The Rancho Santa Fe News, Nov. 2, 2012

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VOL. 8, NO. 18

NOV. 2, 2012

Traffic circles planned


By Patty McCormac

Rancho Santa Fe’s 92067, one of the richest ZIP codes in the U.S., has given 44 times more than the average zip code in campaign contributions this year, a big jump from three months ago. In July, the area represented 34 times more than the average zip code. The campaign contributions were released to the public Oct. 21 and reflect filings with the FEC (Federal Election Commission) through Sept. 30. Because October filings have yet to be released, it’s premature to compare this election’s campaign contributions with previous presidential election year totals. But for some perspective, campaign contributions from individuals in Rancho Santa Fe added up to $3.5 million in 2008 and $2.5 million in 2004. Yet this year’s presidential

RANCHO SANTA FE — After years of planning, traffic circles are making their way into Rancho Santa Fe. The subject came up on the Association’s Oct. 18 agenda. “We have to be very careful because this issue hasn’t come up in a few years,” Vice President Anne Feighner said. “This has been a hot issue for a long time.” “We want to make sure everyone knows it is coming down the pike,” Association President Roxana Foxx said. The traffic circles are planned for the intersections of Del Dios and El Camino Del Norte; Paseo Delicias and El Montevideo-La Valle Plateada; and Paseo Delicias and Via de la Valle. “The roundabouts are designed to function together as a system by requiring vehicles to slow, but not stop, as they move through the intersection,” Ivan Holler, assistant Association manger, told the board. “The roundabouts at El Camino Del Norte and Via de la Valle are designed as threeway intersections, while the roundabout at El Montevideo and La Valley Plateada is designed as a four-way intersection.” He said the intersection of Paseo Delicias and Via de la Valle, because of its irregular shape, was the most complex. On the north side of this intersection, the western end of La Fremontia would be closed and would become a cul-desac. Each of the roundabouts shares the same components of splitter islands to slow approaching traffic and align the vehicles to enter the circular flow of traffic. They will all also have a center landscaped islands and pedestrian and equestrian crosswalks. “We are excited because it improves equestrian safety,” Director Rochelle Putnam said.“For those of us who cross Del Norte, that is a huge benefit.” Feighner said she is concerned about unintended effects on others. “Will people be able back out of their driveways?” she asked Holler. Holler said they would be able to, even during the highvolume traffic hours. Still, there are significant issues connected with the traffic circles, Holler said. “The county will need to acquire additional right-of-way




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High-end home market ticking upward By Jared Whitlock

RANCHO SANTA FE — ason Barry stood at the entrance to a massive $16 million home, greeting onlookers and potential buyers. Barry, a real estate agent who specializes in luxury homes, was encouraged by the amount of foot traffic at the open house, likely more than there would have been a year or two ago. It was another signal in his book that high-end home sales are coming back in Rancho Santa Fe. Rancho Santa Fe isn’t alone. Across California, million-dollar plus home sales are at their highest level in five years, according to a report from DataQuick released two months ago. Luxury home sales are up 19 percent this year compared with last year. That’s better than the average, as sales across all price points are up

10 percent. The high-end home trend has played out locally. “It’s interesting looking at last year compared to now with a community like the (Rancho Santa Fe) Covenant as an example,” Barry said. “Last year, there were 139 homes for sale. This year at the same time, there are 100 homes for sale. You’ve seen inventory decrease as you’ve seen activity increase.” But Barry said that price per square foot hasn’t jumped yet in Rancho Santa Fe. Indicators show that could be happening soon though, he said. “It’s the basic rule of supply and demand that’s tied into this increase in activity,” Barry said. Indeed, state figures show prices inching up as well, according to DataQuick. Buyers of million-dollar plus

homes paid on average $632 per square foot, up two percent from last year. Barry noted that luxury home prices were among the hardest hit of all price points during the downturn, meaning there’s a steeper hill to climb for a market correction.Yet he feels “we turned the corner.” “We were thinking back in 2009 and 2010 that we were hitting bottom,” Barry said. “When in fact we were continuing to drift a little lower. It looks to us as though we hopefully have been pointed back in a positive direction.” The reduction in inventory largely explains why less high-end buyers are waiting on the sidelines, Barry said. Another factor is that credit is more accessible than it was during the peak of the economic downturn. He said that’s more likely to benefit buyers at lower price points,

but some purchasing luxury homes are taking out loans. Because credit is so cheap right now, some take out loans to free up money that can be in turn invested in the market, earning a higher rate of return than it would sitting in the bank. When asked whether he predicts the luxury market to slowly increase or shoot up quickly, Barry answered: “I wouldn’t be surprised to see either.” Jane Foster, a real estate agent who focuses on milliondollar plus homes in North County, said that the market for higher-end homes is slowly improving. Tepid job growth and high rates of foreclosure, however, continue to be challenges for all price points, she said. And locals might have a TURN TO HOUSING ON A12

Campaign contributions in RSF nearly double ■ Potential for

undisclosed contributions still remains By Jared Whitlock

RANCHO SANTA FE — If the election is a money race, then checkbooks are galloping faster towards the finish line. Individuals in Rancho Santa Fe, as defined by ZIP codes 92067 and 92091, have given nearly $2.9 million in campaign contributions so far this year, up from $1.5 million in July. That’s according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which runs, a nonpartisan and nonprofit website dedicated to tracking money in politics. Nearly all of the donations

this year have benefited Republicans. Ninety-nine percent of campaign contributions from ZIP code 92091, and 92 percent from 92067 went to Republican-backed candidates and organizations. The Republican National Committee received $971,000, making it the top recipient of campaign contributions from individuals in Rancho Santa Fe. Next, Mitt Romney hauled MITT in $817,000. ROMNEY Rounding out the top three, the National Republican Congressional Committee was given $152,000. Locally, individuals in Rancho Santa Fe donated $107,000 to Republican Congressman Brian Bilbray, who received the most of any San Diego candidate.

By comparison, President Barack Obama brought in $116,000, and the Democratic National Committee pulled in $57,000. Democrats likely performed relatively poor in fundraising because of Rancho Santa Fe’s history as a Republican stronghold. In 2008 presidential candidate John McCain won nearly two-thirds of the vote in the area. BARACK Looking OBAMA at the rest of San Diego, Romney is still ahead in individual contributions, but not by much. Not including Rancho Santa Fe, Mitt Romney garnered $2.9 million in individual contributions in San Diego. Respectively, Obama is at $2.7 million.


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Candidates run for spot on Irrigation Board By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Four people are running for two spots on the board of the Santa Fe Irrigation District that provides water to a portion of Rancho Santa Fe and to a total of 20,000 customers. It is governed by a five-member board elected for four years. Each represents a geographical division of the service area, but they all make decisions affecting the entire district. At the moment,

TALKING TRENDS Sean Barry, private mortgage banker with Mutual of Omaha Bank hosts a luxury broker symposium on Oct. 17 at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. The event included a panel of six of the most influential real estate owners/brokers in San Diego with more than 60 agents in attendance. Some of the panel topics included how the upcoming presidential election would impact high-end buyers/sellers, trends in the high-end markets this year compared to prior years, and how the high-end marketing is being impacted by international demand and wealthy foreign buyers. Pictured from left: Dane Soderberg, vice president at Pacific Shore Platinum, Gary Wheeler, Rancho Santa Fe and Santaluz branch manager for Willis Allen, Nick Fandel, Mutual of Omaha Bank, Catherine Barry, Owner/Founder at Barry Estates, Sean Barry, Mutual of Omaha Bank, Steve Salina, Rancho Santa Fe Branch Manager for Coldwell Banker, Steve Games, chairman of the board for Pacific Sotheby's International Realty, and Steve Rogers, CEO/president at Real Living Lifestyles. Photo by Krista Lafferty

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Kenneth Dunford is the incumbent running for reelection to the Santa Fe Irrigation District, District One. So far he has a total of 10 years experience and would like four more. KENNETH A retired DUNFORD businessman, he said he has the long-term experience to continue serving as a board member and policy maker, he said. “Our main job is to direct and protect the assets of the Santa Fe Irrigation District,” he said. “We are not there to run it,We have a staff for that. We are there to direct the staff.” Dunford said that besides meetings, he spends about a full day a week on district business. “Even to prepare for the meetings might take three or four hours,” he said. Dunford said there are several challenges facing the district. One important one is protecting the local water supply of Lake Hodges. Another is maintaining an aging infrastructure. “If we had to build it from scratch, it would cost $275 million,” he said. “We need to keep putting a little bit of money into it each year. People don’t understand that one quarter of their water bill should go to upkeep of the system.We could float a bond, but it would it would be there

the district provides 60 percent imported water, 35 percent local water and 5 percent recycled water. Whoever is elected will have to grapple with the issues of ever-rising prices for imported water, an aging infrastructure and how to keep operation costs as low as possible. Greg Gruzdowich, a candidate for the Santa Fe Irrigation District, could not be reached for comment.

for decades.” Instead, he said the board put into place a 10-year capital improvement program. “We have a well thought out plan,” he said. “The cost in today’s dollars is $6 million a year for a total of $60 million. Another reason he wants to stay on board is that he wants to continue to effectively manage operation costs including employee salaries and benefits. “I think this board for the last 10 years has proactively looked at the challenge we have in the areas of salaries and benefits,” he said. “For example, we just passed a second tier pension plan for all new employees. Folks on the payroll have not had a raise in the past two years. They finally have one. They will get 8 percent over the next three years.” He said the “head count” will go down gradually mostly through attrition. In addition, all new employees will not receive post employment health benefits like the senior employees. Dunford said the Santa Fe Irrigation District is not the only one facing rising costs for water. He said that the water districts in the county have come together and filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Water District, from which they buy water, for unfair pricing. If the water districts are successful, money coming back to the Santa Fe district

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could be in the neighborhood of $500,000 a year, he said. He said the lawsuit was necessary because if the prices for water keep rising at their current rate, the cost of water could reach $30 billion over the next 30 years for the San Diego districts. Dunford has a long history of serving the community, including having been a Rotarian, serving on the art jury and as an elder member of the Village Church. Alan Smerican What do we gain? What do we lose? Those two questions have served Alan Smerican in just about every instance of decision making in his life. He said he will ask those two questions when faced with a decision on the Santa Fe Irrigation ALAN District if SMERICAN elected to the board from District Two. He is not uninitiated to the workings of the board. “I have worked on and off with the district for 10 or 12 years and was the first to do security planning for the water system as a volunteer,” he said. Now he is ready to make a four-year commitment to the board if elected. There are two main reasons Smerican decided to run for the board — money and security. “Everyone is concerned about rates,” he said. “I want to work to keep rates as low as possible without sacrificing the maintenance of the system. For example, San Diego keeps rate lower, but they don’t do the maintenance and that is why pipes are bursting everywhere. I don’t want us to get into the position.” Smerican said it is important not to sacrifice maintenance for the sake of lower rates. Also, he said he is aware that many people are concerned about how the present board spends district money. Smerican said many of those issues have already been addressed including putting into place a tier program for lower benefits for new employees. And the idea of topheavy post employment benefits is just not true. After going through the budget line by line, he said he learned something. “The actual cost of pension and other benefits is 10 percent. The rest is related to purchasing, treating and transporting water to customers,” he said. “I have experience managing large budgets, millions of dollars, and have managed large staffs in the past. I know TURN TO CANDIDATES ON A15



NOV. 2, 2012

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Voting against bond is unpleasant, but necessary By Jim Downs

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Vote yes to regulating medical marijuana dis- neighborhoods want and what is being built in our fair city. No one can stop development and everyone wants pensaries In case you thought your elected officials were compassionate towards seriously ill citizens who benefit from the use of medical marijuana, the Mayors of Del Mar and Solana Beach have set the record straight. This November, citizens of these cities will have the opportunity to do what our elected officials have failed to do for the past 16 years — regulate where and how patients may obtain medical marijuana. Despite the fact that Californians overwhelmingly support the right of sick individuals to use marijuana as medicine, none of our elected officials have an answer to this simple question — where does one obtain this medicine? Because of our local government’s failure to address this simple but critical question, the citizens of Del Mar, Solana Beach, Lemon Grove, and Imperial Beach have proposed a solution. Mssrs. Mayors: I have a simple question for you. Got a better idea? If so, let’s hear it please. Every day you fail to enact regulation your constituents literally suffer needlessly. Lance Rogers, Esq., Encinitas

Signs on steroids Each election cycle, our candidates put up signs to indicate endorsements. I would like to call attention to the fact that some candidates have what I call signs on steroids. But what is more telling than the size of the signs is their location. I have noticed that they are mostly on nursery land and empty lots. Now, anyone can put signs up to endorse their candidate. Tony Kranz and Lisa Shaffer signs are up throughout many neighborhoods in people’s yards. This tells me that the community of Encinitas endorses Tony and Lisa. The signs on steroids are on locations with the potential to develop. Anyone who pays attention to local politics knows that there is a disconnect with what

business to thrive. We live in a very special place and development should fit the community character. We should not change our character to suit the development. There is a reason that most of us moved to this incredible place. If you value this unique area, please vote for Tony Kranz and Lisa Shaffer. Rachelle Collier, Leucadia

Look at the major flaws in Parking Section of theVSP (Prop J) — 1. Claim of 200+ additional public parking spaces in public lots or structures, when the only discussion is of a future 200 space parking structure at the City Hall site, which will be the amount of parking spaces required for the City Hall and any other development on that site. 2. Claim of additional capacity on CDM, where the Plan chart indicates 30 public spaces, which is the number required for only approximately 9,000 of the proposed 220,000 square foot new construction. 3. Claim of a “Park-Once” strategy that claims more “public” parking spaces by calling 773 existing “private” spaces as “public”, without creating one new parking space. 4. Claim that a “Park-Once” strategy promotes “shared parking” by reducing the required number of spaces. But the strategy is “elective,” and I for one will not elect to take away my tenants parking to give to anyone of the public that visits other properties, the beach, or the Fairgrounds. 5. Claim that the 200+ “public” parking space structure to be built sometime in the future will be partially paid for by “in-lieu” fees paid by developers for parking spaces not provided for on their own development, and 50 such fees can be collected before the parking structure is

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schools who teach physics, chemistry, English literature, calculus and other college-level classes in Advanced Placement programs rarely earn over $95,000 annually. They prepare their students for Ivy League schools, Stanford, and the UC system at a far higher rate than community colleges. With property tax assessments down, MiraCosta has been forced to dip into their cash reserves for operations, and now they want half a billion (notice the “b”) dollars in bond money. What will this cost the taxpayers to repay the debt? At least a billion dollars including interest! Residents of Del Mar are looking at a total of three bond issues on the ballot while the

In Encinitas, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, and Leucadia, the two bonds will cost at least $1.8 billion to repay.

