The Rancho Santa Fe News, March 3, 2013

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Supervisors OK pilot program for testing water By Jared Whitlock

COAST CITIES — The county Board of Supervisors voted unanimously, with Supervisor Bill Horn absent, to approve a yearlong pilot program that could significantly cut down the time it tak es to determine whether local waters are too polluted to swim in. Currently, the county Department of Environmental Health collects water samples several times a w eek throughout the year. In the e vent of poor water quality, closure signs are posted on affected beaches and the results are put online. The samples, however, take 24 to 48 hours to analyze. During this lag time, people could enter the water without kno wing pathogen levels are high, making them more likely to get sick. And in some cases,

beaches might be closed longer than necessar y because pollutants might have already left the w ater while the samples w ere being analyzed. “Any delay in identifying contaminated w ater puts people at risk, ” Supervisor Greg Cox said at the Board of Super visors meeting. “It is also an economic issue. Tourists need to know if our oceans and bays are safe to s wim in. Any delay given to our tourists visiting our beac hes puts our tourism economy at risk.” The new rapid testing only takes four to eight hours, depending on which beach and the kinds of pollutants in the water, according to Mar k McPherson, chief of the Department of Environmental Health’s Land and Water Quality TURN TO PROGRAM ON A14

USDA makes ruling on animal ride appeal By Bianca Kaplanek

The owners of the company that provides elephant rides during the San Diego County Fair didn’t get the exact response they sought in an appeal to the U .S. Department of Agriculture for a noncompliance issue. “But we’re happy the USDA acknowledged that we do a good job,” said Kari Johnson, who co-owns Have Trunk Will Travel with her husband, Gary. “They think we’re good people.” The company was cited for failing to maintain elephants under the direct control and super vision of a knowledgeable and e xperienced handler in August 2012 during the Centr al States Fair in Rapid City , S.D. The USDA inspector noted that during the rides, the elephant not being used was not secur ed and often

not supervised. Kari Johnson said the problems were corrected immediately at the site and an appeal was later submitted. Johnson said Ha ve Trunk Will Travel has been licensed by the USDA during the nearly 40 y ears that it’s been offering elephant rides. She said other than making upgrades as tec hnology and other factors have improved the industry, her company hasn’t done much to change how the rides are conducted. She said they appealed the report — their fir st ever noncompliance citation — because they believed the way the USDA enforces the regulations may have changed. Although their appeal was denied, language in the report was modified “to bet-

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Home invasion suspect pleads not guilty By Sandy Coronilla

RANCHO SANTA FE — David Allen Grub, an accused Rancho Santa F e home invasion robbery suspect, was arraigned in San Diego Superior Court last Friday on three counts of robbery with gun use, and one count of residential burglary. He pleaded not guilty. Along with a second suspect who is still at-lar ge, Grub is accused of f orcibly entering a home in the 5400 block of El Mir lo on the afternoon of Dec. 20, 2012. He allegedly held a housekeeper at gunpoint during the robbery. The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office said if he’s found guilty of all

The rendering shows David Allen Grub, 43, (left) who was arrested in Alpine and charged with four felonies in connection with an armed home invasion robbery in Rancho Santa Fe. A second suspect in the home invasion robbery (shown right) remains at-large. Images courtesy San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

four felony counts he f aces Grub will be bac k in up to 26 years in prison. court for a preliminary hear-

ing March 14. After receiving a tip, the San Diego Sheriff ’s Department and Special Enforcement Detail, a tactical team that specializ es in serving high-risk w arrants, arrested Grub, 43, without incident in Alpine on Feb. 28 in connection with the home invasion robbery. The Encinitas Sheriff ’s Department is still searching for a second suspect who is described as a white male, in his late 20s to early 30s. The public is ask ed to call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 with tips. Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible for up to a $1,000 reward if the tip leads to an arrest.

Going paperless: student iPads studied at EUSD By Jared Whitlock

In Lindsay Duncan’s class at El Camino Creek, one fourth grade student look ed up the definition of “blubber.” One girl found a suitable picture of a whale and attac hed it to her presentation about marine life. Books, paper and pencils weren’t in the hands of an y of Duncan’s students — onl y iPads. These days, it’s a common sight in classr ooms throughout the Encinitas Union School District (EUSD). Every third through six-grader at EUSD has an iP ad, and the district is looking at rolling out more iPads for younger students. Meanwhile, researchers are looking at ho w the rapidly growing technology is impacting learning. Duncan is among those researchers. She recently wrote a thesis on iP ads in sc hools after surveying 120 f ourthgraders and their par ents last school year, when the pilot program debuted. Further, the University of San Diego is slated to release a study on the use of iPads in the district this summer. “Most people think all technology is g reat,” Duncan said. “Without rushing to that conclusion, my question w as: How might this affect kids?Are they (the iPads) motivational? And I w as interested in ho w students and parents perceive the iPads.” Duncan’s research indicates students lar gely believe

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A student at El Camino Creek puts together a presentation using an iPad. Every third through six-grader in the Encinitas Union School District has an iPad. New research, including a thesis and a study from the University of San Diego, is looking at how the iPads impact student learning. Photo by Jared Whitlock

the iPads are a v aluable tool. Parents also see the iP ads as beneficial, but some have some reservations with the technology. Notably, 90 percent of students said the iPad aided their learning. For one, they liked the instant feedbac k that comes with iPads. Students no longer have to wait days for test results — now it’s a matter of minutes. “The questions ar e still fresh in their minds and the y can figure out right then what they can work on or impr ove,” Duncan said.“We had to take a paper test a few weeks ago,and the students just didn’ t seem engaged.” Students overwhelmingly said the iPads made math easier to understand, more so than other subjects. Duncan said that’s likely because students are given a step-by-step animation of how to complete pr oblems. If they’re incorrect, the devices highlight wher e they went wrong on the spot. Also, she noted some

applications offer “awards” or “achievements” for completing problems, making learning more interactive and moti vational. “Those can be really motivational,” Duncan said. “Students really like challenges like that.” Most parents noted that their children were more engaged when using the iPads. They also liked that their c hildren were gaining exposure to a variety of computer pr ograms. Indeed, Duncan recalled how she recently let groups in her class decide which app they wanted to utiliz e for a history presentation. They could use a movie-making app, arrange slides or e xplain the inf ormation with a story panel app. But some parents weren’t as enthusiastic about the iPads. They worried the novelty of the technology would wear off over time, along with engagement. They stated it’s important that technology doesn’t replace hands-on learning.

To that end, Duncan estimates her class spends 40 to 70 percent of the da y on their iPads, and the students can take the devices home if the y have homework. It’s all a bout finding a balance, she said. “They still need P .E., to read from paperback books, to do cursive, to practice how to write and mak e things with their hands,” Duncan said. As for teaching, Duncan said the biggest c hallenge of the iPads is making sur e all of her students stay on task. Also, she has to f ocus on cutting down on distr actions inherent with the machines. There are some built in safeguards. The district filter s inappropriate websites and teachers can tr ack student progress from their own iPads to make sure each student is on the ball. “I know who needs help — it’s very targeted in that sense,” Duncan said. Beyond that, Duncan said she esta blished strict TURN TO IPADS ON A14


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College campuses focus on needs of transgender students By Rachel Stine

COAST CITIES — When student J ack Cady started this past semester at California State Uni versity San Marcos, his preparation for new classes included an extra step be yond buying books and r eading the syllabus. He also had to r each out to each of his ne w professors to ensur e that the y do not r efer to him as female or call him b y his birth name. Cady said he sent eac h professor an email e xplaining, “Hey, I’m a tr ans-student, this is the name I want to use, these are the pr onouns you should be using.” Cady began questioning his gender identity in 2011, and started his tr ansition from female to male during the summer of 2012. Like other transgender college students, he has had to search for resources on

The bathroom situation is stressful here.” Jack Cady Transgender student

campus that meet his needs, at times finding that the policies addressing transgender students are scarce, if they even exist at all. Over the past se veral years, San Diego’s colleges and universities have been following a national trend of providing increasing support and esta blishing policies that address the needs of transgender students. But when measured by the standards set b y the Transgender Law and Policy Institute, most of these schools’ current resources and policies ar e basic, and require expansion before transgender students ar e fully accommodated. “(CSUSM staff ar e) very receptive here, they just don’t know much because (addressing transgender students’ needs is) a new thing,” Cady said. But he believes that transgender students have had to initiate and push f or schools to get resources on campus. He said that in particular, “the bathroom situation is stressful here.” He specifically uses CSUSM’s only gender-inclusive restroom on campus in the Gender Equity Center. “I’m getting to the point (in my transition) where if I go into the w omen’s bathroom, I get yelled at, and if I go into the men’s bathroom, I don’t think I’m at a point where I can pass w ell enough and I’m afr aid I could get hurt,” he said. To best support tr ansgender and other gender nonconforming students, the Transgender Law and Policy Institute recommends that



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colleges and uni versities establish nondiscrimination policies that include gender identity/expression and policies that allo w students to change their name and gender on campus r ecords, as well as offer gender inclusive-housing and insur ance plans that co ver transitionrelated medical expenses. Currently, all colleges and universities in California include gender identity and e xpression in their nondiscrimination policies in accor dance with state laws passed in 2003. The local comm unity colleges, MiraCosta College and Palomar College, as well as San Diego County’ s largest universities, CSUSM, SDSU, UCSD, and USD, are no exception, but otherwise differ in their r esources for transgender students. UCSD is the only school with an official polic y for students who wish to change their name and gender on campus records. However representatives for the other colleges and uni versities reported that while an official policy doesn’t exist, students are allowed to mak e the changes to campus records and are handled on a case-by-case basis. Only some of the schools have built gender inclusive restrooms on campus over the past fe w years, the exceptions being CSUSM and USD. Also with the exception of USD, all other county universities offer a gender inclusive housing option. UCSD is one of the 36 colleges and uni versities in the country that offer s student health insurance plans that cover transition-related medical expenses, which includes hormone ther apy and gender reassignment/confirmation surgeries, according to the Transgender Law and Policy Institute. Student health insurance did not cover such expenses at any school in the U.S. six years ago. Transition-related medical expenses are not co vered under policies offer ed by SDSU and USD , while CSUSM, MiraCosta College and Palomar College do not offer comprehensive health insurance plans for students. Each of the schools also offers some form of support group for students questioning their se xual orientation and/or gender identity including Safe Space Allies or Gay-Straight Alliance. It is unkno wn how many transgender students go to school at each of these local colleges and uni versities, as their numbers among student populations are not counted. Representatives for the schools reported that the numbers are small, but also said that resources and policies are being created at the request of students over the last 10 years. TURN TO TRANSGENDER ON A14

Sheriff Gore voices anger over violence By Tony Cagala

“I believe that we were very lucky,” said Capt. Duncan Fraser of the Sheriff’s Central Investigations Division referring to the outcome of a nearly 10-hour-long standoff in Encinitas that sa w two Encinitas Sheriff’s deputies wounded, and the suspect, 22-year-old Evan Kim Tian Kwik taking his own life. According to F raser, Kwik died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in the early morning hours of Feb. 21. His body was found in the attic of the r esidence on Del Rio Avenue where he had been barricaded since Feb. 20. “What we know is that in the ear ly afternoon, the suspect went home and confronted his mother about the fact that she had just obtained a restraining order against him and he w as very upset,” Fraser said. “He left the r esidence after stealing her car , and she called it in as a stolen vehicle and e xplained to us what was happening. A short while later, he returned back to the r esidence and that’ s when the deputies made contact with the mother who allowed them entry into the residence to try to locate her son and to deal with him, ” Fraser said. According to the most recent temporary restraining order taken out against him by his mother , it sites that Kwik was suicidal, armed with a knife and w as in possession of a c hemical agent known as bear spr ay, said Fraser. There had been no prior arrest or jail time f or Kwik, Fraser said, but added that deputies did ha ve contact with him in December of last year and he was taken in for psychological evaluation following a 911 call fr om the

Sheriff Bill Gore provides some details about the nearly 10-hour-long standoff that happened in Encinitas Feb. 20 and ending with the suspect’s apparent suicide. Gore spoke out against the increased level of violence in the past several weeks carried out by people with guns. Photo by Tony Cagala

residence, reporting that he was suicidal. During the standoff there was some communications between Kwik and negotiators, which Fraser described as “unsuccessful.” He said that negotiators had an open line with Kwik f or quite a while, but that there were several comments he was making a bout suicide and that he w as not willing to cooperate with us. Law enforcement did recover a .12-gauge shotgun and a cache of approximately 30 un used shotgun shells near the bod y of Kwik. A background check is being done on the ownership of the gun. Six rounds were fired in total, during the near ly 10hour-long standoff; fi ve rounds were fired at deputies, and the last r ound

was the self-inflicted gunshot, Fraser said. He added that la w enforcement did not r eturn fire because they didn’t have a clear vie w of the suspect, or know if ther e was anybody in the house at the time. During the initial contact, two deputies w ere wounded while tr ying to make contact with Kwik. Deputy James Steinmeyer, 31, was wounded in the face, but was treated and r eleased from Scripps La Jolla. He remains at home r ecovering. Steinmeyer has been with a Sheriff’s deputy f or nearly three years and is assigned to the Encinitas Sheriff’s station. Deputy Colin Snodgrass, 27, sustained extensive damage to his

right knee, including veins, arteries and nerves. He’s had at least tw o surgeries and the prognosis is good, said Sheriff Bill gor e. Snodgrass has been with Sheriff ’s department for nearly four years. During the Feb. 21 press conference, Gore expressed anger over the last se veral weeks of violence being carried out by people with guns. “At what point do w e have some kind of dialog and address some common sense, I think, responses to the violence that w e’re seeing in our society,” he said. “And I think we can have that conversation without talking about people’s second Amendment rights, but having some common sense solutions.” Gore also said that in most cases the people giving the most beds to those with mental health issues are the jailers. “There’s something wrong with our society when that’s the case, ” he said. “Twenty five percent of the 5,500 inmates that w e have in our jail right no w are on some type of psyc hotropic drug. That tells you the type of mental illness w e’re dealing with out there. “To not start addressing those issues, looking at the mental health care we have in this countr y and lea ving those very significant societal problems to law enforcement is a gigantic mistak e and we’re paying for it, I think, with the violence we’re seeing in our comm unities right now.” Fraser wanted to remind the public about the county’s Crisis Hotline f or anybody who is having mental health issues, feels suicidal or needs to talk to some body about pressing issues. The phone n umber is (888) 724-7240.

