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A sign denotes that the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy has secured a large portion of the money it needs to finalize its purchase of the Gateway Property. The conservancy wants to protect the land from development. Photo courtesy of San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy
EQUESTRIAN CHAMP Mikayla Stuart, of Rancho Santa Fe, took home the title of Grand Circuit Champion at the 2013 Hits Show in Thermal, Calif. Stuart, a 15-year-old student at the Grauer School in Encinitas, rode her horse, 8-year-old Holsteiner mare, Verdana, to victory in the Large Junior Hunter division for riders 15 and under, topping more than 30 horses in the field battling it out. Stuart attended five out of the seven weeklong competitions and during that time took home multiple awards including Weekly Champion three times in the Large Junior Hunters; Best Rider two consecutive weeks, winner of the $1,000 Large Junior Hunter Classic; second half-circuit champion and champion of the Modified/Junior American Hunters. These wins put Stuart in the fifth spot in her division for the nation as the 2013 show season begins. Photo courtesy of Candace Stuart
Unique college readies for inaugural graduating class By Lillian Cox
ENCINITAS — Two years ago Dr. Frank J. Papatheofanis made a major career move by retiring from his teaching position at UCSD Medical School to fulfill a personal goal: to launch St. Katherine College, an undergraduate college of liberal arts and sciences that integrates Orthodox Christian principles. It’s the first educational institution of its kind in the nation. “It’s an idea I’ve incubated for three decades,” he said. “I’m the founder, as well as the president, and also the person who is cutting all the checks.” Degree programs include art, biological sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, economics, English language and literature, history, interdisciplinary studies, management science, music, philosophy, public health and policy studies and theology. Each course of study
Dr. Frank J. Papatheofanis, founder and president of St. Katherine College in Encinitas, the first Orthodox Christian undergraduate liberal arts and sciences college in the nation. Photo courtesy of St. Katherine College
comes with a heavy emphasis on writing. “We require our students to take a writing seminar each semester of enrollment from their freshman year to the first semester of
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their senior year that is taught by a professor of English with an extensive background in writing and teaching,” Papatheofanis said. “The second semester of their senior year students
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are required to write a thesis that is an original work. For example, an English major might produce a portfolio of 25 poems or a chemistry major might conduct a new experiment and publish an article about it.” In the fall new master’s degree programs will be offered in management and leadership of nonprofits, and public health and policy studies. Instruction began in February 2011, with the college preparing for its first graduating class this spring. Both students have already been accepted to graduate TURN TO COLLEGE ON A17
Nonprofit close to reaching goal By Jared Whitlock
CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA — The San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy (SELC) has sent out letters, set up booths at community events and even asked for $1 million in exchange for naming rights — all for the purpose of buying Gateway Park. With $2.65 million of the required $3.75 million raised, SELC representatives say the campaign has paid off, but there’s still work to be done. About 17 months ago, the conservancy purchased the 3.4-acre Gateway property for $3.75 million to protect the area from development, and to preserve the surrounding wildlife, habitat and corridor view for those traveling along Coast Highway 101. Private donors plunked down the $3.75 million, and SELC, a nonprofit, has raised nearly $2.65 million so far to
repay them. To mark its progress, the SELC recently put up a sign at Gateway Park that states, “We’re almost there!” But if the group fails to come up with the sum, the land will return to the open market. “We wanted to let the community know we’ve made significant headway, but we still need help,” said Elaine Dodge, development director of SELC. Dodge said the conservancy aims to raise the remaining $1.1 million by the end of the year to secure the property in perpetuity. Over the past 30 years, several commercial developments were proposed on Gateway Park, which is located on the border of Solana Beach and Cardiff — this kick started a grassroots moveTURN TO LAGOON ON A17
Border Patrol arrests 18 in sea smuggling event By Tony Cagala
DEL MAR — The San Diego Police Department made the initial report to Border Patrol shortly before midnight Sunday of the sightings of several life vests found washed ashore, about a quarter of mile south of Torrey Pines State Beach, according to Border Patrol Public Affairs Officer Jacopo Bruni. “The Border Patrol Agents found a panga-style boat near Fourth Street in Del Mar at 12:01 a.m.,” he said. Border Patrol Agents arrested 18 people; two on board were females ages 33 and 37.
Both were taken to a local hospital for possible hypothermia, according to Bruni. As of Tuesday they had been released from the hospital and are in Border Patrol custody. The remaining 16 individuals were males ages 23 to 44, including a 17-year-old juvenile. All have been taken to a Border Patrol station for processing. No drugs were found on the 30-foot boat, which had been seized and removed from the scene. The investigation is ongoing.
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Residents file lawsuit over Program looks to connect teenagers with internships the ‘Desert Rose’ project By Promise Yee
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ENCINITAS — Residents from Save Desert Rose, a group made up of Olivenhain residents, filed a lawsuit last week against the city and Woodridge Farms Estates over the planned “Desert Rose” development. Everett Delano, representing Save Desert Rose, said that the lawsuit seeks to force the city to complete an environmental impact report for the 16-home development in northeastern Olivenhain. In approving the project this past month, the City Council said that the development doesn’t need a full environmental impact report, because it won’t significantly affect the land, including wildlife and a nearby wetland. If the San Diego Superior Court rules that the city must carry out an environmental impact report, the contentious project would once again go before council. With an impact report on the table, Delano said that councilmembers would be more likely to vote against the development. “The true impacts of the project would be revealed,” Delano said. He added that the developers would have to pay for the impact report, not the city. Marco Gonzalez, the attorney for Desert Rose
OCEANSIDE — Former high school teacher James Hayes saw a need for juniors and seniors to get on the job experience before they graduated from high school and went on to work or college. “Graduating students are not prepared for work,” Hayes said. “School is a sheltered environment. Students need
experience or they’ll be held back after they finish their education.” Hayes created YEP (Youth Employment Program) to connect high schools students and businesses seeking interns. The program includes student workshops taught by YEP staff, an online network to connect students and businesses offering internships,and a serv-
ice team that sets internship guidelines and assists with questions. Hayes describes the online platform as the “hub” of the program. “There’s an online platform to ease communication pathways,” he said. An additional online TURN TO INTERNSHIPS ON A17
A sign staked in northeastern Olivenhain at the beginning of the year urges residents to speak out against the “Desert Rose” development at a City Council meeting. The project was ultimately approved by councilmembers in March. After a long battle at the city level, the Desert Rose debate will play out in court. Photo by Jared Whitlock
developers Woodridge Farms Estates, noted that he wasn’t surprised by the legal action. “They’ve threatened this lawsuit all along,” he said. He said that it’s unlikely the court will find that an environmental impact report is required. Yet even if the city is ordered to file an impact report, he said council would still back the development. “This (development) isn’t harmful to the environment,” Gonzalez said. Save Desert Rose and other Olivenhain residents argue that the project will ruin the rural community.
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But at the March council meeting councilmembers said that denying Desert Rose would violate the state’s density-bonus law, leaving the city vulnerable to lawsuits from developers. The project is soon to undergo a multi-month design review process to make sure all aspects of the project comply with city requirements. Tom Curriden, senior planner with the city, said that the lawsuit won’t hold up design review; it would only be delayed upon a court order. It’s not yet known when the issue will be heard in court.
Construction of the Alga Norte Community Park has been underway since summer 2012 and will be completed about the end of this year. The park will include a skate park (seen in front), a swimming complex, playground, ball fields, basketball courts, and a dog park. Photo courtesy of the City of Carlsbad
Staff supports city-run Alga Norte Park By Rachel Stine
CARLSBAD — The city’s Parks and Recreation Commission is recommending that the city operate and maintain the soon-to-be-completed Alga Norte Community Park after three companies proposed operating the park’s amenities at higher costs. “We (the city) have a very good business model on our own, and we’re very comfortable moving forward with our model,” said Director of Parks and Recreation Chris Hazeltine. Located on 32 acres off of Poinsettia Lane and Alicante Road, Alga Norte Park will include a swimming complex, skate park, ball fields, dog park, playground and basketball courts. The park is expected to be completed and open at the end of this year, according to the city. The city requested proposals for potential partners to operate the park’s facilities in the hopes of reducing the park’s cost for the city. Officials
asked for applicants that could also provide park services that would be accessible to the public and at a reasonable cost for patrons. Carlsbad received bids from the Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad, Sportsplex USA, and Waterworks Aquatics, LLC. Sportsplex USA estimated that it would earn about $165,000 from operating the athletic fields and sports park by the fifth year of operation. Waterworks Aquatics, LLC, estimated earning about $108,000 by year five from operating the park’s swimming complex and skate park. A five-year forecast was not provided for the Boys and Girls Club of Carlsbad because the company’s proposal was deemed financially unviable, said Hazeltine. Yet the city’s estimates showed that it could operate the entire park at close to a full cost recovery from revenues earned from renting out the park’s facilities, private lessons, hosting aquatic events and sell-
ing concessions. The city estimates that by the second year, operating the park would cost about $12,000 annually, meaning that about 99 percent of costs would be covered by revenues. The Parks and Recreation Department believes that the benefits of the park will outweigh these yearly costs, said Hazeltine. He said that Carlsbad residents have been requesting more athletic fields, especially a skate park, for years. Furthermore, he said there is a demand for a swimming complex to host major competitions and provide practice pools for local teams. “We’re really excited,” Hazeltine said. “It’s been a huge project for us.” At it’s April 15 meeting, the Parks and Recreation Commission unanimously agreed to recommend that the city operate the park. The matter will come before City Council at its April 30 meeting.
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Homeless count numbers released By Rachel Stine
COAST CITIES — The San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless has released its annual “snapshot” of homelessness in the region to provide baseline data for federal funding and local services. Released on April 16, the report summarizes a point-in-time count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals conducted on Jan. 25 this year by volunteers countywide. The report is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide an estimate of homeless people in the region and to establish a basis for funding. While the count offers a general approximation of homeless individuals, organizers caution against drawing conclusions about the county’s homeless population based on the information, which is subject to any number of variables and limited by available resources. “There’s more (homeless people) than can be counted,” said Filipa Rior, senior director of client services for Community Resource Center, a nonprofit social service agency based in Encinitas. Rior helped facilitate this year’s count in North County. For the single-day count, volunteers walked or drove around the region
and counted the homeless individuals they saw and tallied the numbers staying in shelters. Rior explained that with limited volunteers, it is impossible to find every homeless person in an area as large as North County. The count is especially dif-
individuals reside in cars or tents changed. As such Brett said it is best to view the count as an annual “snapshot” of homelessness in San Diego. Rior said that the count is still valuable if its limitations are considered. “I think it’s a necessary
There’s more (homeless people) than can be counted.” Filipa Rior Community Resource Center
ficult locally because a large number of homeless individuals live in canyons or open space areas, and volunteers are unable to walk through these areas. Furthermore rain on the day of the count made it more difficult for volunteers to spot homeless individuals, Rior said. Dania Brett, a project analyst for the Regional Task Force, said there is no way of accounting for all of the factors that could have influenced this year’s count since it is only conducted on one day out of the entire year. She also noted that the methods of the count do change from year to year, making it difficult to spot trends across the years as well. This year, the count’s estimates for how many
count that needs to be done, even though it’s not 100 percent accurate,” she said. Rior said the count’s estimates are helpful for identifying the homeless services needed in North County. In particular, she said the region is in need of year round shelters as well as more low-income housing and residences designed for single-occupants. This year, Task Force volunteers counted 747 homeless individuals in coastal North County, a little more than 8 percent of the total 8,900 homeless people counted in San Diego County. The vast majority of coastal North County’s homeless individuals live in Oceanside, according to the report.
Cornerstone Wealth Management expands into Rancho Santa Fe; hosts open house RANCHO SANTA FE — Cornerstone Wealth Management, an independent San Diego-based wealth advisory firm, is pleased to announce the opening of its newest office, located in Rancho Santa at 6105 Paseo Delicias, Suite 6-C. Members of the community are invited to an Open House at the Rancho Santa Fe office on either May 7, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., or, May 9, between 4:30 and 8:30 p.m.
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Art, jewelry join for grand reopening RANCHO SANTA FE — Coleen Freeman, owner of Rancho Santa Fe Estate and Fine Jewelry, joined by artist Todd Krasovetz and Steve Brower, his business partner and Rancho Santa Fe resident, hosted the grand reopening of the jewelry store at their new location on Paseo Delicias and the grand opening of artist Todd Krasovetz’ interactive studio and art gallery in Suite G, the jewelry store’s former site. The celebration was in the courtyard behind Rancho Santa Fe Estate and Fine Jewelry, 6024 Paseo Delicias. In celebration of Mother’s Day, a percentage of proceeds from sales throughout the month of May will benefit the “Mommy and Me” program administered by the Armed Services YMCA at Camp Pendleton. Rancho Santa Fe Estate
and Fine Jewelry was established 30 years ago and specializes in a variety of services including the acquisition, consignment and sale of gold, diamonds, watches and all other precious metals and gemstones. The inventory of items for sale is an eclectic selection of new, antique and designer pieces. The store features an onsite Master Jeweler with 30 years’ experience in his trade and is qualified to create a wide variety of custom designs. Other services offered include expert cleaning, re-sizing, jewelry and watch repair, pearl restringing and appraisal capability. Freeman has 25 years’ experience in the jewelry business and in the five years she has owned Rancho Santa Fe Estate and Fine Jewelry, she
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has become a mainstay in the community. American artist Todd Krasovetz was born in Frankfurt, Germany and is known for his contemporary abstract expressionism style of painting. Krasovetz is also recognized for his military artwork; two of his paintings, titled “Wings of Hope” and “Hidden Wings,” that depict Navy corpsmen in action were commissioned for the set of the Lifetime TV show “Army Wives.” The original paintings are on permanent display at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and the Corpsman Field Training Center on base. Krasovetz’s business partner, Steve Brower, is an art aficionado as well as an accomplished pilot who flew as Captain for American Airlines for 25 years and who now flies a private corporate DA10 aircraft.
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OCEANSIDE — Mark you calendar now to salute our military at the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Operation Appreciation from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheater, 300 North The Strand. To celebrate Armed Forces Day, Operation Appreciation gives an opportunity to say “thank you” to active duty military and their families for all their sacrifices. For more information call the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce at (760) 722-1534 or visit OceansideOperationApprec iation.com.
Founded in Rancho Bernardo in 1999 by President and CEO, Chris Meacham, CPA, Cornerstone is a boutique wealth management firm led by formerly practicing CPAs and attorneys. Cornerstone is modeled after what is known as a Family Office. The approach of a Family Office is more comprehensive than the services provided by many investment advisory firms. Family Offices often coordinate all the specialized
From left, Steve Brower admires artwork by Todd Krasovetz’s, joined by Kourtney Krasovetz and Coleen Freeman, owner of owner of Rancho Santa Fe Estate and Fine Jewelry. Krasovetz launched his new studio location alongside Freeman’s grand reopening May 2. Courtesy photo
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San Onofre, Hanford help fuel anti-nuke initiative By Thomas D. Elias
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Support the Army Corps of Engineer’s 50-year beach sand replenishment alternative By Charles Marvin III
On May 8 at 6 p.m., at the Encinitas City Hall, the Encinitas City Council will consider the Army Corps of Engineer’s proposed sand replenishment project for the next 50 years along the Encinitas shoreline. If our council fails to support that 50-year beach nourishment project for our city beaches, we are unlikely to ever have that opportunity again to preserve our beaches. For more than a decade the Army Corps of Engineers has been working with the cities of Encinitas and Solana Beach on a sand replenishment project that would extend for 50 years from 2015 to 2065. To date,the cost of the Army Corps project in actual expenditures and staff time exceeds $8 million. In terms of actual out-of-pocket costs the Army Corps has covered the majority of those expenses to the tune of over $4 million. The state of California has contributed approximately $3 million and the city of Encinitas, approximately $200,000. Following an exhaustive study of all aspects of this project, including its marine, environmental, surf sports and economic impacts, the Army Corps is now seeking the
approval of the Encinitas City Council to move forward with placing this half-century project in the queue for federal funding in the future.The City Council’s approval of the project will not constitute its approval of any specific sand replenishment project, but rather our city’s support of the overall concept for a 50 year plan of Army Corps sand re-nourishment for our beaches. Alternative EN-1A, which the Army Corps is recommending, would include an initial placement of between 680,000 to 730,000 cubicyards of sand on our beaches. That should be compared with the 288,000 cubic-yards of sand deposited by SANDAG at the end of last year on our Encinitas beaches,from our city’s northern boundary through Restaurant Row in Cardiff. Under the Army Corps’ preferred alternative EN-1A, the sand would be replenished every five years for the next 50 years.The Army Corps’ project study indicates that this replenishment cycle would result in 100-foot wide additions to the mean sea level width of our beaches that we are experiencing today. The benefits of this project will
include, but not be limited to, the following: * The program will create wide and beautiful sandy beaches. This will be of great benefit to the residents, visitors and businesses of our wonderful city. * The beach will be accessible and walkable at all times, not just at low tides. * The wider beaches will protect public improvements such as Coast Highway 101 in Cardiff and our various public beach access structures. * Surf breaks should be improved by virtue of restoring a wider shore platform and shifting sand bottom on which waves can break and then peel. Swimming opportunities should also be improved by the wider shallow shore waters. * The enhanced recreational opportunities for our beaches will result in higher revenues for the city. This will be driven by increased busiTURN TO REPLENISHMENT ON A17
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The operators of both the San Onofre Nuclear Power Station and the nuclear waste reservation at Hanford, Wash., could not be doing better if they actually wanted to promote a new prospective ballot initiative aimed at keeping San Onofre offline and also shutting down Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s Diablo Canyon power plant. Together, the two big generating stations produce about 16 percent of California’s electricity when they’re operating at full blast. And Hanford is America’s largest and most contaminated nuclear site. But San Onofre has been shuttered for about 15 months while its operator, the Southern California Edison Co., tries to replace steam generator tubes that degraded much more radically than expected and leaked small amounts of radioactive steam in January of last year. Meanwhile, at Hanford, a radioactive tank leaked through much of February, causing Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to worry publicly about other tanks on the reservation, beside the Columbia River. Nothing could be better for the
Despite all this, passage of the anti-nuclear initiative would be far from certain even if it makes the ballot next year sponsors of the California Nuclear Power initiative that has been circulating since early February. San Onofre, says Santa Cruz resident Ben Davis, the measure’s prime author “has proved our biggest local asset as far as showing that nuclear energy is undesireable. It has helped to keep our drive alive.” Davis’ proposal, aimed for the November 2014 general election ballot, would ban further electricity production at both San Onofre and Diablo Canyon, which features twin 1,100-megawatt reactors set along the coast in San Luis Obispo County. Among other things, the initiative would demand a formal finding from the state Energy Commission that the federal government has approved technology for disposal of high-level nuclear waste “before further electricity production at these plants.” No such technology currently exists, with the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission conducting a decades-long search for secure waste disposal sites and some reactors – like San Onofre and Diablo Canyon – storing waste on-site. For nuclear opponents, the Hanford leak demonstrates the unreliability of current waste disposal and storage methods. So far, the anti-nuclear initiative has little financing, causing Davis to suggest that at some point
he may scrub the current petition campaign and re-submit a similar initiative in order to stretch out the current July 8 deadline for gathering the 504,760 voter signatures needed to place this measure on the ballot. Even if it gets to the ballot, there is no guarantee this measure will pass.A similar effort in 1975 lost by a large margin, even though it came less than two years after exposure of vast cost overruns at Diablo Canyon, caused in part by a “mirror image” problem – some key reactor components were essentially installed backwards, causing delays until 1985 for the first power from the plant. Even though the 1975 proposition lost, state legislators the next year slapped a moratorium on new nuclear plants, one that still stands. The current measure also faces some problems with the description the state’s non-partisan legislative analyst hung on it: “Potentially major impacts on state and local finances…in the form of decreased revenues and increased costs due to near-term disruptions in the state’s electricity system and electricity price increases.” No actual price tag was placed on this. Negative as that description may be, it’s still better than what the analyst said about an abortive similar measure proposed two years ago. At that time, the analyst’s description promised immediate rolling blackouts with billions of dollars in economic consequences if the measure passed. That was changed, though, after Davis and other backers cited a state Public Utilities Commission c h a r t (http://sanonofresafety.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/excessenergywonukechart2.pdf) indicating California would have excess power until 2020 even without its two nuclear plants. Things definitely worked out that way last summer as San Onofre was shut down through the summer season, when power use is heaviest, and there were no brownouts. Says the California Nuclear Initiative website, “The emergency actions taken by the state (during last year’s San Onofre shutdown) have led the California Independent System Operator to predict the state will enjoy a comfortable, blackoutfree summer in 2013 (without San Onofre’s two units) and that the potential for blackouts will lessen in the future.” Despite all this, passage of the anti-nuclear initiative would be far from certain even if it makes the ballot next year in this very environmentally conscious state.As in 1975, the national nuclear industry would pour massive funds into a “no” campaign, using the legislative analyst’s pessimistic description to stir fears. The central question in such a campaign would be one of fear, with trepidation about possible blackouts pitted against worries about a possible California version of Japan’s March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi disaster and its still-ongoing consequences.
