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VOL. 9, NO. 25

DEC. 27, 2013

A housing project that would be built near homes near Rancho Cielo Estates in Rancho Santa Fe is under opposition from members in the community. File photo

Motorists travel across a span of bridge on Interstate 15, where in the past water from Lake Hodges would be, but has since sprouted a small forest of shrubs, trees and brush. Photo by Tony Cagala

THE HIGHS AND THE LOWS OF IT Questions rise as the water level of Lake Hodges continues to fall By Tony Cagala

REGION— Residents living in sight of the Lake Hodges Reservoir, which stretches from Interstate 15 all the way west towards Del Dios Highway, have seen its highs and lows over the years. Rainy seasons have filled the reservoir beyond its water level capacity, losing much needed water as it spilled over the dam. Extremely dry seasons have dropped the level so low as to reveal the lake bed in some areas, allowing a small forest of trees to sprout up. But after an SDCWA (San Diego County Water Authority) project costing millions of dollars and years of blasting and construction to create the Olivenhain Reservoir and dam, and connect it to Hodges — a project designed, in part, to maintain more consistent levels at Hodges — some residents are asking why the water level continues to shrink. This year, its 27 shoreline miles are again showing signs of another dry season. Historically, the water levels at Hodges have fluctuated widely from year to year, according to Arian Collins,

The Lake Hodges reservoir stretches from Interstate 15 to west towards Del Dios Highway It was joined with the Olivenhain Dam and Reservoir, upper left, to help keep the lake at a more consistent level. Map courtesy of Google

supervising public information officer Diego and has, as of last year been draftwith the San Diego Public Utilities ing water from the reservoir for some of Department. The lake is owned by the city of San TURN TO HODGES ON A14

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Opposition to Rancho Cielo projects builds By Rachel Stine

RANCHO SANTA FE — Multiple lawsuits and an appeal have been filed against proposed development projects in the Rancho Cielo residential community of Rancho Santa Fe. The specific plan to develop Rancho Cielo, which encompasses about 2,668 acres north and west of Del Dios Highway, originally came before the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in 1981. Over the past 30 years, the plan has been amended six times to incorporate a variety of changes to the proposed development. Recently, Rancho Cielo Estates Ltd., the site developer, has brought forth two proposals before the San Diego County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors to build houses and condominiums on portions of the Rancho Cielo property. On Aug. 7, the County Board of Supervisors granted approval for the construction of 24 singlefamily homes located off of Via Ambiente. A group of nearby residents consequently formed the nonprofit San Dieguito Community Council to oppose the project. They filed a lawsuit against San Diego County for approving the project on Sept. 6, claiming that the project fails to comply with the California E n v i r o n m e n t a l Quality Act.

The claim specifically cites that the County did not consider the full environmental impacts of the project that was ultimately approved after decades of changes and instead relied on outdated environmental analysis. The lawsuit mentions concerns about impacts the project might have on safety and traffic in the area.

It doesn’t make any sense. Why wouldn’t (the project developers) go ahead and do new studies?” Everett DeLano Attorney

According to the group’s attorney, Everett DeLano, the suit is still in discovery. County documents on the project state that the development plan that was approved did not substantially change the environmental impacts that were originally reviewed as the project was completed. Two other parties are also in the process of suing Rancho Cielo Estates, Ltd., over the project. TURN TO CIELO ON A14


DEC. 27, 2013


USPS, Staples team up for pilot program By Tony Cagala

CALLING IN THE MARINES Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District firefighters Nathan Fritchle, left, and Joe Carter wait for the Marines on Dec. 20 to pick up toys donated by the Rancho Santa Fe woman’s golf club and community. All four RSFFPD stations and the administration office served as drop off locations for Toys-For-Tots. Photo by Tony Cagala




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REGION — Since November, the USPS (United States Postal Service) and Staples have been studying a pilot program in North County. In what’s being called a Retail Partner Expansion Program pilot, Staples in Escondido, Vista and Temecula will be providing post office services and products in their stores. Expected to last through Sept. 30, 2014, the USPS will then determine whether the program is feasible to expand to a full-scale launch. At the select Staples locations, customers will have access to some of the more “popular” products and services, which includes stamps, First Class Mail (Domestic and International), Priority Mail (Domestic and International), Priority Mail Express (Domestic and International), First-Class Package International Service, Global Express Guaranteed, Standard Post, and select extra services. While the postal service already has approved postal providers in the area, which offer limited services as shipping and the purchasing of stamps, USPS officials have said that the retail pilot program is different. “The Retail Partner Expansion Program pilot allows for leading retailers to sell postal products and services in their stores. At these partner-plus locations customers will be able to access a simplified product portfolio containing our most popular products and services,” a USPS official said in an email response. The Staples locations will also serve as a site for receiving mail. According to the USPS, Staples was selected as the first partner in the program because of its appeal to business customers and because it is a “leading office supply market leader. The Postal Service will be the exclusive mailing/shipping services provider for customers at pilot stores.” A spokesperson for Staples said that they became involved with the program because it offered customers

The Staples store on W. Valley Parkway is participating in a USPS pilot program expected to last for a year. Photo by Tony Cagala

access to postal products and services inside the select locations, which makes it easy for their small business customers. The postal service is experiencing tremendous financial turmoil. They ended the 2013 fiscal year with a net loss of $5 billion. It’s the seventh consecutive year with an incurred net loss. The USPS said costs incurred from the pilot program will include construction materials, marketing and the point-of-sale technology, mirroring support for Contract Postal Units and Village Post Offices. If the program was determined to be feasible, the USPS said there aren’t any foreseeable changes to the brick-and-mortar post office locations. While they say the program wouldn’t cut costs to the operation of its own post offices, it would improve postal access and wait times in their postal facilities. “The USPS will be looking for additional revenue opportunities by capturing revenue from customers that once used only UPS for shipping packages,” the email reply said. A Staples spokesperson said they didn’t have the details to share on how the stores would determine if the program is feasible for a full implementation to other stores. While the USPS will train Staples employees, Staples said that they won’t be hiring new employees for the program, and wouldn’t say how many employees would be allocated towards it. “Our associates are trained to manage all USPS transactions,” a

spokesperson said. Staples employees will be trained in USPS Hazmat and aviation security measures. “Security of the mail is a measure of national homeland security and both USPS and Staples employees treat it as such,” a USPS spokesperson responded. Tom Wood is president of the APUW (American Postal Union Workers) Local 197 in San Diego. He said they are in support of the expansion of postal services, but are adamantly opposed to the postal service taking good union paying jobs and replacing them with non-union, low wage jobs. The APUW represents all of the clerks that work in the brick-and-mortar sites, maintenance personnel, truck drivers and the custodians that clean the buildings. “We’re not the carriers that deliver the mail,” Wood said. He added that the USPS did inform the postal union headquarters in March that the pilot program was under consideration to begin. In North County, the USPS is currently reviewing the possible closure of the post office facility in Escondido on Escondido Boulevard. A decision is expected to be made at the end of the year. In January a closure study is slated to begin on the post office in Lecuadia. Because it is a pilot program, a USPS spokesperson said it would probably not affect the final determination of the Escondido Postal Store. Staples stores that are participating include the locations on W. Valley Parkway in Escondido; Highway 79 in Temecula and Vista Village Drive in Vista. The pilot program has also been implemented in San Francisco, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Worcester, Mass.

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Trap limit among regulations proposed for lobstermen By Jared Whitlock

COAST CITIES — Proposed rules like a trap limit could have a significant impact on commercial and recreational lobstermen for years to come. A volunteer committee made up of marine scientists, environmentalists and lobstermen from across the industry settled on recommendations last week for the California Lobster Fishery Management Plan. They’ve met in public 10 times over the past year with the goal of keeping the fishery healthy and the business fair for all involved. “Lobster is one of the very few remaining sustainable fisheries in California that you can make a living off of,” said commercial lobsterman Shad Catarius, who served on the commission. “We want to maintain our lifestyle.” Most notably, the committee unanimously agreed that a commercial lobster boat shouldn’t use more than 300 lobster traps at any time. Currently, there isn’t a ceiling on traps for lobstermen. But the committee agreed on the need, in part, given expanded marine protected areas that took effect two years ago. Catarius explained that lobstermen weren’t in favor of the reserves to begin with. They’ve limited where lobstermen can put their traps in the water, causing congestion

A lobsterman stacks traps in Oceanside. Under proposed rules, a lobsterman would be limited to 300 traps per license, with option of buying a second license. Other potential changes like a ban of conical hoop nets are part of recommendations for the Lobster Fishery Management Plan. File photo

and diminished returns. However, because it’s likely the marine areas aren’t going anywhere, the committee recognized that there’s “too much gear in the water.” “The committee said a 300 limit could help alleviate crowding,” said Catarius, who fishes with 550 traps. “I’m not thrilled about the limit, but it was a compromise among the stakeholders,” he added. A consolation might come from the law of econom-

ics. The trap limit could increase how much lobstermen receive for their catch since there’s less supply coming out of the water, Catarius noted. Lobster currently fetches about $18 a pound. Presently, it’s required that lobstermen pull up their traps every 96 hours. However, Catarius said that’s difficult to enforce — another reason cited in establishing the 300-trap limit. Oceanside Lobsterman

Wayne Campbell said large boats like his that haul in a high number of lobster were left out of the committee’s decision-making process. “It feels like a punishment for those who took the time to build their business,” Campbell said of the trap limit recommendation. Campbell and his crew use about 750 traps. Under the proposed rules, lobstermen can buy a second permit, allowing them a maximum of 600 traps. But the price of a

permit is an issue. Lobster permits once ran for $50,000, but the cost can be as high as $100,000 these days. “I certainly don’t have $100,000 laying around for a second permit,” Campbell said. He added: “The limit doesn’t have to do with the biology of the fishery, but the money the permits bring in.” To preserve the lobster fishery, he said rules should instead focus on solutions like

making it more difficult to transfer lobster permits. About 195 lobstermen have a commercial permit throughout the state. In an effort to keep lobster catches in check, 48 of those permits aren’t transferable and will eventually expire. Kristine Barsky, senior marine biologist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, oversaw the lobster committee’s meetings. She said 1998’s Marine Life Management Act calls for stakeholders to develop management plans for various fisheries so they remain sustainable. A plan to prevent the over-fishing of white seabass, for instance, was previously completed. For the lobster committee’s recommendations to become law, the Department of Fish and Wildlife and ultimately the California Fish and Game Commission must approve them. The proposals that received unanimous consent from the committee have a better chance of entering the books, Barsky noted. The aim is to have a Lobster Fishery Management Plan in place by 2015. Lobster is the most valuable species for the local fishing industry, representing $4.7 million in dockside value in 2012-13, according to landing data from the Department of Fish and Wildlife. During last year’s season, TURN TO LOBSTER ON A14

ArtSplash treasurer arrested for grand theft By Rachel Stine

FUNDRAISER SETS SAIL Co-chairwomen for the The Bishop’s School’s annual fundraiser are, from left, Dawn Calvetti, Alice Hayes and Margot Kerr who will launch the auction during the school’s Tastings Party, an evening of food and wine to be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Rancho Santa Fe home of Bishop’s parents Tricia and Raymond Faltinsky. Guests are asked to donate $100 per couple or bring a premium bottle of wine (95 points or higher) for admission, which will be offered in the wine section of the event’s silent auction. Donations by local businesses of auction items and financial support are welcomed. For information, contact the School’s Advancement Office at (858) 875-0804. Courtesy photo

CARLSBAD — James Comstock, the treasurer for ArtSplash and former Carlsbad treasurer, was arrested Wednesday morning for allegations of grand theft and misappropriation of funds. Comstock, 53, has served as the volunteer treasurer for the nonprofit ArtSplash since 2003. He was elected treasurer for the city of Carlsbad in Nov. 2010, but resigned in January before the end of his four-year term. The Carlsbad Police began an investigation on Jan. 31 into accounting discrepancies of ArtSplash, which hosts an annual twoday community art event in Carlsbad, according to a press release from the Carlsbad Police. The investigation does not involve Comstock’s management of funds for the city of Carlsbad. An ArtSplash board member noticed inconsistencies with the organization’s

funds and brought it to the attention of Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall. These concerns were passed onto the City Attorney who then notified Carlsbad Police. Investigators searched all financial records involving Comstock’s Bank of America accounts from Jan. 9, 2009 through Jan. 31, 2013. Comstock turned himself in this morning at the Carlsbad Police Station after the District Attorney’s office reviewed the information gathered by the Carlsbad Police. He was booked into the Vista Detention Facility and is being held on $120,000 bail. City finance director Chuck McBride stated that an independent audit conducted after Comstock’s resignation revealed that everything was accounted for with city finances. Though he noted that the city has thorough checks and balances in place to ensure that one person can-

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not mismanage funds, McBride said the audit was a necessary precaution. “When an elected treasurer walks out the door before term is over, we just make sure nothing is amiss,” he said. McBride explained that while working as city treasurer, Comstock was primarily responsible for managing the city’s investment portfolio, which is currently worth over $600 million. After Comstock’s resignation, Craig Lindholm was selected to serve as interim city treasurer until the 2014 election. The city was a major ArtSplash donor, and in recent years donated a little over $28,000 in cash and $5,000 in in-kind services to the nonprofit, according to McBride. Comstock was an accountant for Comstock & Associates, and formerly served as a volunteer for a number of other Carlsbad foundations.





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There’s no hope for ‘Disclose Act’ in 2014 CALIFORNIA FOCUS BY THOMAS D. ELIAS


Challenges continue to loom over Fletcher Cove By Richard Jacobs

It’s a warm and beautiful summer day in Solana Beach and you have plans to take the family to Fletcher Cove to enjoy an afternoon at the beach. You prepare a picnic lunch; gather up the kids and head to the beach only to find that not a single parking space is available in the vicinity of Fletcher Cove. You head home with a carload of unhappy kids. You later learn that on that sunny day, a total of 100 people were attending a private party at the Fletcher Cove Community Center (FCCC) and, except for two handicapped spaces, the FCCC has no onsite parking. If Proposition B is enacted in February, this scene will occur time and again every Saturday and Sunday because passage of Proposition B will allow private parties of up to 100 people on two days of every weekend at FCCC. This means 60 additional automobiles will be competing with surfers, beach goers and shoppers for the already limited parking in the area. Should private parties be allowed at the Community Center? Yes, but at a much lower intensity regarding frequency and number of attendees, which is reflected in the current compromise city policy already voted in place by the City Council. The city policy allows for one private party for up to 50 people on every other weekend. Recently there have been editorials highlighting the findings included in a report, which was prepared by an outside legal firm to analyze the effect of the proposed FCCC initiative measure (Proposition B). The report concludes that there are not

expected to be adverse impacts to traffic and parking. Obviously in reaching its conclusion, the legal firm did not analyze the Brohard report, which is included in the public record and available at the city. The Brohard report, prepared by a licensed traffic engineer with over 40 years experience states that, “the expansion of use for the FCCC to allow up to 100 attendees twice per week will cause impacts on parking in the surrounding neighborhood and to the public parking lots.” The Brohard report goes on further to conclude, “the evidence (contained in the environmental documents) cannot reach a conclusion of no significant impact on parking and also, there is a complete absence of any mitigation for the impacts on parking.” The City Council at its meeting of Nov. 26, 2013 directed the city attorney to respond to the legal firm’s report findings. The city attorney’s letter to the report preparer states, “Contrary to conclusions in the report, there could be significant impacts if the initiative is adopted.” In addition to parking impacts, the letter states that there could be significant fiscal impacts to the city in defending potential legal challenges to the initiative. Finally, and of most importance, if the measure passes, the City Council is powerless to make any changes to the initiatives’ provisions without the cost of another city wide election. The cost of Proposition B, forced on voters by the initiatives’ sponsors, is estimated at $200,000. Leave the Council’s policy in place. Vote no on Proposition B. Richard Jacobs is a Solana Beach resident.

