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Fire fees to blaze through San Diego again By Rachel Stine

REGION — The State Board of Equalization has resumed billing about 800,000 California property owners, thousands of which live in San Diego, for a fire prevention fee that some legal and legislative groups consider illegal. The fire prevention fee charges Californians $150 annually for each habitable structure standing in the State’s Responsibility Area (SRA), which is rural areas where the state is responsible for paying for wildfire prevention and suppression. Fees for structures in the SRA that are covered by a local fire protection agency are reduced to $115. The fee is intended to finance fire prevention services carried out by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire. These services include brush clearing and forest health activities. With the fee passed in 2011 by Assembly Bill X1 29, the State Board of Equalization first billed property owners for fiscal year 2011-12 starting in August 2012. But the State Board of

Scott Eugene from San Diego Fire Engine No. 4 accesses the situation during the Witch Creek fire in 2007. Fire fees intended to finance fire prevention services carried out by Cal Fire have resumed billing. Photo by Todd LeVeck

Equalization halted the billing process for fiscal year 2012-13 in March 2013 due to legislative and legal challenges to the fire prevention fee’s legality and the thousands of appeals submitted by property owners charged with the fee.

With the legislative and legal efforts failing to modify or repeal the fee thus far, Cal Fire ordered the Board to resume the collection of the fees, according to a press release from the State Board of Equalization on July 2.

“We are required to (collect the fee) by law. So nothing has changed since the initial implementation of the fee,” said Cal Fire spokesperson Dennis Mathisen. TURN TO FIRE FEES ON A6

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A MIRACULOUS OFFSEASON Columnist Jay Paris chronicles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers’ miraculous offseason visit to the Vatican. Will the miracle continue on the field, too? A14

Thieves steal more than $5m in artwork, jewelry By Tony Cagala

Del Mar housing project unveiled at open house DEL MAR — Based on comments at a July 29 community open house, Del Marians seemingly prefer that housing rather than offices be built on vacant property on the southwest corner of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Road. Watermark Del Mar, a proposal from San Dieguito Land Partners LLC, is slated to include 54 one- to four-bedroom apartments and townhomes on the approximately 2.3-acre lot. The one- and two-story units will range in size from about 650 square feet to 2,800 square feet. “I like it,” said Tensia Trejo, who has lived in Del Mar for nearly nine decades. “It brings warmth. An office building is very cold. It’s just a bunch of glass.”

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RANCHO SANTA FE — The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and Crime Stoppers are turning to the public for help in locating suspects that broke into a residence, stealing more than $5 million in artwork and jewelry. The break in occurred between 9 a.m.on June 17 and 6 a.m. on June 18. The residents, who were not home at the time of the break in, filed the report June 18, according to Detective Brett Garrett. Garrett said the suspects possibly entered through a sliding door at the residence. The home didn’t have any security systems installed and was in a gated portion of the community. Eleven paintings, including one Claude Monet print and one Camille Pissarro print were stolen. All of the paintings were valued at more than $1 million. Also stolen were gold, diamond, tourmaline, cabochon, citrine necklace and bracelet sets valued at $100,000 per set. Chinese sculptures and

A sculpture by artist Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof was stolen from a Rancho Santa Fe home sometime between June 17 and June 18. Courtesy photo

sculptures by artist Andreas von Zadora-Geflof were also taken. At this time, Garrett doesn’t believe there is any connection between this break in and others that have taken place in the area previously. Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case. Anonymous emails and text messages may be sent via the Crime Stoppers website at sdcrimestoppers.com, or by calling (888) 580-8477.

Study finds steep drop in key coastal fish By Jared Whitlock

COAST CITIES — Populations of fish in Southern California declined more than 78 percent on average over the past 40 years, according to a recent study. The authors arrived at that conclusion after examining a rather unique source: records of fish captured in cooling systems at

five coastal power plants, including the San Onofre Nuclear Generation System. Since 1972, the power plants trapped more than 10 million fish as they filtered in seawater for their cooling systems. Under state law, the facilities are required to document the TURN TO FISH ON A6

Carolyn Butterfield, left, and Susan Morrison, center, learn the details of a proposed housing development on the southwest corner of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Road during a July 29 community open house. Photos by Bianca Kaplanek

Former Mayor Richard Earnest, who lives next to the lot, also said he favors residential over commercial development. “I don’t know a lot of

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the details yet, but anything is better than what’s there now,” he said. “I especially like that it will offer affordable housing, which the city desperately needs.”

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Most of the proposed homes will be sold. However, the project will include seven affordable rental units, four of which will be deeded at no cost to Del Mar Community Connections. The remaining three will be owned by the developer with a 30-year restrictive term as affordable. “We look for opportunities like this,” resident Bud Emerson, a member of the Del Mar Housing Corporation, said. “(Del Mar Community Connections) gets units TURN TO HOUSING ON A6

Sardines are one of the schooling fish that plummeted in population, according to a long-term analysis of records of fish caught in power plants. With fewer schooling fish, larger fish and sea lions have been negatively impacted. Photo courtesy of Scripps Institution of Oceanography


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RSF artist at the Athenaeum Museum RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild announced that the 22nd annual Juried Exhibition of the Athenaeum Museum in La Jolla has selected art work by guild member Manss Aval, for its exhibition. Aval’s art was chosen from more than 1,000 works of art submitted. The Athenaeum Museum Music and Arts Library event is one of the most prestigious art

shows in San Diego for both emerging and midcareer artists. This year’s jurors were Ariel Plotek, Assistant Curator, San Diego Museum of Art and Amy Galpin, Associate Curator, San Diego Museum of Art. The exhibition will be held at the Athenaeum Museum, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla, through Aug. 31. For additional details, see ljathenaeum.org.

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RSF perinatologist wins support for Miracle Babies RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe resident, Dr. Sean Daneshmand, and his nonprofit Miracle Babies have received a $5,000 award from Bandai Co., Ltd. And Sync Beatz Entertainment for winning the Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. Hometown Heroes contest. Miracle Babies is a San Diegobased nonprofit that provides education, awareness, emotional support and financial assistance to families with newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit. “On behalf of Miracle Babies and the many families in need with sick newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit, I would like to thank Bandai Co., Ltd. and Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. for their very generous contribution,” said Daneshmand. “It is very refreshing to see how socially responsible companies can, not only provide wonderful services for profit but also give back to the community at a time of need in such a generous fashion.” For receiving the largest

amount of votes in the April/May competition, Bandai will award a $5,000 contribution to Daneshmand and the San Diego-based group which he founded in 2009. The mission of Miracle Babies is to provide support and financial assistance to families with critically ill newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and to enhance the well being of women, children and their families through education, prevention and medical care. As a perinatologist (highrisk obstetrician) working with brave, hopeful women and their families, “Dr. D.” noticed that many were financially unable to be in the hospital with their babies every day. His efforts have provided more than 600 families with financial assistance to pay for living expenses, transportation, medical equipment, prescriptions, baby supplies, and sibling childcare, which allows them to From left, Miracle Babies founder, Dr. Sean Daneshmand, and Miracle be with their baby while they Babies Executive Director Kevin Robertson celebrate a $5,000 award receive critical care at the facilfor the nonprofit, after winning the Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. Hometown Heroes ity. As part of his further commitment to preventing premacontest. Courtesy photo ture births, Dr. D. launched “Healthy Women Healthy Children” this year, an additional Miracle Babies program dedicated to healthy weight management for women before, during and after pregnancy. Learn more about the work and achievements of the organization at miraclebabies.org/. “Hometown Heroes”is an ongoing program to encourage and recognize pro-social activity by enabling visitors to the Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. Web site to nominate people in their communities who have selflessly committed time and effort to improve the quality of life for those in need. The next winner will be selected after the current voting period ends Sept. 1. Fans are encouraged to submit nominations for their own Hometown Heroes at tamagotchilife.com/heroes.

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MainStreet O’side aims to bolster downtown By Rachel Stine

North Coast Prevention Coalition President Aaron Byzak talks about the negative affects of alcohol advertising. Photo by Ian Brophy

Vista won’t pursue electronic billboards along state Route 78 Cost of EIR cited as one of the reasons why By Ian Brophy

VISTA — City Councilmember Cody Campbell announced that a proposal to put up electronic billboards in Vista had been terminated, at an NCPC (North Coast Prevention Coalition) sponsored community meeting on Wednesday at the Vista Library. Campbell, a former NCPC member, said the proposal to construct electronic billboards on city property along state Route 78 in order to raise revenue has been canceled because an Environmental Impact Report was too expensive. The Environmental Impact Report would cost approximately $150,000 according to Campbell, but he said that is not the only reason the proposal had been called off. “We have received a lot of negative public comments regarding the billboards,” Campbell said. “There is a lot of tension in the communities that would be affected.” Aaron Byzak, president of the NCPC, was the host and main speaker during the community meeting. Byzak said he was happy to hear the proposal had been canceled, but was still concerned the proposal could be

brought back to life. “It seems to me that $150,000 on a project that is supposed to make you $300,000 to $400,000 probably shouldn’t be a barrier,” he said. “I think it’s positive movement that the project is dying, but I am concerned that it could come back.” Byzak added the NCPC is not against the billboards, but is against the billboards advertising alcohol. “Our organization is not here to prevent digital billboards from happening,” Byzak said. “We were concerned about alcohol advertising because we know it is directly connected to youth alcohol use.” The proposal partnered the city with CBS Outdoor to manage the billboards. According to Campbell, CBS would handle most of the advertising management as long as 15 percent were public service announcements and the remaining 85percent were commercial advertisements. More than 40 people attended the meeting, which featured multiple speakers and an opportunity for attendees to ask questions. Nancy Holbrook, a resident of Vista, said she opposed the billboards entirely, and that the involvement of CBS Outdoor makes her think the proposal is not dead yet. “I am concerned that there may be some offer of money from (CBS Outdoor) TURN TO BILLBOARDS ON A6

OCEANSIDE — Some called it, “old school.” Others, “ghetto.” At the July 30 MainStreet Oceanside Association stakeholder meeting, all of the business owners and city representatives agreed that downtown needs an upgrade and fast to help the area reach its full potential as a thriving, trendy destination. “I can go on and on about the stories of the vagrants and the complaints (in downtown Oceanside),” said MainStreet Oceanside member Dick Bartlett. “I look at it from an economic restructuring point of view and say, ‘A lot of this has to end.’” “Coming from the freeway, (downtown) is the first impression people have of the city,” said Oceanside Deputy Mayor Jerry Kern. “The downtown needs to be exciting, vibrant, and safe.” Established in 2009, MainStreet Oceanside has been striving to revitalize the downtown area by focusing on promotion, design, economic restructuring, and organization. To do so, the association sponsors major events downtown to attract economic growth and has been working to connect business owners with city officials and local residents. “We want to be the face of downtown Oceanside,” said

MainStreet Oceanside member Dick Bartlett, center, talks about safety issues in the downtown area, including thieves and vagrants, at the July 30 stakeholder meeting. Photo by Rachel Stine

Gumaro Escarcega, MainStreet Oceanside’s program manager. He explained that a collaborative business association is necessary for downtown Oceanside, since the area is the most visible part of the city. MainStreet Oceanside already sponsors the city’s booming farmers market and sunset market and has a number of business mixers in the works. At its stakeholder meeting,the association prompted a discussion with business owners,city police officers,and city

staff to identify concerns and cultivate ideas to improve the area. Attendees complained about the run down buildings, vagrants, and skateboarders pervading downtown and chasing away (or in the case of the skateboarders, running over) potential customers. Oceanside Police Department Resource Officer Steve Peppard emphasized to attendees that the department has beefed up its bicycle patrol units downtown and that safety in the area is a big focus. “You’ll be seeing a lot more of us downtown,” he said.

Kern also said the city is hopeful that the Mission Avenue improvement project will provide a needed aesthetic and economic boost. The project, which will begin this fall, will widen Mission Avenue’s sidewalks by converting the street into a two-lane westbound only street. Seagaze Drive will be converted to a one-way eastbound street. The city will be planting trees and placing chairs on the new sidewalks to encourage more pedestrians in the area, said Kern.

District to increase campus access for cops By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — After a campus robbery weeks prior, Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) officials agreed to look into providing Carlsbad Police officers with keys to schools to enhance security. The move came at the Carlsbad city/schools quarterly meeting on July 31 as district members met with city staff to discuss mutual issues and potential partnerships. Police responded to a robbery at Carlsbad High School shortly after 1 a.m. on July 21, and arrested seven juveniles who had burglarized the campus concession stand. “It was a really unfortunate thing that happened but the response (from the police) was positive and quick,” said Superintendent Suzette Lovely, and she reviewed the incident with city staff. She noted, however, that the incident revealed the fact that Carlsbad Police have no way to access the district’s locked campuses in case of emergency or crime. The Carlsbad Police offi-

From left to right: CUSD Board Vice President Ann Tanner, City Councilmember Keith Blackburn, Mayor Pro Tem Mark Packard, CUSD Board President Elisa Williamson, Superintendent Suzette Lovely, and City Manager John Coates discuss matters of school campus security, noise issues, bike lanes, and Common Core at the July 31 Carlsbad city/schools quarterly meeting. Photo by Rachel Stine

cers were only able to respond to the July 21 incident because campus security was present and had unlocked an entrance. Lovely said that the district planned to provide master keys to one of the sergeants and campus resource officers in case of future incidents. Councilmember Keith Blackburn, a retired Carlsbad Police sergeant, noted that one key in the department kept by a staff member who

only worked Monday through Friday would not help officers out in the field responding to a school incident. Instead he suggested that the district consider providing keys to all police officers, to which Lovely agreed to consider seriously. In addition to the security matter, city and school district representatives also discussed the concerns of residents who live near Carlsbad schools’ campuses. School neighbors regu-

larly complain about noise issues from campus activities according to Lovely. She said that on the whole the district has been able to address this matter until a recent incident on July 28. The school district received complaints from neighbors about a Lightning Soccer Club tournament held at Carlsbad High School. Upon investigation, Lovely confirmed that the event had not been sanctioned by the school district or the city, and that the tournament goers had somehow gained unauthorized access to campus. She said that once the district confirms how the school gates had been opened, the situation would be remedied and prevented from happening again. Possibly adding bike lanes around school campuses and partnering to spread more information about Common Core to the general public were additionally brought up and noted for the next meeting so that city staff had the opportunity to look into both matters.


