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VOL. 8, NO. 13

AUG. 24, 2012

THISWEEK Residents still

await update on polo fields By Jared Whitlock


The new chef at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is putting his personal touch B1 at Innfusion.

HELPING THOSE WHO SERVED The Rotary Club is planning to lend a hand to Navy SEALs who were crippled while serving A5 their country



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RANCHO SANTA FE — To the chagrin of many polo players and other athletes, the fate of a Rancho Santa Fe field is still up in the air. The San Diego Polo Club signed a 25-year lease with the city of San Diego when it first moved onto the property, home to polo matches that are open to the public from June to October. But the polo club’s lease expired in March. The city of San Diego declined to renew the lease and announced it would go out to bid on the property and request proposals. That has yet to happen, though. Dirk Wray, a Solana Beach resident, is among the polo players who hopes matches will continue at the field, which is located a mile or so east of the Del Mar Racetrack, off of El Camino Real. “It’s one of the best all-time sports and would be a huge loss to the community,” Wray said, adding that there are few other options for polo players in San Diego. “I’m sure a lot of people would stop playing if we lost the field,” he said. “The club’s future could be in doubt.” The city of San Diego has said a request for proposals would be issued sometime this summer. But Steve Lewandowski, community relations director of the polo club said he hasn’t received word on proposal requests. Calls were placed to Mayor Jerry Sanders’ spokesperson, but were not returned. A new tenant, possibly one that doesn’t want to support polo events, could be operating the field in the future. But for now, the polo club is still leasing the field on a month-to-month basis, said Lewandowski. He said the city of San Diego wasn’t legally obligated to renew its lease with the polo club. “They’re trying to get the best deal possible, and we think we can offer that,” Lewandowski said. He said the polo club eagerly awaits the opportunity to place a bid and hopefully secure

The San Diego Polo Club wants to remain the leaseholder of a field that’s used for polo and other events. The city of San Diego will go out to bid on the field, but hasn’t announced when. Photo by Jared Whitlock

a longterm lease. “We’re really determined to remain there,” Lewandowski said. “We feel we’ve been good stewards of the field.” According to Lewandowski, the polo club has given the city of San Diego $3 million throughout the 25-year lease and has also generated more than $650,000 in property taxes. Additionally, he said, the polo club has put on numerous fundraising events at the field for more than 80 charities.

To fund operating and maintenance costs, the polo club uses membership dues and subleases the property to various sporting events, including cricket, rugby, lacrosse and soccer games, according to Lewandowski. Organizers behind those events are also vested in the future of the polo field. “They are uncertain about what would happen if the city awards the lease to someone TURN TO POLO ON A21

Committee focuses on dying trees Rancho Santa Fe Editor’s note: This is the first of a recurring series highlighting the various Rancho Santa Fe Association committees that help run the community. This week will look at the Committee on the Natural Environment, or CONE By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Committee on the Natural Environment, or CONE, is a relatively new ad hoc committee that was originally concerned with finding alternative sources of water, educating residents about and encouraging them to plant drought-resistant trees and plants and raising awareness about the diminishing forest in the community. While this remains a mission of CONE, dead and dying trees, particularly the red gum eucalyptus that have become fire hazards within the Covenant, have become a new focus. “We are concerned with the area on the west side that

has become a top priority of the Association,” said Pete Smith, Association manager. Association directors Ann Boon and Anne Feighner founded CONE motivated by concern for long-term water issues. “We brought that to the retreat a year ago, about finding secondary water for the golf course and finding ways to make the Covenant more drought-tolerant,” Boon said. CONE originally set out to educate residents about using drought-tolerant trees and plants. Association Planner Arnold Keene helped the committee develop a long and diverse list of drought-tolerant plants and trees, which can be found on the Association’s website. “As a part of that, we wanted to do some re-landscaping on Covenant-owned property to show we are planting drought-tolerant plants,” Boon said.

Those plants can be seen at some of the entrances to Rancho Santa Fe and at the entrance of the Osuna Ranch, she said. The committee soon learned the issue was much larger than just water. About two months ago, the committee was approached by fire department officials who shared with it their concerns about the fire hazard some of the dying trees in the Covenant had become, she said. Boon said they were concerned about some of the trees on Cielo heading toward Lomas Santa Fe. She said she and Feighner brought the concerns to this year’s board retreat earlier this month. “Now the fire hazards have become our No. 1 priority,” she said. Smith said the Association owns some of the TURN TO COMMITTEE ON A21

homicide victim ID’d By Jared Whitlock

RANCHO SANTA FE — Homicide detectives are investigating the death of resident Kenneth Howard Gerber, 62, a doctor who was found outside a residence in the 4600 block of Sun Valley Road Aug. 17 around 11 a.m. According to Sheriff’s homicide Lt. Larry Nesbit, Gerber’s body was found in the front yard of the home he lived at. Nesbit said he couldn’t confirm whether it was Gerber’s property. Nesbit said an acquaintance of Gerber first notified police of the homicide. Nesbit declined to state further details about the circumstance and acquaintance. Paramedics arrived and confirmed the male was deceased. Due to “suspicious circumstances,”

homicide detectives and crime lab personnel were requested at the scene, Nesbit said. A preliminary investigation was then conducted. Following an autopsy that was performed the next day, the case was classified as a homicide. Nesbit said he couldn’t release more information about the autopsy, as it’s still sealed. After the autopsy, detectives returned that day to the Rancho Santa Fe home to conduct additional processing of the scene, according to Nesbit. No arrests have been made and there are no suspects in the case, Nesbit said. Detectives are investigating possible motives, TURN TO HOMICIDE ON A21





VOL. 8, NO. 13

AUG. 24, 2012

THISWEEK Residents still

await update on polo fields By Jared Whitlock


The new chef at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is putting his personal touch B1 at Innfusion.

HELPING THOSE WHO SERVED The Rotary Club is planning to lend a hand to Navy SEALs who were crippled while serving A5 their country



Arts & Entertainment . . A8 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . B12 Coastal Cosmos . . . . . . A11 Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . . A14 Food & Wine . . . . . . . . . B10 Hit the Road . . . . . . . . . B9 Machel’s Ranch . . . . . . A18 Marketplace News . . . . . A6 Odd Files . . . . . . . . . . . . B3 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . A4 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . A16 Who’s News . . . . . . . . . B15


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RANCHO SANTA FE — To the chagrin of many polo players and other athletes, the fate of a Rancho Santa Fe field is still up in the air. The San Diego Polo Club signed a 25-year lease with the city of San Diego when it first moved onto the property, home to polo matches that are open to the public from June to October. But the polo club’s lease expired in March. The city of San Diego declined to renew the lease and announced it would go out to bid on the property and request proposals. That has yet to happen, though. Dirk Wray, a Solana Beach resident, is among the polo players who hopes matches will continue at the field, which is located a mile or so east of the Del Mar Racetrack, off of El Camino Real. “It’s one of the best all-time sports and would be a huge loss to the community,” Wray said, adding that there are few other options for polo players in San Diego. “I’m sure a lot of people would stop playing if we lost the field,” he said. “The club’s future could be in doubt.” The city of San Diego has said a request for proposals would be issued sometime this summer. But Steve Lewandowski, community relations director of the polo club said he hasn’t received word on proposal requests. Calls were placed to Mayor Jerry Sanders’ spokesperson, but were not returned. A new tenant, possibly one that doesn’t want to support polo events, could be operating the field in the future. But for now, the polo club is still leasing the field on a month-to-month basis, said Lewandowski. He said the city of San Diego wasn’t legally obligated to renew its lease with the polo club. “They’re trying to get the best deal possible, and we think we can offer that,” Lewandowski said. He said the polo club eagerly awaits the opportunity to place a bid and hopefully secure

The San Diego Polo Club wants to remain the leaseholder of a field that’s used for polo and other events. The city of San Diego will go out to bid on the field, but hasn’t announced when. Photo by Jared Whitlock

a longterm lease. “We’re really determined to remain there,” Lewandowski said. “We feel we’ve been good stewards of the field.” According to Lewandowski, the polo club has given the city of San Diego $3 million throughout the 25-year lease and has also generated more than $650,000 in property taxes. Additionally, he said, the polo club has put on numerous fundraising events at the field for more than 80 charities.

To fund operating and maintenance costs, the polo club uses membership dues and subleases the property to various sporting events, including cricket, rugby, lacrosse and soccer games, according to Lewandowski. Organizers behind those events are also vested in the future of the polo field. “They are uncertain about what would happen if the city awards the lease to someone TURN TO POLO ON A21

Committee focuses on dying trees Rancho Santa Fe Editor’s note: This is the first of a recurring series highlighting the various Rancho Santa Fe Association committees that help run the community. This week will look at the Committee on the Natural Environment, or CONE By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Committee on the Natural Environment, or CONE, is a relatively new ad hoc committee that was originally concerned with finding alternative sources of water, educating residents about and encouraging them to plant drought-resistant trees and plants and raising awareness about the diminishing forest in the community. While this remains a mission of CONE, dead and dying trees, particularly the red gum eucalyptus that have become fire hazards within the Covenant, have become a new focus. “We are concerned with the area on the west side that

has become a top priority of the Association,” said Pete Smith, Association manager. Association directors Ann Boon and Anne Feighner founded CONE motivated by concern for long-term water issues. “We brought that to the retreat a year ago, about finding secondary water for the golf course and finding ways to make the Covenant more drought-tolerant,” Boon said. CONE originally set out to educate residents about using drought-tolerant trees and plants. Association Planner Arnold Keene helped the committee develop a long and diverse list of drought-tolerant plants and trees, which can be found on the Association’s website. “As a part of that, we wanted to do some re-landscaping on Covenant-owned property to show we are planting drought-tolerant plants,” Boon said.

Those plants can be seen at some of the entrances to Rancho Santa Fe and at the entrance of the Osuna Ranch, she said. The committee soon learned the issue was much larger than just water. About two months ago, the committee was approached by fire department officials who shared with it their concerns about the fire hazard some of the dying trees in the Covenant had become, she said. Boon said they were concerned about some of the trees on Cielo heading toward Lomas Santa Fe. She said she and Feighner brought the concerns to this year’s board retreat earlier this month. “Now the fire hazards have become our No. 1 priority,” she said. Smith said the Association owns some of the TURN TO COMMITTEE ON A21

homicide victim ID’d By Jared Whitlock

RANCHO SANTA FE — Homicide detectives are investigating the death of resident Howard Gerber, 62, a doctor who was found outside a residence in the 4600 block of Sun Valley Road Aug. 17 around 11 a.m. According to Sheriff’s homicide Lt. Larry Nesbit, Gerber’s body was found in the front yard of the home he lived at. Nesbit said he couldn’t confirm whether it was Gerber’s property. Nesbit said an acquaintance of Gerber first notified police of the homicide. Nesbit declined to state further details about the circumstance and acquaintance. Paramedics arrived and confirmed the male was deceased. Due to “suspicious circumstances,”

homicide detectives and crime lab personnel were requested at the scene, Nesbit said. A preliminary investigation was then conducted. Following an autopsy that was performed the next day, the case was classified as a homicide. Nesbit said he couldn’t release more information about the autopsy, as it’s still sealed. After the autopsy, detectives returned that day to the Rancho Santa Fe home to conduct additional processing of the scene, according to Nesbit. No arrests have been made and there are no suspects in the case, Nesbit said. Detectives are investigating possible motives, TURN TO HOMICIDE ON A21



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RANCH HISTORY The Hollywood Connection Fairbanks Ranch got its start from some famous Hollywood stars in the 1920s. Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and his wife Mary Pickford purchased the land in 1926 and originally named it Rancho Zorro after one of Fairbanks’ most famous roles. Essentially Fairbanks bought one-third of the old rancho. With ranch manager William Smart, he built a dam and lake, a pump house, a manager’s residence, and planted the majority of his acreage in Valencia oranges that were propagated in the Fairbanks nursery. Left: Douglas Fairbanks Sr., at one time known as the King of Hollywood, and Mary Pickford, known as America’s Sweetheart, are shown at left on a visit from Hollywood with fellow actor Lillian Gish. In 1926, Fairbanks purchased 3,000 acres of land southeast from San Dieguito River from the Santa Fe and named it Rancho Zorro. Photos courtesy of Arcadia Publishing, taken from “Rancho Santa Fe,” $21.99. Autographed copies of the book are available at the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, 6036 La Flecha. Call (858) 7569291 or email for more information. Available at local retailers, online bookstores, or at arcadia publishing. com.


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“It’s time to tell people the truth,” Mitt Romney said in a radio interview last spring. “And so my campaign’s about telling people we’ve got to cut back on our spending and finally live within our means or we could face economic calamity.” He’s right. Romney and his new running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, have been far franker than the Democrats about the need to rein in runaway federal spending. Team Obama’s core argument — that raising taxes on the rich can avert “economic calamity” without cutting popular benefit programs such as Medicare — is simply false. But on an absolutely critical point, the Republican candidates are not telling the truth; they’re avoiding it. They will not admit an undeniable fact: Increased revenue has to be part of any serious attempt to deal with the nation’s looming fiscal crisis. As a recent editorial in The Washington Post put it: “The flawed Romney-Ryan approach is to believe that the debt problem can be solved entirely on the spending side. That is a mathematical and moral impossibility.” Start with the numbers. Ryan’s famous budget proposal — hailed by Romney as “marvelous” and by many conservatives as Holy Writ — includes no new revenue measures. In fact, it would actually slash taxes, mainly for the wealthy, by $4.5 trillion over 10 years. So here’s the truth: The Ryan plan would take a generation or more to reach a balanced budget. The moral argument against Ryanomics is even more powerful than the mathematical one. With revenues off the table, his plan rips apart the social safety net. Food stamps, Pell grants, job training, Medicaid — they’d all be sacrificed at the altar of a smaller federal government. During the primaries, Newt Gingrich denounced the Ryan plan as “radical ... right-wing social engineering.” An even more damning indictment comes from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which has tightly linked arms with the Republican Party on social issues like abortion. Last spring, the bishops sent a series of letters to the House of Representatives warning that the “moral measure of this budget debate” would be based on “how those who are jobless, hungry, homeless or poor are treated.” In a direct rebuke to Ryan and the Republicans, the bishops wrote: “A just framework for future budgets cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essen-

tial services to poor persons; it requires shared sacrifice by all, including raising adequate revenues, eliminating unnecessary military and other spending, and addressing the long-term costs of health insurance and retirement programs fairly.” Speaking of “shared sacrifice,” Romney admitted earlier this year that under the Ryan budget, which eliminates all capital gains levies, he would pay virtually no taxes at all. By what “moral measure” could that possibly be justified? Math and morality are not the whole story. The Romney-Ryan plan is deceitful for a third important reason: politics. Even if Republicans take the White House and the Senate, while preserving their majority in the House, Senate Democrats are sure to retain enough strength to mount a successful filibuster against any Republican budget proposal. So if Romney and Ryan want to make laws and not just speeches, they will have to compromise. And any conceivable budget compromise will require a revenue component. In their joint interview Sunday on “60 Minutes,” Romney praised Ryan as a lawmaker skilled “in finding those people that can come together and find common ground.” Ryan argued that in the Republican-run House, “we’re planting the seeds for bipartisan compromises on the big issues of the day to be realized next year so we can get things done.” There is no evidence to support these claims. Yes, early in his career, Ryan did work with Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon on a proposal to overhaul Medicare. And he voted for bipartisan measures such as the auto bailout. But in recent years, he’s emerged as a leader of the GOP hard-liners in the House. His budgets have failed to attract a single Democratic vote. As a member of the Simpson-Bowles commission on the fiscal future, he led the opposition to an eminently sensible plan that contained $3 in program cuts for every $1 in new revenues. House Republicans have not been “planting the seeds for bipartisan compromises.” Exactly the opposite is true. The poisonous partisanship of the Obama years has made those essential compromises harder than ever. Romney is correct in saying that Democrats are not being serious about fiscal responsibility. But when it comes to his own plans and his own running mate, he consistently fails his own truth test.



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Rotary to co-host benefit golf tourney By Patty McCormac RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary will co-host a benefit golf tournament Oct. 26 that will benefit the Navy Special Warfare Family Foundation, an organization that aids the families of Navy SEALs who have been killed or injured. “The foundation supports the SEAL team’s family,” said Matt Wellhouser, the new Rotary president. “It picks up the pieces to provide from daily support to college tuition.”

the La Costa Resort & Spa’s Champions Golf Course. To learn more or sign up for the golf tournament, visit Besides news of the golf tournament, Wellhouser announced a change of venue for the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club. Because of the upcoming refurbishing of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, the club will be meeting at the same time and day at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, but beginning on Sept. 18 the club will begin meeting regularly on Tuesdays at the golf club. “ Th e golf club is Matt Wellhouser e x c i t e d President,Rancho Santa Fe Rotary about having us and it is a beau“These SEALs do such tiful venue,” Wellhouser a fantastic job,” he said. said. Of course raising funds “They have been involved with everything from (cap- is one of the main missions turing and killing) Bin for any Rotary and the Laden to rescuing people Rancho Santa Fe group is successful with various from (Somali) pirates.” Many train locally in fundraisers throughout the year. Coronado. The Sassy Santa event When the local Rotary was trying to decide whom is becoming a much bigger the tournament should ben- player in that goal. The holiday event held efit, Navy SEALs seemed at the garden club offers a like a good idea. “We wanted someone variety of vendors to help who is not always on the shoppers cut down their front page as far as charity, Christmas shopping lists. “Some of it is really but very deserving,” he unique stuff you are not said. Also receiving funds going to find at traditional places,” from the upcoming tourna- shopping ment from Rotary will be Wellhouser said. The proceeds go to Angel Faces, a longtime favorite charity of the local finance yearly grants to deserving organizations group. “We have supported that are given $500 or more Angel Faces for years,” to help finance their causes. Wellhouser said. In addition, the club The organization offers healing retreats and ongo- offers funds for drilling ing support to adolescent water wells in the Sudan, girls who have been victims education and medical care of burns or trauma, helping for extremely poor children them achieve their opti- in Mexico and for many mum potential and helping years, money for the eradito develop meaningful rela- cation of polio. To learn more about tionships for themselves any of these projects or and their families. The golf tournament, more about the Rancho which will be co-hosted by Santa Fe Rotary, visit rsfroand benefit the programs of Kids Korps, will be held at

We wanted someone who is not always on the front page as far as charity, but very deserving.”

State cuts pay for fairgrounds employees By Bianca Kaplanek

Despite record-breaking attendance at the San Diego County Fair and opening day at the race track, employees of the Del Mar Fairgrounds were forced to take a pay cut last month. Approximately 185 fulltime workers, including management, were issued a 4.62 percent salary reduction, effective July 1, three days before the end of the annual fair that ran a record 24 days this year. “There are concerns with staffing and morale,” Manager Tim Fennell told the board of directors at the Aug. 14 meeting of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which operates the state-owned fairgrounds. It’s very difficult to have success year after year and break records and then tell employees you can’t give them a pay raise and now you have to cut their pay, Fennell said. “I’m starting to see some cracks in the concrete,” he added, referring to the confidence and commitment of some workers. According to a letter

from the California Department of Human Resources, the pay reduction, effective through June 30, 2013, is an effort to “assist in achieving 2012-2013 Budget Savings.” But cutting the pay of fairgrounds employees does nothing to help reduce the state budget deficit, Fennell said. The 22nd DAA is a financially self-sustaining entity. It doesn’t send funds to Sacramento. Money from the 350-plus events at the site is used for operating costs, including payroll. “We’re not part of the state’s general fund,” Fennell said. “We produce all our own revenue. We could disappear tomorrow and it wouldn’t affect one iota of the state budget.” However, even though their paychecks come from the ag district, full-time workers with benefits are considered state employees, requiring them to follow state rules. Director Russ Penniman said the 22nd DAA has tried to use internal funds to better compensate its workers but “every time we try … we get

cut off at the pass.” “We don’t have the latitude to do that,” he said. “We need a solution. … We still do the same amount of events. We have to staff them. Someone has to do the work. This policy is a net negative.” Last year the fairgrounds was criticized for improperly allowing its employees to cash out accrued leave hours, such as unused vacation pay, which they would have received if they quit. Seasonal and part-time workers are not subject to the pay reduction, nor are people who work for subcontractors, such as golf center and food and beverage employees. If we can do that for certain areas, why can’t we do it for the entire fairgrounds? Director David Watson asked. He suggested possibly creating a private entity from which the fairgrounds could draw its employees, thereby eliminating the mandate that they follow state worker guidelines. He likened it to the structure of the San Diego Zoo, which is owned by the city but run by a privately operated nonprofit organization.

