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Association Board ballots trickle in By Christina Macone-Greene

Dr. David K. Woodruff takes an ear impression for hearing aids for a young Burmese boy with the boy’s mother looking on. Woodruff and Dr. Geoffrey A. Smith returned from a humanitarian mission to Burma where they helped children who had a loss of hearing. Photo courtesy Dr. David K. Woodruff

RSF doctors return from humanitarian mission By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — In one of the most remote countries in the world, two doctors from Rancho Santa Fe Audiology flew to the Union of Myanmar, previously known as Burma. Board certified audiologist, Dr. David K. Woodruff and ENT consultant, Dr. Geoffrey A. Smith, both volunteers with Americans Helping Asian Children (AHAC), dedicated their time to help children at the Mary Chapman School for the Deaf in Yangon City. They spent nearly three weeks there in an effort to help children in need. It hasn’t been the first time the doctors have helped underprivileged youth in Asian countries — and it won’t be the last.

As doctors, it’s their calling. “Dr. Woodruff was the force in getting AHAC to go to Burma and to take care of the kids,” Smith said. “Before that, they didn’t have hearing aids.” Woodruff is the owner and Chief Audiologist of Rancho Santa Fe Audiology. AHAC is a San Diego-based nonprofit charity founded by R. Bruce Johnson, M.D. of Sharp Rees Stealy Medical Group; and, Woodruff is also on the AHAC board of directors. The nonprofit helps children in need living with mental and physical disabilities, while addressing poverty issues. Smith who is semi-retired, said on this trip, they offered hearing exams, took ear mold impressions, did hear-

ing aid fittings, evaluated kids with cochlear implants as well as hearing loss. Individuals from the community also came to see them. “We brought and provided hearing aids for a good number of kids and some of the adults who had no other means to get them,” Smith said. The doctors also held classes at the Mary Chapman School for those with hearing loss, caregivers and instructors. On this trip, it’s estimated the doctors examined and evaluated more than 100 children and adults. In addition to the healthcare, medical equipment and supplies were also donated. Woodruff, who has been involved TURN TO DOCTORS ON A16

RANCHO SANTA FE — During the June 5 Rancho Santa Fe Association Board of Directors meeting, Board President Philip Wilkinson shared with other board members and attendees the ballot numbers which have flowed in so far. Four candidates are vying for two open seats on the Association’s Board of Directors. The contenders are Susan Callahan, Ann Boon, Dominick Addario and Kim Eggleston. “We are at about 1,340 ballots received, as of yesterday,” Wilkinson said. When this started, Wilkinson guessed the ballot count would be at 1,400. He hopes the official count range is 1,400 to 1,500; and, with a few more days to go, it may reach that goal. Ivan Holler, acting manager of the Rancho Santa Fe Association and board secretary, reminded everyone that the ballots for the board election are due June 9 by 5 p.m. “Then on Tuesday, June 10, the ballots will be counted at the fire station meeting room,” he said, adding how this will begin at 9 a.m. Holler wanted people to know that they will have the same two members who volunteered the last time, and their elec-

tion inspector will bring additional election assistants due to the different counting process. Before, there were just two options. Holler also noted that Supervisor Bill Horn narrowly won his seat on 5th District for the Board of Supervisors. This district oversees the Ranch. Holler went on to say that this will be Supervisor Horn’s last term due to the county limits. Following this update, Holler branched out to the topic of Covenant roadways which are radar certified and how it helps with enforcement. “The reason that this helps is even though the roadway has a posted speed sign, if the prevailing speed is above it, police can write a ticket for the posted speed — as crazy as that sounds,” Holler said. He continued, “But when a road is radar certified, and it’s posted, they can’t, so it’s a great benefit to the Covenant to help slow traffic.” Although this is a function of the county, the Association works closely with this. Currently, there are a couple of roads up for radar recertification at their current posted speeds, including Rambla de las Flores.

Principal is receiving high praise following first term By Christina Macone-Greene

What a difference a year makes. R. Roger Rowe Middle School Principal Garrett Corduan has completed his first official term and the feedback has been a resounding success. “Garrett has been a wonderful addition to our staff and to our school community,” said Superintendent Lindy Delaney. “He has a great personality and the students respect him.” Delaney pointed out that Corduan’s strong leadership qualities have been admirable as well as his dedication to work tirelessly in his new position. Initially, the Rancho Santa Fe School District was impressed with Corduan’s background when they brought him onboard. He served as principal at a Murrieta school for six years, and prior to that, assistant principal and teacher. As far as the Rancho Santa Fe School District was concerned, Corduan would be

a good fit. And they were right. “Our families feel Garrett is a good listener, proactive in his approach, does what is right for the students, and looks for ways to enhance the educational experience,” Delaney said. Kim Pinkerton, K-5 elementary school principal at R. Roger Rowe, said Corduan has brought a sense of levity and positive spirit. “The first week I heard him talking with students, he connected with them right off the bat because he speaks to them with an appropriate voice and tone,” she said. “He is very respectful to his students and the kids respond to him.” While Pinkerton is known for her own special personable connection with children and people, she admits that Corduan has inspired that quality even more for her. “He is a great addition to our school district and I am thrilled to be able to work with him every sin-

R. Roger Rowe Middle School Principal Garrett Corduan is receiving high praise following his first term at the school.Photo

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gle day,” she said. While Corduan hears such compliments, he is quick to point out that

his success in the first year was actually a group effort. Corduan calls the Rancho Santa Fe School District a diverse team aiming for the success of students. And he could not have asked for a more welcoming group of people and students. “I have enjoyed my first year here because the basics of what I needed were here and that included a great administrative team and fantastic students,” he said. “The students are so mature, capable, and eager to learn so that piece was outstanding; and, I am lucky to work with exceptional teachers.” While describing the middle school teachers as phenomenal, Corduan said he continues to be impressed with how supportive the parents are. Corduan wants parents to know how appreciative he has been that they are always there to lend a helping hand to ensure their children are successful. While Corduan is praised for bringing new ideas to the forefront,

he said the input he has received has played a huge role. “I have been at the end of a lot of ideas but they started from the teachers and parents,” he said. “One of the great pieces of this community is that they want to give their input and they want to hear how that can fit into a school setting and we work together.” Looking ahead to the second year, Corduan has more missions on the list. While adjustments have already been made in their enrichment programs, he said, now he wants to take a closer look at electives and the common core push in math. “My goals, as I look to next year are to consistently and continually be open, listening, and ready to make moves as they are needed,” he said. Corduan continued, “I look forward to more conversations with our parents for feedback and from our teachers — because our teachers are the experts.”


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Public, private partnership saves center Board of Directors approve temporary trail construction easement By Rachel Stine

By Christina Macone-Greene to make it more conve-

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Assocation’s Board of Directors voted unanimously on the temporary trail construction easement agenda item on Thursday. The reason behind this temporary easement is due to the Santa Fe Irrigation District’s $5.8 million master plan project to replace 10 pressure reducing stations. The areas affected are Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch and Solana Beach, said Jessica Parks, management analyst and public information officer at the Santa Fe Irrigation District. “The pressure reducing stations are necessary for our water distribution system to reduce the amount of water pressure that goes through the pipes,” she said. “The temporary trail construction easement is for one of the scheduled replacements of a pressure reducing station.” This particular locale is at the northwest corner area of La Granada and Rambla de las Flores. “This will affect the equestrian trail since the removal of the old pressure reducing station is located just as the trail exits onto the street, and the new pressure reducing station will be installed just outside the fence line, along the side of the road,” Parks said. Before Arnold Keene, field operations manager of the Rancho Santa Fe Association presented this item to the Board, Philip Wilkinson, board president, chimed in. He compared this vault dig to moving a small moving truck. “It will be replaced with a new, updated fully remote controllable pressure reduction station which is critically important to the water district,” Wilkinson said. “If it weren’t there, it would blow every faucet and every fixture you had in your home to pieces — because the pressure is so strong, they have to knock it down.” Wilkinson pointed out that the plan was to reroute the trail in order

nient for equestrians to get around this construction zone. Keene said this project was presented to them about a year ago. This site was highly important because the of the equestrian trail location. Keene went on to say that at one point, the Trails Committee asked if the pressure reducing station could be relocated across the street, since it was deemed Association property. After an extensive study, the Santa Fe Irrigation District decided it was cost prohibitive. “So what they did do is push it further south away from the trail,” Keene said. “I think it is about 60 feet further from the original plan so that does allow, during construction, a little easier access on the trail.” However, Keene said that his request during the meeting was for a temporary construction easement which would allow the crew to over excavate into Richardson Park, an Association property. Keen pointed out that this would allow the vault to be the maximum distance from the edge of the road. “In the end, that will allow us to do some landscaping to screen any of the appliances that are above this vault, since there are quite a few vents and monitors you will see,” he said. Unlike other pressure reducing station locations, this one has irrigation for landscaping. “And if we give them this temporary easement, it will allow them to push this back and allow them to landscape upward between the street and the vault,” he said, adding how the detour will be around the little pond area. “We are lucky that we have the ability to detour around it so the construction guys will have a substantial working area away from any horses.” Before the unanimous vote, Keene added that the temporary detour will also have fencing to direct equestrians away from the construction site.

REGION — When a victim comes to Palomar Health’s Forensic Health Center, they’re often at one of the lowest points in their lives. It was for Crystal Harris. That evening in 2008, Harris had gathered the courage to call the police on her husband after he raped her the second time in five days in their Carlsbad home. She said that at the time, “All you basically want to do is crawl into bed and not talk to anybody.” But the police needed her to cooperate to complete their investigation. It was about 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. by the time she was taken to the Forensic Health Center in Escondido for a SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) examination for the collection of forensic and verbal evidence about her assault. Harris said that having the facility in North County rather than having to travel to San Diego for the exam, helped during the long, traumatic experience. “If I had to go any longer or any further than I already did, it would have just added

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more hours. That would have been horrible. I could barely stand it as it was,” she said of going to the center. Harris later inspired a new state law after she was ordered to pay spousal support after her ex-husband was sent to prison for sexually assaulting her. The law prevents victims of spousal abuse from having to pay alimony. Harris is grateful for the services and support the center provided her that night, which helped prosecute her spouse for

sexual assault. “It is a place that no woman ever wants to find herself of course, but the people that are there are amazing,” she said. The Forensic Health Center has been providing services for victims of sexual assault, child abuse, and violent crimes 24 hours a day for the past 30 years. Experts from the center are able to present the evidence and testimony collected later in court, which spares victims from having to undergo repeated interviews.

By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — Taylor Lessley lives seven houses down from San Dieguito Academy. She planned to walk to school with her childhood friends just as she did every morning for elementary and middle school. That was until Taylor learned that she did not secure a spot in the district’s lottery. open-enrollment Now, her parents said they are going to have to shell out $700 a year so she can take a school bus to La Costa Canyon High School, six miles north of her home. When asked how she felt about it, she could only shake her head disdainfully. “They want her to get up at 6:30 a.m. every morning to take a school bus to a school even though she lives no more than 2 minutes away from a high school,” her mother, Jennifer Lessley, said. The Lessleys were part of a group of 50 people who crowded the normally docile San Dieguito Union High School District board room

Some parents in the San Dieguito Union High School District say the lottery policy for San Dieguito Academy and Canyon Crest Academy are pushing neighborhood students into unnecessary commutes. Photo by Tony Cagala

to protest the district’s lottery policy, which they said is pushing neighborhood students into unnecessary commutes, which clog traffic, harm the environment and tear students away from their peer groups. “They talk about being a green district, but they want her to get on a bus along a jammed traffic route,” Lessley said. “It doesn’t make sense.” The protest was largely abbreviated when the school board agreed at the begin-

ning of the meeting to host a community meeting to hear the parents’ concerns in a more informal setting. San Dieguito and Canyon Crest academies have open borders, meaning that any incoming ninth grader must have an equal chance of getting into the schools. The district’s current policy states that students who live in the school district’s northern half who don’t get into their choice school must go to the La Costa Canyon, and those who live in the south-

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ern portion must go to Torrey Pines. The parents said the lottery system hurts San Dieguito students more than other students because the distance between the two schools: Canyon Crest and Torrey Pines are a mile apart and located on the same street. The state’s education code only allows school districts to give preference to minority students and siblings in the lottery system. School district officials said that 98 percent of district students get into the school of their choice through the lottery system. This is no consolation to Gary Sirota, whose son was the only one of his group of friends to not get into San Dieguito. “When we went to high school orientations, counselors told us that the academic opportunities were the same at SDA and LCC, so the most important thing was to be with your friends,” he said. “My son, and others, won’t get that chance.”


