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VOL. 6, NO. 7

MARCH 26, 2010


School board talks sex offender

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CLEAN UP Two groups join forces

By Patty McCormac

to rid area of harmful 8 non-native plants


Some background on the popular Community 5 Concerts series



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SNACK TIME Four-year-old Aiden Erfani, left, and his brother, Dean, 6, are teammates on the White Sox instructional league team. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Little League opening day is a big hit By Bianca Kaplanek

RANCHO SANTA RE — Former Major League Baseball player Mark Loretta and members of the Park View Little League World Series Championship team from Chula Vista highlighted Rancho Santa Fe Little League's 44th annual opening day March 20 at R. Roger Rowe School sports field. This year’s 28 teams kicked off the event with a parade through the village. Park View Coach Ric Ramirez and team members WORLD CHAMPS Posing with master of ceremonies Pete McArthur are special guests from the Park TURN TO LITTLE LEAGUE ON 27

View Little League World Series Championship team, from left, Coach Ric Ramirez, Isaiah Armenta, starting pitcher for the final series game, and Luke Ramirez. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Residents angry with SDG&E tree cutting policies By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe is very protective of its signature eucalyptus trees. At the Association meeting March 18, one of the agenda items was to devise a plan to encourage residents to “reforest” Rancho Santa Fe making it easier for them to buy eucalyptus and other trees to replace ones that have died from insects or disease. The next item on the agenda was taking SDG&E to task because the Assocation feel the power company is going too far in the yearly tree trimming

which keeps trees out of power lines. “Trees in the Rancho Santa Fe community are a huge part of the ambiance of where we live,” said Bill Beckman, president of the board. “Our signature tree is the eucalyptus.” He said that while residents expect the tree trimming and removal, this year crews have been particularly aggressive. There have been many calls to the Association office objecting to what is seen as the stepped-up activity. Beckman said a eucalyptus tree in the entry of his home, which he thought

to be healthy, was removed by SDG&E in spite of his vehement protests. “SDG&E had been very aggressive in its desire to take it down,” Beckman said. “Now it is a stump.” He said he believes the reason for the aggressive approach is that SDG&E’s power lines were blamed for the massive 2007 Witch Creek Fire and they don’t want to be liable for damages in the future. “That goes though my mind every TURN TO TREE ON 28

RANCHO SANTA FE — The subject of a registered sex offender being allowed to come on the campus of the R. Roger Rowe School came up again at the March 12 meeting of the school board meeting. Parents Dr. Jonathon and Ashley Haynes, who brought the issue forward in November, again asked the board to adopt a policy that would give clear direction about how to deal with the problem in the future. The couple believes the district is dragging its feet in deciding whether to adopt a policy and that Superintendent Lindy Delaney let the woman in question come on campus several times unsupervised. “This was not meant to be a butting of heads,” said Ashley Haynes at the meeting. “I keep saying, this is the last school board meeting I’m coming to (about this issue). My voice just isn’t being heard.” Delaney describes the issue as “emotional for all parties.” “We take these matters extremely seriously and I believe I have acted appropriately,” Delaney said. The school board supports Delaney in the matter. “The superintendent did nothing wrong in this case,” said Scott Cheatham, school board president. Delaney said the item of adopting a policy is not off the table. “We are going to look at board policies from other districts and we will evaluate the information we already have and what we obtain to see if a board policy will work in our district,” she said. The controversy centers around a female sex offender, who has four children in the TURN TO SEX OFFENDER ON 28


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MARCH 26, 2010

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LEAD STORY It’s a simple recipe, said A-List New York City chef Daniel Angerer: a cheese derived from the breast milk of his wife, who is nursing the couple’s 3-month-old daughter. As a chef, he said, “you look out for something new and what you can do with it,” and what Angerer could do is make about two quarts of “flavor(ful)” cheese out of two gallons of mother’s milk. “(T)astes just like really sweet cow’s milk.” He posted the recipe, “My Spouse’s Mommy Milk Cheese,” on his blog and invited readers’ participation: “Our baby has plenty (of) back-up mother’s milk in the freezer, so whoever wants to try it is welcome to try it as long as supply lasts (please consider cheese aging time).”

Cultural Diversity — Florida’s Agriculture Department, acting on a tip, confiscated Giant African Snails believed to have been smuggled into the country by Charles Stewart of Hialeah, Fla., for use in the religion Ifa Orisha, which encourages followers to drink the snails’ mucus for its supposed healing powers. Actually, said the department (joined in the investigation by two federal agencies), bacteria in the mucus causes frequent violent vomiting, among other symptoms. At press time, Stewart had not been charged with a crime. — A growing drug problem facing Shanghai, China, is stepped-up use of methamphetamine, cocaine and other drugs at all-night parties, but not the “rave” parties favored by young fast-lane types in the U.S. These Shanghai druggies, according to a February dispatch in London’s Guardian, are often middle-aged and retired people, who use the drugs to give them strength for all-night games of Mah Jongg played at out-of-the-way parlors around the city. — Modernization Kept at Bay: (1) Despite Fiji’s strides into the 21st century, the island nation’s court system remains relatively primitive, according to a January report from Agence France-Presse. Transcriptions of court proceedings are still made by ordinary reporters, writing out the dialogue by hand and thus calling on judges, lawyers and witnesses to periodically slow down or repeat themselves when they speak. (2) Papua New Guinea retains many of its historical tribal conflicts, and one flared up in January, according to a dispatch by an Australian Broadcasting Corp. reporter. Two people were killed in skirmishes that were provoked in a quite TURN TO ODD FILES ON 28

By Randy Kalp

ON THE MIC Steph Grant provided live entertainment at Art N Soul on 101 on March 20 during a celebration of partnerships between the gallery, nonprofits and local artists. Photo by Wehtahnah Tucker

Gallery celebrates charitable partnerships By Wehtahnah Tucker

ENCINITAS — Art N Soul on 101 isn’t your typical art gallery. The splashes of color and full sunlight streaming from the storefront windows provide a welcome feeling for customers who are intrigued by the unique mix of artistry. And they don’t even know the whole story. The gallery — filled with handmade crafts and artistic creations by local artists — is the vision of realtor Cindy Blumkin and landscape designer Paige Perkins. The two forged ahead to expose local artists to a wider customer base while giving back to the community. The gallery celebrated the mutually beneficial partnerships between businesses, artists, charitable organizations and the community during a celebration March 20. With hundreds of loyal customers, artists and community groups in attendance, the festivities spilled out onto the sidewalk of downtown. In addition to creating a nurturing environment for local artists, the owners have designed a revolutionary business model for allocating the store’s profits. An artist receives 60 percent of the proceeds of the sale of their work while the store takes the remaining 40 percent.

ART N SOLD Encinitas Deputy Mayor Maggie Houlihan took a closer look at the unique crafts on display during the Art N Soul celebration March 20. Photo by Wehtahnah Tucker

The entire staff consists of volunteers, including Blumkin and Perkins. “High school students are enrolled in a work-study program, retired people enjoy staffing the store because of the energy it has and we have artists who help out as well,”

Perkins said. After the low overhead is paid, all of the profits are donated to specific local charities. “This is a marriage between support of the artist and support of the community,” Blumkin said. Since its opening in

August 2007, the Art N Soul on 101 has donated more than $35,000. “That’s a huge achievement,” said Sara Parker who was shopping during the party. “For so many organizations, especially with the current economic situation, it’s important to have consistent financial support to do the good work they are doing.” The regional nonprofit organizations that receive quarterly donations from the store change each year, according to Blumkin. Current recipients include Shakti Rising, Casa De Amparo, Guitars in the Classroom, Kids for Peace and Project Talk. Featured artists were also on hand to discuss their unique artistic approaches. Diane Colletti’s designer jewelry was a hit, but pieces sold out quickly. “I was just looking at a necklace and as soon as I put it down, someone bought it,” exclaimed Laura Jordon. Sissy Cutchen’s folk art and Russ Coletti’s designs also proved to be crowd pleasers. “Just having something downtown in the evening that’s family-friendly is a huge benefit,” said Mark Jansen. He was joined by his wife, Mary, and their 3-yearold daughter Meghan. “It’s TURN TO CHARITY ON 30

Local tennis star named to Connolly Cup team RANCHO SANTA FE — The United States Tennis Association recently announced the selection of Carolyn Nichols of Rancho Santa Fe as a member,and the playing captain, of the U.S. Maureen Connolly Cup Team for women 55-and-older. Nichols will represent the United States at the 30th International Tennis

Federation Seniors World Championships on the red clay courts of Mexico City March 29 through April 3. Nichols is one of four players selected to the team, chosen by the USTA from all American players in the age group, based on outstanding performance. Nichols finished 2009 ranked No. 2 in the U.S. in 50-

and-over singles and No. 5 in doubles.As of Feb.1,she is No. 6 in the world in 55-and-over singles but also finished 2008 ranked No.2 in the world in 50 singles. She has won 18 national championships and has been active in international team competitions. Her selection to the 2010 Connolly Cup team marks her 13th year of repre-

senting the U.S.The team has won the championship eight of those times, and all have finished in the top three. This is also Nichols’ fourth time as captain. Nichols has represented both the sport and her fellow competitors, while running a Web site for senior tennis both nationally and internationally at www.carolynnichols.com.

RANCHO BERNARDO — The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on March 17 released the central file of convicted sex offender John Albert Gardner III, who is accused of murdering Chelsea King near Lake Hodges. The 282-page document contains the probation department’s report relating to Gardner’s sentencing for beating his then13-year-old female neighbor during a sexual assault in 2000 as well as records from prison staff and handwritten notes by the felon defending his actions after being reprimanded for prison violations, which included smoking cigarettes and possessing a butane lighter. The Department of Corrections decided to release Gardner’s file because they determined public interest outweighed the need to withhold the file, a spokesman with the Department of Corrections said. Under the California Public Records Act, the state is allowed to keep the majority of the central file confidential, and the Department of Corrections generally declines requests to release complete files. Earlier this month, Gardner pleaded not guilty to the special circumstance murder of 17-year-old Chelsea King, whose body was found in a shallow grave a short distance from her car in Rancho Bernardo Community Park. Gardener is also charged with assaulting another woman in the same park last December and is under investigation for the 2009 disappearance of 14-year-old Amber Dubois. The Escondido teen’s remains were found March 8 near Pala. If convicted of murder with the special circumstance allegation that the crime was committed for or during a rape, Gardner could be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole. The District Attorney’s Office will make that decision at a later date. Earlier this month, a judge placed a gag order on Gardner’s case barring attorneys and law enforcement officials from discussing it with the media. A preliminary hearing is set for August. Gardner, 30, pleaded guilty in 2000 to the aforementioned sexual assault on his teenage neighbor, whom he described as being like a “sister” to him. In lieu of his plea agreement, he received six years in state prison; however, he was released after five. Throughout that case, TURN TO FILE ON 33



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It’s (past) time to free the U.S. mail By William F. Shughart II SYNDICATED COLUMNIST

The U.S. Postal Service is deeply in the red. Projecting a deficit of $238 billion over the next decade, its governors propose two solutions: halting Saturday delivery and raising stamp prices by 3 percent this year and 10 percent next. According to the Postal Rate Commission, the savings from operating only five days a week and the extra revenue anticipated from a rate increase will, at long last, allow the USPS to achieve financial stability and stop the hemorrhaging of taxpayer funds. But raising the price of firstclass stamps once again and restricting mail service to weekdays will only accelerate the trend away from the USPS’s failed business model. Why? Well, for starters, firstclass mail is steadily being displaced by e-mail as individuals and businesses shift their communications to the Internet. Consequently, the service provided by the USPS is progressively being limited to so-called standard mail, such as magazines, newspapers, catalogs and commercial flyers. Delivery of such “bulk mail” is much less profitable, on average, than letter mail. Meanwhile, the USPS’s first-class monopoly has also lost ground to UPS, FedEx and other for-profit, private-sector companies. Another important contributor to the USPS’s financial problems are the future liabilities it has taken on in the form of the generous pensions promised to postal service retirees. But contingent pension costs affect the

balance sheets of private enterprises as well. Primarily, though, the USPS routinely loses money because it is a publicly owned enterprise, rather than a privately owned one with stockholders who pay attention to the bottom line. It therefore has only weak incentives to control costs and to serve its customers well. Higher rates and fewer delivery days will only serve to exacerbate these issues, but a solution is certainly available: privatize the pickup and delivery of first-class U.S. mail. Such a regime change has been quite successful in Germany and has been recommended for Canada. In a November 2009 study published by Canada’s Frontier Centre for Public Policy analyzing the effects of liberalizing Deutsche Post, which got under way in 2000, author Adrian Vannahme found that postal rates fell substantially (by more than 16 percent), service levels improved, and total employment actually increased. Jobs were created by a liberalized German postal service because it became much more internationally competitive and thus began penetrating markets in other nations that had also scrapped their government postal monopolies. A major concern of opponents of liberalization is that private, for-profit mail deliverers will bypass customers located in remote areas. As the German model suggests, however, a private mail carrier bidding for the right to serve to New York City will also serve customers in, say, Kiln, Miss., (Brett Favre’s TURN TO MAIL ON 38

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Southland satellite sites received renewed life Labor contract reworked Regardless of the financial condition of Southern California OffTrack Wagering. Inc, the nonprofit that provides racing signals to Southland facilities, including Del Mar, there will be no interruption in service. Russ Pennington, a 22nd District Agricultural Association director who sits on the board of directors of the State Leasing Commission, told his district colleagues at their March 9 meeting that a labor contract had been reworked enabling SCOTWINC to continue providing satellite service. During the same meeting, General Manager Tim Fennell reported the Surfside City was processing an ordinance that will allow satellite bingo at the Surfside facility to be hosted by local nonprofit organizations, possibly by the end of the year or sooner.