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Grateful Marine says thanks to newfound friend with flag CARLSBAD — Just after lunchtime on April 21, Camp Pendleton Marine Capt. Nick Murchison, just back from Afghanistan, surprised local restaurant owner Bob Sliwa with the gift of an American flag that had been flown over Murchison’s bunker in Afganistan. Sliwa is the owner of Bobby’s Hideaway Café, 4901 El Camino Real in Carlsbad. He met Murchison just before he shipped out, when he brought his family in for a meal. Upon finding out that Murchison was active military and on his way to deploy, Sliwa came out to the dining room, sat with the family and bought the them dinner that night. In return for Sliwa’s kindness and support, Murchison acquired the special flag before he shipped home and made the presentation before an appreciative crowd of both retired and active military including another young Marine getting ready to deploy to Afghanistan. Bobby’s Hideaway Café is a regular gathering place for many military including a group of World War II vets who meet there monthly. At the presentation, Murchison, in dress uniform,
Marine Capt. Nick Murchison, just back from Afghanistan, shared his thanks and friendship to Carlsbad’s Bobby’s Hideaway Café owner Bob Sliwa, surprising him with an American flag that had flown over Murchison’s bunker in Afganistan. Photo by Gail Owens
gave a moving speech and presented the flag to Sliwa. “Nick told the crowd that with all the things in the news right now, that “this is what we fight for ... community ... coming home to people who care about us ... bonding,” photographer Gail Owens said. “Bob, who is usually so strong for everyone, was so struck with emotion, he had to walk away
for a minute so that he could come back and finish thanking everyone. The whole room was crying. The moment could not have been more perfect.” Trish Rodriguez, manager of Bobby’s Hideaway Café, said, “He has such a big heart for the military and has never taken down the “God Bless Our Troops” sign from in front of the restaurant.”
Council approves letters on I-5 project By Bianca Kaplanek
DEL MAR — Council members approved two letters at the April 15 meeting stating their positions on the Interstate 5 widening project and nominees to the California Coastal Commission. Commenting on the Transportation Enhancement Resource Program for the North Coast Corridor Project, the letter to the Department of Transportation acknowledges appreciation for changes to the plan, but details 14 additional areas of concern. They include the impact on nearby homes and businesses that will result from an increase in the elevation of the proposed replacement train bridge over the San Dieguito Lagoon. There are also concerns the proposed double-tracking realignment will move the tracks closer to a residential neighborhood in the city. Del Mar officials are also asking for more detailed plans for the Via de la Valle undercrossing to ensure improvements there will accommodate vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian flows. There is also a need for more in-depth analysis to ensure the interchange and surrounding roads can accommodate peak traffic, the letter states. City officials also ask for a more in-depth study addressing the impacts the freeway expansion will have on roads in Del Mar. There are also concerns about impacts to the San Dieguito Lagoon. The proposed project from Caltrans and the federal Highway Administration is designed to ease traffic along
a 27-mile segment of I-5 from La Jolla to Oceanside. It includes expanding the number of freeway lanes, designating additional carpool lanes and rail, bicycle and pedestrian improvements. In a letter to John Perez, speaker of the Assembly, Mayor Terry Sinnott, on behalf of City Council, supported the nomination of Supervisor Dave Roberts and Oceanside City Councilwoman Esther Sanchez to the California Coastal Commission. The CCC is an independent, quasi-judicial state agency made up of 12 voting members appointed equally by the governor, Senate Rules Committee and speaker of the Assembly. Six commissioners are locally elected officials and six are appointed from the public at large. The CCC’s mission is to protect, conserve, restore and enhance environmental and human-based resources of the California coast and ocean for environmentally sustainable and prudent use by current and future generations. It was established by voter initiative in 1972 and made permanent through adoption of the California Coastal Act of 1976. The Coastal Commission,
in partnership with coastal cities and counties, plans and regulates the use of land and water in the coastal zone. Sanchez currently serves on the commission. Her term expires in May. Roberts served eight years on the Solana Beach City Council before his recent election to the Board of Supervisors. Del Mar council members approved the letter April 15, but it had already been sent to Sacramento.
Oceanside senior Greg Smith boards a taxi driven by Donnie Aldridge. Aldridge said the taxi script program gives seniors more freedom. Photo by Promise Yee
Funds, grant extend senior program By Promise Yee
OCEANSIDE — The Solutions for Seniors on the Go program will continue for another three years thanks to matching funds and in-kind volunteer services awarded by City Council to the Caltrans New Freedom Grant on April 17. A total of $437,800 — $260,300 in funds and $181,509 in in-kind volunteer services — will help support senior taxi script, shuttle service and volunteer drivers for fiscal years 2014 to 2017. “In 2014-2015 we are not going to be getting a grant from SANDAG,” Margery Pierce, neighborhood services director, said. “We are applying for a Caltrans grant for the same program.” The Solutions for
Seniors on the Go transportation assistance program is currently available to Oceanside seniors age 65 and older who no longer drive. The program gives seniors the option to buy taxi script at $7 for $20 worth of taxi fare, or arrange shuttle service in advance at $5 a ride, or call a volunteer driver at no charge. Each service provides door-todoor transportation. “They can choose which option works best for them,” Janet Grate, city program specialist, said. Discounted taxi script is honored by Yellow Cab and 24-7 Taxi Cab companies. Shuttle service is provided by American Logistics. Volunteer drivers are recruited by the city and
reimbursed for their mileage. Their service is usually requested by seniors age 85 and over who need extra help getting in and out of vehicles and do not have a caregiver or family that lives close by. “The volunteer drivers are my favorite part of the program and the most satisfying,” Grate said. “They provide one-on-one contact that develops into friendships. They offer more than transportation. It’s a really rewarding part of program. The seniors are so thankful.” The current program serves 1,200 seniors and provides 800 rides a month. If grant funds are not awarded the program will be reduced to taxi script sales and volunteer drivers in 2014-15 and then be discontinued.
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It was a mission from God David Ogul
recently spent several days in rural Maryland with a group of men and women from around the country who are doing what they can to save Judaism. The facts are startling. While barely more than 1 of every 10 Jews who got hitched before 1970 was in an interfaith marriage, that number skyrocketed to nearly 5 of every 10 Jews who married between 1996 and 2001, according to the National Jewish Population Survey. Because children of interfaith marriages are far less likely to be raised Jewish, and because the number of American Jews is steadily declining, congregations are looking at what they can do to address the changing demographics. Which is what led me to spend several days at a Baltimore County retreat sponsored by the Keruv Initiative, an effort aimed at embracing those in interfaith marriages so that the Jewish partner, with a supporting spouse, remains committed to being a faithful Member of the Tribe. Like many of those at the Maryland conference, I have first-hand experience in the developments affecting American Jewry. I’m an active member at a Conservative Jewish congregation in San Diego. My wife is an active parishioner at a Catholic church nearby. But despite the religious differences, the
folks at my congregation have warmly welcomed my wife for years. They wish her the best on Christmas and Easter. They invite her to dinner or to the movies on a regular basis. They see her as a member of the family, even though she has no intention of converting and remains committed to Christ. Largely because of that support, we’ve remained loyal members of the shul. Largely because of that support, my wife backed the conversion of our daughter, who last year became a bat mitzvah. At too many temples, however, those in mixed marriages face congregants and policies precluding the non-Jewish spouse from taking part in various life-cycle events. Some synagogues won’t even allow for birth announcements in their newsletters if it involves a mixed marriage. Sadly, there is little chance the offspring from such unions would want to carry on in the Jewish tradition. Sadly, there is little chance the Jewish spouse would want to remain tied to a faith that tolerates such insensitive leadership. The Keruv Initiative, a project launched more than a decade ago by the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, can point to plenty of success stories. “I know of a number of cases where a local rabbi meets in a tavern monthly with a group of supportive non-Jewish male spouses,” Rabbi Charles Simon, a leader in the Keruv Initiative, wrote TURN TO MISSION ON A17
Fitness instructor brings new beat to the cardio fitness industry By Lillian Cox
ENCINITAS — For 12 years Jen Dagati has been on the cutting edge of cardio fitness drumming, training instructors across the United States and Canada in techniques she developed that benefit children, adults and seniors as well as those with ADD, Down syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Shortly after relocating to Carlsbad last year, Dagati was featured by The New York Times and CNN. Two months ago she decided to introduce Drumming Fit to North County residents beginning at the Encinitas Senior Center. She believed so much in the benefits of the program that she purchased the equipment herself. That includes stability balls, which are used as drums, baskets to hold the balls and the drumsticks. “The first session was small and intimate, and each class has grown since then,” she said. “The majority of seniors hadn’t participated in an aerobics program before. They noticed right away that they were breathing harder, sweating and that their heart rate was up. It also gave them a sense of balance.” To break the ice, she instructed students to drum while announcing their name, age and other personal information. Enthusiasm for the new program was reflected in the fact that students returned the following week. “By forming this tight, social group, fitness adherence is extremely strong,” she said. “Students look for-
Jen Dagati, who teaches Drumming Fit through the Encinitas Senior Center, was featured by The New York Times and CNN late last year. Eventually she hopes to use her technique to help veterans with PTSD. Dagati is able to teach cardio fitness drumming despite the fact that she was born without a right hand. Courtesy photo
ward to coming back because they know they have a group of friends. It’s such a beautiful thing — people come in and shake hands and hug.” Dagati explains that Drumming Fit works because it taps into a primal instinct
that begins in the womb when a fetus first hears the heartbeat of the mother. She describes it as a common language people share that can transform the meekest person into someone who is empowered. Music selection, which she tailors to each group, can bring about additional benefits as she found when she chose the Big Band Music of Glenn Miller for a drumming class at an Alzheimer’s unit. “The music seemed to make a strong impression on them and they came to life remembering where they first heard it,” she explained. “Some sat and played the drums to the music. Some drummed and sang because they could remember the words. Others chose not to drum and instead stood up and danced. It brought them back to a very happy time in their lives and brought tears to my eyes.” Dagati says cardio fitness drumming is also effective in treating obesity as students can start the class by sitting in a chair. As they make lifestyle changes, such as improving their diet, students gain endurance and eventually stand, and move around, burning more calories. “A 300-pound woman in a chair came to a point where she finally had to stand up because she felt like she was missing out on something,” she added. “Now she’s standing and moving, and all of a
sudden it comes together. It’s not a piece of cake, but (obese) students want to do it again. I think this is a population that really needs us and would love us.” Dagati has been a certified personal trainer and a group fitness trainer for 30 years. What some might find amazing is that she became a drumming guru despite the fact that she was born without a right hand. “I was at a fitness conference in Chicago in 2001 when I first saw cardio fitness drumming,” she explained. “I used a strap that I had adapted for lifting weights and strapped it around the drumstick. I didn’t think anything about it. I just did it.” Dagati is looking forward to making the program available to a wider population through the Encinitas Community Center. She has also set a personal goal of introducing cardio fitness drumming in the treatment of veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. “Jen is upbeat, creative and very energetic with a passion for teaching the innovative program Drumming Fit,” said Nancy Roherty, recreation supervisor, City of Encinitas Senior Center. “The class is noncompetitive and nonthreatening. It provides physical and mental benefits while having fun.” For more information, visit drumbeatuniversity.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Officer McWilson gives a high five to an Oceanside youth at a community event. COPS grant funds help pay for school resource officers and gang and violent crime suppression detail. Photo by Promise Yee
Grant funds will buy policing, security cameras By Promise Yee
OCEANSIDE — The Oceanside Police Department was awarded $272,000 in Citizens’ Option for Public Safety, or COPS, grant funds that City Council approved receiving April 17. These noncompetitive state grant funds are awarded to California cities based on their population. Like most government funds, COPS grant dollar amounts have declined over the past few years. Still, funds received make a positive impact by paying for additional community policing and purchasing essential equipment. The grant money is doled out in quarterly payments with the final amount subject to adjustment based in part on state
We rely on the grant to helpfund a major portion of the salary of one three resource officers.” Fred Armijo Oceanside Police Captain
revenue from vehicle funds. Last year the city was initially awarded $300,000, but the final amount was reduced to about $272,000. As a result a couple of projects listed on last year’s grant application could not be funded. The city has already received its first grant payment this fiscal year, but Police Capt. Fred Armijo said the department would not spend promised grant money before it is received. “There is a history of adjustments,” Armijo said. “I wouldn’t be shocked if we got a reduction this year.” Initial funds will be used to help pay for school resource officers and gang and violent crime suppression detail. Beyond resource officers and extra detail, equip-
ment for one project at a time will be funded. On the list are field evidence cameras, anticrime and graffiti cameras, and police canine equipment. “We rely on the grant to help fund a major portion of the salary of one of
three resource officers,” Armijo said. “It’s a big chunk of money to help support the program. It also gives us more flexibility to help purchase equipment to do our job efficiently and benefit the city.” Armijo added the
police chief would make the final decision on what gets funded and what is dropped from the grant request list if funding falls short. “There’s always other ideas out there and a limited amount of funds,” Armijo said.
RANCHO SANTA FE — Last year, 20 available orphan puppies (bearing the names of contending Derby Horses) went noseto-nose at Helen Woodward Animal Center’s KenBarky Derby Event. The adorable spectacle, which lured pups from “the starting gates” to the finish line with roseshaped dog biscuits, ultimately aimed to end each “race” in the arms of a loving family by showing off unique and playful puppy personalities. The Ken-Barky Derby returns May 3 to the Center Paddocks Arena at 11 a.m. post time. The public is invited to don their finest spectator hats and root for their favorite at this “Run with the Noses” competition. Each adopter of a KenBarky Derby Puppy will be automatically entered to win a Ken-Barky Derby, rose-themed gift basket and a “gold cup” dog bowl. See the “Run with the Noses” competitors on
Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Facebook page and share your favorite with your friends. If you would like to attend the race, are interested in adopting, would like to make a donation, or would like more information, please contact PR Manager Jessica Gercke at Helen Woodward Animal Center at (858) 756-4117, ext. 335, visit animalcenter.org or stop by 6461 El Apajo Road. Last year, center staff was delighted to see some attendees in home-made pet-themed spectator hats. “One lady had dog treats hanging from her brim,” said Customer Service Lead Shannon Bush. “She easily became the most popular spectator in the arena. The puppies followed her everywhere.” This year, Helen Woodward Animal Center invites attendees to create their own hat with a Best Hat Award going to the most creative chapeau.
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Faces of Surfing exhibit opens at Encinitas Library By Lillian Cox
ENCINITAS — If Letty Nowak’s father was still alive, he’d be proud and maybe just a bit envious of his daughter. Walter John Nowak loved the surf culture so much that he owned several surf shops around the Great Lakes region of Michigan — even though there wasn’t much surfing. He modeled his stores after the original Banana Republic stores, but with a beach theme. “He sold the surfing lifestyle,” Nowak explained. “Beginning in 1984, half the store was bikinis. “He was also known for the lost art of sign painting, and did silk screening as well. He introduced me to the basics of line, form, composition and color at an early age, and never let me take art lessons because he didn’t want me to be influenced by anyone other than myself.” Nowak enrolled as a merchandising student at Michigan State in the late 1990s. When her dad passed away after her freshman year, she changed her major to painting and graphic design. There, she found a love for what she describes as “the intensity of painting faces.” After graduating in 2001, she picked up where her father left off by fulfilling her own fantasy of living in a resort town and moving to Key West. She only had $50 in her pocket. “The first four months I waited tables, then began showing my portraits,” she recalled.“A gallery owner said,
Letty Nowak’s The Faces of Surfing series is on exhibit at the Encinitas Library through June 3. The public is invited to an artist’s reception from 6-8 p.m., Fri., May 3. Photo by Lillian Cox
‘Maybe you should paint locals.’ After a week, I started painting full time.” That body of work became her Faces of Key West series. Like her dad, Nowak paints on a large scale using 4to 5-foot canvases to create oversized oil portraits, each comprised of hundreds of individual, one-inch squares. “I see my portraits as abstract pieces of blocks of color that come together to create the recognizable image of a face,” she said.“I work to make each piece more about the actual painting through my marks and color even more than the subject I am portraying. This is an intriguing challenge to me — especially when painting recognizable people.”
