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OCT. 18, 2013

67-year-old pipeline breaks in Rancho Santa Fe By Tony Cagala

Artist Photographer Terrance Goan will host the exhibition “Going to the Dogs” at the Rancho Santa Fe Library, 17040 Avenida de Acacias, through the end of November. Dogs are just one facet of Goan’s photography. Last year he had a show at the library featuring some of his other types of photography including weddings and children’s portraits. For more information, visit TerryGoanPhotography.com. Courtesy photo

Council delays action on Fletcher Cove use policy By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Faced with adopting an initiative for a use policy for Fletcher Cove Community Center they don’t support, spending approximately $200,000 for a special election or ordering a report, council members at the Oct. 9 meeting unanimously chose the latter after indicating that despite the delay, they will ultimately let the voters decide. “The right thing to do is let the people have a voice,” Councilman Dave Zito said. For more than two years, city officials and residents

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Addressing a use policy for Fletcher Cove Community Center at the Oct. 9 meeting, council members chose the lesser of three evils, ordering a report rather than calling for a costly special election or adopting an initiative they don’t support. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

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for such events until it fell into disrepair in the late 1990s. During a $370,000 renovation that started in 2010, many residents began asking to once again use the facility for private parties. As plans developed, other residents had concerns about traffic, parking and noise. Compromises were made on several issues except allowing alcohol. Many residents, especially those living near the center, saw it as a public safety issue. In August, council members adopted a use policy that limited the number of attendees, days and hours of use and the amount of beer and wine only that could be consumed per person. Those who sought less restrictive rules circulated petitions for a ballot initiative.They collected more than the required number of signatures and filed the petitions Aug. 27. Had they waited a week or so, the measure could have been included in the June 3 TURN TO FLETCHER ON A22

RANCHO SANTA FE — Early Tuesday morning an aged water main pipeline on Lago Linda Lane and the nearest cross street of Avenida de Acacia erupted sending an unknown amount of water into the streets and into some nearby homes. The Santa Fe Irrigation District responded to the call and had the water shut off in about 40 minutes from the time they were notified, according to Jessica Parks, public information officer/management analyst with the Santa Fe Irrigation District. Parks described the water main as an 8-inch, ACP (Asbestos Concrete Pipe) pipeline — a type of pipe that the district no longer uses. The pipeline was put in place in 1946 prior to the homes in the area being built, she explained. “It’s not in the public right-of-way. It’s actually a pipeline that travels through the easements of the private properties.” Those pipelines are expected to have a lifetime of about 75 years. The most recent water main inspections came in 2009, though because of the pipeline’s location going under private property, and because the stretch of pipeline in question was in an area where they haven’t had many failures, it wasn’t

inspected The water district does have an asset management plan in place and they do look at the pipes that do need to be replaced, she added. “We will look at this after the fact and see if there’s anything else that we need to do within that area,” Parks said. Crews repaired a 5-foot section of the pipeline and they’ll assess what, if anything else will need to be done with the pipeline. As of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, water was restored to the six homes that were without water due to the shutoff. At this time, there haven’t been any estimates of damage, but the water district is aware of three homes that have sustained water damage. She said their crews and staff have been working with those homeowners. There were no external causes for the pipeline to break. “We believe that this was just stress on the pipe from roots and the weather,” Parks said. The Santa Fe Irrigation District maintains 150 miles of pipeline, which includes all of their service area that stretches into Solana Beach. Of those 150 miles, 80 percent of pipeline is of the ACP variety. The remaining 20 percent is of the PVC variety.

Romney gets OK from commission By Dave Schwab

LA JOLLA — The state Coastal Commission has cleared the way for former presidential candidate Mitt Romney to raze his La Jolla oceanside mansion and build another more than triple its size. The Commission voted 7-4 Oct. 11 to deny an appeal by a former neighbor challenging a construction permit granted for Romney's dwelling. Romney plans to demolish his 3,100-square-foot home and replace it with a new 11,000-square-foot, twostory home over a basement with a pool, spa, retaining walls and seawall on his property, which is under half an acre. The appeal was brought by Anthony Ciani, a property owner across from Romney, who opposed his expansion

plans, contending the project would be out of scale with the neighborhood, impede views, block public beach access and adversely impact water quality. Ciani’s appeal also challenged the Romney’s claim that they own the beach in front of their home, which adds 6,000 feet to their lot size, allowing them to build a larger home than they would otherwise be entitled. Commission staff determined the home wasn’t bulky or out of scale with the neighborhood, given that a large part of its 11,000 square feet was taken up by an underground garage. Staff concluded the Romney home’s expansion didn’t block public views, met the city’s floorarea ratio requirement and that it would be safe from waves and not adversely impact water quality.



OCT. 18, 2013

Surfer remembered for love of family and nature at paddleout By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — Friends and family recalled that John Cunnison was the kind of guy who would give anyone the shirt off his back. Or, more accurately,he’d offer anyone the surfboard in his car. “Even if he just met you,he would say,‘Hey, let’s go surf; I have an extra board in my car,’” said Mike Cunnison, John’s fraternal twin brother. “If you didn’t surf, he’d teach you.” On Oct. 5, around 50 people gathered at Moonlight Beach for a paddleout in his honor. John, 62, went missing in the Del Norte County redwoods on Jan. 22, and was never found. For many in the community, John is best remembered for resurrecting the Swami’s Surfing Association in 1983. Founded in 1964, membership dwindled in the early 1980s due to surfers in the association moving away or losing interest. “With his own money, he started the club up again,” Mike said.“There likely would not be a Swami’s Surfing Association right now if it wasn’t for my brother.” Mike and John, who attended Paul Ecke Central, began surfing in fifth grade, after their dad bought them a surfboard crafted by wellknown shaper Skip Frye.They were immediately hooked. “We’d surf Moonlight and Beacon’s most of the year, and Swami’s in the winter,” Mike said. Later, John’s love of waves put him at the center of the surf industry. In the late 1960s, he worked for Surf Research when it became the first company to develop wax specifically for surfing. Previously, surfers rubbed Paraffin wax on their boards to stop slipping and sliding. But no more with the advent of the stickier surf wax, which John helped manufacture. His experience in the industry didn’t end there — he helped shape boards for Hansen’s throughout the 1970s. He was also one of the first surfers to paddle into waves at Tavarua, Fiji, home to famed spots like Cloudbreak and Restaurants. Legendary surfer Gerry Lopez was among those traveling with him.

Surfers throw flowers into the ocean to celebrate the life of John Cunnison, who went missing this January in the Del Norte County redwoods. Friends and family said Cunnison should be remembered for always wanting to help others, whether acquaintances or family. Photo by Jared Whitlock

“They all had a little hut they camped out in at night,” Mike said. “In they day, they would take a boat out and find breaks.” Lalena Cunnison, John’s daughter, said she’ll always remember the surf trips the family took. “Going to Hawaii or Cabo — we went a lot of places,” she said. “I think the best memories for me was going to a break called The Ranch in Santa Barbara.” When visiting Oregon in the early 1980s, John would meet his wife, Marleen Cunnison. They had Lalena and son Donovan,and Marleen had two children from a previous marriage. Lalena noted they became “a happy modern family.” Josh Englund, John’s stepson, recalled how John would often take all the kids surfing at 4 a.m., checking breaks before the sun came up. For Englund, that introduction to surfing inspired him to relocate to Encinitas later in life. And John’s friendly nature extended to nearly everyone he met, Lalena said. “He was nicest guy,” Lalena said. “We would go to the grocery store and he would make friends in a minute.”

While gregarious, he preferred a slower pace of life. Encinitas became too crowded for his taste,so he eyed moving up north in 1999.He settled on living in Jacksonville, Ore., for a few different reasons. For one, the city had the small town feel he was looking for. And more importantly, his mom lived there. “My mom had Alzheimer’s,”Mike said.“He promised he wouldn’t put her in a home and that he would take care of her.And he was a man of his word.” When not working as optician, or side jobs, he preferred being in nature. “Oregon fit him like a glove,” Mike said. “He would sail, paint and camp all the time.” “He absolutely loved nature,” Lalena said. “He was mushroom picking and gold mining a lot in 2012.” Earlier this year, John and a friend went mushroom picking in the Del Norte County redwoods. His friend remained in the car while John walked down a hill in search of hedgehog and yellowfoot chanterelles mushrooms. They only intended to stay for an hour or so. But John didn’t return to the car later that day.

Concerned, his friend reported him as missing, and an official search was called. A storm front moved in that night, causing three inches of rain to pour down on the area, known for labyrinth-like trees and bushes. The temperature also dropped below freezing in the evening. And the clouds were so low that a search helicopter couldn’t fly over the area. Lalena, who flew up there shortly after John went missing, noted, “the cards were stacked against him.” Del Norte Search and Rescue suspended the search after four days. A subsequent search this September, which Lalena was also a part of, wasn’t able to locate him. “Forty volunteers came from all over to look for him,”Lalena said.“They said they wanted me to have closure. For that, I was so grateful.” Lalena noted she was also grateful to see so many of John’s friends, many of whom hadn’t seen him in a decade, at the paddleout. “The way that he passed away was so sad, but it was so beautiful all his friends could appreciate what a great guy he was, and let him rest in peace,” Lalena said.



OCT. 18, 2013

San Marcos Unified School District: ‘Pay me now, or pay me later’ Kirk Effinger Thanks to a sequence of events unanticipated by the San Marcos Unified School District administration, its Board of Trustees, or, apparently advisers upon whom they relied, taxpayers in the district will soon be asked to accept a “lesser of two evils� decision forced by what ended up being opposing expectations from the district’s Proposition K bond authorization. That bond vote in 2010 asked for and received approval to indebt the district’s taxpayers to the tune of $287 million for reconstruction of an aging San Marcos High School as well as a laundry list of upgrades to other campuses throughout the district. Taxpayers were initially given to believe they would only see their tax bills go up no more than $40 per $100,000 in assessed valuation, although the authorization allows up to $60. In return they would get a new high school facility to replace the old and significant improvements to elementary and middle schools in need of new permanent classrooms, infrastructure, and the like.

When the economy started tanking in 2008, the real estate market took perhaps the biggest hit. With values collapsing and new construction grinding to a halt, the property tax revenue stream also took a hit. What no one expected was how long things were going to last or how deep that recession was going to be. Well, it was long enough and deep enough that there isn’t currently nearly enough revenue to repay the full allocation using current assessed valuations. One way out of the dilemma before today, and one that had been partially in use was the issuing of Capital Appreciation Bonds. Unfortunately, these bonds carry with them negatives that made a lot of news recently and generated a new state law that makes using them again not viable. Bear in mind that the reason this is even being discussed is because the State of California, which is supposed to be the entity providing funding for school construction and modernization, is not. In fact, as of today, the current balance of accounts of the state’s SFP (School Facility Program) — statewide — is a pitiful $402.3 million. The budget just to rebuild San Marcos High School was $160 million. Matching funds from the

state? San Marcos Unified is eligible to receive $52 million in state matching grants for Prop. K projects. Thirtyseven million dollars of that has been put on the State’s Unfunded Approvals list — bureaucratese for “fat chance.� So, does SMUSD not honor its commitment to the community to complete all the projects originally promised by Prop. K? Or, does the district not honor its commitment to taxpayers to keep bond payments at or below $40 per $100,000? Knowing that bond assessments for the last bond authorization approved in 1996 were actually some 30 percent lower on average than originally anticipated, and being somewhat confident that economic conditions in the district will rebound, the answer seems clear: Fulfill the commitment made to all the district’s students and parents. Finish the capital improvement projects. 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

No bail for man arrested in sting By Jared Whitlock

REGION — On Oct. 8, a federal judge ordered that Rancho Santa Fe resident Michael Lustig be held without bail pending trial, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Alessandra Serrano, who prosecutes human trafficking cases. Lustig, 70, was charged with the sex trafficking of minors last week following a law enforcement sting this summer. He stands accused of soliciting prostitution from two girls, one the age of 12, the other 13, according to a complaint filed by law enforcement last week. The San Diego Sheriff’s North County Human Trafficking Task Force conducted a prostitution sting on June 8 targeting “johns� at the Howard Johnson Motel in Encinitas. Lustig was arrested at the motel on suspicion of being a “john� after responding to an online advertisement for an adult female. At the time of his arrest, Sheriff’s deputies seized two

Michael Lustig was charged with sex trafficking of minors. Photo courtesy of San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

phones from his pockets, one displaying the online advertisement from an undercover officer posing as a prostitute, according to the complaint. The other phone had text messages soliciting prostitution. A search of his car revealed two additional phones, both displaying messages like “Hey i have a room‌you think you can front me the money for our date.â€? A number belonging to “Andrewâ€? was saved in one

phone. Law enforcement later determined that number belonged to a 13-year-old girl. In text messages, Lustig and the girl used words like “bookstore� and “library� to schedule meet-ups. The name “Dominick� was stored in two of the phones, which Sheriff’s deputies later connected to a 12-year-old girl. Lustig exchanged 39 texts with her, with 110 received, sent or missed calls between them. TURN TO STING ON A22



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Council backs decision allowing open windows By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — To the chagrin of some living at Pacific Station, the City Council voted 3-2 to reaffirm the Planning Commission and let Bier Garden open its windows until 10 p.m. every night. Bier Garden, located in the mixed-use Pacific Station development, got permission from the Planning Commission last month to retract its windows. But Pacific Station residents appealed the Planning Commission decision, arguing the windows should close at 8 p.m. instead to limit further noise. Councilman Tony Kranz, who voted in favor of the 10 p.m. closing time, said many residents have questioned why the City Council is considering the appeal. “It’s a mixed-use area,� Kranz said. “It’s got the restaurants. It’s got the bars.� He added that many constituents have relayed the message that Pacific Station residents should have known what to expect when moving there. Nicholas Chan and four other homeowners at Pacific Station filed the Planning Commission appeal. Chan said the homeowners invested $1,250 toward an independent sound study to gauge how much noise in the area

is coming from Bier Garden. Equipment recorded averages of roughly 60 decibels at night, with highs nearing 70 decibels. And the study attributed some of the noise to Bier Garden, Chan noted. He told councilmembers that opening the windows will cause the noise levels to rise. “We can’t sleep at night, and we need your help,� Chan said. He added that calling the police is “not a viable long-term option.� City staff members have received five written complaints regarding noise from Bier Garden. In response, they’re tracking sound levels before and after the windows open. If sound levels increase more than three decibels on average once the windows retract, the windows could be closed again until “mitigation measures are adopted,� according to the city’s staff report. The report also noted that the appeal was only to discuss the windows, not to mull over soundproofing for Bier Garden. Resident Shirley Finch said that Bier Garden is more rowdy than Barracuda Grill, the previous occupant of the space. She said a deemedapproved ordinance, which the city is currently devel-

oping for later consideration, would help the city regulate what new and old alcohol-serving establishments can and cannot do. Marco Gonzalez, an attorney representing Bier Garden, said that the establishment closes at midnight, and at no point morphs into a wild bar. He added that the Sheriff’s Department recommended that the windows close at 10 p.m. Deputy Mayor Lisa Shaffer made a motion to close Bier Garden’s rear patio windows, which face the Pacific View condominiums, by 8 p.m. And she said the front windows near Coast Highway 101 should remain open until 10 p.m. Mayor Teresa Barth backed that motion, while the other councilmembers opposed it. Councilmember Kristin Gaspar, who voted against the residents’ appeal, said 10 p.m. is the “benchmark� for when similar establishments have to close their windows. And she added that Bier Garden is busiest from 6 to 10 p.m. “The applicant did say 6 to 10 (p.m.) is their peak time, so I do have a concern that is a financial loss and a reason for that business to pursue all legal options should we hold them to a standard that doesn’t exist today,� Gaspar said.

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Four-year degrees at community colleges? Why Not? By Thomas D. Elias

Encinitas Golf Course full of holes? By James Greco

Despite a recent change for the better and nearly two years of formal discussion and negotiation with homeowner representatives, the Encinitas Ranch Golf Authority (ERGA) continues to take actions that put more holes in taxpayers’ pockets than exist on the links themselves. During this time, what has become evident is that ERGA’s apparently under-motivated “rubber-stamp” Board operates with a lack of openness and transparency. What is arguably the city’s greatest asset — the golf course — requires: • new and vibrant ERGA leadership; • adoption of formal transparent operating procedures; • production of factbased, detailed operation reports; • provision for regular rotation of Board members and term limits; and • analysis of golf course land value at the time it was transferred to ERGA, the total compensation due the developer for the land; and the amount paid the developer directly or in lieu to date. These recommendations derive from an issue that arose a little over two years ago, when a Coast News Community Commentary warned that nearly 1,000 property owners in Encinitas Ranch would be facing

a Mello-Roos/Community Finance District (CFD) tax increase, because the Encinitas City Council voted to allow the ERGA to create an ill-defined “contingency fund” before paying its the CFD bond debt. Last year, the City Council acted to indirectly increase that burden again by authorizing ERGA to add an additional $1 million in bond indebtedness. Public agencies are forbidden by State law from making a gift of public funds to a private party. Yet, the agreements pertaining to the golf course appear to have been crafted in a manner that fails to ensure adherence to that requirement. Here is why this is wrong: 1. ERGA, which in essence is 50 percent privately owned, is avoiding payment of its fair share of the costs to construct vehicle access to the course. 2. ERGA has written-off approximately $750,000 of its obligation and, as a result of the two recent City Council actions, will likely avoid paying more of its debt in the future. 3. To our knowledge, no other municipal golf course in California, and likely the United States, is operated by a public/private ownership entity where the private entity receives profits. The city should have just paid the developer for its land from golf course profits and not become entangled in this murky arrangement.

4. The developer’s receipt of golf course profits appears to have been granted in exchange for the land under the golf course. Depending on the value, any excess developer compensation could be seen as a gift of public funds. 5. Underlying agreements between the city and the developer allow the developer to delay repaying a retail tax loan and avoid payment of portions of its bond debt obligation. 6. While ERGA recently refinanced the bond debt it incurred to construct the course, it chose a maturity date of only 18 instead of 30 years. This action defies prudent business principals, causes the golf course to pay higher annual debt payments, and increases the likelihood that the bond debt obligation will never be fully repaid. 7. As part of its refinancing, ERGA has drawn-down an additional $1 million in bond debt in order to fund much needed course improvements. Despite warnings at the beginning of the process to properly husband the money, ERGA recently approved the deletion or delay of several program improvements without explanation as to why or the impact. 8. The city and ERGA share a single city department charged with oversight of city and ERGA finances, as well as TURN TO JUMP_SLUG ON XX

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Maybe it’s been just an ego thing or a matter of turf, but administrators and some alumni groups at the University of California and the California State University systems for years have adamantly opposed the notion of community colleges granting anything more than two-year associate of arts degrees. But this idea is making more sense than ever, especially amid continuing cutbacks at many existing four-year schools. It’s also an idea that’s allowed in more than 20 other states. The possibility gained more practicality the other day, when Gov. Jerry Brown, attending a Cal State trustees meeting in Long Beach, criticized a preliminary CSU budget plan seeking hundreds of millions of new state dollars next year. CSU could use that money to ease the current enrollment crunch, which sees tens of thousands of qualified students turned away from the state’s public universities each year. But Brown told his fellow trustees that CSU might need to fix leaky roofs and make other structural repairs before increasing enrollment. So where can qualified stu-

do more makes pure economic sense, too. The system charges far lower tuition and fees than the four-year schools, already offers basic classes so good that both UC and CSU allow transfer students full credit for them. Many faculty members are at least as qualified as the majority at the more prestigious fouryear campuses. But the four-year schools have never liked this idea. For one thing, it would let community colleges compete for precious tuition dollars. Yes, there have been some tuition increases at the community colleges, but they remain well below either UC or CSU. The two-year schools also are often far closer to students’ homes than their big brothers. The twin factors of cost and location make community colleges accessible to far more students than either of the higher systems. The notion of community colleges doing more was first voiced prominently in 2008 by Democratic state Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo (then an assemblyman), who sought the change just for the San Mateo college district. His bill went nowhere. In 2009, he was joined by Democratic state Sen. Marty

The system charges far lower tuition and fees than the four-year schools, already offers basic classes so good that both UC and CSU allow transfer students full credit for them. dents go once they’ve earned A.A. degrees and want to transfer to a four-year school? Why not let them stay put and earn bachelor’s degrees right where they’ve been? It’s an idea under quiet consideration by the huge California community college system, home to one-fourth of all junior college students in America. A task force of officials from all three of the state’s higher education systems quietly held meetings recently about whether to seek four-year authority for the 112 community colleges. This move, of course, would challenge traditional fiefdoms established by the state’s 1960sera Master Plan for Higher Education, which sets up a definite hierarchy, community colleges tasked primarily to provide job training for local students. The colleges already go well beyond that. And many would like to join counterparts in places like Michigan and Florida that give bachelor’s degrees, mostly in technical fields. One candidate for such degrees in California might be nursing, where many community colleges now excel. There are already some breaches of the Master Plan tradition, most notably the fact that Cal State offers several doctoral degrees, an area once reserved for UC schools. Letting community colleges

Block of San Diego, also an assemblyman at the time. Block, a former dean at San Diego State University and an ex-president of the San Diego Community College District board, said he sees no sound reason for not making the change. “We have a lot of wellrespected community colleges,” he told a hearing. “They could do a fine job offering those next two years to students, at least in certain disciplines.” But pushing a major change like this won’t be easy, perhaps one reason the current discussions have been so quiet. Turf battles are inevitable, as professors at four-year schools won’t want their prestige spread around. There’s also the question of whether most junior colleges could offer small seminars and advanced laboratory facilities to upperclassmen. But there seems little doubt this change is doable, and probably in pretty short order. It’s also something that needs to happen soon or California risks depriving many thousands of its brightest young people of opportunities long promised to them.

