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Legislative reform group gets moving By Tony Cagala

BATTER’S UP Hayden Welsh eyes up a pitch during the 4th annual Miracle League of San Diego’s Celebrity Pitcher’s Day in Del Mar. Youngsters with special needs had the opportunity to face Major League Baseball pitchers. More photos on page A18. Photo by Tony Cagala

Retrial of Crowe murder underway By Rachel Stine

SAN DIEGO — Fifteen years after the fatal stabbing of 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe in her family’s Escondido home, the retrial of the man convicted of her murder has started in the San Diego Superior Court. Richard Raymond Tuite, 44, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for the crime and sentenced to 13 years in prison plus four more years for his escape from custody during the trial in 2004. Tuite was granted a retrial after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that an error occurred during his original trial. During opening arguments of the new case on Oct. 25, the prosecution and the defense returned to the two theories of what happened the night of the murder originally presented in Tuite’s initial trial. The prosecution argued that Tuite, a mentally ill, homeless man, killed Stephanie in a spontaneous attack, while the defense put forth that Stephanie’s 14-year-old brother Michael had plotted and carried out her murder with two teenage friends. On January 20, 1998, Stephanie was stabbed nine times in her own bed in the middle of the night. Her blood-

tics and turn the state’s current 80 Assembly districts into 100 neighborhood districts that would be run by “citizen legislators.” The plan would involve a heavy reliance on technology instead of sending the 4,000 “citizen JOHN COX legislators” to Sacramento. Much of the inspiration for the Neighborhood Legislature stems from the New Hampshire State Assembly model. Cox, a former GOP presidential candidate, said this change would never happen as the result of a state Legislature action. “The state Legislature is not going to vote to reduce their own power. Clearly, the Neighborhood Legislature is going to reduce the power of the current legislature,” Cox said. He said he’s talked to some state legislators already, TURN TO NEIGHBORHOOD ON A21

Defendant Richard Tuite, left, listens to the prosecution’s opening statements at the start of his second trial over the murder of Stephanie Crowe in a San Diego Superior Courtroom on Oct. 25. Photo by John Gastaldo/Pool photo

covered body was found the next morning on the floor of her bedroom doorway by her grandmother, who woke to the sounds of the girl’s unanswered alarm. According to Deputy Attorney General Alana Butler, Tuite had been

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identified by three neighbors who saw him wandering around the Crowe’s neighborhood and knocking on doors asking for a woman named “Tracy” the night of the murder. Butler told the jury

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The San Diego Chargers announced this week that the 1963 team will be inducted into the organizations’s Ring of Honor. A18

Arts & Entertainment . A16 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . B13

Riding the rails One man’s hobby collecting and restoring model train sets hasn’t lost any steam after several years. B1

RANCHO SANTA FE — Seventy three percent of California voters say the state Legislature is doing a “poor or only fair job.” That’s according to two recent statewide polls conducted by Wenzel Strategies. Those polls were paid for and commissioned by the Neighborhood Legislature Reform Act, a group led by Rancho Santa Fe businessman John Cox. But high disapproval figures can be seen in other polls, too. In a September poll from the Public Policy Institute of California this year, 53 percent of registered voters expressed disapproval with the state Legislature. Last week, Cox, an attorney, CPA and investment adviser introduced the National Legislator Reform Act initiative, with the aim of putting it on the November 2014 ballot. The Neighborhood Legislature looks to rid the state of the special interests they claim are running the government. Their proposal is to take the money out of poli-

A World War II veteran and Encinitas resident receives a thorough welcome home after participating in an Honor Flight. A9

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Del Mar resident Lance Alworth, left, holds up his 1971 Super Bowl ring as Sheriff’s Detective Jaime Rodriguez watches during a press conference Tuesday morning. After the ring was stolen 25 years ago, Rodriguez and other detectives recovered it. Photo by Jared Whitlock

Stolen Super Bowl ring returned to Hall of Fame player By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — Lance Alworth noted that his 1971 Super Bowl ring is going back into his safe during a press conference Tuesday morning at the Encinitas Sheriff’s Substation. “It’s not for sale,” Alworth said with a laugh. Alworth, a Del Mar resident who was inducted into the NFL’s Hall of Fame in

1978, recently got his ring back after it was reported stolen in 1988 from Trophy’s Restaurant in Mission Valley. “To have this happen, it’s a miracle,” Alworth said. “It is a miracle for it to appear after all these years.” He donated the ring to Trophy’s, which is now closed, to be displayed alongside other memorabilia like a TURN TO RING ON A21


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NOV. 1, 2013

FAMILY CAMP OUT Horizon Prep Family Fun(d) Night lassoed the moon with a campus camp-out, raising money for its Annual Impact Fund. Activities included tug-o-war, limbo, a photo booth, a giant Twister game, a cookie contest and sleeping under the nearly-full moon as campers pitched their tents on the Athletic Fields behind the Lion’s Den Gym. Courtesy photo


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City greets new beach lifeguard station By Dave Schwab

LA JOLLA — La Jolla Shores’ long-awaited cantilevered lifeguard tower drew rave reviews from city staff, public officials and local residents at an Oct. 11 open house. “We’re ecstatic to be in the new tower, which we’ve been in since mid-June,� said Lifeguard Services Sgt. Ed Harris. “Space,� replied Harris when asked what the biggest difference is between the new and old towers. Noting the new tower has ample room for male and female lockers, restrooms and a modern kitchen, Harris said there’s a separate storage facility now in the middle of the parking lot. “We used to have equipment stored up by the high school on Nautilus,� he said. “We’ve put it here in the garage. It’s great.� Associate city engineer Jihad Sleiman, a liaison between the community and city on the project, said the new tower’s design is as practical as it is aesthetically pleasing. “The old boardwalk had a huge kink in it where bicyclists and skateboarders used to run into one another,� he said. “Look at it. It’s so beautiful. So nice. It looks futuristic.� Asked whether she missed the old high-rise tower, Shores resident Susan Goulian said, “Not at all. Here we have an unobstructed view and this tower, from the distance — you can’t see it. They did a wonderful job.� Approved by the city in 2002, it took years for the new Shores lifeguard tower to be funded.

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The new Shores lifeguard tower represents an architectural feat. The design opens up the once partially blocked boardwalk. Photo by Dave Schwab

But it was all worth it, said all of the parties involved. Project designers Rick Espana and Ralph Roesling from Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects, Inc., who were at the open house, talked about overcoming challenges in the tower’s design. “[The community] said, ‘Make it disappear,’ � said Espana. “Obviously, we couldn’t do that. So the next best thing was to go with a thin profile.� Roesling discussed the architectural feat behind the tower. “We wanted the scale to be more like a residence where you feel warmer,� said he said. “The idea of just making the stairs the tower

allows you to make it very compact and almost transparent. The tower actually really floats at that point.� The tower, Espana said, is “unlike any other lifeguard station that’s out there right now. We think the best part of it was opening up the park.� The project, Roesling said, was a pleasure for the architects, given all of its challenges. “This was one of the most fun projects that we’ve ever done in our office because of all the structural challenges, and getting in all the amenities that the lifeguards had to have,� said Roesling. “It really was like dealing with a custom home, trying to get everything in the right place.�

San Diego lifeguard Chief Rick Wurts stood a few hundred yards down from the new tower in the footprint of the old tower. “If you go down the beach toward the water’s edge and you look up, it really does disappear into the background,� he said. Wurts said the project is a win-win all around. “It’s great for the community,� he said. “It’s great for the lifeguards, provides us a better vantage point for water observation. The way it sits out provides a better view corridor for the people who are here. Having the garage here is incredibly helpful. We look forward to this tower taking us into the future for many years.�

Feud continues over community center use policy By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — It may not have been a World War II Army barracks, as was previously reported, but Fletcher Cove Community Center could well be remembered for a historic battle. A 1935 Civilian Conservation Corps barracks, the bluff-top building was home to community meetings and classes after it was moved from Vista to its current location on Pacific Avenue in 1944. It was also used for private celebrations that many say occasionally got out of control, resulting in loud music, traffic, overconsumption of alcohol and partygo- Comments made by some council members over a use policy for ers sometimes urinating on Fletcher Cove Community Center prompted a former mayor to seek an apology. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

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RANCHO SANTA FE — Iron Chef winner David Kinch will be the next chef and author at the Good Earth/Great Chefs Series from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov.10 featuring his cookbook, “Manresa: An Edible Reflection.� at the Chino Farm, 6123 Calazada Del Bosque. The event is free and will be outdoors rain or shine. This book signing and culinary event will include small bites inspired by Kinch’s recipes and the seasonal produce at the Chino Farm, along with beer pairings from local craft brewer Steven Strupp of Rule of Thumb Brewing Co., and caramel samples from the Caramel Collective. Kinch was named Best Chef: Pacific by the James Beard Foundation and Chef of the Year by GQ,and his restaurant, Manresa, holds two Michelin stars. “Manresa,� named after the Spanish town where he had a transformative meal, opened in 2002, in Los Gatos, at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains. There he built upon the California revolution of “terroir� or sense of place, and developed an almost exclusive relationship with nearby Love Apple Farm, which he calls his laboratory. To assure he has the freshest ingredients he also sources seafood and eggs and cheeses and fruits from the surrounding area. His number one advice to cooks is, “use the freshest and best ingredients that you can afford.� In “Manresa: An Edible Reflection,� Kinch details his thoughts about building a dish: the creativity, experimentation and emotion that go into developing each plate

and daily menu, and how the tasting menu ultimately tells a deeper story. A literary snapshot of the restaurant, from Kinch’s inspirations to his technique, “Manresa� celebrates the creativity behind the food and its connection to the land and the sea. In addition to being the kick-off event for his cookbook, the Good Earth/Great Chefs series is delighted to have Kinch as part of their broader farm-to-table fall focus, book-ended by chef and activist Alice Waters who will be signing her new book “The Art of Simple Food II� along with wine expert Kermit Lynch, signing his book “Adventures on the Wine Route� Dec. 7 and Deborah Madison, who presented her book “Vegetable Literacy� in October. Chino Farm is a familyowned farm, established in 1946 on 50 acres of river-bottom land in Rancho Santa Fe. In 1972, Chino Farm, which specializes in heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables, gained widespread recognition when Alice Waters began using their vegetables at her world-renowned restaurant Chez Panisse.Today, Chino corn, green beans, watermelons, berries and other rare items can be found on restaurant menus around Southern California. The stand, open six days a week, is a mainstay for food lovers in the area and a ritual stop for foodies visiting the area. Books can be pre-ordered at goodearthgreatchefs.com or purchased at the event. The farm stand will be open for shopping during the event.

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Revelations show why more campaign disclosure is a must CALIFORNIA FOCUS BY THOMAS D. ELIAS ust in case anyone doubts the need for a lot more transparency in political fundraising, a remarkable settlement just obtained by California’s campaign finance watchdog and accompanying demands for disgorgement of previously undisclosed donations should erase all doubt. The extraordinary thing about the settlement and the commission orders wasn’t the $1 million in fines assessed on two political committees, even though that’s an all-time record. Eclipsing the big fines were the volume of donor cash and the sheer hypocrisy revealed when one political committee inadvertently revealed its major contributors. This case was all about two 2012 ballot propositions and the money spent for and against them by two Arizona political nonprofits tightly linked to the Kansasbased billionaire industrialist brothers David and Charles Koch, well known for funding ultra-conservative causes and the Tea Party. There was no hypocrisy when

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Campaigning hits new low in Solana Beach By Robert Glatts

The group behind the Fletcher Cove Community Center Party Policy Initiative has taken political campaigning to a new low in Solana Beach. Over the past several months our community has watched this small well-funded group mislead voters into signing a petition for a special election, and then try to bully the City Council into adopting their Initiative by using the cost of the election as leverage. Now our Councilmembers are faced with the choice of spending the money for a special election or adopting a bad law that can only be changed through another election. Is the City Council really between a rock and a hard place? No they are not! Council members unanimously agree the Initiative policy is a bad law. Adopting this bad law would not only set a bad precedent; it would reward those that used deceitful tactics to get the city into this mess! Calling for a special election is the right thing to do.Yes, the special election comes with quite a price tag — we can all thank the Initiative’s sponsors for that; but we will pay a far greater price if the council adopts the Initiative outright. Adopting the Initiative’s policy will set a new standard for what is acceptable when it comes to making laws in Solana Beach. It will provide an incentive to people who have the money and political know-how to coerce the Council into adopting an Initiative to avoid the cost of a special election. Do we really want to give an unequal amount of power to those with the greatest means? You may have been told that the city can adopt the initiative and then modify the code when problems arise, or that the city can regulate the use of the Community Center using the existing code. False and False! The City Council has made it very clear that if the Initiative is adopted and problems arise, their only

recourse to fix the problems would be to hold a citywide election and let the public vote on the changes. You may not know that the law prohibits the city from campaigning in an election — even for a city-sponsored initiative! Therefore, the burden will fall on a citizen’s group to pay for and support a campaign to fix the problems created by the Initiative’s intensive policy. Meanwhile, Solana Beach citizens will be living with the parking, traffic, safety and noise problems likely to arise from the Party Policy Initiative. And what about the city’s ability to regulate the Party Policy using the existing code? Just another attempt to confuse the voters. If adopted (or passed in an election), the Initiative overrides parking, noise and alcohol laws. If adopted,the Initiative amends city code specifically to circumvent our current ordinances and allow “Special Event” permits to be issued for private parties on 2 days of every weekend at the Community Center. The city will not be able to change the number of days the facility can be used on weekends, even if other City events are taking place on the same day. The Community Center does not have a parking lot, but the Initiative creates an exception for 100 private guests at the Community Center (estimated to be 60-75 cars) to park their cars on the street in the area around Fletcher Cove Park. City law prohibits alcohol from being consumed at the beach, parks and all city-owned property (including La Colonia Community Center), but the Initiative creates another exception and allows alcohol to be served only at Fletcher Cove Community Center. Noise laws do not allow sound to go beyond 60 decibels, but the Initiative allows live bands to play amplified music on two days of every weekend.Again,the Initiative creates an exception for the Community

Center. This past summer, the City Council established a policy that allows residents to rent the Community Center for private parties on two weekends per month. Residents can rent the facility for meetings, weddings, birthdays, bar mitzvahs or anniversary parties and enjoy a couple of glasses of wine during the event. The city policy took into consideration all sides: the residents’ desire to use the facility, the people that want to use the beach and park, the customers that want to shop and dine on Highway 101 and the Plaza, and the homeowners that live in the Fletcher Cove area. Most importantly, the city policy can be modified up or down, without requiring an election. A flexible policy is the most prudent option for the long-term regulation of the Community Center. The City Council needs to take a strong stand and refuse to adopt the Initiative. Give the sponsors of the Party Policy Initiative their special election. Voters deserve the right to vote on the Party Policy Initiative. In this election the voters will also decide whether they want their elected officials making city law or people with money to use Voter Initiatives and strong-armed tactics to create laws. Voters should ask themselves why the Party Policy Initiative group is pushing so hard for adoption after they forced the need for a special election.And why don’t they want the voters to have their say? Council member Zito said it best, “It is a choice between doing what’s right versus trying to save a lot of money.” Let’s hope the entire City Council chooses to do what’s right by not adopting a bad law and, instead, sending the Initiative to the voters of Solana Beach.

Robert Glatts is a Solana Beach resident.

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Schwab, principal of the eponymous San Francisco-based investment and brokerage firm, identified in a similar way. Nominally apolitical, Schwab apparently kicked $6.4 million into the two campaigns. It’s not exactly a fine, but the FPPC is also demanding that a California group called the Small Business Action Committee, which used $11 million from those secret donations and others on the campaigns, hand that amount over to the state by Nov. 30. “The money is all gone, all spent on the campaign. We don’t have that amount and it’s unlikely we could get it by the deadline,” says Joel Fox, head of the small business group and founder of the Fox & Hounds daily political blog, also nominally non-partisan. Because this case is unprecedented, it’s unclear what might befall Fox, a former head of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn., and his enterprises if he doesn’t pay. “We did report everything we knew (about donors) at the time,” he wrote in an email. “We think this is a misapplication of the disgorgement law and are going to fight it.” In all, 132 wealthy donors kicked significant cash into these two campaigns. Brown turned their secretiveness against them,

Brown turned their secretiveness against them, making convenient bogeymen of the Kochs and others presumed at the time to be hidden donors. their committees, the innocuously-named Center to Protect Patient Rights and Americans for Responsible Leadership, funneled more than $28 million of other people’s cash into campaigns. The cash was used against Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s initiative temporarily raising some state taxes, and for Proposition 32, a failed attempt to limit unions’ political power. Still, the two committees now must pay a combined $1 million for not disclosing donors before last year’s votes. Then there’s Los Angeles developer and philanthropist Eli Broad, the B in the giant development firm KB Homes. Broad during the campaign publicly supported Brown’s tax increases. “Those of us that are wealthy like myself should pay more,” he said. But he apparently contributed $500,000 to the campaign against the proposition. Oh, this hasn’t been formally disclosed or acknowledged. But redacted records obtained and then released by the state Fair Political Practices Commission show someone with the first name Eli, last name blacked out, with a 12th floor office in a Wilshire Boulevard building at a five-digit address in Los Angeles, made the contribution. Broad’s foundation has an office on the 12th floor at 10090 Wilshire. There was also Charles

making convenient bogeymen of the Kochs and others presumed at the time to be hidden donors (no one guessed Broad or Schwab were among them). But Brown, the ultimate savvy political veteran, was uniquely equipped to turn big donations against the causes of those donors. Not many future initiative backers and opponents will be so skilled. So full disclosure is a must for the public to know who’s behind what. Had voters passed a 1990sera initiative demanding that all TV commercials and newspaper ads for or against ballot propositions identify their leading donors in type matching the largest anywhere else in the ads, there would have been no secret about all this. It would have been clear that billionaires were spending tens of millions to protect their interests, regardless of what they might have said at the same time. That is the kind of information California voters need, and it’s up to the Legislature to demand it, even if that requires lawmakers to offend some of their own donors.