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If there’s one main reason behind the distrust many Californians feel for government and elected officials at all levels, it may be the way special interests regularly pour millions of dollars into election campaigns while managing to hide their identities. There was hope last year for an end to the sense of political impotence and frustration this often produces among voters. With two-thirds majorities for Democrats in both houses of the state Legislature and a governor who helped write this state’s original clean elections law, the Political Reform Act of 1975, the expectation was that a major disclosure bill would pass. But those two-thirds majorities turned out to be ephemeral and sporadic, coming and going irregularly as politicians played musical chairs when vacancies occurred in congressional, state Senate and Assembly seats. So the single legislative bill that could have done the most to restore trust in time for next

with the last-minute 2012 dumping of millions of dollars into California proposition campaigns by out-of-state groups with vague names and anonymous donors, many still secret. The DISCLOSE Act, first sponsored in the Legislature by former Democratic Assemblywoman Julia Brownley of Ventura County, now a congresswoman, would force every political TV commercial in California to disclose its three largest funders prominently for six seconds at the start of the ads, rather than using small print at the end. Similar rules would apply to print and radio ads, mass mailers, billboards and websites. So voters would know before they heard a message who is behind it. This bill passed the Assembly in 2012, but time ran out before the Senate considered it. Its passage in the new year has the backing of Assembly Speaker John Perez of Los Angeles, giving it a strong shot of getting the two-thirds backing it needs to become law so long as the Democrats’ current twothirds majority proves a bit

The need for transparency allowing voters to peel away the veil of anonymity many campaign donors now hide behind is more pressing today than ever... year’s election languished. It’s not dead, having been turned into a two-year bill after it passed the Senate by an easy 2811margin, with most Republicans voting no. But no Assembly Republican voted for the bill, known informally as the DISCLOSE Act and officially as SB 52, originally sponsored by Sens. Mark Leno of San Francisco and Jerry Hill of San Mateo. So when it was due for an August hearing in an Assembly elections committee, it was converted into a two-year bill instead, with that house due to take it up again in 2014. There is no way this or any other proposal can hope to keep big money, both from within California and outside, from playing a major role in the state’s politics, electoral and initiative. But this measure is intended at least to let voters know who is paying for what. The need for a law like this became urgent after the U.S. Supreme Court’s notorious 2010 Citizens United decision declared corporations the equivalent of human beings, giving them the right to donate limitless amounts to political campaigns not formally controlled by candidates. This led to independent expenditure committees, which run ads at the very least dovetailing with those of the candidates. So we get subterfuge, as

more stable than it was through most of 2013. The need for transparency allowing voters to peel away the veil of anonymity many campaign donors now hide behind is more pressing today than ever, thanks to the unlimited quantities of cash corporations can deploy. That’s what made the DISCLOSE Act the most important bill the Legislature considered in the past year, more so than fracking regulations, prison changes, drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants or anything else. It will be again in 2014. Other open-government bills will also be on the docket in this session, but if this one passes, California voters could become the best informed in the nation. And if it happens here, count on it being imitated elsewhere, like many other California-first laws covering everything from medical marijuana to property tax limits. But that happens only if this measure gets a two-thirds vote in the Assembly, which the vagaries of 2013 proved is no sure thing. 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



DEC. 27, 2013

Soledad cross controversy renewed after judicial order By Dave Schwab

LA JOLLA — In a nearly 25-year legal fight that has taken countless twists and turns, a federal judge recently ordered the iconic 29-foot cross atop Mount Soledad Veteran’s Memorial in La Jolla to be moved. It was the second time the landmark cross, which opponents argue is a Christian symbol constituting an unconstitutional “establishment or endorsement of religion,” has been ordered to come down. In May 2006, U.S. District Judge Gordon Thompson ordered the city to remove the cross from then city-owned property by Aug. 1 of that

year or be fined $5,000 a day. Two months later, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy temporarily blocked Thompson’s order. A month later, President George W. Bush signed into law a bill transferring the cross to the Defense Department as a war memorial. That law was subsequently challenged in federal court by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Jewish War Veterans and others. In 2008, U.S. District Judge Larry A. Burns ruled the cross could stay. In 2011, however, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Burns’ ruling, finding that the cross, as currently presented

and situated, violated the First Amendment. The 9th Circuit didn’t, however, order the cross to be dismantled. Instead, it offered the defendants an opportunity to alter the monument in some unspecified way so that it no longer violated the law. Litigants have attempted, unsuccessfully, to do just that. Over the years, the U.S. Supreme Court has twice declined to hear the Soledad cross case. But the highest court in the land has hinted that it remained open to hearing the case after the trial court had taken up the 9th Circuit Court’s suggestion to look for alternatives.

Proponents of keeping the cross “where it is, as it is,” said they’ll challenge this latest legal attempt to move the Soledad cross. “It’s unfortunate that the 9th Circuit left the judge no choice but to order the tearing down of the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross,” said Bruce Bailey, president of the Mount Soledad Memorial Association (MSMA). “However, we are grateful for the judge’s stay that gives us an opportunity to fight this all the way to Supreme Court.” The U.S. Supreme Court is exactly where the Soledad cross case could — and likely will — end up, said Glenn

Smith, professor of Constitutional Law at California Western School of Law in San Diego. “The cross is one of those things that has taken on a symbolic significance that far exceeds this particular set of facts, that’s why the issue has taken on such life,” Smith said. The legal battle over the landmark cross is far from over, Smith said. “I fully expect that Judge Burns’ decision will be appealed to the 9th Circuit, and I would expect the 9th Circuit to affirm Judge Burns’ decision, and that it will again be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court,” he said.

“This is likely to be the last round. Then, in two or three years, we’ll definitely have a resolution.” Mount Soledad veterans have secured the support of the Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal group dedicated to defending and restoring religious liberty, in its continuing fight to keep the cross on its La Jolla mountaintop site. “We will continue to fight for this memorial and the selfless sacrifice and service of all the millions of veterans it represents,” said Hiram Sasser, Liberty Institute litigation director. “It is the least we can do for those who gave so much to us all.”

Scripps Health Trail to be named for former senator launches wireless care

directors at the time was staunchly opposed. Only three of those members — Day, Russ Penniman and Ruben Barrales — still serve on the board. Penniman was absent from the meeting and Barrales stepped out to participate in a previously scheduled conference call for the 6-0 vote. There is one vacancy on the nine-member board. The entire west-to-east length of the trail on fairgrounds property will be named the Christine Kehoe Public Trail and Wetland Buffer. Signage recognizing Kehoe’s contributions to the 22nd DAA and San Dieguito River and Lagoon will be installed. Board President Fred Schnek said an event to properly recognize Kehoe will be held at a later date.

By Bianca Kaplanek

COAST CITIES — Scripps Health has launched a pilot study using the ViSi Mobile wireless device to continuously track the vital signs of a group of patients at Scripps Green Hospital as part of a system-wide effort to evaluate and adopt the most promising new digital health technology. The ViSi Mobile study is designed to determine whether nurses and patients are comfortable using the FDA-approved, non-invasive wrist monitor made by Sotera Wireless of San Diego. “Wireless health technology has an important role to play in a patientfocused health care system that delivers the right care at the right place and at the right time,” said Scripps President and CEO Chris Van Gorder. “Through pilot studies such as this one, we are evaluating the latest mobile health devices at our hospitals to see where they can help improve patient outcomes, increase efficiency and lower costs.” The ViSi Mobile measures electrocardiogram, heart rate, pulse, blood pressure, blood oxygenation and skin temperature. The data are displayed on the device’s small screen and relayed wirelessly to a

nursing station computer where they can be monitored in real time through an on-screen dashboard. Device tested in medsurg unit The Scripps study involves up to 30 patients who are being fitted with a ViSi Mobile during their stay in one of Scripps Green’s medical-surgical units. Patients in these units are recovering from surgery or are recuperating from pneumonia, liver disease and other illnesses. Normally, a nurse checks patient vital signs when conducting routine rounds every one or two hours. The ViSi Mobile delivers that information on a constant basis for each patient who is being monitored. If a patient’s vital signs move outside safe ranges, on-screen alerts appear on the nursing station dashboard to warn nurses of the potential problem. “Continuous monitoring tells a much deeper story about what is going on with a patient, revealing early signs of trouble that can trigger life-saving intervention,” said Mary Ellen Doyle, Scripps vice president for nursing operations. “By testing the most promising wireless technologies and bringing them into our hospital, we are keeping our focus on patients and the quality of care that we deliver to them.” One patient in the study, William Romo of San Diego, said the ViSi Mobile seemed far more convenient to use than larger machines that use cumbersome leads. “I like that I don’t have wires attached all over me,” he said. A second pilot study is planned for early 2014 to evaluate the ViSi Mobile on another group of patients at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Scripps will decide whether to deploy the device permanently in its hospitals after the studies at Green and La Jolla are completed.

DEL MAR — In recognition of Christine Kehoe’s longstanding efforts to protect the environment, coastal resources and, most notably, the San Dieguito River, the 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors agreed at Dec. 17 meeting to name part of the Coast to Crest Trail after the former state senator. Director Adam Day said he proposed the resolution because Kehoe introduced legislation in 2010 that would have required the 22nd DAA to develop and manage a 100-foot-wide greenbelt along the north bank of the river to provide a permanent buffer between the waterway and fairgrounds buildings. The bill was approved by the Senate but not the Assembly and never made it to the governor’s desk. Day said he had the “honor and privilege” to work with Kehoe during the past several years, “although I didn’t always agree with her.” In fact, Day said perhaps the only time the two found themselves on the same side of an issue was when they opposed a 2009 bid to sell the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds, which is overseen by the 22nd DAA. The resolution acknowledges Kehoe “has placed the protection of the environment and coastal resources as one of the most important priorities for her legislative agenda and annual funding proposals.” It notes that she “provided critical leadership towards the establishment, development, growth and success of the San Dieguito River Park, and especially the Coast to Crest Trail.” Director David Watson said he also worked with Kehoe, who had “always been a proactive advocate for the environment.” “The fairgrounds held a special place in her heart,” Watson said. “I think this would be fitting.” During a recent e-mail exchange with Kehoe, Watson said she told him she usually doesn’t “buy into” such recognition but she was

The 22nd DAA has agreed to name part of the Coast to Crest Trail after former state senator Christine Kehoe. Courtesy photo

think this is a very worth“deeply touched by this.” “Her final sentence while recognition.” When Kehoe introwas, ‘I hope they approve it,’” Watson said. “I just duced her bill, the board of


DEC. 27, 2013


‘TIS BETTER TO GIVE Horizon Prep School launched the spirit of giving with Operation Christmas Child gathering 633 shoeboxes for Samaritan Purse’s Operation Christmas Child outreach. The boxes were added to boxes from Horizon Christian Fellowship’s church members, for a total of 6,000 boxes. Courtesy photos

Diahann Delgadillo’s third-grade class is ready to send their shoeboxes around the world for children at Christmas with Operation Christmas Child.

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Fair to consider ban on e-cigarettes By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — In 2013 the San Diego County Fair became the first comparable event of its size in Southern California to be completely smoke-free. The 22nd District Agricultural Association, which governs the Del Mar Fairgrounds, will not change that policy for next year’s fair except for the possible addition of electronic cigarettes as banned products. According to a policy review presented during the Dec. 17 meeting of the 22nd DAA board of directors, there was an increase in the use of e-cigarettes this past summer. Fairgrounds staff recommended allowing their continued use as a “noninvasive, litter-free alternative” to traditional cigarettes, especially since they are used as a way to quit smoking. E-cigarettes are batterypowered devices that use heat to vaporize a liquid solution that usually includes a mixture of nicotine and flavorings. California law prohibits selling the product to minors. In San Diego, the county Board of Supervisors is researching potential regulations. Carlsbad and Vista have banned e-cigarettes in public areas where smoking is not allowed. Anti-smoking advocates told board members use of ecigarettes by minors is increasing dramatically. “They think they’re safer (than tobacco cigarettes),” Peggy Walker said, noting that marijuana and heroin can also be smoked in e-cigarettes. “I’m not a public health expert,” Director David Lizerbram said. “But at some point we need to articulate a public policy.” Director Stephen Shewmaker agreed. “I’ve heard enough statistics to warrant an investigation,” he said. Director Lisa Barkett said she is “completely against” the continued use of e-cigarettes at the fair. She noted that they are carcinogenic and health warnings have been issued. “Do we really want to promote that?” she asked. “I don’t think it’s going to get any better. “Our job isn’t to promote e-cigarettes to people who want to stop smoking,” she added. “We’re a smoke-free environment. … If we’re really concerned about our youth and our policy we should look at banning e-cigarettes.” Board members agreed to address the issue at a meeting in January or February, which would give them time to amend the policy before the start of the 2014 fair in June. According to the policy review, presented by Katie Phillips, fairgrounds staff believes the no-smoking policy adversely affected attendance at the 2013 fair. She said that assumption was based on feedback from attendees and online comments.

General Manager Tim Fennell said 2013 was the first time in several years attendance dipped at the event. Despite the numbers decrease, food and beverage sales were up, Barkett noted. “I don’t give a lot of weight to online comments” and newspaper surveys, Director Adam Day said, adding that he received “overwhelmingly positive” feedback about the no-smoking policy. Phillips said most area amusement parks have an average of three designated smoking areas, although locally, Legoland and the San Diego Zoo are both smokefree. Area resident Dean Scott highlighted the irony that at many of those venues, smoking is prohibited near animals. Despite any negative impacts the no-smoking rules may have had on the 2013 fair, directors said they did not want to make any changes to the policy after only one year. Smoking is currently allowed in three nonpublic areas for employees and vendors “to control litter and serve the needs of smokers who work” eight-plus-hour shifts, the report states. Most of the speakers at the Dec. 17 meeting voiced concerns about e-cigarettes as well as tobacco and marijuana smoking at the fair and race concerts. In response to a request by Director David Watson, some also provided potential solutions. Watson said he particularly liked one from Janet Asaro, who recommended hand stamps that read, “No Smoking.” Speakers also suggested bands announce the no-smoking policy prior to each show and security and law enforcement officers “get inside the crowd” rather than stand on the perimeter. Sheriff’s Capt. Robert Haley said anyone smoking cigarettes or marijuana would be cited, but enforcement has become increasingly difficult. “If one or two people are smoking in the middle of a crowd of 2,000, we’re not going send two people in there to stop it,” he said. “We do have a no-tolerance policy. “But causing a mini-riot to write someone a citation (for an infraction) — that’s the balancing act,” Haley said. “We don’t want to put deputies or anyone from Elite (Security) in danger.” Adding to the problem of enforcement is that “a significant number of people” have medical marijuana cards, he said. “We don’t want to create a conflict, and we want to make sure people don’t get hurt,” he said. The current no-smoking policy and potential ban on ecigarettes apply only to the annual fair, not any of the more than 300 other events that take place at the stateowned facility, including the horse race meet.

