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VOL. 9, NO. 19

OCT. 4, 2013

Community group Leaders aiming for big splash files lawsuit over Rancho Cielo homes with blue economy planning By Jared Whitlock

By Rachel Stine

RANCHO SANTA FE — On Sept. 6, the SDCC (San Dieguito Community Council) filed a lawsuit against San Diego County over the approval of the residential project Rancho Cielo, alleging that the project fails to comply with state environmental standards. After decades of revision, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved the Rancho Cielo project, which consists of 24 single-family homes located off of Via Ambiente in Rancho Santa Fe, on Aug. 7. The specific plan for the Rancho Cielo residential project initially came before the Board in 1981. Over 30 years, the specific plan was amended six times. In September 2012, the project was brought before the Board with plans for 42 condominiums and singlefamily homes and a combined community and civic use center. The project was whittled down after that meeting to its current proposal after the Board and residents expressed concerns about the number and style of residences initially proposed. The SDCC was formed just after the County Board

of Supervisors granted approval for the project on Aug. 7, according to Everett DeLano, the attorney representing the group. A nonprofit, the SDCC consists of a number of concerned residents who live near the Rancho Cielo project site. Filed on Sept. 6 in the North County branch of San Diego Superior Court, the lawsuit alleges that the County failed to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act by failing to consider the environmental impacts of the project, prepare an environmental analysis of the project, and consider feasible project alternatives and mitigation. The lawsuit also cites concerns about safety and traffic impacts of the project. The suit seeks to invalidate the county’s approval of the Rancho Cielo project. Rancho Cielo Estates Ltd., the entity applying to construct the residential project, is also named as a respondent in the lawsuit. “The issues (of this project) have obviously changed dramatically since the early ’80s whether its traffic on Del Dios or fire TURN TO HOMES ON A22

REGION — Rows of white buoys floating in the Aqua Hedionda Lagoon are visible from Carlsbad Boulevard. Underwater, mussels cling to the mesh that’s attached to them. The Carlsbad Aquafarm raises and sells these mussels to seafood vendors and restaurants, including local spots like the Oceanaire Seafood Room. Every year, the aquafarm produces an estimated one million pounds of mussels and oysters. And Norm Abell, co-owner of the sustainable aquafarm, said that he’d like to step up production. “Now that aquaculture is finding its place in the local and national economy, we’re looking to scale up,” he said. Demand is increasing for not only aquaculture, but also industries like marine biomedicine and ocean desalination, said Michael Jones, president of San Diego-based Maritime Alliance. Jones and other leaders want to attract these “blue” businesses with a sea change in ocean planning. Their marine spatial planning would determine the best use of the ocean, both on the surface of the water and deep below, with a stakeholder process. That way, everyone from fishermen to shipping companies to naval ships get the most

Norm Abell, co-owner of the Carlsbad Aquafarm, holds up a tray of abalone. Abell noted that the demand for sustainable aquaculture is growing. Leaders hope to draw more “blue” businesses to the region with a process known as marine spatial planning. Photo by Jared Whitlock

out of the sea,while minimizing environmental harm if done right. The upsides of this type of planning are apparent when considering someone who wants to build an offshore aquafarm in San Diego. Currently, the entrepreneur would have to identify the best spots for cultivation — no easy task given that informa-

tion about conflicting shipping lanes, for instance, isn’t readily available. And the entrepreneur might wonder if groups will fight the offshore aquafarm, giving less of an incentive to launch the business. “With marine spatial planning, stakeholders representing businesses and environmentalists have already vetted and approved certain locations

as the best place for your business,” Jones said. The entrepreneur would also have to get permitted through different federal and state agencies — a long, complicated process. “If you don’t know exactly what you’re doing, it’s you against the bureaucracy,”Jones TURN TO BLUE ECONOMY ON A22

Newly signed bill tells motorists to make room for cyclists By Tony Cagala

REGION — Three feet, that’s how much space a vehicle must give when attempting to pass a riding bicyclist along the roadways thanks to new amended legislature signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 23. The bill, known as AB 1371 or the Three Feet for Safety Act, was introduced to the State Assembly in early April by Steven Bradford (DGardenia). The bill’s signing makes California the 22nd state, including Washington, D.C. to help make driving and cycling safer on the roadways. AB 1371 defines an exact distance as opposed to how it’s

currently described broadly as a “safe distance” in the California Vehicle Code Section 21750. As it reads now, the code states that vehicles seeking to overtake another vehicle or bicycle proceeding in the same direction are required to pass to the left at a safe distance without interfering with the safe operation of the overtaken vehicle or bicycle, subject to certain limitations and exceptions. Infractions of this law are enforced by a series of fines. Expected to go into effect Sept. 16, 2014, the new law will continue to enforce the law through a series of fines, cost-

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ing $35 for the first violation and a $220 fine if the infraction results in bodily harm to the bicycle rider. This was the third attempt to have the bill signed into law, but were previously vetoed by the governor. “I think for the safety of all bicyclists, it’s good to have in place just about anywhere,” said Andy Hanshaw, executive director at San Diego County Bicycle Coalition when speaking about whether there would be a roadway in particular that could benefit from the new law. “I’m hopeful this law will have an impact on that,” he Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law AB 1371 or what’s known as the Three Feet for Safety Act. The new said. “We’ve seen new bike law will require drivers to give bicyclists and other vehicles three feet of space when attempting to pass. Photo improvements and safety by Tony Cagala

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enhancements come up lately, which has been a welcome thing,too.So legislation like AB 1371…complement and help increase safety, along with a continued push for infrastructure, safety enhancements like we’ve had recently.” He credited the city of Solana Beach for their improvements made to Coast Highway 101 and also the road diet in Encinitas. “Safe passing to me, says

we want people to slow down, pass safely when they have to and be aware,” Hanshaw said. “Some of this is common sense. If you’re approaching a cyclist you need to slow down, give them enough space before you pass.This gives it that fine definition, and how it’s enforced, we have a year for law enforcement to consider it.” He said his group will work to help educate people and riders about this as it nears

its September implementation date. Enforcing the new law once it becomes effective will be “challenging,” said Jan Caldwell,public affairs director for the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. She said that enforcement will come down to having a deputy being at the scene and witnessing the infraction, and be able to estimate the distance accurately.



OCT. 4, 2013

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Diners in San Diego helped kick off the 25th Anniversary of Le Diner en Blanc, an epicurean flash mob where participants all dress in white. Approximately 1,600 people attended the San Diego event. Photos by Dan Knighten

he secret was well-kept until the buses arrived at their destination at Liberty Station. About 1,600 diners, all dressed in white, disembarked from the buses, and with their tables, chairs, picnic baskets and more set up for the second annual Diner en Blanc event in San Diego. The idea, which began in Paris, France 25 years ago, is now an international event.


San Diego resident Jeff Josenhans was on hand to promote the Diner en Blanc after party, which was held at the Grant Grille at the U.S. Grant Hotel downtown.

Rancho Santa Fe resident Gary Earle attends the 25th Anniversary of Le Diner en Blanc.

Vista residents Michael Tiernan and Jeffrey Stasny entertain the crowd at Le Diner in Blanc.

San Marcos resident Elena Etcheverry spreads her angel wings at Le Cardiff-by-the-Sea resident Carol Rayes attends the 25th Anniversary of White was the theme at the annual Le Diner en Blanc, which this year was held at Liberty Station in San Diego. Diner en Blanc. Le Diner en Blanc.

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County juggles overcrowded jails, other hurdles in year two of prison realignment By Rachel Stine

REGION — “It’s sobering to see where we are two years after the implementation of this,â€? said County Board of Supervisors Chair Greg Cox about the state’s Public Safety Realignment. With the two-year anniversary of prison realignment’s implementation on the horizon, county officials are grappling to manage overcrowded jails and an increase in crime. “We’ve taken the bull by the horns‌realizing that public safety is at stake here,â€? said Sheriff Bill Gore during an update about realignment before the County Board of Supervisors at its Sept. 24 meeting. While the county’s Probation Department, Sheriff’s Department, District Attorney’s Office, and Public Defender’s Office were commended for working collaboratively to handle the multitude of responsibilities shifted from the state to the county with Assembly Bill (AB) 109, officials cautioned that there are public safety challenges at hand and more to come. “I don’t want the public to think this is a big success story. It’s not,â€? said Supervisor Dianne Jacob. The inmate population in

Cmdr. Will Brown, left, and Chief Probation Officer Mack Jenkins, right, presents an update about the county’s implementation of the state’s prison realignment before the County Board of Supervisors at their Sept. 24 meeting. Photo by Rachel Stine

the county’s seven jails has been on the rise since the implementation of AB 109, which mandated that lowerlevel felons would serve their sentences in county jails instead of state prisons. At the beginning of September, the number of county inmates exceeded the region’s jail capacity by several hundred inmates. County detention facilities held 5,848 inmates on Sept. 3, surpassing the jails’ 5,522-inmate cap. “Despite measures we have taken, we are out of bed space,� said Cmdr. Will Brown from the Sheriff’s

Department. Not only are more inmates serving their sentences in county custody, more inmates are serving longer sentences in county jail facilities, which were not designed to hold inmates long-term. Brown mentioned that there is currently one inmate who is serving a 16-year sentence in a San Diego County jail. Before realignment was implemented on Oct. 1, 2011, the county’s jail population was about 4,600 inmates. With over a thousand

more inmates in county custody today, jail operations have been impacted heavily. The cost of operating the jails has increased and staff resources are stretched, according to Brown. “It is a tremendous strain on the staff, but we’re making it work,� Brown said. He also mentioned that with more inmates in the crowded jail facilities, the county is more exposed to potential litigation from inmates. Officials have also noted an influx of crime since realignment took effect. “Prisoner realignment continues to be a threat to public safety,� stated San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. Drug and property crimes increased in 2012, and the District Attorney’s Office has seen a 20 percent increase in cases, she said. Gore, however, said that he was not confident that crime rose in San Diego County specifically because of AB 109, seeing as crime rose across the entire country in 2012, not just in California. But Dumanis explained, “Offenders are spending less time in custody and more time in our community with TURN TO JAILS ON A22

Man swimming from Mexico into the US arrested By Tony Cagala

REGION — A 55-year-old Mexican national was caught and arrested by Border Patrol agents on Sept. 19 attempting to swim from Mexico into the U.S. while allegedly smuggling 52.43 pounds of marijuana in a duffle bag. The man, Ruben Aguilera-Lopez, is being charged with two felony counts of transporting marijuana into California and possession of marijuana for sale, according to the District Attorney’s office. He’s since pleaded not guilty to the charges and bail was set at $35,000. Agents responded to the sighting of the man swimming at around 11 p.m. approximately one mile north of the U.S./Mexico border. Aguilera-Lopez was floating on a duffle bag about 600 yards offshore. When agents searched the duffle bag, they found seven bundles of marijuana, worth an estimated street value of $23,594. An Oct. 7 date has been set for the preliminary hear- Ruben Aguilera-Lopez, 55, was arrested on Sept. 19 attempting to swim from Mexico to the U.S. while allegedly smuggling more than 50 pounds of marijuana in a duffle bag. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Border Patrol ing.


Michael Vilkin listens to the prosecution during a preliminary hearing Monday. Vilkin will stand trial for the charge of murder. Photo by Jared Whitlock

Vilkin to stand trial for filmmaker’s death By Jared Whitlock

VISTA — A judge ruled on Sept. 23 that there’s enough evidence for Michael Vilkin to stand trial for the fatal shooting of John Upton, a well-known filmmaker. For the count of murder, Vilkin faces 25 years to life. This spring, Vilkin pleaded not guilty to murder and a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. Vilkin shot Upton twice with a .44-caliber Magnum pistol March 28 in the 2900 block of Lone Jack Road in Encinitas, where both men lived. In a jailhouse interview shortly after the shooting, Vilkin told a reporter that Upton pulled a gun on him and the shooting was made in self-defense. San Diego County Sheriff’s Detective Troy DuGal testified that no firearms or weapons were found in the vicinity of Upton’s body or in the surrounding area. A pistol was found in a nightstand near Upton’s bed during a subsequent search of his residence. But there’s no evidence that the weapon had been outside, DuGal said. “I looked for dirt, vegetation, scuff marks — none,� DuGal said. Vilkin, a former economist, owns a narrow path next to Upton’s property. During Vilkin’s arraignment this spring, prosecutor David Uyar said the land had been a source of conflict for the two men. Two workers, who Vilkin hired on the morning of the shooting to trim trees and clear brush from the path, testified on Monday. Macario Matias said that Upton’s Mercedes SUV was parked near where they were pruning. To give them space, Upton left his home and offered to move the vehi-

cle. Then, he spotted Upton walking up the path toward Vilkin, who was about 100 feet away, according to Matias. Shortly after, he heard two shots. Matias said he didn’t see Vilkin fire. But he assumed the shots came from Vilkin because he didn’t see anything in Upton’s hands or arms moments earlier. Also, Vilkin previously mentioned he owned a gun. Matias said Vilkin told him that he kept the firearm in a black case. Fredi Rodriguez testified that he heard Vilkin yelling before the shooting. He and Matias fled after the gunfire. “I thought he was going to shoot me, so I ran,� Rodriguez said. Evelyn Zeller, Upton’s girlfriend, said she heard two gunshots five to seven seconds apart while in the house. She stepped out the front door, saw Vilkin and called to him. He turned away, walking behind some trees. Then, Zeller asked the workers if they knew what happened, and Matias pointed up the path. Walking in the direction, she saw someone on the ground, soon discovering it was Upton. “I saw him lying in his blood,� Zeller said. Moments after, she testified that Vilkin said: “Don’t get any (expletive) closer.� “He was pointing his gun at my chest from about three feet away,� Zeller added, noting she’d never seen that gun before. In his other hand,Vilkin held a black case, she said. At that point, she turned around, threw her hands up, ran back into the house and called 911. The shooting occurred on her birthday. And earlier TURN TO VILKIN ON A22


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Siskiyou secession move going nowhere By Thomas D. Elias

This Fletcher Cove Initiative is a mess By Kim Burnett

The sponsors of the Fletcher Cove Community Center Party Policy Initiative and those opposing the excessive occupancy, frequency and unlimited alcohol outlined in the Initiative can agree on one thing: It is a mess — an expensive one for the taxpayers of Solana Beach who must now fork over $250,000 for the special election triggered by the sponsors of the Voter Initiative. Yet that same small group of sponsors who stood before City Council, demanding that the issue go to a city-wide vote, is desperately trying to turn the tables and blame the City Council for the cost of the special election. History speaks for itself. In June of 2013, the City Council was faced with a proposal to rent out the Community Center that was excessive and simply not feasible. The proposal demanded two events per weekend with 100 guests and unlimited alcohol. The Coastal Commission weighed in and stated that the City could not set aside public parking in the Distillery Lot for these events. Moreover, an independent traffic study confirmed that there is not enough parking to accommodate parties of more than 50 people. In addition, the City Council had to consider the

effects unlimited alcohol at a family park would have on public safety and the character of Solana Beach. The proposal, as outlined, was not feasible due to parking, traffic and safety issues. The City Council worked hard to find a workable solution — one that would not have such major impacts on our beautiful Fletcher Cove Park and beach. This compromise included fewer people, less frequency and safeguards on alcohol, all in an attempt to reduce parking, traffic, safety and noise problems. Yet despite the fact that City Council established a reasonable Use policy, the sponsors of the Party Policy Initiative continued to push forward with the original policy that was already deemed unworkable. Mr. Golich, a primary sponsor of the Initiative, stood before City Council on Aug. 7, 2013 and delivered an ultimatum, “We want a decision made by the voters of Solana Beach. We encourage the council to adopt the provisions of the initiative rather than the measures under discussion. Short of that, the Friends will continue with the petition drive.” Even though the City Council established a policy allowing celebrations such as weddings and anniversary parties with alcohol for a nominal

fee, sponsors of the Party Policy Initiative claim it isn't enough and continue to fight for more. The group hired paid signature gatherers who lied to residents, telling them such things as "the Community Center is closed" "a couple people who live next door don't want anyone else to use it" or "it won't affect parking because events are only in the evening" — all false statements intended to get people to sign a frivolous initiative. None of those who signed were told it could cost taxpayers $250,000. And Mary Jane Boyd and Tom Golich deliberately turned the signed petition before November 1 to ensure they would get their special election. The sponsors of the Party Policy Initiative demanded a vote by the people. Now they are telling residents that the City Council must adopt their Initiative in order to deter the cost of the special election they, themselves, demanded, orchestrated and deliberately triggered when they submitted the signed petition in late August. Make no mistake, the sponsors of this Initiative wanted a special election and made sure they got one. They can't blame anyone for cost but themselves.

Kim Burnett is a Solana Beach resident.

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It’s secession season again in California. For the seventh time in the last 27 years or so, there’s a movement afoot to split the state. But while most secession attempts have sought to divide California on a north-south basis, with the divide roughly at the top of the Tehachapi Mountains between Los Angeles and Bakersfield, the latest effort — like the two most recent previous ones — involves far more creative and interesting borders. The previous pair sought east-west splits along political lines, wanting to take the most conservative-leaning parts of California away from coastal counties that tend to vote more liberally. The newest effort is a completely different twist, even carrying a name: The state of Jefferson. This one originates in Siskiyou County, a mostly-rural, mountainous area bordering on Oregon that is roughly bisected by the north-south Interstate 5. County supervisors there, confronted by a roomful of citizens frustrated by what they see

no matter how intriguing the Jefferson idea may be and no matter how valid the grievances of the affected area, this state split will go no farther than all the past efforts. For one thing, any such split would have to be OK’d by Congress. How many other states will vote, in effect, to give the present California two more seats in the United State Senate? No other state wants its clout diluted. There’s also the likelihood that the demographic makeup and political leanings of the Jefferson area would assure election of a Republican governor and legislature, something Democrats now controlling Sacramento and the U.S. Senate would resist. These kinds of factors are significant reasons why there has been no successful state split since the Civil War era, when West Virginia was formed as a pro-Union state after the rest of Virginia became the seat of the Confederacy. Feelings may run high today in some places, but there’s no way an annual fire fee can arouse the same deep feelings as slavery did a century and a

Feelings may run high today in some places, but there’s no way an annual fire fee can arouse the same deep feelings as slavery did a century and a half ago. as neglect and even persecution from state government, voted 41early last month to leave. They’d like to take some other Northern California counties and a few from southern Oregon with them. Supervisors in some neighboring counties will probably vote on the idea soon. If the state of Jefferson were to become reality, its largest cities might be places like Ashland or Klamath Falls, Ore., or Eureka, in Humboldt County. Should it stretch as far south as Shasta County, Redding would become its metropolis. Many Siskiyou residents and some in nearby counties are angry over new gun control laws and firefighting fees being assessed by state officials in wildfire-prone areas. They also harbor longtime fears that big cities to the south might one day tap wild and scenic rivers like Eel, Smith or Trinity. They feel unrepresented in Sacramento, and are plainly alienated from the freeway-conscious cultures of Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area. It’s rather ironic that this move comes while California’s governor, for the first time in decades, is a significant rural landowner, Gov. Jerry Brown owning a ranch north of Sacramento. But the strong odds are that

half ago. This doesn’t mean people in rural Northern California aren’t sick of being dominated politically by the big coastal population centers. So the newest state-split advocates have at least something in common with the 28 previous efforts to split the state since California joined the Union, mostly spurred by Northern Californians fearing domination by Los Angeles. What’s more, secession would require an overall yes vote from all Californians, very unlikely. The bottom line now, as with past state split efforts, is that it’s not going to happen, no matter how much fun some folks might have while talking up the idea. But mere talk won’t solve the economic and political problems of the area. Only better representation in both Congress and the Legislature can start doing that, but there’s no prospect most of the current major office-holders whose districts include Siskiyou County will change or grow more effective anytime soon.