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A wealthy district with a huge capital reserve in recent years ($23 million in 2008), the college has never lacked for funds to build a student center, a terrific theater complex, a beautiful library, and other improvements over the years. John MacDonald, the founding president, always said he wanted the staff salary schedule to remain around the 80th percentile of community colleges in the state so he would have the funds necessary to build out the campus without going to the taxpayers for a bond. After MacDonald retired to become an Oceanside councilman, and later a county supervisor, his immediate successors abandoned that goal. A smart, aggressive faculty


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senate (that functions like a well-oiled union), eyeing that flood of tax revenue each year in the wealthy district, set out to lobby successive college boards of trustees and two sympathetic presidents. By 2004, the faculty wound up with the highest salaries in the California system (112 colleges) and among the top three highest community college faculty salaries in the nation. For example, the top annual salary at MiraCosta is $142,000. The comparable salary for a teacher of equal education and experience at Palomar College is $111,000. San Diego City college salaries rank with Palomar’s. The salaries at Cal State San Marcos and UCSD are below those at MiraCosta where the current average salary is $122,000. Consider that 35 to 40 percent of classes at MiraCosta are remedial high school level classes, many similar to classes at continuation high schools, and you get some sense of the situation. Also, a physical education teacher or a bilingual ESL teacher there can easily earn with seniority $120,000 a year. On top of that, they teach fifteen hours a week unlike high school teachers who teach 25. Worse, a majority of the MiraCosta staff has arranged their schedules so they teach three or four days a week. Three-day faculty weekends at “MiraCozy” are a tradition, making the campus on Fridays a ghost town. Consider that the outstanding high school teachers at Torrey Pines, San Dieguito, Carlsbad, El Camino and other

rest of the San Dieguito area faces two bonds totaling over $900 million. In Del Mar the three bond amounts exceed one billion dollars. A minimum of two billion dollars including interest would be necessary to retire the debts. In Encinitas, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, and Leucadia, the two bonds will cost at least $1.8 billion to repay (and probably more). Two members of the “blue ribbon” committee in Oceanside that was organized to consider the MiraCosta bond issue recommended that the college go for smaller amount. But the majority said, “Let’s go for it all.” The Oceanside school district this past year completely rebuilt a junior high school for $20 million and added a large multi-purpose building. Would new laboratory classrooms cost much more than that at MiraCosta? Some wise man once said, “Everything in moderation.” A no vote will send the right message to the MiraCosta board (and the faculty). Next time, just ask for $50 million, and develop a secondtier salary schedule for new hires. Students upset at the lack of classroom space need not point their fingers at the taxpayer. They simply should confront the staff and faculty of this wealthy district who are robbing them of facilities, a balanced schedule that makes use of Fridays and Saturdays, and expanded course offerings. Jim Downs is an Oceanside resident.



NOV. 2, 2012

Council delays decision to City to provide 101 project updates make bingo permanent By Bianca Kaplanek

By Bianca Kaplanek

Rather than amend an existing law that would permanently allow bingo in the city, council members opted at the Oct. 22 meeting to delay their decision until they receive financial reports. “Bottom line, we want to see that the charitable organizations are benefiting from the bingo games, which was the intent of the ordinance when we first passed it,” Mayor Carl Hilliard said. Council established an ordinance in 2010 to permit the game for a two-year trial period at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and in public facility zones such as Powerhouse Community Center, the library and City Hall. Six permits have been approved. State law allows charitable bingo as a means to provide alternative funding for nonprofit organizations. Officials from the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which governs the Del Mar Fairgrounds, submitted a request to host bingo at the site to help make up for a decline in satellite wagering at the Surfside Race Place and benefit local nonprofit organizations. “My understanding of the process has been that the charge for operating the bingo games has become so excessive that it’s discouraged most charitable organizations from using this as a money-

Signs promoting charitable bingo can be seen at various locations around the Del Mar Fairgrounds. City Council members delayed making a decision on whether to allow the game permanently until they receive financial reports. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

raising device,” Councilman Don Mosier said. “Before making this a permanent ordinance … I would like to see some financial reports that suggest the charitable purpose is being served,” he added. Planning Director Kathy Garcia said she requested that information from the 22nd DAA but has not received anything yet. “(The money) was going to go to scholarships and all these wonderful programs,” Councilman Mark Filanc said. “Right now all it appears to be doing — and I don’t know since we don’t have any numbers — (is allowing) the fair-

grounds to continue to recoup costs on their fixed assets. “We thought that we were helping our nonprofits in the community and I think that it’s appropriate that we get feedback and information on it before we allow this to continue,” Filanc said. “Charitable bingo has been slow growing,” said Linda Zweig, media relations director for the fairgrounds. “Overall, the charities have been covering their costs and most likely making a small profit. “It is taking time to build .. TURN TO BINGO ON A15

SOLANA BEACH — To update residents and area businesses about the Coast Highway 101 improvement project, the city will begin publishing a twice-monthly newsletter that will focus primarily on upcoming construction activity. The first publication was expected to be handed out to all businesses along the corridor and be posted on the city website Oct. 30. All future newsletters will be on the website and posted on the kiosk on Plaza Street. During his scheduled update at the Oct. 24 City Council meeting, City Engineer Mo Sammak said most of the median paving work is complete and median trees have been planted. In response to concerns raised by residents that some of the trees are planted too close together, Sammak said those installed will provide a canopy once they mature. He said they are too young to be trimmed right now. Eventually there will be a trunk and a canopy so the trees don’t impede traffic flow or block businesses. Sammak said night work is scheduled to begin in November but an exact date has not been set. The $7 million proj-

ect began in June and is expected to be complete by about this time next year. Improvements will be made in three phases, beginning at Cliff Street and going south to Estrella Street, then moving to Plaza Street and finishing at Dahlia Drive. Phase one is just about done. The project will feature 11 community gathering places, or themed plazas, with low seat walls, benches and colored aggregate and rock in the sidewalk. Crosswalks will be added at Estrella and Cliff. Midblock crossings with flashing beacons will be installed near the stairs at the train station and between Dahlia and Lomas Santa Fe drives. New streetlight, traffic signal and rapid-flashing beacon poles will also be included. Twenty-seven angled parking spots will be added, increasing the number of on-street spaces

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Reducing outdoor water usage is key

Screening highlights nonprofit

By Jared Whitlock

RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe residents were treated to a private screening of “Get to Work,” a groundbreaking Sundance Channel original documentary-series featuring San Diego’s own Second Chance. The viewing event at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe gave community members an unfiltered, uncompromising look at the nonprofit’s job readiness training program and comprehensive wraparound services. San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis delivered a special welcome, followed by speeches from Second Chance employees and two of the heroes featured in the film. Second Chance, founded in 1993, is the only nonprofit in the field 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. Since its inception, Second Chance has graduated more than 5,000 individuals, most of who are now working and paying taxes.

RANCHO SANTA FE — Where some might only see sprinklers shooting water while oscillating back and forth,more groups and citizens notice something else entirely: significant potential for water conservation. Reducing outdoor use is the largest piece of low-hanging fruit when it comes to achieving water savings, according to a new study from the nonprofit Equinox Center. Nowhere is that more true than the Santa Fe Irrigation District, which includes Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe. The district uses more water per person than anywhere else in San Diego County, according to a previous report from Equinox Center, noting that the Santa Fe district’s properties are bigger than other areas, and thus demand more water. “We examined all of San Diego with our new study, and our findings are very applicable to Rancho Santa Fe,” said Sarah Benson, communications director with the Equinox Center. “Rancho Santa Fe and the rest of San Diego could reduce our water consumption 20 to 30 percent over the next few decades with technologies already in existence.” The study aims to highlight low-water use appliances and other conservation measures. The biggest savings, however, are outside the house. “On average, single family homes in San Diego that use water for landscaping use about 50 gallons a day more than needed,” Benson said. Outdoor conservation entails limiting over-watering, employing efficient irrigation techniques, minimizing irrigable areas and sowing low-water use plants. Benson said that eliminating over-irrigation alone would slash a home’s water demand by 26 percent. Where possible, an all-of-the-above approach would save an estimated 38,000 gallons per year, Benson said. The potential may even be greater in an area like Rancho Santa Fe, known for homes with extensive landscaping and sprawling lots. Benson said that the call for water conservation couldn’t be more important. Currently, San Diego imports 70 percent of its water. Not only is its more expensive, but the imported water supply is also more vul-

Gregg Roesink, a certified landscape irrigation auditor, inspects lowwater use sage bush at a home in Rancho Santa Fe. Roesink is a part of Blue Watchdog Conservation Inc., a company dedicated to helping residents and businesses find water-saving opportunities outside the home. Blue Watchdog Conservation Inc. and a new study from a nonprofit tout the importance of outdoor water conservation. Photo by Jared Whitlock

nerable to future legal, environmental and regulatory problems, as well as climate change, states Equinox Center’s study. To help usher in conservation, the Equinox Center study calls for public utilities to expand incentive and rebate programs. According to the study, cutting consumption would mean delaying the need for new infrastructure, reducing runoff and pollutants that threaten water quality and beaches, decreasing water utilities’ operating costs, and perhaps most importantly, saving customers money on their water bills.

Turning conservation into a business Standing on one of his client’s front yards in Rancho Santa Fe, Patrick Crais gently tapped the ground with his foot to indicate a water-saving change. Crais, along with David Reed Landscape Architecture, oversaw the maintenance and the installation of buffalo grass, which uses 20 percent less water than the variety that was previously in place. “There’s an increasing appetite for this kind of service,” Crais said of his company that was founded in 2009 and spends much of its time in Rancho Santa Fe. He owns San Diego-based Blue Watchdog Conservation Inc., a company that looks for the water conservation opportunities at homes, businesses and government buildings. As another example of conservation in the yard, Crais pointed

to colorful,low-water use plants springing up from a patch of dirt. “This concept of putting in low-water use plants doesn’t mean you’re going to go to a desert of rocks,” said Crais, adding that many residential homes in Rancho Santa Fe are eager to save water, but often without compromising lush landscaping. “Others choose the more desert landscaping,” he said. Crais said some of the estates his company serves in Rancho Santa Fe once had a $75,000 yearly water bill, most of it from outdoor use. “Here in Rancho Santa Fe the larger estates have more of a responsibility for water use,” Crais said. “More and more people care about conservation, and they’re also being prompted by their water bill. Water prices aren’t going down.” Before considering replacing plants and grass, Crais said simple conservation fixes come first, including removing plant materials covering sprinklers and installing a pressure regulator on sprinklers to prevent overirrigation. Beyond that, his company also properly spaces sprinkler systems, sets up irrigational scheduling, installs dedicated water meters just for irrigation and works with customers to establish a budget for water use. Some customers can be reluctant to embrace outdoor water conservation, Crais TURN TO WATER ON A15

Rancho Santa Fe residents (right) and Joyce Oren, take their seats at the “Get to Work” screening at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe to see firsthand the work of Second Chance, a San Diego nonprofit dedicated to empowering people to change their lives through job readiness training and comprehensive wrap-around services. Photos courtesy of Maureen Polimadei

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Taste of Wine What do the “experts” really talk about when they ramble on about the qualities of a wine varietal. You’ve heard the drill on the language of wine-speak: “crispy, grassy, okay, velvety, smooth, tannic, spicy,” etc. etc. In the effort to de-mystify wine, a lot of nouveau riche wine “experts” spew garbage descriptions that really have no place in the lexicon of wine. Rather than get creative and cute in voicing a sipping description, the taster is far better off learning the basic terms of what wine is all about. To start out, most of the labels on wine bottles will contain some basic notes from the winemaker and other required information to give the taster a running start in the understanding of wine.

