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VOL. 9, NO. 11

JUNE 14, 2013

Officials fight back on mosquito problem By Jared Whitlock

CARMEL VALLEY — From the cockpit of a Bull 206 helicopter hovering above the Penasquitos Lagoon, veins of blue water contrasted with the green wetland below. There wasn’t much green in sight a month ago. Most of the wetland was completely submerged in standing water, leaving the area prime for mosquito breeding. It even prompted concerns over the spread of West Nile Virus. “There’s less water now and that’s good news,” said helicopter pilot Jason Colquhoun over the roar of the engine. “The view from up here says a lot.” Colquhoun, who works with the San Diego County Vector Control Program, dropped organic larvicide while cruising over the area. Normally, he treats 20 acres every 28 days in the spring and summer months. But given the proliferation of mosquitoes over the past two months, 70 acres of the lagoon received larvicide spraying. Amid residents’ concerns,the greater- An aerial view of the Penasquitos Lagoon shows arteries of standing water near Torrey Pines than-normal aerial application is half of State Beach. Due to the freshwater, the area has seen a jump in mosquitoes in the past two TURN TO MOSQUITOES ON A15

months. To address the issue, officials will finish dredging the opening of the lagoon in a week and they’ve stepped up larvicide applications. Photo by Jared Whitlock

Council finally gets TBID financials By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Council members finally received a progress report with financial details on the Tourism Business Improvement District formed nearly three years ago to increase occupancy in the city’s six hotels. The district is required to provide City Council with an annual update. A presentation was given March 4 by the owner of a company hired to help with the marketing efforts but council members were frustrated by the lack of financial information. Those details were provided June 3 by John Lambeth of Civitas Advisors, who helped develop the Del Mar program, and Mike Slosser, general manager of L’Auberge Del Mar and chairman of Visit Del Mar, the nonprofit organization created by the district to manage the assessments. Slosser was sick in March and unable to attend that meeting to give a presentation. The district is funded by a 1 percent fee paid by hotel guests since October 2010. Nearly $375,000 has been collected so far but less than half has been spent, Lambeth said. After repaying the startup costs, about $205,000 was rolled over into this year’s budget. Most of that will be spent in the next six months,

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2012 TBID Budget Projected and Actual Service Tourism Promotion/Special Events Commercial Zone Improvements DMVA Downtown Program Administration City Fee Total

Percent 74 10 10 5 1 100

Budget $119,394.56 $16,134.40 $16,134.40 $8,067.20 $1,613.44 $161,344.00

Actual $118,160 $15,968 $15,968 $7,984 $1,597 $159,677

2013 TBID Budget Service Tourism Promotion/Special Events Commercial Zone Improvements DMVA Downtown Program Administration City Fee Total Slosser said. Nearly $30,000 will go toward downtown improvements such as pathway lighting between Hotel Indigo and downtown, holiday lighting and entry signs into the city. The remaining $175,000 is slated for marketing. The majority of the money collected — 74 percent — is budgeted for a promotional campaign. Another 10 percent each goes to commercial zone improvements and the Del Mar Village Association downtown program. Only 5 percent is allocated for administrative costs and the city receives 1 percent to

Two Sections, 32 pages Arts & Entertainment . . A6 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . B13 Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B12 Food & Wine . . . . . . . . A10 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A4 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .B5

Percentage of budget 74 10 10 5 1 100

cover any costs incurred for processing the money, which is collected with the transient occupancy tax. The attached charts show last year’s proposed and actual budget as well as the projected budget for 2013. By comparison, the Carlsbad and Carlsbad Golf district budgets total more than $1 million and Coronado and Oceanside have budgets of $517,000 and $472,000, respectively. Del Mar’s is enough to make a difference but it’s on the small side, Lambeth said. Slosser also noted collections were impacted because

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Dollar Amount $125,111.63 $16,906.98 $16,906.98 $8,453.49 $1,690.70 $169,069.76 some of the hotels have undergone renovations since the district was formed. The assessment applies to hotel stays 30 days or shorter. Government days are not assessed. The five owners of the six hotels — L’Auberge, Hotel Indigo, Del Mar Motel on the Beach, Del Mar Inn/Clarion, Les Artistes Inn and Secret Garden Inn — make up Visit Del Mar’s governing board. A DMVA representative was also included as a nonvoting member, but new rules no longer allow nonprofit organizations to have nonvoting board members so the DMVA representative is now an advisory member. The board will be expanding to include restaurants and other businesses.The district is also developing comprehensive partnerships with the Del Mar Fairgrounds and racetrack, Lambeth said. Slosser said an expanded board is a “great idea.” “We want it to be inclusive,” he said. “We believe it TURN TO FINANCIALS ON A14

The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department works to put out a blaze. The department is backing out of a fire services personnel contract signed in 2010 by Rancho Santa Fe and coast cities. The department says the agreement wasn’t streamlining operations for its fire staff. File photo

RSFFD pulling out of services contract By Jared Whitlock

RANCHO SANTE FE — Encinitas, Solana Beach and Del Mar, along with Rancho Santa Fe, contracted to share fire personnel services in 2009. Beginning July 1, Rancho Santa Fe will be struck from the contract. The coast cities and Rancho Santa Fe inked the agreement to unify the departments, get rid of duplications and save money. The coast cities are happy with the arrangement and will continue with the contract, according to officials. But Rancho Santa Fe determined its needs don’t align with those of the coast cities. Under the current agreement, the coast cities share three deputy chiefs, two from Encinitas and one from Solana Beach, with Rancho Santa Fe. In exchange, Rancho Santa Fe provides access to three shift battalion chiefs and one battalion chief training officer with the coast cities. The agreement aimed to streamline personnel operations, but that didn’t necessarily happen in the Ranch, said Rancho Santa Fe Fire District Chief Tony Michel. “We still weren’t on the same page in some ways,” Michel said. He added that there are no hard feelings between the fire districts; they’ll continue to help each other with emergency services and train together. Additionally, the districts will continue to search for cooperative grants and work together on vehicle maintenance programs. “Our districts have a long history of working together,” Michel said. The other sticking point between Rancho

Santa Fe and the coast cities: whether one or two chiefs should head the areas. Presently, the coast cities and Rancho Santa Fe have two fire chiefs, one in Rancho Santa Fe and one in Encinitas. The coast cities advocated moving to a onechief model to promote further cooperation among the coast cities and Rancho Santa Fe. From the coast cities’ perspective, the change had the added benefit of saving money. “We had people answering to two different bosses,” Encinitas Fire Chief Scott Henry said. “We saw an organizational efficiency,” he added. Henry said that the coast cities have achieved annual cost savings from the agreement. But he recognized Rancho Santa Fe is unique, and said he doesn’t fault the department for going its own way. Michel said that having one chief in charge of all the areas could isolate the Ranch — a community with sprawling homes and plenty of landscaping liable to catch fire. Consequently, he added that having the best fire services in the Ranch means “knowing this area and consistently being here.” Both fire chiefs said nixing the agreement won’t affect fire response times. Henry said canceling the contract will allow the fire department to reorganize, saving an estimated $29,000 in Encinitas, $17,000 in Solana Beach and $11,000 in Del Mar. That’s because starting in July, the coast cities plan to reassign two deputy chiefs TURN TO FIRE SERVICES ON A14


JUNE 14, 2013


Fresh water expected to flow from plant by late 2015 By Tony Cagala

CARLSBAD — As far as the complexities of building the largest desalination plant in the Americas go, Peter MacLaggan, vice president of Poseidon Water said it was hard to say where the most critical element of the project was. Over the last several months crews have been working to demolish tanks that were on the Carlsbad site where the 5.5-acre plant will go. A demolition job that was made all the more complex due to the environmentally hazardous materials that had to be handled, managed and moved off site to an appropriate disposal landfill, MacLaggan said. On July 6, a crew of 45 craft construction workers began pouring concrete that will serve as the foundation Crews began work last month to demolish tanks on the site where the new desalination plant will go. Earlier this month construction workers startfor parts of the plant. Once that’s done, ed pouring concrete for parts of the plant’s foundation. Photo courtesy of Poseidon Water MacLaggan explained, structures will be set in place and the plant’s technologies will be installed. On the site will be a large pump station that will pump the water through two massive pipes that will go between the plant and the pump station, which, MacLaggan said, will be made complex by having to go underneath the heart of the nearby power plant. Entering into a 30-year agreement with the San Diego County Water Authority, the Carlsbad Desalination Project, as it has Officials from around the region gather for a ceremonial groundbreaking photo at the site of the new Carlsbad desalination plant. Photo by Tony Cagala

come to be known, represents 8 percent of the total water demand for the county, said Carlos Riva, CEO, Poseidon Water. “Very importantly it’s also local, so it’s not imported from long distances,” Silva said. “It’s…water coming from the Pacific Ocean, so to the extent there are uncertainties about climate change and drought…this will not be affected by those factors.” The project, 15 years in the making, will produce 50 million gallons of fresh water per day, and they’re expecting fresh water production before the end of 2015, he said. MacLaggan said the contract completion date for the plant is Nov. 26, 2015. “We have a goal of getting done earlier,” he said, adding that it was too early to confirm whether they’re on track to get done earlier. “But we might be able to shave a few weeks off of that schedule if all goes well,” he said. The plant is to be fully operational by the November date, which includes the completion of water testing phases. For Carlsbad, Mayor Matt Hall said they are planning on how to bring the purchased water to the city’s life sciences companies so they have the best water possible and to help grow those businesses. The new facility, he added, will help to create TURN TO PLANT ON A14



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JUNE 14, 2013

API test scores rise in North County Bigotry, hate — it’s By Rachel Stine

COAST CITIES — Recently released 2012 Academic Performance Index (API) scores reveal that all coastal North County school districts achieved higher standardized test scores than previous years, with a number of individual schools scoring within the highest statewide percentiles. While some districts have implemented new educational programs and others have honed in on individual student performance, many administrators say that their schools avoid focusing on test scores and instead center their efforts on assessed student learning. “We focus on high quality instruction, so we don’t really focus on the test,” said Shelly Peterson, Del Mar Union Elementary Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. Yet, they also concede that the districts’ high performances on standardized tests and high academic achievement as a whole can be attributed to schools being located in affluent communities. API scores are the state’s accountability measures used to determine a school’s performance level and growth. They are based on scores on standardized tests, including STAR tests and the California High School Exit Exam taken by grades second to twelfth. The scores are measured on a 200 to 1,000 point scale, and the state target for all schools is 800. According to the most recent API scores released by the California Department of Education on May 24, Cardiff Elementary, Carlsbad Unified, Del Mar Union Elementary, Encinitas Union Elementary, Oceanside Unified, Rancho Santa Fe Elementary, San Dieguito Union High, and Solana Beach Elementary districts all achieved higher API

scores in 2012 than in 2011. Districts’ 2012 API scores ranged from Del Mar Union Elementary’s 961 score to Oceanside Unified’s 788 score, though most scored around the lower 900s. The majority of schools within these districts achieved scores in the high-800 to mid-900 range, reaching the top 10 and 20th percentile statewide, according to the data. School administrators say that the secret to their API success is focusing on learning rather than standardized test scores. “When you focus on test scores, it’s easy to fall,” said Encinitas Union Elementary Assistant Superintendent David Miyashiro. Rather, the Encinitas district has focused in recent years on implementing its digital one-to-one learning program, which involves students using iPads for school work and having their answers being sent to teachers’ iPads. “When the kids are working and learning on their iPads, the teachers are getting more data faster and getting which students are getting it and which ones are not,” explained Miyashiro. He said that as a result, “The teacher can spend more time on intervention and on the next level of instruction, and has more time with kids.” Other administrators echoed similar sentiments of emphasizing on developing educational programs and supporting school staff over working on test performance. But administrators acknowledged that part of the schools’ high performances could be attributed to students coming from financially successful, educated families. “Sure, typically the kids in our district come reading and writing with proficiency. “They get support at home. They don’t struggle with poverty to a large

degree like some other districts do,” Miyashiro said. “Test scores tend to be a reflection of some degree of the community in which our schools derive,” said Mike Grove, Executive Director of Curriculum and Assessment for the San Dieguito Union High district. “We reside in obviously an affluent community,” he said, explaining that as such most students have welleducated parents who provide a lot of academic support. “The truth is we have exceptional students, but those exceptional students are being taught by exceptional teachers and they are being supported by a highly involved parents community. It’s a winning combination,” said Peterson about Del Mar Union Elementary. Comparatively, Oceanside Unified, the lowest performing school district in coastal North County, works with a greater portion of students from lower-income families or families with a parent deployed on military duty. Duane Coleman, Oceanside Unified’s Associate Superintendent of Educational Services, mentioned that some of the district’s lower-performing schools are located near or on Camp Pendleton. Deployment of a parent “really has an affect on the family and the kids” and as a result can have an impact on students’ academic achievement, said Coleman. Moving forward, district administrators said they will be working on teaching and assessment of the state’s new Common Core standards. The coming 2013-14 school year will be the last time the state uses current STAR standardized tests, and in the 2014-15 year schools will instead use new Common Core assessment tests. “We have been doing a lot of planning for how we go about that transition,” said Grove.

O’side on track to establish future rail quiet zones

David Ogul State Sen. Marty Block touched on the bigotry that can lead to violence if left unchecked. Sort of like the recent month-long siege of racist vandalism at Oberlin College in Ohio. State Sen. Brian Jones noted how “evil still exists in the world today” and how that evil can have profound repercussions. Sort of like the 30 or so fatal hate crimes targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Americans every year. And state Sen. Mark Wyland discussed the “catastrophes” that continue to occur daily, catastrophes that our armed forces are trying to stop around the globe. Sort of like the estimated 19,000 sexual assaults in the U.S. military annually. Block, Jones and Wyland joined a host of public officials last week who helped dedicate a traveling Holocaust exhibit called The Courage to Remember, an exhibit produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance that will be on display at the San Diego County Fair through July 4. But while I was listening to the speakers talk about the invective that led to the slaughter of 6 million Jews and the millions of gypsies, gays, Jehovah’s Witnesses and other “unde-

that runs the Del Mar fairgrounds, noted that “the history of hate and intolerance in America is painful to recall.” It is a history that has ebbed and flowed with the economic fortunes of the country and has led not only to violence against innocent blacks, Muslims and migrant farm workers, but to bigoted and dangerously sexist speech that too easily finds its way into commentaries written by readers of newspaper websites. What may be just as shocking, wrote Shelly Burgoyne in The New York Times, are the several Facebook pages promoting rape and other forms of violence against female Marines. More than 50,000 Marines “liked” and followed posts that included photos of female Marines fighting for our country who were stripped naked, tied up and gagged or who had suffered from a black eye delivered in a beating. So why, of all places, is a world renowned Holocaust exhibit being shown at a county fair just off a midway advertising chocolate covered bacon and sloppy Joes sandwiched in Krispy Kreme doughnuts? Why would people who have just taken in pig races and monster truck rallies want to spend an hour or so viewing photos of emaciated men, women and children along panels with titles such as “The Power to Hate” and “The Righteous Few?” Because, fairgrounds CEO and General Manager Timothy Fennell and others

When I see the abject indifference to racism...and not a word is said, I think, ‘It can’t be.’”

By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — NCTD presented plans to conduct a coastal corridor study to establish a continuous quiet zone along North County rail lines at the City Council meeting June 5 at the request of Councilman Gary Felien. NCTD invited Oceanside to buy into the study. Quiet zones establish upgraded railroad crossing safety measures to warn vehicles and pedestrians that a train is approaching without the train sounding its horn. Currently there are 44 train trips chugging down the coastal rails a day. By 2030 there will be an estimated 76 trips a day and a horn blast at every crossing that is not a quiet zone. The idea of establishing quiet zones is welcomed by Oceanside, however, the city has already taken initial steps to establish a continuous quiet zone along its five coastal rail crossings. “We’ve been looking at quiet zones for some time,” Councilwoman Esther Sanchez said. Oceanside funded a diagnostic study in 2006 and another one in 2007 to look into establishing quiet zones. “The study would be covering what we have

still in ample supply

Elane Geller Holocaust Survivor

Quiet zones warn vehicles and pedestrians that a train is approaching without the train sounding its horn. By 2030 coastal rails will carry 76 train trips a day and train horns will blast at ever crossing that is not a quiet zone. Photo by Promise Yee

already done,” Scott Smith, city engineer, said. “I don’t know how beneficial it will be since there’s no money to go along with that study.” The studies previously conducted by Oceanside conclude that the Federal Railroad Administration would likely OK a continuous quiet zone through Oceanside if safety, environmental and maintenance criteria were met. The project is currently on hold due to lack of funding. The idea of establishing an assessment district to fund initial costs of creating

a quiet zone was turned down by property owners in 2009. In the meantime the city is working with Amtrak and SANDAG as opportunities arise to make rail improvements in preparation to establish future quiet zones. “We’re incrementally addressing these crossings,” Smith said. “We have encouraged them to help supply the safety measures. We’re actually getting close.” Next steps will be to secure funding to outfit quiet zone crossings and

reach a memo of understanding with NCTD on crossings design and maintenance. Felien said he was not aware of what the city had already done toward establishing quiet zones and thought the information presented by NCTD might be relevant.“It may not be necessary for us to participate in the study if we’re that far along,” Felien said. “I’m excited we’re a lot farther along than I was aware of.” “The main issue is to move ahead,” Felien added. “The key is to get as much outside funding as possible.”

sirables,” I couldn’t stop thinking about the religious and racial intolerance that permeates our communities. I belong to a synagogue that counts numerous Holocaust survivors as its members, so in no way am I trying to compare the bigotry in our country with the hate in Nazi Germany,Vichy, France and much of occupied Europe. But Holocaust survivors will be the first to tell you that intolerance against anyone is immoral, and it must be stopped before it can grow. “When I see the abject indifference to racism… and not a word is said, I think, ‘it can’t be,’” said Elane Geller, who somehow survived six years in several concentration camps after the Nazis invaded her native Poland. “With words, you kill over and over again,” said Geller, who lost her mother and most of her family to the Holocaust. “They hurt. They hurt a lot.” Indeed, Adam Day, the man who heads the board

pointed out, some 1.5 million are expected to visit the County Fair this summer. The message is bound to be seen by some. “If a lot of people come to see this who wouldn’t otherwise see this, bring your cotton candy,” said Balitzer, an advisor to the Simon Wiesenthal Center who helped bring the exhibit here. But don’t kid yourself. The hate and bigotry that leads to hate and murder wasn’t confined to Nazioccupied Europe during World War II. It remains in ample supply at home today.

