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APRIL 19, 2013

Roadblock cleared in Garden Club’s quest for covenant changes ■ Proposed

modifications will help spur on purchase By Sandy Coronilla

The collections for wildfire fees issued by Cal Fire is being postponed following thousands of complaints over the fees legality from state residents. The fees are supposed to be used for fire prevention activities. Above, a helicopter prepares to drop water on flames during the Witch Creek Fire in October 2007. Photo by Daniel Knighton

Fire fee collection halted by heated opposition By Rachel Stine

RANCHO SANTA FE — The collection of fire prevention fees for rural areas of California, including Rancho Santa Fe, has been postponed this year due to thousands of complaints challenging its billing and legality. Several legislative bills aiming to eliminate or replace the fee have been presented to state Senate and Assembly committees as well. Authorized by a budget bill in 2011, property owners in rural areas where the state is financially responsible for fire protection are required to pay an annual

fee. The fee is intended to pay for fire prevention measures carried out by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, referred to as Cal Fire. Late last year, more than 100,800 property owners in San Diego County were billed as much as $150 per habitable structure. Local officials claim that these property owners already pay for fire protection from Cal Fire and local agencies, including the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, through property taxes and other fees. “I continue to oppose the $150-a-year tax because

homeowners already pay for fire protection,” said San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob in a recent statement. “What the state needs to do instead is prioritize public safety and make sure Cal Fire is adequately funded, without putting additional burdens on taxpayers.” Jacob has encouraged billed county residents to pay the fee but petition for reconsideration and contact their local state representatives to oppose the fee. Cal Fire has received more than 87,000 petitions for reconsideration after billing more than 825,000 California homeowners last

year. The agency has not yet determined when, or if, the collection of the fire fee will resume this year. The Assembly Committee on Natural Resources passed two bills, presented by Republican Assemblymen Mike Morrell and Tim Donnelly, to repeal the fire fees on April 15. The two bills claim that the fee is actually a tax and as such would require a twothirds vote. Yet the fee was approved only with a majority vote in 2011. The bills will be submitted to the Assembly

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Association board unanimously approved the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club’s request to count property it owns toward a two-thirds consent requirement for covenant modification, bringing the club one step closer to being purchased by the association. As a stipulation to the impending purchase, the association required the Garden Club to apply for two covenant modifications to change its useclass. Currently the two lots that make up the Garden Club are designated for single-family residential use, with an allowance for a private or semi-public clubhouse. Now the Garden Club is trying to get the lots designated for “public and semi-public uses,” so that it can continue to sell items on the property and to

allow for public parking. But to make the changes, the Garden Club needs to get its neighbors to agree with them. Two-thirds of property owners located within 500 feet of the club must give their written consent. “The Rancho Santa Fe Association owns a substantial amount of property within a 500-foot radius (consent area) of the Garden Club,” Helen Dizio, president of the Garden Club, wrote in her formal request letter to the association. “Obtaining the consent of Association-owned property will potentially enable the Garden Club to meet or exceed the twothirds consent area requirement.” The Garden Club received that consent at the April 4 board meeting and significantly raised its chances of meeting the two-thirds approval threshold. Secretary of the Board Peter B. Smith said the board would keep the Garden Club purchase as a board agenda item for the next couple of meetings in case there are further questions. “It’s moving forward nicely,” said Roxana Foxx, president of the board.


City gets update on sand-saving project by Army Corps By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — The fate of a joint project between Encinitas, Solana Beach and the Army Corps of Engineers that has been in the works for more than 10 years will be decided by the end of 2013, according to an update provided during the April 10 Solana Beach City Council meeting. “It will come to a conclusion this year … whether the feasibility plan is approved

SERVING THE DANCE FLOOR Elgin Park, long-time member of The Greyboy Allstars talks about the band’s soon-to-be-released album, “Inland Emperor” out April 16. A18

or not,” City Manager David Ott said. The goal of the Solana Beach-Encinitas Coastal Storm Damage Project is to reduce damage to more than eight miles of beach beginning at the mouth of Batiquitos Lagoon in Encinitas and stretching south to include the entire 1.7-mile Solana Beach coastline except an area north of Tide Park. The plan is to use sand

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from offshore borrow sites to renourish the beaches on a regular cycle for 50 years starting in 2015. The Army Corps of Engineers studied several alternatives that included submerged breakwaters, artificial reefs, sea walls, sand replacement, filling the notches at the base of the bluffs and a hybrid of the latter two. The tentatively recommended plan for Encinitas is

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to replace 100 feet of beach every five years using a total of 680,000 cubic yards of sand. Solana Beach would receive 200 feet of sand every 13 years using 960,000 cubic yards. Public hearings in both cities were held in February and public review of a draft environmental impact report concluded in March. Project cost before implementation is estimated

to be almost $8.2 million.The state Department of Boating and Waterways has been the cities’ financial partner in this project, assisting them in meeting their 50 percent cost share requirement. In addition to each city providing more than $1 million of in-kind contributions of staff time and other resources since 2004, Solana Beach has spent several thousand dollars in the past 12 years on consultants and lob-

byists to secure millions of dollars in federal and state funds, Ott said. The next steps are to prepare responses to comments and release the final EIR, perhaps in June, and then meet with the Civil Works Review Board in Washington, D.C., to present any changes. More public meetings are tentatively planned for TURN TO SAND ON A17

San Dieguito moves forward with Pacific Highlands Ranch middle school project By Sandy Coronilla

COAST CITIES — The San Dieguito Union High School District board of trustees voted last week to buy land to build a new middle school in Pacific Highlands Ranch. The district will use general obligation bonds from Proposition AA, voter-

approved last fall, to finance the purchase of land from Pardee Homes. The cost of the new middle school is estimated at $71.2 million. “A lot of work has gone into this moment,” said Eric Dill, associate superintendent. In March 2010 a district

task force determined that a new school would be needed to alleviate growth pressures at Carmel Valley Middle School, whose current enrollment is highest amongst San Dieguito’s middle schools. The new school will be located next to Canyon Crest Academy and will open in phases beginning fall 2015.



APRIL 19, 2013

Test for newborns inspired by local boy By Promise Yee

From left, Rancho Santa Fe Community Center Gatsby Gala committee members Melissa Russell, Rachel Douglass, Graham Milner, Alexia Bregman, Cindy Moran, Lauren Gill and John Rikkers put the final details on the upcoming event, coming May 18 at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, 15150 San Dieguito Road, Rancho Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Roaring ‘20s fundraiser readied RANCHO SANTA FE — Tickets are available now for the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center Roaring ‘20s-themed Gatsby Gala on May 18 at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. The center’s annual gala will start at 5:30 p.m. with a classic jazz pianist, cocktail reception and time to mingle while perusing an array of silent auction offerings. A dinner and live auction will follow along with dancing into the night to Liquid Blue. This year, the Gala committee plans to enchant guests

with Gatsby-era glitter, classic cars and a raucous,Roaring 20’s good time. The evening will recreate a speakeasy atmosphere and classic 1920s cocktails. Contact the Community Center to purchase tickets and for more information on how to become involved in the event. Call (858) 756-2461 or visit Guests are encouraged to get creative and dress in 1920s era attire. Tickets are $250 per person and tables seat 10. A variety of special sponsorship and donation opportunities are available.

The Rancho Santa Fe Community Center has a rich history of community involvement. Established in 1972, the center began as an after-school care facility and has grown to provide a variety of activities that connect neighbors, friends, families, schools and businesses through a creative assortment of classes, programs and events. Attending and supporting the Gatsby Gala will help the center continue to provide these important services that allow the Rancho Santa Fe community to grow together.

OCEANSIDE — Twoand-a-half-year-old Caleb Peltier of Vista has already made a big impact on the world around him. Tri-City Medical Center developed and named its emergency room response code for newborns after him and Caleb’s parents were among the speakers who addressed legislators and helped pass Assembly Bill 1731 that requires all California hospitals to provide pulse oximetry tests for newborns. Caleb’s recovery from a congenital heart defect as an infant has inspired many people around him to speak up on behalf of newborns’ medical needs. Caleb’s illness was unexpected. His mom Casey Peltier said she had a fullterm normal pregnancy, but when she arrived home with 3-day-old Caleb she knew something was wrong. “I noticed he was not eating well and was cranky,” Peltier said.

The Peltier family, dad DJ, mom Casey, and boys Wyatt and Caleb stroll in the March of Dimes Walk. The Peltieras vowed to help raise awareness about the special medical needs of infants after their son Caleb battled with congenital heart defect. Photo by Promise Yee

She brought him in for a checkup with the family pediatrician. By the time the family reached the doctor’s office Caleb was having difficulty breathing. The pediatrician misdiagnosed the illness as meningitis and sent Caleb to TriCity emergency room. Tri-City neonatologist and pediatric cardiologist Dr. Hamid Movahhedian and NICU manager and registered nurse Nancy Myers were on the emergency team that saw Caleb. Movahhedian accurately diagnosed Caleb with congenital heart defect. By this time things were critical. “His organs were shutting down,” Peltier said. “His blood and gases were off the chart.” Caleb was resuscitated and sent by Life Flight helicopter to Rady Children’s Hospital. He had open-heart surgery, followed by a second open-heart surgery before his 2nd birthday. Peltier said she hopes no other family will have to go through what her family did. She and her husband DJ Peltier vowed to help in any way they could to raise awareness about the special medical needs of infants. “It was our worst nightmare,” Peltier said. “That day in the ER saved his life,” she added. “We were so lucky and so blessed.” The Peltiers teamed up with Tri-City Medical Center to brand the Code Caleb emergency room response code for infants under 60 days old. When infants in need of resuscitation arrive a neonatologist, neonatal nurse and respiratory therapist are immediately paged to respond. “When a baby is sick TURN TO NEWBORNS ON A17



APRIL 19, 2013

Partnership to govern New lifeguard tower on the horizon fairgrounds still being discussed by cities By Jared Whitlock

By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — As county officials consider partnering with the 22nd District Agricultural Association to provide local control over the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds, City Council members in Del Mar and adjacent Solana Beach continue their efforts to be included in the process and have representation on whatever model is ultimately created. In separate actions, both cities adopted similar resolutions in February stating that position. Del Mar officials held a special workshop April 1 to further discuss their efforts going forward and drafted a letter that was sent to Ron Cox, chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, reiterating their stance. Solana Beach council members agreed at the April 10 meeting to send a similar letter to the county. And earlier that day, the governance model dominated discussions during the Community Relations Committee meeting, a monthly gathering of fairgrounds officials and representatives from Del Mar and Solana Beach. Noting the majority of activities take place within Del Mar limits, Mayor Terry Sinnott signed a letter stating the events positively benefit and adversely impact the community. “It is for these reasons that we believe it is imperative that the local agencies have a seat at the table when the (c)ounty of San Diego reviews the proposed governance model,” the letter states. Del Mar officials are recommending a board made up of eight representatives from the county that include one each from Del Mar, Solana Beach and the city of San Diego — the most impacted communities — “and that the respective Councils be allowed to make the selections for the board.” Solana Beach City Councilwoman Lesa Heebner said the letter from her city will be somewhat different. “We still want to convey that we know the fairgrounds is an asset, but there are also impacts,” Heebner said. “So we want a voice at the table and we want to appoint the person who owns that voice. But we’re also concerned about the transparency of these talks. “What’s behind it?” she asked. “What’s the process? Who’s talking to who(m)?” The 22nd DAA manages and operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds and includes a nine-member, governor-appointed board of directors. Last year board

President Adam Day began meeting with officials from Gov. Jerry Brown’s office to discuss “a number of very exciting possibilities to develop an enhanced level of local governance.” In an October 2012 letter to then-Chairman Ron Roberts, Day pitched the idea of a partnership between the district and the county. Officials from Del Mar and Solana Beach have consistently said they support such a relationship as long as they are included in the governance model. Solana Beach long ago recommended forming a Joint Powers Authority. Fair board Director David Watson, a land use attorney who serves on the Community Relations Committee, said a JPA must be approved by the state departments of General Services and Food and Agriculture. “I basically kind of punted,” telling city officials “more power to you” if you can get the departments to agree to that, he told his colleagues at the April 10 fair board meeting. Watson also said according to Food and Agriculture, the 22nd DAA has the authority to put on a joint fair with the county, but not other agencies. To do so would require legislation. Heebner said Solana Beach is looking into those claims. Day said the ball is currently in the county’s court. “They are doing their due diligence … kicking the tires to see if what we say is true,” he said. In his October letter, Day wrote the partnership would not create any financial or legal burden for the county. County supervisors are scheduled to discuss the proposed governance model at their April 23 meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. in Room 310 of the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Coast Highway in San Diego.

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ENCINITAS — Concrete foundation is the only remnant of a San Elijo lifeguard tower that overlooked the Encinitas coastline for decades. But once again, lifeguards will soon be able to keep an eye on swimmers and beach goers from the spot. Construction on a permanent tower has been delayed while the state parks department works to obtain design approval from the California Coastal Commission. In the meantime, an interim tower will be up and running in the next month. “We get a lot of questions about what happened to the old tower,” state Park Superintendent Robin Greene said. “We are awaiting state fire marshal approval for our interim structure,” Greene added. “Once approved, a scaffolding system to support a standard fiberglass lifeguard tower will be placed on the bluff top.” The original San Elijo lifeguard tower was built in the 1960s. Yet the slow, unceasing assault of erosion and especially powerful winter storms in 2010 left the tower dangerously close to the edge of the cliff. Lifeguard officials had little choice — they vacated and dismantled the tower. The interim tower, set up on scaffolding that’s engineered to withstand wind and other elements, will be transported and placed about 10 yards to the east of where the original tower was located. The design for the permanent tower is still being finalized. But Greene noted it will be 25 to 30 feet tall and set further back on the nearby hill. Greene said that the spot affords a bird’s-eye view of Cardiff Reef, Swami’s Beach, the beach San Elijo Campgrounds beach and the close-by lagoon inlet, where lifeguards often rescue swimmers from fast-moving currents. “The tower provides an efficiency in the operation,” Greene said. “I don’t have to have as many lifeguards

Bluff erosion encroached on the site of a former lifeguard tower at the San Elijo Campgrounds, forcing officials to remove it in 2010. In the coming weeks a temporary lifeguard tower will be placed near the orange cones. Tentatively scheduled for 2015, a permanent tower will be constructed slightly east of the interim one. Photo by Jared Whitlock

patrolling the beaches. One person from that bluff top can see a lot.” She added that the interim and permanent tower will be staffed most of the year. To further take advantage of the uninterrupted sightlines, the permanent tower will feature 360degree visibility. It will also serve as life-

guard headquarters for beaches from Swami’s to north Cardiff. Both the interim and permanent towers will have communication systems and supplies for day-to-day operations. State parks is funding the interim tower at a price of $75,000. Parks officials are still determining the final cost

of the permanent structure and the materials that will be used to build it. It’s expected that money for it will come from a mixture of sources, including grant funding. The permanent tower could debut in 2015, though that’s a loose timeline because several agencies still have to sign off on the project.



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GOP revival will take big Orange County change By Thomas D. Elias

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Traffic fads and the aging driver By Al Rodbell

We all are getting older,and so is our brain, which among other tasks, mediates response time and the myriad inputs involved in driving a car. Certainly those with real disabling neurological diseases should not drive, but the vast majority of the Medicare set do not have a medical disorder at all, in spite of the forces that would like to transform the definition of such normal aging to the diagnosis of “Mild Cognitive Impairment.” This is a major social-political issue, but this article is narrower, about how an aging population compounds the damage of the current trends in traffic design that could increase danger for us all. I’ve focused on two issues relating to this: The first is the ubiquitous four way stop signs, and the second is the trend to roundabouts and various traffic calming devices that are more challenging to drivers, especially older ones. This is no trivial issue as, “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that distraction and inattention contribute to 20 to 30 percent of reported crashes.” With fatalities approaching 50,000 a year, we dare not allow deci-

sions to be made out of habit or lack of the most serious study. Distraction is not only technology induced, but is caused by political decisions that causes a driver to check for a police car before driving quite safely at a slow speed through an unwarranted four way stop sign. I recently sent a letter to the members of the Encinitas City Council opposing the removal of a specific traffic light that is slated to be replaced by a roundabout for these very reasons. Last week, the New York Times had an article that described exactly what I warned the council of: “The simple act of turning left ... is confounded by a traffic circle, where an attempt to head east casts the driver into a ballet of choosing the proper lane, looking for the exit and maintaining a high alert in the crush of beach-seeking vehicles.” Local municipal authorities and traffic engineering departments seem to have adopted, a bit too uncritically, the worldwide trend to transform cities that grew with the automobile into idealized villages. Roundabouts are in and traffic lights are out. Those roundabouts that are popular usually replace four way stop signs, which are primitive as traffic

control but highly effective for politically powerful communities to keep drivers from less august regions from using “their” thoroughfares. The cost in lost time and increased pollution of these signs that defy traffic-engineering standards is ignored, or they would be replaced by more effective devices that fit actual traffic patterns. We now have little tolerance for those who text while driving, but we have yet to even acknowledge that increased complexity of a given traffic device has the same debilitating effect as answering a cell phone or other distractions. This additional mental effort, most challenging to the increasing numbers of older drivers, may not cause a crash at the site, but increase the stress level of the driver who has an accident down the road,thus defying statistical validation of this effect. Perhaps some day we will not have to depend on that vulnerable organ the human brain to control the complex and challenging task of driving a car, but until that time arrives driver capacity should be a major part of our approach to traffic safety.

Al Rodbell is an Encinitas resident. Visit for further references and links on this subject.