Curfew regs City of San Diego and the county curfew regs are in sync so they are easier to enforce. Underage teens, unless accompanied by an adult, have to be home by 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and not later than 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. This more stringent law is an effort to stem the recent rash of fatalities that occurred during later hours.

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MARCH 26, 2010

Community Concerts continue at Village Church community CALENDAR By Patty McCormac

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MARCH 27 BIRD WATCHING Learn to identify bird species by sight and sound as nesting season begins, 8:30 a.m. March 27 at the Buena Vista Lagoon Landing, Jefferson Street, Carlsbad. Tom Troy will offer instruction, including correct use of binoculars. Call Troy for more information (760) 9676915. RECYCLE ELECTRONICS Drop off your old electronics, including TVs, computers and phones, from 9 a.m. to noon March 27 at the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, 137 El Camino Real, Encinitas. Large appliances or hazardous materials will not be accepted.To view full list of recyclable items, visit www.solanacenter.org. GROWING ROSES Hudson Elliott from Armstrong Nursery will discuss roses at a meeting of the Friendship Gardeners of Del Mar at 1 p.m. March 27 at a private residence in Del Mar. For more information and carpool arrangements, call (858) 7556570 or (858) 481-2428. FAMILY TREE Unearth your genealogical roots using your DNA, the topic of the North San Diego County Genealogical Society’s spring seminar, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 27 at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Street, Carlsbad. Cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. To RSVP, call (760) 599-9958. SAVE LIVES Tri-City Medical Center will be offering CPR classes for beginners at 8 a.m. to noon March 27 in Classroom 5, 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside. The course will include adult and infant CPR, choking and the use of the Automatic External Defibrillator. Cost is $50. To register, call (760) 940-3118. AFTERNOON TEA Families can enjoy tea and refreshments while learning about the history of tea traditions at 1 p.m. March 27 at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. $5 suggested donation. PASTA DINNER The North County Italian Association is hosting a pasta dinner and silent auction at 5:30 p.m. March 27 at a private residence in San Marcos. Money raised will go to annual scholarships awarded to graduating high school seniors who have Italian ancestry. Cost is $15 for members, $20 for guests. Space is limited; to RSVP call Richard Barone (760) 7589083.



Publicist and marketing expert Arielle Ford will explain how to launch a bestselling book at a meeting of the Publishers and Writers of San Diego at 10 a.m. March 27 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Cost is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers: guests are welcome. RSVP online at www.publisherswriters.org. EASTER FUN Children can participate in games, crafts, and an egg hunt at a special Easter celebration at 9 a.m. March 27 at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 3030 Valley St., Carlsbad. The event is for children ages 4 to 12. To register for the event, call (760) TURN TO CALENDAR ON 33

RANCHO SANTA FE — More than 10 years ago, Holly Wilson sent out flyers urging people to join her in bringing wonderful concerts to the village. The flyer asked anyone who was interested to meet at her house for coffee. As it turned out, a lot of people were interested. Now in its 10th year, the Community Concerts are some of the most premier events in the village, drawing huge talent from all over the world.The second concert of the year was held at the Village Church on March 10 with the Canadian Tenors. The concerts have become so popular that they are generally sold out long beforehand. “We want to keep the number of people attending to about 350,” said Jan Clark, president of the concert committee. “We want to keep our atmosphere conducive to visiting with people and moving about. We also offer food, light hors d’oeuvres made by the local ladies, members of the concert committee. Northern Trust provides us with both red and white wine. It’s a lovely evening.” Holly Wilson served as president for the first two years, then Judy Oliphant served for two as did Carolyn Nelson. Clark is in her third year. She said the members on the committee number about 20, who work hard keeping everything top drawer. “We organize the concerts, set up the venue of the fellowship hall and try to transform it,” she said. “We take in silk palm trees, drape our tables with black satin and we have four ladies who are very talented with flowers and do

flower arrangements for the tables.” For the first concert, Mary Ann Smith fashioned the flowers. Next was Ann Footer. Barrie Wentzell provided the lovely centerpieces for the March 10 concert and Sue Barton will provide her talents for the last concert of the year. Of course the food is an important component to the evening, so members take turns being the pre-concert food chairman. This year, the pre-concert food duties will go to, in the order of the concerts, Donna Ferrier, Suzie Hayes, Tracy Myers and Carol Freeland. Clark said as the years have passed they have been able to afford more well-known and talented performers. “We started off with $2,000 concerts with one or two people, but now we are able to afford a lot more, such as the Canadian Tenors,” she said. She said the Canadian Tenors, billed as Canada’s National Treasures, performed on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Dr. Phil” and at the recent Olympics. She said the talent comes from a national organization, Community Concerts, which provides quality music to communities nationwide. They audition and interview about 800 hundred people a year at their headquarters in Nashville. “They used to be in New York, but after 9/11, they decided to move their headquarters to Nashville,” she said. People come from all over the world to audition for the 50 spots on the tour. If they are selected, they travel all over the United States. “The point is we get excellent talent,” she said.

Pictured above are members of the Community Concert committee. Back row, Gail Kendall, Jan Clark and Denise Bohlken. Front row from left, Gloria Bohrer, Donna Ferrier and Susan Marr. Photos by Lillian Cox

Tony and Holly Wilson pause for a Jack Edman and Nancy Herrington photo in front of some of the stand behind Martha Domingez evening’s delicious hors d’oeuvres. before the Canadian Tenors took the stage March 10.

She said the selection of the artist depends not only on their talent, but on their ability to communicate with the audience with interesting sto-

Torrey Pines leads academic race COASTAL CITIES — The North County Academic League concluded its 2010 regular season last week, setting in place the teams for the divisional championship playoff. At the varsity level, the undefeated divisional champions are Torrey Pines High School, in the Coast division, Rancho Bernardo High School from the Inland division Rancho Buena Vista High School for the North County division and Orange Glen High School for the Valley division. Also moving on to the varsity playoffs to be held April 22 at Rancho Bernardo, are divisional runners-up Canyon Crest Academy (Coast), Westview High School (Inland) Carlsbad High School (North) and Fallbrook High School (Valley). Junior varsity and freshman championship playoffs

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will be held at Rancho Bernardo High School April 20.Torrey Pines also leads the Junior Varsity divisional champions, who move on to the playoffs along with Rancho Bernardo (Inland), Carlsbad (North) and Valley Center (Valley). Playoff-bound freshman divisional champions are Canyon Crest Academy (Coast), Westview (Inland), Rancho Buena Vista (North) and Orange Glen (Valley). The eventual varsity NCAL champion will represent the North County at the San Diego County

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according to plan, after the LAFCO meeting, then neighborhoods could get into the act and plan for the projects. “Essentially people would agree to assess themselves for underground, not all at once,” he said. “There has to be a logical process.” Neighborhoods would come forward and explore the possibility, he said. The city of Del Mar went through a similar action not long ago, he said. The other project in the pipeline is the realignment of the intersection at Via De Santa Fe and La Granada in front of the market and post office. “It is an awkward intersection,” he said. “Traffic can stack up in front of the market and post office.” The new intersection will allow traffic to flow through on La Granada. “It should alleviate some of the congestion on Via De Santa Fe,” he said. The project, approved by the county board of supervisors,promised $320,000 in road funds toward the improvement. Finally, a use permit for the Osuna Ranch equestrian facility will be applied for from the county. Holler said technically, a use permit is not needed. “We agreed to go through the process to get one,” he said. “We want to do the right things in terms of appearance. There will be no change. It will continue just as it is now.”



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— Be attentive: Inattentive drivers can be extremely dangerous, especially when they change lanes without looking or drive in the bike lane. They also create dangerous situations when they attempt to do other things while driving, such as talking on the phone or eating. When you are driving, focus only on the road. If you need to attend to another matter while driving, safely pull over in a parking lot or rest stop. — Watch your blind spots: Be aware of other vehicles and cyclists around you, including in your blind spots. Always look before changing lanes to make sure no one else is there. — Use your turn signal: Be sure to use your turn signal when changing lanes or making a turn. This allows other motorists and cyclists to adjust what they are doing to allow for a safe lane change or turn. — Know hand signals: Because most bicycles do not come with turn signals, cyclists use their hands to signal if they are planning on turning, stopping, etc. Familiarize yourself with these signals so that if a cyclist stretches his left arm out, for example, you know that he is indicating his intention to go left.

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— Wear a helmet: California state law requires all children under the age of 18 to wear a helmet; however, all cyclists should wear a helmet, regardless of age. — Make yourself visible: Do everything you can to make yourself as visible as possible. Always wear bright colors. This is especially important when riding in the dark. Adding reflective gear, a headlight, and flashing red LED taillight can also increase your chances of being seen by motorists. — Ride like you’re invisible: Even after doing all of the above, don’t assume drivers see you. Just because you think a driver sees you, does not mean TURN TO CYCLING ON 33



MARCH 26, 2010

Despite money woes, Del Mar ‘continues to improve’ By Bianca Kaplanek

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DEL MAR — By learning to do more with less, prioritizing projects and knowing it can count on community support, Del Mar “not only survives, but continues to improve the quality of life for its citizens,” Mayor Richard Earnest said March 8 during the annual State of the City address. One of California’s smallest cities, and the smallest one in the county, Del Mar “has identified ways to increase city revenues, maximize efficiencies and decrease costs” despite local governments suffering their worst revenue losses in decades and a state deficit

that is the largest in the nation, Earnest said. “There’s a lot going on at City Hall to preserve the Del Mar ambiance and feel that we all find so precious,” he said. “In the past two years, managing the city budget has sort of been akin to catching a falling knife.” Del Mar has seen significant declines in sales and transient occupancy tax, two of its major income sources. It has also experienced reductions in other touristbased revenues such as parking meters and parking violations. Earnest said the sluggish economy has impacted development, resulting in

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declines in building and engineering fees, although some of those losses are offset by a decrease in expenditures. Fortunately, property taxes, the city’s largest rev-

are about to take over the facility. This building will allow the church to reach more individuals and families in the Village and the surrounding area.” “All three of these new worship spaces incorporate key design aspects that build a greater sense of each church’s community,” he continued. “Each has informal environments, like patios, lounges and courtyards, that encourage members to hang out socializing and connecting with others. A courtyard or lobby becomes the heart of a church campus, where the paths of all members and visitors intersect. At domusstudio we consider the whole church campus as a part of the worship and fellowship experience, not just the church building itself. The exterior spaces are equally important to Christian fellowship and a church’s growth and ministry.” Domusstudio architecture is a 23-year-old architectural design firm specializing in religious facilities, fire stations, educational buildings, senior housing and custom residential projects.

Skin cancer screenings offered at blood drive RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring a blood and bone marrow drive from noon to 5 p.m. March 31 at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center parking lot, 5970 La Sendita. Childcare will be available and blood donors will receive a complimentary dermatologic skin cancer screening by a board-certified Scripps Clinic dermatologist. In addition, several local restaurants will provide culinary treats throughout the afternoon. The annual donation of a pint of blood can provide supplemental coverage for the

immediate family of the donor for the processing costs of basic blood components. Donors will also have the opportunity to sign up for the national bone marrow registry. To schedule an appointment to give blood, visit ww.sandiegoboodblank.org and click on the mobile blood drive on March 31.

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enue source, experienced an 8.4 percent increase in the past year — the highest in the county, he said. This time of declining revenues coincides with increased expenditures, such as the Shores property maintenance and debt and the growing cost of public safety. The cost to provide services to the Del Mar Fairgrounds also continues to rise while revenues from the state-owned site decline. “The dialogue with the fairgrounds continues in an effort to this reconcile this imbalance,” Earnest said. Other challenges


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Non-native plant removal now under way in the Ranch By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Motorists have been wondering and making calls to the Association wondering why trees are being cut and brush cleared near the fruit stand on the San Dieguito River on Del Dios Highway near the village. “It’s actually a good thing,” Jane Hendron, spokeswoman for the Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office, said. “It’s good for the watershed. It’s good for the wildlife and ultimately good for the community.” She said this is not a total vegetation clearance on that portion of the San Dieguito River. It is the removal of exotic or non-native species that have been become overgrown there over the years. The non-native plants, like pepperwood, the arundo donax that looks like giant reed or bamboo and eucalyptus trees, will be removed so that native plants such as coast sage scrub and cactus scrub can be planted and restored. She said native trees that grow naturally in riparian areas such as cottonwood, sycamore and willow, which are vital to supporting the native wildlife that populate the area, will also be restored. “Not only will it improve the quality of our watershed, but also the habitat for various species that live in riparian areas such as Least Bell’s Vireo, a native songbird listed

NOW & THEN Above left, this photo, taken earlier this month, is from about the same vantage point as the one taken in 1928, above right, so it is easy to see how many non-native trees and brush has grown in and around the San Dieguito River near Rancho Santa Fe. Two agencies are in the process of returning it to its natural state by clearing the non-native trees and brush and replanting them with native plants. Above left photo by Patty McCormac, above right is a courtesy photo

as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, and the Southwestern willow flycatcher is also endangered,” she said. “The yellow warbler and yellow-breasted chat, both state species of special concern, will also be helped. The project will also benefit all the other native species such as lizards, salamanders, other song birds, (and) mammals such as rabbits and deer.” She said the non-native

species such as the Arundo grass is a fire danger and can also contribute to flooding when debris from up river gets caught in its dense growth causing a river to flood, plus it displaces the habitat for some native birds. “We are sponsoring the project,” said Leslie Woollenweber, conservation program manger for the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, a nonprofit

group that focuses on watershed protection through land acquisition, invasive plant control and public outreach. “Riparian habitat in the San Dieguito River below Lake Hodges is severely impacted by eucalyptus trees and other non-native species,” Woollenweber said. “Eucalyptus effectively displaces native vegetation, which eliminates the dense cover on which riparian and

migratory birds depend on for food and nesting.” She said the entire project consists of 1.85 miles of the San Dieguito River corridor between the Lake Hodges dam and Calle Ambiente in Rancho Santa Fe. About 5.5 acres of nonnative trees will be removed, she said. For the eucalyptus removal project, the conservancy received $123,750 in

funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a division of USDA, in 2008 through its Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program, which supports the restoration of rare and declining native habitat for the benefit of special status species. Also received was $20,000 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife program. A state grant is pending which would fully fund the four-year project, but because of the fiscal crisis, it has been delayed, Woollenweber said. So far, work has been done on one mile of the rightof-way below the damn and an additional 4.5 acres. “That should be a riparian forest,” she said. “It is impacted by the dam, but there is urban runoff and seasonal runoff that should support sycamore, willows and cottonwood.” Replanting will take place where native vegetation is not likely to recover quickly on its own, she said. She said that volunteers have been out to the area four times to do the planting of native species and have planted 210 plants. “We were shooting for 1,000, but weather conditions and rocky terrain have held us up,” she said. More volunteers are welcome and needed. If interested, call Leslie Woollenweber at (858) 674-2275, ext. 12.

