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JUNE 28, 2013

A proposal to allow private events at Fletcher Cove Community Center will not move forward. Two motions doomed to fail were never even voted on by a council that is traditionally unanimous in its decisions. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

SUPERMOON OVER SAN DIEGO Photographer Daniel Knighton captures last weekend’s supermoon phenomenon on Sunday as it peeks out from behind some nighttime clouds over San Diego. The supermoon event June 22 and June 23 was the closest encounter between the Earth and the moon. The moon won’t be as close again until August 2014. Photo by Daniel Knighton

No action taken on Fletcher Cove center use policy By Bianca Kaplanek

FINDING FREEDOM As a 25-year-old behind the Iron Curtain, Frank Iszak made a daring escape By Tony Cagala

RANCHO SANTA FE — “Freedom,” Frank Iszak said. It was the one word used most in the headlines emblazoned across the front pages of newspapers describing what it was he and six others were after when they hijacked a commercial airliner, flying it out from behind the Iron Curtain in a daring escape more than 50 years ago. And the papers couldn’t have been more right in the use of that word, Iszak said. The slight figure, whose face is now brushed with a mustache and salt and pepper stubble, peered

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Frank Iszak’s daring escape to freedom from behind the Iron Curtain in a hijacked Hungarian commercial airliner is captured in his memoir, “Free for All to Freedom.” He hopes that it will someday become a movie. Photo by Tony Cagala

out from eyes half-hidden by squinting eyelids. As a fresh-faced 25year-old, Iszak and six others ranging in age from 19

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to 25 sought their chance to escape the Communist country of Hungary. If they failed, they knew they would be killed.

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At 82, he carries with him the memories of being what he called a “slave” for 25 years in his native Hungary. Those memories were finally put to the page in his memoir, “Free for All to Freedom.” “The past is always with me,” Iszak said in his quiet and somewhat faraway voice. “It’s very hard to forget.” But the time was right to begin his book because now, he said, he’s getting to TURN TO FREEDOM ON A14

SOLANA BEACH — After nearly two years of discussion, countless hours of staff time, neighborhood meetings, public comments — one tearful — and nearly $32,000 for consultants and an environmental study,a proposal to allow private use of the recently renovated Fletcher Cove Community Center went nowhere at the June 12 meeting. When it was obvious two motions would fail to garner the required votes to move forward with a one-year trial period, both were withdrawn and council members ultimately took no action. “It’s tabled,” City Manager David Ott said, adding there are “no specific plans on bringing it back at this time.” So the former Army barracks on Pacific Avenue north of Fletcher Cove will continue to be solely used as it has been for more than a dozen years by nonprofit organizations and community groups such as the Civic and Historical Society for meetings, summer camp, classes, city programs and the Thursday night singalongs. The facility was used for private events in the 1980s and ’90s. Nearby residents said some were rowdy and it was tiresome hearing party music every weekend. When the building fell into disrepair, the rentals stopped and it was only used by community groups. But even before a $370,000 renovation was completed last year, residents began asking to use the facility for private celebrations. As plans developed, nearby residents expressed concerns, mostly about traffic,

parking, noise and a provision that would allow alcohol to be served. In September council voted 4-1, with current Mayor Mike Nichols dissenting, to spend up to $25,000 to study the potential impacts. The initial study/negative declaration was available for a 90-day public review — three times the required time — from Nov. 28 through Feb. 28. Ten comment letters were received. About two dozen additional e-mails, mostly opposed, were submitted since June 6. According to the proposal, events would be limited to l00 people until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and 8 p.m. on Sundays. Only beer and wine could be served to adults 21 and older and alcohol sales would be prohibited. Live music would be allowed with a limited number of band members and instruments, but horns, amplification and disc jockeys would not. Use would be limited to two events between Friday and Sunday with no back-toback activities. Events with more than 50 guests would require the use of a valet or shuttle and at least one security guard selected from a list of city-approved firms. Proposed costs were $200 or $250 per hour with a threehour minimum and a $105 nonrefundable cleaning fee. City-purchased insurance was $83 or $125 depending on the size of the event and whether alcohol would be served. A refundable $500 security deposit was also required. The provisions would not TURN TO COVE ON A14


JUNE 28, 2013


Nursery land in Carlsbad to sprout houses instead of trees The city’s agricultural land has become limited to the Flower Fields, strawberry fields and a nursery By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — With another plant nursery downsizing and selling land for potential house development, Carlsbad’s agricultural and nursery land is shrinking down to little more than the Flower Fields and strawberry fields. The Planning Commission approved permits allowing 5.4 acres of a palm tree nursery and a small house along Pio Pico Drive to be demolished and subdivided into lots for 17 single family homes at its June 19 meeting. The land has been used for agriculture for at least the past 70 years and is currently owned by Robert Miles and his family, who grow interior palm trees and other succulents on the property. But with a decline in demand during the economic downturn, Miles’ business has had to reduce the amount of plants it produces and is selling the portion of his nursery land as a result. “Our market has changed dramatically over

the past four or five years,” he said. “Since the economy has took a turn for the worst ... our business is not sustainable the way we are running it, so we’re actually downsizing.” He said that he has a number of developers interested in buying the land, which is in a residential zone. Miles said that he is keeping his nursery land on Buena Vista Lane to sustain his business. Executive Director of the San Diego Farm Bureau and long-time Carlsbad resident Eric Larson explained that although farming in the county has been expanding for decades, agricultural land along the coast has been gradually bought up for houses. “The value of the property (along the coast) is really dictated by the homes you can build on that property,” not the plants that can be grown there, he said. Consequently, many San Diego farmers have sold their coastal land and moved their businesses inland where land is cheap-

With the Planning Commission’s approval, 5.4 acres of some of the last agricultural lands in Carlsbad and a small house, pictured above, will be demolished and subdivided for homes. Photo by Rachel Stine

er. Furthermore, the costs of farming have increased significantly over the years, most notably the price of water doubling over the past eight years, according to Larson. Financial strains for plant growers were only exacerbated as the demand for ornamental plants, like Miles’ palm trees, declined with the recession. “Carlsbad was a farm-

ing community,” he said. “It was a matter of thousands of acres diminished down to what we have today.” He said that the only agricultural land in Carlsbad today is limited to the Flower Fields, strawberry fields, and Miles’ nursery. “You can look at a city like Encinitas or Carlsbad and those cities were once all agriculture and they’re

not anymore.” Larson said that if anything, it is surprising that Miles has been able to maintain his nursery business in Carlsbad for so long given these conditions. Miles said that his business has been able to survive given the specialty of his product and the reputation it has built with buyers over the years. “We specialize and we

have a niche in the market that there isn’t a lot of competition in the types of plants that we grow,” he said. He said he is optimistic that his business will sustain itself with the downsizing, but there is no way to know for sure. “It’s been a dramatic cut for us so we’re just having to kind of wait and see what happens.”



JUNE 28, 2013

Testimony resumes in school yoga trial By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — A lawsuit calling for the end of school yoga classes on the basis that they violate the separation of church and state resumed in court Monday. The yoga program’s architect, the last witness in the trial, took the stand. David Miyashiro, assistant superintendent of education services for the Encinitas Union School District (EUSD), crafted the yoga program less than a year ago with input from a curriculum writer. “Did you have any concern whatsoever that there was any religious component?” asked Judge John Meyer. “Not at any time,” Miyashiro said. Much of Miyashiro’s testimony focused on a $533,000 grant from the Jois Foundation that provided the funding for the yoga program, as well as health and cooking classes. With the grant, the plaintiff suggested that the Jois Foundation played a heavy role in creating the yoga program. In their estimation, the Jois Foundation is bent on spreading Ashtanga yoga — a kind of yoga that’s religious. Miyashiro testified that the grant agreement between the foundation and EUSD initially specified that the Jois Foundation train the yoga teachers. But in reality, the Jois Foundation didn’t coach the 10 instructors who were ultimately hired.He added the Jois Foundation had little influence over the curriculum. Later, he noted the terms of the grant don’t require that EUSD promote any religious or spiritual values. During cross-examination, attorney Dean Broyles, who brought the lawsuit, noted that Candy Brown, a religious studies professor, testified last month that Ashtanga yoga is the most spiritual type of yoga. Broyles followed that by asking whether Miyashiro researched Ashtanga yoga when writing the program’s curriculum. But Miyashiro said Brown’s testimony isn’t the definitive word on whether Ashtanga yoga is religious. “At the time that I wrote the grant, my understanding of Ashtanga yoga was what I observed prior,” Miyashiro said. “So no,I had no idea it was someone’s opinion that it’s a widely practiced religious form of yoga.” Regardless, he said, EUSD is practicing its own form of yoga that promotes health and relaxation — not Ashtanga yoga. The yoga program began at five of the nine district schools this past fall. In January, it launched at the remaining EUSD schools. Two months after the district introduced yoga, Miyashiro noted that parents voiced concerns during a school board meeting. They argued the yoga indoctrinates students with religion — the catalyst for the lawsuit. In response to them, Miyashiro said EUSD struck Sanskrit writings from the lessons. But the curriculum remained largely intact. “Rather than try to convince people language is not religion, let’s just remove that barrier and continue the good work we’re doing.” Meyer indicated he will issue a ruling this week.

A boarding team deployed from U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Edisto approaches a suspected smuggling boat approximately 100 miles southwest of San Diego on June 18. The boat, its three passengers and the contraband were handed over to the Mexican navy for further enforcement action. Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Seaman Ryan Taylor

Coast Guard interdicts panga boat at sea By Tony Cagala

REGION — A panga boat heading in an unconfirmed direction was spotted in the early morning hours on June 18 more than 100 miles southwest of San Diego by a U.S. Coast Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft. According to Petty Officer Connie Gawrelli A U.S. Coast Guard boarding team found three men, all claiming Mexican nationality, along with an estimated 250 bales of marijuana each weighing 10 to 40 pounds on the boat. The interdiction took place in international

waters. Gawrelli couldn’t comment on how common it was to spot panga boats in the area where it was found, or go into too much detail as to why the boat appeared suspicious. “Essentially, it matched some characteristics from previous smuggling cases,” Gawrelli said. “And so once we did arrive on scene we were able to determine it, in fact, did have contraband.” The three men, contraband and the panga boat were turned over to the Mexican Navy, though

Teen killed in stabbing following argument By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — Police are investigating a stabbing that took the life of a 17year-old boy on June 20. Due to his age his name has not been released. Two witnesses told media that about 30 people were gathered in the beach parking lot west of the railroad tracks on Mission Avenue when an argument between two groups began. According to the witnesses the argument escalated and a male drew a gun. The same witnesses said people were trying to disarm the male when the teen was stabbed. A third witness said he heard the group in the parking lot and saw them throwing rocks, but did not realize the seriousness of the situation. He said by the time police were called he heard the shouts “get up, get up.” The two witnesses said “get up” was being called to the victim who was stabbed. They said most people scattered when police arrived. The witnesses identi-

hearing rival gang challenges between the groups prior to the altercation. There is no documentation that the victim or those involved in the altercation were affiliated with a gang. The two witnesses who recounted the incident to the press said the victim was not a gang member and was attempting to disarm the male with the gun. No other injuries were reported and there was no report of a gun being involved by witnesses that spoke to police. Friends of the teen boy who was fatally stabbed gather to remember Rocks were found at him. The incident took place June 20 at 8:43 p.m. Witnesses are asked the scene, but it was not to contact Oceanside police. Photo by Promise Yee determined if they were used as weapons. “Readers should fied the group that started nesses who police spoke to the altercation, including say the number of people understand firsthand inforthe male who brandished involved in the altercation mation is the most reliable and what we’re seeking,” the gun, as Oceanside gang was between 10 and 20. “We tried to get state- Cole said. “Information filmembers. They added at least one person on the ments from as many people ters out to the community other side of the argument as we could,” Cole said. “No by people connected to the victim and stories tend to was a former member of a one was detained.” Cole describes the morph into what’s not rival gang. Police confirmed that evening as a “normal crowd entirely accurate.” Anyone with further two groups of individuals for a Thursday night.” were involved in a verbal People were walking by the information, or who has a confrontation that escalat- parking lot on their way photo or video of the incied into a physical fight and from the beach, movie the- dent, is asked to call the anonymous TIP line at fatal stabbing at 8:43 that ater and Sunset Market. Police also confirmed (760) 435-4730 or Detective evening. Sgt. Matt Cole said wit- that witnesses reported Wallace at (760) 435-4892.

Gawrelli said she didn’t know what went into the determination of turning the men over. She said she wasn’t aware of how common it was to turn over alleged smugglers to the Mexican Navy, only that they do sometimes try to prosecute them in the United States. The Coast Guard Cutter Edisto was the first to make contact with the panga boat and was the only U.S. asset to do so, according to Gawrelli. The Edisto launched a small boat crewed by a boarding team to the panga,

Gawrelli said. “They went over to the panga and boarded it and that’s when they found the contraband, and then the Mexican Navy arrived on scene…and they took it from there,” she added. The Edisto has been stationed in San Diego since 1997 and has the ability to remain at sea for two weeks, covering a range of more than 1,800 nautical miles. “They’re a multi-mission asset,” Gawrelli said. “They do multiple things from drug and migrant interdiction to search and rescue.”

RSF man pleads guilty in penny stock scheme REGION — Charges were filed against a Rancho Santa Fe man Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for fraudulently arranging the purchase of $2.5 million worth of shares in a penny stock company in an attempt to generate the false appearance of market interest and induce other investors to purchase the stock, according to a press release issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission. David F. Bahr, a selfemployed consultant pleaded guilty to the charges and faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and $250,000 fine. The SEC alleges that Bahr artificially increased the trading price and volume of Florida-based penny stock company iTrackr Systems when he conspired with a purported businessman with access to a network of corrupt brokers. The purported businessman turned out to be an undercover FBI agent. “Bahr tried to artificially inflate the price and volume of iTrackr shares to the detriment of retail investors

who wouldn’t have known the real story behind the flurry of market activity,” said Michele Wein Layne, director of the SEC’s Los Angeles Office. “Working with criminal authorities, we were able to stop Bahr’s misconduct before he could seriously impact the markets and harm investors.” On various days in December 2012, the undercover officer, using FBI funds, made an initial purchase of iTrackr stock, and Bahr purchased a total of 135,000 shares of iTrackr stock. Bahr was satisfied with the purchases, and wired a $3,000 kickback to the undercover officer’s bank account. Days later, federal agents searched his Rancho Santa Fe home and seized documents and electronic evidence. The SEC also has issued an order to suspend trading in iTrackr securities. The SEC’s investigation is continuing. Sentencing for Bahr has been set for Sept. 3. He was released on bond.



