The Rancho Santa Fe News, May 31, 2013

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VOL. 9, NO. 10

MAY 31, 2013

Board approves new superintendent By Jeremy Ogul

10-year-old Oceanside resident Millie Lawson marches with her father in the March Against Monsanto at Balboa Park.

Some people dressed in costumes, others made signs, but everyone at the March Against Monsanto in Balboa Park was passionate about the cause. Protesters used the day to urge people to grow their own food and to avoid genetically modified foods produced by companies like Monsanto and others Photos by Daniel Knighton

Food for thought San Diego resident Christine Miller protests at the March Against Monsanto in Balboa Park on Saturday.

The area in around the Bea Evenson Fountain in Balboa Park drew more than 2,000 activists in the worldwide March Against Monsanto on Saturday. Right, 7-year-old Chula Vista resident Isaac Romero based his sign on the popular character from the Beavis and Butthead cartoon.

Thousands of protesters gathered at Balboa Park to participate in the worldwide March Against Monsanto, which was held simultaneously on six continents, 36 countries.

Fees increase for fire prevention services By Jeremy Ogul

RANCHO SANTA FE — Fees for fire prevention services will jump beginning July 1 at the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District. The district board on May 15 approved increases for 51 of the fees the district charges for reviewing and inspecting fire prevention plans. Some of those fees will rise only nominally, but others will rise by nearly 50 percent. The board also lowered three fees and added six new fees. Most of the fees apply to construction projects that require approval from the fire district. For example, a residential remodel of more than 2,000 square

STRETCHING ON The San Diego County courthouse spent three days hearing witness testimonies on yoga instruction in EUSD classrooms. The case is expected to resume in a few weeks.


feet would require a review of the plans to ensure they comply with the fire code and building code. The fee for that review is $266, up from $225. The fees do not apply to typical firefighting or rescue operations. Fire prevention service fees generated $126,110 in revenue for the fire district between July 2011 and June 2012, the most recent fiscal year for which figures are available, according to Fire Chief Tony Michel. That figure accounts for just more than 1 percent of the fire district’s total budget. The fees are intended to recover only the costs the fire district incurs when people request development plan

reviews, building inspections and other fire prevention services, Michel said. “For a long time we were underestimating drastically what it would take to do what we were doing,” Michel said. One factor contributing to the increased fees is what the fire officials consider a more accurate calculation of the time it takes inspectors to reach a location. Under the old ordinance, the fire district calculated an average of 15 minutes of staff time to travel to an inspection site, but the true average is closer to 30 minutes, Michel said. The district last updated the fee structure in 2009.

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ENCINITAS — Construction, curriculum reform and tight budgets are the top challenges Rick Schmitt will face as he prepares to step into the role of superintendent at San Dieguito Union High School District this summer. The SDUHSD board of trustees unanimously approved Schmitt’s employment contract at their May 16 meeting. Schmitt, currently employed as deputy superintendent, will take over as superintendent upon the retirement of Ken Noah, who has been superintendent since 2008. The board’s decision came after a two-month hiring process managed by Leadership Associates, an outside search firm the board hired for $26,500. Noah, who was not involved in the selection of the new superintendent, said he was thrilled that the board chose Schmitt. “I think Mr. Schmitt really is a visionary leader on the one hand, but he also is a person who knows how to organize people and organize the work to see that vision fulfilled,” Noah said. The district will pay Schmitt an annual salary of $220,000. His contract provides 24 vacation days and 12 days of earned sick leave each year. The district will also spend up to $10,000 to hire a profes-

I think Mr. Schmitt really is a visionary leader on the one hand...” Ken Noah Outgoing SDUHSD Supervisor

sional career coach for the first year of Schmitt’s employment. Schmitt worked as a middle school principal in the San Francisco Bay area before moving to San Diego in 1999 to take a job as principal of Coronado High School. In 2003 he joined SDUHSD as principal of Torrey Pines High School. The district hired Schmitt as associate

superintendent of educational services in 2006, and he was promoted to the newly created position of deputy superintendent in January 2013. In his new job, Schmitt will lead the district as it begins to spend the $449 million in bond revenue for facility upgrades approved by voters last fall through Proposition AA. “The good news is we passed a bond, but the bad news is we passed a bond,” joked SDUHSD board President Barbara Groth. Proposition AA construction will likely disrupt the normal flow of operations at some schools, temporarily displacing athletic teams or science labs, for example. It will be up to Schmitt, as the “face of the district,” to help parents, students and staff understand and cope with any changes in the status quo, Groth said. Schmitt’s experience as principal at a school that had to deal with construction made him an appealing candidate for the superintendent position, Groth said. “He has sat in on planning meetings with architects … and he has been in the trenches and has seen when things don’t work,” Groth said. While acknowledging that there will be some disruption, Schmitt sounded optimistic in an interview. “I believe in the end people will see the value in a little disruption, with the big payoff of the best facilities in the region,” Schmitt said. Another enormous challenge Schmitt will face as superintendent is implementing the new Common Core educational standards in math and language arts classes across the district. Much of the curriculum will have to change to meet those standards. “It’s gonna be rocky, because any time you have change, you also have fear and misunderstanding,” Groth said. Schmitt does not seem intimidated by the prospect of overhauling the way key subjects are taught in the classroom. “I think for us the vision is every step of the way to work with our teachers and let them help us shape it,” Schmitt said. TURN TO SUPERINTENDENT ON A14


MAY 31, 2013


County jails strive to keep up


By Rachel Stine

SAN DIEGO — With the rise of San Diego’s adult inmate population resulting from new state prison legislation, county jails are on the verge of their full capacity, leaving facilities and staff straining to accommodate increased operational demands. More and more county authorities are utilizing inmate population management practices, including early releases and alternative custody options. Yet, the ACLU questions whether they should be doing more. California’s state prison realignment was instituted in 2011 when Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 109 and AB 117. Referred to as Public Safety Realignment, the legislation shifted certain detention and correctional responsibilities from the state to counties beginning Oct. 1, 2011. The state prison realignment was designed to reduce the number of inmates in California’s overcrowded adult prisons by June this year as ordered by the state’s ThreeJudge Court and affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Realignment requires

felons who committed non-violent, non-serious, and non-sex crimes to serve their sentences in county jails instead of state prisons. Offenders who violate the conditions of their parole now serve their violations in jail instead of prison as well. Offenders released from prison who committed non-violent, non-serious, and non-sex crimes are now supervised by county probation departments instead of state parole. The new legislation furthermore allows county courts to split sentences, enabling qualifying offenders to serve a portion of their sentence in jail and another portion in the community under mandatory probation supervision. As a result of realignment, more offenders are serving their sentences in county jails. And unlike non-realigned inmates, some realigned offenders are serving sentences that are several years long. Since realignment took effect, San Diego County’s jail population has gradually risen by hundreds of adult inmates, filling the county’s seven detention facilities to the brink of full capacity. San Diego County had an average of 4,640 adult inmates in jail per day in September

Clockwise from top left: George Bailey, Las Colinas, Central, and East Mesa Detention Facilities. Photos courtesy of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department

with soaring numbers of inmates 2011, the month before realignment took effect, according to data from the Sheriff’s Department. A year-and-a-half later, in March 2013, the jail population reached an average of 5,396 inmates per day, the highest daily average since the start of realignment. The average daily population fell slightly in April 2013 to 5,387 adult inmates per day in jail custody. San Diego’s jail populations have fluctuated by hundreds of inmates for years due to influences, including


Moreover, realigned inmates are serving longer sentences in county jails than nonrealigned inmates. Before realignment, the average stay for sentenced inmates in San Diego County jails was 75 days, according to the 2011-12 Grand Jury Detention Facilities Inspection Report. The report stated that after realignment the new average stay was estimated to be 18 months for sentenced inmates. As of Feb. 25, 2013, 147 inmates in San Diego were serving jail sentences that ranged from five to 18 years long, according to data from the California State Sheriffs’ Association. Because inmates are staying in county jails longer, the adult inmate population has continued to rise even though bookings in the facilities have decreased over the past three years, according to Ingrassia. Jail population averages for the entire county for the past several years have almost always been above the jail facilities’ 4,527-inmate capacity rec-

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changes to criminal laws and new law enforcement techniques, according to the Sheriff’s Department. But authorities believe that the most recent inmate population rise, which began in mid-2011 near the start of realignment’s implementation, can be almost entirely attributed to the new realignment legislation. The most recent adult inmate population increase “appears to be almost exclusively related to realignment,” said Cmdr. John Ingrassia, who

oversees the county jails’ inmate populations for the Sheriff Department’s Detention Services Bureau. Approximately 1,500 of the county’s adult inmates today would have been in state prisons had it not been for realignment, making up over a fourth of the total adult inmate population, according to Assistant Sheriff Mark Elvin. “If you subtract (the number of realigned inmates) from our current population, we’d have a lot of beds right now,” said Ingrassia.

ommended by the state based on building codes. Now with realignment,the inmate population is nearing the jails’ inmate population caps set by the San Diego Superior Court and the Sheriff’s Department. The San Diego Superior Court instituted caps on the inmate populations for San Diego Central, Las Colinas, South Bay, and Vista detention facilities in 1987 as part of its ruling on a class action lawsuit TURN TO JAILS ON A14



MAY 31, 2013

Arguments for and against Prop A get aired out at meeting By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — An opponent and proponent of Proposition A debated the measure, due to go before voters June 18, last week at a Leucadia Town Council meeting. Prop A reaffirms the city’s 30-foot height limit and would eliminate council’s power to “up-zone” beyond permitted height and density with a fourthfifths vote. At least 5,700 registered Encinitas voters signed Prop A last year, qualifying the initiative for a special election. But Steve Shackelton, a local architect, said that most of those who put their name on the initiative meant well, but didn’t understand its full ramifications. For one, he said buildings that measure higher than 30 feet are allowed in select parts of the city, referring to “specific plans.” If Prop A passes, proposed buildings greater than 30 feet in the specific plans would go to a public

Steve Shackelton encourages residents at a Leucadia Town Council meeting to vote no on Proposition A, as Bruce Ehlers, a proponent of the initiative, takes notes. Photo by Jared Whitlock

vote, making new businesses less likely to consider Encinitas because of the added difficulty. “This needed flexibility to compose interesting and new architectural styles is a benefit to our community,” Shackelton said of the specific plans.

“I don’t want to be a place that says you’re not welcome here.” Bruce Ehlers, the spokesman for the initiative and a former city planning commissioner, countered that he “trusts the voters” to decide which projects should be approved.

“Encinitas has a proud history of deciding important land-use decisions by initiative,” Ehlers said. “If you remember, Home Depot was approved in 1994 in an Encinitas special election.” As another example, he cited voters denying Ecke Ranch’s request to rezone

38 of its 68 acres from agricultural to residential in 2005. “Zoning is the prescribed method of protecting the character of our community,” Ehlers said. But Shackelton said Prop A would put too many projects to a vote, gumming up the city’s planning department. Further, he accused Prop A backers of misleading voters by putting up posters around the city showing a five-story building towering over homes. “There are no five-story buildings planned to be built next to residential homes,” Shackelton said. Ehlers maintained that five-story buildings are still a possibility. He noted that draft language from a citizen group tasked with informing the City Council on housing included language about building four or five story buildings in select locations. For now, the language is off the table. But Ehlers said: “it can just as easily be brought back on.”

He added the initiative is key to protect residents from the “ebb and flow” of city government. The debate also touched on the 1,300 statemandated housing units Encinitas is planning for. Shackelton said a small number of high-density projects, in the right locations, could help meet the goal. But Prop A would give the city less flexibility, because building these projects within current height and density limits “just doesn’t pencil,” Shackelton said. Although Prop A doesn’t specifically address housing mandates, Ehlers was less concerned about the state’s requirement. Planning for it is “unending,” he said. “We will increase our density to meet the regional housing numbers, and then in the next round, we get another edition,” Ehlers said. “Tell me — where is that limit?” Ehlers asked. The special election for Prop A will cost $400,000.

Desire for safer beaches motivates changes to rules By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — The size and location of tents, screens and canopies will soon be limited in an effort to make city beaches and parks safer before summer gets under way. At the May 20 meeting, council members unanimously amended city codes affecting those sun-blocking devices, as well as other laws relating to fires and bluff-top access. As summer approaches, beachgoers begin erecting tents, screens and canopies that tend to hinder the abil-

ity of lifeguards to scan the area. Staff has also noticed an increase in the use of camping tents and large canopies at Powerhouse and Seagrove parks that conceal illegal activity, such as alcohol consumption. Current law only prohibits tents on beaches, but not in parks or on the bluffs. Once the proposed new ordinances take effect, the devices won’t be allowed in those areas either. All canopies will be limited to 10 feet by 10 feet and will not be allowed on

Students take honors at fair ENCINITAS — In the annual science fair at Rancho Encinitas Academy, eighthgrader, Erin Ulm won top honors. Her project was based on whether organically or commercially grown oranges would produce more juice. According to her scientific results, she determined the organically grown oranges will produce an average of 21 percent more juice. Ulm was surprised to learn she took first prize. “I couldn’t believe it. I was really happy,” she said. Students were tasked with choosing a topic, asking themselves a question based on their topic and coming up with a hypothesis. Projects were judged in areas such as content, presentation, speech and clarity. Second place honors were awarded to sixth-grader Owen Curran, whose experiment concluded most people prefer red or blue colored drinks. Curran also won the “Best Interview” award. Tied for third place was seventhgrader Ben Lazerson, who did

beaches or bluffs or in parks and preserves. This will include cabanas and sun shades. Current law also prohibits fires on the beach but not in parks or preserves or on the coastal bluffs. According to the staff report, there have been several complaints about fires in those areas during the past few years. “People realize they can’t have a fire on the beach so they have it in the park and there’s no law to prevent that,” Park Ranger

Adam Chase said. Residents have also voiced concerns regarding charcoal barbecues on city beaches. The main issue is that there is no safe place to dispose of the used coals, Chase said. The city looked into placing hot coal disposal containers on the beaches more than a decade ago, but they were considered an eyesore and the smoke affected beachfront homeowners. Beachgoers use trash cans to get rid of hot coals,

but that can be dangerous, according to the staff report. Every year about a dozen trash cans catch fire. Park patrons have also dumped hot coals in the bushes surrounding the parks and several children have been burned. To address the problem, charcoal briquettes will be prohibited. Only liquid propane will be allowed, and only for cooking and not as a heat source. Existing laws also pro-

hibit access to the bluffs west of the railroad tracks between Eighth and 11th streets. But there has been an increase in cliff rescues elsewhere along the coastline. City staff requested limiting access at other sections and at the Scripps Bluff Preserve above Dog Beach. The proposed changes will come back to council for adoption at a second reading, likely at the June 3 meeting and take effect 30 days after that.

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Constitutional crisis coming over prisons? By Thomas D. Elias

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The Fluoride Fallacy By Celia Kiewit

Fluoride is coming soon to a tap near you! Olivenhain and parts of Encinitas will be fluoridated July 1. It’s state law. It’s good for you! What if we don’t want it? What if they’re wrong? It’s my understanding that San Diego voted this down twice, to no avail. What is the truth about fluoride? Sounds a lot like the battle we’re fighting over local development. Is fluoride a vitamin or essential mineral? Absolutely not. It is already present in the ground water, as are many other unwelcome substances, like arsenic and lead. Do we want to ingest more stuff like that? Absolutely not. Fluoride interferes with the absorption of calcium. The San Dieguito Water District web site states that fluoride is “discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories.” Gee, sounds like toxic waste to me. Does it improve our quality of life? Absolutely not. Pete Wilson signed AB 733 into law in 1995 allowing this to be implemented into all areas of the state “as funding becomes available.” Sounds like a good thing, but it is a violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act. This is about politicians doing what they do — caving to the lobbyists with lots of power and fists full of money.

Who is calling the shots? Where does the funding come from? Apparently there isn’t enough to pay for it, which means the cost of water goes up. Is coastal Encinitas going to be next? Why doesn’t Rancho Santa Fe get a dose? Check out the world’s largest chemical distribution company, Brenntag. Is this another conspiracy theory? Absolutely not. Oh, who cares? We never drink tap water anyway. If you don’t have a filter on your home or faucet, and if you don’t buy plasticized water by the gazillion little bottles adding up to mega-gallons per year (more than 3 times the price of gasoline, by the way), you must be poor, stupid, and definitely uncool. How many times must we get screwed paying for water, while water wars are on the horizon? Fact: fluoride isn’t readily removed regardless of expensive filtration systems. No one is immune. Let’s just allow the municipal water supply to deteriorate into a sewer. That’s what so-called developing countries do. Let them drink Coke, or die from polluted water. In an advanced democracy like ours, aren’t we responsible to protect the environment and defend the rights of all citizens? It’s not just about teeth. What if a mother, rich or poor, decides she

doesn’t want her children exposed to this toxic substance? How does mom control the dosage to her young child’s vulnerable developing body? I defy any dentist, doctor, or public health official to tell me that this stuff is safe when the entire body is being dosed. Could fluoride be contributing to increases in cancer, bone disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, etc.? Topically applied to teeth, shortterm maybe, but only pharmaceutical grade, not industrial toxic runoff, and not systemic, and definitely not long term. No way! I absolutely care — as a healthconscious person, as a conservationist, as an organic gardener, as a realtor who values the properties I sell and the one I own, as someone who takes my civic duty seriously, as an American and defender of our beautiful coastal quality of life, and if nothing else, as a rate payer. My city council and elected representatives are obligated to explain this. Must we tear this town apart with more lawsuits because Sacra-Demento refuses to listen to the will of the people and our new city council is just more of the same old, same old? Is fluoridation right for us? Absolutely not.

Celia Kiewit is an Encinitas resident.