A portrait of Rob Machado of Cardiff is featured in Letty Nowak’s The Faces of Surfing series on exhibit at the Encinitas Library through June 3. Photo by Letty Nowak
In 2005, Nowak began working part-time on a new Faces of Surfing series. In January 2011, she committed herself completely to the project after being inspired by an article written by artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel in The Surfer’s Journal. “I had a lease for a studio
in La Jolla in my hand when I picked up the article,” she said. “It was at that point that I decided to sign the lease and start painting on Faces of Surfing full-time.” A fortuitous encounter with Bob Hurley on the island of Tavarua, Fuji led to the debut of her Faces of Surfing
show at Hurley's Campus in Costa Mesa at the Town Hall Gallery later in 2011. Today, the series has grown to include surf icons such as Debbie Beacham of La Jolla, Skip Frye of San Diego, Rob Machado of Cardiff as well as Paul Naude of Billabong and Bob McKnight of Quiksilver
and Hurley. When the Faces of Surfing exhibit opened at the Encinitas Library on April 17, Nowak unveiled the first two of the second part of the series featuring Encinitas’ own Maya Gabeira and musician Donavon Frankenreiter.The show continues through June 3. “Letty Nowak’s Faces of Surfing exhibit includes paintings that are more than 5 feet tall,” said Jim Gilliam, arts administrator for the city of Encinitas. “It’s a monumental installation in the Community Room and looks terrific. Her portraits of local surfers are especially appealing. National Geographic listed Cardiff as one of the top five surf destinations in the world, and Letty’s exhibit builds on that success.” Her work is also featured in private collections throughout the world and has been exhibited in galleries in New York City, Montauk (NY), Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa and Key West. Each month, Nowak divides her time, painting and surfing, by spending three weeks at her home in La Jolla and a week in Key West. The public is invited to an artist’s reception from 6 to 8 p.m. May 3 at the Encinitas Library located at 540 Cornish Drive in Encinitas. Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. and also by appointment. For more information, visit lettynowak.com.
Health care is booming in Mexico JOE MORIS Baby Boomer Peace This is a continuation of my previous article where I espoused the positive aspects of considering Mexican healthcare, specifically with the growing Amerimed Centers being built throughout Mexican retirement communities such as Cabo, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta. The only reason a lot of retirees who have visited Mexico and would love to buy a second — or even a primary residence — there but don’t is because America’s health care is so good and they’ve heard all the horror stories of Mexico. In my last column I dispelled some of that. Carlos Slim, the world’s richest man, currently has up to 10 new hospitals under construction or built in the areas of Mexico where Americans would like to retire if they could. These hospitals are built to U.S. standards and provide exceptional medical care for 20 to 25 percent of the cost of American medical care. And, there is no waiting for specialists. Instead of waiting weeks or months to see one here, you can walk in and see one in 15 minutes there. Also, Americans can buy ocean front condos for as little as $75,000 American and have a $500 a month overhead. That sure stretches those Social Security dollars. The second part to the story is the fact Mexico could be primed to be the next China. Mexico has the work force and the natural resources. In addition, now that Enrique Peña Nieto is president, there is someone in charge who the narco violence crowd respects. Since Nieto’s election in 2012, violence has declined by 90 percent. Have you heard much about the violence in Mexico in the last nine months? No. For what it’s worth, legally or illegally, more Mexicans are leaving America than are coming in. This has been happening since 2011. There is a good reason for that. The following is a partial list of companies that are expanding their existing plants or building new plants in Mexico. Some are now open and for the last two years have been hiring and training new workers of whom many are Mexicans returning from the U.S. with advanced skills. Some huge companies such as Audi; Nissan; GM, with 22 plants in Mexico, some of which have been built with money our government lavished on them to be used to hire American workers instead; Ford; Volkswagen; Honda; Fiat (Chrysler); Mazda; Rubenius from Dubai who announced in 2010 they will spend $4 billion American dollars on a plant that will make NAS batteries in Mexicali; Maytag; and Daimler’s
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Industrial Division FT2 truck assembly plant, which is now open with more than 3,000 new hires alone, have built plants in Mexico recently. IBM produces more than 5 million computers a year in a new plant in Monterrey. An electronic manufacturer from Florida increased its employment in Guadalajara alone to 8,000 employees. Sarkozy has been making helicopters in Queretaro for three years now. Skyworks from Massachusetts recently moved to Mexico. They make
semiconductors. Bombardier started making airplanes in Mexico in 2010. Bombardier is the world’s third largest aircraft maker. China’s Geely Company, now owner of Volvo, is building a huge new plant in the state of Durango. Ford sold Volvo to this Chinese company in 2010. You can see there is a move to Mexico by companies that might have otherwise chosen China, India or anywhere other than Mexico. I think that will continue. We TURN TO BABY BOOMER ON A17
ART IN THE PINES The Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Docent Society and Torrey Pines Association present the fourth annual Art in the Pines to be held May 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and May 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Festival is free and open to all and will be held at the Reserve just south of the Lodge. Plein air painters will paint during April and the first week of May to compete for cash prizes. For more information call (858) 7552063, or visit artinthepines.org Courtesy photo
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Vista’s microbreweries adding to county’s booming beer scene By Jared Whitlock
Vista — What’s on tap for craft breweries in Vista? The simple answer: Growth. Take Iron Fist brewery, arguably the heart of Vista’s booming craft beer industry. Since opening its doors in 2010, Iron Fist doubled the size of its tasting room and upped production three-fold by installing extra fermenters. And the brewery, known for Belgian-style ales, has plans to takeover more space. “Around San Diego and even abroad, more people seem to be talking about what Vista breweries bring to the table,” said Brandon Sieminski, who brews and runs Iron Fist with his family. With the word getting out, Vista is playing a greater role in the county’s renowned craft beer scene. Craft breweries and brewpubs generated nearly $300 million in economic activity in 2011 — more than one-and-a-half times greater than Comic-Con, according to an independent study released on Monday from the National University System Institute for Policy Research. The study identifies three areas where craft breweries are clustered in the county: North Park, Mira Mesa and an area covering Vista, Carlsbad and Escondido. Of those three North County cities,Vista has the most breweries. The study notes that in the last few years, the number of craft breweries in the county has doubled. But Vista craft breweries have cropped up at even greater rate — from two
Brandon Sieminski, left, holds Iron Fist Brewery’s renegade blond and his dad, Greg, grips a Belgian Dubbel. The Sieminskis operate Iron Fist, one of the craft breweries responsible for Vista’s rapidly expanding beer scene. Photo by Jared Whitlock
in 2010 to nine presently, according to data from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. So why have brewers flocked to Vista? Sieminski, who began brewing at home and was only 21 years old when Iron Fist started, said that the brewery considered setting up shop in other North County cities. But they ultimately decided to call Vista home because the rent is cheaper. Also, Iron Fist’s liquor license already limits its hours of operation, and neighboring cities would
have forced the brewery to close its tasting room even earlier. Sieminski noted the city’s policy on food trucks has been another plus. Last year, Vista loosened its rules on food trucks, giving mobile vehicles the go-ahead to freely park at the craft breweries. Indeed, a food truck was stationed outside Iron Fist on a Wednesday afternoon awaiting hungry customers. “We can’t serve food with our license, and we’d rather focus on beer anyway, so it
was a win-win for both of us,” Sieminski said. He added that the food trucks, which have strong online followings, bring more customers to the brewery. People are also more inclined to stay longer with food options readily available. The city has been willing to bend on other restrictions. After hearing from the businesses, last year it approved live music at most of the breweries. On top of the business friendly rules in Vista, Kameron Khannakh, a brew-
er with Mother Earth Brewing Company, said that there’s a real camaraderie among the craft brewers in the area. “It’s kind of the little guys coming together to take on the bigger guys,” Khannakh said, referring to beer giants like AnheuserBusch. He noted that all the local craft brewers banded together to form the Vista Brewers Guild. They meet once a month to discuss ways to promote Vista breweries and to keep a good working relationship with the city. “There’s a spirit of what’s good for one is good for all of us,” Khannakh said. “We all want more people drinking Vista beer.” There’s another likely reason Vista is a hotbed for brewers: redevelopment. Vince Vasquez, who helped author National University System’s study on craft beer, said that more than half of the county’s breweries are located in redevelopment areas. In the past, redevelopment agencies fixed up blighted areas with tax dollars. But the state dissolved the agencies last year. Vista’s business park, which hosts half of the city’s breweries, previously moved forward thanks to redevelopment dollars. He noted that the Vista craft brewing industry supports an estimated 80 jobs. Vasquez said that the county’s craft beer industry is doing a lot of things right. But it should try and bring in more so-called beer tourists to San Diego and Vista, he said.
Cities across the nation are aggressively stepping up their marketing campaigns to attract beer aficionados. North Carolina, for example, completed a survey of its average beer tourist to better reach them. Vasquez recommended that craft brewers in Vista and the county coordinate with tourism officials to come up with ways to tap into outside markets. “More cities all over the country are trying to woo craft beer fans,”Vasquez said. “San Diego has to compete.” Bret Schanzenbac, CEO of the Vista Chamber of Commerce, said that the chamber includes brewing businesses in its local festivals whenever possible. And it will feature them in tourism brochures it’s working on right now. But he agreed that there’s certainly room for more marketing. “We want to do everything to encourage this industry,” Schanzenbac said. “They’ve reinvigorated an area.” Back at Iron Fist, married couple Ben and Megan Fry noted it was their second time at the brewery. Based on their experience, they’re interested in checking out more Vista breweries. “We’re creatures of habit — we keep coming back to the places we like,” Megan said. “We like Iron First right now, but we definitely want to explore the area. “We’ve been hearing more about all the other places around here,” she added.
The occasional indulgence, Street Fair eating experience DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate For those who subscribe to the 80-20 eating guideline of keeping it healthy most of the time and allowing for occasional indulgence, street
fairs are a perfect place to let loose. With the Encinitas Street Fair being held this past weekend, I took a few hours to walk it and see what was new and do a bit of eating. I am almost instinctively drawn to the sausage vendors first. There is something about a booth called The Sausage King with and an oversized grilled bratwurst
loaded with grilled onions and peppers with yellow mustard that does it for me. The sausage vendors usually have a variety of offerings that include Polish sausage, smoked sausage, Philly Cheesesteaks, kabobs and falafel. There is always a line at these vendors which speaks to their popularity. Next to my go-to sausage vendor this year was a new, or
new-to-me anyway, fried chicken truck that served up four nice size pieces of crispy chicken for a very reasonable $7 and an ear of corn that was unexpectedly sweet and crisp. Our 12-inch bratwurst, four pieces of chicken, corn and some fresh squeezed lemonade made for a nice lunch that we ate on a grassy patch while enjoying the parade of humanity that makes people watching at a street fair so enjoyable. Sticking to the savory side of things, I noticed the sustainable, farm-to-table folks have worked their way into the street fair mix. That was just a matter of time and I’m sure they have their audience and it’s good to have that available, however it’s not why I’m going to the street fair. The folks grilling up the tri-tip are always slammed as well and have the added advantage of the aroma of grilled meat wafting through the streets to lure people in. Tri-tip was a term I was not familiar with until I moved to California as the name originated here. The tri-tip is a cut of beef from the bottom sirloin and usually weighs in at 1.5 to 2.5 pounds. In the U.S. this cut was typically used for ground
An oversized sausage, fried chicken, and sweet corn make for a nice street faire meal. Photo by David Boylan
beef or sliced into steaks until the late 1950s, when Otto Schaefer marketed it in Oakland, Calif. Shortly thereafter, it became a local specialty in Santa Maria, rubbed with salt, pepper, garlic salt and other seasonings, grilled slow and low over red oak wood, the term Santa Maria style BBQ was derived from their style of cooking tri-tip. After cooking, the meat is normally sliced across the grain before serving. I’ve mentioned it before in a column about Seaside Market as
they have created their own unique marinade and it’s been coined “Cardiff Crack” as a result of its addictive nature. Now that we have that brief history of tri-tip, you can imagine why it’s so popular at a street fair. Another savory offering is the Ono Grinds Hawaiian BBQ that features kalua pig, huli huli chicken and various other island quick treats. They were right next to Fat Boyz Pizza, and another new TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON A17
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New wines and summer concerts uncorked in Temecula FRANK MANGIO
Taste of Wine The sun shines brightly in Temecula this time of year. My emails are full of good news from the 35-plus wineries, offering big names, big bites and big vintage wines. It’s the new world version of the sound of music in the vines. Nobody does it better than Thornton Winery, producing 20 Champagne Jazz concerts from May 4 through Oct. 20. It’s Thornton’s 25th season of presenting leading jazz headliners that draw from all over to enjoy the brightest stars like: Peter White, Michael McDonald, Dave Koz, Mindi Abair, Kenny G, George Benson and many more. One thing always stands out with Thornton concerts. These events are well attended by concertgoers who love the music and appreciate that these musician, who could be playing in large arenas commanding many more dollars, choose to return to Temecula year after year. I have spoken to many who love playing this venue. The sound system is flawless. Chairs for general seating are set up so that every seat is a good seat, and those who buy dinner tables have an intimate club atmosphere as they enjoy the music, sip their wine and savor a full menu of gourmet food. For artist dates, times and Champagne Jazz tickets,
ing artist, will play June 9 at 4:30 p.m. Ronnie Laws, formerly with Earth, Wind and Fire, will play July 20 at 7 p.m. The top tier VIP concert tickets include a winery tour, a meet-and-greet with the artist, wine reception and prime seating. Concert producer Joel Reese is encouraging guests to bring a musical instrument of any kind to donate to the Our Nicholas Foundation. Leoness Cellars concerts are outdoors on the vineyard lawn. It has an outdoor restaurant for food service. Diane Schuur, two-time Grammy For concert pricing and other award winner and performer at the information, call (951) 302-
White House and Carnegie Hall, will open the Leoness Cellars Jazz concert series. Photo courtesy of Diane Schuur
visit thorntonwine.com. Proving that there is always room for another great jazz concert series for another great winery, Leonesse Cellars, in the DePortola Trail district of Temecula Wine Country, introduces its “Friends and Wine” lineup beginning May though August, hosted by Jazz and R&B great Ronnie Laws. The concert will kickoff on Mother’s Day, May 12, with a performance by the “First Lady of Jazz,” two-time Grammy winner Diane Schuur at 4:30 p.m. The series of three concerts will benefit Our Nicholas Foundation, supporting music therapy for students with autism, and placement of musical instruments in local Temecula Valley schools. Following the opening concert, Joe Sample, pioneer of contemporary jazz piano and a platinum selling record-
Thornton Winery is the Temecula venue for top-drawer jazz concerts as the season starts May 4. Photo by courtesy of Thornton Winery
7601, ext. 150 or visit leonesscellars.com. Most Temecula Wine country wineries are making a concerted effort to offer jazz and other types of music on the weekend as a free accompaniment in the tasting rooms and outdoor lawn areas, so as you cruise around, enjoy the sound of wine. It’s music for the palate.
Wine Bytes The Junior League of San Diego has a Food and Wine Festival at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, May 4 from 2 to 6 p.m. More than 50 restaurants and beverage compa-
nies will participate. Cost is $75; with VIP perks for $125. Ticket information is available by calling (858) 869-5771. A Night at the Mission Wine Tasting is happening at Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, May 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. Sample international wine selections from Schlossadler, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Tickets $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Call (760) 213-5622. Firefly Grill and Wine Bar in Encinitas is offering a Justin Wine Dinner May 9 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Justin is a top wine selection from Paso
Robles. Cost is $65. Make an RSVP at (760) 635-1066. Speaking of Paso Robles, this wine country is presenting its annual Wine Festival, with 60-plus wineries planning to pour in the downtown city park May 17 through May 19. Times and prices vary, so check out the web site at pasowine.com. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. His library can be viewed at www.tasteofwinetv.com. (Average Google certified 900 visits per day) He is one of the top five wine commentators on the Web. Reach him at email@example.com.
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O’side resident’s film hits the big screens Imagination at play in illustrations
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OCEANSIDE — As far as productions go, filmmaker Rocky Powell has worked with budgets twice as large and shooting schedules lasting only days long. He’s filmed presidents, worked with well-known actors and has directed numerous nationally-aired TV commercials for high-profile companies. But for Powell, 58, the experience of making his first feature film absolutely ranks at the top, he said. The part-time Oceanside resident, who splits his time residing in Texas with his wife, grew up in Pasadena, but spent much of his youth in Oceanside during the summers and on weekends. On Friday, his film, “Language of a Broken Heart,” opens in Oceanside at the Regal Cinemas Stadium 16; though he won’t be there to see it, he’ll be in Washington, D.C. filming a public service announcement with Chelsea Clinton. Still, having the film open in the city that is his second home and is close to his heart, it was “huge” for him, he said. “It means a lot to me to be in that town and have it in the city,” he said. From a start as a photographer shooting mostly fashion and advertising work, Powell forayed into TV commercials (something he’s done for 20 years now) before beginning work on his first feature film about three years ago. The project began when a high school friend of Powell’s approached him, asking if he’d direct his son’s script. The man’s son, Juddy Talt, had graduated from USC, and as an actor, opted to break into the film industry a different way than most other actors. Instead of lining up for casting calls, Talt wrote a screenplay as a vehicle to star in. The project they began working on was originally a road trip-style film, but the expenses of such a film extended beyond what they
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Part-time Oceanside resident Rocky Powell’s “Language of a Broken Heart,” is his first feature film, and has started showing in theaters around the country. The film, a romantic comedy, will open Friday at the Regal Oceanside Stadium 16 for an exclusive one-week run. Courtesy photo
had to work with, and so Talt began work on another screenplay — this one, a romantic comedy about a break up. “Language of a Broken Heart” is about a best-selling romance novelist (Talt) who, after the collapse of his engagement, returns home to live with his mother, played by Julie White (Transformers) and who works on renewing his relationships with the help of a quirky, bookseller played by Kate French (The L Word). “It’s about losing love and never really being able to find it because most of the time you’re looking too hard,” Powell said. “I think all of us can say we’ve been in a sub-par relationship at some point in our lives, and this guy just keeps on repeating the mistakes until he finally, hopefully, makes the right decisions,” Powell said. Some of the pre-production of the film was done at Powell’s Oceanside home, where in between storyboarding the film and writing, they’d do some surfing, drink some beers and then do so more writing and more storyboarding. “We came out to really get away from our lives at
home so we could really concentrate on finishing up the film before we started shooting,” Powell said. They wrapped the production in 2011 and took it to festivals where it received the award for best picture in the California Independent Film Festival and the audience award at the San Luis Obispo Film Festival. Since being released in March, the film has been held over in Chicago, Denver, New York, Dallas, and Austin, and has grossed $34,945, according to Box Office Mojo. Powell has admitted to reading only one review since the film was released — the review, he said, was “glowing” about the film. But from then on, he’s decided that he won’t read any more critics’ reviews, because he said, it doesn’t matter. “You have to believe in yourself and go forward, and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something; that’s the main thing to believe. If we’d done that, this film never would have gotten made, as well as, I’m sure, thousands of other independent films.” They’ve even earned a short, what he called a “fair” review (which he didn’t read), in the New York Times, which is unheard of, Powell said.
With a miniscule budget, (Powell said “Silver Linings Playbook” was made for $21 million, and “you could make 45 of our films within that budget) they’ve had to hit the streets and take to social media to help market the film. Talt went so far as to stand in theaters where the film was being shown and directed people to go and see their film instead of the one they were going to see, and “it worked,” Powell said. It’s something they’ve done in every single market they’ve been in, he added. Talt will also be on hand for Friday’s 7:20 p.m. screening in Oceanside. Powell had always planned on directing a feature film at some point, but the materials that came across his desk never really grabbed him, including, he said, a story about a blind field goal kicker. “I just didn’t see how I was going to direct that one and make that one work very well.” As for the future, Powell and Talt are collaborating on another film to begin production in the fall, a departure from the romantic comedy genre, this one, he said, was a little darker, and more dramatic.