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Voters win with top two primary California Focus By Thomas Elias

esults like those from last week’s primary cause detractors to call R California’s four-year-old “top two” elec-

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The political party to end all parties By Celia Kiewit

Fed up with our sick and stalemated political system in Washington, but always quick with a great sense of humor, my brilliantly goofy brother has proudly invented “PBR Squared” — The Progressive Brotherhood of Radical Republicans. Clever. He recommends this novel solution because, after all, it pretty much includes everyone! We love inclusiveness, right? How politically correct. One big happy family and no more bickering. I think he’s been drinking too much of his homemade wine while listening to Dylan Ratigan (I call him “D-Rat”) on MSNBC, author of an excellent book, “Greedy Bastards.” Ingenious! Except, as I had to remind him, there’s just one problem ... you left out the sisters. What about the sisters? Ohhh, right. He promised to get back to me on that. It has certainly become clear that men are incapable of solving our disputes, often making them worse, but then, even when the girls go to Washington, they start acting just like the guys. Regardless, we can’t leave the Femi-Nazis out of the stakes, and the squabbles. Left versus right, Liberals and Conservatives, Tea Partyers, Independents, Libertarians, believers, atheists, non-voters, green freaks, climate change fixers and deniers, … plus assorted posers? “Repugnicans” and loony lefties? Congressional crooks, sexual deviates, and whiners. Pick your “position.” Did I leave anyone out? I’m an equal opportunity offender. The fabled framers designed our Consti-

tution to guide statesmen of good conscience to reason together and govern. They were visionaries, but today this is literally impossible without all the “slobbyists” throwing their weight around — think tanks, PACs, global corporations, unions, and certain devious individuals. Read Charlie Gasparino’s book “Bought and Paid For -- the Unholy Alliance between Wall Street and Barack Obama,” on lobbying and the billions of dollars of influence they buy. And “Betrayal” by Linda Chavez on labor unions. “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair on the history of labor unions is of course a classic. “And Chicago will be ours!” Is this what the big daddies of our newbie nation envisioned? They would be shocked at the mess we’ve made, but they also could never have imagined getting quite so big for our britches. This is the beauty and the beast of our “democrazy”, a couple hundred years into its experiment. Ben Franklin offered us a republic, “… if you can keep it.” The hard-to-hear truth is that democracy is too good for most people, many of whom are uneducated or unwilling to do their homework, face compromise and change, reluctant to stare down their own myopic points of view and addictions, and often ignorant of moral prerequisites. Thank you, George Washington. Brother Dearest, in a serious moment, opts for term limits as well. Constant campaigning is the status quo with one hell of a hideous price tag! Some things never change; they just get more outrageous. Then,

those elected to handle oversight in DC get slammed, subpoenas are dissed, and hearings are held without answers. A Chinese friend warned about both the lack of a middle class and the rampant corruption infecting her country of origin. Government with too much power robbing us blind? Term limits might prevent some from hanging around until they’re senile, but politicians and wealthy lobbyists would stack the deck, regardless, for their pals as successors. After elected office, they tend to roll on over into other areas of government or the private sector (Boob Filner, Miss-the-Mark Wyland, The Clintonians), causing more gluttony and inertia as they collect astronomical speaking fees, write books, create foundations in need of audits, and further enrich themselves at our expense. Where does it end? Have you reviewed your ballot for the June Primary? I’d like to wholeheartedly give my vote to an actual choice, rather than the lesser of a bunch of weevils. Calling all statesmen and women — come to the urgent aid of your country. Oh, never mind; let’s have another glass of wine. Celia Kiewit is an Encinitas resident

tion system the “jungle primary” because it often features races with a dozen or more contestants and outcomes that can be completely unpredictable. For sure, that makes it a lot more fun both to vote and follow election returns — unless you are a prominent candidate or a boss of either major party. Focus on just one statewide race for a solid picture of what the top two system can do. This one came within a hair (and a recount might change things back) of absolutely assuring the Republican Party of one of California’s four leading political offices this fall, even though registered Democrats now outnumber Republicans by about 15 percent. That race pitted two established, well-funded Democratic candidates against two Republicans, with one more Democrat and a Green Party hopeful also in the field. Not as many prospects as in some other races, but still plenty to scramble some establishment eggs. For the 10.9 percent of the Election Day vote count won by virtually unknown Democrat Tammy D. Blair and Green Laura Wells knocked down the counts of former Democratic Assembly Speaker John Perez and state Board of Equalization member Betty Yee. And so, for much of Election Night night, it appeared Republicans Ashley Swearengin, the mayor of Fresno, and David Evans, a CPA and former mayor of tiny California City, would meet this fall with no Democratic opposition. In a state which has seen no statewide Republican officeholders for almost four years, that would have been remarkable. But Perez edged out Evans by a mere 2,436 votes, a 21.7 percent performance, when all the counting was done on Election Night, and appeared headed for a runoff with Swearengin (who herself had just 24.4 percent), pending the count of thousands of provisional and damaged ballots, not to mention a potential recall. Under the previous party primary system, there would have been little remarkable in those numbers — Swearengin would have been the GOP nominee and the Democratic winner would still be in the balance, but for sure a Democrat and a Republican would have faced off in the fall. If this kind of narrow race for an office whose occupant is the state’s chief check-writer doesn’t prove that every vote matters, it’s hard to see what could. Top two, then, will provide future motivation for two things: It will give voters more reason than ever to participate.

Focus on just one statewide race for a solid picture of what the top two system can do. Brown would already have a second term. Similarly, incumbent members of Congress like Xavier Becerra, Tom McClintock, Adam Schiff, Lucille Roybal-Allard and Mike Thompson must contest again in November, despite far outdistancing all who ran against them this spring. More interesting will be the same-party race pitting Republicans Tony Strickland and Steve Knight in a district stretching from Ventura County to the High Desert portion of Los Angeles County, and another matching first-term Democrat Eric Swallwell and state Senate majority leader Ellen Corbett in the East Bay suburbs of San Francisco. Silicon Valley gets a ballyhooed intraparty race between longtime incumbent Democrat Mike Honda and the well-funded Indian-American Ro Khanna. Members of the minority party in each of those districts can now decide the fall outcomes, exactly what top two intended. This primary also debunked the notion that top two allows only major party candidates onto runoffs. Incumbents Schiff and Thompson both face independents. It’s all different than after any previous California primary, with incumbents less secure than before, and voters with the power they sought when they created top two. 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, go to californiafocus.net

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And it will give parties reason to get organized well enough to avoid matchups between prominent party mates for the same office. There was no such organization in either party this time. The result is that in district after district, races will pit persons of the same parties in runoffs this fall. In runs for Congress alone, seven districts in all parts of the state will see Democrat vs. Democrat and Republican on Republican. In some of those contests, incumbents ran up large primary majorities, but still must run again in the fall, suggesting top two should be tweaked to make winning 50 percent of the primary vote sufficient for election. If that were the case now, Gov. Jerry


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A bittersweet retirement for Maureen Cassarino By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Maureen Cassarino is leaving an indelible imprint on the R. Roger Rowe School, its administrative staff, fellow teachers, parents, and most of all, the students who have come and gone. After all, it’s been 27 years. Just ask anyone on campus and they’ll echo how they don’t want her to leave. “I did my best to talk her out of retiring but I couldn’t pull it off,” said Garret Corduan, middle school principle at R. Roger Rowe School. “Maureen is a phenomenal teacher and the type of teacher the students don’t forget because she makes a lasting connection with them.” Cassarino is closing out her year teaching eighth grade. In total, she has dedicated 34 years to this career. “I think that very early on, when I was 4-years-old, I knew I would be a teacher,” she said. “All I did was play teacher as a little kid.” However, in college, Cassarino took a detour. She earned her liberal arts degree in music and moved to New York City in pursuit of singing. But somehow, she always found herself working with children. “I decided that rather than being a starving artist I would start my teaching career,” she said. After moving to the west coast, she and Superintendent Lindy Delaney crossed paths in a parochial school they were teaching at. “Lindy left a year before me, and the next year, she called me about a sixth grade opening and said it was a great school district,” Cassarino said. Cassarino was interviewed and hired at the R. Roger Rowe School in Rancho Santa Fe. “That’s how I got here,” she said. Delaney calls Cassarino’s retirement bittersweet. “Her absence will be felt by staff and students,” Delaney said. “Fortunately, she has helped train the other Language Ares Teachers and they are ready to continue the great work Maureen started.” Delaney went on to say that Cassarino is an educator in every sense of the word. While caring deeply for her students, her innovative approaches have helped students achieve their full potential. “Maureen will be missed,” Delaney said. Over the last 27 years, Cassarino has taught grades 4, 6, 7, and 8. Cassarino is known for her reading and writing teaching expertise through the Columbia Reading and Writing Program. “It’s very rewarding to hear the voice of kids, help develop their voice, and opinion,” she said.

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Charity dinner features legendary Dionne Warwick By Christina Macone-Greene

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The list of accomplishments Cassarino has reached at the Rancho Santa Fe School District is jaw-dropping. In fact, she was this year’s Crystal Apple winner from R. Roger Rowe School through the Church of Latter Day Saints. However, when it comes to memorable experiences, she admits that the Children’s Theatre holds a special place in her heart. Championing it for more than 20 years, Cassarino has also written musicals the kids have performed. Cassarino said when children have an opportunity to get up on stage, become a character and participate; it brings out something so positive. “It’s been really lovely to see that and I’m so happy the theater program has lasted that long,” she said. Cassarino is touched by the fact that everyone doesn’t want her to leave. Now with her retirement

party officially kicking it off, she is asked by many what she is going to do since much of her life was all about teaching. “I have no idea how to answer that question until September hits and I don’t have a classroom to go back to,” she said. “I get emotional thinking about it.” While Cassarino and her husband relocate to Tennessee to be closer to family, she is rather confident she will be involved with children at some level. “I don’t need to work full-time, so it would be great to help disadvantaged kids with their literacy skills,” she said. Looking back, Cassarino is appreciative of the amazing prospects she had at the District. “I had opportunities to grow as an educator and as a person working here,” Cassarino said. “I have met amazing parents and kids — and the kids taught me something every day.”

RANCHO SANTA FE — Two local women, Del Mar resident Arline “A.J.” Genis and Rancho Santa Fe community member, Celeste Hudson, are hosting an upcoming banquet, “Touching Hearts Across Nations.” The June 27 event is expected to draw 700 guests at the Morgan Run Club & Resort. With iconic singer and five time Grammy award winner, Dionne Warwick, as their featured entertainer, there is a buzz about this soiree. Hudson describes “Touching Hearts Across Nations,” as an opportunity to help two different youth charities in different parts of the world. “I am very passionate about children because ultimately they are our future,” Hudson said. “Any opportunity I have that I can give back means everything to me.” This special charity event will be dividing its

proceeds to both Promises2Kids based in San Diego and, IGNITE, an Alpha Montessori School located in East Delhi, India. While Promises2Kids is well-funded, Genis said, caring for 3,700 foster kids is like financing the Four Seasons every single day. The organization needs ongoing support. “Through IGNITE, these children will be the first generation in their family to be educated,” said Hudson, adding how the parents and grandparents are illiterate and severely impoverished. It was Genis who decided to approach the Morgan Run Club & Resort. “It’s my club and gave them first crack,” she said. “And they have bent over backwards to help.” Due to the Bernardo Fire, there was a week where Hudson’s lines were down and ticket sales grinded to a halt. Now, things are back on track. Because San Diego is

such a generous community, Genis said, it’s looking bright again. Genis expects celebrities to be in attendance because Warwick is so adored. While Warwick sings many of her top, memorable hits during the course of the evening, other talents will take center stage such world regarded violinist, Irina Tseitlin, and The Young Divas. Jaime Chambers will serve as master of ceremonies. The event will also showcase impressive silent and live auctions items, as well as opportunity drawings. This charity banquet is being presented by “Show Your Talent,” a talent competition show, both created and produced by Hudson and Genis. To learn more about the “Touching Hearts Across Nations” banquet on June 27 at 5:00 p.m., please call (858) 832-8304 or visit showyourtalent.biz.

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Don’t let allergies stifle summer fun ENCINITAS — Summer is a time for beach days and barbecues, warm nights and cold popsicles. But for approximately 36 million Americans, it also means the onset of seasonal allergies. Higher pollen counts, summer air pollution, mold, insect stings, poison ivy, sunscreen and even the delicious seasonal fruits can cause a number of symptoms that put a damper on summer fun. For most sufferers, symptoms vary from a mild runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing. For an unlucky few, allergic reactions range from swelling and dizziness to nausea and shock. Regardless of where you lie in the spectrum, it is important to know what your allergies are and how you can treat them. “Our goal is that patients live happy, healthy lives,” said Dr. Stephen Dent in Encinitas. Dr. Dent and his staff help to diagnose patients with allergy testing and then offer education, handouts and treatment plans. Allergies are just one part of otolaryngology (the study of ear, nose and throat), which is Dr. Dent’s specialty. Other conditions treated by Dr. Dent and his staff are ear infections, surfer’s ear, sinusitis, nasal tumors, tonsillitis, oral cancer, thyroid and parathyroid conditions, cough and other throat conditions. “With so many different types of conditions coming into our office, we have a variety of services as well,” Dr. Dent said. “Neck and thyroid ultrasounds with biopsy when necessary, allergy testing and in-office sinus and other procedures are just a few of the services DentMD offers.” New to the staff is an on-staff audiologist. “Our move to the North Coast Health Center has allowed us the ability to perform full hearing evaluations (audiograms) in the office,” Dr. Dent said. “This allows for a comprehensive evaluation in one office visit. Patients can now schedule one appointment to have an audiogram and discuss the results, rather than have two separate appointments.” A popular procedure performed by Otolaryngologists is a balloon sinuplasty. “The procedure opens blocked sinus airways,” Dr. Dent said. “As this procedure is completed in-office, the post-operative care is fairly minimal compared to traditional sinus surgery so patients can return to their daily activities more quickly.”