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 OgulCommunications@gmail.com.



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Justice long delayed in Feds’ energy cheating By Thomas Elias

Why the new regional storm water permit matters By David Gibson

As the eighth largest city in the nation, San Diego’s appeal is due to its fine beaches, magnificent bays, and miles of parks and trails along our rivers and streams. Pollution from large sewer and industrial facilities is under control. Storm water run-off, which is the single largest source of pollutants, contaminants and stressors in our region, is not. In May, the San Diego Water Quality Control Board (Water Board) adopted the first region-wide permit to regulate storm water from South Orange and Riverside Counties to Imperial Beach. This permit is an opportunity for collaboration to achieve an existence that really matter to San Diegans: clean beaches and creeks, and a way of life supported by San Diego’s clean waters that help power our economy. Not surprisingly, the rest of the world sees what we enjoy year round. According to the San Diego Tourism Authority, our region is a prime U.S. destination, hosting 32 million visitors every year, while enriching the regional economy in excess of $18 billion and providing employment to some 160,000 residents. Despite much regional progress, there are more than 450 water bodies listed as impaired in our region. Signage warns beach users to avoid contact with all ocean and bay waters for three days after every rain. The only streams and rivers in the urban areas not rated as “Poor” for ecological health are those rated as “Very Poor.” Storm water run-off is the cause. Channel erosion from poorly controlled storm drain runoff threatens sewer and water pipes, power lines, private property, habitat and park space, as well as roads, bridges,

and highways. The deposition of that sediment exacerbates flooding and regularly affects low-lying areas like Grantville and Sorrento Valley. Unlike sewage and industrial discharges, large treatment systems are not practicable for storm water management, especially with 22,000 catch basins and more than 7,000 outfalls just in the city of San Diego. Storm water quality is best protected through use of BMPs (Best Management Practices.) The best action is prevention. Pollution prevention (like trash control and picking up after pets), healthy rivers and streams that assimilate pollutants and treatment devices where necessary, are all part of a successful storm water run-off prevention program. The new storm water permit emphasizes collaborative, multiagency prevention efforts. Indeed, the permit itself was the result of input from 39 municipalities and Districts within San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties, and included environmental groups, the Building Industry Association, the Industrial Environmental Association, the US EPA and other interested persons. Under the permit, cities, counties, and districts can prioritize issues and are given time to evaluate truly cost effective means to achieve compliance. The permit even allows reevaluation of water quality standards before investing in expensive treatment BMPs. Watershed scale, long term planning,and community based goals focused on environmental outcomes are the ways forward to cleaner, healthier waters. Indeed, just for trash, it often seems that far more time and effort have been spent by volunteers cleaning up trash in rivers and beaches

than has been spent on prevention and reduction of trash. Although changing behaviors and preventing pollution may appear daunting, a lot can be accomplished simply by changing how we use water. If we stop over-irrigating sidewalk lawns and gardens, we can reduce or even eliminate the conveyance of pollutants like bacteria, nutrients and pesticides. If that soapy water from washing your car isn’t good for your lawn, is it really any better for your stream or beach? Many have protested the cost of implementing Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) in the permit, but TMDLs (which are legally enforceable performance targets to prevent pollution) only become necessary when BMPs and municipal programs haven’t worked. If we can change our behavior, and prevent the trash or pollutants at the start, TMDL’s won’t be needed. A primary economic driver in our region is water — water to drink, water for our business, and scenic beaches that draw tourists from throughout the world to our cities and 70 miles of beaches. The way to protect the high economic and ecological value of our waters is to fully embrace the approach offered by the new permit; a watershed approach that is community-based, credible, durable, and affordable over the long term. This is a permit in which the results can be measured in the environment and not in the size or number of bureaucratic reports.With this regional approach, progress begins immediately.

David Gibson is the executive director of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board.

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It’s taken almost 13 years, but justice may finally be coming to California consumers victimized by the federal government during California’s energy crunch of 2000 and 2001. Yes, by the federal government. For folks who weren’t in California or don’t remember, that was the time when power prices here soared as electricitytrading companies like Enron, Reliant Energy, the Williams Cos. and several others conspired illegally to take advantage of this state’s abortive deregulation plan. “Buccaneers from out-ofstate” caused the problem, thenGov. Gray Davis complained at the time. Few took his charge seriously, least of all the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which could instantly have stopped the illegal practice

Davis correct about those “out of state buccaneers,” and now he’s been proven right about the federal agencies, too. This happened when, in what may have been the most under-reported story of the spring, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., ruled that both the Bonneville and Western Area power administrations bilked Californians of more than $2 billion during and after the electricity crunch. In a separate ruling about the same time, a FERC administrative law judge found that private companies cheated Californians out of at least $1 billion more than they’ve already been forced to refund. Even after the end of rolling blackouts deliberately created by market manipulators to sow public panic and desperation that left Californians susceptible to gouging, both the federal and private outfits continued to

The bottom line on all this is an old lesson: Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom. of making fake, phantom shipments of power out of California and then selling the same power back to California utilities at vastly inflated prices. One result was that Davis’ public approval ratings dropped severely, leaving him vulnerable to the recall election of 2003. So this energy crunch had political consequences. At the same time, politics had major consequences for consumers. When Republican George W. Bush won the presidency in 2000 without help from California, the state no longer got much sympathy from presidential appointees of most sorts. No matter how often Davis and other state officials protested the power profiteering, FERC did nothing, and eventually Californians were bilked of more than $10 billion in excessive electricity prices. Super-high prices continued for years after the crunch, as Californians paid for the longterm power supply contracts forced on the state’s Independent System Operator during the crisis. It wasn’t just through FERC that the federal government persecuted and cheated every residential and commercial electricity customer in this state. California also bought power at that time from two federal agencies operating dams on major Western rivers. Those were the Bonneville Power Administration based in Portland, Ore., and the Western Area Power Administration in Lakewood, Colo. Davis at the time charged these federal agencies with profiteering similarly to Enron and other private companies whose executives were later convicted of illegal market manipulation. The criminal trials of Enron chieftains and others proved

take advantage, the judges ruled. The exact amounts of their liability will be determined in separate, early June, court proceedings. After that, the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will decide how to return the money to consumers. Only part of past settlements with private companies has been returned directly to customers who were cheated, with portions going to fund new generating capacity. Because every region of the state now possesses power plants with the potential to produce at least 15 percent more power than projected maximum demands, all of the new refunds ought to go straight to consumers, applied to their monthly bills. But the PUC, which was a big supporter of deregulation before the energy crunch despite warnings from consumer groups that large-scale market manipulation would surely follow, has never before given much back to consumers. The bottom line on all this is an old lesson: Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom. Because of the complexity of the energy regulatory process, power companies and the federal and state agencies that regulate them get little public attention. Operating out of the news-coverage spotlight, they sometimes try to take advantage. The only way to avoid future crises and cheating, then, is to shine that spotlight on them continually.

Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. For more Elias columns, visit californiafocus.net



JUNE 14, 2013

Bringing yoga, technology into the schools By Jared Whitlock

From left, Classics for Kids Foundation Co-Chairpersons, Susan Hoehn and Bill Hoehn, welcome former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, along with Co-chairpersons Rita Lancaster-Hannah and Mark Hannah. Rice was in town to support a fundraiser for matching grants to bring music programs and string instruments to at-risk youth. Courtesy photo

Benefit brings former Secretary of State to town RANCHO SANTA FE — Classics for Kids Foundation, a national non-profit organization that provides matching grants to bring music programs and string instruments to atrisk youth, offered matching grants in 40 new communities through proceeds from musical performances in San Diego and Beverly Hills. Funds from the San Diego event held May 31 will support new matching grants to the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory and other string programs in Southern California. “We started Classics for Kids to change the lives of atrisk youth around the country by opening the doors of classical music to them,” said Mike Reynolds, Classics for Kids founder and executive director. “Today, I’m thrilled to be able to bring this opportunity to kids in Southern California.” The San Diego event was co-chaired by Mark Hannah, Rita Lancaster-Hannah, Bill Hohen, and Susan Hoehn, and held at the Hoehn’s home in Rancho Santa Fe with and attendance of 200 guests including Ann Evans, Kim and Marilyn Fletcher, Mike and Rocio Flynn, Papa Doug Manchester, Peter and Peggy Preuss, and Karin Winner. The guests enjoyed musical performances by former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice and the Muir String Quartet. The San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory also performed for guests. “Classics for Kids fills a critical void for schools — the ability to provide children with high quality instruments to aid in their instruction and enjoyment of music,” Dr. Rice said. “The study of music is not, to my mind, an ‘extracurricular activity.’ It’s at the core of educating our children broadly, giving them the confidence to take on difficult challenges and the opportunity to gain a talent that can be with them for a lifetime. Classics for Kids is a great partner for the schools in this important work.” “My personal experience with Classics for Kids began a year ago when my husband and I were invited to the Yellowstone Club in Montana for a very special evening with Condoleezza Rice in benefit of Classics for Kids Foundation. The experience of that evening was full of magical moments that I will never forget. I wanted to share this beautiful experience with my friends and community. This organization helps children know, learn and love the language of music, and for that our world will be a little better with each young student

we touch,” said event co-chairwoman Rita LancasterHannah. Classics for Kids Foundation was co-founded in 1998 by Rice and the Muir Quartet (in residence at Boston University) cellist Michael Reynolds in response to the decline of music education programs in public schools. Since then, the organization has supported more than 100 matching grants in communities across the nation, with instrument values of more than $1 million.

yoga teacher. And then we (the district) discussed our big goals, and those were to increase student performance, reduce childhood obesity and create healthy avenues for all kids districtwide. We developed a farming, cooking, yoga and character education program and received a grant from the Jois Foundation.

David Miyashiro served as the assistant superintendent of education services for the Encinitas Union School District for four years. During this time, he spearheaded a plan for the district to buy iPads for its third through sixgraders for $1.7 million, the funds for which came from bond money for technology improvements. He also crafted the district’s yoga program. Now, he’s taking over as superintendent of the Cajon Valley Union School District. You implemented the oneto-one iPad initiative for EUSD. What role do you see technology playing in education? We’re at a point in time where technology and education can no longer be separate. Finding content is no longer about what’s in textbooks. Information is everywhere. We want to show students how to cull the best information. And it’s not just about consuming content. Students can make a movie, a podcast and create different kinds of presentations that can be shared on a multitude of platforms. How do you tailor the curriculum on iPads so that the content isn’t taking a backseat to the technology?

The goals as far as content and curriculum don’t change for students. Technology allows you to do things more efficiently and more precisely. For example, let’s say you want to tear a piece of paper. You tear it with your hands, it’s rough in the middle. You use scissors, that’s more precise. Now take a paper cutter, you can do mass amounts with precision and less time. So with content and curriculum, you still know what you want kids to do. But it’s faster and precise. When kids do an assignment like answering math questions (on the iPad), the software grades it and provides feedback instantly. Teachers don’t have to take home the assignment, grade it and put in the computer. Teachers and students do more in less time. The technology doesn’t

David Miyashiro recently took a job as superintendent of the Cajon Valley Union School District. He was a driving force behind the district’s yoga program and iPad curriculum. Last week he took a new position — superintendent of the Cajon Valley Union School District. Courtesy photo

The district faces a deficit (revenues of $44.7 million and expenditures of $48.8 million as of Jan 31). Do you see this getting better or worse in the next few years? And what do you think could be done to bring this down?

eclipse content if we’re doing The school board has made it the right way. cuts along the way to ensure our budget is solvent. We’re How did the district’s yoga actually at a point with this program come about? recent $4 billion state surplus that (the EUSD) budget We opened the door three is likely to start to recover. It years ago by hiring a yoga looks positive. But we need teacher when I was serving as to be cautiously optimistic interim principal at Paul and not put things back into Ecke. It was well received. A place all at once and be wise couple years later, the Jois about what programs we Foundation sponsored an initiative at Capri for a full-time TURN TO SCHOOLS ON A14


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Living with war

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SeaWolf brings feeling of ‘home’ to The Belly Up By Jared Whitlock

From left to right, Spike Sorrentino, Steve Lone, and John Padilla portray a multi-generational family of U.S. military veterans trying to relate to each other through their experiences of war in Carlsbad Playreader’s production of “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue” June 17. Photo courtesy of Dori Salois

Carlsbad Playreaders bring poetic tale of war to library By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — In its latest production, the Carlsbad Playreaders will bring a poetic tale of war told from the perspective of three generations of military within the same family in “Elliot, a Soldier’s Fugue” at the Carlsbad Library June 17. “The piece is extremely intriguing,” said actor John Padilla. “It’s such a beautiful story of three generations of Puerto Rican soldiers in the American Army.” Written by Quiara Alegría Hudes, author of the Broadway musical “In the Heights,” the play centers around19-year-old soldier Elliot Ortiz after he returns from Iraq and must decide whether to re-enlist for a second tour. Ortiz, played by Steve Lone, seeks out his father, (Padilla), and grandfather, played by Spike Sorrentino, both veterans, to understand their experiences of fighting in American wars. Padilla previously performed the same role during a production at the Ion Theatre a few years ago. He said he welcomes the oppor-

tunity to play the part again, because as a veteran he can relate to “Pop’s” experiences. Padilla served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War for nearly five years, and had family members who served as well. “There’s so much pride involved in being in the military and representing your country, and to me that’s what it’s all about, regardless of race or creed,” he said. He said he remembers some of his family members trying to reach out to others to process their own wartime experiences, similar to Elliot in the play. He said that for older generations of veterans in his family, “You were pretty much on your own. The only people you could really talk to (about war) were your family.” Director Dori Salois was at first hesitant about the choice to perform “Elliot,” and at first, thought that the play might be “too sad.” But she said the more she thought about the piece, the more she realized how culturally relevant its subject matter is to San Diego, with its large Hispanic population and military bases. She said she was particularly struck by the play’s point that for a lot of young people, joining the military is the best career and economic opportunity they have. “This young man (Elliot) says that, ‘If I wasn’t a Marine, I would be at Subway asking TURN TO PLAYREADERS ON A14

SOLANA BEACH — Alex Brown Church, the man behind SeaWolf, has come full circle — in more ways than one. After living in Montreal for three years, Church made his way back to California a few years ago. And the feeling of coming home defines his newest album, “Old World Romance” — the third record from him. “There’s a connection with friends and family that I maybe didn’t appreciate as much as I could have,” Church said. “It hit me how important they are to my life when I moved back.” Returning also made him realize he missed the comfort of his bedroom studio. He recorded his debut album, 2007’s “Leaves of the River,” in the home studio, taking his time to polish the folktinged indie rock songs. For the 2009 album “White Water, White Bloom,” he wanted a larger chamber rock sound — a conscious effort to recreate what it’s like playing live. So he holed up with musicians in an Omaha, Neb. studio for more than a month to lay down tracks. Church said he was satisfied with the result, but with only a limited window of time in the studio, he sometimes felt pressured to finish songs during that recording process. Thus, he decided writing songs at his own pace from the confines of his house suits him best. “Sometimes you have to stray off the path to realize where the path is,” Church said. “I’d like to keep recording this way.” Many of the songs on “Old World Romance” reflect the change in approach. Without a consistent backing band, the album features a sound

SeaWolf, the moniker, of Alex Brown Church will play tracks from “Old World Romance,” his new album, 8 p.m. at The Belly Up June 20. “I revisited my past to carve a path forward,” Church said of his new album. Courtesy photo

that’s more stripped back than his previous effort. And even though musicians fleshed out some of the acoustic songs, Church wrote, produced and recorded the album. The result is an atmospheric effort that’s arguably more personal than past albums. Inspired by what it’s like reconnecting with an environment after being away, Church covers new ground lyrically. The album is about “viewing familiar things after having grown up a little,” he noted.