What do Olive Oyl, a fox and the rainforest have in common? Those familiar with the work of Encinitas artist Kathi McCord know that these are favorite images often found in McCord’s brilliantly imaginative illustrations. Known professionally in the world of book illustrators as “Kathleen GarryMcCord,” her enchanting artwork is a visual delight. Her whimsical Arts Alive banner titled “The Magic of Books” is on display near Book Tales in Encinitas, while visitors to the Encinitas Library have the opportunity to view a collection of her illustrative prints through June 10. Having spent her childhood between New York and Florida, McCord began making woodcuts as a high school student in Miami. Expanding her skills at University of Georgia, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in printmaking and later, a master’s degree in film. McCord has shared her creative and technical expertise as a professor of art and film at Southwestern College and Miramar College for over a decade. Considering herself a printmaker first and foremost, McCord has had several gallery exhibitions since making San Diego her home in 1971. Her series of politically oriented etchings titled “Toys in Peril,” received praise from local iconic art writer Robert Pincus, who described McCord’s work as “immaculately executed” and added that “the wry tone of them is finely tuned.” McCord says, “I enjoy playing with art history as an
Kathi McCord’s Arts Alive banner titled “The Magic of Books” is on display at 625 South Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas. Photo courtesy of Stephen Whalen Photography
homage, not a spoof, bringing historical imagery into the 21st century.” Her extensive body of work includes titles such as “Liberty Leading the People to Happy Hour,” which depicts French Romantic artist Eugène Delacriox’s “Liberty” sitting with local patrons at a bar in Downtown USA, while the French Revolution explodes outside. McCord is thrilled when viewers understand her historical references. With a passion not only for art history but also for animals, she comments, “What a terrible place our world would be without animals, so I’m constantly depicting them in my art.” McCord remains particularly proud of her TURN TO BRUSH WITH ART ON A17
Duo portrays issues of the ‘everywoman’
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Gerilyn Brault, left, and Virgina Gregg, right, portrays two older women on a field trip for a community college women’s studies class in “Parallel Lives” put on by the Oceanside Theatre Company. Photo courtesy of Chris WIlliams
you’re going to see in there is ridiculous. Like I said, the women (in the audience) are going to be pointing to themselves saying, “Oh my gosh, I do that.” Gregg: I love (the sketch) “Annette and Gina,” and I love (the sketch) “Beverly Hills Face” because those two scenes resonate with me so much.... So many times if we don’t like something about ourselves, it’s the negative thoughts that we choose to listen to. Brault: There’s one line that I get to say (in this play) as a teenager onstage, and I say, “I just wish I could make him love me as much as I love him. And I know if I had better skin and prettier hair he would love me back.” And I don’t know how many times I have thought that growing up and still now. In my mid-20s, I still think that.
tickets and information, call League will host its regular (760) 721-9983. show and a special Children’s Show May 8 through June 3 at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, STUDENT SING Enjoy the Suite 101, Carlsbad. For times MiraCosta College Student and information, call (760) 434Classical Showcase and Recital 8497 or visit coalartgallery.com. 3 p.m. May 5 in the Concert QUINTET Friends of the Hall, Bldg. 2400, 1 Barnard Carmel Valley Library present Drive, Oceanside. General the Oberon Quintet at 7 p.m. admission, $10; students/sen- May 8 in the library’s communiiors $8. Tickets can be pur- ty room, 3919 Townsgate Drive chased at miracosta.edu/buytix in Carmel Valley. For further or by calling (760) 795-6815. information call (858) 552-1668. ART IN THE PINES The Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Docent Society and BEST OF CD Students in Torrey Pines Association pres- MiraCosta College’s Business of ent Art in the Pines from 10 Music II class will present a a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4 and 10 a.m. free concert featuring music to 4 p.m. May 5 at the Reserve from their self-made CD, New just south of the Lodge Paradigm at 7:30 p.m. May 9 in between La Jolla and Del Mar. the MiraCosta College Concert Hall, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. START THE WEEK Join in “A Little Monday Musicale,” 7:30 p.m. May 6 in the Art MiraCosta College Concert Carlsbad-Oceanside Hall, Bldg. 2400. General admis- League hosts a demonstration sion, $12; students/seniors by bronze sculptor Maidy $10.Tickets can be purchased at Morhous 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. May miracosta.edu/buytix or by call- 10 at the Calaveras Community Center, Calaveras Community ing (760) 795-6815. Park, 2997 Glasgow Drive, Carlsbad. For more informaUP-CLOSE ART The tion, call (760) 434-8497, or visit Carlsbad-Oceanside Art coalartgallery.com.
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phone to some of the best actors that I have worked with.... When these two came in and read together (at the audition), there was a centeredness and a quality that was genuine about every single woman they portrayed for me that night. How do you manage to play so many characters? Gregg: Practice. It was nice that we took it a scene, maybe two scenes per day. Brault: The first time I read the script I was extremely intimidated. But then going through it, I found it easier in a way from a typical show because the characters are enclosed in one scene. Are you concerned about how audiences will react to the adult content in this play? Brault: I feel like a lot of times, we don’t give them (the audience) the benefit of the doubt... I feel that I’m going to have some people, including my grandmother, go, “Well why were you so worried? This was fine.” What resonates with you about this play? Williams: Some of what
THE DANCE MiraCosta College presents “Dance Break 2013” at 7:30 p.m. May 3, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 4 and 2 p.m. May 5 at the MiraCosta College Theatre, Bldg. 2000, Oceanside Campus. Tickets $12. Reserved seating. For additional information, call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6526 or 6302. LOCAL STARS Carlsbad’s Abby DeSpain and Isaac Brieske are among the students performing in “A Little Princess” through San Diego Junior Theatre through May 12 at Balboa Park’s Casa del Prado Theater at 7 p.m. on Fridays and 2 p.m. weekends. Tickets online at juniortheatre.com and by calling (619) 239-8355. FAVORITE TALE Star Theatre Coast Kids present “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” May 3 through May 12 at 402 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. For
OCEANSIDE — Oceanside Theatre Company is bringing womens issues to center stage with “Parallel Lives,” a comedy by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy. With its abundance of humor and quirky characters, the show is a far cry from the likes of “The Vagina Monologues” and “Menopause, the Musical”. The play whisks through several comedy sketches that jump from two Supreme Beings planning the beginning of the world to men on their periods to Beverly Hills women contemplating plastic surgery. “(The play) talks about women’s issues without being like, ‘Vaginas!’” explained the show’s lighting designer Ashley Jenks. Directing her first piece for the Oceanside Theatre Company, Tracy Williams challenged actors Gerilyn Brault and Virginia Gregg to tackle over 20 characters each for the production. Why did you choose “Parallel Lives”? Williams: I saw this play when it first opened off Broadway... I had my mother with me and we sat on folding chairs on platforms and watched this play and we laughed ourselves sick all night long... We just kept talking and talking about this play, and all these years later I kept waiting for somebody to do it. Was casting difficult for a play that requires two actors to play over 20 characters each? Williams: Like casting King Lear, you don’t even put King Lear on your season unless you know you have one or more King Lears available to you. So before I would even commit or allow Oceanside Theatre Company to commit to this script, I was on the
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Chargers make a sizeable move with first round draft pick By Tony Cagala
SAN DIEGO — D.J. Fluker has hands the size of small frying pans, a shoe size of 22. On Thursday, the Chargers made a sizeable choice, literally, using their 11th overall pick in the first round of the NFL draft to select the 22-year-old, 6 foot 5 inch, 339 pound offensive tackle. Not more than 24 hours following their selection, the Chargers organization intro-
duced Fluker to San Diego. Fluker, who said he hadn’t yet slept since being drafted, wasn’t short on excitement, either, as demonstrated by his constant ear-to-ear grin. Coming from the University of Alabama, he said that his experiences playing there under Head Coach Nick Saban was already like being in the NFL. “The program, from the workout standpoint, just about the same; working hard day-in,
Navigating the void Spencer Hirsch K-5 closed its doors this year. The Poway and Oceanside locations shut in February, but their flagship Encinitas branch remained open through March 1. And I’ll be honest. That was the only branch that meant anything to me. Oceanside made itself obsolete by appealing exclusively to SUP surfers (read people with money, time and large cars.) I have one of those things. I’d always heard positive things about the Poway store, but never made the trek. I have a feeling that’s a common story. But Encinitas had a good store. It was one of the first local shops to carry Patagonia. I always appreciated that choice. As a Volcom-obsessed youth, I remember it being the obvious destination for overpriced, ergonomic denim. And K-5 Encinitas was a regular meeting spot for my circle of friends in high school. The store is a source of nostalgia for me. But not in a way that would have generated much significant revenue. K-5 owner Jurgen Schulz cited consumer-purchasing habits as a contributor to the chain’s decline. In a February 2013 statement to Shop-Eat-Surf.com, Schulz said, “At the end of the day K-5 lost the trust and support of its customers.” The full burden of local business can’t be placed on the shoulders of consumers. That’s simply bad customer service. And it’s unrealistic. In a February 2013 interview with Transworld Business, Schulz said, “For us, as a neighborhood store, when you came and got your first board it allowed us to establish that relationship. Now over time people are getting their first board from places like Costco, and you don’t have time to establish those relationships.” That may be true. A lot of people may have bought their first board at K-5. I didn’t. The selection was limited, they didn’t have brands
that interested me and the pricing was pretty standard. I didn’t go the Costco route either, and I don’t think those are the only options, though that seems to be an implied claim by Schulz. My first board was a discounted, custom project by a local shaper, and I’m fine with that. For future boards, I stuck with the Craigslist market until I earned a paycheck with enough zeros to buy new. I believe in local business, and I want to think that K-5 has a place in our community. I also don’t think its closure is tied directly to the consumer. Schulz partly acknowledged this. In the same Transworld Business interview, Schulz said, “There are so many things that contributed to our particular situation. But I believe over-distribution by most of the brands is the main reason.” Having worked inside a few brands, I’d venture to say it’s a symptom of the industry. A lot of brands want to build fast. They’re following Neff’s Snoop Dogg Moment, and Diamond’s meteoric rise of flashy, misguided, blingwearing youth. Brands are overlapping with celebrities, and paying illogical sums for piggybacking rights they can’t afford. The result isn’t brand longevity. It’s interval success, and it’s short-lived — fewer niches, more generic. Brands have over-saturated the market, and retailers have made the mistake of accommodation. The action sports industry, both retailers and brands, is navigating two territories —department store enterprise and category loyalism. These worlds do not coexist easily. I’m sorry to see K-5 go. It was a decent store — understated, authentic and at times, somewhat original. It was a familiar destination amidst the strip malls of El Camino Real. And it’s been unsettling for me to meander by and witness the hollow retail space and the void in the signage. Spencer Hirsch is a marketing professional, community worker and writer. Follow @spencerhirsch on Twitter and Instagram, and email him at email@example.com.
From left: Chargers Executive Vice President Michael Spanos, General Manager Tom Telesco, D.J. Fluker and Head Coach Mike McCoy. Fluker was the team’s first round pick in the 2013 NFL draft on Thursday. Photo by Tony Cagala
day-out, they have to do it,” Fluker said. “They all say it’s voluntary, but it’s mandatory because you want to win a championship and you want to build that program up.” Fluker is coming into the Chargers organization having earned three championship rings during his years playing with the Crimson Tide.
Born in Mobile, Ala., his father was in the Army and the family had moved around a little bit, but Fluker grew up mostly in Louisiana. He said he isn’t one to take life for granted. In 2005, he and his family fled New Orleans hours before Hurricane Katrina hit. His house was destroyed, and his family went back only once
during the aftermath, just to see the damage the hurricane had done. The family never returned to live there. Fluker said the first thing he’s going to buy for his mom is a new house. Known for his energetic approach to the game, Fluker certainly knows how to have fun with the game, and how to
do a little bit of trash talking on the field, too. “I have fun with it,” he said.“There’s no point of being on the field if you’re not having fun. I enjoy the game,” he added. He didn’t start playing the game until he was in high school — his appreciation for the game came not long after, he said. “I thought it was fun, but I really didn’t start understanding it until my senior year of high school and that’s when I started to like it, because…you could hit somebody and not go to jail for it,” he said. “I enjoy playing. Football is my escape from everything; it’s like a different world,” he said. Fluker has also set some lofty goals as he begins his NFL career with the Chargers: “I’m working toward being a Pro-Bowler, a Hall-of-Famer in the next 15 years to come. Those are my goals; I set my goals high. I want to be in the Pro Bowl every single year; I want to be a leader. That’s what I bring to the table, the high energy, and bring it to my team.”
Chargers finish draft; bring Te’o into the mix out of the University of California. SAN DIEGO — “It’s a Allen left college his tremendous opportunity for sophomore year after experime to fulfill my dream of being encing what he said was a an NFL player. I’m looking forgrowth on and off the field, ward to it; I’m really excited to and to try and take his next start this new journey of my step up to the next level. life here in San Diego and just “Being a football player excited to help us win a Super means everything to me,” he Bowl.” said. “I’ve been playing since I That was how the was 6 years old…It all means Chargers second round draft the world to me.” pick Manti Te’o, 22, introduced The Chargers finished the himself to media Saturday. 2013 draft with the selections The Chargers traded up of cornerback Stevie Williams to select the inside linebacker in the fifth round; outside lineout of Notre Dame, who has backer Tourek Williams in the become known more for his sixth, and quarterback Brad involvement in a years’ long hoax involving a fake girl- The Chargers traded up to select inside line backer Manti Te’o in the Sorenson in the seventh round. friend, than for his football second round of the 2013 NFL draft. Photo by Tony Cagala By Tony Cagala
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abilities. Te’o has adamantly denied any involvement in the hoax perpetrated against him. In attempts to move on, he said that he continues to just concentrate on being himself.“What I learned from that is you can control certain things, but you can’t control other things, so learn to control the things you can and leave the things you can’t control up to those people.” When talking to other teams before the draft, Te’o said he was happy to share his
side of the story, “and tell them what happened was what happened.What I’m here to do is play football, and hopefully guys saw that.” The Chargers apparently did, calling Te’o during the second round of the NFL draft. “The first thing they said is, ‘Hey, it’s the San Diego Chargers.’ I talked to about five different people,” Te’o said. “I don’t know who I talked to, I don’t know what they said to me. I only know is right where they said it’s the San Diego Chargers. I just shut everything out and couldn’t wait to get off the phone and celebrate…. “It was just a great time for me.That’s when I knew…it was the next chapter in my life — I’m ready for it.” Te’o’s expectations for the season: “To come in and do what I do and that’s study film, prepare. I’ll work hard and do my best to help this team win.” The team also introduced wide receiver Keenan Allen, 21, their third round draft pick
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school. “We started out with 12 students and now we have 40,” Papatheofanis said. “We have 150 applications for the fall so we are on a pretty steep growth trajectory.” Not only that. The baseball team has already earned a reputation locally by winning 20 games, and losing six, with players being heavily recruited by baseball farm teams, he added. Basketball, women’s volleyball and softball and men’s and women’s soccer
teams are in development. Students from outside of the area are provided private housing in two bedroom, two bath townhomes. All students receive a membership in the Magdalene Ecke YMCA. The college will hold its second annual President’s Gala, One World, One Night! on Saturday, May 18 in the Paddock area at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. All proceeds will go toward scholarships. Channel 10 News coanchor Kaushal Patel will serve as the master of ceremonies. California State Sen. Mark Wyland will be
the keynote speaker. “I am honored to keynote St. Katherine College’s inaugural graduation and am confident St. Katherine’s graduates will live up to the school’s vision to increase knowledge that benefits our society, both culturally and economically,” he said. The gala will begin with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m., and a silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by dinner featuring international cuisine. The Peter Pupping Band will perform Latin jazz, Nuevo flamenco, contemporary acoustics and
jazz standards. The St. Katherine Chorale, which sang the National Anthem at a Padres game last summer, will perform. Cost is $125 per ticket. Papatheofanis explained that the roots of the Orthodox Christian church can be traced to the Great Schism of 1054 which resulted in the Eastern (Greek) and Western (Latin) branch which later became commonly known as the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic
Church, respectively. “We are unique in that all of our bishops and the clergy can trace ordination to the apostles,” he said. Students at St. Katherine College today run the gamut from nondenominational protestant to evangelical Christians and Roman Catholics. “We started small but have garnered a lot of interest because the education is top flight, teachers have doctorate degrees from top colleges, classes are small and
we are trying to keep the tuition affordable,” Papatheofanis said. “We would like to have as much of the community join us as at our gala as possible.” For sponsorship opportunities or other information about the gala visit stkathgala.com. St. Katherine College is located at 681 Encinitas Blvd., Room 201 in Encinitas. For more information, visit stkath.org or call (760) 943-1107.
Nearly 35 percent of the donors live in Solana Beach, with 23 percent in Encinitas, 17 percent in Cardiff, 11 percent in Del Mar and 14 percent from the rest of the county and even outside the state, according to Dodge. Last year, SELC announced it was offering up the naming rights for the Gateway property to a resident, foundation or business for $1 million. So far, Dodge said that no one has taken the conservancy up on the proposition, but it’s still on the table. Also, SELC offers a matching gift of up to
$100,000 for individuals who contribute — courtesy of local philanthropist Frances Hamilton White. Additionally, SELC mailed letters to its members after buying the property to encourage donations. Should SELC still need money for the campaign in five months, Dodge said that the conservancy would send out mailers to those who aren’t already part of SELC. “This is an important piece of land that locals are very interested in preserving; we think they should know about this opportunity,” Dodge said.
covered McCord’s artwork in a local gallery and enlisted McCord as an illustrator of children’s books. For the following three decades McCord illustrated approximately 50 books, giving her the expertise required to teach her book illustration course at UCSD for more than 20 years. McCord reflects, “I am finally comfortable with my humor. I always thought people thought I wasn’t a serious artist because some found my work to be funny, which I meant it to be. Add that to being a children’s book illustrator and you tend to get pats on the head.” However, having recently settled into a new home, complete with a newly built working studio, she says, “Now I'm in Encinitas and I feel free to be me.” McCord says she has found her true home in our community, and we are fortunate that she has joined us here.
