki“ (translated Cherry Blossom Storm) exhibit, which will evolve as individual pieces are purchased and removed throughout the two-month show. She says, “It gives a transparency to the symbiotic relationship of artist and audience.”

“This one kept popping up on our radar as a real possibility for our city,” he said. Benedict said he arrived at those budget numbers after discussions with a police chief in Tehachapi, a city about the size of Solana Beach. He also talked with a few consultants and researched other California cities that had a sheriff’s contract but left to form their own departments. “I think it’s an important starting point,” Benedict said of the budget, which he described as conservative. “It’s got lots of problems because we didn’t have the consultant.” “We believe these numbers are real,” said Barry Entous, who worked on the budget with Benedict. But some council members were skeptical.

“This is a perennial subject,” Councilman Don Mosier said, noting that when he joined the council four years ago he was “amazed” at how much the city paid for law enforcement. At that time he did his own research and the numbers were similar to Benedict’s but Mosier said he was told Del Mar would have to hire retired officers who already have a pension and would be willing to work for less. Mosier said he thought the cost could be double what Benedict was estimating. The three residents who addressed council support the idea of a city police department. “I really feel that it’s important for the Del Mar residents to have easy access to an officer …

she said. When she came home from Boston, she ran into a woman she knew at the post office who asked her what she was doing. She told the woman she had been away for college, but that she was doing nothing at the moment. The woman told her of an opportunity to train racehorses near Santa Barbara. She went to work with renowned horse trainer D. Wayne Lukas and the experience changed her life. “It was fun and was a really good training experience working with young horses,” she said. She said she rode Grindstone as a baby. She has continued on with the profession of training racehorses at Del Mar, Santa Anita and Hollywood Park. “If I knew what it was going to be like, I would have never done it,” she said with a

note of irony.“I’m not a morning person and this is a seven day a week job starting at 4:30 a.m. There are no benefits, no stock options or paid vacations, you don’t make much money and it’s really dangerous.” But, she said, she would not trade her life for anyone else’s. “I am excited to go to work. I am the luckiest person in the world,” she said. “I wouldn’t change a thing. I exercise racehorses in the morning. I absolutely love it. It is the most wonderful job in the world.” In addition to teaching the art of show jumping to others, she admits she is getting the itch to begin competing again. She is hoping to get more students and loves working with people at all different skill levels. To learn more call her at (858) 353-4539.

Falkner Winery will host a romantic dinner on Valentines Day at its Pinnacle Restaurant. A four-course meal with wine pairings is planned with live entertainment. Seatings start at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $79. VIP Food/Wine Club members pay $69. For an RSVP call the winery at (951) 676-8231 ext.1. Monte De Oro Winery has its Valentines Day fourcourse dinner with wine pair-

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“It was a growing pain for the industry,” Geller said. Like in L.A., the new rules mean San Diego food trucks can’t freely roam throughout cities. Food truck owners are required to report their driving routes to the county so they can meet up

with health officials once it’s time for an inspection. This rule too has made food trucks more accountable and “more a part of the community,” Geller believes. “Food trucks are entering the mainstream,” Geller said.

Carey’s work has been shown in many national exhibitions, including the National Catholic Museum exhibition at the Historical Society of Washington, DC, as well as internationally at the Culture Inside Gallery in Luxembourg. “Creating A Storm; Sakura Fubuki,” a solo exhibit of gestural paintings and stone art by Diana Carey, is currently on display at the Japanese Friendship Gardens in Balboa Park

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that’s individualized with prompt responses,” Robin Crabtree said. “It would be ideal if we could have officers that knew us personally and knew the layout of the city.” “The reason why we live in a small town … is government is not remote,” Emerson said. “We want to be close to our government and we are. There’s only one element where we aren’t. The Sheriff’s Department is well-run but they’re not part of us. “It ain’t nothing like having our own chief and our own officers who we get to know, they get to know us,” he said. “They have a feel for what kind of community we are and what our priorities are and what our problems are. “ “If our citizens believe they’re not getting adequate public service from the sheriff’s contract, they have to also realize that getting better service from any other alternative is going to cost more money and we need to figure out how to pay that bill,” Mosier said, reminding everyone that a tax on short-term vacation rentals to fund such services was defeated by voters a

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few years ago. “This is a mixed public safety/financial plan where the better service you want, the more you’re going to have to pay for it and none of it’s cheap,” Mosier said. Benedict said hiring a consultant would be the best way to confirm or refute his budget. “We do need professional help,” he said. Mayor Terry Sinnott agreed, saying the city has “exhausted the talent” of its volunteers. “What’s frustrated the city for a while is we’re too small to consider other alternatives,” he said. “This would open door to what our reasonable alternatives are.” Councilman Al Corti also said he believes the city is at a point where a consultant would be beneficial. “It’s time for an expert,” he said. But other council members initially opposed the recommendation. “Del Mar’s known for doing studies,” Councilwoman Lee Haydu said. “We’ve studied everything. I think we’re still early in this.” Sherryl Parks agreed. “This is a worthy investigation but we’re not quite ready to hire a consultant,”

she said. “This problem is not simply going to be solved by a consultant,” Mosier said. He said the biggest issue is having 4,000 people pay for public safety for more than 3 million visitors. “I’m a little bit dubious that a consultant can solve that problem but I’m willing to see if somebody’s a lot smarter than I am and can come up with a solution,” he said. He added that before hiring a consultant Del Mar officials should talk to the neighboring cities to see if there is interest in a JPA because if there isn’t, one option would be off the table and a consultant would have a more focused job. Council members finally agreed unanimously to issue a request for proposals from consultants to see how much it would cost. The move doesn’t obligate the city to hire one and council members will review all proposals in a public meeting if they choose to move forward after that.

