Rancho Santa Fe News, Oct. 5, 2012

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OCT. 5, 2012

Proposed housing is denied


By Patty McCormac


The 22nd DAA OKs funding for a new sports training complex to open next year near the Del B2 Mar Racetrack.

FIRE SEASON Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department Chief Tony Michel talks to the Association to remind residents that they should remain vigilant about fire B6 prevention.

BACK TO THE BEACH The Rancho Santa Fe community of Santaluz capped off its three-day celebration of their 10th anniversary with an exclusive concert by the Beach Boys. Led by Fairbanks Ranch resident Mike Love (right) and long time member Bruce Johnson (not pictured), this stripped down version of the Beach Boys was not the anticipated “50th Anniversary Reunion” lineup, which recently toured the world with original members Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks. It was nonetheless an outstanding performance, which also included actor and musician John Stamos. In addition to the celebration, organizers took the opportunity to raise more than $1 million for charity. Turn to Page A7 for more photos. Photo by Daniel Knighton



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Above, Connie McNally received honors for her years of hard work on behalf of the Country Friends. Below, Marci Cavanaugh, president of The Country Friends, which supports nearly 30 charitable organizations in the area.

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RANCHO SANTA FE — Fashion trends, friends and more took center stage to help support The Country Friends at their 57th annual Art of Fashion fundraiser at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. The event, expected to raise $150,000 for the many causes it supports, was again a top-drawer event with a luncheon and runway fashion show. “The event is very imporTURN TO FRIENDS ON A16

At the check-in table are Country Friends: Back row Martha Harris-Pankaw and Jolene Davidson Front row: Betty Jo Billlick, Molly Santistevan and Amber Persia-Hodges. Below, Michele Brown and Claudine Van Gonka represent the San Diego Blood Bank at the event. Photos by Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Association gave a unanimous thumbs down to a proposed development just outside the Covenant, calling it inconsistent with the rest of the development along the scenic Del Dios corridor. Although the proposed development is out of the Association’s area of authority, the board voted to send a letter to San Diego County in opposition to the development, which would require an amendment of the Santa Fe Valley Specific Plan. “It is important for us to weigh in,” said Ivan Holler, planning director. The development site proposed by California West Communities is at the intersection of Del Dios Highway and Bing Crosby Boulevard, Chris Livoni, assistant planner for Rancho Santa Fe, told the board. “This site is outside of the main gate of the Crosby development,” he said. The proposed development would consist of 13 two-story, single-family detached homes on 7,000and 8,000-square-foot lots. “This type of subdivision is nearly identical to those found in portions of 4S Ranch or Carmel Valley,” Livoni said. He said the typical side yard setback would be 5 feet. “Although the pad elevation ranges for 13 to 35 feet below Del Dios Highway, the rooftops of most of the homes would be visible from Del Dios,” he said. Livoni told the board this type of subdivision layout has small lots, all twostory and only two variations of floor plan, which is inappropriate for this section of the Del Dios corridor. “With its small lot sizes, similarity of housing types, visibility of rooftops from Del Dios Highway and the resulting additional vehicle trips, as proposed, the project is inconsistent with the large lot development patterns along the scenic Del Dios corridor,” Livoni said. He said that along with the added visual and community character impacts, the proposed development, the transfer of 10 additional dwelling units would result in an increase in traffic on TURN TO HOUSING ON A15


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RANCHO SANTA FE — Mark Rababy, the owner of the gas station and adjoining property at 16951 Via de Santa Fe, came before the Association to plead his case about the code violation issued to him for storing vehicles and horse trailers on his property. “I am a gas station,” Rababy told the board. “We fix cars. We fix horse trailers. We fix everything. They are there for repair.” Rababy said he does not understand the concern. “All of a sudden it’s a problem,” he said. “I feel like I’m being harassed by this group of people. The gas station has been there since the 1920s. I am upset about this.” These issues are usually handled in a private session before the board but Rababy opted to go public with it. Arnold Keene, field operations manger for the Association, told Rababy that it is not just the Association that is concerned about the trailers and vehicles on his property. “We have a lot of resi-

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Riding club up for renovation By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Association gave its full support to the Rancho Riding Club, which is planning some renovation and aesthetic improvement for the property. The changes in the clubhouse will include repainting the exterior, replacement of the windows and doors, re-roofing the building and alterations to the entry terrace. “Several wooden trellises are proposed throughout the property to provide shade,” said Robert Green, building commissioner. The wooden siding on the barn is to be replaced and repainted. Some door and window alterations will be done as well as an addition of cupolas. “They are going with white with green trim,” he said. Green said the project has been run by the art jury, which has given it support subject to one condition. “Landscaping is required to screen the project off-site,” he said. “If for any reason the final, approved landscape installation does not meet this objective, the Association may require additional

plantings.” The cost of the project will not be shared by the Association, “The cost is borne by the riding club,” said Rochelle Putnam, an Association director. In other Association news, Kathy Malick, an Association, member spoke to the board at the Sept. 20 meeting about the possibility of adding the opportunity for people to retire locally. “You can do everything in Rancho Santa Fe, except grow old,” she said. She said when people grow older and wish to downsize, it is difficult to do because there are few smaller homes that are conducive for retirees. “How can we downsize and still stay in the covenant?” she asked. “This community is so dear to many of us and we love it here, but when you leave the community, you leave behind the lifestyle.” She proposed creating lots for smaller custom homes for retirees to be placed somewhere off the beaten path like near the Osuna Ranch. “We hear this as a board constantly,” said Larry Spitcaufsky, director. “I

agree with everything you said.” He said he understands that people might grow tired of the upkeep of a large home and multiple acres. “I do think there is a real need for that,” he said. Also at the meeting, businessman Tim Cusac, owner of Caffe Positano and Rancho Sandwich, spoke to the board about the demand from the Association that he remove all signs from his sandwich shop. “The signs have been up for six years and no one has said boo,” he said. Cusac said he wished the board had come to him personally instead of notifying his landlord. “I’ve always been a responsible and respectful neighbor,” he said. Cusac said that when Jack Queen was on the board, he made an effort to get to know the issues business people face who have their shops in the village and he wishes the current board would pick up where Queen left off. Director Eamon Callahan said he understands. “We don’t want to drive business out of here,” he said.

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Ahead of lobster season, fishermen concerned about sand replenishment By Jared Whitlock

COAST CITIES — This summer, a long-planned sand dredge designed to widen beaches for tourists and residents was postponed by nearly two months from its original completion date. Many lobstermen are worried about the delay, to say the least. “I was never in favor, but if they had to do this project, spring or summer would have been a much better time,” said Wayne Campbell, a lobsterman who docks his boat at Oceanside Harbor. SANDAG (San Diego Association of Government) kicked off the $22.5 million sand project about four weeks ago at Imperial Beach. Once the project is complete in two months, 1.4 million cubic yards of sand will have been placed on beaches from Imperial Beach to Oceanside. Originally the project was slated for late summer, but was then delayed until October through early November for North County beaches. That means the sand influx will overlap with the peak of lobster season, which starts Sept. 27 and ends in March. According to a SANDAG monitoring report, lobster is the most valuable species for the local fishing industry. In the fall and winter, larger and more frequent waves move sand offshore. Campbell said the newly deposited sand from the replenishment project will wash off the beach and bury nearshore reefs and kelp beds where lobsters live, displacing them and endangering larva. “Without the reefs,

there are less lobster to catch and they aren’t as predictable,” Campbell said. While difficult to estimate, Campbell expects his income to drop 15 or 20 percent this season due to the sand-replenishment project. It wouldn’t be the first time a beach-replenishment project has decreased catches, Campbell said. He blames a particularly poor 2001-02 season on the last SANDAG beach-replenishment project in 2001 that placed 2.1 million cubic yards of sand on local beaches. According to a SANDAG environmental impact report, lobster catches reported by the Oceanside port, one data point, fell from about 57,000 in 2001 to 40,000 the next year. The report states the sand dump may have played a role in the decline, but notes it’s difficult to isolate because of an array of variables influencing lobster season. Because catches rebounded in 2003, the report concluded the 2001 beach-replenishment project likely didn’t have a longterm effect. The report also explains the 2001 project may have adversely affected lobster larva, though not significantly and only for a brief period. In response, Campbell said it’s commonly accepted among fishermen that large dredge projects hurt fishing, especially ones as large as SANDAG’s. He added, “Even hurting one season is too much.” And Campbell believes this year’s SANDAG project will have a greater impact than it had in 2001. The 2001 sand project

Adam, a lobsterman who did not wish to give his last name and declined to comment, preps for lobster season by stacking traps on a boat docked at Oceanside Harbor. Many Lobstermen are concerned about a beach-replenishment project that could adversely affect the peak of lobster season. Photo by Jared Whitlock

took place from April to September, avoiding the peak of lobster season. But with the current project in North County, the sand is scheduled to be pumped from early October to early December at Cardiff State Beach, Moonlight Beach, Batiquitos Lagoon, as well as at heavily fished areas at north and south Carlsbad beaches and the southern end of Oceanside’s beachfront. “The first few months of lobster fishing are the best,” Campbell said. “Even three or four weeks of delay make a big difference.” SANDAG awarded the bid for the project to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock because they have a larger dredge and could complete the project in half the time.

The company was due to start the sand project in August, but had equipment problems at a Virginia site, postponing the San Diego project until September. The large dredge and other equipment will be at each North County site for a week or two. As such, lobstermen worry dredging operations, including pipes and boats, could temporarily limit where lobstermen can fish and potentially damage traps that are already set. An estimated 10,000 to 12,000 lobster traps are set during peak lobster season, according to SANDAG’s environmental draft report from last year. In another section, the report advises: “In an effort to reduce the impact on commercial fishing, sand place-

ment would occur between March 25 and September 15, to the extent feasible, so as to not adversely affect lobster season.” Shelby Tucker, SANDAG’s project manager of the beach replenishment said they have conducted considerable outreach to let lobstermen know about the project. Based on feedback from them, she said SANDAG has asked Great Lakes Dredge & Dock to revise transit routes at some beaches in order to minimize the impact on lobster fishing. “We tried to accommodate the lobstermen as much as we can,” Tucker said. “The other thing to remember is that there are lot of moving parts to this. Lobstermen aren’t the only group we had

to accommodate. “We had to work with city governments and orchestrate things around environmental groups who are concerned about various wildlife, like grunion season,” she added. Grunions peak spawning season is from March to early June. Tucker touted the benefits of the sand replenishment, including saving homes threatened by coastal erosion and giving people more sand area at beaches, a factor that’s important for tourism. The current beachreplenishment project was originally scheduled to take place from April to October, according to Tucker. Some have suggested pushing back the project to next spring. But that would cost millions at this point, Tucker said. Ted Pendleton, a lobsterman who fishes from San Clemente to La Jolla, said he wishes the sand dump wasn’t approved in the first place. Although it’s difficult to determine, his business could experience a 20 percent decline this year as a result of the beach replenishment. He questioned why sand is being placed on beaches in the fall and early winter. “The big waves will wash it away before it settles,” Pendleton said. In addition to lobster, other marine life stand to be impacted, he said. “Almost all underwater life relatively close to the shore will be affected — an entire ecosystem,” Pendelton said. “Everyone should be more concerned with what’s underneath the water, not just what’s next to it.”



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tions, learn from their answers, and determine if they’re aware of the issues, open, involved and responsive to public concerns. To date, I’ve emailed two sets of questions; I’ll be sending the final set in one week. Candidate Barbara Yost has answered all the questions, setting an example of leadership and courage. Being open does take courage! Candidates are asking the electorate to place our trust in them; surely, we can ask them to participate so that we can evaluate their integrity, intelligence and accountability. I sent only the first set of questions to incumbent Jerome Stocks. He has declined to answer any questions. Although I immediately answered the queries he emailed back to me, Stocks then disingenuously and inexplicably stated: “Based on your lack of transparency, lack of answers to my questions, and lack of public noticing or registered standing, I decline to participate in your survey.” I’ve informed all candidates that I’m a member of Encinitas and Leucadia Neighbors, neighborhood grassroots groups, and also a member of the Encinitas Taxpayers Association. This survey’s purpose is also to share answers with citizens’ groups and local media, so we can better assess the candidates. I ask questions not for self-aggrandizement, but so that the candidates, by answering, have an opportunity to shine! Asking for Openness Lynn Marr, I’ve devised questions for Encinitas City Leucadia Council Candidates to better understand their posiI cannot believe that reducing Camino Del Mar to one lane in each direction is going to reduce traffic. It is implausible that the expert traffic engineers are correct in their report. Maybe the traffic count studies are at inappropriate times and the data is flawed. Maybe their assumptions about the volume of eastbound and westbound traffic and pedestrian crossings (or something else) are erroneous and lead to flawed conclusions. I have sat in traffic on northbound 101 where two lanes of traffic are reduced to one and trying to get through the signal at Carmel Valley Road — the wait can be as long as 45 minutes. I saw what happened when the City Council experimented with reducing southbound Camino Del Mar to one lane a few years ago. We all know we already have a problem with spillover traffic onto residential streets. It is inexcusable to make it worse. Vote No on Proposition J. Or at least, act grown up enough to stop stealing the yard signs urging a No vote. Don Ellis ACE Properties Inc General Partner, ACE Investment Enterprises E.L. Pacific Properties, Del Mar

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Back in my college days, a fellow from my hometown went around telling people he’d been an all-state high school football player. In reality, he’d been a benchwarmer. He was a big, strong kid, but you could watch him walk down the stairs and see he was no elite athlete. People asked me about it, and I never knew what to say. We hadn’t particularly been friends in high school, but I had no wish to humiliate him. He was doing that all by himself. Oddly, most of our mutual friends were college football jocks who never believed his story for a minute. Was it more funny or sad? I never decided. Other improbable tales followed. He eventually left school under a cloud, and I never learned how things turned out for him. All right, I hope. We were 19, for heaven’s sake. Maybe you can guess where I’m going here. Is it more laughable or embarrassing that the Republican nominee for vice president of the United States is a 42year-old guy who made inflated claims about his athletic prowess in the seeming belief that nobody would know the difference? Rep. Paul Ryan’s boast was no idle slip of the tongue. It came during an extended interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, who asked about his distance running. Here’s the transcript: HEWITT: But you did run marathons at some point? RYAN: Yeah, but I can’t do it anymore, because my back is just not that great. HEWITT: I’ve just gotta ask, what’s your personal best? RYAN: Under three, high twos. I had a two hour and fiftysomething. HEWITT: Holy smokes!... RYAN: I was fast when I was younger, yeah. Faced with an interlocutor who knew that he’d claimed an elite time, Ryan should have backed off immediately. Instead, he doubled-down. It wasn’t until Runner’s World documented that his actual recorded time was four hours and change that the candidate had to admit he wasn’t so fast, but distinctly average. It was, of course, an accidental “misstatement.” His brother was said to be teasing him about it. I’ll bet he was. I wonder if they also talked about their hometown General Motors factory whose closing was announced before President Obama’s election? Also, did you know that Rep. Ryan has this genius plan to balance the federal budget by sharply cutting Mitt Romney’s taxes? It’s called “Two Hours and FiftySomething to Prosperity,” or something like that. All the Irish-American cuties with the big eyes on the TV news networks call Ryan a “deficit hawk” because they haven’t done the arithmetic. The people who have charitably describe his scheme as a fantasy. Even CNN’s Erin Burnett

sensed there might be something vaguely amiss with Ryan’s big GOP convention speech. “There will be issues with some of the facts,” she conceded. “But it motivated people. He’s a man who says I care deeply about every single word ... And he delivered on that. Precise, clear and passionate.” For example, Ryan passionately decried President Obama’s handling of the federal budget deficit. “He created a new bipartisan debt commission,” Ryan sneered. “They came back with an urgent report. He thanked them, sent them on their way, and then did exactly nothing.” Precisely speaking, that would be the Simpson-Bowles commission, which never formally issued a report, urgent or otherwise. That’s because the Marathon Man himself led fellow GOP commissioners in voting against it. At the time Ryan explained — get a load of this — that SimpsonBowles failed to include big enough Medicaid and Medicare cuts. Remember that when he and Romney go around accusing President Obama of “looting” $716 billion from the Medicare trust fund. They promise to restore it, which should be easy, as the charge is false. Obamacare actually extends the trust fund’s life by reducing payments to insurance companies and hospitals (which agreed to the changes). Not cuts, savings. Also remember that Ryan’s latest fantasy budget, which House Republicans supported unanimously, includes the selfsame Medicare spending reductions he denounces. (Meanwhile, Romney goes around saying that Medicare savings will “depress innovation — and jobs — in medicine.” What? Government spending creates jobs? This is heresy. Anyway, no sweat, as the savings are being put to work supporting Obamacare.) But back to Rep. Ryan’s big speech. In it, he also passionately denounced Obama for last summer’s (meaningless) Standard & Poor’s credit downgrade. And guess why that happened? On CBS News, Scott Pelley read S&P’s explanation of its decision to Ryan’s face. It specifically stated that House Republicans’ absolute refusal to compromise on President Obama’s “Grand Bargain” had brought about fiscal paralysis. The GOP leader, of course, was House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, who just kept on talking as if the CBS anchorman hadn’t spoken. It’s well known that Ryan’s high school classmates elected him “Biggest Brown-Noser.” Too bad they had no “Biggest Bulls****er” contest. Marathon Man would have retired the trophy.