Encinitas agrees to contract with Sheriff’s dept. By Jared Whitlock

City Council unanimously approved a fi ve-year contract with the Sheriff ’s Department during the Feb. 20 meeting. The Council meeting began shortly after ne ws of the Leucadia SWAT standoff broke two weeks ago, giving council members a fr esh reminder of the ser vices provided by the Sheriff ’s Department. “I think that w e owe a great deal of g ratitude to our Sheriffs,” Councilman Tony Kranz said. Encinitas is one of nine cities in San Diego that contracts with the county Sheriff’s Department instead of paying for its o wn police force. Bob McSeveny, a senior management analyst with the city, said Encinitas contr acts with the county Sheriff ’s Department because it’s less expensive to do so. According to McSe veny, on average, the cities with their own police f orce spend 36 percent of their gener al fund on la w enforcement services. However, the average is 28 percent for contract cities, and Encinitas is belo w that with 24 percent.

Encinitas City Council approved a five-year extension with the Sheriff’s Department at the Feb. 20 meeting. It was the same day that a 10-hour long SWAT standoff had taken place in Leucadia following the wounding of two Encinitas Sheriff’s deputies. File photo

Law enforcement costs are expected to incr ease throughout the fi ve-year agreement with the Sheriff ’s Department. For this fiscal year, which ends in J une, the city will pa y $11.4 million. That’s estimated to g row to $12.2 million the f ollowing year and rise to $13.9 million by the last year of the contract. McSeveny said the contract cost is within the pr ojected law enforcement budget in the city’ s adopted sixyear financial plan. Additionally, Sheriff’s deputies will be negotiating a

new labor agreement with the county in se veral years. McSeveny said there are protections in the five-year agreement that limit the labor costs can be passed on to contr acting cities. The contract secures the service of 51.5 dedicated officers and 3.5 comm unity officers. And the agreement calls upon Encinitas to shar e the cost of the f acilities of the Encinitas substation, as well as the Sheriff ’s captain, two lieutenants and support staff, with other cities. The Sheriff’s substation

in Encinitas also ser ves Del Mar, Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe. Resident Bob Bonde said Council should g reen light the contract. But he said the contract is essentiall y “the same one we’ve had since the beginning.” Thus, he called upon Council to ask for an indepth study of the contr act and “keep the door open” for future negotiations with the Sheriff’s Department. “Keep the door open and have a cost-benefit anal ysis done on everything that’s provided,” Bonde said.



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Time to get serious about Texas war on California By Thomas D. Elias

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Roundabouts in the Ranch

We all realize that traffic creates safety issues, accidents, and risks to our r esidents, children and equestrian users when crossing the r oadways, pollution and litter. Building roundabouts to improve traffic flow will result in more traffic and pr oblems. As Director Callahan stated, “The easier you make it to come through the Co venant, the more traffic that is going to come here,” should be under scored. His point is simple common sense. It is also proven out by the drop of tr affic experienced here in the Co venant from improvements elsewhere — the Interstate 5 widening, the Manchester on-ramp changes and the Interstate 56 pr ojects being completed. There are times in life when failing is not the worst thing. The environmental impact r eport (EIR) states that “making no changes to the thr ee intersections will result in a f ailing level of service at these locations. ” It has become apparent from reading what our neighbors have written and ha ving spoken to Association members, that Jack Queen is entir ely correct, “Our job is not to solv e the county’ s problems and especiall y not to solve it on Ranc ho Santa F e’s

back.” In conclusion, do not mak e traffic improvements. The slower traffic moves through the Covenant, the more likely it will avoid it and go around. Very truly yours, Janice Joerger Rancho Santa Fe PS. If there is mone y in the budget, an intersection where a roundabout should seriousl y be considered is Linea del Cielo/ Rambla de la Flor es/ Calzda del Bosque. This is a dangerous intersection because of the offsets, and many accidents occur. PPS. Mr. Simmons’ idea to protect our community by creating islands to slo w down, reduce accidents and deter cut-thr ough traffic is excellent and should be seriously considered.

Re: “USDA responds to appeal from elephant ride operators“

Your piece on elephant exhibitor Have Trunk Will Travel omitted some v ery important information that r eaders will find to be of interest. HTWT is blatantly disregarding longstanding Association of Zoos and Aquariums policies against offering public elephant rides. HTWT has opposed pr oposed state and feder al legisla-

tion aimed at pr otecting elephants. In 2009, HTWT’s owners, Gary and Kari Johnson opposed a Connecticut elephant pr otection bill because the y use bullhooks (metal-tipped devices that resemble fireplace pokers) and chains. HTWT also testified before a cong ressional subcommittee in opposition to the pr oposed federal Captive Elephant Accident Prevention Act. Of the four elephants born at HTWT, three have died bef ore reaching their f ourth birthday. One died at just 8 months old, most likely from a painful herpes virus, a disease that scientific research links to str ess factors commonly associated with the treatment of elephants used in entertainment — including maternal separation during infancy, abusive training practices, and transportation. Yet HTWT continues to subject elephants to the v ery stress factors believed to make them susceptible to this virus, and another baby, JP, died of it at the age of 3. Readers have the right to know all sides of an issue so they can decide if the y want to support an outfit with this sordid history. Sincerely, Jennifer O’Connor Staff Writer PETA Foundation

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It’s easy to see the f our-day job-poaching foray into California just completed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry as an isolated incident. But this was really just the latest skirmish in an economic war the Lone Star state has w aged against California for more than a decade. The energy crunch California endured between 2000 and 2002 was the ear liest episode in this conflict. One year-2000 scene in a waiting area of Houston’ s Intercontinental Airport (now named for the fir st President George Bush) indicated the mindset behind it. A crowd of y oungish men milled around in e xpensive suits, mocking California as they awaited a Continental Airlines flight to Los Angeles. Many were employed by big ener gy trading companies like Enron and Dynegy (both no w defunct in large part due to their illegal market manipulations). Jokes rippled thr ough the throng, themed on how their companies were ripping off Calif ornia “grandmas” for what would eventually amount to mor e than $10 billion in e xcessive electricity costs. The manipulations that so

But the Perry effort and the economic warfare of which it is part are no laughing matters. amused the Texan yuppies sent California reeling through an unprecedented crisis of r olling blackouts and escalating r ates. A steady barrage of attac ks on California’s reputation and economy has followed. Of course, actual war was never declared. But then-Gov. Gray Davis did speak publicly of calling up the California National Guard to force the restart of power plants in this state that had been purchased and then tempor arily shut down by energy trading firms. Charges abound, too, about other Texas companies tr ying to gouge Californians: The Consumer Watchdog advocacy group has claimed that Valero, for example, averages a 37 percent higher profit on every barrel of oil it produces in California than at its r efineries elsewhere. Is that one r eason gas costs more here than an ywhere else in the Lower 48 states? Perry’s latest sortie in this conflict began with radio commercials in which he took some shots at California’s business climate. This won him enormous publicity here and back home, where he continues trying to recover from his goof-up presidential campaign of last year, when he quickly went from early favorite to ear ly dropout in the r ace for the Republican nomination. Perry spent most of his time

here trying to convince some businesses to move to Texas and away from this state, America’s largest market for most products. California Gov. Jerry Brown laughed off Perry’s effort, calling it “not a serious stor y…it’s not a burp, it’s barely a fart.” He mockingly invited Perry to tr y harder. “Everyone with half a brain is coming to Calif ornia, home of Apple, Google, Hollywood studios,” he said, adding an in vitation for Texans to “come on over.” But the P erry effort and the economic warfare of whic h it is part are no laughing matter s. California consumers got bac k pennies on the dollars extorted by corrupt energy traders during the electricity crunch. Some California companies have relocated to or placed new plants in Texas, to the extent that Democr atic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom went there shortly after taking office in 2011 to study what Texas was doing. The bottom line turned out to be this: Texas and its cities offer some companies big incenti ves to locate there, from subsidized land to years of tax e xemptions. The state has lo wer taxes on cor porations and indi viduals than California mostly because of its oil and gas depletion le vies, which more than mak e up f or revenue that otherwise would have to come from income tax. Meanwhile, Texas- and Oklahoma-based oil operators like billionaire T. Boone Pickens resist fiercely every time California considers imposing a similar levy. California is now the only major oil pr oducing state without such a tax. As in an y war, there can be turncoats. A prominent one this time is Chuc k DeVore, a former Republican California assemblyman who mig rated to the Lone Star state and became vice pr esident of policy for the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation. DeVore now tries to spin negatives about Texas into positives – one example being the f act that his adopted state ranks last in percentage of adults with high sc hool diplomas. He points out that California is thir d from last, but ignores the fact that the n umbers in both states ar e pulled down by their vast populace of immigrants, many with minimal f ormal education. Then there are Texas state legislators who at P erry’s bidding authorized a study to find ways of enticing California businesses to their state, targeting California and no other state. Why only California, and not Oregon or New York or North Carolina? Real wars have begun between nations over far less than Texans have inflicted on California, so this is mor e than a mere joke. It’s time for Brown and the California Legislature to stop chuckling and do something about Texas, whose denizens have schemed for more than a decade to harm this state and all its citiz ens. 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


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Firefighters look to fill their boots RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa F e firefighters will be taking to the streets again this y ear to help r aise money for burn survivors. The annual Burn Institute Boot Dri ve, which raises money to fund burn survivor support services such as Camp Be yond the Scars, will take place March 12. Firefighters will be standing at major inter sections throughout the district during the morning and afternoon commute, collecting monetary donations of an y amount in empty fire boots. “We look f orward to this event every year,” said Firefighter Nathan Fritchle, who is coor dinating RSFFPD’s efforts this y ear. “It’s a great chance for us to interact with member s of

the community and r aise funds for a v ery important cause. It also cr eates a friendly competition among participating fire agencies to see who can r aise the most money.” Fire Chief Tony Michel added, “Due to the natur e of this once-a-y ear endeavor, there may be some minor traffic delays at a few intersections in our district. We want to thank e veryone for their patience and understanding as w e strive to raise money for this great cause.” The Burn Institute is a nonprofit agency dedicated to burn prevention and support for burn injur y survivors and their families. For more information on the Boot Drive and the Burn Institute, please visit their website,

TICKTOCKERS HELP CELEBRATE From left, San Dieguito Chapter of the National Charity League Class of 2014 members Sophie Kaihatu, Angie Gascho, Katlyn Simon and Kate Lidl, were among members who gathered recently to assemble Birthday Boxes for Meals on Wheels. The Ticktockers (girls from grades seventh to 12th) wrote birthday messages on cards, filled them with toiletry items, pens and stationary, socks, slippers, puzzles, activity books and then wrapped the boxes with birthday wrapping paper. National Charity League, Inc. is a mother-daughter organization dedicated to serving the communities in which chapters are formed and to fostering the mother daughter relationship. Courtesy photo

Ranch students break the plastic habit RANCHO SANTA FE — Solana Santa Fe School students have successfully contributed to wha t they call Water Bottle Wednesdays. The student body developed a partner ship with Helen Woodward Animal Center and money collected by helping to save the environment also benefits the crit-

ters at the animal shelter. So far Solana Santa Fe students have helped raise more than $600. Principal Julie Norby and the PT O have also approved a plan to purchase a water bottle-refilling station for students, parents and staff with the mone y raised through the water-bottle recy-

cling program. Once they raise another $600, the water dispenser will be purchased and installed by the science lab for general use. Students show their Solana Santa Fe pride by bringing in their recyclable water bottles each Wednesday. A Guest Speaker event will host Earl Warren Middle

School Principal Mary Anne Nuskin at 8:45 a.m. on campus, in the Fine Arts Building, 6570 El Apajo. Come for a Qand-A session a bout Earl Warren and all things junior high. Nuskin will also be talking about the school during the next PTO meeting. Parents of all grade levels are welcome.


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Artists invite us to journey ‘Art Through Generations’ RANCHO SANTA FE — Art fans met and mingled with artists Mar ch 7, launching the “Journey Into Nature” exhibition which runs thr ough May 4 at the Rancho Santa Fe Art Gallery, 6004 Paseo Delicias. This exhibit presents the latest collection of award-winning, featured workshop artists Pat Beck, Suzy Schaefer and Ron Spelman. The show is sponsored by the Union Bank RSF , The RSF Foundation & The Country Squire in RSF. The Rancho Santa F e Art Guild cele brates its 15th year since its f ounder Marianne Champlin brought local artists together to form this group. In the beginning there was no public art in Ranc ho Santa Fe. In 1989, Bill Schlosser and other Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club member s, realizing how much talent existed in the village, planned the fir st of f our Art’s Discovery events at the club. During this time, Champlin had in vited a number of artists and other interested people to a meeting to discuss the possibility of f orming an Art Guild. Also, during this time Dori Starkey got in volved, having been arr anging monthly shows with the library to sho w art fr om

local artists. Marianne and Marileigh Sc hulte acted as co-pr esidents for the first year to create the foundation for the Ranc ho Santa Fe Art Guild. Other charter members who deserve credit for getting involved are Pat Beck, Ilene Perry, Patricia Watkins and J ohn Glendanning. Then, in 1998 The Union Bank ga ve office space for the RSF Foundation to do business in office space at the r ear of the bank. Christy Wilson, the head of the comm unity Foundation invited the newly forming non-profit Art Guild to shar e the space, hang art and bring together talented people who share the lo ve of art and through them in vite the community to art events. The Rancho Santa F e Art Guild, a 501(c )(3) organization’s purpose is to embrace the visual arts, provide exhibit space, enhance community awareness & foster artistic skills The RSF Association offered its boar d room for meetings and educational programs. The Association allowed painters to display their work throughout the open space and appr oved new awnings and signage. A patron member donated a pair of topiaries for the patio entr ance and

the RSF Nur sery provided red geraniums to decor ate the front entrance. The Union Bank and the Rancho Santa F e Foundation have made it possible to bring art to the community. This organization sprung from a small g roup of RSF artists in 1999 and has flourished to a group of 80 artisans. Every two months the gallery show is totall y rehung by a committee of members and in vites the public for a wine and f ood reception with live music. We invite residents, designers, realtors, landscape architects and builders to the possibilities of using art fr om local artists to decor ate their spaces. Any interested artisans are invited to appl y for membership, as patrons are invited to donate or simply to volunteer to help sit the gallery and be a part of the success. Visit to download an application, then drop off or mail to RSF Art Guild, P.O. Box 773, Rancho Santa F e, CA 92067. The Gallery hours are Tuesday 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p .m. It is closed Sunda y and Monday. For more information, call (858) 759-3545.

