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VOL. 5, NO. 25

DEC. 4, 2009

THISWEEK Historical society e l ab on u l a V ons p 35 celebrates u o c age P 25 years

Park work scaled back

By David Wiemers

MERRY MURALS A local artist brings the Christmas spirit to 11 city streets



Business Directory . . . . 28 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Consumer Reports . . . . . 17 Coupons . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Crossword . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Crime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Eye on the Coast . . . . . . . 4 Healthy Living . . . . . . . . 16 Hit the Road . . . . . . . . . 16 Horoscope . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Lick the Plate . . . . . . . . . 14 Machel’s Ranch . . . . . . . 15 Odd Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Outside Perspective . . . . 4 Pet of the Week . . . . . . . 27 Second Opinion . . . . . . . 21 Small Talk . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Taste of Wine . . . . . . . . . 14 Who’s News? . . . . . . . . . 12

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RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society will host a 25th anniversary event on Feb. 7. The celebration will take place at La Flecha House, the first home in Rancho Santa Fe and now home to the Historical Society. “It will be like a high-tea with refreshments and sandwiches,” said David Brooks, a Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society member who is serving on the Anniversary Event Committee. “It will be an open house from 2 to 4 p.m., so members of the community can come and go as they like, but there will be a program scheduled at 3:15 p.m.” During the program, Historical Society President John Vreeburg will honor surviving members who helped found the Historical Society 25 years ago. “It’s a chance to say thank you to those who helped get us where we are today,” Vreeburg said. The event will also mark the premiere of the new book by the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, published by Arcadia Publishing, titled “Rancho Santa Fe: The Town the Railroad Built.” The book, complete with 180 pages of historical pictures, was written by Vonn Marie May and compiled by many members of the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society. The book will be available in bookstores across San Diego in January and will also be available through the

By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — Catherine Barry held an open house on Nov. 18 for one of Barry Estates’ listings in Fairbanks Ranch. Nicknamed “Camelot,” the estate truly conjures images of the French Countryside, with a castle fit for a king. The 13,342-squarefoot house is situated on more than four acres of land, complete with a giant koi pond, pool and spa, tennis court and a two-bedroom guesthouse. The custom built home was originally built by Ballard and Linda Smith. Ballard Smith, son-in-law to Ray Kroc, builder of the McDonald’s empire, was once the general manager of the San Diego Padres baseball team, then owned by Kroc. The property was sold in the mid-1990s and

RANCHO SANTA FE — On Nov. 19, the Association board of directors voted to improve the village parks, but on a smaller scale than anything proposed previously. The vote came after much discussion, debate, and a walk through the parks to visualize and understand enhancements. Despite a cost/benefit analysis prepared by the administration staff, the directors dismissed the staff’s recommendations and scaled back improvements dramatically. At the Nov. 5 Association meeting, directors had asked staff to prepare a cost/benefit analysis of the parks based on previous discussions. At the meeting on Nov. 19, Covenant Administrator Ivan Holler presented the analysis to the board along with staff’s recommendation for village park improvements, which were a combination of design elements from four different park alternatives proposed — priced anywhere from $400,000 to $1.5 million. Staff’s recommendations split the difference and came at a price tag of approximately $700,000. The board of directors, staff members and others attending the board meeting then walked the village parks to look at and evaluate proposed enhancements. One of the biggest challenges was the five-way intersection in the middle of the village, in front of The Inn. Making this area safer with crosswalks was a major concern. Once back in the board room, the debate began. Directors challenged staff’s recommendation of costly interlocking bricks in the five-way intersection. “$300,000 is overkill on paving,” Director Jack Queen said. Others agreed. “We wanted a lovely intersection, but this is too costly,” Director Kim Higgins said. Director Tom Lang made a motion for improvements that were scaled back considerably from staff’s recommendations, but when he realized that even his proposal was too costly in the eyes of his fellow board members, he



THANKS FOR EVERYTHING Horizon Preschooler Ally Collis does her best to shout out her reasons to be thankful at the school’s early Thanksgiving holiday celebration, an ongoing Thanksgiving tradition at Horizon Preschool and Kindergarten in Rancho Santa Fe. More than 200 students and their families packed the Horizon Christian Fellowship North County Sanctuary for the annual Thanksgiving Program. See more photos on Page 6. Photo by Melissa Pederson


‘Camelot’ for sale, but few kingly buyers By David Wiemers

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LEAD STORY In October in Orange County, Billy Joe Johnson, who had just been convicted of murder as a hit man for a white supremacist gang, begged the judge and jury, in all sincerity, to sentence him to death. Johnson knew that those on California’s death row get individual cells and better telephone access, nicer contact-visit arrangements, and more personal-property privileges than ordinary inmates. The Los Angeles Times reported that the state’s spending per deathrow inmate is almost three times that for other inmates. The current deathrow census totals 685, but because of legal issues, only 13 have been executed since 1977 (compared to 71 death-row fatalities from other causes). In fact, Johnson was so eager to be put on death row that he tried to confess to two murders that no one yet knew about.

The Continuing Crisis — Veteran marathoner Jerry Johncock, 81, was four-fifths through the Twin Cities Marathon in October when he was overtaken by a medical problem common to men of his age: urinary blockage. As he stopped to discuss his plight with officials, noting that he would have to quit the race to get to a hospital before his bladder burst, a spectator overheard the conversation and offered him the use of a “spare” catheter he had in his car. Johncock repaired to a rest room, administered the catheter, and returned to finish the race. — Shipments of Ford passenger vans arrive each month in Baltimore from a Ford plant in Turkey, but each time, workers immediately rip out the non-driver seats and replace the side windows with steel. The reason, according to a September Wall Street Journal report, is to avoid an expensive tariff on imported “delivery vans,” which is 10 times the tariff on “passenger vans.” Ford found it less costly to re-fit passenger vans than to acknowledge importing delivery vans. Ironically, the tariff was imposed in 1963 specifically to protect the U.S. auto industry from foreign imports. — In October, Poland’s Polskieradio reported a settlement in the 18-month legal battle between two neighbors in Mikowice over a plastic bucket worth about $4.50. One had sued, accusing the other of ruining the bucket by kicking it. The respondent had elaborately offered proof of innocence by submitting video of the neighbor continuing to use the bucket as before, but the neighbor had countered by calling an “expert” witness, who TURN TO ODD FILES ON 13

GRATEFUL FOR GRANTS Recipients of 2009 grants from Rancho Santa Fe Foundation are pictured at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe on Nov. 18. Photo by David Wiemers

Foundation honors selected grant recipients By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Foundaton held an awards ceremony at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe on Nov. 18 to honor the recipients of its 2009 grants. “It’s our delight in awarding grants to these worthy causes,” Dan Pittard, chairman of the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, said. “We’re focused on solicited grants only. It’s a very thorough and diligent process.” Executive Director Christina Wilson gave a special presentation — the Bagnall Award — to Joan Scott of Friends of San Pasqual Academy. “This is for excellence in philanthropy,” Wilson said. According to Debbie WORTHY CAUSES John Vreeburg of the Rancho Santa Fe Anderson, programs manager Historical Society, and Vivien U, RSF Library Guild, are two of the for the Rancho Santa Fe recipients from Rancho Santa Fe receiving 2009 grants from the RSF Foundation, the following Foundation. Photo by David Wiemers attended the event at The Inn

and received grants this year: Bill Herrick; Paula Kelly, Monarch School; Debbie Syverson, San Pasqual Academy; John Vreeburg, Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society; Vivien U, Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild;

San Diego ASYMCA; Beth Smith, Oceanside Museum of Art; Sarita Fuentes, Monarch School; Dr. Michael Lobatz, Scripps Health Encinitas; Sue Reynolds, Community H o u s i n g Wo r k s ; D o r i s Anderson, Elementary

his is for excellence in philanthropy.”


— Christina Wilson


Amber, graduate of San Pasqual Academy; Donna Herrick; Joan Scott, Bagnall Award recipient; Vietca Do; Junior Achievement; Carole Markstein, Friends of San Pasqual Academy; Elyssa Jeter, Junior Achievement; John Ciullo, Scripps Health Encinitas; Brittany Catton,

Institute of Science; Dan Frye, Students to Soldiers; Tracie Barham, San Diego Botanic Garden; Rusty Frye, Students to Soldiers; Dr. Les Tenney, Students to Soldiers; George Brown, Camp Pendleton ASYMCA; and Karla Winter-Schulz, USO San Diego.

Del Mar considers carbon offset program By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Like their neighbors to the north, Del Mar residents may soon have an opportunity to offset their carbon footprint by voluntarily purchasing land in a South American tropical forest. Del Mar City Council authorized staff at the Nov. 16 meeting to move forward with an agreement with Nature & Culture International, a Del Marbased company that promotes conservation by creat-

ing private reserves in Ecuador, Peru and Mexico. The agreement will likely be similar to one approved last month by Solana Beach. That city will include on its Web site a link to Nature & Culture’s Web site, where residents can purchase land in the Cazaderos region of Ecuador for $50 an acre. In turn the city will be recognized on Nature & Culture’s Web site as a conservation partner.

The Solana Beach goal is to preserve about 2,000 acres, an area roughly the size of the city. Should Del Mar follow suit, residents would be encouraged to purchase a total of 1,152 acres at a cost of $57,600. New state laws are requiring cities to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Solana Beach is hoping participation in the program will satisfy some, or all, of its requirement.

“We small cities can’t do as much as others can,” Solana Beach City Councilwoman Lesa Heebner said. “We don’t have landfills to mine the methane from. We don’t have fleets of cars to change their source of fuel. So how can we reduce our carbon as a city and make a difference in the world?” Heebner, who described the relationship with Nature & Culture as having “a sister city with a purpose,” was

one of two people to speak in favor of the program at the Del Mar council meeting. No one addressed council to oppose the program, which is supported by the Del Mar Rotary Club and the city’s Energy Issues Advisory Committee. Council members also seemed to favor the concept, but with some minor concerns. “I think this is a good TURN TO CARBON ON 31

Anchorman arrested, faced with new drunk driving charges By Randy Kalp

SAN MARCOS — A longtime Pittsburgh news anchor arrested in San Marcos on out-of-state bench warrants for two drunken driving convictions faces additional DUI charges stemming from two local arrests this spring. On Nov. 17, Don Cannon, whose real name is Donald Clark, was in a Vista courtroom pleading guilty to

a March misdemeanor DUI arrest out of Carlsbad. That same day, the Allegheny Sheriff’s Office ironically decided to contact the Carlsbad Police Department in an attempt to apprehend Clark relating two 2007 DUI convictions out of Allegheny County, which he never served his sentence for. Police arrested the 69year-old Clark, who resides on Sapphire Drive in

Carlsbad, at a sober living house in San Marcos later that day, Carlsbad police Lt. Matt Magro said. Clark, a fixture of Pittsburgh broadcasting since 1969, was sentenced to 93 days of house arrest in connection to the two Pennsylvania DUIs in which his blood alcohol level was more than double and triple the states legal limit of .08. Additionally, the arrests had

occurred within two weeks of each other. His sentence was scheduled to being Oct. 21. Attorney Patrick Thomassey, who is representing Clark on his Allegheny County case, said Clark had arranged with the court to have his sentence transferred to San Diego County. “He had permission to go there from the Allegheny

County officials,” Thomassey said. “He was to set up his house arrest out there and he just didn’t do it.” A hearing was set in Allegheny County for Dec. 18, Thomassey said. Meanwhile, since moving to Carlsbad in 2008, Clark has picked up two more DUIs with the latter TURN TO ANCHORMAN ON 31



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From day hike to disaster: be prepared Ever been lost in the woods? It isn’t a pleasant feeling, to say the least. Everything starts looking the same as your reference points and topographical bearings mesh and your once-easy route becomes a complicated puzzle. You think you know your way out, and you convince yourself that yes, this is the way I walked in, past the fallen old growth tree and over the bubbling creek. But you’re not exactly sure yet. Something just doesn’t add up, and you start to panic. Up ahead, a clearing overlooking an expansive valley is vaguely recognizable.You remember the unfolding foothills, the snow-capped peaks far in the distance. Yes, this is the path, you’re sure of it, and you breathe a sigh of relief.The massive granite boulder as big as a house should be about 100 yards on the left, and from there it’s a straight shot to the parking lot. But the boulder isn’t there. You’ve referenced the wrong tree, the wrong creek, the wrong route. Face it: you’re lost and confused. What do you do? Your decision here largely determines your fate. More than likely, weather conditions will change drastically in the coming hours, so you’re faced with one of two options: keep pressing on, or stay put for the night. It’s unbelievably easy to make the wrong call. Staying put doesn’t sound appealing. You’re becoming cold and nervous, and besides, the car couldn’t be that much farther.You were only on a short day hike, and it seems you made a wrong turn at the junction where two poorly signed trailheads collided. It happens. Your map isn’t the best, but it will have to do. So you trudge on, and the

ERIC MURTAUGH Outside Perspective going is slow. You’re not sure of yourself, your compass bearings, how far you’ve actually hiked. Nightfall is fast approaching, and with it comes the cold.You packed little more than a sweatshirt, trail mix, water and cheap matches, nowhere near enough to get you through the night. You are now more lost than before, your disorientation a product of anxiousness and inattention to detail. Having not told anyone of your whereabouts (it’s only a day hike, so what could happen?), the chance of being picked up is slim. Each year, hundreds of people die or chance death hiking the backcountry. Their crisis is twofold, for oftentimes they lack simple preparation, and because of that they make the wrong decisions. It’s amazing how simple problem-solving situations are blown out of proportion when there is a threat of, say, dying from exposure. I’ve been disoriented a few times, only having lost my cool once. A buddy and I were up on the mountain — a mountain I know fairly well — for a weekend camping trip. We set up camp, then decided to shed our gear and go for a short day hike, just a simple loop. Well, part of my map was nullified by a recent avalanche we previously ignored, so we bushwhacked our way forward thinking we’d hook up with the TURN TO OUTSIDE ON 35

Seeking guest editorials As a community newspaper, our readers are our news. We would like to open the opportunity for you to write a Community Commentary to run on our Op Ed pages. We are looking for submissions 500 to 700 words, in a first person voice, that explore an issue or idea relevant to you as a North

County resident. Submissions longer than 700 words will not be considered. Not all submissions will be published. Send finished editorials to lsutton@coastnewsgroup.com.You will be contacted if your piece is chosen for publication.

College students face higher tuition State college students are faced with higher tuition fees next fall. An increase of $2,500 bux, or 32 percent higher than present, is a major consideration. In L.A, where the Board of Regents met to vote on the tuition increase, gendarmes surrounded the building at UCLA to keep protesters from invading it. Organizations and individuals that provide scholarships are affected. Mexican American Educational Guidance Foundation prexy Dick Wheelock sez his organization has been awarding scholarships since it was founded in 1970 and this year parceled out $76,000 to 81 students. According to Wheelock, raising money has become much more difficult due to the economic downturn. The logical solution? Awarding fewer scholarships and for less money. Meanwhile, some folks are askin’ why the system continues to dole out higher stipends to the educators and regents?