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Hearing urged before generator restart By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — City Council adopted a resolution urging the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to require a public license amendment hearing before SONGS (San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station) is allowed to restart. The unanimous vote followed presentations from experts on both sides of the issue regarding the troubled generators at San Onofre plant. Before making the decision at the Sept. 24 meeting, Mayor Carl Hilliard asked Mark Nelson, director of generation, planning and strategy for primary plant owner Southern California Edison, if his company would oppose such a resolution by Del Mar and other cities for a more complete and transparent hearing related to safety issues. “I certainly don’t think it’s necessary,” Nelson said. “The NRC has laid out a path and we think that that path, along with our regulator, is appropriate.” Hilliard said any governmental agency should take as much public input as is available to it and embrace the concept of public hearings. “I’m not sure I understand the reluctance of Edison to endorse that suggestion,” he said. “I think it’s really an issue of the NRC’s experience and what the regulator sees as reasonable,” Nelson said. “At this point we’ll follow the path of our regulator.” Unit 2 at SONGS was taken offline Jan. 9 for a scheduled inspection. Unit 3 was shut down Jan. 31 after a small leak was discovered in one of its 19,454 steam generator tubes. The plant has yet to be restarted but Edison may soon submit a request to bring Unit 2 back online. Daniel Hirsch, a lecturer on nuclear policy at the University of California Santa Cruz, explained that steam generator tubes are important to nuclear power plants because they provide the cooling necessary to avoid a meltdown, which can result in radioactivity being released into the environment. To transfer heat efficiently, the tubes must be thin. To prevent radioactivity from being released, they also need to be strong, Hirsch said. The original steam generators at SONGS began to fail after about 20 years, he said. Edison bought new ones from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries that had substantial design changes compared to the originals, Hirsch said. Because of the differences, Edison should have been required to submit a license amendment request to the NRC, Hirsch said. But that would trigger a higher level of review and a possible request from the public for an evidentiary hearing. So Edison told the NRC this was like a replacement, Hirsch said. The SONGS tubes have anti-vibration bars and a series of support plates. Each provides a place where there can be rubbing, which can result in thinning, which can



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City hosts Q&A session on Del Mar specific plan By Bianca Kaplanek

The Del Mar City Council adopts a resolution during its last meeting urging the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to require a hearing before the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is allowed to restart. Photo courtesy of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

cause the tube to burst, Hirsch said. Hirsch said there are four possible types of rubbing and all occurred at SONGS. According to an Edison press release read by Hirsch, “The nature of wear is not unusual in new steam generators and is part of equipment settling in.” Because the NRC didn’t have data to confirm that, Hirsch said he and his students went through every inservice inspection report for every new steam generator in the country that had run for two years, roughly the same period the new SONGS generators were in service. “The amount of damage is orders of magnitude above the typical reactor,” Hirsch said. Each has had more tubes plugged, or taken out of service, during this period than the entire country combined, he said. In fact, 14 plants reviewed had no tubes plugged. The median number of plugged tubes after one cycle of operation nationally is zero. At SONGS there were 510 and 807 in Units 2 and 3, respectively. He described the number of places where wear had occurred as “staggeringly higher.” The median number of wear indications after one cycle of operation nationally is four. At SONGS there were 4,721 in Unit 2 and 10,284 in Unit 3. “So to say that this is standard for similar reactors just isn’t the case,” Hirsch said. “They’re very troubled reactors.” Once a facility is down for nine months, the Public Utility Commission must initiate an investigation that includes what the costs are, who should pay for them and if the plant is still useful. “This is a big deal,” Hirsch said. “Eight and a half million people live nearby and we should protect them and we should, at the same time, protect the economy.” Nelson said Edison compiled a team of international experts from universities and governments, some with 30 or 40 years of experience in the industry, who conducted more than 60,000 inspections “to

get to the bottom of what’s going on.” “There’s a number of places where each tube can be touched so if a tube is vibrating, it’s not unusual for that tube to pick up multiple … indications,” Nelson said. “It’s really just the system saying this tube is hitting in several places.” He did acknowledge that two of the 19,454 tubes in Unit 2 that were rubbing together in tube-to-tube vibration is unusual. “Yes, it had a lot of indications and a larger amount of tubes that had been contacted than what’s typically seen in a first in-service inspection,” Nelson said. “But the actual areas that the wear was occurring are areas that are in fact well understood.” He said the computer modeling underpredicted the steam velocities in some areas where there was tube-to-tube rubbing. He said the NRC has ruled Edison took appropriate measures to design the steam

generators and that it did not need a license amendment. He said Edison won’t restart the plant until it and the NRC are satisfied it is safe to do so. “Our next step is to get back to the NRC with a plan for restart (of Unit 2),” he said. “The NRC explicitly is not going to allow us to restart until they’ve approved the plan.” The NRC has a public meeting schedule for Oct. 9. Del Mar council members were asked to take a stand on the restart at their June 18 meeting but deferred action until “well-researched” and “very balanced” data could be presented. As part of the resolution, they also support a CUP investigation of the costs and reliability of the plant as well as a comparison of the reliability and costs of SONGS to a future based on alternatives, including efficiency, load management, demand response, renewable energy and energy storage.

Financing and the ability of emergency vehicles to maneuver roundabouts were the main concerns of the dozen or so residents who attended an Oct. 1 questionand-answer session to sort fact from fiction regarding the village specific plan, a proposal to revitalize downtown that will be voted on during the Nov. 6 election. Residents who attended the city-sponsored event, the first of three such sessions, also had questions about parking and traffic, construction schedules, the types of residential units being proposed and what will happen if the initiative fails at the ballot. Planning Director Kathy Garcia said it has been demonstrated that fire trucks will be able to maneuver along Camino del Mar and around the roundabouts, traffic or stalled cars on the city’s main thoroughfare. “It has all been thought through,” she said, adding that the Fire Department reviewed and approved the proposal. The plan, if adopted, will reduce Camino del Mar from two lanes to one in each direction and replace stop

signs with roundabouts at Ninth Street, 11th Street and 13th Streets. Each lane will be 11 feet wide with a 6-foot bike lane and a 3-foot backup area, giving emergency vehicles the 20-foot clearance they would like, Garcia explained. Each roundabout will also have a mountable apron over which large trucks can drive. A video on the city website demonstrates how the corridor will provide access and maneuverability. According to the plan’s executive summary, there is no dependence on resident assessments, taxes or fees to fund the project. Improvements will be financed with grants, loans and developer and parking fees. Costs are estimated at $4 million to $5 million for improvements and $5 million to $7 million for a parking structure. City Manager Scott Huth said if the plan passes in November it will still require California Coastal Commission approval, which could take up to 18 months. “That will be fine because it will give us time to raise the necessary TURN TO PLAN ON A15

City staff members answer residents’ questions regarding the village specific plan at an Oct. 1 question-and-answer session. Additional sessions will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 and Oct. 29 at the City Hall annex. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek


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Solana Beach woman set to compete in 11th Ironman By Bianca Kaplanek

Few people wake up one day and decide to compete in an ironman triathlon, a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2mile run that can take 18 hours to complete. But that comes fairly close to explaining how Solana Beach resident and business owner Leslie Myers took up the sport. “I heard about an ironman that was across the big lake from me and I said, ‘I want to do that next year,’” said Myers, who was living in Vermont at the time. “It sounded kind of interesting so I signed up for it. “I’ve never been on a bike but I was doing a little recreational running,” she said. “I had a swimming background as a kid but didn’t do it for a while. It just sounded like fun.” Living in the northeast didn’t make preparing for the race easy. In Southern California, triathlons and training opportunities are more frequent. “But in Vermont there are two seasons — winter and Fourth of July,” she said. “I kind of taught myself and then I started doing the shorter races.” And in 2002, on her 35th birthday, Myers competed in the Lake Placid Ironman, finishing her first full event in 12 hours and

four minutes. The following year she qualified for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. “That was pretty special,” she said. Next month she will return to The Big Island for her fourth appearance in that premier event and her 11th full ironman in 10 years. She qualified on Sept. 9 by finishing seventh in her division — women aged 45 to 49 — in the Las Vegas Ironman World Championship 70.3 on a 110-degree course. “I was pretty surprised with that,” she said. “I just happened to fare better than most people in the heat.” Born in Monterey, Calif., Myers grew up partially in San Diego because her father was in the Navy. She swam for Coronado High School and played water polo with the boys junior varsity team because it wasn’t yet an established sport for girls. Her aquatics activities ended for about 20 years after her family moved to Rhode Island following her sophomore year. Myers is a 1989 graduate of James Madison University and 1991 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. She lived in Napa Valley for five years, working as a pastry chef and

restaurant manager, then opened two restaurants in Northern California. In 1996 Myers relocated to Burlington, Vt. She taught at the New England Culinary Institute for one year before opening another restaurant. About five years later, she competed in the Lake Placid Ironman. In 2009 she returned to San Diego and settled in Solana Beach, where she started Foodsense, Now!, a business she describes as “devoted to the education and production of healthy whole-foods eating.” Myers is also an instructor at Sur La Table in Carlsbad and teaches culinary classes privately and at the Center for a Healthy Lifestyle in Solana Beach. She recently taught about 400 corporate employees how to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their diet during a one-hour hands-on class. The move and opening her businesses forced Myers to put her triathlon career on hold for about five years. “Fortunately, or unfortunately, there’s a time commitment associated with being able to execute an ironman the way that I’d want to execute one,” she said. “The training hours can be lengthy and I didn’t have the time for that. But I’m back. It’s so great.”

Solana Beach resident and business owner Leslie Myers competes in a 56-mile bike ride, the second leg of the Las Vegas Ironman World Championship 70.3 earlier this month. Her seventh-place finish in her division qualifies her to return to Hawaii next month for her fourth appearance in the Ironman World Championship. Photo courtesy of FinisherPix.com

Living in San Diego has made training a bit easier, although Myers said she generally doesn’t swim, bike and run every day. She trains about 12 to 18 hours a week. “On average I swim four days a week, bike five days a week and run six days a week when I’m having a perfect week,” she said. “I’m a type A- personality so not all of that comes into play every week. “I like to run. I like to swim,” she said. “The bike has always been my Achilles’ heel because I don’t spend enough time on it. It’s the part I need to work the most on.” In addition to solid training and a healthy diet, Myers said a good mental attitude is essential to success as an ironman triathlete. “Take good care of yourself,” she said. “Be mindful but don’t be militant. If you want to go to a party, go to a party. If you want to have some wine, have some wine. “I’ve seen people fall apart because they do all the training, all the preparation, but they just get too obsessed with it” Myers said. “I think you have to have a slight degree of relaxation about the whole thing and remember that we’re all in this for fun.”

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The City Council voted 4-0, with Deputy Mayor Kristin Gaspar recusing herself, not to accept the request for a general plan amendment to rezone property and create a new arts center at the former Pacific View Elementary site. The council agreed that the request could return after a pending lawsuit with the owner of the property, the Encinitas Union School District, is resolved. Gaspar removed herself from the proceedings because she felt she could not participate “unless and until the lawsuit with the district is resolved.” A letter of intent was filed by John DeWald, a local developer, for a formal general plan amendment, according to senior planner Diane Langager. The request sought to change the current public/ semi-public zoning to a new, undefined category called arts center mixed use. Formal action on the request would require a public meeting with the applicant and the neighbors and would only come to the council for a vote after a recommendation from the Planning Commission, according to Langager. Located on Third Street between E Street and F Street, the modest school is surrounded by commercial buildings and smaller homes, with a few exceptions. It closed due to declining enrollment in the area in 2003. The property was gifted

to the city in 1883 for a school site. The original schoolhouse is located to the west of the property and houses the Encinitas Historical Society. While several proposals have been tossed around regarding the future of the site, none have been met with success. In 2005, an advisory committee was created consisting of various stakeholders. An initial proposal to build a medical complex with office space and condos was met with disapproval by the downtown community. The school board sued the city after the City Council refused to rezone the property from semi-public to residential last year. Encinitas Unified School District Superintendent Timothy Baird said in a previous interview that the board would drop the suit if negotiations with Art Pulse were successful. However, he has since added a caveat to the promise. He said he is neither a supporter nor a detractor of the proposed project. “I think I’m the third side of the coin here,” Baird said. “If this zoning moves forward, the school district would drop its lawsuit against the city.” San Diego-based nonprofit Art Pulse was chosen out of three proposals submitted to the EUSD in part because the group plans to purchase the site for $7.5 million and has some funds on hand. The group partnered with DeWald who

agreed to pay the $300,000 escrow deposit and an additional $3 million of the total purchase price. In return, DeWald would own part of the land in order to develop up to seven single-family homes. Art Pulse had numerous supporters at the meeting, including William Simonson, co-founder of the Positive Action Community Theater, Diane Welch, a local writer and Paul Ecke III. “I know its complicated but I think its worth the time and effort to move forward,” Ecke told the council. However, just as many detractors of the project were in attendance. Many of the speakers made a point that while they did not support a zoning change, they did support an arts center. “Every coin has two sides,” Stocks said. Tom McPherson, owner of nearby property said that by applying the mixed-use arts center to the entire parcel, the city would be violating the EUSD purchasing agreement that requires subdivision of the residential portion of the plan. He said the parcel would have to be divided into two distinct portions, one with mixed-use and one zoned single-family residential for the seven planned homes. “This site is absolutely a jewel,” said Bill Sparks, who owns property on Third Street. He said it was land that belonged in the public TURN TO PACIFIC VIEW ON A15



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Bennett never imagined amount of successes By Tony Cagala It wasn’t long after he’d found out that he was to be the newest inductee into the Chargers Hall of Fame that Darren Bennett, the Chargers most distinguished punter, was

back on the field at La Costa Canyon High School doing what his former NFL teammates knew him for best — sharing. “This is my favorite three hours a day,” Bennett said during Tuesday afternoon’s

Former Chargers punter Darren Bennett (right) takes a moment on the sidelines with La Costa Canyon High School kicker Codey Wuthrich where Bennett coaches special teams. Bennett will be inducted in to the Chargers Hall of Fame Nov. 25. Photo by Tony Cagala

Mavericks’ football practice. For the past three years, Bennett,a Pro Bowler and member of the NFL’s all-Decade team of the ‘90s,has been coaching special teams at the school where his sons Tom and Will attend. Tom is a kicker on the junior varsity team and Will helps to coach the special teams. Bennett is eager to share all of his experiences, knowledge and advice with the young athletes. Codey Wuthrich, one of the Maverick’s varsity kickers, said that it was a real privilege to be

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mentored by Bennett. “Every time I go to a camp or some sort of event, I tell them that I’ve been training with Bennett and everybody is just amazed at how privileged that I’m out here training with him every day.” Special teams kicker and punter Adam Allmaras, a senior at La Costa Canyon, has spent three years learning from Bennett. “It’s been better than anything else,” Allmaras said. “He’s super nice, first of all, and I mean, it’s a real privilege because he’s such a great punter, and then also, no one else is being taught by a professional punter in the county, it’s the most beneficial thing for us.” Bennett’s mentoring extends beyond La Costa. The Carlsbad resident has taken a countless number of up-andcoming and professional punters under his wing, going so far as to take them into his home where his wife Rosemary would cook them meals. We’re passing the knowledge on, Bennett said. “That’s a very Australian thing. Billy Ray Smith said to me once, ‘What are you doing?’ And I said, ‘What do you mean?’ He goes, ‘You don’t give them anything. You hold on to that job as long as you can.’ I go, ‘Mate, sometimes you know that horse is going to buck you off.’ “As an Australian, we’re taught to pass our knowledge on to the young guys and try to have the young body with a bit of the older mind go and do better.” From Australia to San Diego, Bennett, the Aussie-rule footballer-turned-American football punter never imagined so many successes and honors would come to him from playing a game. When he tried out for the Chargers back in the early ‘90s, the only thing he thought he was going to get was a t-shirt, a free football and a look around an NFL stadium, he said. “The first punt in the NFL was exciting and then every other punt was exciting,” he said. “You don’t do it thinking that you may make the hall of fame. And then the other thing is,” he said, “I don’t know that there’s many punters in the team hall of fames around the NFL.It’s not usually an accolade that someone who punts, gets.” Allmaras was one of the fans to vote Bennett into the team’s Hall of Fame. It was the first time ever that the Chargers had allowed fans to select the inductee. As for Bennett’s election into the Chargers Hall of Fame: “I think it’s incredible,” Wuthrich said. “I’m very proud and honored to be one of his students.”



