Rancho Santa Fe News, Jan. 29, 2010

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VOL. 6, NO. 3

Osuna property lot split

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By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Association board of directors approved a lot split on the Osuna property at the Jan. 21 meeting. Parcel 1, on the southern portion of the site, is 3.3 gross acres with a 10,500square-foot single-family residence. Parcel 2 encompasses the remainder of the 24.6 acres, which contains a majority of the horse keeping facilities as well as the Osuna Adobe. The debate centered around whether the smaller parcel should be allowed two or three horses on the property. The Art Jury recommended two horses; Director Tim Sullivan wanted three. “It makes the property more desirable for a buyer with horses,” Sullivan insisted. In the end, Sullivan, an avid horse lover, simply didn’t have the support of the

TEAM SPIRIT Horizon Prep students joined the rest of San Diego in supporting the Chargers’ bid at a Super Bowl slot against 3 the Jets



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PUPPY LOVE Travis Burns and Nedra Abramson from the Helen Woodward Animal Center with Harry and Peaches, who are up for adoption, at L’Auberge’s canine cocktail party Jan. 16 in Del Mar. For more information about adopting these pups, visit animalcenter.org. Photo by Machel Penn

Homicide suspected in vet’s death By David Wiemers

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THE VACANT PLOT THICKENS The fight over the use of this empty lot in Whispering Palms will continue as local residents continue to fight its current development plans. Photo by David Wiemers

Whispering Palms continues fight against mixed-use By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — The decision by the county Board of Supervisors to approve the mixed-use development at the entrance to

Whispering Palms did not sit well with residents of the Whispering Palms community. At a special meeting by the Whispering Palms

Community Council held the decision. evening of Jan. 20, the board According to David of directors asked counsel Nugent, president of the Alcala Julie Hamilton to prepare a Homeowners Association and petition of writ of mandate. This action will force a court TURN TO MIXED-USE ON 22

RANCHO SANTA FE — The death of Del Mar veterinarian Robert Frank Stonebreaker is now being investigated as a homicide, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. There are tire tracks veering off the road where Stonebreaker’s vehicle plunged 15 feet into an embankment off of Paseo Delicias. The vehicle was found on Saturday evening, Jan. 16. It wasn’t until the following morning that Stonebreaker was found dead in the driveway of 6792 Paseo Delicias. The case was initially investigated as a traffic collision by the California Highway Patrol. During the course of the post-mortem examination, however, evidence was revealed that the fatal injuries sustained by victim were not normal for this type of traffic collision. The Medical Examiner’s Office contacted the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail. “He appears to have been hit by a blunt object on the head,” said Public Information Officer Eric TURN TO DEATH ON 22


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LEAD STORY What Recession? A December USA Today analysis revealed that during the first 18 months of the recent recession, beginning December 2007, the number of federal employees with six-figure salaries shot up from 14 percent of the federal workforce to 19 percent. Defense Department civilian executives earning more than $150,000 went from 1,868 to more than 10,000, and the Department of Transportation, which had only one person earning $170,000 in December 2007, now has 1,690. The average federal salary is $71,206, compared with the private sector’s $40,331.

Compelling Explanations — Being the first licensed male prostitute in Nevada (and thus the U.S.), explained “Markus” in a January interview for Details magazine, is to him “a civil rights thing.” “It’s just the same as when Rosa Parks decided to sit at the front (of the bus) instead of the back.” — Lame: (1) Ex-convict John Stephens told a Floyd County (Ind.) judge in December that he had a full-time job and intended to turn his life around, but had slipped when he tried to rob the Your Community Bank. “If I hadn’t been watching the news and seeing (other successful) bank robberies,” he said, he wouldn’t have been tempted. He said he was especially impressed by one serial robber, who had made it look easy by vaulting over banks’ counters. (2) In Kansas City, Mo., in December, the mother of Charles Irving tried to protect her 27-year-old son from a charge of being a felon in possession of a gun. She told police (without success) that he had needed the gun to protect her from vampires. — Rod Jetton, a former speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives and creator of Common Sense Conservative Consulting, LLC, was charged with felony assault in December after visiting a woman in her home in Sikeston, apparently for a sexual encounter. The woman later charged that Jetton punched her in the head and choked her into unconsciousness as his idea of foreplay, but Jetton said the “assault” was consensual, in that she was to utter a pre-arranged “safe word (phrase)” if things got too rough and that he would have immediately stopped. Jetton told police that the woman never spoke the agreed-on phrase “green balloons.”

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END-ZONE FRENZY Horizon Prep Coach Jeff Sutherland oversees the second annual Touchdown Dance competition. It was a tie vote for brother and sister Sebastian and Andria Carpenter. Photo by David Wiemers

Horizon Prep students rally for Chargers By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — It was all things blue and gold as students at Horizon Prep gathered on a Friday morning for a pep rally to support the San Diego Chargers. Former Chargers player Tim Ware and Curt Di Giacomo were on hand to lead the enthusiastic youngsters in the second annual Touchdown Dance-off. Students squirmed on the ground to the rhythm of the upbeat music, demonstrating plenty of energy for 8:20 a.m. Both Ware and Di Giacomo have strong Christian

beliefs and said they were in sync with the values taught to students at Horizon Prep. “We have to thank the Lord for all he’s done for us,” Ware said. “I wish I could play on Sunday, but I’m 46 years old. I’m too old!” Unfortunately, all the good cheers and support from Horizon Prep didn’t help the home team. On Jan. 17, the Chargers lost 17-14 to the Jets in a stunning upset. GO CHARGERS! Third-graders Tucker Hobbs and Alex Partida are charged up for the Chargers. Photo by David Wiemers

Busby receives Democratic club’s endorsement By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — Francine Busby won the endorsement of the Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club after a debate with opponent Tracy Emblem on Jan. 14. This helps put Busby on track to receive the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Republican Brian Bilbray for the seat in the U.S. Congress representing the 50th District. The newly formed Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club met at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club on the evening of Jan. 14 to hold their second annual meeting. More than 100 members attended to elect a new TURN TO DEMOCRATIC ON 24

FIGHT FOR THE 50TH Escondido attorney Tracy Emblem, left, sought the endorsement of the Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club, but lost to Francine Busby, right. Photos by David Wiemers

City’s comments ready on fairgrounds expansion By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — City Council,staff members and residents have plenty to say about the master plan and draft environmental impact report for expansion at the Del Mar Fairgrounds — more than 65 pages and two appendices worth of critical comments, in fact. More important than the negative feedback, the city wants to convey to the 22nd District Agricultural Association its desire to work together “constructively” rather than “confrontationally” to create a project with mini-

mal negative impacts to the city, its quality of life and the San Dieguito River Valley. “We want to work with the DAA,” Councilman Carl Hilliard said.“We want to get a project that we can live with, that achieves the objectives they want (and) that doesn’t destroy the environment.” The 22nd DAA, which manages and operates the fairgrounds, is proposing several improvements that would be completed in two phases during the next 15 years. Major components of the near-term projects feature what City Planner Adam

Birnbaum describes as “some fairly major facilities,” including new exhibit halls to replace to replace the existing ones, a four-story 330-room condominium hotel with associated facilities, new administration offices and maintenance facilities, three rooftop sports fields and a health club. The east parking lot would be paved and the Solana Gate entrance graded and expanded from two to three lanes. The response addresses every feature of the EIR, from noise, air and water quality, aesthetics and lighting to protection of biological resources,

geology and soils. Birnbaum said overall the report lacks specificity in every area. “We think more information is needed in order to adequately be able to assess the potential impacts of this project,” he said. For example, the master plan addresses some of the impacts at the horse park property, but “it’s not addressed in the draft EIR,” Birnbaum said. “It’s essentially left aside as something that might occur in the future.” There are also concerns TURN TO FAIRGROUNDS ON 23

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe school board will be more aggressively tracking nonresident students attending the R. Roger Rowe School. Superintendent Lindy Delaney brought the issue to the school board’s attention Jan. 14.The board has asked its counsel, Richard Currier, to establish a tighter policy. Some parents have been known to falsely use someone else’s address as if it’s their own to enable their children to attend the school, which prides itself on its high standards. “It’s difficult to track down,” Delaney said to the school board. “Investigation is time-consuming. We need a better system in place.” Board member Carlie Headapohl agreed and outlined the problems it creates for the district. “It costs us about $11,000 per child, per year. It creates fundraising issues. It’s important for our credibility. We are vigilant trying to learn that people live in the district.” “We had tighter policies in years past, so it’s time take a firmer stance,” said Currier, who has been legal counsel for the district for several decades. “We need a more aggressive investigation,” board member Richard Burdge said. “Otherwise, more and more people will give it a try,” Headapohl agreed. At the Jan. 14 meeting board members also got an update on the Performing Arts Center from Chairs Bibbi Herrmann Conner and Carol Warren. “We’ve got real momentum and we’re very excited,” Conner said. More than 70 people attended a fundraising event held at the Romero family home in December. “Now it’s followup time,” Conner said adding that envelopes will be sent to patrons to collect pledges made. Tim Ireland, construction manager for the R. Roger Rowe school renovation, also gave an update. “We’re still on schedule to get the doors open next fall,” he said. There will be delays due to inclement weather, but, according to Ireland, such delays are built into the schedule. Ireland is confident the renovation will remain on schedule because he said they are at a stage where “the big unknowns are done.” Ireland estimates that the renovation is approximately 42 percent complete. The school board asked for a complete budget breakdown on the renovation for the next school board meeting, which is scheduled for Feb. 4.

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This is crazy, and there’s more to come! This just in: it rained hard last week. One could even say this latest series of bad weather was an absolute deluge. At one point, it rained sideways. Streets flooded. Mud flowed. Snow blanketed the mountains. Driving was more akin to suicide. And then the glorious sun returned, bringing with it a sense of normalcy, breaking what many people were beginning to call “cabin fever.” If you’re a weather geek like I am — and I know you’re out there, especially the guy at the beer shop glued to the online Doppler while ringing me up — you spend most of your stormy day tuned into the madness. It truly is exciting for me to track a monstrous system, as I dig frantically for a trustworthy raincoat and rearrange the patio furniture in preparation for impending doom. What’s even more entertaining at times is the collective reaction to a big winter storm in San Diego. Put simply, people start to go bananas after more than two days of heavy downpour. A tranquil vibe prevails around town in the beginning, as we dream of brimming reservoirs, clean air and green, green grass. “Could this be an end to the drought?” we ponder. But after awhile, rain interrupts the daily routine. After two days of schlepping through puddles and sprinting from door to door, we become agitated, yearning for the warm, mellow afternoons of days gone by. So we turn to the television and our local weather team for answers. And if anyone loves a good storm, it would be the San Diego news media.Their coverage was nonstop, leading many to believe that perhaps the Second Coming of the late J.C. was possi-

ERIC MURTAUGH Outside Perspective ble. One station sent a poor neophyte anchor out in the field to get the scoop on the rain in OB. Her pants were soaked, her makeup was running, she wasn’t annoyingly chipper as is typical with her crowd. In short, she was none too pleased to be standing in rain telling everyone what they already knew: it’s raining. Hard. I finally had enough storm coverage when the evening news interviewed old folks at a mobile home park whose bric-a-brac had been violently blown astray. “So, what happened here?” asks the news anchor. “Well, I walked outside and saw Jim’s pink flamingo all the way down the street, and tree branches were all over the place,” says the old man. “This is crazy, and there’s more to come!” Crazy, indeed. But I suspect the old man was referring to the weather. By day three, pretty much everyone was prepared to die. San Diego weathermen gravely warned against the unavoidable dangers of traveling during our most current weather crisis. At all costs, stay put and wait this one out, was the report. It must be bad if both Legoland and SeaWorld cancelled all operations for the day, they surmised.We were told to “bring provisions if you absolutely must go about your business during this storm.” Provisions? Like

O.C. Fairgrounds sale under review Del Mar sale possible?

Last year the Governator announced his interest in peddling high-producing state properties to replenish his anemic cash box. Included in a list were the Surfside, Orange and Ventura fairgrounds plus the L.A. Coliseum. Later Del Mar was reported to be off the table. Is it? Politicians have the reputation of saying one thing and doing the opposite. Now under study, following a bid process, is the sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds in spite of heavy opposition from heavyweight politicos from that area. The high bid was $56.5 mil. — far less than the $96 mil. expected by the Dept. of General Services. Nevertheless it did not toss out the TURN TO OUTSIDE ON 27 bid but took it under advisement. Currently, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, major lessee at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, has a one-year extension on its racing franchise. It would be possible for an interested fairCounty resident. grounds buyer, if the state sells the Submissions longer than property, to buy it and take over the 700 words will not be considered. operation of the track. Possible? Not all submissions will be pub- Why not? lished. Send finished editorials to Kids’ gardens lsutton@coastnewsgroup.com.You School kids in Vista and O’side will be contacted if your piece is are having fun learning about the chosen for publication.

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BILL ARBALLO Eye on the Coast environment by digging in dirt at Alta Vista Gardens in Brengle Terrace Park where there is a highly successful community garden. Children meet there every month and attend classes that have to do with garden walks and they participate in nature crafts. Kids at Paul Ecke Central Elementary School soon will have a similar opportunity thanx to a $30,000 grant from the Paul Ecke Family Foundation.

meeting when trustees while not meeting together had discussed the election among themselves, a Brown Act violation. Sounds like the action taken during the recent Flower Capital election. The Encinitas way.

Veterans’ cemetery

A 323-acre veterans’ cemetery that will serve as an annex to maxed out Ft. Rosecrans in Pt. Loma will open in September at Miramar Air Station. It has taken upwards of a decade to process Washington bureaucratic paper work. It will accommodate 527 burials, 10,188 urn niches in a columbarium, and 4,578 in-ground sites for cremations.

Zenyatta vs. Rachel Alexander Both female steeds are worthy

Candidate garners support of being Horse of the Year. The Steve Danon, who will be seeking to unseat Pam Slater-Price if she chooses to run again, has announced that he has gained the support of Flower Capital elected Jerome Stocks and current Mayor Dan Dalager. Slater-Price, the current board chair, launched her highly successful political career as a member of the Flower Capital City Council.