exhibit a tribute to teacher By Jared Whitlock

Creating art means letting go. Tapping into the unconscious. Casting doubt aside and letting the cr eative part of the br ain run wild. Encinitas resident Hildegarde Jaeger Stubbs, 85, internalized these lessons thanks to her mid dle school art teacher. Stubbs isn’t the onl y artist who took something important from Esther Painter Hagstrom, who was an art educator at Cor onado High School from 1939 until her death in 1951. As a testament to her influence, Hagstrom’s artwork will be displayed along with eight of her students at the Cor onado Library from March 1 to May 31 for the “Art Through Generations” exhibit. Stubbs said it’s no coincidence that so man y of Hagstrom’s students went on to become accomplished artists. “I loved that she had a light-hearted spirit and personality,” Stubbs said. “Those qualities were contagious. There could be no fear in her classroom. You felt lik e you were safe exploring different avenues.” Stubbs first entered Hagstrom’s classroom as an eighth-grader with a latent interest in art. As the y ear went on, Hagstrom inspired Stubbs to full y explore her artistic side thr ough flower arrangements and other mediums. “I remember picking out flowers from my father’s flower garden to decor ate hats to put on students’ desks in the classr ooms,” Stubbs said. “That might ha ve seemed like an unconventional idea. But she (Hagstr om) really encouraged me.” Moreover, Hagstrom planted the seed of a painter in Stubbs — one that wouldn’t fully bloom until later in life. After moving and graduating from Saint Monica High School, Stubbs worked as a professional florist in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. At 22 years old, she got married, subsequently had c hildren, later went back to w ork as florist and happily focused on raising a family. “Art wasn’t my greatest priority then,” Stubbs said. “I wasn’t doing much of it. I had never painted at that point.” When her f our children grew up, Stubbs dove into oil

A new exhibit at the Coronado Library shows how the late teacher Esther Painter Hagstrom influenced a generation of local artists. Encinitas residents Hildegarde Jaeger Stubbs (above) and John Minchin (below) are taking part in the exhibit, which was organized by Hagstrom’s granddaughter, Suzan Hagstrom. Photos by Jared Whitlock

painting. Her late husband encouraged her. And she had a lingering passion f or art that could be tr aced to Coronado High School. In the late 1970s, she enrolled at the Laguna Beach School of Art. Later, she attended w orkshops from regarded water colorists like Robert E. Wood and Rex Brandt. “You could sa y she (Hagstrom) made me passionate about art and w ant to learn more,” Stubbs said. “I got an amazing education later in technique that helped me realize that passion. I had exposure to man y of the finest water colorists in the country.” In the 1980s Stub bs became well known for watercolors of the Calif ornia missions and Car lsbad’s flower fields. She served as pr esident of the San Diego Dieguito Art Guild in 1989 and 1991. These days, Stubbs is technically retired, but she

still paints on occasion — what she calls “finishing her life’s work.” And, of course, she’s looking forward to sharing some of her paintings f or the exhibit. “She was a lo vely woman,” Stubbs said. “I can’t wait to talk with others (at the exhibit) who she influenced.”

Students introduce Hagstrom to family members she never knew

Hagstrom died at the age of 46 in 1951. The exhibit came together because her granddaughter wanted to connect with the w oman she never knew. “On a personal basis, it is rewarding to speak with people who actuall y met m y grandmother,” Suzan Hagstrom said. “I never met her because she died before I was born. Through this pr oject, I learned about my grandmother from her students who spoke with her, met her, knew her, saw her on a dail y basis at school.” The other goal? To show how a teacher can be instrumental to a generation of students. “I also thought it w ould communicate that art tr anscends time, space and generations; that art is uni versally appealing; that art is for a lifetime; that art is an important component of education, ” Suzan Hagstrom said. As for tracking down her grandmother’s former students, Hagstrom said Coronado locals were eager to help. “All I had to do w as call TURN TO GENERATIONS ON A14



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Local nonprofit urges surf community to think globally By Lillian Cox

The nonprofit SurfAid was established in 2000 by Dave Jenkins, M.D. and Andrew Griffiths to pr ovide much needed humanitarian relief to the indigenous people of the Mentawai Islands, considered to be a mecca for surfers and the surf industry. Although the headquarters for SurfAid International USA has been in Encinitas since 2002, Executive Director Randal Schober is per plexed that there is mor e community support for the organization in Malibu than hometo wn Encinitas. “We are so fortunate to live in area that is renowned for its weather and surf culture, and as a coastal community it is both important and rewarding to look beyond our shores and become involved in another surf paradise that is less fortunate,” he explained. “SurfAid encourages everyone to become a global citizen. Malibu is a big supporter of ours, with the SurfAid Cup being held there. In November, the Malibu City Council designated us as an official ‘Sister Surf Paradise.’ “Encinitas is such a great city but we need to do more to empower locals and the surf comm unity to get involved with the bigger picture,” he added. Schober was encouraged last week after approaching Mayor Teresa Barth with a r equest that Encinitas join Malibu in adopting the Mentawai Islands as an official “Sister Surf Paradise.” “I am looking forward to meeting with r epresentatives from SurfAid,” Barth responded. “The Sister Surf Paradise program sounds like something our community would support.” When Dr. Jenkins step foot on the island in 1999 he encountered almost an entire population, including a disproportionate amount of children, dead and dying of treatable diseases such as worms, anemia, malnutrition, pneumonia, tuberculosis and malaria. Matters were made w orse after the 2004 tsunami, which deci-

mated entire villages. Since then mosquito nets have been distributed to more than 300 villages as well as health education relating to hygiene, sanitation, nutrition, pregnancy and birthing, immunization and clean water projects. Because Mentawai is located on the ring of fire, SurfAid has also tak en a leadership role in emergency response preparedness by relocating villages and developing evacuation routes. Although community support has been lac king, Schober says many local corporations have stepped up to the plate including Nixon Watches, Firewire Surfboards, BING Surfboards, Hansens, Sticky Bumps, SPY Sunglasses, SurfRide, Transworld, D Street Bar and Grille, Hapi Fish and Sun Diego. Firewire CEO Mark Price serves on the advisory board where he develops marketing strategies to raise awareness of SurfAid. “One of the r easons a lot of us are involved in SurfAid is that in the surf industry the top brands have taken a lot of photos in the Mentawai Islands,” he said. “We have million dollar boats with pro surfers and filmmakers onboard producing ads and 200 yards into the island ther e is no running water and no resources. “A 6-month-old baby just died because there was no mosquito net to pr otect her while she slept. It would have cost very little.” Price explains that SurfAid has been successful at the g rassroots level, distributing mosquito nets and health-related information to individual villages. “The mosquito net pr ogram alone has to be way up there in sa ving lives,” he said. Price explained how Encinitas and other beac h city residents can get involved. “The most immediate way to help is to donate money,” he said. “We also need people to work in SurfAid tents at e vents to distribute information and

“One of the reasons a lot of us are involved in SurfAid is that in the surf industry the top brands have taken a lot of photos in the Mentawai Islands,” Firewire CEO Mark Price said. “We have million dollar boats with pro surfers and filmmakers onboard producing ads and 200 yards into the island there is no running water and no resources.” Photo by Randal Schober

talk to people and incr ease membership. “If someone feels that it is a w orthwhile organization, they should bring their friends into the f old so that the organization can g row exponentially.” Finally, he says, social media has proven to be effective in generating support at little or no cost. “SurfAid needs to develop a compelling stor y and get people to be ambassadors at g rassroots level and spread the w ord,” he explained. Even though most of Indonesia is Muslim,

Schober adds that the people of the Mentawai Islands are Christian, but have not received church support from abroad. To make a $10 donation to purchase a malaria net, text “Surfaid” to 85944. To donate online, visit To volunteer e-mail usa@surfaidinternational.or g. To contact Randal Schober, call SurfAid USA at (760) 753-1103 or visit their offices at 530 Second St.. Encinitas. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


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Program seeks drivers Getting more connected with your car CARMEL VALLEY — Imagine how it feels when you need to get some where but can’t because y ou no longer drive. Many older adults live with this loss of independence every day. Without transportation, simple things suc h as medical appointments, grocery shopping or a lunc h date become major life c hallenges. You can mak e a difference. Become a part of On the Go’s transportation solution by joining our Rides & Smiles Program as a Volunteer Driver.

“On the Go 101: How to Become a Volunteer Driver” is being held fr om 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 13 at the Carmel Valley Library, 3919 Townsgate Drive. Volunteers choose who, when and where they drive, using a web-based scheduling system. They will receive mileage r eimbursement, secondary auto insurance and the knowledge you made a differ ence in the quality of life of an older adult. Residents do not need to be Jewish to receive services nor to become a volunteer.

If you haven’t ventured into a sho wroom in a fe w years, get ready to be wowed. Today’s cars offer a dazzling range of electronic entertainment possibilities. Forget what a DJ w ants to play; there are now multiple ways to connect a portable music player or smartphone to y our car and listen to your favorite tunes. By linking a smartphone to a

modern infotainment system, you can stream Internet radio stations, perform Web searches and check local gas prices, weather forecasts and mor e, right from your driver’s seat. You can ha ve the car read text messages to y ou. With an integ rated system, you can e ven look up local restaurants, make an online reservation and get turn-b yturn directions to get ther e. And many of those functions can be contr olled simply by speaking commands. Yes, the controls for many of these ad vanced sys-

tems are complicated and distracting to use. But the best designs offer an unprecedented level of versatility and convenience that is c hanging how we live with our cars.


Most new cars come with one or mor e ways to link a portable music device so you can listen to y our selections through the car’ s audio system. Mini jack and USB ports can be found even in budget models — just plug in, select “aux” in the audio contr ols

and you’re in business.With a USB port, you can often operate your device with the car’s radio controls and see the song, album and artist inf ormation in its display. You can also play music stored on a flash drive. Most new cars come with a Bluetooth system that allows you to wir elessly connect a phone. It lets you dial by voice and talk hands-fr ee, and it also str eams music stored on the phone or received through a data connection (think Aha or Pandora).


The next step up is a full infotainment system that typically integrates a car’ s audio, navigation, communication and climate systems.It usually includes an in-dash display and is contr olled through a touc h screen or a multifunction controller (or both), hard keys and/or voice commands. The latest tr end is f or automakers to integrate apps into these systems that let you access v arious content from your smartphone. Toyota’s Entune system, for example, lets you stream Pandora and iHeartRadio stations, perform Bing destination searches, make restaurant reservations through OpenTable, search for and buy movie tickets, and check traffic, weather, fuel prices, stocks and sports scores. To reduce driver distraction, some functions are deactivated while the v ehicle is moving. And though ther e can still be features that take your eyes off the r oad, using an in-car system is easier than trying to oper ate the small buttons of a porta ble device while you drive. That said, some systems are easier to use than other s. Consumer Reports has found Cadillac’s CUE and the MyFord/MyLincoln Touch systems to be particular ly frustrating. Common gripes include complicated men us and touch screens that ar e slow to respond. On the plus side, Chrysler’s Uconnect Touch system pr ovides simple, clear menus while retaining easy-to-use push buttons and knobs for frequent tasks.


Should you get a built-in navigation system? Automaker systems ha ve larger screens and often allow programming by voice. But they can be pricey. Some start at about $650, but others may come in an options package costing $2,000 or more.You can also get a good portable GPS de vice with the same basic functionality for about $100. Overall, Consumer Reports has been impr essed with the con venience of today’s systems, but would like to see automakers make them more intuitive to use, with simpler interf aces and greater use of voice controls. And keep in mind that this technology is evolving rapidly, so check automakers’ websites to see what’ s available on any car that spar ks your interest.


Banner artist captures the spirit of Aloha KAY COLVIN A Brush With Art Now in its 14th year, the Arts Alive banner e xhibit has again brought 101 original banners painted by local artists to the light poles spanning the miles between Cardiff-by-the-Sea and La Costa Avenue in Leucadia. One of the most outstanding of this year’s banners is Ro ger Chandler’s surfing beauty, which earned the coveted position in front of Hansen’ s Surf Shop at 1105 S. Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas. Inspired by female surfing legend Rell Kapolioka’ehukai Sunn, the banner is characteristic of Chandler’s vibrant compositions that depict the spirit of Aloha. According to one admirer, Chandler’s current Arts Alive banner “makes you want to jump right in it and hang ten!” Growing up in Houston, Texas, the young Chandler fell in love with surfing by tagging along with his older brother to beaches on the Gulf Coast. He says, “I was born an artist and a dreamer.” His dreams were about perfect waves, tropical places, beautiful beaches, and brilliant sunsets. Chandler says, “I travel, surf and paint in some of the most beautiful and e xotic places on earth, in reality and imagined. I would like to think my paintings reflect the amazing adventures I’ve had and convey that indescribable feeling of a beautiful sunset r eflecting on a perfect wave on a perfect beach.” At age 18 Chandler was awarded a full scholarship to The Houston Sc hool of Commercial Art where he studied graphic design. He further developed his artistic skills as a technical illustrator at N ASA’s Johnson Space Center when the space shuttle program was in its infancy during the 1970s. Since that time he has become an a ward-winning artist and illustrator, with his artwork featured on magazine covers, national advertisements, editorial art, brochures, and billboards. Recipient of the New York Art Directors Award for pen & ink illustrations in the book “Jasper Ridge, a Stanford Sanctuary,” one of his paintings appear ed in the movie “The Big Bounce” starring Owen Wilson. Chandler is most proud of his Ha waiian commissions, including three invitations to design the lo go, poster and t-shirts for The Aloha Expo, a large Hawaiian Ho’olaule’a (celebration). He was also commissioned for a painting to be used as the first place award for the men’ s hula competition by the E-Hula



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Roger Chandler’s Arts Alive banner, inspired by female surfing legend Rell Kapolioka’ehukai Sunn, is on display in front of Hansen’s Surf Shop in Encinitas. Photo courtesy of Mark O’Donnell at Pixel 2 Editions

Mau, the largest hula competition on the Mainland. Attracted by the good surf in Southern California, Chandler moved to the San Diego area in the ear ly 1980s. Since that time he’s lived in Car diff, Solana Beach and La Jolla Shores, with favorite local surf spots including Cardiff, Pipes, Swami’s, Oceanside Harbor, and San Onofre. Chandler currently lives and works with his partner Mary Martin on a 3-acr e ranch located on “the outer island of Fallbrook,” which they are developing as an artist retreat called the Starlite Ranch. With a large studio, two potters wheels, kiln, guest cottage under construction, and lots of room for creativity, the couple host art lessons and events on the property. In addition to his stunning banner currently displayed in front of Hansen’s, Chandler’s work can be seen at 101 Bliss in Encinitas, and the Culture Cove Gallery in La Jolla, and — if you happen to be in Hawaii — the Aloha Images Artist Gallery of Kauai. Learn more about Roger Chandler and his art at All of the Arts Alive banners can be viewed online at and bids can be placed by calling (760) 436-2320. The final live auction is scheduled for May 26 at 2 p.m. in the Car diff Town Center courtyard. qKay Colvin is an art consultant and director of the L Street Fine Art Gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. She specializes in promoting emerging and mid-career artists and bringing enrichment programs to elementary schools through The Kid’s College. Contact her at

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This ‘Oz’ isn’t destined for history By Noah S. Lee

Aside from a wealth of magnificent visuals and the efforts of Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz, “Oz the Great and Powerful” ends up becoming half the y ellow brick road that we’d hoped for due to an under developed storyline and miscast k ey characters. Few stories are as magical as L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” and even fewer films are capable of surpassing the timelessness of the 1939 film adaptation. I can’t tell you how many times I watched that cinematic classic when I was a boy; it’s amazing how the gems from your childhood continue to have a lasting impact on your life. The magical qualities of “Oz the Great and Powerful,” however, aren’t designed to be remembered for eternity. No, whatever magic dazzles throughout this film onl y works in the moment, and nothing else. Oscar Diggs (J ames Franco), a small-time magician/con artist, is transported by a tornado from the rustic Kansas to the luminous Oz. Upon arriving in the enchanted world, he assumes the fortunes that he discovers

James Franco (left) is the man who becomes the Wizard of Oz and Michelle Williams is Glinda the Good With in “Oz: The great and powerful.” Photo by Merie Weismiller Wallace, SMPSP

there are his for the taking. His dreams of glory are quickly defused, however, when he encounters three witches, Theodora (Mila K unis),

Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are skeptical as to whether he is the prophesized wizard.

