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JAN. 24, 2014

A matter of ‘trying to keep people safe’ CHP is increasing watch over motorist, cyclist infractions By Tony Cagala

RANCHO SANTA FE — Not until this September does the newly signed into law Three Feet For Safety Act, which is aimed at helping motorists and bicyclists to better coexist on the roadways, take effect. But even then, around the narrow roads of Rancho Santa Fe, a motorist trying to pass a cyclist, entering into the opposite lane to do so might not be a reasonable option, said CHP Officer Jim Bettencourt. On any given weekend, cyclists that are drawn to the diverse terrain, line the shaded and winding road ways that dissect Rancho Santa Fe. Oftentimes, Rancho Santa Fe plays just a portion of a cyclist’s ride that can extend some 100 miles before heading out to the coastal communities of Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas or further inland towards Del Dios and Escondido. But Matt Wellhouser, chief of the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol, has said that cycling in the area has become a growing concern over the last few years for residents.

Cal Fire firefighters battle a fire in Valley Center in November 2013. Photo by Anthony Carrasco, courtesy of Cal Fire

Bicyclists pedal down Paseo Delicias in Rancho Santa Fe where a portion of the street has no bike lane. The cyclists have caught residents’ attentions, and the Rancho Santa Fe Association has asked that California Highway Patrol enforce bicycle laws more. Photo by Tony Cagala

“The complaints we have received are regarding large groups of bicycle riders riding more than single file, two, three, four abreast or more. And then not stopping for stop signs,” Wellhouser said. “One of the problems,” he said, “is the road width out here changes depending on the street. Streets like Paseo Delicias have a wider roadway and also a bike lane,

whereas streets like Las Colinas or Lago Lindo have narrower lane width and no bike lane.” The bike lanes here are deteriorated, said “Cowboy” Steve Morris, a cyclist and Encinitas-based real estate agent. “They go from six-inches to a foot, down to nothing — down to the width of the paint, with potholes and cracks and seams,” he said.

“They’re not in good shape. You take some risks to be here.” On a recent Sunday, he and a group of three other cyclists took a break from their ride, stopping for coffee and conversation at Café Positano in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe along Paseo Delicias. TURN TO CYCLISTS ON A14

2 honored for combined service of 45 years By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Two Del Mar Fairgrounds employees were recognized at the Jan. 14 meeting for their combined service of nearly half a century. Becky Bartling, who currently serves as deputy secretary-manager, was hired Jan. 1, 1994, as the first full-time box office manager. Her initial task was automating the 22nd District Agricultural Association’s antiquated ticket system. “At that time we just had hard tickets,” fairgrounds General Manager Tim Fennell said. A few years later the 22nd DAA, which oversees the fairgrounds, created a haunted house now know as The Scream Zone. Fennell said Bartling was instrumen-

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tal in helping to get the event off the ground 16 years ago, which may be why she is nicknamed “The Queen of Scream.” Event coordinator was added to Bartling’s title in 2000. Three years later she was promoted to her current position with responsibilities that include overseeing interim event activities. Four departments and the Del Mar Horse Park equestrian facility report directly to Bartling. She is also responsible for administering the district’s master plan, supervising the senior environmental planner and booking all grandstand acts during the San Diego County Fair. Deputy General Manager Becky Bartling is honored for 20 years of serv“Becky is one of the most ice to the Del Mar Fairgrounds by General Manager Tim Fennell, left, and the 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors, includ- positive, effervescent people you will ever meet,” Fennell ing President Fred Schenk, right. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek said. “I personally feel very fortunate to have Becky as my COO and business partner. HOW TO “She is everything I’m REACH US not — smart, articulate, vertically challenged and is willing (760) 436-9737 to learn more about sewers, Arts & Entertainment . A10 wastewater runoff and Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . B13 Calendar: reclaimed water than I’ll ever calendar@coastnewsgroup.com Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B12 want to know,” he added. Community News: “Much of the success of the Food & Wine . . . . . . . . . B8 community@coastnewsgroup.com Del Mar Fairgrounds over the Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A4 last 20 years can be attributed Letters to the Editor:

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Cal Fire bolsters staff to handle fire danger from area drought By Rachel Stine

REGION — The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) is maintaining a greater number of on duty firefighters statewide, including in San Diego County, to handle the unusually high fire danger accompanying the state’s drought conditions this winter. The state has experienced record low rainfall over the past year and weather forecasts reveal continuing dry weather. Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed an emergency drought declaration. Recently, San Diego County has sustained Santa Ana winds, prompting red flag warnings, and low humidity rather than burgeoning rainfall. Normally during this time of year, fire risks reduce with the rain. But current weather conditions have extended “fire season” indefinitely as vegetation becomes drier and more susceptible to catching fire. Cal Fire has already responded to 154 wildfires, which burned 598 acres, from Jan. 1 through Jan. 11. On average during this time of year, Cal Fire responds to 26 fires. Last year during this same time, Cal Fire did not respond to any fires. And there is no sign of letting up. “Fire danger is going to remain much higher than normal for this time of year,” said Cal Fire spokesperson Daniel Berlant. “We’re experienc-

ing conditions that we would normally see in August.” Cal Fire normally maintains seasonal firefighters for nine months during each year through the spring, summer and fall when fire incidents are more frequent. Typically, Cal Fire releases its seasonal personnel in Southern California by late December, he explained. Yet the extended fire season has caused Cal Fire to retain its seasonal staff for the foreseeable future. Cal Fire in San Diego County maintains 301 permanent firefighters year round, according to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler. It is currently retaining its 91 seasonal firefighters beyond their normal nine-month employment to handle the greater fire incidents. San Diego Cal Fire is also utilizing extra shifts from the 253 inmate firefighters serving time in local conservation camps. Brown’s drought declaration has enabled Cal Fire to use state emergency funds to pay for the additional firefighting staff, said Berlant. But those limited resources are in danger of running out before the fiscal year is over. Cal Fire originally had access to $172 million in emergency funds at the start of the fiscal year on July 1, 2013. Those funds have been used since then to support enhanced fire protection and only $20 TURN TO FIRE ON A14



JAN. 24, 2014

Migrating birds starting to reach warmer temps By Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — It isn’t necessarily the spotting of a rare bird migrating to the area that captures the attentions and excitement of Doug Gibson, the executive director and principal scientist with the San Elijo Nature Center. It’s more about the healthy populations of the common bird species that land at the lagoons, and especially at the San Elijo Lagoon that gets him. “We’ve had over 300 species of birds sighted in the lagoon, and that represents about 45 percent of all bird species known in the U.S.,” Gibson said. As the temperatures have dropped up north with the onset of winter, birds have begun their annual migration treks. Gibson and members of the nature center have already started to see the birds starting to arrive.

The California Least Tern has foraged in the lagoon, but for the past 12 years they haven’t been spotted nesting there. Photos by Chris Mayne

It’s a good thing, too, as the center readies to host their Wings over Wetlands bird spotting event Jan. 25 and Jan. 26. For the birds that have already arrived in the area, they’ve been greeted with temperatures almost 15

degrees above the average highs. But Gibson doesn’t think that the warmer weather has accelerated birds’ migrations. “Migration happens from species that are moving out of colder weather… down,” Gibson said. “Once they’re here, they’re either passerthroughs, meaning they’ve stopped at their McDonald’s, which is our lagoons (and) get something to eat on the way down to where their breeding grounds are or they’re down here, this is where they come – and the weather is why we’re here.” Though Gibson said studies from the Audubon Society have shown that a lot of migratory birds are stopping short — meaning that because of climate change and temperatures, species aren’t completing existing routes, essentially stopping short of routes by hundreds of miles, sometimes more. For the birds flying down, the lagoon systems represent the last refuges for estuarine species and the Pacific Flyway species that are on their way to further nesting areas. “It’s critical as a food supply for those species,” Gibson said.