This consideration for patients’ time and comfort is a running theme at the office. “Patients describe a visit to our office as not only informative and medically beneficial, but caring and friendly like a neighborhood market,” Dr. Dent said. “DentMD is more than a doctor’s office being attentive to patient care, it’s an experience. Our staff’s focus is to make sure the patient leaves each visit feeling like they were heard.” “Ultimately we would like patients to achieve optimal health as well as have a very pleasant and modern experience,” Dr. Dent said.

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DentMD has updated medical systems and technology in the office, giving medical staff more time to focus on patient care. “We are looking to see patients who want high-quality knowledge and treatment for their ear, nose and throat symptoms,” Dr. Dent said. “At this time we are taking new patients, walk-ins, cash patients, most PPO insurances, Medicare and some HMO insurances.” In addition to Dr. Dent, DentMD also has two physician assistants on staff. “Bret Noland and Stefanie Rafes have extensive training, experience and continue to train with me to assure the best quality care for each patient,” Dr. Dent said. They allow for more immediate medical attention either through same-day return phone calls or prompt office visits if needed. With a brand new office at North Coast Health Center, providers and patients are encouraged to stop by to see the new office and meet the staff. DentMD is located at 477 N. El Camino Real Suite A202 in Encinitas. They are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (760) 479-2100 or visit dentmd. com for more information and a comprehensive list of patient resources.

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Bill Horn keeps supervisor seat By Promise Yee

Bill McNally, right, and Connie McNally are hosting the inaugural estate auction at the RSF Garden Club. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

The McNally’s ready for estate auction By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FRE — In Rancho Santa Fe, Connie and Bill McNally are regarded international antique dealers. Like most businesses, though, the antique dealing world has also changed with the Digital Age. Responding to those changes, The McNally Company located in the heart of the Village, has added on a new enterprise named McNally’s RSF Estate Auctions, Inc. While taking part in LiveAuctioneers.com, this duo is also hosting their “Inaugural Estate Auction” on June 21 and 22 at the picturesque Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. The doors to their shop opened 23 years ago, but the couple have been in the antique business for more than 3 decades. “We have noticed the business changing with the Internet,” Connie McNally said. “There are more auctions, so we decided to join them because there is no real auction in Southern California, south of Los Angeles.” The couple thought it would be an ideal opportunity to host an auction and the response has been incredible. In general, Bill said, people love auctions. “This is going to be a good one and there is not a good auction in our area so we are going to fill this need,” he said. While auction items for the “Inaugural Estate Auction” have already been chosen, people are in line to have their antiques consigned with the McNally’s for the next one. It’s Connie and Bill’s plan to host a quarterly auction. “Quite a few of our clients are sizing down and their children may not want their things, so they don’t know what to do with them,” she said. “So rather than consign them out or put them in storage, we decided to present them with an opportunity to put the pieces on auction.” This is filling a niche, since some big auction houses won’t procure anything under $5,000. At the upcoming auction, there is something for everyone at every price

point. Their 56-page catalogue lists 395 items for the “Inaugural Estate Auction.” A couple days before the auction, attendees may peruse the items at the Garden Club. If some items strike their fancy, they can pencil in the auction date(s). Connie said 220 items will be auctioned on Saturday, and the remaining 175, on Sunday. The couple mentioned they have a wide range of items on the auction roster including furniture, artwork, silver, art glass, porcelains, lamps, rocking horses, new designer furniture, and 17th century antiques. A wide spectrum of Japanese, Chinese, Dutch, French, Italian, English and American pieces will be on hand. Attendees will notice an array of items such as an Art Nouveau gilt bronze jewelry box valued at $150 to $300 fanning to a Louis XV-style Vitrine valued at $15,000 to $25,000. The Louis VX-Style Vitrine piece is just stunning,” said Connie, noting how it’s a bronze mounted kingwood silk brocade lined vitrine with inlaid satinwood diamond-shape parquetry on six legs with ormolu sabots. Auctioneer for the event is Steven Lewandowski, who is also the announcer for the San Diego Polo matches. “We feel this auction will be something really fun and great for the community,” Connie said Giving back, proceeds from the auction will be filtered to different Rancho Santa Fe charities. For this particular event, the McNally’s have chosen Country Friends. For years, people have entrusted Bob and Connie with their beloved possessions. “One of our consigners said that if only all the pieces could talk and the stories they would tell,” she said. “He is so happy that we are handling his pieces because he knows that we find them good homes.” To learn more about the “Inaugural Estate Auction,” preview dates, absentee bids and more, call (858) 756-2701 or visit rsfauctions.com.

REGION — In a close race for the County Board of Supervisors District No. 5 seat incumbent Bill Horn succeeded in earning the most votes. Results have been verified in the race that teetered back and forth between candidate leads. Horn received 51.85 percent of the votes. His opponent Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood earned 48.15 percent of the votes, allowing Horn to squeak by. Wood said he was thankful to supporters, and a bit tired after the race that covered the district’s 1,800 square miles that include Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, San Marcos and Fallbrook.

The latest vote count shows County Supervisor Bill Horn will keep his district No. 5 seat. The lead teetered between Horn and opponent Jim Wood as votes were tallied. Photo by Promise Yee

He added he was optiThe two candidates are markedly different in their mistic that he might win. “Win or loose I enjoyed leadership approach. Wood credits himself it,” Wood said. “There were on his the ability to listen no surprises on issues.”

to residents, and get along with fellow politicians of all parties. He said he has worked with county supervisors on regional issues, and was ready to hit the ground running if he was elected as supervisor. Horn was not available for an interview, but previously stated that he considers himself a straight shooter. “I know where I stand,” Horn said. “My mind can be changed if I have all the facts.” “I’m a very frank person and get right to the point,” he said. “You need to deal with the facts. Jim TURN TO HORN ON A16

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The Grauer School’s graduating class of 2014 toss their caps into the air after ceremonies May 31. The event included musical performances by graduating seniors Claya El-Moussa, Jada Henry and Chase Miller, as well as speeches by William Braymen and Jada Henry. Kalina Quinn was awarded the Trustees Service award, El-Moussa was awarded the Leadership award, and Savanah Stuart earned the Resourcefulness award. Courtesy photo


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HWAC offers fun for pet owners RANCHO SANTA FE — Helen Woodward Animal Center invites campers to a summer assortment of animal-focused activities that will not only delight pet-lovers of all ages but will support the center’s orphan pets and programs. From surfing and standup paddle boarding with your pooch to petting a giant Flemish rabbit or an alpaca to curling up in the sun with a great animal-themed novel and your cat, the dog days of summer are about to begin. You can splash into summer with Surf Dog lessons at Dog Beach in Del Mar. The beloved “Hang 20” classes feature expert instruction from the So Cal Surf Dogs — teaching basic and advanced techniques to dogs. The classes are offered in two levels, “Intro to the Ocean” for beginners and “GromMutt Dog Surfing” for the pros. New this year, water-loving dogs and their owners can try stand-up paddle boarding classes, too. These classes are great for the less adventurous pups that prefer calm waters to white-water surf. Each class is 50 min-

Surf dog Dozer and Gigi Bagaporo check out the Helen Woodward Animal Center summer dog surfing classes. Courtesy photo

utes long and includes all required equipment, from canine life-vests to surf boards to paddleboards. Class cost is $45 with a $10 discount offered off any additional lessons. Classes begin June 28 and continue on select Saturdays and Sundays through August with class times scheduled for 8:30 a.m. (stand-up paddle board only), 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. Spots are limited to allow for individual attention. For more information,

questions or to register, go to animalcenter.org or call (858) 756-4117, ext. 350. Lessons can be taken for fun or in preparation for Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Annual “Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon.” The Sept. 7 canine surf competition is the largest of its kind and has earned a reputation for attracting four-legged, ocean-obsessed athletes from up and down the coast. This year’s event will feature a Stand-Up Paddle Paws Parade, as well.

Concerts at the Cove Best photo contest ENCINITAS — Olivenhain Municipal Water District and the Escondido Creek Conservancy invite amateur photographers of all ages to the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve for its ninth annual amateur photography contest. Entries must feature the reserve as their subject or be taken within the reserve from any trail. Photos must be submitted by Sept. 19, 2014. The awards presentation will take place at OMWD’s Nov. 5 board of directors meeting. Interested participants may visit olivenhain.com/photo for official contest rules and to upload contest entries. Winning photos will be selected from five categories — scenic view, water scenery, plants and animals, black & white and youth. This year’s contest will also feature the return of the People’s Choice award, for which the winner will be selected in an online vote. Winners will be displayed at the reserve’s Elfin Forest Interpretive Center Honoring Susan J. Varty beginning in January 2015. In addition, winners are eligible for prizes donated by local businesses and a $100 cash prize donated by the Escondido Creek Conservancy. One of San Diego County’s natural resources, the 784-acre reserve offers 11 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails as well as picnic areas and mountain viewpoints.

SOLANA BEACH — The city of Solana Beach and the Belly Up Tavern will host the return of the free, summer “Concerts at the Cove” series, from June 19 to Aug. 21. Concerts at the Cove brings local musicians to the Fletcher Cove Park stage, 111 S, Sierra Ave., in performances designed for audiences of all ages. The concert series empha sizes family recreation and cultural experiences in an outdoor setting by the beach, and provides an opportunity for families and friends to enjoy a variety of musical styles at sunset. Concerts will be held every Thursday from 6 to 7:45 p.m. throughout the summer. This year’s 2014 “Concerts at the Cove” lineup includes: — June 19: Luke Williams — June 26: 1st Marine Division Jazz Combo — July 3: Michael Tiernan — July 10: Billy Watson Band — July 17: Symphony Brass Quintet — July 24: Aloha Radio — July 31: Mike Myrdal Trio


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— Aug. 14: Hullabaloo Band — Aug. 21: Steve Gold Band The lineup is subject to change at any time. The public is encouraged to bring low-back beach chairs, ground cover and picnics. No alcohol, tobacco, pets or personal barbecues are allowed during concerts. For more information, visit cityofsolanabeach.org or call the Parks and Recreation Department at (858) 720-2453.

From left, brothers and sister Eliseo Haas, Betsabe Haas and Yener Haas earn recognition for their perfect attendance this year at R. Roger Rowe School. Courtesy photo

R. Roger Rowe School students recognized By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The last Rancho Santa Fe School District meeting was a full house. Peppered throughout the auditorium were parents and children. The students present, were being honored and recognized for perfect attendance during the 2013 and 2014 school year. The board of trustees was counted for which included Richard Burdge, Todd Frank, Tyler Seltzer, Todd Buchner, and Marti Ritto. Also there was Superintendent Lindy Delaney. This group made up the receiving line of handshakes for each student receiving attendance awards. First up was Kim Pinkerton, K-5 elementary

school principal at R. Roger Rowe who announced the students by grade levels. “Congratulations ahead of time to all of you for showing your commitment to school, being here every single day, putting on those thinking caps and for just being amazing individuals,” Pinkerton said. “You make this school what it is and we thank you for that.” One by one, the students recognized from first to fifth grade were Jack Kaffka, Nylah King-Boyd, Grant Pollin, Grace Flanagan, Betsabe Haas, Chloe Luwa, Branden Recendiz, Logan Johnson, Jacob Malter, Lucas Myers, Alexandra Nicholas, Ryan Persico, Andrew Siffert, Victoria Steiner, Griffin Goldberg, Lana Lakdawala, and Isaac Lustig.

Next up, R. Roger Rowe Middle School Principal Garrett Corduan presented the attendance awards for the sixth through eighth graders. Corduan congratulated the students for being at school every day and to the parents for getting them there. The names called out in this group were John Flaming, Lucas Luwa, Arielle Sanford, Brenda Bazaldua, Anna Boat, Alexander Brown, Chloe Chang, Eliseo Haas, Katrina Nakamura, Savera Soin, Kevin Fernandez, Blake Fuller, Morgan Gillespie, Yener Haas, Calvin Hall, Jordan Klair, Jannie Yu and Sarah Zou. For a handful of students, this award recognition was received either two or three years in a row.

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Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) left, and Toothless prespare for their next adventure in “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” Image courtesy DreamWorks Animation

All smoke and no fire in ‘Dragon 2’ By Noah S. Lee

The fiery breath of “How to Train Your Dragon 2” burns bright, but it gets extinguished at times on account of a lackluster villain and the ensuing consequences. Five years have passed since Hiccup and Toothless succeeded in uniting dragons and Vikings on the island of Berk, and now they are more inseparable than ever. When they discover a secret ice cave that houses hundreds of dragons and the enigmatic Dragon Rider, they find themselves caught in the middle of a large conflict between humans and dragons. In order to uphold the peace, however, it’s going to take the two of them and their friends to set things right. And, in nearly every aspect, the highly-anticipated sequel to 2010’s “How to Train Your Dragon” manages to do just that; the animation is of sterling quality, particularly in the characters’ faces where there is a remarkable degree of subtlety in their expressions. The humans look more evolved, the dragons appear more detailed, and even the new Scandinavian landscapes are more spacious, opening up many opportunities to create plenty of death-defying action. It’s no surprise to see the improved animation reflecting the bigger universe it has created. Speaking of death-defying action, the sequel kicks off with the Berk dragon riders participating in a cool race, followed by run-ins with trappers led by Eret and the occasional moment in which Hiccup and Toothless fly through the skies together (and separately).