Otherwise it will require a legislative fix to change state law, Watson said. Board members also discussed bringing back incentive and bonus programs for employees. Board President Adam Day said he was looking into what options the 22nd DAA has. “As much sympathy as I have for the state, we’ve got to look inward for more local control,” Day said. He also said he didn’t want to limit the options to those outside of the system. He said he would travel to Sacramento to see what policy alternatives the state can provide “to protect our employees.” According to a scenario included in the August agenda, “Joe the Plumber” working for the fairgrounds, making $47,000 in 2000, should now, keeping up with inflation, be receiving an annual salary of $65,000. But with mandatory pay cuts and furloughs, “Joe” is currently being paid about $43,780 annually. Board members will continue the discussion at the Sept. 11 meeting.

Ranch philanthropists fund neuroscience initiative RANCHO SANTA FE — San Diego philanthropist, businessman and Rancho Santa Fe residents Andrew Viterbi, his wife Erna, and their family, have presented Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute with a $1 million gift to establish the Neuroscience Research Initiative. Dr. John C. Reed, Sanford-Burnham chief executive officer, Chief Executive Chairman Donald Bren, and Dr. Evan Y. Snyder, director of the Institute’s Stem Cells and Regenerative Biology Program, will lead the research. Combining expert-

ise in cellular behavior and innovative stem cell research, their collaboration is an example of SanfordBurnham’s cross-disciplinary approach to medical science. The two-year initiative will employ “disease in a dish” technology, in which stem cells are used to generate large collections of a particular cell type in the laboratory — certain types of brain cells, in this case. SanfordBurnham researchers will then use these cell-based models to better understand the underlying causes of disease. “Technologies enabled

by stem cell science are opening new doors for translational medicine,” said Reed. “Visionary entrepreneurs such as Andrew Viterbi appreciate its enormous potential. We are truly grateful that the Viterbi family has chosen to invest in our research.” “Erna and I have been actively involved with the Institute for nearly three decades,” said Viterbi. “I was invited to join the board by (institute co-founder) Bill Fishman in 1984, and I am still a member. Erna has long been involved with the Fishman Fund for the recognition of postdoctoral

researchers. Over the years, we’ve been impressed both by the bright minds that call this place home and by the Institute’s culture that is consciously designed to foster ingenuity and collaboration. Under the leadership of John Reed, Sanford-Burnham has become the place to embark on a project such as this.” Viterbi is also known as the co-founder of Qualcomm, Inc. and is internationally recognized in the field of digital communication. He is a recipient of the National Medal of Science, the country’s highest honor for scientific achievement.

Institute chooses Crosby as site of upcoming tournament RANCHO SANTA FE — Entry is available now for the McAlister Golf Classic on Oct. 16 at The Crosby Club, 17102 Bing Crosby Blvd., sponsored by the McAlister Institute, a San Diego company offering care and treatment of individuals and families suffering from addiction and homelessness. The tournament will begin with check-in at 10 a.m. with a shot-gun start at noon. Rounds are followed by cocktails at 5 p.m. and dinner at 5:30 p.m. Individual player

cost is $250. The evening banquet cost is $50. Packages and sponsorships are available. Entry fee includes the golf event, tee prizes, a gift bag, a golf shirt, lunch and the cocktail mixer. To register, visit or call (619) 442-0277. McAlister Institute, a nonprofit organization, serves more than 2,500 men, women, children and teens each month with inpatient and outpatient services and vocational training.

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The good news is that zinc can help with fatigue issues and give someone more energy throughout the day. Photo by Stuart Miles

How to treat fatigue with zinc By Thierry Lerond

So many people have hectic lives with a combination of family and work obligations. This means fatigue can peak right around the mid afternoon and that’s usually the time when someone reaches for another cup of coffee for a quick burst of energy. For those who do suffer from fatigue, they know all too well how it hinders their potential from being at their very best when it comes to their overall daily performance and ability to make decisions. Fatigue has a variety of symptoms such as: • Digestive problems • Irritability • Loss of appetite • Sleepiness • Depression Ongoing fatigue may also leave someone susceptible to catching a common cold or flu. The good news is that zinc can help with fatigue issues and give someone more energy throughout the day. And not just any zinc, but specifically, zinc from oysters. By all means, avoid synthetic zinc made in laboratories. Instead, find a marinebased supplement which offers the most natural form of zinc. One of the finest zinc supplements out there is created and manufactured by Nutrilys Del Mar based in Carlsbad. It’s called Premium Oyster Powder and all of its nutrients are organic and 100 percent bio-available. Simply, bio-available defines a substance such as a drug or supplement which is absorbed by the body. This is important, because nutritionally, the digestive system will soak up the nutrients which will move into the bloodstream. A good oyster powder transports molecules such as peptides and amino acids. Bio-availability is what enhances a supplement such as zinc. Oysters possess the largest amounts of zinc. Yes, even higher than red meat. A high quality oyster powder supplement is potent and packs a boost of effective results. In addition to fatigue, a lack of zinc in the diet may also include: • Premature aging • Low libido • Prostate challenges • Compromised immunity • Macular degeneration Oyster powder also encourages the healthy growth and maintenance of hair, skin and nails. Often described as one of the most important minerals in the body, it really promotes body enzyme activity. The ocean is rich with nutrients. And adding an oyster powder into a diet is a wise decision because it’s such a natural choice. An exceptional oyster powder will also have elements of zinc co-factors, such as: • Manganese • Copper • Selenium • Strontium • Silicon All these trace ingredients are harmonious components for the body. They are considered as “superoxide dismutases” which are filled with antioxidants and ward off free radicals. As with adding any new supplement to a diet, please consult with a health care professional beforehand regarding the product and dosage amount. While zinc from oysters can help with fatigue,as many can attest to, it can support a host of other health issues. For more information on Nutrilys Del Mar’s Premium Oyster Powder supplements please visit or call (877) 563-0828.

Do you have any of the following symptoms? Pins and needles feeling? Numbness in the hands or feet? Tingling or burning sensations? Weakness in the arms or legs? Sharp shooting or burning pains? If so, you may have a condition called Peripheral Neuropathy. Numbness, tingling, and pain are an extremely annoying problem. It may come and go...interrupt your sleep...and even make your arms or legs feel weak at times. Maybe you’ve even been to other doctors and they claim all the tests indicate you should feel fine. More Drugs Are Not The Solution. A common treatment for many nerve problems is the ‘take some pills and wait and see’ method. While this may be necessary for temporary relief of severe symptoms, using them long term is no way to live. Some of the more common drugs given include pain pills, antiseizure mediations, and antidepressants — all of which can have serious side effects. My name is Dr. Jeff Listiak. I’ve been helping people with neuropathy and nerve problems for more than 6 years. Neuropathy can be caused by Diabetes, Chemotherapy, Toxins, etc. It may also be compounded by

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Workshop offers 3 days of inspiration Join the international leader in self-help and motivational publishing, Hay House, at the ultimate weekend retreat for your mind, body, and soul. Now you can spend the weekend listening to some of the most inspiring and motivating authors of today in a unique setting at the I Can Do It! Conference. The eagerly anticipated I Can Do It! Pasadena conference is a three-day event (Friday night, all-day Saturday and all-day Sunday), with optional Friday pre-conference workshops and an evening Keynote by New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. As with all I Can Do It retreats, over 2,000 like-minded people attend the conference, which features a variety of cutting-edge transformational authors from Hay House founder Louise Hay, author of the ground-breaking book “You Can Heal Your Life,” to “Crazy, Sexy, Cancer” author Kris Carr and life coach Cheryl Richardson, author of “Mastering the Art of Extreme Self-Care.” Meet Your Favorite Authors On Friday, several all-day workshops are available for attendees to choose from.The Writer’s Workshop will offer you an overview of the writing life, the publishing process, creating a book proposal, finding an agent, securing a

New York Times bestselling author Dr. Wayne W. Dwyer will give the Keynote address at the I Can Do IT! Conference Oct. 26 to Oct. 28. Courtesy photo

publishing deal, and self-publishing options; as well as the key components of building a successful platform that will allow you to market your work to a larger audience.You can alternatively choose to attend an experiential workshop led by the world’s foremost expert in past-life regression, Dr. Brian Weiss, regarding a unique way of healing. Alternatively, you can learn how to get healing help and guidance from your angels with Doreen Virtue. Or you can choose to explore your spiritual connection with Sonia Choquette. Friday evening, join Dr. Wayne W. Dyer for his new lecture, “Mastering the Art of Manifestation,” in which he explores his most astonishing subject yet: the power of attracting your needs and desires into your life.

Mastering the Art of Manifestation is his all-new lecture that focuses on the ancient principle of manifesting through the timeless art of meditation, based on his latest NYT best-seller “Wishes Fulfilled” and as seen on PBS. On Oct. 27, Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson kick the day off with a keynote designed to inspire you to make positive change in your life, no matter how old you are. After that, attendees can choose workshops ranging from spirituality, belief, and nourishment with acclaimed authors John Holland, Donna Gates, Eldon Taylor and Deborah King. Attendees can then take a break and watch movie screenings of Hay House’s new film anthology inspired by the writings of their leading authors: “Tales of Everyday Magic.” After the screenings, more workshops are offered ranging from the passion to love, self-

healing, dealing with our changing world, and the power of your spirit featuring authors Gregg Braden, Richard Moss, and Dr. Fabrizio Mancini. The opportunity for you to reconnect with your true self continues Oct. 28, with cancer survivor Kris Carr taking you on her journey from illness to health activist, removing obstacles to lead a more meaningful, engaged life. Workshops that follow range from learning how to take the next step in your life, the relationship between women, food & God, and releasing limitations to live a soul-centered life. After another relaxing movie break, more inspirational workshops follow, including Debbie Ford speaking about courage and overcoming fear, Chinese face-reading with Jean Haner, and re-wiring your brain with Dr. Joe Dispenza. The retreat’s closing keynote features cell biologist and bestselling author, Bruce H. Lipton Ph.D. presenting a “new” biology that takes us beyond economic collapse, climate change and religious extremes: “The Science of Personal and Global Transformation.” All workshops and sessions are held at the Pasadena Convention Center. Register online at hayhouse.comor by calling (800) 654-5126.

Law firm gets nod from national mag By Wehtahnah Tucker

Adding to its list of accolades, Coast Law Group, a local law firm that’s less than two decades old, has been named to Outside Magazine’s fifth annual “Best Places to Work” list. Currently with 20 attorneys and support staff, Coast Law Group was ranked 44 out of 100 selected companies. Sharing the limelight with more obvious choices such as Geographic Expeditions, Natural Habitat Adventures and ClifBar, the relatively small law firm received national recognition for creating a nontraditional work environment in an industry that is synonymous with work-related stress and very little time outside of the office. “We are a fun loving group in an environment of extreme professionalism,” founding partner Gary Sirota said. “Working at CLG (Coast Law Group) is pretty unique,” said attorney Brian Shields. “I always keep a board and wetsuit in my office so I can walk down to Swami’s to surf a new swell before the crowd. It’s refreshing to return to work with a little sand between my toes and a smile on my face.” “We’ve proven that you don’t have to give up your passion for the outdoors and an active lifestyle simply because you happen to spend time in boardrooms and courtrooms negotiating big deals and resolving disputes,” partner Seyamack Kouretchian said.



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Company get-togethers like this recent beach party are one of the reasons the Coast Law Group was named one of Outside Magazines’ Best Places to Work. Back: Chris Polychron, Sean Flaherty, Seyamack Kouretchian, Gary Sirota, Brian Shields, Brian Dirkmaat, Marco Gonzalez, Ross Campbell, Aran Wong Middle: Jennifer Bellenger, Sara Kent, Kristen Thompson. Front: Joni Miller, Rory Wicks, Livia Borak, Monika Whisenhunt, Rob Berkowitz, Diana Kovacs. Courtesy photo

“Surfing, biking, running, yoga and pilates are among daily activities encouraged by CLG management.” The firm has created a different brand of law firm that includes facilitating hard work through wellness activities. “Lunchtime health and wellness seminars, flexible work hours, payment of race entry fees for staff, attorney work/surf retreats and sponsorship of local nonprofits are other ways that define CLG’s corporate culture,” Kouretchian said. Outside’s “Best Places to Work” project celebrates the innovative companies setting a new standard for a healthy work-life balance. The list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association and Best Companies Group. The yearlong selection process began with an outreach effort that identified a wide range of no-profit and for-profit organi-

zations with at least 15 employees working in an office in the United States. “To be recognized by Outside as one of the best places to work is an honor for everyone on our team, and reflects a major goal of our company,” founding partner Marco Gonzalez said. Participating companies were sent confidential employee-satisfaction surveys and employer-questionnaires to collect information about benefits, compensation, policies, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives and community outreach programs.The experts at Best Companies Group then analyzed the results and chose the companies that best enable employees to pursue active lifestyles, while also supporting their social and environmental contributions. The firm’s close proximity to Swami’s in its downtown offices makes the tran-

sition from surf to boardroom fairly easy. The firm is widely recognized as a leader on many legal fronts. From water conservation, habitat preservation and land use to free speech, patent/ trademark and local government transparency, Coast Law Group is front and center. The nod from Outside Magazine is just the icing on the cake for some of the staff and attorneys. “We’re stoked! It’s great that a group of rock star lawyers can leave a national footprint while maintaining a local, Encinitas-style attitude,” Kouretchian said. “As a recent college grad, I couldn’t have been more fortunate to have landed my first real world job here,” legal assistant Erika Cueva said.“This is the kind of place students dream about working at.The energy, positivity and fun atmosphere is

Student recognized for perfect attendance RANCHO SANTA FE — Spencer Wong, a Rancho Santa Fe resident and a senior at Santa Fe Christian High School, has achieved something no one at the school has ever done-11 consecutive years of Perfect Attendance record since first grade. His sister, Lauren Wong, who also attended Santa Fe Christian had a perfect attendance record of since second grade. On May 7, 2012, on Santa Fe Christian upper school awards night Spencer Wong received his 11th Perfect Attendance Certificate from his high school counselor, Mr. Steve Strimple. “Perfect attendance requires an enormous amount of commitment, dedication, persistence, and perseverance and Spencer has demonstrated all of these and is to be commended for his accomplishments,” Strimple remarked. Spencer Wong is the first in Santa Fe Christian School's 35 years history to have never missed a day of school since the first grade. Besides being a diligent student, Wong is also an accomplished clarinet, saxophone, tennis, and water polo player. He is recognized as an “Outstanding Academic AllAmerican” by USA Water Polo in 2011, 2012 and a member of the Olympic Development Program with USA Water Polo for the past 3 years. Wong also received the

Spencer Wong receiving his perfect attendance award from Mr. Steve Strimple (SFC college counselor), on May 7, 2012 at Santa Fe Christian High School Awards night Courtesy photo

distinguished book award from Williams College for his demonstrated intellectual leadership and making a significant contribution to the extracurricular life of his high school by participating in volunteer services and giving free music lessons to the underprivileged children at Rosebank Elementary School in Chula Vista. Wong has a GPA of 4.62 and is a member of California Scholarship Federation, National Honor Society, and an Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Distinguished Student. He was named Academic AllAmerican in Boys Water Polo by San Diego Union Tribune 2011-2012. Spencer Wong is also an Eagle Scout. He plans on studying pre-med in college.

MiraCosta puts $497M bond on ballot By Promise Yee

COAST CITIES — MiraCosta College is asking voters to OK a $497 million bond in November that will be used to renovate current buildings and construct science, biotechnology, nursing and technical health classrooms. Plans include adding a significant building to each of the three campuses and expanding veteran support facilities. Polls were taken in December and July by FM3 Research. July polls showed that more than 60 percent of voters are likely to support bond measure EE. “In most demographic groups, over 55 percent leaned toward voting yes, particularly when given information,” Richard Bernard, FM3 Research senior vice president, said. “Residents understand the impact and benefit of investment in higher education,” Francisco Rodriguez, superintendent/president of MiraCosta College, said. Bernard said those polled showed very strong support of expanding campus veteran support facilities. The bond will cost homeowners roughly $25 per year per $100,000 of assessed home value for 15 years, Rodriguez SAID. Exact costs for homeowners will be known after the measure is passed and bonds are sold. The benefit to residents will be upgraded facilities and sufficient classrooms to

MiraCosta College is asking for voter support on a $497 million bond in November’s election. The money would be used for renovations and construction on new buildings. Courtesy image

educate students for jobs and transfers to four-year universities. Currently there are three-year waiting lists for some programs at MiraCosta College. Once bond funds are secured, construction will be done in three phases and will take place on the Oceanside, San Elijo and Community Learning Center campuses simultaneously. The first phase will include classroom modernization on all three campuses that will see the college through the next 50 years. “They’ll see immediate improvements and a better learning environment,” Rodriguez said. Throughout construction some classes will be housed in temporary classrooms. Rodriguez said the construction schedule is planned with

respect to the semester instruction schedule. “Plans ensure a full semester course is taught at the same location with minimal disruption to the learning environment,” Rodriguez said. The last time MiraCosta College asked voters to OK a bond was in 1961. At that time the college was called Oceanside Carlsbad Junior College and there were about 600 students. The college has raised all building funds since that time. It now has 20,000 students. Community groups, such as Kiwanis Clubs, League of Women Voters, and city Chambers of Commerce have already held information meetings about the bond’s benefits and costs and will continue to do so.

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For young director, bringing film to life was ‘ethereal’ experience By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The film “Smiley,” a psychological thriller, will open on Oct. 11 in area theaters. What makes this film special is that it was directed by Michael Gallagher, 23, a 2007 Torrey Pines graduate. “I feel great,” he said. “This has been my dream since I was 12 years old. Now at 23, I feel like I’m 40 or 50 and that I have been working on this since I was 12.” He said the script, by Glasgow Phillips, was sent to him about two years ago. “I read it and loved it right away,” he said. “I worked with him a year or so making changes and developing characters.” He said the story is about a young girl who enters college and learns about an urban legend that if you type a certain phase three times while chatting online, the person with whom you are chatting will be killed. “It is the digital age version of Bloody Mary or Candy Man,” he said. The girl goes ahead to try to disprove the legend, but the people with whom she has been chatting begin to disappear one by one at the hands of a serial killer who has a bizarre smiling face. Cast in the movie are a few seasoned actors and some new faces. The cast includes Caitlin Gerard, Melanie Papalia, Shane Dawson, Andrew James Allen and Roger Bart. The actors who are doing the movie love the script, too.

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AUG. 24 HEALING WARES The Free Byrd Shop, a holistic boutique, is opening up in Encinitas Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 246 N. Coast Highway 101.The store specializes in healing the mind, body and soul with psychic readings, Reiki, Feng Shui, massage and more. Call (760) 2302185 or visit for more information. LIVING LARGE LIFE at MiraCosta College, the lifelong learning group, will meet Aug. 24 at the College’s Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Dr., Admin Bldg. 1000, Room 1068. At 1 p.m. “History and Impact of Third Parties.” At 2:30 p.m., “Culture and Theology in the Early 20th Century.” Parking pass at campus police Bldg. 1100. Check or call (760) 721-8124. CONCERT Music By The Sea Opera and Operetta will begin at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Tickets are $12. Order tickets online at For more

“Aerial” by Matthew Antichevich (25” h x 21” w) shows signature wave typically found in Antichevich’s surfing sculptures. This piece is held in the private collection of Don Hansen, owner of Hansen’s Surf Shop. Photo by Jim Waters

The man behind the Cardiff ‘Kook’ Michael Gallagher II, a Torrey Pines High School graduate is about to release his new film “Smiley” in October. Courtesy photo

the shocking part,” he said. Gallagher, the son of Michael and Elaine Gallagher of Rancho Santa Fe, said he originally wanted to be an actor or comedian. “I learned how the business works that when you are cast, your destiny is left up to a lot of other people,” he said. “Taking the reins and being the director or writer gives you so much more control.” He always had an interest in the business, said his mother Elaine. “Since he was 3, we would go see a movie as a family and on the way home he would have the dialogue

memorized verbatim,” she said. “He would use the camcorder and make spy movies or James Bond movies since he was 8,” she said. He had his own after school film club where he and his friends would discuss movie making, she said. His short film “Flat” made it into the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. “He has an interest in everyone and everything. He can do it all,” she said. Next, Gallagher said, he would like to do a comedy. “This is fairly heavy, so something lighter,” he said.

information, call (760) 633- Early American Marriage Customs” at North San Diego 2746. County Genealogical Society at 10 a.m. Aug. 28 in the Carlsbad CANDIDATE FORUM The City Council Chambers, 1200 Village Drive, Democratic Club of Carlsbad- Carlsbad Oceanside will meet at 10 a.m. Carlsbad. reservations not necAug. 25 at the Woman’s Club of essary. For information, call Carlsbad, 3320 Monroe St., (760) 435-2536 or e-mail tgorCarlsbad. Speakers: Scott Peters, 52nd Congressional WINE TIME In the mood for District. candidate, and Dr. a wine- and food-tasting event? Francisco Rodriguez, president An Orin Swift Wine Dinner will of MiraCosta Community be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at College. Call (760) 804-2754 Bistro West, 4960 Avenida for information. Encinas, Carlsbad. The cost is $75 per person. The evening will include wine and four SPOT ON Saving Pets One at courses plus reception and a Time (SPOT) hosts a pet adop- dessert. For more information, tion event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. call (760) 930-8008. Aug. 26 at the Petco Unleashed YOUNG VOICES Audition to Store 226 Gateway Road, Suite sing with the San Diego 103, Carlsbad’s Bressi Ranch. Children’s Choir San Diego All pets are spayed or neutered Ambassadors of Song Aug. 28 and vaccinated prior to adop- through Sept. 8, with grades 1 tion For information, call (760) and 2 requiring no 476-9171 or (760) 593-7768. audition.Visit for more information or call (858) 587 1087. PARTY LIKE IT’S 1972 San Dieguito High School Class of 1972 is planning its 40th HELP WITH DIVORCE A Reunion for Oct. 12. free Divorce Information DropReservations are due by Sept. In Clinic is held every 13. For more information, visit Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. or e- at 11622 El Camino Real, Suite mail or 100, Carmel Valley. For more call (760) 436-2085. information, call (858) 863-3380 or e-mail to Nancy@TheDivorceHelpClinic. GETTING HITCHED com. Genealogist Connie Walton Moretti will speak on “Be Mine: MAC FANS The Oceanside

Mac Users Group will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.,Aug. 29 at Oceana Clubhouse, 550 Bella Vista, Oceanside. The group meets the last Wednesday of every month. Visit or call 760 757-4900 for more information.