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Local doctor saves patients’ backs By Tracy Moran

RANCHO SANTA FE — Ranch resident Kamshad Raiszadeh’s career in medicine seems natural, given his upbringing. With a chemistry professor father and pathologist mother, it wasn’t unusual

highest honors in biochemistry, minored in art. “I liked building things,” he said, which translated to his interest in the spine and the “delicate work you need to do on the spine, the combination of the struc-

spine surgery at the Hospital for Joint Disease in New York. Today, he is a married father of four who lives in Rancho Santa Fe. He and his brother Ramin Raiszadeh both specialize in the spine.

came to town, I had a standard spinal surgery practice, but I saw what he was doing and saw the good results his patients were getting.” Raiszadeh said that since he finished his specialty training in ’96, there’s been “a huge boom in spinal surgery” for back and neck pain that has a difficult-to-discern cause. “Oftentimes surgeons

My consistent message is, I’d rather not operate on you...” Kamshad Raiszadeh Spinal Surgeon

Rancho Santa Fe resident Dr. Kamshad Raiszadeh is a spine specialist who believes that “the body can heal most spinal conditions without injections or surgery.” Courtesy photo

for him and his two younger brothers to spend hours looking through slides at his parent’s lab. Many family friends were medical professionals, which impressed upon the three boys how rewarding it could be to help diagnose and treat people. His parents, who came to the United States to study before returning to Iran, chose to relocate to America for good at the time of the Iranian Revolution. “My brothers and I have a lot to thank them for,” Raiszadeh said. “There was lots of sacrifice. It wasn’t easy leaving everything you know and saying, ‘This is not safe for my kids.’ I don’t know if I could be that brave.” Inspired by their parents’ dedication, all three became orthopedic surgeons. Raiszadeh, who graduated U.C. Berkeley with

In addition to being surgeons, they run three Spine Zone clinics in San Diego County (see accompanying article.) The belief that “the body can heal most spinal conditions without injections or surgery” is the philosophy behind the program. “My consistent message is, I’d rather not operate on you if your body can heal the condition,” said Raiszadeh. “My biggest successes are often the ones where I get people to improve without surgery, returning back to their regular activities and feeling great. To me that’s a congruous message between my spine surgical practice and Spine Zone.” Raiszadeh’s philosophy of spinal care was largely influenced by orthopedic Cathie surgeon Vert Mooney. Kamshad “He was a guru of nonexcruciatoperative treatment,” Courtesy Raiszadeh said. “When I

ture and working around the nerves.” After earning his medical degree at U.C. San Francisco, he completed his orthopedic residency at U.C. Davis and fellowship training in adult and pediatric

Ironman competitor Summerford turned to Raiszadeh to solve the ing pain in her back. photo

are faced with having nothing else to offer but surgery,” he said, adding, “and that’s where Spine Zone comes in. It helps prevent surgery, even in patients who’ve tried multiple other treatments.” Certainly there are cases where spinal surgery is the best option. For Encinitas resident and Ironman competitor Cathie Summerford, spinal surgery by Raiszadeh changed her life. “I’m pretty tough,” she said. “In a million years I never thought I’d have back surgery.” But she was in excruciating pain and after a year of trying alternative methods, went to see Raiszadeh. “I had three problems,” she said, “a slipped disc, a bulging disc that was causing foot drop, and stenosis … It was amazing I was even walking.” But now, she said, she’s “in better shape and more balanced in all arenas than before surgery. Not only is Dr. Kamshad Raiszadeh the best surgeon you could find, he is just a plain great guy who goes above and beyond in the personal care and issues of each patient.” Raiszadeh said his goal is to empower people to make TURN TO DOCTOR ON B14

Spine Zone puts surgery as its last option By Tracy Moran

COAST CITIES — You’ve probably felt it — whether it’s a dull ache in your low back or a sharp pain across your shoulders, the majority of Americans will experience back pain at some point. The causes are myriad — on-the-job injury, sedentary lifestyle, aging and stress can all be contributing factors. Sometimes the cause is elusive, though the pain can be excruciating. Treatment options abound — ice, heat, rest, physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, decompression, medications, injections and surgery are just some of the healing methods people turn to seeking relief. While spinal surgery has become increasingly popular, San Diego County residents seeking back-pain relief have another option — the Spine Zone clinics, co-founded by brothers Kamshad and Ramin Raiszadeh, orthopedic surgeons who specialize in the spine. Their medically supervised Spine Zone clinics offer strengthening and stretching programs designed specifically to alleviate back pain and to prevent its recurrence. “The joint is only as good as the muscle support around it,” said Kamshad Raiszadeh. “We really focus on getting that muscle support.” While some people may shun exercise when their back hurts, according to WebMD, it’s “a big myth that exercise is bad for back pain.” “Regular exercise prevents back pain,” according to the site. “For people suffering an acute injury resulting in lower back pain, doctors may recommend an exercise program that begins with gentle

exercises and gradually increases in intensity. Once the acute pain subsides, an exercise regimen may help prevent future recurrence of back pain.” That’s been the experience for the Raiszadehs. Ramin Raiszadeh noted that 90 percent of patients he sees will improve with some sort of physical therapy, and the specific equipment and protocols incorporated at the Spine Zone are “a proven entity to afford excellent improvement in quality of life, without the need for surgery.” Patients who choose Spine Zone enjoy a level of confidence in their treatment protocol, said Kamshad Raiszadeh, TURN TO SPINE ZONE ON B14

Spine Zone Clinic Director Dan Noel demonstrates one of the exercise machines to treat back ailments. Photo by Tracy Moran


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RSF Golf Club earns distinguished award By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Recognizing the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club’s excellent experience for its members, the club was awarded the Distinguished Emerald Club award from BoardRoom magazine. “It was quite a surprise. I had no idea we had been nominated,” said Al Castro, general manager of the club.“When I got the letter indicating we had been nominated, I did a little research and learned it was an award recognizing the member experience.” Castro said two inspectors were sent to the club to observe the operation and to

determine if the methods were in place to ensure an outstanding member experience from every aspect, from golfing to dining to shopping. “They spent about six hours with us,” he said. “Then I got another letter that we had been awarded the Distinguished Emerald Club award.” When he got the word Castro said he sought out his staff. “I announced it to the staff to let them know what a wonderful job they had done and how their hard work was recognized,” he said. He then told the Association board. “They were quite sur-

prised and happy,” Castro said. “We are very proud to be one of only five California clubs and one of 18 clubs nationwide to be honored with such a prestigious award,” Castro said. “Our board of governors, staff and department managers are truly a dedicated and outstanding team.” He said the club will be given a plaque that will be displayed “proudly” in the lobby of the golf club. Mike Irvin, the board president, was also recognized as an outstanding governor and for his leadership according to Castro. “We’d like to congratu-




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late Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club for earning Distinguished Club status,” said John Fornaro, publisher of BoardRoom magazine. “Special recognition also goes out to Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club General Manger Al Castro, as well as the club’s board of directors, its department heads, and entire staff for their efforts in providing an excellent member experience.” Fornaro said in a news release that “Member Experience” is that special combination of “qualities” that a private club provides its members. “Whatever you call it, it is that ‘X’ factor that separates two clubs that both provide superlative Member Experience, but where one is a great club, while the other is the most prestigious of memberships.” Castro was hired eight months ago and one of his tasks was bringing new life to the club. “I am amazed how quickly time passes. It’s already been eight months. Where does the time go?” he said. The next event at the club will be a Fat Tuesday event beginning at 6 p.m. Feb. 12. “We will celebrate with a traditional mardi gras party with masks and hats for those attending and a band named Bayou Brothers,” Castro said. “It’s going to be a fun party.” This will be the first of its kind and Castro said he hopes it will become a tradition at the club. Then on Valentine’s Day, there will be a romantic dinner held in the dining room. “Our new chef has put together a wonderful meal paired with wine,” he said. Reservations are strongly suggested for both events. BoardRoom Magazine is the top trade publication covering all aspects of private clubs.

