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SEPT. 6, 2013

Symposium explores innovation’s effect on the economy By Dave Schwab

FIRE! Over the Labor Day weekend, visitors were treated to tall ships and mock maritime battles during the Festival of Sail on San Diego’s waterfront. Above: San Diego resident Charles Eichel fires the shore battery cannon during a mock battle with the Spirit of Dana Point tall ship on Saturday. Turn to Page B2 for more photos. Photo by Daniel Knighton

School Board talks over plans for new year By Paige Nelson

RANCHO SANTA FE — While kids are cherishing their last days of summer, administrators of the Rancho Santa Fe School District are busy preparing for the upcoming school year, beginning Aug. 26. The Rancho Santa Fe Board of Trustees met on Thursday to discuss changes to the 2013-14 curriculum and welcome some new hires to the district. RSF School District Superintendent Lindy Delaney said current enrollment at R. Roger Rowe is 695, up 22 students from last year with 10 registration packets awaiting submission. Delaney said class sizes will be between 15-17 students, with some grades at 18 — small enough to eliminate combination classes. “We’re very fortunate to be in this position,” Delaney said. “We have to make sure we appreciate that having 20 students or less per class is a great place to be.” Following several resignations and a retirement

LA JOLLA — If America is to remain competitive in science and technological innovation, Congress needs to be more supportive and entrepreneurs need to risk investing in the nation’s economic future. That was the message delivered at an Innovation Economy Symposium sponsored by U.S. Rep. Scott Peters and hosted at UC San Diego, which featured panelists representing local business and industry. “As a country, it is imperative that we adequately fund scientific research,” said Rep. Peters (D-52) after the Symposium. “San Diego is a growing center for innovation and technology that can set an example for how business, universities and government can work collaboratively to create an atmosphere for growth.” Held at the university’s Great Hall in front of a capacity crowd of more than 250 attendees, the symposium was hosted by UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla. The keynote speaker was Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer from Maryland and panelists included Mark Cafferty, president/CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation; Jerry Sanders, former San Diego mayor and president/CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce; John Dunn, mem-

ber of the board of directors at CONNECT; Magda Marquet,chair of the board of directors at BIOCOM; and Holly Smithson, president/COO at CleanTECH San Diego. In opening remarks, Khosla said federal budget sequestration that went into effect earlier this year are “an impediment to the progress we were making” in funding research and development in the innovation economy. Innovation economics is a growing doctrine that technology, entrepreneurship and innovation are pivotal, and that the goal of economic policy should be to spur higher productivity through greater innovation. Khosla noted that the post-World War II economic boom was both educationand technology-driven, as more people went to school with the G.I. Bill, and Congress actively supported technological investment, spurring economic growth and research and development at universities. “In the last 60 years, we’ve slowly forgotten what happened with that investment,” said the chancellor. “The payoff for that investment has been priceless,” said Hoyer, the secondranking Democrat in the House of Representatives. “We need to continue to invest in our scientists, our TURN TO SYMPOSIUM ON A15

Sprinklers douse fire at Morgan Run club The Rancho Santa Fe Board of Trustees met on Thursday at the district office to discuss plans for the upcoming school year, starting Aug. 26. In addition to hiring six new staff members, the district laid out plans to implement the statewide Common Core Standards into the curriculum. Photo by Paige Nelson

notice at the end of the 2012-13 school year, the board unanimously approved to hire five new teachers and one lunch duty aide. Among the new hires are an advanced math teacher for grades third through fifth and an extra


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literacy support teacher to help the district transition into the new curriculum. Delaney said the district has spent more than it initially budgeted for in May, but property taxes came in higher than anticipated and will bring in more revenue.

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“I feel like we’ve spent a lot of money so far this year,” Delaney said, “but it’s important.” Delaney said this year the district will be rolling out its Common Core math in grades K-5, with plans to implement the new standards in grades 6 to 8 next year. As part of a revised budget plan released earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed to direct $1 billion to statewide K-12 schools and community colleges to help implement the CommonCore State Standards. In March 2012, California joined 45 other states in adopting the stanTURN TO SCHOOL BOARD ON A13

By Jared Whitlock

RANCHO SANTA FE — On Monday just after 8 p.m., 14 firefighters from the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department responded to a call of a commercial structure fire at the Morgan Run Golf Club. After arriving on the scene,firefighters ensured the clubhouse was evacuated and then located the fire in the attic, which had been extinguished by two activated sprinkler heads. Crews shut down the sprinkler system, ventilated smoke from the building and then worked to remove water from the building’s interior. Julie Taber, the department’s public information officer, said it appears to be have been an electrical fire. “No foul play is suspected at this time,”Taber said. A wedding party was in

progress when the fire started. The wedding party was relocated to an exterior patio once it was determined the fire was extinguished. “Fire damage was minimal, but the water damage was fairly extensive,” said Battalion Chief Fred Cox. “However, without fire sprinklers this could have been a major fire. The fire was well established before sprinkler activation, and without them, it would have easily spread unchecked through a very large and open attic space before being detected.” At this time, the total dollar loss is undetermined, but could exceed $10,000. Crews remained on scene for about two and a half hours performing salvage and overhaul work. Del Mar and Solana Beach Fire Departments assisted on the call. No injuries were reported.


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SEPT. 6, 2013

South Cedros improvement plans move ahead By Bianca Kaplanek

A stained-glass window that will be installed on the new chapel at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church fulfills a city requirement that large developments include public artwork. Courtesy rendering

Church to get $15K refund for meeting art requirement By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — A nearly two-story tall stained-glass window to be installed on one of two new buildings on the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church campus satisfies a city policy that requires large developments to include public art. That decision, made with a unanimous vote at the Aug. 28 council meeting, will result in a $15,000 public art fee refund to the church once the piece is installed and final occupancy for the building has been granted. The stained-glass will be located on the northwest corner of the new chapel building and visible from the intersection of Lomas Santa Fe Drive and Stevens Avenue. It was created by two father-and-son teams — architects Lew and Jon Dominy of Domus Studio and Charly and Dominic Engles of DomCat Studios Inc. — to imitate a sunset over the ocean. Kathryn Conniff, from the project management team at Horine Group, said the piece is valued at more than $15,000.

Council adopted a master art policy in September 2007 that requires private development projects valued at $500,000 or more to pay a public art fee of .5 percent of the total building valuation. Solana Beach Presbyterian received approval last year to replace two buildings on the property at 120 Stevens Ave. The church paid the required $15,000 art fee before the building permit was issued this past March. Applicants can be refunded the fee if they incorporate art into a project or acquire councilapproved art that would be placed by the city in a designated location. Proposals for public art must be submitted to the Public Arts Advisory Commission and made available for public review. During the 45-day review period that began Jan. 10, only one comment was received from a resident who wanted to know who the artist would be. The project is expected to be completed by this Christmas.

SOLANA BEACH — Plans to make South Cedros Avenue more pedestrian friendly moved a step forward at the Aug. 28 meeting after City Council members awarded the construction contract to the lowest of four bidders for the job. PAL General Engineering estimates it will spend $78,515 for improvements in several areas along the corridor. With a 15 percent contingency and $4,000 for an inspection, the total project cost is estimated at $81,700. The South Cedros Property Owners Association, which initially requested the city consider the traffic calming and streetscape project in August 2011, agreed to fund half of all work within the district. The group will also pay for construction and maintenance of any enhanced landscaping after construction is completed. Culture Brewing is contributing $3,500 to the project. The city will pay 100 percent of one portion of the project that will convert striped areas to raised curbs at the intersection of South Cedros and Via de la Valle, bringing its portion to $54,400. Because only $48,000 was budgeted, TransNet funds from the Highland Drive project will be transferred to make up for the shortfall. Curb pop-outs will be built at the northeast corner of South Cedros and Rosa Street. On the northwest corner, a raised walkway will be added. Both improvements will make it easier for pedestrians to cross at that

Construction on a project that will make South Cedros Avenue, including this intersection with Rosa Street, more pedestrian friendly, is slated to begin next month and be completed just before Thanksgiving. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

three-way intersection.The district plans to add landscape planters later. The midblock speed hump near 312 S. Cedros will be replaced with a raised pedestrian crosswalk similar to the one in front of the Belly Up Tavern. Plans also call to extend the curb at 111 S. Cedros to make the sidewalk wider. A planter and bike racks will be added. Raised curb planters will replace the painted parking isles at four locations. A representative from Bike Walk Solana asked council in April to consider adding shared bike lanes, known as sharrows.

Mo Sammak, city engineer, said the recommendation was to wait until the circulation element of the ongoing general plan update was adopted. “Then you will know exactly where bike lanes are and then you will appropriately address them at that time,” Sammak said.“So in our opinion it’s a little bit too early to address the sharrow at this point as part of this project.” Council members disagreed. Mayor Mike Nichols said the designation was included in the recent Coast Highway 101 project without the circulation plan. “We know that there’s going to be TURN TO CEDROS ON A15

CBAD school board to re-vote on law firm contract By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — The Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees will be re-voting on, and potentially curtailing, the district’s contract with a law firm after it had hired one of the board members shortly after the original vote. CUSD Trustee Kelli Moors voted on July 24 to extend the district’s $100,000 contract with the San Marcos education law firm Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost into the 2013-14 school year. In addition to its contracts with other law firms, CUSD has contracted with Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost since 2006 to primarily work on special education as well as labor and employment matters. Meeting minute records show that board members, including Moors, voted unanimously to approve the firm’s contract with the district as a consent item each year from 2010 to 2012. Moors announced on Aug. 5, less than two weeks after her vote, that she would be retiring from the board mid-term after

accepting a position with the firm to avoid a conflict of interest. She had served on the board for more than 12 years. She attended her last board meeting on Aug. 14 and her retirement is scheduled to take effect Sept. 2. Neither Moors nor the law firm have disclosed when they began negotiations over the position, so it remains unknown whether Moors was in pursuit of the job at the time of her July vote. CUSD Board President Elisa Williamson announced via a district press release on Aug. 23 that the board would be revoting on Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost’s contract to “obviate any questions about the validity of the Board’s ultimate vote under the law,” due to Moors’ hiring. The re-vote will occur at the board’s next meeting Sept. 11. She also said in the statement that she would be recommending to the rest of the board that the district “limit its use of the services of Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost” at the meeting as well.

Williamson explained that she initially decided to recommend cutting back on the firm’s contract once she learned of Moors’ new position and retirement from the board in early August. She said that her recommendation stemmed from a desire to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest between the district and the firm moving forward. She said that she would not be recommending a complete elimination of the district’s contract with the firm because she does not want to jeopardize the cases that the firm is currently working on, nor burden the district with the cost of starting over on these cases by transferring them to another law firm. She said that she decided not to present her recommendation at the Aug. 14 board meeting because Moors was present. “It didn’t seem appropriate to me to be talking about (cutting back on the firm’s contract) with her next to me,” she said. “It would be more difficult to have a candid conversation.” However, the district

was unmindful of Moors’ vote on the firm’s contract on July 24 until the issue was publicized in an Aug. 22 newspaper article in the UT San Diego, according to Williamson and CUSD Superintendent Suzette Lovely. Both Williamson and Lovely said that they do not know when Moors started pursuing the position at Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost, and were unaware of any dealings between Moors and the firm at the time of the July 24 vote. “Was she in contract negotiations at the time of the July vote? And that, I have no idea,” said Lovely. Williamson said that even without Moors’ vote, the contract still would have passed unanimously. But in spite of the uncertainty of the timeframe of Moors’ negotiations with the firm, Williamson said about the July vote, “In hindsight, I think it would have been better if (Moors) had abstained.” She and Lovely agreed for the board to revote on the firm’s contract in light TURN TO CONTRACT ON A15



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Musk’s hyper-rail: Escape from old technology? By Thomas D. Elias


School is back in session

If you are a parent of a Kindergarten through 12th grade student in Oceanside, you know that school started earlier this year than ever before. Last year, the first day of school was Aug. 23. This year it was bumped up to Aug. 20. As I remember attending the now defunct North Oceanside Elementary and then South Oceanside Elementary, it seemed like school started in the middle of September. Times have changed. We also used to get Feb. 12 off for Lincoln’s birthday. It seems cruel to make local kids attend school during August and September, which happens to have the best weather of the year, just so they can be out of school in June, which is arguably the worst month for weather. Also new this year, on Thanksgiving week, Monday and Tuesday will be school days, and vacation starts on Wednesday. Last year they took the whole week off. The reason for starting so early this year is so that the first semester will be wrapped up before Christmas vacation. When students and teachers return in January, it will be the first day of the new semester. But there is a lot of other news out there in our sprawling Oceanside Unified School District. Back in 2008 voters passed