Fairgrounds expansion years in the future No need for folks to race their motors yet over the proposed fairgrounds redevelopment. It’s years in the future according to Barry Nussbaum, who chairs the master plan committee for the 22nd

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organizations that have encouraged gals to get mammograms at an early age aren’t too pleased with the Washington bureaucracy saying they aren’t necessary until age 50. If you believe Santa will deliver presents via Fed X this year, you may buy this latest rant. Best to listen to the experts.

Increases due next fall

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BILL ARBALLO Eye on the Coast District Agricultural Assn. It has taken a decade to get the ideas on paper. Written comments on the recently released Environmental Impact Report are due Jan. 8 and these will be incorporated into the document that will be submitted to the State Coastal Commish for its consideration. Then more hearings. When projects are “shovel ready,” the district then must decide how to pay for them. Meanwhile, Solbeach City Council has allocated $75,000 to hire experts to investigate the good and the bad in the 4,500-page draft EIR as it relates to that city.

New Chargers site? Harbor City officials and Chargers brass are talking again. This time it’s about a site near Petco Park. Downtown Redevelopment Agency is hiring an outta town agency for $160,000 to do a feasibility study. Recently, Escondido was romancing the Chargers but yielded to the Harbor City as a gesture of good will but has indicated it is still interested.

Kern recall a toss up? Depending on the source, the vote to recall O’side Councilman Jerry Kern to be decided Dec. 8 is a toss-up. As predicted here at the offset it has been a bitter mudslinging affair. Not unusual in O’side. Campaigns have usually been wild affairs.There will be no rest for electioneers. The 2010 mid-term vote is just a few months away.

Breast cancer exams Medical



Seals can stay

A Superior Court ruling has been handed down in favor of seals that have been poaching on Children’s Pool in La Jolla Cove. Judge Timothy Taylor’s edict likely ends four years of court battles to determine who has pool rights — kids or seals?

Long-lasting deficit

According to the Associated Press, outta Sacramento a nonpartisan fiscal analyst figures the Golden State will be in hock for at least $30 bil. for each of the next five years even if the economy turns peachy keen. By then the Sacto electeds who created the financial mess will be termed out working as highly paid lobbyists or consultants for the state.

Credit card fees

Credit card overdraft fees that go into effect in July provide that cardholders must give their consent before exorbitant charges can be assessed by the banks. Best to learn in advance from your provider the extent of these new regs.

D.A. inquiry

City of Industry mayor, according to media reports, is being investigated by the L.A. County D.A. for possible conflict of interest violations. This is reportedly not related to the proposed 75,000 state-of-theart, green stadium zillionaire Al Roski wants to build for a pro football team that might include the TURN TO EYE ON THE COAST ON 22

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Teacher denies sex with teen student By Randy Kalp

OCEANSIDE — A popular North County teacher accused of having unlawful sex with one of his students pleaded not guilty Nov. 23 during his brief arraignment hearing in a Vista courtroom. Corey Hogue, 37, is charged with two felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 16, one felony count of committing a lewd act upon a child under 14 or 15 years of age, and two misdemeanor counts of molestation in connection to an alleged relationship he had with a 15-year-old female student over a two-year period. Hogue, who is married with two children, was hired in 2006 by the Oceanside Unified School District. He taught physical education and health at Oceanside High School. In a courtroom filled with his family, friends and students, Hogue — dressed in county jail blues — listened from the holding cell as his attorney addressed the court. “He is a loyal dependable member of the community,” attorney Paul Wallin told the judge. Wallin said his client was a “respected teacher” who has resided in San Diego County since 1997. “Mr. H is not the average person,” Wallin said. Prior to working for the Oceanside Unified School District, Hogue taught at Orange Glen TURN TO TEACHER ON 31

Eyeglasses repairman has a story for every pair By Lillian Cox

CARLSBAD — Bill Stephenson’s father was upset when he heard his son was known around town as the “Eyeglass Nazi.” He was unaware of the reference to the Soup Nazi character on “Seinfeld” remembered for lines of faithful customers who filed out the door and down the street. “I said, ‘Dad, that’s a good thing,’” Stephenson said smiling. “I’m a huge fan of ‘Seinfeld.’” Stephenson owns Hot Shots Eyewear Repair Specialists at the corner of Carlsbad Village Drive and Madison. He specializes in while-u-wait eyeglass repair at prices that are so affordable, many people think they’re unreasonable. His most popular service is adjusting eyeglasses, something he does for free. The Soup Nazi metaphor also comes from the efficient, regimented manner in which he handles customer service. But unlike the Soup Nazi who terrifies his customers, Stephenson charms them with humility and generosity that are rare these days. When his doors open at 9 a.m. on Monday, chances are people are already gathering. By the end of the week he’s repaired hinges, replaced bridges and removed scratches from lenses for about 1,200 cus-

FIXER-UPPER Katrina Strugis, 14, broke her glasses playing basketball at Orange Glen High School in Escondido. She drops by to see Bill Stephenson to get them fixed before going to school. Cost: $10. Stephenson says most of his work involves adjustments to eyeglasses, something he does for free. Photo by Lillian Cox

tomers. Stephenson got the idea for his business in the early 1990s working as an optician for Dr. Leventhal’s. Frustrated that he was unable to repair clients’ glasses, he made a deal with Leventhal to offer a new service. In 1994 he went out on

his own, renting space above his current location. The business name “Hot Shots” was inspired by volunteer work with the Lions Cub and Lenscrafters’ Gift of Sight programs. “I’d adjust glasses at old folks’ homes and they’d call me ‘hot shot’ or ‘tiger’ — things old guys say.”

Stephenson worked nights at 7-Eleven to cover business losses the first couple of years. All that changed around 1998 when he began generating regular work from doctors. Today, Stephenson works steadily in his windowless workroom, monitoring activity in the waiting

room with a surveillance camera. He makes his profit purely on volume. He says it’s called job security. “Instead of cleaning three cars for $100 each, you clean 10 cars for $10 each,” he said. “Each person can tell up to 10 people. I’d have to be fired by thousands and thousands of people (to impact on business).” One thing Stephenson doesn’t like is conflict. In the time it takes to argue, he says he could have fixed the problem. “I used to get frustrated and found it was wearing me out,” he said. “It’s easier to smile and be kind.” Not all customers are as considerate. “They’ll call me from their cell phone in the waiting room and want to see me,” he said. “I’ll say, ‘I won’t let you sit there for more than 15 minutes.’” What many don’t appreciate is the precision that is critical to his trade. “My work affects the way people see,” he said. “If I make a mistake, cops could be called or women could send their husbands down here to threaten me … which has happened.” The mild-mannered Stephenson refers to an incident in which the husband of a disgruntled customer ran into his workroom and TURN TO STORY ON 23

Classic Christmas comedy comes to Ranch stage RANCHO SANTA FE — The Village Community Presbyterian Theater offers one of America’s classic Christmas stories, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” by Barbara Robinson, at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. at 6225 Paseo Delicias. Admission is free but donations

are accepted. A cast of 34 is in rehearsals for this well-loved play that tells how the Herdmans, the worst kids in town, decide to take over the annual Christmas pageant.None of them has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation of the tale, that the Wise Men are

a bunch of spies and Herod needs a good beating has a lot of people up in arms. But it will make this year’s pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and possibly the best one ever. The play is directed by the Village Church drama director, Margie Wood and the stage combat scenes have been cho-

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reographed by Chris Williams. Barbara Adams is featured in the role of Mrs. Bradley, the mother who has been suddenly recruited to direct the pageant, Avelino Cortina as her husband with

Alexa Sorensen and David Worsey as her children. The Herdmans are played by Parker and Kate Mitchell, Albert Shepherd, Rachel Waite, Kylie Duncan and Clark Brown.


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BEST EVER The Village

Church Community Theater will present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 and Dec. 5,Village Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe.Admission is free, and donations are accepted. Visit villagechurchdrama@gmail.com or call (760) 315-8015 for more details. OLD TIMES The second annual Old World Christmas will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4, Old World Center, corner of Grand Avenue and Roosevelt Street, Carlsbad Village.This event will feature a Christmas tree lighting in the courtyard, a Santa Claus for the kids, free hot chocolate and cookies. Call (760) 4344557 to learn more.

ALWAYS THANKFUL Above, Abe Rhodes, Kylie Copeland and Andrew Golden read out the things they are thankful for as part of the Horizon Christian Fellowship preschool and kindergarten traditional early Thanksgiving program Nov. 18. Parents and grandparents were delighted as each class performed. “This program has become a Thanksgiving tradition for our Horizon Preschool & Kindergarten families,” said Director Cathy Towner. “Many families tell us they have relatives come in from out-of-town especially for this performance and then stay through for Thanksgiving. It’s a truly special time.” Students and their families were treated to a fallthemed reception following the program. Right, Horizon Christian Fellowship Prep School thirdgrader Ciera Remy applauded younger sister Camryn’s program with Mom, Sharon, at the preschool and kindergarten traditional early Thanksgiving program. Courtesy photos


Annual Christmas accessories New taxes for Solana auction set to support library Beach businesses RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild is gearing up for its annual Christmas and Tree raffle from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 11. The holiday event include refreshments, a children’s craft center, music by

the Rancho Santa Fe School Choir and the opportunity to bid on the famous, donated, decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and other holiday fare. If you are the creative type, you are invited to create and donate a tree or

wreath or any holiday decoration of your own to help raise money to support the library. Any individual, organization, or family can donate. Call (858) 756-2512 or (858) 756-4780 for more information.

Ranch resident Patrick Henry named ‘Most Admired CEO’ RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe resident Patrick Henry was named the 2009 Most Admired Chief Executive Officer in the public small company category by the San Diego Business Journal during a VIP reception Nov. 18. Since 2003, Henry has been at the helm of Entropic as chief executive officer. Entropic Communications, Inc. is a provider of silicon and software solutions to enable connected home entertainment. Henry led the company as it emerged from a venture capital backed start-up company, experienced significant growth both organically and via acquisitions, became a market leader in two complementary connected home enter-

tainment technologies and evolved into a successful public company on the road to sustained growth and profitability. The publication’s judging committee credited Henry’s ability to lead the company through the many challenges of this metamorphosis with steadfast leadership skills, enthusiasm and determination. “I am truly honored and humbled to receive this award,” Henry said. It is really the entire Entropic team, our customers, suppliers, and investors that have made Entropic’s success to-date a reality. Innovation has been a cornerstone of our success and will be a critical element of our future. This is a very exciting time for Entropic as we enter a new phase of

growth with our silicon solutions in our target markets. I thank the San Diego Business Journal and all the sponsors for this recognition.” “The San Diego Business Journal is proud to honor Patrick Henry as one of San Diego’s Most Admired CEO’s,” said Armon Mills, president and publisher at the San Diego Business Journal. “Under incredibly challenging market conditions, Patrick shepherded the company from an early stage startup to a thriving, publicly traded company that continues to build on its mission as the leader in enabling connected home entertainment solutions.” There were 61 finalists who competed in various categories.

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SOLANA BEACH — Few people are ever eager to give up a portion of their hard-earned money to Uncle Sam. But Solana Beach seems to have come up with a business tax that is somewhat palatable to those who will be paying it. At the Nov. 18 meeting, City Council unanimously approved a “fix/tiered” tax model and directed staff to proceed with its implementation. The fate of the tariff will now be decided by residents during the June 2 primary election because state law requires voter approval for new taxes. A business tax was one of five revenue enhancement options presented in February as a means to partially address the city’s longterm financial sustainability. Residents and business owners had myriad opportunities to weigh in on the topic during several council meetings and workshops throughout the year. While most business owners opposed any sort of tax — many said it could put them out of business — some saw it as a necessary evil as the city tries to maintain services and keep a balanced budget with declining

hotel and sales tax revenues. The city cut more than $1 million from its current fiscal year budget. Under the approved tiered model, businesses with gross revenues up to $66,499 would pay an annual flat tax of $50. Those making more than $66,500 could also pay a fixed amount that ranges from $75 to $1,150, depending on gross revenues. The highest amount is for businesses that make $2.5 million or more annually. They would also have the option of computing the tax by multiplying their gross revenue by either .00075, .0005 or .0004 — depending on total revenues. For example, if a business grossed $400,000 in one year, the owner could pay a flat tax of $325 or calculate the tax by multiplying $400,000 times .00075 and pay $300. In each tier, there is a breaking point at which it would be less costly to pay the flat rate. Businesses earning gross revenues in the higher end of each tier would likely pay less using the multiplier. “Each business owner would have complete discretion on which option they TURN TO TAXES ON 31

Holiday events lined up for Ranch readers of all ages RANCHO SANTA FE — The Martha Glasgow Youth Services Wing has a host of events scheduled for the holiday season. The Monday Read to Feed Book Club is held at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 for ages 4 to 8. The group will study one author for

the month. Every Saturday is Reading Buddies from 2 to 4 p.m. Any age reader can spend time in the library reading to a volunteer. Participants must signup at the Youth Services Desk. Tuesday Preschool Story Time is held at 12:30

p.m. The weekly topics will be houses and homes Dec. 8 and holiday stories Dec. 15. Thursday Craft Afternoons will be held at 3:30 p.m. with a Hanukkah craft Dec. 10 and a winter craft Dec. 17. The Rancho Santa Fe Book Club will not meet

again until Jan. 8 from 2 to 3 p.m. to discuss “Peace Like a River,” by Leif Enger. From 2 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 11 the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild Christmas Tea and tree raffle is scheduled. Organizations, individuals or families are all

welcome to donate a tree, wreath or any other kind of Christmas decoration to put up for raffling. For more information, contact the Library at (858) 756-2512 or the Library Guild at (858) 756-4780. For more information check www.sdcl.org.


Mime and theatre teacher Jerry Hager will offer a theatre movement workshop from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 5, Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 N. Coast Highway 101, Oceanside. This class is about learning more expressive body movement. For registration, call (760) 529-9140. GO LEFT The Democratic Club of Carlsbad-Oceanside will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 5, Carlsbad Woman’s Club, 3320 Monroe St., Carlsbad. Assembly Candidates Crystal Crawford, Del Mar, and Judy Jones, San Clemente, will be introduced. Call Carol at (760) 753-4082 to learn more. HOLIDAY PARADE! The city of Encinitas will host the 2009 Encinitas Holiday Parade at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5, heading south along Coast Highway 101 from D Street to J Street. Festivities will kick off with a tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. in the Lumberyard Shopping Center courtyard. Call (760) 633-2740 for more details. MASTER MUCK The Encinitas Library will present Kathi Burns, CPO, at 10 a.m. Dec. 5, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Burns will offer tips for organizing the “muck” in your life, and will show you how to create easy systems to reduce wasted time so that you can focus more energy doing what you love. Call the library at (760) 753-7376 or visit www.addspacetoyour life. com to learn more. RESCUE A LAB Labrador Rescuers, a nonprofit organization that rescues and rehomes Labrador Retrievers, will hold an adoption event from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 5, PETCO, 2749 Via de la Valle, Del Mar. Call (619) 819-0234 or visit www.labrescuers.org to learn more.



