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VOL. 9, NO. 16

AUG. 23, 2013

CALLING FOR A RECALL Rancho Santa Fe resident John Cox spoke about his efforts to reform California politics, starting with the recall of embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, during the “Freedom from Filner”rally at City Hall Aug. 18 . Photo by Daniel Knighton

A planned 24-home development is one step closer to fruition after the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to OK amendments to the San Dieguito Specific Plan on Aug. 7. Photo by Tony Cagala


amendment, plan for AFTER JAIL housing moves ahead An Oceanside-based nonprofit helps give incarcerated women a chance at starting over By Rachel Stine

Alyssa Farin, 25, smiles from her bunk in the FAiR Dorm. Farin is serving time in Las Colinas for driving under the influence of alcohol and killing her best friend in a car accident. She wanted to be in the FAiR Dorm to start her recovery and address the issues underlying her drinking problem. “I want to show them (her deceased friend’s parents) that it’s not all for nothing,” she said. Photo by Rachel Stine

NOT SO RIPE A recently released report shows that while avocado production is on the increase, values of the crop are facing a decline.


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REGION — With tears streaming from her eyes, Amber Macias read a letter she wrote to her eldest daughter aloud to the group. Her striking blue eyes cast down at her notebook, Macias described the day her daughter was born and how the cake for her third birthday was decorated with her favorite characters from Teletubbies. She also detailed the day that Child Protective Services came to take her daughter away. “That day, my heart walked out with you,” she said, her voice trembling. The women around her listened attentively, some holding back tears of their own. They could relate to what she had experienced. Macias, 39, is currently serving a two-year jail sentence for multiple felony counts of burglary and identity theft.She rarely gets to see her daughter, who is now 15 years old. She shared the letter she wrote to her daughter with her fellow inmates as part of her participation in a unique reentry program in San Diego County’s Women’s Detention Facility, Las Colinas. “I really need to work on these behaviors (that led to my criminal actions) in here because I’m not going to be any TURN TO JAIL ON A21

By Tony Cagala

RANCHO SANTA FE — Almost a year in the works, Rancho Cielo Estates Ltd won unanimous approval on Aug. 7 from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to amend the Rancho Cielo Specific Plan and bring a 24home master-planned community near the Cielo Estates community north-

west of Del Dios Highway closer to fruition. The project, which had (and still does have) opponents, originally came before the Board of Supervisors in September 2012. At that time, the development was designed to include 42 condominium and TURN TO HOUSING ON A22

Fair board OKs satellite wagering in Oceanside By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — The board of directors for the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which governs the Del Mar Fairgrounds, unanimously approved an agreement at the Aug. 13 meeting that could bring an additional $150,000 annually to the state-owned facility. Directors authorized Ocean’s Eleven Casino in Oceanside to operate minisatellite wagering for a minimum of five years, with an option to renew for one threeyear period. In an effort to widen the distribution of the horse racing signal at brick-and-mortar sites, in 2007 the state approved the development of 45 mini-satellites, which are regulated and licensed by the California Horse Racing Board. If a potential restaurant or sports bar is within a 20mile radius of an existing race track — which in this case is the Del Mar Fairgrounds —

the applicant must be granted a waiver from the facility. Currently four such venues operate in Southern California in San Clemente, Santa Maria, Santa Clarita and Commerce. In exchange for the waiver, the 22nd DAA will receive a percentage of the profits, which are estimated to range between $100,000 to $150,000 annually. The facility has been approved by Oceanside but still needs to be licensed by the California Horse Racing Board. Pending that approval, satellite wagering is expected to be available at Ocean’s Eleven next month. Earlier this year Silky Sullivan’s Race and Sports Bar received approval from the 22nd DAA to operate a mini-satellite wagering facility in Carlsbad, but that city denied its business license, noting any form of gambling is generally not allowed in Carlsbad.


County allows jail inmates to serve time in state fire camps By Rachel Stine

REGION — On Aug. 6, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to allow county inmates to serve in state fire camps to increase fire protection resources and free space in local jails. Previously, only state prison inmates were permitted to serve their sentences providing firefighting services in fire camps run by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire. But since the state prison realignment has shifted many the low-level offenders from prison to county jails, San Diego’s fire camps have lacked adequate numbers of inmates to staff their fire crews. The county jails have also experienced crowding as a result of the prison realignment.

County Supervisor Dianne Jacob lends her support in allowing lowrisk county inmates to help fight wildfires under Cal Fire. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to OK the practice on Aug. 6. Photo by Rachel Stine

“These camps have protection for decades and been the backbone of fire we can’t lose this,” said

Supervisor Dianne Jacob. San Diego’s four fire camps, located in Rainbow, Warner Springs, McCain Valley and Julian, can hold a maximum of 446 inmates and today only have 339 inmates serving in them, according to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler. The inmate firefighters make up about half of the Cal Fire firefighting crews in the county, he said. Currently, about 50 to 100 inmates serving time in San Diego jails meet the physical, emotional, and lack of arson records requirements to be eligible to serve in the fire camps. With the Board of Supervisors’ approval, local inmates will start being transferred to fire camps by the end of the year according to Steve Schmidt, Jacob’s communications advisor.

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Department spokesperson. “It is with this paradigm that the SDSD sought out a partnership with San Diego Youth Services to implement The Moyer Foundation’s Camp Mariposa.” Camp Mariposa was created in 2007 by The Moyer Foundation, which was founded in 2000 by World Series champion pitcher Jamie Moyer, and his wife Karen, who currently reside in the San Diego area. “We know how difficult it is for a child to deal with a family member’s drug or alcohol addiction. No child should have to face that kind of struggle alone,” said Karen Moyer, Chairperson & Founder of The Moyer Foundation. San Diego will be the fifth Camp Mariposa location nationwide.

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Issues over center are flowing like wine David Ogul Lost by some in the ongoing debate over opening the Fletcher Cove Community Center to private parties flowing with alcohol is the proverbial slippery slope such a move might cause. After all, if the city allows for beer and wine consumption there, why not allow folks to pop a brew elsewhere on public property. What about the beach? What about La Colonia Community Center over by Eden Gardens? The issue has hardly been ignored at City Hall. A recent email blast updating Solana Beach residents on a compromise policy allowing beer and wine at Fletcher Cove Community Center includes the following notation: “Also, as a reminder, the La Colonia Community Center is currently available for private rentals. Alcohol use is not currently allowed at this facility, however, the City Council has directed Staff to look into this possibility and bring to a future City Council meeting for discussion. Once the date of that meeting has been identified, it will be eBlasted and broadcast on Facebook and Twitter.” By the way, in case you missed it, the Solana Beach City Council last week at a special meeting took a huge step toward opening the former Civilian Conservation Corps barracks by Fletcher Cove Park to wedding receptions, baptism celebrations and other private get-togethers. A formal policy is set to come before the council for approval on Aug. 28. No more than 50 people could attend, a private security guard would have to be on hand, and beer and wine would be allowed — though no more than two drinks per guest could be served (no word on the size of the glasses). Other restrictions would include no amplified music (jazz trios with a stand-up bass apparently would be OK), and parties would be limited to no more than one every other weekend. Meanwhile, it’s full steam ahead for backers of an initiative seeking far fewer restrictions at the center that was renovated with the help of a couple hundred thousand dollars or more raised by the community. Friends of Fletcher Cove Community Center say they already have almost the 1,311 signatures they need to force a special election. If the measure does qualify, expect the City Council to put a competing proposal on the same ballot. * * * Much has been written about San Diego Mayor Bob

Filner over the past few weeks. Little has been written about the impact his exploits is having on the local Jewish community. The mayor of California’s second largest city is not, by any stretch of the imagination, observant. T hough he was a bar mitzvah while growing up in Pittsburgh nearly six decades ago, Filner does not wear his Judaism on his sleeve. As far as I can tell, he is not a member of a congregation. But his actions nonetheless have prompted a fair amount of angst not only among members of Reform, Conservative and Orthodox congregations, but among non-affiliated and non-religious Jews from Oceanside to Otay Mesa. Filner has demeaned himself, he has demeaned the city and he has demeaned his former supporters by engaging in behavior that is far beyond boorish and appears to be in clear violation of the law. A woman whom I have long trusted and admired and once worked with has accused him of sexual assault and is suing him for sexual harassment after having to put up with revolting behavior. And he recently delivered an inappropriate comment — call it a cheap pickup line — to another friend while he was visiting a local newspaper. When Filner refused to resign as the flood of allegations flowed forth, Rabbi Michael Berk of Congregation Beth Israel, a Reform synagogue that is the largest shul in San Diego, told congregants he wasn’t the only Jew who was embarrassed. It hasn’t helped matters that Filner’s follies are coming to light the same time that fellow Jewish politicians Elliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner are making fools of themselves in New York. That Filner is Jewish should not reflect negatively on the tens of thousands of my brethren who everyday help others in ways large and small as they go about their own efforts in tikkun olam, or repairing the world. And we can only hope that his exploits fail to impact that latent anti-Semitism that, sadly, still exists today. Most of my friends, meanwhile, just roll their eyes in disgust when the subject of Bob Filner comes up in synagogue. They wish this nightmare would just go away.

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.



AUG. 23, 2013

New bill might Bier Garden gets green light to open increase access windows despite residents’ protests to abortions By Jared Whitlock

By Rachel Stine

REGION — With San Diego Assemblymember Toni Atkins’ bill AB 154 nearing the Senate floor for final legislative approval Aug. 19, abortion access may increase in the state of California while other states address bills that would decrease abortion access. Atkins authored AB 154, which would allow nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physician assistants to perform one specific type of surgical abortions after obtaining training and a license to perform the procedure. “Allowing a larger group of health care professionals to offer early abortion care is one way to reduce health care disparity and increase continuity of care,” said Atkins, who represents the 78th district that includes portions of Solana Beach and Del Mar. “California has a long history of supporting access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion, and yet, even in California, almost half of the state’s counties do not have an accessible abortion provider.” Women in California are legally allowed to obtain an abortion prior to the viability of the fetus, generally viewed as 22 to 24 weeks into pregnancy. Current state laws only allow licensed physicians and surgeons to perform surgical abortions. Organizations that oppose the bill argue that allowing clinicians to perform abortions would be unsafe and increase complications and deaths from the procedure. “AB 154 is an antieducation, anti-family, anti-women bill. Abortion is a complex and risky surgical procedure,” stated a letter opposing the bill from Cherish California’s Children, a pro-life organization. Organizations includ-

ing Concerned Women for America and The Coalition for Women and Children are also campaigning against the bill. AB 154, along with another bill designed to

Throughout the U.S. we’re seeing a number of legislative acts to limit a woman’s access to abortion care.” Jennifer Coburn Director of Communications, Planned Parenthood

limit the building requirements of clinics that provide abortions, are coming before the California legislature at a time when other states are addressing bills that would restrict abortion access. A bill in Texas seeks to ban abortions after 20 weeks and would establish strict requirements for doctors performing the procedures. Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban abortions after the first fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks. “Throughout the U.S. we’re seeing a number of legislative acts to limit a woman’s access to abortion care. But in California, we’re one of the states that is moving forward with access and that is a really positive thing,” said Jennifer Coburn, director of communications for Planned Parenthood, a sponsor of the bill. Atkins’ bill is heading for the California Senate after passing the Senate Committee on Appropriations on Aug. 12 and passing in the state Assembly earlier this year.

ENCINITAS — The most recent disagreement over bars and community character played out at an Aug. 15 Planning Commission meeting. Ultimately, the Bier Garden won the right to keep its windows open until 10 p.m. as a result of a 3-1 Planning Commission vote. Bier Garden’s rear windows, which face its outdoor patio, are currently shuttered throughout the day. The operators applied for permits to open them to improve circulation and the ambiance of the spot, they say. David Crevisten, one of the owners, said he didn’t anticipate opposition to the permits since Bier Garden is known for a casual atmosphere and shuts off its lights at midnight. “I never imagined (residents) who live next to a train, the 101, Whole Foods and businesses that close at 2 a.m. with live entertainment, would ever take issue with a business that closes at midnight,” Crevisten said. But half a dozen residents who live at Pacific Station, where Bier Garden opened this spring, said the location is already loud. Unfastening windows near their apartments will only make it worse, they maintain. Resident Patty Weber noted she was excited for Bier Garden to set up shop in the space,but that quickly changed once it opened. “We were shocked by the noise level,” Weber said. “We could no longer have a conversation in our common area.” Nicholas Chan, another resident, said conversations and laughter emanating from Bier Garden have made it difficult for him and his pregnant

The windows facing Bier Garden’s patio are currently closed. But the Encinitas Planning Commission gave the OK to keep the windows open until 10 p.m., drawing concerns from residents who live at Pacific Station. Photo by Jared Whitlock

wife to sleep at night. Chan added that his iPhone has recorded sound levels of 55 decibels, and occasionally surpassing 75 decibels, on weekends. “This is beyond city statute,” Chan said. Marco Gonzalez, an attorney representing Bier Garden, argued his client is being unfairly targeted. Nearby 1st Street Bar and Grill, which has live music and dancing, accounts for much of the noise in the area, he said. “How do you know where your sound levels are coming from?” Gonzalez asked. Other residents said Barracuda Bar and Grill, the previous occupant of the space, wasn’t as loud because fewer people frequented it. Plus, the building lost its soundproofing insulation once Bier Garden renovated the roof. In response to those concerns, Gonzalez said that Bier

Garden owners recently met with a sound engineer in search of solutions to muffle the noise. Also, earlier in the hearing, he said residents of Pacific Station were made aware they were moving into a dynamic, mixed-use development when they signed housing documents.Consequently,they can’t expect the area to be as quiet as “living in Olivenhain,” Gonzalez said. Citing residents having a difficult time sleeping, Planning Commissioner Michael O’Grady made a motion to close the windows at 9 p.m. Living in a mixed-use environment is one thing, but it’s “another thing not to enjoy the property that you have,” O’Grady said. However, that motion failed. Planning Commission Chair Kurt Groseclose said 9 p.m. seemed like an arbitrary

time.The Sheriff’s Department recommended 10 p.m., he noted. “We, as a Planning Commission, are not an enforcement body,” he said, adding that he defers to law enforcement. With O’Grady opposed and Planning Commissioner Anthony Brandenburg absent, the 10 p.m. window-closing time ultimately passed with a 3-1 vote. A larger debate over alcohol-serving bars and restaurants is on tap for next week. The Encinitas City Council will discuss options for quelling noise associated with downtown drinking at its Aug. 28 meeting. The Encinitas Hospitality Association, a collection of 26 bar and restaurant owners, will present a plan of action then. Last month, a moratorium on new liquor licenses for late-night establishments failed to pass.

$1.5M sexual harassment verdict vacated to city By Promise Yee

VISTA — Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Stern ruled that the city of Oceanside could set aside paying $1.5 million in damages granted to sexual harassment victim Kimberli Hirst and granted the city a new trial to determine damages and liability. The judge called the settlement amount of $1.5 million reached on April 17, “exorbitant” and not supported by the evidence. “In a nutshell there was no evidence to support this number,” City Attorney John Mullen said. The judge granted the city’s request for a new trial

on Aug. 6, due to the facts that the law does not allow the recovery of litigation distress, the plaintiff’s counsel made impermissible arguments, and Hirst staged some of her testimony. Hirst’s trial lawyer Dwight Ritter disagrees with the judge’s findings. “The court inserted its opinion in place of 11 jurors,” Ritter said. “We’re shocked and astounded.” Both sides acknowledge that Hirst was sexually harassed by former Oceanside police officer Gilbert Garcia. Mullen said the city has zero tolerance for sexual

harassment and took the appropriate actions. “We’re as reactive as we can be,” Mullen said. “When the city found out about it the plaintiff downplayed the incident. The officer said it was mutual banter, but to the city that didn’t matter, it was inappropriate. That’s one reason the city fired the officer.” The city initiated a detailed investigation and ordered Garcia to have no contact with Hirst after a Rancho Santa Fe Security guard, who was working as a transport officer, reported to the city that he overheard a phone conversation between

Hirst and her supervisor Tim Johnson that indicated that Garcia had made an inappropriate comment to Hirst. Neither Hirst not her supervisor reported the officer’s comments to the city or the company where she worked. The city’s investigation found Garcia at fault for making propositioning comments to Hirst between October 2008 and December 2009. Garcia was fired. After Garcia was found guilty Hirst sued the city and Garcia for emotional distress. Within two days of the trial TURN TO HARASSMENT ON A22



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Rejected spending and the prisoner crisis By Thomas D. Elias

Fluoride and the First 5 By Celia Kiewit

In the continuing saga of “The Fluoride Fallacy,” and the impending increase in our water rates, I’ve been doing more research. Here we go again … it’s the proverbial shell game. Take the money from the poor slob with a smoking addiction and give it to our trusted politicians who then teach us poor slobs about the protection of our children’s health. Good idea? Smoking cessation, vaccinations, fluoridation, prevarication … What is the First Five Commission, this mysterious government entity that most people have never heard of, or perhaps have forgotten, based on Proposition 10, a statewide vote back in 1998? I too had forgotten about this, but did anyone back then know what would happen to between $500 million and $750 million Bucks (hundreds of millions of dollars annually) once Sacra-Demento got a hold of it? Most people would agree that this particular sin tax, on cigarettes, is a good thing and would not give it another thought. (If we could just keep the butts off the beaches, right? Of the garbage collected from public beaches, 40 percent is cig butts!) I digress. We blindly trust government and the officials elected, appointed, or hired to serve us. None of my friends, some very smart individuals I queried in a recent mini-poll, knew what I was

talking about when I mentioned the First Five Commission. Here’s some data for you to ponder and verify, taken straight from their official web page: “First 5 California represents an important part of our state’s effort to nurture and protect our most precious resource — our children. Research shows that a child's brain develops most dramatically during the early years of life. Our focus at First 5 California is to educate parents and caregivers about the important role they play in their children’s first years. First 5 California’s services and support are designed to ensure that more children are born healthy and reach their full potential.” Sounds good, but please define “nurture and protect.” Water fluoridation is one of their healthy ideas, on which they spend tons of money, but fluoride isn’t a nutrient, nor is it an essential mineral. Trust me; you don’t want to pollute your young child’s developing body with this chemical! Did you know that state law approving fluoridation is in violation of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act? “The promise of First 5 California is to continue to invest in services and programs that directly benefit children and families and to advocate for a sustainable early childhood system for future generations. Current efforts at First 5 California include the development and implementation of integrated programs and resources

designed to benefit three target audiences: the Child, the Teacher, and the Parent in the focus areas of Nutrition, Early Literacy and Language Development, and Smoking Cessation. Our public education and outreach efforts also target hard-to-reach and lowincome populations through a variety of effective media approaches.” Promises, promises. How are these goals being accomplished? Why is it that preschoolers are more obese than ever before? Why is autism increasing? Why is our state ranked No. 49 in the nation in spending on education? Could it be more waste and corruption? Promote cessation of cigarette smoking, yet legalize marijuana? Who are these experts and how much are they paid? Another case of pigs at a trough? “While we are proud of First 5 California’s accomplishments to date, our work is far from over. We are eager to work toward meeting the new challenges that await us, and we are confident that we will continue to have a positive impact on California's youngest children and the futures they deserve.” Positively outrageous! They claim to base their funding decisions on community input. Please get informed and speak up to your favorite politicians — local, county and state. And, be sure to oppose the water rate increase.

Celia Kiewit is an Encinitas resident.

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For every action, goes the law of both physics and politics, there is a reaction, a consequence. Now it seems more and more that a decision by Gov. Jerry Brown may have led directly to new demands for convict releases he calls a public danger, demands now backed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Brown’s aides say he will continue pursuing an appeal of the order by three federal judges demanding the state’s prison population be cut by at least 9,600 inmates before year’s end. The idea is to bring prisons down to 137 percent of the system’s designed capacity. Given the glacial pace of court actions, it’s almost certain some prisoners will be let go — or else Brown will be held in contempt of court, with a constitutional crisis possibly ensuing. Brown warns that the more than 24,000-prisoner reduction already made via his “realignment” program used up much of the pool of “harmless” convicts, so cutting more inmates may lead to many new crimes. He lays any responsibility for that at the feet of the judges, saying the state moved mountains to relieve the overcrowding top courts find unconstitutional. Yet, prisoners now bunk in jammed gymnasiums and other open spaces, lack adequate room for exercise and get inferior medical care, the judges found repeatedly. But Brown says there’s been considerable improvement, citing the recent opening of an almost $1 billion Central Valley medical facility as one sign of progress. Republicans respond that the state has not done nearly all it could have to solve the prison overcrowding crisis, and that Brown is largely responsible. “This crisis was entirely foreseeable and the state plan to address it was disregarded by the governor and legislative Democrats,” state Senate Republican leader Bob Huff of Diamond Bar told Bloomberg News. That’s also the stance of Abel Maldonado, who makes the alleged danger from upcoming prisoner releases the centerpiece of his nascent campaign for the Republican nomination to oppose Brown next year. The key Brown decision they point to came shortly after his most recent election in 2010, when he opted not to spend the vast majority of more than $7 billion in lease-revenue bonds for prison construction previously OK’d by legislators and exGov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Even that amount was less than the $11 billion in prison-building bonds Schwarzenegger proposed in 2006. Brown, seeking ways to balance an out-of-control budget, took a skinflint approach, opting for the realignment program that sees many so-called “low-

level” felons of a type previously sent to state prisons now staying in county jails, while some county prisoners are turned loose. Barely one-fifth of the authorized lease-revenue bond money has so far been spent. So when Brown says he’s done everything conceivable to prevent the new prisoner release, that’s not quite so: Money was available for a 53,000-bed building program if he had wanted to do it. Realignment was cheaper. Now, even after the nation’s highest court upheld the previous prisoner-release order, Brown Administration officials assert they don’t want to release many more inmates. They’ve had an emergency plan in place for months to some release elderly and sick convicts before their terms expire, lease private prison space, mostly in other states (there is some doubt about their authority to do this), and possibly build some prison additions. Current estimates indicate this would still mean about 1,000 early releases. It’s an open question whether any of this would be in play if Brown had been able to show judges new prisons were coming. What’s evident is that top judges are not buying Brown’s argument, first stated to reporters in January: “After decades of work, the job is now complete. Our prisons are not overcrowded.” They accuse the governor of dragging his heels, saying they have repeatedly restrained themselves from citing him for contempt of court. Something’s going to give, most likely by year’s end, and doomsayers predict a surge in crime. Whatever happens, one thing is clear: Things could look very different today had Brown suppressed his well-known cheapskate tendencies and chosen to spend the money earmarked for this problem before it became a crisis.

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100s hit the links to support wounded warriors Players and event organizers gather for a group photo before the start of the sixth annual Operation Game On Golf Classic. Photos by Bianca Kaplanek

By Bianca Kaplanek

RANCHO SANTA FE — About 140 players teed off for combat-injured troops during the sixth annual Operation Game On Golf Classic held Aug. 12 at Morgan Run Club & Resort. “We have a lot of returning sponsors and players,” said Tony Perez, founder of the golf rehabilitation program and fundraiser. “It’s like a reunion.” Thanks to in-kind donations, sponsors, golfers who paid $300 to play, raffles and an auction, Perez said he expects to surpass the approximately $72,000 the event netted last year. Proceeds will go toward lessons, specially fitted clubs, reduced green fees and playing opportunities for soldiers with physical and mental challenges. Operation Game On participants also receive free lessons from PGA-certified instructors at the Del Mar Golf Center and a professional fitting session from The Kingdom at TaylorMade Golf. When it began in 2008, Operation Game On focused on helping troops returning from Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom who were going through reha-

bilitation at Naval Medical Center San Diego. The program has since expanded to include spouses in a program Perez started in 2011 called Wives of Warriors, or WoW, as well as military members from other wars. It will soon be available to the Wounded Warrior Battalion West Hospital at Camp Pendleton, Perez said. Experts at the Naval Medical Center found golf is an essential link to the rehabilitation process for combatwounded military personnel with extreme physical and mental disabilities. Participants agree. “This is one of the best programs out there,” said Jake Keeslar, who was injured while serving in Iraq in 2006. “It helps with continuing therapy, building ourselves up on the golf course, improving balance. “A lot of guys have (posttraumatic stress disorder) so this is good for getting them back into society,” Keeslar added. “It’s helped a lot of guys out.” Charlie Linville was injured in 2011 after stepping on an improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan. His leg was amputated last year.