“No one is doing it for the money,” he said. Still, seeing the movie come to fruition is almost ethereal to Gallagher. “It does feel like a dream,” he said. “It is exciting. I am focusing on marketing and distribution. It’s a big undertaking, but rewarding.” He said his classmates at Torrey Pines High School would probably not be surprised at his directing a motion picture, because he has been making films forever. “I think they would expect something silly and a lot of comedy, not a psychological thriller. That might be

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AUG. 31 GREAT GUITARS Peter Pupping & Friends will be performing live from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at Ki’s Restaurant, 2591 S. Coast Highway 101, Cardiff By Sea. Call (760) 436-5236 for more information. OSTOMY SUPPORT The Ostomy Support Group North San Diego County meets at 1 p.m. Aug. 31 in Assembly Room 2, Lower Level,Tri City Medical Center, 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside, Call (760) 213-2501 for more information.


BEST BALLET Teen/Adult ballet classes for ages 14 and up begins Sept. 1 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Beginning is offered Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and intermediate on Mondays from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:45 to 10 a.m. Pointe and performing opportunities are available. Visit or call (760) 943-2260.

KAY COLVIN A Brush With Art Everyone in the free world seems to know of “The Cardiff Kook,” and can possibly list several of its incarnations. Since its unveiling in 2007, the statue has become an interactive icon of our coastal culture. In spite of its extensive publicity, however, the artist behind the Kook has remained relatively obscure. Matthew Antichevich, soft-spoken creator of the bronze figure officially named “Magic Carpet Ride” has a fascinating personal history independent of his celebrated Cardiff sculpture. At the age of six, Matthew lived with his family in Encinitas. Scrambling over brush-covered hills to Moonlight Beach with his young pals, he saw the ocean for the very first time. Since that moment he’s held a heartfelt affinity for Encinitas and its beaches. Although his family moved inland the following year, as a pre-teen Matthew learned to surf in Cardiff, where today he continues surfing in relative anonymity. Artistically gifted from early childhood, Antichevich was gently encouraged by his Croatian father to pursue his talents. At age 18 Matthew was introduced to his father’s European homeland and exposed to the artistic wonders of Italy. He was captivated by the beauty of classical Italian painting and sculpture and vowed to return to Italy to study art some day. Antichevich began his higher education at the College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, followed by the University of Morelia, in his

mother’s homeland of Michuacan, Mexico. His dream of studying art in Italy never faded, however, and in 1974 he became a student at the Florence Academy of Art. A year of immersion in a cultural environment filled with artistic treasures of the Italian Renaissance had an indelible impact on the young artist. The classical influence acquired during this period remains evident in his work to this day. Antichevich returned to California to finish his BFA degree at UC Santa Barbara. To further hone his sculpting skills, he later enrolled in Hemet’s Mt. San Jacinto College, which offered a foundry established by renowned sculptor Max DeMoss. “Next thing I knew, I was hooked.” Antichevich says of working with DeMoss. “He taught me everything there was to know about bronze casting and I ended up being his assistant. I owe a lot to him.” After teaching ceramics at the college for several years, Antichevich stepped into the position vacated upon DeMoss’ retirement, where he continues teaching the art of sculpting today. In DeMoss’ private foundry Antichevich worked for a decade alongside his mentor on full-scale statuary for the LA Cathedral, Rancho Santa Fe‘s Church of the Nativity, and numerous other public and private commissions across America. In 2006 Antichevich completed his own “Magic Carpet Ride” in the private DeMoss foundry. The casting of bronze sculpture is almost always done by foundry workers, not the actual artist; but due to his extensive experience as both, Antichevich is an exception. He says with characteristic humility, “I am the artist and the foundry worker. I do all of it TURN TO BRUSH WITH ART ON A21



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From left, Jennifer Garner, CJ Adams and Joel Edgerton star in “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.” Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios

‘Odd Life’ brings back familiar feelings By Noah S. Lee The 2012 Art of Fashion Runway Show Committee is putting the finishing touches on this year’s fashion show Courtesy photo

Newport meets Rancho Santa Fe for fashion show RANCHO SANTA FE — The Country Friends have tickets available now for its 57th annual Art of Fashion Runway Show Sept. 20, at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, 5951 Linea Del Cielo. Again, the group will partner with South Coast Plaza’s finest stores and proceeds from the luncheon, fashion show, boutique shopping and wine-tasting will benefit more than 20 charities, including Big Brothers-Big Sisters of San Diego, Canine Companions for Independence, Project Concern International, Freedom Station and the Women’s Resource Center. Tickets are available at Marci Cavanaugh, The Country Friends’ president said, “The organization is proud to welcome Karen Gregg Hoehn as chair of this year’s Art of Fashion. Karen is extremely busy within the San Diego community and I feel very honored to have her join The Country Friends. She is a very gracious woman and I felt she was a part of The Country Friends family from our first meeting. Please join us in September for a spectacular AOF Runway Show.” Hoehn, a Del Mar resident, is an active community volunteer in San Diego whose efforts have centered around youth programs, local schools and arts. She has served on numerous boards and fundraising committees including Project Concern International, The University of San Diego Executive Cabinet for Athletics and the support committee for the Center for Peace and Commerce at USD. “It’s a great honor for me to chair this year’s Art of Fashion,” said Karen

Hoehn. “I’m so impressed with the tremendous generosity of South Coast Plaza to sponsor and underwrite this event for the 8th year. Their commitment to us keeps The Country Friends ability to help our local charities extremely strong, that’s exciting!” The Art of Fashion Runway Show is the largest fundraiser for The Country Friends, the non-profit volunteer organization that has funded human care agencies throughout San Diego County for 57 years. The event will begin with luncheon on the lawn at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. The Art of Fashion Runway Show follows, highlighting fashions from the 2012 fall/winter collections of renowned international designers. In year’s past, the show has featured the designs of Donna Karan, Emilio Pucci, Ermenegildo Zegna, Marni, MaxMara, Oscar de la Renta, Saks Fifth Avenue, Salvatore Ferragamo, St. John and Versace. “We’re proud of our longstanding partnership with Country Friends and delighted to once again be a part of such a worthwhile cause and organization,” said Debra Gunn Downing, South Coast Plaza’s executive director of marketing. During the day, the boutiques of South Coast Plaza will offer the latest trends in clothing, handbags, jewelry, eyewear and other accessories. The event concludes with the “Apres Affaire” wine tasting, a time to savor the day’s events and toast the 2012 beneficiaries. Members of the Art of Fashion Runway Show Committee include: Donna Ahlstrom, Erica Ashley Hecht, Betty Jo Billick, Maggie Bobileff, Melissa Wilkins Braun, Judy Burer,

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For the first time in a long time, Disney succeeds in hearkening back to its old school roots via “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.” I had no idea what to expect from this film — there used to be a time when Disney exuded a classic resonance in storylines and characters that we could remember. As much as I hate to admit it, Disney has, for the most part, lost sight of its way of life, AND failed to adapt to the constantly changing environment. The brand might continue to live on for decades, but its creations hardly make it past their first year. In the case of “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” however, we have a survivor. To say I was surprised at the feeling I experienced while seated in the theater is an understatement. To say I felt a pang of nostalgia as if I were re-living some of my childhood moments playing a VHS tape on the television would be putting it mildly. I think the appropriate term to describe what I was feeling at the time is “magical.” And yes, I guarantee you will be reminiscing about the wonderful moments you spent with your family as a child when you witness the impact left behind by Timothy Green. Cindy (Jennifer Garner) and Jim Green (Joel Edgerton) are unable to conceive a child of their own; in response, they write down aspects of their ideal child on pieces of paper and

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App makes nature enjoyment bilingual By Bianca Kaplanek

SAN DIEGO — In an effort to increase Hispanic participation at the recently restored San Dieguito wetlands, San Diego Gas & Electric, REI and the San Dieguito River Park Conservancy partnered to create a smartphone application to teach Spanish-speaking youngsters and their families about nature and the trails. “Call it a high-tech way to introduce low-tech nature,” said Kelly Sarber, media director for the wetlands. “We got the fish and birds here. Now we had to figure out a way to get the people here.” Visitors with smartphones can scan one of 20 QR, or quick response, codes every 10th of a mile along the trail that translates information. Bilingual signs have been added to the route for those who don’t have smartphones. The new program was introduced Aug. 18. Hundreds of Hispanic residents from nearby communities in Solana Beach and Encinitas Park ranger Natalie Borchardt, center, begins a tour held Aug. 18 to unveil a new smartphone app that allows were invited to take a 3-mile Spanish speakers to enjoy the newly restored wetlands. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek tour narrated in English and Spanish. million restoration of 150 acres of the other related fields. Bilingual scientists, restoration wetlands to offset the impacts of the “We’re trying to reach out to these experts and park rangers were on hand San Onofre Nuclear Generating kids and their parents to show them a to assist participants by showing them Station. career path that they maybe hadn't how to use a variety of instruments Kelly also noted from a science considered,” Kelly said. including binoculars, field guides and standpoint, minorities are underrepreThe cost to develop the app and measuring sticks to observe wildlife sented in environmental careers. It is implement the project is estimated at and learn about the restoration. estimated only about 10 percent of $15,000. Funding came from SDG&E’s Southern California Edison and minority students receive undergradu- Environmental Champions program SDG&E recently completed an $86 ate degrees in natural resources or and a $5,000 donation from REI.



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Cumulus cloud casting shadows with the sun behind it. Photo by Kyle Stock

What do clouds mean? KYLE STOCK Coastal Cosmos Looking east on a balmy August afternoon, we are struck by the towering clouds rising into the atmosphere.We are all familiar with the persistent marine layer clouds of early summer. Winter brings wet storm clouds from the ocean. Everyone has looked into the sky and projected a common figure to a puffy white mass of moisture. “Look at that dragon, there is the tail …” “Can you see Africa up there?” But where do clouds come from? How do they form and what can they tell us about the weather? Clouds are masses of water droplets, ice crystals and dust that are visible above the surface of the Earth. They exist in many different sizes, shapes and compositions. Each different composition represents differing conditions in the atmosphere. Earth’s atmosphere is separated into layers based on altitude. The layer that we are most familiar with begins at our feet and reaches an altitude of about 40,000 feet.This is the troposphere and it contains about 80 percent of the mass of the entire atmosphere and almost all of the clouds. The formation of clouds is generally caused when air containing invisible water vapor is forced upwards. Low pressure in the atmosphere, convective heating from the Earth’s surface and landforms like mountains can force air masses higher into the atmosphere. As the moist air rises, it cools and reaches its dew point, the temperature at which the moisture condenses from invisible water vapor into visible liquid water droplets. The droplets are attracted to dust, salt and other particulates in the atmosphere known as cloud seeds. The nomenclature or naming of clouds is a seemingly confusing system. We’ll start with three basic categories: cirrus, cumulus and stratus. The naming system then combines these (cirrostratus, stratocumulus, etc.) and adds a few affixes to describe clouds in finer detail.

Cirrus (Latin meaning curling lock of hair) clouds are high-altitude clouds characterized by their white, wispy, transparent appearance.Their shape is often representative of the winds in the upper troposphere. Although cirrus clouds do not bring precipitation, they may represent a changing atmosphere preceding a weather front. Because of their high altitude, cirrus clouds are mostly made of ice crystals. Cumulus (Latin for heap or pile) clouds are the puffy, cotton ball clouds with defined edges that often spark our imagination. Cumulus clouds are sometimes benign, such as cumulus humilis (humble), the small, puffy clouds that do not rise into the atmosphere. However, when cumulus clouds begin to rise high into the troposphere, low pressure is present and inclement weather might be imminent. Cumulonimbus (nimbus is Latin for dark clouds) clouds tower high into the atmosphere. They have very dark, gray bases caused by light scattering through the mass of moisture above.These are the clouds most often associated with bad weather. Stratus (Latin meaning stretch or extend) clouds are the low, featureless, gray clouds that extend across most or all of the sky. Our coastal “June gloom” marine layer is an example of stratus clouds. Stratus clouds are often the result of a process called inversion. When a mass of warmer air rises over the top of cooler air, it traps the cool air beneath it. Stratus clouds can create fog and drizzle and if they become nimbostratus, will bring precipitation. The Earth’s atmosphere is a dynamic place with perpetually changing conditions. Variables including moisture, temperature, convection, wind, altitude, particulates and pressure cause the dynamism. Clouds give us a window of understanding into the current state of the atmosphere.

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Advances in fight against HCV Scripps Health Watch By the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas

Worldwide, more than 180 million people are infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). The virus is found in the blood, and can be spread by direct blood-to-blood contact, usually as a result of needle sharing. HCV can also be sexually transmitted. Among patients initially infected with HCV, 15 percent are able to clear the infection without medical intervention, but the vast majority become chronically infected. There are often no symptoms of HCV infection early on, and many who are chronically infected don’t even know they have the disease. This is problematic because, left untreated, chronic HCV infection results in significant health problems. Chronic HCV causes progressive scarring of the liver, known as cirrhosis, and loss of liver function in as many as 60 percent of all patients, although this often takes many decades. Cirrhosis isn’t usually detected until liver damage is severe and symptoms such as jaundice, abdominal pain and fluid retention occur. Cirrhosis caused by HCV is the single-largest reason for liver transplantation and the leading cause of liver cancer in the Western world. Genotype 1 HCV is the most common genotype of the virus, and has been the most difficult to treat until recently. The standard treatment for type 1 HCV was a 48week treatment regimen of pegylated interferon and

ribivirin. This combination therapy causes serious side effects, including fever, body aches and other flu-like symptoms. Even with all of that, patients with genotype 1 HCV could only expect a 40percent chance of being cured. With odds like that, many patients opted out of treatment altogether. This has created a difficult choice for many patients — should they avoid treatment and risk progression to cirrhosis, or bear the side effects of treatment with poor odds of a cure? Recently however, there have been major strides forward in the treatment of hepatitis C infection with the FDA approval of two new antiviral drugs to combat the virus. While they have not eliminated the need for interferon and ribivirin treatment, the new antiviral drugs can reduce the duration of treatment needed and significantly improve the odds of responding to therapy. One new antiviral drug that was tested in clinical trials here in San Diego, INCIVEK, can cut the treatment time in half to only 24 weeks and nearly doubles the chances of achieving viral cure to 79 percent. Patients who had failed prior therapy with interferon and ribivirin saw a benefit with new treatment as well, especially for those who had relapsed after an initial response. Another advance in HCV treatment is the implementation of genetic testing to identify those patients that are most likely to respond to treatment. This screening has been used locally to offer an individualized approach to treat-

ing patients for the last two years. HCV is a serious disease, but the prognosis is looking better — especially for those patients who take the initiative to educate themselves about available options. Patients who are infected with HCV are well advised to talk to their doctor about the new treatments that are now available and determine if they might be good candidates for therapy. “To Your Health” is brought to you by the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. For more information or for physician referral call 1-800-SCRIPPS.

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Insuring the Investment

San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith watches over a team practice this season. Tony Cagala

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the team after having spent last season with the Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins. Rosario is entering his sixth season. The majority of his career has been with the Carolina Panthers. He said the rash of free agent signings is how you drive guys to keep working hard to become better. “That feeling of knowing that there’s somebody right behind you that can step in and play that role…that’s what every team wants to create in the NFL,” he added. “And that’s what training camp is for, is to see who can play and who’s going to help the team win, and I think, that’s the whole reasoning for bringing in guys and challenging guys in their positions to make everybody better.” Smith did, and has acknowledged since the end of last season, that he was not “the least bit happy” with himself and his decision making on the backup players. A.J.Smith Last year the General Manager,San Diego Chargers Chargers lost six games in a row. Part of free agent signings aren’t of that, Smith said, was a lot reactionary to last year’s of things, including player performance, but added, injury-plagued season. “They’re not lessons,” “Had I done a better job Turner said. “I think every with backup players that team is different and what were called upon — could’ve, we thought was that we got would’ve, thin in some areas and there should’ve — as I look were some guys we lost in back…maybe that six game free agency and so we felt losing streak is turned into that it was time to add some three.” The Chargers finished things.” Smith agreed, saying last season 8-8 along with the increase wasn’t so much the Broncos and the the lesson learned. He Raiders. The Broncos won explained that the increase the AFC West division and was targeted because of the made the playoffs by wincircumstances of last sea- ning the tiebreaker series. “My prediction this son’s labor agreement year is I think somebody in unrest. A lot of the agents and the West will have more players were taking one- than that number,” Smith year deals and when those said. “I won’t give you a contracts expired at the end number, but I think it’s not of the season it created a going to be eight that wins logjam of available talent, the division.” Despite the seeming creating what Smith said was the “biggest, largest, preseason spree, Smith said historical value that we’ve he won’t have a new ever seen, in my opinion, in approach to free agent signings during the season. “It’s the history of the league.” Dante Rosario is one of TURN TO SMITH ON A21 those free agents signed to determined in the next three weeks,” he said. “But let’s just say he’s not available in the first few games, right out of the gate, we are going to experience how well we did with our backup running backs.” Second-year wide receiver Vincent Brown will also miss at least eight weeks following a broken ankle in the second preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys. Turner has said previously that he likes where the team is at in regards to depth at the receiver position. So far, there have been 23 free agent players brought in this season. But both Turner and Smith say that the amassing

■ Last season’s labor

unrest leads to influx of free agent talent By Tony Cagala

SAN DIEGO — As with most any insurance policy, you don’t necessarily know why you have it until the time you need it. And with last season’s hopes of making the playoffs falling to pieces, in part due to a slew of injuries and a lack of depth on the bench, Chargers general manager A.J. Smith has signed up for a number of insurance policies this season, investing in a number of free agent signings to prevent similar hopes from becoming dashed once again. Second-year wide receiver is taken off the field during the Chargers preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys. It was later announced that Brown had broken his ankle and would require surgery. He’s expected to miss at least eight weeks. Photo by Bill Reilly

Preseason shows a tale of two teams By Tony Cagala

SAN DIEGO — It could be the best of teams, it could be the worst of teams, but until the regular season begins and the roster is finalized, it will be hard to tell just which team the Chargers will be. Following last week’s preseason uneven 28-20 win against the Dallas Cowboys, Chargers head coach Norv Turner said that the team still has “a lot of work to do.” Turner said the team’s slow start to the first half served as a great reminder to him and the team that they’ve got a lot of new faces and a lot of new people trying to get on the same page. A testament to that was free agent-acquired running back Ronnie Brown who rushed for 16 yards on six carries, filling in for the injured Ryan Mathews. Second-year receiver Vincent Brown out of San Diego State would leave the game in the third quarter with a broken ankle after catching a touchdown pass from Charlie Whitehurst.

Turner said Brown would be evaluated over the next couple of days. He added that he thinks the team has “good” depth at the wide receiver position. Philip Rivers and the offense continue to probe opposing defenses looking to find their rhythm. “The first quarter we had three plays, three snaps, so we got to keep improving,” Rivers said. Rivers threw two interceptions, one that appeared under thrown to new receiver Robert Meachem, the second was a pass over the middle to Vincent Brown in the second quarter that was tipped and caught by cornerback Brandon Carr. As the team endures its growing pains, Turner has described their developing identity as “fast,” “physical,” and “high-energy.” The Chargers seemed none of those things in the first half, with the offense struggles in the first quarter and the defense allowing lots of time for Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to wait for a play to develop down field.