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OCEANSIDE — A young man who authorities allege was murdered by his friend at an Oceanside apartment complex had gotten into several physical altercations in the hours leading up to the fatal stabbing, the defendant’s former roommate testified Nov. 23 at a preliminary hearing. Adam Schmidt only lived with his roommate Kade Joseph Kundrat four to six days when he became a key witness in the murder of David Allen Jacobson at the Seaview apartment complex on South Pacific Street in Oceanside. Authorities found Jacobson fatally wounded sitting in a pool of blood near a staircase that led to a parking lot of the apartment complex around 2:30 a.m. July 13. Schmidt testified he

had met Jacobson the previous afternoon and throughout the day witnessed Jacobson get into three physical altercations, including one with him and the victim’s girlfriend, “Juice.” After Jacobson “sucker punched” Schmidt breaking his nose shortly after midnight, Kundrat kicked Jacobson out of his apartment, he testified. Then, Schmidt said Kundrat said he was going outside to talk to Jacobson. Approximately 15 minutes later, around 1 a.m., Schmidt testified he heard screaming and then Kundrat returned to the apartment, shut off all the lights and ordered the few people hanging out in the apartment to close their eyes and walk to his bedroom. Kundrat’s toddler son was also in the apartment that evening.

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City has to choose among 18 groups seeking funds By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — With 18 requests totaling $73,500 — and only $25,000 available — City Council has its work cut out as members must decide which groups will receive funding from the city’s Community Grant Program. Representatives from all but one group attended the Nov. 18 meeting. Each had three minutes to explain why his or her group applied for the grant and what the money would be used for. Solana Beach Little League and Soccer Club asked for a combined total of $9,500 for field improvements at various elementary schools. Both organizations received funding last year. Kids Korps USA, also a 2009 beneficiary, and the Boys & Girls Clubs are seeking money to fund programs for low-income youth in Eden Gardens.

Council members said they would consider funding the Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito, which buys school clothes for lowincome families, and the Community Resource Center, which will use the money for the annual holiday baskets program, if those two groups shopped in Solana Beach. Both said they would. Some council members seemed intrigued by a $5,000 request from North Coast Repertory Theatre to produce a theater school play about the history of Solana Beach. Councilman Joe Kellejian, remembering the impact school gardens had on his childhood, appeared supportive of a funding request to build one at Skyline Elementary. Groups also sought grants for books, senior citizen yoga classes, exercise equipment for youngsters and programs for developmentally challenged young adults. By the end of her presentation, Sally Montrucchio said she would forgo the $5,000 request from Tender

Loving Canines Assistance Dogs if the city would help her find space, about the size of City Hall Chambers, for classes to teach trainers how to train assistance dogs for children with autism. “We have some hard decisions to make,” Mayor Mike Nichols said. “They’re all worthy. We wish we could give them all money.” Coast Waste Management and EDCO Waste and Recycling Services, the city’s two waste haulers, each contribute $5,000 to the Community Grant Program, which was established in 2004. Applicants must be nonprofit, community-based, nongovernmental groups that serve Solana Beach and its residents. No more than $5,000 is awarded to any one program. Priority is given to new projects or programs or those that provide a “new or unique twist on an existing program,” the staff report states. Council will announce the recipients Dec. 9 at its final meeting at the year.

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Candidate drops out of race to care for children By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Less than three months after declaring his candidacy for the 50th Congressional District, Solana Beach City Councilman Dave Roberts has withdrawn from the race. Roberts and his partner, Wally Oliver, have 14and 9-year-old sons they adopted several years ago from foster care. The adoption of their third fostercare son, who is now 5, should be finalized early next year. In late October, “completely out of the blue,” Roberts said, the county child services department called to say the 5-year-old’s half brother and sister had been removed from their birth mother. Roberts and Oliver brought them into their home. “We fell in love with the kids,” Roberts said. “We wanted to help protect them and keep them together.” On Nov. 23, they were told the 1- and 2-year-old would be available for adoption. After “many sleepless nights” and family discussions, Roberts said he decided to suspend his campaign due to his growing family. “We want these kids to have a good chance at life and a loving home,” he said. “That takes a lot of time and energy.” When the newest additions to their family first arrived about five weeks ago, Roberts described them as looking “shellshocked.” “Now they are giggling and laughing,” he said. “They really need us to focus on them right now, and I can’t do that if I’m out campaigning.” Roberts notified supporters about his decision in an e-mail the night before Thanksgiving. In it he said he would return all contributions — a total of about $200,000. “My biggest concern was letting people down,” he said. But within three days, he said he received more than 150 e-mails and four dozen phone calls congratulating him on his decision. Most said they didn’t TURN TO CANDIDATE ON 31



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Carlsbad museum offers look at music history By Alyx Sariol

CARLSBAD — Music has always provided valuable insight into the culture and past of every country. America is no different. The Museum of Making Music, or MoMM, located at 5790 Armada Drive, has offered the public an opportunity to explore America’s rich musical history for nearly 10 years. Interactive exhibits, educational displays and never-before-seen archived photographs provide unrivaled insight into a fascinating piece of America’s past. “Music is very important to people at all stages of their

life,” said charter volunteer Naomi Marblestone, co-coordinator of the museum’s volunteer program. Founded by the National Association of Music Merchants, or NAMM, the museum’s exhibits and displays cover nearly 100 years of America’s musical accomplishments. Starting from the 1890s, the museum shows the progression of instruments and technology that have created music as it is known today. “The exhibitions tell the story we’re trying to tell about the music makers, the instrument innovations and the

beginning of American popular music,” said B.J. Morgan, MoMM’s marketing and promotions manager. The museum was originally used as a resource for NAMM members, specifically music store owners. Mock store setups were provided to show owners “how you make people want to come in and buy a guitar,” Marblestone said. Although the museum is now open to the public, the design of the exhibits still replicate music stores of decades past. Visitors are TURN TO MUSIC ON 28

STRINGING ALONG Several styles of guitars are displayed UNUSUAL INSTRUMENTS A player harmonica on display, one of several instruments in the Museum of throughout the museum, depicting the transformation of the instrument Making Music foreign to most visitors. Photo by Alyx Sariol

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Residents weigh in on revitalizing Highway 101 By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Residents had an opportunity to share their ideas for revitalizing Coast Highway 101 from Ocean Street to Via de la Valle during a workshop Nov. 19 at City Hall. The event began with a presentation by Dan Burden, founder of Walkable Communities Inc., a nonprofit consulting firm that advises communities on how they can become more pedestrianand bicycle-friendly. His slide show of before-and-after pictures of his nationwide projects elicited some occasional oohs and aahs from the approximately two dozen residents who attended. “But we’re really here to draw out your ideas,” Burden said. Part of the revitaliza-

tion process will be to put the Coast Highway on a “road diet,” he said, defining a diet as losing something, but gaining something else as a result. His solutions for slowing traffic and improving safety include decreasing the width of car lanes and increasing the width of sidewalks and bike lanes. Burden also advocates replacing intersections with roundabouts, adding curb extensions and angled, back-in parking for improved visibility for motorists and pedestrians. To illustrate that residents tend to have the same common goals, Burden had attendees participate in a handful of activities. First they were asked to share their dream of what Highway 101 would look TURN TO HIGHWAY ON 31

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Someone reportedly burglarized a vehicle parked on Fulvia Street in Encinitas sometime after midnight Nov. 19. JAVA RUN Java Express on Encinitas Boulevard in Encinitas was reportedly burglarized sometime after midnight Nov. 20 of a cash register and $40. HOME BURGLARIZED A residence on North Willowspring Drive in Encinitas was reportedly burglarized sometime between 1:30 and 9 p.m. Nov. 22. PURSE PILFERED Someone reportedly stole a purse from a vehicle parked on Via De La Cumbre in Rancho Santa Fe sometime between 8:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 18. WHAT A TOOL Island Construction on Loma Corta Drive in Solana Beach was reportedly burglarized sometime between 5 p.m. Nov. 18 and 7 a.m. Nov. 19 of more than $2,000 in miscellaneous tools. FOOT LONG Someone reportedly robbed the Subway on South Rancho Santa Fe Road in San Marcos of $247 around 10:30 a.m. Nov. 18 BLING STING A residence on Augusta Drive in San Marcos was reportedly burglarized of

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two cameras and more than $7,000 in jewelry sometime between 6:40 and 10 a.m. Nov. 19. BUSTED! A 44-year-old man was arrested shortly after robbing two people with a lethal cutting instrument around 6 p.m. Nov. 20 on Hacienda Drive in Vista. WOMAN ROBBED A 34year-old woman was reportedly robbed of $1,250 in money orders around 3:30 p.m. Nov. 20 on East Vista Way at Escondido Avenue in Vista. ATV STOLEN Someone reportedly stole a Kazuma 110 cc ATV from Hillside Trial in Vista sometime after 6:45 a.m. Nov. 17. POOR CHOICE A 51-year-old man was arrested shortly after allegedly being involved in a DUI injury accident around 2:30 p.m. Nov. 21 on College Avenue at Highway 78 in Oceanside.

CRIME LOG Compiled by Randy Kalp The following information was gathered from law enforcement’s most available records for the week of Nov. 17, 2009 to Nov. 24, 2009

ENCINITAS Petty Theft 3, Burglary 4, Vandalism 0, Assault1, Grand Theft 2, Robbery 0 RANCHO



Petty Theft 0, Burglary 1, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0 SOLANA BEACH Petty Theft 1, Burglary 2, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0 CARLSBAD Petty Theft 0, Burglary 0, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0 SAN MARCOS Petty Theft 3, Burglary 3, Vandalism 1 , Assault 1, Grand Theft 5, Robbery 1 OCEANSIDE Petty Theft 1, Burglary 0, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0 VISTA Petty Theft 2, Burglary 12, Vandalism 3, Assault 1, Grand Theft 7, Robbery 3

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CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA — The Cardiff 101 Chamber of Commerce held a ribboncutting Nov. 10 to launch Cardiff Seaside Chiropractic Wellness Center. On hand to celebrate the event were Encinitas City Councilwoman Teresa Barth, chiropractors Richard Carpenter, Lindsey Morin and Dana Barre, with Encinitas Mayor Maggie Houlihan.


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COAST CITIES — The Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club handed out 1,300 dictionaries to thirdgraders in the Del Mar and Solana Beach Unified School Districts in November. Bill Murphy was project leader for the second year for the annual project. In conjunction with the SoCal Dictionary Project, Rotary donates funds to cover the cost of the dictionaries.

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examined the bucket and concluded that it was probably damaged.

Yikes! — Lisa Blair and her six sisters were enjoying a Thanksgiving meal in Hamilton, Ontario (in Canada, Thanksgiving was Oct. 12), when they began noticing suspicious flecks in the food and realized that their necklace lockets, containing the ashes of their mother (who had passed away two weeks earlier) were leaking. A local funeral services store restocked and sealed the lockets. — In November, researchers roaming the depths of Scotland’s Loch Ness in a submarine, looking for the legendary monster, reported finding mainly “hundreds of thousands” of golf balls at the bottom, from popular use of the lake as a driving range. A recent Danish Golf Association report lamented the slow decomposition of golf balls (taking 100 to 1,000 years), and one U.K. legislator has called golf balls “humanity’s signature litter.” — The October “Miss Asia” beauty pageant in Hong Kong mostly followed a traditional script, but special bonus competitions were added, according to a report in The Straits Times. Contestants appeared behind boards with only certain body parts exposed so that judges could comment without knowing which woman they were observing. Breast-judging turned out well for each of the three finalists, as did waist-judging. However, the judges had harsh words for two contestants’ hair. Wang Zhi Fei was criticized for “lots of dandruff and oily scalp,” and Wang Chen learned the hard way that she had significant “signs of hair loss.”

News That Sounds Like a Joke — In September, prominent chocolate food engineer Hanna Frederick introduced her latest concoction at a conference of the Meat Industry Association in New Zealand: dark chocolate truffles tinged with venison and salami. Said Frederick: “There’s this smoky taste to start, then a strong chocolate flavor comes in, and at the end you have this wonderful taste of salami.” Earlier in the year, she had introduced chocolates injected with Tongkat Ali, a Southeast Asian herb reputed to stimulate testosterone production. — In August, the Thorpe Park amusement facility in Chertsey, England, posted signs on its roller coaster admonishing riders not to wave their arms during the ride. According to director Mike Vallis: “We’ve found TURN TO MORE ODD FILES ON 17


New salon raising funds for animals and foster teens By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Combine a wash, cut and blow dry with foster teens and animals in need and the result is the grand opening of Benten Salon at 107 S. Cedros Ave. in Solana Beach. The fundraising event, set for Dec. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m., will feature live music, refreshments and a raffle with prizes donated by Belly Up, Wild Note Cafe, Oh My Goddess Boutique, Pluta Movement Therapy and Oxygen Medical Spa. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit San Pasqual Academy and the San Diego Humane Society. The goal of the grand opening is to raise awareness of both organizations. Donna Herrick, cofounder of San Pasqual, is a client of owner and stylist Kyoko Mori. “Through (Donna) I’ve learned so much about the organization,” Mori said. “I wanted to do something to help. And everyone who knows me knows how much I care about animals.” San Pasqual Academy, which opened in 2001, is a first-in-the-nation residential education campus designed for foster teens. Located in Escondido, it provides foster teens with a stable, caring home, individualized education and the skills needed

for independent living. The 238-acre campus features individual familystyle homes, an accredited high school, a computer for each youth in the homes, a cafeteria, a technology and career information center, recreation fields and a swimming pool. Teens live and learn at the academy as they prepare for college and a career path. More information is available at sanpasqualacademy.org. Serving the county since 1880, the San Diego Humane Society provides services such as animal sheltering and adoption, adult and youth education programs and positive reinforcement behavior training. The organization also investigates animal cruelty and neglect, rescues animals in emergency situations and provides sharing animals through petassisted therapy. Visit sdhumane.org for more information. Anyone attending the grand opening may bring items from the Humane Society’s Toys for Pups wish list posted at sdhumane.org/ s i t e / Pa g e S e r v e r ? p a g e name=don_WishList. The salon will continue collecting wish-list items until Dec. 15. Call Benten at (858) 720-0220 for more information about the salon.