“The more we’ve pinched the lagoon systems, the more we see less and less birds. And development has had an impact because there’s just less occupied area.” The center does do monthly bird monitoring so that after several years of collecting data, and for more than 30 years, they’ve been collecting data sets. Some of that data has shown an increase and decrease in bird populations as work has been done towards maintaining the inlet. “When we started opening the inlet, and keeping it open and transitioning the system back to a healthy estuary system, we saw a drop in water fowl, and somewhat of an increase in shorebird populations,” Gibson said. That was to be expected, he added, because there was less standing water and more exposed mud flat habitat. But the diversity of the bird species today still remains what they’ve had all along. “It’s always a great time to come out and see the lagoon and having our event is a great way to become a little bit more knowledgeable on the species that are migrating

More than 300 species of birds have been spotted at the San Elijo Lagoon. That accounts for about 45 percent of all bird species known in the U.S. Above: A California Brown Pelican. Below: A Stilt.

good at hunting them, they here,” Gibson said. Many of the bird species haven’t nested in the area for that migrate to the area can the past 12 years. be seen, along with information about the birds, on the center’s website at What: Wings Over Wetlands sanelijo.org/animal-guide. When: Jan.25 & Jan.26; 1 to 4 p.m. What they’d really like to see is the California Least Where: San Elijo Lagoon Tern nesting in the lagoon. Nature Center, 2710 Avenue, They’ve seen the small birds Manchester Cardiff-by-the-Sea. foraging at the lagoon, but because of predators and rac- Free Admission & Parking coons becoming especially

Sierra Club sues Coastal Commission

City gives official OK to letter urging clean energy By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Like the adjacent cities to its north and south, Solana Beach agreed to send a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission urging the state agency to consider clean energy resources rather than new fossilfuel-based power plants to replace power previously generated from San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. “The clean energy industry is growing rapidly in our region and is providing stable, long-term, high paying jobs for our residents,� the letter states. “Spending billions of dollars on new natural gas plants would create a negative impact on our economic prosperity by burdening ratepayers with the cost of new expensive energy which we don’t need and at a time when our constituents are also faced with the prospect of paying for the decommissioning costs of San Onofre,� it continues. The letter also states building new fossil fuel plants is contrary to the city’s climate action plan because the facilities would increase greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. SONGS has not been generating power since January 2012, when it was shut down because of a small radiation leak that resulted from premature wear on tubes in its steam generators. Efforts to restart the plant were unsuccessful and it was permanently retired this past June. The letter notes that during the past two years without SONGS there have been no significant challenges to local power supplies. According to San Diego Gas & Electric, a minority owner of SONGS, conservation, clean energy and natural gas are being used to make up lost power from the nuclear plant. Officials say renewable resources such as solar and wind are not enough. One speaker at the Jan. 8 City Council meeting disagrees.

Suit challenges approval of permit over vacant lot

“You hear a lot of people say that solar can’t do the job, but that’s wrong,â€? Roger Davenport said. “For the last five years we’ve been living in a house that’s completely powered by solar energy. We are powered by what falls on our garage roof. “Hopefully we can get more solar instead of more nukes or gas ‌ plants,â€? he added. The letter is being sent as the CPUC is considering approval of the Pio Pico Energy Center in Otay Mesa, which it rejected about a year ago. SDG&E reapplied to build the plant in June after SONGS, which provided about 19 percent of the region’s energy, was shuttered. “We are all together here faced with a monumental decision that’s going to affect the people here in Solana Beach and our whole region for decades,â€? said Pete Hasapopoulos, a representative from the Sierra Club, which requested the letter from Solana Beach. “The notion that we need more gas plants to take care of life after San Onofre, that’s ‌ not temporary,â€? he said. “We’re talking about an investment in dirty energy for decades. So this is not a small matter. We’re beyond the days of talking about, ‘Hey, someday we’re going to have all this green energy. And we’re going to have a green economy. We’re already here. “San Onofre has been down nearly two years and we have not had related blackouts because of that,â€? Hasapopoulos added. “The notion that the lights are not going to stay on simply is not true.â€? “This is really important,â€? Councilwoman Lesa Heebner said. “What they’re proposing is peaker plants. Those are plants that are used in extreme cases when usually it’s because we’ve got hot weather. What’s at the peak? Our sunshine, so I think that we’d be able to replace it with that.â€? Encinitas and Del Mar approved sending similar letters to the CPUC in December.

By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — The Sierra Club San Diego filed a lawsuit on Jan. 8 against the California Coastal Commission, challenging the agency’s Nov. 13 approval of a permit that allows the 22nd District Agricultural Association to continue using a vacant lot east of the Del Mar Fairgrounds for year-round parking and other activities. The permit is one of several needed by the 22nd DAA, which oversees the fairgrounds, to move forward with consent orders that resulted from a settlement reached in March 2012 to resolve and mitigate past unpermitted development and activities at the state-owned facility. The 22nd DAA used vacant lots to the south and east for parking during the fair and horse races before establishment of the Coastal Act in 1976 so the commission hasn’t challenged those uses during those events. It was additional uses

By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — The 2014 summer horse races at the Del Mar Fairgrounds will remain “Cool as Ever,� as the famous slogan promises. But the iconic blue and gold diamonds have been scratched from the lineup as the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club readies for the 15-day fall meet this November. “We can’t use the summer advertising,� DMTC president Joe Harper said. “It’s an entirely different meet. We have to rebrand it. “It’s important to get off on a good foot,� he added. “The blue and gold just won’t work in November.� The theme for the fall meet, which runs Nov. 7, 8 and 9 and Thursdays through Sundays for the remainder of the month, is “Old Hollywood.� Harper said he has been working with

east overflow lot — less than 5 acres — should be restored because a recent study indicates there are more wetlands there. Coastal Commission staff recommended using the lower third of the east lot for a maximum of 10 years for parking only during the San Diego County Fair and summer and fall

It’s safe to say that if the Coastal Commission approved the staff recommendation we would not have filed the lawsuit.� David Grubb Sierra Club Representative

result, officials sought to continue using the parcel east of Jimmy Durante Boulevard for year-round temporary events such as a pumpkin patch, Christmas tree sales and parking, as well as additional future temporary events. County Supervisor Dave Roberts and representatives from several environmental groups and the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority said the southern third of the

horse races. The staff recommendation also required that a conservation easement be immediately be placed on that same section of the east lot. But commissioners voted 7-3 against the recommendation and granted the fairgrounds a 10-year permit to use the east lot year-round for parking and other events with a requirement that two traffic studies be done in that time —

one of which fairgrounds officials plan to begin immediately. “The Sierra Club California has long fought to protect our San Diego wetlands, which are a unique natural resource,� Sierra Club representative David Grubb wrote in a press release. “We were deeply troubled when the Coastal Commission itself violated the Coastal Act by authorizing the uses sought by the Agricultural District. Sacrificing our already limited wetlands is not the solution, especially when there are alternatives.� Grubb said the Sierra Club isn’t opposed to all conditions of the permit. “But we can’t pick and choose and slice and dice,� he said. “We have to object to the entire decision.� He said the organization supports the JPA’s suggested compromise, which was reflected in the staff recommendation. “It’s safe to say that if the Coastal Commission approved the staff recommendation we would not have filed the lawsuit,� Grubb said. He also said the Sierra Club has no current plans to sue the 22nd DAA. “They didn’t make the bad decision,� he said.

Hollywood — the city, not the recently closed racing venue — to put together an event to “capitalize on the motion picture industry.� He said he is talking with “horse owners with a great deal of influence in Tinsel Town� in an effort to re-create the early days of the race track’s founding members, actors Bing Crosby and Pat O’Brien. Harper provided the update at the Jan. 14 meeting of the 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors while presenting the DMTC budget for approval. According to the document, revenues for the fall meet are estimated to be $8.3 million, with the district receiving an additional $400,000, not including profits from food and beverage sales. Expenses are expected to be approximately $7.85 million, with about $1.77

million earmarked for the rebranding campaign. With the closure of Hollywood Park, Del Mar and Santa Anita are the only two major thoroughbred venues in Southern California, although Los Alamitos Race Course in Orange County is renovating its track to accommodate thoroughbreds. As part of the approval process from the California Horse Racing Board for the fall dates, Del Mar, Santa Anita and Los Alamitos are required to contribute to a fund that will address stabling and off-site training facility needs in Southern California due to the loss of such facilities at Hollywood Park. The industry needs to accommodate about 3,400 horses, Harper said. The fund will provide for future stabling and training of thoroughbred race horses, which is critical

to the ongoing success of the industry in Southern California, according to the budget report. DMTC’s contribution to the fund for 2014 is estimated to be $1 million, although that expense is not fixed. Harper also reported the widening of the turf track is on schedule and within budget. Officials are also considering options for the synthetic Polytrack, which has reached its expected 7-year life of usefulness. Harper said rocks are coming through because of wear. Santa Anita converted back to dirt and with Hollywood Park closed, there are no other venues with a synthetic course. Del Mar could be making a change, he said, because the plan was to provide consistency for the horses when racing in Southern California.

