Rancho Santa Fe News, July 17, 2009

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VOL. 5, NO. 15

JULY 17, 2009

Ranch patrol to get home

THISWEEK QUENCHED Local humanitarians celebrate their success in bringing potable water to the citizens of Sudan, many of whom have been living with little more than muddy holes in the ground to sustain them A5


Sheriff’s deputies descended on a congressional hopeful’s fundraiser — but she says the noise complaint may have been politically B3 motivated



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RANCHO SANTA FE — Association Manager Peter Smith and Association President Bill Beckman announced the proposed site for the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol Facilities at the July 2 Association meeting. In January 2009 a Site Development Committee was established to address office space and parking needs required by the Association, Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department, Rancho Santa Fe School and Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Over the past six months, in more than 20 meetings, numerous options and variations have been explored. After much consideration, the most feasible choice is now called Option A. “The proposed project is still in the very early design phase,” Smith said.“The planning is still conceptual and the project has not been formally submitted to the Art Jury. But the site satisfies the

■ Del Mar

looks back on choice to incorporate By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Children’s games, a family barbecue, music, dancing and a handful of poodle skirts were all part of the July 12 celebration to mark Del Mar’s 50th year of incorporation. On hand were residents from Del Mar and many neighboring cities, Assemblyman Martin Garrick, County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price and several past and present City Council members and mayors, including Coast News columnist Bill Arballo, who held the top post from 1962 to 1963. Arballo once noted that incorporation didn’t come easy. Slightly more than 1,000 residents participated in the election on July 15, 1959. With many fearing the city would be unable to afford the high cost of providing services, the decision passed by less than 100 votes. “They clearly chose the right thing to do,” said SlaterPrice, a Del Mar resident. The city’s history can be traced back to 1882, when the railroad tracks from San Diego to San Bernardino


went through the area. Theodore Loop, a contractor and engineer who worked on the project, built a tent city on the beach. His wife, Ella, called it Del Mar, a name she took from the poem “The there. Three years later, Taylor bought 338 acres from Fight on Paseo Del Mar.” That same year Col. homesteader Enoch Talbert Jacob Taylor met Loop, who TURN TO 50 YEARS ON A14 suggested they build a town

HOP TO IT! Bruno Roberto, left, and Jason Robinson won their heat in the sack races, perhaps because at age 15 and 14, respectively, the Westview High students were twice the size and age of their opponents. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Problems persist with Ranch’s Aussie trees By David Wiemers

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RANCHO SANTA FE — The red gum eucalyptus trees in the Covenant are once again under attack by the pesky and persistent red gum lerp psyllid. The small insect sucks sap from the eucalyptus leaves, which can damage and, in many cases, kill the tree. The problem began in the 1980s, became a large problem in 2001, and returned again last year. Natural predators, wasps from Australia, were bred in a controlled environment and then introduced into the Covenant to remedy the problem. The wasps kill the parasite by boring into the white cone and laying their eggs inside, thus killing the lerp psyllid. It was hoped the wasp could control the problem, but it appears the red gum lerp psyllid is ultimately winning the battle. The Rancho Santa Fe Association board of directors

asked expert David Shaw, a farm adviser with the University of California Cooperative Extension, to study the problem and advise accordingly. Working with Timothy Paine from the University of California Riverside, Shaw studied the problem and gave his report at the July 2 Association meeting. “Other insects are part of the infestation,” Shaw said, identifying part of the problem. “There is now a barrage of insects.” Besides the red gum lerp psyllid, there are

beetles scalloping the leaves of the eucalyptus trees. Other hyper parasitoid insects are also doing damage. Shaw said there are many remedies, but all require trees to be monitored. “We need to look at these trees one by one,” he said. That is a daunting task with the large number of eucalyptus trees in the Covenant. Besides insect infestation, another part of the problem is that the eucalyptus trees, which were planted nearly 100 years ago by the Santa Fe Land

ther insects are part of the infestation. There is now a barrage of insects.”


— David Shaw


Improvement Company, are now at the end of their natural life cycle. “We need to replace trees,” Shaw said. “There are not enough trees being planted to replace the dead ones being removed.” This prompted responses from Ranch residents attending the meeting, including longtime Association member Ann Sensibaugh. “I’ve lived here for the past 100 years,”she said jokingly. “And it’s time for a plan for rebeautification.” Sensibaugh said she felt strongly that it is a community problem for all of Rancho Santa Fe. Ranch resident and school board president Carlie Headapohl voiced her concerns, too, for she and other Covenant members have received letters from the Fire Department telling them to remove dead trees within the TURN TO TREES ON A16

District adds on upgrades to school remodel By Bianca Kaplanek

RANCHO SANTA FE — Thanks to the confidence and generosity of its general contractor, the Rancho Santa Fe School District board of directors was able to include all but one upgrade in the reconstruction of R. Roger Rowe School. After receiving final state approval last month, C.W. Driver put the project out to bid. At the July 8 meeting, senior project manager Dave Christensen told board members the construction cost estimate came in about $1.1 million below the approved preliminary guaranteed maximum price of $3.4 million. That allowed the board to apply the difference to any of 12 value engineering items, or upgrades, which totaled $2.6 million. Eliminating the approximately $1 million synthetic turf field allowed the board to include almost all of the other 11 upgrades. Some choices required little discussion. For $369,000, everyone agreed to upgrade the stucco finish so it TURN TO SCHOOL ON A16


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JULY 17, 2009


Couple accused of abuse over pot, guns


LEAD STORY Scientology trains its leaders a good deal more aggressively than other religions do, judging by the revelations by four former church officials to the St. Petersburg Times in June. In an exercise concocted by founder L. Ron Hubbard, leaders who screw up are taken out to sea and forced off a gangplank with the admonition, “We commit your sins and errors to the deep and trust you will rise a better Thetan (immortal spiritual being).” The rituals can also take place in a cold swimming pool, with the transgressors in business suits. Also, to test leaders’ commitment, the head Scientologist, with a boombox, conducts games of musical chairs to reward the last man sitting (using the music of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”: “Is this the real life? / Is this just fantasy? / Caught in a landslide / No escape from reality”).

Cultural Diversity The nomadic Vadi tribe, in the Indian state of Gujarat, continues to be adept at flouting the country’s 18-year-old ban on snake-charming. Historically, the Vadi have taught their children, beginning at age 2, to be at peace with cobras through affection and respect. According to a June dispatch in London’s Daily Telegraph, male children practice the iconic flute routines, and females provide hands-on care and feeding. The cobras are not de-fanged (which would be disrespectful), but each is fed an herbal solution that supposedly neutralizes the venom and is released back into the wild after a few months’ service.

Questionable Judgments — A June Government Accountability Office report revealed that people on the U.S.’s suspectedterrorist list tried to buy guns or explosives on at least 1,000 occasions in the last five years and were successful 90 percent of the time. One suspect managed to buy 50 pounds of explosives. Federal law treats the suspected-terrorist list as “no-fly” and “no-visa” but not “no-gun.” — “Pop” is a 2 1/2year-old Swedish kid whose “gender” is unknown to everyone, including Pop. “It” will be counseled that people do not have identical apparatus between their legs, but Pop’s folks told the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet in June that they intend to ignore all cultural characteristics of “boys” and “girls” in raising Pop. To the parents, “gender” is a social construct, and Pop TURN TO ODD FILES ON A13

SCOUT HONORED Twelve-year-old Marc Lefferdink attends the July 9 meeting of the Rancho Santa Fe School District board of directors to earn a Citizen of Community badge, his fourth since becoming a Boy Scout seven months ago. Marc, who planned to go for another badge three days later, told board members he was there to learn how the group served the Rancho Santa Fe community. Most of the meeting was devoted to updates on the rebuilding of the R. Roger Rowe School, where Marc will be a sixth-grader this fall. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

By Randy Kalp

Surf shop gives old sandals new purpose By Wehtahnah Tucker

ENCINITAS — As the summer season swings into high gear, a local group is urging people to recycle old flipflops. StyleSubstanceSoul.com, the fast-growing Carmel Valley-based Web site for women who want to look good, feel good and do good, is launching a major recycling effort with the help of local businesses and organizations. Dubbed “Formerly Flip Flops,” the initiative collects used flip-flops and sends them across the globe to be repurposed. UniquEco, an award-winning African company that assists female entrepreneurs in impoverished areas, transforms the seemingly worthless piles of sandals into innovative pieces of art and jewelry. Hansen Surfboards, San Diego’s oldest surf shop, jumped on board early in the process according to the group.They were the first corporate sponsor to collect flipflops at their store. As an incentive, Hansen Surfboards is offering a 10 percent discount on a new pair of flip-

TRIPLE THREAT Susan Jensen, one of the StyleSubstanceSoul.com partners at the second annual Carlsbad Beach Festival on May 22, helps officially launch the Formerly Flip Flops project. Courtesy photo

flops to anyone who brings in their old ones. Josh Hansen said the partnership is a perfect fit. “The decision to get involved was a no-brainer,” he said. “We’re totally behind the StyleSubstanceSoul philosophy of looking good, feeling

good and doing good, and we were thrilled to partner with them in a way that so closely worked with our own corporate ethic.” According to the women behind the scenes at the Web site, the idea for the project came when

StyleSubstanceSoul.com featured a story about UniquEco earlier this year. “Readers immediately wrote in from all around the country, asking where they could send their old flip-flops,” said Amy Krause, TURN TO SANDALS ON A18

Realtor moms join forces in Santaluz SANTALUZ — Willis Allen Real Estate Santaluz welcomed the new team of Tory Hill and Marni Wolf. Hill and Wolf have been friends since 2006 when Hill purchased Wolf’s home. That’s when they realized they share a passion for real estate. When their children were school-aged, Wolf and Hill decided to become partners. “Tory and Marni are both Carmel Valley moms and truly have their finger on the pulse of the community,” said Santaluz Branch Manager Lorraine Cimusz. “Whether buyers need information about the best schools, the best place to take kids on a rainy day, or what summer camps are most fun, they offer a wealth of information. This, paired with their extensive knowledge of the real estate marketplace, makes them

TEAM PLAYERS Longtime friends Tory Hill and Marni Wolf will team up at Willis Allen Real Estate Santaluz. Courtesy photo

trusted client advocates.” Hill, who grew up in La Jolla, has a family history with real estate, and with Willis Allen Real Estate. Her grandfather owned and man-

aged a residential real estate company in West Los Angeles called The Thornton Company. Hill’s dad started his real estate career as a sales manager for Willis Allen

in the early 1960s, and went on to develop shopping centers for La Jolla Development Company. Hill launched her own real estate career six years ago and worked in the Willis Allen Del Mar Office before taking some time off to raise her children. Wolf has a sales background and has lived in the Carmel Valley neighborhood for 15 years. “Tory and I have five kids between us and are very active in this community that we care so much about,” Wolf said. “We feel lucky to live in such a beautiful place where our clients are raising their kids right along with us. There is no better feeling in the world than helping someone find the perfect place to call home,” Wolf said. For details, visit www.willisallen.com/agents/.

OCEANSIDE — The parents of a toddler were ordered to stand trial July 2 by a San Diego Superior Court judge for child abuse after authorities found loaded weapons and marijuana being grown in their Oceanside residence. Stephanie Marie Apatiga, 28, and Adam Lynn Heath, 31, are both charged with one count of felony child abuse. Additionally, Heath is also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possessing a prohibited gun and ammo and cultivating marijuana, all felonies. Further, a third defendant, David Adame, whose case has been separated from the aforementioned defendants, is charged with a single felony count each of possessing a prohibited firearm, receiving stolen property and a felon in possession of a firearm. Judge Timothy Casserly set an Aug. 25 trial date for Apatiga and Heath. The couple’s next scheduled court appearance is a July 30 readiness conference. Adame, 29, is scheduled back in court July 15 for further proceedings in his case. Oceanside police Detective John McKean testified he was working surveillance April 25 on a house in the 200 block of Smoketree Place in Oceanside after receiving information that Adame, who was wanted on a parole violation, might be at that location. McKean said he believed narcotics trafficking was occurring from the residence because of the steady flow of people who would visit the residence for short periods of time. When Adame and Heath left the residence on foot that afternoon with Heath’s then 13month-old son, police surrounded the men, McKean testified. Heath tried to flee on his skateboard with his son, while Adame, who surrendered, dropped a .45 caliber handgun he’d been carrying in a black plastic bag, the detective said. When police searched the residence, which McKean described as a “tweaker pad,” they found a loaded 20-gauge sawedoff shotgun on the garage floor with ammo nearby, a loaded handgun in Apatiga and Heath’s bedroom drawer, and a bedroom with several marijuana plants dedicated to cultivating the drug, the detective testified. Authorities established the couple resided at the residence through TURN TO ABUSE ON A18



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Death of a titan: what we’ll do to survive Like most industries these days, the newspaper business sure is suffering. You’ve seen your favorite section disappear from your favorite daily. Your favorite columnist no longer appears near your favorite comic. The crime page isn’t as amusing or alarming as it once was. Most papers have slashed their staffs in half, and it shows. It’s no secret newspapers are struggling. One only needs to look nearby to witness drastic changes. The Union-Tribune, perhaps the most recognizable brand in the area, has undergone major alterations. Any time an equity firm buys out a newspaper, you know there is a problem. Part of the difficulty the newspaper business is currently facing is its struggle with a nagging, ongoing identity crisis. We can’t seem to figure out if we’re going digital, staying with print, or somehow merging the two (I’m using the term “we” as a collective whole here, including the Coast News Group). We’re like a group of geeky freshmen boys: smart and capable, yes, but equally hesitant and insecure. Frankly, I’m tired of having to “find ourselves.” I just want to chitchat about the news. The reason we’re even forced to consider the digital versus print debate is because of changing social demographics. In one camp, we have the older, more mature, “coffee and newsprint on my fingers” crowd. These folks have been with us since the beginning. They need a tangible piece of paper to touch, see and even smell, so as to absorb the whole experience. In the other camp, we have the technologically oriented folks. Having never picked up a paper before, these readers tap into the infinite realm of Internet news for their daily updates around the world. More often

ERIC MURTAUGH Outside Perspective than not, their attention span is comparable to that of a caffeinated flea. Headlines must be outrageously engaging and even provocative to capture their interest. If not, they’ll go elsewhere. And believe me, launching your product online is no easy task. These days, if you’re not updating your goods every five minutes or posting a live video to your live news coverage, you’re nothing but a bore. It brings the concept of remaining relative and current to a new level. How the hell are we supposed to keep up? So as the baby boomers pass away, and the kids crave more interaction online, newspapers are simply forced to cater to their customers. It seems straightforward enough, but most newspapers haven’t figured it out yet. Print is dying, if not dead. I have my good days and bad days when I contemplate the livelihood of my beloved profession. Just when I feel like we’re going to make it over this hump together as an industry, something else happens. For example, Warren Buffet, basically one of the richest guys in America, recently said he wouldn’t take over newspapers at any price these days. Thanks, Buff. We really appreciate the support. Sadly, a part of me understands exactly where he’s coming from. Nobody in their right mind would invest in such an unstable industry at the moment. Is it that people have lost faith and/or interest in TURN TO OUTSIDE ON A15

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Outsourcing transit operation idea worth study Solves pension problem North County Transit District Exec. Director Matthew Tucker, who was hired in January, promised new BILL directions to curtail deficit operation and outsourcing bus service is ARBALLO certainly a worthwhile idea. Staff Eye on the Coast now has been directed to prepare a request for proposals. One advantage is that the district would not be saddled with long-lasting retirement the highway, reduces pollution, and makes a trip to the fairgrounds more pensions. enjoyable. Then the Surfside City and North County Transit became Tri-City gains involved and ultimately San Diego reclassification O’side’s Tri-City Hospital has Assn. of Governments. There the received a higher classification on project is being studied and restudearthquake readiness of its central ied while dough from various federtower meaning the building is struc- al sources comes and goes for less turally sound.Tri-City now has a cop- important projects. With the growpla decades before it has to replace ing popularity of the fairgrounds it even if it is showing 50 years of facilities, more action and less paper wear and tear. Before it was reclassi- shuffling would better serve the fied it was facing a redo in a coppla public. years.