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ENCINITAS — Detectives from the Encinitas Sheriff’s Department are approaching two robberies in Encinitas and Solana Beach as possibly being connected. On Nov. 20, Europtics, Inc., an eyewear company in Encinitas was robbed of approximately $25,000 worth of designer sunglasses. Several weeks later, on Dec. 2, another eyewear business, Curate Co. in Solana Beach was robbed of $12,000 worth of designer sunglasses. Both break-ins, according to Detective Christopher Lawrence, were done in a similar manner with a suspect or suspects breaking a window with a hammer to enter the businesses. A nearby video camera captured two suspects breaking into the Europtics business. The video showed a male and a female. The

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Dani Dodge’s art show will benefit Helen Woodward Animal Center at Pimento Fine Art opening Feb. 9. Courtesy photo

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Solutions 434 West Cedar St. Suite 300, San Diego. Dodge is becoming known for her experimental and installation work that focuses on the impermanence of the human condition, for her new show, she goes back to her first love, painting. The models for the pieces are shelter dogs. Olive PR firm transforms into a fine art gallery as Dodge unveils her newest collection of more than two dozen paintings featuring man’s best friend. “It was a joy to go back into the studio and focus on dogs, which have been a lifelong source of comfort for me,” Dodge said. A former San Diego resident, Dodge now lives in Los Angeles. She has galleries in Los Angeles and New York, and her work has been acquired by museums. Her installation work will be on display at a solo show at the Museum of the Living Artist in Balboa Park in March. The works range in size from 6-inches-by-6-inches to 36-inches-by-36-inches. Each canvas started with graffiti-style spray paint and then was developed through many layers of drawing and acrylic paint. Some of the works include Monopoly game cards to emphasize the capriciousness of the lives of these discarded animals. The images Dodge used to create the pieces were the first photos taken of the animals when they arrived at animal shelters — either because they were surrendered by their owners, or picked up as strays by animal control. In using these images as her subjects, Dodge aims to bring back the dignity of these abandoned canines. “Through no fault of their own, these dogs ended up behind bars without comfort,” Dodge said. “It breaks my heart to see animals that give us so much loyalty left behind in this way. Please consider looking at the Helen Woodward Animal Center or your local shelter for a true friend.” After the reception, Dodge’s works will be available to public by appointment only. Visit DaniDodge.com.



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Endurance cyclist outlasts challenges By Tony Cagala

The Chargers have relied a lot on the leg of kicker Nick Novak this season. During Sunday’s win against the Oakland Raiders, Novak made four field goals, tying second with former kicker Nate Kaeding for most field goals made in a season. The Chargers have one more game to go in the regular season Dec. 29. File photo by Bill Reilly

Chargers postseason push still has a ‘pulse’ By Tony Cagala

SAN DIEGO — The Chargers have one more week remaining for the 2013 regular season — a season which saw the debut of a new head coach, a new general manager and a new feeling of optimism. Though that optimism of the season was tempered by a sense of realism, which set in following injuries to key players and a constantly shifting offensive line, to name just a couple of issues, the Chargers have rallied to an 8-7 record and the door to a possible playoff appearance still remains open. Losses from the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens, and the Chargers 26-13 win against the Raiders on Sunday, lent an extra sense of optimism in making the playoffs to permeate throughout every facet of the organization from team President Dean Spanos, to general manager Tom Telesco and especially the players. “Lookout, there’s a pulse,” quarterback Philip Rivers shouted before entering the locker room in response to the win. But he knows they can only control their end of things, and that involves beating Kansas City next week to end the regular season. Still, even if the Chargers win, they’ll need help, and Rivers said that that was their own fault. “We should have clinched it today,” he said. “We should have clinched a spot today, but those are all ‘What ifs?’ We didn’t. We can’t go back. We can get to 4-2 in the division — win our last division

games to get to 4-2 — that’s all we can control.” With four field goals on the day, kicker Nick Novak tied a Chargers record with former kicker Nate Kaeding for second most field goals made in a season at 32. The record for most kicks in a season was set by John Carney with 34 field goals in 1994. The Chargers have relied a lot on Novak’s leg this season, and he credits being able to spend a full season with the team, his teammates and a consistent technique for his success. Head coach Mike McCoy has set parameters for when he goes to Novak or whether he punts with Mike Scifres. Novak said he always gives McCoy a yard line that he’s feeling good at before the game. “And if we pass that threshold then we’re off (for the) field goal no matter; whether it’s the 35-yard line or 36-yard line, it just depends on that.” Once they get to that point, Novak knows that it’s time to get ready to kick the field goal. Considering where the team sat several weeks ago, Rivers said they wouldn’t be satisfied with finishing the season 9-7, but it’s a sign of character, of team toughness. “We’ve always fought to the end, and we’re going to fight like crazy to do our part and if it’s not enough, it’s not enough. But we’ve got to make sure to hold up our end,” he said. The Chargers finish the regular season at Qualcomm Stadium against the Kansas City Chiefs Dec. 29.

ENCINITAS — “How are you going to not do the race after two years of preparation and you’re in Texas with a torn quad muscle and you still have 5,000 miles to go?” Paul Solon asked himself. Solon, who holds world records as an endurance cyclist, was in the midst of the La Corona De Las Americas, a nearly 7,000 mile race from Mexico City, Mexico to Ottawa, Canada and back again. He did what he needed to do. Gritting his teeth and clenching his fists over the handlebars, Solon kept riding through the pain because to fail would have been catastrophic. “What I did is I decided that I had to relax my body, and ride in an easy gear and I just had to accept the pain and not fight against it, but just accept it,” he said. “So what I did is I rode with a torn quad and forced my body to relax, and then it healed, and then I was OK.” The 59-year-old cyclist admitted that he was still sore from the race, as he spent a few days in North County this week for some rest and to receive physical therapy. Born in Rapid City, South Dakota, Solon grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He came from a very athletic family of eight kids. Having played quarterback in high school and college, Solon always intended to be a professional football player. But by his junior year of college, he realized he wasn’t good enough to make it, he said. Finding the right sport for him to excel at would take time, including a yearlong stint while attending law school before dropping out. He went down to Mexico to try and become a professional basketball player, but after two weeks, he was cut from the team. “I wasn’t good enough for basketball,” he said. “So I hitched around Mexico.” He spent 10 months living with the very poor people of Mexico, learning the language and hitchhiking around. Having just left home and law school, Solon didn’t have any money. He did nothing but learn Spanish, the occasional work on a farm and seeing the sights. Though he would return to the U.S. and finish law school at the University of California, Berkeley, becoming an assistant U.S. attorney in San Francisco. It’s been about 14 years since he’s practiced law, and he hasn’t considered himself a lawyer for the past 12 to 13 years. He’s just racing bikes now, he said. “As the years went by, I became more involved in the American way of life, which is your job is so important; in a way, it

Paul Solon, a world record holder in endurance bicycle racing, spent a few days in North County recovering after a nearly 7,000 mile bike ride from Mexico City, Mexico to Ottawa, Canada and back. Photo by Tony Cagala

defines you as a person in our country, sadly, in my opinion,” he said. When becoming hooked on triathlons (he was training 20 hours a week all the while he was working 50, 60, 70 hours a week as a lawyer and around the clock when he was in trial.) After about three years of trying very hard to become a pro triathlete, he realized he wasn’t going to make it. But he noticed that he was usually winning the bicycling waves of the triathlon races. “Because I failed in football, and failed in basketball, and failed as a triathlete, I finally realized I had the special talent as a cyclist, especially long distance,” he said. “And I thought that if you have a talent and you don’t use it, then you’re wasting time. So I’m doing my fourth favorite sport,” he said. Racing bikes for 11 years in Europe, Solon set the world record racing across Europe from North Cape, Norway to Palermo, Sicily. His start of the race in Mexico City was a rather auspicious one. For the first week, he was ailed with dysentery, which lasted until he got to Arkansas. And then, he tore his quad after not having started off in the right gear. On the way back to Mexico City, it wasn’t a physical injury that almost beat him — it was the wind. “The hardest part of the race was not the quad, although I thought that is was at the time,” Solon said. “And not my Achilles, and not the dysentery, and not the internal discord with the team, but it was the head winds.” He’s raced in head winds before, he said. Head winds that would last for a day, that is, but in this race they were unforgiving and unrelenting for five days

and five nights. It forced him to get off his bike. “Psychologically, I started to crack. I got off the bike at midnight outside of Lafayette, Illinois and I told my team, ‘I just got to get off the bike.’” Physically, he knew he could go on, but psychologically, he didn’t know how he would be able to go on. And the next day, the wind was gone. And it stayed gone, he said. “Just at the point where I was unable to see the end of the race, the wind changed, and it died. And then after a day or two, we actually got tail winds and it was crisis ended,” he said. “If you quit a race because of a muscular injury or something you can understand that better yourself. But if you quit a race because you lack courage and the wind has defeated you, that’s a much harder thing to take. I almost quit because of a head wind.” For Solon, it isn’t so much a fear of failure that he has — he knows what failure is and what it feels like, he said. “I’m not afraid of it, but I recognize it,” Solon said. “I know how terrible it feels and it just stays with you and it doesn’t really go away ever until you do some other

race and are successful at it… “I think you can’t really do anything in life if you’re afraid that you’re going to fail.You have to believe that you’re going to prevail,” he said. “It’s an avoidance thing. I want to avoid the horrible bad feeling when I fail, and I’ve failed many times in my life. And felt really bad each time.” Life as a bicycle racer is a hard life, he said. There are times of doubt – whether he’s doing the right thing, or constantly on the look for sponsors. A portion of his life is alone, too, he said. Though that doesn’t mean it’s a lonely life. “If you enjoy spending time with yourself then it’s not lonely at all, it’s invigorating and loving. If you don’t enjoy being by yourself…then it’s a life of anxiety and loneliness. “But there is a big difference between being alone and being lonely,” Solon said. As he makes his way back home, Solon will again begin preparing for another endurance race, this one, the Race Across Australia. To succeed, it’s not necessarily a feeling of joy, though, he said, there is that element of joy, it’s also a big feeling of relief and of gratitude.


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Reel Big Fish performs at San Diego’s House of Blues Jan. 4. Photo by Kevin Knight

Reel Big Fish keeps its energy through the years By L. Kent Wolgamott

Be ready for instant action when Reel Big Fish takes the stage — no matter where or when. That’s the word from RBF drummer Ryland Steen. “Pretty much from word go, from note one, we do our best to give the audience an action packed show,” Steen said in a recent phone interview. “These days, you want to leave a show feeling like you’ve been somewhere. We do our best to give them a fun show, that kind of experience and the music, universally, just makes people go crazy — in a good sort of way.” The music is ska-punk, something RBF helped pioneer in the United States in the 1990s along with other Orange County, California bands like Sublime and No Doubt. For Steen, a native of Lincoln, Nebraska, playing the fast-paced, highly rhythmic music that incorporates elements of 1950s Jamaican music with American R&B and punk rock was, at first, a challenge. “Growing up, I had knowledge of reggae music, but I didn’t know anything about original ska, much less the third wave of ska music that Reel Big Fish came out of,” he said. “It was definitely a challenge. It took me a couple years before I really felt comfortable, like I knew what I was doing. “It’s very active. I’m definitely worn out by the end of the show. It’s definitely a bit of a trick, but it is really fun music to play. It’s not just pure ska punk either. Aaron Barrett (RBF singer and primary

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writer) is a big fan of ‘80s hair metal. Some of that peeps through here and there.” Barrett was a backing vocalist when Reel Big Fish got together in 1992. The band’s original singer quit, Barrett became the lead vocalist and RBF changed its sound to ska. That’s been the band’s direction for two decades, whether on major or independent labels. The band enjoyed a major burst of popularity in the late 1990s when groups such as the aforementioned No Doubt and Sublime helped push ska to the forefront of the alternative rock scene. “Sell Out,” the single off of the group’s 1996 CD, “Turn The Radio Off,” reached number 10 on “Billboard” magazine’s modern rock chart, and the video for the song saw considerable play on MTV. But the popularity of ska (and ska-punk) proved brief, and Reel Big Fish never again cracked the upper tier of the modern rock charts. After 20 years, Barrett is the only remaining original member of RBF. The other current members are Dan Regan (trombone), John Christianson (trumpet), Derek Gibbs (bass) and Matt Appleton (saxophone). On March1, Steen will mark his eighth year in the band. “They go by in a blur,” he said. “When I first joined the band I thought ‘I’ll be in it for a year or two. Eight years later, I feel really lucky to be in this band and to have it turn into the experience it’s become.” Steen moved to TURN TO REEL BIG FISH ON A14

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Despite its greater focus on cast performances instead of plot, which can be all too noticeable, at times, “American Hustle” is a charming semi-serious, semi-funny 1970s character study in which its strength outweighs what may or may not be its weakness. Small-time hustler Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) discovers a way to change the life he’s been living when he and Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) meet. Together, as lovers and partners-in-crime, their business flourishes, only to cease when Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), an FBI agent, forces them to participate in a sting operation to arrest corrupt government officials. One such person is Mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner), who is trying to revitalize his city through shady connections. The glamorous world Irving and Sydney live in has a profound impact on DiMaso, providing him an opportunity to transform himself into the kind of person he wants to be. In the meantime, Irving’s wild card of a wife, Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence), threatens to endanger the entire operation. What could’ve easily


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just been a cynical, gritty crime drama turned out to be a demonstrative character study set amidst a fictionalized portrayal of the ABSCAM investigation (which the FBI began in the late 1970s so as to target corrupt public officials). In David O. Russell’s hands, you can expect “American Hustle” to both entertain and enthrall, just like he did with “Silver Linings Playbook” last year. While there clearly is a plot happening in the film (which derives inspiration from “The Sting”), I’ll admit that I found myself paying more attention to how the idea of hustling affects the characters’ relationships than the actual ABSCAM sting. Nevertheless, it was still exciting to see the dynamic interplay between the cast members, which, in itself, created a story of its own to explore — one where the truth about reinvention and survival affects people on different levels. The most obvious highlight of “American Hustle” is the ensemble cast, all of whom deliver masterful performances worth remembering as 2013 draws to a close. This is very much a film in which the actors

and actresses are the main attraction, and those we see here do not, in any shape or form, disappoint. With his propensity for chameleon-like transformations, Christian Bale surprises and impresses us with his character of Irving, a role that calls for the kind of scrupulous charisma that only a con artist would possess. He brings his A-game to the film, shedding those memorable years of playing Batman and stepping into the shoes of a swindler seeking to reinvent his life. As the enchanting, seductive Sydney, Amy Adams hits all the right notes with elegant precision, navigating this dangerous world with a confidence designed to conceal her apprehension. She has this poise about her that immediately grabs your attention, and as you delve deeper into how she feels about her love for Irving, you’ll want to keep watching. The term “idiosyncratic” best describes Bradley Cooper’s presence; his atypical G-Man mannerisms generated this reckless vibe that goes hand in hand with the backdrop of this film. Even if you were to take away his distinctive hairstyle, you’d still see DiMaso as a forceful Fed

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BRUSH UP Registration is open now for the Intrepid Shakespeare Company Young Actors Winter drama classes for 8- to 14-year-olds, focused on acting, singing, scene study, fight choreography, dance, and improv. Sessions are Fridays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Jan. 10 to Feb. 7 and Feb. 21 to March 21 at the Encinitas Community Center. Cost: $190/session. Contact Sean Cox at seancox@intrepidshakespeare.com or phone (760) 295-7541.


HALL ART Artie Mattson’s “World of Ink,” Pen and Ink art will be on display at the Encinitas Civic Center Gallery, City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave.