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JAN. 24, 2014



Best budget idea? Let sick, elderly convicts go CALIFORNIA FOCUS BY THOMAS D. ELIAS Sometimes it can take more than a decade for a completely sensible idea to catch on. So it is with what may be the single best money-saving idea in the inventive preliminary budget proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown in early January. That idea, part of a Brown plan to appease a panel of federal judges, calls for the possible parole of several thousand convicts who are sick or mentally impaired, plus a new parole program for elderly prisoners. This is spurred by the judges’ demand for even more releases of state prison inmates than the 22,000-plus already returned to their counties. But it’s an idea first proposed to this column in 2002 by reader Ray Procunier, then a Grass Valley resident. Procunier, who died two years ago at age 86, was director of corrections in California under Gov. Ronald Reagan and during part of Brown’s first term in the 1970s. He also headed the prison systems of Texas and Utah. “When Reagan was governor, we cut the prison population

by one-third and there was no increase in crime, not even a blip,” he said 11 years ago, responding to a column. “I guarantee I could cut down today’s prison population by 100,000 or more and not hurt a soul in the process.” Among his chief suggestions was the wholesale parole of prisoners over age 55, regardless of the Three-Strikes-and-You’re-Out law or their specific sentences. He would have kept murderers, rapists and other serious sex offenders behind bars unless they had serious chronic illnesses. These tactics alone, Procunier said, would cut prison costs by more than $4 billion — equivalent to at least $5 billion in today’s dollars. Now that Brown has made almost exactly the same idea a central point of his plan to comply with the court ruling on prison crowding, one big question is why it took so long for this idea to percolate to the surface. The most likely answer is inertia, along with a fear component, as no politician ever wants to appear soft on crime. That proclivity also helped produce Three-Strikes and to increase the state’s prison population from about 25,000 in 1980

to 170,000-plus in 2008. It took the court order to cut that down a bit. So far, as Procunier predicted, there has been no significant statewide crime increase as a result of the early paroles. Releasing the sick and elderly would likely have a similar negligible impact. That’s because national criminal statistics show most violent crimes are committed by persons in their teens, 20s and 30s, and very few by persons aged 55 or over. At the same time, the cost of maintaining hospitalized inmates ranges between $68,000 and $125,000 per year, depending on where they are treated. That’s significantly more than the average annual cost of about $47,000 for the typical healthy convict. So far, 15 other states acting on this kind of information have begun expediting release of elderly prisoners, who can use pensions, savings, Social Security, welfare or the resources of relatives to cover expenses outside custody. Most ill inmates released early can be covered almost immediately by Medi-Cal under TURN TO ELIAS ON A14

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he San Diegui t o Union High School District (SDUHSD) serves students in grades 7-12 from the communities of South Carlsbad, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Cardiff, Solana Beach, Del Mar. Families from all over the world are attracted to SDUHSD for its stellar reputation built upon years of educational excellence and high-achievement. Our mission is to develop a community of lifelong learners, creative thinkers, and responsible individuals, by providing innovative, and quality educational programs in a safe, supportive environment. When it comes to providing students with a well-rounded experience encompassing academics, athletics and extra-curricular opportunities, SDUHSD is second to none with our graduates prepared to pursue higher education at top universities and to pursue fulfilling careers. One of the unique features of SDUHSD is our High School Selection program. Through this process, families

three options: 1) Attend their boundary school; 2) Apply for an intra-district transfer to attend the other boundary school (either TPHS or LCCHS) — admittance to a boundary school via intra-district transfer is guaranteed unless the school is already at or over capacity; 3) Apply to attend one of the academy schools. Each year all 8th grade students, students new to the district and students wishing to change high schools must declare which of the four high schools they would like to attend through the High School Selection Process. Students may select only one school for attendance. Students currently attending the high school of their choice do not need to make a new selection unless they wish to change schools for the following year. Historically, more students have applied to Canyon Crest Academy and San Dieguito Academy than there are available spaces. When this occurs, a lottery is conducted to determine, in an equitable manner, who is admitted. The lottery is random and students may not earn priority status for any reason other than having a sibling who already attends and will continue to attend Canyon Crest Academy or San Dieguito Academy. If a student applies to attend one of the Academies and is not

If a student does not declare which high school they want to attend during this selection window, they will automatically be enrolled at their “boundary school.” in the San Dieguito Union High School District can choose to send their children to any of our four excellent high schools — Canyon Crest Academy (CCA), La Costa Canyon High School (LCCHS), San Dieguito Academy (SDA), or Torrey Pines High School (TPHS). Each of our schools offers a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum, but differ in unique and distinct ways. We believe that offering students a choice of unique schools helps families find a school that best meets the unique needs of each individual student. All students in the district live in the attendance area for either Torrey Pines HS or La Costa Canyon HS and based upon this are guaranteed attendance at their “boundary school.” Canyon Crest Academy and San Dieguito Academy do not have attendance boundaries and are open on an equal basis to any student residing within our district, regardless of where within the district the student resides. In the High School Selection Process students and families have

admitted due to lack of space, that student is automatically enrolled in their “boundary school” of residence (TPHS or LCCHS). For the 2014-15 school year, students will make their selections online beginning at 8 a.m. Feb. 3 through March 3, at 4 p.m. If a student does not declare which high school they want to attend during this selection window, they will automatically be enrolled at their “boundary school” (TPHS or LCCHS). If applications exceed available space at one or both of the Academies, a lottery will be held March 18, and families will be notified of the results by March 25. In order to assist students and families in making a thoughtful and informed choice of high schools, each of our high schools provides information to prospective students online and through campus tours and information nights. For more information about the each of our high schools, the High School Selection Process, and SDUHSD go to the district’s website at sduhsd.net.

Pacific View property going to auction By Jared Whitlock

The Encinitas Union School District declined a $4.3 million offer from the city to buy Pacific View. Instead, the district will auction the site, a process that will start with sealed bids. Photo by Jared Whitlock

voted to auction the site off, ending negotiations with the city. “We made an offer with the best intent in mind for the community and it’s unfortunate it wasn’t reciprocated by the district,” Councilwoman Kristin Gaspar said during the special council meeting. The auction will likely start with a 60-day period in which groups, including the city, could submit sealed bids, according to Baird. After that time, the district will open the bids and hold a live auction. The EUSD board of trustees will determine parameters for bidders in open session at its Jan. 21 meeting. The board will set a minimum asking amount, which could differ depending on if groups plan on buying the property with cash or a long-term finance proposal. Also, Baird said bids could either reflect the property’s current public/semi-public zoning or residential zoning. The district believes the property could be rezoned to accommodate

Escondido Council OK’s charter for ballot By Rachel Stine

ESCONDIDO — Despite debate over how the charter would be written and what would be included, the City Council directed staff to place a revised city charter proposal on the upcoming November ballot. Charter cities, as opposed to general law cities, gain local authority over municipal affairs, including the city’s organizations, elected offices, fees and zoning.The state only retains powers expressly granted by the state or federal constitution. Charter agreements have the option of addressing a wide range of matters including elections, administrative power, finance, and retirement pertaining to city employees. “I want the independence from the state,” said Mayor Sam Abed at Wednesday’s city council meeting. All of Council spoke in favor of considering a city charter for an upcoming election. Vista, Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Marcos, and