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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS AUG. 9, 2013

Will facts or immigration myths shape new policies? By Thomas D. Elias

In response to Thomas Elias commentary By Robert E. Herrmann

Thomas Elias’s article against Prop. 13 calls out for a response. Detroit, Fresno and a number of other American cities are in or facing bankruptcy all with unsustainable public employees’ pension obligations. The average public employee, I understand, receives about 20 percent more in wages and generous benefits than their equivalent in the private sector; all paid for from taxes from the private sector, particularly real property taxes. These benefits have been secured through the growing power of the public employee unions. And who was there to protect the property owner

from these demands? The answer would be our politicians, also essentially public employees. Then about 30 or so years ago, a group of citizens led by Howard Jarvis organized and started a grass roots organization for an end around this public employees cabal and went the referendum route by going directly to the public for a vote resulting in Proposition 13 that severely limited the politicians’ power to raise property taxes. With this brake on their power to tax, the politicians are ever seeking ways to eliminate or water down Prop. 13, “Maybe Proposition 13 really still is a third rail in California politics, one that no one

dares touch for fear it means instant political suicide, just as surely as if through electrocution.” In other words, tear down that restrictive barrier and allow the politicians to fill up the trough again. Granted the longer one owns the home, the great the benefits, but a newer owner, rather than succumbing to envy, should embrace the benefits of the larger picture. Better Elias should use his writing skills to join the needed chorus for more, not less, restrictions on our politicians’ spending power.

Robert E. Herrmann is a Rancho Santa Fe resident.

Trayvon Martin and the Village Park 7-Eleven By Joshua Lazerson

I am an adult resident of Encinitas. Those are two elements of my identity. My whiteness is another element of my identity, and I am reminded of it regularly. I would guess that for many coastal North County residents, Trayvon Martin’s experience with George Zimmerman and the experience of being black in America generally are abstractions, footnotes of someone else’s experience in a different America that has little to do with them. I believe, and have thought for much of my life, that it isn’t necessary to share every aspect of another person’s identity to have a sense of their experience in the world.

That is a hallmark of human intelligence and sensibility (e.g., empathy, sympathy, and compassion). I think this is true when it comes to understanding black America’s reaction to Trayvon Martin’s murder, and I also think it is true in the context of the African American experience. These are some aspects that I think I understand about being black in America, whether it is Sanford, Fla. or Encinitas, Calif. When you grow up black in America, you assume a mantle of suspicion-by-association from the day you are born, against which you must prove yourself every day, repeatedly. Many people will assume that you are less: less intel-

ligent, less capable, and less trustworthy. And you will have to achieve above and beyond white peers to remove the taint of suspicion that you don’t measure up. If you are male, you will be particularly suspicious — guilty of BWB (breathing while black). As President Obama noted recently, he had the seemingly magical ability to make car doors lock and sidewalks clear just by walking down the street. I bet hailing a cab wasn’t a gimme either. He said that all of this only ended with his ascendance to the presidency. Black youth and men particularly face the burden of broad and deep societal prejudices TURN TO TRAYVON ON A6

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Myths will probably not stop Congress from enacting some major changes in immigration policy this year, but half a dozen or so common shibboleths may well shape the changes that emerge. Here are a few: For every immigrant legalized and able to take a job, one American citizen worker will lose his or hers. Unauthorized immigrants pay almost no taxes, while costing taxpayers many billions of dollars. New immigrants are bad for business. Immigrant workers cause wages to drop, especially unauthorized immigrants. Immigrant workers cause AfricanAmerican unemployment to rise. A host of new academic studies now shows every one of these widely-believed statements to be false. And there are reasons why each is untrue. The most pervasive of these kinds of anti-immigrant claims — often repeated in Congress and on

real wage increase (after inflation) for the average native worker,” said the study, which covered the years 1990-2004. How can that be? “Immigrant workers spend their wages in U.S. businesses,” said an Immigration Policy Center summary. “They buy food, clothes, appliances, cars and much more. Businesses respond to the presence of these new workers and consumers by investing in new restaurants, stores and production facilities.Immigrants also are 30 percent more likely than the nativeborn to start their own businesses. The end result is more jobs and more pay for more workers.” What about immigrants’ effect on African-Americans? “Cities experiencing the highest rates of immigration tend to have relatively low or average unemployment rates for African-Americans,” Saint Louis University economist Jack Strauss concluded in an analysis of Census

The most pervasive of these kinds of anti-immigrant claims — often repeated in Congress and on talk radio — relate to taxes. talk radio — relate to taxes. Undocumented immigrants pay far less in taxes than they use in government services, goes the myth, promoted in part by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Immigration Studies, which in 2004 claimed immigrant households cost the federal government $10 billion more than they pay in taxes. But U.S. Census figures indicate otherwise. Immigrants in California pay roughly $30 billion a year in federal taxes, $5.2 billion in state income taxes and $4.6 billion in sales taxes, while contributing an average of $2,679 to Social Security, about $540 more than the typical household headed by a U.S.-born citizen (http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/just-facts/new-americans-california). About one-fourth of that tax money comes from the undocumented. With the national cost of illegal immigration estimated by anti-illegal immigrant groups at about $30 billion per year, these figures mean that rather than costing government more than they pay in, immigrants probably pay more than they use in services. And that doesn’t include any taxes paid by businesses owned by U.S. citizens where Latino immigrants of all types who have arrived since 2000 now spend $310 billion yearly in California alone, or about $1.6 trillion nationally, according to the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia. What about jobs? Rather than costing Americans work,immigrants actually create more jobs, according to the Immigration Policy Center, another outfit based in Washington. In California alone, 588,763 Latino immigrant-owned businesses employed more than 458,000 persons of all ethnicities. What’s more, immigration — including unauthorized immigration — tends to drive wages up,not down, according to yet another study, this one completed in 2007 at UC Davis. “Immigration produced a 4 percent

findings. “Cities with greater immigration from Latin America experience lower unemployment rates, poverty rates and higher wages among African-Americans.” This may be counter-intuitive, but it’s probably because Latino newcomers and African-Americans don’t compete for the same jobs. “Native-born workers take higherpaying jobs that require better English-language skills,” said the Immigration Policy Center report. Never mind that all these conclusions are based either on Census numbers or on peer-reviewed academic research. Facts will not eliminate immigration shibboleths, because they are based largely on emotion and fear. With all this academic and Census-based information readily available to everyone in Congress, the big question now is whether it will be myths and misinformation or facts that shape new immigration policies that just might emerge later this year.

Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. For more Elias columns, go to californiafocus.net

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James King, left, and his daughter Jasmine

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Ranch From left, Sanford Sugar, Charna Sugar and artist Jay Johansen at the “Celebrate Art in the Ranch,” on July 27.

Tita Dennis attends the “Celebrate Art in the Ranch.”

RANCHO SANTA FE — Artist and gallery owner Todd Krasovetz, right, of the Rancho Santa Fe Art Gallery hosted an evening to “Celebrate Art in the Ranch” on July 27. The event featured some of Krasovetz’ works as well as the sculptures and paintings of Melvin Johansen and Jay Johansen, a Rancho Santa Fe resident. Photos by Tony Cagala

The Rancho Santa Fe Art Gallery on Paseo Delicias was filled with art lovers taking part in the gallery’s event on Saturday.

From left, Alyssa Krasovetz, Kourtney Krasovetz, Angel and Melissa Loban, director of the Rancho Santa Fe Gallery

Lawrence Zynda admires a Todd Krasovetz piece.

Roger VanDuzer and his wife Diana point out a favorite piece of theirs from artist Jay Johansen.


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fish, release them and issue regular reports. “I was attracted to this study due to the sample size — millions of gallons of cubic yards of water going into the plants a few times every year,” said co-author John McGowan, a professor emeritus at the Scripps Institution of

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with no debt. That’s a huge asset because it gives them a revenue stream. “And people who provide services here can now afford to live here,” Emerson added. “It’s a whole bunch of wins all wrapped together.” According to a graphic provided at the open house, tenants who would qualify for an affordable unit include police officers, firefighters, sanitation drivers and public school teachers whose annual salaries range from $37,000 to $73,000. The affordable component will have one studio apartment, three one-bedrooms and three two-bedrooms. Three will be available to those who make less than $40,000 annually, with rents from $1,100 to $1,500 monthly.

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About 66,000 property owners in San Diego County will be billed for the fee this year, according to Mathisen. Much of the land in the SRA in San Diego County is in Rancho Santa Fe, where residents already pay six percent of their property

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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS Oceanography. The study, published last monthin an issue of the “Journal of Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science,” looked at 21 common fish species in Southern California during the past four decades. From queensfish to anchovies, the populations for nearly all types of fish declined sharply. “I would be skeptical if data was only collected at

one power plant, but the results from the five plants were similar,” McGowan said. He noted that it’s “extremely unlikely” the fish learned not to swim near the power plants since they have limited cognitive abilities. The power plant records are largely consistent with other independent fishing stock assessments. Those assessments also

show an ongoing decline in many of the same fisheries over the past 30 years, according to McGowan. The findings indicate the fishing industry isn’t the main cause of the big drop in counts. That’s because both commercial and noncommercial species suffered similar population declines. Of all the species, schooling fish like sardines

were hit hardest. And consequently, seabirds, sea lions and larger fish had less food to prey on, hurting their populations, according to the research. “The entire ecosystem is thrown off,” McGowan said, adding that not only has there been a drop in schooling fish numbers, but those fish weigh less on average.

The study notes that ocean temperature changes, spurred by global warming, likely explain the drop-off. And the shift in ocean salinity is another likely factor. “More studies should look at the effects of global farming,” McGowan said. McGowan said the power plant records are a valuable resource scientists can “continue to utilize into the future.”

Four will be available to those who make between $60,000 to $85,000 annually, with rents from $1,600 to $1,900 monthly. “It’s about time we had something like this,” one attendee said. Bob Scott of RJS Planning + Sustainability, a Del Mar consulting firm, said the comments he received at the open house were “overwhelmingly favorable.” “People liked the idea of converting the development to residential,” he said. “They like the gateway entry and the affordable component. And they liked the coastal-style architecture rather than something that was too Spanish or mission-style.” He said attendees told him they support the concept of attached homes to balance the mix of housing in the city. While much of the input was positive, resi-

dents also had concerns, mostly about traffic, providing sufficient parking and the density. “The lot doesn’t look big enough to accommodate what’s being proposed,” Susan Morrison said. Sharon Hilliard said the units appeared small and there wasn’t enough open space. Architect John Maple said seating and barbecues will be included in common areas. Hershell Price said the buildings look too large and are set too far back into the hillside. “But whatever the developer does, there has to be a roundabout at Jimmy Durante and San Dieguito,” Price said. “If they don’t build it with this project it’ll never go.” Planning Manager Adam Birnbaum said while “something is needed there, clearly, the developers don’t want to be the ones that drive that decision.”

“The best way to control traffic there will be a community decision, but the developers will be required to implement whatever the community determines is the best approach,” Birnbaum said. A commercial project known as the Riverview Office Complex was approved for the site in 2008 by the Planning Commission and Design Review Board but the owner decided not to pursue implementation, Birnbaum said. A formal permit application for Watermark has not yet been filed with the city. The goal of the open house was to garner community feedback and determine whether residents wanted residential over commercial. Before anything happens the property must be rezoned from commercial/office to residential.

The city also has to create a zone density that will allow 20 to 25 units per acre. To mitigate for the higher density, the developer will be required to provide community benefits, which will likely include gifting the units to Del Mar Community Connections. According to a timeline presented at the open house, applications will be filed in August and an informal Design Review Board review is scheduled for January 2014. Public workshops are planned for October and November of this year and in February 2014, when the project design is 30 percent, 60 percent and 90 percent complete, respectively. Public hearings are tentatively set for February, March and April of next year. A draft environmental impact report is slated to be released for a 45-day review this November.

“There was enough positive momentum to keep us moving forward with a residential project,” Scott said. “But we know we need to keep working on it.” “It’s a good start,” Morrison said. “I like the concept drawings.” “In general I like the use,” Councilman Al Corti said. “I have some concerns about density and traffic but the EIR will figure those out. It’s a little premature. Right now it’s just pretty pictures.” “As long as they deal properly with the drainage off the hillside and potential traffic issues, I’m in favor of the project,” Earnest said. Emerson said he is confident the developers will use the community input provided. “They have genuinely been listening to us and not pushing us to swallow their ideas,” he said. “It’s been a very cooperative process.”

tax for protection from the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District. Other areas in North County being charged the fee include unincorporated parts of Escondido and Ramona. Since the fire prevention fee was first issued, San Diego Board of Supervisors has argued against it because the county already pays for fire protection in rural areas and that there is no guarantee that the money collected from the

county will be spent on fire prevention work in San Diego. San Diego pays about $15.5 million annually for fire protection, $10.2 million of which is contracted with Cal Fire, according to Steve Schmidt, Supervisor Diane Jacob’s communications advisor. Cal Fire did not respond to Jacob’s request to exempt the county from the fee on those grounds. C u r r e n t l y , Assemblymen Mike

Morrell’s and Tim Donnelly’s bills to repeal the fire prevention fee, AB 124 and AB 23, remain in the Assembly Committee on Appropriations. Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro’s AB 468 seeks to replace the fire fee with 4.8 percent charge on all property insurance policies throughout the state and remains in the Assembly on Natural Resources. The Howard Jarvis Tax Association (HJTA) is in the process of suing Cal Fire

and the State Board of Equalization based on the claim that the fee is an illegal tax. The HJTA aspires to have the fee repealed and have the state refund property owners for the fire fees collected. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Eugene L. Balonon, who is hearing the case, ruled this month that the matter can proceed as a class action lawsuit. Mathisen said that for the fiscal year 2011-12 billing cycle, 105,000 prop-

erty owners statewide petitioned against the fee. About 15,000 successfully appealed, primarily on the grounds of the actual numbers of habitable structures and structures’ ownership. Bills will be sent out to property owners in the San Diego region from Sept. 25 to Oct. 4, according to the State Board of Equalization. Property owners can appeal the fee by petitioning Cal Fire for redetermination.