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The exhilaration factor refuses to stop escalating when we enter the icy haven where Hiccup’s long-lost mother, Valka, enters the picture, adding an extra layer of splendor to the thrills. Clearly director Dean DeBlois had his ambitions as to where he wanted to go with the sequel regarding action sequences, and his desire to go bigger in scope culminates in the two titanic battles between the army led by the villain Drago Bludvist and the group belonging to Hiccup. These scenes are beautifully shot and teeming with enthusiasm, and if you couldn’t get enough of what the first “How to Train Your Dragon” had to offer, you’re in for a big treat. As for the voice cast, it pleased me to see that the returning members hadn’t lost their touch; Jay Baruchel mixes the perfect combination of wit, curiosity and bravery in his performance as Hiccup, and Gerard Butler is sufficiently strong and charismatic in his role of Stoick, Hiccup’s father. America Ferrera instills spunky warmth in Hiccup’s girlfriend Astrid. Craig Ferguson, who plays Gobber, is guaranteed to have audiences chuckling at his exuberant behavior. Newcomer Cate Blanchett breathes fresh life into this animated adventure with her graceful, heartfelt portrayal of the reclusive vigilante Valka. Alright, so it is obvious “How to Train Your Dragon 2” can still, like its predecessor, breathe fire and light up the skies. However, its flames drop in intensity once Drago, a supposedly critical factor of the film’s plot, comes into focus. What I’m not a fan of is how under-

Foundation invites all to an outdoor concert with Carlsbad singer-songwriter Cody Lovaas and the Valley Middle School band, at 5 p.m. June 21 at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, 7100 Aviara Resort Drive. Tickets are $25 at carlsbaded.org/concerttickets.aspx. JUNE 13 PLEIN AIR San Dieguito Art Guild hosts the free, 15-artist plein air exhibition, “Envision 24 Hours,” with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. June 13, at the Encinitas City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas. COASTAL COLOR The Oceanside Museum of Art will host an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. June 13 for its satellite exhibition space featuring Coastal Color through Sept. 7 at the Herbert B. Turner Galleries at Southfair, 2010 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. The show features works by members of OMA

developed the villain turned out to be; his past motive didn’t mesh well with his current one, and therefore the logic behind his actions made no sense. This probably had to do with DeBlois’ indecision, as he couldn’t seem to make up his mind on where he wanted to go with Drago when writing the screenplay. And when you have a villain who is a contradiction in itself, certain story elements are sure to be affected. I understood this sequel revolved around Hiccup’s journey to discover who he is inside, and his relationships with his father and mother helped to flesh out his character arc. But there’s nothing contributory about the dynamic between him and Drago during the dragon battles where they meet. As a result, the film’s heart loses a substantial portion of emotional resonance towards the end; that punch to the gut isn’t quite as strong throughout several key solemn scenes. That’s not to say “How to Train Your Dragon 2” won’t shoot fire from its mouth to excite moviegoers; if anything, I’m certain it will, especially for those who thoroughly enjoyed the first film. But, for me personally, I think I’ll stick with the original. MPAA rating: PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor Run time: 1 hour and 42 minutes Playing: In general release

Artist Alliance and Carls- com. $12 at the door bad Oceanside Art League. For more information, JUNE 15 call (760) 435-3720 or visit COMEDY THEATER oma-online.org. See “Spamalot” onstage at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday nights through JUNE 14 ROAD TRIP Cannon June 28 at the Moonlight Art Gallery explores the Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale American Road Trip, “Com- Terrace Drive, Vista. Gates mon Tread: Traversing open for picnicking and the American Landscape” dining at 6:30 p.m. Tickets through Aug. 17 with an are $15-$52 and can be gotopening reception from ten at moonlightstage.com 5 to 7 p.m. June 14, in the or (760) 724-2110. For inWilliam D. Cannon Art Gal- formation and reservations, lery, at 1775 Dove Lane. call (760) 828-0596. For more information on gallery programs, call (760) JUNE 16 602-2021, or visit carlsbadSUMMER HOURS The Solana Beach Library , 157 ca.gov/arts. AFTER HOURS The Stevens Ave., Solana Beach, Encinitas Library L101 will open at 9:30 a.m. MonAfter Hours Concert from day through Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. June 14 pres- June 16 through Aug. 23. ents Bridges & Boundaries, Closing hours remain the touching on improv, cham- same: Monday and Thursber music and electronics at day at 6 p.m., Tuesday and 540 Cornish Drive, Encini- Wednesday at 8 p.m., Fritas. $10 advance tickets can day and Saturday at 5 p.m.. be gotten at ruthlesshipPLAY R EA DERS pies.org and leucadia101. Carlsbad Playreaders pres-

Darius Rucker will be performing at the San Diego County Fair, Del Mar Fairgrounds Grandstand June 13. Photo by Jim Wright

Rucker knows the high stakes of country music By Alan Sculley

Darius Rucker says his current album, “True Believers,” is the most important album he’s made in his career. That’s quite a statement for a guy who 18 years ago, as frontman of Hootie & The Blowfish, faced following up an album in “Cracked Rear View,” which sold 16 million copies in the United States alone, and five years ago tackled the challenge of being one of the rare artists to successfully move from rock into the country genre. But Rucker has his reasons for seeing “True Believers,” his third country album, as such a highstakes project. “When I started in the country world, there were the naysayers that said that I was just going to come in and have a hit and leave,” Rucker said in a phone interview. “This record, I call it my cement record. It’s the record I want to solidify my country career, and I have to let people know that I’m here for the long haul.” “True Believers” has ent “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, featuring Deanna Driscoll, Samantha Ginn, Linda Libby, Amanda Sitton & Jacque Wilke. Join Carlsbad Playreaders at 7:30 p.m. June 16 at the Carlsbad Dove Library Schulman Auditorium. For more information, visit carlsbadplayreaders.org. JUNE 17 TWILIGHT TUNES The Del Mar Summer Twilight Concert Series begins at 6 pm June 17 featuring for opening act, Josh Damigo followed by Rockola and the Magical Youth Symphony Orchestra. The Del Mar Foundation is offering Benefactor Blankets at $1,000 each that will guarantee prime seating for all five concerts. Proceeds help underwrite the cost of the concerts. Reservations at delmarfoundation.org/ twilight.html or call (858) 635-1363 or email kwilson@

probably accomplished that goal. The lead single from the album, “Wagon Wheel,” topped “Billboard” magazine’s country singles chart and in February won a Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance. A follow-up single, “Radio,” went top five. The top of the country singles chart isn’t unfamiliar territory for Rucker. His first two albums, “Learn to Live” (2008) and “Charleston, SC 1966 (2010) produced five number one singles and each album went platinum, as Rucker gave fans every indication that he was as suited to country as he was to the rock world with Hootie & The Blowfish. But the greater time and effort that went into “True Believers” is a good indication that Rucker was making a big investment in the album. “We really took our time, took a couple of years to get this record, and it was because we wanted great songs,” Rucker said. TURN TO RUCKER ON A15

delmarfoundation.org JUNE 18 MUSIC AT LUNCH The free Wednesdays@ Noon concert from noon to 12:45 p.m. June 18 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, will feature Peter Pupping, guitar and Jeff Basile, string bass. The duo will present a variety of jazz, Latin, samba, and contemporary acoustic music. Bring lunch or purchase from the coffee cart. For more information, call (760) 633-2746. JUNE 20 MAR DELS IN THE PARK A free concert in the park will rock with the Mar Dels from 5 to 8:30p.m. June 20 at Rancho del Oro Park, 4700 Mesa Drive, Oceanside, sponsored by Oceanside Neighborhood Services Department and Friends of Oceanside Parks. For more information, call (760) 435-5041.

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RANCHO SANTA FE — When children are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed toy to an event, it is sure to be a raving success. Rancho Santa Fe kids and their parents have a special opportunity to be part of a rare affair June 21 hosted by the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild. Not only will they be meeting children’s author and illustrator Salina Yoon, but they will get a sneak preview of her newest picture book, “FOUND,” take part in a scavenger hunt, and Yoon will personally draw a portrait of a child’s stuffed animal. “We are honored to have her because she is an accomplished children’s author and illustrator and are excited to introduce the children to her new book ‘FOUND,’” said Emily Bruce, Youth Services manager for the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild. While the Guild has held numerous author events, Bruce said, this is the first time they are offering a children’s event and are hoping to have more. And this event is already causing a stir of excitement. According to Yoon, “FOUND,” is a story about a bear that finds a stuffed toy bunny in the forest. The bear posts fliers all over, attempting to find the owner of the toy. “While caring for this toy, he grows an attachment to this bunny and he wishes he could keep it,” Yoon said. When the rightful owner reveals themselves, the real question is if Bear will do the right thing and relinquish the toy bunny. “Children, like adults, are faced with difficult decisions and feel complex emotions,” Yoon said. She added, ‘FOUND’ explores these themes in a very child friendly way.” Yoon has both authored and illustrated more than 150 books for young children.

Richard Westerfield, center, talks about all-things J.S. Bach during a concert performance in Rancho Santa Fe on Sunday. Photos by Tony Cagala

Children’s book author and illustrator Salina Yoon will be the guest at children’s event hosted by the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild June 21. Photo by Marlo Yoshimoto

This number also includes the regarded Penguin picture book series. Her books are geared for 2 to 6 years of age. What Yoon enjoys most about her work, she said, is the process of growing an idea from something small into something beyond her imagination. It’s all about the literary and artistic journey. “Sometimes the story presents itself as I write the words in bits and pieces, and other times through the little doodles that bring the story to life — it’s the discovery process that I enjoy the most,” she said. Yoon, who has two young boys, said her children have been her inspiration. Yoon pointed out that many of her books were authored when they were babies and toddlers. Her eldest son was Yoon’s muse for the popular Penguin character. The concept of drawing a portrait of a child’s favorite stuffed toy at the June 21 event is something Yoon enjoys doing. While

the children are mesmerized by watching her draw, the portrait is a reflection of the child’s attachment and love for their toy. “And the scavenger hunt plays off the theme of finding something that is lost, from ‘FOUND,’” she said. Yoon wants parents to know that her younger aged books are mostly interactive, while offering great fun for the parents to watch their children’s expression. “The picture book is a classic format that brings children and parents together,” said Yoon, adding how it’s a great experience to share together. “I love children to embrace the joy in reading, feeling, and experiencing the many adventures that are in books.” “FOUND” will be available for purchase and Yoon on hand for a personal signing. To learn more about the event June 21 at 2 p.m., visit rsflibraryguild.org or call (858) 756-2512. The event is made possible by Warwicks of La Jolla.

Bach at home RANCHO SANTA FE — Ann Feighner McCarthy opened her home to guests and members of the Pacific Bach Project on Sunday. The concert, directed by Richard Westerfield and his wife Helen, highlightedsome of the many cantatas composed by J.S. Bach. The Pacific Bach Project is a nonprofit that seeks to present the music of Bach to audiences of all ages and From left, Helen Westerfield, Ann Feighner McCarthy and Rick Westerfield. backgrounds.


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ENCINITAS — Environmentally friendly message filled the grounds of Cottonwood Creek Park on Sunday for the 8th annual Encinitas Environment Day. The free event, which began back in 2007, provided the community a chance to learn about eco-friendly topics ranging from conserving water to green careers.

From left, Colleen McGrath, Veronica Ness and Sydney Busic draw designs in chalk at Cottonwood Creek Park on Sunday. Photos by Tony Cagala

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Kira Mawer, 8, blends a smoothie for her family using the power she generated by pedaling a bike. Dadla Ponizil, background, with the Citizens Climate Lobby hosts the blending station and educates people on climate change, saying it’s not too late to fix it.


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The great swimsuit divide I have such fond memories of summer. It meant long, lazy days to read fat books, enjoy carefree beach time and homemade ice cream. I actually remember the simple times of living in my bathing suit, day and night. For the girls, that lasted until you were about 12, if you were lucky. Then suddenly you realized there was a great deal of pale, not terribly toned or hairless flesh being revealed. And it changed everything. Getting ready to put on even a one-piece suit has always required way, way too much preparation. Remember, this was before science came up with acceptable long-term methods of body hair removal and effective indoor tanning options. There was no such thing as a last-minute trip to the pool. I had to shave, uphill in the snow, both ways. Generally, that left various areas from stem to stern inflamed, stinging and generally as unattractive as before I started. If there was waxing to be had, it had not made itself known to the women in rural El Cajon. It was the blade or nothing. And then there was the annual misery of buying a new bathing suit at the store. Yes, I can hear that universal groan from women around the globe, TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B15

More than 200 professional and citizen scientists participate in a BioBlitz study of Lake Hodges in late April. Photo by Kirstie Ruppert

BioBlitz at Lake Hodges yields exciting, surprising finds By Tony Cagala

ESCONDIDO — In late April, a host of professional and citizen scientists embarked on a 24-hour blitz of the north shore of Lake Hodges essentially seeking to take a snapshot of the biodiversity as it exists in an approximately 350-acre area. And the results of what they found there yielded equal amounts of excitement and surprise. Initiated by the San Diego Zoo Global Institute for Conservation Research, it was the first of its kind for the area, said James DanoffBurg, Ph.D., director of conservation education for the institute, and who led the BioBlitz. “A BioBlitz, in general, is a 24hour effort that tries to record every single species that’s found in a given area at that time of the year,” he said. What brought on the excitement was the spotting of some endangered species, including the California Gnat Catcher and the California Coastal Cactus Wren. There were sightings of bobcats in the area too, he said, but not any mountain lions, which DanoffBurg said was a little disappointing, but not surprising. “They’ve (mountain lions)

Another 300 species of insects were identified during the BioBlitz, a snapshot of species living in one area, done over a 24-hour period. Photo by Dale Hameister

been found in the watershed, but not around Lake Hodges,” he said. Fifteen reptiles, mostly snakes, including the four varieties of rattlesnake were also counted. But what came as a surprise to Danoff-Burg was the five species of bats spotted. “I had no idea that there were that many bats in this area,” he said.