Karen MacNeil has written an important guide to the wines of the world with her Wine Bible, a 900 page essential book for wine lovers. Photo by Photo by Frank Mangio

smaller book is “How to Talk A 30 year Executive Chef, Jimmy Schmidt has built the farm-to-table menu at Morgan's in the Desert. Photo about Wine,” by Bernard Klem. The first part of his by Photo courtesy of La Quinta Resort

I give great credit for my start-up knowledge to Karen MacNeil, the author of the Wine Bible. My copy that I purchased in 2002 has taken on dog-ears and is filled with post-its of my notes as I was inspired by and returned to what I had learned. The pub-

lisher, when he read the original 4,000-page manuscript, excitedly declared, “Oh my God, this is the Wine Bible!” And the name stuck, even as it has gone through a number of editions. MacNeil is an easy to understand translator. Her biggest challenge, she

says is to “stand between the producer and consumer of wine and have it all make sense.” Her advice is to, “Taste as many wines as you can, with as many groups as you can where thoughts can be exchanged.” A more focused, much

book gets into what wine is, where and how it is made and a primer on the Four S’s: sight, smell, sip and swallow. The second part helps the reader in getting the words and basic terms together on how to compare the wines to TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON A11

Nosh brings authentic deli fare to Encinitas DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate It’s about time that a restaurant opened in Encinitas that actually fills a need in our increasingly saturated restaurant scene. I mean really, do we really need another pizza or Mexican joint? Ever since Herschel’s bolted without warning, there has been a noticeable lack of a quality deli. Enter proprietor and Chicago native Bas Emani, who came to town with Nosh and filled the void nicely. Bas is no rookie to the restaurant scene having come from a family of restaurateurs in Chicago, a city full of great delis. There should be a prerequisite for opening a deli

that includes having some kind of big city roots. I would consider my past, growing up in suburban Detroit and frequenting some fine Jewish delis enough for me to be able to sniff out the pretenders. Bas has the real deal going on at Nosh and I am quite happy they are here. Now on to the subject at hand, the deli experience.The benchmarks of any good deli are the corned beef, the rye bread, the cole slaw and the pickle, since they are the foundations for all that is good in the deli world. The corned beef has to be moist, the bread soft with a firm crust, and a coleslaw that has a perfect consistency that combines crunch and oozy liquid to balance out the sandwich, and a crisp, refreshing pickle on the side. Put big happy check marks next to all of them for Nosh. Given that solid founda-

The spectacular Boss sandwich at Nosh. Photo by David Boylan

tion, it’s tough to go wrong with any of the sandwich variations that Nosh creates. The Reuben is a classic and they offer it with corned beef or pastrami with sauerkraut and melted Swiss cheese on rye bread. This is my second deli choice, and even better when consumed the day after a big night out. There are a lot of sandwich options at Nosh, including a jambon de Paris, which

is a simple ham on baguette and one of my favorite memories of time spent in France. Their chicken salad is very solid and it’s served on a cranberry-orange-walnut loaf that works nicely. I’m not a big nut and fruit in bread kind of guy, but it works with the chicken salad. For you hard-core deli folks, Nosh has a tongue and chopped liver sandwich available. A note to those unfamil-

iar with tongue, it’s sliced thin, not a big fat tongue between bread and the high fat content makes for a moist sandwich. It should also be noted that none of the meat used in Nosh sandwiches is pre-processed and the chicken and turkey is off-the-bone breast meat. I also tried the housemade motzah ball soup that was delicious and will definitely be taken into consideration when in the mood for a healing comfort soup. I’ve usually turned to one of the many Mexican chicken soups in the area for this in the past, but this soup is now in that mix. While researching this dish, I discovered that Joey Chestnut, the competitive eater of Nathan’s hot dog fame, holds the world record for eating matzah balls, eating 78 of them in eight minutes. Now you can impress your foodie friends with that bit of culinary trivia. Speaking of hot dogs, being the Chicago native he is, Bas knows a thing or two about them. His Chicago-style dog features a quarter-pound Vienna all-beef dog with all TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON A11

Top chef visits Chino Farm RANCHO SANTA FE — The Chino Farm will be hosting author Jonathan Waxman to sign copies of his recent cookbook “Italian, My Way,” from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 11 at 6123 Calzada del Bosque. Waxman is the fourth chef in the recently launched Good Earth/Great Chefs series, a collaboration between veteran bookseller Milane Christiansen of Vintage Works and the leg-

endary Chino Farm. This culinary event will also feature small bites prepared by Chef Waxman using autumn vegetables fresh from the farm and beer served by long-time friend and brewmaster, Steve Wagner of the Stone Brewing Co. It will be held outdoors and is free to the public. Waxman will be signing books purchased at the event or pre-ordered by emailing

The farm will also be open for regular shopping during the event. An alumni of California cooking at Chez Panisse and Michael's in Los Angeles, Waxman today is owner and chef of Barbuto’s in Manhattan. As a participant of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters,” he was nicknamed “Obi Wan Kenobi” and referred to by food writer Jonathan Gold as “the Eric Clapton of Chefs.”


distinguish quality. It’s less than 100 pages and a quick and concise read. So relax, you don’t have to be eloquent and exact. If you’re getting tongue-tied, just say you like it. Don’t complicate your wine experience.

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fresh cuisine menu that is all the rage in restaurants today. Jimmy is an award winning chef and pioneer of the healthy dining trend that embraces flavor in his technique. He has several books on this subject. His 30-year career is impressive and evident in the Morgan’s menu. I build my choices around my selection of wine and this night it was the Grgich “Miljenko’s” Old Vine Zinfandel 2007 ($85 at the winery.) This wine is a tribute to the winemaker who lives at La Quinta Resort & Club in the winter, Mike Grgich himself. Taste it with the hand cut pasta and the generous array of steak choices. All are Certified Angus Beef. Access more information at

La Quinta Resort has always been quiet, private and with the ambience of a sophisticated hacienda. Nestled against the Santa Rosa Mountains near Palm Desert, its casitas bring guests back to the spirit of a storied past. The resort’s guest villages encourage strolling through gardens, several pool patios and the pampering spa. Jimmy Schmidt is Wine Bytes A big Orange County Executive Chef of the resort’s Morgan’s in the Desert, the night with big wines is quintessential farm-to-table planned at the Balboa Bay


the traditional fixings. He also mentioned the possibility of bringing on Italian beef, which would make me very happy. For those who for whatever reason would order a salad at a deli, there are some nice selections. I tried the Julienne chef salad and it was a very hearty portion with loads of fresh ingredients. There are plenty of deli salads and sides available also including all the deli staples along with beet,



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kidney bean, cucumber, real crabmeat, egg, and fruit salads. Rice pudding is available as well. I was also very happy to see Boylan soda in the case that included some other specialty sodas.A solid soda is a key part to any deli experience and they have their bases covered in that category. A great looking lineup of desserts including cheesecake, shakes, floats and malts rounds out the menu. It should be noted that an amazing looking breakfast menu complete with bagels is

Club Nov. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. Trinitas Cellar Wines, plus dinner and Valet parking for $100 per person; RSVP at (949) 474-7368 x 213. Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas pours the World of Pinot Noir Wines Nov. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $20. Call (760) 479-2500. Holiday Wine Cellar of Escondido presents German and Austrian wines Nov. 12 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. $5. Call (760) 745-1200. The Westgate Hotel downtown San Diego celebrates the annual French Beaujolais Nouveau wine tasting Thurs. Nov. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. It’s a three-course French dinner plus two glasses of Beaujolais; RSVP at (619) 557-3655. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. His library can be viewed at (Average Google certified 900 visits per day) He is one of the top five wine commentators on the Web. Reach him at

also on the way and should be available by the time this story runs. Check out the full menu, hours and location at Then make it a point to get there soon. Lick the Plate can now be heard on KPRi, 102.1 FM Monday-Friday during the 7pm hour. David Boylan is founder of Artichoke Creative and Artichoke Apparel, an Encinitas based marketing firm and clothing line. Reach him at or (858) 395-6905.

LOOKING AT LITERACY Horizon Prep School, in Rancho Santa Fe, hosts its first Author’s Tea of the school year, focusing on the Language Arts program. Student authors are chosen for writing above gradelevel or greatly improving their writing skills. From left, this year’s winners included, front row, Greer Wetmore, Erika Vargas, Karsyn Pearce, Phillip Johnson, Mia Mansukhani, Grace Yale, Jasmine Kennedy, Madden Pearce, with, second row, Emilie Mena, Kylie Wilbor, Nathan Coons, Sydney Sparks, Cole Moebius, Kylie Preske, Ross Admire and Gabe Schippa. Courtesy photo

School stages love story San Dieguito Academy High School will stage “Almost, Maine,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 through Nov. 10 in SDA’s Clayton E. Liggett Theatre, 800 Santa Fe Drive. Tickets are $8 for students and $15 for adults and will be sold online at In John Cariani’s play, nine couples find themselves humorously falling in or out of love under the

star-filled sky of the mythical and remote town Almost, Maine. The cast includes Josh Herz, Samantha Laurent, Ben Ellerbrock, Brigitte Williamson, Andrew Moore, Ciara Reiter, Mikayla Keehn, Samantha Steinberg, Caleb Gibson, Cassidy Mayeda, Andrew Moore, Rafael Swit, Brooke Mitchell, Madeleine Karydes and Kerri Dobson.


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CARLSBAD — KIDS KORPS USA and the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Foundation partner for the annual SWING FOR KIDS Golf Tournament Oct. 26 at the newly renovated Champions Golf Course at the La Costa Resort & Spa. The event featured lunch on the course, a gourmet buffet dinner, live and silent auctions, as well as a luxurious Day at the Spa for non-golfers. Proceeds from the event benefit the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary, Kids Korps USA, Angel Faces, and SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation.

Above, Brittany Park of McFarlane Promotions holds a flag flown over Afghanistan on Sept. 11, 2011 in the Quesar District- Faryab Province to commemorate brothers and fellow Americans lost. Below, Practicing his swing Matt Seeman, of Matt Gurnfell Investments. Left, Rancho Santa Fe Rotary President Matt Wellhauser (right) with Rotarian and Program Director of Kids Korps Robin Chappelow. Above, some happy golfers on their way to the shotgun start, from left to right: Parker Marshall with the SEAL Group,Trey Killingsworth with a Sponsor Group CNL, Danny Nesbet with Team One and Mike Darling with Goldman Sachs. Right: The Co-Chairs of the Swing for Kids event Miguel Koenig, (left) and Ronald Elgart.

Carlsbad elementary students create Peace Packs for Pakistan Can one child really make a difference? The world has been riveted by the story of Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani hero who spoke out for the rights of girls’ education and then was shot by the Taliban. Changing the world with youngsters leading the way is exactly what Kids for Peace is all about. At 9 a.m. Oct. 22, the Kids for Peace chapter at Jefferson Elementary School hosted an assembly to learn about Pakistan, as they welcome special guest Rubina Bhatti, a peacemaker who knows Malala’s family.

Students honored Malala by creating a giant heart, photographed and sent to Malala and her peers. “Peace Packs,� painted knapsacks filled with school supplies, toiletries, toys and a note of friendship were made and sealed with a wish for the child who will receive it. To date,Kids for Peace has sent more than 5,000 “Peace Packs� to 38 countries spanning six continents. “Children are innately curious and kind.When given a chance, kids choose a positive path and love to reach out to others. We are delighted that our kids have the opportunity to learn about youth around the world and share these gifts of friendship. The “Peace Pack Project�

is a wonderful vehicle for children worldwide to both give and receive,� said Jill McManigal, Kids for Peace cofounder. Kids for Peace is a global nonprofit dedicated to uplifting our world through love and action.Its mission is to cultivate every child's innate ability to foster peace through cross-cultural experiences and hands-on arts,service and environmental projects. Once a small Carlsbad neighborhood group, Kids for Peace has now launched 145 chapters worldwide. Each chapter, made up of boys and girls of all ages, meets regularly to fulfill our peaceful mission. For more information,visit


At the open house, San Diego resident Julie Dean said she’s actively searching to buy a home. She noted the $16 million home is outside her price range, but is looking for a home in the million-dollar plus range. “I haven’t been looking long enough to see an increase in prices or competition myself,� Dean said. “But I hear that it’s getting more common to buy — more people are buying before prices rise.�


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Artist draws on life experiences KAY COLVIN A Brush With Art The artist, storyteller and philosopher Madelynne Engle is a master alchemist who transmutes difficult situations into extraordinary treasures expressed through her art. A visit with this modern phoenix leaves one humbled, awed, and inspired by her indomitable spirit. The 2007 wildfires vaporized Engle’s Fallbrook home and studio, including her life’s work of sculptures, paintings and poetry, leaving her with a disabled husband, a yellow Labrador retriever, a car, and her incomparable life force. The native of St. Louis, Mo., who had relocated to California in 1978, says, “There’s a reason for everything … Every occurrence is an invitation to know life in a deeper way.” Engle pensively quotes her Danish grandmother, “You can’t pour fresh tea into a cup that’s already full,” and acknowledges that her “vessel” had been full prior to the fire, which allowed her to create a new vessel to fill. Engle, who in the 1980s renovated a 42,000-squarefoot warehouse in San Diego for 48 artist studios, approaches the creative process as an inquiry rather than an answer. Fully examining and experiencing life as she’s living it, she says, “When I’m in the middle of something I want to record it, to translate it into my art.” She says of difficult situa-

tions, “They’re the illustrations for the story.” A 2003 Sculpture Magazine article stated, “Engle’s … works … possess a poetic, even magic-realist quality that either lyrically or humorously spins the mundane world of appearances into visual riddles or poems.” Engle remarks that she often uses humor as “a back door into things that might become the sand that makes the pearl.” To evoke emotion through her artwork, Engle follows the directive, “Create from a place in your soul that has something to express.” She reflects on emotional transparency, “Telling a story with emotion … evokes that emotion in the viewer. You don’t need to have the same experience to share the same emotion.” She invites viewers’ involvement as part of her artwork’s totality and adds, “By abstracting thoughts and feelings, you allow the viewer to introduce their own life in that story.” Engle often employs classical references in her work, which she interprets in a contemporary manner as she continues to explore the dualities of life. Her 85-inch obelisk titled “Rainforest, A Love Story,” currently on exhibit at the San Diego Botanic Garden, incorporates recycled components including semiprecious stones and objects discovered on her Fallbrook property after the fire. She says of the recycled materials included in many of her works, “I am a user-up of discarded things; I find the transmutation of one thing into another to be an affirmation of life’s dualities and

Front to back: Nicholas Monfiardo-Cooper as Ira Gershwin, with Meghan Andrews and Andrew Ableson sing some of the most wellknown songs written by Ira and his brother George in the world premiere of “Words By, Ira Gershwin and the Great American Songbook,” now in production at the North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach. Photo courtesy of Ken Jacques and John Howard

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Madelynne Engle with her “Rainforest, A Love Story” sculpture, currently on view at the San Diego Botanic Garden through April 15, 2013. Photo courtesy of Michael Campbell Photography

continuity.” Her life exemplifies this philosophy. Engle has rebuilt her home and studio in Fallbrook, where she now works on a smaller scale, often repurposing components donated by friends. She smiles, “If you’re in my life, you’re in my art.” Her obelisk “Rainforest, A Love Story” is on view at the San Diego Botanic Garden through April 15, 2013.

