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Students at Paul Ecke Central participate in a yoga class. This summer, the program was found to be constitutional, a decision that an attorney appealed last week. Photo by Jared Whitlock

Lawyer appeals judge’s ruling on yoga in schools By Jared Whitlock

DIGGING IN Students, Faculty, Board Members, supporters and members of the community gathered to celebrate the beginning of Phase 2 Construction at Horizon Prep. The Groundbreaking Ceremony included music, a special message by Horizon Prep President/CEO, Dr. Robert Botsford, and a prayer of dedication. Pictured from left to right: Andrew Elliott, Champion Whitton, Dr. Kenneth Kush, Bonnie Botsford, Dr. Robert Botsford, Charlotte Henderson, Greer Wetmore, and Reese Taylor. Photo by Soncee Partida

Local Democrat looks to become challenger to Issa By Tony Cagala

REGION — A Democrat in a heavily Republican-registered district going up against one of the most wealthy of congressional incumbents, with a limited amount of political experience and in a non-presidential election year. This is what Dave Peiser will be facing as he attempts to become the next challenger to try and unseat 49th District Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) next November. Peiser, an Encinitas resident, who currently serves as board president for the nonprofit group Microloans for Mothers, filed his candidacy papers earlier this year. For the past four months now, Peiser has been building his campaign and the team he’s put together has been Encinitas resident Dave Peiser has filed his candidacy papers with the FEC earlier this year. He looks to chalTURN TO DEMOCRAT ON A19

lenge incumbent Congressman Darrell Issa next November for the 49th District seat. On Saturday, Peiser spoke to the Escondido Democratic Club where he earned their endorsement. Photo by Tony Cagala

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ENCINITAS — Last week, attorney Dean Broyles filed an appeal of Judge John Meyer’s ruling that EUSD’s (Encinitas Union School District) yoga program promoted physical and mental wellness, and not any religious doctrine. Broyles, who brought the lawsuit on initially, said on Tuesday that he’s confident that a three-judge panel in a San Diego appellate court will see that yoga’s religiosity violates the U.S. Constitution. But if necessary, he’ll take the case all the way to the California Supreme Court, he said. When issuing his ruling earlier this summer, Meyer said expert testimony proved that yoga has roots in Hinduism. But Meyer added that there’s enough evidence to show that the yoga being practiced in the school’s district is devoid of spiritual or religious trappings. Broyles said that Meyer acknowledged the opening and closing sequences of EUSD yoga mirror a particularly religious kind of yoga called Ashtanga in a revised statement of finding after his ruling. He added that it’s concerning that the resemblance to Ashtanga yoga wasn’t enough of a “red flag” for Meyer to find excessive government entanglement with religion and suspend the program. But he believes the appellate court will make the connection and view yoga as unconstitutional. On the same note, he said the district isn’t qualified to decide whether “enough religion has been stripped” from the yoga program. “I’m worried about the government picking religious winners and losers,” Broyles said.

Broyles said the case would be heard sometime next year, adding that yoga in public schools is not a “local issue.” He noted that the India Supreme Court is mulling over whether yoga is religious and can be taught in the public education system. Since the trial, the EUSD yoga program has expanded, going from 10 teachers to 18. That’s thanks to a $1.4 million grant from the Sonima Foundation — a nonprofit previously known as the Jois Foundation. Broyles said EUSD is “doubling down” on an unconstitutional program. EUSD Superintendent Tim Baird said last week’s announcement from Broyles was expected. Broyles indicated at the conclusion of the trial this summer that an appeal would be coming. Three attorneys represented the district pro bono during the trial, and Baird said it’s likely they’ll continue to do so.While the district hasn’t racked up legal fees, Baird said district staff has spent time on the case — a cost that’s difficult to estimate, he said. Baird is doubtful the appeal will prevail, adding that Meyer “did a good job explaining” why EUSD yoga is secular. And Baird said he doesn’t believe the case will go beyond the appellate court. “I don’t know if there’s enough teeth for this to keep going forever,” Baird said. “Most people see that yoga is a secular activity,” he added. Because Meyer ruled the program passed constitutional muster, Baird noted EUSD has received more calls from school districts considering yoga. “They were waiting to see what would happen,” Baird said.


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SUPPORTING RESEARCH Co-chairwoman Roberta Burnham welcomed Renee Roth and Stephanie and Steve Williams to the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute’s gala, “On the Track to Discovery,” Nov. 2 at the Del Mar Country Club. Under the leadership of Burnham, Pauline Foster and Madeleine Pickens, the gala raised $2.1 million for biomedical research. Courtesy

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Council agreed to submit a letter to the San Diego Association of Governments to voice concerns about a project that will double track the railroad, replace the nearly 100-year-old San Dieguito River Bridge and add an events platform at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Council to weigh in on seasonal platform, double tracking, bridge replacement By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Following two presentations at the Nov. 4 meeting on a project that will double track the railroad, replace the nearly 100-year-old San Dieguito River Bridge and add a special events platform at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, council members agreed to send a letter listing their concerns to the San Diego Association of Governments, one of the main agencies involved in the improvements. The issues mirror complaints many residents voiced during an open house held at Powerhouse Community Center five days earlier. The project is essentially a done deal, but City Council and Del Marians are requesting mitigation for any negative impacts it will have on the city, its residents and the recently restored San Dieguito Lagoon. Linda Culp, project manager from SANDAG, first gave an overview identical to information provided at the earlier open house. That was followed by a presentation by Bill Michalsky, co-chairman of an ad hoc citizens group formed at the beginning of the year to gain a complete understanding of the project, identify issues and problems and identify and prioritize mitigation measures. Addressing the double tracking, Michalsky said SANDAG and committee members agree adding a track east of the existing one is the best alternative and positive for lagoon protection. Unresolved issues include increased noise from horns and vibration, as well as visual impacts. Michalsky said there is little argument the bridge needs to be replaced.The committee is satisfied with the new spans every 56 feet, as opposed to the current 14 feet. “That would open up the flow considerably,” he said. But members want the height as low as possible. Original plans called for a 10-foot increase. That has been reduced to 8 feet. He said the special events platform “is really the hottest topic with our committee.” He said members have questioned the 1,000-foot length. “And we don’t think really that we’ve received a good answer.” There is agreement it should be side-loading.

Unresolved issues include a definition of special events, something Culp said she couldn’t provide at this time, usage limits, noise from passengers, as well as arriving, standing and departing trains, lighting, litter, security and services and amenities. Michalsky said SANDAG representatives agreed to consider a shorter platform, but Culp said North County Transit District and Amtrak both requested the 1,000-foot length. There was also agreement there would be no tickets sales from the platform, lighting and operations would be minimal and there would be an evaluation of mitigations about noise, lighting and visual impacts. “These are good things,” Michalsky said. He also said the committee would like some sort of quiet zone established, perhaps similar to the directional one at the Coast Boulevard crossing. He said changes to the tracks and bridge will not be very impactful. “The key issue is … this platform is something that doesn’t exist in our community today, and it doesn’t serve our community,” he said.“It serves the visitors, and that’s not a bad thing. But we believe it could be taken down in size.” Several residents weighed in during the public comment period, voicing similar concerns. Some questioned the need for the platform. “We don’t want to tilt against windmills,” Mayor Terry Sinnott said. “We want to actually have some impact on what is happening in our surrounding area.” He described the committee issues as “a very good list of items.” “I think it’s appropriate now … to formally submit these concerns to SANDAG for their consideration and work very, very hard to try to get as many of these mitigation issues resolved and try to figure what we can do for the community. “We’ve got to really work with SANDAG to try to get some of these mitigations implemented,” he added. “It’s not ending. We will continue putting this together and try to make it as best as possible.” Council already submitted a letter with similar concerns in February for the environmental impact report.


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CP Air plans merge with existing air carrier By Rachel Stine

Agustin Morales listens to the prosecution during his arraignment Nov. 7 at the Vista Courthouse. He pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and other charges. Photo by Jared Whitlock

Driver pleads not guilty to charges By Jared Whitlock

VISTA — Agustin Morales pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter on Nov. 7 at the Vista courthouse. Morales was arrested on Nov. 4 in connection with striking and killing 3-year-old Juan Ruiz with his car. Additionally, Morales pleaded not guilty to counts of presenting false identification to an officer and driving without a license. He faces a maximum of two and a half years in jail if convicted of the charges. On Nov. 4, Morales was also booked on suspicion of driving under the influence resulting in death. However, prosecutors decided not to charge him with a drunken driving count. Deputy District Attorney Stephen Marquardt said that police administered a preliminary alcohol-screening device after the collision. Morales registered .029 percent, which is below the legal blood-alcohol limit of .08 percent. “The people have reviewed the case and do not believe the current state of the evidence supports such a charge,� Marquardt said. Marquardt said that Morales’ negligent driving resulted in Juan’s death. On Nov. 1, Juan was walking on the sidewalk of Encinitas Boulevard with his mother, who was pushing the boy’s 1-year-old sibling in a stroller. At about 7:20 a.m., Morales’ car hit Juan when turning westbound onto Encinitas Boulevard from the Essex Heights Apartments’ driveway. Morales’ car also struck the stroller, Marquardt said. Marquardt said Morales failed to look both ways and come to a complete stop. The boy was pinned

underneath the car, and Juan’s mother pounded on of the car’s windows. After stopping, Morales and a witness pulled Juan out from the underneath the vehicle. Juan was then transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Judge Marshall Hockett set Morales’ bail at $75,000, noting it's a moot point because Morales already has an immigration hold. When requesting the $75,000 bail,Marquardt argued that Morales poses a heightened flight risk. The attorney went on to say that Morales presented a fake ID to the Sheriff’s Department, adding Morales is in the country illegally and he’s been deported before. Peter Liss, Morales’ attorney, said that his client has cooperated with the investigation and is “distraught� over the collision. “When the police came, he was clearly distraught,� Liss said. “That Sunday, he went to church with his family to pray for the boy.� Liss added that Morales lifted up his car and cried for help upon realizing the boy was caught underneath the vehicle. Morales did “everything humanly possible� to save the boy’s life, Liss said. Immediately following the incident, Sheriff’s deputies labeled the collision as an accident, and didn’t arrest Morales then. However, three days later, Morales was booked into the Vista Detention Facility after investigators uncovered new evidence. Based on subsequent witness interviews and surveillance footage, Sheriff’s detectives are alleging that Morales should have seen Juan, Sheriff’s Sgt. Anthony O’Boyle said a day before the arraignment.

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CARLSBAD — California Pacific Airlines (CP Air) is working on merging with an existing, certified airline to advance its plans to fly out of the McClellanPalomar Airport in Carlsbad. CP Air owner Ted Vallas stated Wednesday that he plans to merge with a small airline in the coming months and eventually buy it entirely to obtain the company’s FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) air carrier certification. Vallas said he would then be able to expand the existing certificate to cover the types of planes he plans on flying out of McClellan-Palomar Airport. This would effectively circumvent the years of delays the FAA has imposed on CP Air’s application to start an airline from scratch. “You’re immediately certificated,� Vallas explained. “It only takes a couple of months to add a new type of aircraft to the certificate.� FAA spokesperson Ian Gregor confirmed that the FAA does allow airlines to do this. “Airlines all over the U.S. add new aircraft models to their fleets from time to time,� he said. “It’s a much simpler process to add new models of aircraft to an existing certificate than to certifi-

cate a brand new airline.� Though Vallas would not name the airline he intends to take over, he stated that it currently operates five Boeing 737 aircraft throughout the country. If the merger and buyout are successful, Vallas intends to continue operation of the 737 planes and within two years operate a total of 12 Embraer 170 and 190 aircraft out of McClellan-Palomar Airport. Sticking to CP Air’s original plan, the commercial flights would fly nonstop from Carlsbad to San Jose, Oakland, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Cabo San Lucas. The FAA most recently notified CP Air that it was further delaying the airline’s initial certification application due to limited staffing and resources in an Oct. 30 letter. FAA Flight Standards Assistant Division Manager Keith Ballenger sent the letter to CP Air President and CEO John Selvaggio. The letter stated that the FAA will review its resources in early 2014 to determine if it can resume working on the airline’s application. Until CP Air gains the necessary certificates to operate and expand the new airline, Vallas has suspended the company’s operations and furloughed all employees.

Ted Vallas, owner of California Pacific Airlines, announced that the airline now has plans to merge and eventually buy out an existing airline to receive FAA certification to begin flight operations out of the McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad. File photo

Vallas has maintained that through the years CP Air has pursued its FAA airline certification properly. He attributed the delays to the FAA and holdups by San Diego County. He has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the county for breach of contract/warranty and for withholding information that affected the airline’s proposal. “Under no condition ever (were we) in danger of not being certificated. It was just time delays by both the FAA and the county,� he said. Contrary to other news

Workshop planned for City Hall replacement By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — With new City Hall offices identified as a primary need, a workshop to garner public input on the who, what and where will be held at 6 p.m. on Dec. 2. In a roundtable format, residents will be given information on what has been done so far, discuss their preferences in small groups and have questions answered. Representatives from each table will report the outcome of their discussions. Potential questions will include whether City Hall should be made up of administrative offices for city departments, council chambers, the TV studio, a community center, a mixed-use complex or any combination of those uses. City officials will also be seeking public opinion on whether City Hall should be rebuilt on the current site at 1050 Camino del Mar or in an existing office building. Two potential properties that can accommodate city needs have been identified. One is in the professional commer-

Nearly everyone agrees City Hall, which lacks indoor restrooms for employees, needs to be replaced. Council will hold a Dec. 2 workshop to update residents on what’s been done to date, answer questions and garner public input. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

cial zone and the other is in the north commercial zone. Residents will also be asked if a viable option would be to purchase an existing office building if it was less expensive than building new administrative offices. Another option to be considered could be whether

to sell all or some of the current City Hall property if it is not used for a new facility. Money raised would help pay for the new building elsewhere. Answers to these questions could show a community consensus on any one direction or be used to refine options for ongoing, public

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Comprehensive quake info an absolute must CALIFORNIA FOCUS BY THOMAS D. ELIAS

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Happy paper isn’t sold Mr. Kydd, so many of us have enjoyed your Coast News since it started. Many of us really look forward to each new publication. You are our only link to LOCAL issues. Manchester seems to continue to hate Oceanside and he runs a cheesy paper anyway. Thank goodness you are a real newspaperman! I have been an active part of the community forum at City Council meetings in Oceanside. I really do not support either side,or any political group.The whole bunch is very disturbing. You publish (Ken) Leighton’s column,but he is a rabble rouser and I really have had to take a lot of guff from his contrary musing at times clear back to the ‘80s. I, and all the others I know locally, are willing to pay for the paper. Please do not sell off your little diamond we love to read.There are loads of changes going on in Oceanside and the public never knows if all they read is the U-T.Thank you for continuing for our community. Best regards, Donna McGinty, Oceanside Stay with the old system We (Taxpayers) have already, and will, spend millions of dollars to improve (correct) our (failed) health care system through passage of the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare). Some thought our old health care system was failed because everyone didn’t have health care insurance (even though everyone got the best health care in the world). Well, the old system meant everyone could buy whatever medical insurance they wanted and could

afford, or if they didn’t want to buy insurance and couldn’t afford to pay for their medical care, they would go to the emergency room to get the best care in the world, and we would all pay for that care. From what I’ve heard, it would be a whole lot cheaper, and we would all have a whole lot more freedom, if we had stuck with the best health care system in the world, as described above. Ralph Peck, Del Mar Response to letter In a recent letter in the Coast News, the author suggests that the Solana Beach FCCC party initiative be adopted because its (six) usage conditions could be adjusted by simply making changes to the Municipal Code. Condition 1 requires that the FCCC be available for private parties for the entire weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, 52 weeks a year. Condition 3 requires that alcohol use rules be restricted to ABC regulations. ABC regulations are state and not city code. If adopted, it is my understanding that the specific restrictions of Conditions 1 and 3,and also 2 and 6, could not be changed except by a citywide vote. Two of the six conditions point to the Municipal Code. Condition 4, noise control, seems vague, but appears to prohibit having noise regulations that are specific to the FCCC by restricting them to rules that are applicable to all residential areas. Condition 5 seems superfluous. Additionally, the conditions do not specify to which version of the Municipal Code they refer.In four of the six conditions,possibly five, the initiative contains

specifics that could not be changed except by a citywide vote. If a changed condition needed itself to be changed at some point in the future, it seems that this would require another vote, and so on. In reading the letters to the Solana Beach City Council, I get the impression that many writers were mistaken in believing that the Council was capriciously considering an expensive special election on the FCCC party initiative when it could just as easily hold a cheap election as part of the general election in June. If they did, I hope they realize by now that, thanks to the timing of the FCCC party initiative petition, this is not legally possible. Perhaps it is better to nip this nascent nightmare in the bud, to vote on this poorly-conceived initiative, get rid of it, and return to a sensible trial period of the City Council’s easily changeable policy, which was designed to match the special circumstances of the FCCC. Bill Howden, Solana Beach

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Anyone who has seen the epicenter of a major earthquake within days of its hitting knows that California’s legal and scientific priorities have lately been seriously skewed. Now put these recent events together: First, the state Legislature passes and Gov. Jerry Brown signs a new law to require development of a comprehensive statewide earthquake early warning system. Estimated initial cost will be $80 million. Next comes a report detailing how the state’s effort to map all its significant earthquake faults has slowed almost to a stop. This began just after the 1971 Sylmar temblor, which destroyed a veterans hospital, among other things. That quake occurred on a fault no one previously knew existed and for 20 years mapping was a priority, with 534 maps published detailing active faults. But since 1991, reports the Los Angeles Times, just 23 more maps have been drawn, none between 2004 and 2011 because

depending on how far you are from the epicenter, you might get between 15 and 60 seconds warning, as they do in Japan. That can be crucial if you’re a surgeon in an operation or a train engineer or in a car going over a bridge.” Padilla agrees that fixing buildings to cut casualties is critical. The first step in getting information needed to do that must be to immunize the scientists who have pinpointed dangerous buildings. If Los Angeles and other cities are to undertake a retrofitting campaign as thorough as one now authorized in San Francisco, they need that information. Nothing should be withheld for fear of lawsuits. So it’s necessary to free seismologists and structural engineers from the danger of lawsuits. That can be done with special acts of the Legislature and Congress if earthquake safety is a true priority. If lawmakers don’t do that, their priorities are fouled up. As usual, some might say. It’s hard for anyone who hasn’t seen the sheer power of a major earthquake up close to understand how urgent this problem is. California has seen no big quakes in major population

It’s hard for anyone who hasn’t seen the sheer power of a major earthquake up close to understand how urgent this problem is. of budget cuts. About 300 more faults must be mapped. Then word arrives that a multi-campus team of University of California scientists funded by the National Science Foundation has identified about 1,500 of the most apparently quake-vulnerable buildings in Los Angeles, using public records and a walking survey. Trouble is, the academics won’t give their list to the mayor so he can start doing something about it. Since they can’t be sure all buildings on their list are really at risk, the scientists fear they could face lawsuits from building owners if they finger structures that are actually sound — something only an on-site assessment can determine. The question arising from these three almost simultaneous autumn developments: How do you create a comprehensive warning system if you don’t know where all the faults lie? And how do you warn the people most at risk if you don’t know what buildings they’re in? The warning system legislative sponsor, Democratic state Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles, insists that while mapping precise locations of all faults is “very important,” it’s still not crucial to early warnings. “Once energy starts to emanate from the epicenter, waves go out,” the MIT mechanical engineering graduate says. “Energy moves faster than the actual shaking, so

areas in almost 20 years, creating a false sense of security. But action is needed. The comprehensive warning system should be online within two years. Padilla is correct when he says it can operate even without some key information. But adding that information can help prevent many casualties and a lot of damage. So we need to know where quakes might strike and who is most at risk. Yes, the maps drawn since 1971 give far more information than anyone had before then. But the biggest quakes of the last 40 years have come in unanticipated places, generally along unmapped faults. So even with an early warning all information on possibly unsafe buildings must be checked out, no matter what legislative manipulation it takes. That’s because without adequate information, the good done by warnings could be minimized. Warnings should be targeted as precisely as possible and that can be done if lawmakers both state and federal forget partisanship and concentrate on saving lives.