“After being away for a while, some of what you left is exciting to get reacquainted with, but other parts are scary to face,” Church said. While there’s a new emphasis on rediscovery, “Old World Romance” also shares many lyrical themes with his past two albums. Based in Los Angeles, Church grew up in the Bay Area and Columbia, California — a former gold rush town with less than TURN TO SEAWOLF ON A14



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Renowned violinist to perform at library By Lillian Cox

ENCINITAS — Irina Tseitlin was only 12 when she began studying with Yuri Yankelevich at the prestigious Moscow Conservatory. She went on to graduate at the top of her class. After fleeing Russia in 1975 with new husband and fellow violinist, Michael Tseitlin, Irina received critical acclaim on the world stage as a violin virtuoso, winning top prizes in the Queen Elisabeth, Montreal and Munich international music competitions. Subsequently, she performed as a soloist with the Munich Radio Orchestra with Rafael Kubelik, the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Pinchas Zukerman, the Montreal Symphony with Charles Dutoit and the BBC Symphony. She garnered rave reviews from The London Times, which described her performance with the BBC Symphony as “ …Full of Passion and Truth” and The Los Angeles Times that spoke of her talent as the, “Sound of rare beauty.” At 8 p.m. June 29, Irina will perform at the Encinitas Library. Tickets are $15 and will be sold at the door. The concert is the first of The Art of Recital Series sponsored by the local nonprofit, Friends of Musical Arts. Also performing is Belgium pianist Patrick Dheur who has played with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Soloists with Yuri Bashmet, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Jerusalem Philharmonic Wiener Sinfonietta, Caracas


“Three Sentinels,” set of three cast bronze maquettes by James Hubbell. Image courtesy of Hubbell Studios

Violin virtuoso Irina Tseitlin of Rancho Santa Fe will offer the first concert of the new The Art of Recital Series sponsored by the local nonprofit, Friends of Musical Arts, at 8 p.m., June 29 at the Encinitas Library. Courtesy photo

Symphony, Grenoble Symphony, Bucharest Symphony and Belgian National Orchestra. Dheur has appeared locally at the Sherwood Auditorium at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Arts. The program at the Encinitas Library will include “Suite in Old Style” (Schnittke), “Children in Yad Vashem” (Tseitlin), “Visions des Ames” (Dheur), “Suite from ‘Circus 1937” (Tseitlin) and “Polonaise Brillante” in A major (Wieniawski).

“It’s very exciting to be performing in Encinitas and I hope we will have more and more venues in San Diego for great artists to play here because we need it,” Irina said. “Unlike larger venues, the Encinitas Library provides an intimate concert setting that creates a one-on-one relationship between the performer and the audience. “I know there are a lot of people interested in this and I think it’s very important for our younger generation to have access to world-class performers.”

The Tseitlins have lived in North County since 1980 and raised their sons here: international concert violinist, Paul “Pasha” Tseitlin; and violinist, conductor and composer, Alexander Tseitlin. In 1990, Irina and Michael founded the California Institute of Music, which has become the pre-eminent center for pre-college professional education in music. Alumni include David Chan (violist, Metropolitan

donnaicenhower@sdcchoir.org. No audition required for grades one and two. To schedule an audition or for more information, call (858) 5871087 or visit sdcchoir.org.

Purple Heart, and his father and grandfather, also veterans, share their personal experiences of war. Suggested donations are $5. For more information, visit carlsbadplayreaders.org or call (760) 602-2012.

plays solo blues from 7 to 9 p.m. June 18 at Wine Steals Cardiff, 1953 San Elijo, Cardiff. For information, call (760) 230-2657.

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MARK THE DATE LAUGH TO HELP Comedians Bob Perkell, Kristin Key and Ron Pearson will host two fundraiser shows, “We Are Not a Glum Lot III,” to benefit The Fellowship Center, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 29 at the Avo Playhouse, 303 Main St., Vista. Tickets $10 each or $20 at vistixonline.com or by calling the AVO box office at (760) 724-2110. For information on the center, visit thefellowshipcenter.org/.


CarlsbadOceanside Art League watercolor artist Lynn Crealock will have work displayed on the feature wall. In addition to the regular show, a special “Black and White” show will be displayed, 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 101, Carlsbad. For hours, call (760) 434-8497. YOUTH CHOIR San Diego Children’s Choir is looking for children who love to sing. Short 5-10 minute auditions for grades three to 12 can be scheduled by calling (858) 587-1087 or e-mail

hosting the Encinitas Library Figure Drawing Group’s annual Mixed-media Life Drawing Show at 157 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach. For more information, call (858) 755-1404 or (760) 942-8738.

JUNE 16 TRIP TO GETTY MiraCosta College will visit the J. Paul Getty Museum June 22. The bus will depart MiraCosta College San Elijo Campus, 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff at 9:20 a.m. and MiraCosta College Oceanside Campus (parking lot 1A), 1 Barnard Dr., Oceanside at 10 a.m. Cost is $69. To register, call (760) 795-6820 or register online at miracosta.edu/community.



Carlsbad Playreaders presents “Elliott, A Soldier’s Fugue” at 7:30 p.m. June 17 at Carlsbad City Library’s Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane. Elliot Ortiz, a 19year-old Lance Corporal, home from Iraq after receiving the


JUNE 19 ‘COLOR’ EXHIBIT Artists Muffy and John Peugh of West

Sculptures enrich Encinitas library KAY COLVIN A Brush With Art Guests of the Encinitas Library are in for an unprecedented pleasure during the exhibit of “The Shape of Things: James Hubbell Sculpture” on display through July 22. The Oceanside Museum of Art, in

collaboration with the city of Encinitas, presents a collection of 16 sculptures created during the last 50 years of acclaimed artist James Hubbell’s career. The exhibited sculptures express Hubbell’s inner world and philosophies through a diverse range of media while demonstrating his mastery of the visual language of sculpture. With undeniably proTURN TO BRUSH WITH ART ON A14


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New sushi room at HapiFish introduces Omakase DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate

Head Chef Andy Suzuki working his magic in the new Sushi Room at HapiFish. Photo by David Boylan

Let’s start with a brief definition of Omakase, which roughly translates to “leave it to us” in Japanese. It’s a custom sushi dining journey that features a menu prepared just for you. It’s a chef-driven evening where the chef prepares a sushi menu based on your preferences. You tell him what you like, and he will design five or six fish courses based on what’s fresh that day and what he thinks will fit your tastes. As the meal unfolds, the menu changes based on your feedback. It’s an interactive experience where you get to know your chef and enjoy the most fresh and innovative sushi available. Omakase at The Sushi Room is an experience unique to Encinitas and will be a complement to the long-established patio known for Hapi Hour and sushi specials. Andy Suzuki (sensei) is the head chef at HapiFish. Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Suzuki has more than 30 years of culinary expertise in sushi and Japanese cuisine. Suzuki comes to HapiFish from RA, a nationally recognized sushi chain, where he was the original head chef for nearly 15 years.

Suzuki brings the culinary expertise and sushi edge to HapiFish. Suzuki is also owner Justin Masunaga’s “Master Sensei.” While attending college, Masunaga worked under Suzuki, learning his technique, skill and appreciation for Japanese culture and food. Masunaga is also a restaurant industry veteran and sushi chef in California, New Zealand, Arizona, & Colorado. Masunaga’s sushi training and the Encinitas beach vibe influenced his vision for HapiFish and the new Sushi Room is just an extension of that. Because not everyone is a sushi expert, I thought it might be of helpful for those who are new to the cuisine to get some introductory points from the experts. The team at HapiFish collaborated on the responses. Lick the Plate: Let’s say I’ve never tried sushi or anything even remotely close, what is your advice to ease into it? HapiFish: Our advice to a sushi newbie is to come with an open mind and to sit with a sushi chef. A skilled sushi chef will be sensitive to the fact that a customer is a first-time sushi eater and make recommendations accordingly. It is important not to be intimidated. LTP: Any particular dishes you could suggest to start with? HF: Start with something cooked. Americanized sushi rolls are very palate-friendly

for the novice sushi eater. Signature rolls that are cooked and topped with various sauces and garnishes help beginners get over the psychological “raw” stigma. HapiFish has a signature roll called the Doublewide which has panko fried chicken breast, spicy crab mix, and cucumber topped with avocado, Japanese BBQ sauce, and crunchies for specifically this purpose. It was to our surprise a very popular roll. Our Beach Bum roll is a HapiHour favorite and appeals to almost every sushi eater (spicy tuna, crab, cream cheese, & jalapeno all tempura fried and topped with spicy mayo and unagi sauce). LTP: Can you give a brief overview on the difference between rolls, nigiri and sashimi? HF: Good question. Don’t think of sushi as just rolls. Maki sushi (rolls) are/were a very small part of traditional sushi. Nigiri sushi (typically a filet of fish served over a rice ball) is very simple yet very delicate. The simplicity and quality of the ingredients is what makes sushi delicious. Sashimi is the presentation of filets of fish. The true art and delicacy of sushi is meant to go far beyond just rolls … but they are a good place to start. When you evolve to Nigiri tuna, yellowtail and salmon are the three most popular fish in the modern sushi bar. They are identifiable by most diners in other cuisine and they are mild in flavor compared to some more “exotic” fish. They are also very versatile fish in that they can be offered in number of ways, either cooked or raw. LTP: What about pairing beer, wine and sake? Any advice there? HF: Sake is wine made from rice and is very similar in its manufacturing process to regular wine. Contrary to popular practice, quality sake should be sipped like wine or a fine scotch as opposed to shot. Sushi is delicate in both flavor and texture. It is served fresh and typically at cold-room temperature. Drink pairings should be similar. Japanese beer is typically light, usually a lager. This is because Japan has warm, humid temperatures and lighter beer pairs well with the cuisine. It doesn’t overpower the fish/food. Wine is also very similar in that lighter wines accompany sushi/Japanese cuisine. Thanks for the tips HapiFish! I’d suggest sushi experts and beginners check out HapiFish. Located at 190 N. Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas or check them out online at hapifish.com. Lick the Plate can now be heard on KPRi, 102.1 FM Monday-Friday during the 7pm hour. David Boylan is founder of Artichoke Creative and Artichoke Apparel, an Encinitas based marketing firm and clothing line. Reach him at david@artichoke-creative.com or (858) 395-6905.



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Taste of Wine There’s something remarkable going on at Bistro West and West Steak and Seafood in Carlsbad. It’s excellence aligned, with top tier wine presentations and food unequaled in freshness and taste on the restaurant landscape. In a way it’s a simple but brilliant model of same-day fresh vegetables and fruit and the very best Napa Valley — Sonoma wines, to excite diners who crave this combination. Evidence the recent wine dinner marquee wineries to present: Silver Oak and FerrariCarano from Sonoma and June 18, Duckhorn Winery comes in from Napa Valley. This will be a gold rush sellout and we advise an RSVP on this right away, at (760) 9309100. Silver Oak is one of the standard bearers for fine Cabernet ever since the wine world of Napa and Sonoma caught on in the ‘70s.“Life is a Cabernet” was created by owner Justin Meyer. Its current 2008 vintage from the Alexander Valley ($60) was served up at West to pair with Executive Chef Eugenio Martignago’s Wagyu steak. It was a truly savory experience. The Silver Oak 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet ($90) was mated with the Rib Eye Cap, a luxury combination that gets to the heart of the West program of only excellence. Only excellence is never more true than Chef Eugenio’s 3-acre West Farm,just a couple of short miles from West Steak and Seafood and Bistro West. Someone once said, “Shipping is a terrible thing to do to vegetables. They probably get jetlagged, just like people.” Now West’s authentic same-day farm to table approach produces many of the herbs, fruits and vegetables offered from these two restaurants.

The West Restaurants in Carlsbad craft their menus around nature in a 3-acre farm supervised by Executive Chef Eugenio Martignago shown in the greenhouse where seedlings are nurtured.

“Right now, we are ready to pick artichokes, zucchini, brussels sprouts, cabbage, beets, onions, asparagus and all the other sides you see on our menu,” he enthused. “We planted 50 trees this year like avocado, citrus and fruit. We pick early in the morning and have that day’s crop ready by lunch. Our asparagus grows wild…the more that is picked, the more it comes back. You never have to plant them again!” Martignago revealed that for the steakhouse, he leaves the beautiful flower of the zucchini on the plant for show,and encourages diners to eat the flower. “It is so good,” he exclaimed. West Steak and Seafood has introduced “A Night with the Chef,” a dining adventure on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Guests are invited to trust in the expertise of the chefs, who will design a sixcourse prix fixe menu based on their handpicked selections of seasonal ingredients from West Farm. Guests will get to sample a range of produce to compliment fish,steak or chop; one of a kind, off the menu plates. Reservations are required three days in advance at $95 per person; $145,including wine pairings. Call (760) 930-9100, or v i s i t weststeakandseafood.com.

Wine Bytes PAON Restaurant in Carlsbad has a winemaker dinner June 19 from 6:15 p.m.,featuring DAOU Vineyards and Winery of Paso Robles. Special guest is Georges Daou. $85. Call (760) 729-7377 for an RSVP. Join Toast Enoteca & Cucina in San Diego’s Gaslamp for an opera-paired four-course wine dinner June 20 at 7 p.m. The wine is Alex Sotelo’s Cellars of Napa Valley. Call for reservations at (619) 269-4207. SLO Wine Country, San Luis Obispo presents Roll Out the Barrels Weekend, June 20 to June 23. Check out all events at slowine.com. The Terrace at Addison, the Grand Del Mar Resort, is the location for Flights of Wine Tasting June 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and every other Friday through August.Price is $25. Details are available by calling (858) 314-1996. Encinitas Wine Merchants has two major winery pourings June 21, McPrice Myers and Bodega De Edgar plus over 20 wines available by the glass. For pricing, call (760) 407-4265. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. His library can be viewed at www.tasteofwinetv.com. (Average Google certified 900 visits per day) He is one of the top five wine commentators on the Web. Reach him at mangiompc@aol.com.

Alex Boswell, left, and Jennifer Powers serve crispy prosciutto macaroni and cheese from Zel’s Del Mar at the 2012 Summer Solstice Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Celebrate the onset of summer By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Del Marians will once again welcome the upcoming season with Summer Solstice from 5 to 8 p.m. June 20 at Powerhouse Park. The 18th annual event will feature culinary samplings from city restaurants, selections from California wineries and breweries, music by Semisi & FulaBula and a silent auction that includes the always-popular and priceless year of free parking as well as vacation packages at local hotels and admission to Del Mar Fairgrounds activities. Tickets are $65 each and traditionally sell out prior to the event every year. Tables of 10 can be reserved. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit d e l m a r m a i n s t re e t . c o m . Proceeds support the DMVA’s downtown revitalization efforts.


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Love of animals leads to ‘wild’ career By Lillian Cox

ENCINITAS — Jessica Larios realized a childhood dream of working with wild animals when she founded The Wildlife Company in Vista 14 years ago. At 4 p.m., June 19 she’ll bring her animal ambassadors to the Encinitas Library for an interactive “Good Eats!” presentation as part of the library’s summer reading program. During the show, kids will learn about the animals and their native diet. Some lucky volunteers will even have an opportunity to sample their food. Larios was raised in Minneapolis, Minn. and remembers visiting the Minneapolis Zoo as a child. She had an ah-ha moment in middle school when her family traveled to San Diego and she visited SeaWorld for the first time. “After that I planned to jump off orcas at SeaWorld,” she said, smiling. During her senior year of high school, Larios got an internship at the Minnesota Zoo where she fed, trained and presented shows with the park’s six dolphins. She also helped to raise two baby dolphins that were born at the park. After high school, she studied zoology at North Dakota State University but soon realized that she wasn’t so much interested in scientific study as hands-on work with exotics. Subsequently, Larios was accepted into the prestigious Exotic Animal Training and Management (EATM) program at Moorpark College in Ventura County. After receiving her associate’s degree, she worked as an educator for a wildlife education program for two years. Then she decided to go out on her own and start The Wildlife Company. Today, Larios cares for 40

Wildlife Company Founder Jessica Larios holds “Cheeya,” a coatimundi indigenous to Central and South America. Cheeya is one of many of Larios’ animal ambassadors. Larios and some of her animals will visit the Encinitas Library for an interactive “Good Eats!” presentation as part of the library’s summer reading program at 4 p.m., June 19. Photo by Lillian Cox

different species of critters on her 2-acre wildlife facility that include a fennec fox, severe macaw, a boa constrictor, a giant black millipede — even a hissing cockroach. Most of the wildlife was either owner relinquished or confiscated because they were kept illegally. Among the most popular critters in Larios’ menagerie is Izod, an alligator that was kept illegally in a garage. There is also Gepetto, a capuchin monkey that was rejected by her mother. Now 13, Gepetto enjoys life with best friend Belo, a ring-tailed lemur. Larios says there’s a lot to running a wildlife facility including paperwork, permits, and veterinarian visits,

including the cleaning and feeding. She estimates that she buys 100 pounds of produce each month as well as chicken and rabbit for animals with special dietary needs such as Zari, an African Serval (cat). Kelsey Barker is a volunteer at The Wildlife Company and a senior in organismal biology at Point Loma Nazarene College in San Diego. Next year she plans to follow in Larios’ footsteps by earning a degree from the EATM program at Moorpark College. “I had never worked with exotic animals before,” she explained. “But I’ve slowly progressed and have become well-rounded. In the

beginning, prairie dogs were my favorite because they were the only species I was allowed to be with alone.That changed when I was told to form a relationship with Cheeya, a coatimundi (a mammal in the raccoon family). Because I worked so hard at it, I fell in love with her. She is so sweet and curious and always wants scratches or to be held by me.” Barker recently visited Costa Rica where she saw coatimundis in their natural environment. She said her internship has helped her to gain knowledge as well as an opportunity to polish her presentation skills as an educator. “I love the way Jessica does her show because she talks about an individual animal instead of overwhelming children with facts,” Barker said. “That’s such a helpful way for kids to learn.” Larios explained that her ultimate goal is for children to become stewards of the planet by continuing to read and raise their awareness of little actions, such as picking up trash and recycling. “It’s incredible to see that children have been driven to action by even donating presents received at a birthday party to animal charities,” she added. Larios is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Animal Behavior Management Alliance. She traveled twice to Africa to observe and photograph many of the animals she works with in their natural environments. Her presentations are available for elementary school assemblies, library programs, scouting programs and birthday parties. For more information, visit wildlifecompany.com or call (760) 439-6444.