McCord’s Arts Alive banner “The Magic of Books,” currently on display at 625 S. Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas, pays homage to libraries and the treasures that they hold. Her banner image captures the moment in which her whimsical creatures open books to release their magical contents for all to enjoy. Fifteen of McCord’s delightful book illustrations, including collections from “Musical Alphabetland” and “Joy at Mount Rushmore” are on display in the lobby area of the Encinitas Library through June 10.
community funding for student internships. YEP is designed to be a self-sustaining community partnership business, so it will have the ability to continue with or without grant funds. Cities or school districts that wish to participate will be charged a minimal service amount to pay for YEP instructors, website maintenance and service assistance. Businesses that wish to participate will also be asked to share in the costs of running the program. “At a low cost, partners can share the burden of the cost,” Hayes said. “There are programs like this that are 100 percent funded by grants. If the funding is pulled, students suffer.” Hayes said the source of funding is up to participants. Cities can adopt the program, school districts can fund it, corporations can sponsor the program or a combination of funding sources can be arranged.
Hayes presented an overview of the program to Oceanside City Council on April 17. Councilman Jerry Kern, a former high school teacher and one of the cofounders of Pacific View Charter School, introduced the item. Kern said he is a cheerleader for the program. He added that it is valuable for students to have “hands on” experience and “something to put on their resume” when they apply for college and a first job. Hayes received a thumbs up from council for helping youth, but was also cautioned by Mayor Jim Wood that other youth service groups and workforce support groups are competing for city funds. Hayes said he is getting the word out about the start up program to city councils, school districts, chambers of commerce, and businesses along the state Route 78 corridor and beyond.
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in “Intermarriage: Concepts and Strategies for Families and Synagogue Leaders.” “The relationships that evolve further engage these men in Jewish life.” Added Simon: “Today every marriage, whether endogamous or not, is an intermarriage. Each member of the relationship enters into it with different
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discovery, pupusas. A pupusa is a traditional Salvadoran dish made of a thick, handmade corn tortilla usually filled with cheese, pork or refried beans. There were long lines at all of these booths and I made a mental note to expand my horizons next time. Of course it’s not all savory goodness at these events, the funnel cakes, Dippin Dots, kettle corn, chocolate covered strawberries and Italian licorice provided many sweet
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give Mexico a bad rap because they are in the news all the time. We complain about their invading our country for all the benefits we provide stupidly. But the skilled and educated Mexicans are staying home. The opportunities there are beginning to abound. In conclusion, Mexico
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expectations and different family traditions. The success of the relationship will be determined by the ability to compromise.” In his blog, Rabbi Gil Steinlauf of Congregation Adas Israel in Washington, D.C., wrote: “The simple reality is that intermarriage is here to stay.” He continued: “We must face the future proudly. There are some extraordinary human beings, Jewish and non-Jewish,
who are poised to contribute magnificently to Jewish life in our synagogue, and across this country.”
options as well. Even the beer gardens have upped their game with the likes of Stone Brewing Company providing their craft beers. Besides the plethora of food and beverage options, I always make a beeline to the sunglass vendors. For $10 I can pick up a pair of backup glasses that look just like my $60 pair from the surf shop that I will inevitably lose. This year there were also a bunch of vendors selling high thread count sheets for around $35. I got suckered in on a set of those too … we’ll see how that works out.
Most of the vendors at the Encinitas Street Fair seem to make the circuit around North County and many of the fairs are produced by Kennedy & Associates. Check them out at kennedyfaires.com/ and enjoy the street faire experience.
is not what we know it to be from the prism of our politics and our press. It is a golden opportunity for retiring baby boomers to consider as another option when living on limited retirement funds. Medical care is flourishing there as Mexico has become the No. 1 country for medical vacations and Mexico is growing internationally with large Fortune 500 companies looking toward and
sion and wave attacks at the base of our coastal bluffs, thus CONTINUED FROM A4 reducing the need for,and size ness activity and improved of, bluff retention devices. property values.Without sand on our beaches, the economic Have we learned from impact on our city will be dev- the past? astating. Residents that have been here for over 30 years remem* Wider beaches will per- ber the terrible beach impacts mit beachgoers to stay further of the El Niño events in the away from unstable bluffs early 1980s. They remember thereby enhancing public and that following those huge lifeguard safety. wave impacts and beach scouring, we had no beaches. * With the Army Corps of We had piles of cobblestone Engineers providing our city and ankle cracking exposed access to federal funding for reefs. the sand replenishment, the It took our local beaches city will be in a position to use years to recover and we are its funds for other important still not back to the sand levels public purposes. that we enjoyed in the 1970s. Now, thanks to the long-term * Wide sandy beaches vision of our past city councils will greatly reduce, and hope- that supported this long develfully eliminate, marine ero- oping Army Corps project, we
David Ogul is a longtime reporter and editor who has worked at numerous Southern California daily newspapers in a career spanning more than three decades. He now runs his own communications company and writes a column for The Coast News. He can be reached at OgulCommunications@gmail.com
Lick the Plate can now be heard on KPRi, 102.1 FM Monday-Friday during the 7pm hour. David Boylan is founder of Artichoke Creative and Artichoke Apparel, an Encinitas based marketing firm and clothing line. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or (858) 395-6905.
moving there as well. It’s time America starts taking Mexico seriously, not just as our downtrodden neighbor to the south. The beauty in Mexico is startling and the value for baby boomers shouldn’t be dismissed.
Joe Moris may be contacted at (760) 500-6755 or by email at email@example.com.
have an unprecedented, and probably once-in-a-lifetime, opportunity. On May 8 our City Council has the chance to obtain 50 years of protection for our city’s most valuable asset; our magnificent beaches. On that evening, by voting to support the Army Corps’ preferred Alternative EN-1A, our City Council will have the extraordinary opportunity to preserve our beaches, not only for us and our children, but also for our grandchildren. On May 8 at 6 p.m., at the Encinitas City Hall, please join us in urging the Encinitas City Council to approve the proposed Army Corps beach sand replenishment project.
Charles Marvin III is an Encinitas resident.
ment to acquire the property. Once the property is obtained, Dodge said that SELC will take out invasive plants, remove debris, add a new community trail and work to improve the health of the park and nearby wetland. “We’re in the fundraising phase right now,” Dodge said. Of the $2.65 million pledged, individuals have contributed the bulk — nearly $2.4 million. Businesses have given about $60,000, and foundations donated $195,000.
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“Rainforest Project,” which over the course of six months was drawn with graphite as a 6-foot-by-18foot mural depicting the flora and fauna of the earth’s great rainforests. During a San Diego ArtWalk weekend, she methodically erased a section of the drawing each hour, which corresponded to the amount of rainforest actually being destroyed during that same amount of time. By the end of the two-and-a-half day event, the drawing had completely disappeared. Portions of the project were shown on CNN and local news broadcasts, delivering to the public her poignant message that mindfulness is necessary in managing this valuable and finite resource. More than 30 years ago a New York artists’ agent on vacation in San Diego dis-
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feature is the opportunity for students to set up an employee profile on the closed Jobioz network. YEP also provides workshops for students before they begin their internships. Skills in resume writing, job searching and decoding on the job culture are taught. “Students need information and knowledge before they are sent out to an internship,” Hayes said. Hayes added the “real learning” happens on the job. “If students have healthy, professional adult role models they’re more likely to become successful,” he said. “The work environment is a different language, a different world.” Currently YEP workshops have started at Oceanside High School and Ocean Shores High School. The next step is to get businesses to participate and
Kay Colvin is director of the L Street Fine Art Gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, serves as an arts commissioner for the City of Encinitas, and specializes in promoting emerging and mid-career artists. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The wildflowers are blooming in Big Bear this spring E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road This spring has been a bit of a bust when it comes to desert wildflowers, but if you’re willing to drive the same two hours in a different direction, you’ll be rewarded with wildflowers of another sort. Cushenberry buckwheat, Douglas’ violet, Ash-Grey paintbrush and Parish’s daisy are a few of the rare and endangered wildflowers that grow in the Big Bear Lake area. According to naturalists, there are more than 20 of these wildflowers and they are found nowhere else in the world. You can see them on a free guided hike with volunteers from the nonprofit Southern California Mountains Foundation (MountainsFoundation.org). “Most of these pebble plain species are only 1 inch high and are known as ‘belly flowers’ because they are best appreciated close-up while lying flat on one’s belly,” explained Dan McKernan of the Big Bear Lake Resort Association. The hikes start at the Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve at 11:30 a.m. Saturdays through June 29.
A welcoming archway at the Mission Inn in Riverside is a hint of things to come during the annual Festival of Lights celebration. Photo by Jerry Ondash
Take Highway 18 (Big Bear Boulevard) east to the intersection of Holcomb Valley Road to the north side of Baldwin Lake. Look for roadside signage that marks the entrance. Wear sturdy shoes. Parking and restrooms are available. Hikers also will see more common species like the wallflower, lupine, yellow violets and shooting stars. The smaller flowers bloom in May and June, while larger flowers last through the summer. If the wildflowers flowers alone aren’t enough of an incentive to visit Big Bear, maybe this is: Guests who stay at least two nights at a participating area lodge receive a $50 gas gift card.Three nights
earns $75 in free gas, and four or more nights, a $100 gas card. Recipients automatically qualify to win a $500 gas card through a drawing. Get a Big Bear Lake visitors’ guide at bigbear.com, or call (800) 4BIG-BEAR (424-4232). If you drive to Big Bear Lake, you’ll pass right by the exit for Riverside’s historic Mission Inn. So why not leave a day early and spend the night at this landmark, which many of the uninitiated mistake for a church. My husband and I stayed a night last December during the inn’s annual Festival of Lights. The historic edifice is draped inside and out with more than 3.6 million twinklers, transforming an already fascinating place into a magical holiday kingdom. The evening we were there, local families lined up to pose for their annual Christmas photo in front of the elaborately decorated, ceiling-high tree in the lobby.The tree is replaced three or four times during the festival to assure its freshness. The Festival of Lights also includes enormous Christmas trees and contemporary light displays in the
The Arpa is one of the nearly two dozen rare and endangered wildflowers that grow in the Big Bear Lake region. Photos by Thomas Elder
Wildflowers like this Calochotus striatus, more commonly known as a species of mariposa lily, can be seen during hikes led by volunteers from the Southern California Mountains Foundation in the Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve. The hikes are held at 11:30 a.m. Saturdays through the end of June.
This tiny Phlox is one of the rare and endangered wildflowers visitors can see in the Big Bear area. It and others are known as “belly flowers” because they are best examined while lying on your belly.
More than 3.6 million lights decorate Riverside’s Mission Inn, both outside and in, during the annual Festival of Lights. The hotel offers packages that include a night’s stay, credits for dinner, cupcakes and tours of this treasure, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Photo by Jerry Ondash This is one of several elaborately decorated trees that draw both locals and tourists to the lobby of nearby plazas, horse and into some of the hotel’s Riverside’s Mission Inn during the buggy rides and holiday “secret” corners and heard annual Festival of Lights. Photo many stories about the inn’s by E’Louise Ondash entertainment.
Our one-night, $239package included a $50 dinner credit at Duane’s Prime Steaks & Seafood Restaurant in the hotel; two free drinks; red velvet cupcakes from the hotel’s bakery; valet parking; and an hour’s tour of the inn with a knowledgeable, articulate docent from the Mission Inn Museum. We were taken
rich history. The Presidential Lounge pays tribute to the 10 U.S. President’s who have visited, stayed or were married at the inn. We also were able to see the magnificent St. Francis of Assisi chapel, generally offlimits to the public. Our second-story corner room, which looked down on
the festive plaza, was spacious and Old-World gracious, but included modern amenities. Current specials start at $189 per room. Visit missioninn.com E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at email@example.com.
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Enjoy fine times at the Cardiff library this spring IRENE KRATZER A Place To Call Home Spring is always a new beginning and as usual this spring many events are taking place in Cardiff-by-theSea so mark your calendars and join the fun. Chriss Garza and Colin Franke have opened Flat Rock Eat & Drink Café at the corner of San Ellijo and Aberdeen where Chef Josh Perkins will be preparing foods for your enjoyment. They will serve breakfast and lunch which Chris told me they are calling California Cuisine and with emphasis on fresh, they plan to buy vegetables from the Cardiff Elementary School gardens. Being California natives they are excited about being in this area so stop in, welcome them and try a Flat Rock Burger or a Veggie Scramble. Cardiff Elementary school will be holding their 37 annual ice cream social May 4 with food, games, fun and, of course, ice cream. The fourth annual Taste of Cardiff, sponsored by Cardiff 101 MainStreet will be May 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. Cardiff Botanical Society Spring Fling is May 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Carpentier Parkway. The Annual Arts Alive Banner Auction is scheduled for May 26 at 5 p.m. in the Town Center. For more information on these events visit cardiff101.com and tasteofcardiff.com. Friends of the Cardiffby-the-Sea Library will be at the Ice Cream Social May 4, and a $3 per bag book sale will be held at the library June 15. First Wednesday of the month Friends sponsor musical programs and the Third Wednesday is movie night. The third Thursday of the month the Book Group meets at 10:15 a.m. to discuss a book and enjoy lunch after. The first, second and third Tuesday of the month 3 to 4:30 p.m. a group meets to knit or crochet. You may bring your own project to work on and enjoy some relaxed conversation. Monday and Wednesday yoga classes meet in the library community room from 2 to 3 p.m. On June 1 at 10 a.m. The Friends of the Cardiff-by-theSea Library will present $1,000 scholarships to five graduating seniors. Friends who haven’t renewed 2013 dues or if you wish to become a friend, applications are available on friendscardifflibrary.org. Your dues make possible programs for adult and children, the scholarships as well as many extras for the library. Volunteers are always needed in our Book Nook so if you have some free time, call (760) 635-1000.
This year the theme of the summer reading program at the library is “Reading Is So Delicious;” sign up June 1, the program starts June 15. On the weekends you may get a delicious sandwich at the blue tent at Cardiff Seaside Market and enjoy it under the umbrellas while listening to music. Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop, 120 Aberdeen, is now open on Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. offering half-off merchandise.
For more information at (760) 753-0970 or visit sdpets.org. As one can see it isn’t hard to find something to do in addition to enjoying the beach and that is why we love Cardiff-by-the-Sea, the jewel we call home.
A founding and life member as well as past president and current board member of the of the Friends of the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library, Irene has lived here since 1982.
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Scripps Encinitas marks 50th anniversary Health Watch By the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas
Half a century ago, construction workers began transforming a bare patch of Encinitas earth in into this region’s first hospital. This spring, a yearlong celebration kicks off to mark the 50th anniversary of Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Caregivers, former patients and community leaders gathered at the hospital May 3 to share memories, give thanks and unveil a historical photo display of the facility, which will be available in the hospital for public viewing. Scripps also invited local residents to contribute hospital-related remembrances during the next year for a time capsule, which will be deposited at the medical campus next spring. The earliest days of Scripps Encinitas can be traced to 1960, when Dwight Cook, M.D., and the late Charles Clark, M.D., bought property on Santa Fe Drive and Devonshire Road to build a small medical-dental building for their practice. They soon realized the community needed to expand its health care infrastructure, so they turned to patient and friend Herman “Pop”
Wiegand, who put up his Bank of America stock as collateral for a loan to build a hospital on the same property. In spring 1964, the doors opened to the 60-bed Encinitas Convalescent Hospital, which was licensed to provide long-term care for patients recovering from illness or surgery but unable to remain at home. Later that year, the hospital’s third founding physician, Ronald Summers, joined the practice of Drs. Cook and Clark. They obtained a medical specialty license and converted some of the long-term care beds to acute care beds, enabling them to start taking care of medical illnesses. By 1966, the hospital was upgraded to a specialized hospital for internal medicine and was renamed Encinitas Hospital. In 1967, the founding doctors bought an adjoining parcel of land to the north for future development. Eight years later, they entered into a partnership on a major hospital expansion, which added full medical-surgical capabilities, an intensive care unit, a comprehensive emergency department and raised its capacity to 94 beds. The newly named San Dieguito Hospital opened in 1975. As the business of health care underwent major changes, the founding physicians realized they needed more support to sus-
tain and grow the hospital. They approached Scripps Health about purchasing the facility, based on their familiarity with Scripps’ high standards of care and commitment to serving the community. The sale to Scripps was completed in 1978, and the facility was renamed Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Medical facilities at the hospital were again expanded in 1992, including the addition of a birth pavilion, second-floor rehabilitation, an enlarged emergency department, a new main lobby and more than 60 new acute-care beds. Today, Scripps Encinitas receives more than 80,000 patient visits per year and offers a broad spectrum of services. These include complex neurological and vascular procedures, 24-hour emergency care and heart, cancer, orthopedic and rehabilitation services. Scripps Encinitas is currently expanding with the construction of a Critical Care Building, which will include 27 emergency department beds and another 36 medical-surgical beds on its second floor. Completion is expected in 2014. “Health Watch” is brought to you by the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. For more information or for physician referral, call 1-800-SCRIPPS or visit scripps.org.
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Multi-tasking without leaving bed
By Jared Whitlock
f you are a morning person, just turn the page. It’s Saturday morning and I am not a morning person. But I’m going to leap out of bed any minute now. No, really. I’m practically there. Any second now, just after I browse one more Web site or read just one more chapter in my book. While I am no longer required to daily drag out before the sun — a lifelong torture — I still have to set an alarm Monday through Friday. This will always be cruel and unusual punishment for me. But on Saturday, you have to come up with something really wonderful to get me out of bed before 9 a.m. OK, before 10 a.m. OK, sometimes noon.