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435-3721 for more information. Exposition, at 1555 Camino del Mar, Suite 22. Live music by Yuki Sakata plus featured ART IN ACTION Artist Joan artists photographer Terry Grine will give a pastel-paint- Scott Allen, painter Gabrielle ing demonstration noon to 2 Benot, Photo Illustrator Bob Got an item for Arts calendar? p.m. Nov. 3 at the COAL Coletti, painter Marie Louise Gallery, 300 Carlsbad Village Dautzenberg, mosaic artist Send the details via email to Drive, Suite 101, Carlsbad. Donna Klipstein and More info: or artist Mark Sherman, Karen YOUNG STARS Oceanside Aschenbrenner and Maidy Theatre Company’s Youth Morhous. Academy presents its “2012 FLUTE FEST Friends of the CREATURE FEATURE Fall Academy Showcase” at 5 Encinitas Library present “Beauty p.m. Nov. 3 at the Brooks Sterling Flutes, founded by and the master flutist Theatre, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside B e a s t , Oceanside with performances Eleanor Tibbals-Pennington, Crafting in musical theater, mask, mono- for its First Sunday Music Creatures” logues, and selected scenes. E- Series from 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 4 by Nevill m a i l Encinitas Library Community Page will Room, 540 Cornish Drive, be at the Encinitas. Call (760) 753-7376 with any questions. Oceanside or visit Museum of Art, 704 ART IN DEL MAR The Del WATERCOLORS Through Pierview Mar Art Center hosts an open- Nov. 27, Mary Helmreich’s W a y , Oceanside, through Jan. 6.Visit ing reception from 4 to 8 p.m. “Watercolors from my Studio,” or call (760) Nov. 4 for its fall Gallery will be on exhibit at the Civic

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TO SWING First Wednesday Programs present “Sweethearts of Swing” trio at 7 p.m. Nov. 7, 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff by-the-Sea. For more information call (760) 635-1000. FANCY FOOTWORK Dance Studio Hour presents a free, informal presentation by students in MiraCosta College’s dance classes, showcasing ballet, jazz, modern, tap, commercial, Latin, and world dance forms at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, Room 5101, Dance Studio, Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive.

NOV. 8 OL’ JACK Cowboy Jack solo on acoustic guitar and harmonica from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Robbie’s Roadhouse, 530 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas.

There are plenty of words, but not much story in “Words By, Ira Gershwin and the Great American Songbook,” by musician and author Joseph Vass. Its world premiere opened at the North Coast Repertory Theatre Oct. 21 and is directed by David Ellenstein, North Coast Repertory Theatre’s artistic director. “Words By” is told from the perspective of Ira Gershwin (Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper) an American lyricist who wrote some of America’s most popular songs with his brother and composer George. Throughout the production, either from a leatherbound armchair or pacing across the stage, Ira speaks directly to the audience, trying, through brief anecdotes, to illustrate what it was like to live and work with his brother and other composers. He tells how it was George, the younger brother, who gravitated to the family’s new piano in their secondfloor apartment while growing up in New York in the early 20th century; Ira preferred books to instruments. “For George it was the music, for me it was words,” he says. As their professional careers grew, Ira tells about how he would have to fit his lyrics to music George had already created. George became one of America’s most prolific composers with works as “Porgy and Bess,” “An American in Paris,” and “Rhapsody in Blue.” The production is hard to envision what it must have been like to see and hear how Ira and George worked together. Mongiardo-Cooper is joined onstage by a Chanteuse (Meghan Andrews), a Crooner (Andrew Ableson) and a four-piece band that includes author Vass on piano, Gunnar Biggs on bass, Bob Boss on guitar and Duncan Moore on drums, as if performing in a nightclub-like setting. “Words By” may be clos-

er to a musical revue than an actual play, featuring 25 of Ira Gershwin’s songs, including some of the more well-known he wrote with brother as, “Isn’t It A Pity,”“Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” and “I Got Rhythm.” There are some musical insights from Ira, whose contributions helped to shape American music, as he strove to tell “deeper stories, deeper songs,” and craft “American images,” with his words. He wanted to write songs using the “ordinary word” as notes. “My lyrics are not poetry,” Ira says. But his standards in crafting songs went a long way in establishing the American Standard. Ira quotes his friend and American lyricist E.Y. Harburg, describing what music and words do: “Music makes you feel. Words make you think a thought. A song makes you feel a thought.” It’s unclear at what point in Ira’s life the production is supposed to take place, but there is the mention of George’s death in the second half of the play.George died in 1937 from a brain tumor at the age of 38. Ira died in 1983. If you’re looking to take away a deeper understanding about the Gershwin brothers, their writing process and what it was like to compose in the 1920s, ‘30s and later this isn’t the place to start. But if you’re looking to hear some of the more popular collaborations between Ira and George Gershwin then “Words By” won’t fail you. No, they can’t take that away from this production.

When: Now playing through Nov. 18.Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. Where: North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Ste. D, Solana Beach Tickets: $40 - $57. Call (858) 481-1055 or


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By Noah S. Lee

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Sassy Santa Christmas Boutique Holiday Extravaganza 2012 runs Nov. 2 through Nov. 3 at the Rancho Santa Fe community center. Nov. 2 is a “Ladies Night Out.” Bring all your ladies for wine, appetizers and shopping from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door and includes two

glasses of wine and appetizers. Nov. 3 is the “Shop ‘til you drop,” event with doors opening at 10 a.m.; admittance is free. There will be over 20 different vendors with dazzling jewelry, gourmet food items, high fashion and more! Please RSVP for Ladies night at

RANCHO SANTA FE — The community is invited to meet and mingle with artists from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Rancho Santa Fe Art Gallery, 6004 Paseo Delicias. The Artist Reception kicks off the “Joy of Creation” exhibition, set to run through Dec. 3, featuring the works of Alison Harding. If you are an artist interested in joining the Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild, visit for information and requirements. The show is sponsored by the Union Bank Rancho Santa Fe, The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation and The Country Squire in Rancho Santa Fe. The Gallery hours are Tuesday 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday through Friday 11 4 p.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. The galley is closed Sunday and Monday.

A triumphant blend of willpower and courage, “Chasing Mavericks” overcomes the wipeouts seeking to crush its indomitable spirit, transforming itself into a powerful tale not so much about surfing as it is about the real person who accomplished the impossible. Although I prefer to be under the waves rather than riding them, I can’t say I’m not impressed whenever I see surfers demonstrating their mastery of the waves’ power. To see these individuals exhibit their skills in a realm where the unpredictable rules supreme is a miraculous sight to behold, whether it is in a magazine or at the beach. Surfing, however, has had a hit-and-miss history in its big screen portrayal—at least, in my experience. I’m sure there are good ones out there, but the titles I’ve seen so far lack the heart to go beyond the

Gerard Butler (left) and Jonny Weston star in the true story of surfing phenom Jay Moriarity in the new film “Chasing Mavericks.” Photo courtesy of John P. Johnson

waves and into the human soul. That is why “Chasing Mavericks” succeeds where others fail, because it has the heart to go deeper to understand what it means to achieve true victory. Ever since he was 8

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years old, Jay Moriarty (Jonny Weston) had a passion for surfing. At 15, he learns that the renowned Mavericks wave break — one of the most dangerous waves in the world — is real and exists not too far from his Santa Cruz residence. Jay turns to local legend Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler) to train him to survive something most people have regarded as a myth. As the two surfers set out to master the hazardous conditions the surf brings, they form a distinctive friendship that goes beyond the art of surfing. The cinematography is nothing short of breathtaking. Every scene featuring Weston and Butler training in the Californian waters is beautifully shot, both up close and from long distance. Watching Weston complete multiple training sessions under Butler’s tutelage and then test himself in the unyielding environs of the Pacific Ocean is not only visually absorbing, but also emotionally captivating. The camera does not just restrict itself to capturing the emotions of the two leads while they execute their surfing maneuvers; it imbues the might of Mavericks with an omnipresent ferocity few are capable of braving and surviving. In fact, I think it is safe to say that seeing each wave crash and form creates an unusual melody that entrances the audience. You can expect “Chasing Mavericks” to attract more than its fair share of persons from our surfing community; I lost count of how many surfing P.E. students and surf team members were present. Yes, I repeat, there were lots of young faces beaming with excitement. I must say it’s endearing to see the youth voice its support for a film they instinctively know will be worth seeing. Those who aren’t surfers will nonetheless be awed by the stories of Jay and Frosty. Both Weston and Butler share great TURN TO MAVERICKS ON A15


to construct the roundabouts, possibly through the use of eminent domain,” Holler said. He said in some cases, the property owners will have the size of their front or side yards reduced or have their driveway relocated. Some trees will have to be removed. The planning and controversy began more than a decade ago in 2000 when the Association began trying to find a way to improve the three intersections and reduce the cut-through traffic. After several years of work and four Covenant-wide meetings, the Final Environmental



how to be a leader,” he said. The second reason he is running is that he wants to bring to the table his expertise in security. He is a former FBI agent with expertise in security. “No one else brings that. I want to make sure the water supply and the infrastructure is adequately protected (against terrorists) because they can be targets. I want to make sure we have good, safe water at all times,” he said. About a decade ago, he helped put together a security plan for Lake Hodges and the rest of the system. Smerican said he has always been interested in public service having spent a career with the FBI. He also served on the Solana Beach Public Safety Commission for several years serving as its president twice. “I have attended every (irrigation) board meeting,



said. Certain conservation methods require an upfront investment, and some people lack the awareness or are unwillingly to dedicate time to conservation. To counteract, Crais said he emphasizes longterm savings on water bills. If they aren’t swayed by savings, other customers are more receptive to “hearing about the legacy they’ll leave for the next homeowner.”

Water use trending down


election is unprecedented, because undisclosed contributions are now a reality throughout the U.S. In an interview several months ago, Viveca Novak, the communications director of the Center for Responsive Politics, said it’s likely most campaign contributions are filed with the FEC. But she cautioned that



attendance, however, the charities are confident this will happen and are committed to bingo at the fairgrounds,” she said, adding that the game has “provided fun entertainment for the folks that have been attending.”