Jim Collins lost his leg nearly three years ago due to complications from an injury he suffered while serving in Vietnam. “What’s so different now is how the country treats current veterans,” he said. Operation Game On participants, from left, Charlie Linville, Derrick Ford, David Lopez and Jake Keeslar lis- “They weren’t nearly as welcoming ten as Ford’s wife, Michelle, sings the national anthem. back then.”

David Lopez, left, and Jake Keeslar, clowning around before hitting the links, have played in the golf classic every year since it began in 2008.

“It was so painful he couldn’t do anything,” his wife, Mandy, said. “Golf has increased his positivity. It’s brought some life back to him.” The Linvilles 3- and 6year-old daughters have also taken up the game. “Tony has definitely made this all about the family,” Mandy Linville said. “It brings us all together, even though we play at different levels. It’s facilitated our family-bonding time.” Jim Collins, who lost his leg nearly three years ago due to complications from an injury he suffered while serving in Vietnam, was playing in the tournament for the first time. “Golf is great therapy,” said Collins, an avid player since he was in his 20s. “It’s great to be back in the game.” Collins said Operation

Naval Base Point Loma conducts the Presentation of Colors.

Game On is a great example of how the country now treats veterans. “People weren’t nearly as welcoming back then,” he said. “This is one of many things being done across the country that supports our troops.” The tournament began with registration at 9 a.m., followed by a Presentation of Colors by Naval Base Point Loma and the national anthem performed by Michelle Ford, a WoW member.

“Today is all about supporting our combat-injured troops who defend our country while we enjoy our freedoms,” Perez said during the opening ceremony just before shotgun play started at 11:30 a.m. The day ended with happy hour, dinner, awards and a raffle for prizes that included gift certificates to restaurants such as Crush, Jake’s Del Mar, Red Tracton’s and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, hotel stays and golf opportunities.



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SDG&E rates set to increase next month PET OFTHE WEEK By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — SDG&E representatives told business owners and residents at the August MainStreet Morning Meeting that utility rates will increase for all San Diego County business customers and a quarter of its residential customers come September. The approved increase in SDG&E operations costs will impact all customers who use more than 500 kilowatt hours of electricity a month, and hit tier III and IV residential customers the hardest. The current rate structure charges residential customers who use more electricity a higher fee per kilowatt hour once they exceed base level usage. This rate structure was adopted in 2001 during the energy crisis as a way to nudge customers to use less electricity. It did serve its purpose. “San Diego is the most responsive to the call for conservation in the state,” Stephanie Donovan, SDG&E senior communications manager, said. Today, the rate structure is outdated. It does not take into account the wide range of kilowatt hours needed by customers. “There’s a need for an overhaul of the rate structure,” Donovan said. Donovan said residential customers who live in areas that require air conditioning or who do not work outside of the home will use more than the current base level even if

Amber Ter-Vrugt, SDG&E public affairs manager, said rate increases would effect costs for customers who use over 500 kilowatt hours of electricity a month. The rate increases account for approved general operations costs. Photo by Promise Yee

they are conserving energy. “Most people do what they can do towards energy efficiency,” Donovan said. “People who live in older homes with inefficient appliances don’t always have the income to purchase new appliances, or seniors may have to have the air-conditioning on.” Usage above the base level quickly drives up monthly bills because customers are charged higher rates for additional killowatt

hours. Residential tier I users, who use the lowest amount of electricity, are charged 15 cents per kilowatt hour, tier II users are charged 17 cents, tier III users pay 27 cents, and tier IV users, who use the most electricity, pay 29 cents. Donovan said it is still the same electricity and should not cost more. “The rate cap protected low-income people,” Donovan said. “It outlived its usefulness. There is a huge dispari-

ty in rates. It’s not connected to household incomes anymore. “It gets up to a certain point and skyrockets in costs. “We expect some significant changes in how rates are structured in the next few years.” Businesses are charged differently than residential customers. They are charged more when they use electricity at peak demand times. Both businesses and a quarter of residential customers will see a marked increase because the California Public Utilities Commission just recently OK’d the operations rate increase for 2012-15. This means catch-up costs since 2012 needs to be amortized into bills through 2015. This increase only accounts for general operations charges. SDG&E billing is divided into three categories — general operations, distribution and commodity costs. Approvals for rate changes for these three different parts of the bill presently come at different times. “We understand customers are confused and frustrated,” Donovan said. “We’re pushing to have one time a year that rates will change. We know people want stability and certainty.” Donovan said SDG&E is working with regulatory agencies to bring the timing of billing changes together so that customers can better plan their budgets.

College gears up to greet 17k new students By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — MiraCosta College staff is prepared with extra employees, information huts and welcoming smiles to greet new and returning students the first days of school Aug. 19 and Aug. 20. All staff is on deck to ensure things run as smoothly as possible for students who are scrambling to get into classes, secure financial aid and learn their way around the three campuses. MiraCosta College has a main campus in Oceanside, second campus in Cardiff and a learning center in downtown Oceanside. “The biggest challenge is the sheer quantity of people,” Cheryl Broom, MiraCosta College communications director, said. “In fall new students don’t know where they’re going, where to register, sometimes they’re at the wrong campus.” “The first week nobody takes off, everybody’s here.” Help Huts are set up on the two main campuses during the first two days of classes and manned by MiraCosta College staff from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Staff volunteers at the Help Huts are briefed on frequently asked questions and armed with a campus information binder. “Staff who volunteer work in different departments, it’s a great mix,” Broom said. “Both vice presidents volunteer, two deans

MiraCosta College does not have a deadline for college application. This puts extra demands on admissions and records staff the first week of classes. Photo by Promise Yee

volunteer, and a number of faculty. Some people just love being out there with students. It’s a good reminder why everyone’s here.” MiraCosta College boasts a total enrollment of 16,979 students, about a third of those students are first year freshmen. Unlike other colleges, MiraCosta College does not have a deadline for college applications. That policy leaves the door open longer for more students to enroll. “We don’t want to close the door to potential students,” Dick Robertson, vice president of student services, said. The policy also puts extra demands on admis-

sions and records staff to field hundreds of phone calls the first week of school and turn over enrollment applications quickly. All registration is done online. It takes a minimum of two days to process and confirm a student’s application, which then allows the student to sign up for classes. Students who register for classes late in the game can choose to be added to a class waiting list. The number of students allowed on each waiting list is equal to the number of seats in the class. Students on the wait list are admitted on a first on the list, first to get in basis. In some cases an additional

class will be added to accommodate students’ demand to attend the course. “I teach Communications 101 and already have 10 people on the waiting list,” Broom said. Student financial aid is another highly impacted department on campus. “Students are trying to figure out how to pay for classes,” Broom said. “Last week the line was out the door and around the building. A lot of it has to do with people waiting until the last minute to decide to go to college, over summer, and scrambling to get in.” Parking is another challenge. “It’s a nightmare the first week of classes,” Broom said. Students are encouraged to take public transportation, car pool, and get to campus early to allow enough time for parking. Students can park in any student parking lot during the first week of classes without a parking pass. After that a parking pass is required. Despite the extra challenges staff is geared up to greet students with smiles and information on the first days of classes. “It’s an exciting new year and great time to be on campus,” Broom said. “Thursday we have a college hour with free food and music. It’s a great week to be here.”

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COAST CITIES — Phil Henry, owner of Henry Avocado Company in Escondido, noted that last year was especially difficult for his industry. “An already hard business got harder,” Henry said. Henry’s company harvested more avocados in 2012 than the prior year. Still, his bottom line decreased. A recently released crop report, issued by the county’s Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures, reflects his plight. Last year, the county’s avocado crop value totaled $157.9 million — 24 percent less than 2011. That’s despite the fact that avocado production jumped from 65,200 tons to 93,300 tons. And avocados sprouted on nearly 5,000 more acres in 2012 when compared to the previous year. Yet the price of avocados fell sharply. On average, avocado growers in California received 83 cents per pound in 2012 for their crops, com-

pared with $1.52 per pound in 2011, according to the California Avocado Commission. “Pounds haven’t translated to more dollars for us over the last year,” Henry said. Eric Larson, executive director of the San Diego County Farm Bureau, said that prices dropped, in part, because grocery stores and restaurants are importing more avocados from Mexico, Chile and Peru. “Avocados from Mexico aren’t a recent trend, but longtime,” Larson said. “Last year, more avocados from abroad flooded the market,” he added. And he noted the San Diego avocados during last year’s harvest were a bit smaller than normal, so growers didn’t get as much for them. Back in Escondido, Henry noted the avocado price jumped in the past few months, giving him hope in the short term. But even if prices keep going up, there’s the risk that next season’s harvest will be poor, because avocado trees are known for a higher yield every other year. “It’s not an exact science, but there tends to be more avocados on alternating years,” Henry said. “It’s not known what next year will be like, but the pattern is something to keep in mind.”

In any case, Henry said price and production fluctuations are concerning. Increasing water prices, however, remain the biggest threat to avocado growers. “Over the past five years, water prices have almost doubled,” said Henry, who has been in the business for nearly 30 years. To combat the trend, he’s installed water-saving sprinklers, among other improvements. But it’s “difficult to find more efficiencies,” he said. “In North County you can drive by a lot of empty groves where they used to grow avocados,” Henry said. County Agricultural Commissioner Ha Dang said the disappointing value of the avocado crop is a smudge on an otherwise upbeat crop report. “There is some positive as it relates to avocados — acres harvested is up,” Dang said. The report notes that the county’s agriculture industry grew by 4 percent in 2012, reaching a worth of $1.75 billion. And for the first time in four years, the number of acres of farmland rose. Ornamental trees and shrubs remained the most valuable crop for the industry in 2012, representing more than $387 million. Also notable: Wine and grape production exploded 512 percent over 2011.

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Grill Fest The Del Mar Grill Fest is the first-ever BBQ grilling festival held in the Seaside Concert area on Aug. 17. The Fest features the flavorings of more than 25 seasoned BBQ pros and local restaurants. San Diego resident Cody Nash grills burgers for Slater’s 50/50 at the Del Mar Grill Fest on Saturday. Photos by Daniel Knighton

Escondido resident Victor Jimenez grills pork ribs for Jake’s Del Mar at the Del Mar Grill Fest.

No. 6 Indexical takes the win ahead of the No. 9 Hi Fashioned in the sixth race on Saturday at Del Mar.

Riverside resident Genia Vanschaik works for the Norco based Cowboy West Productions catering company. While their food drew rave reviews, they were widely criticized when halfway through Carmel Valley resident Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien spent his Saturday hanging out with the ponies the event they ran out of food. at Del Mar.

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Temecula holds a lot of tempting and tasty adventures E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road Juanita Koth spent a lot of time on horseback in the Temecula Valley in the 1980s. As a teen who grew up in North County, she helped care for horses of friends and relatives who lived in Temecula. She remembers riding in the open, rolling hills which, at that time, served as a backdrop for only a handful of wineries. Today, Koth is still in the saddle, but as the owner and guide for Gaits in the Grapes, a company that provides custom trail adventures for folks with their own horses. (“No rentals!”) “Temecula is now a beautiful huge community, but it still has a rural flavor,” Koth says. “We hope to bring in horse owners who want to enjoy all the things that Temecula has to offer.” And that’s quite a list. The valley, about an hour’s drive from North County, has its historic Old Town, golf, resorts and spas, a casino, shopping, dining, museums, horseback riding, a casino, hot air ballooning and wineries. And trails. “Miles and miles of trails,” Koth emphasizes, “but they are unmarked so no one knows where they are.” And that’s where Gaits in the Grapes comes in. “If you come to Temecula Valley with your horse, you want to ride the best trails. If you want mountains, we’ll take you into the mountains. If you want a winery, we’ll do a winery. Every tour is customized.” Koth and her husband and business partner, Steve, have arrangements with five wineries and nearby Galway Downs polo field that allow them to “stage” an area where riders can begin and end their trail adventures. “First, we might ride for three to five hours, come back, and the riders will have lunch — maybe a food and wine pairing,” Koth explains. “While they’re doing that, we take care of the horses, pick up the poop, lay straw and keep away the

Riders through Temecula Valley Wine Country will come across this sign on one of the many area trails, showing distances to local wineries on De Portola Road. Courtesy photo

Aliyah Jefferson, 5, enjoys one of her last days of summer vacation at Pennypickles Workshop, a children’s hands-on-gadgets museum in Temecula’s Old Town. She’s a frequent visitor to the museum, according to her grandmother, Anne Johnson, who said that “Aliyah wanted to come one more time before she starts kindergarten (at Mary Fay Pendleton School at Camp Pendleton).” Photo by E’Louise Ondash

Catherine Pepe, co-owner of the Temecula Olive Oil Company, lectures a group visiting the store on what makes their olive oil delicious and unique. The shop offers hand-crafted olive oils in flavors like fresh basil, roasted garlic and citrus, and flavored balsamic vinegars such vanilla and fig, honey and pomegranate. Try the 911 Hatch Chili Balsamic Bianco if you dare. There also is a Solana Beach store (342 S. Cedros Ave; 858-847-9007), and one in San Diego Old Town’s Fiesta Reyes (619-269-5779). Photo by E’Louise Ondash

Juanita Koth (left), owner of Gaits in the Grapes, and Silver Stapleton, ride among the vineyards in Temecula’s Wine Country. Gaits in the Grapes offers horse owners customized, guided trail rides on many of the unmarked trails throughout Temecula Valley and the surrounding mountains. Riders can begin and end their adventures at any of five wineries. At the end of the trail, riders can enjoy lunch and wine-tasting bachelorettes who might be pastoral” in the late 1960s while guides care for the horses. Courtesy photo

at the winery for a party. Sometimes they want to get too friendly with the horses, but the owners will know that their horses will not be left unattended.” Temecula Valley began its transformation from cattle ranch to “semi-urban

Old Town Root Beer Company in Temecula produces several flavors of its own rich brew. The shop, an Old Town mainstay since 2002, offers 100 types of root beer, 300 other flavored sodas, and best of all, root beer floats. And you probably won’t find root beer barbecue sauce anywhere else either. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

after the land was sold to developers who envisioned a master-planned community. They named it Rancho California, but residents eventually voted to return

the name to its Native American roots. There’s debate about the meaning of Temecula, but most like “land where the sun shines

through the mist” — fitting because of its unique microclimate that provides perfect conditions for growing grapes.

Gourmet candy apples, covered in all manner of caramel, nuts, chocolate and peanut butter cups, line the counters at Old Town Sweet Shop on Temecula’s Front Street. The shop makes about 200 apples a week, spreading the task out over two days. It takes about six hours to produce 100, according to chief candy apple maker Gina Cannella. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

While the population swelled in the 1970s because of the valley’s affordable housing, pioneering vintners began planting. The first winery, Calloway, was founded in 1974. Today, nearly 40 wineries line the two bucolic corridors of Rancho California and De Portola roads, not far from Temecula’s historic Old Town. Stroll down Front Street and you’ll find Pennypickle’s Workshop Children’s Museum, an award-winning, hands-on museum with lots of gadgets that beg to be pushed, pulled, pressed and turned. Not far away: the Old Town Sweet Shop, with its hard-to-resist ice cream, old-time candies and ginormous caramel apples additionally covered in chocolate, nuts and marshmallows. Other boutiques include the Temecula Lavender Company, which offers hand-crafted, smallbatch oils, candles, soaps, scrubs and salts created from locally grown lavender; Old Town Rootbeer Company with more root beers and soft drinks than you ever imagined existed, including its deep, rich homemade brew; and the Temecula Olive Oil Company which will change your mind about olive oils; they are not all alike. For an exquisite combination, ask for a sample pairing the basil-infused olive oil with the pomegranate balsamic vinegar. Old Town boasts several beautifully preserved historic buildings. You can see one and simultaneously enjoy lunch at The Bank, which serves fresh Mexican cuisine and some amazing Watermelon Mint Margaritas. Imbibe at the upstairs bar, the perfect perch for people watching. Temecula Valley is only an hour’s drive from North County, making it an ideal weekend getaway. Visit visittemecula.org, or call (888) 363-2852. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com.

AUG. 23, 2013



Loss of son leads mother to yoga By Lillian Cox

OCEANSIDE — In 2006, 32-year-old Sean O’Shea was killed in a freak automobile accident caused by an unidentified vehicle, on Interstate 5. Afterward, his mother Gloria was left to determine the fate of the Four Seasons Yoga Studio in La Jolla that he opened in 2004. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Sean was 17 when he began studying yoga with Tim Miller of the Ashtanga Yoga Center in Encinitas. Later, Miller taught Sean how to teach yoga to kids. “Sean believed that yoga not only improved GPAs but also decreased the way kids look at violence and cope with everyday life,” Gloria explained. “After his death, it appeared that his work was done. I was going to close the school but his students pleaded with me not to.” Support from students, and teachers, prompted her to continue her son’s work by selling the studio instead of closing it. She resigned from her position in community relations at the Ecke YMCA so that she could launch the Sean O’Shea Foundation to expand Sean O’Shea’s mission of providing yoga instruction to underserved children and youth. With help from attorneys, yoga teachers, schoolteachers and a psychologist working pro bono, the foundation secured its nonprofit tax status in November 2007. “Following the pilot program in spring 2008 we came together and decided to add nutrition to the program,” she added. The foundation started with 180 students in San Diego but the need kept growing until, finally, Gloria had to cap the program at 15 schools a semester. “I needed help but there were no funds to do that,” she recalled. “I added Rady Children’s Hospital — kids, parents and staff of the oncology unit — and it just kept growing.” As word spread, she was approached by probation officers, school psychologists

and nurses desperate for help. An after-school yoga program run by probation officers that was started in Los Angeles had expanded to target schools in the metropolitan area. “We have a list of more than 150 teachers who want us to work with their schools because they know how it benefitted their own life and they want to share it,” she said. “We are working hard to raise the funds.” Frank Juarez is deputy probation officer at Torch Middle School in Los Angeles County. “Participating students have improved academically, socially and demonstrated a level of calm during turbulent times,” he said. “The overwhelming majority of the first group enlisted in the program demonstrated significant improvement in their grade point averages. “Furthermore, I personally witnessed a pro-social change in behavior within this very group. “Students in the program were more willing to listen, had less negative behavior referrals from their teachers, and showed growth in regards to maturity over other students on my caseload that were nonparticipants.” To date the Sean O’Shea Foundation has served 8,000 at-risk and/or low-income students ranging from ages 8 to 18 in 75 schools. Recently, the foundation was recognized as the “Top Rated NonProfit” by GreatNonProfits.org, the leading developer of online tools for searching and sharing information about nonprofits. Gloria’s goal is to generate $20,000 this fall so that more schools can be added, and to be able to expand the current seven-week program to a full semester and eventually a full-school year. For more information, or to make a donation, visit seanosheafoundation.org/. To contact Gloria directly call (760) 453-9924 or email goya59@yahoo.com. Sunday mornings through Sept. 8, the Sean O’Shea Foundation and Kids

Katie Beroukhim leads a yoga class for fourth and fifth graders at Foussat Elementary in Oceanside. The program is funded by the Sean O’Shea Foundation. “Sean believed that yoga not only improved GPAs but also the way kids look at violence and cope with everyday life,” said Gloria O’Shea, mother of the late Sean O’Shea. Courtesy photo

for Peace will be beneficiaries of 10 percent of admission fees to the Yoga Rocks the Park event at Stagecoach Park in Carlsbad. The celebration is an opportunity for children and adults to practice yoga in age-specific groups. Tickets are $10 for children, $12 for adults in advance and $15 for adults the day of the event. Families with multiple children pay only $7 for each child. The class begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and continues until 10:30 a.m. B.K. Bose, Ph.D., nationally-recognized leader in mindfulness for the youth movement will present a training from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sept. 7 at Yoga Tropics West.

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HWAC opens new shop RANCHO SANTA FE — Helen Woodward Animal Center celebrated the grand opening of its Orphaned Objects Resale Shop on Aug. 3 at 6461 El Apajo Road next to Club Pet on the Center grounds. After the Grand Opening Party,Orphaned Objects closed for two days in preparation to reopen its doors for good Aug. 7. Regular business hours will be Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations will be accepted during store business hours. Due to the value and fragile nature of many of the specialty items and antiques, pets are not allowed inside the store. To donate items, visit ani- One of the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s furry residents helps celebrate the grand opening of its new Orphaned Objects Resale Shop, on the grounds of the center. Courtesy photo

malcenter.org/orphanedobjects or call (858) 756-4117. Whether, taking home a new pet or an antique table, treasure-hunters are sure to find something perfect to brighten up their home. Best of all, funds from the resale shop go directly to the orphan pets at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Over the past several months, Helen Woodward Animal Center staff and volunteers have been hard at work cleaning, painting, prepping and sorting donation items, at the former Center Animal Hospital for the summer premiere of Orphaned Objects. The resale shop will offer an abundance of must-have, gently-used items such as furniture, bicycles, jewelry, sporting goods, pet supplies, artwork,

books, housewares, designer clothing, high-end antique items and a kid’s corner with games, toys and doll houses. The idea of turning the former animal hospital into a resale shop grew out of the success of previous years’ Wags to Riches rummage sales. Helen Woodward Animal Center’s annual one-day rummage-sale has always been a successful fundraiser, with hundreds of bargain-shoppers lining up, bright and early. “People love finding bargains and knowing they’re helping orphan pets too,” said Helen Woodward Animal Center development manager Laurel Crump. “We thought the idea of letting our supporters do that all year long sounded like a good one.”

New CDFW policy protecting mountain lions REGION — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has seen a significant reduction in mountain lions killed as a result of new policy implemented in February without a risk to public safety. The new policy allows for more nonlethal options when there is an interaction between a mountain lion and humans. “Last year, I directed the department’s leadership team to evaluate our guidelines on how we respond to interactions with mountain lions and bears to determine how we can do better,” said CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham. “I’m pleased that we have struck the balance and are witnessing fewer mountain lions killed without sacrificing any wildlife officer’s authority to make the correct public safety call for each situation.” The previous human/wildlife interaction policy evaluation was fast tracked after two notable lethal mountain lion interactions took place at the end of 2012. The stories of these interactions elevated the department’s need to evaluate current policy and to make changes to allow the use of non-lethal means.As part of the evaluation, senior CDFW leadership met with many interested stakeholders from both sides of the issue. Since the new policy was

implemented, CDFW has ordered equipment for field staff to better handle a nonlethal means of handling human wildlife conflict calls. Many of the mountain lion and bear incidents that have happened have resulted in hazing wildlife away from the area of high public use or the darting and relocation of the animal, rather than lethal take. In one incident in January, a lion in Santa Barbara was relocated to the Los Padres National Forest. In another incident in Santa Cruz in May, a lion had fallen into a culvert and could not jump out. He was darted and later released in the Soquel Demonstration State Forest. These are just two of many incidents that have ended nonlethally. “Sometimes you can find a mountain lion or bear in an unusual location otherwise behaving normally,” said CDFW Law Enforcement Chief Mike Carion. “It isn’t always a threat to public safety. Every situation is unique. We are pleased that this policy allows us to evaluate each situation carefully and to choose a solution which allows a co-existence between humans and wildlife while allowing discretion to act when there is a public safety issue.” For more information, visit dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/lion/.



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Once near-death, war correspondent turns to yoga to heal By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — Coronado resident Brad Willis, also known as Bhava Ram, was a hard-charging NBC News war correspondent in the 1980s. Then he broke his back. And later, he was diagnosed with cancer, sending him further into despair. In this Q&A, he talks about his past as a journalist and how yoga fueled his unlikely recovery. Willis will be at Encinitas’ Soulscape Yoga Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. to talk about his new book, “Warrior Pose: How Yoga (Literally) Saved My Life.” You were celebrated as an investigative journalist, particularly for your work as a foreign correspondent. What were you like then?