Solbeach the Ucan’t City

Still being studied

According to the Chamber of Commerce, the motto of the city is The Beautiful City. Lately folks are calling it Ucan’t City. Ucan’t smoke in bars, Ucan’t smoke at the beach, Ucan’t smoke on the rail trail, Ucan’t use gas powered leaf blowers and more recently, Ucan’t urinate in public areas particularly near bars and beer joints. Solbeach — The Ucan’t City.

Three years ago the 22nd District Agricultural Association (Del Mar Fairgrounds) unveiled a plan for a temporary train platform for use during the county fair, races and other events that attract large crowds. Good idea that takes cars off Contact a Reporter CARLSBAD JEANNIE SPRAGUE-BENTLEY jsprague-bentley@coastnewsgroup.com

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ed $146,846 for sidewalk improvement. Escondido receives $524,000 for a bike path bridge near the transit center and a $500,000 handout for engineering a section of the rail trail between Buena Creek and Melrose Avenue along the Sprinter line. Who is looking out for the Flower Capital?

Coast Cruiser

Folks are taking advantage of the Coast Cruiser to enjoy the Moonlight Beach summer concerts and are staying to watch the sunset. Next concert is from 3 to 5 p.m. July 19.The Coast Cruiser runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a stop at the beach.

No booze

Sports fans heading home from Petco Park and downtown San Diego after 9 p.m. on the Coaster are prohibited from bringing their adult beverages with them becuz some of their conversations sometimes were laced with profanity and in some instances a few were even combative. That can happen when your team chalks up another loss.

Marketing the Vegas way

Four casinos in Vegas are doing some serious marketing to attract folks. They are offering a twonighter for $99 for a single or $149 for double occupancy. But wait ... there’s more. Accommodations are SANDAG transportation deluxe and that includes one breakfast or lunch buffet per person, $20 funds Flower Capital folks are grous- in slot $$$ and 10 bux in match play ing about the fact nary a penny has per person and you take home all been allocated to the area by your winnings. SANDAG from Transnet and federal funds that total more than $7 mil- Add on for Southwest Southwest Airlines that started lion while such projects like the Carlsbad Boys & Girls Club is handTURN TO EYE ON THE COAST ON A17

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

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DRESS The Optimist Club of Carlsbad, The Achievers, has a partial buyout of the hit play “Don't Dress for Dinner” at 8 p.m. July 17, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Solana Beach. Tickets are $30, and a portion of each ticket goes to benefit local programs for youth. For tickets or more details, contact Lory McGregor at (760) 533-9329. LAGOON DAYS Carlsbad Lagoon Days will be held July 17 through July 19. The public is invited to attend events occurring at all three lagoons to learn about natural resources, prehistoric Native American habitation at the lagoons, and current efforts to manage the lagoons and their watersheds. Contact the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation at (760) 931-0800 or by e-mail at info@batiquitosfoundation.org. SUMMER SHORTS New Vision Theatre Company will present its fourth annual Summer Shorts July 17 to August 2, Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 North Coast Highway, Oceanside. Show times for the shorts, a collection of eight 10 minute unpublished plays, are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Call (760) 529-9140 or visit www.nvtheatre.com for reservations.


Fit, the official training program for the Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon, will kick off its 15th season at 7:30 a.m. July 18 with an orientation session, Sheraton Carlsbad, 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad. Participants meet every Saturday morning for group runs or walks up until just prior to race day. Call In Motion, Inc. at (760) 692-2900 or visit www.inmotionfit.com to learn more. LOBSTER LOVE Del Mar’s second annual Lobster Festival will be held at 5 p.m. July 18, Del Mar Shores Park, Del Mar.The festival will serve up food and music. Tickets are $95, and include a lobster and shellfish dinner catered by Nugent’s Seafood. Purchase tickets at (858) 755-4844. LOOKING BACK The Oceanside Historical Society and the Oceanside Public Library will host a program about the history of the Mission San Luis Rey at 10:30 a.m. July 18, Civic Center Library Community Rooms, 330 N. Coast Highway 101, Oceanside. The group will discuss the mission’s history. For TURN TO CALENDAR ON A18



JULY 17, 2009

Taking time to celebrate Water for Sudan success By Promise Yee

RANCHO SANTA FE — Members of the Water for Sudan organization and Rancho Santa Fe Rotary gathered on June 29 to celebrate their progress in bringing clean drinking water to Sudan. The two organizations have teamed up for the past three years to raise money and awareness for the water project. To date, Water For Sudan has dug more than 45 wells that have each benefited villages of more than 1,000 residents. “Thank you so much for what you did,” Dep Tuany, vice president of Water For Sudan, said. “Because of your heartfelt donations you saved children’s lives. There’s nothing more noble than to save children’s lives.” Tuany lost a son to waterborne disease while he and his family struggled as Sudan refugees. Now a U.S. citizen, Tuany works with Water for Sudan to bring clean drinking

PAUSE TO CELEBRATE Pictured from left to right, Don Meredith, board member Water for Sudan;Burl Jordan, board member Water for Sudan; John Turner, CEO, Water for Sudan; Laurie Roset, Ventura Rotary; and Salva Dut, president, Water for Sudan. Jordan and Dut talked about their recent trip to southern Sudan. Photo by Promise Yee

water to southern Sudan one Sudan refugee, founded Dut is known as one of well at a time. Water for Sudan after he the Lost Boys of Sudan, a Salva Dut, also a former arrived to the United States. group of young men who sur-

vived for years as nomads while the war waged in Sudan. “I first heard of the Lost Boys of Sudan, and got so caught up with it,” Laurie Roset, a member of Ventura Rotary, said. “Knowing Dep personally, I knew this is the thing to do. I feel strongly about enabling people to help themselves.” A recent accomplishment of Water for Sudan was purchasing and delivering new drilling equipment to southern Sudan that allows teams to dig deeper and larger wells. A group of Water for Sudan and Rancho Santa Fe Rotary members put in handson time in Sudan to ensure the drilling equipment arrived. Rancho Santa Fe Rotary member Burl Jordan talked about the trip to southern Sudan. “It affects generations of lives forever,” Jordan said. TURN TO SUDAN ON A15

Students take over charity to give help to soldiers By Bianca Kaplanek

CARLSBAD — A once-aweek community service project has evolved into a student-run charity that is teaching a group of students from Santa Fe Christian High School business skills, organizational proficiency and some invaluable life lessons. For the past 18 months, several teenagers from the Solana Beach school have spent their Saturday mornings at La Costa Glen retirement community in Carlsbad. They were helping resident Les Tenney with Care Packages from Home, a nonprofit organization he founded in 2007 that helps fill the basic needs of American soldiers serving

overseas by providing them with requested items such as toiletries, magazines, DVDs, snacks and phone cards. Tenney, 89, is a World War II prisoner of war who chronicled his experiences in an autobiography, “My Hitch in Hell: The Bataan Death March.” After hearing him speak at their school earlier this year, Ross Lucier, Hunter Ross, Dan Frye, Brett Buchanan, Karl Holmlund, Jason Anthony and Anthony Georgiades wanted to do more to help than simply pack boxes. In February they began forming Students to Soldiers, an all-student organization that would take over Tenney’s operations for the

summer. In addition to helping U.S. military men and women, the boys learned what it takes to run a business. “It’s definitely given me a better work ethic, staying on schedule and meeting our goals,” 17-year-old Ross said. “I definitely learned organizational skills and business skills,” 17-year-old Hunter said. “Every single part of this project works together to accomplish that one goal of sending out packages.” What the seven young SERVICE Students to Soldiers, a nonprofit organization that packs and entrepreneurs didn’t expect ships requested items such as toiletries, snacks and phone cards to U.S. to gain from the project was soldiers serving overseas, was founded by, from left, Encinitas resident a deeper appreciation for Ross Lucier, Dan Frye of Rancho Santa Fe, Hunter Ross, also from Encinitas, and four of their classmates at Santa Fe Christian High School. Their goal is to send 500 boxes this summer. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Defendant’s bail set at $10M for alleged role in hatchet attack By Randy Kalp

ESCONDIDO — A Border Patrol agent accused of hacking his estranged wife’s roommates with a hatchet was officially charged July 13 in a Vista courtroom with multiple felonies relating to the assault. Gamalier Reyes Rivera, 32, faces seven felony counts stemming from the early morning July 9 assault of a male and female, whose names have not been released, at their residence in the 800

block of South Upas Street in Escondido. At his arraignment, Rivera, of Imperial Beach, pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, torture and aggravated mayhem relating to the male victim who is still hospitalized, as well as torture, aggravated mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon relating to the female victim who was treated for her injuries at the hospital and released. Additionally, Rivera

faces a single count of burglary. Superior Court Judge Marshall Hockett set Rivera’s bail at $10 million, saying he believed the defendant was a danger to the community. Rivera’s next scheduled court appearance is a July 23 readiness conference. His preliminary hearing is set for July 27. Escondido Police responded to the assault TURN TO HATCHET ON A18

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assaulted by three unknown suspects around 11 p.m. July 2 on Hoover Street in Oceanside. NOT COOL Apollo, a black and white Siberian husky, was reportedly stolen from the yard of an Oceanside residence on Festival Drive sometime between 11 a.m. July 4 and 1 a.m. July 5. WEAK! A strong arm robbery reportedly occurred around 1 a.m. July 2 on North Coast Highway 101 in Oceanside. LATE NIGHT ASSAULT A woman and man were reportedly assaulted around 2:30 a.m. July 3 on East Vista Way in Vista. BLING STING Someone reportedly robbed Joyeria Crystal on East Vista Way in Vista around 3:40 p.m. June 30 of approximately $90,000 in jewelry.

A weekly log of neighborhood crime. Compiled by Randy Kalp

A report for the week of June 30, 2009 to July 7, 2009 HOME BURGLARIZED An

Encinitas residence on Paseo Pacifica was reportedly burglarized around 1:30 p.m. July 2. GET REAL Someone reportedly passed counterfeit money to two Cardiff-by-the-Sea restaurants — Rimel’s Rotisserie and East Coast Pizza — sometime around 5:40 p.m. July 2. CAR BURGLARIZED A vehicle parked on El Mirlo in Rancho Santa Fe was reportedly burglarized sometime between 8:30 and 11:10 a.m. July 4. BUI A 20-year-old man was cited on North Granados Avenue in Solana Beach around 2 a.m. July 4 for allegedly riding his bicycle while impaired. DEL MAR ASSAULT An assault reportedly occurred around 9:40 p.m. July 4 on Jimmy Durante Boulevard in Del Mar. MAN ROBBED A 20-year-old man was reportedly robbed around 5:45 p.m. July 5 on Encinitas Boulevard in Encinitas. BUSTED! Two middle-aged men were arrested around 11:45 a.m. July 4 on Del Mar Shores Trial in Solana Beach for an alleged robbery an hour earlier. ODD MAN OUT Two men in their late 20s were reportedly


had been placed in a guardian’s Alicia Leonor Banuelos is wantcustody pending the result of the ed for unlawful flight to avoid prosetrial. cution, murder, and child abduction. A state arrest warrant was Banuelos was born April 8, 1968, in issued in Cook County, Illinois, on Mexico. She has brown hair and Oct. 12, 1999, after Banuelos was brown eyes. Banuelos is 5 feet 6 inchcharged with murder. Banuelos was es tall and weighs roughly 138 also charged in Cook County with pounds. She is known to have connections to El Paso, Texas, and ALICIA LEONOR child abduction and a state arrest BANUELOS warrant was issued for her arrest Mexico. on Oct. 14, 1999. Banuelos was Banuelos was scheduled to begin trial on Oct. 12, 1999, for the alleged charged federally with unlawful flight to murder of her newborn child. On Oct. 10, avoid prosecution. If you have any information concerning 1999, during a monthly visitation, Banuelos disappeared from a local shopping mall with Banuelos, contact the nearest FBI office or her daughter, four-year-old Lyric Garcia, who American Embassy or Consulate.

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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 (anonymous; no e-mail address needed) or call the area office.

The following information was gathered from law enforcement’s most available records for the week of June 30, 2009 to July 7, 2009

ENCINITAS Petty Theft 3, Burglary 4, Vandalism Assault 0, Grand Theft Robbery 1 DEL MAR Petty Theft Burglary 8, Vandalism Assault 1, Grand Theft Robbery 0

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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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Petty Theft 0, Burglary 1, Vandalism 0, Assault 1, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0 CARLSBAD Petty Theft 0, Burglary 0, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0 SAN MARCOS Petty Theft 3, Burglary 5, Vandalism 2, Assault 0, Grand Theft 5, Robbery 0 OCEANSIDE Petty Theft 6, Burglary 5, Vandalism 8, Assault 3, Grand Theft 3, Robbery 3 VISTA Petty Theft 5, Burglary 15, Vandalism 2, Assault 3, Grand Theft 8, Robbery 3


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SOLD! Nearly 200 walk to fight cancer, raise funds

A list of what’s been selling in the Ranch area, who’s selling it and for how much — also available online.

This information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. Source: DataQuick, last 2 months’ transactions

Date: 07/07/2009; Amount: $1,800,000; Buyer: Fwpw Family Partners Ltd; Address: 6870 La Valle Plateada, Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $1,804,053; Land: $1,804,053; Tax: $19,645.58; Built: 1978; Features: 2-car garage, 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 3131 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $0; Loan Type: Conventional.

Date: 07/06/2009; Amount: $0; Buyer: Egg Nest; Address: 5032 El Acebo, Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $1,041,380; Land: $789,344; Tax: $10,927.16; Built: 1985; Features: 3-car garage, 4 bed, 3 bath, 4167 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $0; Loan Type: Conventional.

Date: 07/01/2009; Amount: $1,657,500; Buyer: Citibank Na 2006 3 Tr; Address: 5415 Linea Del Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $1,394,948; Land: $619,977; Tax: $14,514.46; Built: 1978; Features: 5-car garage, 4 bed, 4.5 bath, 3929 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $0; Loan Type: Conventional.

Date: 06/26/2009; Amount: $640,000; Lender: First Reverse Financial Svcs; Buyer: Eileen Green; Address: 4059 Avenida Brisa, Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $954,024; Land: $721,621; Tax: $9,894.76; Built: 1985; Features: 2-car garage, 2 bed, 2 bath, 1504 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $938,250; Loan Type: Fha; Rate: Fixed.

Date: 06/25/2009; Amount: $5,000,000; Buyer: Cre Assets Llc; Address: 18179 El Brazo, Escondido; Assessed: $937,320; Land: $852,320; Tax: $11,007.52; Features: 5 bed, 4.5 bath, 4718 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $0; Loan Type: Conventional.

Date: 06/25/2009; Amount: $5,000,000; Buyer: Cre Assets Llc; Address: 18027 El Brazo, Escondido; Assessed: $849,896; Land: $779,896; Tax: $10,055.20; Features: 4 bed, 4.5 bath, 4670 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $0; Loan Type: Conventional.