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OCT. 18, 2013

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The two-plus-year term of President Adam Day, holding a commemorative photo of the Del Mar Fairgrounds, ended at the Oct. 8 meeting. He is replaced by Fred Schenk, third from right. Also on hand are, from left, General Manager Tim Fennell, new Vice President David Watson and board members Stephen Shewmaker and David Lizerbram. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

2014 fair theme revealed, Schenk is new board president By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Whether you take the long and winding road or buy a day-tripper transit ticket to ride, Del Mar Fairgrounds officials hope many will come together, right now in 2014 when next year’s San Diego County Fair celebrates the British Invasion. At the Oct. 8 meeting, the board of directors for the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which governs

the fairgrounds, approved The Fab Fair as next year’s theme. “We expect the public will be very happy with what we’re going to be putting out,” Director Fred Schenk said. While few details were provided, activities, events and, most likely, performances will focus on The Beatles, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Who and other aspects of British culture that became popular in the 1960s.

Confirmed activities include two photography exhibits. One features backstage and behind-the-scenes photos of The Beatles. The other, “Give Peace a Chance,” commemorates the bed-in of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Also at the meeting, Schenk, who was serving as vice president, was named president, replacing Adam Day, who served in the position since June 2011. TURN TO FAIR ON A22


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CARLSBAD — Major surf apparel and equipment retailer Sun Diego may move into the former Ocean House location in Carlsbad Village, dashing local business owners’ hopes to turn the site into a new restaurant and music venue. Several local business people were in the process of buying the former Ocean House business to open Nineteen Nineteen, a new restaurant and bar with a music venue in the site’s gazebo-like ballroom, according to Jon Wantz who helped bring the deal together. Ocean House was the latest restaurant to operate in the historic Victorian mansion located at the corner of Carlsbad Village Drive and Carlsbad Boulevard. The distinctive blue home was originally built in 1887 for one of Carlsbad’s first prominent businessmen Gerhard Schutte. The mansion was eventually turned into a hotel called the Twin Inns, which was sold in 1984. The building has held offices and restaurants ever since. Ocean House opened there in 2006, but the popular dining and dancing venue closed after sustaining flooding damage this May. The interested Nineteen Nineteen party, which included the owners of Boar Cross’n and Mas Fina Cantina, started the process of taking over Ocean House’s business, property lease, and liquor license in late June, said Wantz. A couple months later, their deposit was in escrow and the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control had just about transferred the liquor license from Ocean House to the new venture. But in mid-September, the landlord of the historic property, Sima Management Corp., pulled Ocean House’s lease and halted the progress of Nineteen Nineteen. Sima Management Corp. is instead pursuing a deal to start a new lease on the property with Sun Diego.

Originally built in 1887, the blue Victorian mansion in the heart of Carlsbad Village may house a new Sun Diego location now that the restaurant Ocean House has closed. Photo by Rachel Stine

Vice President of Operations and Marketing for Sun Diego Pete Censoplano said that the company would make an announcement about the possibility of opening its tenth location at the former Ocean House site, “If and when something happens.” Sima Management Corp. did not respond to a request for comment. Numerous Carlsbad business owners and residents are wary about a large retailer moving into the landmark property. Chair of the Carlsbad Historical Preservation Committee, Murray Levy, mentioned the matter during public comment before Carlsbad City Council on Oct. 8. “I think it’s a very important identity of the city,” said Levy. “For over 100 years it’s been a restaurant and now it’s going to be retail.” He asked city council that if the matter came before them, “Really look at it very carefully.” A “Save Ocean House” petition to stop Sun Diego from taking over the building was started on the website Change.org about a

week ago and so far has garnered more than 1,400 signatures. The petition states, “If our beloved Ocean House is turned into a retail chain…it would devastate the city residents, employees and economy of the area.” It encouraged supporters to write the co-owners of Ocean House and city council members urging them to prevent the site from being turned into a retail store. Carlsbad Village is already home to several locally-owned surf shops, but Sun Diego would be the first major surf store in the downtown area. “As far as the Village is concerned, it’s not great for us. (Sun Diego is) a corporate business,” said Amanda Solie, manager of Raw Skin Surf Shack on Carlsbad Boulevard. She said that right now the cluster of smaller surf shops in the Village balance each other out by offering different brands of surf clothing and equipment, but Sun Diego would shift that balance since the store would offer every major brand in one store. “I know my locals will

stay local and true to us, but they (Sun Diego) have every company,” she said. “We don’t need another surf shop,” Solie said, adding that she would much prefer a small concert venue instead. “I think that’s the one thing this town is missing, a good music venue.” As for the Nineteen Nineteen entrepreneurs, Wantz said that they don’t feel that they have enough legal ground to fight Sima. He emphasized that there is no hard feelings against Sun Diego, even though they would prefer to have another restaurant in the space and not a retail shop. Wantz said the Ocean House owners are suffering the most from having their lease pulled. Ocean House owners Martin Blair and Max Gutierrez could not be reached for comment, however the business is currently selling its restaurant supplies and furniture. “They (the Ocean House owners) have no value to their business now,” Wantz said. “It was the owners of the property that really did the wrong here.”

COAST CITIES — Rancho Santa Fe resident Maria Assaraf, a member of the Just Like My Child Foundation board of directors, invites the community to the foundation’s seventh anniversary dinner and celebration, at BiCE Ristorante at 6 p.m. Oct. 24, 425 Island Ave., San Diego. The event applauds the organization’s success and will help it reach its goal of educating 10,000 women in rural Uganda by the end of 2013. Guests will enjoy a four-course meal and cocktails prepared by BiCE’s executive chef, Mario Cassineri. The evening will include a performance by Kids Helping Kids, a band of young musicians dedicated to helping children worldwide, a commemoration honoring top donors and the recipient of this year’s Empowering Women Award and a VIP happy hour hosted by Monica Nyiraguhabwa, a Ugandan mentor with the Girl Power Project. Tickets are $250 each and available for purchase a t JustLikeMyChild.org/Anniv

ersary. According to the UN, the fastest way to end worldwide poverty is by educating girls. Just Like My Child’s Girl Power Project empowers women and girls in Uganda to thrive through better education, reduced early pregnancy, premium maternal healthcare, microfinancing and more. Just Like My Child trains girl mentors in lessons of human rights, healthy relationships, self confidence building and understanding their own bodies with the hope they will educate peers. Just Like My Child will mentor 100 girls in Uganda, who will then each mentor 100 more, eventually reaching 10,000 Ugandan girls. Programs, including the Girl Power Project, Project Justice and Project Keep A Mother Alive, empower communities by each village and foster the development of their own solutions to sexual abuse and unwanted advances in rural Uganda. The organization ultimately strives to bring self-sustenance to 600,000 people in 48 communities by 2020.

Get to know your teenager ENCINITAS — “Five Things Parents of Teens Need To Know” is the topic of the fall family forum at San Dieguito High School Academy from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Media Center, 800 Santa Fe Drive. The presentation from a panel of students and specialists offers information on effectively connecting with your teen about universal teen issues. A panel presentation including San Dieguito Academy students will share anonymous input from peers on what they wish their parents knew; MyMy Cade, co-founder of the San Diego affiliate of the BILY (Because I Love You) national parent support group, will offer her perspective from working with hundreds of parents dealing with the behavioral

issues of their children. Dr. Vangie Akridge, a licensed educational psychologist for the San Dieguito Union high school district and member of the San Diego County Mental Health Advisory Board, will offer her vast knowledge relating to academic progression, social/emotional functioning, stress management and more. There will be opportunities for questions from the audience. This event is free and open to the public. Middle school students and high school students are welcome. Spanish translation is provided. The forum is sponsored by the SDA Foundation. Seating is limited. Reservations are required. To RSVP, e-mail sss.sdacademy@gmail.com or call (760) 519-5877.



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Afghan activist to share her story in San Diego By Lillian Cox

CARLSBAD — Malalai Joya, one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, is winding up her national 11-city tour in San Diego this month. The author of “A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice” is scheduled to address crowds from Wellesley College and NYU to Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCSD. Thanks to Encinitas resident Carol Jahnkow, local residents will also be able to listen to Joya’s story when she speaks at 7 p.m., Oct. 21 at the Al Awda Center, 2720 Loker Avenue West, Suite J, Carlsbad. “I really wanted to see more programs like this in North County, and took responsibility for finding a venue here,” said Jahnkow, director, Emertis of the Peace Resource Center of San Diego and founder of the San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice. Joya was only 4 in 1982 when her family fled Afghanistan to the refugee camps of Iran and then Pakistan. She finished her education in Pakistan and at 19 began teaching literacy courses to other women. After the Soviets withdrew in 1998, she returned to Afghanistan where she established an orphanage and health clinic. Soon she became an outspoken opponent of the Taliban

who had seized control of the country. Joya gained international prominence in December 2003 when, as an elected delegate to the Constitutional Loya Jirga, she spoke out publicly against the domination of warlords. Subsequently, she was elected to the 249-seat National Assembly as a representative of Farah Province, winning by the second highest number of votes. Today, she is married and heads the non-governmental group Organisation of Promoting Afghan Women’s Capabilities (OPAWC). Jahnkow said that the fact that she is in San Diego County for the 12th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan is poignant in that many of the country’s problems are due to the continued military presence. “The occupation by both U.S. and NATO troops has resulted in more bloodshed, more crimes against women, more human rights violations and more looting of their resources by the Americans,” she explained. “The people of Afghanistan believe their country has been changed into a mafia state because during those 12 years tens of thousands have been killed by occupation forces and terrorists groups such as the Taliban and warlords.” Even more destructive to society, Jahnkow said, is the fact that Afghanistan has become the center of the drug

Malalai Joya, Afghan human rights activist and author of “A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice,” will speak at 7 p.m., Oct. 21 at the Al Awda Center in Carlsbad as part of her national, 11-city book tour. No charge for admission. Donations welcomed. Courtesy photo

trade. More than 90 percent of opium in the world is produced in Afghanistan. “This is more dangerous than the Taliban and warlords because it destroys life in Afghanistan,” she explained. “Today, about 2 million peo-

ple are addicted to opium, mostly women and children. The fact that they can make money from opium has led to corruption.” She added that the Taliban had a ban on opium from 1994 to 2000, prior to the

invasion. “When they were kicked out it opened the door for opium to come back,” she said. The Peace Resource Center of San Diego formed the San Diego Coalition for

Peace and Justice in anticipation of retaliation after the U.S. invasion on Oct. 7, 2001. The group created a dialogue by inviting others to address what they thought was going to happen next. For Joya, that eventually meant that her safety and well-being would become more uncertain as she continued to stand tall and voice her opinions. “Since 2004, there have been seven reported assassination attempts on Malalai's life, and two of her bodyguards have been shot,” said Rick Greenblatt of the San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice. “In Afghanistan, she is forced to live in safe houses, and wear a burqa on the street so that she is not recognized. She’s playing a serious game here and she is not playing for low stakes. She’s putting her life on the line.” The presentation is sponsored by the Peace Resource Center of San Diego, San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice and the Al Awda Center who is hosting the event. The tour is sponsored by the United National Anti-War Coalition (UNAC) and the Afghan Women’s Mission. There is no charge for admission; donations will underwrite the cost of continuing Joya’s work. Books will be available for purchase. For more information, visit sdcpj.org or call (760) 3900775.

Mayor stresses city’s finances at hearing Do you have FOOT PAIN? By Rachel Stine

ESCONDIDO — When peppered with questions about public safety, the city’s former police chief, and library hours from concerned citizens, Mayor Sam Abed stressed the challenges and recent successes of balancing the city’s budget at a public hearing on Oct. 9. Before taking questions, Abed opened the hearing with a presentation regarding Escondido’s revenues and operating budgets in recent years. He highlighted that the city went from having a $15.6 million deficit in 2010 to a $5.9 million surplus in 2013. He went on to explain how the city’s $81.9 million general fund budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year is being spent. He showed that most of the budget is being spent on police and fire expenditures, and added that the city is in the process of hiring more police officers and raising police officer pay. “We’re running a pretty good, efficient government. I’m pretty proud of it...We are looking after your tax dollars, trust me,” he said. Answering questions before about 50 residents and city employees, Abed held fast to tying the public’s inquiries back to maintaining a balanced budget, with the exception of addressing one question about the city’s former chief of police. Referring to the recent speculation regarding former Police Chief Jim Maher’s sudden retirement last year, one woman stood up and asked the mayor for the exact date that Maher’s severance agreement

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed answered questions from residents during a public hearing on Oct. 9. Questions ranged from the former chief of police’s severance agreement to city library and pool hours. Photo by Rachel Stine

was discussed by city council in closed session. “I am going to answer this one more time,” Abed started. He stated that personnel matters are under the authority of City Manager Clay Phillips, but as a “major issue” Maher’s severance was discussed in closed session. Addressing rumors that the city is withholding half of Maher’s severance until he agrees not to run for office, Abed said, “There is nothing in Chief Maher’s contract that would keep him from running for office. Period.” But in the end, he did not reveal the date the topic was discussed in closed session among city council members, and concluded his statements by saying, “I’m not going to answer any more questions about this.”

Other Escondido residents asked Abed about opening city libraries on Sunday afternoons and increasing the hours at the city pool. The mayor explained that expanding city services costs money that the city does not have in its budget. “Government can no longer afford beyond the basic core functions,” he said. He said that opening the libraries on Sundays would cost about half a million dollars and challenged the questioner to find that money in the city budget herself. “Look at the budget, you tell me,” he said. Resident Mark Skok said that by offering city-sponsored activities like the pool, kids might be less likely to participate in criminal activities. He asked the mayor to look at creative ways to prevent crime. “Kids without something to do is crime waiting to happen,” he said. The mayor countered that it was not the government’s responsibility to raise children on the taxpayer’s dime. “If you want to have kids for the government to take care of them, the government can’t afford to do it. Mom and dad have the primary responsibility,” Abed said. He said that people expecting otherwise, “Maybe they shouldn’t have kids.” Another resident raised the concerns about the economic disparity among Escondido residents and asked TURN TO CITY FINANCES ON 22

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Ranch residents endow alma mater for scholarship use RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe resident Donna L. Walker has donated $525,000 to the College of Pharmacy at her alma mater, the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. The scholarship will be used to establish the Walker Pharmacy Leadership Scholarship Endowment Fund for students in the school’s pharmacy program. Both Walker and her husband, Mark Pulido, are pharmacists. Together they started the Pulido Walker Foundation, which is a family foundation with a focus on youth development. She has been involved with numerous community organizations including: The Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco, The Rancho Santa Fe Community Center, Alliance Healthcare Foundation, and the San Diego Grantmakers. She is the immediate

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past chair of the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund, a collaborative grant making organization that has provided more than $2 million to 54 nonprofit organizations in the last seven years. In 2007, she was an honoree of the North County Philanthropy Council for her philanthropic endeavors. Currently, she serves on the President’s Initiatives Committee for USC and the Rancho Santa Fe Community Foundation Board of Directors. She is also the president of the Parents’ Association and a member of the board of trustees for The Bishop’s School. In her spare time, she and Pulido are the proprietors of Pulido~Walker, a boutique winery in Napa Valley. Earlier this year, Pulido~Walker released the inaugural vintage of their single vineyard designate Cabernet Sauvignons.

Governor focuses on state’s water SACRAMENTO — Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a package of bills Oct. 8 to help expand access to clean drinking water in California. The Governor signed the following bills: — AB 21 by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (DSalinas) – Creates the Safe Drinking Water Small Community Emergency Grant Fund which would be administered by the Department of Public Health. — AB 30 by Assemblyman Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) – Removes the sunset date for the Small Community Grant Fund,which provides grants to small communities for the construction of wastewater collection, treatment, or disposal projects.

— AB 115 by Assemblyman Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) – Authorizes the eligibility of multi-agency Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund applications or applications submitted by a legal entity on behalf of a community, as specified. — AB 118 by the Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials – Declares certain water systems serving a severely disadvantaged community as eligible for a grant instead of a loan from the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. — AB 120 by the Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials – Allows school districts to apply for reimbursement from the School Districts Account within the Underground Storage Tank Clean-up Fund by adjusting the underground storage tank permit requirements. — AB 240 by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) – Requires mutual water companies to comply with open meeting, public record, and budget requirements and allows them to impose liens to collect unpaid charges. Allows the Water Replenishment District of Southern California to receive specified Department of Public Health grants to improve drinking water infrastructure in communities served by mutual water companies in the City of Maywood. A signing message can be found here. — AB 426 by Assemblyman Rudy Salas (DBakersfield) – Allows the State Water Resources Control Board to approve a water transfer involving any water right determined through a statutory adjudication by eliminating the requirement that only those

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decreed after Jan. 1, 1981 are eligible. — AB 803 by Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D-Northeast Los Angeles) – Modifies the State Water Resources Control Board and Regional Water Quality Control Boards regulation of recycled water. — AB 850 by Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks) – Authorizes joint powers authorities to issue rate reduction bonds to finance publicly owned utility projects until Dec. 31, 2020. The bonds would be secured by utility project property and repaid through a separate utility project charge imposed on the utility customers' bills. — SB 322 by State Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) – Requires by Dec. 31, 2016, the Department of Public Health in consultation with the State Water Resources Control Board, to investigate the feasibility of developing uniform water recycling criteria for direct potable reuse, to provide a final report on that investigation to the Legislature no later than Dec. 31, 2016; and requires the Department to complete the public review draft of its report by Sept. 1, 2016.A signing message can be found here. — SB 620 by State Sen. Roderick D. Wright (D-Los Angeles) – Amends state laws governing water replenishment districts’ annual budget reserves and the penalties a water replenishment district can impose on water-producing facility operators. — SB 753 by State Sen. Darrell Steinberg (DSacramento) – Provides the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, with new and clarified authorities for addressing unauthorized and unforthcoming structures built in or on levees or other areas of the flood control system which are under the jurisdiction of the Board. — SB 763 by State Sen. Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) – Extends the sunset date on the Replacing, Removing, and Upgrading Tanks (RUST) Program, changes the interest rate on RUST loans, reduces the share of funds that may be used for RUST grants, and transfers $8 million from the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund to the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Financing Account to finance RUST loans and grants. For full text of the bills, visit leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html.

Elon Musk on how to think about Tesla’s value THE MOTLEY FOOL INVESTOR BY MORGAN HOUSEL Shares of Tesla Motors are up 434 percent this year. Asking whether this run has gotten ahead of itself and shares are overvalued is important. It’s also an open invitation to feel the outrage of shareholders tired of those who “don’t get it.” Whose opinion should you listen to? That’s up to you. But a few weeks ago, Tesla CEO Elon Musk shared his thoughts in an interview with CNBC. Here’s what he said when asked about his stock’s surge: “I really feel like the valuation we’ve got right now is more than we have any right to deserve, honestly. I think we need to make sure we really, you know, knock the ball out of the park in the coming years. ... “The market obviously goes through these periods of exuberance and depression. In our case, our stock has a lot of volatility because it depends so much on what people believe our future execution will be. “Our stock price is obviously far too high based on historical financials, or even on current financials, so the value is very much based on what the future cash flows will be like. So as that confidence waxes and wanes, we’ll see big swings in the value of the company. That last part isn’t new; many people have pointed it out. But it’s still lost on analysts and investors who are tempted to compare Tesla’s metrics to other car companies. The standard response to those who say Tesla can’t be compared with others is to suggest they are falling for the “it’s different this time” fallacy that pops up during all bubbles. But as analyst Eddy Elfenbein points out, sometimes it really is different this time: “I’d say there’s about 10 percent of stocks, maybe even just 5 percent, where fundamental analysis is totally useless. ... The reason is that conventional metrics don’t work on unconventional stocks. If a technology comes along which changes the entire ballgame, all those ratios go out the window. “How should someone have valued Eastman Kodak twenty years ago? The stock was a long-recognized stalwart of American business. It was a classic Nifty 50 stock and it paid a good dividend. As late as 2007, shares of EK were over $30. While all seemed calm on the surface, the company was quickly being made obsolete. Today, a share of EK goes for three cents. The dynamics changed and just by following the numbers, you would have been left in the dust. “... There’s always some innovation going on somewhere that threatens to upend



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the entire game, and fundamental analysis won’t see it coming. Same with Tesla. And it was the same 10 years ago during the dot-com bubble. Valuing companies based on clicks and made-up metrics was wrong for most dot-com companies. Most looked (and were) insanely overvalued. But for a few — Amazon, for example — the crazy valuations were totally justified: Amazon now trades three times higher than it did in 1999. But Eddy’s point about this rule being applicable to 5 percent or 10 percent of stocks is important. And I’d say he’s overdoing it there — I’d put it closer to 1 percent. The problem investors run into is that it’s hard to know which 5 percent or 10 percent (or 1 percent) of stocks to apply this rule to. Is it easy to tell apart

Amazon.com from Etoys.com? Today, of course. Fifteen years ago, it wasn’t nearly as clear. All we knew was that some company would do something enormous, and traditional valuation metrics wouldn’t apply to those winners. If you’re into this style of investing, you just have to be aware that what you’re doing is more akin to late-stage venture capital investing than what most consider traditional investing. The prospect of massive wins is mixed with the risk of horrendous losses. The worst thing you can do when investing in a company like Tesla is not realize that this is what you’re doing. When a lot of investors evaluate the company using traditional metrics like the price-earning ratio, many of them clearly don’t.

Morgan Housel has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Tesla Motors.