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This is the view patrons of Claire’s on Cedros restaurant will have of a proposed mixed-use development approved by City Council at the Sept. 25 meeting. Photo by XXX

Cedros mixed-use project OK’d By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — With no public comments and little discussion by council members, a mixed-use project slated for 238 N. Cedros Ave. was unanimously approved at the Sept. 25 meeting. Residents Doug Sheres and Terry Wardell are proposing to build four structures on a 20,216-square-foot through lot that fronts North Cedros and North Rios avenues and is adjacent to the popular Claire’s on Cedros restaurant. As presented, the development would divide the lot into two parcels, one of which would include a twostory commercial building with retail on the first floor and office space above and an efficiency unit. The other parcel will feature two identical, 2,208square-foot detached singlefamily homes, each with a two-car garage. A 1,565-square-foot, single-story vacant home and a storage building, both of which will be demolished, currently sit on the property. The density allowed on the western parcel, where the commercial building will be located, is four dwelling units. One is proposed. The maximum allowable building could be 12,130 square feet, but only 4,477 square feet are proposed. The two-story commercial building will be 3,884 square feet and the efficiency unit, referred to as a boat house in the plans, will be about 592 square feet. The maximum allowable building height is 35 feet. The proposed buildings will be slightly less than 33 feet high. The efficiency unit will be 25 feet. “We’ve scrunched the building down really as far as we felt like we could,” Sheres said. The required 14 parking spaces will be provided. The two dwelling units proposed on the eastern half of the lot represent the maximum number allowed, are below the maximum floor area ratio by more than 3,600 square feet and are 5 feet lower than the maximum height limit of 30 feet. “Both coastal cottages (are) juxtaposed in such a way as to provide extra privacy and extra open space relative to a lot of the other properties that have been built on the street,” Sheres said. “They’re almost half the size of the last structures that have been approved in that area so we feel like we’ve really built something

“North Cedros is the small and utilized open space and air and tried to welcome mat for train station create some privacy down visitors, however it is in need there,” he added. “They’re of property and street very high quality and they’re TURN TO MIXED-USE ON A22 very green, sustainable and they really stand on their own. The developers are proposing to provide six parking spaces, one more than the requirement. “This is a small project before you but one that we have spent an enormous amount of time on,” architect Rob Quigley said. “It’s a very special project. This is the kind of thing that urban planners like myself love to see. “The transition between a residential district and a more commercial or retail district is a real opportunity for mixed use, and to do it finely and delicately is always a challenge,” Quigley said. “I was asked … not just to meet your zoning criteria, but to actually exceed it,” he added. “And in my experience working with developers, that’s an unprecedented request. It shows the sensitivity of working within your own community.” Sheres said the team met with neighbors and tried to incorporate their feedback and comments into the project, which has been in development for about two years. Councilwoman Lesa Heebner said she appreciates the applicants’ efforts to tier the building, minimize the footprint and take into consideration the “experience of Claire’s customers.” “I think it’s a very nice project,” she said. “I look forward to seeing it built.” Mayor Mike Nichols said he watched the project plans develop during the past year. “It landed in a place that is better than where it started, not to say it was bad when it started,” Nichols said. But as developments evolve and go through the design process, “they have the ability to become better projects and I think this is a case where this is true,” he added. “You guys obviously put a lot of thought into this,” Councilman Peter Zahn said. “The sustainability elements are really impressive, and the project on the whole, I think, is just super.” Although no residents spoke at the meeting, the city received 13 e-mails supporting the project. “All in all it looks slick and fits with the other buildings nearby,” Brent and Kim Cook wrote.

Lucky Duck’s Swing & Soiree event, held Sept. 30 at the SantaLuz Club, raised money for Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Pet Encounter Therapy Program. Above, P.E.T. clients enjoy petting time with a friendly bunny. Courtesy photo



OCT. 4, 2013


Former Jack’s site nears completion, tenants sought By Dave Schwab

For the first time, and under strict guideline, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife allowed kayaks in the San Dieguito Lagoon to help with the Sept. 21 International Coastal Cleanup Day. Courtesy photo

Boaters in the lagoon? By Bianca Kaplanek

COAST CITIES — Anyone who saw kayaks in the San Dieguito Lagoon on Sept. 21 need not worry that the waterway is now open for recreational water sports. The boaters were allowed to access the lagoon for the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup Day. “We got permission from the California Fish and Wildlife for the first time ever to use kayaks to access the lagoon under strict protocols,” said Kelly Sarber, part of San Diego Gas & Electric’s Strategic Management Group. “SDG&E hosted more than 300 volunteers at the San Dieguito Wetlands for our annual Coastal Cleanup

Day in partnership with I Love a Clean San Diego,” she said. “We were amazed how many people came.” The wetlands area was one of a record-breaking 102 cleanup sites in the county this year. “We pulled out over 600 pounds of trash from the various locations, including Dog Beach, the estuary under the bridge and all over the wetlands on both sides of I-5,” Sarber said. Countywide, approximately 7,000 volunteers helped remove more than 150,000 pounds of litter and debris. The most unusual items found included a foot massager, a working iPad and iPod and a puppy, according to the local event website.

LA JOLLA — Redevelopment of La Plaza where Jack’s nightclub once stood is advancing with demolition nearing completion, redesign under way and more than a dozen tenants being “recruited” by developers for the new high-end boutique shopping center at the corner of Girard Avenue and Wall Street. “Demolition started in June and we’re getting very far along with that, anticipating the exterior renovation of the property will be completed in December, though our first tenant won’t likely be open any sooner than January,” said Marcelle McAfee, regional manager for developers Davlyn Investments. Several weeks ago, Lissilaa Boutique at 1250 Prospect St. was the first tenant to announce it would be moving into La Plaza. Panera Bread, the sole remaining tenant at the old Jack’s site at 7863 Girard Ave., closed Sept. 15, leaving the complex temporarily uninhabited. “We’re hoping to find a top-notch international brand that’s seeking a flagship store for what is arguably the most iconic corner in the Village of La Jolla,” said McAfee. The plan, said McAfee, is to redevelop the highprofile center in the mid-

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dle of La Jolla’s downtown Village with an array of “luxury boutiques and brands,” though no names have yet been confirmed. “We’re still collecting letters of intent and we are speaking to candidates,”

liminary designs for hardscape and landscaping for La Plaza were reviewed recently by the La Jolla Planned District Ordinance (PDO) Committee, which makes recommendations to La

We anticipate 12 to 15 tenants, including restaurant and spa inhabiting mostly smaller-size suites.” Marcelle McAfee Regional Manager,Davlyn Investments

said McAfee, adding the intent is to find “a signature restaurant for the top floor of what was Panera, a prime location with a large, wrap-around patio dining and ocean views.” McAfee said a highend spa is also being sought to fill out the thirdfloor of the former Jack’s building, as well as another tenant, possibly a cigar lounge. The goal of La Plaza’s tenant mix is to make the boutique center a destination. “We want people to enjoy our center and spend their time there, not just breeze through,” she said, adding the tenant mix will begin to be announced in the year’s final quarter. “We anticipate 12 to 15 tenants, including the restaurant and spa inhabiting mostly smaller-size suites,” McAfee said. “We’re just really excited about helping the image of La Jolla internationally.” Meanwhile, on a separate but related track, pre-

Jolla Community Planning Association, the advisory group on land-use matters for the city. La Jolla PDO is charged with reviewing projects to ensure they comply with standards set for community development, including use of materials, color schemes and proper signage. La Jolla architect Jim Alcorn of Alcorn & Associates gave a presentation to La Jolla PDO on landscaping and other design elements of La Plaza. “There will be more landscaping there in the public right-of-way then there is at present,” Alcorn told PDO committee members. “The sidewalk is going to be completely redone and some new tile and paving and landscaping between and around the existing trees is going to happen.” Alcorn said parking, includin that available in a parking structure in the Brooks Brothers Building

nearby, will be “more than what’s required” to meet the new shopping center’s needs. Alcorn will return the PDO at a future date to present the group with details on La Plaza’s signage and street furniture for the project’s outdoor café. The retail space at 7863 Girard Ave. has had a long and troubled history. Bill Berkley, who previously owned Jack’s, went out of business July 31, 2009. It was later disclosed that one of Berkley’s employees had allegedly embezzled funds from him, a case that is still pending in court. Following Berkley, Mike Viscuso, a nightclub mogul who owns properties in downtown San Diego and Hollywood, purchased the property and began remodeling it with grand plans to redevelop it as a nightclub with seven bars and three restaurants. He later abandoned those plans when the economy went south. Redeveloping the site “has been a challenge for whomever owned it,” said Berkley, adding the multilevel, stepped-back design of the building makes it, “very difficult to get something to go in the back. (Redevelopment) probably would work for a restaurant like George’s (on Prospect), but it doesn’t work for a boutique dress shop, or something like that. “I’m sure there’s somebody that will do something and overcome the negative impact of the physical layout. I wish them luck and hope they’ll be successful.”

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Adventures in Vancouver Island E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road I am strolling on Deck 5 of the Queen of Alberni on a glorious September afternoon as the ferry churns through the Strait of Georgia. It’s a two-hour ride between Tsawwassen, British Columbia, and Nanaimo, a city on the southern end of Vancouver Island. Our final destination: the beach cities north of Nanaimo, an area the locals call the Canadian Riviera. You can tell which ferry passengers are Canadian; they are in shirtsleeves and shorts; we are bundled in Gore-Tex. Having escaped the 90some degree weather in San Diego County, we are glad to be here in Canada’s cooler Southwest. Our week’s itinerary includes two days in Parksville and two in Qualicum Beach, towns along the Oceanside Route. Both are ideal bases from which to explore the south end of Vancouver Island, and both offer “everything and nothing,” as Michael Addiscott says. He’s an Outsider Adventures guide who came to Vancouver Island from Scotland because of the proximity of limitless outdoor activities. Whether mountain

biking is your thing, or you prefer the quiet of a forest path or formal gardens, the island has something for all ages, abilities and activity levels. You can stay crazy-busy here or you can just chill, he says, plus “I don’t have to get in the car to get on a trail. I just have to walk out my front door and get on my bike.” Addiscott shames me into paddle boarding by telling me that on the previous day, a 60-year-old woman with a recent hip replacement tried it and loved it. I’m not sure he’s telling the truth, but his words worked. With his patient coaching, I eventually stand up and manage to stay up as we paddle through the transparent water off Qualicum Beach. “You can see so much more from up here,” Addiscott declares as we spot a couple of flounder and a school of small salmon sliding across the sandy bottom. Despite Vancouver Island’s northern location, the waters off its coast feel warmer than those of Southern California. British Columbians can thank the North Pacific Current for this. Earlier my husband and I took out a two-person kayak for an hour. Paddling along the coast, we could see the snow-covered mountains that tower near Whistler on mainland British Columbia. On another afternoon, we drove 45 minutes east to Horne Lake Caves, where

with two guides and a halfdozen others, we descended into one of the 1,000 caves on Vancouver Island. Elliot Eden, a dual citizen of Canada and Britain, led our group down, around and through the narrow, damp, often slippery passages, illuminated only by our headlamps. (If you are prone to claustrophobia or are reluctant to get cozy with strangers, best avoid this adventure.) In the process, he offered lessons in biology and geology, and emphasized the fragility of the cave and the fascinating story of the hundreds of years it takes to “grow” some of the features like stalactites, stalagmites and other mysteriously beautiful formations. He left no visitor questions unanswered. And then there was the darkness thing. “One of the characteristics of a true cave is that there is no light — anywhere,” Eden said. “This is one of the few places where nothing changes whether your eyes are open or closed,” he said. And then he proved it. We extinguished our lights for five minutes — and breathed deeply. Fortunately, it was easier climbing up and out of the cave than going in. Back on top, we hung out at the scenic, tranquil lake, enjoying (and thankful for) the late afternoon sun.

Cave guide Elliot Eden (left) points out some of the other-worldly formations found in one of hundreds of caves that inhabit Vancouver Island. This one is found in Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park. Amateur spelunkers can take 90-minute to 5-hour guided tours that demand varying degrees of skill. There is camping and many other activities in adjacent Horne Lake Regional Park. Photos by Jerry Ondash

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On a beautiful day, passengers aboard the Queen of Alberni ferry can enjoy the two-hour ride from British Columbia’s mainland to Duke Point (just south of Nanaimo) on the boat’s top deck. The ferries carry everything from pedestrians to fully loaded semi-trucks through the Strait of Georgia. Dining services (including gluten-free items), wi-fi and shopping are available.

outsideradventures.com. Headquarters for knowledgeable guides and great gear in Qualicum Beach. Kayak and paddleboard rentals; guided hikes and walking tours. Get out of the car and see the island’s beauty up close. Horne Lake Caves: (250) 248-7829. Guided tours up to five hours; self-guided tours in some areas. Equipment provided. Bring a jacket and sturdy shoes. V i s i t env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore /parkpgs/horne_lk/.

Where to stay Parksville: Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort; sunriseridge.ca. Luxury condos. Fully equipped one-, two- and three-bedroom units with high-end kitchens, king-size beds, roomy soaker tubs and patio grill. Facilities include outdoor heated pool and fitness facility. Short walk to the beach. Qualicum Beach: Shorewater Condominium R e s o r t ; shorewaterresort.com. 24 condo units; each stocked with everything for an extended stay, including picnic tables. Step out of your room right onto the beach. Bonus: view of the coastal range on

Michael Addiscott, second from left, offers advice to a novice paddleboarder just off Qualicum Beach. Addiscott, a guide for Outsider Adventures Inc., moved from his native Scotland to the Canadian Riviera because of the proximity and convenience of outdoor activities in the area. “You can do everything or nothing,” he tells visitors.

the mainland. Walk on the beach early morning or evening a beautiful thing. More to come on Vancouver Island: A city of murals; wine country; foodies

and local focus; giant trees, stately gardens and butterflies. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com.



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CP Air certification Term limits place limit on our progress deadline extended By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — California Pacific Airlines (CP Air), the potential first airline from North County, resubmitted its certification application to the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) after requesting more time to reexamine its entire submission. After the FAA had found CP Air’s initial application incomplete, the FAA required CP Air to resubmit its application by Sept. 13. CP Air requested a deadline extension on Sept. 10 in order to have enough time to revisit every element within the 27 manuals of its submission to incorporate all of the FAA’s feedback. “We recognized that it

would be prudent for us to take a harder look at our submission in order to provide the best possible responses,� said John Selvaggio, CP Air’s president and CEO. The FAA granted the extension, setting a new deadline of Sept. 30. But the FAA warned in its letter that if the airline missed the new deadline, its certification application would be terminated, which would require the airline to start a new application and return to a waiting list at the “lowest priority.� Selvaggio said that CP Air submitted its revised materials to the FAA on Sept. 25. CP Air now awaits further review from the FAA.

Transit study underway By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — Want to help shape local transit plans? Take a three-minute survey on the city’s website. For a study, the city is in the midst of analyzing the potential demand and economic sustainability of a shuttle service in the city. Additionally, once the study is completed, Encinitas will have a better idea of how locals use transit. To inform the study, the survey collects information like how residents get to work, where they travel to for their job and how much they’d be willing to pay for a shuttle. The City Council approved funding for the study this past spring. It’s expected the survey will be done next June. And once it’s finished, it will include findings about the need for a shuttle, potential routes, the cost and several funding models, according to Mike Strong, associate planner with the city. Also, with the study, the city should have a clearer perspective on transit patterns as a whole. “We’ll learn about which transit infrastructure people commonly use,� Strong said. He added that the city would be more likely to receive transportation grants with the study. That’s because it will have documented which areas of the city have a demand for public transit. Along with the online version, Strong said that city staff members are administering the survey in person to residents at places like the Encinitas Coaster Station and MiraCosta College’s San Elijo

Campus. They’re also reaching out to the elderly via various senior services. And paper surveys are available at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center, the Encinitas Library and Downtown Encinitas Mainstreet Association. The electronic survey launched on Monday. Two days later, Strong noted that roughly 375 people had responded online, with about 150 people filling out inperson surveys. This August, the city kicked off its outreach effort. It held three stakeholder meetings with groups like the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce and the Encinitas Bike and Pedestrian Committee to gauge the successes and pitfalls of local transit. The stakeholder groups are scheduled to weigh in again next month. Funding for the study comes from a $100,000 grant from Caltrans. Additionally, the city provided an in-kind contribution of up to $25,000 in staff time. North County Transit District (NCTD) and San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) are helping the city with the study. Strong noted that NCTD is interested in the study since it will provide added data for bus routes. For SANDAG, a regional transportation agency, the study could serve as a template for other cities in the region. The survey, which closes Oct. 7, can be found on the city’s website at ci.encinitas.ca.us.