Date: 06/10/2009; Amount: $0; Lender: Bank Of America; Buyer: Calny Rancho Llc; Address: 16345 Los Arboles, Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $148,363; Land: $93,383; Tax: $1,570.68; Built: 1950; Features: 1-car garage, 4 bed, 2 bath, 1765 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $0; Loan Type: Conventional; Rate: Fixed.

Date: 06/09/2009; Amount: $872,500; Lender: Grande Homes Inc; Buyer: Harry Baker; Address: 16031 Via Galan, Solana Beach; Assessed: $443,058; Land: $291,147; Tax: $4,729.04; Built: 1987; Features: 2-car garage, 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 2501 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $314,000; Loan Type: Conventional; Rate: Fixed.

Date: 06/05/2009; Amount: $0; Lender: Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corp; Buyer: Karen Montgomery; Address: 6886 Las Colinas, Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $1,239,954; Land: $743,973; Tax: $12,931.50; Built: 1971; Features: 3-car garage, 4 bed, 5 bath, 3845 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $0; Loan Type: Conventional; Rate: Fixed. TURN TO SOLD ON A13

By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — With 176 participants on 21 teams, the July 11 Relay for Life raised $15,577.21 for the fight against cancer and those affected by it. During the 24-hour American Cancer Society event, which began at 9 a.m. at Earl Warren Middle School, one person from each team walked around the track at all times, symbolizing the reality that cancer never sleeps. “Every person’s reason for participating in the Relay for Life is unique and meaningful,” Mayor Mike Nichols and his wife, Heather, wrote on their Relay Web page. “(W)e wanted to honor our Aunt Valentine “Val” Parsel for the inspirational strength she has shown while fighting her own battle with breast cancer.” Nichols and his wife were captains of the event’s largest team, with 28 members.

HEART-FELT PARTICIPATION With 28 members, Team Valentine was the largest group to participate in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life at Earl Warren Middle School. Walkers included, from left, team captains Heather and Mike Nichols, the mayor and first lady of Solana Beach, Vanessa Ngoy, Gerri RetmanOpper, Vicki Cypherd and Ira Opper. The group raised $3,185 to honor the Nichols’ Aunt Valentine Parsel. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Prudy’s Pals, which had with $5,370, walked in dedi- ing memory of our dear the largest team donation cation “to the life and lov- friend, Prudy Caravelli.”

Caravelli passed away April 24, 2009, less than six months after being diagnosed with cancer. “Prudy was an important part of our family in the San Diego office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck,” Chris Frahm, captain of the18-member team, wrote. “She was a wonderful person —always happy (with a wicked sense of humor), highly competent and an absolute joy to work with. We miss her very much.” Relay for Life is an annual event that unites 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities across the country to celebrate those who have survived cancer, remember those who lost the battle and raise money to fight the disease. One in every 100 Americans participates in the event, which began in 1985 in Tacoma, Wash. The Solana Beach walk was hosted by the Chamber of Commerce.

Lomas Santa Fe hosts Casa golf tournament COAST CITIES — The 10th annual “Fore the Casa Kids” golf tournament will be held Aug. 24 at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club in Solana Beach. All proceeds benefit Casa de Amparo, an Oceanside nonprofit providing child abuse prevention pro-

grams. “The idea of the golf tournament was first inspired by Casa’s board members to help supplement the Ivey Ranch Capital Campaign for our Child Daycare Center and Family Services Program,” said Co-Chairman and board mem-

Al fresco art afternoon RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild will present its third annual Art and Music on the Lawn from 3 to 7 p.m. July 19 at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. More than 20 painters, sculptors and photographers will display and sell their work to music by the Peter Pupping Band, featuring William Wilson on guitar,Allan Phillips on keyboard and percussion, Jeff Basile on bass, Roy Gonzales on percussion and Kevin Koch on drums. Adult admission is $10 and children are $5. Eight-person tables are available for

$150 and VIP tables cost $250. The guild asks that visitors arrive early to find a spot for your blanket or to set aside chairs provided by The Inn. Picnic fare, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase and only food and drink purchased at The Inn will be permitted on the lawn. Advance ticket sales are available at The Inn and the Rancho Santa Fe Art Gallery, adjacent to Union Bank. Proceeds will benefit the San Pasqual Academy and ARTS, or Art a Reason to Survive. For more information, call (858) 759-3545.

Wine, cheese for charity RANCHO SANTA FE — It was another great turnout for the Fine Magazine V.I.P. Realtor Event June 18. More than 100 realtors were on hand to enjoy wine and appetizers and raise $2,800 for the evening’s sponsored charity, Just In Time. The mission of JIT is to help transitioning foster youths become productive adult members of society by providing resources, guidance and hope. According to JIT Representative, Diane Cox, when foster children turn 18, they are emancipated from the foster care system and turned into the real world with nothing more than a garbage bag full of clothes. Sometimes they get scholarships for college or subsidized housing, but basic essentials JIT acts as a surrogate family. Over 45 percent of foster kids become homeless, turn to crime or return to the cycle of abuse that they came from. JIT aims to change that per-

centage and give voice to an otherwise silent and overlooked population. Fine Magazine is the main sponsor of these monthly VIP parties that began as social mixers but have turned into industry philanthropic opportunities. On June 18, funds for JIT were raised by raffle tickets and live auctions. Raffle prizes included gift baskets, Padres tickets and a private chef’s dinner at Decanter. Items were donated by the following sponsors: Altenbern Insurance, the R.E.D. Team, Old Republic Home Protection, National Disclosure Source, Synergy Salon, Body Glove, Dr. Karam Carmel Valley Plastic Surgery, Decanter, Fine Magazine and Rio Sabadicci, creator of Vinturi wine aerators. For more information, visit www.jitfosteryouth.org or call JIT Program Director Meredith Hall at (760) 5056647.

ber Mike Platis. “The tournament has grown through the 10 years and now is a staple event in raising money for the annual fund to supplement all five programs,” said Co-Chairman and board member Mark Allyn. Player check-in begins at

10:30 a.m., followed by a pro golf clinic, lunch and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Dinner and auction will start at 5 p.m. Tee Partners, for $250, Beverage Hosts, for $500 and Eagle for $1,500 through Corporate Partnerships for $2,500 are available. Golfers are welcome to register as individual partic-

ipants for $250 and the ticket includes golf with a cart, the pro golf clinic, lunch and awards dinner. Potential players, partners and volunteers may contact Keely Tidrow at (760) 754-5500, ext. 28 or sign up online at www.casadeamparo.org.


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Rare muscle disorder causes severe pain DR. GOTT Second Opinion Dear Dr. Gott: I have had a condition since infancy that causes abnormal fatigue in the muscles. It was not diagnosed until June 2007, when I was 75. A muscle chemical biopsy showed that I have McArdle’s disease. The first reported case was in 1951. As far as I can tell, there has been very little research on this disease because it is so rare. There is also no treatment or cure. I am writing in the hopes that you or someone out there knows something about this condition that may be of use to me. My physical activities have steadily become more limited. Dear Reader: McArdle’s disease, also known as glycogen-storage disease type V, is a genetic disorder. It is caused when the body does not produce a specific enzyme used to make “fuel” for skeletal muscles. It commonly begins in young adulthood as exercise intolerance and muscle

cramping. Some patients may recall symptoms of muscle weakness, lack of endurance and muscle pain starting in early childhood or adolescence. Overall, it is considered to be a relatively benign disorder in that life expectancy is no different than that of other people. Symptoms include severe muscle pain and fatigue within the first few minutes of exercise. If continued, muscle spasms or contractures may develop. This causes muscle damage, which can result in myoglobinuria, a dark discoloration of the urine after exercise. This comes and goes, depending on the severity of the damage done during exercise. There is no treatment or cure, but there is some evidence that drinking a sugary beverage before exercise may reduce or prevent symptoms. Gentle aerobic exercise is important because it can help condition the muscles and improve performance and quality of life. Obesity must be avoided because it will decrease exercise capabilities and lead to worsened symptoms. Because muscle damage can cause kidney damage or TURN TO SECOND OPINION ON A14

Grants available through Women’s Fund NORTH COUNTY — The Women’s Fund at Coastal Community Foundation invites qualified nonprofit organizations serving San Diego County to apply for grants to help women and girls. A grant information meeting will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. July 30 at the Encinitas Library community room. For details, call the foundation at (760) 9429245. The mission of the

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New beginnings, my love for Ranch MACHEL PENN Machel’s Ranch I spent last night with my Mom and Dad in their fifth wheel in Oceanside. I wrote about them last year, my parents and their fifth wheel, and how much it reminds me of the farm I grew up on back in Missouri. I’m one of those sentimental types that hates to let go of anything. And, with two days until my wedding, I needed that one last night with my parents before crossing over the “threshhold.” My mind has been full of past roads that led to this one. I’m sort of at a loss for words due to all the emotion that is inside my heart. I have been so touched by my good friends and those I work with at this paper, I just want to share my gratitude to those who read my column. I would also like to share some of the ups and downs that led me to where I am now. Some of you know I have been married before.This will be my second time around. Most look at divorce as a failure. But for me, it has been the foundation for why I live in this community. Almost 10 years ago, my ex-husband and I moved from Los Angeles to Rancho Santa Fe. At the time, I was distraught over the move. We were still married and we had to move here for his career. I did not know anyone here. I was pregnant with Jackson and I felt so isolated and alone. When Jackson was born, my world was filled with his presence. I started to adapt to the quietness of the Ranch and the bright lights of L.A. faded with time. After my divorce from Jackson’s father, we remained good friends and placed our disagreements behind us for Jackson. My ex-husband remarried before me. He is still married to Jill.As a mother who now has a stepmother to a son, I am so lucky she is in my son’s life. Jill is kind to him and he just loves her, too. Seven years later, our lives have all moved forward with some heartache and hard times. Three years ago, my ex fell ill from spinal meningitis. Fortunately, he pulled through. Jill stood by his side during this hard time. Real love grows stronger during tough times. I felt so

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HAT’S ON Carol Bader’s hat trunk show at Morgan Run, with friends. Photo by Machel Penn

guessed, that “one” turned out to be the man I am marrying this weekend. These last few years were not easy. They were sometimes tough and trying. Yet, thanks to wonderful friends, I managed to rebuild my heart, meet Robin, and fall in love with Rancho Santa Fe, too. Robin’s family has also been incredibly good to Jackson and me. I feel so blessed that they have accepted us both with open arms. Now I have a career with this paper. What I love about those I work with at the Rancho Santa Fe News is they are just the most wonderful group to be around. Always positive and upbeat, I am inspired by my peers. Everyone here is so passionate about what they do and how much they love The Coast News Group. Writing this column has been an incredible experience. I have met many more Ranch residents and discovered so many lovely stories under the eucalyptus trees, and I love it just as much as the rest of you locals. As I drove past the ocean this morning in Carlsbad, away from my parent’s fifth wheel, I remembered how I came to the Ranch. I remembered all of the roads that led CHEERS! Lara and Heather, the hottest bartenders in Rancho Santa me to this one. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for Fe. Photo by Machel Penn thankful that Jackson also had his stepmom. At this time, I was still single, dating only a little. I began to wonder if I would remarry again like my ex did. In the summer of 2007, my sister Tracy Chapman came out to see me. I was in the process of moving, so Jackson flew back to hang out with the grandparents in Iowa. While my sister was in California, I showed her all my hangouts — Mille Fleurs, the track, The Inn, and the Plaza in Del Mar. When my sister met Robin Shull (we were already friends), she simply said, “Why not that one, Machel?” As you might have

those who have been so good to me and have offered their friendship along the way. Life is not always easy or perfect. However, if you hold fast to your dreams, sometimes they happen … even if it’s a little later than expected.

Around town

On June 25, Willis Allen celebrated Friday with “Dog day afternoon at Willis Allen.” Everyone was encouraged to bring their dogs to work. Now that’s what I call the royal mutt treatment and a fun place to work. Michael Citrin was kind enough to share a photo from that fun day in Rancho Santa Fe. Pictured are Michael Citrin with Ashton and Shammy, Chris Peters and Brooke Hansen with Gunner, Gary Wheeler, manager of the Willis Allen dog sled team, Deb Weir with Abby and Kim Kraft with Wylie. Thanks Michael for sharing with our team. On June 27, Melissa Williams hosted a beautiful bridal shower for me at Mille Fleurs. If any of you read my column enough you know that this is one of my favorite places in Rancho Santa Fe. Twenty women arrived in style to enjoy a late afternoon TURN TO MACHEL’S RANCH ON A17



JULY 17, 2009

Tickets on sale for San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival FRANK MANGIO

Taste of Wine It is a joy for me to see a hard-working, street-smart team create a public event that is a masterpiece of perfection. I used to be in the special events business and produced shows up and down the Southern California coast. When you make wine the star of the show, and blend brilliant chefs, music, education, and a comprehensive trade show in the mix, then you have the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival. It’s a feast for the senses and it happens for a sixth time from Nov. 18 through the Nov. 22. When life began in 2004 for this largest wine and food experience of its kind in Southern California, Michelle Metter and Ken

FESTIVAL FOUNDERS Ken Loyst and Michelle Metter are the founders of the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival. Photo by Frank Mangio

Loyst, the producers, were virtually doing it all as event planners with a new, blockbuster idea: make wine the crown jewel in a series of feel-good events centered around wine and food that gave visitors a wonderful time and a learning experience. Fast forward to the 2009 festival, and on tap are some 170 world-class wineries, 70 fine dining restaurants, gour-

met food companies, wine tasting seminars, cooking classes and an expected 8,000-plus enthusiastic guests over the five days of tasting fun. Live and silent auctions will benefit the American Institute of Wine and Food scholarships in San Diego. Wineries are pouring into the 2009 festival, including such notables as: Duckhorn, Pedroncelli, Cotes Du Rhone, L’Aventure, Cass, Trefethen, Hall and many more. Restaurants lining up include: The Prado, Island Prime, Truluck’s, Morton’s, Jakes, The Shores and much

tine resort and golf course area of Fallbrook just off the 15, Aqua Terra at Pala Mesa Resort has made great strides in its presentation of wine and cuisine. Kevin Poorbaugh, the director of wine and food, has paid close attention to pairing his selections of whites and reds with such menu selections as crab-stuffed seasonal seabass, grilled ahi tuna and king crab legs. Executive Chef Sean Sullivan shows talent and creativity in his monthly features, recently showing a combination of Pala Mesa braised beef short ribs and Tucked away in a pris- shrimp. more. Sponsorship and booth opportunities are still available but filling fast. Visit worldofwineevents.com, or call (858) 578-9463 for details. Tickets for the public are on sale for all five days or individual events. See the event descriptions, locations and pricing at the Web site or call a special phone number, (877) 808-9463. This column will be updating the latest information as it becomes available right up to festival time Nov. 18 through Nov. 22.