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would have no idea what those two words mean. To be white in America is to be privileged from birth. Your orthodoxy as a citizen and human being are taken for granted because you are in the majority, your “people” have always held power in

society, and they have had the opportunity to set the rules therein. There is no mantle of suspicion associated with a white skin. That skin is akin to a passport granting the user freedom of movement and peace of mind: freedom from fear and suspicion. My sense is that few African Americans feel either of those freedoms all the time and absolutely, while many white people assume them as natural law. Trayvon Martin was shot on his way to his father’s fianceé’s residence where he was staying at the time, armed with an Arizona Iced Tea and a box of Skittles. He was shot to death 70 yards from the back door of that

residence. He was walking home when George Zimmerman accosted him. I know one thing about this incident: Trayvon Martin’s death was unnecessary, and speaks to the burden of blackness in America. I have a 13-year-old son. We live in a townhouse down the block from a 7Eleven in Village Park. I know — know — that if my son goes down the block to buy a drink and snack, the police may see him, but they will not stop him; residents may note his presence but will go on about their business. Because of this, I don’t send my son out in the world every day with the fear that

something he does, or says, or just the fact of his being will incite someone against him. While I am glad that my son will grow up absent that mantle of suspicion, my gladness is tempered by my sense of the difficulties that African Americans live with every day. Each of us, by our actions, still bears responsibility to realize a more perfect union, and white Americans’ recognition of the privileges they enjoy set against the automatic challenges of blackness has to be an essential element in moving us toward that realization.

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extremely distracting and anybody who reads the local news sees there is always a ton of accidents on highway 78,” she said.“It is also a blight and it is not the image the city needs to convey.” According to the city of Vista website, the proposal would have likely been the second largest single revenue source in the city’s portfolio.

Byzak said the billboards should be done in a way that satisfies the community. “I think there are ways to do it that meet everyone’s needs,” Byzak said. “The NCPC is not necessarily against the billboards themselves, but our approach from the beginning was to make the city officials aware of what was going on in the community.”

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that must make it hard at times simply to walk out the door. Black Americans understand that white privilege is real. Many white Americans

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to affect that Environmental Impact Report and I am not convinced this issue is dead,” she said. Holbrook added that the billboards are a safety issue for drivers on state Route 78 and a stain on the city of Vista. “These billboards are

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Taste of Wine I n travels near and far, I meet a lot of wine consumers who love this classic beverage and want to learn more, but questions do persist about content. Transparency is always a good thing in any product. I expect that the label on wines will be a little more crowded with revealing information as the government will be pushing for calorie counts and other data to keep us “informed and safe.” My friends at the International Wine Guild in Denver, Colo. peeled back a typical bottle of wine and found that wine is not really a natural, organic product, but like most other food and drink, there are additives that stabilize the beverage, so it lasts longer and tastes better. So let’s take a peak at what those ingredients are. Sulfites are the most discussed additive in wine. It may not have been that way, except that in the U.S. it is mandated that sulfite content appear on wine labels as a government warning. Since 1987, American producers have to mention sulfites, even though the additive keeps unwanted bacteria and yeasts

Tanya Beers, left, of Simi Wines in Sonoma presents her selections to Chris Guillet, manager of La Gran Terraza Restaurant on campus at the University of San Diego. Photo by Frank Mangio

under control, and acts as an anti-oxidant. It also keeps oxygen levels low in wine, which is the biggest destroyer of the flavor of wine. According to the Wine Guild report, wine producers have to print this warning if the sulfite content is more than 10 parts per million. Sulfite sensitivity impacts about 1

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Where PRN Physical Therapy eats around North County DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate It’s funny how you never really think about physical therapy until an injury happens, then it becomes top of mind. An early summer meeting of my radial head (elbow) and pavement was just such an occasion for me. My stellar orthopedic specialist, Dr. Garratt Tallman, pointed me in the direction of PRN Physical and Hand Therapy in Encinitas. The team there has guided me on my road to recovery and I’m almost back to 100 percent. PRN is located on El Camino Real in Encinitas,right in the middle of a significant number of dining options so their staff has a very diverse list of favorites. Here is a look at some of their North County selections. My friend Allison Sloben, a physical therapist at PRN currently on maternity leave, is one of the more passionate foodies I know so this assignment was right up her alley. One of her favorites is The Greek American CafĂŠ right across the street from PRN.The family-run atmosphere, spanakopita, and hummus keep her coming back. Her after work pick is The Craftsman New American Tavern. “They always have some different wine choices that you don’t see on every list in North County so it’s great to try something different ... and the bartenders are more than happy to let you taste anything you like and offer good alternatives. It doesn't hurt that the food is great also.â€? Nice picks Allison! Office Manager Angela Clark is a big fan of St. Germain’s CafĂŠ in downtown Encinitas. Weekend breakfast is her favorite. “Their food is fresh, delicious, and their staff is always courteous and friendly. My favorite dish is the California Benedict; it is cooked to perfection every time and it goes great with a Mimosa.â€? Claire’s On Cedros is big on Angela’s breakfast list. Besides being LEED certified, they have their own living roof and garden ensuring fresh organic produce. “My boyfriend is Paleo, so Claire’s is one of the few places in North County where he can get humanely raised grass-fed meat.â€? Claire’s is also a “Lick the Plateâ€? favorite. Eric Wilson, DPT, CSCS takes the uber healthy approach with daily fresh organic fruits and vegetables to keep him full of energy and allow him to stay healthy while practicing health care. A staple part of his diet includes raw and juiced veggies daily from the Fountain of Youth on El Camino Real in Encinitas. “Their veggie drinks are the best in San Diego.Don’t forget to try the WOW shot.â€?

Thanks for the tip Eric, I’ll have to give that place a try. Hand therapist Laura Greene pointed out that she often has the opportunity to have long conversations with her patients as we work through our therapy treatment sessions. One of our favorite conversations is of course food, which always comes around to North County favorites. One of her dinner options with consistently great fish is Pacifica Del Mar. Laura also frequents Firefly Grill & Wine bar right down the street for their happy hour and fish Cataplana, which is a twist on a traditional cioppino. “Third Corner in Encinitas has a great Sunday night prix fix dinner and wonderful hamburgers. That says a lot for me as I am not a burger fan but this burger is worth a splurge.â€? Amanda Alger, PT aide at PRN, is another big fan of Native Foods CafĂŠ. “They have these huge hearty salads brimming with

town of Los Gatos, Calif. The microbrew selection is outstanding and the sauce is especially to die for! My kids love the vids in the back while I am very content watching the surf highlight reels, sipping on a cold amber and filling up on an amazing pie. I am never disappointed in the quality of their food. Pizza Port is the bomb!� So there you have it, where some of the finest physical therapists in North County like to eat when they are not busy rehabilitating people back to health.They are located at 317 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024. Call (760) 634-0248 or visit prnpt.com for more information. he foodie team from PRN Physical Therapy. Photo by David Boylan

unique texture and flavor combinations that leave me craving salad on a regular basis. When I desire something a little more indulgent, I turn to the two-hands-necessary Oklahoma Bacon Cheeseburger with a side of sweet potato fries and glass of

their refreshing lavenderlemonade. Native Foods really has something for everyone — even meat lovers! I have dined here with omnivores who didn’t believe that the Deli Ruben doesn’t have any meat in it. Really, they’re that good.� I

could not agree with you more Amanda. Reece Jensen, DPT, is the owner of PRN. His favorite place to eat and hang out is the original Pizza Port in Solana Beach. “It has the vibe of the pizza parlor I grew up going to in my home-

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Cold War Kids experience some growing pains By Alan Sculley

Cold War Kids fans will know that things were different for the band in making its new CD, “Dear Miss Lonelyhearts,” because of a significant lineup change — with guitarist Jonnie Russell being replaced by Dann Gallucci. But having a new guitar player is only the start of what has been a major transition for the band that extends not only into the roles the four band members play in creating the music, but into weighing the question of how far the band should push itself stylistically as it moves forward. “We finished touring ‘Mine Is Yours’ and we didn’t tour it a ton,” singer/keyboardist/guitarist Nathan Willett said of the 2010 Cold War Kids album. “We toured it to a place where it felt like we could kind of keep touring, but it just felt like, we kind of knew that Jonnie needed to go. We were happy with the record, the experience of ‘Mine Is Yours,’ but it was just so important to really be deliberate about creating some change. We didn’t know exactly where that was going to come from. And it felt like to make this thing that we have really visceral again and really exciting to us, we had to really do something that would

kind of take us out of our comfort zone.” It turned out the arrival of Gallucci brought about some of the needed changes. The fact that Gallucci co-produced “Dear Miss Lonelyhearts,” is a sign of just how deeply he has become involved in the band since he took over for Russell at the start of 2012. Russell left Cold War Kids, saying he had tired of touring and wanted to return to school. Gallucci, a former member of Modest Mouse who had served as Cold War Kids’ live sound engineer for the preceding three years, was a natural choice to take over on guitar. Gallucci’s arrival came after some major changes had already been made with the internal workings of Cold War Kids during the “Mine Is Yours” project. Where on the first two Cold War Kids albums (2006’s “Robbers & Cowards” and 2008’s “Loyalty to Loyalty”), all four band members wrote and arranged songs together, for “Mine Is Yours,” Willett took over as primary songwriter. With Gallucci joining Willett and the rhythm section of bassist Matt Maust and drummer Matt Aveiro, and then taking a central role as co-producer

The Cold War Kids play the House of Blues in San Diego Aug. 15. Photo by Cara Robbins

with Lars Stalfors on “Dear Miss Lonelyhearts,” the creative dynamic evolved again. “I think this record experience (for “Dear Miss Lonelyhearts”) was a very, in some ways, for how different the whole surrounding environment was, I think it was a very natural writing evolution, where Dann, he really facilitated that process well, and that was so great for me,” Willett said. “He also brought a lot of ideas and we collaborated a lot on the whole record.” Willett said Gallucci did

a good job handling what was a delicate task -- becoming a songwriting collaborator while assuming the producer’s role of critiquing songs and providing direction for the album. “I felt very empowered by him,” Willett said of Gallucci. “Even if he was telling me that maybe he didn’t love a certain lyric, in all ways, the level of dialog between looking at songs, whether chords or structures or melodies or lyrics. There was more dialog that he and I had in the mak-

ing of this record than I have ever had with any producer before.” Although the creative dynamic changed on “Dear Miss Lonelyhearts,” the new album (which was released on April 2) feels like a natural successor to “Mine Is Yours.” While still sounding like Cold War Kids on “Mine Is Yours” smoothed some of the jagged edges that were common in the rocking pop songs on the first two CDs. “Mine Is Yours” also put more emphasis on melody and saw the

group leave more space in its arrangements. “Dear Miss Lonelyhearts” shares many of those characteristics, but it’s a bit more focused. Still, the band also ventured into new territory on “Dear Miss Lonelyhearts,” with Willett pointing to two songs that put a new spin on the Cold War Kids sound. “Lost That Easy” and “Loner Phase,” I think, are the two songs, because they have some kind of more synthier or electro type elements to them, it will be interesting to see what people think about them,” Willett said. “But really for us they were some of the most, kind of in some ways, uncomfortable and then also the most exciting, the most exciting things to hear on a record.” Cold War Kids is also evolving its live show as the band tours behind “Dear Miss Lonelyhearts,” adding a keyboardist to the touring lineup. “That’s a really exciting thing,” Willett said. “With all of the new songs and the old songs, we’ll have an extra layer or certain things, percussion or keys (from) the records, that weren’t there before (live). So the live show is definitely going to be, I really think, more interesting than it’s ever been before.”

Discovering Intrepid’s new ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ KAY COLVIN A Brush With Art Encinitas is proud to be home to Intrepid Shakespeare Company, which brings award-winning, professional talent to our community. Back by popular demand after a stellar success last year, Intrepid is again performing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Musical” — a crowdpleasing musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s late-16th century play. Named “Critic’s Choice” in the U-T San Diego and nominated for two Critic’s Circle Awards, the production will run through Aug.18. Throughout the performance Shakespeare’s memorable characters careen through romance and magical mishaps in one of the Bard’s most popular works set to musical hits from the 1950s and ‘60s by artists such as The Temptations, Etta James, The Turtles and Sam Cooke. Sean Cox, one of Intrepid’s co-founders whose brainchild remixes golden oldies with the work of Shakespeare, says of last

season’s production, “The show proved to be a celebration, a perfect introduction to Shakespeare and an ideal way to introduce Encinitas residents to the city’s first resident professional theatre company.” Co-founder Christy Yael adds, “It appealed to both Shakespeare-lovers and those who thought they didn’t like Shakespeare. Through great music and a talented cast supporting one of Shakespeare’s best and most beloved comedies, we were able to open their eyes to how enjoyable, understandable, and accessible Shakespeare can be.” This year’s remount of the play co-directed by Yael and Colleen Kollar Smith features award-winning actor and comedian Phil Johnson as Bottom and Chicago native Jacquelyn Ritz in the role of Titania. David McBean returns to the production as a commanding Oberon/Theseus and Kevin Hafso Koppman plays mischievous Puck. Yael and Cox, both San Diego-based professional actors with extensive experience and a love of Shakespeare, founded Intrepid Shakespeare Company in 2009. Yael states, “Our goal was to share our passion for Shakespeare and live theatre and to help inspire the next generation of theatre

From left, Puck (Kevin Hafso Koppman) listens to Oberon’s (David McBean) scheme. Intrepid Shakespeare Company has turned audiences into fans of William Shakespeare through its production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Musical.” Photo courtesy of Daren Scott

goers and Shakespeare lovers. “We wanted to create bold, daring, fast-paced, relevant and intrepid productions of the classics.” The company’s first season took place downtown San Diego, relocating to Encinitas in 2010 when the company began its theater internship program in partnership with San Dieguito Academy. Dedicating over half of its time and resources towards

education, Intrepid has succeeded in bringing live Shakespeare performances to over 35,000 students “as a living, breathing performance form, instead of simply words on a page.” Yael comments, “Whether performing on stage, teaching A Midsummer Night’s Dream to fifth grade students, leading workshops in A Day of Shakespeare, or mentoring interns through our professional productions,

Intrepid artists are committed to making a difference in our community.” Intrepid’s valuable contribution was acknowledged when its summer theatre camp program was selected to receive a grant through the City of Encinitas and the Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant Program for 2013, which provided scholarships to campers who otherwise wouldn’t be able to participate in the

program. Partnering with the San Dieguito Academy Foundation, the company launched a summer of twoweek theatre camps for students aged 8 to18, each culminating in a performance. Dubbed “Camp Intrepid,” the program’s mission is to “empower young people to express themselves more fully through art and encourages the spirited pursuit of knowledge, selfdiscovery and joy through the arts.” Intrepid’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Musical runs through Aug. 18, with performances Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Clayton E. Liggett Theatre on the campus of San Dieguito Academy, 800 Santa Fe Dr., Encinitas. For tickets and further information call the box office at (888) 718-4253. To learn more about Intrepid Shakespeare Company visit intrepidshakespeare.com or phone (760) 652-5011. 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 kaycolvin@lstreetfineart.com.