Governator nixes meeting with councilors When three members of the Costa Mesa City Council attempted to meet with the Governator privately he refused saying that would be a quorum, a Brown Act violation, so one of them had to sit outside in a conference room. In another possible Brown Act violation, a trustee for the Garden Grove Unified School District who was due to become president walked out of a meeting when she was skipped over. She charged that a deal for such action was cooked up before the

crown went to Rachel. Zenyatta won 14 races including the Breeders’ Cup classic against all boys and will continue racing. Rachel has won seven straight contests, however, her owners have declined to run her on synthetic turf which was the reason she skipped the Breeders’ Cup. In contrast, Zenyatta will even race on the highway becuz she likes racing so much and that should have given her the edge as Horse of the Year if not the decade.

Lindbergh parking

Starting in July it will cost more to park at Lindbegh Field. Tab will be $2 for 20 minutes, and $4 bux for 40 minutes. Some long-term fees also will be more. At least one airline is increasing its fee for checked luggage.

Enough already

The Environmental Protection Agency now wants more environmental info for the proposed TURN TO EYE ON THE COAST ON 27

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JAN. 29, 2010

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JAN. 29 WELCOME! DEMA will present the sculpture “Encinitas Child” by sculptress and local resident Manuelita Brown at noon Jan. 29, South Coast Highway 101 between Encinitas Boulevard and D Street, downtown Encinitas. The sculpture depicts a young girl waving to those entering the downtown area as she casually sits on the wall that lines the highway.

JAN. 30

By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — Horizon Prep Elementary and Middle School honored students who demonstrated excellent writing skills at an Author’s Tea on Jan. 13. Parents and grandparents also attended and celebrated the achievements of their young loved ones. “This is the first tea of the winter, but we were hit hard by the flu,” Librarian Kelly Henrickson said. Several honored students were unable to attend due to illness, but their work was celebrated nonetheless. Students read their winning compositions, ranging from poetry to mysteries. “We even had two retellings of Christmas,” Henrickson said. Students honored included first-graders Bella Raiszadeh and Jake Pistone; second-graders Jacen Pezzi and

JUNK IT The Solana Center For Environmental Innovation will hold an e-waste recycling event from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 30, The Solana Center, 137 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Just about anything with a cord can be recycled. Call (760) 436-7986, ext. 213 to learn more. SO FLUTE The Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will sponsor a free family music program at 10 a.m. Jan. 30, Carmel Valley Library community room, 3919 Townsgate Drive. The program will feature a master flute class. Call (858) 552-1668 to learn more.

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San Diego Botanic Garden will host a succulent container gardens celebration at 3 p.m. Jan. 30, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Succulent experts will be on hand to discuss easy-care container gardens. For more, call (760) 4363036, ext. 206 or e-mail info@SDBGarden.org.

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NEW SONG Stonebrooke Church will host the choir New Song at 6 p.m. Jan. 31, 145 Hanalei Drive, Vista. The New Song choir is from California Baptist University. Contact Laura Craig at (760) 726-1564 or at laura@stone brookechurch.com for more details. PAT’S WAY Author and gardener Pat Welsh will discuss and sign “Pat Welsh’s Southern California Organic Gardening” at 2 p.m. Jan. 31, The Book Works, 2670 Via de la Valle, Suite A230, Del Mar. Welsh will read from her new book and talk about the practical aspects of organic gardening. Call (858) 755-3735 for more details.

FEB. 1 YOU AND YOURS AARP Chapter 239 Encinitas will meet at 1 p.m. Feb. 1, Encinitas Senior Center, 1140 Oak Crest Drive.The topic will be “Protecting You and Yours.” Call (760) 753-2456 to learn more.



Cardiff North County Parkinson’s Support Group will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 3, Belmont Village, 3535 Manchester Ave. Cardiff. Arlene Stephenson, of Wyatt Health in Encinitas, will talk about durable medical supplies and home health care products. Call (760) 9402763.



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ENCINITAS — Slippery, slimy and splattering. Words children use to describe a newfound passion for pottery they’ve acquired since studying under celebrated artist and potter Alex Long. Long has been imparting his knowledge to youngsters at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, Griset Branch — Encinitas, since June thanks to a $12,000 grant made available by the Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation. The Artist Outreach Project is targeted to artists 55 and older to provide educational, mentoring or therapeutic art experiences to underserved populations. Instruction is made available to teens Wednesdays afternoons after school and elementary students on Fridays. “I’m not a strict disciplinarian,” he said. “I just want them to have fun. It’s about the process.” Long provides his students with an introduction by first teaching techniques of hand-built pottery such as houses, animals and knick knacks. Then he moves on to more advanced projects by demonstrating the art of throwing pottery. Since the club had only three kick wheels, one broken, he brought in three electric wheels from his home studio. “Some kids are too small to handle a kick wheel,” he said. “With the electric wheel they are able to start making bowls.” Maleea Schlager, 8, took to it right away. “Alex is a really good teacher and he pays attention to each student so he’s real easy to learn from,” she said. “He inspired me to learn how to make a vase, mug and plate.” Twins Kennison and

AUTHOR, AUTHOR! Students at Horizon Prep being honored for their writing skills include from left, Michaela Michum, Sammi Preske, Jacen Pezzi, Justin Northbrook, Brady Pedersen (kneeling), Cory Secrest, Audrey Thesing and Bella Raiszadeh. Photo by David Wiemers

City’s plans for tourism district run into delays By Bianca Kaplanek

KIDS AT CLAY Maleea Schlager, 8, took to throwing pottery right away. “Alex is a really good teacher and he pays attention to each student so he’s real easy to learn from,” she said. “He inspired me to learn how to make a vase, mug and plate.” Professional artist and potter Alex Long (right) has been teaching at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, Griset Branch-Encinitas since June through a $12,000 grant from the Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation. Due to diminishing funds, the grant won’t be renewed when it expires in June. Photo by Lillian Cox

Kyle Andrews, 11, are and fall off.” Kyle agrees. hooked after just two weeks “It’s hard to do, but I of instruction. “We always ask at the TURN TO ARTIST ON 27 front desk if Alex is coming,” Kennison said. “It gives me a challenge to learn how to make a bowl by coning it up. If it’s not wet, it will twist

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DEL MAR — Del Mar’s six hotel operators were planning to hold the first of three required public meetings this month to begin a process that would allow them to collect money that would be used to attract more visitors to the beachside city. Last month council members agreed to kick off the creation of a Tourism Business Improvement District, or TBID, with a resolution of intent on Jan. 25. But with no available staff time or money and several questions and concerns, they decided to defer a decision for about six months. Meanwhile, project proponents and their consultants will be invited to a future meeting to address any new issues council members have, including reimbursement for time and money spent by the city to implement

the plan. Hotel visitors staying less than 30 days would pay 1 percent of their gross room rental revenue into the TBID. Government employees on government business, bed-and-breakfast establishments or short-term vacation rentals would be exempt. The money would be collected by the city with the transient occupancy tax, although it will be completely unrelated. The city will receive a fee for its collection efforts. The assessment is currently expected to garner approximately $130,000 annually. About $97,500, or 75 percent, will be spent directly on marketing, such as advertising, special event promotions and branding or name recognition. Another 10 percent each would go toward TURN TO TOURISM ON 27

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School to stay open, but money woes remain By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — The Del Mar Union School District board of trustees followed the lead of an advisory committee at a Jan. 20 special meeting by voting unanimously not to close Ashley Falls Elementary School as a means to deal with budget cuts, uneven enrollment and a need to relocate the district offices. Administrators, parents and the trustees themselves had also hoped the board would make a final decision on how best to solve the district’s woes either that night or at the regular meeting one week later. But after reading the advisory committee’s 42page final summary, trustees had about two dozen additional questions for Superintendent Sharon McClain, who told the fivemember board it would take at least two weeks to address all the new concerns. Trustees spent most of the three-and-a-half-hour meeting listening to comments from about 30 parents. A few, such as Camino del Mar parent Kate Takahashi, were open to any option. “No matter what happens, my kids are probably going to be OK,” she said. “I don’t really care where my child goes. Of course that’s easy to say because my school isn’t on the chopping block (but) teachers make the school.” Most speakers, however, urged the board to reject proposals that would close any school or co-locate the district offices on a school campus. The administrative offices are currently located on Ninth Street at the former home of Del Mar Shores Elementary, which closed to students in 1975. The city bought the site in May 2008, but allowed administrators and employee child care to remain. According to the lease, the district will pay the city $30,000 this spring and must vacate the site in May 2011. The advisory committee was evaluating excess space at the district’s eight schools as an option for relocating the administration. “This is a bad idea on so many levels ... not the least of which is the safety of our children,” Ashley Falls parent Gavin Herst said, noting that the school has multiple points of entry. Heidi Niehart, also the parent of an Ashley Falls student, told trustees they had no right to make changes at the school “because you don’t own TURN TO SCHOOL ON 26

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DOT-TO-DOT Dot Dodds (left) and Dot Renshaw collaborate on their first art show together with New Beginnings. Photo by David Wiemers

‘New Beginnings’ at Ranch Art Guild By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — Art patrons gathered at the Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild on Jan. 14 to enjoy the work of three artists at a show titled New Beginnings. At the main gallery it was all about “the Dots.” Artists Dot Renshaw and Dot Dodds combined their pieces and did a show together. “We’ve known each other for years, but this is the first time we’ve been able to do a show together,” Dot Renshaw said. “For me this is a new beginning because I used new mediums,” Dot Dodds said. Her work features watercolor and acrylics. Dot Renshaw felt it was a new beginning for

her, too. “I’m trying more flowing, more unusual compositions,” she said. Across the street, at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, the work of Bob Snell is on display. Snell, who describes himself as an “imageographer,” has many photographs on many different mediums, including photography on canvas and metal plates. “I became a different photographer when I switched from film to digital,” Snell said. He credits Steve Burns at USCD as being his mentor. “I would say that 25 percent of the work is the actual photo and 75 percent of the work I do in Photoshop.” The New Beginnings IMAGEOGRAPHY Bob Snell’s photography is on display at Wells art show will be on display Fargo Home Mortgage in Rancho Santa Fe in the show New Beginnings. Photo by David Wiemers until Feb. 28.

New golf pros teaching guests at Grand Del Mar SAN DIEGO — The said. A Professional Golfers Grand Golf Club at The Grand Del Mar has expand- Association teaching proed its teaching staff, nam- fessional who specializes in ing Derek Uyeda as lead state-of-the-art computerinstructor and Phil Rodgers ized video instruction and swing analysis, as staff instructor. Uyeda most recentAccording to ly taught at Shawn G. Cox, Stadium Golf director of golf at Center in San The Grand Golf Diego. Club, the pair will He was also a help accommodate golf instructor and a growing interest in golf instruction partner at the San at the property, Diego Golf Institute and help develop at Riverwalk Golf and spearhead DEREK UYEDA Club, and a PGA innovative new proteaching profesgrams at the resort’s 18- sional at Mission Bay Golf hole, 7,160-yard private Course, as well as first assiscourse. tant and instructor at Pro “Both Phil and Derek Kids Golf Academy in San are highly credentialed pro- Diego. fessionals, and we are honNamed the 2009 ored to have them on our Southern California Section instructional team,” Cox Professional Golfers’

Association Teacher of the times on the PGA Tour. Year and the 2008 Teacher Most recently, he was of the Year for the San inducted into the 2009 Diego Chapter of the PGA, Southland Golf Hall of he was also ranked among Fame, which lauds him as the top 35 golf instructors “one of the most recognized in California in Golf and decorated golf teachers Digest’s “Best Teachers in in the world.” Perhaps best known for Your State” edition for competing against Bob 2003-2004. Native San Diegan Phil Charles in a 36-hole playoff Rodgers is a veteran golfer in the 1963 British Open, Rodgers has who played for 22 worked with more years on the PGA than 100 Tour playTour and six years ers on their games, on the Senior including Jack Tour. His career Nicklaus. includes being For 20 years, named among Golf Digest’s Top 50 he was a golf Instructors every instructor at the year since the list’s Grand Cypress inception, winning PHIL RODGERS Academy of Golf in the NCAA Division Orlando, Fla., I Championship while play- where he helped contribute ing at the University of to the biomechanics book, Houston and winning five “Swing Like A Pro.”

VISTA — An Escondido man accused of a string of holdups throughout the county will have to stand trial on charges relating to 21 robberies, a San Diego Superior Court judge ruled Jan. 19. Joel Chacon, 32, pleaded not guilty to committing the 21 robberies, which occurred between August and October of last year. His charges relate to holdups in Oceanside, Escondido, San Marcos, Vista and San Diego. Authorities dubbed Chacon the “Sunset Bandit” because the robberies generally occurred around dusk. After a three-day preliminary hearing, in which victims from each robbery testified, Judge Joan Weber found enough evidence to bind Chacon over on all but one robbery charge. Chacon’s attorney, Kathleen Cannon, argued that her client wasn’t responsible for all of the holdups and pointed to shaky witness identification and grainy surveillance video as her proof. “The concern I have is that we are going to lay everything on the feet of Mr. Chacon,” Cannon said. Still, Weber said the victims’ identification, in court as well as during police lineups, coupled with surveillance videos and other circumstantial evidence provided sufficient evidence for 21 of the 22 robbery charges filed against Chacon. Weber dismissed the final robbery charge relating to a Nov. 4 holdup in Escondido after a witness testified Chacon was not the suspect. Prosecutors had alleged that Chacon, who was arrested the following day, used the money from that robbery to pay for his rented room in an Escondido residence. Following Chacon’s arrest, San Diego Police Detective Chris Holt said he didn’t investigate any more similar types of robberies. The robberies linked to Chacon all had a similar style in which the suspect would attempt to purchase an inexpensive item from a shop or fast-food restaurant and when the teller opened the register he would demand the cash and usually brandish a firearm, the detective said. Holt testified two “robbery kits” were found in Chacon’s room. Each kit contained a baseball hat, a bandana and sunglasses, he said. Additionally, one of the kits also contained a silver and black replica handgun. Chacon remains in custody on $1 million bail. A trial date was set for April 27.


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You haven’t seen Palm Springs until you’ve seen it through the eyes of Robert Imber, the city’s mid-century architecture guru who has probably forgotten more about the subject than any other mortal will ever know.

