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VOL. 6, NO. 11

MAY 21, 2010


Ranch looks at long-term projects

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By Patty McCormac


according to court records. During this time, prosecutors said the defendant pushed Mark Remley creating a long laceration on his chest and stomach. Even after the victim got Elizabeth Remley to the front door, prosecutors said she continued to struggle and yell at him, eventually slapping the victim on the face in front of a pizza delivery driver. Felix Rhett, who was working for Leucadia Pizzeria as a delivery driver at the time, testified that

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Association revisited its strategic plan development program at its May 6 meeting and the directors were full of ideas about projects to identify in their longrange planning that will preserve and enhance the unique character of the Covenant. Director Tom Lang said once identified, the topics should be prioritized in order of importance of what should be accomplished in the next two years, five years and so on. “When ideas don’t get implemented, they get fragmented,” he said. In a suggestion for the board, Director Tim Sullivan said that listing priorities might ensure that what is successful now continues in the future, and used trail maintenance as an example. Sullivan said that hiking and horse trails in the area are maintained regularly and are the finest in the county. “I would like to re-energize the community about our public school so we won’t live parallel lives,” said Director Kim Higgins, referring to a need for the school and community to interact. Board President Bill Beckman said the longrange plans should include re-forestation, fire preparedness, broadband access, utility availability and more community collaboration among the local organizations. Dick Doughty said traffic should be a priority along with trying to buy products and services in bulk to cut costs. Deb Plummer said the open space topic should be re-examined closely. Her comments came after the board voted earlier in the meeting to make the



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SPIN FOR A WIN Robin Wright watches as her spin on the wheel of fortune gets her free coffee for a month. Wright said she doesn't drink coffee so she tried, unsuccessfully, to trade with another spinner who took home complimentary wine. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Ranch residents let the games begin By Bianca Kaplanek

RANCHO SANTA FE — The wheel of fortune, a “Deal or No Deal” live auction and Monty Hall martinis highlighted Let the Games Begin, the 32nd annual Rancho Santa Fe Community Center

fundraiser held May 8 at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. This year’s TV game show theme was chosen in an attempt to attract more men, according to Elise Molin, the event SHOP, SHOP, SHOP Laura Stansberry, left, and Karla Howard stop TURN TO CENTER ON 22

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Woman on probation after attack on estranged husband By Randy Kalp

RANCHO SANTA FE — A Del Mar woman will have to perform volunteer work and attend a domestic violence program for an attack on her estranged husband in his Rancho Santa Fe home, a San Diego Superior Court judge ruled May 13. Judge Harry Elias ordered Elizabeth Joy Remley to complete 100 hours of community service and attend a 52-week domestic violence recovery program relating to a Jan. 17 altercation with her estranged husband, Mark Remley. Additionally, the 44-

year-old woman will have to pay a fine of $704 and will be placed on probation for three years. Elizabeth Remley had faced up to one year in jail for one count of inflicting corporal injury to a spouse, a misdemeanor; however, a jury found her guilty of three lesser included charges of assault, simple battery and battery of a former spouse, all misdemeanors. The Remleys have been married for nine years, but for the last year the couple has been separated. The altercation occurred at

Mark Remley’s residence in the 15000 block of El Camino Real. Prosecutors allege the defendant stormed into Mark Remley’s home around 6:30 p.m. after learning that he was hanging out with his girlfriend at the time, Jenny Ehnot, who had also been the couple’s nanny. The Remleys’ two children were also at the house with their father as was Ehnot’s daughter. As Elizabeth Remley yelled profanities at Ehnot, the victim stepped in and tried to get his estranged wife to leave the residence,


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MAY 21, 2010




Gardner sentenced for teens’ murders


LEAD STORY Briton Robert Dee, feeling humiliated at being called the “world’s worst tennis pro” by London’s Daily Telegraph (and other news organizations) sued the newspaper for libel last year. After taking testimony in February 2010, the judge tossed out the lawsuit in April, persuaded by Dee’s having lost 54 consecutive international tour matches (all in straight sets).Fearful of an opposite result, 30 other news organizations had already apologized to Dee for disparaging him, and some even paid him money in repentance, but the Telegraph had stood its ground (and was, of course, humble in victory, titling its story on the outcome, “‘World’s Worst’ Tennis Player Loses Again”).

The Continuing Crisis

— Mexican police, raiding a suspected hideout of drug kingpin Oscar Nava Valencia in the city of Zapopan in December, found the expected items (weapons, drugs, cash) but also 38 goldor silver-plated guns emblazoned with ornate designs and studded with diamonds, which it placed on public display in May. Included were seven bejeweled assault weapons. — In war-torn Gaza, with little relief from the tedium of destruction and poverty, the Mediterranean Sea offers some relief, especially for about 40 people who belong to the Gaza Surf Club, riding waves on secondhand, beaten-down boards. While the waves might not be as challenging as those in Huntington Beach, Calif., the surfers nonetheless must be skilled enough to avoid the estimated 60 million liters of raw sewage that Gaza city, with no practical alternative, has routinely emptied into the sea. — An April ABC News TV report featured a Westford, Mass., couple as the face of the “radical unschooling” philosophy, which challenges both the formal classroom system and home schooling. Typically, home-schooling parents believe they can organize their kids’ educations better than schools can, but “unschoolers” simply put kids on their own, free to decide by themselves what, or whether, to learn any of the traditional school subjects. There is no punishment, no judgment, no discipline. The key, said parent Christine Yablonski, “is that you’ve got to trust your kids.” For example, “If they (decide that they) need formal algebra understanding ... they’ll find that information.” — Bolinas, Calif., north of San Francisco, is famously reclusive, even to the point of residents’ removing state highway signs pointing to the town, hoping that outsiders will get lost enroute and give TURN TO ODD FILES ON 22

By Randy Kalp

BRING BACK BITER! Women’s health advocates joined current and former patients at a rally to support Dr. Biter on May 14. The obstetrician lost his privileges at Scripps Encinitas Hospital abruptly without an explanation from the hospital. Photo by Wehtahnah Tucker

Patients rally for popular Scripps doctor By Alyx Sariol

CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA — Hundreds of supporters, many wearing green and holding signs, rallied May 14 to support a well-respected physician whose future delivering babies is uncertain. On May 7, Dr. Robert Biter was stripped of his obstetric privileges at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, where he has been delivering babies for several years and once served as the department chair of obstetrics and gynecology. Scripps officials did not give a reason for the suspension, and a release from the hospital called it “a confidential medical staff issue.” The suspension has outraged Dr. Biter’s following of expectant mommies and sparked a string of protests outside the hospital. Effective immediately, Dr. Biter is barred from delivering babies at Scripps. That means his patients — many of them due any day — are now in the position of YOUNG SUPPORTER Lyla Belac, 2, joined her mother, Andrea, a having to rethink their former patient in support of Dr. Biter at a rally on May 14. birthing plans.

Megan Filipovitch, one of Dr. Biter’s many patients, and her husband, Evan, joined the supporters. “This has left me with a lot of questions,” she said. The expecting mother was due on May 10, the same day she and her husband received the news that Dr. Biter was no longer allowed to deliver babies at the hospital. “We’re not delivering at this hospital without him (Dr. Biter) here,” Megan Filipovitch said. The couple described Dr. Biter as “kind and concerned.” “We feel very lucky to have him,” Megan Filipovitch added. Barb Herrera, a licensed midwife, said Dr. Biter has earned the respect of midwives as well as patients. “He is a midwife in an OB’s clothing,” she said. After being present at 20 deliveries with Dr. Biter, Herrera coined him “Dr. Wonderful.” “He’s so friendly,” she said. “This leaves dozens of women due right now with TURN TO DOCTOR ON 24

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School counsel drafts sex offender policy By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe School Board tasked general counsel Richard Currier to put together a board policy about how to deal with sex offenders who come on campus. He went a step further. A draft of the new policy covers not just sex offenders, but any potentially dangerous resident or visitor. A draft of the policy was presented to the board at its May 6 meeting and the board seemed pleased with the result. “We think you put together something meaningful for our school,” board member Jim Depolo told

Currier. Currier said that while no one with convictions of violent acts, drugs and sex offenses are allowed to work at California schools, there is the matter of people who have children in the district or visit the district for some reason or are residents of the area. That is why he expanded the umbrella. The new policy states: — The superintendent will make available materials to parents and pupils designed to help them protect themselves from potentially dangerous people. — The superintendent or designee will contact law enforcement agencies each year to determine whether

potentially dangerous individuals reside in or visit the community and also check websites that identify people who pose a risk to children. — In addition, the school officials will monitor the conditions of those on parole or probation, so that violations can be reported immediately. — Finally, the superintendent or designee may share information about the person in question, in a manner approved by law and in consultation with law enforcement officials. Currier was asked to write the policy after parents Dr. Jonathon and Ashley Haynes became

uncomfortable seeing a female sex offender, who has four children in the school district, on campus several times unsupervised. The woman, a former teacher 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 and continues on probation after moving to California in 2007. Because of the concerns of the parents, the woman is no longer allowed to come on campus. School Superintendent Lindy Delaney said she has TURN TO SEX OFFENDER ON 24

SAN DIEGO — “Look at me!” Kelly King demanded of John Gardner before she addressed him May 14 in San Diego Superior Court. Gardner glanced up at the heartbroken woman briefly, but then quickly dropped his head down like he had done throughout most of his sentencing. “You have taken a life that was worth an infinite number of yours, and you made your own life literally worthless,” King said. Judge David Danielsen sentenced Gardner, 31, to two life terms in prison for the rape and murder of Amber Dubois and Chelsea King. The judge added another 25 years to life in prison for the attempted rape last December of 22year-old Candice Moncayo, who fended off Gardner’s attack. Additionally, 24 years were added to the convicted sex offender’s sentence because of a prior conviction for a sexual assault. On April 16, Gardner pleaded guilty to the aforementioned sexual crimes. In exchange for his plea, the District Attorney agreed not to pursue the death penalty. After being charged with King’s death in March, Gardner revealed to authorities that he also murdered 14-year-old Dubois on Feb. 13, 2009, and buried her body near Pala. found Authorities King’s body March 2 in a shallow grave a short distance from her car Bernardo in Rancho Community Park. King, a senior at Poway High School, had vanished Feb. 25 while running near Lake Hodges. Police arrested Gardner three days later in Escondido in connection to the 17-year-old’s disappearance after linking DNA on an article of King’s clothing found at the crime scene to him. “The most fitting name for you is coward, you are not a man,” said Brent King, Chelsea’s father, as he addressed Gardner at the hearing. “You are just a weak pathetic coward who preys on unsuspecting young girls half your size.” In 2000, Gardner pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl in his parents’ Rancho Bernardo home where he had been living at that time. He served five years in prison and was placed on probation until 2008; Dubois was murdered less than five months after Gardner finished his probation. “You are pure evil,” Brent King said, “not because of some sickness or disease so don’t blame anything or anyone for your crime.”



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Honk if you think I’m overreacting By Tiffany Porter

What’s gotten into us lately? When did we lose our bliss? I remember a time when transplants from eastern cities frequently commented on the fact that drivers around here didn’t honk. There was rarely a need. Locals, for the most part, were calm, courteous drivers who paid attention, took turns, and had respect for the other guy. But somewhere along the line, all that has changed. Our roads are filling up with impatient drivers, and if they don’t have the nerve to run you down, they’ll honk at you. Parking lots are the worst. People honk if I pause to let a car back out of a parking place, or if I stop while a distracted mother and her toddlers wander across the road in front of me. What am I supposed to do? Suddenly levitate and get out of their way so they can run over the mother and her kids? Now, I’m no timid driver. I’ve been zipping down Southern California freeways my entire life, and I don’t drive some underpowered old clunker that spews black smoke and can’t get out of its own way. My fuel-efficient V-6 has more than 300 horsepower under the hood, and I know how to use it. But even that is not enough to satisfy some of my fellow travelers. One morning this week, I pulled into the Leucadia Post Office parking lot and drove around to the mailbox at the side of the building to mail a letter. A few envelopes before mine had gotten jammed in the slot, so my envelope wouldn’t go in. I couldn’t reach the box well enough to untangle the mess, so I stepped out of my car to clear the letter jam. Just as I was getting out of the car, another vehicle pulled up behind me, and the driver immediately honked. I looked back and saw by her facial expression and body language that she was fully exasperated by the fact that I was getting out of the car and holding her up. I pushed the jammed letters down the slot, put my envelope in and drove forward. I continued around the building to the parking lot exit, where I waited for oncoming traffic to pass before pulling out onto Highway 101. It was typically calm, mid-morning traffic, so I only had to wait, oh, say 15 seconds for three cars to pass before there was a clear spot. During those few seconds, the honker pulled up behind me. And yes, she honked again. This time she was aggravated because I wouldn’t pull out in front of oncoming traffic. According to my “California Driver Handbook,” those cars on 101 had the right of way, and I was obligated to wait until they passed. Maybe she has a different book. Or maybe when she pulls


eople honk if I … stop while a distracted mother and her toddlers wander across the road in front of me. What am I supposed to do?” Population still growing, but slowly


Now 3.22 million According to latest state Department of Finance figures, San Diego County had 3.22 million residents as of the first of the year compared with 3.19 million a year ago. All five North County cities have more residents. O’side added the most — 2,179. To no surprise the Surfside City had an increase of only 51. C’bad’s population was pegged at 106,804; Del Mar at 4,660; Encinitas at 65,171; O’side at 183,095; and Solbeach at 13,783.

Same ole, same ole

2011 budget will likely be $86.7 mil., down from the current $87.9 mil.


ARBALLO Eye on the Coast

Seniors are reminded the Little Oaks eatery in the Encinitas Senior Center offers a hearty, well-balanced lunch Monday thru Friday for Retirement System, or CALPERS, a suggested $4 tab. For folks under recently released a list of folks 60 it’s 6 bux. Reservations are who are receiving pensions in required by calling (760) 943-2258. excess of 100 grand. Four from the Flower Capital were grandfa- Longer parking time In an effort to give folks more thered in when the city took over the fire districts. They are time to shop, dine or do both, the Talmadge Tufts, $9,605.67 month- Surfside City has expanded parking ly; Darlene Hill, $8,433.21; Robert time in the business area. On 15th Romero, $8,425.96; and Donald Street it’s now two hours on the Heiser, $12,021.51. Sol Beach has south side from Ocean Avenue to one — Park Morse with $9,006.17. the 20-minute zone and on Camino No. 1 on the state’s top 10 list is del Mar between 11th Street and Bruce Malkenhorst of Vernon who 13th Street. Time is also extended is knocking down $42,472.05 on the west side and from 10th monthly. Check out your city at Street north to the Plaza. The Del www.californiapensionreform. Mar Village Assocation believes the com. Total state unfunded pen- adjustment is a definite bizness sions stand at more than $500 bil. booster. Mamma mia!

In 2008, voters generously OK’d $9.95 bil.for a high-speed rail between San Fran and the Harbor City. Total tab was reported to be in the vicinity of $40 bil. and taxpayers were assured the feds and private interest would make up the diff. Starting date was 2012. Now the state finance director sez the money is not in the till and some of the cities that were all gung ho about the project now want tracks to be below grade. Cost? Astronomical. So how will you react when high-speed rail promoters try to sell you another money proposition? City of La Jolla? UT columnist Mike Stetz writes Pensions that some La Jollans are aching to California Public Employees have their well-appointed community file for divorce from the Harbor City becuz a lack of attention. A separation wouldn’t be easy; the rest of Contact a Reporter the voters in the city would have to CARLSBAD ALYX SARIOL favor such a calamity. asariol@coastnewsgroup.com

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NCTD sees no reduction Outsourcing some of its major operation has made it possible for North County Transit District to save quite a bit of lucre and now it predicts there will be no reduction in service or higher fares this coming year. Administrative acumen of CEO Matt Tucker is largely responsible for the turnaround. The 2010-

Strawberry Fest

Vista will have its annual Strawberry Fest Sunday on May 30 highlighted by a 5K and several moppett races. All sorts of neat family activities are on the downtown program. Strawberries, too.

World War II relic

Former county supe and World War II hero Bob Cozens, a native of the Flower Capital, recently gave his family a flight and intimate tour of a B-17, called a Flying Fortress, which was displayed at Palomar Airport. During World War II, Cozens piloted 25 combat missions over Germany in a B-17 and encountered lottsa flack but always managed to return TURN TO EYE ON THE COAST ON 22

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MAY 21, 2010



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MAY 21

INSIDE LOOK The city of

Encinitas Public Works Department invites the public to take an educational tour of the public works facility from noon to 2 p.m. May 21, 160 Calle Magdalena. Representatives from the city public works department will explain how they maintain the city’s infrastructure, including streets, storm drains, sewers, buildings and the water system. Call Megan Sage at (760) 633-2657 to learn more. THE CAUSE The Cause will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. May 21, Horizon North County, 6365 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe. This youth awareness event is in support of the Chelsea’s LightTM Foundation and legislation to further protect youth from sexual predators. Call (858) 756 5599 to learn more.