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


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Teen pulls together art show fundraiser RANCHO SANTA FE — ARTS | A Reason To Survive and the Francis Parker School are collaborating for “Healing Hearts.” The event was created by Sarah Nicita, a Rancho Santa Fe resident and 15-year-old junior at Francis Parker School where she serves as a vice-president of the Community Service Board. She has volunteered at ARTS first as a painting teacher and later as an assistant ceramics teacher. Nicita decided to hold this event because she wanted to give back to ARTS.

I love knowing there are still schools our there that value the benfit of art in kids’ lives.”

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The fundraiser and art auction will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Rose Art Gallery on the Francis Parker School campus, 6501 Linda Vista Road, San Diego.ARTS is a local non-profit organization that provides, supports, and advocates for arts programs that heal, inspire and empower youth facing adversity. Rancho Santa Fe resident Sarah Nicita has organized the “Healing “I love knowing there are Hearts” fundraiser and art auction at Francis Parker School. Courtesy still schools out there that value photo

the benefit of art in kids’ lives,” said Matt D’Arrigo, Founder and CEO of ARTS. “We are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Francis Parker School to give kids an outlet to express themselves.” “Healing Hearts” will include a silent auction, food, youth arts and crafts activities, live music and more.The exhibit will contain artwork contributed not only by Parker and ARTS students, but will also feature works by Parker faculty and administrators, Lower School students, and professional artists. ARTS students will also be performing music. “The Rose Art Gallery was created for exactly this purpose,” said Carol Jensen, director of Community Programs at Francis Parker School. “To

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Escondido Country Club: only winners are lawyers Kirk Effinger Having ignored the more reasonable alternative of sitting down and negotiating a compromise settlement, both sides in the Escondido Country Club version of the shootout at the OK Corral had their first round fought in court.To the dismay of area residents — and no doubt city leaders, as well — Superior Court Judge Earl Maas has ruled that the owner of the defunct golf course property had a legitimate right to file a lawsuit against the group organized to defeat his plans and claim his right to develop. While this case has many more rounds to go, this is an inauspicious beginning for the efforts of the residents within the Escondido Country Club Home Owner’s Association. And to think it was all avoidable if both sides of the issue had chosen the path of negotiation rather than combat. By all accounts, property owner Michael Schlesinger has not been, shall we say, the most approachable developer to come to town. Choosing consultants — engineers, attorneys, land planners — to work with who you may be comfortable with, rather than people who have local knowledge and a feel for the community rarely works out well, especially in a region as hostile to new development as this one. That said, things also rarely work out well for the naysayers fighting a project when they make the mistake of rushing to the lawyers, signaling they are going to the mattresses to not just try to get a better project built on the land owned by another, but essentially render his investment worthless by defeating it outright. It also doesn’t help when lawyers kick the hornet’s nest and fan the resident’s flames of passion

with unrealistic characterizations of their rights as homeowners in the area. To her credit, although she voted with the rest of her City Council colleagues to adopt an initiative to preserve the Escondido Country Club Golf Course as open space and recreational use, Deputy Mayor Olga Diaz did try to bring the two sides together to discuss compromise. Predictably — and regrettably — the animus possessed of both sides has been sufficient to foreclose any possibility of the meeting happening in the near future. Schlesinger has been acting the part of the schoolyard bully, refusing to yield in his demands for all or nothing at this point. ECCHOA residents and their lawyers have likewise demonstrated and conveyed a complete unwillingness to anything less than taking away the property owner’s rights. The most disheartening thing about this situation is that thanks to the Escondido City Council’s decision to step into the middle of this with its ordinance, Escondido taxpayers are exposed to the very real possibility they will be saddled not only with legal bills to fight the pending “takings” lawsuit, but also yet another judgment by the courts that will result in civil penalties to be paid. This is because the city’s action to declare the Country Club open space has, by Schlesinger’s own account made it the target of the takings lawsuit. In the end, the only winners in this will be the lawyers — as is most often the case.

Kirk W. Effinger was born in San Diego and raised in Southern California. He and his family have been residents of San Marcos for the past 30 years. His opinion columns have appeared regularly in the North County Times and, later, the San Diego Union-Tribune since 1995. He can be reached at kirkinsanmarcos@att.net or follow him on Twitter at @kirkeffinger

Last week, the Olivenhain Municipal Water District unanimously voted to expanded rental opportunities at The Elfin Forest Interpretative Center. Courtesy photo

Amended ordinance allows more to rent Elfin Forest Interpretative Center By Jared Whitlock

ESCONDIDO — Expect more brides, grooms and even film crews at the 1,000-square-foot Elfin Forest Interpretative Center in the near future. Last week, the Olivenhain Municipal Water District (OMWD) board revised the center’s use policy to permit additional special events at the building, located in the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. OMWD Board Director Jerry Varty said the updated policy represents an opportunity to invite the community to enjoy the

reserve’s amenities. “This policy is a nice balance between showcasing the reserve’s outstanding facilities and services and offsetting OMWD’s costs to deliver these services,” Varty said. The revision came about because of an uptick in demand from groups wanting to rent the interpretative center for weddings, movie productions and other gatherings. Previously, the center’s use policy didn’t specify how to handle the requests, resulting in OMWD turning down some of the proposed events, according to a staff

report on the agenda item. The report also noted that planned development in the area could result in more people wanting to use the interpretative center. The revised policy, which went into effect right away, calls for a fee schedule ranging from $100 an hour for nonprofits that are OMWD customers to $250 an hour for private parties that aren’t in OMWD’s service area. The minimum rental time is two hours, with a maximum of 50 people at an event. Alcohol is allowed at private parties provided

specific conditions are met. It’s anticipated the board’s action will generate a small revenue stream, according to the agenda’s staff report. The policy also states that special events on certain trails and overlooks are permitted Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Operated by OMWD, the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve includes 784 acres. OWMD and other agencies broke ground on the interpretive center in 2008. Those interested in renting the center can call (760) 632-4212.

Mosquitoes plague Buena Vista Lagoon By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — Homeowners along the Buena Vista Lagoon say the mosquito problem has never been so bad. Mosquitoes have plagued residents for more than a decade, but this past year the number of mosquitoes has become unbearable. Residents complain

they cannot enjoy their backyards because of the record concentration of mosquitoes in the area. Homeowners have contacted the county vector control program, Fish and Wildlife and SANDAG in an effort to find a solution. Oceanside resident Peter Yeomans said county vector control has dropped mosquito-killing pellets every week throughout the summer, but this has not curtailed the problem. “The mosquito problem has been very severe,” Yeomans said. “We still can’t go out in our backyards during the summer.” Yeomans said in addition to vector efforts, invasive cattails and reeds, where mosquitoes nest, need to be removed from the lagoon. He said the Buena Vista Audubon Society supports removal of the invasive plants. A next step is to get Fish and Wildlife, who manages the land, to agree to the plan and remove the plants. Yeomans describes the lagoon as a manmade lake. It is dammed at the west end, which does not allow saltwater to flush through it. “The basic problem is it’s not a lagoon,” Yeomans

said. “It is not open to the ocean and does not get tidal flushing.” He said the weir that dams the lagoon has been in place since the 1930s and is privately owned. The purpose of the weir is to keep ocean water from flooding waterfront homes. It is unlikely the weir will be removed. Homeowners faced with the mosquito problem have formed the neighborhood group Buena Vista Lagoon Next Door. The group met with SANDAG and is in the process of arranging a meeting with Fish and Wildlife to push for a solution. The neighborhood meeting with SANDAG was held Nov. 6. More than 80 residents showed up. “Their primary focus was on the mosquito problem,” Keith Greer, SANDAG EIR project manager, said. Greer said SANDAG is moving forward with an EIR study to determine the best rehabilitation plan for the lagoon. Plan options are to restore the lagoon to freshwater, or saltwater, or an estuary habitat. “There are three alternatives, freshwater restoration that will curtail cattails,

a saltwater flush, or hybrid,” Greer said. “They all enhance vector control. We are in the stage of doing the analysis.” EIR analysis will determine which restoration plan will have the greatest impact on reducing mosquitoes. SANDAG’s analysis and selection of a restoration plan are expected to be complete by November 2014. The implementation of the restoration plan may take decades. SANDAG will only move forward on lagoon restoration when it is done in conjunction with a road project. Yeomans said work on the 78 Interchange and I-5 widening projects that border the lagoon are not expected to begin for 20 years. He added he is hopeful that once a lagoon restoration plan is selected, funds will be found to make the project happen and residents will find relief from mosquitoes. “To do the EIR is the biggest issue,”Yeomans said. “The EIR basically analyzes three suggested proposals. They all include action to reduce the mosquito problem.”


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Residents question high-density housing plans for historic district By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — Homeowners at the end of Academy Road, a quiet twolane street just east of Mission San Luis Rey, question the impact of the Viastoria high-density housing project on the historic mission district. Between 394 and 568 housing units are proposed to be constructed along the road that now serves 328 San Luis Rey Cove mobile home owners who own their homes and parcels of land beneath them. Residents are concerned about traffic, water and sewage capacity, and the impact of the high-density housing project that doubles to triples the current number of houses along the road. “That’s a lot of houses,” Ione Elsner, San Luis Rey Cove homeowner, said. “We started a letter writing campaign a couple of weeks ago.” In order for the housing project to move forward the city must change the zoning of the two parcels of land the 37-acre housing project will occupy. The parcel west of Academy Road is currently zoned for auxiliary community uses such as schools, parks and civic institutions. It will need to be rezoned to high-density residential use for the project to move forward. The parcel east of Academy Road is now zoned for single family residential

with larger lot sizes than the developer proposes. It will need to be up zoned to higher density use to accommodate the project. “The likelihood it will be approved is a difficult question to answer,” Russell Cunningham, city senior planner, said. Neighborhood compatibility, fiscal impact and traffic impact are among the issues that will be considered before rezoning is approved and the project can continue forward with a public review process. Consideration of the historic overlay district

developer within 30 days. “I expect it will be forthcoming with the second submittal,” Cunningham said. Cunningham said the city welcomes residents’ questions and concerns early in the planning process. He has received 75 letters and met with four groups of residents about the proposed project within the last month. He added he has passed residents’ concerns on to the developer. “Every project is different and has its own dynamics,” Cunningham said. “The

COAST CITIES — Savanah, Mikayla and Jillian Stuart of Rancho Santa Fe, have become successful young entrepreneurs before they even leave high school. The sisters are talented equestrians, successfully competing across the country an average of two weekends a month. They also excel academically at The Grauer School in Encinitas. These three budding entrepreneurs make up the staff of Ballerina Bows, a company which creates handcrafted hair bows for sports such as cheer, soccer and equestrian sports; the company is named after their beloved pony, Prima Ballerina. “We were at a horse show searching for bows as a gift for someone and found that there was not a big selection,” Savanah said. “We had wanted to start a business of our own, so we all decided to try making a pair. We made enough to sell and began marketing our products on Instagram.” This handcrafted attention to detail sets Ballerina Bows’ products apart: as competitors on the show circuit where they sell their bows, the Stuarts are aware of what types of bows equestrians want to wear, and they will also make custom bows on request.

guidelines will also be weighed. “It is part of the historic core of the San Luis Rey Mission,” Elsner said. “I grew up in California. In fourth grade I studied the mission. We need housing, but we don’t need it on historic land.” Cunningham said at this stage the city needs a more detailed plan of the project with specifics on street networking, grading and housing product. Project details are expected to be received from the

process is designed to encourage input. We’re receiving it and welcome it. I look forward to working with all stakeholders and the applicant to reach an outcome that’s in the best interest of stakeholders and the city at large.” Current information on the project is public record and is available for residents to review at the Planning Department City Hall office. Once the project is deemed complete, information will be posted on the city website at ci.oceanside.ca.us.

The sisters split up the day-to-day activities of running their business evenly. Jillian, the youngest, has connections with many of the young riders who wear the bows when competing, and she handles marketing their products. Mikayla creates the girls’ business cards and packaging for the bows and runs the Web site. Savanah has tackled the finances, inventory and packaging of the bows. Their system works: they currently sell their bows in 13 retail stores across nine different states as well as online and via their four local sales rep-

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Campaign under way to celebrate troops who were injured in combat By Bianca Kaplanek

RANCHO SANTA FE — Everyone celebrates the day they were born, and the men and women who serve our country are no exception. But many — perhaps too many — look forward to another momentous occasion. They call it their “alive day,” the date on which they experienced a very close escape from death during combat. “Fighting in a war tends to increase the probability of dying, and it can seem miraculous to escape death after an engagement with the enemy,” according to Wisegeek.com. Because of their unique experiences in war, military

Tony Perez, founder of Operation Game On, holds the microphone while his son, pro golfer Pat Perez, gives a putting demonstration before last year’s fundraising tournament. Tony Perez is on a quest to establish a national Alive Day, a date recognized by many combat-injured warriors as the date they escaped death during combat. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

members are tightly connected with each other, the website states. Alive day parties are one way to renew that connection and celebrate their survival with fellow combat veterans from their unit, fellow combat-injured troops, family members and other close friends. With that thought, Tony Perez is on a mission to have Aug. 1 recognized as national Alive Day. Perez is the founder of Operation Game On, a program that provides free golf lessons and specially designed equipment, as well as reduced playing fees, to combat-injured warriors, TURN TO INJURED ON A19

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SURFERS REMEMBER LONGBOARD LEGEND DONALD TAKAYAMA SAN CLEMENTE — Surfers are remembering legendary longboard surfer and shaper Donald Takayama in a memorial museum exhibit a year after he passed away last October at age 68. The idea to exhibit Takayama’s surfboards and personal memorabilia at the Surfing Heritage and Cultural Center began with his wife Diane’s suggestion. She approached Barry Haun, museum creative director and curator and family friend, and said she had “all this stuff sitting in storage that needs to be seen in public.” Diane Takayama loaned the museum the majority of items for the exhibit, including family photos, surf trophies and the teriyaki sauce Donald Takayama made and marketed. Once word got out that there were plans for the memorial exhibit, surfers and surfboard collectors offered to loan the museum boards shaped by Takayama. The exhibit includes a variety of early longboards and short boards Takayama shaped and surfboards that were in production when he passed away. “Joel Tudor was kind enough to share his

key in reviving the popularity of traditional longboard surfing in the 1990s after short boards made a hit. Together Takayama and Tudor brought back the graceful fluid style of longboard surfing. The “Tribute to Donald Takayama” exhibit will be on display through Nov. 16. The final day of the exhibit a remembrance party will be held. The day also marks Takayama’s birthday. “It’s a more freeform type of thing,” Haun said. “We don’t plan on having a podium. We’ll get together and celebrate his life.” In Oceanside Takayama’s family will dedicate a beach bench to Takayama in a private family ceremony. The Surfing Heritage and Cultural Center is located at 110 Calle Iglesia, San Clemente.

lines including Velzy, Jacobs, Bing and Weber. The David Nuuhiwa noserider and the Weber Performer were two of his most popular surfboard models. Takayama also won five U.S. Surfing Champion titles. He went on to open Hawaiian Pro Designs surfboard company in the late 1970s. He lived and worked in Encinitas and later moved to Oceanside. Haun said Takayama went through a brief dark period in 1980s and added that is not what people remember about him. “He was really recognized for being one of the best shapers around,” Haun said. “He was also a really, really good surfer. Usually you’re one or the other.” Many consider Takayama and world longboard champion Joel Tudor

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Legendary sufer and shaper Donald Takayama is being remembered in a memorial exhibit, one year after his passing in October 2012. Photo by Glenn Sakamoto

pipeline gun and his favorite longboard for the show,” Haun said. “Donald’s family provided many photos and personal items including his classic surf mobile — a 1963 Plymouth Valiant.” The “Tribute to Donald Takayama” exhibit will also include a memory book in which people can write

their sentiments about Takayama. “The overall feeling is he is very missed and left way too soon,” Haun said. “He was a fun, lovable, loving, caring person, filled with the aloha spirit.” Takayama grew up in Waikiki, Hawaii, and began surfing and shaping boards at a very young age. While

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Teaching people about the importance of shellfish E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road If you want to teach people about the importance of the shellfish industry, feed them oysters. That’s the philosophy of the Deep Bay Marine Field Station, a shellfish industry research facility about a twoand-a-half hour drive north of Victoria on Vancouver Island’s east coast. We are about to become beneficiaries of that philosophy. We are standing in the station’s high-tech industrial kitchen, watching chef Sarah Leduc slide a tray full of oysters-on-the-half-shell into an industrial oven. The aroma of bacon, onions and garlic engulfs the state-of-the-art kitchen, and it’s difficult to remember that this is a research facility, not a restaurant. Leduc knows her way around the kitchen. She spent years working as a chef at hotels, resorts and hospitals. While working in Montreal, she became homesick for Canada’s West Coast and also considered a career change. She enrolled in the Fisheries and Aquaculture Diploma program at Vancouver Island University, and first came to the field station as a student before the facility was open. “Little by little as the station has grown, I’ve become the resident algologist and chef,” Leduc says. Algologist? The title means she is responsible for cultivating, harvesting and feeding algae to the several types of oysters growing in the station’s experimental tanks. Leduc also directs the

Tiny Olympic oysters, once nearly extinct, are cultivated in tanks at the Deep Bay Marine Field Station because of their importance in filtering pollutants from sea water where oyster beds are located.

Touch tanks at the Deep Bay Marine Field Station give visitors a chance to get up-close and personal with the area’s marine life. Photos by Jerry Ondash

Delicious oysters-on-the-half-shell, created in the field station’s state-ofthe-art kitchen, are served to visitors to drive home the importance of Vancouver Island’s shellfish industry.

Quiet, picturesque Deep Bay, two-and-a-half hours north of Victoria, is so named because in 1946, an earthquake caused the bottom of the bay to sink up 84 feet in some areas. It is the home of Vancouver Island University’s Deep Bay Marine Field Station, a research facility that supports the 100-year-old shellfish industry.

preparation of meals for special events and groups who come to learn about the shellfish industry. “We’ve had a lot of community programs (for adults and school children) in the last two years,” says Stephanie Richards, spokesperson for the Centre

for Shellfish Research, who shows us around the facility. Although the marketing budget is small, “people are learning about us via word of mouth.” The emphasis during the presentations is how the field station is helping Vancouver Island’s 100-year-old shellfish farming industry become more environmentally, economically and socially sustainable. For instance, “one of our research projects is trying to develop hatching techniques so we can keep the Olympic oyster alive,” Richards explains. “It’s never been done before.” The tiny Olympic oysters are not cultivated for food – they are too small to eat – but for their amazing ability to filter and clean sea water where consumable oysters grow. Visitors also can get up close and personal with local sea life.

“Our touch tanks are hugely popular with visitors,” Richards says. “They contain all local species and are collected by students. We are a hands-on learning facility involved with university students and school kids.” Even the other-worldly, ultra-modern field station building is a lesson in sustainability. It earned the prestigious Platinum LEED Certification this year because its impact on the environment is minimal. Those who strive for this certification must design buildings that use water and energy efficiently, safeguard the surrounding environment, use “green” materials and demonstrate a high indoorenvironmental quality. Only 30 buildings in Canada have attained this designation. “Our building actually lives and breathes on its own,” Richards likes to say.