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The blitz occurred on April 24 and April 25, during the spring bird and insect migrations. “The insect diversity was amazing,” he added. There were probably almost another 300 species that they’ve been able to identify through the blitz. San Diego Zoo Global has also

been involved in part with a study of aerial insects in the San Dieguito River Valley. That project, which is compiling insect species data for the International Barcode of Life, has added some more than 200 new species to that database. Danoff-Burg said that some of the insect data collected in the BioBlitz will go to inform the aerial insect project, but added that because the sampling was done differently the results aren’t completely comparable. When it came to scouting the location for the BioBlitz, DanoffBurg explained that Lake Hodges was selected because it had the greatest combination of all desired traits: namely it was a conservation interest for the wildlife conservancy and with Lake Hodges serving as a water source it’s a generator of biodiversity. The area of study has also been part of a cactus restoration project since the 2007 wildfires that burned parts of that location. During the blitz 262 plants were found, which Danoff-Burg said was amazing in that there were that many there. “Not so surTURN TO BIOBLITZ ON B15


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Not long after the Bernardo fire broke out on May 13, horse trailers lined up on Jimmy Durante Boulevard as the Del Mar Fairgrounds took in evacuated animals. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

1,100 animals sheltered during fire By Bianca Kaplanek The Carlsbad sign may be built and installed over Carlsbad Boulevard before the end of the year. Image courtesy of the city of Carlsbad

Downtown Carlsbad sign approved By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — Carlsbad City Council approved a historic sign replica to arc across Carlsbad Boulevard on Tuesday night against the recommendations of city staff, the Planning Division, and the Arts Commission to deny the donation. “It’s the universal symbol of you’ve arrived, this is our downtown,” said Councilmember Michael Schumacher. The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, at the urging of former chamber board Chairman Carlton Lund, offered to donate a welcome archway sign at the southern entrance to downtown Carlsbad Village.

The approximately 30-foot-tall sign’s design features “Carlsbad” written in white letters that would be illuminated with LED lighting on a dark blue background. Originally the design also incorporated two five-foot sculptures of a dolphin in faux portholes, designed by marine life artist Robert Wyland. The construction and installation of the sign will cost an estimated $170,000, and is being funded by TaylorMade Golf Company, one of the city’s largest employers. The city would have to cover nearly $5,000 in annual maintenance costs for the sign. Minus the dolphin, the

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sign is similar to the roadway sign that was erected in 1938 at about the same location. Chamber of Commerce President Ted Owen described the proposal as “a beautiful modern replica of the original sign that sat majestically over Coast Highway.” “This is to let people know, you’re in the heart of the city now,” said Mike Howes, who has overseen the sign proposal for the Chamber. Yet, the Arts Commission unanimously deemed that the sign’s design, particularly the Wyland dolphin sculpture, was too commercial and lacked originality when reviewing the proposal in December. The Commission determined that the sign and its proposed location were not appropriate for the Village even if the dolphin was removed. Arts Commission Chair Tina Schmidt expressed to council that even without the “cartoonish” dolphin, the sign,

“fails on aesthetic quality and has little artistic merit. A little tacky.” The city’s Planning Division also concluded that the sign does not match the Village aesthetic and is too similar to the downtown sign in Encinitas over Coast Highway 101. Both the Arts Commission and the Planning Division supported the redesign of the sign and inclusion of public artwork from a local artist. The Chamber in turn revised the sign design by eliminating the dolphin sculpture. Owen also suggested that the donation from TaylorMade Golf Company may not be available a year from now because the company’s CEO, who promised the sign funds, is leaving to work for Adidas. Despite the opposition, council determined that the sign is a needed beacon for the city’s downtown district. “For every negative TURN TO SIGN ON B15

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DEL MAR — As the May 13 meeting of the 22nd District Agricultural Association began to wind down, activities at various locations throughout the Del Mar Fairgrounds, which it governs, were starting to rev up. With the Bernardo fire rapidly making its way across the 1,548 acres it would ultimately char, nearby homeowners were ordered to evacuate, a tough move for most, but one made more difficult for many in the area because they also needed to find shelter for their horses. With the meeting being conducted, an emergency phone rang and fairgrounds staff went into action to prepare, as they had done in previous wildfires, to take in the evacuated equines. About 200 went to the nearby Del Mar Horsepark facility, but space was limited because a horse show was booked and stalls were unavailable. General Manager Tim Fennell said Kenny Baker, the equestrian center manager of the arena complex, “took a leadership role” to open the rest of the stateowned facility to the animals. Fennell, reporting at the June 2 meeting, said in all the fairgrounds took in about 1,100 horses and donkeys and a few cats and dogs. “We stepped up to the plate,” Fennell said. “It was a great team effort.” Fennell said employees from every department from accounting to concessions pitched in to help out. Once things calmed down, Fennell said his concerns continued because the fire season had started early. He said fairgrounds staff was “already putting on our thinking caps” to have a plan in place should fires break out during the fairgrounds’ two major events — the San Diego County Fair, which runs through July 6, and Del Mar horse meet, which takes place from July 17 through Sept. 3. Director Russ Penniman said he was told staff went “above and beyond” during the evacuation. “Our capacity is a tremendous asset for this county,” he said. “My hat’s off to all the folks here. … They made folks who weren’t at home feel at home.”

Film club offer plenty to see OCEANSIDE — The North County Film Club has finalized its schedule for the rest of 2014, beginning July 13. Season passes may be purchased at the Digiplex Mission Marketplace box office, 431 College Blvd., where the films will be shown. The five films to be seen with the five-film pass must be identified at the time of purchase. The line-up includes: — July 13, “Feet from Stardom, ” English

— July 27, “Wadjda,” Arabic — Aug. 10, “Frances Ha,” Netherlands — Aug. 24, “Girl on a Bicycle, ” English — Sept. 7, “The Book Thief,” English/German — Sept. 21, “Instructions Not Included,” Spanish/ English — Oct. 5, “Barbara,” German — Oct. 19, “Gloria,” Chile — Nov. 9, “Time and the City,” English

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Odd Files By Chuck Shepherd Eyes of the Beholder Thirty thousand spiders, led by members of the British Tarantula Society, gathered in Coventry on May 18 for the annual BTS exhibition, with a Socotra Island blue baboon spider taking Best in Show for first-time entrant Mike Dawkins. According to news reports, judges ignore spiders’ personalities and make their selections by objectifying the body — seeking “shiny coats, correct proportions, an active demeanor and proper stance” (which means that “all eight legs should be upright and perfectly poised”). Veteran judge Ryan Hale said winning does not necessarily make a spider more valuable, but is likely to enhance the keeper’s reputation in the tarantula-training community. Government in Action Susan Coppinger, 47, was promoted by the city of Boston in January to a job paying $38,800 in the Inspectional Services Department — even though a month earlier she had been arrested for bank robbery. In fact, police said it was her second robbery of the same Santander Bank in nearby Quincy. Apparently, the city’s human resources office does not monitor mugshots on Mass MostWa nted.com, but in April, the city finally secured Coppinger’s resignation. For panicking drivers headed in an emergency to University Hospital in Tamarac, Fla., ready to turn left into the ER because of bleeding, shortness of breath, etc., the city still requires patiently waiting for the traffic light to turn green — no matter what — and has a $158-per violation redlight camera perfectly aimed, according to a WPLG-TV investigation reported in March. The station noted that the traffic magistrate handling appeals serves at the pleasure of the city and so far has not relented on tickets involving even provable emergencies. Alarmed that its internal rating system revealed that some employees actually perform better than others, the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced in May that it was scrapping the system. Agency director Richard Cordray expressed dismay that the system failed to reveal worker disparities that matched up on the basis of age, race, union status and longevity with the agency, and said that until they find a system that proves, for example, that union members work just as well (or badly) as non-members, all employees will be paid as if they were doing excellent work.


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Concerns voiced over S. Sierra plans By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — A proposal introduced at a May 29 workshop to redevelop a deteriorating building and the city-owned parking lot on South Sierra Avenue received less-than-enthusiastic support, primarily because it will likely increase traffic and create a need for more parking, which residents say is already in short supply in the area. Jim Gabriel of Hanna Gabriel Wells Architects presented three “conceptual thoughts” that included a commercial/restaurant/retail-oriented complex, boutique hotel and residential development, all of which would feature “some sort of structured parking.” The plan is to demolish and rebuild the Mellmo building at 120 Stevens Ave. The proposal would also use the adjacent distillery lot, which contains 87 parking spaces, and another lot in between the two parcels with 57 additional stalls. The smaller lot is part of a lease agreement — established before Solana Beach became a city — that allows public parking after 5 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends and private parking the rest of the time. That 40-year agreement expires in 2022. Gabriel stressed the renderings are very preliminary drawings created to help garner public input on what, if any, type of project the community would support. “This isn’t just about going in and seeing how you can rescramble the site as much as it is thinking about how … a project could be developed that would very much benefit the community and very much ultimately become an asset and an extension of the community that exists today,” Gabriel said. “We’re not trying to force a particular path,” he added. “These were observations we had.” “We’re really also not trying to force any kind of style right now,” Randy Hanna said. “We admire the eclectic nature of Solana Beach. … I think that’s what makes it such a great community.” Despite their insistence the plans are nowhere close to what the final project might look like the approximately 30 residents who attended the workshop were focused on what was presented. “Those projects look very out of place in our area,” Gerri Retman-Opper said. “It made me gasp be-

Residents voiced a number of concerns about a proposal to redevelop the Mellmo building and the cityowned parking lot on South Sierra Avenue in Solana Beach. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

cause it looked so different than anything we have. The look of it didn’t look like anything I would image would be in town.” “It doesn’t actually match the community,” Gary Martin said. “People come here and spend money … because there’s a reason to come here. “It’s different. … From a business perspective it’s important to maintain what we’ve got. “We already have one very large building sitting in the middle of the view corridor,” Peter House said. “I’m not sure we want to have a whole lot of other buildings there.” Kelly Harless, who lives close to the proposed project area, said she has concerns about overcrowding. “I don’t support any ideas I saw today that bring in large numbers of cars and traffic to the area,” she said. “It’s already congested. I support remodeling the building for different use but adding more structures and creating more traffic is not going to serve that area. It has to beautify the area.” The architects said they believe the project would improve the look of the area. “Sierra’s the pedestrian superhighway,” Gabriel said. “Every day you go through there there’s people walking on that street.” But when you get to the project site, “it all starts to unravel,” he said. “The landscape vanishes. The sidewalks are in disarray. A place for pedestrians seems to fade away.” Harless disagreed. “Sierra is like a freeway and now you’re talking about bringing in more traffic,” she said.

I don’t support any ideas I saw today that bring in large numbers of cars and traffic to the area.” Kelly Harless Solana Beach Resident

Cindy Cruz, head of the Cedros Avenue Merchants Association, and others had concerns about adding retail when some spaces are currently vacant and other shops are struggling. “It dilutes the area,” said Cruz, who manages Leaping Lotus in the Cedros Design District. “It dilutes the businesses.” She said there are “dead areas” along Cedros now. “If you start doing all these different divisions of different little retails here and (on) another street over here … people (won’t) walk to them. They won’t even walk all the way down Cedros sometimes.” Vicki Cypherd is concerned about noise from a second-story restaurant resonating into nearby neighborhoods.

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While many residents had individual criticisms about various aspects of the proposal, nearly all mentioned parking concerns. “Parking is a huge issue,” Cruz said. “Anything you do has to increase the parking … substantially,” Retman-Opper said. “One of the biggest problems we have is parking down there,” House said. “It’s not only for the beach. It’s for the businesses. “It’s for the employees. We’ve got separate groups now trying to figure out what we do with parking in that area.” “It should be said very importantly — early on, too — that we all understand that the existing public parking … needs to remain, that whatever form of development takes place it has to accommodate, at a minimum, all the parking that’s there

today, hopefully maybe even some more,” Gabriel said. “That’s kind of a given.” Even with that assurance, residents were not placated, especially since the city would be giving up future opportunities to expand parking in the distillery lot — a structure has long been planned for the parcel — if a partnership formed. “If all you’re going to do for us is give us what we’ve got now and another group of big buildings, I don’t think that’s a good tradeoff,” House said. “If you’re not at least going to double (the parking) then you’re not giving us much.” City Manager David Ott said it’s not the first time the city has been approached by property owner Lomas Santa Fe Group to work together to improve the site. He said the most recent request came because the owners feel the building is “nearing the end of its economic use.” “It’s in need of renovation,” Ott said. “It’s in a state of disrepair inside.” “You can do this on your own feet,” House said. “Why you’d want to take the only area … we’ve got possibly to solve our parking problem and put structures on it, I don’t know. “Personally I don’t think it’s a good idea.” Gabriel said it could go forward as two separate projects but working together could result in “something better.” Steve Bollert, principal of BBL Commercial Real Estate, said he and the owners and architects will consider all the comments provided “and see if there is a feasible project to complete here.” “If there’s not … we’ll redevelop and life goes on,” he said. “Change is hard. We understand that, but we’d love to make this work.”


