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24-year-old wanted to give back By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Cristina El Shahawi, the 24year-old Rancho Santa Fe resident who was killed in a single-car accident on Feb. 6, had planned to devote her life to teaching inner city children. “She wanted to give back to those who did not have,” said her stepfather Ihab Shahawi. He said she had been applying for inner city teaching programs that allow a person to get a master’s degree in education while teaching in inner city schools. “She wanted to teach junior high school or high school,” he said. She had done interviews in New York, Chicago and had recently returned from an interview in Washington, D.C. The accident that took her life is was a “tragic accident,” said CHP Officer Jim Bettencourt of the 2:50 p.m. crash. Bettencourt said she was traveling west in the 5400 block of La Granada west of Sobe Los Cerros in a 2007 Mini Cooper, when she entered a left hand curve in the roadway. For reasons unknown, she entered the eastbound lane of traffic then overcorrected to the right,

Cristina El Shahawi, 24, (right) with her mom Vivian. Cristina was killed in a single car accident in Rancho Santa Fe on Feb. 6. Courtesy photo

spun off the north side of the road and struck a tree. He said she suffered major head trauma and was airlifted to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, where she was pronounced dead at 3:52 p.m.

She was wearing her seat belt and neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be a factor in the crash. “It appears to be just a tragic accident,” he said. Cristina El Shahawi was born in Colombia. She moved

with her family to the United States in Woodland Hills where she did her most of her schooling until she was bitten by the travel bug while visiting a friend in New Zealand. She began looking around and decided to finish high school at the Leysin American School in Switzerland. She learned to love snowboarding, which she learned in the Alps. “She was a free spirit,” said her stepfather. “She got to learn French and travel all over Europe while she was there. She went to Thailand on a humanitarian trip.” The family moved to Rancho Santa Fe four years ago. When she returned home, she attended Palomar College for a while and then applied at Hofstra University from which she graduated last May with degrees in mathematics and graphic arts. “She loved to travel. She had been to 40 countries and six continents, sometimes by herself, sometimes with family and sometimes with friends,” Ihab Shahawi said. During a recent trip, she got to see the Northern Lights at the Arctic Circle. “She had a passion for TURN TO CRASH ON A14

Association hears more opposition to roundabouts By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The recent public hearing held by the Rancho Santa Fe Association was not for the purpose of approving three traffic circles locally. It was for deciding whether to accept the final environmental impact report offered by the county and to get input from the membership. And input they got. The Garden Club was packed with at least 150 people and about 50 people filled out speaker cards giving them the opportunity to voice their opinions to the Association. The majority of speakers were against the traffic circles. In the end the Association voted not to object to the final certification of the EIR by the county board of supervisors. It also voted to recommend the diameter of the La Valle

FEELING THE PINCH With prices soaring on local lobsters, some restaurants and grocery stores are being forced to take the offerings off of their menus and shelves.


Rancho Santa Fe residents Bill Schlosser and Leonard Glass inspect the plans of the proposed roundabouts. They were two of about 150 people attending the public hearing about the traffic circles Feb. 7 at the Garden Club. Photo by Patty McCormac

Plateada/Montevideo and Via de la Valle roundabouts be reduced by a minimum of 10 feet to minimize impacts on the adjacent property. Also the Association decided to con-

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vene a volunteer committee to study the possibility of signalization. The traffic circles are planned for the intersections of Del Dios and El Camino Del Norte; Paseo

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Delicias and El Montevideo-La Valle Plateada; and Paseo Delicias and Via de la Valle. In many cases the lots of property owners will be cut either in the front or side. Some driveways will be relocated and trees will be removed. The additional right-of-way required by the county could result in taking it through eminent domain. Don MacNeil an elder at the Village Church told the Association the project would have a negative impact on the community, the church and its preschool, which is located at the intersection of Paseo Delicias and Via de la Valle. He said that not only would the project endanger the children who attend the preschool, but two of the driveways would have to be moved and 23 of their parking spaces would be lost. He said church officials are concerned about the safety of its preschoolers during the 18-month construction period because impatient drivers already cut though their parking lot to make time, and it could get worse. Resident Patricia Simmons who lives at the intersection of Paseo Delicias and La Valle Plateada, said the project TURN TO ROUNDABOUTS ON A12

D.J. Nelson, fourth grade and Jacob Morilak, fifth grade, prepare to put their robots through their paces at a recent school board meeting. Courtesy photo

Students get into science with robots By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — What started out as a lunchtime club for students has grown so quickly, there are waiting lists to join the Robotics programs at R. Roger Rowe School in Rancho Santa Fe and the program is only a year old. “The Robotics Program is off to a great start this year,” said Lindy Delaney, superintendent of schools. “Under the outstanding leadership of science teachers Dave Warner and John Galipault and many parent volunteers, the students are competing with schools in our local area as well as outside of California. I am proud of the effort and time our school families invest to make this program such a tremendous success.” It was Warner who Delaney tapped to get the program rolling. “Last spring, Lindy asked me to initiate a robotics program at the school,” said Warner. “It would consist of offering our middle school students a year-long robotics elective as well as a lunch club and perhaps and after-school program.” Warner said he attended a few workshops and examined a variety of robots, programming languages and educational curriculum. It was decided that Lego’s NXT brick, which can be programmed in two languages NXT-G and ROBOT-C, would be chosen for the program. When John Galipault, who moved to the area with his fiancé, was hired as a middle school science teacher, he joined Warner in the robotics program. “Lindy called John during his honeymoon to offer him a job,” Warner said. “Timing is everything.” “John and I then spent a week together in Pittsburg at

Carnegie Mellon where we became familiar with the NXT-G programming,” Warner said. Then during the school year the two science teachers met with students at lunch and on Friday afternoons to get them excited about robotics. “We had about 50 students interested from grades five through eight,” he said. “We also had a number of parents with younger students who were also interested in robotics so we invited two parents, Lisa Russeth and Aimee Smith, to attend a coaches workshop at Legoland. The two were so excited they initiated an after-school program for first-graders using Lego’s “We Do” kits. Later on, parent Paul Gauvreau initiated a similar program for second-graders. Even after such a short time, Rancho Santa Fe is already being noticed at competitions. The most popular robotics competition in the country is the US First program started by Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway,Warner said. There are currently four separate contests in the US First program: First Lego League Jr., for first through third grade; First Lego League for fourth- to eighth-graders; First Tech Challenge for ninthgraders though high school; and First Robotic Challenge for ninth through 12th grade. “Having Legoland in our backyard made the US First contests a natural fit for us,” Warner said. He said that his robotic colleagues suggested that because he was new to the program, he should register only one team in competition, but he went against their advice and registered TURN TO ROBOTS ON A14



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Report shows increase in crimes, but Original Rancho experts urge caution against the numbers Santa Fe master COAST CITIES — Within the first six months of 2012, violent crime and property crime incidents increased throughout San Diego County compared to 2011, most notably in Carlsbad with a 73 percent increase in violent crime, according to statistics released by the FBI in January. Local law enforcement stated that the increase could be attributed to any number of reasons, including the unsteady economy, a new California sentencing guideline for nonviolent offenders, and increased neighborhood patrols. Yet crime experts caution against assuming that violent crime and property crime rose drastically given how small crime numbers and small city populations result in large percentages. The FBI collected the numbers of violent crimes reported and responded to from law enforcement agencies throughout the county as part of its Uniform Crime Report data, according to the FBI’s website. The FBI releases the data in several reports each year, and uses it to “present a nationwide view of crime” for law enforcement, researchers, and the media and public. Statistics showed crime increased in Oceanside and Carlsbad during January through June of 2012, compared to the same time in 2011. In Carlsbad, violent crime increased by 73 percent and property crime increased by 8.14 percent, while in Oceanside, violent grew by 9.63 percent and property crime by 4.88 percent. Carlsbad’s total violent crime jumped to 137 during the first half of last year from 79 the year before, according to the FBI data. Most of the violent crime increase in the city is due to an up tick in aggravated assaults, from 59 in 2011 to 104 in 2012, and forcible rapes, from four in 2011 to 15 in 2012. “As SANDAG wrote when commenting on the countywide increase, ‘It is impossible to attribute the increase to one cause,’” said Carlsbad Police Public Information Officer Jodee Sasway. In Oceanside, violent crimes rose from 301 in 2011 to 330 in 2012, mainly resulting from an increase in aggravated assaults from 183 to 226. Oceanside Police

Communications Officer Lt. Leonard Mata said that, “This increase appears to be part of a much wider trend, and is not limited to local issues. Last year, violent crime at the nationwide level showed an increase for the first time.” “This is not to say we shouldn’t be looking for ways to counteract that increase, but there may be reasons for the rise in crime we don’t fully understand yet,” he added. Mata said police have noticed a few trends within the city that have

Sasway, noting that the city has not introduced any new crime reporting programs or methods for citizens over the past couple of years. She also added that the number of police officers on patrol, which remained the same between the two time periods, does not affect the numbers either. “We respond to every call for service. Thus the number of reports or calls for service would not necessarily be affected by the number of officers,” said Sasway.

It is thought that stressors like an uncertain economy lead to an increase in categories like aggravated assault.” Jodee Sasway Public Information Officer,Carlsbad Police

affected crime numbers. He said that during recent years, the Oceanside Police Department has experienced an increase in crime reporting because of its efforts to be more strategic about where police are placed out in the field.“As we have deployed additional resources to neighborhoods affected by rising crime, we...(do) see more citizens stepping forward to report crimes. With more boots on the ground, we are also more likely to see officers interceding in events as they unfold, which also produces additional crime reports. This is a good thing, despite the fact it shows up as an increase in reported crime,” he said. “(The Oceanside Police Department has) been putting a lot of extra officers in the neighborhoods through grant-funded (officer) overtime and through our gang suppression unit by assigning more officers to that unit,” said Steve Walter, a senior crime analyst for the Oceanside Police. Consequently, violent crimes have been more likely to be reported to the police, he said. Sasway said that residents’ inclination to report crime or the number of officers on patrol do not play a factor in the violent crime numbers in Carlsbad.“There is no way to know if Carlsbad residents are suddenly more inclined to report crime,” said

But she did suggest that the economy may have had contributed to the increase in some categories. “It is thought that stressors like an uncertain economy lead to an increase in categories like aggravated assault,” said Sasway. Commenting on the rape statistics, she said, “It is important to note that the reported rapes are not stranger crimes but crimes that occurred between people that were acquainted in some fashion. There are also many variables that affect this category. For example, a rape reported this year may have occurred several years ago.” According to Mata, Oceanside’s aggravated assault totals are difficult to draw conclusions from, mainly because the category consists of a wide-range of crime from domestic violence to gang crimes.Statistics show that the city’s bump in property crime can be attributed to a rise in motor vehicle theft, up from 143 in 2011 to 227 in 2012, which Mata said may be caused by California’s prisoner realignment bill AB 109. “We are actually seeing a substantial increase in property crime activity,” said Mata. “Although it is difficult to measure, it is our belief that the increase in property crime can be attributed, in part, to the

plan on display

RANCHO SANTA FE — Found at an East Coast auction, “A Cartographer’s Dream” will be displayed from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. At an auction in New York City last year, local antique map dealer Barry Ruderman acquired a massive map, in near pristine condition, showing the original Master Plan for Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach (labeled “La Costa” back in the day). The map was acquired from the estate of nationally recognized city planner, and author of the RSF Protective Covenant, Charles H. Cheney. Ruderman knew instantly this was a remarkable treasure. “The map is a visual birth certificate for Rancho Santa Fe,” said Ruderman. The massive 8.5-inch-by4-inch, full-color map was completed in August 1929, only months after Rancho residents approved Cheney’s 54-page Protective Covenant, the governing documents that define Rancho Santa Fe to this day. This map is the earliest surviving large format map showcasing Cheney’s vision for Rancho Santa Fe, and the land down to the Solana Beach coastline. “The map is a fantastic find,” Ruderman said. The map shows a planned jetty (over what is now Cardiff Reef), a proposed “Hotel of Casa-deManana Type,” a Beach Club as well as a Beach Hotel. “Cheney was apparently an avid map collector,” Ruderman said, noting “on the lower corner of this map Cheney drew an intricate,colorful image of Triton, seated atop a coat of arms, holding a sailing ship in his hand--an

exact replica seen on a 1630 William Blaeu map of Bermuda, published in Amsterdam.” For those local residents who have a budding cartographer,or Old California history buff, there will be a special youth viewing and lecture from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. before the adult crowd arrives for their private viewing and lecture at 5:30pm. Several local school teachers have offered extra credit for their students who attend and then fill out a question-and-answer sheet that will be provided. Rancho Santa Fe natives Erin Weidner and Jason Mubarak, of the Rancho Santa Fe Group at Morgan Stanley, brought the idea to RSFGC general manager Al Castro, along with golf club members Janet Christ and Leslie Barone. Castro was enthusiastic and supportive of holding the map evening at the club. The storied RSF Golf Club hosted its first foursome in the year 1929 as well. Ruderman will be on hand, and will speak about the history, and the acquisition, of the map at 6 p.m. He will bring some additional Old California maps from his Rare Maps shop and from the La Jolla Map Museum. “The discovery of this map brings to light an important artifact in the history of Rancho Santa Fe,” Ruderman said. “While I have already received an offer from an Ivy League East Coast institution for the map, I’m hopeful that it will find a home in the Ranch.” There is no charge for the evening, but reservations are requested. Residents and guests may RSVP to Erin Weidner at (858) 613-8147 or email at erin.weidner@morganstanley.com.


Community center celebrates opening The Village of Del Mar announces the opening of the new Del Mar Community & Visitor Center at 1104 Camino Del Mar, Suite 1, across from City Hall The Del Mar Village Association will host a grand opening celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 28 with wine and tapas. The Visitor Center is currently open during the winter from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday and will have extended hours starting in the spring. Fulfilling a need for locals and visitors, the new center, staffed by the Del Mar Village Association, will provide information on hotels, dining, special events and activities in Del Mar. On display will be Village walking maps, visitors’ guides, restaurant menus and downtown community and special events

information. “We’re happy to have a visible location in the heart of Del Mar that will not only serve as an information gathering place for locals but will assist visitors as they explore our Village,” said Mathew Bergman, president of the Del Mar Village Association. In the future, the DMVA plans to sell Del Mar gifts such as holiday ornaments, wine glasses, license plate frames, water bottles, signature Del Mar surf wax among other unique items. Residents interested in volunteering at the new center should call: (858) 7353650 or email info@delmarmainstreet.com. The Del Mar Village Association (DMVA) is a nonprofit organization made up of Del Mar residents, business owners and property owners.

School board votes against districtwide survey RANCHO SANTA FE — After a presentation by the Robotics Club, it was back to business for the Rancho Santa Fe School Board at its Feb. 7 meeting. The idea of a districtwide parent and staff survey was voted down 2-2 with board member Todd Buchner missing during the vote. He had stepped away from the meeting for an hour to coach his son’s Junior Dunkers basketball team in the finals. Unfortunately, the basketball team lost, as did trustee Todd Frank who had proposed the survey. Frank said he felt a districtwide survey would help determine the perceptions and satisfaction with R. Roger Rowe’s programs, curriculum, staff and community and ask for feedback. The survey would be offered to parents, certified staff and classified staff. “We don’t know what we

don’t know,” Frank said. He said there might be areas that need improvement of which they are not aware. “Let’s see if we can find them,” he said. Frank said the results of the survey could be used for strategic planning, goal setting and hearing from the “non-local” parents who normally don’t offer opinions. Frank said a survey is done every three years at Woodside Elementary School, a district in Northern California similar to Rancho Santa Fe. The survey for Woodside was done by the Social Science Research Laboratory at San Diego State. A similar survey could be done locally at the cost of about $4,000, Frank said. “I am not opposed to a survey, but we need to narrow down what we want to ask about,” said trustee Tyler Seltzer.