The Deep Bay Marine Field Station earned Platinum LEED Certification this year because its impact on the environment is minimal. Those who strive for this certification must design buildings that use water and energy efficiently, safeguard the surrounding environment, use “green” materials and demonstrate a high-quality indoor environment. Only 30 buildings in Canada have attained this designation.

Algologist Sarah Leduc explains how the Deep Bay Marine Field Station cultivates oysters for research. She is responsible for growing algae and feeding it to the several types of oysters that are grown in research tanks. Leduc also is the facility’s chief chef.

Indoor oxygen levels are monitored, lights throughout are photosensitive, there are air vents in the floor, the building is heated using

excess energy from other processes. There also are plenty of dramatic glass windows to take advantage of every bit of light during Vancouver Island’s dark and rainy winters. It’s best to visit the Deep Bay Marine Field Station in summer and early fall. It’s about a 35-minute drive from popular beach towns Parksville and Qualicum Beach. For more information, visit viu.ca/deepbay/. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com.


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All runners become electric

NOV. 15, 2013

A glow dancer poses with her electric hula-hoop.

DEL MAR – Light and sound cut through the darkness of night at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Saturday night as part of the Electric Run 5K. It was the second time the event has taken place at the fairgrounds. Thousands of runners took to the course adorned with glow sticks, florescent running gear and glow paint. The Electric Run takes place throughout the country and now will be heading internationally with its next event in Australia. Photos by

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10,000 RUNNERS EXPECTED TO TAKE ON TURKEY TROT FUN RUN By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — This is the eighth year for the annual Oceanside Turkey Trot 5mile fun run and a record 10,000 runners are expected to participate on Nov. 28. “I’m excited there’s such a strong interest in the race,” Kathy Kinane, cofounder of the race and owner of Kinane Events, said. “It’s the largest singleday running event in North County.” The annual fun run began in 2005 with a sizeable participation of 4,200 runners. “We had a pretty good first year,” Kinane said. The idea to hold the run in Oceanside was thought up years before it was first held. Kinane and Richard Muscio, the cofounders of the race, had already organized Turkey Trot runs in other cities. Kinane had her sights set on holding a run in scenic Oceanside. It was not until Oceanside installed the train underpass tunnel for pedestrians that a safe running route could be charted. “I waited 20 years,” Kinane said. “Richard was the title sponsor the first year, it meant so much to

him.” Safety and fun have always been hallmarks of the race. Last year 9,000 runners participated in the race.This year the race is limited to 10,000 runners to ensure safety and an open racecourse for runners. Runners are grouped for staggered starts of 500 to 800 athletes at a time so the course does not get congested and runners can make their best times. “We want to provide a quality experience,” Kinane said. “We focus on it every year.” Olympic athletes in training, and college and high school track team runners are among the participants. Families also take on the run as way to bond and build memories. A fun part of the run is the costume contest that encourages holiday theme dress for the Thanksgiving Day run. Along the 5-mile running course there are inspirational race cheerleaders including people hula hooping and playing live music on the sidelines. The idea of the run is to

get families out and active on a day that people routinely stay at home. The run’s purpose is also to remind people how fun it is to get out and run together. “We want people to realize running is fun and feels good,” Kinane said. “It’s a great way to be social.” The kids age 12 and under 1-mile run has always Last year, 9,000 runners participated in the annual Turkey Trot Fun Run. been a race highlight. It is now divided into age group categories to reduce racecourse crowding. The course layout allows kids to cross the official race finish line where each participant receives a medal and race backpack. “We had the kids run from the beginning,” Kinane said. “We added more of them as the demand grew. There are so many we have separate runs for 6-, 5- and 4-yearolds.” Adults get a participation medal and T-shirt for their efforts. Due to the fast downhill course runners record some of their best 5mile finish times. There is also an option to complete a 5K course. Both races start at the Civic Center and finish at the Oceanside Pier. Racers wearing costumes is a big part of the Turkey Trot Fun Run.

The family that surfs together..... CHRIS AHRENS Sea Notes I was out recently listening to former world surfing champion Shaun Tomson read from his latest book, “The Surfer’s Code.” The book, which draws metaphors from a lifetime in the ocean, compares, among other things, the courage of paddling back out after you have been tumbled by a big wave, to meeting life’s various challenges. It is filled with advice on dealing with the good and bad of life, something Shaun knows all too well after losing his only son to a prank gone awry. Shaun spoke for a time about surfing and ethics and the wisdom gained through meeting’s life challenges. Then he ventured off into an area I have been contemplating for some time — that surfing, for the first time in his life, had become a family sport. I mentally scanned my 50-some years as a surfer and visualized groups of teenaged boys huddled on beaches and in the lineups from Orange County to Oahu’s North Shore, to the endless points of Australia, and beyond. Everywhere I

looked in my memory were young men huddled together with few young women and never a mother or father in sight. These people were our beach families, consisting mostly of a boy’s club that made its own rules and then broke every one of them. And, while I value my early surf days, I see that they lacked the balance of female and adult companionship. That has all changed in the past few decades. Yesterday morning I stood in the frosty Cardiff morning with a friend, watching his pre-teenaged kids ride waves before taking them to school. My friend is like most of us, in that he never had his parents there to watch him surf, or encourage him to get better. Now, please don’t get me wrong; I had great parents, but they had little interest in my surfing abilities, and never once expressed any desire to actually ride waves with my brother or me. This now seems kind of odd, since my father began surfing in the mid 1930s. Surfing today is filled with pods of dads, moms, brothers and sisters, all with their own style of riding and often on surf craft ranging from 10-foot noseriders to 5foot-6-inch chips, all crammed together in the lineup. Many of the parents who once surfed in their teens, 20s and 30s, are back into it,

and it is no longer unusual to see groups of young moms or dads paddling out together, rather than waiting for their kids to come in. Some beaches like San Onofre have always been family friendly, and now Cardiff Reef has taken the hint and become something of a San Onofre south, where caravans of parents and their kids hit the surf together, in ways and numbers I have never before witnessed. The beach is a much more civilized zone than it was when we played lord of the flies there half a century ago. I miss the juvenile pranks, the trials by water and fire, the impromptu initiations where you might find yourself in the trunk of a car, strapped to someone’s roof, or taped to a lifeguard tower.

While the agony and ecstasy of those crazy days will never be forgotten, this is another time, maybe a better time. Anyway, seeing boys and girls of all ages in the surf creates a much more balanced experience. The downside is that it’s a lot more crowded. Then again, that crowd is a lot friendlier than it used to be, and their barbecues are a whole lot better. Chris Ahrens is a surfer and author of four books on surfing. E-mail him at cahrens@coastnewsgroup.com.

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Defense couldn’t slow Manning’s early offense Shrigley shrugs By Tony Cagala

SAN DIEGO — Chargers head coach Mike McCoy was storming the sidelines, making frustrated gestures and yelling into his headset at the start of the second half. The reason: quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos had just stormed the field, scoring yet another touchdown and needing only 3 minutes and 26 seconds to do so. That was the longest time of possession in the Broncos’ four scoring drives in their 2820 win at Qualcomm Stadium. In the first half, Manning and his offense needed just 57 seconds to score their first touchdown; their remaining scoring drives took 2 minutes and 27 seconds and 1 minute and 25 seconds. Ono the sideline, McCoy’s shoulders slumped even further with news that center Nick Hardwick suffered what later was called a “stinger,” and wouldn’t finish the game despite trying. And that after losing left tackle King Dunlap with a concussion (his third of the season); fullback Le’Ron McClain, who wouldn’t return following an ankle injury and linebacker Larry English left the game with a biceps injury. After the game, McCoy didn’t express any initial concerns over Denver’s ability to score so quickly in the first half. “They’re a very explosive

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football team,” McCoy said. “They do it week in, week out (over) the last two years, and you understand that when you play these guys, the talent they have on the football team, that they’re very good. Give them credit where credit’s deserved.” As the offensive coordinator for the Broncos just a year ago, McCoy knew what the Broncos have in their quarterback. “They’re going to make some plays, that’s a given,” he said. “The points they’re averaging this year, we all know about that — what Peyton’s

doing and their offense is doing – but you’ve got to minimize the big plays.” In the second half, the Chargers defense did settle down. Linebacker Manti Te’o experienced going against the Manning offense for the first time this season, calling it “fast.” Ask anybody who’s gone against it,” he said. “It’s fast.” The challenge, Te’o said, was not how fast the speed of the offense affected them physically, but rather the issues it posed on their defense’s com-

munications. “Everybody has to be tuned in to what’s going on with the play,” he said. “And everybody has to get the call, and everybody has to go. And definitely, a fast paced offense like that, was definitely a challenge.” That may have contributed to Denver’s ability to take only 7 minutes and 35 seconds to score 28 points during the game. “As a team, we knew that we could execute better and TURN TO MANNING ON A19

MCC women’s soccer team in championship finals By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — The MiraCosta College women’s soccer team has four games left to decide if the team will win the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship and have a guaranteed spot in the state playoffs. It has been a very good year so far.The team’s standing as of Nov. 4 is 10 wins, two losses and four ties. First year women’s college soccer coach Miguel Barragan credits much of the Spartans’ success to player attitude and a

unified team vision. Early on players set team values and goals that have united them through the season. “We have good players with good attitudes,” Barragan said.“The team culture carried us on.” A challenge of college soccer is that team members only play for two years. While players come in with experience, it is really a new start every year with only a handful of sophomore players returning. “It’s difficult to get the same players back,” Barragan

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Goalkeeper Sarah Hinkel and forward Angelina Hix are top conference players in blocking goals and scoring. Hinkel’s jersey number is 0. No goals have been scored against her this season. Photo by Promise Yee

said. “We have six sophomores, but they didn’t all play last year.”

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Barragan said he and assistant coach Jill Foss selected team players who showed skill and a positive attitude. He said a positive attitude has pulled the team through daily practices and demanding games. “We have a well-rounded team with a strong offense, and that’s very organized defensively,” Barragan said. “The team specifically has a lot of toughness, physical toughness and mental toughness,” Pat Conahan, MiraCosta College athletic director, said. Two of the team’s top players consistently show outstanding skill and good sportsmanship. Angelina Hix is the team captain and forward. She is recognized statewide for scoring 22 goals and 10 assists this year. “She’s the top player in TURN TO SOCCER ON A19

It was a Saturday morning for San Diego State’s Matt Shrigley, and they don’t come much better. La Costa Canyon, his alma mater, had secured the Beach Bowl in the previous night’s football game against rival Torrey Pines. And Shrigley, the former Mavericks’ basketball star, wasn’t sore from riding the SDSU pine. Shrigley is finally getting to shine for the Aztecs with his first action coming in a recent win over UC Riverside. After redshirting his first year, Shrigley is redhot about starting his second. “It’s a whole new speed now,’’ he said. Rewind to last November and Shrigley was a no-go on game days. With the Aztecs loaded with talent and Shrigley long on eligibly, a plan was floated like one of his soft 3-point jumpers. Would Shrigley forgo his freshman season for one to be named later? “He swallowed his pride to say, ‘I’m going to trade a year where I might not get to play much for a fifth year where I could be a whirling dervish,’’’ Aztecs coach Steve Fisher said. Round and round the redshirting notion went around Shrigley’s noggin. While making sense, it’s hard seeing the big picture when the current one reveals playing on an NCAA Tournament-bound team. “It was tough, a bummer,’’ said Shrigley, the main cog in those championship LCC teams which went 64-8 his final two seasons. “But at the end of the day it was only going to benefit my game. I could learn from my mistakes by playing on the scout team, get a feel for the game and get that extra year. That sounds like a long time from now but this college stuff goes by quick.’’ There goes a streaking 6-foot-6 Shrigley, sprinting to the corner. A few seconds later the forward’s 3-point effort is exiting the net’s bottom and The Show at Viejas Arena is roaring. “Matt is a very good player,’’ Fisher stressed. “He’s going to play.’’ That’s because he didn’t pout. While his laundered practice jersey had

Jay Paris that redshirt stain, Shrigley didn’t complain. “At times I’m sure it was hard for him,’’ Fisher said. “His buddies were playing and he wasn’t and people that didn’t know any better were saying, ‘Aren’t you good enough to play at San Diego State?’ “So once you get past that Matt did a great job in growing as a player. He worked hard at his defense, worked hard in the weight room. He wasn’t going to regret it and used his decision to the best of his ability and made it a positive.’’ Shrigley’s in the eight-man rotation of a team which is lengthy and athletic. One year after banging bodies with Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley in practice, Shrigley has a role on a squad which is unknown, but not unlikely to have a solid year. While there’s three new starters, there’s a sense the development of Xavier Thames, Winston Shepard, JJ O’Brien and Skylar Spencer — Shrigley’s roommate — and the addition of Tulane transfer Josh Davis, will have Montezuma Mesa rocking. “The sky is the limit for this team.’’ Shrigley said. “We just got to be in our spots and play as a unit.’’ One of those spots belongs to Shrigley, as he runs the wings and adds his perimeter game to an offense in search of one. “Anything the coaches need from me,’’ Shrigley adds. Shrigley still requires some floor time to get right. But it beats being clear to the right of Fisher, far down on a bench he wouldn’t exit. “Sometimes you got to get a couple of games under your belt to know that you belong,’’ Fisher said. “And Matt belongs.’’ 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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“White Doves from Heaven,” provided by Joe and Leslie Irwin, are released at the conclusion of the ceremony. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

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she also decided to serve again, but this time in a different way. She now helps those who are still living with the war inside. “My job now is to give them hope,” she said. Stanley works as a psychiatric nurse practitioner helping those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. “My hope is that we can help these young veterans go on to have a productive full life,” she said. Stanley said good things do happen in combat. “You learn who your friends are and what’s important in life. “I always say a part of me died in Iraq, but a part of me was born,” she said. “I realize what’s important are

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making a huge amount of progress, he told an assembled Escondido Democratic Club on Saturday. Even though Escondido isn’t in the 49th District, he came asking for their endorsement. And he received it, making them his first Democratic club endorsement so far. The 49th District includes all of North County coastal cities, Rancho Santa Fe as well as the southern parts of Orange County. Issa has held the seat since 2001. Peiser holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, but has very limited political experience. Though he said that his lack of political experience in this particular election is a plus. “The mood in the district in general, and in the country, I think is antiCongress right now. And I think the fact that I have not been tainted is a really big plus,” he said. As he tells it, Peiser has a family legacy in politics. “When I was 19 years old growing up in New York, my father ran as a Democrat, for county Legislator on Long Island against an entrenched Republican,” he said. “He lost. But my son is 19 years old now, and I’m running against an

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family, friends, health, veterans and service to one another.” The event, co-hosted by the city and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5431, also included a presentation of the colors by the Camp Pendleton Young Marines, military music by the Santa Fe Christian Schools band and a welcome message by Mayor Mike Nichols. “On this special day we honor our nation’s true and beloved heroes — our veterans,” Nichols said. “This elite group of individuals has faced tremendous obstacles, made significant and remarkable sacrifices and endured countless struggles, both physically and emotionally,” he said. “Today and every day let us be reminded of your service, your commitment and your dedication to our freedom.

“But let us also be reminded of the heroes you are to us off the battlefield,” Nichols added. “You lead by example. You are our mentors and role models. You teach us about discipline, dedication and service. Whether you realize it or not, we all look up to you.” Nichols also recognized those who are currently serving. “Our hearts and prayers go out to these brave men and women on active duty,” he said. “It is also important to remember and thank their families. “They, too, endure long times away from their loved ones,” he said. “They experience fear and anxiety … and continue to make sacrifices at home on behalf of our nation.” The ceremony concluded with the release of white doves, a symbol of peace.

entrenched Republican and I’m going to win.” Peiser had considered running in the previous election, but said that because his son was still in high school, the timing wasn’t right. The challenger to Issa two years ago was Carlsbad resident Jerry Tetalman. The real estate broker, who also ran with very little political experience, earned 41.8 percent, or 114,893 votes. Issa won out with 159,725 votes or 58.2 percent. Tetalman, who has endorsed Peiser, ran a grassroots-style campaign, raising about $150,000 by the end of the election, he said. Peiser realizes that money will be an issue in this race, and said he thinks that he’ll need to raise a couple million dollars to win. For Tetalman, the money issue came to be about how much money a candidate was able to raise to run against Issa, he said. “Darrell Issa, he really doesn’t run a campaign against you as a candidate unless the polling really shows that you’re doing something…so he doesn’t run any ads against you…You really need a lot of money to go up against a guy like him. It’s part of the game,” Tetalman added. Still, Tetalman said he thought his run moved the scale a little bit for the future win of someone. “I think I put the mes-

sage out there, I think people rallied, but I think that overall I lost the election because the district is very heavily Republican-registration compared to Democratic,” Tetalman said. One of the other challenges facing Peiser will be Orange County, Tetalman said. “The problem with that campaign is that you have Orange County as well in the district,” he said. “It’s a tougher road in Orange County. That’s the thing with that district, is that you might be able to pop San Diego County, but Orange County…it’s moving democratic, but its got a lot farther to go,”Tetalman said. This September, Issa opened a new office in Dana Point. According to a press release, the office will “serve as a convenient option for Orange County residents in the 49th District to receive the assistance of Rep. Issa and his staff.” Fundraising efforts have gotten underway this week, Peiser said. And he continues to garner support from the other local Democratic clubs within the 49th District. He added that he was realistic about the race to come. “I get what the demographics of the district are. So I do need to convince a whole lot of Independents and Republicans that I’m the guy.”

the state,” Barragan said This is Hix’s sophomore year on the MiraCosta College team. Barragan said she has been scouted by several universities and has the choice of which university she wants to attend to continue pursuing athletics and academics. Sarah Hinkel, the team goalkeeper, is another outstanding player. Hinkel is a freshman and will be with the team for one more year. “She is the leading conference goalkeeper with the least amount of goals scored against her,” Barragan said. “But she’ll be the first to tell you it’s all about the team.” Barragan said the team is excited about their success this

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that’s definitely something that we’ve got to do, and that’s definitely something we did in the second half,”Te’o said. The defense kept the Broncos out of the end zone after the opening drive of the second half, allowing quarterback Philip Rivers and the offense a chance to make a comeback. “I thought our defense played their tail off,” Rivers said. “I know there’s going to be a couple of plays they wish they had back. But they gave us the ball enough to be able to go win, and we just didn’t get it

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the questions vague.“I thought some of these administrative questions had been answered,” he said, adding that he would like to see more specifics on the floor plan. Resident Hershell Price suggested the city survey residents beforehand, a recommendation some council members liked. “A lot of these questions … are all over the place,” Councilwoman Lee Haydu said, noting that a survey could provide consensus before the workshop, which would make the event more productive. Councilman Don Mosier agreed. “I think there’s too

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most with prosthetics. The Rancho Santa Fe resident said he is not seeking a holiday, but rather a day during which Americans “can learn about, honor and recognize these heroes who escaped death while defending our freedom. It’s more than just saying, ‘Thank you for your service.’” Perez said establishing a recognition day for our combatinjured will let them know Americans remember their sacrifice by celebrating their survival on a national basis. To date, Perez has reached out to President Barack Obama

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cancer awareness bows with 25 percent of profits being donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and are planning on participating in an upcoming fundraiser at The Grauer School Nov. 8 for global girls’ education chari-

season, and team members are keeping a level head as they finish the final conference games that decide if they will go on to state playoffs. “It looks good now,” Barragan said. Barragan said the Spartans’ upcoming home game against Mt. San Jacinto on Nov. 12 would be one to watch. Mt. San Jacinto beat MiraCosta by one goal in a previous game this season and stands at about the same number of wins and losses. During the game there will be a sophomore day celebration. Barragan said because of the close rankings between top college teams MiraCosta’s goal is to win every game it has left to play in the conference. “We can’t afford to lose,”