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For more than half a century, the Election Night fate of California Republican candidates could be foretold early in the vote count: If a Republican emerged from Orange County with a lead of 250,000 or more votes, he or she would almost always win statewide office. That’s what it took to overcome the big majorities Democrats could count on in places like San Francisco and Alameda County. But as things now stand, it’s virtually impossible for any Republican to win the OC by that large a margin. At the same time, where the state’s biggest county, Los Angeles, was once a tossup with voters inside the LA city limits going strongly Democratic and suburbanites voting Republican, that’s changed, too. Democrats now hold all but a few state elective offices in Los Angeles County, both inside and outside the eponymous city limits. But it’s in Orange County that Republican problems are most obvious. The GOP held an 18 per-

San Diego, long a GOP bastion that’s home to many thousands of conservativeleaning military retirees, now has a Democratic mayor. centage-point voter registration lead over Democrats as recently as 2001; today that edge has slipped to just 10 percent. Registered Republicans still outnumber Democrats in the OC, but only by 583,625 to 442,378, according to the secretary of state.That’s a margin of about 140,000 — a far cry from that vital 250,000-vote threshold. With about one-fourth of the county’s voters refusing to choose a party label, Republicans would need a near sweep of the independent vote to reach their once commonly attainable margin. This matters to every Californian, not only because a narrow victory in an Orange County district was a key factor in giving Democrats their current two-thirds supermajority in the state Assembly, but because it’s in the interest of everyone to have competitive political races. Without that, there is little pressure on the dominant Democrats to compromise on anything, little motive for them to resist the impulse to create new program after new program, each costing tax dollars. Yes, Gov. Jerry Brown might act as a check on this proclivity — he has, so far — but he won’t be governor forever and other Democratic

prospects from Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to wealthy civil rights lawyer Molly Munger have never evinced the skinflint side Brown can display. Every Republican politician in California admits the party is on life support, with virtually no chance today in districts outside a few in the inland parts of the state, including the Central Valley and several parts of the Inland Empire, coastal Orange County and northern San Diego County. Even some of those longtime strongholds are threatened today. Example: San Diego, long a GOP bastion that’s home to many thousands of conservative-leaning military retirees, now has a Democratic mayor. It is mostly Latino voters that have transformed the California political map, but even running an attractive, moderate Latino Republican is often not enough to change things. The best example of this may be what happened to Abel Maldonado in a Santa Barbara County congressional district last fall. Maldonado, a former appointive lieutenant governor and father of the state’s “top two” primary election system, ran a strong campaign against incumbent Democrat Lois Capps, even seeming to win their debates. But he still lost by 8 percent as the majority of independent voters in his district spurned him. It would take a sea-change in the state GOP’s attitude toward illegal immigration to change Latino feelings about the party’s label, negatively cemented in 1994 by thenGov. Pete Wilson’s strong support for the anti-illegal immigrant Proposition 187 and the draconian restrictions it sought to place on the undocumented. The measure went so far as to deny emergency room care to the sick and injured if they lacked proper papers. It was no accident when more than 2.5 million Latinos became naturalized citizens in the three years after that, almost all registering as Democrats. It was also no coincidence that the late ‘90s saw congressional seats covering most of inland, northern Orange County start to go Democratic on a regular basis. First in that trend was the narrow victory of Democratic Latina Loretta Sanchez over Republican veteran Bob Dornan in 1996. That’s emblematic of what has happened in most of the state, which once had a nearly even split in its congressional delegation, but now sees Democrats dominating by a lopsided 38-15 count. The bottom line: To recover, Republicans must do something (immigration amnesty beyond green cards for the highly educated would be a start) to reverse their miserable image among Latinos. And they need to start in their Orange County heartland. Email Thomas Elias at His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. For more Elias columns, visit



APRIL 19, 2013

Unfunded pension liability pegged at $39m By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — The city is on the hook for $39 million in unfunded pension liability, according to a new analysis ordered by the city and presented at a March council meeting. The $39 million figure is an estimate of how much Encinitas will have to pay to cover its pension obligations over the long term. This week, Mayor Teresa Barth said that the city’s unfunded pension liability is a topic that demands regular council attention. But she cautioned against “doom and gloom,” noting that Encinitas doesn’t have to pay the bill tomorrow. “This is overly simplistic, but I tend to think of the topic like a home mortgage…to be paid off in the long run with careful planning,” Barth said. She also said that many cities are in peril because of pension costs, but said that Encinitas is in better shape. This is in part because the city’s burden for medical costs isn’t as great as most California cities. And the city is in a better position to contribute more toward pensions if need be, because Encinitas’ revenue hasn’t declined as much as other cities during the economic downturn, Barth said. “I fully recognize that there are a lot of cities in trouble right now,” Barth said. “We’re not one of them.” Barth said that pensions would likely be an issue discussed during budget workshops in the next few months; the topic isn’t on a future council agenda. Encinitas has 237 fulltime employees, and they’re divided into four categories. Of them, lifeguards’ unfunded liability clocks in at $300,000, the San Dieguito Water District totals $4.2 million, firefighters are at $12.6 mil-

A graph showing how pension reform passed by Encinitas and the state will affect retiree benefits for the city’s miscellaneous employees, the largest of its four employment groups. The top line is for hires before 2012. The middle line, Encinitas’ reform, is new hires who aren’t already part of the state’s pension system. And the bottom line, a new California law, is for new employees who haven’t enrolled in the state’s pension system. Courtesy image

lion, and a miscellaneous category, a group that includes 152 employees, represented $21.9 million. City Manager Gus Vina said that he ordered the analysis on pensions after councilmembers asked how much the city’s unfunded liabilities added up to. Vina said he expects the unfunded pension liability to fall over the long term thanks to the city passing pension reform last year. As a result of city action, retirement benefits were reduced, particularly those who retire before the age of 63. “We’re on an improved trajectory,”Vina said. Further, the state recently passed a similar law called AB 340 that went into effect at the beginning of the year for most cities. For Encinitas, the law went a step further than the city’s pension reform by cutting retiree benefits slightly more. With both state and city reform, the city now has three tiers for its pensions. To illustrate the differences, consider a 30-yearemployee earning $70,000

who plans to retire at 60. If hired before 2012, this employee would draw a $56,700 pension each year. But new city hires under the same circumstances that are already a part of the state’s pension system would draw a $39,600 pension. If they aren’t already enrolled in the state’s pension system, new hires would get a pension of $35,640. Another reason Vina said unfunded pension liability would decrease in the future: All employees will be required to pay more toward their pensions. In the past, Encinitas paid half of the employees’ 9 percent contribution to the state’s pension system. When that contract expired, Encinitas renegotiated so that all employees will have to pick up their full share. Vina noted that the city isn’t borrowing money to cover unfunded pension costs. This year, revenues in Encinitas are $52.5 million and expenditures are $49.9 million. More than four-fifth of the city’s revenue comes from sales and property taxes.

The city’s pension costs have increased during the past five years. The city contributed $2.9 million in 2008, $3 million in 2009, $3.2 million in 2010, $3.3 million in 2011 and $4 million in 2012. Last year, 13 employees retired. Vina said that the city plans to pay off its pension liability in about 21 years; however, that’s a moving target. Unfunded pension liability fluctuates depending on investment returns. Encinitas is part of CALPERS (California Public Employees’ Retirement System). CALPERS investments must grow by an average of 7.5 percent for the system to stay in the black. But CALPERS’ investments came in much lower than that during the recession, dramatically driving up cities’ unfunded pension liability. However, with the economy improving, CALPERS posted a 13.3 percent rate of return in 2012. Some, including Ed Wagner from the Encinitas Taxpayers Association, argue that CALPERS’ expected rate of return is too high given the volatility of the market. Wagner, a chartered financial analyst who manages stock market money for mutual and pension funds, said that Encinitas should consider the possibility of a 4 or 5 percent rate of return since poor investment returns may continue in the future. Using what he believes are conservative return assumptions, he estimates Encinitas’ pension liability could be as high as $74 million to $85 million. Wagner said the analysis given to council in March was a welcome development. But he’d like to see another expert analyze Encinitas’ pensions to TURN TO PENSIONS ON A17

Council members may use leftover contingency funds from the ongoing Highway 101 improvement project to add a sidewalk to the west side of the roadway, from Ocean Street north to Cardiff State Beach. A bikeway would be included. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Council discusses two new Hwy 101 projects By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Improvements to the west side of Coast Highway 101 are still expected to be finished ahead of schedule and perhaps under budget, leaving city officials with an opportunity to apply unused contingency funds to two additional projects that will increase the walkability of the corridor. But at the April 10 meeting, when the proposals were presented, council members opted to wait until the Highway 101 upgrades are further along before making a decision. One proposed change would provide landscape and sidewalk improvements on Plaza Street, between the highway and Acacia Avenue. The other would add a sidewalk to the west side of the 101 beginning just north of Ocean Street, where the existing sidewalk ends, to the north city limits just

south of Cardiff State Beach in Encinitas. Work on Plaza would include upgrading the four corners where that road intersects with Acacia to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements and improve the pedestrian corridor between the 101 and Fletcher Cove Park. There would be striped crosswalks and new curb ramps, sidewalks and landscaping. Both city-owned parking lots would also be revitalized. The sidewalk project north of Ocean would include a 5-foot wide bikeway. The estimated cost for each project is $138,000, including a $10,000 contingency, for a total project cost of about $276,000, although that number could be lowered when the city goes out for more bids. TURN TO HWY 101 ON A17

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Party for school supporters See new fashions at DEMA show RANCHO SANTA FE — Friends and parents are invited to Toast of the Town, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 25, for an adults-only, casual evening honoring those who support the Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation, at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, 5951 Linea Del Cielo. This event is complimentary for all 2012/2013 contributors to the RSF Education Foundation and celebrates the “Five-Star Education” programs supported by the Foundation. The volunteer chairwoman for the Toast of the Town is Janie Licosati. The volunteer chairwoman for the Kids’ Art

Auction is Linda Dado. The event is sponsored by Community Partner and host, the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Enjoy the spring flowers and budding trees as you stroll the grounds of the newly renovated Inn. Guests will enjoy beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. In addition, the evening includes the fourth annual RSF School Student Art Auction, featuring works of art created by teams of students guided by parent volunteers. Each classroom produces a unique creation that will be displayed at the event and auctioned to benefit the Foundation.

The Student Art Auction will close at 6:50 p.m. Bring your credit card and your SUV, you’re sure to fill it up with the beautiful auction items you've won. Plan on transporting your winnings home that evening. Items cannot be stored overnight at the Inn. Any area residents who have not contributed, can still donate to the Foundation by calling (858) 756-1141, ext. 208 or visit For further general information, call Communications Chairwoman Shauna Kahn at (760) 420-1262 or email

It’s a results-driven (sports) world David Ogul he Laker formerly known as Ron Artest apparently didn’t think much of it. “I remember as a kid and playing for coaches who would do worst than The Rutgers former coach,” the Laker now known as Metta World Peace tweeted ungrammatically after videos surfaced showing Rutgers hoops Coach Mike Rice throwing basketballs at players from point blank range while referring to them by an array of politically incorrect terms. In case you were dead, Rutgers fired Rice on April 3, almost immediately after the videos shot during various practices went viral. Besides World Peace, about the only person not condemning Rice on various social networking sites was the Pope. But Metta World Peace’s tweet about Rice doing his Bobby Knight imitation got me thinking (I know, that can be a dangerous proposition). How unusual were the coach’s actions? I mean, collegiate basketball is a gazillion dollar business. Companies lose billions of dollars annually through sluggish productivity because employ-


ees are more concerned about office betting pools during the NCAA basketball tournament. Stress is constant. Pressure is part of the job. Surely, Mike Rice isn’t the only coach in America who has flown off the proverbial handle. So I called my friend at MiraCosta College, Pat Conahan, who not only coaches the men’s team, but serves as the school’s athletic director and once played hoops for both MiraCosta and UC San Diego. “I’ve never seen anything comparable to that,” he said. “A coach being tough on a player can be good for them, depending on the situation. Sometimes a young man needs to be dealt with honestly. But what I saw on that video clearly was out of line.” Conahan admits he’s found himself frustrated on more than a few occasions. Why, once he even threw a jacket on a chair. In disgust! But he wasn’t about to give Rice any slack. Nor was Charlie Mercado, who serves not only Vista High School’s varsity basketball coach, but as director of GamePoint Basketball, a North County-based club league that is home to prep stars Kameron Rooks of Mission Hills High (who will be playing for UC Berkeley in the fall) and Jeff Van Dyke of La Costa Canyon High (who will be playing for Pepperdine

University). “I wouldn’t want to know what would happen to me if I threw a basketball at a kid’s face,” he said. “Obviously, at that level, coaches are going to be more intense, but you can’t be doing what he did. That was highly inappropriate.” But both Conahan and Mercado conceded tempers can flare. “I’ve had coaches when I was younger who would go nose to nose with me, spit flying in my face and all that,” Mercado recalled. “My parents said if I didn’t like it, then don’t mess up.” Indeed, a Twitter user named Anthony Mazzola quipped last week that “Coach Rice from @RutgersU should just claim that he is just terrible at passing the ball.” And Matt Joyce tweeted that “Mike rice should apply for a job coaching Rutgers dodgeball program.” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wasn’t making light of the situation. In successive tweets sent April 3, the Governor wrote: “This was a regrettable episode for @RutgersU, but I completely support the decision to remove Coach Rice. It was the right & necessary action to take in light of the conduct displayed on the videotape. Parents entrust their sons to the @RUAthletics Department & the men’s TURN TO OGUL ON A17

By Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — Some of Encinitas’ makers and shakers of style and fashion have been culling the latest trends in preparation for the spring and summer seasons and for the chance to display them during them fifth annual Encinitas Lifestyles Fashion Show on May 18. The show, which is put on by DEMA (Downtown Encinitas MainStreet Association), will be especially themed this year as the association celebrates its 25th anniversary, according to Rick Moore, assistant director of DEMA.The theme this year is “25 Years of Fashion.” Moore said that the event will feature fashions from the past 25 years, starting from 1988 and working up to the present. The event, which Moore said has been growing each year, will feature a dozen local retailers’ fashions, and will be held at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center — a boon for the fundraising aspect of the event, with proceeds going to the Community Resource Center and their programs this year. The fashion trends emerging that DeepFling owners Malin and Kevin Doyle are spotting are the colors. For spring and summer it’s bright corals, yellows, greens, just happy colors, said Malin. To which Kevin added, “The corals are what’s coming.” This, he said, is based on their attending a recent event where the majority of their European friends were all dressed in corals. “When you shop in Europe, you’re shopping five, six months ahead of what’s happening here,” he said. DeepFling carries mostly Scandinavian brands that the couple said carries over to Encinitas’ sense of style very well. “It ‘So-Ho Chic,’ which in Encinitas and Southern California, you can’t go wrong with it,” Malin said. Patrice Miller is the manager and buyer for Queen Eileen’s in Encinitas. She described Encinitas’ fashion style as “casual” and “unique,” adding that the women love to wear what they feel comfortable in, but at the

Flora Sofia models a coral ombreeffect, body-hugging maxi dress with crochet detail on shoulder strap and side, with coral, chandelier earrings put together by Pink Soul Boutique. Photos by Tony Cagala

Anne Lei models a white, cowlcollar blouse with French cuffs and grey, pencil skirt. The ensemble was put together from the Community Resource Center Thrift Store.

same time look different and trendy. “It’s just a feeling that you get in this area of North County,” she said. Having come from the East Coast and having lived in the area for the past 30 years, she said she could see the difference — a difference in a great way. “Not to take away from the classic East Coast, but at the same time in Southern California we’re so unique and different; our lifestyles are so unique and different, so therefore, so are our clothes,” she said. When asked if Encinitas had an influence over fashion Miller said: “I would say Encinitas has its own fashion, but I think we can incorporate a lot of the great fashion out there for Encinitas.” For the pieces that Miller will be showing at the May fashion show, she would only describe them as, “fabulous.” But she said that it was important people find a style they’re comfortable in, when it comes time to finding a new look. “I have people come in and I put them in what I think they feel comfortable in, what they feel pretty in,” Miller said. “It’s very important for someone to feel comfortable

in their clothing and to be very self-confident.” Malin said that fashion has the ability to transform a person. “The right outfit on the right person, it gives them confidence, it makes them feel good, it makes them that much more beautiful. It’s a little corny, but it can actually make a big difference.” Kevin said that people come into a store and, typically, they feel overwhelmed, but that there’s an element of play when it comes to trying on new clothes. “It’s like dress up as a kid,”he said.“And that’s when you actually do try something on that you wouldn’t have tried. Because you may have it in your head, ‘No, I wear nothing but greys; nice, severe solid greys.’ Then it’s like, ‘I’ll try on the coral piece.’…And you twirl around and it is fun and actually, it’s what you should have been buying for years.” “When you’ve tried on things that you don’t normally try on, that’s, I think, when the magic happens,” Malin added. Tickets for the event are now available online and at the Encinitas 101 office. Visit for ticket prices and more information.

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ARTFUL PLANTING Paint and plant your own flowerpot every Saturday and Sunday in April from noon to 4 p.m. at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, celebrating the floriculture of Encinitas that grew lima beans and avocados and became “Flower Capital of the World.” Courtesy photo

La Jolla gets its own ‘signature scent’ COAST CITIES — Perhaps Rancho Santa Fe is next to get its own signature scent? After opening in

December 2012, La Jolla parfumerie and boutique, Tijon, hosted an in-store poll to determine the preferred fragrance that would be named after the coastal San Diego community of La Jolla. The winning scent chosen to represent La Jolla combines citrus scents of bergamot, lime, mandarin, coconut, verbena and grapefruit, freshened with a hint of fir balsam and sweet flowers, finishing with patchouli, amber, sandalwood and musk. The other two fragrances that customers had to choose from were: — Finalist 2: a blend of fresh picked garden greens with hints of lime, basil, fir balsam, eucalyptus, spearmint, and ginger finishing with notes of cedar and musk. — Finalist 3: a citrus scent of bergamot, lime, lemon, mandarin, and grapefruit along with a floral scent of rose and jasmine. This is combined with hints of basil and nutmeg and finishes with patchouli, amber, sandalwood and musk.

Fun hunt for Earth Day CARLSBAD — Make this Earth Day special by being part of a village-wide scavenger hunt. Carlsbad Causes for Community (C3) has put together an Earth Day Scavenger Hunt that runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 and includes 29 businesses in the village, more than $5,000 in “Visit the Village” prize packages and “Village Bucks” for the first 50 winners. The hunt ends at Boxd Restaurant, 430 Carlsbad Village Drive. A $10 donation to the Multiple Sclerosis Society gets you into the hunt, and is free for anyone who walked the MS walk at Legoland that morning. Hunters will pick up their first clues at Carlsbad Village Theatre, 2822 State St. There will be early clue pickup available at the Team Carlsbad Tent at Legoland.