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Daytime drinking is a whole other beast CORY WATERHOUSE Doorman Diaries A day of drinking usually begins with a simple statement declaring, “Yes, I would like to tip a glass of Macallan instead of a cup of coffee, thank you.” Early boozing can start out fairly simply — a phone call from a friend you thought previously had plans. A daft pal you promised yourself you’d never spend time with again, only to give in. Alas, you have precious few irresponsible chums to go to the bar with you during the day. Now actually drinking liquor at 7 a.m. is the first sign of diminished capacity. No person in their right mind, excepting college students, blatant soaks and small town columnists, would actually want that swarthy warm cocktail before a jolting cup of Costa Rican Jose. But what path does that leave? You can’t actively recruit friends who have occupations drenched in responsibility and respect.You have to

have a quiet stealth about who you invite to your day of sipping daylight and massaging nightfall into your hip pocket. It isn’t for the meek. It’s also not for those who can’t ration themselves amidst the glaring sunshine. You have to exude absolute abandon and resolute control over yourself. Duality is your bitch ... if she so chooses. Because that’s the critical aspect of your journey: to recognize that which was once spoken by a big screen ginger queen, “control is an illusion.” You have no idea where your night is careening after you’ve drank away the sun’s rays. The second you think you’ve controlled your situation is the very instant you’ve lost control. One of the many unfortunate side effects of your day is that you’re most likely going to make a few poor culinary choices. A greasy burger here, a questionably odd-meated burrito there. Along with all the other pollutants you’re putting into your body, the food should also fit the punishment schedule. The most important point to realize is that the day


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Date: 06/05/2009; Amount: $680,000; Buyer: Joan Healy; Address: 16048 Via Viajera, Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $747,150; Land: $448,800; Tax: $7,817.12; Built: 1982; Features: 2-car garage, 2 bed, 3 bath, 2119 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $0; Loan Type: Conventional.

Date: 06/02/2009; Amount: $792,000; Buyer: Bac Home Loans Servicing; Address: 17661 La Catrina, Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $956,927; Land: $756,927; Tax: $10,871.46; Features: 3-car garage, 5 bed, 5.5 bath, 7050 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $0; Loan Type: Conventional.

Date: 05/28/2009; Amount: $0; Lender: Db Private Wealth Mortgage; Buyer: R Sellers; Address: 15465 Las Planideras, Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $5,358,060; Land: $3,017,160; Tax: $55,784.98; Features: 4-car garage,5 bed, 5.5 bath, 7865 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $2,500,000; Loan Type: Conventional; Rate:Variable.

Date: 05/27/2009; Amount: $1,740,000; Lender: Bank Of America; Buyer: Hossein Manavizadeh; Address: 7965 Camino De Arriba, Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $2,414,786; Land: $726,686; Tax: $26,529.22; Features: 4-car garage, 5 bed, 5 bath, 6720 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $417,000; Loan Type: Conventional; Rate: Fixed. Date: 05/21/2009; Amount: $1,850,000; Lender: Vista Bank; Buyer: Edward & Patricia Will; Address: 17645 La Catrina, Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $2,082,845; Land: $767,845; Tax: $23,102.64; Features: 5-car garage, 0 bed, 0 bath, 8971 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $1,850,000; Loan Type: Construction; Rate: Fixed.

Date: 05/21/2009; Amount: $840,000; Lender: Taylor Bean & Whitaker Mtg; Buyer: Dong Kyoo & Kim Jae Kang; Address: 15902 Via De Las Palmas, Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $297,528; Land: $124,544; Tax: $3,386.46; Built: 1979; Features: 2-car garage, 3 bed, 3 bath, 2114 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $625,500; Loan Type: Conventional; Rate: Fixed.

Date: 05/19/2009; Amount: $1,800,000; Buyer: Thornburg Mtg Secs Trust 2007 3; Address: 6368 La Valle Plateada, Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $3,666,900; Land: $1,836,000; Tax: $38,080.38; Built: 1957; Features: 2-car garage, 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 3148 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $0; Loan Type: Conventional.

Date: 05/18/2009; Amount: $833,000; Buyer: Margaret Arneson; Address: 3728 Paseo Vista Famosa, Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $833,340; Land: $448,800; Tax: $8,753.02; Built: 1980; Features: 2car garage, 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 2129 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $0; Loan Type: Conventional. Date: 05/15/2009; Amount: $0; Lender: First Republic Bank; Buyer: Robert Moore; Address: 5050 El Secreto, Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $1,648,787; Land: $767,274; Tax: $17,952; Built: 1985; Features: 2-car garage, 6 bed, 5.5 bath, 6265 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $2,485,000; Loan Type: Conventional; Rate:Variable.

Date: 05/14/2009; Amount: $1,445,000; Buyer: Sara Savanelli; Address: 18596 Corte Fresco, Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $2,346,000; Land: $1,224,000; Tax: $25,285.14; Built: 2004; Features: 3car garage, 5 bed, 5.5 bath, 3797 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $0; Loan Type: Conventional.



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Online airline ticketing: convenient yet scary I have recently confirmed the existence of a new travelers’ malady that I’ve name flight-booking anxiety, or FBA. I thought perhaps I was the only one who experienced this disorder, but in conversations with a few people this week, I’ve confirmed that others (maybe most of us) suffer from the same problem. My friend is flying to Rio de Janeiro in a few days. It was a last-minute decision, so she went online last night to hunt for the best price for an airline ticket. She visited numerous discount sites — Priceline, Cheap Tickets, Orbitz, Hotwire, Expedia — as well as the airlines’ sites. “You name it,” she said. “I was there.” Finally, she made her decision for an $800 flight that will take her from San

Diego to Washington, D.C., to Rio de Janeiro. Then she had to finalize the decision. “Oh, my gosh,” she said. “I got such anxiety when I clicked on that button to purchase the ticket. I felt like I was signing my life away. Selling my soul. There was no going back.” All of this made her heart beat faster — one of the symptoms of FBA — and following that, my friend began agonizing over whether she had made the right choice. Could she really afford to go to Brazil for three weeks? Was she going to regret her deci-


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Crisis Intervention: A certain bridge in Ghangzhou, China, has become popular for suicide (12 attempts in a 45-day period in April and May), and with each incident, traffic is slowed or halted for hours while crews attempt to talk the distraught person down or perform rescues. Mr. “Chen” was on the ledge in May, according to an Agence France-Presse dispatch, but he couldn’t make up his mind about jumping. One frustrated motorist, Lai Jiansheng, ended the suspense by walking up to Chen and pushing him off. Chen survived, and Lai was arrested.

will someday decide which roles seem appropriate. — The normal way that the U.S. Bureau of Prisons transfers “low-risk” inmates between institutions is to buy them bus tickets and release them unescorted with an arrival deadline. In the last three years, reported the Las Vegas Sun in May, 90,000 inmates were transferred this way, and only about 180 absconded. Though supposedly carefully pre-screened for risk, one man still on the loose is Dwayne Fitzen, a gang-member/biker who was halfway through a 24-year sentence for cocaine-dealing. (Since the traveling inmates are News That Sounds never identified as prison- Like a Joke ers, Greyhound is especially (1) In May, police in alarmed at the policy.) Winder, Ga. (pop. 10,200),



belongs to the bottle. It’s not yours anymore but hopefully you knew that going in. Once you’ve pulled your eight-hour shift with the day’s last bartender, tip your cap (and the ‘tender) and take a cab home with thoughts and memories about the day’s excursion. The grand design of your slippery slide into inebriation

is that it affords a decent night’s sleep. And when the day ends — better described as your tolerance reaching its threshold — give a wink to the night sky and say goodnight while the rest of the schlubs are melting their livers into the

sion? Did she get the best price? My friend already knew the answer to that last question; she got the best price on that day. If she had just purchased the ticket two days before, she told me, she could’ve saved at least $250. However, a particularly strong attack of FBA prevented her from making the commitment at that earlier time. I was sorry to hear that others suffer from the same problem I do, but I felt validated. Every time I click that “purchase” icon, it’s a nervewracking experience. My biggest fear is that something will happen and I’ll have to pony up another $100 or $200 to change my travel dates. It rarely happens, but not too long ago, it did. A relative we had

planned to visit died suddenly, so we decided to visit her husband a couple of weeks after the funeral when we thought he’d enjoy the company. I chickened out on calling the airlines to ask for a ticket change without charge. I sent in my daughter instead. She’s a miracle worker when it comes to negotiating. The airline employee on the other end of the phone grilled her about every detail –— even where my cousin’s obit appeared and the name of the funeral home. She was on hold a long time, so presumably they checked out all the details. In the end, my daughter got the dates changed without charge, so I owe her big. It’s also possible to bring on an FBA attack without even buying a plane ticket. Just bring up the subject

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apparently heavy night of drinking. He was discovered in a neighbor’s yard, his head and torso inside a garbage can that was tipped over on its side, with his legs sticking out. He had recently represented the city in a high-profile case in the Indiana Court of Appeals.

People With Issues Lawyer Larry Wilder, who works part-time as city attorney for Jeffersonville, Ind., was found by police in the early morning hours of June 3, sleeping off an

of travel and you’re sure to get a good discussion going on the costs of flying. People will either joyously brag about the deals they’ve scored, or moan about the prices they had to pay. Someone who isn’t fond of traveling asked me recently why I “put up” with the inconveniences, hassles and anxieties of travel. I answered that most often there are few other options for “getting there.” Then she said, “I don’t get why you have to go and see things anyway. You can stay home and watch the Travel Channel.” To that, I had no answer. If she didn’t already understand, she never would. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com.

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failure, it is important to be under the care of a physician familiar with McArdle’s disease. He or she can monitor the situation and give specific advice regarding diet and exercise. I also recommend you go online to the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign Web site at www.musculardystrophy.org for more information. Dear Dr. Gott: My husband is 84 years old and, for the past six years, he has experienced cold chills in his chest and other parts of his body. He wears thermal underwear all the time but is still always cold. His doctor told him that he is anemic but that he didn’t know what was causing it. What should we do? Dear Reader: If your husband is anemic, it is likely the cause of his constant chills. If his doctor is unwilling or unable to order further testing, request a referral to a hematologist (blood specialist). He or she should be able to determine the cause of the low red blood cell count and offer advice on treatment options. In the meantime,I suggest he begin taking iron supplements, since most anemia is due to a low iron level. He should start with a low dose of slow-acting iron to reduce the risk of constipation. Anemia can have many causes, including a low B-12 level, internal bleeding, cancer, low red blood cell production,a lack of a certain hormone, low levels of certain vitamins or minerals, and certain disorders that cause abnormal destruction of blood cells. Dear Dr. Gott: I was recently diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. My family practitioner sent me to a cardiologist at my request for a second opinion. My GP suggested I start warfarin and have an angiogram. The cardiologist says, “A-fib isn’t something that calls for an angiogram” and put me on warfarin and diltiazem. He is now telling me that I can do one of two things: have a transesophageal echocardiography followed by cardioversion (his preference), or I can stay on the medication for the rest of my life. I have no symptoms except for a fast pulse and some shortness of breath upon exertion. I am a 78-year-old retired nurse. I have no physical problems other than osteoarthritis. I also take losartan for high blood pressure, which is now stable at 120/80. What is you opinion on how I should proceed? Which physician should I listen to? Dear Reader: Atrial fibrillation is a heart disorder that causes an abnormally rapid, irregular heart rate; therefore, I believe your cardiologist is the best choice for treatment. Symptoms may not be noticeable in some sufferers but may include decreased



for $1,000 and Del Mar was officially founded. The 2-square-mile city – the smallest in San Diego County – began attracting numerous visitors in 1936 when it became the perma-

blood pressure, chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, lightheadedness, confusion, fatigue, fainting and palpitations. If symptoms come and go, the condition is known as paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, whereas consistent symptoms denote chronic a-fib. There are several possible causes. The risk of developing this condition increases with age. Heart failure, coronaryartery disease, high blood pressure, heart attack, certain medications, heart-valve defects, hyperthyroidism,heart surgery and infections (especially of the heart) are common causes. In some cases, no cause can be found. This is known as lone atrial fibrillation, and serious complications are rare. Heart failure, stroke and blood clots are common complications of untreated a-fib, especially if other heart abnormalities are involved. Treatment is first aimed at any underlying condition that might have caused the atrial fibrillation,and resetting the heart’s rhythm back to normal and preventing blood clots from forming. The primary therapy is cardioversion. This can be done with medications or by shocking the heart with electricity. The cause, severity and how long the condition has been present all play a factor in which therapy is used. To reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots, anticoagulant medications such as warfarin are often prescribed for several weeks before the cardioversion is attempted and sometimes for several weeks afterward. Another option is transesophageal echocardiography, which is similar to an ultrasound of the heart except that the image is achieved by looking through the esophagus instead of the chest. In this way, a clearer image is available because the ribs are not in the way. Once a normal rhythm is achieved, medication may be prescribed to maintain it. If this doesn’t work, the cardiologist may recommend ablation, a procedure used to destroy the specific area within the heart that is causing the abnormal signals. It is also important to quit smoking, eat a low-fat, low-salt diet to reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure, and reduce alcohol intake to no more than one drink per day for women and two for men. Increased exercise can also help. Caffeine and other stimulants, such as those found in cold medicines, should also be avoided, as they can trigger an attack. Follow your cardiologist’s advice or seek out a second opinion from another cardiologist. Doctor Gott is a practicing physician and the author of the book “Live Longer, Live Better” (Quill Driver Books, www.quilldriverbooks.com; (800) 6057176). Write him at Dr. Gott c/o United Media, 200 Madison Ave., 4th fl., New York, NY 10016.

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Rancho Santa Margarita, Spa Gregorie has launched in Del Mar on the second level in the Flower Hill Promenade. The 6,500square-foot, two-story day spa and full service-salon features signature items like the Bling it On Pedicure, a pedicure using up to 520 Swarovski crystals. The spa raises awareness and funds for both Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Greet the Day—a nonprofit organization where professionals volunteer massage and bodywork to people with cancer. Spa Gregorie is a recipient of the Women’s Cancer Research Foundation’s 2008 Humanitarian Award. For more information, visit spagregories.com. The spa is open seven days a week; Monday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

RE office grows ESCONDIDO — Scott Illingworth, a speaker and trainer, recently joined Prudential California Realty’s Escondido office. Illingworth can be reached at Prudential California Realty’s Escondido office at (760) 796-6300, or via e-mail at ScottI@prusd.com.

Magnifique! DEL MAR — Preiss Imports President and CEO H e n ry Preiss, a Del Mar resident, was awarded the HENRY PREISS French government’s prestigious Ordre National du Mérite Agricole honor. Preiss was awarded by Jean Pierre Cointreau, president of the Renaud-Cointreau Group, for his consistent effort to import and promote French spirits in the U.S. market.

Endoxi DEL MAR — Carlsbadbased band Endoxi, offering rock ’n’ dirty blues, with reggae grooves and rowdy folk twang, won second place and $5,000 July 3 in the San Diego County Fair Musicpalooza contest. Endoxi is a blend of Chris Wilson on guitar and vocals, Joe Cardillo on the saxophone and vocals, Mike Monsivaiz on drums and Kevin Wall on bass and vocals. Coming from their home towns of San Francisco, Providence, Sacramento and New Orleans, the band now makes Carlsbad its home and San Diego its venue.

