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Winning whippet

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■ Ranch dog takes home honors

from prestigious Westminster show By Patty McCormac


RANCHO SANTA FE — Seconds before stepping into the spotlight at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, handler Lori Wilson, looked down and said: “Chanel, we’re going into the Best of Show at Westminster.” Chanel did not hesitate at all, as if she was saying, “Let’s go,” Wilson said. “It was thrilling.” Although the beautiful whippet lost Best of Show honors to Sadie, a Scottish Terrier from Michigan, the local girl did pretty well for herself anyway. She earned Best of Breed and Best in Group honors at the most prestigious dog show in the U.S. Her owners Lori and Carey

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Brick crossing rejected 6 to 1 By Bianca Kaplanek

A local woman became the first paraplegic to reach the summit of Tanzania’s 19,000-foot 5 Mount Kilimanjaro

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RANCHO SANTA FE — Emphasizing that fiscal responsibility is a higher priority than aesthetics, the Rancho Santa Fe Association board of directors disagreed with a recommendation from the Road and Planning Committee and voted 6-1 at the Feb. 18 meeting not to allocate approximately $21,000 for brickwork to enhance crosswalks as part of the La Granada and Via de Santa Fe intersection realignment project. In February 2002, the TURN TO BRICK ON 24

Stranger danger in the Ranch By Patty McCormac

Board OKs extension for plans to develop 39-acre lot By Bianca Kaplanek

RANCHO SANTA FE — A development firm seeking a two-year extension for a planned subdivision on Del Dios Highway got exactly what it asked for — but just barely. With a 4-3 vote at the Feb. 18 meeting, the Rancho Santa Fe Association board of directors granted a second and final extension to Quantum Estates II Inc., giving the company until May 6, 2012, to finalize its subdivision map for the 39.4-acre lot at the eastern boundary of the Covenant. In May 2004, despite a recommendation from the Art Jury to deny the application, the board approved the proposed subdivision with a 5-2 vote, giving the developer four years to submit its final plans. But the county didn’t approve the tentative map until 2008, according to

Ivan Holler, the Covenant administrator. Quantum requested and was granted a one-timeonly two-year extension that was allowed under the association regulatory code. On Feb. 2, 2010 — with a declining economy, no final plans and a looming deadline — the developer sent a letter to the association seeking another extension, citing a recent California law that automatically grants such extensions to all pending subdivision maps that would expire before Jan. 1, 2012. “Do we have any choice?” director Jack Queen asked. Recalling that the proposal was “extremely controversial to begin with,” he wanted to delay a decision for one month and give staff time to review the plans. Based on the Art Jury’s

original recommendation to deny, he said this would give the board an opportunity to perhaps correct any flaws that were overlooked in 2004. Tim Sullivan and Deb Plummer agreed. Holler said the board could deny the request, but situations under which that would generally occur — a major change in the project, the discovery of an endangered species on the property, etc. — aren’t present in this case. Director Dick Doughty said he couldn’t support a motion to delay approval. “This is kind of a settled matter,” he said. “They’ve gone through the ringer on this thing and invested a considerable amount of money. It’s only fair to grant the extension.” Queen argued that delaying a decision for one

month wasn’t likely to create a hardship, and it was still ahead of the May deadline when the application would expire. “The board needs to look at the facts and understand what it is voting on,” he said. But Doughty disagreed, saying it would be “grossly unfair” to even reopen the issue. President Bill Beckman, who cast the tie-breaking vote, agreed with Doughty. “I don’t see any point in rehashing it,” he said. “Let’s let them move ahead.” George McGill, president of Quantum Estates, said he appreciated the board’s decision. He also said that while the original approval process may have caused “a little bit of a dust up,” he would hardly describe it as “extremely TURN TO DEVELOP ON 23

RANCHO SANTA FE — Parents should be aware and warn their children about the “stranger danger” of a man driving a white pickup truck who has tried on several occasions to lure children into his vehicle in Rancho Santa Fe. Three different attempts were made by this very bold predator Feb. 12 when he tried to lure children into his truck. The attempts happened twice on La Fremontia and once on Paseo Delicias at about 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. Sheriff’s detectives say he actually drove up a driveway TURN TO STRANGER ON 23

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Gang members accused in stabbing

LEAD STORY When Dexter Blanch’s dog nearly died from complications during spay surgery, he decided to use the event as inspiration and recently brought to market a chastity belt to give pet owners more control of their animals’ animal instincts. The Pet Anti-Breeding System harness is especially valuable to professional breeders who may want to keep a female out of one or more “heat cycles” without resorting to sterilization. So far, said Blanch, the belts have been proven effective, but he admitted to a San Francisco Chronicle reporter in February that horndog males pose severe tests by gnawing relentlessly at the leather straps that are crimping their style.

The Continuing Crisis — The Importance of the Dictionary: (1) When Donald Williams was publicly sworn in as a judge in Ulster County, N.Y., on Jan. 2, offices were closed, and no one could find a Bible. Since holy books are not legally required, Williams took the oath with his hand on a dictionary. (2) Merriam Webster’s 10th edition dictionary is so influential that the Menifee Union School District in Southern California removed all copies from its elementary schools’ shelves in January in response to a parent’s complaint that the book contains a reference to “oral sex.” — “Texting” While Driving Is Not the Problem: (1) Briton Rachel Curtis, 23, was sentenced to 12 months in prison by Bristol Crown Court in October for leading police on a high-speed chase while injecting heroin. (2) Authorities in Scottsboro, Ala., in December arrested a man after a high-speed chase during which he allegedly had methamphetamine cooking in the front seat. (3) Long-haul trucker Thomas Wallace was charged with manslaughter in Buffalo, N.Y., in January after his rig struck a parked car, killing the occupant, while Wallace was distracted watching pornography on his laptop computer. — Too-Swift Justice: It is not unheard of for someone to commit a crime and then immediately surrender, usually for safety or for the comfort of a warm jail cell (such as Timmy Porter, 41, did in Anchorage, Alaska, in October immediately after robbing the First National Bank Alaska). However, Gerard Cellette Jr., 44, tried to be even more helpful. Knowing that he would soon be arrested (and probably convicted) for running a $53 million Ponzi scheme in the Minneapolis area, he walked into a county judge’s chambers in December and offered to begin serving time. The judge explained that TURN TO ODD FILES ON 25

By Randy Kalp

The shoot, scheduled to begin April 29, is expected to take 12 to 14 hours a day for five days. The public will not be allowed on the portion of the beach being used during that time. Council members suggested the production company set up a viewing area so residents can watch the filming. According to the staff

OCEANSIDE — Two gang members accused of participating in a group brawl, during which a man was stabbed, will have to stand trial on charges relating to the melee, a San Diego Superior Court judge ruled Feb. 18. Jesus Adrian Perez, 18, is charged with attempted murder and assault relating to the stabbing of Adam Francis around 8:30 p.m. Nov. 16, 2009, on South Weitzel in Oceanside. His co-defendant, 19year-old Rogelio Arturo Ortiz, faces one count each of assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism, both felonies, in connection to throwing a bicycle at Francis and then at the windshield of his car. Additionally, gang enhancements, which state that the crime was perpetrated for the benefit of a criminal street gang, are attached to each of the defendants’ charges. Francis testified he had been stabbed twice — once in the chest, which punctured his lung, and once in the shoulder — and spent a week in the hospital. He identified Perez as the man who stabbed him at the preliminary hearing and during a photo lineup several weeks after the attack. He couldn’t, however, identify Ortiz as the man who assaulted him with the bicycle although two other witnesses did. If convicted, Perez faces up to 23 years in prison, while Ortiz could be sentenced to nine years behind bars. Both defendants remain in custody. Their next scheduled court hearing is a March 4 arraignment hearing at which time a trial date may be set. Perez — who was a juvenile at the time of the attack — Ortiz and at least eight other minors and adults attacked a group of five individuals, who were predominately black, while they were visiting a friend in the neighborhood, according to evidence presented at the preliminary hearing. Oceanside police Detective Keli Garcia testified she believed there was a racial component to the crime. She said the defendants’ particular gang, which is largely Hispanic, is “opposed of having African Americans in their neighborhood.” In addition to the two defendants, four other suspects — two adults and two juveniles — were also arrested in connection to the case, Deputy District



ONE ON ONE TIME Iao Eisenberg, of Carlsbad, visits with Barbie, a 3-year-old pitbull mix. Photo by Promise Yee

Mixed reaction to Humane Society merger By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — The January merger of the Oceanside North County Humane Society and SPCA and the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA has elicited both kudos and questions. The merger renames the Oceanside facility the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA North Campus and allows the site that serves Oceanside and Vista to access specialized veterinarian treatment and extra space to house animals at the San Diego Gaines Street and Sherman Street cam- READY FOR ADOPTION Barbie, a 3-year-old pitbull mix, is available for adoption. Photo by Promise Yee puses.

“Technically we have more resources, staff and equipment,” Elkie Wills, communications coordinator for the North Campus, said. The San Diego Humane Society runs on a $14 million budget with 85 percent of the budget used for animal care, pet owner education, medical care, animal training, and pet and owner matchmaking, Laura Maloney, senior vice president of strategic initiatives and communication for the San Diego Humane Society, said. While the additional TURN TO MERGER ON 31

Top spellers from Horizon Prep take ribbons ment ribbons and earned a coveted spot to compete in the ACSI Regional Spell Off in Pasadena Feb. 20, with a chance to advance to Washington, D.C. “We are so proud of our students,” said Horizon Prep Librarian and Spelling Bee Coordinator Kelly Hendrickson. “Our kids love to read and it shows in the effort they put into preparing for the spelling bee.” First-time competitor, first-grader Daniel Warda brought home second place. Horizon Prep secondgrader Kylie Wilbor also brought home a second place ribbon for her category and sixth-grader Max Baloun won first place in his category and placed second in the Spell Off. Max now advances to STRONG FINISH Horizon Prep Pasadena with a shot at first-grader Daniel Warda won sec- Washington, D.C. ond place in the ACSI District “It feels great to win,” Spelling Bee. Courtesy photo Max said. “I like to spell and

RANCHO SANTA FE — Thirteen Horizon Prep Lions competed among the 160 students from 16 different schools vying for ribbons at the Association of Christian Schools International District Spelling Bee. In the end, Horizon Prep brought home three place-

it feels great to do something I’m good at.” The word that won it for Max? Smarmy. There’s certainly nothing smarmy about a blue ribbon.

SMARMY. S-M-A ... Left, Horizon Prep second-grader Kylie Wilbor won second place at the ACSI District Spelling Bee. Right, sixth-grader Max Baloun took home first place in the same competition. Courtesy photo

Hollywood making an appearance in Del Mar By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Lights, camera, action may soon be heard on the beach in Del Mar. Council members authorized the city manager at the Feb. 8 meeting to move forward with a request from Marvel Studios/ Paramount Pictures to use about 300 yards of the beach in late April to film scenes for “THOR,” an action adventure film based on the

comic book hero. Allowing the production would be a good financial move for the city since the agreement can require the film crew of about 100 people to use city lodging. That will boost revenue from the transient occupancy tax as well as other taxes from restaurant and retail sales. The city will also require that all staff time, including legal fees, be

reimbursed and a cash contribution be made toward a city project, such as the 17th Street beach safety center. The production company would like to use a portion of either the north end of the beach or 15th Street to the south. The scene will feature six horses and riders running on the sand with an all-terrain vehicle driving alongside with a camera mount.



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Crying wolf: why we need to protect the gray wolf It is said that fear, when left unchecked, is a bad thing; especially of the unknown, especially when felt ubiquitously. Often we will stop at nothing to eliminate that which we fear. There is no problem when this concerted effort is just and right (which is equally hard to define, but I’ll save this for another column). Which begs the question: when does an overabundance of fear backfire? And in regard to the environment, exactly when does fear become a direct threat to an animal species? Such is the unfortunate fate of the gray wolf — once a graceful icon of the American West, now caught in the precarious crosshairs (quite literally at times) of policy and emotion. Canis lupus was all but eliminated from the lower 48 by the 1930s, much to the liking of ranchers and livestock managers. Treated as vermin and

ERIC MURTAUGH Outside Perspective slaughtered recklessly, the wolf was just another American legend fallen victim to man’s wanton destruction. So why all the fuss? Clamoring to reach the top of the food chain, the wolf represents a direct competitor to resources such as big game and remains an important threat to livestock. Really, our fear of the wolf began at precisely the moment a cattle carcass was found torn to shreds out at pasture. Which goes to say that fear TURN TO OUTSIDE ON 25

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C’mon, just smile! By Stephanie Harrell

I’m not sure if it’s because I grew up in an only moderately dysfunctional home, or if it’s just my personality, but I like to smile — a lot! I smile at everyone I pass on the street whether I’m in a good mood or not. I think it’s polite and quite frankly, the right thing to do when passing strangers. Am I the only one who feels this way? It would seem so by the number of people I pass on a daily basis that either look down at their feet (nice try!) or coldly look right at you (jerk!) and not return the gesture at all! I’m not asking for a Tom Cruise mega-watt smile here, folks. I’m just seeking some human warmth and a simple acknowledgement that we’ve seen each other. I really hate to say this but

women are the worst when it comes to this issue. Maybe it’s our tendency to judge each other based on stupid things like clothes or hairstyle. Maybe it’s a competitive, jealousy thing. I don’t really care what the lame excuse is. Get over it and smile. It washes your soul and presses the reset button when you stop the self-talk that keeps you from being warm to people and just smile no matter what. Am I overly sensitive? Do I take things too personally? Yes! I do take it personally when I warmly smile at a passerby and they return the gesture with a poker face or complete head-turn. Granted, there are days when people don’t feel so cheery or they’ve heard bad news or whatever the TURN TO SMILE ON 31

Grant sought for least tern nesting sites Cooperative effort Fairgrounds staff has filed a grant fund proposal with San Diego Association of Governments to enhance and augment maintenance and monitoring of four least tern areas in the San Dieguito Wetlands Restoration area. And surprise, surprise, this is with the complete support of the San Dieguito River Park JPA, So Cal Edison and San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy. Objectives are to remove invasive plants, habitat restoration, and access control. Fairgrounds General Manager Tim Fennell says a grant is very important now because the Harbor City withdrew its share of funding for the San Dieguito River Valley due to its anemic financial situation. Least tern have an increased presence in the area since restoration of the lagoon began.

Expensive exercise in democracy Recent preliminary financial cost figures released on the effort to recall O’side Councilman Jerry Kern are in excess of $400 grand. He prevailed against the movement by 63 percent. There were 23,414 ballots cast. Almost everyone became involved including organized

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BILL ARBALLO Eye on the Coast groups, out-of-towners and scads of volunteers. The warfare starts again soon becuz Kern plans to run for reelection in November.

Partisan politics ending? Voters statewide will decide in June whether partisan politics will be eliminated. Proposition 14 provides that all candidates running for the same office will appear together instead of on separate ballots. The two top finishers in the voting will duke it out in November regardless of party affiliation. No surprise that some politicians are lukewarm about the idea.

Another phone scam Folks have reported receiving phone calls from someone giving the impression they are in some official capacity and asking why they didn’t report for jury duty. Then the caller offers to represent them in

pending action and will save them from dire consequences then asks for social security number and date of birth. If this info is provided, your identity will be stolen. Beware!

Sea bird sculpture

Thanks to native Solbeach residents April Childs and Peter House, Fletcher Cove visitors are now greeted by a majestic bronze sculpture of a bird of undetermined species. House and Childs contributed the sculpture to the city’s public arts collection. During the unveiling recently, Childs said it will be prominently featured in elaborate landscaping between the community center and Fletcher Cove. Currently, there is an aggressive fundraising campaign ongoing to bring the center up to ADA standards. April recalls that it was her mom, Wenetta, who replaced garish billboards on Highway 101 with Torrey Pines that are now an integral part of the Rail Trail. At the time she was president of the Solana Beach Civic Womens Club. She was heavily criticized for the metal sculpture that she erected at the entrance to the plaza. April said her mom took over the family TURN TO EYE ON THE COAST ON 35

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Tee It Up for Foster Teens use the current venue for our golf tournament. A large portion of canceled for ‘09 Dear Friends of San Pasqual Members and Supporters, It has always been our intention that every dollar donated to Friends of San Pasqual Academy by our dedicated supporters goes directly to benefit the foster teens of San Pasqual Academy. With this commitment in mind, we have made a change regarding our 2010 “Tee It Up For Foster Teens” golf tournament. There have been significant increases in expenses to

these donations generated from this year’s tournament would have gone toward payment of the tournament expenses and not to our foster teens. We were not comfortable with the use of our generous donors’ funds and for that reason have made the decision to not have the “Tee It Up For Foster Teens” Golf Tournament, which was to be held this April. Plans are still in the making for TURN TO LETTERS ON 35

Veteran cop takes plea in theft trial By Randy Kalp

OCEANSIDE — An Oceanside police sergeant accused of receiving stolen property from an embezzlement scheme perpetrated by his former girlfriend pleaded guilty Feb. 10 to charges related to the thefts. Walter Willis McWilson, 37, admitted to three counts of receiving stolen property in connection with items embezzled from Oceansidebased Royal Pacific Construction through his former girlfriend, 33-yearold Aimee Rich. Prosecutors allege McWilson, a 10-year veteran with the Oceanside Police Department, worked in concert with Rich to secure purchases for his home music studio. As part of his plea, McWilson admitted to receiving mahogany flooring, a microphone boom stand and a 50-inch Magnavox plasma television. McWilson, of Wildomar, had faced 14 counts relating to the embezzlement scheme and up to five years in prison. In lieu of his plea, McWilson agreed to serve 365 days in prison; however, if he repays $22,800 to Royal Pacific Construction by the June 15 sentencing date his jail time will range from 180 to 270 days. Deputy District Attorney Anna Winn said McWilson asked Rich to buy items on her company credit cards as well as purchase Home Depot gift cards to further conceal the crime. Rich pleaded guilty to a single count of embezzlement with the allegation that she stole more than $65,000, Winn said. When she is sentenced April 22, TURN TO COP ON 30



FEB. 26, 2010

■ Local athlete

Teamwork to the top

reaches great heights with a little bit of help

By Alyx Sariol

CARLSBAD — There is no obstacle too large for Carlsbad resident Erica Davis. Although confined to a wheelchair, 28-year-old Davis recently climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, becoming the first female paraplegic to reach the mountain’s summit. The former college athlete has been paralyzed from the waist down since 2005, but that has yet to slow her down. When approached with the idea of climbing Africa’s tallest mountain by Derek Gates, marketing director for the Vista-based C.H.E.K. Institute, an advanced education company that specializes in training professional athletes, she was eager to participate. “I interviewed a few candidates, but she was definitely the person that I knew could take on the challenge,” Gates said.