Make oatmeal with your slow cooker SARA NOEL Frugal Living Boiling water or using a microwave to cook instant oatmeal is fast and easy, but some people don’t have a microwave, and some don’t like the cost of the small packets of instant oatmeal. Stovetop oatmeal can burn, and if you’re using steel-cut oats, it can take too long to cook on a busy morning. Try making oatmeal in your slow cooker. If you don’t own a slow cooker, you can use a rice cooker on the porridge setting. Here’s a basic recipe for slow cooker oatmeal: 4 cups water 1/2 cup milk 1 cup steel-cut oats 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon vanilla Put all ingredients in a glass bowl that will fit in your slow cooker, then fill to near the top of the bowl with water. It takes about 2 minutes to assemble. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. — M.F., Canada Baking soda use: I have strong body odor from a hormone imbalance and have struggled with it for years. I have cut out all kinds of foods, including certain vegetables and spices, and saltwater seafood. I’ve tried many hygiene products in the shower over the years, to limited success, and I really had to shower twice per day. Recently I put soap on my mesh scrubbie, then added a teaspoon of baking soda and showered as normal. The suds were doubly amazing, but then, a miracle: My body odor vanished almost immediately, and it was gone for the entire day! I don’t need to shower



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Ranch residents help out with gala COAST CITIES —Rancho Santa Fe residents Daran and Ray Grimm are among the committee members for Childhelp’s Southern California Auxiliary who invite all to turn up the heat to raise money at the “Some Like it Hot” Charity Gala May 4 at the Hotel Del Coronado. The evening flows from 6 to 11 p.m. This night of charity will celebrate the theatrical era of Childhelp’s founding and the release of the classic movie “Some Like It Hot” in 1959, filmed at the Hotel Del Coronado.Step back in time for an evening of nostalgic ele-

gance, fun and charity to create a brighter future for abused and neglected children in San Diego and across the country. Tickets are $200 to be part of the VIP reception from 5 to 6 p.m. Gala tickets are $150 per person.To purchase tickets, call Ron McMillan at (619) 9571162 or purchase online at Television and film stars Finola Hughes and Ian Buchanan will be on stage to host the gala and celebrity guests include Susan Bernard, daughter of Marilyn Monroe. She will do a reading from her new book, “Marilyn - Intimate

Exposures,” during the VIP reception. Film and television star Jen Lilley will be attending along with local television personalities including KUSI’s David Davis, Staci Ortiz-Davis, Andrea Naversen, Kimberly Hunt and others, as well as former Charger and radio personality Billy Ray Smith. Childhelp Co-Founders Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson will be welcomed by Honorary Chairpersons Arlene and Richard Esgate and will honor long-time Southern California Childhelp supporters Mary and Gordy Ceresino

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Food writer gets personal with latest book E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road Talk to author, food writer and cooking teacher Kitty Morse for a few minutes about Morocco and you’ll be ready to pack your bags and fly away to this exotic North African country. And when you page through her latest book, “Mint Tea and Minarets: A Banquet of Moroccan Memories,” you’ll also feel her intense love for her native Morocco, a place she says exudes “a sensory overload of colors, odors and sounds, like the cacophony of conversations in Arabic, Berber, Spanish and French…” “Mint Tea and Minarets” is Morse’s 10th book and a departure from her usual works on cooking and cuisine, although some recipes are included. This work is at once a memoir, travelogue, photo album and cookbook. It opens with the author’s return in 1994 to Azemmour, a small, walled town about 45 miles southwest of Casablanca, where she grew up. Her mission: to follow her British father’s wish to distribute his ashes upon the waters of the Oum er-Riba (Mother of Spring River), which flows adjacent to her historic family home, Dar Zitoun (The House of the Olive Tree). This homecoming also

The atrium of 5,000-square-foot Dar Zitoun (Arabic for “House of the Kitty Morse, author of “Mint Tea and Minarets,” serves tea in her long-time, Moroccan-style Vista home. She Olive Tree), the Morse family home, showcases zillij mosaics, quinteshas written extensively about life and the cuisine of her native Morocco. Photo by E’Louise Ondash sential Moroccan terra cotta tile made of enamel chips set in plaster. Photo by Owen Morse

commences her more-than15-year quest to gain title of the fairy-tale property. Readers will wonder how Morse ever sustained the tenacity, optimism and humor required to breach the multi-layered Moroccan legal system. During her last visit in October 2011, she visited the registrar of deeds 15 of the 19 days she was in the country. “I needed that title to prove ownership because my father was a foreigner,” she explained. “One of the hurdles was that we were dealing with several countries and languages — Morocco, England, America and Canada (where my brother lives). We needed papers stamped in all of the places (and) everything had to be in French, Arabic and English. People in Morocco are very welcoming if you don’t have to deal with the bureaucracy.”

Morse lived in Azemmour until age 17 when her parents separated and she came to the United States with her French mother. She earned a master’s degree at the University of WisconsinMilwaukee, where she met husband Owen Morse, now a retired dentist. The Navy brought them to the San Diego area, and in 1979, they bought a house in Vista. Through the years, Owen developed a similar love for the Moroccan culture, and eventually transformed their one-bedroom, Cape Cod home into what they call their Vista Kasbah. They often entertain in its spacious inner courtyard, decorated with Moroccan-style tiles painstakingly reproduced by Owen to simulate the particular shade of green so popular in his wife’s native country. He also designed

the extensive Moroccanstyle, wrought-iron railing that follows its way up the stairs and across the balcony overlooking the interior courtyard. The entire transformation was a fiveyear project. “Mint Tea and Minarets” required about seven years of Morse’s time. Her poetic and vivid prose transports readers to the Morocco of her past and present. Each chapter weaves the elements of story, history, food, recipes and exquisite photos to create a fabric that delivers an abundant and inclusive portrait of the country and the culture. “Mint Tea and Minarets” is available on Amazon, at Fahrenheit 451 Books in Carlsbad, and at Solo in Solana Beach. Meet Kitty Morse from noon to 2 p.m. May 4 at Baker and Olive in Encinitas. The event includes

Kitty and Owen Morse met Abdallah, a Kwacem elder and falconer, on a trip with friends to the Moroccan countryside. The Kwacem tribe are the only Moroccans allowed to capture and train falcons. Photo by Owen Morse

olive oil tasting. Call (760) 944-7840 for details. She will also be at Cardiff-bythe-Sea City Library at 6 p.m. May 16. The event includes slide presentation and brief cooking demonstration. Call (760) 753-4027 for details. Read an excerpt of the book at E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at

Corrections: In my March 22 feature on great gadgets for travelers, I failed to mention where readers could buy the Juicebar, a mobile charger for electronic gear. Buy it and other travel solutions at I also misidentified the home city of one of the inventors of Babee Covee, a six-in-one, travel baby blanket that stays put. Alma Moussa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, not in New York.

Chaibia, known as the doyenne of Morocco’s modern art scene, also is one of the country’s leading feminists. Forty percent of females in Morocco are illiterate, as is Chaibia, who was married off at 13, a mother at 14, and a widow at 15. She later wed a man 50 years older than she in an arranged marriage. Photo by Owen Morse


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Gallery promotes local artists while helping area charities By Lillian Cox

ENCINITAS — Seven years ago realtor Cindy Blumkin and landscape designer Paige Perkins put their heads and hearts together by raising money for mutual friends who were battling cancer. In total, almost $10,000 was generated between two fundraisers held at Blumkin’s house. The experience was so satisfying that Blumkin began to think of ways to continue the work on a regular basis. “I was in real estate, and not happy, and was always an idea person,” she recalled. “I wanted to do something to support artisans with a new twist: to create a year round artisans’ gallery that wasn’t mainstream, but organic and accessible using recycled materials.” Inspired by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, Blumkin and Perkins created a gallery, Art N Soul 101, in which 60 percent of profits supported artists and the remainder, minus operating costs, was donated to local charities. “Because there was no way to both pay our staff and give to charity, Paige and I decided to become volunteers,” Blumkin said, explaining that she is responsible for business operations and Perkins for the organization and installation of art. “I pick out the art, meet with the artists and change the artists every three or four

ings) and Mary Northridge (mixed media). Party goers will also be able to meet with representatives of the current cycle of charity partners: Leap to Success empowers women living in homeless shelters and transitional housing to rebuild their lives with the goal of achieving self-sufficiency and career success. Conner's Cause for Children provides critical financial assistance to families struggling to cover the out-of-pocket costs of caring for a child with a life-threatening illness or injury. The Angel’s Depot provides emergency meal boxes to senior citizens living in poverty in San Diego County. Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) cares for the homeless animal population of San Diego County and provides education relating to pet overpopulation and From left Paige Perkins and Cindy Blumkin, founders, Art N Soul 101 which has generated about $90,000 responsible companion aniover the past six years to support local artists and charities. On Sat., April 20 Art N Soul on 101 will host a mal care. Spring Celebration and Gallery Opening Party with appetizers, beverages and live music by Drums of Fire. Courtesy photo

months to keep the gallery fluid,” Perkins added. Since Blumkin and Perkins placed an ad on Craigslist in August 2007 to recruit members of the local art community, about 100 artists have had the opportunity to display and sell their work. Profits from the sale of artwork over the past six years have translated to about $90,000 for artists and chari-


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From 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 20 Art N Soul on 101 will host a Spring Celebration and Gallery Opening Party with appetizers, beverages, live music by Drums of Fire and some surprise musicians. Artists and jewelry designers who will be on hand to discuss their work include Will Barton (retro surf art), Russ Coletti (mixed acrylic art), Maria Parenteau (acrylic, bird-themed paint-

“Most of all, we dedicate Art N Soul 101 to the outrageous and extraordinarily imaginative artists who make the store possible and who took a great leap of faith when we started,” Blumkin said. “Looking back, we had an idea, a passion for the art community and artists — and you take all of those elements to make the magic that has happened in the store. “There are volunteers, the community and tourists who have supported us. We have a lot of talented people and I hope the gallery will continue to emulate that.” Art N Soul 101 is located at 633 South Coast Highway in Encinitas. For more information, call (858) 442-8666 or visit Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Hours expand during the summer months to include Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The gallery is also open by appointment.


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Talking with Encinitas’ Farmers Market manager DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate


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I had the pleasure of meeting Carris Rhodes a few years back when she approached me about powering Encinitas events with a mobile solar station that belongs to a client of mine. It was a perfect fit for all parties and I was struck by her sense of not only doing the right thing for the environment, but her business savvy in pulling events together that not only promoted sustainability, but showed it in action. Carris has always worn a lot of hats, and one of her current roles is that of manager of the Wednesday Farmers Market in downtown Encinitas, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary this week. Here are some highlights from a recent conversation. Lick the Plate: You grew up in Encinitas and have already played a major role in a lot of programs and initiatives that have promoted sustainability. Tell me about some of those and when did this passion for the environment take shape? Carris Rhodes: I have always loved being part of my community wherever I have lived, especially in Encinitas. I believe that our community is beautiful because our environment in beautiful. After moving home from college I decided that I wanted to focus my attention on building a wonderful community here in Encinitas as well as raising environmental awareness. Through my role at DEMA as well as through my own personal volunteer work I was able to serve as an environmental commissioner, participate in Encinitas Environment Day, initiate DEMA’s environmental film series and festival and of course help initiate the first Downtown Encinitas Farmers Market in 10 years. LTP: You are one of those people who walk the walk when it comes to incorporating sustainability into your daily life. What are some basic things people can do that can make a difference? CR: As a rule of thumb I always try to bike if it is a trip less than five miles. The majority of car trips are for errands less than five miles from home. Not only does this remove carbon from the atmosphere but it gets people outside and connecting to their community. Of course when it comes to food I firmly believe in try-

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Encinitas Farmers market Manager Carris Rhodes with some of the farm fresh produce at the market. Photo by David Boylan

ing to eat as local as possible. Of course we have our crazy exceptions — wine from Italy, or coconut oil, even certain grains and seeds are always imported. I try my best to make sure I know where my food is coming from and the best way to do that is to buy directly from a farmer at a farmers market.

and amazing varieties of citrus right now. Also amazing fuerte avocados that I never thought I liked until I had a carefully grown one from the farmers market. We have a great selection of lettuces right now as well, including red romaine, butter lettuce, and a few different types of kale.

LTP: How did the Wednesday Farmers Market come to be? CR: Downtown Encinitas had a farmers market over 10 years ago and it was a huge hit. Unfortunately they had to move the market to the Moonlight Beach parking lot and it died. Through my position as prog ram assistant at DEMA I did the research and permit work to get this market started again and provide a mid-week option for those who would like to stock their fridge with farm fresh produce all week. It was designed in a specific way so that it complimented the Sunday Farmers Market in Leucadia. It is a wonderful addition to the atmosphere in Downtown Encinitas and provides the community with another option for local produce. LTP: It’s a beautiful location and you have a great mix of vendors. Give me a taste for what’s going on at the market. CR: Right now the farmers are in full swing. There are tons of berries

LTP: I am a big fan of the rotisserie chicken and ribs truck. What other meals-to-go are available? CR: We have a vendor who sells organic quiche and other organic prepared dishes. I love India Express and their stuffed pepper and homemade cheeses are to die for. I am also a big fan of the green fix smoothie, it is not technically a meal but you can get a larger jug (at a great price) and have it for the rest of the week as a healthy snack. LTP: You are expanding your hours soon? When is that happening? CR: We will be changing the hours from 4 to 7 p.m. to 5 to 8 p.m. for the summer. The hours will change on May 29 and will last until after Labor Day. Check out more about the Encinitas Farmers Market and DEMA at David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative, an Encinitas based integrated marketing agency. He can be reached at

With a wealth of new releases pouring in at wine shows, restaurants, resorts and wine bars, the wine market has given consumers more choices than ever. In California, the size and value of the wine grape crop in 2012 has been over the top at more than 4 million tons, surpassing the record in 2005 by 6.5 percent. And more importantly, the price of wine grapes rose 20 percent to $772 per ton. Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is the price champ at more than $5,000 per ton. By comparison, Chardonnay, the next pricey wine grape is in at a little over $3,000 per ton. A good rule of thumb for pricing is to move the decimal point over two places for the average price per bottle. If we take the 2012 “Cab” price per ton of $5,000 and apply the rule, the typical “Cab” in Napa Valley would be $50. A trend to watch for in the flood of new releases are the white wine blends. Pedroncelli 2012 Friends White, Sonoma, $12, is a proprietary blend of Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. This is a smart followup to the successful red version of Friends, and was introduced recently at Rossi’s Pasta and Sports Bar in San Marcos. Visit Season’s 52 Restaurants, with locations in San Diego and Costa Mesa, has a trendy attraction with wines. It’s a “Drink Them Before They’re Famous” list, an insider wine lineup carefully selected by Master Sommelier George Miliotes that changes every season. Two Pinots, a Sauvignon Blanc and a white blend from Arizona are the spotlights for this spring. Other new release wines worth trying are: — Jordan 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, Sonoma, $53. Since 1972, French style with superior California flavor and elegance. Visit — Mazzei 2010 Badiola Red, Tuscany Italy, $10. Could be the best value of the group, with 70 percent Sangiovese, 30 percent Merlot. Mazzei has been making wine since 1435. Aged nine months in oak. A “Super Tuscan” with a super price. Visit — Norton 2010 Privada Blend, Mendoza Argentina, $18. Forty percent Malbec, 30 percent Merlot and 30 percent Cabernet, produces a top rated Norton with elements of primal pleasure. Visit — Niner 2009 Pinot Noir, Edna Valley, San Luis Obispo,

Local winemakers Justin Mund of Orfila (left) and Chris Broomell of Vesper (right) with Donato Santarsieri of the San Diego Wine Show. Photos by Frank Mangio

$41. Newest breakthrough wine from world class winemaker Amanda Cramer. Sustainable farmed. Visit — South Coast 2008 Wild Horse Peak Sangiovese, Temecula, $34. An Italian style mountain wine from master winemaker Jon McPherson. The vineyard grapes are selected from a 2,200 foot steep terrain. Competitive with the best of Tuscany. Visit — Smokescreen 2011 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley/made in the Napa Valley, $19. Here’s the dark horse of the lot. An affordable, quality wine that defines the Napa Valley pinot style. Even has a convenient twist-cap. Visit Wine winners showing at the Paddock, Del Mar Fairgrounds April 27 and 28 The second annual San Diego Wine Show comes to the Del Mar Fairground’s Paddock, from to 2 to 6 p.m. April 27 and 1 to 5 p.m. April 28. Make your plans to experience fine wines, gourmet food trucks, food sampling from celebrity chefs, entertainment and a Pinot Noir Blind Tasting by an expert sommelier on Saturday. A major feature will be wines from the Guadalupe Valley of Baja, in the beautiful outdoor setting of the manicured Paddock area, scene of the parading of the racehorses when in season. Tickets are $55 presale, $65 at the door. V i s i t for more and to buy tickets.

Wine Bytes The Campo Railway Museum in Campo has a benefit food and wine festival from noon to 5 p.m. April 20. Enjoy locally produced wines from San Diego County. Tickets are $25 pre-sale, $30 day of event. Call (619) 4657776. North County Wine Company in San Marcos invites you to meet the winemaker and drink the 2010 vintage of Powell Mountain, Paso Robles, from 4 to 10 p.m.April 19. Fifteen dollar fee includes

SoCal’s Pedroncelli Wine Sales Manager, Mark Abraham premiered the new Pedroncelli “Friends” at Rossi’s San Marcos. Friends is one of a growing number of white blends.

appetizers. Call (760) 7442119. The Carmel Mt. Ranch Country Club will present a Wine & Chocolate Tasting and benefit auction from 3 to 6 p.m. April 21. Cost is $50 presale, $60 at the door. Info at (904) 477-7084. Encinitas Wine Merchants has a premium Champagne Tasting from 5 to 7:30 p.m. April 24. Names like Dom Perignon, Clicquot and others, for $38 per person. Call (760) 479-9891. Vigilucci’s Seafood & Steakhouse has a Girard Winery Wine Dinner at 6:30 p.m. April 26. Feature menu includes Grilled Filet Mignon and porcini truffle sauce, with a 2009 Girard Cabernet. Cost is $80 each. RSVP at (760) 434-2580. TOAST Enoteca and Cucina, downtown San Diego hosts an Italian “Vinitaly” with more than 30 award winning Italian wineries, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 25. Appetizers, antipasti and menu samples. Tickets are $50 per person. RSVP at (619) 269-4207. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. His library can be viewed at (Average Google certified 900 visits per day) He is one of the top five wine commentators on the Web. Reach him at



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Casa Del Encanto showroom to close their doors Every piece in Luis Corona’s and Michael Barron’s Mission Hill’s store, Casa Del Encanto, has a story behind it. Sadly, all will be sold as Casa Del Encanto initiates a Showroom Closing Sale. Corona and Barron opened the store three years ago after moving to San Diego from Scottsdale, Ariz. It’s a bittersweet ending to their dream that started back in the Arizona desert in 1985. But with the Showroom closing comes more opportunity for Corona and Barron, both award-winning designers and allied members of the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) to spend more time taking on new design projects and continuing their travels over the world on a constant quest for any new and interesting items. “We travel all over the world,” Corona said. “We love going places and turn every vacation into a buying trip.” His eye for beautiful things has resulted in thousands of objects acquired from his trips to Portugal, Spain, Italy, Mexico and Peru. One time, while traveling with a client in Argentina, and after walking into an antique store, the client all of a sudden lets out, “Oh, my god.” Corona asked what was the matter. His client was looking at a pair of life size statues, or what Corona calls guardians. Those two statues, the client said, stood on each side of a staircase where she had attended

kindergarten in Argentina. After a little research, it was confirmed that those guardians were indeed the ones from her school. “To me, that’s very special,” Corona said. Corona’s goal to bring an alternative to the ordinary to San Diego has resulted in a warehouse of items ranging from napkin rings to 18th century secretary (desks), to very contemporary, unique one-of-akind lighting, and vintage china. With the sale all of their prices are reduced until they sell everything. They have items for every budget starting at $5 and up and everything in between. “Our goal is to sell everything,” Corona said. Until they do, the store will be featuring more and more items from their warehouse on a weekly basis, and at special reduced prices until every piece finds a new home. “In the store, I’m proud of everything that I have here because I buy things not necessarily because they are a good bargain, I buy things because I love them (and) I see the potential,” he said. Having the career choose Corona, instead of him choosing it, he’ll continue his work as a designer. “I love what I do,” he said. Much of the design work he does is in the North County, including one project currently underway in Rancho Santa Fe. “I look to work for people not based on the budget that they have, but the chemistry