As Oscar finds himself reluctantly drawn into the epic problems plaguing Oz and its residents, he must discover who is with him and who is against him. Through illusion, ingenuity — and even a bit of so-called wizardry — Oscar becomes not only the great and powerful Wizard of Oz, but also a better person as well. Visuals are the film’ s most recognizable strength, and director Sam Raimi takes advantage of every minute he gets to showcase the Oz we remember and ha ve never seen before. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t impressed with the use of physical sets and CG backgrounds to create a world that brings back memories, and expands itself to incorporate new aspects. The yellow brick road and the Emerald City haven’t lost their luster, and both the Flying Monkeys and Munchkins are still as iconic as they were back in 1939. That being said, it’s obvious that Raimi has not recovered from his “Spider-Man 3” ordeal and relearned how to craft an attention-g rabbing blockbuster story. For example, Oscar’s journey to TURN TO OZ ON A14

Frightened Rabbit brings new sound to town By Tony Cagala

SOLANA BEACH — “Just dying to be unhappy again/ Oh w here love won’t grow/ I’ll b uild my home/ And if happiness won’ t come to me/ Hand me the nitrous gas.” So sings Scott Hutchison on “Nitrous Gas” one of the tracks on Frightened Rabbit’s newest album “Pedestrian Verse.” The lyrics are as darkly humorous and cutting as they’ve been over the band’s nearly 10 year existence. But there’s the m usic. The music contained in the 12 tracks of their new album has full y developed those plaintive Scottish melodies into a modern pop-folk sound that, before you know it, you’re tapping your foot and feeling the thoughtfulness behind Hutchison’s Scottish-accented vocals. Frightened Rabbit, the Scottish quintet is bac k in the U.S. embarking on a month-long tour that includes a stop at the Belly Up Tavern March 12. Hutchison, the front man and band’s founder said he’s excited to be bac k in the U.S. and even more so having new stuff to play. For the past four weeks they’ve been touring the U.K. and Hutchison said that at this point the y’ve broken in the new songs and are really hitting their stride with the new stuff. “Pedestrian Verse,” which was released in early February in the U .S. is the band’s fourth album and

Scott Hutchison (center) with Frightened Rabbit is embarking on a month-long tour of the U.S., including a stop at the Belly Up Tavern this month. Courtesy photo

their first since joining Atlantic Records, having released their previous three albums under the independent label Fat Cat Records. The album also comes at a point where Hutchison said the band’ s creative freedom is at its highest level ever. Hutchison, who has been the band’s main source of songwriting, also took a small step bac k from handling all the writing duties, while the other bandmates, including his brother Grant, Billy Kennedy, Andy Monaghan and Gordon Skene added to the overall sound and tone of the record. “It was absolutely essential,” Hutchison said. “It was really a case of ‘I started to bor e myself,’ as well as w anting to in volve everyone and everyone wanting to be in volved,” he

said. “I wasn’t excited about what was carrying on when I was working on my own anyway, so it was just absolutely necessary to (have made) a step f orward and mak e something that felt exciting and new and slightl y more diverse,” Hutchison said. The sound on the album, he said, is the closest to what he’ s heard in his head. “It’s definitely the one

I feel is most complete and mature…I’m only finding a few faults with it wher e as opposed to pr eviously, the records, the faults have been fairly evident…I think I’m most comf ortable with this record.” The record, which was recorded in Monno w Valley in Wales, gave the band their freedom to create and TURN TO RABBIT ON A14


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F OOD &W INE OF WINE In Italian it’s “Mangia Bene” TASTE Wine of the Month country, 2 percent over last year and passing F rance as the world’s biggest wine market. Export sales w ere $1.4 billion, with 90 per cent of those sales coming fr om California. And the price of a bottle, on average, is moving up past $9. Gallo Winery’s President is quoted as sa ying, “More than 15,000 U.S. citizens per day are reaching the legal drinking age,” along with a major shift toward wine consumption among y ounger drinkers.


Taste of Wine

Whole Foods regular Emily Swanson bikes to Whole Foods whenever possible. Photo by David Boylan

Foodie nirvana at Whole Foods DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate It’s been just o ver a year since the Whole Foods opened in downtown Encinitas amid much fanfare and concerns of traffic bottlenecks on Coast Highway. I’ve yet to see the traffic get out of hand and it sure is nice to have a market of this caliber in town. There is the constant debate over high prices at Whole Foods and while ther e is some truth to that, the more expensive items tend to be of the highest quality and meet certain standards of pr oduction or har vest that Whole Foods has put in place. I have that internal debate quite often, do I buy the super happy eggs for $7.29 a dozen or just the moderately happy eggs for $2.79? The bottom line is that there are deals to be had at Whole Foods; you just have to shop selectively. Leucadia resident Emily Swanson (pictured) is a fr equent Whole Foods shopper but treats it more like her days living in Spain wher e she would go to the mar ket several times per w eek for fresh ingredients and the social experience. She finds that between sale items and the Whole Foods 365 br anded items, that she does not bust her budget. “I enjoy going to the market and seeing what’s fresh for dinner that night, ” Swanson said. She added,“I never question the quality of an ything I buy there and am actually OK spending a little mor e to ensure that what I’m eating was raised in humane w ay or caught in a sustaina ble manner. Plus it’s just suc h a fun place to shop. I’d have to agree with Ms. Swanson, shopping at Whole Foods is an experience I want to savor. They have created a foodie utopia and their f ood selection, merchandising, soundtrack and lighting are in a league of their o wn. Yes, lighting is important to me

and I w ould imagine it is to most shoppers. I’ve never really understood the harsh florescent lighting that most c hain grocery stores have. Lighting like that makes me want to get what I need and get the hec k out of there. Their merchandising is very cool also with all kinds of quality, humane treatment, and producer information described in detail on signage. I want to support local farmers and producers whenever possible and without this signage, that can be difficult to do. When I start to think about my favorite areas of the store, it’s difficult to narr ow them down as every aisle and section has pr oducts that make me v ery happy, and often divert me from my original mission to the stor e.Yeah, I think if I have one beef with Whole Foods, it’s that e very time I go there, I am tempted by many items that I did not set out for. But that’s my problem right? I should ha ve the self-control to f ocus fox and stick to my list. That can be difficult to do walking through the luscious pr oduce section, then the neatl y displayed wines with an end-cap featuring a special I just can’ t pass up. Then the meat counter with its glistening cuts of happy beef and nice selection of house-made sausage. I don’t even cast a glance at the cheese and salami counter.Too much goodness in ther e and all it takes is one look and I’m a goner.Yes, I am a weak man. I don’t even attempt to avoid the c hocolate bar section. I know going in I’m going to succumb so I simpl y put it on my list so I don’ t feel so guilty. The hot bar, pizza station, and create your own sandwich area have thwarted my dinner plans on se veral occasion with their made-toorder goodness. I counted mor e than 20 types of fr esh bread for sale including one of m y all-time favorites, the Sadie Rose pretzel roll.The juice bar is equally tempting and can provide a quick, in between meals pickme-up. The huge coffee and TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON A14

I knew it w ould be a memorable evening when I set first set f oot inside the iconic Italian r estaurant Il Fornaio in Del Mar a short time ago. The section for this special “Piemonte” dinner and wine pairing w as one long banquet ta ble with dozens of happy faces, face-toface. “Piemonte,” the Piedmont District of Northern Italy, is rich in culinary and wine history. Its first recorded wines w ere made some 3,000 years ago. It’s the home of Bar olo and Barbaresco, towns that became famous for making some of the finest tr aditional Italian wines. But let’s give credit to the food first. Il Fornaio’s general manager, the congenial Mathew Galli, followed Italian custom with a five part harmony of f ood service: Assaggini, Antipasti, Primi, Secondi and Dolce. Primi is always a pasta-based dish and this time ther e were two: a risotto with scallops and a roasted butternut squash ravioli. Secondi, the main entrée, was a roasted fish fillet plus a br aised wild boar shoulder. Dolce, the dessert, was a hazlenut and amaretto chocolate custard. And so it was “Mangia Bene,” the Italian phrase for “great eating.” Of course great eating in Italy is always better with great wine and on this night, Batasiolo with its Bar olo heavyweight was king, although Batasiolo’s Barbera entry, served with risotto and the squash r avioli, won new fans with its medium bodied acidity and smooth flo w though the palate. It’s perfect for light pasta dishes. Barolo, of course, takes

2008 Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre

Il Fornaio General Manager Mathew Galli and Batasiolo Wine Wine Bytes Manager Stefano Poggi guided an Chandler’s Restaurant Italian dinner and wine event in Del and Lounge o verlooking the Mar Photo by Frank Mangio

beach in Car lsbad, now has select half price wines on Tuesdays. Lots of Sonoma and Napa Valley choices. For details and RSVP’s call (760) 683-5500. San Diego Wine Company on Mir amar Road has a Cabernet Tasting March 9 from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. for just $10. Details at (858) 586WINE. Bistro West in Carlsbad is presenting a Napa Valley Whitehall Lane Wine Dinner March 12 at 6:30 p.m. $75. To reserve seating phone (760) 930-8008. A high-end Ca bernet tasting is coming to Bacc hus Wine Market downtown San Diego March 15 from 4 to 8:30 pm. Seven great tastes f or $35. More information by calling (619) 236-0005. Europa Village in Temecula Wine Country brings guitarist Jimmy Patton in for a St. Patrick’s Day concert, Sun. March17 from 1 to 4pm. Free admission. Try their green Sangria. Wear green for a costume contest. Details at (951) 216-3380.

center stage, coming from the town of the same name, a small tucked away district in Piedmont, with perfect growing conditions f or the nati ve grape called Nebbiolo. This is the backbone for Barolo and gives it the deep rub y red, spicy aroma. It is often called the “King of Italian Wines” for a v elvety but po werful taste. It was served appropriately with the wild boar shoulder at the Il F ornaio Italian occasion. “Piemonte” means foot of the mountain and is the largest region in Ital y, which has only been a unified country for 150 years. The terrain is so steep in most ar eas that it’s far from being the largest producer of wine. But if only fine wines are counted, it is right up ther e with the Tuscany and Veneto areas. For big, soul-warming wines, try the Batasiolo 2008 Barolo, the world’s leading producer of Bar olo ($45). Il Fornaio is contin uing its “Festa Regionale” series with the food and wine of Calabria, now through March 17. For Frank Mangio is a renowned wine conmore, go to 2012 Great Year for Wine Sales in the U.S. Wine Spectator r eports that 325 million cases of wine were bought in 2012 in this

noisseur 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

About this wine

This “baby Amorone” is not to be missed, made in the Valpolicella district of Verona Italy. Coming from a single vine yard, it is a blend of: 70 per cent Corvina grapes, 25 percent Rodinella grapes and 5 percent Sangiovese. Most of the g rapes are left to dry on racks for two months and slowly become “raisinized” until they are pressed the f ollowing month, providing extra concentration and comple xity. This process called “ripasso” can only be f ound in premium, expensive Amorone wines that come from the same district. This Allegrini was a star performer in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of the World, with a rating of 90 points.

The Winery

Villa Della Torre is located just outside Verona, west of Venice. Their wines ha ve refined tannins, with black fruit flavors; there were 20,000 cases made on the ‘08 Della Torre. Cost Cost at Beverages and More in Encinitas is $18. Call (760) 943-6631.

New brewery in Solana Beach offers a little culture is allowed to man ufacture, offer onsite tasting and retail privileges, but at this time no f ood is being offered. “We may work with the city to offer non-pr epared food eventually, but right now it’s just plain beer we make on site” said Niedernhofer. Co-founder Dennis Williams adds, “If it w asn’t for the other br ewers in this area we wouldn’t be open. We’ve had to call in some favors and it’s been ‘No problem, what do y ou need and how quickly?’”

By Daniel Knighton

SOLANA BEACH — Earlier this w eek a trio of local brewer’s dreams and hard work came to fruition in the f orm of a ne w brewery/tasting room. Located in the trendy Cedros Design District of Solana Beac h, Culture Brewing Company offers a v ariety of micr obrewed beers. Co-founders Dennis Williams, John Niedernhofer, and Steve Ragan (all Solana Beac h locals) have taken their passion from the home-brews in their garage to the big time of a retail outlet. “We’re excited about this area” says Solana Beach resident and co-f ounder John Niedernhofer “because we are big belie vers in the community. Cedros has industrial zoning so w e thought there was an opportunity to bring a local br ewery here.”

Co-founders Dennis Williams and John Niedernhofer, along with Steve Ragan (not pictured) open a brand new brewery and tasting room in the Cedros Design District. Photo by Daniel Knighton

After 21 months of hard work, and high pr aise from the City Council, the doors are now open. “It’s a v ery industrial feel here” continues Niedernhofer “We want to immerse people in the

brewing, educate them in how beer is made and help this big mig ration from big line brewers to mor e boutique micro-brews.” With their Type 23 license, Culture Brewing Co.

Culture Brewing Co.