Police captain, father not liable for shooting By Randy Kalp

FALLBROOK — A veteran police officer will not be charged criminally for shooting his son during the young man’s assault in which both the officer and his wife were attacked. The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office concluded Oceanside Police Capt. Reginald Grigsby Sr. fired in defense of his wife and himself after witnessing his son choking his wife. “His use of deadly force at the time was reasonable; therefore, he bears no criminal liability for his actions,” Deputy District Attorney Damon Mosler said in a letter dated Nov. 9 that was sent to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. Reginald Grigsby Jr., a former San Diego State football player, pleaded guilty to attacking his mother May 23 in his family’s Fallbrook home. Desirah Grigsby suffered a broken nose and was choked unconscious. In lieu of his plea agreement, Grigsby Jr., 25, received one year in local custody when he was sentenced Oct. 16. He had credit for 219 days in custody, and is expected to serve out the remainder of his sentence at a North County treatment facility for his mental health issues. In addition, he will be moni-

tored by the treatment center for the next five years, which coincides with his probation. Grigsby Jr. was diagnosed at age 17 as schizophrenic, Mosler wrote. At the time of his attack, he admitted to taking his medication only sporadically. He had been taken to his parent’s home that evening after his girlfriend reported that he had been acting strange, according to the district attorney’s letter. When the Grigsbys tried to discuss his condition and the importance of his medication, Grigsby Jr. grew agitated. Later in the evening, Grigsby Sr. said he heard his TURN TO SHOOTING ON 28

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA GFWC Contemporary Women of North County members Santa (Joe McDonald) and Mrs. Claus (Laura Collins) invite the community to spend the morning with Santa and his helpers at its annual Breakfast With Santa from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 6, at the San Marcos Community Center Main Hall, 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos. A continental breakfast will be offered, costing $5 for adults and $3 for children. Come listen to the music, visit with Santa and get your photo taken for $5. Photo by Kaye Martin


DEC. 4, 2009


Local artist’s work a sign of the season FRANK MANGIO

Taste of Wine

Legend returns to wine world “Wine has been with civilized man from the beginning,” so said Robert Mondavi, whose name has been associated with great wine in Napa Valley from the beginning. The passion and vision that Mondavi brought to the table is the stuff of legend. This driving force for all that is wonderful about Napa Valley wines passed on in 2008, after his namesake winery was sold in 2004. He was a champion for California as best of all wine countries. Now, after careful planning and cultivation of some of the most fertile vineyards in Napa Valley, Robert’s son Michael and grandson Robert (Rob), are ready to re-establish the innovation, dedication, passion and vision of the first family of winemaking. Rob Mondavi has been getting his hands dirty making wine, first with his family at Robert Mondavi Winery, then after it was sold, with his father Michael at the recently created Folio Fine Wine Partners. Folio, in addition to representing many great names in the world of wine, is now producing the next generation of Mondavi wines with names like Emblem, “M,” Oberon and Spellbound. At an impressive gathering at Carlsbad Wine Merchants recently, Rob thanked Kathy Bankerd and her staff for the opportunity to show his wines. “M is my father Michael’s signature of his life’s work” Rob said. “For six years the grapes were sold to the present owner of Opus One, the internationally known blend that started with the Mondavi family. We want it to now be the very best wine in the Napa Valley with this 2005 release. It comes from our Oso Vineyard near Howell Mountain, where we make 150 barrels. Out of that total, only 30 of the best are used in M.” He then talked about one another premium wine, Emblem. “The 2006 Emblem Cabernet is beautifully balanced with elegant texture. The thing that’s great about winemaking is you always have the history. Our challenge is to find new ways to get the best out of the vines and push them to new heights.” For more history, labels and pricing, access www.foliowine.com.

Amarone of Valpolicella As I write this column, the most influential wine publication in the world, Wine Spectator, is releasing TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 20

By Lillian Cox

CARLSBAD — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas thanks to Alli Thoeni who’s busy painting the town. The muralist has been collaborating with the Carlsbad Village Business Association the last few weeks in creating festive storefront windows to draw visitors into the village for the holidays. First stop this year was the New Village Arts Theatre on State Street where Laura Kurner contracted Thoeni to design a mural touting a presentation of “SantaLand Diaries” by humorist David Sedaris from Dec. 10 to Dec. 23. Kurner greeted Thoeni with cartoons she found of some rather mischievous looking elves to capture the mood of the adult comedy which is about an unemployed actor who becomes a Macy’s elf in order to pay holiday bills. Thoeni went to work producing several outdoor scenes centered around the elves. “Alli takes what I give her and makes it so beautiful,” Kurner said. “She creates a special ambience which is great for business since it positions the village

FESTIVE STOREFRONTS Muralist Alli Theoni paints a holiday window for the New Village Arts Theatre on State Street in Carlsbad promoting the adult comedy “SantaLand” by humorist David Sedaris scheduled Dec. 10 to Dec. 23. The play follows an unemployed actor who becomes a Macy’s elf in order to pay his holiday bills. Photo by Lillian Cox

as a shopping destination.” from San Clemente High Thoeni began painting School. She was recruited by in 1980 after graduating the Capistrano Unified

School District to paint lettering on buses, a contract that continued for 10 years. Her first gig painting holiday windows was for her orthodontist. After earning a certificate in graphic design from Saddleback College she continued for two more years at Los Angeles Trade Tech studying sign design. It wasn’t long before she got major contracts, painting holiday windows at Newport Plaza and the Mesa Verde Plaza. “It was nice because of the challenge to create consistency among all the stores,” she said. “I did a lot of lettering of Christmas carol lyrics in the snow.” Thoeni says 95 percent of her business is referral. Pricing is determined by the design. The less expensive designs are wreathes and snow banks with a sprig of holly in the corner. Pricier designs are usually Christmas trees, hanging ornaments and Santa Claus. “I try to keep the work looking elegant by using a lot of metallic paints like gold and silver,” she said. “I use water-based exterior house paint with a flat finish. It’s easy to remove afterwards by TURN TO SIGN ON 27

Looks like we have a winner with Barracuda DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate I will admit that my initial impression of Barracuda Grill in Encinitas was based specifically on the name and my association with the classic rock song from the band Heart. You know the one, “Barra – Barracuda.”That and the predatory nature of the Barracuda fish made me wonder what was behind the name selection. Was there possibly some connection to Anne and Nancy Wilson, the sisters who made up the Heart? Well, it was neither. Chef Mo Hani was inspired by a shop in Morocco bearing that name. Fair enough. My advice, embrace the name. Chef Mo has added another fine dining establishment to the growing list in Encinitas and it’s worth trying. First a bit about Chef Mo, as his experience is reason NEW IN TOWN The warm, inviting interior at Barracuda Grill in enough to give this place a Encinitas. Photo by David Boylan

shot. Mo was born in the small Moroccan town of Safi. He had a natural interest in cooking and food at a young age being surrounded with rich Moroccan cuisine in his home. At the age of 22 he began working as an assistant cook in Paris, France, which introduced him to French cuisine. He continued his hands on training throughout the kitchens of Europe including stops in Perusal, Naples, Rome, Medina, Italy, Bern, Switzerland, and Berlin, Germany. I love that mix. Mo took a position in Toronto, Canada, in 1993 as head chef at Browne’s Bistro. In 2001, he opened AvantGout in Toronto. Avant-Gout which means “before taste” incorporated Mo’s love of French and Moroccan cuisine. After successfully running Avant-Gout for four years, Mo designed and built, another Avant-Gout from the ground up. He opened the new location of Avant-Gout in 2006. Hid experience as a chef/owner/manager of two TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 26

Rancho Santa Fe gets its own boutique salon RANCHO SANTA FE — Suzanne Felando Mattson announced the opening of her new Studio Felando location at 16921-B Via de Santa Fe. A native San Diegan, Felando grew up in Point Loma and now resides in Santa Luz. She has been working for 28 years as a master stylist and colorist, 17 of those years under the Studio Felando brand. The buzz in the community has been tremendous for

Studio Felando’s opening as The Ranch has not had a hair salon in it for two-and-a-half years. Boutique salons are the trend today. Days of the mega salons are gone, with salons now offering personal service. Mattson brings a whimsical approach to her boutique salon. Though 525-square feet in size, there is nothing traditional about the mini salon. Customers can enjoy complimentary fresh baked crois-

sants daily as well as drink concoctions and other refreshments. To top it off, enjoy being draped with a faux mink blanket to snuggle when getting your hair shampooed and treated. Patrons can also get their car hand washed for $15. Always on the cutting edge of the hair industry, Mattson has also brought in several new treatments unique to just Studio Felando.

Patrons are able to enjoy The Brazilian Blow Out and the Philip B. Russian Ambre service. Studio Felando is one of the first salons in San Diego to offer these treatments. In addition, the salon also includes a retail boutique full of designer clothes as well as a line of hair products. For more information or to make an appointment, call (858) 756-5602 or at studio felando2@gmail.com.

No reserve designation for offshore Del Mar By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — It is all but guaranteed the area off the coast of Del Mar will not to be designated as a state marine reserve under the Marine Life Protection Act of 1999. And that’s just fine with city officials. A Blue Ribbon Task Force charged with determining which areas of the state’s 1,100-mile coastline will be protected and off limits to fishing and other activities spent about a year trying to develop a network of protected areas in Southern California. The choice was narrowed to three proposals, one of TURN TO RESERVE ON 35

Hanukkah celebration features ice carving

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Chabad Jewish Center of Rancho Santa Fe invites the community to celebrate the holiday of Hanukkah at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Del Rayo Village Shopping Center, 16089 San Dieguito Road. The event will include the lighting of the first sixfoot tall ice Menorah. In addition, there will be live ice carving demonstrations by James Lovejoy of Ice Carvings by James, along with live music, traditional potato latkes and doughnuts plus chocolate Hanukkah gelt and crafts for the children.

On duty personnel treated to holiday meal

CARMEL VALLEY — The Grand Del Mar Resort celebrated Thanksgiving by delivering Thanksgiving feasts to on-duty area police officers and firefighters. For the San Diegans who didn’t have the luxury of gathering with family, and worked to protect the public over the holiday, the chefs from The Grand Del Mar, 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, showed their support and appreciation to neighborhood firefighters and police officers, with a lavish feast, including two 25pound turkeys, gravy, savory stuffing, roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, fresh cranberry sauce, apple cider and all the other trimmings, for the Carmel Valley fire and police stations Nov. 24. “Our goal is to recognize area police officers and TURN TO MEAL ON 35


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Recession-proof attitude leads Joseph Defalco to successful heights MACHEL PENN Machel’s Ranch I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those overly optimistic types that thoroughly enjoy a great success story … especially during a recession. After hearing so many others over the last year speak candidly of our economic situation, it was refreshing for me to discover one of my client’s abilities to grow his branch office at Ameriprise from three advisers to 32 in less than three years. About a week ago, I met with Mr. Defalco at his sprawling penthouse office in La Jolla, with a sweet view of the Hyatt pool just outside his window, which definitely has its perks in the summertime in San Diego. We sat down for a candid one-on-one interview. As he finished up at his desk, I noticed the theme in his collage of pictures on the wall, with words like “Inspire” and “Dream” hanging between inspirational nature scenes.I’ve always been one of those inspirational fanatics that feel inspired by reading those quotes under the quiet brook running through the forest. With that being said, I would like to share with you in a question and answer format of my interview from that day. Q. How long ago did you start at Ameriprise? A. Almost 10 years with HR Block Financial, who was then purchased by Ameriprise one year ago. Q. What was your foundation you had that led to your recent success at Ameriprise? A.I was a financial adviser, and I didn’t like the way our office was managed. So, I wanted the responsibility to improve our local business and help the client experience. Q. What are the key ingredients to running and managing a successful business? A. Being in the game and having passion every day. You must constantly be engaged to improve things no matter how good they are at that time … You must put yourself in a situation to win. Q. How were you able to thrive during the recession over the last two years when other companies lost ground? A.There are always opportunities … Over the last two years other firms misfortunes have opened a huge door for me in a few ways. I was able to attract experienced advisors. I also allowed our advisors to prospect for clients that wanted change in their investment plan. Q. Do you find the market changing with the times? A. Other than the concerns with our clients and their jobs, I really don’t focus on the economy. (This by the way was my favorite retort. I love those that don’t dwell on the negative). Q. Where do you see yourself in five years? A. I would like to double our numbers of advisors and client base over the next five years. Q. What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs in

SUCCESS STORY Ameriprise’s superstar Joseph Defalco. Photo by Machel Penn

your field? A. Stay focused and don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.As you grow, make sure to stay in the trenches so you know what’s going on. Q. How do you start your week, with a sales meeting? (I kind of get this look like, how else would one start a successful business week?) A. Yes, we start the week with a sales meeting. We sometimes have inspirational speakers talk to our team. My approach with each person is I respect their individuality and that I work for them.At the end of the day, I need to make sure that they are happy. Q. Where do you see yourself in five years? A. I would like to double our numbers of advisors and client base over the next five years. Q. What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs in your field? A. Stay focused and don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. As you grow, make sure to stay in the trenches so you know what’s going on. After our interview, I felt rather inspired by all of Joseph’s advice and wise words that have helped make him a success at Ameriprise Financial. If you would like more information on this financial firm, call (858) 795-2305.