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


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City Council OKs mixed-use project on Valley Avenue Council members and residents expressed concerns it was too big and didn’t fit the character of the neighborhood. Lichtman, who said he is still working on the plans, supports Trudeau’s project. “It’s going to bring more business to the neighborhood,” he said. “I hope you guys support this project. It’s a great one.” Council members did, 4-0, with Tom Campbell absent. Trudeau has had a fam-

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SOLANA BEACH — As one developer works on a third iteration of a mixeduse complex on Valley Avenue, another similartype project a few doors down was granted approval on its first submission during the Oct. 23 meeting. Solana Beach resident Dale Trudeau is proposing to build a 5,300-square-foot, two-story complex at 625 Valley Ave. that will include his dental practice and a storage room on the first floor and two residential units above. A 1,588-square-foot single-story home and detached 583-square-foot garage currently occupy the commercially zoned 16,173square-foot lot. Both existing structures will be demolished. Trudeau’s office will occupy about 3,300 square feet. The 76 square feet of storage space will be for the residential units and cannot be converted for office use as a condition of the approval. An uncovered patio enclosed by 5-foot-high walls is also proposed for the dental office. The second story will include a one- and two-bedroom unit that together total about 1,900 square feet. There will also be a partially covered balcony at the

This single-story home at 625 Valley Ave. will be demolished to make way for a two-story, mixed-used dental office that received City Council approval at the Oct. 23 meeting. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

rear of both units and an uncovered access walkway. There will be 22 parking spaces provided, one more than is required. The additional space will allow for an electric vehicle charging station. The maximum allowable building height is 35 feet. The proposed height is just over 29 feet. The city received six letters supporting and none opposing the project. Three people spoke in favor of the proposal at the meeting. “I’m in favor of this,” nearby resident Teresa Correa said. “It is what I myself have been looking for in Eden Gardens. “His type of business will bring people into the

community who want to go to lunch, who want to spend their money in Eden Gardens,” she added. “So I’m excited about that.” “This is a great project, well designed,” said Josh Lichtman, project manager for a mixed-use develop-

ment proposed for 636 Valley Ave. That project was sent back for redesign in July and denied without prejudice in September, meaning it can be resubmitted again without having to wait the required 12 months.

ily dental practice on Via de la Valle for about 25 years. He said he sees patients about three-and-a-half days a week. “I want to bring my practice to beautiful Solana Beach,” he said, adding that the building will have “a minimal impact on the environment and the neighborhood in general.” Approval by the California Coastal Commission is required before a building permit is issued by the city.

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Emergency drills conducted at plant By Jared Whitlock

REGION — Emergency personnel and radiation experts participated in a drill simulating escalating emergency stages at SONGS (San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station) on Wednesday. There are four emergency classifications for power plants, ranked by severity. The highest risk level is a plant failure resulting in radiation exceeding EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) standards. Wednesday’s drill tested whether officials are prepared to respond to each classification. As well as exercises at SONGS, officials from Orange County and San Diego practiced disseminating essential information at a Joint Information Center in Irvine. The emergency classification dictated the content of the message. “What you do depends on just which classification is in effect,” said Chris Abel, community outreach manager with Southern California Edison. “Different agencies practice communication skills to get everyone on the same page, he added. “We wanted to make sure everyone is ready.” Southern California Edison, which operates SONGS, holds quarterly emergency exercises at the nuclear station. But this drill, held every two years, was observed and graded by the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), as required by federal law, according to Abel. In three months, FEMA will issue a full report gauging how officials did.

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Abel noted that the drills have been taking place since the plant opened. However, interest spiked in 2011 following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. Around 65 people from San Diego County took part in the drill, said Holly Crawford, communications director of the Office of Emergency Services for the county. Crawford said they gathered at the county’s Emergency Operations Center in Kearny Mesa during the drill. One facet of the drill entailed monitoring a fictitious radiation plume. In the event of an evacuation, she noted Carlsbad High School would act as an emergency center for many in North County. For the exercise, emergency officials prepped for that scenario with phone calls between personnel. Another aspect involved simulating the activation of the county’s “reverse 911” system. The system places calls containing important information to households if they’re facing danger. “The operation tested our ability to mobilize supplies and support,” Crawford said. She added that the county wants to “identify gaps in the planning process.” SONGS closed about 20 months ago due to safety concerns. This summer, Southern California Edison announced plans to shutter SONGS’ reactors permanently. Decommissioning the plant, however, could take decades. Because radioactive fuel is still present at the plant, the drill remains mandatory.

ROMP night supports McDonald House RANCHO SANTA FE — Two Rancho Santa Fe residents, Fernanda Whitworth and Jennifer Gramins, put their hearts and souls into planning the annual ROMP gala benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego, and Oct. 5 everything came perfectly together raising $690,000 for the organization. The event took place at a private estate in Rancho Santa Fe with a theme of “A Night at the Copacabana.” Families with critically ill or injured children may find a “home away from home” at San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House during their child’s hospitalization, thanks to the generosity of attendees at the gala. “Our event Chairwoman Fernanda Whitworth and Cochairwoman Jennifer Gramins went above and beyond the call of duty this year to create an unforgettable night for our attendees and help raise much needed funds to allow our organization to offer lodging, meals and other supportive services to families with hospitalized children,” said Chuck Day, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. Notable philanthropists and supporters of San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House gathered for dinner, cocktails, celebrity entertainment, and live and silent auctions plus Emmy-nominated choreographer, dancer and recording artist Mark Ballas from “Dancing with the Stars.” The highlight of the evening was the live auction, which featured 10 excursions

Above, ROMP gala chairwomen Fernanda Whitworth and Jennifer Gramins, celebrate the success of the annual ROMP gala benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego, raising $690,000. Left, From “Dancing With the Stars,” entertainer Mark Ballas rocked the ROMP gala crowd, to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. Courtesy photos

and experiences. The chance to be at the starting line of the Indianapolis 500, including suite tickets and pit passes, sold for $60,000. Front row seats to Yigal Azrouël’s New York Fashion Week sold twice thanks to the generosity of the auction item donors Yigal Azrouël, and David and Miriam Smotrich. Also in attendance as volunteers were members of the Unites States Marine Corps and Navy. They were greeted by Gen. and Mrs. Daniel Yoo, who were special guests that evening.

Look for fun at the Rancho Santa Fe library RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Library, 17040 Avenida de Acacias, keeps things interesting during November. Join them for Preschool Storytime every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and Toddler Storytime Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Special programs will include Holiday Mail for Heroes Craft at 3:30 p.m.Nov.7. Come for stories about families and a craft making holiday cards to send to active duty military members, veterans and military families in hospitals and installation through the world. Nov.12 offers a special

Preschool Program featuring storyteller Ken Frawley at 10 a.m. Frawley is sure to entertain youngsters and parents alike with energetic storytelling with puppets, magic, and songs. Have a hand at making Hanukkah candles at 3:30 p.m. Nov.14. Join in welcoming Rabbi Levi to learn about the traditions of Hanukkah, and make beeswax candles. Nov. 21, the library presents a Native American Dance Performance at 3:30 p.m. Bring the whole family for an event to celebrate the “One Book, One San Diego” selection, “Caleb’s Crossing” and “Jingle Dancer.”

Expert will present on Native American culture RANCHO SANTA FE — Native American expert Dr. James Kemp will give a talk on the Hopi and Navajo cultures Nov. 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society. Dr. Kemp, will discuss the kachina dances, carvings and pottery of the Hopi who live throughout Northern Arizona as well as the rugs and tapestries of the Navajo in Northern Arizona and New Mexico. Dr. Kemp of Julian became fascinated with the Native American culture after moving to the southwest from the east coast. “I found a wealth of cultures only a day or two drive from San Diego,” he noted. A retired clinical professor at the University of California,

San Diego, Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Kemp will comment on some of the historical society’s collection as well as bring a few of

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his own pieces to the lecture. Attendees are welcome to bring any Hopi or Navajo pieces or weavings for Dr. Kemp to review. Advance registration is required and seating is limited. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for guests,To register, call Dana Evanson at the RSFHS, Tuesdays through Thursdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at (858) 756-9291. Or email: info@rsfhs.org. RSFHS is located at La Flecha House, 6036 La Flecha, Rancho Santa Fe.


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District lines highlight city’s divisions Kirk Effinger

LATEST CREATIONS “The Harbor,” an original woodcut by Sue Paparisto, will be among the art at the Del Mar Art Center opening reception of Season 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 3, 1555 Camino Del Mar, Suite 106. See works by all members including featured artists Pamela Fox Linton, Bruce Stewart, Bob Coletti, Ed Eginton, Sue Paparisto and Mark Sherman. The center features all local artists working in many different mediums including painting, photography, mixed media, glass, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture and upcycled sculpture. The show runs through Dec. 29. Courtesy photo

3 Rancho Santa Fe residents named to institute’s board RANCHO SANTA FE — La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology has elected three San Diego business executives, all Rancho Santa Fe residents, as new members of its board of directors. The new members — Tony Carr, a real estate executive, Gene Ray, Ph.D., a founder of the Titan Corporation,and Fred Wasserman, DrPH, a founder of Maxicare Health Plans — bring knowledge, insight and leadership skills to their role as board members. “The Institute is honored to attract this exceptional group of new board members,” said Mitchell Kronenberg, president and chief scientific officer.“Our board plays a key role in advancing the Institute’s mission to promote health and prevent disease through groundbreaking immune system research. We look forward to working with these new members and appreciate their willingness to serve.” The La Jolla Institute is a nonprofit, independent biomedical research institute and recognized world leader in the study of the immune system, which holds potential for preserving health and ultimately conquering heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and myriad other disorders. The new trustees come from several fields: Anthony “Tony” Carr is the managing partner of Carlo Development, a southern California-based real estate development company. Carlo Development owns and operates multi-family and self-storage/industrial properties throughout California. Carr is also a managing member and co-owner of San Diego Self Storage, one of the largest self storage company in San Diego County with 18 locations. Prior to this, Carr was a registered principal for C & L Securities Corp., a wealth management firm, and an investment advisor licensed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. He received his B.A. degree from UCLA and attended the UCLA Anderson School of Management before beginning

his career in finance and real estate. Carr has been active in several community organizations including service with the following groups: the advisory board for the University of San Diego Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate; the UCSD Athletic Advisory Board; the board of trustees for The Grauer School; the board of directors for Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles; the board of directors of International Relief Teams; UCLA Chancellor’s Associates, and The Los Angeles BIA MultiFamily Housing Council. Gene Ray is the owner and CEO of GMT Ventures, an investment firm in San Diego. In the 1980s, he was one of the founders of The Titan Corporation, a leading national security solutions provider, and served as its CEO and on its board of directors from the company’s inception in 1981 until its merger with L-3 Communications in 2005. He was elected chairman of the board in 1999 and also served in that capacity until 2005. Prior to launching Titan, Ray was executive vice president, general manager and board member of Science Applications International Corporation, Inc. (SAIC) for 11 years. SAIC, a multi-billion dollar science and engineering company serving the defense and other industries, was founded in San Diego, and moved its headquarters to McLean,Va. in 2009. The company still maintains a large presence here. Ray received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics at the University of Tennessee in 1965; a master’s degree in physics at the University of Tennessee in 1962; and a B.S.in mathematics, physics and chemistry at Murray State University in 1960. He is or has been involved on a number of community boards, including: chairman of the board, Decision Sciences Corporation; chairman, Heart, Lung & Vascular Advisory Board, Scripps Clinic; advisory board member, Scripps Clinic/Green

Hospital; foundation board member, Murray State University, and as an advisory board member at various earlystage technology companies. Fred Wasserman has a broad business background with leadership experience in health care, real estate, agriculture, and as a faculty member at several major universities. Wasserman and his wife, Pamela, are co-general partners in the Wasserman Companies, which own and operate commercial and residential real estate and agricultural properties in California. Wasserman is a founder of Maxicare Health Plans, Inc., the first federally qualified health maintenance organization in California and served as CEO from 1973 to 1988. In the decade following 1988,he was a consultant to senior management at several major health care companies and startups advising on strategic positioning, health service systems, and product innovations and introductions. Wasserman has also served on the faculties of USC’s School of Public Administration, UCLA’s School of Public Health, and Cal State University Northridge. Wasserman has been active in a number of professional and community organizations. He is a current member of the World Presidents Organization and previously served on the Dean’s Council at UCLA’s School of Public Health, where he and his wife Pamela funded an endowed chair in Health Services. He has also served on the boards of the UCLA Foundation and the Jewish Home for the Aging. Wasserman holds a B.S. degree in business administration from UCLA; an MBA in general management from USC; and a doctor of philosophy degree in Health Services from UCLA. Founded in 1988, La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology is a nonprofit, independent biomedical research institute focused on improving human health through increased understanding of the immune system.

Escondido’s Districting Commission met this past Sunday to take its first pass at drawing lines dividing the city into four council districts. Predictably, various factions rose up to claim their territory. In commenting about plans to create the districts, Mayor Sam Abed can be acknowledged to have been prescient, as he rightly predicted it would pit neighbor against neighbor. As readers may be aware, the city acquiesced to the districting plan under threat of a lawsuit under the Voting Rights Act, which purports to level the playing field for “protected classes” who are under-represented in communities’ elected bodies. It’s important to note the terminology here. By using the term protected class rather than “minority,” it assures the lines being gerrymandered — ahem — drawn, will remain in effect, for all practical purposes, in perpetuity, even if that protected class is, in fact, in the majority. As I have noted in previous columns elsewhere, there seems to me something distinctly unAmerican about the basic premise of the Voting Rights

Act as it is applied here. We continually tinker with the voting process to try to increase participation of various groups when the reality is, even the voters (or those eligible to vote) who presumably represent the majority in power do not participate at levels that healthy democracy should expect. Voter turnout for most elections hovers around 60to-70 percent. But that’s only in Presidential election years and only registered voters. According to a study done by Dr. Michael McDonald at George Mason University, only slightly more than 58 percent of voting age eligible citizens voted in the 2012 Presidential Election. Of the votes cast, Barack Obama won just over 51percent. In other words, less than 30 percent of those eligible to vote in this country chose its leader for the next four years. President William McKinley famously coined the phrase “tyranny of the minority” in explaining this phenomenon. The idea that we should take special measures to encourage a select group’s participation when participation of all groups is so abysmal seems slightly misplaced. Review of jurisdictions where this has been done has not shown any appreciable improvement in participation by the targeted classes.

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1st Lt. Tom Bussjaeger, center, is welcomed home by residents at Lindbergh Field. Bussjaeger, a 91-year-old Encinitas resident, was part of a veterans group who received an all-expense-paid trip to visit war memorials in Washington, D.C. as part of San Diego Honor Flight. Photo by Jared Whitlock

Encinitas veteran receives a hero’s welcome By Jared Whitlock

SAN DIEGO — Encinitas resident Tom Bussjaeger remembers approaching San Diego’s shore on the deck of an aircraft carrier during a cold November night in 1945. The glowing lights of the city came into view, marking his and other troops’ return. There weren’t many waiting for them at the dock. “We couldn’t communicate with family to let them know exactly when we were getting back,” Bussjaeger said. “The times were different back then.” On Oct. 20, nearly 68 years later, 1st Lt. Bussjaeger and 82 other veterans received a muchdeserved hero’s welcome. Near the entrance of Lindbergh Field’s Terminal 2, hundreds clapped, waiving American flags. Patriotic music blared from the speakers. Boys and Girls Scouts saluted. Bussjaeger, 91, and the vets had just returned from a three-day trip to the nation’s capital as a part of San Diego Honor Flight. Paid for by donations, Honor Flight gives veterans the chance to visit war memorials at no expense to them. Several days before leaving on the charter plane, Bussjaeger said the experience was a tribute to not only those who survived the war, but to the men who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Bussjaeger saw combat in Saipan as a member of the Second Amphibian Tractor Battalion. During D-Day, while just offshore of Okinawa, a Kamikaze

pilot hit the LST 884 ship he was on. Bussjaeger said he “immediately became a combat veteran” after abandoning ship. “The real heroes of the war are still laying out there,” he said. Bussjaeger enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves in 1942 at the age of 20 while living in Los Angeles. Not long after, he met his wife Dawn at the Los Angeles Post Office. “We would always tease each other — she was a real cutie,” Bussjaeger said. At the time, the country was very different. A gas-rationing mandate was in effect. Parts for machinery and cars were difficult to find. Many kinds of food weren’t available. Bussjaeger said the entire nation deserves credit for aiding the war effort — not just the troops. “Everybody was in the ballgame,” Bussjaeger said. “Your parents were in the war; the kids were in the war; the women and men were in the war. Everybody pulled together and that’s what made the nation great. “In addition to the combat veterans on the recent honor flight, there were also heroes at the home front,” he added. Bussjaeger married Dawn before shipping out to the Pacific in 1944. “We were married 68 years,” Bussjaeger added. “We had the happiest life that anybody could have. We just loved each other the whole time so much.” Given the heavy casualties, he wasn’t certain he’d see her again upon joining an outfit in Saipan.

The Kamikaze strike on DDay was yet another reminder of the war’s heavy toll. Several months after the Japanese surrendered in 1945, Bussjaeger was on his way back to San Diego. A tiring 21-day boat ride from Guam to Pearl Harbor ensued, and then six days on an aircraft carrier to San Diego. Yet Bussjaeger said reuniting with Dawn and his 7month-old baby girl made the trip more than worth it. “It was like the movies,” Bussjaeger said. David Smith, who founded the San Diego chapter of Honor Flight, said many World War II veterans came home and quietly, entering the workforce with little community recognition. “They just continued on without a huge reception,” Smith said. The inaugural Honor Flight took place in Ohio in 2005 with 12 veterans

visiting the nation’s capital. Since then, the nonprofit has expanded across the country. Currently, it’s focused on World War II veterans. World War II had 16.1 million veterans, and an estimated 1.2 million are alive today. However, they’re passing away quickly — at a rate of 600 per day, according to the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs. “The least we can do is let them know how much we appreciate them before it’s too late,” Smith said. Bussjaeger said Honor Flight has surpassed its goal. The gathering at the airport was particularly great, he said. “We’re proud to have served, and we appreciate that people recognize the sacrifices that we made,” Bussjaeger said.

After the war, Bussjaeger got his degree in political science at the University of San Francisco. Later, he worked in sales at Weiser Lock, getting promoted to president near the end of his 30-year career with the company. In 1972, he and Dawn purchased a home in Leucadia, where he currently lives.

Age hasn’t slowed him down much. He recently signed up to volunteer at a hospital. And on Sunday, he strolled through the celebratory Honor Flight crowd, shaking hands with those who lined up to thank him for his service. Donations can be made to San Diego Honor Flight at honorflightsandiego.org.