Imber’s passion and expertise on modernism can excite even the most ignorant, and taking one of his tours explains why the city is enjoying yet another facet of its evolution. “Palm Springs is considered the Mecca of MidCentury Modernism,” he explained, “so it is high on the list of cultural tourism destinations.” In fact, the city is on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of architectural destinations and has been designated a Preserve America city. On a recent and unusually chilly December afternoon, Imber maneuvered a minivan in and out of several Palm Springs neighborhoods, pro-

viding an expertly abridged oral history of the city. “The first non-Indian residents arrived in the mid1800s and the first attempts at farming failed, but people discovered the curative aspects of the climate in the 1920s,” he said. That’s when the wellheeled arrived with entire households for long winter stays and built homes, mostly in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. The Village of Palm Springs was incorporated in 1938 and grew during World War II when Generals Eisenhower and Patton brought troops to the area to train.Then came the post-war building boom — a time when some architects escaped the staid East to try something dramatic and different in the West. “Palm Springs was where residents were willing to buy or commission architecture they’d not likely choose back in New York, Seattle or Indianapolis,” Imber said. “The mild desert climate allowed walls of glass, open carports and indoor-outdoor living.” TURN TO HIT THE ROAD ON 27


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COAST CITIES — The offices of Prudential California Realty have been active places since the beginning of 2010. Realtor Jim Sayour, of Prudential California R e a l t y ’s La Jolla office, was re c e n t ly asked to play the piano at a reception promoting emerging technoloJIM SAYOUR gies in cancer treatment, held by the Scripps Health Foundation, at La Jolla Country Club. Sayour donates his time to play the piano every Thursday, to reduce the stress of the patients and family members at Scripps Memorial Hospital Trauma Center La Jolla. Nicki Marcellino, manager of Prudential California Realty’s La J o l l a office, welcomed G w e n Coronado, a broker associate, to her team of real estate professionGWEN als. CORONADO Coronado created www.FengShuiSanDiego.co m to provide a resource for people interested in the ancient Chinese art. Realtor Jeannie Gleeson, of Prudential California Realty’s La Jolla office, re c e n t l y celebrated her 20th a n n i ve r sary in the real estate business and James Jam has once again JEANNIE been recogGLEESON nized for his outstanding sales performance. For the first three quarters of 2009, Jam ranked number 26 for his JAM JAMES sales production, and number 54 for the number of homes he sold, out of 3,400 Prudential agents in Southern California. Eric and Peggy Chodorow,a mother-son team TURN TO PRUDENTIAL ON 26

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The Temecula wine stars dominate a galaxy of wine selections at one of the really flavorful steakhouses in Southern California, Vail Ranch Steakhouse in Temecula. Only prime wines would be able to match up with a beef dining room like Vail Ranch, one of the very few locations that offer dry aged prime beef that is processed at the restaurant. “We have thousands of steaks in a temperature controlled locker just inside the main entrance,” owner Ron Walton told me. “Customers come through the front door and immediately they are attracted by the big bay window showing Angus USDA Prime steaks in a 28-day aging before being served. It dates back to the traditional preparation of top quality beef, that brings out the concentrated flavor of the steak,” he said. Temperatures usually range from 36 degrees to freezing, with humidity at 85 degrees to reduce water loss. Maximum juices are locked in place to make sure that flavor is enhanced and the steak is tenderized. The dry aging process takes special care and supervision by someone who is part butcher and part menu chef. At Vail Ranch that responsibility is on the broad

WHAT’S COOKING? George Kapetsonis is the executive chef at Vail Ranch Steakhouse featuring dry-aged steaks. Photo by Frank Mangio

shoulders of George Kapetsonis. He recommends the Bone-in Filet Mignon, a rare menu item of unusual flavor. I chose the T-Bone Steak, another menu selection not normally seen on most steakhouse menus. It was set in Au Gratin potatoes, seasonal vegetables and horseradish butter. A delicious appetizer, the Beef Bruschetta, consisted of sautéed beef tenderloin, herb and garlic, cherry tomatoes and blue cheese. Walton reminded me that “the economy told us to diversify with not just high-end steaks. We have 20 items on the menu for

I know tradition holds that Super Bowl parties should be long-neck beer, plenty of chips and salsa and burgers on the barbecue. Try something different, contemporary and more appealing with wine, cheese, rustic cold cuts and fresh-baked breads. A crisp Sauvignon Blanc, an Argentine Malbec, a regal California Cabernet, a Washington Syrah and a traditional Chianti Classico from Tuscany would be sure to attract a “super” guest list. Top it off with a Portuguese Port with desserts and you have scored more than the winning team. Here’s a rule-of-thumb on how many bottles to have on hand. One normal size 750 ml bottle contains 25.4 ounces of wine. This should be enough to serve five glasses of wine. Calculate three glasses of wine average per guest for two to three hours of partying. Multiply the number of guests by the number of glasses per person and divide by five, and you will come up with the number of bottles needed. Say you’re having 20 guests, you will then need 12 bottles. Always provide plenty of nonalcoholic drinks as optional choices.

under $20. These are complete meals.” Back to the wines, which are predominately Temecula Valley and are equally whites and reds. “We are a big supporter of Temecula Wines,” he said. “In addition to 15 wines by the glass, we offer 19 choices of local wines.” I had the ’05 Palumbo Family Vineyards Cab Franc, a nice pairing to the dry aged steaks on the menu.Vail Ranch also offers live music in the casual Wine Bytes lounge, lunch and a Sunday — Pechanga Casino in Brunch. For more informa- Temecula presents a chocolate tion, call (951) 694-1475. TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 22 See more at www.vailranch-

Local student’s documentary wins award By Lillian Cox

LA COSTA — Rob Miller, a senior at La Costa Canyon High School, won the Geoffrey Caine Award for “Best Student” documentary at the Idyllwild International Cinema Festival earlier this month. His film titled “From Page to Stage: The Journey of Heartland” follows the struggles of playwrights Anita Simons and Lauren Simon as they wrote “Heartland” and their subsequent efforts to put it to film. The play, which deals with German-American internment camps during World War II, premiered to sell-out houses at MiraCosta College in Novermber 2008. It went on to place second in the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Steve Savage, founder of the Idyllwild film festival, admits to being surprised at the sophistication of Miller’s work. “The cinematography is beyond anything I’d seen from a high school student,” he said. “To a nonwriter it might not be interesting because it’s about the writing process, but everyone in the audience was glued to it. Rob’s an exceptional film maker and I’m glad we were able to be his first festival.”

ACTION! Rob Miller (right) with Steve Savage, founding director of the Idyllwild International Cinema Festival. Miller was the winner in the “Student” category earlier this month for his documentary “From Page to Stage: The Journey of Heartland.” He is a senior at La Costa Canyon High School. Photo courtesy of Rob Miller

Miller’s dream of being a director began when he saw Woody Allen’s 2005 film “Match Point.” “It inspired me — the writing, direction, camera, cinematography,” he said. “It was the first time I looked at a film like a painting. I went from wanting to be an actor to a director.” Miller decided to enroll in the film program at La

Costa Canyon High School. A fortuitous meeting with playwright Anita Simons in 2008 at a podiatry event gave a boost to his career. Simons’ husband and Miller’s father are podiatrists. “When I met Rob he was 16 years old and told me he was interested in working in film,” Simons said. “I proposed the idea to make a

documentary about my first produced play ‘Heartland,’ written with Lauren Simon.” Simons said Miller attended auditions and rehearsals and interviewed the two writers and director Eric Bishop. “Lauren and I were both blown away after viewing ‘From Page to Stage: The Journey of Heartland,’” she said. “We realized what an incredible job this young man had done and how lucky we were to observe his own journey from a shy teenager to outstanding director/producer.” Miller was able to make the documentary with equipment and a crew made available through a mentorship program offered by the Del Mar Television Foundation. “I finished the film at the beginning of November and took it to them,” he said. “They really liked it and decided to air it the month of January.” Another fateful meeting occurred when Miller contracted the services of educational consultant Denise McGregor to help with college planning. “She told me she was working on a film festival in Idyllwild and that the founder, Steve Savage, was an upcoming director,” he TURN TO DOCUMENTARY ON 21

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ESCONDIDO — For about one year, Janet and Ronald Reiswig were millionaires; unfortunately, that same year 39 people became victims in a investment scheme run by the couple. The Reiswigs pleaded guilty Jan. 14 to three felony grand theft charges relating to stealing approximately $1.9 million from August 2006 to July 2007 through their two nonprofit businesses, U.S. America and Global Reserve, BJ. The couple faces three years in prison when sentenced in February for admitting three felony counts of grand theft. That sentence will be added on to existing prison time the couple is currently serving out of Orange County relating to a 2008 felony fraud conviction. Additionally, their assets — including approximately $1 million in cash — which were frozen at the time of their arrest, will be distributed back to the victims, Deputy District Attorney Anna Winn said. The 39 victims, at least half of whom are 65 years or older, responded to an ad posted in the San Diego Union-Tribune by the Reiswigs’ company, U.S. America, for Certificates of Deposit under FDIC, according to court documents. At least nine victims were from North County, Winn said. The remaining victims were from other parts of San Diego County. During the 11-month period, the Reiswigs spent $800,000 of the victims’ money on vehicles, rent, credit cards and a $100,000 motor home, Winn said. They didn’t have any other source of income except for the 73-year-old Ronald Reiswig’s social security. The Reiswigs faced more than 100 counts, including grand theft charges and securities violations, relating to the scheme. Their plea comes weeks before they were set to go to trial. At one point, Janet Reiswig, 66, planned to try her case without the aid of an attorney. “I think she found it was going to be a bit more difficult reviewing the documentation; there is more than 30,000 pages of discovery,” her attorney, alternate public defender Dale Santee, said. Santee declined to comment about how the decision to plead guilty came about citing attorney client privileges and the pending sentencing. Winn said a late plea is typical of defendants when they get close to trial and TURN TO GUILTY ON 22


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

A report for the week of Jan. 12, 2010 to Jan. 19, 2010

TWO TIMING A red and white Schwinn five-speed tandem bicycle valued at $8,000 was reportedly stolen from North Vulcan Avenue in Encinitas sometime after 10:30 p.m. Jan. 16. BANK ROBBERY Bank of America on South Coast Highway 101 in Solana Beach was reportedly robbed around 5:30 p.m. Jan. 12 of $3,700. AFTER HOURS A 24-year-old man was reportedly robbed of $50 and his identification card around 1 a.m. Jan. 17 on South Coast Highway 101 in Cardiff-by-theSea. CAR STOLEN Someone reportedly stole a 1993 black Infinity from Adams Street in Carlsbad sometime around 1:30 p.m. Jan. 16. A TREND? A Honda CBR 1000 valued at $14,000 was reportedly stolen from Pomelo Drive in Vista sometime between 5 p.m. Jan. 12 and 6 a.m. Jan. 13. BAD MORNING A man on Hastings Drive in Carlsbad reportedly had a knife pulled on him around 6:10 a.m. Jan. 12 after he confronted someone burglarizing his car. DISCOUNT ROBBERY Two men armed with a firearm reportedly robbed a discount store on Carlsbad Village Drive of an undisclosed amount of cash around 6:55 p.m. Jan. 13. MAN ROBBED A 19-year-old man was reportedly robbed around 11:10 p.m. Jan. 17 on Escondidio Avenue at Eucalyptus Avenue in Vista of $40 and his cell phone.

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BLING STING Someone reportedly burglarized a Vista residence on Sinkler Way of nearly $2,500 in jewelry sometime between 7 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Jan. 14. SOUND ADVICE A vehicle parked on Pioneer Avenue in Vista was reportedly burglarized sometime between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 12 of stereo components. CHEAP SHOT Someone reportedly shot at an inhabited residence on Avenida de Benito Juarez in Vista around 4:30 p.m. Jan. 17. No injuries were reported. DODGE STOLEN A Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck valued at $7,900 was reportedly stolen from Lyon Circle in Vista sometime between 8 p.m. Jan. 14 and 6:30 a.m. Jan. 15.

CRIME LOG Compiled by Randy Kalp The following information was gathered from law enforcement’s most available records for the week of Jan. 12, 2010 to Jan. 19, 2010

ENCINITAS Petty Theft 2, Burglary 3, Vandalism 1, Assault 0, Grand Theft 1, Robbery 0 SOLANA BEACH Petty Theft 0, Burglary 1, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 1, Robbery 1 CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA Petty Theft 0, Burglary 1, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 1 DEL MAR Petty Theft 0, Burglary 1, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0 CARLSBAD Petty Theft 3, Burglary 12, Vandalism 5, Assault 0, Grand Theft 3, Robbery 1 SAN MARCOS Petty Theft 0, Burglary 0, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0 OCEANSIDE Petty Theft 0, Burglary 0, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0 VISTA Petty Theft 6, Burglary 19, Vandalism 2, Assault 1, Grand Theft 5, Robbery 1


Emerson Guzman is currently the transportation and distribution wanted for his alleged involvement of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine in a significant narcotics conspirathroughout the New York area. cy. Guzman was born March 25, Members of the Gulf Cartel, who 1972, in the Dominican Republic. were based out of Reynosa, Mexico, He is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs directly supplied the organization. 150 pounds. Guzman has black hair Guzman was alleged to be specifiand brown eyes, and is thought to cally involved in the transportation EMERSON have fled to the Dominican of large amounts of cocaine from GUZMAN Republic. He also has ties to the Atlanta, Ga. to New York. Guzman New York area. has been a fugitive since August of 2007. He Guzman was thought to be a significant was charged federally with conspiracy to dismember of a Dominican drug trafficking tribute narcotics in the Southern District of organization based out of Washington New York on Aug. 14, 2007. If you have any Heights, N.Y. information concerning this man, contact This organization was responsible for the nearest FBI office or American Embassy.

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Never attempt to arrest a fugitive yourself. These files should not be relied upon for any type of legal action. If the subject is a fugitive from our 10 Most Wanted page, e-mail San Diego Crime Stoppers or call their hot line at 888-580-TIPS 24 hours a day. For details, log on to www.sdsheriff.net/tmw. For warrant inquiries, information or to pass along a tip, use the sheriff’s online Tip Form.