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‘Millers’ sets its GPS for funny, ends up at revolting lewd you’ll want to pull over the pavement before you even and empty your stomach out on reach the border.

By Noah S. Lee

“We’re the Millers” tries and fails to invigorate its pointless narrative with gross-out moments, as well as trapping a run-of-the-mill cast with endless amounts of vulgarities in virtually every scene you witness on the big screen. Small-time drug dealer David (Jason Sudeikis) sells marijuana to a wide variety of clients, except for kids—after all, he needs to keep a low profile. After a local gang jumps him and steals his stash and his profits, his boss/supplier (Ed Helms) offers a proposition: smuggle a shipment of marijuana from Mexico into the United States and all debts are settled. Getting past customs won’t be easy, however, as security is tight and anyone transporting drugs solo is bound to raise eyebrows. So, David hires a stripper (Jennifer Aniston), a virgin teenage boy (Will Poulter), and a runaway teenage girl (Emma Roberts) to pose as a family— the Millers—headed south of the border to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend. But things get complicated when it is discovered that the marijuana David has been sent to obtain belongs to a notorious Mexican drug lord. Anyone who remembers seeing “Dodgeball” should know that director Rawson Marshall Thurber is not one to shy away from using off-color humor to spice things up. But while that decision worked out well for that film to a certain degree, it doesn’t yield the same result here. If you thought “Dodgeball” was bold, you’ll be surprised to see how much bolder—perhaps too much for its own good—“We’re the Millers” is. Some of the film’s supposedly funniest highlights—

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MARK THE DATE JAZZ IN THE PARK The 28th season of the Carlsbad “TGIF Jazz in the Parks” free outdoor concerts begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. and will feature: — Aug. 9, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars — Aug. 16, The Styletones — Aug. 23, Big Time Operator For locations, visit carlsbadca.gov or call (760) 4342900. SERIOUS SINGERS La Jolla Symphony Chorus announces open auditions at 11 a.m. Sept. 15, and 2 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Conrad Prebys Music Center on the UC San Diego campus in La Jolla. For information and appointment, contact chorus manager Mea Daum by email at chorus@lajollasymphony.com or by phone at (858) 243-2045, evenings or visit LaJollaSymphony.com.

From left Casey Mathis (Emma Roberts), Rose O'Reilly (Jennifer Aniston), David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) and Kenny Rossmore (Will Poulter) in "We’re The Millers.” Photo by Michael Tackett

Poulter getting bitten by a tarantula,Anniston performing a striptease, her and Sudeikis mistaking Poulter’s skateboard drawing for something else— are more gratuitous than amusing. It didn’t take me too long to realize “We’re the Millers” was only employing raunchy humor to compensate for its obvious inadequacies, hoping to salvage something from what it knew to be a lost cause. It’s a shame when a comedy film such as this tries extra hard to elicit laughs when it knows it just can’t get the job done. The quality of the story is…questionable, to say the least; it’s pretty much in the same boat as Robin Williams’ “RV,” only more obscene and irreverent. Much like somebody who’s spent hours on the road trying to figure out which route he or she wants to take, the narrative plods along and ends up going nowhere, having not the slightest idea of how to pull itself together. By the time the heart of “We’re the Millers” emerges, it

is already too late for it to sink in, thanks to an inexhaustible plethora of crude jokes.It’s as if the film got high off its own supply and couldn’t shake off the effects to realize what mattered most. Well, that’s what happens when you rely on a vulgarityladen script to elevate something worse than a TV sitcom. I wish I had something positive to say about all the cast members, but sadly, they don’t give me much reason to put in a good word for them—if any at all. Obviously this is Jason Sudeikis’ show, and much of the responsibility for leading the film falls to him. He is the only possible exception here, for he actually starts off strong and crosses the finish line without many scratches. In contrast, Jennifer Aniston lacks appeal or depth, which is hardly surprising. Not to mention, her striptease scene wasn’t all that fascinating to observe. As intriguing as it is to see Emma Roberts play a role that is very different from what we’re used to seeing, her per-

Peter Pupping with Allan Phillips on keyboard, percussion and Kevin Koch on drums, will play from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 9 at Chandlers Restaurant in the Hilton Oceanfront Resort at Carlsbad Beach, 1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad. For more information, visit oceanfrontcarlsbad.com or call (855) 683-5500. MOVIE NIGHT Come join the summer fun at the free first Friday Cardiff Movie Nights at 6 p.m. in the Cardiff Town Center courtyard. The family film is presented by Cardiff School District. FIGURE DRAWING The Encinitas Library Figure Drawing Group meets, with live model Fridays from noon to 3 p.m. at 540 Cornish Drive. $10 donation. Call (760) 942-8738 for more information.

MarketPlace Theater at 431 College Blvd., Oceanside. For more information, visit ncfilmclub.com or call (760) 500-1927 or email ncfilmclub@gmail.com.

AUG. 10 MEET THE ARTISTS The San Dieguito Art Guild iwill host a Featured Artists’ Reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Off Track Gallery, 937 S. Coast Highway, Suite C-103. RSVP to Sandy Heath at SDAGprograms@gmail.com.

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Every second Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Encinitas Public Library, join readings of the Bard’s plays. Aug. 13 it will be “Twelfth Night.” Bring your own Shakespeare copies. BLUES TIME Robin Henkel plays solo blues from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 13 at Wine Steals, 1953 San Elijo, Cardiff. For more information, call (760) 230-2657.

AUG. 14 YOUTH CHOIR San Diego Children’s Choir is looking for children who love to sing. Short 5- to-10 minute auditions for children in grades 3 to 12 can be scheduled by calling (858) 5871087 or visit sdcchoir.org. GLOBAL JAZZ The free family music program, sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library, will feature Adrienne Nims and Spirit Wind with pianist J R Betts playing global jazz at 7 p.m. Aug. 14 in the library community room, 3919 Townsgate Drive. For further information, call (858) 552-1668.

formance is more of an indicator of the symptoms this film suffers than a reprieve. Will Poulter spends much of his screen time wearing the same clueless facial expression from one scene to the next. I’d advise you not to go on vacation with “We’re the Millers,”as the only destination you’ll be headed towards is disaster smothered in jokes so MPAA rating: R for crude sexual content, pervasive language, drug material and brief graphic nudity. Run time: 1 hour and 50 minutes Playing: In general release


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Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, right, at training camp this season with center Nick Hardwick. During the offseason, Rivers and his family experienced a special moment while visiting the Vatican. Photo by Bill Reilly

Rivers getting in flow after a memorable offseason Encinitas skateboarder Bucky Lasek handplants on a halfpipe at the X-Games. His recent win this past Saturday means he’s taken home four gold medals in a row at skateboarding events this year. Photo by Bryce Kanights / ESPN Images

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appeared before a massive crowd, you know, like the ones that once packed Qualcomm Stadium. Now the Chargers worry about blackouts. On this day, Rivers fretted about a shutout. Rivers wanted to get his youngest son, Pete, near his holiness. “We were close, but not that close,’’ Rivers said. “We were, shoot, probably 5 yards away from him.’’ Rivers has converted from that distance before, so he called an audible. Don’t keen quarterbacks always improvise? “When the Pope came around and did his meetand-greet, we were still 5 yards away and we knew we couldn’t get close enough,’’ Rivers said. “So we passed Pete off.’’ From there the little guy crowd surfed and caught Pope Francis’ eye. Retelling the story almost makes No. 17 misty, which illustrates Rivers’ love for family and religion. Pope Francis didn’t signal for a first down, but gave a wave that presented a fresh series of memories. “He kind of motioned for him,’’ Rivers said, with Pope Francis now holding the 1-year-old Pete and blessing him with a holy kiss. “It was such a special feeling and definitely the highlight of the trip.’’ So Rivers wins the Chargers’ version of “what-did-you-do-on-vacation?’’ Chargers fans are curious if more highlights are on the horizon. Can Rivers rebound from two sub-par years and reach the playoffs for the first time since 2009? “We haven’t had the type of seasons we wanted the last few years,’’ Rivers admitted. The team’s first losing campaign since 2003 cost head coach Norv Turner his entrance code for Chargers Park. Now it’s rookie coach Mike McCoy’s hands on the wheel, trying, along with offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, to get Rivers on course. If the subject is mira-

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Skateboarder brings home X-Games gold with those half your age and even that’s what it’s all about. younger? You’ve been on a hot streak this That’s an easy one. They’re the year with four gold medals in a row. Is ones competing with me because I’ve it fair to call this a comeback? been there longest. They’re a breath of fresh air and I wouldn’t say it was a comeback bring a new approach and excitement because I never went anywhere — I to the ramp, and that’s motivating. It’s was almost always on the podium great to see they’re reaching new every year. Has your training this year been In light of the youth movement in highs and continue to push the sport. vert skating, how do you compete You see the sport has a future and

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ENCINITAS — Resident Bucky Lasek, 40, took the top spot on the podium at the X Games in Los Angeles this past Saturday, proving that age isn’t an obstacle for him. In this Q&A, he talks about his success this year and what draws skateboarders to Encinitas.

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Going to a Chargers game? The message is ‘clear’ By Tony Cagala

SAN DIEGO — For the thousands of fans that will attend Chargers games this season, team and NFL officials are trying to make their message clear when it comes to how items can be brought into the stadium. Effective immediately, only clear bags will be permitted when entering any NFL stadium. The new policy bans all large purses, backpacks, camera bags, fanny packs and other non-clear bags. “All NFL teams are implementing a new policy with the goal of providing a safer environment, and

quicker entry into all NFL stadiums,” said A.G. Spanos, the Chargers’ CEO. The policy allows clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags no larger than 12” x 6” x 12” only. The policy also limits one bag per fan and a clutch bag. The Chargers will have team logo bags for sale in the team store, though no price has been set yet. Spanos estimated the bags would sell for around $5 to $7 each. Also accepted are one gallon Ziploc-style bags. Since 2001, the NFL has enacted security postures to protect fans, said Vince delaMontaigne, NFL

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security representative for San Diego. He’s held the position since 2000 after retiring from the FBI. The security postures have grown from bag inspections following the Sept. 11 attacks to pat downs from the upper torso to pat downs of the entire body to current measures of “wanding.” “We are doing this for the safety of our fans and public service. We want to make this a safe environment; you deserve a safe environment at an NFL game,” he said. “This security posture has been certified by the Department of Homeland Security, the anti-terrorism certification of the Safety Act,” delaMontaigne said. “It’s the only league that has this. After the tragedy on April 15 at the Boston Marathon, and at our annual review, the security committee, which is made up of

security officials at the league office, the teams and public safety officials have recommended, and it’s been approved unanimously by the 32 club owners and the commissioner of this new bag policy.” Previously, fans have complained about the time it takes to get through security when entering the stadium on game day. On average it takes about 20 seconds for each fan to go through security, including opening and searching bags and wanding, delaMontaigne said. It may not sound like a lot, but 20 seconds times 60,000 people and that adds up, he added. Officers with the MTS will also be on hand at trolley stations on game day leading to Qualcomm Stadium to help provide fans with information on the new bag policy, said Bill Burke, director of security and chief of police for MTS.

Even for someone whose occupation includes handing off, this one was special. “It was awesome,’’ Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said. That’s saying something, as Rivers stuck the football in LaDainian Tomlinson’s midsection during the Chargers’ salad days. “But this was a special feeling,’’ Rivers said. That Rivers’ milestone distribution came in May is a head-scratcher. That the person on the receiving end was a stranger is even, well, stranger. “We passed Pete off and it kind of just opened up,’’ Rivers said, the smile etched across his face as evident as his Southern twang. Dadgumit, enough with the tease — what’s the tale? Before the Chargers reach the preseason’s midpoint with Thursday’s game in Chicago, we present a story for the ages. To know Rivers, is to appreciate his faith. A devout Roman Catholic, Rivers is as true to his religion as he is to the Chargers. So when traveling to Italy this offseason, a visit to the Vatican was as appropriate as Rivers seeking Antonio Gates on an underneath route. If Tuesday is connected to Belgium, then if Rivers is at the Vatican on Wednesday, it must be for the Pope’s weekly appearance. Rivers was there when Pope Francis

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has roots here. Why do you think so many great vert skateboarders live here?

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previous This is the place where the ramps are, where the sponsors are — the magazines. And the skateboarding lifestyle is just so common. The scene is so easy to get into.

This year has been fun and stress free. For me, (it was) don’t over-think it and do it for the love of the game. The goal was not to care if I get first or last. It came down to going out there and doing what I do, and not really caring what people think. In the contest in Munich that was before the X-Games, you saved what was arguably your best trick for your last run. Did you have a strategy going into the vert finals this past Saturday? Yeah, my strategy was just to try the hardest tricks I possibly could my first run — not hold back at all. That worked, my score held up. This time around, I

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cles, where does this one rate: McCoy directing the Broncos’ offense to a playoff win over the Steelers with Tim Tebow at quarterback. And Whisenhunt’s X and O’s landing two teams in the season’s final game with Roman Numerals. “Wiz is a ball guy, all the way,’’ Rivers said. “It’s been a ton of fun learning from him. You know his background and what success he’s had, but he came in here and had

What’s next for you — are there any particular tricks you’re working on?