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Rarely since the Civil War have state officials anywhere in America been as close to openly defying federal authority as Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature are today. Brown averted a constitutional crisis in mid-May, when he acceded to the demand of a threejudge federal court panel and submitted a plan to reduce the state prison population by 10,000 convicts on top of the approximately 24,000 already cut by the ongoing realignment program. That program sees many nonviolent, supposedly non-serious offenders who previously would have gone to state prisons staying in county jails or getting released under supervision earlier than they previously could have been. Some sheriffs already complain local probation officers are overworked and their jails underfunded despite the state’s sending money their way to pay for addi-

Sacramento said he supports Brown’s appeal, as did Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway of Tulare, who told a reporter government “must do everything within (our) power to prevent the release of dangerous felons.” Maldonado started his campaign by announcing an initiative petition drive to overturn the entire realignment program Brown began because of the initial court order. Maldonado says he would satisfy federal courts by reopening shuttered prisons, building new ones and begging for more time. “The court said reduce, not release,” he said in an interview. But the judges have refused extensions before and most of Maldonado’s program would take years. There was a threat that Brown could be held in contempt if he did not file a plan this month, but no court order demands anything of the Legislature, except via the fact the governor cannot do all he

The new plan Brown submitted under duress would move 1,600 inmates from state prisons to leased cells in county jails with extra space tional county caseloads. But realignment and its unprecedented slashing of well over 10 percent of the prison population isn’t enough for the judges, whose previous orders have been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. They insist prison health care is still substandard, despite Brown’s claim that California’s system is “one of the best in the nation.” The new plan Brown submitted under duress would move 1,600 inmates from state prisons to leased cells in county jails with extra space. It would send more people to private prisons, where about 8,000 California convicts sit today. And about 1,250 inmates with serious or violent convictions would move to firefighting camps now housing lesser offenders. It would still fall 2,570 inmates short of the courtdemanded cuts. Brown will appeal the court order, but if it’s eventually upheld, his plan will require action by the Legislature for both funding and the authority to make moves like granting “medical paroles” to about 400 elderly or disabled inmates. Brown appointees call his partial plan “ugly,” admitting it might pose risks to public safety and suggesting it might cause state courts to release inmates from local jails. It’s still far short of what the federal judges demand.This could eventually cause the governor and some of his top aides to be held in contempt of court. Meanwhile, former Republican Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado now makes the possible public safety danger the main early theme of his campaign for the GOP nomination to challenge Brown’s reelection next year. Both Democratic and Republican legislative leaders also express reluctance to go along with the court order. Democratic state Senate President Darrell Steinberg of

reluctantly proposes without a legislative OK. This may leave lawmakers safe, no matter how they eventually vote. But Brown could find himself in a situation somewhat like former Alabama Gov. George Wallace, who stood in the door of an auditorium at the University of Alabama in a symbolic attempt to keep it lily white. Brown won’t stand in a prison gate, blocking convict releases. Unlike Wallace or predecessor Arnold Schwarzenegger, he’s not a grandstander; he created no photo-ops during this spring’s wildfires. But he could precipitate a crisis by failing to act if the Supreme Court backs the judges’ current order. What might happen if Brown became the first governor of this century held in contempt for defying a court order? Would he be arrested by federal marshals? Might his Highway Patrol bodyguards clash with federalized National Guard troops? Not likely. It’s also improbable President Obama would confront a Democratic governor who maintains he’s protecting public safety. But an unresolved standoff could undermine the authority of federal judges everywhere, which Brown the former state attorney general would not want. This makes it most likely that even if the Supreme Court backs the judges now jousting with Brown, some compromise will emerge before there’s a true constitutional crisis. But all bets are off if Maldonado’s initiative should make the 2014 ballot and pass.

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MAY 31, 2013

Pioneer of rock criticism remembered By Jared Whitlock

Steve Ellwood, George Townsend and Jack Fletcher respond as guest speaker David Jacinto thanks servicemen and women for “laying their lives on the line to do the work that needs to be done to preserve liberty worldwide.” Photos by Bianca Kaplanek

Memorial Day ceremony honors unsung heroes By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Remembering “the true heroes of our nation and our community” on a “truly American holiday,” Mayor Mike Nichols dedicated the Memorial Day ceremony at La Colonia Community Park to “those who gave their lives to protect our country, our freedoms and our American way of life.” “These brave men and women gave everything so we can live in liberty,” Nichols said at the May 27 event. “We shall be reminded every day by their sacrifice and know that freedom is not free. It is a gift selflessly purchased by others at great cost.” The annual event, cohosted by the city and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5431, was attended by VFW members representing all branches of the military, two former Solana Beach mayors, the Camp Pendleton Young Marines, Solana Beach firefighters, area resi-

Mayor Mike Nichols, right, chats with Randy Treadway, VFW Post 5431 commander, before the celebration begins.

known as The Doolittle Raid. During the top-secret mission, 16 B-25 bombers took off from the USS Hornet and bombed Japanese targets. Although the damage was minimal, the raid proved Japan was vulnerable. “As I look out at each of you and see those who served and those who support you, I know there are many other stories of our unsung heroes who have given so much to make this a better place for me and my family,” Jacinto told the crowd of more than 200 people. “We owe a debt of gratitude to the hundreds of thousands who made the supreme sacrifice in battle,”’ he said. “May we use this precious gift wisely. To the soldiers and their families left behind, I offer you a humble thank you.” The ceremony ended with the Santa Fe Christian High School band performing a medley of military anthems, Issac Trotta playing “Taps” and the release of white doves “to commemorate the souls and spirit of deceased service members,” Oceanside resident Dayna Holthus, a 10-year-old Camp Pendleton Randy Treadway, VFW Post Young Marine, releases doves at the conclusion of the ceremony. 5431 commander, said. dents and guest speaker David Jacinto. Jacinto shared stories of his father and stepfather, who served in World War II, and Gen. James Doolittle, a fighter pilot who led an attack on Japan that became

ENCINITAS — Cindy Lee Berryhill, the widow of Paul Williams, was drawn to him from the start. Considering their backgrounds, it’s no wonder they connected. Williams, who passed away a month and-a-half ago, is considered the father of rock journalism. And Berryhill is a singersongwriter who has released six albums and performed with the likes of alternative artist Billy Bragg and others. “He was Wikipedia for rock music before there was Wikipedia,” said Berryhill. “I loved listening to him talk about bands.” Williams died at the age of 64, caused by complications related to early onset dementia that he started suffering from as a result of a 1995 bicycle accident. While Berryhill enjoyed drawing upon William’s encyclopedic knowledge of rock, she most remembers the life lessons he passed on. She recalled, for instance, how he was working on a book when the publisher backed out not long before it was due to go to print. He continued writing it without thinking twice. “If we wait for someone’s approval, you’re not going to finish that song; you might not finish that book — you got to write it,” he told her. “I took that to heart.” Williams embodied this spirit from a young age. As a 17-year-old college student in 1966, he turned rock journalism on its head when he formed and published Crawdaddy magazine. Rock music was relegated to fashion or trade magazines before he arrived on the scene. Arguable, for the first time, rock was described in intelligent terms; the art form’s growing influence on popular culture documented. This new approach to rock criticism paved the way for publications like Rolling Stone and Creem magazine. Bob Dylan and Paul Simon were among the

Cindy Lee Berryhill and Paul Williams in 1994. Following his death a month and a half ago, friends and family have honored Williams, the father of rock criticism. Courtesy photo

musicians who phoned Williams to let him know how much they appreciated his smart, passionate writings. “Musicians loved reading his work because he helps you understand your songs in a way you maybe didn’t before,” Berryhill said.

His growing reputation as an authority on rock gave him access to musicians on the cutting edge. For example, he hung out with Brian Wilson in a tent in Wilson’s living room in 1967. Wilson played Williams “Smile,” making TURN TO JOURNALIST ON A14


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Reconnaissance marines crawl along bars at an obstacle course during the fifth annual Recon Challenge May 17 at Camp Pendleton. Two-man teams completed the event to ready themselves for combat and honor fallen Marines. Photos by Jared Whitlock

HONORING THE FALLEN Soldiers run a tough race in the name of comrades who gave their lives on the battlefield By Jared Whitlock

CAMP PENDLETON — Staff Sgt. Ben Cohen hiked 23 miles through the rugged mountains May 17 as part of the Recon Challenge. But there was more. Much more. He helped assemble a M-240 machine gun at the bottom of a pool. Cohen even jumped from a 35-foot tall tower into a pool. Without surfacing, he swam for 30 meters as part of an abandon ship drill. And that’s just a sample of the course, completed by Cohen other Marines. The nine-hour long Recon Challenge prepared

Marines for the physical and mental rigors of combat. Beyond that, it also carried a special significance for many Marines and their families. Throughout the course, a dog tag engraved with the name Cpl. Ryan Pape hung from Cohen’s neck. Ryan, a sniper who served in Cohen’s unit, died four years ago. “He was the consummate professional,” Cohen said. “Ryan was just a good guy to be around,” Cohen added. “Truly one of the most generous people I’ve known.”

Additionally, Cohen and his teammate’s backpacks had attached panels with “Pape” across them. It was their way of paying tribute to Ryan’s brother, Riley Pape — who was a Marine as well and died in 2005. Each of the 22 twoman teams that competed dedicated the course to Marines who served in reconnaissance and passed away. Families were encouraged to attend. Standing near legs of the course, parents, friends and even children of Marines yelled out words of encouragement. One young girl bolstered her dad’s spirits during one of the obstacle courses by holding up a sign that read, “Dig Deep!” Ryan and Riley’s parents, Ron and Shar Pape, were among the supporters. The couple flew to San

Diego from Minnesota to offer encouragement for Cohen and his teammate, Gunnery Sgt. Randy Messineo, as they made their way through the Recon Challenge. “They’ve given so much to the country,” Cohen said of Ron and Shar. “Carrying their name is the least I could do.” Shortly before 4 a.m., Cohen geared up in the dark at San Onofre Beach for a 2,000-meter swim, the start of the Recon Challenge. And sure enough, Ron and Shar were cheering for him from the outset. “They have 50 pounds on their backs; they’re stopping to shoot,” Ron said. “There’s so much more they have to do. It’s an eye-opener seeing what they have to go through.” The couple was also motivated to visit because many of Ryan’s cohorts will likely be retiring or moving to different parts of the world in the next year or two. “Once they start spreading out, it’s really hard to keep track of everyone,” Ron said. “They’ve all come up to us and been really supportive,” Ron added. “These guys are the best,” Shar said. Ron and Shar watched as teams put parts of a machine gun together — no easy task considering the pieces were at the bottom of a 15-foot deep pool. One at a time, they sunk to the bottom, slowly assembling the gun while holding their breath. Once finished, they resurfaced and made sure

the gun functioned properly. An earlier leg of the course was rigged with ropes and high walls, requiring plenty of cooperation among the two-man teams. To get over the wall, Marines clutched their hands together, providing a foothold so their teammate could launch over. On another portion of

the course, there was a marksmanship challenge with rifles and pistols. The course, open to graduates of reconnaissance classes, isn’t merely about fitness, Marine 1st Sgt. David Danel said. Skills gained ready Marines for real-life situations and combat. “This is what these guys do on a daily basis, what they live,” Danel said. “This is who they are. This is not just a training event to them, this is a way of life.” He added that Marines taking part in the Recon Challenge are able to survive in desolate environments. Spectators clapped and cheered as the teams neared the home stretch. Shortly after crossing the finish line, Gunnery Sgt. Tyler Fedelchak said the challenge was “grueling.” For him, the last four miles were the toughest. He said the support of his girlfriend and others at the event kept him going, though. “Having them here gives you that extra nudge,” Fedelchak said.

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Changing the odds by changing schools David Ogul n the world of standardized student testing, Elisa Fregoso has won the Lottery. A respected principal, who has been involved with public education for two decades, Fregoso’s school last year scored a paltry 678 on the state Academic Performance Index that measures how much kids are learning. That’s 678 on a scale to 1,000, a scale on which the state of California expects all schools to reach 800. This year, though, Fregoso’s school scored a phenomenal 970. That’s about as close to being perfect that a campus can get without being perfect. As talented as she is, though, Fregoso is no miracle worker. Her students didn’t suddenly become geniuses. Her teachers didn’t suddenly discover how to become even more effective. No, after several years the veteran educator is simply leaving Escondido’s Central Elementary School — a school where virtually every child lives in poverty, a school where nearly 9 out of every 10 students is Latino, a school where nearly 3 out of 4 students are learning English. She was named this week as the new principal at Solana Pacific School in Solana Beach, one of the top performing elementary schools in the county — a school where nearly 1 in 4 students have been found to be gifted, a school where nearly two-thirds of students have parents who went to graduate school, a school where nearly every student is white or Asian and few are classified as English learners. If we can hardly call Fregoso a miracle worker simply for being fortunate enough to have been hired to lead a school where children come from wealthier families more in tune with how to prepare their child for an education before they reach kindergarten, how can we call the teachers at Fregoso’s old school failures simply for educating children who live in poverty, children who live in neighborhoods where crime is a daily occurrence, children whose parents may barely speak English? I asked Fregoso that question the other day. She took the high road. “Kids are kids,” she said, “and every parent, whether they are poor or wealthy or whether they are in the middle, wants their child to get a good education and wants their child to grow up and be successful. Every parent wants what’s best for their children.” Being the pest that I am, I kept pressing her to see if she would discuss the


BESTIES BOUNCE TO CHAMPIONSHIPS Rancho Santa Fe best friends, Ava Thorpe and Jenna Shapiro, did well at recent State and Regional Tumbling and Trampoline championships. At the Las Vegas Regional Championships in May, Thorpe won the Regional Championship in trampoline and Shapiro took third in her own division. In April, Shapiro won the State Championship in trampoline and Thorpe took third respectively. The girls go to school together, play together and train together at Bounce at least three times per week and daily before competitions. Next, they head to Kansas City, Missouri to compete in the Junior Olympics, National Championships.

inequities in public education. This is as far as she would go: “The fundamental fact is that children do not always begin from the same starting line.” But, she quickly added: “That doesn’t mean that children from different families on opposite ends of the spectrum can’t both achieve, can’t

The fundamental fact is that children do not always begin from the same starting line..” Elisa Fregoso New Principal,Solana Pacific School

both go to college, can’t both live successful lives.” For years I served as an editor overseeing education coverage at one of the larger daily newspapers in the nation, and it would puzzle me to hear people in the newsroom wax poetic about our “failing” schools. Pointing to low test scores ignored the reality that too much is expected of too many teachers working with children whom society has failed. It wasn’t too long ago that I found myself volunteering in a kindergarten class at one of San Diego Unified’s worst performing campuses. Only a handful of children could speak English. None were read to regularly by a parent before they enrolled in school. Less than half of the students in class when the academic year began remained by the time June rolled around as they found their families evicted, homeless or on the run. There were no parent volunteers. And that’s the teacher’s fault? That’s the school’s fault? That’s the principal’s fault? By the way, Fregoso isn’t leaving Escondido because she tired of the challenges of trying to succeed when the odds are stacked against her and her staff. “This was just an exciting opportunity,” she said. Besides, Fregoso lives in La Costa, and the shorter commute south to Solana Beach means she will no longer have to navigate the daily carmageddon known as state Route 78. “It will be different,” she said of her new school. “But I’m going to miss the children at Central. They’re absolutely precious.” David Ogul is a longtime reporter and editor who has worked at numerous Southern California daily newspapers in a career spanning more than three decades. He now runs his own communications company and writes a column twice monthly for The Coast News. You can follow him on Twitter via @ogul, and he can be reached via email at

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MK (Amanda Seyfried) encounters a slug named Mub (Aziz Ansari), a self-described "ladies´ man." Photo courtesy of Blue Sky Studios

‘Epic’ fails to journey beyond tropes By Noah S. Lee

High-quality animation notwithstanding, the not-so epic “Epic” relies too heavily on clichés plucked from previous “save-nature-from-evil” movies and celebrity voices devoid of enthusiasm. Mary Katherine, a.k.a. M.K. (Amanda Seyfried), pays a visit to her father Professor Bomba (Jason Sudeikis), who resides in a house on the outskirts of a forest. According to him, the forest is home to a group of tiny human-looking warriors who serve as its protectors. Unfortunately, Bomba is so obsessed with his research that he pays little attention to M.K., who then decides to leave. Before she knows it, she stumbles upon a group of glowing leaves, which suddenly shrink her down to size. While in her tiny form, M.K. encounters the very warriors her father has studied, who call

themselves the Leafmen. In order to return home, she must assist her newfound allies in a battle against the forces of destruction known as the Boggans and their leader Mandrake (Christoph Waltz). As expected by anyone who has watched computer-animated films before, the quality of the animation remains unblemished. Director Chris Wedge (“Ice Age” and “Robots”) succeeds in immersing the audience in a lush forest containing all sorts of whimsical creatures — something the target audience will probably enjoy. But even the pristine visuals cannot disguise the short-lived legacy of “Epic,” namely because of its unoriginal setting and plot. Is it too much to ask for a film containing a healthy amount of uniqueness that draws inspiration from other sources these days? Apparently, “Epic” doesn’t

even try. While the forest world of the Leafmen and Boggans is beautifully rendered, it lacks a voice of its own.You can easily detect the “FernGully: The Last Rainforest” and “Avatar” DNA in the character designs and action sequences, not to mention the “sweetness” that has been observed over and over to the point where it has become a cliché. And while “Epic” isn’t as strident in its environmental themes as its big screen ancestors, you don’t need a big brain to notice the similarities. In addition, the narrative’s central conflict — M.K. helping the Leafmen fight the Boggans — it doesn’t contain a sense of urgency, thereby reducing whatever threats are posed by evil forces to mere child’s play. Nobody in the voice cast of “Epic” seems remotely interested in making the characters TURN TO EPIC ON A14

“Wendell,” painted by Brian Torch, and inspired by the harbor seal colony in La Jolla, was selected for the California Contemporary Artists Collection. Wendell will be showcased in the California State Capitol until September 2014. Courtesy photo

Artist’s marine-life works gains statewide attention By Lillian Cox

ENCINITAS — Brian Torch started this year in a funk that began two years earlier when the recession hit him personally as a marine life artist. In a rare moment of hope last September, he submitted his portfolio to the distinguished Wyland Foundation Ocean Artist Society. Founded in 2003, the Ocean Artist Society has had more than 20,000 artists submit their work for consideration for admission, with just over 200 members being inducted to date. Members are considered to be the world’s top aquatic photographers, filmmakers, painters and sculptors. “I thought my chances were one in a million of actually getting inducted,” Torch recalled. “I put it out of my mind because I applied in September and I thought they would vote and make a determination by Jan. 1.That date came and went. and so did Jan. 30. “Then on Feb. 28 at 10:30 p.m. I came home from a meeting at church and went to shut down my computer. I saw the subject line that read,‘Aloha! Newest Member of the Ocean Artist Society.’ The word ‘surreal’ has been so overused but it truly fit.” The email continued with the message: ‘We are proud to have you as a member of the club. People will be contacting you for a video.’ “Needless to say, my knees hit the ground,” he recalled. Torch had trouble sleeping that night, thinking of ramifications the honor would have on his career as an artist and, more importantly, his ability to get his message out of protecting the oceans. A member of North Coast Calvary Chapel, Torch credits members of the men’s organization, Band of Brothers, with sustaining him during difficult times. Through the group he met fellow member Michael Seewald, who in March extended an invitation to

Brian Torch was a celebrated portrait artist, seen here with subjects Mohammed Ali and Don King, before becoming a marine list artist. He was honored earlier this year as the newest member of Wyland’s Ocean Artist Society, considered to be the world’s top aquatic photographers, filmmakers, painters and sculptors. Founded in 2003, the Ocean Artist Society has had over 20,000 artists submit their work for consideration for admission to the Society and just over 200 members have been inducted to date. Photo by Lillian Cox

exhibit his paintings at the Michael Seewald Gallery in Del Mar Plaza. The good news kept coming. On April 29, Torch was featured on Fox News. Lucky for him, State Sen. Marty Block (SD-39) was watching. Block was moved by Wendell, the playful seal created by Torch, and nominated Torch for the California Contemporary Artists Collection. Torch was subsequently selected as one of two San Diego artists, and of only 30 artists in the state, to have their art showcased in the State Capitol. Wendell has been on display since May 17 and will be there until September 2014. “Brian Torch has produced a wonderful work of whimsy that reminds us all of the beauty of our oceans and its marine life,” said Senator Block. “Brian captures the great underwater world of our state and my district.” Yet another invitation presented itself on May 7 when Torch was invited to make an appearance on KUSI. Before becoming a marine life artist, Brian was a celebrated portrait artist whose subjects included Mohammed Ali and Don King. Ironically, it was Wyland who inspired Torch to

become a marine life artist in the 1990s when Torch saw the Wyland Whaling Wall at the Long Beach Arena in the Long Beach Convention Center Complex. Now Torch, 63, has attracted the admiration of Wyland. “Artists throughout the years have had significant impact when it comes to raising awareness about important issues,” Wyland said. “The Ocean Artist Society was created to bring that impact to a higher level in support of ocean conservation. Brian Torch’s art and his interest in promoting a sustainable future for our oceans really made him an ideal candidate for the Ocean Artist Society. Artists like Brian are the reason the society is making a difference.” For more information, visit or email Torch’s paintings can be viewed at Michael Seewald Galleries, Del Mar Plaza, 1555 Camino Del Mar, Suite 312. Coastal residents traveling to Sacramento can view Wendell in the Maddy Lounge, off the Senate floor. Because the area is only for members, visitors should make arrangements first by calling Sen. Block’s office at (916) 651-4039.