Kirk Effinger If anyone is still wondering what has happened to governance in our state they need look no further than the examples provided with the help of term limits, the behavior of our own State Senator Mark Wyland (38th Senatorial District) as he bids for more life as a politician, and the future of our County Board of Supervisors. Wyland, who leaves office at the end of his term due to term limits, has announced he is running for the Third District State Board of Equalization seat about to be vacated by Michelle Steele — because of term limits. Term limits were enacted in 1990, largely the brainchild of Republicans, and were sold to voters as a way to end the era of “career politicians.� Republicans were behind this because they were frustrated by one man, former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, who wielded power so effectively, unyieldingly, and in such a partisan manner they saw it as the only

way to end Brown’s tenure and to forestall future Willie Browns. Wyland was first elected to office as a member of the Escondido Union School District Board in 1997. His election in 2000 to represent the 74th Assembly District truly began what can only be described today as his career as a politician. In all the time he has served, what Wyland is most noted for is getting elected and re-elected as a Republican in districts that are generally Republicanleaning. This isn’t entirely his fault. As a member of the extremely minority party in the state legislature it’s virtually impossible to get any meaningful legislation passed but, the fact remains Wyland is, despite the intended aim of term limits, a “career politician.�

Since the concept of term limits has begun we have seen a constant stream of politicians hit the revolving door in Sacramento. Does anyone believe our state is better run since 1990? Bringing the travesty of term limits closer to home, last year voters approved — with union and arguable Democratic Party support this time — limits on terms for the County Board of Supervisors, limiting them to two terms. Anyone who has read my columns over the years knows I have long been opposed to the stacked deck that allows the 20-plus year tenure of most our current board members. That said, I am equally opposed to taking away the people’s right to vote for and retain representation if that is their desire. Thanks to the passage of the new term-limit law, in seven years our county

board will have no one with more than two year’s experience on the body. This lack of institutional memory and continuity is something you should try desperately to avoid as it increases elected official’s reliance on people who have no term limits, but who do have their own agenda that is sometimes in conflict with the will of the people, government employees. Simply put, term limits subverts the will of the people and is contrary to the democratic process. 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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Electronic artist Datsik performs at Voyeur in San Diego Oct. 10. Photo by Teaghan McGinnis By Alan Sculley

In 2007, Radiohead made headlines by offering a download of its then-new album “In Rainbows” for free — or any amount a fan wanted to pay for it. Electronic artist Datsik identifies with Radiohead’s thinking. And he’s giving away his new CD, “Let It Burn,” through his website with no strings attached. To Datsik the economics of today’s music business, in which illegal downloading has gutted album sales, has made albums more of a promotional tool than a source of revenue. “I’d rather just give it out, and because I feel it’s my best work, I think it’s important that more people hear it,” Datsik said in a lateSeptember phone interview. “So I’m basically offering it up for free and saying if they give me a tweet or whatever, that’s great, and just basically trying to get it out there. I’m not really too concerned about selling the album all that much, as long as people have it and come to the shows. I think that’s kind of the future of where music is headed. It’s kind of like charging people for water. It should be given out for free and shared among friends and enjoyed. If you really like the artist, then go to the shows. That’s kind of the philosophy I took on this release.” Clearly in the world of Datsik, one of electronic music’s best-known names, the priority is on touring. And “Let It Burn” has just been released to coincide

with a tour that runs through Nov. 27. He’s bringing a big show, featuring the latest edition of his Vortex stage set. “We’ve amped it up,” Datsik said. “Basically there’s a whole Vortex concept behind it. (It’s like) if you picture a funnel, but tilted toward the crowd with the big end facing the crowd, and we have a projector in the front projecting images all around and beside me. Then we have a projector behind the Vortex that’s shining through a thin piece

on the electronic music scene. The same could be said of Datsik (real name Troy Beetles) himself. A native of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, he debuted in 2009, and before the year was over, he had notched several number one tracks on Beatport, the leading online electronic music store. He continued to build his catalog of singles and remixes from there before releasing his first full-length album, “Vitamin D,” in April 2012 on Dim Mak Records,

As much as people know I make a lot of dubstep, I also kind of lean toward the hip-hop kind of stuff.” Datsik Electronic artist

of lycra, which is like this seethrough white material, so it looks seamless. It looks like I’m standing in this tunnel of light, and the light is actually hitting me because of the way we designed it. So it’s really trippy. It’s a really interesting experience.” Datsik’s set will culminate an evening that will also showcase opening sets from Funtcase, Antiserum & Mayhem, Protohype, Sub Antix, Must Die!, The Frim and Rise At Night — acts that are all signed to his label, Firepower Records, which since being founded in January 2012 has grown into a significant force

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the label owned by fellow electronic star Steve Aoki. An EP, “Cold Blooded,” followed this past January on Firepower. Initially “Let It Burn” was meant to be the second in a series of EPs that started with “Cold Blooded.” “This was supposed to be part two, also with seven tracks,” Datsik said. “But when I was finishing it up, there were gaps that I felt needed to be kind of filled, and I had all of these other tracks laying around. So I went on this crunch of trying to finish all of these tracks. In doing so, they kind of seemed to all fit together. So

that’s kind of why it turned into an LP (with 10 tracks) instead of an EP.” From the outset of his career, Datsik has been known for dubstep, which has become the most popular style of electronic dance music. And “Let It Burn” features many of the trademarks Datsik has brought to his music. Tracks like “Scum,” “Athena” and the title song are populated by typically icy synthesizers, dark atmospherics and danceable rhythms. But “Let It Burn” is far from a onedimensional package. Datsik also throws a little reggae into “East Side Swing,” adds some hip-hop to the lilting “Glock Burst,” puts a disco pulse to “Buckshot” and slows things way down on “Hold It Down,” a song with a prominent vocal part. The variety of “Let It Burn” reflects Datsik’s ambitions to avoid getting stuck in the dubstep box. “As much as people know I make a lot of dubstep, I also kind of lean toward the hip-hop kind of stuff,” said Datsik, who counts Wu-Tang Clan members RZA and Method Man among his influences. “I’m trying to turn myself into instead of just being a dubstep artist, I want to be just an artist. I want to make it so that when people come see me, they’re not seeing a dubstep show. They’re coming and seeing a Datsik show. “With that comes a whole bunch of different styles of music. I think that’s really important to me at this point. I’m trying to branch out.”

San Diego County residents automatically associate the Hoehn name with the local automotive dynasty. Continuing a legacy of 80 years and four generations in the sale of automobiles, Hoehn Motors has enjoyed iconic status in Southern California since its establishment in Carlsbad in 1975. However, one strongminded member of the venerable automotive clan has answered a different calling, choosing a lifelong career in the arts. A native of Memphis, Tenn., Ann Hoehn arrived in the San Diego area in 1976 following her parents’ relocation to La Jolla. She tells of her life’s journey, “My interest in art history actually began in high school when I took an art history course. My teacher imbued a passion in me.” During a six-week tour of Europe as a teenager, she experienced for the first time Michelangelo’s Pieta at the Vatican Museum in Rome. She recalls,“I literally almost fell to my knees I was so overwhelmed with its sublimity.” With great inspiration, she later earned her bachelor’s degree in art history from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. After docent training at San Diego Museum of Art and later at the Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park, Hoehn served as a docent with both institutions for six years. The experience of deep immersion in the arts led to her desire to obtain an advanced degree in art history. Hoehn also wanted to share with her two children

the world in which she had grown up, so she moved with them to Memphis pursue her master’s degree at the University of Memphis. She states, “I spent probably five months over two years in Denmark to work on my thesis, which was on the late 19th century Danish artist, Vilhem Hammershoi. Scandinavian art is not normally taught, so I wanted to research an artist that has not been given enough recognition.” Returning to San Diego, she completed her final thesis by correspondence and received her degree in 1997. Hoehn taught art history classes as an adjunct professor of art history at the University of San Diego until accepting the position as director of education at the Timken Museum in 2004. Early in the summer of 2013, Hoehn stepped into the newly created position of adult education coordinator and lecturer at the Oceanside Museum of Art. During the month of June she delivered her initial lecture series with topics including the art of the Italian Renaissance, Northern European Reformation and Counter Reformation, Rococo to Impressionism of 19th century France, and PostImpressionism to the 1960s in the United States. Today she continues to enrich her education by taking courses at the British Institute in Florence, Italy, and as a result brings excitement and inspiration to the information she shares with her audiences. Paralleling Hoehn’s life, writer and mystic Thomas Merton wrote her favorite quote, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” During each of her annual trips to Italy she TURN TO BRUSH WITH ART ON A22

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HISTORICAL BUS TOUR The Encinitas Preservation Association held the city’s first-ever historical bus tour on Saturday. Winding through each of Encinitas’ five communities, the three-hour tour covered 40 historical points of interest. The association is considering conducting either annual or quarterly bus tours in the future. — Jared Whitlock Above: The “Encinitas Child” statue reaches up to the sky from Coast Highway 101, a stone’s throw south of Encinitas Boulevard. Sculpted by Manuelita Brown, the statue debuted in 2010. “The statue is intended to convey they are entering a place where they are welcomed with a relaxed atmosphere that is unpretentious,” Brown told The Coast News in 2010. Photo by Jared Whitlock


OGRE FUN The J* Company Youth Theatre presents “Shrek-The Musical” with a cast of local youngsters, including Canyon Crest student Samantha Tullie, as the lovelorn Dragon. The play will run Oct. 12 through Oct. 27 at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. QUARTET TIME The Del Mar Foundation's Cultural Arts Committee presents The John Jorgenson Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Del Mar Powerhouse, 1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar. Tickets are $20 general, $35 reserved seats at delmarfoundation.org/jjq.ht ml. KISS AND WAKE UP The Professional Theatre for Families at North Coast Repertory presents “Sleeping Beauty” at 11 a.m. Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 and Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 and Nov. 9 and Nov. 10 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets are $16 at northcoastrep.org or (858) 348-1055.

“Fair Trade and the Fight against Human Trafficking” by Lia Valerio from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 4 at 1412 Camino Del Mar. Valerio founded Malia Designs, a Fair Trade design and sales company to increase economic opportunity for women in Cambodia and to support organizations that fight human trafficking in Southeast Asia. COWBOY TIME Cowboy Jack will perform from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 4, at the Arrowood Golf Course Grill, 5201 Village Drive, Oceanside.


Arts Foundation host the 12th annual Oceanside Music Festival, OMFest, with concerts Oct. 5 and through Oct. 20, featuring concerts including early rock-n-roll, liturgical, choral and classical music. For times and dates, call (760) 433-3632 or e-mail OMF@ocaf.info. C.O.A.L. ART Carlsbad Oceanside Art Gallery member artists display their artwork at Art-on-the-Green every weekend from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort, 3075 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad. For more information, visitcoalartgallery.com. CELEBRATE 25 Seaside Center for Spiritual Living will hold its 25th anniversary gala on Oct. 5 at the Loma Santa Fe Country Club, 505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Cost is $125 per person. Enjoy dinner, FOR FAIRNESS Fair Trade dancing, silent and live aucDécor hosts a video and slide. tions and entertainment.

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OCT. 6 UKULELE JAZZ Queen of Jazz Ukulele Sarah Maisel with Paul Tillery acoustic bass will play from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Dr, Encinitas. For more information, call (760) 753-7376 or visit encinitaslibfriends.org. GO BAROQUE There will be a free baroque violin and cello recital at 5 p.m. Oct 6, 3 4 5 9 Manchester Ave., Sts. Constantine & Helen G r e e k PAUL DWYER Orthodox Church in Cardiff, with violinist Adriane Post and cellist Paul Dwyer. Donation $20.

OCT. 7 THINK SMALL ArtBeat on Main Street in Vista invites artists to enter the co-op gallery’s “Small Packages” 2013 competition and exhibition. The entry deadline is Nov. 17. Eligibility, guidelines and entry at OnlineJuriedShows.com or by calling ArtBeat at (760) 295.3118.

OCT. 10 PHOTO ART Through Oct. 10, Francine Filsinger, Sublime Expressions. Photography can be seen at the Civic Center Gallery, City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas during regular business hours.


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Solana Beach ‘Empty Bowls’ feed the hungry Sidewalk improvements SOLANA BEACH — Soup cooked by local restaurants will be served in bowls handcrafted by local artisans from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 12 at a fund-raiser at Calvary Lutheran Church, 424 Via de la Valle, to benefit elderly, hungry and the working poor in San Diego. Diners will choose their own bowls and take them home afterward. A donation of $20 per meal is suggested for the event. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Del Mar is cohosting the event. The Big Decisions will

perform bluegrass and gypsy-jazz tunes during the event. “Empty Bowls,” will benefit the Third Avenue Charitable Organization, at First Lutheran Church in downtown San Diego. The social ministry provides free meals plus medical, dental and mental health care to people in need, regardless of their religious beliefs. Soup and freshly baked bread will be provided by local restaurants including Chief’s Burgers and Brew, Taverna Blu,

Prepkitchen, Crepes and Corks, The Fish Market, Del Mar Rendezvous, California Pizza Kitchen, Beach Grass Café, Naked Café, Panera Bread Restaurant, Tony’s Jackal, Woody’s, T’s Café, Poseidon, and O’Brien’s Boulangerie. Art organizations whose members will make the bowls include Bishop’s School, Clay Artists of San Diego, Clay Associates, El Cajon Valley and Francis Parker high schools, Get Centered, Plum Pottery, San Diego State University’s Art

Department, San Diego Potters Guild and UCSD Craft Center. Created in 1990 by an art teacher in Michigan, Empty Bowls is now an international grass-roots effort to fight hunger. Locally, it has raised more than $110,000 for TACO over the past several years. The North County Chapter of Thrivent Financial will contribute matching funds from the Oct. 12 fund-raiser. For more information, call (858) 755-2855 or visit CalvaryLutheranChurch.org.

take big step forward By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Council members recently stepped out of their comfort zone, agreeing to finance a project that will improve connectivity and pedestrian safety in the seaside community. Historically, city leaders have shied away from taking on debt, opting instead to use pay-as-you-go financing even if it meant projects took a little longer to complete. The city currently has an estimated $4.2 million in sidewalk, street and drainage projects that were initially slated to be funded by allocating about $300,000 annually. The project is broken down into five segments as indicated in the graph below. But the work cannot be easily divided into $300,000 increments because of construction issues. Council members agreed at the Sept. 16 meeting to complete segments one, two and three, which total about $2.9 million, using $2 million from a financing plan offered by the San Diego Association of Governments that issues bonds to advance construction projects. The balance would be funded by using $650,000 cash from the capital improvement fund that “is money that we’ve set aside … to do just what we’re talking about,” City Manager Scott Huth said. The balance would be paid with $350,000 cash from the general fund contingency. The city would use about two-thirds of the approximately $200,000 it receives annually in TransNet funds to pay the debt. TransNet is a voterapproved half-cent sales tax given to cities for use on transportation projects. It is the same financing mechanism Solana Beach used to fund its recently completed improvement project along Coast Highway 101. “The city would continue to have general fund and gas tax funds available for regular as-needed roadway maintenance efforts,” Public Works Director Eric Minicilli said. Segments one and three are considered high priority because they are heavily traveled pedestrian thoroughfares. Segment three also includes drainage problems that need to be fixed, according to the staff report.

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Segment two is a high priority because there is currently no infrastructure for pedestrian passage between Del Mar Plaza and the Del Mar Fairgrounds. “I think this is a great project,” Councilman Don Mosier said. “I’ve been looking forward to doing this in pieces, but getting it all together is even more attractive. SANDAG bond financing is an attractive option that we should pursue.” “This is somewhat monumental,” Councilman Al Corti said. “This gives us the ability to have a sidewalk from … Ninth Street to the fairgrounds and to the other end of town and to the beach colony, something we haven’t had for 30 years, something that’s been a priority for 30 years. “It seems to me that we can afford it. The financing is available,” Corti added. “I think we would be remiss if didn’t move forward posthaste.” Corti said the city should also seek transportation grants to help with the financing. “I’m disappointed that we can’t do (segments) four and five,” Mayor Terry Sinnott said. “But it’s understandable that this is where our heavy pedestrian usage is. This makes a heck of a lot of sense.” Construction for segments four and five will be considered at a later date, but those areas may be designed with portions one, two and three. “It makes a ton of sense to design project one, two, three, four and five all at the same time,” Minicilli said. “If we get hot construction bids maybe we can get another segment in.” Minicilli said it’s too soon to give a construction timeline.The next step is to issue a request for proposals for design and coordinate with SANDAG’s next bond issuance, he said. “This is a significant project for the city,” he said. “This is a major undertaking.” Another $2.5 million in improvements are needed along Via de la Valle, on the northern section of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and on Camino del Mar at North Beach. Staff recommends using future new parking revenue for those areas.



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S PORTS Chargers shuffling players around for win By Tony Cagala

SAN DIEGO — A heavy weight seemed all but to be lifted off the collective backs of the Chargers after their 3021 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Sure, the AFC West division leading Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs are 4-0, but the thought of going 1-3 on the season would have been rough, said quarterback Philip Rivers after the game. And the win, which both Rivers and head coach Mike McCoy described as a “team win,” came with as yet more players were shuffled around to fill in for starters lost to injuries. Finding the “best 53” guys to play has been McCoy’s mantra since taking over the team this season, and finding any sense of consistency can be difficult in terms of who’s out there when the offensive line, even the core group of receivers changes weekly. “You always want to have a consistent group out there,” said Rivers. “We don’t want the shuffling of the o-line like we had (Sunday), but when it happens, you have to expect and trust that guys will step up and they did.” Rivers praised his offensive line, including Stephen Schilling, Johnnie Troutman, Mike Harris and D.J. Fluker. “And then the glue that holds that all together is (Nick) Hardwick. They were awesome.”

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Chargers running back Danny Woodhead raises his arms in celebration after scoring his second touchdown of the game. Photo by Bill Reilly

“We didn’t really miss a beat,” said rookie tackle D.J. Fluker, who sat out during the loss against the Tennessee Titans two weeks ago, after sustaining a concussion during a practice. The first concussion, he said, he’s ever had in his career.

“I was in rage mode because I don’t like missing games,” he said.“I don’t like not being a part of the team, but I was a part of the team…to heighten them up. That was my job, to heighten them up, TURN TO CHARGERS ON A22

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It’s in the air, and we’re not talking about fall. It’s Raiders Week, and if not sure what that means, you haven’t been paying attention. Few things elevate the Charger Nation’s blood pressure like rustling with the Raiders. Holly Molly, Holly Roller, Holly Black Hole: it’s a game that is part competition, part show and part life-and-death. Few despised the Raiders like Marty Schottenheimer. When coaching the Chargers, a portion of practice was open to the media. And this week, Raiders Week, it always included his version of ”Marty Bawl.” “Gentlemen, it’s Raiders Week!’’ he barked at players, loud enough so the press heard his rant. “Do you know what that means? It means if you aren’t ready, they’re going to stick it up your...’’ We won’t finish his sentence. But you get the drift, and that’s why Sunday night’s AFC West tango in Oaktown will be a hoot. “Anytime you play against a divisional opponent there is that professional hatred that you have for a team,’’ Chargers coach Mike McCoy said. Oh yeah. But nothing approaches ChargersRaiders. Although the Chargers-Chiefs series between those team’s former respective coaches, Bobby Ross and Schottenheimer, were dandies. And when the Chargers-Broncos go armin-arm, there’s nothing low key about it. But the Raiders are in a class by themselves and I’m shocked, too, that “Raiders” and “class” share a sentence. Those new to Raiders Week are being educated. Quarterback Philip Rivers has an impressive 11-3 mark against Oakland and he doesn’t want some kid messing it up. “Philip just said something about it,’’ rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen said. Allen, who attended California, committed a Chargers sin (Cardinals are for Arizona) when pictured in a Raiders lid this offseason. It went viral; Chargers fans went bonkers. “It’s definitely going to be big for us this week to get this win,’’ Allen said.

“First divisional game is like winning two games, so we’re definitely trying to get on top.” Like any good rivalry, the real action is at the bottom. Where eyes are poked, body parts are squeezed and remember that cheap shot LaDainian Tomlinson absorbed to his ribs while in a ChargersRaiders scrum? “Everybody knows it’s Raiders Week; this is a special week here,’’ center Nick Hardwick said. “It gets a little extra special attention. We’re going to go in with a good aggressive attitude, a good fighting spirit and be ready to win again.” Even if a chunk of the playing surface is brown soil, thanks to the A’s being in the playoffs. But it don’t mean a thing — this game is about its soul. “Who cares if it’s dirt or gravel,’’ Hardwick said. “You’re just here to punch the guy in front of you. There’s nothing special about it. If we play harder and tougher than them, we’re going to win.” Win, lose or brawl, Chargers-Raiders is to be cherished. Tomlinson was reminiscing on the Mighty 1090 what Raiders Week meant. His voice revealed the game was special then, and now. “Marty believed if you hit them enough times, they would quit,’’ said Tomlinson, who beat the Raiders 13 straight times. “For most of my career, he was very accurate.’’ Schottenheimer’s aim was nearly as keen as the Black Hole’s citizens. Among my favorite East Bay memories is Tomlinson scoring on a 19yard run for a 27-21 overtime victory in 2002. That it came in the southern end zone, where the Black Hole resides, made it sweeter. “All the guys are celebrating and the fans started throwing bottles and anything they could find,’’ Tomlinson said. “It was such a great feeling that we had won a huge game at their stadium and their fans let us know how they felt.’’ Again, with feeling, it’s Raiders Week — enough said.