Barragan said.“We have to win them all.” Among his accomplishments, Barragan led the Oceanside High School girl’s soccer team to win the Valley League High School Championship last school year. It was the first girl’s soccer championship in the school’s history. “It was a great accomplishment,” Conahan said. “We thought he would do similar things here, but didn’t think it would be right away. He’s done it quickly. There’s four games left and they’re in first place currently. It’s fantastic.” If the MiraCosta College women’s soccer team wins the conference title it will be the first women’s soccer conference championship for the college.

done.” Te’o said there’s no new way, or extra set of training that can help get the defense communicating better against an up tempo style of office. “We all just got to be locked in.That’s what we did in the second half,” he said. “Everybody knew what to do, where to get the call from. There’s nothing special. You just got to go out there and communicate and make sure everybody is on the same page.” Besides the pacing of Manning’s offense, hearing him go through the numerous calls at the line scrimmage, Te’o said it was something that

had to be taken with a grain of salt. “Peyton’s Peyton, he’s good for a reason, and you’ve got to be careful because you don’t know if he’s really checking (plays)… At the end of the day, his check will maybe give you a clue of what may happen, and it may not. You can’t cheat. You’ve just got to play everything straight up and play honest.” The Chargers’ record drops to 4-5; it’s the third time this season they’ve been below .500. They next play the Dolphins in Miami and then the Chiefs in Kansas City before returning home to face the Cincinnati Bengals Dec. 1.

broad an array of questions here,” he said, adding that they should be narrowed down to three or four. He also said he would like to eliminate the option to sell the current City Hall property. “We eventually would have other uses for it,” he said. “I’d like to sort of shut that off for now. … I don’t think we need to discuss it at this particular workshop, this particular junction.” Haydu also had concerns about the timing. She said attendance could be low with the upcoming holidays. “I don’t want to keep putting this off,” Councilman Al Corti said. Mayor Terry Sinnott and Corti said they would work

with staff to refine the format and questions “I understand this is a busy time of year,” Sinnott said. “We may not get a lot of folks.” Sinnott said the goal of the workshop may be more about getting public input than answering questions. “It’s a start,” he said. “It gets reactions and it tests the water as to what we’re considering, assuming we’re going to go to other lengths to get the community involved later on when we get more detail.” City Manager Scott Huth said he would need more information before conducting a survey.The workshop is expected to last about two hours.

and U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, who both responded with form letters. On his list are U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, other congressmen and women, the media, his Operation Game On contacts and anyone else who will listen. “How can they say no to this?” Perez asked. “We have all kinds of days in the United States recognized by presidential proclamations for one thing or another. We’ve got to get one for our combat-injured troops.” He said he chose Aug. 1 because there are no other holidays that month. “For our troops, this is like

another birthday,” he said. “All these guys are thankful for being alive. To put it in golf terms, God gave them a mulligan in life and they’re taking advantage of it.” Troops have been celebrating their alive day since at least the Vietnam War so the day will be for all combatinjured who served in all wars and conflicts. “I truly believe it’s the right thing to do,” he said. “It may be a long shot, but that’s what I thought in January 2008 when I had a vision to teach golf to our severely combatinjured troops as a form of rehabilitation. I’m going to get it done one way or another.”

ties through the Girl Rising Fund. The sisters credit their school’s values for enabling them to succeed in so many ways: “The Grauer School has taught us to give back to the community. We each have to be accountable and self-advocate so that we can each keep up with our work-

load and specific jobs. Intellectual curiosity has led us to explore the business world and find new ways to expand. We have persevered as we learned to deal with rejection from retailers who chose not to carry our bows.” Visit Ballerina Bows online at ballerinabows.myshopify.com.


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Snatam Kaur will perform songs with one foot in Sikh tradition and the other in Western music at Encinitas’ Seaside Center at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 and Nov. 16. Courtesy photo

Snatam Kaur talks about music bridging the East and the West Kaur and accompanying musicians will ENCINITAS — Concert, group medita- perform songs from her recent recording tion, a yoga class in melody — those are a “Heart of the Universe” at Encinitas’ few words that have been used to describe Seaside Center at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 and Snatam Kaur’s performances. TURN TO KAUR ON A24

By Jared Whitlock

Sean Keany relaxes at his Leucadia home with a painting from his “Ports” series. Photo by Photo courtesy of Gray Richards

FOCUSING ON WHAT’S THERE BUT CAN’T BE SEEN Sean Keany’s subject matter comes from internal chakras, radio waves among other unseen energies

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rtist Sean Keany creates images that reflect his expansive view of the

world. Through his global travels, the North County native has experienced a variety of cultures and diverse perspectives, which he interprets through his abstract paintings. In some respects Keany is also a product of his local environment. Growing up in the surf and skateboard culture of North County, where he spent much of his youth competing in surf contests and teaching at surf camps,

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Keany has an affinity for the beach lifestyle. With favorite activities that — in addition to art — include surfing, skating, music, and yoga, he feels fortunate to be immersed in what he refers to as “one of the most beautiful and forwardthinking places in the world.” His future plans, however, include art studies abroad and extensive foreign travel. Keany humorously describes himself as “the son of artistically-inspired, beach-loving baby boomers.” His mother is Japanese-American with a 30-year career in interior design; his father an IrishAmerican with a master’s degree in art with an emphasis in theater set design. Keany surmises, “Art is in my blood.” After earning a bachelor’s degree in studio art from University of California Santa Barbara, Keany returned to North County to establish Sundial Farm, a greenhouse-grown hydroponic vegetable nursery, which provides sustainably-grown vegetables for local farmers markets, stores and CSA’s in Encinitas, Leucadia, Carlsbad, Vista, and Escondido. This “real world” enterprise provides TURN TO BRUSH WITH ART ON A24


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Brett Dennen: Going home again By Alan Sculley

People who say you can’t go home again might want to consider the story behind Brett Dennen’s new album, “Smoke & Mirrors.” On tour behind his 2011 album, “Loverboy,” Dennen found himself wearing down, getting stuck creatively and unsure about where to go with his music. He was very much feeling a disconnect. “Every time I tried to sit down and write, it just wasn’t happening,” Dennen said in midOctober phone interview. “It was just getting to be too much. And that was like, it’s not working. I’m going to put out a bad album. I’m going to put out a really bad album that’s just not me.” “I’m on tour like crazy, and I feel like I’m still in the middle of that and I don’t know what to say or what to do,” he said. “It’s like you start working with people, and peoples’ careers are built around your music. You’ve got fans that are built around you. I got stuck in this cycle of just trying to please people. The times that I would break out of that were the times when I was writing. But with this new album, I couldn’t break out of that.” Up until “Loverboy,” Dennen’s career and music had been progressing nicely. He’d steadily built a following over the course of his first three albums — 2005’s “Brett Dennen,” 2006’s “So Much More” and 2009’s “Hope For The Hopeless.” But then “Loverboy,” on which he consciously pursued more of an uptempo, danceable concertfriendly sound met with mixed reactions. Unsure about what to do next musically, Dennen decided to go back to square one. He moved into a home he had purchased a couple of years earlier at the base of the Sierra mountains in California — close to where he grew up — and unplugged from music. Going home, it turned out, helped Dennen reconnect with the songwriter and the person he was before he got caught up in his music career.

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MiraCosta College’s San Elijo Campus will host a free screening of the 1982 film “The Border” at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15 on campus in Room 204, 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff. The evening will feature one of the film’s actors, Mike Gomez. For more information, e-mail

A mural at High Tech High School is a tribute to former student Sean Fuchs, who was killed in June 2011. Students at the charter school plan to address gun violence, and what young people can do to stop it, in a documentary titled “Beyond the Crossfire.” Courtesy photo

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Brett Dennen will play the Belly Up Tavern Nov. 15. Photo by BenMoon

“It’s like (I became) the guy that I used to be before I was a musician,” Dennen said. “I was the guy that I was when I was dreaming about being a musician. I was the amateur songwriter (again). Like my first album, most of that first album was written up in the Sierras while I was a camp counselor. At night after the kids would go to bed, I’d sit on a rock, look at the constellations and write. This was very much the same thing. I’d hike all day or I’d be in the mountain and I’d ski or in the summertime hike and swim, and sort of not, at the beginning, not really know what I was going to do. But once I started getting into the rhythm and getting comfortable with not having somewhere to be all of the time, the inspiration came back and I started to think wow, I’m lucky enough to get to start over, connected with the source of it all.” Songs started to flow, and Dennen got the vote of confidence he needed when major label Atlantic Records approached him about sign-

ing based on the new batch of songs he had written. “They (Atlantic) came in at a time where I was feeling a little lost,” Dennen said. “I needed a partner. I needed some encouragement.” “Smoke & Mirrors,” the first album released under a partnership between Atlantic and indie label F-Stop Music, spotlights two distinct sides to Dennen’s music. Mainly acoustic, fairly stripped back songs like “Only Want You,” “Sweet Persuasion” and “Don’t Mess With Karma” capture the more intimate and honest personality of Dennen’s early albums, while “Wild Child,” “Not Too Late” and “When We Were Young” are more uptempo, breezy and fun. In either setting, the songs are highly melodic, sound unforced and show Dennen was in good form as a songwriter. “I didn’t really realize (until this album) that’s kind of who I am,” Dennen said. “Half of me, I’m like an introvert that doesn’t really feel comfortable opening up. That’s why I’m a songwriter because it’s just easier for me

lmontes@ miracosta.edu or call door. With each ticket, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine (760) 757-2121, ext. 6396. ‘BLOOD WEDDING’ before each concert, on the MiraCosta College’s Theatre patio, courtesy of Encinitas 101 Department presents “Blood Mainstreet. Wedding” by Federico Garcia Lorca with 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. HIGH-ENERGY JAZZ shows through Nov. 24, at the MiraCosta College presents the MiraCosta College Theatre, 1 Siegel/Torok Project in Concert Barnard Drive, Oceanside. with music faculty members Tickets online at Dan Siegel and Steve Torok at miracosta.edu/buytix or call 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the college’s (760) 795-6815. Concert Hall, Bldg. 2400, 1 MUSIC BY THE SEA The Barnard Drive in city of Encinitas Arts Division’s Oceanside.Tickets are $10 Music-by-the-Sea concert at online at miracosta.edu/buytix 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, at 540 Cornish or (760) 795-6815. Drive, Encinitas, will feature OMA GOES GREEN the Mortarotti Tazawa Duo with Oceanside Museum of Art dedMichael Mortarotti on alto sax- icates all five galleries to “The ophone and Erika Tazawa on Landscape Nature Improved: piano. Tickets are $13 at the San Diego Artists Interpret Our

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to be honest with myself and with people through songs. Then I have another half of me that just wants to be a comedian or a performer, somebody up on stage entertaining people. Both come from the same place. They both come from the same sort of shy insecurity, but they both manifest themselves in different ways.” Both sides of Dennen figure to be on display as he tours with a full band this fall. Fans can expect a mix of material from “Smoke & Mirrors” and earlier favorite songs — and a familiar vibe coming from the stage. “It’s like it’s always been,” Dennen said of his show. “It’s me and some good friends up there having the time of our lives, playing music together and just smiling and playing, taking it seriously, but also acting goofy. So I think that’s one of the things that has always made us unique as a group is we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We’re always smiling and it’s always just good vibes.” Landscape” with a Come to the Mega Exhibition Reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 16, at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. See “Scape/Escape: Stephen Curry,” “Contemporary Landscape, Photography: An International Perspective,” “Urban Entropy: James Enos” and “Images from the top: Doug Moore.” Cost is $10.

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The local youngsters of North Coast Singers will perform a free concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 2510 Gateway Road, Bressi Ranch, Carlsbad. The choir includes grades two to 12 in four choral ensembles. All four choirs will perform selections

DEL MAR — Why is there so much gun violence in our country, and what can we do to change that? Those are the questions 45 juniors at High Tech High School Chula Vista hope to shed some light on in a documentary they plan to release in about a year. While the project officially kicked off Oct. 30, the idea took shape in June of this year when teaching partners Matt Simon, of Del Mar, and Nuvia Crisol Ruland told a randomly selected group of about 15 sophomores they wanted to pursue the topic for an assignment when the students entered 11th grade this fall. While shootings on school campuses nationwide were frequently making headlines, the subject had hit close to home at the project-based charter school. Sean Fuchs was a 15-yearold student there when he and his younger brother were fatally shot at their home in June 2011. Ruland, though not related, was so close to Avielle Richman, the youngster called her Auntie Nuvs. Avielle was one of 20 children killed during the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut. “What we found as we talked to the students was that they had as big or bigger personal connections to gun violence,” Simon said. “Many of from their winter program, “Simple Gifts.” For more information, call (760) 9301270.

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Doug Simay for a Walk and Talk of his exhibition “Outside: Selections from the Doug Simay Collection” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Simay will share anecdotes about the people, places and stories behind each object. For reservations, call (760) 4353721. Cost is $10 for nonmembers. DRUM CIRCLE Fair Trade

them had relatives who were shot. One student’s dad is on the SWAT team.” The students decided they wanted to produce a documentary, which they titled “Beyond the Crossfire,” that could be shared with others. “We met with documentary makers and the first thing we learned was that we would need more money,” Simon said. They teamed up with Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects that allows anyone anywhere to make a pledge. While it broadens the donation base, it’s an all-ornothing approach, so projects must reach their funding goals in less than 60 days to receive any money. High Tech High students set out to raise $18,000 — the minimum needed to buy the proper film equipment and editing software — within a self-imposed deadline of 45 days. Simon is confident the students will exceed their goal. The campaign began Oct. 30 because the school was holding an open house that evening. Coincidentally, the 45-day deadline ends Dec. 14, the oneyear anniversary of Sandy Hook. The length of the documentary and exact approach to the content will be determined by the amount of money raised, Simon said. TURN TO DOCUMENTARY ON A23

Décor hosts a drum circle led by João Vincient Lewis, open to the public on the first and third Tuesday each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at 1412 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. Call (858) 461-1263 for more information. PIANO CONCERT Jewish Family Service’s Coastal Club hosts pianist Ana Savvas from 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 19 at 3575 Manchester Ave., Cardiff.

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Elan chamber music ensemble will be in concert at 6 p.m. Nov. 20 and Nov. 21 at the Lux Art Institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, plus a meetand-greet with resident artist Melora Kuhn. Get tickets online at luxartinstitute.org.


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Feeling pains in your knees or feet? MedCare Specialty Clinics can help Burning sensations, aches and pains, cramping or tingling sensations — sometimes we chalk these various ailments up to getting older or just what comes from maintaining an active lifestyle. But sometimes these sensations can signal something more. Often these painful sensations are the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, a condition of nerve damage that specifically targets the area known as the peripheral nervous system. At Carlsbad’s MedCare Specialty Clinics, their goal is to mark a return to freedom from these painful ailments that make life so uncomfortable for its patients. By going through a thorough diagnostic and therapeutic process, they want to get patients to improve from where they are, explained Dr. Neil Halim. Dr. Halim is a board certified physician who has been practicing medicine for more than 15 years. MedCare Specialty Clinic is a disease-driven program, meaning they care intensely for curing these spe-

The doctors at Carlsbad’s MedCare Specialty Clinics from left: Dr. Carl Nobak, Dr. Bob Uslander, Dr. Monika Gupta, Dr. Remjit Sundharadas and Dr. Neil Halim.

cific problems. Patients that Dr. Halim sees on a daily basis have some form of peripheral neuropathy or osteoarthritis, which affects approximately 25 million people. Their comprehensive

programs are aimed at treating some of the most diseases that affect not only seniors but weekend warriors to athletes. “What is so gratifying at MedCare Specialty Clinics is having the ability to do so

much more than just medicate the pain,” Dr. Halim said. “Here, we have developed an entire program of care that involves both medical procedures and physical therapy regimens that are proving to be highly effective

for our patients.” In most cases the comprehensive physical therapy program takes six to eight weeks. “We’re not orthopedic surgeons,” said MedCare COO Richard Manchester.

“We are doing non-surgical approaches. There are times at the end of the day where surgical intervention is going to be required. But more times than not, we can repair mild to moderate ligament issues with what we’re doing,” he added. Manchester explained that for some of their elderly patients, the prospect of total knee replacement, and going under anesthesia for an extended period of time can be a scary experience. But by combining the components of treatments available, from physical therapy to injections into the knee done under imaging to ensure it reaches the exact right spot, to a method called Bionicare, which stimulates the knee and helps reduce pain and rebuild cartilage, MedCare can stave off any knee replacement options for at least four years. MedCare Specialty Clinics is at 1281 Carlsbad Village Dr. To schedule a free assessment or make an appointment, call (760) 585-7720 or visit them online at medcaresc.com.

Stress management tactics for an improved self, inside and out (BPT) — There are moments when stress takes over all aspects of life,both personal and professional. The todo list feels never ending; there are never enough hours in the day; and the challenges appear insurmountable. Feeling stressed is a normal response to demands encountered on emotional, intellectual and physical levels, and often manifests itself physically in many different ways — especially in the appearance of skin. Positively managing stress is essential to achieving a balanced lifestyle and naturally healthy-looking skin. Helping women everywhere discover the benefits of a holistic approach to skincare, the Simple brand (a range of facial skincare products that is perfect even for sensitive skin) launched the Simple Advisory Board, which is a group of noted lifestyle and wellness experts who help women care for their skin from the inside out. By focusing on different lifestyle choices that can impact skin like diet, fitness and stress management, women can look beyond their typical skincare routine for ways to improve their skin’s health and overall well-being. Women can embody the holistic approach to skincare in every way possible, which is why, when it comes to ingredients, Simple knows that what is left out is just as important as what is put in. This philosophy is the reason why none of the products contain dyes, artificial perfumes or harsh chemicals that can upset skin, just the purest possible ingredients for

natural, healthy-looking skin. Simple Advisory Board member, Dr. Josie Howard, is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in psychodermatology, an area of medicine that focuses on the relationship between stress, emotional wellbeing and skin health. Below are Dr. Howard’s top tips for effectively and constructively managing stress to help minimize the effects it can have on your skin. * Take a breather: Resting your body and mind is crucial to regulating blood flow and circulation, both of which are essential in achieving naturally healthy-looking skin.When you feel unusually anxious and stressed out, it may be a sign of exhaustion or fatigue. Find a calm and quiet space and take a few moments to “take a breather,” by meditating, napping or even just pausing from the busy day. Allowing both body and mind to take a break will keep your body feeling more regulated and your skin looking beautiful. Closing your eyes and focusing on the sounds and smells that surround you in that moment is a great way to center yourself in the present; a scented candle and soft music can be of great assistance with this exercise. * Create a relaxation routine: Stress has a big influence on the health and appearance of skin and can show itself in many ways. When you are stressed, hormones in the body become thrown off balance. As a result, your skin’s ability to protect itself against environmental pollutants and irritants

becomes compromised, leaving the skin more prone to breakouts, irritation and dehydration. There are many ways to create a sense of calm when things become stressful — listening to music, writing in a journal, or practicing yoga are great ways to constructively unwind. The trick is to pick an activity that works best for you and be sure to proactively make that practice a priority every day to effectively combat stress and improve your overall skin health. Say it with a smile: Any level of emotional stress we experience can readily be detected on our face, whether it is seen through breakouts, irritation and even blushing. When we smile, we not only look better, less tired and more refreshed, but our brains also interpret this as a signal that we actually are feeling happy and content. Moreover, smiling can help others react to us in a more positive way, which can lead to less stressful experiences overall. Take adequate rest: The notion of “beauty sleep” is not a myth: deep, restorative sleep is essential for growth hormone release, which is necessary for effective tissue repair in the skin. Stress can impair sleep quality, leading to a cascade of hormonal consequences that result in unwanted physical results — unhealthy food choices, weight gain and puffy skin. Over time, chronic sleep deprivation can leave skin looking pale and haggard, reducing its natural protective qualities. Dr. Howard advises removing electronics from the bedroom.