When I was a foreign correspondent, I was a classic Type A male. I needed to work harder and longer than anyone else to succeed. I didn’t think I was smarter than anyone else in journalism, but I was convinced I could outwork them.


Was journalism a big part of your identity?


From the moment that I stepped into a television station and was hired for that first job, journalism completely defined who I was. It was an opportunity to make a positive contribution to the world in a way that was adventurous and exciting and fulfilling. I could do an investigative report on white-collar crime or political corruption, and it often would result in prosecutions, rectifying the problem. I could see my work making a big difference in the world.

Brad Willis, right, stands with Tom Brokaw in Kuwait City. Courtesy photos

world, but to see what incredible people Americans are to rise up and give themselves and meet a crisis like that.

healing modality, along with time-honored Western holistic medicine. I didn’t even know what that meant, but it was my only hope.


Were you skeptical about largely leaving Western medicine behind and embracing Eastern practices?

medication. I had lost my identity, because journalism had so fully defined who I was, so I became deeply depressed, filled with selfpity, anger and fear. And I read that you broke that went on for four more your back in 1993, years, until my only child essentially putting an was born. I finally felt that end to your journalism there was a reason to live. I career. How did that happen started to pull out of my and how did it affect you? darkness. But three months later, I was diagnosed with stage four I actually broke my Of the pieces you put back in 1986 just after cancer from exposure to together, is there one depleted uranium during coming out of you’re particularly the Persian Gulf War. I was Afghanistan and on a very proud of? told I would not live for rare vacation. I was in a (more than) three years. And tropical storm in the The work in so I spiraled into even Bahamas. I was battening Afghanistan in 1986, greater darkness. down storm windows and during the Soviet fell off a ledge about 12 feet Was there one occupation of that country, onto my lower back, crackmoment in particular was truly the most momening my lowest vertebrae. that turned your life tous event of my life. After Being so Type A, not wanting around or was it a gradual being with the freedom to jeopardize my career, I shift? fighters up in the mounpushed forward for seven tains, and documenting their more years. All through the struggle against the mighty Gulf War, Africa, South My little boy became Soviet Empire, I went down America, Asia — working my world outside of to the refuge camp along the harder and longer than anyall the drugs and alcoborder of Pakistan and one else as usual — but hol. I didn’t want to see anyAfghanistan. This was the chewing a lot of painkillers one else. He came to me largest refugee crisis at the and drinking more every realizing I was in deep troutime. night. And in 1993, the crack ble, I think. And in his 2That’s where I met a lit- in my spine split wide open year-old way, he spoke three tle boy named Mahmoud, when I was in the words that ultimately who was about 11 years old Philippines and started to changed my life: “get up with napalm burns all over get into my spinal cord. I daddy.” That hit me in a his body, and this touched blacked out and had major place I didn’t know I had. me deeply. We filmed surgery subsequently and it Over the next few weeks, I Mahmoud and the other failed. Suddenly, I went from contemplated how I could children, and subsequently having a global life to being get up. Finally, I checked upon airing the report, peo- confined to a body brace, into a detox unit at Scripps ple responded incredibly. We and I couldn’t even sit up to hospital in La Jolla. were ultimately able to aireat a meal. I went through seven incredlift scores of these children ibly dark nights. When I Could you walk after crawled out of my room, in a into the U.S. for treatment a few months? of shrapnel in their faces, lot of pain and delirious, napalm burns and missing they invited me into an limbs. To me, I’ll never forexperimental clinic for pain get that — to see not only that they said could help I could walk with a how my reporting helped cane eventually. But I with me cancer. They said make a difference in the the clinic is about ancient was on even more






I was skeptical at first when I started these alternative modalities like biofeedback, in which you listen to a guided meditation and it changes your inner-chemistry and relaxes you. The minute I did it, I felt it. And I started listening to a deeper inner-voice that was beyond the cynical and jaded journalist. I chose to follow it. The same thing happened when I started with therapeutic yoga. The minute I experienced it, the voice inside of me told me it’s my journey. I committed everything I had because my life was in the balance. I went home and built a yoga room in my house and began practicing 12 to 14 hours a day. I became vegan; I fasted for long periods of time; I delved deeply into meditation and pranayama. And I changed my mental attitude and began taking responsibility for my state. I also took 85 pounds off my body with veganism, which I call organic chemotherapy. With the yoga postures every day, after a period of time I was cancer free and pain free.


Brad Willis is the author of a new book, “Warrior Pose: How Yoga (Literally) Saved My Life.”

replace Western medicine for some people who are really sick?

I don’t believe my experience was unique at all. My wife and I worked with several thousand students applying the sciences of yoga and yoga’s sister science, ayurpreda. And we have seen so many people heal in the face of such great odds. I don’t see it replacing Western medicine, but I believe it should take precedence over Western medicine. Ifwe’re living a more mindful lifestyle, reducing our stress, eating properly and exercising properly, Do you think your we’re not going to need experience was unique? Or could yoga Western medicine as much. and other Eastern practices



Along similar lines, what implications does your book have for the healthcare industry?


“Warrior Pose,” I’ve heard from people across the country and world, is very inspiring. I’m starting to get invites to medical conferences to talk about the science of yoga and it’s application. And I’m seeing the Western world open up more and more toward these practices. I’m hoping the book can help me spread the message that we all have the power to take charge of our lives, to heal to our maximum capacity, to overcome obstacles and to live a more authentic life.


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Beathard still searching for that perfect wave Jay Paris The face and voice were familiar, if not the digits. “Excuse me,” the tanned senior citizen said, “is this where you register for the 3539 age-group?” Bobby Beathard was back, cracking jokes and crunching numbers. Beathard, the former Chargers general manager, was at the same place he is every August: the World Bodysurfing Championships near the Oceanside Pier. “We don’t plan anything for this time of the year,” Beathard said. “This is fun.” So is Beathard, 76, serving as a reminder of electric memories, like those great Chargers teams he built. Ah, 1994, back when the Chargers meant the Super Bowl and not a super rebuilding project. But one also remembers the clunkers Beathard assembled, and did he really draft Ryan Leaf? Beathard’s fingerprints were on the good,bad and Bolt ugly, and his Cheshire grin is just as wide when discussing them all. In this era when NFL general managers seldom smile



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and play every card snug to the vest, Beathard is a refreshing dose from a different time. The irrepressible Beathard was hell bent on constructing solid Chargers rosters, always, of course, in his own zany manner. Status quo be damned, Beathard would swap first-round picks, take fliers on players far from the college football factories and try to find a needle while others searched for the haystack. But he also had balance, embracing the coastal North County lifestyle like an undrafted gem,jumping in the ocean from Swami’s to Stone Steps with alarming regularity. “He used to call me every day, tell me how many waves he rode and how long he was out,” said Teddy, an old friend from Santa Monica.“I couldn’t believe it when he moved.” The surf rat did the dosy doe to Tennessee years ago, a waltz few would have predicted. But the lure of catching his grandsons play prep football trumped catching tasty tubes near his old Leucadia digs. Those kids have now grown: C.J. Beathard could be Iowa’s starting quarterback; Bobo Beathard is a running back at Appalachian State. But Beathard stayed forever young, just like his August trips to Oceanside never revealed an expiration date. Beathard, who finished sixth Sunday in the 65-andolder division, led everyone in backslaps and being the center of tales of shifting tides gone by. “I’ve been doing it for so many years,that at my age,it’s about the seeing all these guys that have been doing it for so long,” Beathard said. “They still have the passion to get in the ocean and it’s fun. Especially when you get good waves.” On this day, Neptune sent the good stuff elsewhere.


“I came all the way from Tennessee to see these big waves,” Beathard joked, hoping he could rib Mother Nature into supplying something with size. Beathard dipped his toe in and was given a reminder of the chilly Pacific Ocean. After vacationing on the East Coast and splashing in its warm waters, Beathard reached for some support. “I did bring a wet suit,” he said, sheepishly. “I’m going to be a wimp and wear it.” Just then someone interrupted, wanting to say ‘hello.’ Then there was the son of someone else, excited to meet someone whose imprint on the NFL shows seven Super Bowl appearances with Kansas City, Miami, Washington and, of course, San Diego. “Hey aren’t you too old to enter this?” Beathard told the strapping teenager, with his hair askew — much like Beathard’s. The years have been kind to Beathard, his youthful exuberance evident. He was always a mixture of Huck Finn and the absent-minded professor, and we’re happy to report that hasn’t changed. What’s different, and something Beathard couldn’t ignore, was visiting Oceanside minus a surf session with Junior Seau. The two shared their love for the water, laughs and all things Chargers. Seau is gone, but he’ll always be Beathard’s first pick when he was on the Chargers’ watch. “It still seems so hard to believe,” Beathard said.“Even when I come out here I accidentally think I’m going to see Junior when I get here, because I always did. I drove by Oceanside High School the other day and thought again how unbelievable it is.” Seau was one of a kind. Ditto Beathard. May they’ll surf again and wouldn’t it be just like the unconventional Beathard to pull it off.

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Golfer has no plans to slow down By Ian Brophy

CARLSBAD — A small blonde woman practices chipping into a sea of golf balls with a putting green hidden underneath. She has been at this a while. Aliea Clark, a Carlsbad resident, is one of the top young golfers coming out of the San Diego area. “What I like about golf is that it is never the same. It is always a challenge,” Clark said. “You are rarely ever going to have the same shot twice and it is a thinking game.” Clark is not your average 17-year-old high school student. She could not tell you the latest Wiz Khalifa song, but is always keen to bring up the latest current affairs update from her CNN app. “I love business, politics and law,” Clark said. “NPR is usually set in my car.” Kip Puterbaugh, who has been coaching Clark for approximately the last six years, said her hunger and love of golf makes her easy to coach. “She likes to compete and she doesn’t like to lose,” Puterbaugh said. “It is easier to coach someone when they really love the game and she has that.” Clark has finished inside the top 30 of her last four tournaments and the top four in her last three San Diego Junior Golf Association events. Clark said her competitive nature and love for the game is what has driven her to become a better golfer, but admitted she can take it too far at times. “It is kind of my biggest problem at tournaments, I practice too much and then I get tired,” she said. “This summer I have had to step back and go home after my round instead of staying ‘till dark.” However, the endless practice rounds and tournaments have helped Clark accomplish one of her biggest goals. Beating her father. “The goal was always to beat dad,” she added. “I have to give him eight strokes now and I still beat him.” Golf has taken Clark to 26 states and Puerto Rico, and she is not slowing down. Clark has had a very busy summer and said she only spent eight days at home. “It has been such a great journey,” Clark

Aliea Clark, 17, is one of the most promising young golfers in the San Diego area. Photo courtesy of Bernadette Clark

said. “From playing local things and making friends here to making friends across the country and even around the world.” College is also on her mind as she enters her senior year in the top 10 of her class at The Academy of Our Lady of Peace. Clark has narrowed down her college choice to three schools, but did not want to name them for recruiting reasons. “I am not committed yet and won’t be until about the end of October,” she said. “I am looking for a team I get along with, a Division-1 school because I love to compete, and academics.” Clark represented Team San Diego in the Girls Junior America’s Cup this summer and finished fifth, which was the highest finish for Team San Diego. “Any time you finish in the top 5 in a tournament that has people coming from all over, you have got to feel good about that,” Puterbaugh said. Clark is currently dealing with a foot injury, but said she will be back on the road Aug. 23 for her next tournament in Malvern, Pa. — if she’s healthy enough.

Blue Angel wins at Dublin Horse Show RANCHO SANTA FE — Blue Angel, an 11-year-old Anglo European Sporthorse owned by Robin Parsky of Rancho Santa Fe, won the Aug. 10, JLT Dublin Stakes at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show at the Royal Dublin Society show grounds. As a representative of the United States at this International CSIO Horse Show, Kent Farrington, the rider, and Blue Angel were presented with the Silver Cup of Dublin and the the U.S. National Anthem was played as the Stars and Stripes were raised in front of 30,000 spectators. This was the second win

Kent Farrington astride Blue Angel, owned by Robin Parsky, took the top prize in the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show. Photo by Barry Cregg/SPORTSFILE

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for Blue Angel at Dublin. In 2011, she won the Irish Sport Council Trophy. The mare has many fans in Ireland as her sire, Luidam, a champion show jumping horse for the highly acclaimed Irish rider Billy Twomey and he is now a prominent sporthorse sire in Ireland. Parksy also has Irish roots as her father’s family were the Clearys from County Mayo.

Blue Angel and Parsky have been in Paris, Chantilly, Dublin and now Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, for the Global Champions Tour and as representatives of the United States Equestrian Team. Blue Angel has consistently won or placed to help her rider, Kent Farrington, reach the number eight spot on the Longines World Ranking Show Jumping List.


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Chargers learning by watching By Tony Cagala

SAN DIEGO — Play, pause and rewind buttons on every remote control in each of the NFL’s 32 teams’ film rooms must be near worn out following the first weeks of preseason action. Preseason marks the first time that teams face opposing teams; that players tackle other players to the ground and offenses get different looks from defenses. Around the league coaches and players began watching film of their games, whether a win or a loss, analyzing every play, watching them unfold in regular speed and then in slow motion, again and again. Despite a loss 31-10 to the Seattle Seahawks, the Chargers’ film room was no different following their preseason game on Aug. 8. That’s one thing you’ve always got to do after a game, is go back in the film room and look at every little thing, said head coach Mike McCoy. And what’s best about watching game day film over training camp film? In training camp guys are in shorts and they’re not going to the ground, not finishing plays, explained McCoy. The game, he said, is about blocking and tackling. “We’ll watch the tape and see how many missed tackles we had, or if there’s a lack of finish on the offensive side of the ball,” he said. Given that there are a lot of young play- Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt ers getting an opportunity to make a roster breaks down a play with backup quarterback Charlie spot, and veterans are still learning a new sys- Whitehurst (6) after throwing his second interception. TURN TO CHARGERS ON A22

during the Aug. 9 game against the Seattle Seahawks. Photo by Bill Reilly

Rancho Santa Fe Attack 97 Green scored a championship title from the summer’s Soccerloco Surf Cup, at the Del Mar San Diego Polo Club fields. Courtesy photo

Soccer teams shine at tournament COAST CITIES — Rancho Santa Fe Attack 97 Green nailed a championship title at the recent Soccerloco Surf Cup, at the Del Mar San Diego Polo Club fields July 27 through July 29 and Aug. 3 through Aug. 5. The 378 teams that participated in the tournament represent 22 state soccer associations, U.S. youth soccer and Canada, Mexico and Germany. More than 670 teams applied for the 378 positions in the tournament. “It’s obviously one of the best tournaments in the country and when you get that many quality teams together in one tournament, every game is going to be tough,” San Diego Surf SC Academy I Coach Seth Trembly said. Yet despite the broad range of talent, Trembly’s team was just one of six local teams who won championship titles in the tournament. In the first weekend, Rancho Santa Fe Attack 97 Green defeated Fullerton Rangers White 4-to-1 to win the boys under-16 Gold title, while San Diego Surf ECNL

Academy defeated So Cal Blues Dodge ECNL 1-to-0 to finish first in the girls under17 Super division. By the end of the second weekend, four more local clubs took home championships, including Pateadores San Diego (boys under-15), SD Surf SC Academy I (boys under-12 and girls under-13) and Nomads Munoz (boys under10). According to San Diego Surf ECNL Academy coach Ada Greenwood, though, the girls under-17 teams’ success wasn’t just the home-field advantage of “sleeping in their own beds.” “Their focus and their commitment to each other was probably the biggest standout to me,” he said. “They really focused on the game plan the right way and kept each other accountable for everything on the field. We had a really strong team culture that weekend that made us tough to break down. We only let in one goal all weekend.” The rest of the winners were dominated by fellow

Californian clubs, as the state “generally has the best depth in their soccer league,” according to Greenwood. More than 400 colleges and universities came to scout talent during the first weekend, tallying “more college coaches than at any other tournament,” Rancho Santa Fe Attack 97 coach Malcolm Tovey said. The attention from recruiters worked out well for many tournament participants; players on Tovey’s team received interest from colleges such as Princeton, Stanford, Harvard, Occidental and Yale. For the players with years to go before college recruitment, though, the games are just “a good way to start out the year,” Trembly said. San Diego Surf Cup is a 501(c3) not-for-profit aimed at promoting youth athletics, donating proceeds at the end of each year to non-profit soccer related organizations and charities. They donated $325,079 for the fiscal year 2012.



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Have a special occasion, a hot date or just looking to get some TLC for your hairstyle? Announcing the opening of North County’s hottest new blowout bar, PURE at the Lumberyard in Encinitas! Owners, Jim and Jamie DeBerry, along with award-winning hair salon owner of 25 years, Gayle Fulbright, all say that “PURE the blowout bar” will lead the way in the hottest new trend in the beauty industry. Set in an eco-conscious environment and serviced by an enthusiastic team of talented stylists, “our mission is to blow our clients away with extraordinary service!” Blowouts are the new alternative to visiting a regular hair salon; all we do is shampoo, blow dry and style. It’s a new experience that only costs $35 for 45 minutes. There is no cutting, no coloring just the PURE essence of a blowout. It’s a specialty, just like nail salons have become. Back in the day, women received all services in one place at the hair salon. Today’s woman is challenged by so many things that time has become an issue. Because of that, the convenience and speed to

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erly hung owl box in a potential client’s yard. He offered to install it at the proper height and angle needed to attract owls, and three days later the lady was thrilled to report that a pair of barn owls had begun nesting in it. “This was the first owl nest box I installed.” said Tom. “Now, nearly 25 years later I have over 36,000 under my belt. I’m so grateful that my passionate hobby has led me to such a fulfilling career. I spend my days sharing my enthusiasm and knowledge of nature and its inhabitants with people around the

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Tired of voles gnawing on your fruit trees, gophers snatching your vegetation from below, or rats scuttling up your downspouts? Invite a couple of barn owls over and they’ll gobble up the vermin at a rate of 2,000 a year. The universal party invite they all recognize is a nest box. “Barn owls are incredibly widespread in America, so when you put up your nest box, you’ll start seeing barn owls take roost in them in short order, and then they’ll start going to work for you,” said Tom Stephan, master falconer, raptor expert, and owner of Barn Owl Boxes in Ramona. “Using natural predators is more effective than conventional trapping or poisons, it’s economical, eco-friendly, and protects local wildlife,” he added. Tom and his team of craftsmen hand make every owl box out of Mahogany plywood panels made from recycled materials. For as little as $350 installed, you can get the party started with a basic owl box. And buying a box is a one-time investment, as they cost nothing to maintain and the owls are very good at keeping their nest boxes clean. If you have more to spend, the Hoo’s Hoo box with installed camera is



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RSF Women’s Fund offers a hand up RANCHO SANTA FE — Reginald Roy has faced challenges no one should have to face. He was taken from his mother at birth because her drug use had sent narcotics flowing into the newborn’s bloodstream. He grew up living in a number of foster homes and attending more than a dozen different schools throughout San Diego County. His father was never a significant part of his life. But Roy is now among the scores of former foster children thriving at MiraCosta College thanks to a program funded in part by the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund. Known officially as Resources and Assistance for Former Foster Youth, the program provides everything from counseling to cash for the 60 or so former foster youth who enroll at the college every year. The Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund donated $25,000 to effort. “This program has done a lot for me,” Roy said.“The college has done a lot for me. They understand the challenges and they provide the resources.” Roy has gone through more in his 23 years than many go through in a lifetime. He moved from house to house in the gritty southeastern San Diego neighborhood before finally finding solace as a teenager at the San Pasqual Academy, a residential education campus near the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. It was there that he met Adrean Askerneese,a counselor at the academy who would later work at MiraCosta College, and Jaymie Gonzaga, a MiraCosta College counselor who also serves as a foster

youth liaison. Both emphasized the value of an education. Both empathized with the students at the school. “They know about foster youth,” Roy said. “They know how hard it is. They understand that foster youths start out with nothing.” Roy graduated from the San Pasqual Academy in 2008, and after an odyssey that took him to Cal State Northridge for a year and then the Army, he returned to North County, becoming a father and landing a job in Escondido. That’s when he decided to re-connect with Askerneese and Gonzaga at MiraCosta College’s Oceanside Campus. Both encouraged him to return to school, and they introduced him to the various resources that MiraCosta College provides. Roy enrolled in the fall of 2012. He plans on earning an associate of arts degree and transferring to Cal State San Marcos. A single father living inVista with his 1-year-old son, Roy hopes to become a massage therapist and someday run his own business. Roy said he is grateful for the efforts to help former foster youth. “It’s a crazy lifestyle that people shouldn’t have to have,” he said. “I don’t even know what a father and a mother are supposed to be like. Throughout my life I’ve felt that I didn’t have much support. Whenever I did get support, I’ve flourished. I’m getting that support now,and I feel like I’m flourishing.” For additional details about the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Club donation, contact the MiraCosta College Foundation at (760) 795-6777.

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Foundation names new health advocate COAST CITIES — International Bipolar Foundation President and Rancho Santa Fe resident, Muffy Walker, announced that mental health advocate Scott Suckow has been named as the agency’s executive director and Ashley Jacobs has been promoted to the position of director of Internal Operations. Suckow currently serves as the vice president of Community Partnerships with Mental Health Systems. Suckow has a long history of involvement in the nonprofit community, particularly around improving healthcare access and standards of care. He has held leadership positions throughout the country with voluntary health organizations and non-profits; they include Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Diabetes Association, American Liver Foundation,

and prior to MHS, as an affiliate Chief Executive Officer of Mental Health America. Over the course of his career he has raised millions of dollars to fund research, support educational programs and plan advocacy campaigns. “We are delighted to have such a high-caliber executive with extensive experience join our organization,” Walker said. “His proven track record and long history of involvement in the nonprofit community, particularly around addressing the healthcare needs of those living with debilitating chronic diseases, will support IBPF’s vision to meet the needs of those living with Bipolar Disorder.” Suckow serves on the National Advisory Board of Patient Advocacy Leaders Summit and the Statewide Steering Committee of the California Chronic Care Coalition.

Previously, he served on the boards of Nonprofit Management Solutions, the Downtown San Diego Partnership and 2-1-1 San Diego; as well as the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Public Policy Committee. He was also the appointee on three San Diego County commissions, named one of San Diego Magazine’s “50 People to Watch,” is a LEAD San Diego graduate, and received an Outstanding Community Partner Award from Community Health Improvement Partners. The promotion of Ashley Jacobs from Program Manager to the newly created position of Director of Internal Operations represents the Foundation’s commitment to building its infrastructure to support growth. Jacobs holds a master’s degree in Social Work from University of Southern

California. In this role, she will lead the day-to-day operations, while continuing to oversee the program staff. Jacobs will continue to represent the Foundation with Community Alliance for Healthy Minds, and on Mental Health America’s Meeting of the Minds Behavioral Heath Conference planning committee and the Suicide Prevention Council. International Bipolar Foundation is a not for profit organization based in San Diego whose mission is to eliminate Bipolar Disorder through the advancement of research; to promote and enhance care and support services; and to erase associated stigma through public education. To learn more about the International Bipolar Foundation, visit InternationalBipolarFoundat ion.org.

Rotarian earns spot as financial advisor with Fogg and Associates COAST CITIES — Del Mar/Solana Beach Sunrise Rotarian Radia Bencheikh has joined Fogg and Associates as an associate financial advisor. “For the past seven years, Radia has been handling both financial and investment matters at several international financial houses. This alone makes her a very valuable asset to Fogg and Associates clients,” said Richard H. Fogg, president of Fogg and Associates. An active member of Rotary International, Bencheikh prides herself on her willingness to give back to the community around her. Her efforts in this regard

have helped a diverse range of individuals and organizations, including the Junior League, initiating microcredit loans, and Rotary’s ongoing efforts to eradicate polio from the face of the earth. She was also named Rotarian of the Year for the year 2012-13 by the Del Mar/Solana Beach Sunrise Club. Looking forward, Bencheikh is anticipating her participation in the fourth annual Ameriprise Financial National Day of Service — a day set aside thousands of Del Mar/Solana Beach Rotarian when Radia Bencheikh is joining Fogg Ameriprise financial adviand Associates as an associate sors, clients and employees will be volunteering across financial advisor. Courtesy photo

the country at Feeding America member food banks and other hunger-relief organizations. “To me there’s no greater feeling than knowing you positively impacted someone’s life” she said. “Outside of work I enjoy finding ways to help those in need and improving their lives, not only within the community but internationally as well. “At Fogg & Associates, I’m now in a position to assist families seeking to improve their financial situations through planning advice and making their money work harder for them.”