Where: 111 S. Cedros Avenue suite 200. Hours: Open for private parties on Monda y and Tuesday. Wednesday through Friday 3 to 9 p .m. Noon to 9 p .m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

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Spencer Nuzzi is ‘goofy’

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ast week, I skated Carmel Valley Skate Park with Spencer Nuzzi. We sat on the bleachers for a bit. He ate a toasted sandwich and drank something with a million little c hia seeds floating inside. We talked about growing up, transplanting to Southern California, and how his sport and outlook have changed over the last few years. But mainly, we just laughed. It’s something about his personality. He’s incredibly light, and he has a passi ve passion for his sport. Of course, his self-proclaimed signature is goofy, both in stance and persona. I can attest to this. Spencer Nuzzi is goofy , and it’s pretty great. Nuzzi is a pr ofessional skater, who began garnering attention as a pre-teen. He graduated from Canyon Crest Academy in 2010, and he still lives in Del Mar. Something of a c hild prodigy, he gained sponsorship from local shops at an early age, catching the e ye of a couple industry veterans and ultimatel y forging his way onto the Birdhouse team. He did all of this bef ore he w as old enough to drive. At 9 years old, Nuzzi met Tony Hawk at a book signing in New Jersey. I asked if he had a picture. He quickly pulled it up f or me on his phone — r eadily available. Nuzzi was living in Ne w Jersey at the time, and the photo perfectly marks that a wkward, sincere youth paired with pinnacle star dom. Again, read “goofy.” While living in Ne w Jersey, Nuzzi’s family was regularly vacationing in San Diego. It was on one of these v acations that Nuzzi was introduced to Willy Santos at Willy’s Workshop in Penasquitos. “In many ways, it all started with Willy,” said Nuzzi. “I gave my sponsor tape to his br other, JR, when I w as visiting. When I mo ved out her e, Willy put me on the team and ga ve me a boar d that same day. I still have it, actually.” As Nuzzi’s skateboarding career began to show promise, his parents relocated the family to San Diego. Nuzzi became a regular at Santos’ shop , and he g rew close to the veteran skater. Santos was instrumental in g rowing the young skater’s career and car ving his resume. He helped Nuzzi attain sponsor ship Professional skateboarder and Del Mar resident Spencer Nuzzi. When he isn’t skating he’s coaching the with several brands, including Arnette skateboard teams at Torrey Pines High School and Earl Warren. Courtesy photo Sunglasses and Birdhouse Skateboards. By

SOCCER CHAMPS The Rancho Santa Fe Attack B04 Green, from left, first row, Luke Ball, Mitchel Lake, Nathaniel Kotnik, Will Stickney and Brody Seiber, with, from left, second row, Kai Furgerson, Tanner Castellanos, Lucas Casazza, Casey Sharp, Cole McCaffray and Nick Goskowicz, and, from left, back row, Coach Warren Jacobs, plus, not present, Beau Rowan and Cal Corn, took the title following the San Diego Presidents Cup 2013 tournament. The RSF Attack B04 Green (Under 8) team, coached by Jacobs, swept the competition at the 2013 San Diego Presidents Cup, Boys Under 9B Bronze. The boys scored 19 unanswered goals throughout the tournament to emerge as the champions. Courtesy photo

15, he established his place on the Birdhouse Flow team, working under and traveling with Tony Hawk. “It was crazy traveling with Tony. We were a bunch of skaters in five star hotels, eating steaks right ne xt to businessmen. We got some questionable looks. But it was great. My mindset at the time w as ProSkater. I was both hook ed and obsessed. Grateful for everything, ready to pr ove myself.” His infatuation with professional skating never dropped. But it did shift in focus. After six years of riding for Birdhouse, paying his dues, Nuzzi began to assess his path. “It was at the Phoenix-Am. I didn’t place. It was like 120 degrees — normal summer I guess. We’d driven from California to Arizona, and we were on our way to Kentucky next. Being on the road so much, and the stress and pressure attached to the skating…it didn’t make sense to me. I knew it w asn’t for me, and for the fir st time since I was a kid, I felt over it. That’s just not who I am.” He came home thinking a little differently, seeing a little differ ently. It wasn’t overnight, but it w as quick. As he v eered away from the competitive, pro-circuit, all of these new elements of skating materialized for him. And it was powerful. With the mental shift, Nuzzi replaced his efforts toward finishing sc hool. He’s started coaching high sc hool skateboarding. And he’s becoming Stone Br ewery’s primary aficionado and unofficial IP A expert. He’s skating more than ever now. He’s filming constantly. And his active coaching brings it full circle. “School has been taking o ver most of my skate time. I want to pursue a career in merchandise marketing. In the mean time, I’ve been filming a ton f or the Ride Channel (YouTube’s Skateboard Channel). Maybe one day, you’ll see me with my own show! I’ve also been coac hing the Torrey Pines and Ear l Warren skate teams. I get really stoked on seeing m y team progress. And they even show me some ne w tricks here and there. I’ll ride this whole skating thing out as long as I can. It’s what I love.” As we left the bleachers, and made our way into Carmel Valley Skate Park, several kids immediately greeted Nuzzi. He stopped and chatted with each of them. He complemented their skating, offered advice when necessar y, laughed with them. Even when he’s not coaching, Nuzzi is a positive force with his passive passion and composure. But he keeps it light and he k eeps it goofy. And I like that about him.


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close family friends who were Coronado High Sc hool classmates of m y late par ents,” Suzan Hagstrom said.

Coronado artists with a connection

John Minchin, another Encinitas artist whose w ork will be e xhibited at Art Through Generations, has less vivid memories of the late Hagstrom than the other artists taking part. Nonetheless, he’s part of the crop of artists that came of age during Hagstrom’s time. “I was more interested in chasing girls and playing football at that time than participating in art in sc hool,”



division. The rapid testing results will be compar ed with the e xisting water quality program, which analyzes 20 samples each week at 15 sites along San Diego’s coastline. McPherson said the rapid testing will be employed after se wage spills and after it rains. “We want to find out when beach closures were lifted under the tw o different methods,” McPherson said over the phone after



ter explain some of the circumstances as well as to make it clear that while the rides were being given, there were no instances in which the two elephants in the ride enclose came into contact with eac h other, or the public,” according to a letter from the USDA. Robert Gibbens, the department’s western regional director, also thanked the Johnsons for sharing updates to their security program. “This type of pr oactive approach for your elephant exhibits clearly shows your commitment to animal w elfare and public safety, and is certainly reflected in y our outstanding compliance history with the USD A over the years,” Gibbens wrote. In another letter , Gibbens lauded Ha ve Trunk Will Travel for its safety



rules for what’s OK with the iPads at the beginning of the school year. “I don’t give them a lot of free time with the iP ads because I don’ t want them playing games,” Duncan said. “They’re forbidden from downloading apps or an ything like.” “I want students to vie w them as an educational tool,” she added. Overall, Duncan said her research, as well as her e xperiences as a teac her, have made her believe iPads have a permanent place in the classroom. So far, the district has spent $1.7 million on 3,500 iPads for the thir d through six-graders at its nine schools. Most of the funds ha ve come from Proposition P, a $44 million bond that w as passed in

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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS think that man y Coronado artists all ha ve this connection.” After graduating from Coronado High Sc hool, Minchin found his m use in Mexican landscapes during college trips. His brush has captured the scenic Baja coastline many times over the years. Minchin, who paints with an “impressionistic realism style,” changes colors and slightly manipulates the environment of landscapes. He’ll display two landscapes at the Art Through The late Esther Painter Hagstrom, who inspired a generation of Generations exhibit, including one of the Morr ow Bay Coronado artists. Courtesy photo harbor. “A lot of different artists Minchin said. influenced many,” Minchin sprung from Coronado,” “But I do kno w that she added. “It is inter esting to Minchin said. the meeting. The new program is quicker because, unlike the old method, it doesn’t involve growing bacteria to analyze, a process that can take more than 24 hours. He noted Or ange County already conducted a pilot program using the rapid testing, but San Diego is still an early adopter. The program will cost the county $59,000, and the 12-month study is slated to start in April. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed off on r apid

testing, known as qPCR, said Cox several days before the Boar d of Supervisors meeting. But beyond pilot pr ograms, the state has y et to appr ove qPCR. Cox said he w ould encourage the state to approve the rapid testing. “It’s a conversation the state should ha ve,” Cox said. County staff was asked to report back on the findings of the stud y within 60 days of its completion and also determine if the state will reimburse the county for the program. A funding

source has yet to be identified. Three people spok e in favor of the pr ogram at the meeting, including Antonio Martinez, outreach coordinator for the Imperial Beach Health Center . He said the pr ogram would benefit families who r egularly swim in San Diego waters. “Especially when it comes to the lag time of when the test r esults will actually tell them when not to use the w aters, it’s very important for them,” Martinez said.

record, “excellent compliance history” and “documented training and e xperience” of the staff and pachyderms. The company was criticized last y ear after Animal Defenders International released a D VD that w as videotaped at Ha ve Trunk Will Travel in Perris, Calif. The recording shows Have Trunk Will Travel owners and tr ainers using bull hooks — tools with a br onze or steel hook attac hed to a handle — and electric pr ods to train the animals. Johnson said the r ecording was not in conte xt and taken by people who ar en’t qualified to comment on the footage. Nonetheless, animal rights groups asked the f airgrounds board of directors to stop the rides, although there have been no complaints or issues with the e vent during the annual local fair.

Directors opted to revisit the issue ne xt year, after an occupational safety polic y adopted by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums will require facilities to limit training to pr otected contact rather than fr ee contact to retain the association’ s accreditation. The USDA documents were included in the f air board’s February agenda packet. Adam Day, board president, said unless one of his colleagues asks to ha ve the item put on a futur e agenda, which hasn’t been done, the board currently has no plans to address the issue. “The amended USD A report still clearly documents that Have Trunk Will Travel was risking public safety b y not having a kno wledgeable and experienced animal handler under dir ect control of one of their elephants, ” said

Matt Rossell fr om Animal Defenders International. “The video e vidence obtained by Animal Defenders International depicts the curr ent owners and trainers at Ha ve Trunk Will Travel violently hitting and shocking their elephants, leaving no doubt these ar e abused animals,” he added. “No regulation or safety measure can ensure the safety of the public when wild, abused elephants ar e being used to give rides in a cr owded fairground.” “The animal rights activists made it sound lik e we were endangering the public,” Johnson said. “We’re mostly happy the USDA recognized that w e care about our elephants and we care about the public. “We’ve worked hard over the years to get a g reat reputation and w e’re happy they acknowledged that,” she said.

2010. Over 30 years, the bond will pay for facility upgrades and technology improvements throughout the district. Currently, the district is weighing whether to purchase iPads for all of its K-2 students with bond mone y, depending on the results of a pilot program for younger students that launched this year. If the district opts to buy the iPads, they’ll be distributed over the next 18 months. David Miyashiro, assistant superintendent of educational services for the district, said the iP ads could sa ve money in the longterm. He noted the district spends $200,000 to $300,000 per year on workbooks for language arts and math. “By migrating to a digital solution we will free ourselves from dependency on these outdated resources,” Miyashiro said. In the meantime, three

researchers from the University of San Diego’ s Mobile Technology Learning Center are also stud ying the iPads. They’re conducting a case study at fifth and sixthgrade classrooms to gauge how the district can better train teachers at EUSD , and possibly other districts, in iPad management. “Our focus in this stud y is on teacher practice — what teachers do and what types of activities and e xperiences students have as a r esult, including how this v aries across individuals and content areas,” said Roxanne Ruzic, director of r esearch with the Mobile Technology Learning Center. Throughout the sc hool year, the researchers have observed students and teac hers in the classroom, as well as interviewed teachers and talked informally with students. They’ll present their

findings to EUSD this summer. Erika Daniels, co-coordinator of the middle level educational credential program at Cal State San Mar cos, said that more teaching programs are integrating iPad-specific training into the their curriculum. Included in these lessons are how to handle a classroom where each student has an iPad. “In our educational technology classes, we incorporate iPad and other tec hnology training into our lessons, ” Daniels said. “It’s a another tool for a complete teacher.” The training is ne w and came about following the “explosion” of iPads at school districts across the countr y, Daniels said. She cautioned that the iPads should onl y be “a means to a lar ger end,” and thus are not meant to replace teachers.

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Aaron Bruce, chief diversity officer at SDSU said that all of the university’s offerings f or transgender students w ere established just over the past five years in r esponse to a national push for LGBTQ civil rights. By request of a student task force this f all, CSUSM plans to have gender-inclusive restrooms available on cam-



become the Wizard of Oz lacks the energy and inspir ation that made Dorothy’s desire to return home an inter esting story arc to f ollow. Whereas Dorothy possessed ur gency, Oscar is weighed down by laziness. In addition, we don’t feel any genuine surprise upon discovering who tr ansforms into the Wicked Witch of the West. For those who’ve been paying attention to the marketing, you’ll most lik ely figure out whic h actress is the green-skinned sorceress before she r eveals herself to the audience. And when she does, to say she can’ t even hope to matc h Margaret Hamilton’s portrayal of the character is an under statement. Conviction and liveliness are the tw o missing ing redients in J ames Franco’s mediocre performance as the eponymous Wizard of Oz. And as talented as Mila K unis is, she seems out of her element here and imbues Theodora with little to no per sonality; she’s basically herself, only with magical powers. Fortunately, there are several cast member s who manage to pr event the film from being crushed b y a falling farmhouse. Michelle



experiment, and still contains that Scottish tr adition that Hutchison said is essential to everything they do. “I think if you take our songs down to the cor e elements, they’re folk songs…They are modern Scottish music…and it’s a storytelling…and a certain chord structure,” he explained. “There’s a certain w ay of presenting a song. And there’s also, within the lyrics, a sort of self-depr ecating humor, a dark humor that is very Scottish.” With almost se ven years between their fir st album, “Sing the Greys” and this year’s “Pedestrian Verse,” a lot has happened

pus by the end of this semester, according to Mar garet Lutz Chantung, the university’s public information officer. Efforts to pr ovide resources at Mir aCosta College has been led b y students, according to the college’s Director of Communications Cheryl Broom. She said that MiraCosta College students are “passionate about creating resources for themselves and other students.” Williams does a commendable job at capturing the essence of Glinda’ s compassionate demeanor. As for Rachel Weisz, she revels in Ev anora’s seductive sassiness, and if an yone deserves the title of “Great and Powerful,” it should be her. The digitally created characters are surprisingly animated in terms of their personalities and importance. “Scrubs” alumnus Zach Braff gets the honor of infusing this special effects e xtravaganza with an earnest sense of humor during his scenes as Finley the Fl ying Monkey. Joey King brings an endearing innocence to the China Girl,reminding us of the times when the magic in Oz r eally did seem magical. Raimi’s take on Oz is certainly great whenever you behold the visual splendor,yet it is an ything but po werful when you consider how much better the casting and stor y could have been.

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with the band, Hutchison said. But personally, for Hutchison, that time spent in between albums has just been about learning how to get better, especially learning how to use a studio properly. “I just think that y our first record is never going to be your best and that’ s the approach that w e’ve taken, is just slow improvement to the point where we are now. “And obviously we’re a five piece (band) as opposed to a thr ee piece that w e were back then and it’s just getting better.We should be, because seven years should bring on some impr ovement.” Tickets are available at, or


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Moonlight revamp ready for new concessionaire The city of Encinitas is now accepting proposals for concession services at Moonlight Beach. Concession services will include but not be limited to the sale of f ood, beverages, merchandise and the rental of beac h-related equipment. Proposal documents are on the city’s Web site at under RFP/BIDs and are due by 6 p.m. April 1. In September 2012, Encinitas started a $4.8 million Moonlight State Beac h overhaul. Improvements include removal of the existing restroom and concession buildings, construction of a combined restroom/concession building, a garage for lifeguard storage that also serves as an o verlook, plus general landscape and hardscape improvements throughout the site. As a r esult the beac h sand area will be expanded. The new concession facility is appr oximately 870 square feet and the project completion is anticipated no later than Ma y 2013. Moonlight State Beac h has been a center of r ecreation in Encinitas since 1915. More than 1.5 million people visit Moonlight State Beach annually.