‘Shipwrecked’ at aquarium COAST CITIES — Ghouls and buoys of all ages are invited to discover what lurks beneath the surface from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25 and Oct. 26 at the 13th annual “Haunted Birch Aquarium: Shipwrecked!” at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. The entire family can soak up spooky science activities, explore the aquarium’s “wreckage” for sunken treasures, hear zydeco band Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters,

and enjoy close encounters of the fishy kind. Get tickets at (858) 534-7336 or online at aquarium.ucsd.edu. Members are $12, pre-paid are $15 or $17 at the door. Children ages 2 and under are free, and children under 16 must be accompanied by a paid adult. Come dressed in your best costume for great prizes. Proceeds support exhibits and educational programming at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

Acclaim given for music teacher DEL MAR — San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) honored Carmel Del Mar Elementary School teacher Cinda Peck, with the 2013 Profiles in Music Education Award. SDYS presents these awards at the 18th Celebration of Music Education, which honors the county’s dedicated music educators with a 1 p.m. Concert Winds, Wind Symphony, Concert Orchestra and Sinfonia concert Nov. 10 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. The concert salutes

Peck, who has been teaching music for more than 15 years at Carmel Del Mar Elementary School and has given many students their first experiences with learning music. She was awarded Del Mar Teacher of the year for 2003 and has been a presenter at state and national music educator conventions. Each year, Peck orchestrates more than 21 different performances at Carmel Del Mar. Her current music curriculum covers the standards for general music, theater and dance for all

seven grade levels. She also teaches guitar, piano, voice, music theory, composition, music history, music appreciation and the science of sound. Peck has a degree is in music education and music therapy. She also currently sings in the La Jolla Symphony Chorus with performances each year at UCSD and around the county. Tickets are $25at sdys.org or (619) 233-3232, ext. 115, with free tickets available for all music educators at sdys.org/freetickets


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ENCINITAS — Animal conservationist Claudine André sits on a balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Cardiff. André was allowed the simple luxury of a small break during her weeks-long fundraising and awareness tour along the West Coast. Days before, André was in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as it’s known today, where she lives and operates a sanctuary for bonobos. In a country roughly less than a fourth the size of the U.S., the Congo is often thought of as a place of constant war and struggle. But it’s also a place where André, who had moved there in 1951 when the country was under Belgium’s control with her family, has experienced emotional peaks and valleys from happiness to sadness. “What I know, violence entered my life when I was 14,” she said. “Violence is a part of my life…But Congolese people are not violent. It’s always (a) political problem. But it would be not the same if we are in South Africa or in Kenya, where people are really very strong. “Congolese people are not at all like this,” she said. Her father, a veterinarian, was a worker for the Belgium administration. Living in east Congo near Berundi, André developed her love of animals there. She and her family would remain in Congo until the country received its independence, which became a difficult period for Congo. About six years later, André returned to Congo.

A bonobo at the San Diego Zoo rests in the exhibit. The Zoo is one of only a few facilities to keep the apes that share 99.5 percent of human DNA. Photos by Tony Cagala

Claudine Andre visits the bonobo exhibit at the San Diego Zoo while on a fundraising and awareness tour along the West Coast. Her bonobo sanctuary in Congo, Lola Ya Bonobo helps care for and conserve the apes.

In 1991 the Congo was entering another difficult time. André was living there with her husband as the country began to enter into more political turbulence. When the violent periods would subside, businesses would rebuild and life as it was there, would resume. But in 1993, more political unrest would infiltrate the country, leaving very little behind its destructive wake. Prompted by a friend, André would go to the zoo in town to see what condition it was in. And there she found a desperate situation – lions starving, leopards, too, including about 30 men there in a similar state. “We have to do something for the zoo,” she would tell her husband later on. And she still remembers the look he gave her and his reply: “Yes, why not?” “It was completely irrational,” she said. Still she began collecting trash from around the destroyed city; she would

accept stale food and bring that to the zoo for the animals and the men. “We survived all, during this bad time,” she said. For several months this went on, until a man would come to the zoo with a bonobo. She didn’t know what to do with it. It became a second challenge for her – the first to save the zoo – the second to save this bonobo. This bonobo she nursed back to health, eventually giving him the name, “Mikeno,” the name of a local volcano. As word got out, more and more bonobos would be dropped off under her care. Ten years later, André would create Lola ya Bonobo, which translates to “paradise of the bonobo.” She’s cared for 80 bonobos to date, trying to return as many to the wild as possible. Their funding comes from 75 percent grants and 25 percent fundraising. During her West Coast tour, André visited the San Diego Zoo, one of few facilities that house the bonobos. “A lot of people — the average person — doesn’t know what a bonobo is,” said Michael Bates, a bonobo keeper at the Zoo. “There’s not a lot of awareness there.” “They’re our closest liv-

ing relative. If you look at genetics – 99.5 percent is the same DNA as us,” he said. The Zoo has housed the bonobos since the ‘60s and was one of the first zoos to have the animal, B a t e s explained. Why so few zoos house the apes has a lot to do with the economy, Bates said. “We were breeding bonobos very well in the U.S. and in Europe and we wanted new zoos to come online and build exhibits — it’s expensive to house these animals. “It’s expensive to build the exhibits – a proper exhibit for them, so at the time when our economy started declining, we had several zoos…all wanting to build exhibits and house bonobos, but that’s not possible at the moment.” According to André, it costs about $5,000 to treat and care for bonobos at her sanctuary. The total amount of bonobos that are left in the wild is still unknown, but André said that it was probably ranged from around 5,000 to 10,000 to 15,000. Their biggest threat comes from the industrial

bush meat market. Snares left in the bonobo’s habitat, a small portion of Congo, catch the apes, oftentimes leaving the baby bonobos orphaned. “We are not really against the bush meat, if it’s for the village,” André said. “In each village, its hunter (is) very clever. They know if they kill too much animal, they have to work to find the next time.” What she and other conservationists are against is the industrial form of the bush meat market. “We are the last step in the chain of this bush meat,” she said. “Bonobos have done really well in captivity, I think, because of their personalities, their social structures,” Bates said. “You need appropriate facilities to house them. I

think every bonobo should be in the wild; we all think they should be in the wild. “But we, as stewards for that species, we’re keeping what’s left of the bonobos in the wild, educating people and hoping people like Claudine can protect bonobos in the wild. That’s where they should stay.” (André) has bonobos that were raised from almost dead and are now making more bonobos, Bates said. André said there have been 12 births at her sanctuary, including three births in their release site. “One thing you can’t miss from the bonobos, any of the apes, but especially the bonobos, they’re a lot like us,” Bates said. “Most people like people, and it’s kind of like looking in the mirror at times.” But Bates was clear to point out that they are very unique in their own right.



OCT. 18, 2013

Children’s author to speak at book and art festival By Lillian Cox

ENCINITAS — Author Edith Hope Fine is among a distinguished group of local residents who, after taking writing classes at MiraCosta College, went on to become bestselling authors. Last year her book, “Armando and the Blue Tarp School,” was one of three books selected by One Book, One San Diego 2012, a partnership between KPBS, the San Diego Public Library and San Diego County Library that has the community reading the same book at the same time. Judith Pinkerton Josephson collaborated with Fine on the book, which is based on the real life story of teacher, David Lynch, and his work educating the kids of the Tijuana dump. At 11 a.m. Oct. 19 Fine will participate in a Kids Author Panel at the Encinitas Library as part of The Book & Art Festival sponsored by the San Diego Community Library. Fine grew up in Michigan and admits to being “crazy about books,” even “reading books under the covers with a flashlight.” After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University she first embarked on a career as an educator, teaching preschool, elementary, junior high writing classes and gifted students. She became a master teacher in Manhattan Beach before moving to Encinitas in 1973 and exploring a career as an author. “I took a writing class from Enid Norman at MiraCosta College in 1980 and began by writing articles for magazines and newspapers including the Blade

Children’s author Edith Hope Fine will be joined by Gretchen Wendell and Kathi McCord on the Kids Author Panel which is part of The Book & Art Festival sponsored by the San Diego Community Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 19 at the Encinitas Library. Courtesy photo

Tribune, which I wrote for 13 years,” she explained. This is her fifth year sharing career advice at The Book & Art Festival. “Writing for kids is hard work but so rewarding,” she advised. “If you’re a beginner, I suggest you use the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (scbwi.org) as a resource and get rolling on learning the ins and outs of the craft.” Encinitas branch librarian Amy Geddes is a longtime fan of Fine’s. “With her 17th book, ‘Sleepytime Me,’ coming out

next year Edith Hope Fine is one of the area’s most prolific children’s authors,” she said. “Her stories are so original and touching. She writes of hope and joy! Each book has a different illustrator, but the pictures are always soft and inviting.” She added: “She has been part of The Book and Art Festival every year since its inception and we appreciate her greatly at the library for her support!” For more information, visit edithfine.com. The festival will include the following presenters: Mike McMahon, iPhone

and iPad Photo Art, 10 a.m. Past president of the North County Photographic Society. Court Jones, Caricature Artist, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Freelance commercial illustrator and caricature entertainer who produces published illustration and concept work for film and television. El Camino Quilters Guild, Quilt Display, 10 a.m.4 p.m. Aaron Chang, Photography, 10 a.m. Senior photographer for Surfing magazine for 25 years. Catherine Bobkoski, Kids Charcoal Workshop, 10 a.m. Still life and figurative painter experienced teaching art to children since 2011. Gretchen Wendel, Kids Author Panel, 11 a.m. Author of award-winning “Becka and The Big Bubble” series of children’s books. Kathi McCord, Kids Author Panel, 11 a.m. Art professor and illustrator of more than 50 books for children; recently completed a musical alphabet book for young readers. Edith Hope Fine, Kids Author Panel, 11 a.m. David Wogahn, eBook Publishing, 11 a.m. Managing partner of eBook publishing and digital media consulting firm, Sellbox; and the author of “Successful eBook Publishing” and the Lynda.com Training Course:

Distributing and Marketing eBooks. Kevin Anderson, Muralist, noon. Professional artist, traveling throughout California and Mexico. Linda Melvin, Jewelry Making Workshop, noon. Accomplished watercolorist, oil painter and mixed-media artist. Therese Bushen, Polymer Clay Art Workshop, 1 p.m. Artist and art teacher for more than 30 years. Lisa Davis DeMattei, Kids Drawing Author and Teacher, 2 p.m. Illustrator, author and early childhood educator for more than 25 years. Nancy Gordon, Book Art Workshop, 2 p.m. Artist and teacher of ceramics and book arts for more than 25 years. Her work has been shown in galleries, museums and art centers both locally and nationally. Jean Haner, Chinese Face Reading

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OCEANSIDE — Rider South will appear at the Oceanside Library at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 23, to discuss details about his father and the family’s 17-year experiment of living on a remote mountaintop in today’s AnzaBorrego Desert State Park. About 80 years ago, author Marshal South and wife Tanya made a decision to leave conventional life for a life of “freedom.” In lieu of standing in the bread line during the Depression, they chose to rid their lives of social obligations and material possessions for a life of isolation and naturalism by

From left, Marshal, Rudyard, Victoria, Tanya, and Rider South in 1946. Rider will speak at the Oceanside Library at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 23, about growing up on a remote mountaintop in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Courtesy photo

moving to Anza-Borrego’s Ghost Mountain. For the next 17 years Marshal, Tanya and their three children, lived on Ghost Mountain in a home they built by hand, hauling water and essentials to the top of the mountain. Marshal South chronicled their experiment in primitive living in a monthlyrunning series in Desert Magazine for nine years until 1948. Each month readers were captivated by stories of how the family was handling their back-tonature experiment. The family survived for all those years through Marshal’s writings and artistic creations that provided the income to buy the necessities needed to live on a barren mountaintop. Rider South, Marshal’s oldest child, was a teenager

when his mother and siblings left Ghost Mountain and moved back into society, settling in Point Loma. Rider continues to have vivid memories of his early life on Ghost Mountain and his father’s creative efforts to provide for his family. Rider was cognizant of the fact that his father’s writings and artistic creations were the source of family income. He recalls his father as a poet, writer and artist and believes that his father was harshly judged throughout his life because of his life choices. Rider is hoping that with the publication of “Marshal South Rides Again: His Anza-Borrego Novels,” that a new generation will discover his father’s writing through these westerns first published in London almost 70 years ago.



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The kicker is, this Bennett can coach Jay Paris La Costa Canyon is playing Carlsbad this week and that’s always an eventful edition of Friday night lights. While we don’t who’ll win, we do know an LCC coach will offer a keen comment. “He’ll have a couple observations and every one of them is right,’’ said Darren Bennett, the Chargers’ punting legend. Bennett, who helps with the Mavericks, isn’t talking about head coach Steve Sovacool. Instead it’s Darren’s son, Will, and here comes Will to prove it. “Coach, this guy is leaving a little early,’’ Will tells Sovacool during a game. “This other guy’s shading it the wrong way.’’ Darren laughs, and like when watching Will work, that makes everyone smile. “He does that once or twice in every game,’’ said Darren, who’s still amazed, but no longer surprised. At each LCC affair someone, at sometime, asks: “Who’s the kid down on the sidelines in the wheelchair?’’ It’s no kid — it’s Will, one of the Mavericks’ top coaches. So what if Will got dealt a tough hand with Muscular Dystrophy — he plays his cards well. So what if Will’s a senior, not older than some of the players — he’s been coaching since he was 12. So what if Will’s new wheelchair prevents him from wearing his signature Fedora hat — he’s adjusted. “He’s got a flatbrimmed one now,’’ Darren said. “He looks like a skate rat.’’ If so, he’s one that can land any jump and grind any rail. Will knows punting like Tony Hawk knows ollies, and that’s no stretch. When the Cowboys cut punter Mat McBriar last year, his first call was to his Aussie mate, Darren. McBriar’s request? Could Will perform his eye-ball test and determine McBriar’s shortcomings? “Can you bring out Will?’’ McBriar asked Darren. “Because he can tell what I’m doing different with my technique.’’ McBriar wasn’t joking. “With Will,’’ he said, “it’s like having a video machine.’’ Will’s knowing grin never needs rewinding; it’s constant and contagious. He’s got a knack for evaluating punters and is quick to advise. That goes for NFL players and his brother,

Thomas, an LCC punter. “I think for a kid like Thomas, he can run around and the world is blur,’’ Darren said. “But Will is sitting in his chair and he sees the world, especially sports, in slow motion. “And that’s not really unique to Will, a lot of MD kids are the same way. They have this ability to have these acute observations and see things that we don’t see.’’ Many a TV football Sunday features Will and Darren disagreeing on what just happened. “I will grab the remote to review it and it is exactly what he said, 95 percent of time,’’ Darren said. “We say in Australia that whatever you lose on the merry-goround you make up on the swing. He can do that with what he sees visually.’’ So Will is sought after and not just by punters, but coaches, too. Near the end of a Mavericks contest, Sovacool called a play. Then the buzz of Will’s wheelchair was heard. “Uh, Coach,’’ Will said. “You know you can take a knee here and the game is over.’’ That’s Will, and it’s done with a reassuring nod and personality that makes him easy to embrace. When Will speaks, everyone listens — if they’re smart. “We call him Willapedia,’’’ Darren said. We call your attention to the JBowl, next month’s fundraiser which helps Will and others fighting Muscular Dystrophy. A bunch of Chargers will attend, ditto some familiar faces in ex-Charger Jacques Cesaire and Darren. It’s a fun night for a fun guy, and it’s Nov. 11 at the Kearny Mesa Bowl. Not only can you demolish the pins, but you get to meet Will — if you hurry, as he’s a man on the move. He’s looking to continue his education, and coaching, at San Diego State or the University of San Diego. Here’s a hint to those respective coaches, Rocky Long and Dale Lindsey: don’t sleep on this blue-chip coaching recruit. “Everyone likes Will,’’ Darren said. The kicker is Will knows his stuff.

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.

By Tony Cagala

SAN DIEGO — “You’re only as good as your last kick,” said Nick Novak, the Chargers kicker. And his last kick was a good one. In the fourth quarter, faced with a decision to try and convert a fourth down and short, or a chance to put the game further out of reach, head coach Mike McCoy opted to send Novak out on the field to attempt a 50-yard field goal. In a matter of seconds, the kick was away, flying in between the goal posts with some room to spare. It was the fourth field goal on the night for Novak in the Chargers’ 19-9 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football. “It’s an opportunity to go up 10 or, what are you going to do? You go for it, you don’t get it, you give them a situation to tie the game,” McCoy said. “I have all the confidence in the world, the way he’s been kicking the ball.” The win, he said, was an outstanding team effort. “We finished the game the right way.” Learning the lessons from last week’s loss to the Oakland Raiders, McCoy and the offensive coaching staff said it was “big” to establish a running game against the Colts. “I think everyone took it to heart how we ran the football last week, which was poor, to say the least. I think we averaged 1.7 (yards) in the rush last week, and that’s unacceptable.

Chargers kicker Nick Novak connects for four field goals on Monday in the 19-9 win over the Indianapolis Colts. File photo by Bill Reilly

“The coaches answered the challenge and we put it out there that we have to run the football better.” The team ended up rushing for a season-high 147 yards. Rookie receiver Keenan Allen continued to build on the trust of quarterback Philip Rivers. “You earn that (trust) as a receiver, and you develop that as a quarterback over time,” Rivers said. “(Allen)

came in right away and started to build that, and the best way you build it is making plays through games.” Allen, in back-to-back games tallied up 100-plus-receiving yards. He’s the first Chargers rookie to do so since Don Norton in 1960. The win brings the Chargers to 33 in the AFC West, with a short turnaround time, traveling to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars Sunday.

ATTACK Dream Car raffle winner takes home BMW RANCHO SANTA FE — Sharon Bell is the owner of a brand new BMW 320i courtesy of Rancho Santa Fe Attack and Mossy BMW of Vista. Sharon was the winner in the RSF Attack fundraiser in which 2,750 tickets were sold and raised $54,500 for the Club. Sharon remarked to Director of Coaching Malcolm Tovey upon being given the news that she was the winner, “I only bought the ticket to support my neighbor’s daughter who was selling them to help raise money for the club. I never thought my one ticket would be the one! I never win anything.” That has changed now as she drives around in her new car! Sharon was one of 5 winners in the raffle that took place at the Picture Day activities on Sunday,

October 6th at the RSF Sports Field. The other prizes awarded included a JVC 55-inch HDTV won by Amy Lovell. Amy commented that her new TV made ‘her 32-inch’ TV seem like a postage stamp in comparison!” Two wine baskets were also given out, each valued at $500 and donated by the Lischewski family. Rancho Santa Fe Attack is a non-profit youth soccer organization that provides the local soccer community with the Sharon Bell, right, poses with her new BMW, which she won during a resources and support nec- raffle to benefit the Rancho Santa Fe Attack. Courtesy photo essary for all levels and age groups to play. We offer fall and spring Rec programs and competitive teams in all age groups. P H O T O G R A P H Y For more information on RSF Attack visit our website at rsfsoccer.com or call the office at (760) 479-1500.

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Islands restaurant has a tropical flair and fabulous burgers DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate When Islands founder Tony DeGrazier stepped off the beaches of Oahu after a day of surfing with his Navy buddies in the early 60s, he did what came naturally to him. He went searching for a juicy burger, a hot basket of fries and a cold drink. Twenty years later, he took a little chunk of the islands and brought it to the mainland of Southern California. ?? Today, Islands still is true to Tony’s original experience and his original vision though it as grown significantly since then as they have locations throughout the Southwest. Their menu has grown to include salads, soups and soft tacos. I mentioned I was going to be covering Islands to my friend’s children Rosemary and Mitchell Zonfrilli and they both expressed how much they enjoyed going there. With that, I brought them along on my dinner and got their reaction after the meal. We had some fun with this one. Lick the Plate: So, first

were small, but this had a fair range of meals, and when they made a mistake on my hamburger, they fixed it immediately. Unfortunately I really don’t like cheese, so they made me a new burger. It was perfect.

off I’m just curious, if you had the ability to invite any five people from any time in the history of the world to a Lick the Plate dinner, who would those guests be and why? Mitchell Zonfrilli: Abe Lincoln, Bill Gates, George Lucas, Harrison Ford and Markus Persson. They all have jobs that interest me, and it would be great to get an autograph. Rosemary Zonfrilli: The Obama family, because they have two girls, Michelle is into healthy foods and one is the president. Also, a friendly ghost because Halloween is coming. LTP: If you could describe Islands to someone who has not been there, how would you do that? Mitchell and Rosemary Zonfrilli with the POKE at Islands.

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The fish had a nice blend of spices that were not too spicy, but just right. LTP: For dessert, we all shared the Kona Pie that I thought was delicious. What was your take on it?

R.Z.: I ordered the macaroni and cheese and Caesar M.Z.: Very good, I like salad and I liked it a lot. I the paring of the nuts and know mac and cheese and hot fudge in a pie. It was this one was really good.?? really more of a cake then a LTP: I noticed you both pie. Even though it’s one dabbling in the adult menu slice, it’s enough for a party items as well, what items of three to four. appealed on that? R.Z.: I liked it a lot. It M.Z.: Probably the Big was very good, creamy and Wave, which was one of the chocolaty. I was amazed at biggest burgers I’ve seen! how big it was! Not recommended for the There you have it. faint of heart. Straight from the mouths of R.Z.: I really liked the 10-year-old Mitchell and 7giant French fry appetizer year-old Rosemary. We dined they gave us. The wings were at the Islands located at spicy but I liked it. The tuna 1588 Leucadia Boulevard in was raw and I tried it, but I Encinitas but they really do didn’t really like it too have locations all over. Find a location near you at islandmuch.?? srestaurants.com. LTP: Mitchell, you tried poke for the first time, after an initial scoff at the mere Lick the Plate can now be heard on mention of raw fish. What KPRi, 102.1 FM Monday-Friday was your reaction after you during the 7pm hour. tried it and please describe David Boylan is founder of Artichoke Creative and Artichoke Apparel, an the dish.