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dren ages 5 to 11. Check out www.Smencils.com for your holiday order. On Nov. 20, I met some wonderful women en at OMG in Solana Beach. If you are like me, you take time to invest in your skin, especially if you are over 30. I’m starting to reach that point where I understand why women might fib about their at on occasion. Just for the record, I’m 38 and it will probably be the last time you see me admit my age in print! Well, this leads me back to the women I met in Solana Beach: Ina Maynard and Cathe Bjorklund that were giving a facial demonstration at OMG. This demonstration began with an introduction on Sophia Loren’s beauty secret after all of these years, according to Cathe Bjorklund: “I was absolutely blown away with the fact that Sophia Loren, that Italian beauty of 73, has never had a facelift! What is her secret? No juvederm, no botox, no peels, no surgery! How could anyone arrive at the age of 73 looking like that with no “work” done? Apparently, approximately 50 years ago an Italian named Luigi Galvani discovered that in order to transport beneficial ingredients deep into the skin’s dermis where they could actually alter the aging Around town process, an electronic current On Nov. 7, I headed to was needed. Luigi aptly L’Auberge hotel right in the heart of Del Mar. Most of you know that they recently spent millions renovating the famous landmark into a more trendy upscale resort.With the views of the ocean within sight, and a fabulous fire pit adjacent to the pool, this has become one of the hottest locations to mingle on Friday and Saturday nights. I ran into Cindy Sengo from San Diego and the inventor of the “Smencil” Chris Cote. They were just finishing up dinner when I ran into them. I snapped a gorgeous shot of them relaxing in style at one of the hottest hangouts in the North County area.Thanks for sharing this romantic shot with me for the holidays. If you are looking for a unique holiday gift idea that’s nontechnology related for some of your friends’ children, this is a great ALL SMILES Shana and Conor Adair at the Forsyth party. Photo by hit targeted toward the chil- Machel Penn

THE HOSTS Tom Forsyth with columnist Machel Penn and Karian Forsyth. Courtesy photo

THE GUESTS Guests Christopher Lee and Robin Shull at Forysth holiday party. Photo by Machel Penn


DEC. 4, 2009


Gift ideas for the traveler on your Christmas list E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road Eeek. It’s the first Friday in December and the rush is on to find the perfect gift that fits both receivers and your budget. If you’ve got travelers on your list (or you are one), I’ve got a suggestion: books. They are wonderful because if cost is keeping you home, books can transport you for almost nothing and you’ll learn something, too. If you can afford to go, books preview what you’ll see and do. And if you can go but can’t decide, books will help. List prices are given below, but Google the titles and you’ll find all for much less: “The 10 Best of Everything: An Ultimate Guide for Travelers” (National Geographic Books; $19.95). OK, these lists of best golf courses, walking tours, ski runs, historical journeys, barbecue joints, cathedrals and much more are a matter of opinion — in this case the authors’ — but their choices might be hard to argue when you peruse the pages of prose and colorful graphics and photos. “10 Best” will keep any traveler entertained and debating for

TAKE A JOURNEY A photo from “The Cities Book: A Journey Through the Best Cities in the World” (from Lonely Planet publications). This book is full of spectacular photos of an alphabet collection of cities from Abuja, Nigeria, to Zanzibar, Tanzania. You can open any page and find not only beautiful images but fun lists and summaries of each city’s unique facts and attributes like a profile of a typical resident, defining experiences for visitors and don’t-miss foods. Courtesy photo

hours. “The USA Book: A Journey Through America” (Lonely Planet Publications; oversized hardcover; $39.95). As comedian Yakov Smirnoff might say after reading this one, “What a country!” If nothing else, this tome exudes appreciation for the stunning beauty and diversity of this land. States and regions are profiled in splendid photos and succinct, informative text, which includes at least one intriguing legend for each state. (No one knows why Indiana residents are called Hoosiers, but

the guesses are interesting; two-time felon Buddy Cianci has served six terms as mayor of Providence, R.I.; and Arkansas hikers claim to have seen more than once a hulking 7-foot, 800-pound hairy beast called the Fouke Monster.) Lonely Planet also offers “The Cities Book: A Journey Through the Best Cities in the World” (oversized hardcover $50, softcover $25). The 423 pages give you spectacular photos of an alphabet collection of cities from Abuja, Nigeria, to Zanzibar, Tanzania. (San Diego is

against its reputation as the world’s second-highest exporter of asbestos. Or visit Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and mingle with friendly residents and colorful shops, but protect against pickpockets and pollution. Looking for a unique and affordable holiday activity? You need wait no longer than 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10 and go no further than Palm Springs. This year marks the 14th annual Walk of the Inns, a walking tour of historical hotels, restaurants and buildings that are decorated for the holidays. There will be hot spiced cider and cookies, too. Pick up maps at the Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Drive. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight, although some are available for free at the museum. For more information, call (760) 320-9346 or (760) 325-9346. There is no charge for any activities, but the Marines from Twenty Nine Palms will collect “Toys For Tots” (bring new unwrapped gifts). While in town, don’t miss Villagefest, held Thursdays in the heart of downtown for 16 years. It begins at 6 p.m. and features more than 200 booths offering art, handcrafted items and unique food. Critics say the peoplewatching rates five stars and the event is dog friendly.

absent, but Detroit is there in the “10 Additional Cities” list – picks of Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler.) Open any page and find not only alluring images but fun lists and summaries of each city’s unique facts and attributes: profiles of typical residents; defining experiences for visitors; don’t-miss foods (in Anchorage, it’s coconut-beerbattered Spam; in Singapore, it’s garlic stingray); and strengths and weaknesses. No sugar-coating here. For instance, weigh seeing the E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer livWinter Carnival and Latin ing in North County. Tell her about your Quarter of Quebec City travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com.

Sports, energy, fruit and carbonated drinks and more JANET LITTLE Henry’s Healthy Living Tips Day-to-day routines can be so hectic and exhausting; you’re too tired even to think about being active after a hard day of working. Energy drinks are highly popular right now, and the temptation is to pop open a can of energy so you can do more, be even more on the go, and get that much more done in a single day. But energy drinks aren’t really healthy or very good for your nutrition. They are notoriously filled with sugar and caffeine, both things that you body doesn’t need. So where does that leave you? Americans are gulping down approximately 50 gallons of soft drinks per year. On average, nearly 20 percent of calories come in the form of beverages, that’s roughly two 12 ounce cans of CocaCola per day. While milk consumption continues to decline, the beverage category of sports drinks, energy

drinks, fruit drinks and sodas continues to climb. For the last 30 years more Americans are replacing milk with highsugar drinks.

Calories in liquid form Studies suggest that our brain doesn’t register calories in liquid form as it does with solid food. Liquids do not satisfy our appetite the same way that solids foods do. For example, a 400-calorie drink of orange juice doesn’t register a fullness response to your brain as a 400-calorie hamburger. Moreover, sugary drinks don’t require chewing, and most drinks are loaded with sugar and are without fiber to help give your brain time to register fullness.

11 percent of their daily calories or 15 teaspoons of sugar from soft drinks. Soft drink consumption in males and female teens is two to three times that of milk consumption. David Ludwig, M.D., PhD, a Harvard researcher, found that the odds of a child becoming obese increase by 60 percent with each additional serving of sugar-sweetened drinks a day.

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One reason for the increasing consumption of sugar-sweeten drinks is that the beverage industry has steadily increased container sizes. In the 1950s, a 6-ounce bottle was the standard serving. That grew into the 12ounce in the 1980s and now those are being replaced by the 20-ounce bottles, most of Children are what the drinks purchased today they drink Children start drinking contain two or more servings. soda at a remarkably young Tips to drink by: age and consumption increasSave yourself some caloes through young adulthood. ries and drink more water — Fifty-six percent of 8 year olds consume soft drinks daily and filtered or sparkling. Add a third of teenage boys drink limes, lemons, or flavored at least three cans of soda a Stevia to your water. (Stevia is day, according to the U.S. a natural sweetener without Department of Agriculture. calories) Look for 100 percent On average, adolescents get

fruit juice rather than flavored drinks that have added sugars. But be careful of serving sizes, limit consumption to one or two four-ounce drinks per day. Switch down from whole milk to low-fat or fat-free milk. Be a careful label reader. Most of the advertising on the front label is designed to attract your attention. Check the nutritional fact panel for serving size and ingredients listings. Most drinks contain two servings or more per bottle and are loaded with refined sugar and artificial flavorings. Don’t make assumptions! Bottled tea drinks are the hot new trend. While regular tea contains no calories, most bottled teas are loaded with sweeteners and calories. The popular “coffee” drinks hold a bombshell of excessive calories. Don’t let the smoothies fool you! Touted as a healthy drink, fruit smoothies pack a powerful calorie punch. Some smoothie drinks can reach levels of 500 calories or more with six to 10 teaspoons of sugar per drink. Cocktails and calories

can add up quickly if you’re not paying attention. One fruity cocktail can load you up with 500 calories or more. Plus alcohol dehydrates your system causing you to drink more, and if that wasn’t bad enough, we tend to consume more calories when drinking alcohol during a meal. Currently beverages have become more than drinks to quench our thirst. A new emerging category called “function” drinks have hit the market touting everything from cleansing to calming. Sadly I’ve found most of these drinks to be nothing more than glorified sugar drinks. However, I did find one company that delivery’s enough active ingredients in the beverage to make a difference — Function Drinks™. They have 10 revolutionary drinks to choose from, and each drink is physician-developed and 100 percent natural. (Please note that some of the drinks are not designed for children because they may contain caffeine). Janet Little is the nutritionist for Henry’s Farmers Market. She has more than 20 years of experience in the health food industry.

Last minute shoppers celebrate free shipping day COAST CITIES — Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone but don’t worry. Now there is Free Shipping Day, a one-day online shopping event Dec. 17, when participating merchants offer free shipping to their cus-

tomers with guaranteed delivery by Christmas. Luke Knowles, founder of www.freeshippingday.com, is the instigator of Free Shipping Day. Knowles created his Web site, offering members a year-round listing of

any merchant who offers free shipping. For more information, visit www.freeshipping day.com. “Free Shipping Day is unique because it extends the holiday shopping season for merchants and allows

shoppers who procrastinate to still find a good deal online,” Knowles said. Knowles hatched the idea for Free Shipping Day just two weeks before the event last December. In a sudden brainstorm, he thought

that merchants would go for the opportunity to extend online holiday shopping, which typically peaks around Dec. 10 because consumers are concerned about their gift orders arriving in time for Christmas.

Aviation scholarships available

CARLSBAD — The San Diego Regional Aviation Association is offering two scholarships to area students who are pursuing a career in aviation. Applications are being accepted through Jan. 22 and scholarship recipients will be advised of their selection shortly thereafter. The scholarship recipients will also be recognized for their accomplishment at SDRAA’s fourth annual golf tournament and benefit in April. “Part of SDRAA’s mission is to help develop future leaders in the aviation industry,” said Grant Wright, president of San Diego Regional Aviation Association. “The cost of an education can be daunting, so helping deserving students achieve their dreams is a great way to give back to the community.” Applicants should be Southern California residents currently enrolled at an accredited two-year college or four-year university in Southern California and studying aviation-related curricula. Full details and the application are available at www.sdfoundation. org/scholarships or by contacting Fred Gammon, SDRAA board director TURN TO AVIATION ON 35

Concert presents a Mediterranean Christmas

LA JOLLA — The San Diego Early Music Society will present Boston Camerata in “A Mediterranean Christmas” at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at St. James by-the-Sea, 743 Prospect Street. The society is proud to present this holiday performance by one of America’s oldest early music ensembles, the Boston Camerata, assisted by the Sharq Arab-American Ensemble. Tickets are $35 for regular admission and $10 for students. The program will include the Christmas narrative in Spanish, retold using songs, chants, and instrumental pieces from the countries of the Mediterranean basin: Spain, Italy, and Southern France in Europe, and also North Africa and the Holy Land. Works will be drawn from Medieval manuscripts and more recent, though still archaic, folklore and oral traditions. Some unusual Middle Eastern instruments such as the riqq, tar, and darabuka will be played. Director Anne Azema will lead singers and instrumentalists in a rich Medieval multicultural feast. For information and reservations, call (619) 2918246.



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that when the temperature tops 77 degrees (F), the level of unpleasant (underarm) smells can become unacceptable, and we do receive complaints.”

Family Values (1) Kenny Jackson,30,was arrested in St. Paul, Minn., in August after rampaging

through his house, destroying furniture and menacing his son, 4, upon finding the boy wearing a blue shirt, which happens to be the color favored by a rival gang (to Jackson’s Bloods). (2) In April, Helen Ford was evicted from her home of 30 years in Cambridge, Mass., the result of, she says, being tricked by her son six years earlier to sign the house over to his “business

associates” (who recently defaulted on the mortgage). Her son is former college and pro basketball player Rumeal Robinson, 43, who is under federal indictment for bank fraud. Ford (for exemplary community service) and Robinson (for basketball fame) are both prominent citizens of Cambridge, and the house in question sits on Rumeal Robinson Way.

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Tips for holiday wine shopping By Consumer Reports

When shopping for wines this holiday season, don’t automatically assume that a higher price means higher quality. Consumer Reports’ tests found that some higherscoring wines have been among the least expensive. The wines CR tested have run the gamut of varietals, blends and vintages. Finding an excellent wine that’s also affordable — say, under $20 — is difficult, but not impossible. In past tests, CR has identified very good wines that cost as little as $8. Even when wine consumption rises, wine prices don’t, necessarily. And while a brand of a certain varietal can improve or decline in different vintages — and the same vintage might even vary among stores — vintage doesn’t matter that much for bottles in the $20-and-under price range. If you want to try a wine CR has tested but can’t find it in the tested vintage, try the new vintage. Value can be elusive with some varietals. So if you want a great wine at a great price, consider different varietals. Where to find wine deals online If you’re looking for a case of that wonderful gewurztraminer you tried in Alsace last year, the Web may be your best bet.There are not only wine Web sites but wine search engines where you can compare prices, get recommendations, and track down hard-to-find bottles. Just one warning: Your ability to buy wine online from out-of-state retailers might depend on where you

live.The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in May 2005 that states must treat sales from in-state and out-ofstate wineries the same, leading some states to liberalize their wine-shipment laws and others to consider banning sales.Wine sites will tell you if you can place orders. Or visit www.wineinstitute.org for a brief rundown of state laws. Here are some tips from Consumer Reports to help you get the bottles you want at the best price: — Do a Web search. If you’re a novice, check out www.winezap.com, where you can enter a type and price range and get a wine list. For each label, the site displays food pairings, reviews and vendors. It also shows the best prices, including shipping and tax. If you already know which wine you want, enter the name at www.winesearcher.com, which lists wines by price and vendor. — Watch for shipping

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details and reservations. — Carlsbad Wine Merchants celebrates a Ladies Day from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 6. A variety of shopping ideas are on display while you enjoy a glass of wine with friends. Call (760) 804-9994 for details and reservations. — Firefly Grill and Wine Bar in Encinitas hosts a Caymus Vineyards of Napa Valley dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Wine pourings will include the ’07 Cabernet and Special Selection Cab. Don’t miss the capper, a Late Harvest ’04 Viognier. Main course is roasted lamb loin. Price is $85 each. Call (760) 6351066 for an RSVP. — Tesoro Winery in Old Town Temecula has a wine and art “Launch Party” from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 10 with wine and cheese. Event is free. Call (951) 308-0000 for details and reservations. — Cellars wines come to La Jolla at the Valencia Hotel Sky Room, with a gourmet dinner from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Dec. 10. Cost is $125 each. RSVP at (858) 454-0771.