“I came to Japan for the food, but stayed for love,” Nancy Singleton Hachisu wrote in her first book, Japanese Farm Food. “Organic farmer boy Tadaaki Hachisu captured my heart with his, ‘Would you like to be a Japanese farmer’s wife?’… Besides his good looks and solid country values, one more thing drew me to this guy. He loved food as much as I did and went to great lengths to grow it or find it.” Photo courtesy Kenji Miura

Japanese farming, culture make way into new book By Lillian Cox

RANCHO SANTA FE — Author Nancy Singleton Hachisu will share her love of Japanese farm culture and food with a cooking demonstration and signing of her first book, “Japanese Farm Food,” at Chino Farms 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 10. Singleton Hachisu first traveled to Japan, after graduating from Stanford University in 1988, with the goal of staying a year to learn the language. She never went home. “I came to Japan for the food, but stayed for love,” she writes in her book. “Organic farmer boy Tadaaki Hachisu captured my heart with his, ‘Would you like to be a Japanese farmer’s wife?’... Besides his good looks and solid country values, one more thing drew me to this guy. He loved food as much as I did and went to great lengths to grow it or find it.” “Japanese Farm Food” is 385 pages and includes 135 simple recipes and 100 photos by Kenji Miura that illustrate food, community and life in rural Japan. It is the recipient of the

Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2012: USA Winner, Best Japanese Cuisine Book. Its first release by Andrews McMeel Publishing in September 2012 quickly sold out. In January, Chino Farms received advanced copies of the second release due this month. “I couldn’t get any books last fall,” explained Nina McConnel whose husband, Tom Chino, owns Chino Farms with his siblings. “I just got some from the second publication and said to a customer, ‘These would make a great present.’ She said, ‘I think it would make a great wedding present ... I’m going to buy a stack.’” Singleton Hachisu is the fourth author to participate in the Good Earth/Great Chefs Series following Alice Waters, Nancy Silverton and Jeanne Kelley. The series was created by McConnel and Milane Christiansen, founder of The Book Works, which hosted popular book signings for several years. “Milane and I shared a similar customer base and ethic in creating the best,” McConnel explained. “With the loss of independent book stores, and the rise in online purchasing, people still want the opportunity to meet authors. So far, our authors have sold twice as many books at Chino Farms than any other book signing event.” Chef and author David Tanis wrote in The New York Times, “The book offers a breadth of information, with lessons about Japanese products and techniques, and instructions for everything from homemade tofu to udon noodles. But for me, the recipes for simple vegetable dishes, often flavored TURN TO BOOK ON B14



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ODD Combat already a reality for women in service FILES


By Jared Whitlock

One for the Road

Cliche Come to Life: The Kerry, Ireland, county council voted in January to let some people drive drunk. The councillors reasoned that in the county’s isolated regions, some seniors live alone and need the camaraderie of the pub, but fear a DUI arrest on the way home. The councillors thus empowered police to issue DUI permits to those targeted drivers. Besides, reasoned the councillors, the area is so sparsely populated that such drivers never encounter anyone else on the road at night. (The councillors’ beneficence might also have been influenced, reported BBC News, by the fact that “several” of the five voting “yea” own pubs.)

Can’t Possibly Be True Spare the Waterboard, Spoil the Child: William Province, 42, was arrested in Jefferson County, Mont., in December and charged with waterboarding four boys, two of whom were his own sons, at his home in December. (Also in January, Kirill Bartashevitch, 52, was charged with making “terroristic” threats to his highschool-age daughter after he allegedly pointed his new AK-47 at her because her report card showed 2 B’s instead of all A’s. He said he had recently purchased the gun because he feared that President Obama intended to ban them.) Emma Whittington, of Hutchinson, Kan., rushed her daughter to the ER in December when the girl, 7 months old, developed a golfball-sized lump on her neck. Two days later, at a hospital in Wichita, a doctor gently pulled a feather out of the lump and hypothesized that it had been in the midst of emerging from her throat. Doctors said the girl probably swallowed the feather accidentally, that it got stuck in throat tissue, and that her body was trying to eject it through the skin. A man with admittedly limited English skills went to a courthouse in Springfield, Mass., in December to address a traffic ticket, but somehow wound up on a jury trying Donald Campbell on two counts of assault. Officials said the man simply got in the wrong line and followed jurors into a room while the real sixth juror had mistakenly gone to another room.The jury, including the accidental juror, found Campbell guilty, but he was awarded a new trial when the mistake was discovered.

Sounds Like a Joke Twin brothers Aric Hale and Sean Hale, 28, were both arrested on New Year’s Eve in Manchester, Conn., after fighting each other at a hotel and later at a residence. Police said a 27year-old woman was openly dating the two men, and that Sean thought it was his turn and asked Aric for privacy. Aric begged to differ about whose turn it was.

COAST CITIES — On paper, retired Petty Officer 3rd Class Elisa Wyatt’s job as an IT specialist in Afghanistan shielded her from battle. But in reality, she was often in harm’s way. She carried an M4 assault rifle and handgun when moving from base to base to help with network operations. During these trips, she was warned of an increased threat of being ambushed, kidnapped or put into other dangerous situations. In fact, two in her communications team were killed after they went “outside the wire.” Rockets struck her base periodically. On one occasion, she was close enough to hear one whizz by. Luckily, she was unscathed. “It doesn’t matter if people like it or not; combat is a reality for women,” Wyatt said. “The enemy isn’t going to scan a convoy and differentiate between genders.” Under a recently announced Pentagon plan, women would be able to apply for combat jobs previously only available to men. The plan drew a rebuke from critics, who question whether women possesse the agility and strength to permanently serve in direct combat situations. In response, some argue that women are already serving in battle positions, and that they deserve recognition for doing so. Since 1994, women have technically been prohibited from serving in direct combat roles on the ground. But many women serving in Iraq found themselves caught in ambushes or in unexpected firefights — a common occurrence because of frontlines being much less defined in modern warfare. For her part, Wyatt didn’t shoot at combatants, though she was trained to. But she did come in contact with women who performed heroic acts in the heat of battle. Physically speaking, Wyatt believes she was just as qualified as the men in her unit. “I was one of the best shots in my class,” said Wyatt, adding that she schooled some men in basketball and occasionally led runs in her unit. Most importantly, in Wyatt’s mind, the Pentagon’s plan will give credit where credit’s due, considering that women are already a part of combat situations. “It (the combat ban) was causing some women coming back not to get credit or medals or compensation.