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Mechanical heart pump gives new lease on life HEALTH WATCH BY THE PHYSICIANS AND STAFF OF SCRIPPS HEALTH jarla “KJ” Foster is no stranger to heart failure. Not only has it has taken the lives of her father, sister and two brothers, but last fall it came dangerously close to taking her life too. The 57-year-old Oceanside resident was busy living a full and active life with her husband George. They enjoyed traveling, photography and water sports together. But all of that came to an abrupt halt when KJ began experiencing shortness of breath and stomach pain following a trip to Yellowstone National Park in 2010. She followed up with her family physician, who quickly referred her to Scripps cardiologist Ali Hamzei, M.D. Tests showed that KJ’s heart was functioning at a significantly reduced level, and she found herself admitted to Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas later the same day. For a time, physicians were able treat KJ’s failing heart with various medications, along with an implantable cardiac pacemaker/defibrillator to keep her heart rhythm regular.

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SUGARPLUM FAIRIES Jessie Fendler of Encinitas will dance the role of Snow Queen in The Performing Arts Workshop’s Junior Ballet Ensemble’s selections from “The Nutcracker Ballet” at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 16, free at the Performing Arts Workshop, 681 Encinitas Blvd., Suite 309. Call (760) 753-2671 to reserve seats. Brownies can earn Art of Ballet patch through this performance. Photo by Ken Fendler

“I kept plugging along for a year and a half following that first hospitalization, but I was always exhausted, could barely breathe, and was just not enjoying life as I had before,” said KJ. In fall 2012, after going through a couple of hospitalizations, KJ’s family lega-

“Many of the patients we see are in end-stage heart failure, and up until a decade or two ago, the only option was a heart transplant,” said Dr. Heywood. “Now, we are able to offer many of our patients — including KJ — a VAD, which can take over the work of the failing heart.” So, on Nov. 26, 2012, KJ underwent open heart surgery at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. During

er month at home further recuperating. In early 2013, she returned to work full time to her sales support job in Carlsbad and she now spends time lending support to other patients undergoing VAD procedures. Since the surgery, KJ can always be found wearing a variety of colorful fanny packs that house the battery pack and the cords

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cy caught up with her. She too was in the throes of heart failure and would need a heart transplant. With her condition worsening by the day, KJ was referred to J. Thomas Heywood, M.D., a Scripps heart failure specialist. Dr. Heywood told KJ that she would be a good candidate for a ventricular assist device (VAD) — a implantable mechanical pump that would provide a “bridge” until a heart transplant became available.

the 6-hour procedure, Scripps surgeon Sam Baradarian, M.D., implanted the VAD into KJ’s chest. The device immediately began helping KJ’s heart pump oxygen-rich blood throughout her body. “A few days after surgery, I began to feel the benefits,” KJ said. “I could breathe easier and I felt like I had more energy.” KJ spent almost a month in the hospital and inpatient rehabilitation recovering and then anoth-

for the VAD. She admits that the adjustment to the VAD has been a challenge and she greatly misses swimming. But she feels blessed to be alive and attributes her recovery to her family and her team at Scripps.

Health Watch is brought to you by the physicians and staff of Scripps Health. For more information or for physician referral, call 1-800-SCRIPPS or visit scripps.org.


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Gift ideas for the traveler on your holiday list E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road Can it be? Yes, it is. It’s that time of year when we begin to think about the holidays and what to give to whom. Here are some items that the traveler on your list will find useful.

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clothes ($69.95).There also is a pocket for the “I’m the Daddy” mug, a 14-ounce, double-walled stainless steel tumbler with a snap-fit lid ($14.95). Practical travel accessory from day of delivery isABelt When it comes to dressing to whenever. Visit dadwell, there are few things as dyscrubs.com. annoying as a lumpy waistband, the result of wearing a bulky belt under a form-fitting sweater. The solution to this problem? It’s isABelt, the “original invisible belt” that was designed by three “fashionista” sisters who tired of gapping, slipping, low-rise jeans. The belt nips and tucks the waistband without ruining your silhouette. Made of thin, strong, flexible plastic, isABelt is the ideal travel fashion accessory as it weighs nothing and requires no room. Comes in clear and black. Expands to 50 inches. The site also offers many other fashion/travel accessories. Cost is $20 to $40. Visit isabelt.com/.

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iBitz Activity Trackers by GeoPalz Need a little incentive to increase your activity? Or maybe your kids need a little nudge to get out there and move? The iBitz activity trackers by GeoPalz of Boulder, Colo., will kick-start a regular exercise habit for both adults and kids. The water-resistant monitors are about an inch-and-ahalf square, sync to iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch, are worn on the hip or shoe, and come in multiple themes/designs and colors. The children’s version, iBitzPowerKey ($35; for ages 5-12), syncs to an app that unlocks a world of game interaction fueled by the child's activity. Kids power their online GeoPalz characters when they move, so the monitors are great motivators on the trail. The adult monitor,

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FINDING HOMES Santa Paws helps the Helen Woodward Animal Center kick off the 15th year of Home 4 The Holidays with a new partner – Blue Buffalo Pet Food Company. Founded in 1999 by Helen Woodward Animal Center, H4TH partners with thousands of animal organizations dedicated to finding forever homes for orphaned pets. For more information, visit home4theholidays.org. Courtesy photo

FREE FLIGHT Dagmar Midcap, left, and Zane Hendig feature one of the Free Flight bird sanctuary’s adoptable birds at the center’s Tropical Sunset Fundraiser on Oct. 12, held to support Free Flight’s mission to shelter, nurture and resocialize parrots, while educating the public for the wellbeing of exotic birds. Courtesy photo


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San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate

Rick Buffington has produced 100 percent Italian varietals at his Cougar Vineyard and Winery in Temecula Wine Country. Photo by Frank Mangio

Two wineries to know in Temecula FRANK MANGIO

Taste of Wine Last week we brought you up to date on the big gains logged in by Temecula Wine Country and its 35 wineries. There are a group of wineries in that district that are making great strides in moving up to VIP status, so let’s take a closer look at two that I would recommend you add to your list of wineries to visit Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 at the big Temecula Wine Country Harvest Celebration. It’s been a year or so since Rick and Jennifer Buffington broke ground on the new and enlarged Cougar Vineyard and Winery with more improvements to come to accommodate the substantial increase in traffic and sales for their Italian varietal wines. Rick is also the winemaker for some 18 wines from 17 acres of family owned vineyards, including a new Italian wine that was just approved to the sold in the U.S., Lambrusca di Alessandria ($44.) This wine originally came from the Piedmont area and is a genetically unique Lambrusca and assumed to be from the Nebbiolo family, the powerful red grape found in most fine wines in Piedmont. The 2010 vintage is available at the tasting room, with flavors of black cherry and anise revealing an earthy complement with rich Northern Italian flavors. When I caught up with Buffington, he had a busy day pressing Sagrantino and Primitivo grapes. “We’ve been operating Cougar for about 20 years, first making our wines out of a garage in Fallbrook before we moved to Temecula and decided to offer something different. We loved the Italian style of

wines. We farm 100 percent estate Italian varietals like Sangiovese, Aglianico, Nebbiolo, Primitivo and Montepulciano.” Taste Of Wine’s favorite is the elegant Montepulciano 2010 ($41). It has a silky smooth entry with earthy Italian qualities and a long-lasting finish. A new deli is a popular addition to the tasting room, with cheeses, pizzas, salads and sandwiches. See more at cougarvineyards.com. Monte De Oro means Hill of Gold, and in just a few short years as a winery, the gold awards are growing for this premier name. Evidence the results of this year’s California State Fair competition, where the 2009 Cabernet ($36) scored 94 points, earned a Gold Medal and was declared the single Best Red Wine of the South Coast Region of California. In other competitions in the state, gold was awarded to the 2008 Syrah Reserve, the 2010 Tempranillo and 2010 Petite Syrah. Of special note, Monte De Oro produces an outstanding blend that I have applauded in an earlier column: the 2009 Synergy 65 ($35). This is the 5th edition of this wine and is named after the 65 original investors. This blend was barrel aged in new French Oak for 28 months, then bottle aged for another 14 months. The rich ruby-burgundy color opens up to a smoky, fruit flavor of black cherry, blackberry and plums, with cinnamon and pepper notes. This wine has won gold, and was awarded Best of Class for the South Coast region at the California State Fair. Monte De Moro wines will be featured with a fivecourse dinner event at Capri Blu Restaurant in Rancho Bernardo, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. Synergy 65 will be the spotlight wine. Cost is $55 per person. RSVP at (858) 673TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON A21

I am as guilty as anyone of not venturing outside of our cool North County coastal bubble, especially now that we have some decent restaurants. That said, there are certain events that deserve a foodie field trip, especially when it can be pulled off by taking the Coaster from Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas or Solana Beach down to the Santa Fe Station and walking over to the festival. It should be noted that Amtrak has expanded service to all of these stations as well, which makes the return time even more flexible. This event has something for just about everyone and with all of the samples being provided, you will not go hungry, or thirsty. The setting can’t be beat either! The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival started as an idea over a glass of wine, between co-producers Michelle Metter and Ken Loyst, and has since blossomed into a signature event for the city of San Diego, and the largest wine and food festival in Southern California. This year, the festival celebrates its 10-year anniversary. They have

San Diego pairing of fish tacos and craft beer as the city’s top fish taco-makers go head-to-head in the Taco TKO to win the title for San Diego’s Best Fish Taco. All of these events and many more can be found at sandiegowineclassic.com. The Chef of the Fest Competition held during the Grand Tasting is widely considered one of Southern California’s largest culinary showdowns. Each year, the Chef of the Fest Competition challenges both seasoned and up-andcoming local chefs to demonstrate their culinary artistry. Each Chef of the Fest contender creates a unique dish for a panel of American Culinary Federation and celebrity chef guest judges during the Grand Tasting Event on Saturday, Nov. 23. The chef with the highest scoring dish wins the coveted title of Chef of the Fest. In addition to the title is the competition’s grand prize — upwards of $50,000 in cash and prizes provided by Taylor Guitars, Bridgestone and American Harvest and media coverage in outlets including NBC 7.com, Dining Out Magazine and Cooking Light Magazine. It is definitely a coup for the winning chef. Beer and wine tasting are plentiful at this year’s San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival. Whether you are a beer connoisseur or a wine

The grand finale of the sizzling five-day festival is the star-studded Grand Tasting Event held Nov. 23 on the Embarcadero Marina Park North behind Seaport Village. grown from 50 wineries and 25 restaurants participating the first year to more than 170 wineries, breweries, and spirit purveyors and 70 of the city’s best restaurants this year. The grand finale of the sizzling five-day festival is the star-studded Grand Tasting Event held Nov. 23 on the Embarcadero Marina Park North behind Seaport Village. Take in the beautiful San Diego Bay and enjoy the ocean breeze as you partake in the largest, most talked about wine and food festival in Southern California. The Grand Tasting on Nov. 23 is the big event but there are all kinds of dinners and tastings the week prior to the Grand Tasting including a Fit Foodie 5k the morning of the event. Some highlights include The Vault: Reserve & New Release Tasting, an exclusive and elegant evening for collectors of fine wine; and the San Diego Classics: Fish Tacos & Craft Beers celebrates Taco Tuesday in style with a tribute to the classic

fanatic, you will find a large selection of offerings at this year’s events. While it’s traditionally a wine festival, this year they have managed to integrate beer into the event programming to appease the large number of craft beer

Celebrity Chef Richard Blais, winner of "Top Chef All Stars," is participating in this year’s festival. Photo courtesy Fast Forward Events

enthusiasts in San Diego. Celebrity chefs will also be on hand in the festival product booth to autograph copies of their best-selling cookbooks. And what would a food and wine festival be without live music? Stages will be set up at either end of the festival highlighting San Diego’s best bands. As mentioned, the festivities start the week leading up to the Grand Tasting Event, but that day the hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Embarcadero Marina Park North. Tickets can be purchased at sandiegowineclassic.com. So make your plans now with your foodie friends to make a day of it, hop on the Coaster, and head down to this fun festival.

Lick the Plate can now be heard on KPRi, 102.1 FM Monday-Friday during the 7pm hour. David Boylan is founder of Artichoke Creative and Artichoke Apparel, an Encinitas based marketing firm and clothing line. Reach him at david@artichoke-creative.com or (858) 395-6905.


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Switchfoot switches labels

Pamela Fox Linton, who regularly exhibits in the Del Mar Art Center, is currently showing her paintings in “Extempore”, a group show at L Street Fine Art Gallery in San Diego. Courtesy photo

Finding beauty in the unexpected KAY COLVIN A Brush With Art el Mar artist Pamela Fox Linton creates beauty as she finds it in the unexpected. Calling upon her extraordinary sense of balanced color, line, and texture, her large abstract paintings, which often incorporate found objects, have not only a soothing effect on the viewer, but are at the same time mysterious and powerful. An active member and exhibiting artist of The Del Mar Art Center for 12 years, Linton has served the last two years as Gallery Manager responsible for the visual appeal of the space located in the Del Mar Plaza at 15th Street and Camino Del Mar. She also serves on the board of directors of the nonprofit organization. Having spent many of her formative years in Park Forest, Ill., just 40 miles south of Chicago, as a schoolgirl, Linton took many field trips to Chicago museums, her favorite of which was

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NOV. 1 Pop violins Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, presents The Bunnell Strings, a violin quintet featuring classical, pop and traditional music, at 7 p.m. Nov. 1. Tickets are $15.For more information, call (760) 438-5996 or visit museumofmakingmusic.org. Sleeping Beauty North Coast Rep’s Professional Theatre for Families, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, is staging “Sleeping Beauty” at 11 a.m. Nov.

The Chicago Art Institute. She reflects, “Over the years I have appreciated and been influenced by many varied artists whose work I saw as a young girl. Going back to the Art Institute as an adult, seeing the same paintings I saw as a child was an emotional experience. How lucky I was to experience those masters at an early age and be affected by them throughout my entire life.” Linton earned a bachelor’s degree in interior ddesign with a minor in architecture at Southern Illinois University and later worked with a Chicago interior design firm. She remembers, “I was drawn to the contemporary art that I would see in museums and in contemporary living and office spaces.” Originally learning in school to paint and draw realistically, Linton says, “When I began to appreciate artists like Jackson Pollack, Robert Rauschenberg, and Willem de Kooning, I had to learn to loosen up.” Relocating to southern California in the 1970’s, Linton and her husband Scott later settled in the Del TURN TO BRUSH WITH ART ON A21

Switchfoot will perform at the Balboa Theatre Nov. 6. Photo by Chris Burkard By Alan Sculley

Six years ago, Switchfoot made the bold decision to get out of its major label deal with Columbia Records and start its own record label. How that has changed the way Switchfoot goes about its career will be more obvious than ever as the group tours this fall.To open each evening, the group will screen a new film on the band, “Fading West,” before playing a show. Then in early in 2014, the group will release the album “Fading West,” which serves as something of a soundtrack for the movie. “This particular album and this particular film would not exist if we hadn’t broken our ties with Sony (which owns Columbia Records) and kind of gone our own path,” singer/guitarist Jon Foreman said in an early September phone interview. “The sheer amount of time that we had to spend making both the album and the movie, you can’t do that unless you own your own (studio and label) and you’re kind of your own boss and able to do that sort of thing. In many ways, this dream of making a movie started when we cut our ties with the major record company we were with and started from scratch.” The film “Fading West” combines a story about Switchfoot’s favorite hobby — surfing — while giving fans an

2 and Nov.3 and Nov.9 and Nov.10. (858) 461-1263 for more informaTickets are $20 at (858) 481-1055. tion. School group rates for Nov. 1 and NOV. 6 Nov.8 are available. Best of dance MiraCosta NOV. 3 College Dance Arts Ensemble Acting classes Intrepid hosts a free Dance Studio Hour, Shakespeare Artistic Directors 7:30 p.m.Nov.6,Room 5101,Dance Sean and Christy Yael-Cox will Studio, 1 Barnard Drive, offer fall classes revolving around Oceanside. The hour showcases Shakespeare, public speaking, ballet, jazz, modern and tap. comedy and scene study. Classes Children under 5 are not admitted will be held at the Clayton E. to dance performances. For addiLiggett, San Dieguito Academy, tional information about the per800 Santa Fe Drive.For more infor- formances, call MiraCosta College mation on fall classes, visit Performing Arts Department at (760) 757-2121 ext.6526 or 6302. intrepidshakespeare.com. Poetry Slam Cardiff Friends NOV. 5 of the Library host the Full Moon Drum time Fair Trade Décor Poets’ ninth annual Invitational hosts a drum circle led by João Poetry Slam at 7 p.m.Nov.6 at 2081 Vincient Lewis,open to the public Newcastle Ave., Cardiff. For more on the first and thirdTuesday each information call (760) 635-1000. Comedy goes local The month from 7 to 9 p.m. at 1412 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. Call Carlsbad Senior Center welcomes

up-close look into the lives of the band, which has released eight previous albums over a career that dates back to 1996. Those previous eight albums have seen Switchfoot attain major success, particularly with its double-platinum 2003 album, “The Beautiful Letdown,” and its Grammywinning 2009 release, “Hello Hurricane.” Overall, the rocking pop band has sold more than 5.5 million albums. The “Fading West” movie was filmed on a 2012 tour, in which between concert dates the band surfed at some of its favorite locations around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Bali. Along the way, the group got to test the waves with surfing legends Tom Curren and Rob Machado. It was an ambitious project. Director Matt Katsolis used multiple cameras and, for the most part, had a fiveperson film and sound crew that accompanied band members pretty much everywhere they went, attempting to capture not only the band chasing waves, but the essence of who Foreman and his bandmates — brother Tim Foreman (bass), Chad Butler (drums), Jerome Fontamillas (guitar/keyboards) and Drew Shirley (guitar) — are as people and musicians. “We saw this (film) as a chance to tell a little bit more

of our story, to talk about aspects of who we are as a band that people might not know,” Foreman said. “And the film is pretty intimate. It’s pretty raw. It lets people behind the scenes.” The shows Switchfoot will play after screening the film will be different than normal, as the group will play acoustically, delivering a career-spanning set of songs. “For years people have been asking when we were going to put out an acoustic album and maybe play a show that was a little bit more stripped back because whenever we do it, it feels like a really fun, unique thing that we don’t get to do very often,” Foreman said. “So we thought for this tour, what a great opportunity. Let’s play the songs in a different way, a little bit more beach style.” As for the “Fading West” album, the original plan was to have it released in time for the fall tour. That didn’t happen, but for the tour, the group has released an EP with three songs from the album and the “Fading West” CD itself will be out Jan. 14. Foreman feels, like the eight other Switchfoot albums, it introduces some new elements to Switchfoot’s music. One contrast, particularly between “Fading West” and

the band’s previous album, “Vice Verses,” is the personality of the new CD, which Foreman said the music reflects the outdoor settings that are depicted in the film. “I feel like ‘Vice Verses’ in many ways, was a little bit more of a cityscape,” he said. “‘Fading West,’ even the name alone, you’re talking about the sky and there are a little bit more open possibilities. For me, it connotes the sun going down over the Pacific.” Specifically, “Fading West” found Switchfoot breaking away at times from the guitar/bass/drums insrumental format that has typified its albums. The group even used instruments indigenous to countries featured in the film on some songs. “It’s really diverse,” Foreman said of “Fading West.” “There is probably one of the harder (hitting) songs we’ve ever recorded on the album. Yet at the same time, there are other songs that hardly have a guitar on them. So I think the instrumentation on this album is probably the most diverse. That’s probably the biggest challenge we set aside for ourselves was OK, here’s your traditional drum set, here’s your traditional bass guitar, here’s your traditional electric guitar, let’s use them last.”