Proposition H, the $195 million bond issue that was to pay for a complete renovation of seven OUSD schools. Mission accomplished. OUSD boasts that the project was completed on time and under budget. All schools were totally rebuilt, with new plumbing, heating, technical infrastructure in the classrooms. Libraries, playgrounds and parking lots were also upgraded. The results are brand new campuses of Lincoln Middle School and six elementary schools (Del Rio, Libby, Santa Margarita, North Terrace, Palmquist and Mission). A grand reopening ribbon cutting is planned for Palmquist, 10 a.m. Sept. 6. Just as we have to adjust to the idea of starting school a month earlier than we used to, we must also divest ourselves of other long held traditions like the traditional K through 6 concept. OUSD operates three elementary schools that are actually on Camp Pendleton. (The federal government pays OUSD for each military dependent it educates.) Those three schools, Stuart Mesa, Santa Margarita and North Terrace, used to be grades K through 5. Last year the three started hosting sixth graders. This year the trio has become K through 7 and next year, all three will host nine different grades: K through 8th grade. The idea is to

keep USMC kids on base as long as possible. But wait, there’s more! Due to neighborhood gentrification (old people stay, young families don’t move in), Ditmar Elementary stopped operating as a full service neighborhood school five years ago. The kids simply weren’t there. For the last few years Ditmar has been hosting bussed-in students from some of those schools while they were getting remodeled. But what to do with this campus now that all seven schools are remodeled? This year, the school will house offices for the administrative staff of the Migrant Education and Adult Education wings of OUSD. No actual teaching will be happening at Ditmar this year. But next year could get interesting. OUSD Superintendent Larry Perondi sees the future of Ditmar as a “specialty” K-8 school, where there would be an emphasis on a specialty like arts, humanities or technology. In other words like the Guajome Park Academy in Vista. But unlike Guajome, Ditmar will not be a charter school operated by a for-profit entity. So while the new Ditmar may walk and talk like a charter school, it TURN TO OCEANSIDE ON A15

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There has long been a suspicion that the $68 billion plan to build a 432-mile high speed rail system between Los Angeles and San Francisco was too little, too late. Essentially, some say, it could be the last hurrah for an outdated technology. “Bullet trains are obsolete, at the end phase of their development,” Rick Canine, an executive of Federal Maglev Inc., claimed in an interview two years ago. His company said it could build a magnetic levitation rail line with a top speed of 300 mph (to the bullet train’s 220 mph), similar to maglev lines already running in Japan and China. Maglev trains run on concrete beds with embedded magnets that repulse other magnets mounted on skis beneath lightweight aluminum passenger cars. Maglev drew no response at all from the California High Speed Rail Authority. Now comes Elon Musk, immigrant from South Africa, co-founder of PayPal (later sold to eBay), chairman of the San Francisco Bay area’s Tesla Motors and boss of SpaceX, the suburban Los Angeles company that has changed the resupply of the International Space Station. Musk agrees that bullet train technology is outmoded and would like to see that project aborted before much money is spent on it. He doesn’t endorse maglev, though he probably wouldn’t object. Rather, he suggests a completely new form of transport, essentially the use of a pneumatic tube to whip passenger capsules from place to place at hyperspeeds of almost 800 mph, right around the speed of sound. Hyperloop, he called his plan, which he insisted in a 57page report (teslamotors.com/blog/hyperloop) would cost just a fraction of the bullet train’s projected expense. Anyone who worked in an old newspaper office should be least somewhat familiar with the technology: editors would stick capsules filled with typed copy into a pressurized tube for virtually instant delivery to a pressroom. Some banks still use similar methods for moving paper. The hyperloop would use far larger tubes for passenger capsules. Because the distance covered would be hundreds of miles, not dozens of yards, delivery would take a little longer: about 40 minutes to move passengers from city to city. Yes, there could be overheating problems, as critics have noted, but Musk is also the fellow whose engineers conquered the problem of short range electric car batteries and gets stuff into space at far lower cost than space shuttles ever did. Then there’s the route he chose: Musk would use 20-foot pylons along Interstate 5 and

Interstate 580 medians, the shortest driving distance between San Francisco and Los Angeles. No intermediate stations for political reasons in cities like Bakersfield, Fresno and Merced, as now planned for high speed rail. Some have previously urged this much cheaper, swifter route, where the state already owns much of the right-of-way, upon the bullet train but officials never so much as acknowledged those suggestions were made. So this plan makes some rudimentary sense, especially if the technology turns out to be more efficient than bullet trains. Musk would have to resolve potential safety problems — what if passenger capsules traveling at ultra-high speeds were to collide? Bullet train authority chairman Dan Richard, in a statement, allowed that, “New technology ideas are always worth consideration.” But he tried to toss cold water on Musk, adding that “If and when Mr. Musk pursues his Hyperloop…we’ll be happy to share our experience about what it really takes to build a project in California, across seismic zones, minimizing impact on farms, businesses and communities and protecting sensitive environmental areas and species.” It’s also true that the Hyperloop would not move quite as many passengers as the bullet train says it will, with a capacity of 840 miles per hour. So this proposal is in its infant phase at best, with many details yet to be worked out and the prospect of going forward only if the bullet train should be derailed by its persistent foes. Which means no one yet knows whether this plan will join other big California ideas that never became reality even though they had some merit, like moving icebergs here from Antarctica during dry years to solve water shortages or using waves outside river mouths to generate electricity.

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

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SEPT. 6, 2013

Baby Boomer generation embraces each moment Reward offered in

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Generation that grew up in the era of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll turning 65 at a rate of 8,000 per day By Lillian Cox

REGION — The Baby Boom generation that lived by the words, “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll” and “don’t trust anyone over 30” today is turning 65 at a rate of 8,000 per day. Kathleen Brooks of Cardiff was relieved when she finally became eligible for Medicare three years ago. “Before Medicare, I was paying close to $500 per month for insurance and had an annual deductible of $3,500,” she explained. “I couldn’t even go to the doctor unless I paid for it. With Medicare, and my supplemental and prescription insurance, I pay $281 per month and don’t have to worry about whether or not I’ll be covered.” In the early 1980s, before personal computers, Brooks had a flourishing business as the Cardiff Typist on Newcastle Avenue. “I’m the type of person who still finds errors on cereal boxes, and in books, and it drives me crazy,” she said. Brooks continues to work part-time but enjoys a more leisurely life that includes the New York Times crossword puzzle and Sudoku. Despite confronting cancer multiple times Brooks, 68, says she still looks forward to each day. “I tell people that I’ve had a very hard life, but a very good life,” she said. “I have always been a person who loves life — music, people, animals, birds, flowers and the ocean. I’ve lied about my weight, but never my age. I think how lucky we are to be here. No matter how old, life is a gift.” Dennis Larison of Oceanside embraced the ‘60s growing up in Los Angeles. “I was musician and played drums and blues harmonica in typical garage band,” he recalled. “I used to hang at Sunset Strip when I was 17 and 18 years old — Roxy, Pandora’s Box and Whiskey a Go Go — and having a ball. I was right there. Peace and love at Griffith Park — that was an interesting time.” Now 64, he describes how today “the cargo has shifted and the hard top has become a convertible.” “I’ve been self-employed since I was 19 and there have only been two instances where I’ve worked for someone else,” he said. “I’m a

believer that the term ‘retirement’ means you are no longer working for the people you hate. In my mind, in retirement you are doing what you love. I have always been in a position doing what I love — some times more than others. Retirement is a state of mind.” Larison has survived the highs and lows of the economy as an entrepreneur by drawing on a broad range of skills. He expects to continue doing what he loves till the end. “We live in a pretty remarkable part of the world,” he said. “I have friends who travel and say, ‘I’m going to the beach in Hawaii or Mexico.’ I say, ‘That’s fine, but I’m already here.’” New Jersey native Debbie Elster became Bruce Springsteen’s biggest fan after a friend convinced her to attend his Born to Run concert in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Sept. 23, 1975. Springsteen came into the audience and sat on the arm of her chair while performing. “From then on it was nothing but Bruce,” she recalled. She met Alan Elster in 1973 in Ann Arbor helping a mutual friend move. When she decided to relocate to sunny San Diego in 1979, a guy she was dating suggested she look up his best friend who, coincidentally, was Alan. He had moved to San Diego in 1976. She called Alan after arriving and a romance blossomed. Before progressing to marriage Debbie told him, “I need to know that you love Bruce.” It was important to her that he just didn’t “like” Bruce. The fateful event occurred at the Point Blank Concert in early 1980. “I watched Alan — and it happened,” she remembered. They married in 1983, and continue to travel the nation watching Springsteen perform in venues from Boston to Los Angeles. Sometimes, while Alan pet sits, Debbie goes alone enjoying an unobstructed view of Springsteen standing in the pit, the area directly in front of the stage. “My mother wants to know when I’m going to grow up and stop seeing Bruce,” she said. “Until I can no longer stand on my feet I will be in the pit.”

Debbie, 64, and Alan Elster, 68, run their video recording business titled “Pointe Blanc” which was inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s fateful Point Blank concert where Debbie realized that Alan had come to “love” Springsteen as much as she. The path was cleared for marriage. Photo by Lillian Cox

“I was stupid at 20, a little less stupid at 40 and became intelligent by 60,” said Dennis Larison, 64, who is a lifelong entrepreneur with no plans to stop working. “In my mind, in retirement you are doing what you love.” Courtesy photo

RANCHO SANTA FE — Animal welfare workers worldwide are no strangers to the tragic abuse suffered by innocent animals at the hands of cruel individuals, but the latest fuzzy resident at Helen Woodward Animal Center has even the most stoic staffers shaking their heads in disbelief. A spaniel-blend puppy named Pongo is recovering from a recent past of abandonment, malnourishment and extraordinary mutilation. Thrown into a dumpster with his three canine siblings, Pongo was left for dead with his ears cut off. The little puppy, who meekly exposes his belly to anyone willing to provide some kindness, has so touched the members of Helen Woodward Animal Center’s staff and Board that a $5,000 reward is being offered to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest of the person who mutilated the pup. Lizbeth Luna, a Helen Woodward Animal Center transfer partner who works primarily with Animal Advocates of the United States, said “I have worked in animal rescue for over seven years and I don’t remember ever seeing a case like this one.” In May this year, the four puppies were discovered in Chula Vista, when a friend of Luna’s heard cries coming from a nearby dumpster. Within the dumpster was a closed box holding the mutilated puppies, no more than 5 weeks old. Over the last 3 months, all four puppies have been provided veterinary and foster care but only Pongo has passed medical approval to begin his search for a forever home. It is hoped that the remaining

puppies will continue their healing and become available for adoption in the weeks ahead. Luna explained that the puppies may have been the product of inexperienced breeders who thought the ear removal – called “cropping” – would make the puppies cuter and thus, more valuable. Cropping is a practice some professional breeders still employ to certain canine breeds such as boxers and terrier-types but it is rarely, if ever, seen on spaniels. Luna suspects that once the procedure was crudely done, the offending individuals realized their mistake and simply threw the puppies away. “We are looking for a compassionate adopter with a loving heart who can demonstrate how kind human beings can be,” said Helen Woodward Animal Center President Mike Arms. “There is a better world out there for this sweet puppy and we can’t wait for him to experience it.” In the meantime, Helen Woodward Animal Center requests that anyone with information on the individuals responsible for this mutilation contact the Vice President of Operations Rita Truderung at ritat@animalcenter.org or by phone at (858) 756-4117, ext. 303. The tip that leads to the arrest of this individual will receive a $5,000 reward. Pongo is currently available for adoption and does not require medication or specialized care. For more information on Pongo, contact the Adoptions Department at: (858) 756-4117 ext. 1, visit animalcenter.org or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.