The terms lazy and old come to mind, but I am unwilling to go there. Most of my young life, I was a nightcrawler. We always get our second wind around 9 p.m. and some of my best housecleaning, organizing, homework, baking and wrapping of Christmas presents has been done in the wee hours. With a little help from a large latte or a good book, my night owl tendencies can still TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B15
BACH IN ACTION Right: The premiere of the Pacific Bach Program’s concert at the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe is a well-attended event, with more than 600 people in attendance to hear selections of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music, interspersed with commentary on the music from conductor Richard Westerfield. The program was a project of passion for Westerfield and his wife Helen, the director of music ministries at the Village Church. More concerts are planned in the future. Pictured above: Pictured above, Bill and Shelby Strong from Rancho Santa Fe with the Reverend Dr. Jack Baca, pastor of the Village Church attend the performance. Photos by Jem Betancourt
Author hosts celebrity walking tours By Lillian Cox
RANCHO SANTA FE — Local celebrities, artists, designers, filmmakers, architects and photographers came out for the invitation-only inaugural Diane Welch Celebrity Walking Tour on Sunday afternoon. The event spotlights stars from the Golden Era of Hollywood who called Rancho Santa Fe “home” during the 1920s and 30s. Welch is the official biographer of master architect Lilian J. Rice, lead designer and architectural supervisor of the village of Rancho Santa Fe. Her book, “Lilian J. Rice: Architect of Rancho Santa Fe, California” (Schiffer, 2010) won Best of Biography at the San Diego Book Awards in 2011. Rice’s architecture provided the backdrop for the
tour as many celebrities shopped, pumped gas, dined, imbibed and lived in structures designed by the master architect. “I knew that I wanted to offer the walking tours as the spring approached,” Welch recalled. “With the longer days it is delightful to stroll through the village, then relax with a presentation and hors d’oeuvres in the historic Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, my partner in the tour. The Inn was designed by Lilian Rice in 1923.” The previous year Rice designed the Garage Quadrangle, also known as the Badger Block, at Via de Santa Fe and Paseo Delicias. The quadrangle was the site Bing Crosby is among the stars from the Golden Era of Hollywood spotlighted in the Diane Welch Celebrity Walking Tour. A horse breeder and of Badger's Service Station on Rancho Santa Fe resident in the early days, Crosby brought visibility to the corner and Lucile the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club and was instrumental in the development of the Del Mar Racetrack. Courtesy photo
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ENCINITAS — To sway voters against the right-to-vote initiative, the City Council intends to pass an amendment before the June 18 special election. Council will also send out mailers regarding the right-to-vote-initiative, also known as Proposition A, prior to voters lining up at the ballot box. Councilmembers maintain these mailers will be informational, and not political. Prop A reaffirms the city’s 30-foot height limit and would eliminate council’s power to “upzone” beyond height and density limits with a fourth-fifths vote. Councilman Tony Kranz said that council unanimously agrees that the fourth-fifths provision should be scrapped — in what he called supporting “the spirit” of Prop A. “People are leery of council having that fourfifths exception,” Kranz said. “We recognize this.” But council has misgivings with other parts of the initiative. Consequently, council said it will strike the fourfifths power in late May or early June — before the special election — by amending the city’s general plan with a councilmember vote. If accomplished, the change would take effect immediately. Kranz believes this action will make residents less likely to vote for Prop A. Also, backers might withdraw support because the city will have already passed “the heart of it,” Kranz said. TURN TO MAILERS ON B15
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Carlsbad attracts business with lifestyle, proximity to customers By Rachel Stine
CARLSBAD — While mostly satisfied by the business climate in Carlsbad, local businesses would like the city to simplify its permit process and fees as well as improve the downtown Village area, according to a recent city survey. The city currently has a number of projects underway to address these requests and then some to keep businesses, and sales tax revenues, within the city. “Ultimately it’s the quality of life and the durability of the business community that attracts businesses to Carlsbad,” said Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ted Owens. Carlsbad’s proximity to customers and vendors as well as lifestyle have attracted businesses primarily in the action sports manufacturing, life sciences, cleantech, entertainment and hospitality, and information, communications, and technologies sectors, according to the survey and local business owners. The city draws businesses in these genres due to its proximity to major universities and other like-companies in San Diego, as well as the year-round warm weather, explained Kathy Dodson, director of Carlsbad’s Community and Economic Development Department. Brian Ganz grew up in Carlsbad and has started two successful life science robotics companies in the city, RoboDesign, now called Rigaku, and Let’s Go Robotics. By locating his businesses in Carlsbad, he said he takes advantage of being close to his customers, the abundance of business services, support from the city, and
Callaway Golf, which produces golf equipment including balls and clubs, is the top employer in Carlsbad, according to city data. Photo by Rachel Stine
proximity to major universities in San Diego. “I wouldn’t say it’s the most cost effective (operating a business) here. Labor is pretty expensive. But because our customer base is so close, it pretty much washes out,” Ganz said. “I can always call one of the City Council members if I need anything… but to be honest, I just haven’t needed it,” he added. Ganz also enjoys the local lifestyle. When asked why he never left the city he said, “I guess I like surfing too much.” Janet Jacobs relocated her sound systems manufacturing company, Anchor Audio, to Carlsbad in 2010. She said that she and her employees found that the city had better housing, lower cost of living, and better schools than their previous location. She said that city officials “really went out of their way” to help her business’s transition, particularly when
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it came to finding a new building. Though the survey showed that 87 percent of businesses interviewed indicated that Carlsbad was an excellent or good place to do business, the results also identified a number of areas businesses hope the city would improve. The top request was for the city to simplify its permitting process and the fees associated with doing business in the area. Jacobs said that she initially hoped to build a new space for her company in Carlsbad, but found building code regulations set by the state and city fees overwhelming. She said that to construct a 35,000 square-foot building she was given an estimate of $208,000 in permitting fees from the city. Dodson said that the city is already in the process of streamlining its permitting TURN TO BUSINESS ON B15
With vacancies increasing and sales tax decreasing in downtown Del Mar, City Council recently agreed to work with the business community to help the city become more business-friendly. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek
City commits to helping downtown merchants By Bianca Kaplanek
DEL MAR — In an effort to provide support for downtown businesses, council members agreed at the April 15 meeting to create a task force, designate a staff person to act as a business coordinator, begin resolving parking issues and identify ways to reduce the cost of opening restaurants in the city. The recommendations came from Mayor Terry Sinnott and Councilman Al Corti, who noted in the staff report that “downtown businesses are not prospering.” About 45 percent of Del Mar Plaza is vacant and sales tax revenues, which indicate the amount of business being
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conducted, have been flat, according to the staff report. “It’s very frustrating to me that the city’s not doing more to encourage business,” said resident Sharon Hilliard, vice president of design for the Del Mar Village Association. “We’re going to end up being a bedroom community, and I really don’t think we want to be a bedroom community because our property tax revenue’s going to start going down, too.” Corti said when it comes to plans for an economically viable downtown, they seem “to be going backwards as opposed to going forward.” “We think we have a problem,” Corti said. “We’re not too sure what the solution is, but we’d like to get a standing committee of business people and merchants in downtown that can discuss it and make recommendations as to how we might be able to fix it. “This is not a discussion as to what the solutions are as much as let’s address what some of the concerns are and what the impediments are,” he said. “We have citizen committee groups for parks and rec and sustainability and traffic and parking and the lagoon — many of the things that are dear and near to the community,” Corti added. “But we never seem to get back to the
community plan and one of the specific goals and objectives of having an economically viable downtown.” Adding to the problem is increased competition from the nearby and recently renovated Del Mar Highlands and Flower Hill Promenade and the proposed One Paseo. There is also feedback from some business owners that the city’s permitting and regulation processes contribute to the perception that Del Mar isn’t a good place to do business. The handful of residents and owners who addressed council members supported that notion. “I think what you really need in this city is business owners to feel like this is a good place to be,” Del Mar Rendezvous co-owner Daniel Schreiber said. KC Vafiadis, who owns Stratford Square, said a recent new tenant told her he felt the city put up more obstacles rather than invite him in. “I hear that from other people as well,” Vafiadis said. “I don’t think that the City Council needs to market our businesses. But I do think that you guys are in a position where you could encourage them and help them.” Some speakers also cited parking requirements and a lack of spaces as conTURN TO MERCHANTS ON B15
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ODD Grant gives department breathing room FILES
by CHUCK SHEPHERD
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Assistance to Firefighters Grant. The city is paying for the remaining portion. Daigle said the department would have ordered new apparatuses without the grant, so the funding from FEMA dramatically helped the department’s budget situation. “These grants are more competitive than ever; it’s huge the department secured it,” Daigle said. The Encinitas Fire Department has 63 fulltime employees and runs services ranging from fire protection to disaster preparedness to lifeguard serv-
By Jared Whitlock
Cultural Diversity “Traditional Taiwanese funerals (combine) somber mourning with louder, up-tempo entertainment to fire up grieving spirits,” reported BBC News in February. They are tailor-made, in other words, for Ms. Liu Jun-Lin, 30, and her Filial Daughters Band with their acrobatic dance routines because Liu has the reputation as Taiwan’s most famous professional mourner. After the musical festivities, Liu dons a white robe and crawls on her hands and knees to the coffin, where she “performs her signature wail.” Norwegian Wood: A 12hour TV miniseries shown this winter on Norway’s government channel NRK, “National Firewood Night,” was conceived as a full series, then cut to “only” 12 hours, eight of which focused entirely on a live fireplace. Nearly a million people tuned in to the series, and at one point 60 text messages came in complaining about whether the wood in the fireplace should have been placed with bark up or bark down. “(F)irewood,” said the show’s host, “is the foundation of our lives.” A New York Times dispatch noted that a best-selling book, “Solid Wood,” sold almost as many copies in Norway, proportional to the population, as a book’s selling 10 million copies in the U.S. Most of Iceland’s 320,000 inhabitants are at least distantly related to each other, leading the country to compile the “Book of Icelanders” database of family connections dating back 1,200 years. With “accidental” incest thus a genuine problem, three software engineers recently created a mobile phone app that allows strangers to “bump” phones with each other and know, instantly, whether they are closely related. In its first few days of release in April, the developers said it had already been used almost 4,000 times.
Questionable Judgments An unnamed man was hospitalized in April in Tucson, Ariz., after firefighters, finding him unconscious at 3 a.m. pinned under an SUV parked in his driveway, lifted the vehicle and dragged him to safety. A police spokesperson learned that the man was trying “a stunt in which he was going to put the SUV in reverse, jump out and lay on the ground behind it, have the vehicle (roll) over him, and then get up and (get back into) the SUV in time to stop it before it collided with anything.”
ENCINITAS — The Encinitas Fire Department is using grant money to purchase new breathing apparatuses. The self-contained apparatuses, which provide breathable air in hazardous environments, include a mask, high-pressure air tank, pressure regulator and a mouthpiece, connected by a thick backpack. “This is such an important piece of equipment, because it has to be reliable,” Deputy Fire Chief Mike Daigle said. “You only use it in an atmosphere that’s hazardous to your health…like being surrounded by smoke or gases.” Daigle said that the department bought its current breathing apparatuses in 2001. It’s recommended they be replaced every 15 years, so the department is due for an upgrade. Plus, the new breathing apparatuses come with a host of improved safety features. Compared to the current apparatuses, they’re lighter, providing greater range of motion. And currently, firefighters need to fish their radios out of their pockets and press the right button to communicate — no easy task when they’re enshrouded by smoke. But with the new breathing apparatuses, the radios will
A firefighter wearing a breathing apparatus climbs up a ladder. New selfcontained breathing apparatuses will offer safety improvements like Bluetooth capability, and they can send out distress signals when firefighters stop moving. Photo courtesy of the Encinitas Fire Department
stay inside their pockets, because the apparatuses have built in Bluetooth technology that wirelessly connects with firefighters’ radios. Daigle noted that the current breathing apparatuses can be linked to the radios via a hardwire cord that runs from the mask to the radio, but that option also presents issues. “It tethers you to the radio,” Daigle said. “It’s just something else to deal with when you’re crawling
through a small space — you’ve got this wire hanging down being dragged. “And those wires can fail with age and from the heat,” Daigle added. Additionally, the new breathing apparatuses emit high-pitched noises if they detect firefighters have stopped moving, serving as a signal to others that they’re in trouble. The cost of the new breathing apparatuses is $305,000. About $244,000 of that will come from the
ices. The department’s operating budget this year, including marine safety, is $12 million. For the breathing apparatuses, the department will buy 35 backpacks, 48 masks and 70 air tanks. Expected to last 15 to 20 years, the breathing apparatuses were approved by the City Council on Wednesday. They should be delivered in the next month. Last year, the department also received $126,709 from a separate FEMA grant, which went toward new radios and other equipment.
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Attack Recreational Summer Soccer Camps Attack Summer Recreational Soccer Camps Our camps are designed for players of all ages to come out and have FUN, but to also work to improve their technical abilities. Games such as soccer tennis and small-sided scrimmages are used as tools to work on individual skills, speed, agility and shooting. Camp sessions are conducted by Director of Coaching Malcolm Tovey and his staff of professional coaches
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Online registration is now open for Rancho Santa Fe Attackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spring and Summer Recreational Soccer Camps and our Fall Recreational program. More information on these and all of these programs can be found on the League website at www.rsfsoccer.com. This summer the camps will be held in Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and Carmel Valley. These camps are designed for all players who want to have FUN while working on their technical ability and improving their skills. The camp is open to all ages and will be conducted by Attack Director of Coaching Malcolm Tovey and his professional staff. Every player will receive a customized ball and t-shirt for attending. Walk-ins are accepted at all camps. Our first camp will run the week of June 17-21 and will be held at the Rancho Santa Fe Sports Field. After that we will move to Carmel Valley and will hold our second camp the week of July 15 at Carmel Creek Park. This will be just a 4 day camp. Our third camp will be back at the Rancho Santa Fe Sports Field
the week of August 5-9 and our final camp will be held at Solana Santa Fe School the week of August 19-23. All of our camps start at 9:30 a.m. and run until noon. We also have our Spring
These camps are designed for all players who want to have FUN. Break camp, which is still accepting applications, taking place next week at the Rancho Santa Fe Sports Field. The camp will run daily April 8-12 from 9:30 to noon. Walk-ins are always accepted and you can pay by the day if that works better for your schedule. Information on the Spring Break and Summer camps can all be found online at www.rsfsoccer.com. For those that are interested in signing up your child for our 2013 Fall Recreational Program, registration is
OPEN and can also be completed online or the forms can be downloaded at this time. Walk-In Registration will be held on Saturday, April 27th at Rancho Santa Fe School from 9:00 a.m. to noon. All forms must be completed and new players must include a copy of their birth certificate or passport. Coach and Team requests will only be accepted through the 27th. You may bring your signed forms to the Walk-In Registration or mail them to the Attack office. Attack also has a nationally recognized competitive program that is always looking for players from 7-18 years old. Our teams compete in the top leagues and play in some of the top tournaments around the country, as well as internationally. Contact our Director of Coaching Malcolm Tovey if you are interested in learning more about this program. Sign up now to ensure that your child has a spot in our camps and this fall in our Rec program. Questions about the camps or our Fall program can be directed to the League office at 760.479.1500 or by emailing Marilee@rsfsoccer.com.
All Art Farm classes are held outdoors Carlsbad Art Farm started as a simple notion: what if young students were trained to draw and paint using the atelier method of fine art instruction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Historically, the atelier approach in Europe and Northern America meant that a professional painter or sculptor worked with a small group of students, training them in the skills and techniques used to create representational art,â&#x20AC;? says Art Farm Founder Perrin Weston. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the college level, this means a bunch of students learning to draw and paint human models. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how I studied, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how most professional artists learn to draw and paint. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foundational. My idea for Art Farm was that the atelier approach would work for young students, only instead of human models I would use farm animals.â&#x20AC;? Of course, most art schools canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bring animals indoors for instruction. What makes Art Farm possible is its location on 10-acres of coastal woodland habitat that manages to be remote while being in the middle of an urban hub. The Carlsbad property, which is also Westonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home, has been in the family for nearly 60 years. All Art Farm classes are held outdoors where students work with local teaching artists and a modeling animal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art Farm feels a bit like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve stumbled upon a zoo in the middle
of a national park,â&#x20AC;? notes one parent. Art Farmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s animal models, many of them miniature breeds, are chosen for their variety so that students learn to really look at what they are drawing and painting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The animal's somewhat exotic anatomy is not immediately familiar, meaning the young artist canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t simply draw what they think the animal looks like,â&#x20AC;? Weston said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most kids
Art Farm feels a bit like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve stumbled upon a zoo in the middle of a national park.â&#x20AC;? A parent
donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have an alpaca or a chicken or a goat in their backyard, so to draw that living animal with any degree of accuracy means you really have to concentrate on its form.â&#x20AC;? Art Farm students also have plenty of opportunity to interact with animals between classes, and that offers yet another learning opportunity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The animals at Art Farm are very interactive with our students,â&#x20AC;? Weston
says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They hold the chickens, help with feedings, give the donkey a bath, and take walks down the creek-side trail with our alpacas. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an invaluable experience to feel that connection with animal life, a connection that is reinforced by learning to draw and paint them.â&#x20AC;? The animals also provide local students with positive growth experiences that are unique to the program. For example, Weston said that invariably a group of kids will let a little goat out of the pen and come running to her in a state of high panic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They rush to me, all out of breathe, yelling, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Miss Perrin, one of the goats got out!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;, to which I always say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Well, you let him out, you better figure out a way to get him back in.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; What Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing, by not stepping in, is giving these kids an opportunity to take responsibility and solve the problem as a group. They always figure it out, they do get the goat back in, and they are wildly proud of themselves for having done it without my intervention. Plus I am very entertained watching them get the job done.â&#x20AC;? Art Farmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s award-winning summer camp season starts in mid-June and continues to mid-August. Sessions are one-week and are open to students entering Grades 2-8 next fall. Enrollment is online at www.CarlsbadArtFarm.com. For questions, email Weston at Director@CarlsbadArtFarm.com
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Montessori school has long history Now Enrolling forSummerProgram! ■ Santa Fe
Montessori School in Solana Beach Santa Fe Montessori School has been serving the needs of children and their families in Solana Beach for more than 40 years and has been quite successful with graduates moving on to Eton, UCLA, and Harvard. Large windows reveal adjacent patio gardens and allow abundant natural light into classrooms
endowed with time-tested Montessori learning materials. These hands-on materials allow children to learn how to read, add, subtract, the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates, the countries and capitals of Europe, the internal organs of the human body, and the planets of the solar system. And this all happens in the preschool classes! The children seem to learn effortlessly. They find joy in "working" in the classroom, although to them, it feels like "play". Because both their developmental needs and their per-
sonal preferences are honored, the children appear rested, calm and peaceful. They learn and grow at an amazing rate, yet retain their childish innocence and playfulness. A Montessori education can transform your child's life by developing not only their academic, but personal excellence. No matter your child’s age, he or she will be honored and respected for who they are, cared for and nurtured, as well as enticed into learning concepts and facts that will amaze you. Call (858) 755-3232 to arrange a visit and see for yourself!
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Explorer Summer Day Camp ■ Registration
packets are available today Come join the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos for Explorer Summer Day Camp from June 12-August 9! The Club offers a great variety of fun, weekly-themed, and educational activities including science, technology, engineering, math, arts and crafts, sports, computers, games room and much more. The annual membership fee
is $40. The general Summer Day Camp weekly fee is $70 per Club member with no field trips included. For Club members 7-9 years old who want to sign up for the Field Trip Adventures, the price is $90/week and includes 1 field trip per week primarily on Wednesdays. For Club members 10 years old and up who want to sign up for the Field Trip Adventures, the price is $100/week and includes 2 field trips per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Summer Day Camp program is open Monday Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Members must be at least 6 years old and enrolled in first grade. Our Summer registration packets are available today at the front desk of the Jennifer Loscher Branch (1 Positive Place, San Marcos 92069) and also can be found online at www.boysgirlsclubsm.org. Scholarships are available. Annual memberships are valid July 1 – June 30. For additional assistance please call (760) 471-2490 x 300 or email Outreach & Area Director, Jack Nguyen at email@example.com. Register today as space is limited!
Engage your child in an extraordinary experience at Pacific Ridge School Pacific Ridge School is pleased to announce its summer programs for 2013. Multiple sessions will run from June 16th through August 2nd, and are open to all students in the San Diego area. A variety of learning opportunities are available to challenge and inspire students entering 7th through 12th grades, including courses in writing, mathematics, applied science, music, dance and both digital and visual arts. Athletics offerings include sport-specific camps
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such as volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer and track and field, as well as strength and conditioning sessions to help young athletes take their skills to a higher level. Pacific Ridge will also host a coed Nike basketball camp. New this year for students entering 5th through 7th grade is the ultimate combination of fun, projectbased learning and discovery: The Firebird Day Program. Designed for younger students, each day includes morning sessions of hands-
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on, project-based learning, followed by afternoons filled with sports, games and fun activities. All summer programs utilize Pacific Ridge School’s state-of-the-art facilities and are staffed by experienced teachers and coaches. Class size is limited to 16 students and sports camps will have a low player-to-coach ratio. For more information and to register for summer programs at Pacific Ridge School, please visit www.pacificridge.org.