UP TO THE CHALLENGE Team members help push and pull Erica Davis up the trails leading to Mt. Kilimanjaro’s peak. Courtesy photo

Gates met with the Challenged Athletes Foundation, or CAF, to find the perfect match for the trip, which was designed to help

bring awareness to their mission. According to their Web site, CAF raises money to help physically challenged

athletes pursue an active gain momentum, months of lifestyle by providing oppor- training set in. Davis, Gates tunities and resources to and the rest of the climbing encourage them. TURN TO KILIMANJARO ON 27 As the trip started to

Elderly man wins suit against Del Mar racetrack By Randy Kalp

DEL MAR — A Vista jury on Feb. 8 found a 73-yearold man partially to blame for a fall at the Del Mar racetrack in which he broke his hip. After more than seven hours of deliberation, jurors found that Lawrence Miller and the 22nd Agricultural District were each 50 percent responsible for the injuries Miller sustained when he was hit by a door at the racetrack. The panel awarded Miller a total of $234,267 for medical expenses as well as injuries he suffered from the incident. However, because the jury divided the fault between both parties, Miller will only receive $117,133.50. Miller claimed he was knocked to the ground by a patron who had flung the heavy metal door open while he was gambling at the racetrack. Because there were no signs or markings on the

ground, he said he didn’t know how far the door swung out. The jury absolved the unidentified patron who opened the door from having any responsibility in the incident. In a phone interview following the verdict, John Anderson, whose law firm represented Miller, said they believed Miller was not at fault for incident. He knew that the door was dangerous and he tried to walk to one side of it, he just didn’t realize the door would swing out that far, Anderson said. However, the jury believed he should have been more careful around this “dangerous door,” he said. Miller was struck by two inches of the door, Anderson said. “When you get invited into a public place and they are making money from you,

we argued you should not lawyer said. designed as an emergency Anderson said the smok- exit and landing area. Since have to ‘tip toe around stuff’ that you may not fully appre- ing patio where the accident TURN TO RACETRACK ON 31 ciate the danger of,” the occurred had originally been


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BUNCO MADNESS The Moonlight Angels Auxiliary will host an evening of bunco games at 5 p.m. Feb. 26, Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace, Vista. Prizes will be given to winners as well as to the biggest loser. Call Therese Holladay at (760) 4141403 or Carol Jungerheld at (760) 725-7251 to learn more. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIFE at MiraCosta College will meet at 1 p.m. Feb. 26, MiraCosta College, Room 1068, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. David Lewis, a MCC faculty member, will discuss the 200th anniversary of Frederic Chopin’s birth with a program on his short, interesting life and treasured music. Call (760) 721-8124 for more details.

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HEALTH CARE CONCERNS Now endorsed by the Progressive Democrats of America, Tracy Emblem of Escondido, a candidate for the seat in the 50th Congressional District, joined concerned citizens at a PDA-sponsored Brown Bag Lunch event, focusing on health care. Representatives visited with constituents outside, while others visited Congressman Brian Bilbray's office to voice their concerns. Emblem, center, noted that her family is one of the 700,000 Anthem Blue Cross members who are self ensured and are getting a steep premium increase. She told those in attendance, “We need to suspend Congress’ health care insurance until Congress passes fair and equitable health care reform with true cost containment.” Courtesy photo

Water for Sudan receives major grant for wells RANCHO SANTA FE — Water for Sudan, Inc. has received a $50,000 grant award from The William H. Donner Foundation, Inc. Water for Sudan increases the quality of life and health of families in Southern Sudan by drilling the first wells and providing safe, fresh and potable water within close proximity to villages. Monies from this grant will help purchase supplies and water pump equipment for this year’s

effort in the desolate areas of Southern Sudan. Water for Sudan, Inc., based in Rochester, N.Y,. was organized in 2003 by Salva Dut. In the past five years, Water for Sudan has installed 43 successful water pump systems in remote villages serving tens of thousands of Southern Sudanese. With each new well, hundreds of families receive fresh, clean water located close to their village.

Dut, president, project director and one of the former Lost Boys of Sudan, is from the Dinka tribe in Tonj. Dut immigrated to and has been educated in the U.S. He is a U.S. citizen. Since 2005 Dut and his teams of drillers journey to the most rural areas of the country to install water pumps. “With the clean water from the pumps, the villagers do not need to migrate seasonally to search for and drink contaminated

water from a swamp or water hole,” Dut said. “We provide the village’s first, clean, safe water to drink.” “Most of our pumps have been installed in heavily populated areas of Bahr al Gahzal where there was no safe water,” Dut said. This year, Dut anticipates managing three teams instead of two teams this season in three distinct regions of Southern Sudan — one in the southeast region called Equatoria

near Ethiopia; one in the northeast Upper Nile near Ethiopia; and one team in the Bahrel Gahzal near Waw. Dut is preparing three convoys of drillers. “We’ll drill dozens of wells,” Dut said. “With no unforeseen difficulties, we are very confident of our success in drilling to our capacity.” He will return to the U.S. in May. Water for TURN TO SUDAN ON 30

Bail stands at $2 million in fatal hit-and-run trial By Randy Kalp

for a woman accused of cov- remain at $2 million. Marlene Resendiz, 17, ESCONDIDO — A San ering up a fatal hit-and-run Diego Superior Court judge accident in Escondido for was killed around 5 p.m. on Feb. 18 ordered that bail more than two years will Nov. 24, 2007, after being struck while crossing East Grand Avenue near Fairdale Avenue by Tiffany St. Ives, Deputy District Attorney Roy Lai said in court. ing After being hit, Lai said 0% Financ Resendiz had been carried le b a ail

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“She’s trying to put herself like she didn’t do anything wrong, but she did,” Venegas said. St. Ives, 54, has pleaded not guilty to one count of felony hit and run relating to the teenager’s death. The charge carries a maximum of four years in prison. Police said Resendiz, a Valley High School student, was crossing legally at the lit intersection. She had just left her fiance’s house. The couple was only TURN TO BAIL ON 31



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Buena Vista Audubon leader Tom Troy Tom will help birders identify birds by sight and sound with instruction on the use of binoculars and spotting scopes at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 27. Meet at the Buena Vista Lagoon Landing in Carlsbad. Call Tom Troy at (760) 9676915 to learn more. FUN RUN St. Francis Catholic School will host a community 3-mile race and 1mile fun run at 8 a.m. Feb. 27, Buena Vista Park, 1749 Shadowridge Drive, Vista. Individuals, families, and groups are encouraged to participate. An entry form is available at www.sfsvista.org/FunRun.htm, or call the school office at (760) 6307960 to learn more. GO LEFT The Democratic Club of Carlsbad-Oceanside will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 27, Carlsbad Woman’s Club, 3320 Monroe St., Carlsbad. The group will discuss whether or not California is ready for a new constitution. Call Robin at (760) 804-2754 or e-mail rfriedheim@roadrunner.com to learn more. HAVE A HEART The 13th annual Heart of San Diego Gala will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 27, Four Seasons Resort Aviara, 7100 Four Seasons Point, Carlsbad. This annual black tie event benefits the UC San Diego Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center, and will include dinner, dancing, and a live auction. Contact Tanya Schaefer at tschaefer@ucsd.edu or at (858) 534-9898 for more details. NICE BASKET San Dieguito Adult Education will hold an ornate pine needle basketry workshop from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Feb. 27, 800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. Students can learn how to weave a basket using pine needles and a unique stone for a center. Preregistration is required by calling (760) 753-7073 or by visiting www.sdadulted.com. READ LOCAL Carlsbad City Library will host the second annual Local Authors’ Festival from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 27, Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane. The event will feature authors from Carlsbad and North County who will participate in TURN TO CALENDAR ON 26



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Fundraiser trades black ties for denim By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — In a departure from the stuffy, black tie, sit-down dinner fundraiser, the group from the Torrey Pines High School Foundation opted for a more upbeat, casual evening as its major event of the year. This year again, it will

be held at the Belly Up in Solana Beach featuring the popular band Atomic Groove. Jeans are the recommended attire for the March 27 “Pump Up The Volume” event. It will be the second year at the more casual venue. “Last year it was super

fun,” Joan Fabiano said. One of the more popular parts of the fundraiser is the online wine auction beginning this year on March 6. On Feb. 21, Joan and Rocco Fabiano opened their home to welcome guests whose entry fee was a bottle of wine valued at $35 or more for the auction.

Rancho Santa Fe school helps students broaden their horizons RANCHO SANTA FE — Songwriting and recording, short digital film production, global experiential learning trips to the Philippines and Vietnam, animal training and City Slickers No More comprise just a few of the opportunities selected by 15 Rancho Santa Fe students during the inaugural Interim Week at Francis Parker School. The purpose of this new academic initiative is to give students a chance to delve intensively into topics that will help bridge the gap between textbook knowledge, theory and real life. Hannah Keitel selected Animal Training 101, learning the basics of animal training and putting those skills learned into action at an animal training facility. Henry Thurman will take part in

City Slickers No More, visiting the San Diego River watershed from Mission Trails Park to Mission Bay, locating and identifying native species, water-testing and possibly participating in site remediation. Alexandra Belli is traveling to the Philippines and Remi Weinger will visit Vietnam, which helps to raise the student’s awareness of global needs and how to service them. Claire Kinsey is doing an internship for Union Bank while Maddie Thurman is doing an educational internship at Kit Carson Elementary School in Linda Vista. Kyle Dowdy and Sean Gruen are taking The Business Side of Sports class featuring trips to Petco Park and the Chargers practice

facility, to meet with front office personnel. Manfred Swarovski is taking a class on The American Legal System while Austin Finley is studying WWI Through Literature & Film. Matthew Nussbaum, choosing The Culture & Cuisine of Spain and India, is going to restaurants, visiting with professional chefs, and researching cultural practices related to food. The week will culminate in student presentations showcasing dishes prepared at home. John Papatheofanis selected Man’s Impact on the Environment and is looking at carbon footprints, tide pool degradation, global warming and endangered and introduced species. Marie Nicol is taking a TURN TO PARKER ON 30

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TEAM WORK More than 60 workers participated in “the push” to raise the big top at Kooza Cirque de Soleil on Feb. 18. Photo by Wehtahnah Tucker

Big top raising signals Cirque du Soleil By Wehthanah Tucker

DEL MAR — The circus has officially come to town. After days of meticulous preparation and mounting anticipation, the Kooza Cirque du Soleil big top was raised in less than two minutes Feb. 18. “We’ve got the whole process down to a science,” said Jessica Leboeuf, assistant to the Kooza show’s general manager. “But that doesn’t mean it’s any less exciting

when the big top goes up.” The 18-piece yellowand-blue-striped tent includes the Grand Chapiteau, also known as the big top. “It’s made to withstand up to four inches of snow,” Leboeuf said, “but with this weather we probably won’t have that problem.” After seven days, the sprawling parking lot at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is now transformed into a circus vil-

lage complete with a restaurant, school and resting area for the performers. “We are completely self-sufficient in terms of the infrastructure, except for water supply and internet access,” Leboeuf said. The show employs local labor for many of the construction jobs. “We have at least 60 people we hired from this area to help with the preparations,” Leboeuf said. The workers cheered in

unison as the big top was raised. “This is nice to see everything happen so quick and correct,” said John Sulley, a day laborer. “It’s a good team effort,” Leboeuf added. This year, the ever-popular circus is going back to the basics. According to Leboeuf, the focus will be on the “fine art of clowning, high-wire walks and contortionists.” Other favorites, such as juggling and the solo

trapeze will have creative twists that are the hallmark for all Cirque du Soleil shows. The show runs until March 21 when crews will begin the two-day process of packing up the circus village and moving to another town. “We love touring and seeing all of the different audiences enjoying the performances,” Leboeuf said. For more information, visit cirquedusoleil.com.

LA JOLLA — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus presents its fourth concert of the 55th season at 8 p.m. March 13 and at 3 p.m. March 14 in Mandeville Auditorium at UCSD, 9500 Gillman Drive. Individual tickets are $29 general, $26 senior and $15 student. Group discounts are available. Parking is free. A pre-concert lecture is offered one hour prior to concert times. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the LJS&C office at (858) 534-4637 or visit www. lajollasymphony.com. The concert will feature Choral Director David Chase conducting orchestra, chorus, and soloists in music from two of Poland’s most notable composers — Karol Szymanowski and Krzysztof Penderecki. The concert opens with the U.S. Premiere of Penderecki’s “Chaconne — In Memoriam John Paul II.” Following are two pieces by Szymanowski: his last major piano work Symphonie Concertante TURN TO SYMPHONY ON 26



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Karly: “I felt like I had finally met my soul mate. We connected on a level that I never thought possible. Within the first month of knowing each other, we knew we wanted to marry. We were engaged five months later.” Stephen: “I proposed in Positano, Italy, at the incredible Le Sirenuse hotel.”

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Solana Beach OKs traffic calming project By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — In response to community concerns about traffic, City Council unanimously approved at the Feb. 10 meeting several projects to address unsafe driving and make city streets more pedestrian and bicycle friendly. “Traffic is an important issue to our community,” said City Manager David Ott, who, along with other staff and council members, met with residents. “Over the years there’ve been numerous issues usually associated with speeding through neighborhoods,” he said. One project on South Cedros Avenue will add 6foot-wide painted medians on both sides of Marsolan Avenue and a slightly wider center median where the street opens up south of Marsolan. Public Works Director Mo Sammak said that is where motorists tend to increase speed. Narrowing the road should slow them down, he said. A center turn lane will be added from Cofair Avenue to Via de la Valle. Curb pop-outs will also be painted at the intersection of South Cedros and Via de la Valle. Proposed improvements to the area were rejected by South Cedros residents early last year, pri-

ROAD DIET City Council recently approved several traffic calming projects, including one that would reduce Valley Avenue between Stevens Avenue and Via de la Valle down to one lane in each direction. The move is intended to slow motorists on that stretch of the roadway. Plans also call for the addition of bike lanes and a two-way left turn lane. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

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way currently has no bike lanes and a sidewalk on the west side only. Plans include reducing the street to one lane in each direction and adding bike lanes and a two-

way left turn lane. According to a traffic study, Valley can accommodate current traffic volumes as a two-lane road. In fact, part of it was successfully nar-

rowed to that configuration during construction of the pump station. Despite requests to lower the speed limit on Las Banderas Drive between San Andres and Lomas Santa Fe drives, the city is unable to do so based on a speed survey. To encourage motorists to slow down, the road will be restriped with a 10-foot center turn lane. Existing parking lanes will remain, but the road width will narrow. Several road striping projects will also be implemented throughout the city at areas that were chosen “because of their strategic locations and the specific concerns addressed by members of the community,” the staff report states. Crosswalks at Lomas Santa Fe and the Las Banderas/Via Mil Cumbres intersection will be restriped. The left-turn pocket onto Via Mil Cumbres from eastbound Lomas Santa Fe will also be repainted with a small adjustment to soften the turn. Midblock crosswalks will be repainted on Las Banderas near the golf course and on South Sierra Avenue at Fletcher Cove Park and near the access to TURN TO TRAFFIC ON 26

Van donated to Red Cross in honor of local firefighters RANCHO SANTA FE — At its recent meeting, the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District board of directors and American Red Cross publicly recognized Andrew and Erna Viterbi of Rancho Santa Fe for their generous donation of $30,000 for the purchase of a Red Cross emergency response vehicle.