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Man finishes cross-country fundraising walk in Oceanside By Jared Whitlock

OCEANSIDE — Courtnay Midkiff dodged rattlesnakes on scorching desert roads. He trudged through the snow and was battered by rain that blew sideways in powerful winds. Through it all, he kept heading west on foot. Midkiff began his 3,000-mile journey across the nation on March 1 in Virginia Beach,Va. On Sunday, he finished the trip in Oceanside — on his 24th birthday. “A lot of people I’ve just met are in disbelief when I tell them I’m doing this,” Midkiff said over the phone while walking along a highway in Temecula earlier this week. He and a few buddies dreamed up the cross-country trip to satisfy a serious case of wanderlust about a year and a half ago. His friends, however, dropped out. But the trip took a personal turn — he realized a walk across the nation represented a chance to raise money and awareness for Fabry disease. Midkiff, as well as his mom and brother, have the disease, a rare genetic disorder. For Midkiff, the disease means chronic pain in his fingers and toes. Plus, he overheats easily. For others, Fabry can lead to life-threatening complications like strokes, which his brother experienced last year. So far, he’s generated

$11,100 for the National Fabry Disease Foundation. And he has another major motive: to prove that those with Fabry can do whatever they set their minds to. At times, the trek demanded superhuman levels of endurance. In Texas, Midkiff suffered from a nasty fever and fatigue. To make matters worse, the temperature soared to 108 degrees one day, amplifying his Fabry symptoms. In tears, he considered catching a flight home. “When you’re sick, you just want to lay down in your bed and get a cold drink out of the fridge,” Midkiff said over the sound of cars passing by. “And pretty much my only option was laying down in a hot tent, drinking the warm water I had with me.” But Midkiff, who amassed an online following by documenting his entire trip on his blog (fabryswalkabout.tumblr.com ), remembered words of encouragement from people all over the world. “I had people tell me their 9-year-old son has Fabry disease, and I’m an inspiration to them,” said Midkiff, who lives in Richmond,Va. “Going home would be the opposite of what I set out to prove,” he added. A recent 110-mile stretch without any signs of civilization from Parker, Ariz. to 29 Palms, Calif. made up another trying leg of the journey. Temperatures hovered around 115 degrees in the

Courtnay Midkiff, left, celebrates the finish of his cross-country walk with his dad Bill by jumping into the water in Oceanside on Sunday. On March 1, Courtnay started his journey in Virginia Beach, Va. by dipping into the Atlantic Ocean. He embarked across the nation on foot to raise money for Fabry disease. Photo by Jared Whitlock

afternoons, leaving relatively cooler nights the only suitable time for walking. During the day, he curled up next to shrubs to take advantage of small patches of shade. As the sun circled the sky, he inched around to stay in the shadow. Luckily, an electric lineman working in the area, who Midkiff met beforehand, drove by to deliver cold water throughout his five days in the

desert. Still, dehydration remained a concern, along with snakes and scorpions. “The desert is a place where a person should not be,” Midkiff said. “Everything is out to get you, from the sun to the cacti and the animals.” While the weather was harsh at times, Midkiff said the people were anything but. He camped many of the nights, and new acquaintances across the country let him stay for a day or two here and there. “You watch the news, you see the Boston bombing — all this terrible stuff,” Midkiff said. “Then people who you just met say stuff like ‘hey, you look like you could use a shower.’ And they invite you to their homes to stay in their extra room and treat you like family.” Of those he connected with, one person really sticks out in his mind. In Knoxville, Tenn. he bonded with an elderly man who also has the disease. Midkiff later learned the man was considering stopping treatment due to losing hope. But he changed his mind after hearing Midkiff’s tale. “At the beginning of the trip, I’d never even heard his

name, but now I have a friend for life.” Widespread recognition greeted him in some communities. For example, several weeks back, the Arizona Diamondbacks honored Midkiff during a pre-game ceremony on the field. Midkiff previously traveled the country as a drummer in the hardcore band (a style that’s a cross between punk and metal) Terror. During the walk, though, he picked up on details and people that he would have otherwise missed in a car, he believes. Midkiff stumbled upon a gorgeous waterfall in Ozone, Tenn. Getting to know the friendly people in Indian reservations in New Mexico was also particularly memorable. Before the journey, he gained a few sponsors to cover some of the expenses. Yet much of the trip was self-funded. He saved money over the years working various jobs. And he sold his car right before leaving. Equipped with a stroller rigged to carry his tent, sleeping bag, clothes and a solar

panel for charging his phone, Midkiff walked 25 to 30 miles per day on average. At times, he got lonely. Yet he often called friends and family “to stop myself from freaking out.” Even though his cell phone got plenty of use, he had a lot of time for introspection “I love being in a group,” Midkiff said. “I don’t mind being alone at the same time to listen to music and sort through my thoughts.” Midkiff noted he’s “always bounced off the walls” and had “plenty of weird and crazy ideas.” So his family was skeptical, and rightfully so he said, when he first announced his plans for the trek. They joined him, as well as friends when he completed his journey. “I’m just excited to get there and be with people who mean a lot,” he said. “I hope I inspire more people to donate to cure Fabry,” he added. Donations can be made through his Tumblr website; 100 percent of the funds go to National Fabry Disease Foundation.


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LAGOON LEARNING Del Mar/Solana Beach Rotary Club President Steve Weitzen and other members get a special tour of Agua Hedionda Lagoon by its foundation’s Executive Director Lisa Cannon-Rodman, who is also president of Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary, and a chance to meet Lovable Lincoln, the Australian bearded dragon and present a certificate to document the gift of a school desk to a Malawi, Africa school for orphans. Courtesy photo

Swing & Soiree to help local organizations RANCHO SANTA FE — The community is invited to get tickets now for The Lucky Duck Foundation’s Swing & Soiree event Sept. 30 with celebrity emcees Bill Walton and Peter Jacobsen as well as the return of the popular boutique shopping area. The Swing & Soiree at the Santaluz Club will include a shotgun shamble golf tournament, followed by an evening reception featuring a full bar, heavy appetizers and live and silent auctions. Some of this year’s hot ticket items include a trip on a private jet, Super Bowl tickets and a signed Modern Family poster. Last year, the Lucky Duck Foundation donated a total of $600,000 to local and national charities, with Pat and Stephanie Kilkenny’s matching donation. The Challenged Athletes Foundation used last year’s donation from the Lucky Duck Foundation to fund adaptive sports equipment including hand cycles, sports wheelchairs and running prosthetics. Thanks to the donation athletes like 12-year-old Isaac, who was born without fibulas in both legs, has new running legs and is able to live life to the fullest. The Helen Woodward Animal Center says the donation it received from the Lucky Duck Foundation has helped fund the popular Pet Encounter Therapy program, where animals are taken to

visit inpatient facilities. “We regularly find that many clients can connect with animals in a way that they are unable to with people. Whether it is an abused child who is too afraid to talk about their experiences with an adult, or a mother constantly worried and being stuck in a hospital bed due to a high risk pregnancy,” said Renee Resko, vice president of Development with the Helen Woodward Animal Center. This year’s Swing & Soiree will benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center, the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Father Joe’s Villages and the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund. Guests will be able to shop at Chic Mommy, Chris Bolton Jewelry, Dahlia Traveling Boutique, and Peace & Love, which will set up shop at the event. The Challenged Athletes Foundation is a world leader in helping individuals with physical challenges get involved — and stay involved — in sports. Whether it’s a $2,500 grant for a handcycle, helping underwrite a carbon fiber running foot not covered by insurance, or arranging enthusiastic encouragement from a mentor who has triumphed over a similar challenge, CAF’s mission is clear: give those with the desire to live active, athletic lifestyles every opportunity to compete in the sports they love. To learn more, go to challengedathletes.org.


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When Zin wine lovers gather, it’s time to party. The annual (ZAP) Zinfandel Advocates and Producers convention in San Francisco, shown here, is the largest of its kind on the West Coast. Photo by Wayde Carroll.

Zinfandel wines are ‘Zinfully’ delicious FRANK MANGIO

Taste of Wine Jammy, big fruited and pressing all the right buttons for wine lovers, Zinfandel is grown just about everywhere in California. At one time, it was the most widely planted grape in this state. As much fun as Zin is, it has a historic and traditional side to it. Old Vine Zin, gnarly, twisted vines that have been producing Zinfandel grapes for more than 40 years, some well over 100 years, make wines of amazing richness and depth. They are found mostly in the hills of Sonoma and Napa, where immigrant Italians and Croatians planted them when they settled in from their old world former countries. Although many still consider Zinfandel as “California’s grape,” DNA testing has focused on the link to the Italian grape Primitivo, with

an original relationship to the Croation grape Plavac Mali. The best case for the Croatian connection comes from my friend and worldfamous winemaker from Croatia, Mike Grgich of Grgich Hills in Napa Valley. “My family owned a small vineyard and winery in Croatia where I was born. It was my duty to take care of the vineyard. One of the grape varietals was Plavac Mali. When I came to the Napa Valley in 1959, they had Zinfandel grapes and I remember seeing these grapes and feeling like I had come home to the same grape vines from Croatia. In later years I brought Zinfandel samples to Croatia and researched studies that linked Zinfandel, Primitivo and Plavac Mali.” Joel Peterson is the leading Zinfandel winemaker of Ravenswood since 1976 and helped found the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP). He has come from producing 327 cases of Zinfandel to producing about 800,000

cases of red wine annually, working with over 100 growers that provide grapes for Ravenswood. He has been involved in a clonal study of the heritage of the grape to save the legacy of the ancient vines. He wanted respect for Zinfandel on the same level as that of Cabernet, which was displacing Zin. “Zinfandel is California’s unique varietal. But we don’t have a solid history of its evolution in California. We now know that age makes a big difference in the mature flavor of Zin. We are improving the root stock in such a way that we keep getting more flavorful wine.” ZAP recently put together a road show in San Diego, presenting their members at the Bristol Hotel. Some previously profiled Zins were there, including: Opolo of Paso Robles with its Mountain Zinfandel ($22) and Carole Shelton of Sonoma and its Wild Thing Old Vine Zin ($19). I was introduced to the wines of Linda Neal of Mellowood Vineyard in the Sierra

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The joy of cooking with Le Creuset DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate I’m not really much of a mall kind of guy, but if it’s outdoors and includes a Le Creuset store, I’m more than OK with the experience. Both of those conditions exist at the Carlsbad Premium Outlets, which has some fine places to eat and shop and has one of my favorite stores in Le Creuset. Le Creuset is a French cookware manufacturer best known for its colorful enameled cast iron French ovens, also known as casseroles or Dutch ovens.The company also makes many other types of premium cookware and is a must have for the serious chef or the foodie who desires the highest quality cookware in their kitchen. I can honestly say that if I were forced to live with one pan to use for all my cooking needs, I would not hesitate to select their 4.5 quart French Oven in red. I’ve had this pan for three years now and it never leaves my stovetop because I use it so much and it’s just a great pan to look at. It’s the most versatile piece of cookware I’ve ever owned. It’s a favorite of mine for risotto, soup, braised meat, chili, coq a vin, braised artichokes and poaching fish to name a few ways I’ve used it. Of course, there is a full line of Le Creuset products and I’ve been finding more and more of them in my kitchen lately. Their ever-expanding line includes casseroles, stoneware gratins that are great for individual servings, a very cool

bean pot, and the mini round cocotte is a functional charmer. Keeping an eye on tradition and authenticity has been Le Creuset's guiding principle yet their innovative designs and exceptional quality ensure that they remain relevant today. Part of the appeal to me is that tradition and timeless design and functionality. The company began in 1925 when Armand Desaegher, a casting specialist, and Octave Aubecq, an enameling expert, recognized an opportunity to improve the versatility of cast iron cookware by coating it in a porcelain enamel glaze. Le Creuset was founded in the French town of Fresnoy-leGrand, a strategic location at the crossroads of transportation routes for iron, coke and sand. That same year, the first cocotte (or French oven) was produced, laying the foundation for what is now a wide assortment of cookware and kitchen utensils. The Le Creuset signature color, Flame (orange) was in this first piece. With their new ability to pigment the enamel glaze, Desaegher and Aubecq modeled their first color after the intense orange hue of molten cast iron inside a cauldron (“creuset”in French).It’s a very cool shade of orange. Over the years, they have continually improved on their cast iron. In 1939, they launched the patented Doufeu, an oven containing the world's first patented basting spikes that allow condensation to drip back into the food during cooking. In 1957, Le Creuset purchased a competitor, Les Hauts Fourneaux de Cousances, and began producing items such as a grill model and a fondue set. To manufacture their cast iron cookware, the Le Creuset foundry uses standard sand

casting methods. After hand finishing, items are sprayed with at least two coats of enamel. The enamel becomes resistant to damage during normal use. Currently, all Le Creuset cast iron cookware is still manufactured in the company's foundry where workers employ a 12-step finishing process implemented by 15 different pairs of hands to ensure that there are no flaws or imperfections in the final product. That is some serious quality control and if you wonder why these pans cost a little more,just take a look at the process. Carlsbad store manager Lynette Lunceford has staffed her team with employees who are passionate about the products and always eager to give suggestions on what pans will suit your individual needs. is They offer a variety of colors, from bright to muted and besides the quality, the colors offer a shelf or rack appeal that will have you wanting these pans out on display.They add a splash of tasteful colors and styles that can liven up any kitchen. Glassware, serviceware and tabletop items all in the timeless Le Creuset colors are also available. If cooking is a passion or you just value quality and style, check out the Le Creuset store at Carlsbad Premium Outlets, 5600 Paseo del Norte,Carlsbad, 92008. Reach them at (760) 931-6868 or at lecreuset.com. The store is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lick the Plate can now be heard on KPRi, 102.1 FM Monday-Friday during the 7pm hour. David Boylan is founder of Artichoke Creative and Artichoke Apparel, an Encinitas based marketing firm and clothing line. Reach him at david@artichoke-creative.com or (858) 395-6905.

It’s the breakfast of cavemen — or anyone on the popular Paleo Diet: sausage, eggs and salsa verde. Yabadabadoo! Photo by Leigh Beisch

Breakfast like a caveman MARIALISA CALTA Kiss the Cook Every good host tries to accommodate his or her guests’ food preferences and desires. You may think you’ve seen it all, as you’ve learned to cook for vegetarians, vegans and macrobiotics; for family and friends on glutenfree diets or those allergic to nuts or shellfish; or those who eat only raw food. But you might be surprised to find yourself cooking for cavemen. The popularity of the Paleo Diet (aka Paleolithic Diet, Stone Age Diet and Hunter-Gatherer Diet) has modern hosts scrambling to devise menus for the Flintstones. The Paleo Diet is based on the foods that our ancestors purportedly ate during the Paleolithic era, which ended about 10,000 years ago and preceded the development of agriculture and,

hence, of grain-based diets. The emphasis is on fish, meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, roots and nuts. Paleo dieters avoid grains, legumes, dairy products, refined sugar, refined salt, potatoes and certain processed oils. Our history has been rife with diet plans. According to a recent Health.com report, one of the first “modern” diets was popularized in the 19th century by the English poet Lord Byron, who advocated a vinegar-and-water diet. The 20th century saw the Scarsdale Diet, the Atkins Diet, the Zone Diet, the South Beach Diet, the Tapeworm Diet (don’t ask) and others. One of my favorites was the Lucky Strike Diet, a 1920s advertising campaign by the cigarette company to help weight loss with the slogan “Reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet.” Compared to some of these regimens, the Paleo plan sounds sensible. And I’m not knocking it. I’m just a home cook who has friends with caveman palates, and I’m simply looking for recipes.