TOP TEACHERS Teachers of the Year from every school in Encinitas, public and private, honored at the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce Salute to Education include, from left, Arlene Skoor of La Costa Heights Elementary, Wendi Bremermann of Encinitas Country Day, Carrie Tograzinni of Ocean Knoll Elementary, Lance Gomez of Capri Elementary, Kristen Edwards of Rancho Encinitas Academy, Doug Rierdan of Park Dale Lane Elementary, Pauline Benson of El Camino Creek Elementary, Deborah Sauer of Mission Estancia Elementary, Sue Liesgang of Paul Ecke Central, Jessy Smith of Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary, Jacqueline Powers of Diegueno Middle School, Tricia Shemwell of The Grauer School, Susan Lesan of Oak Crest Middle School, Michael Santos of San Dieguito Academy and Emily Clark of Sunset High School. Not shown are Liz Kuttler of Flora Vista and Jerry Trust of La Costa Canyon High School. Photo by Daniel Knighton

Chamber heaps praise on teachers ENCINITAS — Rancho Santa Fe Security Systems, Inc. hosted the Chamber’s annual Salute to Education to honor local students and teachers June 9. A large crowd of school administrators, teachers, students and their families gathered to celebrate the academic and professional achievements of Encinitas’ finest. Denise Mueller, of Rancho Santa Fe Security Systems, Inc., served as emcee of the event. As she has done for many years,Muller said she enjoyed watching the students and teachers recognized for their educational excellence. This year 16 students and 17 teachers were selected from

schools, both public and private, in the area. Muller introduced each recipient while they made their way through a long receiving line of school, district and city officials as well as Chamber of Commerce representatives. Among the teacher standouts was Lance Gomez. Gomez, Capri Elementary school’s Teacher of the Year, won praise for appealing to students and colleagues. He was described as a “dedicated and caring teacher who inspires children, connects with families and always makes time to share his successful strategies with his colleagues.” Gomez also won the 2009

Teachers are Heroes Award from 94.9 FM and the San Diego County Office of Education for integrating Service Learning into instruction. Gomez’s second grade class runs a popcorn company, which pops and sells popcorn after school each week and uses the proceeds to make a difference for children around the world. Children learn math, social studies, and leadership, while developing strong character traits like caring, trustworthiness and responsibility in the classroom through the experience. The recipients of the student awards were not only academically

advanced, but showed leadership and collaboration skills. Several were recognized for their service to others. Megan Black of St. John the Evangelist was among those honored for her volunteer efforts. She has led efforts to support San Diego Kid’s News Day, Red Ribbon Week and various fundraisers that have netted more than $2,000 for children in need. The Grauer School chose eighth-grader Stewart Wirick as the recipient of Student of

the year in his age division. Wirick’s impressive achievements reflect his well-rounded interests and personality. His school year included winning the Grauer School’s Spelling Bee, the Sweepstakes Award at the San Diego County Science Fair and taking home first place at the California Science Fair. While Wirick is a strong student with two honors classes in his schedule, he is also a talented musician, natural outdoorsman and a humanitarian.

And the winners are … Teacher recipients included: Lance Gomez — Capri Elementary Pauline Benson — El Camino Creek Elementary Liz Kuttler — Flora Vista Elementary Deborah Sauer — Mission Estancia Elementary Jessy Smith — Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary Doug Rierdan — Park Dale Lane Elementary Sue Liesgang — Paul Ecke Central Arlene Skoor — La Costa Heights Elementary Tricia Shemwell — The Grauer School Kristen Edwards — Rancho Encinitas Academy Wendi Bremermann — Encinitas Country Day Jacqueline Powers — Diegueno Middle School Susan Lesan — Oak Crest Middle School Michael Santos — San Dieguito Academy Emily Clark — Sunset High School Jerry Trust — La Costa Canyon High School

Student recipients included: Dana Palmer — Capri Elementary Nathan Cheng — El Camino Creek Elementary Madelyn Payne — Flora Vista Chelsea Churchill — Mission Estancia Cynthia Galindo — Ocean Knoll Matt Conger — Olivenhain Pioneer Andre Sanavi — Park Dale Lane Elementary Lisa MacPhee — Paul Ecke Central Zach Brown — La Costa Heights Kevin Hornbeak — Ada Harris Olivia Ramzi — Rancho Encinitas Megan Black — St. John the Evangelist Stewart Wirick — The Grauer School Christopher Emmanuel Hyndman — Encinitas Country Day Brigitte Williamson — Diegueno Middle School Alec Smith — Oak Crest Middle School

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CREAM OF THE CROP Grauer School Teacher of the Year Trisha Shemwell receives a plaque and congratulations from school founder Stuart Grauer. Photo by Daniel Knighton



“The look in their faces of relief shows they know they have a future.” “I never saw a project that had more of a world impact,” Claude Kordus, a member of Rancho Santa Fe Rotary, said. Efforts continue to establish wells and access fresh drinking water that’s locked just below ground level in Sudan. “I’m in a good position to help,” Dut said. “There is a lot of hope (in Sudan). They are thirsty this year, but next year will have water.”

SUDAN TEAM Pictured from left to right, Burl Jordan, board member Water for Sudan; Salva Dut, president Water for Sudan; Dep Tuany, vice president Water for Sudan; and Brian Kelly, volunteer, Water for Sudan. The four men recently traveled to Sudan to deliver new well drilling equipment. Photo by Promise Yee


New CEO takes helm of Encinitas chamber

Several board members resigned within the last months and longtime contractor Mike Andreen, who was responsible for bringing in new members and marketing, has launched a new chamber this week focused on the businesses within the El Camino Real corridor. As a self-described “people person,” Weinreb said one of his main objectives is to “offer a truce.” “All differences can be resolved when we are working towards the common good,” Weinreb said. “We should put personal differ-

ences aside to make this the best business climate possible.” Several business and civic organizations exist to support the five communities that comprise the city. Weinreb said he wants to understand what the needs are in each business community to help the city thrive as a whole. “We’re trying to redefine partnerships,” he said. “At the end of the day we’re all part of the same community.” Weinreb said his background as an entrepreneur and high-level executive

prepares him for the challenges that lay ahead in restoring confidence in the chamber. The native New Yorker moved to La Costa in 1999, after two decades in Dallas, Texas. He retired in 2005 to care for his wife, Marcia, who succumbed to a long-fought illness recently. Chamber president Ken Gross said Weinreb will oversee the organization’s implementation of adding “value” to what the members receive. “We take what the businesses can’t afford to do and help them achieve it,” he said. Gross cited the marketing efforts of the chamber on behalf of its members. “Through the Encinitas First publication, our Sundowner events and the Web site, we help businesses reach potential customers without spending a huge amount of their budgets on marketing,” he said. Weinreb will also oversee the visitor’s center, which is operated by the chamber with partial funding from the city’s general fund. Gross said a manager will be appointed specifically to handle visitors center business. City Council recently renewed the city’s annual contract to fund the center to the tune of approximately $80,400.

spaces to be used and shared by the school, Fire Department, Association and Inn. After much consideration, the architectural firm of Hanna Gabriel Wells was hired to develop initial plans for the site. In addition to the patrol facility, plans call for underground parking, with 85 spaces below and 74 on top. Early estimates put the cost at approximately $4.7 million. The Association would own the patrol facilities building and be entitled to 15 parking spaces for $2.5 million. The Rancho Santa Fe School would pay $600,000 and be entitled to

parking spaces for teachers and staff. The Fire Department would be allocated 35 spaces and would pay $1.6 million. “Sharing this makes this a win/win situation,” Beckman said. There were others attending the meeting, however, who felt differently, including new board Director Jack Queen. “This is a solution looking for a problem,” he said. “This is driven by the needs of the Fire Department.” Ranch resident Gorden Larsen agreed and offered his solution. “Do nothing.” The majority of those attending the meeting, however, disagreed. “Doing noth-

ing is not an option,” Carlie Headapohl, the school board president, said. “We have explored countless options. This is by far the most viable option. I give great thanks to The Inn.” “Doing nothing doesn’t solve the problem,” board Director Tom Lang said. “To come up with an entity for all four groups is hard. It has earned the right to proceed.” Should the project move forward, the financing and approval would need to be completed by September 2010 and construction would begin in October 2010. Completion and occupancy is anticipated to be June 2011.

also save money by no longer having to rekey the building, which it does every four to six years. Although the board had the option of wiring the school and adding the system later, board member Jim Cimino said it may be better to “do it right the first time.” “Doing it right the first time costs money,” his colleague Jim Depolo said. Seeing board members struggling to make decisions on that and some other items, Christensen offered to decrease his company’s construction contingency by nearly 1 percent, which allowed the board to adopt all the upgrades except the field, which they said could be installed after the project is completed. The contingency is a fund used by the general contractor to cover costs for items that may have been missed during the bidding process. “I’m that comfortable with my team’s evaluation of

all the bids,” Christensen said. “My boss will probably kill me though.” Although the board unanimously approved the upgrades, President Carlie Headapohl didn’t support eliminating the field. She said the field would benefit the entire community more so than some of the other items in terms of use and aesthetics. “I think most people would value the field over windows,” she said. Headapohl said she was also concerned about applying all available funds to upgrades since any project has the potential to run over budget. Board members said they could always eliminate items such as cast-in-place concrete benches, enhanced concrete paving with color and etching and decorative steel fencing that will be installed in lieu of chain link. Other upgrades that were approved include a twopiece clay tile roof, corbels under the walkway cover, cus-

tom solid wood doors on the administration and multipurpose buildings and some additional shrubbery. The value engineering, or VE, items were included in the original construction estimate at a base price. Had the construction estimate come in at $3.4 million or higher, those upgrades could have been eliminated without affecting the function or major aesthetics of the buildings, Christensen said. “The VE process is a sound approach to building a project,” he said. “It allows the school district to control the budget.” With soft costs such as permits, engineering and architectural fees, desks and other furnishings, the total cost is now estimated at $39.5 million. The old school has been demolished and construction crews are on schedule to meet an Aug. 19 deadline for teachers to move into temporary portables for the upcoming school year.

By Wehtahnah Tucker

ENCINITAS — The Chamber of Commerce has its third CEO in as many years with the hiring of Marshall Weinreb. His contract began July 1, with an annual salary of $40,000 and bonus incentives to be reviewed annually. Weinreb’s appointment comes five months after the abrupt resignation of former CEO Gary Tucker, who served in the position for approximately two years. In Tucker’s resignation letter sent to the board Jan. 23, he cited declining revenue from returning members, loss of faith in the board’s leadership and the executive committee’s refusal to follow the bylaws of the organization as reasons for his departure. Weinreb, 66, said he is familiar with the lingering doubts and hard feelings some have expressed about the chamber. He said it is part of what intrigued him about the position. “I want to uncover where the problems stem from,” he said. “There is an opportunity to bring a new level of cohesiveness and understanding between all of the relevant players.” Weinreb’s task of repairing damaged relationships won’t be an easy one.



needs of all the groups.” The proposed site, located near Linea del Cielo and Inn Cottage Road, is owned by The Inn and currently houses a parking facility and tennis court. The Inn is donating the land, asking in return for the same number of parking spaces and permission for guests to use the tennis courts at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Course. A 3,000-square-foot patrol facility will be a presence in the village, which will hopefully be a deterrent to crime. The land will also accommodate 159 parking



matched other buildings in the community. Most approved of spending $350,000 for aluminum-clad windows that will match those at the golf club. Board members all liked the idea of installing an integrated building system that would allow communication among all electronic devices. By making the new school a “smart” building, things such as air conditioning, heat and lighting could be controlled via computer. It would save money in the long run and provide a security enhancement by allowing a complete lockdown in seconds. It currently takes about 90 minutes to open and close the school. Remote access would also eliminate the need for someone to unlock and lock restrooms for community groups that use the field and facility after hours.The district would

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NEW CEO The new Encinitas Chamber of Commerce CEO Marshall Weinreb (left) shakes hands with Board President Ken Gross. Weinreb officially began his new duties overseeing both the chamber and the Visitor’s Center on July 1. Photo by Wehtahnah Tucker


they were hiding in stalls after being chased by police investigating a stolen truck. Their ruse failed when they tried, using falsetto voices, to persuade the cops that the only people present were women. (2) WCBS-TV (New York City) reported (illustrated with the store’s surveillance video) the unsuccessful robbery of Mohammed Sohail’s deli in Shirley, N.Y., in June, in which Sohail surprised the perp with a shotgun. Suddenly, as Sohail recounted, the robber dropped to his knees, crying and begging. When the robber spontaneously even offered to convert to Islam on the spot, Sohail tossed $40 at him and sent him on his way.

Recurring Themes (1) In June in Xianyang, in China’s Shaanxi province, a family hired a service for the equivalent of $4,400 to dig up a female corpse for their recently deceased son to “marry.” It’s the latest incidence of trying to overcome a centuries-old curse that forecasts a bad afterlife for men who die unmarried. (2) In shootings in May (in Rodeo de Medio, Argentina) and April (Salvador, Brazil), victims of chest wounds survived when robbers’ bullets were



next 30 days. “How can we tell for sure if they’re dead?” she asked. “And it’s expensive to remove them.It’s a difficult situation.” “Eucalyptus trees are dead if the trees have lost all their leaves and the bark shrinks,” Shaw said. Otherwise, the trees should be pruned and cleaned. “We need to redirect the growth,” he said. Paul Flores, an arborist who has worked in Rancho Santa Fe for many years,

partially deflected. According to Agence France-Presse dispatches, the Argentine man was an evangelical pastor who was holding a psalm book to his chest, and the Brazilian woman was protected by a wad of cash stuffed in her bra.

A News of the Weird Classic (January 2002)

Transsexual Tammy Lynn Felbaum (formerly Tommy Wyda), 43, was found guilty in December 2001 of manslaughter in the February death of her sixth husband, James Felbaum, from a botched castration. Tammy initially said James castrated himself, then admitted she did it but only at James’ written request. The Butler County, Pa., judge reached his decision based on evidence that Tammy had pressured James into the removal as punishment for James’ recent affair, and on testimony from one of Tammy’s earlier spouses, Lynn (formerly Tim) Barner, who let Tammy castrate her (formerly him) because she was an “expert.” Said Barner, “(Tammy) could castrate a dog in less than five minutes.” Tammy was also known in the community for her career as a stripper, specializing in crushing soda cans between her breasts.

monitors many trees for Ranch clients. “We’re having some success with injections and deep irrigation,” he said. “But I recommend replanting and diversifying.” Flores and Shaw recommended replanting, using eucalyptus that is resistant to lerp psyllid infestations. The Association will continue to monitor the trees and seek solutions to this difficult problem. “The trees are an important part of our history and lifestyle here, so we need to stay on top of this,” President Bill Beckman said.



their country and those who serve to protect it. “It’s definitely given me a greater sense of gratitude,” 17-year-old Dan said. “A lot of people in my family have been in the military. My cousin is in Iraq right now. You know that they’re there and you’re thankful that they’re there, but it’s hard to really understand how big of a sacrifice it is for them. This is the least we can do to give back and show them that we still support them.” “It’s great listening to Les and all the other veterans, what they have to say and their life experiences being passed on to us,” Ross said. “We want to try applying that to our lives.” “Learning from wise men, what they’ve gone through and what they’ve experienced is something that we can really take


in bizness in 1971 and is now one of the most successful carriers, has added service to LaGuardia Airport in the Big Apple. Southwest has no first class cabin so the monied ones get to mingle with the rest of the folks. It still provides soft beverages and munchies without a fee. The top brass is saying the LaGuardia venture is a gamble but worth the risk.

More Coastal Commish aps wanted State Assembly honcho Karen Bass is asking for more Coastal Commish applications for two seats on the prestigious agency. Applicants include Harbor City council electeds Ben Hueso and Donna Frye and O’side Councilwoman Esther Sanchez.

Great parking idea Surfside city residents who frequent downtown where there are time parking limitations can now enjoy extended parking privileges for a year without being tagged. A permit is available that reflects considerable savings. More skinny is available by calling (858) 755-1556.

Water-wise symposium Surfside City’s Ad Hoc Water Conservation Citizen’s Advisory Committee has scheduled a water gardening symposium July 25. Starts at 9 a.m. and is over before noon. At St. Peters Church meeting room. Open to the public.