M.Z.: “Beachy” and David Boylan vibrant, lots of energy. It has a tropical atmosphere, with you rate it from a perspec- “what’s the difference.” I surfing videos, palm trees tive of having fun while eat- couldn’t finish the activities and music. because once my dinner ing? came I was very busy. R.Z.: I would describe it M.Z.: On a scale of one as tasty. It looks very tropi- to 10, probably an eight. It cal. They have birds, surfing had what you would expect LTP: How about the videos, fake palm trees, or from a kids menu, plus colorfood on the kids’ menu. What are they real? ing for younger kids to do did you order and how did their own thing. LTP: I noticed the kids’ you like it? M.Z.: Interesting. The menu had some cool looking R.Z.: I would rate it realM.Z.: I’ve always presentation was great, and games and activities on it. As ly good, because I liked the kids menus go, how would “crayon of fate” and the thought that kids menus was better than I expected.

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Big format bottles standing tall at Costco FRANK MANGIO

Taste of Wine In a move that has eyes turning and cameras clicking at the entrance to the wine department at Costco in Carlsbad, some 60 big format wine bottles are up for sale. Sizes range from threeliters to a whopping 27 liters, made by Fontodi of Tuscany Italy. Inside is their Super Tuscan Flaccianello. A new release 2010 standard sized 750 ml. bottle of Flaccianello holds five, fiveounce glasses of wine and cost $120.00. The most expensive Flaccianello is a 27-liter 2004 vintage that holds 160 five-ounce glasses. The Costco price is $7,599.99. A more popular value Tuscan wine name to know is Banfi. It is well represented with its Centine (pronounced Chen-tee-nay) brand. The big bottle in this one is 5 liters and cost $58.99. Its vintage is 2011 and is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot. This bottle yields 35 glasses, about $1.68 per glass. Simple economics tells me that when comparing a

standard release with its big bottle counterpart, there is much more wine per dollar in the five-liter, about twice as much. Not to say, we should all go running around looking for big format bottles. There are some drawbacks. These giants are hard to open, short of a jackhammer. All the standard lever pull corkscrews are built for the standard size 750 ml bottles. Another problem is that all wine should be consumed when open, or up to two days after unsealing. When exposed to air, a turning process begins and the wine begins to get tart and sour. Unless you have some bigtime parties lined up, it’s best to stay with the standard bottles. Oh yeah, these bottles can get heavy. When pouring, I can barely balance a five-liter with its 35 glass content. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be pouring a 27-liter with 160 glasses of wine. On the plus side, they make great party-pleasers. The wow-factor is over the top, and they make very attractive Grand Prizes at wine tasting competitions. Other choices include: Chateau Malescot St. Exupery Red Bordeaux three-liter for $489.99 and the Kendall Jackson Grand

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Hint of soft caramel in the finish.Well structured wine. Malbec is a footprint of the more expensive Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes come from the same Bordeaux district of France. The Winery: La Posta (means “tavern”) tells the story of Italian immigrant Angel Paulucci who planted his first Malbec vineyard in 1960, choosing limestone soils. 2010 was a very good year for Argentine Malbec from La Posta. The wine scored 93 points on release this year. The Cost: For October, Wine Steals in Cardiff and San Diego has a special price of $15.99. Call (760) 230-2657.

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Thirty Generation Italian Winery Appears at Solare in San Diego Most chefs would freeze in their boots and quickly forget everything they were ever taught about fine dining, if they ever had to pair up their menu creations with the best wines from Frescobaldi, a Florentine family whose wine fame began in the year 1300. By the time the ?Renaissance happened two centuries later, the artistic greats, the Papal Court and the English Court of Henry the Eighth were all faithful clients of Frescobaldi. I am happy to report that Solare’s Executive Chef Accursio Lota was up to the task with his menu selections that were an inspirational compliment for the wines. Here are the extraordinary food and wine pairings, served that evening at Solare: Albacore Tuna marinated with tangerine, bottarga emulsion and black squid ink, served with Frescobaldi Vermentino Ammiraglia. Ravioli with slow braised beef short rib, with butternut squash and bone

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Galen Crippin, the Export Manager for Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi presented the history of the fabled Tuscan winery, at Solare in San Diego. Photo by Frank Mangio

marrow, served with Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni. Slow roasted Flat Iron steak with braised escarole, pine-smoked whipped potatoes and cocoa nibs, served with Frescobaldi Lamaione. Cantuccio and Tommy’s orange panna cotta, served with Frescobaldi Pomino Vinsanto. Solare has a glass enclosed Wine Room for a private atmosphere, surrounded by special selection wines for up to four guests. Reservations are

The Annual Festival of Forks and Corks is being held at Café Merlot and Bernardo Winery in Rancho Bernardo, Oct. 24 from 4 to 8 p.m. to benefit the San Diego Children’s Museum. More than 50 vendors will include wines, beers, micro farms, food, art and craft. Tickets are $25, or $40 per couple. Drink/food tickets $1. Info at (760) 703-5510. Whiskey & Wine BBQ happens at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa Oct. 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. Food, wine and a sample of exclusive Single Barrel Whiskey. Tickets

start at $50. For details call (858) 964-6525. The first annual La Costa Film Festival at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is Oct. 24 to Oct. 27, showing the best examples of documentaries, features and shorts. The opening night gala starting at 5:30 p.m. will include “A Taste of North County,” with local cuisine, wine and breweries plus live entertainment. This event to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Carlsbad. For more information and pricing, go to lacostafilmfestival.org. Frank Mangio is a renowned San Diego wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. 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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Expressive Arts Therapist lives her passion by serving others KAY COLVIN A Brush With Art he 13th century Persian poet Rumi T wrote “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” Oceanside artist Alessandra Colfi has taken these words to heart in the unfolding of her life’s journey. Having grown up in the small village of Lesmo in northern Italy, Alessandra spent seven years in Italy’s fashion industry before coming to the U.S. in 1993. After continuing as Area Manager for an Italian designer brand in America, she felt burned out after experiencing several personal losses. She turned to exploring art and crafts as a means of picking up the pieces and healing her soul. By 2000 Alessandra had received recognition for her collage and mixed media artwork and for her line of greeting cards and custom greetings Cardissima™ when she began volunteering time with patients in offering arts and crafts workshops at the former Wellness Community San Diego. She recalls of the experience, “I felt so moved by the enthusiasm of the patients and by the need… It opened my heart and my creative ability to turn a solitary personal practice into a service and a profession — the best I could have ever aspired to.” Through a series of events, in 2009 Alessandra began volunteering at SDCRI (San Diego Cancer Research Institute), a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life for cancer patients through cutting-edge therapies and comprehensive integrative approaches. Offering Expressive Arts Therapy group sessions employing visual art, movement, music, drama,Alessandra comments, “I felt very strongly that patients would benefit from a regular, long term program and being committed and engaged in a progressive, ongoing process.” Alessandra began offering Expressive Arts Therapy “Playshops,” which guide participants to get in touch with their creative, healing energy and wisdom. She says, “My sessions are an opportunity for self-discovery, and to share laughter, joy and hands-on playful time with others. Through spontaneous creativity, children and adults alike experience a deep transformation, which results in increased awareness, behavior modification, reduction in conflicts and improved sense of wellbeing, inner strength, confidence, and resilience.” She continues, “Expressive Arts Therapy offers a wide array of intuitive, engaging and playful

Laura Stevenson and the Cans will be performing at the Casbah Oct. 21. Photo by Dave Garwacke Alessandra Colfi channels her creative abilities into a profession that serves others in need. Photo courtesy of Kim Treffinger

tools to reawaken the healing power from within, to connect with our unconscious where wisdom and awareness reside. What’s important is the process, the discovery and creation, not the product.” Through SDCRI Alessandra offers several ongoing programs including “PhotoPainting,” in which participants transform experiences and inner dialogues into meaningful images that tell their story; “The Artful Book of Wonders” — altered books as visual journals; “Artful Recipes for Life” — a box filled with unique cards to express qualities to support patients’ healing journey; “The Artful Bra” — channeling healing qualities and personalities into outrageously, over-the-top decorated bras and purses; and “Meditation Bracelets” — inspired by Mala beads, to support mindfulness and patients’ meditation practice. The programs are free to cancer patients and their caretakers throughout San Diego County with pre-registration required at www.sdcri.org. Alessandra’s most recently inspired project “Hope Made Visible™” is a call to patients in creating prayer flags to share hope, dreams and healing. She shares her enthusiasm, “Through social media and networking, we are starting to receive flags from all corners of the world. Every time we receive a box with magnificent, unique flags with their heartfelt messages, patients feel connected, moved, and hopeful.” The “Hope Made Visible™” prayer flags will be on display in the Encinitas Community and Senior Center in 2014, after which Alessandra hopes to have them travel to various venues throughout the region. She projects, “Our flags will be a living, breathing, kinetic journal of our hopes, dreams and concerns.” In addition to her work at SDCRI, Alessandra facilitates her Expressive Arts Therapy

program through many organizations including the UCSD Moores Cancer Center, works with individuals with developmental disabilities through the California Mentor program and is a faculty member at International University of Professional Studies where she mentors graduate students, and provides stimulating and competent art education to elementary school children through ArtReach San Diego. Enthusiastic in her experimentation with all nontoxic materials, in 2007 Alessandra joined her husband William Leslie in creating Paper Sun Lightsculptures, gracefully artistic lighting fixtures currently represented by Mixture, a modern furniture and home accessories store in San Diego, and the Gallery of Functional Art in Santa Monica. With degrees in Linguistics and Fine Art, Alessandra is currently working towards a Doctorate Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy. Her dissertation explores her thesis that “the Expressive Arts transform the consciousness of individuals from the opposites of codependency and disconnect to deep interconnectedness by raising empathic awareness and restoring resilience, which are essential qualities for humans to thrive.” In the process of helping others, Alessandra has found her passion, her true life’s calling. Learn more about Alessandra Colfi, her Expressive Arts Therapy programs, her artwork, and her community involvement by v i s i t i n g www.AlessandraColfi.com. 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.

Stevenson plays it by ear By Alan Sculley

Laura Stevenson knew from an early age that she loved music — enough, in fact, to believe it probably would always be a big part of her life. “Maybe not as a career,” Stevenson said in a recent phone interview. “But I knew I would use it as an outlet personally.” She grew up Nassau County, New York, with parents who loved playing music (Neil Young and the Grateful Dead were among the favorites) at their house. And music, in a literal sense, was in the blood of the family. Stevenson’s grandfather was Harry Simeone, the composer who wrote “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Her grandmother, Margaret McCravy, sang for Benny Goodman. “Having the genetics that I do, like having that part of my brain be able to function well, I give that to my grandparents because they definitely just had that gift,” Stevenson said. Those familial connections also helped Stevenson develop a realistic attitude about music as a career. “There’s always the fear that it’s not going to work out,” she said. “You have to have that view on it because if you’re just blindly going for it without knowing that it might not work out, I think it (failure) would be really crushing. I was always remembering that it’s a hard thing to make a career of.” Difficult yes, but singer/guitarist Stevenson has put in the work needed to develop a sustainable career. She debuted with a largely acoustic solo album, “A Record,” in 2010 and put together an early version of her backing band, the Cans, for touring. Next came her first fullband album, the 2011 release “Sit Resist,” which

got considerable attention from the press for Stevenson’s catchy and frequently edgy rock-pop songs. Another round of extensive touring expanded the fan base to where Laura Stevenson and the Cans now headline clubs from coast to coast. Now comes her third album, “Wheel,” an impressive effort that should again raise Stevenson’s stock. It’s the first album that Stevenson has made with what has become a stable current lineup of the Cans — Mike Campbell (bass), Alex Billig (accordion, trumpet), Peter Naddeo (guitar) and Dave Garwacke (drums). The familiarity Stevenson is gaining with her band allowed “Wheel” to become more of a collaborative project, even though Stevenson remained the songwriter. “There’s definitely a lot more input in terms of arrangements and where the songs are going to go in general,” Stevenson said. “Sometimes they’ll be like ‘This song should be faster.’ Or this song, ‘Sink, Swim,’ has like a calypso beat, and that totally evolves at practice because it started out kind of like fast, like a cool punk song. Then we had to slow it down and put an interesting beat to it. So the songs totally evolve around the tastes and the skills of the other musicians in the band, absolutely. It’s definitely very fun to experience their take on something and then just kind of flesh that out and see where it goes.” Stevenson also sought out a producer in Kevin McMahon who could evolve the sound of her music. “Sit Resist” was a decidedly lo-fi affair, but for “Wheel,” Stevenson wanted to raise the production value. “I think that I wanted

there to be more depth to it sonically,” she said. “I traditionally am drawn to the aesthetic of like a one-dimensional sound, kind of like a wall-of-sound thing, where it’s not like instruments are stacked in a way where you can’t see the depth. It’s more like fuzzy and blaring and trebly, and that’s what I like aesthetically. I was trying to get away from that because I wanted to experience listening to it like I experience playing it, and I hear the drums and they sit in a certain place. The bass is in a certain place, the guitars are separated in my ears. So it’s nice to have that actual sonic separation.” The extra sonic detail enhances the songs on “Wheel,” which are ambitious and cover a wide spectrum within the pop idiom. They run the gamut from big-boned catchy rock (“Triangle” and “Eleonora”) to pure pop (“Runner”) to dreamy orchestral pop (“Every Tense”) to spare acoustic ballads (“The Move”). “Sit Resist” was multifaceted as well, which should allow the new songs to fit well in the live shows Stevenson and the Cans will play this fall. Stevenson said the mix of old and new material will depend on what she senses the audience prefers. “We’re going to play it by ear, but we’re prepared to play a lot of them (new songs),” she said. “We’ll see what the energy of the crowd is calling for. If they seem like they want to hear more songs from ‘Sit Resist’ than ‘Wheel,’ then we’ll figure that out. But we’re ready to play a lot of (“Wheel”), and I’m really excited about it because they’re really fun songs to play. Some of them are hyper-emotional, some of them are just really rock rippers to play. It’s going to be a well rounded set.”



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Fiddler looks to reach new, broader audience with concert By Lillian Cox

ENCINITAS — Five years ago Avery Ellisman planned to go fly fishing after dropping his oldest daughter, Shira, off at the Montana Fiddle Camp located in the state’s historic Little Belt silver mining valley. Instead of fish, Ellisman was the one to get hooked — on the music camp. “Once there, I had to rethink my plans to fly fish while my daughter participated in fiddle classes as the nearby river was running too fast and high, and my angling skills were not up to the nearimpossible challenge,” he recalled. To pass the time, Ellisman signed up for an advanced class taught by Canadian fiddle maestro Calvin Vollrath. “I was overwhelmed not only by how much I learned, and how fun it was, but I was powerfully moved by seeing young people and older people joyfully engaged in a joint activity where their ages became irrelevant,” he recalled. Ellisman committed himself to researching similar camps with the goal of opening a family fiddle camp in Julian in 2011. His decision was influenced by his love of the gold mining town and its reputation for hosting acoustic music events. Vollrath was recruited to perform at the first two camps. This year instead, Ellisman asked Vollrath to travel to Encinitas to reach a new, broader audience. “Many friends and contacts have wondered about the production in Julian and while websites and literature can convey an idea, nothing beats a firsthand experience,” Ellisman explained. “I decided to seize the opportunity to present, locally, a bit of what goes on in Julian each April.” Vollrath’s performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the historic Olivenhain Meeting Hall. He says music lovers can expect to hear traditional fiddling influenced by Scottish immigrants to Canada and the United States as well as Texas and Appalachia style fiddling. He’ll also play original tunes from the nearly 60 albums he’s recorded and demonstrate how adaptable fiddling can be to any genre. “I’m going to play What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong and could be playing Danny Boy,” he said. “I’ll also be playing Glen Miller and George Gershwin and something from the Beatles and Elvis Presley — so people will not be coming out for a fiddle show, they’ll be coming out for a music show.” Also playing will be local guitar legend Phil Boroff, performing with his son, David, on violin, and Grammy-award winning bassist, Gene Libbea.

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MARK THE DATE ART AUCTION You can still bid on 130 works of art in the Art Auction fall fundraiser for the Oceanside Museum of Art, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Tickets are $65, call (760) 435-3721 or oma-online.org. WRAP UP COMMUNITY SERVICE Indulge your creative skills. Ivey Ranch is looking for volunteers to do gift wrapping at Barnes and Noble Dec. 22. For available shifts, call (760) 722-4839. ON STAGE Canyon Crest Academy's Envision Theatre presents Lillian Hellman’s “The Children’s Hour” Oct. 24 to Nov. 2 and Neil Simon’s “Biloxi Blues” Nov. 6 through Nov. 16 At The Black Box Theater, 5951 Village Center Loop Road, Carmel Valley. Tickets can be purchased online at ccaenvision.org/events/tickets.ht ml.

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with the cast and director Oct. 25 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets are $54. For tickets and times, call (858) 481-1055 or visit northcoastrep.org.

OCT. 20 MAKE MOSAICS Join the two-day fall mosaic flower pot and picture frame class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct 24 and 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 25 at Weidner’s Garden, 695 Normandy Road Encinitas. Cost is $30 plus materials used. BEST OF BACH “Bach, A Mighty Fortress: Music of Triumph for Reformation Day and St. Michael’s Day” will be performed at 5 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Village Community Presbyterian Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. Tickets are $25 to $75 at pacificbach.com or by calling (800)-838-3006.

OCT. 21 WORDS OF THOREAU Carlsbad Playreaders presents “Ripples from Walden Pond : An Evening With Henry David Thoreau” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Carlsbad Dove Library Schulman Auditorium. For more information, visit info@carlsbadplayreaders.or g.


Encinitas residents R. Avery Ellisman, right, and son Ezra at the Santa Barbara Fiddlers Convention in 2009. Founder of the Julian Family Fiddle Camp, Ellisman is sharing the fiddling experience with coastal residents with a special performance by Canadian fiddle maestro, Calvin Vollrath, at the Olivenhain Meeting Hall Oct. 23. Courtesy photo

The Olivenhain Meeting Hall has a history as a popular music venue that can be traced to the end of the 19th century when construction was completed. The interior included a musician’s stage that was used for live music for dances that continued through World War II. Ellisman expects a big turnout for the concert since they are so many followers of acoustic string music along the coast from Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe to Oceanside. “There are a variety of different Meetup groups that convene at least monthly, with one holding weekly gatherings every Wednesday evening at Today’s Pizza (Encinitas),” he said. “Whether it’s Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-time or Klezmer styles, folks young and old are showing increased interest in picking up this non-electronic, acoustic contraption and having some fun learning and playing it with others.” Encinitas is one stop on a five-city tour that will also take Vollrath to Ventura and Red Bluff, Calif. and Vancouver and Spokane, Wash. The event will include VIP concert seating and a pre-concert reception for Vollrath and the other performers with refreshments that include Mom’s Julian apple pie for a price of $50. General admission, which is limited, is $20. Few,

if any, tickets are expected to be sold at the door. Advanced tickets can be purchased online at artful.ly/store/events/1613. Proceeds will be divided between funding the production of the 2014 Julian Family Fiddle Camp and its annual scholarship fund. Ellisman said that those wishing to make significant donations are encouraged to do so via the Julian Family Fiddle Camp’s nonprofit fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas. Details can be found at fracturedatlas.org. For additional information, contact Avery Ellisman at (760) 522-8458 or avery@familyfiddlecamp.co m. For information about the Julian Family Fiddle Camp, visit familyfiddlecamp.com.

City Library hosts author Zoe Ghahremani at 11 a.m. Oct. 19 o at Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane. For more information, call (760) 6022012 or visit c a r l s b a d l i b r a r y. o r g . Ghahremani has authored “Sky of Red Poppies.” and “The Moon Daughter.” For more information, visit zoeghahremani.com. AMBUSH ART Oceanside artist Mark Jesinoski will be part of Exhibit Ambush in support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Oct. 19 at The Port Pavilion, 1000 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego. BOOKS AND ART In a combo exhibit of books and art, local author Rina Torri will be signing “No Rocking Chairs Yet” and showcasing paintings with 10 other area artists 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad. LEARN ENCAUSTIC The Vista Art Foundation invites all to learn about the Contemporary Encaustic Art of Roger Allen Mosser from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at ArtBeat On Main Street, 330 Main St., Vista. For more information, visit info@artbeatonmainstreet.com.



San Diego Museum of Art, North County Chapter, hosts “Vanishing Culture & Traditions Worldwide” with textiles expert and collector Bea Roberts from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 21 in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 15th Street and Maiden Lane, Del Mar. For more information, call (760) 7046436. Cost is $5. AUDITION TIME San Marcos Theatre West invites youth ages 7 to 17 to audition for “Babes in Toyland” at the San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos anytime between 5 and 8 p.m. Oct. 21. Performances at the San Marcos Community Center Dec. 12 through Dec. 15. For

further information, call (760) 744-9000 or go to sanmarcos.net/theatrewest

OCT. 22 AUTHOR HOSTED Solana Beach Library’s October Friends Night Out presents author Susan Vreeland discussing her novel “Clara and Mr. Tiffany” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in Warren Hall,157 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach. For more information, check out susanvreeland.com or call (858) 755-1404.

OCT. 23 ‘LIGHT FALLING DOWN’ Oceanside Theatre Company presents “Light Falling Down,” by Aimee Greenberg opening at The Brooks Theatre, 217 N. Coast Highway, with 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. matinees Oct. 23 through Nov. 3. Tickets are $21 general, at oceansidetheatre.org or call (760) 4338900.

OCT. 24 ART CRUISE Cruise the art scene in Carlsbad from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24 with the gallery open house in Carlsbad Village Faire, including the C.O.A.L. Gallery, Oceanside Art Gallery, and Lynn Forbes Sculpture Gallery, beginning at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive Suite 101, Carlsbad. For more information, visit coalartgallery.com or call (760) 4348497.