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PUC can redeem itself: Charge Edison for SONGS By Thomas D. Elias

Money can’t always buy development By Ken Leighton

Out-of-town developers massively overspent Encinitas townsfolk to defeat Prop A, the proposition that basically said you can’t put high density/high-rise residences in our town unless the people approve it. Insiders say the final tally will show they spent over $150,000, which is seven or eight times more than what the Yes on A people spent. And yet they still lost. The bottom line: out-of-town developer money doesn’t always get you what you want. The locals still rule their own destiny in Encinitas. So what does this mean in Oceanside, a much bigger city, which has many of the same developers drooling over high-density residential developments? Oceanside is currently run by a three-person majority, Jack Feller, Jerry Kern, Gary Felien, on the City Council that has no problem lining up with big developers. Nothing wrong with that. It’s part of our political system. Two of those three, Kern and Felien, happen to be up for reelection next year.They are known to be fond of developers and the San Diego Republican machine. But the problem is that most of us don’t share their unabashed appreciation of big developers and the GOP. Last year their political soul mate Jerome Stocks was booted off the Encinitas City Council. Local politics is about fixing potholes and making our city better. People want to feel connected with their local leaders. Kern and particularly Felien seem overly devoted to

the San Diego GOP Central Committee on which they have served. The fact that their Encinitas counterpart (Stocks) was flushed may or may not prove to be a hint of what will happen in Oceanside. Working in Kern/Felien’s favor is the fact that the city’s economy has turned around. They will undoubtedly say that they were the responsible adults in the room who steered Oceanside in the right direction. And of course there’s that incumbency thing. It’s easier to raise money when you’re on the inside. And they’ve got name recognition. I think both will run for reelection although some have said they heard Kern will not. In considering their reelection chances, there are some other realities in play that cannot be ignored. The biggest elephant in the room (GOP pun intended) has to be that Mayor Jim Wood cleaned Kern’s clock in the mayor’s race. Wood bested Kern by almost two-to-one. I just don’t think Kern shares Wood’s relatability. Felien is worse. He is distant, aloof and detached. Making my point that the probusiness troika may not be such a hot commodity is underscored by what happened in the race for the two council seats last November. Sure Jack Feller was re-elected, but Esther Sanchez got 4,600 more votes than Feller, and political novice Dana Corso was only 1,000 votes away from overtaking and unseating him. There are other factors,too.Both Felien and Kern pushed hard for exMarine and Chamber of Commerce

member Chip Dykes. Their endorsements didn’t work. Dykes got 6,000 less votes than Corso. All three endorsed Propositions E (vacancy decontrol) and F (charter amendments) in the June election. Both failed miserably. When the three pulled the ultimate power grab and took away many of the mayor’s appointment powers and gave it to themselves, they said they had a mandate since there were three of them, and that meant they represented the will of the people.The trio’s support of failed causes and poor showings at the polls does not seem to indicate any kind of voter mandate. Of course, it matters who else is out there that could give the incumbents a run for their money. Some insiders have said that Corso may try again. And then you have Jane Cinciarelli-Brunst, a 30-year employee of the city of Oceanside who was urged to run last year but decided against it at the last minute. She has deep roots in Oceanside and has all the charm and warmth that Felien lacks. She could be the charming and classy antidote to a council known for its harsh infighting. It is doubtful that Dykes will run again. After all, if he runs he would assuredly take votes away from either Kern or Felien and they don’t want that. Especially if it is a close race. Oceanside born and raised, Ken Leighton writes columns for The Coast News, the San Diego Reader and is an Oceanside business owner. He may be reached at oogumboogum@earthlink.net

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More consumerism from the California Public Utilities Commission — that was a fond hope of at least some of the voters who gave Jerry Brown a rare third term in the governor’s office. So far, they’ve been disappointed, even though Brown appointees now make up a majority of the five-member commission that decides what Californians pay for electricity, natural gas and (in some places) water. Under Brown’s appointees, the commission has encouraged a profusion of huge solar thermal energy projects guaranteed to fatten the coffers of companies like Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison. It has done little to punish PG&E for the negligence leading to the 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion that killed eight and destroyed many more

$700 million component. Edison has said the San Onofre problems came as a surprise, but a 2004 letter from a company executive shows the firm may have known years earlier there could be design flaws in replacement steam generators. Yet Edison still certified the new generator as a like-for-like replacement. The letter was released in May by Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, who pushed for extensive federal hearings while Edison was still trying to get the plant at least partially reopened. The issue for the PUC now is how much consumers should pay for the complex, lengthy process of taking down the plant and storing its high-level waste on site. News stories on financial aspects of the shutdown sometimes mention that San Onofre’s owners over decades have paid

Now comes a rare opportunity for the PUC to prove it is just as interested in the welfare of state residents and small business... homes. It has kept secret the costs customers will eventually pay for several new power sources. And more. This is California’s most powerful regulatory agency because once they’re appointed, commissioners can’t be removed even by the governor who named them. Now comes a rare opportunity for the PUC to prove it is just as interested in the welfare of state residents and small business as it is in helping giant utility companies. That chance sprang up when Ted Craver, chairman of Edison’s parent holding company, announced unexpectedly in early June that his firm will retire the troubled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station beside the Interstate 5 freeway on the Orange-San Diego county line. The plant is partially owned by San Diego Gas & Electric Co., but majority owner Edison operates it. Before that announcement, most effects of San Onofre’s troubles were in the hands of the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which waffled for many months over whether to let the plant restart. It has produced no electricity since early 2012, when a leaking generator tube released a small amount of radioactive steam into the atmosphere. That quickly raised fears of a rerun of Japan’s Fukushima power plant disaster, in the long term the most frightening aspect of the monster tsunami that struck northeast of Tokyo in 2011. Ironically, it was a Japanese firm — Mitsubishi Heavy Industries — which built the generator that failed. Edison and Mitsubishi are currently battling over how much that company should pay as a consequence of all the problems caused by failure of its

more than $2.7 billion into a plant-retirement fund. But that’s not really company money; it all came from customers, built into electricity rates just as retirement expenses are for every nuclear power plant in America. Now it turns out that amount is not enough; there may be another $1 billion or so in costs. The PUC will decide whether consumers or company shareholders pick up that expense. The answer is obvious: the company should pay. Yes, many of its shareholders are senior citizens on fixed incomes who depend on steady dividends. But shareholders put in place the executives who let the generator tube problem fester for years while they hoped it would just go away. Like most corporate shareholders, they periodically elect the directors who hire management. So if management failed, that is ultimately their responsibility. So shareholders should now pay all expenses beyond the billions consumers have already kicked in. If the PUC doesn’t decide the issue in just that way, it will be continuing the consistent pro-corporate, anti-consumer stance it has adopted throughout PG&E’s San Bruno penalty process and many other questions for most of the last 40 years. By contrast, making Edison pay would be a signal things may be changing.

Elias is author of the current book “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” now available in an updated third edition. His email address is tdelias@aol.com



JUNE 28, 2013

Plastic bag ban called ‘non-issue’ by some city council members By Promise Yee

GRADUATION DAY Horizon Prep eighth-grade graduates, from left, Haley Kerwin, Taylor Sparks, Lauren Baldwin and Isabella Landis, celebrate the day. Courtesy photo

Nonprofits merge efforts to serve area By Promise Yee

COAST CITIES — Two nonprofits, Interfaith Community Services headquartered in Escondido, and the Encinitas Community Resource Center, have begun the process to merge agencies to better serve those in need in North County. “Together we will improve and expand services and save overhead costs,” Richard Batt, Interfaith Community Services CEO, said. “Individually we are strong and combined we will be extraordinary.” The nonprofits provide help with food, housing, social services, employment services, childcare, senior services, veterans’ assistance and domestic violence services. Prior to the merger the nonprofits had already collaborated on several projects to help those in need become self-reliant. “The problems and conditions of poverty, homelessness and domestic violence are broad issues,” Laurin Pause, Community Resource Center executive director, said. “This merger will create solutions that are effective both locally and regionally. It deepens the partnership we have already had with ICS.” “What I see happening is we’ll provide more services for more clients in our footprint,” she added. Interfaith Community Services brings the strength of having numerous transitional housing facilities and a well-developed veterans service program. The Community Resource Center stands out in its services to help survivors of domestic violence. The nonprofit helps 225 women and children annually with emergency shelter, transitional housing, support services and case management. “They leave with the clothes on their back,” Pause said. “They have the will power to move forward and a high success rate, but there needs to be a transitional period. They’re moving on to start rebuilding

their life and not earning a lot of money.” The Community Resource Center also successfully runs a thrift store that gives those on the road to self-sufficiency work experience while it raises funds for the nonprofit. Together the agencies hope to better serve North County by sharing their strengths. “Interfaith’s veterans program is the second largest in San Diego County and has been nationally recognized,” Jason Coker, Interfaith Community Services director of marketing and communications, said. “On the flip side the Community Resource Center has a strong history of programs that serve domestic violence.” “Both agencies have the same set of values,” he added. “They’ve been around a long time. The match is a good fit. It made sense on every level.” Both agencies have received approval from their boards of directors to go forward with the merger. Board members will stay on and form a 25-member board that will guide the merged nonprofit. With the upcoming retirement of Pause in midJuly it seemed a good time for the merger. Batt will serve as CEO of the merged nonprofit. Pause will stay on through the end of the year to help with the merger process that will be completed Dec. 31. This includes gaining state approval and reaching agreements with funders. Both agencies will keep their names and continue their programs as usual for now. After the merge is completed, and staff and board members are familiar with all services offered, duplicate services will be streamlined and additional satellite services will be added. As for what the agency will be called, Coker said that by early next year the Community Resource Center would be known as a division of Interfaith Community Services. Pause added an outside consultant would be

hired in the upcoming months to determine if a new name will better serve the merged agencies. The evaluation of a new name will weigh the reactions of the community, those who use services and those who donate to the nonprofits. “It’s important to take into consideration what motivates the community,” Pause said. Coker said both nonprofits are doing well financially. He added that the merger would increase funding opportunities and streamlining operations, thus minimizing costs. “We will join together and be one stronger agency and more competitive for private grants,” Coker said. “We will be more systematic with a broader array of services that fit together well. We will be able to provide wraparound services for clients.” Cost savings will also come by eliminating the salary of the Community Resource Center executive director and including employees in one payroll system. Currently the Community Resource Center runs on a $4.2 million annual budget, has 50 employees and serves 11,000 people a year. Pause said that amounts to 2,900 households. Interfaith Community Services operates on $10.4 million a year, employs 160 people, and serves 25,000 people a year. Coker said there is no estimate of the number that will be served when the two agencies merge, because duplicate services will be reduced and satellite locations will be added.

OCEANSIDE — An online petition for a plastic bag ban in Oceanside has gained a lot of attention, but Councilmen Jerry Kern and Jack Feller said it is a “nonissue.” Feller said 75 percent of the 480-plus petition signatures that have been collected to date are from people who live outside of Oceanside. “I’m not interested in it,” Feller said. “There are enough real problems to take care of, it’s a non-issue.” Kern said he also dismisses the petition and added that there are a lot of other things to worry about. “I’m not giving it much credence,” Kern said. “It’s not much effort on anyone’s part. I wouldn’t support the ban.” The petition posted by Oceanside resident Belinda Martinez-Canez through the The Change.org website asks the city to ban plastic bags. It points out that greenhouse gas emissions are created when the bags are made and notes that plastic bags often make their way into our waterways and oceans endangering wildlife. The petition states,“Up to 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals and turtles die each year as a result of plastic debris” and “we are collectively using about 12 million barrels of oil each year to produce plastic bags.” Both councilmen said there are some flaws with the global warning theory that fuels environmental efforts. “I don’t subscribe to global warming as it’s packaged,” Feller said. “It could turn to global cooling in another 10 years. It’s a cycle we’ve gone through for years, hundreds and hundreds of years.” Feller said he would rather see efforts put into recycling waste and using more clean nuclear energy. “I’m a true believer in nuclear energy,” Feller said. “It’s the cleanest thing burning right now.” Kern also questioned environmentalists’ alarm about global warming. “They are connecting these dots that may not be there,” Kern said. “Me driving home today is causing global warming to some effect. Cows cause global warming.”

“The single factor for global warming is climate change,” he added. “There are other issues.” Kern said a plastic bag ban creates its own set of problems such as more trees being cut down to produce paper bags, the spread of bacteria by using reusable bags, and the imposition of paying an extra fee to use a plastic bag. “It’s disproportionately harder on poor people who can’t afford to pay 5 or10 cents for a plastic bag on top of their grocery bill,” Kern said. “It’s fine that people have the choice to have plastic, paper or use their own. They have the freedom to choose. They can lead by example. It’s their choice.” The process for the city to proceed with a ban on plastic bags would be for a council member or city staff to bring the item forward. Kern and Feller said they do not know who would be moved to do that. “No one has personally come up to ask me about a plastic bag ban,” Kern said. Mayor Jim Wood has been quoted by the Union Tribune as saying he would support the ban but “it would be a waste of time to even bring it up.” Solana Beach passed a ban on plastic bags in May 2012. Its ordinance states that retailers cannot pass out singleuse bags. Stores are encouraged to provide an incentive to shoppers who use reusable bags and can charge 10 cents for distributed paper bags. Low-income shoppers who participate in California food assis-

tance programs would be exempt from bag charges. Fines and imprisonment can penalize retailers who do not follow the ordinance. The ban was led by the citizen volunteer Clean and Green Committee, and recommended to council by the City Council Environmental Sustainability Ad-Hoc Committee comprised of Councilwoman Lesa Heebner and former Councilman Dave Roberts. Solana Beach City Council passed the ban in a unanimous vote. Solana Beach reviewed the plastic bag ban in March and decided to keep the ban “as is.” The review was prompted by a few public requests to reconsider the ban. The vote to keep the ban passed in a 4-1 vote, in which Councilman Thomas Campbell voted no. “It is too early to measure the effectiveness of the ordinance,” Dan King, Solana Beach senior management analyst, said. “The city will most likely analyze data after a full year has passed to gauge the reduction in both plastic and paper bags distributed. The goal of the ordinance is to switch behavior to the use of reusable bags and away from both plastic and paper.” King added that the city received letters supporting the bag ban from the California Grocers Association, California Retailers Association,Vons and CVS stores,which comprise the major commercial businesses in the city.


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Moonlight Beach improvements make debut By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — A band belted out surf rock tunes from atop a new garage, residents prepped s’mores by roasting marshmallows in fire rings and beachgoers admired the architecture of new buildings on Moonlight Beach. And even “June gloom” gave way to sunny skies. Spirits were high as improvements to Moonlight Beach made their debut to around 150 people the afternoon of June 13. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Mayor Teresa Barth said the project will be

a source of community pride for some time to come. “What we are doing here is creating memories — your memories, your children’s memories, your family memories,” Barth said. “This is an incredibly special place.” Construction on the $4.8 million project started this past September. Crews tore down the rundown concession and restroom structures. Shortly after, they began work on the combined 3,600-square-foot building that contains bathrooms, a beach equipment rental Public officials mark the debut of Moonlight Beach upgrades with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

area, a room for the city’s 1,100 junior lifeguards to store equipment and a concession stand. A stone’s throw south, they put in a 950-square-foot garage that houses lifeguard vehicles and other rescue equipment, and the rooftop doubles as a public overlook. Parked in the garage: two rescue watercrafts and Residents check out the new 3,600-square-foot building at Moonlight Beach. It features new bathrooms, a beach equipment rental area, space an all-terrain vehicle. Plus, there was a lifeguard truck to store lifeguard equipment and a concession stand.

outside. Encinitas lifeguard Capt. Larry Giles said that previously lifeguard vehicles were stored at Fire Station No. 3, several miles from the coast. “Logistically, that wasn’t a very good situation,” Giles said. “They’re more readily available since (the upgrade).” He added that the area is “safer” now. Additionally, Giles

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noted there are plans to revamp lifeguard headquarters, just west of the garage. “We’re excited about that as well — it’s coming,” Giles said. Last month, the city announced it picked Moonlight Beach Deli and Dogs to run the concession stand. A sign on the window of the stand stated “coming soon.” Other features part of

the improvement: new showers and picnic tables. Parks and Recreation Director Lisa Rudloff said that more than 1.5 million people visit Moonlight Beach every year, making the recent project especially important for Encinitas. “This project goes back to 1995, when the City Council first approved the conceptual master plan for Moonlight Beach,” Rudloff said. “And there’s been a considerable amount of effort to get where we are today.” The project was paid for with $2.9 million in city financing and a $1.9 million grant from the state. Encinitas operates and maintains all services and facilities under a longterm lease with the state. City Manager Gus Vina said that he was pleased that the project finished on time and on budget.

Wine tasting coming to UTC COAST CITIES — Westfield University Town Center shopping center will host “Uncorked,” a wine-tasting event From 4 to 7 p.m. June 29, where guests will savor some of Temecula Valley’s wines while munching on bites from various UTC restaurants. At 7 p.m. there will be a sunset performance by opening act Brandon & Leah followed by headliner Michelle Branch. For $10 or $15 at the door, participants will receive a branded wine glass, Wine Walk guide and bag, wristband and 10 drink tickets along with the Little Black Book of exclusive offers from UTC retailers. Proceeds benefit community partners San Diego Botanical Garden and Birch Aquarium at Scripps. The exclusive Wine Walk Guide will guide guests through outdoor scene that leads to the tasting stations throughout the property: Seasons 52, Tender Greens and Eureka Gourmet Burgers & Craft Beer. Additionally, Fixtures Living, arriving December 2013, has partnered with Sam the Cooking Guy for a fabulous cooking demonstration. For tickets and information, visit utcuncorked.eventbrite.com.