Interior designer Luis Corona will be closing his retail store Casa Del Encanto at the end of May so that he can further focus on his interior design clients and to travel more on a quest for new items. Courtesy photo

between us,” he said. “What I do is so personal,” adding that when he does begin a project, he really has to walk in their shoes to do what needs to be done, instead of stimulating his ego using their money. “We are an alternative to the ordinary,” Corona added. “To me, a house is like a lady — not every dress, or every pair of shoes or every purse is perfect for that lady. So to me a house, every wall and every room has a function and a style of its own, and it will dictate what…needs to be done in it, according to scale, color and function.” The showroom store is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until close their doors forever. Casa Del Encanto is at 145 W. Washington St. Call (619) A statue, or guardian, that Corona had picked up while on a trip to 295-7400 or email info@casade- Argentina with a client has a very interesting story behind it. Courtesy photo

Investing for children DEAR BRUCE: Which is a better way to start investing for my children,opening a Roth IRA or purchasing stock? My husband and I would like to provide for their future and not have them struggle like we did. I have heard so many good things about a Roth IRA that I think that would get a better return. — P.R., Iowa DEAR P.R.: One thing you should understand is that you can open a Roth IRA only with money earned by the individual whose account it is in that tax year.If the children you are thinking about investing for are working, you might be able to work that out. There are many other good ways to invest. In my opinion, one would be in the market, in a conservative dividend stock that was purchased on a regular basis, perhaps every quarter. If you feel that you can’t make these selections yourself — and that’s no crime — enlist the services of a broker and explain what you are trying to do.You will be establishing a long-term account, and you should be prepared to take a modest amount of risk. Without taking some risk, you are confining yourself to almost no return, and I think that’s foolish. DEAR BRUCE: Back in 2006,I had a slip-and-fall accident at work. I went to a clinic to have it checked out the next day and after the diagnosis of a sprained ankle, I was given pain meds and a set of crutches and sent on my way. I returned to work the next day and gave the secretary the bills from the clinic. She told me that everything would be covered by the company, as it was workrelated. Recently, I procured a credit report and I saw that there was a judgment against me for the total of $2,000, granted to the clinic a few months after my visit. I contacted the clinic, asked if there was anything I could do and was told the debt was owned by a collections company and gave me the information. I have been told by more than one person that to contact the collection agency this long after the fact would actually harm my credit as there would be an updated “event” regarding this situation. If I leave it alone, after so many years go by, the issue will drop from my credit history. Bruce, could you please give me the real scoop? I do not know what to believe. — S.S., via email DEAR S.S.: Ignoring it will not make it go away. The clinic has sold the bill to another agency, and it is now the company you have to deal with.Tell the agency that the money should have been paid by workers’ comp as this is a comp-covered action. If that doesn’t get you anywhere, you might wish to go to the workers’ comp company and explain the problem.


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Banners show arts are alive in Encinitas KAY COLVIN A Brush With Art The 2013 Arts Alive Banner event is well under way with its long-awaited Live Auction scheduled for May 26 in the Cardiff Town Center Courtyard. More than 100 diversely gifted artists have contributed 101 original works of banner art currently on display along Coast Highway 101 throughout downtown Encinitas, Leucadia, and Cardiff, as well as in the Cardiff Town Center on Vulcan Avenue. Now in its 14th year, the event is produced by 101 Artists’ Colony, Cardiff 101 MainStreet and Leucadia 101 MainStreet associations, and made possible by sponsors including The Coast News Group, Hansen’s Surf Shop, Cardiff Seaside Market, and Belmont Village Senior Living.

Laura Woodward with her banner “On the Reef” at the annual Arts Alive unveiling. Photo courtesy of Danny Salzhandler

The Arts Alive outdoor exhibit,initiated in 2000 by the 101 Artists’ Colony, is an example of giving back to the community at its best. Half of the proceeds of sales go to the banner artists, who often generously pledge their share to a charity of choice. The other half of the proceeds go to the

organizing nonprofits in order to fund ongoing work in the community. The Arts Alive Banner project is the Artists’ Colony’s only fundraiser, which supports community projects such as the Full Moon Poets’ poetry slam at La Paloma Theater, Halloween children’s games

and music for Encinitas Safe Trick or Treat at the Lumberyard, and concerts featuring local musicians at the Encinitas Library. Created in 1998 to foster awareness of all forms of art and encourage the interaction between artists and the community at large, the all-volunteer 101 Artists' Colony was deemed “an indispensable part of civic culture in the city of Encinitas,” by Peder Norby, Highway 101 coordinator. The Artists’ Colony has been homeless since 2007 and is actively seeking a permanent location that can serve as a venue for visual and performing arts events and artist studios. The public has little notion of what occurs behind the scenes of the Arts Alive banner events each year. Danny Salzhandler, president of the 101 Artists' Colony and director of the banner project since its inception in 2000, is involved in countless details of the project, from inviting TURN TO BRUSH WITH ART ON A18

Renowned pipa virtuoso to play rare local concert By Lillian Cox

CARLSBAD — Grammy nominee Wu Man has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and for a state dinner for former Chinese President Jiang Zemin at the White House. From 2 to 3 p.m. April 21, the Carlsbad resident will offer a concert for her neighbors at the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium in the Carlsbad Library. “Wu Man’s concert is a complement to our month-

long program, Carlsbad Reads Together, featuring the book ‘Shanghai Girls’ by Lisa See,” said Jessica Padilla Bowen, community relations manager. “Her performance will enhance the reading experience as well as our series of events highlighting China.Wu Man may be better known in other parts of the country, since she performs nationally more than locally, and the library looks forward to introducing her to new audiences. As North County residents, we can feel proud that such an accomplished

Grammy-nominated pipa virtuoso Wu Man will present a one-hour program from 2 to 3 p.m., Sunday, April 21 at the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium located in the Carlsbad Library. Courtesy photo

musician chooses to call Carlsbad home!” Wu Man is both a pipa virtuoso and ambassador who has adapted the 2,000year-old lute-like instrument to opera, electronic and jazz music as well as in theater productions, film, dance and collaborations with visual artists including calligraphers and painters. Born in Hangzhou, China, she became the first recipient of a master’s degree in pipa and was subsequently accepted into the conservatory at age 13. Hailed as a child prodigy, she became a role model for young pipa players, winning national competitions and participating in premiers of works by a new generation of Chinese composers. Wu Man said her first exposure to western classical music came in 1979 when the Boston Symphony Orchestra performed in Beijing.The following year she participated in an open master class with violinist Isaac Stern. “When China opened the door to the West, a lot of young students, especially musicians, found that quite

fascinating,” she recalled, adding that she made her first visit to the United States as a member of the China Youth Arts Troupe in 1985. “Like other students, I wanted to get out of China and learn more about the world and the musician’s life,” she said. Wu Man was 24 in 1990 when she moved to the United States. “I lived in Boston, Mass., and Connecticut and studied English as a second language,” she recalled. “I started doing a few concerts in small communities. Gradually, I tried to become a musician surviving in this country. It wasn’t easy, but somehow I did it.” In 1999 Wu Man was selected by Yo-Yo Ma as the winner of the City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize in music and communication. Today, she continues to perform with Ma on his Silk Road Project, a nonprofit with the mission of promoting innovation and learning through the arts. “Pipa is a quite beautiful, and demanding, instrument that is not easy to play,” she explained. “You have to know about it if you want to learn about Chinese music. “There was an 8-year-old boy, Henry, who wanted to learn the pipa after coming to one of my concerts. He grew up and went on to Brown University and still plays. Now he wants to study Chinese and international relations and travel to China.” Wu Man said she began studying the pipa at 9 because it was her parents’ favorite instrument. “I practiced every day which is how I developed the technique,” she explained. “I still practice every day. Musical instruments are like sports. If you don’t practice, TURN TO VIRTUOSO ON A18

Matt Thompson (left) as Oscar and Louis Lotorto as Felix in “The Odd Couple,” now in production at the North Coast Repertory Theatre. Photo by Ken Jacques

The Odd Couple moves in at NC Rep By Tony Cagala

SOLANA BEACH — Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple,” — go ahead, try not to hum the theme song to the ‘70s sitcom of the same name — or think of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau bickering in the 1968 big screen adaptation, if you’re old enough, that is. If you’re not, then the Broadway comedy of two divorced bachelors, one a lazy slob, the other a neurotic neat freak, sharing a New York apartment in the 1960s, will give viewers a look at a time when the “fellas” would sit around a poker table doing more complaining about their wives and their marriages than dealing cards, and referring to each other as “pussycats.” It’s not that the play, written in 1965, doesn’t hold up as entertainment, or that there should be something of a social meaning to take away from it, but lines like, “Gee, what nice girls,” does make the production ring a touch old-fashioned at times. The North Coast Repertory Theatre has brought the play back to the stage; it’s the first Neil Simon play to be performed under the now 10-season long tenure of Artistic Director David Ellenstein. But there is no denying Simon’s gem of a comedy and Director Andrew Barnicle has been able to contain the action well in the confined space on stage while allowing the dialog to flow freely and without it becoming a series of tossed off one-liners after another. In Oscar’s apartment, shirts and pairs of pants are strewn across furniture, (half the fun for Scenic Director Marty Burnett, must have been in making the mess), newspapers are scattered about the floor and coffee table half-hiding uneaten sandwiches next to ashtrays filled with cigarette and cigar butts (the play uses all-electronic smoking apparatuses that produce a vapor, not real smoke), and where beer cans and empty glasses seem more likely to be sat upon than cleaned up after. During one of their regular Friday night poker games, Oscar (Matt Thompson) and his cadre of gamblers, Murray (Bernard X. Kopsho), Vinnie (Cris O’Bryon), Speed (John Nutten) and Roy (Albert

Park) all start to speculate on the whereabouts of their missing sixth player Felix (Louis Lotorto). Murray, a police officer, lets his mind wander, “Maybe he’s sick,” “Maybe he’s missing.” As it turns out, they learn that Felix’s wife wants a divorce. “He’ll kill himself,” Murray exclaims. Kopsho gives the performance an enlivened sense of anxiety over that of the detached coolness Thompson gives to Oscar. Felix has indeed threatened suicide, sending his wife, of all things, a “suicide telegram.” When Felix stumbles into the apartment he’s wobbly and distraught. Here, Lotorto gives new meaning to the word tense that it seems the only thing that keeps him together at times are apron strings. The group doesn’t know how to respond to Felix’s malaise; they tiptoe around him, careful not to let on they know about the impending divorce and suicide threat. This is where some of the rompish fun begins. Afraid to let Felix go anywhere in the apartment alone, including the bathroom, they take precautionary measures by slamming shut the windows of the twelfth floor apartment, with all of it ending in a maddening chase throughout the rooms to keep him from leaving. As the situation is calmed, Oscar and Felix agree to become roommates, and that is the end of the first act. It’s quick and lively. At the onset of the second half, the apartment is spotless, maybe for the first time since Oscar’s divorce. But the cleanliness isn’t without its price. Felix’s compulsions drive the poker games apart and the tension between the roommates begins to elevate. Before long the slovenly, quick-tempered Oscar explodes into a ferocious mood. Thompson has no problem going from consoling to boiling over with a ferociousness, especially when hurtling a plate of spaghetti (excuse me, linguine) across the stage. Whichever odd couple you’re accustomed to, check out this pairing, they’re fun to watch.



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Gourmet evening to benefit Moores Center COAST CITIES — Tickets are still available for the Celebrity Chefs Cook gala, benefiting the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, to be held 6 to 11 p.m. April 27 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla The reception will be

followed by dinner and dancing to The Heroes. Tickets are $350 or $500. For more information, call (858) 2461230 or visit For more information on the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, visit


same amount at the April 24 meeting. While he supports the project, Councilman Tom Campbell said there is no guarantee the project will come to fruition even with approval from the Army Corps of Engineers. “I’m not necessarily advocating to throw in the towel,” he said. “We just need to have a clear understanding of what this is. “Just because we get an approved project doesn’t mean we’re going to get funded,” he added. “That’s the real craps shoot here.” If approved, an estimate for the largest project option is somewhere in the $40 million to $50 million range, according to Ott. The smallest project option for Solana Beach is approximately $15 million, he added.


STUDENTS SHINE Roars of applause erupted when Kelly Cougars raced to the head of their 0respective fields at the 2013 Junior Carlsbad 5000 April 6. From left, runners included first-place girls’ 7-year-old winner Malia, Josh, who took third place for 9-year-old boys, Andrew with a boys’ 6-year-old second place and Jack, with a boys’ 7-year-old third place. Courtesy photo



Appropriations Committee next. Democrat Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro, chair of the Natural Resources Committee, is in the process of putting forward a bill that would replace the fire fee with a Disaster Management, Preparedness and Assistance Fund. The fund would establish

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The $7 million renovation along Coast Highway includes a $651,000 contingency fund. So far about $485,000 has been used, leaving the city about $167,000 for the new projects. The contingency fund balance includes $34,320 approved at the April 10 meeting for geotechnical inspections and additional design changes for the Plaza Street area such as bus shel-



show, “just how large the hole is” if strong investment returns don’t happen. “Encinitas deserves an honest look at its pensions,” Wagner said. To bring down pension costs,Wagner recommended a hiring freeze as a short-term step. Long term, he said that the city should develop a financial plan to pay off unfunded liability under a range of investment return scenarios, and possibly switch to a 401(k) plan for new employees. According to a San Diego Taxpayers Association report issued in February, out of 17 cities ranked for unfunded pension liability per house-

a 4.8 percent surcharge on all property insurance policies for all California residents. Senator Ted Gaines’ bill to repeal the fire fee failed in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water on April 9. Additionally, the Howard Jarvis Tax Association is in the process of suing the state, also claiming that the fee is an illegal tax. The fee is intended for

Cal Fire activities including brush clearance and emergency evacuation planning. California’s General Fund once covered these activities, but is no longer able to do so because of lack of funds. As a fee and not a tax, the revenue from the fire fee is required by law to directly support the property areas that were charged. Yet according to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s

Office, the governor’s budget proposed using the funds for activities outside of these areas, which would be illegal. In January, the LA Times revealed that Cal Fire set aside $3.6 million with a nonprofit instead of depositing the funds into the state’s general fund as required. Cal Fire moved the money from the nonprofit after being questioned about the fund’s legality.

ters and curb, gutter and sidewalk work. The original proposal from Infrastructure Engineering Corporation was $494,420, including $100,000 for geotechnical inspections. The city negotiated the contract down to $300,000, with $26,210 for the inspections. City Engineer Mo Sammak said IEC “basically cut out most of … (the) geotechnical component in the bid.” But the soil in the medians required more testing

than was originally thought, he said. “It sounds like we took a big risk and we got caught,” Councilman David Zito said. Sammak agreed. “But it’s still below the original estimate,” Zito added. City Manager David Ott said he would “feel more secure” with the final cost of the current project in a few months. Council members will make a decision on the new projects at an upcoming meeting. Councilman Tom

Campbell said he wouldn’t support either one if they required the use of general fund money. Residents Peter House and Carol Childs offered to donate $25,000 for the Plaza Street improvements. Campbell also said he didn’t want construction to impact merchants during the summer. The current project, beginning at Cliff Street and finishing at Dahlia Drive, began last June and is expected to be complete in about two months.

hold, 10 cities ranked higher than Encinitas. However, the report used a different accounting method than the analysis that was presented to the city. The analysis presented to the city didn’t specify where Encinitas ranked in the region. John Bartel, who presented the overall picture of the city’s pension situation at the March council meeting, credited Encinitas’ pension reform last year with improving the city’s budget outlook. Bartel said the city shouldn’t immediately sound the alarm over its unfunded pension liability, but rather look at it as a long-term obligation. “What I am suggesting is that you ought to have a plan

for paying it off over a reasonable period of time,” Bartel said at the meeting. He’s a professional actuary who has analyzed more than 70 cities’ pensions. If CALPERS investments perform poorly and Encinitas fails to cut its unfunded pension liability, there could come a time in a decade or two when payments ramp up, Bartel said. “It’s like paying the minimum on your credit card,” Bartel said. Although his presentation was largely to educate council, he also presented several recommendations. Namely, he said that over the next decade or two the city should look at reigning in expenditures and using money saved to pay down the

unfunded pension liability. It’s all about finding a balance because the city has to maintain a healthy level of services and build new infrastructure. He noted that pension reform is challenging in light of the fact that pensions promised to employees are a “vested right” under California and federal law. That’s why pension reform generally targets new employees. “The California Supreme Court has, by and large, said when you hire an employee they must be entitled to the benefit formula that they have when you hire them for the rest of their career, unless you give them something of equal or greater value,” Bartel said. Consequently, the savings from pension reform will be felt down the road, he said.