Del Mar have elected to become charter cities, leaving Escondido as one of the few remaining general law cities in North County. Escondido City Council previously proposed a charter in the 2012 election, which was turned down by voters. Two main aspects of the previous charter included dividing the city into voting districts and exempting contractors from paying prevailing wages on city projects.Yet, voting districts were instituted because of a court ruling late last year.And the newly-passed Senate Bill 7 denies state construction funding from cities with charter provisions exempting them from prevailing wage requirements. With those two matters off the table, Council suggested term limits for its members and adjusting the role of the city treasurer for consideration on the charter. During the meeting, several residents spoke in support TURN TO CHARTER ON A14

housing, making it even more valuable. With Proposition A passing this summer, some residents have argued a rezone request would have to go to a public vote. Baird said district attorneys believe a rezone request couldn’t be denied; the state’s education code overrules Proposition A, a local ordinance. He added that the education code guarantees school districts the right to develop unused property based on the zoning of the adjacent area. In the case of Pacific View, that’s R-15 residential zoning, he said. “We think the code is pretty clear,” Baird said. At its special meeting on Jan. 15, the City Council asked for a report back Jan. 22 with an opinion from the city attorney on whether the property could indeed be rezoned for residential housing. The council also voted to make documents from the negotiations public, and it will discuss next steps in light of the auction announcement. Various groups

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ENCINITAS — After rejecting a $4.3 million offer from the city to purchase Pacific View, EUSD (Encinitas Union School District) instead plans to auction the site. Negotiations over Pacific View — a property the city wants to buy and convert into a community arts center — began in closed session this past September. “As with any sale, there is an asking price and there’s an offer price,” EUSD Superintendent Tim Baird said. “And if those two don’t meet, the sale doesn’t work. We felt that the offer the city made was lower than the value of the land.” Baird added that $4.3 million just isn’t enough given that the district was offered $7.5 million from the nonprofit Art Pulse in 2012. And, since then, the economy has improved and property values have increased. The city submitted its offer in late November. When it didn’t receive a counteroffer, the city sought third-party mediation with the goal of finding a middle ground. EUSD, which stated the property could be worth as much as $13 million, said the two parties were too far apart to go through the process, City Manager Gus Vina said after a special city council meeting regarding Pacific View on Wednesday. “When do you use mediation?” Vina said. “When you’re too far apart and need to bring people to the middle. “I’m saying that’s exactly when you need mediation,” he added. At its Jan. 9 meeting, the EUSD board of trustees



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inquired about buying Pacific View over the last year, according to Baird. Money from the sale of Pacific View could go into capital facility improvements or a one-time injection into the district’s general fund. “The board would have to identify those priorities,” Baird said. “It could go to replenishment of some of our spent reserves; it could go to some of our infrastructure needs — there’s a lot of needs this could go toward on a one-time basis.” The 2.8-acre site, which is on Third Street, between E Street and F Street, closed in 2003 due to declining enrollment. Baird said there still aren’t enough students in that area to support a school. He noted EUSD doesn’t pay property taxes on the site, because the district is a government entity. The city received two varying appraisals of the property based on the current zoning this summer. One came in at $3.29 million, and the second one totaled $7.28 million.

Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club endows MiraCosta RANCHO SANTA FE — “MiraCosta College is close, it’s accessible, and it’s where a lot of our local high school students go,” said LaVerne Schlosser. “We’re very, very pleased with their academics and the service they are providing to the community.” And that is why the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club donated $10,000 to fully fund a horticulture scholarship endowment at MiraCosta College. The gift brings the Garden Club’s endowment to $15,000, enabling the MiraCosta College Foundation to award an annual Rancho Santa Fe Horticulture Scholarship in the amount of $500 in perpetuity. “We’ve had a very good relationship with the school and we’re thrilled with the work that they are doing,” said LaVerne Schlosser, the club’s philanthropy chair. “We wanted to make sure that scholarships would be provided every year in perpetuity.” The Garden Club is a nonprofit group that has given generously to MiraCosta College and other organizations for decades. It gave a $9,500 grant to the MiraCosta College Horticulture Club in 2011 and a $10,000 grant to Solutions for Change to help train returning military veterans interested in learning about aquaponics. The oldest organization in Rancho Santa Fe, the Garden Club was founded in 1926 to enhance gardening and landscaping at the North County hamlet. “Philanthropy is a

large part of what we do,” Schlosser said. In fact, the Garden Club has donated a total of $12,000 to the MiraCosta College Foundation in the past, and that doesn’t include the $9,500 grant to the Horticulture Club. It also makes regular $500 scholarship donations. Nancy Paul was a Garden Club scholarship recipient six years ago. “It was a very, very generous gift and it helped me tremendously,” Paul said. The Encinitas resident graduated from MiraCosta College with an associate in arts degree, with an emphasis in landscape and architectural design. She later went to work for a local landscape architect, though she no longer works there. “MiraCosta has a great horticulture program and I got a lot out of it,” Paul said. The Garden Club president Helen DiZio and board member LaVerne Schlosser presented Linda Fogerson, executive director of the MiraCosta College Foundation, with the $10,000 check during the group’s Jan. 14 organizational meeting. Schlosser said she hoped the Garden Club’s gift will inspire other organizations to give to the MiraCosta College Foundation, the college’s nonprofit arm that administers gifts, grants and scholarships. “We take a great deal of pride in giving to the college,” she said. “It is quite a thrill to see all these young people getting the help they need to secure a quality education.”

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The growth and water conundrum Kirk Effinger Webster’s Dictionary defines a conundrum as “a confusing and difficult problem or question.” In this era of prolonged drought it is an apt word to describe our collective approach to water policy and, on a broader scale, growth. We, or our ancestors, all came to this region in pursuit of a better life. Many may have come because of the better weather, but all stayed because of better opportunity. In the case of water policy, I have long been a proponent of the notion that our water rates should reflect the importance of this life-giving commodity — to give it the respect it is due. Nothing motivates like money, and nothing, in my view, will better ensure effective conservation efforts on the part of everyone than to financially incentivize consumers to consume less. If you doubt the logic of this approach, look no further than toward the purchasing patterns of automobile consumers as gasoline prices continue to inch upward. Yes, government mandates may be forcing manufacturers to build

more fuel-efficient vehicles, but people will only buy them if they see the benefits. The conundrum enters into the equation when you factor the potential impacts of higher water rates, not to mention growth controls, into their effects on our region’s economic health. If we make water unaffordable for industry, we put millions of jobs in jeopardy. At the same time, if we increase residential water rates disproportionate to the rates industry pays, we adversely impact everyone’s cost of living. Currently, nearly every multi-unit residential development — apartments, attached townhomes and condominiums — use group metering to measure water consumption. A start to more enlightened water could be if every one of the dwelling units treated in this manner were fitted with accurate metering devices so the true cost of an individual resident’s water use could be recorded and charged accordingly, rather than buried in the costs that are passed on in rent or homeowner’s association fees. There are those who argue water agencies already charge too much, that and charging higher rates at the same time less water use is being encouraged is just gouging the consumer.

For at least the last 125 years nearly all who have chosen to relocate to San Diego County have done so directly or indirectly as a result of the efforts of land speculators or developers. Those efforts include securing funding and building the vast water projects that bring this invaluable resource to our desert lands. It’s the infrastructure of water delivery that we are truly paying for and, taking away cost of labor, that infrastructure remains an essentially fixed cost. It will take the same equipment, with essentially the same number of people operating it, to deliver our water, regardless of the amount delivered. Reduced usage results in reduced revenue, requiring an offset of higher rates to compensate. I have often encouraged tax and ratepayers to pay more attention to the actions of their respective water boards. I can think of no better time to start than now.