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Canyon Crest places 1st in regional Science Olympiad By Bianca Kaplanek

CARMEL VALLEY — Despite its short history as a school, Canyon Crest Academy took home top honors Feb. 20 at the San Diego Regional Science Olympiad, dethroning district rival Torrey Pines High, which reigned as champion for the past 10 consecutive years. But according to some team members, beating out the big kid down the street wasn’t necessarily the highlight of the competition. “This was a very exciting win for us,” senior Rosie Jackson said. “But everyone in it is really fun. You get to go and hang out and learn, which sounds really nerdy, but that was the great.” Jackson described the day of the event as “a giant hang out,” during which she took 450 pictures. “Everyone on the team was enthusiastic and supportive,” she said. “Whether someone on our team placed first or 20th, we all cheered like no other.” Matthew Voss, also a senior and the team president, agreed. “It was fun because a bunch of smart kids who are interested in the same things get to hang out,” he said. Canyon Crest has participated in the annual event every year since the school opened in August

2004. In those six years, students have taken home four trophies, but until now their highest finish was third place two years ago. Science Olympiad is a nationally organized competition in biology, chemistry, physics and engineering. This year 65 teams from 23 high schools competed in a total of 23 events. Each school may send up to six teams with no more than 15 students per team. Canyon Crest, which sent five teams comprising 67 students from all grade levels, ended the day with the highest cumulative score. Events included lab tests in areas such as forensics and chemistry, written exams and building and testing devices such as trajectories that must meet specific criteria and perform specific tasks. The Canyon Crest team was coordinated by Matthew’s mother, Jennifer Voss, with physics teacher John Danssaert acting as faculty advisor. Also helping out were science teachers Kaveh Shakeri and Ariel Hass and several parent volunteers who spent the five or six months leading up to the competition working with students after school, on weekends and during holidays. Sessions involved learning science facts, concepts,

SCIENCE SUPERSTARS Showing off Canyon Crest Academy’s first-place trophy from the San Diego Regional Science Olympiad are, from left, Rosie Jackson, team president Matthew Voss and Raymond Wu. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

processes and applications as well as building devices such as mousetrap vehicles, bridges and catapults. Depending on the project, students spent between one and three hours per week preparing for the competition. Jackson described the

week or so before the event as “scary days.” She said she spent five hours one day after school perfecting her project, which eventually took fourth place. As the faculty advisor, Danssaert said he mostly observed and provided the classroom in which to work.

“These kids are amazing,” he said. “Their self-motivation is inspiring. They’re a special group.” The 15 students with the highest scores in the regional event, including three freshmen, will compete in the state competition April 10 at Cabrillo

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Del Mar looks into wayside horns to reduce train noise By Bianca Kaplanek

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A flashing red X indicates to engineers the system is in place and they are only allowed to sound the train horn in an emergency. Committee members would like to conduct the test at various times, preferably on a Saturday, so as many residents as possible can witness the sound. Council members agreed the new horn system should help decrease noise levels, but at least two doubted the effectiveness of the test. “There is no question that this technology will work and will significantly reduce the level of sound throughout the community,” Councilman Carl Hilliard said. “There is no question that if we have some anomalies ... those things can be engineered out of it and we can fine-tune it and fix it. “What is important is the comparison,” he said. “I’m not sure that the test is going to be hugely beneficial, but it won’t hurt.” People will perceive noise levels differently when they are standing in front of the horn in the middle of the day compared to when they are sound asleep in the middle of the night, Hilliard said. Councilman Don Mosier agreed. “There have been studies of what kind of sound really disturbs people,” he said. “It doesn’t take a lot of noise to disturb you at 2 a.m. when you’re trying to sleep.”

Mosier said people are already “sound tolerant” on a Saturday afternoon, but reducing the sound level by 20 decibels, which the wayside horns could do, “should have a significant impact.” “It’s just going to be hard to measure for everybody,” he said. “These are hard experiments to do. ... Predicting where the sound goes, even if it’s directed by a horn, is very difficult in Del Mar.” Westerly winds blow sound up the hill and the canyons channel it, he said. Committee member Jim Benedict said feedback following the test will indicate whether to proceed with the project. “That’s going to be our go/no-go because if we set up those horns that blow every time a train goes by and the community, especially the folks that live real close, don’t like it, then we’re dead,” Benedict said. “We’re not going to go forward.” Late last year, a group of residents began looking at ways to reduce noise levels. “The train noise, especially for people that are living right along the train tracks, is really unbearable,” Benedict said. “But even up on the hill that train noise can be rather irritating.” Benedict said one solution was to do nothing “and just stay irritated.” Another option was to install a quiet TURN TO TRAIN ON 30

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MARCH 26, 2010

Drama continues at Del Mar school district JEAN GILLETTE Small Talk

Happy to have a new kid around New neighbors just moved in across the street. One always holds one’s breath when the moving truck pulls up, but it appears they are delightful. I find having delightful neighbors to be rather like winning at the slot machines. Unexpected, and a great stroke of luck. Best of all, they have a 4-year-old daughter. I love having youngsters fill the neighborhood. It works in my favor, since they will eventually mow my lawn, walk my dogs and even pull a few weeds for the right price. But I like kids around mostly because they are the funniest things on the planet. They say and do hilarious things on a regular basis and since mine had the poor judgment to grow up, get less spontaneous and stop laughing at my jokes, I have to find new recruits. I admit I have an advantage in my job as librarian at the local elementary school. Almost any child in my neighborhood under the age of 20 knows who I am. I don’t always recognize them as they get tall and beautiful, but I love the sound of “Hey, Mrs. G!” as they skateboard or bicycle by. And of course there is Halloween, when I shamelessly bribe them with large handfuls of candy, rave reviews of their costumes and the occasional hot dog. I need somebody to tell my knock-knock jokes to. I need somebody (besides me) who thinks it’s hilarious when I wear my nightgown and curlers to school on pajama day. And one cannot get enough of those aroundthe-knees hugs. I hold fast to the theory that if you make them your friend early, when it comes time to decide whose house to toilet paper, whose mailbox to knock over or whose pumpkins to smash, you will be exempt. Hey, it’s worked so far. Then last week at school, the word went out, “A 4-year-old boy is missing on campus, green shirt, blue jeans.” I felt that unpleasant feeling in the pit of my stomach, at the same time smiling at the recollection of how a child under the age of 5 can move at the speed of light. You look left, he goes right and, boom, you spend the next several minutes running in circles trying to outthink him. The campus was a great place to misplace him, since it is filled TURN TO SMALL TALK ON 34

By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Just as tensions were beginning to ease in the Del Mar Union School District, a new drama unfolded at the March 10 meeting after Superintendent Sharon McClain presented recommendations for future costs savings that included boundary adjustments and reconfiguring two schools. With uneven enrollment at its eight schools, state budget cuts and the need to relocate its administrative offices, the district formed an advisory committee last year to identify and recommend use of any excess space. The group spent eight

Still at large: man who robbed a Vista bank By Randy Kalp

VISTA — A robbery suspect who held up a North County bank the afternoon of March 18, prompting the lockdown of the Vista Courthouse parking lot remains at large, police said. The suspect was last seen fleeing up a flight of stairs that lead into the Superior Courthouse parking lot, Detective Pat Shannon said. The sheriff’s department immediately closed off access to the parking lot. Deputies armed with AR 15 assault rifles searched each vehicle leaving the premise. Shortly after 2 p.m., a black male in his late 20s entered US Bank at 640 Hacienda Drive and passed the teller a demand note, Shannon said. At the time of the robbery, the suspect was wearing a respirator dust mask, baseball cap and dark clothing. Before fleeing into the courthouse parking lot, the suspect unsuccessfully attempted to carjack a vehicle in the shopping center’s parking lot. Shannon said the suspect, who didn’t produce a weapon at the time of the robbery, made off with an undisclosed amount of money. If you have any information about the robbery, please contact the San Diego Sheriff’s Department at (760) 940-4551.

months developing several proposals, including some that would have closed Del Mar Hills Academy or Ashley Falls School. Those options divided communities and resulted in frequent standingroom-only board meetings that were often contentious. Emotions finally settled Feb. 10 when the board followed McClain’s recommendation and voted unanimously to leave all schools open, but the district still had no solutions for the problems it hoped to help solve by convening the advisory committee. McClain said she was directed at the Feb. 25 meet-

ing to return with cost-saving recommendations that included reducing the number of students at Sage Canyon to eliminate the need for additional administrators and redrawing boundaries to balance enrollment districtwide. One recommendation designated Ashley Falls as the home school for all new students in the Palacios and Meadows Del Mar neighborhoods. Students living in those areas currently attend Sage Canyon and would not be required to change schools. Their younger siblings entering kindergarten could also attend Sage

Canyon. Michele Shoemaker, who lives in Palacios, recalled when the area went through a similar boundary adjustment several years ago. “I’ve been through it before and I don’t see the need to go through it again,” she said. “There was name-calling and crying — by the adults.” “Our community is our elementary school,” Alisha Kresher said, noting that many parents become friends with their neighbors by volunteering at the neighborhood school. McClain said she didn’t want to “negate” that, but boundary changes are some-

times inevitable and the least disruptive way to decrease enrollment because students don’t have to change schools. She also said about 250 parents — a much larger number than in most districts — currently drive their children to schools within the district that aren’t their home schools. Another recommendation that drew emotional responses from parents would reconfigure Del Mar Hills and Del Mar Heights so one served students in preschool and kindergarten and the other housed grades one TURN TO DISTRICT ON 34

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

A report for the week of March 9, 2010 to March 16, 2010 NOT A GOOD MORNING

Someone reportedly burglarized a vehicle parked on Meadowmist Lane in Encinitas around 8 a.m. March 10. BUSTED! A 20-year-old man was arrested immediately after he reportedly stole a $150 jacket from Rusty’s Surf shop on 15th Street in Del Mar around 1:15 p.m. March 9. LOVE PINK Someone reportedly stole approximately $588 worth of merchandise from Victoria’s Secret at Plaza Camino Real shopping mall around 11:15 a.m. March 14. CAR BURGLARIZED A vehicle parked at Mission Estancia in Carlsbad was reportedly burglarized around 1 p.m. March 14 of an iPod. AND AGAIN A vehicle parked on Via De La Valle in Del Mar was reportedly burglarized around 4:45 p.m. March 9. SUPER MARKET SWEEP AMarket on Oceanside Boulevard in Oceanside was reportedly burglarized around 3 a.m. March 14.



Someone reportedly burglarized a specialty store owned by the Oceanside American League on Brook Street in Oceanside sometime between 8:30 p.m. March 10 and 12:15 a.m. March 11. WOMAN ROBBED A 21year-old woman was reportedly robbed around 7:15 a.m. March 15 on Lemon Avenue in Vista.

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mately $4,500 were reportedly stolen from New Community Church on Eucalyptus Avenue in Vista sometime after midnight March 12. JUVENILE, INDEED A juvenile was reportedly robbed of his mp3 player around 3:30 p.m. March 12 on Weston Circle in Vista.



Someone reportedly stole a Kawasaki ZX600 motorcycle valued at $6,000 from Pomelo Drive in Vista around 5 a.m. March 11. SHOE ROBBER A robber reportedly stole a pair of $50 shoes from a juvenile around 2:20 p.m. March 9 on Escondido Avenue at Eucalyptus Avenue in Vista. MAN’S BEST FRIEND An armed robbery reportedly occurred around 8:30 p.m. March 12 Petco on South Las Posas Road in San Marcos.

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

ENCINITAS Petty Theft 3, Burglary 2, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 2, Robbery 0 SOLANA BEACH Petty Theft 0, Burglary 1, Vandalism 1, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0 DEL MAR Petty Theft 1, Burglary 2, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0 CARLSBAD Petty Theft 12, Burglary 11, Vandalism 6, Assault 0, Grand Theft 2, Robbery 0 SAN MARCOS Petty Theft 4, Burglary 16, Vandalism 1, Assault 2, Grand Theft 8, Robbery 1 OCEANSIDE Petty Theft 3, Burglary 5, Vandalism 7, Assault 0, Grand Theft 1, Robbery 0 VISTA Petty Theft 7, Burglary 8, Vandalism 2, Assault 2, Grand Theft 2, Robbery 3

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RANCHO SANTA FE — Four candidates are on the ballot for three seats on the Rancho Santa Fe Association board of directors selection set for May. The Association nominating committee selected Jack Dorsee, Anne Feighner and Roxana Foxx. The fourth, a self-nominated candidate, is Dan Claxton.The winners will serve a three-year term beginning July 1.