Officially, we were never allowed to be in combat, even though some of us really were.” She added that she was put in harm’s way once going outside the wire, raising the likelihood of a combat situation. Wyatt, a San Diego resident who served for almost 10 years, retired from the Navy last year with brain and spinal injuries following an accident in a simulator designed to prepare troops on how to escape Humvee rollovers. She noted that the simulator subsequently injured others, including paralyzing a man from the waist down. With ranks totaling more than 200,000, women make up 15 percent of the military. For the first time, women could be permanently assigned to combat-heavy field and armory battalions, as well as platoons and squads. By 2016, more than 230,000 previously unavailable combat roles will be open to women in the Army and Marines. “Female service members have faced the reality of combat, proven their willingness to fight, and yes, to die to defend their fellow Americans,” said Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta last week during the announcement. Under the plan, the military will set gender-neutral standards for combat roles. In his speech, Panetta said the standards would not be weakened to accommodate women or anyone else. “Let me be clear, I’m not reducing the qualifications for the job, if they can meet the qualifications for the job, then they should have the right to serve, regardless of creed or color or gender or sexual orientation,” Panetta said. Some groups maintain the military’s plan will gradually degrade job standards. “The military shouldn’t engage in social experiments,” said Elaine Donnelly, founder of the Center for Military Readiness. “Women don’t have an equal opportunity to survive.” U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, who represents San Diego and served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, said in a statement that the

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The enemy isn’t going to scan a convoy and differentiate between genders.” Elisa Wyatt Retired Petty Officer 3rd Class Veteran Elisa Wyatt stands in a gunner’s turret during training. Although she was an IT specialist in Afghanistan, she found herself in harm’s way. Courtesy photo

plan was “rushed.” “What needs to be explained is how this decision, when all is said and done, increases combat effectiveness rather than being a move done for political purposes,” Hunter said. More than 152 women have lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq, according U.S. Department of Defense statistics. Those deaths haven’t quelled the support for allowing women to apply for combat roles. According to a recent poll from the Pew Research Center, 66 percent of Americans support women serving in ground units that engage in close combat. Tara Jones, a Navy veteran and president of the San Diego-based National Military Women Veterans Association of American, counts herself among the backers of women serving in all positions. She said some female mechanics and drivers have proven themselves when tem-

porarily “attached” to direct Pentagon’s plan in the comcombat situations, and thus ing months. deserve the chance to “aspire to any roles they want.” “The door was opened for them recently, that’s for sure,” Jones said. Also, she said the decision would help give more weight to issues unique to women veterans. “Women have issues that sometimes weren’t recognized,” Jones said, citing homeless female veterans with children as one example. Congress will review the


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school for grades 7-12. In order to best serve students and its community, Pacific Academy is expanding it’s Middle School Program, to serve 6th grade. Middle School Students at Pacific Academy enjoy a 1:10 teacher-student ratio unattainable by today’s public budget strapped schools. Smaller class sizes allow teachers to provide hands-on project-based learning and community based learning that students find relevant and enjoyable. Teachers actively identify student strengths and develop individual education plans that include parents and cater to

individualized college counseling, starting in the 6th grade, to provide all the support needed through the developmental process. This Middle School expansion will allow 6th graders to take advantage of middle school programs and privileges experienced by our students. All of our students, high school and middle school, participate in exploratory education each Friday and may include community service projects, field trips, workshops, guest presentations, or student projects. All teachers have full teaching credentials and bachelor degrees, and many

hold Masters or Doctorates in Education like Dr. Erika Sanchez, Pacific Academy’s principal, who earned a Masters and Doctoral degree in sociology with an emphasis in education. “Our ultimate aim,” stated Erika Sanchez, “is to develop ‘Global Citizens’ of the 21st century, critical thinkers [who] make choices guided by respect for oneself and others.” Character traits like responsibility or cooperation permeate the curriculum each quarter, and students who demonstrate the emphasized character trait, receive recognition. Mr. Vikas Srivastava, this semester’s project-based learning facilitator, and all students collaborated and are planning a three-legged walk that pairs students from diverse backgrounds in an effort to eliminate discrimination and stereotyping. Mr. Vikas explains, “The theory is that everyone is diverse because we all have unique stories, and if we got to know one another’s stories, we would have more understanding and compassion between us.” After participating in numerous projects like this one, it’s no surprise that Pacific Academy students become compassionate, creative, inquisitive, and responsible global citizens.

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When a heart attack strikes, what happens in the next few minutes can make a critical difference in both the immediate and longterm health consequences. Each year, about 1.2 million people in the United States have heart attacks. A heart attack results when the flow of blood to the heart is suddenly cut off, often due to a build-up of plaque in the arteries caused by coronary heart disease. Left untreated, the plaque eventually becomes so thick that it prevents blood from getting through. If blood flow is not quickly restored, the heart is deprived of oxygen and begins to die. If enough of the heart muscle is damaged, the heart attack can be fatal. That’s why it is vital to get medical attention immediately if you believe you or someone else may be having a heart attack. The sooner you get treatment, the less likely the damage to the heart muscle. Immediate intervention by a medical professional team is critical to getting the blocked artery open with angioplasty and stent placement and restoring blood flow to the heart muscle. If treatment is received within several hours, longterm damage can often be minimized or avoided. Once up to six hours have passed without treatment, the injury tends to be more severe. After 12 hours, heart damage is likely to be permanent. The ability to recognize heart attack symptoms is critical. For men, the typical warning signs include an intense feeling of pressure,

pain or squeezing around the chest. The discomfort may radiate down one or both arms or up to the jaw, neck or shoulders. Sudden and profuse sweating may also occur, as well as shortness of breath, a lightheaded feeling, or nausea. However, these symptoms are not always present — some people may have only mild discomfort, or just feel short of breath. Women often have very different heart attack symptoms than men, and they can be less predictable. Research by the National Institutes of Health indicates that women often experience new or different physical symptoms as long as a month or more before experiencing heart attacks. The most commonly reported symptoms included unusual fatigue, sleep disturbances, shortness of breath, indigestion, and anxiety. NIH research revealed that more than 40 percent of women reported no chest pain before or during the heart attack. If you suspect you’re having a heart attack, don’t write it off as indigestion or wait to see if you feel better. Call 911 immediately and tell the operator you are having symptoms of a heart attack. Too often, people make the mistake of waiting to seek medical care because they don’t want to “look silly� if they aren’t having a heart attack after all. To learn more, join Scripps for a free presentation on heart attack prevention and new treatments Feb. 20, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA, 200 Saxony Rd. Call 1-800-SCRIPPS (727-4777) to register. Health Watch 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.