Carlsbad entertainer Paul Seltser from 11:30 a.m.to 12:30 p.m.Nov.6. Call (760) 602-4655 for reservations.

Slinger, in front of Encinitas Pizza Company, 764 S. Coast Highway 101.Loser puts $5 in the hat.Email encinitasguitarclub@gmail.com for more information.

Clayton E. Liggett Theater, 800 Santa Fe Drive.For tickets,visit the virtual box office at seatyourself.biz/sandieguito $8 for students and $15 for adults. Diminutive art Artists throughout San Diego County are invited to enter ArtBeat on Main Street’s second annual “Small Packages” 2013 competition, 330 Main St.,Vista. Deadline is Nov. 17. Entries must be 8-inches-by-10-inches, unframed or less. Enter at OnlineJuriedShows.comDetails are available at artbeatonmainstreet.com or by calling ArtBeat at (760) 295-3118. Mighty Motown The Temptations and The Four Tops will appear on the same stage at 8 p.m., April 18, 2014 in the Events Center at Pala Casino Spa & Resort, 11154 Highway 76, Pala. For tickets call (877) 946-7252.

NOV. 7 Agape choir The Chopra Center presents Rickie Byars Beckwith, members of the Agape International Choir and Agape Founder and Spiritual Director Michael Bernard Beckwith at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa,2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad. For tickets, visit brightstarevents.net

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New Village Arts presents ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’ a celebration of Wine & Song with Jack Tempchin at 8 p.m.Nov.9.General admission $25 and on-stage seating is $30. Tickets at newvillagearts.org or by calling or visiting the New Village Arts Box Office at (760) 433-3245 or at 2787 State St., Carlsbad.

Guitar throwdown The Encinitas Guitar Club has set down the challenge.There is a $50 reward for the musician who can, with Boogie or Fast Shuffle,“objectively and conclusively outplay” Paul, the Main Street Guitar

MARK THE DATE Classic on stage San Dieguito Academy presents “You Can’t Take It With You,” by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart at 7 p.m. Nov. 14, Nov. 15 and Nov. 16 in the


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A RTS &ENTERTAINMENT Producer heads overseas to bring ‘Art of War’ to TV screens THROUGH Send your arts & entertainment news to arts@thecoastnews.com

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THE LOOKING GLASS Christine Parker found herself at a crossroads and opted to follow the path of music By Tony Cagala

CARLSBAD — Sitting on a park bench and a guitar at her feet, singer and songwriter Christine Parker is about as far away from her previous profession as she could be. The Fallbrook native, and now Carlsbad resident, has gone from working as a therapist in community counseling clinics in the Midwest, to taking to the stages of San Diego’s concert venues. “I didn’t feel like it (music) was a viable career option,” she said. But prompted by friends who would question why she wasn’t pursuing music, when it seemed she was the happiest when performing, Parker started to listen. While living in Missouri, she started playing shows on the side, began writing more songs and, she said, ultimately came to a crossroads. She realized that it was time to return to California to pursue her music. The first goal she set for herself was to record a fulllength album. She launched a kickstarter campaign to help fund the record.“It was really nerve-wracking,” she said. “I think, probably any artist has a fair amount of both hope and self-doubt or fear.And so, I know when I first posted it…that I had the thought, ‘Well, maybe this will actually work.’ But at the same time I was like, ‘Oh, God, this isn’t going to work.’ The funding started to come in waves, she said. Over the first three or four days, a few thousand dollars came in, and then there was a lull.And then there was another wave, and another lull. Having raised more than $9,000 she was able to record “Looking Glass,” an 11-track album of songs that she had written over a span of more than 10 years. With the album recently released (it’s available on iTunes and amazon.com) and her first goal completed, Parker is already lining up her next — to play the Belly Up. Did living in Missouri help influence your music? I think I’m probably more shaped by my influ-

Fallbrook native and now Carlsbad resident Christine Parker released her first full-length solo album, “Looking Glass,” with the help of friends and a kickstarter campaign. Photo by Greg Harlow

ences than the geography. Who are some of your influences? All the way back in high school, it was people like Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant, people like Pearl Jam. They’re a little heavier than what I play, but more currently, people like Brandi Carlile, people like Sara Bareilles. How would you describe the sound of “Looking Glass?” Someone told me I sound like a female version of Jason Mraz…but as far as nailing down a sound for this album it’s a bit tricky…All of the songs are pretty different…There’s songs that have a very kind of jazz combo feel, and there’s a couple on there that are very bluegrassy, folk-ish. There’s a couple that are a little more rockin’…There’s a couple of ballads on there. I guess my hope would be that there’s something on there for everybody. Does the title of the album have a special meaning for you? Yeah. So the title of it is “Looking Glass,” and I knew the songs all tied together somehow. I had a hard time

kind of articulating it for a while, but I finally figured it out or what it was. Each of the songs I wrote in a really different season of my life, and I can hear the songs played back to me or be singing it, and it transports me back to the moments I was writing about. It kind of serves to me as a mirror back to a certain time.To me, it’s the same person looking in the mirror for each song, but it’s a different reflection mirrored back to me. Is it true that you’ve got perfect pitch? Yeah. (My parents) picked up on, I guess, that music came naturally to me. But actually, I didn’t know that perfect pitch was a thing. I didn’t know that that was something special. I thought everyone could do it. Can you say that it’s helped you to create your music? Sure. (For) some people, math comes easy; it just feels like something you’ve always known, or building a table. Some people are really good at that and they just know kind of intuitively how to do it.And I think I’ve just always felt that way about music; it’s just kind of like a language, I already knew sort of inside.

In 525 B.C., renowned Chinese military commander Sun Tzu penned “The Art of War,” a military treatise that describes the nature of warfare in painstaking detail. Despite the long-lasting influence of both the author and his text, however, Western civilization has never honored the legacy of either, be that as a television series or even a film. But when 2014 comes, those years of silence will finally be broken, because Michel Shane (“Catch Me If You Can,” “I, Robot”) will take on the responsibility of bringing the iconic masterpiece, as well as the man who wrote it, to life. Shane, a prominent independent producer and cofounder of Hand Picked Films, had read the book in university as well as other renditions of it when he was just starting up his production company. It occurred to him that, during a trip to Shanghai while the World’s Fair was still ongoing, delving into Tzu and “The Art of War” would be the perfect project to tackle next. Much to his surprise, no Western adaptation had ever been made before, which further cemented his eagerness to jump at the opportunity. When he pitched the idea of turning

Michel Shane, independent producer and co-founder of Hand Picked Films. Courtesy photo

“The Art of War” into an epic television series to Japan through Flamingo Pictures, they responded with enthusiasm. Apparently, both samurai culture and Sun Tzu’s book share many similarities. “They (Flamingo Pictures) took the initiative to find Chinese partners and enter negotiations with them,” Shane said. “I felt that two Asian cultures would negotiate much better than the ‘ugly American’ coming in to discuss how it should be done when our thought processes are completely different from theirs.” For those unaware of the

source material, “The Art of War” contains 13 chapters— each of which examines a specific aspect of warfare. Because of the chapters’ thematic complexity, Shane intends to break down their individual philosophies and divide them into multiple episodes, which make for, as he stated, “hundreds of hours of TV that could very easily be put together.” This approach will enable the project to tell Sun Tzu’s story, and therefore construct China as it was in 525 B.C. and the experiences that compelled him to create “The Art of War.” Along with leading player Flamingo Pictures and Taro Maki, founder of anime studio Genco, Inc., the People’s Republic of China has set up a government board to oversee the production, and various internationally acclaimed directors will be called in to direct each episode. From what Shane understands, this co-production is designed to “make sure we’re telling the story in a thoughtful manner.” “They’re not telling us how to shoot this,” he continued, “and they’re not telling us what we can do. All they’re doing is allowing us to shoot there, to review scripts to make TURN TO ART OF WAR ON A21


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Clockwise from top: Ricky Burritt dresses as dracula. Former Padres pitcher Heath Bell takes the mound against several Miracle League players. From left: Ann Johnson, John Afshari and Roland Johnson

take part in a jam session.

The Miracle League of San Diego hosts it’s 4th annual Celebrity Pitcher Day on Oct. 23 at the Engel Family Field in Del Mar. The Miracle League of San Diego provides children with special needs the opportunity to play baseball in an organized league. Miracle League players will have the rare opportunity to come face to face with some of their favorite Major Leaguer players. Above: Volunteer Brian Pieper pushes Aiden Bullington around the bases after a base hit. Photos by Tony Cagala

Welcome to the Hall: This Chargers team has a nice ring to it Jay Paris Bambi was talking about a snake and you sure this column is heading toward football? “This rattler was six, seven feet long,’’ Bambi said. Bambi, of course, is Chargers legend Lance

Alworth. The finest player to run pattens in lightning bolts was talking about animals and tumble weeds, and you’re positive we’re pointed in the right direction? The tale’s backdrop is the unforgiving landscape of Boulevard, where the 1963 Chargers held training camp. It was as desolate as it was dry, with the desert critters regularly converging on the Chargers’ oasis of a grid iron. “We had to quit watering

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the field at night because all the animals would come to get water,’’ Alworth said. “It was the only place within 10 miles.’’ So snakes were plentiful, and we’re not talking about the Raiders’ Kenny Stabler. The players, being players, would teased each other with the sidewinders, which produced the high jinks about which every camp revolves around. But coach Sid Gillman’s patience with the shenanigans was reached. When the fellas were huddled around the camp’s largest snake — which had been ran over, killed and slung around — Gillman blew a fuse. “He was really mad and angry,’’ Alworth said. “Who did this?’’ Sir Sid yelled, looking for a guilty

party to discipline. “We all said, ‘Tobin Rote,’’’ Alworth said. “Oh, well Tobin that is a really big snake,’’ Gillman purred. “He totally dismissed everything because it was Tobin,’’ Alworth said, laughing again how the iconic coach reversed field. Memories were plentiful when the Chargers announced that 1963 AFL championship team will be inducted into their ring of honor on Dec. 1. Starting then, Chargers home games will include a banner saluting the only squad in franchise history to win a league title. Rote was the standout quarterback, which made Gillman look the other way regarding the snake. Rote was among the players whose

names roll off Chargers fans tongues, each coming with a visualization of excellence: Hall of Fame tackle Ron Mix, running backs Paul Lowe and Keith Lincoln, linebacker Chuck Allen, and Alworth, another Bolt with a bust in Canton, Ohio. “The receiving was average,’’ Alworth dead-panned in his Southern drawl. “But we had a great football team.’’ The Chargers rolled to a 11-3 mark. They advanced to the AFL title game against the Boston Patriots, but it came with pain. In 1960 and ‘61, the Chargers lost to the Houston Oilers at a similar juncture. Not this time before 30,127 at Balboa Stadium as the Patriots were crushed, 5110, and we can still smell minority owner George Pernicano’s victory cigar. “I didn’t realize until I had played for eight, nine years and was on the (Super Bowl VI) championship team in Dallas how talented this team was,’’ said Alworth, 73, a longtime Del Mar resident. ”We had one of the best teams that was ever assembled and I just feel very privileged to be part of it.’’ The NFL champion Chicago Bears wanted no part of the Chargers. At least that’s how the story goes about them declining an invitation to play. “I’m sorry there wasn’t a Super Bowl,’’ Alworth said. “We might have brought one of those home.’’ What those ‘63 memories

do bring up are misty eyes and halting voices. Alworth became emotional reflecting on his dear pals, some living, some not. “It’s just a great thing for everybody,’’ Alworth said in anticipating the halftime ceremony. “We’ll all have a little nostalgia and maybe shed a few tears, which is what I almost do when I think about them because they were all good guys. “Some of them, they went early. Or maybe I’m staying late.’’ Fifty years is a long time. But it doesn’t diminish the accomplishment and what that team meant to a fledging league and a skeptical San Diego. “At the time the Chargers were not as large a part of the city as they are now,’’ Alworth said. “We were just beginning to be accepted and that really helped us. They were trying to build a new stadium so that generated a lot of publicity and good feeling.’’ My how the times haven’t changed. A stadium push, huh? ”That is so funny,’’ Alworth said, “and true.’’ Just like those snake stories from Boulevard. Jay Paris can be heard talking Chargers football on 1090 AM on Monday and Friday mornings. He’s also the Wednesday morning cohost of “Hacksaw and Company.” He can be reached at jparis8@aol.com and followed on Twitter @jparis_sports.


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Getting to know these Cardiff ‘royals’ IRENE KRATZER A Place To Call Home t was a bit blustery with the threat of rain the morning when, with Seaside Market coffee in hand, I joined the table of Jim Schuck, Gene Sarenana, Jeff Taylor and Jeremy Spencer; this group, with several others, gathers almost daily to start their day after their morning walks. Jim came from Los Angeles after living in Northern California and Las Vegas. His parents had retired; he got a job with the county of San Diego, had a friend in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, and so settled here. After his daily morning walks, he met Jeff Taylor and dog pal Ulu Wato having coffee. Conversations started and it became a morning

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Overcoming irritation in your running routine (BPT) — Many men run to stay in shape or alleviate stress, but running can come with its own set of physical and mental irritations. To show all men that they can eliminate these everyday irritations, New York Road Runner’s running coach John Honerkamp gives pointers on what it takes to reach the finish line, while “anti-irritation coach,” John McEnroe, arms them with tips derived from his own personal triumph over irritation. Whether you are training for a marathon or just enjoy getting out on the track occasionally, incorporating a few tips from these experts can help you navigate your running routine without any interference: 1: Hydrate early. Dehydration takes a toll on your physical performance, causing nagging muscle cramps, dry mouth and fatigue. Honerkamp recommends drinking eight to 10 glasses of water every day to ensure you are comfortable and well-hydrated throughout your workout. In addition to water, your body needs electrolytes to retain fluids, so Honerkamp suggests having a sport drink close by. “If you are doing endurance activities, make sure you are properly fueling your body.”

You should also keep in mind that your body temperature will change throughout your workout and ensure you layer with clothing that keeps you comfortable before, during and after your training. 3: Eliminate distractions. McEnroe, an athlete whose history of irritation is well-documented, believes many everyday irritants are preventable. There are a lot of potential irritations on any given day, and you have to minimize these distractions. For example, many people know that basic headphones constantly fall out while you are on the move and can be incredibly frustrating. Instead of buying a new pair, try wrapping the cord around the top of your ear instead of letting it fall straight down. Another distraction can be underarm irritation.

4: Make stretching routine. It is critical to take care of your muscles, before and after exercise, to avoid injuries and excessive soreness. When properly incorporated into a fitness regimen, stretching can also prove to improve muscle activity and help your body recover more quickly. Honerkamp also recommends icing muscles to reduce inflammation after 2: Prepare-for any type particularly vigorous workof weather. While you strive outs. towards your fitness goal, do 5: Chart your progress. not let the weather stand in your way. Make sure you McEnroe believes setting check the hourly forecast goals is important to staying before your daily workout motivated. Decide what to and carefully plan your focus on during training wardrobe to account for any each week and evaluate fluctuating temperatures or your progress along the way. weather patterns. When you see how much you Honerkamp says,“As long as improve and how good you you are equipped with the feel over time, you will want proper clothing, even rainy to continue the regimen to day runs can be a lot of fun.” stay in great shape.

habit to meet and discuss life. Jim, together with Jeff’s help, worked with the Friends of the Library and put together a wonderful display of historical pictures for the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Centennial in 2011. The pictures can be enjoyed at the Pacific Coast Home office in the Towne Center. Gene, who turned 90 in October enjoyed the center stop after his morning walk because it was a half-way point, and after he started talking to Jeff he realized that they knew a lot of the same people. Gene grew up in the San Fernando Valley and was called “Lucky” when he didn’t get drafted for World War II because of a heart problem. His parents retired, moved to Encinitas and he was thinking of marriage so found the home, where he still lives, showed it to his bride-to-be and told her they could either have a big wedding or get the house. The house won. Jeff Taylor is a Cardiff-

by-the-Sea native, retired from SDG&E, and in their talks discovered that he and Gene’s son had gone to school together. Jeff inherited Ulu Wato and the two used to walk to the center. But since Ulu Wato turned 15, Jeff drives him down now. Jeremy came here for the second time in 2011 from Sydney, Australia. They first settled in Del Mar but said Cardiff-by-the-Sea is like Sydney with the lagoon and easy beach access. He was unemployed and in his morning walks with his son, stopped by Cardiff Seaside Market for coffee and met Jim, Gene and Jeff. Gene says that since meetings with the others started four years ago he has a new outlook on life. They are able to have stimulating dialogue, share ideas, talk about history — and he realizes that his name Lucky meant exactly that. Jim Hoffman, a frequent coffee drinker, stopped on the way to the gym to say “Hi” and report on his agenda

for the day. This group has had several names bestowed on them; “Cardiff Royals,” and one they chose themselves, “The Insultants,” since no one listened when they tried to consult, but I prefer the one Marc Kratzer chose: “Gentlemenby-the-Sea.” When next you visit the market, say, “Hi,” to this happy gathering. You’ll recognize them by the little black dog. It was a pleasure to be in the crowd when Pete and John Najjar, of Cardiff Seaside Market, received a proclamation from the city for their many contributions to this community. Thanks to Cardiff 101 MainStreet, Cardiff Schools, San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, Friends of the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library and Cardiff Town Council for information on the many acts of generosity shown to their organizations through the years. Cardiff Seaside Market is indeed the jewel of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, the place we lovingly call home.