HELPING MILITARY FAMILIES Ryan and Grant Smith from Santa Fe Christian School joined volunteers for MOMS4USA.org organization at a food drive at Albertsons at La Costa Nov. 3 to collect food for our military families at Camp Pendleton. The group was delighted to collect 140 full bags of groceries from generous shoppers. Courtesy photo

Leucadia lights up the night LEUCADIA — Everyone loves holiday lights and a good competition. For that reason The Leucadia 101 Main Street will be hosting a bigger and better Lite Up Leucadia for 2013. The event will kick off Dec. 1 right after Thanksgiving. The program is intended to bring holiday cheer and spectacular lights to the community. Leucadia 101 Main Street invites any business located on Coast Highway 101 between La Costa Avenue and Encinitas Boulevard to participate in this event. Lights will be hung from Dec. 1 to Jan. 1 and Leucadia 101 Main Street will host an online voting poll. The poll will allow one vote per computer to prevent mass voting. If you

are an interested merchant, contact the Leucadia 101 Main Street Office, 320 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas to sign up. Awards are given to the top three winners based on the public vote. First Place: Local restaurant gift certificate and a complimentary 2013 Leucadia 101 Premium Level membership. Second Place: Bottle of wine from Solterra and a complimentary 2013 Leucadia 101 Patron Level membership. Third Place: Leucadia Main Street Merchandise Gift Pack and a complimentary 2013 Leucadia 101 Patron Level membership. Leucadia 101 Main Street asks that shoppers not

to forget to spend your dollars locally this holiday season. For every dollar spent in town at an independent retailer, 73 cents stays within the community. That is triple the amount of return over money spent at a large chain. In addition, the Leucadia 101 Main Street Association is proud to work with the Rutheless Hippies to host a monthly music series at the Encinitas Library. Catch some jazz with the Joshua White Trio, featuring Joshua White on piano, Ben Wanicur on bass and Kevin Higuchi on drums, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 22, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 for students and seniors.


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Project goals include expanding the conversation about gun violence and examining the mental health care system, entertainment industry, including video games, criminal justice system and gangs. Another goal is to inspire other young people to do something to prevent gun violence, the students said. One thing “Beyond the Crossfire� won’t do is address gun rights versus gun control. “There was a lot of disagreement over the Second Amendment on the team so that discussion was taken off the table,� Simon said. The film will focus on the team’s firsthand research into what causes people to commit acts of gun violence. That research will take students inside the nation’s mental health care and juvenile justice systems, as well as the educational system, especially high schools in communities plagued by gangs and soaring rates of gun violence. Exceeding their fundraising goal will allow the group to travel to Chicago to meet with high school students they have connected with via social media who are dealing with soaring levels of gun violence.That trip is estimated to cost an additional $22,000. Raising $100,000 will allow the class to hire professional filmmakers to produce the strongest possible documentary. If their fundraising falls short, there really isn’t a Plan

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NOV. 15, 2013 B, Simon said. “But they are determined to make this happen,� he said. “They chose to put this pressure on themselves and make the project more public. “At this point what makes me most proud is the students’ growth and bonding,� he added. “They’ve already learned some invaluable skills just from completing the Kickstarter application. That was a rigorous screening process.� Simon said as a student at Torrey Pines High School, his project-based experiences are the most memorable.“I had the most fun and I was closer to my fellow students,� he said. “With this I’ve discovered young people aren’t that apathetic to problems if you get them involved in a project like this. I’m excited to give them an opportunity to have this once-in-a-lifetime experience.� V i s i t k i c k s t a r t e r. c o m / p r o j ects/898983347/beyond-thecrossfire for more information or to donate.

Pro hiker shares stories of walks in Italian mountains DEL MAR — The Flower Hill Promenade welcomes professional walking-tour guide Gary Scott who will speak at 10 a.m. Nov. 16 at Madison Leather & Luggage, 2690 Via De La Valle, Suite D220. Scott, founder of Right Path Adventures, expert climber and tour operator, gives presentation on specialty walking tours in the Italian Dolomites. plus a sneak peek of the hottest new travel gadgets. Scott will share photos, stories and travel tips about this mountain-lover’s Mecca. Followed by a question and answer session. The Dolomites of Northern Italy, often referred to as “the world's most enchanting mountains,� offer walking and hiking of all lengths and

difficulties, a variety of landscapes and vistas, villages and hotels in picturesque valleys, local food and wines, and friendly locals. Scott is an author, a photographer and an adventure

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tions, Scott also set a worldrecord in 1986 for the first one-day ascent of Denali, the highest mountain in North America, climbing it solo in 18.5 hours from the landing strip to the summit.


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16 (tickets available at spiritvoyage/snatam). At a young age, Kaur began following the Sikh religion with her parents, also studying Kundalini yoga. In this Q&A, she talks about the “natural flow” of crafting music that’s steeped in Sikh musical tradition, but also has a western flavor. You had a unique upbringing. How did that shape your music?

ferent worlds. Tell me about that. I grew in the Sikh tradition, with music being a key element. Many of the tunes I learned were common village tunes. And then some classical Indian music. When I had the opportunity to create music in a studio for the first time with perhaps the broader intention of reaching out to the community, it was a natural flow to work with musicians who have a grasp of Western music styles. It was a pretty easy merging of styles, because growing up in the U.S., I had a lot of exposure to folk music and things like the Grateful Dead. It was a natural flow of expressing my experience with music and chanting.

been to one of your performances, could you briefly describe it? First of all, a lot of people come who have never done yoga before, and have never experienced a chant concert before. So the chants and the music that we do — we try and bring the element of praying for peace. There always comes a point in the concert when there’s a collective still point of energy that allows the whole audience to pray for peace on the planet. And when we get to that still point, you’re practicing deep breathing, meditation and yoga exercises to really release stress and energy. What really carries the energy of these concerts are these sacred chants that we share with people. There’s a depth of energy to them that really works. People come to the concerts with perhaps their body language looking perhaps a little tense or over-

onto reflective white walls. Painting on unstretched canvas positioned on the concrete floor allows Keany to feel spontaneous and unrestrained throughout the creative process. He uses an abundance of white pigment, plenty of water, and many layers of pure color in his large abstract paintings. He explains, “With all the thin

films of paint, for each color to stay true, I consistently get my canvas very wet and then completely dry — lots of small acts of controlled spontaneity.” The result is a striking juxtaposition of random action and precise concentric circles that allows the viewer personal interpretation of the image. Sometimes viewed as solar rays creating prisms of color in falling water, at other times as abstract maps of ports of energy across a planet, the paintings have wide aesthetic appeal. In describing the genesis of his subject matter Keany states, “I focus on things that are there but can’t be seen such as sonar, radiating power from concentrated cities and spiritual outposts, a sky full of radio waves, or our internal chakras.” “My paintings represent the silent and unseen part of communication that is not missed but that is not always noticed, whether it be between whales talking to each other, birds knowing the correct moment to fly south, human beings communicating over the Internet, or even the human race communicating better with all the other aspects of

Music is a part of the yoga practice and Sikh tradition. And so, from a very early age, I realized music is the vehicle for really stepping into one’s soul, serving the community and uplifting From yoga demonstrations to one’s self. chanting, I get the feeling you You’ve spoken before about have an eclectic live show. your music bridging two dif- From someone who has never

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business experience that serves him as a practicing artist. His spacious studio, located in a refurbished greenhouse at Sundial Farm in Vista, provides ample space and natural light streaming through high translucent ceilings

NOV. 15, 2013 worked, and leave feeling positive, happy and relaxed. Are these chants intended to be universal for different cultures and religions? The sacred chants I share mostly come from the Sikh tradition, which is a recognized religion. It’s important to understand and feel the roots of the chants as they come from the tradition, and that’s part of my own study and sharing with people and teaching. However, I feel incredibly passionate that these chants are for people of all walks of life. You studied to become a physician at one point. What convinced you to devote time to music instead? I was studying to become a physician, and music was always part of my life and with me. I suppose music is where the doors opened for me to continue further.

Mother Nature.” “I want my painting to positively influence people’s feelings and make them remember how much more is out there in the world that can’t always be seen… for us humans to utilize and to change for the better.” On the other hand, Keany adds with a smile, “They can also just be beautiful paintings made by someone excited about loving life.” Sean Keany’s abstract paintings are currently on display in the “Extempore” exhibit at L Street Fine Art in San Diego. The show includes work of four other North County artists: Roger Chandler, Victoria Bearden, Pamela Fox Linton, and Sheryl Tempchin. An opening reception will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 8. Visit seankeany.com to learn more about Sean Keany and his work.

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.


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nless you throw parties all the time, heed my warning. If you let too much time go by between fiestas, you are asking for trouble. I never really thought about it when I was young, but you either keep your house ready to be inspected by friends and strangers — or you don’t. I was so star-struck by my beautiful new kitchen and guest bath, I entirely overlooked that the rest of the house would be on display as well. Yikes. As I began to seriously prepare for my little event, the kitchen shrank and the adjacent, neglected, beaten family room came into view like a 3-D action movie. The furniture had scuffed the walls, the chairs were raggedy, the couch needed a scrubbing and the mantle above the fireplace was black. When you suddenly wander through the house, looking at it with the possibly critical eyes of a party guest, it’s more than sobering. It sent me flying to the nearest home and garden store with a list as long as my arm. And then I realized that people would be going into my backyard, as well. Now I was truly in a panic, because around here, you need to sweep away those spiders and webs at the last possible moment. Doing it a week ahead, when you actually have the time and energy, would be an utter waste. Those industrious arachnids are back at it within hours. So the day before the party, I spent hours sweeping, wiping, scraping and chasing eightlegged creatures and their detritus from patio furniture that had sat unprotected and untouched for almost a year. I then flipped cushions, raked leaves and hid gardening tools. At the end of the day, I could scarcely lift my arms. And then I prayed the critters would stay at bay for at least 12 hours. No guest complained of crawly things, which I take as a victory. Inexperience bit me again when the sun came out. I set up the bar where it looked most fetching. TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B15

EXPLORING NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURES

Dr. James Kemp speaks on the Hopi and Navajo cultures and tapestries at the La Flecha House in Rancho Santa Fe on Nov. 2. The La Flecha House is looking to host more lectures on a regular basis. More information is available by calling (858) 756-9291, or emailing info@rsfhs.org. Photo by Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — The City Council at Wednesday night’s meeting directed staff to begin a feasibility study on locations that could host a community arts venue. The study will analyze which kind of arts facilities zoning allows on prospective properties like the 67-acre Leichtag Foundation property or the Pacific View school site. Funding options, including possible publicprivate partnerships, would also be included in the study. It could take more than a year to complete the study. In the meantime, the City Council requested a staff report by February or March on the viability of transforming a vacant pad at the Encinitas Ranch Town Center into an open-

overview of the city’s diverse artistic programs and offerings. When asked about the city’s weaknesses when it comes to the arts, Gilliam said the city boasts a substantial number of arts organizations, from dance to live theater. But the organizations often can’t share the programming they’ve developed in Encinitas due to the lack of venues in the city. “We have an abundance of arts organizations that are buying and renting space outside of the city,” Gilliam said. “The goal would be, that once we have a facility that is well designed and suits their needs, that they would stay home.” For years, many residents have made the case that the Pacific View school site is the ideal home for artists. In the

The El Camino Real corridor needs a venue such as that. We’ve been talking about the 101 corridor quite a bit, but I think it’s critical we look to the east.” Tony Kranz Encinitas Council Member

Encinitas resident Tara Simone Messier found this canvas with a Banksy image on it last week. Messier has a theory that this may be part of a scavenger hunt inspired by the works of Banksy last month in New York. Photo by Tony Cagala

Banksy effect may be felt in Encinitas By Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — The anonymous street artist Banksy left New York only a few days ago after finishing a guerilla-style, monthlong exhibit of outdoor graffiti art. But the U.K.-based artist may have also left his mark, or at least an inspirational one, here in Encinitas. Last week, on her way home from a meditation practice at the Self Realization Fellowship garden, Tara Simone Messier spotted a small canvas leaning against a

window sill of the vacant building on the 1000 block of Coast Highway 101. The canvas, slightly larger than an 8.5inch by 11-inch, had a printed out piece of paper with a previous Banksy work glued to it. On the back of it, written in pencil appeared the number “four.” Messier’s first exclamation when she saw it was, “Awesome!” She drove around a little while more, TURN TO BANKSY ON B15

air theater. Councilman Tony Kranz said that property has been “growing weeds” and it’s time to explore doing something with it. “The El Camino Real corridor needs a venue such as that,” Kranz said. “We’ve been talking about the 101 corridor quite a bit, but I think it’s critical we look to the east.” Plans to build a performing arts theater with more than 500 seats on the less-than-one-acre pad never materialized in the late 1990s because organizers didn’t raise enough funds. Jim Gilliam, arts administrator for the city, said that a telephone survey in 2002 polled 300 residents about their interest in attending arts events. The survey revealed that of the arts, residents were most interested in live theater. Wednesday night’s meeting was a special “strategic planning” workshop to address all things arts related. Gilliam, along with representatives from Lux Art Institute, the 101 Artists’ Colony and Intrepid Shakespeare Company, gave an

spring, the city agreed to look at buying the property from EUSD (Encinitas Union School District). Currently, a council subcommittee is negotiating in closed sessions with a EUSD subcommittee over a potential purchase price. This summer, the city received two varying appraisals of Pacific View, one for $3.29 million, and the other at $7.28 million. Deputy Mayor Lisa Shaffer said the city should start looking at short-term uses of the Pacific View site in the event the city purchases the property. That way, should Encinitas acquire the property, the site would generate revenue, giving the city more time to develop a long-term vision for Pacific View. However, other council members said it’s premature given that negotiations with EUSD are still ongoing. The Leichtag Foundation property, which was purchased last year, could host a community arts venue, said TURN TO VENUES ON B15


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U-T buys local papers In tale of two hotels, Westin gets vote By Tony Cagala

REGION — On Monday, U-T San Diego finalized a deal with MainStreet Communications to purchase eight local community newspapers. The U-T announced on Nov. 1 that it would be purchasing a group of papers, including the Del Mar Times, Rancho Santa Fe Review, Poway News Chieftan, the Ramona Sentinel, Carmel Valley News, La Jolla Light, Rancho Bernardo & 4S Ranch News Journal, and the Solana Beach Sun. According to reports, the move was made as a part of “a larger effort to expand hyperlocal news for the county.”

No financial details of the deal have yet been released. Phyllis Pfeiffer, who served as the publisher of the MainStreet group of papers, will now serve as the general manager and vice president of the newly created U-T Community Press division. Neither Pfeiffer, nor MainStreet Communications’ Senior Vice President and COO Stephen P. Staloch returned calls for comment. The Coast News Group, which publishes The Coast News and the Rancho Santa Fe News, remains one of the few independently owned newsgroups in the county. Jim Kydd, publisher and owner of the Coast News

Group said he isn’t sure whether the recent purchase will be a good thing or a bad thing for his newspapers. “On the plus side for us, the U-T seems to be neglecting coverage previously provided by the recently purchased North County Times,” Kydd said in a statement. “This has helped us, and we are moving to provide more coverage and circulation in these areas. I have even been approached to start a new daily to fill the void, which I have no plans to do.” The U-T purchased the North County Times in October 2012 and has since dissolved the paper.

By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — Legoland and Grand Pacific Resorts went head to head with competing hotel expansion proposals at the Nov. 5 City Council meeting over a three-acre plot of land adjacent to the Crossings golf course. Legoland garnered city staff’s recommendation with a proposal to build a 90-unit “Adventure Land” themed hotel complete with tree houses and “Hobbit lodges,” while Grand Pacific Resorts brought forth a proposal to build a Westin Hotel with 71 units and 50 timeshare units overlooking the golf course. The City of Carlsbad Legoland presented a vision of tree houses and “Hobbit lodges” with its Adventure Land-themed hotel proposal for the vacant lot being sold by the city and the Carlsbad Municipal Water District. Courtesy rendering

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and the Carlsbad Municipal Water District (CMWD), which collectively own the plot, put the land up for lease in May this year when both entities realized that the land was no longer being used. City Council lamented its choice over the two applicants for the lease, emphasizing that both companies have served Carlsbad well over the years. “It’s almost like a choice between two brothers,” said Mayor Matt Hall. “This is probably one of the most difficult choices I’ve had to make.” “We have two great, very credible developers who want the same property,” said Council member Keith Blackburn. A committee comprised of representatives from several city departments and committees along with hired consultants evaluated both proposals, considering the plans for the land, foreseeable financial benefits for the city and CMWD, the applicants’ experience, and the applicant’s litigation histories. The recommendations came down to the financial benefits offered by each hotel plan. Though both proposals presented substantial financial benefits in terms of lease payments, sales tax, property tax, and transient occupancy tax for the city and CMWD, city consultants concluded that Legoland’s more expensive accommodations offered slightly more paybacks than the Grand Pacific Resorts option. In terms of paying for the respective projects, Grand Pacific Resorts planned to finance the new Westin Hotel with a conventional bank loan, and Legoland proposed paying for its Adventure Land hotel branch with it’s own internal financing. According to city consultants, Legoland’s internal financing presented less financial and legal risk for the city and CMWD. The committee found that Legoland offered a unique lodging option aimed at drawing families from around the world and

Grand Pacific Resorts offered luxury accommodations for business travelers and returning vacationers. They determined that while different, both proposals were equal in vision and plan, according to Kathy Dodson, community and economic development director, who presented the committee and staff findings. The committee also agreed that both Legoland and Grand Pacific Resorts had solid business track

We have two great, very credible developers who want the same property.” Keith Blackburn Carlsbad City Council member

records in Carlsbad as well as litigation histories. But despite the review committee and consultants’ siding with Legoland, City Council voted in favor of the Grand Pacific Resorts proposal. Mayor Pro Tem Mark Packard as well as Council members Blackburn and Lorraine Wood voted in favor of the Grand Pacific Resorts plan, saying the Westin made more sense because the lot is surrounded on three sides by Grand Pacific Resorts hotels. They added that Legoland owns enough vacant property next to its theme park and existing hotel that could be developed for the Adventure Land hotel. Hall voted in favor of Legoland, saying, “I need to disclose that I have two grandchildren and their second home is Lego(land).” Council member Farrah Douglas abstained from voting because her printing company does business with one of the applicants.


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by CHUCK SHEPHERD

A Piece of the Action

“Fantasy sports” are hugely popular, but when fans “draft” players for their teams, they “own” only the players’ statistics. Recently, Wall Street and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs created Fantex Holdings, which will allow investors to buy actual pieces of real players — namely, rights to 20 percent of the player’s lifetime earnings (including licensing and product endorsement deals). The firm told The New York Times in October that it will soon stage an “IPO” for budding NFL star Arian Foster and hopes to sign up many more athletes, plus singers and actors similarly early in their careers. (On the other hand, Fantex’s lawyers drew up a 37page list of potential investment risks, such as injuries, slumps and scandals — and the fact that the stock will trade only on Fantex’s private exchange.)