The Viterbis made the donation in honor of Rancho Santa Fe firefighters for their courageous work during the 2007 Wildfires. The Viterbis are part of a group of philanthropists called the Red Rose Society.The Red Rose Society raises funds for the purchase of Red Cross vehicles, which are used to

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Doctor chooses life as a ‘rescuer’ over career in law Free By Lillian Cox

ENCINITAS — When Dr. Carolene Madden, M.D. disobeyed her parents, it wasn’t typical youthful rebellion. After leaving high school at 16, she went on to study premed and French in college. Instead of following in the family business and becoming a physician after graduation, she announced she was going to be an attorney. Today, she is the lead physician at the Encinitas Health Center operated by the nonprofit North County Health Services. Carolene Madden’s father was a prominent orthopedic surgeon in Los Angeles, her mother a chemist with the FDA before giving birth to five daughters. Her uncles, cousins and a sister were also physicians. “We were told, ‘You will go to medical school and be a doctor,’” she said. “I thought that I had to make my own decision. It was rebellion in that time of my life.” Carolene Madden graduated from Loyola Law School in 1989 and married classmate Kevin Madden two years later. She practiced medical product litigation, traveling across the country while raising two young children. Her husband, also a premed student in undergraduate school, practiced general civil litigation and defense. After several years

Carolene Madden grew tired of the traveling and in 1996 announced that she wanted to go to medical school. “I loved medicine,” she said. “I’m a rescuer — I like to help people. My husband is very supportive and said, ‘Honey, I’ll go with you.’” Two weeks after welcoming their third child in Guadalajara, the couple began medical school at the University Autonoma De Guadalajara. “Tuition was less expensive so we bought a home at a reasonable cost and had a live-in nanny who was a R.N.,” she said. “We had a very nice life down there.” The only problem was that Carolene Madden didn’t know Spanish. “The first two years are taught in English,” she said. “But as soon as you start you work in a clinic interacting with patients. You just muddle along at first.” The Maddens spent the fifth and final year of study at the New York Medical College north of New York City in Westchester County. “We were there in 2001 and were part of hospital staffing waiting for survivors of Twin Towers to arrive, but no one came,” she said. “It was very sad. Everyone died.” The Maddens did their residency in rural family medicine through the University of New Mexico in Las Cruces beginning in 2002.

THE DR. IS IN Dr. Carolene Madden, M.D., was an attorney specializing in medical products litigation before going to medical school. Today she is lead physician of the nonprofit Encinitas Health Center, which serves all patients regardless of whether they have health insurance. She encourages anyone with a health concern to visit the clinic. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” she said. “For those who are willing to come in to see a physician and get a basic blood test, you can help us avert a major problem such as hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol — or a heart attack or stroke later in life.” Photo by Lillian Cox

In 2005, the family relocated to San Diego to be closer to relatives. Carolene Madden took over an existing family practice in Oceanside.

She also practiced urgent care medicine at the Centre For Health Care in Poway where Kevin Madden still works today.

In their spare time the Maddens took their children scuba diving and traveling throughout the world, something Carolene Madden experienced herself being raised by a Chinese (immigrant) father and a SwedishAmerican mother. She also enjoys bringing other cultures into the kitchen, cooking exotic cuisine, especially Indian food. Last summer Carolene Madden was hired as the lead physician at the Encinitas Health Center. “I have always had an interest in community health care,” she said. “It makes me feel like I am contributing to society.” She added, “The staff is awesome and could probably be making more money in private practice but they feel strong about serving the community.” Many patients show their appreciation by bringing gifts to Dr. Madden from homemade baklava to soup. “It’s almost like they want to take care of me, too,” she said. She encourages anyone with a health concern to visit the clinic. Insured and uninsured patients are welcomed. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” she said. “For those who are willing to come in to see a physician and get a basic blood

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crime REPORT A weekly log of neighborhood crime. Compiled by Randy Kalp

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CRIME LOG Compiled by Randy Kalp The following information was gathered from law enforcement’s most available records for the week of Feb. 9, 2010 to Feb. 16, 2010

ENCINITAS Petty Theft 0, Burglary 4, Vandalism 1, Assault 0, Grand Theft 1, Robbery 1 SOLANA BEACH Petty Theft 0, Burglary 3, Vandalism 1, Assault 0, Grand Theft 1, Robbery 0 RANCHO



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FEB. 26, 2010

World of Wine 2010 showcase set in Temecula FRANK MANGIO

Taste of Wine Perception is a powerful influence on opinion and takes time, patience and evidence to change. In the wine world, this dynamic is stubborn and takes a strong and persistent communications effort for success. For the past five years I have observed, researched and reported on the progress of Temecula Wine Country to convince the wine world that it deserves recognition as a quality wine making appellation that can produce fine wines, with grape varietals from anywhere in the world. Another opportunity to steer public perception is at hand for Temecula Wine Country when the World of Wine 2010 is presented Saturday and Sunday March 6 and March 7 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with 25 Temecula wineries participating. The theme aims to show how these wineries can take old world varietals, barrel or bottle-ready and full of flavor, and showcase a tasting experience as good as any available. The wines are part of a self-guided tour, perfectly paired with gourmet food samplings. Ticket holders will receive a map of the Valley, a passport which allows access to the wineries and a souvenir glass. Two names to know who have recently done well are Callaway Vineyards &Winery and Briar Rose Winery. Callaway, with 40 years of winemaking, recently received a Gold Medal at the 2010 San Francisco

MAGNUM P.I. Impresario Vinnie Griffin with a magnum of Cambria Cab at his VINZ Lounge and Wine Bar in Escondido. Photo by Frank Mangio

Chronicle Competition for its 2008 Winemaker’s Reserve Late Harvest Cabernet, and a Double Gold Medal at the 2010 Florida State Fair Competition for its 2009 Special Selection Rose of Sangiovese. “Taste the Enchantment” is the theme of Briar Rose Winery, operated by Les and Dorian Linkogle. Small lot, limited production, lush intense flavors have placed Briar Rose in a prestigious place in Southern California’s wine roll call of celebrity-style winemaking. Their new release Estate Collection 2007 Cabernet is worth looking for when the World of Wine Event comes around March 6 & 7. For more

information including ticket he said. “From tapas to orders, go to www.temecu- lasagna to Beef Wellington I cook my own creations. lawines.org. There’s something for everyCorks popping at one, and you can dine in our entertainment lounge or a VINZ Lounge and quieter more intimate Wine Bar If you build it, they will room.” The musicians and come. Customers are filling stage are close and personal. up the lounge and wine bar Jimmy Patton was jamming that Vinnie Griffin recently on a flamenco guitar with a built on Grand in Downtown Latin samba duo that made Escondido. The vibes are for fun listening and danchappy and exciting as the ing. Vinnie is already masmusic, food and wine fills ter-planning a Europeanstyle outdoor garden with the place with energy. Vinnie works with sev- artisan Italian pizzas to add eral Central Coast wineries to his German deli offerings. and has close relationships New wines are being introwith the likes of Eberle and duced weekly with wine Cambria. The food packs flights to pair with special the menu with a huge vari- menu items. I had an Eberle ’07 ety of choices. “Everything Cotes-du-Robles blend of is homemade including the sauces and salad dressings,” Granache, Mouvrede and

Syrah, beautifully crafted by the pioneer winery in Paso Robles. Vinnie is a well-known veteran restaurateur in Escondido and his new wine bar and lounge raises the bar for fine food, wine and a fun time. Reservations for the dinner lounge on weekends are recommended by calling (760) 743-VINO (or 8466).

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— Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas will be spotlighting Rhone Wines at their weekly wine tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 26. Check for pricing at (760) 479-2500. — A Laguna Beach TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 30

Joint Powers Authority Teen actress writes, directs and stars in stage comedy facility wins awards COAST CITIES — The San Elijo Joint Powers Authority has received two awards, including the Small Plant of the Year and Safety Program of the Year from the San Diego Section of the California Water Environment Association, or CWEA. The CWEA, a not-forprofit association of 8,000plus professionals in the wastewater industry, honors its top members and wastewater professionals for their outstanding achievements in the wastewater field. SEJPA’s Water Reclamation facility was named 2009 Small Plant of the Year for its dedication to innovative practices, cost effectiveness, superior plant operations, and environmental compliance. The CWEA award for Safety Plant of the Year is given to a wastewater agency that provides the resources, plans, and corporate culture necessary to safely run an

industrial facility that is filled with potential hazards. In addition to a spotless injury report record, indepth safety training, and a culture of safety that pervades all levels of staff, the SEJPA maintains exemplary emergency plans and practices. The SEJPA just celebrated more than nine years without a lost-day accident. SEJPA General Manager Michael Thornton said the awards recognize the agency’s dedication to the welfare of the community and the protection of the environment. The San Elijo Joint Powers Authority protects the water quality of the ocean by treating and disposing of wastewater for the Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Cardiff communities. SEJPA oversees the San Elijo Water Reclamation Facility on the north side of the San Elijo Lagoon in Cardiff-by-theSea.

By Bianca Kaplanek

OCEANSIDE — It’s not surprising “Miki’s Bus,” a comedy about rival teams, pranks and cliques at fictional Camp Winnemuka, is making its debut at the Star Theatre. The Oceanside venue is often the stage for a variety of youth productions. What makes “Miki’s Bus” unlike most other plays is that the lead actress, 15year-old Michaela Carrozzo, is also the show’s writer and director. “This was something I’ve always wanted to do — writing, acting, directing — the whole bit,” Michaela said. “It’s really exciting.” Also not surprising, according to her acting coach, is that Michaela is realizing her dreams at such a young age. “She’s always very focused,” said Al Valletta, president of The Valletta RISING STAR Michaela Carrozzo, 17, wrote, directed and will star in Workshop in Solana Beach, “Miki’s Bus” on March 6 at The Star Theatre in Oceanside. A comedy where Michaela began acting about the antics at summer camp, the play was onstage as a one-act last year at the Sunshine Brooks Theater. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek



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2 admit to vandalism of wrong targets By Randy Kalp

FUNDRAISING FUN Jolene Guckenberger and her children — 3-year-old Aidan and 14-month old twins Islah, center, and Carys — enjoy some parachute time at Gymboree Play & Music during the Solana Beach center’s Helping Hands for Haiti PlayGym FunRaiser on Feb. 11. By making a donation to Mercy Corps to help families devastated by the January earthquake, the Guckenbergers, who live in Carmel Valley, were able to enjoy some nonmember play time. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Gymboree offers free playtime for donating to Haiti By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Several area toddlers jumped, bounced, slid and climbed all in the name of charity during Gymboree Play & Music’s Helping Hands for Haiti PlayGym FunRaiser from Feb. 16 to Feb. 18.

The Solana Beach indoor parent-child play center partnered with Mercy Corps to send aid to Haitian families in need following the Jan. 12 earthquake that devastated the island nation. Members and nonmembers with children 5 years old

and younger who made a donation were invited to play for free for 60 to 90 minutes each day. Youngsters received a global ambassador certificate and keepsake handprint. Owners Eric and Caitlin Pannese offered to match all

donations up to $500. About a half dozen families donated $85 during the three-day event. Gymboree is still accepting donations through the end of February. Nonmembers who donate are still invited to play for free during PlayGym times. Check

the schedule on the Web site at www.gymboreeclasses. com. Caitlin Pannese said she and her husband donate a minimum of $250 if the original goal is not met. Money raised will help Mercy Corps provide water, food, shelter and hygiene items.

Rancho Santa Fe broker named Realtor of the Year RANCHO SANTA FE — Linda Lee, of Prudential California Realty’s Rancho Santa Fe office, was recently named Realtor of the Year for 2009 by the San Diego Association of Realtors. Lee received the award in recognition of her ethics, integrity, service to the community and the entire real estate industry. A real estate broker, Lee has been appointed to numer-

ous positions within local, state and national real e s t a t e organizations. For 2010, she was asked to serve as LINDA LEE president of the San Diego Chapter of the

Women’s Council of Realtors, treasurer of the San Diego Association of Realtors and director of the California Association of Realtors. “I am extremely passionate about the real estate business and believe strongly in the value of working to enhance the professionalism and image of Realtors everywhere,” said Lee, who will also be serving on the

National Association of Realtors’ Public Policy Coordinating committee and Real Estate Finance and Lending committee in 2010. Before she entered the real estate business, Lee earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics from UCSD and a masters degree in accounting from the USC.A certified public accountant, she ran her own real estate

brokerage for six years prior to joining Prudential. To strengthen the level of service she provides for the consumer, Lee has continuously worked to further her education. She completed a series of courses to earn the following designations Certified Residential Specialist, ePro, Graduate, Realtor Institute and Certified International Property Specialist.

Products that have changed our lives for the better Editors of Consumer Reports

What would we do without cell phones and texting? Or wireless Internet access? Or supermarket convenience foods? OK, maybe bagged lettuce isn’t exactly revolutionary, but in the past decade all kinds of new stuff changed our lives in big and small ways. Which had the most impact? ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports, recently did a national telephone survey of 1,005 women to find out what items changed their lives for the better in the past decade, and which items they could do without in the decade to come. Cell and smart phones, not surprisingly, were No. 1. Google and wireless Internet followed closely, rounding

out the top three. The survey also found that women hope items such as super-lowwaisted pants and reality television disappear before 2020. “In the last 10 years, cell service went digital, ushering in affordable plans with hundreds of minutes a month, along with texting and Web access,” said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor in chief of ShopSmart. “Google, No. 2 on the list, was around before 2000 but wasn’t the household name it is today. Items like GPS devices and flatscreen TVs were almost unheard of. Innovations that didn’t make our top 10 but got lots of votes include Facebook, video-game systems like the Wii, and eBay.” ShopSmart’s 10 products that changed our lives 1. Cell and smart phones became our lifeline.

“I feel safe wherever I am because I am able to be in touch with my family at all times.” — Gwen Scott, Wintersville, Ohio 2. Google helped us make better decisions fast. “Any information you need is available. I research drugs my doctor prescribes.” — Lynda Fleckenstein, Englewood, Colo. 3. Wireless connections made life easier. “I use Internet access on my phone, and it helps so much when finding deals. It makes my life so much easier!” — Lindsy Carranza, Omaha, Neb. 4. Digital photography made us happier. “I can take as many pictures as I want without worrying about it costing an arm and a leg.”— Desiree Zeleznikar, Canon City, Colo. 5. Supermarket con-

venience foods made us healthier. “I haven’t roasted a chicken in years.” — Kate N., Summerfield, Fla. 6. Text messaging saved us time and helped us stay in touch. “It made it unnecessary to get involved in long telephone calls.” — Amy Cohen, Peekskill, N.Y. 7. Online shopping brought the world home, saving us time and money. “I spend less time, money and fuel.” — Millicent Yount, Willis, Texas 8. Flat-panel TVs made home life more entertaining. “It makes the people on TV seem as if they’re right here in my home.” — Patsy Wilson, Rutherfordton, N.C. 9. Netflix, on-demand movies and DVRs gave us flexibility. “I make TV viewing fit my schedule instead of the other way around.” — Jane Richmond, Blountville,

Tenn. 10. TIED: GPS navigation gave us the confidence to explore. “I don’t get lost anymore, and I have more freedom.” — Susan Hammer, Wyoming, Mich. 10. TIED: iPods and MP3 players helped us cope. “It makes commuting and waiting in line for my daughter at activities enjoyable rather than stressful.” — Karen H., Camp Hill, Pa. ShopSmart’s 10 products women hope won’t survive another decade 1. Super-low-waisted pants/jeans 2. Fake tans 3. Reality TV 4. Fishnet stockings 5. Thong underwear 6. Huge SUVs 7. Skinny jeans 8. Dark nail polish 9. Crocs 10. Giant handbags

SOLANA BEACH — Two men pleaded guilty Feb. 11 to vandalizing a vehicle during a retaliatory gang attack. Armando Palacios, 21, and Jesus Novoa Jr., 23, pleaded guilty to one count each of felony vandalism. While not a documented gang member, Palacios also admitted an allegation that the crime was committed for the benefit of a criminal street gang. Prosecutors allege Palacios drove Novoa, a documented Encinitas gang member, and four other men in December to Solana Beach to vandalize a vehicle they mistook for a rival gang members. In lieu of his plea, Palacios faces up to 180 days in jail, while Novoa will likely be placed on probation and have to serve 20 hours of community service, Deputy District Attorney Dan Owens said following the brief hearing. Both men are scheduled to be sentenced later this spring. Three other suspects in the case were charged with misdemeanor vandalism counts.Two of the men have pleaded guilty to the charges, while the third suspect is awaiting trial.

Giant book sale raises money for scholarships

CARMEL VALLEY — Canyon Crest Academy’s Dollars for Scholars will host the MEGA Used Media and Book tent sale, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. March 5 in the parking lot adjacent to the administration building. Prices will run from $1 with nothing more than $5. The event will raise money for scholarships to be awarded in the spring to students enrolling in both vocational and technical schools, as well as two-year and four-year colleges. Donations are now being accepted of gentlyused hardcover and paperback books for all ages, as well as exam study guides, video and computer games, music CDs, classic vinyl and DVDs (no VHS). Donations can be dropped at the schools administration building during school hours until the end of February. Dollars for Scholars is a parent volunteer, community-based scholarship organization whose aim it to recognize and support CCA seniors. For more information, write to ccadfs@gmail.com.