RANCHO SANTA FE — Sports and camps fill the spring schedule at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center. Registration is open for the One-on-One Junior Dunkers basketball league. The spring girls league is open to first- through sixthgrades and the cost is $250 per child. Registered players also qualify for Coach Mike’s free basketball clinics Feb. 6, Feb. 20 and March 6. Player assessments will be held on Feb. 26 and Feb. 27. For $300, sponsors can feel the pride of having a company name or family name imprinted on the back of your child’s team jerseys. The sign-up deadline is Feb. 25 and late sign-ups cannot be accepted. RSFCC membership is required to participate in the league. Visit or call (858) 756-2461 for more player or sponsorship information. Camp Rancho day camps will keep youngsters jumping during the Rancho Santa Fe School’s Family Week break. Kids will explore the wild-side at the San Diego Zoo, bounce to their hearts’ content at Jump Sky High Trampoline Center, have a howling good time at the Wolf Center in Julian, pan for gold in Old Town and wind up the week with a train ride to Oceanside for lunch at Ruby’s Diner. Your child may sign up for one day or more. Camp Rancho runs daily Feb.11 through Feb. 15 and Feb.18. Camp hours are

A list of activities is available to youngsters at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center. Courtesy photo

9a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $85 per day and $75 per additional sibling with extended care available for $10 per hour from 8 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Space is limited to 15 campers. Call (858) 756-2461. Coach Mike Rausa will run his exciting Multi-Sport Camp at the Community Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the Family Week break Feb.11 through Feb. 15. Cost is $225 for the week or $60 daily. The fun will include basketball, flag football, soccer, dodgeball and ultimate roundball. For more information, call (858) 756-2461. Registeration is still open for Session 3 classes. The next session of youth

classes begins the week of Jan. 28. The class schedule is available at the Center or online at It will offer lots of new classes including photography, science in action, Zumba Hip Hop, Glam Girls and Tiny Tumblers. Other classes that will be offered include Cultural Creative Cooks, video game design, basketball skills, Kids Act, tennis, Legomation, cheerleading, guitar and more. For more information or to register, visit or call (858) 756-2461. Rancho Santa Fe Community Center has New Nature Play. Parents, come along with your children (babies and up) for nature

play dates around the community at 9:30 a.m. every Thursday. This is a new program that the Community Center is offering that affords families an opportunity to connect with neighbors and the outdoors by arranging nature play dates in the trails, preserves, local parks and nature areas of the Ranch. Cost is $50 per family, per year (RSFCC membership is required). Residents are also invited to join Jazzercise on Mondays and Wednesdays, Yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Hip Hop on Fridays at the RSFCC. All our adult fitness classes are from 9 to 10 a.m. Cost is $125 for 10 visits or $15 for drop-ins.

Famed pitcher stars at fundraiser COAST CITIES — In support of the Torrey Pines High School Baseball program, the Torrey Pines High School Foundation will host a motivational speech by former major-league baseball pitcher Jim Abbott at 6 p.m. March 6 at the TPHS Auditorium, 3710 Del Mar Heights Road, Carmel Valley. Abbott’s focus will be “Perseverance and Overcoming Adversity.�

Tickets are available now at t/322313. Ticket options include $25 for the speech only, $100 for the speech and access for one to a private reception or $150 for the speech and access for two to the private reception. At the reception, attendees will be provided with a signed copy of Abbott's book, “Imperfect: An Improbable Life.�

Abbott was born Sept. 19, 1967, in Flint, Michigan without a right hand. He was an All-America hurler at Michigan; won the Sullivan Award in 1987; was the pitcher for the Gold Medal Olympic Team in 1988; and threw a 4-0 no-hitter for the New York Yankees versus Cleveland. Abbott played for 10 seasons on four different teams and ended his big league playing career in

1999. Abbott has worked with The Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy on several initiatives encouraging businesses to hire people with disabilities. Today, he is often a guest pitching instructor during spring training for the Los Angeles Angels. For further information, contact Jeb Spencer at



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Spotlight on Ranch resident for efforts in helping Wounded Warriors MACHEL PENN SHULL Machel’s Ranch This week I was contacted by someone who deserves his picture in the paper. While many of us (including me) enjoy the idle gossip of who is being auditioned for a reality show starring local housewives of Rancho Santa Fe, there is someone who deserves the spotlight on him. So forget the housewives this week. Forget the gossip. This column is dedicated to Gary Bobileff here in town that spends countless hours helping wounded soldiers return home to the their families. Gary goes the extra mile to make sure wounded soldiers are treated with the dignity and the respect they deserve. I will also let you know about a new running group in town that can help you get into shape and mingle with others that share your same goal. And if you don’t feel like being social with a running group, I will reveal a wonderful alternative that will fit your need of solitude and peace for your love of the great outdoors here in the Ranch. On Jan. 31, I received this letter that from Gary Bobileff. Gary just made a trip to Afghanistan over the holidays and shared this touching letter with me: “To Whom it may concern: My name is Gary Bobileff, RSF Jets, N 712MB, Citation 1, and just before Christmas time, you were contacted by Universal. Our party of five was just returning visiting our troops in Afghanistan, one of the stops was at MIllionair at SAT. You offered special fuel pricing, because of our mission. Unfortunately, we did not stop at SAT, because we had trouble getting out of Afghanistan, which took four days, but all is well now. “We were assigned a special tail number by the FAA as “Saint Nick 1.� I do thank you for the attempt to help out with special fuel prices at that time. So on Saturday, Jan. 26, at about 2000, we will be landing at your FBO to pick up Carlos Gomez, a wounded Warrior that discovered an IED with his leg in Afghanistan. I, thru the Veterans Airlift Command, will transport him back to Southern California to see his family, after his tragic accident. I am asking that if there is any assistance that you can offer, that would be greatly appreciated, such as waiving ramp fees, or any other fees, or even discounting fuel prices, would be greatly appreciated. Best Regards, Gary Bobileff.� Thank you Gary for being an upstanding Rancho Santa Fe citizen that is truly worthy of praise. On Feb. 1, I received word about some exciting