Jay Paris can be heard talking Chargers football on 1090 AM on Monday and Friday mornings. He’s also the Wednesday morning cohost of “Hacksaw and Company.” He can be reached at jparis8@aol.com and followed on Twitter @jparis_sports.

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San Dieguito Academy High School Girls tennis team takes a break after last year’s SDA Community Tennis Tournament. This year it will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Bobby Riggs Tennis Club, 875 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. Courtesy photo

Academy hosts tennis tournament ENCINITAS — There is still time to register to be part of San Dieguito Academy High School Girls and Boys Tennis Teams’ second annual SDA Community Tennis Tournament, from 2 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Bobby Riggs Tennis Club, 875 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. The tournament is open to the entire community and will offer round-robin doubles play. Food and drink will be available for purchase along with raffle prizes, including two tickets to the 2014 PNB Paribas Open ClassicIndian Wells. Registration is $35 per person or $60 for

doubles teams that register together. Walkons will be accepted. Players who do not have a partner will be assigned one when they arrive at the tournament. All participants will receive a T-shirt. For more information, contact Sarita Bland, Parent Rep, SDA Girls Tennis Team at (760) 271-0475 or surfmom@cox.net. All proceeds will benefit the San Dieguito Academy Boys and Girls Tennis Program. Parking will be available at the Riggs facility, as well as the adjacent Pacific View Baptist Church.



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The truth about Angie’s List, Yelp and other online ratings Need to find a good plumber, hairdresser or auto mechanic? If you’re like a lot of people, you’re happy to turn to online ratings services to get a recommendation. Sure, it can be convenient to find out what others think of a handyman’s skills before you hire him. But how trustworthy are the opinions? Here’s what you should know about the companies Consumer Reports Money Adviser recently examined, listed in alphabetical order.

ANGIE’S LIST Cost for consumers: Varies; $46 a year in San Francisco How it works: Companies set up free online profiles or involuntarily get one when a member rates them. When they get two reviews and a B average or better, and there are no alerts about them, they can pay to advertise and must offer discount coupons that “position your business to rotate on page 1 of search results,” Angie’s List says. Caveats: Consumer Reports Money Adviser thinks that the ability of Aand B-rated companies to buy their way to the top of

service supported by membership fees. But almost 70 percent of the company’s revenues come from advertising purchased by the service providers being rated.

On Yelp, a company’s ability to make amends with a negative reviewer undercuts the integrity and accuracy of the ratings, says Consumer Reports Money Adviser. Photo courtesy of Consumer Reports

the default search results prominently promising that skews the results. Angie’s “businesses don’t pay” and List misleads consumers by that it’s a consumer-driven

CONSUMERS’ CHECKBOOK — CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF SERVICES Cost for consumers: $34 for two years How it works: Local companies are involuntarily rated by the Center for the Study of Services, based on surveys of Consumers’ Checkbook’s own subscribers, Consumer Reports subscribers and CSS’ own research. (Consumer Reports gave CSS $25,000 in matching funds to get started in the mid-1970s and has allowed Checkbook to survey its subscribers in the seven metro areas it covers.) Caveats: Consumer Reports Money Adviser found little to fault here, except that in some cases a business rating may be based on as few as 10 users. But Checkbook provides complete transparency and guidance about how to assess those ratings compared with companies with more users. GOOGLE+ LOCAL Cost for consumers: Free How it works: Anyone can search Google+ Local by city, state and business type to find reviews, which are simple one- to five-star ratings and commentary. Google is mum about how an overall rating is calculated beyond saying that it’s based on user ratings — no details on how users are verified — “and a variety of other signals to ensure that the overall score best reflects the quality of the establishment,” according to the

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Google+ Local website. To write a review, you must create your own personal Google+ profile, typically using your real name, which provides something of a reality check. Caveats: Google encourages businesses to reward their fans with coupons and to try to resolve customer service problems. But this can skew the ratings positively, because assuaged customers can always delete their previously negative reviews. YELP Cost for consumers: Free How it works: Anyone can look up a company on Yelp to see its overall rating and individual reviewers’ ratings and comments. To write a review, you need only set up a username and provide your email address and ZIP code. That creates a profile where your reviews are gathered. The more prolific you are, the more trusted and “known” you become in Yelp circles. Companies appear on Yelp involuntarily, but they can claim their page and gain access to tools that let them contact reviewers publicly or privately through the site to work out problems. Caveats: A company’s ability to make amends with a negative reviewer — while good from a customer’s perspective — undercuts the integrity and accuracy of the ratings, because placated gripers can change their review at any time. And, Consumer Reports Money Adviser points out, rated service providers can buy sponsored search results and put them at the top of the list for someone searching for, say, a restaurant in Los Angeles.


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Fire Mountain homeowner Mike Moore stands by a radar speed sign recently put up on Laurel Road. Moore estimates drivers are traveling at 40 mph on the road with a 25 mph speed limit. Photo by Promise Yee

Residents push for street calming By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — Residents in the Fire Mountain neighborhood have collected 60 signatures requesting the city install street calming measures on Laurel Road. “There has been a tidal wave of support to stop excessive speeding,” Mike Moore, a homeowner in the Fire Mountain neighborhood, said. Moore has met with Councilmen Jerry Kern and Gary Felien to discuss residents’ concerns. He and fellow residents also have a meeting scheduled with Mayor Jim Wood and the city traffic engineer Sept 24. Moore said residents’ concerns are a life and safety issue. He said drivers use the narrow 2-mile winding road as a cut-through to state Route 78. The posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour. Moore said cars are clocking through at much higher speeds. He estimates drivers are speeding through at more than 40 miles per hour. Moore said there are habitual speeders who zoom down the road on a daily basis. “They live in adjacent neighborhoods,” Moore said. “I can predict which vehicles will come by at what time of day.” One frequent speeder was a motorcycle rider Moore said he flagged down and warned he was driving too fast. The same motorcycle rider had a fatal crash on Laurel Road on Oct. 6, 2012. A resident was backing his pickup truck out of the driveway and the motorcycle rider, who Moore said was traveling at 50 miles an hour,

“Two tickets and the crashed into the truck and problem usually resolves died. “We have seen one fatali- itself,” Weiss said. ty,” Moore said. “We don’t want to see No. 2 happen here.” Laurel Road is in a rural zone where there are no city sidewalks. House driveways spill onto the road where in some cases there are blind curves. “People are afraid to pull out of their driveways,” Moore said. “They do not feel safe jogging or walking. Safety is the paramount concern.” Moore said from 4 to 6 p.m. a heavy stream of vehicles speed down the street at the same time a lot of pedestrians are walking and jogging. “The road is congested with speeders and pedestrians,” Moore said. “It’s a toxic mix.” Moore said residents want the city to conduct a traffic safety study and follow up with city recommendations on how to calm traffic on the road. “There is no question the issue is getting worse and the volume and speed of traffic is getting worse,” Moore said. “I’m confident a traffic study will come to the same conclusion.” Things are progressing. The city assigned a police officer to monitor drivers’ speeds with a traffic radar gun and ticket any offenders. City Manager Peter Weiss said no speeding tickets were issued. A radar speed sign was also put up. Weiss said people’s perception of speed is often different than the actual rate of speed a vehicle is traveling. He added if the problem is a habitual speeder some driver’s education is needed.

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SANDAG gives priority Company offers luxury trip to the desert boost to local cyclists COAST CITIES— San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) approved scenario 1 for the regional bike plan early action program on Sept. 27, which allows a $200 million investment in high priority bike projects during the next 10 years. The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, an organization supporting the rights of bicyclists, says this will help create a regional bicycle network of interconnected corridors, support facilities and programs to make bicycling a convenient form of transportation. In 2011, SANDAG’s board of directors made a commitment to active transportation with the adoption of the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan and its Sustainable Communities Strategy, which included integration of Riding to 2050: San Diego Regional Bicycle Plan previously approved in 2010.The board developed the bike plan early action program, and in

Wednesday Farmers Market welcomes new management ENCINITAS — The Encinitas Station Farmers Market is under new management as of Sept. 25. Current Market Manager, Carris Rhodes, will be stepping down to devote more time to Leucadia 101 Main Street as its program manager. Brandon Janiss and Tasha Ardalan will be taking over as the new managers for the midweek market. Janiss and Ardalan share a passion for local food and farmers. Together they operate an organic pet product company called Foxy Treats, which focuses on sourcing its ingredients from local farmers including their own Foxy Treats Farm. This fall, Foxy Treats will be releasing Local Harvest, a raw dog food made with produce from Encinitas’ very own Coral Tree Farm, found exclusively at Pupologie. In addition to participating as vendors at several farmers markets in the county, Janiss and Ardalan manage and sponsor the Welk Farmers Market every Monday at the Welk Resort in Escondido from 3 to 7 p.m. The Encinitas Station Farmers Market is held Wednesday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot on the corner of E Street and Vulcan Avenue in downtown Encinitas. For more information, visit farmersmarketencinitas.com/ or facebook.com/pages/Encinit as-Station-CertifiedF a r m e r s Market/180841945358756.

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improvements,” Nathan Morton wrote. “It will (complement) the train station and be of top quality construction. I welcome this needed project



safety,” said DeLano, referring to the project’s initial approval in 1981. Specifically, he said the SDCC is concerned that the project is based on an environmental impact report that was completed in 1981 and revised in 1984.



get ‘em going.” He said that seeing the team play against Tennessee, he wished he could’ve played and made a difference. “But sometimes you can make a difference,” Fluker said. “Sometimes, it’s better to sit out. That’s what they told me to do, and that’s what I did. But other than that I was happy to be back out there on the field. I felt like a little kid on the field,” he said. Rivers also spoke about connecting with new receivers with their main starters out. “Who would’ve thought that we weren’t going to have D.A. (Denario Alexander) and Malcolm (Floyd) week four of the season – D.A. not even start the year. But guys have stepped up…. “We expected a lot from Vincent Brown; Keenan Allen probably gets thrown in there sooner than anybody thought and he was big today, (and) Eddie (Royal)’s been rolling.” Allen, who made several key receptions in Sunday’s game said he definitely does-

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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS with open arms.” John Cavanaugh stated that he supports the project but urged council members to “come up with a strict limit on time for any street parking to try to discourage long term employee parking.”

Construction won’t begin until next year as the project must still earn approval from the California Coastal Commission. Purchase or lease prices for the residential units have not been set.

“There has been no substantive environmental analysis since the early ’80s,” said DeLano. County documents on the project state, “The 24lot single family, fee-title residential project does not present a substantial change to the environmental impacts and mitigation measures from what was previously analyzed in

1981 and 1984.” Representatives from Rancho Cielo Estates Ltd. could not be reached for comment. DeLano said that the SDCC and County will have to meet for a mandatory settlement conference and that it will be months before it is known whether the case will go to court or not.

n’t feel like a rookie out there and that he’s handled the extra responsibility of taking on a larger role with the team well. “Just go out there and do what you do that you’ve been doing for the past 14 years of your life,” Allen said. “Just treat it like practice, even though it’s not practice, definitely treat it like practice, try to make everything smooth, try to keep the confidence and try to stay positive.” Rivers said that it’s been good that they’ve had a lot of guys involved so far this season, but if they’d been healthy from the start, their record could be different. “Ifs and buts don’t get you anything,” Rivers said. “We know what we could be sitting here right now, but we’re not. “But I think it’s big that we got to 2-2...I know we’ve been 1-3 before, but it’d been rough going to 1-3. This is a huge game.” Rivers doesn’t care what the other people are doing in the division, but it’s a fact, he said, adding that they can’t just expect to dig themselves

out of 1-3s. “It’s a long fight back when you go 1-3,” he said. “These kinds of wins and games early on when you have a lot of young guys playing, you have a lot of guys playing that maybe we didn’t expect were going to have to play, they gain experience, you gain confidence, you gain toughness. For Fluker, he said his comfort level still isn’t there. “I’m not comfortable, because I haven’t arrived yet,” he said. “I haven’t arrived at getting to where I’m trying to be…I’m comfortable in my offense, but my comfort level (overall) I’m just not satisfied.” But Rivers said that with these wins, the 53 guys have gotten better than they were the week before because of the experience and the toughness and how they were all tested. “And I think winning can be contagious,” Rivers said. The Chargers announced on Tuesday that Dwight Freeney and Malcolm Floyd have been placed on the reserve-injured list.


said, adding that’s not conducive to attracting blue businesses to the region. To streamline the process, the plan aims to create a simplified checklist of what federal and state agencies require for different industries. San Diego already has a robust blue economy. According to the San Diego Maritime Industry’s 2012 report, 1,400 regional companies produced more than $14 billion in direct sales in 2011. This economic activity supported 46,000 county jobs. But Jones believes there’s room to turn the region into a powerhouse. For one, San Diego, once the home to a large tuna industry, already has the infrastructure to support fishing companies. Plus, blue businesses would benefit from places like the Scripps Institute of Oceanography — similar to how research hubs presently feed the biotech industry. For an idea of how much monetary value is in the water, using state-of-the-art open ocean cage technology, the Maritime Alliance estimates a business could farm 150,000 metric tons of white seabass in one-square mile annually.That seabass would be worth $900 million. Once it’s shipped off and makes it to tables, the worth multiplies to $3.6 billion, supporting 6,000 California jobs. Organizations like Carlsbad’s Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute, which works to restore the white seabass population through cultivation, could provide that stock. “We import most of our fish,” Jones said. “But it’s sitting off our coast.” While some of the infra-

structure is there for blue jobs, Jones said there’s one ingredient missing for the industry to take off: vocal supporters. Jones explained that when people think blue economy, industries like fishing and ship building come to mind. But San Diego is home to less visible marine robotics, sonar and underwater communications companies. Because many of these blue businesses are export-heavy, they don’t actively promote themselves locally. “Right now, they aren’t part of the chamber of commerce,” Jones said. “So they don’t have people to go bat for them.” But marine spatial planning is one way to bring them to the table, he said. And if engaged with the community as a whole, local politicians would be more likely to craft policies that reflect their needs. San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox is among the early supporters of marine spatial planning. One reason: He noted that the U.S. imports 80 percent of its seafood. Aquaculture could bring that number down, and fish raised in the U.S. is held to higher environmental standards. “Wouldn’t it be more cost effective, and frankly a lot more environmentally sensitive, if we could raise our own seafood here?” he asked. As well as fishing, he added that marine spatial planning should take recreation, conservation and military interests into account. “We need to do a better job of planning for where these things should be and shouldn’t be,” Cox said. Cox, who was recently named to the California Coastal Commission, said he’ll promote marine spatial plan-

ning at the state level. Since it’s still early in the process, it’s yet to be determined what it will look like, including which agency will run the meetings and who will participate. Marine spatial planning seems to be gaining traction locally. A variety of local representatives will attend the Maritime Institute’s Blue Tech and Blue Economy summit in San Diego Nov. 7 and Nov. 8. Plus, the institute plans to release a full study on marine planning’s economic impact next year. In the past, the ocean was largely divvied up on a sectorby-sector basis. In a nod to a multitude of new ocean businesses and uses, President Barack Obama’s administration called for coastal states to take up marine spatial planning in 2010. Gaining an understanding of habitats, seafloor topography and currents would give planners an idea of where to put wind farms, for example, the administration stated. San Diego is among the first areas in the nation to consider marine spatial planning. Don Kent, president of Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute, said that marine planning could draw attention to local blue businesses’ economic impact. In turn, that would attract more talent and resources for the industry. Kent, who’s also eyeing building an offshore aquafarm, noted it’s already difficult to meet federal state ocean regulations. Marine planning will succeed only if it makes it easier for businesses to set up here, while balancing conservationists’ goals. “I’m supportive of the concept, but it has to be designed to benefit all parties,” Kent said.




makes a pilgrimage to San Miniato, an active Benedictine monastery considered the most beautiful Romanesque cloisters in Tuscany. In the monastery’s crypt she finds a sense of quiet reverence, solitude and peace as she loses herself in the chanting of the monks. Hoehn reflects on her love for art history, “I think my greatest characteristic is my passion for the subject. I try to imbue my passion into (the audience), and if anyone walks away enlightened I feel I have done my job.”



fewer consequences if they offend.” She was referring to the sentence reductions and alternative custody measures that have been utilized over the past two years. During the presentation, Supervisor Ron Roberts asked her, “In essence, we’re putting people through the system quicker?” Dumanis affirmed this, replying, “Because of the law (AB 109), not because of what we’re doing (at the county).” To address the continu-

Stretching her talents beyond the boundaries of art history, as a member of the Amateur Pianists Association Hoehn performs regularly as a classical pianist. She has also ventured into the world of literary arts with the publication of her first novel titled “Corinne and Me,” an autobiographical story of growing up in Memphis during the racially tumultuous 1960s and the impact of her relationship with the nanny who helped raise her during that turbulent era. She has recently completed a second edition titled “One River, Two Oceans, and ous consequences of AB 109, county officials are still developing new tools and techniques to better manage its inmate populations and reduce recidivism. The Board of Supervisors approved a request for a new data collection and reporting system, known as an Evidence-Based Practices System, that would allow the court, the Sheriff’s Department, the Probation Department, the County Health and Human Services Agency, and other public safety officials to collect information about offenders and share that information instantaneously with other

Raindrops In Between.” The Oceanside Museum of Art is featuring Ann Hoehn speaking on the History of Landscape from the Renaissance to Modern Times Oct. 9, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For reservations and additional information about this and future events, call the Oceanside Museum of Art at (760) 435-3721. 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.

that day, Upton’s mom had passed away after battling disease, she said. Zeller also said that the couple planned to move in two weeks. Upton gained notoriety during his crusade to rescue Romanian orphans living in horrible conditions during the communist dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu. A TV segment about Romanian orphanages in 1990 sparked his interest in helping them, he told “20/20” in a story about him. He visited the orphanages, videotaped the awful conditions and eventually convinced families to adopt Evelyn Zeller, John Upton’s girlfriend, tells those in the courtroom that some of the Romanian chil- Michael Vilkin pointed a gun at her after he shot Upton. Photo by Jared Whitlock dren.

agencies. They also granted funding for a new AB 109 Housing Program that would enable county officials to connect offenders with transitional housing for up to 12 months after they are released from jail. “Housing instability increases the likelihood of recidivism,” said Chief Probation Officer Mack Jenkins. He cited that as of July 12, 2013, 19 percent of San Diego’s realigned offenders did not have a permanent home. The Housing Program intends to increase offend-

ers’ abilities to meet their conditions of probation and gain reliable income. The county is already in the process of building a brand new women’s jail facility and an expansion to the East Mesa Detention Facility to increase its inmate capacity. The new women’s jail will include 255 more beds than the current detention facility; and the East Mesa expansion will add another 400 beds to the facility. Both are anticipated to be finished in summer 2014. Furthermore, the Sheriff, District Attorney, Public Defender and other criminal justice agencies are

scheduled to come back before the Board of Supervisors within 90 days with a program designed to better manage jail populations. Though Gov. Jerry Brown still has not reduced the state prison population to the cap set by a panel of federal judges in 2009 that led to the passing of AB 109, he has not proposed sending more inmates from prisons to county custody. But the Board of Supervisors still called for the state to support counties with needed funds and resources as they deal with AB 109.