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Winston School hosts dinner The Winston School is celebrating 25 years of educating students with learning differences. The school hosted a dinner celebration for 500 Winston students, alumni, their families, teachers, friends and supporters including members of the Del Mar City Council on April 20. Guests traveled from as far away as Tucson and Baton Rouge to attend and many of the alumni attendees had only spent their middle school years at Winston, but were deeply affected by their experience. Emceed by Mike Peterson, the school’s headmaster for eight years, the evening highlights included the Winston Blues Band and the Winston High School Band performances, the school's first graduate Tallie-Mae Gibson, as well as the previous headmaster and current board president Mark Kimball and one of the school's founders Dr. Sarita Eastman. The presentations, music, dancing, game truck, photo booth and kid's corner added fun and excitement to an already festive event, but the essence of the evening was more profound as captured in Peterson's words, “Who knew such a small school could be so big?” Graduate Brian Lafferty offered a student's perspective on Facebook: "Saturday night was
filled to the brim with fun, good times, and nostalgia. The Winston School of Del Mar celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Mission Tower at the Del Mar Fairgrounds….I owe my life and much of my success to The Winston School. Getting me into this fine program was the best thing my mother - bless her soul - ever did for me." While Brian's story is
Who knew such a small school could be so big?” Mike Peterson Headmaster
the only one featured here, it's one of hundreds that students past and present and their family and friends could tell as this school changes lives for all involved. Often a last stop after a student's odyssey through other schools, Winston becomes an immediate game changer, teaching students in a way that he or she learns and not the other way around. By seeking to find a student’s passions and strengths, both the student and the school are successful. So for students who failed classes, struggled to
make friends, and had little hope of ever graduating, they discover learning differently is simply a difference and being accepted is the norm. At the 25th anniversary party, many found themselves looking back and giving credit to the school for the life they live today. Brian's story says it all. He and they found their place at Winston.
ABOUT THE WINSTON SCHOOL The Winston School is a college preparatory program which offers hope and success for children with learning differences in grades 4 through 12. A group of pediatricians and parents in San Diego founded the school in 1988 for bright children whose needs were not being met in traditional school settings. Students such as those struggling with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADD, ADHD, specific learning disabilities or learning disorders, nonverbal learning disorders and slow maturation find what they need in the school’s small, safe and caring environment. For more information visit www.thewinstonschool.com, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 858-2598155.
Ninety percent of Pacific Academy students achieve honor roll status Enrolling in a quality college preparatory school enhances students’ chances of attaining the academic and emotional preparation needed to succeed at the university level and beyond. This preparation ideally starts in Middle School. Pacific Academy, established in 1997, has been a private
individual needs and learning styles. Parents receive frequent progress reports and are encouraged to contact staff. As a result, rather than possibly falling through the cracks in a crowded public school, ninety percent of Pacific Academy students achieve honor roll status. In addition, students receive
Our ultimate aim, is to develop ‘Global Citizens’ of the 21st century.” Dr.Erika Sanchez Pacific Academy principal,
school for grades 7-12. In order to best serve students and its community, Pacific Academy is expanding it’s Middle School Program, to serve 6th grade. Middle School Students at Pacific Academy enjoy a 1:10 teacher-student ratio unattainable by today’s public budget strapped schools. Smaller class sizes allow teachers to provide hands-on project-based learning and community based learning that students find relevant and enjoyable. Teachers actively identify student strengths and develop individual education plans that include parents and cater to
individualized college counseling, starting in the 6th grade, to provide all the support needed through the developmental process. This Middle School expansion will allow 6th graders to take advantage of middle school programs and privileges experienced by our students. All of our students, high school and middle school, participate in exploratory education each Friday and may include community service projects, field trips, workshops, guest presentations, or student projects. All teachers have full teaching credentials and bachelor degrees, and many
hold Masters or Doctorates in Education like Dr. Erika Sanchez, Pacific Academy’s principal, who earned a Masters and Doctoral degree in sociology with an emphasis in education. “Our ultimate aim,” stated Erika Sanchez, “is to develop ‘Global Citizens’ of the 21st century, critical thinkers [who] make choices guided by respect for oneself and others.” Character traits like responsibility or cooperation permeate the curriculum each quarter, and students who demonstrate the emphasized character trait, receive recognition. Mr. Vikas Srivastava, this semester’s project-based learning facilitator, and all students collaborated and are planning a three-legged walk that pairs students from diverse backgrounds in an effort to eliminate discrimination and stereotyping. Mr. Vikas explains, “The theory is that everyone is diverse because we all have unique stories, and if we got to know one another’s stories, we would have more understanding and compassion between us.” After participating in numerous projects like this one, it’s no surprise that Pacific Academy students become compassionate, creative, inquisitive, and responsible global citizens.
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create a closeknit team e3 Consulting earnestly embodies the principles of EDUCATE, ENRICH, and EMPOWER, providing individualized, holistic educational and supportive services to children and their families in an effort to create healthy, happy young citizens. Rebecca Hayes is the Owner and Academic Director, where the core component of her practice is to provide consistent, first-rate Educational Therapy and
Consultation for students (Kindergarten through College) and their families. e3 employs a highly qualified staff, who provide unique approaches to teaching and learning, customized for each student’s needs, goals, and interests. e3 works to create a close-knit, collaborative team with their clients’ parents, school teachers, therapists, and pediatricians, as the mission is to build up the child consistently on all fronts. Hayes embraces the perspective that if a child is struggling with confidence or life dilemmas, he will not be able to succeed to his greatest ability. e3 incorporates several enriching services to fur-
ther nourish clients, such as individual and family therapy, creative expression workshops, test preparation, and college counseling. e3’s holistic approach focuses on building self-awareness, character, and achievement. Unlike other academic tutoring centers, e3 offers a variety of interactive programs to promote overall wellness and empower her clientele. Hayes successfully coowned Mindful Mentoring for seven years. However, Hayes’ passionate goals to truly construct and implement a community hub that will wholly support a family’s mind, body, and soul finally came to fruition in 2011.
Learn. Laugh. Grow. ■ At Del Mar Pines, we believe the elementary school years are the most formative of a child's life. For over thrirty years we've challenged the minds and engaged the hearts of our students by Give your child the start he/she deserves: encouraging a thirst for knowledge and an inquisi- - Small instructional groups tive spirit. Our goal for - Instruction in music, art, physical education, each student is to leave computer science, library, Spanish, and hands-on Del Mar Pines school as an science. independent, resourceful thinker with a lifelong - Integration of technology throug the use of oneto-one iPads and Macbooks love of learning.
Each student leaves as an independent, resourceful thinker with a lifelong love of learning.
MiraCosta College Builds Brighter Futures for Underserved and Disadvantaged Youth Summer Bridge. GEAR UP. Puente Project. Encuentros Leadership. Those are but a few of the myriad programs MiraCosta College has adopted in a wide-ranging effort to provide a path to higher education for youth from underserved and disadvantaged backgrounds. “MiraCosta College has a firm commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion,” said MiraCosta Community College District Superintendent/President Dr. Francisco Rodriguez. “We proudly serve all persons, no matter their station in life or circumstance, and ensure they have access to a quality education.” MiraCosta College offers a number of programs whose aim is best to prepare students for college success. Summer Bridge, for example, was founded at MiraCosta College in 1991 with the goal of bolstering the readiness of African-American students who have graduated high school. Summer Bridge is a six-week summer program that offers intensive academic preparation, highly individualized academic advising and enrichment programs in an intensive, yet nurturing environment. Don Love, a MiraCosta College counselor, said Summer Bridge boils down to “making sure that when Summer Bridge students
come to MiraCosta, they are well prepared for college level work.” The UMOJA Community Program, meanwhile, helps ensure the students get the counseling and academic and peer support to succeed once they enroll. The Puente Project and Encuentros Leadership are similar efforts aimed at Latino youth. The Puente Project began in 1981 at Chabot College in Hayward and has since expanded to 33 high schools and 59 community colleges throughout California. Affiliated with the University of California, Puente Project staffers train high school and community college instructors and counselors “to implement a program of rigorous instruction, focused academic counseling, and mentoring by members of the community,” according to its website. GEAR UP at MiraCosta is funded through a $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Under the program, MiraCosta College works with the Oceanside Unified School District to counsel, tutor and monitor lowincome and at-risk youth, starting from when they are students at Cesar Chavez and Jefferson middle schools through their first year of college. “GEAR UP is designed to enable more young Americans to succeed in mid-
dle and secondary school, to study hard, and to take the right courses to become college eligible and competitive for admission to colleges and universities,” states the MiraCosta College website. “MiraCosta College is doing a really good job extending itself to be a partner with Oceanside Unified,” said Oceanside schools Superintendent Larry Perondi. “There is a mutual commitment to helping kids reach the highest potential that they can.” But getting students from disadvantaged backgrounds to MiraCosta College is only half the battle. The school is intent on moving students into fouryear colleges and universities and then onto successful careers. It has admission agreements with several Cal State and University of California campuses, among others. Jonathan Henderson is a senior at Cal State Dominguez Hills. The former MiraCosta College student is contemplating whether to earn his master’s and doctorate degrees at USC, UCLA or UC Berkeley. Henderson said he had poor grades in high school, but “at MiraCosta College, I got it right…My mentors at MiraCosta got me into the mindset that I was going to earn my Ph.D. They supported me every step of the way.”
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Summer classes start June 3 & 17 Enjoy “real-time” classes at our beautiful coastal campuses— or enroll in online courses. View a detailed schedule at www.miracosta.edu. Or, call 760.795.6615 to request a schedule by mail.
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We meet the needs of gifted students Our Mission: The Rhoades School supports the positive development of bright, academically advanced, productive, creative, and socially able students in grades kindergarten through eight. Here, students are provided with an appropriate curriculum, a supportive peer group, and suitable guidance in an encouraging and thoughtful manner. We seek to establish in each student a singular love of learning for its own sake. The Rhoades School was founded on the realization that there was a distinct need for a program which comprehensively met the needs of gifted students.
Even among other esteemed private schools, The Rhoades School stands out as our mission uniquely and distinctively targets students that are gifted and talented. The uncommon abilities of extremely bright students require that the educators with whom they work have an in-depth understanding of, not only multiple academic subject areas and the most effective methods by which to teach those subjects, but also a sensitivity to the unique social needs that are often present in the profiles of gifted and talented students. We are a school of 300 total student body, with typ-
ically two classes of each grade level. Our students enjoy small class sizes and a specialized faculty, with expert instruction outside of the child’s homeroom beginning in kindergarten. These specialized classes include Science, Technology, Spanish, Music, Physical Education and Art. We are located on Rancho Santa Fe Road in south Encinitas on the border of Encinitas and Rancho Santa Fe. We are currently enrolling for the 2013-2014 school year. Please contact Call Kem Graham at 760-4361102 or email@example.com to schedule a private tour.
141 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd., Encinitas, CA 92024
At the Rhoades School, we nurture the development of gifted students from kindergarten through eighth grade. We balance a challenging curriculum with an added emphasis on social development, and are guided by four basic principles: • We teach our students how to think, not what to think. • How we teach is as important as what we teach. • We work to instill a sense of healthy competition, collaboration and confidence. • Satisfying our students’ hunger for learning is more important than standardized test scores. Now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Please call Kem Graham at 760-436-1102 to schedule a private tour
Get the most for your money Cinco de Mayo at La Colonia park Just because a product has a hefty price tag doesn’t always mean it delivers what it claims. ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports, recently identified pricey products — including appliances, big and small, electronics and more — whose performance was unimpressive in tests. “Don’t think because you’re paying more for a product that it’s going to work better than something that costs less,” said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart. “Some of the best products we’ve tested outperform others that are more expensive.” PRICEY PRODUCTS NOT WORTH THE SPLURGE By comparing test ratings and costs, ShopSmart discovered that there are quite a few household products that aren’t living up to their higher prices. Some of these products failed to deliver on claims and some didn’t go above and beyond like their prices would suggest. Here is a look at some of the pricier products shoppers should skip: — Sherwin-Williams Duration Home Semi-Gloss
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a little noisy. — Rainbow E-Series E2 Vacuum Cleaner, $1,350. It will clean out a wallet, but don’t expect it to clean rugs very well, and it’s heavy to lug around.
ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports, found that Walgreens Old Fashioned Ice Cream Sandwiches make a yummy snack for only 50 cents each. Photo courtesy of Consumer Reports
Paint, $51 per gallon. The glossy finish of this premium-priced paint dulled in scrubbing tests. For a glossy finish that stays put, plus better coverage, the best deal is Ace Royal Interiors Semi-Gloss, $28. — Breville YouBrew BDC600XL, $280. Even with classy looks and impressive brewing, it still landed at the bottom of ShopSmart’s Ratings. Cleaning the Breville’s many parts was a chore. Plus the carafe was really hard to empty. — Sigma SD15 SLR Camera, $929. It got the worst image-quality score of any of the advanced cameras tested, though it was one of the most expensive models that came through the labs. — Culinary Institute of America Masters Collection Cookware, $550. This set, named for the famed cooking school, was no star in ShopSmart’s evenness tests. — Blomberg DWT57500 Dishwasher, $1,000. Efficient energy and water use can’t make up for the fact that this high-end brand wasn’t great at getting dishes clean — and it’s
AMAZING CHEAP PRODUCTS You always want the most for your money — sometimes that means spending the bare minimum to get the job done. The big question: How little can you spend and still get a decent product? ShopSmart’s annual list of the best bargain products shows how low you can go. Paying less sometimes requires trade-offs, but these products are still worth it. — Nice! Dishwasher Detergent (powder), Walgreens. Price: 10 cents a load; $5.39 per package. Why it’s a bargain: It’s half the price per load than some other detergents, but it did a great job cleaning our dirty dishes. Trade-offs? It doesn’t work well on pots. — Walgreens Old Fashioned Ice Cream Sandwiches. Price: 50 cents each; $4 per package. Why it’s a bargain: It’s a yummy snack for only 170 calories. Trade-offs? You give up creaminess — the ice cream was a bit icy. — Giada De Laurentiis for Target Tomato Basil Sauce. Price: $3 a jar. Why it’s a bargain: The fresh tomato flavor earned it a top score from tasters and put this store-brand sauce on a par with an $8 jar of Mario Batali Marinara. Trade-offs? You don’t get the joy (or bother?) of making your own sauce. — Rayovac Alkaline Batteries. Price: $1.50 per pair. Why they’re a bargain: When ShopSmart tested them in flashlights, they outlasted five other alkaline batteries, including Energizer Max and Eveready Gold. Trade-offs? They didn’t perform as well as other batteries in digital gadgets such as cameras.
SOLANA BEACH — Come to Solana Beach for a traditional Cinco de Mayo Community Fiesta from 1 to 4 p.m. May 4 at La Colonia Park, 715 Valley Ave. This alcohol-free, community event will offer cultural opportunities for the whole family. Highlighting the entertainment stage from 1 to 3 p.m. will be the sounds of Mariachi Orgullo de San Diego, followed by a performance by a professional Ballet
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Folklorico dance group from 3 to 4 p.m. Activities for the whole family will include piñatas, game booths with prizes, Mexican craft booths, face painters and fun jumps for the children. Everyone can enjoy authentic Mexican food and beverage favorites, plus free vision and health checks will be provided by the Del Sol Lions Club. Community sponsors include the Boys and Girls
Club of San Dieguito; Solana Beach Parks and Recreation Commission; St. Leo’s and St. James Youth Dance Groups; Public Arts Advisory Commission; Don Chuy Restaurant; Rudy’s Taco Shop; Tony’s Jacal Restaurant and Del Sol Lions Club. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit cityofsolanabeach.org or call the Parks and Recreation Department at (858) 720-2453.
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health, happiness and peace from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 9 at the QLN Conference Center, 1938 Avenida del Oro, Oceanside. Tickets at the door $40. For Information or tickets, call (760) 483-3246.
STORY TIME The Rancho WALK IT OFF The Carlsbad Santa Fe Library offers regular BARGAIN HUNT Find treasures at the Community Senior Center will offer a new walking program for adults 50+ from 8 to 9 a.m. on Fridays in May. For more information, visit carlsbadca.gov/parksandrec or call (760) 602-4650. BABY TIME Fridays at 10:30 a.m. at the Encinitas Library, come for Bouncing Babies Storytime, designed for prewalking infants. Storytime is followed by 15 minutes of playtime.
MAY 4 BEST JUMPERS The 68th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show continues with Hunter/Jumper Week through May 5 and features the $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar at 6:45 p.m. May 4 at Del Mar Arena, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. BATIQUITOS TOUR The Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation will have a guided walk and talk at 12:30 p.m. May 4 on the recent sand replenishment programs at the lagoon. Meet at Ponto Beach at the south side of the jetty. More information is available at batiquitosfoundation.org or call (760) 931-0800. PUG PARTY Pug Rescue of San Diego hosts an anniversary May Pug Super-Heroes” party from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4 at the Del Mar Fairground’s Infield Pavilion. Get tickets at the door, $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, visit pugbutts.com or call (619) 685-
story times at 10:30 a.m. for preschoolers Tuesdays and for toddlers on Fridays. HEART HEALTH San Diego North Coastal WomenHeart welcomes women with interests and concerns about cardiac health at 10:15 a.m. May 7 at Glen View, 1950 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad. For more information, contact Marilyn Deak at (760) 438-5890. FUZZ THERAPY Students can ease stress of studying for final exams at “Doggie DeStress Day,” 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7 on the Student Center walkway at MiraCosta College’s San Elijo Campus at 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff. The event is free. Therapy dogs from Love On a Leash will be on hand.
MAY 9 MAKE MAMA HAPPY! The Encinitas Whole Foods Market, 687 S. Coast Highway 101, Suite 101, invites all moms, madres, mums and mommies to a MomO-Rama from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 9. The Whole Body department will offer in-store demos, plus free samples. The first 50 attendees will get a mom-friendly goodie bag. The store will have free massages, skin-care demos, yummy treats and Mineral Fusion is offering an online coupon for $4 off any cosmetic available at wholefoodsmarket.com/makeup. CHANGE Author Ilchi Lee
Rummage Sale, sponsored by the San Dieguito Academy Foundation rom 7a.m. to noon May 11 in front of the Performing Arts Center Amphitheater, just a few blocks east of I-5 on Santa Fe Drive.
Enjoy a Pancake Breakfast at Paul Ecke Central Elementary School from 8 to 11 a.m. with Encinitas Firefighters serving. A carnival runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. All pancake breakfast and carnival proceeds fund the PEC PTA programs.To find out more, visit pauleckecentral.com.