By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — It’s no secret that some Del Mar residents have for years rented out all or part of their homes, primarily to generate a little extra income and generally during peak tourist times such as summer or the race season. However, operating these short-term rentals in a residence is not listed as an allowed use in any of the city’s zoning districts. Council members set out to change that at the May 3 meeting, unanimously agreeing to amend the municipal code to specify exactly where in the city a residence can be leased for 30 days or less, the length of time used to define a shortterm or vacation rental. The move comes as part of a larger plan to apply the transient occupancy tax to short-term rentals. But to do so requires voter approval. A measure known as Proposition J will be part of the June 8 election. It asks residents if they support the tax, which currently applies to hotel visits. It is estimated that broadening the tax to include shortterm rentals could add more than $180,000 annually to the general fund to help pay for city services, including those used by visitors. Resident Hershell Price, who opposes Proposition J, said the measure is an expansion of the business district into neighborhoods. “It is further regulation of our homes when further regulation is not needed,” he said. “Don’t make our homes hotels.” Council members said applying the TOT to shortterm rentals is simply making legal something that has been practiced for years. “This is correcting a deficit that I think should have been corrected long ago,” Councilman Don Mosier said. Councilwoman Crystal Crawford agreed. “Folks who are doing this are doing so illegally right now,” she said. “They may not realize that. So we’re offering an opportunity to do this without having to be worried about that. It’s a correction of a gap in our ordinances.” The amended law will also allow for better enforcement. “As soon as you get the wrong renter then you need enforcement capability because things can really go bad quickly,” Mosier said. Neighboring cities such as Solana Beach, Encinitas and Oceanside apply the TOT to short-term rentals.

MAY 22

PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE Horizon Christian Fellowship Assistant Pastor Steve Armendariz with Horizon Prep students Tucker Hobbs, Alex Partida, Abigail Hobbs, and Anastasia Armendariz, led the Pledge of Allegiance for the 59th annual National Day of Prayer gathering in Rancho Santa Fe on May 6. Courtesy photo

Democratic candidates face off for 50th Francine Busby and Tracy Emblem are set to face off against each other in the June 8 statewide primary election. Both candidates were interviewed about their campaigns and they are given equal space below. By Alyx Sariol FRANCINE BUSBY


This year’s returning Democratic hopeful is Francine Busby, who has proven to be tough competition in the last four Congressional elections. A resident of the 50th District for more than two decades, Busby is campaigning once again in an effort to bring personalized attention to the area. She feels that district constituents have long been misrepresented, and that it’s time for a change. “This district deserves a representative that’s working full-time, and focusing on the issues that are important here as their number one priority,” she said. First and foremost, Busby wants to create more jobs and economic opportunity in the district. She recognizes that North County’s natural resources and residents present a “unique position” to encourage more green and technology companies to call the 50th District home. With the discoveries that have been made here, we’re changing the way the world lives,” she said. “We’re improving lives.” Busby wants to create a team effort with local hospitals and research leaders that will bring more research and biotechnology jobs to the area, creating high-paying jobs and stimulating the economy. “Political involvement is really important in decision making when bringing facili-

Democratic candidate Tracy Emblem may be new to politics, but she is no stranger to fighting for justice and speaking out on behalf of other people. Emblem has spent the last two decades working as an attorney on “seemingly impossible cases,” she said. She is now campaigning for the 50th District seat in Congress with an in-depth understanding of legislation and a passion for helping people. “I knew it was time to step up to the plate and do something,” Emblem said. “If we don’t do something to turn our country around, we’re going to have some huge problems.” While Emblem knows that the 50th District and the country are currently facing many challenges, she believes that establishing jobs back in America is one of the first steps to recovery. “If we get our jobs back, we can fund our education system, we can fix our environmental problems,” she said. “We need to help our businesses transition into green jobs.” Through green retrofitting and other conservation methods, Emblem believes that it will save taxpayers money and help the economy by offering predictable costs to businesses. Emblem also strives to make resources available to veterans. Through conversations with local groups, she

FRANCINE BUSBY ties to the region,” she said. A strong believer in accessible healthcare, Busby is adamant about making sure the recently approved bill is properly implemented. It is a top priority to ensure that medical professionals are efficient with their health care delivery and local residents work to harbor their own healthy habits. “This should be a transformational opportunity for us to really improve all of our health, health care systems and to control the cost,” Busby said. Through her work with the Cardiff school board and in her campaign, Busby is also focused on improving access to and quality of education. She notes that students face tough competition on an international level, and should be adequately prepared to enter the job market. “Education is our future,” she said. “We should TURN TO BUSBY ON 31

LEARN SALSA A salsa dance workshop will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. May 22, Performing Arts Workshop, 1105 Second St., Encinitas. Michael Saltus of Positive Energy Dance will teach participants how to dance salsa with a hint of tango. Call (760) 632-5340 or visit www.rincondance.org/classes for more details. A HIKE The TAKE Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation will hold an easy, docent-led nature walk from 2 to 4 p.m. May 22. Meet at the corner of Reeve Road and Stern Way in Carlsbad. This walk will focus on the lagoon’s dredging history and future possibilities. Call (760) 931-0800 or visit www.batiquitosfoundation.org for more details.

MAY 23

A SPORTING LIFE The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce will present A Sporting Life from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 23, Oak Crest Middle School Upper Fields, Ecinitas. The day will include fun family activities featuring legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk and 30 other wellknown athletes. Call (760) 753-6041 or visit www. asportinglife.org to learn more. THEY’RE ALIVE! A live auction for the Arts Alive banners will be held at 2:30 May 23, Town Center Cardiff Courtyard. A free banner auction catalogue can be downloaded at www.101artists colony.com/PDF/AA2010.pdf. Silent bids may be made by phone to DEMA at (760) 9431950 through May 21, and in person just prior to the auction. Call Danny Salzhandler at (760) 944-6027 to learn more.

TRACY EMBLEM said she has learned that many vets are returning from war with post-traumatic stress, brain injuries and cancers without anyone to support them. “Americans don’t understand that there’s this cost to war that’s not even included in the defense budget,” she said. She wants to provide emotional and medical support to veterans, and to all constituents. As prices for health care and medication continue to skyrocket, Emblem wants to steer the industry down an avenue that is affordable and accessible for everyone. “Health care doesn’t need to be a profit-driven business in our country,” she said. “We need to have the decency to protect and care for our people.” In her campaign, Emblem also supports renewable energy resources, an improved

AUDITIONS Carlsbad Community Theatre will hold auditions for the play “Children of Eden” from 5 to 9 p.m. May 24, Valley Middle School, Rooms 101 and 103,1645 Magnolia Ave., Carlsbad. Participants are asked to bring sheet music for a one-minute or less song and three non-returnable headshots and resumes. Visit



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crime REPORT A weekly log of neighborhood crime. Compiled by Randy Kalp A report for the week of May 4, 2010 to May 11, 2010

SUV STOLEN Someone reportedly stole a black SUV valued at $25,000 as well as other miscellaneous items during a burglary at a residence on Via Ambiente in Rancho Santa Fe around 5:50 a.m. May 8. DROP



Fidel’s on Valley Avenue in Solana Beach was reportedly burglarized sometime after 12:30 a.m. May 8. CAR BURGLARIZED A vehicle parked on Santa Fe Drive in Encinitas was reportedly burglarized sometime between 3 and 5 p.m. May 8. ROUND MIDNITE Someone reportedly stole a vehicle parked on Shawn Elise Way in Encinitas sometime after 11:30 p.m. May 5. TWOFER Two bicycles were reportedly stolen from a Solana Beach residence on Shoemaker Lane in Solana Beach sometime between 7:30 p.m. May 5 and 8:15 a.m. May 6. HOME BURGLARIZED An Encinitas residence on Gardendale Road was reportedly burglarized around 12:30 p.m. May 4. BLING STING A burglar reportedly stole $5,000 worth of jewelry from a residence on Via Morella in Encinitas around 8 a.m. May 4.


Two vehicles parked in an underground parking garage on Kalpati Circle in Carlsbad were reportedly burglarized sometime before 9 a.m. May 5. WOMAN ROBBED A 23year-old woman was reportedly robbed around 4:35 p.m. May 5 on Valpreda Road in San Be our fan on Go to thecoastnews.com and click link


NOT SO ROSY Someone reportedly burglarized Lakeview Florist on South Rancho Santa Fe Road in San Marcos of $512 sometime between 4:30 p.m. May 9 and 9 a.m. May 10. MOTO MADNESS Someone reportedly stole a Honda CBR600 motorcycle valued at $11,500 from Hacienda Drive in Vista sometime between 6 p.m. May 9 and 5 a.m. May 10. UNPLUGGED A burglar reportedly stole $1,560 in electronics and $2,000 in jewelry from a residence on Oak Drive in Vista sometime between 2 p.m. and 8:35 p.m. May 5. WORTH IT? A 31-year-old man was arrested for robbery after allegedly stealing approximately $4 in food items from Frazier Farms on Vista Village Drive in Vista around 8:40 p.m. May 6.

CRIME LOG Compiled by Randy Kalp The following information was gathered from law enforcement’s most available records for the week of May 4, 2010 to May 11, 2010.

ENCINITAS Petty Theft 0, Burglary 5, Vandalism 2, Assault 0, Grand Theft 2, Robbery 0 SOLANA BEACH Petty Theft 1, Burglary 2, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Theft 0, Grand Robbery 0




Petty Theft 0, Burglary 1, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0 CARLSBAD Petty Theft 11, Burglary 3, Vandalism 11, Assault 1, Grand Theft 2, Robbery 0 SAN MARCOS Petty Theft 2, Burglary 10, Vandalism 1 Assault 1, Grand Theft 6, Robbery 2 OCEANSIDE Petty Theft 0, Burglary 0, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0 VISTA Petty Theft 3, Burglary 15, Vandalism 2, Assault 1, Grand Theft 5, Robbery 2

MOST WANTED plice who is in custody, allegedly Amandeep Dhami is wanted entered a sporting arena in for his alleged involvement in the Sacramento, Calif., and fired severshooting death of one man and the al shots. wounding of another. Dhami was The one victim died at the born Sept. 17, 1984, in California. scene, while the second victim was He is 5 feet 11 inches tall and critically wounded. The shooting weighs 200 pounds. He has black apparently stemmed from a feud. A hair and brown eyes. local arrest warrant was issued on Dhami has the following tatSept. 2, 2008, and Dhami was toos: the word “Loyalty” on the outAMANDEEP DHAMI charged with homicide. side of his right arm, the numbers A federal arrest warrant charging Dhami “916” on the inside of his right arm, the word “Soorma” on the outside of his left arm, and with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution was the word “Punjabi” on the inside of his left issued on Sept. 3, 2008. Contact the nearest FBI office if you arm. On Aug. 31, 2008, Dhami, and an accom- know of Dhami’s whereabouts.

La Costa man found guilty of ex’s murder By Randy Kalp

CARLSBAD — Despite Jonathan French’s contention that the murder of his ex-girlfriend was unmethodical, it may have been a simple equation that led jurors to believe the slaying was premeditated, the defendant’s attorney said May 11. “Distance equals time and time equals deliberation,” said defense attorney Ken Kaminski, referring to his belief that the jury’s guilty Never attempt to arrest a fugitive yourself. These files should not be relied upon for any type of legal action. If the subject is a fugiverdict on May 10 of firsttive from our 10 Most Wanted page, e-mail San Diego Crime Stoppers or call their hot line at 888-580-TIPS 24 hours a day. For degree murder revolved details, log on to www.sdsheriff.net/tmw. For warrant inquiries, information or to pass along a tip, use the sheriff’s online Tip Form. around the evidence that his client went into the kitchen to get a knife after beating and Seyyed Nasser Alavi Ramiro Lizarraga choking the North County Loftabad Murder court reporter unconscious in Battery, Unlawful November 2007 her Carlsbad home last sumPenetration, 2005 mer. Stark’s 15-year-old son his mother with her found Brandon Scott Ellis Julio Cesar Jacobothroat cut when he arrived Curiel Conspiracy home around 11:20 p.m. July September 2008 Murder 31, 2009. The 43-year-old San Marcos, 2008 mother of two worked as court reporter at the San Diego Superior Courthouse in Gerardo M. Gomez Imedo Molina Laurel Vista for nine years. Kaminski said the case Attempted Murder Murder was a “tragedy for everyDecember 2004 December 2005 body,” but he believed the scenario of the evening, in particular the fact that Stark’s son was supposed to be home Jose A. Lopez Ricardo Persona or was on his way home and Attempted Murder Rape, Child that French’s daughter was December 2004 Molestation waiting for him at his La San Diego, Jan. 1997 Costa house makes the murder appear to be the result of an impulsive snap on his Julio Romero Arturo G. Gomez client’s part. “To me it was indicative Child Molestation Rape with Force of rage rather than someone Ramona, 2005 San Diego, May 2007 who was planning or premeditating something,” said Kaminski in a phone interview. “I understand how the jury may have gotten to their decision as well.” From the witness stand, French admitted to murdering Stark; however, he portrayed the slaying as a spontaneous fatal assault, and asked that the jury find him guilty of voluntary manslaughter, which carries a lighter prison sentence compared to firstdegree murder. French, 41, testified he and Stark had an on-again, off-again relationship for three years, and on the night of the murder they had gone out for dinner and drinks.The evening took a quick turn for The art of lighting.... the worse after he discovered text messages from another man on Stark’s cell phone while at her house following

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Student wins water research prize

COAST CITIES — Olivenhain Municipal Water District awarded its annual $300 prize for a water-related project in the Greater San Diego Science Fair to Natalie Evans, an eighth-grade student at St. Columba School. Evans, a Carlsbad resident, chose to research the reuse of bottled water containers and the ill effects of doing so. Robert Topolovac, vice president of the water district board, volunteered as a judge at this year’s science fair. He was impressed with Evans’ project, presentation and demeanor, and selected her as the recipient of Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s Water in Science award. As the ecology chairperson of her school, Evans is aware of student choices and noticed an increase in the practice of reusing water bottles. “Because of this recession, many Americans are trying to save money and preserve the earth, but I wanted to find out how safe the practice of reusing water bottles is,” Evans said. Utilizing 20 unopened bottled water containers, tap water and testing equipment, four environments were monitored over a 48-hour period. Each bottle was sipped from, tested after 24 hours, refilled WATER WISE Olivenhain Municipal Water District Board Vice and tested again after anothPresident Robert Topolovac congratulates eighth-grade Carlsbad resi- er 24-hour period. Evans had dent Natalie Evans for her special OMWD Water in Science award for hypothesized that storage in a her research on the reuse of bottled water containers. Courtesy photo vehicle overnight would yield

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OCEANSIDE — An Oceanside man accused of murdering his aunt’s lover will undergo a psychological evaluation to determine if he is mentally fit to stand trial, a San Diego Superior Court judge ruled May 11. Jesus Borja, 29, is charged with a single count of first-degree murder in connection with the May 18, 2008, slaying of migrant worker Ramon Garcia Hilario. An additional enhancement that Borja used a knife to commit the murder is attached to the charge. Prosecutors allege an intoxicated Borja stabbed Hilario to death because he was upset about his aunt’s relationship with the victim. On April 7, Borja was given an extensive psychological evaluation by Dr. Bruce Yanofsky, who determined the defendant’s overall IQ is 67, the lowest possible score on the test, according to court documents. The doctor stated Borja has “limited intellectual resources” and “clear processing deficits.” Yanofsky said he is not sure if the defendant’s “limited intellectual function” occurred from a brain injury

Borja allegedly suffered as a teenager or if he has always been mentally disabled, court records state. At a preliminary hearing in December 2008, a witness who rented a room in Borja’s family home on Stephanie Avenue where Hilario was murdered said he woke to the victim pleading for help as Borja straddled the man with a knife, adding that both men were covered in blood. According to witnesses, Borja’s family rented the back patio out to migrant workers. One former renter said Hilario always carried a knife on him and made threats to anyone who got between and him and Borja’s aunt. Other renters and Borja’s aunt have denied those allegations. Gilbert Vasquez, the defendant’s brother, testified his family took issue with Hilario’s treatment of their aunt and her children. A hearing to determine if Borja’s criminal case will be suspended indefinitely because of his mental condition is scheduled for June 25. Borja remains in custody without bail due an immigration hold.