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salary, which is currently about $187,500. Mosier said that is a new policy, initially recommended by the finance committee. “The advantage to the city of this policy is that we don’t increase our future pension obligations, and it’s a flexible change that we can implement each year,” Mosier said. “We appreciate the city manager agreeing to this form of compensation.” When Huth was hired his base pay was $180,000 annually. In 2013 he received a $630 a month raise. That included a $255 monthly cost-of-living increase, which represented 1.7 percent of his base salary, and a 2.5 percent merit increase that amounted to $375 a month. The 5 percent bonus will give Huth a one-time payment of about $9,400. Council also agreed to provide Huth with the minimum benefits received by all others in his employment classification. “To make a level playing field the city manager will now receive the minimum … benefits afforded to all management-level personnel in the city, and that’s just to have a standard package,” Mosier said. According to the staff report the total package will cost the city $9,500 this year. Funds are available, the staff report states. Council members were Private Money slated to discuss the issue. BUY/FIX & FLIP At the request of Mayor Lee it was moved to the Construction Loans Haydu, consent calendar. Fast. Flexible. Items on the consent calendar are adopted with 858-222-2385 one motion and no discussion unless they are pulled by a member of council or the community. That was not done 18029 Calle Ambiente, Ste. 512 and no one asked to adRancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 dress council about the CA BRE 01185139 contract amendments.

DEL MAR — Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Scott Huth will remain city manager for the county’s smallest city for at least three more years. Council members unanimously extended his contract, authorized a one-time bonus and granted him minimum Scott Huth benefits at the June 2 Courtesy photo meeting. H u t h took over the city’s top post with a three-year contract on Jan. 1, 2012, having previously served as the public services director for Coronado since 1995. The agreement with Del Mar requires that he be given at least six months notice if the contract will not be renewed. Councilman Don Mosier, a member of a subcommittee charged with amending the contract, said the recommendation to retain Huth for an additional three years was “based on a positive evaluation of his work performance by the entire council.” Huth will also receive a one-time performance bonus of up to 5 percent of his base

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Rotary helps students Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary awarded $500 scholarships to Canyon Crest Academy seniors Jackson Backer and Quin Patterson. Recipients must exhibit a firm commitment to community service and social change. Backer is an Eagle Scout, runs cross country for the CCA varsity cross-country team and plays rugby for the successful San Diego Celebrating the generations at the Horizon Prep Early Education Mother’s Day Program, are, Mustangs Rugby club. Patter- from left, Beverly Sturr, Jack Sturr, Laura Sturr, Christopher Sturr and Linda Naviaux. Photo by son, also an Eagle Scout, has Melissa Pedersen served the CCHS Associated School Body as its executive treasurer and tech director and has built homes in Mexi- nications, Evan McElroy, pre- The Arc of San Diego, a ser- Lenihan. as its new Board co with the Come Build Hope sented the award to club CEO vice provider for local chil- Chairperson. program the last two years. Jodi Diamond and Marketing dren and adults with disabilities, partners with the school’s Super citizens Coordinator Alexa Morr. Middle School Service learnPerson of the Year Carlsbad volunteers Daing program. Students visit vid Kulchin and Alan and Gabriel Mendez, Leuca- Help fight cancer dia Wastewater District Field The Jimmy Fund and Da- the San Marcos facility nearly Naomi Marblestone were honServices Technician 2, was na-Farber Cancer Institute in every week to engage in craft ored as Carlsbad Citizens of awarded the 2013 California Boston have partnered with projects, music performances the Year 2014 on June 3. The Collection System Person of HomeGoods for the ‘Help games, seasonal activities and trio was selected by a comthe Year award from the Cal- Families Fight Cancer’ cam- more. mittee of Carlsbad residents. ifornia Water Environment paign, in stores through June The annual award recognizAssociation during its annual 29. This campaign allows cus- New to Coldwell es community members who Encinitas resident, Greg have dedicated themselves to conference on May 2. The se- tomers to make a contribution lection committee recognized at the register with 100 per- Kaminski, an independent improving Carlsbad through the fact that Mendez is known cent of the proceeds benefit- sales associate, is now affil- outstanding service. for his positive “can do” atti- ing Dana-Farber. They can iated with Coldwell Banker tude and attention to details. also purchase a reusable shop- Residential Brokerage, serv- LWD earns excellence He has also assumed an active ping bag for 99 cents featur- ing the brokerage’s Encinitas The Leucadia Wasterole in mentoring new em- ing artwork by Jimmy Fund office. 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Foundation) in recognition of chased to the Jimmy Fund. its outstanding efforts to proHelp with homes Farewell to teacher mote transparency and good Rescue children USModular, Inc. worked governance and outreach to Much-loved kindergarSammy’s Woodfired Pizten teacher Caroline Kirk- za, 12925 El Camino Real, in with “The Ellen DeGeneres its constituents. patrick, born in Ireland, was the Del Mar Heights Shop- Show” to build a deservhonored upon her retirement ping Center, is partnering ing San Diego family a new, Soccer coach on deck from St. John Catholic School with Rescue Children from two-story home, ready in The Capital University after 23 years. A retirement Human Trafficking Founda- less than three months. 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Bushee was also an Boys & Girls Clubs of ed flyer to their waiter that tight time schedule with the all-conference softball player motto “Faster, Better, Green- at San Marcos. Oceanside received Boys & night. er and for Less.” Contact Girls Clubs of America’s Marthem at usmodularinc.com or Rehab center expands keting and Communications Award to Pacific Ridge award. The club was selectPalomar Health DownThe Arc of San Diego has (951) 679-9907. ed from clubs nationwide selected Pacific Ridge School town Campus is the site of for implementing the best to receive its President’s Vol- Chief named North County’s first all-priThe Boys & Girls Clubs vate inpatient rehabilitation marketing strategy for Social unteer Service Award in recMedia. Boys & Girls Clubs of ognition of the commitment of San Dieguito named David facility that can accommoAmerica’s Senior Vice Presi- and dedication of the school’s H. Crean as its new Chief Ex- date up to 36 patients. The dent of Marketing & Commu- student and adult volunteers. ecutive Officer and Patrick expansion project allowed for the remodeling of 25 additional patient rooms on the fifth floor of the Downtown Campus. The current rehab unit on the ninth floor was also converted to all-private rooms as well. Updates also include the addition of new therapy gyms. Funds for the expansion came primarily from to the Palomar Health Foundation.


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Area teen is heading to MIT By Bianca Kaplanek

REGION — It’s been said everything happens for a reason. Two years ago Richard Huizar was hard-pressed to find one that would explain why he was denied federal financial aid, a decision that meant he would have to decline his acceptance to San Diego State University. But this past May 7 that reason became abundantly clear. During his final semester at MiraCosta College, he learned he had been accepted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the nation’s premier schools. “I was walking to class and I got a message on my phone from the transfer decisions office,” Huizar said. “But it took a while to open it. I kept trying and trying. When I could finally read it I couldn’t believe it. “I told everyone I could,” he added. “I ran to the president’s office. I kept reading it all day.” Huizar, 19, grew up in San Marcos and is a 2012 graduate of Mission Hills High School. But his family roots stem back to Eden Gardens, where his grandparents, Eduardo and Conception Huizar, were raised and currently live in the home they purchased 54 years ago. Their grandson plans to major in applied mathematics and minor in engineering. Once he earns his degree, in about three years, he will be the first in his family to do so. “We’re so proud,” his grandparents said. Huizar applied for and received early acceptance to SDSU in 2012. As he made plans to begin classes there that fall, he learned in early summer he didn’t qualify for any financial assistance from the federal government. With tuition out of reach and no plan B, Huizar wasn’t sure what his next move would be until he met Solana Beach resident Lisa Montes, MiraCosta’s student services specialist in the Office of School Relations and Diversity Outreach, while touring the Oceanside campus. “I thought community college would be a step down, but when I learned about all the opportunities the school has it changed my perspective,” he said. After doing well in his first-semester classes, Huizar started to rethink his options. If he kept up his grades he was guaranteed admission to the University of California San Diego and Merced. “I looked at MIT but that was just a dream,” he said. “It didn’t seem possible. But Miss Lisa said I should go for those schools. She said I had a chance. “After my first year, that was my goal,” he added. “I was going to do everything I could to get in.” That he did. During his two years at MiraCosta, his grade-point average of 3.5 or higher land-


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ed him on the President’s List. He was an honors scholar in a program of specialized courses designed to develop exceptional academic ability in highly motivated students. He was also a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and president of the Soccer Club. Additionally, Huizar was one of five students to receive the Medal of Honor, MiraCosta’s highest academic award, which is given to students who are nominated by faculty and earn a minimum 3.5 GPA. He also worked 30 hours a week at three campus jobs. He was a specialized tutor helping underprivileged and underrepresented students in lower-level math classes. He also tutored students in upper-level differential equations mathematics and was a student ambassador, visiting area high schools to talk about college in general and opportunities at MiraCosta. A straight-A student save for one B in an advanced English class his first semester, Huizar graduated with a 3.9 GPA and was selected to give the commencement address at the May 20 ceremony. He was introduced as a “superstar” and an example “that a community college education can lead to astounding academic heights.” “Anything is possible here,” he said in his speech. He also told his fellow classmates they have a responsibility to apply their education and give back to the community. The latter, he said, is important because he knows

Pet of the Week After being denied federal financial aid, Richard Huizar had to decline his acceptance to San Diego State University. After graduating with honors from MiraCosta College, he is off to Massachusetts Institute of Technology this summer. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

how important those around him, including Montes, other administrators and several professors, have been to his success. “I’ve been allowed to get where I’m am today because of hard work,” he said. “You don’t get anywhere if you don’t put the work in. But it’s also the community, other people wanting to help. That’s why I’m able to do so much.” He is visiting Massachusetts and the school for the first time this month. He said he is a little bit nervous about the weather but is looking forward to the challenges and experiences that lie ahead. “Ever since I was young I knew I had an academic aptitude and I loved math,” he said. “It wasn’t a struggle for me. I’ve always wanted to be around people with similar mindsets because I’m a competitive person. I do my best when I’m competing with others.” In addition to MIT, UCSD and UC Merced, Huizar was accepted to the University of California Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Riverside. Once again he did not qualify for federal financial aid, but with a $44,000 scholarship from MIT, the Cambridge school turned out to be the most affordable. Huizar has saved about $6,000 from his three jobs


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and hopes to earn another $3,000 this summer. He plans to take out student loans to make up the difference, but said he is open to anyone who wants to help him out financially. He can be reached at rhuizar@miracosta.edu.

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These All-Stars need to come Watson decides on University of San Francisco with a little perspective By Aaron Burgin

sports talk jay paris In the air are Little League All-Star games and in the stands is Daryl Wasano. And there’s little better than that. Wasano isn’t coaching, but did he ever really stop? The face, which was familiar to millions as the 2001 Oceanside American Little League All-Star coach, still causes double takes. Especially around ballparks filled with tykes and big dreams. “Being in attendance brings back many fond memories of my years in Little League,’’ Wasano said recently, while watching a friend’s team play. These days Wasano is chasing a bigger ball, playing softball on Sundays at Carlsbad’s Stagecoach Park. He’s still got pop in his bat and, more importantly, plenty to say about Little League AllStars. The calendar says summer and it’s accompanied by all-star competition throughout North County. Sunshine is in plentiful supply; reality, not so much. While others fret, Vista’s Wasano chills and there’s a lesson there somewhere. “I’m pretty observant,’’ said Wasano, who retired from coaching in 2006 after winning the District 28 Tournament of Champions. “And what I see are parents on

both sides and how they lose perspective on the game itself. It becomes all about winning and that’s all they’re thinking about. “What the parents don’t realize is what a small, small percentage of these players are going to go to the next level and beyond that.’’ Wasano’s message is to enjoy the ride and let that be the focus. Be sure to sprinkle in smiles and know that the overwhelming majority of players won’t make the big leagues. “Of all things make it fun,’’ Wasano said. “If you pound them that they have to do this and do that, it becomes a chore and they lose interest. That happens to a lot of them. I mean, how many Bryce Harpers are really out there?’’ Look at the team making Wasano famous. His Oceanside squad was so good that it wasn’t eliminated from the Little League World Series until meeting a left-handed, flame-thrower from the Bronx in Danny Almonte. A 14-year-old Danny Almonte. And the number of his Oceanside kids playing professionally? Zero. Instead they’re scattered about, going into various fields and pursing dreams that don’t revolve around three outs in an inning. That’s fine. And that’s why embracing the now instead of the future is Wasano’s mantra. “Take it one game, one tournament, at a time,’’ said Wasano, 58. “And have fun in the process.’’


