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JULY 12, 2013

Higher-density housing plans spark debate Train safety plan to add tower height By Paige Nelson

REGION — Early development plans to build 362 new homes in Eden Valley have some residents concerned. “This has reinforced what we’ve always believed — development equals more development,” said JP Theberge, Board Member of the Elfin Forest and Harmony Grove Town Council. Theberge has been a resident for two years and said people are worried about losing their way of life and community character to big developers. “Our motto is to keep it rural,” Theberge said. “This is one of the last few pockets of rural areas in San Diego and we want to keep it that way.” The proposed project, known asValiano,is a gated residential development that would occupy 209 acres of unincorporated land between the cities of San Marcos and Escondido. Construction of Harmony Grove Village, a 742-homedevelopment adjacent to the property is already underway and would bring the total number of houses in the area to more than 1,000. New Urban West, the original developer of Harmony Grove Village, opened communication lines and collaborated with residents to ensure the layout blended with the rural community. After dozens of public meetings, the revised plan was approved by the County Board of Supervisors in 2007. “The community has

By Bianca Kaplanek

The proposed residential development, Valiano, lies at the crossroads of Mount Whitney Road and Country Club Drive. The property encompasses 209 acres of unincorporated land between the cities of San Marcos and Escondido. Courtesy photo

worked diligently for the past 10 years, on taxpayer money, to plan for overall density,” said Jacqueline Arsivaud, Vice Chair of Elfin Forest and Harmony Grove Town Council. The community’s collaborative efforts with county planners led the county to adopt a General Plan in August 2011, which zoned the property for minimum lot sizes of one and two acres. A community plan for Harmony Grove was approved at the same time to draw a “village boundary” and prevent further urbanization of the area. The new development encompasses about 50 acres of Harmony Grove and would require a general plan amendment to rezone the property from agricultural to semi-rural

with half-acre lots. Developer Integral Communities also plans to include public multi-use trails, smaller private trails, an equestrian staging area and parkland. “It’s not to say we don’t want any development,” Arsivaud said, “but the rules should apply to everyone.” Janine Huston, a 12-year resident of Eden Valley, believes amending the general plan this way will jeopardize its overall intention and allows for irresponsible development. “We realize property owners should have the right to build on their own land,” Huston said,“but this feels like a slap in the face.” In lieu of a formal town council,Huston formed a group to host community meetings

called Friends of Eden Valley for Responsible Development. Huston said more than 50 people have attended the meetings so far — a considerably high turnout for a neighborhood of about 80 homes. “It’s really a trial case for the County Board of Supervisors,” Huston said. “What is their commitment to honoring the community plan?” The first public EIR scoping meeting will be held at the Elfin Forest Fire Station July 10 at 7 p.m. A Notice of Preparation Document, containing a description of probable environmental effects, is available online and is open for commentary until July 19. The County Board of Supervisors will not vote for project approval until 2015.

Council delays setting fee for in-lieu parking plan By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — A plan that would allow downtown property owners to pay a fee instead of providing some of their required onsite parking spaces inched forward at the July 1 meeting,with council members directing staff to return with additional information rather than a resolution establishing the fee. In 2008, five different council members approved an in-lieu program that permits owners to satisfy up to half of their mandated parking stalls, in the central commercial zone only, by paying into a fund that would be used for off-street public parking, such as a garage, or a shuttle service. Some owners have

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expressed interest but no applications have been submitted, likely because how much they would pay hasn’t been established in the five years since the plan was adopted. At the March 18 meeting, council discussed a potential fee of $30,000 per space and asked staff to return with more specifics. At the July 1 meeting, staff recommended setting the fee at $30,000 per stall per year, excluding land costs, based on the average cost to build a parking structure. The full fee would be required up front for major remodels or any new projects, which are limited due to available space in the downtown area.

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Existing owners who want to expand or change their business use would be allowed to make $1,000 annual payments that equate to $2.74 a day for each space. By comparison, Planning Director Kathy Garcia said it costs $22 a day to parking in a metered space. Fee suggestions from restaurateurs, the businesses most likely to use the program, ranged from $60 to $475 per year per stall. Property owner George Conkwright suggested the cost be comparable to what businesses pay for sidewalk cafes, which is slightly more than $2 per square foot, or $650 annually. He said the fee “provides nothing more than a waiver of requirements,” and a parking

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meter at least guarantees a parking space. Resident Bill Michalsky, the only other person to address council on the topic, described the in-lieu program as “piecemeal establishment of what should be an orderly process to develop a parking master plan in our city.” He said he doesn’t oppose the concept, but it should not be adopted until the location of a parking facility has been identified, a design is complete and costs and financing are determined. He said the program benefits businesses but creates a burden for residents. “This is a no win for the people who reside in the adjoining zones until other fixes are in place,” Michalsky said. “This is not right or fair to the residents. How many gifts might you give away before the real parking spaces show up?” According to the code, the city is not required to provide the parking until business owners have committed to 50 inlieu spaces. Council members generally support the program but agree more work is needed on TURN TO PARKING ON A19

DEL MAR — As part of a program to increase train safety, an existing pole north of the old train station will be replaced by year’s end with an antenna about 3 feet taller. In 2008, Congress passed the Railway Safety Improvement Act in response to several fatal rail accidents between 2002 and 2008 — the most notable being a 2008 collision in which 25 people died after a Metrolink train, en route from Los Angeles to Moorpark, rammed a freight train in Chatsworth. The new law requires Positive Train Control, a GPS-based technology that can prevent train-to-train

collisions, derailments caused by excessive speed and unauthorized train entry into a work zone. Positive Train Control will continuously monitor train movements and, if necessary, bring them to a safe stop to prevent accidents. The Federal Railroad Administration’s first safety program since 1994, Positive Train Control must be in place by Dec. 31, 2015, “which is a very aggressive implementation for an emerging technology,” Eric Roe, North County Transit District’s deputy chief operating officer for rail systems, told council members TURN TO TRAIN ON A18

A program to increase train safety will result in an existing pole north of the old train station being replaced by with an antenna about 3 feet taller, as shown in this rendering. Courtesy photo

Shortages, delays expected under still strained court budget By Rachel Stine

REGION — After five years of devastating cuts, the California Judicial Branch has received a marginal raise in state funds for the new fiscal year. Yet downsized staff,courtroom closures, case delays, and other deficiencies are expected to remain throughout the San Diego Superior Court system, including the North County Division at the Vista Courthouse,until pre-recession funding levels are restored. About half a billion dollars in state funding has been cut from California courts’ budgets over the previous five years due to General Fund deficits from the economic downturn. The state’s 2013-14 budget, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed on June 27, restores $60 million to trial

courts funding. Though it will receive a modest increase this year, San Diego Superior Court’s budget has been cut by over $30 million during the previous five years, according to Karen Dalton, public affairs officer for the county courts. Because of the budget cuts, the San Diego Superior Court has eliminated more than 330 court employees, closed or restructured operations in over 20 courtrooms, as well as cut down phone and business counter service hours during that time, she said. The Vista courthouse, which serves all of North County, closed its entire probate department and one of its two juvenile dependency courtrooms in 2012, and TURN TO BUDGET ON A18


JULY 12, 2013


Farming education center closer to taking root By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — The plans include seven acres of organic crops. Bordering those, a oneacre satellite campus, another acre for a community farm and then space for researchers to develop innovative farming techniques as well as alternative energy. That’s what farmer Scott Murray and EUSD have in mind for a 10-acre vacant plot on Quail Gardens Drive, across from the San Diego Botanic Garden. Last Wednesday, the project broke ground after two years of planning. “Patience has been a necessity,” Murray said. “That said, we’re very excited things are finally moving along.”

EUSD and Eat Well Group, a company Murray coheads, signed a one-year operating agreement in the spring, giving Murray the OK to begin planting. Or so he thought. The city and other agencies withheld issuing a grading permit for the project due to questions about drainage on the site. With that recently sorted out, Murray will finally bulldoze, till and add organic compost to the land, readying it for growing kale and Swiss chard, among other plants. He expects EUSD students to help harvest the first crops in four months or so. “Farming education — it’s a sign of the times,” Murray said. “After hearing

Scott Murray, left, and Jerry Miller hold up soil from an unoccupied piece of land on Quail Gardens Drive that will be transformed into an organic community garden and campus for the Encinitas Union School District. After two years of planning and some delays, the project broke ground on July 3. Murray and Miller have spearheaded the project. Photo by Jared Whitlock

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about the EUSD farm, other districts are interested in their own farms as well.” The school’s portion of the farm will debut with four portable classrooms sometime around October, and students will visit the farm three or four times this upcoming school year.The aim is to drive home classroom concepts like the growing cycle, said EUSD Superintendent Tim Baird. “It will be pretty basic here the first year,” Baird said, adding that the curriculum for the program is still being written. “There are bigger plans,” Baird said. In subsequent years, the district envisions a farming immersion program. Students

will plant crops, cook food they harvest and take soil profiles, among other earth science lessons.Also in the cards, students tinkering with alternative energy. To that end, Murray is in talks with SDG&E and other partners to install solar ovens and solar stills — boxes that collect water by replicating how nature makes rain — on the campus. And technicians will demonstrate natural gas powered fuel cells — an increasingly popular technology companies like SDG&E are exploring to generate power and heat for buildings. “We want to inspire our next generation of scientists,” Murray said. “From what we’ve found, instead of the four walls of the classroom, hands-on learning is the best way to ignite the imagination.” After school and on weekends, college students will use the campus to research energy and farming techniques of the future. Plus, energy companies plan to offer training for employees onsite. “Our nuclear station is closed,” Murray said, referring to San Onofre.The question is: How do we compensate? “It’s important these questions are understood by the community and researched by professionals,” Murray added. Murray, who’s passionate about organic food, has another farm in Vista dedicated to educating the community about sustainability. “Food issues intersect with energy and water issues,” Murray said. “Food literacy will solve overlapping issues.” EUSD is leasing the farm to Murray’s Eat Well Group, which in turn, is leasing to subtenants. One of the tenants, an organic community garden, is TURN TO FARMING ON A18



JULY 12, 2013

Encinitas lifeguards keeping an eye on These cities have their eyes on you unstable bluff nearMoonlight Beach By Promise Yee

ENCINITAS — Blufffront homeowner Rick Taylor was surprised when a lifeguard came to his house on the 200 block of Neptune Avenue on June 25 and told him the bluff below may fail. Taylor said the lifeguard explained the situation and gave him a dozen photocopied pictures of the bluff below his home. “I saw the pictures and went right down,” Taylor said. “I wanted to see how bad was the problem.” Taylor said once he got to the beach below neighbors shared speculations and history of past bluff failures. “Obviously I was concerned,” Taylor said. A 100-foot section of the beach around the cracked bluff face, north of Moonlight Beach, remains taped off with warning signs alerting beachgoers the bluff is highly unstable. Greg Shields, senior civil engineer, said there are vertical fractures in the bluff and over time natural friction and pressure causes the bluff to separate. Shields said moisture is holding the cracked bluff together, but as the weather becomes dryer the outside face of the bluff is expected to fall off. “It’s standard erosion,” Shields said. “The lifeguards are constantly on alert. It will be falling.” When eminent bluff failure is spotted, lifeguards alert city engineers and bluff-front homeowners are notified. Warnings are also posted on the beach. Shields cautioned that beachgoers should routinely

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A crack is clearly visible in the bluff north of Moonlight Beach. Bluff failure is a dangerous part of natural beach erosion. Photo by Promise Yee

check the height of the bluff and distance themselves that length from the bluff when they are at the beach. A fatal accident occurred several years ago in close proximity to where the beach is currently taped off now. A woman was sitting against the bluff when a chunk of it unexpectedly fell on top of her. Shields said her husband had just finished surfing and was walking towards her when he witnessed the incident. Shields added that the accident was tragic and preventable. “These bluffs are dangerous,” Shields said. “Do

not sit underneath them. Large portions let go, there is no way to tell.” The state owns the beach and bluff up to the homeowner’s property line on the bluff top. Shields said the Coastal Commission does not allow homeowners to build a retaining wall or other erosion prevention device unless their home is in imminent danger. “In this area we (the city) don’t have any responsibility,” Shields said. “The Coastal Commission is looking at natural retreat. The erosion process is slow.” He added that most of the beach retaining walls that are in place were put in

before the Coastal Commission made the decision to allow the natural retreat of the beach and bluff. Shields said the city gives approval to home remodeling at a distance of approximately 40 feet back from the edge of the bluff. He said this bears no impact to the bluff below. “It’s like a fly hitting the table,” Shields said. “It doesn’t have an impact.” There is home remodeling currently being done at a bluff-front home on the 200 block of Neptune, but Shields said this in not the cause of the bluff failure below.

Fire breaks out in vacant school lot By Bianca Kaplanek

CARLSBAD — Firefighters took about a half hour to extinguish a July Fourth blaze in a vacant La Costa Valley lot owned by San Dieguito Union High School District. Two engines each from Carlsbad and Encinitas responded to a 3 p.m. 911 call. By 3:35 p.m., the fire was out, leaving less than 2 acres charred. One engine pumping water doused the flames from the perimeter. Neighbors from a nearby housing development flocked to adjacent cul-de-sacs. Homeowners had garden hoses out before fire crews arrived but they weren’t needed. It appeared homes and a nearby church were not in imminent danger despite gusty winds and heavy smoke. According to a spokeswoman for the Carlsbad Fire Department, the cause is undetermined. But nearby homeowners said they heard a loud boom, similar to an M-80 firecracker, and then saw smoke coming into their cul-de-sac just east of

It took four fire engines about 30 minutes to extinguish a fire in a vacant La Costa Valley lot slated for a middle school. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

the 22-acre site on Calle Barcelona. The lot is slated for a middle school if and when enrollment figures warrant the facility. Meanwhile, the

school district plans to begin construction this fall on sports fields and a multipurpose building that will take about 16 months to complete. Junior varsity

teams from La Costa Canyon High School will probably begin using the fields for practice in the spring of 2015, district officials said.

The NSA and Google aren’t the only ones snooping on you. A growing number of North County cities are ordering hotel and motel operators to keep a detailed record of who is staying in their rooms. Encinitas and Solana Beach last week became the latest. Rules require everyone from the Econo Lodge to Courtyard Marriott to collect and keep for several years not only the (real) names of their guests, but their current address; date and time of arrival; full name of everyone staying in a room; a copy of their driver’s license,passport other official identification; and detailed information about their car. No, this has nothing to do with divorce attorneys trying to track down whom you’ve been shacking up with. You could thank the Sheriff’s Department, which rightfully argues that having such information on file can come in handy when investigating crimes. Hotel owners, though, say guests aren’t too happy about coughing up such details, not too mention their own dismay at having the government toss on yet one more regulation their way. Peter Zahn was the only one on the Solana Beach City Council who thought that, you know, maybe this isn’t such a good idea. “When I’m checking into a hotel, do I want them to keep the names of my kids for three years?” asked Zahn, who said he had heard from folks in the lodging industry. “A lot more customers and guests are expressing concerns about privacy.” That’s a fact. Wes Lavender is general manager of Hyatt Place in Vista,which has a similar ordinance. He said customers balk when asked to cough up personal data if they want to become part of a rewards program.“You’d be amazed how people are loathe to give out that information,” he said. “We’re here to provide accommodations,” Lavender added. “Not intrude on someone’s privacy.” * * * The folks running the schools in Del Mar are wading into the quagmire that is the San Diego medical marijuana debate. And they are finding it a little more complicated than anticipated. First, a little background. San Diego OK’d a list of medical marijuana rules in 2011, only to repeal it a few months later after pot shop advocates, who found them too restrictive, gathered enough signatures for a ballot measure that would have reversed the decision. Their thinking? We can do better. In retrospect, it probably was a stupid move.The city never adopted a more liberal ordinance, and an aggressive U.S. Attorney followed up by going after dispensaries like a pothead with munchies raiding the fridge. But with pro-pot Mayor Bob Filner now in office, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith was told to take a stab at drawing up new regulations. A draft measure that’s to be

taken to community groups for vetting would, among other things, mandate a 100-foot buffer between marijuana dispensaries and residential areas and forbid them from within 1,000 feet of parks, playgrounds, child-care centers, schools, houses of worship, libraries and other pot shops. Sales of spleef would be allowed from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. At its June 26 meeting, the Del Mar school board took up a proposed resolution that would let San Diego know of its concerns. Why should it care? Because despite its name, most of the Del Mar district is in San Diego. “The location of marijuana dispensaries within the boundaries of the District, and specifically near District schools and other locations where children are frequently present, is a matter of importance and concern,” states a proposed resolution that went before the school board on June 26. It further went onto state that the district would be opposed to storefront dispensaries, and wanted to make sure none would come closer to 1,000 feet of a school, childcare center or rehabilitation clinic. “My concern is to let them know we’re concerned about it,” said trustee Kristin Gibson. But during a brief discussion, trustees started second guessing the wording. Maybe the resolution should state the city should keep dispensaries “a bike ride away” from any school instead of precluding them from “within 1,000 feet.” Even better, it was suggested, how about stating no dispensaries should be allowed within district boundaries altogether? Several trustees wondered if the timing was right. After all, if a resolution were passed now, the San Diego council might forget about it by the time a marijuana ordinance came up for a vote. In the end, the board opted to study the issue some more, tinker with the wording, and consider the matter later. No word, meanwhile, on when San Diego takes up the issue again. * * * The folks in Encinitas concerned about rampant growth and a city council oblivious to their concerns are still celebrating the success of Proposition A. Sadly for them, it may not take effect until the Coastal Commission gives its blessing. Ask the people in Solana Beach how long that might take. But I have a more serious question. Does this mean if I move to Encinitas I can’t build a Sukkah? By the way, speaking of Proposition A, you truly haven’t lived until you’ve read through the Impact Report by Rutan & Tucker (fear not; it’s on the city’s website). I suggest a nice Cabernet while you soak it in.

David Ogul is a longtime reporter and editor who has worked at numerous Southern California daily newspapers in a career spanning more than three decades. He now runs his own communications company and writes a column twice monthly for The Coast News. You can follow him on Twitter via @ogul, and he can be reached via email at OgulCommunications@gmail.com.