Ranch Resident Gary Bobileff is helping wounded soldiers make their way home to their families. Here is a picture of Gary with his wife, Maggie Bobileff. Photo by Machel Shull

news for runners in Rancho Santa Fe. Dr. Jason Karp holds a PhD in exercise physiology and is the leader of the new Rancho Santa Fe Running Club. If you are interested in joining this group, please show up every Monday at 9:15 a.m. at the Rancho Santa Fe Center parking lot.To find out more check out On Feb. 2, Rancho Santa Fe may be attracting Hollywood because of the opulence, Tuscany homes and attractive housewives, but others love it for the great outdoors. I just happened to be one those that love nature and seek refuge weekly under the eucalyptus trees on the trails in Rancho Santa Fe. I find peace and solitude within the windy roads of this unique community. Check out the Del Dios Trails just over by The Crosby. Here are some of the photos from one of my days taking a break on Dr. Jason Karp has organized a the trails. the Rancho Santa Fe Running If you would like to contact Machel Shull regarding a story, email her at

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Normally, Annie Howe, a senior ocean lifeguard with the Encinitas Lifeguards, is busy watching the water in anticipation of having to save someone from the ocean. But with wintry weather keeping swimmers out of the water, she was instead busy making rescues of another kind. By the time her shift was over, Howe had responded to two rescue calls for sea lion pups that stranded themselves near Moonlight Beach. The latest rescue was the fourth in three weeks on Encinitas beaches, and, according to Howe it was the 17th sea lion from San Diego County beaches to be rescued and turned over to SeaWorld. “It’s not an unusual number,” said David Koontz, communications director for SeaWorld, who confirmed the amount of rescues so far. “This is a time of the year that we will start to see more sea lions, especially those animals that have weaned within the last month or so from their mother, that were born in the pupping season last year,” Koontz said. “Most of those pups, once they wean from their mother, get out and survive on their own just like they’re supposed to. But you have a percentage of them that just either haven’t quite caught on, or as we say, ‘just haven’t quite figured it out yet.’” Depending on whether it’s an El Nino or La Nina year, which can have an impact, generally speaking, the beginning of the year is the time when the numbers of rescues increase, Koontz explained. Most of the rescues tend to taper off into May. When the pups do

Senior Ocean Lifeguard Annie Howe with the Encinitas Lifeguards rescues a sea lion that stranded itself Monday afternoon near Moonlight Beach. The sea lion was the second to be rescued Monday and the fourth in three weeks along Encinitas beaches. Photo by Tony Cagala

strand themselves they’re mostly in a state of malnourishment and their behavior can be docile, Howe said, but it depends, she added. “Mostly though, they’re going to be docile just because they are sickly. But even though they are like that, it’s best not to approach them, or get near them, or even try to chase them back into the water because they will just come back ashore.” Howe said that the best thing to do if someone comes across a sea lion that’s stranded itself is to call or tell lifeguards; she warned that the pups could absolutely be dangerous. “They look like puppies, but they’re not tame like puppies,” she said. On finding her latest rescue against some rocks along a bluff, Howe noticed that it had a tag on it. She said the tag could be the result of the pup having been rescued at a previous time. “If an animal does have a tag on it that means it’s a re-strand,” Koontz said. Koontz added that if the tagged sea lion was a pup that would mean it had already been rescued this year and that would be unusual. Sea World is an agent for the National Marine Fishery Service, which oversees the rehabilitation program for sea animals. “One of the requirements is once you rescue an

animal, and that animal is rehabilitated and is deemed a candidate to be returned to the ocean, we put a tag on it,” Koontz said. The tag is logged and if the animal does re-strand itself, rescuers are able to learn the history of the animal. Koontz was able to confirm the following day that the tagged sea lion was a female and estimated to be about 7-months-old. He said that she had been rescued Nov. 6 in Oxnard, Calif. by a rescue team from the Santa Barbara area and was later returned to the ocean on Jan. 5 off of Santa Cruz Island. Koontz added that the sea lion was brought in a bit underweight and dehydrated, but was resting comfortably at SeaWorld and is also eating. They expect to do a more thorough medical examination in the coming days. “Our goal is to return as many animals as we can to the wild,” Koontz said. “On an average we probably do between 60 and 70 percent.” A smaller percentage of animals can’t be returned because they wouldn’t be able to survive on their own and are placed in long-term care at SeaWorld or another zoological facility. The Encinitas Lifeguards can be reached by calling (760) 633-2750.


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Whale watching season has arrived

Huge pods of bottle-nosed dolphins (think Flipper) entertain whale watchers regularly off the coast of Dana Point. Sometimes they number in the thousands, according to boat captain Jack Van Dyke. Photo by Irene Gilgoff for Dana Wharf

E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road I’ve seen dolphins before, but this is crazy. There are hundreds of them — the bottle-nosed variety (think Flipper) — jumping straight out of the water, playing in our boat’s wake and just having what looks like a grand ol’ time. Many of the friendly, warmblooded mammals race right alongside the Dana Pride, showing off for all they’re worth. My friend, Shannon, and I are aboard the Dana Pride, which is pushing its

way north off the coast of Dana Point. The 40-some passengers are shouting, pointing this way and that, and shooting photos of the dolphins that are everywhere. For a moment, I consider how much fun it must be to be a dolphin of any variety. So far, on our two-hour cruise, we’ve seen commonnosed dolphin, Pacific white-sided dolphin and now this massive pod of Flippers. They almost make us forget why we are really out here — to search for gray whales. It’s that time of year again — when landlubbers seek out close encounters with these barnacle-covered cetaceans as they migrate the more than 12,000 miles from the

Alaska coast to the warm waters of Scammon’s Lagoon off the Baja coast. And luck is with us today — at least as far as the weather is concerned. It’s a C h a m b e r- o f - C o m m e rc e January day and the warmth of the sun is much welcomed after our recent cold spell. Captain Jack Van Dyke is at the helm of the 95-foot Dana Pride and he’s been spotting gray whales nearly every day since December. We hope he’ll to add to the tally today. In contrast to dolphins, grays are more solitary. They generally travel alone or perhaps with one or two other whales. That common wisdom was challenged in January when a pod of 23 was sighted off of Palos

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Jack Van Dyke, a native South Korean and one-time Carlsbad resident, is captain of the Dana Pride, owned by Dana Wharf Whale Watching. He uses the microphone to share his vast knowledge about dolphins and whales during the two-hour trips. The 95-foot boat makes several trips daily along the coast off of Dana Point during gray whale migration season (December through March). Photo by E’Louise Ondash

This Pacific white-sided dolphin delights boat passengers with his antics during a January whale-watching trip off the coast of Dana Point. Photo courtesy of Dana Wharf.