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JUNE 2 COWBOY TIME Cowboy Jack will play classic CountryWestern from 6 to 9 p.m. June 2, Robbie’s Roadhouse, 530 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Call (760) 634-2365 for details. SEACOAST SYMPHONY North Coast Symphony will present “Soloists’ Spotlight at 2:30 p.m. June 2 and 7:30 p.m. June 7 at Seacoast Community Church, 1050 Regal Road, Encinitas. Call (760) 753-3003 or visit for details. The program includes David Colborn, soloist, English horn player Larry Jellison and violinist Annette Gardner. The suggested donation is $10.

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JUNE 4 PSYCHIC FUN Theresa Caputo, psychic medium and star of The Learning Channel’s show, “Long Island Medium,” will appear at 7:30 p.m., June 4, in the Events Center at Pala Casino Spa & Resort, 11154 Highway 76, Pala, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39.75 at the Pala box office, or call (877) 946-7252.

JUNE 5 FULL COLOR Artists Muffy and John Peugh, of West of 101 Studio, will exhibit their “Color 2013” show 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 5 through July 15 at Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. June 8. TROP ROCK The Friends of the Cardiff Library will host Joe Rathburn aka Kokonut Joe as the First Wednesday artist at 7 p.m. June 5, at 2081 Newcastle Ave. Cardiff by-theSea with a mixture of rock, country, reggae, calypso, Hawaiian,Afro-Cuban and folk. Call (760) 635-1000 for more information.

JUNE 7 ‘BECOMING CUBA’ A June 8 reception from 7 to 8 p.m. will present artist Pelayo “Pete” Garcia, on exhibit in the North Coast Repertory Theatre’s Café & Gallery through June 23.The gallery is open during performance times of Melinda Lopez’s “Becoming Cuba” at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite C. For show times, visit

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Sculpting is ‘very similar to meditation’ By Lillian Cox

CARLSBAD — Lynn Forbes spent the first half of her career working as a costume builder for the theater and motion pictures including “Back to the Future,” “Death Becomes Her” and Disney’s “The Adventures of Huck Finn.” In 2001, she had a pivotal experience when she visited the Musée d’Orsay in Paris with her father and saw JeanBaptiste Carpeaux’s “Ugolino and His Sons.” “I was so enthralled by the sculpture that I walked around it in circles, weeping,” she recalled. “The work of ancient masters struck a chord so deep, I knew then that this would be my future.” When Forbes returned home to Orange County, she enrolled in a sculpting class at the local community college. Soon she was recruited as the instructor’s assistant because of her self-described “obsession” with sculpture and skills honed as a costume builder that also applied to the art. “When you are drafting clothing, you have to learn how to draw and transpose so it will be the right shape to put on a form,” she explained. “It’s a three-dimensional process.” In 2005, she was hired to teach sculpting at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. The same year she opened her first studio. Since relocating to Carlsbad in 2007, and opening a studio and gallery at Village Faire, Forbes’ reputation has spread. Currently, a bust that was commissioned of Carlsbad Mayor Bud Lewis is on exhibit at the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce as well as a bronze statue titled “Fathers of Medicine” at Tri-City Medical Center.

Sculptor Lynn Forbes says sculpting is a “right brain activity very similar to meditation.” Photo by Lillian Cox

Forbes’ gallery also serve as the venue for one of the largest sculpture schools in the world, dedicated to students of all ages who appreciate what she describes as “the new Renaissance in the classical Greek art form.” On May 25 Forbes held her sixth annual Sculpture Party. It’s a tradition, she explained, that she started to give the community an opportunity to experience what it’s like to create sculpture. Forbes explained that sculpting is one of the most highly disciplined art forms, leaving the artist with a sense

of completion after “taking chaos and putting it in order.” Forbes describes her style as “organic, involving intuition, sight and touch instead of measurements.” Students primarily work using live models or Forbes’ own sculptures. Some prefer to work from a photograph,particularly if they are creating a bust of an ancestor or loved one who has passed away. Student Frances Mahon is working on bust of her late husband. “Sometimes I feel so connected and it’s such a wonderful feeling,” Mahon said. “I never thought sculpting would

also be such a healing process.” Forbes added, “You really feel close to the subject because you are focusing on nuances of the shape of their face.” Forbes’ students range from 6 years old to seniors. They also include those with special needs such as visual impairment, Parkinson’s disease, mental illness and substance abuse issues. She explains that sculpting also offers a myriad of therapeutic benefits. “It’s a right brain activity very similar to meditation,” she said. “It uses the intuitive part

of the brain and connects both sides together. “It can even help people recover from a stroke because it creates new pathways in the brain.” Adult programs, 2-and-ahalf-hours long, are offered Monday through Saturday. Youth and family programs take place Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Lynn Forbes Gallery and School of Sculpture is located in Suite 102,Village Faire. For more information visit, call (949) 444-1926 or email

San Luis Rey Powwow celebrates regional tribes By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — The inter-tribal San Luis Rey Powwow at Mission San Luis Rey will draw more than 200 singers and dancers June 8 and June 9. Tribes from California, Nevada and New Mexico are expected to attend and participate in two days of dance competitions. Dances include the jingle dance, fancy shawl dance, buckskin dance and traditional dance. Each dance is unique in its steps, the regalia dancers wear, and singing and drumming that accompany it. “Boys do the double hoops fancy,” Carmen Mojado, of the San Luis Rey band of Luiseno Mission Indians, said. “The Napa Impala do the chicken dance. They strut like roosters.” “The fancy dance is war dancers,” Steve Mojado, of the San Luis Rey band of Luiseno Mission Indians and leader of Dancing Cloud Singers, said. “They wear wonderful regalia. They dance faster and faster. It’s something to see.” “Dance praises the creator,” he added.

emony all dancers dance into the arena,” Carmen Mojado said. “It’s my favorite part. Even the little kids and the toddlers.” “The music is the heartbeat of Mother Earth,” she added. “When I hear the first drum beat, I sigh.” In addition to song and dance performances there will be a handmade craft fair and food booths featuring popular fry bread. “There will be crafts coming from reservations in Arizona and New Mexico, all handmade,” Carmen Mojado said. “The Indian pan bread is very delicious. It’s a good way Maria Majado, of the Luiseno Tribe, and Jeanette Hamilton, of the Cahuilla Tribe, in regalia. This year’s opening ceremonies will be held at to spend the afternoon.” Actor Saginaw Grant, 12:30 p.m. June 8 and June 9. Photo by Promise Yee

who played Chief Big Bear in the 2013 “The Lone Ranger” film, will be at the powwow. Wild Horse Singers and Hail and Company will perform and accompany dancers. Powwow opening ceremonies will be held at 12:30 p.m. both days and again at 6:30 p.m. June 8.

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Temecula’s in-demand winemaker is Tim Kramer FRANK MANGIO

Taste of Wine I first met Tim Kramer back in 2005 not knowing a lot about Temecula Wine Country or much about other California Wine countries for that matter. I had just made a name for myself by spending valuable time in the wine country of Tuscany, Italy, and then taking a writing job at the San Diego Union Tribune, creating TASTE OF WINE. Kramer, at that time, was and still is the winemaker for Leonesse Cellars. He was selftaught from books, kits, 5 gallon buckets and great volunteer experience from the Temecula winemaking legend Jon McPherson when he was with Thornton Winery. From his Leonesse base, he was approached in 2005 to make wine for Monte De Oro and Robert Renzoni Wineries. Eventually, his client list to make wines grew to the point that he now shares his winemaking abilities with many wineries under the name Temecula Valley Winery Management. I managed a few minutes with Kramer at a recent Monte de Oro “Black Label” Winemaker’s Dinner that featured five special reserve wines and barrel samplings. The four Cabernets and Syrahs poured; all showcased what the wines of Temecula can do. Kramer pointed to the last offering, the 2009 Synergy 65, a wine that I featured as a “Wine of the Month” as being the one he was most proud of. “We received a Best of Class in the Winemakers’ Challenge in San Diego on this wine,” he declared. “It was barrel aged in new French Oak for 28 months. Our vines that were planted five or six years ago are coming into their own and really showing what they can do. There are five varietals in this blend, depending on what nature gives us.” Last year, in the beautiful 2012 harvest,238 tons of grapes were made into wine. According to Monte de Oro G.M. Ken Zignorski, the red wine harvest came in at 25 percent more than forecast from the 72 acres under vine. Kramer’s most recent client is Fazeli Cellars that will be building a winery inspired by the ancient traditions of Persia, between Robert Renzoni and Keyways, on the DePortola Trail section of Temecula Wine Country. Its wine is named for the ancient city of Shiraz, where some say this grape originated. Wine is already being made and critically acclaimed. The wines are the passion of BJ and Wendy Fazeli, who recently opened a tasting room on Fourth Street, in Old Town Temecula. You’ll taste

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Eating around with Arnette Temecula’s Monte de Oro Executive Chef Taylor Harris and Winemaker Tim Kramer at a recent Winemakers Dinner. Photos by Frank Mangio


many selections of French style whites and reds, premium fruit with a lovely earthy flavor. Temecula’s New Cellarz 93 Sizzles with the New Fazeli Wines A sense of excitement ran through the diners at a recent private dinner at Temecula’s new Cellarz93. The lineup of Fazeli Wines was poured; enhancing a chef-inspired menu hosted by Cheri Ellstrom, a principal investor and designer of Cellarz93. She introduced the menu creator, Executive Chef Greg Stillman, who has impressive credentials, coming from the legendary Napa Valley French Laundry in the late-90s where he developed his culinary skills from owner and world famous chef, Thomas Keller. Fazeli’s “Khayyam Cabernet Sauvginon 2009 ($55), a rich boysenberry and blackberry based cab grabbed the most attention of the wines served. Cellarz93 will continue its local vintners series of wine dinners June 13 with an intimate event featuring winemaker Nick Palumbo of Palumbo Family Vineyards and Winery. The evening will cost $75. RSVP at (951) 2969700. Wine Bytes Meet Jaime Orozco from Mi Sueno Winery of Napa Valley at North County Wine Company San Marcos, June 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. This special tasting event is $20. Call (760) 744-2119. Twenty/20 Grill & Wine Bar in Carlsbad has a Street Fare with a Taste of Spain June 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. Live music, street food and house made Sangria for a $20 entry fee. Details at (760) 827-2500. An Encinitas Night Out is

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The elegant Fazeli Cellars Tasting Room in Temecula has opened to rave reviews as owners BJ and Wendy Fazeli toast the occasion.

being hosted by Meritage Wine Market June 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Local speaker and humorist Ed Cozza will emcee, personalizing his book “Nowhere Yet.” Cost is $35. Call to RSVP at (760) 4792500. The Grand Del Mar is hosting The ABC’s of BBQ, June 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. Discover tricks and tips with a BBQ expert and Chef Mathew Sramek. Dinner and wine tasting included for $65. RSVP at (858) 314-1996. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. His library can be viewed at (Average Google certified 900 visits per day) He is one of the top five wine commentators on the Web. Reach him at

nce every few months, “Lick the Plate” likes to check in with local businesses to find out some of their favorite eateries and watering holes. Arnette is a relative newcomer to the local business scene but secured a prime location. In 2012 Arnette moved their sales and marketing headquarters to the old Coast Tire & Brake building at 444 S. Coast Highway in Encinitas. Almost directly across from La Paloma, the building features a retail store that is open to the public, the desks of the marketing and sales team, as well as a showroom complete with a half-pipe. What a great location for the Arnette team to work and eat given their location at the gateway of old Encinitas. We started out with Robbie Sell, sports marketing specialist for Arnette, though many of you may know him as Robbie Sell the former professional snowboarder. Sell is the former restaurant owner of PieFace Pizza Co. in downtown Reno, so he is a total pizza snob. Sell’s go-to for pizza is Blue Ribbon for their recipes, atmosphere and “just about everything about that place.” Sell added, “Since Arnette opened the office in Encinitas and now that I live in Leucadia, I take advantage of the coastal vibe and often ride my bike to Fish 101. I love fish and everything they have there, from the plates down to the tacos, are amazing.” National Sales Director Grant Garland grew up in

Encinitas and has eaten just about everywhere in North County, but there are a handful of places he goes to on a regular basis. “In Encinitas, Roxy has been a favorite spot of mine for a while now. Their falafel burger with salad and a Hansen’s soda is insane! Right next door is a great Thai food spot called Siamese Basil. They have good lunch specials and can make it as hot and spicy as you want, but I usually go up to five on the hotness scale.” OK Grant, going to five at Siamese Basil is hardcore. That is some serious heat, I’d like to come along for one of those meals just to see how you handle it. Ryan Etter, the Arnette store manager, has constant cravings for tasty Hawaiian barbecue, so luckily for him he has Kealani’s authentic Hawaiian right down the street from his office. “You can’t go wrong with freshly cooked, Hawaiian barbecued teriyaki chicken with a scoop of rice and macaroni salad. The atmosphere gives you the islander vibe with the tiki hut seating and the employees are great too.” For nights out on the town, Etter enjoys cruising down to 1st Street Bar on the 101 for a game of pool and an ice cold Stone IPA. “Not to mention, this place offers a great happy hour all week! On certain nights, you can catch a live DJ spinning tunes or partake in some karaoke.” Southern California Sales Rep Wes Van De Vort enjoys taking his wife to Rimel's in Carmel Valley, a relatively new location for Rimel’s. “It has great ambiance that matches the stellar fresh chicken tacos, great beer and wine selection, not to mention Rimel's special cilantro sauce makes everything there taste fantastic. All in all, great place to visit.” Another favorite for

Van De Vort is Board & Brew, which just added a new location in Carlsbad. “These guys have always made an amazing sandwich and what separates this new spot from the others is its vast beer selection on tap, laid back atmosphere and you can always count on a good surf video to be playing while you eat, unless the Chargers are playing.” Joe Freitag, the global brand director for Arnette, is a huge Mexican food fan. “Nothing beats great Mexican food, and Raul’s has become my go-to spot since we’ve moved our operation to Encinitas. They use fresh ingredients, have great service and the food well prepared and tastes amazing.” I could not agree with you more Joe, and make sure to try their chicken soup, an amazing value for the quality and portion. Freitag is also one of the growing numbers of local craft beer enthusiasts. “I’m a big fan of the Encinitas Ale House for enjoying a pint of a fine local malt beverage. It has a great atmosphere and there’s always a new and interesting brew on tap to try.” So there you have it, a fine selection of eating and drinking spots around town as selected by iconic action sports industry business Arnette. Stop by their new showroom at 444 S. Coast Highway in Encinitas or check them out online at

Lick the Plate can now be heard on KPRi, 102.1 FM Monday-Friday during the 7pm hour. David Boylan is founder of Artichoke Creative and Artichoke Apparel, an Encinitas based marketing firm and clothing line. Reach him at or (858) 395-6905.



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Bike race to start June 11 in O’side By Promise Yee

PUT ME IN COACH CARLSBAD — On the softball diamonds around North County, a group of players, ages 50 and older, grab their mitts and bats twice a week for the North County Senior Softball league. The group of six teams play games of slow-pitch softball Tuesday and Thursday mornings and are looking for extra players 50 years of age and older to join the league. The North County Senior Softball league is a not-for-profit, self-governing league, which provides a physical outlet for senior male athletes. For more information visit Pictured from left to right back row: Kevin Kakadelas, Paul Manka, Gary Bottenfield, Joe Butler, John Woolsey, John Rauch, Don Byrne, Mike Ingalls, Bill Gaynor, Bob Storm, Ken Perez, Chris Brubaker, Doug Tomlinson, Dan Haveron. Front Row: Hank Mason, Dan Milakovich, Al McGhee, Paul Schmitt, Chuck Mattes, Tim Thurman. Courtesy photo

Freeney signs with Chargers, not yet in camp By Tony Cagala

SAN DIEGO — With the Chargers entering their second week of organized team activities the goal for head coach Mike McCoy continues to be searching for the best 53 players to fill the roster. And the front office doesn’t appear to be done signing players to fill it. On Saturday the team announced the signing of 33year-old Dwight Freeney to a two-year deal with the idea that he can help fill the void left behind when second-year linebacker Melvin Ingram tore his ACL during workouts last week. McCoy said he wouldn’t go into details as to how the injury happened, except that it was “one of those injuries that happen in practice, rushing the passer, an inside pass rush movement, put his foot down and the rest is history.” McCoy said Freeney was an experienced veteran and “one of the great pass rushers of all time.” Freeney wasn’t at Chargers Park Monday due to a prior obligation, according to McCoy. Defensive coordinator John Pagano said he was excited with the addition of Freeney. Despite not being present for the OTAs and not having much experience in the 3-4 defensive scheme, Pagano said the difference between a 3-4 and a 4-3 is so minimal. “He’s such a great player, I think you make him fit wherever he can fit in.The things that he does and what he’s done over the years…it gives us the ability now to do a lot more things that we as a defensive unit want to do,” he said. Freeney, a seven-time Pro Bowler with the Indianapolis Colts, became a free agent at the end of last season when the Colts didn’t re-sign him. A high ankle

First-round draft pick D.J. Fluker participates in OTAs despite having not signed a contract with the Chargers yet. He’ll have company on his right with the team signing right tackle Max Starks. Photos by Tony Cagala

take time for us to get to know him being a vocal leader…. “When he gets here and gets his opportunity going, I think that work ethic alone on the field is going to be what drives him,” Pagano said. In other news, the Chargers released tackle Kevin Haslam and announced the signing of former Pittsburgh Steelers left tackle 31-year-old Max Starks. Chargers head coach Mike McCoy, left, talks with coaches during organized team activities Monday.