Your tax $$$ at work It’s 3 a.m. in the Action Center when the red phone rings (it’s really only 9 p.m., but it feels like 3 a.m.). Ring, ring, riiiiinnnnng. The caller complains that some middleaged folks who are attending a political fundraiser are speaking too loudly. The Emergency Action & Crisis Team springs into action. Seven deputies with sirens blaring and a dog rush to the scene. Not any dog. This one has special talents. It’s a snif-



JULY 17, 2009 from,” Hunter said. Since the beginning of June — with help from a pool of 150 volunteers who sign up via Facebook — the group has spent four days a week packing and shipping boxes. They also plan fundraisers, send letters to family members and friends seeking donations and shop for supplies. Beef jerky is a popular request, they said. The boys are currently designing Students to Soldiers T-shirts they plan to sell to help raise money. The organization accepts donations of phone cards, DVDs, magazines, books and money. Monetary donations have ranged from $25 to $5,000. One donor offered a dollarfor-dollar match for all money raised. The goal is to ship 500 packages, valued at about $50 each, by the end of summer. For more information or to donate, send an e-mail to studentstosoldiers@gmail.com. fer. A fully staffed fire suppressant apparatus moves in and is at the ready in event the conversations become heated and cause a fire. The county is alerted and it dispatches a helicopter to provide air cover. A gallon of pepper spray is rushed in to quell the noisy seniors. The Governator is alerted and is still at his desk signing IOUs. He immediately alerts the national guard that is patrolling the T.J. border for illegal visitors. It promises it can rush in a battalion of combat ready troops to the scene and is equipped with its own pepper spray. A lady refuses to give her date of birth, which is standard operating procedure for the fair sex regardless of party preference. No one is wearing “Don’t Tase Me Bro” caps. Two seniors glare at America’s Finest so off to the clink they go. The fundraiser ends and the candidate for high office is unhappy becuz she didn’t raise enough money to make it all worthwhile.

One-liners Having been seriously rapped by the County Grand Jury for not keeping closer financial tabs on its 101 Mainstreet Assn., O’side electeds have imposed stringent new regs on the association ... Tri-City Hospital has appealed to the state to investigate Scripps Hospital’s alleged luring of patients to its facility from Tri-City’s jurisdiction ... Harbor City now has a dozen water cops looking out for and ready to cite water wasters ... Kelly Huggett and Robin Crabtree have been appointed to the Del Mar Foundation board of directors ... Marshall Weinreb is the new CEO of the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center ... Vista Mayor Morris Vance izzn’t running for a third term and has endorsed Judy Ritter to succeed him. Hasta la Vista Bill Arballo is an opinionated, retired journalist in the Flower Capital of the Universe. E-mail barballo@coastnewsgroup.com.


Bucca is the main course in this four-course feast, and he’s dramatically lowered the price to just $60 per person. Spring Mountain will serve one of its prized library wines among others: the 1987 Cabernet Sauvignon! Magnum bottles will be auctioned. RSVP at (760) 6351066 — Congratulations to Callaway Vineyard and Winery in Temecula for its 40th Anniversary and


glow inside the restaurant, adjacent to the courtyard. I must say that day ranked in the top five favorite days of my life. Melissa was such a sweetheart to take care of the entire event. All my friends enjoyed wonderful finger foods, fine cheeses and wines, compliments of the hostess. I introduced each of my friends and told one little story about how they have touched my life. I have included the group shot for you to see in my column. My favorite treat for the day had to be that my mother,Micky Kay Penn,was in town to sit right next to me. Thank you to Mille Fleurs for doing such a marvelous job and to Melissa Williams’ family for making such a wonderful day for all of us to remember. The second best treat had to be the cake, which was homemade by the Willams family. Think blueberries and buttercream! Just wonderful. On July 1, I was invited to stop by Morgan Run by Carol Bader from the Del Mar Hat Company. Carol had a trunk show there in the spa area. Embellishments was also there with a few good friends. Get ready for track season. It’s just around the corner.If you need a hat, look up The Del Mar Hat Co. Carol has been featured in many Southern California magazines, such as 944 and Ranch and Coast. I snapped a lovely picture of these beautiful women on a gorgeous day in Whispering Palms. Thanks for keeping me in the loop Carol. Go to www.delmarhat.com for more information before it’s too late. Later that evening, I stopped into Mille Fleurs to enjoy Tad Sisler playing the

Birthday party from 1 to 4 p.m. July 19. There will be appetizers, a live band, gifts and steep discounts on wines. Their red blend, the 2008 “Quartet,” recently got gold in a San Diego competition. Call (951) 676-4001 for details. — Wine Street in Carlsbad has changed its name to La Costa Wine Company and has a remodeling and new format including a new wine and cheese bar. New value pricing is being rolled out. Next event is a Spanish wine tasting from 6 piano and see some of the locals out and about on a Wednesday evening. I ran into Lara Grow and Heather from Delicias restaurant. You may recognize these beauties as the two prettiest bartenders in town (Jill Drouin, too!). I always love to stop in and see them. I also ran into Karian and Tom Forsyth. They were thoroughly enjoying Tad’s music, and I felt lucky to be out in the middle of the week for a change. Thanks Heather and Lara for letting me share your photo in my column. On July 4, I ventured to Rancho Santa Fe to enjoy the spectacular Fourth of July parade. Maybe it’s because I’m from a small town, but who needs the beach when there is a parade like that going on? The RSF Rotary Club had lots of goodies for the huge crowds. The highlight of the parade was when Congressman Brian Bilbray came up and took a photo with me. Each year the parade grows in size and with the announcer from the Community Center, it was a smash. If you missed the parade, make sure you are there next year. I snapped a gorgeous photo of Don and Lisa McVay right after the parade. On July 8, I walked into work to discover my office had been decorated with fabulous white wedding bells and ribbons.All of those I worked with surprised me with a gorgeous cake and gift certificate to Macy’s for the wedding. I am going to brag now about the editorial, graphics and sales departments. My co-workers are just incredibly wonderful and are always so pleasant to work with each day of the week. Even though there are weekly deadlines, the pressure doesn’t show in this office.

to 8 p.m. July 22 for $15 per person. Call (760) 431-8455 for details. — Oak Mountain Winery in Temecula has its Woof and Purrs in the Vines event from 3 to 7 p.m. July 19. The cost is $35 each for great food, live music, wine and an auction with great items to benefit animal causes. Reserve tickets by calling (951) 699-9102. — Hacienda de las Rosas Winery in the Fiesta de Reyes Plaza in Old Town San Diego is hosting a book signing from 5 to 7 p.m. July 24. It’s Janene Roberts new

book “Wine Tasting in Southern California and Beyond.” It features a guide to the unique wineries, wine bar, restaurants and more. Meet the author, enjoy the wine, and purchase a signed book, all for $20. E-mail for h a c i e n d aw i n e @ a o l . c o m details. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. His library can be viewed at www.tasteofwinetv.com. (Average Google certified 900 visits per day) He is one of the top five wine commentators on the Web. Reach him at mangiompc@aol.com.

FUN AND FIREWORKS Don and Lisa McVay at the Rancho Santa Fe Fourth of July parade. Photo by Machel Penn

RED, WHITE & BLUE Congressman Brian Bilbray and me. Courtesy photo

GIRLS OF COAST NEWS GROUP Columnist Jean Gillette, Cheryl Plontus, Fawn McCully and Laura North. Photo by Machel Penn

Thank you so much to everyone I work for — Jim and Chris, Laurie, Phyllis and the rest of the gang for just always being so nice. I am grateful to be in

your presence. If you have a fun event you would like Machel Penn to cover, contact her at mpenn@coastnewsgroup.com.

GOOD OL’ TIME All kinds of vehicles were featured during the Fourth of July parade. Photo by Machel PenN


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Michelle Renee will host a premiere party from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 18, Coast Highway Photography, 415 S. Cedros Ave, Solana Beach. Proceeds from the premiere of the movie “Held Hostage” will benefit the Chadwick Center at Rady Children's Hospital. To RSVP, contact Jared Blakeley at (858) 966-7975, by e-mail at jblakeley@rchsd.org or visit www.HeldHostagePremiere.ki ntera.org. OUTDOOR MOVIE The city of San Marcos will present the movie “Surf’s Up” at dusk July 18, Woodland Park, San


PUPS Labrador Rescuers will hold an adoption event from 10 a.m. to noon July 19, PETCO, 2749 Via de la Valle, Del Mar. Call (619) 819-0234 or visit www.labrescuers.org for more information. POETS UNITE Sunset Poets will feature William Archila at 3 p.m. July 19, Flying Bridge restaurant, 1105 N. Coast Highway 101, Oceanside. The featured poet will read from his new book “The Art of Exile.” More about Archila and his book can be found at SunsetPoets.org.




ART 101 Abrakadoodle Art OK COMPUTER The Tri-City BUST A MOVE Come see Education will offer a half-day summer art camp from 9 a.m. to noon the week of July 20, San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos. Camp tuition for the week is $159 and includes all materials and a camp T-shirt. To register, visit www.ci.san-marcos.ca or contact the city of San Marcos at (760) 744-9000. CELEBRATE AMERICA The San Marcos-Vista Christian Women’s Club luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. July 20, Lake San Marcos Country Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive. “Celebrate America” will be the theme Visit www.stonecroft.org to learn more. For reservations, call Donna at (760) 432-0772 or Muriel at (760) 744-3744.

Computer Club of Oceanside will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. July 21, Oceanside Salvation Army Community Center, 3935 Lake Blvd., Oceanside. There will be a program on creating Powerpoint presentations. Call (760) 631-8279 to learn more.

JULY 22 SUPER CAMP! Cal State San Marcos will host a 10-day SuperCamp summer enrichment camp beginning July 22 through July 31. Students entering grades ninth to twelfth in the fall are eligible to attend. Campers can benefit from learning new life skills. Visit www.SuperCamp.com or call (760) 722-0072 to learn more.

local teens dance it out at 7 p.m. July 23, Carlsbad City Library, Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane. Performances are free and open to the public. Registration for the talent show is required by the Tuesday before the scheduled show. To register or for more details, e-mail darin.williamson@carlsbadca.gov or call (760) 602-2058. PHOTO ART The Ordover Gallery will present Contemporary Masters of Fine Art Photography opening July 23, 410 South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach. View work by leading National Geographic photographers such as Frans Lanting and Art Wolfe. Visit www.ordovergallery.com to learn more.


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the group’s media director. “It seemed natural that we should become UniquEco’s first collection source in the United States,” said Lois Alter Mark, the Web site’s creative director. “We’re all about doing good and because we live in Southern California — the land of flipflops — what better place to make a real impact?” she said. The group said the collection efforts will not only help strengthen financial independence of women in Africa, but also have a positive impact on the environment. “We like to joke that we’re ‘StyleSubstanceSole,’ but the truth is we could actually help reduce landfills one flip-flop at a time.” StyleSubstanceSoul.com was started in September 2008 by North County residents Amy Krause, Janet Harry, Lois Alter Mark and



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Susan Jensen. “It is the Web site for women seeking world peace, food for thought and a really great pair of shoes,” Krause said. “Formerly Flip Flops has the potential to make a significant difference and we hope San Diego will lay a strong foundation for what we hope will become a national effort,” Krause said. “We’re so excited that Hansen’s has partnered with us,” she said. “We want to encourage groups like camps, schools and Scouts to participate and collect flip-flops.” Sarah Walker, a Leucadia resident, said she picked up a few abandoned single flipflops at the beach to help the effort. “It’s a good cause and an easy thing to do,” she said. Old flip-flops can be deposited at Hansen Surfboards, 1105 S. Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas, or sent to StyleSubstanceSoul, 3525 Del Mar Heights Road #582, San Diego, CA 92130.

Apatiga remains free on $100,000 bail, while Heath, who has served time in prison for robbery and drugrelated charges, remains in custody on $148,000 bail. Adame, a reputed gang member who has also served prison time for robbery and drug charges, is in jail on a no bail hold for violating his parole.

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SAN MARCOS — Annette Yeomans lived like the rich and famous, but unfortunately she was neither and will now spend nearly two decades behind bars for embezzling millions from her San Marcos employer. Yeomans, 51, was sentenced July 6 to 18 years in prison in accordance with her plea agreement. The chief financial officer for Quality Woodworks in San Marcos, Yeomans pleaded guilty in June to 10 counts

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New face in 2010 50th District Congress race By Gideon Marcus

COAST CITIES — Tracy Emblem, a writs and appeals attorney from Escondido, has entered the race for California’s 50th Congressional District. While her name may not be as recognizable as those of incumbent Brian Bilbray or perennial Democratic candidate Francine Busby, Tracy Emblem believes the time is right for a dark horse to challenge both of the big parties’ favorite candidates in 2010. “We’ve got to have leadership up there,” Tracy Emblem said. “A representative works for all the people, not just their party people, their special interests.” Running as a Democrat, Tracy Emblem favors a balanced budget and said she

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Toddler torture jury hung: no death penalty for killer By Randy Kalp

ESCONDIDO — For now, Jose Maurice Castaneda will not be executed for the murder of his girlfriend’s toddler son; however, the mistrial July 6 in the death penalty phase of his case has done little to lift the sadness he feels for Cesar Razo’s death, his attorney said. Attorney Allen Bloom said his client loved the 2year-old Cesar Razo like his own son. “He’s adamantly and repeatedly stated he did not kill that little boy or hurt that little boy,” the lawyer said during a phone interview following the court’s ruling. “There’s no happy ending in any of this. This young boy is

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CARDIFF-BY-THESEA — The situation that has this usually quiet coastal community up in arms continues to evolve as some are questioning the motivation behind a recent 911 call complaining about a “loud Democratic rally with loudspeakers” at a home in the 1300 block of Rubenstein Avenue. Francine Busby, a Democratic candidate for the 50th Congressional District, was indeed holding a fundraiser June 26 at the home of Shari Barman and her partner, Jane Stratton. However, attendees’ version of the event differs widely from the Sheriff’s Department report. Guests claim the event wasn’t noisy. The only amplified sound was Busby’s speech, which lasted approximately 20 minutes and ended about 8:30 p.m. A heckler was heard from behind trees and bushes that border the northwest corner of the property shouting profanities at Busby and the group of approximately 50 people. Three neighbors in the immediate vicinity of the hosts’ home said they were not disturbed by noise that evening. In fact, one homeowner said he was unaware of any activity until he heard a helicopter overhead. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the noise complaint at 9:12 p.m., according to the report. “By the time the deputies arrived, at least two-thirds of the guests had either gone home or were leaving,” Busby said. The report gives Deputy Marshall Abbott’s side of his confrontation with Barman, who was later arrested on suspicion of battery and obstruction of a police officer. Another woman, Ann Morgan, was arrested on charges of obstruction. She received a TURN TO DEMOCRAT ON B11



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Group gives autism patients new ‘leash’ on life By Bianca Kaplanek

RANCHO SANTA FE — More than 125 people gathered at the Del Mar Country Club on July 8 to help raise money for Leash-on-Life, a nonprofit organization that trains service dogs for placement with children with autism. Guest speaker Temple Grandin, an author and a Colorado State University professor who holds a doctorate in animal science, discussed the emotional needs of animals and her life with autism. Before speaking, Grandin autographed copies of her books, “Animals Make Us Human” and “Animals in Translation.” Rebecca Cook also shared the story of her life as the mother of an autistic child. Her daughter, Jolena Gonzalez, was diagnosed with autism when she was 3 years old. Cook said she was continuously told there wasn’t much that could be done to make her life easier. That was until December 2007, when Jolena became the first recipient of a Leashon-Life autism service dog — a black Labrador retriever

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Vigil held for slain gay sailor By Gideon Marcus

OCEANSIDE — Mourners and rainbow banners filled the Oceanside Harbor Bridge on Coast Highway 101 on July 10 for a candlelight vigil in memory of Boatswain’s Mate Seaman August Provost. The 29-year-old homosexual was shot on duty in a Camp Pendleton guard shack June 30. The vigil was a joint effort of the Department of Defense Federal Globe, an organization dedicated to protecting the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender military community, and the North County LGBT Coalition. “What we’re doing today is we’re bringing the community together to honor a gay man who was murdered in our community,” event organizer Lisa


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Locals offer input to help improve Fiesta del Sol By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Several dozen people gathered June 30 at City Hall to evaluate this year’s Fiesta del Sol and discuss ways to improve the annual Solana Beach event. Resident Gerri Retman suggested holding such a workshop at the April 22 City Council meeting, during which she and a handful of other residents voiced concerns “about the very same complaints that come up every year.” Some issues raised included the cost and placement of nonprofit booths, the event’s apparent loss of focus on the community and a decline in the quality of food, retail and craft vendors. Retman and Peter Zahn, vice president of the Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the event with support from the city, said the workshop was productive, giving people an opportunity to offer positive and negative comments as well as suggestions. But Retman said she was skeptically optimistic. “It was a worthwhile meeting,” she said. “There was a lot of great feedback and good ideas. But the proof is in the pudding. I don’t want to be negative. I have hope that there will be changes made.” Zahn said the chamber is open to implementing changes, but he said more volunteers are needed to make them happen. Retman didn’t disagree, describing the event as a “huge undertaking.” As chairwoman of the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission, she said she coordinates several events annually so she can appreciate the amount of work and number of volunteers that go into the two-day festival. She suggested the chamber might want to completely revamp the event and then heavily promote it as such. She said an improved Fiesta del Sol could attract more volunteers. “I think you get more involvement with a better event,” she said.