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Take the time to celebrate I’m a little curious if I am alone with a certain attitude. You see, I think that every day we haul ourselves out of bed and proceed to put one f oot before the other for 8 to 12 hours, we should get a reward. Call it a celebration if you prefer. My day is not complete without it. But it makes me certain I’m a curmudgeon at heart (as if I wasn’t sure). Here’s a bulletin. Life is hard. Life is demanding. Life is nothing if not inconvenient on a regular basis. I won’t bore you here with how I really do think life should be far simpler, while continuing to a void being boring. Is that so much to ask? Apparently it is, so my solution is, at some point in every day, give yourself a little treat. For some it’s a piece of chocolate, for others, that glass of scotch or Chablis at the end of the day. For one woman, it is making time to sit down at her piano and play every night. It can be taking 10 minutes and turning on some fabulous music that feeds your soul. It just requires carving out a little celebratory moment. I try to mix it up and some days require more rewards than others. Today it w as a lar ge latte, and raviolis for dinner, and a little ice cr eam. Yesterday it was taking time to stroll the nursery section and buy cheap new plants for my spring gar den. Tomorrow I am going to TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B11

Nonprofit founder empowers local youth By Lillian Cox

Jessica Johnson remembers in f ourth grade when she tried to lead a student walk-out from a classroom where her teacher was about to dissect a frog. “It didn’t matter that no one followed me out the door,” she explained. “The difference was that I w as a little kid who car ed, and other kids sa w that. It was the ripple effect.” Johnson is now 32, and founder and executive director of the nonpr ofit Jeans 4 Justice. She attributes her lifetime of social acti vism to the influence of her f ather, a math pr ofessor, who instilled a sense of responsibility for the environment. “My father composted,” she recalled. “During the mid-1980s, I learned to recycle by washing aluminum foil and Ziploc bags. “My sister was 16 years older than me and w as always a feminist and total activist. I feel lik e I had a purpose for as long as I can remember.” Today, Johnson is inspiring a younger genera-

Jessica Johnson, founder and executive director, Jeans 4 Justice. Photo by Lillian Cox

tion of social acti vists through Jeans for Justice’s BE IT (Bystander s Empowered In Transformation) high school program.

By strengthening selfesteem through activism, Johnson says teens also become less vulnerable to abuse. “We want to mo ve our

target audience fr om the empowerless to the empowerful,” she explained. “The way to do this is to inspir e them to care. When they start to car e about the

world and themselves, they start to ha ve healthier and happier lives. “The villain in the world today is apathy. If we look inside our selves and the choices we make in life we realize it starts with us.” Johnson uses bull ying as an e xample, explaining that many young people are reluctant to get in volved because of v arious fears that can include rejection. “We are advocating that students listen within and speak their truth, ” Johnson said. “When we listen to our intuition w e are in alignment with our truth and have a healthier sense of self. This leads to healthier and mor e authentic friendships and r elationships with peers.” Cardiff resident Nigel Benjamin participates in the high school program as a mentor. Daughter, Cayla, a student at High Tech High North County in San Marcos, served as an intern for Jeans 4 Justice. “It really helped Cayla realize that she w as a perTURN TO NONPROFIT ON B11

New desal plant won’t affect aquafarm’s production By Rachel Stine

With construction of the Carlsbad seawater desalination plant soon underway, representatives for the Car lsbad Aquafarm anticipate that the ne w plant won’t have any effect on the aquaf arm’s sustainable shellfish production. “I do not en vision an impact on us other than them (the desalination plant) keeping up the work of keeping that lagoon good and open,” said Carlsbad Aquafarm’s Director of Science Dennis Peterson. The aquafarm, the leading mariculture provider in Southern California, currently shares the Agua Hedionda Lagoon with NRG’s Encina Power

Station. The power station uses the seawater from the lagoon to cool its generators and in doing so has maintained the lagoon by dredging sand to keep water flowing in from the ocean. The continuous supply of seawater, without having to pay for the maintenance, has allowed the aquafarm’s production to flourish. The desalination plant is being built on the Encina Power Station’s property. Once operational, the plant will tak e over the maintenance of the lagoon, which will allo w the aquafarm to continue its production without ha ving to pa y TURN TO AQUAFARM ON B11


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Fire Station No. 2 receives formal dedication Station is already seeing faster response times By Tony Cagala

With Fire Station No. 2 having already been in operation since J an. 7, Deputy Chief of Operations Darrin Ward said the y’ve already seen the benefits of the new location. “Moving it right her e, we’re much quicker,� he said. “Already we’re seeing a drop in response times.� Moved from its pr evious cramped quarters on McKinnon Avenue, the new location at 618 Birmingham Drive allows the cr ews faster access to emer gency situations by being near er to the Inter state 5 access ramps. The new location and space (the station is 6,330 square feet) also allo ws for the housing of an ambulance, which can respond to calls from Solana Beac h to Del Mar, Encinitas and other North County coastal

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Council finally adopts LCP LUP By Bianca Kaplanek

Youngsters turn out to help “pushing of the rig� fire house tradition. The tradition dates back to the 19th century when horse-drawn engines had to be pushed back into the fire house. Photos by Tony Cagala

communities. At the old station, they didn’t have an ambulance on site for many years, Ward said. “It was too small.� In addition to housing an ambulance and a crew of two EMTs, the new station is home to a fir e engine with a cr ew of thr ee fire firefighters. The station has the


ability to house thr ee additional firefighters when needed. City Council appr oved the station’s construction in 2011 at a cost of $4.6 million. It also meets the LEED standards for Silver Certification. Mayor Teresa Barth and city officials turned out f or the grand opening Feb.22.

City Council members (from left) Mark Muir, Mayor Teresa Barth, Deputy Mayor Lisa Shaffer, Tony Kranz and Kristen Gaspar (not pictured) take part in the grand opening of Fire Station No. 2 in Cardiff Feb. 22 with a ceremonial “uncoupling� of the hose.

Council members finally adopted a Local Coastal Program Land Use Plan with a 4-1 v ote at the Feb. 27 meeting, a decision they said the y would make, but didn’t, in September, December and February. The move puts Solana Beach another step closer to having more control over development in the city, but it w as one Councilman Tom Campbell couldn’t support. His colleagues adopted the document with the caveat that ongoing changes being made would be submitted later as an amendment to be approved “at a time certain (California Coastal) Commission date.â€? Campbell said he couldn’t approve the LUP without knowing what the amendments are. He also cited a lack of commitment from the commission and its staff to continue working with the city and stakeholders on the changes once the document was adopted, as well as any guarantee the amendments would be approved. “We’ve been dealing with delays, delays, delays from these folks for years,â€? Campbell said. “Can we really count on (them) to do what they say they will do?â€? That concern was confirmed in a letter to the city from Commissioner Sherilyn Sarb. “Given the natur e of the public hearing process ‌ it is not possible to guarantee any time certain f or future Commission action,â€? she wrote. However, in the letter, Sarb also r eaffirmed her “staff’s commitment to continue to workâ€? with city staff on revisions. An LCP, which regulates development in the coastal zone, is required by the California Coastal Act of 1976 to ensur e coastal areas are used and de veloped according to statewide public objectives. Each LCP contains an LUP, or ground rules f or future development and protection of coastal resources. Solana Beach is unique in that the entir e city, including the ar ea east of Interstate 5, is considered the coastal zone. It is one of a handful of cities state wide — and the only one in San Diego County — without an approved LCP. Solana Beach has been actively working to prepare an LCP since 2000, although the city’ s first mayor said the TURN TO LAND PLAN ON B11



Making outsourcing work for you

A Verizon risk team, looking for data breaches on a client’s computers, discovered that one company software developer was basically idle for many months, yet remained productive — because he had outsourced his projects to a Chinese software developer who would do all the work and send it back. The employee earned several hundred thousand dollars a y ear, according to a January Los Angeles Times report, but paid the Chinese w orker only about $50,000. The risk team eventually learned that sensitive company information was flowing to and from Chinese terminals, leading the company to suspect hackers, but that traffic was merely the U.S. employee (obviously, “ex-employee” now) sending and receiving his w orkload. The U.S. man showed up f or work every day, but spent his time leisurely web-surfing.

The Entrepreneurial Spirit

One of Britain’s most famous “madams” announced in January that she was coming out of retirement to set up a brothel exclusively catering to disabled people and the terminally ill. An ordinary brothel would be illegal in the town of Milton Keynes (45 miles from London), but Becky Adams insists that the government could not shut hers down without illegally discriminating against the disabled. Advances in the Service Sector: (1) In January, the Japanese marketing firm Wit Inc. began hiring “popular” young women (judged b y the extent of their “social network” contacts), at the equivalent of $121 a day, to walk around with advertising stickers on their thighs. (The stickers would be placed on the erotic “zettai ryouiki” — the J apanese mystical area between the hem of a short skirt and the top of long soc ks.) The women must be prepared to endure men hovering closely to r ead the ads. (2) According to news reports in November, New York City physician Jack Berdy was doing a brisk business administering Botox injections (at up to $800) to poker players who were hoping to prevent facial expressions that might tip their hands. Ingenious: (1) London’s The Independent reported in January that Dean Kamen (who f amously invented the Segw ay, a standing, battery-powered scooter) had de veloped, along with a Pennsylvania medical team, what appears to work as a “reverse feeding tube” that will vacuum out up to 30 percent of any food in the stomach before it is digested and converted into calories.



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Theater present ‘Helen Keller’ Rancho branch keeps busy in March RANCHO SANTA FE — The Village Church Community Theater, 6225 Paseo Delicias, will be pr esenting “Helen Keller” at 7:30 p.m. March 8, at 4 and 7:30 p.m. March 9 and at 2 p .m. March 10. This play is the inspir ational story of Helen K eller’s triumph overcoming her blind and deaf disabilities.

Producing Director Margie Wood has arr anged one performance, free of charge, at 7:30 p .m. March 9 that will include an interpreter for the deaf comm unity. Any individuals or organizations that w ould be interested in attending this special performance, contact Wood at

RANCHO SANTA FE — The San Diego County branch of the Rancho Santa Fe Library offers regular story times for preschoolers on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and for toddlers on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. There are also plenty of events in the month of March at the library, including the honoring of Youth

Art Month, where artwork by students at the Ranc ho Santa Fe School will be on display. Library staff will celebrate Theodore Geisel’s March 2 birthday and Read Across America with a Dr . Seuss activity at 3:30 p .m. March 7. Drop by to cele brate St. Patrick’s Day with a spe-

cial holiday craft on at 3:30 p.m. March 14. Musical guest Cr aig Newton will star at Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m. March 26. Aside from reading, the branch also invites residents to learn the skills of drawing with local artist Claire Vrabel at 3:30 p .m. March 28.

Take steps to keep children healthy at elementary school Health Watch By the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas

These days, elementary school students have plenty of interaction in the classroom, cafeteria and playground, so it’s no surprise that health issues occasionally crop up. Parents can take steps to help their c hildren protect themselves from exposure to illness and injury during the school day. The flu, respiratory illnesses and stomach viruses are among the most common grade school ailments. Since viral infections are spread by contact from a sick child to a healthy one, frequent and thorough hand washing is the best preventive measure. Encourage children to wash their hands often with soap and w arm water, and avoid touching their e yes, nose and mouth as much as possible. Although it won’t make a child feel ill, conjunctivitis or pink eye is one of the most contagious infections among school-age children. As its name implies, pink eye causes the eye to become red, swollen and itchy, and often produces discharge. The infection usuall y starts in one eye and spreads to the other, especially if the child rubs the infected eye, and is easil y transmitted between children. Pink eye should be treated by a doctor, and children are generally asked to sta y home until the infection has cleared. Another highly contagious problem is head lice. These tiny, parasitic insects cause an estimated 6 million to 12 million infestations each year in the United States among children 3 to 11 years of age. Head lice are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. So while sharing combs, hats, hoodies and towels is not likely to spread the bugs, it’s better to err on the side of

caution and a void these habits. If children complain of an itchy scalp or scratch their heads frequently, parents can use a magnifying glass to look for nits, which are tiny white or brown eggs that stick to the hair shaft. Contrary to popular belief, head lice do not carry disease, nor do they indicate poor hygiene. Most over-the-counter treatments will do the trick in eradicating them, but parents should consult a doctor for persistent cases. Parents may be surprised to know that many kids feel uncomfortable asking to use the bathroom at school, especially between official “bathroom breaks.” Delaying bathroom use can lead to issues with constipation, bladder irritation and infection. Let children know it is important to use the bathroom when the y feel the y need to. Of course, remind them to wash their hands after using the bathroom. Backpacks that are too heavy or worn incorrectly can lead to back, shoulder and neck pain. Look for wide, padded shoulder straps and mak e sure kids always wear both of them. Keep straps tightened so the pack is close to the body, and pack light. Consider a rolling backpack for days when heavier items need to

be transported. Parents whose c hildren have special health concerns such as food allergies, medication requirements or asthma

should make sure teachers, bus drivers and other staff members are aware of the condition and know what to do in case of an emergency.