Solana Beach weighs further smoking bans By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Having already enacted some of the county’s most stringent smoking laws, Solana Beach council members recently discussed the possibility of making tobacco use in the city even more restrictive. At the April 28 meeting, at the request of Councilmen Joe Kellejian and Dave Roberts, staff presented additional measures to regulate smoking and its secondhand effects on the community. They included banning smoking at all public events and on all sidewalks and pedestrian walkways in commercial areas, prohibiting the distribution of free or discounted tobacco products and requiring vendors to obtain a conditional use permit. The city could also consider enacting ordinances that promote smoke-free housing in multiunit build-

ings. Although council members supported such a move, most agreed it could potentially cause controversy and be difficult to enforce. Lesa Councilwoman Heebner said it would be “horrible” to live adjacent to a smoker. “(But) is it our job to be legislating people’s personal behavior?” she asked. “I’m just not sure.” Michelle Slingerland, public affairs manager for the San Diego County Association, Apartment commended the city for the steps it has taken to reduce smoke exposure. “I’m sure you can appreciate that people are a little bit less receptive to the idea of being told that they can’t do something in the privacy of their own homes that is otherwise a legal activity,” she said. “There are a number of complicated factors when you want to implement a no-smoking policy (with housing).” A smoke-free housing ordinance could include two provisions that council members generally supported. One would require landlords to disclose to potential new tenants the number of units that permit smoking. Another would allow residents to pursue legal action if a person chooses not to adhere to the restrictions. “I think we should give private citizens tools if they have smoke coming through an apartment wall and they want to sue their neighbor because it’s a nuisance and it’s polluting their children’s TURN TO SMOKING ON 29

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New rules to bolster food safety

Commemorative bricks for sale at new Rowe School

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RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe School Board decided to open to students and the community the opportunity to buy commemorative bricks to be placed on a walkway at the new R. Roger Rowe School. “In our community, the legacy concept is very important,” board member Carlie Headapohl said. Because graduation is scheduled for June 16, the first bricks should be offered to the graduating eighthgraders, Superintendent Lindy Delaney said. They will cost $300 each and can be engraved with names or the year of a graduating class. It was agreed it would be too complicated and expensive to allow more verbiage. “We don’t want them to say ‘live free,’ or something,”

Peanut butter, burgers, spinach and cookie dough. With those and so many other everyday foods on the recall list in recent years, it seems as though no matter what you buy at the grocery store, you could be putting your health — or even your life — on the line. Each year, 76 million people in the United States are sickened by food-borne illnesses — 5,000 die, estimates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And despite all the food scares, the recalls just keep coming. ShopSmart, the shopping magazine published by Consumer Reports, offers important safety tips for every aisle of the grocery store.

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— Inspect cans for damage. Bulges, leaks and rust can put you at risk of botulism, a potentially fatal illness. — Cut back on canned food. The chemical bisphenol A (BPA) is used in some hard, clear plastic bottles and most can liners. Some studies have linked it to reproductive abnormalities and a higher risk of breast and prostate cancers, diabetes, and heart disease. — Avoid problem plastics. When buying food — storage containers, look for recycling codes. Avoid those marked with No. 7 and the letters “PC,” and unmarked hard, seethrough plastic ones, which could potentially be made with BPA.

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Headapohl said with a laugh. The board has been indecisive about the bricks, whether they are appropriate for the new school and if they are, if there should be a place designed for them. The fact that time is running out is one reason the board made the decision at its May 6 meeting. “We are getting to the point where we need to know,” said Tim Ireland, project manager of the new school construction. Board member Richard Burge said he was not sold on the idea of placing bricks with names of current students and residents. “We’ll be having people through here for the next 100 years,” he said. The board decided in the design to provide enough bricks to sell for many years to come and offer them for

sale about once a year. “You order a yearbook and a brick,” Headapohl said. The bricks would be in a designated area inside the school. “I think people would like to personalize this,” board member Jim Depolo said. “We can start in the center and work our way out.” Ireland said construction of the new school is on schedule and is about to go into “sprint mode.” He said observers will be seeing a flurry of activity for several weeks to come, before the efforts of the construction workers turn inward and will not be so obvious. He said he sees no problem with getting the school finished before the start of school on Sept. 7. Those interested in learning more about the bricks can contact the district office at (858) 756-1141.

City backs global warming act By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Demonstrating its ongoing leadership role toward environmental sustainability, City Council unanimously adopted at the May 12 meeting a resolution supporting the continued implementation of Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, and opposing any efforts to delay the law. In September 2006, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill, which requires a statewide reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The California Jobs Initiative, which will likely appear on the November ballot, is an effort to delay implementation of AB32 until the economic climate is back to where it was when the bill was signed into law. One stipulation is to wait until the unemployment rate is at 5.5 percent or less for four consecutive calendar quarters. In a presentation to council members, Danny King, the assistant city manager, said that has happened only three times in the last 30 years. The debate is focused on the potential costs of AB32. Proponents say it will create jobs and save individuals money. Opponents claim the cost of compliance will drive businesses out of the state. They say the numbers are inflated because the analysis was conducted during better economic times. A more recent analysis released in March concluded the bill would still have a positive impact on the economy, however, earlier estimated benefits were reduced. King said the updated analysis was approved by a 16-member committee and an independent panel of economic business and financial leaders.

Groups supporting AB32 include environmental organizations and the California chapters of the American Lung Association, League of Women Voters and Teamsters. Proponents of the California Jobs Initiative include the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, California Small Business Association and state Republican Party. During the public comment period, council members received nothing but support to adopt a resolution for the continued implementation of AB32. “If anybody gives you any grief about it, we’ve got your back,” Steve Goetsch, chairman of the city’s Clean and Green Committee, said. Resident Roger Boyd called the resolution “an important signal to our region that we are a green city determined to lead the way to a clean and green environment.” Aaron Contorer, who once analyzed technology trends for Microsoft, said it would be “a huge mistake” to say AB32 will exacerbate unemployment. “In fact, AB32, by forcing the advancement of technology and the advancement of the high tech industry in California, will create vast numbers of jobs,” said Contorer, chairman of the nonpartisan Equinox Center, which seeks solutions to balance San Diego’s

regional growth with its finite natural resources. “We don’t have a spare planet to ruin so let’s take care of the one we’re on,” he said. Bruce Bekkar, chairman of Del Mar’s Energy Issues Advisory Committee, said his group will be recommending a similar resolution to that city’s council members in the next month or two. The California Air Resources Board, the agency charged with implementing AB32, adopted a plan outlining the state’s strategy to achieve the reduced limits. For its part Solana Beach has already taken several steps, starting with signing the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement in 2007. The city has also implemented several changes in government operations and the community. These include adoption of a mandatory construction and demolition debris recycling ordinance, an incentive-based commuter policy and green building program, a ban on two-stroke gas-powered leaf blowers and a baseline greenhouse gas emissions inventory. All future efforts to comply with AB32, should it not be delayed, will be brought to City Council for full discussion to ensure fiscal responsibility, Mayor Tom Campbell said.

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Bingo likely on its way to Del Mar By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Del Mar is currently the only city in the county that doesn’t allow bingo, but that may soon change. At the May 3 meeting, council members directed staff to begin preparing an ordinance that would permit the game of chance usually associated with church fundraising. The 22nd District Agricultural Association is seeking to conduct bingo games at the Del Mar Fairgrounds as a way to make up for a drastic decrease in satellite wagering attendance and revenue. The fairgrounds is proposing to hold bingo seven days a week with 11 sessions daily. There would be 20 to 25 games per session, with each game paying out $250 in prizes. Fairgrounds officials estimate profits of $4,000 per session, or approximately $200,000 annually. The city cannot profit directly from the games, however, it can recover all costs incurred for law enforcement and public safety services and a maximum of $50 to process a bingo permit. Del Mar would also receive increased sales tax from any food and beverages sold at the bingo games.

Although the request came from the fairgrounds, the ordinance will allow bingo to be played at any venue in the city, such as the Powerhouse or the church, as long as requirements included in the new law are met. State law allows bingo as a means to provide alternative funding for nonprofit groups. It is not intended to be a mechanism for generating revenue and must be operated by charitable organizations. The 22nd DAA has established the Friends of the San Diego County Fairgrounds as its nonprofit organization to operate the games. The group formed with a five-member board of directors. None are Del Mar residents. Proceeds would be used for the Don Diego Fund, which provides college scholarships to area high school seniors who have participated in fairgrounds events. Money will also fund capital improvements at the fairgrounds and possibly other local charities, such as the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority. Overall, council members TURN TO BINGO ON 31

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ENCINITAS — As a new round of Congressional hearings into the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico opened Monday afternoon in Washington, D.C., local residents, environmental groups and activists are reeling from the impact of the recent debacle. In response to the environmental disaster, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced two weeks ago that the spill off the coast of Louisiana had caused him to reconsider his support for the California drilling proposal. “Whether his opposition to drilling is related to a specific project or not, we are very pleased the governor is currently opposing drilling,” Stefanie Sekich-Quinn, campaign specialist for the Surfrider Foundation, said. “Realizing oil spills have devastating economic and environmental impacts that are far-reaching is a good first step,” she said. Sekich-Quinn explained


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Horizon Prep hosts programs just for moms RANCHO SANTA FE — The annual Horizon Prep Preschool-K Mother’s Day Program, held this year on May 7, has become a family tradition. “We know of families who rearrange their schedule to make sure grandmas and aunts are in town for this day,” said Horizon Prep Preschool/K Director Cathy Towner. “It makes for a very special start to Mother’s Day weekend.” The students honor their moms with songs, scriptures and poems. “They work hard to make this an extraordinary Horizon Prep preschooler Josh Preske performs his hands-in-his-pocket best at the event,” Towner said. Horizon Prep Mother’s Day program.

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that oil drilling can be a threat in California even if President Obama didn’t list it in his plans last month. “There was a piece of legislation introduced in Sacramento this spring that would have opened California waters to new drilling.” When Surfrider Foundation found out about the legislation they held community forums around the state to raise awareness about the bill. During the middle of their “road show” tour, the bill was defeated in the Natural Resource Committee. “Ironically, we were in Central California giving presentations on ways to stop the bill locally. We’d like to think our forums in Southern California helped make an impact on the vote,” Sekich-Quinn said. Despite the clean local shores, residents are keeping a close eye on developments in the Gulf and the spill’s broader implications. “The spill in the Gulf is a stark reminder that drilling is risky business — in both TURN TO SPILL ON 29

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Firefighters help Ranch ready for future wildfires RANCHO SANTA FE — Wildfires are a constant threat for those of us living in Southern California, especially in wildlandurban interface areas like Rancho Santa Fe and its surrounding communities. The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District employs a full-time hazard abatement inspector.This inspector surveys properties for fire hazards and mails violation notices to property owners not in compliance with District Ordinance

2008-01, which can be found at www.rsf-fire.org. During May and June, residents within the RSFFPD service area should receive a letter reminding them of the local hazard abatement requirements. Here are some ways you can safeguard not only your home, but your entire community. These requirements can also be found in their entirety at www.rsffire.org. — Create and maintain defensible space:

Defensible space is a term used to describe a 100-foot “buffer zone” around all structures on your property and 30-foot zone along either side of roadways and driveways in which dead and dying vegetation is removed and excess growth is thinned. Defensible space will not only give firefighters a safe place to make a stand against threatening flames, but it has been proven to save homes and minimize property damage.

Defensible space can be created by removing combustible vegetation and flammable materials and replanting with drought-tolerant, fire resistive trees, shrubs and plants. Keep vegetation well-maintained and remove any dead foliage throughout the year. Weeds and grasses must be cut below six-inches in height. Trees and native vegetation should not come into TURN TO FIRE ON 29

RANCHO SANTA FE — In what seems like a throwback to when women were struggling for equal rights, a new bar in the Veranda Room that would serve both genders is on the drawing board. As a result, the men-only Vaquero Lounge Bar in the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club will be closed and used only for special events. Steve Nordstrom, the general manager of the club, approached the Association at its May 6 meeting for $75,000 to design, build and outfit the proposed Players Clubhouse Veranda Room Bar. This expense has been approved by the Golf Club board of governors in the 2010-2011 budget, but they want to start the project immediately, Nordstrom said. He told the board that the original design of the Veranda Room included a bar, which was to serve both men and woman. As the design evolved, it was decided that a permanent bar was unnecessary for the amount of use it would see and a portable bar was installed in its place. This left the Vaquero Bar in the men’s locker room as the only permanent bar in the clubhouse. Soon after the Players Clubhouse opened, the club determined that the existence of the Vaquero Bar, which served only male members, was unfair to the female members of the club. Subsequently, the board of governors opened the Vaquero Lounge to all members when the Vaquero Lounge Bar was open for service. “This arrangement proved to be uncomfortable to both genders,” Nordstrom said. The board realized another solution should be pursued. So, they decided to build a bar in the Veranda Room for everyone. “Here you have a fabulous bar (that will be closed),” Association Director Tim Sullivan said. “What a colossal waste of money.” Nordstrom acknowledged that the situation is awkward. “It’s not good business,” he said. “It’s a political decision.” “We’ll just have to bite the bullet, pay the cost and do whatever is necessary to fix it,” Director Tom Lang said. The original course was built in 1927 by Max Behr and was the original site of the Bing Crosby Pro-Am tournament. It is owned by the Association and has been operated by a board of governors since 1987. Be our fan on Go to thecoastnews.com and click link

MAY 21, 2010




The night the lights went out in La Costa

I suppose it could have been worse. It was already bedtime when the power went out in our entire neighborhood last week. Still, taking out your contact lenses by flashlight is still tricky. So was putting on eye makeup the next morning. I feared I would look seriously lopsided. As I fumbled around finding flashlights and lighting candles, I tried to look at the bright side of absolute darkness. I went outside just to look at the TURN TO SMALL TALK ON 30

Ranch fire chief ready to retire RANCHO SANTA FE — After almost 35 years in the fire service, Fire Chief Nicholas “Nick” Pavone announced he plans to retire in October of this year. “I am very grateful for the opportunities that I have been afforded during my tenure here at RSF,” Pavone wrote in an e-mail to staff. “We are so fortunate to work in an organization and community that a p p re c i ates its employees for their commitment NICHOLAS and dedi- “NICK” PAVONE cation. I am also very proud to be part of the tradition of excellence that has been part of the hallmark of this district.” Pavone began his career in 1975 as a volunteer with the Pismo Beach Fire Department. Since joining the Fire District in 1979, he has served as a firefighter, engineer, lieutenant captain, deputy chief-training chief, EMS chief, support services chief, fire marshal and deputy chief in charge of operations. He succeeded Erwin Willis as fire chief in the fall of 2005 following Willis’ retirement. Pavone is looking forward to new opportunities and spending more time with his family, especially his grandchildren. The board of directors will begin the process of selecting a new fire chief this summer.

IN THE SPIRIT The fifth annual Horizon Prep Spirit Run raised $50,276, pushing the total over the quarter million dollar mark for the history of the event. The annual event literally puts feet-to-faith, as students run laps in support of various Missions projects around the world. Stand-out students from the event included, from left to right, Caleb Armendariz, Most Sponsors 5th-8th; John Schreckenguast, Most Money Raised 5th-8th; Olivia Scafidi, Most Sponsors 1st-4th; Kylie Preske, Most Laps Girl 1st-4th; Beau Morgans, Most Laps Boy 1st-4th; Grace Schreckengaust, Most Money Raised 1st-4th; Tyler Mead, Most Laps Boy 5th-8th. Courtesy photo

SDG&E, Association find middle ground on tree issue By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — After two meetings, it appears that SDG&E and the Association have come to an understanding about how the cutting of trees away from power lines should be conducted. “The good news is that I think they are listening now,” Association Manager Peter Smith said at the May 6 meeting. “They know we

are serious now.” The Association took SDG&E to task at its March 18 meeting, because it felt the power company was being too heavy-handed in the yearly tree-trimming that keeps trees out of power lines. They also believed that many of the trees that were cut down completely were destroyed unnecessarily. Also in question was the policy of the

power company leaving the wood from the fallen trees behind on the homeowner’s property, forcing the homeowner to deal with it. Smith, reporting the progress from the second meeting, said the power company has re-evaluated which trees need to be removed and a good percentage will not be destroyed. And from now on, the wood will be removed

Student actors take stage in downtown ‘Birdie’ production COAST CITIES — The cast for Actors’ Conservatory Theatre, or ACT-San Diego’s production of “Bye Bye Birdie” will include dozens of North County actors. The play will be staged at 7 p.m. June 3 and June 4 and at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 5 and June 6 at the Lyceum Theatre, 324 Horton Plaza. The classic “Bye Bye Birdie” tells the story of rock star Conrad Birdie who is about to be inducted into the Army. Albert Peterson, his agent, and Rose Alvarez, Albert’s secretary, cook up one last publicity stunt where Birdie is set to kiss Kim McAfee of Sweet Apple, Ohio, on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Throw in an overbearing “Momma,” a gaggle of crazy teenagers, and their parents who just don’t understand what is wrong with kids today, and you have an evening of great musical theatre entertainment suitable for the whole family. The show has multiple casts to give more young artists a chance to shine. Stars include Canyon Crest

Academy senior Matt Maretz, of Carmel Valley, as one of the Conrad Birdies. Maretz will be attending to Syracuse University in the fall where he has been admitted into their very competitive Musical Theatre program. Madison Simpson, of Del Mar, is playing one of the Kims. Simpson also sang the national anthem at a Phoenix Suns’ game.