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Sometimes, e-mail just doesn’t cut it Even as I sit at my computer, I need to send a shout out to Alexander Graham Bell. I stepped away from the gifts of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs and went old school this week. The morning after Thanksgiving, I climbed back into bed armed with my address book, and gave in to what we used to call the “Black-Cord Syndrome.” Like many things in the 21st century, that description doesn’t apply anymore since phones no longer have much in the way of cords, black or otherwise. Having a decent phone conversation cannot be done in haste. It takes 10 or 15 minutes just to get through the basics. Then one question leads to another until you

JEAN GILLETTE Small Talk have pretty much solved all the world’s most pressing problems. It was as satisfying as a good dinner party with no dirty dishes to do. Through great luck, everyone I called was just unscheduled enough to indulge in a lengthy conversation. It was about 11 a.m. in Atlanta, and my college chum had tasty tales to tell of the successful pumpkin pecan cheesecake she had made the TURN TO SMALL TALK ON 28

Was pseudogout to blame for pain in neck, back? Dear Dr. Gott: In May 2008, I woke up with an inflamed neck and couldn’t recall any physical action that might have caused it. In August, I developed a swelling in my elbow, which was accompanied by nightly fevers of 100 F to 103 F degrees for a couple of weeks. A rheumatologist drained the elbow twice. A culture showed it to be pseudogout rather than the expected staph infection. Then, in September, I developed a back problem, which also came on for no apparent reason. I started taking sulindac, and the fevers stopped. My question concerns whether or not the pseudogout could have caused my neck and back issues. I have not been able to find out much about it and would welcome any information you might have. I am a 66-year-old male. I have a fairly extensive background of exercise and athletic participation. Dear Reader: Pseudogout is a type of arthritis that appears as sudden, painful swelling of one or more joints, typically the knee. Each episode can last for days or even weeks. Attacks are more common in older adults. The condition is similar to gout in that it is triggered by an accumulation of crystals in the joint lining. Gout is caused by urate crystals, while pseudogout is caused by calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystals (CPPD). Risk factors for developing these crystals include age, joint trauma, genetic predisposition and hemochromatosis, an inherited disorder that causes excess iron to build up in tissue near joints and organs. Pseudogout is the common term (and just one feature) used for a larger condition known as calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease. Other symptoms may include joint cartilage calcification and joint degeneration. Nearly half of all people

DR. GOTT Second Opinion over the age of 90 have CPPD crystals in their joints, but most don’t experience any symptoms. It is not currently known why this happens. There is no way to eliminate the offending joint crystals, so initial treatment is aimed at reducing signs. This includes non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as over-thecounter ibuprofen and naproxen or prescription indomethacin and sulindac (which you are currently taking) and resting the joint whenever possible.This might be followed by joint aspiration (to remove some of the fluid) and corticosteroid injections. Colchicine may be used by those who can’t tolerate NSAIDs. Both gout and pseudogout can affect any joint in the body, but each typically affects a specific joint. Gout is most common in the big toe, whereas pseudogout is most common in the knee. Because your neck and back were both affected around the time you were diagnosed with pseudogout of the elbow, it is possible the disorder was the cause of the swelling and pain. However, without having had testing when you experienced symptoms, there is no way to be sure. Back pain often comes on suddenly and may have been caused by lifting something too heavy or moving in an awkward manner. Should you develop symptoms in any of your other joints, I recommend you return to your physician and request testing. If they are caused by pseudogout, you may be a candidate for preventive treatment, such as low-dose colchicine daily rather than treatment to alleviate symptoms during an attack.

NEW MEMBERS From left, the newest members of The San Dieguito Woman’s Club, Maureen Rafael, Helen Winston, Bastina Minor and Patricia Hildebrand were welcomed into the club Nov. 10 by Co-President Laverne Jones, and, seated, Membership Chairwoman Lorraine Herman and Co-President Kathleen Warren. The club meets the second Tuesday of each month at 10:15 a.m. at San Diego National Bank, 131 N. El Camino Real. For more information, call (760) 632-9768. Courtesy photo

It’s always good to have a backup food plan in case of disastrous dinners Dear Sara: What do you do when dinner doesn’t go as planned? We stick to a strict meal plan. However, we’ve run into problems with it sometimes when something goes wrong and it can’t be fixed. For example, if the meat for the meatballs is bad and I don’t know it until an hour before dinner, then I don’t have a meal for that night. We’re stuck getting fast food. What are your ways of fixing this issue? What have you done in place of your strict meal plan that allows you to keep the price under control? — Tisha, Canada

wrong. Even if it was a time when we were low on dinner ingredients because we needed to go food shopping, it’s still easy to put together pancakes, eggs, spaghetti without meatballs, soup, sandwiches, etc. Instead of fast food, consider picking up a rotisserie chicken at your grocery store. You can make your side dishes at home.

Dear Tisha: I’ve ruined dinner a few times through the years. At my house, if one of us wrecks a meal for whatever reason, the other spouse cooks. It’s nice. We always have something else that can be made quickly if something goes

Dear Sara: I work for a campground. When my boss was hired, he did away with all the things that had been working for years and started doing activities that interested him and his wife. People just weren’t interested in the things he wanted to do. So he stopped

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having any activities at all. People ask constantly about them, so in the three years I’ve been there, I’ve been trying to bring back some things on holiday weekends. My winter project is to come up with some fresh, fun ideas. Here are the my problems: — No budget. My boss will donate prizes at times — things such as pool passes, etc. — but there is no money for supplies, etc. All of that comes out of my pocket, and sometimes my co-worker will pitch in some money. I need a lot of ideas. — My boss is a fuddyduddy, and will turn down anything that sounds like fun. So I need a lot of options to throw at him. — I need things that we can do from my office. With only two of us on duty at a time, we cannot leave the office to go out and do things with people. So they need to be options that work without us or things we can do from the office. I

need things for kids to do, as well as some family things. — Sherri, West Virginia

Dear Sherri: A scavenger or treasure hunt would be fun. You can plan a cooking contest (soup or chili come to mind); potluck or progressive dinner; holiday decorating contest; karaoke or singalongs; bingo or game nights; pet parade; a fashion contest, such as pajama catwalk or crazy hat; murder-mystery games; movie night; craft night; handmade/homemade gift exchange; talent show; swap meet; or clean up the campground.

Sara Noel is the owner of Frugal Village (www.frugalvillage.com), a Web site that offers practical, money-saving strategies for everyday living. To send tips, comments or questions, write to Sara Noel, c/o United Media, 200 Madison Ave., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10016, or e-mail sara@frugalvillage.com.

Watercolor society’s winter exhibition features works by local painters SAN DIEGO — San Diego Watercolor Society proudly presents “Traditions,” a free exhibition and sale of original watercolors by local artists through Dec. 31 Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Liberty Station NTC Promenade in Point Loma. Admission is free. The public is welcome

to the First Friday reception, from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4. Approximately 100 paintings created by SDWS members are on display and for sale. One of its jurors is Carol Cottone-Kolthoff, both an accomplished artist and art educator of our region. She currently teaches classes at UCSD and at SDWS. She is also an

illustrator, illustrating her first children’s book on grizzly bears for the Humane Society of the United States. Her work has been featured in American Artist and in The Artist’s Magazine. For a more complete view of her work and biography, visit Carol’s Web site at www.cottoneart.com.

The San Diego Watercolor Society is an 800-member, all volunteer, nonprofit which presents original art exhibitions throughout the year, along with workshops, demonstrations and organized paint-outs. Membership is $55 per year. For details visit www.sdws.org or call (619) 876-4550.


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Chargers who are lookin’.

Pay cuts

State electeds are getting an 18 percent cut in salary for the hard work they are doing for the taxpayers. Originally the reduced pay was scheduled to go into effect in July. However, there was a challenge issued whether the cut was legal. State Attorney General Jerry Brown’s office ruled it was valid immediately so that’s what happened.

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Flower Capital residents are divided on a proposed womens longboard competition world famous surfer Linda Benson wants to put on next at Swami’s in October, when wave conditions are the best. Some folks think it is a great idea; others said it is a lousy one because of limited parking and the environment would be trampled. So the signature gathering on petitions has started.


FAST FEET The Horizon Prep Cross Country Girls, from left, Keely Thompson (back row), Dominique Winfield, Emma Crosbie, Madison Hansmeyer, Kyra Hendrickson and Reiss McKinney, along with, not pictured, Coach Jesse Sykes have been running circles around the competition this season and they have the hardware to show for it. For the first time ever, the Lady Lions swept the Independent Middle School League. “I’ve never had a group work harder than this year’s Cross Country Team,” said Horizon Prep Cross Country Coach Jesse Sykes. “The distance for each race was 2 1/2 miles, so we trained them at 5 miles. They worked hard.” Courtesy photo

Officers collect teddy bears to comfort children By Alyx Sariol

CARLSBAD — From Winnie the Pooh to Corduroy, there’s nothing as comforting as a cuddly teddy bear to soothe children in trying circumstances. To help spread the cheer that cute stuffed animals often provide, the Carlsbad Police Department is participating in the 19th annual Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive. Donations from the Carlsbad community will go to the Children’s Hospital, Casa de Amparo and the Women’s Resource Center. “It’s a small thing but it can make a big difference to that kid,” Carlsbad Public Information Officer Lynn Diamond said. More than 300 bears were collected by Carlsbad alone last year, and while this year’s donations have been sparse so far, Carlsbad police Officer Kari Ketchum expects them to pick up after the Thanksgiving holiday. Ketchum has coordinated the Police Department’s collection efforts for the past five years and said that the cause is “very near and dear to my heart.” The department will be collecting bears at the Carlsbad Safety Center, local malls and several other locations leading up the Dec. 14 deadline. Although understanding of the tough economic times that the community is facing, Diamond said she hopes that people will keep the area’s children in mind during the holiday season. GRIN AND BEAR IT Officer Robbie Snider poses with one of the Carlsbad Police Department’s Teddy “It’s a great way to help Bear Drive donations. Photo by Lynn Diamond

with what can be a small commitment on their part,” Diamond said of the Carlsbad community. The bears heading to Children’s Hospital will be delivered by a police motorcade, lights flashing and all. Ketchum and a handful of Carlsbad officers will join the procession to deliver bears that the department has collected. In the past, players from the San Diego Chargers have also joined in the delivery to surprise the children, Ketchum said. “The kids love it,” Ketchum said. “They get really excited that the police officers come in for it and spend time with them.” Donated bears will also be set aside for children at local Carlsbad facilities Casa de Amparo and the Women’s Resource Center. A few bears will remain at the Carlsbad Police Station for officers responding to calls with children involved. Some police officers have even made a habit of always keeping a bear in their patrol car to always be prepared if the situation arises, Diamond said. “You don’t often see the softer part of law enforcement,” Diamond said. Donated bears must be new with the tags still attached to be accepted for the Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive. Donations can be dropped off at the Carlsbad Safety Center, 2560 Orion Way, during regular business hours before Dec. 14. “It’s with the community’s help that makes this such a success,” Diamond said.

Flower Capital resident Amy Trujillo is one of 40 persons in all the USA to be named a Together Green Fellow and will receive $10 grand to use toward a community-focused project at San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy ... Disabled veterans are invited to learn about new rules and regs during an information seminar Dec.12 at Cuyamaca College Communications Center, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in El Cajon starting at 9 a.m. ... The world famous Cirque du Soleil’s “Kooza” will be presented under the Grand Chapiteau at the fairgrounds with the opening performance scheduled Feb. 25 ... Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, a popular figure at the Surfside race track for years, has passed away ... Responding to an item on food servers on skates, Oceanside’s 101 Cafe owner John Daley sez he had ‘em in the 1940s and until the ‘60s ... Catch the Garden of Lights at San Diego Botanic Garden from Dec. 10 through Dec. 23 with lights on from 5 to 9 p.m. ... Owner Ilene Lamb recently celebrated the first anniversary of Cupcake Love at 437 Hwy. 101 in Solbeach by passing out oodles of her tasty pastries to well-wishers who stopped by to offer congrats. Hasta la Vista Bill Arballo is an opinionated, retired journalist in the Flower Capital of the Universe. E-mail barballo@coastnewsgroup.com.

Are finless surfboards the wave of the future? CHRIS AHRENS Sea Notes It’s been more than 70 years since Tom Blake attached a fin to a surfboard and changed the way we surf. Seventy years of reverse fins, hatchet fins, raked fins, removable fins, glass-on fins, turbo fins, hollow fins, wooden fins, plastic fins, two fins, three fins, four, five and six fins, rail fins, finger fins, springloaded fins, stiff fins, flex fins and various of an attachments aimed at helping control a surfboard. For all seven decades, a fin has been considered a necessary part of a surfboard. Then, about five years ago, a few surfers ventured out on Ailia surfboards from the Bishop’s Museum in Hawaii. Then came a small flurry of Ailia replicas, as surfers internationally began realizing that finless boards were faster than those with fins. The result was anything but a revolution, but did provide a handful of surfers, including Tom Wegener, Ryan Burch, Richard Kenvin and Derek Hynd with an opportunity to further understand hydrodynamics. Like many of you, I only gave a passing thought to fins causing drag and slowing down my board. Not until I realized that a surfboard moves sideways as quickly as it does down the line, did I understand how much resistance fins gave a surfboard. In response, I tried tiny fins and riding finless, generally slipping my way over the falls. The Ailia changed my perception, but inch-thick pieces of wood seemed nearly impossible to ride for most of us. Continuing to experiment, some people went thicker or made finless boards of foam and fiberglass, only to find that the Ailia flex they so craved had been sacrificed in the process. Resident designer, board-maker and inventor



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FINLESS FUN Carl Ekstrom poses with a finless prototype. Photo by Zenbo

Carl Ekstrom had an idea — a composite Ailia-styled board, with side cuts to hold the board to the face and extra foam on the deck for increased floatation. This solution caused the board to retain its flex, while increasing floatation and control. The first generation of Ekstrom finless surfboards are making their way down the beach as riders report success. Kenvin, in particular, claims to be reluctant to want to return to surfboards with fins. Even still, finless surfboards are too difficult for the masses, and remain the domain of those with the luxury of three to four hours a day of water time. This could all change, as Ekstrom is busy experimenting with finless boards that a surfer could ride from a more upright position, rather than the low, rotation-

al squat currently required to keep from spinning out. These new boards, if successful, might be just the jumpstart surfing needs to take us from the heavy and huge boards that have been clogging the lineup, causing something the equivalent of replacing the horse and buggy with jet-aged mind machines. Not to say that it’s not fun to take a horse and buggy around the block for a nostalgic romp through the park from time to time. A look back is healthy, good for the soul. I, however, don’t want to get stuck in the 1965 time tunnel that has infected North County. Open your mind, try something new, stretch yourself. See you in the future, whatever that may be.

On another occasion, it was a woman who ambushed him. “She threw hot coffee on me and ripped her clothes on the way out so it would look like I attacked her,” he said. “When she returned with her boyfriend the cops were already here.” For most customers Stephenson is a modern-day Santa toiling in his workshop. “It is unconventional to have someone this reasonable and accessible to take this good care of our glasses,” Grady Aldridge said. “I’m very physical. He kept repairing my glasses over

and over again for 13 years. Finally, he said he would replace the face plate for free.” Stephenson does a lot of pro bono work he won’t talk about. He did, however, hint about “calls from school nurses.” “Talking about it would defeat the purpose, wouldn’t it?” he asked coyly. “The people who get helped know who helped them.” Hot Shots Eyeware Repair is located at 690 Carlsbad Village Drive, #102, in Carlsbad. Call (760) 720-9115 or visit repaireyewear.com for details.

Chris Ahrens is a surfer and author of four books on surfing. E-mail him at cahrens@coastnewsgroup.com.