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The Classic Car Nights car show along Highway 101 each summer attracts crowds and families alike. Photo courtesy of Doug Jones

Classic car show rolls back the clock By Chloe Costello

Special to The Coast News ENCINITAS — The cars stretch along Highway 101, from South Coast Highway 101 from D Street to J Street. This section of highway is ideal for the annual Classic Car Nights car show, where car owners exhibit their beauties to spectators, often driving their classic cars along the scenic roadway overlooking the Pacific Ocean. But the event can’t be labeled as simply a “car show;” it is much more than that, explained Doug Jones, the event’s organizer. It is an immense cultural aspect of Encinitas and its community, he added. The Classic Car Nights car show (occurring every other Thursday during the summer) is one of many events that highlight the sense of community that Encinitas has to offer. Many auto enthusiasts restore classic cars for this event, including Ernie Lee, a Bonita resident and who, with his 1947 Ford Woody restoration, is a regular attendee at the event. Those who view the event are surprised and delighted by many of the cars being shown, Jones said. For example, since many of the cars are classic, someone might feel nostalgia for that type of car because their dad may have owned that car, or they saw that particular model in a movie. This emotional attachment to the cars draws people of all types in, he added. The crowd that comes to the event is extremely diverse. In the past five years, the car show has become increasingly more familyoriented than ever before. Many factors had to do with this, Jones said, especially the new “silly” awards that are given out. The, “That car that looks like my matchbox car” award adds to the fun and festivity of the event,

explained Jones. And what makes this event different from other car shows is that the cars don’t stay put. Often the show is referred to as a “cruise,” meaning that viewers can see the classic cars in action as they cruise down the highway. Visitors can enjoy food, live music, and the many surrounding shops. The cruise is an important event in Encinitas since it also brings in a lot of money for the shops surrounding along Highway 101. Originally called “Rods and Woodies,” the name changed in 2011 to “Classic Car Nights” in order to be more inclusive. In 2007, when Jones became the official organizer of the event, and before the show established itself, many of the surrounding businesses didn’t understand it, and were hesitant to allow the vehicles to take up precious parking spaces. It took Jones and a few other DEMA members to educate the shop owners on the car culture, and explain to them that the event would draw in plenty of business. After this, the shop owners agreed to have their parking spaces open for the event, and it paid off for them immensely. The cruise is extremely popular still, mostly because there have been no problems with it. The fact that there haven’t been any problems, also contributes to drawing more families and varieties of people to the show. The Classic Car Nights cruise continues to innovate. Jones believes that the event will continue running due to its popularity throughout Encinitas. This year, the event is dedicated to women and their classic cars. The event, which began earlier this year, resumes again June 20, July 18, Aug. 15 and Sept. 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m



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Turkey testing shows reason for concern In its first-ever lab analysis of ground turkey products, Consumer Reports found potential diseasecausing organisms in most of the samples it tested, more than half of which proved resistant to more than three antibiotic drug classes. Consumer Reports tested 257 samples purchased from stores nationwide. Its findings strongly suggest that there is a direct relationship between the routine use of antibiotics in animal production and increased antibiotic resistance in bacteria on ground turkey — in other words, that antibiotics fed to turkeys are creating resistance to related antibiotics used in human medicine. CONSUMER REPORTS’ FINDINGS At stores nationwide, Consumer Reports purchased samples of raw ground turkey meat and patties, including products from major retailers and store brands, and tested them for

the presence of five bacteria: enterococcus, E. coli, staphylococcus aureus, salmonella and campylobacter. Below are some key findings: — Overall, 90 percent of the samples had one or more of the five bacteria for which they were tested. — Bacteria on ground turkey products labeled “no antibiotics,” “organic” or “raised without antibiotics” were resistant to fewer antibiotics overall than bacteria found on conventional products. — Bacteria related to fecal contamination were found on the majority of samples. Sixty-nine percent of ground turkey samples harbored enterococcus, and 60 percent E. coli. — Three ground turkey samples were contaminated with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). — Salmonella, which is one of the top causes of foodborne illness, was found in 12 of the samples tested (5 percent) and two-thirds of them were multidrug resistant; government studies typically find higher rates of salmonella, at around 12 percent.

Processing plants are permitted by the government to have product contamination rates as high as 49.9 percent. — Consumer Reports also found bacteria had higher rates of resistance to classes of antibiotics approved by the FDA to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy turkeys compared to classes of drugs not approved for those uses. WHAT CONSUMERS CAN DO? Common slip-ups while handling or cooking can put consumers at risk of illness. Although the bacteria Consumer Reports found are killed by thorough cooking, some can produce toxins that may not be destroyed by heat, so take the following precautions: — Choose meaningful labels while shopping for turkey: Buy turkey labeled “organic” or “no antibiotics,” especially if it also has a “USDA Process Verified” label, which means that the agency has confirmed that the producer is doing what it says. Consider other labels,

such as “animal welfare approved” and “certified humane,” which mean that antibiotics were restricted to sick animals only. Be aware that “natural” meat is simply minimally processed, with no artificial ingredients or added color. It can come from an animal that ate antibiotics daily. — Tips for safer preparation and handling: Buy meat just before checking out, and place it in a plastic bag to prevent leaks. If cooking meat within a few days, store it at 40 degrees or below. Otherwise, freeze it. (Note that freezing may not kill bacteria.) When cooking ground turkey, use a meat thermometer to ensure it reaches the proper internal temperature of at least 165 degrees to kill potentially harmful bacteria. Wash hands and all surfaces after handling ground turkey. Don’t return cooked meat to the plate that held it raw. Refrigerate or freeze any leftovers within two hours of cooking.

Having painful feet can prevent you from doing the activities that you enjoy. Foot Solutions in Encinitas provides a non-surgical, non-invasive approach to solving the common problems stemming from the feet. Courtesy photo

What would you do if your feet didn’t hurt? Most of the people who come to Foot Solutions are looking for just that, a solution to the pain or discomfort they are having in their feet, knees, hips or back. They have found it difficult, if not painful, to continue the activities they enjoy. That can be anything from competitive sports, to walking for exercise, being on their feet at work, taking the family to Disneyland, or just plain enjoying life without sore feet. They are most noted for very hands-on, personalized service…and for restoring their customers’ comfort. The staff is trained in the biomechanics of the feet and the gait cycle. They deal with common problems like plantar fasciitis (heel pain), bunions, Morton’s neuroma, shin splints, knee pain, etc. Foot Solutions provides a nonsurgical, non-invasive, approach to solving the common problems stemming from the feet. They achieve results through comfortable footwear, overthe-counter inserts, and/or custom fabricated orthotics where necessary. You will see great looking sandals, casual shoes, athletic shoes, and shoes for dress. They carry top brands such as Brooks, Mephisto, Orthaheel, and Naot. They’ll even intro-

duce you to comfort brands from around the world such as Ziera, Xelero, Finn Comfort, Akaishi, Helle Comfort … and many more! “I walked all over Manhattan for two days and my feet felt great” (Karen, and she danced at her son’s wedding while there) “I stand all day in my restaurant. These shoes are the only ones that I have found that make my feet feel good.” (Jenny, a restaurant owner) “I can’t believe the difference these things have made. I used to think orthotics were just ‘smoke and mirrors’” (Frank, a retired Orthopedic Physician) “I can’t remember the last time someone actually measured my feet” (many customers) Foot Solutions has been serving Encinitas for over 12 years. Bring in this article and they will give you $10 off the purchase of any regular priced footwear. The foot and gait assessment, and foot scan is FREE. Located at 1347 Encinitas Blvd. in Encinitas in the Sprouts Shopping Center. (760) 634-1600. Open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. No appointment is necessary.



ought to be shared even though it was funded by us. All boats ride with the tide.” A website —dreamdelmar.com — has been launched where visitors can input desired vacation dates and a list of all available Del Mar hotels and rates are displayed. It also lists things to do, shopping, restaurants and more.



3,000 people. For that reason, his music is imbued with the “grandiose landscapes of the Old West.” Church also trekked around Europe as a kid with his mother. That explains “the romantic sense of the Old World” lurking in some of his songs, he said. The imagery of his songs harkens back to days


if you want hot peppers with that,’” she said. Moreover, Salios and Padilla agreed that the piece lends itself well to a stage reading rather than a full production because of its small cast and minimal set. As a stage reading, the two hope that the production will enhance the audience’s engagement with the material and actors. “If you have the right


found reverence for nature, Hubbell is widely recognized for his biomorphic shapes and incorporation of a rich variety of materials into his art and architecture. Danielle Susalla Deery of the Oceanside Museum of Art wrote of Hubbell’s work, “This accomplished artist’s relationship with nature is his primary source of inspiration. Hubbell turns bronze, glass, stone and wood into poetic manifestations that evoke both the inherent essence of the material and his passionate sensitivity to his surrounding natural environment.” While the 82-year-old Hubbell has long been considered a San Diego treasure, his more than 100 public artworks worldwide have received international acclaim. Hubbell has been recognized primarily for his architectural work while also being actively engaged in the visual arts and poetry throughout his career. He recently commented on his relationship with sculpture, “I often think of myself as a sculptor and attribute much of my direction in architecture to it.” Daniel Foster, Executive Director of The Oceanside Museum of Art states: “As one explores the special talents and

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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS The site will also allow the district to track its success. Mayor Terry Sinnott said he was particularly concerned about the $205,000 rollover funds. “We’re not in business just to be collecting money,” he said.“I appreciate the fact that that’s going to start being used. “We encourage what you’re doing,” Sinnott added. “Let’s focus on the ball as to

what we’re trying to do.” Slosser said the district will allow the hoteliers “to brand Del Mar as a destination rather than being a drive-through element between Encinitas and Solana Beach and skip over to La Jolla.” “It’s going to give us an opportunity … to bring awareness of what’s here because this is a fantastic place that more people need to know about,” he said.

gone by. And the name SeaWolf is taken from a Jack London novel. But Church said he isn’t by any means stuck in the past. “The imagery is what I experienced when visiting or living in those places,” Church said. “I want to fill my lyrics with lush imagery — that’s a common frame of reference to many — to leave an impression, not to be overly nostalgic. In reality, I’m usually thinking about the future.”

To that end, Church said he’d like to continue exploring new sonic territory when puts together a new batch of songs, even if that’s a ways away. “I feel like I have a restless energy,” Church said. “I don’t by any means want to do the same thing twice.” “In this album, I revisited my past to carve a path forward,” he added. SeaWolf performs at The Belly Up June 20.

actors and they have the right intensity and they’re committed, I think (stage readings) actually stimulate the imagination of audience,” Salios said. “It’s just such a beautiful piece because you get to experience each character in a different way,” said Padilla about the play’s intense focus on only a few characters. Salios added, “The piece is like music and a poem. Each memory, each character’s impression is kind of woven like a tapes-


unique qualities that define Hubbell’s artistic aesthetic, style, and iconography, it becomes highly apparent … that Hubbell himself is a master of life. In effect, his artworks are actually the material artifacts that capture the journey and spirit of a remarkable human being.” Hubbell has indeed led an extraordinary life of contribution, much of which has been focused on stimulating creativity and cooperation in others as a vehicle for creating a more peaceful and harmonious world. In 1982 Hubbell and his wife Anne founded The Ilan-Lael Foundation on the 40-acre site of their Santa Ysabel, Calif. home. The foundation initially served as a conduit for Hubbell’s many involvements, including the design and building of a school for the arts in Colonia Esperanza, Tijuana, Mexico. Hubbell also founded Pacific Rim Parks, an organization whose multifaceted mission includes “fostering understanding and goodwill while bridging political, cultural, environmental, and spiritual boundaries” while working with teams of volunteers in creating the parks. Through the process of training volunteers in his multiple projects, Hubbell has equipped many artists and craftsmen worldwide with skills that have enabled them in turn to

develop their own creative careers and pass the gift along to others. After a major portion of the Hubbell property was destroyed by wildfire in 2003, individuals rallied to help restore the damaged structures as testament to the esteemed position Hubbell holds in the community. Since that time the Ilan-Lael Foundation’s purpose has been crystallized in Hubbell’s words as “an arts education foundation celebrating nature and the aesthetic of the built environment for its ability to help us see ourselves and our world in new ways.” As Daniel Foster aptly states, “…Hubbell’s art envisions our best hopes for the future of art and society.” The public is invited to meet James Hubbell and view his work at the opening reception of “The Shape of Things: James Hubbell Sculpture” June 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Encinitas Library, at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. The exhibit runs through July 22. For more information about James Hubbell and his art and architecture visit jameshubbellart.com.

Padilla said that ultimately he hopes that playgoers will, “just listen to the words and enjoy the story.” Carlsbad Playreaders will perform “Elliott, A Soldier’s Fugue” June 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Carlsbad City Library’s Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane. Suggested donations are $5 for adults and $1 for students. Visit carlsbadplayreaders.org or call (760) 602-2012 for more information.

Kay Colvin is director of the L Street Fine Art Gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, serves as an arts commissioner for the City of Encinitas, and specializes in promoting emerging and mid-career artists. Contact her at kaycolvin@lstreetfineart.com.

Art’s Leo S. Bing Theatre. The concert will be broadcast live on KUSD classical music radio. In August the Tseitlins will travel to New York where they will perform and teach master classes at the Summit Musical Festival. They will do so again in the fall when they embark on a tour that will take them to Europe and Israel. In addition to being a violin virtuoso, Michael is a world-renowned visual and multimedia artist. “We also write children’s books together,” Irina added. “It’s very much the story of our family.” The Tseitlins continue to be active in the local arts scene, and were part of a group of residents who came together in 2002 to

form Friends of Musical Arts. “FOMA’s goal was and remains to support music and art in San Diego,” Michael explained. “Over the years the organization has donated a number of music instruments to local schools and financially supported California International Young Artists Competition. Our CEO is Danny Dabby, a resident of Del Mar.” Michael added that The Art of Recital Series 201314 season will be announced in September. The Encinitas Library is located at 540 Cornish Drive. For more information about the Tseitlins, visit michaelandirinatseitlin.co m or YouTube.

services management contract this fiscal year is more than $1 million.The positions included in the contract: the department’s fire chief, fire marshal, the remaining portion of the deputy chiefs’ salaries, management analyst, support services from Solana Beach, as well as a part of the Rancho Santa

Fe shift battalion chiefs and training officers’ salaries. The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department will see a $300,000 drop in revenue with the agreement’s termination, according to Michel. Additionally, the department will likely hire another deputy chief, adding to its costs.

of 101 Studio, will be exhibiting their Color 2013 show Mondays through Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. through July 15 at Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas.

Oceanside Art League Gallery, Oceanside Art Gallery, Lynn Forbes Sculpture Gallery and other Carlsbad Village art venues for “Cruising the Art Scene” from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 20, with live music, refreshments and lots of art. For more information, visit 300 Carlsbad Village Drive Suite 101, Carlsbad or call (760) 434-8497.



workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. June 22, to explore drawing or painting their favorite superhero at his gallery, 6024 Paseo Delicias, Suite G. Call (760) 801-9371 or (619) 490-9985, or visit toddkrasovetz.com for more information. Parents will receive 20 percent off for oil portraits. BY THE SEA The New Village Arts Theatre invites all to its annual gala fundraiser, “60’s by the Sea” from 6 to 10 p.m. June 22 at Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center, 1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad. Couple tickets are $280. For more information, visit info@newvillagearts.org. GALLERY SHOWS In June, see original signed prints by Inka Zamoyska and reverseglass paintings by Diane and Ed Greene at E.Greene Gallery, 264 N El Camino Real, Encinitas. For details, call (760) 942-2317.



Opera Orchestra; professor, The Juilliard School), Igor Gruppman (concertmaster, San Diego Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra), Erik Ulman (composer and lecturer, Stanford University) and Francesca Dego (violinist, Milan C o n s e r v a t o r y Philharmonic). Throughout the year Irina and Michael travel across the United States and abroad, offering concerts and teaching master classes to talented students. At 6 p.m. June 23, Irina will perform with pianist Kevin Fitzgerald at the Los Angeles County Museum of


to the role of battalion chief, a similar position that pays a bit less. Battalion chiefs manage fire captains at the eight stations across the coast cities. The cost of Encinitas’ fire


Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office is hosting “On Your Own Time: The National Arts Program at Carlsbad” featuring art by 117 city employees and their families, June 20 through July 12 at the William D. Cannon Art Gallery, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. For information, call (760) 602-2021 or visit carlsbadca.gov/arts. CRUISIN’ Join the Carlsbad-



nology is that content is everywhere and easy to find. So the teacher’s role is not to deliver content, but to facilitate learning. The idea is for teachers to be less of a “sage on the stage” and more of a coach and mentor working with individuals. It’s really changing the way that classroom learning happens on a day-to-day basis.




restore. Beyond digital learning and yoga, are there other notable programs you worked on for the district? The technology aspect — it’s not so much about the technology. It’s about pedagogy, which is an education philosophy. It used to be that teachers were deliverers of content. Students showed up to class and they get knowledge from the lecture or textbook. The biggest shift is that with all of these advances in tech-



added, will help to create thousands of jobs in North County. Earlier this year, work began on a 10 mile-long pipeline that will carry water from the Carlsbad plant to the water authority’s second aqueduct in San Marcos. MacLaggan said 1,500 feet of pipeline has already been laid, starting in San Marcos. That part of the pipeline will continue working west toward the direction of the plant. On June 17, crews will

Brent Goodman presents “Stand Up Comedians” at E Street Cafe, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 22 at 128 E St., Encinitas. Goodman will be performing and hosting other comics. Call (760) 4369737 for more details.