Board Vice President Richard Burdge said he felt the survey was not necessary because people talk to members of the school board and the superintendent constantly. “This is a very open school,” he said. “I don’t think it is necessary to spend the money to ask a whole bunch of questions.” Lindy Delaney, school superintendent, said that indeed people constantly talk to her and that the school board also interacts with the community and with her. “I think we have great leadership on the school board. People talk to you and they talk to me all the time. You (the school board) help me see what’s going on that I can’t see,” Delaney said. She said she believes that people are satisfied with the school and how it is being run. “I don’t see a lot of peo-

ple at the board meeting unhappy about what is going on,” she said looking around at the nearly empty performing arts center. The Woodside survey included questions about curriculum, programs, special education, after school programs, field trips, teachers, the school board and PTA. In other school board news, the board discussed changing the meeting time of the school board. They also turned down a proposal for shade structures over the bleachers on the athletic fields as too expensive at $82,544. “That’s a lot of money to put up something to stand under for an hour,” Burdge said. “Maybe there is a happy medium,” said Seltzer. Representatives from Webb-Cleff Architects will look for an alternative project.



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Alternatives to prison realignment could be worse By Thomas D. Elias

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Celebrating our public libraries By Elizabeth Stines

Now that the furor, and some might say the ecstasy and the agony of the political season has somewhat waned, we can afford to focus on the many other things our communities do best. We can acknowledge those quality of life issues that make us so unique. While some downtowns and libraries throughout the nation become irrelevant, or worse obsolete in poor economic times, the libraries in our communities have managed to grow and blossom. Last month the San Diego County Library System, which is comprised of 31 individual city libraries, won the National Library of the Year Award for it’s outstanding level of excellence. National recognition is no small thing and this award is both newsworthy and meritorious to the county and to our cities. Being a resident of Encinitas makes it easiest to describe their success story though the attributes mentioned here are likely commonalities throughout the county system. Encinitas has a beautiful library building overlooking a panoramic view of the ocean. The library has become a stand-alone

tourist attraction. But it’s really the people and the programs inside the library that make it such a special place. In addition to limited public funding, libraries have had to come up with innovative self sufficient ways to supplement their tight budgets such as used bookstores inside or adjacent to the library. The Friends of the Encinitas Library Used Bookstore alone generated $60,000 in revenue last year by selling good condition donated popular paperbacks for 50 cents each and hardcover books for $1.50. They also sell collector books, DVDs and CDs. There are children and teen sections, fiction and nonfiction, cooking, travel, spirituality and hobby sections, sheet music, comics, and more. Thanks to such funding, libraries are still a place made up of free books that can be borrowed. These days there are also lots of free e-books and free DVDs, magazines, and even computer terminals available for public use. But libraries are also made up of the tremendous efforts of many individuals from the head librarians, management and marketing personnel, program and development staff, to technical support peo-

ple and a multitude of volunteer workers. All of these people work for comparatively little pay and many of them for no pay other than the satisfaction and pride of being a part of a worthwhile whole. Libraries today are a huge part of our communities’ culture and arts scene. They offer diverse social activities. You only need to check online or to pick up the Encinitas City’s Arts and Entertainment Calendar to see that free concerts from singer/songwriters to classical music, to piano recitals abound. There are children’s programs, adult programs and senior programs. There are painting, language, literacy, writing, genealogy, and sculpture classes. There are monthly local artist exhibits, special event wellness programs, poetry and professional storytelling events, free yoga and zumba classes, family movie nights and much more. Libraries thrive, and these programs thrive, because residents value and patronize them. National awards don’t come easily and we all deserve to share in the knowledge and the pride of this moment when our cities have excelled. Elizabeth Stines is an Encinitas resident.

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As crime statistics for 2012 gradually filter in from around the state, gripes about the 15month-old prison realignment program have begun rising in newspaper headlines and talk show airwaves. There are two major complaints: One is that crime rose as realignment cut the inmate populace by more than 24,000. The other is that some criminals are being released earlier than before the program began in October 2011, in part because local jails in a few counties are overcrowded. A typical gripe comes from Tyler Izen, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the state’s largest police union. “Our members are terribly concerned that we are allowing people out of prisons who are likely to recommit crimes and victimize the people of our city,” he said in a telephone interview. He claimed probation departments have lost track of some former prisoners, but could offer no specific examples. “All I have is anecdotal information,” he conceded. It turns out that only one of those big gripes has any proven merit: In a few counties, Fresno being a prime example, prisoners are often released after serving minimal jail time. But sheriffs and the state Department of Corrections insist the releases never involve violent or sexual criminals and that ex-convicts get the same level of parole and probation supervision they did before. As for the other complaint, it turns out the crime numbers reported so far are pretty mixed. Violent crimes in Los Angeles, for example, were down last year for the 10th year in a row, dropping 8.2 percent to a total of 18,293, with significant decreases in robbery and aggravated assault and 152 gangrelated homicides, the fewest in more than 10 years. But property crime was up slightly in L.A., by 0.2 percent, with Police Chief Charles Beck attributing the uptick to a 30 percent increase in cellphone thefts. Beck said some of the small increase in property crime might be due to realignment. In surrounding Los Angeles County, homicides were at 166, the lowest number since 1970. By contrast, murders were up in the San Francisco Bay area, increasing from 248 in 2010 and 275 in 2011 to 310 last year. Almost all the increase took place in three cities, San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland, where killings rose 52 percent over two years. Taken together, those three cities lost more than 850 police officers to budget cuts over the last three years, which may help explain some of their homicide increase. The other dozen cities in the region reporting had 24 percent less murders over that period, and overall, Bay area slayings remain well below historic

highs. It’s a mixed bag, with preliminary numbers for the first six months of last year showing violent crime in major cities may have climbed 4 percent and property crime 9 percent. Even at that, crime overall appears to be well below the historic peaks of the 1980s. And in 2011, California crime ranked third from the bottom among the ten largest states. No one yet knows if the preliminary numbers will stand up or if any increases are due to realignment. But it’s certain that given the order to free thousands of prisoners that came from federal judges backed by the U.S. Supreme Court, things could be much worse. “The governor was presented with three choices,” his press secretary, Gil Duran, wrote in an email. Brown, Duran said, could have defied the order, precipitating a constitutional crisis. He also could have released prisoners willy-nilly, without concern for public safety. Or he could do something like the realignment program, which keeps all serious, violent or sexual offenders in prisons. The program transfers no present state prison inmates to county jails and allows no one placed there to be released earlier than they otherwise would have been. All felons sent to state prison will do all their time there. The inmate reduction stems mainly from two categories: About 14,000 are parole violators who previously would have been sent back to state prison and now go to county jails instead, if parole violation is their sole new offense. Another 10,000 staying in county jails previously would have gone to state prison for felonies that were not sexual, violent or serious, by legal definition. None of those inmates can have prior convictions in these three categories, either. “A mass release of serious felons was on the table due to the court order,” said Terri McDonald, undersecretary of the state prison system. “We had to find an alternative that left higher-risk offenders in state prison. “The crime numbers now are all over the place, so it’s far too soon to know what’s really happening on the streets,” she added. Which means no one knows yet whether realignment has caused crime to rise slightly or not. But one thing is certain: Most alternatives to doing realignment as it now works could have been a lot worse.

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Discovering the bridges of San Diego County E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road Washington, D.C., may have its Cherry Blossom Festival, the South may celebrate its azalea season, but San Diego County has — well, what are those trees with the explosion of white blossoms anyway? That was the question before us as our group of six — the No. 1 Ladies Hiking Club of North County — stood in the plaza fronting the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. We marveled at the mystery trees whose full blossoms seem to be fighting for space on the delicate limbs. Despite regular visits to the park, I couldn’t recall seeing such a show. Had I been that unobservant all these years? Or maybe these mystery trees were just having a particularly spectacular season. Thanks to Google, we discovered that the trees are ornamental pear, also called Callery pear. They certainly are not native to our area, but they are oh-so-beautiful and quintessentially spring. (Don’t tell me that San Diego has no seasons.) In any case, we couldn’t get our cameras and smart phones out fast enough. The park’s plaza was

only one of many stops our hiking group made during the seven Bridge Walk, a route designed by the Canyoneers, volunteers at the Natural History Museum who lead regular interpretive nature walks. To begin, we caught the 7:47 a.m. Coaster south from Carlsbad Village Station, hopped off at Old Town, then transferred to the No. 10 bus which took us to the intersection of University and Park avenues. Public transportation dictated that we begin at Bridge No. 7 on the map, a historic structure that spans University Avenue. (In reality, you can begin your trek at any point along the circular route.) Warning or spoiler alert, depending on your age, interests and whether you are traveling with children: On the northeast corner of Park and University is an S&M store called The Crypt; its large display windows are not easily missed.) From Bridge No. 7, we walked south on Park Avenue to Bridge No. 1, which took us into the Prado and to the ornamental pear trees. From there, we strolled west down the Prado and crossed Bridge No. 2, the Laurel Street Bridge. Officially named the Cabrillo Bridge, it was built in 1915 to coincide with the opening of the PanamaCalifornia Exposition. It was recently rebuilt and reinforced because a 2004 fire destroyed some of the wooden infrastructure. According to research

These ornamental pear trees are currently blooming in many places in San Diego County. These festoon the plaza in front of the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. It’s hard to believe that these trees are considered to be invasive in some areas of the country. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

This map details the route for the 7 Bridge Walk, which also takes participants through Balboa Park, scenic neighborhoods, and multiple shops and restaurants on University Avenue in Hillcrest. Map by Pat Knoll, courtesy of the San Diego Natural History Museum Canyoneers and the San Diego Reader.

The Spruce Street Suspension Bridge, built in 1912, spans Kate Sessions Canyon. Sessions is credited for planting many of Balboa Park’s trees, thus transforming what was a barren mesa. Jump up and This wooden-trestle bridge, built in 1905, gave First Avenue residents a down or sway side-to-side and the bridge rocks and rolls. Photo by short-cut to the Fourth Avenue trolley station. Its dramatic architecture looks a bit forbidding to some. Photo by Laurie Brindle] E’Louise Ondash

done by the Canyoneers, Bridge No. 3, or the First Avenue Bridge, was built in 1931, shipped to San Diego and reassembled. It affords a breathtaking view of the harbor and Point Loma. Stay for a few minutes and you’ll see low-flying airplanes coming in for a landing at nearby Lindbergh Field. The surrounding First Avenue neighborhood is full of stately, architecturally interesting historic homes and mature, flowering trees. Bridge No. 4 is a photogenic, wooden-trestle structure that was built in 1905 for less than $1,000 to create a shortcut to the Fourth Avenue trolley station. Bridge No. 5 will undoubtedly be a favorite. Called the Spruce Street Suspension Bridge, it was built in 1912. Walkers can bounce or sway side-to-side as they cross, creating some rock ‘n’ roll as they cross. At this point, we took a lunch break at a Thai restaurant in Hillcrest, then continued east on University to visit Bridge No. 6. I remember the Vermont Street Bridge as a white wooden

Don’t miss the words of inspiration from famous people on both sides of the Vermont Street Bridge, as well as the seven definitions of the word “bridge” that are stamped into the concrete. Photo by Laurie Brindle

trestle bridge near the former Sears Roebuck store. Both are gone now and the bridge wasn’t replaced with the current one until 1995. It was worth the wait. Three artists have created 32 lasercut panels that include pictographs and quotations from the thoughtful and famous, and the bridge surface is etched with multiple definitions of “bridge.” Each of the seven bridges has a unique personality and history, and discovering these as we progressed was part of our adventure. Several of the bridges span

beautiful canyons that also have interesting trails or E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer livexpansive views of San ing in North County. Tell her about your Diego’s harbor. The route, for travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com. which we thank the Canyoneers, offers historic and colorful neighborhoods; homes designed by architect Irving Gill; gardens public and private; interesting shops; and plenty of affordable ethnic and chain restaurants. Hike over, we caught the No. 10 bus to the Old Town Station where we even had time to explore a bit of Old Town before we caught the 2:24 p.m. Coaster north.


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Jarvis Chang will serve as concertmaster of the San Diego Youth Symphony for a joint performance with the San Diego Master Chorale titled, Violins, Voices & More at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at San Dieguito United Methodist Church in Encinitas. Courtesy photo

From left, Susan Eldred, John Young, Elizabeth Young and Gigi Carpenter with Buddy, Maggie and Max, enjoy being part of Maggie’s Club at Solana Santa Fe Elementary School. The Young’s started Maggie’s Club in Arizona with black lab Maggie. They brought the program to California four years ago and added another black lab named Max. Eldred and her beagle Buddy joined the program last year. Every other week they come to SSF. Lydia Noble, the guidance assistant at the school, says the program has been a very positive addition and the dogs have a calming effect on the students. Courtesy photo

Torrey Pines High School to serve as concertmaster with Youth Orchestra By Lillian Cox

Gala to support medical research COAST CITIES — Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute will host its annual “Bring It!” event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Activity Center April 25, in support of stem cell research at the Institute. Former San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders will co-chair with founding chairpersons Stath and Terry Karras. A variety of sponsor-

ship opportunities are offered to businesses wishing to reach an active, affluent audience. Tickets, sponsorships and event information are available at sanfordburnhamevents.org/bri ngit or by calling Karolyn Baker at (858) 795-5239. This fundraising event opens with a networking reception attended by members of San Diego businesses. Then the games begin, with guests organized into teams, competing for the title of 2013 “Bring It!” champion. Celebrating its fifth year, “Bring It!” is a sort of “un-gala,” abandoning for-

mal wear for a rowdy atmosphere and good-natured rivalry. Sanford-Burnham is known for its capabilities in stem cell research. SanfordBurnham researchers are harnessing the latest stem cell technology to tackle diseases like diabetes, Alzheimer’s, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), brain tumors and heart disease, as well as spinal cord and brain injuries. Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute is dedicated to discovering the fundamental molecular causes of disease and devising the innovative therapies of tomorrow.