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Go Green logo, as well as offering plain bottles to friends, family and local residents, with 30 percent of each bottle sale going directly back to the school.

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RANCHO SANTA FE — Horizon Prep School, 6233 El Apajo Road, announced the winners of its Spring Author’s Tea on March 18. The list of exceptional student writers up for the honors included Sarah Mahooti, Alyssa Pedersen, Sarah Oberst, Emilie Mena, Jake Pezzi, Sydney Sparks, Paige Martin, Braeden Harryman, Lauren Baldwin, Carly Gammel, Andrew Setili, Max Baloun, Abigail Hobbs and Chris Gomez. For the event, the Horizon Prep Library was transformed into a Spring Tea Room. Student authors are selected for demonstrating writing skills beyond their grade level or for improving dramatically in their writing. The Author’s Tea is held four times throughout the school year. Each Author’s Tea is a sold-out event, filled with family and friends, as the Author’s Tea winners read their work.

GET YOUR GREEN ON To launch the school’s new environmental awareness campaign, seven-time X Games winner and top vert ramp skater Bucky Lasek spoke to students at R. Rowe School assemblies, along with four-time X Games winner and top freestyle snowboarder Jussi Oksanen. Both are local residents involved in environmental issues. Courtesy photo

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RANCHO SANTA FE — Two Ranch residents were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2009 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Daniel Alexander Gettinger of Rancho Santa Fe was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2009 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Gettinger is a graduate of Torrey Pines High School and is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts & Sciences. Jeffrey Serra Goldenhersh of Rancho Santa Fe was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2009 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Goldenhersh is a graduate of Torrey Pines High School and is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts & Sciences. To qualify for the

RANCHO SANTA FE — The students of Rancho Santa Fe School District have started a Go Green Club. Nearly 50 club members from R. Rowe School’s first through fifth grades now spend their lunch recess once a week empowering their classmates to reduce, reuse and recycle at school. The club has surveyed and provided each class with recycling containers for paper, plastic and cans, as they educate the school on recycling at lunch. Containers have been purchased and distributed throughout the school. Posters have been made and placed around the school, and the club members have spoken to their fellow classmates at recent assemblies. Rancho Santa School District is working cooperatively with SSbottleco, an Encinitas-based company selling eco-friendly stainless-steel, reusable water bottles. The company was born with one goal: to reduce the amount of plastic being created and disposed of for the simple act of drinking water, and it has created a school fundraising program to help educate students while raising funds for the schools. At an assembly on Feb. 25, the Go Green club kicked off the school’s fundraising program of selling stainless steel bottles with the new RSF Go Green logo. Inspired by actions

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A lot to love about Stone Brewing Co. restaurant I mean seriously, where do I start when writing about the San Diego phenomenon that is Stone Brewing Co. and their World Bistro & Gardens restaurant? They are one of those businesses who do it right on so many levels. My introduction to Stone was a couple years ago when I was part of the company that filled their roof with solar panels. We held a launch event and working with the entire team at Stone was a real pleasure. That, combined with their bio-diesel trucks and overall commitment to sustainability, is reason enough to support this fine establishment. Those panels power a large portion of a sizeable establishment. I like that.

DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate Oh, and did I mention the beer? That’s another story altogether as there is some seriously world-class beer going on at Stone. This column is about the food though, and the World Bistro & Gardens has established itself as a serious player on the San Diego dining scene. The WBG as I’ll call it, uses only in-season, locally, regionally and organically grown produce and 100 per- TOP CHEF World Bistro & Gardens Chef Alex Carballo. Photo by cent naturally raised meats. David Boylan

Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, co-founders of Stone Brewing Co., have been involved in the international Slow Food movement since 2000. Slow Food celebrates artisanal, natural, and oldworld approaches to food. Trust me, it’s a good thing. One other notable aspect of WBG is their commitment to being high fructose corn syrup-free. I think that’s pretty cool, especially after recently learning that is how vegans sweeten their deserts which confused me but then again, vegans confuse me in general. They have a cool saying at Stone that goes “we’re not health nuts, we’re quality nuts.” Perfectly said TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 33

Proposed controversial Swami’s surf contest called off By Wehtahnah Tucker

ENCINITAS — In front of a packed chamber, City Council voted March 10 to allow a proposed special use permit for Swami’s Beach to go through the regular process. However, less than a week later, the promoter announced her decision to seek another venue. “It’s absolutely the right thing to do,” said world-class surfer and local resident Linda Benson. Benson read from a prepared statement to a group

at the Self Realization Fellowship meditation gardens her motivation for the about face. “My sole reason for this decision is to keep the Self Realization Fellowship safe from any future jeopardy,” she said on March 16. She denied that her purpose for not proceeding through the special events permit process had anything to do with the mounting opposition to the contest location by some local residents or the logistics of holding a contest at the small

venue. “I do not want to risk the future serenity of the Self Realization Fellowship by others who might take advantage of the precedent set by my contest,” Benson said. Benson thanked those who have supported her efforts to bring the contest to Swami’s and said she is evaluating other options for the contest. Prior to Benson’s decision, in a unique situation, City Council directed the Parks and Recreation Commission to study the

feasibility and collect public input on a possible special events permit at Swami’s Beach. The commission’s subcommittee could not find any specific reasons not to allow the application of a permit for the Women’s World Longboard Championship, according to chair Doug Goad. He told the council that some of the issues raised by the public included adequate parking for the event, limited beach access and safety. However, Goad said the proposed event received as many supporters as detractors. Benson had planned a four-day event at Swami’s. The contest would have run from Oct. 14 to Oct. 17 with qualifying rounds on Oct. 13 at Moonlight Beach. The contest and accompanying festival along K

Street were designed to be a community affair, according to Benson. She told the council that she shared concerns that the contest would set a precedent. Benson suggested one annual event for Swami’s based on merit. Brother Anilananda, a senior monk at the Self Realization Fellowship, said the organization’s position was not clear. “This is a tricky issue,” he said. “On that particular weekend, we have an event for women,” he said. The retreat is a silent meditation that draws people from 30 countries around the world. He said one of the fellowship’s main concerns was whether the council was intent to change the historical use of Swami’s. “Who would not want to have TURN TO SURF CONTEST ON 38

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Mine tour shows dangerous side of mining life E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road We stood a few yards from the Glory Hole at the abandoned Vulture Mine just south of Wickenburg, Ariz., and tried to imagine what had happened there in 1923 and why. Seven miners and a dozen mules were buried alive that year when a portion of the gold mine, discovered in 1863, collapsed on them. The reasons for the catastrophe were two: greed and stupidity. The Vulture Mine, known as a hard-rock mine, was supported not by the usual timbers but by columns of orerich rock left standing in areas where gold had been extracted. Seven “high-graders,” or gold thieves, had sneaked into the mine several nights in a row and chipped away at these columns, figuring they’d get rich on the embedded gold. Their “personal mining” weakened the columns so much that the 100 feet of rock over their heads collapsed on the men and the dozen mules kept in the mine. If they hadn’t been killed by the cave-in, the “stupid seven” would have been strung up on the hanging tree next to the home of Henry Wickenburg, the man who discovered the gold. At least 18 men found justice at the end of a rope swinging from this tree — nearly all for highgrading. The Glory Hole is just one stop on a self-guided walking tour of this fascinating historic site that attracts visitors of every sort — the curious, the history buffs, the would-be cowboys and the ghost hunters. “There’s lots of history here and people come from all over the world to see it,” said 81-year-old Marge Osborne, who with her husband, John, was caretaker of the grounds for more than 30 years. “I haven’t taken a head count, but sometimes there are as many as 100 a day and sometimes it’s zero.” As for the ghosts, “I haven’t seen one,” Marge said. “But at night, when we first moved here, I heard knocking on the night table. My husband had a hearing problem, so he couldn’t hear it. Then when he did, he asked (the ghost) why he was there.” Apparently John didn’t

A MINER’S LIFE FOR ME Matt Vandiver of Mesa, Ariz., a former miner, inspects the old power house at the Vulture Mine near Wickenburg, Ariz., discovered in 1863 by Henry Wickenburg. The mine yielded about $200 million in gold — the most of any mine in the state, and it is said that 40 percent of the ore remains. The mine is for sale for $6.5 million. Photo by Jerry Ondash

get an answer, but the couple later saw a ghostly man standing in the living room, Marge said. If ever there were a place that ghosts could call home, the Vulture Mine is it. Though rundown and dilapidated, there are enough of the old buildings, machinery and relics to give you a strong sense of what life was like in the late 1800s and early 1900s in this corner of the Southwest. It is said that the Vulture Mine produced gold worth more than $200 million, but I had a hard time finding whether that was in today’s dollars. Some tell stories of high-graders making off with at least half of the gold, and today, the mine is for sale for $6.5 million. The owner, who must remain nameless, said Roma Hagan, current caretaker and daughter of the Osbornes, claims that 40 percent of the ore remains in the area,” but it will cost a fortune to get it out.” Roma, her husband, Marty and their dog, Goldie (a refugee who wandered into the mine a month before) occasionally guide visitors around some of the 500 acres, but the tour is mostly selfguided. If you’re lucky, you’ll have someone like my broth-

May fashion luncheon set for GOP women FAIRBANKS RANCH — The Fairbanks Republican Women Federated will host its annual fashion show beginning at 11 a.m. May 6 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, 10950 Torrey Pines Road. The event will contribute to and support the efforts of Dress for Success, an international organization providing help and opportunity for economic independence to disadvantaged women. The group

also asks guests to bring a new or gently used handbag to the event. This year’s speaker will be Lynn Vincent, co-author of Sarah Palin’s “Going Rogue.” The day will include a live auction with the luncheon at noon and feature Cache, Nicole Missler and Mister B’s men’s wear showcasing their summer fashions. For more information and to register, visit www.frwf.org.

er-in-law, Ric Duran, who once worked in the mines of Globe, Ariz., to accompany you and explain the mining process. Admission is $10 and visitors must sign a waiver before combing the property. Footing

can be tricky and/or dangerous in some places, so the grounds are not for strollers, the disabled or anyone who has trouble walking. Camping is nearby. Open from Sept.1 to June 30, but hours vary with

the season. Call (602) 4697662 or 7770 or e-mail vulture goldmine @yahoo.com. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com.


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Miracle League kicks off 7th season SOLANA BEACH — The Miracle League of San Diego kicked off its seventh season March 13 at Engel Family Field, San Dieguito Park, with opening ceremonies hosted by Mark Loretta. Sub sandwiches were provided by Jersey Mike’s Subs for all to enjoy. Ken Ramirez, of the Coca-Cola Company, was presented the Inspired Moments Award for the company’s continued support and involvement the Miracle League. For this season, there are 175 players and 210 buddies on 12 teams, the largest turnout ever at Miracle League. Games are played every Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. through May 15. Engel Family Field is a Little Padres Park, and the Swinging Friar even made an SWINGING GOOD TIME Player Brady Sherman, and his service dog Apollo were on hand for opening appearance during the fun day of The Miracle League of San Diego’s seventh season March 13 at Engel Family Field, San Dieguito Park. Photos by Sam Engel and games.

Left, Engel Family Field is a Little Padres Park, and the Swinging Friar made an appearance with Kara Schwenkmeyer and Tali Maio at opening day of The Miracle League of San Diego’s seventh season.

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Behcet’s is uncommon and can be troublesome DR. GOTT Second Opinion Dear Dr. Gott: Can you please address high potassium levels? My husband’s level went from 4.6 in 2008 to 5.6 in 2009. Other than food that is high in potassium, what could

cause the level to jump? Should he be on a restricted diet? Can exercise bring it down? His physical this year did show his total cholesterol level rose, mainly his LDL to 143, HDL to 77 and triglycerides to 115. His blood pressure is normal. We would welcome any advice, as this is all new to us. I did search the Internet but was unable to find an answer.

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Dear Reader: Potassium is important for the function of nerve and muscle cells. Common causes of elevated levels (known as hyperkalemia) are acute or chronic kidney failure. A normal blood-potassium level is between 3.6 and 4.8 milliequivalents per liter, known as mEq/L. Levels above 6.0 can be the result of type 1 diabetes; Addison’s disease; a n g i o t e n s i n - c o nve r t i n g enzyme (ACE) inhibitors; alcoholism; heavy drug use; severe injury, such as burns, that cause destruction of red blood cells; and potassium supplements. As you have discovered,

elevated potassium levels are commonly found when a physician orders lab testing. Let’s pause briefly here. Does your husband have a specific problem his physician was attempting to confirm or rule out? Or is he on a medication (such as an ACE inhibitor) that might require monitoring? If so, the elevation might be medication-related and can be corrected with a substitute drug. My guess is that his physician would have checked him for diabetes, so we can likely rule that out. Addison’s disease results from either partial or complete failure of the adrenal glands, which sit on top of

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each kidney and produce hormones that control many functions. Causes of Addison’s include tumor, bleeding into the gland, infection and autoimmune diseases. Another possibility is a false positive, and a repeat test may reveal a normal level. Elevated potassium levels can result in heart arrhythmias, weakness, fatigue, nausea and more. Treatment is commonly tied to the underlying cause, so your husband may need additional testing. At the very least, he should return to his physician for a thorough discussion of the situation and what can be done to correct it. I would be surprised if your husband’s diet were the cause of his hyperkalemia. Foods high in potassium include lima beans, bananas, cantaloupe, cooked spinach, winter squash, raisins, tomato products and more. If your husband consumes substantial amounts of the foods mentioned, he might wish to make modifications. It will not harm him to follow a lowpotassium diet. In terms of his cholesterol levels, did he eat prior to the testing or did he fast? Cholesterol is fickle, and reports can be conflicting if food or drink has been ingested. You don’t indicate what his total cholesterol level was, nor if he has any medical condition(s) that might not have been mentioned. He should speak with his physician before starting an exercise program. If he is relatively sedentary and there are no restrictions, he might begin by walking or using a treadmill at home. He might speak also with a physical therapist at a local hospital or fitness center and join an abbreviated exercise program. Water aerobics are lowimpact and often beneficial. The possibilities are limitless. To provide related information, I am sending you copies of my Health Reports “Understanding Cholesterol” and “Vitamins and Minerals.” Other readers who would like copies should send a selfaddressed stamped No. 10 envelope and a $2 check or money order for each report to Newsletter, P.O. Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092. Be sure to mention the title(s) or print an order form off my website at www.AskDrGottMD.com. 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.