SUPERHERO ART DAY Rancho Santa Fe artist, Todd Krasovetz, presents a free Children’s Superhero Artist

big honor. We get calls all the time from districts in other states to look at our policies, plans and how to determine which apps to use on their iPads. And because we went iPad, last week two apple executives toured our schools. Any advice for your successor?

Breathe. Do yoga breathing (laughs). J ust focus on people and listening to your parents, principals and teachers. Don’t try and do too much at once. The National School Boards Have fun. Don’t take yourself Association visited us — a too seriously. Have other districts toured the schools here to get a sense of how students use iPads?

begin work on the westerly reach of the pipeline and start heading east from the desalination plant. Work is expected to begin in Carlsbad at that time at Cannon Road and Avenida de Encinas. A third heading of the pipeline will also begin later this month in Vista at Poinsettia Avenue and West Linda Vista and will work westerly. MacLaggan said he expects the pipeline to be completed by the end of 2014, with a total of 75 construction workers to complete it. There are 120 engineering professionals working on

the plant, 90 of which are in Carlsbad and 30 are in Israel working on the design of the plant, MacLaggan said. The number of construction workers at the Carlsbad site is expected to peak at 340 by next year. With bond financing rates dipping, Silva said they were fortunate to close financing below their initial projections. A benefit, he said, that would go the consumer and the cost of water. The water authority estimates that a typical household of four people in the county will pay approximately $5 to $7 more for water by 2016.



the two-pronged approach to combat the mosquito problem at the Penasquitos Lagoon. “We’re taking an aggressive approach to fixing this,” Colquhoun said. As well as the larvicide, the California State Parks dredged the mouth of the lagoon at Torrey Pines State Beach mid-May as a stopgap measure. Reconnecting the lagoon to the ocean let a lot of the stagnant water drain out, significantly cutting down the mosquito population. Mosquito trap counts at the lagoon dropped from 3,350 the week of May 6 to 327 the week of May 10, according to data from vector control. The department also reported that the mosquitoes in the lagoon showed no evidence of West Nile Virus. Three days after the dredging, piles of sand once again blocked off the lagoon. Chris Conlan, vector ecologist with the county, warned that the number of mosquitoes could rise again since the lagoon is plugged. “The counts can jump really fast,” Conlan said. That’s why the city of San Diego is looking to open the mouth of the lagoon for the rest of the year with a largerscale operation. At a cost of $80,000 to the city, the excavation is scheduled to start June 17 and wrap up June 24. The less-intensive excavation last month carried a price tag of about $25,000 and was paid for by state parks. Particularly in early May, residents and visitors complained about swarms of mosquitoes blanketing the area. Supervisor Dave Roberts said he’s encouraged by the progress made in the past month. His office has received fewer calls from constituents about the mosquito problem in recent weeks. Powerful waves and high tides in the winter caused sand to build up, blocking the lagoon. Typically, the lagoon is dredged in early April. So why did it take longer to begin this year? The Los Penasquitos Foundation has secured funding from various grants for the annual excavation in the past, according to Mike Hastings, executive director of the foundation. This year, the grant money wasn’t enough to pay for the entire operation, so the city of San Diego and state parks signed on to fund a larger portion of the dredge than in prior years. Because a new legal agreement had to be inked between the parties, there was a delay. “We’re working on a funding mechanism that’s more consistent,” Hastings said. Adding to the woes: The lagoon choked off earlier than normal this year, likely because there’s currently more sand on Torrey Pines State Beach than previous years, he noted. But the lagoon closing off from the ocean is only part of the equation, said Darren Smith, an environmental scientist with state parks. Walking along a trail on the perimeter of the lagoon,he noted that freshwater from Carmel Creek, Los Penasquitos Creek and Carroll



JUNE 14, 2013 Creek feeds into the lagoon year-round, supplying freshwater that allows mosquitoes to breed, he said. Tidal saltwater promotes fisheries and benefits other kinds of marine life in the area.Yet the inland freshwater has the opposite effect. “Saltwater lagoons are full of bio-diversity,” Smith said. “You don’t get that with freshwater. Some species can’t survive in it.” Additionally, the freshwater allows the growth of invasive plants like rye grass, which can be found on the eastern part of the lagoon. Yet it’s slowly marching west. As development

increased over the years, he said more and more runoff has been pumped into the lagoon through the three creeks. He said he’s encouraged by new homes designed to limit runoff, but the problem seems to be getting worse. “It’s really not helping the health of the lagoon,” Smith said. As one possible solution, he noted earthmovers could carve out channels in the lagoon so the freshwater has an easier path to the opening — a plan state parks is considering. “When the water moves there and sits, it’s an issue for a lot of environmental and health reasons,” Smith said.

Save your spot now for gala RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe resident and founder of Miracle Babies,Marjan Daneshmand and chairwoman of the upcoming Casino Royale event, invites all to make reservations now for the fourth annual Miracle Babies’ “Casino Royale” fundraiser from 6 to 11 p.m. Aug.10 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. The event features an elegant evening of food,

drinks and Monte Carlo-style gaming. Whitney Southwick of NBC will serve as emcee. In addition to an evening of gambling, guests will be able to bid on a variety of silent and live auction packages. Tickets for Casino Royale are $175 for general tickets and $350 for VIP. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the Miracle Babies website at miraclebabies.casino.com or on location, the day of the

event. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for $500, $1,000, $2,500, $5,000, $10,000 and $15,000. In-kind donations are also being accepted. For more information contact: JFelton@miraclebabies.org or call (858) 633-8540. Miracle Babies provides education, support, and financial assistance to families with newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit.



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Oh, the vanity Every morning I get up and, as my father used to tease, “put my eyes in.” I became cross-eyed and far-sighted at the age of 3, so he was only half-kidding. My poor parents had to struggle with getting a 3-year-old to keep these odd contraptions on her face. Instead, I regularly lost them.When my mother would ask where I’d left them, my reply would be to point vaguely off in one direction and say, “There.”They spent a lot of time searching. By the time I turned 10, that same adoring father decided that his “beautiful” daughter wasn’t going to go through life as a “four-eyes.” It was 1959, and contacts had only been generally available for about 10 years. I admit, it took me a year to stop whining and weeping while getting used to them. Let’s remember that these were the very early versions. They were the size of manhole covers and thicker than the ones we have today. But one day, I looked in the mirror at myself in glasses and never complained again.Vanity is a wonderful motivator. For years, I was the only child I knew who wore these exotic inventions, which gave me some real swagger. By the 1970s, soft lenses debuted. I tried them and felt like I was wrestling with cling wrap. My hat is off to those who can deal with them. I also sadly discovered they didn’t correct my weird vision, so I still wear the hard kind. There is no sleeping in them, even today. For all my experience, it is embarrassing that even today I manage to accidentally wash them down the sink or crack them in half. I never thought about how long I had been wearing them until a laser surgery nurse told me I would need to leave my lenses off a month for each year I had worn them. I was shocked when I calculated a year-plus without lenses. I do feel like a pioneer in the field, but was fascinated to learn that Leonardo da Vinci actually came up with the concept of lenses directly on the eye and a German glassblower made the first wearable ones in the late 1800s. I’ll bet they did it for their “beautiful,” cross-eyed daughters.

Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who is now a “six-eyes,” if you count her reading glasses. Contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com.

Bookseller shares love of literature By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — Sitting in his little bungalow house off of Jefferson Street, Sean Christopher began to describe one of the many reasons he is passionate about books. “(A book) can be old and yellow and crispy, and that story —” Christopher couldn’t finish his sentence before his 4-year-old Jack interjected — “Dad, watch me get the golden egg,” he said, wanting to show off his aptitude for playing Angry Birds on his dad’s iPhone. “I am, Buddy,” Christopher said before resuming his sentence. “That story is the same story as the first edition that is worth thousands of dollars.” “Daddy...” At that point, Christopher leaned over and began tickling Jack into submission, the two laughing as they rolled around on the couch. Holding two conversations at once is one of several talents Christopher has developed while raising Jack as a single father. For a time, caring for his son was his sole occupation. His writing and bookstore took a backseat when Jack was an infant. But now that Jack is older and attending the Montessori preschool down the street regularly, Christopher is able to devote more time to his love of literature, and has started to share that love with the community. Nestled in a parking lot between the Taco Bell and Garden State Bagels along Carlsbad Village Drive is a one-room cabin that houses Christopher’s countless books. Aside from his freelance fiction writing, he mainly collects and preserves independently published and older books. He sells his books online under the name “L.H.O.O.Q Books;” a reference to French-American artist Marcel Duchamp’s small portrait of the Mona Lisa with a mustache and goatee. “I thought if a cook needs a restaurant, a writer needs a bookstore,” he said of starting his bookselling business.

Sean Christopher holds his 4-year-old son, Jack, outside of the free bookstand he set up outside of his bookstore, L.H.O.O.Q. Books, in Carlsbad Village. Photo by Rachel Stine

But with L.H.O.O.Q.’s book cabin stacked, (to the community).” The shelves line one entire side of the boxed and shelved with books to the brim, Christopher built shelves outside of his cabin for L.H.O.O.Q. cabin and are filled 24-hours a day with books, written by a range of authors from books that he shares for free. He said that with more than enough books to feed his business, “I wanted to bring an offering TURN TO BOOKSELLER ON B11

City states construction isn’t impacting flow of Rossini Creek By Jared Whitlock

The city is moving forward to lease the lot on the corner of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Drive from NCTD and use it for parking. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

City will lease lot from NCTD By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — In an effort to improve what many call the “northern gateway to the city,” council members agreed at the June 3 meeting to negotiate a lease with North County Transit District for a 29,280-square-foot parcel at the northeast corner of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Drive. Leasing the lot would also allow the city to improve access to the San Dieguito Lagoon and Coast-to Crest Trail and establish a walkway along San Dieguito Drive. “There is also an opportunity to provide

education with interpretive signage,” assistant City Manager Mark Delin said. The site was previously the Waste Management recycling buyback center but it has been vacant and unused since 2010. NCTD lined the entry with boulders to prevent unauthorized parking. Based on a recent appraisal, NCTD is requesting $2,550 annually in rent plus half of any net parking revenue. The agency is also requiring reimbursement from the city for the $4,000 appraisal and $7,000 site TURN TO LOT ON B11

CA R D I F F - B Y- T H E SEA — In recent weeks flyers posted around Cardiff have raised concerns that the construction of the Encinitas Community Park has negatively affected Rossini Creek. The creek begins flowing near the park and ends near the intersection of Birmingham Drive and San Elijo Avenue, but with the exception of some pools, it has dried up in the past month. In response to complaints from residents, the city issued a report on Monday stating that the park isn’t blocking off flow to the creek. The report states Rossini Creek primarily relies on a watershed to the east of the Encinitas Community Park. Runoff from the watershed travels west through a concrete pipe onto the park property, eventually feeding Rossini Creek. Ed Deane, a senior civil engineer with the city, and who co-authored the report, said flow from the concrete pipe has

Flyers throughout Cardiff note residents are concerned about Rossini Creek. Photo by Jared Whitlock

slowed to a trickle. “We’re not getting water from the outlet near the park; there’s no chance for the park to impact this,” Deane said. He added that the

drainage system of the park was designed so as not to affect the creek. The city’s Parks and Recreation department TURN TO CREEK ON B11


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Resident’s passion for cycling earns him his very own day By Jared Whitlock

DEL MAR — Pierre Godefroy bought a bike at a garage sale 17 years ago. It’s safe to say it was the start of a journey. Then nothing but a hobby, he cruised around his neighborhood on the used hybrid bike. Five-mile rides turned into 15 a few years later. And this past September during a two-

week trip, he found himself cycling 50 miles a day across France — no problem. “Now, I go out and 25 miles is considered a pretty short ride,” Godefroy said. “I never thought that would be the case when I started.” At the age of 80, Godefroy bikes more than 100 miles a week. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors recognized his

Pierre Godefroy, who earned a proclamation for bicycling and community service, stands on Coast Highway 101. He credits cycling with aiding him in transitioning to retirement. Photo by Jared Whitlock

commitment to cycling and officially “Pierre Godefroy community service with a Day” in San Diego. Godefroy, who lives in proclamation last month. Going forward, May 15 is Del Mar with his wife, began cycling for the health benefits. More importantly, the hobby also helped ease his transition from two major stages of his life. Born in Boston, he graduated from Boston College in the mid-1950s. Upon getting his cap and gown, he served in the Navy for more than two decades — a career that included commanding the USS Lynde McCormick. Following that, he owned a carwash and auto parts store, among other jobs. He retired in the mid-1990s, but the change proved a bit difficult at first. “As you get older and you retire from the workplace, it’s harder to meet people and make good friends,” Godefroy said. “You feel cutoff from the rest of the world.” Yet thanks to group rides with the San Diego Bicycle Club and the

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Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA bike group, he soon found himself with new friends. “Now my social circle is people I bike with,” Godefroy said. “And I feel blessed to have met them.” Steve Bartram, who biked with him through France, said that Godefroy “is a leader in many ways. “He’ll lead the group when biking and at the same time he’s heavily involved in the community,” Bartram said. Godefroy said that perhaps more than other activities, bicycling promotes a sense of camaraderie. He couldn’t put his finger on why exactly that is, but believes it’s a phenomenon worth noting. “I think a lot of people meet their good friends through bicycling; I don’t feel unique in that regard,” Godefroy said. “You start talking about your bikes. Before you know it, you’re good friends.” If buying the used bike kickstarted his love of cycling, he became hooked on the sport after giving his son’s triathlon road bike a spin five years later. “That thing would just go when you pushed down on the pedal,” Godefroy said. “I viewed bikes as

something of a toy before that. No more. I decided I had to get one.” With his evolving view of bikes, he’s also taken up cycling maintenance — what he called “almost another hobby itself.” When he’s not on his bike, he’s also an active member of St. James Parish in Solana Beach. Through the church, he volunteers time serving meals with programs like Bread of Life and has helped build homes in Tijuana, Mexico. He said Rancho Santa Fe is his favorite place to ride in the county because of fewer stop signs and less traffic. Other than that area, he especially enjoys pedaling through Encinitas due to the scenery and restaurants on the route. Next up, he’ll complete the 70-mile Los Angeles River Ride. As for the proclamation, he said: “I had no inkling that would happen.” Upon being surprised by friends and family, he was presented with the proclamation May 15 at Encinitas’ St. Tropez Café. “I was very touched by it,” Godefroy said. “I feel like I’m healthy and in a good place right now,” he added. “I owe a lot of that to biking.”



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By Bianca Kaplanek

Very Personal Hygiene Orestes De La Paz’s exhibit at the Frost Art Museum in Miami in May recalled Chuck Palahniuk’s novel and film “Fight Club,” in which lead character Tyler Durden’s principal income source was making upscale soap using discarded liposuctioned fat fetched from the garbage of cosmetic surgeons (thus closing the loop of fat from rich ladies recycled back to rich ladies). De La Paz told his mentor at Florida International University that he wanted only to display his own liposuctioned fat provocatively, but decided to make soap when he realized that the fat would otherwise quickly rot. Some visitors to the exhibit were able to wash their hands with the engineered soap,which De La Paz offered for sale at $1,000 a bar.

DEL MAR — Two proposals for alternative uses of Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds will be presented to the 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors at a future meeting, likely in August. One of them, however, may not be a viable option as it likely goes beyond activities authorized under a land-use agreement at the state-owned facility, Director David Watson said. “I don’t think the people who applied were aware of that,” said Watson, a land-use attorney who is chairman of the land-use committee for the 22nd DAA, which governs the fairgrounds. One proposal for a family entertainment center with a focus on upscale bowling is from the company that owned Stick and Stein, a sports bar in El

Fair board Director Stephen Shewmaker said the business would be similar to Lucky Strike bowling, which has venues at L.A Live, in San Francisco and nationwide. The second, more problematic proposal called for an upscale movie theater as well as a drive-in, although Shewmaker said those plans could be scaled down so the project is confined to Surfside as is required. When the projects were initially introduced at the June 4 22nd DAA meeting, Watson said that one in particular could present “huge, huge regulatory stumbling blocks.” He said he didn’t want to “undo” any of the legal issues just settled between Two companies submitted proposals for alternative uses of Surfside Race Place. The plans will be present- the 22nd DAA, California Coastal Commission, Sierra ed at noon on June 17 at a special fair board meeting. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek Club and adjacent cities. “I’m not willing to open Segundo that closed in inspections in 2008 and plans submitted to the 22nd DAA include installing 2011. It had healthy and 2009. Called New Stick, the bowling lanes in Surfside. safety violations during TURN TO SURFSIDE ON B11

The Entrepreneurial Spirit As recently as mid-May, people with disabilities had been earning hefty blackmarket fees by taking strangers into Disneyland and Disney World using the parks’ own liberal “disability” passes (which allow for up to five relatives or guests at a time to accompany the disabled person in skipping the sometimes-hours-long lines and having immediate access to the rides). The pass-holding “guide,” according to NBC’s “Today” show, could charge as much as $200 through advertising on CraigsList and via wordof-mouth to some travel agents. Following reports in the New York Post and other outlets, Disney was said in late May to be warning disabled permit-holders not to abuse the privilege. After setting out to create a protective garment for mixed martial arts fighters, Jeremiah Raber of High Ridge, Mo., realized that his “groin protection device” could also help police, athletes and military contractors. Armored Nutshellz underwear, now selling for $125 each, has multiple layers of Kevlar plus another fabric called Dyneema, which Raber said can “resist” multiple shots from 9 mm and .22-caliber handguns. He said the Army will be testing Nutshellz in August, hoping it can reduce the number of servicemen who come home with devastating groin injuries.