Seyyed Nasser Alavi Loftabad Battery, Unlawful Penetration, 2005

Ricardo Reyes Attempted Murder 2001

Brandon Scott Ellis Conspiracy September 2008

Julio Cesar JacoboCuriel Murder San Marcos, 2008

Gerardo M. Gomez Attempted Murder December 2004

Imedo Molina Laurel Murder December 2005

Jose A. Lopez Attempted Murder December 2004

Ricardo Persona Rape, Child Molestation San Diego, Jan. 1997

Julio Romero Child Molestation Ramona, 2005

Arturo G. Gomez Rape with Force San Diego, May 2007

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RANCHO SANTA FE — From the Images of America series, a new history of Rancho Santa Fe, written by Vonn Marie May and the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, launched its on-sale date Jan. 25. In addition, a book on the rich history of Carmel Valley, also launched Jan. 25. The book is written by Elizabeth Barratt and the Carmel Valley Historical Society. The books can be purchased for $21.99 through Arcadia Publishing online at www.arcadiapublishing.com, or call (888) 313-2665.

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SOLANA BEACH — St. James Academy will observe Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 25 through Jan. 31. The week will conclude with a tree-planting ceremony in honor of community helpers and an Open House from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 31.

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COAST CITIES — A new clay studio, Fire and Mud, has opened featuring local artist instructors and specializing in alternative firing techniques. Fire and Mud Studios is at 740 Metcalf, Suite 29 in Escondido.Visit www.fireand mudstudios.com or call (760) 622-9169 for details.

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Man pleads not guilty in gunpoint robbery By Randy Kalp

SAN MARCOS — An 18-year-old man accused of the assault and robbery of three men in their apartment will have to stand trial on charges relating to the crime, a judge ruled Jan. 21. Christopher Peart pleaded not guilty to three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count each of robbery with a firearm allegation and grand theft relating to an early morning Nov. 29 incident at a San Marcos apartment. After arriving at the apartment the evening before with his two friends, one of whom, Edward Steagell, lived at the residence, Peart got into an altercation with a third man, Michael Laird, who also resided at the apartment, according to witness testimony. Laird testified at some point, Peart stole his .357 magnum handgun and used it to commit the robbery and assault of the three men, Deputy District Attorney Laurie Hauf said in a phone interview. She said Laird testified he was beaten unconscious several times throughout the attack. If convicted, Peart faces more than 10 years in prison, Hauf said. While Laird was forthright in his testimony about Peart being the person who robbed him that evening, Steagell’s younger brother, Keith Childress, testified he didn’t remember anything from that night. When asked if he remembered telling the police that Peart forced the men into a bedroom at gunpoint and attacked Laird, Childress again testified he didn’t remember what he said. “No, it’s a blur,” Childress testified. “I don’t remember telling the police anything.” Childress testified he immediately went to bed when the trio got back to his brother’s apartment; however, he told police he heard a commotion that evening and when he walked out he saw Peart with a gun in his hand. Additionally, he told police that he and his brother tried to get the weapon away from the defendant. Peart, who remains in custody, is scheduled to be back in court Feb. 18.

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READY TO ATTACK Rancho Santa Fe Attack Girls Under 15 team, from left, top row, Coach Nate Hetherington, Rachel Larkin, Lauren Miller, Genna McGrath and Claire Wolcott with middle row Gracie Dhanens, Teresa Echols, Emily Gruzdowich, Wylie Schwartz, Dani Appleton, Maddie Scott, Mackenzie Guarano, Cathie Haynor and Kate Larkin, plus front row, Dana Conlin and Samantha Rauch, ended their season jubilant as 2009 Presidio League Champions. The 14- and 15-year-old girls live in Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Encinitas and Carlsbad. The girls have now won the Presidio League for two years running, coached by Hetherington. Courtesy photo

Encinitas woman lives through Haitian quake By Wehtahnah Tucker

ENCINITAS — Doris Keats had a dream about an earthquake last Monday night only to wake up Tuesday, Jan. 12, to news that Haiti had been rocked by one. Her concern immediately turned to the safety of her friend, Dotty Valdez, who arrived in Port-AuPrince just hours before the earthquake. Valdez, a longtime Encinitas resident and former owner of The Outgrown Shop on South Coast Highway 101, was on her second trip to Haiti as part of a small contingent of volunteers bringing supplies to the elderly living at St. Stephen’s Home outside of the capital city. As reports of the devastation trickled in, Keats said she waited anxiously for news of her friend. “I was wondering what happened to them knowing they

were there,” she said. Soon a bright spot appeared on the horizon, as Valdez was able to send a dispatch of sorts to her friends and family Jan. 14. Keats said she was relieved to hear Valdez was safe and began sharing the news with others. “She is very wellknown in the community,” she said. Valdez was driving south on a mountain approximately one hour outside of the capital when the earthquake struck. “The mountain began to collapse, landslides, boulders falling on cars, the road began to shake, crack and houses crumbled,” she wrote. “The car in front of us was hit by boulders, a woman had her foot severed, screams of children, adults and animals everywhere.” Just a few hours earlier, Valdez was eating lunch at

Ranch’s Glen Bell, founder of Taco Bell, dies at 86 By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — Taco titan Glen W. Bell, founder of the fast food empire Taco Bell, passed away in his Rancho Santa Fe home on Jan. 16. Bell was 86 years old. In his 1999 biography “Taco Titan,” Bell was quoted as saying, “We changed the eating habits of an entire nation.” So true. In the 1950s, at a time when fast food was emerging as a cultural phenomenon and hamburgers were the rage, Bell introduced the hard shell taco to a mass market and Americans fell in love. Bell grew from one small drive-in in San Bernadino to an empire that was eventually

purchased by PepsiCo in 1978 for $125 million. Locally, Bell also owned Bell Gardens, a model produce farm, which provided pumpkins at Halloween time along with other produce. School children were encouraged to attend the farm and demonstrations were given in how to grow crops.The highlight, however, was a miniature train station that Bell built, providing children with a ride around the farm. Bell hoped to turn the farm’s success into a theme park much like Knott’s Berry Farm, but it never happened. Bell is survived by his wife Martha, a daughter, two sons, and four grandchildren.

the Oblate Provincial in Port-au-Prince, which is completely demolished she reported. The group had intended to spend the night there, but decided to travel to their final destination, Les Cayes, a port city in southwestern Haiti instead. The stroke of good fortune did not stop there for Valdez and her travel companions, Wilma Tibbitts of San Ysidro and Fr. Ray Lacasse OMI. After abandoning their vehicle and personal belongings to travel south on foot in the dark, the three were picked up by a group of United Nations workers from Sri Lanka. “They put us in the back of a big UN truck — also filled with many others — wounded, babies, etc. and took us to the UN camp. The UN treated a few of the wounded, but did not have facilities for the many helpless

and homeless,” Valdez wrote. “We were fortunate to be allowed to stay with them.” Back in the United States, Lisa Valdez Lindgren, Valdez’s daughter, spent an anxious 24 hours waiting to hear news about her mother. “I tried not to panic,” the Santa Barbara resident said. After several phone calls to the Fr. Bill at the Oblate in San Fernando and a series of e-mails she got word that Valdez was not in the capital when the earthquake struck. “All I knew the first night was that Mom was on a road in a landslide,” she said. Although she hasn’t actually spoken to her, Valdez Lindgren said she has received e-mails from her mother. “The first day was very scary and stressful,” she said. “But my husband is a very calm person

and he’s been a huge help.” During the first terrifying night after the earthquake, Valdez said aftershocks came frequently and described them as “loud and frightening.” She also recounts the generosity of the United Nations soldiers and relying on faith to get her through the darkness. “The UN soldiers are Buddhists and had a Buddhists shrine erected. Fr. Ray suggested that we all pray together. The soldiers (about 20 or so), knelt and chanted. We joined in with them and it became a very bonding experience. We all prayed to the same God. Everything was all so uncertain, as we had no communication, especially about the roads, etc.” The group eventually made it to Les Cayes. “We TURN TO QUAKE ON 25

Elderly man takes plea deal in deadly shooting of roommates By Randy Kalp

ESCONDIDO — Retired musician Octavian Crishan, who is accused of shooting his two roommates, killing one of them, took a plea bargain Jan. 14 that could keep him locked up for more than a decade. Crishan, 71, entered a no contest plea to a voluntary manslaughter charge and attempted voluntary manslaughter count in connection to gunning down longtime friend Herman Wiesemeyer and his other roommate, Matthew Vivian, on Feb. 18, 2007, in their

Escondidio home on Parktree Lane. Wiesemeyer, 67, died from the attack, while Vivian, a registered nurse in his mid-40s at the time, sustained a gunshot wound to his face but survived. As Judge Joel Pressman went over the specifics of the plea with Crishan, the former concert violinist acknowledged he understood the details of the agreement. “I understand what I am doing now,” Crishan told the judge after outlining the litany of medications he

is prescribed. Additionally, Crishan admitted to two firearm allegations. When he is sentenced March 10, he faces more than 15 years in prison. Despite the potential prison time, the now-grayhaired musician who played the Las Vegas strip with the likes of Sammy Davis and Elvis Presley told Pressman he believed entering the plea would “facilitate the progress” of his case, which he said would ultimately be TURN TO PLEA ON 25



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The art of nothingness on a laid-back Saturday morning MACHEL PENN Machel’s Ranch I really miss journal writing. I used to do that more frequently. I think it’s important to remember the little things that make you happy. Like for instance, my quiet time used to be coffee and Saturday morning journal writing on my bed, with the curtains wide open to the trees just outside my window. The birds used to gather there and I would be just the happiest slacker on those mornings. Now my life has become my family, the paper, and there is no more room for those glorious dull moments looking for things to do on a Saturday. Back in my 20s, I lived in these cabins in Studio City in Los Angeles, I had moments like those. I remember developing a thing for roller blading on the weekends, watching CMT country music videos and old movies in my spare time. I remember attending my UCLA writing classes and most of the students did not have computers then. The Brother Word Processor was the hot ticket. And, if you wanted your book to be considered by a publisher, you had to mail the bulk 400 pages in a big cardboard box, with a self-addressed envelope. Now everything is fast with technology. To sit on a Saturday with rain just outside my window is exactly what I need.The air is quiet. I can hear the thoughts of days gone past. What’s funny about life is there is a tendency to always want what you do not have. I feel with age I am finally figuring out how to be in the moment. “This moment right now is all you will ever be.” You may be thinking, “What does she mean by that? What about goals? The future, the past?” What I want to tell you is this: I have learned through the last years that one dream coming true can destroy other tiny dreams. Sometimes we wish for what we want, we want it all of our lives and then when we attain it, the rest dissolves like the foamy waters across the sand. I guess the trick is remembering not to forget “you” along the way. Life cannot always squeeze in each of our dearly needed things.There is a taking and a giving, a time for what we need and don’t, and a time to grieve for what we lost along the way, or decided wasn’t

what we needed to fulfill our overall destination. That book “The Power of Now,” by Eckhart Tolle might be a bit wordy, but his philosophy explains my earlier statement. I don’t want to bore you with that living in the moment commentary. It’s Saturday and here I am in my pajamas finally doing again what I loved to do, which is just journal writing to my heart’s content. Never underestimate those moments that feel dull, round and boring. They are sometimes the best of all because they leave room for thought, pondering, and self-reflection. I want to stress to you the importance of just making time for yourself. Have you gone to the bookstore lately? If you haven’t, try it. Reading books has been my source of contentment for many years. I know this is not my usual column. Maybe the rain is drawing my spirit ?inward. This rain, the storm, the whipping palm trees have triggered these thoughts of solitude, which have reminded me to keep my Saturdays clear for moments like these. Don’t forget the “art of doing nothing” on occasion. You might find yourself smiling more during the week.

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were there to represent their districts at the International Assembly Convention. Bill and Karla Banning hosted the party at their sprawling ranch-style home in Rancho Santa Fe. I snapped a picture of Rajyalakshmi Vadlamani, district governor from Andhra Pradesh, India, with Rob Mullally from the Del Mar Rotary. Rancho Santa Fe Rotarian Ole Prahm also paused for a photo with Torrey Pines representative Kylie McGlynn. The food and drinks were overflowing, and due to the international guest attendance, no one there would’ve ever guessed that it was the infamous day the Chargers lost in the playoffs. Later that evening, Robin and I attended Restaurant Week at my favorite place, Mille Fleurs. Sundays are usually quiet in the Ranch, but that night the energy was buzzing inside the dining room. Host Julien Hug and Manager Marko Dedic enhanced our dining night out with all of their first-class treatment and service. I enjoyed the cream of parsley soup, followed by an exquisite beef fillet, while Robin enjoyed the grilled swordfish. Chef Martin even checked on us, making sure everything was delightful. I ended my dinner with the chocolate truffles served with raspberries. These chocolate delectables could turn any depressed maniac into a smiling individual. Another wonderful surprise, there was a guest piano player in the bar. We stayed a little longer to listen to the music at our table, which overlooked the French doors right off of the courtyard. While other restaurants are rumored to be for sale and with recent management turnover down the street, Mille Fleurs remains the premier dining place in Rancho Santa Fe. After 25 years, who can top that? Thanks Julien and everyone else for the wonderful evening. On Jan. 20, I found out there is a local resident featured in the internationally acclaimed “Chicken Soup for the Soul: True Love.” Sage Breslin’s story, “One Enchanted Evening” is featured on page 13. As a local intuitive and psychologist, Sage’s writings and practice help inspire and encourage others on how to overcome life’s daily struggles. You can visit her Web site at

PUPPY PARTY Pamela and Avery Devaney with good friends Kelly and Londyn Mayerick at L’Auberge in Del Mar. Photo by Machel Penn