But the preseason isn’t about wins and losses; it’s a time for individuals to prove they can play at this level and help the team win. Those that continued to impress are rookie draftees, linebacker Melvin Ingram and defensive end Kendall Reyes. Though Ingram didn’t get the start, he came into the game in the first quarter, adding extra pressure to Romo, and sacking Cowboys backup quarterback Stephen McGee in the third quarter. Ingram said he feels he’s coming along strong, adding that, “There are always things that I need to work on.” Shareece Wright, the Chargers backup cornerback, also made an impression with a sack resulting in a turnover and an interception that he ran back 73 yards to set up the offense for a 1-yard touchdown run two plays later. Wright said he saw “the light” when he made that interception. “It was a good play by DeAndre Presley breaking on the ball, getting TURN TO CHARGERS ON A21

It’s a physical sport; it’s grueling and a lot of players are going to disappear throughout the season.” And following the first major injury of the season with running back Ryan Mathews breaking his collar bone on his first carry of the first preseason game this year, the insurance already looks to be paying off. “The insurance policy is a good way to say it for exactly that reason,” Smith said. “We know who the frontliners are and we do like our frontline players, but it’s 16 games, it’s a physical sport; it’s grueling and a lot of players are going to disappear throughout the season.” Case in point, the Chargers have loaded up on running backs this offseason, bringing in veteran Ronnie Brown and having Jackie Battle, Curtis Brinkley and Edwin Baker in the offing. “Right now we have an injury for our frontline running back, who will not be available, possibly, by the first part of the season,” said Smith. “That will be

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Finding change through art class PET OFTHE WEEK By Lillian Cox

As an accountant, Jeff Wilson works with numbers all day, analyzing data, reconciling discrepancies and preparing reports. Taking an art course for adults with instructor Lynne Roswall was a welcomed change. Unlike his job, it was a chance to express himself. “In accounting you have to be accurate and there are lots of rules to deal with, and you can’t be creative,” he said smiling. “Creative accounting has a very negative connotation to it.” He added, “In Lynne’s class you just let it flow and do what you feel like doing. You explore and try to think outside of the box.” Like Wilson, Aubri Almendariz has a high-stress job as a partner in Minc Model & Talent Agency where she manages the careers of children whose faces have appeared in national commercials and

ads for the Gap and H&M. She enrolled in Roswall’s adult art class two months ago, after watching the positive effect on her son and daughter, Paola and Lola, who were students in Roswall’s children’s class. “I have people in my family who are artists, but I’m not one of them,” Almendariz explained. “I’ve never painted before and am terrified of blank canvases. Here it is about the process, which I needed, and learning another way to experience life and emotion from a different perspective.” The adult art class has become a welcomed break from the pressures of her business, and life. “When I arrive Lynne tells me, ‘Take your head off and put it over here (in another corner of the room),” she said. “When the brush stops moving, she tells me to find a color (she’s attracted to).” dragon Almendariz was painting didn’t seem to come together. Taking She added, “I love the A Roswall’s advice, she thought about thecolor concentrated on the

process, letting go of pressure to produce a perfect work of art, and a beautiful bird emerged. Photo by Lillian Cox

idea of this class as a stress reliever. There is a sense of safety in this environment. I get through Tuesdays knowing the day is going to pass and, at the end of the day, it’ll be calm when I arrive here.” Roswell’s philosophy is similar to that of essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson who wrote, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” As a working artist, Roswall has come to understand stress and deadlines herself. “Even as kids, you have stress,” she explained. “Here you come where there are no expectations and no pressure to perform. My job is to From left: Lynne Roswall, owner, Studio Shu in Solana Beach and art guide students – kids and student Aubri Almendariz, a partner in Minc Model & Talent Agency. “I adults – back to themlove the idea of this class as a stress reliever,” she said. “There is a selves.” Roswall’s classes incorsense of safety in this environment.” Photo by Lillian Cox

porate paper and tempera paint, which she uses to teach students that it’s not about the beauty of a flower they paint, but the process. “It’s about who you are, and painting is the medium to get there,” she said. Roswall tells students that it’s okay to give up on an idea. In Almendariz’s case, a dragon that wasn’t coming together emerged as a beautiful bird once she let go and concentrated on the process only. “I’ve learned from Lynne that there is a sweet surrender even if means just being here for one hour,” she said. “I can paint red and black if that is what I’m feeling at the time.” For more information visit or call (858) 349-2942.

Tips for getting rid of nasty pet fur on clothes SARA NOEL Frugal Living Dear Sara: How do I deal with pet hair on linedried clothes? — Chrissy, Florida Dear Chrissy: Bring the clothes inside after line-drying and put them in your dryer on tumble or low heat with a dryer sheet for a few minutes to remove any pet hair (you can cut the dryer sheet in half and reuse it a few times for laundry, then reuse it for household dusting). Or hang them on a windy day. Brush your pet daily, and vacuum and sweep often. Use a lint brush or shake clothing to remove fur prior to laundering, too. A fellow reader, Karen, adds this advice for furry furniture: “I have used a synthetic sponge, barely damp, and dragged it across the “grain” of my furniture’s fabric to remove pet hair.You can also use the kind of rubber

gloves you would wear for washing the dishes. Dampen them lightly, then rub them firmly across sofa. The hair sticks nicely to the gloves.” Dear Sara: I read your column suggesting a couple of summer reading books for kids. What was your favorite book when you were that age, and would you recommend it for kids today? How do you feel about the Little House books? — Lori J., ois Illino Dear Lori: While I like the Little House books, they weren’t my favorite as a child. I was (and still am) a huge fan of the Trixie Belden series. In fact, I just bought my 9-year-old daughter the first book. I had the entire series as a child, and I have such fond memories of my mom and grandmother buying them for me. I remember finding a few at a thrift store, too. I’d like to piece together the series for my daughter. They’ve become quite collectible; I see them being auctioned on eBay for quite a chunk of change. But to answer your question: Yes, I would recom-

mend my old childhood favorite books for kids today. I’m not THAT old, right? Dear Sara: Do you have any ideas to reuse plastic milk jugs? — Linda F., Ohio Dear Linda: I’m saving a few to make Christmas snowmen ( owing-snowmen.html) and Halloween ghosts (easypreschoolcraft.blogspot .com/2012/05/halloweenghost-lanterns-jugcraft.html). Simply decorate eight or so milk jugs (permanent marker works for the ghost faces), cut a small hole in the back of each jug, place a few lights into each jug and line up the jugs in a row. I’ve also mentioned numerous ways to reuse milk jugs in a previous column. V i s i t /dont-toss-those-milk-jugsjust-yet for more suggestions. Dear Sara: We’re going on vacation soon in a nearby coastal town. We’ll be traveling 180 miles, making it a 3.5- to 4-hour trip. We’re thinking of stopping at the

halfway point to buy KFC chicken in two or three buckets to use for an easy dinner on our first night, after traveling and getting settled in. Will the chicken be OK sitting in the buckets for a few hours, or should it be put in a cooler? The other thought was to buy the chicken the night before, put it in the refrigerator and then transport it the next day in a cooler. — Greg and Theresa, email Dear Greg and Theresa: You should find a KFC closer to your destination if you don’t want to keep the chicken in a cooler. I wouldn’t transport it for longer than an hour before putting it in a cooler with ice. Buy it in the destination city, if possible, and refrigerate any leftovers. Sara Noel is the owner of Frugal Village (, a website that offers practical, moneysaving strategies for everyday living. To send tips, comments or questions, write to Sara Noel, c/o Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO, 64106, or e-mail

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Stoking the nutritional fires CHRIS AHRENS Sea Notes

long passion for healthy living led to a new career. Embracing change, she returned to school to study nutrition, ultimately earning certification as a Nutritional Consultant. While teaching clients the fundamentals of sound nutrition, she coaches and encourages them in a healthy lifestyle as well. “I’m passionate about these things,” she says. “When people begin eating better, they naturally begin feeling better. For some, the goal is weight loss, which happens as a result of better nutrition and replacing old habits with new and improved practices. “People may think they understand how nutrition works, but it’s complicated and sometimes counterintuitive. It’s so rewarding helping people achieve a healthier weight and state of living. Suzanne points out that while “You can’t put a price on good health, purchasing better quality food is one of the best investments you’ll ever make in your life.” While she works with a variety of clients, Suzanne understands firsthand that surfers have specific dietary needs. “With five surfers in my immediate family, I know what gets them moving and surfing their best. It’s not a cup of coffee and a doughnut, or even a protein bar. With a few (painless) modifications to your diet, you can be out there surfing with your children and grandchildren rather than watching from a beach chair on the sand.” Suzanne continues regular workouts at the gym, practices yoga, and enjoys power walks with her daughter, Lisa. To learn more about Suzanne Beckstrom’s nutritional counseling or to schedule an appointment with her, visit: She is offering a free nutritional consultation for anyone contacting her between Sept. 1 and Sept. 15.

I first met Suzanne Beckstrom in 1979 when we worked together at Cardiff Surf and Sport on Coast Highway in Cardiff. At that time, she was a single mother, raising her daughter Lisa and son Jorma. Aside from making sure that homework and chores were completed, providing tasty and nutritious meals for her children was paramount. She says now, “When my kids asked for dessert, I offered them a piece of fruit. They didn’t appreciate that much back then, but now, as adults, they’re grateful for the healthy foundation they received growing up.” Suzanne’s son Jorma began surfing at a young age and soon earned a name in the North County because of his rapid-fire, vertical surfing style. Meanwhile, Suzanne’s role was to keep him properly nourished and provide the necessary energy for those intense surf contest heats. While other parents were filling their children with jelly doughnuts and soda, she was aware that surfing required better fuel than that. From 1993 through 1999, Suzanne managed the Corporate Wellness division of 24-Hour Fitness. She then began combining her nutritional background with disciplined workouts several days a week at the gym. She continued working out and eating well, remaining virtually ageless through three grandchildren, all of who are boys and love to surf. “I never wanted to sit on the sidelines and watch my grandkids play. I wanted to be out there playing with them,” she said. “Adding yoga to my exercise routine led me to increased flexibility, which has helped to keep me from being sidelined by injuries.” Ready for a change in Chris Ahrens is a surfer and author of careers during the economic four books on surfing. E-mail him at downturn, Suzanne’s life-



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A Bravo moment and an remembering my friends MACHEL PENN SHULL Machel’s Ranch Don’t you hate it when you watch a movie that you had read first as a book and they change the ending? That just happened to me tonight. I sat through “My Sister’s Keeper.” If you’ve read the book or seen the movie then you know it’s a tearjerker. Hollywood, however, went and changed the ending for another dramatic punch just to make you weep those type of tears that make your eyes feel swollen shut in the morning. (Spoiler alert!) Not only did I have to read about one sister dying in the book, little did I know the movie would take the other one away from me, too. I marched right up the stairs in tears to complain to my husband about how emotionally distraught the change in the plot made me feel. Don’t you hate that? When endings turns out differently than you had expected? This movie brought back losses of my own. I can remember being at a hospice and walking out into the sunlight and wondering why my friend had to die and I was allowed to go on living. I remember sitting at a funeral on a Friday afternoon looking at a photo blown up into a life-size portrait of a good friend that I lost and trying to memorize his smile. Death is not always pleasant to discuss, yet it is part of the cycle of life. So on a positive note, those memories led me to dwell on my own blessings like my friends and my loved ones. Do those who you love know how much you love them? Because if they don’t, do hug them a few moments longer. Do speak kinder words. Do be brave enough to share your true emotions. Don’t always try to win an argument because life can be unbearably short. Be kinder each day. The world is in need gracious acts of love. My intent had been to recount the glorious summer this issue. But sometimes it’s more important to share your deeper innermost thoughts instead of always glamorizing life like a reality show.

night on the town by Tom and Karian Forsyth. Congrats to one of my favorite women in the Ranch with the kindest heart too. On Aug. 15, I found out that Archie, a beautiful Labrador, still needs a home. Are you looking for a companion that can add more love to your world? Look at this picture. Can you see that this could be your new life waiting to love you back? Six years old with zest and bounce, this black Labrador will take you on walks, make sure you are fed and stay by your side when others will leave you. If you know of anyone looking for a new pet that is past the puppy stage and ready for afternoon trail walks in the haze of the afternoon Ranch light, Archie could be yours today. Act now before your neighbor beats you to that most wanted and popular dog that needs a home in Rancho Santa Fe. For more information, contact Beth at (858) 673-5235 or On Aug. 18, Krista Lafferty, whom many of you may know around town as an active Rancho Santa Fe Rotarian member, enjoyed a day of bliss at her bridal shower. Krista celebrated that Saturday with close loved ones including her family, friends and bridal party. The day unfolded perfectly under the sun on a breezy day in Oceanside. With the ocean off in the horizon and the palm trees swaying, Krista’s day felt like a magical California dream. Guests enjoyed music, drinks and guessing games about some of Krista’s favorite things in life. Her favorite book is “Jane Eyre.” Her favorite color is blue. And Krista’s favorite dessert is frozen yogurt. If you are wondering why I was there, well, I must confess I am a bridesmaid. I am delighted to call Krista a dear friend and have been blessed over the years by her loyal friendship. I am so happy for the soon-to-be Mrs. Krista Confer. Photos of the wedding will be following at

Krista Lafferty will be getting married at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club at the end of September. She is featured here with her bridesmaids. Courtesy photo

the end of September! On Aug. 19, I was informed of some exciting news: Reese MacDonald won a gold medal at a swim meet at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club. Reese is on the swim team there and won a medal for the breaststroke. Move over Michael Phelps. We have a new gold winner in the Ranch. Reese is the daughter of Larry and Meredith MacDonald. You may know her mom as one of my favorite five women that I mentioned at the beginning of this year. Reese is also the granddaughter of Violet MacDonald. Congratulations Reese on your first gold medal. Who knows what this future holds. Could Reese be an Olympic hopeful? Stay tuned …

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Elaine and Michael Gallagher with Tom and Karian Forsyth out on the town in Rancho Santa Fe. Elaine just appeared on BRAVO's "Million Dollar Listing" this month. Courtesy photo

Around town On Aug. 8, one of my top favorite women in Rancho Santa Fe appeared on Bravo. Yes, that’s right. Elaine Gallagher was featured on “Million Dollar Listing.” So don’t hate me for sharing with you a gorgeous photo of this local celebrity who is not only a mother to a budding Hollywood director or CEO of her company with her husband Michael Gallagher, she also just brought Hollywood to Rancho Santa Fe with one of her real estate listings! Featured here in this issue is sumptuous summer photo that captures the glamour that you can experience if you just live life to the fullest. Elaine and Michael Gallagher were treated to a spectacular

I’m a handsome 6-year-old neutered Lab-rador/Retriever mix. I’ve been on a diet, and now I weigh 97 pounds. I think I look pretty good! I like to go for walks and I am quite active. I have a wonderful personalty, too — Recently eloping this summer, Ranch Santa fe's Oxana and Stanley happy, happy, happy! For more info on how to adopt me, call Beth at: Cobbold will be taking an extending honeymoon this fall or winter. A story (858) 673-5235, or Courtesy photo will follow soon with the details. . . Courtesy photo

Lomas Santa Fe Country Club swimmer Reese MacDonald wins a gold metal in the 'breast stroke' competition. Congratulations on this exciting win Reese. Courtesy photo



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Carlsbad High welcomes new band director

The steel beam that will finish the support structure of the new Critical Care Building is hoisted into the air. Photos by Tony Cagala

New building gets a ‘topping off’ By Tony Cagala

Since the first beam went into the ground three weeks ago, Scripps’ new Critical Care building has been taking shape. On Friday project donors, community leaders, government officials and hospital staff all signed one of the steel structural beams for the building. People signing the beam wrote messages as, “Hard work pays off,” and “The future is now,” celebrating the building’s construction, which is the first patient care facility built at Scripps Encinitas in 20 years. The two-story facility, which consists of $87 million out of the $94 million total cost for the complete expansion, is expected to be open early summer 2014.

As the final weeks of summer heat up, one group of teens are not headed for the beach, but are off to band camp. This year’s camp will be led by new Music Director Adam Bovie. The 141 young musicians of the Carlsbad High School Marching Band and Color Guard reported to band camp and began preparing for the upcoming music season Aug. 13. The Marching Lancers begin each year before school starts with an intense, twoweek music and drill camp to jumpstart their marching programs for the upcoming fall season. Bovie was hired during the summer from the Grossmont Union High School District, where he directed the music program at Grossmont High School. He holds a bachelors of arts degree in Music Performance from University of California at San Diego, where he studied saxophone, flute and clarinet. He is a well-regarded jazz musician in the Southern California area, having studied with jazz leg-

end Jimmy Cheatham. He also attended California State University in Fullerton where he obtained his teaching credential under Mitch Fennell. When asked about his plans for the Marching Lancers program, Bovie said, “My vision for our program is to continue to grow and continue what we’ve been doing successfully. I would like to gradually add breadth and a variety of music options to our program – every student should have something they love to do here. Additionally, I feel expanding our color guard is a priority and I will work diligently with our color guard coach, Jackie Meza to make this happen.” At 6 p.m., Aug. 24, family and friends will be treated to a Marching Lancer performance and potluck dinner hosted by the CHS Band Boosters.This informal event will be held in the high school quad and will give fans a sneak peak of what is in store for the upcoming music season. V i s i t, for additional information.

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SPECIAL SECTION From left, Carl Etter, chief executive, Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Encinitas councilman Jim Bond, Encinitas councilwoman Kristin Gaspar, Solana Beach Deputy Mayor Dave Roberts and Chris Van Gorder, chief executive officer of Scripps prepare for the steel beam to be raised into place.

Be our fan on Dr. Eric Lovell signs his name and tapes photos of “Team E.R.” for members of the Scripps emergency room staff that couldn’t make the event.


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Exotic locales share similar plant life to North County KENT HORNER Local Roots I recently got the chance to visit the south of France, Italy, and many islands located off the coastline in the Mediterranean. I was completely shocked by what I saw plant wise. I had heard that our California climate was very similar to the Mediterranean but this was remarkable. Upon leaving the airport in Nice, I saw beautiful Canary Island date palms lining the promenade, punctuated by Mexican fan palms and Chamerops humulis. Poisonous oleander was in abundance even down in Monaco, where the super rich parked their mega yachts in the azure blue of the sea. Sweet pea and sago palms were mixed together here and there, with flax and fig trees being used as filler in many planting spaces. I was shocked not only to see how many Italian cypress were planted in the gardens along the coast but also by their sheer size. Some were shaved tightly into beautiful hedges surrounding the estates and others were 60 feet tall and rangy. One of my favorite trees, the Italian stone pine, was everywhere. I saw it on the

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Caps, (headlands) by the sea, on the island of Corsica and in the mountain villages like Eze, a French medieval garrison town once inhabited by the early Phoenicians, Romans and pirates. The Italian stone pine, Pinus pinea, is a very slowgrowing and warmth-loving tree. Indigenous to the area, it was cherished and propagated for the delicious pine nuts it produces. One of three to four species of pine that produce a quality pine nut typically used in salads and pesto, it takes a cone almost three years to reach maturity before harvesting can begin. This tree is found along the coast in many places in our town. From Leucadia to Carlsbad and back down to La Jolla I have seen and trimmed many over the years. A unique growth characteristic of this tree is its tendency to form a beautiful canopy or globe. The bark is a thick reddish color and creates vertical platelets of great rustic beauty. Many people when trimming this pine have the tendency to over prune and “rat tail” the long extending branches leaving them bare except for new growth at the ends. Just like all things affected by gravity however, the weight of the branch as it grows will make it sag. Now, the heavy branch instead of breaking straight down will begin to rotate left or right with the weight of the

foliage and split longitudinally along the branch causing it to fail in a slow motion fashion creating a large hole in the otherwise beautiful green canopy. Another issue this pine has is the fact that it is very susceptible to wood bores and pine tip moths. If you cut this tree in the warm weather months, it can bleed sap profusely ruining the paint job on your new car and attract ants and other detrimental insects as well. Warm weather pines are best suited for pruning in the wintertime. Surrounded by these pines, 1,500 feet above the Mediterranean Sea in the ruins of the original castle, the village of Eze has created a beautiful exotic garden comprised of succulents and drought tolerant “exotic” plants.You have to hike up through the re-constructed cobblestone streets and gift shops and pay a $6 Euro fee but the view, the culture and the plants are well worth the effort. At the top of the castle, most of the walls had failed leaving circular pathways leading around and up to the peak populated with euphorbias, aloe vera, yuccas, nolina recuervata (bottle palm), Mexican fan palms, bottle brush, mulberry tree (for silk production), agave attenuatta and many other drought tolerant plants commonly found throughout Encinitas. Many of these plants come heading from Africa. They had been placed effectively on the steep slopes preventing view obstruction while softening the approach to the summit. In fact, some of the plants were dry without irrigation yet they were attractive and interesting with only hose watering and seasonal rainfall. We are so lucky to have such a similar climate in our hometown, exotic and unusual plants are the norm in our canyons by the sea.