NOV. 2, 2012 Impact Report is due within the next few weeks, Holler said. He said the catalyst for the current traffic problems began more than 25 years ago when the city of Encinitas incorporated, effectively preventing the completion of Highway 680, a planned eastwest route just north of the Covenant. When the Association’s traffic counter was first installed in 2002, the average weekday traffic volume on Del Dios Highway was about 20,000 a day. “Not only did this impact driving conditions on Del Dios Highway, it also had major impacts on residential side

streets that were used as cutthrough routes,” he said. Residents offered several solutions to the problem from installing traffic lights to moveable barricades, but each had drawbacks. In 2002 the county began considering traffic circles to solve the problem, Holler said. In early 2003 the county conducted a feasibility study on the use of roundabouts as intersection control and the results were presented to the membership of the Association. Shortly thereafter, the Association board voted to accept the Road and Traffic Committee’s recommenda-

tion for roundabouts and sent a letter to the Board of Supervisors in March 2004 to endorse the county’s plan of locating the three traffic circles. Still many meetings followed with adjacent property owners, the membership at large, the equestrian community, Association staff and county representatives. The county had to come up with special lighting that would meet the requirements of the Covenant’s Dark Sky policies. The cost of the entire project will be borne by the county. Any additional landscaping will be picked up by the Association.

every committee meeting and every special meeting so I can stay informed and hit the ground running if I am elected,” he said. Holly Smith Jones “Live there. Give there.” That is Holly Smith Jones’s motto. She acknowledges she borrowed the expression from philanthropist Harry Goldstein, but she thinks it make a lot of HOLLY SMITH sense. JONES “I just love it,” she said. Smith Jones is putting that philosophy to work by running for a spot on the board of the Santa Fe Irrigation District, District Two. “This fascinates me,” she said. “I don’t claim to be a water board expert at this point in time, but my business background allows me to look at problems and problem solv-

ing in a very positive way.” She said she attended several of the meetings and found them interesting. “Water is vital. You can’t live without it and protecting our water supply and infrastructure is very important.” She said that it is also important to deliver the water at a price that is affordable to customers. “I want to help the water district get control of the costs,” she said. She said she knows prices will go up, but she thinks her business experience will help the board grapple with upcoming issues that trigger the rising rates. “I don’t have an agenda, but I want to see what we can do to reduce rates without compromising the staff or the quality or security of the water,” she said. “I know it is possible.” She said the people on the board are all bright and have the common good in mind, but water rates have

risen quickly lately. “I think we need a fresh prospective,” she said. Smith Jones has an extensive background in business having spent 37 years working in the corporate world and also with not-for-profit organizations. She is retired from being an executive, but not from being active in the community. She is a board member for the North Coast Repertory Theatre, and president of the Gold Diggers, which raises money for emerging nonprofits that help children, the elderly and victims of crime. She also volunteers as a board member of Classics4Kinds, CAN Insurance Services and is on the Orthopedic Nurses Certification Board’ She is proud to be a founding member of Hand to Hand, which is a fund of the Coastal Community Foundation that helps women and girls become self-sufficient.

Jessica Parks, spokeswoman for the Santa Fe Irrigation District, said the district is working to bring water use down, and reducing outdoor use “is a key part of that.” She said eople are changing their ways of life. “More are scaling back watering outdoors.” In 2006 the Santa Fe Irrigation District used more than 571 gallons of water per person per day, the highest in San Diego County, with the average district at 180. In 2010 the Santa Fe district’s water use declined to 505. From July

2011 to June 30 2011, the number dipped down further to 489, according to Parks. Progress has been made, but more work is needed, Parks said. She said the district would like to expand its use of recycled water on outdoor property. Currently, golf courses, some homes, businesses and schools in the western part of the district receive recycled water for their outsides. To incentivize conservation, Parks said those in single-family homes in Rancho Santa Fe can apply for water conversation

rebates through the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California if they purchase weatherbased irrigation controllers or at least 25 rotating nozzles. More rebates are available for businesses, according to Parks. Also, residents in the Santa Fe district can also take advantage of a free landscape evaluation that covers the basics of water conservation. “There’s a lot happening right now where I think conservation will become more a part of our consciousness,” Parks said.

some political donations might not be disclosed due to the rise of Super PACs and their affiliated nonprofits. The Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010 paved the way for the creation of Super PACs, which can raise unlimited amounts of money from individuals, corporations and unions,among other organizations. While Super PACs are forbidden from working directly with the candidates they sup-

port, they’re allowed to advocate for or against candidates by purchasing television, radio and print advertisements. Many Super PACs have established nonprofits, or 501(c) 4s, that act in conjunction with them. Unlike Super PACs, the nonprofit arm of a Super PAC currently doesn’t have to disclose its donors to the FEC. “Worrisome to many, Super PACs can have a 501(c) 4

that doesn’t identify donors,” Novak said in a previous interview. She said that Super PACs have received much of the attention, but their affiliated nonprofits are potentially a greater threat to transparency and fair elections. “501(c) 4s outspent Super PACs in 2010,” Novak said.

She said the Friends of the San Diego County Fairgrounds, the nonprofit established to operate the games, is working with city officials to provide them with the financial data needed. According to origianal estimates from the 22nd DAA, each session would cost the host organization approximately $4,000. About 150 to

200 people were expected to attend each session, with 120 participants representing the break-even point. About a year later each session was averaging about 80 people. Council is expected to continue its discussion on a permanent law at the Nov. 19 meeting. The current ordinance expires around Nov. 25.



chemistry together as master and apprentice, and this friendly dynamic extends to their loved ones. I also liked how the emphasis was more on the characters’ lives outside of surfing; it helped to establish that the people you see have real strengths, weaknesses, goals, and emotions whether they’re on land or on the water. Jonny Weston measures up to the idea of “trial and error” that his portrayal of Jay embodies. Not once did I see him cower in the face of adversity, all the while keeping true to his humanity. Gerard Butler delivers an engaging performance as Frosty, whose legendary surfer status is matched by his devotion to family. Leven Rambin is both



ever built. Approx 15000 sq.ft. of new “private” development could be built, without ever providing the 50 new spaces! 6. Claim of providing over 500 public parking spaces. The exact figure is 495, including the existing 265 street parking spaces, plus the 230 in items 1 and 2 above.The fact is,there is really NOTHING in the VSP that will decrease the “public” parking shortage. Numbers used in the VSP are confusing and mis-leading! Vote “no” on Prop J Ralph Peck, Del Mar

No to bonds In addition to voting No on the San Dieguito (Prop AA), the Del Mar (Prop CC), and the Mira Costa (Prop EE) schools bonds, voters in the San Dieguito High School District have the opportunity to elect two outstanding board members.

easy on the eyes and heartwarming in her capacity as Kim, the childhood friend and love interest of Jay. Abigail Spencer receives a generous portion of screen time as the wise, loving wife of Butler’s character, hitting all the right notes during each appearance. If you wish to traverse the waves on a surfboard while looking into the heart of a once real person who defied expectations, then “Chasing Mavericks” is the ocean’s challenge for you.

When: Now playing Where: Wide release Run time: 1 hour 56 minutes Rating: PG

Both Graham Ledger and Steve McDowell have achieved great success in their personal and professional lives. Now they want to help the young adults of San Dieguito Unified get the best possible education. If you are tired of the California Teachers Association using our children as pawns to maintain control of our schools, then you will be delighted to know that Ledger and McDowell are only beholden to our children while simultaneously acting as responsible stewards of our tax dollars. This is probably why the Teachers Union is fighting to get their own cronies elected. Afterall, if the teachers control the board, then they control their own contracts, and likewise the schools. If you are tired of business as usual at our schools, then it's time to elected new people who will put our children first.

Gary Gonsalves, M.D. Co-Founder Stop Taxing Us, Carlsbad



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Leucadia is the backdrop for author’s debut novel JEAN GILLETTE Small Talk

Waiting is the hardest part It’s not a new problem. It just happens to be my problem — right now. The repairman said he’d be here between 10 a.m. and noon. It is now 12:45 p.m. and there is no sign of him, nor a phone call. Do I have a choice to call someone else? Nope. This is the guy the company recommended I call. I now begin to waffle. At times like this I am like a bad cartoon with the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other. Could it be the brand of hot tub I bought breaks down so much, the recommended repairman is crazy busy? That can’t be good. Meanwhile, I am distressed that the person I want to do precise repairs on an expensive piece of equipment seems so very disorganized. And of course, another channel to switch to is that something dreadful happened to him on his way here. No one wishes that. And the final dilemma is just how long do I wait before I head off to work? At least my day started off pleasantly, with a late sleep-in, sunshine, some light gardening and an update on my kitchenbathroom remodel. That put a big smile on my face. I was a bit tense, though, since we have only had this now-broken hot tub since June. Less than six months and it has already fritzed out? This does not bode well. So I was feeling a bit put upon even before the repairperson added to my angst by failing to show or call. It’s now 1:15 p.m. I try to summon all my rational thought and remember that I have never been in the home service business. I am also old enough to understand that what might sound like a simple task can easily turn into a three-ring circus with evil clowns. Then I remember that we all have cell phones now and keeping people informed about what’s going on has never been simpler. But we have all had our cell phones let us down at the worst possible time. But surely there is a phone at whatever job he had before mine. Hey, I’m trying. So this leads me back to envisioning him dead in a ditch or in the midst of a profound crisis. What else could possibly prompt such lack of consideration? Because my mama raised me right, I have TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B14

By Lillian Cox

Leucadia provides the backdrop for Teresa Link’s first book, “Denting the Bosch: A Novel of Marriage, Friendship and Expensive Household Appliances” published by St. Martin’s Press. The storyline deals with the ups and downs three couples experience as they transition from the California dream to lives as empty nesters, coping with divorce and economic hardship. Link will sign books and discuss her work at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Carlsbad City Library’s Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane. In addition, Write Out Loud will offer a reading by founders Walter Ritter and Veronica Murphy as well as actors Linda Libby and Eddie Yaroch. “Teresa has been a friend of ours, and has been a reader for us, too,” Murphy said. “The book is funny, insightful and wonderfully descriptive. I want all my friends to read it because they are going to understand the characters, empathize with them and get angry at them — it’s an emotional story because it’s about life.” Link lived in Solana Beach and Leucadia from 2004 until last June when she got homesick and returned to the East Coast. She assures old San Diego neighbors and

Teresa Link, author of the new book “Denting the Bosch: A Novel of Marriage, Friendship and Expensive Household Appliances.” Link will sign books and discuss her work at 7 p.m., Nov. 13 at the Carlsbad City Library’s Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium. Professional actors belonging to Write Out Loud will offer a reading. Courtesy photo

friends that they have nothing to worry about. “The book is completely fiction — completely made up,” she said. “While it was the first novel to be pub-

lished, it was the third to be written. The first things we write about are autobiographical so we can teach ourselves. By the time I wrote this book, I was capable enough as a

Fair board seeks partnership with county By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR— The San Diego County Board of Supervisors could begin discussions with the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which governs the Del Mar Fairgrounds, about a potential partnership for operational oversight of the 340-acre facility. Many stakeholders say it is a positive move that will likely result in more local control over the state-owned site, but some are bothered by the way the proposal took shape, while others have deemed it “an evasion strategy.” Adam Day, 22nd DAA board president, has been meeting with officials from Gov. Jerry Brown’s office during the past few months to discuss “a number of very exciting possibilities to develop an enhanced level of local governance.” “It is our joint desire to see a partnership between the District and the County of San Diego,” Day stated in an Oct. 12 letter to Ron Roberts, chairman of the Board of Supervisors. Day wrote that the partnership would not create any financial or legal burden for the county, “but rather serve to provide local control and leadership for this valuable community asset.” According to an agenda item for the Oct. 31 meeting, Roberts and Vice Chairman Greg Cox were recommending directing the board’s chief administrative officer

to open discussions with the 22nd DAA “to explore partnership opportunities” with the county for operational oversight of the fairgrounds and to report back within 60 days. Supervisor Pam SlaterPrice, in whose district the facility is located, said she was surprised by the proposal. Day said he called all five supervisors and SlaterPrice was the only one who didn’t return his call. “Had Adam Day called I

Schwarzenegger agreed in 2010 to sell the fairgrounds to Del Mar, in which most of the site is located. Mayor Carl Hilliard said officials in the city and county of San Diego were asked if they wanted to be part of the deal at the time but both declined. City Council members at the Oct. 22 meeting said they don’t oppose county involvement in governing the fairgrounds, but added that local control must include cities adjacent to the proper-

I take this as an early warning signal that we’ve got an evasion strategy going on.” Don Mosier Del Mar Councilman

would have certainly taken that phone call,” John Weil, Slater-Price’s chief of staff, said, adding that Slater-Price was not copied on the letter from Day. “I asked (Ron Roberts’) office,” Weil said. “The letter wasn’t sent to everyone. It is addressed to the board chairman only.” “(Slater-Price) was a champion of the city of Del Mar’s plan to operate the fairgrounds,” he added. “She believes a new governance should include both the city of Del Mar and the city of Solana Beach. She is open to exploring options.” Former Gov. Arnold

ty. “My concern here is that it appears that the proposal submitted to the Board of Supervisors is a description of how they might work together,” Councilman Terry Sinnott said. “But it does not include anything with the local municipalities that are directly impacted, of course starting with us … Solana Beach, the city of San Diego, the communities up and down the coast.” Del Mar and Solana Beach have for years complained about traffic, noise and light impacts as well as a TURN TO FAIR BOARD ON B14

writer to trust my imagination and had already exorcised those autobiographical impulses.” Link said she learned how to write from her father, an English teacher, who would give her high school books to read as a young child. “He was a vocabulary maven,” she remembers. Her mother was a journalist who grew up in San Diego and had a column in Women and Guns magazine. “She has an encyclopedic knowledge of fire arms and the arsenal to prove it,” Link explained. “She was always huddled in the study doing product evaluations of guns, sights, targets and outdoor equipment and would happily run into the woods to try them out.” Link first chose a career as an actor, graduating with a B.A. and B.F.A., then performing the classics in regional theatre as well as touring with Phantom of the Opera in Scotland. She also did soap opera work to pay the bills. After a divorce, Link said she turned to writing, realizing it was when she was happiest and most productive. “I’ve always been a writer — as a child I would write about fluffy clouds,” she recalled. “I think most of us don’t trust things that come easy. I became an actress first

because it was difficult for me.” Initially, Link wrote television scripts and soap operas and, eventually, travel articles. In addition to being an author these days, she blogs for the Huffington Post and writes for the Modern Love column in the Sunday edition of The New York Times. Link says she begins writing about 8 or 9 a.m., with tea and a pad, and can continue all day. At bedtime, she gives herself questions, which she says are often answered when she wakes up. “It’s in sleeping that my writing gets stoked,” she explained. Her advice to new writers is to write all the time, anything that comes to mind, in journals, letters and blogs. It’s important, she says, to make writing a daily habit. The second tip is to read. “It’s astonishing to me how many students don’t read books,” she said. “Read pamphlets and books from different centuries. Read the Bible. You begin to imitate certain voices.That helps you find the nuggets that become your own voice.” Link will be in San Diego the month of November promoting her book and offering a one-day workshop on Writing Dialogue on Nov. 17. For more information, visit

Association lauds planning of event By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Shannon Mountain received a thank you in the form of gift cards from the Association for her efforts in coordinating this year’s Rancho Days, which was deemed very successful. Mountain’s face is usually the first seen when someone enters the Association office. Not only is she there with a friendly greeting, she also has great organizational skills having also coordinated the July 4 parade and picnic for several years. Oct. 7 was the final day of the community’s weeklong Rancho Days Celebration and at the Oct. 18 Association meeting, reports from each of the event venues were given, and they were all positive. Matt Wellhouser, Rotary president, told the board their barbecue was successful. “We had a good event,” he said. “Everyone I’ve talked to said they really enjoyed the event.” The Association’s Taco Fest was a huge success with the staff feeding 200 people and entertaining them with country western music. “We couldn’t get rid of people. They wanted to stay,” laughed Daria Quay, Association secretary.