Authorities expressed concern that they do not know how much state funding to expect for 2014-15 to support the county’s continued implementation of AB 109. Supervisor Jacob said that despite how successfully the county’s criminal justice agencies have handled implementing realignment, at its core, AB 109 is still poor legislation. She added that it should be the state’s responsibility to fund it. “To me, you put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig. To me, AB 109 is still bad legislation,” she said. “They (the state) need to pay the bill.”

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ART TAKES PRIZE Chris Weatherby, an artist and resident of Encinitas, was given the Pauline Marks Memorial Award at the San Diego Watercolor Society’s August Show, “You’ve Got To Be Kidding!” Weatherby’s watercolor, “As the Crow Flies,” was admired for its interesting value gradation which establishes mood. More information can be found on the Web site, sdws.org. Courtesy photo

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Library lights up winter RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Library has resumed its regular winter schedule, offering something for all ages. The Children's Library will have its regular Preschool Storytimes every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and Toddler Storytimes every Friday at 10:30 a.m. For October, mystery and Halloween are the focus of its special programs including: — Oct. 7 at 3:30 - Love on a Leash - Build reading skills by reading to therapy dogs at 3:30 p.m. every first Monday of the month — Oct. 14 through Oct. 19 is Teen Read Week Scavenger Hunt. “Seek the Unknown @ Your Library” lets teen detectives, grades six through 12, solve the Mysterious Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win a $25 Target gift card. — Oct. 17 at 3:30 p.m. Halloween Craft — Oct. 24 at 3:30 p.m. Special Effects Make-up Demonstration. Professional make-up artist, Christine Cordova will demonstrate cool and scary special effects make-up techniques.


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Nothing says love like heat resistant concrete OK, I’ll say it. My husband was right. Of course, I hate to admit it — again. I am rather glad I didn’t burn the house down, though. I’ve heard that can be such an inconvenience. Some might say I’m impetuous. Some, like my children, might possess no restraint or diplomacy, and miss no opportunity to tell me flat-out that I may not always think things through. I’m more the leap-now, feellike-an-idiot-later type. I will acknowledge that I get a little help keeping my train on its track from that fellow known as my other half. His favorite and most annoying trick is constantly proving that an ounce of caution is, as they say, worth that pound of cure. “Call a chimney sweep,” he said one day last week when it was 85 degrees outside. “I think we might need it cleaned before we use it this year.” So in spite of the Santa Ana winds that blew, I did. It turned out the chimney was truly the least of our problems. The astonished sweeper explained that our fireplace must be completely refurbished before it sees another flame. Unless you are perched directly in front of it, blocking the flames of anyone else, the fireplace offers precious little heat, but I am loath to hit that thermostat button in the winter. I want that cute, little, wood-eating decoration to earn its keep. Giving full vent to my enthusiastic nature and tight budget, my fires during the past 15 years tended toward roaring. It appears I burned up my fireplace. I didn’t even know that was possible. Not one easily chastened, I careened on toward what I saw as a perfect solution. I used to have a nice little cast-iron stove. It would crank out so much heat, we could be walking TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B15

Education gets culinary kick from county nutritionist By Lillian Cox

DEL MAR — Fernanda Larson is a certified nutritionist and culinary instructor who uses cooking to teach reading, writing and arithmetic as well as science, social studies and other subjects to local elementary school students. As founder of Cook for Thought, she imparts a sensory knowledge of American history by taking students on a culinary tour of the United States. “American culture goes far deeper than hot dogs and hamburgers,” she said. “We discuss the Native American diet, which includes seeds, and learn how to make Three Sisters Stew where students roast quail, which is the California state bird. Students also learn how to make other regional favorites such as Manhattan clam chowder, fish tacos (Southern California), and cedar planked salmon (Seattle, Wash.).” In 1997, Larson traveled from her home in southern Brazil to the United States to begin work on a master’s degree in nutrition at Bastyr University in Kenmore,Wash. “I grew up in a gourmand family,” she explained. “Our family’s backbone was in the kitchen, and culinary roots were passed on intergenerationally in a natural, organic, intrinsic manner. Nutrition was a natural career path for me as I always had a curious mind and wanted to find the science behind everything.” Larson’s early career revolved around clinical nutrition by preparing dietary recommendations,

Surfers wait for waves at Swami’s Beach. The California Coastal Commission denied the Encinitas and Solana Beach 50-year sand project, citing the threat to surf breaks as one concern. Several residents at last week’s City Council meeting said local surf spots have benefited from past sand replenishments. Photo by Jared Whitlock

Cities back smaller scale sand project By Jared Whitlock

Cook for Thought founder Fernanda Larson, center, with daughters Giulia, left, and Sophia. Larson uses cooking to teach reading, writing and arithmetic as well as science, social studies and other subjects through the Del Mar Union School District. Photo by Lillian Cox

nutritional supplementation and computer-generated analysis. She was surprised to learn that few Americans know how to cook. This made it difficult for many of her clients to actually implement her nutritional recommenda-

tions. “So I started teaching basic, healthy cooking with enormous success ... and then I became a mother,” she explained. “I understood the immense potential that nutriTURN TO NUTRITIONIST ON B15

ENCINITAS — A longterm sand project gained new life at last week’s Encinitas City Council meeting. Voting 4-1, Encinitas council members backed an alternative, scaled back version of the 50year sand nourishment plan. With that, the project is once again due to go before the California Coastal Commission. After more than a decade of work, Encinitas and Solana Beach agreed on a draft replenishment plan this spring. The goal: Shore up infrastructure and widen sand areas to draw tourists as well as locals to beaches. But in July, an 8-3 Coastal Commission vote stopped the project in its tracks at a critical time. The eight coastal commissioners opposed said the previous plan dumped

too much sand on beaches. This could unfavorably alter how waves break and hurt ecosystems in new marine protected areas, they argued. In response, the alternative plan calls for dredging less sand from offshore for placement on the shore. For Encinitas, beaches would still be nourished every five years under the alternative. Yet the first replenishment cycle would place 340,000 cubic yards of sand — half the amount of the plan submitted to the Coastal Commission in July — on beaches. Resident Bob Eubank said that Encinitas beaches were much wider in the 1960s, and surfing spots and recreation were better for it. Yet over time, more manmade structures preTURN TO SAND PROJECT ON B15

Expected funding shortfall slows road extension project By Tony Cagala

ESCONDIDO — An expected funding shortfall has put a hold on any ground breaking for the city’s planned project to extend Citracado Parkway. The funding shortfall was known from the beginning of the project, explained Julie Procopio, assistant director of Public Works/Engineering. “The project schedule has really always been based on when we can pull the funding together,” she said. As of last year, the project’s funding shortfall was estimated at $10 million. The project’s total cost is about $35 million, which includes the work that’s already been done. Some of the funding that’s already been secured has come from a combination of TransNet funds and funding set aside from the

Palomar Health hospital project and regional transportation development fees. Procopio said it will take a little longer to pull together the funding, though she added that the city is actively seeking grant sources to help fund the project. The city manager’s newsletter announced in late-August that the city would be applying for a federal Economic Development Assistance grant. Several months ago, the city applied for a TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant, though in a Sept. 11 newsletter it was announced that they weren’t awarded it. The money would be going to help fund the finishing of construction draw- The Citracado Parkway extension project has stalled due to an expected funding shortfall. Escondido city offiTURN TO FUNDING ON B15

cials are seeking to find grants to fill the funding gap and ready the project for a ground breaking. Photo by Tony Cagala


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STEPPING UP National Charity League, San Dieguito Chapter members, from left, Heather Rodriguez, Olivia Rodriquez, Megan Collins and Heather Collins helped with the kick-off meeting Pep Rally at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center. Led by 2013-14 President Marcia Bryan, the chapter introduced its new board for the year. NCL members brought a new pair of shoes to the help the needy and the Ticktockers gift-wrapped the shoes for a special touch. The Chapter will donate the new shoes to seven of their philanthropies. Courtesy photo

Residents and business owners attend a community meeting at the Post Office on N. Escondido Boulevard. The USPS is looking at the Escondido location for possible consolidation. Photo by Tony Cagala

Community voice concerns over possible Post Office closure By Tony Cagala

ESCONDIDO — Many of the more than 50 residents and business owners that attended the Sept. 26 community meeting expressed their concerns and frustrations over the possible closing of the Post Office on N. Escondido Boulevard. The closure study comes at a time when the USPS (United States Postal Service) has sustained $25 billion in losses over the past six years, has low cash levels and no remaining borrowing capacity, according to Lisa Baldwin, senior operations manager for the USPS and who led the meeting. The meeting, a procedural step in the closure study, was announced through almost 4,000 letters that were mailed out to every customer on the routes closest to the location in the 92025 ZIP code, and were placed in P.O. Boxes, according to Gail Cervantes, San Diego PFC Post Office review coordinator. The notification of the meeting and closure study was also posted on the Post Office’s main entrance. Though several of those attending said they never received notification, but only heard about the meeting from the postal employees at the site. Lori Lascola learned of the closure meeting, she said, only when notified by one of the Post Office clerks. Lascola uses the N. Escondido Boulevard location on a daily basis to send and receive her business mail. To have to go to the Post Office location on Mission Avenue would be a matter of “time is money,” she said. “I hear some of the other business people talk about it; so instead of it being a 20 to 30 minute wait it’d be more like 45 minutes to an hour, plus it’s basically going against traffic…so it would be a 20 minute drive, a 30 minute drive for me,” she said. The N. Escondido Boulevard location has been

operating on a month-tomonth lease basis since the previous lease expired at the end of May. The USPS is currently paying $22,500 per month to give them time to go through the discontinuance process, according to Don Smeraldi, manager of corporate communications for the USPS. Prior to that, the monthly leasing fee was listed at $23,271, or at an annual cost of $279,257, according to numbers given at the community meeting. The Post Office has been at that location since June 1993. That site earned about $1.9 million in gross revenue last year, Smeraldi said, though added that they’re not disclosing the gross revenues for the other two Escondido locations on Mission Avenue and E. Valley Parkway, which are USPS-owned buildings. Mayor Sam Abed, who sent a personal letter to the USPS in appeal to the possible closure, said that if the Post Office did close, it would have an impact on downtown as they work to create an urban living, pedestrian-friendly area there. “So that urban living experience needs that kind of services, and the Post Office was a big part of it,” he said. Abed said he was hopeful the community meeting served as a chance for the USPS to hear why they should keep that downtown location. “We’re working with them,” he said. “I’d like to meet with them. I’ll probably ask to meet with the Post Office master and see if we can change their minds.” The Post Office is staffed by four employees, all of whom were applauded by patrons for their service. Those employees would be transferred to the Mission Avenue site to help relieve the influx of users to that location. The USPS said a closure study would begin on the Leucadia Post Office site once the Escondido study was completed.

ODD FILES BY CHUCK SHEPHERD More Bang A m e r i c a n Exceptionalism: Which is more characteristically American — that a Texas company could invent an ordinary rifle that mimics a machine gun or that America’s incomparable legal minds could find a loophole in existing antimachine-gun laws to permit it to be manufactured and sold? The Slide Fire company’s weapon can spray bullets “like a fire hose” from a legal, semiautomatic gun by simple application of muscle, yet an official opinion of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives acknowledges that the agency is powerless to regulate it because of the wording in 1934 and 1986 legislation that otherwise restricts private ownership of machine guns. One gun shop owner told London’s Daily Mail in September that the Slide Fire rifle is “not as easy” to use as a machine gun, but still, “(I)t’s fairly idiotproof.”

Fine Points of the Law In July, a New York City judge tossed out Joseph Lozito’s lawsuit against the police — even though two officers had stood by in February 2011, out of harm’s way, while a man attacked Lozito as part of a four-murder crime spree. The judge ruled that it was not clear enough that Lozito was in danger when the officers began to ignore him (while they were inside a subway motorman’s booth). (2) In September, a federal jury in New York City upheld an employment agency worker’s claim that she (an African-American) was racially harassed by her boss. The supervisor, Rob Carmona, had insisted that he could not be liable for race-based harassment because, he, too, is AfricanAmerican and thus entitled to use the “n-word.” The Continuing Crisis Busy Being Superheroes: In separate incidents on successive September days, people dressed as Batman and Captain America rescued a cat from a burning house in Milton, W.Va., and Superman came to the aid of Wonder Woman in Hollywood, Calif. (The West Virginia pair were performing at a function when they noticed nearby smoke, and Superman and Wonder Woman were posing for tourists’ tips when a passerby got belligerent.) In July, another Superman tackled a shoplifter on the streets of Sheffield, England, where he was appearing at a fundraiser. (However, less elegantly, two Captain Americas and a Spider-Man brawled briefly in May over access to a contested, lucrative Hollywood street corner.)



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Officials express support for airport improvements By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — The San Diego County Board of Supervisors formally received the feasibility study of improvements to McClellan-Palomar Airport at its Sept. 25 meeting, leaving questions about how the improvements would be incorporated and how the project would be funded. “I think (improving the airport) would be a boom here. This is the future,” said Supervisor Bill Horn, citing the anticipated economic benefits for North County if the airport improvements are made. The feasibility study proposed extending the airport’s runway by either 200 feet or 900 feet, which would allow heavier aircraft that can fly longer distances to take off from the airport. Most aircraft from McClellan-Palomar Airport can fly nonstop to reach parts of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico with the current runway length of just under 4,900 feet. With a 200-foot runway extension, aircraft could carry enough fuel to fly across the entire U.S. and reach parts of Central

ments of the west end portion of the runway. Half of the approximately $70 million cost of a 900-foot runway extension would be eligible for funding from the FAA. The remainder of the funds would have to come from local sources. During the meeting, Horn, who represents most of North County, emphasized the potential economic benefit of the airport improvements. According to the feasibility study, extending the runway would bring in an additional $163.2 million in revenues over 20 years. Horn said that enabling international nonstop flights Supervisor Bill Horn speaks favorably of the economic benefits of to travel in and out of improving the McClellan-Palomar Airport at the County Board of McClellan-Palomar Airport Supervisors meeting on Sept. 25. Photo by Rachel Stine could open up new opportuAmerica. With a 900-foot expansion, aircraft could fly nonstop to countries as far away as China. The study also recommended changing material on the west end portion of the runway to enhance safety for aircraft stopping in emergency situations. By receiving the study, the Board of Supervisors did

SFID board president takes a new position RANCHO SANTA FE — The Santa Fe Irrigation District’s Board President, Michael T. Hogan took his seat on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Sept. 10, 2013. Hogan joins Fern Steiner, Keith Lewinger and Vincent Mudd as San Diego County Water Authority representatives on Metropolitan’s 37member board. A resident of Solana Beach, Hogan has served on Santa Fe Irrigation District’s Board of Directors since 2003, representing north Solana Beach. He was general manager of the Encina Wastewater Authority from 1998 until his retirement in 2009. Santa Fe Irrigation District’s representative on the Water Authority’s board since September 2006, Hogan is past SDCWA board chairman and currently serves as board secretary. He is a member of the SDCWA board’s Administrative and Finance committee, Imported Water committee and Audit committee and is a representative on the Colorado River Board of California. At Metropolitan, he will serve on the board’s Organization, Personnel and Technology committee, and Real Property and Asset Management committee. Hogan has been appointed and elected to several positions with the California Water Environment Association and Water Environment Federation during the past 30 years. He also has been a director and treasurer of the Southern California Alliance of PublicOwned Treatment Works and has been involved in California’s Water Quality

not commit to implementing or financing any of the suggested improvements. Instead the study will be incorporated into the airport’s 2015 master plan, which will require the Board’s approval at a future date. The FAA would cover most of the $25 million needed for the safety improve-

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Solana Beach resident Michael T. Hogan was appointed to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California board of directors. Courtesy photo

Control Institute, San Elijo Joint Powers Authority Citizen Advisory Committee on water reclamation and the San Diego Clean Water Program. A San Diego native, Hogan earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and an associate’s degree in wastewater technology from Palomar College. He is a certified wastewater treatment plant operator. The Santa Fe Irrigation District provides water and related services to residential, commercial and agricultural customers in the communities of Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and Fairbanks Ranch. The district serves about 20,000 customers in a 16square-mile area. The district supplies over 4.5 billion gallons (or 13,500 acre feet) of water per year to its customers, using a blend of local water from Lake Hodges and imported water purchased through the San Diego County Water Authority.

nities for international investment in North County. He mentioned that just recently he had met with an investment group from Shanghai, China that was interested in Carlsbad’s plethora of biotech companies, and said he would like to tell them that they could fly directly to Carlsbad in the near future. Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall and San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond voiced their support for the study and the potential runway improvements at the meeting as well. Hall said that with united support from North County cities on top of the Board of Supervisors’ approval, the airport enhancements would be more likely to obtain grant funding.


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The Pacific Bach Project Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus will perform at 5 p.m., Oct. 20 at the Village Community Presbyterian Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias. Courtesy photo

Pacific Bach concert returns RANCHO SANTA FE — The Pacific Bach Project Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus will perform “A Mighty Fortress: Music of Triumph for Reformation Day” and St. Michael’s Day Festive music from Bach Cantatas at 5 p.m., Oct. 20 at the Village Community Presbyterian Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias. Richard Westerfield will direct and is joined by The Canyon Crest Academy Choir. Tickets are $25-$75 and are available online at pacificbach.com or by calling (800)-838-3006. The program features music from BWV’s 80 (“A Mighty Fortress is Our God”), 79, 130, 19 and 137,

among others, and is presented with musical examples and commentary that make it easy for everyone to appreciate and enjoy. For the finale—BWV 50, Bach’s only double chorus cantata—the gifted young singers of the Canyon Crest Academy Choir are the ensemble’s special guests, along with members of San Diego State University’s choral program. Conducted and hosted by Richard Westerfield, the 45member Pacific Bach Project is drawn from period orchestras and Bach choirs throughout southern California, the Bay area, Washington D.C. and New York City. The Pacific Bach

Project is a new period instrument orchestra and chorus whose mission is to present innovative “commentary concerts” throughout Southern California that explore Bach’s music contextually, in light of the ideas that gave rise to it and make sense of it. Led by Rick Westerfield, former assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony and the New York Philharmonic, the noted baroque musicians and professional choristers composing the 45-member ensemble are drawn from elite period orchestras and Bach choirs throughout southern California, the Bay area, Washington DC and New York City.