FEB. 26, 2010

Life is short, so take time to celebrate and remember these few things MACHEL PENN Machel’s Ranch I am turning 39 this week. With life behind me and before me, I thought I would share some of my understandings and misgivings as I approach the age of 40. Life does not always make sense. Sometimes what we leave behind stays with us until we are able to reconcile our past with our future. I thought I would feel rather odd about this birthday. You know, that sort of mid-life crisis feeling. However, I’ve never been so sure of some key fundamental principles I have learned over the years. In fact, I am feeling rather certain and confident that life is better with age, even for women. Besides, there is always a good plastic surgeon in the yellow pages. 1. Don’t forget to count your blessings. Many times we get caught up in the minutia of our current circumstances. We can become carried away with our little worries that can tear away at our emotions. What we must remember is life is moments of lessons we must surrender to, and to admit error or fault when we have fallen guilty of feeling sorry for ourselves. Don’t make that mistake. You will undoubtedly go soul searching on occasion. And, when that time comes, don’t forget to count the fact you have the ability to stand upright and walk, or push a pen across the white sheet of paper. 2. Dream big. Even if you can’t see, feel it, be it, and have the courage to dream anyway, even when the odds can be against you. One of my favorite quotes is from Katherine Hepburn, “Boldness has genius to it.” We may not always win. We can even fail sometimes. However, if you keep that image of what you want burning in your subconscious, time will work its magic if we only have the courage to believe in our wishes and dreams. I’m not talking about “Alice in Wonderland” dreaming, I’m talking about following your heart with the intent of succeeding. 3. Have the decency to be kind. This means even when you think you’re beyond the “niceties of tea time.” I recently have had to endure a situation where some friends do not like other friends. What do you do when your friends don’t all get along? Have a party and invite them all anyway. We can’t always control what others say or do, but we can take control our own actions and try our best to connect the dots for those we love. And, sometimes when you least expect it, the most gorgeous sunset will take place over the little town of Rancho Santa Fe. 4. Don’t forget to relish small rituals during your daily routine. Maybe you’re a Zen fanatic. Maybe you like waking up and taking your

VALENTINE’S PARTY Ronnie Berger and Amy RESTAURATEURS Owner of Mille Fleurs’ Bertrand TOUCHDOWN! Tony Macaluso with girlfriend Bianca Smith at their Murdoch at Dr. Sherman’s Valentine’s Day party in Hug with new restaurant owner Dr. Anthony Smith. Super Bowl party on Feb. 7 in Rancho Santa Fe. Photo by Machel Penn

dog for a walk, or you simply enjoy your shower time like it’s a day at the beach. Find that one little ritual that you can take with you anywhere. My daily ritual? I have a pillow embroidered from an antique shop from Missouri that states, ”Life begins after coffee.” I can’t wait to make my first cup every day. It can be pressed, brewed, microwaved or three days old. My daily ritual is simple, one cup of coffee before I leave the house. So look for that one small ritual that you can count each day. Trust me, you’ll need it. 5. Celebrate this life. If you don’t make your life fun, who will? I think the tendency is to sort of sit back and let life happen to us. What I have found out is if you want your life to be amazing, you must take center stage and throw the parties. Make things happen. Life is a gift. We don’t know how long our time is, so what we do now is important. Plan an event, gather your friends and do your best to celebrate the moments in between. Life is short. Make the most of what you have — now. Celebrate your birthdays! This issue is my two-year anniversary of “Machel’s Ranch.” I just want to say thank you for reading and picking up our newspaper. Please let me know if you have a great story to share. I would love to mention it in my next column.

Around Town On Feb. 3, Ronnie Berger invited me to stop by Dr. Sherman’s office in Del Mar for a Valentine’s party. When I arrived there was a gourmet assortment of finger foods with cold beverages arranged in their waiting room. Clients and friends of the office enjoyed their lunchtime together on this gorgeous afternoon. If you do not know who Dr. Sherman is, let me be the first to tell you that he is one of the most established plastic surgeons in San Diego. I have the good fortune of knowing Ronnie and Dr. Sherman through The Coast News. With 20 years of established history in North

County, if you are looking for some upgrades in your appearance, check out their Web site at www.drsherman.com. I took a cute shot of Ronnie Berger that day. Thank you for including me in your Valentine’s party. Later that evening, Robin and I were thrilled to attend Julien Hug’s surprise birthday party at Mille Fleurs. His girlfriend Jennifer Bell organized a wonderful get together with the most amazing chocolate cake I have ever seen at a birthday party. Karian and Tom Forsythe, one of my favorite Rancho Santa Fe couples, arrived in fabulous matching attire to help celebrate that evening. I also managed to snag a fabulous shot of Bertrand Hug, owner of Mille Fleurs, with new Dolce restaurant owner Dr. Anthony Smith. Two heavyhitters in one night! The evening was delightful. And, nothing gives me more joy that to see others I know so ecstatically happy. We ended the evening under the stars, sharing stories with good friends on the patio courtyard. What a delightful evening. Thanks Jen, for including us on the birthday guest list. On Feb. 7, Ranch resident Tony Macaluso, with girlfriend Bianca Smith, hosted a huge Super Bowl party at their sprawling estate near the Rancho Santa Fe Golf course. Station Sushi catered the bash, which was a huge hit with all of the guests. While most of the world was watching The Who perform the halftime show, Tony and Bianca’s guests participated in a kick-off football contest outside in their garden area above the property. I’m not sure who won the contest, but rest assured everyone had a wonderful time. Thanks so much for inviting Robin and me to your rockin’ Super Bowl party. On Feb. 13, Del Mar resident Holden Macdonald celebrated his 10th birthday party at the Laser Tag place off of Sports Arena in San Diego. Fifteen other excited young boys strapped on their

Del Mar. Photo by Machel Penn

Photo by Machel Penn

BIRTHDAY BOY Holden and Meredith Macdonald

SURPRISE! Tom and Karian Forsyth at Julien

at his 10th birthday celebration. Photo by Machel Penn

gear to engage in some fun with their good friend that day. My son Jackson Tuck has been friends with Holden since he was a baby. We met Meredith Macdonald and Holden at a Gymboree in Solana Beach 10 years ago this month. I have included a beautiful shot of mother and son from that wonderful Saturday afternoon. My sister, Tracy Chapman, was also in town with her family. I also have a lovely shot of my niece Lyvia with her mom. Happy Birthday Holden and thanks for your friendship with Jackson. Life has been more fun for both of us since meeting the MacDonald family. On Feb. 18, I received some exciting news from Sequoia Solar in Solana Beach. David Boylan, head of marketing, informed me that “well-known weather-caster and environmentalist Loren Nancarrow will be heading up Sequoia Sequoia Solar’s Business Development.” David also said that, “Nancarrow has been an active environmentalist for years and sees this an\s an opportunity to really help shape the future of energy in California.” You might not know this, but David also

Hug’s surprise birthday party. Photo by Machel Penn

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Girlfriend Jennifer Bell surprised Mille Fleur’s Julien Hug with fabulous birthday party. Photo by Machel Penn

writes a column for The Coast News Group called “Lick the Plate,” in which he reviews restaurants in North County. I have included a courtesy shot of Loren Nancarrow. Good luck in your new business partnership.

Save the date On Feb. 28, don’t miss out you future brides-to-be on the North County Bridal Faire. Arrive at the Hilton

Garden Inn-Del Mar between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a special bridal fashion show, tastings, demos and your chance to win other prizes, such as a Grand Getaway-honeymoon. The date previously been set for early February, so make sure you don’t forget to mark your calendars for the last day of this month. For more information, visit www.bridalfaire. com or call (760) 295-1518.


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Amateur tourney set at local resort

LEAGUE CHAMPS The Star League Champion Dunkers Basketball team, the Cavs, won top honors for the season. The team includes, from left, Robby Goena, Beau Botkiss,

Matthew Coufal, Gianni Zagara, Grant Bailey, Coach Steve Goena, Bryce Rogers, Parker Duncan and Kasra Jalali. Courtesy photo

Junior Dunker’s All-League basketball teams chosen RANCHO SANTA FE — The first Boy’s Junior Dunker’s first and second All-League teams were announced for the top 10 players for the 20092010 Junior Dunkers season. Voted on by their coaches and the Community Center staff, All-League medals honored the boys for their individual

accomplishments on the hardwood. Each team had a representative for the All League Team. Beau Botkiss and Robby Goena of the league champion Cavs were selected to the first team All-League, along with Taylor Fritz from the runner-up Bulls, JT Henderson of the

Lakers and Mark Lefferdink of the Nuggets. Jackie Plashkes, of the Nuggets, Ben McCaskill of the Suns, Alex Catledge of the Lakers, Cam Krystowiak of the Tar Heels and Griffin McComb of the Bulls were all selected to the All-League second team. League Director Pete

McArthur said, “Only one team got to celebrate winning the league title, so the AllLeague Awards were designed to honor boys for their individual performance throughout the season, on the basketball court, and how they succeeded in their team environment. Additionally, with so many

competitive teams forming, our league has to step it up to remain the premier league in town and keep kids playing each season.” The boys will continue their season by competing against other local All-Star teams, playing under coach Steve Goena.

CARLSBAD — The Kia Classic presented by J Golf announced an open pre-qualifying tournament at La Costa Resort and Spa on March 9, giving amateur female golfers the opportunity to play. All amateur female golfers with a handicap of two or lower are eligible to compete in the pre-qualifier. Interested players must contact the tournament office at (760) 579-7365 by March 4 to register. There is a $50 fee to compete, and qualified applicants will be taken on a firstcome, first-served basis. The players with the two lowest scores from the March 9 event will earn automatic entry into the official LPGA Monday qualifier March 22, normally reserved for LPGA members only. The top two players from the Monday qualifier on March 22 will TURN TO TOURNEY ON 26

History buffs taken for a ride in ‘flying fortress’ Contest Here’s a chance to travel up and back — up in the air in a B-17 bomber and back in time to an era when 19- and 20-year-old pilots had the destiny of the free world riding on the success of their missions. During World War II, these B-17 “Flying Fortresses” dropped 640,036 tons of bombs on European targets — more than a third of all the bombs dropped during the war years. Now there are only 14 of these vintage aircraft still flying. One — the Liberty Belle — is offering rides this weekend at Gillespie Field in El Cajon. Chief pilot Ray Fowler of Carrollton, Ga., will be flying the venerable warbird in the San Diego skies. “I’m 39, but tell people that I don’t feel a day over 85,” he said, referring to the age of some of the surviving pilots. “I tell these pilots that you can get on this airplane and for just a second, you’re

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E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road 19 again.” Despite his youth, Fowler already has 14 years of experience piloting Flying Fortresses, a model of airplane known as “tail draggers” because of the rear wheel. He took the Liberty Belle on its first test flight in December 2004 after a painstaking 14-year restoration. The aircraft’s savior is Don Brooks, who named the restored plane after the original Liberty Belle in which his father flew numerous combat missions as a tail gunner. Brooks funded the entire restoration and found- UP HIGH HISTORY The Liberty Belle, a B-17 “Flying Fortress” built in 1945, soars over the Golden Gate ed the Liberty Foundation, a Bridge in San Francisco. Owned by the Liberty Foundation, it is one of only 14 in flying condition. The plane TURN TO HIT THE ROAD ON 25

is offering 45-minute rides from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 27 and Feb. 28 at Gillespie Field in El Cajon. All proceeds are used to maintain the vintage warbird. Courtesy photo

Legal snag delays hearing on underground wires By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Residents attending the Feb. 8 City Council meeting to discuss undergrounding utility wires in the Sunset district discovered that living in the county’s smallest city can sometimes cause a legal inconvenience. Immediately after the meeting got under way, Mayor Richard Earnest informed the large crowd the item would have to be continued until Feb. 22 because of conflict of interest rules. Council members and the

city attorney realized about an hour before the meeting that Councilman Mark Filanc lives within 500 feet of the district, making him ineligible to discuss the project. Earnest was already recused because he lives in the district and Councilman Carl Hilliard was on vacation. The two remaining council members — Crystal Crawford and Don Mosier — didn’t make up the required quorum for a vote. Residents may recall a similar problem one week earlier, when council dis-

cussed undergrounding in the North Hills district. That hearing took place, however, thanks to a provision in the law known as the rule of necessity. During a special meeting Feb. 2, Filanc and Mosier were recused because they live in the North Hills district. Hilliard was on vacation, but had he been there he, too, would have had to excuse himself from the hearing because he lives in the district as well. That triggered the rule of necessity because a majority of the

council members had a conflict of interest. When that happens, the law allows enough members for a quorum to remain using a fair and public method to determine who will stay. In Del Mar, council members drew straws during the meeting. Filanc remained because he drew the shortest straw. The rule of necessity wasn’t triggered for the Feb. 8 Sunset hearing because Hilliard was simply unavailable. Had he been there he could have participated.

Using the rule of necessity under those circumstances isn’t allowed because residents could claim council manipulated the vote, the city attorney said. On Feb. 2, after two hours of public input from about 50 people who mostly opposed the project because of high undergrounding fees, council voted to move the North Hills project forward with a mail ballot vote. Council members will be asked to make the same decisions about the Sunset district at the Feb. 22 meeting.

COAST CITIES — Verizon Wireless is celebrating the Year of the Tiger with an opportunity for students to win money for school. The company is hosting the Lunar New Year essay contest, where students can enter for a chance to win a $5,000 cash prize, a Samsung Renown Global Phone and a $75 credit for Verizon Wireless service. Through March 12, students between the ages of 13 and 24 can submit a 500word essay that answers these two questions: — What does Lunar New Year mean to you and your family? — What would you like to accomplish in the Year of the Tiger? For additional details on the contest, visit verizoninsider.com/education.



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Business Big menu and it’s all good at Lotus Café and Juice Bar tax fails to make ballot By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — A nine-month effort to implement a business tax failed to move forward after a City Council vote at the Feb. 10 meeting to include the measure in the June 8 election failed 2-3. At issue was adding a new level to the existing five-tier model that would result in businesses making more than $5 million paying a higher tax. Council members have two scheduled meetings — Feb. 24 and March 10 — to reach a compromise and meet the March 12 deadline to submit measures for the June ballot. Faced with declining sales and occupancy tax revenue, the city began discussing the potential business tax last year as one way to address a growing budget gap. Council members, city staff and the business community worked together for months to develop a plan that would be acceptable to all parties. The five-tier model created allowed businesses to pay either a flat rate or a percentage of their gross receipts. On the lowest level, or tier one, those making up to $66,499 would pay a flat rate of $50. Tier five businesses, defined as having gross receipts of $2.5 million or more, could pay $1,150 or .0004 percent. During the Jan. 27 meeting, as directed by council members, City Manager David Ott presented a sixth tier that would apply to businesses making more than $5 million. According to Ott’s estimates, the additional tier could potentially add between $12,000 and $30,000 to city coffers. Peter House, president of the Highway 101 Village Walk Association who has been working as the liaison between business leaders and the city, said the sixth tier is more likely to raise an additional $3,000 and $4,000. He said according to 2008 numbers, there were about 45 businesses — mostly manufacturing, TURN TO TAX ON 25

I will admit when I saw the size of the menu at Lotus Café, I thought “Oh no, here we go again with a giant menu with no focus or direction.” My son Quinn told me to lighten up and not jump to conclusions so I took his advice and I’m glad I did. First off, it’s a beautiful space that is inspired by an East Indian temple with bamboo floors and a perfect Lumberyard location in the heart of Encinitas within walking distance to the Self Realization Fellowship, SRF Books & Gifts, and the SRF Temple on Second Street which seems to be the audience they are catering to with their incredibly fresh and predominantly vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu options — though they do serve some chicken and fish. My feeling is that is about to change as more and more of the general North County population becomes aware of just how delicious all this healthy food can be when prepared by people

DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate

who know what they are doing and pay attention to the details. While healthy eating options abound in Encinitas, Lotus has a special vibe going on. First off, the menu is laid out with icons at the top that identify vegan, vegan option, honey vegan, and gluten free so you know exactly what’s going on. This is good for health food novices such as me. Hey, if I had these people cooking from this menu for me every day, I truly think I could go vegetarian. Sorry vegan folks, no way I’m giving up the glorious pleasures of eggs and dairy. So yeah, very smart way to lay out the menu. So besides the cool vibe

and smart menu, there is a lot of care going into the food at Lotus. They make their soups from scratch daily which says a lot as it takes some effort, time and love to make a good soup and the two we tried were really good with the butternut squash being truly amazing. We also sampled the Spiritual Spinach salad with carrots, olives, artichoke hearts, feta cheese, veggie bacon bits and sprouts. They offer homemade dressings which again, were all home made and included tofu dill, Italian, lemon herb, ranch, tahini, balsamic vinaigrette or Caesar. Again, the fact that they take the time to make these in-house is impressive. We moved on to a couple of specials including a salmon entrée that was super fresh and perfectly cooked. From what I’ve heard the charbroiled eggplant and red pepper sandwich, the grilled Portobello sandwich and the

vegetarian lasagna are standouts as well. At their insistence we tried the Swami’s carrot shake which was as rich and complex a shake as I’ve ever had with strong hints of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. We also sampled the vegan carrot cake and chocolate cupcake — which gave no indication that they were vegan. I did not see anything on the menu over $10, which is very impressive given the quality of everything at Lotus Café. Proprietors Carl and Johanna Wright walk the talk when it comes to natural ingredients and living. Both are devoted yogis who moved to Encinitas a couple of years ago from Ashland, Ore. ,to be closer to the SRF and the thriving yoga scene in Encinitas. Carl had opened successful restaurants in the past and as a couple they had run a natural café and nonprofit yoga center in Oregon so this was a well-thought-out ven-

ture with some solid experience behind it. They also brought in local restaurant veteran George Theodorakos, who has owned restaurants in Ocean Beach and Pacific Beach. It’s a solid team that is serving a need for this type of highquality, low-price healthy cuisine. “Lotus Café is dedicated to serving fresh, natural, healthy food at affordable prices, prepared with love, simplicity, and a joyful heart,” Johanna Wright said. That mix suits Encinitas well and should keep Lotus Café thriving for years to come. Lotus Café, at 765 S. Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas, is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Contact Lotus Café at (760) 479-1977 or visit www.lotuscafeandjuicebar.com. David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative, an Encinitas based integrated marketing agency. He can be reached at david@artichoke-creative.com.