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Business owners turn to crowds for funding By Lillian Cox

OCEANSIDE — Jessica Lewis needs $110,000 to realize her dream of opening a women’s “Rockabilly” clothing store on South Coast Highway. It is the natural extension of a successful online store, darlingdames.com, where she carries the Too Fast, Lowbrow Art Company and Sourpuss labels. “I grew up in Texas and started wearing Rockabilly when I was 15 or 16,” she recalled. “It’s really big there and is truly for all generations. The 1950s were a fun and romantic time. I’ve had several customers from their 50s to their 60s look at my clothing line and say, ‘Oh, my gosh! I remember that dress!’ Lewis is both sentimental and tech savvy. She is among a new generation of entrepreneurs turning to crowd funding platforms such as Indiegogo.com to raise capital for her project. The $15,000 she is trying to raise will be used for the 10 percent down and related fees to secure a Military Express Loan. Lewis’ husband, Chief Warrant Officer Jay Lewis, is stationed at Camp Pendleton. Shannon Swallow is head of marketing communications at Indiegogo.com. She explains that one of the biggest mistakes people make is having a “Field of Dreams” attitude that as soon as they launch a campaign, money will start pouring in. Lewis received her bachelor’s degree in fashion design and merchandising from the International Academy of Design and Technology in 2009, and also took an entrepreneur class. The knowledge gave her the ability to prepare a professionally written business plan and press release. “Another tip for running a crowd funding campaign is to be proactive,” Swallow added. “Campaign owners

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should keep funders posted on the campaign’s progress by giving them updates on a regular basis. Indiegogo has found that campaigns that write updates every one to five days raise an average of 100 percent more than those that don’t, so campaign owners should make sure to let everyone know about their latest perk or ask people to promote the campaign on their social networks. This is crucial to keeping funders and potential contributors active and engaged.” Since launching her Darling Dames campaign on June 9, Lewis provides updates every four or five days. She has also developed an incentive program beginning with just a $5 donation at the “Sweet Heart” level that includes a thank you on the Darling Dames Fan Page and handwritten note. A $500 donation, at the “Forever Grateful” level, includes the previous incentives as well as other rewards such as free and discounted merchandise. Lewis is confident in her abilities and will not be deterred if she falls short of her objective this time. “If I do not reach it my goal, I still plan to raise funds through my online sales,” she said. “I will not give this dream up. I just have to keep trying.” Ruben Garcia is district director of the Small Business Administration and says there are many local resources for entrepreneurs. “The San Diego Young Entrepreneur Society in La Jolla is a great group for young people, ages 13 to 39, TURN TO BUSINESSES ON A14



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Sketching out a career At 87, cartoonist Jim Whiting has spent a lifetime sketching, and he doesn’t want to stop By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — The cartooning industry has changed. And most of Jim Whiting’s peers have retired. But nothing has slowed down Whiting’s passion for his craft. At the age of 87, Whiting spends more than 20 hours a week working on illustrations for a variety of sources — that’s not counting the hours he spends doodling in his free time. “I don’t want to stop,” Whiting said. “I don’t want to retire. I’m having too much fun.” Racking up more than a few accolades over the years, his commitment to cartooning hasn’t gone unnoticed. Most recently, Art Illustrated: Celebrating Comic Art, a show at the Escondido Center for the Arts running June 20 to July 28, will feature 10 of his drawings. As part of the exhibit,Whiting’s work was chosen to represent magazine cartoons from the 1950s.

During the ‘50s and beyond,Whiting drew “gag cartoons” — single-panel illustrations with a line or two of dialogue — for national publications like Look Magazine and the Saturday Evening Post. Andrew Farago, the curator of the art show, said Whiting’s work is a great reflection of this time period. “He’s a very talented gag cartoonist in the classic New Yorker mold,” Farago said. Whiting noted the industry was vastly different when he first started. For one, there was more of a demand for professional cartoonists. Over the years, the comics section in newspapers shrank, making it difficult to find steady work. And presently, national magazines are less inclined buy gag cartoons. Still, Whiting seems to be unconcerned with whether the cartoon business is pointing up or down.Most mornings,even if he doesn’t have an assignment, Whiting picks up a pen and set-

Jim Whiting doodles at his desk. His love of cartooning runs deep, and his work will be on display during Art Illustrated: Celebrating Comic Art.The show, at the Escondido Center for the Arts, runs June 20 to July 28. Photo by Jared Whitlock

tles at his desk,which belonged to famed New Yorker cartoonist Sam Cobean, and who gave Whiting a crash course in the industry. Whiting wanted to be an artist as a teenager, but he wasn’t sure in what capacity. After meeting Cobean while on vaca-

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tion in the late 1940s, he decided cartooning was for him. He went to art school, first in Chicago and then in New York City. All the while, he stayed in touch with Cobean. “I showed him some drawings after a few months studying in Chicago,”Whiting said. “He told me ‘well, maybe you ought to try another art school,’” Whiting added with a laugh. “He was brash sometimes,but still always very helpful and instrumental to my development.” From there, Whiting

gained experience, establishing himself as a well-known cartoonist with work regularly appearing in national magazines.And he even landed a gig teaching cartooning for a time. In the mid-1980s, he moved to San Diego with his wife, Bernita (they have five children together.) About a year after coming out to San Diego, he was freelancing for most of the local pennysavers and newspapers that are no longer in existence, he said. There’s still one aspect of

cartooning that remains a mystery to Whiting — where inspiration for material comes from and why it flows in fits and starts. “My ideas come from life, from just talking to people, our own kids and sometimes odd things sticking in the back of mind,”Whiting said.“I sit down and come up with an idea right away sometimes. And other times, I’ve stayed up all night thinking of gags.” Just as Cobean gave him advice, Whiting has paid it forward. He’s mentored a few younger cartoonists over the years. Also, he recently judged a show highlighting younger artists. “It’s satisfying that young people are still interested in comics and drawing,” Whiting said.“I try and help (them) any way I can.” Although different, he noted there are certainly positives that come with being a cartoonist these days. Whiting enjoys sharing new cartoons on his website (jimtoons.com) and instantly with friends through email. Lately, his focus has shifted to book illustrations.He said it’s a different, albeit a satisfying change of pace. “The process isn’t the same as drawing a single panel,” Whiting said. “But I enjoy telling a story in a different way. “I can’t help but just keep drawing,”Whiting added.



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Emma Watson stars in “The Bling Ring.” Photo by Merrick Morton

Artist Skye Walker with his 24-foot “Glide” mural at Whole Foods in Encinitas. Courtesy photo

Artist Skye Walker uses his artwork to create a ‘vibe’ to connect humans and nature KAY COLVIN A Brush With Art When you’re given the name Skye Walker at birth, you’re destined for extraordinary things. Although the Cardiff artist by that name doesn’t spend his days fighting villains throughout the universe, he does his part towards championing planet Earth in his own way. Named for the Isle of Skye of his family’s ancestral Scottish homeland, Walker is achieving success as an artist and designer while advocating preservation of the planet’s environment. Walker’s parents had performed music and comedy routines all over the world before starting their family. Young Walker spent much of his life on the road and by age 7 he, along with his younger sister, joined the family band, “The EarthWalkers,” which performed a unique blend of comedy mixed with bluegrass music and the profound message of saving the planet. The EarthWalkers were spreading the message about saving the environment long before it was popular. Walker says, “I know that my parents’ passion for helping the planet and doing our part as humans has shaped my love for nature — not only being in and around nature, but incorporating those themes in my art.” Absorbing as much art training as possible along the way, Walker earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design with a focus in fine arts at Oregon State University.

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He moved to Cardiff, Calif. immediately after college and comments, “I knew where I wanted to be. The ocean, the setting, the vibe… There is a special bubble around Encinitas. It has a magical draw.” As luck would have it, his first roommates worked for Surfer Magazine, and through them he was introduced to the surf industry. He freelanced as a designer for companies such as Hobie Surfboards and Haro Design before landing his first inhouse job at Rip Curl in Carlsbad. Four years ago he struck out as an independent artist. Since then he has worked with a variety of mediums and has exhibited his paintings in solo and group shows in and around San Diego. Also engaged in video production, he wrote, directed, shot, and edited a short comedy called “The Escape” which appeared last year in the San Diego Surf Film Festival. Walker has created an artistic niche in large-scale murals and during the past few years has completed many of them, including commissions for Whole Foods

Markets in Encinitas, Del Mar, and Hillcrest. He most recently completed a mural for Cafe Ipe (current home of the Surfing Madonna) in Leucadia. Walker says, “The subtext of my art is certainly one to inspire others and to take notice of our planet as humans and notice the sublime connections of our natural surroundings. I mix a lot of nature and human/figurative themes together. There is always a Mother Earth and nature-connecting-to-humans kind of vibe in my art.” An avid surfer and body surfer, he contributes artwork and design time for fundraising to the Ocean Foundation and the Surfrider Foundation, both with missions related to sustainability and protection of the ocean. “Doing large scale art work in the right places can catch people’s attention and lift them up. If my work can do that even for a second, then I feel I'm being successful in my pursuits.” Learn more about Skye Walker and his art at iamskyewalker.com.

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.

Not too much luster on this ‘Bling’ By Noah S. Lee

Intoxicating visuals and an audacious performance from Emma Watson make “The Bling Ring” an interesting dramatization of a true story, though Sofia Coppola’s failure to address the bigger picture prevents this strange film from realizing its true potential. From October 2008 through August 2009, several Hollywood celebrities reported large amounts of money and multiple belongings missing from their homes. These strange happenings, however, were not due to misplacement. In truth, the celebrities had been burglarized by a group of fame-obsessed teenagers, referred to as the Bling Ring. Armed with only the Internet and a thrill-seeking compulsion, the members continually tracked their targets’ whereabouts and stole whatever appealed to their desires. At the time of their arrests and eventual convictions, these perpetrators had amassed approximately $3 million in cash and stolen property. Under the direction of Sofia Coppola, “The Bling Ring” cuts between the participants’ interviews, court hearings, bur-

Emma Watson’s performance is a shining moment in film about thieving teens in Hollywood. glaries, and partying, placing the viewer at the heart of this bizarre tale of obsession and greed. One moment these teens are united as one while stealing from their fashion idols, and then the next thing you know, they’re stabbing each other in the back when the law catches up with them. The fact that none of these events are arranged in chronological order creates feelings of discomfort as they get in your face

repeatedly, probably because the celebrityobsessed society depicted on the big screen is not dissimilar to the one we experience every day. Said partying reflects the film’s disturbing reality, albeit a visually vivid one. It would be accurate to say I almost wanted to lose myself in the nightclub dancing, given its flashy color palette and oddly mesmerizing body language, the latter courtesy of the cast. These sequences are technically superb and irresistible to the naked eye, and an equally snazzy mixture of hip-hop, rap, and electronic music illuminates their hypnotic impact. I can admire Coppola’s willingness to want to tell TURN TO BLING ON A14



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3-year old San Marcos resident Keoni Albao plays in the surf at Cardiff Reef on Saturday. Photos by Dan Knighton

Escondido resident Warner Stewart walks her dog Moses on the beach at Cardiff Reef.

16-year old Cardiff resident Spencer Fox catches some waves at Cardiff Reef on Saturday. Fox suffered a severe spinal cord injury in a snowboarding accident when he was 13 that left him paralyzed from the chest down. With hard work and the support of his mom Celia Brewer, he now 2834 It’s not all surfing at Cardiff leads an active lifestyle and recently obtained his California Driver’s Reef, some people fish! License.

16-year old Cardiff resident Spencer Fox (center) is helped into the water by his mom Celia Brewer (left) and uncle Jake Brewer (right) for a day of surfing.



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Former rivals form bond over game By Tony Cagala

RANCHO SANTA FE — Yes, the game can be as brutal as it looks. Yes, a 2.5-inch diameter rubber ball has the potential to reach 100 miles per hour when flung from a titanium-based stick into a netted goal from feet away; and yes, that same stick can come down and land a blow on just near any part of a player’s body. But that doesn’t mean the game of lacrosse isn’t fun. That much was evident Saturday at the San Diego Polo Fields where the sprawling acreage was divided up into fields of lacrosse matches filled with youth players and professionals. On one of those fields, though, the speed and physicality of the game was on full display when players from LXM PRO league held an exhibition match to showcase how far the growth of the talent and popularity of the game has come. One of those to take the field was longtime lacrosse player Nick Gradinger, who said after the match that the sport of lacrosse has grown exponentially over the last 10 years. “A lot of people, when they’re unfamiliar with (lacrosse), they compare it to the game of soccer…but it’s just that much faster,” he said. “It’s got the physicality of football, in terms of the hitting and the contact with the players, but also just an unbelievable physicality with guys wielding 6-foot titanium shafts.” He would exit the game early, an ice pack strapped across his right knee, though he said he was all right. His team,Team STX went on to win the match 22-14 against Team Maverik. Gradinger said his mom introduced the game to him and his brothers Lucas and Max. His mom, who went to school on the

The San Diego SeaLions will finish the season at Chula Vista’s Mater Dei HIgh School due to the resurfacing of the stadium at Cathedral Catholic High School where the team normally plays. File photo

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Former Torrey Pines High School lacrosse player Nick Gradinger talks to a teammate before an exhibition match at the San Diego Polo Fields Saturday. Gradinger now plays lacrosse in the LXM professional league and is one of the lacrosse coaches at Torrey Pines. Photos by Tony Cagala

East Coast where lacrosse has just been embedded into the culture for so long a time, would tell them about the game, which they had never seen before. Slowly Gradinger started to see some youth lacrosse clinics being brought over the West Coast and especially in San Diego County from leagues and players back east. Buoyed by his size and his eye/hand coordination, he excelled at both the high school and collegiate levels. Gradinger played for the Torrey Pines High School lacrosse team and eventually went on to play college lacrosse back east at Cornell and then

J.R. Oreskovich readies to play in an exhibition lacrosse match Saturday. A graduate of La Costa Canyon High School, Oreskovich says he’s seen the participation in lacrosse double since he’s left college almost 10 years ago.

as a transfer to the University of Denver. For the last three years, he’s been one of the lacrosse coaches at Torrey Pines. During his time playing at Torrey Pines, he and his teammates carried a chip on their shoulders when it came to matching up with teams on the East Coast, he said. “We knew that we were good; we knew that we could compete with the best kids on the East Coast and we had TURN TO RIVALS ON A14

YMCA skatepark renovated with variety in mind By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — Skaters took turns swooping down a 9foot quarterpipe. With the speed from the drop, some hopped onto a rail and slid across it. Others chose to launch off a ramp on the opposite end of the street course. A few of them caught air, grabbed their boards and landed cleanly. At the other end of the Magdalena Ecke YMCA’s skatepark, younger skaters gently cruised up and down small ramps in “mini-land” — a section with features roughly one-third the size of those in the street course. The expanded mini-land and redesigned street course debuted with a small celebration June 18. And the range of obstacles is no coincidence. Three years, ago the Encinitas YMCA held focus groups with parents, kids, staff and pros to gather what the community would like to get out of its skatepark. The most common answer: ramp and rail features that appeal to all levels. “A lot of the time when beginning kids go out to skateparks, they feel intimidated,” said Joe Ciaglia, a wellknown skatepark builder who headed up the update. “Here at the YMCA, there’s an area for them to progress and not feel embar-

The view of the new street course at the Magdalena Ecke YMCA from above. Three years in the making, the Magdalena Ecke YMCA’s skatepark was retooled to the benefit of pros and novices alike. Photo by Jared Whitlock

rassed as they’re learning,” said Ciaglia, who is also the CEO of California Skateparks. “And you want to challenge your more advanced skateboarders.” For the more experienced skateboarders, the street course has boxes, ledges, rails and no shortage of big ramps. “It’s so much fun,”said 17year-old Austin Poynter, a professional skateboarder. “There are so many new obstacles to hit. Everything is perfect.” There’s more than the street course for skaters to test their mettle. The park’s two bowls, other fixtures, were also renovated. And the park’s 13-foot halfpipe, another longtime staple, looms over the park. Gerry Poynter, Austin’s dad, said the mix of top-notch

features even prompted the family to move to the area from Orange County. “He’s been skating since the age of 9,” Gerry said of his son. “A lot of people talked about the park in Orange County. We came here and he fell in love with it. As he got better, we decided this is the best place to be. “Not only is it a family park, it’s a proven training ground because it has everything,” Gerry added. “He can work on every aspect of skateboarding in the same day all in one place.” Gerry and his son also noted they appreciated the park’s shift to concrete. The previous street course was made out of wood. With the Encinitas YMCA being so close to the ocean,

moisture in the air took a toll on it, demanding constant and costly maintenance, explained Ron LeLakes, associate executive director of the YMCA. There are still some wood features, but the street course and mini-land are primarily concrete. “Concrete is just so much smoother to skate on and lasts longer,” LeLakes said. He also noted the street course and mini-land were reconfigured to maximize views for spectators. “Families can watch their kids skate,” LeLakes said. On that note, the skatepark offers lessons for kids as young as 3 years old (those who are interested can sign up at the skatepark.) Construction began five months ago, and the Encinitas YMCA raised more than $700,000 for the redesign. More than 40 kids helped with the effort by placing calls and knocking on doors. “We’re really proud of them,” LeLakes said. “They were willing to take the time for something they believe in.” Funding also came from private donations, contributions from the skateboarding industry and fundraising events like “Skate with a Pro Day.” Home to pros like Shaun White and Tony Hawk, more than 19,000 people visit the skatepark every year.