Unconventional Treatments Researchers writing recently in the journal PLoS ONE disclosed that they had found certain types of dirt that contain antimicrobial agents capable of killing E. coli and the antibiotic-resistant MRSA. According to the article, medical “texts” back to 3000 B.C. mentioned clays that, when rubbed on wounds, reduce inflammation and pain.

Outstanding student named as fellow ENCINITAS — Marin Callaway, daughter of Ed Callaway and Amy Freeman, and a junior at San Dieguito High School Academy in Encinitas, has been selected to be a Bronfman Youth Fellow. Actively involved in her school, Callaway is a member Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Spring Fling gala Committee Chairwoman Rebecca Vigil enjoyed the evening, chatting with Helen Woodward President Mike Arms. Courtesy photo

Animal center sets record for fundraising RANCHO SANTA FE — June 1, Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Spring Fling Gala celebrated two achievements. The festivities marked the 25th Silver Anniversary of the event, and set a fundraising record, raising an impressive net revenue of more than $280,000 donated to support the pets and the programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center. The affair was held in the Fairbanks Village Plaza in Rancho Santa Fe, thanks to the generosity of Joe and Terri Davis, and was headed by Gala Committee Chair Rebecca Vigil and Honorary CoChairpersons Nathan and Mindy Fletcher.The night’s festivities were supported by title sponsor EDCO and hosted by media celebrities Dave Scott and Andrea Naversen. Helen Woodward Animal Center is grateful to the 15 delicious restaurants which donated their food and services. Congratulations to Poseidon Restaurant in Del Mar, which received the “Best Restaurant” Award for the 2013 Spring Fling Gala and to honorable mentions — Davanti Enoteca, Chandler’s and Elizabethan Desserts. former American Idol chef, Mary Trimmins, with local chef, caterer, culinary instructor and consultant Dee Biller served as food judges. Guests then enjoyed

American Idol Season 10 and 11 contestant Kristi Krause. Krause’s love for animals was felt by guests and staff alike, as she donated her time to support the center. Helen Woodward Animal Center President Mike Arms said, “Every dollar raised goes towards saving more lives and finding more homes for orphan pets. There is truly nothing more beautiful than that.” For more information on Helen Woodward Animal Center or to make a donation, visit animalcenter.org or call (858) 756-4117.

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of the varsity track and crosscountry teams. She also belongs to National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and Students for Energy Efficiency. Callaway’s Jewish education began at Temple Solel in Cardiff by the Sea. After her mother converted to Reform

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Exercise tips for Pier braces and planks set to be replaced cancer patients By Promise Yee

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

Recently, the American College of Sports Medicine convened a panel of 13 researchers with expertise in cancer, fitness, obesity and exercise training to study the effects of exercise and physical activity for cancer patients. The panel’s conclusion? Exercise can have impressive physical benefits for people who are undergoing cancer treatments. It can reduce nausea and pain, preserve bone density, increase appetite and improve circulation. Exercise can also increase cancer patients’ selfesteem, lower the risk of anxiety and depression and improve overall quality of life. Other peer-reviewed research has shown that exercise can offer substantial health benefits to cancer patients. The type, intensity and frequency of exercise must be appropriate for each individual patient.Several factors will influence an exercise plan, such as the type and stage of cancer, the treatment regimen, current restrictions and limitations and other health concerns. Developing an exercise strategy should include input from the patient’s oncologist and primary care physician, along with a personal trainer and physical therapist. The timing of exercise is important. Patients going through chemotherapy for the first time should wait to exercise until the first treatment cycle has been competed, so they have an idea of how they may respond to the demands of exercise. They should avoid exercise on chemotherapy or biological treatment days, and avoid public gyms when their immune systems are compro-

mised due to low white blood cell counts. In addition, patients who are undergoing radiation therapy should generally decrease or avoid exercise near end of treatment and for several weeks following it, and should avoid chlorinated swimming pools, which can irritate the skin. Generally, a well-rounded exercise program should include cardiovascular activity, resistance training, flexibility exercises and training for balance and core strength. Cancer patients undergoing treatment have an increased risk of osteoporosis and peripheral neuropathy, so exercises that strengthen bone and promote circulation can be especially helpful. For someone just beginning to exercise during cancer treatment, the ACSM recommends moderate-intensity cardiovascular exercise, such as walking or stationary cycling, three to five days a week for 30 minutes. A patient who is in recovery may be able to increase the duration or intensity of exercise with the medical team’s approval and guidance. Resistance training can help patients build muscle strength. Working with their medical team, patients can develop a routine of eight to 10 exercises once or twice per week to strengthen the large muscle groups such as the chest, back and legs, followed by smaller muscles. Yoga, Pilates and balance-oriented exercises can be ideal for flexibility, stretching and core strength. Several hospital-affiliated fitness centers offer yoga especially for cancer patients. Mindfulnessbased stress reduction programs combine yoga and meditation to promote physical, emotional and spiritual health and can be especially beneficial for patients undergoing cancer treatments. Exercise offers tremendous benefits to caner patients, but be smart. Swelling, dizziness, pain or blurred vision are warning signs. If they occur, stop exercising and call the oncologist immediately. Should patients have any questions or concerns about exercise, take advantage of the medical team’s expertise.

OCEANSIDE — In its ongoing effort to maintain its landmark pier, the city will replace 31 of the pier’s steel braces and some of its worn boardwalk planks. Frank Quan, manager of Oceanside harbor and beaches, describes the maintenance process as being similar to maintaining the Golden Gate Bridge, as soon as maintenance work is completed end to end it’s time to start the process again. The 1,600-foot-long wood pier was built in 1980. It is constructed of wood piles, steel braces and wood decking. City Council approved a contract June 5 with the John S. Meek Company to replace 31 of the pier braces for $124,930. The contract was awarded based on the company placing the lowest bid for its services. Maintenance of the 33year-old pier started in 2006. To date 600 of the pier’s 2,000 braces have been replaced. The pier is reported to be in good condition. “We had the pier surveyed and the structural engineer said it’s in good shape

Oceanside will replace 31 of the pier’s steel braces and some of its worn boardwalk planks. The project should be done by spring 2014 and then the process to request bids and get work done will begin again. Photo by Promise Yee

for its age,” Quan said. Work on the pier should begin sometime after August. Braces must be ordered, cut to size and coated to withstand pounding by saltwater waves. This process can take approximately six weeks. Once the braces are prepared the installation process takes two weeks. During installation the

immediate area of the pier under construction will be closed. This entails a section about 100 feet long. A truck will lower the new braces down from the pier boardwalk. Workers will secure the braces from a temporary deck below the pier. The new braces should be in place by spring 2014. Then the process will begin again.

“We continue plugging away on it,” Quan said. “It’s an old pier, it’s heavily used and it’s a landmark in Oceanside. We try to do the best we can to maintain it.” The city replaces a set of braces almost every year, working from the west end of the pier to the shore. The braces, to be replaced this year, sit about 3/4 of the way out to the end of the pier.

Carlsbad planning commission OKs mall revamp By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — “Ugly. Uninviting from the exterior,” and “beyond run-down” were some of the phrases used by Carlsbad planning commissioners to describe the current state of Plaza Camino Real, the mall located between state Route 78 and El Camino Real. Representing the mall’s primary owner, Jerry Engen, senior vice president of development of Westfield, said the mall was, “dark and tired and dated.” And in fact, the mall has received little improvement since its construction in 1969 and expansions in 1977 and 1978, according to a presentation made by city staff to the Planning Commission on Wednesday. After a vote of approval from the Planning Commission at that meeting, portions of the “Health Watch” is brought to you by the Westfield mall will be redeveloped outside and inside physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. For more pending City Council support. information or for physician referral, The changes are call (800) Scripps or visit scripps.org. intended to boost revenues and attract new tenants at the declining mall, according to Engen. The redevelopment aims to create a “one-stop” community shopping center and will include adding a new digital 12-screen Regal Theater, a new 24-Hour Fitness, and remodeled exterior and interior. If the project receives approval from council, Westfield intends to begin construction in August and complete the redevelopment in fall 2014, said Engen. While the Planning Commission readily agreed that the mall is in desperate need of an upgrade, some

Jerry Engen, at the podium, senior vice president of development of Westfield, answers the Planning Commission’s questions about the proposed redevelopment of Plaza Camino Real at the June 5 meeting. Photo by Rachel Stine

members expressed concern over the redevelopment of only selective portions of the property. “The mall is way overdue for revitalization,” said Commissioner Hap L’Heureux. But he questioned Westfield’s plan to only remodel the east portions of the mall. “All of the focus is one the east side of the mall, what is going to trigger development on the west side and the north side of the mall?” Engen explained that redeveloping only certain portions of the mall at this time made the most sense economically, and that Westfield would consider updating the rest of the mall pending more financial resources in the future.

“A lot of this is going on faith that the market environment will support development of the west end,” concluded L’Heureux. In the end, all commissioners approved the proj-

The mall is way overdue for revitalization.” Hap L Heureux Commissioner

ect in spite of this hesitation in favor of bringing in the much-needed make over except for Planning Commission Chair Kerry Siekmann. Siekmann said that despite that, “There is no

property in Carlsbad that I would like to see reimagined more than this one.” She was concerned about inconsistencies within the project’s site development plan. The commission received more than a dozen emails and a letter from the Chamber of Commerce in support or the project. During the meeting, a few community members expressed support for enhancement of the mall, but cited a few concerns about the increased traffic, lack of trees and environmental impact. “This is the most ambitious commitment I’ve seen by Westfield to this mall and to this city,” said Emmett Durnan, who used to be the general manager for the mall from 1998-2006.



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SeaLions keep shut out streak going By Tony Cagala

Philip Rivers gets ready for another day of OTAs Monday. The team will break this week before starting training camp later this month. Photo by Tony Cagala

Chargers are buying into the new changes By Tony Cagala

SAN DIEGO — The defensive units looked like they were having fun playing against the offense. Defenders, veterans and rookies alike, exploded in a fury of excitement when rookie quarterback Brad Sorensen’s pass was batted down at the line of scrimmage during practice; intercepted passes were run back the other way to cheers as though a game had just been won. That was all a part of what Coach Mike McCoy and the rest of the coaches wanted — to have some fun. Since mid-May, McCoy has been watching for signs of his plans for the team to come into focus. So far, McCoy said he’s been learning something about the team and the organization every day. “The players are working extremely hard; they’ve bought into change,” he said. “And that’s the key. That was the number one thing…. “They’ve done a great job not only on the field, but in the classroom…just buying into everything that we’re doing. That’s sometimes the hardest part, just getting them to buy in.” He added that the team still has a long ways to go, but that they’re off to a good start. “We’re going to take it one day at a time, and find the best 53 and go from there,” he said. On Monday, one of the team’s latest of free agent signees, tackle Max Starks, got on the field for the first time. McCoy said Starks got a crash course in learning the play book last week. “The good thing is he was with coach (Ken) Whisenhunt in the past and he’s done a nice job,” he said. Starks had worked with Whisenhunt, the Chargers new offensive coordinator, while they were with the Pittsburgh Steelers. When practice started, Starks said everything started to come clear, knocking

off the rust after having not been on the field for the past five months. He said of the new playbook that it was a little bit different, but also that there were a lot of similarities because of his time in Pittsburgh with Whisenhunt; the terminology between the offensive linemen, though, was one of the biggest nuances he has to get over. Philip Rivers, who’s coming along with his own challenges in learning the new playbook, said he knew what you were going to get from a guy like Starks. He played left tackle for Rivers during his senior bowl appearance. “Senior Bowl is a lot of the reason why I’m standing here,” Rivers said. “So he did all right.” Rivers called Starks a pro. “As far as where he ends up and how he fits in, obviously that will play out in the next few months, but you know you’re getting a veteran and a pro who’s played both sides and is a good addition to the group.” Starks played mostly with the second group, blocking for backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst during Monday’s practice. It’s likely that Starks will be competing for a starting job against King Dunlap, who was brought into the organization after playing the past five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. Though it’s early, Rivers said they’re still finding out who they are going to be as an offensive group. “You have a new offense and then you have a lot of guys who haven’t been together a whole lot, so I think our personality, our makeup, all of that is still kind of taking shape…that’s why this time of year is big.” They’ll look back on camp to see what they’ve done best, he said, and then sculpt who they’re going to be. The Chargers have started minicamp this week.

SAN DIEGO — Showing the other team what they’re capable of doing — that was just some of their motivation on Sunday when the San Diego SeaLions took the pitch against Ajax America Women for their home opener. The SeaLions routed Ajax 6-0 and since the beginning of the season, haven’t allowed a goal in league play so far. “As a center back it’s always more important to me to have that zero up on the score board than six goals,” said SeaLions’ firstyear defender Nikki Krzysik. She credits the growing chemistry between the defense and the communication they have on the field. Not only that, but goalies Kaycee Gunion) and Rachel Locke are fantastic, Krzysik said. “They always have our back if we make a mistake, and they make us look good.” Offensively, the SeaLions have scored 10 goals, all-coming at the expense of Ajax, who they opened the season against on the road, winning 4-0. Head Coach Jen LalorNielsen said the team didn’t have to make too many changes to the game plan, since the two teams’ last meeting. What she wanted to see of her team was their speed of play on the field. “I feel like this team is up another notch and another level of making the game so pretty to watch, and making the ball move and do the work and that’s going to open up the gates for people that are individual specialists that can take people on. And that only can happen when our speed of play is quick.” Some of the quickness displayed, the SeaLions

Forward Jacqueline Witz and Elise Britt (21) celebrate after Witz scored a goal in a 6-0 rout against Ajax America Women during the SeaLions’ home opener on Sunday. Photo by Tony Cagala

moved the ball well, has stemmed from the team’s expectations for raising the bar on strength and conditioning commitment levels. “It has been very good,” Lalor-Nielsen said. With practice twice a week and the remaining time spent in the gym, LalorNielsen said that has made the team more focused throughout the week. “And it’s that hard work that is going to be able to be seen in games,” she said. The fitness they maintain will make the game easy, she added, and will

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Who’s NEWS? Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. Youthjamz honored Noah Lizerbram of Carlsbad, a senior at La Costa Canyon High School, was presented with an engraved bronze medallion June 6 to recognize his selection as a Distinguished Finalist for 2013 in The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Lizerbram is being honored for founding “YouthJamz,” a nonprofit organization that has raised $25,000 through concerts to help provide instruments and music education to children fighting leprosy in India, children affected by war in Africa, and teenagers who are homeless in San Diego.

She’s got talent Annika Gullahorn, a Pacific Ridge School senior, took home the top honors of ‘Best Female Lead in a Musical’ after singing "Moments in the Woods," by Stephen Sondheim at the recent 2013 Globe Honors and The Road to the Jimmy Awards competition. In addition to earning scholarship funds, she received an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to compete at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmy Awards) in June.

Norby moves up Solana Santa Fe Elementary School Principal Julie Norby been promoted to serve as the Director of Instructional Services

for the Solana Beach Elementary School District. The position will begin July 1 of this year.

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Cross-country race Survivors An eight-man team celebrate made up of Oceanside Police Officers will be taking part in Race Across America to raise money For multiple sclerosis. A group of 41 solo racers, began their 3,000 mile coast-to-coast race June 11 and will be followed by 35 teams who depart from the Oceanside start line June 15.

Picnics for concerts Pacifica Del Mar is offering to-go picnics from individual to-go boxes, to family fourpacks to share for the Twilight Concert series beginning June 18 at Seagrove Park in Del Mar. The family pack and wine country baskets come with disposable glassware, serving utensils and a small picnic cloth. E-mail Chris Idso to order at chris@pacificadelmar.co m. For details, visit pacificadelmar.com/menus/c oncertpicnics.

Kirkland closing K i r k l a n d ’ s announced today it will not renew the lease for its Encinitas Ranch Town Center in Encinitas. The store will close June 30. Store employees will have the opportunity to apply for open positions at other Kirkland’s locations in San Ysidro, Temecula and Lake Elsinore.

Bow wow happy hour Bistro West, located adjacent to West Inn & Suites in Carlsbad, is launching Bow Wow Hour, a happy hour for dogs and their owners on the patio Sunday through Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 4960 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad. The West Inn

Scripps Health will host free public celebrations throughout the month of June for local cancer survivors, families, friends and the community at large at each of its five hospital campuses across San Diego County, as part of the 26th annual National Cancer Survivors Day. The event at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas will be from 10 a.m. to noon June 29 in the Scripps Encinitas Conference Center, 354 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. Register by calling 1800-SCRIPPS.