Bucky Lasek competing in Skateboard Vert Final during X Games LA 2013. Photo by Gabriel Christus/ESPN Images

think it was the combo of flow. You live in Encinitas, so tricks and their difficulty. I tried to use the whole ramp does 13-year-old Tom Schaar, and bring it together with and, of course, Tony Hawk a great deal of respect for what we’ve done in the past. “Early on when thinking about the change, it is a little tough. But the more you get to know these guys and know what they are doing, it’s been great.” The Chargers’ training camp presented days sprinkled with that, but nearly as many not-so-great. But Rivers is reciting the new formations and terminology with more ease, which has him upbeat. “We’re on the right track,’’ he said. “But there

are things that come up in every practice that we need to correct, need to tweak. While you want things to go perfect, if you make those mistakes, you just don’t want to make them again. “You can make them now, recover, and not do it on a Monday night or a Sunday in Philadelphia — whatever it is. We’ve got to keep on progressing.’’ The man preaching this fresh gospel, said Rivers, is all ears. “He’s bought in what we’re trying to do,’’ McCoy

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I’m always working on new stuff — variations, bowl tricks, a little twist here and there. Other than that, just doing my thing and not changing too much. I’m finally home and want to spend some quality time with the family. But I can’t stay too long, I got to get back on the road for a rally race this weekend, and then after that things tend to slow down a bit, so vacation here and there hopefully. said, “and doing exactly what we have asked from day one.’’ Maybe Rivers produces a day that rivals that one in May. Anyone for Rivers smooching the Vince Lombardi Trophy, like Pope Francis did to Rivers’ son? For Pete’s sake, that’s a picture every member of the Chargers congregation would cherish. Jay Paris can be heard talking Chargers football on 1090 AM each Monday and Friday morning. He can be reached at jparis8@aol.com

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is rare in old world wines like France and Italy, but a common practice in new world step process. This chemical wines like California. process is essential for makSimi wines impress at ing wine, beer or spirits. Tannins found in wine USD wine dinner La Gran Terraza is a are: stems, the inside surface of the skins and seeds. This beautiful, panoramic oldadds bitterness and astrin- world Spanish décor restaugency to wine. Tannins add rant, suitable for the finest to the flavor profile, mouth- restaurant rows in the counfeel and the ability to age. try. In fact, it is located on But, too much tannin can the campus of the University make a red wine undrink- of San Diego, and was awardable, especially a young red. ed one of the top ten restauSugar is added to either rants in San Diego by the increase the alcohol content respected Open Table, the or increase the sweetness of popular Internet table serva wine. It is a must in cooler ice. There is a lot to like or cold climates where wine is produced without benefit about this dining room, startof the warm sun, such as ing with the incomparable view, and featuring the creGermany. Fining agents are used ativity of the Chef De to remove visible particu- Cuisine, Mitch Weaver. On pleasant summer lates in wine and clear it up. this A common fining agent evening, chef was serving would be egg whites and four styles of wood fire pizza, including a Ricotta Stuffed milk products. Additives like calcium Squash Blossom. Simi Wines carbonate, a form of chalk, of Sonoma poured a selecaccomplish acid control. It’s tion of fine wines, and for the the active ingredient in Alka pizza pairing it had a 2010 Seltzer and it is common in Cabernet. For the final course, cold climates. In warm climates, just the opposite hap- Simi chose a 2010 Merlot pens as acidifiers are used ($20), which was a big such as malic, tartaric and favorite, to mate with a citric acid to help increase Pecan Dusted Rack of Lamb the acid level. Acidification with Spinach Pancetta Salad. The next wine dinner at La Gran Terraza will be a Sanford Wine Dinner Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. Cost is $50. The restaurant will re-open for dinners Aug. 27 Tuesdays through Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. Lunch is currently offered Monday through Friday from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call (619) 8498205.

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Wine Bytes Bentley’s Steak & Chophouse and Meritage Wine Market of Encinitas present a Robert Craig Napa Valley Wine Dinner Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. $75. Call (760) 6329333 for an RSVP. Wines from Central and Southern Italy will be poured at Bacchus Wine Market, downtown San Diego, Aug. 9, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $20. Drink wines from Tuscany, Abruzzo, Sicily, Calabria and more. Details at (619) 236-0005. Europa Village Winery in Temecula presents a Mystery Theatre in the Vines Aug. 17 and Aug. 18 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. It’s “Polter Heist” an audience participation murder mystery. It shows during a gourmet dinner with a glass of wine included. Tickets are $59 for Saturday and $49 for Sunday. For information and tickets, call (951) 216-3380. Kitchen 4140 in San Diego has a winemaker’s dinner Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. in the new Wine Room. Chef Kurt presents Hall and Walt Wines of Napa Valley and Sonoma, leading Bordeaux style wineries. $100 for a sixcourse meal with wine pairings and winemakers from both wineries. Call (858) 483-4140 for details and an RSVP. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. His library can be viewed at www.tasteofwinetv.com. (Average Google certified 900 visits per day) He is one of the top five wine commentators on the Web. Reach him at mangiompc@aol.com.


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Birthday parties may cause hives We’ve been on the birthday party circuit this year. My children have loved it. But I’m known by my first name at Toys-R-Us, and I am feeling just a little bit shellshocked. I have, however; learned a great deal. I learned quickly that my children dislike most clowns and were terrified of life-sized Ninja Turtles. I learned that no matter what the books say, children under 6 hate organized games and simply will not participate on cue … no matter what the prize is. I also have learned to wince at the sight of a piñata. No one under 15 can break it open properly, and the relentless beating of this creature can get downright gruesome. I have learned that unless you post an assertive adult guard, some kid at every party will rip open all your child’s gifts before he can open the first card. It is also wise to make sure that there are enough of any edible decorations. Anyone denied a jelly bean rock or an M&M will howl for days. They have no respect for the alleged rights of the “birthday boy” to possess the only edible decoration on the cake. Never underestimate the excitement level of a child about to celebrate a birthday. They want the world to celebrate with them — and hopefully send a gift. I know many moms who truly quake at the approach of their children’s birthday and are happiest when it is all behind them. In order to love kids’ birthdays, you have TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B15

Peder Norby, the Encinitas Highway 101 coordinator who also facilitated the ERAC and GPAC housing groups, will now spearhead various environmentally minded projects in Carlsbad. Encinitas Mayor Teresa Barth said Norby is known for bringing opposing groups together and staying cool in the face of intense pressure. Photo by Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS’ HIGHWAY 101 COORDINATOR TO ‘RELOCALIZE’ IN CARLSBAD By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — For years, Encinitas served as Peder Norby’s home away from home. Although he’s lived in Carlsbad for nearly three decades, much of his time over the past 16 years was spent shaping Encinitas’ coastal corridor. Norby signed on as the executive director of the Downtown Encinitas Mainstreet Association (DEMA) in 1997. Later, he became the city’s Highway 101 coordinator, a role in which he promoted local businesses, events and projects. Needless to say, he’s witnessed Encinitas’ growing coastal business scene firsthand. “Today, the biggest difference I see is people giving the (coastal) district a bear hug,” Norby said. “They eat here, they exercise here and they shop here. “Before, people generally weren’t shopping in downtown,” Norby added. “They maybe had one or two favorite coastal businesses, but they mainly went east to other stores.” Norby will no longer have a front-row seat to changes in the coastal corridor. He recently ended his contract with Encinitas to focus on sustainable ventures with the city of Carlsbad. Norby said his passion for “relocalization” prompted the decision. Solar panels on his 4,600-square-foot

Carlsbad home generate enough energy to power his home and car, along with his wife’s automobile. And some of the food he eats, as well as the wine he drinks, is grown on his estate. “My goal is to shrink my footprint as much as possible for water and energy use,” Norby said. “Part of the decision to go to Carlsbad is I can ride my bike to work.” The other part of relocalization? He wants to better know his community. “I have one foot in Encinitas and Carlsbad,” Norby said. “It’s a bit awkward. I want to have a better feel for what’s happening in Carlsbad by working on projects that are near me.” Beyond laying his head in Carlsbad, Norby has quite a bit of history with the city. Born in San Diego, Norby began working in his godfather’s bakery at 10 years old. He worked his way up the ladder as he got older, eventually saving enough money to buy a home at 19 years old. Twelve months later, he opened his own bakery in Carlsbad, eventually leading to more locations. Years later, his ties to the city grew stronger when he became part of a bid to bring Legoland to Carlsbad. While visiting Denmark in 1984, it just so happened Norby shared a fence with a TURN TO NORBY ON B15

After controversy over where it should be placed, the Surfing Madonna hangs at Café Ipe. Backers of the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project will hold a beachside 5-10K to raise money for scholarships, beach projects and for artists to reinterpret the Surfing Madonna across the state. Courtesy photo

Surfing Madonna 5-10K headed for the shore Portion of funds raised to help artists reinterpret the Surfing Madonna in other California cities By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — The Surfing Madonna has inspired a song, a wine label and now a 5-10K run that’s slated for Nov. 16. Mark Patterson, the artist behind the wellknown mosaic that was installed underneath a rail bridge in 2011, said the fun run on the beach will benefit the nonprofit Surfing Madonna Oceans Project. “The Surfing Madonna Oceans Project is our way of expanding the message of the Surfing Madonna,” Patterson said. “Basically, our ocean is in big trouble and needs help.”

Robert Nichols, cofounder of the nonprofit, said money raised during the “Save the Ocean” 510K will go to local students. “On one side, we want scholarships to go to biology students studying issues facing the ocean and solutions,” Nichols said. Additionally, the run will provide funding for artists wanting to reimagine the Surfing Madonna. Artists will reinterpret the Surfing Madonna as they see fit throughout the state to draw attention TURN TO MOSAIC ON B15


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EUSD accepts $1.4m yoga grant By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — National attention and a legal challenge haven’t slowed down the Encinitas Union School District (EUSD) yoga program. In fact, the program is due to expand this fall with more teachers thanks to a $1.4 million grant from the Sonima Foundation — a nonprofit previously known as the Jois Foundation. On July 30, the EUSD Board of Trustees accepted the grant at a school board meeting. EUSD Superintendent Tim Baird said on Monday the number of yoga teachers will jump from 10 to 18 this year. That way, kindergarten through sixth grade students in each school will have access to two yoga teachers. “We want all of our students to do yoga twice a week,” Baird said. He noted that the district aimed to have all its students on yoga mats twice a week last school year, but wasn’t able to do so at some schools because there weren’t enough teachers. “One yoga teacher at a big school can’t get to all the students,” Baird said. Also, the grant will provide funding for characterdevelopment lessons in classrooms, where traits like respect and perseverance will be taught. Baird noted that part of the curriculum is still being ironed out, and so he couldn’t give more details. A $533,000 grant from the Sonima Foundation last year paved the way for the

Eugene Ruffin, CEO of the Sonima Foundation, commented last month that he plans to bring yoga to more schools in the future. For now, Encinitas Union School District yoga will expand. A $1.4 million grant from the Sonima Foundation doubles the amount the district received for its school yoga program last year. Photo by Jared Whitlock

program. This past fall, yoga launched at five EUSD schools. Several months later, it debuted at the district’s four other campuses. Baird noted the original $533,000 grant was bumped up to $700,000 last year to reflect unforeseen costs. Part of that money went toward a University of San Diego study, set to be released at the end of the summer, looking at how yoga affects physical and mental well being among

students. While some parents raved about yoga’s health and behavioral benefits for children, other parents alleged the program promoted Hinduism in schools. And six months ago, lawyer Dean Broyles filed a lawsuit, alleging the program violated the separation of church and state. However, a San Diego Superior Court judge ruled last month that EUSD yoga passes constitutional muster because it doesn’t promote any religious doctrine. During the trial, Broyles argued the Sonima Foundation bought its way into the district to spread spirituality. As proof, he cited a EUSD memorandum of agreement that stated the foundation retains the right to hire and certify yoga teachers. In response, the district said that language was indeed in the memorandum. But in reality, EUSD had full control over hiring and firing yoga teachers, as well as the rest of the program. In light of the confusion, Baird said the $1.4 million grant spells out that the district is “in complete control” of the program. “The district is getting a yoga program that helps students,” Baird said. “And Sonima is getting a curriculum it can share with other districts.” A month ago, Eugene Ruffin, CEO of the Sonima Foundation, said the nonprofit put together a school yoga program that can be exported to districts around the country. EUSD yoga informed that template, he noted. And he said the foundation’s only purpose is to promote fitness, not religion. He said the foundation changed its name from Jois to Sonima to emphasize its health goals.


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Government in Action The National Security Agency is a “supercomputing powerhouse,” wrote ProPublica.org in July, with “machines so powerful their speed is measured in thousands of trillions of operations per second” — but apparently it has no ability to bulk-search its own employees’ official emails. Thus, ProPublica’s Freedom of Information Act demand for a seemingly simple all-hands search was turned down in July with the NSA informing ProPublica that the best it could do would be to go oneby-one through the emails of each of the agency’s 30,000 employees — which would be prohibitively expensive. (ProPublica reported that companywide searches are “common” for large corporations, which must respond to judicial subpoenas and provide information for their own internal investigations.)

Recurring Themes To commemorate its 500th “deep brain stimulation” surgery in May, UCLA Medical Center live-Tweeted its operation on musician Brad Carter, 39, during which he was required to strum his guitar and sing so that surgeons would know where in his brain to plant the electrical stimulator that would relieve his Parkinson’s disease symptoms. Carter had developed hand tremors in 2006, but the stimulator, once it is properly programed and the surgery healed, is expected to reduce his symptoms, restore some guitar-playing ability, and reduce his medication need. (And, yes, patients normally remain conscious during the surgery.) Americans stage dog shows, and MiddleEasterners stage camel beauty contests, and in June, the annual German Holstein Show took over the city of Oldenburg, with the two-day event won by “Loh Nastygirl,” topping bovine beauties from Germany, Luxembourg and Austria. The event is also a showcase for the cow hairdressers, who trim cows’ leg and belly hair (to better display their veins). Said one dresser, “It is just like with us people — primping helps.” Groomed or not, cows with powerful legs, bulging udders and a strong bone structure are the favorites. Fruit of any kind retails for outlandish prices in Japan, but some, such as Yubari cantaloupes, are so prestigious that they are often presented as gifts to friends or colleagues, and it was only mildly surprising that a pair of the melons sold in May for the equivalent of about $15,700 at auction at the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market. The melons appeared to be perfect specimens, with their T-shaped stalk still attached. The record melonpair price,set in 2008,is about $24,500 measured at today’s exchange rate.