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E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road Longtime San Diego County residents will remember the morning in 1978 when they awoke to the news of the deliber ately set fire that incinerated the San Diego Air & Space Museu m in Balboa Park. But the comm unity

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quickly rallied to replace the artifacts and then some. It donated money enough to renovate the par k’s historic Ford Building whic h now serves as the ne w-andimproved museum that opened in 1980. I had the pri vilege in 1988 of spending a day in the museum’s basement with my mother, watching and talking to the dedicated v olunteers who restore historic planes for display. My mother felt r ight at home with the man y World War II veterans and pilots because she had ser ved, too. She was one of on ly 1,074 female pilots c hosen to join the Women Air Service Pilots (WASPs) during the war. Today my husband and I are taking her g reat-grandchildren, David and J ordan, to the museum for a day. There aren’t many

Jordan Barnhart (left) and David Ondash, both of Carlsbad, check out the astronaut helmets available at the gift shop at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

attractions that adults and two 6-year-old boys find equally interesting, but this museum qualifies. Our only frustration is that there is way too much to see and do in one visit. Once through the doors, the boys are immediately drawn to the Apollo 9 spac e capsule that sits in the rotunda. They aren’t quite sur e what they are looking at, but they know it’s cool. We explain that the capsule’ s mission was one of the cru-

cial steps in putting men on the moon. The rotunda also harbors a replica of the Spirit of St. Louis, the plane that carried daredevil pilot Ch arles Lindbergh across the Atlantic on his historic 1927 flight to Paris. The boys are duly impressed that ther e is no bathroom or GPS on the plane. Also on display are the recently-donated goggles that Lindbergh wore on his historic flight; Lindber gh’s Medal of Honor; a piece of fabric from the original Wright Flyer; and the Red Baron’s medals. We head into the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! exhibit and the bo ys hardly know which way to go first. The exhibit features all sorts of od dball objects and artifacts guaranteed to elicit wows, icks and OMGs. For instance, there is a shrunken head; a vampirekilling kit; a micr o-sculpture of astronaut Buzz Aldrin (in

his moon pose with the American flag) situated in the eye of a needle; and videos of men who can turn their heads completel y around a la “Exorcist.” Just for fun are the large model truck constructed of wooden matchsticks and a train made of thousands of bottle caps. Our boys find the “mystery gate” fun, as well as other interactive exhibits, and they are fascinated by the working scale-model of a roller-coaster. After having to restrain themselves (“No touc hing! Just look!”), we take a break outdoors on the la wn underneath the m useum’s fullsized Lockheed A-12, an ominous looking reconnaissance aircraft built for the CIA and in operation during the 1960s. The boys run ar ound, climb a tr ee, and eat some peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches. Then it’s back into the museum to check out the

dozens of aircraft on display. Planes are grouped by era and category, and were we childless, we’d spend mor e time on details, but 6-yearold boys don’t stand still f or long. They flit from one plane to the next, delight in climbing into a fe w cockpits, and like the first 3-D movie in the Zable Theater so well that we stay for a second. On the way out, we stop at the PSA e xhibit, with its mannequins and giant car dboard cutouts of the air line’s “stewardesses” who are decked out in the inf amous pink and or ange hot pants and mini-skirts. Last stop: the McK ellar Pavilion of Flight in the center of the museum. Its fountain, suspended planes and helicop ter and generous open space make it ideal for staging large events. It also mak es a g reat place for the bo ys to run around before our 45-minute drive home. The museum is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Adults $18; senior s/students/retired military $15; children 3 to 11 $7; under 2 free. Visit

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Ninety percent of Pacific Academy students achieve honor roll status Enrolling in a quality college preparatory school enhances students’ c hances of attaining the academic and emotional pr eparation needed to succeed at the university level and beyond. This preparation ideally starts in Mid dle School. Pacific Academy, established in 1997, has been a pri vate

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 ser ve students and its comm unity, Pacific Academy is e xpanding it’s Middle School Program, to serve 6th g rade. Middle School Students at P acific Academy enjoy a 1:10 teacher-student ratio unattainable by today’s public budget strapped schools. Smaller class siz es 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 de velop individual education plans that include parents and cater to

individualized college counseling, starting in the 6th grade, to provide all the support needed thr ough the developmental process. This Middle School expansion will allo w 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 eac h 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 Doctor ates in Education lik e 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 Sanc hez, “is to develop ‘Global Citizens’ of the 21st centur y, 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 demonstr ate the emphasized character trait, receive recognition. Mr. Vikas Srivastava, this semester’s project-based learning facilitator, and all students collaborated and ar e planning a three-legged walk that pairs students fr om diverse backgrounds in an effort to eliminate discrimination and stereotyping. Mr. Vikas explains, “The theory is that e veryone is di verse because we all ha ve 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.

North County families choose Calvin Christian For more than 50 years, Calvin Christian School has been a leading education choice for North San Diego County families. Calvin partners with Christian families and the nearly 100 local churches they attend, to connect faith and learning for its students, preschool through high school, and prepare each for a life of Christ-centered service Ted Hamilton, the Senior Pastor of Ne w Life Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Escondido recently shared from his heart about his family’s experience at Calvin Christian. “It was 2001 when God’s call on our lives resulted in a family relocation to north San Diego County. Both my wife and I had been given the privilege of attending topranked universities. So, a quality education was a top priority when we were choosing a Christian school for our children. We wanted them well prepared to succeed in the college or university of their choice. Calvin Christian helped them do just that.” Pastor Hamilton continued, “Our kids w ere challenged in the classroom. In addition to the rigorous core curriculum, they were able to take a number of Advanced Placement classes. Both of our children had wonderful opportunities to participate

in varsity sports, student government, music and theatre; opportunities they simply would not have had at other schools. They had a ball at Calvin.” “Most importantly for me and my wife, they were taught in a way that beautifully integrated mastery of sub-

If Calvin Christian School sounds like it would benefit your kids, give them a call to find out more.” Ted Hamilton Senior Pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church

ject matter into a bigger picture – they graduated with a well-informed biblical w orldview.” Because Calvin strives to serve entire families, students of all ability levels are accepted. Rigorous coursework and AP programs challenge top academic students, while students needing ad ditional assistance and those with

moderate learning challenges are supported thr ough Calvin’s Student Improvement Program. North County f amilies choose Calvin because of the innovative educational offerings that include robotics and media classes, Spanish instruction beginning in prekindergarten, and the Singapore Math curriculum for elementary students. Calvin students benefit fr om small class siz es and cr edentialed, experienced, and committed Christian teachers. As Pastor Ted says, “If Calvin Christian Sc hool sounds like it w ould benefit your kids, give them a call to find out mor e. I know they would welcome the opportunity to give you a campus tour and speak with you about how Calvin Christian School might just be a great fit for your family -- like it was for mine.” At Calvin Christian, we understand the importance of meeting with families individually, so we say “Every day is Open House at Calvin.” Come meet with us and together we can explore how Calvin Christian School connects faith and learning f or its students and ho w we might be the perfect c hoice for your family. Visit us online at or call toll-fr ee at 88899-CALVIN (888-992-2584).



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

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

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New drivers offered CHP Smart Start classes COAST CITIES — Consider taking that e xtra step toward helping y our new driver be the best and most safe. The California Highway Patrol will be conducting free Start Smart class fr om 6 to 8 p.m. March 13 and March 14 in the confer ence room adjacent to the Carlsbad Police Department, 2560 Orion Way Carlsbad. The California Highway Patrol’s Start Smart program is a dri ver

safety education class which targets new and future licensed teenage drivers between the age of 15 to 19 and their parents/guardians. CHP officers will discuss traffic collision avoidance techniques, collision causing factors, driver/parent responsibilities, and seatbelt usage. To register call the Oceanside CHP Office at (760) 757-1675 during business hours and men tion Start Smart.

these skills thr oughout our program, allows us to see the benefits of a second language in action. When learning is pr esented through many mediums, with a balance of academics and arts along with kinesthetic and tactile e xperiences, children will r etain more of this knowledge. Our daily activities include a v ariety of learning, all wrapped in fun, play and exploration, with your child using their imagination. We look f orward to sharing with you the unique advantages of our en viron-

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mail Linda Dur ket at At the center itself , 5970 La Sendita,April 19, will be the very first Adult Dodgeball Tournament from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.This event is open to those 21 and up only. Sign up as a team of six, or as an individual, you will be placed on a team. Cost is $35 for players and $25 for spectators and includes food and beverages. Call (858) 756-2461 to register or for more details. Rancho Santa Fe Community Center has Ne w Nature Play. Parents, come along with your children (babies and up) for nature play

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

Cost is $125 for 10 visits or $15 for drop-ins. A weekly Moms and Tots group has been very active over the past y ear with trips to a pumpkin patch, a Halloween bash, a holiday tea party and multiple field trips. The group meets every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at various locations. E-vites are mailed weekly to members to inform them of when and where the acti vities will tak e place. Cost is $75 per y ear and RSFCC membership is required. Call (858) 756-2461 for more information or register for this great program.

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DELEGATION AWARD Horizon Prep Vice-Principal Jeffery Pratt, Model United Nations (MUN) Student Advisor and Delegate for Peru, Madelina Pratt; Horizon Prep eighth-grader and MUN Delegate for El Salvador, Antonio Partida and English Teacher and MUN Advisor Ellen Bennett bring home the award for Best Small Delegation from their first foray into Model United Nations. The event is an academic simulation of the United Nations where participants gain experience in current events, international relations, research, diplomacy and public speaking. Courtesy photo

Time is such a fleeting thing JOE MORIS Baby Boomer Peace Time is such a fleeting thing. Now I kno w I’m getting old. Today is my daughter’s 42nd birthda y. When my dad was passing away I asked him if he e ver thought he would have four boys in their 40s. His response was, “I never thought I’d make it to 40 myself.� When I w as young I used to think I w ould be 50 in the year 2000. I wasn’t even sure how to say two thousand because the common way to say the y ear was “19� and then the y ear following. Would we say “20� oh one, or 20 oh tw o or would it be two thousand and one, etc.? The year 2000 seemed so far away and here it is already 2013. In 1999 people thought

the world would come to an end in 2000. Remember that? Remember Ne w Year’s Eve of 1999 when everyone was afraid a world war would break out because all the computer s would go crazy? Well, as we know nothing like that happened and the same with Dec. 21, 2012. The Aztec calendar was ending so there was the fear of the w orld coming to an end. What followed was a beautiful day and her e we are, we’re all still her e. Well, most of us anyway. My recent columns have been m y paying respects for friends who have recently passed a way. Seeing friends and loved ones pass a way around my age is a bit unnerving. I see the baby boomers out there with their graying and thinning hair. They for the most part are staying in shape f ar more so than our par ent’s generation ever even thought about, but you see

the lines in their f aces. Heck I see them e very morning when I’m brushing my teeth. Time stops f or no one so we may as well make the best of it. I mentioned in my last column that I am writing a book. It’s basically done and now I’m trying to figure out the best w ay to get it published and am learning that there are a lot of “publishers� out there that are willing to fleece you for all they can get because the y know they are dealing with an author’s ego. The author sur ely wants his or her book published so I can see ho w someone can go a little nuts and overboard just to get a book cover around their words. Nevertheless, I am writing a spiritual book. Because my daughter can channel the other side I have learned a lot a bout who we are and what this TURN TO BABY BOOMER ON B11

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Flower Hill celebrates renovation By Bianca Kaplanek

A Feb. 27 ribbon cutting ceremony, complete with city officials, oversized scissors and champagne, kicked off a fi ve-day grand opening to celebrate the $30 million renovation of Flower Hill Promenade. Protea Properties purchased the 14-acre site, formerly known as the Flo wer Hill Mall, in 2002 with plans to upgrade. The project underwent several redesigns since the first plans w ere presented more than a decade ago. Nearby residents voiced concerns a bout traffic and the o verall size of the proposed new buildings, prompting the formation of an opposition g roup known

Toasting the renovation of Flower Hill Promenade are, from left, San Diego City Councilman Kevin Faulconer, project manager Yehudi Gaffen, Jeffrey Essakow, president of center owner Protea Properties, San Diego City Councilwoman Sherri Lightner and Howard Schachat, Protea vice president. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

as Citizens Against Flower Hill’s Excessive Expansion. “This is a g reat example of ho w business, local government and r esidents can work together for the benefit of the whole community,” San Diego City Councilwoman Sherri Lightner said. She said Jeffrey Essakow, president of Protea Properties, asked what people w anted “and actually listened” and then “went above and beyond” to renovate the aging center , which was built in 1977. She said the anchor tenant, Whole Foods Market, is “something you all have been clamoring for.”

Lighnter also noted the new promenade has created more than 500 construction and retail jobs. In addition to Whole Foods, which replaced a movie theater, Flower Hill includes more than 50 retail shops and restaurants, most of which are boutique businesses owned by area residents. Essakow told tenants he appreciated their patience during construction. “Thank you for staying the course, believing in us and seeing it through to the finish line,” he said. Although most of the work is complete, the center courtyard is still undergoing construction and ne w tenants continue to move in. Flower Hill is located on Via de la Valle, just east of Interstate 5.

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“She’s taking that on as a opportunity to understand leadership opportunity to why their life matter s by CONTINUED FROM B1 help students learn their serving as a coach, captain son who could c hange the own truth and e xpress or member of a team in taking on the issue of sexutheir concerns.” world and do things to Johnson also tar gets al assault a wareness and change the life of teenagers and adults as well,” he explained. “Being around role models has propelled her and she has taken on r oles in school and in her life to encourage people to be who they are and not necessarily fit into the mold. Through self-empowerment she is a ble to seek more outlets to deal with stress and put dreams and Jessica Johnson hopes into action.” Executive Director,Jeans 4 Justice Last week Cayla served as a f acilitator on Challenge Day at High college students thr ough prevention. The goal of the pr oTech High North County, a LEAD IT, a grassroots proprogram where schools gram designed to empower gram is to gi ve participrovide a safe, confiden- young adults to make posi- pants an opportunity to tial environment for stu- tive shifts in their li ves, overcome their fears, experience something new and dents to shar e their opin- inside of their social cirions on whate ver topics cles and out into the cam- exciting, and be part of authentic they choose. This can pus community through meaningful, include stress, depression, experiential leadership communities. “When you look at suicide, violence and sexu- training and service learning projects using art, film, people who c hanged the al abuse. world, they overcame great “I’m proud because fashion and fitness. Last year she obstacles and came out on Jess gave her the tools and experience to allow her to launched a comm unity- the other side, ” Johnson step into the r ole of facili- based program called said. For more information, tating these con versa- LIVE IT, which gives parvisit tions,” Benjamin said. ticipants of all ages the


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for the lagoon’s upkeep. So long as the w ater in the lagoon sta ys fresh, the aquafarm will be a ble to continue its ecofriendly production of shellfish f or regional restaurants, according to Peterson. Operations at the desalination plant should



process started more than a decade earlier. Six drafts submitted to the Coastal Commission between 2001 and 2011 were sent back to the city with suggested modifications, most of whic h have been incorporated. During that time a citiz ens group was formed to ad dress resident concerns, including sea wall permits. Bluff-top property owners say they should have the right to build and maintain the structures to pr otect their homes. Environmentalists say the shoreline protection devices prevent the natural creation of a beach and will eventually eliminate land that belongs to the public. Other issues include beach access stairs, redevelopment of bluff-top homes and the geolo gical setback line, a point wher e experts have determined the bluffs would be stable for 75 years. Shortly after the process began, Surfrider Foundation filed a la wsuit against the city but dropped it to work through the issues. In May 2012 tw o lawsuits from bluff-top property owners were filed in response to an LCP LUP approved by the commission last year that has since been modified. No hearing has been set in either case. Through the y ears of negotiations, both sides have made compromises that are



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not affect the w ater quality in the lagoon, he added. The Carlsbad Aquafarm has g rown mussel, oyster, clam, abalone, scallop, and culinary seaweed since 1990. The farm has r ecently started producing “live feed,” which includes micro and macro algae and brine shrimp, too. Peterson said the aqua-

farm is only able to operate by leasing the lagoon space from NRG at a belo w real estate value rent. The aquafarm’s lease will remain unchanged by the desalination plant. “To own or lease a place like that w ould be astronomically above what the aquafarm could pay,” he said. “We’re there by the grace of (NRG),” he added.