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Did you know that effective bystander CPR provided immediately after cardiac arrest and before paramedic arrival doubles a victim's chance of survival? In fact, few attempts at resuscitation are successful if CPR and defibrillation are not provided within minutes of collapse. According to the American Heart Association, despite this, only 27.4% of outof-hospital sudden cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR. Recent studies have documented the positive effect of lay rescuer CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator) programs in the community. For example, security guards in Chicago O'Hare and Midway airports, and security guards in Las Vegas casinos have achieved 50-74 percent survival for adults with sudden, witnessed, cardiac arrest. These rescuers are trained to respond efficiently and all survivors receive immediate bystander CPR plus defibrillation within 3-5 minutes. However, in cities, such as New York City, where few victims receive bystander CPR and time to EMS response and defibrillation is longer, survival from sudden cardiac arrest averages 1-2 percent. Although these statistics prove the importance of everyone learning CPR, many outside the medical profession do not make the time to attend a CPR course. Never is learning CPR more important than for new parents, especially in an area like San Diego where so much time is spent at the beach and in pools. Every parent should make CPR training a priority right along with their well baby checkup appointments. Hearts and Hoses is a company founded by a local firefighter paramedic and emergency room nurse dedicated to providing top quality CPR education to the community. Courses are taught by American Heart Association instructors following current AHA guidelines. While most classes are taught in downtown Carlsbad, Hearts and Hoses offers north county parents the option of learning infant/child CPR in their own home with private instruction. Parents are encouraged to gather a group of friends, perhaps a playgroup, and host a CPR instruction day at their home. Other than basic life support CPR courses, Hearts and Hoses also offers advanced adult and pediatric life support courses (ACLS and PALS) to the medical community. Visit HeartsAndHoses.com or call 760-814-5127 for more information on this unique company and their courses.


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Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society. In other Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society news, Vreeburg attended the Public Awards Ceremony from the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation on Nov. 18. The Historical Society was the recipient of a $2,000 grant from the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation. Monies from the grant will be used to archive historical documents, photos, and artifacts in La Flecha House. The Historical Society has a 2010 calendar on sale. The calendar retails for $20, although discounts are available when bought in bulk. The



withdrew his motion. “Let’s do less,” Gerry Block, head of the Planning Committee, suggested. “Let’s start with plantings and benches.” Planning Committee member Guy Freeborn and his wife, Jenny, were also in attendance. “I say, when in doubt — don’t,” Freeborn said. “Just replant and add benches. This is a total waste of money and time. It’s too much for the community.” “We have an opportunity here,” President Bill Beckman said. “What is the benefit? We have a chance to make this more beautiful. And we have a five-way intersection that is too dangerous. Safety is an issue.



DEC. 4, 2009 calendar features historical pictures of some of the Ranch’s first homes and the downtown area circa 1924. “If you look closely, you’ll notice that many of the pictures were taken on the same day,” Administrator Sharon Fabry said.“Lilian Rice and Mr. Nelson, the first owner of La Flecha house, are in the same car and wearing the same clothes in many different pictures. Only the locations change.” So mark your calendars for the 25th anniversary event. Better yet, purchase a 2010 calendar from the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society and then mark it! Contact the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society at rsfhs@RSFHistoricalSociety.c om or call (858) 759-9291. But what is the affordability in these economic times?” In the end, board directors approved a motion by Deb Plummer to move forward on a plan that includes park extensions — thus shrinking the five-way intersection; adding plant materials; site furniture (benches, picnic tables, etc.) irrigations, decomposed granite paths and four disabled ramps at crosswalks in the five-way intersection. The price will be approximately $65,000 — less than 10 percent of what staff recommended. Staff will now prepare a final plan based on the directors’ approved motion. “This will not preclude enhancements in the future,” Beckman said. “It’s been a lively discussion.”

SUPER SPELLERS Horizon Prep ACSI District Spelling Bee finalists, from left, were Jaden Bueno, fourth grade; Carly Gammel, fifth grade; Andrew Setili, sixth grade; Max Baloun, sixth grade; Daniel Bailey, seventh grade, Dominique Winfield, eighth grade. Not pictured is Natalie Paxton, fourth grade; and Kyra Hendrickson, fifth grade. Courtesy photo

Aquarium touts tide pools in winter LA JOLLA — At Birch Aquarium at 2300 Expedition Way, winter is an excellent time to explore local tide pools because lower tides reveal wider beaches and pools teeming with native marine life, such

as hermit crabs, sea hares and sea anemones. Aquarium naturalists will guide participants through these fragile environments and identify inhabitants. The cost is $12, ages 2 and older. Directions

to the chosen tide pool location will be provided at time of RSVP by calling (858) 534-7336 Tidepooling Adventures are scheduled for 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 30 and noon

to 2 p.m. Jan. 10. To reach the aquarium, from Interstate 5, exit at La Jolla Village Drive, go west one mile and turn left on Expedition Way. Birch Aquarium offers three-hour courtesy parking.


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Christmas on base

Borders book store at 1905 Calle Barcelona will host North County resident and author Gary Crowley from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 12, as he introduces his latest book, “Pass the Jelly: Tales of Ordinary Enlightenment.” Coffee and jelly doughnuts will be served.

BACKYARD IN CAMELOT Pool, spa, tennis court, park-like setting — this backyard has it all. Photo by David Wiemers



the current owners are looking to downsize elsewhere in Rancho Santa Fe. The “Camelot” property was only one of three properties that Catherine and Jason Barry were featuring on that day. In the Covenant, Jason Barry was holding an open house for Villa de Nove Camini, another custom-built home with an Italian flare. It featured an indoor basketball court and six bedrooms — a house big enough for an entire basketball team. Yet despite the magnificent features of these homes — and there are too many to list — the market in Rancho Santa Fe is currently saturated with highend homes. The “Camelot” home in Fairbanks Ranch has been on the market for nearly a year and its price has been dropped substantially. “You couldn’t build this house for its current price,” Catherine Barry said. The house was originally listed at $11,750,000 and is currently

listed for $8,995,000, a substantial drop in price. According to Sandicor, there are currently 72 homes in Rancho Santa Fe priced at $5 million or more. That’s a lot of high-priced castles, with very few kingly buyers. According to a local title company and results taken a search on Sandicor, fewer than 10 homes priced at $5 million or more have sold in the past year in Rancho Santa Fe. An overabundance of supply and lack of buyers presents challenges for those trying to sell high-end homes. Where do these buyers with king-sized checks come from? “Forty-two percent of the time, we sell to Rancho Santa Fe residents,” Catherine Barry said. “The majority of buyers come from right here in San Diego County. Many sell homes in La Jolla and move to the Ranch. We’re also seeing quite a few Russians buy in the area,” she said. So “Camelot” and other estates fit for kings are available in Rancho Santa Fe, but DREAM Realtor Catherine Barry in the Camelot kitchen. She owners of these properties are CHEF’S believes chances are good someone in San Diego County will be the a little harder to come by. next owner. Photo by David Wiemers

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“Camelot” in Fairbanks Ranch. With grounds this beautiful, why leave BATHROOM ENVY This bathroom in “Camelot” in Fairbanks Ranch is enticement to spend the day in the tub. Photo by David Wiemers home? Photo by David Wiemers


successful restaurants coupled with his plethora of European culinary experience comes together beautifully in the Barracuda kitchen. So let’s talk about the food. We started with two salads, the pear with arugula, Roquefort cheese, toasted walnuts and lemon vinaigrette and the beet salad with shaved Parmigiano reggiano and micro greens. Both were delightful. We sampled two other dishes from the starters including the crispy crab cakes with mango salsa and Dijon mayonnaise along with the Barracuda vegetable samosa with chili mango tamarind sauce. The crab cakes were solid and the samosa was a new found treat as I was not overly familiar with the dish. With that, a little more on what a samosa is for those of you

unfamiliar.It generally consists of a fried or baked triangular, half-moon, or tetrahedronshaped pastry shell with a savory filling of spiced potatoes, onion, peas, coriander, lentils, or sometimes fresh paneer. They are often served with chutney or curd. Salads and starters are all between $7.50 and $10.95. We shared an entrée of the saffron bouillon risotto with grilled tiger shrimp as a bridge to our main courses. It was cooked perfectly, had great flavor,and the shrimp were tender and had a smoky taste that was really nice. Note to chef Mo, one more shrimp on that dish and it would be a perfectly satisfying entrée at $18.95. I went with the marinated lamb loin with French lentils, white asparagus in oyster mushroom jus. This was a wonderfully flavorful dish and they cooked it a perfect medium rare “leaning toward” medium

as I requested. There was a piece of green asparagus and a nicely presented bunch of green beans that were not mentioned on the menu,but no sign of white asparagus. No complaints here as it was a fantastic dish and at $21.95 very reasonably priced. My dining companion Chef Zonfrilli went with the slow braised Moroccan lamb shank with garlic mashed potatoes and dried fruit. He raved about it and my sample backed that up. His entrée came in at $20.95. I should note that we had a really hard time selecting two entrees as the entire menu looked worthy of a taste. Steak frites, oven roasted pheasant, penne with smoked duck to name a few. Wines were nicely paired from their growing wine list and desert consisted of a refreshing lemongrass sorbet and some decadent chocolate cake with an amazing pistachio

ice cream. Locals will remember this place way back as George’s, the modest restaurant that showed vintage surf movies on a regular basis. It then became Bistro Soleil, then Tastes, and now Barracuda. It has evolved into quite an attractive space with rich, warm wood tones and a very friendly vibe. The food is solid and the location is perfect in the heart of old Encinitas with a Whole Foods going up next door. Chef Mo is a delightful guy as well as a world class chef.This place deserves to succeed. Located at 641 S. Coast Highway in Encinitas. Check them out at www.barracudagrillrestaurant.com or call (760) 230-1464. David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative, an Encinitas based integrated marketing agency. He can be reached at david@artichoke-creative.com.

CARLSBAD — The Body, Mind and Soul Spiritual Center, 4895 Thebes Way, is hosting a drive to support Camp Pendleton Marine families at Christmas. The families will make out their own “wish list” and money can be donated, payable to Camp Pendleton Armed The next step Service YMCA. DEL MAR — Gary For details, call (760) Wilson, principal of Ocean 630-5760. Distribution will Air School in the Del Mar be made Dec. 17. Union School District, has been named superintend- Christmas snips ent of the San Pasqual OCEANSIDE — A Toys Union School District. for Tots campaign is being Wilson has been a part sponsored by Split Ends of the DMUSD for 18 Hair Studio from noon to 3 years, first as principal of p.m. Dec. 13, at 607 Vista Del Mar Hills School where Way. he designed and opened Bring in a new, the Academy of Arts and umwrapped toy (minimum Sciences, completed the value $10) and receive a school’s renovation in 2000, free first-come, first-served and earned both the haircut.There will be an art California Distinguished class for children as well. School Award and the For details, call (760) 433National Blue Ribbon 6117. Award.

Red bow event DEL MAR — Through Dec. 31, local artists are teaming up in a Red Bow Event at Enchanted Gallery, 2690 Via de la Valle, Suite D-220 in Flower Hill Promenade, to donate 30 percent of each painting adorned with a red bow to St. Vincent de Paul Village. Call (858) 792-6704 for extended holiday hours.

Chair wins award VISTA — VQ ActionCare, makers of adult fitness and lifestyle equipment, announced its Resistance Chair won ShapeYou.com’s Great Gear of the Year award. The chair is an at-home fitness and rehabilitation system specifically created for the senior adult to improve strength, endurance, flexibility and balance to keep senior adults active and healthy, or accelerate postop rehabilitation process. For more information about the Resistance Chair, visit www.VQActionCare. com or call (877) 368-6800.

New Walgreen’s ENCINITAS — A new Walgreen’s store will hold its official grand opening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 4 at the corner of Encinitas Boulevard and El Camino Real. Vendors at the store will offer free food and items, raffle for gift cards, and offer sale items.

Best building OLIVENHAIN — R L Houk Construction, Inc., headquartered at 2520 5th St. in Olivenhain, announced the completion of construction management of $2.9 million of renovations and improvements to four branches of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego. Improvements included complete renovations of bathrooms, kitchens, locker room and shower facilities, new roofing, retro fit of windows, parking lot and landscaping renovations, new flooring and other

Holiday basket drive

SOLANA BEACH — The city of Solana Beach is hosting a food basket collection through Dec. 14. Donations may be taken to Solana Beach City Hall, 635 S. Coast Highway 101. Suggested items include a bag of nonperishable food, a new toy or teen gift, new or gently-used blankets and new or gently-used coats for children. For more information, call Pouneh Sammak at (858) 720-2451.

Toys for Tots

ENCINITAS — The city of Encinitas is collecting donations from the community for Toys for Tots. The community is requested to participate by bringing new, unwrapped toys to City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., the Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Drive; the Public Works facility, 160 Calle Magdalena or to any Encinitas fire station. For more information, call (760) 633-2600.

Parking and more

DEL MAR — The city of Del Mar is offering free parking Dec. 5, Dec. 6, Dec. 12, Dec. 13, Dec. 19, Dec. 20, Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. In addition, shoppers can earn a $15 dining voucher by spending $75 or more at many of the downtown Del Mar stores.

Holiday CD

ENCINITAS — Local guitarist Todd Pyke has his new CD “Todd Pyke Romantic Guitar” on sale for $10. He continues playing Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sage Grill and teaching music in his studio. For details, call (760) 613-4298 or visit www.ToddPyke.com.

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as www.couponseven.com and www.couponcabin.com, which had coupons for use on www.wine.com. — Consider a wine club. You can join through a retailer or a vineyard. Typically, the club will send you a bottle or two every month for several months. Members are also often privy to specials. — Pick up the phone. Though telephone sales typically make up a very small part of a winery’s business, it is an increasingly common way for wineries to sell wine. Besides getting quick information on available wines, prices, and whether shipping is available to your address, you might gain another advantage by calling. Say you’ve found a great deal offered by retailer A on a wine from winery B. Winery B might have other wines you want, but less competitive prices. With a phone call, you might find that Winery B will match the best price.

costs. Not only is a bottle of wine breakable and heavy, it’s perishable, too. Practically speaking, that means shipping is an expense that somebody’s got to pay for. Shipping costs range from free, at www.mywinesdirect.com, to a flat $1.95 a bottle at www.wineexpress.com, to more than $8 per bottle at other sites. — Order by the case. By ordering in bulk, you’ll not only get a break on shipping costs, you might also score a discount on the wine. Retailers and wineries may offer 10 or more off per case. — Check for sales and coupons. CR searched “wine” at www.wowcoupons.com and found a variety of short-term discounts offered at www.mywinesdirect.com, www.wine.com and www.winelegacy.com. Typing in “coupons on wine” at Visit the Consumer Reports Web site at Google.com led to sites such www.consumerreports.org.