SAN DIEGO — In a surprising move, including for General Manager Amie Becker and the San Diego SeaLions, the team will finish their remaining home games for the 2013 season at Mater Dei High School in Chula Vista. The move came after Becker and the team learned recently that Cathedral Catholic High School, where the SeaLions play their home games, had received approval to resurface the stadium. Before learning about the resurfacing plan, Becker said they had planned to play the whole season at Cathedral High. The school, she said, did prearrange for the team to use Mater Dei’s field as a possible option when the resurfacing begins. “Obviously, we could have looked into moving elsewhere, somewhere that was close by the Del Mar, Carmel Valley area,” Becker said. “But we decided that this was a great opportunity for us to move our game to a new community and further our outreach to local clubs and families and businesses in that area, and hopefully, creating some new fans.” The SeaLions are off to another strong start this season and remain in first place in their division with a 3-0-1 record. The SeaLions beat Beach FC 4-2 on Saturday at home, and tied LA Premier 4-4 on

Sunday on the road. Before moving to Mater Dei, the SeaLions will host one more exhibition match June 30 at Cathedral Catholic. They’ll play two more home games at Mater Dei before regional playoffs begin July 20 at a site yet to be determined by the league. Becker said a permanent move to Mater Dei High School wasn’t in their plans, but added that they don’t yet know what will happen next year. The move won’t affect travel plans for visiting teams, Becker said. The only arrangements that required attention was the changing of hotels when the team hosts the visiting California Storm from Sacramento in an exhibition match July 6. “We’re hoping that our fans in the Del Mar-area are still going to come down to Chula Vista and see us, too,” Becker added.



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the “sunset” of his days. “I felt that it’s time to make this memoir, so maybe somebody can learn. Certainly, people enjoy reading it. It’s full of cliffhangers.” On that day, Friday, July 13, 1956, Iszak said goodbye to his parents and told them he would be home for Christmas. He knew he wouldn’t. That was the last time he ever saw them, he said. To this day, he still doesn’t know what happened to his mother and father. Some people who were alive at the time, told him that his father was severely beaten, he explained. Others, he added, told him that nothing had happened to them. Iszak returned to face his past on three occasions once the Communist regime had collapsed, he said. In 2006, on the 50th anniversary of his escape, Iszak was invited back to Hungary to receive honors from parliament. The plane was flown by one of Iszak’s associates, George, whom he credits in the book for saving his life. “Had it not been for him, this book would never have been written. Dead men don’t write books,” he writes on the dedication page. A news report from the New York Times tells of how the seven students subdued the plane’s crew, including a secret policeman. Then, flying the plane as best as possible, and without any communications or


who want to start up a business,” he explained. “There is also Counselors to America’s Business (formerly called SCORE). “The Small Business Development Center has four centers including one at MiraCosta College.” Garcia explained that the SBDC teaches would-be entrepreneurs how to market and promote themselves, and



the story of the Hollywood Hills Burglars, but I cannot, in good conscience, condone her film’s insufficient substance. Whatever “The Bling Ring” is trying to say about America’s materialism and celebrity-obsessed culture only gets scratched at, resulting in the bigger picture’s barely visible presence. Whether this is due to carelessness or ignorance or inability, the director presents these topics and never bothers to delve into them. Even the face value of the expensive objects, dancing sequences, and robberies abate quickly. While these teens (who, with the exception of their names, are based on real people) are anything but nice and virtuous, I can’t help but wonder how much better they could’ve been had the screenplay infused them with more depth. Sure, they’re supposed to be superficial, materialis-

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Hungary. “The sight of the Jeep with the stars and stripes, it was indescribable,” Iszak said. “Every time I get very emotional and I can’t even think about it,” he said. Life for Iszak following the hijacking has been, he said, a “roller coaster.” “I tried many things. Some of them I succeeded, some of them I failed.” The freedom he had in U.S. gave him a lot of ups and downs, he explained. For several years during the ‘60s, Iszak toured the U.S. telling his story, but, when flights began being hijacked at a more regular rate, he stopped talking about it because of the negative connotations being

associated with it. On being accepted by the United States, he made a promise that he would pay back that debt of receiving his freedom. It took him several years to fulfill his promise — 40 to 50 years later — he said, but did so through his yoga teachings and his Silver Age Yoga outreach program that provides free yoga classes to seniors worldwide. Each day he can still be found teaching yoga, mostly to private classes at his Rhythm Yoga and Dance Studio in Rancho Santa Fe with his third wife Serpil. At other times Iszak continues work as a private investigator. A movie is in the works for Iszak, the development phase has been completed and he’s looking to begin raising funds for the film’s production. He still gives talks on occasion, his latest at the Rancho Santa Fe Library June 27. His hopes for the book: “I’d like to have it on the best-seller list eventually,” he said. But he’s not worried about money. He wants people to like the book, mostly. “Life is, at this time, it’s really a different proposition than it was 50 years ago...what do I need money for? “Other than paying my mortgage, driving my car, feeding my face and do some good to the people who are around and deserve it.”

what do when business starts booming. “It’s important to know that growth is going to have repercussions,” he added. “They may make twice as much money, but they’ll also have to hire more employees which costs even more money!” Garcia emphasized that the first step is to write a 10to 50-page business plan that includes a powerful, onepage executive summary. “That needs to captivate

the lender so they have a reason to read the entire business plan,” he said. “It needs to cover what you are going to do, how you are going to do it, how the lender will benefit and how you are going to make enough money to pay back the loan if you get it!” Lewis’ Darling Dames funding campaign will close Aug. 7. For more information call (512) 541-1612 or email customerservice@darlingdames-ca.com.

tic thrill-seekers, but their collective shallowness is a double-edged sword, depriving them of any reason for us to care about what happens next. Some of the cast members’ motivations for engaging in illegal activities do not receive as much attention as others’ and for those that do get to “explain” themselves, their chance comes too late. The ringleader, Rebecca, is portrayed by Katie Chang, who exudes a convincing devil-may-care charisma. Israel Broussard delivers an effective performance as Marc, the newcomer that gets mixed up in dirty business with the other ring participants. In contrast, Taissa Farmiga and Claire Julien don’t imbue their characters, Sam and Chloe, respectively, with much personality; they’re simply tagging along for the ride. As for Emma Watson, whoever thinks she’s still Hermione Granger from the “Harry Potter” movies will be shocked to see her transformation into Nicki. From

the moment she steps into view and speaks in a believable valley girl accent, you can actually see her as this artificial, shallow young woman who is unbelievably mean; we have her piercing eyes to thank for that. Much like her character, Watson has no problem taking risks to become what she seeks to attain, and the end result pays off. When you go to see “The Bling Ring,” don’t go in expecting an insightful commentary on our fixation with celebrities and material objects — you’ll be impressed by Emma Watson and the film’s visual flair, but that’s all you’ll get.

radio they managed to land at a half-finished NATO airfield about 80 miles from the Czechoslovakian border, Iszak explained. The plane and all on board had made it to West Germany, where Iszak and the six others requested asylum. The remaining crew and passengers returned to

I tried many things. Some of them I succeeded, some of them I failed...” Frank Iszak Escapee

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Take your hiking seriously RANCHO SANTA FE — Summer is officially here and as the weather warms up, more people are heading outdoors for exercise and recreation. When talking about outdoor activities in San Diego, the beach is often the first thing that comes to mind, but the county is also home to hundreds of miles of hiking and bike trails, 15 of which are located within the boundaries of the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District.

While hiking and biking are fairly safe activities that can be enjoyed by individuals or entire families, accidents can happen. Every year individuals find themselves needing assistance, even rescue, on the trails due to medical conditions, getting lost, or just plain accidents. Whether spending time on trials in the backcountry or within the city limits, taking the time plan your excursion and following some basic tips can minimize your chances of experiencing a

problem and maximize your enjoyment of the outdoors. Research the trails ahead of time. Plan for the weather. A cool day in the city may be warmer out on the trails while a warm summer evening at home might be chilly in the backcountry. Sunscreen should also be worn, even on cool or cloudy days. Bring enough water. Two quarts per person for every two hours will you be hiking is recommended.


Campbell, who spoke next, said they wouldn’t support it. “I don’t even know where to start,” Campbell said. “Neighborhoods come first. The quiet enjoyment of your neighborhood comes first. I think that we are throwing that neighborhood under the bus.” He said allowing alcohol, something prohibited at all other city-owned properties, “is a really dangerous thing to do.” David Zito, who would have provided the deciding vote, said he couldn’t support the proposal mostly because of the alcohol provision. “Were we to consider alcohol usage this is probably not the facility I would choose to try such a thing out at,” he said. “It’s too integrated into that local neighborhood. “The vast majority of our community would be very respectful but once you introduce alcohol things start changing,” he added. He also said with unknowns such as parking and drinking, the city was testing too many things at one time. “The slower we take it the better with respect to protecting the community and protecting the neighborhood,” Zito said, adding that if provisions are allowed at one cityowned facility they should be permitted at others. Knowing Heebner’s motion wouldn’t pass, Nichols introduced a substitute motion

that limited the number of guests to 50, prohibited alcohol and set the fees at $300 an hour. Campbell seconded that motion, but Heebner said she couldn’t support it. “It’s a waste of staff time to go on any further with this because nobody is going to rent a place for $1,500 to $1,800 a day for what will turn out to be children’s parties,” she said. Zahn and Zito agreed. Seeing the motion wouldn’t pass, Campbell withdrew his second. Unable to garner a second or an alternative motion, the item was tabled with no action taken. Heebner said she didn’t understand where the extreme positions came from. “Perhaps it’s because I have a culinary background where people like to enjoy a glass of wine with a meal,” she said. “They’re not getting hammered, running wild down the street and mowing over kids.” Although she could, Heebner said she has no plans to bring the item back. “I’m way over it,” she said. “We had an opportunity to test something that would have been a benefit to the vast majority of the community.I’m not dismissing the concerns of the neighbors.They are valid. “But a lot of time, money and emotions were spent and it was a big disappointment,” she added. “It was just exasperating to me.”

and there’d be fights and it was not necessarily something you promote, but it’s a true rivalry,” he said. “When he and I were coming up, he would guard me and it was always a oneon thing, and it was Torrey and La Costa,” Oreskovich said. Now, that they work together and have gotten to know each other, Gradinger said they’ve formed a great bond. “He’s a heck of a great player, and he’s a great guy,” he said. The rivalry still plays out between them today when the two schools meet, but in a much more cordial way, Oreskovich said. Lacrosse has become the sport of those schools, Oreskovich explained. “They have nationally-ranked lacrosse teams, and in no other sport do they do that every single year like they do in lacrosse.” Oreskovich started playing lacrosse during his sophomore year in high school, a late start by his standards, but his goal was just to make

the team. Once he did, his time was spent first practicing with the team, and then going home to practice some more on his own. He continued that discipline throughout high school, taking it with him to college where he played at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. He’s also witnessed the game grow locally, he said, noting that participation has doubled since he graduated from college, almost 10 years ago. It’s something he attributes to players leaving baseball for lacrosse because there’s more opportunity to make plays, instead of waiting for three or four chances to make a play. Gradinger’s advice to up and coming players: “If you want it bad enough, just go out and get it. And decide if you want to put in the effort because there are a lot of doorways that can open if you want to put in the time and the effort. It’s a fun game to play.”


apply to existing activities. Even those who supported the one-year trial period opposed some of the provisions, many saying the rental rates were too high. Before the 70-minute public comment period began, Nichols acknowledged the proposal was controversial. “It’s a divisive issue,” he said. “We’re all friends and neighbors and we’ve all known each other for quite some time. No matter what happens … just remember that we are a small community and we all want to get along as best we can. “Just believe that we’re always stronger as one Solana Beach rather than two,” he said.“So let’s hope that we can keep it that way.” Of the 16 speakers, nine opposed the policy. Supporters included four former mayors. After public comments were received, Councilwoman Lesa Heebner made a motion to go forward with the oneyear trial with some modifications to the proposal. She suggested limiting events to three per month with a maximum of 50 people. Heebner noted alcohol is legal. “We’re not going to make it illegal in Solana Beach,” she said. “Not all of us overindulge.” Peter Zahn seconded the motion. Nichols and Tom



that chip on our shoulder every single day because we knew we were getting better; we were cognizant of how much our game had improved, and it picked up our game in Southern California, and we dominated for two straight years,” he said. As the sport started to grow among the high schools, what eventually developed over those years would be a fiery rivalry between the Torrey Pines and La Costa Canyon High School lacrosse teams. Something that he and current teammate and former rival La Costa Canyon player J.R. Oreskovich find themselves talking about still today. “J.R. and I certainly did not get along in high school,” Gradinger said. “It was not a good situation,” Oreskovich said, referring to their high school rivalry. “It was one of those things where you’d see people out



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A doctor’s office that’s all about you Concert series set Banks have finally woken up to their customers’ needs for convenient hours — and today customer-focused service is making itself felt in some of America’s medical offices, according to Consumer Reports. In these reorganized practices, evening and weekend hours are only part of the difference. If you’ve had a blood test or a CT scan, you won’t have to call the office half a dozen times chasing down the results. And if you leave the hospital with an incomprehensible “discharge plan,” someone from your doctor’s office will help you arrange your follow-up care. If you’re already getting this type of service, you may be part of a “patient-centered medical home,” the fastestgrowing innovation in medical care. More than 10 percent of primary care practitioners — about 27,000 U.S. doctors in 5,560 offices — are now recognized as “patientcentered medical homes” by the main accrediting group, the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Many thousands more are transforming their practices under other umbrellas. A WAY TO CUT COSTS Health care spending is a looming emergency. Within the next three years, more than 25 million Americans are expected to sign up for health insurance as the Affordable Care Act rolls out. And tens of millions of Americans born during the baby boom are heading into their medically expensive sunset years. Other countries have solved the problem of costs

Customer-focused service is making itself felt in some of America’s medical offices, according to Consumer Reports. Photo courtesy of Consumer Reports

by fiat. The prices that health care providers can collect for their services are established by the government (in Canada, France, Japan and the United Kingdom) or national cartels of insurers (in Germany). Instead of national price controls, the U.S. is laying its bet on reforming the way health care is delivered and paid for. In the case of medical homes, in addition to the usual per-service fees for office visits and procedures, primary care doctors receive a little extra to defray the costs of setting up and running patient-centered care and may also share in any resulting savings if they succeed in keeping patients healthier and in less need of expensive care. Consumer Reports notes that it will be years before we know whether these reforms really do save money and reduce deaths and disability from chronic illnesses. Meanwhile, it’s important that you know how these changes will affect what happens to you in the doctor’s office or during a hospital

stay. WHO’S IN CHARGE HERE? One of the major ideas for saving money is to put someone firmly in charge — usually a family physician, general internist or pediatrician — so that patients aren’t getting duplicative or contradictory treatments from a legion of specialists and so that doctors aren’t overlooking important and inexpensive preventive measures. In addition to the 9-to-4 medical practice going the way of banker’s hours, Consumer Reports notes these hallmarks of a medical home:

— Efficient teamwork. In patient-centered practices, like Bon Secours Medical Group in suburban Richmond, Va., the process has been re-engineered, according to Dr. Andrew Rose, a family physician in one of its practice locations. First thing in the morning, the care team of doctors, nurses and medical assistants “do a daily huddle where we look at our schedule for the day and identify any particular needs the patients who are coming in may have,” he says. If a patient needs blood or urine tests, the nurses and assistants will take care of those before the doctor even enters the exam room. — “Smart” medical records. For years, U.S. doctors lagged behind the rest of the developed world in computerizing their medical records, but that changed dramatically in 2009 when the federal stimulus bill brought forth more than $19 billion in funds to help practices go digital. The percentage of doctor’s offices with electronic medical records shot up from 42 percent in 2008 to 72 percent in 2012. — Motivating patients. Ultimately, patients with chronic illnesses must participate in their own wellness, and medical homes are trying to make that happen.