OCEANSIDE — Race Across America bike teams and solo cyclists depart from Oceanside June 11 and June 15 and begin a 3,000-mile bike race to Annapolis, Md. Racers take off from the Oceanside Pier at noon both days. On June 11 solo riders take off and have 12 days to complete the race. On June 15 teams of two, four and eight riders start the race and have nine days to finish. About 200 riders from 25 different countries start the race. All team riders finish and about half of the solo riders complete the race. Some cyclists take on the shorter 860-mile Race Across the West course that follows the same route and stops in Durango, Colo. “Especially for solo racers the sense of accomplishment its huge,” Rick Boethling, race director, said. “It’s a life-changing experience. For teams the goal to finish is a bucket list item. It’s an amazing way to see the country.” The scenery along the route is beautiful and the length of the ride is demanding. Teams usually have one team member riding at a time and rotate riders every 30 minutes. “The relay team never stops,” Boethling said. “In a relay everybody gets breaks.” Solo riding is more demanding with riders putting in 21 hours a day, getting a few hours sleep, then continuing the race. The race is on open roads with top team riders averaging 20 mph and top solo riders averaging 15 mph including breaks. Riders’ race times are recorded by live tracking and call-in stations. “We try to select the route as carefully as we can,” Boethling said. “We choose roads that have low traffic or bike lanes. It’s a pretty safe route going across country.” The race is held rain or shine. “We see every weather condition imaginable,” Boethling said. “Storms, rain, floods — the worst condition is bad rains and wind.” Riders are rerouted during the race to avoid construction, flooding and other road hazards. “We adjust as we go,” Boethling said. Riders participate with the help of their support crew. “The support crew helps them with a place to sleep, massages, directions,” Boethling said. “All they have to do is ride the bicycle.” Riders’ entry fees cover race operation costs. Most riders choose to raise funds for a charity as part of their ride. To date $2 million has been raised for 30 different charities. “It’s a hard race people can tell a story about,” Boethling said. “Cancer, childhood obesity, bicycle awareness — if there’s a charity they’ve raised funds for it.” This is the 32nd year the race will be held.




injury may have reduced his effectiveness last season, including switching positions from defensive end to linebacker. And just when Freeney joins the team is still up in the air, but McCoy said he’d be here “when he’s ready to go.”

As for any leadership role he may have on defense, Pagano said it would take some time. “Just from hearing how he was at Indy and how he’s going to be (here) I think the number one thing will be his work ethic. How he does it out on the field. It’s going to

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Water district lauded Deputy chief earns honor RANCHO SANTA FE — The American Public Works Association (APWA) presented the Santa Fe Irrigation District with an award for its Group 1 Pressure Reducing Stations and Valves Replacement Project May 9. The district’s winning project was a $5.7 million comprehensive project that replaced aging infrastructure throughout the district’s service area. The project was completed in April 2012 and comprised of: — Replacement of 10 existing Pressure Reducing Stations with 9 new stations (one new station will now serve the function of 2); and — Replacement of 126 distribution isolation valves ranging in size from 6 to 30

inches; and — Installation of approximately 55 air release and vacuum valves and 5 blow-off appurtenances throughout the backbone distribution system. Construction of the Project began in November of 2010, and included more than 80 water system shutdowns during a 40-week period. The 16-month construction project occurred at nearly 200 different locations throughout Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe and affected most of the district’s water customers. This required a collaborative effort between district staff, the designer, and the contractor to keep the project on schedule while keeping the public impacts minimal.

REGION — On May 16, the Burn Institute recognized 24 local heroes who made a difference in the lives of others, as the organization celebrated its 41st annual Spirit of Courage awards. Each year, the Burn Institute pays tribute to individuals in the community who risked their lives in an effort to save another from burn injury or death by fire. Special honors went to Dallas Neville, former Deputy Fire Chief for the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, who was awarded the County Fire Chiefs’ Association Maltese Award. Neville was recognized for his outstanding efforts to improve communications


performed through “the lean years” of the recession, with student test scores rising despite budget cutbacks. With a history of fiscally conservative budgeting, the district was able to

avoid some of the more traumatic cuts other districts faced, Schmitt said. “We planned for the rainy day, and when it came we were ready,” Schmitt said. Rebuilding that reserve

will be a priority, as will maintaining strong relationships and a high level of trust with employee groups, he said. Schmitt’s first day on the job will be July 1. His contract expires June 30, 2016.

fered a major setback in 1995. Beach. Jon Kanis, a musician He was riding his bike down a hill in Encinitas when he hit a and journalist, was among Williams one of the few to crack in the road, skidded out those who took to the stage to pay tribute to his friend. hear the legendary album “He was hyper-aware of before it was shelved for nearmusic — that’s the best way I ly five decades. can explain it,” Kanis said. In More than a scribe, he addition to performing, Kanis directly shaped history. In also penned an article about 1968, he was the campaign Williams for San Diego manager for Timothy Leary’s Troubadour magazine after failed run for governor of Williams passed away. California. He also clapped “It was so interesting and sang with John Lennon hearing him talk about and Yoko Ono during their albums like ‘Bringing it All “bed-in for peace.” In fact, his Back Home,’” Kanis said, voice can be heard in the origCindy Lee Berryhill referring to Bob Dylan’s 1965 inal recording of Lennon’s recording. “Give Peace a Chance.” Like Berryhill, Kanis said In the 1970s, Williams’ Williams shared more than writings shifted to philosophy and science fiction; indeed, and fell off his bike. Because music with him. Kanis he’s credited with helping to he wasn’t wearing a helmet, recalled sitting on a couch popularize writer Philip K. he suffered severe head with Williams more than 20 years ago and having his Dick. But in the early 1990s, injuries. Williams recovered sev- worldview “upended.” he pivoted back toward rock “I learned a lot of Zen music, penning “Rock and eral months later, but his mental condition began dete- concepts from him,” Kanis Roll: The 100 Best Singles.” Williams met Berryhill in riorating around 2000. For the said. “My life was different 1992. Her shows, among other last five years of his life, he after that.” If rock music was his first from acute factors, reinvigorated his pas- suffered Alzheimer’s and dementia. love, philosophy was second sion for music. “He reconnected with About four years ago, he was in Williams’ book. For example, he wrote “Das Energi,” the scene,” Berryhill said.“He placed in a nursing home. To ease the growing med- his most famous spiritual loved a lot of the music going on at that time like the whole ical bills, several benefit con- work, during the early 1970s certs were held over the years while living on an experimenNirvana thing.” Inspired, he revived in Williams’ honor. Most tal commune. Bart Mendoza, another Crawdaddy in 1993, which he recently, two weeks ago, bands played for six hours musician who played at the continued until 2002. His life, however, suf- during “PaulStock” in Ocean benefit, said Williams’ “place

in music history is secure.” “It’s important he also be remembered as a great guy,” Mendoza said. Echoing others, Mendoza said it was difficult seeing mental disease take a toll on Williams. Berryhill documented the spiral in her 2007 album “Beloved Stranger,” as well as with her blog of the same name. “Needless to say, it was a hard time,” Berryhill said. Finding a nursing home for Williams was “so absolutely draining.” Since Williams’ passing, she said hearing some songs trigger overwhelming emotions. “I’ll think I’m OK, but I’ll hear something, then find myself just crying,” Berryhill said. But Berryhill said she’s not trying to dwell on the negative. For her next album, she said the songs will celebrate Williams’ entire life, rather than just focus on the past few years. “I didn’t want to write a bunch of bummed out songs,” Berryhill said. “He inspired so much in me. I want to honor that feeling, where there’s a muse. “They’re songs about love and attraction,” Berryhill added.

as the decaying forest surrounding them. Pitbull’s portrayal of the shady Bufo is about as memorable as a frog that got gigged. Aerosmith lead vocalist Steven Tyler does an OK job of filling out caterpillar Nim Galuu’s friendly charisma. As for Beyoncé Knowles, her silky singer’s voice fits Queen Tara’s motherly personality quite well, even though she isn’t seen much. Had director Wedge selected a cast that expressed genuine interest in wanting to participate in this project, the results might have been vastly different.

I strongly urge moviegoers to not waste their time and money on an admission ticket for “Epic,” because doing so will result in making a mistake that is guaranteed to leave you with a reaction that is anything but epic upon leaving the theater.


Finally, Schmitt may have to contend with a fluctuating budget. Schmitt said he was proud of the way SDUHSD



I’ll think I’m OK, but I’ll hear something, then find myself just crying.”



their own; all you’ll hear the actors emit from their vocal cords is name power. Amanda Seyfried may have been the wrong person to voice M.K., primarily because she sounds as if she really doesn’t want to be here. Colin Farrell’s performance as the Leafmen warrior Ronin exudes a tired exasperation that doesn’t do him any favors. Josh Hutcherson lacks his usual charm and likeability; his brash rebel Nod is nothing more than a cardboard stereotype. Christoph Waltz just

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might be the only actor who actually relished voicing his animated counterpart, though he alone cannot salvage this bore of a children’s film. Aziz Ansari and Chris O’Dowd’s combined efforts to make the audience laugh aren’t as funny as they think they are; considering they play a slug and a snail, respectively, their obliviousness isn’t surprising. Jason Sudeikis gets so lost in Professor Bomba’s absent-mindedness that you’d think he has no clue what he’s talking about. Rounding out the cast are three notable music artists — all of whose appearances are as fleeting

interoperability for regional first responders. Spirit of Courage award North County recipients included: — Oceanside Police Department, Officer William Yoder, Officer Nick Nunez and Officer Larry Weber – San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, Corp. Robert Cardenas Corp. Marisela Lozano, Corp. Jaime Guzman. Sgt. Brian Nevins, Lt. Mike Knobbe, Deputy Elizabeth Arana, Deputy Garner Davis, Deputy Luke Cully, Deputy Richard Meharg, Deputy Kenneth Feistel, Deputy Kenneth Seel, Deputy Tim Zacharzuk and Deputy Michael Hettinger. For all winners, visit

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about overcrowding in San Diego’s jails. The Sheriff’s Department later established inmate capacities for George Bailey Detention Facility, East Mesa Detention Facility, and Facility 8, which were built after the court’s ruling. The most recent daily inmate population average from April 2013 is 97.75 percent of the countywide 5,511inmate cap set by the court and Sheriff’s Department. “We’re always,constantly striving to stay below the 944,” said Capt. Daniel Pena referring to the court-ordered inmate cap for San Diego Central Detention Facility, which he oversees. “We know that the jail does run more effectively, more safe if we try to stay below that number.” With most of the jails operating near the individual capacities for each facility, the captains and lieutenants who run each jail are growing increasingly concerned about bed space for the inmates. “We really don’t have much space,” said Capt. Jim Madsen about George Bailey Detention Facility. George Bailey,the largest facility in the county, had an average daily inmate population of 1,727 inmates for April 2013. With a capacity of 1,888 beds for the facility, the jail is running at over 90 percent bed capacity and has been doing so since February 2013. “My main concern really is that we are going to run out of beds,” Madsen said. Ingrassia said his biggest concern is ensuring that every facility has enough beds for its inmates and avoiding “floor sleepers.” So far,the county has successfully avoided having inmates sleep on jail floors since realignment, with the exception of one evening earlier in 2013, said Ingrassia. On that night, Facility 8 was closed due to renovations and 16 male inmates had to sleep on the floor due to lack of bed space in the other facilities. The Sheriff’s Department plans to add between 100 to 160 beds to San Diego Central Detention Facility within the next several months, according to Ingrassia. The extra beds will better accommodate more inmates who are scheduled for court appearances at the nearby Central Courthouse in downtown. Furthermore, the county is building a 400-bed expansion to its East Mesa Detention Facility in the hopes of alleviating the bed space issues at the male inmate facilities. The Sheriff’s Department expects it to be completed in summer 2014. But bed space is not the only concern as far as facility capacities for the Sheriff’s Department. The county’s only women’s detention facility, Las Colinas, is operating just above 80 percent of its bed capacity with over 150 beds to spare, according to its April 2013 daily population average. Yet the jail lacks sufficient medical and psychiatric facilities for its approximately 790 inmates. “(Las Colinas’) medical

areas are grossly inadequate and the mental health facilities were never intended to hold a psychiatric ward,” said Ingrassia. “Our medical area is actually a very small area. It wasn’t designed for 800 inmates,” said the jail’s supervisor Capt. Edna Milloy. Originally built as a juvenile facility in 1967, Las Colinas is the oldest jail in the county. The jail’s entire medical facility consists of an infirmary, three examination rooms, a pharmacy and one main office area to serve all of Las Colinas’ inmates, according to Milloy. Its medical infirmary has nine beds and its psychiatric security unit houses up to 18 inmates. To provide the necessary services, Las Colinas has expanded its medical clinics, which are serviced by doctors contracted from University of California San Diego, and increased the number of sick calls conducted by the facility’s registered nurses, according to Barbara Lee, the Medical Services Administrator for the Sheriff’s Department. “Las Colinas Detention Facility medical staff does a great job of delivering services even though their work area was never intended to accommodate such a volume of inmate patients,” Milloy said. The solution for Las Colinas’ facility limitations is in sight however.The county is currently constructing a larger women’s detention facility to replace the existing Las Colinas facilities. The new facility will have a total of 1,216 beds, 255 more than can fit in the current facility, as well as expanded medical and psychiatric facilities. The first portion of the facility is expected to open in June 2014. Not only is San Diego’s high inmate population putting a strain on the county’s detention facilities, but it is also increasing the demands on the jails’ staff. With more adult inmates, medical staff are required to provide more medical and mental health services in the jails while keeping wait times for these services the same as before realignment, according to Lee. Because the department has not hired more medical staff for the jails since realignment, staff have had to work an increasing amount of overtime to cover the additional needs of more inmates, said Lee. She said that so far for the 2012-13 fiscal year, overtime for medical staff has increased by 40 percent from the year before. “A lot of overtime is scheduled just to accommodate the volume (of required medical services),” Lee said. In doing so, medical staff have been able to keep wait times for inmates for medical services at the jail facilities the same as before realignment and only a few shifts have been below minimum staffing levels, said Lee. “I think we’ve managed,” she said. Sworn deputies are also impacted by the increased workload of managing more TURN TO JAILS ON A15



inmates. Sworn staff are needed to operate more medical clinics and visitations and to transfer more inmates to and from other facilities and the hospital in addition to carrying out the daily operations at each facility. “The greatest impact (of realignment) has really been the increased work load,” said Capt. Billy Duke, referring to the effects on the East Mesa Detention Facility, which he manages. The Sheriff’s Department has recently been hiring more deputies to work at the jail facilities, and has filled most available posts. Currently there are four open positions for sworn staff out of nearly 900 positions that are already filled, according to Elvin. However when there are vacancies available, hiring is a challenge for the department, according to Ingrassia. He said that it is difficult for the department to find enough qualified candidates to pass the testing and background process. For every 100 applicants, only two to three successfully complete the hiring process. Furthermore, jail facilities can be left short-staffed when several of its deputies are on leave at the same time, a problem the department has been dealing with before realignment, according to jail captains. Though all sworn staff positions at a facility may be filled, jails can have vacancies when staff are out for vacations, training, illness, or medical issues and when deputies are out transferring an inmate to another facility or the hospital during one shift. As a result, facilities rely on staff volunteering for overtime to meet the minimum staffing levels set by the department. When shifts cannot be filled, facilities operate below these minimum staffing levels. When a facility operates below minimum staffing levels, staff mitigates the issue by reducing operations and inmate movement at the jail, according to Ingrassia. In some cases, fewer inmates are let out of their cells and programs and visits are cancelled. “Overtime has always been worked due to vacant post positions,” said Madsen of George Bailey Detention Facility. In April 2013, George Bailey filled 96 of its 2,340 shifts with deputies working