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LEUCADIA RISING In October, Leucadia 101’s MainStreet Association celebrated 10 years of work and dedication to the beautification, restoration and revitalization between Encinitas Boulevard and La Costa Avenue. Renovations include the Leucadia Farmer’s Market, streetscape design and facilitation process to the creation of Leucadia’s entry sign, the “AdoptA-Media” tree-planting project, temporary sidewalk installation, historic landmarks and storefront improvement projects. Courtesy photo

Tri-City places focus on women’s health CARLSBAD — Family and friends are invited to attend Tri-City Medical Center’s Heroes in Heels second annual Women’s Health Symposium on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tri-City Wellness Center, 6250 El Camino Real, Carlsbad. Heroes in Heels is a free community event that will feature a beauty and wellness exposition where attendees can participate in cosmetic clinics, skin cancer screenings, spa treatments and wellness

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The best kept secret in college prep schools By Cliff Pia

Education is a very hot topic these days, especially if you’re a parent of a teenager entering a college preparatory school (grades 7 through 12). With the business landscape shifting so quickly, how can we prepare our kids for what’s REALLY coming up in their future when it seems business is changing at the speed of technology? It used to be that colleges only looked at GPAs and test scores when deciding whom to accept, now they look at a multitude of other factors including critical thinking, social skills, leadership aptitude and community service. Even the companies who will hire our kids after college (we hope) are changing their hiring criteria. In a recent interview with Laszlo Bock, Google’s senior vice president for people operations, he said, “GPAs don’t predict anything about who is going to be a successful employee. “Google is looking more for people who like figuring out stuff where there’s no obvious answer.” It would make sense that other companies will be thinking this way very soon as well, since Google seems to be leading the way in many respects. Creative problem solving, individuality, raw creativity, and innovation are what cutting edge companies are looking for, but these are skills rarely taught in traditional schools. I always wondered why institutes of learning don’t structure their curriculum more like IT incubators, where the kids are encouraged to innovate, solve problems creatively, and think for themselves in an environment that’s as supportive as it is rigorous. Why not teach our kids how to think, more than we teach them what to think? Sounds too idyllic? I thought so too, until I found one of the best-kept secrets in North County San Diego: The Grauer School in Encinitas. I had done my research and looked at every potential college prep school in the

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“It’s been an honor,” Day said. “We’ve done a lot of work and there are a lot of accomplishments I’m proud of. “I’d like to thank the board for allowing me to serve past the two-year mark,” he added. Day was serving as vice president when Gov. Jerry Brown’s office told thenPresident Barry Nussbaum his term expired and he was not being reappointed,forcing him to step down the night before opening day of the fair. “To say that he hit the ground running was truly an understatement,” Schenk said. “He used his resources … to really carry this district forward.” Schenk, one of many attorneys on the board, was first appointed to the 22nd DAA by former Gov. Gray Davis. He served from 2002 to 2006 and was vice president during his final year. He was appointed again in 2011 by Brown. “I’ve served under many



primary election. But the rules governing ballot measures have strict deadlines and the “petition’s timeline missed the deadline for the June election by 4 days,” the staff report states. According to resident Mary Jane Boyd, a member of the initiative group, no one did the math. “The people I worked with did not do that,” she said. “We learned about all of this as we moved forward.” Boyd said it never crossed her mind to count backward from the June election date to determine when to file the petition to avoid a costly special election. “And if anyone else had that thought they never brought it to our attention,” she said. Her group’s recommendation to avoid the cost of a special election was to adopt the initiative, which had to be done without changes, and place another initiative on the June ballot at an estimated cost of $10,000 to $15,000.


why the city seemed to be focused on helping the private sector. Abed answered that in recent years the city has been investing in private businesses in return for increased city revenues. Citing the investments in



The younger girl told law enforcement that Lustig paid her $80 for each encounter. They met up five to seven times in spring of 2012. The older girl said that Lustig gave her $200 each of the three times they had sex in the fall of 2011. They both knew Lustig as “George.” Working in conjunction with the FBI and U.S.

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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS presidents,” Schenk said to Day. “I am so impressed with your leadership and your dedication. … You have been a tremendous advocate for transparency and openness.” The six board members present unanimously named Director David Watson as vice president. In other 22nd DAA news, board members agreed to revisit proposals for alternate uses of Surfside Race Place during the February meeting. Plans for a microbrewery, luxury theaters, a family entertainment center with hightech bowling or a combination of all three were presented for the underused facility during the August meeting. One proposal came from the fairgrounds. The companies who submitted the other two were sent letters in late September stating the board tabled the matter until after the first of the year. Director Stephen Shewmaker requested business cases for going forward be presented in February. Watson, who sits on the Community Relations

Committee, also announced the Shopper Shuttle will not be available during next year’s fair or horse race meet. In an effort to decrease traffic and increase visitors to Del Mar and Solana Beach during those events, board members introduced the San Diego County Fair Shopper Shuttle two years ago. “As we expected, no one’s riding those buses,” Watson said, adding that they were mostly used by people who wanted to get from the fairgrounds to the train station in Solana Beach. “If people are coming to the fair or the races, they’re coming to the fair or the races,” he said. “They’re not coming to go to Del Mar or Solana Beach.” He said officials from the two cities acknowledged the experiment was not successful. “We gave it a good shot,” Watson said.“We agreed to try to move onto something different.” The shuttle cost the fairgrounds an estimated $100,000 each year.

“At least give it a try,” she said. In an e-mail, Councilwoman Lesa Heebner said that would be an option, however, in between the time of adoption and the election, “council would have little ability to adjust the policy for public safety concerns.” Councilman Tom Campbell said those who backed the initiative — Boyd, Tom Golich and Jim Nelson in particular — should “belly-up and pay for the special election, but we know that’s not going to happen.” He also doubted that they missed the June election accidentally. “They clearly did this on purpose,” he said. “They knew what they were doing.” In fact, he and Heebner lambasted the initiative backers. Campbell called them “crazy folks” and accused them of “deceit,” “lies,” “misinformation,” “intimidation” and “Washington-style politics.” “I am thoroughly disgusted with them,” Heebner said. “Those people want political power. … I’ve had it with you all.” The 1,311 signatures

gathered represent 15 percent of registered voters in the city. Mayor Mike Nichols said the other 85 percent should have an opportunity to weigh in. The report will state any effect the proposed initiative will have on the general and specific plans, planning, zoning and land use. It will also include fiscal impacts as well as impacts on traffic congestion, funding for infrastructure, existing business districts and anything else council members request. The report must be presented no later than Nov. 8, at which time council members can adopt the ordinance, call for the special election or wait another 10 days to make one of those two choices. In the meantime, Zito “reluctantly volunteered” to be the point man for public comment on the issue. We’re faced with doing what’s right versus trying to save money, he said. “We could have done both” if the initiative backers had waited. Council members also plan to create an ad hoc committee to craft a competing initiative.

the local WalMart and Lexus dealer, he said both businesses created jobs and brought in significant revenue for the city. The mayor also mentioned during the discussion that the city is working with the U.S. Postal Service to prevent the closure of the post office location in downtown Escondido. He said that opening a

satellite post office downtown instead is being considered. Abed closed the hearing by saying that polls have shown that Escondido residents are happy with the direction the City Council has taken. Noticing a couple people in the audience shaking their heads in disagreement,he said, “The election will validate this.”

Attorney’s Office, Southern District of California, as part of the Innocence Lost Task Force, multiple search warrants and subpoenas were issued to obtain further evidence. Sheriff’s deputies located receipts at various motels on El Cajon Boulevard under Lustig’s name. A Sheriff’s detective also obtained video surveillance footage of him entering a room with the younger girl and leaving about 25 minutes later.

Lustig’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 29 at the federal courthouse building in downtown San Diego. According to a Sheriff’s department press release, it’s believed Lustig victimized other women and minors. Any female, whether financial compensation was received or not, is considered a victim. Those individuals are requested to contact the Sheriff’s Department at (760) 706-9287.

Gabrielle Xavier, of San Diego, gives supporters a high five as she takes off on last year’s 3-Day walk. Xavier is an eight-year survivor of breast cancer. Photos by Promise Yee

Countdown to Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk begins By Promise Yee

DEL MAR — The Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk is less than a month away. On Nov. 17 a spirited group of approximately 2,500 walkers will take off from the fairgrounds in Del Mar to walk 60-miles to San Diego in an effort to raise awareness and funds to help fight breast cancer. Teams dress in pink, come up with fun group names, and walk together as survivors and supporters. Some teams are headed up by a breast cancer survivor. Other teams walk for a friend or family member who did not survive the disease. Walkers put in 20-miles of easy-paced walking a day to reach San Diego by Nov. 19. The group of walkers is escorted by a team of police volunteers on bicycles as they make their way down the coast. At the end of each day participants stop at a 3-Day walk campsite. A dining tent, hot showers, pink sleeping tents and entertainment are provided. A closing ceremony is held the final day of the walk to celebrate participants completing the walk

and the strides that have been made to fight breast cancer. Participants describe the 3-Day walk as an empowering and bonding experience. “My step mom is a survivor, her mother is a survivor,” said Stephanie Castle, of San Diego, at last year’s 3-Day walk. “All of us have family or close friends (with breast cancer). We walk to find a cure and hopefully another person doesn’t get it.” Debbie Chapel of Riverside first participated in the 3-Day walk in 2003. In 2004 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. By 2012 she had become terminally ill with the disease. “They say I’m terminal, but I’m not laying down,” Chapel said last year. “I’m fighting.” A team of family members and friends walked in support of Chapel in 2012. She served on the team support crew, helping to haul extra gear and bring along any special food and drink requests for the team that were not provided as part of the 3-Day walk. “Knowing they support me I can walk through can-

cer,” Chapel said. Each participant in the 3-Day walk is required to raise $2,300 to participate and fund the cause. To help participants reach their fundraising goal online help and printable posters and business cards are available. A lot of fundraising is done through email blasts and websites. Other 3-Day walk participants use fundraising parties, yard sales, car washes, or bake sales. A good number of walk participants find donors who pledge $100 and end up raising more than the required $2,300. The San Diego 3-Day walk raised $6.5 million in 2012. Funds are used for breast cancer research and community breast health and education programs. Women and men age 20 and older may be at risk to develop breast cancer. Early detection and treatment of breast cancer is critical in curing patients. Medical advancements have developed more treatment options for patients, and specific recommendations for different stages of breast cancer.

Debbie Chapel of Riverside (center) cheers on her team who walked the Susan G Komen 3-Day in November 2012. Last year 2,500 walkers participated in the fundraiser walk.



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Doubling down for dinner MARIALISA CALTA Kiss the Cook Cooking for two presents certain challenges. Most recipes are created to serve at least four, if not six or eight. Meat and fish are often packaged in “familysize” quantities. Fresh herbs are sold in bunches big enough to feed a small army. An appliance such as a slow cooker seems like overkill. If you and your cohabiter are lovers of leftovers, you’ll do fine. There’s nothing better than cooking up a big pot of soup or stew, or chili, and eating well for several nights running, or packing up the leftovers for lunch at work or school. For you, a slow cook-

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There’s nothing better than cooking up a big pot of soup or stew, or chili, and eating well for several nights running. er can be essential. But if you hate leftovers, you may feel daunted by the many servings. Here’s where cookbook author Cynthia Graubart comes to the rescue. She dislikes large quantities of leftovers, so her new cookbook, “Slow Cooking for Two,” includes a chapter on “double dinners”: making two distinct recipes from one main ingredient. The idea is this: You buy one piece of meat — say, a chuck roast. Typically, the smallest piece of chuck available at the market weighs 2 to 2 1/2 pounds. You cut the meat in half and put each half into its own slow-cooker liner bag. You add different ingredients to the two bags. You place them side-by-side in your slow cooker and — tada! — you have one dinner for tonight, and an entirely different flavor combination for tomorrow, or to freeze for future enjoyment. If you want to be super-efficient, make enough mashed potatoes, rice or other starch to serve four to six people, and save (or freeze) half for the second meal. You’ll need a 3 1/2quart slow cooker, preferably an oval-shaped one, as it is easier to fit two bags side by side. The slow-cooker liner bags you’ll also need are sold in the same aisle of the supermarket as plastic wrap and foil. If you happen to like

(BPT) — Whether prepping for trick-or-treaters or hosting a party fit for Frankenstein, turning your home into a haunted house can be fun and easy. With these tips, before you know it, your home will be transformed into the spookiest house on the block.

Tired of leftovers? Use your slow cooker to make Lime Pot Roast With Tomato Sauce for tonight and VinegarBraised Pot Roast (not pictured) for tomorrow. Photo by Christopher Hornaday from “Slow Cooking for Two” by Cynthia Graubart; reprinted with permission by Gibbs Smith.

leftovers, however, feel free to choose just one of the preparations below and double the recipe. (Since you won’t be needing a slow-cooker liner bag, just remember to spray the inside of the slow cooker insert before you add ingredients.) You’ll eat very well for a few days. Cynthia Graubart need never know.

DOUBLE DINNER: POT ROAST TWO WAYS For Lime Pot Roast With Tomato Sauce Yield: 2 to 3 servings Half of a 2- to 2 1/2pound chuck roast Salt and freshly ground black pepper Grated zest of 1 lime 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 1 cup beef broth, canned or homemade 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can crushed tomatoes For Vinegar-Braised Pot Roast Yield: 2 to 3 servings

Half of a 2- to 2 1/2pound chuck roast Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 small onion, peeled and sliced 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee (can be hot, warm or cold) 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 2 sprigs rosemary, or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed Sprinkle each piece of meat liberally with salt and pepper. Place each chuck roast in the bottom of a slow-cooker liner bag, one bag for each piece of meat. Add remaining ingredients, in order, to the bag. Close each bag. Place both liner bags, side by side, in the slow cooker. Drape each closed liner bag away from the other, extending over the sides of the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Move two large shallow serving dishes or bowls next to the slow cooker. Remove cover and, using potholders or oven mitts, carefully remove each liner and its contents to its own serving bowl. Open the liner bags and let them rest

while contents cool slightly. Remove one piece of meat from one liner using tongs and transfer to the serving bowl. Then grasp the top of the bag and cut a corner off the bottom of the bag, large enough to allow the remaining contents of the bag to be released over the beef and into the bowl. Discard the liner. Repeat with the other dinner. Serve one dinner immediately, seasoning with more salt and pepper if needed. Allow the dinner not being served to cool, and cover and refrigerate it for use within three days. If freezing, package in an airtight freezer bag or container, leaving about an inch of headroom. Label and freeze up to three months. Thaw, heat, and taste for salt and pepper before serving. (Recipe from “Slow Cooking for Two: Basic Techniques and Recipes” by Cynthia Graubart; Gibbs Smith, 2013.) Marialisa Calta is the author of "Barbarians at the Plate: Taming and Feeding the American Family" (Perigee, 2005). For more information, go to www.marialisacalta.com.

* Create terrifying tombstones. Set the stage before trick-or-treaters even hit the front door. Use wood, cardboard or thick Styrofoam to create tombstones that you can put in your front yard. After cutting out the desired shape, use a matte gray spray paint to cover the surface, and then use black paint to write creative epitaphs such as “Dare to Disturb” or “Happy Haunting.” * Get creative with pumpkins. Everyone enjoys a good jack-o-lantern, but why not choose to think outside the box when decorating with pumpkins this year? Instead of carving, try spray painting or using your favorite Halloween candy to decorate pumpkins in fun, spooky patterns. Plus, this is a project that even the littlest witch can enjoy. * Download a haunted playlist. Nothing is quite as spooky as the sound of doors creaking or ghosts shrieking. Put together a haunted playlist that you can listen to while guests arrive, or stick speakers near an open window to entice the nearby trick-or-treaters to stop by for some candy. * Serve spine-chilling treats. Use your free time on Halloween to make these simple but yummy treats designed to look like spi-

ders. Serve them when guests arrive to kick-off the scary festivities. Reese’s(R) Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spiders (6 Servings) Ingredients: 6 Reese’s (R) Peanut Butter Pumpkins 1/4 cup Hershey’s (R) Milk Chocolate Chips Large pretzel twists (2 1/2 to 3 inches) 12 yellow Reese’s Pieces (R) Candies Directions: Line tray or cookie sheet with wax paper. Remove wrappers from peanut butter pumpkins and place alongside each other on tray leaving 1 inch of space between each peanut butter pumpkin. For each spider, cut 8 matching curved sections from pretzels, which will form the legs. Set aside remaining pretzels pieces. Place milk chocolate chips in small microwavesafe bowl. Microwave at medium 30 seconds; stir. If necessary, microwave at medium an additional 10 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chips are melted and smooth when stirred. Transfer to small heavyduty plastic food storage bag. Cut off one corner of bag about 1/4 inch from the tip. Attach pretzel legs and yellow candy “eyes” to spider with melted chocolate; place dot of melted chocolate on each eye. Allow chocolate to set before moving spiders. For more wickedly delicious recipes, visit CelebratewithHersheys.co m.



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TOP JAZZ TRIO Get in the rhythm with the Scott Roberts Trio with Michael Carlson on tenor saxophone, Scott Roberts on piano and Max Vinetz on bass, at 7 p.m. Oct. 23, sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library in the library’s community room, 3919 Townsgate Drive. The Canyon Crest Academy students have been playing jazz together for three years and won fourth place in its division at the Reno Jazz Festival last spring. They often play on Thursday at the CCA Farmer's Market. For further information, call (858) 552-1668. Courtesy photo

With a few technology tricks, Halloween parties can become all the more memorable. Courtesy photo

Tips for the perfect Halloween (BPT) — Planning the perfect Halloween can be pretty spooky, and it’s not just because of the ghosts and ghouls that run from door to door. Coordinating Halloween activities, planning a festive party and pulling off the perfect costume for each family member can be frightening. But with a few technology tricks, you’ll be rewarded with a lot of treats and plenty of fun to make this holiday one to remember.

Eerie e-vites set the tone for parties Planning a Halloween party? Email invites are perfectly acceptable for a casual soiree. Send out e-vites a few weeks ahead of time to give friends and family plenty of notice. Be sure to mention that costumes are encouraged, and list any other important details, like if the party is potluck style. The best part of email invites is you’ll receive RSVPs electronically, so you can track responses and get the perfect amount of party supplies for all attendees. And if you have an Outlook.com email account, you can flag RSVPs to the top of your inbox for easy reference, and instantly

chat with friends on effort. Facebook, Skype or Gmail to firm up last minute details, Access the perfect right from your inbox. trick-or-treat schedule Hit the candy motherScary inbox? Organize load and have fun with all the email easily neighborhood kids and parIf your inbox is a scary ents by plotting your trick-orsight, it’s time to tap your treat schedule ahead of time. magic wand for an organiza- Upload it to SkyDrive and tion transformation. With everyone can access it while Outlook.com, it’s easy to sort en route on any device. Then, through hundreds of mes- all you have to do is get your sages in a few clicks. You can flashlights, candy bags and use the “sweep” feature to get giggles ready. rid of outdated emails you don’t need, like all those cos- Share boo-tiful photos tume coupon deals that have from the day’s festivities expired. Whether you love your smartphone or are a diehard Frightful or friendly, find digital camera guru, there are the perfect costume bound to be plenty of fun phoWhether young or old, tos the group needs to Halloween is a time to let exchange. Use Outlook.com imaginations run wild and and SkyDrive together to play pretend for the day. share all your Halloween Finding the perfect costume snaps in one mail — the file for each member of the fami- size doesn’t matter — and ly can be a difficult and costly they will arrive in slideshow process.Track sales from your format! There’s no limit to the favorite Halloween supply number of photos you can stores and subscribe to email share and, since they’re all newsletters to get the latest stored on SkyDrive, you can alerts on costume trends and access them on any device discounts. After Halloween is anywhere, anytime. Share over, you can use with Grandma and Grandpa, Outlook.com’s one-click or gather the kids and relive unsubscribe to get off all the Halloween fun over and those emails lists with little over again.


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Loathe to scrub I stood over the sink, grumbling and grousing as I scraped and scoured that scorched pan. Scrubbing pans has always been a chore I loathe,but this time my grizzling was aggravated because the end result had tasted like goat sweat. I made a stab at adding heated milk to some coffee, hoping I might create something palatable in place of the store-bought latte I longed for but had no time for. One might blame my slapdash method of microwaved coffee as part of the problem. Whatever the case, the end result was dreadful, leaving me caffeine-free and grumpy all morning, with a burned pan for my trouble. All I could think of as I waged war with that pan was that my mother took such satisfaction in making a pan sparkle. She kept her cookware looking like new,including the copper, and I am in awe of that to this day. I left home thinking things didn’t get spotted, dingy or worn out, because somehow, in my mother’s house, they never did. It was supremely annoying to discover that hours of elbow grease went into keeping that furniture polished, the cobwebs at bay and the windows clean. It was even more irritating to realize I had no affinity for those tasks. In my next life, I want the joy of a shiny pan to be worth having hands that resemble an alligator’s backside. I want vacuuming behind the dresser to delight me enough to be worth straining my back to move it. I want to be able to whip up a mouthwatering piecrust in an hour and master the art of meringue. I want to effortlessly produce a different, balanced, tasty meal every night, resorting to leftovers only on Thursdays. If I can’t have all this, then I’ll demand my husband’s laid-back mindset. That means he’ll eat almost anything put in front of him, with gusto. It means he doesn’t even notice cobwebs and is happy to coexist with spiders and such. Piles of books and papers don’t bother him and the rug does not have to be clean. He is the luckiest of men, although it is sometimes a challenge find the floor in his office. Yes, yes. I am going to ask for a milk-steamer for Christmas and it may lead me down the coffee-overdose path. But it beats the heck out of scrubbing that miserable pan. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who clearly sees the appeal of live-in staff. Contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com.

The San Diego Costume Guild re-creates the late 1800s at the historic schoolhouse’s 130th birthday party. From left to right in the front row: Judy Cosgrove, Rich Cosgrove, Valarie LaBore, Jody Regan and Gina Lovin. Back row: Sylvia Wong (left) and Glenda De Vaney. Photo by Jared Whitlock

P ARTYING L IKE I T ’S 1883 “Living pieces of the past” site celebrates 130th birthday By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — Edward Hammond and his family of 11 doubled the population of Encinitas in one fell swoop when they settled here in 1883. Soon after, Edward and his son built a schoolhouse to accommodate the growing area. Since then, residents, past and present, have focused on preserving the schoolhouse, the oldest building in the city. “We need to let people know their history is right here,” said Alison Burns, president of the Encinitas Unidentified people stand in front of the historic schoolhouse in the late 1800s. It’s suspected the photo contains Mary and Janie TURN TO SCHOOLHOUSE ON B15

Hammond, whose family settled in Encinitas and built the schoolhouse, though that hasn’t been confirmed. Historical Society.