COAST CITIES — The Grand Del Mar will spotlight an array of musical talent — from the folk rock tunes of Delta Rae to the Grammy award-winning Steve Tyrell — during its second annual Summer Concerts at The Grand presented by BMW Encinitas, at 7 p.m. July 14 to Sept. 1. This year’s line-up includes: — July 14 – All-4-One, the group known for love songs like “So Much In Love” and “I Swear.” — July 21 – Delta Rae performs four-part harmonies with a North Carolina soul. Their “Bottom of the River” song can be heard on the new

trailer for season six of the HBO hit series “True Blood.” — July 28 – Arrival, from Sweden, sings ABBA songs. — Aug. 4 – The Fabulous Thunderbirds is a Grammynominated blues group from Austin. — Aug. 11 – The Ultimate Stones is a Rolling Stones tribute band with an all look-alike cast of musicians. — Aug. 18 – Vienna Teng is a singer and pianist accompanied by percussionist Alex Wong. To purchase tickets, visit GrandSummerConcerts.com. For information on the resort visit TheGrandDelMar.com.



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Knowledge that’s worth passing on As my home remodel draws to a close, I find I not only gained a gorgeous granite counter top, I gained wisdom. The renovation of three bathrooms and my kitchen has taught me many things I will carry through life and pass on to my children. The list of newfound knowledge includes: 1. Doing dishes in the shower and watching TV on the futon in the guest room is not the same as camping out but it’s close enough. 2. When doing dishes in the shower, never wear long pants…or shoes. Naked is best. 3. Love your garbage disposal every day. If you think your trash stinks now, try putting all your food scraps in it. 4. You are a creature of habit and will continue to head for the kitchen for two full weeks after there is no sink or refrigerator there. 5. You actually have a “Spidey” sense for when the refrigerator gets unplugged. 6. Any day without a new layer of drywall dust is a good day. 7. You can manage very well without onethird of the stuff you have in your kitchen cabinets. 8. Throwing out congealed spices and almost empty bottles of god-knows-what is very therapeutic. 9. It’s great to use your grill when you have no stove. It is not great to clean the grill when you have no kitchen sink. 10. Few things are as much fun as knocking out a wall. 11. You had no idea how many styles of cabinet handles and knobs there are, or that no store carries more than 10 of any one of them. 12. Having to search each day through boxes to find your caulender, can opener, mixing bowl, cutting board or balsamic vinegar is good exercise for your brain. 13. Nothing is where you remember leaving it. 14. Just because your old refrigerator fit through the door coming in, does not mean it will fit trying to go out. 15. Having a stove with all the burners workTURN TO SMALL TALK ON B15

Yoga workshops target girls for empowerment By Lillian Cox

DEL MAR — Saree Zweifel was a young teacher in Milwaukee, Wisc. when she first became aware of the importance of teaching young women how to make positive lifestyle choices and to encourage one another. “Guys will ‘high five’ each other, but girls don’t know what to do with feelings of envy,” she explained. “They have a natural sense of jealousy and competitiveness. Even among friend groups, they can be nasty to each other.” Zweifel started a running club on Friday mornings before school to provide an opportunity to discuss how the girls could become more supportive of each other. The experience evolved into circuit training and yoga.When Zweifel moved to San Diego in 2008 she began teaching in the afterschool program at The Child’s Primary School in Clairemont with a program that connected yoga with writing and the school’s Saree Zweifel is a former elementary and middle school teacher who founded Girls on Target, which integrates circuit training and exercise with TURN TO YOGA ON B11

yoga. “Every girl deserves to feel beautiful, powerful, capable and confident,” she said. “My hope is that Girls On Target can help young women along the path to all they deserve.” Courtesy photo

Coffee with the Community, such as this one in Del Mar, allows for better communication between residents and law enforcement officers. Courtesy photo

There’s good and bad news on cities’ crime By Bianca Kaplanek

COAST CITIES — When looking at 2012 crime statistics for the county’s two smallest cities, the news is good and bad. Violent crimes were down more than 6 percent in Del Mar and 27 percent in Solana Beach, but the overall crime rate was up about 22 percent. An increase in property crimes, one third of which is attributed to bicycle thefts, caused the spike, sheriff’s Capt. Robert Haley told City Council members in both cities during annual updates in mid-June. Seven bikes were stolen in Del Mar in 2011 compared to 19 in 2012. In Solana Beach, 14 were taken in 2011 compared to 36 last year. Del Mar pays $1.8 million annually for one patrol sergeant, one traffic deputy who works Thursday through Sunday, a detective and a 24/7 patrol deputy. The total number of crimes in Del Mar went from 195 in 2011 to 226 in

2012. Of those, 41, or 18 percent, occurred at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, which has contracts with the Sheriff’s Department per event so “your deputy does not go to the fairgrounds to respond,” Haley said at the June 17 Del Mar City Council meeting. There were 16 violent crimes in 2012, down two from the previous year, and no robberies. Of the 2,470 calls for service, most were for public safety concerns. Deputies initiated activity 4,378 times. There were 518 traffic citations issued in 2012. As of last month, less than halfway through the year, that number was nearing 400. At red-light camera intersections there were 1,283 violations but only 954 were considered viable. The top three reasons for rejection were sun glare, plate obstruction and driver obstruction, meaning the TURN TO CRIME ON B11

Hundreds of people representing both sides of the issue packed the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board meeting room, lobby and overflow library. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Water board denies permit for toll road extension near Trestles By Bianca Kaplanek

REGION — After more than six hours of presentations and public comments, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board voted 3-2 at the June 19 meeting to oppose its staff’s recommendation to adopt the waste discharge requirements for a 5.5-mile extension of state Route 241, a toll road in south Orange County. The marathon event was a continuation of a seven-hour March meeting that included testimony from stakeholders such as the Save San Onofre Coalition, project developer Transportation Corridor

Agencies, elected officials and surfers, some from Encinitas, Oceanside and Solana Beach. There were concerns the project did not comply with the California Environmental Quality Act, so the board extended the March meeting to allow time to evaluate comments made and prepare responses to issues raised. Based on responses from TCA on questions submitted by the board, water agency staff and attorneys concluded the CEQA documentation was adequate and recommended approval. TCA used a 2006 environmental impact report

for plans that would have extended the roadway to Interstate 5. That project was denied in 2008 by the California Coastal Commission and Department of Commerce. Plans call to end the 5.5-mile stretch at Cow Camp Road. Opponents said TCA was trying to “circumvent” the earlier denial and the addition was the first segment to bring the roadway to I-5 so a new EIR should have been completed. Supporters said it was a modification to the 2006 plan so a new EIR wasn’t required. Of the hundreds of TURN TO TRESTLES ON B11


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Rosie Daley, Oprah Winfrey’s former chef, gets students, from right, Kendall Yee, Holly Weis and Dillan Yee set up to make their own pizzas at the Center for a Healthy Lifestyle in Solana Beach. Photos by Bianca Kaplanek

Oprah’s former chef gets cooking with local children By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — With an emphasis on fun, Oprah Winfrey’s former personal chef is teaching practical cooking skills to area youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Center for a Healthy Lifestyle in Solana Beach. The goal of the four-week course, which also includes arts and crafts, is to inspire creativity in the kitchen and develop good eating habits using locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables. “It’s not too fancy,” Rosie Daley said. “There are a lot of preconceived notions about cooking. But I try to be cool and casual about cooking. I make it simple and practical so they can enjoy the process. “It’s something they can do with friends because everybody has to eat,” she added. “So I tell them to just get in there and do it. I teach them to pick the best ingredients and eat in season.” She said the classes also offer parents activities they can do with their children. During the June 21 Around the World session, the menu included make-yourown pizza, sushi and pie. To get the seven students — all

girls — used to working dough with their hands, Daley started the class by having them play with clay. Once in the kitchen they learned about different spices and their origins and created seasoning packets that included an Italian blend for their pizzas. As they rolled out the pizza crusts, Daley explained all the different toppings that were available, including fresh vegetables and pesto. When the topic turned to the pies they would make later, some girls said they wanted pumpkin. But Daley said it wasn’t an option because the squash-like fruit was not in season, so they had a choice of blueberry or apple. The class also featured lessons in napkin folding and making napkin rings. Previous sessions included Eat a Rainbow of Colors, which featured brightly colored foods to excite the eyes as well as the palate. Students made tostadas, decorated aprons and learned about food preparation and assembly. The final Go Green session featured vegetarian dishes, personalized granola, tiedyeing scarves and hula-hoop-

ing for “fun and smiles.” Daley learned her way around a kitchen as one of 13 children growing up in New Jersey. She worked in produce stores, health-oriented cafés and restaurants until landing the job as head chef at Cal-AVie Health Spa in Vista. It was there where she met Winfrey in the late 1980s. The producer and actress was so impressed with Daley she invited her to be her personal chef. Daley held the position for five years, then went on to author two books, “In the Kitchen with Rosie: Oprah’s Favorite Recipes” and “The Healthy Kitchen.” The Encinitas resident said she has also done catering and now enjoys teaching classes and creating art such as mobiles made with found objects. “As an artist I use the creative process in the kitchen,” she said. “The whole point is to use your imagination and create in the kitchen. It’s all about having a great time and messing things up.” Daley’s series ended June 28. Other cooking and healthy living classes continue at the Center for a Healthy Lifestyle. Visit centerforahealthylifestyle.com.

Using clay at the beginning of the class helps Kendall and Dillan Yee learn to roll out pizza dough and pie crust.



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ODD Local women authors to speak at library FILES


By Lillian Cox

Eye Opener

Chengdu, China, barber Liu Deyuan, 53, is one of the few who still provide traditional “eye-shaving,” in which he holds the eye open and runs a razor across the lids’ inner surfaces. Then, using a thin metal rod with a round tip, he gently massages the inside of each lid. Liu told a reporter for the Chengdu Business Daily in April that he had never had an accident (though the reporter apparently could not be enticed to experience the treatment himself, preferring merely to observe), and a highly satisfied customer reported afterward that his eyes felt “moist” and his vision “clearer.” A local hospital official said eye-shaving can scrape away scar tissue and stimulate the eyes to lubricate the eye sockets.

Cultural Diversity One of April’s most popular Internet images consisted of face shots of the current 20 contestants for Miss South Korea — revealing that all 20 appeared eerily similar, and Westernized. Commented one website, “Korea’s plastic surgery mayhem is finally converging on the same face.” Wrote a South Korean commenter, “Girls here consider eye surgery just like using makeup.” Wrote another, “I loved this episode of the Twilight Zone.” The country has the highest rate of cosmetic surgery per capita in the world. Michinoku Farm of Tokyo finally agreed in May to withdraw its whale meat dog chews, but only after angering environmentalists for having favored the country’s pampered canines over endangered North Atlantic fin whales, which were the source of the chews.The meat was purchased from Iceland, which openly defies the international moratorium on whale meat. (Japan officially disagrees with world consensus on which species are endangered.) A marriage-encouraging initiative in the Sehore district of India’s Madhya Pradesh state awards gifts and financial assistance to couples agreeing to wed in mass ceremonies, but the country also suffers from a notorious toilet shortage. Consequently, the district announced in May that to qualify for the government benefits, the groom must submit to officials a photo of himself beside his own toilet to prove that he and his wife will have home sanitation.

CARLSBAD — Kitty Morse makes being a bestselling author look easy. In 1989, she published her first book, “Come With Me to the Kasbah: A Cook’s Tour of Morocco.” She followed that with another book about her homeland, “Cooking at the Kasbah: Recipes from My Moroccan Kitchen.” In 1998, The San Francisco Chronicle placed the book on the list of bestselling cookbooks, the same year she won first place (cookbook category) in the San Diego Book Awards. Soon after that, London’s Daily Telegraph named it Cookbook of the Week. It also became a finalist in the World Food Media Awards, Michelin, Australia Best Food Book. To date Morse has eight cookbooks to her name published by HarperCollins, Pelican Publishing, 10 Speed Press and Chronicle Books. Her latest effort, a memoir and cookbook titled “Mint Tea and Minarets: A Banquet of Moroccan Memories,” is self-published and was a finalist in the 2012 San Diego Book Awards. After achieving success as an author, Morse thought the least she could do was to go back and

Kitty Morse and other authors from San Diego Writing Women will participate in a panel discussion titled, “Reading is So Delicious” in the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium of the Carlsbad City Library at 4 p.m., June 29. The event is part of the library’s Summer Reading Program. Courtesy photo

thank her former instructors at MiraCosta College where she had taken a creative writing class. “I said to them, ‘I did what you told me to do and look what happened!’” she recalled. On June 29, Morse and fellow authors from San Diego Writing Women will

share their experiences in a panel titled, “Reading is So Delicious” in the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium. Participants also include Laurel Corona, “The Four Seasons: A Novel of Vivaldi’s Venice” (2009 San Diego Book Award); Kathi Diamant, “Kafka’s Last Love: The Mystery of Dora Diamant”; Zohreh “Zoe” Ghahremani, “Sky of Red Poppies” (official selection for KPBS’s One Book One San Diego in 2012) and “The Moon Daughter”; Judith Liu, “Foreign Exchange”; and Caitlin Rother, “Lost Girls” (Pulitzer nominee and New York Times bestseller). Ghahremani, who is of Persian descent, left her career as a pediatric dentist to pursue her love of writing. Like Morse, she became successful even though English was her second tongue. “Writing has always been my passion,” she said. “I continued to write while I was practicing dentistry, teaching at Northwestern University, and raising my three children. “So when I stopped my other jobs, and my own children no longer needed mom’s full attention, I found myself in writers’ heaven! I write an average of six to 10 hours a day.” Her advice to struggling writers is to be com-

mitted, work hard and create your best product. “A writer’s job is to write, write, and then rewrite!” she said. “I feel fortunate that readers seem to like my stories and am thrilled with the way San Diego has embraced me and my work. “I write from the heart and only present to my readers what I would be willing to read. “My main advice to

I said to them, ‘I did what you told me to do and look what happened!” Kitty Morse Author

aspiring writers is that they should believe in themselves and never change their style to fit the market.” Moderator for the panel will be Susan McBeth, founder of Adventures by the Books. McBeth began presenting author workshops because of her connection to the publishing industry as an events coordinator for more than 20 years, including more than four years as director of marketing and events at Warwick’s Bookstore in La Jolla. In addition to panel

Carlsbad to track large mammals in land preserves By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — Thanks to a more than $100,000 state grant and city and Center for Natural Lands Management funds, Carlsbad will be monitoring the movement of bobcats and other large mammals in the city’s land preserves for the first time. The city was awarded a $57,900 local assistance grant from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to tally and track wildlife moving between the 6,478 acres of open space within the city. These funds were matched with $46,635 from the city and $8,000 from the Habitat Management Plan. “Right now we don’t even know how animals are moving around town,” said Carlsbad Senior Planner Mike Grim, who will be man-

aging the project. He said that although the preserves have been managed by the city, the Center for Natural Lands, the California Department of Fish and Game, and various homeowners’ associations, there has yet to be a scientific study of how animals move around the preserves. Grim explained that the project will focus on monitoring large mammals, including bobcats, deer, coyotes and mountain lions, if they are found to live in Carlsbad, based on the logic that if the larger animals can move through the preserves, so can the smaller animals. The city will be setting up tracking equipment along “pinch-points,” streets that intersect preserves and narrow portions of pre-

serves, sometime this fall to observe the animals. The city will also utilize volunteer trackers to detect evidence of wildlife movement as well as it monitors the animals for a full year. Currently, the city is studying the preserves to determine which pinchpoints should be monitored, according to Grim. Staff will then compose a report of recommendations on how to improve wildlife’s ability to move between the preserves, such as by dimming lighting or increasing brush coverage. The preserve managers will have the responsibility of implementing the recom-

mendations, though the city cannot require them to do so, Grim said. But he said given the good relationship Carlsbad has with the preserve managers he is hopeful that the recommendations will be followed if funding is available. The first of its kind and only an initial stepping stone for the city, the report will not be used to inform future land preserve decisions, said Grim. Glad to be given the opportunity to collect scientific data, he said, “At least we’ll know what we need to do (to assist wildlife movement).”