MAY 31, 2013 overtime, he said. During that month, the jail was unable to fill nine deputy shifts,and operated one to four deputies below its 39-deputy minimum staffing level. He said that when George Bailey operated below minimum staffing, “We just made do.” He added that security becomes even more difficult when the jail is running below minimum staff levels and deputies need to be sent out on unexpected transfers during the same shift. “It’s definitely a safety issue,” said Madsen. For the 2012-13 fiscal year so far, Central jail has spent more than double its overtime budget to fill all of the sworn staff shifts necessary to ensure the safety and security of the jail’s most problematic inmates, said Pena. The increase in overtime was due in part to a high number of staff vacancies at the facility earlier this year as well as the department’s decision to increase Central’s minimum staffing levels during that time, said Ingrassia. Pena said that although the facility has not had to run under minimum staffing levels very often, it’s a struggle to fill all of deputy shifts at Central. “We don’t have enough deputies assigned to this facility,” Pena said. Elvin, who is responsible for the operation of the Detention Services Bureau, said that the department will never be able to hit its staffing numbers just right. The Sheriff’s Department makes staffing decisions about a year-and-a-half in advance and there is no way of predicting the future number of staff that will be on leave or inmate population exactly. “You’re never going to be able to hit your staffing levels exactly correct because it’s too fluid of a job,” Elvin said. “It is more cost effective to pay overtime than to hire full time staff to man relief positions because of the high cost of retirement and medical benefits,” explained Ingrassia. But he added, “Relying exclusively on overtime to fill vacancies can lead to situations in which we have mandatory overtime and staff burnout due to working too many consecutive shifts. Therefore we strive to have a balance between the appropriate number of staff assigned to relief positions and budgeted overtime.” The department strives to provide ample overtime budgets for each facility, Elvin said. He also said that he is confident that department staff are capable of running deten-

tion facilities safely even when operating under minimum staffing levels. The Sheriff’s Department has allocated funds to hire more sworn and medical staff in July 2013 to handle new operations at the new Las Colinas and East Mesa facilities. Aside from increasing staff and constructing new facilities, the Sheriff’s Department and court authorities have utilized some options to manage the amount of adult inmates held in San Diego’s jails as realignment continues to impact the county. Aware of the county’s growing inmate population, San Diego’s court authorities are striving now more than ever to balance being judicious with jail space while providing appropriate punishment for criminals, said Deputy District Attorney Lisa Rodriguez. “(Realignment) has certainly made us more cognizant that we have to look for alternatives for the appropriate people,” she said. “We want to be sure there’s room (in the jails) for the people we are afraid of, not the people we’re mad at.” The state’s prison realignment laws included a variety of alternative custody options, including split sentences, to help counties handle the influx of adult inmates who previously were held in state prisons. “There’s more options out there than we’ve ever had before,” said Rodriguez. But there is some hesitation by the court and attorneys to utilize these alternatives, which are new and have not stood the test of years of effective implementation, she said. “There’s nothing really to guide us,” she said about the new alternative custody options. The County Sheriff’s Department has been granted a number of means for moderating county jail populations as well. Starting in January 2012, San Diego County Sheriff William Gore decided to allow department staff to reduce the sentences of non-realigned adult inmates with early release credits authorized by the state Penal Code and a ruling by the San Diego Superior Court. The court’s ruling on the 1987 lawsuit on overcrowding in San Diego’s jails authorized the Sheriff to reduce jail sentences of non-realigned

inmates by 10 percent to reduce inmate overpopulation. A section of the state’s Penal Code further authorizes another 10 percent sentence reduction, which is not to exceed 30 days, for non-realigned inmates. These credits are in addi-

It’s tough. I won’t sugar coat it. It’s tough, but we do it.” Capt.Jim Madsen George Bailey Detention Facility

tion to the early release credits that all inmates are eligible for under state law. Inmates can reduce their sentences by up to half by earning these credits with good behavior and willingness to work while incarcerated. “The sheriff in this county is committed to keeping dangerous individuals who have been given jail custody,” Elvin said. He explained that Sheriff Gore’s decision to utilize sentence reduction within county jails was made out of concern for the high inmate population. “We’re doing everything we can to keep the community safe, but we have these courtordered caps that we have to keep in mind,” he said. Because of that continued concern, Sheriff Gore does not plan to discontinue the use of early releases in the foreseeable future, Elvin said. The Sheriff’s Department is also pursuing paying to house some adult inmates outside of the jails at private and staterun facilities, according to Elvin. On May 1, the department began housing some offenders who are serving short sentences for breaking the conditions of their post release supervision at a privately run detention facility. The Sheriff’s Department is also in the process of signing a contract with the state to allow 50 to 100 qualifying inmates to serve their sentences at a state run fire camp. Yet the American Civil Liberties Union branch in San Diego believes that the Sheriff’s Department could be

doing more to manage the county’s adult inmate population. “The Sheriff’s Department has a lot of flexibility on who to keep in jail, for how long,” said ACLU Senior Policy Advocate Margaret Dooley-Sammuli. She said that while the ACLU has not heard reports of overcrowding within San Diego County jails,the county authorities do have the ability to reduce the number of inmates in jail custody. “The jail population is managed, it doesn’t happen to us. There are everyday policy decisions that are made,” she said. Dooley-Sammuli said that among other things, the Sheriff’s Department and court authorities should actively pursue alternative custody for pretrial inmates, people who have been charged of a crime but are awaiting trial before being convicted or found innocent, to minimize the jail populations. On average there are over 3,000 pretrial inmates who are held in jail custody each day in the county, according to data from the Sheriff’s Department. “We are looking at that (pretrial inmates) as an area of the population that we could potentially add to GPS monitoring (in the community),” said Elvin. But he added that there are concerns about pursuing alternative custody options for pretrial inmates because these offenders are considered to be somewhat of an at-risk popula-

tion. He explained that pretrial inmates pose certain risks because they are new to being held in custody and can be difficult to evaluate. As a result, the Sheriff’s Department and court authorities are still looking into the possibility of monitoring pretrial inmates outside of jail custody. On the whole, authorities from the Sheriff’s Department said that they believe that the department is managing the unprecedented effects of realignment well, citing its prevention of floor sleepers and teamwork between facilities. “It’s tough. I won’t sugar coat it. It’s tough, but we do it,” said Madsen. “We have great support, great leaders that talk to our staff and really help our staff.” The department is cautiously optimistic that the number of non-violent, non-serious, and non-sex-offender inmates serving sentences in county jails, who make up the majority of realigned inmates, has leveled off, according to Ingrassia. Furthermore, the department sees the new East Mesa and Las Colinas facilities as an upcoming release, said Elvin. But staff is aware that the inmate population could continue to rise before the new facilities are operational about a year-and-a-half from now. “If the populations spike between now and then, we’re going to have to make some tough decisions,” said Ingrassia.

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ple. Included in mid- and toptrim models, the new version feels more muscular and provides much quicker acceleration than the pokey 155-hp, 2.0liter four-cylinder in the CX-5 that we tested last year and that’s now relegated to the base Sport trim. It got the same impressive fuel economy: a best-in-class 25 mpg overall. Consumer Reports found the CX-5 is also one of the more fun-to-drive SUVs the organization has tested, thanks to its agile handling. Plus, it has a surprisingly roomy interior and comfortable seats. Drawbacks include a noisy cabin, so-so ride comfort and a relatively high price that doesn’t include several features found on competitors, such as heated seats and automatic headlights. Consumer Reports tested the mid-trim CX-5 Touring stickered at $28,090, and the mid-trim RAV4 XLE priced at $26,802. Because it expects aboveaverage reliability from each, the CX-5 and RAV4 are CR

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Dressing down: The new high fashion You know you are in Southern California, if… That catchphrase popped into my head last weekend when I attended a lovely event at a lovely hotel for which the invitation said, “Cocktail attire.” As I walked in, I swear I could hear the Boston matrons gasp. Most of the women leapt at the chance to break out some jewelry, that little black dress and a pair of heels, but even some of the ladies were a bit casual. And then there were the men. Let’s just say most of the waiters were better dressed. Tropical shirts abounded, along with short-sleeve shirts over T-shirts. At least there were no ball caps. There were coats and ties of the average-businessman variety, but don’t be looking for the slick or tailored dudes you see at the Bacardi party. This is not the East Coast. It’s not even L.A. And I suppose overall, that’s a good thing. Part of my problem was that I was raised by a real pair of fashionistas who loved getting dressed up. I think, though, that men truly underestimate how much most women adore seeing a man in a suit and tie, and simply drool over a tuxedo or dress uniform. I got over expecting any such thing in my day-today or even night-to-night activities, long ago. My husband was on the forefront of the “Jeans and running shoes can go anywhere” movement. Fortunately, our lives have not had a lot of call for fancy dress. He does own his own slightly-outdated tuxedo, however the only time you will see him wear it is on Halloween. He makes a dashing Dracula. Maybe I will become nonchalant about our changing dress code one day, but I suspect I am at that age where one accepts she will never feel quite right in cutting-edge fashion. No matter how hard I try, my mother’s voice will always ring out as I step up to the mirror. “I think we need to dress that up just a bit.”

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EUSD Yoga trial stretches on By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — The first three days of trial for a lawsuit seeking to end a school yoga program saw plenty of twists and turns. At one point, a witness even left the stand, took off her shoes and demonstrated the lotus pose for the entire courtroom. “Just for the record, what I’d like you to do is the last four poses on exhibit nine…and tell us the Sanskrit name and English name as you do them,” said attorney Dean Broyles, who filed the lawsuit three months ago. The lawsuit aims to immediately terminate the Encinitas Union School District (EUSD) yoga program on the grounds that it promotes Hinduism and other religions. On Monday, the case kicked off in a downtown San Diego courtroom. Originally, the case was expected to last two days. But witness testimony stretched on longer than anticipated. Consequently, the case is scheduled to resume in three weeks, though a concrete date wasn’t set. Judge John Meyer set the tone Monday morning by stating the case will hinge on whether yoga taught in EUSD is religious. Meyer followed that up by asking the attorneys to broach a difficult, broad

question in their arguments. “What is religion?” Meyer asked. Broyles, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of two parents in the district, said he couldn’t specifically define religion. But in his opening remarks, Broyles said he’s sure of one thing: Yoga falls under the umbrella of religion. As a result, he maintained, EUSD violated the establishment clause of the constitution, more commonly known as separation of church and state, by incorporating the practice into its curriculum. Students were made “spiritual guinea pigs” and “religious test subjects,” Broyles said. In the fall, EUSD introduced yoga at five of its nine schools after receiving a $533,000 health and wellness grant from the Encinitas-based Jois Foundation.In January,the program debuted at the remaining schools. Broyles maintained that the Jois Foundation promotes Ashtanga yoga — a particularly religious type of yoga. At one point, Broyles read from a Jois Foundation brochure. “Ashtanga yoga means eight limbed; it is an ancient system that can lead to liberaJennifer Brown, a yoga instructor at Capri Elementary, performs a lotus tion and greater awareness of yoga pose for the courtroom. The National Center for Law and Policy sued the Encinitas Union School District over its yoga program, and the our spiritual potential,” Broyles said, quoting the brochure. trial started May 20. Photo by Jared Whitlock

Broyles went on to argue that the Jois Foundation influenced much of the district’s yoga program. He pointed out that the initial agreement between the district and Jois Foundation for the grant stipulates that students learn Ashtanga yoga. Additionally, students were encouraged to utter “Namaste”to each other,which Broyles called a “religiouslyladen Hinduism greeting.” Further,he added that students colored mandalas.That kind of artwork, Broyles said, is steeped in religion. But EUSD Superintendent Tim Baird, the first witness called to the stand by Broyles, said that the district — not the Jois Foundation — crafted the yoga program. Its only purpose is to promote health and fitness, he maintained. “I think you could you could bring in Ashtanga experts and they would say we’re not doing Ashtanga yoga that you see in a studio,” Baird said. “We do Encinitas Union School District yoga.” “It’s just us developing the curriculum,” Baird said later. Baird acknowledged the grant’s memorandum of underTURN TO YOGA ON B15

Once slated to be paved over, a part of city’s history gets recognized Council members unanimously agree to move forward with a new law that will prohibit pets at the tot lot and a southern portion of Powerhouse Park. Courtesy photo

Portion of Del Mar park to go pet free By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Council members advanced plans at the May 20 meeting to make the tot lot and a small grassy area of Powerhouse Park an animal-free zone. Council first discussed the issue of prohibiting dogs in those areas at the April 15 meeting following a recommendation from the Parks and Recreation Committee that was prompted by a resident request. Rick Ehrenfeld said he was inspired by a similar law in Los Angeles that ensures children don’t play on the same grass where dogs relieve themselves. “There’s a problem here that we’ve got in terms of both health and safety when you mix dogs and kids,”Ehrenfeld said at the April meeting, during which council directed staff to return with a draft ordinance that would prohibit dogs and establish a “family friendly zone” at the tot lot and in a southern portion of Powerhouse Park. No one opposed the proposed new law in April. But at

the May meeting, resident Lynn Gaylord expressed concerns. “This ordinance is redundant,” she said. “There is a leash law in effect for this area.”Gaylord had issues with pictures presented at the April meeting of a dog on a picnic table and dog feces. “I don’t know that you can legislate common sense,” she said. “Who in the world would put a dog on a picnic table? I mean, that’s just stupid. If your dog is on a leash and you don’t pick up its droppings you ought to get nailed by somebody.” Gaylord also took offense to some of the language in the draft ordinance. “I was sorry to see this ordinance labeled ‘dog-free, family-friendly zone,’” she said. “On a very fundamental level most people consider their dogs family. You can restrict dogs but don’t make assumptions about familyfriendly.” She and former Councilwoman Crystal TURN TO PET FREE ON 15

By Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — More than 20 years ago, a part of Encinitas’ history was slated to be paved over — turned into an expanded roadway, a parking lot and a handful of tennis and volleyball courts. That is, until a pair of women living in town at the time spoke out at a City Council meeting against the development. Mary Renaker, who had lived in Encinitas for 17 years, and now lives in Santa Monica, credits her environmental “awakening” to one woman, Ida Lou Coley. The way she explains it, hearing Coley speak at that City Council meeting changed her life. “Hearing Ida Lou speak at my first City Council meeting, my first municipal meeting of any kind — I was terrified, and Ida Lou luckily got up to speak first. And when I heard her say that it was a historic creek — I just thought it was a little patch of green. I just saw it as I flew past in my car out of the corner of my eye. And something just snapped,” Renaker said. “And I read this story in the paper that said that it was going to be developed and something just snapped inside me and I knew I had to go to the City Council and to speak out to oppose it. But when Ida Lou got up and said in her gentle, little way that it was a his-

Brad Roth, left, and Mary Renaker receive proclamations from the city of Encinitas for the work they did to help establish the historical point of interest designation at Cottonwood Creek Park. At the center is a plaque written by Ida Lou Coley, who was instrumental in the site receiving the designation. Photo by Tony Cagala

toric creek that she had gathered wild flowers at as a child, I was just completely captured. And the more I learned about the creek, the more captured I became.” Renaker said that Ida Lou would talk about how people would share the creek for water wells, even washing their laundry down there. The two women began doing the research that would eventually lead to establishing the creek as a historical point of interest, and forming the Cottonwood Creek Conservancy in the process. The year was 1989 when they started.

Since then the Cottonwood Creek Conservancy has been caring for the habitat and last Friday, the site received an official plaque designating the location as a historical point of interest. Coley passed away in 2005, but Renaker said she would be so happy to see all of the people who had worked so hard and so long to preserve the site, and the work that continues to re-establish the habitat. Brad Roth is the project manager with the Conservancy and has volunteered his time TURN TO CREEK ON 15


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City OKs changes to plan By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Despite objections from several bluff-top homeowners and an attorney representing them and about 2,000 others in a lawsuit against the city, council voted 4-1 at the May 22 meeting to approve amendments to a plan they adopted in February that will allow more control over development in Solana Beach. Resident and attorney Jon Corn said the changes to the Local Coastal Program Land Use Plan are legally necessary, “desperately needed” and an acknowledgement the document approved a few months ago “does have defects.” “I’m certainly glad that we’re pursuing the process,”

Corn said. “It’s a start on what we need to do. And in some places it’s a very good start. In some places it goes backwards. And in some places it doesn’t go far enough.” On behalf of the Beach & Bluff Conservancy, which includes many coastal property owners, Corn filed a lawsuit April 26 against the city that named each council member individually. The suit claims officials, when they adopted the LUP in February, enacted policies that will prevent oceanfront property owners from protecting their property from erosion with sea walls and make it significantly harder for them to keep and maintain private beach stairways.

Corn urged council members at the May 22 meeting to send the amendments “back to the drawing board,” noting the biggest problem is “it doesn’t seem that the city will budge on the three issues that are most troubling to the city’s coastal property owners.” Those issues address sea wall permits, private beachaccess stairways and how far from the bluffs any new development or major redevelopment can occur. “The proposed amendments do not adequately address our concerns,” said resident Pam Richardson, who is currently president of the Seascape Shores homeowners association. “Don’t turn your backs on so many citizens of Solana Beach and those who would like to safely enjoy our beaches.” In addressing sea walls, the amendments state, “All permits for bluff retention devices shall expire 20 years after the building permit completion certification date, and a new (coastal development permit) must be obtained.” Bluff-top owners say sea walls are necessary to keep their property from collapsing onto the beach below because of erosion. They also say the devices protect the public from bluff failures. They claim the 20-year limit amounts to a “taking of private property” and the provision doesn’t guarantee renewal. City staff said the provision simply means permits must be revisited every 20 years. “You are allowed to protect your property if you have emergency conditions,” City Manager David Ott said. “If you still have those same conditions after 20 years then you will be allowed to keep your sea wall and have your permit reestablished. So yes, you have to go through a process and you have to have it evaluated on any changed conditions.” City Attorney Johanna Canlas said the 20-year reassessment is “currently being imposed up and down the state.” She said if it was eliminated, sea walls would still need approval from the California Coastal Commission, which could impose conditions beyond those set by the city. “Independent of whether or not we have a certified LCP, those application(s) require coastal approval and … as part TURN TO CHANGES ON B6

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The 220-acre Buena Vista Lagoon is being invaded by cat tails and other plant species as a result of limited water circulation. SANDAG is considering four enhancement alternatives to prevent the lagoon from degrading into a marsh or meadow. Photo by SANDAG/Brett Shoaff

SANDAG will consider alternatives for Buena Vista Lagoon enhancement By Rachel Stine

COAST CITIES — As the latest lead agency for the Buena Vista Lagoon Enhancement Project, SANDAG will soon draft engineering studies and an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to evaluate alternatives for the project. Spurred by the gradual degradation of the freshwater lagoon, the enhancement project has been ongoing for several years and juggled by several agencies. At the request of the cities of Carlsbad and Oceanside, SANDAG took over the project in July 2012, picking up where the California Coastal Conservancy left off in 2011. Located in Carlsbad and Oceanside, the 220-acre Buena Vista Lagoon is suffering from sedimentary and water quality issues as the result of natural and man-made events. These events include urban development and sewage spills, but one main cause of the lagoon’s issues stands out, according to SANDAG. “The major problem with the lagoon right now is water circulation,” explained SANDAG Senior Regional Planner Keith Greer, the project manager. Water circulation within the lagoon has been slowed by travel infrastructure and the lagoon’s weir, according to SANDAG data. The lagoon’s four basins are intersected by Interstate 5, railroad tracks and Coast Highway, which interrupt the lagoon’s natural water flow. Furthermore, the lagoon’s weir, a barrier at its mouth along the beach, blocks water flow from the

Pacific Ocean. Consequently, sediment has built up within the lagoon, lowering the water levels, said Greer. The lower water levels enable growth of invasive plant species, including cat tails, which further slow down the water movement within the lagoon. These conditions put the Buena Vista Lagoon at risk to become a marsh or meadow over the next several decades, and could result in long-term consequences including decreased water quality, potential increase in mosquito-borne diseases, flooding, and reductions in the coastal habitat biodiversity, according to SANDAG. Currently the lagoon is home to over 100 bird, 18 mammal, as well as 14 amphibian and reptile species. SANDAG’s reports will consider at least four alternatives to enhance the lagoon. The first is a fresh water alternative, which would replace the lagoon’s weir and dredge portions of the basins. The second option, the saltwater enhancement alternative, would remove the weir, dredge portions of the basins and convert vegetation to a salt marsh habitat mix. The third alternative is a hybrid saltwater-freshwater option that would remove the weir and create an ocean inlet, dredge portions of the basins to maintain saltwater in the two basins on the west side of the lagoon and freshwater in the two eastern basins, and construct a weir along the middle of the lagoon. The fourth option under consideration would result in no project being conducted and allowing the lagoon’s current conditions to remain. SANDAG is concluding its notice of preparation period May 25, and will collect public comments about the project until that time. As part of this period, SANDAG held a public meeting on May 9 outlining the project before more than 100 community stakeholders at Buena Vista Elementary School. Key among those stakeholders is the Buena Vista Lagoon Foundation, which has been involved in projects concerning the lagoon

since its incorporation in 1981. Ron Wootton, executive director of the Foundation, said, “The Foundation’s perspective is that any actual restoration is a good restoration.” But he expressed hopes that SANDAG will incorporate the views of the public and the Foundation to a greater extent over the course of the project. Wootton said he is concerned that SANDAG will select an extreme project alternative rather than an alternative that acts as a compromise for the desires of community stakeholder, a sentiment also expressed in the Foundation’s comments submitted to SANDAG. Yet with the project extending for years and changing hands several times over its history, Wootton expressed that the foundation simply hopes that some type of enhancement to the lagoon will be carried out at all. “What we want is for something to actually happen,” he said. Once the notice of preparation period ends, SANDAG will complete its technical studies and produce a draft EIR from summer 2013 through spring 2014. After revisions are made and a final EIR is produced, SANDAG will conduct final public hearings on the project and identify a preferred alternative during winter 2015. Should a project alternative be selected, implementation of this alternative could not start until fall 2016 at the earliest, and would be subject to local, state and federal permits, according to SANDAG associate regional planner Marc Cass, who is in charge of developing the project’s EIR. SANDAG is utilizing $800,000 in funds from TransNet and $100,000 each from the cities of Carlsbad and Oceanside to conduct this process. If a project alternative is selected, funding could be obtained as part of a current North Coast Corridor program, state or federal grants, or other sources, according to SANDAG. For more information and to submit public comments to SANDAG, visit BVLagoon.