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Journey of the Torrey pine KYLE STOCK Coastal Cosmos It is the rarest pine tree in North America and it only grows on a small stretch of San Diego coastline. Pinus torreyana, or Torrey pine, is the most celebrated species of our local ecology. Roads, world-class golf courses, a high school, a state beach and a state natural reserve honor the beautiful tree. The Torrey pine has adapted to the harsh, yet majestic coastal cliffs between Del Mar and La Jolla. The taxonomy of the Torrey pine includes kingdom Plantae; class Pinopsida; gymnosperms, meaning “naked seed,” in contrast to angiosperms whose seeds are contained within an ovary that becomes the fruit; phylum Pinophyta, all coniferous trees; order Pinales, all plants that utilize a cone for reproduction; and genus Pinus, all pine trees. The binomial nomenclature or scientific name or Latin name, Pinus torreyana, is a tribute to 19th century New York botanist John Torrey. Torrey pines grow to 60 feet tall, although many mature specimens are smaller because of exposure to strong coastal winds and dry conditions. The twisted trunks of many trees are a testament to the persistent west wind blowing from the ocean. The ecosystems of coastal Soledad Valley are primarily coastal sage scrub and chaparral. Small, drought-tolerant plants like Mojave yucca, Shaw’s agave and various sages share the sandy soil

North Grove of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve along the Guy Fleming Trail. Photo by Kyle Stock

with Torrey pines. These trees have a special adaptation that helps them cope with the tough landscape. Torrey pines have a dynamic root system to enhance the search for water and nutrients. Adult trees can have taproots 25 feet deep in the sandstone and lateral roots more than 200 feet long. With long needles in groups of five and large cones, the Torrey pine is distinct among other conifers of San Diego. Jeffrey, Pinon and Coulter pines grow throughout San Diego County, but only the Torrey grows on the coast. Pinus torreyana var. insularis grows on Santa Rosa Island off the coast of Santa Barbara. According to the U.S. Forest Service, this variety is smaller and fuller with a population of about 2,000 trees. Pinus torreyana var. torreyana, our native tree, numbers approximately 7,000. Torrey pines bloom in January or February with small, red (male) and yellow (female) strobili, the reproductive organs of conifers. The male strobilus releases pollen that blows onto the female part. When fertilized, the female strobilus becomes a cone with seeds inside. Once cones mature, it can take up to 10 years for them to disperse the seeds. Few seedlings survive to maturity, while the oldest trees are 150 years old.

The California Native Plant Society lists the Torrey pine as “rare, threatened and endangered.” The International Union for Conservation of Nature considers it “threatened and vulnerable.” It is believed that the Torrey pine once inhabited a vast coastal forest. Over the past 10,000 years, this forest all but disappeared as the climate dried. Contemporary threats include a lack of young trees, low genetic variability, air pollution and a 1988 bark beetle infestation that was successfully squashed by Forest Service traps. Hearty and resilient, beautiful and unique, Pinus torreyana is an exceptional factor in our local ecology. Torrey pine nuts helped sustain the native Kumeyaay people for thousands of years. The protected status of the tree helps safeguard the popular hiking trails of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. The species has overcome many tribulations and will sustain for many generations to come with our continued respect and appreciation. Kyle Stock is originally from Ohio, is a passionate surfer, backpacker, astronomer, gardener, backyard scientist, runner, reader and K-6 science teacher at Solana Santa Fe Elementary in the Solana Beach School District. He can be contacted at kbstock23@gmail.com.

FUN WITH DAD From left, Gabriel, Michael and Giavonna Quade, Jasmine and Brian Kennedy, Jason and Savannah Jane Mossy, Moriah Kettler, Roberta Grave and Fernando Iriarte, gather for a picnic lunch during Horizon Prep’s first Dad’s Day of the school year where Dads came for lunch and recess. Photo courtesy of Horizon Prep

Rock ‘n’ roll to support microloans The non-profit organization, Microloans For Mothers, is hosting a Fundraising Rock Concert from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Encinitas Elks Lodge, 1393 Windsor Drive, featuring The Mar Del Boys.Tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door. Microloans For Mothers helps improve the lives of low-income mothers by offering free business training that leads to ownership of a successful business. The program has assisted mothers in Cambodia for the past two years, and is expanding locally to serve women in San Diego County. Women receive an initial small loan to start or improve upon a simple business. The loan is paid back over a sixmonth period, after which

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the mother can apply for a larger loan. To date 100 percent of loans have been repaid. Mothers are organized in “loan groups” of five or more members that meet weekly for business training, fellowship, payment of loan installments, and deposits to their individual savings accounts. Staff prepares a monthly progress report on each mother’s business.

By helping mothers with capital to start their own businesses, the program enables low-income women to take a proactive role in creating a more promising future for themselves and their families. Anyone who would like more information can call Niels Lund, executive director of Microloans For more information, visit the web site at microloansformothers.org


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Kevin Anderson: ‘A true soul man’ KAY COLVIN A Brush With Art If you ever pass a longhaired surfer-type painting a canvas atop a well-worn easel somewhere along the coast, there’s a possibility it’s Cardiff resident Kevin Anderson working on a new seascape. If the artist is wearing a wide-brimmed straw hat in the company of a Dachshund, you’ll know almost certainly that it’s him. And if you strike up a conversation with the painter, you may be fortunate enough to walk away with a freshly painted Kevin Anderson original. According to longtime Anderson collector and Cardiff resident Eva Engelsberger, “Kevin has such a gift for artistically portraying our Cardiff lifestyle and all that it represents.” She says of Anderson’s prized depictions of our idyllic environment, “The paintings often have a buyer before they’re even completed, as someone passing by will simply have to buy what is being created by Kevin that day.” For nearly 45 years Anderson has enjoyed North County’s coastal lifestyle and scenery, which have often become the subject of his paintings and murals. Known for his brilliantly colored paintings of universal appeal, Anderson’s style is easily recognizable in many outdoor murals, the first of which was Kealani’s in Encinitas. His popularity as a muralist has steadily gained momentum through the past several years, with a long list to his credit including Cardiff’s Kook’s Cafe and Leucadia’s Mobil gas station, as well as Veteran’s Village of San Diego, the Naval


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Kevin Anderson touches up his mural at the Leucadia Mobil gas station. Photo courtesy of Kyle Thomas

Amphibious Base Coronado and Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas. His notable indoor murals include the “Surfing Swami” at Swami’s Cafe, and The Encinitas Cafe’s 360-degree panoramic landscape. His private mural commissions have included the home of celebrity Eddie Van Halen and many homes in La Jolla, Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks, Santa Barbara and Morro Bay. Anderson tells of an early pivotal experience in his artistic development as his high school teacher demonstrated how to render the sparkle and highlights of a clear, blue glass ashtray. He says, “From that lesson I went on to water, waves and reflections, that have always been some of my favorite subjects.” Anderson’s masterful capture of translucence is a prominent feature of his artwork. With a camper truck and burning desire to become an artist, Anderson earned his art degree from Long Beach State. After apprenticing with an illustrator, his freelance illustrations were featured in

countless magazines, books and newspapers. Known for his generosity, Anderson says of donating artwork to benefit local causes, “If I can help a cause with art, I’m in.” Mary Beth Howard, wife of surf legend Tommy Lewis, tells that Anderson painted a canvas of her husband’s favorite Cardiff beach scene, which he delivered to Tommy’s hospital bedside saying, “Since you can’t go to the beach, I’ll bring the beach to you.” She says of Anderson, “Kevin is incredible. A true soul man.” On Oct. 6 Anderson will be painting during Arts Alive on the Solana Beach Rail Trail, and Oct. 27 at Cardiff Seaside Beach during the Cardiff Surf Classic and Green Beach Fair. His work can be seen at artmurals.us. 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 kaycolvin@lstreetfineart.com.

Time travel won’t throw you for a loop in new sci-fi flick By Noah S. Lee

The film “Looper” does something with time travel that no other science fiction film or book has ever done with the concept — it completely glosses over it. But it does so while still respecting the audience’s intelligence in this characterdriven story of a new kind of mob hit man. Joe (Joseph GordonLevitt) works for the mob as a “looper,” an assassin tasked with killing targets transported through time by their employers. These loopers are paid handsomely for their work, assuming their targets never escape. When employers decide to end a looper’s contract, what they call, “closing the loop,” the looper of the future is sent back to the past to be whacked. But it isn’t always clean. Joe is surprised to learn that his next hit is his future self, played by Bruce Willis. What ensues is a struggle for both Gordon-Levitt and Willis to keep their own lives. Failing to close his loop, Gordon-Levitt demonstrates his capacity for diligence and evolution as Joe to convey the

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BIG BLUES Robin Henkel sings solo blues, 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 9 at Wine Steals, 1953 San Elijo Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Call (760) 2302657for details.

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The North Coast Symphony “Fun, Favorites, Fantasies” 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Seacoast Community Church, 1050 Regal Road, Encinitas. Tickets, $10, visit northcoastsymphony.com. Coming to California Center for the Arts, Escondido: For tickets, visit artcenter.org/: The Monkees, 8 p.m., Nov. 8 Concert Hall. Tickets: $50-$100. Orchestra Nova: Nova goes Hollywood, 3 p.m. Nov. 11,Center Theater.Tickets: $10-$40. San Diego Academy of Ballet: “The Nutcracker,” 7:30 p.m. Nov.

invites everyone to its Taste & Art Stroll Oct. 7 with an Art Stroll from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Taste of Del Mar from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring a lawn chair to 11th Street Stage to hear High Violet and Peter Sprague. SKATE ART “Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art,” Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 7 through Dec. 30, William D. Cannon Arts Gallery, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Features Oceanside artist Wes Humpston, Tony Hawk’s Birdhouse, Mike McGill’s Encinitas Skateshop, Carlsbad’s Transworld

awe and exhilaration. I was pleased to see Willis step into a layered character’s shoes after a long string of action films. It was exciting to see him go toe-to-toe with Gordon-Levitt during their scenes together, either through dialogue or battling it out through brutal force.Their conversation in the diner is one of the film’s memorable scenes: watching the two different Joes look each other in the eye while locked in a verbal confrontation was all that was needed to convince me they were one and the same. It’s not until Emily Blunt’s character Sara is introduced that the soul of “Looper” emerges. Blunt was the real reason I decided to check out “Looper;” given her strong performance and chemistry with Gordon-Levitt, my reason is not unfounded. While she does appear late in the film, the impact she leaves behind is sufficient to compensate. With a straightforward yet brilliant attitude towards time travel, as well as respect for its characters, “Looper” distinguishes itself as one of the more remarkable sci-fi films we’ve seen in the 21st century.

American music from bluegrass AWordWithYouPress.com. to swing. MUSIC AND MORE MiraCosta College Show Choir choreographed by Dave Massey ART CLASSES with musical arranging by Arlie San Dieguito Art Guild “Try it Langager, will perform 7:30 p.m. You'll Like It” offers seven art Oct.13 at MiraCosta College class workshops 9 a.m. to 12:30 Theatre, Bldg. 2000, Oceanside p.m. Oct. 11 at 230 Quail Gardens Campus, 1 Barnard Drive. Cost Drive. Cost is $25. Call (760) 942- $10. 3636. BEST BANJO The Ragtime JUST LIKE JOHNNY Cowboy Banjo Band will give a free conJack Johnson on acoustic guitar cert at 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Ruby and harmonica, will sing vintage G. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 country music 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Oct. 11, Robbie’s Roadhouse, 530 LOCAL ARTISTS Artists exhibit N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. and reception at San Dieguito Art Call (760) 634-2365 for details. Guild - Off Track Gallery, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at 937 S. Coast Highway 101, C-103, Encinitas. COLORFUL A Word With You Call (760) 942-3636. Press hosts Arts Clash from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at 802 S. Tremont St. with artists and writers presenting their work, food, BEST OF BLUE The United drink, a raffle, DJ plus spoken- States Air Force Band will give a word performances from free performance at 7 p.m., Oct. Glassless Minds. Portion of pro- 20, at the California Center for ceeds to Kid Expression. Call the Arts, Escondido Concert Hall. (760) 967-9673 or visit

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depth of his character. “Looper” takes an exciting turn for the better once we see Willis’ version of Joe. You would think this is where the nuts and bolts of time travel are explained but as Willis says to his younger self: “I don’t want to talk about time travel.” This is when the film’s to the point approach kicks in; we know by now time travel has created a critical situation, so there’s no need to lose ourselves in the specifics of it. Time travel works, and that’s that. Director Rian Johnson creates a bleak future where we can see how much the world really hasn’t changed (with the exception of time travel). Old cars are still in use and the economy hasn’t gotten any better. Johnson’s screenplay manages to be ingenious without being simpleminded. The film contains a number of well-placed surprises, such as the discoveries Willis makes during his search for the mysterious “Rainmaker.” There is not a moment in this film that feels expected or predictable; even the action sequences manage to instill a sense of


“FRANKENWEENIE” Victor happily examines his beloved dog Sparky after he successfully brings him back to life in "Frankenweenie," a new stop-motion, animated comedy from director Tim Burton. "Frankenweenie" opens in theaters Oct. 5, 2011. Photo courtesy of Disney Enterprises. All Rights Reserved. Skateboarding Magazine and Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. Oceanside Surf Museum founder Larry Balma. AMERICAN TUNES Border Radio will be the free family DEAD HEADS A Grateful Dead music program by the Friends of tribute band, the Dark Star the Carmel Valley Library at 7 Orchestra, will be performing at 9 p.m. Oct. 10 in the community p.m. Oct. 8 at the Belly Up, 143 S. room, 3919 Townsgate Drive.