Al Castro, general manager of the golf club, said the club’s first hoe down was “very, very successful.” “I’m getting very positive feedback,” Castro said. “I hope it can be an annual event.” He said about 150 people attended and many people brought their children. “We were very pleased with the turnout,” Castro said. Quay said the Osuna event was well-attended and that most people enjoyed touring the historic adobe. All the riding events were also well-attended reported directors Roxana Foxx and Rochelle Putnam. Director Craig McAllister reported the Tennis Club’s 50th anniversary celebration on the last day of Rancho Days hosted about 300 people and several tennis celebrities. “Tracy Austin still has game,” he said of the tennis legend’s talent during the exposition games. He said the club’s professionals were also outstanding and were enjoyed by eventgoers. He said many families with children attended the celebration. Also at the meeting TURN TO ASSOCIATION ON B14


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Bank announces 3rd quarter results SAN DIEGO — San Diego Trust Bank (OTC: SDBK), one of the most consistently profitable banks in the State, reported its 32nd consecutive quarterly profit with year-to-date earnings up 47 percent from the comparable period of a year ago. Net earnings after-tax for the nine months ending Sept. 30, 2012 totaled $1.35 million compared to $920,000 for the same period last year. Net Income for the third quarter of 2012 totaled $437,000 compared to $350,000 for the same period last year.The Bank’s ability to report such strong earnings resulted in part from the need for less loan loss reserves coupled with a decrease in operating expenses compared to the previous year. Total Assets stood at $217.4 million as of Sept. 30 compared to $212.5 million as of Sept. 30, 2011. Total Deposits remained strong at $179.9 million as of Sept. 30, 2012 with Core Deposits (non-interest bearing DDA and MM accounts) representing 97 percent of all deposits. The Bank has never held any “brokered� deposits. “We are pleased to be able to report such results to our shareholders despite the lack of any meaningful growth in our economy, continued pressure on margins, extreme competition for qualified borrowers, and increased regulatory burden,� said Michael Perry, chairman, president and

CEO. “The fact that we have been able to report a profit each and every quarter for the past eight years is a testament to the efforts of our entire team and our ability to adapt to ever-changing market conditions,� he added. The Bank’s consistently strong performance has not gone unnoticed. Earlier in the year, “The Findley Reports,� one of the most respected and well known bank research and rating firms, designated San Diego Trust Bank a “Premier Performing Bank� based on its analysis of prior year financial results. This rating places San Diego Trust among the very best in its industry relative to “safety, strength, and performance� according to Findley. During the past quarter, San Diego Trust Bank was also recognized as one of the “Best Small Companies� to work for in San Diego County by the “San Diego Business Journal;� this is the second year in a row that the Bank has been recognized by the Business Journal. And for the 25th consecutive quarter, San Diego Trust Bank was designated as a “Five-Star� institution by Bauer Financial — a feat unmatched by any other Bank in San Diego County. Asset quality at the Bank remains exceptional with zero past due or nonaccrual loans reported as of Sept. 30, 2012. Liquidity, defined as cash, due from banks, and investment securities, was a record $175.5 mil-

lion as of Sept. 30. As of Sept. 30, the Bank’s Total Risk Based Capital ratio of 29.40 percent was among the highest in the nation for banks of similar size, and almost three times the amount needed to be considered “well-capitalized� by regulatory definition. San Diego Trust Bank has never applied for any tax-payer funded government assistance. Founded by several of San Diego’s most respected banking veterans and business leaders, San Diego Trust Bank is dedicated to the timeless principles of superior local market knowledge, unparalleled service, and building exceptional shareholder value. With over four hundred years of experience in banking San Diegans, timely local decision making, and one of the most comprehensive product lines found in the market today, San Diego Trust Bank delivers “Performance You Can Trust.� San Diego Trust Bank common stock is traded on the Over-the-Counter Exchange under the symbol “SDBK.� For information on the company’s stock please contact our primary market maker, Mr. Richard Levenson, President of Western Financial Corporation at (619) 544-0260. For more information on the Bank please visit, or call (619) 525-1700. For bank rating information please refer to



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Food trucks can stay, but may not expand By Bianca Kaplanek

Food trucks that began setting up in the parking lot across from Powerhouse Community Center on Oct. 10 will be able to continue, but the Wednesday night gatherings will not be allowed to expand until council members have a chance to address concerns expressed by residents and business owners and analyze the benefits and impacts. At the Oct. 22 meeting, council members directed staff to bring back a moratorium on the trucks at their next meeting Nov. 19. Councilman Terry Sinnott said he didn’t want

to start regulating the businesses until he had a complete picture of the pros and cons. We need to take time to get a complete picture of how this service impacts our community, he said. The Finance Department issued business licenses to the six participating trucks prior to the first event, planning Director Kathy Garcia said. The Seagrove parking lot at 1601 Coast Boulevard, where the gathering takes place, is zoned beach commercial, which allows parking, restaurants and outdoor cafes and any similar enterprise or business.

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The applicants demonstrated they had adequate parking and that it was primarily for to-go food so tables were not being needed. Because the trucks aren’t permanent, design review was not required, a concern expressed by some residents and business owners, Garcia said. Truck owners said they only expected to have 15 to 25 people onsite at any one time, which exempted them from the city’s large assemblage requirements. Garcia said so far, the number of customers is “in the same ballpark.� The city is receiving business license fees, sales tax and a portion of the operating revenue under a lease agreement with Seagrove Parking LLC. Garcia said the group plans to continue operating at the north end of the parking lot on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and would like to increase to 10 vendors. Community concerns included competition with

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Who’s NEWS? Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ Selected to sing Pacific Ridge School senior Meghan Bacher has been selected to perform with the Southern California High School Honor Choir in Los Angeles Nov. 16 and MEGHAN BACHER 17. Led by Jonathan Talberg, a professional choral conductor and professor of music at Cal State Long Beach, Bacher will perform alongside approximately 75 other singers from various independent and public schools in the region. Bacher is a member of the Pacific Ridge School A Cappella Ensemble

Drake on board United Way of San Diego County has named Rancho Santa Fe resident Eileen Drake, vice president and gen-

eral manager at Pratt & only what they need. Whitney Aeropower, to its Thanks to Tony’s Jacal board of directors. On Nov. 10, the Mexican Home 4 the Holiday American Educational Helen Woodward Animal Guidance Association will host Center’s 14th launched its a dinner, honoring the annual Iams Home 4 for the Gonzales family, owners of the Holiday pet adoption drive iconic Tony's Jacal, and their with a special Kickoff Party many years of support and conOct. 19 at 6461 El Apajo Road tributions to MAEGA. For in Rancho Santa Fe.This year’s more information, contact campaign runs through Jan. 2. Jenni Pulos from Bravo’s “Flipping Out” helped with Extraordinary service the adoption of Phoenix, the The California Assisted kitten who has survived caus- Living Association named tic chemical burns, and a Eugenia Welch at Sunrise at La Siberian Husky puppy named Costa, winner of the organizaPeppermint. tion’s Outstanding Executive Director award. CALA chooses Spice things up recipients based on their comNorth County residents, mitment to providing outJason and Stephanie Birn, pro- standing, quality care and service to residents in the Assisted prietors of Living communities where S avo ry they work.Welch has served as Spice Shop, the executive director at have opened Sunrise of La Costa for 11 their new years. store at 937 S. Coast Remembering troops Highway 101, Suite CCarlsbad seniors with La 110 in The Costa Glen’s Care Packages Lumberyard From Home program,wrapped JASON AND S h o p p i n g STEPHANIE BURNS 5,000 Christmas and Center in Hanukkah gifts for troops in Encinitas. The shop is open Afghanistan Oct. 27. Each Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 “warrior hero” will receive a p.m., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. personal letter thanking them to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to for their service along with 6 p.m.. It offers 400 herbs and Christmas stockings and spices and buyers can package strings of holiday lights to be

Sneak peek at Gingerbread competition CARMEL VALLEY — Mark your holiday calendar from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 28 and be among the first to marvel at spectacular gingerbread structures before the 19th annual Gingerbread City Design Competition display is opened to the public, at The Grand Del Mar, 5300 Grand Del Mar Court. Participate in an intimate viewing of 15 marvelous structures both petite and grand size, some weighing up to 700 pounds. All structures

are made of edible confectionary materials such as pastillage, marzipan and rolled fondant. Meet more than 30 of San Diego’s most talented top pastry chefs with their magical creations. This year’s gingerbread structures will be drawn from American myths to worldly tales for benefiting the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County. All proceeds benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County, which offers

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Attendance champs Congratulations went to Torrey Pines High School students who achieved perfect attendance during the 20112012 school year. Recipients in the class of 2013 included Robert Alpert, Sumana Mahata, Andrew Maneval, Dominik Stec, Sarah Walde and Angela Wu. In the class of 2014, those honored were Jennifer Fineman, Leopold Hendle, Christopher Hoang, Da Won Ju, Jennifer Kim, Jason Liaw and Hiram Moncivais. For the class of 2015, ontime students included Varun Bhave, Sarah Brown, Zhen Peng Chen, Brienna Cheng, Polina Cherezova, Zachary Cheung, Kacie Cunningham, Rachel Fetzer, James Hunter, Daniel Ines, Malcolm Iwami, Alexander Jen, Jake Jung, Nikita Kaur, David Kim, Alexandra Kiselyov, Benjamin

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From printers to racecars, Esayian talks shop with Harvard By Tony Cagala

Championship racecar driver, successful entrepreneur, a Sheriff’s search and rescue volunteer — Nick Esayian is all of these things. New Chargers head coach, maybe; future politician, possibly, but only time will tell for the recent speaker at Harvard Business School. Esayian, an Encinitas resident and founder of Revenue Solutions LLC, a direct response marketing business, took part in a case study with advanced students at Harvard Business School where he took questions ranging from incorporating his racing career into managing his business and his family life to his experiences in becoming a successful businessman. Esayian, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, said the two days he spent at the business school being a part of the case study process was “pretty neat.” “It was brilliant, brilliant students that have a framework of knowledge and really they just lack some of the practical experience and the cases give them a chance to stick their head under the hood of a lot of different businesses,” Esayian said. He talked with the students about working for a large corporation to making

Encinitas resident Nick Esayian and his sons Jake and Troy at a past race. Esayian, a successful entrepreneur spoke at Harvard Business School students about his experiences as a professional racecar driver, businessman and family man. Photo courtesy of Nick Esayian

that jump into entrepreneurialism. An entrepreneur in his own right, Esayian began his working career right out of college with the Xerox Corporation. He grew frustrated with the endless, cumbersome meetings they would have, seemingly to decide on what kind of pencil to use, or how management was going to make some decision, he explained. “It was at that point,” he said, “where I thought, ‘Boy, I

love Democracy and I love our system in terms of government, but when it comes to a business, I want to run my own. I want it to be an absolute monarchy and get people’s opinion and be able to make a decision and focus on what’s important.’ “That’s when I made the decision, but it took me a little bit longer to get some traction and the capital to get started on my own,” he said. He attributes his drive to his parents. His parents pressured him just enough, he

said, adding that they “didn’t ever state that they knew everything. And that mix really got me motivated…to start trying some of my own ideas and things and that worked out pretty well.” With the racing season over this year (he races for American Honda/Acura), Esayian does do some preparations for the start of the new season in March. But much of his time in the offseason is focused on setting a plan for his business and spending time with his wife

and two sons. The road ahead of Esayian is filled with new business ventures, including looking into a number of direct response projects, possibly creating a men’s sportswear line, the creation of a dating web site company that would compete with, he said, and a tattoo removal-finder service that would work in a similar manner as the 1-(800)-Dentist service. Beyond new business opportunities, Esayian is actively involved in philanthropy, assisting the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides grants to send the children of fallen Special Operations members to college. Despite his many roles, Esayian may still be best remembered as they guy who took out a North County Times ad lambasting Chargers Chairman of the Board and President Dean Spanos for keeping both head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith after several poor seasons. He’s fine with being known for that, he said, and that his feelings on the team haven’t changed given the Chargers’ recent poor showings on the field. “If we see much more of that I would challenge Dean Spanos to

allow a businessman from San Diego, by the name of Nick Esayian, to actually be a coach of the Chargers for the second half of the season,” he said. “I only played a small amount of college football, but hey, let’s give it a shot; we can’t do much worse after that.” He said that any salary he earned from that would be donated to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. And if coaching doesn’t work out, Esayian does have his eye on politics, assuming he has the means to do it. “It’s really difficult to run for office and make the right decisions for the community if you’re still trying to earn your own lot in life,” he said. His plan: To earn enough money to be able to live on a passive income and turn his attentions to politics — either a Federal seat or a House of Representative seat — he’s not interested in local politics. “I would be a one-termer and I’d probably get in trouble speaking my mind, but I think we need more entrepreneurs, military leaders, community leaders, as opposed to these career politicians that have basically paralyzed Washington and led us down a bad path,” he said.