MiraCosta drops fees for high school students COAST CITIES — High school students taking college courses at MiraCosta College will no longer have to pay enrollment fees, thanks to a change in policy approved by MiraCosta College trustees at its Oct. 22 meeting. The change comes a little more than a month after MiraCosta College signed an agreement to offer collegecredit courses at Carlsbad’s newly opened Sage Creek High School. At the time, MiraCosta College agreed to waive enrollment fees for all concurrently enrolled Carlsbad Unified students taking MiraCosta College credit courses, whether at Sage Creek High School, the college’s campuses in Oceanside and Cardiff, or online. The board’s action extends this to all concurrently enrolled high school students who are enrolled in less than 12 units at MiraCosta College. The high school students will still have to pay for books and supplies, in addition to parking and other fees. This semester, there are approximately 175 concurrently enrolled students taking classes at MiraCosta College, a high number of them from Canyon Crest Academy and Carlsbad High School. With the recent agreement to have college courses at Carlsbad’s Sage Creek High School, the district is expecting a boost in that number. “This is great news for local high school students and their parents,” said MiraCosta College Superintendent/President Francisco Rodriguez. “It removes a substantial financial barrier while giving them a chance to earn col-

lege credit, get a taste of college life and inspire them to continue their education.” The MiraCosta Community College District’s board of trustees

made the move in a unanimous vote. “While the fiscal impact of waiving fees for concurrently enrolled students is estimated at $100,000, is an

incredible service to the community, and a very effective recruitment tool for the college in the long run,” said a report presented at the governing board meeting.


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MATCH program launches COAST CITIES — The Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego, in partnership with the Leichtag Foundation, has launched the North County Coastal MATCH program aimed at building and promoting Jewish life in this region. The MATCH program will benefit established and budding programs, including educational, social, cultural and synagogue activities as well as Jewish day school education, camping and human services. North County Coastal residents living north of Via de la Valle and west of Interstate 15, including Rancho Santa Fe, open a new, donor-advised fund at the Jewish Community

Foundation by Dec. 31, 2013 will qualify for the program. Through this opportunity, the donor’s first grant to a North County Coastal Jewish program will be matched by a grant from the foundation. Matching grants will be up to 10 percent of the new fund’s initial balance with a $1,000 maximum. Donors can connect with their peers who share their interests, priorities and passions in order to leverage the impact of their giving. For more information about donor advised funds and the MATCH program, contact Darren Schwartz, philanthropy officer, at darren@jcfsandiego.org or (858) 279-2740.

HELPING HANDS Meet “Mary,” in the middle. Team Shoebacca riders came upon her walking her bicycle, three miles away from the finish line, at the Bay to Bay Bike MS event Oct. 20, because her legs were too cramped to pedal any longer. She explained that she suffers from MS but was determined to finish no matter how long it took. Dee Folse, of Team Shoebacca, said the day’s finish line was at the Sheraton in Carlsbad, uphill, but “she was not going to have to walk to the finish on our watch. We only wish we had come upon her sooner. What a great group of people I get to ride next to.” Courtesy photo


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sure they’re historically correct. But the series will be shot in China, post-produced in America, and delivered from here.” At the end of the day, for both him and his international collaborators, it’s all about creating the right result with the right management. And with three nations cooperating to create a media adaptation of the story of a man and his legacy, there is great potential to be discovered. What makes “The Art of War” such a timeless masterpiece of civilization is its ability to apply itself in fields not

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mostly on the Republican side, who have said they like the idea. Cox was quick to add it’s because they have no choice. “They’re out of power; they’re in the minority.” Cox added that he’s tried talking to some Democrats, but that they weren’t interested in talking with him. “They’re in control; they’re in power.” Most of those in politics that favor the move come from San Diego progressives that Cox has been talking to. Cox said that if this were to happen this would be an, “unprecedented transfer of power.” But Cox said the state’s Attorney General accepting the initiative doesn’t mean a whole lot at this point.

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Mar area where they raised their two daughters. Linton gained further inspiration for her paintings by visiting New York City’s art museums and galleries during the decade they owned a second home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Linton describes her artistic process, “I like using mixed media to create works that are one of a kind and evolve as I’m creating and layering them. Paints can be transparent or opaque… Textures and objects can create patterns and design elements. There is no expectation, but then later there is a feeling of satisfaction when I’ve decided that the outcome is successful. I enjoy the complete process, from unwrapping a fresh canvas, to applying the materials, to finally attaching the hanging wire.” Harkening back to her education as a designer of interior spaces, Linton says of

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NOV. 1, 2013 necessarily related to the military, such as sports, business, legal, and even academia. Shane has known this for years, and he hopes to convey the book’s versatility through this project. “It’s really looking at this man’s philosophy and how it’s applied to life. It is an action drama, it is about conquering and success and understanding,”he acknowledged.“But at the same time, it’s not just about blood and gore and who’s going to win. And hopefully, the television series will come off to be able to apply the theories we look at through the seasons of the show so it’s relatable to everyone.” As with any project of such scope and importance,

Shane looks forward to seeing people cultivate a newfound appreciation for Chinese culture, not to mention encouraging them to think as a direct result of this TV series. “I’m not looking to change the world with a TV series, that’s for sure,” he said. “But I am looking to create thought and passion from the show.” Filming for “The Art of War” will begin in July 2014, with principal photography taking place in various historical locations throughout China. After centuries of confinement to the pages of an influential book, the story of Sun Tzu and his legacy will at long last be seen in a visual form for viewers everywhere.

“Anybody can do that,” he to community groups, including Chambers of Commerce, said. What Cox is proud of is Rotary Clubs and others. And what are some of the that the group now has 14 paid staff employees on the ground objections people raise? Cox said that he hears across the state working to increase awareness for the from people all the time asking how they’re going to get this reform act. What the group is doing done when the people who are now is seeking to establish a in power have a lot of money. His answer to them: once base of support. Their goal by the end of the Neighborhood Legislature the year, Cox said, is to have has a wave of 10,000 to 12,000 10,000 to 12,000 people sign a people coming at them, politilist, saying they are interested cians can spend money until in becoming a “citizen legisla- the cows come home. “The reason this will win tor.” The list they have so far is is because people will respond when somebody from their at 4,000 people, Cox said. “Every speech we give, we neighborhood comes knocking pick up about 10 or 15 people,” on their door.” Awareness remains the he said. Between now and the end of the year, Cox said the group’s priority now. If people are just learning Neighborhood Legislature has about it at the polling place in 25 speeches already set up. The group tends to speak November, they’ll lose, he said. Mar Resort will spice up your night with Rum & Rhythm Nov. 7 starting at 7 p.m. Live Salsa music, premium rums, hand rolled cigars and a special tapas menu make the night. No cover charge. RSVP is requested at (858) 314-1996. Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas has a Zin and Blend event, Fri. Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. Call for names at (760) 479-2500. Cougar and Frangipani Wineries are partnering for

the Dia De Paella benefit event Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy Paella tasting, a grape stomp and live music, as well as lots of wine tasting. $75. Call (951) 491-0825.

her recent paintings, “My mission is to not merely fill a space on a wall, but to make living and working environments reflect the people who dwell in them. Their art should relax them, motivate them, or make them feel passionate about their lives and experiences.” Believing in the adage “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” Linton gives new life to discarded items as she often incorporates found objects into her paintings. She enjoys perusing flea markets and antique shops for unusual components to incorporate into her assemblage jewelry available at the Del Mar Art Center, while also maintaining a trove of treasures at The Antique Warehouse on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. In addition to being regularly displayed at Del Mar Art Center, Linton’s paintings have been exhibited in many regional galleries including the San Diego Art Institute, San Diego Women

Artists, and Off Track Gallery. Her work is scheduled to be exhibited at the Encinitas Civic Center during 2014. Through the end of December, Linton’s abstract paintings are on display in “Extempore,” a group exhibit at L Street Fine Art Gallery. The show features four additional North County artists including Victoria Bearden, Roger Chandler, Sean Keany, and Sheryl Tempchin, with an opening reception to be held Nov. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. L Street Fine Art is at 628 L Street, San Diego. For more information about Pamela Fox Linton, visit her website at pamelafoxlinton.com.

Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. His library can be viewed at www.tasteofwinetv.com. (Average Google certified 900 visits per day) He is one of the top five wine commentators on the Web. Reach him at mangiompc@aol.com.

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.

LESSON IN ANIMALS Sinjin Ledbetter, left, and Ben Lazerson, middle school students at Rancho Encinitas Academy, took part in the Kids’ Community Service program at Rancho Coastal Humane Society, which teaches middle school and high school students about the shelter and the community and animals around us. Courtesy photo

Angel Faces hosts retreat to heal CARLSBAD — Angel Faces held its first retreat for young women with severe burn and trauma injuries. More than a dozen wounded young women who have been to the Angels in Formation retreats, gathered in Carlsbad Oct. 24 through Oct. 28 to learn leadership skills. Most of the young women have been severely burned and while they are lucky to have survived, these courageous young women have known extreme pain. With the help of the Angel Faces organization, they have learned to handle rejec-

tion, unwanted stares, and have gained new tools to overcome challenges and create the life they want. This new Angels in Evolution retreat will help the women to “pay it forward” through mentorship and leadership skills. The young women have been involved in car crashes, house fires, school chemistry experiments, bonfires and gas explosions. While their stories are different, the girls attending the Angel Faces retreat shared issues that arise from their physical and emotional scars. It helps to have a mentor,

someone who has been in their shoes and understands the issues they must deal with. The new retreat is headed by Susan Fowler, an author and speaker on personal empowerment and leadership. Angel Faces began out of Lesia Cartelli’s own pain. Her desire to heal from a serious burn injury to more than 50 percent of her face and body at the age of 9 in a natural gas explosion, encouraged her to create the program for adolescent girls who suffer similar disfiguring burns and other traumatic injuries. For more information, visit angelfacesretreat.org.

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defense attorney, put forth that Michael, jealous of his sister’s popularity, had killed his sister in a planned attack with the help of his two friends, Joshua Treadway and Aaron Houser. In his opening statements, Patton portrayed Michael as an introverted teenager who wore all black, earned poor grades and hid in his room to play violent video games. He said that Michael was jealous of his younger sister, who was social and earned top marks. Patton stated that he would present evidence that the knife police had found underneath Treadway’s bed, which belonged to Houser, matched Stephanie’s stab wounds. Patton asserted that Tuite’s shirt had been contaminated with traces of Stephanie’s blood when the police used the same camera on a tripod that had been at

the crime scene uncovered to photograph Tuite’s clothing. Escondido Police initially focused their investigation on Michael and his two friends, and obtained confessions after lengthy interrogations. The three were indicted for the murder months later, but the case was dismissed in February 1999. The Crowe’s recently won a lawsuit against law enforcement that investigated Michael to have Michael’s name officially cleared. Last year, a panel of three judges of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that Tuite’s original trial, which began in 2002, was unjust. The panel cited a letter that was withheld from the jury as the basis for their decision. Judge Frederic Link is presiding over the trial, and said the trial is anticipated to last approximately six weeks.

in Laguna Nigel, Calif., where it was slated for an opening bid of $44,000. Rodriguez said the man who owned the ring resides in Palm Springs. He obtained it in 2001 and had “fallen on hard times,” prompting the sale. The former owner of the ring and two others who worked to sell it face felony charges of misappropriation of stolen property. However, arrests have not been made. The case has been submitted to the District Attorney’s Office. “We’re going to have them review it before we make an moves,” Rodriguez said. Alworth played nine

seasons with the San Diego Chargers from 1962 to 1970. He later played two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, where he earned the ring after the team won Super Bowl VI. As for the ring’s condition, Alworth commented that it’s still “beautiful.” Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Rodriguez at (760) 966-3504 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. You can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. At the end of the press conference, Alworth shut the jewelry box housing the ring and remarked, “case closed.”

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that his “obsessive, ragefilled, delusional behavior” led Tuite to break into the Crowe home and kill Stephanie as her family slept. Police arrested Tuite the day after Stephanie’s death, and collected his clothing, took his photo, and collected hair samples and fingernail scrapings. They released Tuite that same day. The police’s original examination of Tuite’s clothing found no trace of Stephanie’s blood, though subsequent retesting of his clothing found traces of her blood on his red shirt, according to court documents. Butler stated that she would be presenting evidence revealing the bloodstains found on Tuite’s clothing during the trial. Bradley Patton, Tuite’s

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baseball signed by Babe Ruth. However, thieves broke into the restaurant one night and swiped the memorabilia. A construction worker accidentally disabled the restaurant’s alarm, according to Sheriff’s Detective Jaime Rodriguez. In September, Alworth got several calls from an unknown woman demanding $40,000 for the ring. He approached detectives at the Encinitas Sheriff’s substation and they launched an investigation. Ultimately, the ring was located at an auction house


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By Bernice Bede Osol

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FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves

THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom

BIG NATE by Lincoln Peirce

MONTY by Jim Meddick

ARLO & JANIS by Jimmy Johnson

THE GRIZZWELLS by Bill Schorr

ALLEY OOP by Jack & Carole Bender

Looking back will allow you to make the most of what’s to come this year. Use your experience to uncover new possibilities. Set a standard that will give your friends and colleagues something to aspire to, and your reputation will get a boost. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Mixing business with pleasure will be beneficial. Setting up interviews or sending out your resume will lead to greater prosperity. Give a friendly nudge to someone if it will get you ahead. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — The things you do for others will make a big difference. Call in favors and discuss plans that include adventure, excitement and travel. You will obtain valuable information and firm up future plans. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — You will master something that you’ve been working on. Expect to receive the goahead for a project. Travel will lead to unexpected delays and an emotionally fraught situation. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Listen to what people are telling you and follow rules or directions explicitly. With a couple of last-minute changes, you will please someone who is counting on you. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Don’t stop or look back. Take what you know

and make it work for you. You’ll leave a good impression on others, and your uncanny timing will make others take note. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Erratic behavior and emotional outbursts can be expected if you fail to rein in your spending. Beware of extravagance and keep life simple. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Do whatever it takes to improve an important relationship. Taking a small vacation or making enlivening changes to your home will help. Focus on small things that bring great enjoyment. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Do something that interests you today. Meeting people and sharing stories and ideas will give you a boost and help you turn an uncertain situation around. Make your move and stick to it. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Socialize, entertain and plan to do something exciting. Taking part in a new experience will bring you joy and encourage you to take positive action to improve your life. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — You should pay attention to romance, love and domestic harmony today. A change may be required, and you’ll have the courage to make it. Confidence will be called for, so make sure you have it. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Take a trip to a place that inspires you. Mingling with people you can learn from will lead to an interesting destination. You can make a difference and find a solution. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — You may have to give up one thing in order to get another. Base your decision on end results, not immediate gratification. A trendy new look will attract compliments.


Creative scout earns silver ENCINITAS — For her Girl Scout Silver Award project, Kenna Shadel has gathered more than 90 costumes, which she donated to the Head Start preschool in Leucadia. The Girl Scout Silver Award — the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn — gives scouts the chance to grow as leaders while improving their com-

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munities. Shadel has worked for the past year collecting the costumes, hoping to give every child at the preschool the opportunity the fun of make-believe dressing up. The assistance of other Encinitas Girl Scout Troops, along with a donation drive held at her school, Rancho Encinitas Academy, helped her reach her goal.

She spent many hours making sure that the collected costumes were in perfect condition for the Head Start children. Her project has provided the children with a creative activity while helping to repurpose unused resources. Shadel plans to continue the project in the years to come. Should you have a costume you would like to donate for next year’s drive, contact Kenna at guppyshop@cox.net.

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But even before that ribboncutting ceremony, residents wanted to know when they could again use the facility for wedding receptions, birthday parties and other celebrations. Those living near the facility — some new and others who remembered issues from three decades earlier — set out to avoid repeating history. They worked with city officials and community members who wanted to use the facility for weekend celebrations — many of them donors to the $370,000 renovation effort — to work out a compromise. Most issues were resolved except alcohol consumption, which isn’t allowed at any city facility. Council members were set to make the final decision in June but when it was obvious there wouldn’t be consensus, they tabled the discussion. That prompted a group of residents to gather signatures for a citizen initiative so voters could decide what events could take place at the center. In August City Council adopted a 14-month trial use policy, but those behind the initiative said it was too restrictive. At that point they had collected enough signatures to qualify the initiative. According to election laws, they had six months to turn it in but they submitted it in August. Had they waited a week or so, the initiative could have been added to the primary election in June. The decision to turn it in early will cost the city more than $200,000 for a special election. The group, known as Friends of Fletcher Cove Community Center, then sent a mailer to residents urging them to contact City Council members and tell them to adopt the initiative rather than hold a special election. “The decision to hold a special election is entirely up to the City Council,” the mailer states. That comment angered council members, who shared their opinions at the Oct. 9 meeting. “Tom Golich, Jim Nelson and Mary Jane Boyd and a lot of other people who are afraid to identify themselves … decided to put forth an initiative,” said Councilman Tom Campbell, who admittedly is not one to hold back his opinions. “These initiative sponsors and their financial backers decided to play Washington-style politics,” Campbell said. “They adopted tactics that projected deceit, lies, misinformation and intimidation. They hired a high-priced San Francisco lawyer and … even sent this misleading mailer out and they haven’t disclosed who’s paid for it. It just makes you wonder. “The initiative sponsors and their financial backers and their paid representatives told the Solana Beach citizens and voters that by signing the petition the mat-