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Two men convicted of stealing iPads from county schools By Jared Whitlock

Repairs to Luna Drive were part of the $620,000 road improvement project. Road repairs were paid for with city TransNet funds. Photo by Promise Yee

ENCINITAS — On Aug. 16, two Riverside men were convicted of stealing 123 iPads, more than 100 laptops and other electronic devices from county schools over a two-month period. In the Encinitas Union School District, laptops were taken from Eda Harris and El Camino Creek. The burglars also hit Cardiff Elementary twice, according to Deputy District Attorney Brendan McHugh. Trevor Williams, 21, was sentenced to seven years in prison. Eyon Zimmerman, 19, was given five years behind bars. Last month, each man pleaded guilty to burglary charges. They also admitted that they committed the crimes to aid the Riverside

Edgemont/Dorner Blocc gang, McHugh said. A third defendant, 21year-old Thomas Earl Burleson, was convicted of burglary and other charges during trial and will be sentenced next week. Unlike Zimmerman and Williams, Burleson wasn’t convicted of gang charges, McHugh said. McHugh said it’s estimated that losses, including the stolen electronic devices and damage done schools during the break-ins, total $250,000. A judge at a restitution hearing in late September will decide how much the defendants will have to repay. The burglary spree began this past November. Not long after, law enforcement officials recovered one of the stolen iPads, which linked the three men to the

robberies. After obtaining a warrant, the Sheriff’s Department analyzed cell phone records that pinned the defendants to the school areas the nights of the breakins. Also, text messages and their Internet history further implicated the defendants, according to McHugh. On Jan. 30, the defendants were arrested at a Temecula checkpoint. McHugh noted their car was searched because they were acting suspicious and an agent smelled marijuana smoke. Officials recovered 24 iPads, a projector, a laptop and a bolt cutter from the car. Of the iPads stolen during the string of school burglaries, a total of 28 were recovered. McHugh said it’s assumed the rest were sold.

Cracks in streets are being smoothed over Police are investigating suspicious death By Promise Yee By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — The rough patches in 16 residential streets in the Libby Lake neighborhood, near North River Road and Vandegrift Boulevard, are getting smoothed over with a slurry seal. The process to repair the roads started Aug. 13 and will take two weeks to complete. A rubberized, emulsion asphalt slurry is placed on

worn roadways, given time to dry, then a second application of the slurry is repeated a week later. The process fills in cracks, stabilizes the street surface and extends the life of the road. “The city keeps records of the conditions of all residential streets,” Gary Kellison, senior civil engineer, said. “These streets are the highest priority. We’ll get many more years of service

without grinding, removing and replacing asphalt.” “As an engineer I can’t think of a more important project to be working on.” Roads will be closed while work is being done and the slurry seal is drying. Posted signs will let residents know the exact dates and times roads will be closed to traffic. The project costs $620,000 and is paid for with city TransNet funds.

OCEANSIDE — Police are investigating the death of 21-year-old Louiegie Bermas, whose body was found on the 600 block of Arthur Avenue, in the Mesa Margarita neighborhood, on Aug. 14. Bermas’ body was discovered at 5:30 a.m. and reported to police.The exact cause, time and location of his death is still under investigation. Police said there was evidence of trauma to Bermas’ body, but did not give further

details about his injuries. “We’re waiting for the results of the autopsy,” Sgt. Matt Christensen said. “It’s not yet determined to be an official homicide, but we assume it is.” Police have disclosed that a group confronted Bermas and a companion in the area of Arthur Avenue and East Parker Street. Bermas’ companion sustained nonlife-threatening injuries in the same incident. “There were two victims, the second victim survived,”

Christensen said. Two groups of individuals were involved in the incident, but the occurrence has not been determined to be gangrelated at this time. The incident may be related to other criminal activity. Police are still interviewing potential witnesses and seeking additional information. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Marilyn Johnson at (760) 435-4732.



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Rancho Santa Fe resident offers help with Medicare plans RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe resident William Haynor, with more than 40 years of experience in the insurance industry and one of the founders of SelectQuote Insurance Services, has introduced another innovation to the industry with his newest venture, SeniorQuote Insurance Services, Inc. The new company offers Medicare-eligible seniors the ability to cross-shop multiple carriers for Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage Plans,

with the support and guidance of SeniorQuote’s team. Haynor, 72, said that he created the company based on his own experiences in trying to choose the right supplement plan for his personal Medicare coverage. “I have always been healthy and active,” said Haynor. “But in 2010, it seemed that all at once I was hit with every medical problem you could image. I was laid up in the hospital for weeks and without proper Medicare Supplemental


Colinas staff and opened the program in August 2010. Since then, 491 women have entered the program, and 451 of them have completed it, according to Cleveland. Of those women, 212 have returned to Las Colinas or a state prison, but WarnerRobbins insists that the majority of the women who have been re-incarcerated are back due to supervision violations rather than new crimes. However, Welcome Home Ministries is currently working on analyzing its data to establish concrete statistics on the program’s success and is unable to provide an exact number of how many women committed new crimes versus those who returned to jail on violations. To help participating inmates remain focused on their recovery and separate from the negative influences of the jail’s general population, the program was granted its own dormitory known as the FAiR Dorm, which stands for Future Achievers in Reentry. Las Colinas inmates request to be in the program, and Cleveland interviews them to determine their level of commitment to the program. With the FAiR Dorm almost always at its 31-person capacity,Cleveland maintains a waiting list of women who want to transfer in, which currently has about 20 inmates on it. Cleveland, WarnerRobbins and dozens of other volunteers have dedicated hundreds of unpaid hours running the program and supporting women as they are released from jail. In the jail, they hold classes to usher the women through drug and trauma recovery, counsel them about developing positive relationships, and teach them how to apply for jobs. Warner-Robbins offers elective prayers and Bible study for the women as well. The program leaders also ensure that every time a woman is released from the jail there is a volunteer from the program to treat the woman to breakfast, check her in at her probation office, and take her to wherever she will be living. Welcome Home Ministries’ volunteers connect released women with a myriad of services including housing, dental care and addiction recovery. In return, the women participating in the program are required to follow strict rules within the FAiR Dorm, including no drugs, violence, swearing, or napping. The women currently in the FAiR Dorm readily


good to my kids out there if those behaviors don’t change,” she said. “I’m trying to get the help I need while I’m in here.” Run by the Oceanside nonprofit Welcome Home Ministries, the one-of-a-kind reentry program offers hundreds of incarcerated women peerdriven counseling, life skills classes and bridges to resources outside of jail. But more importantly, the program fosters a loving community of peers that provides encouragement to build lives free of drugs, abuse and crime. In doing so, the program offers support that many of the women can’t find anywhere else. Longtime Welcome Home Ministries volunteer and counselor Donna Cleveland formed the program. She wanted to design a program that would teach women how to live law-abiding, emotionally healthy and selfsufficient lives. “When people get arrested and put into these dorms, they aren’t really told how to change their thinking,” she said. And as a formerly incarcerated woman herself, Cleveland knew that these lessons needed to come from other women who could genuinely relate to the inmates in Las Colinas. “I was watching these women and I could relate. I knew their fears. I knew their dreams. I understand them,” she said. “I give them something that somebody in the counseling world, who has never been incarcerated, can never give them, and that’s transparency.” Cleveland partnered with Welcome Home Ministries’ Executive Director Reverend Carmen Warner-Robbins to develop the program. Warner-Robbins had worked with women who had been released from jail through Welcome Home Ministries and ministered to inmates in San Diego’s jails for over a decade. When she’s with an inmate, she doesn’t see a criminal. She sees a woman who has been traumatized and needs love. “(These women have) never had anyone believe in them, that’s why they got into drugs in the first place you know,” she said. With Cleveland’s honest approach and Warner-Robbins’ faith-driven affection, they garnered the support of Las


insurance, the bills would have threatened my family’s savings. I was thankful that I had the right medical coverage.” Haynor is joined by Edward Leonard, formerly the chief financial officer of Sears Brands Management Corporation, a Sears Holding Company subsidiary. Leonard serves as SeniorQuote’s chief financial officer, responsible for day-to-day operations in the company’s Sorrento Valley office.

“I wanted to create a resource that seniors can trust in and rely on as they transition into the second chapter of their life,” continued Haynor. “SeniorQuote is that resource.” SeniorQuote operates a call-in support center and employs a growing staff of experienced insurance associates and executives in a combination of communityand office-based functions. Haynor and his team of licensed agents continue to expand their customer’s choices with the addition of

Amber Macias reads an apology letter she wrote to her daughter in front of other members of the FAiR Dorm. Much of the curriculum in the FAiR Dorm is based on writing letters to identify personal problems and set goals for improvement. Photo by Rachel Stine

acknowledge how the program has changed their lives. “I’m more free in here than I’ve ever been in my life. Jail has saved my life,” said June Cooper, 41, of joining the FAiR Dorm. Cooper has been in Las Colinas serving time for burglary and petty theft since November 2012, and was accepted into Welcome Home’s program just over two months ago. She said that for years she struggled with the heroin addiction, which she developed to cope with being HIV positive. “Drugs were my salvation for a long time,” she explained in her soft voice. “I smoked to unconscious.” But she said her perspective on life and her recovery efforts have taken a leap forward because of bonding with the inmates and formerly incarcerated program volunteers in the FAiR Dorm. “It’s easier for me to look up to (the program leaders) because they’ve been through…the pain, the depression,” she said. “Because there are women that I trust, I can tell them exactly how I feel,” Cooper said. “I recently had a cold, and I was getting scared about that. And I could tell the other girls and get support. In another dorm, I would probably get isolated.” She said that if she had remained in a general population dorm in Las Colinas, she would not have been able to work on her recovery. “I would probably still be pursuing drugs,” she said. “I

wouldn’t feel safe talking about what I’m going through. “Today is so much different. I cannot wait to go and live my life.” The participants and the volunteers aren’t the only ones who are aware of the program’s progress. San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s Detention Services officials have monitored the program closely since it was first proposed. “I really like the idea of a therapeutic community where people can work together instead of just getting housed together,” said Robert Vander Kamp, the Inmate Services manager for all of San Diego County’s jails. He said that in the FAiR Dorm there are far fewer “institutional behavioral problems,” including verbal and physical altercations, than in other general population inmate dorms. He said that the program’s success stems from its gender responsive design and continuation of services outside of the jail. “We could do the best job we can with programs in custody, but if it doesn’t carry over on the outside, it doesn’t do us very good,” he said. He added that the program has been particularly useful counseling inmates who are serving longer sentences in the jail as a result of the state’s prison realignment. He said that given the program’s positive influence in the jail and on the participants, the Sheriff’s Department is “fully committed” to helping maintain the program.

Las Colinas Capt. Edna Milloy agreed. “The inmates that participate in the FAiR Dorm follow all jail rules and conform to program expectations. I have been at this facility for eight months and can’t recall ever having any major issues with the inmates in this dorm,” she said. “They are role models for the other inmates.” As the new, larger Las Colinas Detention Facility is being built, Sheriff’s Department authorities are considering carrying the FAiR Dorm and its program over to the new jail, according to Vander Kamp and Milloy. However an official decision will not be made until housing in the new facility is planned out more. But space isn’t the only issue to consider in regards to expansion of the FAiR Dorm. Funding is a constant problem for the program. While the program has received various grants and private donations throughout its three years, there’s rarely enough money to pay its volunteers, according to WarnerRobbins. “Somebody that has a lot of money would much rather give to a program for children with cancer than women who have been incarcerated,” said Warner-Robbins. As a result, nearly all of the volunteers have full-time jobs outside of their time supporting women inside and outside of the jail. Cleveland visits the FAiR Dorm six days a week, amounting to well over 20 hours, on top of her full-time job.

new coverage programs from many of the industry’s top insurance carriers, while expanding their services into additional states. Haynor plans to launch a series of Youtube videos in which he instructs seniors on the importance of Medicare coverage and chronicles his personal experiences in finding the right supplement insurance for his family. To learn more about the company and the carriers represented, visit SeniorQuote.com. “I really don’t know of more committed people,” said Vander Kamp. He pointed out that in many ways the program could not sustain itself without their dedication and passion. He said that even during the times when the program’s funding has run out, “They never once stopped the program, never once stopped giving care.” “People ask, ‘How do you keep going when you don’t have any money?’ And I said, ‘How can you turn your back on the women who are really trying to make a difference?’ And you can’t. We can’t,” said Warner-Robbins. Cleveland knows that the women participating in the program need full-time reliable leaders. “These women hurt. They need consistency. They need women there,” said Cleveland. “I just wish we could have more time in there.” But she acknowledged that without cost of living pay, “I can’t be there every day.” “I don’t know how to get the money to fund it,” she said. “I can talk until I’m blue in the face, but no one wants to fund inmates.” Warner-Robbins said that the program is desperate for full-time staff that could analyze the data the program has collected and perform case management duties to follow up with the women who are released from the jail. For now, she and Cleveland are waiting to hear if they will be awarded a $150,000 per year grant from the Bureau of Justice. The grant would last for two years and would pay the salaries for their volunteers and full-time staff. But with or without that grant, they said they will carry on with the hopes that one day they will be able to secure enough financial backing to sustain their mission. Most of the inmates seeking their help are fighting drug and or alcohol addiction. A number have experienced sexual traumas and have been in violent relationships. Many of them are mothers. And all of them are fighting to turn their lives around. Describing her peers in the FAiR Dorm, Traci Bojorquez said, “We’re all women. We’ve got schoolteachers, moms, girls from the ghetto. I used to have my own escrow company. We come from all walks of life, but we all have this disease. “We’re in a sisterhood and we’re all trying to change our lives.”



single-family residences. Opponents to the project cited concerns over whether it fit within the community character, the visual impacts it would have to the area, whether the recreational facilities in the Cielo community could adequately host more users and fire protection. The concerns led supervisors to ask Rancho Cielo Estates Ltd to address the concerns. The project has undergone what Mark Rosen, president of Rancho Cielo Estates Ltd, called “significant changes.” The changes include a 43 percent reduction in the amount of residences built, a reduction in the structures’ heights from three stories to two, eliminating the condominium aspect all together, and the project will have to comply with Rancho Cielo Design guidelines. “These won’t be the largest homes in Cielo,” Rosen said, “But they also won’t be the smallest.” The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department also approved a Fire Protection Plan for the project, including it being a shelter-inplace community with access roads on Mt. Israel Road, Harmony Grove Road and Camino De Arriba. No other roads will have to be built in the area. Rosen said that the 24 lots proposed simply are the lowest economically feasible density on the property. Ali Shapouri is a principal planner with Shapouri & Associates. His company was retained by a group of Cielo homeowners that had concerns over the land use policy of the Rancho Cielo Specific Plan. He argued at the meeting that the project would



tem, McCoy and the coaching staff translate a missed tackle or blown assignment seen on film into a coachable situation on the field. “As coaches, I always tell the players ‘Tell us what you don’t understand.’ There’s no excuses game day. You’ve got a job to do; you’re supposed to do it the right way and I don’t want to hear an excuse of, ‘well, I didn’t know.’ No, that’s our job as coaches — to coach them,” he said. Game day film is a great way to show the players what finishing the plays mean, McCoy added. After reviewing his firs preseason game, first round draft pick and right tackle D.J. Fluker said he could do “a lot better.” Getting better as far as getting his hands on the right places, getting over double team, being able to move the pile, and hustle a whole lot more, he said. “I’m watching everything,” Fluker said. “I’m watching anybody, because I want to be able to learn what they’re doing — good,

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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS be more consistent with the specific plan if 12 units were built and not 24. He added that with the housing marking back, and the price of Cielo lots increasing significantly, he thought the project’s developers might see a better return on a 12-lot subdivision that would be less graded, more compatible and fully supported by the neighborhood. Supervisor Bill Horn,

Despite those who are opposed to this, this is acceptable to me.” Bill Horn San Diego County Board of Supervisors

whose district includes the community, said he rarely sends back a project for redesign. But he commended Rancho Cielo Estates Ltd for their compromises over the project. “Despite those who are opposed to this,” Horn said, “this is acceptable to me. I think it meets community character; it does not have the odious appearance of a huge ‘80s tract.” With the lots now entitled the next step will be to prepare construction plans and receive a grading permit before any work can begin.There is no timetable for when that will be, according to Rosen. The land owned by Rancho Cielo Estates Ltd, was acquired in 1998. A price range for the yet to be built homes hasn’t been set yet, and construction will be based on market demand.

bad — if their hand placement is good, I want to know how to get my hand placement right,” he said. Even for veteran quarterback Philip Rivers, he still takes “tons” away from watching game day film, he said. And the learning curve improves that much more quickly, too. “You tend to get used to going against your own guys,” Rivers said. “There’s only so many different pass moves that the guy you’re going against on your own team in training camp can do; or so many different coverages they can play “So it’s nice to get out there and not be able to know the coverage; not know exactly what the guys are doing and have some different match ups,” he said. The preseason games not only help the young guys and the guys fighting like crazy for a roster spot, but all of the team as a unit getting in sync, getting going and building as they prepare for the home opener, Rivers added. The Chargers face the Arizona Cardinals Saturday in Arizona.

From left, back row, Carlsbad State Beach local surfers Isaac Penrod, O.B. Juncal, Phil Antonopoulos, Terry Ennis, Ulises Thomas and Slater Thomas with Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad’s Brad Holland and a few new club friends. Courtesy photo

Carlsbad surfers share with Boys & Girls Club CARLSBAD — Making waves in Carlsbad, local surfers gave the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad $2,000, profits from the State Beach Classic, an annual surf contest at Tamarack Beach. The June event is put on by the State Beach Locals Surf Club, and attracts surfers and non-surfers alike to watch competitors, meet friends, enjoy music and participate in raffles to win surfboards, wetsuits, and clothing. Every year, the State Beach Surf Club selects a local organization to support, this year

choosing the Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad. “The Club is nearly 100 percent funded by local donors,” said Chief Executive Officer Brad Holland.“We are so pleased to have been selected by the State Beach Locals as the beneficiary of this community event.” The contest was created not only to give back to Carlsbad, but as a tribute to local professional surfer Banning Capps, who died in 2000. Like many Carlsbad surfers, Capps grew up in a town filled with surf talent,

ranging from pros like Paul and David Barr, Sean Dominguez, Mark Sharpe and Taylor Knox, to a younger generation like Chris and Brett Strother, Jake Blackburn and Donovan Stapleton. “Reuniting local surfers from Carlsbad is a major part of this event, but it’s geared toward everyone,” Event Coordinator Ulises Thomas said. “It doesn’t matter of it’s your first surf contest or you’re the average Joe from Wisconsin, you’re going to have fun and experience the

California lifestyle.” Nine divisions allow all ages, genders, and skill levels to compete. This year’s State Beach Cup was awarded to 22year-old Carlsbad local Brent Riley. Thomas said he’s looking for more sponsors to adopt this next year’s contest themed Carlsbad Unite. “One of our goals is to attract more people to our community, helping the local economy grow and highlight everything that is great about Carlsbad,” Thomas said.

San Diego Sockers host open tryouts for team this weekend REGION — The San Diego Sockers will hold their fifth annual Open Tryout Camp Aug. 24 at Parkway Indoor Soccer in El Cajon. Tryouts will be conducted by head coach Phil Salvagio and the Sockers’ coaching staff, beginning at 1 p.m. and continuing until 4 p.m. “This is an important part of our preparation for the upcoming season and

it’s for real,” said Sockers general manager John Kentera. “We are looking for a crop of talented young players who know the game of indoor soccer, and goalies who we can train and develop,” he added. The cost of tryouts is $50 via advance signup, call (866) 799-GOAL for signups, or $60 cash walkup at the tryout camp. Prospective players need to

be age 18 or above. Parkway Indoor Soccer is located at 1055 Ballantyne in El Cajon. Players will be auditioning both for the Sockers’ top team and for the Sockers Reserve, the developmental squad for the four-time defending Professional Arena Soccer League champions. Past tryout camps have yielded players such as defender Mike Mercuriali,

midfielder Raymundo Reza and defender Matt Couch, all of who saw action for the Sockers’ top squad last season. The Sockers are already in training for a Sept. 1 outdoor exhibition match against Stars of Mexico. The 14-time champions will begin their indoor season in November, with the home opener tentatively scheduled for Nov. 9.


trial in which she sued Garcia and the city a year and a half after the incident occurred. Mullen labeled it “litigation distress.” Mullen said during the settlement trial parts of Hurst’s testimony seemed staged because she was not emotional when she was initially interviewed, but “faked tears” during the settlement trial. Hirst herself testified at the settlement trial that she did not cry when she discussed the sexual harassment four years ago. Ritter has a different opinion of what transpired. He said the city is responsible for damages because it employed Garcia, who had a pattern of sexual harassment conduct. The city said Garcia had no former charges of sexual harassment. Ritter added that the judge negated the jury’s ruling and determined that Hirst

would receive nothing. “The evidence is overwhelming he harassed this woman,” Ritter said. “They’re unwilling to provide her any compensation for what she had to go through.” “They fired the individual and acted like nothing happened.” Ritter said Hirst is a very credible witness. The city called on her to testify at the arbitration hearing. “She participated in the investigation and was fully cooperative,” Ritter said. Ritter added that no part of her testimony was staged and there is no question the officer’s comments caused her emotional distress. “It disrupted her life, she had difficulty sleeping, she was scared to work with the police officer,” Ritter said. “She moved out of her house to live with her mother.” “Her children were aware she suffered this distress. They said she was angry

sometimes and inconsolable other times.” Ritter said the impact of the sexual harassment should not be discounted because Hirst suffered additional distress during the hearing and trial. “In every case the initial incident causes a cascade of events that are traumatic and distressful.” Ritter said the fact that Hirst did not report the harassment was due to her concern about keeping her job. “She only had the job a month or two and needed it too badly,” Ritter said. “Reporting harassing conduct was something she wasn’t looking forward to doing. She was concerned about any retaliation.” Ritter said he is not certain whether or not Hirst will go forward with an appeal to the judge’s decision. “We’re considering our options at this stage and have not reached a conclusion yet.”


Garcia was dismissed from the case and the city was responsible for all damages. Mullen said the jury’s $1.5 million verdict against the city is unwarranted because the city of Oceanside was not Hirst’s employer, therefore Hirst cannot sue the city under the Fair Employment and Housing Act. Her employer, American Forensic Nurses, is a private company that was contracted through the county of San Diego to provide blood-drawing services to the Oceanside Police Department. “She doesn’t have a standing under the law used to sue us,” Mullen said. “The evidence did not support the verdict granted.” Mullen said Hirst’s stress came about when she testified at the arbitration hearing against Garcia and during the

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22nd DAA hears plans for Surfside alternative uses JEAN GILLETTE Small Talk

The fast and the furious I

never really thought of myself as a bad girl, until now. There is a contest for teens to write an essay on “My First Traffic Ticket and What I Learned.” This is clearly for nice children. In my teens, I might well have been tempted to submit an essay, but it would have been highly satirical and would never have made it past the first level of judges. Now let me say that I have gotten citations I roundly deserved. I have gone over the speed limit. I have rolled through stop signs. When spotted by the law, I did not even pretend at innocence, and I’ve done my time in traffic school. But my first ticket was bogus in the extreme and I have never forgotten it or become less annoyed by it.