Boxing’s benefits beyond the ring

It’s really windy today, without a decent wave in sight. Too windy even for the kite boarders it seems, since the Cardiff lineup is empty. And so my thoughts wander to other activities, like boxing, of all things. With few exceptions, like last week’s Swami’s parking lot brawl, surfing and fighting have very little to do with each other. That’s what I thought until I began hearing about Joel Tudor’s Jujutsu workouts. Joel, it seems, has won some impressive tournaments and is now able to take care of himself on places like the North Shore. Having wrestled in high school, I knew that such close contact was not for me and I turned to the field of boxing. Actually, it seems to have turned to me. It came thorough a friend, heavyweight boxer and trainer Billy Moore. Billy is the son of boxing legend Archie Moore, the man credited with more knockouts (145) than any fighter in history. Archie was also the only boxer to fight both heavyweight champions Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali. Ali was 21 years old and still known as Cassius Clay when he battled the nearly 50-yearold Moore, who managed to go four rounds with the champ. While he was in an often-brutal game, Moore was a gentle man and a gentleman. He was also, in the estimation of many, a genius and a visionary. It was Archie’s vision that took him to the White House to visit three U.S. presidents, revealing his plan for Any Body Can, or AB&C. Archie predicted a gang epidemic in the U.S. more than 50 years ago and AB&C was his brilliant response. Teaching kids to step out with their “best foot forward” was only part of a plan that included staying in school and respecting others. Archie passed away Dec. 9, 1998, but his dream lives on through his son, who teaches children the AB&C program six days a week in his Southeast San Diego Mongoose Gym. Billy and I met more than a decade ago,but it wasn’t until recently that we began spending a lot of time together. Then, when he wanted to learn to surf and I wanted TURN TO SEA NOTES ON 33



MARCH 26, 2010

New home gardening concept is on the rise ... literally By Alyx Sariol

CARLSBAD — Spring is just around the corner, bringing with it a new season of fresh produce to brighten up any meal. With the help of two Carlsbad locals and a unique garden structure, people can enjoy spring’s crisp fruits and vegetables right from their own backyard. Mark DeMitchell and Mike Tarzian have designed a garden — a Vertical Earth Garden, or VEG, to be exact — that allows even the most novice gardener to enjoy

hen I make a salad, I go and cut the lettuce and it’s five minutes old.”



homegrown produce. Their unique garden design saves space and water while providing fresh and organic ingredients for salads, pasta and more. “When I make a salad, I go and cut the lettuce and it’s five minutes old,”Tarzian said. The vertical gardens are appropriately named, growing up instead of out. Using a custom-built system, the

HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW? Above left, an example of a Vertical Earth Garden, or VEG, found at Anderson’s La Costa Nursery in Encinitas. Above right, Carlsbad residents Mike Tarzian and Mark DeMitchell, the designers of the Vertical Earth Garden. Photos by Alyx Sariol

VEG’s unique design allows it to rely on hydroponics — a concept that forgoes soil and uses mineral nutrients and water instead, Tarzian said. Nutrient-infused water flows down through the pipe system to nourish the plants, and collects in a water reservoir before the process repeats. This hands-on design allows users to control every aspect of the garden’s growth, DeMitchell said. “It’s like a veggie vending machine,” DeMitchell

said. The custom-made gardens use as little or as much space as one can afford, and ones that “people can put anywhere.” Aside from customizing the size of a garden, owners are able to hand pick what fruits, vegetables and herbs they want to grow. Tarzian and DeMitchell have compiled a menu of plants that can thrive in the gardens and help owners decide which will do best based on the current season. “We try and offer stuff that you can’t get at stores,”

DeMitchell said, using specialty lettuces as an example. Installation of a VEG is quick and easy. After interested customers consult with Tarzian and DeMitchell to decide on a size, the two get to work. In as little as three days, users will be able to start tending to their own hydroponic gardens. “When we leave that first day, they have plants in there,”Tarzian said.

Tarzian and DeMitchell contribute much of the VEG’s success to Dave and Una Tyler, the owners of Anderson’s La Costa Nursery in Encinitas. With little more than a concept in mind, the duo approached the owners with their idea for a vertical garden. “We showed up and they said put one in next week,” DeMitchell said. The original VEG is still thriving at the nursery, produc-

ing bok choy, strawberries and heirloom tomatoes. It stands as a testament to the success of some North County ingenuity and a desire to enjoy fresh homegrown produce with ease. “It took a couple tries to finally figure (the design) out,” DeMitchell said. “Now we know what to grow and we know how much it can grow.” To learn more about Vertical Earth Gardens, visit verticalearthgardens.com.

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Celebs, athletes and locals tee up for charity By Bianca Kaplanek

IN THE SWING OF THINGS Carlsbad resident Brian Sullivan, participating in the tournament for the third time, takes a few practice swings before the shotgun start of the 18th annual Fresh Start for Kids Celebrity Golf Classic on March 15 at Morgan Run Club & Resort.

TEED OFF Jason Scoggins tees off, hoping his shot will help lead his team to victory.

RANCHO SANTA FE — Hollywood celebrities, professional athletes and area residents teamed up recently to raise funds for reconstructive surgery for disadvantaged children during the 18th annual Fresh Start for Kids Celebrity Golf Classic at Morgan Run Club & Resort. The two-day event, hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro, best known as Carlton on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” and Grant Show of “Melrose Place” fame, kicked off March 14 with cocktails, dinner and live and silent auctions. Ribeiro, the event host for the past six years, said he learned about Fresh Start after meeting the organization’s chief executive, Shari Brasher. “I absolutely just fell in love with the cause and the kids,” he said. “This is certainly something important and positive. It felt like something I needed to do.” Highlighting the evening was Juan, a 15-yearold Fresh Start patient who shared his story about growing up with a cleft lip and palate, a congenital birth defect that causes an incomplete formation of the upper lip and roof of the mouth. “I know how it feels when people make fun of you,” Juan said. After undergoing three surgeries and 28 dental treatments since 2004, “people didn’t make fun of me anymore,” he said. The following day more than 100 golfers hit the links. Each foursome was paired with a celebrity or athlete, such as former Los Angeles Raider and Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Allen, Jeffrey Nordling, who is currently appearing on “Desperate Housewives,” and Tina Mickelson, sister of famed local golfer Phil Mickelson. The tournament featured food and beverages along the course and contests that included prizes for closest to the pin, longest drive and most honest group. There was a Volvo for

LINKED TOGETHER One of the biggest “foursomes” of the day (actually two groups combined) included, from left, Steve Kozar, “Deal or No Deal” models Lauren Shiohama and Ursula Mayes, Denise Coleman and her husband, Major League Baseball player Vince Coleman, Fresh Start medical director Mike Brucker, M.D., and Joe Johnson. Photos by Bianca Kaplanek

AND THEY'RE OFF Tina Mickelson, sister of local professional golfer Phil Michelson, heads out to the course.

PUTTERING AROUND Event co-host Alfonso Ribeiro, best known for his role on 'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,' warms up on the putting green.

HELPING HANDS Fresh Start development director Nancy Kelly, center, takes a break to pose with volunteers Megan Eriksen, left, and Rancho Santa Fe resident Star Hughes, who has been helping with the event for four years.

STREAK IS OVER Before the start of the tournament, Grant Show, right, predicts his co-host, Alfonso Ribeiro, will once again take home the top prize. “He always seems to win,” Show said. “I think he has an eraser on his pencil.” This year, Ribeiro wasn't among the winning teams.

TIME FOR TEE Tim Cusick enjoys a cigar while waiting for the rest of his group to tee off.

anyone making a hole in one, but no one did. The cost for the two-day event was $700 per person or $2,500 for a foursome. Tickets for the dinner only were $75. The event raised SWING TIME Shari Brasher, FAR FROM FOOTBALL approximately $135,000, Football great Marcus Allen takes Fresh Start Surgical Gifts chief a practice swing before his tee executive, tees off shortly after the exceeding the goal by nearly $10,000. shotgun start. shot.

“We are very grateful to the many people who supported this event,” Nancy Kelly, Fresh Start development director, said. Since its inception in 1991, Fresh Start Surgical Gifts has provided more than $17 million of free reconstructive surgery and

comprehensive medical services to nearly 5,000 children and young adults who suffer from physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, abuse or disease. The Carlsbad-based nonprofit organization offers multidisciplinary care and continuous follow-up. While some surgeries are fairly simple, others are extremely complex and require numerous surgeries and medical treatments over the course

of many years. “Fresh Start is committed to completing the necessary surgical and medical treatments, even if it takes many months or years to achieve the best result,” the Web site states. A team of more than 600 local volunteers provide all donated services that include surgeries, laser treatments, speech sessions, consultations and evaluations. Visit www.freshstart. org for more information.


MARCH 26, 2010


Putting salads to the nutrition test By Consumer Reports

So you ordered the salad instead of the burger. Good for you — or maybe not! A recent salad test from ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports, found that you’re better off with the burger in some cases. Panera Bread serves some of the healthiest and tastiest salads, but Chili’s is another story: The Quesadilla Explosion salad with dressing is a calorie bomb.It packs 1,400 calories — almost as many as Chili’s Classic Bacon Burger. That’s just one of the shockers ShopSmart’s food experts found when they checked the nutrition of 20 salads sold at eight major chains. They focused on chicken-based salads because the chains they reviewed offered at least one version. “Just because it’s a salad doesn’t mean it’s diet food!” said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor in chief of ShopSmart.“Add-ins can sometimes add up to almost as many calories as a bacon burger.”

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(350 calories) 2. On the Border’s Citrus Chipotle Chicken Salad, with Mango Citrus Vinaigrette (290 calories) Runners-up 3. Panera Bread’s Asian Sesame Chicken Salad, with crispy wonton strips and almonds, no dressing (320 calories) 4. Panera Bread’s Fuji Apple Chicken Salad, with pecans, no dressing (370 calories) 5. Wendy’s Chicken Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken Fillet, with homestyle garlic croutons, no dressing (240 calories) The best from other chains 6. Olive Garden’s Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad, without Caesar dressing (430 calories) 7. McDonald’s Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken, without Creamy Southwest dressing (320 calories) 8. Burger King’s Tendergrill Chicken Garden Salad, without ranch dressing (270 calories) 9. Sonic’s Santa Fe Grilled Chicken Salad, without ranch dressing (312 calories)

Winners Not so hot 1. Panera Bread’s BBQ 10. Chili’s Grilled BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad, with TURN TO CONSUMER ON 33 mild BBQ sauce, no dressing

KIDS HELPING KIDS From left, Joty Vallandingham, Shannon Everett, Rayna Vallandingham, Encinitas Country Day School Principal Graeg Lehmunn, Faith Everett, TV star Chad Everett and Tosh Everett launched the Encinitas Country Day School annual jog-a-thon March 12. The event raises money needed to pay for lifesaving heart surgery for children in El Salvador, through The Gift Of Life International organization. Students in kindergarten through ninth-grade participated with pledges for walking and running laps around the track in half-hour time periods. Chad Everett, a major supporter of Gift of Life, was the honorary host.

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MARCH 26, 2010


The newspaper wars taking place in Rancho Santa Fe MACHEL PENN SHULL Machel’s Ranch I ate a habanero pepper tonight on my salad and I broke out in hives. I sat there watching “L.A. Confidential” with my husband, wondering about what to write about this week. Sometimes, my mind is so full I do not know what to share with you. There are many stories to write about, but when it comes down to it, there is just a void — a thought, a moment, a day, and too many newspapers in Rancho Santa Fe. They say competition is good for business. However in the war of the papers, I find it to be rather tiresome. I am so tired of everyone asking me about the merger of the papers and if we merged with the Review. With six years in the publishing business as a PR writer, a columnist and an advertising representative, I have learned a few things in the business — like what makes a great paper, and what doesn’t. If you think I am going to tell you we are the best and forget the rest, you are wrong. I am here to explain the fundamental difference, so I don’t have to endure one more question about the Rancho Santa Fe Record/Rancho Santa Fe Review becoming one. The Review was basically bought out by The La Jolla Light. I would never want to insult the editor there, Lorine Wright. She is an amazing journalist, editor and very fair person to work with, and I feel fortunate to have worked two years with her in the beginning of my career. However, with the recent retirement of publisher Dex Allen, just know that if Lorine ever leaves the Review, there will be no reason to pick it up anymore. This newspaper — The Rancho Santa Fe News — is part of The Coast News Group, which began more than 23 years ago, near Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. The back story, which is important to most Ranch residents, is my publisher Jim Kydd worked for the original owners of the Rancho Santa Fe Review, Ben Jacoby and Shireen Alafi, who were subsequently bought out by Bob Page. Bob and Jim became good friends, and Jim want on his way to start Beach News, which than became The Coast News. When Bob sold the Review to Dex Allen six years ago, Jim launched the Rancho Santa Fe News, since his original loyal “no compete” was with Mr. Bob Page (who is now the publisher of Metropolitan Magazine). Guess what? You know that current theme, support your local businesses and buy local? Well, it goes for the newspapers business, too. I am proud to say, that my journey has brought me to my final destination in the newspaper publishing business. What The Coast News brings to the table is just honest reporting. Some are liberal, some are conservative. My editor here is amaz-

ing. Laurie Sutton manages her weekly deadlines like a pro, while turning out stories you would have missed in the Union Tribune, or North County Times. We are not owned by outside investors. This is a father/son team that cares about what you have to say. They have worked hard to provide interesting stories for you over the years, while producing content that is educating, informative, and dare I say it? We are fun to read. Just know the next time you pick up this paper, there is passion in between these pages. If you have a wonderful story, please share it with us. We care and want to hear from you. On a side note, skip the habanero peppers, I mean other papers here in town.