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Del Mar Shores stairway replacement advances By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — With 70 percent of the project design complete, council members authorized staff at the June 12 meeting to seek construction bids to replace the beach access stairway at Del Mar Shores Terrace. The structure, a gateway to the city’s southern beaches, was shut down in November after an engineer concluded there was a high probability it could collapse at any time. Built in the 1970s, the staircase “has lasted well beyond its service life,” the staff report states. City officials have been working to replace the stairway since 2008. They say the marine environment caused the stairs, handrails and safety fencing to deteriorate, although some residents blame the city for lack of maintenance. A preliminary design was approved in 2009 but funding was not available. City officials applied for and received a permit from the California Coastal Commission that expired in January. A oneyear extension was granted, but that is only valid for another seven months unless construction starts before then. If not, the city must reapply. Although the access stairs at Tide Beach are in “relatively good condition,” according to the staff report,

The beach access stairway at Del Mar Shores Terrace has been closed since November after it was deemed unsafe to use. On June 12 council authorized the project to go out to bid, but it will be more than a year before work is complete. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

repairs will be made there at the same time to save money. The metal hand railings are rusting, fencing is damaged and the concrete stairs and swale are cracking. The cost estimates are $1.3 million for Del Mar Shores and $200,000 for Tide Beach, including contingencies of $200,000 and $50,000, respectively, for a total of $1.5 million. About half is funded. The city appropriated $100,000 for the project in the current fiscal year budget. Another $275,000 is available for use from the beach recreation fee held by the San

Diego Association of Governments. The city has collected $235,000 in recreation fee deposits from bluff-top property owners for sea wall projects. Eighty percent of that, or $188,000, is being proposed for the stairway replacement. The city applied for but was denied a grant from the California Coastal Conservancy in 2009, but staff is currently reapplying since the condition of the stairway has deteriorated since then. Conservancy staff members indicated the city could be eligible for a $200,000

grant but did not offer any assurances it would be awarded this time around. Private donations and fundraising are other possible income sources not included as potential revenue. If the grant is received there would still be a $737,000 funding shortfall. The Finance Department recommends borrowing internally. Money would come from the general fund reserves and be paid back from the sand replenishment/retention and coastal access capital project fund, which receives 2 percent of the city’s 13 percent transient occupancy tax revenue paid by hotel guests. “We have a dedicated source of funding in the TOT CIP fund and that fund is available (to use) on this kind of project,” Finance Director Marie Berkuti said. “I can live with that,” Councilman Tom Campbell, a certified public accountant, said, adding the amortization period should be as short as possible. City Manager David Ott said construction will likely take at least a year since work on the fragile bluffs would have to be done without large machinery, a requirement that also accounts for the high price tag. Mo Sammak, the city engineer, said the the new Del Mar Shores stairway will look very similar to the one at Seascape Sur.

Condition of creek discussed at meeting By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — The flow of Rossini Creek has slowed; sections farther downstream have dried up completely. And some Cardiff residents are pointing to construction of the Encinitas Community Park as the likely reason. They aired out their concerns on Monday at City Hall during a Q&A session updating the community on the park’s status. The creek starts at the foot of the park, snaking southwest and discharging into a storm drain near Birmingham Drive and San Elijo Avenue. The riparian habitat of the creek supports vegetation as well as frogs and other wildlife. Construction began on the 44-acre park in the fall. Given the timing, resident Eleanor Musick said that’s the most probable explanation for the creek waning. “I live on the creek; I see it every single day,” Musick said. “And it’s never run dry in the nine years I’ve been here…even during the drought years of 2008 and 2009. Something changed and it changed virtually overnight.” Musick posted fliers on street poles around Cardiff asking residents to take action. Echoing other residents, she said the city should hire an independent environmental consultant to investigate why the creek stopped flowing. Glenn Pruim, director of engineering and public works, said the city thoroughly analyzed the matter. It found that there’s no possibility that park construction affected the

JUNE 28, 2013


The flow of Rossini Creek in Cardiff has slowed to a trickle in parts, leaving pools of water. Some residents believe the Encinitas Community Park is a factor, but the city has stated that’s not possible. Photo by Jared Whitlock

creek. “We have a great interest in (this),” Pruim said. “We always want to make sure that if there’s unintended consequences of any of our projects, that we make sure we address those. And we feel in this case that we have.” Rossini Creek’s flow comes from two sources, according to the city. Much of it is from a watershed east of Interstate 5. Particularly during the rainy season, runoff from the upstream watershed is collected at a pipe on the park property. From there, the runoff continues traveling west, feeding Rossini Creek. Pruim said that very little storm runoff has entered the park pipe in the past few months; hence, there’s no chance for the park to divert that source. “Nothing being done on

the park site has affected the drainage that could have been conveyed through the park site,” Pruim said. The creek also receives excess irrigation from homes downstream of the park, which is currently providing what little is left of the stream. Musick noted a 1992 study from the state’s Riparian Parkways Task Force reports that groundwater also supplies the creek. Consequently, she asked whether moving around large amounts of soil during construction blocked off the groundwater. Parks and Recreation staff, however, said that the groundwater is 30 feet deep. And Pruim said construction never involved digging deeper than 10 feet. Joey Randall, a Cardiff resident and management analyst with the Olivenhain

Municipal Water District, was among those in the audience. He said the state had the driest spring on record, likely explaining the creek’s disappearance. “As an ephemeral stream, it’s largely dependent on rainfall,” Randall said. And while the creek flowed during past droughts, he said the current water shortage is especially severe. A resident pressed Pruim on why Parks and Recreation hasn’t commissioned an independent study on the park’s impact on the creek. Pruim noted that the department doesn’t currently have money allocated for a study. “We reached out to some engineering firms to see if they’re interested in helping us, and none of them were interested in helping us for free,” he said. “We get a certain amount of money budgeted by the City Council to do certain things,” Pruim added. “From a park management perspective, we don’t have specific funds set aside to perform the kind of study we’re looking at.” Councilman Tony Kranz, who was in attendance, said after the meeting he was considering placing Rossini Creek on a city council agenda. Before doing so, he wanted to learn more about the cost of an independent study. To save money, some residents at the meeting suggested that the city partner with a nonprofit or university that can get to the bottom of why the creek ceased flowing. The park is expected to debut next spring.

Well, so much for that idea David Ogul A plan to allow private rentals of a renovated Fletcher Cove Community Center couldn’t overcome a tidal wave of opposition, elating residents who live near the former Civilian Conservation Corps barracks with stunning views of the Pacific. Folks opposed to the proposal warned of partyers filled with inebriants urinating on their lawns, not to mention the potential for a bevy of drunks driving home on local roads. They also weren’t too fond about the possibility of having to listen to cover bands play out-oftune versions of “All You Need is Love” during raucous wedding receptions or “Don’t Stop Believing” at Bar Mitzvah simchas. Folks in favor of the move said such fears were overblown. They noted some $280,000 had recently been spent to tidy up the 1935 Civilian Conservation Corps barracks that was moved from Vista to Solana Beach nine years later. Uses are now limited to such things as adult education classes, junior lifeguard courses, children’s art lessons and a community sing-along. “Many people contributed to the upgrade of the building with the expectation it would be used for something other than flower arrangement classes,” Margaret Schlesinger, a member of the Solana Beach Civic and Historic Society, told the Solana Beach City Council at a three-hour hearing last week. When it became clear the council wasn’t going to break precedent and allow alcohol to be served on public property, Mayor Mike Nichols suggested banning alcohol and limiting the number of guests to 50. Rental rates, though, would be set at $300 an hour, prompting this response from Councilwoman Lesa Heebner: “Nobody is going to rent a place for $1,500 or $1,800 a day for what will turn out to be a children’s party.” ❋

One million dollars can buy you a nice house in Encinitas, not to mention a whole lot of fish tacos, but it can’t buy you a new beach stairway. Over in Solana Beach, City Hall is cobbling together $1.3 million on a new staircase providing public access to the sand in a city where such access is limited. The city wants to replace a deteriorating version at Del Mar Shores Beach that was shut down Nov. 13 because of safety concerns. Meanwhile, city officials

are moving ahead with plans to spend up to $200,000 to refurbish the stairways at Tide Beach Park. The Finance Department has about half of the $1.5 million total for both projects on hand, and is looking to shift various funds in its budget and borrow to cover the rest. Solana Beach can’t wait too long, though. Construction has to begin before a California Coastal Commission permit expires in January. Why so much for a staircase? The unstable bluffs. “Since work along the bluffs can be difficult, much of the work may have to be performed by hand,” states a city report. “Ultimately the contractor will propose a construction method in order to safely remove the existing structure and construct a new structure with minimum impact to the stability of the bluff and nearby properties.” ❋

MiraCosta College is getting greener. The community college district is offering a growing number of courses incorporating sustainability issues into their curriculum. The staff parking lot at the Oceanside campus has been outfitted with energy efficient LED lighting. And a new, $1.9-million modular science building that was installed at the college June 17 is equipped with photovoltaic power LEED Platinum Level certification. “It’s completely sustainable,”Tom Macias said of the structure that includes 3,360 gross square feet. Meanwhile, campus parking lot lights are now turned off at 11 p.m. instead of running them all night. Students also are taking the initiative. The Design Club has assembled a vertical garden that catches rainwater falling onto a roof, stores it in a container and distributes it into the soil using a solar-powered pump. “The college has made great strides and excellent progress in this area the past two or three years,” said Design Department Chairman Paul Clarke. While college officials concede much more needs to be done, its ongoing efforts have led to MiraCosta receiving honorable mention in the California Community Colleges Board of Governors annual Energy and Sustainability Award Program.

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.



JUNE 28, 2013

Encinitas to review effectiveness of its red light cameras By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — The City Council has the option of bringing red light cameras to a grinding halt at its June 26 meeting. Red light cameras were installed in 2004 at El Camino Real and Encinitas Boulevard as a means of cutting down on red light runners and traffic collisions. More than a year later, another system was put in at the intersection where El Camino Real, Leucadia Boulevard and Olivenhain Road meet. Because the program is nearly a decade old, Deputy Mayor Lisa Shaffer said it’s time to review the effectiveness of the cameras. “Just because we’ve had a program in place for a while doesn’t mean we should be afraid to ask questions about it,” Shaffer said. “It sounds like something we ought to understand better.” Shaffer said she wants to know whether the red light cameras actually caused accidents to drop at intersections. She added that data that must be weighed against the heavy financial burden on the driver, now roughly $500 per ticket. In light of the high cost of a ticket for drivers, she said less expensive traffic-calming measures should also be considered. “There are other strategies out there from what I’ve heard; I look forward to learning more in the next week,” Shaffer said. Councilman Mark Muir said the future of the red light cameras should depend on if they make intersections safer, not the revenue they bring in for the city. “Other jurisdictions are reviewing the cameras,” Muir said. “It seems like a good time for us to reevaluate the

A red-light camera system watches over the Encinitas Boulevard and El Camino Real intersection. City Council could get rid of the cameras at its June 26 meeting. Photo by Jared Whitlock

issue.” San Diego terminated its red light camera program earlier this year. Three months ago, Poway decided to shut down its cameras for six months as an experiment. Its City Council will gauge whether the presence of cameras makes a difference in the number of collisions at intersections. And some California cities have removed the cameras due to legal rulings. But other North County cities are content with their red light camera systems. Officials from Solana Beach

and Del Mar said they currently have no plans to review their programs. City statistics show that the number of accidents fell in Encinitas following the red light cameras going up. In the three years prior to the cameras being installed, there were 26 total collisions at the Olivenhain Road, El Camino Real and Leucadia Boulevard intersection. From 2010 through 2012, there were 23. Over the same period at the Encinitas Boulevard intersection, the number declined from 25 to 10, according to city data.

At both of the intersections, in the three years prior to the camera installations, collisions that resulted from drivers running red lights totaled 12. And from 2010 to 2012, that number was eight. However, the red light cameras contributed to five rear-end collisions at both intersections in the past three years. George Hejduk, a longtime foe of the cameras, said he’s nearly finished with what he hopes is his “final speech” on the matter. He argued the drop in accidents post-camera instal-

New hotel law to aid police investigations By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Attempting to help the Sheriff’s Department in its crime-fighting efforts, council members voted 4-1 at the June 12 meeting to approve an ordinance requiring hotel and motel operators to standardize information collected from guests at registration. In 2009 a sheriff’s unit uncovered a teenage sex trafficking ring operating out of a local San Diego County hotel. During the investigation, deputies had difficulty getting information from hotels because there was no comprehensive, uniform record-keeping system and staff was uncertain about releasing the information, according to the staff report. The Sheriff’s Department is asking each jurisdiction it contracts with to adopt a transient lodging facilities ordinance. Under the proposed new law, hotel and motel operators must obtain the name and address of all registering guests, the names of anyone staying with them, the arrival

date and time and the assigned room number. A copy of the guest’s picture identification, the type, make, color and license plate number of the vehicle and the date and time of departure will also be required. All information must be made available to law enforcement officers on request. Other provisions include not renting the same room to another guest within an eight-hour period and contacting law enforcement if a room is rented to or occupied by a minor not accompanied by a parent or guardian. Information must be saved for three years. Existing businesses will be notified by mail about the new law, slated to take effect at the end of July. New businesses will be notified when obtaining a business license. Peter Zahn, who voted against the ordinance, said hotel operators should have been directly notified about the proposed ordinance. “It seems that there is some overreaching here,” Zahn, a business attorney, said. “I’m concerned about adopting it without having

(hotel operator) input.” He also wanted to know if the requirements in the law are typical of the current registration process and whether hotels generally retain that type of personal information once a guest checks out. “If it’s not typical, that’s a concern and I just have a general overall concern about privacy,” Zahn added. “It allows us to review the names of people that checked into hotels,” Capt. Robert Haley said. “We don’t go in there to hassle people in hotels. If we see a crime trend we go in there and review the names.” For example, he said, if there is a series of vehicle break-ins in a particular area, law enforcement will run the names of guests who stayed in surrounding hotels. He said they may discover the name of a parolee with a history of committing similar crimes. “That’s somebody we’re going to talk to,” he said. “It’s been very effective for us.” “This type of regulation has been upheld by the courts,” City Attorney

Johanna Canlas said. “It’s been tested. We’re not going to be breaking new grounds on this.” Solana Beach will be the fifth city in the county to adopt such an ordinance and the third of the nine cities contracted with the Sheriff’s Department.

lation isn’t significant enough to justify the steep cost of tickets for residents. “For working people just getting by, how can you ask them to pay so much?” Hejduk asked. “Two or three fewer accidents a year — that’s just not worth gouging the public,” Hejduk added.

A camera monitoring the southbound right-hand turn onto El Camino Real from Encinitas Boulevard captured the most red light runners, according to city data. Hejduk sees that as proof that the cameras are primarily about revenue. “We were told they’re supposed to bring down mid-intersection collisions, which are the most severe,” Hejduk said. From 2004 to this past December, Encinitas has issued nearly 24,000 tickets, with the number declining over time. In the few months after the cameras were installed, around 400 people on average each month were given a ticket. But that number hovered around 180 during each of the last few months of 2012. The city receives nearly $100 for every ticket, and the rest goes to a variety of agencies, including the Department of Motor Vehicles and county courts. Once a driver is captured running a red light, the Encinitas Sheriff’s Department is tasked with analyzing the photos and sending out the tickets. Encinitas contracts with Red Flex Inc. to operate and maintain the cameras. This past December, the most recent data available, the cameras cost the city about $11,000 and generated about $16,000 in revenue. Should council decide to scrap the red light cameras, the city must send a 60-day notice to nix the Red Flex contract.