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

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Deal secures cleaner, smaller power plant By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — Facing the inevitability of a new energy plant along its coastline, Carlsbad used its only remaining power — its ability to influence how quickly that plant would be built — to negotiate with NRG for a cleaner, smaller new one. NRG first proposed building a new energy plant, the CECP (Carlsbad Energy Center Project), to replace portions of its existing 59year-old Encina Power Station on Carlsbad Boulevard over seven years ago. The CECP gained approval from the state in 2007. The city adamantly opposed the new plant, citing concerns over the plant’s safety and unappealing appearance for years. But in 2012, the Supreme Court overruled the city’s challenge. Since that time, the power supply in San Diego County has shifted because of the early retirement of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. SDG&E proposed an agreement with NRG to purchase power from the CECP, but on the conditions that the plant would be redesigned and Carlsbad would actively support the new plant. Carlsbad’s support would ensure that the new power plant could be built without city-imposed delay. “While we weren’t 100 percent successful of opposing the plant the first time, it (the litigation) took a lot of time,” explained Assistant City Manager Gary Barberio at Tuesday’s city council meeting. In pursuit of this power purchase deal, NRG has been working with the city

The tallest part of the Encina Power Station, its stack, stands 400 feet tall above the coast. The replacement power plant’s stacks will be 90 feet tall thanks to NRG’s agreement with the city. Photo by Rachel Stine

since December to create an agreement that would secure Carlsbad’s support. The resulting CECP deal settled upon a smaller, safer plant that produces more power and fewer air emissions than the original plant design.The agreement, which was approved by City Council, also requires NRG to tear down the entire Encina Power Station once the new plant is operational. The new design of the CECP is a peaker plant that produces up to 600 megawatts of power located to the east of the Encina Power Station. NRG has agreed to not operate the CECP between midnight and 6 a.m. Unlike the original CECP plant that included 140-foot-tall stacks and

would produce 480 tons of air emissions per year, the redesigned plant includes 90-foot stacks and will produce 149 tons of air emissions per year, according to data provided by NRG. CECP’s smaller configuration will allow greater access for safety crews than the initial design. The new CECP will not use any seawater, in contrast to Encina Power Station, which uses 635 million gallons per day. Its height and air emissions are a small fraction of current power station. The agreement is fortified by legally binding requirements that NRG pay millions of dollars in liquidated damages to the city if TURN TO PLANT ON A14

Mainly Mozart launches new season RANCHO SANTA FE — Mainly Mozart will travel to Rancho Santa Fe Jan. 24. The McDermott Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, 17025 Avenida De Acacias. The program includes Mozart Piano Trio in B flat, K. 502, Zwilich Piano Trio, Brahms and Piano Trio No. 1 in B, Op. 8. Tickets for the Rancho Santa Fe concert are $70 at mainlymozert.org. Anne-Marie McDermott, Spotlight Series Curator for Mainly Mozart, is one of San Diego’s leading producers of chamber music, having produced its Spotlight Chamber Series since 1996. Spotlight, at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club and La Jolla, brings pianists McDermott, and Stephen Prutsman back together in concert, as well as concerts by the Orion String Quartet, the Windscape quintet, and other top chamber musicians. The schedule

includes: — March 1, The Mandelring Quartet, 6 p.m., Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. Tickets $70 — March 2, The Mandelring Quartet 2 p.m., St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Carlsbad. Tickets $25 — March 30, A Mainly Mozart Quintet with Steven Copes, violin; Jeremy KurtzHarris, bass; Yura Lee, viola; Anna Polonsky, piano and Ronald Thomas, cello, 6 p.m. Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. Tickets $70 — March 30, A Mainly Mozart Quintet, 2 p.m., St. Elizabeth Seton Church. Tickets $25 — April 27, pianist John Lill, 6 p.m., Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. Tickets $70 — May 9, Anne-Marie McDermott and Stephen Prutsman, two pianos, 7:30 p.m., Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. Tickets $70 — May 18, Orion String Quartet and Windscape, 6 p.m., Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. Tickets $70

— June 1, Romance of D’Ambrosio String Quintet, 6 p.m., Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. Tickets $70 Mainly Mozart has also expanded its educational outreach programs for youth this past summer 2013 with the creation of The Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra. The MMYO offers new opportunities for the nearly 200 young artists selected through auditions to participate in the year-round music education and performance program. During the 2014 Mainly Mozart Festival, the Youth Orchestra will be featured in two free half-hour Overture concerts preceding Festival concerts June 7 and June 14, and will perform in a special collaborative matinee concert with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, including MMYO Artistic Advisor and Festival and Cleveland Orchestra Concertmaster William Preucil June 8. Visit mainlymozart.org for more details.



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Tommy is a 12.5poun, 12-year-old Tabby blend who was rescued from Superstorm Sandy. He has overcome tremendous adversity and remains a loving boy. He arrived at the HWAC weak and desperately in need of medical attention but is healthy and ready for a home now. He has been neutered and is up-todate on all of his vaccinations. His adoption fee is $106. Helen Woodward Animal Center is located at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. Kennels are open daily Cuts for Caroline, held on Monday at Bristle Salon, raised $10,369 to help a 3-year-old girl fight cancer. From left to right: stylists Sheri Odom, Olivia Flynn, Janet Yamashige, Lonnaye Holland, mother Cheryl Wrathall holds Caroline Wrathall, Bristle Salon co-owner Kristen Rhoades and stylist Susi Brooks. Photo by Jared Whitlock

Haircut fundraiser benefits toddler By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — Normally, Bristle Salon is closed on Mondays — but not this week. Dozens of people lined up for haircuts to aid a 3-year-old girl’s fight with cancer. This past fall, doctors found a mass in Caroline Wrathall’s kidney, and later diagnosed her with stage 4 neuroblastoma, a rare cancer. Tallying online donations and those made at Bristle Salon, the event Cuts for Caroline raised $10,369. Additionally, chopped-off hair went to Wigs for Kids and Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths, which are two nonprofits that create wigs from donated hair

for cancer patients. “It’s amazing and humbling when people you don’t even know want to help you,” said Cheryl Wrathall, Caroline’s mother. So far, Caroline, who loves ballet and art, has been through several rounds of chemotherapy to shrink the tumor. “She’s been strong throughout,” Cheryl said. “When she’s not thinking about it, she still wants to play and go to the park and do all the normal 3-year-old stuff.” Over the next year, Caroline will undergo surgery to remove the tumor, further chemotherapy, a stem cell

transplant, radiation therapy and immunotherapy. Along with the emotional toll of the cancer, there’s also the financial burden. “Fortunately, we do have insurance,” Cheryl said. “But still, every time she goes to the hospital, it’s a bill for whatever specialist sees her, treatment that she gets, overnight stays and whatnot.” The family, including Cheryl’s husband Reza Wrathall, live in Carlsbad. Ann Ross, a family friend, organized the event. Seeing Caroline lose her hair inspired the haircut fundraiser, Ross noted, adding that the event quickly gained trac-

Take part in free water workshop RANCHO SANTA FE — A free workshop will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, 17025 Avenida de Acacias, to explain the benefits of rainwater harvesting and graywater systems and to help area residents find systems that best suit their landscape needs. Rain catchment systems can be an attractive,

environmentally friendly, and cost-saving addition to a water-smart landscape. San Diego County may not receive a great deal of rainfall, but the average annual rainfall of approximately nine inches can yield more than 5,000 gallons of harvested rain water that can be used to irrigate landscapes. Rainwater harvesting also reduces the amount of

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tion on social media websites like Facebook. “When you see Caroline’s face, how do you not want to help?” Ross said. For the event, Bristle Salon’s stylists worked for free and donated their tips to maximize the funds raised. “It was (a) great cause for an amazing little girl,” said Brett Rhoades, co-owner of the salon. To donate to Caroline, visit gofundme.com/caringfor-caroline.

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Documentary on Korean War Renaissance man Billy breaks silence for veterans Stewart leaves lasting legacy By Noah S. Lee

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KAY COLVIN A Brush With Art It’s a sad time for the Encinitas 101 Artists’ Colony. We have lost one of our brightest and best. After a weeklong search by concerned friends, Billy Stewart was found deceased in his van at the Encinitas Library, which he considered his second home. Last Friday evening a tearful group of friends and admirers gathered outside the Library to honor, share memories, and express their love for the incomparable Billy Stewart. He was described as a modern day renaissance man – a brilliant painter, sculptor, craftsman, carpenter, architect, and jack-of-all-trades, a witty, satirical (but never sarcastic) writer of poetry and prose, voracious reader, and avid collector of rare books. However, this barely begins to suggest the individual that Billy Stewart was to those who knew him. Julie Ann Stricklin says, “He had a brain filled with random knowledge mixed with skills and an eclectic array of talents.” Dody Crawford adds, “Billy was a devilishly witty guy… He and his work always made me smile.” Diane Carey writes, “His intelligence combined with his irreverent sense of humor gave us art that was discernible on multiple levels, many times with humor directed back at the work, the art community, society and the artist himself.” Carolyn Cope comments, “I can not look in any direction in any room or yard area where I don't see ‘something’ of Billy. He was a true artist and always added his unique style to all that he created.” Linda Bergen adds,“If you presented him with a problem, Billy would find a solution. While many homes along the coast are filled with ‘Billymades’ including wood sculp-