Around town On Feb. 26, Santa Fe Christian shared some exciting news of what’s going on at their school. At the beginning of the year, Santa Fe Christian students placed in their grade at the 2010 ASCI Regional Spelling Bee. More than 160 students from San Diego participated in this annual competition. Ribbons were awarded to Andrew Varghese, third place; Cameron Anthony, fourth place; Griffin Douglass, first place; and Bradley Weeks, fourth place. At the beginning of March, one of my very best friends, Jill Sorge, informed me that Santa Fe Christian was voted No. 1 private school in San Diego by the readers of Ranch and Coast Magazine. And, beginning March 19 for two weeks, the school production “Cinderella” will take the stage. Tickets will be available at www.sfcs.net or you can call (858) 755-8900 for more details. Congratulations to Santa Fe Christian on all of their wonderful accolades recently, and to those performing in the play,“break a leg” as they say in show business. On Feb. 27, I attended Karian Forsyth’s Spa Party in the Crosby. This is a monthly event Karian hosts at her house, and I am always thrilled to go when I can. This time, I pampered myself with a facial. Oxygen Spa was on hand for all of the treatments. Each guest luxuriated by the fire, while sipping mimosas. That day was one of the last rainy days of February. Guests also enjoyed a vegetarian chili, gourmet cheeses and Karian’s own personal leafy green, gorgonzola salad with fresh blueberries. Karian posed with Denise Webb, and me for a cute photo, which captured that perfect moment that day. I was quite impressed when I found Denise is also a wellknown painter/artist in San Diego. In fact, the piece of art behind us was one of her very own. Thank you Karian for including once again, at one of your fabulous spa days. On March 5, Meredith MacDonald, Karian and Tom Forsyth, and gorgeous Susan with her new beau J.D. Bowls met at Mille Fleurs and enjoyed a wonderful late afternoon of cocktails and conversation. Take it from me, make time, at least once a

BUSY BEES At the beginning of the year, Santa Fe Christian students placed in their grade at the 2010 ASCI Regional Spelling Bee. Back row from left, Morgan Collazo, Lauren Carter, Bradley Weeks, John Young, Griffin Douglass and Justin Wilkey. Front row from left, Carson M. Smith, Cameron Anthony, April Lin, Andrew Varghese, Rachel Kulchar and Stephen Pierson. Courtesy photo

SPECIAL SPEAKER President Maurice H. Rahimi of the Rotary Club SPA PARTY Crosby resident Karian Forysth, artist Denise Webb and with guest speaker Farrah Douglas. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

month when you can breathe easy and enjoy your friends after your work day has ended. I find on those particular weeks, I am more motivated to work harder because I know that I will be relaxing by Friday with them. I snapped a few photos that day on the courtyard, just before the sun went down. Featured are Susan and J.D., and J.D. with Tom Forsyth, who is wellknown in town for his successful granite business. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Rancho Santa Fe. On March 8, I attended the Rancho Santa Fe weekly Rotarian meeting at the beautiful Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. That meeting, I felt was extraordinary. I had the pleasure of hearing Carlsbad City Council candidate Farrah Douglas as the featured speaker. Sometimes in life, you know when you are in the presence of greatness and this is how I felt as I listened to Ms. Douglas’s personal story of how she fled Iran in 1979 with her husband and son. What was most informative for me as a woman was to hear a first person account of how at one time Iran was similar to the rest of the Western countries, allowing women to even dress in normal attire. Then to hear how that was all taken away just broke my heart. What I admired about her speech was her passion and conviction in which she shared this poignant story to all of us that day. If you are wondering how she ended up in Carlsbad, her family once inside the United

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States, accepted an invitation to visit some friends in Carlsbad. Thirty-one years later, Farrah Douglas is now running for City Council with the blessing of Mayor Bud Lewis. Thank you to Ms. Douglas for being such an amazing example of what courage and compassion reflects in your own personal story.You are an inspiration to me. Also at that meeting Kyle McGlynn and Charlie Reed were awarded certificates of appreciation for their efforts in raising $5,000 dollars for Water for Sudan. Ms. Reed had already raised $2,600 for this cause. The proceeds go to water wells drilled in Sudan to provide clean water for more than 150,000 people. Women and children walk for miles each way to get water for their

Machel Penn Shull. Courtesy photo

COCKTAILS & CONVERSA- A RANCH AFTERNOON J.D. TION J.D. Bowls with Tom Bowls with his new girlfriend Forsyth at Mille Fleurs. Photo by Susan. Photo by Machel Penn Shull Machel Penn Shull

HONORED Kylie McGlynn and Charlie Reed were honored by the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club on March 8. They are featured here with Ole Prahm. Courtesy photo

villages. Many children die McGlynn and Ms Reed for right now before the ages of 10 their humanitarian efforts in from waterborne diseases. TURN TO MACHEL’S RANCH ON 34 Congratulations to Ms.

MARCH 26, 2010



Members of the Royals on parade during Rancho Santa Fe Little League Opening Day ceremonies on March 20. Photos by Bianca Kaplanek


Luke Ramirez and Isaiah Armenta fielded questions from local players. Loretta, a Rancho Santa Fe resident who retired in October, offered some words of advice and threw out the starting pitches to members of each of the five divisions.

Mark Loretta, Rancho Santa Fe resident and former Major League Baseball player, signs autographs for, from left, Liam Keeney, Jake Connelly and Cameron Burnett during Rancho Santa Fe Little League's opening day ceremonies March 20.

Jamie Robbins, a sixth-grader at R. Roger Rowe School, flawlessly performs the national anthem.

After burning off some energy in the jump house, Remi Baere, a 5-yearold instructional league player for the Cubs, gets help putting on his shoes from dad Stephan.

A bit young for Little League, 1year-old Wyatt Seltzer enjoys opening day events. While older brother Luke, who plays in the instructional league, is taking a team picture, Wyatt checks out a runaway balloon.

Eight-year-old Max Olafsson, a first-year Little League player on the Delaney Macdonald and Sheridan O'Coyne, second-graders at Solana Santa Fe School, hand out compli- Blueclaws, practices catching and throwing with teammate Leander Rikker. mentary balloons.


school district, who came on campus several times, once in November on a back-toschool night. According to published news reports the woman, a teacher at a private school in the Denver area, had sex with a 15-year-old student. She was convicted of sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust. She continues to be on probation, said Richard Currier, general counsel for the school district. He said when she moved to the district in 2007, the superintendent was notified. After meeting with the woman and her husband, the superintendent contacted the probation officer



time I see a crew working,” Beckman said. Michael Daleo of SDG&E defended the tree cutting and trimming saying the yearly trimming keeps trees out of power lines, which prevents fires and outages. Daleo said the decisions on which trees to remove are not “arbitrary or capricious.” “We look at every tree on a case-by-case basis,” he said. Daleo said the process includes pre-inspections and reports by arborists and foresters and that the company maintains a database that tracks the condition of approximately 400,000 trees within its service territory throughout San Diego County. This type of close


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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS assigned to the case who told her the woman was on probation, but she said that the conditions allowed her to come onto campus, and although Delaney requested them, was not given the conditions of probation, Currier said. In November 2009, Haynes, who had concerns about seeing the woman on campus at school functions, had a conversation with the probation department, which reinterpreted the conditions and decided the woman could no longer come onto campus, Currier said. In a letter of Feb. 5, Delaney again wrote to the probation department asking for copy of the probation conditions. A response on March 8 stated the department could

not accommodate the request, but did confirm the woman should not be on school grounds or attending school functions where children were in attendance, Currier said. “My response is that it is not the superintendent’s role to say ‘Stop! You can’t come in,’” he said. He added that what the district can do is stay in touch with the probation department to determine if the offender is in compliance with probation conditions. Still some parents wonder. “If you’re going to have a policy (for example) of not allowing students under a certain age to wear makeup to school, can’t you have a policy to keep registered sex offenders from coming on your campus?” asked

Robert Kenyon, a member of the district’s parents advisory committee who was at the meeting. He said he highly respects Delaney, and knows she does not want any danger to come to her students, but he thinks the issue is that some parents believe the woman was given a lot more latitude on campus than should have been allowed. Kenyon said perhaps there should be a school policy separate from the probation department. “Can there be overrides of the probation department?” he asked. “It may be that the problem goes back to the original question, they have the power to make the policy, but do they have the right?”

scrutiny allows experts to determine if a forest is in decline and when to take appropriate action. Beckman was not convinced. Adding insult to injury, Beckman said, after a tree is removed, much of the wood is left on the property for the homeowner to deal with. Rancho Santa Fe resident Lindsey Davidson complained to Daleo that 10 trees on county property adjacent to hers were taken down all at once and not only do the stumps “look horrible,” the excess wood ended up on her property. She said she wants the wood removed and the stumps ground down. “You’re rubbing salt into the wound,” Beckman said. “We took down your beautiful tree and now we’re leaving the wood.” Said Daleo: “Well, it is

your tree.” “It was your tree,” quipped director Tim Sullivan, adding humor to a tense moment. Beckman said while in the fight for his tree’s life, he was told by a representative from SDG&E that it has the power to cut down the tree whether he wanted them to or not. Daleo said that SDG&E has the right and the responsibility to remove old and diseased trees. He said if his company knowingly walked by a tree in question and it fell, causing a disaster, SDG&E would be responsible. Beckman said he has since learned a homeowner can keep a tree, but doing so presents a Catch 22. If the homeowner keeps the tree and it falls and sparks a disaster, then the homeowner could be liable for damages.

Director Deb Plummer asked if there were some way the project could be dialed down a bit since the village is on the verge of undergrounding overhead wires which would solve everyone’s problem. Director Tom Lang suggested that perhaps it is the attitude of the workers from the company that is the issue and they have not approached the homeowner correctly. Beckman said he believes it is difficult for a single homeowner to resist the pressure of SDG&E, so the board proposed a committee made up of residents and the utility to oversee the project. “We are not going away,” Beckman said. “Don’t think we said this and now we’re going away. We need to sit down with you to solve this very big problem.”

to Laverne Jones for her watercolors. Jones also won a first place for photograph in Crafts, Kathleen Warren took a second with her Christmas stocking, Bestina Miner winner a third place and and Connie Louis taking a third place with her Trash to Treasure milk carton design.

program managers and coordinators to ensure achievement of program goals and objectives. Prior to joining NCHS, Orozco coordinated and implemented countywide programs for MADD San Diego County and served as its bilingual media Local artists’ featured spokesperson. ENCINITAS — Artist Karen Eastman, who resides Investing advice in Encinitas, and artist COAST CITIES — Local Wade Koniakowsky who author Ed Koch just resides in Carlsbad, have released the fourth edition been recognized as two of of “The Complete Idiot’s the featured artists for this Guide to Investing.” year’s Mission Federal ArtWalk held from 11 a.m. to 6 Safety for teens p.m. April 24 and April 25 in DEL MAR — The non- San Diego’s Little Italy profit Just Yell Fire will neighborhood. present a Train the Trainer For more information course for teachers and and directions, visit www. coaches on March 27 at missionfederalartwalk.org. Dream Wellness, 1217 Super speakers Camino Del Mar. The program teaches COAST CITIES — Gina teen girls skills to stay safe Quintilian was best speaker and fight back against pred- and Pam Cook was best evalators. For more information, uator at the Toastmasters call (360) 521-0437 or visit Club 47, Carlsbad/Oceanwww.justyellfire.com. side speech and evaluation contest March 3. Quintilian Art stars and Cook will advance to COAST CITIES — The compete in the District 5 San Dieguito Woman’s Club Toastmasters International had winners in the Palomar contest, on March 27. Woman’s Arts Festival in Escondido. The theme was Many hands help Think Green and Best of CARLSBAD — City of Show plus a third place went Carlsbad employees hosted

Big Dollar Hugs for Haiti to raise funds for the people of Haiti. Carlsbad employees raised a total of $3,720 to help with relief efforts within Haiti and decided to split the donation between the World Food Programme and Doctors without Borders.

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contemporary way — when a member of one tribe sent a member of another a pornographic text message.

Latest Religious Messages — Japan’s Mantokuji temple in Gumma province was historically the place where women went to cleanse themselves in divorce, aided by the temple’s iconic toilets, into which the bad spirits from the failed liaisons could be shed and flushed forever. The toilets have been modernized, according to a February Reuters dispatch, and today the temple is used by the faithful to rid themselves of all types of problems. (The upgrades also permitted a solution to a longstanding annoyance at the temple, of visitors mistaking the iconic toilets for regular commodes.) — American Taliban: (1) Michael Colquitt, 32, got a judicial order of protection in January against his father, Baptist preacher Joe Colquitt, in Alcoa, Tenn. According to Michael, Pastor Joe had threatened him at gunpoint about his poor church-attendance record. (2) Kevin Johnson, 59, was arrested in Madison, Wis., in February and charged with using a stun gun repeatedly on a local dance instructor, whom Johnson believed was a “sinner” (also a “fornicator” and a “peeking Tom”) who “defiles married women” by teaching them dances involving bodies touching.