SET The Rancho Santa Fe Village Community Theater, 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, has scheduled auditions for its spring presentation of “Cotton Patch Gospel,” open-

whose attitude about life in general undergoes a drastic evolution. Bigmouthed recklessness has a way of getting your attention when it’s Jennifer Lawrence. It’s amazing how you can tell she’s unpleasant yet scared — just by looking at the animated spark in her eyes. Jeremy Renner, always the capable man when you need him, succeeds in instilling a sympathetic quality in Carmine Polito (whose desire to create new jobs for the people he loves is on a par with the shady deals he’s had to make). He definitely nailed the mayor’s passion for the public, due in no small part to the human face he gives to political corruption. See “American Hustle” for what these fine cast members have to offer whilst living life in the 1970s, especially if you’re a fan of Russell’s recent work.

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ing March 14. Auditions are 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 6. Get audition forms at http://villagechurchcommunitytheater.org/auditions. ‘ASH GIRL’ San Dieguito Academy presents “The Ash Girl,” a re-telling of the Cinderella story. The play is at 7 p.m. Jan. 10, Jan. 11, Jan. 16 Through Jan. 18 in SDA’s Clayton E. Liggett Theatre, 800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. Tickets are $8 for students and $15 for adults and will be sold online at seatyourself.biz/sandieguito.



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Stories from the road: Authors pen books on travel experiences E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road It was the summer of 1957 and Carl and Kay Keister piled their three sons into their new Mercury Monterey and began their 4,000-mile trip from Lincoln, Neb., to California and back. The car had a 312-cubic inch V8 engine that produced 265 horsepower, but no power steering, air-conditioning or radio. But gas was 17 cents a gallon, there were Burma Shave signs across Nebraska (“Hardly a driver / Is now alive / Who passed / On hills / At 75”), Blackie’s Curios in Moriarty, N.M., and the delicious anticipation of the Golden State’s Nirvana — Disneyland. “I had done my research,” writes author and photographer Douglas Keister in his memoir “Heart-Land: Growing Up in the Middle of Everything” (Doublewide Productions; softcover; $8.99). “I was 9 years old. Frontierland was the home of Tom Sawyer Island. That mythic place was my destination … I yearned for a life like Tom’s.” Keister’s collection of memories tells the story of growing up “free-range” as a middle child in the middle of the country in the middle of the century. “I’m taking credit for inventing the term ‘freerange children,’” Keister says. When he uses it among his peers, “they know exactly what I mean.” “Heart-Land” evolved from a collection of columns that Keister, who lives in Chico, wrote in 2011 for the Chico Enterprise Record. “I realized that a number of my columns drew on my childhood experiences, and the editor said that my remembrances would make a great book.” The editor was right. Even if you aren’t a boomer, you’ll enjoy the chapters; each capsulizes a theme or experience common to the era. Some stories are

delightful and funny, some poignant and others sad — like the loss of innocence that occurred that same year Keister visited Disneyland. In December 1957, an unemployed garbage man named Charlie Starkweather and his 14year-old girlfriend went on a murder spree across the country that began in the “safe, clean, white-bread Lincoln, Nebraska.” By Jan. 29, 1958, when they were apprehended, the duo had murdered 11 people. “Nothing would ever be quite the same again,” Keister writes. The other 19 chapters touch on topics and experiences that all boomers who didn’t grow up in California will find familiar: horrendous weather; parental obfuscation on the facts of life; the early days of television (imagine: only two-anda-half channels!); camping with the Cub Scouts; Christmas; and the simplicity of life. For more information and to read a sample chapter (“Sex!), visit douglaskeister.com. Disneyland is the focus of another publication by Pasadena resident Sam Gennaway. An urban planner by trade, the author and expert on all-things-Disney gives us “The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream” (Keen Communications; softcover; $18.95). It chronicles in great and fascinating detail the evolution of the park from before it opened in July 1955 to the present. “I’m obsessed with theme parks,” admits Gennawey, who grew up in Whittier and spent many a day in the Magic Kingdom. “My mom used to take us there once a month, but we never bought any food or tickets to any of the rides. “Those were the days when you paid a general admission, which was reasonable, then bought ticket books for the rides. The shows were free. We thought of it as a public space. “The admission ticket could keep out the riff-raff, but they kept the price low enough to let blue-collar families in.”

The Swift Market House on Disneyland’s Main Street, a replica of an oldfashioned grocery and butcher shop, was operated by Swift & Company, a meat-products corporation. Visitors could buy dill pickles and cider, and were invited to take a seat next to the genuine pot-bellied stove and play checkers. The market was one of many vendor-operated retail stores when the park first opened. Author Sam Gennawey writes that Walt Disney “did not have the time, knowledge or money to open these stores.” Many of the vendors did not think that Disneyland would last more than a year. Photo by Jeff Kurtti

Kesiter (L) and his family took a 4,000-mile road trip from Lincoln, Neb., to Disneyland and back in 1957 – just two years after the theme park opened. His favorite memory is spending time on Tom Sawyer’s Island. “Everything I ever dreamed about was on that island sanctuary,” he writes. “I resolved to stay (there) forever.” Photo courtesy of Douglas Keister

The Jungle Cruise was the signature attraction in Adventureland when Disneyland opened in 1955. Builders needed mature trees and tried offering Pasadena residents with mature landscaping $200 per tree. They had no takers. In the end, trees that were uprooted when the Los Angeles freeway system was being constructed were purchased for $25 apiece. The Jungle Cruise also included trees from Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, South America and South Africa, and orange trees from the property’s groves were turned upside down to look like mangrove roots.. Photo by Jeff Kurtti

Douglas Keister (L), was a middle kid who grew up as a “free-range child” in the middle of the century in the middle of the country. “I'm taking credit for inventing the term ‘free-range children,’ Keister says. "People who grew up … in the 1950s know exactly what I mean.” Keister and his brothers spent their formative years in Lincoln, Neb. Today the author and professional photographer resides in Chico. Photo courtesy of Douglas Keister

Douglas Keister’s mother, Hilda Katherine (“Kay”) stands proudly next to the family’s Motorola console television “which pulled in twoand-a-half stations” – NBC, CBS, and for a few hours a day, ABC. “Much to my displeasure, we opted for ‘Father Knows Best’ over ‘The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,’ and ‘Your Hit Parade’ over ‘American Bandstand.’ Photo courtesy of Douglas Keister

Gennawey says he wrote “chunks” of the book, which contains 30 vintage photos, an index, more than 800 footnotes and an extensive bibliography, while sitting on Keister’s favorite place — Tom Sawyer Island. “It got me out of the city,” he explains. “In the ‘50s “you used to be able to fish on the island. You could rent a pole, catch fish, then carry around three perch for the rest of the day.” Now called Disneyland Park, this American institution has had many incarnations and will continue to do so, predicts Gennawey, who likes to say that he’s as old as the Matterhorn (54). “Think of Disneyland as a fat middle-aged guy who can’t decide whether he wants to hang out with adults or kids.” For more musings by Gennawey, visit samlanddisney.blogspot.com/. “The Disneyland Story”

From 1962 to 1966, McDonnell Douglas sponsored the Rocket to is available at Barnes & E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer livthe Moon ride in Tomorrowland Noble, and both books are ing in North County. Tell her about your (note the name “Douglas” on the available from Amazon.com. travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com. rocket). The attractions opened in July 1955 and was inspired by articles in Collier’s magazine written by space experts in the early 1950s. The rocket ride originally was subsidized by Trans World Airlines (TWA). The imaginary journey took place in the future – 1986 – and included vibrating seats and a somewhat scary encounter with meteoroids. This and other stories about the “happiest place on earth” are told in exquisite detail in “The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream” by Sam Gennawey. Photo by Jeff Kurtti


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DAR HOSTS HISTORY Wanda Prosser of the The Santa Margarita Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, welcomed Beverlee Stuart-Borok, director, District XIV who spoke on Gen. George Rogers Clark, and his contributions during the American Revolution. Clark is best known for his capture of Vincennes, which led to the British ceding the Northwest Territory to the United States. Stuart-Borok was presented with a certificate of appreciation and a DAR Victorian cup. The DAR is open to any female 18 years of age or older who is lineally descended from a patriot who contributed in some way to America’s fight for independence in the Revolutionary War. Contact Linda at lramos1999@aol.com. Courtesy photo



A lawsuit was filed on Oct. 22 on behalf of David Radel, accusing the developer of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, conflict of interests, and other charges. Patti Jones filed a suit on Nov. 25 claiming that the company breached contracts and negligently misrepre-


California in 2000 with his band Square, a trio that also included Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine. He met Reel Big Fish when the Nebraskans played and won the Ernie Ball Battle of Bands shortly after moving west and the ska-punks were among the judges. Steen became friends with the RBF guys and filled in for drummers when they couldn’t make shows. When Justin Ferreira decided to quit the band in early 2005, Steen got a call asking him to join. Since Steen joined the band, RBF has released three studio albums; a rerecorded hits package, an



county lobstermen caught 294,200 pounds. That’s up from 263,650 pounds during the 2011-12 season and 235,100 pounds in 2010-11. The county makes up a significant chunk of the state’s lobster catch, which came in at 867,450 pounds in 2012-13. New regulations could also impact the recreational side. With two members of the 11-member advisory committee opposed, it decided to recommend a ban on anglers employing conical hoop nets to capture lobster. Barsky said that in the past, most recreational fishermen dove for lobster, but now more are relying on the conical hoop nets. “The dynamic has completely changed,” she said. Traditional hoop nets lie

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sented the project. On Dec. 13, the San Diego County Planning Commission unanimously approved the development of 18 single-family homes and 19 condominiums on 270 acres of the Rancho Cielo property off of Via Dora and Cerro Del Sol. San Dieguito Community Council submitted an appeal of that project

as well, also citing lack of sufficient environmental review. “It doesn’t make any sense. Why wouldn’t (the project developers) go ahead and do new studies?” said DeLano. That project is scheduled to come before the County Board of Supervisors in the near future for a final decision from the County.

EP and a couple live packages. All of them except “We’re Not Happy Til You’re Not Happy” on which Steen did not play, have been released independently. RBF is now touring behind “Candy Coated Fury,” released last year. “It’s kind of a return to the abandon Reel Big Fish had back in the early days, when some of them were still teenagers,” Steen said of “Candy Coated Fury.”’ “At least that’s what I’ve been told. I do know it’s like what we do live — playing it loud and proud. When we were recording, we really weren’t worrying about making things perfect. We were playing a set of songs the way we play.” The band played the

Warped tour this past summer and has also done an extensive run through Europe. Touring internationally is standard operating procedure for the band. But playing countries from Australia to Dubai isn’t like being a tourist. “Being able to be on a bus and tour the world six or seven months a year is so great,” Steen said. “Wherever we go, we seem to have a great group of people to see the show, at every show. Because we’ve toured so much, the band has built it reputation on the live show. We try to bring it every night and the people always do. We feed off of that. They feed off of us and it’s fun, man. It’s just fun, every night.”

flat on the bottom of the ocean. But the conical nets have formidable walls, making it more difficult for lobster to escape if they crawl across them in search of food, Barsky noted. She said some believe the conical nets yield a disproportionate number of lobster, hurting the commercial lobstermen who rely on the fishery. Wardens wrote tickets for the conical nets when they first became popular five years ago, arguing they were similar to traps. But those fines were later dismissed in court. Jim Salazar, who represented recreational fishermen from throughout California on the commission, voted against the conical net ban. “I don’t see evidence justifying a conical net ban,” he said.

He’s taken video he said proves lobster can get out of the conical nets. Further, the Department of Fish and Wildlife recently moved to a new report card system to get more anglers to note what kind of equipment they use and how much they catch. The Department of Fish and Wildlife should wait for more report card data to determine if the conical nets are actually creating issues, Salazar said. Otherwise, it’s premature to consider a ban. With two on the committee against, a limit of 70 lobsters per season for recreational fishermen was also proposed to cut down on illegal commercialization. Right now, there is no limit. And Salazar said his constituents are against that change as well. “The recreational fishing industry would suffer,” he said.

Scout honored for saving woman DEL MAR — Winston School 2013 graduate Tim Higgins received the Boy Scout Heroism Award for saving a woman’s life during a People First meeting. Congressman Scott Peters of California’s 52nd district presented the award to Higgins Dec. 19 at The Winston School. Higgins was attending the meeting for People First, which helps those with developmental disabilities learn to selfadvocate, when he saw the woman turning blue from choking on a sandwich. He performed the Heimlich maneuver on her while she was sitting in her scooter and cleared her airway. He also directed the others in the room to call 911 and then talked to the dispatcher while assisting the woman until the first responders arrived to take her to the hospital. The Boy Scouts Heroism


Tim Higgins received the Boy Scout Heroism Award for his quick thinking. Courtesy photo

Award recognizes a youth member or adult leader who has demonstrated heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save life at minimum risk to self. According to Headmaster Mike Peterson, “Tim’s leadership and courage were always on display at Winston, so none of us is surprised about Tim’s quick and decisive action. He’s the kind of person you want to have around when there’s a cri-

Higgins started at the Winston School in November 2010 after struggling in public school with learning differences and social challenges. He became a standout student co-winning the Winston School’s Headmasters Award at his class graduation ceremonies last spring. The Headmaster’s Award is the highest honor given each year to the upper school student who best exemplifies the values of The Winston School. Outside of school, Higgins also earned a Karate Black Belt Level 8 and he produced television shows for Del Mar TV. He also scuba dives and volunteers at the YMCA and the White Sea Bass Project and shares a passion for trains with his father, volunteering weekends as a docent cashier/tour guide for the San Diego Vintage Trolley.



its customers. Frank Belock, deputy general manager of SDCWA, said that much of the reservoir’s dropping water level can be attributed to the water evaporating. “Hodges…compared to most of the reservoirs in the county, is shallow and broad. Depending on how full it is, it evaporates probably between five to six feet a year.” Belock added that over the last 30 years, they’ve seen the water levels fluctuate anywhere between 70 feet deep to 115 feet (which is its fullest depth). At the time of printing, the reservoir was listed at 36.7 percent full on the county’s public works website; the reservoir is the fourth lowest in capacity of the nine reservoirs in the county. “This is mainly due to the fact that its water level was entirely dependent upon local rain and runoff to fill it,” Belock said. In the early 2000s SDCWA began work on the Emergency Storage Project. Costing $1.46 billion, the project is comprised of numerous water-saving improvements at several sites designed to protect the county’s water supply in the event of a natural disaster or other issue that would essentially cut off all water supplies to the county. “The Water Authority issued debt to pay for all of our capital projects as well as uses Water Authority funds from capacity charges,” said Belock. “The debt service payments are reflected in the Water Authority rates.” Work on the Hodges project began in 2005 and included the construction of the Olivenhain Reservoir north of Del Dios and the Hodges Pump Station and Hydroelectric Facility. Pipes traveling 1.25 miles underground connected to the two reservoirs together, allowing them to share water. “The reason the lake level is low,” Belock said, “is because of the lack of rainfall last year and that the city of San Diego has transferred about 2,700 acre-feet to else-

A dock sits on the shoreline of Lake Hodges in Del Dios. The shoreline of the reservoir is showing signs of another dry season. Photo by Tony Cagala

where in its system. We have limited our movement of water into Lake Hodges to that which is necessary to operate the turbines in the Lake Hodges Pumped Storage facility.” There is a minimum water level required to operate the pump storage process where electricity is generated. The water level needed to generate the electricity (about 40 megawatts of peak energy) is probably pretty close to where it is now, Belock added. And if the water dips below a minimum level? “What we’ve been doing is, we’ve done it once or twice…we bring water down from Olivenhain, just to keep the water at the minimum,” Belock said. He added that costs to move water from Olivenhain to Lake Hodges is actually profitable because of the hydroelectric facility. “The costs to operate the facility are minimal,” he said. According to a fall 2006 newsletter, part of the ESP goal was to keep Hodges at a more consistent water level. Belock has said that that goal has not changed. “At the present time up until the completion of the San Vicente Dam Raise project, the Water Authority will not have any capacity in Lake Hodges. After the San Vicente Dam Raise project is completed, of the 32,000 acre-feet

capacity in Lake Hodges, the Water Authority will control 20,000 acre-feet of storage in an ESP event.” The Hodges Reservoir serves as a water source for the Santa Fe Irrigation District, the San Dieguito Water District and, as of last year, the city of San Diego. With the city having started drafting water from the Hodges Reservoir in March 2012, Collins said on average, the city expects to draft between 5,000 and 6,000 acre feet of water per year. Now, Hodges is being kept at a certain level (between 90 feet and 100 feet deep), according to Collins, which helps prepare them as winter approaches. Trish Boaz, executive director of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy said that because of the water level, they have concerns about the habitat values being maintained for the water fowl. “It’s a very important area on the flyway for bird species and we’re concerned about water quality issues, as well,” she said. In October, SDCWA staff issued an assessment to its board of directors saying that the county will have “sufficient water supplies for 2014, even if dry conditions persist.” The assessment added that the water authority isn’t anticipating the need for extraordinary conservation measures or water shortage allocations in 2014.