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Dining at the new Pacific Coast Grill is a cool breeze DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate It was a year in the making, but the new Pacific Coast Grill (PCG) opened in June and the result was worth the wait. I’ve never been in a restaurant that is so perfectly matched to its outdoor environment than PCG, which is exactly what designer Georgia Goldberg, who worked with local architect Steve Adams, had in mind when they were in the planning stages. It’s like hanging out in the most stylish beach house ever with a bunch of like-minded folks over tasty PCG drinks and cuisine. No pretension here, but definitely a sense of coastal cool. Inside is all about the view, with natural beach elements of reclaimed boat wood, beach rocks and a neutral color palette. There is a floor to ceiling message in a bottle mosaic tiled private dining room with a private deck and a wall of classic surfboards downstairs inspired by local shapers. There are two levels of dining and drinking at the new PCG with every seat in the house carefully planned to have an ocean view. There is a raw oyster bar and heated outdoor patio, and upstairs there is front row ocean view bar seating and a

Dining at the new Pacific Coast Grill is like hanging out in the most stylish beach house ever with a bunch of like-minded folks over tasty drinks and cuisine. There’s no pretension here, but definitely a sense of coastal cool. Photo courtesy of Pacific Coast Grill

small lounge area in front of the spectacular, treasure chest wine cellar from the old location. There is a large outdoor deck with one of the best views of the Pacific Ocean anywhere. The good thing is, PCG did not rely on the ocean view and skimp on the design and menu. I’d still make it a point to eat there wherever they were located. And speaking of eating, PCG’s new oceanfront home features the same unique Pacific Coast Cuisine with an

oyster bar, select sushi rolls, black mussels with chorizo, baked oysters and a wide range of seafood choices. I’ve always been a big fan of the hot appetizers at PCG and they brought my favorites to the new location. The shrimp dumplings with port wine sauce are great and the Bag O’ Bonz which are apple-wood smoked Hawaiian style baby back ribs and freshcut Kennebec fries come with the fries in the bag and are one of the best apps I’ve ever had. The hot appetizers do not come cheap, but they are not

over the top either running between $9 and $16. Fresh and local are not just new buzzwords to PCG; they have been cooking that way since they opened in 1995. Some more PCG menu favorites include its best-selling lobster tacos and pan seared sea bass. Newcomers on the menu include Margarita-Braised Short Ribs & Coconut-Crab crusted Mahi-Mahi. The sea bass is served with mashed potatoes, sautéed spinach, tomato, basil, white wine sauce and has

been my go-to entrée, preceded by the Bag O’ Bonz for that surf and turf thing. They do a surprisingly good turkey meatloaf, and if you want to go big, go for the cowboy steak, a beautiful 20ounce bone in Sterling Ribeye with house-smoked fingerling potatoes & fried spinach. At $39 it’s not cheap, but given the size, quality, and the view that comes with, it’s worth every cent. Most entrées are in the $25 and $35 range. There is a nice selection for dessert but the delectable white chocolate bread pud-

ding with caramel bourbon sauce is my pick. Executive Chef Isreal “Izzy” Balderas continues on in the top spot running the kitchen at PCG. His specialty is fusing fresh Pacific Costal Cuisine with hints from his Latin heritage resulting in a unique “PCG cuisine” as I like to call it. It should be noted that PCG has a thriving lounge scene that offers world class margaritas made with fresh juices & premium tequila.The blackberry margarita mixes Don Julio Blanco, agave nectar, fresh black berries and organic blueberry juice. Why not load up on some antioxidants with your cocktail? The valet parking can get a bit congested during prime time, so I’d suggest parking along the beach and having a nice beach walk up or down to PCG. Other than that, I could not find much not to like about this coastal temple of cool design and culinary love. Their menu, hours, and location can be found at pacificcoastgrill.com.

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 david@artichoke-creative.com or (858) 395-6905.

Wine and dine high on the CUSP FRANK MANGIO

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panoramic views of La Jolla and the sweeping Pacific coastline, a setting perfect for the Mediterranean menu of fresh seafood with a Moroccan-Italianpanish twist to it. Executive Chef Donald Lockhart makes all pastas “in-house,” with such favorites as baked rigatoni and spinach fetuccine. He adds shrimp, chicken or salmon for just a few dollars more. There’s also a showcase Moroccan Spiced King Salmon with tomato picchio and caramelized fennel that will sear in your memory as a flavorful masterpiece. The wine that I want you to try is the Rubicon Estate Zinfandel Edizione Pennino 2009, a dark, solid, dense red made by Francis Ford Coppola’s Napa Valley winery. CUSP is a stylish, relaxed and comfortable penthouse restaurant with healthy, tasty menu items. Breakfast, lunch and Happy Hour are Monday through Friday, with dinner daily from 5 p.m. Brunch is served from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more, check out cusprestaurant.com.

The economic news for San Diego and its sister cities in the county is finally pointing up, away from the chill of the deepest recession since the great one way back when. Recently I read that residential housing sales are up and the average price per home is up. Now, another reason to cheer: San Diego is first in California travel destinations according to Hotels.com., and it’s the fourth most popular destination in the entire U.S.A. in the first six months of 2012. Hotel rates are up and restaurants and wine bistros are doing much better. This leads me to the fact there is a booming launch of new and remodeled restaurants and resorts taking place, especially along San Diego’s coastline. La Jolla has more than its share and one of the best is high in the sky on top of Hotel “Red red wine makes La Jolla called CUSP. It’s the former Elario’s, me feel so fine” which boasts the most So goes the great song

from UB 40. I would go along with that thought but I do have one exception, a white wine that does the same, Viognier.

Here’s the latest list of fine wine tastes: Amavi Cellars Cabernet Walla Walla, Wash., 2008 for $33. Black cherry and plum flavor with a distinctive Washington outcome, with those long days of summer like no other wine country. Sustainably farmed. Visit amavicellars.com. Fiftyrow Vineyards Cabernet Rutherford, Napa Valley, 2008 for $49. Encinitas olive oil pioneer Paul Johnson’s third vintage and easily his best with Napa winemaker Gary Galleron. Twenty-four months in new French Oak barreling. Ninety-one Parker points. Visit fiftyrow.com. Jarvis Winery Merlot Napa Valley 2009, for $95. One hundred percent estate Merlot and a much soughtafter version. Aged 22 months in new French oak. Maximum flavors with toasty vanilla at the finish. Ultra-soft tannins and silky mouth-feel. Visit jarviswines.com. Jordan Winery Cabernet Alexander Valley Sonoma,

2008 for $52. An estate Cabernet with start to finish quality control matching the best of Bordeaux. Yields were down this year, but the elegance and balance were evident.Visit jordanwinery.com Keenan Cabernet Spring Mt., Napa Valley, 2007 for $35. Went operational in 1977 and never looked back. One hundred and fifty acres of “Mountain Wine.” Lots of earth characteristics. Visit keenanwinery.com. Niner Winery Estates Pinot Noir, San Luis Obispo, Robbie Torres and Ashley Roy offer the 2010 Viognier at Orfila Winery’s 2009 for $41. A first for Niner, Grape Stomp. Photos by Frank Mangio grapes are from the nearby Edna Valley. Classic cherry base with a long-lingering finish.Visit ninerwine.com. Orfila Winery Estate Lotus Viognier San Pasqual Valley, Escondido, 2010 for $29. Rhone-style white with melon, citrus, pear and apricot blend aromas. Bright acidity. Aged in oak and stainless steel.Visit orfila.com. Sodaro Winery Estate Blend, Napa Valley, 2008 for $68. This full-bodied wine brings you a unique taste that only a well-crafted blend can do. Eighty-one percent Cabernet, 17 percent Petit Verdot and 2 percent Merlot. Robust and concentrated, this TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON A15

A popular salad at CUSP in La Jolla is Candy Cane Beet with warm epoisses cheese & apple.


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The Country Friends Fashion Show and the other lunch bunch MACHEL PENN SHULL Machel’s Ranch Over a hot muggy day in Rancho Santa Fe, I hung out with my husband at Lemon Twist and read a book silently behind the counter as he helped customers choose their selections of fruits and vegetables. I have never rated a book under a three on Goodreads.com until that weekend. As a writer myself, I like to critique a book and add my review. But I don’t personally get into slamming other authors when I am disappointed with a book that I read by them. “Did you know that the temperature is a 107 degrees in Rancho Santa Fe today?” I heard one resident ask Robin, while I laid my head against a pillow and read “Handle With Care,” by Jodi Picoult. The terracotta tiles were cool against my body that day. I felt hidden and safe, a book in hand as life had melted around the Lemon Twist property. However, just like in life, one is never safe even in fiction. As an avid reader, I can tell you the reaction I had to this book is one I’ve never encountered. While furiously turning the pages as the day drifted slowly by that Friday, I was unaware of the ending that would soon feel like I had been sucker punched as the reader. Let’s just say the heat rolled off my body at Lemon Twist as I fumed inside by the outcome of investing my entire day tucked safely inside this novel. I had become angered by a book, which in essence is ridiculous because it is a book. So, what do you do? Realize the risk of reading fiction can be just about as hazardous as real life when you risk investing your heart and soul briefly, with the hopes of seeing the characters achieve something. I’m not going to give you the ending here or induce spoilers at this point. I am just going to urge you to discover Goodreads as website. I am going to urge you to download that app to your smart phone so you can enjoy this site at your fingertips. I am going to urge you not to read this one particular book by Jodi Picoult. I feel as a reader I have the duty to share with you that some books just aren’t worth the heartache. Do investigate the content before reading. Do take time to reading the ratings. Books can be just like life; a book can break your heart on the hottest day under the sun. Luckily for me, I am able to return this one back to The Rancho Santa Fe Library. Around Town On Sept. 20, The Country Friends Fashion Show closed down all of the roads near The Inn so fall fashion, charity and beautiful ladies could mingle together for an important cause: raising money for charities in San Diego. I had the

Karian Forsyth and Elaine Gallagher celebrate their friendship at a barbecue in The Crosby a few days after the fashion show in the Ranch. Courtesy photo

Kimberly Brown and Meredith MacDonald looking tall and elegant together after their luncheon in Del Mar. Courtesy photo

wonderful delight of attending this year. I met two of my good friends, Elaine Gallagher and Oxana Colbbald, at Mille Fleurs for a lovely lunch at one my favorite restaurants in the world. From the exquisite Dutch tiles that hang on the walls in the dining room to the intimate seating next to the French doors overlooking the courtyard, you can’t go wrong with your seating arrangement there. When we finished lunch we walked across to the fashion show. Under the tent, women and men fanned themselves with a complimentary fan in their take-home bag. My favorite fashions of the day were Donna Karan. My favorite moment of the day just happened to be hanging out with my girlfriends at The Inn after the show ended. I have included a few photos from that day. Congratulations to The Country Friends team who worked so hard to make this event such a success. For more information on The Country Friends, visit their website at thecountryfriends.org. On Sept. 21, just around the corner in Del Mar, another “Lunch Bunch” met at the Brigantine next to the world famous Del Mar Race Track. One of my best friends, Meredith MacDonald, enjoyed meeting her other wonderful mom friends who had just enough time to squeeze in a solid two hours of girl time while their chil-

dren were tucked in safely at school. There is nothing desperate about theses women.They are definitely not arguing like the “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”Yes, believe it or not, most women don’t bicker and backstab one another. Most women support each other with friendship and love. The smiles tell what real friendships look like in San Diego. On Sept. 22, Krista Lafferty married Michael Confer at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club under the gazebo. The day felt like a dream, as I watched one of my best friends say “I do” to the man she fell in love with five years ago. I sat next to Lisa and David Corban and Becky Roland from The Coast News. Look forward to next issue’s column when I share a beautiful photo of the wedding party. Right now as I write this, Krista and Mike are basking in the sun down in Aruba! How wonderful. Congratulations to Mike and Krista and to both of their families that were just beaming with pride on their special day. On Sept. 24, I discovered a wonderful place to work out that is just around the corner from Rancho Santa Fe. Due to the heat and the dustiness of the trails and rattlesnakes, let’s just say I am seeking refuge inside an air condition facility that won’t have me washing my running shoes every two weeks. Total Women’s Gym and Day Spa is like no other gym

One of the model's during the Country Friends Fashion Show. Photo courtesy of Oxana Cobbald

Meet the other lunch bunch: Kimberly Brown, Cynthia Nelson, Meredith MacDonald, and Ayeshaw Hussen. Courtesy photo

I’ve seen in the area. Ladies, you must take a tour of their location in Encinitas when you have a chance. Now I can run again on a treadmill, spin with the other in shape women at 6 a.m. and best of all sit in the steam room,

while the toxins and sweat pour out of my body. I met Floretta Love there for my tour. She is the general manager there. As a married woman, I am thrilled to find a place that has that ladies only signature. Here is the website

if you would like to know more about their gym, totalwomanspa.com. If you have a fun event you would like Machel Penn to cover, contact her at mpenn@coastnewsgroup.com.



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Firefighters host annual pancake breakfast RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Professional Firefighters Association and Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District are hosting their annual Pancake Breakfast Oct.7 from 7 a.m.to noon at RSF Fire Station 1, 16936 El Fuego in


domain and was “deeply troubled” that it might fall into the hands of a private real estate developer. “I support an arts center, let’s not sell out the PV site just yet,” Sparks told the council. “Please do not be rushed into making a decision.”

Rancho Santa Fe. District firefighters will be on hand to serve pancakes, eggs, sausage, orange juice, and coffee for a requested donation of $5 for adults or $3 for kids. In addition to breakfast, the event will include an open house fea-

turing station tours, photos with the firefighters, fire engine and ambulance displays, a chance to spray a fire hose with a firefighter, a Basic CPR class, and jump houses. For more information, please visit rsf-fire.org or call (858) 756-5971.



Del Dios. The current number allowed at the Crosby development is three single-family homes on a site the size of the proposed project. The environmental impact report for the Crosby

PLAN Annie Lief, who taught at Pacific View in the 1990s, said she supports the concept of an arts center but wants one that is “community based.” “Many of the uses under the letter are allowable under the current zoning,” she said. Danny Salzhandler from the 101 Artists’ Colony was apprehensive about the rezon-

ing. “The thing that’s in the back of our minds is that it gets rezoned and the money isn’t there and then we don’t know what we get.” City Attorney Glenn Sabine said the lawsuit with the school board must be dismissed before the rezoning can be approved.

“I just can’t support a zone change while we have an active lawsuit,” Stocks said. “I’m not going to go through a process with a gun at our heads,” he said. “We can’t run off in two directions at once without failing,” Councilman Jim Bond said regarding the lawsuit.

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funds,” he said. It will likely be 18 months to two years before any construction starts, he said. The project will be phased, with sidewalk work completed first, followed by street improvements. Some residents were happy to learn Camino del Mar will still be a four-lane lane roadway in the areas leading up to 15th Street, which will remain a signaled intersection. Although final plans aren’t yet developed, it could revert back to four lanes beginning at 13th Street and will likely remain as is in front of L’Auberge Del Mar and Del Mar Plaza. Opponents of the plan, called Proposition J, claim it will increase traffic congestion, pollution and emergency response times, decrease property values and diminish the quality of life. They also say building could result in development of the equivalent of three more Del Mar Plazas. Five former council members are among the plan opponents. Current City Council members and staff that helped create the plan dispute those claims, saying the opposite is true in most cases. “Everybody talks about the Del Mar way,” Councilman Mark Filanc said. “I think the Del Mar way is honest and open and factual. “Stating mistruths or half truths or untruths, I think, is a disservice to our community and I am very irritated with what I’m seeing around the community right now,” he said. As an example, said former City Manager Wayne Dernetz, the plan calls for 500,000 total square feet of development at build-out. There are currently 280,000 square feet in the project area — from Ninth Street to 15th Street and including businesses facing 15th Street. The plan limits retail, restaurant and personal service space to an additional 139,000 square feet. Del Mar


is a wine experience as great as any blend found anywhere. Hints of black licorice and plum.Visit sodarowines.com.