CARMEL VALLEY — Jarvis Chang, a senior at Torrey Pines High School, has a distinguished honor at an upcoming concert. Chang will serve as concertmaster, first seat in the violins, of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory for a joint performance with the San Diego Master Chorale titled, Violins, Voices & More, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at San Dieguito United Methodist Church in Encinitas. Jeff Edmons serves as music director of the San Diego Youth Symphony. Gary McKercher is music director of the master chorale. “Jarvis learned to play piano at an early age from his mother, Peijung Chang, who was a music major,” his father, Yunpu Chang, said. “At one point she realized he was a natural. That’s why we invested time and money taking him to Los Angeles for lessons.” Jarvis Chang was 6 years old when he started lessons. “I found the violin’s sound very pleasing,” he recalled. “As I improved my playing, it became more enjoyable and rewarding. My favorite composer is Beethoven. Everything he wrote is a pleasure to listen

to and play.” Jarvis Chang competed in SDYS’ Concerto Competition for the last two years winning second place both in 2012 and 2013, with a performance of Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61 by Camille Saint-Saëns. He will be playing the “Te Deum” by Franz Joseph Haydn with the master chorale. “Jarvis has been an outstanding member of our program for six years,” Edmons said. “He holds the position of Jeffrey Dan Sollender Concertmaster Chair for the symphony orchestra, as well as the Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonia. He has tremendous talent, character and leadership, which makes him an excellent model for the musicians in our program. “We are very proud of all the accomplishments that Jarvis brings to our program and he truly represents the best in all ways of students in the San Diego Youth Symphony.” Edmons explained that the chamber orchestra was designed to allow the top seated players to experience high-quality music in an intimate, orchestral setting unique to a chamber orchestra. “An important component of the Chamber Orchestra is the opportunity to collaborate with esteemed community music organizations,” he added. “We are very excited that our first concert will be a collaboration with the San Diego Master Chorale.” The orchestra will perform “Symphony No. 4” by Felix Mendelssohn and the choir will perform Gioacchino Rossini’s “I

Gondolieri” and Ralph Vaughan Williams' “See the Chariot at Hand” from In Windsor Forest, adapted from the opera “Sir John in Love.” The concert comes to a close with a joint performance of “Te Deum” in C Major by Haydn. The San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory is the sixth oldest continuously operating youth symphony in the United States, and this year serves more than 900 students in 10 ensembles from its home in Balboa Park. Skill levels range from beginner to pre-professional, with participating students ages 8 to 25. In addition to its large ensemble programs, its Community Opus Project provides free after-school music instruction at elementary schools in Chula Vista. SDYS is the 2012 Grand Prize Winner of the BoardSource/Prudential Leadership Awards for Exceptional Nonprofit Boards. The Chamber Orchestra is an invitationonly ensemble comprised of principal and top seated musicians from the Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia. This orchestra rehearses and performs a variety of repertoire unique to this type of ensemble from multiple historic periods, for both string orchestra and full chamber orchestra. The San Diego Master Chorale includes 125 of San Diego’s finest singers who perform more than 25 times each year all around San Diego County. The SDMC’s mission is to promote and preserve the art of choral music through performance, education, and diverse community outreach. The SDMC has made a number of concert tours throughout Europe, most recently a tour of France after the 20102011 season to celebrate its Golden Anniversary. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. They are available for purchase online at sdys.org or by calling (619) 233-3232, ext. 115.


FEB. 22, 2013


Local lobster prices continue on a roller coaster ride ■ Increasing demand from

China causes restaurants to feel the pinch of the record high By Jared Whitlock

COAST CITIES — At Las Olas in Cardiff, shrimp, fish and scallops are on the menu. But one fare has been conspicuously absent from diners’ plates since December: local lobster. “We had to cut it; we just couldn’t justify serving it once it got so expensive,” said Carson Wise, a manager at Los Olas, a restaurant that’s served local lobster from October to March in the past. The story is the same in restaurants across San Diego. Lobster was going for $12 per pound — a relatively affordable rate for restaurants and grocery stores — at the start of the season in the fall. Then, the price shot up to $20 in late December, and didn’t stop rising. Now, lobster is fetching around $24 a pound, the highest price ever for local lobster.

“Supporting local lobster is a very worthy cause — just hard to do when it’s so exorbitant,” Foshee said. It’s difficult to say if the price will stay this high, said Dave Rudie, owner of Catalina Offshore Products in San Diego. The lobster market has never been so volatile. “I’ve heard the current price is unsustainable,” Rudie said. “But I can’t say what will happen. “Lobster prices didn’t change much a decade ago,” Rudie added. “The decline and quick rise this year are unprecedented.” For the first half of the 2000s lobster hovered around $7 a pound. Around 2005, the price started slowly climbing, reaching $18 a pound last year. That’s why fans of local lobster cheered when this year’s season opened with lower prices, the first drop in

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George’s at the Cove also had to scrap serving local lobster a few months ago, said Trey Foshee, executive partner and chef. “Even if prices go down again, I worry restaurants will forget about local lobster,” Foshee said. “Chefs are creatures of habit.” Like other restaurants, George’s offers East Coast lobster, which is one-third of the cost, because the bounty is more plentiful in that region. The irony of shipping in Maine lobster isn’t lost on Foshee. He sees lobster traps bobbing up and down from the restaurant’s windows every day.

eight years. Of course, they were less thrilled with the meteoric rise in the price. Those in the lobster industry can’t say with complete certainty why the

price is fluctuating so much. But what’s clear is China is driving the market. China’s buying power has increased over the years, and so has the country’s demand for San Diego lobster. They prefer the look of our lobster to other varieties for cultural reasons. Rudie noted, it’s a staple for weddings there. “Last year (the price) started high because before the Year of the Dragon many couples wanted to get married and have Dragon A fisherman holds lobster caught off the coast of Oceanside. The price babies,” Rudie said. “This of lobster is at unheard of levels. As a result, local restaurants have been year, before the Year of the Snake, did not have that priced out of the market. Photo by Jared Whitlock

demand.” Although China’s appetite for lobster was weak at the beginning of the season in October, production sharply declined in San Diego in November, and couldn’t keep up with growing demand. Another factor likely sent prices sky high: Australia and Baja Mexico had poor lobster harvests. “China gets most of its lobster from Mexico,” Rudie said. “Since Mexico had a poor season, they relied more on San Diego than they normally would.” TURN TO LOBSTERS ON A12


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A RTS &ENTERTAINMENT Artist’s favorite studio — the Great Outdoors KAY COLVIN A Brush With Art Carlsbad artist Rita Pacheco knows the pure joy of experiencing nature while responding to it from direct observation. With studios in her home and at the Studio 7 Gallery in Laguna Beach, Calif. her favorite studio is unquestionably the Great Outdoors. Currently a member of the California Art Club and Director of Programs of the Carlsbad Oceanside Art League, Pacheco grew up in Long Beach, Calif. in a family of 10 children, all of whom were encouraged to explore the arts creatively. Her older sisters were her first artistic mentors. Pacheco feels that her purpose was made clear at an early age, as her artistic abilities often surpassed those of her teachers. An award received at high school graduation encouraged the pursuit of formal training at Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design. She later worked for 15 years in the


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FEB. 23 MARIACHI MUSIC The American G.I. Forum Education Foundation hosts the Mariachi Chula Vista Dinner Concert.

interior design field as an architectural renderer and draftsman. The skills developed while producing architectural renderings have been invaluable in her career as a plein air painter. She explains, “I’m not spending all my time trying to figure out the perspective of the scene in front of me.” She continues, “I’m not saying I’m never perplexed; just that it’s easier for me than most because of all the tables and chairs I’ve drawn. This is something that cannot be faked.” Pacheco painted murals for businesses and homes while her children were small, and took workshops and classes to further develop her artistic ability. Having studied through the Watts Atelier in Encinitas and many weekend workshops with prominent artists, she says, “I believe that any of my success as an oil painter is a result of early and continual daily practice with drawing.” Relocating to Carlsbad with her husband in 2008, Pacheco states, “The nearby Pacific Ocean, with its waterways and lagoons, has provided me with much inspiration and subject matter for my paintings.” from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Martin Luther King Middle School, 1290 Ivy Ranch Road, Oceanside. Dinner and reserved seating $25. The forum raises money to promote scholarships for Hispanic students. Call (760) 583-3870 for tickets. AT THE REP North Coast Repertory Theatre presents “Time Stands Still,” Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., through

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life.” When painting “en plein air” Pacheco usually paints relatively small canvasses, making it possible to capture an accurate representation of a scene before the sunlight changes its orientation significantly. She says, “When I'm out in the field painting, I'm

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Carmel Valley. For further information call (858) 552-1668. NEARBY THEATER Enjoy “Geography of a Horse Dreamer” by Sam Shepard at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 with an appetizer reception at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Tickets, $15. RSVP required. Email boxoffice@intrepidshakespeare.com or call: (760) 6525011.


“Violins, Voices & More” with San Diego Youth Symphony & San Diego Master Chorale, Will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at San Dieguito United Methodist Church, Encinitas. Tickets are Adult $15, Student $10 at sdys.org or call (619) 233-3232, RAISE YOUR VOICE ext. 115. Composer, conductor, teacher Alice Parker leads one of her famous “sings” for all ages at PLAYREADERS Carlsbad 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at San Dieguito Playreaders will present “The United Methodist Church, 170 Meeting,” directed by Melissa Calle Magdalena, Encinitas. Coleman-Reed, featuring Keith Call (760) 753-6582 for details. Jefferson, Warner Miller and Free-will offering. Bryan Barbarin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Carlsbad Dove Library Schulman Auditorium. TUESDAY MOVIE See the ART OVERVIEW Mary Kay winner of the Best Animated Gardner, San Diego Museum of Award from the L.A. Film Art Docent, will speak at 9:30 Critics, Boston and New York a.m. Feb. 25 in St. Peter’s critics at the Encinitas Library, Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 540 Cornish Drive at 4 p.m. Free 15th Street and Maiden Lane, Tuesday Movie, directed by Tim Del Mar. Cost is $5. Call (760) Burton. Call (760) 753-7376 for 704-6436 for details. more information.

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Auditions are being held for “Fox on the Fairway,” from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Broadway Theater in Vista. Non-equity production, all actors receive $125 per week. For details, visit broadwayvista.com. SADDLE UP Cowboy Jack will play 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Feb. 25 at Robbie’s Roadhouse, 530 N. Highway 101, Encinitas.

FEB. 28 GROUP 7 ART An exhibit by the Group 7 artists will run Feb. 23 through March 23, with an artist's reception 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Oceanside Art Gallery, 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. For information, call (760) 845-9017.


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Co-directors Gavin Froome (left) and Mike Bernard took six years to film their documentary, “Coast Modern” a described “project of passion” for the filmmakers. Bernard will screen the film Feb. 21 at the La Paloma Theatre and take part in a Q&A afterwards. Photo courtesy Martin Tessler

Filmmaking duo captures essence of West Coast Modern Architecture By Tony Cagala


project of passion six years in the making, co-directors Mike Bernard and Gavin Froome began showing their film in the summer of last year to great acclaim. On Feb. 21, a special, one-run screening of “Coast Modern,” their documentary about the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture, will be shown at the La Paloma Theatre followed by a Q&A with Bernard, where he’ll talk about what it was like traveling the entire West Coast from Los Angeles to Vancouver, Canada (his home base). Ahead of the event, Bernard talked with The Coast News about discovering the essences of what three generations of modernist architects saw as true living and their inspiration behind finding that

sense of place called “home.” What is worth discovering about West Coast Modernist Architecture? The thing that’s neat about West Coast Modernism, I mean it’s said better by other people in our film, but it’s a sentiment that I’ve always appreciated, and that’s just that it’s a little bit more warmed up, a little less cold steel and glass…People have these notions about modernism that it’s like being in a museum — it’s very, very precious and it’s austere and you’re not supposed to touch anything, it’s sort of a thing that’s removed from you. And on the West Coast, I think they did a great job of just making it flip-flop modernism — just making it something that was much more inteTURN TO ARCHITECTURE ON A14

Jazz it up for music education RANCHO SANTA FE — An evening for the jazz lover will benefit the FanFaire Foundation with the help of the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club at 6 p.m. March 2. The FanFaire Foundation, a San Diegobased nonprofit organization, is presenting “A Very Special Evening of Jazz” dinner-and-show event at the Garden Club, 17025 Avenida de Acacias. Tickets to the event are $75. For tickets and information, email rsfgardenclub@gmail.com. The show will feature Latin jazz, jazz standards and selections from the great American songbook performed by San Diego jazz musicians, including Bill Caballero and his Quinteto Caballero (trumpet, flugel horn, guitar, bass, and conga and timbales drums.)

Also featured will be a trio comprised of virtuoso jazz pianist Mikan Zlatkovich, flutist Kirk Johnson, and bassist Bill Andrews; and The Pizarro Brothers (piano and keyboard). Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club President Helen DiZio added that the three-hour event will include a three-course dinner created for the occasion by Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club Chef Brian Freerksen. Cocktails will be served from a no-host bar throughout the evening. FanFaire Foundation, where science and music intersect, is a young, allvolunteer nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture through music the kind of creativity badly needed in our highly competitive science-based society.



FEB. 22, 2013


Chef Jason Gethin has game Chef Jason Gethin does game right at Union Kitchen & Tap. Photo courtesy Union Kitchen & Tap

DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate I really enjoy the contradictions writing this column provides. From dabbling in the vegan lifestyle at Native Foods Café to singing the praises of game keeps things interesting, which is exactly how I like it. I grew up hunting and fishing and have always had a fondness for cooking what I caught or shot. During college, I lived with a few guys in a farmhouse and when one of them hit a deer we had it butchered and filled our freezer full of venison. We were quite resourceful that way. Game is showing up on a lot of menus around town these days and Chef Jason Gethin from Union Kitchen & Tap always has a nice selection on his menu. I sat down with him recently to learn

more about game from a chef’s perspective. Lick the Plate: What were some of your first experiences working with game in a kitchen? Jason Gethin: Throughout my career I have worked in many restaurants that have incorporated wild game meats, mainly the mainstays of duck or the occasional bison while living in the Midwest. But it was not until I moved to Louisiana that the places I worked began to experiment more with this type of cuisine. In Louisiana people grew up in areas dependent on turtle, gator, rabbit and boar for hunting. Many chefs in the area learned from their parents the proper way to cook game meats so they became common on many menus. LTP: Besides duck, which has become a mainstay of fine dining menus, what game selections are becoming more prevalent these days? JG: With customers becoming more adventurous, and the ability to farm raise wild game, you are seeing a shift in menus to incorporate various items that

include game meat. The area you live many times will dictate what is served. In Texas the area is filled with rattlesnake, wild boar and venison. In Colorado and areas more mountainous areas there tends to be an emphasis on elk, bison and just maybe the occasional bear on menus. But also I am seeing quail and rabbit making more of a surge on menus today. LTP: My experience with game is that a simple preparation is usually best to let the flavors come out and that because of the lean nature of game, cooking it above medium rare can dry it out. Thoughts on this? JG: Yes that is very true, like most things the simpler the preparation the better. When you decide that you are going to use game meat, you are using it for its uniqueness. Heavy sauces, complicated spice mixtures or over the top presentations would just mask the gaminess of the meat and put more focus on what is around on the plate rather than the protein that should be the star of the show.