ter would go to a vote of the people,” he added. “They didn’t bother to tell the citizens and the voters that the cost of a special election would be at least $200,000. “The Friends of the Fletcher Cove Community center had up to six months to turn in their signed petitions but they did so early and they did it on purpose,” added Campbell, who never supported alcohol consumption at the site. “They clearly did this on purpose and they knew what they were doing. “They wanted to try to place the responsibility of the cost of this election on the shoulders of the City Council, when in fact it’s their responsibility. … Perhaps the founders, Mr. Golich, Mr. Nelson and Miss Mary Jane Boyd and some donors like Mr. (Peter) House and Mrs. (Carol) Childs and the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society will belly up and pay for the special election but we know that that’s not going to happen. “This initiative, in my opinion, is a very bad law because it can only be modified by a public vote,” Campbell continued. “There will be problems. The present and future councils will not be able to fix these problems. We’ll have to try to figure out how to take this to a vote. That is ridiculous. If this initiative becomes law, watch out because the next time another group of NIMBY friends come up with a wild proposal it could impact your neighborhood due to the foolish acts of these crazy folks.” “This is a really disturbing situation,” said Councilman Peter Zahn, who supported alcohol consumption during a limited trail period. He said the initiative proponents “wanted a special election … and now obviously the campaign has changed.” “It’s really about now saying, ‘We don’t really want a special election but we want to paint the … City Council as being responsible for forcing this,’” he said. “I think it’s a brilliant campaign but brilliance doesn’t mean good and for the good of the city all the time. I’m really disturbed by this and I’m wondering what their intentions really were.” “The history is really a history of deception on the part of the proponents of the initiative,” said Councilwoman Lesa Heebner, who also supported a trial period with alcohol allowed. “I am thoroughly disgusted with them.” Heebner said people who contacted her had no idea “they were being used as pawns in a political game.” “There are people who are … political vultures, people who want power in this area,” she said. “One of them is Mary Jane Boyd. “Marion Dodson, you were voted out of office in 2000,” Heebner said. “It’s been 13 years. You talk about ‘Not in my backyard.’ You’re backyard’s in Rancho Santa Fe. You grace us with your presence, wagging your

fingers at us often … but this is getting a little bit far. And the other person whose money might be used in this, it’s just a game for him. “So those people want political power and they are co-opting the wonderful warm memories that a lot of people in this community, many people who are a little bit older, have had of Fletcher Cove Community Center,” Heebner said. “Those people had lovely, lovely parties there and … they want to see that happen again. “And they really truly believe that they want just the policy changed,” she added. “But they have been co-opted and led by the noses by these individuals who are wanting political power back. It’s as simple as that, folks. “It has nothing to do with really the policy of Fletcher Cove Community Center. It has to do with political power here in our fine little city,” Heebner said. “We’re being blackmailed … so I’ve had it with you all. I’m really am disappointed.” Those comments prompted former Mayor Celine Olson to ask Heebner and Campbell at the Oct. 23 meeting to apologize to the “people they publicly humiliated” and “to all who believe in our constitutional right to petition government.” Olson, 88, said the council members acted “rudely.” In response, Heebner said she stands behind “everything I said.” She said council members give up a lot of personal and financial privacy. “What you don’t give up is your First Amendment rights,” she said. “I believe very strongly in what I said. I expressed my opinion. I stand by it. I would say it again. And I might even add a few things.” The city attorney said council members have a right to express their opinions. “There were some allegations of defamation or slander,” City Attorney Johanna Canlas said. “Council members actually have an absolute privilege under the civil code that says that you are not to be prosecuted and you are immune from prosecution for that kind of slanderous alleged slander statement because … you’re voicing your opinion and you are not to be curtailed in expressing your opinion that is before you as part of your legislative function.” Boyd said her group didn’t do the math when trying to figure out when to turn in the initiative. “The people I worked with did not do that,” she said. “We learned about all of this as we moved forward.” She also said events at the community center will be governed by state and local laws that cover noise, traffic and alcohol use. Council members at the Oct. 9 meeting ordered a report on the impacts of the initiative. They must adopt the initiative or order a special election before Nov. 8.


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I’m so vein I had blood drawn this morning. They filled nine vials. Nine! If I felt a little lightheaded, it was from disgruntlement, not from blood loss. Let me quickly say that I am not even ill. All I am is aging. Having my general lab tests require nine vials really rubbed my nose in that. I was not amused. I have a real love/hate relationship with the needlenurses in the lab. While I have never been fond of needles, I was born with the fat, ropey veins every nurse swoons over. My selfesteem always gets a little boost when I pull up my sleeve and their eyes get big. I almost always get an “Oooh!” of appreciation when I bare my beautiful, big basilic vein. I nod graciously. These same veins make my hands look like those of a grizzled crone, but they always get rave reviews from anyone with a needle in their hand. My veins go largely to waste, unfortunately. I’d give blood like a champ but the Red Cross is so fussy about iron levels.Tsk. I suppose it would be tacky to have the recipient of my blood suddenly need afternoon naps. I also like to think I would be wildly popular with vampires. Talk about hip. That could kick up my street cred up a notch and we all know how important that is. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer with major highways under her skin. Contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com.

Train collector’s hobby hasn’t lost any steam By Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — Today, it’s mostly the Coaster and Sprinter trains that roar up and down North County rail road tracks. Sometimes a large locomotive with a seemingly endless trail of cars behind it rumbles through with captivating force. That captivating force plowed into Bob Shultz in a little, but big way. Schultz was a real estate broker in North County for about 30 years before retiring and settling in Cardiff. In his retirement, his home has since been turned into a repair shop/train yard with running train sets and about 1,000 models he’s collected over the past three years. “I keep what I like,” he said.The rest he restores or trades, or gives them away to kids in the community. His father introduced him to trains in 1952, when he was given a Lionel train set as a 7-year-old. They would set up the train in their basement during Christmas time, he said. Schultz got away from the train sets as he grew older, married and worked, but after retiring he wanted to introduce trains to his grandson. He ran an ad — a two line classified in a local newspaper: “Buying trains/ Call Bob.” The calls came in. A lot of the trains he gets called to go and get are in junk boxes, or in rough condition. But he said, “You kiss enough frogs — I buy them all and then I TURN TO TRAINS ON B12

Cardiff resident Bob Schutlz has amassed about 1,000 model trains since he began collecting them three years ago. The retired real estate broker buys, sells, repairs and gives away train sets. Photo by Tony Cagala

Stroke victim pays it forward City OKs zoning change for homeless By Bianca Kaplanek

COAST CITIES — As a volunteer patient advocate at Tri-City Medical Center, Aimeeleigh Coulter’s job is to make the hospital a better place for the people who are there, oftentimes not by choice. That can mean consulting with social workers, talking to family members or simply getting them a magazine or listening to what they have to say. “Sometimes an ear is better than a warm blanket,” the Del Mar resident said. “I give them someone to talk to if they want to vent. I take notes and assure them that they have a voice. Sometimes it’s just nice to have someone who isn’t there to poke them. I try to bring the humanity Stoke victim Aimeeleigh Coulter TURN TO STROKE ON B12

prepares for rounds as a volunteer patient advocate at Tri-City Medical Center. Courtesy photo

By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Emergency shelters to accommodate the homeless have been added to the list of allowable uses in the north commercial zone. To comply with state law and satisfy one requirement of the approved housing element, council members unanimously agreed at the Oct. 21 meeting to change the zoning in that area of the city. Although state law uses the term “emergency shelter,” the goal is to provide “housing with minimal supportive services for homeless persons that is limited to occupancy of six months or less.” “It is … a little bit of a misnomer,” Planning Manager Adam Birnbaum said.“It’s not emergency shelters in terms of responding to catastrophic events and disas-

ters. It really is aimed at dealing with people who are in a financial hardship.” The proposal was first introduced at the Oct. 7 meeting, but council members and residents had questions and concerns. They wanted to know if a 300-foot buffer between the hypothetical structures and homes could be increased to 500 feet and whether they could be located elsewhere in the city or on city-owned land instead. Because much of Del Mar is zoned for residential uses, it was difficult to identify an area of the community where a 300-foot limitation could be applied without effectively prohibiting emergency shelters, the staff report states. “With the number of residential zones sprinkled throughout our community

and the overlapping of a 300foot buffer, it really leaves a very limited area where you could create an ordinance that doesn’t, again, effectively prohibit the possibility of an emergency shelter,” Birnbaum said. The north commercial zone was chosen because it is large enough to accommodate a shelter, is relatively isolated from residential zones, separated in most cases by a major roadway or the railroad right-of-way, and is located along a major traffic corridor. Increasing the buffer to 500 feet would make it essentially impossible to find an area within the zone that would accommodate the facility, Birnbaum said. In fact, a shelter would only fit in one area west of TURN TO HOMELESS ON B12

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The main entrance to the proposed courtyard at La Colonia Park and Community Center to honor military veterans is shown in the rendering. The complete project will be on display during the Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11. Courtesy rendering

FUTURE SCRIBES This year’s honorees, include, from left, Jadyn Butcher, Josh Preske, Madeline Canning, Sari Hank-Guerreire, Hannah Maiocca, Ezekiel Husmann, McKenna Leasure, Madison Tag, Hannah Elliott, Anna Madden, Jovanna McDaniel, Jenna Antonio, Abby Phillips, Abby Gammel, Richel Shea and Audrey Thesing. Courtesy photo

Fundraising starts for site to honor veterans By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Fundraising for a courtyard or garden to honor area veterans will appropriately begin during the annual Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 at La Colonia Park and Community Center. Approval for what was initially called a veterans memorial was granted about a year ago after a community group asked city officials if the project could move forward apart from the La Colonia renovation. Some type of recognition for veterans was included in improvement plans for La Colonia, but the project is on hold indefinitely because of a lack of funding. Money was slated to come from the city’s redevelopment agency, but Gov. Jerry Brown abolished those agencies about two years ago. “The ability for us to break this out as one piece of that puzzle is great because that whole project was about $4 million,” Mayor Mike Nichols said. “We’re trying to implement as much as we can.” Nichols said the name was changed because it’s not necessarily meant to be just a memorial. “It’s going to honor veterans living and deceased,” he said, as well as those who are currently serving. Led by former Mayor Teri Renteria, the volunteer citizens group met with city staff, council liaisons Nichols and Lesa Heebner and Van Dyke Landscape Architects four times in the past year to develop a preliminary design. The existing Veterans Wall will remain in place. The new courtyard, to be built exactly where it is identified in the approved renovation master plans, will feature a stone veneer wall with military seals behind a reflecting pool. Water will “sheet” over the

wall into the pool. As proposed, there will also be a flagpole with a dedication plaque, a central medallion with an “In honor of those who served” statement, seating and a main entrance with decorative pilasters and an iron arch. “It’s a design that we worked hard on the ad hoc to come up with,” Nichols said. “I am very happy with it. “It’s a very elegant design and it creates a peaceful kind of courtyard/garden experience where one can sit and reflect,” he added. So far the city spent $11,855 of capital improvement program funds for the preliminary design. The estimated cost for next phase, which will include final design plans, is $18,000. The estimated cost of construction is $161,000. Funds will come from private donations and the sale of bricks and tiles. There are three proposed honoree levels: a precast medallion around the central medallion, laser engraved dark stone tiles set on the walls and laser engraved terra cotta floor tiles. With ongoing wars, Councilman Dave Zito asked about adding names of future veterans. “One can dream that we will not have any more wars,” he said. Nichols said as proposed, there is room to expand but at some point it will cap out. At last count there are more than 125 Solana Beach residents who have served or are serving their country. “It’s a great-looking design and a project that fits the site very well,” Councilman Peter Zahn said. Preliminary plans will be on display during the Nov. 11 ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m.


ODD FILES BY CHUCK SHEPHERD Norway’s Battle Against Chaos Norwegian public television (NRK), which introduced the now-legendary continuous, live log-burning show (12 hours long, with “color commentary” on the historical and cultural importance of fire), scheduled a new program for this week in its appeal to serenity (labeled “Slow TV”). On Nov. 1, NRK was to televise live, for five hours, an attempt to break the world record for producing a sweater, from shearing the sheep to spinning the wool and knitting the garment (current record: 4:51, by Australians). (In addition to the log, NRK viewers have been treated to live cams on a salmon-fishing boat and, for five days, on a cruise ship.) Said an NRK journalist, “You would think it’s boring television, but we have quite good ratings for these programs.”

Medical Marvels The Horror: A recent medical journal reported that a 49-year-old man in Brazil said he had recovered from a stroke except that the damage to his brain (in a “subcortical region” associated with higher-level thinking) has caused him to develop “pathological generosity” toward others. A Duke University neurologist told London’s Daily Mail that stroke-induced personality changes (such as hoarding) are common, but that this particular change appears unique. Doctors reported in the journal Neurocase that even with medication, this patient’s beneficence was unabated after two years.

The Entrepreneurial Spirit Hipster Haven: Two fearless entrepreneurs inaugurated services recently in faux-fashionable Brooklyn, N.Y. Lucy Sun, a Columbia University economics major, began seeking work as a $30-an-hour “book therapist,” to help readers find the “right” book to read or give as a gift, with attention to clients’ “specific situations.” In Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood in September, the stylish Eat restaurant began reserving certain nights’ meals to be experienced in total silence. On opening night, a Wall Street Journal reporter noted one throat-clearing and a muffled sneeze, but barely any other human sound. It’s expensive to go broke in America. Detroit, which most acknowledge acted wisely in filing for bankruptcy protection in July (in the face of debts estimated to be at least $18 billion), will nonetheless be on the hook for bankruptcy legal fees that could total $60 million under current contracts (according to an October New York Times report), plus various expenses, such as the $250,000 to Christie’s auction house to price and sell some assets.

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Ceremony held for Teten House renovation By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — After more than 130 years, it’s time for a facelift. That’s what representatives of the San Dieguito Heritage Museum said on Oct. 22 during a groundbreaking ceremony kicking off the Teten House’s renovation. “I’m glad that the house will get new life,” said Dave Oakley, who has worked on the Teten House restoration since 2009 with two other residents. The house, located on the museum’s property at 450 Quail Gardens Drive, goes back a ways. Built in 1885 in Olivenhain, it was used as a schoolhouse for children of early settlers. Fred Teten, a blacksmith, bought the home in 1892 shortly after moving to Encinitas from Kansas with his family. Teten grew barley, corn and lima beans on the property. Among Teten’s grandchildren was Gladys Teten Schull, who was born in the house in 1926. Schull, an honorary guest at the groundbreaking, recalled memories of growing up in the house as a small crowd listened. Notably, one of her days consisted of raising turkeys by morning, and getting married by night. “That was my wedding day,” Schull said with a laugh. After the groundbreaking, she noted that the house didn’t have electricity, plumbing or a telephone. There were corn and bean fields as far as the eye could see — and, of course, turkeys. “We had a lot of turkeys,” Schull said. “My mom and dad raised the turkeys for the entire county

Volunteers and museum officials gather for a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday. The Teten House will soon be undergoing a $65,000 renovation. Photo by Jared Whitlock

for Thanksgiving and Christmas.” She noted that there were only 20 homes in the area. “Everybody knew everybody,” she said. In 2007, volunteers transported the Teten House to the museum. The restoration effort includes pouring new con-

crete foundation, repairing the roof and renovating the house’s three porches. $45,000 of the $65,000 cost came from individual and business donations. The remaining $15,000 was secured by a San Diego County Neighborhood Reinvestment grant. And the museum plans to raise additional money to

re-create what the home’s interior might have looked like 100 years ago. The city’s Planning Commission approved the Teten House restoration about a month ago as part of a larger master plan. The museum currently has a Native American grass hut, a historic Texaco gas station, a 1930s shack built in

the early days of Ecke Ranch and more. Down the line, organizers hope to flesh out the viewable history with a remake of 1940s downtown and 4,000square-foot barn to house old documents and public meetings. The museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

‘Significant’ approval given for base train station By Tony Cagala

COAST CITIES — Having received a letter from the Pentagon earlier this month, San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn was notified that he and NCTD (North County Transit District) received conceptual approval for a Coaster station on Camp Pendleton. Horn, who is the board chair for NCTD, said the idea behind the project was one of convenience for the Marines on base to be able to get on a train north to Los Angeles without having to go to the Oceanside Transit Center. The station would also accommodate Amtrak and Metrolink, and maybe the Sprinter, Horn said, though tracks would have to be extended from Oceanside to make the Sprinter usage a possibility. The station location is planned for an area above Stuart Mesa, near where the train yards are, he added. “That will allow all of the trains to come in there and pick up passengers, take them both north and south.” The project has been in

development for at least three or four years, Horn said. “The Marines have wanted this for a while, but we can’t proceed without Department of Defense approval,” Horn added. He said he was surprise d to see the letter, but that it was very “significant” for NCTD and the Marines to be able to proceed. While still very early in the process, there is no set

timeline or estimated costs for the project. Commander J.G. Ayala, Marine Corps Installations Command, who provided the letter of approval, described the project as a “cooperative and innovative project that could potentially offer significant benefit to the personnel aboard Camp Pendleton and citizens in the surrounding communities.” Any decision for the pro-

ject’s eventual recommendation will stem from assessments and evaluations of legal, environmental, facilities and resourcing issues. NCTD owns the railroad, Horn said. “We aren’t leasing it, so this is a big improvement for our railroad.” NCTD said in a statement that the station would serve active duty service members, their families and

the civilian employees on base. It wouldn’t be available for general public use. Where funding would come from for the construction is still unknown, though NCTD says that remains an area of ongoing planning. Once funding is found, SANDAG would manage the remaining planning, engineering, environmental and c o n s t r u c t i o n phases of the project.