Local skateboard instruction company goes international By Lillian Cox

At 27, Rob Dunfey has joined an exclusive club that includes Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Lady Gaga — college dropouts who went on to become fabulously successful. In less than two years, he has cornered the market in skateboard instruction in all 50 states except Wyoming as well as in Canada, England and Northern Ireland through his business Go Skate Skateboard School. In 2006, at the age of 21, Dunfey made the bold move of walking away from the entrepreneurship program at Loyala Marymount University in Los Angeles. “I had a successful Internet business that was featured in the Boston Globe and Skateboarder magazine, as well as videos, and wondered why my focus was on school instead of business,” he said. “I thought my parents’ money, and my time, could be put to better use.” Dunfey returned home to York,Maine,and started a commercial and residential cleaning business, living off his credit card and selling everything of value including his car. “I had to borrow my parents’ car to get to my first cleaning job,” he remembered. The business grew until he reached 19 employees. In 2009 he sold the business so he could return to California, although he didn’t know exactly where he was headed or what he was going to do. “I was driving and thought

Go Skate-certified instructors Hurvey Haskins (San Diego) and Nathan Wheeler (Edinboro, Penn.) in front of a castle in Lisnaskea, Ireland. Hurvey is a pro skateboarder who was in Ireland with Wheeler to teach local youth. Courtesy photo Go Skate founder Rob Dunfey teaching kids at a skateboard camp in Ireland last winter. Courtesy photo

I’d look somewhere in San Diego or Orange County,” he recalled. “When I drove through Solana Beach I thought ‘Wow!’” Dunfey got a job cold calling but said it was brutal, so he posted an ad offering cleaning services. Later, he advertised skateboard lessons through Google’s AdWord program where his ad appeared next to search results for “skateboard instruction” targeting San Diego.In addition to San Diego, he began receiving queries from Washington, D.C., Boston and New York City. “I hooked them up with friends in the area who I knew were qualified,” he explained. The challenge, Dunfey said, in contemplating a nation-

al skateboarding school was certifying instructors. Unlike most sports like tennis and skiing, there were no programs to train and certify skateboard instructors. He decided to develop his own. “It’s quite something considering you can be 2,000 miles away,” he said. Eventually he developed an online training course with a series of how-to videos, step-bystep manuals and a test. He also established minimum qualification standards to become certified: five years of skateboard experience, criminal background check and references. In addition, Dunfey studied each candidate’s social networking profile, photos and videos to make sure they

looked good on the Internet. The final step was an interview via Skype to make sure each candidate reflected Go Skate’s brand. Since filing a business license in San Diego County in January 2010, Dunfey has hired and trained 1,300 Go Skate certified instructors who, in turn, have instructed more than 10,000 students through private lessons, birthday parties and skateboard camps. Students range from 4 years old to an 80-year-old man who wanted to learn so he could skateboard with his grandchildren. A 55-year-old woman signed up so she could learn ollies. Instructors include popular pro skateboarders like

Ronson Lambert, who was a big hit when he was dispatched to teach at a birthday party as a surprise. “The kid was ecstatic,” Dunfey recalled. “It was a dream come true for him when Ron arrived” Xstars Chad Fernandez and Karl Watson were sent out for an event at Somerset Kentucky Skatepark. Pro Chris Dobstaff teaches at the Carlsbad Parks and Recreation Skateboard Camp where Dunfey says they’ve had the biggest turnout ever. Dobstaff says his motivation to teach goes beyond skateboarding. “There are a lot of things students can transfer to the real world like trial and error,” he explained. “Everything takes practice and in order to perfect your skateboarding you

have to do it repeatedly.There’s no sweetness without the bitter but it’s worth it when you accomplish something.” Learning how to communicate with adults is another thing kids learn. “We (instructors) can be very impactful,” Dobstaff added. Private lessons are scheduled at homes and local skate parks. Fees for private lessons start at $47.50. Last winter Dunfey was hired as a consultant by the government of Ireland to set up a skateboard program for 300 Irish youth to promote physical fitness. For more information call (800) 403-2405 or visit “How to” videos can be viewed at



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Waiting to see benefits of replenishments PET OFTHE WEEK KYLE STOCK Coastal Cosmos Over the past two months, a 315-foot boat named Liberty Island has been stalking close to our coastline. This vessel is the dredge doing much of the work to complete the 2012 Regional Beach Sand Project. This $28 million undertaking is a joint venture of the San Diego Association of Governments, the State Department of Boating and Waterways, and the coastal cities involved. According to SANDAG signs posted at pumping sites, “The San Diego Regional Beach Sand Project is widening beaches from Imperial Beach to Oceanside by adding approximately 1.5 million cubic yards of clean, high quality sand to our eroded shoreline.” Our beaches are in a constant state of natural change. Tides ebb, bluffs erode, kelp decomposes, large winter storms take sand off the beach and calmer summer conditions bring the sand back. These cycles are eternal. However, human development in the coastal region has an impact on the natural state of our coastlines. Seawalls prevent the natural erosion of seaside bluffs that break down to replenish sand. Jetties and harbors prevent the natural flow of sand up and down the coast. Development in and around lagoons impacts the flow of sediments from the watershed to the beach. Because of these endeavors, our beaches shrink as natural sand replenishment is obstructed. The 2012 Regional Beach

Sand is pumped onto Cardiff Beach during the 2012 Regional Beach Sand Project. The "Liberty Island" dredge sits off the beach, connected to the pumps. Photo by Kyle Stock

Sand Project hopes to alleviate these threats to our beaches. The project FAQ, available at, states, “The goals associated with sand placement are to restore and maintain coastal beaches, sustain recreation and tourism, enhance public safety, restore coastal sandy habitats, and reduce the proliferation of protective shoreline structures (e.g., harbors and jetties).” Locations receiving sand include: Imperial Beach, Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach, Cardiff Beach, Moonlight Beach, North and South Carlsbad Beach and Oceanside. The work began in September as bid winner Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company sent the Liberty Island from the East Coast, through the Panama Canal to Imperial Beach. IB’s sand replenishment finished up in early October. The project will continue through December for the North County. The Liberty Island dredge vacuums sand out of deposits within two miles of the shoreline.The sand is held

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in the vessel’s gigantic hold as it then positions itself next to a floating pump connected to pipes that run onto the beach. The nourishment is done in 500-foot sections and then the pipes are moved until the fill is finished at each beach. Heavy equipment then moves the sand into optimal positions. In 2001, 2 million cubic yards of sand were dredged and pumped onto county beaches. The results of that project were closely monitored. According to SANDAG, the sand from the 2001 replenishment stayed in the system for an average of five years and some of that sand is still here today. The main difference between 2001 and 2012 is that sand with larger grains are now being collected because they stay on the beach longer. The Surfrider

Foundation is using a video monitoring system to evaluate the project’s impact on surf quality.Will the new sand build excellent sandbars and create better waves at local beachbreaks? Will the new sand smooth-over dynamic reef systems and ruin some of our best reef breas? Surfrider is recording 10 minutes of video every morning at six surf spots throughout the county. The videos will be analyzed to better understand the impacts that the 2012 Regional Beach Sand Project has on our beloved waves. 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

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Unplugging from Facebook and plugging back in to the real world MACHEL PENN SHULL Machel’s Ranch I deactivated my Facebook page temporarily … just until the election is over. Yes, I know, this is not some major crisis in the world. Jumping into obscurity for two weeks on my favorite social networking site is nothing to fret about. I must tell you how wonderful my last three days have been though. Truly, without any interruption of my Facebook friends displaying their horrid ad campaigns against Gov. Mitt Romney and President Obama. (Don’t worry, I won’t be preaching my views to you here either. Although I did just tell a Verizon Wireless customer service lady my choice with a great deal of passion.) I wake up, check in with the real world and notice the birds are eating birdseed in my backyard. I smile. I press my morning coffee. I work out. I notice that a sense of anxiety has lifted because I am not being harassed online by others bombarding me with their daily political updates. I might even like Big Bird again. I am now able to concentrate and work on a project that needs my attention. This has been the most liberating experience by becoming anonymous temporarily on Facebook. Now if you are reading this and thinking I’m not passionate about politics, you are wrong. I just choose to keep

my views private from social networking sites and spare my friends my own personal views. The way I see it, if you are not actively campaigning to help the party or person you support then don’t be dogmatic about your political views. Do you remember that wonderful movie with Jimmy Stewart called “Harvey?” The gist of the story was Jimmy Stewart’s character has an imaginary friend that looks like a giant rabbit. Everyone obviously thinks Jimmy Stewart is crazy. After being checked into a mental ward, the psychiatrist discovers the imaginary giant rabbit is real. The psychiatrist asks him, “How can you put up with your loved ones thinking you are crazy when you know the rabbit exists?” Jimmy Stewart answers, “Sometimes it’s better to be pleasant than to be right.” Amen. Oh, how I At the beginning of October, Karian Forsyth hosted an intimate ladies luncheon at her home in the Crosby. wish they still made movies like that.

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Around Town At the beginning of October, the premier of local Torrey Pines graduate Michael Gallagher’s movie “Smiley” took place at the Universal City Walk in Los Angeles. Yes, this is the Michael Gallagher who was just featured a couple of months ago in the Rancho Santa Fe News. However, what you may not know is Michael has also been featured in Variety, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, on “The Today Show” and in many other publications. A “Smiley” digital billboard also appeared for three weeks at the world famous

Julian pies are delivered twice a week to Lemon Twist Gift and Produce Shop right across from Cielo. Lemon Twist will have Thanksgiving pies, too. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

Times Square in New York. Now that’s something to be excited about! I have featured a photo here of Michael Gallagher standing proud with his father Michael Gallagher. Tom and Karian Forsyth also attended the event with Elaine and Michael Gallagher in a limo for their son’s film premier. Congratulations to a local Torrey Pines high school graduate for already taking a huge bite out of Hollywood at the young age of 23. On Oct. 6, I stood in front of my closet trying on different outfits before settling on a black mini-skirt with a cool black T-shirt and a strappy pair of black BCBG heels to Julian pies are delivered twice a week to Lemon Twist Gift and Produce attend Karian’s luncheon in Shop right across from Cielo. Lemon Twist will have Thanksgiving pies, The Crosby. too. Photo by Machel Penn Shull For whatever reason, I

usually become consumed with the outfit dilemma for one of Karian’s events and then still end up wearing a Tshirt of some sort because that’s just how I roll. When I arrived with my girlfriend Meredith MacDonald, we were thrilled to join in the conversation with the other women who actually looked like a perfect casting for a Bravo reality show. Glamour, beauty, fine food and wine is always much more fun with your girlfriends. For lunch we all set out together under the cloudless blue sky eating leafy green salads, cheeses and sipping on our drinks, while Karian had each guest share their answer to this question: “What do men want ?” What I was wondering was, where were the cameras for this conversation? What fun. This day unfolded into the evening with laughter, love and a group of women

With the holidays upon us soon, make sure to support local businesses like Country Squire near Mille Fleurs Restaurant in Rancho Santa Fe. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

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Michael Gallagher looks proud next to his son at the world premier of Michael Gallagher's movie "Smiley" at the Universal City Walk movie theaters at the beginning of October. Michael began making movies at the age of nine. Courtesy photo

hugging each other goodbye when the intimate luncheon was over. Thank you Karian for always including me. You are a rock star! On Oct. 20, the weather in the Ranch was beautiful! After returning from my trip to Playa Del Carmen in Mexico, I was expecting fall to be in full swing with the cooler temperatures. Not just yet, I guess. I enjoyed walking around the Ranch admiring the beauty in town. From the vibrant flowers that line the roads to the majestic eucalyptus trees, Rancho Santa Fe has a quality that should be penned into a fiction novel with sweeping characters someday. (I do know that