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Gala supports animals and HWAC PET OFTHE WEEK RANCHO SANTA FE — Tickets are available now for the Helen Woodward Animal Center Silver Anniversary Spring Fling Gala. Celebrating 25 years of philanthropy, the Fling Committee, headed by Committee Chairwoman Rebecca Vigil and Honorary Co-Chairpersons Nathan and Mindy Fletcher, will host the black-tie event. The evening, benefiting the Center’s programs for animals and people in need, wil be from 5:30 p.m. to midnight June 1 at Fairbanks Village Plaza. This year, former chairpersons and co-chairpersons unite to remember the past
celebrations which helped raise funds to establish and maintain Helen Woodward’s programs helping animals and people. The evening will look back at Spring Flings from the past and give a special award to the Fling Committee leaders who led the way. Spring Fling Restaurant Chairwoman Ann Dizney has secured a restaurant lineup including Pacifica Del Mar, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, The Melting Pot, Burlap and Piatti, to name a few. After dinner, guests will enjoy guest appearances by fuzzy VIPs and a rousing live
auction including a two-hour private lunch with the Oscar award-winning film icon, and animal welfare advocate Diane Keaton. Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of two wine cellars including both red and white bottles, each with a 92 point rating or higher and each averaging $75. The cellar wines will be collected at the “Corks for Critters” Helen Woodward Animal Center Wine Party at the Del Mar County Club on May 23. Tickets to the 25th Annual Spring Fling Gala
can be purchased in Silver, Gold and Platinum levels (ranging from $250 to $500 a ticket) with various special amenities included at each level. Platinum level seats include a personal wait staff, bottle service for the evening, valet service, express check in and check out, a VIP take-home gift and admission to the Corks for Critters Party on May 23. Sponsorship and auction opportunities are still available. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Melissa Alvarado at (858) 756-4117, ext. 350 or visit animalcenter.org/events/Fli ng.
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RANCHO SANTA FE — Members of the Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild, Pat Beck, Suzy Schaefer and Ron Spelman volunteered their time to conduct workshops for local artists. The fully donated tuition allows the
guild to support and encourage visual artists in our community and county. Each instructor brought their individual expertise of painting and teaching to the students. Among the instructors was Pat Beck, a founding member and past board member of the RSF Art Guild. She is nationally published artist who has been painting for over 35 years. Beck’s workshop concentrated on the execution of a still life oil painting. According to Beck, “A good foundation is the relationship between color and set up.” Beck taught how to arrange flowers, artifacts, vases and rich fabrics to create designed balance on the canvas. Beck said “color catches the eye to lead the viewer into the painting”. Artist Suzy Schaefer, also a founding member and past president of the RSF Art Guild, has been painting for 40 years. Her paint workshop at her studio focused on teaching how to select a photograph with good composition and transform it to canvas. The image required the balance of light and dark to set up a strong painting. She encouraged her students to enjoy the process of painting and said, “I felt the class was enjoyed by all who attended, but I had the most fun because they were such a lovely group of artists.” Ron Spelman, a RSF Art Guild past president, paints portraits and figurative art. Spelman’s paintings capture the personality and the unique features of the figure. He taught painting of the human form through the relationship of eyes, nose, mouth and ears. Spelman said, “Many of us have not taken the time to study this “relationship” and without it we always fail to get a likeness or the study of a mood.” He begins the process of painting with quick sketches and encouraged his students to create five-minute drawings on paper pads in pencil or pen. Spelman continued his teaching by demonstrating his strength in clarity of color. You can view the art at the Rancho Santa Fe Art Gallery, 6004 Paseo Delicias, Tuesdays through Fridays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Union Bank provides the gallery space.
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Jim Phillips works on a hand-shaped surfboard blank at his shed. A longtime surfboard shaper, Phillips continues to push forward with surfboard design. Photos by Jared Whitlock
SURFBOARD SHAPER STILL HONING HIS CRAFT AFTER ALL THESE YEARS By Jared Whitlock
ENCINITAS — Covered in a light layer of resin dust, Jim Phillips clamped parts of a surfboard together on a gloomy morning.A dozen surfboards in various stages of production and tools were scattered about his rickety shed on “the hill” — a hub for Encinitas surfboard shapers. Even though he has been making surfboards since the early 1960s, he certainly shows no signs of complacency or of slowing down. Phillips attributes his unending quest for the perfect surfboard to a proud family tradition. “My father, grandfather and great grandfather were builders and craftsmen; I know they’ve got an eye on me 24 hours a day,” Phillips said. “I feel like I have an obligation to do the absolute best possible job God gave me the ability to do.” Phillips, the son of an Air Force officer, grew up in Columbus, Ohio. When he was 15 years old, his dad was transferred to Hawaii, where Phillips was introduced to surfing. He badgered his dad to buy him a surfboard, but due to the cost, Phillips was instead given a do-it-yourself surfboard kit. In retrospect, Phillips said the kit was key because it forced him to learn through trial and error. “In those days, not many people were eager to share how to shape with you,” Phillips said. He added that it put him “on the path of selfreliance.” By the end of high school, Phillips managed to shape around 30 boards when he wasn’t in the water. His talent even attracted the attention of a large surfboard company that gave him a job. But the time dedicated toward surfing and shaping took a toll on his grades. Consequently, his dad wasn’t happy, and only later warmed to the idea of his son being a surfboard shaper. “He was a decorated war veteran…and here I was — the village idiot tinkering with surfboards,” Phillips said. His dad tried to stop him
A surfboard blank awaits glassing in Jim Phillips’ workshop at “the hill” — a hub for surfboard shapers in Encinitas.
from surfing by hiding his board at an Air Force hanger; however, that did nothing to quell Phillips’ enthusiasm for riding waves. But shortly after, his dad was transferred to a small farming town in Delaware, and Phillips went with him against his will. About a year later, Phillips packed up and bummed around on the East Coast as an up-and-coming shaper for the next few years. “My first realization was how brutally cold the water is compared to Hawaii,” Phillips said of the East Coast. And the waves weren’t nearly as good. Still, he enjoyed making surfboards for a burgeoning surf scene. In his early 20s, he opened a business in Rhode Island, and then later a large surfboard factory in Florida. He also exploded onto the competitive surfing scene, racking up three U.S. surfing championships and other contest wins over the years. And although he had more people working under him in Florida and produced more boards, he still favored hand-shaped surfboards. “There was no losing sight of how much better hand-shaped boards are to ride,” Phillips said. Phillips stayed in Florida until a perfect storm swept through his life in the early 1990s — a national recession hit Florida especially hard and took a big bite out of surfboard demand. He also went through a divorce and a business partner stole money from him. “The bottom just fell out of my dream,” Phillips said.
In the wake, Phillips took a shaping job in San Diego after making some contacts during a surf contest. Since then, he’s happily shaped custom longboards from his Encinitas space, calling it “the best move I ever made.” But he noted that making it as a custom surfboard shaper is difficult since the price of materials has dramatically ramped up. Plus, cheaper surfboards from China have flooded the market in the past decade. In response, he’s focused on high-end surfboards, often shipping nationally and even internationally. Marcelo Lobos, president of the Swami’s Surfing Association, has known Phillips for three years. Lobos said that Phillips is a “great guy and shaper” who always volunteers to help the club with charity programs. And Lobos recalled riding one of Phillips’ boards a couple of years back. “It was just so smooth and handled very well,” Lobos said. Recognition for Phillips’ craft goes beyond the association. Phillips noted he’s particularly proud of winning the 2009 Billabong Art of Shaping event with a 17-stringer “Rising Sun” surfboard. While he’s constantly pushing forward with surfboard design, he also occasionally plays in the past. On May 11 at the Orange County Fairgrounds, he’ll display a 1940s wooden surfboard he restored. “I try and do the best I can every day,” Phillips said.
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Miracle League swings for the fences DEL MAR — San Diego’s Miracle League was swinging for the fences during their seventh annual Home Run Derby, the league’s only fundraiser of the year, at the Engel Family Field April 20. With Miracle League players, buddies and former professionals, including Trevor Hoffman, Mark Loretta, Mike Sweeny and Brad Ausmus stepping up to the plate, all told the event hit their goal of $25,000. The Miracle League of San Diego provides children with special needs the opportunity to play baseball in an organized league.
Trevor Dean of Carlsbad swings for the fences during the Miracle League of San Diego’s 7th annual Home Run Derby.
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CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA — Belmont Village Senior Living invites all to a seminar on “Making the Move to Senior Living: When and How” from 2 to 4 p.m. May 4 at 3535 Manchester Ave., Cardiff by the Sea. Christy Christine, a Healthcare Management specialist and Linda Diller of Senior Move Masters will discuss: — When living at home is no longer an option — Navigating senior housing — “choosing the right fit.” — Understanding the continuum of care — Costs - VA Benefits, Medi-Cal and Medicare — Making the move and clearing the clutter Refreshments and a tour of the facility will be provided. For reservations, call (760) 436-8900. For more information, visit cardiffbythesea.belmontvillage.com.
water conservation. To view, in May, both Camp Run-Av i s i t Muck dogs and non-camp encinitasenvironment.org. canines can enjoy a 30minute splash Mondays Graduating nurses through Fridays in a heated Twenty-four graduates of pool. Owners will also be able the Associate Degree Nursing to enjoy Markim’s Dog Park program will receive their Play Area on Saturdays and MiraCosta College nursing Sundays. For more informapins 4 to 5:30 p.m. May 16, in tion, visit markimpet.com or the college theater, 1 Barnard call (858) 481-3881. Drive, Oceanside. This traditional ceremony signifies the Film winners passage from student nurse to Judges awarded first and graduate nurse and welcomes second place prizes to Libby the graduates into the profes- Lake Community Center sional role of an RN. Project REACH and the Boys & Girls Club of Oceanside at Dog delights MLK April 20 at the Young Markim Pet Resort, 4393 Filmmakers Anti-Marijuana Carmel Valley Road, is PSA Contest in Oceanside. adding activities. Beginning
The city of Encinitas recently developed encinitasenvironment.org, designed as a portal for all environmentally related content and resources. The site includes the topics of air quality, clean water, climate change, energy efficiency, green building, land use, transportation and mobility, Star musician Jack Doshay, a sopho- trash and recycling and more music major at Ripon College, performed in the spring Symphonic Wind Ensemble April 14. Doshay is from Rancho Santa Fe and is the child of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn R. Doshay. Del Mar Plaza invites the community to shop, dine and drink May 15, at its monthly “15th on 15th” event, at 1555 Camino Del Mar in Del Mar, with one-day-only promotions that will change each month. For more information, visit 15thon15th.com.
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Dentistry and a senior staff member at Rady Children’s Hospital. Dr. Dabir has more than 15 years of experience in providing dental care for children. In keeping with your child’s developmental stage, our pediatric dentist will provide information and guidance to help prevent cavities and give you the tools to prepare for your child’s dental needs. Their new office is at16236 San Dieguito Road #2-22.
Kids Korps rocks April 20, students at Earl Warren Middle School in Solana Beach joined more than 50 Kids Korps youth volunteers in a day of service at Feeding America San Diego to call attention to the 1 in 4 children impacted by hunger. As a part of the day of service, the youngsters packed and sorted fresh fruits and vegetables to distribute through FASD’s BackPack program and Farm2Kids program. For more information visit KidsKorps.org.
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kick in. I just don’t generally choose for them to. Yeah, that’s it. I just don’t want to. It’s not that my eyes begin to droop at 8 p.m. Oh no. I have simply discovered the joys of hitting the shower and crawling into bed at a reasonable hour. This is something morning people have always known. I used to scoff at them, but I am much more polite now. I’m not certain what you call someone who is neither a night person nor a morning person. The terms lazy and old come to mind, but I am unwilling to go there. I just think I have come to appreciate the joys
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streamlining its permitting process. Some of the surveyed businesses also stated an interest in redeveloping the downtown area, which the city has already undertaken with its Village revitalization efforts. The city has also been pursuing bringing a higher learner institution to Carlsbad to attract more potential employees for local companies. The city expects to select one of the five higher education bids it received by the end of May, Dodson said. Furthermore, Carlsbad is initiating a talent attraction program to let businesses and skilled employees know that, “(Carlsbad’s) economy is robust; there are lots of oppor-
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tributing problems. “I frankly think that parking is a mess,” said Richard Earnest, former mayor and current vice president of economic improvement for the Del Mar Village Association. “Whether that’s perceived or real, we need to figure that out.” The task force will initially be formed for two years. It will include business owners and city department heads who will meet regularly to identify the top difficulties and impediments to doing business in Del Mar. They will also create a project list of improvements. One city staffer will be assigned to proactively advise and help businesses implement those improvements. The plan also calls for the city to begin a process to resolve all business parking issues downtown and to promote Del Mar as business-friendly in communications with the community. “We need to counter the perception that ‘you should never try to do business in Del Mar,’” the staff report states. “That … will only cause our downtown to further deteriorate in the years to come.” The most recent city attempt to revitalize the downtown commercial area
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tunities here,” said Dodson. Of those surveyed, about 35 percent of businesses said they expected to hire more employees over the next year. The business survey, the first ever conducted in Carlsbad, was conducted by BW Research Partnership to provide the city with baseline information about local businesses. “We needed a snapshot of the business community,” said Dodson. “(The survey) helps us provide that roadmap for where the economic development needs to be.” The survey was based off of interviews with 223 Carlsbad businesses and recent San Diego County business reports. The city intends on conducting more business surveys in the future, according to Dodson. was Proposition J, which called for changes to building codes and narrowing Camino del Mar to two lanes with roundabouts. The measure was defeated in the November election. Councilman Don Mosier said one thing he discovered while crafting the plan was that only 25 percent of residents shop or dine in Del Mar. “That is an abysmally low number for a small community with a business district,” Mosier said. “We’re not getting support from our residents for our businesses and I’d like to know why. If you can walk two blocks to a nice restaurant, why don’t you do it?” Sinnott suggested trying to implement what in Proposition J was acceptable to the community. “I’m excited about this o p p o r t u n i t y , ” Councilwoman Sherryl Parks said of the proposal. “The city should step forward now.”
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Badger's Fountain Lunch, a popular gathering spot. A story Welch likes to tell is of crooner and actor Bing Crosby who brought visibility to the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club and was instrumental in the development of the Del Mar Racetrack. “He drove a Studebaker that he didn’t take very good care of and would go into Lucile Badger’s Fountain Lunch after hours and help himself to a beer from the refrigerator shouting,‘Put it on my account’ as he went out the door,” she said. “Howard Hughes rented a home here, moving in with his wife Susan Peters and round-the-clock bodyguards. When the lease was up, he refused to move and kept paying the homeowners to travel more.” Welch also shares local lore about Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and Mary Pickford who owned Rancho Zorro, now Fairbanks Ranch. “Douglas was upbraided by E.B. Maddux, groundsman for the Rancho Santa Fe Inn when it was called La Morada, for practicing his golf swing with a horse whip on newly planted grass,” she said. Other movie stars who frequented the Ranch in the early days include George Brent, Victor Mature, George Lewis, Robert Wagner, Pauline Neff, Corinne Griffith and Norma Talmadge and husband Joseph Schenck who created
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But Bruce Ehlers, spokesman for the initiative, said that it’s still crucial voters show up in favor of Prop A. He said that council’s intent to eliminate the four-fifths provision via a general plan amendment is admirable, but a future council could theoretically reverse the action. However, should Prop A pass, it would take another voter initiative to overturn it. “Even if this council doesn’t want to use the four-fifths (provision), there’s no telling what future councils will do,” Ehlers said. “We want a greater protection than a simple majority of the council,” Ehlers added. For Kranz, he’s especially concerned Prop A
From left: Author Diane Welch, County Supervisor Dave Roberts and photographer Leslie Hoffman at the invitation-only inaugural Diane Welch Celebrity Walking Tour last Sunday. The tour showcases the stars who called Rancho Santa Fe “home” during the 1920s and 30s and benefits the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center. Photo by Lillian Cox
20th Century Pictures with Darryl F. Zanuck. Movie producers King Wallis Vidor and John Stuart Robertson started the Rancho Santa Fe Riding Club. Welch said Errol Flynn made a movie in the Ranch. “I’ll never drive through the village of Rancho Santa Fe again without thinking of Lilian Rice,” said travel writer Elaine Masters who attended the tour. A suggested taxdeductible donation of $30 per person will benefit the nonprofit Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center. “The Center has been very supportive of my work as an author and,in return,I have
wanted to give back,” Welch explained. “I donated a private walking tour of the village as a silent auction item for a fundraiser for the senior center, and the winning bid was $300. “I realized that these walks could be an ongoing gift to them.” Attorney Carla DiMare is president of the board of the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center. “The Senior Center thanks Diane for her extremely informative tours of Rancho Santa Fe,” she said. “We encourage everyone to come to the senior center. We exist 100 percent on donations and
encourage people to donate to us and participate.They’ll find that the center is well managed by board members who include financial professionals.” Welch has a movie about Rice’s life and work in the development stage with Sakir Pictures, Inc. Her second book on Rice will be released in 2014. She also won the SOHO (Save Our Heritgae Organization) People in Preservation Award. For more information, visit lilianjrice.com, facebook.com/LilianJRice or contact Welch directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (858) 523-1182.
would hamper “specific plans” like the one in downtown Encinitas, hurting the businesses in them. Specific plans were developed after years of input from residents and businesses. Within them, some of the buildings are denser than normally allowed under city standards and taller than the 30-foot height limit. Kranz said that Prop A would make modifying or building properties in specific plans needlessly difficult and expensive. “It’s a meat-cleaver approach,” Kranz said. “A lot of hard work went into crafting those plans,” he added. However, Ehlers believes that the specific plans are inherently flawed, because some were passed with a four-fifth council majority, instead of a public vote, and buildings in them exceed height lim-
its laid out in the city’s general plan. If Prop A passes, constructing buildings greater than 30 feet would trigger a public vote. As well as eliminating the four-fifths provision, council voted to send out informational Prop A mailers leading up to the election. Kranz dismissed comparisons to mailers Escondido sent out last October. As a result of those mailers, Escondido is being sued for allegedly using taxpayer dollars to advocate for two November ballot measures. Rather, Kranz said that the mailers will be factual, and that they’re intended to list the impacts of the initiative in neutral fashion for those who are unfamiliar with Prop A. “We want to take another route to reach
these folks,” Kranz said. In the coming weeks, a council subcommittee made up of Kranz and Councilman Mark Muir will finalize the language of the mailers and bring it before council for approval. Ehlers said the mailers are “walking right near the edge of the rule” for what’s acceptable under California election law, considering that council has formerly come out against Prop A. Additionally, council asked the League of Women Voters to host a pros-and-cons debate. The date and location of that event hasn’t been set. At least 5,700 signatures gathered for Prop A during the summer and fall were deemed valid, qualifying the initiative for a special election this summer. The cost of the special election is estimated at $350,000 to $400,000.
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