DAD’S DAY AT SCHOOL Dads and Granddads turn out to kick off the Horizon Prep tradition of Dad’s Day, joining students for lunch and then recess. Middle School lunch time included, clockwise from left, Sophia Lake, Krystal Lockhart, Hannah Arya, Hailey Park, Shelby Sutton, Brooks Hoven, Victoria Hoven, Camden Brown, Morgan Lockhart and Christopher Lockhart. Courtesy photo

4-H Club offers updated activities ENCINITAS — On Oct from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6, California 4-H cele- “The Ranch,” 441 Saxony brates its 100th birthday Drive. If you aren’t familiar with 4-H, now’s the time to Free Consultation find out at the Big Barnyard Bash. A KIND, CARING 4-Hers from all over San Diego County will set up display booths and family friendly hands-on You can be assured we will take your case seriously, return activities and take-home your phone calls in a timely crafts for all to enjoy. Plus manner and strive to provide quality, honest and affordable a gourmet kosher lunch. representation. Each booth will repreWILLS & TRUSTS sent a different 4-H projProbate • Conservatorships ect. Some of the highEstate Planning • Probate lights will include a fishLitigation • Will & Trust Contests. ing project booth, an Estate Planning For Pets archery project booth and FAMILY LAW many arts and craft Divorce • Mediation • Paternity Spousal / Child Support booths. Of course, there Guardianships • Adoptions will be lots of animal disName Change plays, from horses to rabbits. “It will be a great Rachel time for families to see that you don’t have to live on a farm to participate in 950 Boardwalk, Suite 304, San Marcos rachel@vranalaw.com 4-H,”said Robin Phillips, chairperson of the 760.634.2403



Centennial event. “4-H has evolved quite a bit in the last century. It went from being a very agricultural program to something kids with all different lifestyles can enjoy.” And 4-H is not just for youngsters. If you enjoy sharing your knowledge about some special skill, 4H welcomes new volunteers. More than 250,000 youth in the state of California take part in community 4-H clubs that center around healthy living, citizenship, science, engineering, and technology. With projects such as computer technology, environmental stewardship, animal care, and nutrition, there is a place for everyone in 4-H. For more information, contact Paulette Sauln, San Diego County 4-H Council Leader at (619) 464-4394.

A view of the 15,100-square-foot barn on the Leichtag Foundation-owned property. Following a Planning Commission vote, the Leichtag Foundation can host nonprofits in the barn. Photo courtesy of Leichtag Foundation

Nonprofits get OK to set up in barns By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — The Leichtag Foundation’s Food Justice Program and other nonprofits will move into two existing barns once used for flower-growing operations at the 67-acre Ranch on Saxony Road. While the Food Justice Program was already permitted to set up shop in the structures, the additional nonprofits were approved at last week’s Planning Commission meeting following a 3-0 vote. “The foundation purchased the Paul Ecke Ranch last December, envisioning an opportunity to cast a philanthropic legacy,” said Jim Farely, CEO of the Leichtag Foundation. One of the barns measures 15,100 square feet and the other is 835 square feet. Some of the 15,100-square-foot barn will be occupied by Leichtag’s Food Justice Program, which aims to combat poverty by expanding access to produce for those in need. The Food Justice Program’s use of the barn wasn’t subject to a Planning Commission vote because its goals fit within the property’s agricultural zoning requirements, according to the staff report. Leichtag also plans to host a hub of four to five nonprofits in the large barn. An example: JDC Entwine, an international organization

that aids farmers in developing countries. Although the nonprofits have ties to agriculture, their missions aren’t necessarily directly related to it. Thus, Leichtag went before the Planning Commission for their approval. Concurring with city staff’s recommendation, Planning Commissioner Anthony Brandenburg said that the nonprofits should be allowed on the property under what’s known as “accessory use.” According to the city’s staff report, accessory use is “substantially the same in character” and “incidental” to the zoning. “Not only that, it has such an overwhelming positive effect on the community,” Brandenburg said. Resident Donna Westbrook, along with four other speakers, opposed the plan. She said the zoning of the property was written with floriculture in mind, and the nonprofits don’t fit the definition of accessory use. Westbrook added that Leichtag’s plans are vague. Hence, the Planning Commission should require the nonprofit to turn in a use permit to get more detail. Evelyn Weidner and another public speaker came out in support. Weidner said that a cluster of nonprofits “is the very best of working together.” She added that the

Leichtag Foundation is doing a lot of good for the community, which needs to be championed. The nonprofits will occupy about 20 percent space that’s designated for office use on the property. To ease worries about Leichtag using the property for things other than agriculture, the Planning Commission capped the office space allotted for non-agricultural purposes at 20 percent. Farely said the nonprofits will operate rent-free in the barns, noting the structures won’t be used for commercial purposes. And he said that the Leichtag Foundation wants to “intensify the agricultural use of the property.” Several days after the meeting, Farely said the Food Justice Program should soon be up and running on the property. The additional nonprofits could move in over the next two to six months, but that’s only a loose timeline. “It’s a nonprofit hub innovation center,” Farely said. “We expect that it will evolve very robustly over the years.” Elsewhere on the property, though only conceptual at this point, Leichtag would like to build a food forest — a re-creation of a real forest’s ecosystem with edible food — and a 3-acre urban farm. Planning Commissioners Michael O’Grady and Kurt Groseclose were absent from the meeting.



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Del Mar may consider turning to bonds for city upgrades By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Improvements to city facilities and infrastructure are inevitable, necessary and costly. Funding the upgrades can be especially challenging for a small community like Del Mar, which has limited revenue sources and is essentially built out. To avoid financial risk, city leaders have historically avoided borrowing money, opting instead to wait until sufficient funds were in city coffers before beginning any major capital improvement projects. The upside to this financial strategy is that Del Mar has no debt and is one of about 30 cities in California with the highest bond rating. The downside is projects take longer to complete, are done piecemeal or never started at all. That may soon change after council members received a 30-year financial forecast at the Sept. 16 meeting indicating it could afford to borrow an estimat-

ed $7.5 million. Staff presented three methods of revenue projections using conservative, historical and most likely forecasts. In the conservative model, property and transient occupancy taxes, paid by hotel visitors, would increase 4 percent annually, and sales and use taxes would go up 1 percent in the current and next fiscal year, 2 percent in the two following years and 3 percent annually after that. In the most likely scenario, property and occupancy taxes would see a 5 percent hike, while sales and use would be the same as the conservative model. In the past 25 years, however, property taxes went up about 7 percent a year, TOT increased 8 percent and sales and use taxes saw similar increases outlined in the conservative model. The financial forecasts include money set aside for debt service of approximately $440,000 annually during the next 30 years.

The new forecast was prepared to reflect an additional $520,000 annual payment to eliminate the city’s $9 million pension liability in the next 15 years. Tom Johnson from Fieldman/Rolapp and Associates, recently named

“Within that number we believe that the city could net approximately $7.5 million in available proceeds … for capital needs,” he added. Johnson was referring to tax-exempt lease revenue bonds, which aren’t consid-

We maybe owe it to the community to look at this and consider using a financing tool to improve the community.” Al Corti Councilman,Del Mar

one of the top five California financial advisory firms, said his company reviewed Del Mar’s finances and “independently arrived at a $7.5 million figure. “We’ve determined that the city can afford approximately $500,000 per year, accounting for all of the other needs of the city,” he said.

ered debt so voter approval isn’t required. They would be backed by the general fund. City leaders have long discussed building a new City Hall, estimated to cost $8 million, although they didn’t say the bonds would be specifically used for that project. With interest rates ris-

ing, Councilwoman Sherryl Parks asked if the city had to have a project ready to obtain the bonds. “Under federal tax law there needs to be a reasonable expectation that you’re going to expend 85 percent of the funds in three years,” Johnson said. “They don’t want you borrowing money needlessly because they’re tax exempt. … The best time to borrow money is when you know what the project is and what it is actually going to cost.” He said there could be penalties for paying off the bonds within the first 10 years. “We’ve talked for years about doing this,” Councilman Don Mosier said. “We knew we were in an era of historic low financing rates and construction costs and it looks like we’re finally getting going just when that window is starting to close. “That’s unfortunate, but we can’t change the past,” he added. “I think we do need to move with all

due speed forward before the cost of financing goes even higher. … It’s sobering to look at opportunities lost.” “I don’t think we necessarily missed the boat,” Councilman Al Corti said. “We’re still in a good low rate.” Corti said the report helped him better understand what the city can afford. “I feel comfortable that I know that we can sleep at night (knowing) that we can afford to do some of the improvements that the community wants,” he said. “Now we need to decide which ones and move them along.” “It indicates to me that we need to move swiftly,” Mayor Terry Sinnott said. “The forecast … gives us and the community a good picture of where we are and what our revenue looks like in the future. “We maybe owe it to the community to look at this and consider using a financing tool to improve the community,” he added.

Encinitas surfer rips cancer like local waves Rady readies for gala HEALTH WATCH BY THE PHYSICIANS AND STAFF OF SCRIPPS HEALTH There’s a term to describe what happens to surfers when they’re unable to paddle out beyond the breaking waves. They’re caught inside. Andy Hutchison of Encinitas has seldom been caught inside during a lifetime of surfing breaks throughout California, Mexico and Hawaii. But he remembers experiencing a similarly helpless feeling on dry land. In 2003, the athletic 35year-old was getting ready to enjoy a baseball game with family, but was too weak to climb the stadium stairs to reach his upperdeck seat. “When I couldn’t physically make it up the steps, I knew it was time to see a doctor,” said Hutchison, a 1986 graduate of Torrey Pines High School. Tests revealed Hutchison had acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a fastgrowing cancer of the white blood cells most often found in children. Dr.

Sabina Wallach of Scripps Health oversaw his cancer care and prescribed an aggressive course of chemotherapy. Hutchison’s cancer was in remission within 45 days of starting chemotherapy, but he completed three years of treatment as prescribed. “With leukemia, it’s all or nothing,” he said. “You battle through the chemo, as if you’re still fighting it.” Besides the good news of his quick remission, Hutchison drew strength from another source. One of his many hospital stays at Scripps La Jolla coincided with the birth of his first child in the very same facility. Hutchison made the trip from his bed on the cancer unit on the sixth floor to the mother-baby unit on the second floor to observe the delivery of his daughter, Paige. “Being there for her birth was overwhelming and inspiring, like going from one extreme to anoth-

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er,” he said. Life took another turn for Hutchison a few years later. During a routine follow-up exam, he was diagnosed with chronic myelocytic leukemia, a slowgrowing cancer involving excessive white blood cells. While Hutchison began searching for a bone marrow donor, he also started taking a relatively new drug, Gleevec. He was in clinical remission within 30 days and remains free of cancer today. Now 45, Hutchison is back to enjoying a full and active lifestyle, including his passion of surfing. He credits his recovery to unwavering support from former wife Beth, family and friends — and the care he received at Scripps. “Dr. Wallach is compassionate and caring, but she attacks the cancer relentlessly,” he said. Hutchison supports a variety of fundraising programs with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, including the annual Light the Night Walk at the Del Mar

Fairgrounds. He also volunteers his time as a surf instructor with the Wounded Warrior Project’s surf program. When he’s not surfing or spending time with family and friends, the selfdescribed “jack of all trades” splits his time between substitute teaching, furniture sales and running his own surf school. He is also sharing his inspirational story as part of public awareness campaign with Scripps Health, with his likeness appearing on outdoor billboards, TV commercials and print ads this fall. “I feel so grateful and humbled to be in the position I’m in today,” Hutchison said. “It’s an honor to be able to give back and hopefully inspire others going through their own challenges.”

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REGION — Musician Mat Kearney will headline “Sounds of Hope for Children” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 presented by the Carmel Valley Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital. “Under the Stars” will be the group’s debut outdoor concert, and will benefit Rady Children’s NICU at Scripps Encinitas — Expansion Project, marking the first time the Carmel Valley Unit has sponsored a benefit for a North County facility. In addition to Kearney,the evening will include dinner, cocktails and a DJ for an “after party” immediately following the concert. The event also includes a curated, live auction providing guests the opportunity to bid on: — Four nights in a pri-

vate vacation home in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, Casa Alegri. — Dining delight dinner for 12, hosted by Bravo network’s chef Brian Malarkey at his new Searsucker Del Mar restaurant. — A two-hour sunset cruise and cocktail party for 40 aboard the Spirit of Solar Yacht. “Sounds of Hope” attendees will enjoy Border Grill’s Mexican cuisine, signature cocktails and other beverage offerings throughout the evening. Tickets are $150 per guest and are now available online at chacv.org, or by emailing cvchairs@gmail.com. Tickets may also be purchased by calling (858) 461-0321.


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Mommy and me under the sea “Mommy and Me More than a standard Aquarium, SEA LIFE® Under the Sea”, a program Aquarium at LEGOLAND® California Resort provides an educational and interactive dynamic unlike any other. The SEA LIFE experience incorporates LEGO® models into a child’s voyage to the depths of the ocean, presenting the wonders of the underwater world to them in a way specially designed for their understanding. Featuring play zones, fun facts and quiz trails, SEA LIFE is designed to be a child’s guide to the life of the sea. for parents with small chil-

Get ready to embark on an interactive journey through fantastic ocean habitats with your little one!

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dren, returns Fall 2013. This program includes kidfriendly play activities, fun animal crafts, an education program and a special Aquarium tour each week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for one month.

For more information on SEA LIFE Aquarium and Mommy and Me Under the Sea visit www.visitsealife.com or call 1-877-LEGOLAND.

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

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

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

Preparing children for a global future For over 40 years, Diegueño Country School has asked one question: What does each student need? The answer is simple. Our children need the best that can be offered— an elementary educational experience that is truly unique and beyond expectations. Diegueño Country School educators believe that each child is a masterpiece; thus, Diegueño’s Art of Teaching is a steady progression of academic inspiration. Year by year, each teacher shapes and guides the children; each school experience adds a layer of depth and understanding; each on-stage performance builds inner confidence; and each graduating class is strongly prepared, ready for the challenging world beyond their open playing fields. Diegueño Country School educators understand that leadership opportunities prepare children for a global future. Diegueño teachers search for ways to merge traditional approaches with cutting edge methodology, shaping success through daily accomplishments. Through the years, nearly all of Diegueño’s

graduates have attended their first choice private middle and high schools, moving on to top universities and successful careers. How have Diegueño students achieved over 40 years of superior scholarship? Diegueño has instructed children who will adapt and thrive, no matter how the global current may shift. At Diegueño Country

never change. These are the fundamental values at the heart of Diegueño's philosophy-nurturing and respecting each child, maintaining a low student-teacher ratio, providing a differentiated curriculum that addresses individual needs, and encouraging a collective passion for original thinking. Diegueño creates an environment where chil-

At Diegueño Country School, children learn to be confident communicators while remaining curious — asking questions and actively seeking solutions. School, children learn to be confident communicators while remaining curious — asking questions and actively seeking solutions. They learn to be flexible thinkers and creative problem solvers, not just children who memorize a formula — because someday, a standard formula might not factor into global solutions. Yet, even as young learners adapt to the changing world, some things

dren are celebrated and beloved in a home away from home. To prepare this young generation, Diegueño has assembled an extraordinary group of teaching professionals who understand and embrace children's individuality. They personalize the educational experience, which not only meets each child's needs but builds solid character for a lifetime of success.



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Hope for students & families The most successful people look at a problem as something to be solved rather than finding ways of living with it. They change their approach and find ways of fixing what isn’t working. The Therapeutic Literacy Center has taken that approach to children’s learning. “When smart kids struggle in school, there is always a reason,” says Maria Bagby, the founder of the Therapeutic Literacy Center, “and doing more of the same doesn’t work.” In over 25 years in schools, the founder of the TLC witnessed the stresses on the families when smart kids are struggling and began a journey to find out why this was happening. She began by studying Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder. It took a lot of time and study. She’s now has certification in using the Orton Gillingham approach, has used the Wilson and Susan Barton programs, and received training in all of the Lindamood Bell programs and strategies. But it was only when she began to collaborate with professionals in practice as neuropsychologists, child/adolescent psychology, audiology and ophthalmology that she started to find out why all of these approaches had limited success. Schools do their best to

meet the needs of all children, but they just aren’t resourced or trained to provide the kind of service that 30% of students need. Students don’t have to have IEPs to feel stresses in learning. Schools are mandated to teach curriculum. Tutors then support students who missed something in that curriculum. But schools and

There are very specific behaviors that area associated with each skill group. “Once we pinpoint where the skills are breaking down, we can eliminate a huge amount of frustration for the student and stress in the family when we fix the problem,” Maria Bagby said. “It’s very rewarding to see lives changing.” Change is the name of

When smart kids struggle in school, there is always a reason.” Maria Bagby Founder of the Therapeutic Literacy Center

tutors are in the business of teaching. That system has been in place for years and it works for some students. That cycle of teaching/tutoring doesn’t work for 30% of students. Maria kept asking why. If something isn’t working, why not fix it? That’s when she started to take a different approach. Why accommodate or compensate when the problem can be fixed? Fixing Learning Skills There are five groups of underlying skills needed for efficient learning. These skills can all be trained. Seventy percent of the population has these naturally. The rest of us have a least some missing or weak without knowing it.

the game. Most parents come to us saying that they have tried so many other things and though they are skeptical about promises for change from yet another program to try. The TLC doesn’t have a program. They have a system for change. Based on current developments in neuropsychology, audiology, ophthalmology as well as the work of Pat Lindamood and with a background in Orton Gillingham, the TLC provides training in the underlying learning skills that smart kids need to be successful in school and reach their potential every day. Consultation appointments can be scheduled by calling (858) 481-2200

MiraCosta College’s Cardiff campus offers ...

More than a beautiful lagoon view MiraCosta College’s San Elijo Campus is undergoing dynamic changes that are strengthening the campus' role as a leading transferfocused institution with an actively engaged student body. Students are benefiting from a growing academic program. Construction of the first phase of a new science building is set to begin this semester with the scheduled opening next fall. The number of Friday course offerings this fall has almost quadrupled from last spring.And extracurricular student activity has exploded. The transformation is being directed by Dana Smith, the instructional dean who is in charge of the picturesque campus located near the northern shore of the San Elijo Lagoon. She found that San Elijo is a campus where seven of every ten students are between the ages of 18 and 24 (compared to the Oceanside Campus’ ratio of six in ten), and where nearly half of all students are no older than 20. The school is drawing a growing number of students from the district’s southern boundaries, complementing the still large number from Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas. “Our students are local, our students are young and our students want to transfer to a four-year col-

lege or university,” Smith said. That led to the new ‘Friday Core+’ courses that enable students solely enrolled in Friday classes to meet all the general education requirements needed to transfer to a UC or CSU school, or a private university. “The best part is that these classes filled,” Smith

Today, more than 3,300 students are enrolled in at least one of the 225 courses offered, and classes are 91 percent filled. said, adding that enrollment is up to nearly 400 students on Fridays, from roughly 100 just last year. Another key addition will be new science labs. In May 2012, the Board of Trustees authorized spending up to $4.7 million on several new modular laboratory buildings at the Oceanside and San Elijo campuses, and “green”

Gen 7 models were installed at the Oceanside Campus in June. It later became clear, however, that it would be better aligned with the long-term needs of the San Elijo Campus to build permanent lab space.The labs can accommodate up to 30 students each. “You cannot teach chemistry or biology in a regular classroom,” Smith noted.“You need these labs.They will be a vital addition.” Administrators, meanwhile, have been busy working to accommodate the growing number of students by expanding cafeteria hours and health services on Fridays. Efforts also include making the campus more of a place for students to stay and socialize. “We’ve created spaces for students to meet and form a greater sense of community,” she said. The campus has come a long way since the MiraCosta College District purchased the 47-acre site in 1980 and opened its doors to 2,500 in 1988. Today, more than 3,300 students are enrolled in at least one of the 225 courses offered, and classes are 91 percent filled. Thanks to all the work the faculty, staff and administrators are doing at the San Elijo Campus, it is a jewel in the southern part of our district that serves the needs of students and community.