Child-Unfriendly Religions — Jeff and Marci Beagley were sentenced to 16 months in prison in March after a jury in Oregon City, Ore., found them guilty of criminally negligent homicide in the death of their teenage son, whose congenital urinary tract blockage was treated only with oils and prayer prescribed by the Beagleys’ Followers of Christ Church. Doctors said the boy could have been saved with medical treatment right up until the day he died. (The Beagleys’ infant granddaughter died in 2008 under similar circumstances, but no criminal conviction resulted.) — A 7-year-old girl died in February in Oroville, Calif., and her 11year-old sister was hospitalized needing critical care, after being “lovingly” beaten by their adoptive parents, Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz, who are followers of religion-based corporal punishment. The Schatzes, as recommended by a fundamentalist Web site, had whipped the girls with quarter-inch-wide plumbers’ rubber tubing, to supposedly make the children “happier” and “more obedient to God.” Criminal charges against the couple were pending at press time.

Questionable Judgments In December, in St.

Tammany Parish, La., and in February, near Miami Township, Ohio, men driving young female family members around decided it would be cool to feign crimes as they drove. Tim Williams, 45, was arrested in Louisiana after the sight of his duct-taped 12-yearold daughter provoked at least three motorists to call 911. The Ohio man, detained by police after several 911 calls, admitted that he had thought it would be “funny” if his granddaughter held a BB gun to his head as he drove around Dayton Mall.

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Deanne Elsholz, 44, was charged with domestic battery in Wesley Chapel, Fla., in February after hitting her husband, David, in the face with a glass. David, intoxicated, had enraged Deanne by apparently completely missing the toilet bowl as he stood to urinate. (Deanne then angrily charged after him but lost her footing on the slippery floor.)

The Weirdo-American Community

When the FBI finally concluded that the late2001 anthrax scare was the work of government scientist Bruce Ivins (who committed suicide in 2008), the bureau released its investigative files, revealing personal activities that (according to Ivins’ own description) “a middle-age man should not do.” For example, Ivins admitted to being a cross-dresser, and agents discovered pornographic fetish magazines on “blindfolding or bondage” themes and “15 pairs of stained women’s panties.” Ivins also admitted a decades-long obsession with the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma and told agents how he broke into two chapters’ houses to steal books on KKG “rituals.”


In 2005, Odd Files reported the bustling sales for artist Erin Crowe’s series of oil paintings of Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, who was then riding high, with Greenspan-worshipping money managers quickly buying up her inventory for thousands of dollars each. A Wall Street Journal reporter tracked down Crowe and some of her customers in February 2010 and found, obviously, subdued demand (with some customers having hidden or discarded their Greenspans). Crowe said that one of her Greenspan customers had recently asked her to paint a Ben Bernanke for him, but for about half the fee that he had earlier paid for a Greenspan.

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nice to have such a good reason to walk around and see beautiful art and know that the money you spend is going to a greater cause,” he said. Councilwoman Teresa Barth lauded the efforts of the shops owners and artists in supporting one another as well as nonprofit organiza-



zone gate, but that idea was eliminated based on a $1 million cost estimate and an unsightly appearance. After meeting with Quiet Zone Technologies, which will conduct the test at no charge, committee members were convinced the company’s wayside horns would benefit the community. “Horn noise up and down the corridor would be diminished and only be sounded right at that intersection there so that we wouldn’t have this horn blasting all through the community,” committee chairman Hershell Price said. Wayside horn systems have been installed in about 100 cities throughout the United States and have been “extremely successful,” committee member Larry Richards said.

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“We are not the first kids on the block trying something new,” he said. If community input is positive, the horns would be permanently installed on North County Transit District property. The total project cost is estimated at $160,000, which would be funded by donations. There will be no cost to the city, Price said. North County Transit District is onboard with the project; however, there is no guarantee freight train engineers would alter their behavior, Hilliard said. “The people that we can’t reach are the freight people,” Hilliard said. “We’ve tried. They just seem to be above everybody else.” The city will list the test date on its Web site and notify residents by e-mail blast and posting signs on city property. A wayside horn demonstration can be viewed at www.youtube. com/watch?v=wfFeU6EBcbQ.

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Stone people. OK, so now that I have all that out of the way, let’s get to the menu which really is worthy of high praise. I seriously would enjoy trying everything on it, yet we did what we could to make a dent. We started with the Pancetta and Clams, sourced from the Carlsbad Aquafarms cooked Portuguese-style with tomatoes, onions, garlic and smoked paprika served with grilled crostini. The chunky bits of Pancetta complimented the clams and the wonderful broth was perfect to dip the crostini in. I always like to come up with my own surf and turf so we ordered the artisanal sausage plate that includes an Arrogant Bastard smoked cheddar bratwurst, spicy polish, chicken Florentine, and hot Italian with Provolone.

ful oils, chopped pickled peppers, garlic, chili and new varieties of salt. 7. Plan your leftovers to save cooking and prep time. Cook extra meat for dinner that can be chopped up into a hearty salad the next day. 8. Buy no-cook proteins for easy, ready-to-go add-ins, like canned tuna, anchovies, beans and nuts. Watch those extras Little packets of sauce and dressing, plus stuff like croutons and crispy wontons, can add a lot of calories, fat and sodium to an otherwise healthful salad. Try these calorie-curbing

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SUPPORT GROUP Parents, Martinez at (760) 845-7172. Families, and friends of Lesbians and Gays, or PFLAG, a parent-led support and information organization, will meet at 2 p.m. March 28 at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Ave, Carlsbad. The group welcomes anyone wishing to discuss lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. For more information, call Larry Gerling at (760) 433-0333.

services begin at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 6066 Corte del Cedro, Carlsbad, with Palm Sunday at 9 a.m. March 28. Maundy Thursday service will be at 7 p.m. April 1, with a Good Friday service at 6:30 p.m. April 2. An Easter morning Eucharist mass will be held at 9 a.m. April DAY CAMP The city of 4. For directions and informa- Encinitas Parks and Recreation Department will hold Seaside tion, call (760) 930-1270. CELEBRATE EASTER Day Camp from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Carlsbad Community Church March 29 through April 9 at will hold its Easter week servic- Glen Park, 2149 Orinda Drive, es beginning with Palm Sunday Encinitas. Youth first-grade to at 10:15 a.m. March 28 at 3175 sixth-grade can participate in Harding Street, Carlsbad. arts and crafts, cooking, sports Maundy Thursday service will games, and field trips. Weekly be at 7 p.m. April 1, Good Friday fee is $130 per child; limited RSVP online at service at 7 p.m. April 2, and space. Easter Sunday service at 10:15 www.encinitasrecreg.com or call a.m. April 4.Visit www.3c.org for (760) 633-2740. PASSOVER SEDER Chabad more information. PET VACCINES Become an Jewish Center of Rancho Santa expert on pet vaccinations and Fe will hold a Passover Seder the risks involved at the Safer dinner at 7:30 p.m. March 29 at Vaccination and Health Care the Morgan Run Resort & Club, seminar at 8 a.m. March 28 at 5690 Cancha De Golf, Rancho the Del Mar Hilton, 15575 Santa Fe. Gourmet dinner Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar. includes wine and hand-baked Cost is $115 for one ticket, $100 matzah. RSVP online at for two tickets. Purchase tickets www.jewishRSF.com or call online at www.petseminar.org or (8580 756-7571. GOLF TOURNEY Support call (858) 755-8820. ETHNIC FESTIVAL Celebrate arts-based education with a the multi-ethnic, diverse cul- round of golf and dinner at the tures of San Marcos at an inter- Vista Academy of Visual and national carnival, including Performing Arts Foundation entertainment, food and arts Charity Golf Tournament, with a and crafts at 10 a.m. March 28 at tee-off at noonat Twin Oaks Golf the San Marcos Civic Center, 1 Course, 1425 Twin Oaks Valley Civic Center Drive, San Marcos. Road, San Marcos. Cost is $125 To be a vendor, call (760) 744- per player and includes dinner, prize opportunities, and charity




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Congregation Beth Am and Congregation Beth El will jointly host a second night Seder, including songs and a kosher meal, at 6:15 p.m. March 30 at Congregation Beth Am, 5050 Del Mar Heights Road, Carmel Valley. Cost is $39 for adults, $23 for children 12 and under. To RSVP, call Debra at (858) 4818454 or at debra@betham.com. STORY HOUR Parents and children, ages 4 to 7, can enjoy outdoor story time led by Rancho Encinitas Academy teachers at 3:30 p.m. March 30 on the school campus, 910 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas. The event is free and open to the public. COOKING CLASSES Learn to cook Italian, French, Asian and American foods with a hands-on cooking class with Chef Jenn each Tuesday, from March 30 to June 15 at Mission Hills High School, 1 Mission Hills Court, San Marcos. Class is 11 weeks long and costs $50 per person. All food and equipment is provided. To register, call Roberta at (760) 752-1272.

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and Spanish style short grain brown rice. Bison and duck prepared with originality and a flair for combining ingredients in a manner that compliment rather than overwhelm. The duck tacos came in at $21 and the buffalo ribeye was $31. Not cheap, but neither are the ingredients they are putting into play here. I will gladly pay a little more for quality and that is what this is all about. Now I’m not a big dessert guy, but again, I wanted to try everything pastry chef Andrew Higgins had on his wonderful looking menu. I opted for the trio of Asian crème brulees and can honestly say I’ve never had any crème brulee that even come close matching the originality and unique flavor combinations as these. Citron, green tea, and chocolate ginger make up the trio and they were smooth and rich and light and airy at the same time. I

music from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, as well as country and Latin songs, played by local band The Vidals at 1:30 p.m. April 1 at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad. Cost is $3 per person and includes refreshments and a drawing for prizes. SUMMER CAMP Ivey Ranch Summer Camp sign-up and participant applications will be posted online April 1. Campers must be at least 7 years old. Camp is for children with and without special needs. Potential interns must be 14 to 17 years old. For more information and applications, visit www.ivey ranch.com.

ONGOING DANCING SINGLES North County Singles Social Club is for Baby Boomers 55 and older who like to ballroom dance. Join them at the Vista Elks Lodge any Friday night for dinner and dancing to live music. You can come three times before deciding to join. The cost is only $14 but reservations are a required. Call Geri at (760) 942-2719 for reservations and membership information. WEIGHT LOSS The Encinitas chapter of Take Off Pounds Sensibly will hold meetings at 5:30 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m. Wednesdays, San Diego County Credit Union Community Room, 501 El Camino Real, Encinitas. To learn more, call Diane at (760) 753-2484 or visit www.tops.org.

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I am not a fighter, nor do I intend to become one. Fact is that learning the AB&C way helps hold the temper in check. I simply love the workout, the discipline and the aid it gives to my surfing in terms of balance, stamina, power and flow. I also value time spent with a man who has become one of my best friends. Those interested in training with the great Billy Moore are welcome to contact me. Fees go from low to whatever you can afford.

to learn to box, it was on. So far, I have gotten the best of the deal, training two mornings a week with Billy, while he has yet to set foot on a surfboard. The first thing I noticed when Billy put me into a boxing stance was that it was exactly like a surf stance-left foot forward, keens bent, weight centered. The rhythm of each punch also reminded me of riding a wave, as does the endorphin rush of breaking through your fears and mov- Chris Ahrens is a surfer and author of ing beyond what you four books on surfing. E-mail him at thought yourself capable of. cahrens@coastnewsgroup.com.



unlike at some schools, students can pick the events they want to participate in rather than be assigned to them, Voss said. Voss, who has been participating in Science Olympiad since middle school, said he spent a lot of time during his high school years recruiting members by networking with friends, talking to teachers and setting up an information table during other school events. This was Jackson’s first



that is the case. Ride defensively and be prepared for the occasions in which you are not seen by motorists. — Use the bike lane – The bike lane was built specifically for cyclists in an effort to separate them from vehicles and increase safety. Whenever possible, ride in the bike lane.When planning a bike route, avoid roads that do not have a dedicated bike lane. If you find yourself on a road that does not have a bike lane, stay as far to the right as possible. — Ride with traffic: One study showed that riding the wrong way was three times as



Gardner denied any role in the attack, and blamed the girl’s parents for her injuries, according to the central report. The defendant believes he is “absolutely innocent,” stated Dennis Powell, then a senior probation officer,in the probation report. “He took a plea because three attorneys said that he was going to get reamed if he went to trial.” Born in Culver City, Gardner moved around Southern California until the age of 7 when his mother moved to Running Springs in the San Bernardino Mountains, where the defendant graduated from Rim of the World High School in 1997 with a 3.2 grade point average. When Gardner was 5, his parents divorced, and his mom remarried when he was 9; he has four half-sisters, court records state. Additionally, the probation report said that Gardner’s uncle, stepfather and biological father are all alcoholics. During the 2000 case against him, Gardner admitted drink-

year with the program, which she said she joined “because Matthew told me to.” Some members joined a week before the competition, Voss said, adding that one of the toughest aspects of the club is not having a tried-and-true program in place like some of their opponents. “We don’t have a lot of background,” he said. “We’re starting from scratch.” Based on their performance at this year’s competition, that doesn’t appear to be holding these students back.

dangerous as riding the right way, and for children, the risk is seven times greater. Cars aren’t expecting traffic to be coming at them from the wrong way and are approaching at a much higher relative speed. — Beware the blind spot: When stopping at an intersection, don’t stop in a car’s blind spot. It’s better to stop behind a car, rather than to the right of it. Also, always check your blind spot and look behind you when changing lanes or making a turn. — Make it a win-win situation: Remember, the cyclist never wins when hit by a moving vehicle. Make every effort to ensure your own safety.

ing and smoking marijuana on a regular basis. In 1998, Gardner moved to San Diego to live with his mother; she and his stepfather had divorced that year. At the time of his arrest in the Chelsea King case, Gardner, who was a registered as a sex offender in Riverside County, had been living with his mother in Rancho Bernardo. Prior to his sentencing in the 2000 case, a psychological evaluation was performed on Gardner, according to the central report. Dr. Matthew Carroll recommended the highest prison term possible telling the probation department he found that “the defendant manifests significant predatory traits to underage females,” and that sexual offender treatment wouldn’t be of any value, because Gardner would not take responsibility for his actions. “The defendant does not suffer from a psychotic disorder,” Carroll said. “He is simply a bad guy who is inordinately interested in young girls.” A PDF of Gardner’s prison file is available at www.coastnewsgroup.com.





worked to bring a proper performing arts center to the new R. Roger Rowe Elementary School, which is currently under construction. Their goal is to raise $2 million to turn an ordinary auditorium into a venue with a fabulous sound system, lighting, lighting, curtains and a grand piano. They have so far raised $1 million. Construction should be completed in the fall of this year, she said. “It’s not just for the children. It will be the Performing Arts Center in Rancho Santa Fe,” she said. The next concert will be the Hunt Family Fiddlers on May 5. For more information, visit www.communityconcerts ofranchosantafe.com.

through six. “You just couldn’t stand the thought that we might not close,” said Liz Shopes, a Del Mar Hills parent. “Why are you so mean to us? Why do you hate us so much?” Glenda Darian called the recommendation “offensive and completely unfair.” “To tease us and torment us is just wrong,” she said. Although McClain’s proposal would leave all schools open, she said parents feel designating one for preschool and kindergarten only is the same as closure. “I felt badly after last night’s meeting, but I cannot ignore something that I think is going to save the district money,” said McClain, adding that the current financial situation for education is the worst she’s seen in her 11 years as a superintendent.