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7 to vie for 6 seats in DM, SB want to belong and not particCOAST CITIES — Six ipate. “I care deeply about this City Council seats in the county’s two smallest cities are up community and I will continue for grabs this fall, but only two to serve when asked,” he said. Hilliard said when he was incumbents are seeking refirst elected in 2004 Del Mar’s election Nov. 6. Mayors Joe Kellejian of finances were “shaky.” “I was devoted to turning Solana Beach and Carl Hilliard of Del Mar, currently things around,”he said.“It was a lot of hard work but the most tenured legnow the city has a islators in their triple-A bond rating. respective cities, are “I’m leaving with among those who will a lot undone but with not return to the dais the economic situation this fall. in the state and the Also stepping propensity of down are Dave Roberts, who was first LESA HEEBNER Sacramento to take money out of our budgelected in Solana Beach in 2004, and one-term et, it’s hard to plan,” Hilliard Del Mar Councilman Mark said. “You can’t live with that hanging over your head.” Filanc. Hilliard said he Kellejian began decided two years ago his public service he wouldn’t seek recareer in 1983,prior to election. “I’ve enjoyed cityhood in 1986, as a my time on the counmember of the Solana cil,” he said. “I’ve done Beach Town Council. my thing. It’s time for He has been a member of the City DON MOSIER someone else to take over. I hate to give up Council since 1992 and was appointed mayor five my seniority on some of the regional boards but you need a times. “It was a hard decision fresh face every now and not to run,” he said.“It’s with a again.” Although he is leaving heavy heart that I’m leaving. I’ve been there since the the council, Roberts hopes to beginning. But it’s time. I’ve remain a public servant. He is done a lot and others should seeking the District 3 seat on have an opportunity to serve.” the San Diego County Board of Kellejian is active in sev- Supervisors. “I’ve really enjoyed serveral organizations, including the Solana Beach Civic & ing on the Solana Beach City Historical Society, Friends of Council,” he said. “I’m looking the Library and Chamber of forward to taking that experiCommerce, the San Elijo ence to the county level. It will Lagoon Conservancy, Del Sol be an extension of what I’ve Lions Club, Del Mar-Solana been doing for the city and the Beach Optimist Club and region.” Filanc said he opted not American Lung Association. “A lot of opportunities to run because he needed have come up, both public and more time for his business and private, that I want to explore other interests. “It was a great experiand I need time to do that,” Kellejian said. “I haven’t been ence and the City Council able to put forth the time and members are outstanding to effort for those groups. I don’t work with,” he said. “The city

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staff are incredible,intelligent, hard-working and caring people.” Lesa Heebner and Don Mosier have qualified for reelection in Solana Beach and Del Mar, respectively. “While I have accomplished a lot on the council, including full pension reform and numerous infrastructure projects such as the current Highway 101 renovation, there is much to be done that would benefit from my experience and proven community values, such as our general plan update, the train station project and significant developments on Highway 101,” said Heebner, who is running for her third term. “I believe that there are several council high-priority tasks to be completed, and I would like to get the job done,” said Mosier, who is seeking a second term. At the top of that list is the village specific plan for downtown revitalization that residents will also be voting on in November. The deadline to file nomination papers was 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 15. At that time, in addition to Heebner,Vickie Driver, David Zito and Peter Zahn had done so in Solana Beach. Driver and Zito currently serve on citizen commissions within the city. Zahn, an attorney, is chairman of the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce. This will be the first time since 2006 that new members have joined the Solana Beach council. Mosier, Al Corti and Sherryl Parks filed in Del Mar. Corti, a developer, currently serves on two citizen advisory commissions. Parks, an educator, is a past member of the Design Review Board and is former president of the Del Mar Foundation.

Del Mar shows off new building The freshly finished Del Mar Community Building at 225 9th St., is set for a grand opening and open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 28. The community is invited to tour the facility, learn about the spaces available for community use, and enjoy wine and cheese with other residents. The Del Mar Community Building will include offices for the Del Mar Foundation (DMF) and the Del Mar Community Connections (DMCC), along with a large computer lab for

DMCC’s brain-fitness and computer-training programs. The building includes a conference room seating 14, a kitchen with a work space for eight and a reception room. The facilities augment current community meeting space at the library and City Hall Annex and will soon be available to Del Mar community groups by advance reservation. Three community organizations (DMF, DMCC and the Visitor’s Association History Committee will have storage space on site, allowing a collective savings of over $500 in monthly off-site storage unit fees.The property also includes a parking lot, a rare amenity in Del Mar. To make the Del Mar Community building a reality, the DMF and DMCC committed funds for remodeling, including an ADA-compliant restroom. Betty Wheeler, the DMF board member who spearheaded the negotiations for the building and coordinated its remodel, stated: “The Community Building is a reality because of the volunteer efforts of many community residents, plus tremendous support from the city of Del Mar.”

The Del Mar Foundation credits Assistant City Manager Mark Delin and the Public Works staff with providing crucial support, as have volunteers from the Del Mar Foundation, DMCC, and the Del Mar Garden Club. In addition, they cite the volunteer building and remodeling skills of Larry Brooks as key to a comprehensive and affordable spruce-up of the building. The Del Mar Foundation approached the city last year with a proposal to use the building, formerly the site of the administrative offices of the Del Mar Union School District, as a community building. In addition to offices for the Del Mar Foundation and Del Mar Community Connections, it was to serve as a meeting place available to Del Mar organizations and groups. On May 1, the Del Mar Foundation and the city entered into an Interim Use Agreement approving community use for an initial two years. The long-term use of the property is being determined by a master plan process for the entire Shores property.

first homicide in Rancho Santa Fe this year. CONTINUED FROM A1 Anyone with informabut Nesbit declined to pro- tion about the homicide is urged to call homicide vide more information. Nesbit said this is the detail at (858) 974-2321.




property on which the trees are found, but the rest is privately owned. “What it is going to come down to is working with folks on private property,” Smith said. He said because of the dire financial circumstances within the state, grants are out of the question, but he said the Association will help any way it can. “We will educate the homeowner and see if there is a way we can work together as a community to get rid of the trees or if there is some way we can help minimize their cost,” Smith said. One of the ways is perhaps using the wood chips from the trees for local trails.



the ball in the air and giving me the opportunity to catch it and after that I was just trying to get to the endzone.” Wright is beginning his second year with the Chargers and said that he’s overcoming the transitions from being a starter and playing every game in college to the NFL and suiting up one week and not suiting up the next. “It was just something that I had to overcome as a player and it was a humbling situation. I knew when I had the opportunity and I was ready the time would come,” he said. “It means a lot,” Wright said. “(I) just got to get better. That’s the thing, you know, where I’m at it’s you can’t be satisfied and just know the



ner, help to recreate the time-honored ambiance that made Disney a proud name to look upon years ago. Of course, that is not to say this film is not without its weaknesses. If I had to choose one particular aspect to gripe about, it would have to be Timothy’s holding up of his arms and closing of his eyes whenever he faces the sun. For what reason, might I inquire, does he do this at random moments? No explanation is given, and the haphazard execution of these scenes slows down the pacing of the film by more than a few notches. If you ask me, the filmmakers should have at least had the courtesy of providing insight into the strange behaviors Timothy occasionally exhibits. Otherwise, said actions ought to be left out. Casting-wise, this film could not have been what it was had Hedges opted for different actors. Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton were perfectly cast as the couple whose wish for a child comes true in the most unusual manner possible,



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Long-term objectives for the CONE have changed a little, Boon said. “We have kind of these different threads and little paths we are moving along,” she said. “We have made a lot of progress and the staff has put in a lot of time,” Boon said. “I cannot speak highly enough about Pete (Smith) and the staff about their contribution to this committee.” Boon and Feighner will soon go before the Association to determine if CONE can become a standing committee. The members of the ad hoc committee, besides Boon, Feighner and Keene include Patty Queen and Helen DiZio. Bill Beckman is its president. potential I have as a football player and just work to get better.” He’s one of the players that Turner said he was excited about. “He’s a guy that didn’t have a lot of opportunities; was hurt, a lot of different things last year. I think he’s just making strides on a daily basis.” Turner was also pleased with Whitehurst’s performance in the second half, completing seven of 12 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. “I’ve been talking a lot about Charlie Whitehurst and he played the way he’s been preparing and practicing. I think he’s going to be an outstanding player for us if we get in a position where he needs to play,” Turner said. The Chargers continue their preseason at Minnesota Aug. 24. and the strong chemistry between them never ceases to emanate during some of their more emotionally charged moments. CJ Adams delivers an endearing performance as Green. Not to mention, there were plenty of sufficient supporting turns from Odeya Rush, Rosemarie DeWitt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, David Morse, Ron Livingston and Shohreh Aghdashloo. Overall, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” is a wonderful family-friendly story with the kind of heart we have not seen since Disney has more or less lost it in the 21st century. If you wish to take a break from the darker tales and commercial products that have grabbed our attentions then Timothy’s story could just be your cup of tea. “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” Where: Wide Release When: Now playing Run time: 1 hour 40 minutes Rating: PG


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Uncooperative ex can circumvent decree BRUCE WILLIAMS Smart Money DEAR BRUCE: My exhusband has custody of our 15-year-old son in another state, but about 1 1/2 years ago, our son decided to come and live with me. My ex has an insurance policy on our son. He is required by the courts to pay 85 percent of our son’s medical bills, and I pay the rest. A few months ago, my son wound up in the emergency room, and now there are outstanding medical bills of $10,000 that were not covered by the insurance. I paid my 15 percent, but my ex refuses to come up with the $8,500 he owes. The billing department from the hospital is calling me, and when I tell them my son’s father is

responsible, they say that I was the one who signed him into the emergency room. I called an attorney in the state where my ex lives, and he said he would charge $2,500 to get me in front of a judge to get a court order for the ex to pay. He says that if my ex says he can’t afford to pay, it could make the case more expensive. The problem is that my ex is self-employed and can manipulate finances as he needs. Even with an order, it may be difficult for me to collect. I have been working hard on repairing my credit, and this will destroy it. Do you know of anything I can do to help myself? — Reader, via email DEAR READER: We have two separate things here. The fact that you have a court order has little relevancy if someone wants to walk away from his responsibilities, and that is the unhappy truth.The attorney gave some solid

advice — that the cost of forcing this guy to live up to that court order may exceed any money that would be forthcoming. As for the medical bills, the hospital’s position is going to be that when you signed in your son, you accepted responsibility for the bills. I suspect that if you went to the hospital and talked to an executive (not a clerk), the hospital might reduce this number dramatically and work out a payment plan — not because it wants to, but because it recognizes that if it doesn’t, it will receive nothing. I know this is not what you want to hear, but it’s really the best I can do under the circumstances. I constantly try to alert people, particularly women, that all the divorce decrees in the world are worthless if somebody wants to take a hike. DEAR BRUCE: Someone told me that the family is not responsible for a

deceased person’s remaining debt. Is this correct? — Reader, via email DEAR READER: What you heard in passing is true sometimes. If we’re talking credit card debt, it depends on who signed for the card, whether other people used the card, etc. On balance, if only the deceased’s name is on these outstanding bills, the family may not be responsible, but certainly the estate is. Before anything can be distributed to the heirs, the estate must meet its obligations. If the assets are there, retire those debts. The Bruce Williams Radio Show can now be heard at Send questions to or to Smart Money, P.O. Box 7150, Hudson, FL 34674. Questions of general interest will be answered in future columns. Owing to the volume of mail, personal replies cannot be provided.



else,” Lewandowski said. “Nothing is guaranteed at this point.” Lewandowski said polo has been in San Diego for 106 years, calling the sport “a fabric in the community that can’t be replaced.” If the club’s lease isn’t renewed, there are small polo fields in Lakeside and Poway, but those may not be large enough to accommodate the polo fans and players in coastal North County, he said. But Lewandowski hopes it doesn’t come to that. He said the polo club is fighting to gain community support on the lease. They’ve given presentations to a variety of community leaders and groups, and also asked people to The San Diego Polo Club wants to remain the leaseholder of a field that’s used for polo and other events. The back them by signing a city of San Diego will go out to bid on the field, but hasn’t announced when. Photo by Jared Whitlock



always the same,” Smith said. “We have an extensive ready list of people that we think could help us if called upon,” he said. That ready list will have names of players added and removed as other teams begin making cuts and players become available. “Whatever we think can help our team or upgrade


myself.” Antichevich, who is also an accomplished painter and ceramicist, has been sculpting surfers in bronze since 1987 and has shown his work with 101 Artist Colony and Trios Gallery. Although his work is extraordinary, he holds the perfection of Italian masters as a standard by which to weigh its merit. He says, “I still don’t think it’s reached that quality,” but he continues to strive towards that formidable level of accomplishment. Movement is a major

our team, we think we’ll do it. I’m always exploring that possibility,” Smith said. While Smith wouldn’t comment on the amount of cap room the Chargers have, reports on show the team has, as of July, $2.86 million in cap space. That figure doesn’t reflect the Aug. 8 signings of offensive tackles Anthony Davis and Michael Toudouze to one-year deals. Cap room is always

under control, Smith said. “It’s priority number one when I was hired here…we always want to have enough money to do whatever we can do. That’s always controlled. Ed (Mcguire) always keeps me in check,” he added. Smith said he always wants to know where the team is in the cap to have the flexibility to make a trade or bring in a player if they want to. “It’s something we’re

always conscience of. We don’t have a large amount of cap, we will spend money. That’s Dean Spanos’ commitment. We will spend the money on the players to help us win. And if you look at our cap and you studied that through history, there’s no question that Dean Spanos is committed to giving us the money to get players.” We’ve always had enough by design to do what we need to do, he added.

element in Antichevich’s work and, according to his recently appointed agent Susan Hays, “It was because of the movement in his art that he was chosen above the others for the Cardiff commission.” Each of his previous surfing sculptures had a large wave incorporated into its design, which emphasized the movement of the piece. The life-long surfer says, “The water is as important, if not more so, than the figure.” Working within a limited budget, he still rose to the challenge when forced to eliminate his signature wave from the commissioned work.

When asked how the strong community reaction to the Cardiff sculpture has affected him, Antichevich responded, “It made me humble and a better artist. I probably would have been full of myself if it was very successful. It made me a better person.” Considering the positive impact his notorious creation has had on the local culture, Antichevich states with his glass-halffull attitude, “I think I’m real lucky. It’s been like a dream come true.” I’m hoping that the future holds a tsunami of well-deserved success for this unassuming but praise-

worthy artist. He’s earned it. Selected works by Antichevich will be featured at a reception in Cardiff on Aug. 25. For information about the event, contact Susan Hays a t susan.artconsultant@gmail .com. Kay Colvin is an art consultant and director of the L Street Fine Art Gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. She specializes in promoting emerging and mid-career artists and bringing enrichment programs to elementary schools through The Kid’s College. Contact her at


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Officials reminding lagoon visitors of rules Proposed art center

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By Christina Macone-Greene

While the activity level at Agua Hedionda Lagoon is in full swing this summer, the City of Carlsbad continues to remind residents and guests on the regulations. While thousands of people visit the lagoon every single year, a few recent events, have spurred the city to remind folks of the rules. “Some recent safety incidents at the lagoon include an unleashed dog biting a kayaker and the improper use of the slalom course,” said Kristina Ray, City of Carlsbad communications manager. “These incidents are a result of residents and guests not following the lagoon’s rules and regulations, which are put into place to make sure the lagoon is a safe recreational area for everyone.” Ray said visitors use the lagoon for boating, water skiing, wake boarding, kayaking and paddle boarding. Those who want a quieter visit take a nature walk, fish, or relax on the beach. When the lagoon rules are not followed, it makes a potential visit for others not so pleasing, and is some cases, hazardous. “We are trying to raise awareness of rules about where you can launch boats and how to get the proper permit, what the different parts of the lagoon can be used for, and rules about keeping dogs on a

With activity levels increasing at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon city officials are reminding guests about the rules and regulations when using the lagoon. Photo courtesy of Sam Wells

leash at all times,” she said. For instance, power vessels are launched at the northwest portion of the inner lagoon while launching nonpower vessels is at the south end of Bayshore Drive. Ray pointed out the importance of visitors staying out of the protected wildlife habitat areas. Additionally, vendors and those providing lessons at the lagoon require a business license to operate. “The City of Carlsbad Police Department enforces current California boating laws, and state and city codes to ensure the public's safety, but it is up to residents and guests to follow these rules,” she said, adding how community service officers regularly patrol the lagoon to enforce rules and regulations. Agua Hedionda Lagoon is

owned by NRG. However, the City of Carlsbad regulates and maintains the 295-acre inner lagoon for visitors. “For example, the City of Carlsbad places and maintains regulatory buoys to separate use areas for boaters, while also providing the rules and regulations information to the public,” Ray said. “The lagoon is not only a popular recreational area, but also a sensitive and vital ecosystem,” she said. “Visitors are surrounded by its natural beauty, which includes hundreds of species of marine life and water fowl.” Ray wants visitors to know that the rules around the lagoon’s use are in place to protect public safety and the lagoon environment. Lisa Rodman, executive director at the Discovery Center at the Agua Hedionda




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Sept. 12 to change the zoning to mixed-use arts center. Last year, developers proposed building offices and housing on the property. Citing community character and the need for a local arts center, the Council declined the request to rezone the school site. School officials and Art Pulse entered into negotiations about six months ago, with Art Pulse’s board of directors, green lighting the deal earlier this month. The $7.5 million sale calls for a $300,000 deposit from Art Pulse by the end of October. After the meeting, April Game, executive director of Art Pulse, said construction would tentatively begin in two years and the community art center would debut to the public in five years. “ T h a t ’s not a definite t i m e l i n e ,” Game said. April Game “Right now, Executive Director,Art Pulse we’re more worried about the San Diego Symphony the immediate steps ahead of Chorus,said local artists lack a us.” In addition to seeking “home.” “Lots of visual artists,lots zoning approval from Council, of performing artists — most Game said Art Pulse would of us really can’t bring our art likely need to go before the to our community, which is state Coastal Commission. One benefit of rezoning what I think this project the property is artists will be offers,” Chase said. But not everyone praised able to sell their work onsite, the project. Leucadia resident she said. If the $7.5 million sale Lynn Marr said she’s worried about the property being goes through, the cost for rezoned to allow for housing. building the community art “The community doesn’t center is $12 million, though want it to be rezoned,” Marr that’s a loose estimate right said. “We think a smaller art now, Game said. The cost could vary center can be built.” A local developer agreed depending on the final size of to finance $3 million to $4 mil- the community art center and lion of the project in return for the number of parking spaces, as many as seven housing as well as what amenities the units being built on a strip of public decides to include during future public workshops. the site. $3 million to $4 million of School trustee Maureen Muir voted against the project the project will come from the because of concerns over the sale of the property to residential development, while $10 housing element. Currently, the site is million to $17 million of the zoned as public or semi-public. funding will be provided by a In order for the deal to capital fundraising campaign, move forward, Art Pulse will according to Art Pulse’s webask the Encinitas City Council site.