Rancho Santa Fe school donates to charity RANCHO SANTA FE — Feeding America San Diego received a $233.57 donation from the R. Roger Rowe Elementary School student government and school families. The money was raised through a Sweet Things

Yogurt Shop fundraiser in which the students and their families participated. Feeding America San Diego will use the donation to help the BackPack Program that provides lowincome elementary students with a bag full of child-

friendly food plus fresh fruit or vegetables every Friday. “Feeding America San Diego provides food to more than 201,000 San Diego County children annually,” said Larry Sly, executive director, Feeding America San Diego. “With this dona-

tion, the Rancho Santa Fe students are helping to ensure that other children have enough nutritious food to eat and help them succeed in school. Thank you to Rancho Santa Fe student government and all the students and their families that

participated in this wonderful fundraiser.” For more information about Feeding America San Diego, local food distributions or to make a donation, call (858) 452-3663 or www.FeedingAmericaSan Diego.org.

Coastal Coalition gives thanks to supporters at gala COAST CITIES — The California Coastal Coalition, Tuscany Restaurant and Pacific Coast Casino have partnered to create the first annual “Casino Night for the Coast.” The March 4 event, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., at the Tuscany Restaurant, 6981 El

Camino Real, Carlsbad, will include a brief awards ceremony, during which CalCoast will recognize elected officials and a local water quality activist as “Champions of the Coast” for their stewardship of the region’s coastal resources. Honorees will include:

— Pam Slater-Price; chairwoman, San Diego Board of Supervisors — Donna Frye, San Diego City Councilwoman — Ann Kulchin, Carlsbad City Councilwoman — Joe Kellejian, Solana Beach City Councilman — James Bond,

Encinitas City Councilman — Bruce Reznik, executive director, San Diego Coastkeeper Tickets are $50 per person and include a hosted bar, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a silent auction. Tickets can be bought at www.brownpaper tickets.com/event/98839.

To become a sponsor, contact steveaceti@calcoast. org or call (760) 612-3564 with donations or questions about the event. CalCoast is a nonprofit advocacy group that works tirelessly to restore California's ocean, shoreline and wetlands.

Phantom ‘floaters’ in vision harmless, but can be annoying Dear Dr. Gott: I am a 56year-old male who has suffered from tinnitus for the past 15 years. Within the last year, I have noticed a lot of eye floaters, which seem to be worsening. My doctor says that my eyes are healthy. I don’t wear glasses. I live a healthful lifestyle. I don’t smoke or drink. I have changed my eating habits and consume very little sugar and red meat. I do eat a lot of chicken, fish, juice and vegetables. Is there anything I can do to get rid of the eye floaters? What can I do to prevent more from occurring? Is there a dietary change I can make? Dear Reader: Floaters are small spots that occur around the field of vision. They typically appear as dots or cobwebs and drift when the eye moves. Floaters are caused by the shadows of debris floating freely within the vitreous of the eye. As we age, the normally

DR. GOTT Second Opinion gel-like vitreous begins to liquefy, causing the center to become watery. As bits of undissolved vitreous float around in the fluid, they can cross into the range of vision, causing the eye to see the shadow. Floaters are common and are generally harmless, but annoying. If, however, you see a “shower” of floaters, which may be accompanied by flashes of light, you should see an ophthalmologist immediately. These symptoms are often a sign that the vitreous is pulling away from the retina or that the retina itself is detaching from the back of the eye. If this occurs, an eye surgeon must work quickly to repair to reattach the retina to prevent permanent

vision loss. The only treatment available is surgical removal of the vitreous, which is usually replaced with saline solution. Eye doctors consider this drastic treatment only when floaters severely hamper vision. If your floaters continue to worsen, see an ophthalmologist. If everything checks out OK, you will just have to adjust to them unless the physician agrees that your vision is obstructed severely. Dear Dr. Gott: I have an embarrassing problem and hope you can offer some advice. I seem to have a social anxiety that causes me to basically have an irrational fear of speaking to people out in public. The worst part is that my face turns red in many situations. I am 40 years old and have no other health problems. I eat well and exercise regularly. I don’t want to be on medication. Is there any

vitamin supplement I can self-addressed stamped No. 10 envelope and a $2 check try first? or money order to Dear Reader: Based on Newsletter, P.O. Box 167, your statement of “fear of Wickliffe, OH 44092. Be sure speaking to people out in to mention the title. public,” I take this to mean Dear Dr. Gott: As one of fear of one-on-one or smallgroup conversations. I must your loyal readers who is admit that this is a first for helped by your daily recomme, with fear of speaking in mendations, I hope that you front of audiences being will be able to assist me as much more common. you have so many others. There are several antiAbout 18 months ago, I anxiety nutrients that might tripped on city cobblestones be of assistance, including and fell. kava kava, valerian, St. The accident was seriJohn’s wort in low doses and ous enough that I had to be ashwagandha. taken to the emergency I commend you for con- room. I was diagnosed with a sidering alternative reme- concussion and treated for dies, but I do not feel quali- lacerations to my forehead, fied enough to recommend nose and mouth. Shortly any of the possibilities and after this incident, I realized recommend you speak with that I could no longer smell your primary-care physician or taste. My family doctor told to determine which one might be appropriate for me to be patient, to allow you with the fewest side myself time to heal and that these senses would likely effects. To provide related infor- return. After nine months with mation, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report no improvement, I was sent “Herbs and Healing Fads.” to an ear-nose-and-throat Other readers who would TURN TO SECOND OPINION ON 23 like a copy should send a


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Local real estate agents join Haiti efforts


PET WEEK Cookie is a 2-yearold, spayed, female, domestic long-haired feline. She enjoys being brushed, petted and adored. She likes to give petite kisses and is very gentle. Check out Cookie’s video at www.youtube.com/watch ?v=hucevCs25u4. Her adoption fee is $75. All pets adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center have been spayed or neutered, have up-todate vaccinations and microchip identification. Helen Woodward

Animal Center kennels are open everyday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Applications are accepted until 5:45 p.m. at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. For more information call (858) 756-4117.

Community Center sponsors spring fun RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe Community Center keeps things hopping with activities for the entire family throughout the spring. The Community Center invites back all players for its third annual Family Ping Pong Tournament from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 27. There are three brackets of play — under-10-years-old, 11-to-16years-old, and 17-years-andover. Cost is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. The event is sponsored by Jason Barry of Barry Estates, Inc. Space is limited, so sign up early to reserve your spot by calling (858) 756-2461 or e-mailing cseery@rsfcc.org. A Kids Caravan “Miniature Golf” is planned from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 26 to entertain the kindergarten through second-graders while older siblings are at cotillion. They will take a trip to Pelly’s Miniature Golf in Del Mar and enjoy a few rounds of miniature golf. The fee is $45 member and $50 for nonmembers. Stay tuned for future Kids Caravan activities. For questions, contact the Youth Activities

Coordinator, Erica Anderson, via e-mail at eanderson@rsfcc.org or call the Community Center at (858) 756-2461, ext. 312. Smart Interiors has signed on as sponsor of Community Center’s Spring Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 25, at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, 5951 Linea Del Cielo. Kim Smart, principal owner of Smart Interiors and featured decorator on HGTV, has more than 10 years experience in the Interior Decorating field. Her inspirational work has been published in numerous Interior Design publications and is a professional member of the Interior Redesign Industry Specialists. Smart and her staff will be decorating a table of 10 in a style that will complement her professional design concepts of creative elegance and inviting interiors. She will also be donating a two-hour interior design consultation to the opportunity drawing, worth $240. “Creating an atmosphere that reflects the unique personality of each

LA JOLLA — At Willis Allen Real Estate, led by President Andrew E. Nelson, both the agents and staff have a history of giving their time, talent and resources to worthy causes, and they didn’t fall short when it came to the recent crisis in Haiti. “When I heard the segment about Give Clean Water on the news one night, I was instantly compelled to find a way to send as many purifiers over to Haiti as possible. I spoke to Andy about it the next day and he agreed with me to make this a companywide fundraiser, being proactive instead of just sitting back saying how can we help,” said Linda Daniels, a La Jolla Willis Allen Real Estate agent. Give Clean Water, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides and installs clean water filters for homes so no matter what type of water they have access to, it will always be sanitary to drink. The small device filters 99.9 percent of contaminates when attached to five-gallon buckets. In conjunction with Convoy for Hope, Give Clean

HELP FOR HAITI Willis Allen Real Estate will be sponsoring the purchase of more than 100 water filters to Haiti. The small device filters 99.9 percent of contaminates when attached to five-gallon buckets. Courtesy photo

Water is dedicated to send 3,000 clean water filters to Haiti to assist in their recovery efforts. “Without the support of the community and companies like Willis Allen, we wouldn’t be able to send over

the amount of filters we have to the people of Haiti,” said Amanda L. Mineer, president and executive director of Give Clean Water. Willis Allen Real Estate joined together, and in one week donated enough money

for 100 water filters. If you would like to join the efforts of Willis Allen Real Estate and donate to Give Clean Water, visit www.give cleanwater.com. It takes $25 to provide one water filter to a family in need.

‘The Hiding Place’ on stage at Village Church RANCHO SANTA FE — The Village Church Community Theater is preparing the play “The Hiding Place,” based on the autobiographical story of courageous Dutch woman Corrie Ten Boom, together with John and Elizabeth Sherrill. During World War II, the Ten Boom family secretly hid Jews in their home in Haarlem (a province of Holland) to shield them from persecution from the Nazis. The family risked their lives to ensure that Jews were protected and paid the ultimate price when they were captured and sent first to

Scheveningen (a Dutch prison used by the Nazis for political prisoners) and then to Ravensbruck, the notorious concentration camp in Germany. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. March 19 and March 20 plus a matinee performance at 2 p.m. March 21 at the Village Community Presbyterian Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias. Admission is free, however donations are accepted. In addition, prior to the performance, everyone is invited to a Dutch brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 14 to enjoy some Dutch cooking and meet

some of the cast of “The Hiding Place.” Learn more of the historical background of the play, presented by guest speakers. Reservations are requested with a suggested donation of $5 to cover the food costs. “‘The Hiding Place’ is a remarkable story of a courageous woman and her family who were truly touched by Christ’s message of love and forgiveness,” said Margie Wood, director, Village Church Community Theater. The Village Church Community Theater of North County is a regionally recognized fellowship of actors who present biblical and sec-

ular stories that explore and celebrate the Judaic/Christian traditions of life. They present family entertainment focused around a morally inspired message to encourage the spiritual and fellowship dimension of the church and local community of San Diego. They are comprised of church and community actors of all ages who are selected by auditions for their productions and commitment to excellence. For more information about The Village Community Theater, visit www.villagechurch.org/ pages/theater.html.

there, organizers hope to raise about $100,000 for the CONTINUED FROM 7 school’s programs, said and Denise Small. Bobbi Karlson, executive Between the online director of the foundation. wine auction, the Belly Up Funds are earmarked event, and a live auction for the College and Career

Center and for Shared Vision, which is what Karlson calls, “a crash course in compassion and sensitivity training.” She said students learn to walk in the shoes of others and

experience what they feel. Wine auction bids can be directed to www.torrey pinesfoundation.org. Tickets cost $75 each, and can be purchased online or by calling (858) 793-3551.



Rancho Santa Fe school scores high RANCHO SANTA FE — The results of the IOWA achievement test are in and Horizon Prep is celebrating. For the sixth straight year, Horizon Prep’s overall score has gone up, so that students now rank in the 97th percentile nationwide. “At Horizon Prep, we use testing as a tool in finetuning academic achievement,” said Vice Principal Heather Dalton. “That’s why we administer our standardized test in the fall instead of the spring. Then we can determine what areas might need attention.” The 97th Percentile ranking is the overall com-

posite score for second through eighth grades (firstgraders are not tested). In addition, Horizon Prep’s third-, fourth-, fifthand sixth-graders rank in the 99th percentile nationwide. “Our middle schoolers average two years above grade level according to their Grade Equivalency,” Dalton said. “And our thirdthrough eighth-graders rank 98th Percentile nationwide for math and science.” Horizon Prep’s next Admissions Open House is at 9 a.m. April 15. For more information, visit ahemple@ horizonprep.org.

From left, Denise Small, Jackie Busch, Nora Shoen and Brad Shoen. Photos by Patty McCormac

From left, Nancy Comer, Bobbi Karlson and Anna Chamberlin.

Sue and John Gilroy and Donna and Steve Kuriyama.

Steve and Judy Rowles.

Jeff and Bernadette Fargo.



Happy New Year all over again Gung hay fat choy! I know that I’m about a week late in wishing you all a bountiful lunar new year 4708, but this holiday is traditionally celebrated for two weeks. I really like that in a holiday. I have always enjoyed getting a second shot at starting my New Year’s resolutions and filling the coming year with luck, and I especially like an alternative to the always-disappointing St. Valentine’s Day. Now, don’t call me bitter. It’s just a fact. Men see it as a vicious plot to make them say or do nice things against their will, and women just expect too much. Let’s get back to the one that provides parties and really wonderful food. It appears some crazy times are ahead. “The year of the Tiger is traditionally associated with massive changes and social upheaval. Therefore,” they say, “2010 is very likely to be a volatile one both on the world scene, as well as on a personal level.” Gee. I thought that was last year. It even provides horoscopes and fortunes, which I always thought were good fun until I had a look at mine for Year of the Tiger. I am, you see, the Year of the Ox. Moo. “The only way the Tiger and Oxen get on is when the former is tucking into the latter for dinner, so Oxen should expect a year of dodging arguments, brawls and maneating cats. Conflict may arise both at work and at home, as the personalities of those energized by the year of the Tiger clash with the rather more laidback Ox,” it said. Oh, goody. The bright side is I’m not really all that laid back, in spite of being both a Taurus and Year of the Ox. I’ve been known, in my checkered past, to enjoy a good verbal brawl from time to time. So if you see me shrieking like a fishwife in the middle of the grocery store, just chalk it up to the alignment of the moon and the stars. Not my fault. Really. The rest of you — Rat, Snake, Rabbit, Monkey, Horse, Goat, Rooster, Dog, Pig and Dragon — had best see if anyone in your TURN TO SMALL TALK ON 25



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specialist. There, my hearing was tested and I underwent an endoscopic procedure on my nose. I was then prescribed Medrol and Flonase, which I took exactly as prescribed. Unfortunately, they did not help. When I returned to the ENT after finishing both prescriptions, I was told that nothing else could be done. I asked about further testing and possible renewal of the medications, but I only received a very negative response. I hope that you will be able to provide me with some help. I am an otherwise healthy 77-year-old woman. I take Lipitor and Fosamax. Dear Reader: The complete inability to taste is rare, with distortion being more common. The tongue can detect four or five tastes: sweet,



following a child as he was walking his dog. Later on Paseo Delicias, he pulled into the bike lane near El Romero, in an attempt to trap two girls riding toward them on their scooters. The man waves, smiles and beckons them to come to him. He is described as a Hispanic male, between 30 and 50 with a thin, bushy mustache wearing large, aviator-style sunglasses. His is driving an older white pickup, with slightly tinted windows. It has two ladders hanging on one side, attached vertically. The truck has boxes and gardening supplies in the bed. A man matching the same description, but driving a dark-colored truck, tried to lure children into the truck in Solana Beach over the same weekend. Detective Randy Avila, lead investigator on the case, said he is not yet sure if the two instances are related, but the most important thing children can do if they are approached is to get away fast. “Go to where other people are,” he said. “Don’t run into the woods or brush. Make noise. Scream. Yell. Attract attention to your-



controversial.” “We wanted more lots. They wanted low density, and properly so,” McGill said. “But it didn’t pencil out.” He said Quantum, a development group controlled by New Zealanders, was proposing 13 lots. The association wanted to limit it to five. They settled on seven. Also causing another minor glitch at the time was an interest in using the prop-

salty, sour, bitter and umami (savory), which is not yet widely recognized. What most people consider taste is actually smell; therefore, smell disorders can often distort the way foods taste. Because you have listed a lack of sense of smell and taste, the primary source of your problem is likely the result of a smell disorder; however, I will discuss both conditions briefly. There are several causes of the impairment or loss of the sense of taste, including medication side effects, aging, the common cold, influenza, heavy smoking, strep throat, mouth, nose or head injury, and more. Both Fosamax and Lipitor list taste perversion or loss as known side effects. You have injured your mouth, nose and head. And your age may be playing a role. For those with impairment caused by temporary conditions such as illness, taste typically returns shortly after the illness

resolves. Changing the drug or reducing the dose may relieve cases caused by medication. Smoking should be eliminated. In the case of injury, sense of smell may return as the body heals, but in some instances, the loss is permanent. The loss or impairment of the sense of smell results from many of the same causes as those of taste. In addition, it may be caused by exposure to certain chemicals, dental problems, hormonal disturbances, head or neck radiation, and disorders that affect the nervous system such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. If the underlying cause of the loss can be identified, help may be available, but again, some cases may be permanent. There are also instances when individuals have spontaneously recovered these senses. For those with permanent malfunction, counseling may help a person

adjust to the situation. The two medications you were given are both steroids. The Medrol is typically used for severe allergies, arthritis, skin conditions, certain blood disorders and asthma. It works by suppressing the body’s reaction and inflammation. The Flonase is a steroid nasal spray used to treat allergic and non-allergic congestion, itching, sneezing and runny nose. If allergies, the cold, flu or other common illness caused your problems, these meds would have likely relieved symptoms and may have restored your senses. Apparently, this was not the case. If you have had adequate testing and no underlying disease or disorder can be found, then your head injuries may be to blame. This could also mean that your condition is permanent. If you don’t believe the ENT specialist fully tested you or told you of all other treatment options, request

self.” He also advises parents to do role playing exercises with their children asking them what they would do in certain situations like if they were approached by a stranger in a vehicle. “Discuss it with your kids,” he said. Avila said that people with this type of predatory instinct arrive at actual child abduction in phases. “A lot of time they are building up courage before they actually strike,” he said. “I don’t know where in the process he is. My worst fear is that he is building up courage to do it, maybe not in Rancho Santa Fe because there has been so much publicity, but in another community.” The positive thing about this is that it is bringing awareness to the community that it can happen anywhere,” he said. He said that since Del Dios Highway is a major north/south thoroughfare it carries a lot of traffic. “All different kinds of people you don’t know are going through your village every day,” he said. School officials in the area ask that parents not drop off their children before there is supervision on the playground. For Rancho Santa Fe, that time is 7:30 a.m. Matt Wellhouser, chief

of the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol, said that because such things don’t happen very often locally, it might be a good time for parents to refresh the memories of their children about how to react to someone who beckons them to a vehicle. “It’s like teaching them to cross the street,” he said.