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Culture Clash Low Fashion Meets Islam on Turkish TV: Five self-proclaimed devout, conservative Muslim women host the TV series “Building Bridges” on channel A9, presenting the seemingly contradictory case against both the female headscarf and Turkey’s turn to secularism. A report on in May noted that the five are “mostly bottle blonds ... (with) neon lipstick” wearing “brightly colored satin pantsuits and T-shirts with designer brand names that stretched over their chests.” “Building Bridges” in principle supports interfaith dialogue, but guests (noted Slate) “often appear ... with their eyebrows arched in the manner of a serious person certain he is the victim of a practical joke.”

Recurring Themes Creative Smuggling: Abdullah Riyaz, 50, was arrested at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, India, in April after he appeared to be uncomfortable sitting in the waiting area. Officials found four “biscuits” of solid gold in his socks but obviously thought there might be more, and after nature took its course, found Riyaz to be one of those rare humans with the ability to brag that he once excreted gold (eight more “biscuits”). A report circulated in April that an apparently Orthodox Jewish man (likely a “Kohen”) had tied himself up, head to toe, in a plastic bag while seated on an airline flight — likely because his teachings told him that flying over a cemetery would yield “impurities.” News of the Weird mentioned a similar report in 2001. Airlines have made accommodations in the past, even in the face of criticism that a man in a plastic bag is a safety hazard. (Exceptions to the Kohen belief: Accidental tears in the bag are excused, but prepunched air holes not; Kohenim unaware of the cemetery overflight in advance do not need protection; and deceased family members yield no impurities.) Accountability: The chairman of the National Showcaves Center in a Welsh national park, aiming to halt a recent downturn in tourism business, threatened in April to sue the U.K. National Weather Service for its “all too (frequent) ... gloom and doom reports.” The NWS had called for snow and cold weather over Easter weekend, but no snow fell, and the cold weather was tempered by sun and blue skies. (He also suggested adding “health”-type warnings to forecasts, e.g., beware that weather reports might be wrong.)

American Idol Contestant/Spring Fling Performer Kristi Krause meets a Helen Woodward Animal Center adoptable pup. Krause will perform at the upcoming fundraiser June 1 in Rancho Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Woodward animal center readies for gala RANCHO SANTA FE — Committee Chairwoman Rebecca Vigil and Honorary Co-Chairpersons Nathan and Mindy Fletcher, invite the community to this year’s silver anniversary of Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Spring Fling Gala, to be held from 5:30 p.m. to midnight June 1 at Fairbanks Village Plaza. Tickets are still available in Silver, Gold and Platinum levels (ranging from $250 to $500 a ticket) with various special amenities included at each level. Platinum level seats include a personal wait staff for the evening, valet service, express check-in and check-out, a VIP take-home gift. To purchase tickets contact Melissa Alvarado at (858) 756-4117, ext. 350 or visit From an American Idol celebrity performance to an Academy-Award-winning star’s luncheon auction item, the evening celebrates a quarter century of philanthropy benefiting the center’s programs for animals and people in need. The evening includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a 5-star dining experience from 20 top San Diego restaurants (including Pacifica Del Mar, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse,The

Melting Pot, Burlap and Piatti). The dinner concludes with the announcement of “Best Restaurant,” selected by celebrity culinary judges. Dance and enjoy the company of some fuzzy HWC VIPs; hosted bars; live entertainment and an opportunity drawing to win a Wine Cellar, collected at the “Corks for Critters” Helen Woodward Animal Center Wine Party May 23. Former chairpersons and co-chairpersons unite for a special award ceremony honoring 25 years of Spring Fling Gala Committee leaders followed by a performance by American Idol contestant Kristi Krause. The 19-year-old singer/songwriter and San Diego native performs locally and regionally, while working toward her college degree, and is putting the finishing touches on her latest single set to release this summer. “When she came to the center for a photo shoot, Kristi was amazing with the orphan puppies,” said Animal Care Supervisor Amy Barnes. “You could see her genuine devotion to helping homeless pets. We are really grateful and a little starstruck too.”

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The Carlsbad High School Concert Band and Wind Ensemble and the CHS Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble will hold a Spring Concert from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 31 at the Carlsbad Community Church, 3175 Harding St., Carlsbad. Admission is free. Selections will include “Lord of the Rings” The Wind Ensemble will feature Ashwin Santosh and Christopher Tilghman.

SUMMER BBALL You can register now for the Carlsbad 3on-3, outdoor basketball tournament for boys grades 3 through 12 held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13. The registration fee is $125 for a team of five players. Sign up by June 14 at or call (760) 434-2971. for all active duty military and their families to visit the San Diego Botanical Gardens this summer and to buy discounted memberships. FREE FOR MILITARY The San Diego Botanic Garden, MUD RUN Marine Corps Base through the National Camp Pendleton will host the


Instructor Bill Schoenecker helps volunteer Faith Miller, 10, of Oceanside, as she tries her hand at bridling a horse. Ivey Ranch Park programs are supported through fundraisers and donations. Photo by Promise Yee

Horse therapy program grows By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — Ivey Ranch Park equestrian center is known for its horse therapy lessons that help the disabled, now it is teaching others how to do the same. “The big thing we’re doing right now is twofold accreditation and an education series,” Tanya Danielly, Ivey Ranch Park executive director, said. The Professional Association of Therapeutic H o r s e m a n s h i p International accredited center now trains therapy instructors and provides workshops on how to run a horse therapy program. Horse therapy helps those with multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke, spina bifida, autism, Down syndrome, mental retardation and other disorders. Activities are structured to provide engaging experiences that require participants to take initiative, make decisions and gain results. The center also offers riding lessons to able-bodied riders. Through the years the equestrian program has opening event of the annual World Famous Mud Run series from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 1. This will be the first of five events held during the Mud Run race series.This year there will also be a 1K Kid’s Mud Run for children 4 to 12. For more information, visit

grown in its number of horses, barns and riding arenas. Ivey Ranch Park ranks in the top 5 percent of United States equestrian centers in safety and management. Next year it will host a four-day regional conference that draws more than 100 participants from California, Nevada and Hawaii. The center also provides childcare for disabled and able-bodied children. Its childcare program is especially designed to meet the needs of disabled toddlers through children up to age 18. Fine and gross motor skills, language development, social and living skills and pre-academics are taught. Ivey Ranch Park Association leases 10 acres of city land in exchange for the daycare and equestrian services it provides to disabled and low-income children and riders. Its programs are supported through fundraisers and donations. Councilman Jack County will meet June 2, to enjoy “Seascape” at the New Village Arts Theatre, 2787 State St., Carlsbad, with dancing at the Elk’s Club. For more information, call (858) 674-4324.




Halau Hula O Pualani dancers to perform at Carlsbad Senior Center from 1 to 2 p.m. June 5. ALL PETS, ALL DAY The city For more information, visit of Encinitas will host the Pet and click the “Adults 50+” butHealth Expo from 9:30 a.m. to 1 ton or call (760) 602-4650. p.m. June 2 at 505 S. Vulcan MEET Ave., County Animal Services NEWCOMERS will offer dog licensing, $6 Carlsbad Newcomers will meet at 10 a.m. June 5 at Heritage rabies shots, and $20 microHall, Magee Park, 2650 Garfield chipping for residents of St., Carlsbad. Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Carlsbad, San Diego and For more information, call (760) 683-4460, or visit carlsbadnewunincorporated San Diego. All late fees will be waived at this event. For more information, THINK SMALL The Palomar Orchid Society will host Ron visit Parsons on miniature orchids, at or call (760) 633-2760. 6:30 p.m. June 5 at the Carlsbad NEW FRIENDS Catholic Woman’s Club, 3320 Monroe St. Widow & Widowers of North For more information, go to


Feller has been a longtime supporter of Ivey Ranch Park. He participated in the center’s annual golf marathon fundraiser for 10 years and later raised an additional $18,000 by asking donors to pledge contributions for each pound he lost. He dropped 55 pounds during the weight loss fundraiser. “I have to credit all the people who doubted I could lose weight or ended up paying,” Feller said. “It was a great success.” Feller said he became a supporter of Ivey Ranch when he learned about its daycare program for special needs children, many who need 24/7 care. “I believe in the respite it gives parents who are so desperate for a free moment to themselves or to get things done,” he said. “The daycare is a great idea. It’s pretty amazing as far as I’m concerned.” “Now they do so much more, able-bodied and disabled training, a place for people to volunteer,” he added. “It’s a terrific place, I’m glad we have it here.”

JUNE 6 PHOTO BOUTIQUE The Rancho Encinitas Academy Photography Club will host an exhibit and fundraiser featuring student photographs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. June 6 on campus, main building, 910 Encinitas Blvd. For more information, call (760) 942-2011 or email

JUNE 7 TERI TUNES UP The TERI Players will present a benefit performance of an original musical, “Songs of the Campus of Life” at 6:30 p.m. June 7 at the Sunshine Brooks Theater, 217 North Coast Highway, Oceanside. TERI is a private, non-profit serving individuals touched by autism and other special needs. Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets go to or call (760) 721-1706.


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MiraCosta College students have selected tenured political science instructor John Phillips as Faculty of the Year, associate counselor Jose Mota as Associate Faculty of the Year, and Honors Program secretary Joanne Gonzales as Classified Member of the Year. John Phillips was nominated by his students for his ability to make difficult material easy to understand. He creates a welcoming atmosphere and is an entertaining lecturer. He encourages debate and questions, makes himself accessible to students, and demonstrates genuine interest in his students. “He sincerely cares about what schools we got accepted to, what aid packages we received and what we want to do with our lives,” said one student. “I’ve recommended Dr. Phillips to several students.” “To encourage debate, Dr. Phillips often takes on different ideological roles. It’s very entertaining, and I walk away from each class with a better understanding of the values I hold and the values of people who disagree with me,” says another.

MIraCosta College celebrated its commencement on Friday, May 17. Courtesy photo

Associate counselor Jose Mota was chosen for his dedication to students, his knowledge, openness to questions, and his ability to inspire his students. He developed the First Year Experience (FYE) Program to help new students transition to college, and is the club adviser to the FYE student club. “As club adviser he is always taking the time to make sure things are get-

ting done the correct way, answer questions, and has helped motivate me to have greater standards for myself,” said a student. “Mr. Mota’s love for his career is very contagious,” said another student. “I see that he loves working with people and because of him I also want to help people in the same way.” Honors secretary Joanne Gonzales was noted for helping coordinate Honors activities and her willingness to work extra hours to make sure each event runs smoothly. She goes above and beyond to help students in any way she can. She is prompt in returning messages and always is friendly to those who enter the Honors lounge. “Joanne is extremely helpful, kind, friendly and knowledgeable about the Honors Scholar Program,” says an Honors student. “She is an amazing person, and helps everyone in the program. Developed by the Associated Student Government, these studentinitiated, student-administered awards were announced during MiraCosta College’s commencement ceremony on May 17.

Winston School hosts dinner The Winston School is celebrating 25 years of educating students with learning differences. The school hosted a dinner celebration for 500 Winston students, alumni, their families, teachers, friends and supporters including members of the Del Mar City Council on April 20. Guests traveled from as far away as Tucson and Baton Rouge to attend and many of the alumni attendees had only spent their middle school years at Winston, but were deeply affected by their experience. Emceed by Mike Peterson, the school’s headmaster for eight years, the evening highlights included the Winston Blues Band and the Winston High School Band performances, the school's first graduate Tallie-Mae Gibson, as well as the previous headmaster and current board president Mark Kimball and one of the school's founders Dr. Sarita Eastman. The presentations, music, dancing, game truck, photo booth and kid's corner added fun and excitement to an already festive event, but the essence of the evening was more profound as captured in Peterson's words, “Who knew such a small school could be so big?” Graduate Brian Lafferty offered a student's perspective on Facebook: "Saturday night was

filled to the brim with fun, good times, and nostalgia. The Winston School of Del Mar celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Mission Tower at the Del Mar Fairgrounds….I owe my life and much of my success to The Winston School. Getting me into this fine program was the best thing my mother - bless her soul - ever did for me." While Brian's story is

Who knew such a small school could be so big?” Mike Peterson Headmaster

the only one featured here, it's one of hundreds that students past and present and their family and friends could tell as this school changes lives for all involved. Often a last stop after a student's odyssey through other schools, Winston becomes an immediate game changer, teaching students in a way that he or she learns and not the other way around. By seeking to find a student’s passions and strengths, both the student and the school are successful. So for students who failed classes, struggled to

make friends, and had little hope of ever graduating, they discover learning differently is simply a difference and being accepted is the norm. At the 25th anniversary party, many found themselves looking back and giving credit to the school for the life they live today. Brian's story says it all. He and they found their place at Winston.

ABOUT THE WINSTON SCHOOL The Winston School is a college preparatory program which offers hope and success for children with learning differences in grades 4 through 12. A group of pediatricians and parents in San Diego founded the school in 1988 for bright children whose needs were not being met in traditional school settings. Students such as those struggling with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADD, ADHD, specific learning disabilities or learning disorders, nonverbal learning disorders and slow maturation find what they need in the school’s small, safe and caring environment. For more information visit, contact or call 858-2598155.



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We meet the needs of gifted students Our Mission: The Rhoades School supports the positive development of bright, academically advanced, productive, creative, and socially able students in grades kindergarten through eight. Here, students are provided with an appropriate curriculum, a supportive peer group, and suitable guidance in an encouraging and thoughtful manner. We seek to establish in each student a singular love of learning for its own sake. The Rhoades School was founded on the realization that there was a distinct need for a program which comprehensively met the needs of gifted students. Even among

other esteemed private schools, The Rhoades School stands out as our mission uniquely and distinctively targets students that are gifted and talented. The uncommon abilities of extremely bright students require that the educators with whom they work have an in-depth understanding of, not only multiple academic subject areas and the most effective methods by which to teach those subjects, but also a sensitivity to the unique social needs that are often present in the profiles of gifted and talented students. We are a school of 300 total student body, with typi-

cally two classes of each grade level. Our students enjoy small class sizes and a specialized faculty, with expert instruction outside of the child’s homeroom beginning in kindergarten. These specialized classes include Science, Technology, Spanish, Music, Physical Education and Art. We are located on Rancho Santa Fe Road in south Encinitas on the border of Encinitas and Rancho Santa Fe. We are currently enrolling for the 2013-2014 school year. Please contact Call Kem Graham at 760-4361102 or to schedule a private tour.