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Lawsuit a cautionary note on long-term care insurance By Thomas D. Elias

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Correct ruling Judge John Meyer made the correct decision in the Encinitas schools yoga case. It sets a strong legal precedent that will help thwart similar challenges by right-wing groups with an agenda to impose their monolithic worldview over a secular curriculum that is intended to serve a diverse student body. The July 5 article “Yoga program passes ‘constitutional muster’,’” did not note that the attorney for the plaintiffs, Dean Broyles, is a part of the National Center for Law and Policy, a right-wing interest group. A look at their website very clearly indicates that they are antigay (opposed to marriage equality) and anti-women’s health (opposed to reproductive choice). Thus, Broyle’s argument against the school district — opposition to religion in curriculum — was dishonest and hypocritical. His group is very clear about promoting their singular religious view in education and other public policies. Eric Miller Cardiff-by-the-Sea

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99% of Europe does not fluoridate their water because of these reasons. Israel is discontinuing fluoridation. Last but not least Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch and Solana Beach, our immediate neighbors, do not receive fluoridated water and are not intending to change that.Reasons named are cost, potential opposition and lack of demand. Did Olivenhain Municipal Water District ask us before they decided to medicate us without consent and additionally charge us for it? Simone Schad-Siebert, HHP, Encinitas San Diegans for Safe Drinking Water

Smoke-free fair The 2013 Fair closed last week with fanfare, a smoke-free environment, and a minimum of cigarette litter. It was wonderful! For those of us who take our families including small children and older adults, the smokefree policy this year made for a significantly fresher and cleaner experience. It was a healthier, happier environment. I, for one, thank the 22nd Agricultural District Board of Directors for implementing the new smoke-free policy and look forward to future smoke-free fairs. I also commend Fair employees for enforcing the new policy and the groundskeeping crew for keeping the fairgrounds cigarette butt-free in the wake of any who may have overlooked the new policy. We’re all breathing better for it. Peggy Walker, Solana Beach

Would you swallow sunscreen to get better protection against UVA/B rays? That is exactly why water fluoridation does not work to protect us from cavities. Fluoride is supposed to be applied topically either by a dentist or fluoridated toothpaste. Every one of these products warn you to NOT swallow Fluoride and contact poison control if you do. Fluoride is listed as one of 791 chemicals on California's Hazardous Waste List, it is toxic. Fixing parking problems Besides that it is a drug and First, what is the Parking administering it to the population without their consent is infringing on Problem in Del Mar? Obviously, not individual autonomy rights and being able to find a parking space when you want one! There is no parkunconstitutional.

ing problem in Del Mar at 5 a.m. any morning, but there probably is at 5 p.m. every afternoon, especially between 13th and 15th Streets on weekends and holidays. Next, who is responsible for the parking problem in Del Mar? Obviously, government! When Del Mar was founded, the government that controlled planning was the county, and there were no parking requirements when Stratford Square was built. So that huge, iconic building at the corner of 15th Street doesn’t provide one parking space! Result — a parking problem today! And that goes for most of the buildings between 13th and 15th Streets! In 1959, Del Mar became a city so that the residents can control their own destiny. So, they adopted parking regulations to require parking spaces be provided for new businesses. Result — a bigger parking problem today! Why? The city government hasn’t enforced it’s own regulations! Just read the list of properties in Del Mar Mr. Conkwright has continually listed that have been developed without providing the required parking per the city’s own regulations! His list doesn’t even include the two restaurants/bars in Stratford Square, that cause most of the parking problem. Next, correction of parking problem — city government acquiring property between 13th and 15th Streets (the most demand for parking not provided for) and building a parking structure (below and above ground). While the Parking Problem will never be solved in a successful business area, that would go a long way to correcting errors of the past caused by government! Ralph Peck, Del Mar

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Back in 1996, Monterey resident Janice O’Brien, then 75, began paying almost $5,000 per year for long-term care insurance. Her idea was that should she ever need them, per-diem payments from the Continental Casualty Co. policy would prevent her ever becoming a burden to her seven children. It hasn’t exactly worked out that way for Mrs. O’Brien, a past president of the League of Women Voters of the Monterey Peninsula, one of whose sons, Pete O’Brien, played first base for the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians for 11 seasons. Her case and the lawsuit her family filed over it serve as a cautionary tale for policy buyers, but a large judgment or settlement might also be a warning to recalcitrant insurance companies. Now almost 92, Mrs. O’Brien

ately places demands on policyholders that … could only be (intended) to cook up grounds to deny claims.” A CNA spokeswoman said the company won’t discuss pending litigation, but Bruchey said after the suit was filed, the company offered to compensate the O’Briens for everything they have spent on home care this year. A mediation conference in the case is set for July 19 in San Diego, Bruchey saying his clients won’t be satisfied with mere compensation for what they’ve spent this year. Even before she gave up her business, daughter Tavin said, she and her siblings were taking care of their mom in relays, each staying with her 30 days at a time. The family wants compensation for what it’s gone through along with punitive damages to deter similar practices. California law requires that

No one in the family was wealthy enough to keep paying caregivers $20 to $24 per hour began sensing signs of dementia in 2011 and she, her children and doctors determined she should no longer live alone. She also had frequent dizziness, interfering with her mobility, and needed help doling out her medications, getting to the toilet and bathing. All of those are among the criteria for payouts from long-term care insurance policies. So she and her family brought in home care providers, expecting Continental Casualty, usually called CNA, to pay the daily rate called for in her policy. The family made sure her premium payments were always up to date. The lawsuit says CNA refused to cover more than 49 hours per week, saying the round-the-clock care Mrs. O’Brien got was not medically necessary, even though every doctor consulted said it was. No one in the family was wealthy enough to keep paying caregivers $20 to $24 per hour for all but 49 hours per week. Eventually, the family gave up on CNA paying much and daughter Tarin, in her 60s, sold her travel agency in Washington state to move in with her mom as a fulltime caregiver. Still, CNA refused to pay up. Nationally, state insurance commissioners receive more than 5,000 complaints yearly of payment refusals by long-term care insurance companies. Most don’t become highprofile lawsuits, but the O’Briens found their way to a Claremont-based law firm headed by William Shernoff, who has won hundreds of millions of dollars from insurance companies refusing to pay on policies. Their suit, filed by Shernoff partner Samuel Bruchey, calls CNA’s claims process “abusive” and says it victimizes “society’s most vulnerable…CNA deliber-

long-term care policies list seven conditions, any two of which can trigger payouts. But the lawsuit charges Mrs. O’Brien’s policy, sold after that law took effect, only included five, making it tougher to qualify for payouts. “It was never the intent of the drafters of the law to demand impairment so great that people would be forced into nursing homes before they could get payment,” said Bonnie Burns, a Scotts Valley-based insurance consultant who helped write the law. “Longterm care benefits are not intended just for people with impairment so great they need 24-hour care.” One 2008 report indicated that about 25 percent of all longterm care claims go unpaid because insurance companies insist policy holders be so impaired that almost no one can qualify. The O’Briens want their lawsuit to at least limit that alleged practice. The bottom line for insurance buyers barraged by television commercials and direct mail ads pushing long-term care insurance: Make sure any policy you buy contains all seven conditions California requires and says only two must be met in order to trigger payouts. It’s a classic “caveat emptor”-buyer beware situation that has already left many thousands of policyholders frustrated and living less well than they expected in their later years.

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



JULY 12, 2013

Yoga program ‘passes constitutional muster’ By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — Judge John Meyer ruled Monday morning that an Encinitas school yoga program can continue, setting a legal precedent in possibly the first trial of its kind. Meyer, rather than a jury, was tasked with deciding whether the Encinitas Union School District (EUSD) yoga program violates separation of church and state. “The court is determining that EUSD yoga passes constitutional muster under the United States and California constitutions,” Meyer said. Meyer opened his remarks, which lasted for 90 minutes, by stating: “this is not an easy case for a variety of reasons.” He said that yoga has roots in Hinduism and other religions, as evidenced by witness testimony. But ultimately, Meyer found that the EUSD brand of yoga only promotes physical and mental wellness, not any religious doctrine. Attorney Dean Broyles, who filed the lawsuit for EUSD parents Stephen and Jennifer Sedlock, said it’s likely he will appeal the decision. If that happens, the case will go to the 4th District Court of Appeal. “The case certainly isn’t over,” Broyles said. “It’s always been known the broad implications and importance of this case, and the likelihood of appeal, no matter who won or lost would be great.” Broyles maintained that followers of Hinduism worship the divine through physical movement, as opposed to word-centric Western religions. Hence, students doing yoga — no matter if the poses have neutral names like “crisscross applesauce” — is inherently religious. “I think we have a real double standard between various religions,” Broyles said. Meyer said his decision was based on the legal framework established by the three-pronged “lemon test” in the landmark 1971 Supreme Court case “Lemon v. Kurtzman.” First, Meyer said the intent of the program is secular in nature. “The district’s purpose is to teach physical education, health and wellness,” Meyer said. The program doesn’t advance or inhibit religion, though that conclusion wasn’t easy to reach, he said. Meyer noted he placed some weight in the testimony of Candy Gunther Brown, a religious studies professor from Indiana University who took the stand on behalf of the plaintiffs several weeks ago. She said yoga is inherently religious because it falls under the umbrella of experience-oriented religions like Hinduism. Meyer said Brown is “eminently qualified” to

opine about religion. Yet he questioned her ability to be objective since she also believes karate and acupuncture are religious in a modern context. In the end, Meyer sided with EUSD after reading declarations from its own experts that countered yoga can be practiced free of religion. Plus, Meyer said it’s doubtful whether the average student can find religion in the school’s program. Meyer said EUSD isn’t “excessively tangled with religion,” — the third prong. But that was the “most troubling” issue to consider in light of the relationship between EUSD and the Jois Foundation, which funded the yoga program. The plaintiffs argued that the Jois Foundation only provided a $533,000 grant for the yoga program, as well as cooking and other classes, to spread spirituality. Meyer said the foundation’s role in the yoga program isn’t crystal clear. For one, a grant proposal for the yoga program, which was drafted about a year ago, stated that Jois would certify and train teachers. District leaders, however, testified that the grant language should have been changed. Regardless, they maintained they were ultimately in charge of the curriculum and which teachers were hired. That ultimately proved to be sound reasoning for Meyer. “The court does not believe the district is in any sort of conspiracy with the Jois Foundation,” Meyer said. “And then I suppose the question…is the district being duped? I don’t think so.” The parents who brought the lawsuit objected to Sanskrit writings that were initially part of the program, according to testimony last week. Meyer said it’s “somewhat striking” the parents didn’t observe an EUSD yoga class firsthand. Meyer went on to say that other parents against the program relied on information pulled from questionable Internet sources. “It’s almost like a trial by Wikipedia, which isn’t what this court does,” Meyer said. It’s believed the case was the first challenge of a school yoga program on constitutional grounds. EUSD introduced yoga to five of its nine schools this past fall, and the program began at the rest of the schools in January of this year. Students in all grades, with the exception of 2 percent of children whose parents opted them out, take part in the classes twice a week for 30 minutes. Based on the EUSD program, the Jois Foundation is nearing completion of a yoga curriculum that will serve as a template for other districts, according to Eugene Ruffin, the CEO TURN TO YOGA ON A18

From left: Alex Fidel, Dr. David Banks, Simone Siebert and her 7-year-old daughter Summer hold signs out front of the OMWD offices on Monday protesting against fluoride being added to the water supply. “I’m just generally worried about my daughter’s health,” Siebert said, adding that she prefers to be able to choose what is in their drinking water. Photo by Tony Cagala

Fluoridation process delayed for OMWD By Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — The introduction of sodium fluoride into the OMWD (Olivenhain Municipal Water District) water supply was delayed by a week or two, following a permit amendment issue, according to Tom Kennedy, operations manager of OMWD. Initially scheduled to begin the fluoridation process on July 1, Kennedy, in an email on July 2, said the delay stems from a permit amendment issue with the California Department of Public Health. Originally seeking to file one permit amendment that included the fluoride addition, which Kennedy called a, “very small part of a much larger project,” said the DPH wasn’t ready to issue a permit amendment for the entire project. He said the DPH decided to split off the fluoride permit and it will take a week or perhaps two to get the paperwork done. The new fluoride facility finished construction more than a month ago at the David C. McCollom Water Treatment Plant in Elfin Forest and took about six months to complete, though the design plans for the project began back in 2007-08, Kennedy said. At a cost of more than a million dollars, it was paid for mostly with grants received from the First 5 Commission and the CDAF (California Dental Association Foundation). The First 5 Commission contributed $892,384, with the CDAF contributing $110,000. Once the fluoridation process begins, OMWD will begin adding small doses to the 30 million gallons of water that go in and out of the plant. Kennedy said that there’s already a naturally-occurring amount of fluoride in the water that varies from about 0.2 to 0.3 parts per million. He said it varies depending on the blend of water they receive from the Colorado State River or the state water project. Typically, the district will be adding another 0.4 parts per million of sodium fluoride to reach a target number of

about 0.7 parts per million — a number suggested by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in July 2011 to water systems practicing fluoridation. “And that’ll match what’s in the city of San Diego and water authorities as well as water districts pretty much in all of the state,” Kennedy said. The granular form of sodium fluoride the district opted to use comes from Univar, a global distributor of commodity and specialty chemicals. They have more than 260 distribution centers around the world, including one in Redmond, Wash. The sodium fluoride is delivered by truckload, which makes for safer transportation given the narrow, winding roads leading to the Elfin Forest facility. According to Kennedy, a full truckload will last the entire summer. He said they’ll take about three to four shipments per year depending on what the water district’s demands are. A 2,000-pound sack of the sodium fluoride will be loaded into the newly-built tank every four days during the peak of summer, and in the winter time once every two weeks, he said. The dosing process is completely computer operated. When their lab analyzes the raw water for the naturally-occurring fluoride levels, that number will determine how to set the dose levels to reach the targeted level, explained Dave Smith, water treatment facilities supervisor. “We have a very complex monitoring system,” Kennedy said. That includes daily lab samples, and monitors on all pumps and tanks and systems, he added.There are thousands of different sensors that monitor every aspect of the water treatment process on a continuous basis. While the fluoride addition is not a primary standard, if it went over a certain preset value it would shut down the fluoride pump from overdosing the water supply. “The fluoride pumps are

sized so that they really can’t overdose that much,” Kennedy said. “Unless we’re running really low flow rates, the fluoride pumps aren’t big enough to pump way too much fluoride in.You just can’t do it.” Governed through the California Department of Public Health, which approves the permits to run the plant, and approve the monitoring processes, methods and techniques used, OMWD sends a monthly report to the state. The DHS also visits the plant annually. They’ve visited the plant more often this year due to the increased construction activities recently. In addition to the annual visits and monthly reports, the facility also sends information to third party labs, which report the findings directly to

the state and the facility, Kennedy explained. But despite safety precautions, Kennedy and the water district have heard from the public both in support of and against the addition of fluoride into the water supply. On July1, a group of concerned residents gathered in front of the OMWD offices in Encinitas with signs against the use of the fluoride. Dr. David Banks, a dentist for about 40 years, was one of those holding a sign against fluoride use. He practices in San Marcos where fluoride has already been introduced into the water supply. From that, he said he’s seen an increase in fluorosis in children’s teeth.“We’ve always seen fluorosis, but we’re seeTURN TO FLUORIDATION ON A18


Cbad parents fight to save art program By Paige Nelson

CARLSBAD — Laura Bodensteiner decided to take matters into her own hands when she found out her daughter’s school risks losing its art program next year due to lack of funding. “I think it’s a really big disservice to the children to take away their art,” Bodensteiner said. “It seems like something we could fix among the school budgetary problems.” Poinsettia Elementary has been able to keep an art teacher on staff for the past four years thanks to a private parent donation, but the funds ran out with the conclusion of the 2012-13 school year. “When we have limited funds, other things become more of a priority,” said Marjorie Giordani, Poinsettia Elementary Principal. The Poinsettia Elementary PTA has supplemented funding for the program for the past several years through fundraisers, but didn’t raise enough money this year to support physical education and art. The PTA voted at the end of the school year to keep physical education. Bodensteiner is determined to keep the program alive and set up a donation webpage to raise at least $8,000 to keep art in classes every other week. She said she ultimately hopes to raise $16,000 for art lessons every week. “That seems like such a small amount,” Bodensteiner said, “and if parents banded together, we can make a difference.” Nearly $2,000 has already been raised through the Save Art at Poinsettia website. A local art studio, AC Creative Studios, has also volunteered to donate 15 percent of its proceeds to the cause. Bodensteiner said even if she doesn’t meet her goal, all money raised will go directly to the Poinsettia Elementary PTA. Poinsettia Elementary Art Teacher Tara Clark said she’s hoping they can get at least 100 donors. Clark will also be applying for

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Company announces new development in RSF Village area RANCHO SANTA FE — San Diego-Based LandRock Development announced it has received preliminary fire department approval as part of the initial steps in launching a new commercial site development in the Village of Rancho Santa Fe. The site encompasses an entire block in downtown Rancho Santa Fe and is the current location of a service station, automobile repair facility, convenience store and parking. According to LandRock’s press release, “Thorough studies have shown that there are a num-

ber of more appropriate uses of the land and architects with the John Jensen team have designed a state–of-the-art, multi-use commercial facility in keeping with the quality and design that is The Ranch.” Ample and excess parking will be provided, as well as open space and a fountain entrance in this prime visual access to the community. Lusardi Construction has been contracted to build the project, and the process will be managed by Jim Simmons of CCI. For more information, contact Nancy Chase or visit RSFOfficeCenter.com.

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Poinsettia Elementary parent Laura Bodensteiner sits with her 6-year-old daughter Gretchen in their home in Carlsbad. Bodensteiner set up an online donation website to help keep art classes at her daughter’s school. Photo by Paige Nelson

Crayola’s Creative Leadership Grant and a smaller art supply grant through ArtSplash. “I want to continue fostering a culture of creativity at school,” Clark said. “Art is necessary and I want that for my own child who’s a student here.” Clark said all of her lessons are interdisciplinary. Children can strengthen fine motor skills, learn about light through shading and blending, and have the opportunity to express themselves. “Kids really get to relax and enjoy the process,” Clark said. “It also helps them take ownership of the school through projects like large-scale

murals.” To meet eligibility requirements for the Crayola grant, Clark is forming a creative instructional team of parents and teachers to integrate more art in the classroom. She said she plans to be on the committee even if she’s not teaching next year. “It’s been a privilege to have an art teacher at the school,” Giordani said. “Most elementary schools aren’t as lucky.” Giordani said the school has always had money for art supplies, just not necessarily for an art teacher. “I think teachers know the importance of art in the classroom,” Giordani said.

“There’s quite a bit of art already built into the curriculum.” But Bodensteiner doesn’t think that’s enough. “Some teachers are more inclined to teach art than others,” Bodensteiner said. “They’re focusing on the core subjects and it doesn’t really give them time for anything else.” She said she hopes her efforts will help the school district see the importance of art to parents and find funding for it in the years to come. “I’ve never done anything like this before,” Bodensteiner said,” but if you keep quiet, you’re not going to get the programs your child needs.”