Bison, like many other proteins in this category, tend to be very lean. Without the necessary fat, the meat will dry out and become shoe leather. So my recommendation is if you don't tend to eat a steak medium rare or lower, trying game meats may not be up your alley. When someone orders Bison Burger medium well, I count the minutes before it comes back and I hear about a guest complaint that the product was for dried out. LTP: Union Kitchen & Tap always has a selection of game on the menu, what are your current offerings? JG: Like many restaurants around town we always have duck on the menu in one form or another, right now we serve it for brunch as a duck confit hash and at dinner with parsnip puree and wilted watercress. Besides the duck we carry a bison burger for lunch with caramelized onions and roasted garlic aioli. On the dinner menu we serve veniTURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON A14

Grand tasting tour stops in San Diego FRANK MANGIO

Taste of Wine Since I first began my wine tasting journey as a journalist and creator of TASTE OF WINE the column, I have traveled round the wine world and tasted many wine countries. Paso Robles has always impressed me as a young, diverse, multifaceted sense of place. And what a place it is! There are 26,000 vineyard acres producing more than 40 kinds of wine for over 200 wineries. They are an ambitious, creative group and TASTE OF WINE columnist Frank Mangio shares a Paso Robles CASS they are coming to San Diego Mourvedre with co-owner Ted Plemmons. Photo by Frank Mangio with a Grand Tasting Feb. 26

at the McMillin Events Center, with wine dinners Feb. 25. Paso Wine Country is halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along Highway 101. It’s California’s fastest growing wine region. From the downtown area, the AVA appellation is 35 miles from east to west and 25 miles from north to south. West of the 101 on Highway 46, the elevation is significant, enabling many different sub-climates with over 45 soil types, not typical of other viticultural areas. This explains why Cabernet Sauvignon can be grown successfully just a few miles away from Zinfandel. East of the 101, the elevation drops to that of a valley and blends in with the giant San Joaquin Valley about 20 miles east to

Interstate 5. Paso Robles as a wine source was not born yesterday. Back in 1815, wine was being made by the friars of the Mission San Miguel Archangel. Commercial wines were made starting in 1882 from Ascension Winery. Today it is known as Epoch Estate Wines in the York Mountain area of Templeton, just south of Paso Robles. Today, Paso is making an impression on the wine world by making New World wines, best described as “Paso Blends.” It is typical to taste non-traditional Bordeaux mixed with Spanish style varietals, or a Rhone varietal with a Zinfandel. Two maverick-style wineries are Tablas Creek, run by Jason Haas, with his emphasis on Rhone style wines using vines from

French Beaucastel, creating a world-class Chateauneuf-DuPape style of wine; and Cass Winery, specialists in Rhone varietals such as Grenache, Mourvedre, Viognier, Syrah and Roussane. Playful Ted Plemmons runs the show on Paso’s east side in the shadow of a huge heritage oak tree, symbolic of Paso Robles (which literally means “the Pass of the Oaks.”) The Rhone Valley plays a big role with its French varietals, but Zinfandel is the celebrated grape in this part of the California Wine World. March 15 to March 17, Paso invites the public to more than 130 wineries that offer barrel tastings, winemaker dinners, BBQ’s and live music. It’s called “Grow TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON A14


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the intersections they replaced. “What’s more, the most serious accidents are the right-angle, left-turn or head-on collisions that can be severe because vehicles may be moving fast and collide at high angles of impact,” she said. But others are not convinced. Linda Hahn, who lives along Paseo Delicias, said it was hard enough now to back out of a driveway during peak traffic hours, much less if traffic circles kept traffic moving. Longtime resident Lisa Bartlett said, “We don’t have a solution or we wouldn’t be here.” She said the roundabouts are the lesser of the evils. While the idea of “doing nothing,” hoping the whole idea would die a slow bureaucratic death, was a popular idea among the residents, in the long run, is not a good one. “If we don’t do anything we lose control and may have a solution imposed on us,” said Ivan Holler, Covenanat administrator. He said all it would take would be a complaint by a citizen to set the whole process in motion again, which could go in a direction that could leave the Association without a seat at the table. “We have to vote so our options stay on the table,” said Director Larry Spitcaufsky. “We need to stay engaged with the county and have as much control of the outcome every step of the way,” said Association Vice President Anne


would change the Covenant substantially. “Instead of a charming community it will become a drive through and short cut for people to get where they are going,” she said. She said she would lose about 30 feet along side her property and 60 to 70 feet on the corner of her property and the new location for the bus stop will put it within feet of her swimming pool. In the process her privacy screen of numerous 200year-old trees will be removed, she said. “This is not right! This is not fair,” she said. “This is not how our community is supposed to look.” Not everyone at the meeting was against the project. Martin Wilson said that traffic circles work well all over the world and could work in Rancho Santa Fe. “The roundabouts do more than traffic signals and could define the Covenant,” he said. “They would let people know they are in some place special,” Wilson said. Marie Addario agreed that the traffic circles are a good idea. “I believe that traffic circles with the RSF art jury landscaping would be a much better solution than traffic lights,” she said. Addario said studies show that roundabouts have 40 percent fewer vehicle collisions, 80 percent fewer injuries and 90 percent fewer serious injuries and fatalities when compared to

Feighner. The final EIR will consider the additional comments and then finally be submitted to the board of supervisors who will certify it and put it on the county capital improvement project list and be eligible to compete for further funding. The actual construction is still years away. The idea of having traffic circles in the Covenant began more than 12 years ago in an effort to reduce the cut-through traffic. By 2000 the traffic increased to the point where the Association began looking for solutions. Solutions from installing traffic lights to moveable barricades were considered. In 2002, the county began considering traffic circles. After years to work and planning, four Covenantwide meetings, officials decided to take the roundabout route. The three circles are designed to work as a system by requiring vehicles to slow, but not stop as they move through the intersections. Each will be between 111 to 114 feet in diameter. Each will have pedestrian and equestrian crosswalks. The county will bear the cost of construction, but the Association will be responsible for the landscaping. Resident Chuck Badger whose family has lived in the Covenant since 1929 urged the board to drag their feet as long as possible, hoping that the project would die on its own. “Don’t vote for the commuter. Vote for the community,” he said.

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Bring Spain home this summer COAST CITIES — A selected group of high school students from Spain will come to North County during July 2013. Hosts are needed to extend a welcome to these youngsters. Live California, based in Encinitas, will place the students with volunteer local families. The organization arranges all details including surf camp and other daily activities for students and host family teenagers. “We keep the students busy, picking them up at home every day. We try to make it as easy as possible on the families, and the four weeks go by in a snap,” said Director Alejandro Campillo. Host families love to



Also, China’s appetite for lobster was probably lower at the onset of this season, because its government cracked down on lobster importers who weren’t paying enough in taxes. “It’s kind of a mystery, but what we’re hearing is they had their hand slapped,” said Kristine Barsky, senior marine biologist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. “And they weren’t

showcase their Californian lifestyle: with 4th of July parties, surfing, making s’mores at Moonlight Beach or their own backyard — every family has different customs but one thing is clear: summer is king and there is plenty to do in San Diego. “For our kids, hosting a student has been a great introduction to studying and traveling abroad. This has exposed them to another culture right here at home. We hope this will inspire our kids to travel," said the father of one Solana Beach family, who hosted Antonio from La Coruña, Spain last July. They have stayed in touch, and hope to visit him in Spain. Many host family

kids, including the Mitchell’s have participated in the summer camp with the visiting students over the years. “Our host siblings are an invaluable part of Live California; they learn first hand what studying abroad is like at an early age. They lead the way,” said Lisa Campillo, Head of Studies. They practice their Spanish while enjoying their favorite summer activities. Live California is currently recruiting host families for July 2013 in Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, Carmel Valley and Rancho Peñasquitos. Call (619) 894-3957 or email to lisa@livecalifornia.net.

importing as much as much for a brief time.” Lobster is the most valuable species for the local fishing industry, according to a SANDAG study several years ago. Further, San Diego accounts for nearly onethird of the state’s lobster haul, which was valued at almost $8 million in 2009. The price jump has been a welcome surprise for lobstermen, who thought they were in for a dreadful year. Not only did the season open at $12 a pound, but new marine

reserves that ban or limit fishing took effect. Shad Catarius, a commercial lobsterman in San Diego, said that his catch is down quite a bit compared to previous years. That’s largely due to the new marine reserves closing off territory he used to fish in. But the swelling lobster price has helped make up the lost income. He’s not sure the price will remain high. “This year has seen a lot of changes,” Catarius said.



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John Kruk is Eagles bring home championship not an athlete By Patty McCormac

By Spencer Hirsch

t was spring train ing, and John Kruk was significantly overweight. He was also drinking beer and smoking cigarettes. A woman recognized him, and she approached him. “You should be ashamed of yourself. You’re an athlete,” she said. Kruk responded, “I ain’t an athlete, lady. I’m a baseball player.” It’s a pretty famous moment in professional baseball. I grew up hearing the story told and retold by my dad. These things are passed down. At first, I simply enjoyed it as a funny anecdote. Time passed, and it became a poignant depiction of that elusive quality that separates baseball from other traditional sports. More recently, I’ve come to apply it to anything loved, but not quite fully understood by the general public. Action sports are often a good example of this. Kruk’s brief response comes about as close as anything else in defining the unique drive of an action sports enthusiast. There have been other slogans of a similar nature


else I’ve been, I think coastal North County most values and understands that simple longing toward board sports. In this column, I hope to capture a bit of that. I hope to capture the coastal quality and the John Kruk hypothesis, as it pertains to surf, skate and snow. Twice a month, I’ll be writing profiles on local figures, up-and-comers, industry veterans and wave-makers. I’ll cover brands that are doing something different here in our community. I’ll feature shops, trends, events, shows and action sports premieres at La Paloma. I’m also interested in fitness, high school surf teams, local clubs and travel ideas. Anything that blends action sports and our community deserves attention. With that in mind, I’ll be looking for suggestions from readers. My contact information will be included with every column. Let me know what I’m missing. Direct my focus to things this community cares about, even if most of us don’t know about them yet. Email shirsch@coastnewsgroup.com for suggestions, questions or anything else that comes to mind. A bit about me: I grew up in North County. I’ve surfed, skated and skied most of my life. I’ve enjoyed great sessions and I’ve endured my share of injury. I’ve competed at the high school and college levels, and I’ve also sworn off action sports competition on a few separate occasions. In recent years, I’ve worked in marketing, e-

The simple distinction that Kruk makes between an athlete and a baseball player is all I really need. geared more toward the action sports “insider,” such as, “Only a surfer knows the feeling.” But I’ve seen that motto on one too many tshirts. “For love of the game,” also comes close in helping to decipher the action sports drive; but I still think Kevin Costner peaked with “Field of Dreams” and “Bull Durham.” So I return to Kruk’s philosophy. The simple distinction that Kruk makes between an athlete and a baseball player is all I really need. There’s no great mystery. It’s not hard to explain. I surf because it’s fun. That’s it. I skate and ski because it’s fun. More than anywhere

commerce and brand development across several action sports brands, including Skullcandy Headphones, Armourdillo Belt Co. and Stereo Skateboards. I live in Encinitas with the same buddies I’ve had forever. I surf Pipes, I ski Mammoth and I skate a friend’s backyard. In the next session, I’ll be profiling a young, local skater. He’s a resident of Del Mar and a graduate of Canyon Crest Academy. He came of age under the wing of the “Birdman” Tony Hawk. He’s the action sports equivalent of the childhood actor who grew up. And now, he’s reinventing himself.

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Eagles of R. Roger Rowe School in Rancho Santa Fe have brought home the basketball championship of the South Coast Middle School League. “It’s the best team we’ve had at our school in a while and we have had a long history of success in basketball,” said Steve Rossier, athletic director. He said Coach Dave McClurg has been the coach for more than 20 years and has brought the championship trophy home before, the last time about three years ago. The team plays in two leagues. This particular championship is the South Coast Middle School League that is made up primarily of private schools. “We are the only public school playing in this league. Private schools have club teams that go to that school particularly to play basket ball,” he said. The teams at public schools are the luck of the draw and this year the draw has been lucky. “We have had a great season, in fact our team has lost only one game all season,” he said. The league is made up of 12 schools. The Eagles played the quarter finals on Feb. 5 at Santa Fe Christian and beat La Jolla Country Day School. Then in the semifinals at the Rancho Santa Fe School on Feb. 6 they beat the Bishops. The championship game came on Feb. 7 where the Eagles beat Christian School

Championship Eagles are back row from left: Ben McKaskill, Greg Fernandez, Logan Wazny and Patrick Brown. Front row from left are Jack Cesari, Issac Stivak, James Cimino, Ryan Cesari, Kirk Butler and coach Dave McClurg. Courtesy photo

of El Cajon 47 to 20 at El Cajon. “It was the best we had played all season.They had great defense,” Rossier said. But, he said, the season is not over for the Eagles. “We also play in a public school league called the Big Eight,” he said. “We will be defending our championship title. We are going to try to win

both titles in the same year,” he said. He said the boys have learned a lot this past year. “It’s fun to win, but they have learned being a team and had great camaraderie and this is what we want to see,” Rossier said. He said the school is just finishing up its winter season of basketball, wrestling and soccer.

Directing the Open isn’t a bad gig at all By Tony Cagala

TORREY PINES — He brushes shoulders with the world’s best golfers, has even gotten to know some of them really well and his workplace is the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course. Not a bad gig, if you

Peter Ripa is the tournament director for the Farmer’s Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course. This was his first full year overseeing the competition. Courtesy photo

can get it. And as of more than a year ago, Peter Ripa, the tournament director for the Farmer’s Insurance Open has had it. He inherited the position from the retiring Tom Wilson. Ripa, who spent the previous years in the same position with the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Ft. Worth, Texas, said he wanted to become the Open’s tournament director not only because of its San Diego location (he now resides in Escondido with his wife and two children), but because of the potential he saw in the canvasses that are Torrey Pines’ fairways and greens. “It’s hosted a U.S. Open, it’s a big golf course (7,600 yards),” Ripa said. “Today’s top players hit it a long way and the list of champions at Torrey Pines just made me, professionally, look at it and say… ‘This

could be one of the tour’s premiere events and should be,’ and it presented a great opportunity.” But now this year’s tournament is over. It’s been over for several weeks now. Tiger Woods, this year’s champion has gone home to Florida; San Diego favorite Phil Mickelson and the other golfers hosted at the event have resumed play at other tournaments around the country. Though Ripa remains in place, reviewing the pages of notes on the tournament’s successes and going over its weaknesses.

He’s beginning his preparations for next year’s contest It takes a full year to plan and prepare for the tournament, Ripa explained. During those months of planning, he’s looking at every facet of the tournament, down to the minutiae of how many shuttles should be running, how long the shuttle ride lengths should be and even what videos are playing on the shuttles to help make the fans’ experience as high as it can possibly be. But the hours are long, TURN TO RIPA ON A15


Bill is a professional photographer who blends his lifelong passion for sports with his skills in photography to capture memorable moments of all types of action oriented events.Call Bill to learn more about how his sports, portrait and commercial photography services can meet your needs. There was a lot of standing around as fog plagued the third day of the Farmer’s Insurance Open tournament this year, suspending play and causing a Monday finish. “You’ve got plans in place but you have to react to those things that are out of your control, like fog,” said Peter Ripa. Photo by Bill Reilly



A14 away for people to see what they are a bit…There’s a concern for just the look or the style of something as opposed to what it can do for you as a piece of architecture. And that’s just a current symptom of our culture. We’re very visually fetishistic; we like the looks of things, and people just double click on that, ‘I want that look,’ and this is the thing in the film we’re trying to express, as if there was a deeper set of principles that went in to inform the creation of those designs, that were very high-minded; they were very noble and very much about people and that it’s more than just a look. It was approach; it was a philosophy. It was a way of looking at our relationship to the world and to each other. And that’s the stuff that I find is the most poignant about it all. And then when you understand that and you’re in a house, it just gains more meaning, more attraction for you. The better the experience is in knowing that stuff.

So the structures have come to re present some thing more than just somebody’s house or office? Exactly. In Vancouver we’re doing a benefit with one of the architectural preservation societies, and I was thinking what am I going to say…and a line came back to me from Barbara Lamprecht, who wrote the big Netura book, and she said that the reason why these things are valuable and why she keeps them around is they’re testaments to ways of being. And I was like, ‘Wow, that’s such a simple phrase,’ but it really is. It’s how do you orient your house in relation to the garden, to the streets; how do the rooms work, and where they sit; what the social arrangements — all of those things are contained in good architecture and they reflect very deeply on our mindset, a culture, a certain time. They’re very indicative; they’re very potent pieces in terms of understanding who we’ve been and where we’re going. That road map seems to be one of those things we’re

sort of losing as we go into this next crazy era. Going into the film, does the audience need to have some sense or appreciation of architecture? No. I would say, the only thing you’d have to be is open to the experience of it…I think we did a very good job of making it super approachable. In a way, a good documentary’s got to pass that test of almost anyone can sit down in front of it and go, ‘Wow, I didn’t know that about architecture. I never saw it in that way.’ Gary Huswit did ‘Helvetica,’ the film about the typeface, and I ran it by my parents that have no understanding of typography and…they were both totally intrigued by it. And I think we’ve hopefully, managed to do the same thing with architecture in the sense that it’s introducing people to the fundamentals of how it works and how it can inform your world and your life…visually, it’s very engaging; it’s a lot of (the) beautiful West Coast in terms of nature, and the music’s fantastic.