But don’t confuse laughs with being lackadaisical. Wasano kept it real — but kept at it with the game’s fundamentals serving as the foundation for success. He recalls rival coaches ridiculing his small ball approach, when advancing runners with a bunt or head’s up maneuver. What Oceanside can’t shake is how it lost in South Williamsport, Pa. It was blanked by Almonte, who struck out 16 batters before whiffing himself when producing his forged birth certificate. But Wasano isn’t bitter. “There are no regrets, despite what happened,’’ Wasano said. “It is one of those things that happens in life and unfortunately our kids had to learn it at such an early age. They all laugh about it now; life goes on. “Instead it brings back so many good memories. The years I put in there, while there were certainly ups and downs, those were special times for me not only as a coach but as a person.’’ Wasano, who works in the saltwater fishing industry, was snagged last year by a sight. Some Oceanside players from Wasano’s celebrated squad reunited with him at a pizza joint. “I had visions of those same young boys and now they were young men,’’ Wasano said with a laugh, something he does often. “I walked in and thought the last time I saw them they were drinking milk and orange juice. Now they were ordering beer.’’ No doubt to toast an All-Star coach, one not adverse to that intoxicating mixture of grins and grand baseball. “Oh my gosh,’’ he said, posing a question with no answer. “Where did the time go?’’ Contact Jay Paris at jparis8@aol.com. Follow him on Twitter at jparis_sports.

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OCEANSIDE — One of the region’s top high school basketball players announced his college decision last week. Devin Watson, a 6-foot senior point guard at El Camino High School, announced he would accept a basketball scholarship from the University of San Francisco. He made the announcement inside of El Camino’s library in front of his friends and his mother. “I’m really excited and relieved to make this decision,” Watson said, donning an emerald green and gold hat from his college of choice. “I’m ready for the next step.” Watson, a dynamic scoring guard who has been one of the region’s top players since his freshman year, transferred to El Camino for his senior year after spending his first three years at Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad. He led El Camino to its first outright league championship in five years, a semi-final appearance in the inaugural CIF Open Division tournament and a berth in the CIF State basketball playoffs. El Camino did not post team statistics, but Watson averaged 23.6 points, 6.2 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game during his junior year at Army and Navy, when

Devin Watson, a 6-foot senior point guard at El Camino High School, announced he would accept a basketball scholarship from the University of San Francisco. Photo by Aaron Burgin

he teamed up with 7-foot-2 center Cheikh N’Diaye to lead the Warriors to a CIF championship. Watson chose USF after entertaining interests from several major colleges, including Texas A&M, Washington State and Missouri. He originally verbally committed to Oregon State University, but decided to reopen his recruitment on the eve of the early signing period in November. Watson said he chose San Francisco because it gave him the chance to contribute immediately and possibly start for a team that lost in the West Coast Conference championship to perennial powerhouse Gonzaga. The Dons’ starting

point guard, Avry Holmes, decided to transfer after the season. Watson said the situation reminds him of his freshman year at Army and Navy, when he came in and immediately started for the Warriors. “This was similar situation, and the coach and school reminded me of that, basketball-wise,” Watson said of San Francisco. “It feels amazing, and I’ve been in this situation before.” Watson said he is ready to put in the hard work as soon as he steps on campus. “I’m gonna come in and work hard, me and my teammates are going to grind and try to win as many games as we can, we’re gonna try to win conference and try to win a ring,” he said.

Torrey Pines shines at championships CARMEL VALLEY — Fourteen Torrey Pines athletes competed in 11 events at the San Diego Section CIF Track & Field Championships, May 31. The Falcons earned nine medals in six events by placing in the top five with the top three athletes advancing to the state championships June 6 and June 7. Senior Tal Braude won in the 1600-meter and placed second in the 3200-meter, a feat of endurance with only three hours between these two tough races on the hot, sunny day.

He earned a new personal record (PR) of 4 hours, 13.03 minutes the 1600. In addition to receiving two medals, he was given a plaque and recognized at the meet as the recipient of the Joe Brooks Award for Excellence in Cross Country. Joining Braude at the state CIF championships will be junior Jackie Garner who earned a berth in the 1600-meter with a PR of 5 hours, 5.11 minutes. Six Falcons narrowly missed advancing to the state finals with fourthplace finishes. These included the 4x100-meter relay team (sophomores Kaitlin Iwanowicz, Isabella Hoang, Jayla Williams and AC Kaseberg) with a PR of 49.47 seconds; Senior

Jack Kuzminksy in the 800-meter with a PR of 1 hour, 53 minutes, 44 seconds; and Junior Joey DeMarco with another PR in the shot put of 52.05 feet. Rounding out the top 10 finishers were Kaitlin Iwanowicz in the long jump, Jayla Williams in the 300-meter hurdles and Junior Taylor Seamans in the 800-meter sprint. Taylor was also a member of the 4x400-meter relay team with AC Kaseberg, Junior Macenzi McGuire and Senior Julia Skyhar. The other Falcons who competed in the championships were junior Christina Ellis in the long jump, junior Patty Benrey in the shot put and sophomore Spencer Dodds in the 1600-meter.

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Borrego hotel offers supreme stargazing experience hit the road e’louise ondash It’s late May, four in the afternoon and 100 degrees, but I’m cool. I’m floating effortlessly in a semi-private pool just outside the door of our room at La Casa Del Zorro, a historic hotel near Borrego Springs that lies fully within the 600,000-acre Anza Borrego Desert State Park. I glance at the hummingbird hovering over a fern that sports bright orange blossoms. The bird knows a good thing when he sees it. The grounds here provide a haven for people and critters alike. The palo verde trees, so called because of their green bark, are cool and feathery despite the heat. Such flora provides a rudimentary biology lesson: you have to be pretty unique to survive the desert summer. Nearby, in the northeast corner of the park, the Santa Rosa Mountains rise 8,700 feet above the valley. Their profiles pop against the bluest sky I’ve we’ve ever seen, but it’s the area’s nighttime sky that gives reason to visit Anza Borrego in June, July and August. My friend Laurie and I walk some of the hotel’s 42 acres after the sun is long gone, and looking skyward, are stopped in our tracks. The dome above looks like millions of diamonds on black velvet, and it occurs to me that there

Palo verde trees on the grounds of La Casa Del Zorro provide shade for people and critters alike. The historic hotel near Borrego Springs re-opened in 2013 after being shuttered for three years. Totally renovated, the hotel has designated family-friendly and adults-only areas. The most popular summer activity is stargazing. Photos by Laurie Brindle

are also millions of people who’ve never seen the sky as we do at this moment. This view above La Casa hopefully will be preserved for the ages, thanks to Borrego Springs’ designation as a Dark Sky Community. According to the International Dark Sky Association, this means that the town will “adhere to stringent standards that protect the natural night sky and ensure the continuation of this protection.” La Casa takes advantage of this designation by hosting Dark Sky activities in July and August. “We invite an astronomer to present and a musician to entertain,” explains General Manager Patrick Sampson. “They are fun events first, and very interesting and educational. It’s amazing what is happening up in the dark skies of Borrego.” La Casa’s story begins in 1936 when the then-Desert Lodge was no more than a two-room adobe. It was expanded and soon Southern California’s elite were signing the guest book and

exploring the desert. San Diego publishing king James Copley owned the hotel from 1960 to 2007, then sold to a group of real estate investors who put $10 million into renovations but never reopened the hotel. In 2013, another group bought La Casa and spent the year enacting improvements and hiring former employees. When Sampson arrived, “the plastic was still on the mattresses,” he says. “We did a lot of cleaning and more cleaning. You wouldn’t believe what happens in three years when you close up a property in the desert. We even had critters in the rooms.” Today, you won’t have to share your indoor space with lizards and snakes. The 44 rooms and 19 standalone casitas are beautifully appointed and each is near a pool. The Butterfield Dining Room (named in honor of the stage line that once passed through here), is supervised by Executive Chef Kurt Hauser. We enjoyed perfectly cooked mahi mahi and

Indianhead Peak is seen here from the top of the visitor’s center at Anza Borrego Desert State Park, which provides spectacular vistas even in the summer.

The 600,000 acres that make up Anza Borrego Desert State Park are rich with land forms like these columns created by erosion, a few miles outside of Borrego Springs. Executive Chef Kurt Hauser, in charge of the dining room at La Casa Del Zorro, used to visit the hotel when he was a kid. His culinary code is “keep the food fresh, flavorful and light.” When La Casa re-opened in February 2013, “it brought back a lot of people who worked here through the years.”

chicken breast, both accompanied by generous helpings of nutty brown rice and mouthwatering shitake mushrooms. (The chef readily accommodat-

ed my gluten-free needs.) “I love mushrooms and seafood,” confesses Hauser, who grew up fishing off the La Jolla coast and among other things, spent time as the chef on the Intrepid, the America’s Cup winner in 1967 and 1970. “I like to keep the food fresh and flavorful and light.” When he heard La Casa was re-opening, he couldn’t get here fast enough. “I dropped my whole career to come back here,” he said. Another unlikely desert aficionado is Joe Raffetto, owner of California Overland Desert Excursions and guide extraordinaire. Oddly enough, his professional background includes many years as a marine biologist studying dolphin populations with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and with Madison Avenue ad agencies. “There are so many places in the desert that are secluded and unknown

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community CALENDAR MARK THE CALENDAR RANCH CONCERT Enjoy a free Concert on the Green from 5 to 7 p.m. June 22 by The Peter Sprague Group, in the Village of Rancho Santa Fe, adjacent to the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, 5951 Linea del Cielo, at Avenida de Acacias and La Flecha. Bring chairs, blankets, a picnic if you like. Food and drink will be available for purchase on site by The Inn at RSF. The event is sponsored by The Village Community Presbyterian Church. For more information, call (858)756-2441. CLEAN UP TIME A hazardous waste disposal event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 21 at the fire station, 20223 Elfin Forest Road, Escondido. For more information, call (877) 713-2784 or visit sdhhw.org. JUNE 13 DRINK AND DISCUSS Happy Hour Politics, a satellite club of Carlsbad Republican Women Federated, presents Thomas Grimes, on Internet Security, Drug Awareness, Domestic Violence and Realtor Safety from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Crossings, 5800 The Crossings Dr, Carlsbad. There is a $15 cash cover charge (includes appetizers). For reservations, call (307) 690-7814 or hhpcbad@gmail.com. See them on Facebook as Happy Hour Politics, or follow on Twitter @hhpcbad. JUNE 14 DEMOCRATS MEET The Lake San Marcos Democratic Club meets at 11 a.m. June 14, Lake San Marcos Pavilion, 1105 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos. Crystal Anthony of Project Life will discuss human trafficking in San Diego. Visit lsmdem.org for more information. ESCONDIDO DEMOCRATS Congressman Scott Peters will speak at the Escondido Democrats meeting at 10 a.m. June 14 at the Democratic Party campaign office, 431 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. The event is open to everyone. On-site parking is free. DAR BRUNCH The Santa Margarita Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 9:30 a.m. June 14 at the El Camino Country Club, 3202 Vista Way, Oceanside. A breakfast brunch will be followed by a program and business meeting. For reservations, contact Linda at lramos1999@aol. com or visit santamargarita. californiadar.org. HISTORY AND FUN The San Dieguito Heritage Museum, Encinitas celebrates the railroad with Trains, Toys and Transportation from noon to 4 p.m. June 14 and June 15 and every Saturday and Sunday in June at 450 Quail Gardens Drive. Build your own toy train. For information, visit sdheritage.org or call (760) 632-9711. ENCINITAS WALK The Encinitas Historical Society will lead a free 12-block history walk, from 10:30 a.m. to noon June 14, leaving from F and 4th Streets, Encinitas,


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Food &Wine TASTE OF WINE’S Wine of the month By Frank Mangio 2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvingon Napa Valley

Ryan Goldsmith, a former chef, turned away from cooking to become a farmer. He opened Farmer Leo’s, a roadside certified organic farm stand in Encinitas last week. Photos by Tony Cagala

Chef turns from the kitchen to the farm By Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — On just less than two acres of land Ryan “Farmer Leo� Goldsmith has tilled and toiled the earth, transforming it from a once vacant lot to a certified organic farm. Lined in several rows dark leafy greens sprout along with a number of other vegetables that Goldsmith has found to grow best in the area. Last month, Goldsmith opened his roadside Farmer Leo’s organic farm stand, just steps from where his vegetables grow, selling everything from cabbage to Swiss chard, mini heads of lettuce and more. A farmer for the past 10 years, Goldsmith signed the land lease last year and has been growing and harvesting his crops, which he calls a, “real rotating cast of characters,� since then. Having previously worked as a chef, Goldsmith turned to farming vegetables after getting tired of being under the fluorescent lights of a kitchen when outside was a beautiful, sunny day. It was then that he said he’d just rather be growing the vegetables he had been

The just under two-acre farm in Encinitas is filled with dark, leafy greens and other certified organic vegetables.

cooking with. Originally from Dana Point, Calif., Goldsmith has lived in Encinitas for four years and studied Agroecology at UC Santa Cruz in their sustainable agriculture program. Goldsmith has focused on just growing what does the best, he said. And a lot of that knowledge of what grows best, he added, came through trial by experience over the last three years. His produce can be found in local restaurants as Fish 101, Solterra Winery & Kitchen and Priority

Public House. Goldsmith’s farm participates in Community Supported Agriculture. This allows members of the community to invest in a membership-style arrangement. After paying a “subscription� fee up front, they can then help themselves to an agreed upon amount of produce each week. CSAs have been a growing trend pretty much everywhere throughout the state, explained Casey Anderson, membership manager of the San Diego County Farm Bureau based

in Escondido. “Over the past 10 years we have seen a pretty significant increase in the number of CSAs operating,� he added. Benefits of this business model can help, in some cases, farmers with financial security, Anderson said, because the money is on the front end. But Goldsmith said he entered into the CSA to give people an opportunity to support the farm throughout the whole season, and in exchange the farm supports them by providing the food. Through CSAs the customer enters into an experience along with the grower, Anderson explained. There are a number of CSA-style farms in North County, including JR Organics in Escondido, Coral Tree Farm & Nursery in Encinitas, San Diego Fresh in Vista, to name a few. A thorough list of CSAs in the area can be found at ediblesandiego.com. Farmer Leo’s is at 1920 S. El Camino Real. The hours are Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:30 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. A full list of events, including a yoga brunch and dinners in the garden, is available at farmerleo.com.