tures, water fountains, stained glass, kaleidoscopes, mosaicked surfboards, paintings, and birdhouses from LP records, you can’t go far along Coast Highway 101 without encountering his artwork.” Examples of Billy’s mural work can be seen at the Java Hut in Encinitas, embedded in the sidewalk at the corner of Lomas Santa Fe and Highway 101 in Solana Beach, and in the Encinitas Café. Longtime friends Mike Romero and Olivia Wheeler shared the story of Billy’s colorful history. Raised in a small rural town in Texas, Billy’s first job as a young boy was passing the hat in honky-tonks as his father performed with a country western band. He learned to hunt and fish to help provide food for the family. In high school he played football and was a top performer on the debate team. Billy was among the first surfers on the Gulf Coast of Texas, which became his passion. In Billy’s words, “Somehow the surfboard dream seemed possible. Even though it meant I needed to dream up a way to teleport my young self 3000 miles to grasp the reality.... and strangely, decisively, that only took me another couple of years. So dreaming is merely prelude to doing. Close your eyes and do it.” Billy later reminisced in his journal, “When you really find a place you love and fit in, you stick around. I first hit Encinitas the summer of '66 and knew it would be home.” He proceeded to capture the hearts of many friends in our community. Bob Hord remembers Billy as “maybe not the most social guy at the event since he didn’t have much patience for small talk and such, but he was there to help build the stage for the band before it started and he was there to help fold up the chairs when it was over.” Vital to the success of the 101 Artist Colony in its locations at both East E Street and A Street in Encinitas, Danny Salzhandler says, “Billy was there to keep the place going.

We could have not done it without him.” Billy was an independent spirit who took life on his own terms, and liked living off the grid. LouiseMarie Portal observes, “He lived life according to Billy and lived it as a creative soul.” According to Sheila Cameron,“Billy Stewart will be so missed in the fabric of art in Encinitas. I think of him as the Van Gogh of Encinitas and the song ‘Starry, Starry Night’ comes to mind. Although Billy had many patrons and friends, he chose to live a sparse existence. His life was his art and his friends.” Anita Strine adds, “Billy was an example of what makes Encinitas such a unique and wonderful spot in this world. He will be missed, but his presence will live on in his work throughout our community and the stories and memories of his many friends.” In a tribute erected to Billy in the Java Hut in Encinitas, owner Dave Kaplan writes: “Our Encinitas community just lost one of our treasures. Billy was one of my favorite people on the planet.A true original. Feisty, nutty, unpredictable, elusive, brilliant, loving and… the most talented artist I have ever met.” At age 32, Billy wrote a poem that began:

“I cried that night John Lennon died It shook me that he’s left this earth I wondered, when I die will I Leave anything of any worth” Considering the outpouring of love and appreciation for his immeasurable contributions to his friends and to the Encinitas community, Billy Stewart succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. Kay Colvin is director of the L Street Fine Art Gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, serves as an arts commissioner for the City of Encinitas, and specializes in promoting emerging and mid-career artists. Contact her at kaycolvin@lstreetfineart.com.



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The Brothers Wood seem to have found their muse By Alan Sculley

Before brothers Oliver and Chris Wood started their own group the Wood Brothers nine years ago, they each had already pursued long and markedly different musical paths. Chris Wood gained a good degree of fame as bassist in the adventurous jazz-rooted group Medeski Martin & Wood, which released more than a dozen albums since the group debuted in 1992. Oliver Wood, meanwhile, cut his teeth playing guitar in bluesman Tinsley Ellis’ group in the early ‘90s before moving on to co-found the R&B/bluesrooted group, King Johnson, which cranked out five albums over its next decade. By the time the brothers decided in 2004 they wanted to start making music together, each had accumulated a considerable and diverse library of musical influences and knowledge. And that’s a big reason why as the Wood Brothers, Oliver and Chris Wood (now joined by percussionist/keyboardist Jano Rix) have been able to create an uncommonly eclectic range of music within what some might consider a fairly limited style of music, an earthy, largely acoustic sound footed in traditional folk and blues, but filtered through a host of other sounds and styles. Having so many musical references, Oliver Wood said in a mid-January phone interview, has been a real asset for the trio.

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The Wood Brothers, include from left, Jano Rix, Chris Wood and Oliver Wood, will play the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach Jan. 30. Photo by Southern Reel

“Chris is really into African and Latin music, for instance,” he said. “And Jano is really into reggae, and I’ve always been into all different kinds of blues and gospel and obscure stuff. And we’ve all sort of turned each other on to stuff. And there’s so much good stuff. Sometimes it really helps you get out of a box or a rut by just mixing all of these different influences and trying different recipes. “So for instance, the song ‘Losing Streak’ (from the lat-

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ANNIVERSARY ART The Front Porch Gallery commemorates Sargent Art Group’s 10year anniversary from noon - 2 p.m. Jan. 25 through March 16 at the gallery, 2903 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad. Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Fridays, noon - 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information, call (760) 795-6120 or visit frontporchgallery.org. SOLO CONCERT Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist John McCutcheon, performs at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at San Dieguito UMC, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas, sponsored by San Diego Folk Heritage. Tickets: $22 for non-members.

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THEATER FOR ALL Positive ART OF PRINT The San Action Community Theatre (PACT) invites all to be part of its winter eight-week series for teens and adults from Jan. 25 to March 22 with Improvisational Theatre workshops, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. for $175, or Performing Arts workshops, 4 - 5 p.m. for $150 at Dance North County,

est Wood Brothers CD, “The Muse”), it’s cool because, Chris calls it porch dub music,” Oliver Wood said. “He came up with this very dub, reggae-ish kind of bass line. Yet, it’s certainly not a reggae song at all, but just the bass line has an element of that, and then the rest of it is kind of a weirdly tuned piano and tremelo guitar. I don’t know, I feel like it helps us get out of sounding typical or things that to us sound like oh, we’ve already done that or somebody else has already done that.”

Diego Museum of Art, North County Chapter presents woodblock printer Angelika Villagrana and printmaker Raymond Brownfield with a talk and demonstration oh the art and technique of woodcut and hand-pulled prints at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 27 at St. Peter’s Episcopal

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International Guitar Night will feature Pino Forastiere, Mike Dawes, Quique Sinesi and Brian Gore at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Schulman auditorium at the Carlsbad Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad,. Tickets are $20/$25. Call (760) 438-5996 or visit museumofmakingmusic.org for more information.


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“The Muse,” which was produced by Buddy Miller (an accomplished songwriter and musician in his own right) is arguably the most developed example yet of the group’s ability to create a richly varied collection of songs that still sounds like it shares a common foundation and aesthetic. It’s the group’s fourth studio album. “Neon Tombstone” at its core, is a fairly simple sounding folk-rock tune, but the song gets a little New Orleans ju-ju from its boozy horns and melodica. The piano-accented

“Wastin’ My Mind,” meanwhile, sounds like a great, lost song by the Band. Hints of gospel filter through “Sing About It,” a tune with a backporch-jam feel whose lyrics talk about music being a balm for all that ails people. The sunny country-folk of “Keep Me Around” gets a jazzy touch from Chris Wood’s inventive bass line. On “Sweet Maria” and the title song, things get stripped back to acoustic guitar, bowed bass and little more, a move that puts each song’s emotional lyrics front and center.

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“Honey Jar” and “Who The Devil,” on the other hand, find the Wood Brothers rocking things up a bit. The former is a jaunty, harmonica-spiced romp, while the latter tune is a bluesy standout with a rapid fire, highly rhythmic chorus. Having followed the Oct. 1 release of “The Muse” with a tour last fall, the Wood Brothers are now back for a second round of shows and feeling good about how the group has been sounding on stage. “We’re definitely featuring a lot of music from our new record,” Oliver Wood said. “So we’re excited to be playing that music. It’s very fresh for us and we’re still high on that record. So we’re certainly playing stuff from that, but we make it a point to mix in a lot of old stuff from the first three records. “It’s kind of fun because we can mix in old songs, and what’s really fun for us is to sort of update and revamp songs every once in awhile,” he said. “So we have some old songs, but we play them quite differently than we used to play (them). For instance, we might take an acoustic mellow song and make it more into an electric rocking song and visa versa. For that matter, we do some of the songs from our new record a little differently than the way they came out on the record. Anyway, there are old and new songs and old and new arrangements.”

Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 925 Balour St., Encinitas. The performance, “Concert with Two Ensembles,” features an eight-piece guitar group and a quartet. For more information, contact Peter Pupping at Guitar Sounds, (760) 943-0755 or peter@guitarsounds.com.


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Getting to know San Diego from the ground level E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road Getting to know San Diego’s neighborhoods is a delight when you tag along with Patty Feras, owner of Urban Safaris and amateur historian who loves to introduce the city’s various communities through her walking tours. Today, the former teacher and “worldwide traveler when I can” is leading a dozen members of the San Diego Professional Tour Guide Association through East Village. If you aren’t sure where that is, you’re not to blame. The real estate in East Village has always existed but not with that name nor in its current form. Its brand and boundaries were created some years ago by the now defunct Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC). Formed in 1975, CCDC was tasked with reviving and redeveloping downtown San Diego. (Its first project was the Gaslamp Quarter.) “East Village originally was called Centre City East by the CCDC, but some residents didn’t like it,” Feras says. “They worked to get the name ‘East Village.’” The neighborhood is so named because it is east of the heart of downtown. Its approximate borders are San Diego City College on the north; Interstate 5 on the east; the harbor on the south; and the east side of Sixth Avenue on the west. “It’s only the east side of Sixth Avenue because the west side of the street marks the boundary of the historic

Sinks in a restroom at the San Diego Public Library, which opened Sept.30, resemble books. San Diego Fire Department Station No. 4, at the corner of Eighth Avenue and J Street in East Village, is the oldest fire station in the city. The Art Deco-style building was placed in service in 1938. Photos by E’Louise Ondash

Artist, illustrator and teacher Rafael Lopez created this mural on Eighth Street in 1998. It is part of the city’s Urban Art Trail, founded by Lopez in the late 1990s. The movement aimed at eradicating gang graffiti in East Village, and has spread to other neighborhoods. The artworks include murals, painted utility boxes, mosaics, bird houses and benches.

This extravagant, well maintained Victorian, which sits at 13th Street and Island Avenue in East Village, was built in 1886. Today it is a law office.

Gaslamp Quarter,” Feras explains. Today, bright banners hang from light poles proclaiming the neighborhood’s identity, but years ago, when I worked in downtown San Diego at Second Ave and A Street, East Village was mostly warehouses. Today, the area is filled with cranes and scaffolding that signal a lot is happening — including skyrocketing real estate values. Take, for instance, the former Qualitee Dairy/Carnation bottling plant on the corner of J Street between 10th and 11th avenues.

“The building sat empty for awhile — I was told 20 years — then it was converted to loft spaces,” Feras tells us. “Artists rented it because it was cheap. Then an investor bought this property in 1995 for $250,000. He sold it in 2003 for $7 million.” Much of the impetus for development and the increase in property values in East Village was Petco Park, home of the Padres, which opened in 2004. To answer the call for green space, planners created the Park at the Park, next to the stadium. Its 2.7 acres of grass,

trees, play equipment and a shiny statue of Padre legend Tony Gwynn is open to the public at all times except when the Padres play. (The park closes 2.5 hours before the first pitch.) Visitors can see how several historic buildings have been preserved by integrating them into the structure of the stadium. In the two hours we spend with Fares, she takes us past a magnificent 1886 Victorian; murals and urban art projects; the old library (its new purpose is to be determined); an historic fire station; new landscaping; an unpublicized women’s shelter; old hotels that rent single rooms with shared bathrooms and kitchens for $450$750 a month); lots of construction; and a few homeless. Later, our group invades The Mission restaurant (1250 J St.), formerly the historic Rosario Hall, the oldest meeting hall in San Diego. It was built in 1870 and was named after owner’s wife. The Mission offers moderately priced entrees made with local, fresh ingredients (a separate gluten-free menu is available), and showcases works by local artists. Petco Park may have been the early catalyst for the redevelopment of East Village, but the stunning new San Diego Public Library, which opened Sept. 30, should be a huge draw. Many predict its dramatic exterior

Patricia Ferris, owner of Urban Safaris and guide extraordinaire, leads scheduled tours throughout San Diego’s downtown neighborhoods.

will become San Diego’s iconic building. It took four years to build, but was actually 30 years in the making, having finally triumphed over nearly insurmountable politics and funding odds. Even if there wasn’t a book in the building (or computers, 3D printers and all the other resources), it’s worth the pilgrimage from North County. Although the dome appears to be solid from afar, it isn’t. It was designed so that the look changes with the light, according to architect Rob Quigley, who lives in East Village. Those who envisioned the library say that its eighth and ninth floors serve as a penthouse for those who can’t afford pricey condos in the surrounding high rises. To get there: Take the Coaster to the Santa Fe Station, then transfer to the trolley — either the Blue or Orange line. Get off at Park

This plastic sphere was created by one of several 3D printers available for public use at the San Diego Public Library. A volunteer is there to help.

and Market and walk south on Park Boulevard for two blocks. For more information on Urban Safaris, call (619) 944WALK(9255) or visit walkingtoursofsandiego.com. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com.



JAN. 24, 2014

Kim makes the turn to go pro JAY PARIS The greeting was unusual, this early in the golf year. Michael Kim crossed paths Tuesday with Nicholas Thompson on the Torrey Pines driving range, but they didn’t inquire about each others’ families. Instead, Thompson wanted to know. “Did you turn?’’ Thompson ask. Kim’s smile, which still shows braces, gave the answer. “Good luck,’’ Thompson replied. For Kim, 20, it’s good bye to the University of California and hello to cashing checks. The former Torrey Pines High standout ditched his amateur status in December after playing well enough at the Web.com Q School to earn partial status on the pro tours. He makes his debut at this week’s Farmers Insurance Open on a sponsor’s exemption. Kim is new to the payouts but not this layout. Some 100 times Kim has toured the Torrey Pines North and South courses, often following big events. “After the U.S. Open or even the Farmers, just playing the golf course right after and then, you know, hitting the putts that Tiger (Woods) did to win the tournament,’’ Kim said. Did he sink them? “I made a couple but not all,’’ Kim said, and there flashed that grin again. That Kim bolted from Cal isn’t shocking. Not after collecting the College Player of the Year award with a school-record four individual medalist titles and two runner-ups. He led the Bears to 12 wins in 14 stroke-play events, then he really got hot. At last summer’s U.S. Open, Kim rose to No. 3 in the third round before finishing tied for 17th as the low amateur. He later tied for 39th at the Greenbrier Classic. “Right after Q School ended, I thought real hard about it and it just seemed like it was the right time to move on,’’ Kim said. “I felt like I’ve accomplished as much as I can throughout my amateur and college career. That phone call I had to make to both my coaches and the guys on the team was probably the hardest phone call I’ve ever had to make.’’ When Cal golf coach Steve Desimone heard the ring and saw the caller ID,

he realized what was next: his rising star was headed to another galaxy. ‘‘We knew this was a possibility as last year unfolded,’’ Desimone told The San Francisco Chronicle. ‘‘At some point, Michael was going to make this move. We wish him all the best – he was a great Golden Bear and always will be.’’ Now Kim just has to be great, starting now. The FIO field features 20 of world’s top 50 golfers, including the No. 1-ranked and seven-time champion Woods, and Rancho Santa Fe’s Phil Mickelson (No. 4), a three-time winner. Kim doesn’t expect to push those two. If he’s still swinging come the weekend, that’s a slice of golf heaven for this local kid done good. “I’ve noticed I play my best when I don’t have too many expectations on myself and just feel relaxed out there,’’ Kim said. “Hopefully I make the cut, but that’s about it. I’m just going out there to have fun and be relaxed.’’ Being long would be a surprise. At 5-foot-11, 150 pounds, Kim’s short game is where he scores. Which means he’ll be challenged, especially on the South’s lengthy holes. “I’m not the longest guy out there,’’ Kim said. “(Nos.) 11, 12, 4, 7 here, they’re all pretty long holes, but I just feel really comfortable out there knowing I’ve played probably this golf course more than anybody out here. “It is long and I’ll probably have hybrids and maybe 3?wood into some of the greens. I’ve played that way my entire career, even in college. It’s probably not the best golf course for me, but I still feel really comfortable out there.’’ But Kim can get cozy in his Carmel Valley bed, with his head hitting the pillow after realizing he’s living his dreams with his eyes open. “They say the U.S. Open is the toughest tournament to win or the toughest tournament or golf course,’’ he said. “I know it’s probably not going to be a much bigger stage than that or a bigger tournament. I’m just trying to stay relaxed and take it as any other tournament that I’ve played in. I’m sure I’ll be nervous on that first tee, but it will be a good nervous thing. “To be out here with like guys like Tiger and Phil is pretty surreal.’’ Jay Paris can be heard talking Chargers football on 1090 AM on Monday and Friday mornings. He’s also the Wednesday morning co-host of “Hacksaw and Company.” He can be reached at jparis8@aol.com and followed on Twitter @jparis_sports.