Photo courtesy of Encinitas

Carlsbad nears pet sales ban Del Mar zoning change By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — At its Oct. 8 meeting, Carlsbad City Council adopted an urgency ordinance that immediately bans the sale of cats and dogs within the city, though refrained from voting on a formal ordinance to enact the ban permanently. The urgency ordinance prevents retail businesses within the city from selling cats and dogs with the exception of existing pet stores that already sell animals, rescue shelters, humane society shelters, and non-retail breeders. Sponsored by the Humane Society, the ban is designed to prevent the sale of cats and dogs that have been mass-produced in substandard breeding facilities across the United States, according to a city report on the ban. Animals that are raised in what are called “puppy

Councilmember Keith Blackburn was a major proponent of the dog and cat sales ban, saying that it could help some of the animal rescue issues in the city. Photo by Rachel Stine

mills” and “kitten factories” often have genetic disorders and prone to illness. The USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) is responsible for licensing

and inspecting animal breeders while the San Diego County Department of Animal Services responds to animal abuse claims locally. By eliminating the retail sale of cats and dogs, the Humane Society is hopeful that residents will be more likely to adopt pets from shelters, which would also reduce the cost of sheltering animals. Currently, the only retail pet seller in Carlsbad is California Pets, which is located in the Westfield mall. The store has not been cited for any violations. Members of the San Diego County Animal Defense Team spoke in favor of the ban at the meeting and encouraged city council to not allow California Pets to continue selling pets. “These puppies are coming from all of the states TURN TO PET SALES ON B15

to allow homeless shelters By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — A proposal that would modify the zoning in the north commercial zone to accommodate the homeless was continued at the Oct. 7 meeting, even though the change will likely be approved when it is presented again Oct. 21. Language in the proposed amendment would allow emergency shelters to be built in the north commercial zone — a use that is currently not authorized there — without the need for a conditional use permit. Although state law uses the term “emergency shelter,” the goal is to accommodate people who are temporarily homeless based on financial circumstances rather than as a result of natural disasters, according to the staff report. State law, which is very

specific on the topic, requires all cities to identify areas in which an emergency shelter is allowed “by right,” or without a requirement for discretionary approvals, such as a conditional use permits. “The state has put this into practice so that there isn’t the dumping of any one type of housing in any one community,” Planning Director Kathy Garcia said. The proposed amendment would satisfy the requirement and implement one program in Del Mar’s recently certified housing element, which includes goals, objectives and implementation strategies to promote and accommodate housing for all segments of the community. The homeless are defined as those in need of temporary or emergency shelTURN TO SHELTERS ON B15


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A POETIC PRESCRIPTION Leucadia man turns to poetry, dispensing a dose of Narrative Medicine for the care of a loved one By Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — After the fall, life was markedly different for the couple. The humor, love and joy were all still there, but for the last three years of their relationship it was marred by hospital stays, rehabilitation efforts and the sight of a loved one connected to all sorts of medical machinery. Three years ago, Katherine “Kat” Wilson had suffered a subdural hematoma after falling. Veins ruptured in her head,causing blood to put pressure on her brain. More than 20 years before that, Kat, a former real estate broker and Tom Whayne met during a docent training session at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art where the two would become volunteers. “I’m sitting there listening and here comes this woman,” said Whayne.“It was just a connection and it worked out beautifully,” he said. It seemed an unlikely connection — Kat was a stone republican and Whayne, a leftwing democrat that would cancel each other’s votes out. But they had plenty in common. They reveled over an

Ellsworth Kelly painting at the museum, and they both loved poetry. Hardly could it be known that the last few years of their relationship would eventually become the subject of a series of poems Whayne would write. A trio of poems, documenting the three phases of what had happened to Kat, beginning with the fall, to her rehab, to what life was like only a month before her death were a part of about 25 poems that Whayne wrote during that time. Earlier this year, Whayne was invited to read his three poems in New York at a Narrative Medicine event. Narrative Medicine is prose or poetry that describes a person in a hospital room, a person who is a caregiver, a person who is in a nursing home; documenting all of the surrounding details of illness, Whayne explained. “It’s not related to scientific medicine; it’s related to people’s feelings,” he said. The Intima,an online journal, is a student-created entity of the Narrative Medicine Master’s Program at Columbia University. They hosted the reading.

The goal of Narrative Medicine is to help enhance communication and understanding between health care givers and their patients, according to its website. Whayne, 89, a drama teacher in Oakland during the ‘60s, studied English Literature at Stanford University as an undergrad with the poet Yvor Winters,who,Whayne said,didn’t like his poetry. But writing the poetry these past few years was a helpful way for him to cope, he said. “The way it would work,” he said, “Kat would sleep a lot and we would have dinner…and then we always would, I wouldn’t look at them now for a million bucks,(watch) Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! “We would both get in bed and Kat, she couldn’t answer the questions on Jeopardy!, but she liked to watch it. “But her mind was not affected in such a way she could solve the word problems on Wheel of Fortune. So the two of us would sit there, two old farts, and we would watch these two programs. Then, when they were over, the caregiver, and we had a caregiver for all the three years, would

Tom Whayne turned to poetry to document the final few years of the life of his partner Katherine “Kat” Wilson, who suffered a subdural hematoma. He continues to write in his Leucadia home. Photo by Tony Cagala

start getting her ready for bed. “And I would go into a room…and at that time, I would have about an hour’s time. And it was in that hour, over three years that I wrote these poems.” As time went on, Whayne and Kat would return to the museum where they met to look at the Kelley painting. Her lack of interest in the painting, the big wash of red, blue and green watercolor paints that drove the docents crazy whenever anyone, especially children, got too close to it, signaled to him, he said, that she didn’t want to live anymore. What is she dying of? What is she failing with? Whayne would ask the doctor. “And the doctor looked at me and went,‘I don’t know. But here, we say frailty.’ And that was how they described her passing,”Whayne said. She was 89 years old. Whayne said he would

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Tom Whayne and Katherine “Kat” Wilson on a trip to Europe before her fall. Courtesy photo

make one last visit to their now empty Pacific Beach home, where the couple lived up until her passing. “It may be pure sentimentality — maudlin sentimentality — I don’t know,but I’m going to do it. He continues to write today, though now it’s back at his Leucadia home. He still remembers the first poem he was driven to

write, seeing her under all the wires and things, and him kissing her and then the realization. “And it was just a poetic feeling,” he said. “You know that this is poetry.” And Kat loved poetry. “That was one of the cruxes of her life, was poetry. And I suppose that might be one of the reasons that I wrote it. I don’t know.”


Rail project will add more double-tracking in O’side ing trains, without blowing a horn. Smith said the city needs to finish a diagnostic study and make the necessary improvements before it can qualify as a quiet zone. Ultimately the decision is up to the Federal Railroad Administration. “We’re hoping to have a better idea of how much it will cost by the end of the year,” Smith said. So far SANDAG has secured funding for the preliminary engineering and design portion of the project thanks to grants and TransNet sales tax, but construction for the $60 million project is still unfunded. “Funding may not be

By Paige Nelson

The Bar Is Always Open A 61-year-old Texas man admitted to a hospital not long ago appearing to be falling-down-drunk, even though denying having had even a single drink, was discovered to be unintentionally manufacturing beer in his stomach.With “auto-brewery syndrome,” stomach-based yeast automatically ferments all starches (even vegetables or grains) passing through, converting them into ethanol. Normally, natural stomach bacteria control the yeast, but if, for example, antibiotics had inadvertently eliminated the bacteria, the yeast would prevail.The case was reported in a recent International Journal of Clinical Medicine.

Government in Action Update: As several additional states debate permitting marijuana use by a doctor’s prescription, Irvin Rosenfeld presented his own experience in August to a packed house at Kentucky’s state capitol. Rosenfeld suffers from painful bone tumors (diagnosed, with a poor prognosis, in 1963) and began smoking dope in the federal government’s C o m p a s s i o n a t e Investigational Drug program in 1982 — since then consuming 130,000 government-supplied joints (12 per day, carefully measured), which he said absolutely had prolonged his life. “I didn’t ask for my bone disease,” he said. “All I asked for is the best medicine possible.” While Congress struggled recently to pass a budget or an increase to the national debt limit, one program made it through rather easily, according to a September New York Times report: farm subsidies for inactive “farmers.” The subsidies were renewed, based on a 2008 law, virtually assuring that more than 18,000 in-nameonly farmers (who received $24 million last year) will not be cut off. Included, according to a 2012 Government Accountability Office report, were recipients at 2,300 “farms” that had not grown a single crop in five years (including 622 without a crop in 10 years). “Close Enough for Government Work”: The security contractor USIS, which does $2.45 billion worth of background checks for the National Security Agency and other departments (and had cleared fileleaker Edward Snowden and the Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis), gets paid only for completed files. However, full background checks often require months of work, and at some point, reported The New York Times in September, when USIS needed cash, it would “flush” still-open files, treating them as completed, and submit them for payment — as happened with the files of Snowden and Alexis. In both cases, reported the Times, subsequent, crucial information failed to make it into the flushed files.



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OCEANSIDE — The rail bridge across the San Luis Rey River in Oceanside is coming down— as soon as there’s a way to pay for it. At a public meeting on Wednesday, officials from SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) and NCTD (North County Transit District) outlined plans to replace the aging single-track bridge with a modernized double-track bridge. An additional one-mile of second main track will also link two double-track segments between Oceanside Harbor and Pier View Way for 10.3 miles. “This project is not that big, but we’re filling in a gap,” Project Manager Tim DeWitt said. “That will help with less idling trains.” The double-tracking project in Oceanside is part of a large-scale effort by SANDAG to ease congestion along the busy Interstate 5 corridor between Orange County and downtown San Diego. DeWitt said passengers currently wait up to an hour for trains because of “gaps” in the corridor where doubletracks haven’t been installed. At “bottleneck” areas of the track, trains are forced to stop to let others pass. The existing bridge supports nearly 70 commuter, passenger and freight trains on a daily basis. That number

Oceanside resident Gary Leander, left, shows Jim Linthicum, SANDAG director of Mobility Management, where his house is in proximity to the project. Many residents, like Leander, expressed interest in a future quiet zone in Oceanside. Photo by Paige Nelson

is expected to grow to more than 100 trains by 2030, according to SANDAG. DeWitt said right now there is no way to know for sure how much time the corridor project will save passengers, but expects it will reduce wait times to 20 minutes. City Engineer Scott Smith said Oceanside is also collaborating with SANDAG to improve access and visibility to the pedestrian undercrossing and bike path. “It’s not really a part of the project, but we’re willing

to work with the city to find funding for the improvements,” DeWitt said. Many residents who attended the meeting voiced concerns about noise mitigation. Oceanside resident Tim Bemis lives near the tracks and said he was there to learn more about the proposed “quiet zone” in Oceanside. By law, trains conductors are required to use their horns at every railroad crossing. A quiet zone utilizes upgraded safety signaling at crossings to warn vehicles and pedestrians about approach-

Pipeline will get relined to carry desal By Tony Cagala

SAN MARCOS — In order to withstand the pressures that a particular stretch of pipeline in San Marcos will undergo once desalinated water begins to flow through it, the pipe will first have to be relined with steel. That is according to Bill Rose, director of engineering for SDCWA (San Diego County Water Authority). On Oct. 8, Rose provided the City Council with an update on the pipeline project that will connect the city to the as yet built Carlsbad Desalination Plant. Though bids to find a contractor for the pipeline project will go out next week, the awarding of the project is expected by the Nov. 21 water Board meeting. The relining project has an estimated start date of the first of the year, Rose said. Once started, construction is slated to be finished by May 2015, according to Rose. The relining process will be done to what SDCWA refers to as “Pipeline 3.” The pipeline was constructed in the late-1950s, Rose said. It has carried water from north to south throughout its entire service life. But once the project is finished, the desalinated water will flow north to the Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant. “The reason that we are relining the pipeline is it

wasn’t designed for the kind of pressures that it’s going to see as a result of pumping the desalinated water all the way up to the Twin Oaks Water Treatment Plant,” Rose said. The SDCWA has alerted businesses and residents to the upcoming work on Pawnee Street to Rancho Santa Fe Road and including the San Marcos Village and El Dorado Park. There will be six locations in the city where the SDCWA will be accessing the pipeline in order to reline the pipe, which, Rose said, will improve its structural capabilities. Rose said the relining was “far less intrusive and less expensive than actually fully replacing this pipeline.” The desalination plant will be connected to an aqueduct in San Marcos by a 10-mile long pipeline, which has already started to be laid. “For San Marcos, the Vallecitos Water District will be taking a direct connec-

tion off of the desalinated water,” Rose said. That water, he added, will be serving most of the downtown corridor area. In 1991 the county was almost entirely dependent on receiving water from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and now, according to Rose, the water supply has been diversified significantly and will continue to do so through the year 2020. By the year 2020, the county expects to be receiving 7 percent of their water supply from the desalination plant.

available for awhile,” DeWitt said. “Our idea is to get the 20 or so double-tracking projects shovel-ready before then.” In the coming weeks, SANDAG will conduct engineering work along the rail line near Oceanside Harbor. Train operations will not be affected, but there will be temporary road closures on Harbor Drive. DeWitt said engineering and environmental analysis will continue through 2015. Once construction funding is secured, the project would be built over a two-year period. About half of the rail corridor has already been double-tracked and the majority of the projects are anticipated to be finished by 2030.


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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!

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.

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Collaboration leads to success The 2013 Noble Prize winner for Chemistry was announced on Wednesday, October 9, by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. This year’s award was for, in effect, a collaboration between three scientists, each born on a different continent, who came together in the United States in the 1970s to work in concert to better understand substances at an atomic level. Their synergistic, cooperative approach in integrating Newtonian physics and quantum physics resulted in the ability to model reactions involving large molecules,

which had previously been impossible. It was teamwork that supported the development of computer programs that now afford scientists a means of comprehending complex interactions between atoms, thus advancing the understanding of problems at the molecular level through the generation of computer models. Scientists Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt, and Arieh Warshwel, born in Austria, South Africa and Israel, respectively, and now all holding U.S. citizenship, demonstrated that they were more powerful intellectually

when working together, than when working alone. At The Rhoades School, our students, like the recent Nobel Prize winners, recognize that one person working in isolation is less effective than a collaborative team in making critical decisions and solving intricate problems. Collaboration requires them to listen, consider alternatives, be open to constructive feedback and embrace others’ ideas. Simply put, they appreciate that two heads, or sometimes three, are better than one. Regina McDuffie, PhD rmcduffie@rhoadesschool.com

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The Department of Labor has awarded MiraCosta College a $2.75 million federal grant to start a Technology Career Institute (TCI) aimed at filling a growing demand for qualified machinists and industrial technicians in North County. The federal grant will help the college develop a comprehensive training facility that will prepare participants — including returning military veterans and the unemployed — for highskilled, high-paying employment in the manufacturing and technology industries. “MiraCosta College is committed to serving the needs of our region by preparing students for careers that will allow them to work and live in North County San Diego,” said MiraCosta College Superintendent /President Francisco Rodriguez. “This grant will benefit our entire region by allowing us to provide the training for jobs workers want and local employers need to fill.We are thrilled to be a recipient and eager to begin work on growing our own workforce.” According to Linda Kurokawa, director of Community Services, the grant will enable the college to work with industry to create an accelerated training approach that quickly trains

qualified workers, increases student retention rates and connects participants with jobs much more quickly than a traditional training program. “Within 12 weeks, (Technology Career Institute)

Targeted industries include high-tech manufacturing, maritime technology and biotech manufacturing. participants will have a credential that will help them find a job and move up a career ladder in their chosen field,” she said. Targeted industries include high-tech manufacturing, maritime technology and biotech manufacturing. The new institute will be able to enroll up to 695 participants over the four-year period of the grant. The Technology Career Institute will expand MiraCosta College’s machinist certificate program and create industry-recognized electronics engineering tech-

nician and robotics/automation certificate programs. The Machinist Technology Program was launched in March this year and was designed for people seeking fast-paced, highlevel training aimed at meeting the growing need for machine operators and programmers in the region. MiraCosta College was one of 12 California community colleges sharing more than $29 million in federal grants for the development and expansion of innovative training programs in partnership with local businesses. “The funds will go to developing critical training programs that will quickly qualify our students to get good-paying jobs in highdemand fields such as health care information technology, aerospace technology and advanced manufacturing,” said Van Ton-Quinlivan, vice chancellor of the California Community Colleges Workforce and Economic Development division. Collaborating with MiraCosta College in the Technology Career Institute endeavor are the North San Diego Small Business Development Center, Maritime Alliance, San Diego North Economic Development Council, Veterans 360, and the North County Coastal Career Center.


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Learning problems do NOT have to be permanent In order for someone to be a good learner there is an entire continuum of learning skills that must be in place and working efficiently. The ability to read, write, spell, understand math, and even pay attention. These are all dependent on a series of “underlying” skills. The traditional approach to learning difficulties in bright students assumes that these skills are in place and functioning. If kids aren’t successful, the next step is to accept that they have a different learning “style.” This includes the belief that these students will always have these issues... that learning problems are unsolvable and that parents should “be realistic about what their child will able to do.” Schools and tutoring help students to adapt, to get around the learning problems, to “use their strengths” to “find their own way.” It is a little like riding a bike with flat tires. Unfortunately, this kind of support does not typically solve the problem. Students remain dependent and less capable than they have the potential to be. It does NOT have to be this way. When school is not going well, parents look to tutoring as a solution. But tutoring often doesn’t work. Most learning challenges including auditory processing,

dyslexia, ADD or ADHD can be dramatically improved or permanently corrected. At the Therapeutic Literacy Center, we do MORE than tutor. We help children and adults ELIMINATE their learning challenges. Many students can cover or compensate for a learning

Most learning challenges including auditory processing, dyslexia, ADD/ADHD can be dramatically improved or permanently corrected. difficulty for a long time, but eventually it catches up with them. While the 3rd/4th grade level is common to diagnosing learning difficulties and disabilities, some students may get to middle school or high school before help is sought. Clinically, we have found people at the graduate degree level before they finally seek remediation. How far a student CAN go before help is required will

be different for each person. But help is available and should be sought at the earliest possible time, because “compensating” is stressful even when not outwardly visible; it requires far too much energy. And it doesn’t fix the problem. What can be done? There are two ways of dealing with learning difficulties. The most common method used is to treat the symptoms by giving students extra work on basic skills, as well as more individual attention. Our approach is to attack the underlying processes that interfere with attention and learning (yes, ADHD children CAN learn to focus their attention). We know that children and adults of at least average intellectual potential can and should become proficient learners. Because the traditional methods have not worked for some, we know that they must be taught in a different ways — not just individualizing the same old methods. By concentrating on underlying processes, along with developing the needed basic skills, we have been able to help students who, until now, have enjoyed only limited success in school. The Therapeutic Literacy Center in Solana Beach can be reached at (858) 481-2200 or info@therapeuticliteracycenter.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 master-

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

At Diegueño Country School, children learn to be confident communicators while remaining curious — asking questions and actively seeking solutions. piece; 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.

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 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 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 children 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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Improves reading skills For years educators have used phonics to teach students to read. While this method tends to work for many, it doesn’t work for many others. Research has shown that students that do not display substantial improvement in their reading ability after 3 to 6 months of traditional reading tutorial are likely to have an undiagnosed vision or vision processing problem. Although reading well requires proficiency in both auditory and visual processing skills, reading requires more visual process-

ing than it does auditory— just try reading with your eyes closed. Now, through the work of Dr. David Bloch and his company Reading Without Limits, Inc., reading disabilities can be medically diagnosed and treated. Using a four phase evaluation, the specific auditory and visual factors limiting a reader’s ability can be isolated and remedied. Through a series of drills which emphasize visual pattern recognition, enhance eye tracking, and improves eye coordination, students

become better readers quickly and easily. The Reading Without Limits program improves everything from word recognition to fluency, including reading speed, tracking, comprehension, and even spelling. It is so effective that most students show significant improvement on their first treatment session and are proficient in less than 3 months. Based on the results produced by this program, Reading Without Limits, Inc. has found The Ultimate Solution to Reading Problems.

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Empowers social justice for girls On Friday, November 8th, The Grauer School’s community service and social justice club Girls Rising will be hosting a screening of their namesake film, Girl Rising, a documentary that shines the spotlight on the transformative power of girls’ education. Girl Rising is a groundbreaking feature film that spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. The film captures their dreams, their voices and their remarkable lives. “Equality is the future. The Girls Rising club

believes that equality starts at home. The community has to understand what a girl has to go through to make it in the world,” says student leader Jada Henry, emphasizing the global aspects of these issues of equality. This screening and consciousness-raising celebration will bring the school and the community together to raise global visibility about the importance of educating girls. The event will have authentic East African cuisine, a market of microfinanced handicraft goods, and desserts sold by Grauer

School students, with proceeds going to benefit women’s charitable foundations, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. The film will begin at 6:30 p.m. in The Grauer School’s Great Hall. Suggested admission donation of $5. CommonSenseMedia.or g recommends this film for children 12 years and up. The Grauer School is currently accepting applications for grades 7-12 for the 20142015 academic year. Learn more information online at www.grauerschool.com or visit the November 2nd Open House.