SOLANA BEACH — The Boardwalk’s back. Demolition days are over in Solana Beach and you are invited to the Summer Kickoff party from 11 to 4 p.m. July 13 between 271 and 221 N. Coast Highway 101. The yearlong construction project along Highway 101 in Solana Beach has been completed, and just in time for summer. So what better way to celebrate than with performances from local musicians, Steve Denyes and Aloha Radio, prize giveaways, a bounce house and arcade games? More than 13 months of digging, dust and hard hats created some headaches, but the stretch is now ready to enjoy for an afternoon of shopping and dining. Bryan Fuller, owner of Java Depot, stated, “We want people to know that we have created a unique community gathering area on the 101. Now that the construction is completed, it has left us with increased parking and a more ‘walkable’ downtown.” In celebration of the

completion of the project, Fuller, along with almost a dozen other tenants along the boardwalk, are hosting the event. There will be musical performances by local surf rock band, Aloha Radio, as well as children’s performer Steve Denyes from the Hullabaloo Band. Steve recently played at Fiesta Del Sol. He will start off the event, playing from 11:30 to 12:15 p.m., followed by a set from Aloha Radio from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be a variety of free giveaways throughout the day, including a free haircut and color from Shear Madness Salon, Bloody Mary’s from T’s Cafe, a Vitality massage, facial, or sauna treatment, a complimentary Cardiff Acupuncture session, gift certificates to Java Depot, free smoothies from Juicers, and many Melissa & Doug products from Coastal Postal & Toys. “We want to welcome the community back through our doors and remind them why this is such a unique area of town” one Boardwalk employee said.



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Joint Powers Agreement unites two community hospitals By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — A special meeting of the Tri-City Healthcare District board of directors on June 27 had one item on the agenda, to consider a Joint Powers Agreement with the Fallbrook Healthcare District. At the meeting both healthcare district boards unanimously approved the agreement and shook hands in mutual congratulations as soon as the meeting was adjourned. “It’s been a long time coming,” RoseMarie Reno, Tri-City Healthcare District board member, said. “Thank God it’s happening today.” “It’s a wonderful asset that will assist all of us,” James Dagostino, Tri-City Healthcare District board member, said. “We think alike.” Larry Anderson, CEO of Tri-City Healthcare District, said the two healthcare districts have been considering the agreement for 15 years. Vi Dupre, administrator of Fallbrook Healthcare District, said the economic time was right to go forward with the agreement. “We had a group diverting patients away from Fallbrook Hospital to Palomar Medical Center,” she said. “We want local patients to go to Fallbrook Hospital whenever possible. Fallbrook Hospital did not have some of the services. Tri-City Medial Center seemed like a reasonable and appropriate partner.” Convenience of patients to get to the nearest hospital was an important factor. Palomar Medical Center is an estimated 26 miles from Fallbrook Hospital, while Tri-City Medial Center is only 17 miles away. Anderson said the agreement would increase the number of patients at both Fallbrook Hospital and Tri-City Medial Center. Doctors at Fallbrook Hospital will refer patients who need specialize tertiary care to Tri-City Medical Center. This will allow Fallbrook doctors to follow up and deliver seamless patient care to patients who go to nearby Tri-City Medical Center for services that are not offered at Fallbrook Hospital. “It’s the closest large hospital that can provide full services for us,” Lynette Shumway, Fallbrook Healthcare District board member, said. Tertiary care provided at Tri-City includes acute rehabilitation care, orthopedic and neurosurgical services, specialized spine surgery, cardiovascular services, behavioral health services, neonatal intensive care services and hyperbaric medicine. “The goal is to give uniform care to people in our community,” Steve Abbott, Fallbrook Healthcare District board president, said. Tri-City doctors will refer patients who live between the two hospitals

Larry Anderson, CEO of Tri-City Healthcare District, left, and Kirkpatrick Kapua Conley, CEO of Fallbrook Hospital, shake hands following approval of the JPA on June 27. The agreement ensures uniform care for patients in both healthcare districts. Photo by Promise Yee

and who are not in need of tertiary care to Fallbrook Hospital where patients can receive comparable medical care at a lower cost than at Tri-City. In this way each

hospital gets additional referrals in its areas of service. Fallbrook Healthcare District serves Fallbrook, Bonsall, Rainbow and

DeLuz and operates the Fallbrook Hospital that has 47 acute care and 93 longterm beds. Tri-City Healthcare District serves Carlsbad,

Oceanside, San Marcos and Vista and operates the TriCity Medical Center that has 397 beds. Tri-City is a full-service acute care medical center and has the only

level III neonatal intensive care unit in North County. The JPA also includes hospital collaboration on programs and services. Dupre said the exact programs and services that will be collaborated on still need to be ironed out, but both hospitals will jointly advertise their new agreement and let patients know about additional services that are available. “It’s an exciting time,” Dupre said. “It’s a very good thing for the city of Fallbrook.” Shared programs will likely include each hospital’s development of a managed care network, and recruitment of primary care practitioners, and a joint area medical needs assessment. Anderson said both hospitals will continue to operate as separate entities and patients who live closer to Tri-City Medical Center will continue to be seen by doctors there for all their medical needs. “The agreement increases healthcare services and increases the level of services,” Anderson said.


Children’s author talks earthworms & green industry By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — Author Alicia Previn has penned and illustrated two children’s books in recent years with very different focuses. Her first, “The Earthworm Book,” illuminates the importance of the soil-dwellers.This year, she released “The Strange Disappearance of Walter Tortoise” — a book that explores what it means to be sustainable in light of the burgeoning green industry in the Mojave Desert. You say there would be no civilization without earthworms. Could you tell me about that? The whole job of earthworms is to eat decaying organic matter. And when it passes through their bodies, it creates humus — not to be confused with the stuff you dip in pita bread in (laughs). This improves the condition of the soil — what I call soil gold, making it so plants can grow. It’s important to know that plants wouldn’t live without earthworms, so of course we wouldn’t have food and there would be nothing. There are other interesting aspects about earthworms, like how they’ve spread all over the world. There’s a CD that comes with the book that includes narration and one of your original songs. How does this help you tell the story? A: The CD happened

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Library show for kids combines magic, fitness By Lillian Cox

A musician and local author, Alicia Previn has written two children’s stories in recent years, including “The Earthworm Book.” She said of the children’s tale: “It’s important to know that plants wouldn’t live without earthworms.” Courtesy photo

because I wrote a song in 1993 called “The Earthworm Song.” I worked with a gardener since I was 15, and he gave me this love for earthworms. So I wrote the lyrics and songs, and I got to record it back in 2009.When I was looking at the lyrics, I decided I have enough information to write a book. I loved the idea of music and an audio book to go along with the story’s words to make it more appealing and add something to the story. Shifting gears, “The Strange Disappearance of Walter Tortoise” explores how solar projects in the Mojave Desert could negatively impact the environment and wildlife. In what ways is this relevant to those living in Encinitas and other coast

cities? A: It’s important we think about what kind of an Earth our children are going to inherit, and deserts are biologically important. Electric cars are popular here, but we have to teach our kids what truly sustainable is. That means we’re looking at everything in the environment — the Native American burial sites, the animals and other aspects in the desert and other places. We don’t want to solve one problem but create another. I use the example of electric car batteries. We love to have electric cars because we’re not creating pollution now, but some are made from nickel, which is very toxic when it’s mined and TURN TO EARTHWORMS ON A19

ENCINITAS — Illusionist Dana Law has performed before live adult audiences at venues such as Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Still, he says that he’s found that some of his most enthusiastic crowds have been kids, especially when the theme is health and fitness. At 4 p.m. July 17 the “Amazing Dana” will present “Eating Right and Getting Exercise — If You Do, Then You Will Have a Magical Life” in the Community Room at the Encinitas Library. The magic show is part of “Reading Is So Delicious!,” the 2013 theme of the California Summer Reading Program sponsored by California libraries with the California Library Association. During the show, the Amazing Dana will recruit young volunteers from the audience to assist with card tricks, and animal tricks involving Fred the Fabulous Flying Fish, that demonstrate the importance in eating five fruits and vegetables each day — along with fish. “These are brain foods and can help you read minds and have a strong body that can make you as powerful as the escape artist Houdini,” he tells them. Law says it’s never been easier to get fat, referring to today’s sedentary lifestyle along with larger portions and highcalorie processed food. Like everyone else, it’s been a struggle for him which he addresses with a variety of activities that include calisthenics, lifting, squats, pull ups, pushups, the kettle bell, jump roping, swimming and sprinting in the park. Currently, Law is preparing for his yearly hike along the Pacific Crest Trail which runs from the Mexican to Canadian border. On Aug. 17, he’ll begin hiking across the state of Oregon and part of Washington for two weeks. He and his longtime hiking companion, who is in his 70s, have hiked more than 1,000 miles together. Law grew up in Los Angeles and said he became a magician at the age of 8 after watching his father perform a magic trick. “I learned my first magic tricks from library books,” he said, adding that he took up magic as a hobby that he also used to build self-esteem. He got his first paying gig at 14. “My father was a Rotarian and his club paid me $25 to do a magic show for disadvantaged children,” he recalled. “From then I contin-

At 4 p.m.,July 17, the “Amazing Dana” will perform with young volunteers at an event titled, “Eating Right and Getting Exercise – If You Do, Then You Will Have a Magical Life.” The magic show takes place in the Community Room of the Encinitas Library. Courtesy photo

ued to do magic and get shows.” After high school, Law joined the U.S. army and was part of a special group — the Seventh Corps Road Show — in Stuttgart, Germany that performed magic to carry the message to soldiers to “stay off drugs and alcohol and make something of yourself.” When he was discharged from the military, he worked in sales for the family business in El Cajon while continuing to hone his skills and build his business. Today, he works for himself full-time. In addition to doing children’s events, Law performs under the name David Winston as a mind reader at awards dinners and corporate events for clients that include TimeWarner, Johnson & Johnson, Bank of America, Upjohn Pharmaceuticals, San Diego Padres Baseball Club, Marriott Hotels and the Ritz-Carlton. Law is married with two adult children. His daughter, Dr. Janessa Law, M.D. is a pediatrician finishing up her residency at Loma Linda Hospital. “My father has been a health and fitness advocate for as long as I can remember,” she said. “I remember getting up early on Saturday mornings to do Mousercise with him at 5 years old! With the growing

childhood obesity epidemic it is becoming increasingly important to establish healthy eating and exercise habits early in life, he explained. “By serving as a healthy choices role model, my father has not only influenced my decision to continue educating today’s youth regarding the importance of health and fitness, but his daily dedication to teaching health in his magic shows provides children with building blocks for a healthy future,” he said. The “Amazing Dana” promises a “big surprise” for kids at the end of his show July 17. The Encinitas Library is located at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. For more information, visit SDCL.org or call (760) 753-7376.



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Taste of Rancho Santa Fe to benefit local charities By Paige Nelson

The iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates debuted last summer at the Encinitas Library and will return to kick off their 2013 summer series July 11 to July 14. The seven soloists are considered to be among the best young professional musicians in the world. They will continue their tour of Southern California with events in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, culminating in a performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall July 27. Courtesy photo

iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates By Lillian Cox

ENCINITAS — Due to popular demand, the iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates will return to the Encinitas Library to kick off the 2013 summer concert series from July 11 to July 14 14. The seven soloists will continue their tour of southern California with events in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, culminating in a performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall July 27. iPalpiti Artists International was founded in 1997 by renowned violinists and music educators, Eduard and Laura

Schmieder. iPalpiti (pronounced ‘ee-PAHL-pit-ee’) is Italian meaning “heartbeat.” The nonprofit discovers and promotes talented young professional artists from around the world. Each summer, 25-30 are selected to travel to the organization’s home base in Los Angeles for the festival where they perform in solo, ensemble and orchestral concerts. iPalpiti artists, often referred to as the “Musical Peace Corps,” hold more than 100 international competition awards among them. The Encinitas concerts will feature Conrad Chow, violin (Canada); Irina

Chepizhnaya, violin (Russia); Davide de Ascaniis, violin (Italy); Victor de Almeida, viola (United States-Brazil); David Kaplan, piano (United States); Joseph Kauffman, cello (United States); and Jacob Shaw, cello (United KingdomDenmark). Laura Schmieder is director of iPalpiti Artists International and explains that the seven musicians chosen to perform each year are done so on criteria based strictly on talent. She added that this year it just turned out that only one of the seven to be selected is a woman: Russian violinist

Irina Chepizhnaya. “Irina was born in the Ukraine and lives in Russia,” Laura Schmieder explained. “She is the soloist with Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. “We select musicians for their talent corresponding with iPalpiti’s mission of peace and understanding through music. Talent comes first, then personality. The camaraderie is unprecedented. There is no competition whatsoever between musicians and there is a remarkable friendship and professional respect between all of TURN TO IPALPITI ON A17

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club will host its first annual Taste of Rancho Santa Fe this month to help fundraise for local charities. The food and wine event will feature more than 100 wine tastings from wholesale distributors around the world as well as a wide selection of gourmet foods prepared by the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club staff. Rotary Club President Greg Grajek said last year the RSF Rotary Club was able to donate $40,000 to charities and hopes to raise at least $2,000 from the event. “The Rotary Club has been very gracious to help us fundraise for our mission,” said Robin Chappelow, Program Director of Kids Korps USA. As a member herself, Chappelow has collaborated with the Rotary Club for 18 years. She said thanks to donations from the club, the nonprofit has been able

raise awareness and create more programs for children in low-income areas of town. Other beneficiaries of the event include Angel Faces, San Diego Botanic Garden, Balboa Theater, Navy Seals Foundation, Water for Sudan, and more. “A number of clubs in San Diego have found these wine festivals do quite well, so we thought we’d give it a try,” Grajek said. Grajek said the club has tried other fundraisers like galas and golf tournaments in the past, but wanted to try something more indiscriminatory. He said he hopes the club can build on the event this year to make it even better in years to come. The event is open to members of the public over the age of 21 and will be held at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club July 20 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Ticket sales are limited to 300 people and can be purchased for $75 each on the Taste of Rancho Santa Fe website.



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Comic-Con attendees in costume are a common sight on the streets of San Diego in the Gaslamp in July. Photos by Daniel Knighten

Going behind the scenes with Comic-Con’s David Glanzer By Daniel Knighton

Fitz and the Tantrums get unique By Alan Sculley

When Fitz and the Tantrums arrive at the Del Mar Racetrack for a show June 26, chances are the six band members won’t be caught off guard; at least not the way they were when headlining opportunities started coming their way after the August 2010 release of the band’s debut album, “Pickin’ Up ThePieces.” “Things kind of accelerated for us so fast at the beginning that we literally didn’t even have enough material to play a headline show,” singer/keyboardist Mike “Fitz” Fitzpatrick said in a mid-May phone interview. “So we had to like write a few more songs, get creative with some unique covers, and it was definitely like all hands on deck to get it done.” What’s providing the comfort for the band as it begins a summer of touring is the presence of a newly released second album, “More Than Just a Dream,” which changes the game when it comes to the

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MARK THE DATE JAZZ IN THE PARK The 28th season of the Carlsbad “TGIF Jazz in the Parks” free outdoor concerts begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. and will feature: — July 12, Brave Combo — July 19, Café R&B

live show. “I think we’re all very excited to showcase these new songs from the new record and have the real

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body of work that we can change up our set from night to night,” Fitzpatrick said. The new songs figure to do nothing but enhance the Fitz and the Tantrums live show. That’s because the band went into “More Than Just a Dream” wanting to create an album that reflected the energy and excitement of the group’s live shows. The live chemistry of the group has been apparent from the day the band members first played together, according to

of Love” on a newly purchased Conn electric organ. His first recruit was college friend, saxophonist James King, who recommended powerhouse female singer Noelle Scaggs and drummer John Wicks. The drummer knew the two other musicians who completed the lineup, bassist Joseph Karnes and keyboardist Jeremy Ruzumna. “We had one rehearsal, and the chemistry was there from the first performance of the first song,” Fitzgerald said. “I left the rehearsal

— July 26, Louie Cruz Beltran — Aug. 2, The Bayou Brothers — Aug. 9, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars — Aug. 16, The Styletones — Aug. 23, Big Time Operator For locations, visit carlsbadca.gov or call (760) 434-2900. OUTSIDE ART The Carlsbad-Oceanside Art League Gallery member artists display their artwork at Art-on-the-Green every weekend from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort, 3075 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad. COMING UP The Todd Krasovetz Gallery presents “Celebrate Art in the Ranch”

from 5 to 9 p.m. July 27 with artwork by sculpture Melvin Johansen and artist Jay Johansen at 6024 Paseo Delicias, Suite G, Rancho Santa Fe, in the Courtyard directly behind the Rancho Santa Fe Estate Jewelry. The day will include a drawing for the chance for a portrait by Todd Krasovetz and sculpture by Melvin Johansen. RSVP to (858) 860-4231.

JULY 12 AT THE LIBRARY Enjoy “Virtuosi II: The Italians and French” at 7:30 p.m. July 12, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas.

space and went and booked us a show because I could tell (we clicked).” The rocking soul sound Fitz and the Tantrums created on “Pickin’ Up the Pieces” connected with audiences. While not a huge hit on the charts, the single “Moneygrabber” did reasonably well at radio, going top 30 on “Billboard” magazine’s Hot Rock and Adult Pop charts. With “More Than Just a Dream,” the group not only wanted to better capture its live energy — extensive touring behind “Pickin’ Up the Pieces” was also a major factor in building the band’s fan base — Fitzpatrick said the band also wanted to push its sound further than on the debut album. “We knew that we wanted to make a bold record,” he said. “It felt like if we had just gone and made ‘Picking Up The Pieces Part 2,’ it would have been a very safe thing and then people TURN TO TANTRUMS ON A17

JULY 13 STRINGS Hear three string quintets play Bruckner and Beethoven at 7:30 p.m. July 13 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. MORE JAZZ July 13 will feature Peter White at the July for Jazz at the Park concert series at Park Hyatt Aviara, 7100 Aviara Resort Drive, Carlsbad. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and concerts from 6 to 8 p.m. For tickets, visit jazzatthepark.com. GREAT GUITAR The Cardiff House Concerts present Tony Lasley, 7 p.m. July 13 at the Cardiff home of local guitarist John St. Claire. Tickets are $20

As I enter the lobby of the non-descript downtown San Diego office building, I feel a growing realization that I am here, inside the sanctum sanctorum of Geekville’ USA — The Holy of Holies, Nerd-Vana, the headquarters of Comic-Con International. I sign in and take the elevator up and as I step through the doors, the first thing I see to my left is a 4-foot drawing of Jeff Albertson (Comic Book Guy on the animated series The Simpsons) saying “Worst Comic-Con ever.” That pretty much sums up the attitude here, don’t take your self too seriously. I’m led back to the office of David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations. David is a very busy man these days, with WonderCon just finishing and Comic-Con fast approaching, but he clears his schedule enough for our interview. Thanks for taking the time to meet with me, David. Which Comic-Con are we on now? 2013 will be our 44th convention, and we typically say our “44th Annual,” but our first year we had two conventions though they were small then. And it’s branched out to cities all over the world. Well yeah, one of the things we’ve seen… we only

Comic-Con International Director of Marketing and Public Relations David Glanzer poses in his downtown office as he prepares this year’s upcoming convention.

operate three conventions — Comic-Con, WonderCon, and the Alternative Press Expo or APE. But one of the great things is there are comics conventions nearly every weekend anywhere in the United States now, and that’s good for comics, good for the fans, and it’s good for the industry. And Phoenix just wrapped up their ComicCon. We’re seeing a lot of these conventions that are smaller actually attract a lot more attendance. I know there are conventions in Washington State, Chicago, Georgia, Florida. I know TURN TO COMIC-CON ON A17

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DISPLAY The Carlsbad-Oceanside Art League hosts a reception 3 to 5 p.m. July 14 with featured artist, watercolorist Penny Fedorchak at 300 Carlsbad Village Dr. Suite 101, Carlsbad. Call (760) 434-8497 or visit coalartgallery.com.