Torrey Mercer, of Solana Beach, has been cast as one of the Mommas. Mercer is in the Theatre Conservatory Program at Canyon Crest Academy. She recently won a National Youth Theatre award for her portrayal of Lucy in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.” The other two performers to play the role of Mae TURN TO STUDENT ON 30

from private property after a tree is cut down. There have been complaints to the Association about the attitude of the utility company whose workers are aggressive and rude. Director Tom Lang read a letter some of the homeowners have received from SDG&E. One paragraph threatens that if the homeowner will not allow the workers on their property,

they will call in the police to force their hand. Board President Bill Beckman said he believes that because of that attitude, it is difficult for a single homeowner to resist the pressure of SDG&E, so the Association has retained the services of a separate arborist who will be available to explain options to TURN TO TREE ON 29


MAY 21, 2010


Curfew, recycling laws get updates By Bianca Kaplanek

SEEING HISTORY Sixty-four students from Santa Fe Christian traveled to Washington, D.C., and southern Virginia on a seven-day educational tour. The eighth-grade students toured the White House, walked the battlefields at Gettysburg and visited historical sites at Jamestown and Williamsburg. Courtesy photo

Lumberyard Tavern takes bar food to next level DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate

You have to love the story of the waitress at a popular nightspot in Pacific Beach who works her way up to bartender, manager, general manager then tops out as a managing partner and decides she can do it herself, closer to home in Encinitas. That’s the nutshell story of Lisa Belasco, who opened the Lumberyard Tavern & Grill last November in the former Pino’s space in the Lumberyard. And to top it off, she pulled this off with a toddler and a 9-month-old in tow as she went through the one-year renovation process with her husband Pete. Her efforts have paid off with a thriving establishment that has something for just about everyone. It’s a great looking space, with rustic wood, clean lines, a big bar area, plenty of TV’s for sporting events and surf videos, and comfortable booths. The transformation from the old school Italian of Pino’s is dramatic and if there is a look for a tavern and grill, they nailed it. It’s also one of those places where parents can take their kids along, yet not feel as if they are in a cheesy chain restaurant. It really is a great mix of clientele as the bar is bustling with an attractive crowd as well. So, it’s a great looking place, diverse crowd, perfect downtown Encinitas location, owners worth supporting, so how about the food? To tell you the truth, I never really have expectations when it comes to bar food, unless I’m in New York or a

SOLANA BEACH — City Council amended two ordinances at the May 12 meeting that address the city’s juvenile curfew and recycling. San Diego County recently amended its curfew ordinance, making it illegal for a minor to be in a public place unaccompanied by an adult between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. In response to a request from Supervisor Pam Slater-Price to make the laws consistent, Solana Beach also moved its nighttime juvenile curfew back one hour, from 11 p.m. to 10 p.m. The county adopted the earlier curfew time in March. Since then, law enforcement officers have witnessed juveniles hanging out in neighboring areas with later curfews. Adult supervision is not required if a minor is traveling interstate or attending or going to and from work, an emergency TURN TO CURFEW ON 28

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FAMILY-RUN EATERY Lumberyard Tavern & Grill proprietors Lisa and Pete Belasco. Photo by David Boylan

handful of places in San Diego, but the Lumberyard has put some thought into their menu, and it’s a pleasant surprise. To start, they brought in a young, up-and-coming chef in Ryan Adams who honed his craft at Calypso for years. Ryan has put his touch on the menu with some innovative, tasty offerings. His starters offer the traditional tavern fare such as hot wings, calamari and sliders, but then he throws some surprises in there like a flamed grilled artichoke which is cut in half then grilled (thank you for that Ryan), and a grilled shrimp starter with chipotle aioli that is a direct reflection on his higher end days at

Calypso. Other starters include fish tacos, a grilled stuffed Portobello with crab meat, and seared sesame tuna. The starters range in price from $5 to $13. A daily selection of soups, salads and special Tavern recipe chili are also available. A full selection of pizza and pastas are also available but it’s the burgers that have been drawing the rave reviews. There are eight to choose from and they are all half-pound portions served on a pretzel bun with a choice of fries or house salad. I’ve had the classic white cheddar burger and will say it’s one of the best in town. I’ll be back to try the chili cheese burger smoth-

ered in tavern chili. The burgers are all around $10. The large menu selection continues with a huge variety of sandwiches and wraps including a few that I will have to come back and try including the meatloaf sandwich, reuben, and pulled pork sandwich. Most of the sandwiches are in the $10 range as well. The grill selection on the menu is where Ryan takes the leap from bar food to moderately priced steakhouse, which is a nice option for those looking for more than tavern fare. A New York strip, flat iron, baby back ribs, porterhouse pork chop and grilled salmon are all available and all moderately priced under $22.

I’ve not sampled this portion of the menu yet but if Ryan’s history at Calypso is any indication, they should all be solid options. We tried the strawberry waffle sundae which they form into an amazing ice cream sandwich. Chef Adams is also featuring weekly specials that are worth subscribing to their eNewsletter to find out about in advance. Grilled quail and some wild game selections have all been featured. You can sign up for their eNewsletter at www.lumberyardtavern.com. Lisa has also made a commitment to an extensive wine selection and will be TURN TO LICK ON 28

RANCHO SANTA FE — Firefighters from the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District responded to the report of a house fire in the 17000 block of Calle Mayor in the Fairbanks Ranch area at 4:42 p.m. May 11. Upon arrival on the scene, firefighters could see light smoke coming from the rear of the residential structure. Upon further investigation it was determined that a small fire had begun in the attic of the home. Construction workers on scene were able to extinguish the flames with a garden hose just prior to the firefighters’ arrival. Emergency personnel worked to ensure that the fire had not spread anywhere lese in the structure and was completely out. The fire caused an estimated $35,000 in damage and was sparked when a propane torch cause metal to overheat, igniting nearby combustibles. The homeowner and two children, along with several construction workers, were at the home when the fire broke out. All were able to safely exit the building and no injuries were

MAY 21, 2010



‘Do-it-yourself’ can be good for budgets

Look into repairing before replacing. Some repair jobs you can do yourself. A basic repair book, manual, expert advice or a search online can be all that you need to save an item from being discarded or replaced. You can take a small appliance to a service center/appliance repair shop for an estimate to see what’s wrong and weigh out the cost of having them repair it, ordering the part and repairing it on your own or replacing it. The first reader tip might help you keep your microwave longer. Change the fuse: About 15 years ago, my husband found a microwave on the curb. “There’s not much that can go wrong with a microwave,” he said. He replaced the fuse (around $2), then we gave it to an uncle of mine. It worked for years. Check microwave repair 101 at www.doityour self.com/stry/repairmicrowave. — Jora, e-mail Cream of wheat add-in: I have made muffins with leftover cream of wheat. I followed a basic muffin recipe but beat in a cup of cooked cream of wheat with the milk, because the cream of wheat was solid of course, and it broke down in the liquid. I then added

SARA NOEL Frugal Living the dry ingredients in the usual manner. I sprinkled sugar and cinnamon on top. Depending on the amount of leftover mush, it can be sliced and fried just like cornmeal mush. I’ve also used leftover cream of wheat to thicken a soup — it has a plenty of thickening power left! Cream of wheat is an expensive substitute, but any recipe that calls for cornmeal can have COW substituted. Think cornbread! I’ve also added some leftover cream of wheat mush to a basic waffle recipe, again mixing it with the wet ingredients. Delish. — Adriana L., e-mail Frugal furniture polish: Personally, I don’t like to clean my furniture with anything that comes in a can with a skull and crossbones on the front label, or the words “contains petroleum distillates” on the back. I also don’t like paying for anything that can be TURN TO FRUGAL ON 26

SUCCESSFUL NIGHT More than 400 people attended Santa Fe Christian Schools Auction & Gala on April 24, raising more than $475,000. That evening, the Faithful Servant Award presentation was made to honorees Kim and Jim Grant. Above, the winners of a drawing for free tuition for the 2010-2011 school year Michael and Shelia McCalla are congratulated by Eric and Sara Wardrip of The William Wardrip Fund. The McCalla’s also happened to be celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary that night. Courtesy photo

Talk of Del Mar Fairgrounds sale resurfaces By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — An item on the agenda for this month’s Community Relations Committee meeting with the 22nd District Agricultural Association caught Solana Beach Mayor Tom Campbell “a little bit off guard.”

“It (had) to do with the potential sale of the fairgrounds,” he said. “It seems like it’s being put back on the front burner by certain people up in Sacramento. This is all speculation that I’m just putting together from the nature of our discussion

(but) it appears that Del Mar has expressed interest or developed some sort of a proposal or whatnot to put in an offer to purchase the fairgrounds.” About a year ago, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed selling the 340-acre

state-owned site, which occupies nearly 20 percent of Del Mar, as a way to close a massive budget deficit. The potential sale was eventually taken off the table, but Del Mar sent a letter stating it TURN TO FAIRGROUNDS ON 28


MAY 21, 2010


Strawberries for love and the return of Lemon Twist MACHEL PENN SHULL Machel’s Ranch

On Mother’s Day, I did not eat a fancy brunch at the Rancho Santa Fe Country Club like some other local mothers did. Instead, I sold strawberries for love at Lemon Twist. In case this is your first column of mine to read, Lemon Twist is a fruit stand and produce shop that local resident Katie Shull started more than 30 years ago in Rancho Santa Fe. Since that time, her business had become widely known for its organic fruits, floral designs, pottery, gifts and chocolatedipped strawberries. In 2007, Lemon Twist donated all of the centerpieces to The Country Friend’s Fashion Show. It was also one of The Crosby’s main suppliers of floral arrangements, including numerous weddings and events. Business was booming for Lemon Twist with their suburb location right between Cielo and The Crosby. Then, three years ago, a fire started over the weekend before Halloween. That weekend, more than 1 million residents were evacuated from their homes during the Witch Creek Fires, including us. We received our reverse 911 phone call at 5:30 a.m. At that time, I had just begun dating my husband, Robin Shull. He managed Lemon Twist for his mother, Katie. I don’t think I will ever forget that morning, how we had driven against traffic on Del Dios Highway, trying to reach Lemon Twist. Everyone was evacuating and we were fighting to get in, with the mission of salvaging a few things just in case the fires did reach Rancho Santa Fe. The next morning when we found out Lemon Twist

IN FOCUS Local photographer John Riedy in Iraq. Courtesy photo

BATTER UP Jake Robbins demonstrates his batting form for the Bulls on May 3. Photo by Chip Levinson

my husband, I could pin-point it to that very weekend of the fires. They say during a crisis you learn a lot about those you love and how you react during certain situations. That weekend, Robin’s family took me in, along with my son (and my cat). We had seven people crammed into a one bedroom in Oceanside, with three dogs, too. What can I tell you? That day that Lemon Twist burnt down, we all cried together, like many others did that week, too. I didn’t know a fruit stand could break your heart, but it broke mine that day we lost it in the fires. I had met my husband there for the first time three months prior. I would help him dip chocolate covered strawberries, while listening to the eucalyptus trees blowing gently behind the stand. Jackson and I would go there and visit Robin for hours. It had a familiar quality that reminded me of simple things like I used feel, while growing up on a farm in Missouri. So imagine me now, almost three years later, finally standing there on Mother’s Day, with the business reopened. This may seem from the outside looking in that selling strawberries on that particular day has less appeal than the big brunch ticket at a country club. However, if you could’ve seen my son’s expression every time someone arrived. Jackson would yell, “Mom, there’s another cusTROJANS Santa Fe Christian’s Jenna Puterbaugh and Olivia Gardner tomer” with the biggest both received full ride scholarships to USC. Courtesy photo smile. I would answer, “I burned down, I was with Robin and his family. Ironically, when we received the phone call, Robin’s mother Katie was sharing family videos of her three children growing up over the years. When we heard the news, Katie said, “At least we are all safe, here together.” If someone had to ask me when I knew I would marry

know, how exciting!” No, I didn’t eat a fancy brunch on Mother’s Day. Instead, I stood next to my husband and son and sold strawberries for love. After all, it’s what is in your heart that truly matters. How lucky for me. Come see us when you can. Lemon Twist is now open for business. Maybe next year I’ll eat some eggs, too. For more information check out www.lemontwistfruitstand.co m.

Around town On April 23, I received word from local North County local resident John Riedy that he had just flown back from Iraq. That’s right. John was just one of six photojournalists chosen to help educate the Iraqis on free press. Once overseas, John had to prepare PowerPoint presentation, which focused on these three objectives: creating the image (storytelling and objectivity), gear and post production. “We spent five days in Iraq, three of which were filled with the conference. There were approximately 50 to 60 Iraqi journalists in attendance. The crux of our message to the Iraqis was, here’s how we do it in the west; it may not be the best way, but you want to create a product that can be picked up by western media outlets, so the Iraqis can be the one controlling the perception of the world’s country,” John shared with me. He was kind enough to share one of his photos from his amazing experience.

John is a sought-after wedding photographer in the San Diego area, and the proud father of two boys. He is married to Becky Riedy, and they reside happily in the La Costa area, just around the corner from Rancho Santa Fe. If you would like to learn more about his experience in Iraq, visit www.johnriedy.com. Congratulations on such a thrilling experience, John. On April 27, Mille Fleurs hosted its first Tapas and Tunes on Tuesdays, DJ Night, at 7 p.m. I ran into Dolce owner Dr. Anthony Smith, along with gal pal Krista Lafferty. I took a picture of them inside the bar, just before the party started outside. More than 50 to 60 guests enjoyed the light fare menu, while sipping on their cocktails under the stars in the lovely courtyard. This was just the first of many more to come for summertime, I’m sure. Stay tuned for the next evening. Trust me, this is one you don’t want to miss next time. For more information, call (858) 756-3085. Thanks for the invite, Mille Fleurs. On April 29, Fine Magazine held their F2 Fashion Show at the Del Mar Hilton. More than 300 guests and clients attended this exciting gala. Proceeds were given to Kid’s Corps, “to support various learning projects that Kid Corps operates,” said Fine Magazine’s editor Laurie Alternbern. Some of the featured designers on the runway were GRACIE, GSB Men’s Clothier, The Lizz Russell Collection and P.J’s Hats. The buffet was catered by Que Pasa, my favorite Mexcan restaurant in town, and desserts were provided by Cupcake Love and Incredible Edibles. Summer fashion was the theme on stage, with a finale that included elegant gowns and a wedding dress. Who needs New York Fashion week, when we have such a fabulous

life in San Diego? What you may not know is Laurie Alternbern will be running in the half-marathon June 6 at the famous Rock-n-Roll Marathon. How exciting, maybe I can be there at the finish line to share some cool photos from that day!?? On May 3, Vicki O’Rourke, the admissions director of Santa Fe Christian, shared with me the thrilling news that two seniors, Jenna Puterbaugh and Olivia Gardner, have received and accepted full scholarships to USC. How exciting! Jenna Puterbaugh is one of the top sprinters in the state. Her full ride to USC is an athletic scholarship. Olivia Gardner was awarded a Trustee Scholarship. Both girls attribute their success to Santa Fe Christian’s excellent academic and athletic departments to their recent found achievements. Let’s wish these two lovely girls the start of a brand new journey and keep only positive thoughts in our hearts for their journey. Thanks Vicki for sharing the exciting news with “Machel’s Ranch.” Maybe one day soon, my son will be lucky enough to attend Santa Fe Christian School. Another tidbit regarding a Santa Fe Christian student is Ranch resident Albert Plattner’s daughter Keziah Plattner was accepted to Stanford University. I will be featuring more photos in my next column of outstanding seniors in the community. Later that day, Chip Levinson took some pretty cool photos of the Rancho Santa Fe Little League teams at Solana Santa Fe in Fairbanks. I have included Jake Robbins “up to bat” here as the featured little league player this week. The Bulls didn’t win the game that day, but they did later that weekend at the YMCA Ecke Field in Encinitas. Thanks TURN TO MACHEL’S RANCH ON 26

MAY 21, 2010



Are childhood ‘growing pains’ a real medical condition?