June and August. Assuming approval by both cities, the chief of engineers report is expected in September and the Army Corps of Engineers decision in November or December. At the April 10 meeting, council members approved a $147,000 request from the Army Corps of Engineers to complete the feasibility study. The money will come from the city’s transient occupancy tax sand funds. A funding request for reimbursement has been submitted to the state, but a response had not been received as of the April 10 meeting. Encinitas is scheduled to vote on its payment of the



time is of the essence,” Myers said. “They get sick quickly and need to be responded to at a much more rapid pace.” “It is essential that a consistent, well-accepted process for responding to them be in place when they do occur,” she added. The code was launched in April 2012. There have been nine calls for Code Caleb in the first year. Tri-City Medical Center is sharing Code Caleb with other hospitals to raise awareness, standardize the practice, and help improve the odds of survival for infants. The Peltiers also worked with Tri-City Medical Center, the March of Dimes and former Assemblyman Marty Block to successfully lobby for AB 1731, that requires pulse oximetry tests for the identi-



basketball program at an incredibly formative period of their lives. The way these young men were treated by the head coach was completely unacceptable & violates the trust parents put in @RutgersU. All of the student-athletes entrusted to our care deserve much better. As we move on from this, I’m very optimistic that @RutgersU will select a new head coach who not only puts a winning team on the court……but will make everyone proud of the example he sets every day for the young men in his charge.” That’s pretty much how MiraCosta College

fication of critical congenital heart disease in newborns be given at all California hospitals. The cost of the test is $3. “The idea is to save babies like Caleb,” Myers said. Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1731 in September 2012, a few days before Caleb’s second birthday. The screening will be in effect statewide July 1. The Peltiers continue to speak at events and share their experience. On April 13 they served as the host family for the March of Dimes fundraiser walk in Oceanside. About 300 supporters participated in the walk, including 10 News anchors Kimberly Hunt and Claudia Llausas. Today Caleb’s mom describes him a normal 2 year old. “He plays, he laughs, he says his ABCs, he sings — it’s all any parent wants,” Peltier said. men’s soccer coach Frank Zimmerman felt. “What I saw was appalling,” he said. “It’s just another sad example of people getting so wrapped up in the resultsdriven world we live in that they forget we’re their to develop our student athletes and teach them how to mature into outstanding young men and women.” Added Zimmerman: “It’s just a jacked up world we live in.” David Ogul is a longtime reporter and editor who has worked at numerous Southern California daily newspapers in a career spanning more than three decades. He now runs his own communications company and writes a column for The Coast News. He can be reached at


The dance floor is their master By Tony Cagala

Speaking from the road last week in Brooklyn, NY, guitarist and long-time member of The Greyboy Allstars, Elgin Park (aka Michael Andrews) talked about the band’s new album, “Inland Emperor,” their fourth studio recording, out April 16. The funk-infused jazz band that had their founding in San Diego in 1993, are touring now and into the summer, including two performances in Solana Beach with a free show June 1 at the Fiesta del Sol Festival and a show at the Belly Up Sept. 29. Park, who’s also an accomplished film scorer, with “Donnie Darko,” “Bad Teacher” and others to his credits, has recently completed the score to Mira Nair’s film, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” and said he’ll go back to work scoring films once the Allstars finish touring later this year. With “Inland Emperor” being the first studio album in six years, does it take time for the band to get reacquainted with each other before recording again? Yes and no, you know. All of us continue to perform obviously in between these times and we still play, we still play gigs; we still play every year together. I play with Robert (Walter) regularly, and Chris (Stillwell) plays with Karl (Denson) regularly and we all sort of collaborate outside of the band on a regular basis as well. So on that

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The Greyboy Allstars from left: Karl Denson, Robert Walter, Chris Stillwell, Elgin Park and Aaron Redfield. The band is releasing their new album, “Inland Emperor,” April 16 and is on tour now. Photo courtesy of The Greyboy Allstars

level, partially no, but absolutely yes it can, because once you add all of us together it is sort of a very certain thing, so it’ll take a few seconds to get back all green — and back on the bus. Who makes the call, or what determines when it’s time to record as a band again? I think we’re always trying to do that. I just think it’s a matter of what works for everybody’s schedules. I’ve been busy working on film stuff; Karl’s busy doing his thing, and Robert’s busy between working with me on film stuff and doing his own records and touring and playing. What was the reason for getting together to record “Inland Emperor”?

I don’t know why it took (so) long. The cycle of a lot of records is usually like release it and you play it for a year or so. I think maybe it’s like we feel like we need new material. Most of it’s improvised anyway, so we take something and it feels new for quite a long time just because we never play it the same every night. So it’s like you haven’t been out over a period of time where we’re like, “OK now we need to do another record.” It’s just sort of like we’re tired of the material or we feel like we need a new injection of new music to keep the band alive. Was there anything different about the writing process on this album than on previous ones? The last album, “What

Happened to Television?” where the premise was no prewritten music to be brought into the studio — we had to all write it together in the studio — and this time, we decided to not be so — not so much like, “What’s the rule?” There were kind of no rules. If someone had a song, and we liked it, then we’d record it. Robert and I got together a few days and wrote some tunes together, I wrote some stuff on my own; Karl wrote some stuff on his own and Robert had a few tunes on his own. So then we just kind of got together and did more arranging and production stuff in the studio. But then additionally the writing, the arrangements get fleshed out, the additional writing that happens obviously when the recording’s being made. But we did have some more raw material this time than we had last time. With the music, is there a set road plan when it comes to recording it? Not really. I think the only road plan is just to get something done…it’s a real simple process of collaboration. There’s no rules, really. It’s just like, “Do we like this, or not?” The tracks on this album are shorter in length, and I’ve heard them described as “efficient.” Was that intended? I think so…The record is always a starting point for us as far as the tour goes, it’s like TURN TO GREYBOY ON A19


artists to participate each September to the final live auction in May. Shortly after all completed banners are collected from participating artists, volunteers assist Stephen Whalen as he photographs the banners in his Carlsbad studio. Volunteers Julie Ann Stricklin, Nancy Nelson and Norma Salzhandler produce the official auction guide and bookmarks just in time for the festive unveiling event in February. Danny Salzhandler and a small volunteer crew work through the night with a lift truck to install the banners along the highway from Cardiff through Leucadia, where they remain on exhibit through midMay as Leucadia 101 MainStreet records bids received by phone. After the banners are removed from the light posts, they are cleaned and later installed for the much anticipated Live Auction. Professional auctioneer Rich Houk, who volunteers his services for the free public



your muscles and fingers get weak. In addition to physical exercise, it’s mental and emotional.” In 2004, Wu Man moved from Boston to San Diego with her husband, Peng Wang, a chemist, and son,Vincent, 15. She says her one-hour presentation will include a talk about the history of the pipa followed by a performance

event each year, conducts the live auction with bids starting at $150. Although bidding wars occasionally occur, this is an opportunity to own an original piece of art for a fraction of its actual value. Make plans to join in the fun while supporting the arts in Encinitas. This feel-good community event is not to be missed. Be sure to mark your calendar for the 2013 Arts Alive Banner Auction on May 26 in the Cardiff Town Center, beginning at 2:00pm, with an opening reception at 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. The online auction guide can be seen at, while bids can be placed prior to the event by calling Leucadia 101 at (760) 436-2320. Kay Colvin is director of the L Street Fine Art Gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, serves as an arts commissioner for the City of Encinitas, and specializes in promoting emerging and mid-career artists. Contact her at

that will include 18th and 19th century pipa music as well as contemporary pieces and her own compositions. “It will be a very enjoyable journey,” she promises. The Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium is located at 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Free tickets are issued at the auditorium door beginning at 1 p.m. the day of the concert. For more information visit, or call (760) 602-2012.


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TICKETS NOW BEST OF BALLET Tickets are available for the Encinitas Ballet Academy production of “Sleeping Beauty” at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. May 25 at Sherwood Auditorium, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children at (760) 632.4947 or online at SYMPHONY Tickets can be purchased for the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus pre-concert lecture one hour prior to performances at 7:30 p.m. June 8 and 2 p.m. June 9 at Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD. Ticket prices: $15-$29. Call (858)5344637 or visit

can sign up for Oceanside Theatre Company Youth Academy’s musical production summer camp 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays to Fridays June 17 to July 12 at The Brooks Theatre, 217 N. Coast Highway. Cost is $600. Performance dates are July 12 through July 14. For more information, call (760) 4338900 or visit

April 19 and vocal jazz ensemble Pacific Standard Time with Frequency vocal jazz at 7:30 p.m. April 20, in the Concert Hall, Bldg. 2400, at MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. General admission for the evening concerts is $20. Visit or call (760) 795-6679.



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MUSIC OF SPRING Come Fellowship of San Dieguito pres-

enjoy “The Romance of Spring,” with soprano Karen Hogle Brown, bass-baritone Scott Graff and pianist Lisa Sylvester at 7:30 p.m. April 19 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Tickets are $12 online at, at (760) 6332740 and at the door. PINE BASKETS Lynn Ely will be demonstrating weaving of pine needle baskets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19 at the COAL Gallery, 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 101, Carlsbad. JAZZ FESTIVAL The Oceanside Jazz Festival features Kim Nazarian from the New York Voices and trombonist/perSUMMER DRAMA CAMP cussionist Jay Ashby with Young performers ages 7 to 17 Frequency vocal jazz at 7:30 p.m.

ents “The Vagina Monologues” at 7 p.m. April 20 at 1036 Solana Drive, Solana Beach, as a Social Action fundraiser for Community Resource Center’s Carol’s House and the El Nido Interfaith Shelter. Cost is $15, $10 for students. For reservations and information contact Kathy Faller at:

the same, or seems like…but it’s like cooking, “Are you making breakfast, or are you making dinner?” It’s like different food, different spices, but ultimately, you’re standing over the stove and you’re trying to make something that tastes good. What’s it like coming back to San Diego where the band started? It’s fun. I love San Diego and we love playing there, and people there are really supportive and we see people that have been watching us play for 20 years,so it’s good to see familiar faces and see some of the same people coming out over and over, and also see young kids. People that saw us back in the day have kids that are in college now so it’s just really a trip. Potentially, we’re in our third generation of fans in San Diego. Did San Diego help to

influence the band’s sound in any way? I think so. I think San Diego, in many ways, is a small town. And I think when you’re in a small town making music — we were sort of influenced by music that was with DJ Greyboy, it’s very sort of like a microcosm. It’s not like it was something that was going to be really popular, we never thought of it as anything,as like a business venture. It was a very isolated thing,and San Diego was a very fertile place for us to just do whatever we were into at that time and just not worry what was going to happen with it. I think that’s a small town kind of thing… (There was) more freedom in a place like San Diego, I think. Plus, people were excited about what we were doing so it had an influence on — it gave us confidence to keep going.



the beginning of the life of the song — we write it, we record it and then from that point on it becomes something else live and it’s expanded upon, it’s improvised over…or we decided, “Oh, on the record this didn’t have a bunch of solos and why don’t we put some solos here?” Whatever works live. But I guess you just found on the record, it’s sort of like it’s more of a concise interpretation of any one piece of music. “Efficient” sounds like, I guess, makes me feel like it’s sterile, or there’s some sort of — it has sort of a negative connotation to it.So I would have to say,that I think they are concise,I would say. Efficient sounds too rational. When people think of jazz music, maybe efficient isn’t the best word to describe it? Yeah, well efficiency though is, it’s like, “What are you trying to say?” We want to have the most amount of power in the least amount of words, in the least amount of notes. In terms of that, it’s efficient, and I think that is a good thing — have the information be meaningful instead of just there en masse. With that said, is there a message on this album? Not really. The message is that we still like playing together. That’s really the only message. We’re still having a good time and it’s really a pleasure to get together with everybody again and get out on the road and record and interpret the record on the road, as well. You’ve had success scoring films, are there any similarities in writing film scores and writing songs for an album? There’s a through line to it all, and it’s all about just making new music every day.In that sense it’s very similar. It’s a different end and it’s serving a different master…. “The movie is the master and in this band, it’s almost like the dance floor is the master. We’re trying to make stuff that feels good to move to and makes us all feel good and tickles us in a way rhythmically. It’s kind of similar — I mean, it’s totally different — I know it seems abstract to say that it’s


BARD Enjoy Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” with appetizer reception at 6:30 p.m. April 22, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Tickets: $15. For reservations, e-mail or call (760) 295-7541.




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Thanks to the risk takers Jean Gillette has taken a week off. This is a column from her archives. It is true that in spring, fancies turn. For many people, it’s that time of year when wild and foolish plans are put into action. I love these interesting, curious people. I try to surround myself with them, read their books and listen raptly as they spin the tales of their discoveries and adventures. The best part is that I never envy them. There is nary a daring bone in my body or thrill-seeking cell in my cerebellum. I may be slapdash, sometimes spontaneous and I can even claim enthusiastic. I will never, however, be very brave, and my curiosity is easily satisfied. The sun comes up and goes down. It’s magic. That’s swell. I was fascinated when I found out why, but I would have been content to go through life just knowing it happens because I saw it happen. The same goes for most laws of physics. I might have been one of those “the earth is flat” sort of people. Although I regularly wish that I could be Queen of Everything, I cannot deny that if I had been in charge over the ages, life might be considerably more bland. A good example is the artichoke. Hungry or not, I would have strolled right by that ugly, prickly thing and never have imagined that if you trimmed off the thorns, steamed it and then were satisfied to nibble just the very end off of every leaf, you would enjoy a tasty side dish. If I had somehow managed to get that far, I never would have bothered laboriously scraping off the choke to TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B15

VOICE OF A NEW GENERATION From hitting rock bottom as a teenager to traveling the world in search of himself, Jake Ducey writes about his spiritual journey in a new book.


These ‘chicks’ stand up against breast cancer By Lillian Cox

OCEANSIDE — Ruth Monahan-Smith will be among the celebrants at the second annual SUP (Stand Up Paddling) Chicks So-Cal fundraiser at 6 p.m. April 20 at the California Surf Museum. Smith is one of the core members of SUP Chicks and a breast cancer survivor. “I’m probably doing more for this event than I normally would, but I do it because friends are so supportive because they know someone who went through this,” she explained. SUP Chicks So-Cal founder Sabrina Suarez said the group got involved a year ago after first learning about Stand Up for the Cure, a Susan G. Komen affiliate dedicated to fighting breast cancer. “As a club we saw their event and thought, ‘Gee, charity work is what we do and we have members who are breast cancer survivors,’” she explained. Suarez and the other SUP Chicks quickly put together a fundraiser at the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course on April 28, 2012, that ultimately generated $10,000 in donations. “The response was overwhelming,” she added. “The phone kept ringing. People wanted to get involved and donate.”

A raised pedestrian crosswalk is proposed at the Design District overhead arched banner sign at 312 S. Cedros as part of a traffic calming project recently approved by council. The design will be identical to the raised crosswalk near the Belly Up Tavern. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Ruth Monahan-Smith, a member of the SUP Chicks, is celebrating her second year as a breast cancer survivor, and has said the being on the water was therapeutic. Photo courtesy of Ruth Monahan-Smith

The following week, on May 5, 2012, they were presented with a crown for generating the highest donations at the Standup for the Cure event in Newport Beach. Suarez predicts that this year’s event will be even more successful because of enthusiasm and a generous list of raffle and silent auction prizes that includes limited-edition, carbon-fiber SUP race boards; paddles;

SUP board bags; board shorts; bikinis; a wakeboard excursion; ocean excursions and ocean art. Artist Wade Koniakowsky will donate a painting he’ll be working on during the fundraiser. In addition, author Roch Frey will donate a copy of his book “Riding Bumps: SUP Race and Prone Paddle Training,” which he’ll be TURN TO CHICKS ON B15

More needs, lower funds plague programs By Rachel Stine

COAST CITIES — With the announcement of this year’s federal grants for homeless assistance, San Diego County’s programs will soon need to determine how to offer services for the country’s third highest homeless population with fewer funds. The county has been awarded slightly more than $15 million for the 2012 fiscal year in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), according to an announcement made last month. The county could be awarded up to an additional $1.49 million in HUD grants, which will be determined this summer.

The money will fund 52 homeless housing programs that offer services ranging from job training,

It means stretching resources further.” Patricia Leslie Facilitator,San Diego s Continuum of Care

health care, childcare and substance abuse treatment. Among them, Carlsbad’s La Posada de

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Guadalupe shelter for homeless men and day laborers, will receive more than $200,000 from HUD to help cover its operational costs. San Diego County currently has more than 10,000 homeless people on a single given night, according to the most recent HUD data. The county’s homeless population falls only below New York City and Los Angeles County. Though the latest HUD grant is slightly more than the funds received the year before, many of the homeless agencies reduced their budgets to accommodate for reduced HUD funding amounts, according to Patricia TURN TO PROGRAMS ON B15

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Council OKs Cedros traffic calming By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — A proposal to slow traffic and increase pedestrian mobility on South Cedros Avenue moved forward at the April 10 meeting after council members authorized city staff to proceed with final design plans and advertise the project for construction bids. Representatives from the Cedros Avenue Design District Association made the initial request for a traffic calming and streetscape project in August 2011. City staff worked with property owners to create a preliminary design that originally focused only on the Rosa Street and South Cedros intersection, where one curb pop-out in front of 415 S. Cedros was funded and installed by property owners. City staff continued to work with the business community and the project has been expanded to include several additional improvements presented at the April 10 council meeting. In addition to completing work on the north crossing of the Rosa Street intersection, a raised pedestrian crosswalk is proposed near 312 S. Cedros, at the Design District overhead arched banner sign. City Engineer Mo Sammak said the design would be identical to the raised crosswalk near the Belly Up Tavern. Plans also call for curb realignment and a wider sidewalk at 111 S. Cedros and raised curb planters at four locations currently striped for demarcation of the parking zone. Business community members also proposed fully funding and installing decorative crosswalks at the Lomas Santa Fe Drive intersection and all pedestrian crossings. The artwork would have a theme, which currently is koi fish. Council members had some concerns about who

would be responsible for maintenance of the plants and crosswalk artwork. “It is relatively elaborate, as far as I’m concerned,” Sammak said of the decorative crosswalks. “It requires a lot of time to paint it. … It will fade because it will be traveled over by cars and in order to make it look nice it needs to be frequently refreshed.” City Manager David Ott said a maintenance agreement between the city and the Cedros Avenue Design District Association would be required before any work begins. Resident Douglas Alden of Bike Walk Solana said he supports the traffic

I don’t want South Cedros to be a cookie cutter of 101 or vice versa.” Tom Campbell Deputy Mayor,Solana Beach

calming project, but asked that shared bike lanes, known as sharrows, and bike racks that match those being installed along Coast Highway 101 be added. Council members also like the plans, but Tom Campbell suggested adding seating instead of curb planters. He also said he’d like to see consistency in the artwork in the decorative crosswalks. “It would be better if it … all looked the same, I would think,” he said. “But what do I know?” Peter Zahn said he would like the entire project design to be integrated with other areas of the city, especially the ongoing improvements along Highway 101, but some of TURN TO CEDROS ON B15


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Surfers paddle out in the memory of Vaughn By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — Christian Ziegler has good memories of rising at the crack of dawn on weekdays to surf before work. Normally, Vaughn, his son, was already awake — both of his hands busy laying down Lego bricks. Christian would listen to his son explain plans for ambitious structures, and then go surfing. Once Christian returned home, Vaughn would always ask him if he got barreled. More often than not, Christian noted that he didn’t. “His standard reply was ‘I can’t wait to be a big man like you so I can go out and surf with you at Swami’s,’� Christian said. Vaughn, who passed away at the age of 6, finally got a chance to surf with his dad in a way. On April 6, surfers paddled out in remembrance of Vaughn. “I know he was out there with me in body and in spirit,� Christian said shortly after the paddle-out at Swami’s Beach. As they bobbed up and down with each passing wave, friends and family held

Surfers pose before paddling out for Vaughn Ziegler April 6 at Swami’s Beach. Christian, his father, (front row center) with wife Susan (in green) and their 6-month-old son, called the support “truly amazing.� Visit to watch a video of the paddle-out. Photo by Jared Whitlock

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ODD San Diego County board denies charter school FILES


By Rachel Stine

Compelling Explanations In March, Washington state Rep. Ed Orcutt, apparently upset that bicyclists use the state’s roads without paying the state gasoline tax for highway maintenance, proposed a 5 percent tax on bicycles that cost more than $500, pointing out that bicyclists impose environmental costs as well. Since carbon dioxide is a major greenhouse gas, he wrote one constituent (and reported in the Huffington Post in March), bike riders’ “increased heart rate and respiration” over car drivers creates additional pollution. (Days later, he apologized for the suggestion that bicyclists actually were worse for the environment than cars.)