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importance of the Moog synthesizer and the guitar’s journey from acoustic to electric. “We put (the display) together with the Bob Moog Foundation,” Morgan said. “A lot of these pictures are the first time they’ve been out of the archives and shown to the public.” After exploring the exhibits, visitors then have a chance to play instruments in the museum’s interactive room. People can test out their skills on a wide variety of instruments, including a Moog guitar, turntables and even a Theremin. For those not so musically inclined, the room also features a piano with keys that light up for users to follow. “That’s where families usually lose themselves,” said Morgan, who often spends his down time at work in the room as well. For more information or to learn about upcoming exhibits at the museum, visit museum ofmakingmusic.org.

writing, life on the island, newspapers and, of course, children. Just listening to her energizes and exhausts me simultaneously. I keep in intermittent touch with these folks via the Internet or the occasional silly card, but I had forgotten what a joy it is to hear their voices, ask unexpected questions and get an immediate answer that leads to three more questions. Every one of them had interesting, meaningful, hilarious, fascinating things to tell me. They made me think and laugh. When I hung up I felt like I’d gotten a big warm hug. I was very much in need of a big warm hug, but truly didn’t anticipate getting it via the phone. I have to admit, as we chatted I kept wishing for ol’ Scotty to beam me over. Still, from beneath my down comforter, I got to make sure they knew how thankful I was to have their friendship, and to remember exactly why I love them all so. That will have to do for this decade. Jean Gillette is a part-time editor and freelance writer. Contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com.

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want the money back. “I want to return it,” Roberts said. “I want to show good faith to those who invested in the campaign.” Ironically, Roberts entered the race later than Tracy Emblem and Francine Busby, the other two other Democratic candidates, because of complications with the adoption of his third son. Emblem, who questioned Roberts’ party loyalty when he entered the race, described his decision to withdraw as “very noble.” “I like Dave,” she said. “We had a good rapport. But he’s raising a family. It’s hard. That’s why I waited to run. Family is No. 1.” After spending time with Roberts on the campaign trail, Emblem said she no longer doubts his party affiliation.



23rd annual Holiday Homes Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6. The tour will feature four exquisite North County homes, all professionally decorated for the holidays plus the historic Rancho Buena Vista Adobe. The event raises money for VCC’s Kare for Kids Fund. Call (760) 631-5000, ext. 1418 or visit www.vistacommunityclinic.org/HHT.html to learn more. SPIRITUAL CHAT Seaside Center for Spiritual Living will host guest speaker Dr. Terry Cole-Whittaker from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 6, 1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas. Cole-Whittaker is the author of five best-selling books and creator of an Emmy Award winning television ministry. Call (760) 753-5786, ext. 848 to learn more.

DEC. 7

BOOK SALE The Friends of the Carlsbad Library will hold its annual Holiday Boutique Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane. The boutique will offer hundreds of new and like-new books for all ages and interests. Call (760) 602-2020 for more details. ROCK ON The Encinitas Library will host a Jingle Bell Rock Video Game Tournament from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 540 Cornish Drive. The video game tournament invites four people of any age to sign up and compete against other “bands” for fun and prizes. Call (760) 7537376 to learn more.

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Calls to the Busby campaign requesting a comment were not returned. Roberts said he doesn’t plan to endorse either candidate before the primary election in June. But he said he will support the winner in her effort to defeat Republican incumbent Brian Bilbray. He also said he’s keeping all options open for 2012, when his City Council term is up. “I could run for both, but I’m not sure I would,” Roberts said. “I’ll make my decision then.” Meanwhile, he and Oliver are adjusting to life with diapers, cribs and car seats. He said their other three sons were beyond all that when they adopted them. A few days after Thanksgiving, they also took the quintessential final step that commits them to a big family. “We bought a minivan,” Roberts said. Cardiff 101 Chamber will host its holiday festivities from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10, Cardiff Towne Center. The evening will include music, craft vendors, holiday treats and even a visit from Santa. Call the chamber office at (760) 436-0431 for directions and more details. FORE! The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce will host a golf tournament at noon Dec. 10, La Costa Resort & Spa, 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad. The scramble format tournament will feature a $1 million holein-one shootout and various other contests. Call (760) 9318400 or visit www.carlsbad.org to learn more. GOOD YEAR Publishers and Writers of San Diego will hold their annual year-end celebration from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. There will be opportunities for networking and socializing. RSVP at www.PublishersWriters.org.

DEC. 11

SURVIVOR DivorceCare will hold a Surviving the Holidays seminar from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11, Horizon Christian Fellowship, 6365 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe. The seminar will feature practical suggestions, guidance and reassurance through video interviews with counselors and experts in divorce-related care. Call Gary McCartie at (858) 756-5599 or e-mail divorcecare@horizon.org for details.

DEC. 12

HAPPY HANUKKAH The Chabad Jewish Center of Rancho Santa Fe will celebrate Hanukkah at the fourth annual Hanukkah Celebration at 7 p.m. Dec. 12, Del Rayo Village Shopping Center. The event will feature the lighting of a six-foot tall ice Menorah, live music and traditional potato latkes. E-mail Rabbilevi@jewishrsf.com.

Anthony from A Place for Mom will present a program on options for assisted care and how to pay for them from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 8, Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave. Anthony will discuss what options are available, how to choose and how much to pay for each. Call (760) 602-4654 for ELSEWHERE The Ivanffymore details. Uhler Gallery will show the exhibit “Here and Elsewhere” SING IT! The Oceanside through Dec. 28, 565 Grand Public Library will celebrate Ave., Carlsbad. “Here and the holidays with the family Elsewhere” is a diverse collecprogram Holiday Sing-a-long at tion of over 30 landscape paint3 p.m. Dec. 9, Mission Branch ings by local and regional Library. This event will be a artists.The gallery is open from celebration of favorite festive 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday songs led by Coast through Sunday. Call (760) Entertainment Cecilia. All 730-9166 to learn more. ages are welcome. For details, WATER ART Encinitas artist call the Civic Center Library Adam Koltz will showcase his watercolors all Children’s Desk at (760) 435- marine 5600 or visit www.oceansid- December at Encinitas City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave. For epubliclibrary.org. details, contact Adam Koltz at (760) 436-8533, FEELING FESTIVE The adamkoltz@sbcglobal.net.

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High School in Escondido, police said. Deputy District Attorney Vanessa DuVall told the court Hogue was a



like in 20 years. One resident said there would be no cars, and an underground tunnel would be used to drive from one end of the city to the other. “You didn’t say we had to be realistic,” she said. “She stole my dream,” another woman said. Next they were asked to choose five one-word values they would use to describe why they live in the city. Twenty people wrote down adjectives such as quaint and beautiful, 18



choose for reporting and paying their taxes,” the staff report states. Owners of rental property with five or more units will also be required to pay $25 per unit. Although several business owners addressed council at previous meetings, Peter House, president of the Highway 101 Association, was the only one who spoke Nov. 18. “Things are tight in the business community,” House said, speaking on behalf of several business owners. “We wanted some-



pleaded not guilty. He faces life in prison if convicted. Following the hearing, Ostbye said acquaintances of the victim and police officers that knew him testified Jacobson had a propensity for fighting and had a lot of enemies. “I have reason to believe that anybody could


being elevated to a felony, because Clark now has three DUI convictions within 10 years. Like his aforementioned DUI arrests, these new cases occurred within a relatively



idea,” Councilman Don Mosier said. “The only reservation I have about this plan — and I think this can be worked out — is that we are sort of endorsing one nonprofit, and there are a number of nonprofits in Del Mar. “I would like to make it clear that this is a level playing field — that we’re not picking our favorite nonprofit,” he said. “We would have to be open to the possibility that other worthy nonprofits in Del Mar might be reasonably expecting to have a Web site link on the city site.”

“predator disguised as a teacher.” She said Hogue was arrested on his way to the victim’s house, who he had told in a police monitored phone call to “say nothing, nothing at all.” Police said the victim

contacted authorities in late October to discuss her relationship with Hogue. The crimes reportedly occurred at Hogue’s residence, according to authorities. The school district placed Hogue on administra-

tive leave on Oct. 30, police said. Hogue remains out of custody on $100,000 bail. His next scheduled court appearance is a Dec. 14 readiness conference. A preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 4.

referred to community, 14 wrote down beach and 11 cited the weather. Residents were also asked to share changes they wanted to see included in the revitalization. Then they were asked to rate them in order of importance. The most popular responses were roundabouts and continuous sidewalks along the 101; more parks, trees and wider sidewalks; outdoor seating and cafes; slower vehicle speeds; and art and more profitable businesses. The two days following the workshop, Burden and

his associates conducted two walking tours to garner additional input. He said he would take all the information to create a master plan, which he expects to present as a work in progress in January. Once a plan is adopted, he said it could take anywhere from one to 10 years to break ground. “A lot depends on funding,” he said. City Manager David Ott said the city has already started looking at funding opportunities and has applied for a “major federal grant.”

Gabe and Ellen Rodarte, who grew up in Solana Beach, said they were “pretty excited” about the project. “I just hope it happens,” Ellen Rodarte said. With a 2-year-old and another baby on the way, the Rodartes said they would most like to see traffic slowed down on Coast Highway 101. “We walk a lot,” they said. “We want to be able to walk back and forth from the lagoon and the beach safely. We want our kids to have walkable places and places where it’s safe to ride bikes.”

thing simple and you gave it to us.” House read from a letter signed by almost two dozen members of the business community, including the executive directors of the Chamber of Commerce, Cedros Design District Association and Highway 101 Association. “The proposed tax must not make even worse the already difficult business climate that Solana Beach businesses are experiencing, especially those on the verge of closing,” House read. “The business tax had to be simple both for the city to administer and for the business com-

munity to calculate and to pay. The tax proposal before you today says that you listened to our petition. It does protect our small and struggling businesses and it does give us the flexibility, certainly, and simplicity that we asked for.” Councilman Tom Campbell, who owns a small business in the city, said he felt the model addressed the issues of fairness and equity. “I’m going to be paying this,” Campbell said. “I don’t think these numbers … (are) unreasonable.” About 80 percent of the businesses in Solana Beach have gross revenues of less than $1 million, putting

them in one of the first three tiers. More than half would fall into the first two tiers, or those with gross revenues less than $100,000 annually. Solana Beach, Encinitas and Poway are the only three cities in San Diego County that don’t currently charge some form of a business tax. Council members also unanimously agreed the vote should take place during the upcoming June election. That will cost the city about $13,000, as opposed to sending out a mail ballot, which would cost approximately $62,000.

have killed him,” Ostbye said. Additionally, Ostbye said DNA lab results relating to the blood police described finding in the kitchen, bedroom and on rags in the apartment, all of which she said could have come from Schmidt’s broken nose, are still pending. “I think there is a lot of missing evidence that we need to know (about),” Ostbye said.

Both Kundrat and Jacobson served time for drug-related offenses. At the time of the murder, Kundrat was on parole from a 2008 felony drug possession conviction. Prior to that, he served three prison terms dating back to 1999 for convictions out of San Diego County, his last being for vehicle burglary and grand theft auto in May 2005. Meanwhile, Jacobson

had been released from jail June 9 after committing a series of probation violations relating to a June 2007 conviction for possessing marijuana for sale, a felony. A condition of his release was that he had to complete a 12-hour anger management program. Weber set a trial date for Jan. 12. Kundrat’s next scheduled court appearance is a Dec. 21 readiness conference.

short time of one another, and involved high blood alcohol levels. Both arrests occurred in Carlsbad. The first was March 29 and the second was May 17, according to court documents. Clark’s BAC was .32 and .31, respectively, which is four times

California’s legal limit of .08. Clark was arrested in the first incident after driving into his residential community’s exit gate, court records state.The details surrounding his second arrest were not immediately available. If convicted, Clark faces

up to three years in prison, Deputy District Attorney Daniel Shim said. Clark’s next scheduled court proceedings are scheduled for Dec. 1 at the San Diego Superior Court in Vista. He is currently free on bond.

“I’m not so worried about how this might affect other nonprofits in the city because, for the most part, they are very locally oriented,” Councilman Richard Earnest said. “This is globally oriented. “I sort of have a problem here with people buying off their carbon footprint by buying something,” he said. “I think they ought to reduce their carbon footprint to begin with just because it’s the right thing to do.” As Del Mar addresses these and other issues, Heebner said Solana Beach officials can share what they learned in creating her city’s

resolution, which includes language about use of the city Web site. “We have gone back and forth with the attorney so I think that you’ll appreciate the template that we can provide to you,” she said. Participation in the program would be voluntary and there is no cost to the city, Mike McColm, Nature & Culture’s international director, said. By purchasing property, residents would be helping to conserve some of the world’s most important tropical forests, creating migration corridors for large animals and helping to conserve the water supply in a

fairly dry area, he said. The company also hires and trains local people to staff its foreign operations, so participants would be contributing to their livelihood, McColm said. We can’t save these areas without organizing the local people to engage in research and educational programs and finding ways for them to make some money that are compatible with forest conservation, he said. More information and a calculator to determine your carbon footprint can be found at natureandculture. org.


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which was expected to be selected in October. But at the end of that three-day series of meetings, the five-member panel combined the three proposals into two and postponed its decision until Nov. 10, at which time it approved a final recommended plan that did not include a state marine reserve off the coast of Del Mar. “That was all good,” Councilman Don Mosier said. “This game is not over, however. Now the Department of Fish and Game gets to make the selection. The Blue Ribbon Task Force forwarded their preferred alternative … but they also forwarded the

around 40 degrees. How could we have been so stupid? I’ve always enjoyed contemplating the concept of human beings pushing their physical and psychological boundaries in desperate situations (so as not to sound like some sick scientist, I’m referring to the involuntary experiences created by unfortunate circumstances, especially in

the woods). Survival is no easy task. Judgment is crucial, yet many of us would crack under the pressure. It’s a well-known fact that he who keeps his cool during trying times will more than likely emerge victorious. This general rule of thumb couldn’t be more appropriate in a survival situation. There are numerous

Eric Murtaugh is always prepared. Email him at emurtaugh@coastnewsgroup.com.

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three contenders from the October meeting. “Historically the Department of Fish and Game would accept the preferred alternative, but maybe they won’t,” Mosier said. “So the good news is it’s almost certain the offshore Del Mar marine reserve is gone. … It’s almost certain, but not totally certain.” The goal of the MLPA is to redesign the state’s marine protected areas to safeguard marine life, habitats and ecosystems, and improve recreational, educational and study opportunities provided by those ecosystems. Del Mar City Council members feared such a designation would impact sand replenishment, the ability of lifeguards to

provide safety, beach cleanup and the tourist industry. The Fish and Game Commission is scheduled to discuss the recommendation next month.A final decision is not expected until next year. Meanwhile, Mayor Crystal Crawford sent a letter to Ken Wiseman, executive director of the MLPA initiative, noting that the San Dieguito Lagoon and river mouth were not designated as a state marine reserve in the final recommendation adopted by the task force. According to the letter, that “appears to be an administrative oversight” because the area was identified with such a designation on all three proposals discussed in October.The lagoon is already

designated as a state marine park. Annie Reisewitz, media relations liaison, said the lagoon was “specifically excluded” from the task force’s preferred alternative at the request of the San Dieguito Lagoon Restoration Project. The state marine reserve designation would complicate the ongoing monitoring and restoration efforts currently taking place in the lagoon, Reisewitz said.

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