It soured my attitude for the rest of my driving career

By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Proposals to transform an underused facility at the Del Mar Fairgrounds into a microbrewery, luxury theaters, a family entertainment center with high-tech bowling or a combination of all three raised myriad concerns when presented Aug. 13 to the 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors. Director David Watson, a land use attorney, said the projects were not consistent with the mission statement of the state-owned facility, an environmental impact report for expansion plans there or coastal development permits the district is seeking from the California Coastal Commission for those plans. “There are a whole host of landuse regulatory issues,” Watson said. In April, board members directed staff to explore alternative uses for Surfside Race Place, an approximately 100,000-square-foot satellite wagering facility built in 1991 to accommodate 5,000 people. In its heyday the building attracted about 2,700 people a day, according to Tim Fennell, fairgrounds general manager. Due to a decrease in offsite betting, “Now, if we’re lucky, we get 450 or 475,” he said. Adding uses at Surfside will provide opportunities “to keep jobs and raise tax revenue for the local community,” Fennell said. A request for interest and qualifications for alternative uses for the building was issued for about 30 days. Initially, two proposals were submitted, but a third — a partnership between the 22nd DAA, which governs the fairgrounds, and its contracted food and beverage vendor, Premier Food Services — was recently added. Mark Anderson, Premier’s vice president, outlined plans for Equus Brewing and Gardens that would feature tasting rooms, an exhibit area that would include a history of beermaking in San Diego and an education center offering classes on how to

Premier Food Services, in partnership with the 22nd District Agricultural Association, is proposing Equus Brewing and Gardens as an alternative use for Surfside Race Place. It would feature tasting rooms, an exhibit area that would include a history of beer making in San Diego and an education center offering classes on how to become a brewer. Image courtesy of Froehlich, Kow & Gong Architects, Inc.

become a brewer. Anderson said the estimated $4 million project was more of an anchor business than a standalone. “It complements the other proposals,” he said. “We could do this even if you chose one of the others.” Anderson said plans include hiring a brew master and serving the product during other fairgrounds

events. It currently does not include a bottling component, but that could be added later, or a restaurant, which was cost prohibitive. Fennell described it as an “inhouse” project that would be funded by the 22nd DAA and managed by Premier. “It pencils out,” Anderson said. “The goal is to make it functional and

pay for itself.” George Stevens, owner of the now-closed Stick and Stein sports bar in El Segundo, proposed a family entertainment center called New Stick. The focus would be on upscale bowling and plans call to install 20 TURN TO SURFSIDE ON B15

Residents share concerns with Sheriff By Bianca Kaplanek

It soured my attitude for the rest of my driving career. As I pulled out of the parking lot of my glamorous job at Kentucky Fried Chicken, (I hadn’t even gone 10 yards), I was pulled over, as I did not have my headlights on. But wait. I did not forget to turn them on. I wasn’t oblivious to the fact that it was night time and headlights needed to be turned on. I had turned the proper switch, had made the effort to turn them on, and my parking lights were on to prove it. The area was just so well lit, on a main street in downtown El Cajon, that I didn’t yet realize I hadn’t rolled the switch all the way over. I was driving a Rambler station wagon, so you know I wasn’t showboating. I was alone in the car, so I wasn’t distracted by giddy friends. TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B15

Airport Manager Dennis Easto discusses improvements to the Bob Maxwell Memorial Airfield with Oceanside Resident David Terrell. The city hosted an open house at the Oceanside Public Library on Wednesday to get feedback from the community about the master plan. Photo by Paige Nelson

Airport to get much needed improvements By Paige Nelson

OCEANSIDE — After a two-year lawsuit over land use, Oceanside is moving ahead with its new master plan for the Bob Maxwell Memorial Airfield. The yearlong process of updating the plan began earlier this year in March. The last plan was adopted in 1994.

At an open house meeting on Wednesday, officials introduced the preliminary outline to the public at the Oceanside Public Library. “This is a good thing for the little guys,” said Dan Matloch,an Oceanside resident and commercial pilot. “I think TURN TO AIRPORT ON B15

SOLANA BEACH — Distracted drivers, school traffic and sharrows were among the issues Solana Beach residents brought up during an Aug. 14 Sheriff’s Coffee with the Community at La Colonia Community Center. Capt. Robert Haley began the meeting by sharing information on the recently created crime suppression team that focuses on crime trends and prolific offenders. One of those trends is an increase in property crimes, which he said are primarily narcotics driven. Beach residents, Capt. Robert Haley, third from left, and other “People purchasing nar- Solana sheriff’s deputies discuss everything from sharrows to distracted drivers cotics are not going to work during an Aug. 14 community meeting, Photo by Bianca Kaplanek from 9 to 5 and then going out to buy methamphetamines or cocaine,” Haley said. “They’re now serve less time in county gets from Solana Beach resibreaking into your vehicles jails. dents are traffic related. and houses and using the Some of the eight atten“A significant number of profits to buy drugs.” folks we arrest are AB109ers,” dees wanted to know what A new law aimed at Haley said. “For those nar- was being done to address reducing overcrowding in cotics-driven property crimes, motorists who text while drivstate prisons is creating a right now they’re not spend- ing. challenge for local law ing a significant amount of Haley said that behavior enforcement officers, he time in custody.” should be reported immediadded. Although the depart- ately to the nonemergency Passage of Assembly Bill ment is currently focusing on line at (858) 565-5200. 109 means nonviolent, non- those crimes, Haley said the TURN TO SHERIFF ON B15 sexual, nonhabitual offenders most frequent complaint he


AUG. 23, 2013


Art showcase rises from the dead

Mickey Strider’s Salton Riviera exhibit is at the Civic Center Gallery in Encinitas City Hall through Aug. 27. The display features tilapia, that after dying off by the millions, are given new, fresh identities using salvage from the Salton Sea. Courtesy photo

By Lillian Cox

ENCINITAS — During the week, Mickey Strider produces award-winning television and web campaigns for clients that include Asics running shoes, Newcastle Brown Ale, Wild Turkey bourbon and PF Chang’s. When he comes home, he retreats to what he calls is his “fish factory” where he

unwinds by breathing new life into tilapia, found in various stages of decomposition along the shore of the Salton Sea. “Tilapia is the only thing that lives there,” he explained. “They’ve adapted to salt levels which are about 30 percent more than the Pacific Ocean, but have experienced major die-offs because of algae bloom which sucks oxygen from the water.” Strider explained that

algae were inadvertently transferred from the Pacific Ocean to the Salton Sea aboard naval equipment during World War II when the sea was used for aviation exercises. At least 24 navy planes and more than three dozen crew members are thought to have been lost during that time. “I always look for tilapia that have already dried out so they don’t smell as much,” Strider explained. He cleans the cavity of the fish with

alcohol and allows it to dry for at least two weeks, sometimes a month. Next, he adds a clear coat of varnish. Without eyes, the fish faces were expressionless until Strider began using electronics equipment salvaged from the Salton Sea to enhance their personality and charm. “They tell me what they want,” he says with a grin, referring to their accessories and their names. There is Phinneas whose tail overflows with electrical components from an adding machine Strider found on the shore. Robert’s eye is a plumbing part. Fiona is a pet fish with a jeweled collar purchased from Muttropolis and a matching leash made of ribbon. Patty Strider, Mickey’s wife, helped to create Phoebe by knitting a scarf according to her husband’s specifications. “I didn’t think twice about doing it because Mickey is so talented,” she said. “He’s very passionate about the Salton Sea and used to bring trinkets home before he brought the fish.” She added: “The fish are all over our house and have gotten more intricate as they

go on. All of them had trauma and washed up on the shore. One fish already had the wires coming out of its back when Mickey found it.” A native of Baltimore, Md., Strider said his affection for the region began about five years ago when he flew over the Salton Sea preparing to land in San Diego where he accepted a job. “I had never heard of the Salton Sea before, and wondered what it was,” he recalled. Strider read everything he could find, and made one trip with his family. He also went on Facebook to meet likeminded people. In 2011, “Gus” made his debut in the category “3D Mixed Media” at the San Diego County Fair. That’s the first and last time Strider’s fish were seen publicly until his Salton Riviera exhibit currently at Encinitas City Hall. “The Visual Art Selection Panel was taken by the subject matter, the fact that he uses dead fish, and the skillful execution of each piece of artwork,” said Jim Gilliam, arts administrator, city of Encinitas. “Mickey’s work is whimsical in that he makes each ‘eyeball’ from a

found object. The fish are more accessible and not alarming. You enjoy figuring out what he used. It’s the ultimate recycled exhibit, including the fish!” The Salton Riviera got its name in the 1950s when developer M. Penn Philips and the Holly Corporation laid 250 miles of paved roads with plans of developing a luxury resort community. Early visitors included President Dwight Eisenhower, Frank Sinatra and Desi Arnaz. Most people purchased lots for investment but, in the end, few houses were built. By the late 1970s, with the catastrophic die-off of millions of tilapia, plans for a Salton Riviera were abandoned. A documentary narrated by John Waters titled, “Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea” chronicles the historical, economic, political and environmental issues that face the sea today. Mickey Strider’s Salton Riviera exhibit will be at The Civic Center Gallery through Aug. 27. For more information, visit mickeystrider.com, facebook.com/saltonriviera, saltonseamuseum.org or saltonseadoc.com.




Haute Water

Doctors Gwendolyn Henao and Ramin Raiszadeh, of Fairbanks Ranch, will be the honorary co-chairpersons for this year’s Heroes de la Salud!, along with Dr. Suman and Julie Sinha to celebrate the accomplishments of Project Access San Diego physician volunteers, from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 26 at The Abbey, 2825 Fifth Ave., San Diego. Tickets are $100 at sdcmsf.org/heroes. Ticket proceeds will benefit Project Access, which provides low-income, uninsured adults in our community with access to specialty healthcare services. The event will feature The Ultimate Stones, an L.A.-based Rolling Stones tribute band, and tickets include buffet dinner and signature cocktails. Courtesy photo

The upscale restaurant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced in August that it would soon add a 20-item selection of waters from around the world, priced from $8 to $16 a bottle (except for a $12 “tasting menu”). Martin Riese, general manager of Ray’s & Stark Bar, who is also a renowned water gourmet, will sell his own California-made 9OH2O, which comes in “limited editions of 10,000 individually numbered glass bottles” at $14 each. Said Riese, “(M)any people don’t know that water is just as important to the entire dining experience (as, say, a good wine).” Riese has been certified as a Water Sommelier by the German Mineral Water Association.

The Continuing Crisis A security lab, delivering a report to the makers of software for a luxury Japanese toilet, warned that a flaw in their Android program renders the toilet hackable — even while a user sits on it.The Satis (which retails for the equivalent of about $5,600) includes automatic flushing, bidet spray, fragrance-spritzing, and music, according to an August BBC News report, and is controllable by a “My Satis” cellphone app. However, the PIN to operate the app is unalterably “0000,” which means that a prankster with the app could create some very uncomfortable mischief in a public restroom. British birdwatchers were especially excited by news earlier this year that a rare White-throated Needletail (the world’s fastest flying bird) had been spotted on the U.K.’s Isles of Harris — only the eighth such sighting in Britain in 170 years — and ornithologists arranged for an expedition that attracted birdwatchers from around the world. A June report in the Daily Telegraph noted that about 80 people were on the scene when the bird appeared again, but then had to watch it fly straight toward the blades of a wind turbine. (As the event might be described by Monty Python, the bird thus joined the choir invisible, left this mortal coil, became an exWhite-throated Needletail.)

Bright Ideas Helpful Derivative Military Technology: Manayunk Cleaners in Philadelphia has been testing delivery of customers’ clothing via its own drone (a converted four-blade DJI Phantom quadcopter originally used for aerial photography), guided by GPS. Said one bemused customer, “I was wondering what the hell that was, to be honest.” So far, the payload is limited to a shirt or towel, to be picked off the hovering aircraft by the customer, but owner Harout Vartanian hopes to buy a bigger drone soon.



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Encouraging news for self-publishers By Lillian Cox

CARLSBAD — The success of E.L. James’ eBook, “50 Shades of Grey,” is encouraging news for anyone interested in self-publishing. After proving itself as a best seller, the erotic romance novel trilogy was picked up by publisher Vintage Books for a reported seven-figure price. Today, a film is rumored to be in the works. Karla Olson is president of Publishers and Writers of San Diego (PWSD). She reports that today 65 percent of books are sold on Amazon.com. This prompts many authors to pause and ask themselves why they need to go through all the work, and often rejection, associated with getting a literary agent to pursue the traditional publishing route. “I am on my own personal campaign to call self-publishing ‘indie publishing,’” she said. “You don’t call it ‘self rock,’ you call it ‘indie rock.’ And you don’t call it ‘self film,’ you call it ‘indie film.’” Attorney Mark Reichenthal practices with the Branfman Law Group, P.C. in Oceanside in the areas of intellectual property, licensing, new media, entertainment law, book publishing and general business contracts. Earlier in his career he served as senior counsel at Wiley Publishing, Inc., publisher of the successful “For Dummies” series. Reichenthal will offer a presentation titled, “Self Publishing v. Traditional Publishing, A Fight to the Death? An IP Attorney’s Perspective” at 10 a.m. Aug. 31 at the Dove Library. The presentation is sponsored by PWSD. Simply put, Reichenthal maintains that those writers who are most successful at self-publishing are those, usually popular bloggers, who

Attorney Mark Reichenthal will discuss, “Self Publishing v. Traditional Publishing, A Fight to the Death? An IP Attorney’s Perspective” sponsored by Publishers and Writers of San Diego. The event will be held at 10 a.m., Aug. 31 at the Dove Library. Courtesy photo

already have an established following. “I’m a guy who has a million people reading my blog,” he explained. “Why would I go to a traditional publisher? Why would I give up 85 percent of the money and all of the control when I’m fully capable of publishing and marketing and there’s a line of people waiting to buy my book?” The hard part for many self-published authors is that they need to be willing to market themselves aggressively. This, along with having the money to contract the best experts in the fields of editing, book cover art and distribution drives many would-be authors to day dreams of traditional publishing with a handsome advance. “Advances are a funny thing,” Reichenthal said. “They can be so big that it ‘earns out’. If you get $25,000 as an advance for your next book, publishers have to recoup the $25,000 in sales — then they will start paying you.” The fact that Amazon.com has become, what Olson calls,“a necessary evil” since it was created has increased membership

markedly in PWSD. “I got involved eight years ago when there were only 35 members and now we have 350,” she said.“That’s an indication of where the publishing industry has gone. One of the major benefits to authors is that indie publishing has moved the power back to them.” Olson explained that writers are not constrained anymore by having to prepare, polish and submit a book proposal only to have an agent, or their assistant, reject it. For a minimal investment by publishing standards, they can produce a book and sell it on Amazon.com. To do it right, they also need to be mindful of the responsibility for educating themselves on issues such as copyright and intellectual property law. She explained: “People ask, ‘When is my material copyrighted so that it can’t be taken away from me?’ Plagiarism is redefined these days because so much is out there on the Internet. It used to be the publishing company that addressed these kinds of questions. Now it’s up to the author to address them.” PWSD meets one Saturday a month. For schedule and additional information visit http://publisherswriters.org. Because 90 to 95 percent of the membership is independently published, meeting topics address an aspect of publishing. The September meeting will deal with eBooks. The October meeting will feature Don Poynter, “the godfather of independent publishing.” Admission to each meeting is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Annual dues are $37. The Dove Library is located at 1775 Dove Lane in the Plaza Paseo Real Shopping Center at Aviara Parkway and El Camino Real in Carlsbad.

Foster home sought for pup RANCHO SANTA FE — In its more than 40-year history, Helen Woodward Animal Center has seen its share of heartwarming adoptions and heart-stopping rescues, but its current quest to find a home for one of the last of its Sandy survivors may be one of its most heartbreaking. Rio, a black Labrador retriever blend, was one of 49 orphan pets who made national news when they were flown across the country to Helen Woodward Animal Center Nov. 17, 2012, after Hurricane Sandy. Tragically, Rio’s medical exam revealed a challenge of nature even bigger than the devastating Super Storm. Rio was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. At 5-years-old and 55 pounds, Rio has the heart and spirit of a young canine who longs to run and play. Unfortunately, the growing cancerous masses in her lungs and near her heart base, compromise her lung function leaving her near collapse with too much exercise or excitement. “Animals know when they’re sick, but they can’t process what is actually happening to them,” said Kuty. “Because of this, she is timid when she meets new people, can get stressed at times and likes the security of her crate. She is exceptionally sweet with other dogs and cats but it’s important that she stays fairly calm, so mellow pet friends are best.” Rio would do best in a low-key household with one or two adults and a fenced-in yard. She is not able to go hiking or jogging, but would love short, slow walks around the neighborhood. Of course, there are also the practical costs. The center spent thousands of dollars to confirm the facts. To preserve Rio’s quality of life for the time remaining, she is taking Furosemide twice a day and

Rio, is a 5 year old, black labrador retriever blend. Courtesy photo

Heartgard twice a month, along with Activyl monthly for fleas and ticks. Upon hearing Rio’s story, Del Mar Albertsons/Sav-On Pharmacy Store Director Shaye Holden offered to cover the costs of Rio’s medication expenses for any foster family willing to take Rio. “We’re hoping this gesture will motivate someone in the community to welcome Rio into their family” said Holden. “Like everyone else, we’re animal lovers too and know that pet care costs can be challenging, even for those with the biggest of hearts.” For more information on Rio, or to foster Rio, contact Denise Clark or Myrna Dignan in the Foster Department at (858) 756-4117, ext. 375, e-mail fosters@animalcenter.org or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road


AUG. 23, 2013


Oceanside mayor MiraCosta may host classes on Carlsbad campus running for seat By Rachel Stine

By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — Mayor Jim Wood has thrown his hat in the political ring to run for the County Board of Supervisors District 5 seat against Supervisor Bill Horn, who has held the seat for 19 years. Supporters of Wood say he will bring change to the way the county does business by working with districts to reach consensus. “People are so mad at Bill Horn the last 20 years they’re looking for someone different,” Wood said. “I’m still a Republican, but I get along (with) all other government officials, Republican, Democrat, Independent,” Wood said. “(The) Oceanside population has all three.”Wood has served as an Oceanside police investigator for 31 years and Oceanside mayor for 12 years. One example of Wood’s ability to build consensus is his success in working with North County mayors to drop city boundaries for fire and public emergency responses. This action reduced countywide emergency response times. “I’m the one who listens to the people and neighborhoods,” Wood said. “Bill is a bully.” Supporters describe Wood as a “people person.” “Jim Wood is a people person even with others he disagrees with, that’s different than the bullying tactics of Bill Horn,” Richard McIntyre, Wood’s senior advisor of campaigning, said. “Jim communicates with people and believes in consensus.” Horn disagrees with the picture Wood and his campaign staff paint of him. He said he gets along well with the mayors of Carlsbad, San Marcos, Escondido, and the council majority in Oceanside. “I know where I stand,” Horn said. “My mind can be changed if I have all the facts.” District 5 is 1,800 square miles and has a population of 619,992. It includes the cities of Oceanside, Carlsbad,Vista and San Marcos.Two of the district’s major industries are tourism and agriculture. Other industries include biotechnology and business. In the upcoming race for supervisor Wood may have an upper hand may in promoting tourism and Horn, a Valley Center businessman, farmer, and decorated Marine, is a strong proponent of agriculture. “Jim has had the most successful tourism campaign in North County,” McIntyre said. McIntyre added more details of that success would be shared in the months ahead. McIntyre said one big political difference between Wood and Horn is that Wood believes in the county general plan and its smart growth component and Horn has worked to change the plan. “Jim is a strong proponent of the general plan,” McIntyre said. “It took years to come to the agreement.” “Jim believes in controlled smart growth. “Bill Horn was the only supervisor to vote against the general plan,” McIntyre added.

“He used every tool, every tactic, every method to try to circumvent it one year after its adoption.” Horn said he opposed the general plan because it infringed on the property rights of farmers. “It basically confiscated property from property owners who had it for years,” Horn said. “I fought for agriculture for 19 years. I want to keep it a viable industry. That moniker I’ll take for sure.” Horn said he views the general plan as a living document that is open to change. “The day it’s finished it begins to change,” Horn said. He added that he stays an arm’s length from transactions and does not support every development project. Wood said another strength he brings to the race is his opposition to the Gregory Canyon landfill and support for solar energy. McIntyre said Horn has not come out with a formal position against solar energy, but has opposed several solar proposals. “This is the way Bill Horn does business,” McIntyre said. “His arrogance for power may be because he has been in office for a long time. It’s time for a change.” Horn said these claims are not true. He said he has voted in support of solar projects and opposed the Gregory Canyon landfill, which was voted on before his term in office. “The voters approved it,” Horn said. “We don’t have jusrisdicion as a county. I don’t see why that would be on table for this race.” Horn said he understands the comments are part of “politics” but stressed candidates’ actions are a better measure of their success. “Let him run on his record any day,” Horn said. McIntyre reiterated that the key difference between Wood and Horn is their style of leadership. “Communication demands personal relationships and respect for other people,” McIntyre said. “Jim is a guy who believes in making promises and keeping promises. He has been married to his wife for 30 years, lived in the same house for 30 years. He represents the average citizen and will do a much better job than Bill Horn.” “The true difference is people are looking for someone with higher principles who listens and respects people.” Horn describes himself as a “straight shooter.” “I tell the truth and it may sound like I’m giving him hell,” Horn said. “I’m a very frank person and get right to the point.You need to deal with the facts. Jim beats around the bush.” Wood will formally kick off his campaign in September. “Jim was re-elected by a large margin and has a record of accomplishments,” McIntyre said. “People know who he is and we’re going to introduce him to the rest of the district.” “I’m enthusiastic about the race,”Wood said.“I want to win and do a good job.” Wood’s campaign kick off is Sept. 11, on the steps of the County Administration Office.

CARLSBAD — Aiming to benefit high school students, the Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees voted to allow MiraCosta College to use classrooms at its new, partially empty high school for evening classes come spring 2014. “It is a win-win for both the district and the community college,” said CUSD Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services Robert Nye. At its Aug. 14 meeting, CUSD’s Board approved a memorandum of understanding that would allow MiraCosta to hold evening classes at Sage Creek High School starting in spring 2014. Though the partnership has yet to be finalized, the intention is to allow MiraCosta to use up to six classrooms at a next-to-nothing cost provided that CUSD students are able to take the classes for free or a reduced tuition, according to Nye. The classes offered would be based on those that are in the highest demand by high school students, though the classes

will be open to any and all Mira Costa students. MiraCosta would be responsible for paying for any additional security and utility costs from the classes, which would be held between 4 and 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. A final agreement will be arranged after MiraCosta has discussed the arrangement at an upcoming board meeting. Mira Costa would utilize space at CUSD’s newly built high school, Sage Creek High School. Sage Creek will open for the 2013-14 school year with a 295-student freshman class, despite the fact that its campus can hold a maximum of 1,500 students, said Nye. The CUSD Board originally intended to open the school with a freshman and sophomore class its first year, however not enough sophomores signed up to transfer from the crowded Carlsbad High School. This coming school year, 34 classrooms and two multipurpose rooms will remain empty due to lack of students. However, the cost of

CUSD Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services Robert Nye, left, addresses the Board about the proposed deal to allow MiraCosta Community College to use Sage Creek High School’s facilities for evening classes in exchange for access to classes for CUSD high school students at a reduced cost. Photo by Rachel Stine

running the new school at below capacity was already accounted for in the money the district set aside to build and open the school, said Nye.

“Part of opening a school, you anticipate not being at full capacity for the first few years…so that’s built into the cost of opening that up,” he said.

New storm water permits may help reduce pollution By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — At the Carlsbad Watershed Network’s Aug. 13 meeting, stakeholders expressed hope that changes to regional storm water permits will help local agencies decrease pollution within the Carlsbad Watershed. The Regional Water Quality Board recently adopted new requirements for its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits, which holds cities and other agencies responsible for ensuring there are no pollutants in the storm water released to local water bodies under the 1972 Clean Water Act. The Carlsbad Watershed Network meeting’s panel of local water quality authorities expressed that the previous permits were not effective in cleaning local water sources, but that the new permit, which took effect on June 27, showed promise in addressing water quality issues. “I think the reason the permits haven’t worked in the past is that they fail to acknowledge that the problems are from all of us,” said Luis Parra, project manager for Tory R. Walker Engineering, Inc. He said that the old permits focused too much on placing strict, preventative regulations on new developments rather than correcting water quality problems that have accumulated from decades of development. Numerous roads as well as commercial and industrial areas were built without runoff treatment before the permit even existed, Parra mentioned as an example.The previous permit requirements did not address such pre-existing development. Jill Witkowski, a “water-

Project manager for Tory R. Walker Engineering, Inc., Luis Parra, left, addresses community stakeholders at the Carlsbad Watershed Network meeting on Aug. 13 about the new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits. Jill Witkowski, a “waterkeeper” for the activist organization San Diego Coastkeeper, center, and Mo Lahsaiezadeh, an environmental officer for the city of Oceanside, also voiced their opinions about the new permits. Photo by Rachel Stine

keeper” for the activist organization San Diego Coastkeeper, agreed. “The way that we have developed in the past, we didn’t really consider the fact that when you pave paradise and put up a parking lot that is going to lead to pollution problems,” she said. She said that agencies now are tasked with the challenge of undoing problems caused by 100 years or so of damaging development and water usage habits, and meeting the requirements of the old permits was not doing the trick. Under the previous permit system, agencies were required to perform a broad list of tasks that did not specifically address the needs of individual watersheds, she explained.