Fortunately, they arrived in the form of “Paleo Cooking From Elana’s Pantry” by Elana Amsterdam, a gluten-free baker and Paleo eater and blogger (elanaspantry.com). I’ve especially enjoyed her recipes for a Paleo breakfast — hold the mastodon muffins! — of sausage, frittata and salsa verde. This protein-and-vegetable-rich trio would power anyone’s day. If Fred and Wilma come calling, I’m ready. Yabadabadoo! SALSA VERDE Yield: 1 1/2 cups 1 cup olive oil 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups) 1/2 bunch cilantro, coarsely chopped (about 3/4 cup) 2 sprigs tarragon 1 tablespoon firmly packed lemon zest 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper In





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Library will host special dog training sessions By Lillian Cox

“Moving to the Country,” a mixed media on canvas by Carlsbad artist Rosemary Valente, is currently on display at L Street Fine Art. Photo courtesy of Rosemary Valente

World traveler transforms nature into vibrant landscapes KAY COLVIN A Brush With Art The captivating paintings of Carlsbad artist Rosemary Valente leave a lasting impression. With an artistic style shaped by a life of world travel, she is best known for expressionist landscape paintings which awaken in the viewer a sense of enchantment along with a desire to experience these unspoiled locations firsthand. Valente states, “My travels to distant lands, especially Tuscany and Provence, have greatly influenced my works. Their lush countryside evokes feelings of peace and harmony within my soul and I often turn to them for my subject matter.” Six of her idealized, somewhat surreal landscapes based on experiences in Tuscany and Provence are currently on display in “A Foreign Affair” at L Street

Fine Art in San Diego. Absorbing the essence of idyllic settings as she personally experiences them, Valente paints primarily from impressions stored in her subconscious, which she expresses on canvas in vibrant colors and simplified shapes. One critic states, “Valente’s paintings do not replicate nature; they transform it. Her application of color emphasizes form, creates harmony in non-harmonious subjects, evokes emotions, and intensifies the images she creates.” Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio,Valente often heard her Italian grandparents speaking the native dialect of their small village in southern Italy. This early impression in no small way contributed to her awareness of distant lands that lay waiting to be experienced, later resulting in a life long journey of exploration. After receiving her Master of Arts degree from the University of Hawaii, Valente continued to study TURN TO BRUSH WITH ART ON A13

information, visit parking/ucsd.edu or lajollasymphony.com or call (858) 5344637. ART FOR ALL Free drawing classes for adults with special Got an item for Arts calendar? needs began at 9:30 a.m. on Send the details via e-mail to Thursdays at the Solana Beach 157 Stevens Ave., calendar@coastnewsgroup.com. Library, Solana Beach. The classes are free and are open on a drop-in basis. For KIDS’ CONCERT The La Jolla more information you may call Symphony & Chorus offers a (858) 755-1404. free Young People’s Concert from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Nov. 1 in USD’s Mandeville Auditorium LATIN MUSIC A free family for children 6 and older, featur- music program sponsored by the ing Berlioz’ “haunted” master- Friends of the Carmel Valley piece,“Symphonie Fantastique” Library will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 and more, with commentary by at 3919 Townsgate Drive with Conductor Steven Schick before soprano Constance Lawthers and during the concert For and pianist Janie Prim in a musical tour of Spain, Argentina,




CARLSBAD — Dan Roy grew up with dogs but in 1997, at the age of 40, the marine electronics engineer decided to return to school and become a dog trainer. His motivation came from Nala, his first Australian shepherd, who showed him the enjoyment that is derived when man and dog work together as a team in giving and responding to human direction. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 7, Roy and his current canine partner, Bug, will demonstrate the art of dog agility at the Family Open Studies — “Plus” event at the Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane. They will be joined by Jaime Bozzi and her fox terrier, Emi, who will demonstrate “nose work,” a search and scenting activity inspired by working detection dogs. Emi holds the unofficial record for the fastest Nose Work Level I. Family Open Studios are free art-making workshops designed for family participation presented in conjunction with exhibitions at the William D. Cannon Art Gallery. The “Plus” is a reference to a performance at the Schulman Auditorium. The canine theme celebrates the current art exhibition, “Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs.” Beginning at 11 a.m. grandparents, parents and kids will create a dog mask using black and white art materials, then capture the image in a mobile photo booth. Concurrently, the Art Miles Mural Project will take place where family members will work on a doggy-themed mural to complement the art exhibition. Once Dan Roy, with Nalo, became interested in dog training, Roy threw himself completely into it. After graduating from the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers, he went on to earn his Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC) with honors under the tutelage of worldrenowned trainer, Jean Donaldson, author, “The Culture Clash: A

Jamie Bozi and Emi will demonstrate “nose work,” a search and scenting activity for dogs and people, at the Carlsbad Library Sept. 7. Emi, a fox terrier, holds the unofficial record for the fastest nose work Level I. Courtesy photo

Revolutionary New Way to Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs.” Although Roy was attracted to herding dogs himself, he says all dogs are trainable. “I wouldn’t say one breed is more difficult to train than another,” he explained. “They are just like kids — some have artistic intelligence and others have mathematical intelligence.” Roy relies on rewardbased training methods to teach dogs to listen and respond to owner commands. “Some dogs are easier to train than other breeds,” he said. “Golden retrievers are good with people. When I went out to choose a breed, I thought that since I live at the ocean, I wanted a dog that swims and gets along with other dogs and is known for its ability to be trained.”

Brazil, Venezuela, and Mexico. For further information call (858) 552-1668. AUTHOR TALK Join the Book Talk with Denise Stephenson at 2 p.m. Sept. 7, at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, exploring her novel “Isolation,” a tale of bacteria run rampant, forcing governments to ban all human touching.






The North County Film Club presents “The Imposter” at 3 p.m. Sept. 8, at Digiplex Mission MarketPlace Theater at 431 College Blvd., Oceanside. The film is rated R for language. For more information, visit ncfilmclub.com, call (760) 500-1927 or email ncfilmclub@gmail.com.

they could see how amazing their dogs really are.” Nose Work became so popular that it was eventually introduced to San Diego shelters as a way of building confidence in dogs and, in the process, making them more adoptable. “I have to say that I’ve been a professional trainer for 15 years and my experience with Nose Work the last three years has been amazing!” she added. The San Diego County Department of Animal Services will have a booth at the library offering information about canine adoptions. The “Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs” exhibition continues through Nov. 3. At 11 a.m. Sept. 21 there will be another event featuring Jane Vandenburgh, author of “The Wrong Dog Dream,” and veterinarian Dr. Sharon Vanderlip, author of several books including, “Is There a Shetland Sheepdog in Your Future?”


Auditions for youngsters ages 7 to 19 will be held for Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty Kids.”from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 at Vista’s Off Broadway Theater, 131 Main St., Vista. Play dates are Oct. 10 through Oct. 12 at Vista’s Moonlight Amphitheatre. For information, visit broadwayvista.com.


Dog agility, he explained, goes back about 30 years ago to horse jumping shows in Great Britain. “Someone thought it would be a great activity where people could see what dogs can do, too,” he said. “It started to balloon and finally the U.S. Dog Agility Association was founded over here. Now, every weekend people and their dogs are competing. I host many of these events.” At the Carlsbad event, Roy will set up A-frames, tunnels, hoops and other agility equipment so that Bug can perform. Children will be invited to participate as timers. Jamie Bozzi said she got hooked on canine Nose Work, after first taking a workshop. “It was started six or seven years ago in Los Angeles by two narcotics agents, and a detection agent,” she explained. “They wanted to develop something for dog owners so


Palomar Handweavers’ Guild welcomes all fiber artists, including spinners, knitters, weavers, basket makers, and anyone interested in fiber arts and will meet from 9:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 9 with a yarn sale at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N. Santa Fe,Vista.

Encinitas Theatre Consortium and Playwright’s Forum offers “The Landlady” followed by a “Talk Back” reception. at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, by head of UCSD’s MFA playwright program, Allan Havis. Cost is $5.

TRAVEL WITH WOODY “Hard Travelin’ with Woody,” a solo play with music, written and performed by Randy Noojin at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 and Sept. 10 at the North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets are $20, call (858) 481-1055. READING THE BARD The San Diego Shakespeare Society holds it monthly open reading. at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish

SEPT. 11 COAL ART The CarlsbadOceanside Art League (COAL) September Art Show will be on view from Sept. 11 through Oct. 6 with an opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 15. Gallery is open Wednesday through Mondays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 300 Carlsbad Village Dr., Suite 101, Carlsbad.

SEPT. 13 ART IN PARK Plein air pastel artist Patricia Rose Ford, will be doing a free painting demonstration from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 13, at Calaveras Community Park, 2997 Glasgow Drive, Carlsbad. For more information, call (760) 434-8497, or visit coalartgallery.com.



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VA of North County expands By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — After moving into its brick and mortar location on Mission Avenue in March 2012, the Veterans Association of North County (VANC) has raised $340,000 to begin phase I of its tenant building improvements. The VANC was established as a nonprofit in 2007. Its facility on Mission Avenue is a one-stop resource center for veterans, active duty military and their families. Thirtythree different military support organizations provide their services through the center. “We have a multitude of resources — in house training, jobs placement, we service a hotline for housing, clothing, money for rent and utilities, post traumatic stress, suicide, you name it we get requests,” Chuck Atkinson, VANC founder and president, and retired U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine and U.S airman, said. “We have a MOU with Vista Community Clinic for services. We’re working on a MOU with Interfaith Community Services. “We work together to try in our own way to provide different services to veterans, active duty and families. Together we can do much more. “Other agencies want to come in here. There are a lot of resources we can bring. They’re just waiting for us to build it out.” The center has a vibrant atmosphere. “People are here for services not to breeze about old times nor do we want it to be that type of atmosphere,” Atkinson said. The city building that the VANC leases was the former police station. Presently there is 3,500 square feet of usable classroom and meeting space that is finished. “We use the front rooms for our programs to transition military to civilian life,” Atkinson said. “It’s carpeted and fully operational.” The unfinished 10,000 square feet of the building has cement floors, walls and a roof, but no plumbing, electricity or finishes. Yellow tape marks plans for the layout of restrooms, an entrance, offices and future banquet hall, kitchen, bar area, and addi-

Sandra Silva Fichter, VANC vice president, and Chuck Atkinson, VANC founder and president, point out where new restrooms will be added. The addition of more restrooms allows more programs to be held on site. Photos by Promise Yee

Second-grader Becca Bartolotta found a great way to deal with her “first-day” nerves as school began at Horizon Prep Courtesy photo


dards for English and math to better prepare students for success in college and the workplace. The common core standards integrate technology


The Veterans Association of North County has begun phase I of its building improvements. Additional restrooms, an entrance and offices are being added.

tional conference rooms. A section of the floor is jack hammered in preparation for restroom plumbing that will be put in during phase I construction. Phase I improvements will also add an entrance door and offices to the unfinished section of the building. The addition of more restrooms opens the door for additional onsite programs to be held at the center. The future goal is to raise $800,000 to finish the banquet hall, kitchen, bar area, and conference rooms that will be used for meetings, rented for events and be the home of a veterans

culinary training program. There is no hard timeline on when the next round of construction will start or certainty on how many phases of construction it will take to complete the project. “It depends on money coming in,” Atkinson said. “How many portions, I don’t know.” “Raising the capital is a challenge,” Sandra Silva Fichter, VANC vice president and retired U.S. Army, said. Funds are raised through grant writing, fundraisers and corporate and private donations. For more information go to vancnorthcounty.org.