“You teach them to look both ways. It might be a good thing to go through the drill, what they should do and not do and what the dangers are. You don’t know what these guys are up to.” Sgt. Chris Serritella of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said if a child is approached, 911

erty to build a new school, but that never received approval, McGill said. McGill said it’s taken six years to get the maps approved because the developer “keeps running into obstacles.” “But to be fair to the association, it’s been administrative delays, mostly at the county,” he said. “It’s been a long labor of love.” Quantum’s application will automatically expire if a final subdivision map is not submitted by May 6, 2012.

a second opinion from another ENT or perhaps a neurologist to determine whether your fall caused brain damage in one or more of the areas where taste and smell are processed. If after this you do not experience improvement, it may be time to request a referral to a therapist or counselor familiar with these conditions who can help you cope. To provide related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report “Medical Specialists.” Other readers who would like a copy should send a self-addressed stamped No. 10 envelope and a $2 check or money order to Newsletter, P.O. Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092. Be sure to mention the title. Doctor Gott is a practicing physician and the author of the book “Live Longer, Live Better” (Quill Driver Books, www.quilldriverbooks.com; (800) 605-7176). Write him at Dr. Gott c/o United Media, 200 Madison Ave., 4th fl., New York, NY 10016.

should be called immediately. “We need to get out there in a timely fashion,” he said. “If we hear about it much later, it doesn’t help.” Anyone who sees a man matching this description or who has more information should call the sheriff’s office at (858) 565-5200.


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TOP DOG Chanel and handler Lori Wilson pose after Chanel took Best of Show at the Palm Springs Kennel Club last month. From left are Vincent Grosso, trophy presenter; Paula Hartinger, judge; Lori Wilson and Chanel; and Carol Grossman, representative of Purina. Courtesy photo



Lawrence of Rancho Santa Fe could not be more proud. The Westminster show, held at Madison Square Gardens in New York on Feb. 15 and Feb. 16, is a premier event to which only champions are invited and attendance is limited to 2,500 dogs. “It is sort of our Olympics,” Lori Lawrence said. She said it was obvious that Chanel had the “it” factor when she was just a puppy, but they never dreamed she would be showing and winning on this level. Chanel is in the top 10 dogs in the nation and at the end of January she was No. 3 in the country, yet she is still quite young. Chanel just turned 2, but she has been on the show cir-

cuit since the age of 6 months. In her very first week out at a large prestigious show in Lompoc, Chanel did well. She won five point majors, the most a dog can win at a time. The couple was amazed with this feat because Chanel was in the puppy class competing against dogs 1 and 2 years old. Even more amazing for the couple was that she won 10 points in two days. “We knew we had something special on our hands,” she said. It took only two weekends in three shows to complete her champion requirements, an accomplishment that sometimes takes other dogs up to three years, she said. “She was on the map very, very quickly,” Lawrence said. Chanel won the hound group against 600 other dogs at the Palm Springs Kennel Club Show at 13 months old.

“She went back to Palm Springs this last month and won the whole show against 3,000 dogs,” she said. “She was the first whippet to do that.” Whippets might be recognized from the television show “Frazier,” when a lonely Niles picked a whippet as a pet, but whippets have a history from the 1800s when they were bred in England and coursed to chase rabbits. “It was a weekend sport or pastime,” she said. Whippets are fleet of foot and have been clocked at running 35 miles per hour. Although the Lawrence family breeds whippets and has a business called Starline Whippits, they have only five dogs as pets. “We don’t have a socalled kennel, which makes the win sweeter because we don’t breed very much,” she said.

And Chanel loves to be in shows. “She knows what is expected of her, she absolutely knows,” she said. Wilson said you can see it in her eyes. “She’ll wag her tail. She will jump up and down and gets really springy. She barked at me in the Best of Show ring and jumped and barked,” said Wilson, who has handled Chanel for about a year and a half. “She is liked by many people and has opened doors that may have not been friendly before. She is a little ambassador. She has brought new fans and new friends and made whippets noticed more,” Wilson said. Chanel got her name from the Lawrence’s daughter Nicole, a college student who wanted to name the litter after designers.



Association board conceptually approved the realignment to route through traffic along La Granada to avoid frequent congestion on Via de Santa Fe at the entrance to the market and post office. “Once completed, vehicles heading into the village on Via de Santa Fe from the south would have to make a left turn to remain on Via de Santa Fe and access the market or post office,” the staff report states. At its Feb. 24 meeting, the county Board of Supervisors was scheduled to approve funding for the $325,000 project without the enhanced paving, which is estimated to cost $21,000. Officials from the county’s Department of Public Works said if the Association agreed to pay for the brickwork before the project goes to bid, the maximum cost would remain at $21,000 even if bids came in higher. Based on the price guarantee and because the intersection is identified in the master plan as a key entry location into the village from the south, the Road and Planning Committee supported funding

WHITE STRIPES IT IS County work to realign the intersection of La Granada and Via de Santa Fe should begin within the next few months. Although the area is identified as a key entry location into the village, the Rancho Santa Fe Association board of directors declined to allocate $21,000 for a brick crosswalk because the intersection is not heavily used by pedestrians. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

the project. “If the Association were to wait until after the bid opening ... the actual cost could be higher or lower, depending on the bid amounts,” the staff report states. “However, based on past experience, it seems unlikely ... actual costs would be lower.”

Previous estimates for similar projects in the village have been about $50,000 per crosswalk. “This is a great sale,” said Vice President Kim Higgins, the project’s lone supporter. “It’s 50 percent off.” She said if the long-term goal is to enhance all sidewalks in the

village with brick, the Association should take advantage of the county’s offer. Her colleagues disagreed for several reasons. Most had a hard time justifying the expense because the intersection is not a highly crossed area.

DR. LAURA Radio talk-show host and author Dr. Laura Schlesinger will appear at 7:30 p.m. June 19 at Pala Casino Spa & Resort Events Center. Schlesinger hosts a weekly syndicated radio show, “Dr. Laura,” where she dispenses no-nonsense advice on family-oriented topics. Tickets go on sale March 5 for $75, $45, and $30 with no service charge at the Pala Privileges Center. Call (877) 946-7252 for more information. Tickets also are available at Star Tickets, 1-800-585-3737, or www.startickets.com. Pala is located at 11154 Highway 76, in North County. From San Diego/Riverside, take I-15 to Highway 76 east five miles. Courtesy photo

“We have Fendi, Dolche and Versace,” Lawrence said with a laugh. She admits that Chanel is a little spoiled. When she is not showing off at shows, she sleeps in Nicole’s bed, plays with her littermates and runs around with the family horses on their 4-acre property. To learn more about whippets or Chanel, visit www.starlinewhippets.com. “Is this the time and place to spend $21,000?” President Bill Beckman asked. “(It’s) not a huge amount of money, but it can be spent — or not — in other places,” he said. “I don’t know if it sends the right message,” Tom Lang, association treasurer, said. “(Spending $21,000) in tough economic times might not be fiscally prudent.” Jack Queen noted that because of the cost, the Association didn’t support a similar project in front of The Inn, which he deemed a much more prominent intersection. Director Dick Doughty wasn’t even impressed with the aesthetics. “The way it’s designed, the bricks would look funny,” he said. Beckman said that while it may be a highly visible entrance to the village, it likely won’t be noticed. “We might as well put down $21,000 (cash) and drive over it,” he said. Beckman said he would rather spend the money on landscaping or something more vertical. Deb Plummer agreed. “Aesthetically, it’s not what we want,” she said.“And the ongoing maintenance is going to be on our dime.”

Kids Korps Super Star Gala set

COAST CITIES — Tickets are now on sale for the North County Kids Korps’ Super Star Gala 2010, set for May 1 at a yetto-be-decided location. The event will feature a showcase of French cuisine and wine pairings from French chefs and sommeliers inspired by the Cannes Film Festivals and the French Riviera. The event will honor local youths and celebrities who have made the community a better place. The event will include a Tiffany & Company-sponsored “Mystery Boxes” raffle with 100 opportunities to win a piece of jewelry or 99 gift items. For tickets, e-mail Margaret@kidskorps.org, or contact Kids Korps USA at (858) 259-3602. Kids Korps USA and Excel Youth Zone will also host Servapalooza from noon to 4 p.m. April 25 in Balboa Park, which will feature 50 hands-on service stations where visitors can serve in projects in four areas: Environment and Animal Support, Health and Human Services, Hunger and Homelessness and Youth Education and Arts. Kids Korps USA is a national nonprofit youth volunteer organization that engages young people ages 5 through 25 in community service.

Least Competent Criminals Didn’t Think Ahead: (1) Two men tied up employees at a recycling company in Chicago in December, intending to take away the ATM on the premises, which is normally used to pay people who bring in scrap metal. However, the two men fled

empty-handed after realizing that they were not strong enough to carry the 250pound machine out to their truck. (2) Lloyd Norris, 57, was arrested in Gwinnett County, Ga., in February and charged with mortgage fraud, after he tried to buy a house with “cash” consisting of a nonsensical $225,000 “U.S. Treasury” promissory note, supposedly “certified” by Secretary Timothy Geithner. Norris had prepared $1 billion worth of the documents on his computer and apparently assumed that banks would not look too closely at them.

“If what we need to do to keep the business community on board is stick with the five tiers, I’ll support that,” Mayor Tom Campbell said. Council members Dave Roberts, Joe Kellejian and Lesa Heebner agreed and staff was directed to bring back a final resolution with five tiers. Before the end of the discussion on Jan. 27, Roberts asked House if the additional tier would essentially be a deal breaker for business leaders. “That’s an interesting question,” House said. “I don’t want to go back and ask them.” But that’s exactly what House found himself doing after the Feb. 10 meeting, during which Councilman Mike Nichols asked his colleagues to reconsider adding the sixth tier.

“The goal here is to try to increase revenues wherever possible,” Nichols said. “This extra tier ... really only addresses businesses that gross more than $5 million. It doesn’t change any of the lower tiers. “It’s really trying to level out the playing field and make it a little bit more fair,” he said. Heebner said since the Jan. 27 meeting she had given the matter a lot of thought and talked to shopkeepers and other business owners who are in the lower tiers. “They’re felling a little bit like they’re carrying the burden,” she said. “It’s more fair to have the tiers. ... I don’t think we would lose the support of the business community with this.”

Campbell agreed, saying that if people don’t support the plan because of the additional tier, “they weren’t going to support it anyway.” Roberts, who serves on the business liaison committee with Campbell, felt differently. “I spent a great deal of time talking to people in the business community,” he said. “They wanted this as simple as possible, (with) as few tiers as possible. “I don’t think losing the support of the business community for a couple of thousand dollars is worth it at this time.” Before the split decision, House thanked council members for working with business leaders. “I promised the 23 people that signed the compromise (petition) that I would

look at the ordinance as it came through,” he said. “I want for the record to say the ordinance that’s on the books today does meet the compromise.” House said he was “absolutely baffled” by the council’s action. “There was no warning this was going to happen,” he said. “If I had known, I would have given a different presentation. We’re all one city, and the city is in trouble. We said we’d step up to the plate to help. Now I feel like there’s no ground under me.” House said he was coordinating a meeting with business leaders. Nichols suggested they provide input at the next council meeting. A four-fifths vote is required for the measure to pass.

said. It costs about a million dollars annually to keep the Liberty Belle airworthy, and all of the pilots, crew and mechanics donate their time to keep her in tip-top shape. “The B-17 is a very simple airplane,” explained Fowler in a phone interview from Carrollton, Ga. “But it’s getting harder and harder not to put it in a museum … because it costs about $4,500 an hour to keep it in the air.” There were 12,732 B-17 Flying Fortresses produced between 1935 and 1945; 4,735 were lost in combat,

and all but 47 were scrapped. The plane also saw combat in Korea, Israel and Vietnam. “I like to fly the B-17 not only because of its significance to our nation’s history and freedoms,” explained Fowler, “but … as a pilot or passenger, you get to experience many of the sights and sounds that… our great patriots saw in combat over 65 years ago. Being at the controls really gives you a sense of the golden age of aviation, when the flying outcome was most definitely more dependent on pilot skill.”

Passenger reactions vary according to their relationships to the plane, he added. He recently received an e-mail from a passenger that rode in the Liberty Belle about a month ago. “The experience was cathartic for me as I sat in the nose where my uncle sat as both a bombardier and a navigator,” he wrote. “ … he paid the ultimate price on 12/11/1944. It reminded me again to thank (veterans) for your sacrifice for our freedom.” You can take a 45minute ride in the Liberty Belle between 10 a.m. to 5

p.m. Feb. 27 and Feb. 28 at Gillespie Field, Main Terminal, 1960 Joe Crosson Drive, El Cajon. No, the experience is not cheap, but it’s one you won’t forget. Tickets are $395 for Liberty Foundation members and $430 for nonmembers. Become a member for $40 and get the discount for all family and friends. All funds are used to keep the Belle flying. Bring a warm jacket. For more information, call (918) 340-0243.

National Agricultural Statistic Service, of the 125,000 sheep deaths reported in 2008 by ranchers in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, wolf predation accounted for 1 percent (or 1,300 sheep). In fact, 22.6 percent (or 28,300) of sheep were lost to inclement weather conditions. Man cannot control the weather (yet). He can, on the other hand, control the animal that killed his

1,300 sheep. Wildlife scientists have noticed how stable wolf populations generally support healthier ecosystems. When gray wolf populations were reintroduced to areas in and around Yellowstone National Park, scientists found overall improvements in the local ecosystem, in everything from aspen stands on down to microbes in the soil. The U.S. Fish and

Wildlife Service summed it up neatly with “the gray wolf, being a keystone predator, is an integral component of the ecosystems to which it typically belongs.” Clearly, we cannot afford to lose another top predator. It’s promising to know progressive ranchers are overcoming their fear and anger, attempting instead to quell the era of wolf attacks on livestock by installing nonlethal

methods such as alarm systems, lighting, and removing dead or dying livestock from pasture. And it seems to be working for them. What drives our species to such unbridled destruction? Is it our pursuit to control the uncontrollable, to tame the wilds of our imagination? Why would we ever require the intervention of government agencies to prevent the extinction of a wild

animal? This should come natural to the man focused on peaceful, symbiotic relationships with his environment. This, I’m afraid, is not always the case. To have heard the lonesome howl of a distant wolf is to experience everything that is right with this world.

roasting — just the whole fun experience with all the crazy kids.” She said it took her about six to eight months to write the script, which she said turned out better than she expected. “I didn’t think it would turn out the way it did,” Michaela said. “It wasn’t really organized or together, but in the end it kind of just fell into place.” The show includes a cast of three adults and about 20 youth actors ranging in age from 9 to 18. She said her

biggest challenge working with such a young cast was that most had little or no stage experience. “They’re doing amazing, though,” she said. “They’re very good.” While many of her cast members may be making their stage debuts, Michaela is no stranger to the world of acting. In addition to her performances in local theater productions, Michaela was cast in Nickelodeon’s “iCarly.” She was also featured in a promotion for “Madagascar” and can cur-

rently be seen in a McDonald’s commercial. Working in Hollywood has taught her a lot, she said, including how to present herself in front of the camera and dealing with rejection. “Not getting a part is a big disappointment, but I’ve learned just to not think about it,” she said. “I learned just to move on. There are so many other roles out there. There’s a casting director that is looking for a part that I could play. There’s a part out there for me and eventu-

ally I’m going to find it.” Her advice to other aspiring actors is “never stop.” “Don’t ever quit because if you do, it’s hard to get back into it,” she said. “Never quit and follow your dreams because you can do it.” When she’s not onstage or in front of a camera, Michaela enjoys ice skating and horseback riding. Her future plans include more writing, film school and turning “Miki’s Bus” into a feature film. In fact, she has a

letter of intent to possibly develop the script into a TV pilot or movie. She’d also one day like to meet actor, director and producer Ron Howard, whom she describes as her “hero and inspiration.” “Miki’s Bus” will be performed March 6 at 2 and 6:30 p.m. at The Star Theatre, 402 N. Coast Highway 101 in Oceanside. A wine and cheese red carpet gala will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 and $15 and are available at brownpapertickets.com.