Dear Dr. Gott: My 5-yearold grandson sometimes awakens in the night with pain in his legs, ankles or wrists. My daughter says he has growing pains. Is this true?

Dear Reader: Yes,it is,sort of. Up to 40 percent of children experience “growing pains” during two periods — from the ages of 3 to 5 and 8 to 12.There is no evidence to substantiate that bone growth causes pain. What is experienced is likely caused by activities such as running, jumping, climbing on a jungle gym, and being extremely active during the day. Most of the pain is concentrated in muscles behind the knees, in the calves and on the front portion of the thighs. It is often severe enough to awaken a child in the middle of the night, leaving a parent unsure of what to do. When any unusual symptom such as fever, fatigue, rash, loss of appetite or weakness occurs,a pediatrician should be involved. There may be something going on that truly needs to be addressed.In the case of a serious medical condition, a child will prefer not to be touched, because movement commonly increases pain; however, if the child has growing pains, massage, stretching, the use of a heating pad and general comforting techniques will be welcomed. Keep in mind that your grandson can awaken refreshed and free of pain.This does not imply he is seeking attention or faking an illness. It’s simply the way the condition presents. Dear Dr. Gott: I am a 44year-old female with migraines. I am otherwise healthy with no other medical problems, but I’m about 30 pounds overweight. I was diagnosed with migraines at age 12 and was put on medication, but because of the side effects, my parents chose to take me off it, and until recently, I haven’t had any trouble. After smoking for 15 years, I finally quit when my mother passed away from lung cancer. Almost immediately after quitting smoking, my migraines came back and were so bad that I couldn’t function. With three active children, this

DR. GOTT Second Opinion was not an option for me, so I started smoking again, and the headaches went away. I am scared of what my future holds if I continue to smoke, and I truly want to quit. I went to my family doctor and a neurologist.I have tried several different medications, such as antidepressants, antiseizures and migraine-specific drugs, which didn’t work. I was on a blood-pressure medication briefly that worked well for the headaches, but after a while it caused my blood pressure to drop too much, and I ended up in the hospital being monitored. I don’t know what the connection is with smoking and migraines, but I’m guessing it involves stress. Can you offer any suggestions on what to do so that my children don’t grow up without a mother? I don’t take any medicines except an occasional over-the-counter ibuprofen or naproxen for minor aches and pains.

smoking and between migraines. However, in your instance,this is clearly the case. I cannot recommend you continue smoking in order to control the headaches. I can, however, try to offer you some advice and recommendations that you may not have tried. First, migraines are a type of headache that can be disabling when they occur. They typically cause severe onesided head pain, may present with a visual aura (flashing lights, blind spots, etc.) and cause sensitivity to light and/or sound. Vomiting and nausea are also common symptoms. They can run in families, and

those with a family history are at higher risk of developing migraines. Each sufferer usually has specific triggers that, when a person is exposed to them, can result in a migraine. Triggers can include hunger, fatigue, hormonal changes, certain medications, stress, head trauma, changes in environment, sensory stimuli (such as bright lights or unusual smells) and certain foods, especially those with preservatives (nitrates), MSG or aged cheeses and wines. If possible, retreat to a quiet, comfortable place at the first sign of a migraine.Turn off

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Landscaper transforms yards into artistic, eco-friendly expressions

COAST CITIES — The American icon of a front lawn in San Diego is a real water hog. Kent Horner with C&H Gardens Artistic Landscape & Tree Service, Inc. offers an alternative to the common grass blanket found in most front yards. Outdoor eco makeovers offer many possibilities to create a playful sense of aesthetic beauty with a wide palate of colorful plants without intense maintenance issues. Adding colorful rock, boulders and mounding to the yard helps create texture in the landscape and prominently disOUTSIDE ARTS Kent Horner, owner of C&H Gardens Artistic plays specimen plants to their Landscape & Tree Service, Inc., utilizes his artistic sensibilities to help full advantage while suffocatclients move away from the traditional lawn and toward a more water- ing any pesky lawn that may

wise yard. Courtesy photo

have escaped removal. Horner says to resist the urge to throw down turf and instead choose from a wide array of succulents, palms and grasses. He also offers tips on why a low-water-use garden is a must in San Diego County. There are only five areas of the world that share the unique climate category known as the Mediterranean. This mild climate includes warm, dry summers, relatively wet winters, and a low annual rainfall, depending on El Nino and the drought cycle. Conditions like these are perfect for a group of plants that are by nature drought-tolerant. The Mediterranean plant

palate is large and diverse, which allows Horner to plant landscapes that are pleasing to the eye and, at the same time, water-wise. Even those who don’t care to be water-wise can count on C&H Gardens to get the job done correctly. A home is a castle and a retreat from the daily pressures of making ends meet, keeping the kids on track and balancing the world on our shoulders on a day-to-day basis. It needs to be a refuge and place of peace. With this in mind, Horner has compiled the ingredients for the quintessential California garden. Whether your pleasure is an English

Victorian estate, a tropical palm paradise, Mediterranean or a Borrego Springs oasis complete with a multitude of succulents and cactus, this man can make it work for you. Horner has spent his life in California. “I know the microclimates, the needs, the vegetation,” he said. “I can create a beautiful landscape that requires minimal maintenance and will look good for years to come.” Horner’s custom designs include softscape (plants, trees and tropicals) and hardscape (ponds, fountains, patios, decorative paths and barbecues), as TURN TO LANDSCAPER ON 24

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Limo company wants everyone to ride first class E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road

Small gadgets can be big travel help

When it comes to gadgets, I ride the slow-toaccept-technology train. Maybe it’s because I’m too busy already and who needs another thing that comes with a 50-page instruction booklet? And when it comes to travel, I like to keep it as simple as possible without totally deserting the things I really need. However, Floridabased CableOganizer.com has come up with several travel accessories worth mentioning — gadgets that are small, easy to use, serve a purpose, are reasonably priced and make traveling a better experience. Consider the following: The Juicebar MultiDevice Pocket Solar Charger: This tiny little pocket charger is a lot smaller than its name but produces big results. (It measures 3.5-by-1.5 inches.) For about $43, you get a power source for your cell phone, MP3 player, gaming systems, iPod and more. It comes with a dozen of the most commonly used adapters for devices made by Sony, Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, LG, Apple, Nintendo and others. And here are the two best features: Its battery is solar-powered so it’s “green” energy, but in a pinch, you can recharge the Juicebar using your laptop. USB Heated Mug: Don’t you hate it when your cup of coffee or hot chocolate goes cold? With this durable, stainless steel, insulated mug, that won’t ever happen, and it’s as good for those long road trips as it is for that commute to work. It’s called a USB mug because, once again, your computer or laptop can act as the power source. It also comes with a 12-volt DC power adapter to plug into the cigarette lighter in your car. This gem is about $21. Protective Pelican Micro Case: Accessories for electronics often cost a bundle, but this is an exception and well worth the $10. If you or your kids have an iPod and like to take it to the gym, on the trail, airplane or train or anywhere there is water, dust, dirt, crowds or sweat, this Pelican Micro Case will keep your iPod in pristine condition. Made of TURN TO HIT THE ROAD ON 26

COAST CITIES — Uri Akler relocated to North County from Manhattan in October 2009. Arriving in Encinitas at 3 p.m., it took him just four hours before he was already contributing to the community. Before he’d even unpacked, he bid $3,200 on a guitar at an auction just to support the cause and give back to his new community that had immediately won his heart. Akler, owner of NorthStar Limousines, fell in love with North County after just one visit to the meditation gardens at the Self-Realization Fellowship. During that visit, he decided then and there that it was time for him to move west and bring his entrepreneurial spirit with him. He took a look around the community to see what was missing, in order to find his own niche within the community. Coming from a diverse business background, he decided to open a transportation company with a different twist. The concept is to provide a first-class limousine service for the cost of a taxicab. At a rate of $75 per hour with only a one-hour minimum, Akler is underbidding the competition in an effort to expand his business and relocate all 123 of his limousines within the next three years.

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SMOOTH RIDE Uri Akler, owner of NorthStar Limousines, offers affordable limousine travel. Courtesy photo

As just one part of his new-guy-in-town, good-will marketing program, Akler has offered free limousine service for any future area police and firefighter funeral services. He is also making the community aware that his limousines are available for any transportation

need, from as mundane to taking students to school, to weddings and proms and any other sort of transportation needs clients might have. “I cater to people,” Akler said. “It’s all about that extra level of service and my motto is ‘The

Customer is King.’” Launching his limousine transportation to compete with the cost of a cab, Akler wants to give everyone a chance to ride first class. For more information on Akler or NorthStar Limousines, call (917) 7091999.

Math eacher puts rap music in the equation By Alyx Sariol

CARLSBAD — Math often gets a bad rap from elementary and middle school students, most of whom find the subject more challenging than English and social studies. However, one local math teacher refuses to let that be the norm. Carlsbad resident Alex Kajitani has found a way to bring the difficult subject to life in a way that not only captured his students’ attention, but also helped them enjoy the subject — Math Raps. “I like to say that (Math Raps) started out of desperation,” he said. “I was a new teacher and I couldn’t get the students to pay attention or stay on task.” Kajitani had noticed his students at Mission Middle School in Escondido quickly learning the lyrics to rap songs, while failing to recall any information just covered in class. As a fellow rap fan, he decided to try his hand at composing a catchy song about adding and subtracting decimals. The end result, and his first rap composition, was “The Itty Bitty Dot.”

CARLSBAD — A serial criminal was convicted May 4 of a clothing store robbery that may land the 50-yearold man in prison for life. A North County jury found Rodney Riggins guilty

RANCHO SANTA FE — It was incorrectly stated that the Del Rayo Village Shopping Center Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market, was related to a Cielo Village farmers market that operates on Thursdays. The Del Rayo market is the only market that benefits Helen Woodward Animal Center and is open every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 16079 San Dieguito Road. Every Sunday 10 percent of all proceeds will go to Helen Woodward Animal Center. The market will begin its summer Chef Series May 16 with Chef Tom McCabe whipping up something organic.

New fire station

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District board of directors awarded a $4,540,000 contract to Ledcor Construction, Inc. for the construction of the Fairbanks Ranch Fire Station. Bid results and other related documents for this project are available on the RSFFPD website at rsffire.org/about/bid_docs.asp.

Proud military kids

COAST CITIES — Carlsbad third-grader Harris and Roark Oceanside fourth-grader Kiana Tuzon were named winners of the Armed Services YMCA’s annual Student Art & Essay contest. Roark took second place in the third/fourthgrade essay category, and Kiana won first place among Marine Corps submissions in the art contest. Roark’s award-winning essay is about his father, Lt. Col. Kevin Harris, United States Marine Corps. The full text of his essay and a copy of Tuzon’s art entry are available at www.asymca.org.

Stellar student COOL FOR SCHOOL Alex Katijani, aka the Rappin' Mathematician, speaks at conferences around the nation to spread the word that “Math Is Cool.” Courtesy photo

“I performed it for them and it was an absolute disaster,” Kajitani said, as he recalled how futile his efforts seemed at the time. Though later that after-

noon, he noticed his students singing it in the lunchroom — even students that hadn’t been at his inaugural as the performance “Rappin’ Mathematician.”

Kajitani’s students filtered in the next day, “totally excited to be there,” asking when he was going to rap TURN TO MATH ON 26

Man found guilty of robbing C’bad outlet store By Randy Kalp

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of robbery and theft charges relating to an April 15, 2009, hold up at The Gap clothing store located in the Carlsbad Premium Outlets. According to court testimony, Riggins pulled a box cutter on a loss prevention officer outside of

the store after being confronted about putting store merchandise into some bags he was carrying. Police arrested Riggins shortly after the robbery. They found 14 pairs of Gap jeans in the bags he was car-

rying as well a box cutter. The robbery conviction marks Riggins’ third strike under the state’s three strikes law. He now faces up to 25 years to life in prison. Riggins sentencing is scheduled for July 28.

RANCHO SANTA FE — Tucker Hughes, 17, who attended The Bishop’s School for two years before transferring to Canyon Crest Academy as a junior this year, is finishing high school a year early to attend the USD this fall. Advanced placement classes and concurrent enrollment at CCA and MiraCosta College allowed him to bypass his senior year of high school. Tucker is the son of Jason and Shay Hughes of Rancho Santa Fe. Tucker’s father received his MBA from TURN TO WHO’S NEWS? ON 25


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up the quest. It limits its population to about 1,500 by officially fixing the number of municipal water hookups at 580, but in April, one of the meters became available when the city purchased a residential lot to convert to a park. The meter was to be sold at a May auction, with a minimum bid of $300,000.


— A recent French documentary in the form of a TV show called “Game of Death” mimics the notorious 1950s human-torture experiments of Yale psychologist Stanley Milgram, who would coax test subjects to administer increasingly painful jolts of electricity to strangers to assess their obedience to an “authority figure,” even if contrary to their own moral codes. As in Milgram’s experiments, the Game of Death “victims” were actors, unharmed but paid to scream louder with each successive “shock.” According to a BBC News report, 82 percent of the WHAT'S COOKING? After winning a cookbook on the wheel of fortune, Laura Stansberry, right, shares a laugh with Priscilla Wood. game’s players were willing torPhoto by Bianca Kaplanek turers, a higher percentage than Milgram found, but the TV show’s subjects had greater CENTER encouragement, cheered on by CONTINUED FROM 1 a raucous studio audience and chairwoman. a glamorous hostess. “Our husbands are gala’d — According to an April out,” she said. “Guys like to lawsuit filed by an employee of hang out and compete but the five-star Ritz-Carlton resort casino nights have been done. in Naples, Fla., the hotel comSo we picked the most popular plied with a February request TV game shows so people by a wealthy British traveler could have more fun spending that, during their stay, his famitheir money. ly not be served by “people of “It’s never been done colour” or anyone who spoke before, but so far, so good,” with a “foreign accent.” The Molin said about halfway into hotel has apologized to the the event. “The women manemployee, but denied that it aged to get their husbands had complied with the travelhere.” Molin said she expected about 250 people to attend the EYE ON THE COAST fundraiser, which kicked off CONTINUED FROM 4 with $50,000 in sponsorships. to his home base in England. “People really believe in On this flight there was plencenter the community ty of sunshine and no enemy because it’s the heart of the fire. Up front with him was his community,” she said. war-time bride, Pat. The community center offers programs, events and Grunion are back enrichment, recreation and An early sign of summer outreach services for adults is the appearance along the and youth. shoreline of grunion, a tiny silBilled as Rancho Santa very fish related to the Fe’s “premier party of the year,” the gala also featured a GUY TIME The organizing committee selected a TV game show theme hoping more men would attend the jacksmelt. They burrow into variety of other games, a silent annual event. The logic appears to have paid off as, from left, Bruce Henderson, Robert Campbell and Joseph the sand, lay their eggs and return to sea. Scheduled auction and dancing. Bravo seem to be enjoying themselves. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek appearances are May 28 between 9 and 11 p.m. and the next night from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m.They are edible but a fishing license is required to scoop them up.

Lottsa interest More than 30,000 folks responded to a call for applicants to sign up for the statewide Citizens Redistricting Commission to determine new assembly, senate and Board of Equalization districts. The politicos did it the last time and are the reason they are so cockeyed (the districts not the electeds) but it assured them of longevity even when they jumped from one office to another after being termed out.


Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation based in the Flower Capital is aiming to prevent Fourth of July fireworks from being exploded BARKER’S BEAUTIES From left, Maria Delgado, event chairwoman Elise Molin, Allison Stratton, Stacey Feinberg and Beth Saunders take over water. Last year a traditime out from catching up for a group photo. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek tional pyrotechnic show on

er’s request. (Lawyers for the employee told the Associated Press that nine witnesses and a copy of a computer entry prove their claim.) — Good News/Bad News: Based on April federal indictments of organized crime members in New York and New Jersey, it appears that any “glass ceiling” to management in the exclusively male Gambino family has been cracked in that at least one woman, Suzanne Porcelli, 43, was indicted among the 14 family members and associates. However, the Gambino “farm system” is apparently weak, in that with the imprisonment of John Gotti and other experienced capos, the organization appears headed in historically unfamiliar directions, most notably in child prostitution. Until now, even the most vicious of Mafiosi historically, heroically, protected women and children from the families’ “business.”


Spectacular Errors: (1) Milton High School beat Westlake,56-46,for the Georgia 5A boys’ basketball championship in March. Westlake’s chances evaporated during the pre-game warm-ups, when their Georgia-player-of-the-year candidate Marcus Thornton was forced to sit after spraining his ankle leaping to ceremonially hip-bump a teammate. (2) Two North Carolina surgeons were issued official “letters of concern” in January for a 2008 incident in which they performed a C-section on a woman who was not pregnant. (They relied on an intern’s confused diagnosis and followed an ultrasound with no heartbeat and TURN TO MORE ODD FILES ON 24

Mission Bay was cancelled when the folks who put it on were threatened with a lawsuit.