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Rotary begins prep for spring bocce tournament DEL MAR — Preparations are in full swing for Rotary’s 18th Annual Turf Bocce Ball Tournament at the Del Mar Horse Park March 23. The club recommends registering now for this annual fundraiser and “Family Day” targeted to raise more than $50,000 for youth and humanitarian programs. Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club members are currently signing up sponsors and auction donors. For Bocce 2014 Tournament information, see DMSBBocce.com or contact Vicky Mallett via vicky.mallett2@gmail.com, “Although many people have said that they don’t know how to play bocce, it is amazing how only a few games will lead them to want a bocce set for a birthday or holiday present,” said Vicky Mallett, Bocce 2014 co-chairwoman. All dollars raised by the tournament benefit youth programs aimed at breaking the cycle of illiteracy, poor parenting, ill health, and domestic abuse. Past major beneficiaries include Community Resource Center’s Therapeutic Children’s Center, Just In Time (for Foster Youth), Social Advocates for Youth, and Voices for Children. Tournament funds in smaller amounts also have gone to such local programs as dictionaries for all local thirdgraders, scholarships at Canyon

Del Mar Mayor Terry Sinnott tosses the bocce ball, with from left, Del Mar Councilman Al Corti, Solana Beach Deputy City Manager Wendé Protzman and Senior Management Analyst Dan King cheering him on. Courtesy photo

Crest Academy, YMCA camp for foster children, youth leadership programs, Stand Down for homeless vets, and Wounded Warriors support. Internationally, funding has gone to school books and supplies, clean water projects, medical equipment and supplies,and,in El Salvador,ongoing support of youth education and health. For many of these programs, individual Rotarians and the Rotary Foundation have provided matching dollars and personal donations, the total of which have averaged in excess of $80,000 per year for the last several years. Tournament play will take place on 32 bocce courts

laid out on the Horse Park’s grand prix field, while onlookers can watch from alongside the playing courts or from the spectator seats that surround the playing field. Those who would like to watch the fun, play a little bocce after lunch, win a nice auction item, and support Rotary’s charitable programs are invited to come out and join in with everyone else. The Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club consists of men and women working together to make this world a better place for all.For information about DMSB Rotary, go to DMSBRotary.com or contact Richard Fogg at (858) 693-7556 or Diane Huckabee at (619) 818-0528.

BELLE OF THE BALL Christina Kemper Valentine of Rancho Santa Fe is presented at The National Debutante Cotillion and Thanksgiving Ball of Washington, D.C. where young women from 18 to 25 years of age, from around the world participated. Pictured from left, debutante Christina Kemper Valentine, her brother Travis Elliott Valentine, her sister Kelsey Kemper Valentine, and Grandmother Joan Sealy. Photo by Kevin Allen


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THE WINNING BID Candace Sears of the Rancho Santa Fe Auxiliary Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital places the winning bid on a wreath during a fundraising event at the Rancho Santa Fe Inn earlier this month. Photo by Tony Cagala

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The rigors of holiday decorating The holidays are over and I am dismantling my decorations once again, by myself. But I kept is simple this year with the holiday mantra: “Will the kids care about this?” If ever my babes move to Antarctica and can’t get home for the holidays, there is a solid chance that my home will be empty of anything red, green or sparkly. I hesitate to sound like pre-dreams Scrooge, but unless I am expecting guests or throwing a party, it isn’t really worth the time and fuss of both putup and takedown. Yes, I am getting old. Again, I am not at all like my sweet mother, who did “Christmas-up” royally and would have done the same if she only lived with cats. And I never stopped loving her house at Christmas. As for me, if I can’t share my handiwork, I’m content to just appreciate other people’s. I think I can get away with this attitude because I decorate the library at school for the most appreciative audience one can ever want. Young’ns between 5 and 12 are not only delighted to find things decorated but they never fail to tell me. That is what really makes it all marvelous. I do enjoy my lovely fake tree with its understated white lights. I won that battle when the other team didn’t show up. In spite of my efforts to leave it intact, wrapped in a tree-sized bag, it was ridiculously heavy and hard to drag down from the attic. I can’t figure how we ever got it up there. I refuse to put it in the spider-webby, dirty garage so I am trying to figure out where to stash it this year. My guest room may have a holiday look to it year round. There might be years ahead when I severely downgrade my décor, but I’m hoping I will have grandbabies in time to resuscitate my enthusiasm. I’ve heard that’s a guaranteed jumpstarter. And a happy, understated New Year to all. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who’s celebrating on the inside. Now pass the cocoa and contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com.

‘Little tree’ brings big joy to neighborhood By Rachel Stine

ENCINITAS — Something special happens every holiday season at the corner of Willowspring Drive and Glen Arbor Drive. From its start 25 years ago, Joanne Smith has had a prime view of the spectacle from her kitchen window. When December arrived, she started every morning by checking for its arrival. As Christmas was drawing closer and closer, she began to get nervous. Did the mysterious do-gooders forget? She hoped that the tradition would be carried on. She needed it to happen, this year in particular, as this would be her first Christmas alone. Joanne and her husband Emery moved to Encinitas in 1980.Their only daughter was grown, so they moved from San Bernardino when Emery obtained a job as a station agent for Amtrak in Del Mar. From their small home in Village Park, they have a view of the neighborhood park. They noticed a pine tree no bigger than three-feet tall was planted there a few years after they moved in. One morning, shortly before Christmas, the Smiths awoke to find the tree’s branches covered with ornaments, garlands and other holiday décor. They knew one of their neighbors had done it, but they weren’t sure whom. Just the same, the two were quick to walk over and add their own decorations to the festive site. The holiday adornment of the small tree caught on. Every year afterwards, the neighbors came together with decorations from years past and new ones to add on. The tree grew and so did the holiday garnishing. Neighbors soon adorned the tree with hearts for Valentines Day, red, white, and blue for Fourth of July, messages of thanks TURN TO TREE ON B11

Joanne Smith of Encinitas said she thinks the neighbors in her Village Park neighborhood have outdone themselves with this year’s Christmas decorations. Photo by Rachel Stine

Nonprofit of ‘Madonna’ mosaic gives back to city By Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — As a piece of underground artwork surreptitiously installed on a city overpass, artist Mark Patterson never anticipated his mosaic to have become as relevant a part of the community that it has. “This is a really awesome turn of events for us, to have really made a good impact on our community and be a blessing,” he said. “It’s not just a piece of art hanging on a wall. It’s generating goodness in lots of different ways.” Patterson created the “Save the Ocean,” or Surfing Madonna mosaic, as it’s affectionately known around the city, and installed it, along with friend Bob Nichols underneath an overpass on Encinitas Boulevard a couple of years ago. Since then, the mosaic has had to overcome challenges questioning the legality of the installation — done without permission on city property — people initially comparing it to

Giving back to the city are Bob Nichols, far left, vice president of the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project, and second from left, Mark Patterson, artist, founder and president of the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project. They presented a check for $20,000 to members of the City Council from left: Lisa Shaffer, Mayor Teresa Barth, Mark Muir and Tony Kranz on Dec. 11. Photo courtesy of Megan McCarthy

graffiti, and having to find a permanent place for the piece once the city had it removed from the overpass. The piece has seemingly found a permanent home recently, across the street from where it all began. Through the nonprofit Surfing Madonna Oceans Project, which Patterson founded and serves as pres-

ident, the piece has started to give back to the community as more than art. That was the goal of the piece, said Nichols, vice president of the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project. “Originally, when Mark and I put Madonna up underneath the overpass, we said, ‘OK, this is a gift to the community. Nobody needs to

know who it came from.’ And then when everybody found out, we thought, ‘What could we do with this gift?’” And so that’s how the idea for the Surfing Madonna Run came about. The inaugural race on Nov. 16 earned $78,000 and had just under 2,000 race participants.

Of that amount raised, $50,000 of it was distributed back into the community. On Dec. 11 Patterson and Nichols presented the city with a check for $20,000. “We didn’t just want to write a check to the city of Encinitas, because who knows how much money actually goes to save the ocean. A lot of it might go towards paper and pencils, and then $5,000 go to actually saving the ocean,” Nichols said. The nonprofit told the city that they wanted the people to decide where the money went. On race day, the racers voted to have the money go towards several needs. That included the purchase of a $6,000 sea lion cage; another $6,000 will go to funding disadvantaged kids who want to participate in the Junior Lifeguard program next summer. A porpoise stretcher will also be purchased, TURN TO MOSAIC ON B11


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Council agreed 4-1 to consider the addition of residential units to the Garden Del Mar specific plan a minor change, which means an amendment can be made if four of the five members support the change. Residents will be polled for their opinion on moving forward with the modification. Courtesy rendering

Under a deemed-approved ordinance, bars would have to meet regulations related to trash, noise and other metrics. Residents gave input on the draft ordinance on Monday. Photo by Jared Whitlock

Change to Garden Del Mar project moves forward

Residents review tougher standards for bars By Jared Whitlock

By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — In an effort to decide whether residential should be an allowed use in the Garden Del Mar specific plan, council members voted 4-1 at the Dec. 9 meeting to follow the recommendation of a steering committee that many say was instrumental in getting the proposal passed in 2008 with 85 percent of the vote. Council members agree they consider the change a minor amendment, but will poll residents before moving forward. The Schaar Company bought the 25,527-square-foot lot at the corner of Camino del Mar and 10th Street in 2006 and initially proposed an alloffice development. Because of its size, the project triggered compliance with Measure B, which limits downtown commercial developments larger than 25,000 square feet until a specific plan is approved by voters. At the time, City Council appointed five residents to a Gas Station Steering Committee (UltraMar gas station once occupied the site) to work with the developer and the community. The group held more than 60 meetings in almost two years. When presented to voters in 2008 the project featured six two-story buildings that included retail and office space,

three public plazas, a restaurant and 106 stalls in a two-level parking structure. Community members sought to have residential units added but the developer declined to include them. In 2010 Schaar defaulted on its loan. The bank foreclosed on the property this year, and it is currently for sale. City staff said potential buyers have expressed interest in adding residential, which would require an amendment to the specific plan, something easier said than done because of Measure B. According to the Garden Del Mar specific plan, minor changes require approval by four of the five council members. Major changes require city approval and a public vote. The plan lists which category some changes would fall under, but residential is not among them. Council members first considered the request at the Nov. 18 meeting and opted to reconvene the Gas Station Steering Committee for input. That group met Nov. 25 and unanimously agreed the change should be considered minor, but to respect the spirit of Measure B, a procedure should be conducted to get the “pulse” of the community on whether to proceed with


amendment. Members suggested a timely and inexpensive process either online or with a mail-in form. Residents will be asked if it is appropriate for the city to pursue an amendment to the Garden Del Mar specific plan to allow residential units on the site. Councilman Don Mosier said the language must clearly indicate the question is a poll and not a vote. Kitchell Development Company, which has entered into an agreement to buy the lot, asked for the modification but has since indicated “even the inclusion of residential as an allowed use is not going to go far enough to make the project viable from a return-on-investment standpoint,” Planning Manager Adam Birnbaum said. But he added that other prospective buyers have made a similar request, so if the Kitchell deal falls out, the change may still be needed for other potential investors. Councilwoman Sherryl Parks, who cast the dissenting vote, said she did not think it is within the purview of City Council to modify the specific plan. “We had a vote,” she said. “It was well-defined what that project was. … The fixed plan is already in front of us. It isn’t up for us to tweak that.”

ENCINITAS — New standards that aim to curb noise and trash outside of bars got a public unveiling on Monday night. The stricter measures are part of the city’s draft deemed-approved ordinance. A final version, complete with public input, will go in front of the City Council for consideration sometime next year. In the meantime, some residents at Monday’s meeting chimed in on whether the city should have further rules in the first place. Bev Goodman, who owns a business on Coast Highway 101, said that in the past she’s walked up to her store in the mornings only to discover broken windows and intoxicated people passed out in front. But since August, the Encinitas Hospitality Association, a group comprised of bar owners, has made a concerted effort to improve the situation. “Everything to me is so much better,” Goodman said, adding that an ordinance isn’t needed.

John Balogh, from the Encinitas Citizens Committee, a group of residents who have voiced concerns with the bars, said an ordinance would allow the city to hold all bars — not just new ones — accountable. “We appreciate the efforts of some local bars that pick up trash and provide security services in a few downtown locations in the recent months,” he said. “But we need more than that — we need consistent and uniform standards.” This summer, the City Council voted 3-2 to direct staff to develop the deemedapproved program, citing the city’s inability to regulate older bars. Bars that obtained a liquor license more than 20 years ago face fewer performance standards than new bars. But under the proposed rules, all alcohol-serving establishments covered in the ordinance would have to meet tougher measures for noise, trash and other metTURN TO BARS ON B11

ODD FILES BY CHUCK SHEPHERD Annals of Science America’s foremost advocate for frontal lobotomies as “treatment” for mental disorder, the late Dr. Walter Freeman, performed an estimated 3,500 lobotomies during the 1940s and 1950s before opposition finally solidified against him, according to a December 2013 investigation by The Wall Street Journal. At the peak of his influence, he was so confident that he demonstrated the procedure to skeptics by hammering an icepick (“from his own kitchen,” the Journal reported) into both eye sockets of an electrical-shocked patient and “toggling” the picks around the brain tissue, certain that he was severing “correctly.” For years, Freeman (a neurologist untrained in surgery) marshaled positive feedback from enough patients and families for the procedure to survive criticism, and he spent his final years (until his death in 1972) securing patient testimonials to “prove” the validity of lobotomies. Cultural Diversity Each Nov. 1 is a day (or two) of craziness in the isolated mountain village of Todos Santos Cuchumatanes, Guatemala, where Mayan tradition commands continuous horse races through town, jockeyed by increasingly drunk riders, until only a sober-enough winner remains. Collisions occur in the Race of the Souls, and occasionally someone dies, but the misfortune is met with a collective shrug and regarded as a spiritual offering for fertile crops during the coming year, according to an eyewitness this year reporting for Vice.com. Ironically, for the rest of the year, the village is largely alcohol-free except for that on hand to sell to tourists. Since the 13th century, sheepherders in Spain have had the right (still honored) to use 78,000 miles of paths in the country for seasonal flock migrations — even some streets of Madrid, including a crossing of Puerta del Sol, described as Madrid’s Times Square. The shepherds pay a customary, token duty, which, according to an October Associated Press dispatch, the government proudly accepts, given the prominence of Spain’s native Merino sheep breed in the world’s wool market. Postal worker Umakant Mishra, of Kanpur city in Uttar Pradesh, India, was freed by a criminal court in December — 29 years after he was charged when a money-order account turned up 92 cents short. Mishra was called to judicial hearings 348 times over the years, but it was not until recently that the government admitted it had no witnesses for the court to hear against him. A December BBC News dispatch reported, citing “official” figures, that more than 30 million cases are pending in Indian courts.