On Jan. 16, L’Auberge hosted a canine cocktail party, which introduced their new mascot, Sofie. Thanks to Sofie fans and supporters, dogs are now welcome at L’Auberge with their owners. I managed to squeeze some time in on my Saturday (my new day to do nothing) to ANIMAL LOVER Sandra attend this fun event. When I Simpson from Second Chance showed up, it truly was a Dog Rescue at L’Auberge. Photo FOUR-LEGGED FUN Ranch resident Susie Robinson with her cute canine cocktail party. I ran by Machel Penn terrier. Photo by Machel Penn into one of my favorite Ranch residents Susie Robinson with her cute terrier. We shared some conversation about the torrential downpours headed our way. I was also thrilled to run into Nedra Abramson from the Helen Woodward Center. I snapped an adorable shot of some puppies looking for homes right here in Rancho Santa Fe. Travis Burns is also featured in the photo. Nedra filled me in on some important details regarding Spring Fling this year. “Best in Show” will be held June 5 on the property of Helen Woodward. This is one of my favorite events of the INTERNATIONAL Rajyakalsh- GOOD OLE TIME Rancho LOVE STORY Local author Sage year. I will be updating you on mi Vadlamani, district governor Santa Fe Rotarian Ole Prahm with Breslin is featured in “Chicken new developments in my colfrom Andhra Pradesh, India, with Torrey Pines representative Kylie Soup for the Soul-True Love” umn. Sandra D. Simpson from Rotarian Rob Mullally. Photo by McGlynn. Photo by Machel Penn series. Courtesy photo Second Chance Rescue was TURN TO MACHEL’S RANCH ON 27 Machel Penn also there with dogs to adopt from their shelter. She informed me that last year they saved more than 1,000 dogs from shelters and found home for them in 2009. Thanks so much for sharing your message with me. Check out their Web site at www.secondchancedogrescue.com. Before I left, I had to thank Pamela Devaney, regional director of public relations, for inviting me. She is featured with her daughter Avery and good friends Kelly and Londyn Rose. On Jan. 17, Patrick Galvin invited me to attend the International Rotary Club District Governor’s party in Rancho Santa Fe. The presi- RESTAURANT WEEK Julien Hug and Marko Dedic at Mille RANCH ROTARY Ranch Rotarian Patrick Galvin and friends. Photo by Machel Penn dents from all over the world Fleurs during Restaurant Week. Photo by Machel Penn



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So many books to read, so little time to actually read them It’s my favorite problem to have — too many books to read. Santa clearly knew that I had been very, very good last year and the result was a bumper holiday season for books. I thought I’d share. Some were given to me, some I bought with holiday money and some were books I bought for others, only to find they had already read them. My intentions were stellar, but I admit I generally pick gift books I’d kind of like to read myself. Then to really challenge myself, there are a couple of books in the stack that I don’t really want to read, but need to read. Vegetable books, I call them, whereas the rest are pure dessert. One is “Smart Women Finish Rich,” by David Bach. My friend raved about it, and, heaven knows I need it, but how-to books are just too much like homework for my taste. Just before the holidays, I read “South of Broad” by Pat Conroy. I don’t actually think it’s his best, but I’ve never read anything by Conroy I didn’t enjoy. Since Christmas, I have managed to get through “Let the Great World Spin,” by Colum McCann, given to me by my son. It’s a fascinating collection of characters all artfully tied to the amazing 1974 tightrope walk of Phillipe Petit between the Twin Trade Towers.

JEAN GILLETTE Small Talk I also read and thoroughly enjoyed “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, reminding us of when and why the civil rights movement was launched. Still filling my bedside basket are six more books. “The Shortest Distance Between Two Women” by Kris Radish, was sent to me by a friend who has never recommended a book I didn’t love. Next is the novel “Better,” a sequel to “Complications,” both by surgeon Atul Gawande, and purchased for my son, the medical studentto-be. Yep, those are the ones he’d already read. I decided to see what Tom Brokaw thinks of my gen-

eration, so I bought “Boom, Talking About the Sixties.” I also plan to read “The Greatest Generation” one of these days. Then I will abandon intellectual pursuits and indulge my love of the humor of the deep South with “God Save the Sweet Potato Queens” by Jill Conner Browne. I have read other Sweet Potato Queen books by Browne and they make me laugh — a lot. For more laughter, I turned to Public Radio humorist David Sedaris and bought “Me Talk Pretty One Day.” To round out the mind candy, I picked up “Someday my Prince Will Come” by Jerramy Fine. It looks like a laugh-out-loud book about a girl convinced throughout her youth that she would marry English royalty. Having had a serious, youthful crush on Prince Charles, the topic spoke to me. Then an outdoor-loving teacher-friend I always talk

books with, offered me “Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why” by Laurence Gonzales, along with “Between a Rock and a Hard Place,” by Aron Ralston, which tells of his having to cut his own arm off to escape being trapped in a remote canyon. Those should both be interesting if I can stomach them. My final treat, which I will save for last (it may be summer by then), is the sequel to “Pillars of the

Earth,” called “World Without End,” by Ken Follett. I adored “Pillars,” a perfect, thick epic set in 12th century England. I can’t wait to pick up where it left off and be submerged in historical fiction. In between, I managed to shoehorn in a short biography of Nelson Mandela from my school library. After seeing the movie, “Invictus,” I realized how sadly uninformed I was about Apartheid and Mandela himself. It is a fasci-

nating, disturbing and triumphant story. I plan to read more about it. My family keeps wondering why I’m in bed by 6:30 p.m. Odd, though, that I don’t turn off my light until midnight. Here’s to a year full of long waits at doctor’s offices, banks and coffee lines, so we can read, read, read with an absolutely clear conscience. Jean Gillette is a part-time editor and freelance writer. Contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com.

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DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate restaurant is difficult, but like anything, you get out of it what you invest, so take the time to train, educate, and inspire your staff no matter what kind of establishment you run. This applies to every restaurant — lowbrow, highbrow and everything in between. — Mix it up. I’m all for consistency and a good solid core menu, but change it up a bit with the seasons. I’m a big fan of osso bucco, but not so much in the middle of the summer. Menus that highlight local, seasonal ingredients show you are putting some thought in. — Create a soundtrack that fits your establishment. Seriously, I guess smooth jazz has its place somewhere in this world, but there is so much more out there. Music should not overpower the experience but add to it. Get creative, create a killer mix that reflects your cuisine, vibe and the personality of your space. — Huge menus are not a turn-on. To me it means you probably have a lot in your freezer. Trim your menu and focus on a core group of dishes that you do really well. Huge menus scream mediocrity. — Add more micro and specialty beers. It’s official, ales and porters are here to stay and their audience is growing. Some work fabulously with cuisine and it’s always

fun to develop interesting pairings. Light, mass-produced lagers have their time and place but for the most part, it’s not with food. — Put some thought into your marketing. Your restaurant is your identity, put some thought into how you represent yourself. Unidentifiable food shots in your ads do more to confuse potential customers than entice them. Put together a well-thought-out marketing strategy that includes a mix of traditional and digital mediums. This does not have to break your budget either. E-mail marketing is inexpensive and a great way to update your customers with menu changes and specials. Social media can also work to build your community. Communicate with and reward your existing customers as they are your best source of new business. If you have questions about any of this, there is this fabulous little boutique agency called Artichoke Creative that would be happy to give you some tips. — And, on one final note for those of you thinking of opening a new restaurant in the area, I think we are pretty much set on Italian, Mexican and sports bars. I know they tend to please the masses, but something a little more original would be fantastic. With that, here is to delicious, inspired, creative food and attentive, knowledgeable, and passionate servers. Not too much to ask right? David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative, an Encinitas based integrated marketing agency. He can be reached at david@artichoke-creative.com.

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OCEANSIDE — The actual Chinese New Year’s Day for 2010 falls on Feb. 14, but MiraCosta College will be celebrating most of February. On Feb. 2, a free Chinese New Year culture craft session welcomes children in grades K-5 to make Chinese paper lanterns from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Carlsbad Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. Feb. 7 is Family Art Day where the whole family learns how to make Chinese paper lanterns and do calligraphy from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Qigong instructor Fay McGrew will discuss the ancient Chinese health practice of self healing, Chinese medicine and tai chi from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 16 in Aztlan A and B, in the Student Center on the Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive. Acupuncturist Daniel Haun will give a presentation on traditional Chinese medical techniques and tips on how to improve overall health and well being. This workshop is scheduled noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 17 in Aztlan A & B, located in the Student Center on the Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive. The traditional Lion Dance and Kung Fu Presentation will be presented by the Oceanside Shen Chinese Kung Fu Academy from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Feb. 18 on the lawn at the center of the Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive and Feb. 25 in the Student Center at MiraCosta’s San Elijo Campus, 3333 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff. An Evening with Author Rosemary Gong will be held 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 18 in Aztlan A & B of the Student Center on the Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive. Gong is author of “Good Luck Life,” the essential guide to Chinese American celebrations and culture. A dinner buffet is included in the admission price of $30. Gong will also host a booksigning “meet and greet” at 5 p.m., also in Aztlan A & B. International Film Series presents “Forever Enthralled,” with three showings Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. in the Community Room at the Community Learning Center, 1831 Mission Avenue, Oceanside; 1 p.m. in Room 204 at the San Elijo Campus, 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff and 7 p.m. in Room 3601 on the Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive. The movie, (not rated) is a 2008 Chinese film about Mei

The Cadillac CTS posted an “Excellent” overall score and outpointed competitors from Acura, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Lincoln in Consumer Reports’ recent testing of five luxury sedans. The CTS earned an “Excellent” overall road test score of 84, outdistancing freshened versions of the Acura RL, which earned a “Very Good” score with 80 points; the redesigned Mercedes-Benz E350 and freshened Audi A6, which both earned “Very Good” scores of 79 points; and the Lincoln MKS, which earned a “Very Good” road test score of 75 points. The CTS trails only the Infiniti M35 among all luxury sedans in the category that CR has tested, but below-average reliability prevents CR from recommending it. The new MercedesBenz E350 has a slightly roomier interior and retains the same high-quality materials and fit and finish of the previous E-class, but it doesn’t quite live up to its predecessor’s great ride and handling. The Audi A6, now 5 years old, still holds its own against even the newest luxury sedans. The Acura RL has a smooth and refined powertrain, but it’s not the most exciting sedan to drive. The Lincoln MKS came with the uplevel EcoBoost turbocharged engine, which is bundled with AWD. Prices for the luxury sedans as tested ranged from $50,660 for the Acura to $55,245 for the MercedesBenz. Only the Acura is recommended. The MercedesBenz is too new to have reliability data. Because CR tested the Audi A6 3.0T and MKS EcoBoost with newly introduced engines, CR cannot predict their reliability. CR only Recommends vehicles that have performed well in its tests, have at least average predicted reliability based on CR’s Annual Auto Survey of its more than 7 million print and Web subscribers, and performed at least adequately if crash-tested or included in a government rollover test.


By Consumer Reports

TUNEFUL LEADERS From left, front row, the newly installed officers for the Palomar Pacific Chapter Music Men are President Joe Quince, Vice President Chapter Development Norm Shute, Music and Performance Joe Pascucci and Treasurer Don Naegele with, from left, back row, Past President Norm Pincock, Youth in Harmony Woody Cady, member-at-large Bruce Robin, Program Director Roger Hufferd, Installing Officer Allan Webb, member-at-large Jack Story and Secretary Al Leuthe. Courtesy photo

The Music Men install chapter officers OCEANSIDE — The Palomar Pacific Chapter Music Men, an a cappella chorus in North County, installed new officers at the Jan. 9 installation banquet including President Joe Quince, Vice President Chapter Development Norm Shute, Vice President Music and Performance Joe Pascucci,

Secretary Al Leuthe,Treasurer Don Naegele. Past President Norm Pincock, Vice President Youth in Harmony Woody Cady, Vice President Program Director Roger Hufferd and members-at-large Bruce Robin, Jack Story and Len Schaffner. The evening’s program, guided by Leuthe, saw Cady

named the chapter’s Barbershopper of the Year. He was chosen by former winners of this award for his outstanding service to the chapter. Scofield received the President’s Award and Anderson was named winner of the Director’s Award. The new board was installed by Allan Webb, Rookie of the

Year-Pal Pac 1987. The chorus meets each Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the San Marcos Senior Center at the intersection of Twin Oaks Boulevard and Richmar Avenue. Former barbershoppers and men who like to sing are invited to join them. The chapter’s new Web site is www.musicmenchorus.org.

I’m finding many rich Nigerian relatives CORY WATERHOUSE Doorman Diaries Dear Widowed Wife of a Really Rich Relative Who Planned Rather Poorly for His Untimely Demise, Hello Ngobe! How are you? Oh right. Dead husband. So, probably not great. Moving on ... Thank you for the generous offer of $7.4 million from a secret long lost relative that I didn’t even know existed! In Nigeria. This sounds like a snazzy episode of “Unsolved Mysteries,” except it’s an episode where TV host and longtime character actor Robert Stack is talking directly to me! You must also be a stun-

ning investigator since you managed to find me all the way over in the United States even though my first and last name were misspelled in your e-mail. Kudos to you! But Mrs. Mukhenze, I have a couple of questions about how this transaction might work. I’m not a brilliant banker/philanthropist/doctor/perfect human like your husband was so I’m curious why you’d need assistance from a dingle in Carlsbad to help you unlock the millions you and your husband have funneled away over the years. Instead of giving me $7.4 million to free up $24 million, why wouldn’t you just spend $250 an hour for a good attorney? I know lawyers are kinda slimy but I’d feel a tad guilty about bilking you, my newfound rich relative from Nigeria, out of a large portion of your fortune just so your bank doesn’t charge you afew thousand in fees. Or was it

your government? I’m still not clear on a few things. Is this new math money? Now that I think of it, how did you accumulate such a prodigious fortune when you both are so glaringly bad with your finances? And did I read correctly in your e-mail that you praised God and Allah in the same sentence? Boy are you barkin’ up the wrong teepee with that line Mukhenze. Wait, is that supposed to be McKenzie? Hmmm, yeah Spuds, that would make a lot more sense than Mukhenze. I’m beginning to see why you need some help. I’m sorry to inform you that it appears someone has replaced your brain with a flaming turd. Now that I think about it, I think you do actually owe me $7 million for wasting my time and exploiting

the brain dead, the elderly, and most of those tornado magnet denizens of the Deep South. I can’t imagine you could actually fool anyone else with your 419 scam malarkey. Then again, if someone is dumb enough to give you all their money because of an e-mail they got from a poor spelling stranger from another country, then maybe that person doesn’t deserve to have had any savings in the first place and should actually selflobotomize themselves just to chlorinate the gene pool a bit. That being said, I’ll be waiting patiently for my big check. Macallan wishes and candybar dreams, Cory “Doorman Diaries” is a biweekly column. Contact Cory Waterhouse via e-mail at doorman@coastnewsgroup.com, or read his blog at doorman-diaries.blogspot.com.