Wine Bytes Del Mar Village presents a Taste and Art Stroll from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 7. Art Stroll starts downtown at 10 a.m., tasting and sipping starts at 1 p.m. Live music and a kids mart. Cost is $25 for tasting on pre-purchase.Visit delmarvillage association.com. Woofs and Purrs in the Vines is the event at Oak Mountain Winery in Temecula Wine Country from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 7. Live

development originally set the 5-acre spot aside for a small commercial center or a recreation field, which would not substantially increase traffic. “We are not being petty,” said Ann Boon, a director on the Association’s board. “This would impact traffic not just on Del Dios, but the whole area.” Plaza is about 75,000 square feet. Up to 110 residential units have been proposed. Some residents were concerned that if they are designated low income there could be an increase in crime. Mark Delin, assistant city manager, said prices could be as high as $700,000 for the units. The plan includes benchmarks for review as development progresses so if the city or residents don’t like the way the project is going adjustments can be made. Additional question-andanswer sessions are scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 and Oct. 29 in the City Hall annex. City staff members are available to answer questions at five stations that address parking, traffic and circulation, finance, community interface and implementation, the environmental impact report and development regulations. Questions and answers are listed on the city website at delmar.ca.us. City Council had considered mailing out the executive summary, but because it featured artist renderings of the completed project, members thought it could be misconstrued as advocating for the plan and voted against sending it at the Sept. 24 meeting. “I worry that the debate becomes whether or not we’re acting properly or improperly as opposed to the issues themselves,” Mayor Carl Hilliard said. Council members say their efforts are to educate residents because they are obligated to present the facts. Postcards will be mailed to residents explaining where, when and how to get answers and project descriptions. Should Proposition J fail, Huth said the city doesn’t currently have an alternate plan. “That will be determined by the City Council,” he said. “We’ll take what we learned from the process, regroup and develop a new plan.” “We’re not trying to destroy the character of Del Mar,” Dernetz said. “We’re trying to enhance it.” music, lunch, silent auction and games.Admission is a $35 donation. RSVP at (951) 6999102. Thornton wines from Temecula will be featured at a wine dinner at the Grant Grill, downtown San Diego from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 8. Five-course prix fixe dinner with complimentary Thornton pairings. Cost is $130 per person. Call (619) 744-2077. Lewis Cellars of Napa Valley conducts a wine dinner at the Grand Del Mar’s Amaya from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 12. The Lewis Family will be there to speak with guests. Cost is $78 each. RSVP at (858) 314-1996.


Tests find arsenic in some name brand rice In Consumer Reports’ recent tests of more than 200 samples of 65 rice and rice products, inorganic arsenic, a known human carcinogen, was found in most of the name-brand and other rice product samples. Levels varied, but were significant in some samples. While there are federal limits for arsenic in drinking water, there aren’t many standards for arsenic in food. Earlier this year, Consumer Reports found worrisome levels of arsenic in apple and grape juices and called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to set limits for arsenic in those juices. Based on its latest findings and analysis, it is asking the government to take additional steps, including urging the FDA to set limits for arsenic in rice and rice products.

CONSUMER REPORTS’ FINDINGS Consumer Reports tested at least three samples each of a range of rice products including infant cereals, hot cereals, ready-to-eat cereals, rice cakes, rice crackers, rice pasta, rice flour and rice drinks; it found varying, but measurable, amounts of total arsenic in its two forms — inorganic and organic — in

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samples of almost every product tested. Inorganic arsenic is a known carcinogen that can cause bladder, lung and skin cancers. Two organic forms measured — called DMA and MMA — are classified as possible carcinogens. This study provides a snapshot of the market, with many products purchased in the New York metropolitan area and online this past spring. It is too limited to provide general conclusions about levels of arsenic in individual brands or categories of rice products, but there were notable findings. White rice grown in Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Texas generally had higher levels of total arsenic and inorganic arsenic than rice samples from elsewhere (India, Thailand and California combined). Within tested brands offering brown and white rice versions, brown rice had higher average total and inorganic arsenic than their white rice counterparts. Some brown rice samples were lower in arsenic compared to some white rice samples, which may be explained by agricultural practices or geographic location. Infant rice cereals and drink products also contained worrisome levels of arsenic. Consumer Reports advises that children under the age of 5 not be given rice drinks as part of their daily diet, similar to advice given

in the United Kingdom regarding rice milk. People who ate rice had arsenic levels that were at least 44 percent greater than those who did not, according to Consumer Reports’ analysis of federal health data. Certain ethnic groups were more highly affected, including Mexicans, other Hispanics, and a broad category that included Asians. Some food companies are concerned. And methods have been introduced to try to reduce levels of arsenic in products.


servings per week (1 to 3 cakes each); one for kids. Aim for no more than 1/2 cup of rice drinks a day; rarely for kids under 5. And don’t give babies more than 1/4-cup infant rice cereal a day, max. Other ways to reduce overall exposure to arsenic include: — Rinse raw rice thoroughly before cooking and use a ratio of 6 cups water to 1 cup rice for cooking (draining the excess water afterward). Research has shown this can reduce arsenic levels. — Experiment with other grains. Though not arsenic-free, other studies have shown wheat and oats tend to have lower levels than rice. — Eat a varied diet to help minimize risk of exposure. — Keep in mind that some vegetables can accumulate arsenic when grown in contaminated soil. To help, clean vegetables thoroughly, especially potato skins. — Limit the consumption of other high-arsenic foods. Some fruit juices such as apple and grape juice can be high in arsenic, as Consumer Reports’ previous tests showed. Consumers whose home water is not on a public water system should have it tested for arsenic and lead.

Consumer Reports used the latest available science to choose a moderate level of protection that balanced safety and feasibility. For infants, children and pregnant women, risks may be heightened. Arsenic risk is based on cumulative exposure over a lifetime. The recommendations are based on a person eating just one product per day or per week over a lifetime. If limits are exceeded one week, cut back the next. Limit servings to 1/4-cup rice (uncooked) twice a week for adults and one serving a week for kids. Have just 3 one-cup servings of cold rice cereal a week; 1 1/2 for kids. Stop at one serving of rice crackers (16 to 18 crackers) a day; half that for kids. For rice cakes, limit to about two Visit the Consumer Reports website at consumerreports.org.



tant because part of the proceeds from it is given to the various charities they support, like the San Diego Blood Bank,” said Michele Brown of the San Diego Blood Bank. “This saves lives,” Claudine Van Gonka said. Indeed, the main mission is to raise money, but is also an opportunity to enjoy a delicious lunch, see the latest trends at a runway fashion show and to honor some of The Country Friends’ own hardworking members such as Connie McNally and Jean S. Newman. “These two are being honored because they have worked very hard for The Country Friends for a long time,” said Christine Gootee, hostess for the luncheon. McNally has worked with The Country Friends for more than 30 years, having served on its board for nine years between 1982 and 1991. She was chairman of the 36th Art of Fashion Show. She is also involved with other local charities such as Kids Korps USA, Friends of San Pasqual Academy, the Teens, Jeans & Dreams Team Penning Event and many other charities. Newman has been a member of The Country Friends for more than 30 years, many of them in the group’s consignment shop.

She has served as consignment shop manager since 2003, served twice on the Friends’ board of directors and the Agency Funding Committee. “I thank all of my friends for this honor and recognition, but it truly belongs to all of us, the volunteers and the people who care for and support us today and for those who have been there for us over the past 58 years,” Newman said. In charge of the opportunity drawing were Martha Harris and Jolene Davidson, who were offering chances on prizes from wine tasting sessions to a grand prize of a trip of Alaska. After lunch under a tent on the lawn of The Inn, guests moved over to another tent where the fashion show was held. Models wore clothing courtesy of South Coast Plaza featuring fall and winter collections by a variety of designers from Versace and Escada, to Canali and Pucci. Among the charities to receive funds from the event are Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Casa de Amparo, the Burn Institute of San Diego, Woman’s Resource Center, Vista Community Clinic, Helen Woodward Animal Center and 20 others. The Country Friends is 58-year-old nonprofit organization that was formed to fulfill a need to help others help themselves.


OCT. 5, 2012



Preparing to prepare I think we can relax now and slip back into our usual trip down denial. It’s the end of National Preparedness Month. I know I was on my toes the whole time…How about you? No? Yeah, me either. There are those who are apparently prepared for any disaster and they really want the rest of us to toe the line. Whoa, dude. What a giant buzzkill. I recently saw some literature that first reminded us that Sept. 8 was the one-year anniversary of the “Great Southwestern Blackout.” When it first happened, “Did you view it as an excuse to grill that steak and open that bottle of wine by candlelight?” they scolded. Well, sort of. While lots of neighbors enjoyed a lovely night of revelry by candlelight I chose to go to bed early and read by flashlight. I was proud of how well we avoided the Chicken Little syndrome. From there on the whole article pointed out just how sadly unprepared we are and even though they were right, they sounded kind of like your mom. Never mind it was great advice. You just wanted to roll your eyes like a 16-year-old again. I know we have to consider earthquakes, fire and any number of ridiculous terrorist threats, but doing it every day is just too exhausting. There is no way I could have sustained that level of Def Con 1 concern for an entire month. Yes, I admit I need to stock up on non-perishable food, water and cash, sleeping bags and such. I did have all that 10 years ago when my kids were little. One day I opened the plastic container where I thought I had it handily stored and was knocked flat by the smell of mold. The water had leaked and you can imagine the rest. It seems I had created a small disaster all by myself. Since then, I haven’t yet figured out a good place to keep it all. If it’s in the garage or a closet or really anywhere in the house, there is every chance it will be out of reach after that 10.4 quake finally gets our attention. If I try to keep it outside, the ants, rats and other flora and fauna will overtake it. I’m flumTURN TO SMALL TALK ON B10

Season ticket holders key against TV blackouts By Tony Cagala

SAN DIEGO — Just days before the Chargers were to face one of their biggest challenges on the field, front office personnel were facing one of their own off the field — almost 9,200 general tickets were still to be sold in order to sell out the Chargers and Falcons game and lift the threat of a local TV blackout. The tickets weren’t sold and the blackout was in effect. The game couldn’t be seen in San Diego or any other market within a 75-mile radius of Qualcomm Stadium. Sunday’s blacked out game against the Atlanta Falcons was the first for the Chargers this season. The NFL is the only league to blackout its local games that aren’t sold out. The Chargers’ home opener against the Tennessee Titans was almost blacked out, but the team managed to sell the remaining tickets after filing for a 24-hour extension. That game set a TV ratings record for season openers in San Diego with a 37.8 rating, according to the NFL. The announced attendance for the Chargers, Falcons game was 61,297. That would have amounted to an 87 percent capacity-filled stadium and allowed the game to be shown locally had the organization eased its blackout policy restraints. Earlier this year, the NFL offered all 32 teams a chance to ease the restraints on the blackout policy created in 1973, and allow teams to locally broadcast games that were 85 percent sold out or more. The caveat being that the teams selecting the relaxed policy would have to share 50 percent of the revenue over that 85 percent threshold with the opposing team. “We don’t have the revenue generating opportunities

There are plenty of open seats at Qualcomm during the Chargers game against the Atlanta Falcons Sept. 23 resulting in the team’s first TV blackout of the 2012 season after not selling out the stadium. The NFL is the only sports league that still blocks local games from TV viewers if the games aren’t sold out. Photo by Bill Reilly

that the newer stadiums do,” said Bill Johnston,the Chargers director of public relations. “That’s why our ticket revenues are so much more vital to us than they may be to other franchises with newer stadiums.” “I think there’s a lot of factors that go into selling tickets and why certain games may be blacked out,” said Chargers Executive Director and CEO, A.G. Spanos. “You can look at the economy, you can look at how good the experience is on TV at home; I think that’s a big reason. … “I think a lot of factors, team performance,perceptions of various things in the organization can all affect somebody’s decision to purchase tickets,” he added. In the annual Forbes report released this year on the worth of NFL franchises, the Chargers (for the 2011 season) are ranked 24 out of the 32 teams with an estimated value

of $936 million.The report lists their estimated revenue at $246 million with $52 million coming from gate receipts, which would account for 21 percent of the team’s earnings. The Chargers wouldn’t confirm the financial details. For the Dallas Cowboys, the No. 1 ranked franchise, according to Forbes, their gate receipts amount to 18 percent of their overall revenue. The Cowboys overall revenue amounts to more than double that of the Chargers’. As to whether the blackout policy could affect a team leaving a city or bargaining for a new stadium: “Sure,” said Robert A. Baade, a professor of economics and business at Lake Forest College and one of nine sports economists that contributed to an independent petition to the FCC to eliminate the TV blackouts. “When you look at the

contracts and the memorandums of understanding at this point, there are clauses written in some contracts which say, if the team is not in the…top 25 percent of revenue generators, they have a right to leave,” Baade said. “It’s peculiar to the individual contracts, but more and more, we live in a world where teams are managing through virtue of a greater demand for teams than there’s an available supply. “They manage to foist the risk on to the host city and manage to avoid assuming any kind of risk that you would expect businesses to ordinarily incur.And so,the NFL has been very, very clever about how to pass risk along to the host city. And as long as they maintain an excess demand for franchises, that will continue to be the case.” Spanos said that being in Qualcomm (it was built in 1967;

it was expanded in 1984 and again in 1997) does cause some issues regarding ticket sales. “I think the designs of newer stadiums have taken into account better sightlines, making every seat have an unobstructed view of the field, an unobstructed view of the Jumbotron for replays, and so the fact that we are in an older venue does cause some issues,” Spanos said. “In 2010 we had two blackouts,” Spanos said. “In 2009 we had four blackouts. So attendance, I wouldn’t say it’s declined overall, our season ticket holder base has declined,” Spanos said. Though since 2008 average home attendance figures have shown a decrease by 4 percent. Based on the average attendance for home games last season, the Chargers averTURN TO BLACKOUTS ON B11

Palliative care institute launches at Cal State San Marcos Shiley spoke about how important palliative care was for her husband, who passed away after battling a four-year illness. “I am so pleased to support a program that will ultimately benefit others the way I have been personally helped,” Shiley said. “My late husband’s experience with hospice and palliative care made me realize how specialized and important the field of palliative care is today.” Several others at the reception emphasized that palliative care is different from hospice care. They can overlap, but palliative care is typically for those with a chronic or life-threatening illness, of life Roberta Achtenberg regardless expectancy. Hospice care, CSU Trustee however, is generally for cators and those from health- those who are at the final care foundations talked about stages of a terminal illness and the growing need for palliative will no longer benefit from medical treatment. care. At the end of her speech, In an impromptu speech, local philanthropist Darlene Shiley unexpectedly upped

By Jared Whitlock

A new institute at Cal State San Marcos aims to train more nurses, doctors, social workers and spiritual counselors in palliative care. Palliative care focuses on providing physical, emotional and social treatment for those with serious or chronic illnesses such as heart disease and arthritis. At a reception for the institute Sept. 20 doctors, edu-

I can’t tell you how vital these services will become.”

Darlene Shiley (left), a philanthropist who donated $1.2 million to the Palliative Care Institute at Cal State San Marcos and Helen McNeal, the executive director of the institute. Photo by Jared Whitlock

her original donation of $100,000 to $1.2 million. In addition to the grant from Shiley, the institute received a total of $1.2 million from the Archstone Foundation and the California Healthcare Foundation. The institute’s five-year operating budget is $5 million.