“We weren’t seeing cleaner water,” she said. Both Parra and Witkowski said that the permit’s new requirements grant agencies much more flexibility to address the specific needs of their local watersheds. With the new permit’s requirements, agencies are currently charged with developing a Water Quality Improvement Plan to identify water quality priorities for their local watershed. But despite perceived improvements to the storm water permits, agency representatives voiced concerns over continuing challenges of bettering water quality. Mo Lahsaiezadeh, an environmental officer for

the city of Oceanside, said that his biggest challenge in implementing projects to improve water quality in the Carlsbad Watershed, which Oceanside is a part of, is obtaining sufficient funding from the city. He said that politicians in his city were more likely to fund fire prevention projects than water improvement projects because there is more support for projects with immediate results rather than water improvement projects, which can take decades to show progress. “City politics happen, budgets happen, so it’s important that we create projects that can be achieved, that can be measured,” said Witkowski.



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Council to vote on fire pit Pavilions and reservations at Moonlight Beach Proposition K By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — Cara Kwon arrived at Moonlight Beach at 5 a.m. on Friday to lay claim to a fire pit and picnic table. “I was a little bit scared,” Kwon said. “It was dark and security was a worry.” Twelve hours later, she sat alone on the same picnic table she’d secured earlier. Kwon waited for guests to arrive, grocery bags by her side. “My daughter wanted a bonfire for her 16th birthday,” Kwon said. “I heard it takes getting here real early.” Friends took her place for a few hours. Nonetheless, Kwon spent most of the day watching beachgoers play in the sand. Kwon’s story isn’t uncommon during summer months. In hopes of easing the early-morning hunt, the Encinitas Parks and Recreation is proposing a reservation system for three or four of its eight fire pits. “At least four of the eight fire pits would remain first come first serve,” said Michael Stauffer, senior parks management analyst. Under the plan, a reservation would nab a fire pit and picnic table from dawn to dusk. Doing so would cost $25 for residents and local nonprofits, $50 for Encinitas businesses, $75 for non-locals and $100 for companies located outside of Encinitas. The Encinitas City Council is due to hear a report on the reservation proposal on Sept. 11 as part of a larger agenda item about fees for events at parks and beaches. Then, council is tentatively scheduled to vote on the plan Sept. 18 following a public hearing. If approved by the councilmembers, it’s expected to take effect by spring of next year. Stauffer said the plan came about in response to “such high demand” for the fire pits and picnic tables. “People have to sit around all day to stake out a fire pit,” Stauffer said.

Kirk Effinger

Teens sit around a fire pit at Moonlight Beach. The Encinitas City Council will give the thumbs up or down to a reservation system for three or four of the eight fire pits at the beach. Photo by Jared Whitlock

“We get calls all the time from people asking if they can reserve a fire pit,” he added. “We tell them that’s not possible.” But the plan has its critics.As smoke and the smell of roasting hot dogs drifted in his direction, beachgoer Danny Galvan worried a reservation system would result in fire rings going unused for hours at a time. “If people reserve a pit and don’t show up until the late afternoon, the fire pits would just sit there,” Galvan said. Also, he said that with fewer fire pits available on a first-come, first-serve basis, those who don’t want to pay would have to show up even earlier. Galvan, who grew up in Encinitas and now lives in San Marcos, added that reservations “just aren’t right.” “This is how we’ve always done it,” Galvan said. Although it had been a long day of waiting around, Kwon said she could see both

sides. “There could be less of a wait for some, but some people might not be able to afford it,” Kwon said. Lifeguard Capt. Larry Giles said that lifeguards often have to diffuse disputes over those competing for fire pits. “It’s an issue every summer, with Fridays and Saturdays being the peak,” Giles said. Typically, Giles said the arguments are nothing but a “verbal back and forth.” But there have been a few pushing matches in the past. Most disagreements stem from people who wrongly believe they can set down wood on a pit, leave and claim the fire ring later, he noted. “If you’re not occupying a fire pit, then it’s not yours, according to municipal code,” Giles said. Giles said mediating a dispute generally means reading relevant parts of the municipal code or suggesting

that those who disagree share the fire pit. An informal sample of cities suggests that a reservation system for beachside amenities is uncharted territory for North County. There’s no way to rent beachside facilities in Oceanside in advance, according to Jamie Boatright with the Oceanside Neighborhood Services Department. Permits are required for large gatherings in Solana Beach, but that doesn’t guarantee any amenities, said Kirk Wenger, recreation manager for the city. “Picnic areas can be reserved, but none are on the beach,” said Christine Ray, communications manager with Carlsbad. A parks and recreation official from Del Mar didn’t return a call by press time. Some details of the Encinitas plan, like how often fire rings can be rented and where to book them, have yet to be sorted out.

This past weekend members of the public were treated to a preview of the latest installment in the saga of San Marcos Unified School District’s rise from moribund to magnificent. On Saturday visitors were invited to tour the new Knights Center pavilion at the site of San Marcos High School, currently undergoing a complete reconstruction after demolition of the 50year old campus. In case you are wondering why “pavilion” and not “gymnasium”, well — there are classrooms, a dance studio, weight training room, and lots of windows — very un-gym-like. The transformation of the SMHS campus from its original, unappealing look to what will be unquestionably one of the highest of highquality high school campuses in North County — if not in the entire — county marks an image turnaround for the school that is long overdue, even if it was never really necessary or fair. For years students, faculty, parents, and administrators at the school and district labored under the misapplied perception from outside that San Marcos High School and the school district itself were substandard, mostly due to visual cues — aging schools and a high percentage of minority students. Thanks to the hard work of these same groups over many years, that perception is now changing. The reconstruction of San Marcos High School and its location at the western gateway to the city of San Marcos serves as an announcement to the community that San Marcos places a high value on the education of its children, and values quality in its development. This hasn’t come without

a price, however. Funding for reconstruction of SMHS, as well as other, smaller projects, came about through passage of the Proposition K school bond in 2010, which was the largest voterapproved school bond authorization in California at the time. To help ensure its passage, Prop. K promised voters that the bond repayment rate would be held at not more than $44 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. What the district’s decision makers were not made aware of at the time by their advisors — who conveniently make more money off of this non-disclosure — is that due to declining assessed property values, the only way to keep this promise is to sell what are known as “capital appreciation bonds” (CABs) that pile interest onto principle, with no chance for early repayment — a very expensive financing alternative. Fortunately, unlike other school districts in the county, only a portion of the money needed to complete funding of school construction was financed this way, but the damage is done. I am assured San Marcos Unified School District leadership is pursuing every avenue open to them to make up for the financial missteps taken with the guidance of their outside advisors. I have no reason to doubt their sincerity or ultimate success. In the meanwhile, parents and the community at large eagerly anticipate the unveiling of the district’s new flagship San Marcos High School, which is set to open in its entirety after the winter break. Kirk W. Effinger was born in San Diego and raised in Southern California. He and his family have been residents of San Marcos for the past 30 years. His opinion columns have appeared regularly in the North County Times and, later, the San Diego Union-Tribune since 1995. He can be reached at kirkinsanmarcos@att.net or follow him on Twitter at @kirkeffinger


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Cheer and tumbling training California All Stars is a cheer and tumbling training facility for kids age 5 – 19. We have teams and classes for all levels. No experience is needed. Our San Marcos location is conveniently located in the heart of North County San Diego – serving our surrounding cities for 13 years. Our competitive teams are considered some of the best in the world! We also offer affordable classes, camps, clinics, and private lessons. The California All Stars is considered the best program in the region and one of the best in the world.We offer teams for all levels 1-5 and everyone at California All

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industry. The memories and experiences are priceless. Money can’t buy the enthusiasm and confidence our kids at experience throughout the year. Interested in enrolling? Email us at chrisette@californiaallstars.com to reserve a position in a class, clinic, or camp! Come check us out by calling (760) 471-2243 for a program overview; or drop in and see us 340 Rancheros Drive #170, San Marcos, CA 92069. There is a place for everyone at California All Stars. Tumbling and cheer classes are available now. Experience the difference and join the crew!

Kids discover their inner rock star The Rockademy, a school where children and adults can discover their inner rock star, kicks off their fall semester. We at The Rockademy are professional musicians who provide a practical, structured and fun approach to playing music. Whether you want to learn an instrument, play in a band, write a song or all of the above, The Rockademy is with you every step of the way. The Rockademy offers individual lessons in guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboard, vocals, ukulele, mandolin and piano.

The Rockademy's instructors match students with similar abilities and musical interests to form bands. We also coach/mentor existing bands. Under our supervision and guidance, the youth bands build their song lists, rehearse and learn how to perform together. Throughout the year, the students are provided with an array of performance opportunities such as Fiesta del Sol, the San Diego County Fair and at opening day ceremonies for the Del Mar and Solana Beach little leagues.

"The Rockademy is amazing! My son loves it and is learning so much. The instructors go above and beyond to teach kids how to work together, perform on stage, create entertaining set lists, and write original music. They are talented teachers and great role models for my son and his friends. I have never seen my son so passionate about any other activity. We look forward to more amazing lessons and performances. Thank you Rockademy!!! ~ Deena Holcomb" To learn more, visit www.therockademy.com

Public charter school of choice As the new school year is gearing up, so are fears and anxieties of many school aged children. While many students look forward to the acquisition of new pencils and backpacks, others are apprehensive about large class sizes and lack of individualized instruction. There is hope for those families that face the new school year with mixed emotions. Academy of Arts and Sciences is a leader in the newest frontier of educational options: online learning. AAS, a leading free public charter school of choice for students in grades K-12, offers a blended (online and on site) customized learning program. Students engage in an exceptional learning experience that blends innovative online learning with critical face-to-face and lab time. At Academy of Arts and Sciences, students will be able to access a diverse range of Arts and Science electives. “We understand that students learn best when their education is tailored to their needs, which is why a key tenant of the Academy of Arts & Sciences philosophy is flexibility,” said CEO Sean mcmanus. “With this instructional model, on site and off site time can be adjusted to fit individual student needs. The flexibility of blended learning provides choice for students.” The school utilizes cut-

ting edge 21st century curriculum. Students are able to access the curriculum twenty four hours a day, and have the flexibility to participate in a wide variety of events, activities and experiences that enhance the learning experience. AAS also allows students the opportunity to access a wide variety of world language, humanities, media and technology, engineering and robotics, app and game design as part of the rich elective program.

We understand that students learn best when their education is tailored to their needs, which is why a key tenant of the Academy of Arts & Sciences philosophy is flexibility,” Sean mcmanus CEO

Online learning differs from traditional schools in that classes do not take place in a building, but rather at home, on the road, or wherever an Internet connection

can be found. Because of this, students take courses online with support from their teacher via phone, online Web meetings, and sometimes even face to face. This new way of learning allows the parent to take an active role in the student’s learning and to really become a partner with their child. The parent (or "Learning Coach") keeps the student on track in line with the provided lessons plans. In addition to the online courses, AAS provides plenty of opportunities to connect online and offline with other AAS students and families. The Academy of Arts and Sciences staff is very active in the community and can often be found interacting with families at Beach Clean Up Days, various community festivals, and organized activities that take place at their Learning Centers. An online education offers students the opportunities to learn in a small setting with a course schedule that is tailored to meet their individual learning styles and needs. This unique learning environment meets the needs of all types of learners and offers solutions to many different educational challenges. Many students find that learning in the comfort of their own home allows them be successful in ways never dreamt of before!



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What every parent needs to know This month is filled with so many different emotions about the new school year. Some students can’t wait to return to school while others dread the thought of it. Parents both look forward to the quiet days and will miss the extra time they have with their children during the summer days. Some students love going to school. For others, school is kind of an annoying inconvenience or even a painful daily experience. What Makes The Ddifference? Why do some kids find school “OK” while others find it harder? It’s because different students bring different mental “tools” to their schoolwork. If you have a set of mental tools (or underlying processing skills) that are in place and working efficiently, school is fairly easy. If you’re one of the 30% who have weak or inefficient “tools”, school will be far more difficult – as will many parts of life. “It’s the difference between using a typewriter or using a computer.You can get work done on a typewriter, but it is very S-L-O-W and far more difficult than using a computer,” says Maria Bagby, owner of the Therapeutic Literacy Center. Most people assume that all the underlying processing skills are in place and working efficiently when a child goes to school, but for 30% of our students that’s not the case.

Still, schools and tutors do not teach those skills. They teach an approved curriculum aligned with the State Standards. They are not trained, budgeted, or staffed to stop and “fix” underlying processing skills.Tutors provide more time and repetition of the same if

Most people assume that all the underlying skills are in place and working efficiently when a child goes to school, but for 30% of our students that’s not the case. not similar curriculum. But more time and repetition don't "fix" the problem and they take time away from other important things like sports and play with friends. For these students, homework takes too long and is a frustrating experience

A Different Opinion “Kids wake up every morning in order to have a pretty good day,” said Maria. “They don’t wake up saying, ‘How can I make my life harder today?’” “If school has been a struggle, it’s not because of bad teaching or because the parents haven’t read enough at home and - it won’t get better on its own or with traditional tutoring.” You Need A Strategy “I hope this year will be better” isn’t a strategy. A new year, new school, new teacher, and being a year older is not going to make the difference. It will still be a struggle if they haven’t gotten the mental “tools” for more efficient learning. “The only answer is to look for ways to build those underlying processing skills,” said Maria. “This is the most rewarding work in my 25+ years in education. I see students successfully developing the learning skills they need for efficient learning in their classrooms. Students are gaining confidence and feeling selfesteem again. Parents report that their whole world is changed.” Screening and evaluations should be scheduled now – before problems begin in the new school year. Discounted tuition is offered for students registered before Friday, September 13th. Free consultations can be scheduled by calling the Therapeutic Literacy Center at (858) 481-2200.

MiraCosta College is getting greener Three years ago, the MiraCosta Community College District launched a comprehensive master planning effort to establish model environmental practices at its three campuses. In January 2011, we created a Sustainability Advisory Committee composed of students, faculty, staff and administrators to oversee and guide the endeavor. Our bold vision includes becoming carbon-neutral by 2030. Our vision is coming to fruition. A growing number of courses are incorporating sustainability issues into their curriculum, our students continue to be engaged in various environmental efforts, and our campuses are employing creative sustainability practices. Among the more recent facility successes is a pilot project in the staff parking lot at the Oceanside Campus that has resulted in energy efficient LED lighting. Tom Macias, MiraCosta College’s director of facilities, notes the college is planning to get all of its lots equipped with LED lights within the next 12 months. To help further save energy, so-called “cool roofs” that reflect the heat from the sun – and lessen the demand for air conditioning – have been installed in two classroom buildings at the Oceanside Campus. And MiraCosta College’s new $1.9-million modular science building that was

installed at the Oceanside Campus on June 17 is equipped with photovoltaic power and is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Level worthy. “It’s completely sustainable,” Tom Macias said of the structure that includes 3,360 gross square feet of science labs and classrooms. Meanwhile, campus parking lot lights are now turned off at 11 p.m. instead of running them all night. Efforts are not just limited to our facilities.The Design Department, which includes courses in drafting, architecture and engineering, is teaching sustainability concepts in many of its courses. The Horticulture Department has created a sustainable horticulture class and the Physical Sciences Department offers courses on climate change. Students also are taking the initiative. The Engineering, Architecture and Design Club has assembled a vertical garden that catches rainwater falling onto a roof, stores it in a container and distributes it into the soil using a solar-powered pump. And more than 2,200 MiraCosta College students take part in a discounted bus pass program through the North County Transit District (NCTD) that gets people out of their cars and onto public transportation. “The college has made great strides and excellent progress in this area the past

two or three years,” said Design Department Chairman Paul Clarke. Our ongoing efforts led to MiraCosta College receiving honorable mention in the 2013 California Community Colleges Board of Governors annual Energy and Sustainability Award Program in the category of “Excellence in Energy & Sustainability – District Leadership.” In a 30-plus year career that began as an environmental health and safety engineer, Tom Macias has seen sustainability efforts come and go. “It’s here to stay this time,” he said. “For one, building codes have changed to require greater energy efficiency. And there has been a cultural shift to where people realize this is the right thing to do.” In fact, our Comprehensive Master Plan states that MiraCosta College will endeavor to create campuses as “living labs,” “develop strategies to minimize environmental impact,” and “promote the District as a leader in habitat preservation.” Our strategic plan states that “MiraCosta Community College District will become a vanguard educational institution committed to innovation and researched best practices, broad access to higher education, and environmental sustainability.” And among the district’s institutional objectives is to “develop and implement environmentally sustainable policies, practices, and systems."

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Kumon undergoing changes The Kumon Math and Reading Center of Solana Beach has been in operation for 13 years. It is currently undergoing some changes. The center’s new principal instructor, Zi Marsh, has recently moved the center to a new location at 144 S Solana Hills Drive in the Solana Beach Town Center. The move has brought an air of new life to the center. What hasn’t changed is the Kumon mission. Kumon is a system of teaching math and reading to children, beginning in preschool with the basics and extending to the college Advanced Placement Level.

are achieving more than they thought they could. Kumon puts them on the path to becoming the confident, independent, selfreliant people all parents hope their children can be. Zi’s desire is to make these basic principals a part of the lives of her students, so that they can be confident, curious, independent learners. She joys in the time she spends with the children. Zi has dedicated herself to creating a fun, lively, and thriving learning center in Solana Beach, which can tackle and overcome a new serve the community for challenge, their confidence another 13 years and grows, and they realize they beyond. The Kumon Method empowers children to become selflearners. Each time the students

Kumon is a system of teaching math and reading to children from preschool to college.

Understanding tricky food labels Get the goods on greens with author The package says “heart healthy,” “reduces cholesterol” or “maintains digestive health.” So you toss it in your cart thinking that you’re doing something good for yourself. But are you really? F o o d makers have tried to sneak in unsubstant i a t e d claims, n o t e s ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports. Dannon used to say that its DanActive yogurt drinks help prevent colds and flu and that eating one serving of Activia yogurt daily could help with “slow intestinal transit time.” The Federal Trade Commission scolded Dannon for using deceptive advertising, so the company stopped. ShopSmart supplies the truth behind seven popular food health claims. — The Claim: Heart healthy. Examples: Campbell’s Chunky chicken noodle soup and Mueller’s Pasta whole-grain penne sport the American Heart Association (AHA) HeartCheck Mark. The Truth: Eating packaged foods such as chicken noodle soup isn’t the best way to heart health. To legally be able to claim a reduced heart disease risk, Campbell’s soup simply has to be low in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol.To win the AHA seal, it has to be low in fats, plus have no more than 480 milligrams of sodium and 20 mg of cholesterol and have 10 percent or more of the recommended daily value of one of six specified nutrients. So, yes, it’s a healthier choice than, say, a cheeseburger, but that doesn’t make it ideal for your

heart. — The Claim: Supports immunity and digestive health. Example: La Yogurt Probiotic contains Bifidobacterium BB-12, a type of bacteria called a pro-

reduce cholesterol, but that’s a lot of sugar. — The Claim: A lower glycemic index. Example: Dreamfields Pasta Healthy Carb Living claims a 65 percent lower glycemic index (GI) compared with regular pasta, or 13 vs. 38 on the GI scorecard.

Tossing a box of this into your cart is a good start, but it won’t save your heart, says ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports. Image courtesy of Consumer Reports

biotic, which “works with the rest of your body to help maintain balanced microflora (the bacterial ecosystem in your gut), support immunity, and support digestive health,” according to the product’s website. The Truth: The Food and Drug Administration has not approved food packaging claims that probiotics can do anything to improve digestion, such as prevent constipation; boost immunity; or improve general health, such as ward off colds or flu. Research behind those kinds of claims is mixed and limited. — The Claim: Blocks or lowers cholesterol. Example: Minute Maid’s website claims that eating a daily total of 2 grams of plant sterols as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. The Truth: Research shows that plant sterols — natural substances found in nuts and legumes, for example — may reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, and the FDA says they may help reduce your risk of heart disease. But plant sterols seem to be more effective when eaten at least twice a day. As stated on the orange juice label, you need to drink two 8-ounce glasses to help

(Foods are ranked on a scale of 0 to 100.) The Truth: Most healthy people don’t need to worry about GI scores, which measure how quickly blood sugar levels rise after eating a particular food. Foods with a lower GI (under 55 is considered low; over 70 is high) may claim to increase blood sugar more slowly. Still, notes ShopSmart, there are usually too many other factors involved in blood sugar increasing or decreasing, including what else you eat at that meal. The Claim: — Antioxidants! Examples: Cherry 7UP and Raisinets almost sound like health foods with the word “antioxidant” slapped on the front labels. The Truth: Most people associate antioxidants with building a stronger immune system, which is what the manufacturers are banking on. “But whether it will boost your immune response depends on how much you are already consuming from your diet,” says Dr. Jeffrey Blumberg, director of the Antioxidants Research Laboratory at Tufts University. “Certainly there’s not enough in a single food product to make much of a difference,” he adds.

RANCHO SANTA FE — Deborah Madison, an authority on vegetarian cooking, will be the next chef and author at the Good Earth/Great Chefs series at The Chino Farm. Mark your calendar now for Madison’s visit to highlight her new cookbook, “Vegetable Literacy,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 6. This book-signing and culinary event will also feature samples of her recipes based on the seasonal vegetables at The Chino Farm, along with beer pairings from a local brewery. Books can be preordered at goodearthgreatchefs.com or purchased at the farm stand, which will be open for shopping during the event. The event is free and held outdoors rain or shine at 6123 Calazada Del Bosque. “Vegetable Literacy” is a cookbook that explores the diversity of the vegetable kingdom, revealing the surprising relationships between vegetables, edible flowers, herbs, and wild plants within the same botanical families. It shows cooks that, because of their shared characteristics, vegetables within the same family can be used interchangeably in cooking. It presents an entirely new way of looking at vegetables, drawing on Madison’s knowledge of cooking, gardening, and botany. With more than 300

Deborah Madison will cook from her new cookbook, “Vegetable Literacy,” at the next Good Earth/Great Chefs series at The Chino Farm Oct. 6. Courtesy photo

recipes, Madison brings information together in dishes that highlight complementary flavors, showcasing combinations that are simultaneously familiar and revelatory. Beyond the recipes, Vegetable Literacy is a resource of botanical, historical and horticultural information. Madison is the author of 11 cookbooks and is known for her simple, seasonal, vegetable-based cooking.

She got her start at Chez Panisse, before opening Greens in San Francisco, and has lived in New Mexico for the last 20 years. In addition to writing and teaching, she has served on the boards of Slow Food International Biodiversity Committee, the Seed Savers Exchange and the Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance, among others. She is actively involved in biodiversity, gardening, and sustainable agriculture.

Learn about water in your community SOLANA BEACH — The community is invited to gather at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10 and get the facts when the Santa Fe Irrigation District Board of Directors’ President Michael T. Hogan and Santa Fe Irrigation District General Manager Michael J. Bardin, discuss the region’s water supply and demand, conservation and emergency preparedness. The San Diego County

region is reliant on imported water from Northern California and the Colorado River because we live in a semi-arid area. Discover what you can do to be water efficient due to our limited resources. Learn how to be prepared for an emergency situation, how much water should be stored and where to find emergency water within your household if the need arises.