JUNE 28, 2013

Traffic signal program goes from ‘Stone Age to state of the art’ By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — With funding for another batch of equipment recently approved, the city’s innovative traffic project is well underway to improving traffic flow throughout Carlsbad. The three-year project will link almost all of the city’s 174 traffic signals to the city’s traffic management center and essentially, “bring the whole entire traffic signals program up to speed,” said Doug Bilse, a city senior traffic engineer. “Our traffic signal system has gone from the Stone Age to state of the art,” said city of Carlsbad Public Works Director Skip Hammann in a press release. “We are on course to achieve our objective to implement a world class traffic signal program in a fraction of the time and cost needed to complete similar projects.” As part of the program, the city has updated traffic signals with equipment including cameras for vehicle detection, wireless communication devices, and emergency pre-emption equipment, according to Bilse. The city’s new system will enable city staff to map

onds. nal estimate. The traffic updates also Bilse said the program has already improved traf- benefit bicyclists and fic in terms of average trav- pedestrians with cameras el speed, stops per mile, that better detect bicyclists and the number of times and timed pedestrian crosscars arrive at a green light es at busy intersections. Overall, improving trafversus a red light. “I’ve definitely seen a fic involves more than just lights since difference in the last year changing or so,” said Mayor Matt adjustment to one direction of traffic impacts traffic in Hall. One of the project’s the opposite direction and biggest improvements has traffic on side streets as been on traffic along well. “It’s a balancing act Palomar Airport Road. Before the project, city that we have to constantly engineers found that it be improving,” Bilse said. He said that city staff would take nearly 12 minutes to drive from monitor current traffic conInterstate 5 to San Marcos ditions a combined eight to on the road during the peak nine hours per day, and the new system allows them to hour of 5:50 p.m. After improvements manually override traffic Keith Blackburn were made to the road’s sig- signal programs when Carlsbad Councilman nals last summer, Bilse said equipment malfunctions or the drive was reduced to traffic conditions divert the traffic management ment vendors have been eight minutes and 30 sec- from normal patterns. eager for their products to center so far. City Council approved be used and have offered an additional $1.75 million their equipment at reduced to purchase and install the prices. “There were a lot of last of the necessary equipment to update the remain- vendors that wanted to be der of the city’s signals at part of this groundbreaking project, and we got very its June 11 meeting. “Traffic seems to be good pricing as a result,” he By Tony Cagala since October 1956, when the one of the biggest quality of said. ENCINITAS — The Post USPS signed their lease, City staff estimates the life issues for our residents. Office at 1160 N. Coast according to Jackson. It affects everybody from project will have cost a The current lease is set Highway 101 is once again our youngest to our oldest, total of $4.5 million at its going to be studied by the to expire Sept. 20. our richest, our poorest, our completion, which is $1.2 The reason for the possiUnited States Postal Service visitors, our residents,” said million less than the origito determine the feasibility of ble closure isn’t related to government sequestration. its closure. The USPS’s CIC (Capital Even though the Postal Investment Committee) Service is part of the federal made the recommendation government, they don’t for the study to Postal Service receive taxpayer dollars, Headquarters, and was Jackson said. According to financial approved Tuesday, according to Eva Jackson, a spokesper- numbers the USPS released in May, the mail service son for the USPS. hats to visit select galleries hats as transformational. And Any timetable for when ended the second quarter of across the country for the next from the time he was a small the study would begin is yet its 2013 fiscal year (Jan.1 to March 31) with a net loss of in Springfield, year. This is the only time any boy to be determined. of these hats have traveled out- Massachusetts, he was aware In May 2009, the mail $1.9 billion. Some of that is attribside the legendary “hat closet” of their inherent magic. Far facility was put on a list for at Seuss House, alongside his beyond their functionality, possible consolidation, uted to the drop in first class little-known Secret Art, a hats were the accent — the though that study was placed mail being sent. “First class mail has series of estate-authorized exclamation point — on a peron a backburner at the time works adapted from Geisel’s son’s behavior. because other projects took dropped 25 percent since 2006,” Jackson said. “We run The first recorded menoriginal drawings, paintings, precedence, Jackson said. and sculpture.This historic col- tion of the Dr. Seuss hat collecThe study will look at the our business off of people lection will be available for tion came from his sister, amount of people using the mailing things, and with the viewing and purchase through Marnie, who visited him in facility and whether another Internet, bill paying online, New York in the autumn of the run of the exhibition. location nearby, such as the getting your statements In his artwork, as in 1937. She reported in the Post Office on Garden View online, people don’t use the his personal life, Geisel saw Springfield Union-News, Nov. Road, could absorb that work- mail very much, especially 28, 1937, “Ted has another load if the location did close. first-class mail. It has hit us peculiar hobby—that of colThe study will also look at the hard and so now we have to lecting hats of every descripcost of continuing to lease the accommodate for that. “We have to make tion.Why,he must have severspace. al hundred and he is using The Leucadia Post Office changes because there’s not them as the foundation of his has been at the current site as much mail in the system as next book. I have seen him put on an impromptu show for guests, using the hats as costumes. He has kept a whole party in stitches just by making up a play with kitchen knives and spoons for the actors.” That “next book”— Dr. Seuss’s second of 44 — became The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. and monitor traffic flow in real time and instantaneously change traffic signals remotely. The system makes it “easy and seamless to observe and manage the signals that are constantly changing,” said Bilse. Currently two years into the project, engineers have connected 130 traffic signals within the city to

Councilmember Keith Blackburn. Because of its innovation, the project is actually under budget and six months ahead of schedule, said Bilse. He said that the city has used the project to implement the latest technology and strategies to improve traffic, and consequently many traffic equip-

There were a lot of vendors that wanted to be part of this groundbreaking project, and we got very good pricing as a result.”

Leucadia Post Office part of study for possible closure

Seuss’s inspirational hats display coming to La Jolla COAST CITIES — For the first time in history, Theodore Geisel’s aka Dr. Seuss’s never-before-seen hat collection will be exhibited July 19 through Aug. 4, at Legends Gallery of La Jolla,1205 Prospect Street, Suite B, La Jolla, celebrating the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s second book “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.” Audrey Geisel has opened the estate’s vault and allowed a selection of Geisel’s

Bilse explained that for a one-time event that affects traffic, such as temporary construction, staff will manually change a traffic signal pattern temporarily to work around that event. But to accommodate for occurrences that have a prolonged effect on traffic flow, including weather, a special event, or an emergency, staff is working to develop a multitude of alternative traffic signal patterns to address unique traffic situations. Ultimately staff aspires to be able to respond to signal issues even before traffic is impacted, he said. Moving forward, city staff intend to focus more on traffic flows during off peak hours to make signals more effective during all times of day, Bilse said.

there was back in 2006 and there probably never will be.” The financial report states that the Postal Service needs to save $20 billion annually by 2016, but cannot do so without legislative action, including in part: Requiring a USPS Health Care Plan; adjusting delivery frequency that would serve six-day package delivery and five-day mail delivery; and allowing the USPS the authority to expand products and services, and reform workers’ compensation. While there isn’t an average time length for how long such a study would take, once the study is concluded, the USPS does have regulations in place to notify customers and businesses of the decision within 60 days, allowing for public comments. Following that period, the public will receive a 30day notice of final determination, to which an appeal may be filed. Their regulations state that no Postal Service-operated retail facility may be closed sooner than 60 days after the first day of the posting of the final determination.

@TheRSFNews United States Postal Service Headquarters approves a study Tuesday on the feasibility of closing the Leucadia Post Office. There is no timetable for when the study will begin or how long it will take. Photo by Tony Cagala



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Kent Harle and his son Jack are regulars at Rita’s Italian Ice in Carlsbad. Photo by David Boylan

Rita’s brings delicious Italian ice and custard to Carlsbad DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate Whenever someone gives me a tip for a story and mentions there are lines out the door, that’s usually a good sign that it’s worth checking out. Then, when I heard the name of the place was Rita’s, which just happens to be my mom’s name, and one I don’t hear much anymore, I had to see what all the fuss was about. It turns out Rita’s started out in Philadelphia in 1984 when Bob Tumolo, a former Philadelphia firefighter, decided to open a small Italian ice business to augment his income. He opened his first store in Bensalem, Pa., and named the business after his wife, Rita. Bob and his mother, Elizabeth, set to work making their special formulation of Italian ice fresh daily. The mother and son team added chunks of fresh fruit to the recipes and made sure to throw away any unsold product after 36 hours. The Italian ice,which was also referred to as water ice, was a big hit with

Philadelphians, who are arguably the most discriminating water ice eaters in the United States. So yes, add water ice to Philly Cheesesteaks as another must-try when visiting Philadelphia. Rita’s Italian Ices are fat, cholesterol- and trans-fat free and they also offer sugar-free options. There is also a cream ice that is a richer and creamier version of the Italian Ice. The flavoring is mixed into the ice before or during the freezing instead of at the point of sale. Rita’s uses proprietary batch machines to make the product fresh every day in each store. There are currently more than 40 flavors of ice, with others continuously being developed and introduced. And then there is the custard, a smooth and creamy delight. It’s offered in Vanilla, Chocolate, Orange Cream, Coffee and Strawberry. Rita’s Old Fashioned Frozen Custard can be enjoyed in a cup or a cone with sprinkles, M&M’s® Minis®, hot fudge or caramel toppings. Rita’s also has some concoctions that were developed in-house.The Misto® is a comTURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON B11


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Through June 30, the coastal Souplantations located in Del Mar, 3804 Valley Centre Drive; Encinitas, 109 N. El Camino Real and Carlsbad at 1860 Marron Road, have kicked off a companywide cookie campaign for Easter Seals, with a $1 donation going to Easter Seals Southern California for every $1.99 bag of the restaurant’s freshly baked homemade cookies sold during June. Each bag includes a $2 coupon to be used on the next visit.

Kick in for festival This year, the Carlsbad Music Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and is launching a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the Sept. 20 festival. To help, visit the Kickstarter page at carlsbadmusicfestival.org

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By the time you read this, I’ll have gotten out of Dodge JOE MORIS Baby Boomer Peace I sit here on the evening of the first day of summer. The deadline for my column is a week in advance so with the lightning news cycles of today, mentioning anything in the news would likely be passé by the time you read it. I spoke out against the Nixon administration in 1973 during Watergate. I had just separated from the Army and was working as the night jock on the biggest FM station in and around Fort Hood and reaching Austin and Waco,Texas. I didn’t like that we were in a war we refused to win, and then we had a president who lied to the people. The press was vicious. Unlike today, they left no stone

unturned in order to shame President Nixon out of office. I put in my two cents and you know what happened? I was audited by the IRS. I didn’t have two nickels to rub together and when I first entered the Army in 1971 I was paid $104 a month! Yes, a month! So, the IRS somehow seemed fit to audit me. Gee, was it something I said to mostly stoners while I spun Lynyrd Skynyrd or Led Zeppelin? I am so sick of both government and the mainstream press.They’re all liars. The mainstream press is all the major news networks starting with the New York Times. The patsy networks just cut and paste whatever that rag has to say. The other mainstream media is Hollywood and the music industry. They’re all about as clueless as you get and apparently not a one with a degree in political science.

Anyone who has studied political systems, even those in the last 100 years, knows what the root causes are of most every political junta in power. You know juntas; they target their political “enemies;” pit one class against another and take over every facet of the bureaucracy, plus owning the press. I just groan when I sit and watch anything mainstream. Do you realize there has not been one story in the last week in the mainstream press about the IRS scandal ,much less about Benghazi or the Attorney General’s office seizing phone records and emails of journalists both at the Associated Press and at the center of the Fox Network? Now, if this was Bush? Nixon was taken down because of a little burglary, but we have an IRS today that is targeting Americans for their political beliefs. If Nixon did that he would have been tarred and feath-

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ered first. He only spoke of it (and caught on tape) but didn’t actually do it. The monolithic mainstream has barely said a thing about the potential abuse of the NSA snooping on you and me, my kids and my next door neighbor. When I studied the communist system I was so glad I lived in America. Now I’m watching it all unfold right before my eyes and we have no watchdogs to protect us. The fourth estate has been bought; lock, stock and barrel. I’ve noticed that whenever anything gets hot and close to the leaders of this country, they travel overseas. They get out of town. Did you notice our president hopping around Europe lately with a planned trip to Africa? Republicans are apparent idiots for if they get caught in a twit they try to defend themselves. They haven’t learned the game from the other side that you get your butt out of town until the news cycle changes. I remember when Nancy Pelosi was screaming bloody murder about waterboarding and condemning George Bush. Until it was leaked that she was on the same committee in Congress that authorized it. So, does she defend herself when found to be a major hypocrite? No, she went to Germany for two weeks. When she came

back, not one journalist followed up.They still haven’t. So, I’m getting out of dodge. By the time you read this I’ll be sipping margaritas by the pool next to the Bay of Banderas in warm and tropical Puerto Vallarta. I bought my condo in 2011 when the newspapers and media in general were saying to not go to Mexico, so I got one heck of a deal on an oceanfront condo. Of course during 2011 our lapdog media was only parroting the junta’s words.They had to make Mexico look really bad because after all, our Justice Department “gave,” without any tracking system in place, Mexican cartels more than 2,000 two high powered deadly weapons that were used to kill two Americans and hundreds if not thousands of Mexicans. Our countrymen had to be distracted from the bungled Fast & Furious scandal so the press was awash with stories of drug lords killing each other yet not a word that the president had to sign an executive order to seal all the Fast & Furious records to save our Attorney General’s backside after congressional committees investigating the case proved him to be an emperor without clothes. They didn’t even write about all the deaths every day that were coming out of Chicago. The town with the strictest gun laws in the coun-

try! Wow, we’ve really got some eyeballs watching out for us lowly folk, don’t we? Am I going nuts or what? Everything is just one big lie after another. I’m going to join the nearly 1 million Canadians and Americans now owning property in PuertoVallarta. I’m staying this time for about two months to work on my second book. The first will be published soon and no,it isn’t about politics. It’s about our souls and believe it or not, God is going to fix this mess. He loves this country and you and I do too! But, I only hope I’m not whistling Dixie through a graveyard. I feel grimy after watching the slanted news today. You know guys, it’s that same feeling of griminess all over you when you walk out of a strip bar without your wife knowing you were there and worried as hell that someone will spot you. You know the feeling; you just know you were not in a good place. I’m going to go find my good place, do a little surfing in Punta Mita at Mexican Malibu and play some golf at the Marina and Vista Vallarta. What I wouldn’t give to come home to truth, honesty and peace! Sheesh. Joe Moris may be contacted at (760) 500-6755 or by email at joe@coastalcountry.net

Advances in cataracts surgery Health Watch By the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas

There is an old expression that nothing is certain but death and taxes. If you live long enough, you can add cataracts to the list. Cataracts affect

more than half of Americans by age 80, according to a report from the National Eye Institute and Prevent Blindness America. A cataract is caused by a build-up of protein in the lens of the eye. In a healthy eye, the lens transmits the light rays that pass through the eye to the retina, which sends a visual image to the optic nerve and ultimately to the brain.When protein builds up, it clouds the lens and prevents light from passing clearly through it. Once the cataract becomes dense enough to interfere with the light rays passing through the lens, symptoms can include blurriness, glare and changes with color perception or night vision.These impairments can curtail not only recreational pursuits, but also basic activities like reading or driving a car. Fortunately, surgery can replace the cloudy lens with an intraocular implant and restore normal vision. In recent years, significant advancements in the precision and safety of this procedure have resulted in shorter surgery and recovery times and greatly improved results. Over the years, the incisions required for surgery have become increasingly smaller. Today the incisions are so small that no sutures are needed — the micro-incisions heal by themselves, and patients can return to usual activities almost immediately. Just a few years ago, a monofocal implant was the only choice for cataract surgery patients. As its name implies, the monofocal implant focused light only at a single distance, either near or far. Patients who chose distance vision would still need eye-

glasses for near vision,and vice versa. Now, with the recent advent of a multifocal lens implant that enables the eye to have both distance and near vision, patients are seeing better than they have in decades without the need for glasses. These high technology lens implants allow patients to see near, far and everything in between uncorrected. Until recently, implants could not correct astigmatism, a condition that causes blurred vision due to an irregularly shaped cornea. New toric implants can neutralize the misshaped corneas that patients have lived with all of their lives, allowing them to reduce their reliance on distance glasses. Dime store reading glasses might still be required for close work. In the near future, the dream of laser cataract surgery may become reality. The FDA has just approved Femtosecond laser technology for use in cataract surgery. Femtosecond lasers have been utilized for the past several years in the Lasik procedure to create a blade-free flap. These lasers will allow the cataract surgeon to perform blade-free, customized, reproducible incisions that will predictably eliminate astigmatism. This technology uses 3-D computer imaging to guide the laser into the eye, where it can perform custom lens fragmentation, which softens the cataract allowing for easy removal. The surgeon then completes the procedure by placing the new lens implant into position. “Health Watch” is brought to you by the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. For more information call 1-800-SCRIPPS or visit scripps.org



people who packed the meeting room, lobby and overflow library, 57 spoke. Of them, 36 opposed the project, also called the Tesoro extension. They included San Diego District 3 Supervisor Dave Roberts, Solana Beach City Councilwoman Lesa Heebner, former San Diego City Councilwoman Donna Frye and former Supervisor Pam Slater-Price. “It is very clear to me that construction of the first section of this toll road is simply a precursor to building the entire road down to San Onofre State Beach, a park that is located entirely within San Diego County,” Roberts



curriculum standards. Recognizing that girls needed more opportunities in the community to come together, she also set out to make fitness and health a lifestyle change rather than a competitive sport. Zweifel founded Girls On Target (GOT),a program dedicated to empowering young girls through fitness and yoga. At 9 a.m., June 29 she will offer a free yoga workshop at Seagrove Park overlooking the beach for girls in grades four to eight. The workshop will focus on building strength and flexibility while centering the body and mind. “Workshops are a great opportunity for girls to gain relaxation and positive selfimage techniques while meeting friends and becoming empowered through fitness,” Zweifel said. “All workshops involve music, a focus on female camaraderie and fun.” Kerstin Pfann has two daughters enrolled in the program. “Saree is a great role model for the girls in so many ways,” she said. “The noncompetitive nature of yoga has led them to recognize how good they feel physically, mentally and emotionally when they