It will be funded by the startup grants and tuition from secondary education classes teaching palliative care, according to Helen McNeal, the executive director of the institute. McNeal said the institute will be “self-supporting” and that “dollars aren’t coming

from the California State University system.” The institute will not require building additional facilities, McNeal also noted. She said some of the current nursing, health care and social work classes at Cal State TURN TO CARE ON B10


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Funding for sports complex given OK By Jared Whitlock

Next September, a public training center designed to fast-track conditioning and development for athletes and families will open. Backers believe the scope of the center will make it the first of its kind. The center, which has yet to be named, will offer a variety of programs, from sportspecific conditioning to workout programs tailored to an individual’s needs to smallgroup training. According to Sean Cochran, Phil Mickelson’s personal trainer and head of program development for the center, customized-exercise sessions are all the rage in fitness. “There’s no one-size-fits all workout anymore,” said Cochran, who lives in Del Mar. “Everyone’s body is different. What works for me, might not work for another person.” Because baseball players use different muscles than golfers, athletes will be separated by sport at the center. From there, workouts can be further individualized. As Cochran explained,

Matt Clay, general manager of the Del Mar Golf Center, swings a golf club near where a new training center will be built for families and athletes who are looking to improve their conditioning. Photo by Jared Whitlock

even those that play the same sport can acquire imbalances in different places in their bodies. “A golfer might be lacking flexibility in his or her hips, whereas other golfers may not,” Cochran said. “We

can correct asymmetry with specifically targeted exercises.” To prevent imbalances, workouts will emphasize compound movements that condition the entire body, as opposed to isolated exercises

like dumbbell curls. As such, there won’t be a lot of bulky machinery and equipment at the center, mainly treadmills, kettle belts and training ropes to build flexibility and core strength. Upon first visiting the center, trainers will develop individualized workout routines based on a questionnaire, video analysis, other tests and patrons’ goals. Personalized workouts are nothing new, Cochran said. But the center is unique in that it will accommodate more people than the average gym, offer baseball, tennis, golf as well as other conditioning programs and focus primarily on individualized workout plans. The combination of these factors makes it a rarity, Cochran believes. “Something on this scale really hasn’t been done at a public fitness center,” Cochran said. Another point of differentiation: The center will also feature youth-conditioning programs for sports like soccer, football and basketball — an effort to make the center a “family affair,” Cochran said. “The idea is that everyone can participate and have fun,” he said. “It’s for athletes of all ages and stripes.” Cochran credits Matt Clay, general manager of the Del Mar Golf Center, with spearheading plans for the new center. “This is an active area, so we thought it would be perfect,” Clay said. The golf and tennis conditioning programs at the center will likely operate in conjunction with nearby facilities like the Del Mar Golf Center, he said. Although sports will be played at the center, Clay noted it will primarily serve the purpose of improving conditioning. The 22nd District Agricultural Association, which governs the Del Mar Fairgrounds, where the site of the center is located, agreed to approve the center and fund its $1.25 million construction. The center will be built at the site of the former Del Mar Skate Ranch, east of the Del Mar Racetrack. Ongoing operations will be paid for with membership fees. According to Clay, the center’s membership will likely hover around 450 people. A pricing structure has yet to be released. In addition to a 55,000square-foot indoor facility, a 35,000-square-foot field that’s part of the future center will also be used for workouts.



OCT. 5, 2012

Program aims to train shelter dogs to aid veterans By Lillian Cox

When historians look back on The Great Recession, they’ll no doubt write about soaring unemployment among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans as well as the high incidence of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury.) They may also mention the fact that shelters and dog rescue organizations throughout the U.S. are overwhelmed with dogs needing new homes due to the high rate of foreclosures and military transfers. Sally Montrucchio hopes to roll back these numbers with the launch of Next Step Service Dogs. The program’s goal is to hire veterans for well-paying jobs training service dogs for veterans with PTSD/TBI and mobility issues. Companion dogs already belonging to vets with these challenges will have the opportunity of testing for the program first. Otherwise, shelter dogs will be tapped as canine cadets in the Next Step program. Montrucchio is the training director of Next Step Service Dogs, Inc. Service dogs offer many benefits to veterans with PTSD/TBI: They give vets a sense of safety and protection, making them more able to return to work or go to college. Dogs can help reduce the risk of a serious mental breakdown, suicidal thoughts, alcoholism, drug use and violence. Consequently, medical and psychiatric costs are reduced. Montrucchio became involved with service dogs after being a puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence about 15 years ago. Afterward she worked as the training director for Tender Loving

Next Step Service Dogs team, from left: Michael Japak, Gibbs, founder Sally Montrucchio, Marvin Cruz, Gunny, Amber Boutwell. Photo by Lillian Cox

Canines for several years. Last year her experience training seven service dogs at Camp Pendleton raised an awareness of the great need for these dogs and inspired her to start Next Step Service Dogs last January. Instead of puppies, Montrucchio recruits older dogs, ages 1 to 5, for the program. “That cuts the training from 22 to 25 months down to six months,” she explained. To date, Next Step has one adult rescue dog that is fully trained, one adult pet dog mostly trained and two puppies in training. All breeds and mixes

are considered with the exception of Dobermans and pit bills. “Typically, we use working dogs like golden retrievers, labs, standard poodles and other breeds that the public perceives as friendly,” she said, adding that a 10-point test is required for certification. Dogs are taught approximately 60 commands beginning with standing, sitting and heeling. As they progress in training, they learn blocking, to prevent people from getting too close, and searching from room-toroom to alleviate anxiety for those with PTSD/TBI. Former military dog

Exclusive film screening for RSF residents RANCHO SANTA FE — A private screening of “Get to Work,” by Second Chance will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe and is exclusively open to Rancho Santa Fe residents for “an unfiltered, uncompromising look at the local tough-love, job-training program for the chronically unemployed.” “‘Get to Work’ takes viewers behind the walls of Second Chance to witness the struggles of those who have no job, no direction, and seemingly no chance,” the release said. “It’s a high-stakes, make-or-break program and, for most of the students, this is their last crack at a real future. But it doesn’t come easy: as they push the students to learn workplace skills that will land them a job, Second Chance instructors contend with those who have never learned anything other than bad attitudes and poor behavior. Not everyone makes it to graduation.” Second Chance is a

nonprofit that delivers workforce training programs, supported by comprehensive wrap-around services that include job placement, housing, mental health and financial literacy, all focused on getting people off the streets and into employment. Second Chance is a 2011 grant recipient of the Armed Forces Interest Group and the Rancho

Santa Fe Foundation. Reservations are required to attend the event. “Get to Work” airs every Monday at 10 p.m. (7 p.m. for DirectTV customers) on the Sundance Channel. For more information about Second Chance, visit secondchanceprogram.org. Reservations are required by calling (619) 839-0953.

trainers and other veterans are being hired for full or part-time jobs as dog trainers. “This helps to employ more warriors, and often these warriors have some degree of PTSD and/or another disability, and are most effective in training

other warriors,” Montrucchio said. “We have two Marines who recently left the military, are trained in service dog work, and ready to be hired. There are more waiting to be trained.” One of these is Marvin Cruz, who is being groomed to head the San Diego chap-

ter of Next Step Service Dogs. Cruz was a bomb dog handler in Afghanistan, and is training with Gunny, a Labradoodle that Montrucchio rescued when she was visiting her sister in South Salt Lake City. Cruz is impressed with Gunny’s progress, and said the pup’s got the right stuff. “I was having a bad day, remembering a friend who had passed away,” he said. “Gunny was sitting on the floor, then straightened his back, leaned towards me and put his head on my shoulder.” Michael Japak developed PTSD after serving in U.S. Army as a tanker and scout in Iraq. Training to become a service dog trainer comes naturally to him. Before enlisting he bred, trained and sold pit bulls as pets in his hometown of Orlando, Fla. “I’m a lot calmer around the dogs,” he said. “They love you no matter what. This is what I want to spend the rest of my life doing — training dogs and helping brothers.” Amber Boutwell uses a wheelchair after being injured while training at Fort Sill, Okla. “I was a firefighter and an EMT, and want to give back,” she said. “This work is just as important.” For more information, or to make a donation, visit nextstepservicedogs.com.


OCT. 4, 2012


Girl Scout gathers gear for South Africa community CALENDAR 4S RANCH — When Alexa Alyeshmerni, 14, a freshman at Del Norte High School, began considering projects for her Silver Scout project, her older brother inspired an idea. Her brother had just returned from a medical rotation in the remote village of Tugela Ferry, South Africa and described children playing with homemade soccer balls made from plastic grocery bags. She also found that boys and girls in South Africa enjoy play soccer more than any other sport, even though some had never played with a real soccer ball. Her project came immediately into focus as she decided to create a donation drive for soccer gear and get it to these children. During her further research, Alyeshmerni learned that playing soccer was a great way for them to channel their creative energy and avoid risky behaviors that in turn could lead to crime,HIV and tuberculosis.

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Del Norte High School Girl Scout Alexa Alyeshmerni gathers soccer equipment to be sent to small villages in South Africa as part of her work toward her Silver Scout award. Courtesy photo

The senior Girl Scout made various contacts with local soccer leagues, soccer academies and sent emails to friends and family. She established a donation box at the local Sport Authority and within two short weeks had amassed enough new and used gear to fill three large suitcases.

With the help of her brother, Dr. Daniel Alyeshmerni and his colleagues with the Yale/Stanford Johnson and Johnson Global Health scholars program, medical residents will be bringing the welcome soccer equipment to the local children in Msinga, South Africa. Alexa looks forward to

making her “Soccer 4 South Africa� an annual drive. She chose the project because it meant so much to her to help an underprivileged child have fun — or even achieve their dreams. “Perhaps delivering a soccer ball could go to the next ‘World Cup’ star,� Alyeshmerni said.

Student goes ‘over the edge’ for friends and family Torrey Pines High School sophomore Mackenzie Bath did her best Spiderman imitation this summer to raise money for her favorite charity. Bath decided to rapell 33 floors down the side of the Manchester Hyatt hotel, after raising more than $1,100 in donations from friends and family for “Kids Included Together� (KIT). KIT is an organization committed to inclusion for children with and without disabilities, who might be considered “different.� KIT also used Bath’s biographical story with her brother Kevin, a special needs student, as part of their literature for the event. The piece reads “My brother Kevin has special needs. Kevin has been fortu-

On behalf of her brother and other children, Torrey Pines High School student Mackenzie Bath went “Over the Edge,� at the Manchester Hyatt Hotel, rapelling 33 floors down the side to raise money for “Kids Included Together.� Courtesy photo

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Others around him see it, too, and one by one we are spreading the word about how much inclusion and being treated equally can change a life.� Her climb down the hotel tied in with her other activity as president of the TPHS Best Buddies Club this year after attending the national leadership conference “Inclusion Revolution� at the University of Indiana this summer. TPHS Best Buddies is looking for officers and members for the 20122013 school year to help spread the word about the Inclusion Revolution at TPHS. Buddies, peer buddies, including students who would like to take a leadership position, can sign up now at bestbuddiesonline.org.


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Real Chapter of Questers will meet at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Cardroom, 1105 La Bonita Drive, Lake San Marcos. The El Camino chapter meets every second Monday. For further information call (760) 729-3818.

OCT. 9 FLU SHOTS Tri-City Medical Center will be offering free flu shots for 18 years of age or older from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 9, Conference Room, Tri-City Wellness Center, 6250 El Camino Real, Carlsbad. ENCINITAS FORUM The League of Women Voters will moderate an Encinitas City Council Candidates forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Encinitas Community Center, Community Room, 1140 Oak Crest Park Drive, Encinitas. sponsored by Leucadia-Encinitas Town Council.


HOURS The Encinitas Station Farmers Market, on the southeast corner of E Street and Vulcan Avenue, has changed to its fall and winter hours of 4 to 7 p.m. as of Oct. 3. COMPANIONSHIP North County Widows and Widowers Club will meet for Happy Hour, 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at TGIFridays, 890 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad. Call Dee Dee at (951) 500-8443.

Industry Trade/Consumer Show, with surf and skateboard gear, art and collectibles will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 6 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. Tickets on sale at door CHRISTIAN THERAPY for $10 with under-12 free. Carlsbad Community ANCESTOR SEMINAR Church, 3175 Harding St., “Impact of Politics and Carlsbad, is hosting a panel Religion on Our Ancestors’ of Christian therapists on Your Family Migration� is seminar topic “Keeping in an by North San Diego County Connected Culture,� Genealogical Society, 9:30 Overscheduled a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 in from 6:45 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10. Carlsbad City Council Reservations needed by Oct. Chambers, 1200 Carlsbad 8. For more information, conVillage Drive, Carlsbad. Cost tact Mike McElroy at (760) or is $15.,optional lunch for 729-6052 $8.50. For reservations con- mmcelroy1@cox.net. t a c t gchoard@roadrunner.com or call (760) 729-1983. HEART HEALTHY The Disease Registration at the door Cardiovascular Foundation will celebrate its accepted without lunch. 10th Anniversary from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at The TASTE AND STROLL Del Powerhouse, 1700 Coast Mar invites everyone to its Blvd., Del Mar, with chocoTaste & Art Stroll Oct. 7 with late & wine pairings, hors an Art Stroll from 10 a.m. to d’oeuvres, a silent auction 5 p.m. and Taste of Del Mar and live jazz. $75 per person. from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring a lawn Contact (760) 730-1471. chair down to 11th Street FOODIE FEST The Tick Stage for live music by High Talk Toastmasters Violet opening for Peter International Food Fest and Sprague. White Elephant Sale will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11 at Carlsbad By the Sea SOLANA BEACH Retirement Facility, 2855 FORUM A Solana Beach Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad. Council Candidate Forum Cost is $2. RSVP to Pat will be held 6:30 to 8 p.m. Rarus, prarus@cox.net or Oct. 8 at the Solana Beach call (760) 630-2089. Boys & Girls Club, 533 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, administered OKTOBERFEST Chef by the League of Women Eugenio Martignago will creVoters. ate the cuisine for Oktoberfest noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 13 under the tents at West Village, 4960 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad. The cost is $35 per person and includes seven food and wine/beer pairings. Guests can also enjoy a $199 room which includes two tickets to the event, commemorative beer stein bottle opener and beer upon arrival. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (760) Consider a life-changing 930-8008. education for your

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Rancho Santa Fe woman stands up for the rights of animals RANCHO SANTA FE — Animals have a true champion in Rancho Santa Fe native Natalie Prosin. Prosin graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University in 2005, holds a master’s degree from Brown University, and earned her Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law

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Santaluz resident Scot Ginsburg has been promoted to Senior Vice President with Hughes Marino, a San Diego commercial real estate company representing tenants in lease negotiations and building purchases. Ginsburg specializes in hightech, life science, business service, SCOT GINSBURG r e s e a r c h and development, and other growth-oriented companies. Prior to joining Hughes Marino, Ginsburg served as managing director at Jones Lange LaSalle and as a principal with The Staubach Company.

School in 2011, where she cotaught Environmental Law and Policy to undergraduate students. Now, she has landed a job as the executive director of the non-profit Nonhuman Rights Project. To appreciate how Prosin landed in the field of animal law so soon after earning her law degree, conNorth County Property Group, 1779 Seaview Ave., Del Mar, a property care and management company, announced the company has launched a new range of program offerings, tailored to the specific needs of vacation home and rental property owners. The new programs focus on best practice services in property management for Vacation Homeowner Services and Property Care, Complete Rental Property Management and Tenant Relations, Rental Property Listing and Leasing and Maintenance and Custom Services. Visit ncpropertygroup.com or contact (858) 792-5797.

New foundation chair The Jewish Community Foundation Board of Directors appointed Rancho Santa Fe resident Jeff Silberman as its new Board Chairman. Jeff succeeds Emily Einhorn who led the Foundation for a twoyear term. Other officers of the foundation include Joan Jacobs, Vice Chair; Jane Scher, Vice Chair; Treasurer David Kabakoff, Secretary Barbara Bry, and General Counsel Lawrence Sherman.

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The city of Del Mar discovered that due to an internal glitch in Waste Management’s software, invoices in the amount of $0.00 were sent out to 466 Del Mar residents the week of Sept. 26. The error has since been corrected. If you are one of the 466 residents who received a $0.00 invoice from Waste Management, please disregard it. Residents are free to call Waste Management at (800) 596-7444, with any questions or concerns.

Oceanside business owner Gina Martin of Twin Imaging Technology, Inc., a job training and document management support provider, has won an 8(a) sole source federal contract, following her involvement in a three-month mentorship program from American Express OPEN’s Victory in Procurement program. The national program is designed to help small businesses become contract ready and find contract success. Gina’s contract,valued at $284,767, is to provide training and curricula development to the Defense Logistics Agency.