Ironies A Boston Herald reporter said in March that he had been kicked out of a State Ethics Commission training session (which might not be unreasonable, as the meeting was for Massachusetts House members only). However, at least two people in attendance refused to give their real names to the reporter as they left.Rep.Tim Toomey insisted he was not a member (though he is) but was “just passing through,” and Commission chairman Charles Swartwood III (a former federal judge magistrate) refused to give his name at all, telling the reporter, “I’m not saying because that’s a private matter.”

The Litigious Society Aspiring rap music bigshot Bernard Bey, 32, filed a $200,000 lawsuit in February in New York City against his parents, alleging that they owe him because they have been unloving and “indifferent” to his homelessness and refuse even to take him back in to get a shower. Bey, who raps as “Brooklyn Streets,” said everything would be forgiven if they would just buy him two Domino’s Pizza franchises so that he could eventually earn enough to become “a force to be reckoned with in the hiphop industry.” (His mother’s solution,as told to a New York Daily News reporter: “[G]o get a job.He’s never had job a day in his life.”)

Life Imitates Art Ferris Bueller caused lots of mischief on his cinematic “Day Off” in the 1986 movie starring Matthew Broderick, but he never mooned a wedding party from an adjacent hotel window by pressing his nude buttocks, and then his genitals, against the glass in full view of astonished guests. In March, though, a young Matthew Broderick-lookalike (, Samuel Dengel, 20, was arrested in Charleston, S.C., and charged with the crime. (Another Bueller-like touch was Dengel’s tattoo reading, in Latin, “By the Power of Truth, I, while living, have Conquered the Universe.”)

CARLSBAD — In front of shouting, poster-wielding crowds of OPA (Oxford Preparatory Academy) supporters, the San Diego County Board of Education (SDCBOE) denied OPA’s appeal to open a charter school in Carlsbad at its April 10 meeting. In December last year, the Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees unanimously denied OPA’s original application to open a charter school for kindergarten through eighth grade students. OPA’s application and subsequent appeal of the CUSD Board’s decision to the SDCBOE inspired a debate that has pinned school choice against standing by public schools. Citing the fact that some of the SDCBOE members’ children attend charter schools within the county, Carlsbad resident Ami Calhoun said to the board, “By denying OPA, you are saying that your children deserve a choice and mine don’t.” “This is not just a rubber stamp denial,” said Dr. Eric Beam, OPA’s director of special services, addressing the board. “You have to look at these parents in the eye.” “I understand why you doubt the district, they have an interest in the status quo,” said Board Member Gregg Robinson, addressing the audience, many of whom urged for OPA’s approval during public comments. Yet ultimately, Robinson, along with Board President Sharon Jones and Vice President Susan Hartley, composed a majori-

about OPA’s appeal. When pressed on if she had watched the recording by fellow board members, she acknowledged that she had but still felt uncomfortable voting. Jones was berated by shouts from the audience when she said that the parents have every ability to change the education system in Carlsbad public schools. After the Board’s vote, the meeting’s attendees filed out, murmuring comments including, “This is disgusting,” and “I can’t take this anymore.” “Although we’re disappointed, this is the result we expected,” said Beam. He said that OPA staff and parents would have to debrief and discuss before deciding whether or not to appeal the decision to OPA supporters who attended the San Diego County Board of Education meeting on April 10 held up signs California’s State Board of with messages including, “We will not back down,” and “Sue Hartley, you represent ALL of North County, not Education. just CUSD staff and its board members.” Photos by Rachel Stine

ty vote to follow their staff’s recommendation to deny the charter school’s appeal. A committee of San Diego County Office of Education staff reviewed OPA’s charter petition and concluded in a final report to the board that the petition presented an “unsound educational program” that is “demonstratively unlikely to successfully implement.” OPA currently operates two charter schools, one in Orange County and the other in Chino Valley, which have achieved API scores above those of CUSD’s highperforming schools. Board of Education member Mark Anderson opposed the staff’s recommendation and voted in

favor of OPA’s appeal. “I see this energy, I see this power, I see this force that you are putting into this,” Anderson said to the present OPA supporters as they clapped and cheered for him. “I hope that you continue to fight (for your children’s education).” Board Member Lyn Neylon abstained from voting because she was unable to attend a public hearing

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Humane Society raises Author’s book depicts spiritual journey awareness on abuses By Lillian Cox

By Promise Yee

COAST CITIES — The San Diego Humane Society, which serves the cities of Oceanside and San Diego, responded to 1,800 animal abuse reports last year. Most of the calls required pet owner education, but 20 calls brought criminal charges. One notable case of animal abuse was filed against El Cajon resident Johnson Le, who ran one pet shop in Oceanside and two pet shops in San Diego. Le received five years of probation and was required to perform 80 hours of community service after his three shops were closed and 117 pets were removed due to lack

Animals can’t talk. We need to be their voice.” Kelli Herwehe San Diego County Humane Society

of food, water and needed medical attention. “There were dogs, puppies, a 7-foot python, bunnies, birds — overnight we had 117 animals,” said Kelli Herwehe, San Diego Humane Society public relations coordinator. A space to accommodate the large number of animals was organized and special care was arranged for exotic animals removed from the pet shops. Herwehe said the goal of the Humane Society is to stop animal abuse by

raising public awareness and encouraging people to report suspected abuse. April is National Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month. “It’s important for people to know the signs to look for,” Herwehe said. “Animals can’t talk. We need to be their voice.” Signs of possible abuse are pets with body wounds, patches of missing hair, those that are extremely thin or limping, and owners who keep a large number of animals on one property. A person striking or abusing an animal needs to be reported to the Humane Society Humane Law Enforcement Department. Animal neglect is also a concern. “About 90 percent is educating the public,” Herwehe said. “It’s not intentional cruelty or neglect.” Pet owners must provide food, water and shelter from the weather for their pets. They must also allow animals sufficient space to move freely. Tethering a dog is illegal due to the possibility of accidental strangulation. A pet’s misbehavior is often a sign of boredom and owner neglect. “Training is the best method to change behaviors you want your pet to have,” Herwehe said. The Humane Society holds monthly classes on pet care and training. Suspected animal abuse or neglect should be reported to the San Diego Humane Society Humane Law Enforcement Department at (619) 2433466 or

ENCINITAS — Jake Ducey was a typical Encinitas kid — a surfer and championship basketball player who later found it difficult to resist the temptation of drugs and alcohol. “I started partying hard in high school,” he explained. “Then I could go out the next night and score 30 points.” In his junior year at La Costa Canyon High School he nearly killed himself in a drunk driving accident. Ducey was driving west on Rancho Santa Fe Road near Calle Barcelona when he hit the center median, rolled across the center divide, flipped four times across the eastbound lane breaking through a safety barrier and falling into a ravine. He was taken to the hospital and charged with an underage DUI. “When I realized that any moment I could be dead it created a shift where all of my focus turned to basketball,” he recalled. “I had a real successful senior year — no partying or drinking. I was MVP of the Palomar League and captain of my team which was first Team All League.” After graduating in 2009, Ducey attended California Lutheran University on a basketball scholarship and studied business. He remembers being in a freshman economics class when his thoughts drifted to the bank bailout and the fact that 22,000 children die each day of poverty-related illness. He was overcome with feelings of powerlessness and unhappiness. Ducey said he began studying “The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be” by Jack Canfield, also author of the bestseller “Chicken Soup for the Soul.” “I learned that we can do anything if we direct our mind into ways that are positive rather than negative,” he said, adding that the epiphany led to a decision to drop out of college so he would no longer “postpone living.” “My dad supported me; my mom thought I was crazy,”

Jake Ducey, 21, signs copies of his book, “Into the Wind: My Six-Month Journey Wandering the World for Life’s Purpose,” at the SoulScape Gift & Bookstore in Encinitas April 5. The store donated profits from sales of the book to the Self Reliance Institute, a nonprofit Ducey and his brother founded that provides resources and opportunities for young people around the world to become more self-reliant. Photo by Lillian Cox

he recalled. Ducey took money he saved since childhood and embarked on a global adventure beginning with a visit to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. “It was a powerful experience because literally nobody had a change of clothes,” he remembered. “Even though children had holes in their shoes, every day when I woke up they were smiling at me.” Later, he had another life-altering experience when he met a local shaman. “He told me everything about my life, including my car accident, and did it with such accuracy that I found myself sitting on the ground, shaking,” he recalled. “He said that I would travel around the world, and that I would write a book and become a voice of my generation.” Ducey left Guatemala

and traveled to Australia, Indonesia and Thailand where he spent 14 days meditating in a monastery. “What I realized is that all the things we are looking for are right in front of us all the time,” he explained. “We don’t have to go anywhere, or do anything, in order to feel joy in our life.” In May 2011 he returned to San Diego and began writing his book. His message resonated with locals, young and old, including agent Bill Gladstone, founder of Waterside Productions, who decided to sign him. “As the literary agent for many New York Times bestselling authors, including Eckhart Tolle, Neale Donald Walsh, Jean Houston and other inspirational writers, I am always looking for powerful, fresh new voices,” he said. “Jake Ducey has the

potential to make a major impact as a writer and motivational speaker. I am delighted to be both agenting and publishing Jake’s first book “Into The Wind.” This book will encourage those who read it to follow their dreams." Ducey received another boost when his mentor, author Jack Canfield, endorsed the book. Steve Wozniak, cofounder of Apple, wrote: “Decades ago there were visionaries at Apple Inc. who changed the world; Steve Jobs and me. Now Jake is here to transform the world in his own right.” Last Friday night an enthusiastic hometown crowd turned out for the official launch of the book at SoulScape in Encinitas. Afterward, Ducey embarked on a national book tour of high schools and colleges. “I want to inspire youth to create their dreams and make a difference in the world,” he said. For more information, visit

Mayor emphasizes ‘new energy’ in speech By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — Mayor Teresa Barth highlighted construction projects and a process for growth in her State of the City address April 5 at the Encinitas Community Center. In a 20-minute speech with about 200 people in attendance, she said, “new energy at City Hall” can be attributed to recently hired directors of various city departments, as well as more cooperation between council members. “There’s willingness to question how and why we do what we do,” Barth said. Barth, who was elected to council in 2006 and voted in as mayor in November, said she’s striving to bring more transparency to the city since serving in her new role. As an example, she said recommendations for regional board appointments were made public before they were approved at a council meeting, rather than the “surprise” that it has been in the past. Barth touted ongoing work on the 44-acre Encinitas Community Park and new facilities at Moonlight Beach, two projects that were approved last summer after years of delay. The community park will feature a skatepark, dog park, soccer field and other multiuse sports fields when it opens summer 2014.A new restroom, concession building, public overlook and storage facility for lifeguard equipment are being built at Moonlight Beach



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From left: Councilman Mark Muir, Councilwoman Kristin Gaspar, Mayor Teresa Barth, Deputy Mayor Lisa Shaffer and Councilman Tony Kranz at the April 5 State of the City address. Photo by Jared Whitlock

and will debut in several months. And she said that the Santa Fe pedestrian crossing that was unveiled to the public this past month has improved bicycle and pedestrian safety. “This project represents the new approach that provides options for people — not just cars — to move about our city,” Barth said. She added that pedestrian crossings in Leucadia are in the works. Barth noted council members just kicked off a series of strategic planning sessions, which will be held over the next two months, to settle on a larger vision for housing and land use. Simultaneously, the city is putting together a twoyear financial plan so that initiatives identified during the planning sessions, “are funded and will be accomplished.” On a related note, she said shifting demographics could affect the city’s tax base. Because more than 80 percent

of the city’s general fund revenue comes from property and sales tax,Barth said that future housing development should be tailored to suit the millennial generation’s preference for walkable communities and smaller, intimate stores that promote interaction. “Even in an era of Facebook and Twitter, people will continue to seek out places that provide opportunities to connect with friends, participate in local events and the larger community,” Barth said. Barth added that future infrastructure spending to support development should be balanced with long-term costs like pensions obligations — a topic she didn’t go into detail with during the speech. Additionally, she touched on the city’s growing demand for a community arts facility, citing the arts as an economic driver and the large number of artists in the area. She said the

city should consider building an arts center at a vacant lot in Encinitas Ranch Town Center, or look at spots in downtown Encinitas. Councilman Mark Muir called Barth’s speech “positive and productive.” “I was inspired by her words, as I hope all of us were, to help us focus on working together in the coming year to build a better and safer community,” Muir said. With well-known surf breaks and a great climate, Barth noted that Encinitas has attracted quite a few sports companies. She said these companies, dependent on clean water and air, illustrate how business and environmental stewardship can go hand in hand. “Quality of life in Encinitas is cherished by its residents,” Barth said. Those who want to view Barth’s full speech can find it on the city’s website.

Benefit gala set for Arc of San Diego COAST CITIES — Support people with disabilities at The Jewels of San Diego 2013 All That Jazz gala. This annual black-tie event will begin at 6 p.m. May 31 at the US Grant Hotel in the Presidential Ballroom. Dinner is at 7:30 p.m. and dancing features the Wayne Foster experience. Proceeds benefit children and adults receiving essential life services at The Arc of San Diego while honoring local San Diegans for their philanthropic contributions to our community. The community is invited to join Honorary Jewels Chairpersons Denise and Bertrand Hug, Phyllis and

John Parrish, Jeanne Jones and Don Breitenberg, Marilyn and Kim Fletcher, Joye Blount and Jessie J. Knight, Jr., Lee and Frank Goldberg, Sandy Redman and Jeff Mueller, Sally B. and John M. Thornton, Pam Slater-Price and Herschel Price and Emma and Leo Zuckerman. Tickets are $200 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Jennifer Bates Navarra at (619) 685-1175, ext. 291 or The Arc of San Diego is a service provider for people with disabilities in San Diego County.


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needs and their personal preferences are honored, the children appear rested, calm and peaceful. They learn and grow at an amazing rate, yet retain their childish innocence and playfulness. A Montessori education can transform your child's life by developing not only their academic, but personal excellence. No matter your child’s age, he or she will be honored and respected for who they are, cared for and nurtured, as well as enticed into learning concepts and facts that will amaze you. Call (858) 755-3232 to arrange a visit and see for yourself!

Engage your child in an extraordinary experience at Pacific Ridge Pacific Ridge School is pleased to announce its summer programs for 2013. Multiple sessions will run from June 16th through August 2nd, and are open to all students in the San Diego area. A variety of learning opportunities are available to challenge and inspire students entering 7th through 12th grades, including courses in writing, mathematics, applied science, music, dance and both digital and visual arts. Athletics offerings include sport-specific camps

such as volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer and track and field, as well as strength and conditioning sessions to help young athletes take their skills to a higher level. Pacific Ridge will also host a coed Nike basketball camp. New this year for students entering 5th through 7th grade is the ultimate combination of fun, projectbased learning and discovery: The Firebird Day Program. Designed for younger students, each day includes morning sessions of hands-

on, project-based learning, followed by afternoons filled with sports, games and fun activities. All summer programs utilize Pacific Ridge School’s state-of-the-art facilities and are staffed by experienced teachers and coaches. Class size is limited to 16 students and sports camps will have a low player-to-coach ratio. For more information and to register for summer programs at Pacific Ridge School, please visit

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 pendent, resourceful thinker difference our elementary hearts of our students by with a lifelong love of learn- school experience can have encouraging a thirst for ing. Come see for yourself the on your child’s life. knowledge and an inquisitive spirit. Through a safe, nurtur- Give your child the start he/she deserves: ing environment, we provide • Kindergarten through sixth grades students the opportunity to • Small instructional groups led by master teachers express intellectual curiosity • Weekly instruction in music, art, physical education, and creative expression while computer science, library, Spanish and hands on science promoting strong interperson• Integration of technology through the use of one-to-one al relationships. Our goal for iPads/Macbooks each student is to leave Del • Cultivation of individuality as well as a cooperative spirit • Fostering a joy of learning Mar Pines School as an inde-

Each student leaves as an independent, resourceful thinker with a lifelong love of learning.

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“academic” day camp Tutoring Club Encinitas invites your kids to a funfilled “academic” day camp, two separate sessions this summer for ages 8-12. These science summer camps offer math, writing, reading comprehension and vocabulary through really cool science projects! It’s the best way to mix learning & fun. “Our kids have so much fun, they don’t realize how much they’re actually learn-

ing”, said Executive Director Lane McGhee. “With a 6:1 student-teacher ratio, the kids participate in hands-on science projects while learning. It’s a very productive way to have lots of fun while getting ready for the upcoming school year.” The day camps will be held Monday – Friday from 9:30am-1:30pm, July 8-12, and July 15-19. The cost is only $225 per child for the week ($25 sibling discount), and the price includes a lunch snack each day and all supplies. Is your child having difficulty in school? Tutoring Club can help! At Tutoring Club, our

goal is to bring every student to their highest academic level as quickly as possible. Students receive individualized instruction from credentialed teachers and professional tutors. We build skills and raise confidence through positive reinforcement for each student. Get Summer Tutoring from 2pm5pm daily. Committed to helping students succeed at all academic levels, Kindergarten 12th grade, we specialize in reading, math (from the basics through calculus), writing, study skills, and SAT/ACT college preparation. Ask about our Tutoring Club guarantee!



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Fall ATTACK Recreational Soccer registration is OPEN! Online Registration is now open for those wishing to sign up for Fall Recreational Soccer through the Attack Recreational program at The program is designed for children ages 4 to 18 and emphasizes fun while learning the game of soccer and the meaning of sportsmanship. Attack annually serves close to 500 children in their Recreational program. All players who register by April 27th at our Walk-In Registration are guaranteed a spot on a team and the opportunity to play. The Attack Rec teams play against each other and the other local clubs (such as Solana Beach, Cardiff and Encinitas). Games are held on local fields on Saturday’s during the fall with practices during the week. Registration for fall soccer can be completed online or the forms can be downloaded from the website. All forms must be completed and new players must include a copy of their birth certificate or passport. Walkin Registration is being held on Saturday, April 27th at the Rancho Santa Fe School in Room 203 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Coach and Team Requests will only be accept-

ed through the 27th. You may bring your signed forms to the Walk-In Registration or mail them to the Attack office. The Attack Recreation program is volunteer driven and relies on parents and other adults to coach and

This program has been in existence for more than 30 years and is committed to providing a high quality youth soccer program for all children. sponsor the different teams. This program has been in existence for more than 30 years and is committed to providing a high quality youth soccer program for all children. Over the years we have strived to keep the registration fees affordable for all players through our

Sponsorship Program. These tax deductible sponsorships go towards the cost of running our quality program by helping with uniforms, fields, referee fees and in providing assistance to children who want to play but do not have the financial resources to do so. We offer different levels of sponsorship starting at $500. To review our Sponsorship options, check out our Rec Sponsorship Package on our website. Registration for our Summer Camps is now available online, as well. You can sign up for the camps at the time you register for the Fall program, or register separately by going to the Camps and Clinics page under the Recreational program on the website. All campers will receive a customized ball and t-shirt and we do take walk-ins. Attack also has a Youth Soccer Referee program for children 10 and older. Training is provided and these young referees are used in the fall to referee games on Saturdays. You can find more information about the Attack Recreational Program or the Youth Referee Program on the club website at or by calling the office at 760-479-1500.