About this wine: This is a significant wine in the illustrious career of Caymus wines. This is their 40th Anniversary edition of this Rutherford Napa Valley based, French-style red winemaker. I have written on the magnificent 2012 harvest up and down the California coast and although a 2-year-old bottle can be young and aggressive, it’s no great surprise that this Caymus already is very impressive. Deep color, rich flavor and a balanced concentration of grape, acidity and tannin structure. About this Winery Chuck Wagner is the owner and winemaker whose family started planting in 1972. The estate, 100 percent owned by the family, has always produced Cabernet Sauvignon exclusively. It has gone from 240

cases to 65,000 cases on 350 acres today. Caymus is the name given to the valley where the vineyard sits. Tasting is limited to 10 people in a presentation setting. Call ahead to (707) 967-3010. The cost: A limited supply has just been received at Encinitas Wine Merchants. $54.95 per bottle. A one and three liter magnum bottle will also be available soon. Call (760) 407-4265.

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restaurant chain that specializes in delicious hot and cold subs and chopped salads. Founded in 1994 in Jacksonville, Florida, by former firefighter brothers Robin and Chris Sorensen, Firehouse Subs serves sandwiches with meats and cheeses that are steamed hot and placed on a toasted sub roll. Twenty years later, with 770 Firehouse Subs restaurants in spread throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, they must be doing a few things right. Firehouse uses the best meats, cheeses and toppings available and unlike other sub places, they steam their meats and cheeses, releasing a rush of flavors, then stuff a serving that’s way over code on one of their toasted private recipe sub rolls. It’s a winning combo that satisfies ravenous appetites and the value conscious alike. Firehouse Subs are fairly new to North County with locations in Encinitas and Oceanside. They offer a family-oriented atmosphere, with firefighter equipment and memorabilia throughout the restaurant and a menu that features sandwiches in-

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their needs, which is why a key tenant of the Academy of Arts & Sciences philosophy is flexibility,” said CEO Sean McManus. “With this instructional model, on site and off site time can be adjusted to fit individual student needs. The flexibility of blended learning provides choice for students.” The school utilizes cutting edge 21st century curriculum. Students are able to access the curriculum twenty four hours a day, and have the flexibility to participate in a wide variety of events, activities and experiences that enhance the learning experience. AAS also allows students the opportunity to access a wide variety of world language, humanities, media and technology, engineering and robotics, app and game design as part of the rich elective program. Online learning differs from traditional schools in that classes do not take place in a building, but rather at home, on the road, or wherever an Internet connection spired by the founder’s firefighter heritage. They also offer hot sauces with a range of heat. Each Firehouse Subs restaurant boasts a custom, hand-painted mural that pays tribute to the local community. Chief Mural Artist Joe Puskas and his team paint every single mural

Firehouse Subs are fairly new to North County from his studio at Firehouse Subs headquarters, and the Encinitas mural features a Moonlight Beach firefighting scene that included a bonfire on the beach, a fire truck and a fireman taking a picture with a mobile phone. It was a nice local touch. My benchmark for a sub joint is how they pull off an Italian sub and Firehouse passed with flying colors. My son Quinn and his friend from England joined me on my second visit and they devoured their full-sized subs and gave a big thumbs up as

can be found. Because of this, students take courses online with support from their teacher via phone, online Web meetings, and sometimes even face to face. This new way of learning allows the parent to take an active role in the student’s learning and to really become a partner with their child. The parent (or "Learning Coach") keeps the student on track in line with the provided lessons plans. In addition to the online courses, AAS provides plenty of opportunities to connect online and offline with other AAS students and families. The Academy of Arts and Sciences staff is very active in the community and can often be found interacting with families at Beach Clean Up Days, various community festivals, and organized activities that take place at their Learning Centers. An online education offers students the opportunities to learn in a small setting with a course schedule that is tailored to meet their individual learning styles and needs. This unique learning environment meets the needs of all types of learners and offers solutions to many different educational challenges. Many students find that learning in the comfort of their own home allows them be successful in ways never dreamt of before! well. It should be noted that Firehouse does offer a nice selection of under-500 calorie subs and sandwiches including a turkey and cranberry that I have on my list to go back for. You have heard me ramble on in the past about my love of chopped salads and I was pleased to see a few of them on the menu at Firehouse. The one I tried was loaded with romaine, tomato, bell pepper, cucumber, mozzarella, pepperoncini, Kalamata olives, salami, grilled chicken and light Italian dressing. It’s hearty yet not too filling and filled with really nice flavor and texture combinations. Consider me a fan. So the charitable twist I mentioned is The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, a nonprofit organization that was created in 2005. It provides funding and support for public safety organizations, including local fire departments. The Encinitas Fire Department has a new thermal imaging camera, thanks to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The thermal imaging camera helps firefighters see though smoke and darkness so they can find unconscious victims and pinpoint dangers before they cause injury

or death. The camera is valued at $12,000 and will be used at Encinitas Fire Station No. 6, which serves the residents of Olivenhain. The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has donated more than $9 million to local public safety agencies. In October 2012, the Oceanside Fire Department received a computer-based simulator for incident command training. In March 2013, the foundation provided the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department with new remote microphones to improve radio communication. So not only is Firehouse Subs providing another delicious sub and salad option to the communities they operate in, but they are giving back as well. I’d say it’s worth supporting these folks for sure. Find a location near you at firehousesubs. com. Lick the Plate can now be heard on KPRi, 102.1 FM Monday – Friday during the 7pm hour. David Boylan is founder of Artichoke Creative and Artichoke Apparel, an Encinitas based marketing firm and clothing line. Reach him at david@ artichoke-creative.com or (858) 395-6905.

Citizens pay high price of government mistakes

baby boomer Joe Moris As I am lying around and enjoying my semi-retirement on the beach in Punta Mita my daughter writes to me and says I have a notice from the IRS. We all just love those guys don’t we? There is always something that seems to bite us when we seem to be at our happiest. After eight years of more dates than I would like to admit, the “perfect” lady came into my life. I’ll caveat that a bit, there are no perfect people in this world but when two people come together where the magnetism and energy are equal, it’s magic. So here I am living in a daze of euphoria with a new companion and our government comes knocking. Since all my records are of course in the United States, my only option was to pull up stakes, say goodbye to my new love and beeline it back to North County. The IRS was giving me until June 5 to respond. They said I under-reported my income.

When we were growing up and trying to make something of ourselves coming out of the ‘60s and 70s, we took about any job we could to pay the rent. We didn’t live with our parents until the age of 26. But we always had some kind of an idea of what we eventually wanted to do for our life’s work. Every job we took we knew that if we didn’t do a good job, we’d get fired. Basically it’s still that way in the real world. The unreal world is working for government. When you work for government you work for a union that doesn’t really have management. Government union management is the politicians who keep passing laws and regulations at the behest of the unions that give the politicians money. But do the politicians pay the salaries? No! You and I do. Government union employees don’t get fired. Since they can’t be fired for doing bad jobs, bad employees just get moved to another department somewhere, usually with a raise, and then maybe a couple of bucks are taken from their “bonuses.” Bonuses. What are those? Does anyone get boTURN TO BABY BOOMER ON B15


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letter I heard (about the sign), I probably got five or six positive ones,” said Schumacher. The city received about nine positive written comments about the sign, mostly from Chamber members, and one negative. Three of the five speakers at the City Council meeting spoke against the sign. “When I saw the picture of what it looks like at night, it’s great. I think this is something that people will want to have their pictures taken



prising,” he added, “when you think about how the area that we are in is part of the California Floristic Province, and it’s one of 30 hot spots of biodiversity in the world,” he said. The province lies mostly along the state’s coastline, but also includes a portion of Mexico and Oregon. While there’s no other data to compare to just yet to get a picture of how the state’s drought conditions and the low water levels of Lake Hodges might be affecting the biodiversity, Danoff-Burg’s hope is that


of every make and model. Few men will ever be faced with what looks like an arctic avalanche stuffed into unforgiving spandex — under dressing room lights — in a threeway mirror. It will take your breath away, and not in a good way. I’d love to think that things have become easier for young women today. When I look around the beach, I’d swear today’s young girls all have longer legs and tinier waists. But in my heart, I


nuses anymore other than government employees? Most people in the private sector are just happy to have jobs. Just look at a few of the scandals making the rounds. The first one was Fast & Furious. The Attorney General is admonished with a contempt of Congress act. Who gets in trouble? A couple of low-level employees in Arizona who get moved to another department. Nothing has been resolved there. Then there was the IRS scandal. Has anyone been fired? Nope. Lois Lerner, who was in the middle of it all, pleaded the Fifth Amendment, retired and now pulls a six-figure retirement. Then there was the NSA spying along with the stealing of emails from James Rosen of Fox and Sharyl Attkisson of CBS. Clearly those were felonies. Has anyone been fired?

T he R ancho S anta F e News there,” said Councilmember Lorraine Wood. City Council unanimously approved the sign with a 4-0 vote. Mayor Matt Hall recused himself because he owns property near the sign’s location. Lund said he was relieved to have the sign approved at last. He first brought a proposal for a downtown sign before the city in 2001, but council rejected the plans. “People are going to love this sign,” he said. He expressed hope that he will be able to install “kindness meters” near the sign for people

to donate to the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation and cover the cost of lighting the sign. The meters will include the Wyland dolphin, which Lund affectionately calls “Darlene.” “You can’t make all of the people happy,” Owen said. He said construction of the sign will take a matter of months and that the sign could be installed before the end of the year. Owen added that the sign supporters were prepared to appeal if council denied the sign. “We wouldn’t have given up,” he said.

next year the water comes back. And when they complete the second round of the study, they’ll be able to see a massive surge of species and organisms. “As an ecologist, I feel pretty confident in being able to say that most likely the drought is depressing biodiversity in that area,” he said. “Nature is very resilient and it can respond back from even dramatic influences like that series of fires we just had,” DanoffBurg said. “It might take a while for the plants to grow back and for the ecosystem to respond or rebound, but

if the conditions that were present before the fire are there again, the majority of the species will come back.” Simply by word of mouth, the wildlife conservancy had 232 people turn out to participate in the BioBlitz. And because of the large turnout and high quality of data that was compiled, Danoff-Burg believes there probably will be another BioBlitz done in the future at around the same time. He said that one of the benefits of the project is to engage the public and help stimulate concern for conservation.

know every woman thinks she looks dreadful. As long as there are celebrities out there with abs off which you could bounce a quarter, the rest of us slackers will be sucking in our stomachs. Yes, of course, I could dedicate every spare daylight hour to working out but we both know that’s never going to happen. This doesn’t mean I am happy to be marching around with a muffin-top. It means that I firmly believe 80 hours a month of workout time for maybe six hours of stomach exposure is not a reasonable ef-

fort-to-results ratio. I have been tempted to tattoo, across my middle avoirdupois, “Two children and proud of it!” As that would just draw further attention to my bulges, I have resisted. Instead, a grateful nation sends out a special, extra-loud shout-out to the designer of the tankini and the swim skirt. I’ll take one in kneelength, thanks.

Nope. Then there was the Obamacare rollout, which has to be the worst of the worst with so many people hurt by it by losing their insurance, bad websites that cost 1,000 percent more to develop than if done by bid by the private sector. Has anyone been fired? Nope. Kathleen Sebelius retires and pulls a fat pension. The president lied about you and I keeping our doctors and insurance policies and having our premiums reduced by $2,500 per year. All those promises earned four Pinocchios by even the New York Times. The president gets a pass. The VA cluster screw up with countless veterans dying had its head guy, General Shinseki step down. Has anyone else been admonished? Nope. Then our President hands back the worst Taliban leaders while we are still fighting a war in Afghanistan. A trade for an Army private who deserted and may have collaborated

with the enemy. Are there any repercussions for that? Nope. I came racing home at some expense from my little piece of heaven where I could avoid having to deal with all the crap going on in our government all because some IRS employee thinks I owe the government money. This employee, who won’t get fired nor repay my expenses to bolt home and respond to their demand, simply added a zero to one of my 1099s. A copy of the correct 1099 corrected the mistake. But it came at my cost. The same employee is probably doing the same thing to many others but won’t get relieved of his or her job. We are living in a weird, weird world. I only hope we can make it to the finish line naturally before idiots who can’t be fired blow us all up.

Jean Gillette is a freelance writer still coming to terms with the suit-side of summer. Contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com.

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