Renovation of Fletcher Cove Community Center in Solbeach likely will get under way this summer and it’s a reminder that contributions toward the project are still being accepted ... Board of Supervisors may have the task of selecting a person to fill the vacancy on the Tri-Cities Medical Center board ... Former Solbeach mayor and current Councilman Dave Roberts has been elected prez of the 70-plus member Del Sol Lions Club that was recently chartered ... Big turnout along the railroad between L.A. and the Harbor City when Santa Fe’s 430-ton steam locomotive chugged past cities en route ... Kudos to Marshall Weinreb, departing CEO of the revitalized Encinitas Chamber who brought it out of the muck ... The Governator has vetoed a bill that would have banned smoking in state beaches and parks ... Surfside City resident Henry Dalessio recently blew out 100 candles on a birthday cake ... San Diego Coastal Chamber has just a few pasteboards left for its networking day at the races Aug. 26. Hasta la Vista Bill Arballo is an opinionated, retired journalist in the Flower Capital of the Universe. E-mail barballo@coastnewsgroup.com.

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Rich couple should pay own way

Dear Bruce: I have a friend whose father is in hospice care. They have some money left but they do own property worth more than a million dollars. She doesn’t want to sell this building and would like to use Medicare to help pay for his medical bills. Is there any way that they can shelter this building from the government so it doesn’t get sold? — T.R., Wisconsin

Dear T.R.: Shouldn’t they sell the building to help pay for his medical care? What you’re telling me is that we have a couple that are millionaires that are looking to have the government, through its poverty programs, pay their bills. That just isn’t right.

Dear Bruce: I recently married someone who had been previously married. I was told that my spouse is entitled to half of the exspouse’s Social Security earnings for the time period of their marriage. Is that correct? How do I apply? Is there a time limit involved? How is the amount calculated? — T.T., via e-mail

Dear T.T.: If the couple was married 10 years or more, the spouse is entitled to claim against the other’s Social Security, which doesn’t prevent a new spouse or ex from making a claim as well. However, the rules are somewhat complicated if the person you married was employed, that spouse must first make a claim on her own account, and then, if there is a potential advantage that she will be paid some retirement on her ex’s account. This can be a bit complicated. You can work it out in person with Social Security, but in the event that proves to be too complex, there are attorneys who specialize in this type of practice of law.

Dear Bruce: I wish you would give us a general talk about reverse mortgages. I am not sure that I trust the advice I have been receiving from someone who is selling them. Are there any special criteria that set candidates apart? — S.W., via e-mail Dear S.W.: I have addressed this topic so many times, but clearly it is one that is either misunderstood or just a giant TURN TO SMART MONEY ON 24

FLYING FAMILY Four generations of Cozens took flight in a historic B-17 bomber on May 5. Photo by Alyx Sariol

Four generations of family take flight together By Alyx Sariol

CARLSBAD — Bob and Patsy Cozens approached the tarmac at McClellanPalomar Airport on May 5 as the other curious guests did, anxious to see the World War II relics on display. But what set them apart from the crowd was that in just minutes, they would embark on a once-in-a-lifetime B-17 flight with three generations of family in tow. “It is such a beautiful day,” Patsy said. “And to have four generations here!” An Encinitas native, 91year-old Bob was thrilled to have his family join him on a flight that he had so often taken as a former B-17 pilot in World War II. The momentous occasion also marked the first time that his wife, whom he had named three planes after, would be along for the ride. “Being the pilot, I had TURN TO FLIGHT ON 24

PREPARE FOR TAKEOFF Patsy and Bob Cozens, with their son Tom, were all smiles as they walked to the B-17 for their flight. Photo by Alyx Sariol

What’s in a name on the bottle matters

with their generic wines. These broadsides have left the Napa Valley buckled but not bowed. Both the 2006 and 2007 Cabernet vintages are the best in a decade, and progressive winemakers that understand the need for change are determined to make wines that go to new heights of flavor and character. In ’06 and ’07, weather factors kept the crop under control so the emphasis was on quality, and not so much quantity. This had the effect of somewhat limiting the vulture generics that prey on vineyards with too many grapes and production costs to cover. Generics first launched a number of years ago to cash in on the Napa Valley reputation, with Charles Shaw, better known as “Two Buck Chuck,” leading the pack. This was really a wine processing company in a monster warehouse in Modesto that made box


Taste of Wine From Calistoga to Carneros, the going has gotten tougher for Napa Valley vineyards and wineries. Since the 1880s the spotlight has been shining on this blessed land of Cabernet Sauvignon, to the point that it has passed the Cabernet homeland of Bordeaux France as the elite worldbeating appellation for this most-requested red. As the wine world acknowledged this accomplishment and we came to pay homage and premium dollars at the altar of Napa Valley and its 300 or so wineries, two inflection points became game-changers: the recession, and a host of hustlers with cash to buy up over-produced grapes along with the advertising dollars to flood the market VINE TIME David Raffaele is the new winemaker at Keyways.

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yelled, “Twice! I had to honk at you twice!” She didn’t look any more important than me. She didn’t look as if she were on her way to a fire. She didn’t act as if she were severely injured and trying to get to the emergency room before she bled out. Wherever she was going, it couldn’t have been too

much of an emergency. She had time to stop and mail a letter, for heaven’s sake. So, I guess the answer is a simple one: She must be the most important person on Earth.

in large part to Dr. Biter. “We wouldn’t have had the birth we did without him,” she said. Dr. Biter announced his suspension on May 7 at Mamafest, where he was a speaker. Just two days later — on Mother’s Day — the first protest was organized in his support. Since then, Dr. Biter has not issued a statement and messages left for him were not returned. But his supporters remain vocal in their resolve to support him. With two institutions to his credit — Seaside Women’s Health in Encinitas and Babies by the Sea Boutique in Cardiff by the Sea — and a brand-new birth center in the works, the natural birth advocate is sure to continue a successful practice elsewhere. “I wish him continued

success,” former patient Amy Berg said. The Escondido resident gave birth to two “Biter babies,” as most of his patients refer to their children. “He had faith in me, he gave me my first healing birth,” she said. Scripps also terminated the North County Health Services nurse midwife practice on Jan. 1 of this year. Sarah Davis, a midwife who is not affiliated with the Scripps, said the hospital is becoming more unfriendly to expecting mothers who want to have natural births. “The midwife practice wasn’t making enough money for the hospital,” she said. “They were replaced by a private practice.” Hospital officials did not return numerous phone calls requesting comment.

kept in contact with the probation department since the woman moved to the district to determine if the woman is meeting the terms of her

probation, but the probation department is not forthcoming about any other information about those on probation. In November, the Hayneses brought the issue forward, asking the board to

adopt a policy that would give clear direction about how to deal with the problem in the future. Currier will bring the final policy for the board’s approval to a future meeting.


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out in front of oncoming cars, they screech to a stop. I dunno. When I did turn onto 101, she followed quickly behind me, jumped into the left lane, pulled up next to me, held up two shaking fingers, and



Local Del Mar publisher Bettie Youngs with Cheryl Keenan. Dave and Teresa Miller with Brett Humme arriving at the Kids Korp Gala on May 15. Photos by Machel Penn Shull


The annual Kids Korps Super Star Gala 2010 took place May 15. The event was an evening in the spirit of the Cannes Film Festival. The 2010 gala was inspired by the lifestyle, fashion and entertainment epitomized in the South of France. Local youth volunteers, San Diego leaders and celebrities who have taken great strides to better the Connie McNally and Dana Falk with Carrie Stone at the Cocktails community were honored. For more information Mixer at Kids Korp. about Kids Korps, visit www.kidskorps.org.

questions and not knowing where to birth their babies,” said Carol Yeh-Garner, a local HypnoBirthing instructor and natural birth supporter. “They’ve suspended the most natural birth, mother-baby friendly OB in town.” Lauren Hodges held her 2-week-old son, Brayden, during the rally. “This is one of the last Biter babies from Scripps,” she said. In fact, numerous children delivered by Dr. Biter were on hand. Andrea Belec, a Carlsbad resident, brought her 2-year-old daughter Lyla to the rally. “It’s a shame,” she said, lamenting Dr. Biter’s termination. “Shame on Scripps.” Belec said the positive experience she had during the birth of her daughter was due



several obviously failed attempts to induce labor.) Kids Korp Co-founder Joani Wafer with Laurie Josepsh and Cherie Ranch residents and friends Myron. Maggie Bobileff and Denise Hug.


mystery to so many of you. Essentially,a reverse mortgage allows someone who has a lot of equity in a home but a relatively modest store of available cash to draw on the equity, not be obligated to make monthly payments as a traditional mortgage would require, and have the matter settled upon their demise as to return to the lender. Both parties must be at least 62 to qualify for a reverse mortgage. Somewhere around 75 makes more sense. The costs are generally



the prerogative of naming my aircraft,” Cozens said. “I had the Patsy Ann 1, 2 and 3.” As the extended family waited to board the plane, Bob reminisced about his service with the military. Then a student at San Diego State, he had signed up for the Army Air Corps and was soon on his way overseas, but not before he married his college sweetheart in the afternoon on July 26, 1942. “We got married the day he got his (pilot) wings,” Pat recalled. “I like to say that I then clipped his wings!” Based out of England, Bob vividly recalls his first combat mission on May 13,

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higher than a traditional mortgage as will be the interest rates. There is no penalty to you — your heirs, yes, but not to you. You are permitted to stay in the home as long as you live, as long as the taxes and insurance is paid. You never have to make a repayment, that is done after you pass away and the house is sold by the lender, assuming that your heirs don’t wish to pay off the mortgage and retain the mortgage property. If there are insufficient monies left in equity in the house to pay the lender, then the lender loses. 1943, and his daytime raids over Europe. He flew the Patsy Ann 3 up until his 16th mission (out of 25), before he was transferred to command a new division. “I had to leave my Patsy Ann and my crew,” he said. “It was a bit of a tearjerker.” When it was time for the family to start boarding for their flight, they were full of excitement as they walked the tarmac to the B-17. As the guests of honor, Bob and Patsy were assigned prime seats right behind the pilots. After the plane returned from their 30-minute trip up and down the San Diego coast, the extended family climbed out of the plane with permanent smiles, finally understanding what the family patri-

Even though you have drawn out more money than can ever be recovered by the lender, you have incontrovertible life tendency as long as you meet the obligations contained to your end. It’s a very good deal for some and a lousy deal for others. By the way, there are no FHA reverse mortgages. One limitation with the reverse mortgage is even if your house is worth a ton, there are only limited amounts that, by law, are available to be received on a reverse mortgage. Send questions to Smart Money, P.O. Box 503, Elfers, FL 34680, or e-mail them to bruce@brucewilliams.com. .

arch had experienced during the war so many decades ago. “It was a lot funner than I thought it would be!” said 9year-old Mackana Cummins. He was the youngest to join his great-grandfather in flight, and dreams of becoming a pilot some day too. “It was exciting — so terrific,” said Patsy, who had trouble sleeping the night before in anticipation of the flight.“It brought back memories of when we first got married.” Although it has been 65 years since he controlled a B17, Bob noted that not much had changed, but that “it was a lot more difficult to move around than it used to be.” Bob’s son, Tom, summed up the family’s experience in three words: “It was amazing.”

Bright Ideas Frustrated customers frequently challenge bills, and occasionally, “rescission” of the original deal is a suitable remedy. However, it’s not suitable for some services. Deborah Dillow was late with the $150 she allegedly owed to The Bomb Squad dog waste pick-up service in Bend, Ore., in April, and appeared to be avoiding calls at her home. The Bomb Squad owner, frustrated by the delays, simply returned all the work done to that point on Dillow’s property in one big pile, in her front yard.


well as proper drainage, irrigation and lighting. Horner has worked for more than 30 years on both residential and commercial properties. His clients have included the Mirage hotel in Las Vegas, large property management companies such as Carlsbad Ranch Maintenance Association, schools like the Grauer School,Ada Harris, San Dieguito Academy and the homes of hair mogul Paul Mitchell (Malibu), writer Anne Rice (La Jolla) and the Cleveland Indians’ Charles Nagy (Rancho Santa Fe), among many others. C&H Gardens’ tree division can also meet the specific needs of commercial tree care and maintenance. They will survey the property and provide a free estimate.Their goal is to achieve a superior aesthet-

The Wonder Drug: (1) Donald Wolfe, 55, was charged with public drunkenness in March in Brookville, Pa., after neighbors spotted him giving, as he described it, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a roadkill possum along Route 36. (2) A 62-year-old man suffered second-degree burns after launching himself on a makeshift, rocket-powered sled in Independence Township, Mich., in January. Witnesses said he put on a helmet, then strapped a contraption consisting of a motorcycle muffler, a pipe, gunpowder, match heads and gasoline on his back, and had someone light the wick to send him blasting through the snow.

ic appeal with landscaping and enhance the health and vigor to trees while maintaining a proper balance between the hardscape and soft landscape. All this is done while meeting city code requirements and safety issues. The tree division specializes in a full range of arboriculture vegetation management services including yearly maintenance, tree pruning, lacing, shaping, removal, stump grinding, cabling, bracing, fertility treatment, pest and disease control, tree installation, transplanting, eco restoring waterwise conservation and 24-hour emergency services. With many years of experience with trees, plants and creative design, Horner is also sensitive to feng shui principles. Beyond the garden he is an accomplished pianist, singer/songwriter, a lifelong surfer and a former helicopter pilot/instructor.

Tiffany Porter has been a Leucadia resident since 1980, with a few years off for good behavior.

Overconfident “Artists”: (1) Clair Arthur Smith, 42, of Cape Coral, Fla., was charged with forgery in May after he allegedly tried to doctor the amount of a check he had received from Bank of America. Converting the “$10.00” check to $100,or even $100,000,would seem plausible, but Smith tried to deposit the check into his account after he had marked it up to “$269,951.00.” (2) A 17year-old was arrested in College Station, Texas, in January and charged with trying to pass a homemade $5 bill at a restaurant. Police said the bill’s front and back had been computerscanned and then pasted together but that the front of the bill was longer than the back.

His extensive experience, expertise, relationships and social interactions help him better understand people and their needs.And that’s Horner’s specialty: He really knows people — and plants. Clients can find comfort knowing that their landscape designer has an artist’s soul. “A lot of people in the business have been around the block, but not too many have both the experience and a genuine love for the work, coupled with an artistic and creative sense,” Horner said. “My passion for landscape architecture and design allows me to plan superior, imaginative landscapes that bring beauty and tranquility to your environment with endless enjoyment of your outdoor world.” C&H Gardens Artistic Landscape & Tree Service, Inc. can be reached at (760) 8462200 or by visiting www.plantch.com.

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be the time to try this ancient therapy. Biofeedback is a relaxation technique that utilizes special equipment to monitor and control certain physical responses. By understanding the body’s response to certain stimuli such as tension, a person may be able to learn how to control and alter those responses. The herbs feverfew and butterbur have shown some positive results in preventing or reducing the severity of migraines. High doses of vitamin B2 may also act as a preventive. Still others have had success with coenzyme Q10. Finally, some migraine sufferers have had success with cervical manipulation; however, there is no scientific proof that chiropractic or spinal manipulation will help migraines. This treatment also carries the risk of arterial damage that may result in stroke or death. When performed by a qualified professional with experience, this is very rare. I suggest you return to your primary-care physician or neurologist to discuss these options. In the meantime, you should quit smoking. Substitute over-the-counter nicotine patches or gum to reduce the severity of your migraine symptoms during this stressful period. To provide related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report “Headaches.” Other readers who would like a copy should send a self-addressed stamped No. 10 envelope and a $2 check or money order to Newsletter, P.O. Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092-0167. Be sure to mention the title or print an order form off my website at www.AskDrGottMD.com.