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Vapor shops unite to oppose e-cigarette ban By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — Despite years of trying, Jason Delveccio could not find anything that would help him quit smoking and kick his addiction to Marlboro cigarettes. “I failed every single attempt over the years,” he told City Council on Dec. 17. “I’ve tried patches, gum, cold turkey.” At last, he tried electronic cigarettes, commonly referred to as “e-cigarettes.” The battery-powered devices heat up a chemical liquid, which can contain nicotine and/or flavors, creating a vapor that users inhale. Because users can adjust the amount of nicotine inhaled from the devices, some argue that they can help people quit smoking tobacco products. “It’s changed my life,” he said. Not only has he stopped smoking traditional cigarettes, Delveccio said he also lost 50 pounds and can exercise more easily. Owners of local e-cigarette shops, known as vape shops, point to people like Delveccio as examples for why banning e-cigarette smoking could be a detriment to public health. A ban prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes wherever smoking is outlawed in

From left to right, Mix Vapes owners Ben Farrell, Dan Daniel, and Max Velinsky use their electronic cigarettes at the flavor bar inside their store. Their store is saturated with the scent of bubblegum from all of the sweet flavors customers try inside. Photo by Rachel Stine

Carlsbad was up for final approval by City Council on Dec. 17. Smoking tobacco products is currently prohibited in libraries, beaches, restaurants, parks, and other public places under federal, state, and city laws. With the recent rise in the popularity of e-cigarettes,

several vape shops have opened throughout Carlsbad. Some representatives from these shops united to oppose the ban after learning that City Council had granted the ban initial approval at their Dec. 3 meeting. They argue that while the ban will most likely not harm their

businesses significantly, keeping e-cigarettes out of the public eye will prevent people from learning about the devices and their potential to help with quitting smoking. “We are vilifying a lifesaving technology,” said the owner of Feels Good Vapor in Oceanside, Fabi Ramsey,

about the ban. She emphasized that her husband quit smoking after 30 years by using e-cigarettes. Ramsey stated that it is not fair to ban e-cigarettes because the long-term effects of using the devices have not TURN TO E-CIGARETTES ON B11

Del Mar plans to survey community on needs for City Hall By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — City officials are working to create a survey to find out if the rest of the community agrees with input from about 40 people who attended a meeting focused on replacing City Hall. Participants were asked at a Dec. 2 workshop where a new civic center should be located, what it should include and how it should be paid for and implemented. Keeping it where the current City Hall is at 1050 Camino del Mar was identified as the first choice for location, with a private office building near Ninth Street ranked second. Most participants indicated the Shores property should not be considered an option. Workshop participants generally agreed a new civic center must include administrative office space and a town hall/council chambers. There was also interest in having public parking, open spaces or plazas and conference or meeting rooms as part of the complex. The majority of attendees rated a public/private partnership or bond financing as preferred funding options, with the city’s traditional pay-as-yougo method ranked as the least desirable. The only consensus on implementation was to move the project forward. Most participants said the other decisions should be made before an implementation plan is selected. Staff members used all the information to create a sample survey that was presented to council members at

Community members should be receiving a survey by the end of January for their input on replacing City Hall. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

the Dec. 9 meeting. According to the six-page document, the survey was slated to take between 15 and 30 minutes to complete. It includes background information, the options selected at the workshop and space for alternative answers. “I think the survey needs work,” Councilwoman Sherryl Parks said, noting that it was too wordy. “If it went on a nice big diet and focused on 10 questions then I think we’ve got something that might be useful.” Her colleagues agreed it was too lengthy, and Councilman Don Mosier had additional concerns. He said respondents should be given cost estimates before making decisions. “I don’t want to go six months from now having a big backlash when we start getting … estimates and everybody says, ‘Well, this is a great idea but it costs way too much,’” Mosier said. “I want to try to address that potential problem as much as possible up front.”

Parks also said she didn’t understand why the Shores property would be included as a location option when workshop participants basically labeled it taboo.

“I think it’s confusing to send that kind of survey out,” she said. She also said she would like the format to appear less biased by alphabetizing answer options. “It didn’t appear to be very neutral to me,” she said. “It was almost like it was set up to get the answer that we got at the workshop.” Councilman Al Corti disagreed. “I don’t think it’s gearing them,” he said. Corti suggested telling survey respondents the information came from a small group of people who attended the workshop. “The overriding direction, consensus of the workshop was, ‘Get on with it,’” Corti said. “Let’s move forward. Give the public the oppor-

tunity to have their same opinion as the 40 or so that showed up at the workshop. “There was broad consensus … but I think we need to open it up to the rest of the public to get a sense of that,” he said. “I think that’s the most important thing we can do and the sooner we do it the better.” Council members directed staff to refine the survey so it takes 10 to 12 minutes to complete. Planning Director Kathy Garcia suggested eliminating the implementation questions since there was no consensus on that issue. A new survey will be presented to council at the Jan. 6 meeting, with a goal to distribute it to the community by the end of that month.


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A recently released report shows that parents are turning more to the police in cases of cyber bullying. Courtesy photo

Growing number of parents turn to police to report cyber bullying (BPT) — As more people become aware of the harmful consequences of cyber bullying, parents are more likely to report cyber bullying incidents directly to their local police than local school officials. That’s the finding of a new national survey of 642 American parents conducted by the Fraud Prevention and Investigations business unit of Thomson Reuters. According to the survey, 36 percent of parents would turn to law enforcement first if they learned that their child was the victim of cyber bullying threats and attacks versus 29 percent of parents who said they would go to their local school officials. One reason that parents may hesitate going to their local school officials is that 30 percent of parents surveyed didn’t know if their child’s school has a policy to address cyber bullying. Cyber bullying is defined

as bullying-that takes place using electronic technology, according to stopbullying.gov, a website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Cyber bullying can take many forms — hurtful messages or embarrassing photos posted on social media sites, harassing text messages and emails, and private information purposefully shared through text messages, email or through the Internet. The issue has become a priority for parents surveyed, of which 50 percent indicated that they are very concerned about the rise in cyber bullying. Today, more than 80 percent of teens use a cellphone regularly, making it the most common tool among cyber bullies, according to dosomething.org. The presence of teens on social media sites has only compounded the issue, blurring the lines between a


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schoolyard problem and a law enforcement concern. In a related survey of U.S. law enforcement professionals conducted by Thomson Reuters in conjunction with PoliceOne.com, 48 percent of law enforcement agencies report that time spent investigating cyber bullying, bullying and school violence has dramatically increased over the past two years. Yet, most law enforcement agencies feel illequipped to effectively investigate these cases, with 76 percent reporting that training to handle cyber bullying complaints has been insufficient. While parents may trust law enforcement officials more than school officials with handling cyber bullying incidents involving their children, 68 percent of the law enforcement professionals surveyed said that they work to foster stronger relationships with school officials and/or principals to prevent or deter cyber bullying. “Though cyber bullying is a challenging issue for students, parents, school officials and law enforcement, these statistics suggest that people want to work together to understand the issue, protect kids from cyber bullying, and help kids understand the serious consequences of participating in cyber bullying,” says Jason Thomas, manager of Innovation for Thomson Reuters.

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NEW DIMENSIONS 3D print expert Daniel Remba, far right, at the Kearney Mesa UPS Store, teaches Rancho Santa Fe Horizon Prep students about the Stratasys 3D printer and its capabilities. Teacher Matt Davis held a contest in his design class for students to have a design 3D-printed. The winning student’s design, a car on a street with a traffic light, was printed while students watched. Courtesy photo

Students at Skyline turn hobby into a helping hand “If any one of you have experienced the Rainbow Loom craze that has swept elementary kids over the last few months, you know how much work goes into making each piece as well as how much time these students spend on the hobby (and the mad search for the right color rubber bands),” Chris said. “It is impressive that all these kids came up with the idea to use their energy and time for good.”

SOLANA BEACH — Avery Lee’s dad, Chris, is proud of his daughter and all the students at Skyline Elementary School. Fourth-grader Avery launched a philanthropic effort with her third- and fourth-grade classmates in Tiffany Farnsworth’s classroom, which soon spread to rest of the school. The students made and sold handmade Rainbow Loom items like bracelets, necklaces and

charms, and will donate all the proceeds to support the Typhoon Haiyan Relief efforts in the Philippines. The students are working is association with Positive Community Impact (PCI), a San Diegobased humanitarian organization. The youngsters started making their products during the Thanksgiving break and continued through Dec. 10, when they set up a stand as school let out.

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Sign up now for the “Creative Writing Workshop: Finding the Poem Within” at 10 a.m. Saturdays, Jan. 4, Jan. 11, Jan. 18 and Jan. 25 at the Encinitas Library, 540 EC GARDEN OF LIGHTS Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Bring the family to the San EC Diego Botanic Garden Garden of Lights, 230 Quail RELEASE THE OLD A New Gardens Drive, when the non-denominational Botanic Garden transforms Year’s Eve “Burning Bowl” into a winter wonderland. Ceremony to burn and For more information, visit release the old and set intentions for the new year sdbgarden.org/lights.htm. COME ON AND DANCE in a supportive community at Friday Night music and danc- setting, will be held ing, is offered every Friday 7 Seaside Center for Spiritual to 11 p.m. at the Encinitas Living, 1613 Lake Drive, Elks Lodge, 1393 Windsor Encinitas from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Road, Cardiff. Dance lessons Dec. 31. All are invited and are offered from 6 to 7 p.m. no advance sign-ups are nec-

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JAN. 2 SOMETHING’S COOKING Cooking demonstrations are being planned at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 2, Jan. 9, Jan. 16 and Jan. 23 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Thursdays. For more information, call (760) 753-7376.



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you find someone teaching our master be one of the this art endorsed by the few granted permission to Grandmaster, you know teach this rare and vulnerable art. Others styles taught at the academy include but are not limited to Tai Chi and Chi Gong, which serves well to promote health, wellness, and longevity. Celebrating their 10year anniversary on the West Coast, West Coast Martial Arts Academy has 2 locations in North County, one in Encinitas and one in 4S Ranch. They are currently enrolling for ages 4 and up and for all experience levels. For more informayou’re in the right place. tion, check out our website West Coast Martial Arts at wcmaasd.com or call 760Academy is proud to have 942-5425 (KICK) today.

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Discover Grauer Tours

Scheduled at The Grauer School The Grauer School is hosting semi-private Discover Grauer Tours on Thursday, January 9th, January 23rd and February 6th for prospective families. Due to high demand, a Jan. 15 and Feb. 5 date were recently added. “Discover Grauer Tours are an excellent way to learn about The Grauer School’s programs and view classroom dynamics in action,” states Elizabeth Braymen, Director of Admissions. “We encourage families who would like to get an inside glimpse into the school to sign up for these free, semi-private tours.”

The Grauer School is a grades 6-12 college preparatory school that is the regional leader in the small schools movement. The Grauer School focuses on college preparatory rigor balanced with expeditionary learning and Socratic teaching. As a small school by design, with approximately 150 students total, The Grauer School emphasizes relationship-based teaching that stems from its small class sizes with a student-toteacher ratio of 6 to 1. “The best way to under-

stand the power of relationship-driven education, a core feature at The Grauer School, is to witness it firsthand,” Braymen adds. “Once you step onto campus, and especially after you see a class in action, you’ll understand why the seniors in our graduating class were accepted to 89 percent of the colleges to which they applied.” RSVP to the “Discover Grauer” event at grauerschool.com or by calling (760) 274-2116. The Grauer School is currently enrolling grades 7-12 for the 2014-2015 academic year.

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 (855) 77LEARN or (760) 295-5564, or visit taylionsandiego.com.

DISCOVER GRAUER Discover the secret to educational happiness. Take a tour with us and learn about Grauer’s outstanding educational program. Our approach to college preparation cultivates thoughtfulness, achievement, pride, and happiness. Grauer graduates from the Class of 2013 were accepted to 89% of the colleges to which they applied. Sign-up for a Discover Grauer Tour on our website. Choose from tours on 1/9, 1/23, and 2/6/2014. Or call to schedule a private visit. At Grauer, you’ll discover that the school of your dreams actually exists right here in Encinitas, California.



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Concorde Enterprises has a goal to wow all of their clients Raj Narayanan is used to having clients tell him, “You’re different.” In the 17 years he has been in business on his own, he has prided himself on giving his clients the unique experience of working closely with an architect through every step in their project no matter what the size. So yes, he’s different. And that’s a good thing. Before starting Concorde Enterprises, Raj worked for other large construction companies as an architect, project manager and in design consulting. He decided he wanted to go out on his own, and has spent the better part of two decades building lasting relationships with his clients and a great team “that runs like a well-oiled machine.” While he bills himself as an architect, Raj is so much more than that. The close relationships he has with his clients has allowed them to see his passion for his work. He might be hired to design a project and

Who’s NEWS? Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. Local vet nominated The Drake Center for Veterinary Care in Encinitas has been named a finalist for Petplan Pet Insurance’s 2014 Veterinary Practice of the Year award. The hospital's nomination was chosen from more than 3,100 nominations nationwide. The winner of this category will be selected in February at the 86th annual Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas. Grant fights diabetes Insulindependence of S o l a n a Beach, a n o n p ro f i t member association dedicated to uniting, expanding, and supporting the active diabetes comSARAH HOLT munity, was included in Medtronic, Inc.’s two-year Health Access Grants from Medtronic Philanthropy, in recognition of continued commitment to improve access to healthcare services for underserved populations, with an emphasis on diabetes. Health Access Grants are awarded in 34 communities around the world where Medtronic has a major presence. Fun in Del Mar The Del Mar Foundation

end up being asked to build it as well. Once they see how efficient he is, clients just feel taken care of. Also a licensed contractor, Raj is highly knowledgeable in all aspects of construction from the early stages of permitting to designing and engineering all the way to final build out. Raj is a genius at making the most of space. He loves to

add interest to a room, to open it up with dramatic windows. But more importantly he is a master listener. He pays attention to what his clients want and works closely with them to make their wishes a reality. Concorde Enterprises aims to impress. A current client in San Diego recently walked on to the job site and all she could say was,“Wow!”Raj’s

offered special thanks to the Young Del Mar/Children’s Committee, chaired by Kelley Huggett and Sandra Hoyle. This group provided family activities throughout the past year. These included beach bonfires, Bingo night, the Fancy Nancy Parade, the Easter rabbit and annual Easter egg hunt, the 4th of July Parade with Uncle Sam and the toddlers playgroups. The Del Mar Foundation encourages community financial support for upcoming programs, at delmarfoundation.org.

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Raj Narayanan,founder of Concorde Enterprises, has a goal for each of their clients to be wowed by their home design results.