JULY 19 TAKING SHAPE See James Hubbell sculpture, “The Shape of Things” through July 22, at the Encinitas branch library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, in collaboration with the Oceanside Museum of Art. For information, visit jameshubbellart.com

JULY 15 IN COLOR View the artwork of John and Muffy Peugh, “Color 2013” through July 16 at the Encinitas branch library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas.



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Golfers, sponsors sought for Operation Game On By Bianca Kaplanek

Roberto “Roby” Vigilucci, right, with Brad Holland, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad at Vigilucci’s Beach Bocce World Championship XXXII last year. Photo by Pat “Quick Shot” Maldi

Vigilucci follows unwritten rule By Brian Cook

Special to The Coast News COAST CITIES — When a business is successful, there is no rule saying that it must take part of their profits and give back to the community. While there is no written rule, many might say there is an unwritten rule. And one individual that has a very successful business, and follows that unwritten rule is Roberto Vigilucci, owner of the Vigilucci Restaurant Group. Vigilucci owns and operates six Italian restaurants. His first, Vigilucci’s Trattoria Italiana opened in Encinitas two decades ago. Right from the very beginning, Roberto a.k.a. “Roby” started applying this unwritten rule of giving back to the community. That giving back really jumped a level in 2004 when Vigilucci’s became the Title Sponsor of the World Beach Bocce Ball Championship, which has been held in July on Dog Beach in Del Mar since 1981. And since 2004

the tournament has been known as, Vigilucci’s Beach Bocce World Championship. This year, the goal is to raise more than $100,000. The vast majority of the money raised has always gone to a local Boys & Girls Club. And since 2006 the main beneficiary has been the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad. A small amount of the money raised has also always gone to the Del Mar Lifeguard Association. In Vigilucci’s own words, “It is the community in North County that has supported my restaurants for the last 20 years. And I feel it is the right thing to support the community back, especially a fantastic cause like the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad and the Del Mar Lifeguards.” If the $100,000 goal for 2013 is met, that will bring the total raised in the tournament’s history to more than $900,000. And nearly half of that amount has been raised since Vigilucci got involved.


Brad Holland, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad says, “The Club is nearly 100 percent supported by local donors and we are grateful for Roby’s significant support over the years. Ultimately it is the kids that win.” The tournament’s cofounder, John Manson added, “Roby always delivers on his promises. In a phrase — ‘Roby get’s it.’ He has been extremely loyal and instrumental to the success of the tournament for 10 years now.” Vigilucci’s Beach Bocce World Championship XXXIII is set for July 13 at Del Mar’s Dog Beach.The tournament, which as been sold out since April, will crown World Champions in four divisions; Men’s Open, Men’s Intermediate, Women’s and Mixed. This year, a record 390 two-person teams will play on a record 79 courts. The competition will start at 8 a.m. and end around 5 p.m. The public is welcome and free parking is available at the Del Mar Racetrack though the Solana Gate off Via de la Valle. A free shuttle will run all day from the racetrack to the beach, courtesy of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. For more information, go to beachbocce.com

RANCHO SANTA FE — Golfers, sponsors and raffle and auction items are still needed for the sixth annual Operation Game On Golf Classic Aug. 12 at Morgan Run Club & Resort. Created in 2008 by Rancho Santa Fe resident Tony Perez, Operation Game On is a program for severely physically and mentally injured soldiers and their wives. Participating troops, who are undergoing rehabilitation at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, receive golf lessons from PGA-certified instructors and a professional fitting session by the staff at The Kingdom at TaylorMade Golf. They also receive custom-fitted clubs, bags, shoes, gloves and balls, as well as playing opportunities throughout the county at no cost to them, the hospital or the military. Doctors, prosthetic specialists and counselors at the Naval Medical Center found golf is an essential link to the rehabilitation process for combat-wounded military personnel with extreme physical and mental disabilities. Tournament registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by practice on the driving range, presentation of colors

Golfers chat before the start of the 2012 Operation Game on tournament at Morgan Run Club & Resort. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

at 10:15 a.m. and a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. The event ends with cocktails, a dinner buffet, a silent auction and raffle, awards and guest speakers beginning at 4:30 p.m. The cost is $300 per player. A $1,000 donation will

Competition hits the sand and sea By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — More than 700 junior lifeguards from Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas and San Clemente ended their summer training with a city versus city competition July 8. The Oceanside junior lifeguards have won the annual competition for the last three years and participants are aware of that, adding incentive to Oceanside youth to hold the title and inspiring other cities to claim it. “We’re pretty competitive,” Oceanside Lifeguard Sgt. Mason Turvey said.

“We’ve done well.” Turvey said Oceanside has consistently won the competition in recent years, but over the 20-plus years the competition has been held there has been an even split of wins between Oceanside and closest geographic rival Carlsbad. Junior lifeguards ages 9 to 17 compete against same age competitors in a variety of running and swimming races. One popular competition is steal the flag. Racers lay flat on their stomachs until a rope stretched across the lineup is lifted, then they jump to their feet, turn toward the flags and seize one of them. There are fewer flags than there are competitors. Those who do not secure a flag are eliminated until



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allow four active military members to play. Visit operationgameon.org or contact Perez at (619) 997-0773 or pgapop@gmail.com for more information. “I promise that you will have a fantastic time for a great cause — our combatwounded heroes,” Perez said.

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one winner is left. Another sand competition is group relay races in which a baton is handed off between team members. The races test speed and strength. A swim relay, fitness paddle and relay race from Harbor Beach to the south jetty are also part of the competition. Points are gained for the top finalists in each race. The city team with the most points at the end of the day is the annual winner. The day of fun and competition is the culmination of weeks of junior lifeguard training. Boys and girls learn ocean safety and rescue techniques, and improve running, swimming and surfing skills. To enter the Junior Lifeguard Program youth must be able to complete a 100-yard swim in three minutes, swim underwater, and tread water for five minutes. “The program started to introduce kids to the ocean and get these kids down to beach,” Turvey said. “They’re educated on ocean safety and learn how to recognize rip currents. They need to be aware of TURN TO LIFEGUARDS ON A18


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Renaissance in Barrio Logan This exquisite mosaic has been installed across from the Northgate Market (1950 Main St.). Photo by E’Louise Ondash

Dozens of different brands of salsa and hot sauce line the shelves at the recently opened Northgate Market in Barrio Logan (1950 Main St.; corner of Cesar Chavez Parkway and Main Street). The market offers an array of unique produce not often found in other markets, freshly baked Muralist and community activist Savador Torres shows off a sketch of his vision for the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge, which he envisions as breads and pastries, a butcher and a tortilleria. The lunch crowd can an extension of the murals in Chicano Park in Barrio Logan. Known locally as “the architect of the dream,” the artist painted many of the murals enjoy al fresco dining with food from the cafeteria, which serves generduring the 1970s, and was instrumental in recently refurbishing them. Born in El Paso, Texas, Torres grew up in Barrio Logan; his family home ous, affordable portions of authentic Mexican food made daily on site once stood where the park stands today Photo by Laurie Brindle Photo by E’Louise Ondash

E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road Artist and community activist Salvador Roberto Torres stands in Chicano Park, a southeast San Diego neighborhood, surrounded by some of the massive murals he painted more than 40 years ago. The artist addresses members of the San Diego Professional Tour Guide Association and shows them a conceptual drawing of his dream. It illustrates the massive concrete struts of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge — the ones in the water — covered with art. “It could be paintings; it could be tiles,” Torres explains when asked to elaborate. “It can be anything you want it to be.” This is why Torres is sometimes called “the architect of the dream.” The artist believes anything is possible if you are willing to work for it, much as he did in the early 1970s after his family’s home was demolished to make way for Interstate 5 and the bridge. Torres eventually replaced resentment for all that concrete with optimism and creativity and began to paint. Many other artists were brought in over the next several years to cover these giant canvases, and now, like stained-glass windows in a cathedral, the mammoth murals relate the history and mystique of Chicano lore, both universally and locally. And thanks to Torres and others, these more-than40-year-old paintings were recently been refurbished, making them even more vivid than they were originally.

“The paints have changed (for the better) in the last 40 years,” Torres says, and thanks to new sealers and a specially formulated protective wax, the murals will remain bright and pristine. If taggers do hit the murals, “we can wash them at low pressure and 250 degrees,” explains Martin Arevalo of Graffiti Prevention Systems of Los Angeles County, when questioned by tour guides. “This melts the wax, the graffiti washes off, and we reapply the wax coating.” The murals are said to be the largest such collection in the world. I haven’t been able to discern whether that refers to size or number, but they are big and there are a lot of them. And in April, thanks to barrio residents who spent many years documenting the history of the neighborhood and the artworks, the murals earned a place in the National Register of Historic Places. Barrio Logan is one of San Diego’s oldest neighborhoods. “Barrio” is the Spanish word for neighborhood, and the name Logan memorializes Congressman John Logan who tried to bring the railroad to the area in the late 1800s. The barrio experienced its greatest growth around 1910 when thousands fled the Mexican Revolution. The residential nature of the community began to change during World War II when military facilities, that blocked access to the bay, were built. Further deterioration occurred in the 1950s and 1960s when Interstate 5 bisected the area, and ramps to the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge were constructed. Today Barrio Logan is experiencing a transition — or even a renaissance of sorts — with entrepreneurs open-

These heirloom carrots are just one of the many buys at the recently opened Diego Public Market at 1735 National Ave, a renovated industrial building not far from Chicano Park. When complete, its owners envision something akin to Seattle’s public market, with small restaurants, perhaps a brewery pub, and spaces for local artists and craftspeople Photo by E’Louise Ondash

ing gathering places within a few blocks of Chicano Park — places like Ryan Bros Coffee (1894 Main Street); Blueprint Café (1805 Newton Avenue); and the San Diego Public Market (1735 National Avenue). San Diego business women Catt White and Dale Steel, after a decade of trying to raise private and public funds to bring the market to life, decided to go it alone. Through social media, they raised $146,000, enough to establish the first phase of the market. The duo foresees something akin to Pike’s Market in Seattle or San Francisco’s Embarcadero, with space for produce stalls, restaurants and shops where artists and craftspeople can make, display and sell their wares. Visitors can see that some of this has already materialized if they stroll through the colorful, renovated industrial building where vendors offer purple carrots and other unique, appealing produce that I couldn’t identify. To visit Barrio Logan and watch the transformation, take the Coaster to San

Diego’s Santa Fe station; transfer to the Blue Line Trolley. Disembark at the Barrio Logan stop. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com.

Chicano Park, created under the east-west approach ramps of the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge, is home to more than 50 murals that were painted mostly from 1973 to 1989. Earlier this year, and after many years of advocacy, the murals were placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Chicano Park took shape after a few hundred community residents stood up to bulldozers in April 1970. The state wanted to build a California Highway Patrol substation, but the city had previously promised the land for a neighborhood park. The murals draw people from the world over. Photo by Laurie Brindle


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Bringing back the doctor to doctor’s visits

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

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

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

Is there room left for a physician to develop a trustworthy and more engaged role in a patient’s life anymore? That’s what Dr. Tim Bilash wants to know, and that’s what he hopes to achieve at his Solana Beach practice, which he’s run now for the past two years. In his more than 20 years as a board certified OBGYN, Bilash has seen patients in the larger, bureaucratically run hospitals grow ever more frustrated — even scared when they couldn’t find the right doctor, or get answers to the health questions they have. That, he said, is the essence of why he decided to bring not only his services, but his experience and research to patients in the coastal North County communities. “One of the questions that I don’t think we’ve answered is, ‘How much do you want the person that is taking care of you to know?’” he said. It’s one thing for someone to come in and hear “you need a flu shot” because so and so said. It’s another thing when someone understands the pluses and minuses of the flu shot, particularly for pregnant women. Specializing in women’s health issues, Bilash isn’t trying to change the way medicine is practiced, he just wants to bring his patients more options.

“What I’ve tried to do is use our improved understanding about women, and apply it to their medical care,” he said. He does this by integrating science with his years of experience as a practitioner in many settings. While still maintaining the standards patients expect from a board certified OBGYN, Bilash, goes beyond just ordering labs and protocals, explaining the parts of medicine, which apply to the individual, but may at fist seem too complex or scary. With exposure to so many patients he also understands that medicine isn’t a

one-size fits all. “There’s so much individual variation,” Bilash said, “That if you try to treat that patient as if they were the average of a large group…than you’re making errors.” Basing a diagnosis on the average person is likened to creating one shoe size for everyone. “When a patient comes in,” he said, “My first obligation is to act in their best interest; not necessarily use the latest and greatest fad.” Another thing Bilash is concerned with is how today’s patient is left to shop around for a doctor and make deci-

sions on their own. “We have presented modern medicine as a consumer activity,” he said. But the reality is, these are areas that the patient can’t possibly have enough information to make an informed choice, he added. “It is a fiduciary activity.” Hoping to establish a dialog of clarity and understanding, Bilash hosts a free summer seminar series at his office, which he and his wife decorated with soothing blue walls and cherry floors. Using his office in part as an educational center, the seminars (running now through October) discuss everything from finding the right doctor to the differences between good and bad fats to gender. Reservations to the seminars are requested and may be made at DrTimDelivers.com/office. His office is offering a special for patients paying cash. If they are unsatisfied with his physician office services with three visits over six months, he will refund 100 percent of their money back. His practice is now also in the process of accepting insurance from selected providers Anthem Blue Cross, United Health Care and Blue Shield. To make an appointment, call (858) 997-0212 or visit DrTimDelivers.com for a full range of information, including some pricing, seminar schedule, videos and research materials.

Why you want barn owl buddies Tired of wolves gnawing on your fruit trees, gophers snatching your vegetation from below, or rats scuttling up your downspouts? Invite a couple of barn owls over and they’ll gobble up the vermin at a rate of 2,000 a year. The universal party invite they all recognize is a nest box. “Barn owls are incredibly widespread in America, so when you put up your nest box, you’ll start seeing barn owls take roost in them in short order, and then they’ll start going to work for you,” said Tom Stephan, master falconer, raptor expert, and owner of Barn Owl Boxes in Ramona. “Using natural predators is more effective than conventional trapping or poisons, it’s economical, eco-friendly, and protects local wildlife,” he added. Tom and his team of craftsmen hand make every owl box out of Mahogany plywood panels made from recycled materials. For as little as $350 installed, you can get the party started with a basic owl box. And buying a box is a one-time investment, as they cost nothing to maintain and the owls are very good at keeping their nest

boxes clean. If you have more to spend, the Hoo’s Hoo box with installed camera is one of their best sellers. Just connect the camera to your TV or computer and enjoy the best reality show you’ll ever watch. In fact, Tom installed “Molly’s Box” in a yard in San Marcos and it’s live-streamed footage became an Internet phe-

nomenon. Tom’s lifelong passion for birds of prey began in 1962 while doing research for a wild animal report in second grade. This led to much climbing of trees to better observe birds, which led to a career as a tree trimmer (and later a certified arborist.) While bidding a job, he noticed an improperly hung owl box

in a potential client’s yard. He offered to install it at the proper height and angle needed to attract owls, and three days later the lady was thrilled to report that a pair of barn owls had begun nesting in it. “This was the first owl nest box I installed.” said Tom. “Now, nearly 25 years later I have over 36,000 under my belt. I’m so grateful that my passionate hobby has led me to such a fulfilling career. I spend my days sharing my enthusiasm and knowledge of nature and its inhabitants with people around the world. This is my definition of success.” Learn more at BarnOwlBoxes.com or call (760) 445-2023.



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Could this be your solution to numbness, neuropathy or sharp pain? Do you have any of the following symptoms? Pins and needles feeling? Numbness in the hands or feet? Tingling or burning sensations? Weakness in the arms or legs? Sharp shooting or burning pains? If so, you may have a condition called Peripheral Neuropathy. Numbness, tingling, and pain are an extremely annoying problem. It may come and go...interrupt your sleep...and even make your arms or legs feel weak at times. Maybe you’ve even been to other doctors and they claim all the tests indicate you should feel fine. More Drugs Are Not The Solution. A common treatment for many nerve problems is the ‘take some pills and wait and see’ method. While this may be necessary for temporary relief of severe symptoms, using them long term is no way to live.



would have chastised us for just making the same record again.” To help achieve that goal, Fitzpatrick said the band was determined not to set any limits on the kind of songs the band could create. “There was a rule that nobody was allowed to say ‘That doesn’t sound like us,’ ‘We can’t do that,’” Fitzpatrick said. “Everything was on the table and we literally wrote like 35 to 40 songs in a month and a half, two months, to let ourselves cross the spectrum between very safe songs to in the middle to super out there. Then what happened was these 12 songs just



them. An example, Schmieder added, is Jacob Shaw, a celloist from the United Kingdom-Denmark. “Jacob is the founder and director of the Musique de Chambre en Charent [festival] in southwest France,” she said. “This is his fifth season and this summer he invited six iPalpiti artists including Irina. This is our mission: to create a cultural network among world musicians.” Schmieder is pleased with the success of last year’s concert. “It was a remarkable experience for Eduard and myself, particularly seeing the pride among audience members after the performance,” she said. “They left the concert in awe, saying ‘We don’t have to go to La Jolla anymore. We have our own festival with such

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sort of floated to the surface and showed themselves to be this cohesive theme, sonically, spiritually, all of it was just like the right balance between like everything we wanted to say on this record.” Fitzpatrick and his bandmates have reason to be proud of “More Than Just a Dream.” The songs are more diverse, cohesive, and if rooted in retro sounds, have more of a forward-looking quality. They range from the percolating soul-pop of “Out Of My League” (a single rising toward the top 10 on several “Billboard” rock charts), to the bubblegum soul of the bouncy “The Walker” (a whistled melody is a focus of this should-be hit single) The group’s knack for buoyant pop melodies is also apparent on songs

like “Spark,” “Break The Walls” and “Fools Gold,” sounds like a lost Hall & Oates hit thanks in part to Fitzpatrick’s voice, which resembles of Daryl Hall’s. Meanwhile the band builds in some nice changes of pace with the mid-tempo “6 AM” and “Keepin’ Our Eyes Out,” which moves smoothly between perky piano melody and epic pop sections. “I couldn’t be more happy or proud of the boldness, the chances,” Fitzpatrick said of “More Than Just a Dream.” “They kept me up at night, the risks we were taking, but that let me know that we were like challenging ourselves as artists. That was maybe one of the most important things to me.”

great international musicians here in Encinitas.’” Encinitas residents Lauren and Ken Golden were among those in the audience last year and say they are particularly looking forward to hearing Victor de Almeida play the viola again. “There were certain artists that took your breath away,” Lauren Golden recalled. “Victor is fairly young and is a polished musician, but that was true for all of them. Usually, a young musician can play well technically but a lot don’t know how to put their heart in the music. Those who can are the ones who win the competitions. They evoke emotions, and make you feel something, and it reflects who they are. You walk away feeling fulfilled.” Prior to arriving in Los Angeles iPalpiti performed in Azerbaijan, Turkey, Norway, Germany, Denmark, France, Italy and

Israel. “Classical music is the spiritual factor which brings people together and unites them irrespective of religion and culture, appealing to sublime senses,” added maestro Eduard Schmieder. iPalpiti was established with support of the late Lord Yehudi Menuhin, musician and humanitarian who served as founding member and honorary artistic advisor. The advisory board includes internationally-acclaimed artists such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yefim Bronfman, Ida Haendel, Gary Karr, Gidon Kremer and Wynton Marsalis. For more information or to purchase tickets call (310) 205-0511 or visit Palpiti.org. Tickets for the Walt Disney Concert Hall event are available through Ticketmaster at (213) 4803232 or at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office.