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JUNE 28, 2013 said. “I’ve seen this strategy again and again,” he added. “Don’t be fooled. … Orange County has a traffic problem it can’t expect San Diego to solve.” Heebner said she was “stunned” toll road discussions were continuing, calling the current project a “repackaged miniroad format.” “CEQA does not allow a project to be piecemealed,” she said. “What is before you is a … piece of a larger project, obviously, as this 5-mile stretch goes nowhere. “If the entire road is built, and obviously that is the intent, it would destroy one of Southern California’s remaining stretches of coastal wild lands and

impair coastal access to the beach.” “The most precious resource we have is water,” Slater-Price said. “It is our duty and your responsibility to protect that.” She added that the oceans are overburdened with pollution and trash “but a life source for us.” Oceanside City Councilwoman Esther Sanchez said that her city opposes the project, but her colleague Gary Felien said anything that relieves traffic congestion is good. He asked water board members to base their decision on “science and law, not hysteria.” Other supporters included council members from several Orange County cities, such as Mission

are active — and that fitness is not just a means to achievement in sports. In addition, the connection between the body and the mind, which is emphasized in yoga, has led the girls to better understand themselves. They have each developed an inner strength that manifests as both confidence and selfacceptance.” Pfann added that yoga has also proven to be effective in bringing about stress relief, anxiety reduction and an increased sense of balance and empowerment. “I believe these benefits are especially important for adolescent girls who often feel overwhelmed with all the changes in themselves, and expectations for behavior and achievement put upon them by parents and society,” she said. Zweifel completed her yoga teacher training with Corepower Yoga, and is certified as a Group Fitness Instructor by the American Council of Exercise. Additionally, she holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in English education as well as classroom experience as an elementary and secondary teacher. Her unusual combination of qualifications came to the attention of

Richard Case, founder of the KP Jois Foundation, who recruited her earlier this year to lead a one-day professional development course for his yoga teachers connecting yoga to curriculum standards as they implemented a yoga program at the Encinitas Unified School District. This summer Zweifel will continue to teach private lessons as well as weeklong summer camps for girls in grades four to 12. In addition to the circuit workouts, the camps will include meditation (focusing on empowerment) and nutritional education. “I developed Girls On Target because there are a lot of bad choices to make out there, but when health and fitness are a priority in the life of a young girl, those bad decisions are less likely to be made,” she explained. “Every girl deserves to feel beautiful, powerful, capable and confident. My hope is that Girls On Target can help young women along the path to all they deserve.” The next GOT summer camp runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 29 to Aug. 2 at Doyle Community Park in UTC-La Jolla For more information, or to register for the free workshop at Seagrove park or the summer camp, visit girlsontarget.com

tion in San Diego County and my hunch is there are going to be more soon. The local owners became familiar with Rita’s when they lived on the East Coast where most of the stores close for the winter. Their Carlsbad location will be open year-round and they have plans to expand in North County. A formal grand opening is planned on July 18 where the first 50 guests in line who bring a school supply donation will receive a free regular size Italian ice for a year. In addition, Rita’s Carlsbad will be providing free regular size Italian ice all day in celebration of the grand opening. Rita’s is already heavily involved with the community, as the owners have children who attend local schools. The have partnered with the Carlsbad Education Foundation to provide school supplies and are the official frozen dessert of the San Diego Sockers. They offer catering and

fundraising opportunities for schools and sports organizations so if you have kids in school and are looking for something a little different for your next fundraiser, Rita’s would be a good place to check out. They also offer a 20 percent discount to military and firefighters with ID. Rita’s is definitely worth checking out. It’s a unique, refreshing treat that is fun to order and eat.They are located at 3263 Camino de los Coches?in Carlsbad, or reach them at (760) 753-5700. Find them on Facebook facebook.com/ritasncsd or check out their website at ritascarlsbad.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.

Viejo, Yorba Linda and Rancho Santa Margarita. San Juan Capistrano Mayor Sam Allevato, noting the extension has been called “a road to nowhere,” said it would end just north of his city and provide traffic mobility to the 35,000 residents who live there as well as those in the proposed 14,000-home Rancho Mission Viejo project. “We’re pretty far from nowhere,” he said. “This is near my historic city, not (San Onofre State Beach).” Other proponents said the extension is critical to the economy as well as traffic mobility. They said TCA went “above and beyond” environmental mitigation, noting the roadway would be built with swales and permeable asphalt that will remove 90 percent of automotive pollutants before going through a sand filter that removes another 90 percent. “I wish all roads could be this environmentally sensitive,” Mission Viejo Mayor Rhonda Reardon said.

Testimony was supposed to focus on water issues since it was a Water Quality Control Board meeting, but comments also addressed traffic policies and sacred sites. Although the proposed extension is miles from the beach, several speakers were Surfrider Foundation members who accused TCA of planning to eventually bring the roadway to I-5, which would impact Trestles, the collection of world-famous surf spots. In the end, board members agreed with that interpretation. “I do not think we were presented with the project,” Sharon Kalemkiarian said. “I don’t believe the project is Tesoro. It’s the entire highway. … No alternatives are being presented.” Henry Abarbanel agreed. Gary Strawn said even though he didn’t like the project, he reluctantly would support it because the task was to look at what was presented, not what board members thought it

was. Eric Anderson supported that notion. Chairman Tomas Morales was the last to speak. “I should have gone first,” he said when it was obvious his vote would be the deciding one. Morales said during recent fires the 241 was the only road available for him to return home to his children so he understood the need for a number of roads for safety reasons. “But I can’t let that be part of my decision,” he said, adding that he also believed the full project wasn’t presented to the board or staff. “It is with a lot of reluctance that I can’t support this,” he said. “Certainly we’re very disappointed,” Lisa Telles, a spokeswoman for TCA, said. “The problem has not gone away. We still have critical traffic issues in Orange County.” Telles said she couldn’t comment on the next step, but TCA attorney Robert Thornton said, “There’s a procedure to go to the state (water) board.”


thought they were turned off. Of the 2,826 violations, 2,167 were cited. The top two reasons for rejection were sun glare and motorists making a safe turn on red even though they may not have come to a complete stop. The 25 traffic collisions in Solana Beach resulted in 14 injuries and no fatalities. Forty-four people were arrested for driving under the influence. Haley said crime statistics are based on a city’s population, which is about 4,200 in Del Mar and 12,800 in Solana Beach. Because the cities are “destination locations” for the beaches and large events such as the annual fair and horse races, as well as triathlons and bicycle races, they consistently attract people from outside the area. “Increased population equates to an increase in crimes,” Haley said. In addition to their regular staffing, each city receives ancillary support services such as SWAT, an ASTREA helicopter and a bomb arson team, “which visits the beach more than you would think picking up devices from Camp Pendleton,” Haley said. The Sheriff’s Department is working more closely with the Department of Homeland Security and Border Patrol to address the increase in panga boats used to transport people and drugs. Haley said a new law aimed at reducing overcrowding in state prisons is likely the cause for increased crime countywide. Nonviolent, nonsexual, nonhabitual offenders now serve time in county jails. “In the past … if we arrested somebody for a pretty significant narcotics violation or theft-related case they’re going to be in jail for a while,” Haley said. “The bail is high. But now, since the jails are full, if you commit a narcotics offense

or some type of theft offense your chances of staying in jail the first time are very slim. “So what we did before with one arrest now we have to do about three or four times,” he added. “But we’re up to the challenge. If we have to arrest you three or four times, we’re going to do that.” Haley said his goal is to reduce property crime by 10 percent. “I think it’s attainable,” he said. To do that, law enforcement officers are targeting prolific offenders, conducting probation parole sweeps and gang suppression operations and increasing narcotics enforcement. The department also created a crime suppression team to concentrate on highcrime areas. Crime prevention is another “incredibly important” component, Haley said. “We don’t want to cause paranoia in the public but we just want everyone to be smart.” Haley urged people to not leave computers and other valuables on the front seat of their cars, which should always be locked. He also recommended not leaving expensive bikes outside. “Coffee with the Community is a big thing for us,” he added. “It allows us to communicate. Sometimes we learn what we focus on is not really important to the community. It’s vital that we listen to what the community has to say.” He said it helps form relationships so people are comfortable calling when there’s a problem. Del Mar Councilwoman said residents often tell her about minor crimes but they don’t contact 911. “We need to get people to call,” she said. “They’re not bothering you. This is helping other people that could be the victim.” “Everything’s significant to us,” Haley said. “We encourage people to call. It is not a problem at all.”


motorist ducked as the photo was being taken. Haley said citations were up because many people believed the cameras had been turned off, as they have been in El Cajon, the city of San Diego and Poway. Of the 52 traffic collisions in Del Mar, none were fatal, although they caused 18 injuries. The top three accident sites were Camino del Mar from Fourth Street to Coast Boulevard, the intersection of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and Via de la Valle and on Coast Boulevard, mostly at 18th Street. Forty-two people were arrested for driving under the influence. Most were at the fairgrounds, where overall crime increased by 38 percent 2012. Solana Beach is assigned one patrol sergeant, two CommunityOriented Policing Problem Solving deputies, two traffic deputies, a motor deputy, a detective, a part-time community services officer who primarily works the redlight camera system and three patrol deputies with overlapping schedules for an annual cost of $3.3 million. The total number of crimes in that city went from 276 in 2011 to 337 in 2012. Deputies were dispatched for 82 percent of the 4,097 calls for service. Of those, 287 were for burglary calls and 255 were reporting a suspicious person. Deputies responded to 233 home alarms. Last year 1,300 traffic citations were issued. With 1,193 written as of last month, “We’re on pace to more than double what we did last year,” Haley said. The main reason for the increase is motorists aren’t following traffic rules in the construction areas. Red-light camera citations were also up in Solana Beach because people


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host a book-signing from 8 to 10 p.m. June 29 at Pink Image Headquarters, 444 S. Cedros, Studio 120, Solana Beach. For more information, call (877) 727-0697 or Michelle Whitman at michelle@keymgc.com.

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SUMMER ON STAGE The Village Presbyterian Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe offers a summer musical theater camp for thirdthrough sixth-grade for $95 and seventh- through 12thgrade for $105 Aug. 5 through Aug. 9. Workshops in acting, singing, dancing, improv, theater games and stagecraft, plus an artistic/tech track for set, lighting, sound and costume design. For information and registration, visit v i l l a g e ch u rch c o m mu n i tytheater.org or call (858) 756-2441.


Publishers and Writers of San Diego will meet at 10 a.m. June 29 at the Carlsbad Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane Carlsbad, discussing “Marketing Secrets from a Bestselling Independent Author.” Cost is $15. Visit PublishersWriters.org for more information and to register.



Residents and visitors attending the City of Oceanside’s fireworks display July 3 can ride one of the additional Coaster and Sprinter trains. For a complete view of the expanded schedule, visit SAVE THE HORSES GoNCTD.com or call (760) After the Finish Line hosts 967-2817. “A Tribute to the Majesty FIREWORKS Oceanside of Thoroughbreds,” annual will host its 125th anniverCharity Dinner from 5:30 to sary fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at Hilton 9:15 p.m. July 3, at El Hotel in Del Mar. For tick- Corazon park, bounded by ets call (858) 945-1371 or Rancho del Oro Drive, visit afterthefinishline.org. Oceanside Boulevard El After the Finish Line is Camino Real and Mesa dedicated to saving ex-race- Drive. horses for a second career SENIOR HOLIDAY The or retirement. Carlsbad Senior Center invites adults ages 50 and older to the Pine Avenue BOOK SIGNING William Community Park from B. Hobbins and Wendy 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July Sellens, author of “Brest 3, for a barbecue and counCancer Boot Camp” will try-western music with




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Cowboy Jack. Make reservations by calling (760) 602-4655. CAR BUFFS The Palomar Model A Ford Club will meet at 7 p.m. July 3 at the Palomar Estates East Clubhouse, 650 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd., San Marcos Upcoming tours and technical advice are some of the topics on the agenda. For more information or directions, e-mail Barbara at bkhk@cox.net or call (619) 425-3241. ORCHID FANS Palomar Orchid Society will hear about “Spotted and Striped Cattleyas" at 6:30 p.m. July 3 at The Gallery Room at Lake San Marcos, 1105 La Bonita Drive, Lake San Marcos. For more information, visit palomarorchid.org or call (760) 720-9424.







Meet Anastasia, a 2-year-old, 15-pound terrier/whippet blend. She loves to play, and in spite of her mild manner, gives friends and toys a good workout. Her adoption fee is $299, and, as with all pets adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center, she is micro chipped for identification. Helen Woodward Animal Center is located at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. Kennels are open daily Monday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.; Friday, noon to 7 p.m.; and Saturdays


Drop in to Oceanside’s starspangled 125th anniversary Sunset Market, 2 to 9:30 p.m. July 4, 701 Mission Ave., with children’s activities, live music, eats and 140 vendors with products and produce. VISTA FIREWORKS Eat barbecue and watch fireworks June 29 at Brengle Terrace Park, 200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Tickets by June 29, including dinner, are $55, $25 for kids. At door, $60 and $30. For information, call (760) 945-3954 or visit altavistagardens.org.


VBS Community Lutheran ART Church of Oceanside will

Carlsbad Newcomers, will present psychotherapist Patricia Ariadne, author of “Women Dreaming into Art” at 10 a.m. July 3, at Heritage Hall, Magee Park, 2650 Garfield St. For more information, call (760) 9299875 or visit carlsbadnewcomers.org.


American Legion Post 365 and Vista Motorcycle invites the community to be part of the second annual Freedom to Ride, at 9 a.m. July 4, from Vista Motorcycle, 155 S. Santa Fe Ave., Vista, to veterans/military hospitals and Camp Pendleton, followed by a


party at the American Legion Post 365, 1234 S. Santa Fe Ave, Vista, with food, fun and fireworks.

host a “Barnabas Team” at its Bible School, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 8 through July 12 at 4507 Mission Ave., for children ages 3years-old to sixth-grade. To register, contact Sandy Dahl at (760) 722-3337, visit cloceanside.com or sandy@cloceanside.com by July 5.

JULY 6 OUTDOOR CONCERTS Mindy Abair will kick off the July for Jazz at the Park concert series at 6 p.m. July 6, at the Park Hyatt Aviara, 7100 Aviara Resort Drive, Carlsbad. Doors will open and concerts will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. For tickets, visit jazzatthepark.com.



ing is magical. 16. You can become very comfortable with strange men bustling about your house. 17. The newer the faucet or showerhead, the less water that will come out of it. 18. Just because something is new, doesn’t mean it’s better, but it will be easier to clean. 19. Your husband is a really good sport who has

and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (applications accepted 15 minutes before closing). For more information call (858) 756-4117, option #1 or visit animalcenter.org.

eaten six weeks of microwavable cuisine with a smile. 20. Having a room with no mold, ceilings that don’t peel, lights that work, tile that isn’t chipped, a sink with no rust and walls with fresh paint is very nearly heaven.

Jean Gillette is a freelance writer planning an epic housewarming party. Contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com.


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