Learn. Laugh. Grow. ■ At Del Mar Pines, we believe the elementary school years are the most formative of a child's life. For over thrirty years we've challenged the minds and engaged the hearts of our students by Give your child the start he/she deserves: encouraging a thirst for knowledge and an inquisi- - Small instructional groups tive spirit. Our goal for - Instruction in music, art, physical education, each student is to leave computer science, library, Spanish, and hands-on Del Mar Pines school as an science. independent, resourceful thinker with a lifelong - Integration of technology throug the use of oneto-one iPads and Macbooks love of learning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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At the Rhoades School, we nurture the development of gifted students from kindergarten through eighth grade. We balance a challenging curriculum with an added emphasis on social development, and are guided by four basic principles: • We teach our students how to think, not what to think. • How we teach is as important as what we teach. • We work to instill a sense of healthy competition, collaboration and confidence. • Satisfying our students’ hunger for learning is more important than standardized test scores. Now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 academic year.



of their permitting process (they) may impose … any other conditions they deem fit,” she said. Those opposing the bluff-retention devices, such as members of Surfrider Foundation, say they prevent the natural creation of a beach and will eventually eliminate land that belongs to the public. The amendments also state, “No new private beach stairways shall be constructed, and private beach stairways shall be phased out at the end of the economic life of the structures. “Upon application for a City permit for the replacement of a private beach stairway or replacement of greater than 50 % thereof, private beach accessways may be converted to public accessways where feasible and public access can be reasonably provided.” Private beach-access stairways are located mostly in the city’s condominium developments. Owners say converting them for public use will create added security, maintenance and parking issues and many feel the provision will result in public access to their property. Councilman Tom Campbell sided with the homeowners. “I just think it’s absolutely ludicrous that you’re going to try to tell someone that they have a private staircase and all of a sudden you’re going to eliminate their ability to use it,” he said. “That’s just not sensible at all.” City Councilwoman Lesa Heebner interpreted the provision differently. “Private stairs should remain private,” she said. “We’ve given the language that will allow that to occur through saying … ‘reasonable and feasible.’ I think that the language that we have in there is as strong as we could possibly make it. “It’s just not reasonable and feasible to have the public marching through people’s private property to get to the beach, especially when there are public access stairways very nearby,” she added. “Those people who are using those private stairways can rest assured that they will remain private.” A Local Coastal Plan is required by the California Coastal Act of 1976. It guides development in coastal areas to basically

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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS ensure public access to beaches and is made up of a land-use plan and implementation plan. All of Solana Beach is considered a coastal zone so new development must be approved by the city and the California Coastal Commission. With an approved LCP, most new development would only require city approval. Solana Beach, the only city in the county without a certified LCP, has submitted seven versions since 2001. With Campbell dissenting, council adopted an LUP with a 4-1 vote in February and directed staff to work with stakeholders to make changes that would be submitted to the Coastal Commission later as amendments. At that meeting council members said it was important to keep the process moving forward. Most said the same about the amendments. “I believe we’ll have future discussion on this as the years go on,” Mayor Mike Nichols said, adding the document can be finetuned during the implementation process. “This is a living document. It’s not the final say on any of this but we need to continue to move forward.” Campbell again cast the only opposing vote despite being upset by the recent lawsuit. “I didn’t vote in favor of the LUP but you still went ahead and named me individually,” he told Corn. “You guys aren’t approaching this the right way.” Representing the Surfrider Foundation, resident Jim Jaffee supports the changes, noting the U.S. Constitution has 27 amendments. “Doing small amendments is not a risky thing,” he said. “It’s a common thing. It’s the nature of our government.” He offered three options to council that would have been acceptable to environmentalists. “But based on the lawsuits now it seems like no matter what you do you’re going to be caught in a rock and a hard place,” he said. Surfrider filed a lawsuit against the city more than a decade ago when the process began but eventually dropped it. The amendments will be presented to the Coastal Commission for approval during its October meeting in San Diego.

STUDENTS ON THE GO Horizon Prep eighth-graders, from left, Antonio Partida, Haley Kerwin and Carly Gammel prepare to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington D.C., during their recent class trip. Seventh-graders go to Catalina Marine Biology camp and sixth-graders attend Science Camp. Courtesy photo

Carlsbad to develop water City changes curfew quality improvement plan By Bianca Kaplanek

By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — Continuing its maintenance of water quality within the Carlsbad Watershed, the city will develop a Water Quality Improvement Plan to comply with its permit from the Regional Water Quality Control Board. Carlsbad received its latest National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit from the Board on May 8, fulfilling its requirement under the 1972 Clean Water Act, according to a presentation by Carlsbad’s environmental manager Elaine Lukey before City Council at its May 21 meeting. Under this permit, the city is responsible for ensuring that there are no pollutants in the storm water it releases into local water bodies. This duty coincides with the city’s work of monitoring water quality within local lagoons and creeks as one of several agencies within the Carlsbad Watershed Management Area. Lukey noted in her presentation that the new permit allows the city to manage its water bodies differently than previously allowed under earlier permits. Notably, the city is

now able to set priorities between the water bodies it manages. “Under the previous permit, we were expected to do everything, everywhere,” she said. Currently, there are five bodies of water within the Carlsbad Watershed that are considered to be impaired under state water quality standards due to levels of specific pollutants, according to Lukey. The water bodies, which are Buena Vista Lagoon, Buena Vista Creek, Agua Hedionda Creek, San Marcos Creek and Encinitas Creek, in spite of this, still have healthy ecosystems operating within them and are not considered toxic. The city will identify where it will focus its main water quality improvement efforts through its Water Quality Improvement Plan, said Lukey. Carlsbad will hire a private company to help develop its plan and has already released a request for proposals for the project. The plan will be developed over the next two years as the city and other Carlsbad Watershed agencies continue to monitor the water quality of local water bodies.

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DEL MAR — Council members took action at the May 20 meeting to change the curfew for minors and sell a vacant city-owned lot. Three years ago the county changed its juvenile curfew from 11 p.m. to 10 p.m. to be consistent with a handful of cities that had already switched it to an hour earlier. Not long after, thenSupervisor Pam Slater-Price sent letters to Del Mar and Solana Beach urging them to follow suit. Solana Beach did so in May 2010. Neighboring cities such as San Diego and its jurisdictions — Rancho Santa Fe, Carmel Valley, etc. — and Encinitas have a 10 p.m. curfew. Having a later curfew, as Del Mar currently does, creates an oasis effect in which minors stay in the city where they can remain in public an extra hour. According to the staff report, the park ranger and enforcement officers have found most minors contacted in Del Mar after 10 p.m. live in surrounding jurisdictions where curfew hours start earlier. “That has created juveniles arriving in our city knowing they’re legal here until 11, but when they head home they’re actually in violation,” Park Ranger Adam Chase said. “So we’re trying to create an ordinance to be more in line with surrounding cities and with the county.” The change is expected to result in fewer crimes related to minors.The new curfew will likely take effect in early July. Despite opposition to sell a 3,170-square-foot parcel just east of 301 Hidden Pines Road, council agreed to move forward with the sale of the property that once housed a water pump. The lot is 25 feet wide, 127 feet deep and has a steep south-to-north slope, with an elevation difference of about 40 feet. There is a small, relatively flat area on the northern portion that is slightly elevated from the street. Zoned residential, it could be developed with variances. Peter Van Rooyen, who owns the property to the east of the lot, said he would like to buy it to provide a greenbelt

between him and the other surrounding owners, Clyde Freeman and Gary Burke. Van Rooyen said he has no plans to build on the property or expand his existing home and would take steps to ensure it remains open space in perpetuity. Because the city no longer has any use for the property, it is in the public interest to sell it. To do so, a hearing was required to allow testimony from anyone who opposes the sale. Freeman, Burke and Don Countryman, representing another property owner, objected, mainly because there is no guarantee Van Rooyen will be the successful bidder. Councilman Don Mosier said there is no clear mechanism to guarantee it remains open space. “How do we ensure that this gentleman’s agreement is fully executed?” he asked. “I don’t see a way that you can … because you can’t take away those property rights,” City Attorney Leslie Devaney said. Because there was at least one protest to the sale, four of the five council members had to agree to move forward. The vote was 4-1, with Mayor Terry Sinnott dissenting. The proposed sale will be presented to the Planning Commission during its June 11 meeting, after which staff will proceed with the preliminary title report and appraisal, then return to council with the estimated value and seek direction on the minimum price and method of sale, such as a sealed bid or use of a broker. Money from the sale would be used to acquire or improve city parks. Sinnott asked that there be language to ensure funds are used for capital expenses. “I don’t want this money to go to operating expenses for the city,” he said. In other council news, Mosier and former Councilman Richard Earnest applied to fill a vacant seat on the nine-member, governorappointed 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors, which oversees the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The city agreed to send a letter to Sacramento supporting the appointment of either resident.



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New Carlsbad park receives official name By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — City Council agreed that the new park facility being built off of Poinsettia Lane and Alicante Road will officially bear the name Alga Norte Community Park. But council also decided to consider selling the names of the park’s individual facilities to sponsors at a future meeting. The park, which is currently under construction, has been referred to as Alga Norte Community Park for decades throughout its planning process, but City Council had not formally named it. At its May 21 meeting, City Council considered seeking out name suggestions from the community,a process that could take about 3 months according to Carlsbad Director of Parks and Recreation Chris Hazeltine. Hazeltine pointed out that because the park is anticipated to open later this year, city staff would not have much time to establish a new name. Mayor Pro Tem Mark Packard was the only councilmember who expressed interest in considering a new name. “Our history is that the community gets to choose the name as opposed to a staff member,” he said. He expressed that a few community members had approached him about the

park’s name. He further mentioned, “Apparently ‘alga’ is a variation of the Spanish word for algae.” Yet all other council members stated that they were content with the name. “I’m happy with Alga Norte Community Park. I’ve always known it as such,” said Councilmember Farrah Douglas. “Actually until this was brought up, I hadn’t even given it a thought,” said Councilmember Keith Blackburn. Ultimately, council majority instated Alga Norte Community Park as the official name. But the opportunity remains for naming the individual facilities of the park and will be considered at a council meeting in July. The park will consist of a swimming complex, skate park, ball fields, dog park, playground, and basketball courts. The city can entertain selling name rights of these facilities to private sponsors, according to Communication Manager Kristina Ray. This would be similar to how Carlsbad named its newest library facility, the Dove Library, which in turn contains the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium and William D. Cannon Art Gallery, both named after sponsors.

ENCINITAS — Encinitas 101 MainStreet presented its fifth annual Encinitas Lifestyles Fashion Show May 18. The show, held at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center, featured clothing and accessories from a dozen Downtown Encinitas shops and benefited the Community Resource Center. Fourteen local models graced the runway in 26 different looks, showcasing the wide range of styles available along Encinitas’ main street.







1) Community Resource Center Thrift Store modeled by Kendal Kirkland 2) Detour Salon modeled by Elizabeth Stocks 3) Hansen's modeled by Emma Reed 4) Pink Soul Boutique modeled by Kellee Ybarra 5) Queen Eileens modeled by Sarah Storrs 6) The Black Sheep modeled by Farimah Arsalan

Photos courtesy of Jim Wang


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Life continues marching on JOE MORIS Baby Boomer Peace All week I’ve been trying to decide what was best to write about. I gear my column toward Baby Boomers, who, for the most part, were wiped out by the recession in the hopes that what I’m experiencing can be a glimmer of hope for those whose journey may mirror my own. In my next column I will write about the consequences of life. People our age are dying,like Ray Manzarek of the Doors who just died this week. But,life goes on no matter what our contributions to society are. I continue to work part time but have decided to take early retirement. There are those that would want me to feel guilty for living off the teat of government. I don’t look at it that way. The money that I contributed to Social Security all these years was supposed to go into a lock box of sorts and be there for me when I chose to retire. It’s not my fault that, over the years, our Congress decided to rob the Social Security funds. Besides giving the fund IOU’s, the Social Security Department apparently decided to give Social Security funds to people, that in my opinion, didn’t contribute. When I go to the Social Security office and see a few older folks like me waiting to be seen and the rest of the place is filled with immigrants and kids running around, I just scratch my head and say “what are all these young immigrants doing in here”? I am a rare bird. I am a conservative columnist. Luckily I have the support of the owners of this paper. Believe me, being a conservative writer has its drawbacks. For the most part I’ve learned that although liberals campaign for free speech,if my free speech doesn’t jive with their ideology, they want to shut me up. I could give you some real horror stories of my experiences with the left but for now, watching what is going on in

Washington with all the scandals is some small justification for some of my previous columns. Because I write about my experience living part time in Mexico, in the past I’ve been excoriated by the left for writing about the government’s bungled attempts to shut down the Second Amendment through the Fast & Furious debacle. The investigation of Fast & Furious was shut down by a Presidential Executive Order giving immunity to Attorney General Eric Holder. President Obama wrote that executive order allowing all the evidence in that case to be locked down from our own Darrell Issa’s Oversight Committee in the House of Representatives. But, with these new scandals involving Benghazi, the Associated Press and the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups, the President can no longer justify writing executive orders barring Congress from investigating these latest scandals. Other conservatives like me have known what was going on in the government but have been marginalized by the mainstream press or personally attacked by readers who have been blinded by the charisma of President Obama. I lived through the Nixon debacle when Nixon was caught on tape saying he wanted to use the IRS to go after his enemies. But, that’s as far as his involvement with the IRS went. He only talked about it. This administration actually acted upon an enemies list and encouraged the IRS to do their bidding. The President has not yet been implicated but his Chief of Staff knew about it nearly two years ago. This whole mess will be very interesting to watch since I too have been targeted as well. Being a real estate developer, before being wiped out by the recession, I have experienced being targeted and “slow walked.” Anyone wishing to obtain approvals and permits to build a housing subdivision in this County are taken through the mill dealing with all the governmental agencies including Fish & Game at the State level and Fish & Wildlife

at the Federal level. “Green” entities seem to just fly through the process with their projects, but a “black hat” developer can expect everything including the kitchen sink thrown at them. I was involved in a project that was on 110 acres in Vista. We started the approval process for 47 homes on approximately 40 percent of the property leaving the remainder of the property for the bugs and birds. It was a beautiful design with environmental concerns addressed thoroughly. We commenced the project in 2001. The environmental agencies had us change the design of the project seven times. By the time we received approval in 2011 (yes, 10 years and many hundreds of thousands of dollars in studies later), we were scolded by the County Board of Supervisors. They said that our project was just another bland subdivision. Our initial design had meandering single loaded streets with tons of open area for the endangered birds. But, one of our earliest design changes was demanded by the environmental agencies. They reasoned their changes by saying “the birds will have to fly over houses to get from one habitat to the other.” I kid you not. The environmental agency had us redesign the subdivision because the birds were going to have to fly. I thought that was what birds do. Nonetheless, being targeted is no fun so I totally empathize with the groups targeted by the IRS as well as the journalists in the AP and Fox News cases for having their phone records seized. We baby boomers need to be concerned about the kind of country our kids and grandkids will live in. We need to take a chance and speak up when injustices are being done. Life is too short, but it doesn’t mean we have to shut up when we know something is wrong. We want our peace but not at the cost of losing freedoms that our forefathers fought so hard to keep in place just for us. Joe Moris may be contacted at (760) 500-6755 or by email at


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Janet Pippins, left, and Gail Bowman balance motherhood with successful careers as entrepreneurs. Pippins is owner of Allure Makeup Academy in Oceanside and will be debuting her new line of Charmed Cosmetics Mineral Makeup June 1. Bowman is a children’s, fashion and wedding photographer. Photo by Lillian Cox

Entrepreneur teaches makeup artists By Lillian Cox

OCEANSIDE — After having children, Janet Pippins felt there was still something missing in her life. She had always enjoyed doing her friends’ makeup, and in 2004 decided to go professional by first earning a certificate in makeup artistry, then launching her business — Janet Pippins Artistry. In 2009, Pippins visited the popular industry website, where she met Gail Bowman, another enterprising North County mom who was making a name for herself as a children’s, fashion and wedding photographer. “I said to Gail, ‘Do you want to collaborate?’ and she came over to my garage,” Pippins recalls. The women developed a close personal and professional relationship, referring clients to each other, keenly aware that they had to do a certain amount of pro bono work to promote themselves. For example, Bowman would come up with a concept for a photo, then call a modeling agency to see if an up-and-coming model might want to build her portfolio by exchanging services. She recruited Pippins to do the makeup. Soon, Bowman was in a position to charge a fee — accumulating an impressive client list that today includes models for Guess, Sketchers, Clinique and TMobile. Others include Natalie Ann Pack, Miss California USA 2012; Mabelynn Capeluj, Miss California USA 2013; Cassidy Wolf, Miss California Teen USA 2013; Naduah Rugely, a contestant in “America’s Next Top Model”; and Encinitas model Nathalie Gironas, who got her start in the early Justin Bieber video, “Eeny Meenie.” Pippinswas bitten by

the entrepreneurial bug again a year ago, which led to the opening of Allure Makeup Academy in Oceanside in April 2012. The upscale commercial space was also large enough for a photography studio for Bowman. Pippins keeps her class size small, between two and six students, in order to provide individual attention. “Some girls have natural talent and you can see it right away,” she said. “Other girls pick it up around the third day.” The curriculum includes weeklong classes that include: Introduction to Makeup Artistry; Bridal/Fashion/Runway Makeup; Airbrush Makeup; Advanced Airbrush Makeup; Spray Tanning; Eyelash Extensions; Hair Styling for Photo Shoots and Weddings; Portfolio Building Shoot; and Business Development and Branding. Students receive a certificate for each class they complete. They can also take a six-week masters class where they learn glamour/high fashion, portfolio building and business development. Bowman helps Pippins’ students build a portfolio using professional models she’s recruited who require makeup prior to a photo session with her. Some students find this intimidating. “I tell them, ‘Talk to the models — you have to build a relationship. I want you to make yourself proud and make Allure proud,’” Bowman explains, adding that she posts photographs of student work on her Facebook page to give them exposure. Pippins tells her graduates that there are several directions they can take as professional makeup artists including commercial work in advertising as well as

weddings, special occasions such as graduations and boudoir photography. Students range in age from 14 to a mom in her 50s who is already building a client base. Taking what they’ve learned, Pippins and Bowman are inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs. Their optimism is supported by a survey earlier this year by the National Association of Women Business Owners that the future for women entrepreneurs is more promising than ever. “It really makes you feel good — helping these kids and patting them on the back,” Pippins said. “It will touch you.” Bowman adds, “I believe that if you want it, you can make it happen.” On June 1, Pippins is launching her new Charmed Cosmetics Mineral Makeup, a line of affordable, cruelty-free products for all skin tones and ethnicities that includes: cream foundation, powder foundation, bronzer, blushes, eye shadows, lip glosses and makeup brushes. Charmed Makeup will be available online at on June 1, and will also be showcased at Phame (Professional Hair & Makeup Exposition) at the Pasadena Convention Center June 29 and June 30. Allure is also a distributor for Vanity Girl Hollywood Mirrors. Allure Makeup Academy and Gail Bowman Photography are located at 4011 Avenida De La Plata, Suite 302, in Oceanside. For information about Allure, visit or call (760) 908-6902. For information about Bowman, visit


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Weidner a longtime fixture of the local flower scene By Lillian Cox

ENCINITAS — The sale of the Ecke Ranch last August marked the end of an era, particularly for those who remember Encinitas in its heyday as Flower Capital of the World. Sharing credit for the title is Weidner’s Gardens, still thriving after almost 50 years under the watchful eye of matriarch Evelyn Weidner. Flowering plants blanket six acres at Pireaus and Normandy Road where Weidner’s grows and sells Ecke poinsettias and pansies in the winter, and begonias and fuschias spring and summer. Weidner, 84, says she’s not going anywhere. “I was born in the flower business, I was raised in the flower business, I married Bob Weidner who was in the flower business and I still love it,” she said. Evelyn Weidner sold the business in January to longtime employees Kalim Owens and Oliver Storm. Owens functions as general manager and wholesale sales manager and Storm as head grower. At their request, Evelyn Weidner and daughter Mary Witesman stayed on to continue teaching, hosting groups and working weekends. “I’m doing what I do best: helping customers to grow better,” Evelyn Weidner said, adding that she relishes more time off to volunteer with the Community Resource Center, San Dieguito Heritage Museum, Encinitas Rotary and Shinoda Scholarship Foundation. Owens says maintaining continuity is important. “It’s like the business is being kept in the family,” he explained. “Evelyn comes in and we meet as if Oliver and I were her sons. To have that kind of experience is invaluable.” Evelyn Weidner adds, “We have an agreement that I can make suggestions, and I do, but I won’t get mad if they don’t take my advice.” Evelyn Weidner was raised in a family of Swedish horticulturists who found their way from Minnesota to Southern California. After the end of World War II, she