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Putting yourself out for others without hesitation will make you feel good, mostly because you won’t make them feel obligated to you in the process.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Don’t hesitate to elevate your sights when establishing your objectives. All you have to FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2013 do to perform some remarkable feats More than a few of your activities in is believe in yourself to the fullest. the year ahead are likely to be done VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — If there on a much grander scale than you’ve is an important agreement that you tried in the past. This will be true need to negotiate, you’re likely to find socially as well as commercially. this to be an excellent day to do so. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — From You stand a good chance of coming to time to time, you could be showered with more material opportunities than a quick understanding. By Bernice Bede Osol

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Someone you recently met is very anxious to get together to discuss a matter that he or she believes could be of interest. A meeting might be CANCER (June 21-July 22) — planned. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — You will have no trouble accomplishing whatever you set your mind to. Obstacles will melt away in the face of your energetic momentum. Enjoy the ride.

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because they are receiving “a spinal surgeon’s perspective.” While he cautioned that, “there’s no quick fix out there,” those who choose Spine Zone are “empowered to treat (their) problem.” This concept is important to him, as he would like to change the paradigm of non-operative treatment to one of empowerment, he said. “I’d like to see this paradigm get added to every spine professional’s thought process,” he said, “so people really understand and harness the body’s own power to heal itself.” Dr. Steven Pratt, a San Diego ophthalmologist and New York Times-bestselling author on health and longevity, is an advocate of the Spine Zone. Pratt was feeling the cumulative effects of a life-



with only a bit of miso or a splash of sake, are the most fascinating.” Singleton Hachisu says she will most likely be cooking a big pot of light miso soup for visitors at the signing using daikon, carrots, napa cabbage and negi (Japanese leeks) and boiled and refreshed greens dressed with sesame-miso (goma-ae) or tofu-miso (shiraae). “For the demo, I will stir fry some julienned vegetables, perhaps carrots, and flavor them with red pepper, ginger and soy sauce,” she said. “This is the first signing venue where I will arrive without vegetables and I am tremendously excited to cook from what is growing at Chino Farms right now. The final menu will evolve naturally once I can actually touch their beautiful produce.” Singleton Hachisu took on the book project after rais-

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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS And if there is a private reprimand, the public will not know, she said. In addition, it’s important to learn whether your physician is board certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), she said, explaining that spine surgeons are generally certified in either orthopedic surgery or neurosurgery. Also, if a surgeon has had his or her surgical privileges at a hospital or surgery center revoked or suspended, this is a huge red flag. Patients should always ask this question, as such a suspension or revocation is generally due to a significant number of unwarranted surgical complications and/or mistakes, Meadows said. Raiszadeh is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, an ABMS member board. He has surgical privileges at hospitals and surgery centers throughout the county, and he and his brother, Ramin, serve as co-medical directors of the Advanced Spine Institute & Minimally Invasive Spine center at Alvarado Hospital and are starting a spine center of excellence at the New Palomar Hospital. time of physical activity, and the lingering effects of sports injuries, when a tennis-pro friend recommended Dr. Kamshad Raiszadeh. “I’m a firm believer in exercise, stretching and gaining muscle strength,” Pratt said, “which is why I loved the concept (of Spine Zone) … I’m 100 percent behind what he’s doing there.” Pratt said his back “was not an easy fix,” and he was “open to any and all suggestions” on healing it, including surgery. “As a surgeon myself,” he said, “I know there are some things you can’t fix with rehab.” However, Pratt avoided surgery and was able to heal his back through the Spine Zone program. Dan Noel, Spine Zone clinic director, often sees results like Pratt’s. “That’s why I want my parents, my friends, people on the street to know about this,” Noel said. ing three sons and spending several years cooking, teaching cooking and helping with farming which “toughened me to the point where I knew I could do anything.” “The hardest part about writing the book was wrestling myself into a positive frame of mind to start the main push of pulling all the pieces together and filling in the gaps,” she added.“I did it over the course of one long summer, but that was the summer after the earthquake and it really took until the fall to shake off the feeling of malaise. But I put on my earphones, cranked up early Joan Baez on my iPhone and was in the zone.” Chino Farms is located on 50 acres adjacent to Via de la Valle at 6123 Calzada Del Bosque, Rancho Santa Fe.The farm grows hundreds of varieties of produce each year, pulling from seeds from around the world, for walk-in customers and restaurants including Mille Fleur and Market Bar & Restaurant.

Looking at life through a Boomer’s eyes JOE MORIS Baby Boomer Peace My column is one man’s take on life — a baby boomer’s life. Those of you whose parents are baby boomers might find it hard to understand what our generation has been through because I had a tough time understanding what my parents went through. Unless you actually experience something, all the reading of textbooks won’t change a person’s perception of reality when it is experienced in real time. We grew up in a time when there were only three television stations. We all watched the same shows at the same time. There were no computers growing up, at least not personal computers. For many of us if we actually needed to make a phone call we had to go through an operator because we shared “party lines” where we had to wait for someone else to finish their phone call before we could make ours.

The world was also a pretty scary place. We had just completed a major world war and then we wearily went through another one located in the frozen tundra of Korea. The first wave of baby boomers followed World War II and then many of our fathers raced off to the second war and came home to the loving arms of their wives and created the next wave of baby boomers. Another friend of mine passed away two weeks ago. Her name was Barbara. She had just turned 60. About 12 years ago she beat breast cancer. She was married to my good friend Don. Don, Barbara, my now former wife and I had great times going down to Bajamar and playing golf along the Pacific while the mist of waves splashing against the rocks would cool our brows with its spray on a warm summer day. We would wander into Ensenada for a night of margaritas and good food. We had our moments of life that can never quite be duplicated. That is life. Life is fleeting and we have the indelible memories. Barbara is gone now. Just a simple stomach ache forced her to see her doctor. It turned out to be a large mass on her stomach and two weeks later Barbara