EN POINTE Marie Edland rehearses her dance for the Performing Arts Workshop’s annual spring production with members of the Junior Ballet Ensemble. The performances will be held at 3 p.m. May 22 and May 23 at the Truax Theatre at El Camino High School, 400 Rancho Del Oro Drive, Oceanside. This performance will feature the students of the Performing Arts Workshop and their Junior Ballet ensemble. Tickets for this event are $17 in advance, $20 at the door; $12 children and students; and $15 at the door. For tickets or more information, contact the Performing Arts Workshop at (760) 753-2671. Photo by Chad Sorlie

breakfast. If you are a swingshift employee, judge accordingly and plan to take the medication at an appropriate time. Vitamins can be taken at almost any time of the day, so just before or following a meal is satisfactory. Be sure to read the recommendation printed on each vitamin bottle to determine what the manufacturer believes is most appropriate. There are some supplements that work better when taken on an empty stomach. For example, if B-complex vitamins upset your stomach, take them with food. Iron supplements should be taken on an empty stomach. And, whenever vitamins are consumed, do not wash them down with alcohol. Calcium comes in two forms — calcium carbonate,

which is more readily available and inexpensive, or calcium citrate. Either form should be taken at least four hours apart from any thyroid medication.This also holds true for calcium antacids, iron supplements and many drugs prescribed or recommended as antacids. Calcium carbonate should be taken with meals; calcium citrate can be taken either with meals or on an empty stomach. Calcium should be taken in 500-milligram doses or less at one time.Therefore, if your supplement is a 1,000-milligram tablet, split it into two doses, because it can hamper the absorption of some medications, including those for high blood pressure and antibiotics, so a timing modification might

be required. Speak with your physician for his or her recommendations. I do not believe there are any specific requirements for omega-3 fish oils.To the best of my knowledge, they can be taken at any time of day and either on an empty stomach or a full one. Drugs, whether prescription or over-the-counter, can interfere with other medications. Their effect can be reduced, and they can also lead to gastrointestinal issues and a number of other problems. Make sure that your physician knows what supplements you are currently taking so he or she can guide you accordingly. It appears to me you are diligently attempting to do the

right thing at the right time. To provide related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report “Vitamins & Minerals.” Other readers who would like a copy should send a self-addressed stamped No. 10 envelope and a $2 check or money order to Newsletter, P.O. Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092-0167. Be sure to mention the title or print an order form off my website at www.AskDrGott MD.com.

$12 million. Since then, the economy has been on a downturn. “If they knew then what we knew now, they would have never put us in this much debt,” Plummer said. The long-range plan-

ning began in 1990 when the Association established the Rancho 2000 Task Force to prepare the first planning document. Ten years later in 2000, the Association again established a committee to prepare a subsequent long-

range plan. Now the 2010 Task Force prioritized the top three topics as traffic, political involvement and open space. After a mini-retreat in January, additional topics

discussed were broadband access, a new patrol facility and environmental sustainability. The next step will be to name a committee to get to working implementing the ideas.

Aurora, N.Y., recently competed in the 2010 spring seaCONTINUED FROM 21 son as a member of the USD and his sister, Star women’s lacrosse team. Hughes, will graduate from St. John’s College in USD this month at age 19. Santa Fe, N.M., announces the graduation of Gillian School honors Ray Saltz of Carlsbad on COAST CITIES — May 22. Several North County students were honored this Got the time? spring. COAST CITIES — Encinitas resident North County craftsman Adam Swenson, graduating Daniel Luczak is announcfrom Boston University ing his new line of handHenry M. Goldman School of made, custom watch straps Dental Medicine, was for high-end watches. inducted into the Omicron Each one is individually Kappa Upsilon national den- named and created by hand tal honor society. in San Diego and costs Richard Imperiali, a res- between $100 and $300. The ident of Vista, received his 23-year-old entrepreneur’s undergraduate degrees from work can be seen at Centenary College of www.DaLucaStraps.com. Louisiana during the college’s Commencement New director named Exercises held May 8. VISTA — Full Access Sophomore Gabriella and Coordinated Decker of Encinitas, a stu- Transportation, or FACT, dent at Wells College in welcomes Arun Prem as its

new executive director. Prem replaces Max Calder, who left in March 2010. FACT was formed and designated as a Consolidated Transportation Services Agency for San Diego County in 2006. Prem represented the Southern California region on the CalACT board of directors for the last six years.

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ENCINITAS — The Drake Center for Veterinary Care is hosting Kids Day on May 16 at the Veterinary Hospital. The Drake Center for Children ages 5 to 12 years allows kids to get a behindthe-scenes tour, view common pet parasites under a microscope, and do a mock exam on a kid-friendly dog or cat. For reservations, call (760) 753-9393.

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CARLSBAD — Jeff Hengesbach has been named Upper School Head at Carlsbad’s Army and Navy Academy, succeeding Denis Anderson, who will be retiring at the end of the current school year. Hengesbach comes to the academy from the position as academic dean of West Nottingham Academy. He also served as science department chair.

take vitamins or calcium. I take a thyroid pill in the morning. About an hour or so later, I take my vitamin with an omega-3 tablet and then take my calcium tablet with a late lunch or after my dinner. Am I taking them correctly as far as getting all the benefits from them? I hope you can answer this question for me.

Dear Reader: You ask an extremely important question, and your doctors are correct in what they tell you. In some respects, the most appropriate time of day to take vitamins and other medications is when you are least likely to forget, such as the first thing each day. medication Thyroid Dear Dr. Gott: My doctors have told me that there are should be taken on an empty better times during the day to stomach a half-hour before



the blow to Mark Remley was an “aggressive slap in the face,” which he said he believed was meant to hurt the victim. Ehnot, who is no longer in a relationship with the victim, testified Elizabeth Remley told her, “I’m going to kill you.” Under cross-examination, Ehnot, who now resides in Montana, admitted that Mark Remley had paid for her plane ticket and hotel accommodations so that she could testify at the trial. Shortly after the altercation, Elizabeth Remley told authorities she suffered a scratch to one of her arms from the victim grabbing her as he forced her from the house, San Diego sheriff’s Deputy William Yavno testified. She then asked authorities to file a domestic violence charge against him, the deputy said. Charges were never filed against Mark Remley in connection to this incident.

final payment on the Osuna Ranch loan. In June 2006, the Association purchased the Osuna Ranch to be used as open space for just under




Schulte joins commission CARLSBAD — Lance B. Schulte of Carlsbad has been elected to serve as a commissioner for the American Planning Association’s professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners. APA is a 43,000member organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. Schulte will take office May 25.

ENCINITAS — Home Goods home furnishings stores fight cancer through June 5, giving shoppers the opportunity to support cancer care and research while shopping benefiting the Jimmy Fund of the DanaFarber Cancer Institute. Customers may purchase pin-up cards for $1 each with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Dana-Farber

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.

OCEANSIDE — Canine Companions for Independence, the nonprofit organization that provides assistance dogs for people with disabilities completely free of charge at 124 Rancho del Oro Drive, kicked off its 35th birthday of the founding of Canine Companions for Independence in May.

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impenetrable polycarbonate (comes in several colors), the case is crushproof. (The ad says that it withstands pressure of up to a 5,000pound truck, but I’ll be honest, I didn’t test this). The impact-absorbing inner liner acts as an O-ring to make the case watertight and waterproof. The case also comes in several sizes to fit other electronic devices like cell phones and PDAs. Great for protecting the electronic gadgets that younger kids might drop or NOW OPEN Jackson Tuck standing in front of the newly opened try some other ingenious Lemon Twist, across from Cielo. Photo by Machel Penn Shull way to destroy them. The case comes with a carabiner E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer livFINE TIMES Fine Magazine editor Laurie Altenbern with publisher for hooking onto your back- ing in North County. Tell her about your John Winfield. Courtesy photo travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup. c om. pack or other luggage.



again, he said. Kajitani decided it was worth giving his Math Raps another shot. When the Rappin’ Mathematician performed a new song, it quickly caught on among his students. He saw his students become more confident in class and watched their test scores soar. “I don’t think it’s about rap music — it’s about connecting with kids on their level,” he said. “All I’m doing is putting math in a format that kids already love.” Unlike most current rap music, his catchy songs also reinforce a positive attitude and healthy living choices. With the support of the school board, he tells kids that they don’t have to do or say everything that they see on TV just to feel cool. “I hope my students see me going forward with confidence so they will too,” he said. “When you’re comfort-



substituted with an easy-tomake, thrifty, homemade alternative. For one of the thriftiest green cleaners around, simply mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar and a couple of drops of olive oil. You can adjust the amount of olive oil, depending on how much moisture you want to put into your wood furniture. Just rub your homemade cleaner on with a cloth, and breathe easy (literally), knowing that this green cleaner won’t damage your health. Give it a try! — T.S., Canada Home remedy for nausea: Whether you’re pregnant, suffer from motion sickness, or are fighting some sort of flu bug, there’s a very thrifty, natural home remedy for your nausea. Simply mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 1 tablespoon of honey, and add it to a large glass of cool water. You can drink this mixture straight away, or if you’re pregnant and suffer from morning sickness, drink it before you go to bed. Cider vinegar has been used to cure nausea and other ailments for hundreds of years. — T.S., Canada

able with yourself, it ends up being the most cool thing of all.” To Kajitani’s delight, Math Raps has grown exponentially since he first presented “The Itty Bitty Dot” to his students. He now has two recorded CDs, one with an accompanying workbook, which can be used by teachers and parents with struggling students. He also travels the nation, speaking at LEMON TWIST Lemon Twist’s owner Katie Shull with her son Robin conferences to share tips on Shull at Cielo Farmers Market. Photo by Machel Penn Shull how to make math cool. “I just want to keep spreading the word about the Rappin’ Mathematician and hopefully help as many students and adults as I can HONORING A FRIEND Jere and Joyce Owen donated a $100,000 in understanding math,” annuity to fight cancer, in honor of the their friend. Courtesy photo Kajitani said. Through his efforts, Kajitani has gained recognition as 2009’s California Teacher of the Year. He was also one of the top four finalists for National Teacher of the Year. To learn more about Kajitani’s Math Raps, or to purchase one of his CDs, visit www.mathraps.com.

Cloth sandwich wrapper: I was at an Earth Day event, where one vendor was selling sandwich wraps that were cloth that you can reuse. Basically they are pieces of cloth stitched on three sides with a flap at the top that has velcro on it; so you stick the sandwich in and close the flap. If you have a couple of them, instead of buying sandwich bags over and over, you can just wash these. However, I thought, why should I spend money on these? I can just get cloth napkins from an estate sale or resale shop and wrap up my sandwich and put a loose rubber band around it or clip it with something at the top. — Leslie, Illinois Added note: You can use Polyurethane laminated fabric (PUL), so it’s laminated, too. Here is a tutorial: www.craftstylish.com/item/4 3227/how-to-make-areusable-sandwich-wrap.

FRESH FROM THE FARM Marie Pegram invites you to stop by the Cielo Farmers Market in Rancho Santa Fe. Photo by Machel Penn Shull


Chip for the fabulous photos. On May 6, I met Maria Pegram at the Rancho Santa Fe Cielo Village Certified Farmers’ Market. Maria lunched the Cielo Market’s on April 8. Due to poor weather the first couple of weeks were slower, but the word is spreading about this exciting new event on Thursdays. There are more than 20 vendors with an array of choices, from hummus, to fresh fruit, jewelry, organic produce, and other fabulous choices. For your next Thursday afternoon, show your support to the community and check out this lovely farmer’s market, from 2:30 to 7 p.m. For more information call, Maria Pegram at (858) 679-1343. On May 7, Jere and his wife Joyce Owen were honored for their donation to the Scripps Cancer Center, Stevens Division in the form of Sara Noel is the owner of Frugal Village a charitable gift annuity in (www.frugalvillage.com), a Web site that honor of their good friend, offers practical, money-saving strategies Elizabeth Staley Sanger, who for everyday living. To send tips, recently died from cancer. comments or questions, write to Sara They made a gift donation of Noel, c/o United Media, 200 Madison $100,000, toward fighting canAve., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10016, or cer. After recently losing a e-mail sara@frugalvillage.com. good friend to pancreatic can-

cer, I wanted to honor Jere and his wife Joyce for their generous donation.It is also rumored around town that Jere canceled a few of his summer cruises and used that money to TAPAS AND TUNES Dr. Anthony Smith and good friend Krista buy a new roof for the newly Lafferty spotted around town at Mille Fleurs' Tapas and Tunes. constructed Village church. Photo by Machel Penn Shull Jere Owen is also an active member of the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club. If you see him, congratulate him for his huge heart for all of his recent good Samaritan acts in the community. If you are interested in making a charitable annuity gift, call (858) 678-7120.

Summer hats This summer, find your favorite hat to beat the heat, and save your skin from more wrinkles. Do wear sunscreen, and most of all, don’t forget to look stylish, while looking young and hip. Featured here is Meredith MacDonald wearing a “Toby Keith hat” spotted at Mille Fleurs recently with good friend Karian Forsyth. If you have any stylish summer hat photos, please send them to me. I would love your photo in my next “Machel’s Ranch.” If you have a fun event you would like Machel Penn Shull to cover, contact her at mpenn@coastnewsgroup.com.

SUMMER HATS FEATURE Karian Forsyth with Meredith MacDonald wearing a “Toby KeIth hat” at Mille Fleurs. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

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28 secret,” Del Mar Mayor Richard Earnest said. “That letter is still there. If the fairwas interested in possibly pur- grounds is put back on the list, we continue to be interested. chasing the property. “That’s not a terrible What form that takes remains


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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS to be seen.” Since Feb. 8, Del Mar has held six closed-session meetings that include an agenda item to discuss real property negotiations for several proper-

ties in the city.The negotiating parties are the state of California and city of Del Mar, with “price and terms” listed as under negotiation. Del Mar Councilwoman Crystal Crawford said those closed-session meetings are one way for council members to remain “in the loop” on fairgrounds issues. She said no reportable action has been taken at any of the meetings so no information has been released. She said there was no legislative action to sell the site,

but “the property is on a list.” “We are actively monitoring that,” Crawford said. “If there are any developments relating to the fairgrounds, we want to be right there. We’re trying to do our jobs if anything should happen.” Linda Zweig, director of media relations at the fairgrounds, said the 22nd DAA was aware representatives from Del Mar had been to Sacramento “more than once.” Crawford said she does travel to the state capital periodically, most recently to

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address Sen. Christine Kehoe’s bill to create a greenway along the fairgrounds and San Dieguito River. When asked if the greenway was the extent of her recent dealings with Del Mar, Kehoe said, “That’s the extent I want to comment on.” According to the governor’s revised budget selling the Del Mar Fairgrounds is not back on the table. “But we’re always open to hearing from anyone who has thoughts or ideas about ways to save money,” Rachel Arrezola, a spokeswoman with the governor’s office, said. Solana Beach council members directed the city manager to research the issue. “I had always hoped that if the state were serious about selling the fairgrounds, neighboring communities might want to form a partnership,” Campbell said. “I’m a little disappointed that Del Mar wouldn’t approach Solana Beach for a joint closed session. We’ve always gone out of our way to help them.”



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or an educational or religious event. Council members also updated the city’s recycling ordinance to include all businesses. When legislation addressing solid waste collection and disposal was enacted, it covered all single- and multifamily households, office buildings, hospitality industry owners and occupants and industrial facilities. While the law specifically listed most businesses, it failed to state that all businesses, including retail, were required to recycle. City Manager David Ott said the cost of recycling should offset the need for trash disposal, so the updated ordinance could actually save businesses money.



featuring wine tasting and special pairings in the near future. They are open for lunch seven days per week and are now offering breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. The Lumberyard Tavern & Grill feels like it’s been a part of Encinitas for a long time, which is a good thing. They are located at 967 S. Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas. Call (760) 4791657 for more information. David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative, an Encinitas based integrated marketing agency. He can be reached at david@artichoke-creative.com.