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structural and plumbing engineering, to HVAC and electrical engineering. Raj and his team also offer space and interior planning services, full construction estimates and execution of projects and permit processing. Concorde Enterprises basically provides full planning to final build out services. Raj can fully oversee a project handling permitting, scheduling, budgeting and building. He gives his clients top quality service and is always conscious of value designing for the clients’ budget. What this means is that clients have someone with them every step of the way whose goal is not only to give them what they want, but to give it to them affordably. Raj loves working with clients who are open to unique design ideas. Getting ready for the New Year, people tend to make resolutions to improve not only their selves but their homes and businesses. Upgrading cabinets, counters,

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Directors award Sarah Holt received the John Cosh Award at the annual Board of Directors Award for 2013. The John Cosh Award, the highest achievement at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista, was named after the Boys & Girls Club of Vista’s founder. Board leaders named The Palomar Community College District Governing Board voted in new leaders at their meeting Dec. 10. The Board elected Trustee Paul P. McNamara to the position of governing board president. Trustees John Halcón and Nancy Ann Hensch were elected to the positions of board vice president and secretary respectively.

Visit Grauer School The Grauer School is hosting semi-private Discover Grauer Tours at 9:15 a.m. Jan. 9, Jan. 23 and Feb. 6 for prospective student families. The hour-long tours are limited to eight families per tour. RSVP to grauerschool.com or by calling Fair earns top honors (760) 274-2116. The 2013 San Diego County Fair was once again a Rhoades school tours top award winner at the The Rhoades School, will International Association of and Expositions host Open House tours for Fairs kindergarten through fourth Convention and Trade Show. grade 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 14 and The 2013 fair won a total of 24 for grades 5 to 8 from 9 to 11 awards which included seven a.m. Jan. 15. The program first-place awards for outstanding Agricultural and begins promptly at 9:15 a.m. To reserve a spot visit Competitive programs plus RSVP@dseltzer@rhoadess- awards in 24 categories. For more information visit chool.com. sdfair.com. Knights aid NAMI The Knights of Columbus New sparkle at Pala Pala Casino Spa & Resort Council 15076 at St. Patrick Parish in Carlsbad held its has opened a Swarovski bouyearly Tootsie Roll Drive, tique that offers the brand’s raisING money for the mental- fashion jewelry, accessories ly disabled. This year, Council and crystal décor objects. The 15076, collected approximate- boutique will be open from 10 ly $1,500 that was directed to a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday the local North Coastal chap- through Thursday and 10 a.m. ter of the National Alliance on to midnight on Friday and Saturday. Swarovski was Mental Illness (NAMI). founded in 1895 in Austria and Star soprano is a leading producer of preciAimee Stuart-Flunker, of sion-cut crystal. For more information, Oceanside, performed in palacasino.com. “Before the Marvel,” the visit

Blaine and LaVerne Briggs get thanks from Michael Lobatz, neurologist and medical director of the Rehabilitation Center at Scripps Encinitas. Courtesy photo

Scripps program honors Rancho Santa Fe philanthropists COAST CITIES —The LaVerne and Blaine Briggs Rehabilitation Program was dedicated Dec. 13 in honor of the Briggs family for their continued philanthropic support of the Rehabilitation Center at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. The Briggs have been philanthropic supporters of Scripps Health for more than 20 years. In 2004, The LaVerne and Blaine Briggs Rehabilitation and Neuroscience Fund was created to provide funding and support for patient-focused programs offered by the Rehabilitation Center at Scripps Encinitas. During that time, the program has grown from a local resource to a nationally recognized rehabilitation center that offers patients state-of-the-art technology as part of their recovery process. “LaVerne and Blaine Briggs have been part of the Scripps family for many years, quietly supporting pro-

grams and services that greatly benefit our patients, their families and the community” said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health. “We are very grateful for their continued generosity, which will help others for years to come.” In addition to the acquisition of several devices, including the Ekso robotic skeleton, Alter-G anti-gravity treadmill and a driving simulator for a driver rehabilitation program, their philanthropic gifts have helped provide specialized training for rehabilitation nurses and therapists, as well as several patient education clinics focused on concussions, multiple sclerosis and wheelchair seating. In 2006, the Briggs also funded the military brain injury day treatment program, which worked to rehabilitate more than 100 active duty members of the military who returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injuries.

“The results of the Briggs family’s generosity is evident in our rehabilitation center, from the caliber of our staff and the comprehensive therapies we are able to offer our patients to the very latest in rehabilitation technology,” said Michael Lobatz, M.D., neurologist and medical director of the Rehabilitation Center at Scripps Encinitas. “Mr. and Mrs. Briggs have made a tremendous impact on the care and services we provide each day.” The Rehabilitation Center at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas is a comprehensive rehabilitation facility in northern San Diego County, providing rehabilitation services with specialization in neuroscience services. It is the first facility in San Diego County to be fully accredited in both brain injury and stroke rehabilitation services by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).



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Scripps helps DJ to press ‘play’ again PET OFTHE WEEK HEALTH WATCH BY THE PHYSICIANS AND STAFF OF SCRIPPS HEALTH Music rings through every chapter of Scott Butler’s life story. He performed in a youth choir and later played trombone in high school. During college, he sang lead vocals in a rock band. And for more than a decade, he’s run a successful local DJ business, San Diego’s Favorite DJ. But the music suddenly went silent for Butler on Feb. 21, 2010. That’s the day the Rancho Penasquitos resident drove himself to Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo with severe flulike symptoms. When results from a routine blood analysis came back, Butler was rushed by ambulance to Scripps Green Hospital for more tests. The diagnosis was acute myeloid leukemia, a fast-growing and potentially fatal form of blood cancer. “I felt like I dropped off the face of the earth that day,” Butler recalled. Butler was “speechless and in shock” when the reality and gravity of his situation took hold. But he felt relieved and confident when he found out that he would be in the care of a team of physicians

who specialize in blood disorders: James Mason, M.D., William Miller, M.D. and Jeffrey Andrey, M.D., of the Scripps Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla. Butler’s treatment began with high-dosage chemotherapy drugs, which are very effective at killing cancer cells in the blood. But the drugs also destroy bone marrow, the soft inner part of bones where new blood cells are made. After four months of chemo, blood transfusions and total body irradiation, Butler was ready for the most critical step in his treatment: an intravenous stem cell transplant to restore his bone marrow to health. Today, peripheral blood stem cells are used for transplants far more commonly than actual bone marrow. Following the transplant, Butler spent three months in the hospital, where he began a slow and gradual recuperation. While the recovery process was slow, he eventually saw progress. In the hospital, his physical therapy consisted of short walks down the hallways.

After returning home, his rehabilitation grew to include routine household tasks, such as retrieving the mail. As his strength came back, he has resumed fulltime work as a writer and software analyst, and is back to enjoying quality time with his wife and children. And music has returned to Butler’s life. He resumed booking events for his DJ business in February 2011, just one year after being diagnosed with leukemia. And he was immediately uplifted at his first event, a wedding. “That day, for the first time, I realized that I was going to make it,” he said. “I felt like myself again. Being around music, joy and celebrations has done wonders for me.” Butler, 51, gives back to the community by donating his DJ services to various health-related fundraisers, including events with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Lupus Foundation, Spina Bifida San Diego and the American Diabetes Association. In addition to giving his time and talents, Butler has also given of himself, literally. He grew out his hair for more than a year, and in spring 2013 he had it cut and donated to Locks of Love, which provides hair-

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Stone Brewing Co. explodes into new ventures that has gained an international reputation as a worldclass beer maker. On top of that, their footprint in San DAVID Diego continues to grow as BOYLAN they open their company stores, restaurants, and even Lick the Plate their own farm. I had a conStone Brewing Co. is a versation with Chris Cochran, North County based business Stone’s Community Relations Manager recently about that San Diego expansion. Tell me about your role with Stone. My current role/title here at Stone Brewing Co, is Community Relations Manager. I work with a variety of entities and organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, Business Associations, local governments, as well as handling a big portion of our philanthropy and charity events. Stone seems to be everywhere these days, but let’s start at your Escondido location. What’s new out there? Escondido is our main facility and location and we

recently finished our brand new Packaging Hall where we bottle and keg all of our beers that we distribute around the United States. The building also just won a big award for the solar features we incorporated into the design. The menu has evolved a little more too at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, and has a wider variety of items than before. However, we still stick to our all-natural food philosophy and have been using more and more produce grown at Stone Farms…which is a must visit location! Your company store in Oceanside is very cool. Tell Stone Brewing Co. Community Relations Manager Chris Cochran hard at work. Photo courtesy Stone Brewing me more about that concept Co. Photo courtesy Stone Brewing Co. and other locations. Well, we started with Stone Company Stores in etc…all the cool Stone gear, food vendors are you bring“retail” way back in the day South Park, Oceanside, along with tasting a variety of ing in to these locations? with our little store when we Pasadena, Liberty Station, our beers. You can also purNone of the Stone were in San Marcos. Then it and the newest On Kettner in chase beer to go in a growler, Company Stores make or really evolved with the move downtown SD. The concept is six-pack, case, or a keg. serve food, so we do allow to Escondido when we had to have a retail outlet where Annel & Drew’s Kitchen is at people to bring food into our more of a real store presence. people can buy hats, glasses, your Oceanside company Since then we’ve opened up shirts, dog bones, soaps, store on Friday’s. What other TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON B11




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Taking advantage of holiday indulgences here and there FRANK MANGIO

Taste of Wine ndulgences can be anything above and beyond your time-honored habits that get you through the day. To me indulgences should stimulate the senses with a surge of excitement. This time of the year is a natural time to indulge. Parties, people, gifts, food, and yes, fine wines all play their part. With those elements in mind, let me take you on an indulgence of flashy, feed-festive, wine infused restaurants that feature excesses of partyplay and fun. (As the Italians like to say “La Dolce Vita.”) First stop is Cucina Enoteca in Del Mar. Before you are escorted to your table to choose many stylish, Italian-influenced dishes, you pass through a wine store with more selections than you can count, including some Napa Valley and Italian legends that will indulge the senses and your budget. Example: a 1976 Beaulieu Napa Valley Vineyard Private Reserve for $350 and an Italian Super Tuscan 2010 Sassicaia for $275. Cate Hughes, director of wine and beverage, pointed to a Vietti Italian Castiglione Barolo at a reasonable $50 that took my breath away with its sumptuous quality. Another Vietti worth trying,the Barbera D’Alba for even less. Ask for waiter Shannon Stegeman when you go. She knows the food menu better than the kitchen team. Cucina Enoteca is a two-story emporium with an enormous bar capturing the culinary flavors of


Italy with the organic freshness of California. See it all at urbankitchengroup.com. San Diego has it made with an indulgent island of fun, food and wine called Coronado. It all comes together at Vigilucci’s, next door to the famous Del Coronado Resort. This night, the celebration was about the Feudi di San Gregorio lineup from the Campania area near Naples. It was a wine pairing event, with the winery recently declared the Winery of the Year in Italy. The place was packed as Chef Dana Sills spoke about the fresh ingredients mirroring the same terroir as the wines. Her colorful roasted tomato soup with buffalo mozzarella and basil pesto, and the risotto with calamari and shrimp, soaked in sweet squid ink, share the same rich soil types as the grapes from Feudi Di San Gregorio. Vigilucci’s, long a North San Diego County favorite is combining restaurants in Leucadia to debut a new look that should add to the fun, feed the soul and indulge the senses, open sometime beyond the holidays. See more at vigiluccis.com. The TASTE OF WINE Top Ten Tastings for 2013 are coming in next week’s column. Be sure to look for them. In the meantime I’ll be reviewing all my wine notes from the approximately 400 wine places I have visited, and re-taste my wines of the month, to come up with the Top Ten. It’s my idea of the ultimate indulgence.

Wine Bytes More New Year’s Eve places to go include the Marina Kitchen at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina Dec. 31 starting at 7 p.m. and ending at 2 a.m. Gourmet food, craft beers, cult wines, spirits

MILLE FLEURS IN TOP 100 Mille Fleurs Chef de Cuisine Martin Woesle celebrates the restaurant’s placement on the Open Table 2013 Diner’s Choice Award list of Top 100 Restaurants in America. The Mille Fleurs restaurant, 6009 Paseo Delicias, Ranch Santa Fe, is owned by local restaurateur Bertrand Hug, a resident of Rancho Santa Fe, and beat nearly 19,000 restaurants. Visit millefleurs.com or call (858) 756-3085. Courtesy photo

and live music are featured, along with 10 food stations. Admission is $150. Ask about the VIP Party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. with special experiences for $200.Call (619) 699-8222 for an RSVP. The Estancia Hotel & Spa in La Jolla event is Dec.31 from 6 to 9 p.m. with a four-course Prix Fixe Dinner Menu. Cost is $60. Learn more at (858) 9646521. Loews Coronado has its Dec. 31 New Years’ Eve Bash from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. with a 6hour hosted bar, hors d’ourves and dessert bar, live DJ and a 5,000 balloon drop at midnight — $179 advance, $199 at the door, $263 for the VIP experience. (619) 424-4000 for an RSVP. Frank Mangio is a renowned San Diego wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. He is one of the leading commentators on the web. View and link up with his columns at tasteofwinetv.com. Reach him at mangiompc@aol.com.

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Chef is wanting to save the males by getting them into the kitchen By Tony Cagala

In the late ‘80s, Chef Gordon Smith opened Basil St. Café in Encinitas. Many around might still remember it as one of the first restaurants to go organic. Since then, Smith has gone on to become a personal chef for people like former Walt Disney Company CEO Michael Eisner, Betty Ford and others. Now the president of the Encinitas Community Garden, Smith has released his first cookbook, “Save The Males: A Kitchen Survival Cookbook,” (available at savethemales.com).

The book, in part, is to help people, men or anybody, he said, to cook better and to cook healthier. The 224-page cookbook serves up recipes and tips from Smith’s more than 25 years’ experience as a chef and cook, including how cooking can improve one’s love life. “Women are very appreciative to be fed by a man,” he said. “And you can ask any woman, they’ll agree.” Smith talked about the book, and how changing his diet helped change his life.

changed your life? Basically I got healthier as I started to eat better, feel healthier, feel stronger; I got to feel a little more empowered…when your body feels better, your mind gets better — it all works together.

and didn’t know much more than how to boil water. How difficult was it for you to make the switch from that lifestyle to cooking your own meals? I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that I cooked in a kitchen, so my profession made me aware of cooking. I learned a lot of tricks and things because my profession was now being a cook and then eventually a chef.

What was it that made you decide to change? I was under a lot of stress. I went through a divorce, and I had a child and that was all part of it, not What was it that you saw that being able to be with my son. made you think this cookbook (His son is now a chef at was needed? Palomar Pomerado Hospital.) I went back to college and Chef Gordon Smith co-wrote his first cookbook this year, “Save The It’s always a win when Describe how it was that food was very involved with my Males: A Kitchen Survival Cookbook.” Courtesy photo you start something, you want to finish it. I started this a long time ago, and with the school, and I was working, and to be a sort of an art. And I help of my co-author I had a really full load. And liked it as an art. I really enjoy Reparata Mazzola, she helped then when I finally started creating food and having peo- me finish it, because she’s got learning to be a cook, every- ple eat it and watching them talent (for) writing that I smile. That really worked for don’t have.The two of us did it thing changed. That made a big differ- me. That changed my life. and finished it together. ence. And once I started cooking, I started to really like it. In the book you talk about For a first time cook, what To me, I found that being a how when you went back to would you advise is the best cook, and especially being a college you were eating a lot dinner to start out with? chef in the business, I found it of fast food or frozen dinners It’s probably a pasta dish…I write about pasta, I write about rice, I write about potatoes, these are all the big staples… First learn how to make a good rice; learn how to make pasta; learn how to make good potatoes, and then you can make variations. And that’s the key to learning to cook. First master the basics; really learn how to do the basics, and then you do variations of it, and then you can start creating and that’s when it really gets to be fun.