This program is presented by the Solana Beach Library’s Friends Night Out. The presentation is in Warren Hall at the Solana Beach Library, 157 Stevens Ave. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Contact the Solana Beach Library at (858) 7551404 for questions or additional information.



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Dave Matthews Band bassist Stefan Lessard said they are doing better now than they have at other points in their long career. The Dave Matthews Band performs at the Sleep Train Ampitheater Aug. 6. Photo by Danny Clinch Hopes run high that the site of Pacific View Elementary School will be transformed into a dynamic center for arts and culture. Courtesy photo

Envisioning a vital future for Pacific View KAY COLVIN A Brush With Art “It is not often that one has the chance to spark profound change in a community. It takes vision, courage, and a willingness to believe in the commitment of others. It also takes a bit of luck that the conditions will be present that would support the change.” So began the written proposal submitted last year to the Encinitas Union School District by the Envision the View Coalition, a group of Encinitas residents committed to transforming the site of the decaying Pacific View Elementary School into a dynamic communitybased center for arts and culture. The Pacific View property, which was gifted to the City of Encinitas in 1883 by John Pitcher, has been the subject of hot debate during the past sev-

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MARK THE DATE SYMPHONY GALA Tickets are available now for the Oct. 19 La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Gala 2013 - an evening of cool jazz with Peter Sprague and his jazz ensemble, dinner, and dancing and a tribute to LJS&C Choral Director David Chase on his 40th year with LJS&C. Call (858) 534-4637 for tickets or visit

eral years. Located on 2.8 acres only one block from the coastal bluff and two blocks from the thriving businesses along South Coast Highway 101, the property is home to the historic one-room schoolhouse built in 1883, as well as the 1953 Pacific View Elementary School. The more recent structure has fallen into increasing disrepair since closing its doors a decade ago, but many interested parties have seen beyond its current eroding exterior to its extraordinary potential. The property has been the target of developers and various groups, each with their own vision of highest and best use of the prime coastal property. Considering its accessible location, individuals and organizations have envisioned the property becoming the site of a center for arts and culture. Few would disagree that, given the concentration of artists and arts organizations in Encinitas, the site would be an outstanding location for an

arts center. Jim Gilliam, arts administrator for the City of Encinitas states, “For a city of 60,000 residents the size of the arts community is staggering.” Confirmed by results of the 2011 study conducted by the San Diego Foundation, Encinitas has the second highest concentration of artists in all of San Diego County. Gilliam states, “Encinitas has all the elements for success in the arts: a diverse and talented community of artists and arts organizations, educated and arts-interested residents, strong support from city and county government, and a city rich in natural resources and beauty. What we don’t have is a central gathering space that brings these resources together. A Center for the Arts It is the one missing component in what could be a great arts city. I believe Encinitas is on the cusp of redefining itself as one of the most exciting cities in San Diego and TURN TO BRUSH WITH ART ON B10

jazz classics at 2 p.m. Aug. 25 at Carlsbad Community Church, 3175 Harding St., Carlsbad. Tickets are $15. For more information, call (858) 775-1113. FOREIGN FILMS The North County Film Club presents “A Bottle In The Gaza Sea” at 3 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Digiplex Mission MarketPlace Theater, 431 College Blvd., Oceanside. For more information, visit ncfilmclub.com, call (760) 500-1927 or INDIGO MUSIC From 7 to 10 email ncfilmclub@gmail.com. p.m., Freedom Road will play ARTWALK HITS STREET Aug. 24 and Tough Times Trio on The Leucadia 101 Main Street Aug. 31 at Hotel Indigo, 710 presents the LeucadiART Walk from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia with live music, children’s art JUMPIN’ JAZZ The Coastal workshop and Beer Garden Aug. Cities Jazz Band will perform 25. lajollasymphony.com for more information. MORE MOTOWN Get tickets now for the rhythm and blues legends The Stylistics and Peaches & Herb in concert at 7 p.m., Oct. 5, in the Palomar Starlight Outdoor Theater at Pala Casino Spa & Resort. Tickets fare $88, $68, $48 and $38 at the Pala Box office in the casino or at (877) 946-7252.

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The Dave Matthews band is in a ‘good place’ By Alan Sculley

In an interview with “Rolling Stone” magazine in August 2012, Dave Matthews created a major stir with fans with quotes that some interpreted as signs that the band’s days together might be numbered. Matthews spoke of having to “dig a lot harder” as time goes on to come up with songs he wants the band to record — a statement that made some wonder if the group was losing its creativity. Asked about where he sees the Dave Matthews Band going from here, he answered “I don’t know,” adding that while he feels lucky to be part of a band that turns on lots of fans and does the same for the band members, he questions if the group is losing legitimacy. That was enough to send Dave Matthews Band fans — many of whom are known to be unusually invested the group — into a tizzy. The interview coincided with the release of “Away From the World,” the latest album from the group, which also includes bassist Stefan Lessard, violinist Boyd Tinsley and drummer Carter Beauford. But here it is another summer, and another full slate of concerts. And if that’s not enough of a promising sign for Dave Matthews Band fans, maybe

the comments from Lessard in a recent phone interview will provide the necessary reassurance. He said the Dave Matthews Band is in a good place — and in some respects the group is doing better than it has at other points in a career that dates back to 1991, when the group formed in Charlottesville, Virginia.

vision when needed. That was very much the case with “Away From the World.” “He (Matthews) went off and wrote all of the songs to ‘Away From The World,’ which is not necessarily the way this band always is making music,” Lessard said. “If you look at the albums, like (the 1998 album) ‘Before These

Last year we were still sort of touring with a new record (“Away From the World”), so we were really pushing those new songs.” Stefan Lessard Bassist

“On stage we’re the best of friends and there’s nothing but love and heart when I look at everyone on stage while they’re playing and while I’m playing,” Lessard said. “It hasn’t always been like that. It hasn’t always felt like that. But it’s been going like that for the past few years now. And it really keeps getting stronger every time.” One of the reasons the Dave Matthews Band is still thriving, Lessard feels, is the band as a whole has been willing to give Matthews room to follow his own

Crowded Streets’ or the last album, ‘Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King’ (2009), it was probably our most collaborative record as a band since the first three records because our producer was so adamant about taking our jams and turning that into inspiration for new music. “I feel like ‘Away From The World’ kind of was in some sense, it was the Dave Matthews Band like backing Dave’s solo record,” the bassist explained. “It came from him. It was very person-

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performs solo blues from 7 to 9 p.m., Aug. 27at Wine Steals Cardiff, 1953 San Elijo, Cardiff. Call (760) 230-2657 for more information. CHILDREN’S CHOIR San Diego Children's Choir is looking for children who love to sing. Short 5 to 10 minute auditions are open Aug. 27 and Aug. 28 for youngsters in grades 3 through 12 can be scheduled by calling now. No audition is required for grades 1-2. The Choir meets in Del Mar, Mira Mesa, Hillcrest, Lake Murray and Rancho Bernardo. To schedule an audition or for more information, call (858) 5871087 or visit sdc-




family program from the Friends of the C a r m e l V a l l e y Library will feature p i a n i s t Andrew Vu, a seventhgrader at ANDREW VU C a r m e l Valley Middle School, playing music by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt at 1 p.m. Aug. 31 at 3919 Townsgate Drive in Carmel Valley. For further information call (858) 552-1668.

DRAWING The music

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.

AUG. 31 FILL THE GALLERIES The Encinitas Arts Division is now seeking exhibits for 2014 at three civic galleries: Encinitas City Hall, Encinitas Library and Encinitas Community and Senior Center. Artists are encouraged to apply at Encinitasca.gov/Arts by Sept. 15.


beyond.” The public desire for an arts center in Encinitas became clearly evident during last year’s extensive community-igniting debate. Although the issue died last December due to a series of flukes, a glimmer of hope reemerged earlier this year when City Council agreed to consider purchasing the property. However, the dream

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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS will not materialize without significant involvement of the community. Deputy Mayor Lisa Shaffer stated in her recent newsletter: “It’s not enough to want an arts center. “If we are going to commit to the purchase, we need a group of people who can put together a plan that demonstrates a clear public benefit to justify a public investment, a plan that shows long-term viability, a plan that the broad community will support.” Mayor Teresa Barth, who has since its inception

supported the concept of an arts center at Pacific View, explains her perspective: “The council has been working on a Strategic Plan. Through that process we identified a number of Focus Areas and Key Goals. “One of the Focus Areas is Arts & Culture. During our discussions we all recognized the importance the arts play in creating and maintaining our quality of life. “We also identified three goals that I believe strongly support the purchase of the Pacific View School site, including Improve historic preservation through appropriate reuse strategies and economic uses. “Expand arts and performance venues that provide more diverse opportunities; and Partner with groups to expand and leverage opportunities to grow the arts and culture venues.” Mayor Barth emphasizes that the greatest challenge will be identifying funding for the purchase, operation and maintenance for such a venue. She adds, “I have heard numerous exciting ideas from the community and believe we can find a solution that benefits both the school district and the community.” Danny Salzhandler, altruistic president of the 101 Artists Colony and integral part of the Envision the View Coalition, says of the Pacific View property, “The old school house, the

1950s school and a modern addition would show the city’s dedication to education and preservation for the community.” Committed supporters of the arts center vision Sarah Garfield and Bill Sparks stated, “During the past ten years there have been pivotal moments when the community came forward and publicly voiced their support for the preservation of (Pacific View). We are at another critical juncture.” This “critical juncture” is an opportunity for the community to work together in the acquisition and development of the Pacific View property while maintaining the integrity of the gift made by John Pitcher in 1883. Please consider contributing time, energy, ideas, and funds to help make the dream a reality. For more information on joining the collaborative effort to create a center for arts and culture at Pacific View contact Danny Salzhandler at salzhand@speakeasy.net, or contact members of Encinitas City Council to offer your support.

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.


al. And that’s a great moment.” The group has certainly been tested at times during its hugely successful career. Perhaps the low period came about three years before the band made “Big Whiskey and the GrooGroux King.” Matthews, in a 2010 teleconference interview, said during that time relationships had grown strained enough that band members weren’t talking to each other. Eventually Matthews, Beauford and original saxophone player LeRoi Moore had a “confrontation, kind of explosion” that nearly split the band before the group found a way through its problems and realized they wanted the band to continue. Then came another blow to the band, when on June 30, 2008, Moore was in a serious all-terrain vehicle accident in Charlottesville. He succumbed Aug. 19 to complications from his injuries. To be sure, it was a heavy loss for Moore’s bandmates. But Matthews said it actually became a positive force within the group, bringing the four remaining band members closer together. Of course, there have been many great moments for the group, too, including an unbroken string of eight very successful albums and lots of creative rewards that have come with being a dynamic and adventurous

band. That spirit should be evident this summer as the four core members of the Dave Matthews Band – joined by frequent auxiliary members Jeff Coffin (horns), Rashawn Ross (trumpet) and Tim Reynolds (guitar/multi-instrumentalist) -- tour the country. The shows will be notably different from those the Dave Matthews Band played in 2012. “Last year we were still sort of touring with a new record (“Away From the World”), so we were really pushing those new songs,” Lessard said. “In fact, a couple of times we played through the whole record, which for us is historic. We’d never done that before, during one show at least. And so this year, it’s one of those years where we’re sort of in between albums. We’re not really pushing a whole new set of new songs. So it allows for us to take our time in the rehearsals and look at some of the older tunes that we haven’t played for awhile and bring those back out, and also take songs that we had played one way live at one time, maybe change them up.”




AUG. 23, 2013


San Diego moves up the wine vine FRANK MANGIO

DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate

Taste of Wine San Diego County’s wineries recently were doing the Bacchus boogie and toasting a state court when it sided with a county ordinance that is bringing in a lot more boutique wineries to the backcountry. It made permanent a lower court ruling of a winery initiative reducing costly regulations and allowing public tasting rooms through a tiered permit system tied to the size of the operation. According to SD Metro, the on-line business news source, the Ramona Valley now boasts 20-wine tasting rooms recently, compared to one when the ordinance was approved a few years ago. County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, the spearhead of this movement is leading efforts to craft a similar ordinance for microbreweries, cheese operations and other agri-based ventures in rural areas. One winery that looked forward to the new, more favorable climate for winemakers is Altipiano with longtime San Diegans Peter and Denise Clarke. She came out of the Air Force and he came out of the world of law. Their vineyard is now in its 5th year with 12 tons of grapes now being picked. They now have built a tasting and barrel room. Varietals include Cabernet Franc ($38), Zinfandel ($35.), Cabernet Sauvignon ($30), Merlot ($28), and Chardonnay ($19). A Super Tuscan blend is coming as work commences on a Sangiovese and a Barbera grape. Both are Italian favorites. Just beyond Ramona, the sophisticated Milagro Farm has 10,000 vines with 11 estate varietals, making it the largest in the Ramona AVA. Their newly released 2012 Sauvignon Blanc was awarded “Best of San Diego County” and a Double Gold Medal at the California-wide San Diego County Fair Wine Competition. The winemaker is Jim Hart, a second-generation winemaker whose family owns Hart Winery of Temecula. Last year’s county Avocado crop was way down

TASTE OF WINE Wine of the Month 2011 Opolo Mountain Zinfandel About this wine An aggressively fruity, dark, rich wine with “jammy” aromas of raspberry and plum.

Food & Wine paired expertly

Peter Clarke, founder and owner of Altipiano Vineyard, off Highland Valley Road west of Ramona, pours columnist Frank Mangio a glass of his Cabernet Franc. Photo by Frank Mangio

due mainly to water costs. Some farmers who are now in that business, are planning to switch to wine grapes and expect to save thousands in water bills and attract visitors, thanks to the easier rules regarding tasting rooms. Stay tuned, lots more wineries to come in San Diego County. “I Love This Business!” — Joey Alfano, new owner of Tuscany. After some 12 years of managing other restaurants in North San Diego County, Joey Alfano finally gets to be captain of the ship with his purchase recently of Tuscany, the popular Italian Restaurant and Lounge in La Costa. “I love this business,” Alfano said. “If you don’t like people, you don’t belong in a restaurant. Tuscany has a great base of customers; after 23 years it needs to get to the next level. My business partner and musician Danny DiCarlo and I have plans to improve the wine and food menu and introduce a supper-club atmosphere, along with a new patio-dining feature. We’ll have concerts once a month and live lounge music every night.” We brought in Robert Gaffney from La Costa Resort as Tuscany’s Executive Chef and are already making improvements in the menu.” Howie Ovedia has been the talented “flair” bartender at Tuscany for 20 years. Regulars all know him for his great smile and his shows with flair bottle acrobatics, and he mixes a great drink. “Cosmopolitans and Martinis are still in demand these days,” he declared. “With red wines, everyone loves blends.

Lush plum and cherry flavors lead to a long, satisfying finish. Bold enough to mate up with spicy cuisine;

Our house Bordeaux is the most requested.” My favorite Italian wine with the “Branzino” fish dinner was the Symposio Principi Di Butera 2010 from Sicily ($45). It was a Bordeaux Blend and paired beautifully with the dinner. Visit www.tuscanylacosta.com for more. Wine Bytes Encinitas Wine Merchants will be pouring Champagne Aug. 22 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Winners include: Ruinart, Cliquot Rose, and the 2004 vintage of Moet & Chandon Brut, plus truffle popcorn. $38. Details at (760) 407-4265. Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula presents Garratt Wilkin and the Parrotheads Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band, Aug. 23 starting at 7 p.m. Public price is $35. Wine club $25. Call (951) 699-9463 for more. San Diego State University has its next round of wine classes starting Aug. 26 from 6 to 9 p.m., with Exploring Wine. Call (619) 265-7378 for full information, Vittorio’s at Del Sur in San Diego has its next wine dinner Aug. 29 at 6 p.m., with wine pairing from King Estate in Oregon. $49.50 cost. Call for an RSVP at (858) 538-5884.

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.

American and Eastern European barrels.

The Winery

Opolo Vineyards is high on a summit over Paso Robles on the west side, characterized by long, cooler growing conditions due to coastal with a 16.1 temperatures resulting in yields. Visit p e r c e n t low a l c o h o l . opolo.com. Aged 7 months in Cost $29 at the winery; Fre n ch , call (805) 238-9593.

It’s always a good sign when a restaurant brings in a wine pro like Chuck Herrold and teams him with a seasoned chef like Josh Richardi. That’s exactly what James Limjoco did at his third restaurant venture, Sublime Tavern in Del Mar. And not only does Herrold know his wine, he also expertly paired my dining companion’s multi-course meal with craft beer from their extensive offerings on tap. More on that later. Herrold wears two hats at Sublime — manager and sommelier. He spent 13 years with Ruth’s Chris Steak House followed by four years at West Steak and Seafood in Carlsbad. Herrold joined Sublime after a mutual friend put him in touch with owner Limjoco and was excited to join his newest venture in Del Mar. Executive Chef Richardi has quite a resume himself. Born and raised in Orlando, Fla., Richardi realized it was his destiny to be a chef when he discovered that his great grandfather

Chef Josh Richardi works with the freshest ingredients at Sublime Tavern Photo courtesy Bay Bird PR

had owned a restaurant in Shanghai. Richardi’s diverse skills were developed and honed in the kitchen when he completed the acclaimed Walt Disney World Sous Chef apprenticeship program. Under the guidance of Master Chef Waldo Brun, Richardi learned every aspect of the kitchen, from prep to pastry skills.

In 1995 he accepted the position as kitchen supervisor at Kirkwood Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe. After a year of perfecting his talents at this world-renowned resort, Richardi settled in the San Diego area where he continued to expand on his culinary skills working at numerous restaurants including Valencia Resort & Spa, Santaluz Country Club



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Irrigation district receives high honors

service from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Kosty is one of 12 physicians in the United States selected in 2013 to receive status as a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) presented the Santa Fe Irrigation District with the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the district’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. This is the seventh year successively that the district has received this award. The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by the district and its management.An award of Financial Reporting Achievement has also been awarded to the district’s

Administrative Services Manager Jeanne L. Deaver, for her responsibility in preparing the award-winning report. The report was judged to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and to motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. The Santa Fe Irrigation District provides water and related services to residential, commercial and agricultural customers in the communities of Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and Fairbanks Ranch. The district owns rights to local water supplies from Lake Hodges and the San Dieguito Reservoir.

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Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. New director Send information via email to International Bipolar community@ Foundation President Muffy coastnewsgroup.com. Walker announced that menDiscount pet meds Helen Woodward Animal Center President Mike Arms, along with Del Mar Albertsons/Sav-On Pharmacy Store Director Shaye Holden, have been working to develop a partnership with Albertson’s/SavOn’s discount pharmaceutical club membership Pet Med Program. Helen Woodward Animal Center will be providing an Albertson’s/SavOn Pet Med Club card to every adopter, as of Sept. 1. In addition, Arms will encourage other rescue facilities to do the same for their adopters when he addresses attendees at the center’s upcoming ACES International Conference. It is hoped that by getting a discount pet medical card into the hands of those who adopt, families will be less likely to give up ailing pets.

Physician honored Michael Kosty, M.D., medical director of Scripps C a n c e r Center at Scripps Clinic and Scripps G r e e n Hospital and MICHAEL KOSTY Encinitas resident, has received national honors for his volunteer

tal health advocate Scott Suckow has been named as the agency’s Executive Director and Ashley Jacobs has been promoted to the position of Director of Internal Operations.

‘Closer’ published At age 72, Solana Beach resident Alan Mindell has published his latest novel, “ T h e C l o s e r.” Since its release June 30, it has been an Amazon bestseller and number one new sports fiction paper- ALAN MINDELL back. It is the story of a knuckle-balling career minor league relief pitcher who, after finally getting his chance at the major leagues, makes an impact on the pitching mound and with a family in distress. For more information, call (310) 5605137.

Officer honored Officer Matt Lyons, a 13year veteran of the Oceanside P o l i c e Department, was presented the “American L e g i o n Medal for Heroism” at Legion Post MATT LYONS 146 Law & Order awards ceremony in Oceanside, for his brave actions after being attacked by a suspect in January 2013.

New medicine Founder of Solana Beach Pando Health Groups, Mark Kalina, is utilizing an integrative approach to care. At 427 S. Cedros Ave #101, Pando Health Groups provides an integrated team of traditional and non-traditional medical professionals and health practitioners. Every Monday from 2:30 to 4 p.m., Pando offers an “Ask the Doc” event where patients can bring their health questions.

Alzheimer’s campaign Torrey Pines Bank, in partnership with the San Diego Alzheimer’s Association and CBS8-TV, has launched the Know Alzheimer’s 8 campaign, to raise awareness. Viewers will be made aware of the Alzheimer’s Association San Diego/Imperial Chapter’s local programs and services, including the free, 24/7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900.




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community CALENDAR Tips for a healthy new school year Got an item for the calendar? Send the details via email to calendar@coastnewsgroup.com.

MARK THE DATE SET TO SING The Encinitas Saint Katherine College Chorale, will be singing the National Anthem at Petco Park at 7:10 p.m. Sept. 25. Tickets are available now for $25 in Right Field Lower reserved area seating. Call (760)943-1107. SOIREE NEWS The Lucky Duck Foundation's Swing & Soiree, Pat and Stephanie Kilkenny’s annual fundraiser will be held at the Santaluz Club Sept. 30. The event includes a shotgun shamblestyle golf tournament followed by an evening reception and auction. For details, email casey.hatfield@gmail.com.

AUG. 25 PERFECT PETS Saving Pets Once At A Time (SPOT) will host an adoptions event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 25 at PetCo Unleashed/Bressi Ranch, 2663 Gateway Road, Carlsbad. For more information, call (760) 476-9171.

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any medications your child takes both at home and at Health school, as well as any medical Watch conditions such as diabetes, asthma, allergies or psychoBy the physicians and staff logical issues. Provide conat Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas tact information for your pediatrician along with medAre your kids ready to ical emergency instructions. go back to school? Get them off to a good start by helping Review Safety Rules Remind children not to them stay safe and healthy on campus and in the class- talk to strangers and never to get into a stranger’s car, no room with these tips. matter what the circumSet Emergency stances. Choose a “code word� that only you, your Procedures Familiarize your family children and trusted friends with the school’s emergency and family members know in procedures, and provide cur- case someone else has to rent contact information for pick them up, and instruct parents and other relatives. your children never to trust Decide on a meeting point anyone who doesn’t know the near the school where you code word. Instruct kids to can meet your child in case find a trusted adult immediof emergency if you cannot ately if they don’t feel safe. connect by telephone. If your Make Helmets a Must child is old enough to use a Does your child ride a cell phone, consider providing one that is reserved for bike to school? Helmet use can reduce the risk of head urgent situations. injury by up to 85 percent. Choose a helmet that meets Update Medical federal safety standards and Information fits correctly. According to Let the school know of the National Safety Council,

a helmet should fit low and snug across the forehead. If you look up and can’t see the helmet, it is too far back.

Avoid Backpack Overload A backpack that is too heavy or worn incorrectly can strain a child’s neck or back. Backpacks should be lightweight with well-padded shoulder straps, a padded back and a waist strap. Pull both straps tightly enough so that the pack fits snugly against the back but doesn’t pull on the shoulders. Distribute the weight of items within the pack evenly on both sides, and keep it light. Consider a rolling backpack if allowed by the school.

Stand Up to Bullying Bullying is a serious problem, yet many victims don’t speak up for fear or ridicule or retaliation. If you suspect your child is a victim of bullying, encourage him or her to tell you what is going on. Ask questions and offer support and comfort. Controlling your own emo-

tions can make it easier for your child to open up to you about what he or she needs to feel safe. Talk to teachers and administrators about the situation.

but too much of a good thing can become stressful and ultimately negate the benefits. Let kids choose what they want to participate in and change or drop activities Set Reasonable that aren’t enjoyable or Schedules become too demanding. Sports and extra-curric- Allow for unscheduled time ular activities help kids learn to rest and relax at home skills, socialize, and have fun, with the family.


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TEA PARTY SPEAKER Radio show host, author and founder of the South Central LA Tea Party, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, will speak to the Carlsbad Republican Women Federated at 11 a.m. Aug. 27, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 6450 Carlsbad Blvd. Luncheon cost is $35 for non-members. Reservations are needed by Aug. 23 to Niki Coates at (760) 931-9420 or nikic@roadrunner.com.