Tournament success The third annual Swinging for Seany Golf Tournament raised more than $60,000 for research and programs for children, teens, and young adults affected by cancer. The Foundation also announced the exciting news that, in 2014, the American Cancer Society will pass the torch to The Seany Foundation as the funding organization for Camp Reach for the Sky, a free summer camp for children with cancer and their siblings. WOMEN’S

4SRanch-Del Sur Community Foundation Grants Chairman Tom Kokjohn, joined Deirdre Balou and Karen Isaacs from the San Diego Zoo, and 4SRanch-Del Sur Community Foundation Board Chairwoman Judy Simeroth, as the 4SCF presented the zoo with one of six grant checks to health and human service programs for its classroom outreach “Healthy Planet, Healthy People” program. Courtesy photo

4S Foundation awards grants 4S RANCH — The 4SRanch-Del Sur Community Foundation (4SCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, held its grant awards celebration and granted a record $26,000 to health and human service programs at five local organizations. The programs include the “Be A Hero” Bullying Prevention program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego ($4,000), the Pathway to Self-Sufficiency program at Junior Achievement ($4,000), the WITT Anti-Bullying program at Monterey Ridge Elementary ($5,000), the Healthy Planet, Healthy People program at the Zoological Society of San Diego, and the Peer Leaders Uniting Students (PLUS Program) at Oak Valley Middle School ($7,000). “We’re honored to present the 4SRanch-Del Sur

Community Foundation grants to these outstanding organizations,” said Tom Kokjohn, Grants chairman. The grants celebration also marked the second distribution of grants from the Matt McLaughlin Live Here, Give Here Matching Program. The late Matt McLaughlin left a generous legacy gift to The San Diego Foundation for use by the Affiliate Foundations in North County. Thanks to the creation of the matching program, all 4SCF membership generated grant-making funds (half of each yearly donation) will be matched, dollar for dollar, for at least three years. The Live Here, Give Here match doubled this year’s grants, from $13,000 to $26,000. Simeroth noted that the 4SRanch-Del Sur Community Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life and meeting emerging needs in

Library launches summer fun


Solana Beach obstetrician/gynecologist Timothy Bilash, hosts a free Summer Women’s Health Lecture Series twice each week, Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. at 765 Academy Drive, Solana Beach. For reservations, visit drtimdelivers.com/office. Upcoming topics include: “Premarin Update - Less Breast Cancer When Taking Estrogen” June 25 and June 29 and “Good Fat/Bad Sugar - Why our foods make us sick” July 9 and July 13.

4SRanch and Del Sur by increasing responsible and effective philanthropy; building a community endowment for the benefit of the region; providing funds annually to community organizations and causes, and giving the community a vehicle for legacy planning and gifts that will benefit 4SRanch~Del Sur now and forever. The grant will also cover the creation and dissemination of classroom kits and teacher packets to all fourth- and fifthgrade teachers and their classes. The 4SRanch-Del Sur Foundation is part of a network of local affiliates of The San Diego Foundation,each serving the unique needs of communities throughout the region. For more information, please call Trudy Armstrong at (619) 764-8602, or email trudy@sdfoundation.org.

Rancho Santa Fe Rotary President Matt Wellhouser, left, presents Steven Le of Global Journal Project with a $1,000 donation check from the RSF Rotary. Courtesy photo

Rotary selects two charities to support RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary club selected two charities for its support this spring. The club recently donated $1,000 to Cancer Angels. Eve Beutler from Cancer Angels addressed the Rotary Club on May 28 to thank the club for its continued support. Rotary also presented a $1,000 donation to the Global Journal Project. Steven Le accepted the check on behalf of the organization. Also attending the Rotary meeting on May 28 was Dr. Terry Senjnowski of the Salk Institute. Senjnowski spoke to the group about the “Brain Initiative” and some of the latest research being conducted.

RSF Rotary worked in downtown San Diego June 4 to serve dinner at the USO to troops and their families. And don’t forget to mark your calendars for the upcoming Rotary event “Taste of Rancho Santa Fe.” This wine tasting evening will be held July 20 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, 5827 Via de la Cumbre, and will feature wines and food as well as great deals on auction items. Visit tasteofrsf.org for tickets and more information. Rancho Santa Fe Rotary meets weekly on Tuesdays for lunch and their meeting at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. For more information, visit ranchosantaferotary.org

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe branch of the San Diego County Library is ready for a busy, fun-filled summer. “Reading is Soooo Delicious,” the summer reading program, starts on June 15 and continues all summer long through Aug.9, at 17040 Avenida de Acacias. Special events that will be part of the summer reading program include: — John Abrams Animal Magic Show at 3:30 p.m. June 28 — Mad Science at 3:30 p.m. July 11 — Gaston’s Puppet Show at 10:30 a.m. July 23 — Ice Cream Social featuring USA Jump Stars 12:30 to 2 p.m. Aug. 9 The regular weekly programs will include Movie Mondays at 1 p.m.,Preschool Storytime on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., Love on a Leash on Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m., Baby Sign and Sing storytimes on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. from June 19 to Aug. 24, Kids Crafts on Wednesdays at 1 p.m., Tweens Crafts on Thursdays at 1 p.m., Toddler Storytime on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and Friday Fun on Fridays at 1 p.m.



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Owners of La Costa Towne Center get ready to overhaul site By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — The owners of La Costa Towne Center, the half-empty retail and office center at the southeast corner of La Costa Avenue and El Camino Real, plan to redevelop the retail center to attract a new anchor tenant and add apartment residences to the property in the coming year or so. The two companies who own the center, Excel Trust and Gem, have laid out plans to tear down some of the existing buildings, rebuild new retail spaces along with approximately 60 residential apartments, and improve the aesthetics of the buildings that will remain, according to Excel Trust Senior Vice President of Development Bill Stone. They recently initiated the process of gaining approval from the city, and expect to have the go-ahead The La Costa Towne Center retail and office space has had difficulty attracting and retaining tenants, particon the redevelopment with- ularly after the center’s anchor store, Vons, left the space. Photo by Rachel Stine

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UP MiraCosta College is offering Surf School, with two to six surfers per session at Oceanside Harbor. Each four-day session meets Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon, from June 24 through Aug. 1. Fee is $189 per session. To register, call (760) 795-6820, or register at miracosta.augusoft.net/.

ON STAGE Summer Youth Acting & Playwriting Camps begin June 24 with classes at Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, New Village Arts Theatre 2787 State St., Carlsbad and Carmel Valley Rec Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive, San Diego. Classes range from $35 to $164. For more information, visit kidsactsd.com or call Aleta at (760) 846-6072. BASKETBALL TIME Sign up for Carlsbad’s 3-on-3 Youth Basketball Tournament for boys grades three through 12. Deadline to register is June 14. The registration fee is $125 for a team of five players. Sign up to play at carlsbadconnect.org or call (760) 434-2971. WOMEN’S HEALTH Solana Beach obstetrician/gynecologist Timothy Bilash, hosts a free Summer Women’s Health Lecture Series twice each week, Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. at 765 Academy Drive, Solana Beach. For reservations, visit drtimdelivers.com/office. Upcoming topics include: “Premarin Update - Less Breast Cancer When Taking Estrogen” June 25 and June 29 and “Good Fat/Bad Sugar Why our foods make us sick” July 9 and July 13.

your dog to walk on a leash at 9:30 a.m. June 15 at 576 Airport Road, Oceanside. The one-hour Leash-Walking workshop costs $35. Register by calling (760) 757-4357 or online at sdhumane.org. For more information, email behavior@sdhumane.org.


Carlsbad Blvd. Cost is $35. RSVP by June 21 to Niki INDOOR ORCHIDS Glen Coates at (760) 931-9420 or Decker, of Piping Hot Orchids, nikic@roadrunner.com. will speak to the San Diego County Cymbidium Society at 7 p.m. June 19 at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. For more information e-mail HISTORY HIKE Join a his- whartongc@aol.com, or call tory/nature tour of Buena (619) 520-1366. @TheRSFNews Vista Creek Valley and Marron Adobe from 10 to 11 a.m. June 15. For more information, call (760) 724-3887 or info@preservecalavera.org. WELCOME SUMMER Del Mar Village Association is celebrating Summer Solstice from 5 to 8 p.m. June 20 at Powerhouse Park, 1658 Coast INLAND HISTORY From 10 Boulevard, Del Mar with live a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 16 and music, a silent auction, wine June 23 join Elfin Forest and beer tasting and food Recreational Reserve docent from Del Mar restaurants. Donna Walker, for a free Tickets are $65. nature walk. Learn about native plants and wildlife and the history and culture of the NEW HOME Encinitas indigenous people who lived Toastmasters Club now meets in this area during prehistoric at Encinitas Country Day School, 3616 Manchester Ave. times. every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the school library. For more information, visit encinitastoastmasters.org or call President Mike PLANNING THE PARK Club The public is invited to an Goldbeck at (760) 803-1798. Encinitas Community Park Status meeting at 6 p.m. June NARFE TO MEET The 17, in the Poinsettia Room at National Active and Retired the Encinitas Civic Center, Federal Employees will meet 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas. at 1:30 p.m. June 20 at the Participate in project Q&A, Oceanside Senior Center, 455 see project photos and to Country Club Lane hosting meet city staff. See project genealogist Julie Miller Visit updates and photos at narfechapter706.org. ci.encinitas.ca.us/.






SOLID FOOD AND TUNES TREE ART The Bonsai and David Boylan of “Lick the

Beyond Club meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. June 18 in the Ecke Building at the San Diego Botanical Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. For more information, call (760) 436-3036.

Plate,” presents Solstice Gruel, from 6 to 11 p.m. June 21 at 210 West F St., Encinitas, featuring vintage country sounds of Susanna & the Trouble Makers plus DJ Honkey. For $10 a plate and $5 for seconds, enjoy Lick the Plate phatty burgers or veggie TEA PARTY MEETS Tri- burgers, home fries and City Tea Party will meet at 6 asparagus. Make reservations pm June 18 at Boomers Vista, at lick-the-plate.com/gruel. 1525 W. Vista Way, hosting Steve Frank on “California’s DEMAIO TO SPEAK Great Recession of 2013 and Carlsbad Republican Women How to End It.” Contact tctea- Federated will host Former party@gmail.com or (760)- Councilman Carl DeMaio at 600-8287 or tri- its 11 a.m. luncheon June 25 WALKIN’ THE DOG Teach cityteaparty.org. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 6450


in eight to nine months, he said. Construction will begin shortly after the project is approved. The La Costa Towne Center has struggled to attract and retain tenants for its retail and office spaces for years, particularly after the center’s anchor store, Vons, left several years ago. Its current tenants include dance and workout studios, an animal hospital and a few small restaurants. The landlords plan to give the center a Tuscan look, and hope to attract new businesses and restaurants that will be “more towards the higher-end,” according to Stone. He said that they hope to retain as many of their current tenants as possible throughout the redevelopment and do not intend to raise rents by much once the project is complete. The future apartments

will include studios, as well as one- and two-bedrooms that will be mostly medium and upper-medium income, he said. Stone said that the landlords are considering a number of options for La Costa Towne Center’s new anchor tenant at this time, but it’s too early to reveal which stores are in the running. Excel Trust and Gem are still negotiating with Vons to terminate the store’s lease early on the property. But Stone added, “I think we’ll get (Vons’ lease) resolved before we actually start construction.” A Vons is being built nearby as part of the new, upscale La Costa Town Square shopping center at the corner of La Costa Avenue and Rancho Santa Fe Road. The center is anticipated to open in summer 2014.


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Hunt for new career ends in photo quest


PET WEEK Meet Archimedes, Pet-of-the-Week at Helen Woodward Animal Center. It doesn’t take a scientist to see why this 7.5-pound, five-month old terrier blend was voted “Most Charming” and “Best Smile.” He is also captain of the all-puppy romping team. He has worked hard to become the best dog ever, and can’t wait to meet his family. His adoption fee is $369. Helen Woodward Animal Center is at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

Signing up for a social club gave rise to new business venture By Lillian Cox

Kennels are open daily Monday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.; Friday, noon to 7 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (applications accepted 15 minutes before closing).

ENCINITAS — After being laid off by Kyocera in the fall of 2010, Chris Geirman went ahead on a planned white water kayaking trip to Bhutan, Nepal. Because he didn’t have a job to return to, he extended the trip to include Southeast Asia. Just prior to the layoff, he read the Timothy Ferriss’ book, “The 4-Hour Workweek.” It provided foodfor-thought during his journey. “It changed the way I thought about providing for myself,” he explained. “I decided to create my own opportunities going forward. The ultimate goal was to have more free time to travel and more control over my life.” Geirman signed up for a local social club that offered house parties, volleyball, outings to concerts and scavenger hunts.The latter caught his attention. “I thought, ‘I want to do that ... I can do that,’” he recalled. The experience led to the birth of his business, FrogQuest Photo Scavenger Hunts.

Chris Geirman is the originator of FrogQuest Photo Scavenger Hunts. “I’m looking to create an opportunity to make a spectacle of yourself and people on your team,” Geirman said. Photo by Lillian Cox

Geirman hosted his first two events in San Diego. Anyone can participate whether they are part of a (four to six-person) team, or come alone and are willing to be assigned to a team. Geirman said the only requirements are a sense of adventure and a web-enabled phone with camera. At the beginning of the

event, each team receives a list of about 70 photo quests valued with points, the number of which is based on the level of difficulty. Previous photo quests have included a synchronized group handstand or persuading a store manager to allow a team member to pose with a mannequin in a display window and dressed in the same apparel. “Another one was having an entire team gather inside a portable toilet,” Geirman said. “Participants received bonus points for each stranger who was in there with them.” One team member is assigned responsibility for taking a photo and emailing it to Geirman. A former IT professional and web developer, Geirman designed a software program that enables him to validate

photographs to ensure adherence to contest criteria, then organize them into a slide show that is shown at a postFrogQuest celebration. Geirman has been cruising Encinitas the last few weeks getting ideas for photo quests. “Developing the quests isn’t that easy,” he said. “I’ve searched the Internet for inspiration and gleaned inspiration from those around me, and now I’m constantly thinking about what would make a fun quest. I’m growing my database one inspiration at a time, but am always happy to hear suggestions from others.” Andy Hughes participated in the previous FrogQuest event on a team called, “Frog Whisperers.” His team took second place in the event. “San Diego FrogQuest was a fun, social event that was different than most things you do,” Hughes said. “There were certain themes such as ‘stores and escalators,’ so we went over to Horton Plaza and knocked off a bunch of quests there. The goal is not to do all the quests. You go for the high-point ones, keeping the others in mind. As long as you are capable of walking, I think it appeals to anyone with a sense of adventure and challenge and competition.” Participating teams are required to come up with a name and costume theme in advance to show solidarity. Other teams who have participated include the “Irresistibles” (wearing black dress, red lipstick and carrying a microphone) and “Tenacious T” (wearing green, hand-painted shirts). People of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to participate. “It’s all photo-based, so it’s not a physical challenge,” Geirman said.



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WATER WORLD From left, Santa Fe Irrigation District 2013 Water For Life Poster contest second-place winner Michael Chang is congratulated by Board President Michael Hogan, along with first-place winner Sofia Vitale. Both students attend Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School. The annual poster contest is open to all fourth graders in the district’s service area. The District recognized all the winners with gift certificates and a personalized water bottle.