— An official in Shijiazhuang, China, told Agence France-Presse in December that the city’s new “women only” parking lot was designed to meet females’ “strong sense of color and different sense of distance.” That is, the spaces are 3 feet wider than regular spaces and painted pink and purple. Also, attendants have been “trained” to “guide” women into parking spaces. — Lenoir County, N.C., sheriff’s deputies raided a suspected marijuana farm in January and learned that the grow operation was all underground. The 60 live plants were being cultivated inside


jurors individually, the judge learned that the verdict was not unanimous, as required by law. He sent them back to deliberate further, and Sylvester was this time unanimously found “guilty” (although of a lesser charge).

Albert Lea, Minn. “Now I’ve Fine Points of the Law got my valentine!” shouted (1) A death-row inmate wife Beth, when she first has a right to question the fairviewed the aerial image. ness of the sentencing jurors if they appear to be so friendly Oops! with the judge that they give Helmut Kichmeier, 27, a him (and the bailiff) post-trial hypnotist “trainee” who gag chocolates shaped like appears as Hannibal Helmurto breasts and penises. The U.S. in Britain’s Circus of Horrors, Supreme Court in January accidentally hypnotized him- ordered a lower court to conself in January as he was prac- sider a rehearing request from ticing in front of a mirror. convicted killer Marcus (Being in such a trance helps Wellons of Georgia. (2) him swallow swords on stage.) Seattle-area resident Patricia His wife called Kichmeier’s Sylvester, on trial for vehicular mentor, Dr. Ray Roberts, who, assault in October, was as a “voice of authority,” was declared “not guilty” by the able to snap Kichmeier out of jury, but her sense of relief it over the phone. quickly faded. Polling the

an abandoned school bus, which had been completely buried, using several backCellette would have to wait hoes, accessible by a tunnel until charges were filed and a and with a garage built on top of it. plea recorded. — Timing Is Everything: Guido Boldini (and his mother The Fragrance of Love Constance Boldini) pleaded First, farmer Dick Kleis of guilty last April to soliciting a Zwingle in eastern Iowa, comhit man to take out Guido’s ex- posing a birthday note to his wife, Michelle Hudon, after a wife, arranged more than 60 contentious child-custody bat- tons of manure in a pasture to tle in Keene, N.H. The “hit spell out “Happy Birthday, man” was, of course, an under- Love You” in shorthand. Then, cover cop, and the son and for Valentine’s Day, farmer mother are now serving a com- Bruce Andersland created a bined 12 to 35 years in prison. half-mile-wide, arrow-pierced However, unknown to the heart from plowed manure at Boldinis, Michelle Hudon had his farm near the town of been diagnosed with cancer, and in September, she died.


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wholesale or construction — with gross receipts of $5 million or more. Some are no longer in Solana Beach, others have fallen out of the category because of the poor economy, and most do some or all of their business outside the city so they wouldn’t be taxed on those sales. The difference in the tax payment between the fifth and sixth tier is about $600 annually. House said there are currently only about five companies that would fall into that category. “Adding a tier on here is exactly what the business community asked you please not to do,” House told council members at the Jan. 27 meeting.


immediate vicinity is a Tiger before you make another move. In fact, we’d better find ourselves some Dragons to hang around with. I think they are the only ones who don’t sound like lunch. Now go put on something red, order some takeout Chinese, pop open a bottle of Tsingtsao beer and in the words of my favorite Bette Davis movie line ever, “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.”


nonprofit museum in Tulsa, Okla., dedicated to preserving aviation heritage. (To see photos, videos, a history of the plane and an interview with a veteran pilot, visit www.libertyfoundation.org.) The Liberty Belle is based in Douglas, Ga., and belongs to the foundation. It visits 50 cities annually “to honor veterans, educate Jean Gillette is a part-time editor future generations as to the and writer who may need to sharpen high price of freedom and preserve our aviation histoher horns. Contact her at ry,” spokesman Scott Maher jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com.



isn’t the sole driving factor at play here, as underlying profit margins dissipate with each head of livestock lost. However, when we take a hard look at how many livestock deaths wolves are actually credited for, it stands to reason they are not the only culprits to blame. According to the USDA



when she was 10. “She always knew what she wanted to do and this is a result of her hard work,” he said. “She’s great.” Michaela’s inspiration for “Miki’s Bus” came from her own experiences during a weeklong summer camp. “That’s where I got the story line,” she said. “I just remembered all the predicaments that we ran into — all the pranks, all the jokes, the hiking and the marshmallow

E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com.

Eric Murtaugh is out howlin’ with the pack. E-mail Eric at emurtaugh@coastnewsgroup.com.



individual client is my passion,” Smart said. Joining Smart Interiors will be a gallery of designers that will be displaying their elements at the luncheon. These designers include BonBon, C’est La Vie, Floral


Road and El Camino Real. The display will remain through April 13, then be changed every two months. For more information, call (858) 259-5690

New name CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA — The Cardiff 101 Chamber has officially changed its name to the Cardiff 101 MainStreet. The general membership endorsed the board’s recommendation to pursue California MainStreet Certification. This program was established in 1985 as a means to help community organizations enhance the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of historic and traditional commercial districts.

Palette, Le Dimora, Sally Wislar Interior Designs and Seaside Home. Each designer will also be donating an item from their collection to the opportunity drawing. Tickets for the event are on sale now for $60 for members; $70 for nonmembers. Tables for 10 can be purchased for $600. Contact the

Community Center at (858) 756-2461 or thart@rsfcc.org to purchase tickets. The 32nd annual RSFCC Gala is also scheduled for May 8. This year’s game show theme is “Let the Games Begin!” and the event will be held at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. The night’s festivities will feature a “Deal or

winning graphic designer and art director David Arnold has been elected to the board of trustees of the Oceanside Museum of Art. Arnold is noted for his recent development of a comprehensive design program for the city of Del Mar. Arnold’s work includes a new logo for the city including street signing, banners and a monumentation program. Arnold, and his wife Jan, are residents of Del Mar.

New ops manager


Seascape Beach.The improvements, which were all approved 6-0 by the Public Safety Commission, are estimated to cost $15,000 to $25,000. Andy Meyer, who lives on South Cedros, said walking the roadway with his two young children “is downright dangerous at times due to the speed of the traffic, the lack



for Piano & Orchestra featuring pianist Peter Gach, and his greatest choral setting, Stabat Mater, featuring the 130-voice chorus and guest artists soprano Renee Calvo, mezzo-soprano Janelle DeStefano, and bass Philip Larson. “Our contribution to the Chopin 200th anniversary year

No Deal”-style live auction, specialty themed cocktails, luxurious silent and live auction items, dinner and dancing. Title and table sponsorships are available. For more information about these special events, contact Talin Hartounian at (858) 7562461, or e-mail thart@rsfcc.org.



at www.lpgalacosta.com or by calling (888) 733-5742. For available volunteer opportunities, details on corporate sponsorship and the official Kia Classic Presented by J Golf Pro-Am, as well as all other tournament information, visit www.lpgalacosta.com or call tournament coordinator Danielle Genet in the tournament office at (760) 5797365.

ENCINITAS — Photographer Howard Kubicki will be the Artist of the Month at St.Tropez Bakery & Bistro, 947 S. Coast Highway 101. His exhibit of a dozen pictures were taken on his trip to Paris

earn entry into the 144-player field at the Kia Classic Presented by J Golf, to be played March 25 through March 28. The tournament will be held at La Costa Resort and Spa, as a full-field, 144-player event for the LPGA’s first in the fall of 2009. A portion of 2010 event in the United all sales go to Photocharity, States. Tickets are available which supports a shelter for ties and available space, too. homeless teenagers in the FRUGAL LIVING I’m a strong believer in creHillcrest District. CONTINUED FROM 13 ating wish lists and delaying Photographer of Year sewing. Eventually, my hus- purchases. I look back on my SOLANA BEACH — band surprised me and wish list and can’t believe Kevin M. Connors, owner of bought one for me. It was a the money I’ve saved by not Coast Highway Photography, romantic moment. I know it rushing into buying things. has been named doesn’t seem very romantic, Often, I cross it off my list “Photographer of the Year” but it truly was. Then I real- because I’ve found that I by the Professional ized that I don’t have the don’t really want it anymore. time or patience for sewing And yes, I’m embarrassed Photographers of America. that I don’t use my sewing Some of the award-win- at this stage of my life. I don’t want to make the machine. However, I will ning images will be on display at Coast Highway same mistake with a dehy- take time to sew. It’s on my Photography, 415 S. Cedros drator and kid myself into bucket list. (Finishing a quilt Ave., Suite 120, throughout thinking that I have time to my grandmother started dehydrate and store foods. I when I was a child holds me February and March. don’t want it to end up a accountable.) Read Across America sewing table. So whenever I ENCINITAS — The annu- start to think I want an al Read Across America cele- appliance that can help me Sara Noel is the owner of Frugal Village bration on March 2, sponsored save money, I remind myself (www.frugalvillage.com), a Web site that by the National Education that just because something offers practical, money-saving strategies Association, is being observed saves some people money for everyday living. To send tips, at Huntington Learning doesn’t mean it’s practical comments or questions, write to Sara Center which will celebrate for me and will save me Noel, c/o United Media, 200 Madison “Read Across America Day,” money. Of course, I think Ave., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10016, or about money going to priori- e-mail sara@frugalvillage.com. on Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

of sidewalks, the parked cars and all the rest.” “This would be a really valuable addition to our neighborhood,” he said. To cut costs and allow for future modifications if needed, the city opted to paint the roadways rather than install raised medians. “When we see a better economy we’ll be able to do something a little more attractive,” Councilwoman Lesa Heebner said.


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tive successors,” Chase said. The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus is a nonprofit musical performing group dedicated to inspiring San Diego with the joy of music. Its 110-person orchestra and 130-voice chorus perform groundbreaking orchestral and choral music along with traditional favorites from the classical repertoire.



ENCINITAS — Gold Coast Chiropractic will contribute 100 percent of donations at its Haiti fundraising event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 6 at 120 Birmingham, Suite 100, Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Free food and free massages will be provided. Proceeds will go to the American Red Art board member Cross to help provide relief DEL MAR — Award- to Haiti.


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OCEANSIDE — California Comedy Traffic Schools, headquartered in Oceanside, announced Raley Harrison as the company’s operations manager. Harrison is responsible for scheduling 30 instructors in 98 classroom locations around California, and corporate communications with traffic courts and DMV.

Top chef SAN MARCOS — Matthew Richman has been named executive chef of Market Street Café Bistro and French Bakery in Old California Restaurant Row at 1020 San Marcos Blvd.

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a panel discussion, and sign books for sale. Visit www.carlsbadlibrary.org or call (760) 6022026 for more details. OCEAN CURE A fundraising event benefiting Ocean Cure will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 27, Soul of Yoga, 681 Encinitas Blvd., Suite 305, Encinitas. Ocean Cure is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing charity surf camps for medically fragile and at-risk youth. Call Dale Carter at (760) 809-2930 or visit www.ocean is a concert of his most distinc- cureinc.org for more details.


Publishers and Writers of San Diego will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 27, Encinitas County Library, 540 Cornish Drive. The topic of the meeting will be “Deciphering Social Media: What You Need to Know to Market Your Book and Yourself.” RSVP at www. PublishersWriters.org.

PLAY A TUNE The Encinitas School of Music will present its annual piano recital from 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 28, Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad. This event is free and the public is invited. For details, call ESoM at (760) 943-9480. POETRY SLAM Full Moon Poets will present the La Paloma Winter Poetry Slam at 6 p.m. Feb. 28, La Paloma Theatre, 471 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. A poets call will be from 5:15 to 5:30 p.m. at the front door of the theatre. Visit www.fullmoonpoets.org to learn more. PURIM TIME! Temple Solel of Encinitas will host its annual Purim Carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 28, 3575 Manchester Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea.The carnival will raise funds for students on financial assistance, and will showcase inflatables, a 9-hole mini golf course, and more. E-mail Tarra Schulman at yotarra@hotmail.com to learn more.


GIFTING SEMINAR The Oceanside Public Library Foundation will host a free charitable gifting seminar at 2 p.m. March 2, Oceanside Civic Center Library Community Rooms, 330 N. Coast Highway 101. The featured speaker will be attorney J. Wiley Jones, who specializes in trusts and estate planning. For reservations, call (760) 435-5560. GIVE BLOOD MiraCosta College Health Services will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 2, San Elijo Campus, main parking lot, 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff-by-theSea. Appointments to donate blood may be made online at www.sandiegobloodbank.org or call (760) 795-6675 for more details. STEM CELL 101 Dr. Larry Goldstein will discuss and sign his book “Stem Cells for Dummies” at 7 p.m. March 2, The Book Works, 2670 Via de la Valle, Suite A230, Del Mar. Goldstein will discuss his practical, plain-English guide to this politically charged topic. Call OLD, BUT NEW Cartoonist (858) 755-3735 to learn more. Greg Evans will hold auditions for his musical “Wrinkles: The New Old Musical!” from 7 to 10 START Carlsbad p.m. on March 1, Broadway FRESH Theater, 340 E. Broadway, Vista. Newcomers and Friends will Call (760) 728-1002 or visit meet at 10 a.m. March 3, www.broadwayvista.com for Heritage Hall, Magee Park, 2650 Garfield St., Carlsbad. Nancy details. Kelly of Fresh Start Surgical OPEN AUDITIONS Carlsbad Gifts will discuss how reconPlayreaders will host open audi- structive surgery is transforming tions from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. the lives of disadvantaged chilMarch 1, Carlsbad City Library, dren with physical deformities Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, caused by birth defects, acci1775 Dove Lane. The open audi- dents, abuse or disease. For tions are being held for the details, call (760) 845-6339 or spring and summer 2010 season. visit www.carlsbadnewcomers. Visit www.carlsbadplayread- org. ers.org or call (760) 602-2012 to learn more.




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GEM FAIRE The 21st Annual Gem Faire will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 6, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 7, Del Mar Fairgrounds/Exhibit Hall. General admission is $5, and is valid for the entire weekend.

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The 18th annual Fresh Start for Kids Celebrity Golf Classic will be held March 14 and March 15, Morgan Run Club & Resort, 5690 Cancha De Golf, Rancho Santa Fe. Tickets for the March 14 dinner and auction are $75 and tickets for the Celebrity Golf Classic on March 15 are $700 each or $2,500 for foursomes. Each foursome is paired with a Hollywood celebrity or professional athlete and will include giveaways, contests and food and beverages from some of San Diego’s premier restaurants. Proceeds from the event provide reconstructive surgery and related services to disadvantaged children with physical deformities. For more information about the Golf Classic, contact Nancy Kelly at (760) 4482019 or e-mail her at nancy@freshstart.org.



College Community Services will offer West African dance classes from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesdays, San Elijo Campus, 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiffby-the-Sea. Master dancer Ayo Sharpe-Mouzon will teach African dance movements. Visit www.miracosta. edu/community or call (760) 795-6820.




Recovering Couples Anonymous will meet at 7 p.m. every Monday, New Hope Community Church, 165 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista. RCA is a fellowship of recovering couples who are committed to restoring healthy communication and caring to their relationships, and is based on the 12 Steps of AA. For details, visit www.recoveringcouples.org.

wheelchair to climb the mountain. Davis hopes that her trip will inspire and remind other people facing similar challenges that, “with other people’s help, we can do anything.” “The overall story of our trek is that everybody has their obstacles and there’s always a way to overcome them,” Gates said. Now that Davis and Gates have made history and returned home to North


team spent endless hours hiking, pushing and pulling a custom-made wheelchair around San Diego County that would eventually get Davis up Mt. Kilimanjaro. Gates collaborated with Colours Wheelchair to create a chair that could handle all the different terrains the team would face on the mountain. It included heavy-duty wheels and capabilities for other team members to hoist the chair “like a chariot,” Gates said. “Erica trained really hard and it showed,” Gates said. “She was able to do more on the mountain than we actually thought she was going to be able to do.” Despite Davis’ physical determination, the mountain posed several occasions where she had to rely solely on her support team to pass over large boulders and tight passes. Davis sang songs to distract herself as she relied on “trust and faith” in the team. “There were areas where my chair just wouldn’t fit on the trail,” Davis said. “I



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County, they’re both wondering, “What’s next?” “It’s going to be really tough to top taking the first female paraplegic up Kilimanjaro,” Gates said. The incredible adventure was filmed by Captured Productions to be released as a documentary titled “Through the Roof.” To learn more about the film or to make a donation to the Challenged Athletes Foundation, visit www. throughtheroofmovie.com.