Walter. About the program’s CONTINUED FROM A3 influence in Carlsbad, state’s prisoner realign- Sasway said, “All I can say ment program, AB 109. about AB109 is that there is This program is built not enough statistical around the idea that ‘nonviolent’ offenders should serve shorter sentences in order to relieve the prison population. “Therefore, it is not surprising to see an increase in property crime such as auto theft.” “We don’t have a lot of concrete data to turn to (in order) to measure the effects of AB 109,” said Walter. But he said that the Darrell Foxworth new program more than FBI Special Agent likely has affected crime in Oceanside. “We do know to comment. that we have a high number research of AB 109 probationers in SANDAG noted it is somethe city and we do know our thing they wanted to track.” Additionally, Sasway officers are encountering them every day,” said and the FBI advised against

making assumptions about crimes based on the city’s percentages. “It’s easy for people to think there is more to (the crime rates) than there is, but if you take a step back and look at the numbers…it might put it more in context,” said FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth, pointing out the small numbers of crime and small city populations in the report. While Carlsbad experienced 58 more violent crimes in 2012, a 73 percent increase, the city’s numbers do not come close to the amount of violent crime in other parts of the county. Escondido has only a slightly larger population than Carlsbad, yet its violent crime rate during the same time period rose from 230 to 307. Foxworth added that

the statistics are just a small snapshot in time and are not intended to cause “undue concern.” “When it comes to statistics, especially percentages, it is important to have perspective. When traditionally statistics are low, an increase creates a larger percentage,” said Sasway. “Also, crime rates in 2011 reflected a 30-year low.” But in light of this information, law enforcement recommend that the public take it as an extra reminder to be cautious and take steps to prevent crime. “It is good to be aware of what the crime problem is and take steps that you don’t become a victim of a particular crime,” said Foxworth, advising that people take extra steps like locking their cars to reduce the chances of auto theft.


grated into your life, almost bohemian in a sense. It’s hard to do anything on the West Coast without the attitude and the culture and the climate affecting things. And I think when a lot of these early guys arrived from Europe, the sort of relaxed tone got into them a bit and the steam got let out of their highmodernism, their uptight modernism. That’s the real joy of it, is that it’s just so livable. Does the film shed light on where Modernist Architecture is at today? It does, actually. There’s sort of a resurgence in modernism. These houses and this approach to architecture was sort of left to languish a little bit. I know in the ‘80s a lot of very good modernist architecture in Vancouver, and I’m sure in all the cities up and down the coast, were being knocked down because it wasn’t quite back, it wasn’t quite appreciated. Things have to be of a certain time and distance


It’s easy for people to think there is more (to the crime rates) that there is...”


Zinfully Wild.” But back to the Paso San Diego Road Show this month Feb. 25 and Feb. 26. I asked Communications Director Chris Taranto why a road show of this type is best for SoCal wine lovers that want to learn about Paso wines. “We have more than 30 wineries showcasing over 150 wines with many of our marquee wineries and our lesser known properties that are looking to be discovered,” he said. I asked him what varietals he recommended. “Historically we became known for Zinfandel. Italian immigrants brought it with them as they homesteaded the area. In the ‘80s we saw a lot of Cabernet planted in the region. Today, Paso has earned a lot of acclaim for the Rhone varietals and blends.” He went on to say “I want to encourage everyone to visit pasowine.com to learn about the event and

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purchase an admission to attend the winemaker dinners at select restaurants Feb. 25 and the Grand Tasting Feb. 26 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the McMillin Events Center at Liberty Station in Pt. Loma. On Feb. 27, Wine Steals in Hillcrest and Cardiff will also be featuring wines from Paso from 5:30 to 7 p.m. We feel that our well-balanced full bodied California style wines will please your palate.” I can second that emotion.

Wine Bytes A premium Rose’ tasting is continuing Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Addison in the Grand Resort in Del Mar. Flights of three beautiful wines for $20. More information at (877) 814-8472. Rossi’s Pizza and Pasta in San Marcos is having a Pedroncelli Wine Dinner Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $60. Five courses with five tastings including the acclaimed Pedroncelli Mother Clone Zinfandel.

RSVP at (760) 533-4486. Movie night at Orfila Winery in Escondido Feb. 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. features Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart. Cost is $8. Wine and snacks available. Details at (760) 7386500 ext. 22. Davanti Enoteca in Little Italy San Diego presents an evening with Peter Neptune Master Wine Sommelier Feb. 26 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Spanish wines with a six-course dinner are featured. $ 85. RSVP at (619) 237-9606. Il Fornaio in Del Mar hosts a Michele Chiarlo Wine Dinner Feb. 28 from 6 to 10 p.m. Cost is $55. Wines include Barolo and Barbaresco. Call for RSVP at (858) 755-8876. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. His library can be viewed at www.tasteofwinetv.com. (Average Google certified 900 visits per day) He is one of the top five wine commentators on the Web. Reach him at mangiompc@aol.com.




four. The reason, he said, was because he wanted younger stude.nts to learn from the experience. “As we got into the specifics of the FLL (First Lego League) contest, I realized that this was more than just about building and programming robots. There was an additional project that students had to research relating to a specific problem facing our society at large,” Warner said. This year’s challenge was about senior citizens and the students’ research included a trip to the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center to learn about their issues and to identify a specific problem like mobility, sensory deprivation or lack of companionship that each team would tackle and come up with a unique solution to enhance senior living, he said. “Our teams’ projects ranged from high-tech walkers and glasses with sensors, to specialized furniture. One team even came up with a business plan to market their product,” Warner said. Then it was time to get serious about competition. “We started meeting regularly with our teams after school on Saturdays and even-



chocolate and on trips she would look for different chocolates in every country,” said her sister, Alexandra Copete. Copete said her sister was an avid reader and that she liked music and movies and watching sports in person having gone with her family to the Olympics in London. Cristina El Shahawi also enjoyed painting and drawing and may have been on her way to an art class when the accident happened. “She would do anything for anyone in the family,” Copete said. That included birthdays, anniversaries and graduations, for which she would drop everything and

tually Sundays to prepare for the qualifying tournament in November,” Warner said. “Fortunately, two of our four teams made it through the qualifying tournament at Escondido Charter High School. Our seventh-grade team won a trophy for their Robot Design presentation. They, along with our sixthgrade team, went on to compete at the Southern California Championship held at Legoland on the first weekend in December.” Warner said there were 110 qualifying teams at Legoland. At the Feb. 7 Rancho Santa Fe School Board meeting, students gave a demonstration of their robots and told what they had learned, other than building robots. “It’s an amazing opportunity you don’t get in any other class,” said Mariella Gauvreau. “We had to learn how to solve the problems of senior citizens and learn how to be competitive,but respectful.” “It was an amazing first year experience,” Warner said. “Needless to say, I am very grateful for the vision and support from Superintendent Lindy Delaney to initiate the Robotics Program at Roger Rowe School.” attend no matter where. And it went both ways. “We were all there in New York in May when she graduated,” he said. Cristina El Shahawi is also survived by her mother Vivian; sisters Alexandra Copete and Sabrina Shahawi; brothers David and Anwar Shahawi; her grandparents on both sides of the family and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Services were under the direction of El Camino Encinitas Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Kids First Foundation, which helps children in inner schools to get to the next level. Donations may be made to 993 C South Santa Fe Ave #50, Vista, Calif. 92083.


son sliders with onion jam and tellagio cheese.Wild boar osso bucco over Anson Mills grits is on the dinner menu also. And remember always check on the weekends as many of our specials involve game meats in some fashion. I’ve tried all the game dishes at Union and they are worth checking out. And I will reiterate what Chef Gethin said about not ordering it above medium rare, you will be disappointed unless you like dry meat. Check Union out at localunion101.com and Tip-Top Meats in Carlsbad is a good source for game to cook at home. Visit tiptopmeats.com for more information. 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 david@artichoke-creative.com or (858) 395-6905.


recording patterns of light, colors and values that I can relay to a larger studio piece later.” When asked by collectors to recreate one of her plein air paintings on a larger scale to satisfy their needs, she often uses her original plein air paintings as her guide. As recipient of many awards during the past several years, Pacheco was selected from hundreds of entries to participate in a juried exhibition sponsored by the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild. Titled, “En Plein Air: a Charles Reiffel Tribute 2013,” the international exhibition was juried by both Martin E. Petersen, author and former senior Curator of American Painting at the San Diego Museum of Art, and Jean Stern, renowned authority on California Impressionism and Executive Director of the Irvine Museum.

Selection into this exhibition was indeed an honor. Two of Pacheco’s plein air paintings, along with those of 33 other selected artists, will be on exhibit at L Street Fine Art in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter from Feb. 19 through April 6. The public is invited to meet the artists at an opening reception honoring the award recipients Feb. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information about the exhibition go to http://sdmaag.org/events/cha rles-reiffel-en-plein-air-international-artists-exhibition More about Rita Pacheco can be found at ritapacheco.com. Kay Colvin is an art consultant and director of the L Street Fine Art Gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. She specializes in promoting emerging and mid-career artists and bringing enrichment programs to elementary schools through The Kid’s College. Contact her at kaycolvin@lstreetfineart.com.



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All the ‘write’ moves JOE

MORIS Baby Boomer Peace I’m sure some of you out there have made the bold attempt to write a book. It seems like everyone I meet wants to write a book. Then I walk into the Dollar Store and see all these books for $1 and I feel so bad for all the authors. I think we all feel like our lives could be a story someone else would want to read about. Even in fiction you know that one of the characters in the novel is the author. Life is just so chocked full of stuff. Go to a party some time. What you are hearing are stories. There are lots of good ones. But I’m digressing. So, I’m trying to write a book with my daughter. She’s a spiritual intuitive. The first draft resembled “War and Peace.” I feel so bad too for my close friends willing to look at it. Actually, I’m still waiting to hear back from them again. Just kidding, I heard from one. So,I’ll run with that advice and now it’s going to be one of those little pocket books that can be read on a short airline flight or drive to Los Angeles. It’s fun attempting to do it. I’ll bet most all of you out there could actually write a book if you wanted to.You just start out with an outline. After that it should all just flow. Even if no one reads it but your family, well, that book

will be around for a long time in your family and maybe a great grandchild will one day try to publish it. Wouldn’t that be great? My pastor Rick Myatt brought up a point in last week’s sermon. He was trying to explain how important each day is. He asked if anyone ever heard of Uta Hagen. She’s usually a question in a crossword puzzle. She was the most famous actress in the world in the 1890s. Point is, by the great grandchild, no one will know who you are. Point is, live this life to its fullest and move on. Bob Richard is a friend and a co-real estate broker from La Costa who has primarily retired into writing now. He’s living his baby boomer dream. He planned wisely to live doing what he loves and that is writing. He too simplified his life so that his life became quality time. Bob can wander into the past for stories and immerse himself in another world with peace. Then the grandkids come running in and he pops back into reality for a while. To me, that’s life. Being at peace and doing what you want to do and having loved ones near. The recession really kicked my rear end. I was inside the bubble that burst. I really didn’t think I’d ever see the day that I could retire or semi-retire. I thought that if I did it would be under a bridge somewhere or high up in a mountain with critters. But, I was 60 and said to myself, get debt free in two years. It was a

reasonable goal and I set out on a path to not only do that but to also buy a great place in Mexico on the water. It wasn’t that hard once I put my mind to it. You have to be positive though, even when you hit some speed bumps. It’s a new Chinese New Year. It’s the year of the snake. Snake people are great. My daughter is one. They seem to be the prettiest sign in the bunch so maybe this will be a very pretty year. Who knows? I’m an ox. Go figure, but it fits, darn it. Obama is an ox. So were Hitler, Hussein and Stalin. And I want to write a book about spirituality? Really? Por supuesto que si! My friend Patty Clark is determined to be a writer. She joined one of those writer blogs on the Internet and she got picked up by a paper in Kansas City of all places. Hats off to Patty! She didn’t give up hope either and she’s simplified her life too. It’s a new year. You can keep kicking it at work if that’s what brings you peace, but if it’s on a beach, mountainside, ship or cycling through France that is lingering in your head, find a way to do it and be a writer or a painter or a cabinet maker. Just do it, you don’t know when God is going to give you the last day so live it in peace (with a little love from family, too).

The fog on Saturday, the third day of the tournament, CONTINUED FROM A13 never lifted and so postponed he said, and for Ripa it takes play for all of the players the patience. “My personality is entire day. such — I work fast and I expect change right away and I expect excellence like five minutes from now, but it takes patience. It’s not going to happen right away.” And you can never get too high or too low when it comes to the successes and challenges of overseeing fans’ experiences and the needs of the 156 players in the field (because of the two-course layout, the Open is Peter Ripa the first full-field PGA tournaTournament Director ment of the year), he explained. The lost day prompted a “You’ve got plans in place but you have to react to those marathon’s day of play on things that are out of your con- Sunday and a conclusion on Monday. Ripa opened the final trol, like fog,” he said. And then there was the round’s play, the remaining 11holes, to the public free of fog. “On Thursday, Mother charge. In the 17 to 18 months that Nature started to take control,” Ripa said. “And Thursday he’s been living in San Diego, through Saturday was certainly a challenge.”


On Thursday, Mother Nature started to take control.”

one of the things that he’s learned this summer was that you can’t underestimate the ability for San Diegans to get out of work,he explained.“And on Monday, they found a way,” Ripa said. Tournament officials estimated anywhere from 12,000 to 15,000 fans turning out to see Tiger Woods finish his round and win the tournament. “It was a really good Monday crowd,” Ripa added. The fog, he added, did pose a unique situation. While he was monitoring for any weather changes alongside a meteorologist, he said it didn’t prove necessary to announce that play would still be delayed. “Your eyes told you you couldn’t play,” he said. “Whereas if we were talking about a rain storm, or some other natural event there’s some level of predictability when it would pass, but really for us…the conditions were ripe for fog and you just had to wait through it.”