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego ordinance to ban dog,cat and rabbit sales in pet shops is seen by animal advocates as a big step forward in shutting down puppy mills. Without the Animal Protection Ordinance pet shops are big buyers for mass breeders who do not always follow best practices in raising numerous animals. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, said the new law is a big win for animals. “The passing of this ordinance is a very important step forward for animals that are sourced from puppy mills and other large-scale, irresponsible, commercial breeding sources.” “I believe strongly in this ordinance,” Weitzman added. “The whole point is to shut down puppy mills. It wasn’t to affect local breeders. It was to encourage responsible breeding.” The biggest losers in puppy mill practices are dogs who make up the majority of mass bred pets, followed by cats and then rabbits. “Dogs are primarily the victims of large-scale commercial breeding,” Weitzman said. “It’s really because of greed. It’s large-scale cruelty for commercial benefit.” Animals who suffer from poor care often develop numerous health and behavior problems. Now San Diego pet shops will no longer be permitted to carry dogs, cats and rabbits. Instead they will be encouraged to follow a humane model and direct perspective pet owners to an animal shelter or animal rescue group. Weitzman said Petco in El Cajon already partners with animal rescue groups to host instore pet adoption events. Weitzman recommends that people only buy pets from reputable breeders, animal shelters or animal rescue centers. He also cautions those looking for a pet to beware of online sales. Puppy mill breeders can still sell dogs, cats and rabbits online. Weitzman said since online sales are regulated by federal laws the recently passed ban will not impact those sales. Approval of the San Diego city ban was a lengthy legislative process. The final vote by San Diego City Council on July 23 was 6 to 2 with Councilwoman Sherri Lightner and

Pet sales ban encourages pet adoption from animal shelters and rescue groups. Jana Basinet, of Claremont, cuddles with puppies Asparagus and Potatoes at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Photos by Promise Yee

Councilman Scott Sherman casting no votes. Strong supporters of the ban were Councilwomen Lorie Zapf and Marti Emerald. Discussion began in February. Then the ban was introduced to the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee, and a working group was formed in April that was comprised of the Companion Animal Protection Society, Animal Defense Team, Animal Protection and Rescue League and the San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition, which includes the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA. The work group hashed out the details of what to include in the ordinance. “We’ve all been working hard and singularly on this,” Weitzman said. Pet store sales of dogs, cats and rabbits have now been banned in 13 California cities and 32 U.S. cities. “There’s a very vigorous effort going on nationwide,” Weitzman said. Weitzman said he would like to see the cities of Oceanside and Vista, which are served by San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, pass the

Herwehe said the San information on how much pet And some day see a coun- Diego Humane Society and stores earned by selling dogs, tywide ban on pet store dog,cat SPCA does not have financial cats and rabbits. and rabbit sales that would regulate unincorporated areas. “It’s a much bigger problem in the county as a whole,” Weitzman said. For now Weitzman said ongoing efforts would be focused on passing the ban one city at a time. Though at this time, the cities of Oceanside and Vista have not yet been approached with the idea of passing a similar ban. “If they bring it forward we certainly would consider it,” Peter Weiss, Oceanside city manager, said. There is no timeline to do so, but the intent is there. “It would be presented to city councils with roughly the same guidelines and regulations,” Kelli Herwehe, San Diego Humane Society and SPCA public relations coordinator, said. “It would be up to individual cities to determine changes in any language to fit their individual cities.” ban.

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EDUCATIONAL O PPORTUNITIES Integrating a school-wide culture of Mindfulness and Leadership For the last four years, Pacific Academy in Encinitas (PAE), a private school serving 7th through 12th grades, has led the way in studentcentered education. Students’ needs, goals, and interests drive the curriculum and overall educational program – alongside research-based best practices – to support each individual student in maximizing his or her options after high school regarding college and/or careers. This approach has resulted in on-going modifications to meet the needs of incoming student populations, increased demands for college admission, and changing career trends. With the students’ best interest at heart, PAE is integrating a schoolwide culture of Mindfulness and Leadership in addition to revamping its Career and College Resource Center beginning this Fall 2013. Mindfulness is a secular practice that has been proven to increase focus, reduce stress, and stabilize emotions in any situation (widely used in cognitive therapy and stress reduction). Vikas Srivastava, Director of Education Services, will be leading the effort through student seminars, teacher trainings and school-wide management. Srivastava is a long-time practitioner, founder of The

Center for Mindful Education, certified .b (dot b) teacher, and experienced educator. As a .b certified instructor, Srivastava is able to integrate the same .b curriculum that has been effective around the world in hundreds of schools (see http://mindfulnessinschools.org). In addition, as Director of Educational Services at PAE, Srivastava is able to integrate school-wide Mindful based practices in policies, procedures and protocols that integrate communication, compassion, and cooperation with students, staff, and parents to understand and resolve issues in the best interest of everyone involved – especially the student. “The hope is that the integration of Mindfulness throughout the school will serve as a model for students of the reality of structuring one’s family, business and community around these principles,” says Srivastava. In addition to Mindfulness, PAE firmly believes in bringing out individual leadership qualities in every student for whatever his or her path in life may be. “Leadership is the foundation of good choices,” states Dr. Erika Sanchez, Principal of PAE, “it supports the growth of all students in

everything they do.” The Leadership program consists of the same multi-layered approach with staff and student training and modeling the principles in practice. All students will have the opportunity to take the Mindful seminar in the Fall and Leadership seminar in the Spring. Students will then complete projects in the following years that integrate the principles of Mindfulness and Leadership, serve their communities, and give depth to their current coursework (also known as “projectbased-learning”). Stringing it all together will be the on-going life planning through the College and Career Resource Center, also led by Srivastava. “The College & Career Center is meant to empower students to envision their future goals and map a plan to achieve them,” says Srivastava. The center will offer consistent counseling, information on colleges and careers and resources for research and completing applications. Srivastava, Principal Dr. Erika Sanchez and owner Kelly Chu are the driving forces behind this new innovative approach to education because they are all ultimately passionate about student empowerment, success, and quality of life.

New charter school opens in San Marcos for 2013-14 A unique and holistic learning environment SAN MARCOS • Taylion San Diego Academy has announced the September opening of a new campus in San Marcos for the 2013-14 school year offering classes for grades Kindergarten through 12th, including gifted and talented students who are looking for more challenging curriculum. Taylion San Diego Academy provides students a unique holistic learning environment that prepares them for the 21st century academically, physically, and mentally. Taylion’s philosophy is that all students can succeed if they truly learn to believe in themselves. “Our philosophy is to inspire confidence in a child through our belief that we can make a significant impact with each child by empowering all students to better understand themselves as individuals,” Taylion’s Academic

Director, Vicki McFarland said. “We’re very excited about it, we feel like we are going to be able to offer a blended learning solution which is state of the art, but we are also very proud of our independent study and home schooling options as well,” said Timothy A. Smith, President of the school’s parent company, Learning Matters Educational Group. “We

room along with online components. School officials say the school offers individualized learning, a safe environment with less distraction, higher parent involvement, credit recovery, credit acceleration, greater access to new educational resources, and unparalleled flexibility in utilizing various instructional delivery methods based on the particular student’s learning

We feel that we are going to be able to serve our students in the San Diego area very well with highly qualified teachers.” Timothy Smith President - Learning Matters

feel that we are going to be able to serve our students in the San Diego area very well with highly qualified teachers…dynamic teachers that are going to be able to personalize instruction for each child.” Taylion offers three separate learning environments for students: An online component, a homeschool program, and a blended program of independent study in the class-

style. Taylion belongs to a group of charter schools that began in Arizona in 1996. The San Marcos campus is located at 100 N. Rancho Santa Fe Rd. #119, San Marcos, CA 92069. For more information regarding enrollment and our parent information sessions call 1-855-77-LEARN or 760-295-5564, or go to www.taylionsandiego.com.


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Why do smart students struggle? Homework is a struggle for many students and a battle at home. For some students they come home from six hours of school only to do another 2-4 hours of homework. How will this year be different? These aren’t things that a child can “grow out of” or that will get better on their own. Learning efficiently is not always an easy task. When smart children or teens struggle in school or have to work harder and longer than they should in order to make the grade, it is almost always because there are one or more areas of underlying processing or learning skills that are not supporting them well enough. With an understanding of the Learning Continuum, it is possible to identify and fix what is causing a student to have to work harder than others. It is the mission of the Therapeutic Literacy Center to inform as many parents as possible about the Learning Continuum and how it may be used to improve their child’s learning this school year. The Learning Continuum can be thought of as a ladder used to climb to academic achievement. It’s necessary to step on the lower steps in order to get to the next.

Those steps include Processing and Core Learning Skills, Executive Function Skills, and Basic Academic Skills. Schools work to develop academic knowledge and skills (the top of the ladder). When a student needs support, they usually find a tutor who works on

How will this school year be different?” the same skills believing that their students need more time, repetition or clarity about what was taught in school. With an understanding of the Learning Continuum, parents and educators can identify which students benefit from tutoring and which students would benefit from specific training in underlying learning processes and skills. For example, up to 30% of our population has some level of difficulty with auditory processing. Following directions, spelling and taking notes are challenging for these students and continue to

affect efficient access to greater academic content. If this isn’t corrected, most keep struggling and feel “less smart” than they really are. Reports indicate that somewhere between 2025% of our students have varying degrees of dyslexia or have difficulty learning to read and spell. These are problems that can be fixed efficiently with an understanding of the Learning Continuum. “For a long time we thought that they had to learn to accept their challenges and work around them. Now we know that we can fix underlying problems and make learning easier and more efficient,” said Maria Bagby, the owner and founder of the Therapeutic Literacy Center. “It is a good time to start planning for the new school year and we want to provide a forum for parents to get the information and resources they need before their children get ready to go back to school.” Informational evenings are Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in August and September Del Mar Corporate Center Conference Room, 990 Highland Dr., Solana Beach, 92075 (childcare provided / RSVP appreciated (858) 481-2200).

MiraCosta College addresses demand for core courses An addition of 30 classes split between the campuses MiraCosta College this fall will offer a vastly expanded array of courses on Fridays and Saturdays, a welcome relief for students who have been squeezed out of classrooms because of high demand or work schedules. Until now, the San Elijo Campus had only offered a few Friday classes and the Oceanside Campus had only offered a handful on Fridays and Saturdays. That will change this fall with the addition of 30 classes split between the campuses. “This is an investment we’re making in our students to help ensure their academic success,” said Mary Benard, MiraCosta College’s vice president of Instructional Services. Administrators based the decision on what classes to offer based upon student demand, Benard said. “This is a full-bore push into offering core classes on Fridays.”

At the San Elijo Campus, for example, students in the fall will be able to take Friday courses in English, mathematics, chemistry, biology, psychology, sociology and anthropology, along with courses such as communication and film. The college district’s strategy was two-fold: provide additional core classes that often have long waiting lists, making it difficult for some students to earn a degree in two years; and provide additional days to go to school for students working full-time jobs.

to be open on Fridays at the San Elijo Campus, for example,” said Benard, who noted the cafeteria hours and menu options at the Oceanside Campus will be expanded. Other support services, such as Health Services, will also expand their hours to meet the influx of Friday students. Further, the Math Learning Center will be open to help students with their math classes, or to prepare for the math placement test. The bottom line? “A student could now, over the course of two years, finish

“This is an investment we’re making in our students to help ensure their academic success.” Mary Benard Vice President of Instructional Services

“This will provide an opportunity for students who work during the week to come to school on Friday and maybe Saturday,” Benard said. The $500,000 cost of the expanded class schedule is not just being spent on teacher salaries. “The cafeteria is going

their studies by taking classes on Fridays and Saturdays,” said Benard. For a full list of classes being offered on Fridays and Saturdays, visit www.miracosta.edu/friday core. Fall semester begins August 19. To apply or enroll, visit www.miracosta.edu/fall.

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Saints Constantine and Helen Academy offers a Christian-based, Montessori-infused classical English-language curriculum. With a low studentto-teacher ratio, 3-5 year-old children will flourish socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically through developmentally appropriate and state-approved activities. "Since so much of our world is based on the classics and Greek language, children of our Academy will be exposed to facets of our world that they won't get anywhere else," said Lia Blomgren, Director of Saints Constantine and Helen Academy.

While most classical academies supplement their curriculum with Latin, Saints Constantine and Helen Academy uniquely complements its program with classical Greek dramatic play. The preschool’s interior and exterior feature the latest in academic manipulatives to provide enriched learning opportunities. The colorful and engaging classroom features original artwork by renowned artist Rev. Father Michael Sitaras to inspire kids during lessons such as science, language, art, and phonics. Outside, a playscape, water and sand activities, and balance blocks add to the fun

with physical play, while cushioned tiles protect children from falls. The Academy's staff is highly trained in early childhood education, the Christian faith, and the classics. Saints Constantine and Helen Academy was founded in 2013 to provide a nurturing and enriching Christian and secular early childhood education program. Morning, afternoon, and all-day sessions are available. The preschool is located under the iconic gold dome of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church.