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EDUCATIONAL O PPORTUNITIES Program for low-income pre-schoolers What is CDI Head Start? CDI Head Start serves the needs of income eligible children and families in North Coastal San Diego County. There are two sites in Encinitas and one in Solana Beach. The program serves 250 children along with providing family services. Head Start is a national program for low-income preschoolers and their families. Services focus on education, socio-emotional development, physical and mental health, and nutrition. Education Head Start's educational program is designed to meet each child's individual needs. Our program uses the following curriculums: Creative

Curriculum (Center Based, and Home Base Program). Every child receives learning experiences to foster intellectual, social, and emotional growth, implements individualized quality care, teaching and learning to achieve school readiness for all children. Children participate in indoor and outdoor play and are introduced to words and numbers. They are encouraged to express their feelings and to develop self-confidence and the ability to get along with others. Health and Social Services We collaborate with many community agencies to provide the best quality health services for our children, from immunization to complete medical

examinations. In addition, we educate parents on how to keep their children healthy. The social services component represents an organized method of helping families’ through community outreach, referrals and family needs assessments through the family partnership agreement. Children with Disabilities Head Start mandates requiring at least 10% of our enrollment be available for disabled children. Disabled children and their families receive the full range of Head Start developmental services. In addition, staff members work closely with community agencies to provide services to meet the special needs of the disabled child.

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice! There are some who believe innate intelligence is the explanation for student success; these individuals quantify scholastic achievements or failures in terms of abundance of talent or lack of ability. However, as the above whitticism suggests, innate talent must be combined with focused effort in order to achieve noteworthy results. Researcher Carol

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Dweck of Stanford University agrees that talent alone does not result in educational achievement; rather, effort, persistence and resiliency each play a critical role in the lives of the most accomplished people. Effort in academia translates into a willingness to tackle a difficult algebraic problem set or to wrestle with a complex world issue. Dweck noted that the highest achieving students were those who valued, appreciated and acknowledged the inherent rigor required of academic study. This cohort considered a low test score as an indication that additional work was needed; they did

not interpret a poor grade as a reflection of their overall level of intelligence, talent or ability. Resilient students viewed mistakes as opportunities; they targeted their errors and refined their skills. Successful students embrace the opportunity to learn; these are the children who truly love learning for its own sake and consider getting good grades to be secondary to mastering a subject. This is the mindset to foster, resulting in notable accomplishments in the classroom and beyond. Regina McDuffie, PhD. rmcduffie@rhodesschool.com

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The Grauer School hosts...

Open House on November 2 ENROLL IN HAPPINESS The Grauer School offers your student our 22 years of expertise in college preparation, expeditionary learning, Socratic teaching, and educational happiness. In 2013, 89% of our seniors were accepted to their first choice college. &0&1 ,2/ -"+ ,20" ,+ ,3"* "/ ÄŠġ ĉĉĸÄˆÄˆĹ– ÄŠĸĈĈ Äś Or call to schedule a private tour. At Grauer, you’ll discover that your student’s educational happiness can be a reality.


The Grauer School will host an Open House event on Saturday,November 2,2013,on their Encinitas campus from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.Tours will be conducted every 20 minutes. “At the Open House, visitors will be guided through the campus by Grauer students and will be introduced to faculty, who will explain our academic and extra-curricular programs, including all-seasons athletics, performing arts, robotics, film, leadership, and community service,� states Elizabeth Braymen, Director of Admissions.

The Grauer School is enrolling grades 7-12 for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Grauer School focuses on college preparatory rigor balanced with expeditionary learning and Socratic teaching. As a small school by design, with approximately 150 students total, The Grauer School emphasizes relationship-based teaching that stems from its small class sizes with a student to teacher ratio of 6 to 1. Braymen believes the emphasis on relationship driven education is the reason for the school’s superior college acceptance rates. “Last year,

89% of our graduates received acceptance to their first choice school. These are results that have not been obtained at larger, more impersonal, schools. This year 100% of matriculated students surveyed schoolwide indicated that they feel like the faculty really care about them. We believe this connection with mentors is vital to the development of self-advocacy and makes our students highly attractive to colleges and universities.� Propsective families are encouraged to register in advance at www.grauerschool.com.



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wineries will be pouring their best in celebration of Harvest Weekend Oct. 18 through Oct. 20. They’re inviting wine lovers to their tasting rooms at their wineries and vineyards for the latest releases, music and winemaker dinners. A few more highlights include: blending parties, chocolate and wine Pairings, folk dancing and harvest games to name a few. You can search the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance web site and search by winery, day or activity to see what is happening throughout the weekend. You don’t need a ticket to participate, although some wineries may require an RSVP or charge a fee, so it’s best to plan before making the half day drive from San Diego County. Paso Robles is about halfway between L.A. and San Francisco and is California’s third largest wine country, with more than 32,000 acres and 200 wineries. See pasowine.com.

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Taste of Wine n my wine tasting office in a serene district of busy little Encinitas, I always have an eye or two open for an out-of-town winemaker who may be stopping at a wine bar to shake the flesh and pop a cork on one or more of their latest releases. Encinitas has more than a few wine bars and all of them keep an inventory of the latest release cool whites and big, bold reds. Lately I’ve come to rely on a couple of new players who set up some unique features for their growing customer list and friends. Mark Dubiel and Ellena Cassidy of the recently opened Encinitas Wine Merchants offer Premium Flight Fridays, 20 every-changing wines by the glass served in a Nitrogen System so every glass is fresh, and “Cellar


Gems,” select wines at nice discounts. On a day I happened to be in town, they brought in a 3year-old wine from Paso Robles, Powell Mountain Vineyards. The Powells are moving up fast with a reputation for French Rhone Valley varietals. Bill Powell is throwing his considerable talent into such lesser known wine grapes as Mourvedre, Grenache and Viognier. If you farm a vineyard in Paso Robles, you have to make Syrah, and he does that, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon and two blends, a Bordeaux and a Rhone. Most wines are 2010s, the year Powell was established, so this year is sort of a “coming out” party year for the Powells. The question out of the gates for me was, why Paso? “We searched up and down the coastal regions of California and thought the Central Coast, with Paso Robles, would really be the terroir for us and our desire to make Rhone wines. There were already a number of

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wineries doing well with this French style.” Their first year’s release produced 1,100 cases. The Powell Mt price range is right in the current sweet spot for wine shop sales, $18 to $27 for most bottles. “We have no track record yet, but this group of wines is in favor and we were awarded a Top Ten Best Wine at the recent Family Winemaker event in San Francisco for our Ascent 2010 Rhone Blend. Its’ doing very well at $27,” he said. Powell Mt. also makes Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. For my taste, the 2010 Ascent Rhone Blend deserved its San Francisco acclaim. For a first effort harvest, Powell is on its way to be a remarkable premium wine, barrel aged for threeyears. “We will bottle when we believe our wines are ready to drink, with no wines before their time,” Powell declared. You can find Powell’s wine at Encinitas Wine Merchants. Check for wine shop times at (760) 4074265. Powell Mountain and over 130 other Paso Robles

The WineSellar in Sorrento Valley San Diego is presenting a Hedges Family Wine Dinner Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. A five-course menu includes Hedges wine pairing with ingredients direct from Washington including the wines. $65. Call (858) 4509557 for space. Sips for Shelter wine Tasting and Silent Auction is Oct. 12 from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club

Powell Mt. Vineyards owners Bill and Kim Powell visit with Ellena Cassidy, middle, of Encinitas Wine Merchants. Photo by Frank Mangio

in Solana Beach. This benefits the Interfaith Shelter Network of San Diego for homeless women with children. Cost is $45. advance and $50. at the door. Call (619) 702-5399. Woofs and Purrs in the Vine is the theme of the benefit at Oak Mountain Winery in Temecula, Oct. 13 from noon to 4 p.m. A glass of wine, catered lunch and live music is featured, to benefit Cause for Paws medical help for animals. Details at (951) 699-9102. The 5th annual La Jolla Art & Wine Festival is coming

Oct. 12 and Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event on Girard Avenue is free with a $5 requested donation going to local public schools. Twenty premier wines will offer tastings. Festival website is ljawf.org. Frank Mangio is a renowned San Diego wine connoisseur certified by Wine Specatator. He is one of the leading wine commentators on the web. View and link up with his columns at tasteofwinetv.com. Reach him at mangiompc@aol.com


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A taste of Bavaria at OktoberWest DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate Leave it to the culinary team at Bistro West and West Steak and Seafood to come up with an original spin on the traditional Oktoberfest celebration. This takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 under the tents at West Village in Carlsbad. Chefs Eugenio Martignago and Jason Connelly will be combining old-world German Oktoberfest favorites with

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What are some of the traditional German menu items we can expect? We will have our house made sausages including bratwurst and weisswurst, paired with house made sauerkraut and warm “German potato salad,” weiner schnitzel, spaetzel, suckling pig, schweinshaxn (pork knuckle), sauerkraut schnitzel, grilled fish, pretzels, braised veal cheeks, black forest cake and apple strudel.

Bistro West Chef Jason Connolly will be serving up German fare at OktoberWest. Photo courtesy Townsend PR

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German beer is a staple of Oktoberfest; will it be represented at the OktoberWest? We will have St. Pauli Girl and Erdinger Weiss bier, but with such an amazing beer scene here in San Diego, and the rest of the country, we will also have some domestic beers, such as San Diego’s lightning brewery’s Elemental Pilsner, Firestone Walker IPA, Fat Tires Pumpkick ale, as well as some German and California wines. You have also put your own creative touches on the menu. What are some of the non-traditional food and beverage options available? Chef Connolly: From our farm we will pair our heirloom tomatoes with burrata cheese, a beet and goat TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON B15

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RSF actress starring in ‘Shrek’ RANCHO SANTA FE — The J*Company Youth Theatre presents “ShrekThe Musical” with a cast that includes North County young actors, including Samantha Tullie of Rancho Santa Fe, as the lovelorn Dragon. The play will run Oct. 12 through Oct. 27 at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. Tuille is a 15-year-old sophomore at Canyon Crest Academy who has been performing in musical theater since the age of 10. While a majority of her experience has been at J*Company, her most recent role was that of Juliet’s nurse in Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” at the San Diego Junior Theatre. Tuille has received vocal, acting and dance training through intensive

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Who’s NEWS? Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. New Kiwanis leader Incoming Carlsbad Kiwanis President James Cothran was installed along with the board of new Kiwanis Officers for 20132014. Carlsbad Kiwanis meets on Tuesday mornings at 7:15 a.m. at the Canyons Restaurant at The Crossings Golf Course, 5800 The Crossings Drive, Carlsbad.

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Samantha Tullie is among the cast that includes young North County actors. Courtesy photo

programs at Broadway and Interlochen Center for Jaycee, La Jolla Playhouse, the Arts. She has more than two years of vocal training with Roy Mote. Under the direction of J*Company’s Joey Landwehr, some of her favorite roles include, Mrs. Walker in The Who’s “Tommy,” Hodel in “Fiddler on the Roof” and Fairy Godmother in Roger’s and H a m m e r s t e i n ’ s “Cinderella.” She also appeared as Janet Van De Graaff in Jason Chase’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

RBF Consulting, a company of Michael Baker Corporation, has announced the promotion of Tim Thiele, P.E. to vice president and Public Works Leader for San Diego County. Thiele’s expertise spans more than 20 years of public improvements. He is a Professional Engineer, LEED AP and Qualified SWPPP Developer in California. Key projects in his portfolio include Rock Springs Road in San Marcos, Carlsbad Boulevard Realignment and Land Exchange in Carlsbad, and providing City Engineering services in Del Mar in addition to local, state and federally funded projects for the Cities of Encinitas, Poway, Lemon Grove, Coronado and NAV-

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area. She also markets a line of greeting cards. Cucina enoteca Contact her at Atthedinnertable.com or opens Tracy Borkum and her (760) 500-6690. team announced the official opening of Cucina enoteca New pizza on its way Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, Del Mar on Sept. 29. The two-story, 7,000-square-foot a build-your-own pizza restaurant and wine shop is restaurant, will open a new located in Del Mar’s Flower location at the Carlsbad Premium Outlets at the end Hill Promenade. of the year. The new 59-seat restaurant will be at 5620 Merit scholars At Pacific Ridge School, Paseo Del Norte, Suite Emily Chong and Anny 126A. Huang of Carlsbad, Delaney Miller of Encinitas and Party at the Soren Schlassa of San fairgrounds Marcos have been named Celebrate any holiday National Merit Semifinalists at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and National Achievement in facilities for groups large Semifinalists, along with and small. With buildings XhiDae Otam named a and rooms of various sizes, Semifinalist in the 2014 the fairgrounds can accomNational Achievement modate gatherings ranging Scholarship Program. in size from less than 50 to Grauer School seniors more than 5,000. Contact Alex Espinosa of Rancho Trish Stiles at Santa Fe and Kalina Quinn tstiles@sdfair.com or call of Leucadia, were named (858) 792-4274. Room rental National Merit Commended is free with a food/beverage Students. To achieve this minimum. honor, both students scored higher than 2000 on the Young artists wanted PSAT exam. Espinosa is also Lux Art Institute is the recipient of the National looking for 12- to-14-year-old Hispanic Recognition art enthusiasts to particiProgram Scholar award for pate in its Junior Art Board outstanding academic during the 2013/2014 school achievement. √ year. Selected students will meet weekly after school to New chef in town get to know Lux resident Chef Gina Capobianco artists, create a portfolio of just moved to the area from artwork and plan art proSan Francisco and has gramming for their peers. launched At the Dinner Download the teacher-recTable, a customized in-home ommendation flyer, then personal chef service, now submit your materials available for busy execu- online by Oct. 7. For more tives and families in the information, call (760) 436North County San Diego 6611.

Ferrell, Pollard keep up efforts By Lillian Cox

VISTA — His alter ego, San Diego news anchor Ron Burgundy, is known for his inflated ego, but chances are Will Ferrell doesn’t want the secret to get out that he’s a good guy and a great friend. For the past 15 years, Ferrell has traveled to North County to help his former fraternity brother Craig Pollard raise scholarship money for students with cancer through Pollard’s nonprofit, Cancer for College. Pollard was already a onetime cancer survivor when the two met through the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity at USC in 1986.They were 18 years old at the time. As a sophomore, Pollard’s Hodgkin’s lymphoma returned, forcing him to sit out a semester while undergoing a bone marrow transplant at the City of Hope. Laying in his hospital bed one night, he made a promise to God to help other cancer survivors. “The summer of 1989 I volunteered at Ronald McDonald Camp Good Times where parents would come up to me and say it was great that I was going to college,” he said, adding that the encounters raised awareness that the financial cost of battling the disease made college out of reach for the parents of many college-age patients. When he returned to USC Business School, Pollard prepared a business plan for a golf product he invented as well as a nonprofit he named Cancer for College, which would provide scholarships for cancer survivors and that would be funded by a “little” golf tournament. The first tournament in 1993 raised $500 and was given to one scholarship recipient. Looking back, Pollard explained that he didn’t approach Ferrell for a donation

Cancer for College founder Craig Pollard and former frat brother Will Ferrell at the 19th Annual Will Powered Golf Classic at Coronado Golf Course in 2012. Fans of Ferrell’s can support the nonprofit by purchasing Will Ferrell’s All New Super Sexy Hot Tan, a Will Ferrell autograph Rojo Johnson baseball card or a six-inch Will Ferrell autographed cowbell at cancerforcollege.com. Courtesy photo

at the time because he knew he was a struggling standup comic. “Will heard about another golf tournament fundraiser through the fraternity in 1995 and gave $50,” Pollard recalled. In the fall of 1995, Ferrell debuted as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. “After he was picked up by SNL he was invited to play at the tournament and he ended up asking me if I wanted him to do the auction and funny stuff on stage,” Pollard recalled.“His wife was a professional auctioneer and they have been doing our auction ever since.” In 2007, Ferrell auctioned off a walk-on role in an upcoming movie of his that generated nearly $50,000 for Cancer for College. “As you can imagine, I get approached to be involved in a lot of causes,” Ferrell explained. “Everyone I talk to about the charity is blown away by the idea of helping these kids realize their dream of a

Resident named for philanthropy efforts RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe resident Pamela Wygod is being recognized as the Outstanding Philanthropist by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, San Diego Chapter Wygod funded the Fellowship in Underserved Health Care for the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic, which is the first clinic in the country for clinicians who wish to devote their careers to the underserved. She will be honored at The Jewish Community Foundation San Diego Nov. 7 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Wygod is recognized as Outstanding Philanthropist, nominated by the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic, as a great example of philanthropic leadership, engendering trust and respect, modeling compassion and commitment, and inspiring others to give. Her strategic leadership helped increase financial donations for the project from major supporters such as WebMD as



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well as leverage millions of dollars of in-kind and volunteer services to sustain its future. “Wygod is an innovative, collaborative grant maker who cares passionately about the underserved,” her announcement said. She is responsible for founding a private corporate foundation, a private family foundation and a giving circle: WebMD Health Foundation, The Rose Foundation and Anonymous Giving Circle of Women. Wygod has been responsible for grants of more $32 million to more than 150 organizations throughout the United States. Wygod’s nomination was endorsed by Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation, Anna Claire, Sharon M. Lawrence, Gail Vetter Levin, Lotts Creek Community School, CancerCare, Sanford Health Foundation, A Reason to Survive (ARTS), KPBS, The California Endowment,and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego.

college education. Almost no one thinks of the reality of a family burning through all their resources to get their child well to the point that college is a complete after thought.” He added: “My favorite part of being involved with the charity is meeting the scholarship recipients and their families. “There is almost a higher level of consciousness to them. They have been through so much. They just want to regain some normalcy to their life and have the college experience. They are motivated to get through school and get out there and do something great with their lives. It never ceases to amaze me how special these individuals are.” As Ferrell’s fame has grown, so has his generosity of time and contributions. “We’re successful because of Will Ferrell,” Pollard said. “One problem with Will is that it increases awareness.Another problem with Will is that

because of awareness more people apply.” To date, more than 1,700 scholarships totaling $2 million have been awarded. Cancer for College offers one-time scholarships in the amount of $500, $1,000, $1,500 and $3,000. A premier perpetual scholarship is also awarded each year which equates to $4,000 a year for four years. “One scholarship recipient is currently a nurse in the oncology wing where she was treated,” Pollard explained. “A couple of applicants are in medical school. Most kids want to go back and either be an oncologist or nurse or healthcare worker — or do something else to give back.” To qualify for a scholarship, candidates must be in treatment for cancer, and enrolled or in the process of applying to an accredited university. For more information or to make a donation,call (760) 5995096 or visit cancerforcollege.com.