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FEB. 22, 2013


Bid for designation sets off some ‘political fireworks’


Watching the world fly by us You knew I would be giddy about the Russian meteorite. It just fueled the fire of my fascination with all the strange things floating around out there, largely beyond our reach and completely beyond our control. I love it when science fiction turns into science. So let’s review the main thing we learned from all this. That’s right. We now know that an asteroid becomes a meteor when it enters Earth’s atmosphere and burns up. If you’ve seen a shooting star, you’ve seen a meteor. But meteorites are meteors that make it all the way to Earth’s surface. Write it down. Remember it. This could be important at your next cocktail party or in-home trivia game. It will also be helpful when you write the obituary for your Uncle Boris who lives in meteorite-heavy Siberia. I was glued to the Internet for hours, scrutinizing every different bit of footage on the Chelyabinsk sky show. TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B14

A BOUNTIFUL ANNIVERSARY The new marine areas, aimed at replenishing marine life along the coastline, have reached their one-year anniversary. B3

By Jared Whitlock

The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station remains shut down since January of last year because of degradation in some of the steam generator tubes. Owner Southern California Edison wants to restart the plant at a reduced capacity. San Diego public and government officials have expressed concerns about the safety of any restart. Courtesy photo

Nuclear plant restart faces concerns from North County leaders By Rachel Stine

COAST CITIES — The U.S. NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) fielded numerous questions about the incapacitated SONGS (San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station) from San Diego politicians and a myriad of Southern California residents at a public meeting on Feb. 12 at Capistrano Beach. The meeting took place just after Senator Barbara Boxer’s recent accusations that the plant’s operator and primary owner SCE (Southern California Edison) was aware of problems with the plant before its emergency shutdown over a year ago. A panel of NRC staff and several SCE officials addressed more than 1,000 people at Capo Beach Church to provide basic information on the commission’s ongoing investigation of SONGS and consideration of SCE’s proposal to restart part of the plant at a reduced capacity. “I’m here today to testify, to ask that SONGS remain closed until every safety issue is resolved. Public safety, and not money and not nuclear power must be our number one concern,” said San Diego

County Supervisor Dave Roberts at the meeting. SONGS was shut down in late January 2012 after a small leak of radioactive fluid within the plant’s Unit 3 led to the discovery of unprecedented degradation of steam generator tubes. Subsequent inspections uncovered additional tube wear in SONG’s other unit, Unit 2. The NRC as well as the California Public Utilities Commission is currently investigating SONGS to establish whether or not the station can safely provide electricity in the future. SCE has since proposed restarting SONGS’ Unit 2, which had less extensive tube wear, at 70 percent capacity for five months and then reexamine the steam tubes. While the opinions voiced at the meeting both supported and opposed the restart, all statements made by San Diego representatives expressed concerns about the plant’s safety. “(Del Mar’s City Council has) learned a TURN TO SONGS ON B14

SAN CLEMENTE — The California Historical Resources Commission voted unanimously Feb. 8 to nominate Trestles as a federal historic site during a public hearing attended by both supporters and detractors. And the debate over the designation didn’t end with the hearing. Surfrider, the group that submitted the application for the designation, believes Trestles’ contributions to surf culture are incalculable, and thus the area deserves to be a federal landmark. But critics, including state Senator Mark Wyland from Solana Beach, continue to maintain Surfrider’s bid would kill a toll road, should another one be proposed in the area. “There’s a concern projects would be rejected out of hand,” said Mark Reeder, Wyland’s chief of staff. He added that another toll road in the area could be necessary in the future with traffic growing worse. In response, the California Historical Resources Commission

said that naming Trestles a federal landmark wouldn’t preclude a toll road or other kinds of development, but projects would have to go through an additional “consultation process” to try and mitigate environmental impacts. The eight-member commission, which is appointed by the governor, is tasked with, among other things, recommending places, buildings and sites to the National Registry of Historic places. If the 2.5-mile stretch of beach at the northern tip of San Diego is accepted to the national registry, it would mark the first time a surf spot has been named a federal landmark. The military has also opposed the designation on the grounds that it could interfere with troop readiness. According to a press release issued by the public affairs office of Camp Pendleton after the state commission’s ruling, the Marine Corps has used the waters and beach TURN TO TRESTLES ON B14

Surfers catch waves at Lower Trestles. Recently, the California Historical Resources Commission recommended a bid to make Trestles a federal landmark. Despite the ruling, critics say they’ll continue to battle the designation, which they say could interfere with military exercises. Photo courtesy of Craig Coppla


FEB. 22, 2013


Proposed farmers market location for village in question By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — After a vigorous discussion between Association board members about the proposed traffic circles in the Covenant at the Garden Center, they returned to the board room to continue the Feb. 7 meeting. The prospect of a farmers market in the Village went back to the drawing board as far as where it might be placed. It was originally planned for El Tordo between Avenida de Acacias and La Granada, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. El Tordo would be closed during the market and because it is a public road, the county must approve any road closure plans and a form of traffic control would be required. Some residents have told the Association they do not like the idea of encouraging outsiders to come to the


Village. Also, residents of the area say they already endure parking outside on their curbs five days a week by those who work in the Village, they would not look forward to having an additional day of people, trash and noise. “We are looking at other locations,� said Director Eamon Callahan, who has been the liaison between the board and the community on the project. Association Vice President Anne Feighner said the Osuna Committee is moving forward with the Rancho Santa Fe School District to include the historic adobe in the school’s curriculum. She said the first visitors from the school will be two groups of third-graders who will tour the adobe, make adobe bricks and then write an essay about their trip. “I see a whole new level of awareness about Osuna when parents read those essays,� Feighner said. The school district and the Osuna Committee are in the planning stages of the partnership. Lindy Delaney, school district superintendent, said while teachers have always used Osuna in their history lessons, this would be an opportunity for a hands-on experience for the students. “The goal is to take field study trips to Osuna and study the Osuna property, learn how to make adobe, take a look at the native plants and to incorporate the study of the Kumeyaay Indians and the history of the area prior to 1831,� Delaney said. Feighner also reported that the Association is working with the fire department in the removal of dead and dying trees, which are a fire hazard. The project continues. The Association meets the first and third Thursdays of the month at 9 a.m. in the board room of the Association office at 17022 Avenida Acacias. To learn more, call (858) 756-1174.



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FEB. 22, 2013

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By Jared Whitlock

Not Even a Pin Drop Officials at England’s 12th-century St. Peter’s Church in Seaford, East Sussex, which is renowned for its eerie quiet, created a 30-minute CD recently of near-total silence, first as a small-scale fundraising project, but later for general sales (since word-of-mouth had attracted orders from as far away as Ghana). Those who have heard it said they could make out only the occasional squeaking of footsteps on the wooden floor (and the very distant hum of passing cars). Said one admiring parishioner,“People sometimes like to sit down and just have a bit of peace and quiet.”

Government in Action France has seen its wolf population gradually increase from near-extinction in the 1930s, but still classifies the predator as a “protected” species. However, sheep farmers increasingly complain that wolves’ attacks are reducing their herds. Therefore, in a recently proposed “National Wolf Plan,” the government boldly gave headline-writers around the world material for rejoicing: a national program to “educate” the wolves. Individual wolves known to have attacked sheep would be caught, marked and briefly detained, with the hope that they would learn their lesson from that trauma and from then on, pass up sheep and turn instead to rabbits, boar and deer. (Said one critic, “You might as well try to educate a shark.”) Updates: The Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration revealed in January that twice as many fraudulent income tax refunds were paid to inmates in 2011 (173,000) as for the tax year 2010. However, the IRS claimed that the fraudulent returns it did manage to stop totaled $2.5 billion (almost half of which was disingenuously claimed by two inmates). Also, the Department of Health and Human Service’s inspector general revealed in January that Medicare was illegally billed for $120 million from 2009 to 2011 for services used by inmates and illegal immigrants — neither category of which is authorized to use Medicare. Recurring Theme: As of January, New York City music teacher Aryeh Eller, 46, has almost reached a milestone in his battle with the Board of Education. Soon, he will have earned a million dollars in salary and benefits since the board removed him from the classroom 13 years ago and dispatched him to a light-duty “rubber room” after complaints of fondling and sexual harassment in the one year that he actually taught. An arbitrator had found insufficient evidence for his termination, but the board refuses to let him back in the classroom, fearing he is a danger to students.

COAST CITIES — Poaching. Lobster traps where they shouldn’t be. Spearfishing protected species. These are the kinds of violations Cyndy Pourroy, a warden with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, was on the lookout for as she gazed out over Swami’s marine protected area from a staircase near Tide Park beach. “Everything looks normal,” Pourroy said, without having to look through the binoculars she held in her hand. Her stakeouts typically take place in spots that are more clandestine, and often at night. Regardless of where or when, Pourroy said most have respected the marine protected areas that went into effect a year ago. The new marine areas, aimed at replenishing marine life along the coastline, doubled the size of reserves. Within them, fishing is banned or limited. Fishermen, who had fought the marine protected areas tooth and nail, have largely complied with the marine protected areas, according to state Fish and Wildlife officials. But one year in, fishermen say poaching is a growing issue because there has not been an increase in wardens to patrol the expanded reserves. Pourroy has cited a few people for breaking the rules

A lobsterman stacks traps on a boat docked at Oceanside Harbor. Fishermen have largely respected the new marine protected areas since they went into effect a year ago, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.But fishermen are concerned about the growing threat of poaching. Photo by Jared Whitlock

in the new marine protected areas. The first anniversary has passed with other violations, too. According to preliminary Fish and Game data, six misdemeanor tickets were issued in San Diego County for illegally fishing in marine protected areas. Typically, misdemeanors carry up to a $1,000 fine, with the possibility of up to six months in jail, though none of the cases in San

Fresh Start takes a swing to help children RANCHO SANTA FE — Sign up now and join celebrities Alfonso Ribeiro and Grant Show along with sport legends Jermaine Dye, Hank Bauer, David Justice, Eric Dickerson as they tee up for the 21st annual Celebrity Golf Classic at Morgan Run Club & Resort, 5690 Cancha De Golf. The two-day event, March 10 and March 11, will be hosted by Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, a San Diego nonprofit with a mission to change the lives of children with physical deformities through the gift of reconstructive surgery. To register for the Golf Classic or for more information on Fresh Start, visit FreshStart.org. The festivities begin March 10 with a pre-party reception and dinner beginning at 6 p.m., as well as live and silent auctions with items like a Skate Experience for eight with Tony Hawk at the Quiksilver skate park, a Kevin Correia Pitching

Experience and a men’s Corum Admirals Cup Watch and more. The next day each foursome will be paired with a celebrity or professional athlete for a day of golf. Registration for the Celebrity Golf Classic begins at 9 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Groups will be able to participate in contests at each hole and giveaways. “We are so excited for this year’s Celebrity Golf Classic and are really looking forward to a successful and fun-filled day on the green,” said Michelle Pius, director of Major Gifts at Fresh Start. “And that’s part of what makes this event so special, its two days of excitement, 18 holes, and an entire community coming together for one incredible cause — to give disadvantaged children a fresh start at life.” Limited spots for the tournament and sponsorship opportunities for this exciting event are still available.

Diego went to court. Less severe tickets have also been handed out, but data wasn’t available for those. As a comparison, there were 40 misdemeanor tickets in Orange County. The most notable case? A man caught poaching 47 lobsters. And as a result he served a seven-day jail sentence and was fined $20,000. “I haven’t seen a violation on that scale,” Pourroy

said while scanning the Batiquitos Lagoon, a marine protected area. She motioned toward the eastern part of the lagoon, noting where she had issued an infraction — the equivalent of a traffic ticket — to a fisherman who had blatantly angled in the area, which is a no-take zone.The penalty was an exception. This year has mainly seen education and warnings.

Fish and Wildlife wanted to give fishermen, particularly novices, plenty of time to become acquainted with the new marine protected areas. “Education will always be our most important deterrent; we’re very good at outreach,” Pourroy said. As well as the wardens’ educational efforts, Pourroy noted Fish and Wildlife has a website and smart phone app that spells out the boundaries of the marine protected areas, and what exactly is allowed in them. It’s a useful tool because many don’t realize, for instance, that as a result of the new regulations, the Swami’s marine area added nearly three miles of protection, Pourroy said. Pourroy noted wardens use observation tactics and tips from a hotline to locate hotspots for poaching. Stopping poachers, however, isn’t always easy. This summer while on the shore, Pourroy spotted four people illegally fishing off a boat in the Swami’s marine protected area. She had access to small Fish and Wildlife boats, but the vessels aren’t powerful enough to make it out past the surf, she explained. Pourroy could have called another marine agency to track down the violators. Yet there wasn’t enough time. The boat got away. Fish and Wildlife has an TURN TO ANNIVERSARY ON B14

Get involved at Solana Santa Fe RANCHO SANTA FE — Solana Santa Fe’s ParentTeacher Organization (PTO) is looking for volunteers for upcoming educational opportunities for its students. Parents can celebrate spring by spending time with a second-grader in the garden. The three second-grade classrooms will be visiting the garden every week. If you'd like to come out and spend time with your child’s class, check with your child's teacher for days and times. The Garden coordinators suggest you grab a friend, split the duties and

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FEB. 22, 2013



New MiraCosta College Program, Prepares Students for Local Careers The need for properly trained machinists to fill hundreds of positions in North San Diego County has reached critical mass. To meet this need, the MiraCosta College Community Services Program is now offering a new Machinist Technology Program for individuals seeking fast-paced, high-level training for real job skills. This program is designed to meet the industry’s continued and growing need for trained machine operators and programmers, and will prepare students for employment in machine shops and manufacturing facilities as early as this summer or fall. The Machinist Technology Program underscores MiraCosta College’s commitment to North County. The college was approached two years ago by the National Tooling and Machining Association and representatives of the North County manufacturing industry. The message? Area manufacturers want to hire, but there is a shortage of qualified machinists. And proper training is essential. Employees must master machine shop math, know how to read blueprints, and be skilled at using state-ofthe-art, precision equipment.

MiraCosta College has received grants totaling more than $120,000, including $63,500 from the San Diego Workforce Partnership, via the National Tooling and Machining Association, specifically earmarked for its machinist program.

Students who attend will experience an accelerated program, the only one of its kind in North County. These funds will ensure that unemployed or low-income individuals, including veterans, get the training they need. Students who attend will experience an accelerated program, the only one of its kind in North County, designed to quickly prepare them to meet trade skill sets that will qualify course graduates to move right into apprenticeship positions

with local manufacturing facilities. Toolmakers and precision machinists make money while they train—no college degree is required. Starting salary for program graduates is $14-$18 per hour, with increases as they continue to learn. The 12-week program consists of classroom time and hands-on course work and will be a full-time program, five days a week. Each class will consist of 12–18 students, which will turn out 45 to 54 program graduates over the course of the first year. Students must be at least 18 years old and have either a high school diploma or GED. In addition, students must demonstrate mechanical aptitude, basic 10th grade reading and math skills, and participate in an interview. Fee for the course is $5,000. Tuition funding available for qualified applicants. Call 760.795.6680 to check status. Sign up for a free information session to be held Wednesday, April 24, 5 p.m., at the Landes Recreation Center, 2855 Cedar Road, Oceanside. For more information, contact the MiraCosta College Community Services Office at 760.795.6820.

Ninety percent of Pacific Academy students achieve honor roll status Enrolling in a quality college preparatory school enhances students’ chances of attaining the academic and emotional preparation needed to succeed at the university level and beyond. This preparation ideally starts in Middle School. Pacific Academy, established in 1997, has been a private

individual needs and learning styles. Parents receive frequent progress reports and are encouraged to contact staff. As a result, rather than possibly falling through the cracks in a crowded public school, ninety percent of Pacific Academy students achieve honor roll status. In addition, students receive

Our ultimate aim, is to develop ‘Global Citizens’ of the 21st century.” Dr.Erika Sanchez Pacific Academy principal,

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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Learn. Laugh. Grow. At Del Mar Pines, we believe the elementary school years are the most formative of a child’s life. For over thirty years we’ve challenged the minds and engaged the hearts of our students by encouraging a thirst for knowledge and an inquisitive spirit. Through a safe, nurturing environment, we provide students the opportunity to express intellectual curiosity and creative expression while promoting strong interpersonal relationships. Our goal for each student

Each student leaves as an independent, resourceful thinker with a lifelong love of learning. is to leave Del Mar Pines School as an independent, resourceful thinker with a lifelong love of learning.