Season starts at DM Horse Park DEL MAR — Visitors and locals alike can listen to Del Mar Fairgrounds Radio every Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m. The weekly Internet radio show features up-todate news and information about events at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Listeners can call in to ask questions or make comments, and the shows are

archived for later listening. Tune in at wsradio.com. Equestrian events coming up at the fairground Horsepark include the CDS Dressage II Horse Show Aug. 10 and Aug. 11 at the fairgrounds’ equestrian facility two miles east of the fairgrounds at the intersection of El Camino Real and Via de la Valle. For more information,visit

delmarfairgrounds.com/calendar or sandiegodressage.com Next up will be the Summer Del Sol Horse Show Aug. 17 and Aug. 18, with the Showpark Summer Classic Horse Show Aug. 21 to Aug. 25, followed by the Showpark All Seasons Horse Show Aug. 28 to Sept. 1. For more information, visit delmarfairgrounds.com/calendar or showpark.com

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instance, eyeglasses.com says most of its frames are covered by the manufacturer for one or two years and that it will process claims on the customer’s behalf. Consumer Reports found some walk-in stores and websites with much shorter time limits. — Even if your glasses aren’t defective, you may decide you don’t like them. Many retailers have a certain return period, even if you ordered lenses. LensCrafters will replace frames and lenses or provide a refund within 90 days. SimplyEyeglasses.com will let you choose a new pair once within seven days. — Check out your new specs. Report any problem with your glasses to the retailer immediately. If you bought them online and have a problem with the lenses, have your eye doctor verify that they match your prescription. If they don’t, the retailer should remake the lenses at no cost. If the frames need adjusting, your local eyeglass shop may be willing to do it for you, especially if you bought your lenses there. — Buy another pair. If you found a good deal, consider getting an extra pair in case your primary glasses get lost or damaged. Then you won’t have to pay a premium for a rush job at a retailer.

Colorectal cancer is the number three cancer killer in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. About 145,000 people are diagnosed with it each year and about 50,000 die annually from the disease. Many people don’t want to talk about their colon, but by age 50 or even earlier, it’s a conversation everyone should have with their doctor. Fortunately, colorectal cancer is often preventable with proper screening. This type of cancer grows slowly, almost always starting with an abnormal growth, or polyp, in the colon or rectum. During early stages of the disease, most people don’t notice symptoms. Polyps often take 10 years to become cancerous, so the goal is to find and remove them it before that happens. Screening is recommended at age 50 – and periodically after that – for people without a family history of colorectal cancer or conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease. The American College of Gastroenterology recommends a first screening at 45 for African-Americans, who have a 20 percent higher risk for colorectal cancer. People with a family history of the disease should get a screening 10 years before the

and feeling the frames on your face. Keep in mind that the strength of your prescription can affect which frame and lenses you should select, something a professional can help you with. — Ask about your benefits. Find out whether the retailer accepts your vision insurance. If not, ask your plan administrator whether you can use an out-of-network provider and, if so, how that affects your coverage. — Look for promotions. Walk-in stores and websites often have special deals, but check the fine print.You may not be eligible if you’re using insurance or not buying both frames and lenses. — Negotiate. Don’t hesitate to try dickering on price, especially if you’re not using insurance. If you tried on frames locally and found them online for less, it’s only fair to give the walk-in store a chance to match or at least come close to your best online price. Remember that a walk-in shop can provide frame adjustments and other post-purchase service that can be difficult or impossible to get online, so it may be worth paying extra. — Check warranties and return policies. A good retailer should have at least a oneyear warranty against defects in frames. For

age of their relative when diagnosed or at age 40, whichever is earlier. Talk to your doctor about when to be tested and which test to take. Some tests are preventive because they find precancerous polyps that your doctor will remove during the procedure. Others only detect cancer. The American College of Gastroenterology considers the colonoscopy the preferred prevention test and a flexible sigmoidoscopy an

Unfortunately, only about 60 percent of people in the U.S who should be screened, actually get tested. alternative. During a colonoscopy you are sedated while the doctor inserts a flexible tube with a small camera into the rectum to examine the entire length of the colon. Sigmoidoscopy is a similar procedure using a shorter tube to view the lower third of the colon. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends a colonoscopy every 10 years or a sigmoidoscopy

every five years. If you don’t get a colonoscopy, at least get an annual FIT test, which analyzes a stool sample for indications of cancer.Your doctor may recommend only a FIT, or fecal immunochemical test, after age 75. Some tests, such as a virtual colonoscopy or stool DNA testing, currently are not covered by Medicare or most insurance. Unfortunately, only about 60 percent of people in the U.S who should be screened, actually get tested. Many are squeamish about the procedure or the preparation. Because the colon needs to be empty, you must drink only clear liquids for 24 hours before a colonoscopy and take laxatives that include drinking large amounts of liquid. Some people have trouble with that and many doctors have now reduced the prep amount. But keep in mind that colonoscopies can save lives. A national study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine found a 53 percent lower death rate from colorectal cancer among people who had a colonoscopy and a precancerous polyp removed, compared to the general population. Many patients were followed for 20 years.

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For all of the cynics out there: Get a clue David Ogul If you listen to some of the more popular pundits in America (hello, Sean Hannity), our country is going to hell in a handbasket. We are so absorbed in ourselves and our careers that we couldn’t care less about anyone else. We’ve lost sight of Isaiah’s admonition to aid the wrong, uphold the rights of the orphan and defend the cause of the widow. These cynics haven’t met Alexxa Morgan, an Oceanside resident who’s raised thousands of dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and spent several months devoting up to 60 hours a week doing missionary work in Missouri. She’s volunteered as a youth counselor at Hume Lake Christian Camps, and she once taught children with disabilities how to ride horses. “Everybody has hobbies, and my hobby has always been just trying to help people,” the MiraCosta College honors student told me. Oh yeah, Alexxa is only 17. The cynics also haven’t met Judy Meeker, who with her husband, Keith, formed the Jarrett Meeker Foundation in memory of their 8-year-old son who was killed in a backyard accident when he slipped from a swing. The foundation for a generation sent thousands of kids from throughout the county to weeklong summer camps at the San Diego Zoo. These days, the nonprofit sends every third grader at one of the most impoverished schools in San Diego to an overnight camp at Louis Stelzer County Park near the Barona Indian Reservation. “It’s all about education and getting kids outside and unplugged from their electronics and having them connect with nature,” Meeker said. The cynics also haven’t met Nico Poalillo, an 18year-old who as senior at the San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas was in charge of a fundraiser that collected more than $9,000 to buy dozens of filters to help eliminate water-borne illnesses in Nicaraguan villages. “I really honestly had no clue what I was getting into, but it turned out to be this amazing project that has had a great impact,” he said. In fact, the cynics whining about this country’s narcissism haven’t met people like you. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,

nearly 1 in 3 Americans in their prime working years — ages 35-44 years old — volunteered through an organization last year, a rate that, despite what you might hear, continues to remain steady. And those numbers only include people who volunteer through organizations such as the United Way or Jewish Family Services. They do not include people who stay after church services to serve coffee and doughnuts, help clean up the sanctuary or go out of their way to give an elderly neighbor a ride to the doctor’s office. They don’t include those who work with band booster clubs at local high schools or spend endless hours aiding community groups. They do include people like Tom Nunan, Jr. Nunan was born in Kansas and reared in Kentucky. He became Mr. Oceanside after moving west with his wife, Billie, in 1989. He helped found the Oceanside Charitable Foundation, which raises money for homeless outreach programs and sending young kids to MiraCosta College for day camps infused with lessons in math, science and technology. He served as president of the Oceanside Museum of Art and played a pivotal role in raising of $6 million to expand and modernize the civic treasure. And he at one time led the San Luis Rey Mission Historic Foundation, which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to refurbish and retrofit the historic church at the largest of California’s 21 missions. “It was a major, major undertaking,” said longtime friend Mary Steiger, who worked with Nunan on a number of civic endeavors. “ The church has been completely restored into its beautiful, pristine condition. It is magnificent.” It was thus only fitting that on July 19, Mr. Nunan’s funeral Mass was said at the chapel he helped renovate. Cynics waxing poetic about how selfish we are dishonor Alexxa Morgan, Judy Meeker, Nico Poalillo, Tom Nunan and tens of millions who are like them. Next time you hear the cynics complaining about how selfish we are, you might want to tell them to get a clue.

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 twice monthly for The Coast News. You can follow him on Twitter via @ogul, and he can be reached via email at OgulCommunications@gmail.com.

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The cause of an approximately 10-acre fire is still unknown. The fire immediately threatened two homes, but no homes were damaged. Photo by Nick Cagala

Cause of Hodges fire is still unknown, Cal Fire investigating By Tony Cagala

ESCONDIDO — The cause of a fire that charred approximately 10 acres east of the boat dock at Lake Hodges is still unknown. According to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler the investigation is ongoing. The vegetation fire, which started on July 25, was contained in 45 minutes, said Escondido Fire Battalion Chief Ken Slaven. “It’s forward progress got stopped about 20 or 25 minutes after the initial dispatch,” he added.

Rancho Santa Fe Fire units were the first to respond to the dispatched call at approximately 4:30 p.m.; they were assisted by Escondido and San Marcos fire units and Cal Fire. According to Slaven, the Lake Hodges area is served by four fire agencies, of Rancho Santa Fe, Cal Fire, Escondido and the San Diego County Fire Authority. Residents near the area received a reverse 911 call. “Basically the (fire) got put out pretty quickly. It really only immediately threat-

ened two homes, and the aircraft did a good job keeping it away from them,” Slaven said. Two helicopters from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department dropped water on the fire, as well as two Cal Fire fixedwing air tankers from the Ramona airbase. Slaven described the conditions at Hodges as being “extremely dry.” “The burning conditions are very dry and fires are burning with a lot of intensity for this time of the year,” he added.

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COAL Gallery show exhibits local talent By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — “Oh geez,” whispered Charles Dozer. Judges Richard Hawk and Pat Kelly were in the process of studying the photography entries in the COAL (Carlsbad and Oceanside Art League) Gallery’s 62nd Annual Juried Awards Show on July 29. Dozer, the Galley’s President, watched at a distance, biting his lower lip, as the two considered his own entry and those of his com-

I think we’ve seen some truly original things in this show.” Richard Hawk COAL Gallery judge

petitors. With $2,400 in cash prizes on the line in the COAL Gallery’s second biggest show of the year, Dozer and other volunteers juggled the thrill of having so many high quality entries in the show with the anxiety of having their own work reviewed. The COAL Gallery has been a staple in the North County art community since it opened in 1951, and offers

a space for local artists to show their work and collaborate with each other. This year’s juried awards show consisted of 295 entries ranging from sculptures to photography to oil painting to drawing, said Judy Richardson, the show’s director. She also had pieces entered in the show. She said that while watching their work being viewed, volunteers present were obligated to keep mum so the judges remained unaware of who created which piece. “We can’t cry, scream. We don’t say a word.” Judges Hawk and Kelly, both well-established San Diego artists and teachers, evaluated the pieces before the show’s opening to give time for volunteers to hang the winning pieces and return about 100 rejected pieces. “Artists have to be thick-skinned,” said Bob Mussay, the COAL Gallery’s director, as he waited for his oil painting to be evaluated. “You can have a piece that one judge accepts, another rejects. That’s just the way it goes.” But despite the vulnerability of being judged, the artists agreed that entering the show is worth it for the unique exposure COAL Gallery offers North County artists. “To be around that level of artists is really neat,” said

Entered in the COAL Gallery’s 62nd Annual Juried Awards Show, photographs line the floor awaiting evaluation from judges Richard Hawk and Pat Kelly. Photos by Rachel Stine

Dozer. He said that he enjoys studying other photographers who enter their work in the COAL Gallery’s shows. “You’re always learning as an artist,” said Mussay. “You can always pick up different things (other artists have) done, different techniques they’ve used.” Furthermore, Dozer noted that the gallery’s location attracts a lot of tourists and community members, giving artists a greater audience for their work and exposure to potential buyers. “I think we’ve seen some truly original things in

this show,” Hawk said as he judged, noting how impressed he was with the 3D pieces. “There’s a wonderful diversity of work.” “There’s a lot more artists in San Diego County than we commonly think,” said Kelly. “The quality just shows and grabs you right away.” The COAL Gallery’s 62nd Annual Juried Awards Show will run from July 31 through Sept. 8 at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 101. For more information about the COAL Gallery, Judge Pat Kelly studies the sculpture entries, looking for each piece’s visual impact and execution. visit coalartgallery.com.


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AUG. 15 EARLY BROADCAST The Downtown Encinitas Merchants Association (DEMA) will welcome Fox 5 Live as it broadcasts from Encinitas from 5 to 9 a.m. Aug. 15, prior to the official VW Bus Night at the Classic Car Cruise Night, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Vintage vehicles, a live band and complimentary food from local restaurants. our first. DOWN TO DNA The DNA Genealogy Interest Group of the North San Diego County Genealogical Society will meet 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15 in the Community Room of Carlsbad Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Inn, Carlsbad, on “The Law and Current Politics of DNA.” For information, contact Charlie Warthen at Charlie@crwarthen.com.

AUG. 16 HEARTS FOR HOPE The Mitchell Thorp Foundation will hold its ‘Hearts For Hope’ benefit with three stages of entertainment, dancing and dance lessons, gourmet food trucks and a silent auction from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 16 hosted by the North Coast Calvary Chapel, 1330 Poinsettia Lane. Cost is $20 per person in advance or $25 at the door. To register online, visit mitchellthorp.org/events.


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Visitors of all ages entertained and educated at Ice Age exhibit E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road Poop on a pedestal. Now that’s what 6-yearold boys get excited about. You take a couple of them to “Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age,” the current visiting exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park, and they are drawn to this part of the show like flies on — well, you know. But to be fair to them and the exhibit, there were plenty of other things the boys found interesting and fun, as so did the adults who brought them there. That’s the beauty of “Mammoths and Mastodons.” People of all ages find the exhibit fascinating for a variety of reasons. “(The exhibit) appeals to different interest levels and attention spans,” said Tom Demere, the museum’s curator of paleontology. “It has a lot of factual specimens and text, so the 6-year-old will have a different experience than the grandmother or the 16-year-old. These exhibitions are always a test for exhibit designers — how well it is read by different audiences.” I can’t help but think that the poop on the pedestals (four of them) catches just about everyone’s eye, but it’s there to produce more than just giggles and gasps.

“What do we learn from poo?” posed Demere. “We learn about the diet of the mammoths — that they ate grasses like elephants do today. It can also tell us what animals lived in the area, and we can look at elephant poo today and look for the similarities between elephants and mammoths.” This investigation taught paleontologists an amazing fact: Mammoths and the elephants in India today are more closely related genetically than these Indian elephants and today’s African elephants. There is, of course, much more to “Mammoths and Mastodons” than spectacular scat. Our 6-year-olds found plenty of hands-on elements that captured their attention — buttons to push, giant tusks to sit upon, videos to watch, cave paintings to draw, and dueling mastodons to battle. For those more attuned to learning a bit of science, there are homegrown fossils to see. “Paleontologists from the museum have collected fossil remains of mammoths and mastodons from several areas of coastal San Diego County,” Demere explained. “(The exhibit) puts these local fossils into a broader historical context that includes global changes in climates, evolving faunas and floras, and dramatic pulses of extinction.” Even though there is evidence that mammoths survived until as recently as 3,000 years ago in Siberia, they eventually did become extinct.