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ENCINITAS — Among the reasons Encinitas is recognized as a top-tier health care system is the quality and range of services provided to uninsured and underinsured residents through North County Health Services, or NCHS. The nonprofit provides primary medical care for individuals and families at the Encinitas Health Center at 629 Second St. and specialty care at the Encinitas Women’s and Children’s Health Center at 1130 Second St. Services include exams, family planning, OB/GYN, pediatrics, adolescent medicine, adult medicine, vision care, dental care, and mental health and counseling. Referrals are made to specialists if needed. The center also enjoys a positive relationship with Scripps Hospital, Encinitas. In addition, the health centers offer specialty clinics in areas such as attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, childhood obesity awareness and prevention, podiatry, asthma treatment and management, and immunizations. Put simply, the health centers serve as a safety net for the community. No one is turned away. One Encinitas resident, a professor at a local college, wanted to share her story for the purpose of this article. However, she asked to remain

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tionist who told her she was irresponsible not to have health insurance. Afterward, the experience caused her to delay seeing a doctor when she sensed her blood pressure was becoming dangerously high. “I was worried and I thought I was going to have a stroke,” she said. “I finally realized I couldn’t put it off anymore. It was such a relief when I called the Encinitas Health Center and made an appointment.” The professor explained that the current episode is the first time in her adult life when she has been without health insurance. She added that she was raised in a family where her mother instilled an

ethic of taking care of others. In fact, it was through volunteer work with the Interfaith Shelter Network that she learned about NCHS. “The first time I visited the health center I was crying because I’m not used to being on the receiving end of giving,” she said. “I went in and the place was immaculate and nicely decorated, and everyone had a smile on their face. They never made me feel bad that I didn’t have insurance. It was a remarkable experience.” The professor had a similar experience on a subsequent visit. “People don’t want to go to a place that’s perceived as a welfare place, but it’s not like that,” she said. “I just needed to be taken care of and they

stepped up to the plate. Even when I get a job that has health insurance I’m coming back.” The Encinitas Health Center is staffed with 19 clinical and clerical employees. Dr. Carolene Madden serves as lead physician. She is board certified in family practice and emergency medicine. Prior to coming to the center, she worked in urgent care and private practice. Her staff serves between 60 and 70 patients a day, working in pods of one provider and two medical assistants. “There is no difference between this office and private practice,” she said. “We have everything a patient needs. They appreciate what the doctor is trying to do.” She added, “I want to retire here.” Madden says the most common conditions for visiting to the clinic are no different than private practice: diabetes, hypertension, infections such as staph, minor surgery, skin biopsy, toenail removal and thyroid problems. Nurse practitioner Colleen Veneri has been at the clinic since 1992. “My goal was to work in a community clinic for two or three years,” she said.“I’m still here. I had a patient today who said, ‘I’ve been to a lot of private doctors but I get the best care here.’” Patients go through a financial screening process on their first visit. They are charged based on a sliding scale. If the patient can’t afford to pay, financial arrangements are made. Many patients who carry insurance report paying a fraction of what they are charged in their private physicians’ offices for both the visit and lab tests. Dental services are also provided through a weekly mobile dental clinic. Patients TURN TO HEALTH CARE ON 29

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PERSONAL CARE April Thongrivong, 18, is examined by Dr. Carolene Madden 629 Second Ave. The family practice is operated by the nonat the nonprofit Encinitas Health Center. “A friend told me this was a good place profit North County Health Services. Celis just completed because they were friendly and affordable,” she said. “It’s not like a hospital where medical assistant training at the clinic which will increase her they make you stand in line and treat you like a number.” Photo by Lillian Cox responsibilities and income. Photo by Lillian Cox

FAMILY CARE New dad Steve Shehan takes daughter, Rebecca, to Dr. Nancy Aldana for a 4-month check up at the Encinitas Women’s and Children’s Health Center at 1130 Second St. Shehan is in the U.S. Army National Guard. ”I love it here,” he said. “They treat you like a person, not a number.” Photo by Lillian Cox


who want to be seen right away can call (760) 736-6767 and ask to be directed to the Oceanside or San Marcos Dental Centers operated by NCHS. Dental services are affordable, and calculated on a sliding scale. In addition, the clinic offers the Family Pact Program, which is similar to Planned Parenthood in Oceanside. Routine pap and breast exams are performed at the health center. Once a month a mobile mammogram visits, bringing refreshments. In addition to English, Spanish and Japanese are spoken at the center. A couple of blocks away the Encinitas Women’s and Children’s Health Center provides comprehensive prenatal, perinatal, postnatal and postpartum education and care. California’s Access for Infants and Mothers Program ensures that all pregnant mothers and their babies have quality health care. Even if patients have health insurance, their co-payment or deductible for maternity services is no more than $500. Patients can be certified for Medi-Cal on site.The WIC program also has offices in the facility where lowincome mothers can pick up coupons for formula. A staff of 15 includes midwives and physicians, many of whom are doubleboard certified. San Diego Perinatonatogy, specializing in high-risk babies, subleases space from the center and works closely with Children’s Hospital. A genetics counselor visits the clinic once a month to consult with patients. Postpartum classes give mothers who don’t have family in the area the opportunity to make connections. Approximately 30,000



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children are served throughout the county by NCHS. NCHS also offers a medical assisting training program at the two health centers in Encinitas, which provides career advancement opportunities for existing employees who want to increase their skills and income. Irma Cota, MPH, has been at the helm of NCHS since 1998. In addition to a masters degree in Public Health from San Diego State, Cota holds certificates in health administration from Johns Hopkins University, the University of California at San Diego and UCLA Johnson & Johnson. Recently she was named a 2009 Finalist for the San Diego Business Journal’s Most Admired CEO Award and a 2010 Honoree by KPBS during Women’s History Month in March. NCHS’s 2010 annual campaign, “Connecting Children to a Healthy Future”, focuses on raising funds to help fund pediatric medical and dental services. A group of 25 community and business leader volunteers are helping to reach the goal of $350,000. For information about donations or volunteer opportunities, contact Dana L. Withall, fund development director at NCHS, at (760) 736-6710 or email Dana.Withall@nchshealth.org. Encinitas Health Center is located at 629 Second Ave. in Encinitas. It is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information about NCHS services, visit nchs-health.org.

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report, most truck and crew parking will be staged at the fairgrounds, but some essential working trucks as well as horse trailers, four to five large equipment trucks and a catering vehicle would need to park close to the location. An initial request from Marvel Studios/Paramount Pictures was denied by the city because details on the amount of beach needed were limited. City officials decided to reconsider after meeting with the San Diego Film Commission. Del Mar has an ordi-





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weeks away from their wedding. Because investigators were not able to determine whether the accident had been caused by St. Ives or if Resendiz failed to yield to the defendant, St. Ives is only charged with leaving the scene of the fatal collision, defense attorney Brad Patton said. Patton argued to have his client’s bail reduced to $100,000, the standard bail for the crime, citing that she has strong ties to the community and is not a flight risk. Ives, of Valley Center, has owned The Purple Cow & Friends, an animal rescue



resources are welcome, the merger has also brought up questions about operational practices that had 45 animals that had been OK’d for adoption prior to the merger transferred from Oceanside to San Diego for re-evaluation and five of them were euthanized. Elaine Godzak worked as a volunteer for the North County Humane Society for nine years, but resigned in February after the merger. “The policies seemed to change radically,” Godzak said. Godzak said she felt procedures to assess, treat and place dogs in suitable homes were working fine at the North Campus prior to the merger. “Then dogs available for adoption were taken to the San Diego Humane Society and never seen again,” Godzak said. “An inordinate number of animals were found unfit for adoption.” The San Diego Humane Society and former North County Humane Society use the same medical and behavior assessments for animals, but the evaluation results that found five retested dogs unfit for adoption caused Godzak and other volunteers concern.

farm, for 20 years, Patton said. “This animal sanctuary is her life,” he said. Patton called the high bail “grossly excessive” for such a low rate felony charge. He said he believed the only reason it was set so high was because when police arrested St. Ives she had her passport on her and told them she frequently travels to Tijuana and Mexico. Patton said St. Ives only goes to Mexico for medical and dental work, which he said has been verified through her medical records. When she was arrested, he said St. Ives was on the phone with him traveling to her home.

Additionally, Patton said he worried about St. Ives health in jail because of several physical ailments she suffers from. “I think her health is at great risk,” he said. However, Lai argued St. Ives may have known that police were on to her. He said the witness who blew the whistle on St. Ives’ coverup left a message on her answering machine prior to her arrest informing her he was thinking about going to the police. It was that same witness who St. Ives had paint her black Nissan to gold, wash it down with bleach and purchase parts through a junkyard as opposed to a dealer, Lai said. In addition, the prosecutor said St. Ives

would also cover the car anytime a helicopter would fly over. “The charges themselves speak of a flight risk,” the prosecutor said. Investigators have placed St. Ives and her vehicle in the area on the evening of the accident through a photo from a red light camera and a check she cashed at a near by market, Lai said. Since the 2007 hit-andrun accident, Lai said St. Ives has been involved in four other traffic accidents. Also, in 2006, she was involved in another hit-andrun case that was handled in civil courts. St. Ives’ preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 1.

Shelter animals are given a medical examination to determine health risks and weigh if medical conditions are reasonably treatable. “Our medical intervention is high,” Maloney said. The Oceanside site has service agreements with local veterinarians and the San Diego Gaines Street site houses a full medical suite with surgery and X-ray facilities. “We have four veterinarians (on site) and do everything we can,” Maloney said. Animals are also given behavior assessments that evaluate their interaction with strangers, and dogs are given prey response tests that gauge their friendliness toward cats. “Our goal is to find homes for them,” Maloney said. The behavior assessments give a picture of an animal’s personality in reallife scenarios, Candice Eley, a spokesperson for the San Diego Humane Society, said. “What do they do if food is taken away?” Eley said. “What if a stranger comes into room? What type of home would be best for that dog or cat? We never want to adopt out a pet that threatens a member of the public or itself.” Maloney said out of the 45 animals from the

Oceanside site that were reevaluated, five dogs were euthanized because of concerns for the community. Behavior assessment proved the dogs to be a potential danger to people or a significant danger to animals. “The process is not taken lightly,” Maloney said. Four trained specialists need to reach consensus and sign off that the animal is unfit to be released to the community. The behavior, health and age of the animal are considered in the evaluation. “We are focused on saving and re-homing animals,” Maloney said. “Sometimes we need to make tough choices. No one wants to see animals put down. Our goal is to end euthanizing animals here.” The merger presents some new challenges. It is the first time the San Diego Humane Society has worked with strays. The animal population at the Oceanside site is a mix of owner surrenders and strays, while the San Diego campuses have owner-surrendered animals only. Stray animals arrive at the Oceanside site with no reference to their history. It is unknown how long the stray animals have roamed without a home and

if they have any training. “We don’t know anything about their background,” Maloney said. The fact that animals are strays raises more questions about them, but does not determine their adoptability. “It’s not a black and white issue,” said Dan DeSousa, lieutenant deputy for San Diego County Animal Services, which works with strays and owner relinquished animals. “There are very good dogs and aggressive dogs that are surrendered and very good dogs and aggressive dogs that are out on the streets. It depends on the dog and the training it has received, if any.” During the transition phase of the merger community events and training previously held at the Oceanside site are on hold. “We’re one organization now,” Wills said. “The North Campus will benefit from the Fur Ball, Walk for Animals, and telethon (events held in San Diego). During the transition and planning phase we will determine what we can do in North County. We should begin training and programs here in six months.” Currently Oceanside and Vista residents can participate in events and training programs held at the San Diego sites.


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OUTDOOR FIREPLACE Cast Iron with lid, excellent condition, $50. (760) 757-2743

JACK DANIELS Collector looking for old jd or lem motlow bottles and advertising items. Up to $149 each (760) 630-2480

PANASONIC 18” Panasonic tv, black ($30) Technics casett player($20) Sonny fm/am receiver ($20) (760) 721-8250

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ANDIAMO LUGGAGE 27” black nylon on wheels, meets travel requirements, good condition, $65. (760) 944-6460. BICYCLE PARTS & TOOLS for road and mountain bikes. (760) 942-5692.


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WASHING MACHINE Kenmore, excellent condition, only 1 year old, $150. (760) 757-2743

San Marcos

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COOKBOOKS New & gently used, $1.00 each. (760) 944-0198

MICKY MANTLE / ROGER MARIS on Life Magazine Cover in Color. Aug. 18, 1961 on Posterboard with clear plastic wrapper $80 (760) 845-3024

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NEW DOMINO SET Brown - stored in unique simulated oak log, $40. (760) 436-9933

QUALITY FOAM MATTRESS TOPPERS double, $20; twin, $15. (760) 643-1945 RAYBAN SUNGLASSES With case, Centennial red, white & blue style, Vagabond, excellent condition, collectible, $50. (760) 944-6460 TURKEY/HAM ROASTER New Ultrex pro 18/10 Stainless Steel 15” Oval Roaster with dual Server Lid and lift-out Rack. 55 yr. Excalibur nonstick surface, dishwasher safe. $45/ best offer, Cash Only. Oceanside (760) 529-0862 VIDEO SET All, never used, “Sex & the City” video set, complete 2nd season, 4 episodes, $10. (760) 4369933

Pets MALTESE PUPPIES 2 male and female puppies - free for adoption to a good home. They are vet checked and AKC registered and very friendly with adorable characters. (605) 2715765.

Sporting Goods 2 MOUNTAIN BIKES One woman’s, 24” with rims & tires, one boy’s, 20”, $40 each, both have front suspension. (760) 942-7430 READING STAND for road bicycle mounted to stationary work-out stand, $20. (760) 942-1303. SNOW SKI POLES For tall person, 6’ 1” - 6’ 3”, $15. (760) 942-1303. SNOWBOARDS Two snow boards w/boots 150.00 each (760)685-8222 SPOR T SUNGLASSES Nikevision, unused, cost $140, sell for $50. (760) 942-5692

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by example.You shouldn’t have to tell others what to do; simply emphasize your points through demonstration, and that should do the trick. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — When making an assessment of something important, be logical and realistic — but don’t discount any hunches or perceptions you may have about things. They could be invaluable. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — You’re in a momentary period of gratification and fulfillment, but you must act on what you want. There is plenty of justification for having high hopes and expectations that everything will go well. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Whether you want it or not, you could stand out in a crowd, so don’t do anything that puts you in a bad light. Let your good accomplishments speak for you. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — If your innermost beliefs are attacked, don’t let it get to you. In reality, who cares what others think? This person’s assault will only strengthen your faith, views and opinions. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — You’re in a good earning cycle and should be able to generate more funds than usual, especially from joint efforts. Do what you can to add to your resources. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — The secret to attracting admirers is to appreciate the attributes in others. People are drawn to those who recognize and respect who and what they are. Get your mind off yourself and onto others.

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BIG NATE by Lincoln Peirce

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MONTY by Jim Meddick

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FEB. 26, 2010 year for another fun, successful and rewarding tournament. But, there is good news! Recently, the Public Defenders Office announced that Friends of San Pasqual Academy will be the designated charitable organization for their upcoming golf tournament. It will be held March 31 at the River Walk Golf Course in Mission Valley. The entry fee to golf in this tournament is $135 per person and includes lunch and dinner. To

attend the dinner only, there is a charge of $75 per person. Proceeds from this golf tournament will benefit the foster teens of San Pasqual Academy, which is wonderful and greatly needed. We hope you will consider participating in the first San Diego County Public Defender Community Outreach Charity Golf Tournament. For more information, call Debby Syverson at (619) 435-4557.

Thank you for caring about our foster students. You have made many things possible through your generosity and participation.

cops work overtime shifts from their regular highway duties. Cell phone users while driving garage to weld all parts of and other moving infractures the sculpture together. are being monitored. “Residents said it was ugly at the time but now it’s consid- Desal objections ered a unique piece of art,” canned April said. The California Coastal Commission has dumped the New organization latest objection to the conDel-Sol Lions Club has struction of the desalination been officially chartered with plant at Encina. Coast Law former mayor and current Group alleged the builder, Councilman Dave Roberts as Poseidon Resources, had misits initial proxy. Lions clubs led the commission about are international in scope. greenhouse gas emissions. Roberts sez his organization is The vote was 8-4 to deny the ready to take on worthwhile objection with O’side commiscommunity projects. sioner Esther Sanchez who is on City Council casting one of Speeders targeted the four votes. Cal Highway Patrol officers make up a unit contracted Academy arts center by Rancho Santa Fe An arts center at San Association to provide traffic Dieguito Academy may enforcement services. become a reality soon now Currently, their presence is that the state has agreed to being felt by drivers who release construction funds. speed on Ranch streets. The It’s one of those “shovel

ready” projects that was popular when the feds were passing the stimulus package. Cost of the multi-purpose facility that will be available to the community when not in use by the academy is in the neighborhood of $9.7 mil.

Southeast Asia ... What could be termed as being the joke of the new year is the announcement that some state electeds were shocked when they learned some state agencies heads were spending money like drunken lawmakers ... Harbor City electeds are balking at recommendations made by the Ethics Commission that is seeking more clout to root out corruption among lawmakers ...With the window of opportunity to exit the county now closed, the Chargers have announced they’ll stick around for the time being. Hasta la Vista



the 2011 tournament and we will keep you posted as details develop.We greatly appreciate everyone’s support and dedication to our previous and future tournaments. We agonized over whether to skip this year, but find this decision to be in the best interests of our donors, participants and children at the Academy. We look forward to seeing you next


Plunges to No. 7 According to published reports in the UT, the northbound off-ramp at Via de la Valle that for years was the worst bottleneck in the county has plumeted to No. 7. In first place now is Highway 78 in San Marcos. Great news for the fairgrounds.

One-liners The proposed Gregory Canyon landfill near Pala Casino is doing another environmental study at the request of the Army Corps of Engineers ...A Singapore casino has won the OK to offer gambling and is expected to attract customers from

In appreciation, Friends of San Pasqual Academy board members Joan Scott, Teri Summerhays, Dagmar Helgager, Lois Jones, Kathy Lathrum, Ann Boon and Debby Syverson

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