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that at WonderCon, we just had in Anaheim, and the attendance really just exploded for that show as well, so conventions seem to be doing well. Now these other shows like Phoenix Comic-Con and the other cities, do they license the name “ComicCon” from you, or do you just kind of look the other way? DG: That’s a tricky one; for the most part if there isn’t confusion it’s OK, when there becomes confusion that can be problematic. But for the most part I think we are all kind of getting along pretty well. And again, I think it’s a good thing for the fans, for professionals, for exhibitors, that there are these conventions because it helps the medium. It seems every year there is talk about ComicCon moving from San Diego to say, Vegas, where there is a much larger convention center. What’s the status so far now? Well right now we’re contracted to stay in San Diego until 2016. The issue that we have been having is we’ve maximized the Convention Center to be

honest with you, and we can’t fit any more people in. So our attendance numbers are flat and our exhibitor numbers are flat. What we’ve been able to do, luckily, is the city, the Convention Center, and the local hoteliers have allowed us to kind of mitigate some of those issues by utilizing existing space. So as an example we are using ballrooms in the hotels that are adjacent to the Convention Center, we are using public park space, things like that to almost create a “Comic-Con Campus” if you will. It’s allowing us to meet the demand without having a bigger facility, and so far it seems to be working out ok. How are things shaping up for this year? We’re right in the throws of it now! So it’s trying to figure out what program will work, we’re setting our exhibit floor, it’s amazing! I always think about Comic-Con as a Rubix Cube, you move something on the convention floor and other things have to move, because there’s aisle ways and corridors and what not. Kind of a “Butterfly Effect.” Yeah! The same thing is true with programming; one

program track switches and some of those people may be on other programming so all of a sudden there’s yeah, a Butterfly Effect or Ripple Effect. Right now is the difficult task of trying to solidify as much as we can, but from what we see I think it will be a pretty exciting year. I’m excited for it! Any big names confirmed for this year yet? Not yet, and in terms of our invited guests we have nearly 60 invited guests on our website that span everything from comics to literature to movies; it’s going to be a really fun year. Transportation and parking at Comic-Con are always an issue, how do you suggest our readers in North County get to and from the event? Rapid transit is really, really good. We deal with MTS (Metropolitan Transit System) in the city. I’m not exactly sure of the mechanisms in North County but I recommend rapid transit because parking is such a challenge here during Comic-Con. If you can get on the train or some kind of rapid transit and not have to park down here I think that’s one of the best scenarios you can do.



at the July 1 meeting. NCTD will install 19 antennas along its 60-mile heavy rail corridor that runs from the Orange County line to the Santa Fe Depot in San Diego. In some areas along that track, trains reach speeds of 90 mph. The rail line also includes a 2.2 percent grade up to Miramar, “which is considered heavy for a railroad,” Roe said. An existing wood pole in Del Mar, which is 31 feet high with a 6-foot steel extension, will be removed and replaced by a single pole with a small tilt-down tower 4 inches wide toward the top. Roe said NCTD considered using a palm tree disguise but there was negative feedback because of the view profile. The palm tree has a 16foot bundle width at the top, making it taller than the tiltdown model. It would also be wider at the bottom and not serviceable from the ground. The tower can be safely operated from the ground, and big bucket trucks wouldn’t be needed for service. A palm would also require a lot of excavation to



potential dangers.” “The beach is a huge asset,” he added. “People should enjoy it by using it safely.” Physically boys and girls are pushed to build running and swimming endurance. “Fun is first and foremost,” Turvey said. “They are introduced to lifeguarding. Skills they are introduced to progress as they get older.” One advanced drill is known as a jetty jump. Junior lifeguards are instructed on how to safely jump from a moving boat. Older junior lifeguards master the jetty jump



cases that would have been heard at those locations have been added to the downtown courthouse’s load. Forty nine court employee positions were eliminated at the North County branch as well. With these reductions, judges and court staff must handle more cases on the same schedule. As a result, the backlog of cases in the county has been growing, according to Dalton. The backlog of cases and crowded court schedules have caused extensive delays for court appearances and ruling entries, according to a recent report by the SDCBA (San Diego County Bar Association). The report, the “State of the Judiciary in San Diego County,” chronicles the impact of the court budget cuts on clients and attorneys in the county. Released on June 19, it is the first State of the Judiciary report released by SDCBA. “Despite the diligence and conscientious attempts of San Diego’s court leadership to continue to deliver court services with drastically reduced resources at their disposal...local courts — long the

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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS install the necessary large foundation, Roe said. “The foundation we’re using for these monopoles is a helical foundation,” he added. “There’s nothing that’s removed from the ground.” The project is fully funded by the state Department of Transportation, federal and state grants, TransNet tax money and the California Emergency Management Agency. Roe said NCTD currently has no plans to co-locate anything else on the towers. “We are trying to … make sure that we put in the smallest tower possible to minimize the view impacts,” he said. Councilman Don Mosier, the city’s NCTD liaison, said the Positive Train Control system is likely to be one of the first operating in the country. “So NCTD is sort of ahead of the curve in getting this done,” he said. “This one tower in Del Mar is a small price to pay for additional safety.” “We have a very safe system now,” Roe said. “But Metrolink had a very safe system up until Chatsworth happened.” and swim into shore. At age 14 trained junior lifeguards can work as lifeguard assistants.They shadow a lifeguard during the day to get the feel of the job. Assistants are limited to setting up equipment and observing. They cannot perform life-saving operations until they become lifeguards. “Eighty percent of our lifeguards were junior lifeguards,”Turvey said. Oceanside holds junior lifeguard training sessions two times during the summer.The second set of sessions begins July 15 and July 16 and culminates with a junior lifeguard competition in Carlsbad in August. shining example statewide of judicial efficiency — have now been hobbled to such an extent that extensive delays, the closure of courtrooms, the unavailability of essential court services, and long wait times now characterize those court systems instead,” the report stated. According to SDCBA’s report, these days it can take a minimum of seven months to contest a traffic ticket, up to ten weeks to schedule a first appointment with Family Law Services for difficult custody issues, and at least eight weeks for the issuance of misdemeanor warrants for failure to comply with a court order in San Diego county courts. Furthermore, processing a default judgment, which used to take two weeks, can now take more than six months. The report highlights that civil cases have been hit hardest by the court delays in San Diego. “The sheer volume of cases that each civil judge is seeing right now has rapidly increased,” said SDCBA President-Elect Jon Williams, who is the primary author of the report. “There has been a complete slowdown of civil cases.” Routine motions in civil cases are scheduled six to


He said the ruling, combined with a soon-to-bereleased study on EUSD of the organization. yoga from the University of “It will be an open doc- San Diego, should give ument for other school dis- school districts added tricts to use,” Ruffin said. incentive to consider yoga.

“It (the ruling) allows the lines to be drawn so people can read what the issues are,” Ruffin said. “Of course you want more dialogue and questions from both sides so you can have a

program that’s more meaningful and beneficial to children.” He later added that accusations of Jois forwarding religion are “rather preposterous.”

regardless of whether fluoride is good or bad, I think it comes down to choice, and what they’re doing is they’re force medicating people who may not want to,” he said. Banks said there is a popular misconception that fluoride is a nutrient. It’s not, he said. “Fluoride is a toxin.” He said the industrial form of fluoride used in the water isn’t buffered as much as the naturally-occurring calcium fluoride and that ends up accumulating in peoples’ bones, which could have impacts such as weaker bones, more tendencies to arthritis and other sorts of problems. Banks feels that less than 0.1 part per million would be a safe fluoridation level. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) said in a statement that, “fluoride is an element, just like nitrogen, phosphorus, metals, etc. They can all be considered ‘nutrients’ because biological life

depends on them. “They can also be considered ‘toxins’ if the exposure concentration exceeds the effects threshold,” he added. “The way we look at,” Kennedy said, “irrespective of your personal or professional opinion on fluoridate or not fluoridate, once everybody else is doing it, we really want to be consistent.” That, he added, enables the people to know where the water is fluoridated and if there’s any objection to it they can take whatever measures they need to do. It also lets all of the dentists know so that they don’t add fluoride supplements to patients they shouldn’t, Kennedy added. “We think that from a public health standpoint, we should either all do it, or all not do it. “But if 90 percent of the county is doing it, and we’re kind of the lone holdout, and we literally have streets where one side is fluoridated

and our side isn’t, that’s not doing our ratepayers or the public in general any service,” Kennedy said. Kennedy said that, ultimately, the decision to fluoridate was that of the water board and that their job is to execute their decision. The San Dieguito Water District and the Santa Fe Irrigation District are the two North County facilities that haven’t started the fluoridation process. The fluoride addition is going to add about $1 per acre foot to ratepayers’ bills, Kennedy said. The vast majority of what the ratepayer pays, still comes from the imported water costs. Residents can remove some of the fluoridation in their water by using a distillation or reverse osmosis water filtration system. A charcoal-based water filtration system or boiling the water won’t remove the fluoride, according to the CDC.

scheduled to launch this fall.As part of it, there will ultimately be more than 100 planter boxes for fruits and vegetables. “With all the food that’s imported, it’s more important than ever people learn to farm,” said Gordon Smith, president of the Encinitas Community Garden Foundation, a group spearheading the community garden. “The garden will bring the community together,” Smith said. The foundation has been working on a community gar-

den for five years.And much of the time spent has been on finding a site. Seeing it finally happen is “overdue” and even a bit surreal, Smith said. “This is Encinitas — a place with strong ties to agriculture,” Smith said. “How do we not have a community garden?” The garden is open to anyone who wants to rent a space — no experience wielding a trowel necessary. The foundation aims to raise $60,000 for the planter boxes and other amenities. Down the line, a solarium and other features are possible. “We welcome volunteer support in any capacity,”

Smith said, noting those interested can sign up at encinitascommunitygarden.org. The district has yet to release the cost of the farm. What’s known so far: Proposition P, a $44 million bond passed in 2010 dedicated to facility and technology upgrades, is funding the development of the school site. Extracurricular classes offered by the district and Stand for Sam, a nonprofit Murray launched as a tribute to his son who passed away, will fund teacher wages and ongoing costs on the farm. The land was gifted to EUSD following a large development deal about a decade

ago. But the district faced financial penalties if a school or some other kind of educational facility wasn’t built on the property by this year. The district decided there wouldn’t be enough student growth to justify another school. A farm, it was decided, would give students a clearer picture of food production. And it seems the land will sprout produce for quite a while. EUSD and Eat Well Group are in the process of securing a 30-year, joint-occupancy agreement. “I’m convinced that you gain something important if you have a sense of where your food comes from,” Smith said.

eight months out, according to SDCBA’s report. Dalton confirmed that civil disputes have experienced the greatest delays in San Diego. “Criminal, juvenile and family law cases typically have mandatory case processing and hearing requirements, such as speedy trial statutes, that mandate specific activities and time frames. Similar mandates do not exist in the civil areas,” she said. For clients, delays in court and having to travel to courthouses that are farther away can mean greater legal expenses and longer waits for judgments to be made and enforced. For some cases, clients can have to pay for the added time it takes for their attorneys to travel back and forth from the downtown courthouse or re-familiarize themselves with protracted cases. Furthermore, delays in court mean that clients have to wait longer for resolutions, a wait which can cause profit losses for businesses and added strife for families, according to the report. “Any sort of delay just puts (business owners) in a holding pattern from using that time and resources from investing in their businesses,” said Williams.

Jeffrey Lacy, President of the North County Bar Association, said that delayed resolutions in family law, “unfortunately increases the tension between families and ultimately the children are the ones that are harmed.” For attorneys, lengthy cases result in juggling more cases and clients over a longer period of time, said Lacy. He said that he feels an ethical duty not to charge clients for the time he spends reviewing a file after an extensive court delay that is out of the client’s control. “Myself and other attorneys I know do potentially loose income if they are making that choice,” he said. He also said that it is challenging for attorneys to maintain court records and schedule court appearances with the lack of court reporters and calendar clerks. However, both Williams and Lacy repeatedly said that the courthouse cuts were unavoidable given the Superior Court’s slashed funds, and that the court has managing as well as possible. “The court system is doing the best it can,” said Lacy. “They’ve had to face some incredibly difficult decisions with these budget cuts.” “(San Diego’s courts) are

operating in a course of extreme scarcity,” said Williams. They said that San Diego courts are unable to return to their previous levels of efficiency until funding is fully restored to pre-recession amounts. This year, San Diego Superior Court’s operating budget was raised to about $170 million, according to Dalton. But the modest increase does not restore San Diego courts’ budget even back to the 2011-12’s $193 million, and as a result many of the court cuts and closures throughout the county will remain. Williams said that this year’s budget increase is, “certainly not a cure all of budget cuts for five years.” Dalton said that the court system is looking to avoid further staff reductions and working on identifying cases that can benefit from mediation and/or arbitration so they can be resolved sooner. Yet, more financial strains are on the horizon for California courts. As of the 2014-15 fiscal year starting July 1, 2014, trial courts will no longer be able to maintain reserves greater than one percent of annual appropriations. These reserve funds have

previously been used to finance large projects, including technology upgrades, as well as expenditures during low revenue years in Sam Diego, said Dalton. “We continue to desperately need new case management systems in the criminal, traffic and family law areas, but the reserve limitations after June 2014 will make planning for such systems extremely difficult,” she said. “You’re seeing water spill over the top of the dam. The dam hasn’t busted, yet,” Williams said of San Diego’s court’s financial predicament. Both he and Lacy expressed that there is a lack of community outreach to legislators and politicians about the funding for the judiciary branch. They said that their efforts lobbying with other bar associations and encouraging their clients to campaign for more court funding has only gone so far. “There is no constituency that is banging on the door and saying, ‘We need our courts to be funded,’” Williams said. “Are we able to operate at a level where everybody gets their day in court without a torrential delay?” he added. “I would say to you right now we’re not even near that.”



ing more and more fluorosis,” he said. Fluorosis is mostly a surface condition where white spots show on the teeth. “When it gets bad,” he said, “they turn yellow, brown and the enamel doesn’t form correctly. “And instead of it becoming more resistant to decay, it becomes less resistant to decay.” The CDC (Center for Disease Control) said fluorosis does occur from fluoridated water, but added that it also was a result of other fluoridated products as toothpaste and mouthrinses. Evidence did show that infants, whose formula was mixed with fluoridated water, could also develop fluorosis, according to the CDC. Alex Fidel, 21, organized Monday’s protest and said his concerns were over the matter of choice. “I think as people,





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Class offers chance to light up history with candle-making ENCINITAS — Weekends in July, mind your own beeswax by making your own beeswax candle and holder at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive. California beekeeping is an integral part of the state’s agriculture. Unbeknownst to

many, bees play an important role in the pollination of many vegetable, fruit, and nut crops right in San Dieguito area, while also producing honey, nectar, and beeswax. In addition, the museum’s exhibits will be open during the activity times with docents to guide you through the histo-

ry of San Dieguito. Explore the newest exhibit, “La Paloma Theatre at 85.” Relive the history of the iconic theater along Highway 101. Each weekend there will be free hands-on experiences that highlight a certain era of San Dieguito history. These activities will change monthly.


construct those 200 spaces here and find that we don’t need them. “We need a more comprehensive plan that addresses a number of problems,” he added. Councilwoman Lee Haydu agreed, noting the plan was like “putting the cart before the horse.” Councilman Al Corti favored moving forward. “Maybe we should just promise the public and commit ourselves that we will work on it and get it done in the next six to 12 months,” he said. “I say let’s move forward and let’s give the public and some of the businesses an opportunity,”he added.“I don’t think many of them are going to take advantage of it. … I think it can help some of our existing problems.” Mayor Terry Sinnott said he supported the plan but was uncomfortable “that we have a fee, we may collect money and we don’t really have any actual parking that we, the city, can provide.” “I think we’re still not there as far as how this is actually going to be used,” Sinnott

said. “It may be a promise that we can’t keep and I don’t want that to be the situation.” Council members made it clear they don’t want the city to subsidize any private parking. They directed staff to return during a future meeting with information on how the money will be used once it is collected, especially in the early phase of the program, and where parking can be provided. They also said they would like to see how the in-lieu program can be coordinated with other parts of the parking management plan that is currently ongoing and to consider starting out with a limited number of in-lieu spaces.


the specifics, such as how the money will be used during the early collection period and where the spaces will be located. “This is a problem with multiple parts,” Councilman Don Mosier said.“And it seems to me attacking one part without understanding how it fits into the whole parking plan doesn’t work very well. “I’m in favor of having a parking master plan for the city so that we understand what part of the revenue we need to solve our perceived parking problem — what will come from in-lieu fees, what will come from metering downtown, putting in pay-and-display machines in the coast area,” he added. For years city officials have discussed building a parking garage on the City Hall site. “I’m not convinced at this point in time we need 200 spaces at 11th Street (where City Hall is located),” Mosier said. “Our parking problem is centered around 15th Street. And it will be very expensive to


can eventually leak into the earth. This is a complex topic. How do you break it down so it’s kid friendly? A: The book is from the animals’ perspective to help the kids understand the animals have been there for a while and don’t want to be removed from the desert. I know it’s a complex topic. But I think kids are much more hip today to environmental issues. They understand recycling and being green. Local schools here have programs where they grow food, so they’re beginning to understand how the whole world works together.