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Eating at the mall can result in a lighter wallet, a heavier you A day at the mall could leave your wallet lighter but the rest of you heavier, says Consumer Reports. How does that work? Let’s say you stop at Starbucks for breakfast (Frappuccino and a zucchini walnut muffin), Auntie Anne’s Pretzels for lunch (pretzel dog and lemonade) and Cinnabon for a pick-meup (strawberry banana Chillata). For this example, pretend you didn’t actually eat a Cinnabon. Ka-ching! 2,280 calories and 83 grams of fat — more of both than you should have in a day. But choose right, and your waistline will pay a far lower price. Consumer Reports looked at the nutrition figures for some of the best and worst choices from several food vendors in many of the nation’s malls. Its findings include: — Dunkin’ Donuts. Not so hot: blueberry muffin (460 calories, 15 grams fat, 450 milligrams sodium, 44 grams sugars). Better bet: reducedfat blueberry muffin (410

calories, 10 grams fat, 620 grams sodium, 40 grams sugars). — Starbucks. Not so hot: Caffe Mocha (whole milk and whipped cream), 16 oz. (370 calories, 19 grams fat, 135 grams sodium, 35 grams sugars). Better bet: Iced Skinny Mocha (nonfat milk), 16 oz. (100 calories, 1.5 grams fat, 90 grams sodium, 8 grams sugars). — Cinnabon. Not so hot: Cinnabon Classic (880 calories, 36 grams fat, 830 grams sodium, 59 grams sugars). Better bet: Minibon roll (350 calories, 14 grams fat, 330 grams sodium, 24 grams sugars). WHAT YOU CAN DO Consumer Reports suggests avoiding temptation by eating before you shop or taking your own snack. Other advice: — Choose reduced-fat or light. You’ll save 50 calories and 5 grams of fat by buying a reduced-fat blueberry muffin at Dunkin’ Donuts instead of the regular version. At Starbucks, a 16-ounce java chip Frappuccino with nonfat milk has 150 fewer calories and 14 fewer grams of fat than the same drink with whole milk and whipped

cream.Visit Jamba Juice and you’ll save 120 calories by ordering a light banana berry smoothie instead of the classic version. — Be picky about toppings. Add blueberries, strawberries or bananas to frozen yogurt: They have 13 to 33 calories p e r quart e r c u p a n d no fat. By contrast, a n ounce of peanuts, almonds, M & M ’s o r peanut b u t t e rcup candies adds 137 to 169 calories. Order an Auntie Anne’s pretzel and you’ll cut 30 calories by skipping butter and 590 milligrams of sodium by leaving out the salt; 60 calories by avoiding sweet mustard dipping sauce; and

150 calories (and 850 milligrams of sodium) by saying no to melted cheese dip. You can’t do much right at Cinnabon except to pass on the frosting cup (180 calories). — Choose the right type. At Doc Popcorn, eat Better

Butter instead of Caramel Kettle and cut calories in half. At Cold Stone Creamery, do the same by

picking vanilla frozen yogurt, not vanilla bean ice cream. — Restrict the size. Yes, a Dunkin’ Munchkin is small, but a couple might at least satisfy your sweet tooth; and at 70 calories each, even six chocolate g l a z e d mu n ch k i n s have fewer calories than one blueberry muffin. C o l d S t o n e ’s G o t t a Have It size of vanilla bean ice cream has 790 calories and 46 grams of fat; its Like It size has 330 calories and 19 grams of fat. — Check figures online before you go. Don’t assume you’ll know what’s most nutritious. Should you always choose something with veggies or fruit? No. The Starbucks zuc-

chini walnut muffin has 490 calories and 28 grams of fat, and fruit smoothies can be wicked. — Eat a real lunch. Don’t sample a collection of fattening snacks. Eating a Starbucks ham and swiss

Consumer Reports suggests avoiding temptation by eating before you shop or taking your own snack. panini instead of that pretzel dog can cut fat in half. — Wear a pedometer or activity tracker. It might encourage you to cover lots of ground — and not give up ground by eating the wrong thing. In Consumer Reports’ recent tests, the Fitbit One tracker performed very well.


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New charter school opens in San Marcos SAN MARCOS — Taylion San Diego Academy announces the opening of its newest location in San Marcos, just in time for the 2013-2014 school year, offering classes for grades K-12. The school presents a program that’s online, at-home, or a blended program of both, for gifted and talented students who are looking for a more challenging curriculum different from a traditional class setting. The Taylion program is

“Taylion San Diego Academy provides students a unique holistic learning environment that prepares them for the 21st century academically, physically, and mentally,” said Taylion’s Academic Director Vicki McFarland. “Taylion’s philosophy is that all students can succeed if they truly learn to believe in themselves. Our philosophy is to inspire confidence in a child through our belief that we can make a significant

Taylion San Diego Academy provides students a unique, holistic learning environment that prepares them for the 21st century academically, physically, and mentally.” Vicki McFarland Academic Director,Taylion San Diego Academy

an option for students K-12, who find that a traditional school setting just isn’t a good fit for them, academically or otherwise (bullies, etc.). A large number of their student population is high school students. The program is FREE with one-on-one assistance, and an environment and experience tailored to each student.

impact with each child by empowering all students to better understand themselves as individuals.” Taylion offers three separate learning environments for students: an online component, a home-school program, and a blended program that includes independent study and classroom options along with online components. School

officials say the program offers individualized learning, a safe environment with less distraction, higher parent involvement, credit recovery, credit acceleration, greater access to new educational resources, and unparalleled flexibility in utilizing various instructional delivery methods based on the particular student’s learning style. “We are thrilled to be opening a school here in San Diego, offering a blended learning solution which is state of the art, but we are also very proud of our independent study and home schooling options as well,” said Timothy A. Smith, president of the school’s parent company, Learning Matters Educational Group. “We feel that we are going to be able to serve our students in the San Diego area very well with highly qualified teachers — dynamic teachers that are going to be able to personalize instruction for each child.” Taylion belongs to a group of charter schools that began in Arizona in 1996. The San Marcos campus is located at 100 N. Rancho Santa Fe Rd. #119, San Marcos, CA 92069. For more information regarding enrollment and upcoming parent information sessions, call 1-855-77LEARN or (760) 295-5564, or visit taylionsandiego.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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Program for low-income pre-schoolers What is CDI Head Start? CDI Head Start serves the needs of income eligible children and families in North Coastal San Diego County. There are two sites in Encinitas and one in Solana Beach. The program serves 250 children along with providing family services. Head Start is a national program for low-income preschoolers and their families. Services focus on education, socio-emotional development, physical and mental health, and nutrition. Education Head Start's educational program is designed to meet each child's individual needs. Our program uses the following curriculums: Creative

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

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

What makes The Grauer School a leading player? The entire Grauer faculty is dedicated to the precious art of balancing rigorous academics with joyfulness in life and learning. Our unique approach is on the forefront of an emerging small schools movement. Indeed, the school's Founder, Dr. Stuart Grauer, has just returned from Los Angeles, Spain, and Seoul, Korea where he delivered keynote addresses to education professionals. His talks inspired audiences to see the benefits of an education that supports students' interests and imagination as much as their academic

success. 2. Who has an Open House like no other? Sure, the teachers can tell you about the school programs (and they will), but who could possibly answer your day-to-day questions and lead you across campus better than a Grauer student? Since our first Open House, over 20 years ago, our students have been presenting the school. They will lighten up your day, guaranteed! 3. Why do we have the biggest heart in San Diego? Our Great Hall, where we congregate, has the

biggest fireplace hearth in San Diego. The 37 flags flying in The Great Hall represent countries we have visited on our expeditions. They also represent international students who have attended Grauer. (And, speaking of our international connections, we have UNESCO sister schools in 180 countries). The Grauer School is accepting applications for grades 7-12 for the 20142015 academic year. Learn more at www.grauerschool.com or visit our November 2nd Open House.

Serving high achieving students The Rhoades School is unique among the educational options that exist in San Diego County. As a Kindergarten – Grade 8 school designed for and dedicated to serving bright, high achieving students, we focus on teaching children how to think, not what to think. Teaching to the top of the class and engaging children intellectually in a rigorous academic curriculum that requires them to think collaboratively, flexibly and persistently – these are hallmarks of The Rhoades School’s educational philosophy. Ours is a warm, wel-

achievements, The Rhoades School’s alumni/alumnae find themselves well positioned for continued, impressive success, not only in the secondary school setting of their choosing, but also in life. The Rhoades School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and a member of the National Association of Independent Schools. We hope you will visit Rhoades and see for yourself if we are the school where your known and experience a child would flourish. We sense of belonging. look forward to welcoming Remarkably diverse in their you soon. coming, and inclusive community; students, families and faculty alike value being part of this supportive and nurturing environment where all members are

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Cory Wolsey gets her done by Geri Bennett of Detour Salon.

Tri-City Medical Center in Carlsbad hosted a free Women’s Health Symposium on Oct. 26. The event was geared towards helping keep women healthy through offering seminars, cosmetic clinics, wellness exhibits and more. Stroke survivors Jeanett Shalhoub, left, and Aimeeleigh Coulter.

Frida Etemad, left, of La Mesa and Marty Mashoufi, of La Jolla dress up The lobby of the new Tri-City Medical Center bustles with activity during before entering a photo booth. the free community event. Photos by Tony Cagala

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ENCINITAS — You can mark your calendars now for Seaside Center for Spiritual Living’s Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve events at 1613 Lake Drive. The center will host its 10th annual community Thanksgiving Dinner potluck, at 1 p.m. Nov. 28,Thanksgiving Day after a Thanksgiving Gratitude Service at noon.The community is invited including families, couples, singles, seniors and those who are homeless or cannot bring a dish. To offer volunteer help, call Vivian at (760) 208-7931. The center will also sponsor its ninth annual Christmas dinner potluck at noon Christmas Day, Dec. 25, at 1613 Lake Drive. The community is again invited. Those who can bring dishes are requested to bring a little extra to serve those who cannot. To volunteer, call (760) 209-7931. A non-denominational New Year's Eve “Burning Bowl” ceremony will burn and release the old and welcome in the new at the center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 All are invited and no advance sign-ups are necessary. For more information, call (760) 944-9226.


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The hottest trends for a fall fashion wardrobe update (BPT) — Fall fashion magazines can easily top 500 pages of skirts, tops, pants, coats and accessories; all deemed “musthaves” for the chilly weather ahead. The choices and trends can be staggering, but just because temperatures are falling doesn’t mean you need to drop a small fortune on a new wardrobe. Fashion experts from two of the Art Institutes schools share six of the top trends for fall and how you can use them to make the most of the pieces already in your closet. Animal print — “Look at any magazine and you’re going to see animal print,” says Stefani Bay, fashion instructor at The Illinois Institute of Art — Chicago. She says everything is in animal print. Whether black and white or a crazy color, this trend can be found on garments, shoes, bags and scarves. According to Bay, adding an animal print piece to any outfit in your closet will make you look “of the moment.”

Leather — “When isn’t leather right?” asks Bay. DeJohn agrees adding whether it’s trim, collar and cuff, or the entire jacket, leather is something every woman should have in her closet this fall.You can find this incredibly versatile textile in jeans, blouses and accents, but according to Bay, the big story for leather is the motorcycle jacket. You can find motorcycle jackets in all price points, made from leather, faux leather, vinyl or patent leather. Added to your closet it will make anything look more current.

Black and white — A perennial favorite of chic women the world over, black and white is a big trend for fall, especially when paired with a bright shocking color, says DeJohn. The perfect way to jazz up black and white is with a punch of the season’s soft orange, citrus green, bright royal blue, gold or royal purple. “You can put anything black and white over a white shirt to look crisp and professional,” says Bay.You can also do the same with a Tweed — “Tweeds are a very black T-shirt or add a punch of important fashion story this black and white with a handfall,” says Emil DeJohn, fashion bag. instructor at The Art Institute of Philadelphia. Each year a Dresses — “Dresses made a variety of tweeds grace the run- major comeback. Every designways of Fashion Week, but this er had a number of dresses in year they are stealing the spot- their collection,” says DeJohn. light, especially in black and Dresses are easy, convenient white versions of houndstooth, and versatile. “They take you Donegal tweed, and herring- from day to evening,” says Bay. bone. She recommends wearing a “A tweed jacket is the per- favorite dress with a motorcyfect thing over something old,” cle jacket and boots for day, says Bay, especially when it’s a and chandelier earrings and colorful tweed over a colorful heels for evening. outfit. Other options include She cautions that the most tweed scarves and important thing with dresses is even handbags. fit.And if you have an old dress

with a great pattern or color, just add a motorcycle jacket to give it new life. Hats and scarves — According to DeJohn, hats are also making a comeback. He says they are an easy and practical update to any outfit, with a variety to suit all face shapes. Bay says scarves are another trend in fall accessories. For daytime, she recommends wearing a long woven scarf wrapped around multiple times, and for evening add a Finding the right fall fashions can be staggering but that doesn’t mean you need to drop a small fortune on a beaded scarf to a black dress. new wardrobe. Courtesy photo


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NOV. 1 SPIRIT BOWL A Pep Rally

SCHOLARSHIP HONORS La Costa dei Fiori, Order Sons of Italy in America, honor Mike Seymour of MSE Landscape in Escondido as Humanitarian of the Year for establishing a perpetual scholarship in the name of deceased member, Joe Zazzaro. From left, Frank Mangio, Joe Zazzaro Jr., Peggy and Mike Seymour and Past President Sadie Tamburine celebrated the award at the club’s 35th anniversary Dinner Dance on Oct. 19 at St. John Parish Hall in Encinitas. Courtesy photo

and the 10th annual Spirit Bowl, featuring New England Patriot Stephen Neal, will be held beginning at 8:45 a.m. Nov. 1 at Horizon Prep School, 6233 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe. The Flag Football Tournament is a fundraiser for Camp Julian Oaks.

NOV. 2 GET CATWISE Rancho Coastal Humane Society offers a free class, “Welcoming a New Kitten to Your Home” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 2 at 389 Requeza St., Encinitas. Call (760) 753-6413, or visit sdpets.org. HAPPY HIKERS San Marcos Community Services will host a free, four-mile, Discover San Marcos hike to the San Elijo area with registration at 8:30 a.m., hike at 9 a.m. Nov. 2. Meet at the parking lot of San Elijo Park Recreation Center, 1105 Elfin Forest Road. Dogs must be leashed. For information, visit san-marcos.net or call (760) 744-9000, Ext. 3535. CATHOLIC FRIENDS The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County will attend Mass at Prince of Peace Abby with lunch to follow at the Jolly Rogers Restaurant, Oceanside Nov. 2. For reservations, call (858) 674-4324.

NOV. 3 FOREIGN FILM The North County Film Club will be showing the Chilean political drama, “No,” Nov. 3 at the Digiplex Mission Marketplace Theater at 431 College Blvd., Oceanside.The film follows the ad campaign aimed at defeating Chilean military dictator, Augusto Pinochet in an open election. For more information please contact the North County Film Club at (760) 5001927 or email ncfilmclub@gmail.com. SOLDIER, AUTHOR The San Diego Jewish Book Fair begins Nov. 2 at the La Jolla Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, with a Carlsbad event at 1 p.m. Nov. 3 with author Ilan Benjamin on his book “Masa: Stories of a Lone Soldier” at Carlsbad Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Tickets $6 online at sdcjc.org/sdjbf.

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p.m. Nov. 6 to discuss upcoming tours and technical advice, at the Palomar Estates East Clubhouse, 650 S. R a n c h o Santa Fe Road, San Marcos. For more information, email Barbara at bkhk@cox.net or call (619) 425-3241. ESCONDIDO LIBRARY WeeWigglers storytime for newborn through 2 years, every Wednesday from Nov. 6 through Dec. 11at 10:30 AM in the Children’s Room at the Escondido Public Library, 239 South Kalmia St., Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For information call (760) 839-5456 or at lnataraj@escondido.org.

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WOMEN The Woman’s Club of Oceanside will meet at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 7, 1606 Missouri St., Oceanside. The program will be a representative from the Operation Troop Aid and lunch. For information, call (769) 941-5171. HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE Start holiday shopping from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center, 1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad. Ten percent of the proceeds go to the lagoon. BOOK FAIR COMEDY The San Diego Jewish Book Fair comes to North County with “An Evening of Comedy” with Marion Grodin, author of “Standing Up: A Memoir of a Funny (not Always) Life” and Fred Stoller, author of “Maybe We’ll Have You Back: The Life of a Perennial TV Guest” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Tickets $19. For event list and tickets, visit sdcjc.org/sdjbf.

NOV. 8 FRIENDS OF JUNG Friends of Jung San Diego Friends of Jung host Christofe Le Mouel, executive director of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, on “The Quantum Quandry” at 7.30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Winston School, 215 9th St., Del Mar. Admission is $20 for non-members. Email info@jungsandiego.com.

NOV. 9 HOLIDAY SHOPPING The St. Elizabeth Seton Women’s Auxiliary annual craft fair is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Conference Center at 6628 Santa Isabel, Carlsbad. For more information contact Lucretia at lue22@earthlink.net.

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Encinitas and WalkSanDiego invite you to attend a Let’s Move Encinitas! Olivenhain Community Workshop for Pedestrian Travel Plan workshop at 6 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Olivenhain Meeting Hall, 423 Rancho Santa Fe Road. For more information, call Kaley Lyons at WalkSanDiego (619) 544-9255 or to provide input, visit cityofencinitas.org/letsmoveencinitas. ABRAKADOODLE Mold your artistic side with Abrakadoodle every Tuesday at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. For information, visit EncinitasParksandRec.com or call (760) 943-2260.

You can register now for the Oceanside Turkey Trot 5-Mile run, 5K, and Kid’s Run, Thanksgiving day, 7 a.m. Nov. 28, with the start line at the Oceanside Civic Center, to benefit the Move Your Feet Before You Eat Foundation. Visit osideturkeytrot.com. HOLIDAY HOME TOUR Plan now for the 27th annual Holiday Homes Tour, Dec. 8 through four Vista homes and the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe. Proceeds support Vista Community Clinic’s and Kare for Kids Fund. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of the event. For tickets, call (760) 631-5000, ext. 1139.

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LATEST ON ORCHIDS The business with three full-length Palomar Orchid Society will feature orchid hobbyist Betty Kelepecz on Masdevallias at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Lake Pavilion, 1105 La Bonita Dr., Lake San Marcos. For more information, go to palomarorchid.org or call (760) 510-8027. MODEL A FANS The Palomar Model A Ford Club will meet at 7

inner tubing runs with a base of one- to three-feet of snow. Big Bear Snow Play is open daily for inner tubing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All-day passes including tube rental and Magic Carpet lift are $25at 42825 Big Bear Blvd. For more information call (909) 585-0075 or visit BigBearSnowPlay.com.


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New consignment shops Designer Consignment Shops, My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited will have its grand opening and ribbon cutting in Encinitas at 9 a.m. Nov. 2 at 146 N. El Camino Real Suites A & B. First 100 lined up get free Swag Bags. Shop on oneof-a-kind finds inside the beach-themed shops near Encinitas Boulevard and El Camino Real. It is the chain’s 14th store. 6,489 square feet go to the ladies at My Sister’s Closet, and 1,932 square feet is reserved for men at Well Suited.