Cultural Diversity

Among the surprising legacies of the oppressions of communist East Germany is modern-day Germany’s commonplace “clothing-optional” lifestyle (FKK, or “Freikoerperkultur” — free body culture). A September Global Post dispatch counted “hundreds” of FKK beaches across the country and referenced a turned-up snapshot (not yet authenticated) of a young Angela Merkel frolicking nude in the 1960s or 1970s. Foreigners occasionally undergo culture shock at German hotels’ saunas and swimming pools, at which swimsuits are discouraged (as “unhygienic”). In December China joined only a handful of countries (and 29 U.S. states) by strengthening the rights of elderly parents to demand support from their adult children — not only financially (which has been the law for more than a decade) but now allowing lawsuits by parents who feel emotionally ignored, as well. An October Associated Press feature on one rural extended family dramatized China’s cultural shift away from its proverbial “first virtue” of family honor. Zhang Zefang, 94, said she did not even understand the concept of “lawsuit” when a local official explained it, but only that she deserved better from the children she had raised and who now allegedly resent her neediness. (A village court promptly ordered several family members to contribute support for Zhang.)

Latest Religious Messages

Recent separate testings in 21 springs in Austria and 18 fonts in Vienna yielded a conclusion that 86 percent of the holy water in the country’s churches was not safe to drink — most commonly infected with diarrhea-causing E.coli and Campylobacter. University of Vienna researchers found samples with up to 62 million bacteria per milliliter of water, and the busier the church, the higher the count.

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Del Mar Village earns ‘Main Street’ designation for revitalization By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Del Mar Village has officially been named a California Main Street by the California Main Street Alliance, which recognizes historic commercial districts that serve as models for successful community revitalization. County Supervisor Dave Roberts, his predecessor and Del Mar resident Pam SlaterPrice, City Council, city staff and members of the Del Mar Village Association were on hand for the Nov. 5 designation ceremony at L’Auberge Del Mar. “Del Mar is a really special place,” Roberts said before announcing the county designated Nov. 5 as Del Mar Village Association Day. “You know how to make a community thrive. You get it.” Richard Earnest, former mayor and current DMVA president, credited the many people whose efforts resulted in the designation but gave special acknowledgment to the organization’s executive director. “Jen Grove almost single-handedly put this together,” Earnest said. “Her drive, enthusiasm and dedication to get this done are second to none. She and Ashleigh Hinrichs are like Batman and Robin.” Grove contacted Laura Cole-Rowe, the California Main Street Alliance executive director, about a year ago. “She said she thought they were ready to apply, so I came out for a site visit in

January,” Cole-Rowe said. “The process is very complicated. It’s not like applying for a credit card.” Grove agreed. “The application was voluminous,” she said. “It was 3 inches thick. And it’s not a slam dunk.” Grove said about 20 people spent almost a year collecting the required information and two months completing the application. “They want very detailed information on demographics, employment, vacancies, square footage of buildings and the types of businesses,” Grove said. Other requirements include economic information, city history and a list of historic buildings, to name a few. Although it took the DMVA less than a year to complete the process, ColeRowe said she wouldn’t recommend that for other cities. “Del Mar has been practicing the Main Street method of revitalization for almost 10 years so they understand how it works,” she said. Benefits to the designation include more grant opportunities and increased credibility. “We’re no longer just an aspiring Main Street. We are a Main Street Community,” she said. Next up for DMVA is to seek national accreditation, which will give the organization a voice in matters that impact downtowns. “We’ve been working hard as a community under the leadership of DMVA to improve our downtown,”

Del Mar Village is an official Main Street Community. On hand for the Nov. 5 designation ceremony at L’Auberge Del Mar are, from left, Supervisor Dave Roberts, Del Mar Village Association Executive Director Jen Grove, California Main Street Alliance Executive Director Laura Cole-Rowe, DMVA President Richard Earnest and Mayor Terry Sinnott. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Mayor Terry Sinnott said. “This is a milestone. It’s recognition of all the good work of DMVA. “It also maps out how we can work in the future to make Del Mar a better place for our residents and visitors,” he added. “We’re taking small steps and involving our businesses and residents to identify ways to make downtown the village our community plan has always described. I’m just so proud of all the work everyone’s done and now I’m looking forward to the future.” City officials have been working for decades to revitalize the downtown area.

Those efforts include Proposition J, a failed 2012 ballot initiative that would have reduced Camino del Mar, the main thoroughfare, from four lanes to two, added roundabouts and increased building heights on the west side. Some opponents said the downtown area is fine the way it is and should be left alone. “You have to make changes to keep vital, especially with all the new competition in the area at Flower Hill and Del Mar Highlands,” Grove said. “I think it’s shortsighted to think you can’t do anything and survive.”

Grove and Sinnott said Proposition J was a comprehensive solution. “We are looking at smaller pieces at a time that we can implement,” Grove said. “You did a stellar job putting this together,” ColeRowe told attendees at the ceremony, adding that the requested information is for the city. “It gives you a greater understanding of what your community is all about,” she said. “It’s a learning process. I’m really happy to welcome you as the newest designated Main Street Community.” “I’m overwhelmed,” Grove said.

Experts warn of threats during peak online shopping season (BPT) — Consumers often associate holiday shopping with long lines, crowded stores and overpriced goods. In recent years, many have turned to e-commerce as an easier alternative — holiday shopping without the headache. This year e-commerce sales are projected to reach $262 billion, a 13 percent increase over 2012. This growth is due, in part, to the rising popularity of online “shopping holidays” like Cyber Monday, which is celebrated annually the Monday after Thanksgiving and accounts for more online sales than any other day of the year. Last year, Cyber Monday sales reached $1.46 billion — a record for online spending in one day. Hampering celebration of this stress-free alternative to in-store shopping is the rapid growth of cybercrime. Cyber thieves are to blame for $113 billion in consumer financial losses in the last 12 months. That’s enough money to host the London 2012 Olympics nearly 10 times over. An equally alarming statistic is the rising average loss per victim, which doubled from 2012 to 2013 to $298. Despite the aforementioned dangers, many online shoppers are unaware of the risks associated with online shopping and don’t believe they’ll become one of the 556

This year e-commerce sales are projected to reach $262 billion, a 13 percent increase over 2012. Courtesy photo

million annual victims. Fortyeight percent of smartphone and tablet users do not take even the basic precautions such as using passwords,

skyrocket, so do the opportunities for hackers to steal personal information,” says Bob Bunge, professor in the College of Engineering and

Cyber Monday is the Super Bowl of online theft.” Bob Bunge Professor - DeVry University

installing security software or backing up files from their mobile devices. “As the popularity of online shopping continues to

Information Sciences at DeVry University and consultant at the William Factory Small Business Incubator in Tacoma, Wash.

“Online shoppers need to be aware of the risks associated with e-commerce and take proactive steps to protect themselves.” Bunge offers the following tips for consumers to protect themselves from cyber attacks: • Boost password strength: Weak and ineffective passwords enable identity theft.The first rule of password construction is to go long. Short passwords can be uncovered by high-speed programs built to steal password combinations. • Ditch the debit cards:

Debit cards are the least secure option for e-commerce purchases. PayPal and credit cards offer much better consumer protections including dispute resolution and fraud prevention. • Use the most secure network possible: Wired networks are always preferable to wireless. If a wired network is not an option, make sure to use a secure wireless network that requires an encryption key. Be especially wary of accessing public WiFi services at places like airports and coffee shops. • Don’t store personal finance information: Don’t store credit card details online. Storing any payment information online exponentially increases the probability of a cyber attack. • Shop on reputable sites: Scammers often begin fake URL’s with names of reputable companies to lure consumers in. To avoid accidently clicking on an infected site, look for the SSL certificate and ensure the site starts with https:// and has a padlock icon. “Cyber Monday is the Super Bowl of online theft,” says Bunge. “While consumers should follow these tips all year long, they should remain extra vigilant during the holidays to avoid the increased risk of falling victim to cybercrime.”


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Foundation, Heal the Bay, the Helen Woodward Animal Center and the Ocean Institute.

Grand opening

Endurance House Oceanside store’s owner/operator, Jondi Bernardo celebrated its Nov. 8 opening of its new store at 401 N. Coast Highway, Suite G, Oceanside. The store caters to triathletes, iron distance competitors, marathoners, swimmers, runners and walkers. For more information visit endurancehouse.com or follow Endurance House on Facebook.

In the announcement of Linda Melikian’s launch of her Senior Life Transition Adviser business Nov. 8, her Web address was incorrect. The Web address is SeniorLifeTransitionAdviser .com. Contact her at (760) Star student 390-1142. Esther Kazar a freshman of Biola University and New Dean resident of Rancho Santa Fe, Palomar received the college’s highCollege est scholarship, the announces Trustee's scholarship, for B r i a n the 2013/2014 academic Stockert as year. the new Dean of Help with parade? Counseling The City of Encinitas is Services. The seeking volunteer Parade G ove r n i n g Route Monitors to distribB o a r d approved his appointment at ute parade programs along their October meeting. the parade route and to monStockert served as the Dean itor spectators during the of Student Development and 2013 Encinitas Holiday Matriculation at San Diego Parade. This year’s Holiday Parade is titled “Growing Continuing Education. Holiday Cheer.� The parade will take place on Saturday, New book Carlsbad author December 7 at 5:30 p.m., Richard Raridan has pub- along Coast Highway 101 in lished a new novel, “A World downtown Encinitas. Adults Apart,� about a young or high school students interwoman's dream to become a ested in volunteering, call concert pianist that threat- the Encinitas Parks and ens a budding love affair. For Recreation Department at more information, visit rose- (760) 633-2759 or stop by the Recreation Office in City dogbookstore.com. Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave. or the Encinitas Community Save the ocean Del Mar children’s Center for a Holiday Parade authors Pete Hodgson and Volunteer Form. Udo Wahn has a new book Reaching out iabout saving the ocean, “For On Nov. 7, the team the Sake of Hugh members of Pala Casino Spa Manatee.z� Their & Resort donated 2,225 CaboandCoral.com Web site pounds of food to Brother supports Surfrider Benno’s, the non-profit, volunteer organization that serves the poor and homeless in Northern San Diego County. Art in the park North County artists Anita Lewis of Oceanside, Beyond the Border Gallery in Del Mar, Erik Skoldberg of Del Mar, the Morrison Hotel Gallery in Carlsbad, the Oceanside Museum of XISNEWSPAPERTALKFORAONECOLUMN Art in Oceanside were all BYvAD4OOSMALLTOBEEFFECTIVE part of the ART San Diego 9OUREREADINGTHISARENTYOU 2013 Nov. 7 through Nov. 10 #ALL  FORMOREINFO in Balboa Park.

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Girl Scout advocates for safety improvements on RSF Road By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — Alana Primes, 18, believes that a one-mile stretch on Rancho Santa Fe Road is unsafe for pedestrians and cyclists. And she’s worked hard to do something about it. So far, she’s met with community groups, spoken to city officials about proposed roadway improvements and launched an online petition that’s garnered 247 signatures. Her goal is to widen the shoulder on Rancho Santa Fe Road, between Encinitas Boulevard and El Camino Del Norte, with an official trail. That way, everyone from walkers to those on horseback will have muchneeded room. “There isn’t a safe trail for residents right now, and they’re forced into the street or bike lane,� Primes said. She added that there isn’t enough space between the cars zooming by and those on the side of the road. Primes said that Rancho Santa Fe Road is the major thoroughfare for those in Olivenhain. But because many aren’t comfortable walking along the narrow shoulder, they opt to drive to the grocery store and other areas instead of walking. Primes, who lives near that section of the road, said the hazardous conditions prompted her to take up the campaign her freshman year. Now a senior at San Dieguito Academy, she may also earn a Girl Scout Gold

Eighteen-year-old Alana Primes stands on Rancho Santa Fe Road, between Encinitas Boulevard and El Camino Del Norte. She wants the city to install a new trail at the location to improve safety. Courtesy photo

Award, an honor reserved for scouts who labor over community betterment, for the effort. “Myself and others worry about being on that road,� Primes said. “We want more community support.� The Encinitas Recreational Trail Master Plan, adopted in 2002, calls for building an expanded trail, along with retaining walls, on that portion of Rancho Santa Fe Road. According to Parks and Beach Superintendent John

Frenken, the project doesn’t have a timeline. That’s because funding hasn’t been identified for the project, which is estimated to cost $600,000. Frenken said the project isn’t on a City Council agenda at this time. However, council members have the option of prioritizing the project during future planning meetings. To make the project less expensive, Primes is in conversation with a landowner who is interested in paying for a portion of

the improvements near his vacant property on Rancho Santa Fe Road. Meanwhile, Primes said she would keep pushing for the city to make improvements. A petition she started at thepetitionsite/906/346/826/ranchos a n t a - f e - r o a d pedestrian/trail has gained comments like: “Many people run and bike this route daily, putting their lives at risk with the traffic. It is especially important for kids to walk to school safely.�

Residents weigh in on improving walkability of Olivenhain By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — Olivenhain residents are known for getting around on horseback, but community walkability took center stage during a workshop Tuesday night at the Olivenhain Meeting Hall. In September, Encinitas launched a two-year effort to

craft a citywide pedestrian plan. By getting input from Olivenhain residents and Encinitas’ other communities, the city’s goal is to prioritize infrastructure improvements. Residents are encouraged to stroll through their community if there are plenty of sidewalks, enough space on sidewalks for multiple uses and nearby vehicle speeds aren’t excessive, said Leah Stender, program manager with WalkSanDiego. WalkSanDiego, a pedestrian advocacy nonprofit, partnered with the city to conduct the workshops. Stender noted that several Olivenhain residents cited discontinuous sidewalks on Rancho Santa Fe Road and other streets as a challenge. “There’s a gap from how you get from this section to further down the street,� Stender said. “There’s just not necessarily a safe way for you to get there.� To improve connectivity, some advocated that the city move forward with building the Trail Master Plan in Olivenhain, which was passed by the City Council in 2002. Because it's a rural com-

munity, several residents made the case that Olivenhain hasn’t received its fair share of money for improving walkability in the past. Despite not being as dense, Olivenhain needs funds for traffic calming to lower the speed limit on key roads, Suzie Behr said. She said this is important because Olivenhain has seen a big jump in traffic from surrounding areas in recent years. “We’re being dramatically impacted — that’s not going to go away,� Behr said. “So it seems we need more priority.� If cars are required to slow down, residents would feel more comfortable walking along the roads, she added. City staff members clarified that state law dictates speed limits. However, Stender noted cities can control speeds with infrastructure like signage or roundabouts. As well as weighing in verbally, residents turned in maps noting which areas are ripe for walkability enhancements. Stender said that the community walking plans,

once finished, would increase the city’s chances for receiving funding in the future. Transit agencies are more inclined to allocate money to projects that have been vetted by the community, she said. Prior to Tuesday night’s gathering, the city held workshops in Cardiff, New Encinitas, Old Encinitas and Leucadia. And come next spring, the city will visit each of the communities again to collect recommendations on improving routes to schools. With that feedback, the city will return to the communities with draft walkability plans a few months later, according to Christy Villa, an associate city engineer with the city. Those who didn’t have a chance to attend the first round of workshops have until early spring to give their two cents by taking an online survey on the city’s website. “Each of the communities have unique visions that we want to capture,� Villa said. A $183,000 California Department of Transportation grant is paying for the two-year planning process.


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Coastal cities step it up in walking scorecard crosswalk?” and perceptual questions such as “Do you feel safe here?” Only about 1,500 intersection and street assessments were completed. Because of the relatively small sample size, and because the BestWALK app will be improved over time, the field data accounted for only 10 percent of the total score. Solana Beach scored the highest in the BestWalk category, receiving 9.2 points out of a maximum of 10. A low score in the implementation and policies category — 29.2 out of 55 — is likely why the city slipped in the rankings. Danny King, the city’s

By Bianca Kaplanek

COAST CITIES — Coastal North County fared well on the 2013 Regional Walk Scorecard, with four of the five cities placing in the top 10. The highest ranking of those cities is Solana Beach, although it took one step backward this year despite the recent completion of a $7 million renovation project along Coast Highway 101 that aimed to make that corridor more walkable. La Mesa is this year’s top scorer because of its extensively catalogued local walking conditions and consistently upgraded intersections and other facilities to better alert drivers to the presence of pedestrians. The city, which was second last year, also instituted several incentives to reward developers for designing buildings and neighborhoods with walking in mind and created a robust program to educate students and families about pedestrian and bike safety and encourage them to walk and bike to school. National City dropped down one spot from 2012 to second, and Imperial Beach moved up one to nudge out Solana Beach for third by two points. Encinitas, Carlsbad and Del Mar placed fifth, sixth and 10th, respectively, with Oceanside coming in 15th out of the 18 cities in the county. WalkSanDiego, the country’s largest pedestrian advocacy group, announced the

environmental programs manager, said that should improve next year after Solana Beach completes its general plan update Of the county’s 18 cities, Del Mar scored the lowest for implementation and policies, with only 18 points. Encinitas and Carlsbad were on the high end, garnering 35.5 and 34.8 points, respectively. Oceanside scored 30.1. With 22 out of 35 possible points for the status-of-walking index, Del Mar came in second to Poway in that category. Solana Beach received 21.6 points. Encinitas got 16.3. Carlsbad and Oceanside had 15.7 and 14.2, respectively.

Despite a $7 million improvement project along Coast Highway 101 that widen sidewalks, added benches and gathering areas and slowed traffic, Solana Beach slipped from third place to fourth in this year's Regional Walk Scorecard, created by WalkSanDiego, the country’s largest pedestrian advocacy group. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

results Oct. 31. The scorecard provides a rating of how walkable each city is in San Diego County. The ratings are based on a variety of factors, including the number of pedestrians hit by cars, the existence of policies that support walking, pedestrian infrastructure and data on walking conditions collected by San Diegans using a phone app developed specifically to rate regional streets. Three scoring categories

are used. The status-of-walking index combines two indicators related to how walkable each city is currently. They are the total percent of residents whose commute mode was either walking or transit in 2000 and 2010, according to Census data, and the pedestrian collision rate calculated per population and per miles of street. For the implementation and policies category, WalkSanDiego gathered

data on projects happening on the ground and balanced them with big-picture goals considered critical to enhancing walkability. For the third category, BestWalk field data, WalkSanDiego developed a smart phone application that allowed residents across the region to collect and upload data regarding the walkability of streets and intersections through the completion of fact-based questions that included “Is there a painted

It’s lights out this year for holiday tradition

Doris S. Caldwell, 92 Carlsbad November 5, 2013

Albert Leighton Sutton, 89 Encinitas October 30, 2013

Duane Paul Behnken, 67 Carlsbad November 4, 2013

Ronald Eugene Tackett, 78 Encinitas October 26, 2013

John Kelly Grant, 55 Carlsbad October 31, 2013

Edna Rosella Darnel, 92 Encinitas October 26, 2013

Harold C. Wheatley, 89 Carlsbad October 26, 2013

Richard G. Vasquez, 69 Encinitas October 20, 2013

Eleanor J. Piers, 89 Carlsbad October 21, 2013

Paul Pancritius, 89 Rancho Santa Fe October 8, 2013

By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — The Del Mar Fairgrounds has pulled the plug on this year’s Holiday of Lights. What would have been the 19th annual event has been canceled because of the turf-widening project currently under way at the racetrack. “It was necessary because of the construction in the infield,” fairgrounds spokeswoman Linda Zweig said. “The $5 million widening of the track will allow a second meet in 2014 and the ability to attract the Breeders’ Cup in 2015.” The drive-through event that features hundreds of holiday scenes formed in thousands of twinkling lights usually opens the night before Thanksgiving and runs through the first Sunday in January. Last year 78,000 people in 19,561 vehicles at a cost of $15 to $20 per car and $50 per bus drove through the attraction. The displays are organized into themes that include Candy Cane Lane, Toyland, San Diego County Fair, Treasures by the Lake, Del Mar Racetrack, the 12 Days of Christmas and Elves at Play. A Holiday Hayride was added in 2009 that allowed visitors to tour the light display in the back of an open hay wagon for $10 per per-

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son, including hot chocolate or cider and a holiday cookie. The loading area at the paddock featured live holiday music, marshmallow roasting and additional food and beverages. The widening project began the day after the 2013 race meet ended in early September. Del Mar Thoroughbred Club officials said the main reason for the widening is to increase safety for the jockeys and horses. “If we get the Breeders’

Cup, that would be the cherry on top of the sundae,” said C.P. “Mac” McBride, director of media relations for the DMTC, which runs the annual races at the fairgrounds. The new course will be able to accommodate 14 horses — a requirement for the Breeders’ Cup — rather than 10, which was the case through this year’s race season. The main track, made up of synthetic materials under the brand name Polytrack, will remain

unchanged. With the closure of Hollywood Park, Del Mar is slated to add a fall horse racing meet beginning next year that will run from Nov. 5 through Dec. 7, coinciding with Holiday of Lights. “Holiday of Lights is a holiday tradition for a lot of families and our hope is to bring it back next year,” Zweig said. “Everything, timing and all, will be predicated on the progress of the construction of the track.”