A summer camp you’ll remember Carlsbad Art Farm in north coastal San Diego County has a well-deserved reputation for consistently offering elementary and middle school students a memorable summer camp week of extraordinary encounters with animals, art, and nature. Winner of this year’s Red Tricycle Award for “Most Awesome Camp for Kids in Southern California�, Art Farm offers students a chance to spend a week working with local teaching artists in outdoor studios on 10-acres of woodland habitat along side a menagerie of friendly farm animals that double as art models. “Art Farm is amazing,� notes one parent. “I had no idea a place like this still existed in Carlsbad. Art Farm Founder and Owner Perrin Weston, who received her fine arts training at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, says she hears this all the time. “Art Farm is like a secret garden,� she said. “When students cross our bridge, they respond with wonder. Really, their jaws just drop. It’s hard to get them to leave at the end of each day.� Weston grew up in northern California on her family’s 250-acres pear farm, first established in the 1880s. She spent summers roaming the orchards barefoot with her sister, her farm

dogs, and ever-present art supplies. “I like to tell Art Farm parents that I’m recreating my childhood summers for their children, and it’s true. Animals, art and acres to explore. Does it get better than that?�

When students cross our bridge, they respond with wonder. Really, their jaws just drop.� Perrin Weston Art Farm Founder and Owner

Well, yes. What makes Art Farm’s summer program so valued by students and parents is Weston’s commitment to crafting classes for youth based on a traditional atelier approach to teaching drawing, painting, and other art forms. All of this takes place outdoors in dedicated work areas where students study in small groups at their grade level with local artists, all with degrees in fine arts, illustration and animation, printmaking and other disciplines. “Many of our instruc-

tors come back each summer because they are stimulated by the teaching environment,� Weston said. “It’s highly creative while being disciplined. We aren’t babysitting here. We want students to leave at the end of their camp week with some solid new skills.� Art Farm’s one-week, full-day camps include three classes daily. Built into each day is plenty of structured free time for visits to the creek, helping out with the farm animals, and hanging out with friends. Weston knows this is summer camp and it can’t be all art, all day. Parents often tell Weston that their kids come home from camp each day happily exhausted. “We won the “Most Awesome Camp for Kids� award for good reason,� Weston notes. “We do deliver a week to remember. It doesn’t matter if your kids are into art or not. It’s not just about making art. It’ about time spent immersed in this truly magical world.� Art Farm’s various social media outlets offer a rich mix of information and visuals for parents and students wanting a virtual tour. Artwork, animals, and much more is on display on Art Farm’s website, Facebook Page, and blog, all accessible through the website. For more information about Carlsbad Art Farm Summer Camps, visit the website at

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Online enrollment explosion at MiraCosta College Most of your SUMMER Make the

Enroll in 6 & 8 week courses this summer at MiraCosta College!

Summer classes start June 3 & 17 Enjoy “real-time” classes at our beautiful coastal campuses— or enroll in online courses. View a detailed schedule at Or, call 760.795.6615 to request a schedule by mail.

From the State Capitol, where Gov. Jerry Brown has offered increased incentives to community colleges to expand online offerings, to the proliferation of MOOCs— massive open online courses that some universities and newly formed education companies are offering free of charge—the nation has turned its eye to the many ways that online education provides increased opportunities to college students. Here in North County San Diego, online education has seen an explosion of its own. In just the past three years, the percentage of fulltime equivalent students enrolled in a MiraCosta College online course has increased nearly 40 percent. Today, nearly one out of every three students at MiraCosta takes at least one of their college classes online. “The conventional wisdom about why people turn to online education really holds true at a community college,” said Dr. Jim Julius, faculty director of online education at MiraCosta College.“Online education is convenient. We have students here who are working, who have families, and it is convenient for them to take online courses.” Take the case of Faith Missler, who lives in San Diego’s Mission Valley, more than 40 miles south of the Oceanside Campus.

“I can make my own hours, I can save on gas, I don’t deal with the headaches of a killer commute, and the education is just as good,” said the 46-year-old who went back to school after the Escondido restaurant she and her husband operated became a victim of the Great

The conventional wisdom about why people turn to online education really holds true at a community college.” Dr.Jim Julius Faculty Director

Recession. MiraCosta College offered its first online education course in 1995. That number grew to 22 classes just four years later. Today, MiraCosta College offers roughly 200 course sections taught solely online and an additional 100 courses that are a hybrid of online and on-

campus. As MiraCosta College has expanded its online course offerings, the success and retention rates of students in online courses have steadily increased as well. In fact, MiraCosta’s retention rate for students taking online courses is 15 percent higher than the statewide average. This may be because students have become more sophisticated consumers of technology and the systems to support online learning have become more efficient and user-friendly. It is also because of the many years of online teaching experience MiraCosta faculty have, as well as their continued commitment to instructional excellence, said Dr. Julius. These well-designed online classes also may provide a better learning environment for some students, since they can decide what time during the day or week to learn the material, can back up and re-read part of a lecture, or watch a video more than once. Part of ensuring success in an online course is also making sure that students have the same type of support services afforded to those taking the more traditional in-class courses. To this end, MiraCosta has increased the availability of online orientation and online advising, e-tutoring, and even offers live online chatting with librarians, available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

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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Hear how our beaches are faring

Attendees to the 17th annual Meet the Chefs fundraiser include, from left, Scott and Molly Stokas, Kelsey Kellas, Robin Fahmie and Tony Acevedo. Photos by Bianca Kaplanek

Hundreds gather for gastronomic giving By Bianca Kaplanek

SAN DIEGO — Fundraising never tasted so good when chefs from more than two dozen area restaurants prepared some of their signature dishes for the 17th annual Meet the Chefs of Del Mar, a benefit for Casa de Amparo to help abused and neglected children in San Diego. In addition to food and wine, the April 14 event, held at Hilton Del Mar, included silent and live auctions and a VIP reception that featured a cooking demonstration by Jon Palsson of Harrah’s. Food offerings included porcini dusted seared scallops with truffled celery root puree and caviar, seared Kobe beef paired with a spicy tuna roll, Indian spiced short ribs, an organic gluten-free quinoa patty, prime rib sliders, chocolate-dipped berries and a dessert buffet featuring crème brulees, chocolate mousse, cookies, fruit tartlets and artisan cheeses. Participating restaurants were Amaya at The Grand Del Mar, Americana, Del Mar Brigantine, Il Fornaio, Jake’s Del Mar, Pacific Coast Grill, Poseidon, Pamplemousse Grill, Prepkitchen Del Mar, Red Tracton’s, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Sbicca, Shimbashi Izakaya and Silk’s at Del Mar Hilton. Wine was donated by Young’s Market. Presale tickets were $150 per person or $200 for

Randy Gruber from Americana Restaurant plates his grilled lamb chops with roasted eggplant salad.

the VIP reception. The event has consistently raised more than $100,000 for the past several years.

COAST CITIES — San Diego Coastkeeper, an organization that protects and restores fishable, swimmable, drinkable waters, invites the San Diego community to learn about Marine Protected Areas (MPA) at Signs of the Tide: the MPA “CLICK.” The free event at Scripps Institution of Oceanography Sumner Auditorium will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 30. At the event, Coastkeeper, WiLDCOAST and Department of Fish and Wildlife will provide a year-in-review report on MPAs and talk about community involvement with the MPA Watch program. Information will be offered on the newly launched app and how to become a contributor to the MPA “CLICK.” After San Diego’s MPAs became official in January 2012, San Diego Coastkeeper partnered with engineering students from University of California at San Diego, who developed a Web-based app that will help Coastkeeper monitor activity in the MPAs. With help from volunteers “clicking” information into their phones, communities can contribute to tracking of activities in protected areas. Coastkeeper hopes the app will increase awareness and education surrounding the year-old MPAs. Coastkeeper designed its April Signs of the Tide to get community members updated on MPAs in San Diego and launch its new technology-driven monitoring program, aiming to engage those who are out enjoying San Diego’s MPAs in their continued protection end effective implementation. At the event, community members will hear from three specialized experts: — Scott Bringman, from the Department of Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division, will provide the community with knowledge about MPAs and how communities

can help them succeed. — Conservation Director at WiLDCOAST Ben McCue, will reflect on the year of MPA implementation, new signage, education and what WiLDCOAST MPA Watch

Program offers. — Mallory Watson, community engagement coordinator at Coastkeeper, will discuss what volunteer groups have recently accomplished and how new volunteers can participate

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Top volunteer Canine Companions for Independence recognized Lance Weir, of Carlsbad, with its highest volunteer service award — the Jack Warnock Award. Weir is a Canine Companions Southwest Regional board member after serving as a staff member for three years.

through the eScrip Program Cardiff. Certificates and plaques were presented to the management team at Seaside Market. Supporters can track their contributions by visiting

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ArmstrongGarden Centers will be giving away ladybugs April 20 and April 21 and hosting a class on beneficial insects at 9 a.m. April 20 at every store. Ladybugs help with insect control, and reduce the need to use harmful pesticides. Stores are at 701 N. El Camino Real Encinitas; Celebrity chefs Stephanie Omary- 2840 Via De La Valle, Del Berwalb of Pacifica Del Mar Mar and 9939 Carmel and Adam Stuart of Sbicca Mountain Road. Del Mar will be among the featured chefs from across Thanks from schools Cardiff Schools the nation at the Celebrity Chefs Cook Gala, benefit- Education Association and ing the UC San Diego local schools gathered to Moores Cancer Center, 6 to thank Seaside Market for financial support 11 p.m. April 27 at the the

Jeff Campagna has joined Bistro West as Sous Chef at the Carlsbad restaurant adjacent to West Inn & Suites and West Steak and Seafood. Joining Executive Chef, Eugenio Martignago and Chef Jason Connolly, Campagna recently worked as a private chef for a variety of Northern California businesses, including Google.

Silver celebration Oceanside Newcomers & Friends Club celebrated its 25th anniversary honoring former presidents including Margie Hernandez, Carolyn Keene, Mimi Howland, Pat Elledge, Pat Hurley and Dee Porter, Jeanne Gross, Barbara Jones and Jean Mandelbaum. For more information, visit

Funds for foundation On March 30, supporters of The Seany Foundation turned out for Seany’s Showdown Poker Tournament & Casino Night and raised more than $10,000. Photos of the event are available at

Del Mar Paddle-out L’Auberge Del Mar will host a morning paddle-out at Powerhouse Park at 9 a.m. Earth Day, April 22, to raise awareness for ocean preservation. Board rentals will be available. Participants meet with its first annual Ocean Preservation Paddle Out and a host of green-friendly specials throughout the hotel.

Back workshop Chek Studio will have a Lumbo Pelvic Workshop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 28 at 609 S. Vulcan Ave., Suite 102, Encinitas. Cost is $250.

PROMOTION FOR BELL Hospice of the North Coast has named Oceanside resident Bonnie Bell as access and customer support manager. In this role, she oversees community liaison and admission teams as well as HNC’s Pathways Program. While at San Diego Hospice and the Institute for Palliative Medicine from 2001-13, she created a tool kit for providing hospice care in residential care facilities. Bell has also served as secretary for the San Diego Coalition for Improving End-of-Life Care and as chairman of volunteers for the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society. Courtesy photo

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SOLANA BEACH — A dog-gone good time was had by all at the seventh annual Paws in the Park canine event April 14 at La Colonia Park. The four-hour event was presented by the Solana Beach Parks and Recreation Commission and included activities, exhibitions and rescued pets available for adoption. Highlighting the free event was a dog contest judged by City Council members Lesa Heebner, Peter Zahn and David Zito and Parks and Recreation youth commissioners Isabelle Imacseng, Clinton Alden and Robbie Glatts. Winners were named in a variety of categories, including biggest, smallest and cutest dog, closest owner-pet lookalike, best tail wagger and best trick, although all canines received a pawticipation ribbon. Gently used dog toys, leashes, beds and blankets were collected for animal rescue groups and information was available for everything from positive pet training and holistic care to spay and neuter assistance and how to pamper a pet. The event also featured a “yappy hour” and demonstrations by the Coastal Express Flyball Team, which is a dog relay race, and Flying Disc Dogs.


Flare, an Australian shepherd, wins the best trick contest with a variety of moves that include walking on two legs, jumping and walking backward as Robyn Broock simulates the sound of a truck backing up. Photos by Bianca Kaplanek

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‘Fancy Nancy’ comes to Foundation’s parade DEL MAR — The Del Mar Foundation welcomes all “Fancy Nancy”fans to its Fancy Nancy Parade to welcome the book’s illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser,at 1 p.m.April 28,at the Powerhouse Community Center, 1600 Coast Blvd., Del Mar. Pre-registration is required by April 24 at The pre-parade celebration at the park will include an exclusive presentation from Glasser, a tiara craft session led by representatives of the Del Mar Library, plus fancy hair creations from Pigtails & Crewcuts children’s hair salon. This will be followed by

the Fancy Nancy Parade led by Glasser, starting at Powerhouse Park and ending at Del Mar Plaza. Pre-order an autographed copy of “Fanciest Doll in the Universe,” the newest book in the “Fancy Nancy” series and you can attend aV.I.P.reception with illustrator Glasser immediately following the parade at the Del Mar Plaza. Pre-orders and registration must be made at The offer is limited to the first 200 book orders. As an added bonus, each pre-order will include a complimentary haircut coupon from the Vickie Lavanty Salon.



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San Diego SeaLions’ head coach Jen Lalor-Nielsen (left) talks with a player during a game last season. This year, Nielsen and general manager Amie Becker are setting new goals for the team. Photo by Aaron Jaffe

GM, coach have new goals for SeaLions By Tony Cagala

Kenzie Kessler surfs off of the coast of one of the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia.

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Pulling a complete 180 Kenzie Kessler chose surfing over school, when younger, now she’s back in class fully committed

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enzie Kessler obtained her driver’s license at 17. She left home the next day and drove from Marin County to San Diego for the surf. “I got my license the day before I moved down here, so driving eight hours to San Diego was a little scary — especially driving for the first time through L.A. People are crazy drivers there,” said Kessler. Kessler grew up surfing Scorpion Bay a few times per year on family vacations. She was 4 years old when her dad started pushing her into the legendary rights. She never had any say in the matter, not that I think she would have complained. Around 12 to 13 years old, she transferred her Mexican point break experience to the massive surf available to her year round in San Francisco and Marin County. “It was a hard transition from surfing a perfect right-hand point break to big, heavy and freezing cold waves in San Francisco,” said Kessler. “I basically had to relearn

how to surf rights and flat-out learn how to surf lefts, because I had never caught one before!” By 15, she’d quit or discontinued just about everything else in her life to focus exclusively on her surfing. She was going to school just three days a week, and packing four-day weekends with Southern California competitions and a 16-hour round trip commute. She had local sponsorship with Proof Lab Shop in Marin, and she’d gained professional sponsorship with Future Fins. Life was surfing, and school was getting in the way. In her junior year of high school, Kessler took a double set of the required courses. She attended community college by night and she enrolled in online classes. Finished with what traditional high school had to offer, Kessler graduated a year early, prepared for her DMV exam, and made her move south. She lined up a shoebox studio apartment in Ocean Beach. And her move coincided with two new sponsorships that really altered her status — Billabong and Plus One Surfboards. But it wasn’t an easy transition. “It was hard moving down here at 17. I went from a high school student living in a small town with my family, to moving to a big city and being independent,” said Kessler. “This was before your phone came with a GPS, so everyday without fail, I would get lost driving home from surfing, the market or the gym. It got so ridiculous that I had to buy a really cheap GPS. It only worked half the time, but it helped!” Kessler slowly adjusted to San Diego. She trained everyday, competed every week, and spent the remainder of her time traveling or cementing her professional career. After a

few years of committed and disciplined competition, Kessler began to lose her drive. “I reached a point where I started to resent and hate surfing. I had to force myself to get in the water or to train. When I would surf a heat, my mind would be somewhere else, and suddenly there would be five minutes left and I hadn’t caught a wave yet. That’s when I decided to stop competing, take a six-month break from surfing, and enjoy things in my life that I hadn’t been able to do,” said Kessler. Needing work, she contemplated becoming a lifeguard and enrolled in an EMT course that included lifeguard training. She immediately connected with the medical world, a direct link to her years of athletics and physical training. She’s since dedicated herself to school. She’s completing Physical Therapy pre-requisites at MiraCosta College, and plans to transfer to Cal State Long Beach for an advanced physical therapy program and focus. “Life is school right now, with some surfing on the weekends,” said Kessler. It’s a comedic reversal from where she stood at 17, but it also makes sense. Surfing led her to a world of intensive competition, athletic drive, training and physical therapy. Kessler’s dream is to be a physical therapist, working for a pro or college baseball team, or perhaps in surfing. And that dream starts in about seven years, when she finishes school.