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah at the Ranch RANCHO SANTA FE — Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the Jewish year, and the anniversary of creation of man. “At the brink of a new year, it is appropriate to reminisce and evaluate the past year, said Rabbi Levi Raskin. “It is time for a comprehensive analysis of our lives thus far, and some spiritual accounting to plan the year ahead.” The community is invit-


ed to celebrate the High Holidays with Chabad Jewish Center of Rancho Santa Fe at Morgan Run Resort, 5690 Cancha De Golf. Services include: — Sept. 6, 10 a.m. Morning Services and noon Shofar Sounding — Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m. Yom Kippur Kol Nidrei Services:\ — Sept. 14 10 a.m. Morning Services, noon

Yizkor Memorial Service and 5 p.m. Micha & Neilah Closing Service. “Everyone is welcome, and it’s not just a cliché,” Raskin said. The event will include Hebrew/English prayer books and a special Children’s Program. No membership or affiliation is needed. For reservations, visit jewishRSF.com, call (858) 756-7571 or email info@jewishRSF.com.

art in stimulating locations including Atelier 17 in Paris and the Athens Studio in Athens, Greece, as well as Atelier Dumans and the Art Students League in New York. Much of Valente’s work reveals the influence of German Expressionists acquired during time spent in Munich. She says, however, “Often the landscapes will leave the realm of Expressionism and deal with color, shape and design.Thus they become abstract… Music without words.” “I knew early on that



blender, puree the olive oil, parsley, cilantro and tarragon until very smooth. Blend in the lemon zest, salt and pepper until thoroughly combined. Cover and set aside until ready to pour on frittata (below) or store, covered, in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. BREAKFAST SAUSAGE Yield: 8 patties 1 1/2 pounds organic ground pork or turkey 2 tablespoons minced fresh sage 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary 1 tablespoon honey 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon olive oil In a large bowl, combine

into learning and encourage students to use critical thinking over memorization and embrace collaboration. Delaney said the district will receive about $108,000 in funding from the state for the new pro-

grams, which will be available for two years. “We’re moving forward at the right pace,” Delaney said. “I think the staff we hired will be wonderful additions to our district and I’m looking forward to starting the new year.”

realism was a starting point for me and then I had to transform the colors and style to suit me, which I’ve always called my own style of Expressionism.” Valente has been recipient of numerous awards during her nearly 40 years as a professional artist. Her abstract piece entitled “Mexican Romance” was selected for the honor of cover art of the San Diego ArtWalk catalog in 2006, while her paintings continue to be held in the private and corporate collections including Wavetec Corporation in San Diego, the Pfizer Corporate Offices in La Jolla, and the Sunrise Design

Center in La Quinta, Calif. Valente is a board member of the Del Mar Art Center in Del Mar where she regularly exhibits her paintings, in addition to showing in the Village Gallery in Maui, Hawaii. She will be displaying a select group of artworks at the Omni La Costa Resort Sept. 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

the ground pork or turkey, sage, rosemary, honey, salt and pepper; use your hands to mix the ingredients thoroughly. Form the mixture into 8 patties, each about 2 1/4 inches in diameter. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet set over medium-low heat. Cook the patties, turning them once and gently pressing them down to flatten, for 5 to 8 minutes per side, until golden brown and crispy. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and serve. You can keep them warm in a 200-degree oven while you make the frittata.

10 large eggs, whisked 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

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.

Heat the olive oil in a 9inch skillet set over medium heat. Cook the onion, stirring, for 8 to 10 minutes until soft and translucent. Add the broccoli and saute for 10 minutes until crisp-tender. Add the kale and saute for 3 minutes until wilted. Pour the eggs over the vegetables, tilting the skillet to distribute them evenly, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Decrease the heat to low, cover, and cook for 20 to GREEN FRITTATA 30 minutes, or until the eggs are set. Yield: 8 servings Cut frittata into 8 wedges and serve with salsa 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped verde spooned on top. (about 1 cup) (All recipes from “Paleo 1 head broccoli, sliced into 3Cooking From Elana’s inch spears (about 2 cups) by Elana 1/2 bunch kale, sliced cross- Pantry” wise into 1/4-inch strips Amsterdam; Ten Speed Press, 2013.) (about 2 cups)


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Flannery stands tall in helping Bryan Stow Jay Paris Buster Posey just laughs. “Flan is Flan,’’ the Giants’ catcher said. “He’s pretty old-school.’’ Tim Flannery is roaming the clubhouse and one couldn’t tell if the Giants were close to another title or wrestling with the Padres to avoid the NL West cellar. He encourages a player here, offers advice there and works the room as if Monday’s game is the most important one in a disap-

He always comes to the ball park with a smile on his face.” Buster Posey on Tim Flannery

pointing season. Flannery, the popular former Padres player and coach, does it with amazing regularity. “He always comes to the ball park, every day, with a smile on his face,’’ Posey said. “The best way to explain it is he’s a true baseball man.’’ One could talk baseball with Flannery for hours. Or his love for surfing near his longtime Leucadia home. I could even argue with him about prep baseball. When Flannery was at Anaheim High and I played at Orange, for some reason he was selected AllLeague at second base. Maybe Flannery hitting .740 and me checking in at .250 had something to do with it. But Flannery is more the baseball and beaches. His passion for music is aiding a family that he never knew before the 2011 season’s opening day. Now Flannery can’t imagine ever forgetting them. “I get these amazing texts out of the blue from the family and I just shake my head,’’ Flannery said. “They want to make sure I’m doing all right. I’m going to keep helping as long as I can do it.’’ His new family is that of Bryan Stow’s. He’s the Giants fan savagely beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot after a game, suffering permanent brain damage. The former paramedic emerged from a lengthy coma, but contin-

ues to need care and the assistance that people with the conscious of Flannery provide. “Bryan can talk a little, but the short-term memory is gone,’’ Flannery said. ”He was getting all these treatments, all these exercises and having access to amazing rehabilitating services and the insurance ran out. And they just sent him away.’’ That’s where Flannery started plucking to produce funds. He did six concerts which raised $200,000, many with former Grateful Dead singer Bob Weir lending a hand. “People found out about the music and said, ‘We really like it, we are going to put our stamp on it and we are going to help the cause,’’’ Flannery said. Soon Flannery will release “Outside Lands” his 12th CD. Weir is on it, as his Jerry Jeff Walker. It’s a tale of the Giants’ amazing journey last year, when they survived six elimination games to win their second World Series in three years, this after going 56 seasons without one. Guess where the CD’s proceeds are headed? “All the money will go to the Stow Foundation,’’ Flannery said, with a tinge of pride and sadness. “He’s run out of insurance money and had to be taken out of the rehabilitation centers and brought home. But they don’t have what they need to take care of him.’’ Flannery, a third-base coach for 15 years, knows all about sending people home. But this is different. “You can tell he has a good heart,’’ Posey said. “Even though he cares so much about the success of the team, he can separate baseball from other things going on in his life and the world. With the Bryan Stow tragedy, he has done a lot to help his family out.’’ Flannery wants to do more. ”Outside Lands” allows just that, with numerous Giants promising to match whatever it raises. “It’s my way of helping,’’ Flannery, 55, said. “I love the family so much. They became caregivers the moment it happened and their lives were changed forever. Not one of them has walked from the responsibility of taking care of their own.’’ Knowing Flannery for some 38 years makes me smile. And you can make Flannery, and the Stow family, do likewise by buying “Outside Lands.’’ Jay Paris can be heard talking Chargers football on 1090 AM on Monday and Friday mornings. He can be reached at jparis8@aol.com and followed on Twitter, @jparis_sports.

By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — The longawaited Alex Road Skatepark opened to 300 skateboarders on Aug. 30. After opening speeches and a ribbon cutting, kids of all ages strapped on their helmets, got on their skateboards and tried out the facility. Alex Road Skatepark is the fifth and largest skate park the city has constructed. At 22,000 square feet, it is twice the size of other city skateparks. The all-cement skatepark features two deep bowls, a snakerun and a street skate area. Between its features are transition areas that allow skateboarders to skate continuously through the park. “There are two good size bowls that range from 4 feet to 12 feet,” Nathan Mertz, parks development manager, said. “The street section features street features like banks, ledges and handrails.” Alex Road Skatepark is the third cement skatepark the city constructed since it designed a citywide skate park system plan in 2006. “This park is part of a process that started in 2006, continuing on with our skatepark system in a decentralized park format, where essentially we’re trying to distribute these parks geographically throughout the city, close to neighborhoods and transportation points, where everybody can enjoy them,” Mertz said. The process started with building a temporary skatepark in the downtown beach area.The high use of the skatepark proved there was a need. The closure of the skatepark drove the city to address the demand. “It prompted us to seek out direction and look at park sites,” Mertz said. A plan to put several smallto medium-size skateparks throughout the city was decided on through a series of neighborhood meet-

Skateboarders wait in line for their turn to drop in the bowl. Alex Road Skatepark boasts two 4 to 12 feet bowls. Photo by Promise Yee

ings led by Parks and Recreation staff and attended by residents, and members of the city skatepark committee and Tony Hawk Foundation. “A few years ago the Tony Hawk Foundation got involved with the city in helping it masterplan its skatepark system,” Miki Vuckovich, Tony Hawk Foundation executive director, said. “At the time the city realized there was a need for skateparks in Oceanside, and realized with the size of the city and amount of skaters here, a single skatepark wouldn’t suffice.” Two small skateboard sites were developed in the John Landes and Libby Lake neighborhoods. The parks include a basic layout of small wood and steel ramps. Three distinct concrete skateparks were planned. Each cement skate park has unique features, which gives skateboarders the opportunity to skate at their neighborhood park, and travel across the city to experience a different park.

“Rather than make all of them cater to everybody the city realized specializing those parks a little bit would give each park a unique appeal,” Vuckovich said. “They literally brought in the best designers, the best builder and tapped into the local skate community to find out what do the skaters here really want.” By 2009 two of the three cement skateparks were constructed. “In 2007 we selected a design team and started working on the first three parks,” Mertz said. “We built two skateparks right off the bat in 2007 to 2009.” The Martin Luther King, Jr. Skatepark, located in the park by the same name, is a flow course with medium-size transitional elements. The flow course design attracts a mix of younger and older skaters. The Melba Bishop Skatepark, located in Melba Bishop Park, includes geometric street features. The street style course attracts younger,

teen skaters. Both skateparks are heavily used and have proven to be good investments for the city. “On a given summer afternoon the baseball and soccer fields are empty and the (Martin Luther King, Jr.) skatepark has a considerable amount of people inside it,” Mertz said. “It’s more bang for the buck.” “Its popularity warrants just as much space in the park as a basketball court, baseball field or playground.” At the same time the first two cement skate parks were built, design plans were also drawn up for the Alex Road Skatepark, which is bowl heavy with pool-type terrain and some street features. The bowl course attracts older skaters in their 20s and 30s. The Alex Road Skatepark project sat idle until sufficient funds were raised for its $946,350 construction cost. Funds were secured through a $428,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund grant, $25,000 Tony Hawk Foundation grant,and city park development funds. California Skateparks of Upland constructed Alex Road Skatepark, which is located on Alex Road and Foussat Road next to the San Luis Rey River. “What the city of Oceanside did was create a really comprehensive skatepark system that really caters to all types of skaters,” Vuckovich said. “It gives them each a place that’s comprehensive to that type of skating, and citywide world-class skateparks.” “Our hats off to Oceanside and anyone who’s involved in this process and getting these parks built, because they really did it right.” Future city plans are to renovate the skateboard sites in the John Landes and Libby Lake neighborhoods, construct an additional skatepark at El Corazon Park, and add a skateboarding site to the beach area.

SES tennis tourney returns to Rancho Santa Fe RANCHO SANTA FE — The ninth annual Sean Eduardo Sanchez fundraising Pro-Am tennis tournament will kick off at 1 p.m. Sept. 7 at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, 5921 Valencia Circle. Proceeds from the twoday event will provide the children of Tecate, Mexico, with access to free tennis lessons, tennis equipment and cross-border tournament transportation while also supporting the efforts of the Empty Cradle, a San Diego nonprofit organization that helps parents cope with the loss of an infant before, during or after birth. There are currently 300 children enrolled in free tennis lessons at the SES Tennis Center, which has grown since inception in 2004 to include four regulation-size tennis courts. SES Tennis Center student and rising youth tennis champion Eugenio Gonzalez has been enrolled in the SES

Sean Eduardo Sanchez Tennis Center student and rising youth tennis champion Eugenio Gonazlez has been ranked No. 2 in the 12-and-under category in Mexico and No. 1 last year in the 10-and-under category in San Diego. Courtesy photo

Tennis Center for four years. Now, at 11 years old, through free tennis instruction, equipment and tournament transportation provided by the SES Tennis Center, he has risen to the rank of No. 2 in the 12-and-under category in Mexico and No. 1 last year in the 10-and-under category in San Diego. A highlight of the twoday event is a Sponsor Party Sept.6, hosted by John and Sarah Cox at their private residence in Rancho Santa Fe. Reservations may be purchased for $85 per person at the door from 6 to 9 p.m. The Sponsor Party includes a buffet dinner provided by Milton’s Restaurant, silent auction, entertainment by musician Ean Corbet and numerologist/tarot card reader Adrienne Abeyta. The tennis tournament includes a barbecue and trophy presentation for a price of $85 per person (children

under 10 are welcomed at $40 per child for this familyfriendly event). A combined price of $185 is available to attend both events. Center founder Eduardo Sanchez, head tennis pro at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, was born and raised in Tecate and accomplished a life-long dream to construct public tennis courts for use by all residents of Tecate, regardless of their ability to pay. He and his wife Amelia dedicated the project on June 4, 2004, in honor of their deceased son, Sean Eduardo. For further information regarding the nonprofit SES Tennis Center, or to purchase reservations to attend the events, call (858) 832-8297, visit sestenniscenter.org or email sesproam@gmail.com. Details on the additional beneficiary, Empty Cradle, may be located at emptycradle.org.