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Specific ideas that were presented included adding a juried art show as an incentive for local artists to display their work during Fiesta del Sol. Retman and others have said many artists don’t want to participate in the event because it doesn’t attract a crowd that is necessarily shopping for fine art. Also suggested was an area or areas devoted to local

businesses and restaurants as a way to showcase to out-oftown visitors what the city has to offer. “By using the event to promote local businesses, people might choose to stay longer or come back later,” Retman said. Retman also said providing an area where local restaurants could offer samples might be a good idea. She said other cities

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OCEANSIDE — A San Diego Superior Court jury convicted a 51-year-old man July 8 relating to a string of 2007 North County robberies. Juan Vasquez Flores was found guilty of two counts of second degree robbery, one count of attempted robbery with the enhancement that he discharged a revolver during the crime and one count of a felon in possession of a firearm. The two robbery charges stem from the June 26, 2007, hit on the Carmel Valley Market in San Diego and the hold up of the Primo Market in Oceanside on June 29, 2007. The attempted robbery charge is related to the July 12, 2007, robbery of La Fiesta Market in San Marcos, which led to the arrest of Flores and his alleged accomplice, Enrique Valdez, after a high speed chase ensued on Highway 78 and Interstate 5. Valdez, 26, pleaded guilty to five counts of robbery and one count each of attempted robbery and



evading officers prior to the start of the duo’s January 2008 preliminary hearing. Flores had been charged with nine more robberies; however, a lack of identifying witnesses, as well as poor surveillance images, led the prosecutor to dismiss those charges at the preliminary hearing. Prosecutors believe the robberies may have started in February 2007, according to court documents. Because this conviction netted him his third strike, Flores faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced later this summer. Flores was convicted in 1982 of two attempted robberies relating to a Chula Vista hotel and the now shuttered Paddock Restaurant in Encinitas, and the second degree robbery of Village Café in Vista at gunpoint. In the subsequent years, he racked up convictions for assault and weapon charges. In 2007, he was arrested for possessing methamphetamines.

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OCEANSIDE — Holocaust survivor Sol Berger shared his experiences with children through art at the Oceanside Museum of Art Family Day on July 5. A tile-painting project followed his talk with the young audience. “For young people to hear such a difficult message and have some place to express themselves is a wonderful function of art,” Skip Paul, executive director of Oceanside Museum of Art, said. Ninety-year-old Berger shared his stories of escaping from the Nazis and hiding in the forest for 14 months before he met and married his wife and they relocated to Italy, England and finally, the United States in 1950. “Things were good for me here in the United States,” Berger said. “Freedom of movement, freedom of thought and the possibility of education.” Children gathered around art tables following the lecture to decorate tiles. Some painted cheerful scenes of their family after listening to Berger describe his family, while other children painted buildings decorated with peace signs where Holocaust survivors were hiding. The tiles created during Family Art Day will be fired and displayed as part

HOPE The tiles created during Family Art Day will be fired and displayed as part of the “Fabric of Survival” exhibit at the Oceanside Museum of Art. Photo by Promise Yee

of the “Fabric of Survival” exhibit, which is a collection of hand-sewn tapestries by Esther Nisenthal Krinitz that depict the Holocaust. The lecture by Berger brought history to life for many listeners. “It characterizes it to see a real person and hear a real story,” Kristina Thill of Vista said. It took Berger 55 years

before he started to share his story of survival. “It was not easy to tell my story,” Berger said, “The pain was great.” Berger began telling people about the Holocaust after his brother, who also was a survivor and worked at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angles, was diagnosed with cancer. His brother urged him to tell people what happened.

“I tell the story because what happened between 1933 and 1945 should never happen again,” Berger said. A second tile-painting day will take place on Family Art Day on Aug. 2. Family Art Days are sponsored by the Leichtag Foundation. For more information on the “Fabric of Survival” exhibit and related events, visit www.oma-online.org.

YOUNG AT ART Arriona Brown, HISTORY COMES TO LIFE Holocaust survivor Sol Berger shares his experiences during the Holocaust 11, from San Luis Obispo, shows

with Detriona Brown, 14, Lisiona Brown, 6 months, and Arriona Brown, 11, from San Luis Obispo during off her finished tile. Promise Yee Family Art Day on July 5. Photo by Promise Yee


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like this. He also mentioned quail makes an occasional appearance so I demanded he call me when that happened. We also discovered our mutual lust for cassoulet and decided when the weather cooled down a bit to bust that out also. Remember, this is a small carry-out grill attached to a campground general store serving what Greg calls “recession gourmet” in one of the most amazing locations ever. Don’t go to Bull Taco in a hurry because unless there is nobody there, you will have to wait a bit for your food. That is totally understandable given the size of the kitchen and really, is it that difficult to wait a few minutes in paradise? Check out the campers and surfers, or just soak in the most excel-

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citation and was later released from the Encinitas substation. The confrontation escalated after Barman refused to give Abbott her date of birth. Abbott used his pepper spray because he felt threatened by guests who surrounded him, according to the report. Despite repeated requests, Sheriff Bill Gore has refused to release the officer’s report and the 911 transcripts or tapes, citing an ongoing internal investigation into the incident. Busby said she is concerned about the misinformation in the deputy’s report and the sheriff’s press statement. She also said there are lingering questions that should be answered about the person who made the initial call. “I think it’s important to know what the caller actually said and the tenor of the conversation,” Busby said. While she said it wasn’t necessary to determine the name of the person who called 911 rather than the non-emergency number, Busby said the caller’s motivation is suspect. “The fact that there was no noise and this was a noise complaint makes me want to know what motivated the deputies to act on this information,”she said. “I think there are a lot of questions left unanswered,” she said. The Sheriff’s Department did not give Busby a timeframe for the internal investigation when she met with representatives last week. “They did say that they will not be reporting any information unless action is taken,” she said. “I want to know how this happened, why this happened and to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Busby said.

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funds don’t need to be shipped out to Wasilia, Alaska.” Although a self-described fiscal conservative, Tracy Emblem supports federal economic stimulus spending,which she sees as an investment, not a one-time expense. The money, she said, keeps people employed, which in turn results in taxable revenue and sales. Tracy Emblem also said she thought universal healthcare makes economic sense. Coverage for everyone will ultimately be cheaper, and more preventive care visits will cost less than expensive emergency room trips, she said. Regarding the touchy subject of illegal immigration, Emblem said that people are not always rational. She noted



the magnitude of evidence in the two-month trial. In addition to the murder of Cesar Razo, Castaneda was convicted of a single felony count each of assaulting a child under the age of 8 that resulted in death, torture and child abuse with the allegation of great bodily injury, all of these charges were related to the young boy. The jury also found Castaneda guilty of a lesser including charge of misdemeanor child abuse relating to Cesar Razo’s sister, who was 5 at the time. However, the panel acquitted him on a felony torture charge in connection with the young girl. Castaneda and the boy’s mother, Maria Razo, 27, took Cesar Razo to the Palomar Medical Center around 4:40 p.m. June 25, 2005, telling the staff the unconscious toddler fell from a playground swing set. Cesar Razo was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival. Doctors found more than 354 external bruises and marks on his body. He died of two blows, one to his stomach and the other to the back of his head, according to the autopsy report. Cesar Razo’s sister testified Castaneda beat and slammed her brother up against the bedroom wall that June afternoon because the boy wouldn’t stop crying while the defendant was trying to sleep after he had worked all night and morning. Bloom said the case was strange, because neither Castaneda nor Maria Razo has any history of violence in their

from disclosing their sexual orientation. Kove said the policy makes gay people the target of harassment while giving them no options to deal with it. “For the last year of his life, this very dedicated, hardworking sailor went through a horrendous time in that exis-

tence and he couldn’t complain to leadership even if he wanted to, or he would be fired,” she said. “It’s a stupid policy; everybody knows it is,” said Jason Pechtel, a graduate student from La Jolla. Jackie KirkPatrick, a member of the North County

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fraudulently using unauthorized business checks to pay off weekly and monthly debit balances on 13 personal credit cards, which she ran up on shopping trips to New York City and Italy as well as high stakes gambling at San Diego and Las Vegas casinos, Armitage wrote. According to the affidavit, Yeomans had purchased so many clothes, shoes

and purses with her embezzled earnings over the seven years that she turned her home’s fourth bedroom into a walk-in closet that cost approximately $25,000 to refurbish, Armitage said. “The new closet had a granite covered center island, crystal chandelier and a 32-inch plasma TV.” In Yeomans’ last month of employment, February

2008, Quality Woodworks did not have enough money for the owners to draw a paycheck; however, she continued writing fraudulent checks for her own personal use. Further, during the last two years of her employment, she proposed that the company could not afford giving out any raises to its 58 employees and actually had to lay off employees due to the loss in profits.

In April 2008, Quality Woodworks entered into an out of court civil settlement agreement with Yeomans and her husband, John, the affidavit states. Most of the Yeomans’ material possessions were offered to the owners to help pay back part of Annette Yeomans’ debt. John Yeomans was never criminally charged in the case.

that, particularly in border counties, racial prejudice often drives anti-immigrant sentiment. “People forget that the Chinese and the Irish were immigrants,” Tracy Emblem said. “They built our railroads and our infrastructure. We’ve always depended on immigrants to build our country.” Tracy Emblem said she opposes illegal immigration but supports some sort of recognition and taxation for immigrants already in the country who are working and have set down roots.This would increase government revenues and prop up the sagging housing market, she added. On civil rights issues,Tracy Emblem supports the separation of church and state and equality in marriage but characterized “culture war” issues

as a sideshow. “I’m hoping that in the next couple of years we get some of these divisive hate issues out of the way and we move onto real issues,” Tracy Emblem said. No Democratic candidate has won the 50th District since it was created in 2000, but the Emblem staff is optimistic. Bilbray only won by 5 points in 2008, and Emblem is confident his support is eroding. Tracy Emblem’s daughter and campaign manager, Erin Emblem, said the key swing votes are in the inland urban centers. They are lower-income conservatives who, nevertheless, voted for Barack Obama in 2008; issues voters who want a strong leader, not the same old politicos from the coast, Erin Emblem said. “I’m definitely not going

to be in the rank and file,” said Tracy Emblem. “I’m very outspoken. That’s probably why the party is pushing my primary opponent.” This fresh-faced approach applies to the Emblem campaign staff as well. In addition to tapping her daughter to run the campaign, Tracy Emblem has specifically recruited interns with short political resumes. “With a contested Democratic primary,it’ll be a lot better for our squad to bring in fresh faces and youth so we don’t have to worry about anyone contaminating our files,” Erin Emblem said. What the interns may lack in political connections, they make up for in enthusiasm. Kevin Kraus, a college student from Orange County, hopes to take lessons learned in this

race to topple an incumbent back home. Rancho Bernardobased Hailey Eklund is proud to be part of a broad political movement. “Just the fact that Obama’s in office, I think it represents change,” Ecklund said. “So we should change this place around and make it less conservative and more democratic.” Tracy Emblem’s staff does not consist solely of amateurs, however. Erin Emblem was a field manager for the California Democratic Party, and highprofile consultant Steve Ybarra will be on the team as well. Tracy Emblem’s own career in state politics goes back to the mid-1990s. More information on the Tracy Emblem campaign is available at tracyemblemforcongress.com.

background and both had cared for kids prior to the incident. Throughout the trial, Bloom pointed toward Maria Razo saying her deep depression and family background, one of corporal punishment, may account for the explosion she unleashed on her son that morning before Castaneda came home from work. Bloom said by the time Castaneda arrived home around 12:30 p.m., one of his roommates was also home at their Escondido apartment on Bear Valley Parkway, and that male roommate testified he didn’t hear any crying or violent beating that afternoon. “It’s just a huge mystery what happened,” Bloom said. Maria Razo will be sentenced to 16 years and eight months in prison Aug. 21 for her role in the death of her son and the abuse that was inflicted on her two children. She

pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and two counts of felony child abuse with the allegation that she inflicted great bodily injury in June 2007. In addition to the prison sentence, she will have three strikes and will be deported back to Mexico. Both Castaneda and Razo were found to be living in the country illegally. Castaneda came to San Diego County from Guatemala when he was 13,after his father died, to help provide for his mother, Bloom said. His mother, Dominga, and grandfather, Marcos, were in attendance throughout much of the trial. Throughout the case, prosecutors shed light on another side of Castaneda. They portrayed him as young man suffering from dual personalities. In her closing arguments, Deputy District Attorney Lucy Weismantel said at times

Castaneda could be a friend and father figure, but when things didn’t go his way he turned to evil, which can be seen in the torture and killing of Cesar Razo. Following the mistrial, Deputy District Attorney Keith Watanabe, who co-prosecuted the case, said in a phone interview his office hasn’t made a decision whether to retry the death penalty phase. If they do, he said all the charges would

stand and the new jury would just be tasked with determining if Castaneda should be executed; however,the prosecution would have to represent all the evidence to the new panel. A July 30 conference was scheduled to determine where the case will go next. If the District Attorney’s Office does not wish to retry the death penalty phase, Castaneda could be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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1961 JAPANESE CHINA for 8, Golden Rapsody pattern by Kaysons, $48. (760) 599-9141.

HARMONICA “Blues Band” - New Hohner International with case & instructions, $8.00. (760) 436-9933

ART Geisha girl with gold frame 12” W X 16” L, $20. Sunflower poster, framed, 21” W X 29” L, $15. (760) 599-9141.

HEADBOARD Queen, hand decorated, marine motiff cut-outs, light natural wood. (760) 643-1945.