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include replacing “aging, decrepit and obsolete” city facilities such as City Hall, the lifeguard tower and the public works facility, which provide staff with “substandard work areas and a poor environment in which to serve the public,” he said. “Future downward economic projections have required the city to look at every expense line item for savings,” Earnest said.” We’ve partnered with our staff and with our community groups to manage this financial storm.” Staff members agreed to forgo raises. Vacant positions have been eliminated or remain unfilled. Maintenance has been deferred on all noncritical items, and equipment purchases have been delayed

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“until absolutely essential,” he said. False alarm, planning and development and Clean Water Act fees were updated. The city contracted with new firms for legal and engineering services. Fire services were consolidated with three neighboring cities. An ordinance allowing sidewalk cafes was adopted and has already resulted in “increased economic vitality,” Earnest said. “We simply are making the decisions that are practical ... and doing this in a business-like way with an eye toward continuing service to the community while saving taxpayers’ money,” he said. Council members prioritized a list of 40 significant projects and identified 16 as the most critical to complete. They include the North Torrey

Pines Bridge and 21st Street sewer pump station. In 2008, voters approved an increase in the transient occupancy tax. In June, they will decide whether that tax should apply to vacation rentals. “This is one step in a long journey to get beach visitors to pay their share in the preservation of our beaches and our parks,” Earnest said. In conclusion, the mayor thanked his colleagues for their “service and vision in crafting our current path to success,” City Manager Karen Brust and her staff for “invaluable guidance, hard work and expertise” and the community for its public participation, long hours of volunteerism and financial support that help “define Del Mar as the unique community that it is.” “Without you, we simply couldn’t do it,” he said.

with moms who know the syndrome and the drill. They fanned out, checked every nook, and he was back in tow in five minutes. But heaven only knows how far


the heart of the Barossa Valley. First vines were planted in 1845. Classic and refined. — Leal San Benito Estate Grown Cabernet, Hollister, 2006. The cost is $20. North Central Coast flavor of soft, rich intense wines. A cab that is delicious and easy on the palate. — Louis Latour Beaune Burgundy, Cote-D’or, France, 2005. The cost is $39. Burgundian wines fathered the immensely popular Pinot Noirs of the West Coast of the U.S. Mellow cherry with a smoky licorice taste. Balanced, mellow tannins. 2005 was a golden harvest in France. — Oak Mountain Meritage, Temecula, 2005. The cost is $42. One for the locals with a nicely calculated 40 percent Cabernet, 40 percent Cab Franc and 20 percent Merlot Bordeaux classic style. Long, smooth finish. — Pedroncelli Block 007 Estate Vineyard Sonoma Cabernet, 2007. The cost is $25. Ninety one points in a major wine publication, this is 100 percent cab grape with 18 months in oak. Elegant premium quality. — Rodney Strong Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, Sonoma 2008.The cost is

“We could lose out by not being careful,” she said. The reconfiguration proposal included creating a forprofit early childhood education center based on a successful program currently used in Manhattan Beach, McClain said. Housed at the school that was designated for kindergarten, it would be a preschool open to all children, including the current special education students. Trustees voted to defer discussion of McClain’s recommendations to a later meeting because most said they felt the information wasn’t posted early enough, although McClain said she was advised by legal counsel that she had adhered to all codes and laws. McClain said she didn’t expect trustees to take action on the proposals. She was merely seeking direction on whether to pursue them in more detail. According to the agenda,

trustees were also scheduled to possibly take action on a new site for the administrative offices. That was also deferred. Chuck Wasker, a broker working with the district to find a new location for its offices, said he and his colleagues “continue to analyze several different opportunities.” Meanwhile, at the March 8 meeting, Del Mar City Council granted the district a one-year lease extension at the Shores property on Ninth Street, where the administrative offices, employee child care and maintenance and operations are currently located. McClain said she expects to have everything except administration relocated by May or June 2011, when the lease expires. Administrators may now remain until August 2012 unless a site is identified and ready for move-in before then.

he got in those five minutes. You can laugh about those things eventually, after you decide whether to lock the child in the closet for a month or just hug them until they holler for air. In honor of my newest, youngest neighbor, I may

even break out my sidewalk chalk. Yes, of course I still have some. Doesn’t everybody?

$20. Another master stroke from winemaker Rick Sayres, pulling a premier harvest from this popular pinot area. Silky texture, floral accents and a hint of spice make this one a standard to look up to. A personal expression on a bottle or glass makes the perfect gift to give for wine lovers. Tom Bwarie of Bwarie Gift Baskets in Carlsbad (pictured) has made handengraving an art form. As a focal point of your custom gift basket order, this personalized service is free of charge. He showed me a popular new wine aerator that he is engraving for customers, the Soiree, a glass globe with an aeration chamber that is secured to the top of a wine bottle to enhance balance and flavor. He also does wine events where he quickly engraves the names of visitors on their tasting glasses. It’s a “take-home” gift that insures branding life for the hosts. Contact information is (760) 730-1458 or access www.bwariegiftbaskets.com.

details. — Wine Styles in Encinitas has live jazz and wine with the flamenco group En Fuego, from 6 to 8 p.m. March 26. An extensive menu of wines from around the world, with a small bite menu of cheeses and paninis. No cover charge. Call (760) 633-0057 for details. — The Wine Bank in the Gaslamp District of downtown San Diego has the Best of Italian Wines for its event from 6 to 8 p.m. March 27. Names like Gaja, Masi Amarone and Sassicaia will be poured. The cost is $50 per person. RSVP on prepurchase at (619) 239-0334. — 3rd Corner in Encinitas has a Hitching Post Wine Dinner coming at 6 p.m. March 30 for $65 each. This was the Santa Barbara winery made famous in the movie “Sideways.” RSVP at (760) 942-2104. The Hitching Post winemaker will also be at La Costa Wine Company from 6 to 8 p.m. March 31. Cost is $20. Call (760) 4318455 for details.

Jean Gillette is a part-time editor and writer who still has Barbie dolls. Contact her at jgillette@coastnwsgroup.com.

Wine Bytes — Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas is serving Italian “Succulent Sangioveses” at their weekly wine tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. March 26. Check with them for price and the wine lineup. Call (760) 479-2500 for

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.

more information, visit www.ranchosantaferotary.org. How gracious of Irene to hold helping others worlds away. such a fabulous event at her Later that day, At Irene exclusive Valenti estate, which Valenti’s sprawling estate, is nestled in the heart of the members of the Swing for covenant. Kids, which will be held Sept. 3, mingled with other Save the date Rotarians and guests, while Reserve your tickets for raising money for Kids Korps “wine tasting, delicious appeUSA. President Marice tizers and adoptable aniRahimi, Patrick Galvin, mals” hosted at the Elanore Clark, Bob O’Conner Fairbanks Ranch Community were some of the Rotarians Clubhouse. One bottle of prethere, just to name a few. This mium wine per couple with a golf tournament will be at the rate of 92 points or higher, is Del Mar Country Club. For your ticket in to the fun

mixer. Or if you prefer, you can write a check to Helen Woodward for $75. The donations will go toward the Spring Fling event, Best in Show, which will be held on June 5 this year. For more information, visit www. animalcenter.org and check under events section. Trust me, this is one of the hottest tickets of the year in Rancho Santa Fe. I’m proud to mention that my mother-in-law, Katie Shull is an active member on the Spring Fling committee. Help save an animal’s life this year!




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SOUP TO NUTS by Rick Stromoski is all it might take for you and your special someone to have a perfect day. Actually, anything that has romantic overtones could be very appealing to you. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - Because you’ll be sincere in your efforts in making others feel important and special today, don’t be surprised if people flock to you. Members of the opposite gender may be first in line. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) - The key to happiness today is simply enjoying what you’re doing. It won’t matter if you’re working on something special, playing tennis or gabbing with the neighbors, you’ll take pleasure in the moment. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) This could be a very fun day for Sagittarians who are restless and need some excitement in their lives. There’s a good chance you’ll run into an upbeat friend who knows how to have fun. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - All you have to do to get started is have the courage to try something new that may look a bit intimidating to others. Anticipate success and it will not only be fun, but a whirlwind of an experience. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) When collectively aiming for the same target, you and your special someone can make a dynamic team. Focus your efforts and energies on a situation that can yield something big. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) Motivate yourself to go for bigger and better things today by thinking about things you would like to have in your life, and formulating possible ways of achieving them. Inspiration can work wonders.

Friday, March 26, 2010

FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves

THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom

BIG NATE by Lincoln Peirce

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MONTY by Jim Meddick

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their event here?” he asked. “How do you keep it to one (event)?” He wondered how many events could be approved for the area in a given time period. “We’re willing to work on this one, but we don’t want it to get out of hand,” he said. Several speakers said they understood both sides of the issue. However, Jenny Flannigan, a local longboarding competitor, said she supported the contest. “I think it’s going to bring an element of positivity to Swami’s and the community that can only bring

good things,” she said. Council members Jerome Stocks and Teresa Barth said they didn’t think the permit would be approved and didn’t see the logic in wasting staff’s resources. Mayor Dan Dalager joined Councilman James Bond and Deputy Mayor Maggie Houlihan in supporting the permitting process. “I’m not comfortable saying it will or it won’t work at this point,” Houlihan said. City Attorney Glen Sabine agreed with Parks and Recreation Department director Chris Hazeltine that any decision staff makes regarding the surf contest at Swami’s is appealable to City Council.

school auditorium. If you didn’t attend one of the sessions, you have no reason to gripe instead of building one that later on. is projected in its general plan. Great location and Retired room for a proposed electric Two longtime C’bad information board. The library staffers have retired. Hilton is not or sale? Anita Stafford and Mary Everything is available for a Sasso came on board when price that likely would be the library operation was less than it would cost to smaller and not considered to build a hotel and for a lot less be an integral component of noise from the neighbor- city operations. Kudos to hood. both.


General plan Reports re: the Flower Capital general plan community meetings are all favorable with high marks given for attendance. Cardiff-bythe-Sea folks overflowed the

Electeds target Prop. 13 State electeds are constantly eyeing funds to help balance the overbloated budget and would like to get their mitts on Proposition 13 and amend it. It was overwhelmingly adopted in 1978



hometown) as long as postage revenues exceed its overall average costs. (Such market cross-subsidies are common nowadays: the price of a stamp on a letter to your next-door neighbor is the same as one addressed to someone 3,000 miles away.) The object of introducing competition is not to

when the tax spenders were spending tax $$$$$ like drunken law makers and folks finally said “enough” and imposed a cap on property tax hikes. Sound familiar? Best to keep an eye on 13.

One-liners Encinitas Country Day School students raised more than a grand during a sale of sorts and collected more than 500 pairs of shoes for Haiti relief ... Surfside City resident Larry Kaufman was recently appointed veep of sales for San Diego North Convention & Visitors Bureau ... Family members of CamPen Marines are eligible for scholarships offered by Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation ... Cash-strapped O’side recently passed up an opportunity to deny postal service to any customer. It is rather to ensure that mail services are supplied cost-effectively. If not for the implicit guarantee, à la Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, that the taxpayers will make good its losses, the USPS would have declared bankruptcy long ago. The bottom line is that picking up and delivering the mail are not functions in

receive $1 mil. annually if it would extend a contact for three years with Waste Management that will expire in 2012 ...Vicious wave action ravished the landmark lifeguard tower at Cardiff-by-theSea beach side causing its removal ... O’side resident Jim Duffy, whose pop was sheriff from 1971 to 1991, has announced he would like to be elected to that post now held by Bill Gore ...Tickets are available for the fifth annual Encinitas Garden Festival & Tour slated April 17 in Leucadia from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hasta la Vista Bill Arballo is an opinionated, retired journalist in the Flower Capital of the Universe. E-mail barballo@coastnewsgroup.com.

which the public sector has — or should be expected to have — a comparative advantage over private enterprise. The experience of Deutsche Post proves that liberalizing the USPS is a proverbial winwin scenario. William F. Shughart II, a senior fellow of the Independent Institute, is F.A.P Barnard Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Mississippi.


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