How did you get started as an author? And what’s the self-publishing route been like? A: I love to write. I have all these idea for books, with more to come. I met someone who told me that self-publishing is a good way to go. They helped me make a website and format my first book to get it out there. But I realized there were limitations to what they could do and what I could afford to pay them. So I started to find out more about how to do things myself and realized I could keep cutting out middlemen. The more you can do yourself, as far as design and marketing, the better you are. Previn’s books can be purchased at theearthwormbook.com

The historic eras and corresponding activities may include: — Native American period: rock painting and acorn grinding, — Rancho Period: adobe brick making, cattle roping

and soap making — Pioneer days: butter making, washboard clothes washing and quilt making — Flower-growing period: seed planting, plant identification and plant dyeing — Surfing and concern

for ocean ecology: balsa minisurfboard shaping, kelp cookie making and ocean awareness experiences. For more information visit sdheritage.org or call the museum office at (760) 6329711.



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I fought the noodle and it won I wrestled with a pool noodle this week. I lost. I got the same result in my efforts with water dumbbells and a kickboard. It was mildly humiliating, but for the summer, I’m working up a sweat underwater. I have tried. Believe me, I have. But for me, exercise is never going to be as pleasant as lolling about with a book. Very few things (not even a book) distract me when I’m gasping for breath. For all that, I do still make some effort to exercise. I cling to the magic “six-week rule.” It does help knowing that if I stick it out, by then, I will stop feeling like I am going to hurl, or very possibly die. It’s not enough, however, to make me relish the struggle. It flies in the face of my basic attitude about life — “Nothing should be this difficult!” I can only dredge up some discipline when the view in the mirror gets too horrifying. Hence, I only manage to squeeze in a couple of hours a week for calorie burning and cardio-building. Oh stop. I know two hours a week isn’t enough. But enough isn’t even enough. The body is really so very uncooperative on this score. I still maintain that our brains should burn calories for any treat we deny ourselves. If I look at a éclair with longing, my metabolism should fire up and kill off 500 calories, am I right? I believe my two hours are worthy. Besides the pool workout, the other hour is a killer aerobic dance exercise class. Never mind that I have to keep it low impact, especially any move that might actually be fun. I do tip my hat to all who keep truly fit. As for me, I simply seek the perfect balance between that hot fudge sundae and buttoning my favorite pants. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who sweats no more than is absolutely necessary. Contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com.

Postman delivers more than the mail By Tony Cagala

OCEANSIDE — The landscaping outside of Helena Cwiek’s home is as immaculate as any could be. Not a sole weed sprouts from the rock garden that curls around her entryway; not a single stone leading to her front door seems out of place. Everything outside of her home appeared so well-maintained, that to look at it, anyone passing by wouldn’t have given it a second thought that the person on the inside was in so much despair. Inside, Cwiek, 77, crippled with grief over the losses of her husband of 54 years and their beloved dog, was going to kill herself. Day by day, grief had mounted over the loss of her husband Lucjan four years ago from complications stemming from a gallbladder stone procedure that kept him in the hospital for more than a month. The couple had moved to Oceanside from Michigan more than 10 years ago. They’d decided it was enough with the snow, and Cwiek had opted to leave her job working at a railroad, instead of following it out to the East Coast where the company was moving to. Her husband had been rendered unable to work and was on disability following two surgeries to try and fix his bad back. For the Cwieks, dogs had always played a large role in their lives. Their dog Peaches, a Chihuahua-mix the couple had gotten when they moved was her husband’s. He was her master, Cwiek said. “She tolerated me only because I fed her,” she added. But during Lucjan’s time away at the hospital, Cwiek said that Peaches began to suspect something TURN TO POSTMAN ON B11

From left, Mike Tom, Lucky and Helena Cwiek stand together at Cwiek’s home in Oceanside. Cwiek calls Tom her “Guardian Angel,” for saving her life. After threatening suicide, Tom made her promise every day for two weeks straight that she wouldn’t do anything foolish. Photo by Tony Cagala

S. Beach looking to change some laws By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Laws addressing food trucks, firearms, signage and story poles are among several that could be changed as council members continue to update the city’s general plan. About a dozen potential code amendments were presented for discussion during the June 26 meeting. Council members agreed all should be explored, with revisions, options and recommendations to be brought back for future action. A clear definition of the term “new single-family residence” will be created to clear up any confusion when owners are considering a remodel. “It seems that you would have to have a definition for that, so explore it,” Mayor Mike Nichols said, suggesting staff research what other jurisdictions have done. “We could all sit up here and try to make something up but it’d be nice to see what other people do,” he said. “I think that (Del Mar’s code) would be worth looking at just from experience.” Under the Solana Beach municipal code, business, professional, medical and dental offices cannot exceed more than 50 percent of the gross allowable floor area in a building. “During this economic downturn we’ve had many businesses come forward to us and say it’s been easier to actually fill the space with office use, medical use than retail,” Wende Protzman, the

community development director, said. “This was limiting us as to whether or not we could actually permit that business into the building if they had already reached their 50 percent mark for office space,” she said before asking council members if they would consider some flexibility in the code. “For financial stability and sustainability for the city we need … revenue from retail,” Councilwoman Lesa Heebner said. “I’m interested in seeing it remain the same. … If the other council members think it should be more flexible I would like to see there be a sunset (clause) as part of the discussion.” Councilman Dave Zito agreed. “We have a vested interest to make sure … the retail is here,” he said, adding that he would be open to allowing more flexibility as long as retail space is kept on the ground floor. “I do think that if we were going to go down this road it should be certainly discretionary for the council and not something that would be automatically granted,” Zito added. Councilman Peter Zahn said the city could consider relaxing the restriction if 50 percent of a building has been vacant for a specified period of time. Staff was also directed to create guidelines for kiosks, which are fixed-to-the-ground, free-standing structures less TURN TO LAWS ON B11

‘A Growing Passion’ returns to KPBS in January By Lillian Cox

ENCINITAS — Fans of Nan Sterman’s popular gardening show, “A Growing Passion,” can look forward to its return on San Diego’s KPBS in January. The new season will explore a broad range of subjects from the history of San Diego’s wineries to more controversial issues such food justice which views healthy food as a right rather than a privilege. Sterman said she began gardening as a child and continued as a teenager in the 1970s when she was part of the back-to-the-land movement which promoted composting, organic gardening and raising food. She earned a bachelor’s degree in botany from Duke University and a master’s degree in biology from UC Santa Barbara. In 1986, Sterman and her husband, Curt Wittenberg, moved from Santa Barbara to Olivenhain when he was offered a post doctoral position at Scripps Research Institute. “We thought we’d be here for two years,” she recalled. “The property we bought was a huge lot that nobody had worked on. I was able to start landscaping using a blank palette which enabled me to grow what I wanted.” Sterman planned to pursue a career in science education at SeaWorld or the San Diego Zoo. Instead, she was hired to open a volunteer pro-

The second season of Nan Sterman’s popular gardening show, “A Growing Passion,” returns to San Diego’s KPBS in January and will be available to an international audience via the Internet. The Olivenhain resident is also author of “California Gardener’s Guide,” “Water-Wise Plants for the Southwest” and the upcoming “Hot Colors, Dry Garden,” which will be published in January 2014. Courtesy photo

gram at the Chula Vista Nature Center located at the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. She did this while earning a masters in instructional design from San Diego State University which she subsequently used to create media discs and work with media companies. A turning point came when she became involved in developing garden design software.

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North County women earn Girl Scout Gold awards COAST CITIES — Ten Carlsbad residents recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the organization’s highest honor, for their outstanding commitment to community

service. The award went to Bridget Beliveau, Caroline Bowman, Jennifer Case, Nicholette Christensen Katherine Coats, Victoria

Correll, Emily Ross, Julie Steigerwald, Taylor Walsh ¬and Manon Wogahn. Each scout completed their service projects after two to three years of planning and prepara-

North County Girl Scouts were honored at San Diego’s recent Gold Award ceremony, from left, back row, Manon Wogahn, Emily Ross, Caroline Bowman, Taylor Walsh, Jennifer Case with, from left, front, Julie Steigerwald, Victoria Correll, Bridget Beliveau. Not pictured: Nicholette Christenson, Katherine Coats. Courtesy photo

tion. Bowman, Christensen and Steigerwald are all members of Troop 1620. Bowman, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy, organized community service events that gave the Village Community Presbyterian Church of Rancho Santa Fe families the opportunity to work together to help others. Christensen taught cheer and dance classes to young residents of the Family Recovery Center in Oceanside for her Gold Award project.The center is a residential and outpatient treatment program dedicated to assisting women recovering from substance abuse, and many of these women have children who live at the center with them. Christensen will be a senior in the fall at La Costa Canyon High School, as will her fellow troop member Steigerwald. For her Gold Award project, Steigerwald posed a challenge for elementary school classes: Together, run as many

miles as it would take to cross America. The students achieved that goal, and also wrote pen pal letters to students in the states they would theoretically pass through on their running journey.Through her project, Steigerwald hoped to make exercise engaging for students. Two of this year’s Gold Award recipients, Beliveau and Correll, are members of Troop 1019. Beliveau implemented “Waste Free Wednesdays” at Kelley Elementary School. By showing students the benefits of composting and recycling waste, she changed they way they thought about their trash and its impact on the environment. Beliveau is a 2013 graduate of Pacific Ridge School. Correll, a 2013 graduate of Carlsbad High School, provided hydroponic gardens to the elderly as part of her Gold Award project. Her low-maintenance, wheelchair-accessible creations gave residents at Emeritus Senior Living an enjoyable new outdoor activity. Case, who graduated from Carlsbad High in 2012 and now attends the Young Americans College of Performing Arts, earned her Gold Award by supporting the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. In addition to hosting donation drives, she developed a video and informative packets to raise support for the shelter’s pet food bank. Case was a member of Troop 1436. Canyon Crest Academy

graduate Coats — formerly a member of Troop 1072 — is currently a student at University of Delaware. For her Gold Award project, she educated children and young adults about smart shopping tactics. She held workshops that gave participants the tools they needed to maximize their spending power. Ross reached out to the military through her Gold Award project. The independent Girl Scout organized high school students into a community service team that gathered handwritten notes, collected used magazines and assembled care packages to send to troops overseas. Ross is an incoming senior at San Dieguito High School Academy, as is Wogahn, a member of Troop 1060. For her Gold Award project, Wogahn gave a six-week course on France, Switzerland, Canada and French-speaking African countries. As she shared aspects of French culture with the fourth- and fifthgrade students in her class, she helped them think globally and open their minds to the rich diversity of other nations. Walsh, of Troop 1426, held fencing workshops for men, women, boys and girls, where she taught sabre, foil and épée. Her Gold Award project also included the development of the Herb Spector Fencing Scholarship, which will offset equipment costs for new fencers. She graduated from Cathedral Catholic High School this year.


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Community Activism Despite Chicago’s recent crisis of gang-related street murders, the Roseland Community Hospital in a tough southside neighborhood is on the verge of closing because of finances, and community groups have been energetically campaigning to keep it open. Joining civic leaders in the quest is the Black Disciples street gang, whose co-founder Don Acklin begged in June for the hospital to remain open, explaining, “It’s bad enough we’re out here harming each other.” Besides wounded gang members needing emergency care, said Acklin, closing would amount to “genocide” because of all the innocent people exposed to crossfire. Government in Action Suspicions Confirmed: A warehouse in Landover, Md., maintained by a company working on contract for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, contained “secret rooms” of furniture and equipment described as “man caves” for company employees.The EPA inspector general announced the discovery in May, and the government confiscated TVs, refrigerators, couches, personal photos, pin-ups, magazines and videos that the contractor’s personnel brought in while ostensibly “working” on agency business. Scotland’s Parliament was revealed in May to be considering, as part of its Children and Young People Bill, guaranteeing that specific, named persons would be appointed for every Scottish child at birth, charged with overseeing that child’s welfare until adulthood. A Daily Telegraph story acknowledged that the bill is “remarkably vague” about the duties and powers of the designated persons and thus it is unclear how the law might affect typical parentchild relationships. Update: “(Supermodels) is the one exception (to U.S. immigration policy) that we all scratch our heads about,” said a Brookings Institution policy analyst, speaking to Bloomberg Businessweek in May. Foreign-born sports stars and entertainers are fast-tracked with American work permits under one system, but supermodels were excluded from that and must thus compete (successfully, it turns out) with physicists and nuclear engineers to earn visas among the 65,000 slots available only to “skilled workers with college degrees.” As such, around 250 beauties are admitted every year. (The most recent attempt to get supermodels their own visa category was championed in 2005 and 2007 by, appropriately, then-U.S.Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York.)

ENCINITAS — Questions city staff members are looking into: Have other cities given the green light to a bar moratorium? And would a moratorium affect businesses that are currently applying for liquor licenses? Last week, City Council asked staff to develop a draft moratorium on new liquor licenses for a vote at its July 10 meeting. A moratorium would put a citywide hold on new bars, pubs and breweries. Additionally, businesses trying to expand their liquor licenses to serve more customers or remain open later would have to wait until the moratorium expires, according to city Planning Director Jeff Murphy. If adopted, a moratorium would take effect immediately and last for 45 days. After that, City Council has the option of extending it for an additional 10 months. From there, councilmembers could continue the moratorium for an extra year. Even for businesses that are midway through obtaining or expanding their liquor licenses, a moratorium would freeze their application with the city. Once the moratorium ceases, businesses could resume the process, Murphy said. Murphy couldn’t confirm on Tuesday how many pending liquor licenses are in the city’s database. “We’re still examining that,” he said. Cities have taken varying approaches to restricting new liquor licenses. Temecula, for instance, opted for a 45-day blan-

The Encinitas City Council directed staff at it’s previous meeting to develop a draft moratorium on liquor licenses. The city has looked at the legal considerations of a moratorium and how other cities have addressed the matter. Photo by Jared Whitlock

ket moratorium in 2011. Fullerton clamped down on alcohol-serving businesses in its downtown in 2007 with a moratorium. It extended the moratorium a month and a half later, but gave an exception. In a nod to the importance of downtown businesses, its City Council allowed new restaurants selling beer and wine to get licenses, provided they tighten enforcement and meet other condi-

tions. “We’ll bring information to council on what other jurisdictions have done,” Murphy said. “Fullerton is certainly a model to look at.” Legally, to institute a moratorium, the City Council must submit written evidence showing that halting liquor licenses will benefit public health and improve safety, according to the California Public

Resources code. To pass, a moratorium has to get the green light from four out of five councilmembers. Murphy noted he’s not aware of any successful legal challenges to an alcohol moratorium in California, though he said city staff members are still researching that. Some residents argue a moratorium is necessary while the city grapples with how to reduce DUIs and late-night partying. Resident Laurie Baum said the number of bars downtown has reached a saturation point. “We’re not against drinking,” Baum said. “But the bars are getting so bad that they’re creating a burden for law enforcement.” Haven Dunn, owner of D Street Bar and Grill, said a moratorium wouldn’t directly affect his business since it already has a liquor license. However, he said the ban unfairly sends the message that, “we’re all bad guys.” “Most of us are honest businesses concerned with safety,” Dunn said. “We shouldn’t all be lumped together.” Although City Council will consider a moratorium, Dunn noted he’s more concerned about talk of making bars shut down at midnight. After the July meeting, in response to concerned residents, City Council will consider a host of other alcohol-related legislation at an undetermined date. On the table — earlier closure times, demanding more frequent checkins from all bars and changes to how liquor licenses are approved. “There’s two parts to this,” Murphy said.

69-home project starts moving forward in Encinitas next month. Those who want continuing updates on the development can call (866) 696-7432 to be placed on an interest list.

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ENCINITAS — A Shea Homes development that includes 69 homes broke ground several months ago. The homes are going on a 72-lot subdivision between Saxony Road and Quail Gardens Drive, just north of Ecke Ranch. Of the homes, 28 will be constructed near the corner of Saxony Road and Puebla Street. And the remaining 41 homes, just east, will be accessed via Quail Gardens Drive, according to Roy Sapau’u, a senior planner with the city of Encinitas. The development will also have a walkable trail connecting Saxony Road to Quail Gardens Drive. The Bahlmans, a family that’s operated greenhouses on Saxony Road for six decades, previously owned the land. With the exception of three lots in the subdivision, the Bahlmans sold the land to Shea Homes in 2011. Using “density bonus” state laws, the project was allowed to put in extra homes on the subdivision since they agreed to set aside houses for low-income residents. In this case, the developers were afforded 10 additional homes. However, all of the houses will be sold at market rate. That’s because Shea Homes transferred the 10 lowincome units from the 69-home development, as well as three other projects, to the Iris Apartments on Vulcan Avenue, which opened about six months

Construction crews grade land to prep for a 69-home development between Saxony Road and Quail Gardens Drive. There’s currently no timeline for when the homes will be complete and go on the market. Photo by Jared Whitlock

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Project Walk making strides in helping those with spinal cord injuries By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — Jennifer McCallson has always been an athlete. So after an accident cut her competitive cheerleading career short and left her paralyzed, she fought to not let that part of herself change. “There’s no, ‘Let’s try and get you physically better,’” in the spinal cord injury rehabilitation realm, said the 33year-old Carlsbad resident. “It’s just, ‘We don’t have a magic cure for spinal cord injury, so therefore you have to sit and wait.’ And I’m not interested in waiting for anything, let alone walking.” But thanks to an innovative spinal cord injury recovery program in Carlsbad, Project Walk, McCallson has been able to physically train as an athlete for the past several years in her pursuit of being able to regain more function of her body and ultimately walk again. When she was 20 years old, she broke her neck during a collision with a team member while working as an instructor at a cheerleading camp. Her fifth vertebrae shattered, leaving her paralyzed in the lower half of her body and parts of her hands and arms. Like the majority of those who experience a spinal cord injury, McCallson received six weeks of insurance-covered physical therapy after her accident to work out the parts of her body that she could still control. She said that once she gained the ability to function outside of the hospital and her rehabilitation sessions ended, she essentially ran out of options to pursue anything physical. “(Doctors) tell you, ‘You’re never going to walk again.’ And insurance is like, ‘OK, you can have six weeks of physical therapy.’ And a lot of physical therapists are like, ‘OK, we’ve maxed out your physical ability to do anything else, so now we’re not going to recommend any more physical therapy sessions for you,’” she described. But McCallson’s athletic streak was still thriving with-

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in her, and limiting herself to undertakings that avoided physical activity wasn’t enough. For years after her injury, she said she “lived in the box of what everyone thought I should do” by focusing on her education. “I was just kind of miserable and tired of doing what everyone wanted me to do and I really missed being an athlete,” she recalled. Then about five years after her injury, McCallson found Project Walk and moved to Carlsbad from where she grew up in Northern California. Founded in 1999 by Ted and Tammy Dardzinski and Eric Harness, Project Walk was developed in response to the need for exercise-based recovery program for people paralyzed by spinal cord injuries. Based on research that asserted that exercise and activity could assist in recovering bodily function after a spinal cord injury, Project Walk established a physical training program designed to help individuals regain strength and control in their bodies according to their specific injury. The organization over the years has partnered up with individual researchers, hospitals and universities to support and further explore this recovery theory. “When we started our program 14 years ago, we were accused of giving people false hope and that exercise/activity couldn’t possibly help someone recover function below the level of their injury,” said Project Walk Client Services Manager Gigi Betancourt. But in 2008, Project Walk put forth its own research and data in the journal “Spinal Cord” that demonstrated that exercise could improve function below the level on injury in humans, she said. “We don’t measure our results on how many people are ‘walking’ as each person’s body reacts different to our program, however we do however have a 71 percent documented improvement rate,”

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face, she continued, “I strengthen the muscles that I have and I work constantly trying to recruit more and more that aren’t necessarily getting a clear signal.” McCallson fights the notion that by focusing on regaining her ability to walk she is in denial of her physical condition. “I’ll be really honest. I’m not walking now, and that’s OK because I’m a lot closer than I ever would have been if I had just sat and waited in my chair,” she said. “There’s this misconception that if you hold this dream of walking, that you’re not moving on with your life. But let me tell you the rest of my life moves forward in every aspect.” Since her injury, McCallson earned her degree in sports management with an emphasis in wellness and fitness. She has her own apartment and has been dating her boyfriend for the past few years. She volunteers extensively for organizations that cater to individuals with physical disabilities including the Head North Foundation and Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, focusing particularly on her work as a peer mentor and grant advisor for

the national nonprofit, Empower SCI. She aspires to one day open a summer camp in San Diego to teach teens with physical disabilities to live independently so they can go to college, and is hoping to find public relations and fundraising volunteers to realize this dream. “Jenn’s really active in the community,” said Project Walk trainer Danielle Justin, who McCallson calls “DNasty.” “ “She is still living her life, and not just kind of waiting around.” McCallson said that she plans on continuing her work at Project Walk for as long as she lives in southern California and intends on continuing exercised-based recovery training for the rest of her life. “I will continue training this style forever, I mean until I start walking, and then I would still continue this type of therapy,” she said. But financing her sessions at Project Walk may soon become a challenge for her. McCallson so far has been able to fund her training with the workers’ compensation settlement from her injury, but those funds are finite.