Diane Welch wrote a splendid nonfiction book on Lilian Rice!) I have included two photos that I snapped while enjoying The Ranch that day. One is of the store front of “The Country Squire” and the other is back patio of Thyme In The Ranch.The holidays are almost here, so do think of both of these stores for gifts and goodies for your loved ones! We must support our local businesses first. On Oct. 26, I spotted the Julian Pie Company making one of their weekly deliveries to Lemon Twist Gift and Produce Shop in Rancho Santa Fe. Now I am a huge fan of the town of Julian, which I am sure most of you are, too. But how wonderful that if you love Julian pies, now you can find them in abundance at Lemon Twist? Located just across the street from the Cielo shopping center, Lemon Twist’s address is 8175 Del Dios Highway, Rancho Santa Fe, 92067. Do stop in during the holidays for your pies, as well as other unique gifts to buy for holiday presents. For more information check out If you have a fun event you would like



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Candlelight Ball benefits hospital COAST CITIES — Betty Knight Scripps, philanthropist and newspaper heiress, is serving as general chairman of the 83rd annual Candlelight Ball to benefit Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. The 83rd Candlelight Ball will kick off the holiday season Dec. 1 at The Grand Del Mar. One of the most highly anticipated events of the year, the black-tie gala features gourmet dining, décor by Kathy Wright & Co. and festive music from The Bob Hardwick Sound. “I am very proud of the Scripps Health system, and

the care it provides for our community,” Rancho Santa Fe resident Scripps, said. “Scripps is committed to furthering medical excellence and making sure that families throughout San Diego County have access to world-class health care — close to home.” Scripps is chairman of Scripps Enterprises, Inc., a private firm with holdings in publishing, real estate, oil and gas. Her philanthropies are numerous. In addition to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, they include the University of Virginia, the Miller Center – where she established the Scripps

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Library, the Mayo Clinic, the American Red Cross, Monticello, Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies, the Hampton Classic Horse Show, the English National Ballet and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography to name just a few. The Scripps League Education and Research Fund has provided financial assistance to students at Brigham Young University's School of Journalism for many years. To learn more about the 83rd Annual Candlelight Ball, call (858) 678-6349 or visit

FURRY THERAPY Bonnie Biggs, vice president of Love on a Leash and Professor Emeritus at California State University, San Marcos will bring her dog Koshi (right), a rescue from Hurricane Katrina, to the Del Mar-Leucadia branch of the American Association of University Women, for a community presentation about “Love on a Leash” Therapy Dogs at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave. A brown bag dinner at 6 p.m. precedes the meeting. Courtesy photo

Got an item for the calendar? NOV. 6 HEART HEALTH San Diego Send the details via email to Coastal WomenHeart North comes women with concerns about cardiac health to share information and sisterhood at 10:15 a.m. Nov. 6 at NAMI MEETS The National Glen View, 1950 Calle Barcelona, Alliance on Mental Illness North Carlsbad. For more information, conCoastal San Diego County is offer- tact Marilyn Deak at (760) 438-5890 ing a new Support Group for Family members in Spanish that meets at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Tri ON YOUR FEET Carlsbad City Medical Center from 6:30 to Newcomers host dancers from the 8:30 p.m. in lower level Room 7. Arthur Murray studio 10 a.m Nov. For more information, visit 7, Heritage Hall, Magee Park, 2650 Garfield St., Carlsbad. Visit EVENTS PLANNED The for more info. Catholic Widow & Widowers of STAR CARS Palomar Model A North County is planning a host of Ford Club members will celebrate social events in November. its 50th anniversary at 6 p.m.Nov.7. Reservations for all activities are Dinner and general meeting with necessary. For a calendar, call information on upcoming tours, at the Palomar Estates East (858) 674-4324. SMART WEALTH Five Rings Clubhouse, 650 S. Rancho Santa Fe Financial, Women’s Opportunity Road, San Marcos. For more inforNetwork and Wine, Women & mation, e-mail rssaxman@veriWealth will host a one-day social or call (951) 696-0323. and educational expo from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Del Mar Hilton 15575 Jimmy Durante CRAFTS AND MORE The St. Blvd., Del Mar for women who Elizabeth Seton Women’s Auxiliary desire to take charge of their finan- will host Handmade with Love … cial future, expand their knowl- Love From Above, a craft fair, from edge and build their confidence 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 10 in the regarding money and wealth in a Conference Center at 6628 Santa Isabel, Carlsbad. Handmade gifts, social setting over fine wine. DEAD ON The Carlsbad will be sold. Proceeds will benefit the St. Elizabeth Seton new parish Community Theatre presents center. For more information, con“Zombie Prom” opening Nov.2, at tact Lucretia at (760) 942-8920. the Avo Playhouse, 303 Main St., Vista. $10 at the door for anyone BOUTIQUE FAIR The Solana who comes dressed for Zombie Beach Civic & Historical Society Prom. $15 for others or online at will hold its annual Holiday Boutique from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at La Colonia Community Center, 715 Valley SAN ELIJO TRAILS San Marcos Ave., Solana Beach. Community Services will sponsor a ADOBE TOUR Take a tour of the free, four-mile hike on the trails of adobe, walk into the valley and see San Elijo Park or a more challeng- special exhibits from 2 to 4 p.m.Nov. ing six-mile hike to the Ridgeline 10 at the Historic Marron Adobe in trails in the San Elijo area Nov. 3. Carlsbad, near State Route 78 at Hikers will meet at the parking lot College exit. For more information, of San Elijo Park Recreation contact Center, 1105 Elfin Forest Road. or call (760) 724-3887. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., the hike at 9 a.m. Adults must accompany all minors.For informa- CHILDREN’S CONCERT The tion, visit or call community is invited to a free concert from 3 to 4 p.m. Nov. 11, featur(760) 744-9000, ext. 3508. ing the San Diego North Coast Singers children’s choral group.The MIDWAY NEWS AARP concert will be held in Bressi Ranch Chapter 239 will meet at 1:15 p.m. at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Nov. 5 at Silverado Senior Living, 2510 Gateway Road, Carlsbad.

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Cookie dough can be frozen with ease. You can roll cookie dough into logs, wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in a freezer bag. When you’re ready to use the dough, thaw it in the

refrigerator for a couple of hours, then slice and bake. You can also place cookie dough in each compartment of an ice-cube tray for freezing and thawing. If it’s for cutouts, form

the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in a freezer bag or storage container. The first reader tip shares a great use for cookie dough logs:

Homemade gift: Jar gifts with cookie ingredients layered inside are nice, and baked goods in tins or on plates are great; but I like to give frozen cookie dough logs wrapped in plastic wrap. It’s a happy medium and a little different than the usual homemade cookie gifts. You can wrap the dough log in giftwrap or butcher paper. Add the recipe or baking instructions on an adhesive label or gift tag. — Paula, New York Use for pillowcase: I cut my pillowcase to the size of my laptop screen and sewed the edges so I can use it for a cover. It slides right over the top! — Amanda, email Homemade junk food: I have been known to mix a small spoon of powdered sugar into part-skim ricotta cheese as a treat. I eat it by itself or over whole-grain cereal flakes or fruit. I make “whip” by beating one container of fat-free cream cheese with a quarter- to a half-cup of either Splenda or sugar, then I stir in a small container of fat-free sour cream. I use a big spoon or two of that as dip on fruit, or stir in some berries or berry juice. If you want it lighter you can fold in up to a container of nonfat generic whipped cream. You can use this as a topping on all kinds of stuff. — G.G., forums

Teach kids frugality: My kids grew up thrifting and going to garage sales. It didn’t take long before they got the concept of more for less, which they discovered was a great way to stretch their allowance. I have always used coupons, so they learned thriftiness by example, too. When some peers (snobs) at school gave my daughter a hard time about her clothes in junior high, I gave her a lesson on what a sucker is: I shopped thrift stores and secondhand shops to find lots of gentlyused name-brand clothing at a fraction of the cost. Now, while her peers might have seven pieces of namebrand clothing their parents purchased new, my daughter has 50 pieces she can combine to make endless outfits. I also let her rip and restyle anything; it only cost $.50, so why not? Pretty soon little girls who lived in McMansions were begging their mothers to go to the Salvation Army Boutique. Made me giggle. — F.W., Michigan

Sara Noel is the owner of Frugal Village (, a website that offers practical, moneysaving strategies for everyday living. To send tips, comments or questions, write to Sara Noel, c/o Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO, 64106, or e-mail



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When voting this election, think about solutions JOE MORIS Baby Boomer Peace We are entering election week. After two years of campaigning we all have a chance to vote for the persons that we individually think will shape this nation the way we would like it to be. My focus is on the baby boomers out there. Many of us may have a laissez faire attitude about the results of the election because we have already fought the battles of education, careers and family.Yes it has been a struggle and I doubt if there are too many of you out there that would be willing to have amnesia and go back and do it all again. The rear view window is satisfying for the most part. But, we are the generation that better get its act together to protect our children and grandchildren. To be honest, on the whole, we’ve been greedy. We have allowed elected representatives, both local and nationally, to collude with their donors. Abysmal legislation has been passed over the last 30 years or so that reward teachers who don’t teach, elected representatives that don’t represent and federal and state workers lavish retirements at the expense of

maintaining basic services. That is a general statement because there are good teachers and good federal and state workers who do care, but the public sector unions have taken you and I out of the equation. Somehow we need competition both in the schools and for basic services called outsourcing. The private sector is much more efficient than government will ever be. There is no incentive to improve when you can't be fired. Now we baby boomers can do something to turn things around on even a personal level. Our nation has created an entitlement society that on one level has destroyed the family. I’m talking about the children of welfare mothers. I say mothers because if there were a father in a low-income family there would not be government assistance. So, our government has created the conditions of making a father irrelevant. A child should have a mother and father in the home. When a mother is on welfare it sends a message to the youth. When a mother is prideful enough not to sit at home watching soap operas and eating bon-bons, she is out there working two and three jobs. This leaves the children to find other sources of belonging. When this occurs these kids become At-Risk kids.The chance of these children becoming productive mem-

bers of society as adults diminishes exponentially. I bring this up because a dear friend of mine, Gloria O’Shea, runs a charitable organization in the community. I would highly recommend viewing her website at This 501 c3 foundation seeks contributions or volunteers to their cause. Gloria seeks out the At-Risk children, brings them out of their less than ideal surroundings and teaches them how to

become productive thinking members of society. They are taught yoga, nutrition and the basics of fairness and love toward others. I have a personal experience because Sean O’Shea, as a youngster in his teens, worked for me when I owned Teriyaki 101 in Leucadia. Working for me was just a speed bump to his growth. Sean created this highly successful foundation to help others before he was tragically struck down by a freak

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When you vote Nov. 6 you are voting for the macro solution but while casting that vote, think of the micro solutions as well and what you can do to help. The peace that comes to you from giving is immeasurable. Please find your peace wherever it takes you but don’t accept your peace at the expense of others. Joe Moris may be contacted at (760) 500-6755 or by email at

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Jenny Lucier (center) reaches the top of Gerlach Peak, the highest in Slovakia’s High Tatras mountain range. The Tempe, Ariz., resident, who made the climb in July 2007, says using packing cubes and taking a single pair of shoes (wear them!) make travel easier. Lucier has been a world-wide traveler since her college days in the 1980s. Courtesy photo

• Carry duplicates of basic makeup. (“I lost mine once and was traumatized for the rest of the trip.”) From Encinitas resident Brad Grant (aka Dr. Adventure), extreme traveler: • Get oriented immediately by going to the highest point in the area with a map. • Use the visitors’ information booth and free pamphlets. • Don’t forget those mag-

azines, books, Kindles etc. for the long flights, layovers and delayed connections. From Jenny Lucier of Tempe, Ariz., my sister and world traveler: • Packing cubes are immensely helpful for organizing, especially when the trip has multiple stops. Must be see-through on at least one side. • Bring earplugs and eye shade; you never know when you must sleep in bright or noisy places. • To travel light, swallow your vanity and respect comfort; travel with only one pair of shoes. From Encinitas resident John Case, veteran European traveler: • Prior to your trip, “walk” the streets on Google Maps Street View. • Indispensable: a GPS. From miscellaneous sources: If you leave your car in long-term parking, take a cell phone picture of the location sign in case you forget where you parked. • Always get quotes from different rental car companies. Charges can vary widely. And use that cell phone again to take photos of any dings on the car prior to your use. • Run your phone charger cord through your car key ring. You won’t forget either. • If you have multiple meds, put each day’s batch in a tiny Ziploc bag (available at craft stores), then toss each one at the end of the day. • There are apps, apps and more apps out there for just about any destination or activity. Most are free; check them out. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at

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who are both bidding for your companionship. That way, no one’s feelings will be hurt. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Give priority to a domestic matter that is currently giving you fits. Manipulate what you must in order to achieve the outcome that would serve everyone the best. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — This is one of those days in which conversations with close friends aren’t likely to be comprised of idle chatter. Ideas of consequence are more apt to be discussed, so pay attention. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — It behooves you to take the time to evaluate your present position and put your financial house in order. Making an indepth analysis could reveal many buried opportunities. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Unless you have a variety of activities and assignments from which to choose, you’re likely to find yourself extremely restless and bored. Plan a busy agenda. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Blending your intuitive perceptions with your logical ones could add an effective dimension to your thought processes. You can be dynamite when you use all of your gifts. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — When involved commercially with friends, make your social relationship with them paramount over the business side of things. Good friends are harder to come by than entrepreneurial partners. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Flexibility and willingness to change tactics as events dictate are just as important as trying to achieve an objective that you feel is personally important. Make sure you have your priorities straight.


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