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homeowners who have questions about the action of the power company. Smith said the Association will also produce a brochure for the homeowner. “It will tell them what they can do and what they can’t do,” Smith said. Beckman said that a representative from the Association will be meeting regularly with the power company. “We will be vigilant and stay on top of this,” he said. At the March 18 meeting, Beckman said that SDG&E has been particularly aggressive against the eucalyptus, the signature tree of the community. He said he believes the reason for the aggressive approach is because 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. At the time, Michael Daleo of SDG&E defended their tree cutting, saying the decisions on which trees to remove is not “arbitrary or capricious,” and that every tree is considered on a case-by-case basis. He 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. He said if his company knowingly walked by a tree in question and it fell, causing a disaster, be SDG&E would responsible.



lungs,” Roberts said. “They ought to have that right. It doesn’t have to involve the city at all.” Solana Beach banned smoking in its indoor restaurants years ago and was the first city in the continental United States to prohibit smoking on its beaches. Last summer new laws were enacted that prohibit smoking in all indoor and outdoor dining areas and bars, elevators, public transportation, theaters, museums, galleries, farmers markets, public arenas, child care and sports facilities, and within 20 feet of all entryways. “Basically anywhere that the general public could be for their daily lives ... we have enacted a ban to help their health,” City Attorney Johanna Canlas said. Each year the American Lung Association grades California cities on their smoking ordinances. Solana Beach went from an F in





the ecological and economic sense,” Marty Benson, local Surfrider member and attorney said. “Ironically, our governor proposed in the 2010 budget that state parks would be funded by revenues from offshore drilling,” he said. “I support funding parks but not offshore drilling, so that puts a lot of people in a difficult position.” Benson, who is from South Carolina, recently spoke in Wilmington, N.C., at a hearing about offshore drilling. “My specific ask is that we reduce our transportation infrastructure and Department of Defense spending and put it into education and health care, creating a more holistic approach to the issue,” he said. “From one perspective it was advan-



direct contact with structures or parts thereof. Foliage must be trimmed 10 feet from rooftops, chimneys, and outdoor barbecues. Mature trees must be pruned back at least four to six feet from structures and branches trimmed six feet off the ground. — Roofs and rooftops: Most homes with woodshake roofs do not survive wildfires. During a fire storm, these homes burn from the outside-in. If you have a wood roof, there is no more time to delay; retro-fit your home with a roof made from noncombustible materials. Many such roofing materials are now made to look like wood-shake so homeowners experience the aesthetic qualities they desire while making their home a defendable one. For all homeowners, a noncombustible roof can become a combustible roof quite easily if leaf litter and debris accumulate on your roof. To safeguard your roof, regularly maintain your roof

2008 to a B in 2009, primarily because of the recent new laws. It was one of only 15 jurisdictions to receive a B. Only four cities in the state earned an A. Kathleen Sullivan of American Lung the Association said a main goal of the report card is to push for change. She also said limiting the effects of secondhand smoke should not be the responsibility of nonsmokers. “The onus should not be on the people who breathe the air but on the people who pollute it,” she said. With limited funds and staff time, it will likely be a while before any changes are made to the current ordinance, but council members agreed to address the measures during their work-plan discussion. Most had issues with many details of the proposed new laws. “I think it’s worthy of discussion but I think we need to move very carefully and cautiously ... and get a lot of input,” Mayor Tom Campbell said.

tageous that the spill happened while these hearings were going on.” The economics of the devastation are also an issue on local people’s minds. “The fishing and tourism industry for that part of the Gulf will take decades to recover. The ecological damage is incalculable at this point. I only hope they get it under control soon so the region doesn’t suffer any more environmental and economic damage,” SekichQuinn said. “Ecological stability and economic stability are the same thing,” Benson said. Decreasing the expanding roadway infrastructure while increasing the public transit system is one way to alleviate the overconsumption of oil. “From a policy perspective, we just need to engage in a little bit of tough love,” Benson said. Marsha Lindsey, an

Encinitas resident and artist originally from the South, is worried about the long-term consequences of the Gulf spill. “This spill could have an impact on everyone,” she said. “I’m so thankful that our own coastline is so clean comparatively,” she said. Lindsey is hoping to drum up support for a hair drive to make socalled “hair-booms” that would provide a bio-friendly solution to clean up efforts. “There are a lot of alternatives to dumping chemicals in the ocean to clean up the spill,” she said. Lindsey called the spill one of the greatest environmental disasters in the country’s history but one that hasn’t received much mainstream media attention. “This impacts us all and I’m just not hearing enough information about it except for the blame game side,” she said.

and rain gutters free from any debris. — Roadways and driveways: Keep roadways and driveways clear from overhanging vegetation, which may hinder both evacuation efforts and access of incoming fire engines. From the edge of driveways and roadways, measure 13 feet, 6 inches straight up from the ground. Any overhanging bushes or branches in this area must be pruned back or removed to create vertical tree clearance. — Other important items: Trim combustible vegetation 10 feet away from propane tanks, and keep wood piles at least 30 feet away from any structure on your property. Stack and store firewood 30 feet from all structures. All flammable vegetation and combustible

materials must be cleared or removed within 30 feet of firewood stacks. Maintain a visible address. Whether it’s a wildfire or an everyday emergency, firefighters need to be able to read your address. Your numerical address should be visible from the street, with numerals at least 4 inches in height, mounted on a contrasting background. If you own a private gate, it must be equipped with an approved fire district gate access switch and/or strobe sensor to allow firefighters to access your property during emergencies. Additionally, during wildfires, many firefighters arrive from out of the area and won’t be able to access your gated property. During a wildfire, dis-



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connect the manual override motor on your electric gate, or if you have a manual gate, leave the gate open. Otherwise, firefighters may have to use blunt force on your gate, causing significant damage.

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Peterson are CCA sophomore Lindsay Mitgang of Del Mar and Julia Vanderwiel of Carmel Valley. Dylan Mulvaney of Carmel Valley is playing the role of Albert. Haley Doyle of Carmel Valley, a senior at Torrey Pines, has been cast as Rosie. Haley was recently admitted to the prestigious Tisch

unpleasant to all things electrical clearly occurred and it/they did a really thorough job of frying things. As of 7 a.m. the next morning, what looked like the same crowd of repair people were still hovered around the transmission box, with counterparts up and down the street. (I am grateful to people who will stay up all night restoring my luxuries, even if the do get triple-overtime.) This led me to believe that whatever went awry had a scorching ripple affect. That’s never good. I haven’t discovered any electronic items parboiled by the surge, but it did have us racing around the house pulling out plugs. I think it’s an Englishmajor thing, but any time a power outage finds me wandering around the house, with candles flickering in every room, I find myself contemplating life in a time before electricity. I ponder what living every day with mood lighting would have been like. It lets you look simply fabulous, softening the appear-

ance of wrinkles, but were it in times before corrective lenses, I could kiss off ever being able to see words on a page, one of my great joys. My morning routine is much more liberated from electricity than it once was, in the day of blow dryers and curling irons, but I have replaced those with Internet hookups and my beloved microwave. If I had to start cooking up meals on a wood-burning stove, my poor family might have to learn to love oatmeal or a raw food diet. I try to do my part for the environment, only using lights for the room I am in and of course, avoiding vacuuming and ironing as much as possible. Still, It only took a few electricityfree minutes to make me more aware of the sweet joy of just flipping a light switch. Thanks again, Thomas. WINE COUNTRY WELCOME The Napa Valley Welcome Sign greets some 5 million visitors per year Jean Gillette is a part-time editor and writer who isn't afraid of the dark. Contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com.

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— Golf and wine mix and mingle evenings at Temecula’s Pechanga Resort and Casino every other Wednesday with the next event May 26. There will be tastings, music, snacks, unlimited range balls and more. The cost is $18 per person. Mixer will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call (951) 693-1819 for more information. — The Westgate Hotel downtown San Diego has an artisan chocolate and Batasioli wine event from 5 to 6:30 p.m. May 22. Taste Barolo, Barbaresco, Dolcetto and Moscato along with Guanni Chocolates. Cost is $37. Call (800) 522-1564 for more information. — The legendary Napa Valley Chateau Montelena will be poured at Wine Encounter in the Hillcrest area of San Diego from 7 to 9 p.m. May 22. This winery, founded in 1882, was the big Paris Tasting winner in 1976. The cost is $27 each. RSVP at (619) 543-9463. — The Robert Renzoni Winery in Temecula has a second annual Spaghetti Western charity fundraiser the afternoon of May 23. Attractions include Italian buffet and two glasses of wine, line dancing, gunfighters, music and prizes. Admission is $35 for club members, $40 for nonmembers in advance. RSVP at (951) 302-VINO. — Just Sangiovese is the next event at Bacchus Wine Market in the Gaslamp downtown San Diego from 4 to 9 p.m. May 28. Taste Chianti, Brunello and Super Tuscans, which all have the Sangiovese grape. A total of six tastings for $15. Call (619) 236-0005 for more information.

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.

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supported the proposal. “I don’t see any reason to say no,” Councilman Carl Hilliard said. But they were also adamant that it be revenue neutral. “We’ve got to have a clear mechanism to define cost recovery,” Councilman Mark Filanc said. “I don’t want this to be costing us any money, otherwise I’m going to turn against it,” Mayor Richard Earnest said. Bingo ordinances aren’t difficult or bizarre to craft, the city attorney said, but nothing is expected to be presented to council until at least July given all the other projects city staff is working on. That means bingo games wouldn’t likely start until fall at the earliest.

distance,there’s more time for a bacterium such as salmonella to grow. Find a local farmers market at apps.ams. usda.gov/FarmersMarkets, www.localharvest.org or www.eatwellguide.org. — Check “use by” dates on bagged greens and other prepackaged produce. In a recent test, ShopSmart found higher levels of some bacteria in prewashed packages of salad that were one to five days from their use-by date. — Consider certain organics. Some produce carries relatively high levels of pesticide. Consider buying organic when it comes to apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, imported grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes, red raspberries, spinach and strawberries.


Bakery goods — Keep them chilled. Make sure that bakery foods with dairy products such as cheesecake, cheese Danish pastries, and some pies stay cold until you can get them home and put them in the fridge. — Peek in the package. Look inside to make sure you can’t see any mold forming.

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— Handle seafood packages like meat. Use bags to cover it, and clean up if you touch any packaging or juices. — Make sure it’s fresh. According to ShopSmart, the flesh should be shiny and firm and not separating from the bone. — Ask whether you can have a sniff. It shouldn’t smell overly fishy. — Get it chilled. Seafood displayed in a case should be on ice but free of ice crystals, which indicate the seafood has previously thawed. — Buy wild salmon when possible. Some tests suggest that farm-raised salmon might contain high levels of PCBs, a possible carcinogen.

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their date, the defendant said. Deputy District Attorney Jeff Dusek said one of the keys to the case was to show that the medical supplies salesman thought about the killing beforehand and not during or after. The prosecutor said Stark suffered bruising to her face and body as well as a broken nose from the beating she received from French. After French returned from the kitchen with an approximately 1-footlong knife, Dusek said he made 13 to 14 superficial knife slices to her neck and then one fatal cut to her throat. “We thought that showed a willful, deliberate, premeditated thought process, and that for some





be donated to the association. It was a perfect evening for the event held at the Rancho Santa Fe home of Steve and Paula Black. In a departure from the formal affair in the ballroom of a hotel, organizers insisted that partygoers be comfortable, so the dress was resort casual. The evening concluded with a silent auction and an appearance by Grammy Award winner Shawn Colvin. NBC’s Susan Taylor and Ed Campbell were event co-chairs. Steve and Lori Temko were honorary Sue Turnbull, and Jackie Linson sit with Darlene Shiley, the 2010 recipient of the Reagan/Thal Legacy Award for her tireless work and contribution to the Alzheimer’s Association. Photos by Patty McCormac chair persons.

reason he changed his plan from hitting and choking to using the knife,” Dusek said. After the murder French tried to commit suicide but was unsuccessful. He turned himself into authorities several hours later. French faces 26 years to life in prison. His sentencing date is scheduled for July 12. According to court documents, French has a history of physical violence, including an incident out of Florida in 1992, in which he beat and strangled a girlfriend. The defendant was discharged from the Navy as a result of that domestic violence altercation. Retired Contra Costa Judge Peter Spinetta is handling the case at the Superior Courthouse in downtown San Diego, because of Stark’s employment with the county court system. 3632 for more details.

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www.carlsbadcommunitytheMEMORIAL DAY The atre.com to learn more. Veterans Association of North County will sponsor a Memorial Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. May GOOD CAUSE The inaugural 31, The Elks Lodge, 444 Country San Diego HIV Golf Classic will Club Lane, Oceanside. El be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Camino High School MCJROTC May 25, The Crosby at Rancho will provide Color Guard and Santa Fe, 17102 Bing Crosby other support functions. E-mail Ferman at Blvd. The event will benefit HIV Harvey research at the UCSD AIDS harveyferman@att.net to learn Research Institute as well as more. social services and educational support at Christie’s Place. Contact Kim Schafer at (858) 534-5545 or by e-mail at GARDEN TOUR Carlsbad kschafer@ucsd.edu for more Garden Club will host its annual Garden Tour at 9 a.m. June 4. details. The group will form carpools MEMORY LANE DEMA will and drive to five gardens in hold its inaugural walking tour Encinitas, Lake San Marcos, and at noon May 25. Meet at the Carlsbad for $10. For details, Moonlight Beach concession call (760) 931-9863. stand. This walk is for anyone interested in both historical and influential buildings in downtown Encinitas. Call (760) 943- FEEL BETTER A Griefshare 1950 for more details. Support Group will meet every

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MAY 26 BEYOND HR SHRM will meet from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. May 26, Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa. The topic will be “HR Beyond HR Leadership: RSVP at Management.” www.sdshrm.org. SUPPORT GROUP Tri-City Medical Center will host a breast cancer support group from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 26, 4002 Vista Way, French Room, Oceanside.This support group is for community members who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Call (760) 940-

Monday at 7 p.m., El Camino Christian Fellowship, 510 South El Camino Real, Encinitas. For details, call (760) 942-4900. SUMMER FUN Santa Fe Christian Schools will offer a variety of summer programs including academic and athletic camps open to all San Diego students entering pre-school through 12th grade. More than 60 programs will include SeaWorld, big sports challenge and survival skills camps, comprehensive self-defense program for students and adults, and a college essay writer’s workshop. For details, visit www.SFCSsummer.net.

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be doing everything possible to make sure that every child has access to affordable higher education.” Several other key issues that Busby has focused on in her campaign include supporting small businesses, ending illegal immigration and pro-

“You’re not there to stand up for your president — you’re there to stand up for your people,” Emblem said. “That’s going to be the difference.” To learn more about Tracy Emblem’s campaign platform, visit www.tracy emblemforcongress.com.

moting conservation efforts to preserve the local habitat. “How do we capitalize on the assets that we have here? How do we work together? These are all issues that people here care about it,” she said. For more information on Francine Busby, visit her campaign website at www. busbyforcongress.com.


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Friday, May 21, 2010

FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves

THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom

BIG NATE by Lincoln Peirce

MONTY by Jim Meddick

ARLO & JANIS by Jimmy Johnson


COW & BOY by Mark Leiknes

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Spending some quality time with the family is likely to prove to be the most satisfying activity for you, even if this means merely puttering around the house or working in the garden. CANCER (June 21-July 22) - It may be a good day to take off and do something that’s been on your mind for quite some time. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate, merely very satisfying. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - There is likely to be more than one channel available to you at this time that offers personal gains of some kind. Be alert so that you can at least get a foot in the door when given the chance. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - Muster the initiative to take action on an arrangement that others with whom you’re involved have been remiss about taking care of.You can make lots of hay while they sleep. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) Regardless of how eager you are to share the news with friends or associates about something secretive you’ve been working on, it behooves you to remain close-mouthed about it when given the chance. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) - Be

attentive if a co-worker starts talking about something on which, unbeknown to this person, you are also working. What s/he says might give you some ideas on making your own project better. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) If you want to be more successful, start relying more on yourself and less upon others to carry the load. Regardless of how new something is to you, you can do a better job. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Because you’re apt to view life more philosophically, you are likely to find things going far more smoothly for you. Stuff that would normally rattle you will be taken more in stride. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) - An idea for an interesting joint endeavor could develop, one that you will find yourself seriously considering. If you can’t reach a conclusion, do a little groundwork first. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) - If you have to make an important judgment call at this time, of which you’re a bit uncertain, it still might be best to make it anyway.You’re likely to make a better decision today than you will tomorrow. ARIES (March 21-April 19) - Make an outline before diving into your work, and chances are you’ll find yourself being far more logical and methodical regarding your labors. It could actually lighten your load considerably. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Engage in some fun activities if you can, because you might not be able to find time for leisure activities for the next two days, despite your anticipations.


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PREVIOUS SOLUTION: “Take the feeling of hunger out of your gut, and you’re no longer a champion.” - Burt Lancaster

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$5,795,000 Gated Estate on the Horse Trails in the Covenant! 6 bedroom suites with the master on the main level, gorgeous office/library, chef's kitchen opening to the family room, large guesthouse, fabulous outdoor entertaining on 2.95 manicured acres. Beautiful Home on a Beautiful Lot!



Rancho Santa Fe, California

$2,995,000 This exquisite estate is situated on the golf course in the Del Mar Country Club & boasts 4/5 bedrooms with the master on the main level, gourmet kitchen, 4 fireplaces, travertine floors, outdoor entertaining and views from every room. Pack your clubs & get ready to move in!






Reduced and Realistic Seller! Gated Estate in Fairbanks Ranch with 5 bedroom suites, library, travertine floors, pool house & outdoor entertaining. Exceptional home with superior quality & sensational value in one of Rancho Santa Fe's finest gated communities!

Trustee Sale! Breathtaking Views! Location of a lifetime!! 3 bedrooms, fantastic office, built-ins galore & the Pacific Ocean is your backyard. Come, sit back, relax & enjoy the view. Call for your private showing!



Rancho Santa Fe, California

La Jolla, California

We proudly support the San Diego affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Becky & June Becky

858.481.6750 DRE #00978031



858.756.3060 DRE #00969762

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