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

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

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

Recycled water production expanded By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — The city is increasing its supply and access to recycled water throughout the city with the expansion of the Carlsbad Water Recycling Facility. According to David Ahles, the program manager of Carlsbad’s Phase III Recycled Water Project, which includes the facility expansion, there has been an increased demand for recycled water and that demand is expected to grow. “What’s really driving it (the increased demand) is potable water rates are going up and recycled water rates are staying for the next two years,” he explained. Recycled water is primarily used for landscaping and golf courses within the city. So with new housing developments on the horizon, including Quarry Creek, the demand for recycled water is anticipated to rise further, said Ahles. Consequently, the city planned the expansion of the Carlsbad Recycling Facility, one of the three sources of recycled water within CMWD (Carlsbad

Municipal Water District), as well as the construction of additional distribution pipeline. Ahles explained that with the low cost incentive for property owners to use recycled water, the city needed to ensure that not

than 500 sites, including Legoland and the Flower Fields. The Carlsbad Water Recycling Facility expansion was authorized as part of the city’s most recent Recycled Water Master Plan, which was instituted

What’s really driving it is potable water rates are going up and recycled water rates are staying for the next two years.” David Ahles Program Manager,Recycled Water Project

only could it produce more recycled water but that it could also deliver that supply throughout the city. CMWD distributes about 1.23 billion gallons of recycled water locally per year, according to city data. This makes up more than 16 percent of the total water distributed by the water district. Currently the city has about 79 miles of distribution pipeline for recycled water, which supplies more

in November. The expansion will double the facility’s capacity from 4 million gallons per day to 8 million gallons per day. The construction of an additional 18 miles of distribution pipeline will establish 200 more recycled water service connections in Carlsbad, according to Ahles. At its Oct. 8 meeting, the City Council unanimously approved a professional services agreement

with consultant CH2M Hill, Inc., to complete the preliminary design of the water facility’s expansion. The consultant was chosen over two other applicants and will complete the preliminary design for about $250,000. The total expansion will cost an estimated $6.9 million, according to city figures. While the city has $1.1 million in funds from the Water Replacement Fund, the remainder of the cost will be covered by a loan from the State Water Resources Control Board as well as state and federal grants, Ahles said. The Carlsbad Recycled Water Facility was built in 2005 on Avenida Encinas and is operated by the Encina Wastewater Authority. At the facility, water that has been used by homes or businesses is treated to remove solid waste and organic waste before being filtered through sand or charcoal and lastly, disinfected. In addition to landscaping, recycled water is also used for cooling towers and industrial uses in Carlsbad.

San Marcos wins $350k grant for urban trail project By Tony Cagala

SAN MARCOS — The city will begin design efforts on a new urban trail with the hopes of being completed by late 2014 thanks to a grant issued from the state and city funds. On Monday, the CNRA (California Natural Resources Agency) released a list of cities that would be receiving grants from the state for projects that provided beneficial effects to the environment. The city will receive a grant of $350,000 for the creation of the North Twin Oaks Valley Urban trails project. The trail, north of Borden Road and south of La Cienega Road, will be designed to create an area for residents to stroll, hike and jog, according to Maryam Babaki, deputy city engineer with San Marcos. “The North Twin Oaks Valley Urban trails project will construct approximately 900 feet of a decomposed granite permeable multiuse trail marked with native drought tolerant shade trees and vegetation along the trail with drip irrigation,” she said. The city will also contribute $70,000 towards the project, which will, when completed, be identified as a trailhead and connect approximately 20 miles of trail in the northern area of the city, according to Babaki. Out of 77 applications, 37 cities were recommended to receive grants for the projects. The grant comes from $10 million in funding from the CNRA.



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The city of San Marcos was awarded a $350,000 grant from the state this week to help design and complete a new urban trail project. Rendering courtesy of the city of San Marcos

“These grants will help balance the impact of new and improved transportation projects with our natural world,” said California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird in a statement. “The funding will go to projects that will offset vehicle emissions, provide roadside recreational opportunities, and allow for the acquisition, restoration and enhancement of water-

sheds, wildlife habitat, wet- water supplies and increase lands and forests,” he said. adaptability to climate Babaki added that the change,” she said. project qualified for the grant as one of the mitigation measures for construcFree Consultation tion of the Borden Road Bridge that was completed A KIND, CARING earlier this year. “It meets the statewide goals to decrease air and You can be assured we will take your case seriously, return water pollution, reduce conyour phone calls in a timely sumption of natural manner and strive to provide quality, honest and affordable resources and energy, representation. increase reliability of local WILLS & TRUSTS

EUSD extends Baird’s contract By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — The EUSD (Encinitas Union School District) Board of Trustees approved a fouryear contract for Superintendent Tim Baird at Tuesday’s school board meeting. This year, Baird’s salary is $200,000, the amount he was paid last year. According to the contract, Baird will receive a written evaluation from the Board of Trustees each year. A satisfactory or better evaluation extends the contract for another 12 months.

We just applaud you for your vision, your perserverance and your courage.”

If he chooses to do so, Baird can negotiate salary increases in future years of the contract.

Each of the EUSD Trustees praised Baird’s work. “We just applaud you for your vision, your perseverance and your courage,” Trustee Gregg Sonken said. There were no public speakers. As well as health and leave benefits, Baird is also provided a convertible term life insurance policy at an annual premium of $6,134, according to the contract. Baird came to EUSD in 2009 from the Ojai Unified School District in Ojai, Calif.

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Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ Cupcake champs coastnewsgroup.com. Little Cakes Cupcake Kitchen, at 30 Main Street, Chavez on committee #180,Vista, owned by Don and Assemblymember Rocky Chávez (R-Oceanside) announced today he has been appointed as a member of the newly-formed Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment.The committee will examine the state of California’s criminal justice system and prison challenges.

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Bella Castilla, at 2690 Via De La Valle Suite, Suite 260, Del Mar, welcomes Frances Gravely, a founder of Vietri Inc., Italian culture and tabletop design, from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 9 with wine and appetizers. Gravely will share tales of Vietri’s beginnings and artisan backgrounds, and sign purchases made that day. Call (858) 794-9003 or by emailing bellacastilla@aol.com.

Launch party KNoodleIt, Inc is having a public launch party event \ from 1to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at Verrazzano Central Park (near Santaluz). The event features catered food, drink and prizes plus a supervised Kidzone. The event will also raise money for The Center for Children, and Labs and More Rescue. Register at knoodleit.com/event.

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Becky Hein, won the Oct. 5 episode of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” for a second time.

Best ‘Burb Build a Better Burb, an online publication, selected Carlsbad as this month’s Editor’s Design Choice, in recognition of the lessons that it offers as a model for planned growth and development. Carlsbad is featured in a new article in Build a Better Burb titled “Carlsbad Lays the Groundwork.”

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Olivenhain Self Storage in Encinitas, donated a storage unit for one year to Urban Surf for Kids in response to a need to house merchandise donated by corporations and private individuals in anticipation of opening a US4K thrift store. Urban Surf 4 Kids is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that provides orphans and foster youth with waterbased activities.

Outstanding women Union Bank and KPBS are seeking nominations for outstanding women in the San Diego community for the 2014 Local Heroes Awards. Two will be chosen as part of Women’s History Month in March 2014. Nominations will be accepted until midnight Dec. 1. Nomination forms are available via kpbs.org

The Prescott Companies, headquartered in Carlsbad launched its newly designed Web site at prescottmgt.com with upgraded back-end technology, search engine opti- Vans for seniors mization and easier-to-use Facilitating Access to navigation. Coordinated Transportation (FACT) was recently awarded Integrated medicine a contract by the city of Mark Kalina, MD, Oceanside to perform the founder and medical director Senior Van Service under the of Pando Health Groups, in City’s “Solutions for Seniors Solana Beach on Cedros, on the Go” transportation proannounced its integrated gram. team of traditional and non“Solutions for Seniors on traditional medical professionals and health practition- the Go,” provides seniors with ers who work in concert to transportation options for docassist people in their path to tor’s appointments, pharmaconnection, empowerment, cies, grocery stores, and other needs. FACT will use its grant and healing. funded vehicles and brokerage to provide the Van Help with hospice The Elizabeth Hospice Service.

Twins help bring VisionWalk to light RANCHO SANTA FE — Backed by dedicated parents, two former synchronized iceskaters have turned what could have been a devastating diagnosis into a VisionWalk crusade. The twins are co-chairwomen of this year’s VisionWalk is being held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 10 at the NTC Park at Liberty Station, 2640 Historic Decatur Road in Point Loma. Nicole and Alexa Finzi are identical twins, about to turn 21. Raised in Rancho Santa Fe, they’re both seniors at Concordia University Irvine. When they were little girls, they couldn’t stand Halloween. “What kid doesn’t like trick-or-treating?” Nicole says, with a laugh. “But we hated being outside when it got dark. We couldn’t see anything, not even the stars.” There was a reason. At age 18, Nicole and Alexa were diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, or RP, a degenerative eye disease which, in its earliest stages, causes night blindness. “We were told we’ve probably had it from a very young age,” said Alexa. RP progresses at a different rate for everyone; the girls have been told theirs is very slow-progressing. But Nicole and Alexa are different in some ways. Although both have been competitive ice skaters from age 5 and were on the same synchronized ice-skating team in middle and high school, Nicole quit after graduation while Alexa joined California Gold, a team which competes internationally for Team USA. Alexa skated her last competition in March because “she no longer felt comfortable driving to practices at 4 a.m., in the dark, and then being thrust into the harsh bright lights of the ice rink,” her mom, Karen Luna, said. Plus, Nicole is majoring in elementary education, Alexa in psychology. The former is right-handed, the latter left-handed. “We’re mirror twins,” Nicole explains, meaning they have asymmetric physical traits. They are, however, united in their awareness and fundraising efforts for FFB. Just a few months after they were diagnosed, in the fall of 2011, their San Diego VisionWalk team, Double

Rancho Santa Fe natives Nicole and Alexa Finzi, diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, are co-chairing San Diego VisionWalk set for Nov. 10 Courtesy photos

Vision, raised $40,000 in a sixweek period— an astounding sum for any team, let alone a first-timer. Last year, when the twins were walk co-chairs, their team raised $66,000. They’re co-chairing again this year, and Karen is serving as media chair. There’s a reason for their success, too. Reasons, actually. First, Nicole and Alexa are two exuberant, optimistic and seemingly tireless spokespeople. “We’ve talked to people who’ve recently been diagnosed, like us, and others who were diagnosed, like, 15 years ago and have lost a lot of vision but haven’t done VisionWalk,” Alexa said. “We’re trying to get all of them involved so they can make a difference too.” They’re also backed by their divorced parents — each an invaluable resource. Karen, who runs a real estate investment firm and has a background in marketing, admits to being an emotional wreck that first year, when the emails she sent to a nationwide network of friends and family “shared my heartbreak and my des-

peration” while asking for VisionWalk contributions. The twins’ father, Bob Finzi, “is very much a statistics kind of guy,” said Nicole. “He didn’t get emotional, at least in front of us. He said, ‘What we have to do is fundraise.’” And that’s exactly what the Bay Area venture capitalist did, with impressive results. Last year, Karen says, she and Bob hit up the same crowd, but did so in a more practical fashion, with Karen’s emails, in particular, explaining exactly what RP is and touting the Foundation’s research successes. She also added to her email list some business associates. One attorney, she said, gave $500, while an insurance agent contributed $200. “People want to help cure blindness”, Karen said. “You just need to give them the opportunity.” This year, the e-mail campaign will continue, probably with mentions of other retinal diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in people 55 and older. “We’re going to tell people that, by

2020, one in 15 people will be affected by a retinal disease,” Karen said, “so that it brings the issue closer to home. Hopefully they will want to join our fight.” Efforts will also be made, through connections the twins have, to gain radio exposure, and Karen is hoping to build on the corporate sponsorships she pulled in last year. “Businesses like their logos to be seen by lots of people,” she said. “So if we’re going to get more sponsors, we need to draw more people to the walk itself—not just hundreds, but thousands.” Tapping into San Diegans’ love of outdoor activities should help. “We’re going to call it a walk/run this year,” Karen says. “People here love to run. A live band, free food, exercise and a great cause — that’s a recipe for success,” she said. As for Alexa and Nicole, VisionWalk the third time around is more of a communal, than a personal, effort. Having met and spoken with others affected by retinal diseases, “it’s not so much about my needing a cure for myself,” Alexa said. “It’s more for the greater good of our entire vision community.” Nicole, who, like her sister, admits to having ups and downs, concurs. “VisionWalk is the best thing to happen to me. If I didn’t have it,” she said, “I’d have a hard time accepting vision loss. Feeling like you belong and can make a difference gives me a purpose. I’m going to school to be a teacher, but my work with the Foundation can truly impact a greater number of people for years to come.”

Originally printed in the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ Fall 2013 issue of “In Focus”



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Goalie back in game with surgery PET OFTHE WEEK H W EALTH


BY THE PHYSICIANS AND STAFF OF SCRIPPS HEALTH ce hockey requires quick r e f l e x e s . Especially for a goaltender trying to defend his net. Veteran goalie Kevin Barnard of Escondido is living proof. During a recent pickup game, he instinctively swatted away a puck travelling about 80 miles per hour toward his goal, launched from close range. The fact that Barnard, 55, had shoulder replacement surgery a little more than a year ago makes his lightning-speed reaction all the more impressive. After decades of playing competitive hockey and tennis, Barnard developed osteoarthritis in his left shoulder. Over the years, he adjusted his posture and movements to avoid the pain. But eventually, the cartilage that previously allowed his upper arm bone to glide smoothly against his shoulder socket had completely worn away. With the bones of his shoulder joint rubbing directly together, Barnard endured chronic pain, loss of motion, migraine headaches and difficulty sleeping.


“It got to the point where I felt like I needed to crawl out of my own skin,” Barnard said. “I knew I had to do something.” Barnard was referred to Heinz Hoenecke, M.D., of Scripps Clinic, who is the head team doctor for the San Diego Padres. Dr. Hoenecke, a Del Mar resident, has focused on shoulder replacement surgeries since 2000 and now performs more than 80 such procedures a year. “The total shoulder replacement involves cutting off the head of the upper arm bone and replacing it with a titanium stem and cobalt chrome head,” said Dr. Hoenecke, who treats patients at Scripps Clinic’s Carmel Valley and Torrey Pines locations. “The socket is then lined with a plastic implant to replace the missing cartilage.” Following successful surgery, Barnard pushed through an aggressive regimen of strengthening and range-of-motion exercises with physical therapist Diane Fons. “I have a high tolerance for pain, and didn’t’ really care how much the rehab process would hurt,

which helped me push through,” he said. Barnard was pleasantly surprised when he was able to serve a tennis ball just six months after his shoulder surgery. Barnard’s recovery continues to progress and today he’s more active than ever. The former San Diego Gulls practice goalie is now back to consistently playing pickup hockey games at the Escondido Iceoplex and is working himself back into “competitive tennis shape.” “We don’t normally recommend people go back to playing impact sports after a shoulder replacement, but Kevin is a unique competitor,” Dr. Hoenecke said. Dr. Hoenecke’s research has shed new light on how forces move across the shoulder, which has helped Scripps develop expertise in positioning shoulder implants. Dr. Hoenecke’s development of the first 3-D computer-animated shoulder simulator allows him to perform “virtual surgeries” before each operation, using a CT scan of the patient’s shoulder. Barnard spent 28 years as a San Diego Police Department detective before retiring in 2007. Today, he serves as director of compliance for one of the nation’s largest

wholesale drug companies. When Barnard’s not working or competing, he gives back to the community as a board member of the Escondido Creek Conservancy, which has helped to preserve thousands of acres of natural open space.

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RIDERS TAKE SPOTLIGHT Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Therapeutic Riding Program in Rancho Santa Fe hosted its 2013 Therapeutic Riding Show titled “Game On” allowing riders like Elizabeth Stress, here on therapeutic riding horse Leo, show off newlydeveloped equine skills to friends and family Oct. 5. The Center’s Therapeutic Riding Program benefits children and adults who have a variety of special needs from cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome and autism to stroke recovery and learning disabilities. For more information, go to animalcenter.org, call (858) 756-4117, ext. 321 or stop by Helen Woodward Animal Center at 6461 El Apajo Road. Courtesy photo



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POKER PARTY Deal yourself in for “Rumble in the Ranch” nolimit Texas Hold ‘em tournament dinner and silent auction at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Inn at Rancho OCT. 22 Santa Fe, 5951 Linea del Cielo, HELP WITH HEALTHCARE Rancho Santa Fe to benefit the Free healthcare workshops will Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center. be held Oct. 22 to provide a free presentation about what Covered OCT. 18 GUEST AUTHOR Del Mar California is, and how it will affect you.A workshop in Spanish psychologist David Frisbie, will will be at 4 p.m. at Carlsbad City be the keynote speaker for the Library Learning Center, 3368 Fall Conference of the San Diego Eureka Place, with one in English Christian Writers Guild, 7 to 9 will be at 6:30 p.m. at Georgina p.m. Oct. 18 and 8 am. to 4:30 Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad p.m. Oct. 19 at Maranatha Village Drive. To register. call Chapel, 10572 Coastwood Road. (760) 434-2871. For more information, visit GOP WOMEN MEET The sandiegocwg.org. Carlsbad Republican Women HALLOWEEN FUN Visit the Federated will meet at 11 a.m. La Costa Meadows Elementary Oct. 22 at the Hilton Garden Inn School Halloween Carnival from Hotel, 6450 Carlsbad Blvd. The 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18 and Oct. 19 cost is $35 for non-members. and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 20, RSVP by Oct. 18 to Niki Coates at 6889 El Fuerte, Carlsbad, with a (760) 931-9420 or nikic@roadrunHaunted House, bake sale, chili ner.com. cook-off, and more. For information, visit lacostameadowselementory.org. MAD SCIENCE NIGHT HARVEST FEST Visit the Solana Santa Fe Elementary Harvest Festival, starting at 10 School hosts a “Mad Science a.m. each day Oct. 18 through Night” from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 23 Oct. 20 at Del Mar Fairgrounds, with science teacher Kyle Stock 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. and Einstein (aka Principal Stephan Bering). For information, contact Wendy Van Gastel or CHILI COOK-OFF The Terrie Whitmer. Woman’s Club of Oceanside will COSTUME CONTEST The hold a Chili Cook-off from 11 Encinitas Library will hold a a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at 1606 Halloween costume contest at 4 Missouri St. Homemade chili p.m. Oct. 23, 540 Cornish Dr, and cornbread for $5. All pro- Encinitas. ceeds to benefit Brother Benno’s. For information, call (760) 2967586. TOASTMASTERS Hi Fi HISTORY WALK The Toastmasters meet every Encinitas Historical Society will Thursday at noon at 3661 Valley host a free history walk at 10:30 Center Drive, Suite 400, Carmel a.m. to noon Oct. 19 at the 1883 Valley, in the FICO Building. For Schoolhouse at F and Fourth more information, call Johnny Streets. Call for more informa- Garon at(858) 369-8677. tion at (750) 753-5726. SPEAK UP Encinitas FABULOUS FINDS GFWC Toastmasters meets each Contemporary Women of North Thursday at 7 p.m. at the County invite all to its “Second Encinitas Country Day School Time Around” Rummage Sale 7 3616 Manchester Ave, Encinitas. a.m. to noon Oct. 19 at Woodland For more information about this Park, 1148 Rock Spring Road, event and the club,visit encinitasSan Marcos. For more informa- toastmasters.org. tion, contact Laura at (760) 803- MEETING NEWS Youth 0573 or bcwonc.org. Enrichment Services (YES) has BOO BY THE SEA Be part of changed its 8:30 a.m. Oct. 24 Boo by the Sea from 2 to 6 p.m. meeting location to the Oct. 19 at Cardiff Elementary, Army/Navy Academy, 2605 1888 Montgomery Ave. with a Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad. costume contest and carnival games and rides, supporting the Cardiff SEA. LIVE LARGE LIFE at BIG RUMMAGE SALE MiraCosta College meets at 1 Contemporary Women of North p.m., Oct. 25 at the Oceanside County’s “Second Time Around,” Campus, 1 Barnard Drive,Admin. a 40-member rummage sale will Bldg. 1000, Room 1068. Call be held from 7 a.m. to noon Oct. (760) 721-8124. 19 at Woodland Park, 1148 Rock Spring Road, San Marcos. Visit BE WELL Tri-City Medical cwonc.org. BULKY ITEM PICK UP The Center invites all to the “Heroes Solana Beach Bulky Item Clean- in Heels” Women’s Health Up event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 Symposium from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. p.m. Oct. 19 in the La Colonia Oct. 26 at the Tri-City Wellness Community Center parking lot Center, 6250 El Camino Real, at 715 Valley Ave. Waste Carlsbad, featuring beauty and Management will provide roll- wellness expo withcosmetic clinoff containers for easy drop off ics, skin cancer screenings, spa items such as furniture, appli- treatments and wellness exhibits. ances, mattresses, and yard FALL FAIR Sanderling Waldorf waste. Hazardous waste is not School invites all to its Harvest accepted. 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Tour spotlights top designer work COAST CITIES — If you didn't think that a stove hood could be a work of art, come see the remodels on the selfguided American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Kitchen & Bath Tour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26, Take a drive along the coast or spend the day in a neighborhood near you. From a classic Tuscan villa in Rancho Santa Fe to a modern Point Loma masterpiece, the kitchens and baths on the tour have something for every taste. Tickets can be purchased online at ASIDSandiego.org by clicking the link on the homepage. Individual tickets are $25 with discounted group rates available. Tickets are also available at each tour home on the day of the tour only. Tour site addresses will be published on the Web site the week of the tour. According to tour chair Lynn Wyndham Morris, IIDA, Allied ASID, the six kitchen and two bath remodels showcase innovative design, new products and lighting, and will provide ideas to inspire your own kitchen or bath remodel. Start with the Cape Cod home in Coronado and move to the transitional and modern kitchens in Point Loma. See Carmel Valley and Del Mar kitchens and baths, and finish the day in a Rancho Santa Fe kitchen/great room transformation. In every home, the design teams will be on hand to share project details, show

This Del Mar kitchen, designed by Cindy Lambert-Langdon, Allied ASID, is in one of eight homes featured on the ASID Kitchen and Bath Tour, Oct. 26. Ticket information available at ASIDSanDiego.org. Courtesy photo

before and after photos, floor plans, and answer your questions. Co-chairwoman Anne Kellett, ASID, said, “These projects show the dynamic interaction between designers, contractors, and clients, and will show you how to create beautiful, functional rooms.”