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At the Encinitas Union School District meeting, school trustees voted 3-1 to approve the $7.5 million sale of the Pacific View Elementary site to Art Pulse,a San Diego-based nonprofit. Art Pulse plans to turn the 2.8-acre school site, which was closed in 2003 due to declining enrollment, into a community art center with artist studios, a sculpture garden, indoor and outdoor performance spaces, classrooms, offices, housing and other amenities. A dozen speakers, most in favor of the project, spoke at the meeting. David Chase, a Leucadia resident and choral director of

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Getting back to the school grind I woke up this morning horrified and amused to realize I was no better than a truant teen-age surfer. All I wanted to do was chuck all my responsibilities and head for the beach. School is back in session this week, and even those of us with a bit of time off are back at it, but our hearts lie to the west. I’ve decided to blame it on muscle memory. For a good part of my childhood, mid-August was the time my family piled into the car and from whatever point of the compass we were stationed, drove to San Diego and the beach. It happened to be Mission Beach, but the beach isn’t the most important part. The middle two weeks of August, was when, without fail, the weather was sparkling, the water was above 70 degrees and I didn’t have to do anything but lie in the sun and splash in the ocean to my heart’s content. There was a pause, I’ll admit, in my idyllic Augusts, but having kids got me back down to the beach again and it felt like I’d never left. I had more reason than most mothers to pout when they started school. Besides, going to the beach isn’t nearly as much fun without kids and girlfriends. Who’s going to coax you into the water even when you aren’t sure it’s warm enough? Who will help you build your sand castle? Who the heck is going to let you bury their legs and carve out mermaid fins instead? A person should get over that once they have purchased their weight in pencils, notebooks and backpacks. It’s almost as good as being transferred to Yuma, but it is very tough to fight the pull of the ocean. Heck, just ask the tides. This time of year, I might be driving north by northeast, but my brain very badly wants me to head west. On behalf of the chambers of commerce, I will mention that if you chose to vacation here now, you picked the perfect time. All the teachers and children have returned to air-conditioned classrooms, and you can have the perfect beach weather all to yourselves. And don’t think we don’t resent the heck out of it. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer missing the sand between her toes. Contact her at

By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Diners who have visited Innfusion at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe recently may have noticed some subtle differences in the restaurant’s menu. If you have noticed you have probably been tasting the handiwork of Todd Allison, the new executive chef who came on board around the first week in July. Allison said he does plan to make changes to the menu, but not a lot of changes right away. “Too many changes would rock the boat too much. I want it (the transition) nice and smooth,” he said. So far, so good. “What I am getting (from customers) is ‘We miss the old, but the new is good,’” he said. But, the more things change, some of the menu items will stay the same, like the TURN TO CHEF ON B15

Ecke Ranch sells to Dutch-based company By Jared Whitlock

Ecke Ranch recently announced it was acquired by Agribio Group, a Dutch plant and flower grower, for an undisclosed amount. The deal has yet to finalized, but Paul Ecke III said he expects it to be completed by midSeptember. “It was a tough call, but I think the right thing to do,” said Ecke. Ecke said a number of factors played into the decision, most of them relating to the flower industry consolidating. Flowers are increasingly sold at retail and supermarket giants that demand standardization and other requirements from flower producers, making it hard for smaller operations to keep up. “Through no fault of our own, we used to be a bigger company, now we’re smaller because of all the global competition that came in,” Ecke said. In recent years, the company hasn’t been able to expand as much as it hoped because it can’t access capital as easily as larger flower producers like Agribio. And Agribio’s extensive supply chain gives Ecke Ranch reach into more markets, he said. “I’ve been saying our situation is analogous to Porsche,” Ecke said. “It’s a smaller company that’s great, yet limited in what it can do. So it agreed to become a part of Volkswagen.” Though he’ll stay in Encinitas and likely continue

Synonymous with poinsettias, Ecke Ranch sold to Agribio, a Dutch company. Ecke Ranch headquarters will stay in Encinitas. File photo

working with the Flower Fields of Carlsbad, as well as with local charities and other groups, Ecke said he will no longer be a part of the company his family is known for, both at home and abroad. The Eckes have been growing flowers in Encinitas for almost nine decades and have been credited by many with putting poinsettias on the map. The company also operates in Guatemala and to a smaller degree in Denmark. The Ecke Ranch name will continue, and will be a subsidiary of Agribio, according to Andy Higgins, president of Ecke Ranch. Management,

sales and flower-growing operations will remain in place at all locations, and while “positions are being evaluated,” there are no current plans to layoff employees, he said. Ecke Ranch headquarters will stay in Encinitas, Ecke said. Higgins said the sale took eight months to negotiate. Agribio approached Ecke Ranch because of its strong brand recognition and reputation for producing poinsettias, he said. New types of flowers could be grown at Ecke Ranch, but “poinsettias will remain our number one focus,” Higgins said.

This spring, the Leichtag Foundation, a Carlsbad-based nonprofit, signed an agreement to purchase the 67-acre property at Ecke Ranch. Eventually the foundation plans on using the property for educational opportunities and community activities like farming. The Leichtag Foundation acquisition is separate from the Agribio deal. Agribio will lease a portion of the green houses for at least three years, while the Leichtag Foundation will own the Ecke Ranch property, as soon as that deal is finalized on or before March 2013, Ecke said.

Rowe school to issue iPads ■ Students,

parents will also get list of rules for gadet’s use By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Middle school students at R. Roger Rowe School in Rancho Santa Fe will be the first to get their hands on iPads when school starts on Aug. 27. In addition, they and their parents will get a handful of rules about the care and feeding of the new devices and a contract to sign to indicate they understand. “This has been an ongoing discussion,” said Lindy Delaney, district superintendent, at the Aug. 9 school board meeting. “What we have here is a very specific set of rules when you are handed an iPad.” First and foremost, the parents and students are informed in the contract that they are responsible for the device and if it is lost, damaged beyond repair or stolen, they are responsible for paying for the replacement of it. The replacement cost of the device will be available on the school’s website. The rules include stressing the devices are property of the school and not for personal use and students should have no expectations of privacy on the devices. The list of rules stresses that students should not leave the device unattended and that it should be left in its protective case. Also, the recording capabilities should not be used without the school’s prior express permission. The iPads must be brought to school each day fully charged. “This is a work in progress since this is the first time. There are things we won’t anticipate,” Delaney said. Still, there is much excitement attached to the iPads and finding applications for them. “Seventh grade will have their science book on the iPad,” said Cindy Schaub, assistant superintendent. Schaub has been working practically nonstop along with Ben Holbert, director of technology, to get the program ready for the start of school. “You don’t have to carry a textbook because it is all right there,” said Jim Depolo, board president. In other school news, planning for the 2012-2013 TURN TO IPADS ON B15


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East Pacific Green Turtles being spotted off Cardiff reef By Lillian Cox

Two years ago at least two sea creatures moved stealthily into local waters. Tom Stephan was out surfing Cardiff reef when he first encountered them. “One was big, about three-feet long, and the other was two feet,” he recalled. “They were eating algae on the reef.” Not long after seeing them, Stephan was making a bottom turn on a wave when saw the little one. In a split second, he jumped off his surfboard to avoid injuring it. “It was swimming next to me 100 yards off shore at low tide,” he remembered. “I saw the head of what I thought was a sea otter near a string of kelp, then I noticed reptilian eyes. I thought ‘Cool, the turtles are back.’” Earlier this month, Stephan saw the turtles again. Stephan began spreading the word about the turtles, fearing another surfer might accidentally hit one. He then polled surfers to see if there were other encounters. Vinnie Tessieri, who works at Hansen’s, also had a story. “The first time I saw them was last summer when I was spear fishing at Swami’s and they were about 40 or 45 feet below the surface,” Tessieri said. “I’ve seen them at Pipes at about 35 feet.They were just cruising, and were about two-feet long with a few spots on their shells. I had never seen them before, so it was exciting to see them in

“I think the Cardiff sightings are relatively new and an indication that the population is starting to recover and reoccupy previous habitats,” said Dr. Jeffrey Seminoff. “If we were to rewind 200 years, we probably would have seen them like they are now — probably more.” Courtesy photo

Tom Stephan points to Cardiff reef where he spotted an adult and juvenile East Pacific Green Turtle two years ago, and another juvenile on Aug. 3. Photo by Lillian Cox

action.” Dr. Jeffrey Seminoff is program leader, Marine Turtle Ecology and Assessment Program, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA. He said that although he was aware of turtles in San Diego Bay, he was surprised to learn two years ago that there were additional sightings north in the San Gabriel River. He described these as a “new phenomenon.” “Just like San Gabriel, I think the Cardiff sightings are relatively new and an indica-

tion that the population is starting to recover and reoccupy previous habitats,” he said. “If we were to rewind 200 years, we probably would have seen them like they are now — probably more.” Seminoff said the Cardiff sightings, most likely, are the tip of the iceberg. “In the early 1970s, Michoacan, Mexico was their primary nesting place, and still is,” he explained. “About 15,000 females would come out and lay their eggs each nesting season from

November to March. In the late 1980s, the nesting population was down to 200 to 300 turtles per year. The adults were killed for meat and the eggs were thought to be an aphrodisiac.” Today, he said, the population has increased to about 5,000 turtles thanks to Michoacan’s conservation efforts, now in its third decade. Known as East Pacific Green Turtles, they are genetically distinct from those observed between California

and Chile, and the Yucatan where turtles swim with humans. “These are very skittish and do not like people,” Seminoff cautioned. “In the future, those behaviors might change and they might become more accustomed to surfers. They are very savvy, and very cryptic.” He added, “Juvenile turtles ‘pinball’ up the coast at about two to four years of age. Then they ‘set up shop’ and stay in the coastal area for 20 years. Upon sexual maturity, they start nesting.” Surf legend Woody Ekstrom of Leucadia recalled his last encounter with a sea turtle. “It was in 1943 at San Onofre, before they built the nuclear power plant,” he remembered. “The water was real warm, and the turtle was about 20 inches across. We

were all impressed.” Seminoff says local residents can help protect sea turtles by: refraining from using plastic bags which, when confused with food, can clog a turtle’s intestines resulting in death; eat sustainable seafood that employs turtle-friendly fishing methods (see: eafoodwatch), and by disposing motor oil and other poisons responsibly, so they don’t end up in the ocean. East Pacific Green Turtles enjoy a rich diet that includes sea grass, algae, sponges, jellyfish, anemones, snails and invertebrates. For this reason, Seminoff speculates they could possibly be living in the San Elijo Lagoon. He requests that sea turtle sightings in the lagoon be reported at:

Summer’s end means Greek Festival time Tickets are available now for a trip to Greece in your own backyard. The annual Greek Festival at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church is set from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 8 and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 9 at 3459 Manchester Ave. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children under 12. Free parking is available at adjacent Mira Costa College. For two days, the church grounds are transformed into a quaint Greek village atmosphere where you can experience fine food, traditional Greek dancing, and Greek hospitality. An open marketplace includes Greek imports, pot-

tery, fine jewelry, artwork, Greek deli specialty food, a selection of special Greek wines and an array of items at YiaYia’s (Grandma’s) Treasures. Visit the North County Greek School booth and learn to say and write your name in Greek.Then get a personalized T-shirt with your name in Greek letters. While adults are shopping, the children can enjoy the Olympics themed Fun Zone with crafts, game booths and miniature golf. The church’s folk dance troupes, Armonia, Neo Kyma Dancers, Elpida and Opalakia will perform in full traditional dress on the outdoor patio.The visitors can also try Greek

dancing in the Taverna to the live music of The Olympians. Church tours will be held each day at noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 6 p.m.A live auction will take place at 5 p.m. both days. Raffle tickets are $10 each and limited to 7,500 sold. Tickets can be purchased at the festival or on the web site at and you need not be present to win. All proceeds benefit the church building fund and charities including many organizations in Africa, the Japan earthquake effort, Kids n’ Cancer and the Community Resource Center in Encinitas. For more information, visit



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Carlsbad woman’s DVDs help children of varying abilities learn By Christina Macone-Greene

New businesses open every year, but it’s rare to have one open its doors because someone’s child was their inspiration. This happened to Lucile Hooton Lynch. Lynch, whose son Connor was born with cerebral palsy, made the decision to park her legal career as a trial attorney and co-founded Steps4Kids, a production company that creates award-winning educational DVDs for children in pre-kindergarten up to elementary school. The instructional videos set kids up for success in areas such as learning the alphabet, math, writing, drawing and much more. Lynch, also the owner of Steps4Kids, lives in Carlsbad with her family and calls Connor her miracle baby. “I became pregnant after being told I could not get pregnant and then I unfortunately developed something called the HELLP syndrome, which required for my twin boys to be delivered early,” said Lynch, 51.“When Connor was delivered, he was only 24 weeks and 15 ounces.” Connor was given less than a 5 percent chance to live. Now, he is 14 years old. Lynch credits her son for

being one of the toughest little guys she knows. “He made it through all his medical challenges, including over 13 surgeries and procedures but has always kept a smile on his face,” she said. “He has a heart of gold, much like my husband.” As Connor grew older, his cerebral palsy and focus issues affected his writing skills. Because he enjoyed television, Lynch got the idea of using it as part of his learning tool. Her first homemade video popped up in late 2004. Lynch researched video modeling and discovered how it helped with learning and retention. “I filmed myself writing letters using the ‘point of view’ perspective,” she said, adding that she tried a few letters and her son grasped it. Lynch then did the whole alphabet. While Conner watched the DVD and practiced his letters, she didn’t expect her other twin son, Chase, to do the same. Eventually, Chase did so well he earned a handwriting award at school. Following that, Lynch made more homemade DVDs

Carlsbad mom's business was inspired by her child who was born with cerebral palsy. The company is now winning educational awards. Courtesy photo

in areas such as spelling, reading, how to make the bed, and so on. The spelling DVD is Connor’s favorite. “For example for the word ‘catch,’ I filmed him and his brother throwing the ball back and forth five times as they spelled the letters to help visually demonstrate the

word as well as teach the word using auditory support,” she said. When Lynch discovered that both her sons were benefiting from the DVDs, that’s when the idea of a business percolated. Her DVDs could help developing children and

those with special needs. Steps4Kids, based in Encinitas, opened in 2005. Lynch taught herself how to use a camera, graphics, film editing software and website coding. Her support network included her husband, sons and mother.

Lynch’s husband, Brian, describes her as relentless. “Once Lucile makes up her mind to do something, I guarantee it will get done. She is one of the smartest and most creative people you will ever meet and when you combine that with her relentless determination, good things happen,” Brian Lynch said. “Once she realized there was a need for instructional DVDs to help children of all abilities, she put her head down and got to work.” Now, her products are sold in the U.S., Canada and Singapore. Steps4Kids has also received numerous awards from Creative Child Magazine, Dr. Toy, Booklist Online and more. Its most recent accolade was “DVD of the Year” for its Steps4Kids to Draw by Creative Child Magazine. “Creative Child Magazine’s Awards Program is unique in that all products submitted are reviewed by moms, music educators and early education professionals,” said Diane Morse, operations director at Creative Child Magazine. “Steps4Kids and Lucile are terrific and I am glad to see the company grow.”

Self-Realization Fellowship begins services at auxiliary chapel By Tony Cagala

After 18 months of planning and construction the Self-Realization Fellowship has opened its new auxiliary chapel for the first time for services last Sunday. Lauren Landress is the assistant director of public relations for the SelfRealization Fellowship, which has its headquarters in Los Angeles, Calif. She said the auxiliary chapel was built to accommodate the overflow from their existing temple one block north of the new chapel. “Over the years, especially recently, there’s been an increase in attendance…and there’s been a need for accommodating the overflow that cannot fit in our main temple any longer,” Landress said. The Fellowship was able to use an existing 2,400 square feet that it had already owned and was using as office space to renovate for the chapel, along with an additional 1,400 square feet created as new construction. The Fellowship implemented a fundraising campaign, which paid for the renovation and new construction. The main temple, which can hold approximately 300 people in the main room, an overflow section and outside patio, holds two services on Sundays to try and accommodate everyone. The new temple at 1105 2nd Street will allow 200 more congregators to watch the services on two big screen TVs receiving a video feed. Landress attributed the growth of their congregation to the increasing interest in yoga over the last 10 years. The founder of the SelfRealization Fellowship Paramahansa Yogananda is

It took 18 months, from planning to construction, to complete the new auxiliary chapel.

Brother Naradananda, a minister at the Self-Realization Fellowship in Encinitas stands near the entrance to the new auxiliary chapel that can accommodate 200 more congregators Photos by Tony Cagala

“People do want…someconsidered the father of yoga in the West, she added. “His thing that’s more lasting and book, ‘Autobiography of a has more meaning in their Yogi,’ which was first published in 1946, has served as the definitive introduction to yoga for most Westerners.” And it’s with Westerners becoming more familiar with the deeper practices of yoga, which feature meditation techniques at the core of Yogananda’s teachings, Landress said, that they’ve been seeing the steady 1x2 is newspaper talk for a one column growth and over the last couby 2” ad. Too small to be effective? ple of years has really blosYou’re reading this aren’t you? Call 760-436-9737 for more info. somed.


lives and they’re finding that meditation helps to bring them more in focus with who they truly are. It provides a…sense of peace, joy and well-being,” she said. “And the more one meditates, the more one feels that and especially in this very uncertain, frenetic age that we’re in, meditation is a very solid panacea for what we’re faced with.” Brother Naradananda is a minister at the Fellowship and said that Encinitas, where Yogananda wrote his autobiography, is an ideal spot. “It’s a beach community, and this, being Southern California, probably we’re on the cutting edge of anything as far as meditation…it was just a perfect spot to teach meditation,” he said.

“That’s our main core, is meditation,” he said. The services at the SelfRealization Fellowship are those of meditation and inspiration based on the teachings of Yogananda, Landress explained. “(The teachings) have their roots in original Christianity and original yoga,” she said. The new chapel will also be the home of the teen youth program and can be used for events as weddings, christenings or memorial services. Parking spaces are available on both ends of the new chapel, including the use of street parking and an agreement with nearby businesses that will allow congregators to park in the lots on Sundays. Chris Mayne of C Mayne Construction completed the

build on a design by Gene Chapo. The Self-Realization Fellowship recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. The original temple was built in 1938, but due to erosion collapsed four years later. Services were held in several different locations prior to 1977 when the services were moved to their existing location at 939 2nd Street.

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EDUCATIONAL O PPORTUNITIES What is high school like in 2012? At Halstrom, It’s High School - Your Way! When it’s just YOU and ONE TEACHER, there’s no better way to learn.

It might be different than what you think. The needs of high-school students aren’t changing. However, the way we meet those needs have changed. At Halstrom High School, classrooms consist of one student and one teacher, offering 1:1 instruction, along with flexible scheduling, where students learn their own way, on their own schedule to reach their full potential. Enrollment at Halstrom High School continues to increase as parents and students find value in the one student to one teacher ratio. Another way Halstrom meets needs of today’s students is by preparing them for tomorrow’s world through its technology-rich environment. Halstrom’s iPad program gives students access to textbooks, lessons, teaching aps, and communication with their teachers – all in the palm of their hand. Here, let some Halstrom High School students tell you how this educational approach has helped them achieve their goals in and out of the classroom. Kiana “Before coming to Halstrom, I didn’t take school seriously. Now that I’m at Halstrom, I’m looking at uni-

versities and planning what I want to do with my life. It means more to me to come to school and turn in my homework and have the teachers be proud of me because I have the one-on-one relation-

golfer, so I have to balance a rigorous training schedule with my high school studies. With the flexible scheduling offered through Halstrom High School, I take college prep courses, including AP classes, and maintain a 4.0 GPA, all while keeping competitive with my golf. My proudest achievement was last year when I was named to the prestigious Rolex Junior All-America Team for the American Junior — Kiana Golf Association which HALSTROM HIGH STUDENT included the top 96 ranked golfers ages 1319.” ship with them. Not only have my grades changed, but my Dallas attitude has changed. My out“I’m a professional golook on life and my outlook cart driver and aspire to one on school – everything has day be a professional race car changed for the better.” driver. Through Halstrom’s flexiKendall “As a competitive swim- ble scheduling, I’m able to go mer, I was having trouble bal- to school Monday through ancing my training and stud- Wednesday, then train and through ies. I found Halstrom’s 1:1 race Thursday instruction helped me work Sunday. Between classes, training on areas of my course work and racing, I fit in homework that needed the most attention. This year I was fortunate and am able to keep up in to make it to the Olympic tri- school. Halstrom makes it als, and this fall I’m excited to even easier with all my books start college at Northern and lessons on the iPad. And the teachers at Halstrom Arizona University on a swimmake sure that no matter ming scholarship.” what, you get it. And they try Luke to make sure you don’t quit – “I’m a competitive junior with anything.”



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Santa Fe Montessori provides a warm nurturing environment ■ Montessori

children love going to school Santa Fe Montessori School develops habits of mind and heart in children that last a lifetime. In safe, nurturing yet stimulating environments, children, ages 18 months to 12 years make choices about what they want to learn and when they want to learn it. This opportunity to guide one's own learning from such an early age fosters independence, self-motivation, and self-determination. Large windows reveal adjacent patio gardens and allow abundant natural light into classrooms richly endowed with time-tested Montessori learning materials. Those hands-on manipulatives allow children to learn things like the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates, the countries and capitals of Europe, the internal organs of the human body, the planets of the solar system, and what an ellipsoid is. And this all happens in the preschool and kindergarten classes! Those same three to six year old children routinely

finish three years in the Children's House classroom knowing how to read phonetic books - some graduate reading chapter books. In mathematics, they learn to add and subtract single digit numbers as well as quantities in the thousands. Some even learn their multiplication tables. Montessori children love going to school, often asking during vacations, "Can I go to school today?" They also love their teachers. Because the children can stay with their teacher for three years, they develop strong and trusting bonds. These kind and knowledgeable teachers respect and support the growth of each child's unique personality and talents. Every child is not only allowed to learn and grow at their own pace, but expertly aided in doing so. The teacher's role is to guide this development, encouraging curiosity and removing obstacles to learning at every step. Parents are routinely amazed at their children's progress. They seem to learn effortlessly, yet a solid work ethic is instilled. They find joy in "working" in the classroom, although it feels like "play" to them. Because both their developmental needs and their personal prefer-

ences are honored and nourished, the children appear rested, calm and peaceful. They learn and grow at an amazing rate, yet retain their childish innocence and playfulness. Because our Montessori teachers consistently treat the children with respect, the children relate to each other with compassionate regard and respect. Montessori children are well-rounded, loving to learn but also caring about other children, both older and younger. Each classroom is a calm and peaceful place where smiles, laughter and gentle words predominate. This school feels like a second family to the children (and to their parents as well.) A Montessori education can transform your child's life by developing not only academic excellence, but personal excellence. Whether your child is 18 months or 12 years or somewhere in between, he or she will be honored and respected for who they are, cared for and nurtured, as well as enticed into learning concepts and facts that will amaze you. Santa Fe Montessori School is the best kept secret in San Diego County for getting the most out of your money if investing in a private education.