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Council OKs funds to move sand By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — City Council voted June 5 to set aside $650,000 to cart sand from the San Luis Rey River environmental cleanup project to the rocky beachfront at Wisconsin Avenue. Funds will come from the sale of the Laguna Vista Mobile Home Park. Final proceeds from the sale are expected to be $4.7 million. City Council approved funds to move the sand in a 3-1 vote in which Councilwoman Esther Sanchez voted no and Mayor Jim Wood was absent. The river sand needs to be moved off the site as part of the environmental cleanup project. “In order to plant vegetation we have to remove sand to lower the elevation,” City Manager Peter Weiss said. The environmental cleanup project has already taken decades. There is still property mitigation to resolve and additional mowing, grading and restoration to complete before the sand can be moved. The timeline depends in part on when the Army Corps of Engineers completes the second phase of mowing. This requires permits and chopping through unwanted brush with a massive vegetation mower. “It is unlikely we will move the sand this year,”

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Oceanside set aside $650,000 to cart sand from the San Luis Rey River environmental cleanup project to Wisconsin Avenue beach. Last year’s efforts to replenish sand were halted by an unexpected run of grunion leaving less sand on beaches. Photo by Promise Yee

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More summertime fun in Big Bear

If it’s action adventure you want, Action Aqua Flight at Big Bear Marina offers flyboarding, which allows riders to soar above the water. Promoters say that it is easier to fly than comparable jet pack rides. An Holloway’s Marina & RV Park on Big Bear Lake offers a variety of boats with which to explore the lake and surrounding shoreline. Rental possibil- industrial-type hose connects the flyboard to a Waverunner, which creities include personal watercraft, kayaks, fishing boats and pontoon boats. The pirate ship, the Time Bandit, is a 1/3rd scale replica of a Spanish ates the pressure. Flyers can reach up to 15 feet. The instructor controls the height, and the flyer controls the direction. Photo courtesy of Action Galleon and was used in the film of the same name. Tours of the lake on the Time Bandit are offered almost daily. Photo by Jerry Ondash Aqua Flight

E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road Holloway’s Marina on Big Bear Lake hasn’t even opened for kayaking yet — the water is too cold, according to the manager — but she is kind enough to bend the rules for us. She sets a couple of brightly colored kayaks in the water and we climb in — carefully. I check; yes, the water is cold, but on this cloudless morning, the lake and surrounding countryside look as if they are in high-def — perfect for an hour’s paddle. It’s hard to imagine that this manmade lake was once a valley. Big Bear Lake was created when a damn was

built in the late 1880s. It took a while, but the valley eventually filled with snow runoff, which the lake depends on even today. “The lake was considered one of the great wonders of the world back then,” Jim Lyon, a local historian and search-and-rescue leader, told us earlier. With Big Bear’s ski slopes now barren and daily temperatures rising (at 6,750 feet, it rarely gets over 80 degrees here), area residents and businesses are gearing up for spring, summer and fall. The activities list is nearly endless and there’s something for everyone, regardless of age or interest. Our serene hour on the lake brings us across the path some coots, black-feathered, yellow-beaked birds that bob on the water. They probably take for granted the beautiful 360-degree view, but we

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The Big Bear Alpine Zoo has a dozen timber wolves, which can live in captivity up to 18 years (six to eight in the wild). In 2009, nine pups were born at the zoo. Although the zoo had a breeding permit, all of the wolves have been fixed. Photo by Jerry Ondash

mansion from logs he felled himself. Miller made some expensive additions and modifications to transform the 4,500-squaqre-foot log home into a welcoming bed and breakfast. We spent two nights in the spacious-butcozy third-floor “penthouse,” complete with a wood-burning stove. It was the perfect location to witness a spectacular thunder and lightning storm that produced more than an inch of hail on our

large deck. All signs of the storm had disappeared by morning. The weather was perfect during our visit to the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, originally a rehabilitation facility for animals that were injured in the devastating 1959 wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest. A few of the animals were too injured to return to the wild, and the facility became their permanent home. Today, the zoo continues its rehab mission and returns 90 percent of the animals to the wild. Still, its current residents represent 85 species of birds and animals, including a three-legged black bear named Hucklebeary, who devoured several heads of lettuce while we watched. A stroll through the

Stan Miller, owner of the Knickerbocker Mansion Bed & Breakfast in Big Bear Lake, felt compelled to save the historic log home when it was threatened by foreclosure and destruction. The long-time sound engineer welcomes guests when he’s not on the road with singer Neil Diamond and other big-name artists. Photo by Jerry Ondash

grounds provides an up-closeand-personal experience with bears, mountain lions, wolves, bald eagles and all sorts of smaller mammals and birds. For information about activities, dining and lodging at Big Bear Lake, visit bigbear.com, 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 eondash@coastnewsgroup.com.


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will address the matter during a June 17 public meeting, updating residents about the park’s progress. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Resident Eleanor Musick, a former engineer, said that the state of the creek is “alarming.” To illustrate the degree, she put together a short video and posted it on YouTube. The first part shows a frog floating in the creek in late May 2012. The next shot, taken at

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survey. “I did attempt to talk them out of it but they say that’s their policy,” Delin said. The appraised value includes the entire parcel even though about 4,000 square feet is underwater in the San Dieguito River, and an additional 14,500 square feet is in a designated wetland area so it cannot be developed. According to staff estimates the city will likely have to spend an additional $20,000 for improvements such as parking equipment, gravel, striping and signs, as well as $5,000 for environmental assessments, for a total of $36,000. The lease will be for 30 years but is cancelable with a 30-day notice. The city will not be required to pay the rent until it has recovered its capital costs but NCTD would still require 50 per-



Nora Roberts to Fyodor Dostoyevsky to George W. Bush. Christopher described having a “Noah’s Ark” approach to his outdoor book share, establishing it with the notion of, “You build it, they will come.” The one-story, black cabin has the books on its main side; a graffiti mural covers another wall, and the rest are shielded by Christopher’s backyard fences. It’s tucked away from the main street and lacks an official address, but visitors are greeted with nuzzles from Zee Zoo the dog, and meows from Henry the cat. A steady trickle of passersby and those purposefully seeking out the shelves stream up to the library shelves each day. Christopher recently added outdoor lighting when he noticed people stopping by with flashlights to gather books after dark. He said the library promotes a “take, trade, or



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up land-use issues,” Watson said, adding the proposals “are just ideas that have been suggested.” “They haven’t been blessed,” he said. In April, board members directed staff to explore alternative uses for Surfside Race Place, an approximately 100,000square-foot satellite wagering facility built in 1991 to accommodate 5,000 people. A decrease in offsite betting has resulted in an average daily attendance of only about 350. “It’s a woefully underutilized facility that we spent a lot of money constructing,” board President Adam Day said. Directors support a private/public partnership as long as there is always space for off-track betting, there are no parking impacts during the fair and

horse race seasons and the activities are “sympathetic and compatible with the community.” A request for interest and qualifications was available for about 30 days, Shewmaker said. “People had shown interest but at the end of the day we only received two proposals,” he said. “With the uniqueness of situating something in the middle of a race track and fair we didn’t expect a lot of responses.” Both companies will be invited to each give 15minute presentations. The proposals were slated to be presented during a special June 17 meeting to discuss the proposed joint powers authority between the 22nd DAA and the county for governance of the fairgrounds, however, that has been canceled. Public comment on the proposals is being welcomed.

cent of the parking revenue. In a conservative estimate Delin said the city could make about $3,250 a year, slightly more than the cost of the lease payment. Delin said the proposal could be self-funding with parking revenue charged during events at the fairgrounds. A nominal fee would be imposed during the offseason. As the lease is negotiated the city will move forward with plans to install diagonal parking spaces along the city-owned parcel and right of way on San Dieguito. Speaking as a member of the San Dieguito Lagoon Committee, resident Bill Michalsky said he was glad to see the city moving forward with the project. “The committee has a slightly different vision,” he added. Michalsky said the group would recommend a different parking layout, with the majority of the property left as open space.

The committee prefers park-pay-and-display meters from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for a maximum of three hours to discourage use during fairgrounds events. He said diagonal parking could “get in the way” of future plans. “I would ask that we be involved in this process,” Michalsky said. Because the parcel is in the lagoon overlay zone, the city is required to maintain a 100-foot buffer from the wetland. In this case that would encompass the entire paved area. The lot would then be limited to only recreational pathways and viewpoints. The 100-foot buffer may be reduced with a recommendation from the Department of Fish and Game to no less than 50 feet. Councilman Don Mosier sees that as a potential problem. “I have real concerns about that strategy because we want the 100-foot buffer on the other side of the

river for sure,” he said. “So when we start asking for a 50-foot buffer waiver I think that puts us in a very strange place with some other entities.” Mayor Terry Sinnott said he would support any property owner being granted a 50-foot waiver if it was for recreational, educational purposes that benefit the entire community. “There’s not much that we could do there that wouldn’t be an improvement,” Councilman Al Corti said. “It is a gateway into the community, and all four corners there, one’s worse than the other depending on how you look at it so I think we can set an example.” Corti said he was concerned the city could spend $36,000 for improvements and the lease could be canceled with a 30-day notice. Staff was directed to continue negotiating with NCTD to possibly lower the $11,000 cost of the appraisal and survey.

donate” approach to his book share, preferring people to take a book and share it with others rather that bring it back. In that way, he hopes that his personal goal to “preserve the written word and present it as art” will thrive from his backyard and into the community where he grew up. Christopher was raised on Garfield Street, several blocks away in the Village from where he lives now. After high school he moved to San Francisco and attended school, earning degrees in literature. He developed a career of freelance writing and art that allowed him to travel around the world. He said that if he got lonely during his travels, he would find comfort at the nearest bookstore. “I really like the idea that you can get lost (in a book), and you can get to know (the characters) and they become your family,” he said. Christopher said that while thriving off of his inde-

pendent artist lifestyle, he never imagined returning to Carlsbad. But family matters brought him back to his beachside hometown about six years ago. He remained after his son was born, and his mom lends a hand by babysitting on occasion since Jack’s mom has been out of the picture for most of his life. “In my (high school) yearbook, I would be the person most likely to leave and never come back. And here I am with my bookstore and a kid,” he said. “I used to be able to stay up all night and write, work 70 hours a week. But, you can’t do that with a 4-yearold,” he said. Christopher, 38, said it could be tough writing around Jack’s schedule, working before his son wakes and after he falls asleep. But despite small frustrations, like being unable to find good Thai soup in the area, he said is not disappointed with his life as a family man. He marvels at Jack’s appreciation of the deeper themes in his favorite book,

“The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. A smile broke out on his bearded face when he described his son’s bedtime routine: One Shel Silverstein book, another about Thomas the Train Engine, and Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road”— because the rhythm of the narrative helps Jack fall asleep, Christopher explained. “My ideal is to have the bookstore and then write and to have (Jack) run around and meet people,” he said. Christopher said that once he makes some electrical renovations he may open up L.H.O.O.Q Books as a part-time store and tutoring center, but he has not established a definite time frame to do so. More importantly, Christopher wants Jack to look back when he is older and be proud of him. “I want him to see that I did what I love and I didn’t regret it.” Visit L.H.O.O.Q Book’s Facebook page and Twitter feed for more information.

the same location a year later, is footage of the dry creek bed. “Residents who have been here for 40 years haven’t seen it this bad,” she said. Rossini Creek supports vegetation that runs alongside it as well as marine life like frogs. “The fish and tadpoles only have puddles left,” said Musick. So far, she said there’s no definitive proof the park construction caused the creek to run dry, but it’s “suspect number one.” She noted the empirical evidence, like how some of the densest vegetation surrounding the creek is upstream of any runoff, contradicts the city’s report. She called upon the city to retain an environmental specialist to investigate the matter. “A lot of Cardiff is watching this with interest,” Musick said.



Make your own hat SOLANA BEACH — This Del Mar horse racing season, Circa on Cedros is partnering with hat artist Yumi Richards for a hat-decorating event from 1 to 4 p.m. June 22. Guests will be encouraged to select a vintage-era Yumi Richards hat to serve as a base for decorative embellishments including flowers, feathers, ribbon, brooches and more to ensure each hat is one-of-a-kind. Once embellishments are chosen, Richards will be adding the final, custom touches that set the tone for true-to-form horse race fashion. The Del Mar Racetrack gates are slated to open July 17, providing Circa on Cedros guests and summer race

attendees with ample time to plan race-day attire around their newly customized headpieces. Hats range in pricing and are based on number of embellishments and style chosen. Even those just looking for ideas or insight on hat trends for the upcoming races are encouraged to attend. Circa on Cedros strives to showcase local designers and artisans with handpicked pieces throughout its Cedros Avenue gallery. Yumi Richards, a 17-year veteran to the hat industry, specializes in timeless headwear with understated elegance. For more information regarding Circa on Cedros, visit circaoncedros.com.

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JUNE 14, 2013 excellence. They have the need to succeed, so when they transwould be some day, Patty fer that to their students, persevered and posted her who also succeed, going on writings on some blog and an editor of a newspaper in Kansas City, just flipping through the Internet one day, saw one. This editor contacted Patty and voila, Patty is on her way to eventual syndication writing a weekly column now for a big city newspaper. I love it! I liken Patty to the American experience. Through a dream and a restless spirit plus a little divine to college and becoming prointervention, Patty was able ductive Americans, instead of inner city victims. to succeed. Everyone has, or should We are Americans and we are divinely protected! have, their dreams but if the We are the land of the free government stifles dreams and the home of the brave. by supporting you only just We are free to succeed, fail enough so that you are not and then succeed again. able to break out of your cirEntrepreneurial spirit is cumstance then that is not what made this country good. Those citizens who live great, not government. I look at the problems of on unearned government large inner cities due to the assistance should eventually overindulgence of govern- be cut off or put on a program that cuts their government. What I see from time to ment benefits by a small pertime on various television centage every month. Do you think someone segments are kids, who don’t know if they will be killed whose income is dwindling tomorrow on the way to or in monthly is going to sit there their school, become bril- and starve or set up a box on liant children through inner the street to live in? Maybe someone yes, but city private schools that take vouchers and are selective of for the overwhelming majority, no. their students. That is because we are, In other words, if the kids don’t succeed, they’re and they are, all Americans with dreams and a survival out! The teachers at these instinct. Everyone should have schools are not union members so they fight for their the environment to seek out jobs every day through their those dreams.


Dreams, competition and free enterprise are the basis of what succeeds and makes America great. Government, in all its good

We are free to succeed, fail and the succeed again. Entrepreneurial spirit is what made this country great, not government. intentions is just too big and it stifles the American dream. As only one example of government in our lives, education falls into that category. The best teachers in a public school, because of their pay and benefits (golden handcuffs), can’t afford to step away from government security and form a subchapter S corporation, get a loan, open a school and then teach the way they want to teach. The problem is, just like the inner city “victims” of government assistance, teachers are trapped just enough by tenure, pay, benefits and eventual retirement funds. They are trapped by the same golden handcuffs as inner city welfare recipients are. Those attached to golden handcuffs are losing the American dream. The American dream is something that was fought

for, not given nor taken. If a private school and it’s partnering teachers succeed, it will grow and prosper as will each “partner.” In the public schools, if a teacher excels they can take that excellence and a buck and get a refill at 7Eleven. We need to remember to be like Patty Clark no matter what is going on around us. We need that survival instinct and drive to live out our dreams and succeed. God stepped in and helped Patty out because God had that editor see something Patty wrote at that very time. There is a plan for each of us and there is a plan for America.

We are all Spirit and We stand for something. We were founded on the principal that God put us on this earth to be free. God is central to this country and God is not going to let this country come undone. He has given us a spirit and that spirit is what will continue to make America what it is. The American spirit will rise up again and there will be big changes before it is time for us baby boomers to check out. America will shine like never before because of us, we the people. We will succeed. We will and should always be the stewards of

our own fate and the stewards of the fate of this great country. We fought once as the generation of flower children for freedom, love and peace. That spirit still lives. Don’t give up and don’t give away that dream. Fight for your peace. Joe Moris may be contacted at (760) 500-6755 or by email at joe@coastalcountry.net.


Own a Majestic Ranch House with Income Producing Groves Price $1,495,000.00 Live Free??? Very Possibly!!! Approx. $90,000.00 Net Income on 15 acres. Perfect 1400 +/- Producing Hass Avocado and another 379 Tango Mandarin Citrus Trees This is a beautiful and spacious 3400 sf 5 bedroom home with 4 Baths on 15 acres of income producing Hass Avocado and Tango Mandarin trees. A one-ofa- kind completely rehabbed ranch home surrounded by rolling hills and 270 degree panoramic views. Now throw in a 3/2 manufactured guest home nestled in the trees on its own gated road and a 950 sq. ft metal garage for an RV or park up to 6 cars! Nice!!! Hi, I’m RedStar Burton with the big paws & this is my happy family: Jim & Joanie Burton & “Doc” Al with his golf hat. My family is in the business of helping people with their Real Estate needs whether it be buying or selling a house or investment property. Jim’s background as a Gen. Contractor with experience in Construction Litigation & Joanie’s extensive sales/marketing background along with “Doc’s” wisdom of the Real Estate Industry is a real benefit. They feel communication & an optimistic attitude is essential to understanding people’s Real Estate needs & desires. REDSTAR BURTON DRE 00624604

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0 Via Yerba $975,000.00 20.78 Acres of high producing Hass Avocados. There are four acres that are now ready for additional plantings. Several exceptional areas to build up to two custom homes.

SALE PENDING El Prado RD. $265,000.00 Newly planted acreage 5 acre avocado ranch with about 500 Hass Avocado trees. And, a beautiful home site ready to build.

ViaVaquero $395,000.00 Fabulous Opportunity!!! This 4.4 acre parcel with house pad located across the street from Cross Creek Golf Course. The parcel is a newly planted avocado grove. Electric and water at the street! This is a phenomenal piece of property. Golfers?

Los Gatos Rd $295,000.00 Seller financing available. Excellent one-of-a-kind 10 acre parcel w/panoramic vus. Split it in two to build on one 5 ac piece and sell the other. Owner has spent a ton to clear and prepare for Avocados or Citrus. Combine with the 2d Los Gatos 10 for a full 20 acs.

42775 Calle Montecillo RD. $295,000.00 Just under five acres, turnkey agricultural investment of approx. 270 Hass Avocado Trees & 200+ Tango Mandarin citrus trees. Parcel can also be combined with 42845 (9.72 acres) bringing total acreage to 13.98 acres.

42845 Calle Montecillo RD. $695,000.00 High producing Hass Avocado Grove in a turn-key operation. one-of-a-kind pad, 360 degree views of Temecula and DeLuz Foothills for building your dream home. May be combined with listing SW13093521 = total of 13.98 acres

Bowery Lane $649,000.00 10 Acres of fully mature & top producing Hass Avocado Grove on two legal parcels. May be split into two separate five acre parcels!!!

Los Gatos Rd. $353,000.00 Seller financing available!! Wow!! Beautiful & Splitable 10 ac parcel & gorgeous unobstructed Ocean Views!!! Build a simple or majestic home. Ready for planting Avocados and-or Citrus. Water and Electricity right there along with a fabulous new poly white three split rail fence!! Appx. 170 Hass Avocado trees. Request the proforma for building your

grove. This parcel may also be split into two five acre parcels. Very nice!!!

Joe Moris

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