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Torrey Pines High School sophomore Mackenzie Bath was named the winner of the Soulbound Short Story Contest on Figment.com, hosted by best selling author Heather Brewer. Bath ’s story “Best Friend, Boyfriend” was recognized from among 247 entries as the winning submission. TPHS junior LianaMelissa Allen has just written, illustrated and published two more full color children’s books, “The Tale of Jane Sadear” and “The Ice Queen.” These two new books follow on the heels of her recently published book “The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey.”

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sider what she achieved while at Boston College. Within her first semester, she joined the national nonprofit ALDF (Animal Legal Defense Fund) and helped establish Boston College Law School’s Student ALDF (SALDF) chapter. “After I’d recruited other interested students,” from scams and fraud. To obtain a free Senior Fraud Protection Kit, call (760) 6396472 or visit ProtectSeniorsFromFraud.co m.

World of hats Milliner Jill Courtemanche, a teacher at Bravo School of Art, is planning to open a retail shop and studio in Solana Beach in November. Courtemanche is sharing the tips and tricks of her trade with a workshop on basic millinery techniques and the art of hand-stitching from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 17. The class is $65 plus a $20 materials fee. For more information or to register, visit BravoSchoolOfArt.com or call 619-223-0058.

Top physician group Dr. Scott Flinn and Mary Ellen Leahy, RN, MBA, accepted the “Top Performing” and “Most Improved” awards on behalf of Arch Health from the California Integrated Healthcare Association. Arch Health Partners has offices throughout North County and is affiliated with Palomar Health.

Nice numbers The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada presented the San Fe Irrigation District the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the district’s comprehensive annual financial report. This is the sixth year successively that SFID has received the award. An award of Financial Reporting Achievement was also awarded to the District Administrative Services Manager Jeanne L. Deaver, for preparing the award-winner report.

Plie for Pink Xtend Barre with studios in Carlsbad, Carmel Valley and Poway,has partnered with Shape Magazine, and will be hosting its second annual Plié for Pink Oct. 7 from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a portion of proceeds will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Prosin said, “we thought a good first project for the group would be to get out the vote on a state ballot initiative that would ban all greyhound racing.” After many hours spent passing out literature on their lunch hour, the ban was ultimately passed. The following year, their SALDF chapter initiated a cage-free egg campaign for Boston College’s food services. Natalie and her fellow SALDF members distributed literature on the inhumane practices of factory farms, such as the confined conditions egg-laying hens live in, along with the wire they must stand on for their entire lives. “After a sixweek trial run, we received the good news that Boston College would be implementing a cage-free policy for all their shelled eggs in all four cafeterias and catering services.” In the meantime, impressed with Prosin’s dedication, ALDF connected her with the Nonhuman Rights Project, where she secured

Natalie Prosin, from Rancho Santa Fe, is now the executive director of the non-profit Nonhuman Rights Project. Courtesy photo

an ALDF Animal Law Clerkship during law school. Fighting to establish legal “personhood” for nonhuman animals, the Nonhuman Rights Project is the first organization of its kind. Their mission is to “change the common law status of at least some nonhuman animals from mere ‘things,’ which lack the capacity to possess any legal right, to

‘persons,’ who possess such fundamental rights as bodily integrity and bodily liberty,” Prosin said, who oversees the organization’s day-to-day operations, manages volunteers, and develops strategic plans. With Prosin’s leadership, the Nonhuman Rights Project is preparing groundbreaking legal cases aimed at eradicating the wall that divides humans from nonhumans. These cases will have particularly radical implications for the legal rights of cognitively complex animals like great apes, dolphins, whales, elephants and African Grey parrots. The work being done by the Nonhuman Rights Project is the focus of an upcoming documentary by filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus. ALDF was founded in 1979 with the unique mission of protecting the lives and advancing interests of animals through the legal system. For more information, visit aldf.org.

TAG expands into Rancho Santa Fe RANCHO SANTA FE — TAG, Southern California’s outsourced accounting consults, announced that it opened a Family CFO office Sept. 24 at 16904 Via Santa Fe, in Rancho Santa Fe. Anneke Stender, Vice President of TAG, said “the new office solidifies our goal of having a physical presence in, and being an active member of, our clients’ communities. Elaine Leach will be heading up the office and we look forward to

her not only contributing to our clients’ success, but also contributing to the Rancho Santa Fe community.” TAG’s Family CFO practice excels in high-net-worth accounting and financial consulting by applying a controller-level’s financial insight to managing personal finances. TAG Family CFO works in partnership with the wealth manager,

CPA and attorney to ensure quality data and financial reporting for their client’s planning needs. TAG currently has 35 employees and is headquartered in La Jolla. The company, which was originally founded in 1996, plans on adding an office in Orange County in 2013. For further information, see teamtag.net.

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RANCHO SANTA FE — “We are currently in the height of fire season,” Rancho Santa Fe Fire Chief Tony Michel told the Association at its Sept. 20 meeting. His purpose of attending the meeting was to remind area residents that they should remain evervigilant about fire prevention and to expect an above-average fire season. “This year because of a lot of early rain we have a lot of grass growing,” he said. He said there have already been more fire starts than in recent memory at this time of year. “It’s going to be another big fire season in Southern California,” he said.

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Michel said that even though the devastating Witch Creek Fire was five years ago, another such blaze is a possibility. “Right now we are at critical fuel levels when fires can start more readily,” he said. Michel said the fire district has been doing its part in preventing fire with measures such as creating buffers to flames by clearing out the Del Dios Gorge and the San Dieguito River and reminding residents of their own responsibilities. Director Anne Feighner said the No. 1 concern of the Association’s Committee on the Natural Environment is the dead and drying trees within the Covenant.

It is never too late to remind residents to protect themselves and their homes by:

• Making all properties free of dead and dying trees and brush

• Creating 100 feet of defensible space around their homes and other structures

• Keeping rain gutters cleaned

• Providing a vertical clearance of 13 feet, 6 inches along all roadways, driveways and easements “We must be aware of how our property impacts the entire community,” Feighner said. Michel said brush abatement companies for hire can be found on the fire district’s website at rsffire.org. Michel said that a com-

• Trimming tree branches away from roofs • Moving wood piles away from the home munication put out by the Predictive Services Group in Riverside stated that in areas toward the coast and over most of the Sierra, fuel moisture continues to be below average therefore in local area will continue to see an above normal large fire potential.

Group celebrates 5th year RANCHO SANTA FE — Come be reminded that anything is possible. The Seany Foundation invites the community to gather from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Del Mar Country Club, 6001 Clubhouse Drive to mark its fifth annual “Everything Is Possible” celebration. At the event, the Seany Community Service Award will be presented to Lori Iaquinta. Pre-registration tickets cost $150 per person. Proceeds go toward vital research initiatives and lifeenhancing programs for children battling cancer. To register or for more event details, visit theseanyfoundation.org/celebration. Celebration 2012 sponsors include: Variety, the Children’s Charity of Southern California;

Medical Center Pharmacy; Eddy Pump; Kleinfelder; CustomerCentric Selling; and Alfonsi Railroad. For sponsorship information, v i s i t theseanyfoundation.org/celebration-sponsor. Sean Lewis Robins died nearly six years ago after a long battle with cancer. The Seany Foundation has continued his legacy of battling pediatric cancer for the last five years. Celebration 2012 will commemorate all the work done in his honor as well as acknowledge all the work still to be done. The Foundation continues to raise funds for important quality-of-life programs for local children with cancer and potentially lifesaving research. For more information, visit theseanyfoundation.org.

Group looks to help traveling military COAST CITIES — For Camp Pendleton Marines and all the military who travel through Lindbergh Field International Airport, San Diego Waves of Appreciation is preparing to again provide food to military personnel traveling through the airport during the holidays — both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Last year the group started with 2,000 bags, had to rush together another 500, and ran out before Christmas. This year, they are starting with 3,000, with the ability to add another 500 if needed. To do so they need to raise at least $25,000 and recruit volunteers of all ages to fill bags. To purchase and fill the bags before Thanksgiving, Reichert said the $25,000 needs to be raised by Oct. 15. Each cinch-style fab-

ric bag is filled with various snack foods. The food will be purchased in early November and and volunteers will be needed to pack the bags on Nov. 11 at the USO’s downtown San Diego facility. To volunteer, contact Reichert at (858) 705-8118 or sandiegopepperdinewaves@gmail.com. To donate, send a check payable to “USO San Diego” with “food bag project” written on the memo line, to USO San Diego Downtown Center, c/o Ginger Csizmadi, 303 A St., Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92101. Project originator Reed Reichert, said, “I got the idea when I was sitting next to a young Marine who looked scared to death. He asked if I knew if any food would be served on the plane because he hadn’t eaten in nine hours.”

Rady Charity Ball plans begin RANCHO SANTA FE — Mark your calendar and reserve your night in Coronado now. The 104th anniversary Charity Ball, “When You Wish Upon a Star,” to benefit The Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital, is planned for Feb. 16 at the Hotel del Coronado. It will be launched by the annual Past Chairmen’s Tea from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Rancho Santa Fe home of Mrs. Martin

Dickinson. The annual Past Chairmen’s Tea recognizes the chairmen of the Charity Ball, considered the “Grand Dame of San Diego social events.” This year’s event is being chaired by Nancie Geller, co-chaired by Kimberly Miller, and supported by a committee of 80 men and women. For more information, call Nancie Geller at (619) 743-9456 or email nanciegeller@aol.com or visit helpsdkids/CharityBall.

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Men Want to Be Pretty, Too For some reason, South Korea (with about one-sixth the men that America has) is the world’s largest consumer of male cosmetics, with its leading company approaching $1 billion a year in sales. According to a September Bloomberg Business Week dispatch, South Korean males became fascinated with the country’s 2002 World Cup soccer team’s “flower men,” who had smooth, flawless skin, and the craze took off from there. Said a male college student, “Having a clean, neat face makes you look sophisticated and creates an image that you can handle yourself well.” Makeup routines include drawing “thicker, bolder” eyebrows and, of course, expert application of lipstick. Said one admiring woman, “I feel like I have more to talk about with guys who use makeup.”

Government in Action! Cliche Come to Life: In an August report, the inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs warned that the regional office building in Winston-Salem, N.C., was in danger of collapsing because there were too many claims files stacked on the sixth floor.“We noticed floors bowing under the excess weight to the extent that the tops of file cabinets were noticeably unlevel throughout the storage area.” The report also warned of the potential of files falling on, and injuring, employees. For the short term, the agency relocated all the folders (estimated: 37,000) on the sixth floor to offices on the fifth, seventh and eighth floors. For years, U.S. senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall (of the Select Committee on Intelligence) have been asking the director of National Intelligence to disclose how often the government might be “overcollecting” information on U.S. citizens by too enthusiastically applying the Patriot Act, but the director’s office has maintained that such information, whether or not it reveals wrongdoing, is classified. In July, the office finally declassified one fact that it said the senators were free to use: that the government had “on at least one occasion” overcollected information in violation of constitutional protections — but that’s all. The number of times, and all other details, remain classified.



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Prevent prescription drug dangers

By the physicians and staff places are truly secret and Even if they’re not medications that are discolThis makes the medicaat Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas not easily discovered with a abused, prescriptions can ored, separated, crumbly, or tion less appealing to chil-

Have you cleaned out your medicine cabinet lately? If not, you may have expired or unused prescription medications on hand. This can be especially dangerous if there are other people in the home who may have access to these drugs. Prescription medications can be invaluable in treating and preventing illness. But the use of these drugs in a way that is not intended by the prescribing physician is a potentially deadly problem. Safe use of prescription drugs begins with ensuring that medications don’t get into the wrong hands. Avoid transferring drugs into containers labeled for other medications; for example, don’t put prescription muscle relaxants in an old aspirin bottle. Someone may mistakenly take the prescription medication when they really just needed an overthe-counter pain reliever. Keep track of your prescriptions and the quantities you should have on hand, as well as the number of refills available. If possible, make sure you are the only one authorized by your pharmacy to order and pick up refills. Store medications in a safe area inaccessible to others, and be sure that your “secret” hiding

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pose a risk if they are expired or damaged. All prescription drugs have an expiration date on the label; after that, they can break down and change, rendering them ineffective, harmful, or in some cases deadly. The commonly prescribed antibiotic tetracycline, for example, can cause a deadly skin infection if taken after it expires. Take inventory of medicines every six months and dispose of medications that lack clearly marked expiration dates. Also dispose of any

powdery — even if they haven’t yet expired. Don’t simply toss old or unused medications in the trash bin — it may be easy for children, pets and others to find them. Nor should medications be flushed down the toilet; they can affect the water supply and be ingested by the public, as well as harm natural aquatic habitats. Instead, remove drugs from their original containers, crush them, and then mix them with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter.

dren and pets, and unrecognizable to people who may search through your trash. You can also take unwanted medications to your pharmacy for proper disposal, or to secure drop boxes at Sheriff’s Department sites. They will ensure medications are disposed of according to state and federal laws. “Health Watch” 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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Puerta Vallarta is like the So Cal of old JOE MORIS Baby Boomer Peace The kids are back in school and now we have that great fall weather in San Diego. But Puerto Vallarta is moving out of the tropical summer heat and humidity too. I cannot wait to get back to my place down there but I’m a little stuck. I’m busy with real estate work and I have been fortunate enough to have my place rented down there so it can pay for itself. The homeowner fees on

my condo just dropped to $395 American per month from $440. When was the last time you ever saw something go down instead of up? That homeowner fee pays for everything: cable television, electricity, water (that I can drink straight from the tap because Puerto Vallarta has endless water and every resort building has further purification. The water lines throughout the city are, for the most part no older than 20 to 30 years. The HOA also pays for all the security, maintenance and upgrades. I rent my place pretty cheaply for $50 per day, so one week of rental nearly pays the whole month. Other long-term residents with long-established

returning vacationers get $80 to $120 per day after Oct. 1. I only bring all this up because lately my office has been getting numerous calls from my ads for Puerto Vallarta and Punta Mita. People don’t care about the misleading news stories about drugs, violence and death. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Puerto Vallarta remains the seventh safest tourist destination in the world according to Conde Naste, the traveler’s magazine. Somehow and some way through all that Fast and Furious screw up, it seems our press is hell bent on punishing Mexico. A lot of innocent people have been hurt financially because of that. If our press reported nationally the violence every day in Chicago, the town would soon become a ghost town. Our mainstream press is no longer a fourth estate. They seem to be puppets of someone else’s design. It is all so frustrating. I don’t care what Walter Cronkite or David Brinkley’s political persuasion was but when they did their job, they did it objectively. No more. It is hard to trust the mainstream press anymore. We have to go dig for information ourselves, mostly through the Internet. I love Puerto Vallarta in the winter time. I usually go to this little sports bar called El Torito on Sundays. They have all the football games and I get to watch the Chargers and mingle with all the San Diego fans that are down there as well. But it is great fun to meet and enjoy the company of the fans of all the other great American cities as well. Puerto Vallarta recently surpassed 1million American and Canadian ownerships. Now that includes the time shares too, but I look at Puerto Vallarta like another Southern California from the ‘50s and 60s. The open spaces, oceanclose opportunities and growing tourist attractions are just plum ready for picking for those who want to invest. If this election cycle in November turns out the way a lot of people think it will, then a whole lot of boomers are bolting for places outside this country. It’s going to be interesting to watch how people look to find their peace. Oh, I have to give props to Brenda Terrones (now Matthews). She is my first ex. My column was originally going to be “Baby Boomer Blues” but she thought that was a downer. She suggested “Baby Boomer Peace “and I loved it. It fit our era and peace is what we are all seeking. So, thanks Brenda! Joe Moris may be contacted at (760) 500-6755 or by email at joe@coastalcountry.net.