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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.

Carlsbad executive passes ‘toughest test’ Young star brings HEALTH WATCH BY THE PHYSICIANS AND STAFF OF SCRIPPS HEALTH In spring of 2012, Sven Jensen of Carlsbad got the news nobody wants to receive. Doctors diagnosed a fast-growing malignant tumor at the base of his tongue, which had spread to his neck. Jensen underwent three major surgeries, six rounds of chemotherapy and 35 radiation treatments — all within two months. But when the aggressive treatments concluded and Jensen was found cancer free, his hardest work was just beginning. The steps that were required to save his life led to a whole new set of health issues: inability to swallow, strained voice, pain, depres-

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sion and fatigue. “I was at rock bottom, unable to work or care for myself,� said Jensen, who is a partner in a business operations consulting company. “I wasn’t sure if I’d ever get my old life back. This was my toughest test.� The cancer and various forms of treatment left the base of Jensen’s tongue scarred and rigid. His swallowing muscles became too stiff and weak to push food through his throat, or to keep liquids or saliva from going down his airway. No longer able to swallow, Jensen was forced to use a feeding tube and carry around a bowl to catch his expelled saliva. Scripps head and neck surgeon Moses Salgado, M.D., referred Jensen for specialized care at the Voice and Swallowing Center at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Jensen arrived weak, but hopeful. Scripps speech pathologist Liza Blumenfeld ensured Jensen’s full support. She started by connecting Jensen with professional help for depression and reliance on pain med-

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ications, which helped put him on a strong emotional track to begin this new stage of his recovery. Blumenfeld then devised a specialized treatment plan to rebuild tongue strength and flexibility. In one exercise, Jensen repeatedly squeezed a soft bulb between his tongue and roof of mouth. In another, Blumenfeld held the tip of Jensen’s tongue while he intermittently pulled it back. She also used highstrength electrical stimulation to “jump start� a muscle contraction deep in the neck, which triggers a swallowing response. Within several days, Jensen could swallow his saliva. Meanwhile, voice exercises improved his vocal cord flexibility. Gradual gains in his therapy bred increasing lev-

els of confidence. “As our sessions progressed, I was convinced that I could do this,� Jensen said. Two weeks into his therapy, Jensen’s feeding tube was gone, replaced with nutritional shakes. A month later, he was able to eat his favorite solid food, Thai tofu curry. Today, Jensen remains cancer free and his ability to swallow and talk has been restored. He has regained the 45 pounds he lost and is back to daily cardio workouts, and strives to return to the more physically demanding hot yoga. He is back to full-time work and enjoys quality time with his wife and three children, including beach outings and travel. He also visits regularly with current patients, offering the moral support he found so important in helping with his own recovery. In addition to having Dr. Salgado as his surgeon, Jensen’s medical care team at Scripps included medical oncologist Pushpendu Banerjee, M.D. and radiation oncologist Anuradha Koka, M.D.

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‘Anne Frank’ to life SOLANA BEACH — The Theatre School at North Coast Rep presents “The Diary of Anne Frank� at 5 p.m. Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Nov. 23 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 24, at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D. Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for ages 17 and under. Call (858) 481-1055 or visit northcoastrep.org. Del Mar resident Abby DeSpain (who plays Anne), being only 9, “brings an innocence and vulnerability to the show that is heartbreaking.� DeSpain is joined by Andrea Bullar (as Edith Frank, from Oceanside), Kayla Cruise (as Margot Frank, from Encinitas), Christian Payne (as Peter Van Daan, from San Marcos), Audrey Hebert (Mr. Kraler, from Encinitas), Maia Zelkind (as Mrs. Van Daan), Phillip Magin (as Mr. Van Daan, from Solana Beach), Geoff Geissinger (as Mr. Dussel, from Carmel Valley), Sophia Dargie (as Miep Gies), Bryan Dorman (as an SS Officer) and Anna Makris (assistant director,from Del Mar). Local actor John Tessmer plays Otto Frank and serves as the actor mentor for the production. This production is directed by Siobhan Sullivan Crews and sponsored by the city of Solana Beach.

Del Mar resident Abby DeSpain plays Anne Frank in the upcoming The Theatre School at North Coast Rep presents “The Diary of Anne Frank� opening Nov. 21. Courtesy photo

It presents a new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman from the original stage play by Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett, that weaves newly discovered writings from the diary of Anne Frank with survivor accounts. Authenticity comes from the hours the cast of local 9- to 19-year-olds spent watching documentaries about Anne Frank (a 13-year-old Dutch girl who recounted her family’s struggles as they hid from the Nazis for two years), visiting the San Diego Jewish Academy and hearing the stories of Holocaust survivors, some of whom will tell their stories at the performances.


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HOEHN HELPS Susanah Hoehn, left, presents a $2,500 contribution on behalf of Hoehn Honda of Carlsbad, 5454 Paseo del Norte, to Assistance League North County volunteer Marie Durie, in support of the league’s annual fundraiser, Autumn Fantasy. Autumn Fantasy provides ALNC with the funds to support services which include school clothing, health kits, shoes, reading programs, library books, emergency clothing for the school health offices, safety education for fourth-grade students and a teen pregnancy prevention program. For more information about ALNC, visit alnc.org. Courtesy photo

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Reservations are needed by Nov. 18 for the preThanksgiving luncheon at noon Nov. 25 at Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester Ave., Cardiff. Cost $7. For more information call (858) 674-1123.

A LITTLE MAGIC The San C O N T E M P O R A R Y Dieguito Newcomers Club WOMEN

hosts local author and artist Jim Whiting to talk about cartooning, magic and his new b o o k “Rabbit Under the Hat” at 10 a.m. Nov. 15 at a member’s home, 2227 Camino Robledo, Carlsbad. For further information, call ( 760) 635-0464 or e-mail ednamgibson@aol.com. LIVING THE LIFE LIFE at MiraCosta College, the lifelong learning group, meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Nov.15 at the Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Administration Bldg. 1000, Room 1068. For more information, contact (760) 7218124. HISTORY CRAFTS Enjoy free activities that revolve around a historical theme every Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. For more information, call (760) 632-9711. SCIENCE AND PRAYER A free lecture, “Prayer, Healing, and Solutions: Explore the connections” at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 by Christian Science teacher, meteorologist and Hubble Space Telescope manager, Mary Alice Rose at the Oceanside Civic Center Library, 330 N. Coast Highway. To RSVP, call (619) 265-6421. DEFEAT DEPRESSION Join a free community talk on Women and Depression from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the office of psychologist T. Brailow, 2181 El Camino Real, Suite 101,Oceanside, parking in rear. Reserve a seat by calling (760) 303-1972 or e-mail osidedepressiontalk@gmail.com.

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THE ART OF THE PSA The Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad and the North Coastal Prevention Coalition offer a free high school student workshop on developing Public Service Announcements at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 16, at the Bressi Clubhouse, 2730 Bressi Ranch Way, Carlsbad. RSVP to John Byrom at (760) 631-6500, ext. 1749, or e-mail jbyrom@vistacommunityclinic.org. HOLIDAY GOODIES

Members of the GFWC Contemporary Women of North County will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 18 at its new location, San Marcos Senior Center, 111 Richmar Ave., San Marcos. Contact Lisa at membership@ cwonc.org or visit cwonc.org.

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HIGH TEA AND FASHION The Brandeis National Committee, San Dieguito Chapter, invites the community to a High Tea and vintage clothing fashion show 12:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort, Grand Pacific Avenue, Carlsbad. Proceeds will benefit the Brandeis University project Sustaining the Mind: Scientific Research and Scholarships working on a cure for neurological diseases. For more information, call (858) 309-8348.

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The San Dieguito Unit of LWV North County San Diego will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Belmont Village, 3335 Manchester, Cardiff for a presentation on “Immigration Reform in the 21st Century.” Visit lwvncsd.org or call (760) 736-1608 for further information. BINGO! Play Bingo every Wednesday Night at the Encinitas Elks Lodge #2243, 1393 Windsor Road, Cardiff. All proceeds go to charity. For more information, call (760) 753-2243. Closed Nov. 27, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. A MEAL AND MORE Enjoy a potluck Thanksgiving celebration at Main Street Farmers Market 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 20 at 255 Main St., Vista with yoga, music and a food drive benefiting Catholic Charities Food Resource Center, Boys & Girls Club of Vista and Got Your Back. For information, visit vvba.org or e-mail info @ vvba.org or yogamunkey.com.

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SEE ‘SHORED UP’ The Beach Preservation Committee of the San Diego Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will be hosting a free screening of the movie “Shored Up,” a documentary that asks tough questions about our coastal communities and our relationship to the land at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Naked Cafe, 106 S. Sierra Ave., Solana Beach. For more information, contact kristin@surfridersd.org. CARLSBAD LWV The Carlsbad Unit of League of Women Voters North County San Diego will meet from 10 am until noon Nov. 21 in the Leucadia Water District Board Room, 1960 La Costa Blvd., Carlsbad. Speaker will be Carlsbad City Attorney Celia Brewer. Visit lwvncsd.org or call (760) 736-1608 for further information.

The San Elijo Holiday Boutique from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 at the San Elijo Recreation Center, 1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos. Dylan’s Steel Drums will perform. For more information, call (760) 744-9000 or visit sanmarcos.net. PERFECT PIES MiraCosta College Community Service Program lets you learn to make holiday pies from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Alchemy of the Hearth Culinary School, 960 Rancheros Drive, Suite L, San Marcos. Cost is $50. For more MARK THE information on the or to register, call (760) 795-6820, or regCALENDAR ister online at miracosta.auguPALA NEW YEAR’S EVE soft.net/. Spend New Year’s Eve at Pala Casino Spa & Resort Infinity YOUNG VOICES Showroom with DSB, a tribute The local youngsters of North to Journey and the Sandbox Coast Singers will perform a dance band. Tickets, $35 per free concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at person, with no service charge Holy Cross Episcopal Church, at the Pala box office in the 2510 Gateway Road, Bressi casino or by calling (877) 946Ranch, Carlsbad. For more 7252 or at startickets.com.

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Interim mayor speaks to Democratic Club RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club will host Todd Gloria, interim mayor and president of the San Diego City Council, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, 1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. To RSVP, visit rsfdem.org. Tickets are $25, cash or check at door. For more information, call Maria McEneany at (858) 4426047. Gloria became interim mayor Aug. 30. As a councilmember, he championed

increased infrastructure investment, subsequently coining the term “sexy streets.” He also led the way for San Diego’s first permanent year-round homeless service center, was an advocate for transportation options including a stronger public transit system and pedestrian and bicycle projects. Gloria authored Proposition C, which updated the city’s veteran hiring policy. As chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee 2011-2012, Councilmember Gloria

oversaw the development and approval of budgets to stabilize the city’s finances after years of cuts, and restored services like library hours. He remains chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee, represents San Diego on the boards of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), the Metropolitan Transit System, and is chairman of the SANDAG Transportation Committee. Prior to his election to Rancho Santa Fe Democratic City Council in 2008, Gloria The Club hosts San Diego Interim served as District Director Mayor Todd Gloria Nov. 21. to Congresswoman Susan A. Courtesy photo

Davis and worked for the county of San Diego Health and Human Service Agency. Gloria’s volunteer efforts to improve the community include his work as a San Diego Housing Commissioner from 2005 until his election to the City Council and as a member of the Mid-City Prostitution Impact Panel. Gloria, a native San Diegan, is a graduate of the University of San Diego and member of the Tingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. He is also a third-generation resident of District Three.

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Del Mar offers winter wonderland this holiday DEL MAR — Through Jan. 1, Del Mar will be transformed into a winter wonderland, ringing in the season with a host of holiday events and festivities. The city of Del Mar will

offer free parking in downtown Del Mar throughout the holiday season.The all-day parking gift from the city includes complimentary parking along 15th Street, the metered parking under the L’Auberge Del Mar

and along Camino Del Mar from 15th Street to 4th Street. The free parking takes place on weekends including Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, Dec. 7 and Dec. 8, Dec. 14 and Dec. 15, Dec. 21 abd Dec. 22 and Dec.

24, Dec. 25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. For more information, visit delmarmainstreet.com. On Nov. 15, Del Mar Plaza kicks off the season in style with the Holiday Fashion and Gift Preview luncheon at

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Pacifica Del Mar. The holiday fashion show, benefiting the Challenged Athletes Foundation: Operation Rebound, will feature haute couture from the Del Mar Plaza boutiques, fabulous prizes and a special menu.Tickets cost $45 per person. For more information, visit ranchandcoast.com. Dec.7 begins “Holidays in the Heart of Del Mar Village” with a full day of interactive events including Winter Wonderland, the annual Tree Lighting ceremony, and an outdoor movie. The west corner of Camino Del Mar, 15th Street and the Del Mar Plaza will be the locations for the day’s festivities, including taking your own holiday pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, or dressing up with goofy props and ugly sweaters in the outdoor Holiday Photo Booth. Seasonal tunes will be performed by the Original Dickens Carolers, and real snow can be found at St. Peter’s Church. The Del Mar Village Restaurant’s Holiday Cookies competition will be accepting votes for the best cookie, while serving warm drinks. Local dance studios will perform on the Del Mar Plaza OceanView Deck.Children can also participate in the Passport to the North Pole, receiving points from participating retailers to redeem for special prizes. The celebration will come to a close with the Tree Lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. and an outdoor movie showing of the holiday comedy, “Elf” at the L’Auberge Amphitheater at 5:15 p.m. Picnic baskets can

also be ordered from local participating restaurants to accompany the movie night for an evening family-picnic. “Holidays in the Heart of Del Mar Village” continues Dec. 15 and Dec. 21 with “Santa By the Sea” at the L’Auberge Amphitheater, from 2 to 5 p.m. including pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus and the Original Dickens Carolers. For more information on the events of “Holidays in the Heart of Del Mar,” visit delmarmainstreet.com. Holiday shoppers have incentive to cross off their lists in Del Mar this season with the Holiday Voucher Program. From Nov. 18 through Dec. 24, guests who spend $75 at any Del Mar Village store can redeem their receipts for a $15 gift certificate to a participating Del Mar Village restaurant. Guests must bring their receipts to the Del Mar Village Visitor and Community Center to claim their certificate. While shopping for local Christmas gifts in downtown Del Mar, guests can stop by the Del Mar Village Association office to pick up a Del Mar holiday keepsake.This year’s keepsakes include signature candles in “Torrey Pines Mist” and “15th Street Beach” scents for $12 each, limited edition holiday ornaments of Del Mar Library and Stratford Square for $10 each, Del Mar wine glasses, $25 for four or $7 each and an assortment of Del Mar license plates for $25 each. For more information, visit delmarmainstreet.com.


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Chopped Salad taken to another level at ZIGZAG Pizza DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate The Cohn Restaurant Group opens restaurants so quickly these days it’s tough to keep up with them. The great thing is that while they are run by the same executive management, you would never know that as they each have their own very unique identity. From the bistro-like Bo Beau in Ocean Beach and now La Mesa, to the posh fine dining of Vintana in Escondido, their restaurants offer a style for just about everyone. ZIGZAG is one of the more recent additions and is located next door to 333 Pacific, another Cohn restaurant at the Oceanside Pier. Their menu is simple, pizza and chopped salad, or chop-chop salad as they call it. The interior has a feel that I’ve seen before with the reclaimed wood,industrial like design elements, and skateboards on the wall, but they put their own spin on it and it comes across as original. The ZIGZAG sign (behind Jim and Amiko in the photo) inside is very cool. David and Leslie Cohn are the couple behind this empire and they recently brought on Chef Amiko Gubbins and given her the title Special Ops: Food and Flavor, for their family of restaurants. One of her first assignments was teaming up with Operations Manager Jim Lamoureux to develop the concept for and launch ZIGZAG. Amiko has been a star on the San Diego culinary scene for some time. Her culinary career began by watching her traditional Japanese mother in the kitchen, but her formal training first took life in La Jolla under Ulf Anders and William Gustaf, whom she credits for cultivating her immense appreciation for food and quality ingredients. After spending time in the kitchens of Cilantros and Pacifica Del Mar, Gubbins served as executive chef of Cafe Japengo where she took home the award for Best Asian for eight years. Soon after, she branched out on her own as chef and owner of the critically acclaimed Parallel 33 in San Diego's Mission Hills neighborhood. After her time at Parallel 33, Amiko went to work as the personal chef for music icon Lenny Kravitz before working with Specialty Produce. Most recently, Amiko served as executive chef for Sysco San Diego where she brought her culinary experience to the company's vast restaurant base. She has a local connection, surfing North County beaches and performs in the Encinitas Guitar Orchestra. I’d say her background is a perfect fit to work with the Cohns’ eclectic group of restaurants and she is off to a great start at ZIGZAG.

The team behind ZIGZAG Jim Lamoureux and Chef Amiko Gubbins”. Photo by David Boylan

I will admit that I am a huge chopped salad fan. The concept is so simple but makes so much sense. The greens and ingredients are chopped up together and dressed so that every bite contains a bit of everything. It’s been big on the East Coast for a few years now and Sammy’s has them locally, but of course ZIGZAG takes them to another level. I tried the Purple Haze with chile lime flank steak, spinach, arugula, purple cabbage, kale, purple basil, tomatoes, mozzarella, red onions, fried shallots, garlic, and balsamic basil vinaigrette.

Loved it! Also tried the Smoke on the Water with blackened shrimp, romaine, iceberg, spinach, bacon, black olives, eggs, avocado, bleu cheese crumbles, red onions and a smoky poblano buttermilk dressing. Another crazy good salad. They have six salads to choose from or you can create your own and at $9 it’s a good value for the quality ingredients. You may have noticed a classic rock theme going on TURN TO LICK THE PALTE ON B13

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Harvest 2013 in California The 2013 California wine crop has excellent quality as growers cut back some on production in favor of quality. Shown here is the Jordan Vineyard in Sonoma. Photo courtesy of Jordan Vineyard

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rom Temecula to Napa Valley and beyond, this is the season of the year that can make or break a vineyard in California’s considerable wine industry. The state has some 10 percent of the number of vineyards in the U.S. They produce a whopping 90 percent of U.S. wine sales in the country. California has struggled with unusually dry weather of late and the harvest bottomed out in 2011 with excess fruit that lacked its usual quality. But last year showed a beautiful harvest up and down the state, in lock step with increased sales of California wines from the 2010 red wine harvest and 2011 and 2012 white wine harvest. The most important wine country is Napa Valley, home to arguably the world’s best Chardonnay and Cabernet. It describes its crop with the “Three ‘E’s’ — Early, Even and Excellent. “I would pop a

C into the mix…consistency. While our European friends are always bracing for terrible, damaging weather, California, even in a less than great year, will still produce lovely wines more or less. Napa Valley started harvest on Aug.1 with the whites, one of the earliest on record. By early September the lighter reds were picked, and finally the cabernet grapes came off the vines by midOctober. “In a nutshell, this vintage gave us the extraordinary gift of enabling us to pick exactly what we wanted, at perfect ripeness and ideal hang time,” noted Paul Colantuoni, winemaker at Rocca Family Vineyards. So the word is that the 2013 vintage will be every bit as blessed as the 2012. Over in Sonoma, Pedroncelli Winery up near Geyserville, finished their 86th harvest, a “bumper crop” with all the makings of fine quality from a near-perfect growing season. They finished with their Petite Sirah and Port varietals. Pedroncelli just released its first red from the fabulous 2012 vintage, a Pinot Noir. Look forward to rich flavors and bright acidity with a lighter touch.