researchers, our engineers and mathematicians, those people that will make an extraordinary difference in the lives of my great-grandchildren. I know what has made America great is investing in its people, its basic research and its future.” Symposium panelists responded to questions by Peters. Sanders pointed out pending immigration reform in Congress must involve building infrastructure between the U.S. and Mexico, allowing movement of manufactured products back and forth between the two nations. “We consider San Diego and Tijuana in Baja, California as one region and we need to work together as a region competitive with the rest of the world,” Sanders said. CleanTECH’s Smithson said Congress should do what it can to promote alternative fuels and clean energy. “Investing in our infra-



of concerns raised by the article. “Understandably, the proximity in time between approval of the contract and Ms. Moors’ resignation and announcement that she would be joining our firm in September caused concern,” said Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost partner Chris Keeler. “Ironically, Ms. Moors clearly resigned from the board to avoid the potential for conflict with her duty to the district. The firm contacted the



SEPT. 6, 2013 structure is critical to where we need to be,” she said, adding Congress needs to make sense of federal tax and regulatory policies toward start-up businesses in order to promote them and allow them to succeed. Dunn of CONNECT,which promotes innovative entrepreneurship, said, “Federal tax reform is going to be a big part” in providing incentives for companies to invest in technological innovation. Marquet of BIOCOM, the local chapter of the life science industry’s trade association, said the “convergence between biotech and high-tech” in San Diego is promising in its potential to commercialize technological innovation. “It’s a numbers game,” Marquet said, warning it’s difficult to encourage investment in research and development when “only one in 10 drugs makes it through and it takes an average of 10 years.” “It’s a huge challenge, but also a wonderful opportunity,” she said. superintendent to encourage the Board of Education to revote on the contract to remove any concerns.” Keeler said that Moors’ new position is in the firm’s client services department where she will not undertake any work involving CUSD matters. “Further, (Moors) understands her responsibility to never disclose confidential information obtained while serving as a board member,” he added. The CUSD Board of Trustees agreed to fill Moors’ seat with a provisional selec-



will be run by OUSD. And while Mr. Perondi would not say it, you have to wonder if OUSD is choosing to go this route to keep some outside charter school from pouncing on the Ditmar campus. If Ditmar was sitting empty, some charter school business could demand that OUSD give them the campus so they could operate their own private school in our public facility. One charter school company tried but failed to do this at a shuttered Carlsbad campus. Many portable classrooms were recently removed from Ditmar. But there will be some big visible changes coming soon to Ditmar’s campus. The school takes up roughly two-thirds of the block bounded by Coast Highway and Oceanside

tion rather than a special election at its Aug. 14 meeting. The board is accepting applications through Sept. 5 and will publicly interview all eligible applicants and make a decision Sept. 16. Williamson emphasized that the concerns over Moors’ vote on Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost’s contract shortly before announcing her new position with the firm did not erase Moors’ work on the board for the past 12 years. “That doesn’t in any way diminish the value that she has given to the district and to our students,” she said.

Boulevard and Ditmar and Eucalyptus Streets. In the northeast corner of the campus, there is a cool looking house which Oceanside historian John Daley thinks was built in the ‘30s. OUSD owns that house, and Mr. Perondi says that the unoccupied house will soon be demolished to make

way for either a garden or maybe a parking area. Mr. Perondi says needed improvements to bring the house up to code would be cost prohibitive. According to city manager Peter Weiss, the only thing that could prohibit its demolition would be if the house were on a state or national list register of his-

toric buildings. He says it is not. So it looks like the quaint homestead is coming down. Oceanside born and raised, Ken Leighton writes columns for The Coast News, the San Diego Reader and is an Oceanside business owner. He may be reached at oogumboogum@earthlink.net

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Coffee: the other jumping bean I have always been a bit puzzled by the coffee bean. It makes me really jumpy and is one of those crops, along with artichokes, that require such multiphase preparation; I marvel that we consume them at all. I am pretty certain I would never have been inclined to spend hours picking one coffee bean after another. From there, if it didn’t melt in my mouth, things would likely have come to a halt. OK, so maybe I roast some over a fire. Have you ever chewed a coffee bean? These people must have been enormously in need of that caffeine jolt to get past that bitter flavor. But remember, somebody had to want to bite down on them before they ever knew you could get a buzz from it. The final step of grinding them up and stewing them in water to get a drink would have completely eluded me. It appears our ancient gatherers did some quality R&D. Meanwhile, as we wait in long lines at our local coffee house, to pay premium prices for that very same ground-up bean water (yes, I’ll have whipped cream, please), there is evidence that the trickle-down theory is not working in the coffee world. In Brazil, coffee is king, but I have seen that the coffee growers there are struggling to survive. Coffee prices have fallen so low in recent years some of the growers were pitching their crops into the ocean. One of the efforts to shore things up has led to serving coffee with milk at all the country’s public school cafeterias. Brazil must have no teachers union at all. As we Americans picture students flying around the classroom like pinballs, the report swiftly quoted Brazilian administrators insisting that student grades actually went up after kids began lunching on café con leche. Well, it would cerTURN TO SMALL TALK ON B15

By Tony Cagala

A runway extension would require the airport to reinforce and build on top of the former municipal solid waste landfill located at the end of the current runway. All of the alternatives would involve night construction plus poten-

REGION — In an attempt to become the first state in the country to set a new drinking water standard for the contaminant hexavalent chromium, or chromium6, the CDPH (California Department of Public Health) proposed an MCL (maximum contaminant level) of 10 parts per billion to the Office of Administrative Law earlier this month. Currently, the state’s total chromium standard is set at 50 parts per billion. The total chromium level includes the trivalent form of chromium, or chromium-3, a naturally occurring nutrient that is found in food, and the toxic chromium-6. The federal standard for total chromium levels is set at 100 parts per billion. The CDPH proposal was made under a legislative mandate to set the specific MCL for chromium-6, said Dr. Dave Mazzer, acting chief of the CDPH Division of Drinking Water and Environmental Management, during a teleconference call on Aug. 22. “A law passed in 2001 mandated us to set an MCL for hexavalent chromium, which we have done,” he said. Chromium-6 is a heavy metal that can occur naturally in groundwater or enter into drinking water sources through industrial plants’ hazardous leaks, according to the state’s OEHHA (Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment). The OEHHA lists chromium-6 as a potent carcinogen when inhaled, and caused cancer in laboratory rats and mice that were exposed to it through drinking water. If approved, the costs for the total compliance, maintenance and capital improvements would cost a total of $156 million, explained Dr. Mark Starr, deputy director of the CDPH Center for Environmental Health. The CDPH is estimating that more than 100 systems in the state could potentially be impacted by the proposed MCL. According to John Carnegie, staff analyst with OMWD (Olivenhain Municipal Water



DINNER AND A MOVIE Munching mostly on picnic dinners and pizza, while listening to music by Aloha Radio, hundreds of folks gathered at Fletcher Cove Park on Aug. 24 for the ninth annual Beach Blanket Movie Night. Above: Rancho Santa Fe resident Sadye Robbins, 3, gets ready to watch the feature film, “Chasing Mavericks.” Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

County studies city airport for enhancement By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — The County Airports Administration is studying the possibility of extending the runway at McClellan-Palomar Airport, an improvement that could allow safety, revenues and more aircraft to soar. In 2011, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors authorized a feasibility study of runway improvements as part of preparations of McClellan-Palomar Airport’s 20152035 Master Plan. The resulting study, which was completed earlier this month by Kimley-Horn and Associates for the County, recommended improving the west end portion of the runway and put forth three different alternatives for extending the runway over the landfill at the edge of the airport’s property. The cost of the project alternatives studied ranges from $48 million and $95 million and would be paid for with local, regional and federal funds, according to the study. But the additional air traffic from the longest runway extension alternatives has the potential to bring in an added $163.2 million in additional revenues and a $500 million increase in local and state tax collections within 20 years, the study stated. The improvements would increase safety and operational efficiency and in doing so accommodate an increase in ground and air traffic at the airport. Furthermore, a longer runway would allow heavier aircraft carrying larger fuel loads for traveling longer distances to take off from the airport. The study first and foremost recommended that the county improve the grading and materials of the airport’s west end runway, where 97 percent of the aircraft take off. The changes would reduce or prevent aircraft overrun during departure. County Communications Specialist Gig Conaughton clarified that the airport does not have any

The McClellan-Palomar Airport seen from above. A feasibility study prepared for the County examined possible enhancements to the Carlsbad airport, including extending the runways, which would allow increased air traffic. Photo courtesy of San Diego County Airports Administration

safety deficiencies at this time and the recommended improvements to the west end would act as a “safety precaution.” The study also put forth alternatives that would extend the runway by either 22 feet or 900 feet and connect one or both of the airport’s taxiways.



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ODD City adopts use policy for Fletcher Cove center FILES


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Spreadsheet parenting Loco Parentis: Firsttime mother Amy Webb proudly notates dozens of data points about her child each day and obsessively tracks their detailed progression by computer on spreadsheets, according to the provocative first-person account she wrote for Slate.com in July. In categories ranging from ordinary vital signs, to the kid’s progress in soundmaking, to dietary reactions, to quantity and quality of each poop, stats are kept 24/7 (even with a bedside laptop to facilitate nighttime entries). She began tracking her own health during pregnancy, but then decided,“Why stop now?” when her daughter was born. Webb’s pediatrician rated the kid’s health as “A-minus,” but the parents’ as “C,” adding: “You guys need to relax. Leave the spreadsheets (out).” Webb and her husband remain confident that their extreme tracking optimizes their chances of raising a healthy daughter. Compelling Explanations An Anglican parishioner complained in August about the “blasphemous” bumper sticker she saw on the car of Rev. Alice Goodman of Cambridge, England, but Rev. Goodman immediately defended it as not irreligious (although, she conceded, perhaps “vulgar”). The sticker read “WTFWJD?” which is a play on the popular evangelical Christian slogan “WWJD?” — “What Would Jesus Do?” (“WTF” is a vulgar but omnipresent acronym on the Internet.) Rev. Goodman pointed out that even Dr. Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, seemed not to be shocked by her sticker when he saw it. Ironies Germany’s center-left Social Democrats posted about 8,000 campaign placards in July that it proudly hailed as “eco-friendly” and biodegradable to attract the support of environment-concerned voters. However, 48 hours later, at the first rainfall, the posters became waterlogged and, indeed, biodegraded. Reported Hamburg’s Spiegel Online, “None of the campaign workers could have guessed ... how quickly the environmentally friendly process ... would begin.”

SOLANA BEACH — After more than two years and countless hours of private meetings and public hearings, City Council, with no discussion, unanimously adopted at the Aug. 28 meeting a use policy for Fletcher Cove Community Center, a move that seemingly will have no effect on the efforts of one community group to allow Solana Beach voters to decide the rules for the blufftop facility. The decision came one day after a petition was filed with the city clerk that will likely result in a special election that could cost the city more than $200,000. According to the adopted policy, first introduced at an Aug. 7 special meeting, the center on Pacific Avenue will be available for $50 per hour with a two-hour minimum for a maximum of 50 people, not including service providers. Events must be ceremonial, one-time celebrations and are limited to once per weekend and twice a month on Friday, Saturday or Sunday only. The facility will be available for residents or residentsponsored events. Beer and wine only can be served, but not sold, up to one hour before the event is scheduled to end. Guests will be limited to two drinks. All servers will be required to complete special training with a city employee. A trained host to monitor activity must be hired for every event. Live acoustic music with a limited number of band members and instruments will be allowed inside only. Amplified music, DJs, horns, drums or microphones will be prohibited. Street facing doors and windows can remain open unless music exceeds thresholds established by the city’s noise ordinance. The community center building and the adjacent patios and grass areas may be used but areas outside the facility may not be restricted from public use. The policy will be in effect until Dec. 28, 2014. Council can alter the rules if there are problems. Former Mayor Marion Dodson called the rules onerous. “This is really unique,” she said. “It is like you don’t trust the people.” In the 1980s and ’90s, residents could rent the