Training sessions at Project Walk cost $110 per hour, and the local client program requires two to three hour sessions two to four days per week. Moreover, health insurance will not cover these sessions. “Since spinal cord injury recovery is not a field that health insurance companies endorse or support, the financial burdens fall upon our clients and their families. For us, nothing is more heartbreaking than a client who is not able to attend our program or leaves before realizing his or her goals due solely to financial difficulties,” said Betancourt. McCallson said she will soon consider fundraising to cover her program costs, an option many Project Walk clients utilize, but also has a dream of being sponsored by Nike. Project Walk also offers a “Move Your Heart” scholarship for several clients and uses 100 percent of all donations raised for the organization for improving its facility, equipment, and programs. On July 11, Project Walk will hold a fundraiser at Belly Up in Solana Beach, complete with live performances by local musicians and a silent auction. Funds raised will go towards the organization’s scholarship fund. “When you have a spinal cord injury, there aren’t (recovery) programs that you come across,” said McCallson. “I found out about Project Walk and I decided, ‘That’s it. I know that’s where I want to go. That’s what I want to do.’” “I want to walk, but it’s not because I find self-validation in it,” she said. “Wheelchair or not, I know I have an amazing, happy, thriving life.” “I just think honestly (walking) makes certain things in life easier...and cheaper. Having a spinal cord injury is extremely expensive.” Visit projectwalk.org for more information about the organization, its programs, and making a donation.

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Carlsbad's restaurant row and new lifestyle shops, Paseo Carlsbad, invites residents and visitors to a Summer Celebration on July 13, on Paseo del Norte across from the Carlsbad Premium Outlets. Festivities will include steel drums from noon to 4 p.m. with day-long in-store specials and activities. Gems N’ Treasures will raffle diamond earrings along with complimentary refreshments. Corner Bakery will have coupons and samples. Elephant Walk will offer champagne mimosas and a drawing for an UGG Tote. Menchie's Frozen Yogurt

Carlsbad Golf Center’s Short Game & Scoring Clubs Demo Event 9am to 2pm.July 13, 2711 Haymar Drive, Carlsbad custom-fits putters, wedges and irons on a real-grass putting green and driving range. Manufacturer representatives on hand to answer questions about balls and clubs and to custom-fit golfers of all ages and abilities. Bring trade-in clubs. Free lesson tips, clinics, prize drawing and giveaways. For appointments, call (760) 720-GOLF (4653) or visit carlsbadgolfcenter.com.

At the Project Walk facility in Carlsbad, Jennifer McCallson, who has a spinal cord injury, works on improving her posterior tilt and developing better hip stability. In this exercise, she uses a walker to pull herself up into a kneeling position as her trainer Danielle “D-Nasty” Justin supports her. Photo by Rachel Stine

explained Betancourt. The nonprofit organization established its headquarters at a large gym in Carlsbad in 2002. Their programs also integrate education, support, and encouragement for their clients. Today, Project Walk has centers and certified specialists all over the world that see more than 27,000 client hours each year. The facility in Carlsbad currently sees 70 to 85 local clients each month. McCallson has been training at Project Walk for over eight years to rebuild function below her C5/C6 level of injury. Having moved beyond basic strength-building exercises, her current goals include improving her posterior tilt and developing better hip stability. She trains 12 to 16 hours at the Project Walk facility every week, completing exercises like pulling herself up to a kneeling position with a walker and the support of electric stimulators on her abdominal muscles. “At Project Walk, I’m never in my wheelchair ever,” said McCallson during a recent afternoon training session as The Who’s “Teenage Wasteland” played in the gym. Brushing her dirty blonde hair away from her

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 16 at the corner of Encinitas Boulevard. and Rancho Santa Fe Road for its free networking event hosted by Business news and special Rancho Santa Fe Plaza. achievements for Live music by saxophonist North San Diego County. Keith Jacobson, and offerSend information via email to ings from Bently’s Steak & Chop House, Firenze community@ Tr a t t o r i a , C h a m p a i g n coastnewsgroup.com. Bakery, and Meritage Wine Chamber celebrates & Tasting Room. For more Come join the informatiohn, call (760) Encinitas Chamber from 753-6041.

The art program at Poinsettia Elementary school is being cut next year due to lack of funding. In response, Laura Bodensteiner, a mother of a student at the school, is using the crowdfunding Web site to rally the parents to save the program with a crowdfunding campaign. V i s i t poinsettiaartfund.mydagsit e.com/.

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Band conductor Gunnery Sgt. Troy Martinez, left, and members of First Marine Division Band enjoy cupcakes. Speakers describe Oceanside as a “slice of Mayberry.” Photos by Promise Yee

Madison Harris, 6, who is visiting her grandparents in Oceanside, bites into a cupcake. Oceanside Girl Scout Troop 1014, and Miss Oceanside pageant winners helped pass out the anniversary treats.

From left, City Council members Jerry Kern and Gary Felien, look on as The Lackerdas family George, Leeann, and Jewell, 4, of Oceanside, Councilwoman Esther Sanchez helps Lt. Gen. John Toolan, Jr., of Camp Boy Scout Nathan Gropp, 12, of Oceanside Troop 714, hands a red carstand to salute the flag and hear the First Marine Division Band play the Pendleton, cut into the anniversary cake. Tri-City Medical Center spon- nation to Alicia Ybarra, 7, of Oceanside. Oceanside was known as “carsored the cake and 1,000 cupcakes for the celebration. national anthem. nation city” in 1888.

Time capsule buried on Oceanside’s 125th anniversary on building the Civic Center that includes an interview with renowned architect Charles Moore. Nydegger said he also put in the newspaper from his front lawn that morning and a listing of home prices that includes mobile homes and a range of single-family homes. “I thought in 25 years people would like to see these things,” Nydegger said. “The costs on menus from four or five restaurants, a Camp Pendleton Marine Corps video.” Nydegger said in addition to the contributions by city departments and community organizations he per-

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OCEANSIDE — To mark the city’s 125th anniversary a time capsule was filled with nostalgic and contemporary items, buried in the courtyard of the Civic Center Library, and topped with a granite marker that instructs officials to open it on July 3, 2038. David Nydegger, Oceanside Chamber of Commerce CEO, asked city officials, the Oceanside Historical Society, Oceanside Police Department, Oceanside Fire Association, Visit Oceanside, MainStreet Oceanside, Oceanside Museum of Art, Tri-City Hospital and KOCT Television to put something inside. “I’ve always been fascinated with (time capsules),” Nydegger said. “I thought it would be a fun idea to open it in 25 years when we’d all be around.” No specific directions were given to organizations on what to put into the 30-by20-by-24-inch time capsule. The results ranged from city photos, to a dozen DVDs, and a can of a contributor’s favorite soda. Among the items put inside the capsule is the Oceanside High School 2013 commencement program, the current Yellow Pages and phone book, and photos of current council members. The Oceanside Historical

sonally asked people he thought would have something significant to contribute to add to the time capsule. Junior Seau’s family donated the football player’s wristbands from USC. Oceanside, N.Y., Chamber of Commerce sent a letter on Hurricane Sandy donations received from the Oceanside, Calif. chamber, to be added to the items that will be buried until 2038. Nydegger said he knows of three other time capsules the city has buried. A time capsule was buried in front of City Hall in 1958 to mark the 75th year sine the city purchased the

property. It is marked with a bronze plaque and is set to be opened in 2033. Another time capsule was put in the hallowed out bottom of the pylon at the end of the pier in 1987. In it is a commemorative coin with the names of that year’s council members. “It goes back to an old tradition in the Navy of wooden ships and stepping the mast,” Nydegger said. “You put a gold coin at the bottom of the mast for good luck.” A third time capsule was buried at a city park less than 10 years ago.

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PACT workshops mix it up for kids & adults Don’t box up your dreams ENCINITAS — Positive Action Community Theatre (PACT) begins its summer eight-week workshops series July 13 at Dance North County, 535 Encinitas Blvd., Suite 101. Since 2008, PACT has been offering inclusive performing arts programs to children, teens, and adults with unique needs in the North County area. PACT performing arts programs offers a place to cultivate artistic talents and learn life skills like self esteem, cooperation, fitness, and creativity.

In addition to improvisational theater, PACT also offers inclusive performing arts workshops, where participants enjoy group singing and choreographed dancing. PACT Co-founder and Executive Director Kathryn Campion said “We are very happy to have found a way to help those with unique needs to express their unique gifts to the world. We all benefit from their contribution to our community.” Anne Barber, a parent of a teen with autism said “In many social programs for kids

on the autistic spectrum, all of the participants have disabilities and so higher-functioning kids, like my son, don’t have peers without disabilities to learn from. This program solves that challenge creatively. When asked what his interests are, he now shares that he is good at improvisational theater. The positive attention that he’s received in response to his participation has boosted his confidence. He has made a friend at the workshop who goes to his school and they are now hanging out during and after school.This is

his first close friend since he started attending high school almost two years ago. My son really enjoys coming, which is not always the case with activities that have therapeutic benefit.” PACT programs are inclusive, consisting of a mix of peers with and without disabilities. Volunteers serve as peer mentors as they participate as equals with the group. Mostly those served with disabilities have autism, but all children, teens, and adults with unique needs are invited.

Healthy tips for your summer safety To Your Health By the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas

Summer fun is in full swing. While you’re enjoying the sun and surf, it’s also important to take steps to protect yourself and your family from injuries and illnesses that tend to be more common in the summertime. Keep these tips in mind for a safer summer:

main culprit in the majority of skin problems, from sunburn to cancer. Protect your skin with wide-brimmed hats, sun-protective clothing, and an above 30 SPF sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays (even on cloudy days) preferably containing ingredients titanium and/or zinc oxide. Make sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours. Harmful rays can pass through car windows as well, so be sure to wear sunscreen while driving.

know where to find emergency safety equipment such as life preservers and rescue poles. Ensure children wear appropriate floatation devices, and never leave a child unattended. Keep a mobile phone nearby in case you need to call 911. If you have a backyard pool or spa, secure it when not in use.

3. Ocean Awareness Whether you’re swimming, bodysurfing or just playing in the waves, avoid going into the ocean alone 2. Pool Play and always let someone on Follow all posted safety shore know that you’re going 1. Avoid the Burn Sun exposure is the rules at swimming pools and in. Stay in a designated swimming area where lifeguards can easily see you, and ask about rip currents or other dangers. If you do get caught in a current, stay relaxed and swim parallel to shore until you’re free. 4. Sea Critter Alert Stingrays and jellyfish can be abundant at San Diego beaches, especially as the water warms up. Shuffle your feet when you enter the water to let stingrays know you’re coming; they are unlikely to sting unless you step on them. If you do get stung by a ray or jellyfish, alert a lifeguard. 5. Stay Afloat Going boating? Make sure everyone has a life jacket and the boat has required safety equipment. San Diego’s waterways can get crowded in summer, so keep an eye out for watercrafts such as jet skis, paddleboards and kayaks. Never

operate any type of watercraft while distracted or drinking alcohol. 6. Keep Cool When the temperature climbs, so does the risk of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Symptoms of heat-related illness include muscle cramps, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and vomiting. Immediate medical attention is a must for both heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Call 911 and help the person cool down in the shade with cold water. Stay extra-hydrated in the summer months, especially if drinking alcohol. 7. Poison Plants Contact with the oils secreted by poison ivy and poison oak may cause an itchy, blistering skin rash 12 to 72 hours later. In most cases, the rash can be treated at home with cool compresses, calamine lotion and oral antihistamines; serious reactions such as breathing difficulty and facial swelling require emergency medical care. Protect yourself by avoiding contact with the plants or anything they may have touched.

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JOE MORIS Baby Boomer Peace

had experienced “making my millions” three times only to watch it evaporate like steam from a kettle. So, I had a choice…I could work until I dropped dead and try to get that wealth back again or I could be more like the old man that bought a Pacific Island to retire to. This old man was born and raised on a Pacific Island. His goal was to get off the island and “be someone.” This boy escaped paradise and joined the competitive world. He experienced a great deal of struggles and success throughout his life but he never really found peace. He made gobs and gobs of money only to use it in his old age to buy an island in order to find that peace. This boy went full circle. There aren’t too many baby boomers that have the money to buy an island, but should have enough sense to know there are no U-Hauls attached to hearses. I brought my children up learning how to be independent and self-sufficient. Working my ass off for what might be only another seven years just so I can buy a bigger house or a fancier car is certainly not what my kids want from me. What they want from me now is to continue to be their dad but to live in peace and enjoy the life I was given. They are getting to that age that they are dreading the day they will stand over their parent’s graves. We baby boomers, at least some of us, might live to be 100 or more with scientific breakthroughs but you know what? God only gives us one day. We will never know when that day comes. John F. Kennedy chose his wife Jacqueline’s pink dress ensemble and hat on that fateful Nov. 22, 1963. He wanted the people of Texas to love his wife and think better of him. What are you doing with your life? It’s time to think about our mortality and to use some of the age old clichés: “You can’t take it with you,” “Live your life today as if it is your last,” and most importantly: “It’s time to store up your treasures for heaven, not here on Earth.” It’s time to live life in peace however you can find it. Don’t let your dreams go into a box with your used up earthly vessel. Learn to love and respect the spirit that lives in everyone. Don’t be afraid to give of yourself and to respect your neighbor. Those are the treasures that last for eternity. Enjoy the rest of today and, thank God each morning when you wake up because in His grace He is giving you one more day to fulfill your search for peace.

I just finished reading the book “Killing Kennedy” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. It wasn’t as informative as I had anticipated but it was still a good read. What was running through my thoughts while reading this book (while bayside down here in Puerto Vallarta) is just how much we baby boomers have experienced in our short years on this planet. I remember being huddled in my parent’s bedroom the day that Kennedy’s funeral procession was taking place. It was the first and last time I witnessed a tear in my dad’s eye. When President Kennedy was shot, I learned it from my gym coach. I was a ninth grader at Lewis Jr. High in Allied Gardens near San Diego State College. I remember my coach standing on a bench and letting everyone know what had happened. It was a beautiful November day. In those days I used to hitchhike to school to save the quarter I would normally use for the bus. I’d buy lunch with the quarter because all I ever had in my lunch sack was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and an orange. Hitchhiking was innocent back then and a quarter was a lot of money. My parents were far from rich. It seemed even then life was such a struggle. Oddly enough on that beautiful November morning my dad ended up picking me up. It was a little embarrassing as I had never let my parents know I would hitchhike. But, oddly enough that morning is stuck forever in my head. My dad just smiled and said get in. When we crested the newly opened Navajo Road, which became the short cut to State College from San Carlos, we could see the ocean on the horizon. The view was so beautiful. On the radio I remember the news announcers making fun of the Beatles. Without asking,my dad switched to my favorite station. I clearly remember a popular song by the Four Tops. It’s funny how things just stick in our brains forever. My dad passed when he was only 71. I’ll be 64 this year and therefore I will be the age my dad was when he passed in seven short years. Seven years ago my now ex-wife met and fell in love with someone else on an airplane. 2006 seems so long ago yet so close. Time is just so darn fleeting. Seven years will pass in the blink of Joe Moris may be contacted at (760) an eye. When I was 60 I did some 500-6755 or by email at serious reflecting on life. I joe@coastalcountry.net


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“Patriot Puppies,” named Glory, Justice, Freedom, Stars, Stripes and Valor celebrate a renewed chance at life, liberty and happiness at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Courtesy photo

Puppies find cool care RANCHO SANTA FE — Last month was a recordbreaking one at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Center staff and volunteers saw more pets adopted in June 2013 than any other June in its 40-year history. And while this summertime has brought the Center a reason to celebrate, the recent heat wave has also brought a reminder of the extraordinary dangers orphan pets can face in the dog days of summer. Six shepherd/terrier blend puppies are lucky survivors of the recent hot spell. The 4-week-old “Patriot Puppies,” named Glory, Justice, Freedom, Stars, Stripes and Valor arrived at Helen Woodward Animal Center just in time to ring in

Independence Day and celebrate a renewed chance at life, liberty and happiness. June 28, the West Coast experienced a heat wave and on that very day in California City, six puppies, born less than 4 weeks earlier, were abandoned in a shopping cart outside a mall. The temperature had reached 107 degrees. The puppies, unable to climb out, and with no food or water, were left, quite literally, to cook to death. By the time they were found by a concerned passerby, the puppies were listless and unmoving. “People seem to forget that the inside of a car is not the only dangerous place to leave a defenseless animal,” said Labeth Thompson,

Inventory Manager at Helen Woodward Animal Center. “Any pet left outdoors with no shade or water is also at risk. “Puppies, along with adult dogs that are older, large, overweight or on medication are at the highest risk of all,” she added. Fortunately, the puppies were rescued in the nick of time and were provided with the proper medical attention. They were brought to Helen Woodward Animal Center by a rescue partner July 2 and are now in the home of a loving Center Foster Family. Adoption staff reports that the puppies will be ready to find their own forever homes by the end of July.