$20,000 will be used to fund 12 scholarships at San Dieguito Academy. The scholarships, Nichols said, will be awarded to those students that are “trying.” “They want to go to college also, they might not be A students, but they might be C and B students,” he said. “These are kids…that are trying to make a difference in their school or in their community; they’re actively engaged at school with other students, and they’re trying,” he added. The scholarship awards will be presented in May during the “Academy Awards.” A total of $8,000 was used as prize money for the race winners, and the remainder went towards merchandise and marketing the race, according to Nichols. Already the nonprofit

is planning for the second annual run slated for fall. Their goal next time around is to raise more money and they’ll again turn to the participants for how the money will be spent. The event looks to be bigger, too, with more activities, including an art exhibit, sand castle building contest and swim contest along with the 5K/10K race. There are talks of expanding the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project board, Patterson said. “Because there’s a lot of great expertise out there that can help us make a difference.” There are 10 board members, including Patterson, Nichols, Megan McCarthy, Chip Conover, Sheryl Bode, Bill Cavanaugh, Terry Van Kirk, Bill Caylor, Gordy Haskett and Polly Rogers.

partner. City Attorney Celia Brewer proposed the e-cigarette ban in Carlsbad out of concern for enforcement, potential health risks, and possible influences on youth. At the Dec. 3 meeting, she explained to Council that due to lack of comprehensive studies from the U.S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration), no one knows if the chemicals used in e-cigarettes could cause harm to people’s health. She also stated that with flavors like candy and bubblegum, e-cigarettes could be appealing to youth and become an introduction to smoking. Carlsbad Police Chief Gary Morrison pointed out that law enforcement has no way of knowing what people are smoking out of the devices. He said that under current regulations, officials cannot stop peo-

ple from smoking what might be illicit drugs out of the devices. Several community members echoed these sentiments at the Dec. 3 meeting and no one spoke in opposition to the ban. City Council unanimously supported the ban on Dec. 3, citing concerns about e-cigarettes’ appeal to young consumers. After listening to the vape shop owners, e-cigarette users, and some speakers who supported the ban on Dec. 17, City Council voted without discussion and unanimously approved the ban. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors will consider e-cigarette regulations sometime in February. Many cities in the county are considering bans beforehand, and some, including Del Mar and Solana Beach, have already banned the devices in public places.

chickens, ducks, and quail, along with some peacocks and turkeys…and some store locations…and their goats too for eventual pets. One of the cool things cheese! about the Oceanside Store is that a few local places You also have a new Stone will actually have their Brewing Co. World Bistro waitresses or waiters run & Gardens in Liberty the food over to the store if Station. How does that one you call and tell them differ from Escondido? you’re at Stone! To start it is much bigger; currently the largest Stone even has a farm, how did that come to be restaurant in San Diego and what are you growing? County at over 23,000 square feet under roof, and Stone Farms was the it does have items on the former location of La menu that you cannot get Milpa Organica, and they up in Escondido. Not to were one of many local mention we do have a sepfarms Stone Brewing World arate brew house down at Bistro & Gardens was buy- Liberty Station and they’re ing produce from when we able to brew a lot of unique started. Then a few years beers that are often only ago it was brought to our available down there! attention that the former owner was going to get rid Any new product line of or sell the farm, so we announcements you have stepped in and took it over. coming soon you can share We all felt it was the right with readers? thing to do, and gave us the If you’re traveling anyopportunity to have our time soon out of the newly own farm and grow the remodeled Terminal 2 at things we want. Such as the San Diego Airport, kale, lettuce, Swiss chard, don’t miss stopping at the rhubarb, tomatoes, pep- new Stone Brewing locapers, citrus, eggplant, tion there! The much anticherbs, and more. We also ipated Stone Hotel will be have a lot of egg-laying taking shape in 2014, with

a hopeful opening in 2015, and then of course we have a ton of other fascinating and amazing projects coming down the road that will continue to show that Stone Brewing Co. is still leading the way in the craft brewing world!



Nichols said. “Believe it or not, you get porpoises a couple of times a year that find themselves stranded h e re … b u t … s o m e t i m e s they come up on shore, they beach themselves.” This will be the first ever porpoise stretcher for the Encinitas Lifeguards. The nonprofit will use $8,000 to begin a recurring Surfing Madonna Oceans Awareness walk, a free guided tour, which is looking to begin sometime next March or April, Nichols said. During the summer they’ll also host a Moonlight Beach movie night free for families. Another $3,000 is going to the YMCA special needs program. And in July they’ll be fully funding a surf school for special needs kids. Nichols said that


been researched. She argued that the long-term effects of using cell phones have not been established either, but the city is not proposing to ban the use of cell phones. “My concern is that less people will know about (e-cigarettes) and more people will die of cancer,” said Dan Daniel. He is a part owner of Mix Vapes on Carlsbad Village Drive. He added that his store helps the local economy as well because it attracts customers who would not otherwise come to downtown Carlsbad. “Now we have a product that does the same thing (as cigarettes), but without carcinogens and the stuff that’ll kill you. It’s odd that people wouldn’t be behind it,” said Ben Farrell, another Mix Vapes




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for Thanksgiving. “It just makes you feel so good to know that people will come together to do this,” Joanne said. “Every year we looked forward to see what the neighbors would do.” The pair kept checking on the tree from their kitchen window together, even through the recent decade when Emery’s dementia gradually advanced. Joanne and Emery met when their best friends set them up on a blind date back where they grew up near Boston. “We couldn’t stand each other at first,” Joanne recalled. The two went to a hockey game, a sport that neither of them knew anything about. She remembers that he wanted to get home early so he could be at work on time the next day. “I told my mother that he would make someone a wonderful husband, but he bored me to death,” she said. But they gave it another go with a second date, and suddenly they clicked. Emery became her wonderful husband when the couple married eight months later in 1956. Inspired by their first date, Joanne and Emery remained true to the Boston Bruins throughout their 56 years of marriage. They traveled the world together and had one daughter. Joanne said that for their family, “Christmas was always very big, even during the years when we didn’t have much.” She always loved looking



rics. Otherwise, they would face fines or eventually even the loss of their license. At the meeting, the public also weighed in on how enforcement should play out and which bars should be covered under a deemed-approved program. John DeWald asked if the program would allow residents who don’t like a particular bar to level false complaints. “How do we make sure this isn’t a witchhunt or vendetta against a specific bar?” DeWald asked. City Planning Director Jeff Murphy said that once a complaint is filed, a Sheriff’s deputy or city code enforcement officer would investigate the matter. There would have to be clear evidence that beer bottles, for example, were left near a business to consider the complaint. “If it was somewhere down the street, there’s no way of knowing or pinpointing that a beer bottle belonged to this particular bar,” Murphy said. “In that case, it’s unlikely we would move forward with any citation.” If the City Council and public are in support, Encinitas could also have

Joanne Smith re-hangs a strand of beads that had fallen from her neighborhood Christmas tree. Photo by Rachel Stine

at the house lights and mangers displayed in nearby yards. Emery loved their grand Christmas dinners, especially Joanne’s “Politician’s Dessert,” a chocolate pudding and cool whip concoction given its name “because it’s so rich.” In Encinitas, the park tree became part of the Smiths’ holiday traditions. They always brought their grandchildren over to admire the work. Joanne remembers going out with her husband last year to admire the tree for the last time together. She and a caregiver brought her husband out in a wheelchair to the dazzling tree. They marveled at every glimmering piece of tinsel, the oddly cut snowflakes hand-made by local kids, and the wreaths that had been hung on the tree with care. Emery was hardly talking then, but Joanne remembers him smiling. “You could tell he was

enjoying it,” she said. Emery passed on Feb. 2. Today the tree is over a dozen feet tall, but Joanne still calls it “the little tree.” Just when Joanne started to think the neighbors had forgotten, over the past weekend some people came by to adorn the tree. Thanks to them, every piney branch sparkles with red and green orbs, strands of beads, and fuzzy stockings. “It’s like someone threw up or vomited Christmas decorations all over it,” Joanne said with a laugh. On Wednesday morning, she walked around the tree, admiring each and every holiday piece and pointing out the ones she has hung over the years. She was sure to leave ornament hangers for anyone who wanted to hang more. “It really lifted my spirits since this is my first Christmas alone,” she said. “The tree is absolutely glorious. It’s the most beautiful it’s ever been.”

the Sheriff’s Department visit bars on a proactive basis to enforce the ordinance, Murphy noted. By a show of hands, most residents at the meeting agreed that bars should receive a warning for a first offense, rather than jumping straight to an administrative hearing. But if an establishment doesn’t comply, a citation and then eventually an administrative hearing should follow, they said. Cities like San Luis Obispo turned to a deemedapproved program in recent years to place tighter controls on bars. A complaint hasn’t escalated to the hearing process in that city yet, according to city officials. Encinitas could apply the ordinance to all of the city’s 111 alcohol-serving establishments, the 34 establishments that serve alcohol after 10 p.m. or the 48 businesses that were grandfathered in before current regulations were put on the books, city staff members said at the meeting. Resident Tim Cavalli said the ordinance should include bars and restaurants that offer alcohol from 10 p.m. on, because those are the ones causing the issues. About 50 percent of the people at the meeting sup-

ported that view, while the other half said the program should cover all of the bars and restaurants with alcohol. City staff members will note the public’s recommendations when the ordinance goes before the City Council. Residents also wondered if an ordinance would stop “morphing,” when a restaurant offering alcohol transforms into a late-night bar. Murphy said the ordinance doesn’t prevent extending an establishment’s hours if its liquor license states it can stay open until 2 a.m. “Neither the city nor ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Control) has the ability to change the conditions of those permits,” Murphy said. But the business would still be subject to the standards of a deemedapproved ordinance, he added. This summer, the City Council voted to make liquor license applicants complete a plan with information about noise mitigation and occupancy limits. Failure to comply with terms in the plan could result in fines. A moratorium — a freeze on new liquor licenses — was also floated, but never passed.


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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2013 Work gradually toward your goals in the year ahead. Focus on the details and quality that will set you apart from the competition. Let professional relationships evolve organically, and you will pick up useful information. Avoid making personal changes for the near future. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Don’t slack where your personal and domestic responsibilities are concerned. Lend a hand to the young or elderly. Remain near to home and avoid risky activities. Protect your assets and your privacy. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Honoring a promise you made will affect how you begin the New Year.To achieve your greatest dreams, you will need to make drastic changes. Listen carefully to advice given to you by close friends or family. Love will prevail. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Move forward with caution. The way others treat you will be a direct result of what you say. Don’t expect sympathy. Emotions will escalate, leaving you in an awkward situation. Honesty is required. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Seek practical advice from someone with experience. You must make changes, but first you must come to understand what is best for you. Don’t procrastinate. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Make excit-

ing plans if you don’t want to be left behind. Suggest traveling or doing something new. Make your thoughts manifest. You may be surprised by a connection with a co-worker. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — With a little hard work, you can implement your ideas. A partnership is likely to develop into something special. If you communicate openly, you will discover much common ground. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Don’t cave under pressure. Avoid being cornered. Trust that you know how and when to use your expertise to get what you want. Rather than making changes, work with what you’ve got. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Shopping or traveling will provide you with the most fun today. Major happenings are in store from someone who is interested in you. Love is highlighted. An aesthetic change will work out well. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Charitable work or being active in your community will lead to a new service or outlet for your talents. Don’t allow skepticism to thwart your efforts. Be strong and compassionate. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Take initiative and enjoy the limelight. Make an audacious move and prepare to be noticed. A change in the way you operate will foster exciting new connections and plans. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Try out a hobby or art form that is new to you, and you’ll discover an exciting way to incorporate it into your work and personal lives. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Invite friends to your home for some muchneeded social time. Entertaining will increase your popularity and give you a chance to show off in front of a person of interest. Love and romance are indicated.


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Here’s to a peaceful 2014 JOE MORIS Baby Boomer Peace Today is a special day. Not so much for anyone else but for my family it is. My daughter is marrying her sweetheart today. They could have waited and had their relationship solidified with God and self tomorrow, Dec. 28, but had they waited it would have just been a date on the calendar. It’s hard to believe that 72 years ago our parents were forced into World War II. My mom and dad had been dating just three months when Japanese bombers strafed Honolulu and ushered us into a world war. Two Saturdays later, sweethearts around the country ran to their local churches and recorders offices and laid down their nuptials not knowing how long they would eventually live their lives together. Not only did my parents get married on Dec. 27, 1941, but so too did my daughter’s grandparents on her mother’s side. That date may become a tradition in the Moris, soon to be Bolanowski, family. I know my daughter and Jeff won’t need it, but with all the divorces that have taken place within the baby boomer generation, there is hope that my daughter’s generation will find it in their hearts to overcome life’s hassles and learn to live through them and learn to stay together, much as our parent’s generation did. Heaven took my dad way too soon at the age of 71, but at least my parents worked through their adversities despite only knowing each other for three months, and stayed married to the

end, 48 years. Christmas has just passed and now we await the glee of throwing out the old and bringing in the new. 2014 is now upon us. It seems like yesterday that we were fretting over the calamity called Y2K. Remember that? We were all worried about moving from 1999 to the year 2000. That was 14 years ago. What happened to all the “ought” years? It’s all a blur now. The years just seem to blend together now. Remember when it seemed like it took eternity to get through high school? Those four years seem to be indelibly plastered into our psyches for some reason. It was a time of innocence growing into adulthood. In our generation, 18 was the age baby boomers left the nest and struck out on their own. Now it seems to be age 26. After all, that is what our government believes is the age where we move from being children to adulthood, a time when one, by law, is mandated to buy their own health insurance. My how times have changed. If I had told my dad so many years ago that I would be sucking off his wages until the age of 26 he would have said, “You wanna bet?” I would have received a swift size 10 and a half up the backside. Oh, how our country has changed. But we forge into a new year with renewed hope and at the same time we can glance back on everything we should be grateful for. God gave us this life to do something with, and there is never a better time than on the anniversary of another year passing to look to our left and to our right, behind us and right in front of us and say, “This year I will make a difference.”

Maybe it is this New Year that will take me out of my comfort zone and learn to help others in need. For not all have the good fortune to live in one of the greatest places on earth. We are all so fortunate to have traversed another year and yet still live in a most idyllic part of our earth. Imagine having to wake up to 30 below zero temperatures where just defogging the windshield and moving snow off the driveway is a feat in itself. We could have been born as Bushmen in the outback of Africa or the deltas of China. But we weren’t. We have been blessed. We have much to be grateful for and when it comes time to reflect on our lives, despite the hassles, we can categorically say that we are lucky. My daughter Marisa and her new husband Jeff are lucky. They found each other, weathered the initial years of courting each other and are now ready to become “one” and bring new grandchildren into their parents’ lives. I wish them both the greatest of success in their marriage and pray that their children will be born into a world of freedom that their great grandparents fought and died for. We are still the greatest country in history and it will be up to our grandchildren to make sure it stays that way. I wish all of you a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah. And, may we all be blessed with a most happy and prosperous new year. May peace be with you throughout 2014.

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




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