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EDUCATIONAL O PPORTUNITIES “Mommy and Me Under the Sea” ■ Featuring play

zones, fun facts and quiz trails More than a standard Aquarium, SEA LIFE® Carlsbad Aquarium at the L E G O L A N D ® California Resort provides an educational and interactive dynamic unlike any other. The SEA LIFE experience incorporates LEGO® models into a child's voyage to the depths of the ocean, presenting the wonders of

the underwater world to them in a way specially designed for their understanding. Featuring play zones, fun facts and quiz trails, SEA LIFE is designed to be a child's guide to the life of the sea. Starting September, SEA LIFE introduces a new program for parents with small children called "Mommy and Me Under the Sea". This program includes kid-friendly play activities, fun animal crafts, an education program and a special Aquarium tour each week

on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for one month. Also now open at SEA LIFE is its newest interactive exhibit, "CLAWS!". The five new displays include Japanese spider crabs, which can grow to 13feet across, and coconut crabs, named for their ability to crack open coconuts with the power of their claws. For more information on SEA LIFE, Mommy and Me Under the Sea and CLAWS! visit or call (760) 918 - 5346.

Private college admissions counseling Ensure your student makes the most out of their high school experience and are prepared for university, and especially, the university application process. The Clarus Consulting Group are experienced and credentialed high school guidance counselors who have successfully assisted students attending schools such as Torrey Pines High School, Cathedral Catholic, Canyon Crest Academy, Poway High School, and Coronado High School to be accepted into highly competitive universities around the country. Clarus provides stu-

dents with one-on-one guidance and support to handle the competitive university application process as well as navigate questions on high school. With school budgets being what they are, most high school guidance counselors work with a caseload of 650 or more students. Our counselors don’t have that difficulty and can provide you with focused attention! Services include: guidance in planning which courses to take during high school and in what sequence, building a stellar ‘brag packet’ for college and universities so you stand out from

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MiraCosta College helps record numbers of student veterans Across the state, veterans like Thomas Sudnick are turning to community colleges like MiraCosta College to assist with the transition back to civilian life. A decorated sailor who served seven years in the Navy and Navy Reserves, including overseas support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Sudnick was initially concerned about his transition to student life. Those concerns, however, were put to rest when he began his academic career at MiraCosta College. “MiraCosta College provided me with support from day one, making the transition from military service to higher education smooth,” said Sudnick. “I have been given access to counselors who specialize in working with active-duty military personnel and veterans, along with access to outside support services.” During his time at MiraCosta College, Sudnick excelled academically and earned two Osher scholarships, as well as the Kendra Keating scholarship. A 2012 graduate, Sudnick transferred to California State University San Marcos, where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree with the goal of

meet thanks to the college programs supported by the Howard Charitable Foundation.” In the past five years, MiraCosta College has experienced a 54 percent increase in veteran enrollment and anticipates serving even more student veterans over the next three years. Currently, approximately 1,740 activeduty military and veterans and an additional 1,030 military dependents attend the college each Francisco Rodriguez semester. “At MiraCosta MiraCosta Superintendent/President College, we believe service to more student veter- that in addition to offering ans thanks to a $305,500 grant classes, it is our responsibility from the Howard Charitable to recognize the particular Foundation. The grant pro- needs of our veterans, includvides funds to augment stu- ing those who suffer from dent veteran counseling serv- post traumatic stress disorder ices, administer loans and and traumatic brain injury,” emergency grants to student said Gilbert Hermosillo, veterans, and gives limited MiraCosta College’s dean of funding for the college’s admissions and student supVeterans Information Center. port. “This grant gives us the “This grant will signifi- resources needed to ensure cantly impact the lives of our that services like counseling student veterans by improv- and the Veterans Information ing the college’s ability to Center can continue to serve serve those who have served our growing veteran populaour country,” said MiraCosta tion.” These grant funds augCollege Superintendent/ President Francisco ment student veteran services Rodriguez. “These students for a period of three years have unique characteristics beginning, with the start of and needs that MiraCosta the school year in August College will be able to better 2012. becoming a state trooper or a juvenile probation officer. “MiraCosta College has prepared me well for the next leg in my academic journey. I am incredibly thankful for everything the college has given me.” MiraCosta College can now provide even greater

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What is Naturopathic Medicine? ■ Bastyr University

California Grand Opening Sept. 14 You can take a proactive approach to changing your health through integrative naturopathic medicine, a system of primary care that emphasizes natural healing, disease prevention and whole-person wellness. Rather than just treating the disease, a licensed naturopathic doctor (ND) seeks to identify the underlying causes of disease. Natural therapies start with self-healing, but also encompass the use of proven natural therapies that combine centuries-old knowledge with modern science. NDs are trained to work closely with conventional doctors and other medical providers to ensure that all of a patient’s needs are met. “Naturopathic doctors take a holistic approach to the care of their patients and try to use the healing power of nature,” said Jane Guiltinan, ND, dean of the School of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University California. Naturopathic doctors also take the time to get to know you so they can treat the whole person, which means you can expect to talk in-depth about your diet, exercise habits, sleep

Let’s talk (sliced) turkey for lunch Consumer Reports’ tasters recently tried 18 packaged turkey slices, and although none would beat meat sliced off the bone, some are worthy alternatives if you want to save a little money or skip a deli line. The top-rated products tend to be tender, flavorful and made from whole meat sliced from the breast rather than reformed from various pieces. And the worst? To quote CR’s tasters, Market Pantry Ultra Thin roast turkey slices from Target are “slick” and “sour.” Land O’Frost smoked turkey slices are “rubbery, with a chewy rind.” All earned a Good score for nutrition, based on fairly low energy density (calories per gram of food), fats, sodium, sugars and iron. Per twoslice serving, the recommended products have 45 to 60 calories, zero to 1 gram of fat, and 360 to 620 milligrams of sodium. Two of the three Hillshire Farm products have the most sodium; Market Pantry Less Sodium and Applegate have the least. Sodium nitrite and nitrate are often added to sliced turkey as preservatives, but those compounds, which occur naturally in some foods,

Americans eat an average of three sandwiches a week, according to Consumer Reports’ recent survey. Courtesy photo

may form nitrosamines, which can cause cancer in lab animals. Three tested products — Applegate Naturals and two Hormel Natural Choice Deli products, Roasted and Smoked — claim “no nitrates or nitrites added.” Kirkland Signature has no label claim, but the maker told CR that it doesn’t add nitrates. The other products that were tested have added nitrites. Bottom line: The 10 recommended turkey slices include six CR Best Buys: Kirkland Signature Sliced (Costco), Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh, Market Pantry Ultra Thin Less Sodium (Target), and Bar-S Deli Shaved, all Roasted, plus two Smoked products, Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh and Hormel Natural Choice Deli. Among the top roasted choices, Kirkland Signature (Costco) and Oscar Mayer

Carving Board are thick, flavorful whole-meat slices. Kirkland Signature comes in three 14-ounce packages, so if you choose it, plan to feed a crew. (The package recommends eating it within seven days of opening it.) Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh slices are thin and tender, with a hint of smoke. Among the top smoked choices, Oscar Mayer Carving Board and Hormel have thick slices that taste like turkey-ham. Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh has thin turkey slices with a big smoky flavor. BREAD NUTRITION: BAGEL OR CROISSANT? When white bread is too boring for that turkey sandwich, what’s a healthful alternative? CR looked at nutrition stats for 33 bagels, croissants, flatbreads, pitas, rolls and tortillas, and scored each

based on calories, fats, sodium, sugars, iron, calcium and fiber. CR found Very Good products in most categories. Scoring just Fair, generally because they’re relatively high in fat: Udi’s Gluten Free Plain Bagels, Trader Giotto’s Focaccini (Trader Joe’s), Nature’s Promise White Flour Tortillas, and Kirkland Signature Butter Croissants (Costco). Four flatbreads that testers checked all received a score of Good. By comparison, sliced wheat bread (Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain 100 percent Whole Wheat) rates a Very Good; sliced white bread (Wonder), a Good. Bottom line: Even among the Very Good breads, nutrition and weight vary, so check the numbers. Usually 100 percent whole-wheat breads or those with whole-wheat flour as their first ingredient are more healthful than others. CLOSE UP The nutrition of a sandwich depends largely on what’s between the bread: — Sliced turkey. 60 calories, 1 gram of fat — Peanut butter and jelly. 250 calories, 16 grams of fat — Beef bologna and cheese. 280 calories, 25 grams of fat — Tuna (light, in water) and mayo. 165 calories, 12 grams of fat.

patterns, emotional well- option. being and more. “I am excited to see what unfolds at the new Shortage of Primary Bastyr campus in San Diego,” Dr. Guiltinan said. Care Doctors Interest in natural “Only great things have health care has been grow- come out of San Diego so far, ing across the nation, espe- and I believe Bastyr can concially throughout California tribute great service to the and the San Diego area. At community.” the same time, primary providers are in short supply Tour Bastyr University in California, which is one of California Bastyr University 16 states to license naturopathic doctors to practice as California, located at 4106 primary care professionals. Sorrento Valley Boulevard, An opportunity for would like to welcome you naturopathic doctors to fill to its new campus with a that need assisted Seattle- grand opening celebration based Bastyr University to from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. open California’s first and 14. Members of the public only accredited school of are invited to tour the camnaturopathic medicine in pus and learn more about the Sorrento Valley, where natural medicine at the the inaugural class of stu- event. Although Bastyr dents will begin the fouryear Doctor of Naturopathic University California initialMedicine degree program ly will offer only the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine next month. “Bastyr University program, with as many as 50 California is in an attractive students starting the ND and fabulous location,” said program this fall, the Dr. Guiltinan, “but it also is University has plans to near areas that are under- increase the variety of natuserved and will benefit from ral health degree programs having students and faculty in the future. The first expansion is in the community to provide set for January 2013, when care.” As part of their the Simkin Center for Allied advanced graduate training, Birth Vocations will begin Bastyr’s naturopathic medi- offering non-degree certificine students will begin cate workshops including observing patients in their birth doula, childbirth edufirst year of study at the cator and postpartum doula University’s teaching clinic, training. providing area residents For more information, with a new health care visit

Geisel Library hosts special dinner COAST CITIES — The iconic Geisel Library building will be the setting for the upcoming UCSD Dinner in the Library. The University of California, San Diego will host its annual Dinner in the Library fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 14. The evening will include dinner, a silent auction and a keynote talk on “The Lost Art of Reading” by Los Angeles Times book critic David Ulin. Tickets are available now for the event, for $225 per person or $1,800 per table. Cocktails and the silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and guest speakers at 7 p.m. For more information or to register, visit nner. Proceeds from the event will help to support the UC San Diego Library’s most pressing needs, including its collections, resources, and services. Ulin is an award-winning author of several books, including “The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time” and “The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith,” which was selected

as a Best Book by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune. His insightful essays, on topics ranging from the distinctive culture of Los Angeles to the state of contemporary literature, have appeared in numerous publications, including The Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times Book Review, and on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Ulin is also the editor of three anthologies: “Cape Cod Noir,” “Another City: Writing from Los Angeles,” and the Library of America’s “Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology,” which won a 2002 California Book Award. In addition, the 2012 Geisel Citation for Library Philanthropy will be presented at the dinner to Don and Maryann Lyle, for their dedication and contributions to the Library. Don served as chair and longtime member of the University Librarian’s Advisory Board. In 2004, the couple established the Maryann and Don Lyle Collection Endowment for Engineering at the UC San Diego Library.



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Suit drive helps job seekers in need Civic Center gets energy efficiency award By Lillian Cox

Savvy job seekers know there’s never a second chance to make a first impression. This economy makes it especially difficult to show up for an interview these days looking like a million dollars. The city of Solana Beach is helping by partnering with Robert Half International, and the nonprofit Dress for Success San Diego, as part of a national suit drive underway through Aug. 24. City Hall will be collecting donated, tax-deductible women’s interview-appropriate suits, separates, shoes and accessories to benefit women re-entering the workforce. “We have done this for three years with great participation, not only from city employees, but city wide,� City Clerk Angela Ivey explained. “The first year only employees participated, and it was great. The second year we got a flood from the public, and more than tripled donations from the previous year.� Paul Kartzke is branch manager of Office Team and Accountemps in Carlsbad, subsidiaries of Robert Half International, and has been involved in the drive from the beginning in 2002. “Initially, we highlighted five offices on the West Coast and brought in more than 500 women’s suits and 1,100 pieces of interview clothing,� he recalled. “It was so successful that we decided to expand to the entire United States and Canada.� Kartzke explained that Robert Half International also has offices in Rancho Bernardo, La Jolla and downtown San Diego that are working with their clients to generate donations. “The city of Solana Beach has taken it to another level by not only involving employees, but the entire community, which is fantastic,� he added. Kartzke gave kudos to his employees who have reached out to each of their clients and, like him, will be picking up donations personally on the final day. “I’ve been in this office for four years and participation by so many businesses makes everyone feel good,� he said. Sylvia McKinley is founder of Dress for Success San Diego which has a boutique at 3295 Meade Ave. off Interstate 805 near El Cajon Blvd. “The quantity of the professional clothing and accessories, along with funding donated through the annual suit drive hosted by Robert Half International has increased over the years,� she said. “We are grateful to our friends in North County who have supported our clients’ transition to economic self-sufficiency by organizing suit and accessory drives, sponsoring fundraising events, volunteering as speakers in our job readiness curriculum, joining our board of directors and participating in other hands-on activities.�

Amber Valentine shows off her new job interview suit at Dress for Success San Diego. Coastal residents interested in making taxdeductible donations of women’s suits and accessories to women reentering the workforce can do so at Solana Beach City Hall and Office Team in Carlsbad. Courtesy photos

“We are grateful to our friends in North County who have supported our clients’ transition to economic self-sufficiency by organizing suit and accessory drives, sponsoring fundraising events, volunteering as speakers in our job readiness curriculum, joining our board of directors and participating in other hands-on activities,� said Sylvia McKinley, founder of Dress for Success San Diego.

Lettice (last name withheld) became a participant through a referral from another nonprofit after losing her public relations job and being unemployed for nearly a year. “I was not looking for a hand out and I was sensitive

about how I might be treated,� she remembered. “But all of my concerns disappeared when I arrived at the Dress for Success San Diego facility where I was greeted warmly, treated respectfully and embraced as an ‘equal.’� Lettice was outfitted with what she described as “a beautiful designer suit and accessories.� “I succeeded in my job interview, feel good about my new job and feel blessed that God has structured a plan for me,� she added. “For anyone who is nervous or unsure about Dress for Success San Diego I would say: ‘The experience will exceed your expectations. They will make sure you receive exactly what you need and you will leave happy.’� Drop-offs can be made at Solana Beach City Hall during regular business hours (Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and alternate Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) until 5:30 p.m., Aug. 23. Donations can also be made at Office Team, 5868 Owens Ave., Suite 100, Carlsbad near Palomar Airport. For more information about Dress for Success San Diego, call (619) 2813773 or visit

The city of Encinitas’ Civic Center, 505 S. Vulcan Ave. has become one of the first municipal centers in Southern California to earn the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. USGBC officials will present the LEED plaque to the City Council at the Sept. 12 meeting. According to Public Works Management Analyst Bill Wilson, who has helped shepherd the multi-year, multi-faceted application process, the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance rating system represents the gold standard of environmental operating practices. He said, “LEED is allencompassing. A wide range of criteria are considered, from energy and water conservation to environmental purchasing and cleaning policies to waste reduction strategies.� The city started the process at the top, when it replaced the Civic Center’s aging 49,000-square-foot roof and air conditioning system in late 2008. These improvements have resulted in a 35-percent reduction in energy consumption and saved the city approximately $35,000 per year. Integrated into the redesign is a solar photovoltaic (PV) system, a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) modifica-

tion, enhanced building automation and a 120-ton, water cooled central plant that includes a chiller, cooling tower and related accoutrements. The system makes chilled water and ice at night when electrical rates are much lower. The stored ice is used during the daytime to cool the building. In addition to enabling the city to reduce its environmental footprint while helping it earn LEED certification, the rooftop changes add to the beauty of Encinitas. The cool roof greatly enhances the panoramic downtown and ocean view from the Library, which used to be marred by rooftop air conditioning units and other clutter. Additional enhancements constructed at the same time include skylights that provide natural lighting and an airy ambiance indoors. The result, Wilson said, is “a better view, inside and out.� Energy conservation is one important facet of LEED criteria. So is water conservation, which the city pursued by installing ultra-low-flow fixtures in restrooms, along with high-efficiency hand dryers that eliminate the need for paper towels. Encinitas City officials and staff have adhered to environmental guidelines with enthusiasm, Wilson said. “We’ve gone paperless whenever possible. City Council agendas are electronic. We communicate via

e-mail and other e-tools. When we must print a document, our printers default to two-sided printing.� To remind employees to reduce, reuse and recycle, tiny “This is all the trash I make� desktop receptacles are found throughout city offices. An array of other environmentally friendly elements, such as parking lot LED lighting, contributes to the overall focus on environmental stewardship. In addition to the ongoing energy and water-cost savings are the longer-term savings resulting from the increased longevity and decreased maintenance needs of structure and equipment. The LEED-seeking process will be interwoven into construction of new Fire Station No. 2 at 618 Birmingham Drive. For more information on LEED, visit


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More to see than trees at Sequoia National Park E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road The sign says there are 400 steps to the top of Moro Rock in Sequoia National Park, but I quit counting after 50. I want to concentrate more on the spectacular view that is expanding as I climb higher and higher. It’s also an excuse to stop for a few seconds to let the oxygen reach my leg muscles.Then I realize that this staircase, constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, is pretty darn amazing, too. I try to imagine workers cutting into this giant, domeshaped granite rock and hauling hundreds of pounds of concrete up its face so future visitors can enjoy the splendor of the Eastern Sierra at nearly 7,000 feet. Once at the top, I think about our busy day. Earlier, we spent several hours with naturalist Tara Hostnik, an education assistant with the Sequoia Field Institute, who led us a 4-mile hike to Tokopah Falls. The trail parallels the scenic Marble Fork of the Kaweah River and passes “Sequoia’s Half Dome� — the Watchtower. Less well known, it is still a formidable hunk of granite, rising to nearly 9,000 feet. Hostnik is a virtual encyclopedia of all things Sierra/Sequoia, and along the

way, she pointed out wildflowers with playful names: whiskerbrush, Torrey’s blueeyed Mary, pine violet, pussy paws, larkspur, cinquefoil and crimson columbine. “Of all the flowers that exist in California,� Hostnik explained with relish, “over half can be found in the Sierra Nevada, and 20 percent can be found in Sequoia.� The field institute is a branch of the Sequoia Natural History Association, a nonprofit that raises money for Sequoia and Kings Canyon parks and Devil’s Postpile National Monument. In addition to offering guides, tours and courses, the association makes possible the regular free presentations at Wuksachi Lodge. For instance, on the previous night, Hostnik led a free astronomy program just outside the lodge, using her laser pointer to show participants various constellations hanging in a coal-black, unpolluted sky. Hostnik also portrays Alice Eastwood at a weekly park barbecue that features characters from Sequoia’s past. “(Eastwood) was an ambitious woman from Colorado who published the very first plant-identification guide of the Southern Sierra Nevada while hiking along the South Fork of the Kings River,� Hostnik said.“She was considered John Muir’s botanical tutor.� Back on the trail, we scrambled over boulders to