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COAST CITIES — As far as general manager/head coach relationships go this one they described as “wonderful.” Three years ago, San Diego SeaLions’ general manager Amie Becker brought on head coach Jen Lalor-Nielsen and ever since then Becker has credited much of the team’s successes to her. And along with their increase in success, so too has the team’s expectations — this year, like the last three years, they’re expecting to win the WPSL (Women’s Premier Soccer League) Title. The SeaLions, this year, are also celebrating their 25th year in existence this year. Formed in 1988, the SeaLions now play in the WPSL, an amateur national independent league, of which Nielsen was a former player, and, in 2012, an inductee into the league’s hall of fame. Nielsen’s experiences as a player has extended across nearly every facet of the game available for women players, ranging from the U.S. National team, winning a bronze medal during the 1995 World Cup games, to playing professionally for teams overseas. And with this year marking the inaugural season of the brand new NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League), the team has set its sites on joining the league. The team has already expressed interest to the league to join, and while the NWSL didn’t accept any California teams this season, if there’s a planned expansion next season to the region, the SeaLions will increase their efforts to join, Becker said. Becker said that the new league is taking the right approach when it comes to starting a new professional women’s soccer league. In prior attempts, the problem, she said was that it wasn’t built up at the grassroots level. “They didn’t start it slowly and then gradually build it to something bigger,” she said. “They wanted it to be like an NFL-type of league at the beginning, which just isn’t possible.” But the game of soccer is very healthy in San Diego, TURN TO SEALIONS ON B15


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Mexico is tops in medical tourism JOE MORIS Baby Boomer Peace With all the news these last two weeks about Congress proposing cutbacks on Social Security and Medicare, it looks inevitable that the vast majority of baby boomers will likely end up in the exchanges set up by Obamacare starting Jan. 2 next year. I recently received an email from Nicholas Scott, owner of Steve’s Sports Bar in Puerto Vallarta. He said that health care is the most important subject discussed by Americans when they think about retirement in Mexico. Recently he had a few condo owners from the Marina tell him stories about how they feel, with so many doctors retiring due to Obamacare, that health care in Puerto Vallarta is so much better than what they’re experiencing in the U.S. They fear the

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kind of care they’ll be forced into when Obamacare becomes reality. One customer from San Francisco told him that his wait to see a specialist is usually weeks and sometimes months. He said his doctor and two other specialists were unsuccessful in treating his wife’s stomach virus that she acquired while in New York two months prior. On referral he and his wife came down to the Amerimed Medical Center in Puerto Vallarta. Their wait was about 10 minutes when the general

Medical tourism in Mexico is already No. 1 in the world.

rayed within 30 minutes of arriving. He then ran some tests and diagnosed the problem. He gave her a different and much less expensive prescription and showed her some arm exercises. Two days later the numbness was gone. Nick’s friend needed two teeth capped. The cost in his hometown in the U.S. was nearly $4,000. He had the work done in Puerto Vallarta for $750. The English-speaking dentists have all the latest dental equipment. People can rent a condo for a month and get the dental “works” for say a combined $5,000. The same work in the USA would be $20,000-plus without a vacation. Medical tourism in Mexico is already No. 1 in the world. Because in January 2014 a majority of baby boomers will likely end up in line in exchanges waiting behind people who have never worked, never paid any taxes and live on checks from the government, the Mexican alternative may be the best alternative. From all accounts, boomers could wait months to see a specialist once Obamacare is implemented and there’s no guarantee that they will be granted the right to one due to the 15-member panels who will dole out care at their discretion. During the passage of Obamacare, many called these boards “death panels” because all care to specialists will be doled out by non-medical, nameless, faceless board members trying to keep costs down. It could be life-saving to consider taking the short 2.5-hour flight to Puerto Vallarta to get first class health care with almost no wait at 20 to 25 percent of the cost at home. Carlos Slim (the world’s richest person) started construction in 2011 on 10 more hospitals in high tourist areas like Cancun and Cabo San Lucas. These medical centers are all being built to USA Health Care Standards and will continue to staff only the highest quality specialists from Mexico, Canada and doctors fleeing the U.S. These centers will continue to provide cutting-edge medical care at a very affordable cost. I’ll have more in my next column in two weeks. Until then, go in peace.

practitioner on staff said that they needed to see an internal medicine specialist. The specialist was called on a Saturday and in less than one hour the specialist was in consult with the wife. He ran tests and wanted to do a “colonostrophy” right then and there at the center. The typical cost in the U.S. for that procedure is $3,500, plus approximately another $2,000 in hospital costs. At Amerimed the total cost was $1,000 including the hospital costs. She needed to stay in a hospital room for about six hours but three days later all symptoms were gone. The diagnosis, the prescription and data were put on disk and given to the patient. They took the disk back to their general practitioner in San Francisco where he and another specialist reviewed all the data. They then told the wife that the Mexican doctor was 100 percent correct and that their diagnoses had been wrong. In another case, a friend’s wife had numbness in her right arm that refused to go away. One specialist in the U.S. said he wanted to put her on expensive medication and put her arm in a cast for two months. Trying to avoid the cast she went to a different specialist who then prescribed the same medicine but no cast. She went that route but she only got worse. They too decided to try Puerto Vallarta. Arriving in March 2013 they too went to the Joe Moris may be contacted at (760) Amerimed Hospital where 500-6755 or by email at joe@coastala specialist had her X-

Basics on immunizations Health Watch By the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas

Since the widespread introduction several decades ago of immunizations designed to protect children against diseases such as measles, polio and whooping cough, vaccine-preventable diseases have dropped to historically low levels in the U.S. However, according to a recent study by the National Immunization Program, more than one in three children may be “under-vaccinated” for more than six months during the first two years of their lives, putting them at increased risk for highly contagious diseases such as measles and whooping cough. Immunizations expose children to a miniscule, highly safe amount of a virus or bacteria that has been killed, is very weak, or has been artificially created. The immune system quickly learns to recognize this invader and defend the body against future attacks. Consequently, the next time the body is exposed to the virus or bacteria, the immune system kicks in and either prevents infection or weakens the severity of the illness. Immunizations are extremely effective in protecting infants and children

Weekend closure for Coaster DEL MAR — From 1 a.m. April 20 until 4:30 a.m. April 22, the coastal rail corridor — the track on which the Coaster travels — will be shut down for rail upgrades. Residents of Del Mar should prepare for light construction noise during daylight hours. The wayside horn will be deactivated and no horns will sound since no trains will be on the track April 20 or April 21. In Del Mar, construction is planned on the railroad tracks south of the racetrack, north of the old train station, and in the vicinity of the Coast Boulevard rail crossing. Work crews, trucks, and small construction equipment will be in the vicinity of these work areas.

from potentially serious or even fatal disease. But to maximize protection, the right vaccinations need to be given at the right time. Most immunizations are given as a series of shots over a number of months or years beginning at two months of age and ending by age 6. Failing to immunize infants and children according to recommended schedules increases their risk of illness and opens the door for diseases to become more widespread in the community. Some parents have expressed concern about the safety of vaccines, especially combination vaccines that protect children against several diseases with one shot. But the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Institute of Medicine agree that vaccines are not responsible for the number of children now recognized to have autism or ADHD. Moreover, they conclude that the benefits of immunization outweigh the risks. In most cases, side effects are very mild and may include redness, soreness or slight swelling at the injection site. Rarely, a child may have a reaction to a shot, in which case the physician will recommend whether to continue with the rest of the series. Parents who have questions or concerns should talk with their child’s physician. Following is a partial, chronological list of recom-

mended immunizations and the number of shots in each series: • Hep B: Protects against the hepatitis B virus, an infection of the liver (3). • DTaP: This combined vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, also known as whooping cough (5). • Hib: Protects against Haemophilus influenza type b, which can lead to meningitis, pneumonia and a severe throat infection (3-4). • PCV (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine): Protects against pneumococcal disease which can cause ear infections and more serious illnesses (4). • IPV (inactivated poliovirus): Protects against polio (4). • MMR: Protects against measles, mumps, and rubella or German measles (2). • Varicella: Protects against varicella, also known as chickenpox (2). • Hep A: Protects against the hepatitis A virus. Current immunization schedule recommendations are available at the American Academy of Pediatrics’ website, “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.

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Becker said. “San Diego is kind of a hot bed for soccer in general, and I think there’s plenty of women playing here and there’s a huge adult soccer league as well; tons of youth, obviously. So, I think here it’s thriving, it’s not a matter of at this level, it’s a matter of whether or not it’s thriving at the pro level.” The new league has gotten U.S. Soccer involved and has put money in and is also subsidizing the salaries of the National Team’s players so that the NWSL has a better chance of succeeding. Getting the SeaLions ready for that next level is Nielsen’s next challenge, as they get closer to solidifying their roster this season, which opens on the road May 19. Nielsen said that their team was at the potential now, where they should be winning the championship, and could be winning it. “We are a great team that year after year, even keeps getting better,” Nielsen said. “I think that among all of the teams in the WPSL, definitely we are at the top. “The last two years it has been hurtful, because we have been knocked out in the regional finals, and we were probably expected to win last year’s game.” But with rising expectations for another winning season and a potential move into a professional league next season, Becker and Nielsen will be searching for those

his colleagues disagreed. “Cedros is unique,” Campbell said. “101’s going to be unique. North Cedros is eventually going to take on its own. Coming together is enough integration for me. I don’t want South Cedros to be a cookie cutter of 101 or vice versa.” “I don’t mind the fact that South Cedros is its own personality,” Councilwoman Lesa Heebner said. “They’ve got their act together so let them thrive.” There are no cost estimates for the project yet, but a little more than $100,000 is currently available. The city budgeted $48,500 and the design district has agreed to match that amount. There is also a $3,500 contribution from Culture Brewing. Council also authorized staff to convert the painted medians to raised curbs at the intersection of South Cedros and Via de la Valle. Those traffic calming measures were installed almost three years ago on a trial basis. “I have not really heard anything negative about that,” Sammak said. “In my opinion that particular traffic calming project is working … to slow down the traffic and provide a




Leslie. Leslie is the facilitator of San Diego’s Continuum of Care, which represents the region’s homeless services organizations and applies for the county’s HUD funding. “(The homeless assistance programs) had to commit to providing the same level of service as the prior grant — so do the same job with less funding. It means stretching resources farther,” she said. Because of the way HUD funding is calculated, San Diego received only the seventeenth highest funding in the country, despite having the third largest homeless population.



with respect and dignity.” This past December, Vaughn succumbed to a respiratory infection. Christian said he’ll always remember Vaughn as a respectful, content kid who made a point to help others. “Vaughn would have been a civil servant in some capacity; he always wanted to be a fireman, or a rescue guy as he called it,” Christian said. “He always wanted to fix things.” He added that Vaughn loved splashing in the tide pools at Terra Mar. Vaughn also liked playing in the sand and watching his dad catch waves at Swami’s Beach — the first spot Christian surfed when the family moved to San



San Diego SeaLions’ general manager Amie Becker (right) with former SeaLions player and U.S. National Team player Rachel Buehler. Photo by Aaron Jaffe

core players that will be going with them to the next level. “I think the hardest part is having everybody understand and see our expectations and know their roles on the team, whether they’re going to be with us or not,” Nielsen said. They’re also strengthening their message to the team in terms of fitness and commitment levels. “When you show them the way, they buy into it and they give you 100 percent,” Nielsen said.

When the roster comes together at the beginning of May, Nielsen said any other messages or statements given to the team would come as the team evolves. “Those messages are defined,” she said. “You don’t just throw them into something. As a coach I wait and see where is the right statement, the right saying.” The SeaLions will have their home opener June 9 at Cathedral Catholic High School against the Ajax America Women.

The county is currently lobbying HUD for a more proportional amount of grants and updates to the formulas used in grant calculations. Funds for many of the county’s mainstream housing programs from local government will be reduced due to sequestration. This will also decrease the matching funds that coordinate with local grants, causing “double the loss,” according to Leslie. “As funds tighten, the programs and services have to decide how to manage the loss,” Leslie said. Some programs may offer fewer openings for their services, while others may downsize, limit services, or close, she said. With current funding,

the county lacks about 3,000 places for people to live on a given night and the wait for affordable housing is about 60,000 names long and takes years, according to Leslie. Because the funds were just recently announced, the county’s homeless agencies have yet to determine how they will manage their allocated funds. “We are working to make changes to enhance our ability to respond in ways that assess and meet the new needs,” said Leslie. “I believe that people in the San Diego region are up to the challenge, they are invested in a vibrant community, are creative, and understand the importance of solving homelessness,” she added.

Diego from the East Coast four years ago. Eventually, he became a board member at the Swami’s Surfing Association. Because of Christian and Vaughn’s connection to Swami’s, Christian’s friends from the association approached him with the idea of a paddle-out at the break. “I didn’t surf for four months,” Christian said. “I had guys from the club calling me with support and asking what I was up to.The outpouring was great. I agreed to the paddle-out, but told them I needed some time to process this.” Gil Galoway, a member of the association, said he surfed with Christian every morning, and that attending the paddle-out was the least he could do.

“I came here to show him my moral support as a surfer and father,” Galoway said. “One of my sons is a cancer survivor. I felt like I was going to lose my son. It’s not close to what he’s going through, but I feel his pain and wanted to empathize.” “We wanted to rally around him,” said Bob Coletti, another association member. Christian said he couldn’t thank those who took part in the paddle-out enough. “It was truly amazing looking around that circle and seeing how many people I’ve befriended,” Christian said. Slowly, Christian said that the Zieglers are healing thanks largely to friends and family. “It still stings,” Christian said. “But we laugh and smile again.”



get to the delicious heart. I would never, ever have picked, much less cooked with, something that makes my tongue sting, my mouth burn and my eyes water. Salsa would not be the same. The idea of snitching honey while the bees are still using it would never have dawned on me. If I had been the head of the think tank back when, Las Vegas would still be a dark spot in the



signing at the event. There will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages for a donation. Each $125 donation will enable a local woman to get a mammogram through the Susan G. Komen organization. This could potentially save a life because the procedure can detect breast cancer at the earliest stage zero. One in eight women is touched by breast cancer and early detection is critical. Suarez says SUP Chicks So-Cal has 400 members, with about 20 percent being men. “After The Coast News article in January 2012 people called to say ‘I want to start paddle boarding,’” she recalled. “They’d write on Facebook, ‘As soon as I get a babysitter I’m going to join you guys.’ Later, after they started, they’d say, ‘Oh, most gosh. This is changing my life.’”

The Cedros Avenue Design District Association has proposed fully funding and installing decorative crosswalks such as this one at the Lomas Santa Fe Drive intersection and all pedestrian crossings. Courtesy rendering

little bit of a buffer between pedestrians and cars.” “I must have just heard from complainers because I heard a lot of complaints that it wasn’t working,” Heebner said. “It wasn’t slowing it down.” Ott said city staff is

seeking input from area residents. “Just because we haven’t heard doesn’t mean there’s not issues there,” he said. “So we are reaching out.” There is also no cost estimate for that project but Ott said “it won’t be terribly expensive.”

desert. My faint heart would leave the county fair missing a midway, and the big attraction at Magic Mountain would be the bluegrass music festival. Because I never would have set sail in some tiny wooden boat, we would still be landlubbers and, at best, we might be riding horses, but certainly not racing them. Don’t talk to me about madness such as clinging to a basket beneath a balloon or trying to get off the ground with wings. Heaven forfend we should consider jumping

off a precipice on purpose, even with a stretchy cord attached. We might huff and puff up some steep foothills, but climb that sheer cliff? Don’t be silly! You all go right ahead, though, and continue sticking your necks out. I’m really quite grateful to you all. Truth is, I’d really miss those artichokes.

Saurez says anyone interested in joining can begin by renting a paddleboard from one of the local water sports shops for about $30 for two hours. “People initially rent and then they want to buy,” she said. “You can get a decent paddleboard on Craigslist for $300 to $400. Later, they may want to buy a new one which starts at about $500.” Members routinely visit Facebook to see if any meetups are planned or forming. Suarez reports that most popular group meets at 9 a.m. Wednesdays by the Jolly Roger restaurant in Oceanside Harbor. “We mix it up at other destinations such as Cardiff Reef and La Jolla,” she said. “If the ocean is rough, we go to the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad.” Monahan-Smith, who celebrated her second year as a breast cancer survivor in February, said being out on the water was therapeutic during her treatment and

recovery. “I was unable to paddle for six weeks after I had the mastectomy,” she said. “After each chemo treatment I would go out on the water and I started to slowly feel good.” She said she had to take a break following reconstructive surgery but eventually returned to the water. “When I was able to go out it was extremely healing,” she said. “I don’t know if it was the fresh air, or being on the water, but no matter how crappy I felt, even if I was the slowest person out there, it made me feel better.” Standup for the Cure was awarded the Top Philanthropic Effort of the Year by SUP MAGAZINE. The California Surf Museum is located at 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside. For more information, visit contact: or visit or Facebook/SUP Chicks SoCal.

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SOUP TO NUTS by Rick Stromoski

By Bernice Bede Osol

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013

FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves

Happy surprises are in the offing in the year ahead, once Lady Luck decides to mastermind your material affairs. She may be responsible for putting together something that you’d never have had the courage to attempt. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — It looks like many of your endeavors will turn out favorably, and something special might develop through an old friend repaying a favor.

THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Don’t lower your expectations regarding something that you’re hoping to acquire. Conditions are far more favorable than you may realize. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — It might appear that one of your recent ideas is too grand to effectively realize. It’s OK to modify it a little, but don’t change its root. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — A partner in a joint endeavor is likely to need some reassurance regarding his or her share of the payoff. Clarify your intentions.

BIG NATE by Lincoln Peirce

MONTY by Jim Meddick

ARLO & JANIS by Jimmy Johnson


COW & BOY by Mark Leiknes

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — You are in an unusually good cycle for achieving your objectives. This is likely to be true even if someone else is calling the shots. Don’t rock the boat.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Because you have all of the right things going for you, such as motivation, ambition, tenacity and luck, a number of your objectives are attainable when you put forth your best effort. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — You’re likely to be in for some pleasant surprises, all because you may be given some additional chances to succeed. Don’t waste them. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Certain joint ventures can be especially promising if you focus on the facets that offer you the greatest potential for growth and reward. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — One of your greatest assets is your ability to unite divergent interests for beneficial purposes. When you put arrangements together, everyone will gain. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — This is the right day to begin implementing changes that you believe would improve working conditions and/or profitability. At least it’s worth a try. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — A partnership arrangement could work out to be quite fortunate for you today, provided this common objective is given prominence over any and all other secondary interests. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — It looks like you could be luckier if you finalize some important matters now instead of tomorrow. Don’t leave any loose ends dangling.


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CASSOULET AND MORE GRAD Come hungry to “Gruel” from 6 to 9 p.m. April 23, a ‘Lick the Plate’ foodie event serving classic cassoulet with music by the Hilltop Ramblers and DJ Honkey, hosted by food critic David Boylan, at 210 West F St., Encinitas. Cost is $10. Make reservations at

SCHOOL? The MiraCosta College Transfer Center has scheduled a workshop for those interested in attending graduate school, “From Here to Graduate School” 12:30 p.m. April 23 in Room 3601 at MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Drive,Oceanside.The workshop is free and no reservations are needed.

APRIL 24 LEARN HOW Register now for MiraCosta College’s Community Services noncredit workshops April 27 at the Center for a Healthy Lifestyle, 533 Lomas Santa Fe, Solana Beach. To register, call (760) 795-6820, or online at

APRIL 23 FAIRGROUND CHANGES? The 22nd District Agricultural

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Free Flight hosts “Brunch with the Birds” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 21 at 2132 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar. Cost is $10. SPOKEN WORD The Encinitas Library will offer storytelling, concerts and plays featuring 25 storyON THE SPOT SPOT, Saving tellers 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.April 21 at Pets One at a Time, blooms with a 540 Cornish Drive. Register at fundraising garden and yard sale or call 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 19 and April 20 at 2305 Fire Mountain Drive, Oceanside. Find plants, garden furniture, statuary, vases and pottery. For more information, call (760) 593-7768 or visit LIFE MEETS Reinventing Vista Community Clinic and St. Peter’s Basilica: 1506 – 2013 will be topics at LIFE’s 1 p.m. April 19 meeting at the Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive,Admin. Bldg. 1000, Room 1068. Call (760) 721-8124. SENIOR PATROL The San Diego Sheriff’s Department is




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working with two County Supervisors, Ron Roberts and Greg Cox, to form a new governance model for the Fairgrounds. Public input is invited at the next County Board of Supervisors meeting at 9 a.m. April 23 in Room 310 of the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Coast Highway, San Diego.

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