Former president golfs for cause RANCHO SANTA FE — Saul Martinez and Davey Lind, two Operation Game On participants, hit the links with former President George W. Bush during the 2013 Warrior Open, held Sept. 26 through Sept. 28 in Dallas. The organization’s Jacque Keeslar golfed with Bush during last year’s event. “The excitement of them being there is awesome,” Operation Game On founder Tony Perez said. “This is a success story for Operation Game On and to our supporters.” The program, created by Perez, a Rancho Santa Fe resident, in 2008 is available to soldiers who are severely physically and mentally injured and going through rehabilitation at Naval Medical Center San Diego and the Wounded Warrior Battalion West facility at Camp Pendleton. Participating troops receive 10 one-hour golf les-

sons from PGA-certified instructors followed by a professional fitting session at The Kingdom at TaylorMade Golf.

History buffs explore Native American culture RANCHO SANTA FE — Native American expert Dr. James Kemp will speak on the Hopi and Navajo cultures from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society La Flecha House, 6036 La Flecha. Advance registration is required and seating is limited. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for guests, To register, call Dana Evanson at the RSFHS at (858) 756-9291, Tuesdays through Thursdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or e-mail info@rsfhs.org. Kemp will discuss the Kachina dances, carvings and pottery of the Hopi who live throughout Northern Arizona as well as the rugs and tapestries of the Navajo in Northern Arizona and New Mexico. The Julian resident became fascinated with the Native American culture after moving to the southwest from the East Coast.

“I found a wealth of cultures only a day or two drive from San Diego,” he said. A retired clinical professor at the University of California, San Diego, Department of Pediatrics,

I found a wealth of cultures only a day or two drive from San Diego.” Dr.James Kemp Native American expert

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Reservations are available now for the Friends of San Pasqual Academy “Celebration of Friends” reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 honoring the successes on behalf of the foster children at San Pasqual Academy at the home of Catherine and Art Nicholas, 16401 Calle Feliz, Rancho Santa Fe. Attire is casual. RSVP to joscott24@hotmail.com or (858) 759-3298.

WOMEN OF DEDICATION Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary/Women of Dedication Presentation Tea, will honor 15 women from Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, La

Costa, San Diego and La Jolla, from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 7 at a La Jolla home. For more information, e-mail Tifarah1@aol.com. Y HOEDOWN Get tickets by Oct. 16 for the Magdelana Ecke YMCA Hoedown, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at 200 Saxony Road, Encinitas. Tickets $18 at the Y Registration Desk or call (760) 635-3050. Catered barbecue, square dance. For more information, contact Toni Friedman at (760) 942-9622, ext. 1436.

OCT. 4 PUPS ON PARADE Dogs from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society will strut their stuff at Fashion Week San Diego Oct. 4 at Port Pavillion on Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego. For tickets, visit fashionweeksd.com. SEEING STARS MiraCosta College hosts Stargazing parties through a real telescope

from 8 to 10 p.m. Oct. 4 and Oct. 5, at the MiraCosta baseball field, weather permitting, at 1 Barnard Drive in Oceanside. Parking is available along Barnard Drive and in lot 4C. For information, directions and maps visit tinyurl.com/mccastro or call (760) 757-2121 ext. 6201.

OCT. 5 COAST ROAD CLOSURE The next full road closure of North Torrey Pines Road is scheduled for the weekend of Oct.5. For times and specific locations, contact the city of Del Mar’s Public Works Department at GroupPublicWorks@delmar.c a.us, or contact Public Works Deputy Director, Joe Bride, at (858) 755-3294, ext. 417.



Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort will welcome the LGBT community from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 5, hosting a poolside party to kick-off North

County’s Pride at the Beach Oct. 12 in Oceanside. A roundtrip bus from Hillcrest to Harrah’s Rincon is $10. For tickets visit northcountypride.com/.

OCT. 6 SUPER STROLL The Del Mar Taste & Art Stroll From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6 in the heart Del Mar includes a free art stroll, ticketed restaurant tasting, live music and a Fido Festival. For tickets or information, visit taste.delmarmainstreet.com or call (858)735-3650.

Unity Church of Carlsbad will host a Blessing of the Animals at 10 a.m. Oct. 6 in the Activity Room at the Carlsbad Senior Citizen's Center, 799 Pine St., Carlsbad. For more information e-mail revraywiggins@gmail.com.




Carlsbad Senior Center hosts a CVS flu shot clinic for adults 50-plus at the Carlsbad Senior Center from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 8, for adults ages 50 and over. Bring your Medicare Part B card and CVS will bill Medicare. No appointment MUSICAL OPEN HOUSE necessary. For more informaThe Museum of Making tion visit carlsbadca.gov/parkMusic, offers musical entersandrec or call (760) 602-4650. tainment and an Open House from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6, OCT. 10 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad. TALKERS HiFi Cost is $30 per person. RSVP TOP to Anne Speraw at sweet- Speakers Toastmasters club anne@cox.net or (760)439- meets every Thursday noon to 1 p.m. at the FICO Building, 1543. BLESS THE ANIMALS 3661 Valley Center Drive, Suite 400, Carmel Valley.For more information, call Johnny Garon at (858) 369-8677 or johnnygaron@fico.com. LIVE! From San Dieguito Academy, it’s Saturday Night Live, with skits pulled from the original comedy show at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 through Oct. 12 at San Dieguito Academy’s Clayton E. Liggett Theater. Tickets are $15 for adults $8 for students. on sale at school during lunch, or online at seatyourself.biz/sandieguito.




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Dale Lane Harvest Festival at Park Dale Lane Elementary, 2050 Park Dale Lane, 4 p.m. ‘til dusk Oct. 11. Enjoy a carnival, games, jumpies, food vendors, face painting, a dance party and more. Join the family-friendly costume contest. For more information, v i s i t sites.google.com/site/parkdalepta/fallfestival. BEACH BONFIRE Register by Oct. 8 for the Del Mar Foundation's Spooktacular Beach Bonfire at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 11 at Powerhouse Park beach, organized by the Young Del Mar Committee. Enjoy spooky tales and toast marshmallows. The event is free but reservations required at children@delmarfoundation.org.

OCT. 12 FALL FEST Alta Vista Gardens Fun Fall Festival is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 plus a Creative Healing event with music by Earth Mother, North County Boys and Vic Moraga. Children's activities include the scarecrow contest, bob for apples, face painting and decorating pumpkins, ending with a drum circle in Brengle Terrace Park, 1270 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. For more information, visit altavistagardens.org

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Keeping heritage alive JOE MORIS Baby Boomer Peace I have on my wall a Newsweek cover from Aug. 28, 1989. The banner reads: “The Party’s Over.” The picture is of Lech Walesa. Walesa eventually became president of Poland. He became the George Washington of his nation. He stood up against communism and yet he was a labor union leader. I keep that cover because I had ripped it off the magazine, put it in an envelope and addressed it to Walesa, Warsaw, Poland with no hope of it being received. I put a return envelope inside with my address but without postage. I put three $2 bills inside to pay for the postage should someone ever be kind enough

to have Mr. Joseph (Lech) Walesa sign it. To my amazement, two years later I was delivered a torn envelope with a big red stamp on it by our postage service with the words “Damaged during Mailing.” The envelope was torn, but in the postage corner were two stamps in Polish that said “Solidarnose” over two fingers spread apart symbolizing peace. I carefully opened the envelope and there in faint pen was the signature JWalesa. I so wish I could have thanked Mr. Walesa. Someone actually took the time to have him autograph the cover and through a time of turmoil in his country, stick it in an envelope, put two stamps on it and mail it back. I have since learned that Lech Walesa never signs autographs. He, to the best of my knowledge, is now a revered senior citizen of his country. He stood up against commuTURN TO BABY BOOMER ON B15



around in our skivvies all winter. I enthusiastically made my case to the husband and, in spite of the promise of skivvy-wearing, I was met with those measured tones I know so well. My spouse quietly but systematically, using infuriatingly excellent logic, listed all the reasons why my latest creative but impractical idea must be discarded. Tsk. He has, for years now,


tion and culinary education has by observing my two young daughters learn through food and cooking.The multi-sensorial, experimental activities that can be developed through cooking are limitless.” By working in the kitchen with Sophia,now 9,and Giulia, 3, Larson discovered that teaching through cooking was more powerful than simply teaching cooking. Last year the idea for Cook for Thought came about when Larson volunteered during a history segment about local Native American tribes in Sophia’s fourth-grade class at Del Mar Hills Academy. “I had the idea of doing a cooking demonstration for the class highlighting the way local Native Americans harvested, stored, prepared and ate their food,” she said. “The teachers were extremely supportive, and the class was a huge success.” As Larson presented her ideas to the school staff, more teachers wanted to get involved. The grade-specific


nism and took it down. I’ve studied political systems. I have degrees in both political science and economics. I know how innocently communism starts out. It starts out suckering the “people” into taking all forms of benefits/freebies so that government becomes “daddy.” The health industry becomes a government run institution. It also becomes important to take out the middle class because it is the middle class that gets hit the hardest and thereby complains the loudest. Mao Tse Tung called the middle class the Bourgeoisie. I was in Hong Kong in 1967 when the communists blew up the Bank of America building one block from the hotel I was staying in. There were also loose cans of red paint in the street where they had been thrown against the walls of banks and other institutions of freedom leaving huge red smears on the windows and walls along with Mao posters. And then, to scare the living daylights out of everyone in order to draw their allegiance, the artists and educators were routinely found floating face down in the rivers which I witnessed in 1967.



OCT. 4, 2013 shown real tact in this arena. He listens, nods and maddeningly restates his facts. Eventually, I sputter out, process the painful truth and give in. When I’m truly lost in the throes of a far-fetched idea, I might debate with him, restate my artistic vision, embellish and exaggerate for emphasis. In spite of all that, he has never come right out and said, “Are you out of your mind? What on Earth

gave you the idea that might actually be feasible?” Instead, he is upstairs right now researching how to refurbish a fireplace. Talk about a fun do-ityourself project. Sometimes, nothing says love like heat-resistant concrete.

assemblies developed into summer sessions titled, “Cooking through California's History” and “America, the Delicious.” Today, Larson offers enrichment classes, grade-specific assemblies and private parties. “There are 10 to 12 different classes that I bring to school to complement whatever students are learning,” she said. “It’s completely mobile.” Sophia is a competitive soccer player who has acquired real life applications from learning to cook with her mother. “She cares for other people in ways like making a sports drink (Gatorade) using natural flavors and ingredients without food coloring or corn syrup,”Sophia explained. The week of Sept. 30, Larson will launch an eightweek program titled, “Let’s Open a Restaurant”for grades two through five at the Del Mar Union School District where students will develop and implement a concept for a restaurant learning skills such as consumer research, business planning and marketing. The last day of class students

will serve food from their “restaurant” to family members. On Oct. 10, during Red Ribbon Week, Larson will make a presentation at an assembly at Del Mar Hills Academy where she’ll share her recipe for her natural “sports drink recipe” with more than 300 students and staff. This holiday season, Larson is planning a winter camp titled, “Culinary Traditions Around the World.” Larson’s own palate is eclectic. “My favorite cuisine is the one that is spontaneous,” she said. “Open your fridge, find real food, use real tools, get your family involved and come up with something delicious! “Let children chop, let them peel, let them sauté — let them give their own ideas on how a dish should look or taste. You are helping them create vital life skills!” For more information about Larson’s upcoming classes, email fernanda@cookforthought.com, call (858) 2422341 or visit her website, cookforthought.com.

It was called the Cultural Revolution. I fear that our country is headed in the same direction. This country will eventually run out of golden geese to pay the freight. When that happens, seniors won’t get retirement checks, those on food stamps won’t get those, the military will be ordered into following the ideologues/ruling elite in order to get paid. This will cause major unrest, which will cause the government to declare martial law and thereby suspend our Constitution, and our president will become dictator. All guns (second amendment) will be rounded up and individuals will have no way to secure their persons. The government will routinely lie and the press will be willing accomplices. I was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War. I didn’t like it, but since I had lived in a fascist country for a period (Taiwan at the time was run by the dictator Chang Kai Shek and my dad was there working for the CIA fighting the war in Laos that no one in the U.S. knew about), I believed that fighting for our country was worth the risk and thereby chose not to run off to Canada as a conscientious objector. I’ve since come to real-

ize that I am a patriot because I have skin in the game. I gave two years of my life to this country. Today, our uninformed voters have no skin in the game and are not taught the full truth in our socialized education system. Kids in many schools around this country are taught that the United States is a bully when in truth our country has freed millions, maybe billions of people from the ultimate bullies. We baby boomers have so much that we can pass down to our children and grandchildren about freedom. That is how the Jewish people kept their heritage alive. That is how the American Indians kept their heritage alive. Since we cannot count on getting the real truth in school books or mainstream media anymore, it is up to the parents who have lived it to teach their child and grandchild all about our true heritage of freedom and how we fought to keep it alive just like Lech Walesa and his peers did in Poland in the 1980s. Baby boomers, do your part, teach your children and may freedom and peace be with us always!

Jean Gillette is a freelance writer and possible amateur unintentional arsonist. Contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com

Joe Moris may be contacted at (760) 500-6755 or by email at joe@coastalcountry.net.


vented the sand from reaching beaches, creating a need for nourishments. “I am disillusioned and blown away with what the Coastal Commission has done,” Eubank said, adding that Encinitas should find a way to regularly replenish beaches, because the city’s economic health depends on it. Local Dennis Lees said that the Coastal Commission’s July vote is a strong signal that the city should re-evaluate its support for the project. He went on to state that the retooled project is only a “Band-Aid” that doesn’t fully address Coastal Commission concerns, including impacting the Swami’s marine protected area. “We need to focus our attention, not on an expensive Band-Aid … but on planning and implementing programs for dealing with bluff failure and rising sea level,” Lees said. Even if the project clears the Coastal Commission, funding remains an uncertainty. The California Department of Boating and Waterways and the federal Army Corps of Engineers have stated they will fund most of the project, but only if there are clear economic benefits. Because the proposed alternative calls for unloading a smaller amount of sand on the beaches, that runs the risk of falling short of the Corps’ cost-benefit ratio, according to the city’s staff report. Deputy Mayor Lisa Shaffer, who cast the lone vote against the alternative, said there’s a need for sand


cheese terrine and stuffed squash blossoms, also from our farm. Will any of the OktoberWest offerings be added to the West Steakhouse or Bistro West menu’s? We currently have the heirloom tomatoes on the bistro menu, with fresh made to order mozzarella, as well as stuffed squash blossoms. We like to keep it special, so probably not.Though I do make all our sausages in house so we sometimes will have a bratwurst/weisswurst special at the Bistro.



ings, conduct environmental studies and mediation and apply for permits, which would then make the project ready for ground breaking at any time, according to the newsletter. Though still in the design phase, the work that is going on now in the area is test pit evaluations for cultural artifacts (which they have been finding) with assistance from Native American monitors and the archaeological firm of Brian F. Smith and Associates.

nourishments, but she had reservations with the project. She worried that the city could be wasting resources trying to get the Corps’ approval. “Are we wasting time expecting something to happen just because we spent 10

I am disillusioned and blown away with what the Coastal Commission has done.” Bob Eubank Encinitas Resident

years getting to this point?” Shaffer asked, referring to the decade of work that’s gone into the project. Another hurdle: The alternative project must be attached to a national bill known as WRDA (Water Resources Development Act) to get Corps funding. To be considered as part of WRDA, Coastal Commission support, among other requirements, is necessary. This summer, the Corps said the WRDA deadline was slated for the end of this year. However, the deadline has been extended for an unknown amount of time. Heather Schlosser, the Corps’ lead planner of the project, did not return a call requesting comment on the state of the bill. Mayor Teresa Barth voiced her support for the 50year sand plan alternative. Coastal Commission

approval of the alternative would mean pre-approved receiver sites, making Encinitas a good candidate for future sand sources in case federal funding falls through, she said. An annual dredge of the San Elijo Lagoon is one potential source, though that could carry a significant cost, city staff noted. There have been two countywide sand replenishments. Most recently, a year ago, a separate SANDAG project placed 1.4 million cubic yards of sand on beaches throughout the county, including in Solana Beach and Encinitas. Yet SANDAG isn’t proposing funding for county replenishments in the future, according to Glenn Pruim, director of Engineering and Public Works for Encinitas. “That was a pretty clear shot across the bow that the agencies are going to be left on their own to solve their problems, so reaching out to the federal government and continuing to work with them is, I believe, a prudent step,” Pruim said. Several days after the Encinitas City Council meeting, Solana Beach City Manager David Ott noted that Solana Beach also gave the green light to the alternative plan. For Solana Beach, the alternative’s first replenishment will dump 700,000 cubic yards of sand, down from 920,000 cubic yards. And subsequent nourishments — now every 10 years instead of 13 — will unload 290,000 cubic yards of sand on the beach, which was once 420,000 cubic yards. The Coastal Commission will consider the alternative nourishment plan sometime in mid-November in Newport Beach.

I’ve had their heirloom tomatoes from the farm last week for lunch with the made to order mozzarella and it was amazing. This whole menu sounds so good … and as much as I like a good craft beer, I think I’ll be sticking with a traditional German brew with my sausage, German potato salad, weiner schnitzel, spaetzel, suckling pig and other fare prepared by the culinary team at West Bistro. This is going to be a fun, delicious event and I’ve got it on my calendar to be there Saturday, Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. under the tents at West Village, 4960 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad.Tickets are

$35 per person and $40 day of event. Ticket includes seven generous food and wine/craft beer pairings. Must be 21 years of age to attend. Tickets are available at Bistro West. Call them at (760) 930-8008 or visit bistrowest.com.

The project is envisioned as a future part of the city’s regional arterial system, Procopio said. “It’s envisioned as an alternative route between the (Interstate) 15 and (state Route) 78, so it’s an important roadway; it’s important to our circulation system.” She added that today’s level of traffic isn’t what they’re expecting in the future, with existing average daily trips currently listed at 2,700. But that’s mostly because the roadway doesn’t connect from one end to the other.

“But when we connect it through, we are expecting that this will be the most efficient route, looking at 19,400 expected (average daily trips) once the project is completed,” she said. The project’s Environmental Impact Report was completed in 2012, though there is no timeline to start construction until the budget shortfall is filled. Procopio said it was pretty common to have projects funded only up to the design phase while finding other funding to complete construction.

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.


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Lima Bean Faire ENCINITAS – Just how many ways can a lima bean be turned into a tasty dish? A lot, or so it seemed as competitors from around the county entered the 5th annual Lima Bean Faire’s Battle of the Beans competition in Encinitas on Sept. 28.

The event, which is put on by the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, witnessed large crowds looking to decide who made best use of their beans. The Lima Bean Faire helps the museum to raise funds, allowing it to collect and exhibit the area’s local history.

Chef Kerry Sheron of Atria Encinitas Retirement Home serves up some lima bean lasagna in the 5th annual Battle of the Beans contest. Photos by Tony Cagala

Encinitas City Councilwoman Kristin Gaspar turns the lima bean into a dessert, serving a mini lima bean pie in the Battle of the Bean contest.

Lilly Stafford, 5, left, and Jewel Perry, 8, holds Timothy the baby goat.

Sissy Sugarman, 12, of Olivenhain gives a demonstration on how to milk a goat. She milks the goat each morning. Sugarman said the goat milk makes great soap and has beneficial attributes that makes it good for drinking.

Jen Richardson, left, and Mackenzie Wilkin from Urban Fresh Delivery enter the Battle of the Beans contest with white bean pasta.


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