“Tracing Origins of Early 18th Century Palentines and Other Immigrants� will be presented by Hank Z. Jones to North San Diego County Genealogical Society 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 27 in the Carlsbad City Council Chambers, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. For information, call (760) 4352536 or email tgordinier35@gmail.com.

AUG. 28 MAC FANS The MAC users meeting will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Oceanside Library, 3861-B Mission Ave. with Adam Christianson, host of the Maccast podcast. For more information, visit omug.net or call (760) 7574900.

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BRANDEIS LUNCHEON Brandeis National Committee, San Dieguito Chapter, will host a luncheon at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 28 at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, 505 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Solana Beach. Executive Director of External Affairs for Scripps Health, Susan Taylor, will speak and leaders of 18 Brandeis ongoing informal learning groups will present topics for the year. Cost is $35. For information, call (760) 633-2259.

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AUG. 23, 2013


Police are cracking down on drivers to prevent motorcycle accidents By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — Extra motorcycle police officers were out from 6 a.m. to noon on key streets this August to crack down on careless drivers who are likely to cause a motorcycle-involved accident. The Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation is aimed at reducing the number of motorcycle deaths. “We’re looking for any violations of vehicles or motorcycles that can lead to motorcycle accidents,” Sgt. Gabe Jimenez said. Automobile drivers who speed, make unsafe lane change, or who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, are a major cause of motorcycleinvolved accidents. Drivers distracted by cell phones, adjusting music, or putting on makeup while driving are putting motorcycle riders at greater risk by not focusing their attention on the road. Extra police patrols were also on the alert for motorcyclists who were not driving safely. “Unsafe speed for conditions and lane turning are the top two,” Jimenez said. State Route 76, College Boulevard, Oceanside Boulevard, and Vandegriff Boulevard were identified as roadways that motorcyclists frequently ride and locations where a high number of motorcycle crashes

and violations occur. “There are more crashes in most of those areas,” Jimenez said. “We’re trying to focus on heavy traffic flow, rush hour traffic to noon.” California motorcycle fatalities rose 18 percent in 2011. The number of motorcycle fatalities a year also peaked in Oceanside in 2011 with three fatal collisions. The following year ended with another three

situations. “Out in public is not the place to learn how to ride a motorcycle,” Jimenez said. “It’s better to be prepared.” San Diego HarleyDavidson Rider’s Edge training course is a California Motorcyclist Safety Program that educates 300 riders a year. Derik Bergman, San Diego Harley-Davidson sale manager, said the 25-hour course benefits all riders.

Out in public is not the place to learn how to ride a motorcycle. It’s better to be prepared.” Sgt.Gabe Jimenez

motorcycle fatalities. Two recent motorcycle fatalities were caused when a rider ran off the road and a rider did a wheelie and was ejected from his bike. Part of the cause for the increase in fatal accients statewide is the upturn of the economy. As the economy improves there are more people on the road. There is also an increase in novice motorcycle riders. Motorcycle safety training is strongly recommended. The course teaches riders how to react to road

“Anyone who wants to learn how to ride, refresh their skills, and be safe on a motorcycle,” Bergman said. Bergman said tips for safe riding depend on a rider’s experience. Some universal advice for all riders is assume people don’t see you, don’t drink and drive, use common sense, and don’t be in a rush. Wearing the proper safety gear is also essential. A motorcyclist must wear a Department of Transportation-approved helmet. Other recommend-

ed gear is leather gloves, a leather jacket, protective pants, boots and sunglasses. Jimenez has ridden as a police officer and sergeant for 1- years and ridden personally since he was a teenager. His advice for fellow riders is to drive defensively. “Be safe, obey all laws, don’t take unnecessary risks,” Jimenez said. “Ride defensively, be aware of your surrounding and roadway surfaces. Look ahead for potential hazards.” “Respect other riders,” Jimenez added. “Don’t be an emotional rider. It’s not a raceway, the road is to commute.” Bergman’s tips for automobile drivers are to look when changing lanes and focus on the road. Bergman added that lane sharing is legal in California. Motorcycles often pass cars between the freeway one and two lanes. Drivers should be alert and drive in the middle of their lane. Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation police patrols are paid for by a California Office of Traffic Safety grant through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Locations of California Motorcyclist Safety Program training courses can be found by calling (877) 743-3411.

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again. I love the weather here from September through the second week of January. The air gets that little crispness in it between the Santa Ana’s, the water tends to stay glassy all day and the swells start turning from the south back to the west. Yes, San Diego is a fabulous place to call home but like I said, I fell in love with a great little place in the tropics that beats any other nice place in the tropics because … no mosquitoes and no bugs! You can leave your win-

dows and sliders open all night long and listen to the rush of the tide. I think that’s what San Diegans take for granted: no bugs! We, too, can leave our windows open and enjoy cool evenings following warm days and not expect to be invaded by multilegged creatures. I bring all this up because despite loving it being back here in coastal North County there is a distinct difference in energy. Down in Puerto Vallarta the sun doesn’t rise over the horizon until about 8 a.m. so most businesses don’t even start opening until about 10 a.m. The locals start their lunch breaks around 2:30 in the afternoon and then work until about six or seven in the evening. They wait until about 9 p.m. to get around to dinner and then take in entertainment along the Malecon, which is everything from mimes and jugglers, to magicians, piano and violin duets, on down to full-blown rock concerts in the amphitheater. This is every night but Sunday night is when it seems like everyone comes TURN TO BABY BOOMER ON B15


Baby Boomers’ parents would envy their retirements Helaine Olen does a lot of good exposing the dark side of the finance industry in her book “Pound Foolish,” but I can’t get on board with this statement she made in a recent article: “For the first time in living memory, it seems likely that living standards for those over the age of 65 will begin to decline as compared to those who came before them.” Olen describes how most Americans don’t have nearly enough money in their 401(k)s to retire. That much is true. But assuming this means retirees will be worse off than previous generations is one leap too far. First, the IRA wasn’t created until 1974, and the 401(k) didn’t come about until 1978. If we’re making comparisons to the past, forget about today’s 401(k) balances being inadequate. A generation ago, they didn’t even exist. Now, we often hear that most workers in previous generations were covered by a pension. But that just isn’t the case. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, pensions (both public and private) peaked in the early 1990s, when fewer than 4 in 10 Americans over age 65 were covered. Only a quarter of older Americans were covered in 1965. Today, it’s around 34 percent. Pension income made up 20 percent of all income for Americans over age 65 in 2010. That’s actually higher than the 15 percent recorded in 1975, according to the institute. The real issue here is Social Security, since it’s long been the backbone of most Americans’ retirement and will continue to be for decades. Listen to politicians, cable news hosts and alarmist journalists talk about Social Security’s future, and you get a universal message: The program is underfunded, it’s going bankrupt and cuts are inevitable. There are simple ways to make Social Security sustainable, and in fact, the program has a promising history of implementing fixes when its solvency is in jeopardy. But let’s assume politicians sit on their hands and nothing is done to fix Social Security. What happens to retirees? Social Security is projected to hit a point around 2033 where it can only rely on payroll tax revenue to fund benefits.

After that, it will be able to pay retirees about 75 percent of currently promised benefits until 2087. A 25 percent benefit cut would be a political disaster, but it almost certainly wouldn’t mean retirees would be worse off than their parents. Consider the numbers we’re talking about here. Initial Social Security benefits rise over time with a calculation tied to wage growth, not just inflation. That’s allowed average real (inflationadjusted) monthly benefits to double over the last half-century. If real benefits grow 1 percent annually (the trend rate over the last decade) between now and 2033, average inflationadjusted monthly Social Security payout will be nearly $1,600 a month. At that level, a 25 percent cut would reduce real benefits to around $1,200 a month, or roughly to where they are today. Yes, the do-nothing, doom-and-gloom scenario envisions initial Social Security benefits basically staying flat over the next two decades. This is what passes for a “crisis” these days. But this raises a question. If pension coverage is higher now than it was in the 1970s, if 401(k)s and IRAs didn’t exist until three decades ago, and if Social Security benefits used to be lower, how did Americans retire? The truth is, many of them didn’t. They worked until they died. The whole theory of retirement for all is a relatively new idea. Before World War II, the majority of American males age 65 and up were still active in the labor force. Previous generations of Americans worked into their 70s and beyond at levels we couldn’t fathom today. The labor force participation rate for males over age 65 would have to fully double from where it is today — meaning retirement in that cohort would have to fall by half — before we return to levels that prevailed in the 1960s and 1970s. Oddly, that’s a nostalgic time some consider “the glory days” of American retirement. We have to differentiate between things not getting better as fast as they used to and things getting worse. They are easy to conflate, but two very different things. For boomers, the gap between “this isn’t ideal” and “your living standards will be worse than your parents’” is pretty deep.



the airport is a diamond in the rough.” Airport Property Ventures, the company that leases the airport and runs it for the city, was awarded the contract in 2009 with a promise to the city there would be many improvements, said Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood. Representatives from the company detailed plans to repave the entire runway and taxiway, build additional hangars, install perimeter fencing and possibly relocate the terminal building. “This airport hasn’t had a lot of investment, but we have been able to secure some federal grants,” said Darcy Driscoll, senior administrator for Airport Property Ventures. The Federal Aviation Administration requires all airports to update their master plans regularly to maintain eligibility for FAA grants, said Laura Feja, AECOM Airport Planner. “We need to make sure it’s affordable, environmentally appropriate and accommodates the growth forecast,” said Feja. Feja said the plan will



AUG. 23, 2013 help determine what improvements are required to meet future aviation needs at the 43-acre airport for the next 20 years. Under the grant terms, the FAA will cover 90 percent of the cost to create the new master plan. The remainder of the cost will be funded by Airport Property Ventures. “The delay has been because of ongoing legal issues,” Wood said, “but this is a prosperous airport and we’re moving forward.” The city was sued back in 2008, when Santa Monicabased AELD LLC argued it was the rightful owner of 14.7 acres of vacant land at the north side of the airport. In 2010, a district judge ruled the FAA’s jurisdiction over the airport trumped the company’s claim to the land and the dispute was resolved. When Wood first joined the city council, he said he questioned whether the airport was worth keeping at all. “We’ve obviously resolved that since the FAA said they would not let us close the airport,” Wood said, “so we’re going to fix it up.” Wood said one of the main issues with the plan right now is how to use the

empty space, but for many residents who attended the meeting, noise mitigation is a bigger priority. “We’re all concerned about noise pollution because it affects the quality of life,” said Oceanside resident Victor Roy. Over the years, Wood said the airport has received complaints about small aircrafts that don’t follow the designated take off and landing path and veer over nearby houses. “I think people here are worried that somehow expanding the runway will bring in small jets,” Wood said. “We won’t do that — it’s too small.” Wood said as the McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad becomes more commercialized, the new airport would inevitably draw in more of those small planes. The airport is mostly utilized by local private pilots and small businesses, with about 12,000 total operations per year. According to the predicted growth forecast, that number isn’t expected to increase drastically. A final report will be released in January and the complete plan is anticipated to be completed by June.



state-of-the-art lanes in Surfside. Also included are a 5,750square-foot video arcade area, 3,000-square-foot indoor sports lounge with a virtual sports simulator, 8,000-square-foot outdoor sports lounge with a fire pit, putting greens, bocce ball court, horseshoes and pingpong tables and a 6,600-squarefoot banquet hall. A representative from the largest bowling equipment vendor said the sport “is doing really well in California.” He called the proposal a “revenue machine.” “This fits right into the mission statement,” Stevens said. “It’s good, fun, wholesome … family entertainment.” Enrique Landa from LandRock Development presented a proposal for Cinequus, which would feature traditional movie theaters on the first floor and, on the second floor, upscale theaters similar to


out of the woodworks. In San Diego, people are curling up in front of the television by 8 p.m. I’m not sure how the Mexican people can party on a Sunday night and go to work on a Monday, but they do it. The energy is a soft one down there. I’ve realized that here in San Diego there is a sharp edge to the energy around me. Maybe it’s just having to adjust to traffic and crowded streets and stoplights but there is a distinct raising of the blood pressure and stress levels once I’m back in my primary residence. This is why I highly suggest to you baby boomers that you should seriously consider finding a second

nearby Cinépolis in Del Mar Highlands Shopping Plaza. It would also include tasting rooms for wine and beer, which Landa said were both agricultural products. Watson had concerns the proposals would compete with, rather than promote, existing area businesses, which is contrary to the 22nd DAA mission statement. Landa disagreed. “There are very few people we would compete with if we build a movie theater here,” he said. “We won’t take away from other businesses. It enhances them and we’ll promote families.” Watson called all three proposals interesting but speculative. “I don’t think everything has been thought through,” he said. “We’ve spent two-and-ahalf years trying to get out of the buzz saw we were in,” he said, referring to lawsuits that were filed and ultimately settled in response to expansion plans that include replacing exhibit halls and adding offices

and a parking structure. “I don’t want to jump off the cliff into another one,” he added. Watson said the district cannot do anything that intensifies use of the 340-acre facility. Directors Russ Penniman and Stephen Shewmaker will work with fairgrounds staff and the interested parties to create revenue projections from the three proposals and find a way to integrate them. Director Fred Schenk recommended they “take the best of all three … to promote recreation and cultural information … to meet our needs, gain approval of the Coastal Commission and create opportunities for the community.” The board tentatively plans to revisit the plans in January. Architect Paul Allen, who worked on the New Stick plans, declined to comment after the decision but said a lot of time and effort was spent on developing the $6 million proposal.

home in a place that you have dreamed of in your life. You don’t have to denounce your citizenship, just go find a place where you can literally unwind; a place that will let your heart slow down and give you pause to reflect on the journey you’ve taken in this life. And believe me, that journey is a tough one whether you’ve become fabulously wealthy or are just scraping by. You hear it all the time: Life is a journey or life is an adventure, and both are so true. Don’t give up on the adventure. Plan to add new journeys to your life. You will not regret it. The other cliché is, “Time stands still for no one and you’re not getting any younger.”

Please don’t wait until your still youthful step turns to a “walker” to get around. You will only live from then on with regrets. Live your life to its fullest, trust in our maker and know that there is a spiritual universe out there that is screaming in your subconscious to find your peace, because that is where you will also find your happiness. Enjoy the next four months because those are “our” months to enjoy “our” No. 1 home. May peace be with you always and Vaya con Dios! Someone famous said that once and I have no qualms being a plagiarist with that quote because there is much truth in it. Peace y’all! Joe Moris may be contacted at (760) 500-6755 or by email at joe@coastalcountry.net.

From left, Past President Richard Fogg turns over the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club presidency to newly-installed President Steven Weitzen who recently returned from the Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal. To learn more about the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club, contact Richard Fogg at (858) 693-7556 or see DMSBRotary.com. Courtesy photo



It was just a quarter inch on the switch. So what did I learn from the ticket? I learned that the police in that area clearly did not have enough to keep them busy and apparently preferred to kill flies with a sledgehammer. Yes, I learned to double-



Although the department receives an annual grant to fund officers who are specifically looking for distracted drivers, it will likely take legislative action with more severe penalties to curb the behavior, Haley said. “Unfortunately, until they hurt or kill someone or themselves, they just don’t get it,” officer Emery Wallace said. Kristine Schindler, a member of Bike Walk Solana Beach, wanted to know what law enforcement thought about the shared bike lanes, known as sharrows, recently installed along Coast Highway 101. “It’s a great concept,” Haley said, adding that he has received reports they are used improperly. “Some people think it’s a giant bike lane, which causes people in vehicles to get mad,” he said. Bicyclists are supposed to ride as far to the right as possible and only use a large part of the sharrow when they can’t safely do that. “But we haven’t received any significant complaints

check my lights, but a friendly “Check next time, young lady, to be sure that switch is turned all the way on,” would have been more than sufficient to accomplish that. Or in my father’s words, as he paid the clerk, “If I’d known the city was this desperate for money, I’d have sent a donation!” My dad was awesome. There are probably two

or three kids out there who feel that their first ticket was a meaningful, important and essay-worthy experience and I tip my hat to them. But I don’t think I would have hung out with them.

other than when people try to make a statement and ride five-people wide,” he said. There were also concerns about youngsters riding skateboards while holding onto car handles, primarily on Nardo Avenue and in the St. James Catholic Church parking lot. Haley said that behavior should immediately be reported to the nonemergency line. With school about to start, there were also concerns about traffic during drop-off and pickup times. Haley said city officials and law enforcement are working to address the problems and planned to meet with school officials before classes got under way. Deputies said they would follow up on a recommendation to have officers at back-to-school night to provide suggestions and answer questions from parents. One resident wanted to know what law enforcement was doing to address marijuana smoking during concerts at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Haley said it is increasingly difficult to enforce the law because “an unusually large number of people have

medical marijuana cards and it’s a low-level violation now.” The hour-long meeting also included a brief discussion on driving while intoxicated. Wallace said in 2011 there were a combined 600 DUI arrests in Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas. He said 70 percent of those arrested live in one of those three cities. About 18 percent were 20 or younger and 21 percent were repeat offenders. Less than 1 percent were military members, Wallace said. “I still can’t believe, with all the promotions and information out there, that people still do that,” Haley said. “If you have more than one drink, don’t drive, he added.” According to the event flier, community outreach is a top priority of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. The meetings, which are held about every three months, give residents an opportunity to chat with the captain and other law enforcement officials in a casual setting. The first such meeting in Solana Beach was held in May on a midweek morning. About 20 people attended.

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Labor Day: The last hurrah MARIALISA CALTA Kiss the Cook If you think of summer in terms of a meal — and why not? — the whole season is like one long cookout, with Memorial Day being the chips and salsa, and Labor Day being the s’mores. You might be among the millions who bookend their summers with actual (as opposed to metaphorical) cookouts. On Memorial Day, you gathered with a sense of anticipation and adventure (vacations in the offing, school ending, baseball season in full swing), while on Labor Day you may detect a distinct back-toschool/work feeling in the air, along with the whiff of grilled beef. Even though you may have a number of fall barbecues yet to come, Labor Day is really summer’s last hurrah. Just as you eased into summer by throwing a steak or some burgers on the grill on Memorial Day, you might want to ease out of it on Labor Day.If you still have the energy to roast a pig or dig a pit for a clambake, by all means, go for it, but some of us ran out of steam for that after the Fourth of July. At this point, we’re content to pull on a beer and hang out with the neighbors while paying only casual attention to the grill. Among the lessons summer has taught us — right up there with “wear sunscreen” and “stay hydrated” — is this: Sides make the meal. Salads — slaw, tossed, tomato, potato and pasta — are stars, along with grilled vegetables, salsas and pickled anything. A Labor Day cookout gives you one more chance to go for the gold. Grilling corn is one way to get there, as is grilling sweet potatoes or summer squash.All the recipes here are from “All Fired Up: Smokin’ Hot BBQ Secrets From the South’s Best Pitmasters” by Troy Black and the editors of Southern Living. One last cheer for the summer of 2013!



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Grilled corn with spicy butter helps turn a humble backyard cookout into an end-of-summer feast. Photo courtesy Oxmoor House. Courtesy photo

grilling over medium high-heat (350 to 400 degrees). In a small bowl,stir together the oil, shallot, rosemary, salt and pepper. Using a pastry brush, slightly brush the oil mixture over both sides of each sweet potato slice. Place slices on grill, cover with grill lid, and grill for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until tender. Place sweet potatoes on Prepare a covered char- a serving platter and sprinkle coal or gas grill for direct with blue cheese. Serve. grilling on medium-high heat (350 to 400 degrees). In a small bowl,stir togeth- SWEET GRILLED er the butter, hot sauce and ZUCCHINI lime juice. Yield: 4 servings Lightly coat each ear of corn with vegetable cooking 1 tablespoon balsamic spray or a light coating of oil vinegar (use a pastry brush). Place on 1 tablespoon olive oil the grill; cover with the grill lid 1 teaspoon brown sugar and cook 15 to 20 minutes or 1 teaspoon fresh lemon until tender, turning every 5 juice minutes. Remove corn from 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt grill and brush evenly with but1/2 teaspoon minced garlic ter mixture and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon freshly salt and pepper. Serve immedi- ground black pepper ately. 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper 2 medium zucchini, cut GRILLED SWEET lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick slices POTATO PLANKS Yield: 6 servings Prepare a covered charcoal or gas grill for direct 1/3 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon minced shal- grilling over medium-high heat (350 to 400 degrees). lot In a small bowl, whisk 1 tablespoon chopped together the vinegar, oil, sugar, fresh rosemary lemon juice, salt, garlic and 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon coarsely peppers. Using a pastry brush, brush zucchini lightly with the ground black pepper 3 large sweet potatoes, mixture on both sides. Place on grill and cover peeled and cut into 1/4-inchwith grill lid. thick slices Cook for 2 minutes on 1/2 cup crumbled blue each side, or until tender. (They cheese CHIPOTLE GRILLED CORN taste best if they get a bit Yield: 8 servings Prepare a covered char- charred.) 1/2 cup unsalted butter, coal or gas grill for direct Serve immediately. melted 2 tablespoons chipotle hot sauce 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice Vegetable cooking spray or vegetable oil 8 ears fresh corn, husks removed Kosher salt and coarsely ground black pepper


and Roppongi Restaurant and Sushi Bar. At Sublime Tavern, Richardi has collaborated with both Limjoco and Sommelier Herrold to create an extensive menu of gourmet, yet approachable, dishes that celebrate local, seasonal flavors. “Collaborating with James and Chuck on this menu has been a rewarding creative experience, allowing me to be innovative while still developing dishes that are both approachable and palatable,” Richardi said. “Sublime Tavern is a way for me to take all of my experiences, from the kitchen to the front of the house, and combine them into a cuisine that reflects my culinary adventures over the years.” Under the direction of Limjoco, Richardi is enjoying the opportunity to run a kitchen and continues to perfect his many culinary skills. When he is not cooking, you can find him surfing the many local spots where he resides in Leucadia. OK, so back to those recent meals they paired so expertly with wine and beer. Our first courses were: Grass Fed Beef Tips with caramelized sweet onions, mushrooms, blue cheese in a red wine sauce paired with Pallus Chinon Loire Valley Cabernet Franc and a Rip Current Stringer Scottish Ale. That, with an Ahi Poke TostadaSashimi grade tuna, Napa cabbage slaw, and sriracha crème paired with a Menetou Salon Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc and an Iron Fist Hired Hand. We were off to a great start. Next up was a salad sampling featuring their Strawberry Spinach Salad,

Watermelon and wild Arugala salad, Cobb Wedge, and Del Mar grilled Caesar with grilled anchovies. There was a lot going on with all these salads but Herrold came through again pairing a Chalone Estate Chardonnay and a Great Divide Heyday. A pizza came out next, and not just any pizza. It was their “Getting Figgy With It” pizza that included figs, prosciutto, parmesan, and a balsamic glaze. Herrold’s pairing of the Foxen Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir and Port Brewing Wipeout was spot on. I will back specifically for that pizza and pinot noir combo. I requested the Wild Boar Bolognese Fettuccini and Herrold came through on-the-spot with a Neyers Evangelho Contra Costa County Mourvedre. I know nothing about that wine but it sure worked well. Chef Richardi’s favorite dish is the Duroc Pan Roasted Pork Chop with pork shoulder and potato hash and caramelized apple confit creamy whole grain mustard sauce. The Renwood Amador County Zinfandel

was a big wine to go with a hearty dish and the beer pairing was Dogfish Head Theobroma. You can even bring your vegan friends to Sublime. Just point them in the direction of the Coastal Vegan Bounty with corn and ginger quinoa, lemongrass coconut sauce, wild mushrooms and mixed beets. The Schramsberg Mirabelle Rose Sparkling was a refreshing bubbly to end the evening with because there was no room for dessert after this feast. Sublime Tavern is located at 3790 Via de la Valle, suite 301, in Del Mar right across from the polo fields and a perfect location to watch the hot air balloons. Find them on Facebook at facebook.com/SublimeTave rn or call (858) 259-9100.

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