was back home in heaven from whence she began. All that is left is a sense of loss by those left behind. Her son David saw many of his fellow soldiers lose their lives on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. But, losing one’s mother is a different story. Barbara was only 60. Just before Christmas, my friend Ted Weeks lost his father. Ted Sr. was a character and a very giving and generous man. He served during WWII. Ted Treadwell is home with Ted’s mom Nellie, now. They too are young again in Heaven and ready to plan their future up there. Yes, our lives seemed so much slower and simpler many decades ago when we baby boomers were just children, but in retrospect, we worked hard getting through school, doing our duty to defend our country for those who either voluntarily or not so voluntarily served their country. Remember, we baby boomers had to deal with the Selective Service draft. Our lives were not entirely our own. There was an ugly war in a very strange place in Indonesia and that too was scary because every night,

one of those three, if not all three, television stations were showing our boys being killed in jungles with rain and 100 percent humidity. We live in a fast paced world today. We live in real time. It’s hard to imagine what 50 years from now will be like. But, despite the draft and the craziness, we were able to pursue our dreams without too much interference. Today it seems like everything we do has something to do with the government. I wish that my grandkids generation knew what it was like to live under personal responsibility instead of “shared” responsibility. I’m too young to see the world change as much as it has, and then I’m too old to honestly believe that the world could be the way it once was. We live in a dynamic world, not a static one. We go with the flow and we live to find our peace. May peace be with you Barbara and Treadwell. Our day will come too, but until then, may our days be filled with good memories, good friends and family and peace. Joe Moris may be contacted at (760) 500-6755 or by email at

Heart health screenings set for area teens COAST CITIES — The Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation is working to prevent fatal cardiac arrest in teens caused by Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) with special screenings during February, Heart Month, beginning from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 10 at Torrey Pines High School, 3710 Del Mar Heights Road. Visit to register. Other participating North County high schools include San Dieguito, La Costa Canyon and Canyon Crest, and the free screenings are open to all San Diego teens who register online and prepare the parent consent/health history pack-

Rhina and Hector Paredes founded the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation in 2010 after they lost their son to Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The foundation is offering free cardiac screens to teens countywide. Courtesy photo

The Paredes Foundation et. More than 1,000 teens can be accommodated at any one works with a volunteer medical team consisting of San screening.

Diego cardiologists and area health professionals who visit local high schools to perform free cardiac screenings (EKGs and ECGs). The EP Save A Life Foundation has screened nearly 6,000 teens in San Diego. Of these, 146 had undetected heart abnormalities and upon further follow-up, 66 were at risk for SCA and four had life-saving corrective surgeries. Rhina and Hector Paredes started this foundation for their son, Eric, a San Diego freshman athlete who died of SCA in 2009. Their mission is to prevent this tragedy from happening to other families.

NFL champs on hand for cancer fundraiser COAST CITIES — The UC San Diego Division of Urology is hosting a prostate cancer “Breakfast with Champions” fundraiser from 8 to 10 a.m. Feb. 22


• They spend summers in the Bering and Chukchi seas off the coast of Alaska, where they load up on food. Once gray whales start their migration south to Mexico, they swim continuously and never eat. • When they reach their destination off the coast of Mexico, gray whales breed and give birth. • The best time to see

at the La Jolla Country Club, 7301 High Ave. The event will feature NFL Hall of Famers and prostate cancer survivors Mike Haynes and Deacon Jones who will

gray whales off the Southern California coast is between late December and late March. After being out for about an hour-and-a-half, Captain Jack returns south and we spot a spout just above the horizon. The boat makes a beeline for the whale, and shortly, we are close to the gray and can see the ridge of its solid, barnacle-covered back skimming along the water each time it surfaces for a

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deep breath. Captain Jack keeps the boat slightly behind the behemoth. With cameras ready, passengers stand close to the railing, trying to anticipate when the whale will break to the surface. We see the fluke once, but after that, he keeps a fairly low profile during surfacing. Still, it’s quite thrilling to get so close. Finally, we turn toward the harbor and in a few minutes, are home. It will be several days, how-

ever, before our gray whale reaches its destination. Whale watching is offered at: Dana Point — Dana Wharf;; (949) 496-5794. Oceanside — Sunset Sails;; (760) 207-5572.

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Sweet picks for Valentine’s Day One more tip: Can’t eat nuts or hate the gooey, fruity centers? Ask whether the retailer will customize a box for you — many will! When it comes to chocolate, the good stuff doesn’t come cheap. To find the ultimate chocolate experience, in time for Valentine’s Day, taste testers at ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from Consumer Reports, nibbled on thousands of boxed bonbons, from hand-crafted assortments going for $90 a pound to a $10 Whitman’s Sampler. According to tests, you’ll have to shell out at least $26 a box for the good stuff. But there’s lots to choose from in the $40-and-up range, including exotic flavors such as mango and chili pepper. ShopSmart’s top pick this year is Woodhouse Chocolate Assortment, which beat Norman Love Confections for the first time. Though chocolatiers rarely run sales, there are ways to save. To avoid shipping costs (which can add a lot to the final price, especially if you order in the summertime, when rates are higher), go online to see if there’s a retail store near you. Also, sign up for enewsletters, which may include coupons. And check the chocolate maker’s website for cheaper shipping options.

LOVE AT FIRST BITE Here are six sweet selections to consider for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day (prices do not include shipping): — Woodhouse Chocolate Assortment (16 ounces, 48 pieces), $90. Deemed the yummiest in ShopSmart’s taste tests, these chocolates were bursting with flavors like cinnamon toast, pecan pie, mint and real whipped cream fillings. Visit — Candinas (16 ounces, 36 pieces), $49. A mix of dark and milk chocolates that are ultra-smooth, with yummy hazelnut, caramel and liqueur-flavored centers that hint of fresh cream and butter.Visit — L.A. Burdick Large

Wood Box Assortment (16 ounces, 64 pieces), $65. ShopSmart’s tasters made note of these bonbons’ intense chocolate flavor with subtler fillings such as cherry liquor and hazelnut.Visit — Fran’s Assorted Truffles Collection (12 ounces, 36 pieces), $50. These milk- and dark-chocolate truffles have delicious chocolatebased fillings of hazelnut, coffee and caramel flavors. Visit — Vosges Exotic Truffle Collection (6.4 ounces, 16 pieces), $40. This delicious mix of traditional and unusual flavors (curry, paprika and wasabi) is well worth the taste bud shock, say ShopSmart’s tasters. Visit — Theo Chocolate Confection Collection (4.5 ounces, 12 pieces), $26. Flavorful, dark chocolate encases outstanding fillings of lemon ganache, fig, mint and more. Visit


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