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The big bold wines from the Sonoma countryside FRANK MANGIO

Taste of Wine In my last column, we opened the wine book on the big, stately and beautiful wine country of Sonoma and stretched our legs at Jordan Winery, the 1,200 acre Bordeaux style winery and vineyard just north of Healdsburg. This week we’ll make a few more stops. I stood and soaked in the scene in the middle of

the Town Plaza of Healdsburg, a small village of wine bars, tasting rooms and restaurants that presented the epitome of farmto-table dining from the nearby countryside. From my vantage point I counted 22 such establishments within just a few blocks. The newest and most fascinating was PARTAKE by KJ, an exploration of wine and food at the table, with signature Kendall- Jackson wine selections, matched up with signature plates from their local farms. Diners are treated to an introductory “blind tasting” in a black glass and asked to identify the mys-

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tery varietal. The debate help. The basis of PARTAKE rages on as clues come to the rescue from the wait is the extraordinary fourseason garden just outside the Kendall-Jackson Wine Center, some 10 miles south of Healdsburg, off the 101. Founder Jess Jackson was a farmer in the midwest and always considered his vineyards as farmland. This garden is now a kind of sensory laboratory as well as provider of fresh vegetables and fruits. Guests that experience wine tasting can match up what they taste to what they smell and taste in the garden. From heirloom tomatoes to a wide range of herbs and fruits, plantings come from all over the world. Jim Cutcher is the Certified Wine Educator at Kendall-Jackson and loves to take guests through the gardens and KJ model vines that have sample varietals from each of the major wines of the world.

Kendall-Jackson Certified Wine Educator, Jim Cutcher, examines a Chardonnay leaf in the Wine Sensory Gardens.

“We have 13,000 acres under vine on 37,000 total acres, in 28 different appellations, from Mendocino to Santa Barbara,” he said. “We believe in wines that can be enjoyed right away. We have been making Kendall-Jackson wines since 1982 along the coastal

areas. Our number one seller is Vintners Reserve Chardonnay. It’s also the number one Chardonnay seller nationwide,” he declared. “We don’t orchestrate our Chardonnay. It’s all barreled in stainless steel with no malolactic fermentation, for a simple natural wine flavor,” he added. North on the 101, past Healdsburg and just before TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON B11

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Put some fun in your morning at Leucadia Donuts tomers until they shut their doors. They rarely take a day off except for the occasional Monday. Tom is a native of Cambodia and attended college San Diego State. He purchased Leucadia Donuts 25 years ago and had firmly established himself as part of the community. I asked him if he had seen a recent Saveur Magazine article on the resurgence of donuts and them being embraced by the hipster community. He had not and that’s probably a good thing. Leucadia Donuts is

DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate Everyone has memories of a donut shop or bakery in their neighborhood growing up. For me, it was Hagelstein’s bakery in Royal Oak, Mich., where we would arrive early to score a limited number of brownie crumb bags for 25 cents. These were bags full of bits of brownies that were left over for whatever reason. All I know is they were a prized possession among my friends. Fast forward to my adult, somewhat health-conscious life, and I will be the first to admit that donuts have not been high on my breakfast list. That’s kind of a shame because the simple act of walking into a place like Leucadia Donuts can almost guarantee a smile on your face. I made it a point recently to revisit the morning bakery ritual of my youth, and the experience made me very happy. I must point out that Leucadia Donuts, owned and operated by Tom and Emily Cheu, is as much of a Leucadia institution as it is donut shop. It’s been around for 29 years and their patrons have become more like extended family to the Cheus than customers. During several visits, the flow of customers was consistent and it always included several people in line who knew Tom and Emily by name. This was an all-ages crowd, kids on skateboards, post-session hungry surfers, vacationers from Arizona, and a smattering of seniors.

Tom and Emily serve up morning goodness at Leucadia Donuts. Photo by David Boylan

Something about Leucadia Donuts made all these people very happy. I spoke with one of those customers, Bryan Bome, to find out what the appeal was for him. His response seemed to fit he overall mood of customers. “I definitely go there because of Tom and Emily,” he said. “They are such great people; I always enjoy talking to them. I love supporting their business as well.” Bryan’s favorites include the glazed, custard filled, old fashioned, and cinnamon. He is also a big fan of the coffee that he described as “good, simple coffee.” Amen to that. There is something to be said for a simple cup of black coffee. Bryan hits up Leucadia Donuts once a week, as much for the sense of local community he gets from it as the food. Speaking of food, I had forgotten how immensely sat-

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Geyserville, is the festive, colorful Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Purchased by the movie director in 2006, Coppola liked it for its wine production facilities and its full-service restaurant. He would bottle his premium wines from Napa Valley, and his budget wines from Sonoma. He converted the restaurant into RUSTIC, a family style Italian restaurant full of his family’s favorite recipes. Then, the big idea came. He would take out the fountains and grassy entrance and place a day-time resort, with a huge pool, cabanas, kids play area and bocce ball courts, to add to the wine sales, movie memorabilia and tasting rooms. The day I visited, the reserved areas and cabanas were sold out for the season. The Coppola “Diamond Collection” is his biggest seller, with 80 percent of sales. If you enjoy Italian food, try the



bered. “After writing about gardens for San Diego Home Garden Magazine for a year it struck me that I was writing about people. Everyone’s garden is a reflection of who they are. I found that the best way to tell people’s stories is to let them do it themselves on video where you can hear, and see, how they are.” Sterman pitched the idea to Keith York, program director at KPBS, but was met with a lack of enthusiasm. She asked him to give her three days to allow her to take him to some local gardens. By the end of the first day he was sold. “It was about 2002 and KPBS was not doing original programming,” she recalled. “He connected me to Marianne Gerdes and her husband, Michael, who was a videographer for KPBS and



than 200 square feet such as flower and food stands, key shops, automated tellers and information booths. “While we do have some guidance, it’s not much,” Protzman said. Some issues have to do with location, hours of operation,the amount of furniture allowed and placement in a parking lot. The city will also consider an ordinance or mobile vendors, such as food and retail tucks, on private property. “I definitely think we need to address this,” said Heebner, who also asked staff to address parked trucks with advertising on them. “I’d like to not see that occur,” she added. Staff will also research prohibiting the sale of firearms and ammunition in the light commercial zone and mixeduse buildings that include residential units. Zito said he was apprehensive about limiting the number of such businesses within a specified area. “That one is a little bit more of a hot



JULY 12, 2013 Rigatoni and Meatballs with Spinach. It’s “just like mama made.” Other Sonoma wineries I would recommend are: Ferrari-Carano, Pedroncelli, Stonestreet, La Crema, Murphy-Goode, Silver Oak, Carol Shelton, Chateau St. Jean and St. Francis. For more on Sonoma and its 370 wineries, visit sonomawinegrape.org.

Wine Bytes Several new wine bars and restaurants have now opened at San Diego Airport’s Lindbergh Field. When completed it will have some 87 restaurants and other retail shops. Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas is having a “Napa vs. Sonoma” wine tasting July 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. More info is at (760) 4792500. The University of San Diego is producing a Vintners Dinner July 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $150 for the four-course dinner with wine pairings. Seminars on winemaking,

includes Charles Krug, Whitehall Lane and St. Supery. Call (619) 2604819. Tastings on the Terrace at Addison the Grand Del Mar include July 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., when Italian wines will be poured. Flight of three for $25. At Amaya, a Mouton Noir Wine Dinner is being presented during the same night at 5:30pm. Meet the winemaker. $78. RSVP at (858) 314-1996. A benefit for the Emilio Nares Foundation is happening July 21 at the Indigo Salon and Spa in Hillcrest, from 2 to 5 p.m. Enjoy great wines and bites and silent auction. Donations of any amount to enter; details at (877) 5077788. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. His library can be viewed at www.tasteofwinetv.com. (Average Google certified 900 visits per day) He is one of the top five wine commentators on the Web. Reach him at mangiompc@aol.com.

had his own business on the side. We started talking and have been working together ever since.” In 2005, Sterman and Marianne Gerdes produced the first two episodes of A Growing Passion, a television show about “ordinary people who are extraordinary gardeners.” The emphasis was on low water, green gardens. Other episodes in the pilot series followed in 2007. Last fall, Sterman and Gerdes received funding from KPBS to produce six episodes for season one through an RFP under an initiative called Explore San Diego which called for shows that expose viewers to people, places, businesses and events that they would not otherwise have learned about. The six episodes began airing in May and included topics such as The Business of Blooms, California Native Grown, Waterwise and

Wonderful, Growing Your Own, Cycle and Recycle, and Garden in a Pot. Today, the shows can be seen at 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays and 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Episodes can also be accessed on-line at kpbs.org. “We want to take everything we’ve learned here in San Diego and tell it to a broader audience and geographical range,” she said. “Everything we do has a takehome message.” Sterman’s two books, California Gardener's Guide and Water-Wise Plants for the Southwest can be purchased on Amazon.com. Her new book, Hot Colors, Dry Garden which discusses beautiful, colorful, lowwater gardens will be published by Timber Press in 2014. Currently, Nan Sterman is leading a garden tour of England until July 11. For more information, visit plantsoup.com.

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sented by Protzman, Heebner said she would like staff to explore regulations that address boats and RVs parked in yards and possibly limiting the number of chain stores in certain areas. She said she wants the city to be business friendly while also maintaining its community character. Heebner asked her colleagues if they had any interest in developing a formula “so we don’t have Everywhere USA” on Highway 101 and Cedros Avenue.“I’ve heard a lot of discussion about it from community members,” she said. Nichols said he understood the concept but was concerned it could be a “sticky” issue. “A lot of times it’s hard to rent buildings unless you have the backing of a large chain,” he said. “I’d hate to make that something that would be difficult for business owners or property owners to be able to get rents.” The public will have opportunities to comment on the changes when they are presented to council during future meetings.



It was then that he made her promise not to do anything foolish until they really talked. It was a spur of the moment type of thing, he said. “I had no other option. I couldn’t say,‘Oh,you better not,’ like a parent to a child — she’s an adult.” And he made her promise every day for two weeks straight that she wouldn’t do anything foolish. “And I would have to promise him, although I wanted to kill myself,” Cwiek said. And after he left, I would think, ‘well how do I do it?’… And I’m contemplating it, and yet, in the back of my mind, I made a promise. I can’t do it.” His daily visits with Cwiek, albeit brief, made him a basket case, Tom said. He started looking for a support group that he could call, knowing that she needed professional help. “I was looking for a help group, or somebody to assist these seniors that have problems, because they primarily live alone,” he said. Tom called the Oceanside Police Department, not knowing what else to do.

was wrong when she couldn’t find her master. Peaches, Cwiek said, was waiting and waiting for him to come home. But he never did. Lucjan’s condition worsened and he passed away in the hospital. When Peaches realized that her master wasn’t coming home, she and Cwiek began to form a stronger bond — one to which they would ultimately become inseparable. Things went on like that for the past four years, until Peaches got gravely sick. She remembers the day that she had to make the decision to put her down. It’s a date that she said she will never forget. Getting by on Social Security alone for her bills, and without Peaches and Lucjan Cwiek was left all alone in her home to grieve. Her son lives in Michigan with his wife and three daughters (she lost one son to cancer when he was 7 years old). Her family had asked her to move back to Michigan after Lucjan died, but Cwiek said she couldn’t do it. Oceanside was A ‘LUCKY’ SITUATION her home, she said. Oceanside police and AS RIGHT AS THE MAIL detectives followed up on United States Postal Tom’s call. Officer Robert Sarracino Worker Mike Tom was making his rounds in Cwiek’s neigh- and Terry Allon of the PERT borhood as he’d been doing (Psychological Emergency Response Team) were two of for the past several years. Only about seven years those to respond. “Most departments have ago, Tom moved to San Diego. He grew up in Honolulu, a PERT unit, which basically Hawaii before moving to goes around to calls similar to Chicago, Ill. For the past 12 that,” said Sarracino. As far as the types of calls years, he’s been working with the Postal Service as a letter he responds to, Cwiek’s case wasn’t typical, but he said he’s carrier. A few years back Tom put encountered other cases out an advertisement in the where people are widowed Postal Service’s internal publi- and get depressed. “Anytime somebody is cation, seeking a transfer from verbalizing suicidal ideations Chicago to California. His co-workers thought or gravely disabled or anyhe was dreaming, he said.Who thing along those lines, we’ll in their right mind would go out,” he said. “I ride with a leave California for Chicago, clinician, and we’ll go out and do an evaluation, and if need they asked. Sure enough, not long be, we’ll take them to the hosafter the ad went out, Tom pital. If not, then we can give received a call from a Postal them referrals.” But during the evaluaemployee in Orange County who wanted to make the swap. tion, Cwiek told them she wasEnsuring the call wasn’t a n’t crazy. “I had a big hole in joke, Tom and his wife seized my heart. I will make it,” she the opportunity, made the told them. “But I didn’t want swap and moved to California. to tell them I was going to kill He would eventually wind up myself.” Sarracino said that Tom in Oceanside, where he got to know the Cwieks pretty well did the right thing by calling from his daily mail deliveries. police. “Anytime somebody is He talked with Lucjan and would visit with Peaches, presented with a dilemma like who adored the extra atten- that, where they know sometion. body is either talking about it When Lucjan passed or contemplating suicide, they away, he knew that it was dev- definitely need to call the astating on Cwiek. police.” And last October, when In a unique attempt to he stopped to deliver the mail, help further, officers took Cwiek came out, crying and Cwiek to the Oceanside despondent, telling him about Humane Society. the loss of Peaches. “We went in there and In mourning over the dog, there was one dog,” Cwiek it was clear that she was also said. “And we looked and she re-mourning the loss of Lucjan was in a cage with four or five because the dog was her only other dogs and they were all connection to him,Tom said. scrambling around trying to And she started talking get to my hand…but she was to Tom, telling him that she all in a corner by herself.” couldn’t handle this, and then The dog, a 7-month-old she said to him that she Chihuahua mix, eventually thought she was going to kill came around to Cwiek and herself. rubbed against her arm. He was caught off guard Though at the time, Cwiek by this, he explained. He tried said she wasn’t yet ready to to calm her down, but she kept adopt another dog. on weeping and kept on sayCwiek decided to go back ing that she was going to kill the Humane Society and look herself, he said. at the dog one more time.

When she arrived, she was told the dog was already in the process of being adopted and was no longer available. That, she said, sent her back into her depression. But in a turn of events, the dog was, all of a sudden, available. The couple that was going to adopt it ended up bringing her back. She and the dog came home together. Once home, Cwiek had tried out a few names on the dog, but none really seemed to fit. It wasn’t until Sarracino came by and made a few suggestions. “And then he says, ‘Lucky.’ I said, ‘That’s it.’ I knew it right then and there that that was a fitting name for her.” Sarracino and some of the others involved with the case still go back to check on her as friends now. And after Cwiek adopted the dog, Sarracino even stopped by to drop off a 50-pound bag of dog food. “And I’m still using it,” Cwiek said.

If it wasn’t for him, I would not be here. And I know that for 100 percent.” Helena Cwiek

“It was a situational condition that she was involved in,” Sarracino said. “And we were able to actually get her the dog, which worked out well; we’d never done that before. All the ducks lined up in a row at one time and everything worked out well for her,” he added. Cwiek maintains how wonderful everybody was with her, including the people at the Oceanside Humane Society that helped out with the adoption papers, toys and gifts for Lucky. Today, Cwiek admits that things are getting better slowly but surely. And Tom still delivers the mail and visits. She said he can tell when she’s had a bad day. “I call him my guardian angel,” she said.And Tom and Lucky get on very well, too. “If it wasn’t for him, I would not be here.And I know that for 100 percent. If he was not here every day and making me promise, I would not be here,” Cwiek said. “I think anybody that would have known the situation would have tried to do something,” Tom said. “It was fortunate that I was there; I was lucky that I was there at the time so that I got involved,” he said. “To me, my personal view, I felt some worth. Everybody thinks about it, ‘What are you put on this world for?’ … Well, I don’t know exactly, I’ve been trying to search for it, but I think this one thing really says, ‘Hey, life is well worth it for yourself.’”

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Don’t get burned during summer You can’t make a sunburn go away any faster, notes ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports, but you can minimize the misery. Photo courtesy of Consumer Reports

While your skin feels hot to the touch, apply cool compresses (soak a towel in water or milk, which contains soothing lactic acid) often to decrease redness and release heat trapped in Yeah, sunburns happen! your body, Sarnoff recomMaybe you forgot to reapply mends. sunscreen at the beach or you stayed longer than you’d — A cool bath. Add planned. Or maybe your bet- milk, oatmeal, baking soda ter half, who applied the or green tea and soak, goop, missed half your back. Lawrence says. Whatever happened, the result is the same: You’ve got — Lotion. A light moisa hot, painful, red, itchy turizer can minimize peeling burn, and you need relief. and flaking. So can aloe vera So what to do? if you’re not allergic to it. ShopSmart, the shopping You don’t have to spend magazine from the publisher money on a special after-sun of Consumer Reports, lotion. recently asked dermatologists for their advice on WHAT TO SKIP treatments that can help you heal, plus ones to skip — After-sun sprays. because they might not be They offer instant pain worth it. relief, but most pain relief According to the derma- sprays contain benzocaine or tologists, you can’t make a another anesthetic, and sunburn go away any faster, some people are allergic to but you can minimize the them. If you’re sensitive, misery. The secret to relief: they could make things Treat yourself quickly — worse, Sarnoff warns. from the inside and on the outside. And avoid doing it — Vaseline. Don’t apply again! Too many burns can it or other petroleum jelly lead to early skin aging and products right after getting skin cancer. too much sun; according to ShopSmart, it won’t cool you WHAT TO TRY off. — Painkillers. Sunburns hurt — they’re really a kind of injury, says Dr. Naomi Lawrence, director of dermatologic surgery at Cooper University Medical Center in Camden, N.J. Anti-inflammatory pain meds such as ibuprofen and aspirin can ease the pain. — Water. Drink extra water, especially while you’re in the sun. Your body is working hard to cool your skin, says Dr. Deborah S. Sarnoff, senior vice president of The Skin Cancer Foundation, so staying hydrated can help. — Fruits and veggies. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants may help prevent cell damage caused by the sun, says Dr. Elizabeth S. Martin, a dermatologist in Hoover, Ala. — Hydrocortisone cream. If you’re itchy, an over-the-counter cream can help. — A cool compress.



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— Noxzema. Some people swear that a thick coat of Noxzema can soothe a sunburn, but applying more than a thin layer probably won’t help, Martin says. And even the manufacturer says not to use its products for sunburn relief because they haven’t been tested for that purpose. — Vitamin creams and oils. Don’t puncture vitamin E capsules to spread the oil on a sunburn; if you’re allergic, it could inflame your sore skin and may not help anyway. Also, a growing number of skin care products contain antioxidants, but the dermatologists ShopSmart talked to say that you should get your antioxidants from your diet rather than from a cream. Dermatologists are not sure whether antioxidants are effective when used topically, Sarnoff says. “There’s not a lot of good science yet. For example, vitamin C is a really popular antioxidant, but we’re not sure it’s stable in the jar.” So don’t waste your money on pricey lotions and potions.

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