In Monterey wine country, they’re calling 2013 a historical best. The harvest was prolonged by more than average fog, which made for more acidity and structure. The Pinot Noir grape had extra hang time for brilliant looking fruit with even ripening. Paso Robles is also tagging 2013 as a “near perfect growing season with additional hang time that produced amazing color and some very promising wines.” Cass Winery opened up about a side issue that’s been rearing its head in the press. “Growers know well that we are in the midst of a grape shortage due to the lack of new plantings during the recession. That shortage appears to be spilling over to wine sales.” I just read two articles on this very subject. One declared a wine shortage; the other proclaimed that there was no wine shortage. I guess if you went to your favorite wine shop and they didn’t have your favorite brand, then there is a wine shortage. Taking it Easy at Trinitas Cellars Wine Bar Feels like Napa Valley when you spend some relaxed time at the new Trinitas

Wine Bytes

Trinitas Cellars Wine Bar Chef Kim Kramer chooses dishes that enhance the flavor of the wines. Photo by Frank Mangio

Cellars Wine Bar in the 9-acre Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa. It should. The casual dining, wine and perfect setting are made to resemble its sister Meritage Collection property in Napa Valley. Executive Chef Kim Kramer and Danny Fancher, director of food and beverage, have teamed up to present paired wine and food combinations that are very comfortable together. The portions are mostly petite. Kramer likes to call it “playful home cooking.” One of her favorite menu items that are catching on is the

TASTE OF WINE Wine of the Month By Frank Mangio

Mac N’ Cheese N’ Fried Chicken that matches up with the Trinitas 2010 Old Vine Petite Sirah that touches the palate with cinnamon and dark plums. She recommends sharing plates. All menu items are available at the bar. My favorite was the Beef Short Rib with truffle chips with a 2009 Old Vine Zinfandel. Estancia has its famed Thanksgiving Day Buffet, Nov. 28 from 2 to 8 p.m. It’s one to dream about. Reservations may be made by calling (858) 964-6521.

2010 Domaine Serene Reserve Pinot Noir Oregon About This Wine

A Pinot for the ages made at the Winery of the Year in Oregon. Wonderfully complex, it delivers an array of fruit. Structurally solid, showing richness and acidity with soft tannins and a clean long finish, any recent vintage is excellent. The 2010 scored a 95 in the latest Wine Spectator. It’s a perfect complement to Thanksgiving dinner.

It’s “Feel Good Friday” at Orfila Winery in Escondido Nov. 15 from 3 to 5 p.m., with Jimmy Patton and his guitar. Entertainment is no charge. Wine and food are available. Call (760) 738-6500 ext. 22. North County Wine Company in San Marcos has a Goldschmidt wine event Nov. 16 from 5 to 10 p.m. Cost is $15. On Nov. 20 from 5 to 9 p.m., Carole Shelton Wines of Sonoma will be poured at $10. Call (760) 744-2119 for details. An Italian Food and Wine Master Class will be held, as part of the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival, Nov. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Macy’s School of Cooking at Fashion Valley in San Diego. Learn cooking techniques, taste, and get recipes. Cost is $70. Visit sandiegowineclassic.com to RSVP. 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.

About The Winery

Set in the Willamette Valley of Oregon in the Dundee area, Domaine Serene has seven premium vineyards to draw from. Eric Kramer is the winemaker from New Zealand, making wine in the Willamette Valley since 2004. He joined Domaine Serene in 2011. His goal is to maximize the quality of the wine and is largely vineyard driven, making only Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

The Cost

You can find this wine for $64 at Harvest Ranch Market in Encinitas, about the same cost as the winery. Call (760) 944-6898.


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Think outside the chocolate box when hosting a holiday cookie exchange No-bake Hawaiian Host Whole Macadamia White Chocolate Crunch is a delicious, stress-free treat. Courtesy photo

(BPT) — The holidays provide a good excuse to bake and eat cookies. Not the traditional chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies that most of us eat during the rest of the year, but those special recipes that have everyone going back for a second taste. Hosting a cookie exchange is a great way to expose your friends to a wider variety of cookie recipes this holiday season. But before sending out invitations and asking your friends to make their favorite cookie recipe, consider thinking outside the chocolate box for your party this year. There are tons of ways to make your cookie exchange party unique. Start planning your party right away using a couple of these ideas.

periodically, until melted. Stir in peanut butter. Add corn cereal and marshmallows; stir. Pour into buttered 8-by-8 inch square pan or dish. When firm, cut into squares.

* Up the game on the party favors. The purpose of a cookie exchange is to leave the party with a variety of holiday cookies, but you and your guests can have a lot more fun. Ways to think outside the chocolate box include holding a wine pairing with the cookies. Red wine and chocolate go well together, and your guests can determine which pairing works best for their holiday tables. Or indulge by serving some chocolate martinis alongside the cookies. If your group is into games, make up fun names for the cookie recipes everyone brought, or make a unique recipe just for the party, and * Make it a themed cookie exchange. Theme par- have guests guess the ingredients in the mystery cookties are fun at any time of year, but take it one step fur- ie. ther with your cookie exchange. Invite your guests to follow the theme with the recipes they choose to make. * Introduce unexpected ingredients into the cookFor example, consider hosting a black and white cook- ie recipes. One of the holiday season’s most popular ie party, explaining to attendees that the cookies must confections is Hawaiian Host chocolate-covered have a black or white element. macadamia nuts that tempt frequent snacking all seaCoconut, white or dark chocolate candies, nuts and son long. But chopping up these chocolate-covered nuts sugar for icing are just several ingredients that fit the and putting them into a cookie recipe will introduce a bill, and you can find dozens of recipes featuring these new surprise to all your guests. Try them in the followitems. Or make it a chocolate party, where all of the ing butter cookie recipe: recipes have a chocolate ingredient in them. Many cookie recipes include nuts, so a nut theme would also Hawaiian Host Milk Chocolate AlohaMac Butter be a great idea. In addition to the recipes featuring the Cookies Ingredients: theme, also decorate the party room to match. In need of a recipe? The following white chocolate crunch 14 pieces Hawaiian Host Milk Chocolate recipe is great for all three themed parties: AlohaMacs, chop into pieces 1/2 cup butter, unsalted Hawaiian Host Whole Macadamia White Chocolate 1/2 cup granulated sugar Crunch 1/2 cup light brown sugar, granulated Ingredients: 1 large egg 1 box, 7 ounces, 18 pieces Hawaiian Host Whole 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Macadamia White Chocolates 1 1/4 cup flour 1 cup Rice Krispies 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup mini marshmallows 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter Directions: Directions: Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix butter and sugars in Melt chocolate in a microwave oven in 4 quart large bowl until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat, then casserole at 70 percent power for 3 - 4 minutes, stirring add vanilla extract. Mix flour, salt and soda, and add

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here. Yep, all the salads and pizza have names taken from classic rock artists or songs and their tagline is Salad- BrewRock, so there you have it. And yes, there is the pizza. They are making their own dough and there are nine varieties that range from traditional toppings to chef-designed with a more gourmet twist so there is something for everyone. I could have used a little more char and crunch on my crust but that’s just a personal preference. They do offer well done on request so I’ll simply ask for that next time.At $7.50, the pies are a great value as well. There are plenty of crafty beers, soda and wine to choose from as well.The soda I had was

called Mexicane Cola from (760) 433-1555. Portland, Maine, and it was right up there with the best Lick the Plate can now be heard colas I’ve tasted. ZIGZAG is a on KPRi, 102.1 FM Monday-Friday cool place, a great value, and during the 7pm hour. they offer some tasty grub. David Boylan is founder of Another fine addition to the Artichoke Creative and Artichoke Oceanside restaurant scene. Apparel, an Encinitas based Located at 333 N. Meyers marketing firm and clothing line. Street, Oceanside. Contact Reach him at david@artichokethem at zigzagpizza.com or creative.com or (858) 395-6905.

Chopped Hawaiian Host chocolate-covered macadamia nuts turn regular cookies into a delicious surprise. Courtesy photo

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Meet Vito Vincent, a 5-month-old, 3-pound white/tabby blend. He’s an active, affectionate, playful young feline. He has been neutered and is up-todate on all of his vaccinations. His adoption fee is $151 and Helen Woodward Animal Center is currently waiving the adoption fee for the second kitten or catthey do so much better in pairs. Helen Woodward Animal Center is located at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

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MEET THE CHEFS The Good Earth/Great Chefs Series presents chef, author, and the proprietor of Chez Panisse restaurant, Alice Waters, Dec. 7 at Chino Farms, 6123 Calzada Del Bosque, Rancho Santa Fe, signing her new book “The Art of Simple Food II” along with wine expert Kermit Lynch, signing his book “Adventures on the Wine Route.” For more information, visit goodearthgreatchefs.wordpress.com. Chino Farms is a family-owned farm, established in 1946 on 50 acres of river-bottom land in Rancho Santa Fe.

Kennels are open daily Monday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.; Friday, noon to 7 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call (858) 756-4117, option #1.

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Opting out of Obamacare Lux helps decorate National Christmas Tree JOE MORIS Baby Boomer Peace It’s nine at night as I sit on my balcony overlooking the Bay of Banderas with a view to downtown Puerto Vallarta. I’ve been here a month and I’ll come home after New Year’s. I still get news from the United States through Fox and CNN and things sure don’t look good on the medical front. I always thought the government could jump in and help the uninsured due to hardship conditions and those barred from insurance due to pre-existing conditions by getting subsidized rather than overhauling the whole system. Congress could have also thrown in cross border insur-

ance and tort reform/limits on litigation like we have here in California. But as long as Obamacare is the law I thought I’d check out the healthcare.gov exchanges to see what is going on and I actually got through. I’m a little nervous though now that I’ve found out the system isn’t secure with my personal information. Ouch. After reviewing my choices, I’ve decided to skip insurance once again. I’ll pay whatever fine I need to pay. I’ve already experienced free enterprise medical down here in Puerto Vallarta. A year ago I was able to have high quality double stem-cell knee surgery at the Amerimed Center for $4,000 total.That included the surgeon, the operating room with a second doctor assisting and two nurses, the anesthesiologist, a day in my hospital room and follow up TURN TO BABY BOOMER ON B15

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ENCINITAS — Ornaments from all 56 U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia are displayed at the 2013 Washington, D.C. National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. This year, California’s contribution will come from Ocean Knoll third-graders and Lux Art Institute. The institute was chosen to design and create the ornaments for California’s tree for the 2013 National Christmas Tree display in President’s Park in Washington, D.C. They join local artists and youth from every state, selected to design and create 24 ornaments for their respective state or territory tree. “We are excited to have worked with Ocean Knoll Art Institute teaching artist Lissa Corona works with third grade ornament artists making ornaments for elementary school in Lux California’s tree at the 2013 National Christmas Tree display in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo Encinitas, specifically Christine Usher’s thirdgrade class,” said Lux teach- representing California that will kick off with the 91st Christmas Eve in 1923, ing artist Lissa Corona who are going to be on the National Christmas Tree when President Calvin Lighting Ceremony present- Coolidge lit a Christmas worked with the children. National Tree. It’s something I will ed by the National Park tree in front of 3,000 spectaThe students were asked to paint winter scenes from remember forever,” said Service and National Park tors on the Ellipse in Since places they had visited on Sofia Lopez, one of the Foundation, the official President’s Park. 1923, each succeeding presicharity of America’s nationthird-grade artists who cresmall log slices, a project al parks. The exact date of dent has carried on the trabased on the work of former ated the ornaments. “All of us at Lux are the National Christmas Tree dition of what now has Lux resident artist Alison Moritsugu. Scenes vary from proud to be included in this Lighting Ceremony will be become a month-long event traditional snow-covered national celebration of the announced in the coming presented by the National Park Foundation and landscapes, to sunny skies holiday season with our log weeks. As one of America’s old- National Park Service. In slice ornamants,” said Lux and beaches. est holiday traditions, the addition to the National “It’s very special for our director, Reesey Shaw. Four weeks of holiday National Christmas Tree Christmas Tree display, class to do the ornaments began on President’s Park hosts a varievents in President’s Park Lighting ety of family-oriented holiday attractions, such as the Santa’s Workshop, nightly holiday performances, a Yule log, nativity scene, and model train display. For ticket information and talent announcements, as well as other event details, visit thenationaltree.org.

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WINNING SHOT Carlsbad local Jimmy Wilson’s photo of Kelly Slater at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, was selected for the Red Bull Illume exhibit under the Lifestyle category. The competition aims to “showcase the most exciting and creative action sports photography on the planet as art to the wider public audience.” Photo by Jimmy Wilson

he Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce is excited to host their first Wine & Business Expo Nov. 20, at Carruth Cellars located at 320 S. Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. We are inviting the community and local businesses to attend this FREE event to learn about local services. Some of the business categories that will be there include: Travel, Medical, Health &

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The faded remnants of street art from the anonymous street artist BERT, right, and a work signed by OZI recently appeared on a building wall in Encinitas. Photo by Tony Cagala

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searching for any others. Her theory: That it was the start of a scavenger hunt. This wouldn’t be the first time a scavenger hunt centering on artworks has taken place. Carlsbad-based artist Bryan Snyder has initiated hunts based on his character “Doodle,” hiding canvassed paintings around Carlsbad and leaving clues behind for people to find them.

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This turned out to be right where the sun shined brightest and got hottest. My iced drinks did not fare well. Somehow, a good time was had by all, including me. I better understand

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Thomas Blessent, an architect representing the foundation. He said a community arts venue on the property would fit in nicely with other

Recently an anonymous street artist going under the name “BERT” has been installing works based on outcomes of World Professional Surfing events on building walls in Encinitas, Oceanside and most recently Solana Beach. “Encinitas has a little bit of an edge to it,” Messier said. “And I like the chances and the boldness of some of the artists around here to make a statement, bring it to people’s attention. And Banksy, I don’t know about California, but London and New York, I

hope Banksy comes out here. We’re waiting,” she said. Messier, who is an artist herself, said when she used to paint on walls she would get in trouble for it. “I think I got suspended for it in school,” she added. So far, no other Banksy canvases have been found in the city, or at least there’s been no mention of them. Whether the piece was meant to be part of an art scavenger hunt inspired by Banksy, or just something left innocently behind will, for now, remain a mystery.

now why some cultures celebrate things for a full week. My husband just reminded me that that would mean a week’s worth of cooking and dishes. Drat. At least some of my house is ready for the holidays, but I’m counting on some rain to at least con-

fine us to the inside. A good downpour and the low light of a roaring fire is a marvelous distraction.

cultural offerings at the nearby San Diego Botanic Garden and the San Dieguito Heritage Museum. “Along the Quail Gardens Drive, Saxony Road corridor, there are really incredible opportunities for

… a possible arts and culture district,” Blessent said. Much of the Leichtag property will be dedicated to agriculture, but there will also be room for an arts venue, as well as for other uses, Blessent said.

Jean Gillette is a freelance writer with fewer delusions of party grandeur. Contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com.

visits with my surgeon. Besides having no cartilage on either of my tibias I also had torn meniscus cartilage in both knees as well. It has taken nearly a year rebuilding the strength from those meniscus repairs but my cartilage has completely grown back on the tibias. Since the femurs were scraped clean of pits and spikes so to speak, I no longer have the bone-onbone pain any more. I don’t have any metal and I don’t have scars, just repaired knees. It’s been almost a year and I’m back to walking 18 holes of golf and playing tennis. All of the Amerimed Centers have been built to exceed U.S. standards. They can be found in all the locations Europeans, Canadians and Americans have bought second homes in Mexico. I’ve since learned that these centers have been accepted by Medicare and MediCal. In other words, had I been eligible, a good portion of that $4,000 would have been reimbursed to me. Our country is now facing a new frontier in medical care and we baby boomers are going to be radically affected by the changes in insurance and the medical system. Many baby boomers are now or will be receiving cancellation notices of their health care plans from their insurers. They will have to forego their lifelong doctors and be taken care of by the few doctors willing to work in the exchanges. The doctors I know and have seen for decades are not going to be a part of the exchanges so I know that if I join the exchange I will not be able to see my doctors. I can visit them if they

Wellness, Entertainment, Insurance, Banking, Pet Services and more! We have over 20 unique businesses participating so there is something for everyone. There will be raffle prizes to win from each of the local businesses, free, delicious food to sample from Crush, Beach Grass Café and Cedros Cafe along with Carruth Cellars offering special wine discounts for all attendees! Each business that will be hosting a table has 10 VIP tickets to give away and the VIP tickets will get you a great Swag bag full of valuable items including Belly Up Tickets, a California Pizza Kitchen certificate, Jer’s Chocolate, Save Me Batteries and more! So come out and have

a glass of wine, sample some delicious food, win some great prizes and enjoy a fun evening! The Wine & Business Expo is Nov. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Carruth Cellars! If you would like a ticket for a SWAG Bag email marketing@ solanabeachchamber.com or call (858) 755-4775 for a list of participating businesses that have VIP tickets still available! For more information about the Chamber and Solana Beach visit solanabeachchamber.com and on Facebook facebook.com/solanabeachchamber

stay in business, but I’ll have to pay out of pocket. I canceled my insurance two years ago. In the California Exchange my premiums will be around $10,000 a year with a $7,500 deductible. That is about $17,500 before insurance kicks in. Even with my surgery, the money I have saved these last 24 months by abstaining from insurance premiums has given me the money to open a donut shop down here on the Malecon, equipment and all. I’m lucky and I’m glad I didn’t give it to Blue Cross. I took a risk and so far it has paid off. If the business goes belly up I would rather the money was spent trying to help myself as well as others I employ instead of giving it to the government or

here in Puerto Vallarta at a fraction of the cost of Encinitas. Amerimed has highly skilled physicians from around the world including Mexican specialists and there’s never a wait to see one. One by-product that might come from Obamacare, as it affects those of us not yet eligible for Medicare, will be the privatization of the medical industry. That might give us a chance to shop around for cash-pay prices and quality right here in San Diego as it is in Mexico. Don’t get me wrong, Mexican Nationals get free healthcare from their social security medical system as well but it’s awful and the wait for specialists is interminable; like Canada, up to two years. As I hear the distant sounds of downtown, I

— Nichole Peterson, Executive Director Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce

I’m 64 but feel 30. With out-of-the-box thinking, I’ll hope that I can stay this way. the insurance companies. Baby boomers who don’t have Cadillac retirement plans are in a real fix and it is now up to those of us individually to try to figure out the best way to protect ourselves from something catastrophic while at the same time not robbing what little retirement we may have set aside. If it was available I would prefer to have a policy that has a small monthly payment with no perks, no co-pays and a huge deductible, like $20,000, in return for just being covered in case of some lifethreatening illness. Other services I choose to have, like the knee surgery or dental care, I can have done down

muse at what has brought me peace. I’m 64 but feel 20. With out-of-the-box thinking I’ll hope that I can stay this way. I’ve figured out my peace and my own Cadillac plan. With a little effort you too may find yours. Good luck! Joe Moris may be contacted at (760) 500-6755 or by email at joe@coastalcountry.net.

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SOUP TO NUTS by Rick Stromoski

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013

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