Solana Beach resident Phyllis Wood signs an initiative that will allow voters to decide the rules for the Fletcher Cove Community Center. City Council adopted an alternative use policy at the Aug. 28 meeting, but supporters of the initiative say they are going forward with plans for a special election. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

building for private events that some nearby residents complained got out of hand at times. When the building fell into disrepair, the rentals stopped and it was only used by community groups for meetings, summer camp, classes, city programs and Thursday night singalongs. A $370,000 renovation, funded primarily by citizen donations, was completed in 2012, but residents had asked to use the facility once again for private celebrations long before that. City officials and residents tried to develop a use policy. Concerns were mostly about traffic, parking and noise, but the biggest impasse was a provision that allowed alcohol to be served. Council members were scheduled to decide on a oneyear trial policy at the June 12 meeting, but ultimately took no action when it appeared votes on differing versions would fail. Frustrated by the inaction, a group known as The Friends of Fletcher Cove Community Center announced plans at a July council meeting to gather signatures for an initiative that would dictate a use policy for the facility. According to the initiative, the center will be available for no more than two weekend days for up to 100

people. There would be no limit on alcohol consumption, but all events would be subject to applicable Alcoholic Beverage Control rules and regulations. Noise and occupancy levels would be governed by regulations in the Solana Beach municipal code. The city could collect nominal fees for the use of the center. Any behavior that violates Alcoholic Beverage Control rules and regulations, or state or city laws may result in the immediate closure of the special event, revocation of the special event permit and fines. Initiative supporters had 180 days to collect 1,311 signatures, representing 15 percent of registered voters in the city. Resident Mary Jane Boyd, a member of Friends of Fletcher Cove Community Center, said 2,060 signatures were gathered in about one month by volunteers and paid signature gatherers. Boyd said the original plan was to only use volunteers. “This is an old group of people behind this initiative,” she said. “We’re not as active as we used to be and

we couldn’t walk the hills and valleys, especially during August, when the hot days are the worst. We recognized we needed help after a bit.” Boyd said only about six people were paid to gather signatures, and about 70 percent were collected by residents. The petition was filed with the city clerk Aug. 27. It is currently in a 30-day review for certification of content, format and signature verification, according to City Clerk Angela Ivey. It will be deemed sufficient or insufficient by or on the 30th day from the filing date, excluding holidays and weekends, she added. Ivey said an election must be held no less than 88 and no more than 103 days from being called. That would happen at a council meeting during which the petition is submitted for certification. A special election will likely be held because given the deadlines, the initiative cannot be included in a scheduled election. California’s primary is set for June 3, 2014. Council members Lesa Heebner and Tom Campbell met with the group “to try to

get a current understanding of each others’ stances,” said Heebner, who supported an earlier proposed use policy that allowed alcohol. “As we left the meeting, it was my understanding that the Friends of Fletcher Cove Community Center were going to wait until after the (Aug. 28) council meeting to turn in the signatures to see what the council would do,” she said. “Instead, signatures were turned in. “It is clear from that action alone, if not from others, that this $300,000 initiative is not as much about the policy for use at the community center as it is about politics,” she added. “They want a divisive, expensive election rather than a reasonable policy for our community center.” Boyd said she was hoping council members would adopt the initiative rather than force a special election. Heebner said had they done that there would be no way to change the policies, even if there was a problem, without a vote. “I do think we came up with a really good compromise,” Mayor Mike Nichols said. “It’s unfortunate it’s being criticized before it’s even put into place.”


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Encinitas adopts regulations to temper impacts of late-night drinking Bar and restaurant group presents plan at meeting, “secret shoppers,” private security patrols are some of the actions already taken By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — Councilmembers unanimously passed several pieces of legislation at Wednesday night’s meeting to address what some residents say has become an unruly bar scene in the downtown area. Council also voted to consider stricter performance measures for all alcohol-serving bars and restaurants at a later date. Previously, the city’s planning director had the power to OK minor-use permits for new alcohol-serving establishments, but no longer. As a result of the City Council vote, the Planning Commission must approve all permits for all new bars and restaurants. Because the commission’s meetings are public, residents will have a greater chance to weigh in on applications. Following another councilmember vote, businesses applying for a permit to sell alcohol will have to complete an operational management plan. The management plan

must contain information about occupancy limits, strategies for noise mitigation and other details as a condition for the permit. Failure to comply with the management plan would result in “enforceable actions,” according to the city’s staff report. And due to a 3-2 vote, with council members Mark Muir and Kristin Gaspar opposed, city staff members will develop what’s known as a deemed-approved ordinance for later consideration. Bars and restaurants that obtained liquor licenses prior to the city’s requirement for a use permit face fewer restrictions. The inability to regulate grandfathered establishments has prompted cities to turn to a deemedapproved program. A deemed-approved ordinance would place tighter rules on both new and old alcohol-serving businesses by establishing performance standards. A business that violates the standards would have to go through a hearing process with the city.

If the violations continue, a public hearing would be scheduled, and in extreme cases the business would be forced to close. This week, El Cajon became the 21st California city to adopt a deemed-approved ordinance. City Planning Director Jeff Murphy said it took El Cajon nine months to draft its ordinance. Gaspar said developing the ordinance demands pulling staff off of other projects that are a priority right now, including updating the city’s housing element. Gaspar also said she’s pleased by the progress of the Encinitas Hospitality Association, a new nonprofit made up of 28 bar and restaurant owners. The association outlined its accomplishments thus far and its goals for the future in a presentation at the meeting. Proposing tougher regulations like a deemedapproved ordinance would make the association less inclined to work with the city, Gaspar said. “Right now, in the Encinitas Hospitality Association, we certainly have a partner,” Gaspar said. “And I do want to commend them for coming together in a very short period of time.” But Deputy Mayor Lisa Shaffer said the ordinance goes “hand-in-hand” with the association’s purpose.

“If EHA members do what they say they’re going to do, a deemed-approved ordinance protects them from the bad apples that might not be following the guidelines that EHA has developed,” Shaffer said. The deemed-approved ordinance will be brought before the City Council at an undetermined date. Last month, the City Council gave the association 45 days to come up with a plan of action. Danielle Yee, spokes-

forum on its website for residents to relay concerns and created a “secret shopper” program for inspectors to make recommendations on how bars can improve security. Yee also noted the association contracted with a private security firm that patrols downtown in a car on weekends from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. During a break in the City Council meeting, she elaborated that the patrols keep an eye out for public

If EHA members do what they say they’re going to do, a deemed-approve ordinance protects them from the bad apples that might not be following the guidelines that EHA has developed. Lisa Shaffer Deputy Mayor,Encinitas

woman for the association, said the group has worked to assuage residents’ concerns over late-night drinking. Listing some of the actions they’ve taken, she said the group held its first public meeting, launched a

drunkenness and other illegal behavior from J Street to C Street along High Coast Highway 101. Yet the patrol vehicle will likely expand its route in the coming weeks to deal with complaints outside that area. Security guards that

are part of the firm can’t arrest people or issue citations. They remind people to be quiet and contact the Sheriff’s Department when necessary, she said. Many businesses within the association are chipping in to fund the security firm, with the bars open latest and nearest to the patrol area paying the most, Yee noted. Yee believes the efforts have paid off; a resident emailed the association noting she’s slept better recently thanks to what it’s done. Council members largely said they liked what they’ve seen from the group so far. But they worried about the association’s staying power. And they said the group needs to come up with concrete benchmarks for measuring its success in the future. Resident Shirley Finch said the association is encouraging, but its plan is mainly talk at this point. She urged the City Council to adopt a deemedapproved ordinance to hold bar and restaurant owners’ “feet to the fire.” The association will present to City Council again, but a date wasn’t set. As well as the other motions that passed, the city directed staff to bring back an analysis on restricting so-called party buses.

Oceanside’s LGBTQ Center expands space, services By Rachel Stine

OCEANSIDE — The North County LGBTQ Resource Center is bolstering its social services and programs thanks to a recent expansion of its operational space. Yet its Executive Director Max Disposti said that the Resource Center still lacks the funding and necessary space to fully meet North County’s demand for resources for the LGBTQ community. “We’ve already outgrown the space we just expanded,” said Disposti. The nonprofit already offers various social gatherings and support workshops

for the lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, and questioning (LGBTQ) community in North County, as well as medical and social services, including HIV/AIDS testing and prevention, mental health counseling and case management. By leasing an additional 450-square-feet of commercial space next door to its current Oceanside site, the Resource Center is able to introduce about seven new programs, according to Disposti. These new programs will include a group for veterans and active service members, a social gathering

for transgender individuals, and a substance abuse program. But Disposti said that he wishes the Resource Center, which is the only agency that provides services specific to the LGBTQ community in North County, could offer even more. “This is a population that has been so underserved for the past 40 years. We’re trying to do everything but obviously we can’t,” he said. “We’re almost concerned about letting everybody know (about the Resource Center) because we’re concerned we can’t

supply all of the demand.” Disposti said that as with most nonprofits, the biggest inhibitor is funding. In 2012, the Resource Center operated on a $69,335 budget, 51 percent of which was spent on programming, 30 percent on rent, and 19 percent on staff salaries, according to financial statements on the center’s website. All of the Resource Center’s funds come from donations, fundraising, membership fees, website advertising, and a few grants. So Disposti is pushing to gain financial support from local governments and social service agencies. In particular he hopes that the Resource Center will be given a discounted rent, similar to what other North County nonprofits have been

The North County LGBTQ Resource Center is adding space to its current site in Oceanside to offer more programs and services, but its Executive Director Max Disposti says that the Resource Center is still falling short of meeting the needs of the community. Courtesy photo

given, to cut back on operational costs. In an effort to garner more support, the center is hosting an open house Aug. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. at 510

North Coast Highway to unveil its new space and programming. San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts will be the guest speaker and a number of local government officials are expected to attend. Roberts said that the Resource Center helps people access services that were previously only available at the San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center downtown. “I think this (LGBTQ services) has been one of those unmet needs in North County, and particularly now that the armed forces is inclusive,” he said. “As the first gay supervisor, I think that it is important that everybody in San Diego County has access to services.”



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‘Roads to nowhere’ a product of activists, weak-kneed politicians Kirk Effinger Beware the community activist who became one when a new subdivision or other development is proposed near them and claims to be concerned for their entire city. They rarely are. And therein lies one of the big problems I have with NIMBY and BANANA (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone) attitudes so prevalent in many of our growing communities. I recently attended the third community workshop of the once and future controversially proposed development located in the sphere of influence of the city of San Marcos known as “San Marcos Highlands.” This project, which has been in the works since the early 1980s, is meeting stiff opposition from neighbors to the south in a community that didn’t even exist when it was first proposed as well as others in surrounding properties who want to hold back the sands of time. The property owner, who has owned the land since 1981, is simply asking to have the right to develop his property roughly according to a community plan — but with less density than that plan called for — shortly after he first acquired the property. The surrounding neighbors would have you think his property is some kind of pristine and rare nature preserve that only exists in this one spot and that the wildlife that are seen there are going to

disappear if he is allowed to build his homes. Hogwash. The fauna being talked about that night — bobcats, mule deer, coyote — have been seen all over San Marcos in the various open preserves that developers have been required to provide, as this one would. I’ve seen them myself on plenty of occasions, including quail, and yes, the precious — almost mythical — California gnatcatcher. The truth is the real argument is over a road this development brings closer to completion, even though the developer will not likely be required to connect it as has been planned for well over 25 years, and should be. The self-serving “activism” that masquerades for protecting and preserving a way of life is what really gets under my skin. If you spend any time analyzing the root causes of our housing and traffic woes in this region, one thing stands out: the selfish tyranny of the minority that rules land use decisions time and again over the needs of the community as a whole. Little consideration, if any, is given to the ripple effect acceding to their wishes has on the rest of the community. I won’t belabor the housing issues in this column today but, ask yourself the next time you are sitting in a traffic jam on the freeway because of some major shutdown. Why is it every time one of our freeways suffers a major catastrophe, traffic everywhere grinds to a halt? The answer is simple, really. Roads to nowhere. Thanks to “community activists” and weak-kneed politicians, planned arterial roadways — freeway alterna-

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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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Invitational Golf Tournament to benefit grief camp for kids SANTA LUZ — The Camp Erin San Diego Invitational Golf Tournament will be held Sept. 10 at the Crosby Club in Rancho Santa Fe. Proceeds benefit The Moyer Foundation and Camp Erin San Diego, a free overnight bereavement camp that is held annually for children and teens ages 6 to 17

who are grieving the death of someone close to them. Camp Erin is an initiative of The Moyer Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 2000 by World Series champion pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen, who currently reside in Rancho Santa Fe with their family.


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“As parents of eight children as well as founders of The Moyer Foundation, Jamie and I are passionate about doing everything we can to support grieving children and families,” said Karen Moyer, chairman of The Moyer Foundation. This year's Camp Erin San Diego was held June 7 through June 9 at the YMCA Camp Marston in Julian, in partnership with The Center for Compassionate Care of The Elizabeth Hospice. Ninety-two campers recognized they were not alone in their grief as they met other children and teens who were facing similar life experiences. As a 10-year old camper said, “It helped me see the better things in life and helped me move on a lot so it is the best camp ever made in the universe.” “Knowing how important grief support is in the life of a grieving child, Karen and I are thrilled that Camp Erin exists in San Diego where there is such a large need,” says Jamie Moyer. “A child should never have to grieve alone, and together with the team at The Elizabeth Hospice and thanks to financial support from events like this golf tournament, Camp Erin will continue making a difference.”