Kickin’ it! Try out some martial arts for free at the West Coast Martial Arts open house, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 2, 451 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas. At 9 a.m., join the adult class for 13 years and up, at 10 a.m. the Junior Achievers class is for age 9 to12 and at 12:15 p.m. Lil’ Champions ages 4 to 8, work Oceanside Y reopens out. For more information, The Mottino Family visit wcmaasd.com. YMCA celebrates its grand reopening at 4701 Mesa Curb cafe Blvd., Oceanside Nov. 8 Through the Carlsbad through Nov. 10. Military City Council’s three-year memberships are available pilot program, North as is financial assistance for County’s first “parklet” for qualified households. For restaurant dining broke more information, please ground Oct. 17 at Garcia’s visit mottino.ymca.org Mexican Restaurant, 2968 State St., Carlsbad, adding Young entrepreneur 20 more seats for outdoor Scholastic Media, a childining. dren’s publishing company, The “curb cafes” are and HandsOn Network, temporary deck structures announced Gabrielle that extend onto the public Pousard, 16, of Encinitas, right-of-way on low-speed was one of five grant winners streets in the core Village of the “Be Big In Your area. Community” contest, a program of the ongoing Clifford, Carry it all? The Big Red Dog BE BIG! The Bicycle Coalition Campaign. She continued to and the Encinitas Bicycle pursue her food rescue proShop Oct. 24 showcased the gram “Donate Don’t Dump,” latest in cargo bikes that let to change the paradigm of one bicycle haul your family, commercial food waste and groceries, dog and more, at inspire youngsters to usher the Velo Hangar/Alterna in the next generation of Bike Shop, 637 Valley Ave., recycling. Solana Beach. For more information, call (760) 492- Breast cancer book 6450 or email Solana Beach author Gordon@velohangar.com. Wendy Sellens will be signing copies of her book, “Breast Cancer Boot Camp” from 7 p.m. to midnight Nov. 8 at Hotel Palomar, 1047 5th Ave., San Diego. For more information, contact (877) 727-0697. New film blog North County Film Club’s Nancy Javier has created a blog at ncfilmclub.blogspot.com/201 3 / 1 0 / ab o u t - m ov i e s - a n d books.html, featuring film review’s by club members, plus a Critic’s Corner. If you loved or hated any films you have watched lately, you can leave a comment on the site. Also comment about films, books, past showings, future showings, whatever’s on your mind. Rancho Rotary The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary hosted nationally known, top Real Estate analyst Jon Woloshin Oct. 22 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. Woloshin spoke about the U.S. and Southern California residential and commercial market recovery and his prediction for interest rates. Woloshin is the Chief investment officer with UBS Financial in New York with 28 years of experience as a securities analyst covering REITS, homebuilders, Health care, technology and energy sectors.

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New to Del Mar Plaza Parsa Rug Gallery, a designer home and rug boutique, will open a 700square-foot boutique, its first U.S. location in the Del Mar Plaza, this November. Persian designer, Minoo Yashin, is the artist behind Parsa. For more information, visit delmarplaza.com. New school Taylion San Diego Academy opened its newest location in San Marcos, 100 N. Rancho Santa Fe Road, Suite 119, offering classes for grades K-12. The school presents a program that’s online, athome, or a blended program of both, for gifted and talented students. An informational session will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 6. For more information, call (760) 295-5564 or visit taylionsandiego.com. Scrapbook success The 24-hour scrapbooking event called Survivor Crop that supports Susan G. Komen for the Cure San Diego, began Oct. 19 went through to Oct. 20 and raised more than $76,000.

From left: Danielle Deery, OMA Director of Marketing/Curator; Dave Roberts, County Supervisor, District 3; Daniel Foster, OMA Executive Director; Terry Sinnott, Mayor, City of Del Mar. Courtesy photo

Museum director marks one year By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — Daniel Foster has finished his first year as Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) executive director and begins his second year with two impactful community outreach projects, among other accomplishments. Foster came to the museum with a great deal of experience, and a healthy respect for where the young museum was in its development. OMA formally opened in the historic Irving Gill building on Pier View Way in 1997, and finished a $6 million, 15,000-square-foot expansion by archetect Fredrick Fisher in 2008 under its first executive director Skip Pahl, who served until 2010. From 2010 to 2012, under its second executive director Ed Fosmire, the museum updated its online presence and continued to push its exhibits and programs further with innovative projects including the Art After Dark series that fuses entertainment, interactive art and exhibits of off beat genres such as steampunk art. The Artists @ Work program was also launched, which shares entertaining live art with spectators. Foster began in 2012 and saw the next step for the museum. His goal was to raise the museum’s recognition level as a regional leader in the arts. The museum is acknowledged for its excellent curating, but has not established a regional audience. Foster saw the need to build connections with surrounding communities and bring art to them instead of waiting for peo-

ple to find the museum. “The most important job for me is to aggressively start building bridges with new audiences,” Foster said. First he created a focused vision with museum staff to anchor the museum’s efforts. Then he encouraged staff members to dream big on ways to bring art out into the community. “We needed to establish a dynamic efficient vision for the museum,” Foster said. The museum’s vision is to be a premier regional art museum in Southern California and a leader of arts and culture in San Diego North County. To fulfill that vision staff works to raise awareness of the importance of arts and culture, and build collaborations with civic, economic and educational organizations. “Outreach means more than an aggressive advertising budget,” Foster said. “Our approach is much more about going into the community and creating a portal for connection.” Two great outcomes of these efforts are OMA exhibits at the Herbert B. Turner Galleries in Del Mar and the Exploring Engagement initiative

throughout North County. The Herbert B. Turner Galleries is an outdoor gallery set in the Southfair business center at 2010 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Turner, who is an architect and artist, built the window display galleries into the business center. The galleries have not held exhibits for a while. OMA seized the opportunity to arrange a long-term lease of the outdoor galleries that lend themselves to 24/7 art displays and outdoor event space around the art. “It was a natural,” Foster said. “We want this to be a really important showcase in North County coastal.” The first museum exhibit currently on display at the galleries is “The Unerring Eye.” It features paintings by Turner and black and white photos of celebrities and the backside of the Del Mar racetrack by H. Montgomery-Drysdale. Another great example of the progressive direction the museum is taking is the first Exploring Engagement initiative project that will begin Nov. 29 at the Westfield Plaza Camino Real Shopping Mall in Carlsbad.

The Exploring Engagement initiative is a two-year, five-artist residency project funded by the James Irvine Foundation to bring interactive art to unexpected locations. The first project is varied art experiences ranging from social media to interactive catwalks, musical performances and puppet shows, set in a winter wonderland within the mall during the holiday shopping season. “It’s designed to create different interactive participatory experiences in a shopping environment,” Foster said. “We’re honoring the path of making art part of our daily consciousness. Fundamentally everyone is an artist and has a unique special voice.” The project is led by artist Armando de la Torre. It will be held through the holiday shopping season.

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Vista places ban on e-cigarette smoking in some places By Tony Cagala

VISTA — Up in vapors, as it were. That’s what’s become of being able to smoke e-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) in some public places after the City Council voted 4-1 to add the growing trend of synthetic-smoking to its municipal code that already bans traditional smoking in many public places. The ban follows the city’s smoking ordinance in part, but this particular ordinance for e-cigarettes was focused only on indoor public places such as restaurants.

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Jimmy Durante Boulevard. The Public Works yard is in the floodway so building anything there is not allowed. “It’s just flat out prohibited to have new development in that area,” Birnbaum said. There was also a concern that such a facility could be built on vacant lots at the corner of Jimmy Durante and San Dieguito Drive. Birnbaum said the 300foot buffer precludes those sites from being used. The homeless are defined as those in need of temporary or emergency shelter 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. State law requires cities to identify at least one zone in which emergency shelters are allowed with no special use permit.

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trade them with guys at train clubs.” Schultz is a member of the AGTTA (All Gauge Toy Train Association). They meet once a month at a church hall in La Jolla. There it’s trains, trains, trains and more trains. Essentially, it’s a swap meet for guys who like trains and train stuff, he said. The members are all either in their 60s or 70s, some even in their 80s, Schultz said. “It’s kind of nostalgic; we’re kind of like kids again,” he added. “It’s kind of a hoot that way.” Restoring the trains can also be a little therapeutic for him. He didn’t have any special training or background to speak of when it came to repairing the broken down train cars, except that he would receive advice or help from fellow members at the AGTTA, especially Jim Weatherford. Schultz said Weatherford, the club’s secretary, would hold small “how-to” sessions on train repair. Weatherford was introduced to trains much like

The ruling doesn’t ban the smoking of e-cigarettes in outdoor public places. Earlier this summer, Councilman Cody Campbell attempted to pass a wider ban on traditional cigarette smoking that would include indoor dining establishments. That ban attempt failed by a 3-2 margin. At the meeting, Campbell made the motion to re-introduce the wider smoking ban on a future agenda, though none of the other council members seconded the motion. There are plenty of

questions still swirling around the safety of e-cigarettes and whether the vapor they produce, not an actual smoke, could be harmful to users and those nearby. A statement from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) describes ecigarettes as “battery-operated products that turn nicotine, which is highly addictive, and/or other chemicals into a vapor that is inhaled by the user.” The FDA regulates only those e-cigarettes that make therapeutic claims. Stephanie Yao, a

“While the city must identify a zone in which emergency shelters could be located, the accompanying ordinance language must not be so restrictive as to effectively prohibit somebody from carrying out and implementing an emergency shelter,” Birnbaum said. But the facilities would still be subject to the same development standards that would apply to other projects, including design review, he added. Although the city is required to have zoning in place to accommodate an emergency shelter, it is not required to build one. “The likelihood that someone would actually devote expensive land in Del Mar to emergency shelters is relatively low, nonetheless we’re required by law to have an identification of an appropriate zone,” Birnbaum said. To date, the city has not received any applications or inquiries. According to the amendment, 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 must have an operational plan, subject to approval by the planning director, that includes measures for on-site security. Failure to amend the zoning could result in decertification of the housing element or legal action. Birnbaum said the state Department of Housing and Community Development “watch(es) what we do in terms of our implementation of various programs that are contained within that housing element.” The shelters could be used during a catastrophic event, but it’s unlikely they would provide the level of services needed, Birnbaum said. In those circumstances, City Council could adopt emergency resolutions to respond to disaster needs, such as establishing locations and parameters for temporary shelters or triage centers.

Schultz, when he was 7 or 8 years old, he said. He too had gotten away from them during his teens, what with school, girls and cars. But later, around his early to mid-30s, he came back to them. At that time, it gave him something to think about besides work, he said. “It all starts, with the stuff you had as a kid,” Weatherford said. “And as an adult, you can afford to buy stuff you can never get when you were a kid so you start getting things you always wanted and then after awhile you realize that you’re acquiring.” Weatherford has become somewhat of an expert in Lionel trains, having been repairing them for more than 30 years now and writing for various publications, mostly about how to repair them, he said. But he’s a collector, too. Though he said he didn’t really know he was one until he realized he was buying things that he didn’t need. “I say, ‘well, that must be what a collector is,’” he said. “There are those who are obsessive about it, there’s no doubt. They have to have one of everything-

kind-of-a-thing. And with model trains that were made back in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, there’s lots of them around... It can take years to get all of the things you want.” Still, the 68-year-old Schultz lamented that there are no young kids coming up in the train business. “They’re all in computers, and they’re not even riding bicycles. So as time goes on, the guys my age have the trains, but as we die off, then the family gets the trains…and they don’t want them.” When he started seeking out the trains, there were about 35,000 listings of Lionel trains for sale. Now, he said, there are about 47,000. In three years there are 10,000 more things, he explained. “And there’s no one buying them,” he said. “Prices are going down because there’s supply, but demand is dwindling.” Still the excitement of buying, selling and repairing the trains is there for Schultz. “I feel a great value to those big metal trains. That’s a piece of art, and a toy train as well. “But it’s beautiful, beautiful, beautiful stuff,” he said.

spokesperson for the FDA further defined therapeutic claims as any claims of aiding in the cessation of smoking. The FDA has said that further research is needed to assess the potential public health benefits and risks of electronic cigarettes and other novel tobacco products. A 2011 study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention showed that 21 percent of adults who smoke traditional cigarettes had used e-cigarettes. That amounted to a 10 percent increase in usage from 2010.

Gena Knutson, program manager of tobacco control with the Vista Community Clinic said she’s seen the rise in the use of e-cigarettes in the last four to six months. Knutson added that she’s seen them being used more by young adults, though the clinic, she said, has heard anecdotal information that they’re being seen at middle schools and high schools. With nicotine in the ecigarettes, Knutson said she was concerned that using them might lead people to more usage of tobacco prod-

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back.” The Tri-City program aims to have a trained advocate visit each new patient within 24 hours of admission and do everything non-medically possible to ensure comfort. Coulter joined the team in April, not because she’s retired and has some spare time or is pursuing a career in medicine. “I wanted to pay it forward,” she said.“I was given a pardon by my creator and I have to earn my keep.” On Jan. 15, 2012, at the age of 32, Coulter suffered a stroke. “I had headaches all week, which prompted me to get a chiropractic acupressure massage,” she said. “That relieved some of the pressure I felt from the headaches, but I felt weird. Thirty-plus hours later, at 4 a.m., I stroked.” Coulter had been vomiting and was staying with her boyfriend, a firefighter and paramedic. She got up to use the bathroom.While sitting on the toilet, she said her body felt like it was “taken over by a giant yawn” before she crashed to the floor. When her boyfriend heard the noise, he knocked on the door and asked if she was OK. “I couldn’t respond. I had lost all my motor skills. I felt like a fish out of water but I was completely aware of what was going on. “He grabbed me by the shoulders,” she said. “I could see the fear in his eyes. He got dressed, threw me over his shoulders and we went to the ER. On the way he pleaded with me to keep my eyes open.” Coulter said she remained aware of everything that was happening. She just couldn’t respond. “I felt like a ragdoll,” she said. When her mother, a register nurse, arrived, she assumed the worst. Coulter was hooked up to machines to help her breathe, get fluids and eat. Doctors ruled out an overdose of the pain medication she was prescribed for her headaches, as well as the headaches, as potential causes. She said she was eventually diagnosed with a left vertebral artery dissection, likely as a result of the massage. A tear in the inner lining of the artery in her neck that supplies blood to the brain caused blood to enter the

arterial wall and form a clot, which interrupted blood flow. She was also diagnosed as either having or mimicking locked-in syndrome, in which patients are aware of their surroundings but unable to communicate. Generally, there is no treatment and the result is often death. In fact, Coulter was told she would likely die. She was administered last rites and asked if she wanted to continue living on life support. Still able to move her eyes, she learned to communicate using blinks — one for yes, two for no and three for I love you. “I remember thinking I didn’t want to live that way but still, game’s not over,” she said. She spent nearly a month in intensive care and, to make things worse, contracted pneumonia and infections. She also learned to expand her vocabulary. Visiting family members and relatives would say the alphabet. She would blink to make them stop at a letter, which was written down until a word, then a sentence was formed. “I had a lot to say,” Coulter said. “I swore a lot. I was in a lot of pain and very uncomfortable.” Other than her blinks, Coulter was totally paralyzed for three weeks and failing all the neurological tests. “Then one night,I moved my arm from my hip to my belly,” she said. “Before that I had involuntary twitches. So my boyfriend asked me to move my arm again, and I did. He freaked out. Then slowly, thank God — literally — I started thawing out, region by region.” Her paralysis continued to decrease and Coulter was eventually moved to a nursing home. “That was not my plan,” she said. “It was difficult. My mom came in to shave my legs, brush my hair, bathe me.And I had excellent therapists.” Coulter said she began progressing rapidly, although it took a while for her to regain her ability to talk. The breathing tube was removed and she started walking a few steps at a time. Eventually she went home to live with her mother. She started with a wheelchair and then progressed to a walker. “I spent a lot of time sitting outside. I had lost so much weight in the hospital I was finally bikini-ready,” she

ucts. Funded by the state through Prop 99, the tax on cigarettes, the clinic’s tobacco reduction program, Knutson said, does a lot of education and works to reduce people’s exposure to, and the use of, tobacco products. As for the impact this ban will have, she said she thinks it will help to reduce these types of behaviors. “Right now, it’s kind of the wild west as far as e-cigarettes because there’s no regulation of them,” she said. “Law enforcement can’t do anything if they see youth smoking e-cigarettes.”

joked, adding that she doesn’t recommend the method to anyone. “I believe it was a miracle,” she said. “There’s no reason I’m sitting here today.” Coulter partially credits her recovery to the fact that she’s “a very stubborn woman.” “When someone says you’re going to die, my response was game’s not over yet,” she said. “Life is worth living and I had a strong will to live. I also had a lot of visitors, good wishes and prayers.” One visitor in particular had a life-changing impact. Her family reached out to Kate Adamson, author of “Paralyzed but not Powerless” who survived locked-in syndrome. “She gave me hope for the future,” Coulter said. “At one point I still wasn’t sure what my quality of life would be, but I knew I wanted to pay it forward. I feel like I was given a gift to help people. That experience made me want to reach out to patients who were in the same situation. “I got a crash course in being a patient,” she said. “It gave me a lot of insight into medical care. I felt like a patient, not a person. But the whole person needs to be addressed. Clinicians are often busy and overworked and they can’t bring the humanity to patients the way they would like to.” Until she got her license back a few months ago, Coulter took the bus from Del Mar to Oceanside to volunteer at Tri-City, although that’s not the hospital where she was treated. “I’ve always been helpful here, not helpless, so I can help others without getting emotional,” she said.“It’s really important for people to support their community medical centers and hospitals.” In addition to volunteering, she is a contract marketing assistant at Tri-City and occasionally works shifts as a bartender at Señor Grubby’s in Carlsbad. Although they remain friends, Coulter and her boyfriend broke up in January. She said relationships often don’t survive a traumatic experience. But that’s OK. She’s moved on. “I’m single and ready to mingle,” she said. “I have a bad case of the ‘Why nots?’ “When you almost lose your life it gives you a new perspective.”


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and I had nowhere to turn. In the midst of that I had a TIA, which is a stroke. It was caught within three hours so no physical damage was done. I was lucky. That gave me pause about life. In an innocent Home Depot encounter I met a sweet lady by the name of Brandy. She was 15 years younger than me and very pretty. I was mentally old and losing everything. I had not had a vacation since 2005. My ex, who lived with her now new husband, had a condo in St. George, Utah. She and her husband were going on a cross country road trip and said their condo was available if I wanted to get away. I was in a funk and knew I couldn’t break free even for four days. But Brandy agreed to come along as a platonic friend. During those four days we both discussed how nice it would be to just go find a new life somewhere else and leave all the stress behind. Those were days of reckoning for me. That is when I set out on a goal to be debt free and find a place in the world where I could do whatever I want, whenever I want, living on a mere Social Security income. Shortly after that trip Brandy found the love of her life and got married and I was on a mission. From that April day in 2009, pushing 60, I was on a mission. Yet, I also realized we can set goals but we can still only live one day at a time. I decided to deal with my real estate that way.I acted on every little transaction that in the past I had avoided.That philosophy gave me a good two-year run. Then I eventually downsized. I got rid of debt. I got rid of the golden handcuffs. I put away enough savings to buy a condo overlooking the Bay of Banderas in Puerto Vallarta and I took advantage of a gra-

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