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A balance of academics and arts Olivenhain Country Preschool and Infant Center for the Arts mission is to provide your child with a safe, loving, nurturing environment to acquire proper skills and values to prepare them for their future. Here at OCP our teachers provide an environment of many mediums encouraging your child to explore and learn. For example, Cooking, the arts, rhythm and movement, gardening, sign language and Spanish. Beginning a foreign language at an early age, along with our continued use of

these skills throughout our program, allows us to see the benefits of a second language in action. When learning is presented through many mediums, with a balance of academics and arts along with kinesthetic and tactile experiences, children will retain more of this knowledge. Our daily activities include a variety of learning, all wrapped in fun, play and exploration, with your child using their imagination. We look forward to sharing with you the unique advantages of our environ-

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Introducing The “New� St. James Academy Rolling Out Our New Brand For over 60 years, St. James Academy has exemplified a higher devotion to excellence. Many things have changed over the years: the building has been completely remodeled, technology is lightning quick, communication is global, access to information is immediate, and now we have a new brand. This spring we are rolling out a new logo, website, slogan and other brand elements. This new brand was developed to update our look and represent us to the highest standards of academic education and our caring Catholic values. The Heart Of Our School Remains The Same We are not changing who we are just our look. Our learning is based on the teachings and philosophy of the Catholic Church and following Gospel values to make a difference in our world. As the challenges of contemporary life evolve, St. James Academy continuously evaluates the best processes to enable our students to meet the current and future needs of our community. The vision for St. James Academy is to enable students, educators, and our community to

gain both the desire and the opportunity to practice Christ-centered action in everyday life. Our Cherished Preschool In living our vision, we have grown to include an outstanding preschool. This program’s goal for three and four year olds is to

We are not changing who we are, just our look. ensure that your children's first school experiences are filled with love, laughter, and learning. One to One iPad Program We are in our pilot year of a one to one iPad program. Next year the program will include fourth grade through seventh. The rest of the school utilizes a school set of iPads as this program is offering our students the opportunity to utilize new technologies and learning techniques in order to give them a greater advantage in their learning and future educational and career choices.

The Junior High Program We have an almost completely new Junior High program. They have some extra minutes in their day, 2 days each week of block scheduling, a choice of electives and a flex period where they can get extra help from teachers, retake or makeup tests, work on homework, and a new surf club! Fully Accredited And Dedicated St. James is a fully accredited, Catholic elementary school (K-8) that has been serving the San Diego North County Coastal community since 1952. St. James employs fully accredited teachers. Students at St. James are blessed with a dedicated teaching and support staff committed to providing a strong educational program that integrates spiritual, moral, academic, social, cultural and physical precepts. The Academy is part of the vibrant St. James Catholic Community. A Hidden Gem St. James Academy is tucked away in a beautiful Solana Beach neighborhood, which gives us a great sense of privacy. If you live in North County, call us for a tour of this hidden gem at (858) 7551777 or visit our website at www.saintjamesacademy.com.

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Questions run rampant through the social circles of parents and students in regards to planning for college.We’ve asked an expert to provide general answers to some of these questions to help give some direction to those that are asking. Q: What main factors do admissions officers take into consideration when admitting a student to a UC or Private college here in California? A: There are many factors that go into admissions decisions and different levels of weight that the factors

hold. However the main factors include: Grade Point Average, Standardized Tests Scores, and Extracurricular involvement. The GPA provides universities information about how hard the student works. Not all universities can tell if an AP Biology course is more difficult at one high school over another. The standardized test scores (SAT and/or ACT tests) indicate to a university a student’s deductive reasoning ability next to all other high school juniors and early seniors. Remember that they need to make sure that you can compete with all

the other incoming freshmen. Then a student’s extracurricular involvement allows universities to know what makes a student unique next to other applicants. It also provides some insight into what the students are passionate about and the likelihood that they’ll get involved either on-campus or off-campus with the university’s community. Michelle Mai is the CEO/President of College Planning Source. Go to www.collegeplanningsource.c om or call (858) 676-0700 to learn more.

Know & avoid diabetes health complications Health Watch By the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas

Many of the potential complications of chronic diseases can be prevented with a combination of knowledge, lifestyle changes and medications. This approach holds particular promise for those with diabetes. Approximately 26 million adults and children in America have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Another 79 million have pre-diabetes, meaning their blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Diabetes complications fall into two categories: microvascular and macrovascular. Microvascular complications depend primarily on how well blood sugar is controlled. They involve the small blood vessels that carry blood throughout the body and most often affect the eyes, kidneys, and peripheral nerves. One of the most common microvascular complications is diabetic retinopathy, which is the most frequent cause of new cases of blindness among adults. Diabetic retinopathy eventually affects most type 1 patients and more than half of type 2 patients.This progressive disease affects the blood vessels of the eyes. If left untreated, it may eventually damage the retina, resulting in partial or complete vision loss. In many cases, retinopathy has no symptoms until the damage has been done. People with diabetes also have higher risk of kidney damage. Elevated blood sugar levels can damage the small blood vessels of the kidneys, weakening them until they can no longer properly filter the blood. If kidney problems are not diagnosed early, kidney failure may result. At that point, the only options would be a kidney

transplant or dialysis, which filters the blood using a machine. In addition, diabetes can cause neuropathy, or nerve damage, which can result in an inability to feel pain in the feet and legs. People with diabetic neuropathy may not know their feet are injured until infection sets in. Neuropathy may also change the shape of the feet or toes. Macrovascular diabetes complications affect the large blood vessels and encompass the classic cardiovascular problems: heart attack, cardiovascular disease and stroke. They also may include amputation of the foot or leg due to blockages that reduce blood flow to the lower limbs. In addition to blood sugar control, macrovascular complications are affected by blood pressure, cholesterol, diet and other risk factors associated with heart disease. In people with diabetes, the risks are amplified. Prevention of diabetes complications starts with controlling the risk factors. Aim to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and get physically fit through diet and exercise. Strong, healthy hearts and bodies are the best defense against complications. Good blood sugar control is also critical; take whatever steps are necessary to keep blood sugar levels less than 100 upon waking and less than 140 two hours after meals. Track blood pressure and cholesterol levels regularly and maintain healthy numbers. Smoking, of course, should be completely off limits. People with diabetes are more likely to take medications to help control their risk factors. However, medication is not a “silver bullet.” It is most effective with careful management of weight, fitness and blood sugar. 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.

BEE CHAMPS Horizon Prep’s Association of Christian Schools International District Spelling Bee participants included, front row, from left, Colton Misel, second-place winner Corey Telfer, Greer Wetmore, Joshua Jablonski, Madden Pearce, third-place winner Cassandra McDaniel, Grace Yale and first-place winner Katie Bartolotta, with, back row, from left, second-place winner Kyra Hendrickson, Antonio Partida, second-place winner Daniel Greathouse, Abby Gammel, second-place winner Shane Telfer and, not pictured, Yechan Choi and Bennett Park. Courtesy photo

City supports local fairgrounds control By Bianca Kaplanek

Despite concerns about the way officials initiated discussions to gain greater local control over the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds, Solana Beach City Council members adopted a resolution at the Feb. 13 meeting indicating they support the plan, but with modifications. “We’re really not happy with how this has come down,” Councilman Tom Campbell said. “On the other hand, we want to try to cooperate and see if we can get something accomplished.” “I’m going to take the position in this resolution … that we are going to be able to work through this positively and in partnership with them,” Councilwoman Lesa Heebner said, referring to officials from the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which manages and operates the fairgrounds. “I think it just takes a

little bit of time for them to understand where we’re coming from, get some facts,” she added. “We’re really clear what we want. And it’s just a matter of communicating it, learning what their objections are, overcoming those objections and I think that we can do that.” Adam Day, 22nd DAA board president, began meeting with officials from Gov. Jerry Brown’s office last year to discuss local governance of the 340-acre site that lies mostly within Del Mar city limits, in a small portion of the city of San Diego and adjacent to Solana Beach. Day presented a proposal for a partnership between the 22nd DAA and San Diego County in October and has been working with Supervisors Ron Roberts and Greg Cox. Former Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, in whose district the facility is located, was not initially included in the dis-

cussions. She chose not to seek re-election and former Solana Beach City Councilman Dave Roberts now represents that district. In the resolution, the city recognizes the fairgrounds is a valuable regional asset that provides many economic and other benefits to the area, as well as several negative impacts, including traffic, noise and light. Officials from Del Mar and Solana Beach have also for years complained the two cities are never fully reimbursed for the public safety services they provide for the facility and its 350-plus annual events. According to the resolution, the city supports regional governance that includes representation from the impacted cities. Heebner requested the addition of language that makes it “very clear … we would like to have the appointing power over who

would be from Solana Beach rather than the county Board of Supervisors. “We broke away from the county (in 1986) for a reason,” she said. “We really have a difference in philosophy, a difference of values, a difference of sort of mission and vision.” During a recent meeting between Ron Roberts, Cox and representatives from Del Mar, Solana Beach and the city of San Diego, Campbell said Day “made it very clear” he was “moving forward with the county.” “That’s what he believes the right choice is,” Campbell said. “He suggested to us it couldn’t change but I can tell you (all the representatives) really voiced some displeasure about the impacted cities being left out of the discussions.” Dave Roberts has asked his colleagues if he could TURN TO FAIRGROUNDS ON B14

Dying pup finds loving final home RANCHO SANATA FE — The movie “Love Story” starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw has been labeled one of the most romantic films of all time. The characters face true love in the midst of terminal illness and the story gives its viewers a glimpse of what genuine unselfish love looks like. At Helen Woodward Animal Center,that story is currently playing out between the family of a human cancer survivor and a terminally ill 6-yearold Terrier blend named Dinky – who may be experiencing real love for the very first time. Discovered in early December 2012 off the 905 Freeway by an animal welfare worker in San Ysidro, Dinky was in bad shape. Starving,dehydrated,shivering and terribly matted, no one could be sure how long she had wandered the streets. She



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seemed terrified of humans and shrank from human touch, but her sweet temperament shone through with her docile gestures and hopeful eyes. Over the next weeks of her recovery, the loving 6 year old Terrier-blend began to blossom and Dinky seemed destined for a new beginning with a forever family of her very own. Unfortunately, while preparing to clear Dinky for adoption, the Center veterinary team found something concerning. The biopsy of an unusual mass revealed an enlarged lymph node with metastatic mast cell grade 3 cancer. In lay terms, it was discovered that Dinky was in the final stages of a metastatic cancer and had only a matter of months remaining. Her chances of a happy ending seemed over before

Sophie Ruiz cuddles with Dinky, a dog with terminal cancer she adopted from the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Courtesy photo

they had even begun. But Helen Woodward Animal Center, an organization dedicated to quality life for all orphaned animals, was determined not give up on her. This is where Dinky’s “Love Story” begins. Sue Ruiz, a Helen Woodward Animal Center foster heard the terminal pup’s story and took it to heart. Ruiz’s husband had been diagnosed with cancer only three years before. Now in remission, her family understood the importance of not giving up on someone when they needed you the most. “I called a family meeting,” said Ruiz, “and as a group we decided we would like to

take Dinky and give her some good times for as long as she’s still with us.” The decision has changed the lives of everyone involved, not the least of all little Dinky who has finally learned about cuddling, toys, a warm bed and how to be the perfect furry family member to the Ruiz family. For everyone at Helen Woodward Animal Center, it appears that “happy endings” aren’t only for the movies after all. If you have any questions regarding the foster care program, would like more information or would like to be a foster parent, contact Denise Clark at (858) 756-4117 ext. 375, visit animalcenter.org or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Rd.

It’s Full Moon Slam time Full Moon Poets will present its next La Paloma Winter Poetry Slam at 6 p.m. Feb. 24, at the historic La Paloma Theatre at 471 S. Coast Highway 101. Admission is free.Poets wishing to enter should arrive at 5 p.m. For interested poets, all names will be placed in the famous popcorn bucket and the first 17 names pulled will be the line-up for the night. There are three elimination rounds going from 17 poets to eight and the final three for the last round. Prize money collected from the

audience will go to the winners. No props, musical instruments, costumes or recorded music allowed. Poets need three original poems that do not exceed three minutes each. For more information and rules go to fullmoonpoets.org. Each year, Encinitasbased Full Moon Poets presents two major poetry slams at La Paloma,one in the summer and one in the winter. The competition is now in its 13th year and draws poets from throughout the county and beyond.


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Five years ago I began writing my column “Machel’s Ranch,” in the Rancho Santa Fe News. I have had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful residents in the Ranch. I have uncovered some little gems that might have been missed because not every story needs to be a feature. Some can be short with much impact. A story may reveal a child who was honored at school or local friends celebrating their friendships poolside under the eucalyptus trees. You see, writing and working for the newspapers in Rancho Santa Fe has added so much inspiration and joy to the normalcy of my life here in San Diego. Nothing gives me more pleasure than meeting and connecting with others. So thank you dear readers for sharing your stories with me. Thank you for making a point in telling me you enjoy reading my column. Life can be magical when you open your heart and share what’s inside. So please keep me in mind if there is a moment you would like featured. I enjoy hearing and writing about your lives here in Rancho Santa Fe.

Ranch residents Matthew, Lauren, Jill, Tony, and Anthony Sorge enjoy ‘ski-week’ in Mammoth. Courtesy photo

Lemon Twist Gift and Produce Shop in Rancho Rancho Santa Fe. Columnist Machel Shull dipped over 1000 chocolate berries on Valentine’s Day for customers at Lemon Twist. Photo by Machel Shull

Around Town On Feb. 7, I heard some wonderful news from one of the most popular and prettiest bartenders in town. Besides running triathlons and adding her memorable personality to Mille Fleurs, Jill Drouin is also an amazing cook. Jill will be participating in a “Cooking Harvard Girl Competition” in La Jolla Feb. 28. I will keep you posted with an update. On Feb. 8, many Rancho Santa Fe residents left town to enjoy “ski week” at nearby Californian ski resorts like Mammoth. Featured here is a pristine photo straight from the ski resort of Tony and Jill Sorge, featured with their three children, Matthew, Lauren and Anthony. The picture looks like it could be used as a Ralph Lauren ad — it’s so beautiful! You can tell by the smiles that it looks like they enjoyed a fabulous week off together as a family. On Feb. 14, I found out

Local Dating Agent Elle France is being featured in a cover story by The Reader on “Old Fashioned Matchmaking.” Courtesy photo

local dating agent Elle France was contacted to be interviewed for the cover feature story for “The Reader,” about old fashion matchmaking. She is one of five chosen to be featured in the story. Elle also writes and posts a popular

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blog on her website in which she gives dating advice at Ellefrance.net. So if you are newly single and are looking for love, try old-fashioned matchmaking with Elle. Meet someone for the first time again in person without meeting them online. I hope you had a romantic Valentine’s Day. Later that day, I could be found dipping more than 1,000 chocolate-covered strawberries at Lemon Twist Gift and Produce Shop. Customers stood in line to buy floral arrangements, gifts and bouquets for the special someone that day. I must say my back had a dull ache on my left side when we closed up shop that evening. Luckily for me, I spent all day with my sweetheart. My husband just happens to manage the store. If you have a story you would like to share with Machel, you can contact her at Mpenn@coastnewsgroup.com.


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BANNERS FLY ALONG HIGHWAY 101 Danny Salzhandler, the project’s coordinator, hangs an Arts Alive banner on a light pole on Coast Highway 101, marking the 14th year of the exhibit. The 101 original paintings are displayed on light poles from La Costa Avenue to “restaurant row” in Cardiff, and will come down in late May for an auction. This year’s banners range from tributes to the late Ravi Shankar to seaside scenes. Photo by Jared Whitlock

Top student artists vie for scholarship COAST CITIES — Are artists born or made? Come and witness young art genius in the making at the Del Mar Art Center’s reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 24, 1555 Camino Del Mar, Suite 112. The event will be honoring Torrey Pines High School art students with an exhibition of their work on view through March 2. One talented student will be awarded a

$1,000 scholarship to help with their ongoing art education. Born or made, all artists benefit from the influence of a master teacher, in this case, Julie Limerick. Not only does she teach art and creates custom jewelry, she also is a Visual Arts Examiner for the International Baccalaureate Organization. As such, she

travels throughout California and reviews and assesses student’s portfolios. She works very closely with the students to help mold them into the artists of tomorrow. Come join us in celebrating these fine budding artists. There will be free twohour parking and refreshments will be served.