MISSING CAT Male gray & white cat with pink nose, last seen in Carlsbad/ Oceanside area. (760) 729-4759

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San Marcos


La Costa Leucadia

Encinitas Cardiff-by-the-Sea

Solana Beach

Rancho Santa Fe Fairbanks Ranch Santaluz

Del Mar

ARTS & ANTIQUES OIL PAINTINGS LIQUIDATION SALE. Museum Quality. Extra large, popular subjects. Must see. Must sell. Unbelievable value. Pay pennies on the dollar! $2,500 regular price, now $150 or less! (760) 231-9531

AUTO COOL FAN, NIB As seen on tv solar powered ventilation system, $15 (760) 599-7219

GOAL HOPPER Antique brass, 2 ft. tall, has 2 handles, could be used as an umbrella stand, $20. (760) 7212779.

BANJO Needs some repair, $30. (760) 729-6044.

PAINTINGS Retired forced sale, 10 lg. orig. oil paintings, regular $2,500 ea. Sell $99. ea. Call (760) 231-9531, Sacrifice.

Carmel Valley

WITTNAUER BAROMETER Large vintage compensated barometer. Domed glass window with 4” face signed “wittnauer” “usa”. Dual scales read in inches/milli bars. 6”x3” brass case mounted in 15”x2” solid walnut boat wheel. Adjustable for altitude. 3 pounds. $108 others available (760) 942-2025


INDEX F.Y.I..................................... ..100 HEALTH & WELL BEING ....150 ITEMS FOR SALE................200 BUSINESS SERV.............. ...300 FINANCIAL SERV.................310 HOME SERVICES................325 MISC. SERVICES............. ...350 PERSONAL SERV................375

HELP WANTED....................400 JOBS WANTED....................450 BUSINESS OPPS............ ....475 ROOMMATES................... ...500 RENTALS...................... .......600 REAL ESTATE......................700 LEGAL/PUBLIC NOTICE.... 800 AUTOMOTIVE..................... 900

RATES CLASSIFIED DISPLAY RATES: Open Rate: $40 pci per zone Agency: $34 pci per zone Zone 1: Coast News Zone 2: RSF Zone 3: VSM BUY ONE ZONE, GET THE OTHER FOR 50% OFF

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6 wks 12 wks 26 wks 52 wks $32




CLASSIFIED LINE ADS: $3.00/word, 15 word min. Contract rates available for 4+ insertions. Private party items under $150 & Automotive Ads FREE. ALL OTHER ADS* MUST BE PREPAYED NO REFUND FOR EARLY CANCELLATION *Any ads other than private party individuals selling personal items and automtive ads.

MOVING OUT SALE Several items under $150. Desks, chairs, etc. (760) 842-7851.

BURMESE JADE PENDANT Heavily carved on both sides; multi-colored; 2-1/2”L x 1-1/2”W $40 (760)599-7219

NIKEVISION SPORT SUNGLASSES New, cost $140, sell for $65. (760) 9425692

GEORGE FOREMAN GRILL The Next Grilleration G5, never used, $80. (760) 729-6044.

CANON CAMCORDER $195 NEW ES65 8mm video camcorder NEW (760)599-7219

PAINT SPRAYER With 1 qt. cup gun & 10 ft. of hose, $35. (760) 632-8184.


CHANDELIER Decorate with a brass chandelier - 2 styles, $75 ea., 5 armed candle bulbs, ceiling plate with 3 ft. chain, all wiring. (760) 942-3309.

COUNTERTOP ROTISSERIE) Good condition, extra pieces. Black with glass front. Fast, easy and delicious meals! Only $50 (760) 633-1078 (760) 633-1078

LEXMARK PRINTER print, scan, copy from pc # x1240 color, black cart. email:sunufabutch@yahoo.com or call $29 (760) 439-2996 PALERMO VA6.1 HOME THEATRE still in box digital cinema with 4 speakers (dvd video/ cd audio/ dts & digital movie system) selling for only $150 - located in oceanside -genuine buyers, please call anytime to view (760) 521-4319 SCANNER VISIONEER 48 BIT Color flat bed 89001200X4800 DPI, excellent condition, $20. (760) 630-7724 YAMAHA AUTO TURN-TABLE Like new, $95. Also, nice dual-amp Panasonic stereo, price negotiable. Motorcycle helmet, HJC full-phase, perfect cond., $45. (760) 439-6102.

Furniture KNOTTY PINE TRUNK Used as a coffee table, like new, 4 ft. long by 20” wide, by 30” deep, $150. (760) 558-8826 LAZY BOY Small lazy boy blue recyliner, $20. Wave surfboard, $125. (760) 739-5608

SWEDA RETREAT JEROMES MATTRESS box/ headboard, like new $500 (760) 942-7054

828 N. Hwy 101, Leucadia

MATTRESS COVER Swedish magnet therapeutic mattress cover, good condition, $100. (858) 759-2554.

BRONZE WARE with Rosewood handles from Thailand, 14 pieces, $30. (760) 944-6460

COFFEE MAKER Programmable, Gevali, $12. (760) 721-2779.

QUEEN SIZE MATTRESS Beauty Rest, $149. (760) 842-7851.

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MATTRESS COVER 4” Mattress comfort top, full size with washable cover, $40. (760) 433-2321.

MISC. ITEMS GE cordless phone, $7., GE answering machine, $9., toaster oven, $9., Royal manual typewriter, $10. (760) 599-9141.

Line ads run in all 4 publications. Display classifieds run Zone 1: Coast News, 28,000 Zone 2: RSF 9,500 Zone 3: VSM 12,600

760-436-9737 or fax ad copy 760-943-0850

BICYCLE 24” Men’s Huffy 5-speed bicycle, good condition, white & black with fenders, $80., (760) 9427430

MATTRESS COMFORT TOP 4” mattress comfort top, full size with washable cover, (760) 433-2321

BOYS CLOTHES SIZE 10-12 129 Pieces. Lots of designer and skate brand clothes. From $1 to $4 per piece. (760) 634-1420


Copy and Cancellations MONDAY 4PM Ask for Classified Dept.

BED SKIRT Brand new, Queen size, navy blue, tailored boxed pleated, $18. (760) 944-6460.

LUGGAGE Black leather with fabric on wheels, 6 pieces (as well as one hanging folding garment bag), great for cruises. $150 OBO. (760) 944-6460

MATTRESS Queen size mattress, including box springs, good condition, $75. (858) 353-5245

MISC. FURNITURE Glass top kitchen/dining table & 4 padded chairs, $75. Matching coffee table, end table & console table, $75. (925) 858-6046


AUTO HARP new 36 strings & 15 dampers, $150. (760) 599-9141.

HOT box of fifty hot wheels in original packaging. random models. $40 (760) 726-8491

Miscellaneous $25 SWORD Chinese sword, reproduction, 26” long metal blade. 760.599.7219 15 GALLON PLANTS macadamia nut, sand palm, crown of thorns, jade, loquot, black pines, $35. each. (760) 436-6604

DISHES 4 Garden Floral Plates, new, $15. (760) 599-9141 DOONEY & BOURKE HANDBAG Like new! Large 14 x 12 x 5. Beautiful light brown signature pattern. Tan leather strap with silver hardware. Excellent condition - $65 or best offer. (760) 720-0244 DUVET COVER King size, custom made, pale rose with extra bolted material, $100, mint condition, like new. (760) 944-6460. EXTERIOR DOORMATS with calvanized wire - SHEDLESS, 1/2 moon shape new, unused, $20 ea. (760) 9446460 FIREWOOD FOR SALE For Home or Camping. Three differant types of Wood. U-Pick -Up or We”ll Deliver. No order to small (760) 727-7404 FIREWOOD Multiple kinds of firewood for sale, any size load available, great for camping, fireplace, etc... (760) 271-1874. FRANKLIN MINT Indian girl/ceramic wolf, $20. 1950 Ceramic lamp, 26” tall, $25. (760) 599-9141. FREE CEMENT BLOCK free cement block, you load in driveway. 884 del riego avenue/leucadia blvd, encinitas GARAGE DOOR SPRING New, 18 1/2” strength, $14. (760) 599-9141. 15 gallon aluminum tub, new, $14. (760) 599-9141 GARDENING ITEMS Hose reels, one wall hung & one mobile, Rainbird controller, terracotta pots & saucers, rescalloped stone borders, garden butterflies, all for $50. (760) 944-6460 GIRLS TEENAGE CLOTHING lots of clothing & accessories for teenage girl, size small, T-shirts for $1.00. Almost brand new, everything under $100. (760) 759-2554

White Yamaha Baby Grand





Excellent Condition

Tony Barrymore

HEEL SUPPORTS Boxed & new, 3/4 “in length, size for men (6-7), size for women (7-8), $10. (760) 944-6460

BOOKS 4 Popular Science, 7 Mechanic Illustrated - 1950’s. Take all $18.00, leave message. (760) 8453024.



ART Womens & Sunflowers by Simon Silva, framed, 31”W by 31”L, $35. (760) 599-9141

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Sporting Goods SNOWBOARDS Two boards 125.00 each (760)685-8222 WETSUIT Spring suit, large, made by Ricco, excellent condition, $25. (760) 931-8233.

Misc. Services 350 HARPSICHORDS , Clavichords, Spinets Complete restorations and repairs; re-stringing, regulation, quills/plectra, voicing, tuning (760) 753-4679

SPANISH-ENGLISH INSTRUCTION All ages & levels • Translations Bilingual Corporate Training Professional Native South American Speaker Contact: 858.829.4207


and New Home Construction, Inc.

Handyman Services • Drywall • Electrical Flooring • Painting • Plumbing • Tile/Slabs Jason Brandt Lic# 931186


PANASONIC 18” Panasonic tv, black ($30) Technics casett player($20) Sonny fm/am receiver ($20) (760) 721-8250 PATIO SWING 6 ft. long, no canopy cover, $30. (760) 721-2779. PINECONES 10 (760)599-7219



PLASTIC POTS Various sizes, good condition, all for $12 OBO. (760) 9446460 QUEEN SIZE BED $100, (760) 5229935 RADIO Replica 1940 radio, beautiful mohogany cabinet, works fine, $39. (760) 729-6044 ROOSTER, HEN Life size, ceramic, super colorful, $65. (760) 643-1945. SNUFF BOTTLE COLLECTION $6 to $75: cameo, jade, clay, wood, cameo with inside painted, ceramic, carnelian. (760)599-7219 THE TINGLER Copper conduit of healing energy. Massages acupressure points to relax your whole being. $10. Can be mailed. (760)599-7219

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Troy’s Ornamental IRON CRAFT • Grates • Stairs • Railings Balconies • Fences • Automation License #871928




Apartments (Unfurn) GILROY 1100 SF, 2 BDRM APT. Att’d. to main residence; no pets or smoke. Secure/private. Immaculate. $1,200/mo + util. $600 sec dep. 408691-2043.

TIN-BOX COLLECTION All sizes & shapes, $100, (760) 433-2321 TIRE Size P205-75R #15, $25, nearly new. (760) 721-2779. TOASTER OVEN & BROILER Magic Chef Deluxe - 6 slice toaster oven & broiler, like new, $25. Also, George Foreman Grilleration G-5, never used, $79. (760) 729-6044 TRANSFER CHAIR for elder care, like new condition, $40. 2 white toasters - 2-wide slots, $3.00, 4-wide slots, $5.00. (760) 721-2779. WOMAN’S SHOES (Amalfi) pumps in black & navy, size 8 1/2, 2” heels, excellent condition, $12 ea. (760) 9446460. YAMAHA TURNTABLE Yamaha automatic turntable, $95. Also nice dual-amp panasonic stereo. (760) 4396102

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1995 KIA Sported 4- door, 5 speed, 4cylinder, 4 X 4, runs great, $1,695. (760) 224-2020

ELECTRIC CAR 02 Chrysler GEM bought in 2003 N. E. V. Less than 3K mi. No $4.00 gas. $6500 (760)7225625

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1985 NISSAN 300 zx 2dr 5 spd, ttops, new clutch, brakes, engine rebuilt. this classic will sell fast. $2995.00. Call Ted (760) 805-9247 1989 TOYOTA CAMRY LE 4-door, automatic transmission, A/C, power windows, excellent condition, 158K miles, drives excellent, (760) 5000772. 1992 SATURN 4-door, automatic transmission, A/C, excellent condition, 108K miles, drives excellent, $1,600. (760) 975-1209 1996 BUICK REGAL Custom 3800 Series 11, Looks good, runs good, $1,500. (760) 522-9935. 1996 MAZDA MIATA runs excellent, new alloy wheels, must see & drive, $4,500 OBO. (973) 931-1511. 2005 SCION XB Automatic, 58,000 miles, blue onyx pearl, runs excellent & gets great gas mileage. All maintenance done regularly & ready for new owner, $11,150. (760) 415-6000 2007 HONDA ACCORD LX SEDAN 2.4L (33 MPG), Automatic, Medium Blue w/ Gray Cloth. AM/ FM/ CD, 6 Airbags, All Power, Warranty. 26K Miles. Only $14,500. (760)822-9418

EXCELLENT CONDITION Oldsmobile cutless supreme sl/ v6 turquoize 1995, 2-door automatic fully powered, upholstery and body tiptop condition, new tyres, am/ fm radio and cassette player (only 99k miles) selling for only $3500 obo. Genuine interested buyers please call 1760 521 4319 anytime to view

Trucks/SUVs WANTED WANTED WANTED 89-99 ford ranger or nissan truck failed smog ok, running or not running, please call me 858 -831 -1750 (858) 831-1750

Accessories ISUZU, AMIGO Hatch Back Hard Top with side windows for an Isuzu Amigo, Fiber glass, can be painted to match /easy installation with bolts/ Very Good Condition, Located in San Marcos, $199.00 OBO (760)744-0699

Motorcycles QUAD 2005 honda atv, xlt cond, orig owner, only 15 hr use, well maint, tuned & ready, $3500 obo, 760-6139031


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SOUP TO NUTS by Rick Stromoski

Friday, July 17, 2009

FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves

THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom

BIG NATE by Lincoln Peirce

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Be careful that you don’t focus all your efforts on an objective that would provide little or no gratification. If you’re merely spinning your wheels, back up and head in another direction. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Going into something with an insecure attitude means you’ll waffle at the first sign of pressure. Concentrate only on projects that bring out your better qualities and talents. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Avoid activities that cost an arm and a leg. It isn’t likely that you will have a good time knowing that you can’t afford what you’re doing. Relax and enjoy that which is free. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — If you’re too wishy-washy to make decisions for yourself, companions will happily do so for you. Pick your friends wisely, or someone could lead you into a quagmire. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Upon occasion, you do have hunches that are right on target, but don’t be so quick to trust every one you get. You won’t go wrong if you rely on logic — because mystical perceptions are iffy. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — It is not unusual to get involved with someone who might


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Celebrity Cipher cryptograms are created from quotations by famous people, past and present. Each letter in the cipher stands for another. TODAY'S CLUE:

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ARLO & JANIS by Jimmy Johnson


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do things a little differently; however, don’t try to change this person unless you see it could bring harm to the individual. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Aligning yourself with the wrong person could seriously undermine your progress. When selecting a coworker, make sure that he or she has good attributes to contribute. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Sometimes you outsmart yourself by making hard work out of a project that should be relatively easy. Today could be one of those times, unless you stop and take stock of what you’re doing. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — You are not always as adroit as you should be about handling your funds, and this could be one of those days. If you catch yourself spending wildly, have the willpower to put a lid on it. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Others are likely to ignore your orders if they think your way of doing things is setting a poor example. Don’t expect associates to complete what you can’t carry out. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Although you have an extremely good analytical and observant mind, you’re likely to be more negatively focused and see nothing positive about your involvements. Reverse that. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — An important endeavor might not turn out as promising as you had believed. Reassess your input, and see what you can do to turn things around.



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