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San Marcos will be tweaked to include palliative care lessons; the institute will offer secondary education classes for professionals pursuing certifications in palliative care; and the institute will hold meetings to inform the public about palliative care. The public meetings will address the basics of how to care for someone with a chronic illness, as well as how to access and ask for palliative care. The community outreach meetings should begin in October and the secondary education class-

es will likely start next year, according to McNeal. According to CSU Trustee Roberta Achtenberg, there are plans for other CSUs to replicate the model. Cal State San Marcos was chosen as the first school for the palliative care institute because of its strong nursing program and leadership, she said. “I can’t tell you how vital these services will become,� Achtenberg said. Achtenberg pointed out that an estimated 14 million people have at least one chronic disease in California, and the number is expected to increase. Hospitals are unprepared,

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The muscles contract, pulling joints out of alignment, leading to being unbalanced and maybe injury.” Hiniker, who specializes in training extreme sports athletes and holds a bachelor’s of science in sports medicine, compared unbalanced body alignment with steering a car that pulls to the left or right. “The body tries to compensate, only causing problems with posture,” said Hiniker, a Carlsbad native. The cornerstone of “Surf Exercises with Taylor Knox” is an exercise ball, a piece of equipment Hiniker said is ideal for aligning the body. And an exercise ball replicates the dynamic and unpredictable surface of the ocean. An exercise ball is especially great for hip flexor strengthening, which surfers need to generate power on turns. Although a new or counterintuitive idea to some, he said surfers are coming around to the idea of supplemental workouts on the shore. “You build strength and counteract what you’re doing in the water on the land,” Hiniker said.

COAST CITIES — Become a better surfer and avoid injury by training on land? It was a foreign, even out-there idea a decade ago. But more and more, surfers are using shore-based balancing exercises, injury prevention techniques and nutrition information to better their wave-riding skills. The attention on surfing fitness is being fueled by a crop of new studies, books and instructional DVDs aimed at everyman surfers. In the past, surfers believed there was a simple way to elevate their skills: surf more. That attitude started changing about 10 years ago, beginning with sponsors injecting more money into professional surfing, said Clayton Everline, a strength and conditioning specialist for pro surfers and co-author of “Surf Survival: The Surfer’s Health Handbook.” The stakes for pro surfers were higher than ever. “Obviously, getting out in the water is the biggest and most important part of improving your surfing,” said Everline, who is also a practicing sports physician. “But especially around 2007, you had a lot of pros looking for a competPaul Hiniker breaks down a favorite core and stability exercise itive edge, and they really started taking trainof surfers called the side plank with external rotation. ing and nutrition seriously, whereas before that stuff was on the backburner.” “There was a tipping point; those who started taking fitness and training seriously starting winning — it couldn’t be denied,” he added. Pro surfers were hungry for health information tailored to surfers, and doctors and sports physicians responded by developing fitness regimes and safety tips with pros in mind. That knowledge eventually found its way to everyman surfers, with Everline’s co-authored book, “Surf Survival,” being one example. “Surf Survival” includes everything from a checklist of items when surfing remote regions, what to eat to extend sessions and how to warm up as well as cool-down after surfing to stay limber and avoid injuries. The book’s other author, Andrew Nathanson, is one of the pioneers of surfing injury analysis. Compared to other sports like baseball and football, nowhere near as much time has been devoted to studying surfing, Nathanson said. STEP 1: Place a swiss ball beneath ankles, elevate body until torso is parallel Nathanson explained that conducting research to the ground. Then reach under the body with top arm and touch the ground in an environment as unpredictable as the beneath you. ocean is difficult, and unlike some sports, surfing injury data traditionally hasn’t been collected, whether from contests or self-reports. But more sports therapists and doctors like Nathanson are spearheading studies to investigate the frequency, mechanisms and risk factors of injuries. One of his studies, the first of its kind, examined injuries at 32 professional and amateur surfing contests. Findings revealed that most injuries were due to sprains and strains to the lower extremities, especially the knees. To combat these injuries, Nathanson recommends flexibility training in these areas of the body. Outside of contests, one of his other studies found that lacerations and contusions caused by direct contact from a surfboard were the most common. “Due to sharpness, a surfboard’s fins are the biggest threat to the average surfer,” said Nathanson, who is also an emergency physician STEP 2: Maintain side plank position, using your shoulder, core and hip stabiliat the Miriam Hospital in Rhode Island. “They ty. Then externally rotate your torso until your hand and arm comes out from can be sanded to reduce sharpness at virtually underneath you. no expense to performance.” One reason for the newfound interest in injury prevention and workouts is the surfing population is aging, Nathanson said. For the first time in the sports’ history, there are a significant number of surfers in their 50s, 60s and even 70s in the water. Pro surfers in their late 30s were a rarity two decades ago. But Carlsbad resident Taylor Knox, 41, still duels with those half his age on surfing’s professional tour. He attributes his longevity to exercises he developed, along with his trainer, with surfers in mind. The regimen was released as a DVD that’s titled “Surf Exercises with Taylor Knox.” “Over about eight years, we went through and identified what parts of the body respond and are key for surfing, and it’s made the difference,” Knox said. His trainer, Paul Hiniker, said surfing, a sport requiring catlike balance, is all about building core strength and correctional stretchSTEP 3: Continue to externally rotate your arm until it’s in a vertical position and es. you’re squeezing your shoulder blades together. From this position, your knees, “Alignment is the most important part of ears shoulders, hips and ankles should form a straight line. Hold position for two being a surfer,” Hiniker said. “Paddling can counts and repeat eight to 10 times on each side of the body. Photographs by Bill Reilly take a toll on and over rely on certain muscles.

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aged a 93 percent capacity in the stadium. The petition research to the FCC concluded that “blackouts have no significant effect on ticket sales in the NFL and increase no-shows only when the weather is bad.” But some teams do benefit from what economists call “local revenues,” Baade explained. “You’ve got some teams in large markets that naturally have an advantage and so they don’t rely as much on attendance as do some other teams. … “When you’re talking about some teams like the Green Bay Packers, who have long wait lists for fans, the whole blackout thing is superfluous, anyway,” he said. The Chargers sold almost 6,000 additional tickets to the Atlanta game following the blackout announcement, according to Johnston. “Without the policy, it might have been,take a zero off that, 600 (tickets), so it does make a big difference,”Johnston said. “If you’re in a situation where you say,‘Look we’re not going to be able to see the team, or see the game, you might be able to convince some deep pockets person to, in fact, buy tickets to ensure the blackout will be lifted,” Baade said. “It can be very effective. I think people get a little panicky close to game time and start thinking about the fact that we’re going to have to sell these tickets somehow if we’re going to avoid the blackouts. It’s a very straightforward way of making sure you sell all the seats.” Baade thought it was fair to say that season tickets holders make or break blackouts. “I think that of course, if you can muster season ticket sales,you’re just going to be at a huge advantage. In fact, in all sports, season tickets sales really give you a distinct advantage because they give you more certainty,” he added. “I think in all sports at this particular point in time, season ticket sales are the key.” Spanos said the organization took great steps this year,

setting a goal to put more value in the season ticket holder packages. “And we achieved that,” he added. Some of those measures include more stadium and facility tours and allowing more access to conference calls with key personnel as the head coach and general manager and players. Season ticket prices also haven’t changed since 2007. Chargers season ticket packages are still readily available for purchase. Spanos wouldn’t say whether the policy was outdated, but knows there’s been a lot of criticism about the blackout policy.“The blackout policy has been in place for decades,” Spanos said. “If you look over the long haul, it served the NFL well in helping markets sell tickets. Because we need people in the stands; our players tell us all the time how important home field advantage is. I don’t think the NFL works if the stadiums are empty.There needs to be a big crowd at the stadium for everything to work.” Spanos said he was optimistic for ticket sales regarding the remaining six home games. “There’s still a lot of football to be played. I think we’re 2-1 at the top of our division and I think team performance is going to be a big driver in ticket sales. I think if we continue to be successful on the field, I’m very optimistic about selling out the rest of our games and getting the blackouts lifted,” he said. The Chargers remaining home games are against division rivals the Broncos and Chiefs, followed by the Ravens, Bengals, Panthers and ending the season against the Raiders.


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

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$25 oceanside (760) 529-0862



Per Paper 1-2 wks 3 wks 6 wks 12 wks 26 wks 52 wks

Charger, Remote and Manual.

Display PCI $40








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Original Carton, Easy to Use and a Great Buy. $29 OBO Call Shelly (760) 809-4657 SATELLITE RECEIVER WITH DISH An adth satellite receiver #8800ir for european programming is for sale with a globe cast dish. Includes wireless remote and memory card. $95 set (760) 758-8344



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Condition - Like New $100 (760) 672-4380

Copy and Cancellations

HEADBOARD For Single Bed,


light blue upholstered in cloth good

Ask for Classified Dept.

760-436-9737 ext. 100 or fax ad copy 760-943-0850

Home Svcs. 325


Sporting Goods



HAULING I will haul your trash,

15 GALLON PLANTS $35.00 each, Sand Palm, Jade, Crown of Thorns, Black Pine, Loquot and Macadamia Nut (760) 436-6604

BATTLE STAR series, carriers, amphibious, & battleships. 1941 present day.

northern Kenya. Made of wood,


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

Items For Sale 200

1970 KENMORE SEWING MACHINE Sears Model 1250, works good, comes with table (table needs work) $70 (760) 7588958

Items For Sale 200


Items For Sale 200

condition $60 (760) 758-8958 KITCHEN TABLE Pine, Includes 4 Straight Back Chairs, Table is 46"

Awesome ship designs onto apparel, mugs, posters,& steins. Honorable gifts. zazzle.com/sgtskullnstein BRUMM ENAMELED PLATE Beautiful Floral on Copper, 6", Perfect Condition, $59 OBO Call Shelly (760) 809-4657 BUSHNELL BINOCULARS 7x by 3T, Extra Wide Angle, With Case and Shoulder Strap, excellent condition $25 (760) 599-9141 COLORFUL GRAPHIC ART 24" by 36" poster 1988 - 100 Year Anniversary of City of Oceanside: 1888 - 1988 $30 (760) 845-3024

size 7. These TOUR OMNI 800 inline boots & wheels are in great condtion. Only $29 obo. Please call

yard materials, left behind furniture for move outs, etc. for very affordable rates. call Everett at (760) 893-9184

Shelly at (760) 809-4657

Roommates 500

POOL TABLE AND BALLS Very Good Condition $150 (760) 822-

GUEST HOUSE 1-2 bedrooms in or


near Encinitas, long term, Art


Student at Watts in Encinitas,

1960ís right hand throw. This fabu-

References, no live-in boyfriends,

lous glove is in pristine condition. A




mariacalifornia@gmail.com (619) rare opportunity for the serious


baseball collector at only $59 obo.

Automotive 900

Please call Shelly at (760) 809-4657 TENNIS



Crossbow 10 43/8 grip light weight


powerful excellent condition $50


(760) 632-2487

Black, Loaded, 4 door excellent condition $2950 OBO (760) 274-



FIREWOOD FOR SALE Wheelbarrows full, Oak, Pine and Eucalyptus - $25 per wheelbarrow full (760) 942-7430

dition for being 40 years old! $69

HANGING SHOE HOLDER With Covers, Holds 12 Pairs of Shoes From Your Closet Wall, Like New $12 Vista (760) 758-2549


toplink, very good condition!. For


more info/photo: rog. Perez@aol.

Pro Air Filtration, paid $750, asking


$190 (760) 599-9141


HOT WHEELS box of fifty hot wheels in original packaging. random models. $40 (760) 726-8491 LIKE NEW HUNTER AIR PURIFIER. $99.00-hunter 30381 hepatech air purifier features a whisperquiet fan that draws air into the unit without excessive noise. Operational manual included. Pictures available. (760) 842-1970 MISC. ITEMS FOR SALE Books (bibles, financial, health etc) DVDís, Ice Chest, Beach Chair,Yoga Mats, 5 gal. tubs and buckets, assorted rugs, blankets, tp and paper towels, Screen Door, Clothing, and more call for pricing (760) 295-9184

5477 TAGE JIm "Catfish" Hunter endorsed, model A-2005, great con-



Tractor ($19,000), 2wd, 16 speed obo (760) 809-4657

power shift, left hand reverser, 120 engine hp, 100 pto hp, air seat, am/fm, rear wiper, 3 remotes,

Good Shape, 75k miles $8500 OBO WASHING MACHINE For Sale:

(619) 247-0954

White Frigidare Gallery Front AUTO Mb services has been in Loader Washer With Stand, Lightly

business since 1996. The co-owners

Used, Excellent Condition $425

Randy Brinker and Tony Munson

firm.Val - Leucadia (760) 753-4412

have over 60 years combined experience in servicing and restoring

Items Wanted

vintage, classic, hot rods, motorcycles or anything that has a motor and runs on gas. (951) 696-1129 MAZDA SPORT Miata, mx, turbo, 2

NAVY aircraft carriers awesome ship battle star designs onto apparel, mugs, posters,& steins. Honorable gifts. zazzle.com/sgtskullnstein SILVER PLATED COFFEE SERVICE mid 20th century. Spectacular 5 pieces manufactured by the finest swedish silversmith C. G. Hallberg. Beautiful with Bakelite touches. In perfect condition. A true treasure for only $129 obo. Please call Shelly at (760) 8094657


seater, black soft top with cover, cd stereo, air, manual, (stick 6 speed), performance tires with spare, apprx. 38,000 miles. (760) 207-0073 San Marcos, $15,950.00 0B0.

JACK DANIELS Collector looking for old jd or lem motlow bottles and advertising or display items.

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Up to $149 each (760) 630-2480

Trucks/SUVís 94 TOYOTA PICK UP TRUCK Shortbed, 130k miles, Original Owner, 4 cyl. asking $4800 (760) 295-9184

OLYOíS PIZZA MEMORABILIA Anything considered but would


love any pictures or t-shirts (adult

2 SETS OF RIM Sizes - 235-55018

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size). Wanted for my nephewís

and 255-35Z020 $450 each set (760)

VIETNAM war battle star collection: apparel / mugs / key chains


Christmas present! (760) 994-7265 Wanted



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35" Tall. Good Condition. $55 OBO

condition, will pay cash. 760-346-

smogged, runs great, call for pric-

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OCT. 05, 2012

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

In the year ahead, you are likely to be inspired to take on a unique but creative project, either as a personal hobby or a potential second source of income. Developing and testing things will turn out to be lots of fun, and profitable as well. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — If you’re comparing similar items before making a purchase, quality should take precedence over price. Don’t allow yourself to be dazzled by a flashy sale. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — You’re likely to get the opportunity to be with someone whom you really like. Even if you can’t spend as much time together as both of you desire, you’ll make it a quality experience. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Even though the last thing you will be thinking about is feathering your nest, persons you help could end up doing more for you than what you actually do for them. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — You might get some intuitive flashes pertaining to a certain future event. Don’t discount any of these perceptions just because what you envision seems too good to be true. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Something rather peculiar might develop

that could result in a small but significant advantage in your career. It’s also likely that it’ll be beneficial financially as well. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Acknowledge all hunches or perceptions, because one could result in a subtle yet vital benefit for you in the workplace.Take advantage of your brainstorms — you won’t regret it. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — When considering making a financial investment, don’t discuss it with people who have poor fiduciary track records. Someone could talk you into putting your money on a bad bet. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Something beneficial could result from an involvement with a friend whose interests, ideal and standards are similar to yours. Not so with a companion who thinks differently. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Oftentimes in life, we have to be extremely assertive in order to achieve our objectives. However, you will gain more at present by being kind and sharing. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Should your faith be put to the test, remember that you generally can achieve far more by being unwavering. Additionally, your steadfastness will inspire others. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Some kind of shift in circumstances can be expected, which will have a strong effect on you and your associates. However, you won’t mind the turmoil; you’ll instantly see its benefits. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Although the knowledge you’ll gain from books today might be marginal at best, you’re likely to learn an invaluable lesson from something you’ll experience with another person.

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