A portion of 1,000-foot-high Tokopah Falls is a welcome sight for hikers on a warm day. The popular 4-mile trail follows the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River and also passes by the Lodgepole campgrounds. Photo by Jerry Ondash UC Santa Barbara graduate Alexandra Medina of Visalia portrays teacher/pioneer Matty Hildebrand in the lobby of the Wuksachi Lodge. Hildebrand, a music teacher from San Francisco, was lured to the Sequoia area by the Kaweah Commonwealth, a Socialist colony established in the late 1800s. Free history and nature programs are staged nightly, thanks to the Sequoia Natural History Association. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

get close to the falls, which cascade about 1,000 feet over the granite cliff. We paused for a rest and watched a lively marmot watching us chugging from our water bottles, then headed back to the trailhead. The cool, rustic comfort of the Wuksachi Lodge lobby was a welcomed haven after our hours on the trail. Before dinner, we gathered with other visitors for another free association presentation. This time, we met Mattie Hildebrand, portrayed by recent college grad and musician Alexandra Medina from Visalia. Hildebrand journeyed to Sequoia in the late 1800s to join a socialist colony called the Kaweah Commonwealth that had been established on parklands before they were nationalized. Hildebrand was a music teacher, and after Medina performs a monologue in Hildebrand’s voice explaining her socialistic ideals, she lifts her violin to her chin and fills the lobby with music from her violin. Our four days in Sequoia National Park made us realize that, though the park is best known for its enormous trees, there are many other mustsee attractions and wonders Emma Krasov of San Francisco wanders through a cathedral of giant of nature. There also is a Sequoia trees and provides perspective on the biggest living things on knowledgeable and enthusithe planet. Some trees weigh more than 2 million pounds and are near- astic crew of docents who can ly 2,000 years old. Photo by Jerry Ondash

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sure enough, about halfway through our conversation, the bell rings and the guys start to scramble. We moved out of the way, not wanting to interfere with their business at hand, when the captain asked if we wanted to ride along. All of a sudden I was transported back to my youth, hanging out at the local fire station, waiting for the alarm to go off and wishing I could accompany them when it did. Heck yes we wanted to ride along! We hopped into the fire truck and off we went, cruising through the streets of Cardiff, sirens blaring, traffic yielding, women waving ... yes, it’s true what they say. While there have been plenty of journalists embedded with firefighters, I’m guessing not many have been food writers. Hey, I’ll take it. This was a chance to see these pros in action and they responded quickly and efficiently to a man with chest pains at a local Cardiff restaurant. We were on a huge adrenaline rush as we made

The Encinitas Fire Station No. 2 crew from left John Gonzales, Tom Heer and Duke Harbin. Photo by Quinn Boylan

our way back to the station to finish the interview, and eat of course. A gig with the Encinitas Fire Department is one of the most coveted in their field. Encinitas Fire Station No. 2 on Mackinnon in Cardiff, soon to move to a new station across Birmingham, is staffed by a rotating crew of three firefighters. I connected with Capt. John Gonzales at the Leucadia Farmers Market where he was running his side gig, Bottaro Wood Fired Pizza. Given his immersion into the culinary scene through Bottaro, it made sense to cover his station for this story. We were also recording them for Lick the Plate Radio on KPRi, which will air next

week. Besides talking about food, we were going to taste each of their individual specialties. The other firefighters were Engineer Tom Heer, who is retiring in December after 30 years of service. Heer’s contribution to the tasting was his healthy Power Salad. Duke Harbin is the third member of the team and he is a firefighter paramedic with eight years with the department and a former Navy Seal. Harbin’s signature dish is his corn poblano chowder. Capt. Gonzales contributed his Firehouse Pizza to the tasting. The consensus among all three was that firehouse food has evolved over the years from an emphasis on hearty, filling meals to a more health-

conscious approach. That holds true even more in a sporty town like Cardiff, with access down the hill to Seaside Market for fresh, quality ingredients. Heer’s Power Salad was a healthy mix of greens, veggies, beans and a homemade lemon dressing. It was a perfect mix of greens and proteins and variations on this salad are eaten almost daily at the station. Harbin, the station paramedic is also a hardcore surfer, biker and all-around athlete. He had some great stories about his time as a Navy Seal and how that experience enabled him to travel the world and shape his appreciation for different cuisines. Harbin’s poblano corn chowder was a heatpacked combination of fire roasted poblano peppers, veggie stock, cumin, cayenne, some cream to thicken it up, and raw corn as a garnish. This soup packed some serious heat that was offset a bit by a dollop of sour cream. It was a good heat though as I could not stop eating it. Next up was a sampling of pizza from Capt. Gonzales. Bottaro is his mom’s maiden name and the inspiration for Bottaro Wood Fired Pizza. It’s a wood burning oven on a trailer that he can cater any size event with. They make their own sausage, and use local ingredients and organic flour.The pizza bakes in about 90 seconds in an oven that reaches 900 degrees. The result is some of the best pizza around. The great thing is, he can roll it up just about anywhere you are having an event. Check them out at I’d like to thank all the guys at Encinitas Fire Station No. 2 for their hospitality, great stories, killer food, and of course the ride-along. I could not have scripted it any better. Lick the Plate can now be heard on KPRi, 102.1 FM Monday-Friday during the 7pm hour. David Boylan is founder of Artichoke Creative and Artichoke Apparel, an Encinitas based marketing firm and clothing line. Reach him at or (858) 395-6905.



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The Wine Trail of Don Quixote The ABC’s of allergy-free snacking FRANK MANGIO

Taste of Wine Don Quixote is a character in a 17th century novel, a thin country gentleman who studies medieval stories full of knights, cavalry, jousting and castles. He believes he has been called upon to change the world and goes out to do battle in the name of his lady love who stands for perfection and purity … a very selective vision of the real world. Welcome to the wine country of Don Quixote’s Spain — La Mancha. Castilla-La Mancha is a beautiful wine region located in the center of Spain, the largest vineyard in the world with more than 1.24 million acres under vine.There are 46 grape varieties grown in this massive area, up to now little known in the outside world. Some are well-known like cabernet sauvignon. Others like tinto velasco wait for their time. Beside the rich lime and chalkstone soil, there are many more hours of daylight, some 3,500 hours a year, providing a “luminocity” for longer hours of grape ripening without overheating. This leads to flavor balance without a strong alcohol presence. These are wines of high minerality and earthiness with a bright acidity. Two standouts of the 26 wines offered at the showing, were the Vina Cerron “Remordimiento,” a red blend with tempranillo, cabernet, petit verdot and shiraz with tasty and smoky flavors; and AurumRed, a 2009 cabernet sauvignon that has been awarded 97 points by France’s most prestigious wine guide. Spanish winemakers continue to respect the wisdom of traditional ways of making wine and they benefit from the flavors that result, especially in CastillaLa Mancha, a wine country 100 times larger than Napa Valley. See more at Brian Malarky is a chef on fire Super “Top Chef” Brian Malarky, who, faster than a speeding bullet, has recently opened Herringbone in La Jolla, his fifth restaurant with managing partner James Brennan. It joins Searsucker, Burlap, Gingham and Gabardine in San Diego County in a hip, casual, marketplace-bazaar format, each with their own culinary experience.All have opened in the past two years. The everyday food operation is under the supervision of chef de cuisine Amanda Bumgarten, a finalist on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” Season 7. Malarky playfully calls the format “Fish Meats Field.” I asked him about his restaurants in a Q&A recent-

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ly. Taste of Wine: What’s the idea behind naming your restaurants after fabrics? Malarky: Searsucker was named for my love of wearing a seersucker suit to the racetracks. My restaurants designer and I decided to have fun with it and continue naming them after a fabric. Taste Of Wine: I love hats and wear them a lot as you do. What’s your favorite hat? Malarky: I’m an oldschool Goorn Bros. straw fedora guy. The more worn and miles it has, the better. Taste Of Wine: When you’re away from your restaurants, what meal with wine would you make for yourself? Marlarky: Rotisserie chicken and a side of artichokes, paired with brie and a baguette, with a nice bottle of sauvignon blanc. After several positions in restaurants around the country, Malarky opened downtown San Diego’s Oceanaire as executive chef in 2004. He then starred in Bravo TV’s “Top Chef 3 Miami” where he advanced to the finals, gaining national fame for his culinary talents and high energy. When I sat down to sample Herringbone, it was with an Alaskan halibut with farro, oyster mushroom and topped with hazelnut, after a fascinating spinach salad with feta and bacon balsamic. The star of the wine menu was a Napa Valley Spring Mountain ’08 Syrah called Schoolhouse.All five of the Malarky Restaurants now offer half-off bottles of wine and no corkage fee on Tuesday nights. Check out Herringbone at

Wine Bytes Bacchus Wine Market downtown San Diego has their Anniversary Wine Tasting Party from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 25. They promise a fabulous lineup of wines, food and live music including a 6-liter bottle of Imperial Bordeaux for a $25 fee. Call (619) 2360005. Europa Village Winery in

Juan Jose Cerdan Gerente offers a taste of his Vina Cerron at the recent Don Quixote Grape Trail Wine Expo Tour in San Diego. Photo by Frank Mangio

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It’s back-to-school time! At your local school, it’s likely that peanut-free zones have been designated, lunch menus have been designed to accommodate lactoseand gluten-intolerant students, and the annual memo on acceptable snacks has been distributed. Even if your own children are blissfully free of food allergies or sensitivities, there is a good chance that some of their friends and classmates are not. This means that providing a class or team snack, an afternoon refreshment or party goodies can be a project fraught with peril. Those lethally delicious peanut-butter brownies you make could, in fact, be lethal to an allergic child. You have to think it through. According to the Mayo Clinic, the eight most common food allergens are dairy products, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (such as almonds, walnuts and cashews), soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. Unless you are in the habit of serving oysters Rockefeller or tuna tartare as an afterschool nosh, you have to worry about only the first six. Want to make your favorite oatmeal cookies? Better do it without butter, eggs or wheat flour. Pizza is a winner, but you need to make the crust gluten-free and find a topping that doesn’t include cow’s milk or soy cheese. Your favorite granola recipe is likely to include offending tree nuts. “The Ultimate AllergyFree Snack Cookbook” (Square One Publishers, 2012) can help you navigate the confusing world of food sensitivities and allergies. Authors Judi and Shari Zucker offer 100 recipes for satisfying snacks that are not only free of the offending allergens but also are low in refined sugars and saturated fats and high in fiber, protein and taste. With this book, you’ll get to know your way around gluten-free flours (rice, oat, teff), alternative sweeteners (brown rice syrup, agave, honey) and healthy oils (grapeseed, safflower, sunflower). My eyes (and taste buds) were immediately drawn to the Double-Energy Crunch Bars below. Blueberry muffins may seem like no big deal, but the Zuckers have met with panache the challenge of baking them without gluten, eggs or dairy! DOUBLE-ENERGY CRUNCH BARS Yield: about 35 squares Grapeseed, safflower or sunflower oil, for pan 1 cup dry roasted sunflower seeds 1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds 1/2 cup raisins, dried cranberries or dried cherries 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (see note) 3/4 cup brown rice syrup

Sidestep food allergies by serving Double-Energy Crunch Bars, which contain no wheat, butter, eggs, tree nuts or milk. Photo by Dirk Van Susteren

3/4 cup toasted sunflower seed butter 1/4 cup agave nectar 1 teaspoon vanilla 4 cups crisped brown rice cereal Lightly oil a 16-by-11inch pan. (An 11-by-14 or 9by-13-inch pan will work, although the bars will be thicker and there will be fewer of them.) Place sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, raisins (or other dried fruit) and coconut in a bowl and mix well. Set aside. In a large pot, heat brown rice syrup over medium heat just until warm. Add sunflower seed butter and agave nectar. Continue to heat while gently stirring, just until the mixture is heated through and creamy. Remove from the heat. Stir in vanilla. Add seed mixture and rice cereal; stir well until all ingredients are well-coated. Using a spatula, spread mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan. Lightly oil your hands and pat mixture down evenly and firmly. Refrigerate several hours, or cover and freeze. With a sharp knife, cut into squares. Layer squares in an airtight container, separating each layer with a sheet of waxed paper. Refrigerate up to one week or freeze up to two months. Serve chilled. Note: Although coconuts come from trees, they are not tree nuts; they are seeds. The Zuckers say coconut allergies are very rare, even among people who are allergic to tree nuts. Recipe from “The

Ultimate Allergy-Free Snack Cookbook,” by Judi and Shari Zucker (Square One Publishers, 2012). CLASSIC BLUEBERRY MUFFINS Yield: 10 muffins 2 cups brown rice flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries 1 cup honey 1/2 cup rice milk 1/2 cup applesauce 1/4 cup grapeseed, safflower or sunflower oil 1 teaspoon vanilla Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 10 cups in a standard muffin tin or fill them with paper liners. Half fill the remaining two cups with water to avoid burning the tin during baking. Combine rice flour, baking powder and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Add berries and stir until well distributed. Blend the honey, rice milk, applesauce, oil and vanilla in a large bowl. Add flour mixture to the honey mixture and stir to form a thick batter. Spoon about 2 heaping tablespoons of batter into the 10 prepared muffin cups. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool at least 10 minutes before removing from the tin. Recipe from “The Ultimate Allergy-Free Snack Cookbook” by Judi and Shari Zucker (Square One Publishers, 2012).

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SOUP TO NUTS by Rick Stromoski

By Bernice Bede Osol


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

Certain happenings in the year ahead could help you fulfill your hopes and advance your long-range plans. This good luck will not be financial in nature — it’ll be far more valuable. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — It behooves you to reassess your objectives in case you might be striving for something that’s not worth the effort. Make sure that your priorities are in the right place. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Don’t waste your time arguing with someone about an issue that he or she isn’t willing to budge on. All it’s likely to do is cause you a great deal of discomfort. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Untangle yourself from any mundane involvement with another that distracts you from your own interests. To succeed, be dedicated to your own goals. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Instead of relying on another for support, try to be self-sufficient. Even if this person’s help is forthcoming, you might find that you’re better off without it. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — In order to be successful, it’s imperative that you have staying power. Guard against slackening your effort just when your objective is within reach.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Just because associates might not be totally in accord with your interests, it doesn’t mean they dislike you. In order to see things clearly, don’t let your emotions dictate your reasoning. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Certain advantages that you presently possess might be lost or undermined if you exert too much pressure on cohorts. Know when to stop pushing and when to start pleasing. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Keep an open mind and give associates credit for being at least as smart as you. It’s a mistake to discount their ideas and views just because they’re different from yours. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Chances are you’ll get better terms if you allow the other party to make the first proposal in a business deal. Associates are apt to treat you more generously than you anticipate. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — As long as companions are cooperative and making concessions, you’ll be extremely congenial. Should they want what you want, however, it’ll be another story. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Provided you don’t take on something that you’re ill prepared to handle, the probability for fulfilling your ambitious objectives are good. Try to operate within known boundaries. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Unless you can rise above your emotions, think twice before attending a social gathering that will include some people you dislike. Trouble could result if you can’t keep your cool.

Who’s NEWS? Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@

between Aug. 26 and Sept. 9. For more information, call (760) 602-0800 or visit

New album Tate Music Group announces the nationwide release of “Lift It Up,” the newest album from Carlsbad’s Christian rock group, Genes in the Pool.

Opening event A page-turner The Rancho Santa Fe Library staff reported a “wonderfully, successful Summer Reading Program. So many kids, so many fun programs so many pages read.” Statistics showed 26 babies logged 36 hours of reading (or being read to); 150 youngsters read 497 hours; 110 tweens read 812 hours and our 87 teens read 883 hours. A total of 2,228 hours was logged here at the branch. A huge thanks was given to all the parents who toted young readers back and forth and encouraged them to read, all the wonderful volunteers that made the summer so exciting and all the people and businesses throughout the community that helped to support the event.

Spice things up North County residents, Jason and Stephanie Birn, proprietors of Savory Spice Shop, plan to open a new location at the end of August at 937 S. Coast Highway 101, Suite C-110 in The Lumberyard Shopping Center in Encinitas. Follow its progress at pEncinitas.

Good medicine Thrive Physical Medicine, 2741 Vista Way, Oceanside, is having an Grand Opening and Red Cross Blood Drive, Sept. 6 joined by the Wounded EOD Warriors Foundation and the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce. The day will include a Red Cross Blood Drive, free massages, tours of the facilities, food, refreshments, raffles and games.

Some Ska Oceanside ska band, The Fab Rudies, opened the red carpet event for the world premiere of “Music High” Aug. 16 at the Crest Theater, 102-108 Freeman St., Oceanside.

Radio revival After a two-month absence, Brunch With Bob and Friends radio show will return on Sundays in a new, commercial-free setting 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 19. The show will air on KOPA Rez Radio 91.3, a public radio station owned and operated by the Pala Band of Mission Indians in San Diego’s inland North County.

Summer’s end Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa offers Labor Day beach packages and a Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach package for



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Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery Grand Reopening, exclusively featuring Chang’s work, from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 25 to celebrate its second anniversary and new location at 415 S. Cedros Ave. Suite 110, Solana Beach.

Anti-bag legislation The San Diego Surfrider Foundation, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, and a coalition of environmental organizations announced their support Aug. 14 for AB 298 legislation to ban the use of plastic bags statewide by 2015. The bill would require retailers to provide reusable bags for sale and charge a fee for recycled paper bags as an incentive for customers to use reusable bags.

La Costa apartments Construction has begun on the upscale apartment homes at Costa Pointe at 7600 Sitio Del Mar in La Costa community. The 58 three-story apartments feature three to four bedrooms with up to three baths ranging from 1,326 to 2,042 square feet. Costa Pointe is slated to open December 2012.

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RSF Fire Dept. has position open RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District is currently accepting applications for the following position of Fire Prevention Specialist II / Forester. This position supervises the Districts Vegetation Management Program and is responsible for Plan Review and Inspection Services. These duties include review of plans submitted for landscaping and fuel modification requirements and management of the Weed Abatement Program. The position also includes typical inspection duties such as: inspection of buildings and fire protec-

tion systems, review of plans to insure compliance with laws ordinances and regulations pertaining to the prevention and control of fires and other hazardous situations. Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in forestry, horticulture or a related field. • Certification as an Arborist or a background in arboriculture. • Completion of Fire Prevention 1A and 1B. • Two years experience in the direction and supervision of a vegetation and fire management program involving a

wildland/urban interface environment with a public agency. How to Apply for an Open Position The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District only accepts applications for current job openings. If you are unable to download the application materials online at, applications and supplemental questionnaires are available at our Administrative Offices, at Calle Ambiente, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. Questions regarding employment can be directed to Karlena Rannals, Administrative Manager at (858) 756-6014.

Get ready for annual Oktoberfest You can be part of the upcoming 17th annual Encinitas Chamber of Commerce Oktoberfest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 23. Join more than 200 vendors, be a sponsor or just come to enjoy the event that stretches along a

six-block marketplace on Mountain Vista Drive at El Camino Real. As always, it will feature Bavarian dancers and live music from a variety of bands, artisans with unusual arts and craft items, a family food and refreshment tent serving authentic German food and


to support local farmers as much as possible. Allison said his menus will reflect the seasons of the year and he can hardly wait to start harvesting from the garden he and his staff will work year-round. The Inn was sold by the Royce family after more than 50 years of ownership to JMI Realty. The new owners, who pledge to be mindful of the history and tradition associated with it, plan a $12 million renovation project which is set to begin right after the Labor Day holiday. The plan includes refurbishing the guest rooms, sprucing up the


ever-popular Royce Salad, which will stay on the menu. “It is a historical tradition,” he said. One of the changes he made right away was switching to strictly organic eggs and he is looking into making all the dairy products used in his kitchen organic. And he plans to take this organic attitude to a whole new level. He plans to turn the citrus orchard behind the Inn into a garden where he will be able to give guests more of a farmto-table experience. When it can’t be grown on site, Allison said he plans

beer and a ceremonial parade. There will be a family fun zone with children’s games, family-oriented activities and more. For vendor pricing or general information, call (760) 753-6041 or visit pool area and enlarging and updating the spa. The current Garden Room will become the new dining room and the kitchen will be enlarged and updated. A part of the plan was to hire a new, dynamic, forward-thinking chef. The chef that was chosen for this project was Allison. He began his culinary career when he was 15 as a dishwasher at Chez Loma in Coronado for pocket money and to finance his surfing trips to Mexico. Through the years he began cooking and at the age of 21 decided to make cooking his lifelong career.



is well under way. Enrollment is expected to be at 670 and the administration is looking at some combination classes for second and third grade. The staffing is complete except for a drama teacher. “I have six strong candidates,” Delaney said. She said she would like to get a dance program up and running this year for grades five through eight. It was announced that the hours of the Halloween carnival will change, ending this year at 3:30 p.m. The younger grades will still have their annual parade through the village. Delaney said she would like to put more emphasis on community service in the coming year, calling it Community Service Learning. Each grade level will have its own project, whether it is working with seniors or needy children. Those who excel will be declared Community Service Learning Super Stars and will be given special recognition. In other school news, report cards for the sixth grade will be changed so that they will give parents more detail of their child’s progress.

“It just excited me. I don’t mind spending 12 hours in a hot kitchen sweating,” he said. In addition to attending culinary school, he trained with celebrity chefs James Boyce and Michael Mina. He worked his way up and became the executive chef at Bollinger’s in Santa Barbara, Hilton Checkers in Los Angeles and Anthony’s in San Diego. Now at age 34, he is ready to tackle the kitchen in Rancho Santa Fe. “It’s going to be fun,” he said.



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