Jordan Barnhart, left, and David Ondash, both of Carlsbad, are enthralled with prehistoric poop on pedestals at the “Mammoths and This life-size replica of an Ice Age mastodon at the San Diego Natural Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age” exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum exhibit provides visitors with perspective on the enormi- History Museum in Balboa Park. Scientists have learned a lot from anity of the beasts, ancestors of today’s Indian elephants. Photos by mal droppings, like where beasts of the Ice Age lived, what they ate and how they are related to animals of today. E’Louise Ondash

Why? Probably a combination of factors, Demere said. “(Extinction) is a complex problem with no simple answer. It could’ve been climate change.This was the end of the last glacial interval; the planet started warming. It might have been disease, or some even think it was due to a comet or meteor hitting the earth. This was also a time that humans first arrived in the New World, so the mammoths were being hunted by Paleolithic Indians.” Thanks to the exhibition, though, we can still get a feel

for what life was like in our area thousands of years ago. Don’t miss the replica of a 40,000-year-old frozen baby mammoth specimen named Lyuba (pronounced Lee-OObah), discovered in 2007 by a Siberian reindeer herder and sons. Also, a 3D movie, “Titans of the Ice Age,” is included with admission, and there are several other exhibits throughout the museum that kids and adults alike will enjoy. When it’s time to take a break from the Ice Age, enter the Eocene Era on Level 1. The permanent exhibit has

Turning dreams into goals takes guts JOE MORIS Baby Boomer Peace We all have dreams. It takes guts to turn them into goals though. Sometimes these dreams are attainable but without the will, most dreams become only an unrealistic goal. But, we’re Baby Boomers and the clock is ticking.It’s time to pursue what makes you happy. If working a satisfying job or having a satisfying business gives you peace, you need not chase any other dreams. But if all life has given you is a smattering of good followed by a whole lot of disappointment then maybe it is time to listen to the ticking clock and change your way of thinking. What is important? What will bring you peace before you go “home”? I started surfing in 1963 and learned to love life around the water and the waves. I was bound and determined never to be a land locked soul. Even though my surfing skills were lacking, I always enjoyed the serenity of being in nature while also feeling the rush of being pushed along by God’s hand. During those teenage years and beyond, I seemed to have a recurring vision or

dream. It was of a place where the sun would shine every day. There would be white sand beaches and 80-degree water with perfect head high waves that were plentiful enough so that not one surfer ever got snaked and each enjoyed the company of the other. I always felt peace and harmony in that recurring daydream. As I grew older and was fortunate enough to visit fabulous places in Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Spain, France, Italy, Mexico and Greece as well as coastlines around the United States, I was coming to the conclusion that my dream place didn’t exist. Maybe Hawaii, but who could afford that? I kept thinking that I shouldn’t have been so spoiled and that I should just accept the blessing of being a San Diegan. To many, living in San Diego alone would be a dream come true. But,like the story of the little boy who grew up in a perfect island existence somewhere in the South Pacific, who felt the need for escape, I too longed for more than the beauty of California. I wanted head high glassy waves in warm water where mosquitoes didn’t have personal names; where the sun would shine every day and I’d never see fog and gray skies again in my life. Yet in contrast, if it had to rain I also longed for Midwest-type booming thunderstorms with lots of lightning

too, not the prissy little rain we get in San Diego. Such a place just had to exist somewhere. After numerous trips to Puerto Vallarta on cruise ships, I fell in love with the place. I could have just as easily fallen in love with Cabo San Lucas or Los Cabos for the waves and desert environment but Puerto Vallarta had that Santa Barbara feel to it. I’m a UC Santa Barbara grad and loved the way the mountains flowed down to the coast there but I detested the cold foggy summers and no waves. Puerto Vallarta was Santa Barbara minus the freeway, the cold water, the crowds and the fog. As many of you know, I finally broke down and bought a little place in Puerto Vallarta in 2011. This, of course, was right on the heels of our mainstream press going crazy writing about all the Mexican violence (as opposed to our inner city violence in the U.S.). People, family even, thought I was nuts. Surely they thought I would be kidnapped or have my head in my lap. Such thoughts were utter nonsense. The Mexican people are fabulous. It is “Ozzie and Harriet” and “Father Knows Best” down there. It is the 1950s redux and believe it or not. By downsizing my business and personal life in San Diego and moving to Puerto Vallarta part-time and living modestly in coastal North

County, it has turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. The sun shines 360 days out of the year. There are mindboggling thunderstorms at night only to find refreshing breezes off the bay under sunny skies the next day. The bay is muy tranquillo, but for surfing it doesn’t take long to get to tiny little Punta Mita 40 kilometers away where the water is turquoise most of the year,the waves are soft and perfect or you can go around the TURN TO BABY BOOMER ON B15

life-like replicas of many of the animals that roamed the jungle-like environment of this era. Kids can use one of the guide cards to find all of the animals, some of which take careful observation. When you’re ready to return to the present, step outside and enjoy the Prado, the pedestrian-only mall that runs down the middle of the park’s museum row. Our 6-year-olds enjoyed an unplanned dip in the fountain; an exhibit by a local tortoise and turtle society (including two huge Galapagos tortoises); a bevy of noisy, exotic parrots on dis-

play courtesy of a bird rescue group; musicians; buskers; and orators extolling us to repent because the end of the world is at hand. “Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age,” created by The Field Museum in Chicago, runs through Nov. 11. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults $17; seniors $15; military $12; children 3-12 $11. (619) 232-3821. Visit sdnhm.org. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com.


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SOUP TO NUTS by Rick Stromoski

By Bernice Bede Osol

FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves

THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom

BIG NATE by Lincoln Peirce

MONTY by Jim Meddick

ARLO & JANIS by Jimmy Johnson

THE GRIZZWELLS by Bill Schorr

ALLEY OOP by Jack & Carole Bender

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2013 Don’t be hesitant to elevate your sights in the year ahead, especially where you work or career goals are concerned. Whether you realize it or not, you’re in an excellent achievement cycle where much can be accomplished. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Your prospects for material acquisition look to be especially encouraging, especially in situations where you are doing business with someone of the opposite gender. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — It could be a mistake to delegate a critical assignment to someone who has yet to be tested. If you can’t give the job to anyone else, you’d be better off doing it yourself. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — If you feel compelled to do something for another without any thought of what’s in it for you, it could turn out to be a beautiful experience. Follow your instincts. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Go out of your way to express your gratitude to someone has been quite kind to you lately. Everyone likes to know that he or she is appreciated. It’ll mean a lot. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Situations that have strong elements of friendly competition are always your cup of tea, and today could offer you

just such an arrangement.Win or lose, do it with grace, and everyone benefits. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Don’t get upset if your ears start burning, because it’s likely that if you could hear all the things being said about you, it would make you happy, not upset. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — If you haven’t been as considerate as you should be toward a loved one lately, go out of your way to make amends. Hugs and kisses have a magic that works every time. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Make your needs and wants secondary to those of your special someone, especially if the relationship has gotten a bit stale lately. It’s a great way to get it stirred up again. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — You should take advantage of today’s trends, which will have an especially good effect on your work situation. Things won’t just happen, however; you’ll need to go after what you want. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — If you’re an unattached Taurus who would like to find a special someone, it might be a better-than-average day in terms of meeting promising new prospects. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — There’s a good chance that you’ll have a knack for finalizing contentious matters to the satisfaction of everyone. Speak up to get your ideas across. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Be sure to compliment someone who deserves praise for a job well done. As long as you’re sincere, it will be far more important to that person than you might realize.


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and Coast Highway 101. I couldn’t resist extolling the virtues of discovering my own dream. The ad is by Alaska Airlines encouraging you to fly to paradise — Puerto Vallarta. Other than my own positive words about Mexico, that billboard is the first positive word about Mexico since, well, I’m sorry I just can’t remember. I found my dream and my peace. Now, go find yours, wherever that may be. And, may peace be with you always!

horseshoe point to Sayulita (a blast to the past…hippie style), San Pablo and other points north where the waves are bigger and stronger yet the lifestyle remains slow and happy. Your peace may be in the Colorado Rockies, the Glaciers of Alaska, a farm in Kentucky, an Indian hut in Taos or a quaint little village home outside Tuscany or Florence. But, when my daughter sent me a picture of Joe Moris may be contacted at (760) the new billboard at the cor- 500-6755 or by email at ner of Encinitas Boulevard joe@coastalcountry.net.

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to problems like trash in the sea. Nichols noted the first adaptation could go in Pebble Beach in Northern California. “This has the potential to spread the message in a big way,” Nichols said. Patterson said each artist’s take on the Surfing Madonna will be installed on private property. “I’ve learned my lesson with guerrilla art,” Patterson said with a laugh. The original mosaic made its debut near Encinitas Boulevard, and controversy over whether it could stay followed. Eventually, the state denied a request from Encinitas to put the Surfing Madonna at the entrance of Moonlight Beach State Park, arguing the piece could potentially violate the constitution’s separation of church and state.

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Today, the mosaic hangs on private property at Café Ipe in Leucadia. A portion of the money from the 5-10K will also be used to help complete local beach and park projects, though the specific ventures have yet to be identified. In a twist, registered participants of the run will be presented with a list of local projects and vote on which ones should receive funding. There will be more than $8,000 in prize money,and live music and other forms of entertainment are planned. “We want this event to be successful so we can have it every year,” Nichols said. The run will start just south of Moonlight Beach and head north. The 5K is $39. And those who choose to do the 10K will pay $49. Register at surfingmadonnarun.org. “Young and old, run or walk — everyone is welcome,” Nichols said.

The best example of this is that I am fine with 20 CONTINUED FROM B1 kids in my backyard with to love mayhem. The hot dogs and a Slip’n’Slide. solution is to make it the I do not care for the parties mayhem of your choosing. at that well-known pizza

parlor or that well-known children’s recreation center. The level of noise and frenzied activity on strange turf gives me hives. But remember. It could

be worse. They could be 13 and want a sleepover.

One of the major projects he helped champion: re-establishing the Encinitas sign that hangs above Coast Highway 101 near D Street. The first Encinitas sign came down in 1937. A new sign was floated in the 1980s as a means of boosting civic pride, but funding was an issue. Thanks to heavy campaigning from Norby and others in the community, the City Council finally approved funds for a new Encinitas sign in 1998. At the time, Norby noted DEMA also tackled a high downtown vacancy rate, particularly at The Lumberyard. While counterintuitive at first blush, Norby decided it should be more selective when it comes to business attraction. “Instead of going after anyone who can pay the rent, we wanted to take a closer look at our business mix,” Norby said. Now, he added, downtown has distinguished itself from other Encinitas areas with an emphasis on independent retailers. And in contrast to the past, there’s a wide range of shops, including a hardware store and grocery store. “The focus on mom and pops, the mix of shops — it made the area a destination,” Norby said. Then, six years ago, Norby was named Highway 101 coor-

dinator, where he focused on promoting businesses for the entire coastal corridor he Encinitas. He also nurtured the fledgling Leucadia and Cardiff 101 mainstreets. But Norby said the credit for downtown’s revitalization belongs to private investment and City Council decisions like the “retail-only” restriction for the ground floors of buildings on South Coast Highway 101. Encinitas Mayor Teresa Barth said Norby is being at least a little humble. Above all else, he has a knack for bringing together groups with opposing viewpoints. “Under his direction, the collective of the group will rally together and arrive at a smart decision,” Barth said. “I’m a big fan of what the mainstreets have done,” she added. Norby’s reputation as a uniter led the City Council to ask him to help reboot its General Plan in 2011. The request came about because residents widely panned a consultant’s plan to cluster future housing along El Camino Real as part of the General Plan update. Or, as Norby puts it: “The General Plan update exploded.” In the wake, the city formed two stakeholder groups, GPAC and ERAC, to make recommendations on housing, and Norby agreed to facilitate them.

A group of city activists said Norby was unfit to represent these groups, alleging that he misrepresented work from a past Cardiff advisory panel. In response, Norby said that he was “unfairly targeted” by some due to widespread dissatisfaction over the General Plan. For her part, Barth said that Norby stayed cool in the face of intense public pressure. “Whether you think the GPAC and ERAC results were good, bad or ugly, Peder kept a civil tone,” Barth said. “I never heard of him losing his cool,” she added. Norby said his listening skills can be traced to being the third of eight children. “If you’re presenting yourself as the expert who knows everything, you won’t last long in a family with seven brothers and sisters,” Norby said. Because the ERAC and GPAC results have been presented to City Council, and the mainstreet programs are established, Norby said “it’s a good time” to be moving on. In Carlsbad, there are loose plans for Norby to oversee bike path installations, a redo of the Palomar Airport Road freeway interchange and a pedestrian crossing at Chestnut Avenue. “I’ve been disconnected with that area for 15 years,” Norby said. “I’m looking forward to understanding the culture and what can be done.”

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Legoland executive. They struck up a conversation, and Norby learned Legoland was launching its first location outside of Denmark. Even though Norby and other officials lobbied for Carlsbad, Legoland chose England. Five years later, though, Carlsbad got a second shot. It came down to a city in Virginia and Carlsbad. Carlsbad had three speaker slots to make its final case to Legoland executives. And Norby fought to include a local 10-year-old boy who had won Lego contests as part of the delegation. “You can imagine the pressure of telling a senator they were beat out by a 10-yearold boy for the last slot,” Norby said. “If you were to ask me what swayed the decision, it was that boy,” he added. At that point, Norby realized his passion lied in community and economic development.A fan of downtown mainstreets, he was drawn to DEMA. “There’s a culture and diversity downtown,” Norby said. “From the homeless person to the rich guy from Rancho Santa Fe, and everything in between, I love that dynamic.”

Jean Gillette is on vacation this week. This is a column from her archives of 1992.


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