Evelyn Weidner has been the face of Weiner’s Gardens for almost 50 years, giving tips through talks at the gardens and at the San Diego County Fair each year. When she sold the business in January to long-time employees Kalim Owens and Oliver Storm, they asked her to stay on – for their sake and customers. “Many of them comment that they’ve been coming here since they were children with their parents,” Owens said. Photo by Lillian Cox

married nurseryman Bob Weidner and had four children. As Long Beach grew in the 1960s, they decided to move to a rural area more conducive to the flower industry. “My father belonged to the Nursery Association and knew the Eckes,” she recalled.“We could have gone to Oxnard, but Paul Sr. and Paul Jr. said,‘Of course, you’re coming down here.’ There was good water, long hours of sunshine, and it was not too hot or cold.” She and her husband retained the name Buena Park Greenhouse in Encinitas, selling foliage wholesale. They sold the business when plastic plants began replacing foliage in popularity. “We found that flower children hated their parents’ values which included plastic plants,” she said. “They

protested plastic plants and started making macramé and there was a groundswell of foliage. Everyone in the business was doing great.” The Weidners purchased the current property and began selling foliage cuttings. Because Evelyn Weidner had been active in the Begonia Society in Long Beach, Bob Weidner asked if she wanted to sell tuberous begonias. “I thought it was ridiculous, but he wanted to be a big flower grower,” she recalled. “The first year we grew tuberous begonias Sunset Magazine contacted us and said, ‘Why didn’t you tell us?’ They printed a fullcolor photo of our nursery the following year.” Fuschia baskets followed the next year, then impatiens until they began introducing flowering plants each year. After Bob Weidner passed away in 1988, Evelyn Weidner took over the helm, harnessing the power of the Digital Age to increase business. Today, she writes the newsletter, updates the website and announces specials on eBlasts. Paul Ecke III has been a fan since the beginning. “Evelyn is a very close friend and a tenacious business woman who always provides a great experience for her clients with a cheerful smile,” he said. “I remember once I brought the First Lady of the Philippines (Mrs. Fidel V. Ramos) to visit her begonia gardens. Evelyn proceeded to sell her hundreds of dollars’ worth of products. I think Mrs. Ramos was used to getting stuff for free, and Evelyn gently coaxed a lot of money out of her wallet before she knew it! “Evelyn is also a great fundraiser for the same reason — she can coax people to donate money and they are glad to do it because it is always fun to talk to her.” Weidner’s Gardens is located at 695 Normandy Rd., Encinitas. For more information visit or call (760) 436-2194.

IMPATIENT PUYA Thelma Montag, longtime Encinitas resident, shows off her unusual Puya plant that has grown in her Delage Drive garden from a small shoot to a true Sapphire Tower. She has been a volunteer at San Diego Botanical Gardens for many years and got the plant back in the 1990s. She was told the plant blooms only once every 10 years and got her first flower spike in 2001, then more in 2008. This year, the plant shot up nine spikes, all abloom now. The Puya plant is the largest species of bromeliad known. The name was derived from the Andes Mapuche Indian word meaning “point.” Courtesy photos



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You can enjoy Big Bear Lake acitivities all year round E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road There’s probably nobody in Big Bear Lake that Jim Lyons doesn’t know, and probably no one who doesn’t know him. The local historian, offroader, search-and-rescue commander and trail angel is at the wheel of a 12-passenger, military-style vehicle from Big Bear Off-Road Adventures. We are hanging on for dear life, screaming and laughing as he plows over bumps and through puddles, courtesy of last night’s glorious storm, complete with thunder, lightning and hail. Lyons is showcasing the back roads north of the lake and we are drinking in magnificent views of water, snowcovered mountains, the desert below, and vast green valleys that Hollywood finds

It’s not hard to find a spectacular view of Big Bear Lake and the surrounding mountains from the Pacific Crest Trail or one of the roads that parallel the lake’s north shore. Area mountains are often frosted until mid-July. Though a popular skiing destination for thousands of Southern Californians, the Big Bear area offers a large menu of spring, summer and autumn activities. Photos by Jerry Ondash

irresistible for film and television. As we lurch along, Lyons entertains us with tales of Big Bear’s history and the people who made it colorful. Some involve hundreds of gold miners from the mid-1800s, and

though they are long gone, there still is evidence of a tenacious few who continue the quest. Lyons points out the white posts that mark their claims. It’s all a bit more civilized today than during the California Gold Rush, when claim jumpers could be found swinging from a nearby tree. The Big Bear Lake region is generally synonymous with winter sports, but spring, summer and fall in this mountain paradise offer a myriad of activities for all ages. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the Big Bear Discovery Center, staffed mostly by volunteers from the Southern California Mountains

Jim Luschen, a retired engineer from Del Mar, is hiking the length of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mexican border to the Canadian border – 2,627 miles. This photo was taken near Big Bear Lake. Luschen began the trek in April The drive up to Big Bear Lake on Highway 330 provides sweeping vis- near Campo and plans to finish tas of valleys and mountains, punctuated by hundreds of brilliant yellow before October. He says he’ll need bushes called witch’s broom. We learned later that witch’s broom is an new shoes about every 600-700 invasive plant. miles.

Dan McKernan, director of marketing for Big Bear Lake Resort Association, captured this fastmoving, blue-tailed Coronado skink while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, which parallels the lake’s north shore. McKernan caught the critter as it was scurrying through some underbrush, where it was returned after biting his finger.

Foundation. Indoors is a collection of stuffed forest animals and birds — all died natural deaths — including one very impressive grizzly bear. Plenty of visitors will see them because “the San Bernardino National Forest is the most visited national forest in the U.S.,” says Meredith Brandon, who teaches kids about the flora and fauna of the area. Outdoors is the Nature Discovery Zone, an “adventure space” designed to reconnect kids with nature with areas for climbing, crawling,

Jim Lyons, a guide for Big Bear Off-Road Adventures, delights in taking visitors on back-roads adventures in this 12-passenger vehicle that doubles as a search-and-rescue vehicle. Lyons is well versed in the natural and human history of the area, and often assists through-hikers on the nearby Pacific Crest Trail.

building, digging, playing music, and even resting, although it’s hard to imagine 2- to 7-year-olds doing much of that. Many kids today are not in touch with the outdoors, Brandon explains, so the Zone is here to show them all the possibilities. Back in the off-road vehicle, we near the end of our ride when Lyons stops to help some “through-hikers” on the Pacific Crest Trail, which parallels the north shore of the lake. He hauls two large, plastic water jugs to hikers who are giving their feet a break under a tree.They began their journey in mid-April in Campo near the Mexican bor-

der, and plan to finish the 2,627-mile trek at the Canadian border by November 1. It will take 20 miles a day and new shoes every 600 to 700 miles. Two of the hikers join us for the ride into town, where they’ll find a hostel bed and ample food. “I’ve already lost about 10 pounds,” says one, who doesn’t look like he can afford it. “We’d never make it if it weren’t for guys like (Lyons).” We also can brag that we’ve hiked the Pacific Crest Trail — for about two hours. Dan McKernan, outdoor aficionado and marketing director for the Big Bear Lake Resort Association, led us on a nature hike earlier that yielded encounters with vibrant wildflowers, wondrous views (plenty of these in Big Bear), and a blue-tailed, Coronado skink. The critter was freed, but not before he laid his tiny teeth into McKernan’s finger. Which reminds me … We are hungry. Our group gathers at the Himalayan Restaurant in Big Bear Village where we decide to share six or seven Indian and Nepalese dishes. Each is flavorful, unique and perfectly seasoned. Bonus for me: most are gluten-free. Owner Keshar Bhandari gets a resounding “Yes!” when he inquires whether all is good. For information about activities, dining and lodging at Big Bear Lake, visit, or call (800) 4-BIGBEAR (800-424-4232). Stay two or more nights at a participating lodge and get a gas card worth $50 to $100, and qualify for a drawing for a $500 gas card. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at



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S UMMER O PPORTUNITIES We offer a variety of athletic camps that cater to all levels of ability â– We focus on

fundamentals Whether you are just a beginner or a highly experienced athlete, focused on one sport or a participant in many, Pacific Ridge School has the program for you. This year, Pacific Ridge Summer Programs will offer a variety of athletic camps that cater to all levels of ability. Most programs will be open to rising 5th through 12th grade student-ath-

letes. All will be coached by Pacific Ridge’s talented, energetic and experienced head coaches. Camps will focus on fundamentals and individual skill development along with game strategy. They will be fast-paced and fun, and will emphasize teamwork, positive attitude and character development. Along with these exciting offerings, Pacific Ridge is proud to be hosting co-ed basketball camps by both Nike and Chase Budinger, NBA star of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Goals of Pacific Ridge School Athletics • Develop an "Honor the Game" culture • Emphasize character education and teach lifelong lessons through sports • Prepare young athletes for success in life on and off the fields and courts • Increase school spirit and pride through interscholastic competition For more information, please visit and click on Summer Programs.

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packets are available today Come join the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos for Explorer Summer Day Camp from June 12-August 9! The Club offers a great variety of fun, weekly-themed, and educational activities including science, technology, engineering, math, arts and crafts, sports, computers, games room and much more. The annual membership fee is

$40. The general Summer Day Camp weekly fee is $70 per Club member with no field trips included. For Club members 7-9 years old who want to sign up for the Field Trip Adventures, the price is $90/week and includes 1 field trip per week primarily on Wednesdays. For Club members 10 years old and up who want to sign up for the Field Trip Adventures, the price is $100/week and includes 2 field trips per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Summer Day Camp program is open Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Members

must be at least 6 years old and enrolled in first grade. Our Summer registration packets are available today at the front desk of the Jennifer Loscher Branch (1 Positive Place, San Marcos 92069) and also can be found online at Scholarships are available. Annual memberships are valid July 1 – June 30. For additional assistance please call (760) 471-2490 x 300 or email Outreach & Area Director, Jack Nguyen at Register today as space is limited!

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Most Awesome Camp for Kids What does it take to create an award-winning summer camp that features a week spent with top-notch art instructors and farm animals in an outdoor woodland setting? “A lot of advance planning,� said Carlsbad Art Farm Founder and Director Perrin Weston. “Our goal is to immerse students in a highly enjoyable world apart, where they leave behind the cell phones and video games for a week to concentrate on the natural world while learning new art techniques. That doesn’t just happen.� Weston’s goal each year is to create a weeklong camp experience designed for mature elementary and middle school students. While early education art programs focus primarily on “process� versus “product�, Weston believes that students in Grades 2 and up are ready for more. “It becomes frustrating to these students who want to draw representationally or paint with some authority, but there’s no one there to tell them how to go about doing that,� she said. “It’s one of the reasons older kids stop making art. They think making art is magic and they are just no good at it, so they give up. It’s not magic. Like anything else done well, it takes study and practice and time. And good teachers.�

Weston’s team of instructors are highly trained working artists with areas of specialty such as figurative and animal drawing and painting, animation and illustration, and photography. Weston starts working with her instructors in February to develop a rich summer camp curriculum that is a balance of skill building, animal encounters, and structured horsing around. Mornings are about studying drawing and painting, while afternoons are devoted to craft-oriented projects and free time on Art Farm’s 10-acres of riparian habitat. Students are divided into three groups by grade level and are taught in separate outdoor classrooms. Each age group has a special activity. This summer, the oldest group – the “Alpacas� – will learn to draw a human model, dressed like Johnny Depp in “Pirates of the Caribbean�, as well as animals. “Kids this age who are starting to get into graphic novels and other art forms involving the human form want to know how to draw faces and clothing realistically,� Weston said. “This will give them a nice introduction to how artists do that, whether they are doing it with charcoal or on a high-tech drawing tablet.� The “Goat� group will be engaged in turning their

classroom tent into a diorama during their week at Art Farm, depicting an animal habitat. The youngest group of “Spotted Donkeys�, which is for students entering Grade 2 next fall, will be working on the ever-popular fairy and gnome village installation. “This involves painting fairy houses, creating 3-D imaginary pets for the fairies, and growing a lollipop garden using magic “Art Farm seeds,� Weston said. “The lollipop garden is pure fun. At the end of the week they get to harvest their crop.� Both the Goat and Alpaca groups will work on animal murals and participate in Art Farm’s Friday Origami Boat Pageant and Races. “Students last summer produced some origami boats that were museum pieces,� Weston said. “They were painted in acrylic, a plastic-based paint that makes the paper boats buoyant, and decorated with found objects, decorative paper, feathers, you name it. There was one that was a fire-breathing Chinese dragon with wings. It was gorgeous.� For more information about Carlsbad Art Farm camps and for online enrollment, visit While there, click the Facebook page to see day-to-day happenings at Art Farm. Camps begin June 17 and continue to midAugust.

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standing initially specified Ashtanga yoga. And parents objected to cultural references associated with the yoga program this past fall. But he said there are no longer any mentions of Ashtanga yoga. Also, sensitive references in Sanskrit were removed because the curriculum “evolved,” he said. David Peck, one of the attorneys representing the defense, echoed the statement during the preliminary remarks. Even though there might have been “missteps” in the beginning, he said the program is being judged on “what’s taking part in the classroom today.” Further,Peck said the case centers on whether the average student could find any religious component to the program.The “fanatical” prism of extreme parents is irrelevant, he said. Upon being asked by Broyles, Baird said that he did-



Crawford said the new law also doesn’t address other animals. “Have you figured out how to put the ground squirrels, seagulls and pelicans on restriction, too?” Gaylord asked. “No one’s picking up after them.” “Are cats OK?” Crawford asked. “Is it OK for someone to bring their pony to the tot lot?” Both women also questioned one aspect of the new law that states it will limit the spread of germs and disease. But Councilman Don Mosier, who holds medical and



MAY 31, 2013 n’t research the origins of the Jois Foundation or Ashtanga yoga. He said EUSD is only interested in “spreading health and wellness.” Broyles sought to further link religion and the yoga program by subpoenaing witness Jennifer Brown, who teaches yoga on a part-time basis at Capri Elementary, an EUSD school. Brown testified that she visited India to study Ashtanga yoga. She added that she doesn’t worship Hinduism. Brown said the EUSD poses are grounded in Ashtanga yoga, but that she stripped away any spiritual references. For instance, she renamed one pose to “crisscross applesauce.” She also talked about yamas — ethical guidelines within Hinduism — with some of her students during the early stages of the program. Yamas include compassion and truthfulness, for example. Brown

said the yamas are universal rules. Plus, they overlapped with moral lessons the district was already promoting to its students, she said. Not long after, Broyles caused a stir in the courtroom by asking Brown to exhibit a series of poses. Upon returning to the witness stand, Broyles inquired whether the series references Hinduism. Brown answered that the order of the sequence is the best way to “warm up the body.” As taught, the series doesn’t have any spiritual or religious significance. Brown noted one fourth grader expressed her mom’s concerns with the program. “She shared with me that her mom asked if we were going to be talking about the Buddha,” Brown said. “I assured her — no, we’re not going to be talking the Buddha,” Brown said. “We’re going to breathe; we’re going to move; we’re going to relax.”

Candy Gunther Brown, a religious studies professor at Indiana University with no relation to Jennifer Brown, took the stand to testify on behalf of Broyles. In her written declaration, Brown said that religion can’t be untangled from yoga. “For many Hindus and Buddhists, for instance, religious significance exists directly in the doing, rather than secondarily in believing or saying something, while performing bodily or mental practices,” Brown said in the declaration. Another part of the declaration goes on to say that: “the terms ‘mindfulness’ and ‘balance’ allude to religious concepts important in Buddhism, Taoism and Hinduism.” There wasn’t a jury at the trial; both sides agreed that a judge should determine the legality of the yoga program. When the case resumes, EUSD will call witnesses to the stand, followed by closing arguments.

doctorate degrees, refuted their claims that the statement isn’t true. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most countries other than the United States collect data on diseases that are transmitted between dogs, cats and humans, Mosier said. “There’s lots of data that suggests pets, including family pets, do transmit diseases,” he said. “Our goal … is to protect the public safety,” he said. “Most of our citizens are healthy and well-behaved and probably don’t need our assistance in protecting them.

“But I support this measure because I think it’s important to protect everyone,” he said, including young children and a growing population of people who are more susceptible to infectious diseases, such as cancer and AIDS patients. His colleagues agreed. “This is one small area that would be restricted,” Councilwoman Sherryl Parks said.“I’ve been down at that tot lot when it is jam packed. “Eliminating the dogs from that area would, in fact, make it easier for young families,” she added. “I don’t feel it would be unfair or unreasonable to have one place in the

city that is restricted.” “We’ve given dogs a lot of rights in our city, a lot of places to go,” Councilwoman Lee Haydu said. “There’s plenty of places for families and dogs.” Mayor Terry Sinnott called the ordinance “reasonable and balanced.” Council members unanimously adopted the first reading of the draft ordinance, but instructed staff to delete the words “family-friendly” and replace the word “dog” with “pets” when it is returned for adoption at the second reading, likely at the June 3 meeting. The new law will go into effect 30 days after that.

A plaque at the overlook site of Cottonwood Creek Park in Encinitas identifies the spot as a designated historical point of interest. The plaque was unveiled at a ceremony in May. Photo by Tony Cagala



the people who had worked so hard and so long to preserve the site,and the work that continues to re-establish the habitat. Brad Roth is the project manager with the Conservancy and has volunteered his time with the group since 1993. The historical importance of Cottonwood Creek begins with the railroads in the early 1880s when a water stop was put in, near where Vulcan Avenue is today, he explained. “And it was the only water stop between Oceanside and National City, I believe,” he said. “All the other major streams had lagoons and they were brackish water, part salt water,so they couldn’t use that for the steam locomotives. So

that meant that the train would stop here and establish commerce. So people started developing agriculture here, and that was really the beginning of the town of Encinitas.” He added that around 1920, Cottonwood Creek was the source of water for the whole town. With the site free from threats of development,future generations will be able to benefit from the Conservancy’s work. “It’s part of our cultural heritage; the natural landscape that we have here,” Roth said. “It’s part of our history and if everything gets altered and paved over, we lose a real important part of our history and our natural history,” he added. As part of the ceremony, Roth and Renaker received proclamations from Encinitas Mayor Teresa Barth.


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