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Take a look at life’s path The community is invited to a Friends of Jung lecture, “Into the Dark Woods: Jung’s Path of Individuation,” presented by John Porterfield at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 334 14th St. Therapist Porterfield will discuss Carl Jung’s “individuation process” by which an individual can attain the full development and completion of his uniqueness. He describes this connection to the unconscious as a “guide into the deepest

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recesses of ourselves and the wholeness of life” and emphasizes its importance in the second half of life. Porterfield is a certified Jungian analyst who specializes in helping individuals and couples develop solutions for lingering problems and improve their relationships. He has a private practice in Sherman Oaks. Admission fees are $10 for Mueller students with badge, $15 for FOJ members, $17 full-time students and seniors older than 65, and $20 non-members.

Who’s NEWS? Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. Global help for women

Pacific Ridge School are participating in Pacific Ridge’s service learning group, NKT Connections, helping to enable women in Nepal, Kenya and Tibet. The students have sent a projector and educational supplies to Golok Sencham Drukmo’s Home for Girls, an orphanage in rural Tibet and have worked with a women’s shelter in Oceanside, connecting shelter residents with Raksha through a pen pal exchange. Most recently, the group has been investing in two women in Kenya through Kiva, a nonprofit organization in the microfinance field.

Kyla and Teagan King of Olivenhain, Annika Gullahorn of Carmel Valley, Megan Thode of Rancho Santa Fe and Joanna Gonda of Fallbrook, students at Happy citizens

Fifty-five graduates of MiraCosta College’s citizenship course successfully obtained U.S. citizenship in 2012 and were honored during Feb. 2 at the MiraCosta College Community Learning Center. This year’s applicants came to MiraCosta from Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, China, Iran, Colombia, Mexico, Russia and Egypt.

Hair color stars Three Detour Salon stylists, 594 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, joined an elite group of Redken Certified Hair colorists, who provide top notch service and guarantee exceptional hair color results. Michelle Place, Lissa

Lorenzen, and Dee Osinga submitted themselves to rigorous advanced level training and testing in color chemistry, theory, client consultation and application to pass exams.

New CFO Steven L. Dietlin has joined the executive staff at Tri-City Medical Center as its new Chief Fi n a n c i a l O f f i c e r. Dietlin has STEVEN DIETLIN more than 20 years of experience in healthcare finance management. Dietlin, 44, holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, majoring in accounting from California State University, Fullerton and is a California-licensed Certified Public Accountant.

Top 7 DM eateries Seven Del Mar Village restaurants earned top titles in Ranch & Coast magazine’s Best Restaurants 2013 list. Pacifica, Kitchen 1540, Del Mar Rendezvous, Board & Brew, Café Secret, Smashburger, and Prepkitchen made the list. Pacifica Del Mar won for Best Seafood, L’Auberge Del Mar, Kitchen1540 placed first in the Best Charcuterie. Del Mar Rendezvous took first place for Best Chinese and Best Vegetarian. Board & Brew, won the Best Sandwich category. Prepkitchen made the Editors’ Picks section for goto eateries list. Café Secret. serves homemade Peruvian cuisine. Smashburger won for Best Burger.

On the team California Fruit Wine announced Todd Clever, Captain of the United States Rugby team, has joined the California Fruit Wine team. California Fruit Wine Company is at 1040 La Mirada Court, TODD CLEVER Vista. Call (858) 522-9463 or visit californiafruitwine.com

New team member Justin Jameson, a Cardiff-by-the-Sea resident, was named as Account Administrator with Cavignac & Associates, a San Diego risk management firm. With 10 years of experience in the risk management and insurance industry, Jameson will assist the agency’s account managers, as well as have full responsibility for services of his own assigned customer accounts.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — It isn’t likely that you will shy away from any challenges. In fact, you’ll welcome situations that are much too trying for others.

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — You’ll get far more out of being helpful than merely feathering your own nest. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2013 Good deeds will be appreciated and In the year ahead, you’ll be attracted to strong, progressive thinkers in tune rewarded. with the times. Most of your closest LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — There’s new friends will be of this sort. no reason why you shouldn’t be hopePISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — ful regarding the outcome of events, Lounging in a cozy easy chair could because you’re presently in a lucky have a strong appeal for you, yet if you cycle. Being optimistic and positive fail to be at least a tad productive, helps a lot. you’re likely to feel guilty for wasting all SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — You’re that valuable time. not likely to seek out competition, but ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Even you’ll not duck any either. Should a though you won’t be putting on any pretenses, the persona you present is strong competitor challenge you, you’ll likely to be more dramatic than usual. be a tough cookie to contend with. Others will be drawn to you for this SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — If reason. you view things from a positive perTAURUS (April 20-May 20) — You spective, your faith will work wonders. can’t help but succeed in situations Events will turn out the way you enviwhere you are motivated to do good sion them, if your belief is strong things and bring joy to others. All you enough. want to do is help make people happy. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — You’re Joint ventures hold far more promise not going to find a better day to profor you than independent endeavors mote a cause in which you truly believe. Even those who usually give at this time. However, this is true only you a hard time will succumb to your if you’re teamed up with someone of equal talent who has a similar work appeal. ethic. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — If you’re prepared to give in order to get, AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — most of your material affairs should Moderation is the key to success, so work out to your benefit. Some of your do your best to play everything down biggest obstacles may be taken out of the middle. For best results, don’t be the picture. too aggressive or too passive. By Bernice Bede Osol

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What else did I learn? That Russians are either asleep at the wheel or have nerves of steel. Here comes an unexpected, enormous ball of fire screaming across the sky, in some cases in the direction of their windshield. Do they slam on the brakes? Nyet. Do they even slow down or alter their path in any way? Not that I saw. Tell me again — how did we win the Cold War? No wonder our former foes made such terrific villains in so many books and movies. Based on the sound tracks from most of the meteorite footage, however, the Russians have atrocious taste in drivetime music. It made you almost grateful for the huge explosion that drowned it out. And then there was the broken glass. It gave me the willies just to hear people crunching through it and watch doctors tweezing bits out of people’s faces. Which brings me to our final lesson for the day. If you see even a medium-sized fireball come flying out of nowhere and streak across the sky, duck and cover! You can catch the reruns later on everyone else’s cell phone or dashboard camera. You can borrow it while they are getting the glass removed from their nostrils.

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Rauscher said awareness of Trestles’ historical importance grew. As such, Rauscher said Surfrider isn’t advancing the bid to block another toll road proposal, should there be one. “The toll road has been soundly defeated — that’s behind us,” Rauscher said. “Our intention is to recognize the place has historic value. “We’ll continue to support the bid all the way; we’re not alone,” Rauscher added. Seven beaches make up Trestles, including surf spots known as Lowers, Old Man’s and Dog Patch. The application for the historic bid notes that Trestles served as the main gathering place for surfers across California in the 1930s. In turn, the spot was influential to surf culture. The application also states that Trestles is still popular with surfers, who are drawn to the area in part because it “remains free of commercialization,” and also due to the wave quality of the breaks in the area. State Historian Amy Crain said the state received nearly 1,300 letters in support of the designation, and more than 110 letters against it. The historic commission’s decision was “totally independent and nonpolitical,” she said. Crain confirmed that the designation wouldn’t “bar any development,” only that projects would have to make an effort “in good faith” to mitigate adverse effects. The National Registry of Historic Places should make the final decision within the next three to five months, she said.

dle any problems with enforcement later.” Shad Catarius, a San Diego commercial lobsterman, said the marine protected areas have hurt his catch. Although he doesn’t like them, Catarius said he and other fishermen have abided by the regulations. Because there isn’t additional staff to patrol the new marine protected areas, he said poaching is becoming more of an issue across Southern California. “Poaching has always been a problem,” Catarius said. “Now it’s worse — the wardens are spread thin.” “I would say it’s been twice as bad as previous years,” he added. With no extra personnel or resources for the expanded marine protected areas, a variety of nonprofits have stepped up their involvement. On the education front, Surfrider has installed basic signs across the state denoting the boundaries of the marine protected areas. In the next year or two, Surfrider will replace the signs with permanent plagues that display images, maps and histories of the reserves, noted Stefanie Sekich-Quinn, policy manager for Surfrider. Additionally, Surfrider

has held public forums and set up tables at places like Swami’s to educate the public about the new reserves. “We went through this lengthy process to implement the marine protected areas,” Quinn said. “Our feeling is that we should educate people and continue to protect them.” San Diego Coastkeeper partnered with engineering students at UC San Diego to monitor reserves in La Jolla. Armed with a smartphone app developed by the students, trained volunteers track how many people are swimming, surfing or fishing in the marine protected areas on a weekly basis. The information is then logged in a database. Megan Baehrens, executive director of San Diego Coastkeeper, said that the information would inform policymakers when they review the new marine protected areas in five years. “They’ll have a better idea of just who is using the reserves,” Baehrens said. “The information could help them with better enforcement, or maybe with changing the rules in them based on trends.” “We’re at the post-implementation phase of the marine areas; our work here is not done,” Baehrens said.


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enforcement boat based out of Orange County that’s more than capable of chasing down poachers. It also patrols San Diego’s waters, but Pourroy said it’s not enough. “We need a dedicated boat or two like that in San Diego County,” Pourroy said. Scott Bringman, a patrol lieutenant with Fish and Wildlife, agreed that additional enforcement boats would help catch poachers or anyone else breaking the rules. However, there isn’t funding for boats. Nor is there money for additional wardens. The number of wardens in Southern California has hovered around 70 for the past five years, even though there’s more marine protected areas to patrol. Still, Bringman said wardens have been effective with what resources they have, especially given that other law enforcement agencies work in conjunction with them. “People have been compliant; we haven’t had major issues,” Bringman said. “A year is too soon to judge the areas,” Bringman added. “I think we’ll know more about the effects on marine life, and how to han-

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Agave attenuatta ranks high among my favorite plants KENT HORNER Local Roots Living in a Mediterranean climate like we do, it just came to me that many of my favorite plants are those that do well in our neighborhood of the world. Being (or thinking of myself as) an artista), I used to believe that I was choosing plants from the palate of great beauty. What I have come to understand is that over time my plant selections have been whittled down to those that work for me on a regular basis. So, I decided to comment a bit on a handful of the groundcovers, plants and trees that I have great experience with and talk about their inherent strengths and weaknesses. For instance, I have talked about the Agave attenuatta. What a great plant. Sea foam green, with a beautiful soft foliage that has no spikes, this one is just about the closest thing you can get to no maintenance other than green gravel or concrete. I think that I have mentioned that this plant has a finite life cycle. When the Agave attenuatta starts to produce a flowering shoot from the center stalk, it signals that the life of this plant is over. This plant then secretes hormones from the growing flower stalk, which shut down root absorption, feeding the main body of the plant. These hormones produce the new flower and


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lot from the problems with Fukushima and that is one thing we cannot ignore. We don’t want that to happen here,” said Deputy Mayor of Del Mar Lee Haydu at the meeting. “Every time we meet with some public officials, we always ask the exit route for all of us, we all know there is no evacuation route.” “We call for a full, thorough, and transparent investigation regarding the operation, design, and the engineering (of SONGS),” said Solana Beach Mayor Mike

seedpods but eliminate the plant. From doing a little study on the Blue Agave in Jalisco, I found that by cutting off the flower stalk of the agave during the early stage of flower development, growers can lengthen the Blue Agaves longevity producing more “honey water” or juice for tequila production. Not wanting to lose my flowering Agave attenuattas, I cut off the flower stalk as close to the center of the plant as possible. What I found was interesting. If I cut the flower stalk quickly when it began to grow, the plant seemed to continue living or re-grouped in stasis mode. If I waited to cut the stalk after it had grown fairly tall, the plant died anyway and very quickly. Another great thing about Agave attenuattas is that you can harvest and replant almost any size plant simply by cutting the stem near the base. This stem is then planted back in the soils where it will look and grow best. A super slow grower, an agave of any size in the nursery can cost well over $60 each. In some cases, harvesting and planting a medium to large size attenuatta can set the biologic fertility clock forward and the plant will start flower production early. Nature always finds a way to reproduce. The Orange Bird of Paradise on the other hand is the epitome of beauty when it flowers. Sexual maturity for this plant continues for years and years and makes it one of the most beautiful plants that I have in my own Mediterranean garden. The namesake for the Strelitzia

reginae was the Queen of England in 1773. The plant was imported from its homeland in South Africa and delivered to King George the III as a gift. In Latin the word for queen is “reginae” and the queen at this time was Charlotte of Mecklenberg-Strelitz. This coined the moniker Strelitzia Reginae. Also called the crane flower, not many people know that the seed of this plant is almost as beautiful as the flower itself. Down inside the body of the flower, the seeds are produced. As the flower and stalk finally dries, the seeds within finally reach maturity and become a shiny jet black color with a brilliant orange topknot of fur or fuzz emanating from the top of the seed. Perhaps nature intended these seeds to be very attractive to birds as well. When the plant loses leaves to old age or the flowers themselves dry out, instead of cutting them off at the base and leaving unsightly stubs try winding the leaves or flowers around your hand and pulling them out with both hands in a jerking fashion. Most of the time they pull free from the base of the plant without leaving a trace. Remember, these plants require nutrients and water to remain beautiful in your garden.

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from the state. Since then more than half of the nine-member fair board has been replaced. Day said the county is the “logical entity” for local governance as it represents all residents in San Diego, and the proposal doesn’t mean Del Mar and Solana Beach wouldn’t have increased say in any future governance model. Del Mar City Council members adopted a similar resolution at their Feb. 4 meeting.

Nichols. The meeting was held, coincidentally, about a week after Boxer revealed concerns about SCE’s and SONGS’s manufacturer’s awareness of the station’s steam generator problems. Boxer wrote to the NRC on Feb. 6 after uncovering a report from the steam generator’s manufacturer, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), which addressed the reasons for the unusual tube wear. “The report indicates that Southern California Edison (SCE) and MHI were aware of serious problems with the design of the San

Onofre nuclear power plant’s replacement steam generators before they were installed. Further, the report asserts that SCE and MHI rejected enhanced safety modifications and avoided triggering a more rigorous license amendment and safety review process,” stated the letter, which was signed by Boxer and Representative Edward J. Markey. NRC Chairman Allison Macfarlane’s response letter stated that the commission was examining MHI’s report as part of its extensive inspections and investigations of SONGS.

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ew on the Market. 2/2 with N 1550 sf and attached 2 car Garage in La Costa!! Ocean and Lagoon Views!! Seller says sell!! No Mello Roos and low $298 HOA fees. Hurry on this one!! $369,000

OwnYour Own Surf Break asa Aguas Vivas is a fullservice private luxury villa perfectly situated on Punta Mita’s secluded beach and surf break, with suites accommodating up to twelve guests. Casa Aguas Vivas — House of Living Waters — was built to blend into the environment which surrounds the home. The building, which is appropriate to the climate and made from material indigenous to the area, is a statement of individuality. The palapa roofs and river stone mesh with the ocean, palms, and pools to create a romantic and unique home. The curvilinear architecture and stairways defy straight walls and convention, as does the outdoor dining room and bar area under a palapa umbrella. A cobblestone stairway from the palapa bar to the ocean, places you onto a mile of sugar-fine sand to the south. $2,950,000



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