Recycling program helps children with cancer COAST CITIES —The Seany Foundation recently received more than $800 from Jimbo’s … Naturally! stores through its recycling program called “It’s in the Bag.” Every time shoppers brought in their own reusable bag, Jimbo’s gave them a wooden nickel they could drop in a charity’s donation box. The Seany Foundation is a nonprofit located in La

Jolla working to raise money for pediatric cancer research, as well as undertake patient care project for children currently fighting cancer. Jimbo’s sent the foundation a check for $828.30, which represents 16,566 wooden nickels (or 16,566 recycled bags). All donations made to The Seany Foundation go directly into completing current patient care projects and funding

pediatric cancer research at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego and Moores UCSD Cancer Center. The Seany Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded to carry on Sean Lewis Robins’ legacy of battling Ewing’s sarcoma and to help find a cure for pediatric cancer. The foundation works to ensure that research programs devoted to rare childhood cancers get funding.

Childhood cancer affects one in 330 children before they turn 20 years old. Cancer is the leading cause of death in children, and it is a random killer with no known cause. The goal at The Seany Foundation is to fund cutting-edge research for childhood cancers and to help improve the quality of life for teens and children as they struggle through their own cancer journeys.

CRs other findings include:

The Cadillac CTS gives up virtually nothing to the premium European cars tested in terms of refinement, powertrain, ride or handling. The ride is supple and controlled and handling is agile and sporty.The Cadillac CTS Premium RWD ($50,995, Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price as tested), is powered by a 304-hp, 3.6liter 6-cylinder engine that delivers lively performance TURN TO CONSUMER ON 25


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Stand-up paddlers steal surfers’ waves


PET WEEK Ariel is a 2-year-old, spayed, female, domestic short-haired feline with blue eyes and a lynxpoint coat. Ariel enjoys lots of attention and is low-key and relaxed. 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 accepted until 5:45 p.m. at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. For more information call (858) 756-4117, option No. 1 or log on to www.animalcenter.org.

I first saw Stand-UpPaddle (SUP) surfing in Waikiki when Hawaiian beach boy Bobby Achoy used one to take photos of tourists in the late ‘70s. Since then, Laird Hamilton and a few others have launched this sport within a sport, and with it some controversy at our local surf breaks. Cardiff looked good the other morning — a moderate steep, angled swell filling in the reef, glassy, just a few out. Still, I had heard another spot up the coast was firing so I raced down to check it out. When I got there it looked questionable, but empty, so I paddled out to find that it was nearly unsurfable. Cold and wet, I drove back to Cardiff to find that the crowd had more than doubled in my absence. Still, it wasn’t bad for a sunny weekend morning. By the time I got out the crowd had doubled again — 10foot-plus extra long boards, and half a dozen stand-up paddlers clogging south

LA JOLLA — The La Jolla Art Association presents the first Art and Food Exhibit, set from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 13 and open to all San Diego artists, chefs and cooks, at the La Jolla Art Association Gallery, 8100 Paseo Del Ocaso. This unusual and tasty event will be an art exhibit and recipe contest rolled into one. The winners of the best

peak alone. Boards and bodies outnumbered waves 10-to-one by the time I made it outside, so I abandoned the fiberglass jungle in order to catch a few leftovers inside. A decent shoulder-high wave approached, I spun around only to see a stand-up paddler stroking frantically from outside, after he had already caught every single set wave. He caught the wave and rode it to shore. No big deal — I’ll paddle down, farther south, to the beach break. There I sat, waiting for a wave with a handful of beginners who also hoped for the leftovers that were really nothing more than crumbs. Looking out, I saw that the numbers of stand-up

paddlers getting all the sets, two of them in particular, had gone into a feeding frenzy, at the expense of the wave-starved — never giving a break to the few hot kids trying to ride boards in the sub-six range. It had been a hard work week and I, like many others in the water, wanted nothing more than to release some tension, get wet, ride a few waves and go home to my wife and cats to wash the car. As I sat there content with the little leftover section, two stand up paddlers moved into position and proceeded to grab the few remaining scraps. I paddled back into the lineup where the process was repeated half a dozen times, and I finally found a tiny inside wave to ride to the beach, alone. On the sand I ran into friends of mine Dave and Rhonda Daum — fine people and longtime friends who own and operate King’s Paddle Sports, with the stat-

ed goal of “creating the world’s finest performing stand up paddleboards.” (Judging by them and those riding King’s boards, I would say they are well on their way to achieving their goal.) Still, in my frustration, I let Dave know that some of his friends were behaving badly, even though I realize that’s not his fault. Many of the SUP crew were smiling as they rode, never realizing that their joy was built on frustration. My frustration in the realization that I could no longer ride the wave that breaks two blocks from my house. Now, I realize that riders of SUPs will think this is nothing but whining, but I wonder how they would feel if they went home with one tiny wave to show for the day, at their home break? Or, what if 10 people they had never seen before paddled out on 20foot canoes, or on motorized vehicles that could catch

original artwork and the best original recipes will be featured in a publication, “La Jolla Artists’ Recipe Collection.” This is an opportunity for creative area residents to participate in the first visual and culinary art event. The artwork will be judged by artists to be announced. The recipes will be judged by San Diego culinary experts.

There will be prizes for the winning artwork and/or the winning recipes. The deadline for applications is Jan. 31. All artwork will be exhibited at the La Jolla Art Association Gallery from Feb. 1 to Feb. 14. Submit entry forms and fee by going to www.lajollaart.org at No Starving Artists! Fees for submitted artwork is only $45, for art-

work and a recipe is $50 and for recipe only is $15. Mail checks, made out to LJAA, and an entry form, to Art and Food, LJAA, 8100 Paseo Del Ocaso #B La Jolla, CA 92037. You can e-mail your images in jpeg form to sharnplfd@yahoo.com or to ajcuban@cox.net to reserve your space in this exhibition. For more information, call (619) 579-3615.


Del Mar ramps up penalty for false alarm calls Upcoming art contest will please palate and eye By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — The free ride for false alarms is coming to an end for banks and government-owned property such as public schools and the Del Mar Fairgrounds. At the Jan. 11 meeting, City Council introduced an amendment to its nuisance alarm ordinance that will extend the law to public and government agencies and institutions insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or FDIC. It was the second time in less than 14 months that the city made changes to the code. In November 2008, council approved new

laws that increased fees charged to property owners when law enforcement responded to false alarms and allowed cost recovery for the Fire Department, which did not charge for unnecessary dispatches at the time. The ordinance also decreased from four to three the number of false alarms property owners are allowed before being charged. According to staff research, the Fire Department responded to more than 230 false alarms in 2008 and 2009. About one-third of those calls TURN TO FALSE ALARM ON 23

Solana Beach the only local city to score well with Lung Association By Bianca Kaplanek

COAST CITIES — If they were students, Solana Beach would be receiving praise and Del Mar would likely be grounded following the release of the annual American Lung Association in California State of Tobacco Control report card, which graded 373 of the state’s cities and counties on their smoking ordinances. Each jurisdiction received points in three categories — smoke-free outdoor air, smoke-free housing and reducing the sales of tobacco products. Solana Beach went from an F in 2008 to a B in 2009, primarily because of new laws that went into effect in July banning smoking at all outdoor dining areas, farmers markets, playgrounds, recreational areas and sports arenas, as well as along the coastal rail trail. The amended ordinance also prohibits the sale of tobacco in vend-

ing machines and requires tobacco retailers to be licensed by the city. Del Mar also amended its smoking ordinance to include many of the same provisions, however, council members declined to implement tobacco retailer regulations that could reduce sales to minors because of the administrative efforts. They also said they didn’t believe tobacco sales to minors was an ongoing problem in the city, despite a report from Judi Strang of the San Dieguito Alliance for Drug Free Youth, who said decoy operations in Del Mar have resulted in sales to minors. Del Mar’s new laws helped the city improve from an F in 2008 to a D in 2009. A licensing provision likely would have earned the city a B since that is mainly where Del Mar and Solana Beach differ in points earned. In fact, Del TURN TO LUNG ON 24


Ranch authors’ book tells a harrowing tale LA JOLLA — The La Jolla/Riford Library presents Rancho Santa Fe residents and authors John and Jean Silverwood with a discussion of their book, “Black Wave, the Story of a

Family’s Adventure at Sea and the Disaster that Saved Them,” at 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at the La Jolla/Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave., in the La Jolla Community Room.



the world, endured an added 41,000 extra tons of carbon-dioxide-equivalent in December during the 11-day “climate summit.” The 15,000 delegates required 2,000 limousines (only five of which were electric or hybrid) to get around town, and the world leaders arrived and departed in 140 private jets, some of which had to be “parked” overnight in Sweden because of airport congestion. (2) In December, Obama administration officials, seeking to fulfill a campaign pledge of a more open federal government, held a multi-agency training session in Washington, D.C., on the Freedom of Information Act. The meeting was closed to the public. — A central purpose of the California Milk Board is to convince consumers to buy local dairy products to keep the spending in-state to help California’s farmers, but the board acknowledged in November that its promotion campaign’s advertising contract had gone to an agency in New Zealand. Said a board official: “We have a ... responsibility to spend (taxpayers’) hard-earned dollars as efficiently as we can.”

Why Africans Remain Impoverished

The extraordinary true tale of the Silverwood family and their survival, when faced with the most harrowing of events on the high seas, is a remarkable account.

Dakar, Senegal, was conceived to boost tourism and be a point of African pride, acting as a magnet for visitors and museum-goers. Problems have arisen (the statue was built by North Korean labor, has no distinct African theme, and features a female who reveals perhaps too much thigh). However, according to a November BBC News dispatch, Senegal’s president Abdoulaye Wade remains optimistic and has declared that, though the concept was his idea, he personally will magnanimously take only 35 percent of the revenue streams generated from visitors. — By 2004 presidential proclamation and 2007 statute, the U.S. government made it clear that no foreign official or family members would be allowed into the country if they are “involved in corruption” regarding oil or other natural resources in their home countries. However, as The New York Times reported in November, Equatorial Guinea’s oil minister (and son of its president) owns a $35 million estate in Malibu, Calif., that he visits regularly in his Gulfstream jet even though the U.S. Justice Department regards him as a major agent of corruption. (U.S. companies manage Equatorial Guinea’s oil production, and the State Department is reluctant to challenge the country, according to officials cited by the Times.)

— The huge, $27 million statue Fine Points of the Law In November, Powhatan County, (“African Renaissance”) being built in

The couple will present a pictographic narrative of this sea adventure that ended up being a voyage of self-discovery and survival. For questions, call the library at (858) 552-1657.

Va., prosecutors dismissed charges against five corrections officers despite evidence that they were involved in inappropriately fondling a K-9 service dog. During training, officers are expected to “bond” with their dogs, and one of the men was seen “touching the dog’s penis with his hand,” according to a prosecutor. However,Virginia law requires that the state prove “cruelty” to the dog, and the prosecutor, after consulting with veterinarians, concluded that he could not win the case.

Redneck Crime

1) In Morehead, Ky., in December, two men, ages 44 and 18, were charged with theft for allegedly swiping an 18inch-long bearded dragon lizard from the Eagles Landing Pet Hospital and trying, in two beverage stores, to exchange it for liquor. (2) Daniel Gable, 61, was arrested for breaking and entering a neighbor’s apartment in Fargo, N.D., in December. He had triggered the resident’s “burglar alarm,” which consisted of the stack of empty beer cans the resident places just inside his front door every night. (3) Lawyer Christopher Carroll was charged with misdemeanor battery in December for forcefully belly-bumping lawyer Jonathan Carbary during a courthouse hallway argument in St. Charles Township, Ill. Carroll said it TURN TO MORE ODD FILES ON 22

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Canadian New group forms to help local state beaches Tenors come to Ranch By Alyx Sariol

RANCHO SANTA FE — Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe will present the third performance of its season with The Canadian Tenors at 7 p.m. March 10. The internationallyknown vocal quartet consists of Remigio Pereira, Victor Micallef, Fraser Walters and Clifton Murray, with Murray replacing earlier member Jamie McKnight. In January 2009, McKnight left the group to focus on musical theatre, and Murray was tapped as his replacement. Dubbed “Canada’s National Treasure,” the Canadian Tenors charm audiences with their a mix of music and sounds from theater, classical, operetta, and alternative world pop, in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Maltese. The quartet performs music that is a mixture of classical and pop from “Panis Angelicus” Cohen’s to Leonard “Hallelujah.” Doors open at the Fellowship Hall of the Village Church at 6:15 p.m. for mingling and appetizers.The concert begins at 7 p.m. For tickets and more information, call Jan Clark at (858) 756-4000 or Sharon McDonald at (858) 922-4440.