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Identity of Equine Hospital thief sought

Cal Fire investigators have ruled the cause of the Hodges fire to be undetermined. The fire burned 10 acres and threatened homes in the area on July 25. File photo by Nick Cagala

Cause of Hodges fire ruled as undertermined By Tony Cagala

ESCONDIDO — The cause of a small brush fire that charred 10 acres in the State Responsibility Area of Lake Hodges on July 25 has been ruled undetermined by Cal Fire investigators, said Capt. Kendal Bortisser. The fire did threaten homes in the area but no structures were lost. The vegetation fire was contained in 45 minutes, said Escondido Fire Battalion Chief Ken Slaven. “It’s forward progress got stopped about 20 or 25 minutes after the initial dispatch,” he added. Crews from the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department, Escondido, San Marcos Fire Departments and Cal Fire responded to the blaze. Air

tankers and water-dropping helicopters assisted firefighters in putting out the fire. Residents near the area received a reverse 911 call. “Basically the (fire) got put out pretty quickly. It really only immediately threatened two homes, and the aircraft did a good job keeping it away from them,” Slaven said. “The burning conditions are very dry and fires are burning with a lot of intensity for this time of the year,” he added. Cal Fire began transitioning into fire season earlier this year in April by hiring seasonal firefighters to help cover the full-time staff and providing 24-hour coverage at most of its fire stations, according to their website.

RANCHO SANTA FE — In the wee hours of Aug. 22, an equine surgeon at Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 24-hour Equine Hospital was victim to a brazen theft as a thief targeted the doctor’s vehicle just feet from a critical emergency colic surgery. With Dr. Richardson and medical staff rushing to save the horse’s life shortly after 3 a.m., a man entered the doctor’s vehicle stealing technology, personal items, and bank information. Video of the person-ofinterest, caught on the center’s security cameras, may have captured the image of an individual who has recently been targeting local schools, stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of computer equipment during early morning hours. The center is asking the community for help identifying the individual. The center is releasing footage of the person of interest in an effort to enlist the community’s help in the ongoing investigation, which is being conducted by the San Diego Police Department. Any information may assist in protecting the community against future thefts, especially in light of the technology-targeted thefts at local area schools. The call was for a horse

who had taken so ill with colic, it had only 12 to 24 hours to live without intervention. When the call came, staff at the referring veterinarian in El Cajon, distraught horse owners, and the center’s medical team on location coordinated transportation for the horse and prepared for its arrival. Within an hour, the doctor and the animal arrived at the center where the doctor pulled his car to the surgery door in a rush

to save the ailing animal. Just minutes later, a man can be seen on security camera footage walking across the property toward Richardson’s SUV. The same man is seen just two minutes later fleeing the scene with a bundle in his left arm suspected to contain the items the doctor found missing from his car hours later. The items, including Richardson’s iPad, personal

belongings, and banking information, amount to charges of grand theft. “It doesn’t matter where you are, there are still people out there looking for opportunities,” said an investigating deputy. Anyone with tips or information is encouraged to contact San Diego County Sheriff’s Department by calling (858) 521-5200 immediately.


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Six surprising hazards in your home Carlsbad considers coastal corridor quiet zones service problems.

— Check for recalls at recalls.gov. More than 18.6 million appliances have been recalled in the past Here’s a scary thought: six years for flaws that Your microwave can sud- could cause a fire. denly turn itself on and set 1. Ranges. Number of the house on fire. fires: 16,824 It happens! A couple told ShopSmart, the shopping Burning issues: magazine from the pub- Burners that turn on by lisher of Consumer themselves and delayed Reports, that they were ignition on a gas oven’s left with more than bake and broil function. $18,000 in damages after their microwave caused a Play it safe: Look for fire when they were away unusual error messages on from home. the range’s digital display.

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CARLSBAD — The Carlsbad City Council is considering participating in a North County Transit District (NCTD) study about implementing a quiet zone along North County rail lines along the coastal corridor. Quiet zones are areas along the track where trains do not sound their horns except in cases of emergencies yet crossing bells and lights still sound. NCTD Deputy General Manager Reed Caldwell presented information about the study at the Aug. 27 City Council meeting. By implementing them continuously, quiet zones would not be established sporadically along the coastal corridor in some cities but not in others and noise would be reduced on the whole, according to Caldwell. Furthermore, the quiet zone process would be streamlined for all of the cities involved. To implement the zones, cities are required to invest in safety enhancements at each railway crossing to prevent cars and people trying to pass across the tracks while a train is approaching. There are four railway track crossings within the city of Carlsbad and all of them would require improvements. Caldwell emphasized that while NCTD would support the study and quiet zone implementation, NCTD will not pay for any of it. “We support that as long as there is no additional cost to us,� he said. In order for the $400,000 study to move forward, the city would have to approve funds to support it. Currently the cities of San Diego and Del Mar have implemented quiet zones along the tracks in their areas. Caldwell pointed out that the quiet zones might become increasingly desirable since train traffic is expected to double in less than 20 years. Though none of the council members commented on the item at the meeting, Mayor Matt Hall later said that he hopes the North County coastal cities will be able to establish quiet zones together but

NCTD Deputy General Manager Reed Caldwell explains to the Carlsbad City Council the benefits of implementing continuous quiet zones, but also acknowledges that the cost of doing so would have to be paid for entirely by the cities. Photo by Rachel Stine

that he is concerned about the cost associated with the study and added crossing safety measures.

Boomers used to be radicals once JOE MORIS Baby Boomer Peace Democrats and Republicans — who is what and why? I am writing this on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream� speech. It still boggles my mind that it is never mentioned that MLK was a conservative republican. Republicans represented freedom (Lincoln) and Southern democrats then wore pointed white hats and white sheets, ala Sen. Robert Byrd and Gov. George Wallace. Lyndon Baines Johnson, as senate majority leader, tabled every piece of Civil Rights legislation sponsored by Eisenhower. LBJ only pushed through Civil Rights legislation in 1964 to get the black vote. It had near universal support because of Eisenhower’s previous efforts. Who teaches this? And why not?

Isn’t there a non-ideological teacher left out there anymore? We baby boomers may have been radicals once. Now we are apolitical, conservative or liberal, libertarian or socialist, constitutionalist or fascist. We are all now labeled. Everyone seems to have to fit into some box. People who haven’t read my column ask me what political persuasion I am and I say conservative but that can be a misnomer. I believe in spirit first, then the Constitution and then individual selfreliance. The reason I bring up spirit is because if what I believe is true, then I must respect the spirit that lives in everyone. This transcends all religions and all laws. As Jesus taught: I must respect and love my neighbor as I would myself. That holds true even if my neighbor is a jerk, or worse, a fascist who wants to be in your bedroom, your bathroom, your kitchen, your work, your bank, your schools, your doctor’s office and your pocket. God didn’t put us in

America only to have powermad politicians take our freedom and self-reliance away. Even though you must respect these power-mad “spirits� you need to fight back at the ballot box. MLK, had he been here today would have said: “Government is best which governs least and that we

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Another surprising problem is dishwashers bursting into flames. A homeowner ShopSmart talked with said that he felt lucky he was still awake when his machine filled with smoke and sparks one night. Almost a quarter of all appliance fires are clearly caused by the units themselves as opposed to human error — say, leaving a pan of bacon unattended. That’s what ShopSmart found when it analyzed data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System. It identified more than 69,000 fires from 2002 to 2009 in which an appliance was the main cause. Of those, about half could be linked to a mechanical, electrical or design flaw. The following six appliances accounted for the bulk of the fires. The good news is that these incidents are rare given the millions of appliances sold, and there are ways to protect yourself:

5. Dishwashers. Number of fires: 1,015

Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. Keep flammable items, including oven mitts, away from the cooktop. Maintain a kids-free zone of at least 3 feet. 2. Clothes dryers. Number of fires: 8,717 Burning issues: Lint blockages on all dryers and gas leaks on those that run on gas. Play it safe: Clean the lint filter before each load. Dryer vents should be checked annually for clogs. Turn the dryer off before going to bed or leaving home. If you have a gas dryer, install a carbon monoxide alarm near the laundry room to warn you of leaks, which are poisonous.

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Partnership situations will be difficult. Expect to face a standoff that could alter the way you do things in the future. Offer an experimental way to solve differences, and you may find common ground. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — You’re in a good cycle for contracts, agreements and moneymaking opportunities. Share ideas with someone who has as much to contribute as you do. An unusual path could be the one to take to reach your objective. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Consider a certain change, but don’t jump in too quickly. You aren’t likely to get what you want if you are restless and impatient. Let someone else make the first move. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Keep things moving along. Stubbornness will be what stands between you and success. A practical approach to a job will help you avoid complaints and interference. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Travel and communication will inspire you. The fresh ideas coming your way may seem challenging at first, but with a couple of adjustments you’ll find a way to make things happen. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — If you invite friends over to enjoy the comfort of your home, you will be able to successfully ask for favors and support. At the very least, a fun time will be had by all. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Not everyone will agree with your choices, but you have to do what’s best for you. Be receptive and polite in the face of criticism, but trust your own mind above others. Love is on the rise.



tial daytime closures of certain parts of the airport for construction. Even though more planes could take off from McClellanPalomar Airport with these improvements, noise levels in the areas would actually decrease.



District),they haven’t been contacted by the CDPH about any operational impacts. “As it stands today, however, we do not anticipate significant costs or operational impacts as hexavalent chromium levels are not anticipated to be anywhere close to the 0.010mg/L Maximum Contaminant Level proposed by CDPH,” Carnegie said in an email. Mazzera explained that the CDPH arrived at the proposed MCL after evaluating seven other maximum contaminant level ranges for chromium-6, and evaluating occurrences statewide, population and how much it would cost to treat and remove and monitor the contaminant, and whether the contaminant can be measured at those specific levels. “Taking into consideration the technical and economic feasibility of doing that…complying with the pro-



The runway expansion would put departing aircraft at higher elevations to the west so that noise would extend over EL Camino Real and county property only. The study eliminated one alternative that would enable McClellan-Palomar Airport to meet FAA design requirements for accommodating larger aircraft because the

alternative would have required an extensive and expensive redesign of the entire airport. Under the approved alternatives, the airport would maintain design standards for handling B-II aircraft instead of advancing to accommodate the larger C-III aircraft. However, the study noted that C-III aircraft are already

posed MCL…we came to the conclusion that the MCL of 10 parts per billion that we’re proposing in this draft…is the most feasible MCL for hexivalent chromium at this time,” Mazzera said. OMWD collects annual samples for chromium-6, and in the most recent sample collected in 2012, there was no indication of the presence of the chromium-6 at or above the state’s detection limit for reporting, explained Carnegie. In its pursuit of groundwater as a potential source of potable water, OMWD hasn’t testedthe groundwater underneath San Elijo Lagoon for chromium-6 as part of the USGS project. The chemical has been found in greatest numbers in samples taken between 2000 to Nov. 13, 2012 in counties north of San Diego, including Riverside, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Santa Cruz and Sacramento. The CDPH is accepting public comments now through

Oct. 11. There are two scheduled public hearings, Oct. 11 one in Sacramento and the other in Los Angeles. Once final, the department will review the chromium-6 MCL at least every five years after its adoption. As technology improves, the standard may be changed.

peel these kids off the ceiling before each pop quiz? And can you picture recess duty? I wonder what the mortality rate is on the average Brazilian playground? I’m beginning to get a better feel for why the South Americans have such wild soccer games. We may want to keep an eye on Brazil. It’s hard to imagine what a generation might accomplish if it never needs to sleep.

tainly cut down dozing in class, but the elementary-age kids I know are energetic little critters who scarcely stop talking and sit still long enough to read the blackboard — and these kids are caffeine-free. The report made sure to include a Brazilian momma claiming she had been serving her children coffee with milk for years, and that the kids loved it.Well, sure. If you pour enough milk, sugar and sprinkles on shredded news- Jean Gillette is a freelance writer paper, kids will eat it. But just who happily consumes café con exactly who is it that gets to leche for lunch.




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ing freedom is found in the book “Rules for Radicals” which I just finished reading. “Rules for Radicals” is a blueprint to eliminate freedom and the middle class through the guise of compassion and universal health care. It all starts with controlling your health. This is called Progressivism. It is the antithesis of Conservatism. In the day of MLK, I would have been called a radical. If I am, you should be, too. Don’t be boxed into labels. Seek your freedom and your Peace and leave a legacy for your children. Stand for liberty. Stand for justice. Support those that represent such for your children and then learn to live in peace, love and Spirit.

must all respect each other in spirit.” Our Founding Fathers established this country with a minimum of words that have resonated to this day and it was founded on the belief that God gave us inalienable rights to freedom of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Those are conservative values today. The federal, state and local governments should provide courts, cops, firemen and military. Other than that, for the most part, leave us alone and don’t steal from us with evergrowing taxes (yes we need some zoning laws at the local level). This presidency and every democrat that voted for the affordable care act are stealing our freedom and it is all by design or ignorance. This presidency is a product of Frank Marshall Davis (Google him) and of Saul Joe Moris may be contacted at (760) Alinsky. 500-6755 or by email at The blueprint for steal- joe@coastalcountry.net.

utilizing McClellan-Palomar Airport and forecasts expect this usage to increase in the future. Yet under FAA regulations, the airport has no way of banning these larger planes from its runway; the decision to use the airport for larger aircraft is left to the operator and

pilots of these planes as long as they abide by the Code of Federal Regulations for aircraft operation. The Palomar Airport Advisory Committee approved the study on Aug. 15, according to Conaughton. The study will be put before the County Board of

Supervisors for approval at its Sept. 25 meeting. The runway improvements would be subject to FAA approval as well as state and federal environmental laws if the County Board of Supervisors decided to pursue any of the project options included in the study.




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