Participating designers include Bonnie Bagley-Catlin, CID, Allied ASID, Carly Blalock, Allied ASID, John Mills Davies, ASID, Nikki Klugh, Allied ASID, Cynthia Lambert-Langdon, Allied ASID, Nancy Suzanne Smith, Allied ASID, Sol Quintana Wagoner, Allied ASID, and April Worrell, ASID.


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Surfing and the rest of the world CHRIS AHRENS Sea Notes

MAYORAL FORUM From left, Michael Aguirre, David Alvarez and Nathan Fletcher will be hosted at The Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club mayoral forum at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, 1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach 2013. For reservations, visit rsfdem.org. Cost is $15 per person online at rsfdem.org or at door by cash or check. Photo courtesy of U-T San Diego and NBC Channel 7

I’m sure some kid living in Kansas City would be amused to hear that people like us, who live at the beach and surf whenever we like, get bored. But even with a fresh swell, warm water and warm sun, I find myself yawning, like I did last week, thinking of going elsewhere. Then I got the call from work, saying that I was going to Kansas City from Monday to Wednesday. That wasn’t the somewhere I was thinking of. Oh well, no big deal; I can handle it. I was up early this morning, strolled to the beach, and watched the sunrise as nearly 40 surfers attacked glass 2-foot waves. Even if the waves were

good, there weren’t enough to go around. I mind surfed, seeing a rare unridden section here and there with my name on it. I was about to return home for my board when I remembered my prior commitment. I had just enough time to continue walking while visiting a few friends. Down the beach the peaks were clean and open, with forever-young Brian Johnson slipping beneath glassy little sections alone. This time the tug was still stronger. If I ran home right then, I could be back in 20 minutes, ride half a dozen waves and be in my car headed for the airport within an hour and a half. It would be close, but I might be able to squeeze it in. I hesitated a moment too long and by the time the next set rolled through I was over my time limit and needed to return home. My longtime buddy, chiropractor Ron Romero, greeted me with words of wisdom, lamenting the dropping surf. We talked about how warm the water was and how good the surf had been recently. Big wave charger, world-class paddler and North County Paddleboards owner Brian Szymanski was drying off after a quick session on his longboard, commenting on how enjoyable it was to cruise on something 9-plus for a change. Then he shifted the conversation to sub-

ject to the coming winter swells and his hopeful anticipation of a big winter, the type that find him and his friends at remote reefs dropping into shopping mall sized waves. Finn pulled up in his Mr. T, A Team van, rolled down his window, blew on his morning coffee and said hello. Finn is a builder of fine surf craft both for King’s Paddle Sports and his own longboards, which he regularly rides with elegant grace. He was going out for a few quick ones before heading to work. I excused myself and walked home, trying not to be jealous of my friends. Turning my back on the ocean, I walked up the street, thinking about my three-day sentence — I tried thinking of Kansas City barbecue and Kansas City blues. I tried thinking of the Kansas City Chiefs, I tried thinking of anything other than what was really happening — I was flying inland, to a place that few besides Dorothy ever wanted to return to. Nobody ever goes there voluntarily. I know nothing about this foreign country called Kansas City, and that’s about all I want to know. Awe, it’s probably not such a bad place, really. I wonder if they have a wave pool? Chris Ahrens is a surfer and author of four books on surfing. E-mail him at cahrens@coastnewsgroup.com.



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THE LITTLE TOWN THAT COULD E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road Cim MacDonald admits right up front that she has become adept at forging artwork, but this is a good thing. The artist is the Curator of Murals — “a never-ending job� that requires maintaining and restoring the 40-some outdoor murals that grace the buildings in Chemainus (ShaMAIN-us). The picturesque town on Vancouver Island is about an hour north of Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. Reviving the murals of Chemainus, which depict railroad and lumber mill scenes, portraits of legendary residents, historic events and buildings and a way of life gone by, is a constant job, as the paintings are always under attack by sun, wind, rain and the occasional human. To keep them looking fresh, MacDonald must duplicate the artist’s style meticulously. Today, however, her job is less demanding. She is leading us on a private walking tour of the massive paintings which are scattered throughout the town’s old and new districts. It’s an amazing, ever-growing collection created by artists from Canada, the United States, Scotland, Germany and the Bahamas. As we follow MacDonald’s quick pace, we see large tour buses pull up to the Visitor Centre. How did a former logging town of 4,000 become a destination that draws thousands of visitors a year? It began in the early 1980s with the closing of what was “once the biggest sawmill in British Columbia,� according to MacDonald. More than 700 people in Chemainus were left jobless. To counteract this economic disaster, town leaders and Karl Schutz, a German immigrant, successful businessman and civic activist, looked for ways to revitalize the town. Based on what he’d seen during his worldwide travels, Schutz presented his vision of “magic murals.� The timing was right; Chemainus residents and business owners began what Schutz says was “the largest mural-painting project undertaken in Canada at one time.� Creating the Chemainus of today took the cooperation

Owners of the Owl’s Nest Bakery and Bistro, Jacky and Kara Lai opened their cafĂŠ in March on picturesque Willow Street in Chemianus. The cafĂŠ features gourmet coffee, from-scratch entrees and a wide selection of gluten-free goodies, mostly made with local produce and farm products. The bistro accepts Chemainus Dollars, local currency that helps keeps Colorful buildings line the streets in Old Chemainus. Many were constructed in the late 1800s when the largest money in the community. “Chemainus is the perfect community in which sawmill in Canada was operating at full steam. The closing of the mill in the early 1980s could’ve created a ghost town until civic leaders decided to follow Karl Schutz’ idea and create an outdoor mural gallery that he to raise our son,â€? Jacky said. promised would draw tourists. Photos by Jerry Ondash

of the provincial government, the municipality, merchants and contractors. It meant finding artists and public relations experts, holding media events and figuring ways to raise revenue. A committee settled on a theme for the murals: replicating historic photos of the town. It’s an amazing story of cooperation and vision. “Never let those who say it can’t be done stand in the way of those who are doing it,� says Schutz, 83, who drives about town in yellow Volkswagen Beetle festooned in flowers and butterflies. “This would’ve been a ghost town (without the murals). Chemainus is now known as ‘The Little Town That Did.’� The promotion of Chemainus didn’t stop with the murals. In 2010, working with the Coastal Community Credit Union and partners who threw in $1,000 each, the Chemainus Monetary Foundation was created. It printed exquisite bills of various denominations that feature the local murals. The bills (traded dollar-for-dollar for regular currency at the credit union), can be spent only in Chemainus, including the boutiques, bakeries and restaurants on picturesque, colorful Willow Street. “It keeps the money in the community,� Schutz explains. “Some merchants give discounts to those who use the currency.� Chemainus’ burgeoning arts community has received a lot of support from area businesses like the Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn. Photos and paintings by local artists hang in the lobby, and reproductions of historic photos line the hallways and hang in guest rooms. The dining room is named in honor of Canada’s most famous artist, Emily Carr. A fountain at the hotel’s front door memorializes the annual Chemainus Theatre Festival — not only the 11-month theater season but the formidable, 270-some seat theater itself — not something you’d expect to find in a small town. The productions attract 70,000 theatergoers annually. We had the pleasure of attending a production of “A Pretty Girl,� the story of the 1946 reunion of two sisters who were separated during World War II. One was raised in New York; the other stayed

German immigrant who came to Vancouver in 1951, Karl Schutz is known as the architect of the Chemainus Mural Project, which turned the once-dying sawmill town on Vancouver Island’s east coast into a popular tourist destination. The 83-year-old has helped more than 100 communities with their economic development through the arts and tourism, including Twentynine Palms in eastern San Bernardino County.

in Poland and endured the Holocaust. The excellent production was preceded by a buffet dinner in the Playbill Dining Room — an affair that goes beyond the usual roast beef and mashed potatoes. In keeping with the play’s theme, the menu included

Cim MacDonald explains the restoration process she used on this mural, originally painted in 1984 by Victoria artist Ernest Marza. The work depicts 23 men of the Chinese “Bull Gang,� who are struggling to move a huge timber through the Chemainus lumber yard. Their destination is a waiting ship in the harbor.

Polish favorites like haluski Festival — enettes, free high-speed and kielbasa. c h e m a i n u s t h e a t r e . c a ; Internet and use of indoor (800) 565-7738. mineral pool and fitness cenIf you go: ter. Free extensive hot-andcold breakfast buffet (includChemainus, British Where to stay: Columbia — Visit Best Western Plus ing gluten-free offerings). chemainus.com. Obtain a full- Chemainus Inn — Rates start at $135. color map ($3) of the chemainushotel.com/; (877) Chemainus murals and sculp- 246-4181. Within walking distures at the Visitor Centre or tance of the theater, shopping E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer livlocal merchants. and waterfront. Suites ing in North County. Tell her about your Chemainus Theatre include well-stocked kitch- travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com.

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Divorce offers baby boomers second chance at freedom JOE MORIS Baby Boomer Peace Being a baby boomer is strange. I don’t think our parents went through what we have gone through. I definitely tip my hat to anyone in my generation who has been able to hang on to their marriages. Many of us grew up in households where our parents had lived through the Depression. One thing was for sure back then; kids were meant to be seen and not heard. Discipline within the family was prevalent against our parents. There was no sparing the rod. Our parents grew up with that mindset so when we were young we got clobbered when we did something wrong and therefore we couldn’t wait to get out of the house and on our own as soon as we could — none of this

staying home on our parents’ insurance until 26. I was no different than my peers. I was on my own the minute I graduated from high school. I was still 17. With our newfound freedom coupled with an angry sentiment about the world around us due to the Vietnam War, many decided that life after 30 was for old folks. Throughout our late teens and mid-20s, we men figured we were going to get drafted and killed in a war so far away. We consciously or subconsciously decided that we might as well live life to its fullest since it may be a short one anyway.We took to experimenting with drugs. We weren’t drug addicts; we were just trying to find ourselves. With a laissez-faire attitude we lived a life of free love. As Stephen Stills sang: “Love the one you’re with.” Baby boomers eventually put those free love thoughts TURN TO BABY BOOMER ON B15



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known as the puppy mill states and these puppies are coming to Carlsbad,” said representative Janice Hatsh. “Carlsbad has the opportunity to become part of the solution not the problem.” Stephanie Vaughn, who manages California Pets, said that the shop investigates its breeders closely and checks USDA records before purchasing animals from breeders. “I personally don’t believe we buy from puppy mills,” she said. “The health of our animals is our main priority.” The store primarily sells 8-to-12 week-old puppies for $1,000 to $2,000, said Vaughn. She explained that a veterinarian checks all of the store’s animals on a weekly basis and the store offers a warranty guaranteeing the health of all of its animals. Speaking on behalf of several kennel clubs in the county, Dr. Kay Henderson


on a back burner. We acknowledged that our parents had stuck out marriage even if they were unhappy. There was a stigma to divorce in our parents’ generation. But, as we BBs aged and raised our families and then sent our children out into the world we looked at our spouses and mumbled: “Is this all there is?” After 26 years I had a marriage end not in acrimony but with pats on each other’s backs for a job well done raising our kids. But we decided not to emulate our parents. Most of us decided it was time for each other to fulfill the wishes of our past and to live out life to its fullest with a sense of freedom. I think our generation is now considered the most divorced generation that has ever lived. We are reverting to our youth and looking for peace and adventure. And, during the adventure we are linking up with others who are living the “love the one you’re with” attitude all over again. And, oddly enough, we are still great friends with our



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spoke against the ban, saying, “California has some of the best sales regulations in the country…We don’t need a pet store ban.” San Marcos resident John Fowler encouraged city council to delay voting on the ordinance to further consider the ban’s consequences on local breeders. Fowler, who breeds horses, cats, and dogs, said, “We have never sold any animal to a pet store. We would never even think of doing it.” Councilmember Keith Blackburn urged the rest of the Council to support the ban. A volunteer at local animal rescue organizations, he said, “I thought that banning the retail sales of cats and dogs would help some of the issues I see at the rescue shelters.” Councilmember Farrah Douglas expressed that she wanted more information about how animal breeders and pet stores are regulated and Councilmember Lorraine Wood said that she disagreed with the portion

of the full ordinance that prevented California Pets from expanding in Carlsbad. Mayor Matt Hall stood firmly against the ban as a whole, saying that there are already regulatory measures of pet sales in place. “I don’t think this ordinance tonight touches the problem,” he said. “Eliminating a type of business because another agency, state or federal, is not doing what they’re charged to do, is the wrong way to go around it.” “My concern is that if we don’t pass the emergency ordinance, in the next month then six (retail pet) businesses are going to apply to open in Carlsbad,” Blackburn said. Consequently he convinced Douglas and Wood to vote in favor of the urgency ordinance and come back to the full ordinance with more research from city staff at a future meeting. Hall voted against the urgency ordinance. Mayor Pro Tem Mark Packard was not present at the meeting.

ex-spouses too. Strange, but not bad, and good for the kids too who are now adults. I, too. am on Match.com along with about half of my generation and you know what? I’ve come to realize that no one really wants to find their soul mates because if they do, they’ll have to settle down again. There is a lot to say about complete control of your life. No compromises, no concessions, but no real companionship either.Two out of three isn’t bad. Those boomers on Match.com are pretty well set in their ways. Trying to wedge someone new into the routine is pretty tough. Besides, freedom is precious so we’re talking to a lot of the opposite sex. We can almost be called “players” because we practically have to keep a blackboard with names and faces to remember who is who and what has been said to whom. What a dilemma especially when no one really wants to give up their freedom. Yes, freedom is a very precious thing and it is also something we don’t want our kids to read about in history books in the future either. They say that genera-

tions skip. That means our kids will likely be like our parents. They’ll probably get married and stay married for the long haul and even spank their children. But our generation is singing Crosby, Stills and Nash songs and reverting back to our youth. What a strange way for us to find peace. In closing, my daughter’s and my book has just come out. It is called “Answers: Bridging the gap between Christianity and Spirituality.” I hope you’ll have a chance to buy the book or borrow it from someone who has. My daughter and I have some pretty eyepopping stuff in there. In the meantime, I’ve got a bunch of e-mails from Match.com to answer from ladies who aren’t going to have any real interest in me anyway. It’s like the greyhound our family had when growing up. She would chase skunks and then pay the price after catching the darn thing. We, too, are on the chase but don’t want the prize either. What a goofy life. Joe Moris may be contacted at (760) 500-6755 or by email at joe@coastalcountry.net.

ter who lack a fixed income and regular nighttime residence. According to data in the city’s 2013-2021 housing element, there are 11 homeless people in the Del Mar area. Although the city is required to have zoning in place to accommodate an emergency shelter, it is not required to build one, the staff report states. Due to the lack of vacant parcels in Del Mar and the relatively high cost of property there, it is unlikely that there will be any requests to use land in the north commercial zone for an emergency shelter, the staff report states. To date, the city has not received any applications or inquiries. Local governments may set parameters for the establishment and operation of emergency shelters. To protect Del Mar’s community character, the proposed amendment would prohibit shelters from being built within 300 feet of a residential building or school and 300 feet from another emergency shelter. Each facility could have a maximum of 10 beds, and the maximum stay would be six months, with a 60-day waiting period between stays. The operator would have to prepare an operational plan, subject to approval by the planning director, that includes measures for on-site


Historical Society. She added that the schoolhouse is one of several “living pieces of the past” in Encinitas. On Oct. 6, the Encinitas Historical Society celebrated the old schoolhouse’s 130th birthday, inviting residents to “party like its 1883.” Visitors learned about the schoolhouse’s past from old photographs and docents who were on hand. And the San Diego Costume Guild, adorned in Victorian outfits, provided added realism. The origin of the oneroom schoolhouse, located on the southwest corner of the Pacific View property, can be traced to false marketing.The Hammonds, originally from Macclesfield, England, were living in St. Louis, Mo., in 1882 when they saw an advertisement from a land developer touting Encinitas as a bustling town that’s favorable for growing figs. But when the train stopped in Encinitas, they were disappointed to find few residents and a limited water supply. Still, they stayed. Looking back to the late 1800s, children’s day-to-day life at the old schoolhouse was similar to the present. Subjects included the familiar reading, writing and arithmetic. Students played Hopscotch and jumped rope during recess, and they

security. The Planning Commission reviewed the application at its Sept. 10 meeting and voted to recommend the City Council adopt the proposed amendment, concluding that because of the state mandate, it is a “must do.” “I strongly oppose this,” resident Sharyn Daly said, speaking on behalf of her neighbors, who were out of town. “I know that this will affect all of our property values in that area,” she said. “I think we’re opening a door that we may not want to open. Why do we want to allow the homeless to live right next to the single-family (homes) in Del Mar? “There are many other lots available,” Daly said. “Why not designate land that the city owns?” “This whole thing is very vague, like a bowl of Jell-O,” resident Tom McCarthy said. “I’m still not clear where the property is we’re talking about.” Daly and McCarthy mistakenly thought the city was rezoning the vacant lot on the corner of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Drive. “There is no one site identified and there is no project,” Garcia said, adding that the only thing proposed is a change in an allowed use. “There is no plan to build, operate or install any emergency shelters,” she said. Garcia said the ordi-

nance was based on what other cities have done to meet the state requirement. She said some have less restrictive parameters, such as allowing longer stays, which would be more enticing to nonprofit agencies seeking to build the facilities. “I’m sensitive to resident concerns,” Councilman Don Mosier said. “But I think these are all hypotheticals. “Because of the practicalities in Del Mar — that we have limited land available and the land costs are very high — we can comply with our housing element by adopting these kinds of ordinances but the expectation is it’s very unlikely that any of these things would be built,” Mosier said. Councilwoman Lee Haydu agreed. “No nonprofit’s going to come in and spend that kind of money in Del Mar to build something like that,” she said. “Nonprofits just don’t have that kind of money.” Council members asked staff to look into whether the 300-foot buffer could be extended to 500 feet and if addressing the issue of temporary structures is appropriate in the ordinance. Their findings, and a map of the area that would be included in the new zoning, will be presented at the Oct. 21 meeting. Council will likely approve the amendment then since failure to do so could result in decertification of the housing element or legal action.

worked on a school farm, according to “Pacific View: The School That Would Not Die,” a historical writing. Yet the times were strikingly different in many ways. Boys could come to school barefoot. Mumblety-peg, a game involving pocketknives, was allowed.And while school began at a later time, most of the students had daily chores waiting for them at home once lessons ended, according to the writing. “I read there was one little girl who said she loved coming to school so she could rest,” Burns said. Because Encinitas’ population steadily increased, a separate school was built in 1916, followed by yet another at Union Street and Hermes Street, “Pacific View” states. For this reason, by 1928, students were directed to other schools. The schoolhouse was transported several blocks away and became a private residence. In 1983, its owner wanted to build condominiums on the property, slating the schoolhouse for demolishment. That inspired the formation of the historical society. The historical society mobilized a campaign to save the schoolhouse. Funds raised moved it back near its original location, but only after a long search of suitable locations around the city. Later construction efforts by the

historical society and volunteers restored the schoolhouse, including preserving the wood floor. These days, the old schoolhouse is open to visitors on Fridays and Saturdays. It also features events like open houses and film festivals. Although saved from the wrecking ball once, the future of the schoolhouse isn’t guaranteed. The city has stated it’s interested in buying the Pacific View property, home to the old schoolhouse and shuttered Pacific View Elementary, from the Encinitas Union School District. Currently, the parties are negotiating over a potential purchase price in closed session. Even if the city agrees to buy the property, it’s uncertain how future plans could impact the old schoolhouse. “We’re optimistic that we can stay,” Burns said. She added that it would be “very unfortunate” if the schoolhouse is forced to move again without a way to pay for it. Pam Walker, Edward Hammond’s great granddaughter, said she too is hopeful the property can remain at its current spot, or at the very least in Encinitas. “I’d move it on my property if nothing else,” she said with a laugh. Striking a more serious note, she added: “But I hope it can stay here. I think that’s what the city wants.”

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Time to get quackin’ By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Family fun, fiery food and a flock of featherless fowl will highlight the fifth annual Chili & Quackers Challenge from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 in front of Powerhouse Park. The free event, hosted by the Rotary Club of Del Mar, will feature a rubber ducky derby and chili cookoff. The cost to “adopt” a duck is $10 for a single quack, $25 for a quackers trio, $40 for a six quack, $80 for a quackers dozen and $100 for a flock of 20. The owner of the first duck to swim ashore wins $1,000. The second-place

prize is $500, and five runners up will take home $100 each. The cost to enter the chili contest is $50 for restaurants and $30 for individuals. Firefighters may enter for free. Chili tastes are $1 each, with tickets available in $5 increments. Samplers will vote for their favorite. Del Mar lifeguards will unload the quackers into the ocean about halfway into the event. All ducks are netted, accounted for and reused annually. The event will also include a raffle, children’s activities and a beer and

wine garden. It raises approximately $18,000 annually. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Del Mar’s efforts to support local and international service projects such as beach cleanups and sending doctors and dentists to Baja. Founded in 1954, the Rotary Club of Del Mar currently has more than 70 active members and is one of 32,000 clubs worldwide. The group meets Thursdays at noon at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. For more information or to join, email info@delmarrotary.org, visit www.delmarrotary.org or Del Mar lifeguards prepared to head out and dump the ducks during the 2011 Chili & Quackers Challenge. call (858) 354-8102. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

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