COAST CITIES — Despite falling victim to budget cuts, local state parks and beaches are receiving a helping hand from a group of passionate North County residents. The newly formed Friends of Cardiff and Carlsbad State Beaches, or FCCSB, aims to provide where government funding no longer can. The nonprofit’s efforts help generate money to assist in outdoor education of San Diego County residents and maintain local parks and campgrounds. “The money has to come from somewhere and the association is going to be the one bringing this in,” said FCCSB’s inaugural president Andy Gillum. “The parks need all our help.” FCCSB is working alongside state park employees to ensure the parks have money for what they need most. Through fundraisers like Christmas in July and by cashing in recyclables left on the beach, the association provides funds for interpretive programs and park improvements that will benefit local residents for years to come. “We don’t have a lot of money left,” said Brian Ketterer, north district superintendent for California State Parks. “We can’t do anything without volunteers.” FCCSB’s generosity directly helps educational programs put on by Laura Ohman, an interpretive director and youth program coordinator with California State Parks. Although her position grant-supported also has two major sponsors, FCCSB’s contribution helps her buy art supplies and other neccesities that keep her

BEACH BUDDIES Friends of Cardiff and Carlsbad State Beaches advertise their cause to those who benefit from their efforts at Cardiff and Carlsbad campgrounds. Courtesy photo

programs running. Ohman hosts beach cleanups and Junior Ranger programs where she said children can “learn about the environment while making a difference.” She speaks on topics like recycling, oceanography and weather during her after-school and campfire programs that draw residents from all over. Her programs alone educated more than 7,000 children from April through December of last year. Ohman’s programs are also set to benefit from park improvement plans that the

nonprofit has proposed for South Carlsbad State Beach. Blueprints have already been drafted for a special events area named Pelican Point at the park’s north end. The location will serve as an outdoor classroom and a venue for special events to generate extra income for the park area programs. “You’d be hard-pressed to go anywhere and find a better backdrop than Pelican Point,” said Gillum, who noted the area as a beautiful venue for weddings and other events. Although the blueprints

are ready to go, the association is seeking local carpenters and other volunteers to help construct the stage in the near future. Board members encouraged residents to reach out to people they know who can help move the project along. “Everyone knows somebody who knows somebody,” board member Dennis Kessler said. At the association’s most recent meeting, current members spoke passionately about the nonprofit’s work to encourage others to volunteer for a position or join as

an annual member. “We really need people power and local businesses behind us,” board member Bill Mahoney said. By meeting’s end, the association had five new board members and had registered its first annual contributors. “We can (help) and have fun doing it,” Kessler said. “I want this park here for my grandkids.” For more information, to become an association member or to volunteer, e-mail FriendsofCardiffandCarlsbad @ yahoo.com.

she received when Brian Lefler robbed the Tamarack Beach Resort where she worked around 4 a.m. the previous day. Novelich, a longtime employee at the resort, sustained four fractured facial bones and hemorrhaging in her right eye. Prior to the assault she had suffered from heart problems. Lefler made off with her car and $150 from the hotel’s cash register. He was

arrested three days later as he was getting into Novelich’s vehicle. He has three prior felony convictions in San Diego County relating to burglaries and thefts. In accordance to his plea agreement, Lefler was sentenced to 17 years in prison. He pleaded guilty in September to voluntary manslaughter, robbery with a great bodily injury enhancement, false impris-

onment of elder and abuse of an elder. “There’s really no sentence ideal for the loss of your mother,” the victim’s youngest son, Gary Novelich, said after the hearing. “We’re satisfied with the sentence that was given.” He added, “I hope over the course of the next 17 years he gives serious thought to what happened, but there’s always a little

bit of doubt in my heart to his remorse and being aware of what he did; not only his actions but how he affected our family.” Gary Novelich, 35, said his mother was very active at the Oceanside Harbor where she had many friends and people enjoyed her company. “She just loved being on the boat and being next to the ocean,” Gary Novelich said.

Angeles Film School. His goal is to make fictional films in the genre of Terry Gilliam, former member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, who went on to direct “Time Bandits,” “Brazil,” “The Fisher King,” “12 Monkeys” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” “I look at film as a painting,” he said. “I like making art and see the camera as my brush.” This spring Miller will serve as founder of the first La Costa Canyon High School Film Festival, which will be open to all schools in

the San Dieguito Union High School District. “From Page to Stage: The Journey of Heartland” is scheduled to air locally at 8 p.m. on Jan. 31. Time Warner digital customers can watch it on channel 130. All others can watch it streaming on www.delmartv.com. A trailer can be viewed at Miller’s channel on YouTube at www.youtube.com/RobMille rFilms. For more information, em a i l RobMillerFilms@gmail.com.

Voit names Man gets nearly two decades behind bars for death new manager

LA JOLLA — Christopher F. Wood has been named managing director of La Jolla’s Voit Real Estate Services’ San Diego Brokerage Division. Wood joins Voit with more than 25 years commercial real estate experience, including executive positions with Opus West Trammell Corporation, Crow Company, Colliers International and Charles Dunn. Voit Real Estate Services is a privately owned, debt-free commercial real estate firm. Voit Real Estate Services was founded in 1971 by Robert D. Voit, who continues to lead the firm. Voit Real Estate Services has developed, acquired or managed more than 40 million square feet of commercial real estate and transacted sales and leases valued in excess of $25 billion. Additional company information is available at

By Randy Kalp

OCEANSIDE — Barbara Novelich may have died on her boat in an Oceanside marina of a weak heart, but her actual killer was a 30-year-old convicted felon who had beaten and robbed her 24 hours earlier. Police found Novelich, 67, dead on her boat on Nov. 17, 2008. Medical examiners linked her sudden cardiac death to the beating


said. “She said she’d get in contact with him about volunteering.” Coincidently Miller turned 18 on Jan. 10 when he made the drive to Idyllwild. The festival started the following day. “I met a lot of producers, directors and actors and will probably be working with Steve and other directors in the future,” he said. Miller is also hoping to study at Savage’s alma mater in the fall, the Los

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America is focus of upcoming concert LA JOLLA — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus presents a concert of perspectives on and about America at 8 p.m. Feb. 6 and 1 p.m. Feb. 7 in Mandeville Auditorium at UCSD. 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 at (858) 534-4637 or visit www.lajollasymphony.com. The concert will include Charles Ives’ “Three Places in New England,” Lou Harrison’s “Concerto for Pipa & String Orchestra” with soloist Wu Man on pipa (Chinese lute), and Antonin Dvofiák’s “Symphony No. 9 in E minor.” La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Music Director Steven Schick conducts. “One of the salient points about this concert is the idea of a ‘shrinking world,’” Schick said. “We start the program with a piece by Charles Ives, the grandfather of American composition. Lou Harrison worked with Ives, but his path led towards the musical structures of Asia. In one of the last pieces before his death he sought out Wu Man and created Chinese music — not as it would have or could have been heard in China, but really the music of ChineseAmericans. We conclude with the piece Dvorak wrote about his time in America.” The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, San Diego’s oldest and largest community orchestra and 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. During the 55th season, maestro Steven Schick shares the podium with David Chase, choral director.



realize the odds are against them. She said her office felt the penalty was appropriate based on all factors of the case and that it would be the quickest way to get restitution to the victims. “This is the fastest way to get the money released to the victims 100 percent guaranteed,” Winn said. “They’ll have their money by Easter.” The prosecutor said each victim gets the same percentage back off their investment, which will be about 50 percent.

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Antibiotic not to blame for high blood pressure time had passed from when I last took it to when my symptoms began. My blood pressure continued to spike, especially in the middle of the night. I felt bad and went to the emergency room at my local hospital and told the doctor there that I thought my problem was from the cephalexin. She asked if I had vomited when I took the medication, and I told her that I hadn’t but did have some stomach upset, which had gone away when I ate soda crackers and cheese to settle it. Two days later, I went back to the emergency room. My blood pressure this time was 224 over 100 and something. I was immediately admitted because they said I could have a stroke due to having such a high blood pressure.This time I underwent an electrocardiogram (EKG), a chest X-ray and an MRI. They all came back fine and showed no damage, but the doctor thought that I had had a transient ischemic attack (TIA). I was given a prescription for hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) and sent home. I will never take penicillin

or cephalexin again, but I would like to know whether there is an antidote for an adverse reaction to the drugs. I even called the 800 number on the bottle to ask for an antidote and was told to call the emergency room. Dear Reader: I am afraid that you are not going to like my response any more than you liked that of your primary-care physician, the ER physician or the person at the 800 number. If your symptoms did not start until three weeks after stopping the medication, the cephalexin was not to blame. It would have cleared out of your system by then. According to my “Physicians’ Desk Reference,” 90 percent of cephalexin is excreted in the urine within eight hours of ingesting it. Reactions to medications occur primarily during the course of treatment or shortly thereafter. Those that induce problems following treatment are typically the result of longterm steroid or narcotic use and due to abrupt cessation, causing withdrawal symptoms. Adverse effects from tak-

ing cephalexin include allergic reaction (hives, swelling, rash), dizziness, fatigue, muscle or joint pain, headache, hallucinations, agitation, confusion, abdominal pain, stomach upset, heartburn/indigestion and more. Typically, stomach upset can be avoided by taking the medication with food or on a full stomach. Allergic reactions should be reported immediately to a physician to determine whether over-the-counter antihistamines can be used or whether the reaction is severe enough to warrant hospitalization. Any side effects experienced should resolve within a few days to a week after discontinuing the antibiotic. (You’ll note that I did not mention anything about fluctuating blood pressure. This is because I could not find reference to this as a known side effect.) Now, to your refusal to take penicillin. Rarely, those allergic to penicillin may also be allergic to the cephalosporin class of antibiotics that cephalexin belongs to; however, this is not always the case. Stop blaming the antibiot-

ic for your current problems, and start working with your physician to determine what the problem is. Are you on any other medications that may be interacting with your bloodpressure medications? Have you changed your diet or exercise habits? Were you experiencing any abnormal stress just prior to your symptoms? Perhaps you should be under the care of a cardiologist, who can examine and test you for a variety of cardiac conditions that may be the culprit. I am unclear as to what you mean by an antidote for cephalexin. Stopping the medication should eliminate any side effects experienced, and for those who develop an allergic reaction, antihistamines typically reduce side effects until the drug is excreted from the body. Severe cases may require stronger drugs and hospitalization, but this is rare.

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Patrol contract for overtime enforcement. The Association has an agreement with the CHP for 20 hours of overtime per week to help supplement the regular enforcement provided by the CHP and Sheriff’s Department. The overtime workers help deter speed violators in the Ranch as well as those talking or texting on cell phones while driving. President Bill Beckman thanked the CHP officers. “We appreciate all that you do,” he said.

However, Director Deb Plummer expressed concern that officers should focus on safety first and not, what she called “nuisance tickets.” “Since we (Association residents) are paying for this, we should direct what our priorities are,” Beckman agreed. Manager Pete Smith agreed and there will be further discussion in the near future. The directors also agreed to purchase a new patrol vehicle to replace a

vehicle that now has more than 93,000 miles. At the meeting, Chief Financial Officer Steve Comstock gave a financial update on the Association. According to Comstock, the Association is operating with a $900,000 surplus. “Considering the economic times we live in, this is very good news,” he said. Even the Golf Club, which was a big economic concern to the Association just last year, is operating in the

black. “This is an excellent report card from Steve Nordstrom,” said Comstock. Nordstrom manages the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. The biggest area of concern, per Comstock’s report, was the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club. Enrollments are down and dues don’t cover the costs of operating the club. “We’ve got to take a good, hard look at this,” Comstock said. The next Association meeting is scheduled for Feb. 4.

after many years of disagreements between developer Richard Cavanaugh and his Newport Pacific, Inc., which plans to build a complex that has both commercial and rental residential units. Residents in the community have long opposed the project feeling it is too large a project for the empty lot and that the rental units will bring down home values in the upscale neighborhood. Residents attending the

meeting wore red to show their unity. Cavanaugh felt otherwise. “I think people will be tickled to death once it’s built. They’ll love it,” he said, after the Board of Supervisors meeting. The project intends to provide services such as a beauty parlor, bakery and deli, and office space. The empty lot at the entrance to Whispering Palms has been a source of conflict for many years, if not

decades. Residents in the community want something built on the lot, but want it to work well with the community. “It’s such an eyesore, but we want it to be responsible,” said Karen Nugent, resident of Whispering Palms. David Nugent expressed frustration due to Cavanaugh’s refusal to meet with the Whispering Palms Community Council and work with the residents of the community to develop a project

that is beneficial to all parties concerned. “He could have had a good cash flow on the property by now, but instead he dug in his heels,” he said. Will a writ of mandate stop Cavanaugh from developing the property? “I don’t believe so, but we would probably be allowed a temporary restraining order,” David Nugent said. It appears the battle over the empty lot at Whispering Palms isn’t over yet.

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board and the lot was split as recommended by staff and the Art Jury. The directors also approved a renovation on the Osuna apartment, which is used by the ranch foreman. The renovation is necessary to make it habitable and will not exceed $15,000. Associate Planner Liz Avalon provided an update on the California Highway



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were from the fairgrounds. None were to other government-owned buildings or FDIC-insured facilities. The cost to operate a fire truck is about $222 an hour, the average response time for a false alarm when factoring in the investigation, report writing and documentation. Based on this year’s call volumes, according to the staff report, the city could have recovered more than $6,600 had the existing ordinance and fee structure applied to governmentowned property. “Once we commit to a call we have to follow through,” Fire Marshal Bob Scott said. “Until we confirm it’s a false alarm, we have to stay on scene.” Of the nearly 700 false


about potential visual and light impacts from a proposed sign that would face Interstate 5. A landscape berm on Jimmy Durante Boulevard designed to provide some flood control has the potential to create flood impacts by displacing water to other areas, said Birnbaum, who recommended the report be rewritten and recirculated for public review. The response cover letter praises the 22nd DAA for its past environmental efforts. However, city officials said they feel comments provided during the past decade while the project was created were not taken into consideration despite “consistent submittal of correspondence to the (agricultural) district with regard to what would be appropriate,” Birnbaum said. “Concerns the city has about protecting community character and sensitive resources ... appear largely ignored,” he said, adding that public hearings were held, “but there really wasn’t an attempt to work with the city to include discussion and a real dialogue on the aspects of the master plan that would have a serious impact on the

alarms responded to by the Sheriff’s Department during the past two years, 59 were to school buildings and two were to the fairgrounds. Staff research indicated many false alarms are activated because of poorly maintained equipment. “The purpose of the ordinance is to encourage owners of all fire or burglar alarm systems in any building to properly maintain and repair their systems to help prevent unneeded emergency responses,” Scott said. “Also, our goal is to ensure that our emergency resources are available for actual emergency calls whenever needed.” According to Scott, the Sheriff’s Department said it sends multiple officers to respond to bank alarms “regardless if the alarm is determined to be” actual or

not. “This would be true for the Fire Department as well,” Scott said. Scott said he contacted the state fire marshal and 23 fire departments throughout the county to discuss their policies. He said 12 departments in the county have false alarm ordinances, five recover fees for false responses to government property and eight recover fees for false bank calls. Councilwoman Crystal Crawford said the recent amendment is completing a process “we had intended to do” before. “This is a correction to that,” City Manager Karen Brust said. “It’s all about the equitable approach and making sure that the benefits that are being provided to our community are being paid for by those using them.”

city of Del Mar and the community.” Councilwoman Crystal Crawford agreed. “We have, for the better part of a decade, been providing input,” she said.“There is no indication in the draft EIR that that information has been taken to heart and has become a part of what is now being presented.” Becky Bartling, fairgrounds deputy general manager, said accusing the 22nd DAA of a “lack of consultation” is a “gross misstatement.” “I myself attended at least 10 meetings,” she said, adding that the fairgrounds will adequately address all comments received. “We take them very seriously,” she said. Crawford said consultation is more than just having meetings. “If you’re not really listening or not really taking to heart the kinds of inputs and concerns that you’re receiving, then you don’t have meaningful consultation,” she said. “If it’s not influencing the process, then we don’t truly have consultation.” “I disagree with that comment,” Bartling said. “It was definitely meaningful. There was a very positive flow of communication.” Bill Lewis, a member of

the ad hoc committee with a background in architecture and city planning, said he had a team of experts review the plan. Lewis said they agreed there are major elements that are “not conducive to Del Mar ... (but) we can solve this.” “There is a way to do this to make it work,” he said. Lewis and his team created several alternatives that will not be submitted with the city’s response for legal reasons. However, Lewis said he will submit them as a private citizen. The public review period, which began Oct. 9, was required to remain open for at least 45 days. Given the size of the document and the scope of the project, fairgrounds officials opted to double that, and then extended it again in December. Comments will be accepted until Feb. 8. Only those submitted in writing will be considered. The 22nd DAA is required to respond to every written comment before it certifies the EIR. Funding for the project has not yet been identified.



waves before they even thought about it? Surfing is supposed to be fun for everyone — not the select few using superior paddle power to catch everything in the ocean.