included in the most r ecent version of the document. By the middle of 2012 they were down to 18 issues that needed resolution. Those have been narrowed to f our or five in the past few months. At the Feb. 27 meeting, representatives clearly noted the action the y wanted council to take. Representing Surfrider, resident Jim J affee said he would no longer be involved in negotiations if council didn’t adopt the LUP pr esented, which was released for a public r eview period that ended this past December. “We’ve sacrificed,” Jaffee said. “We’ve done what you asked. … The party that has lost the most is us. “If the scope is not narrowed, we’re not going to be at the ta ble,” he said. “It’s over as f ar as I’m concerned.” Bluff-top property owners, represented primarily by resident David Winkler, urged council member s to take no action, let the stakeholders continue negotiations to w ork through the remaining issues and then release the changes for a sixweek public review. Many saw that option as a rejection, which would mean the city would have to start the pr ocess all o ver again, placing it at the bac k of the line, so to speak, with the Coastal Commission. “I think that’ s the biggest mistake we could make, to start o ver,” Mayor Mike Nichols said, noting there is more value in having

both sides represented while working on the amendments. “I think there’s going to be threats of la wsuits no matter what we do,” he said. Winkler said he is disappointed with the outcome, especially because amendments can tak e nearly a decade to be appr oved by the commission. “Meanwhile, we’ll have language on the books in Solana Beach that is acknowledged to have flaws by everyone engaged in the discussions, including city staff, Coastal Commission staff and the stak eholders,” Winkler said. “It’s unfortunate that language that w ould have corrected that pr oblem was not resolved before approval.” As adopted, Winkler likened the document to the foundation of a home, saying one wouldn’t build the house if that f oundation wasn’t solid. “But hopefully we’ll get through this,” he said. “I think it w ent down the wrong way. A lot of leverage was lost as a result of approving a faulty document. “Much of the incenti ve has been tak en away from the parties to get this done,” he said. “But I’m still hopeful the LUP will be amended in a timely fashion and I will work to make that happen.” Solana Beach had until Sept. 7 to submit the document. The goal is to ha ve it approved by the commission at its October meeting in San Diego.

County to examine financing options COAST CITIES — The San Diego County Boar d of Supervisors Feb. 26 launched an analysis that could lead to more rooftop solar and other small-scale alternative energy projects across the region. At the ur ging of Supervisor Dave Roberts and Vice-Chairwoman Dianne Jacob, the board unanimously voted to initiate a detailed look at financing options f or homeowners and businesses interested in installing ener gy-saving systems. “An analysis will help us to help the consumer ,” said Roberts.“I want to jump-start a clean industry to cr eate jobs, offer funding options fr om a choice of vendors and promote competition to bring do wn price.”

“We’re fortunate to live in one of the sunniest r egions in the nation, but the tools needed to help pay for solar panels and related technology are out of reach for many property owners,” said Jacob. “We’re hoping the analysis will help us lift the financial cloud hanging over solar, particularly for homeowners.” County staff was directed to evaluate and compare public-private financing initiatives known as P ACE, or Property Assessed Clean Ener gy programs, which are more widely available in other parts of California. PACE allows lending companies to provide loans to property owners interested in installing alternative energy projects. The money is r epaid

through property tax assessments. San Diego County started a commercial PACE program last year, but has so far held off on a r esidential program because of limitations imposed by federal housing authorities. But at least two other counties, Riverside and Sonoma, are moving ahead with r esidential initiatives. Both have proved highly popular with consumers. San Diego County officials will analyze those initiati ves and others and report back to the supervisors within f our months. Several companies ha ve expressed strong interest in offering market-rate loans to homeowners if the county decides to start a r esidential PACE program.

Committee offers grants to benefit city The Oceanside Charitable Foundation (OCF), released its 2013 Grant Guidelines, and will continue to accept applications through March 28. For its fifth c ycle of grant-making, the OCF seeks grant projects that demonstrate community engagement through arts, culture and diversity having longlasting effects on the city of Oceanside. The Oceanside Charitable Foundation invites nonprofit organizations to submit pr oposals

that demonstrate the po wer of the arts and cultur e to build more vibrant and civically engaged comm unities expressed through cultural experiences. The Oceanside Charitable Foundation will fund projects managed b y 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that demonstrate a benefit to Oceanside r esidents. Desirable projects will clearly address Oceanside-specific issues and needs; including activities that emphasize the cultural diversity of the city , promote creativity, enhance

civic engagement and set new standards for the f arreaching benefits that can be achieved when the arts, culture and comm unity intersect. The OCF will accept proposals up to $50,000. The deadline to begin an application is Mar ch 26 and the deadline for final submission is 5 p.m. March 28. For more information on the 2013 Gr ant Guidelines, contact John Duca, at john@ or b y phone, (760) 929-2800.


the experiment. That thought is so far from reality that I can’ t even give it credence. We were born into this time to do good. We came to learn to lo ve our neighbor as yourself and to eventually learn to find the light of God that li ves inside eac h of us. We have angels that surround us and try to keep us on our path while we are like little kinder garteners using our mind and egos to make some r eally goofy decisions, decisions that are not always in our soul’s best interest. Nonetheless, we stumble through this life tr ying to figure out what it is all about. What I can tell y ou so far about what life is a bout is love. Not the kind of lo ve we thought was cool in the ‘60s and ‘70s when it meant “love the one y ou’re with”

(Crosby, Stills & Nash). Love means recognizing the light that lives in every person but ha ving the wisdom to turn a way from those who may want to bring y ou harm, those who ha ven’t found the light within and would prefer to take advantage of y our passivity and good graces. Yes, time continues to march on and spring is just around the corner. Spring is always a time of rebirth. We are given but one day. Not a single one of us kno ws when our last da y will come. So with this beautiful earth all ar ound us and all the wonderful people in your life, tell them you love them and go out and pla y today like it is your last day and do it in peace and lo ve.

maintenance, which requires all sorts of or chestration, timing and finding some friend who owes you a favor or whom y ou will no w owe big time. I settled f or ice cream last night, plus a cookie. Oh, of course I kno w thousands of f olks whose lives are so m uch more demanding than mine. My point is, they deserve 10 times the tr eats I do , and I am here to urge them to go for it. It can just be a whole candy bar. Or buy a funn y card. Maybe flowers snitched from a neighbor’s yard (help yourself to my camellias). It can be new shoes. It can be a hug. Hugs are always the

best. You name it. You earned it. Just don’t be a martyr and deny yourself. I love, love, love the expression, “Just remember all those w omen who declined that second glass of wine or didn’ t eat dessert the night the Titanic sank.” And I bet they were glorious desserts at that. Sure, sure. I am a big fan of the Golden Mean, but I don’t think that rules out a daily dose of warm fuzzies. Here, have a bite of m y cookie.


wonderful life is all a bout. I’ve learned that time is a moving object her e on earth but not so in hea ven. There is no time ther e so eternity is just a word. We live in this little speck of time and the time we are given is a gift. It is a gift that we stood in line for on the other side. We are spirit and w e planned our li ves before becoming human. We set out our plan, in conjunction with po wers much greater than ourselves, to accomplish goals in this life. Unfortunately we came to earth with amnesia. We don’t remember that we are spirit. Many think this is just all there is and that when this life is o ver we go in a box and that’ s the end of



make myself smile b y cutting my gloriously blooming double camellias and arranging them in a vase at work. If indulging in mor e than one tr eat seems decadent, I say, “Hey,” some days are just longer than other s. They can include an ything from juggling a dentist appointment on the f ar side of town to family obligations, cleaning up someone else’ s mess or maybe just hours at some necessary but tedious task. And just when y ou get your own self in or der, you need to take your car in f or

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Don’t be reluctant to be of assistance to an associate if it’s needed. You could be surprised by how much your actions help your situation as well. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Consideration and diplomacy won’t dilute your strengths — they will enhance them. Persons with whom you’re involved will recognize and admire your clout.

In the year ahead, you are likely to find new ways to bring several long-running projects to successful conclusions. It’s a period of endings for you, but with multiple fresh beginnings as LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — well. Engaging in do-it-yourself household PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — projects could turn out to be more fun Because you’re likely to be a visionary than drudgework. Now’s the time to fix with a purpose, your probabilities for everything that needs mending. success are excellent. When you are motivated in such a way, anything is SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — possible. Occasionally, it can be therapeutic to ARIES (March 21-April 19) — break away from everyday routines Although you’ll derive much satisfac- and change the game plan. If possition from achieving an impressive ble, seek out involvements that are fun accomplishment, striving for it will give and relaxing. you the most pleasure. The fun is in SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — the chase. Substantial achievements are possiTAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Those ble when you devote your energies to with whom you hang out, including matters that could enhance your your family, will have a powerful effect material well-being. Go for the gold. on your attitude. If they’re doers, you’re CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — apt to be a success too. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Even if Adhere to any strong notions that most of your efforts are spent doing direct you to take action on a specific things for others, when it comes time issue. Tackling a quantity of jobs is not to divvy up the results, you’ll share in necessarily better than doing quality work on one. what they gained. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — If you have to make a presentation, try to isolate the key players, because you’ll do much better and be far more dynamic working on a close, personal

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MEXICAN WALL HANGING hand knitted with wood attachment 70x24 $20 (760) 295-6061

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PICTURE FRAME new in box, holds 4 photos, 4x4 & 5x6 $10 (760) 672-4380

OLYO’S PIZZA MEMORABILIA Anything considered but would love any pictures or t-shirts (adult size). Wanted for my nephew’s Christmas present! (760) 994-7265

2 TELEVISIONS 27” and 25”, Remote Controls, Great Picture $35 each (760) 453-2513

BBQ - FOUR BURNERS Works Great $35 (760) 453-2513

BRITA BRAND WATER FILTER New still in box - never been used $20 (760) 207-8537

CLAIROL BRAND HOT ROLLERS Clean and in Good Condition $5 (760) 207-8537

COLLECTIBLE PATIO SET 4 piece cast metal, cost $350, need refinishing $150 (760) 643-1945

COLONIAL/VICTORIAN TABLE LAMP 1950”s ceramic George/Martha scene, 22 1/2 inches high, marbleized gold color, with custom silk shade, great cosmetic and working condition $35 or best offer (760) 809-4657

FIREWOOD FOR SALE Wheelbarrows full, Oak, Pine and Eucalyptus, Avocado & Citrus - $25 per wheelbarrow full (760) 9427430 GREEN FOLDING PICNIC TABLES Great Condition $25 OBO (760) 453-2513

HAWAIIAN SUITCASE blue fabric with yellow hibiscus flowers on wheels, 18”wide x 24” long x 12” deep, like new $25 (760) 599-9141

NAVY aircraft carriers awesome ship battle star designs onto apparel, mugs, posters,& steins. Honorable gifts.

QUEEN SIZE SHEET SET flannel, forest design, as new $20 (760) 6431945

SHIRLEY TEMPLE DOLLS and collectibles, hardback, Laree format with colorful jacket 1979, signed by author Patricia Smith $20 (760) 845-3024 TARGUS TRAVEL TRIPOD 42” tall, perfect for digital point and shoot, retracts to 12”, never used still in package $25 (760) 599-9141

VIETNAM war battle star collection: apparel / mugs / key chains Visit Online Store FISHING RODS Assorted, $10 and Up (760) 453-2513

GOLF CASE - COMPLETE $45 (760) 453-2513 MENS MOUNTAIN BIKE blue color $100 (760) 448-5350

SNOW BOARDING JACKET with hood, size woman medium, good condition, colors gray and blue $15 (760) 207-8537 TOUR MODEL II GOLF CLUBS and woods, with bag and accessories $125 (760) 448-5350

OLD COMIC BOOKS WANTED. Local collector will pay you big cash $$$. (858) 999-7905

WANTED Wanted Used Saxophones, flutes, clairnets, any condition, will pay cash. 760-3469931 (760) 705-0215.

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Using up leftover buns SARA NOEL Frugal Living Leftover hamburger or hot dog buns are delicious toasted or grilled. Save them to make garlic bread, bread pudding, strata, grilled sandwiches (such as egg or ham and c heese) or mini pizzas, which can be frozen and reheated later. The first reader tip shares another idea: Use leftover hamburger and hot dog buns: I use them to make French toast. I fry them in a pan or on a griddle and sometimes bake them (at 350 degrees F for 45 min utes). —Lisa, Michigan Homemade fabric softener: I have been making my own fabric softener since I began making laundry detergent. I love this recipe: 2-3 gallons warm or room temperature water 3 24-ounce or larger bottles of any scented hair conditioner 8-10 cups white vinegar I m m e r s i o n blender/whisk Empty 3 bottles of conditioner into 5-gallon buck-

et. (Rinse the bottles with water to get all of the conditioner!) Add vinegar at these ratios, depending on the size of your conditioner bottles: 24-28 oz, add 8 cups; 32 ounces, add 9 cups; larger, add 10 cups. Your clothes will not smell like vinegar, I promise! Add 2 gallons w ater. Mix well with immersion blender or whisk. If mixture is t oo thick, add more water until it’s at a better consistency. You can use this right away. Use 1/2 cup per load in the rinse c ycle, or use it in your Downy Ball. A lot of people think that the conditioner is what softens your clothes, but it’s actually the vinegar . The conditioner is used just f or its scent. — M.D., Ohio Homemade fabric softener II: 4 cups Epsom salt 20 drops essential oil Put in jar and mix well. Use 1/4 cup with laundry detergent. This works in hot or cold w ater. I use 10 drops lavender and 10 drops lemon essential oil. — Hope, North Carolina Cleaning baked-on foods from pots and pans: Add dishwasher detergent to hot water and soak the pan overnight. It works like a charm, but should never be used on aluminum, because it pits the metal. This method works well on CorningWare, stainless and

Pyrex-type glass. — Dorothy “Doje” M., North Carolina Homemade whipped cream: Place a can of full-f at coconut milk in the fridge overnight. Open the can and pour off the liquid. (You can save the liquid for smoothies.) Scoop the remaining hardened coconut milk fr om the can and whip it until light and fluffy, then add flavoring, such as v anilla. Store any leftovers in the fridge. — Laura, New York Uses for a coffee canister: I use one as a scoop for planting soil out of the bag and for scooping pellets for my pellet stove. — Jaci, email Tile grout cleaner: Use in a w ell-ventilated area. Combine 7 cups w ater, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/3 cup ammonia and 1/4 cup vinegar. Spray on g rout, let set for an hour, then scrub with a scrub brush. — Amy J., Florida Sara Noel is the owner of Frugal Village (, a website that offers practical, moneysaving strategies for everyday living. To send tips, comments or questions, write to Sara Noel, c/o Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO, 64106, or email



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