Numerous other breaks have banned stand-up paddle from the lineup for the above reasons. Unless the few who want it all control themselves that will happen at Cardiff. (There is already at least one petition.) My hope is that stand-up paddlers continue to surf

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Mar actually scored higher than its northern neighbor in the smoke-free outdoor air category. City Councilwoman Crystal Crawford, who was mayor when the new ordinances were adopted, said she was “disappointed the city didn’t fare better.” She said with only one or two stores in Del Mar where tobacco products could be purchased, it didn’t make fiscal sense to adopt a licensing regulation. “We try to be proactive, but we have to be practical,” she said. “We have to balance the cost of implementing an ordinance with the number of businesses affected.” Crawford said if sales to minors is a problem in Del Mar, “we can always revisit the ordinance.” She said oftentimes reports include data collected from stores outside the boundaries of the city, such as those in the shopping center at Mango Drive and Del Mar Heights Road. San Diego County received a B in reducing the sales of tobacco products, a D for smoke-free outdoor air and an F for smoke-free housing, resulting in a D for overall tobacco control. The highest grade in San Diego was a B, earned by only Solana Beach and El Cajon. Encinitas received a D, and Carlsbad and Oceanside were both given Fs. El Cajon is the only city

in the county with an ordinance that addresses smokefree housing, and only four cities require tobacco retailers to be licensed. “We’re always excited about doing better in this area,” Solana Beach City Councilman Joe Kellejian said. “Solana Beach — and San Diego in general — are very healthy areas, and we want to keep it that way. We pay attention to health issues.” For nearly two decades, Kellejian has taken a leadership role in educating other jurisdictions about “the Solana Beach experience” and the positive results that come from smoking restrictions. In 2003, Solana Beach became the first city in the continental United States to ban smoking on its beaches. Solana Beach was given 8 points on a 12-point scale, and Del Mar received 4. To earn an A a city must have at least 11 points. “We’ll get it,” Kellejian said. “This is a healthy community.” There are nearly 4 million smokers in California. Every year, more die from tobacco use than from alcohol, HIV/AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined. It is the most preventable cause of death in the state, claiming nearly 36,600 lives each year. The Lung Association estimates more than 36,000 youth will become smokers in 2010. Tobacco use costs the state more than $18 billion annually.

STORMY WEATHER HAS ITS PERKS Storms pounded Rancho Santa Fe throughout the past week as El Nino weather conditions lived up to expectations. Although the weather wrecked havoc with flooding, felled trees, and sporadic power outages, Association Manager Pete Smith said calls were being dealt with swiftly. One of the “perks” of the inclement weather, however, was the display of spectacular rainbows visible throughout the Ranch. These photos were taken near Morgan Run near dusk and Mother Nature was showing off her true colors. Photos by David Wiemers

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open carports and indooroutdoor living.” Then in the 1970s, the economy went south, gas prices shot up and “Palm Springs was withering on the vine,” Imber said. It developed a reputation as a destination for the spring-breakers and residents began moving to other desert communities. Then in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, people discovered the worth of mid-century modern houses. What had been neglected and abandoned was restored and revered, and the work contin-




what? Pants and covered shoes? You would think Noah and his ark already shipped out by day four, leaving the remaining unfortunate souls in quite the predicament. Here’s a day four quote from a concerned elementary school teacher: “Some kids in one class were crying. They were worried about their families and how they’d get home.” Rain will do that to people. Me? I drank a lot of coffee as I watched the puddles turn into small lakes. Eric Murtaugh loves a big storm. Email him at emurtaugh@coastnewsgroup.com.



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visit her Web site at www.healingheart.org or go to your local bookstore to pick up this heartwarming read in the latest of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series. True love stories ... where do I sign up? As a hopeless cynical romantic, I will definitely be adding this to my S a t u rd ay - d o - n o t h i n g mornings.

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Gregory Canyon landfill near Pala. The permitting process has been ongoing for years and reams of info are on file. Time for involved bureaucratic agencies and other detractors to quit wasting time and money and let the project move forward before other local landfills are overflowing with trash, which will be soon.

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Country Club, Solana Beach. Shoshi Bogoch, Israeli director of the UJF Israel Center, will discuss “Seeking Connections: From the Jewish Homeland to Jewish America” Reservations must be made by Jan. 29 by calling Charleen Feinberg at (760) 944-1022. STILL RUNING The Palomar Model A Ford Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 3, Palomar Estates East Clubhouse, 650 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, San Marcos. All Model A owners and aficionados are welcome. Contact Linda Thamer at thamer1@sbcglob-



streetscape and capital improvements, and the Del Mar Village Association main street program. Only 5 percent, or $6,500, would be used for administrative costs. The district would be managed by a nonprofit corporation made up of the city’s hoteliers. A consultant working with the hotel operators said this is “a very common management structure for organizations like this,” but Councilman Don Mosier had concerns about the need for broader marketing expertise.



like hard stuff because it’s a challenge and fun,” he said. Long, who was raised in Solana Beach, was introduced to pottery at the age of 13 by Dayle Rushall, a talented local artist and potter. “He would let me throw on his potter’s wheel if I cleaned his studio,” he remembers. Long decided to

ues. “Modernism has revitalized Palm Springs and is bringing new business and tourists from all over the world,” Imber said. “We may not have the greatest number of mid-century (homes and commercial buildings), but we have the greatest concentration of anywhere in the world.” Although Imber’s tours don’t focus exclusively on homes of the stars, you’ll see several because they are architecturally significant, and he’ll throw in a bit of gossip here and there, too. The roster of notables includes Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Bob Hope, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, Lucille Ball

it could be a bloomin’ good year at Anza Borrego Desert State Park. See the flowers and more on a day trip March 25 with SDSU Professor Phil Pryde, expert on the natural history of the area. Cost: $79. Includes lunch at Borrego Springs Resort; docent and escort fees; optional nature walk; the gigantic Breceda metal sculptures; and stop at Dudley’s Bakery. Pickups in Encinitas, Carlsbad and San Marcos. Call Ecke YMCA at (760) 942-9622 or San Marcos Senior Center (760) 7445535.

and Desi Arnaz, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Rock Hudson. Many worked under the “studio system” which demanded they never be more than two hours from the movie studios. That made Palm Springs a perfect retreat — within a two-hour drive and relatively free of the limelight. Imber also points out downtown buildings that may have “badly mistreated surfaces” but are some of the “most progressive mid-century architecture anywhere.” One of the biggest misconceptions people have about mid-century architec-

ture, Imber said, is that “it is cold or uninviting or without much innovation since much is so very simple, which it is not when understood. Midcentury modern principles and designs are particularly strong and exciting as they were entirely innovative, clean and concise.” The architecture reflects the cultural changes of the mid-century decades, he added, thus making it “sociologically significant as well as visually stimulating.” Contact Imber at psmoderntours@aol.com or (760) 318-6118.

was noted it would be at end of the month. Watkins least $38.6 mil. below esti- has encountered a pack of mates. problems over financial disclosure forms, travel, bizness Cash-strapped fees and other alleged misTracy Emblem, the deeds. Escondido lawyer who is vying against Francine One-liners Fairgrounds CEO Tim Busby for the opportunity to unseat Rep. Brian Bilbray, is Fennell sez the Holiday of reported to be long on ideas Lights at year’s end was a but short on finances. This is great success but the two big Emblem’s first venture into winners were the hayrides available to view the light the political arena. spectacular and the carolers Cox in for Watkins in the Paddock ... According Supervisor Gregg Cox to the Associated Press, 38 has been named to succeed state electeds were deficient Chairman Bob Watkins on in reporting gifts (mostly the San Diego County restaurant tabs) from outfits Regional Airport Authority that do bizness with the when his term ends at the state including Reps Lori

Saldana and Martin Garrett and Sen. Christine Kehoe ... Rancho Santa Fe Association held a groundbreaking for an arboretum adjacent to the golf links ... Del Mar Education Foundation is seeking contributions to continue funding the school district’s Extended Studies Curriculum that includes arts, music sciences technology and other subjects ... South C’bad and San Elijo state beaches have formed a nonprofit org to work with State Parks Dept. to preserve and protect coastal beaches ... Solbeach Chamber is having a Sundowner networking

al.net or at (760) 729-5449 to tion at noon Feb. 6, Carlsbad Woman’s Club, 3320 Monroe St. learn more. Several hundred orchid plants will be for sale. Call (760) 7320055 or e-mail psp112@mac.com GARDEN CHAT The Vista to learn more. Garden Club will meet at noon Feb. 5, Gloria McClellan Senior Center, Bldg. A, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive. Cindy Valdez, BACK IN THE DAY The San from Canterbury Gardens, will Dieguito Heritage Museum will conduct floral demonstrations meet at 11 a.m. Feb. 13, Tony’s and introduce members to Jacal Mexican Restaurant, Canterbury Gardens. For Solana Beach. The meeting will feature a special presentation details, call (760) 726-8737. by biographer Diane Welch about Lillian Rice, a renowned architect of Rancho Santa Fe. GOING ONCE! The San Diego For reservations, call the museCounty Cymbidium Society will um office at (760) 632-9711, or hold its annual orchid plant auc- visit sdheritage.org.


“I’m not sure a nonprofit governing board comprised solely of hotel owners is the best way to accomplish the goals of this tourism improvement district,” Mosier said. “I’d also like to see some more expertise on the board of people who aren’t in Del Mar and therefore aren’t always acting in their own self-interest. ... In a nonprofit, that is almost a requirement.” Councilman Carl Hilliard noted that one of the main goals in creating the district is to “brand” Del Mar businesses, or differentiate the ones that are actually in the city from those

outside city limits that use the name Del Mar. Although he wanted assurance that would happen, he wasn’t convinced it was possible within the limited budget. “The brand Del Mar has been hijacked and probably will appear in Poway at any given moment,” Hilliard said. “I’m not sure how we capture a brand that’s been hijacked like this one.” Mike Slosser, general manager of L’Auberge Del Mar, said the delay “is not going to hurt us.” “We recognize the city has a lot on its plate,” Slosser said. “But we have a good relationship. We’ll continue

to work with the City Council.” Slosser said once he has a list of fees the city would like to recover, he will look into reimbursement. In addition to staff time to create the resolution, the city attorney would require time to prepare for the three public hearings and review district documents to ensure compliance with state laws and the city’s municipal code. Councilman Mark Filanc said he doesn’t oppose the TBID, however, it is not a high priority given all the other projects the city is juggling. “Right now we’re on an extreme fast track to

get to something and we’re not vetting this well enough,” Filanc said. His colleagues agreed. “It seems pretty obvious council is not ready to move forward with this,” City Councilwoman Crystal Crawford said. “This council needs more information.” “We do need to re-examine and re-understand what the TBID is all about,” Mayor Richard Earnest said. “Because we’re a small city and we can’t raise enough money doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it. ... We need to do things small but we need to do them and do them efficiently.”

become a professional artist and potter after he was accepted to show in a gallery at the age of 17. In 1973 he learned how to throw large pottery as a production potter for Robert Maxwell Ceramics in Fallbrook. In 1978 he became selfemployed, throwing 1,000 pounds of clay before noon for objects that included giant planters he made for the Jack-in-the-Box chain.

When his kiln was destroyed by a fire in 1981, he went from being a production potter to creating one-of-a-kind pieces for art galleries and shows. Today, Long is best known for large pieces accented with stunning glazes using the Japanese form of pottery known as Raku. Some of his art is on permanent loan to the Encinitas library.

Students had an opportunity to see his work when he invited them for a field trip to his home studio just before Christmas. Recently Long had to break the news to his students that monies weren’t available to continue his class when the grant expires in June. In the meantime, he’s training staff member Jason Brady will take over. “It’s not something you pick up right away, but I’m

definitely learning from the expert,” Brady said. Although students are disappointed to be losing Long, they are determined to continue. Jessica Casillas, 10, has been taking pottery since the summer. “It would be sad to quit just because Alex isn’t here anymore,” she said. “I want to eventually be able to make huge vases to use, raffle off and sell

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101, Oceanside. Written by Ken Ludwig, the play is styled after a Sherlock Holmes “whodunit.” Visit www.sunshinebrookstheatre.org for more details. SWINGTIME Moonlight Stage Productions will present “Swingtime Canteen” Jan. 28 through Feb. 21, AVO Playhouse, Vista Village, 303 Main Street. The play travels back in time to 1944 when the glamorous Hollywood star Marian Ames hears the patriotic call to help out during America’s greatest hour of need. For tickets and show times, call (760) 724-2110 or visit www.vistixonline.com.


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Friday, Jan. 29, 2010 AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Look for verification before accepting the word of someone who may be a nice person but about whom you’re unsure of his or her judgment. It’s smart to be dubious. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — You can usually handle several assignments simultaneously, but whether you can do so at this time depends on how complicated each one is. Check it out before taking on something overwhelming. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — You certainly don’t lack any resolve to get things done; your problem is that you have a tendency to treat frivolous matters seriously while treating important matters indifferently. Reverse this procedure. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — In order for friends or associates to treat your ambitious objectives with the same importance as you do, some kind of stake needs to be available to them. Motivation is the key. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Be prepared to defend the position you take with knowledge and know-how — or else keep quiet. You will be challenged, rising or falling on your facts and data. CANCER (June 21-July 22) —


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