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he Chargers wrapped up a season that saw them make the playoffs for the first time after a three season-hiatus with a new head coach, a new general manager, plenty of new faces in the locker room, and a new culture in the organization. The Chargers were eliminated from post season play in Denver against the Broncos, who will now be facing off against the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl. “We have come a long way in a short amount of time,” said head coach Mike McCoy.“They have bought in to everything.The culture has changed.I’ve thanked the coaches for everything they have done.” But already there’s been some changes in the team’s personnel department as first-year offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt accepted the head coaching position with the Tennessee Titans not long after the team’s return from Denver.The Chargers hired quarterback coach Frank Reich to fill the offensive coordinator position; they’ve signed a contract extension with defensive coordinator John Pagano. In the next month, McCoy said the organization will begin evaluations on everything from the offseason programs to coaching staff and players’ performances. Photos by Bill Reilly

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Kia Classic coming to Aviara Golf Club CARLSBAD — The fifth annual Kia Classic LPGA tournament returns to the Aviara Golf Club at the Park Hyatt Resort from March 24 through March 30. Kia Classic tickets can be purchased and volunteer positions applied for at kiaclassic.com. The Kia Classic features a full 144-player field competing for a $1.7 million purse. Tournament week will feature a qualifier, practice rounds on Monday and Tuesday, a Wednesday pro-am and four competitive rounds from Thursday through Sunday. “We’re looking forward to returning the Park Hyatt Aviara for the 2014 Kia Classic, as last year was a tremendous tournament and returning to Aviara will be very comfortable for



to Becky.” Bartling said the key to her longevity is working for “a great CEO, Tim Fennell, a terrific board of directors and with an amazing team of employees in such a fun environment.” Memorable moments include the facility being used as a wildfire evacuation site in 2003 for more than 2,000 animals and again in 2007 for animals and San Diego residents. “I slept in my office for three days as we tended to the needs of our human and animal friends,” Bartling said.


the eyes of the rest of the world to those who fought in a war many Americans have more or less forgotten. What I admire most about “Finnigan’s War” is its refusal to downplay the harsh reality of warfare; it doesn’t reduce the topic to “breakfast table” conversations. Listening to Kurt ChewEen Lee, the first ChineseAmerican Marine Corps officer, emphasize death and suffering as the strongest memories a soldier can have easily overshadows a typical war film’s carnage. And knowing the intense adversity that Tibor Rubin faced as a former prisoner of war is more than enough to make you wonder how somebody can undergo that much hardship and still find the will to live. Oh, and we should not forget the inspiration behind this documentary: John



it violates any of the arrangement’s conditions. Mayor pro tem Mark Packard, Councilmember Keith Blackburn, and Councilmember Lorraine



of enhanced public input on the charter.They requested that the city set up a committee or postpone the matter to allow voters to elect a commission to write the charter. Council disagreed on how to best incorporate public input into the charter. Abed asserted that public

our fans and players,” said Dennis Baggett, tournament director. San Diego knows and appreciates the highest level of women’s golf and Carlsbad has been a tremendous supporter of golf events for many, many years.” Advance prices for daily grounds passes are $10 for Wednesday’s proam day and $15 per day for competition rounds. Weekly grounds passes are $40. Children 17 and under will receive free admission to the Kia Classic when accompanied by a paid adult. Active military members and their families will be admitted at no charge with a valid military ID. Information on corporate hospitality packages, pro-am opportunities and

advertising opportunities is available at kiaclassic.com. Aviara Golf Club overlooks the Batiquitos Lagoon ecological reserve and is the only San Diego golf course designed by Arnold Palmer. Aviara features a par-72 coastal layout that stretches 7,007 yards. The golf club is part of the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort. Kia Classic fans can also follow the tournament through social media. The Kia Classic’s Facebook page (search “Kia Classic”) and Twitter feed (@ LPGAKiaClassic) will allow fans to keep up on pre-tournament and tournament-week news, view exclusive photos and enter various contests for the chance to win Kia Classic tickets and other prizes.

“It was exhausting but also very gratifying to be able to provide some comfort to all the evacuees.” She also recalled the day the paid parking program started in 1994. “It was pouring rain and we didn’t have any cashier booths, which resulted in rainsoaked cashiers and money that we had to dry with a hair dryer,” she said. “It was a bit chaotic but everyone had great humor about the situation.” Sherry Piper was hired in January 1989 as an office assistant in the Administrative Department, where she has remained as a key support person for the

past 25 years. She was promoted several times, first to office technician in 1991, then secretary in 2001 and executive secretary in 2005. She has served in her current role as executive assistant since 2012. Her responsibilities include administrative duties for the general and deputy general managers. “Sherry is a very dedicated and hard-working member of the fairgrounds team,” Fennell said. “Every month she has the challenging task of gathering all the board packet backup information from numerous staff members and compiling it quickly on a very short timeline” for

the monthly 22nd DAA board meetings. “Sherry is one of the most pleasant individuals you can ever meet,” he added. “She has real talent for dealing with challenging folks and always maintaining her pleasant manner.” Piper also assists the environmental land planner and other fairgrounds departments. “It is a privilege being a part of a great team in such an awesome So. Cal. location,” Piper said. During the past 25 years she said her memorable moments include “short timeouts to have fun while appreciating highlights from each year’s fair theme.”

Finnigan, a Silver Star recipient who helped evacuate 15 wounded men in a chaotic battlefield. In addition, Timmis makes excellent use of realistic hand-drawn animation in the style of a graphic novel to illustrate these men’s valor and perseverance, bringing to light the intensity of their actions. And with Mark Hamill providing a to-the-point narration during these sequences, he proves you don’t need to go the R-rated route to showcase the graphic nature of war. But war doesn’t just affect the soldiers, sailors, and airpersons; the folks back home have their part to play. Half the time I see loved ones coming together, officially and unofficially, to commemorate the men who fought and died for them. In fact, I didn’t know that the Borinqueneers Motorcycle Club rides each

year to pay their respects to the 65th Infantry Regiment, or that there was an elite allblack unit called the 2nd Ranger Infantry Company, which still has some of its members living and sharing stories about their battles. It saddens me to hear that some soldiers never appeared again and had only their families to remember them by, such as Harold “Hal” Downes, presumed MIA, leaving behind a wife and son who miss him terribly; or Kristian Blanchard, who never got to meet his father. Watching those two express the anguish they feel from losing someone who mattered to them is hard to swallow, whether you’ve suffered the impact of war or not. But for every melancholy moment, there is a spark of hope, reminding us that the dead will always be there in our hearts. I had no idea there was a

U.S. Navy vessel named after Ralph E. Pomeroy, who suffered mortal wounds after inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy with his machine gun, and it’s good to know that Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr. has not been forgotten by his people for preventing his company from being overrun. Both received the Medal of Honor for the decisions they made. We must not forget to keep in mind that many men fought above and beyond the call of duty in the Korean War to protect our future, and to disregard their sacrifices is unspeakable. Fortunately, with “Finnigan’s War,” we can break that silence — one that has been unbroken for far too long.

Wood voted unanimously to approve the agreement. Mayor Matt Hall recused himself from the matter because he lives so close to the plant site. Councilmember Farrah Douglas was not present at the meeting. Packard described the

deal as, “the best compromise that could be reached for all concerned.” “Had we not given that great fight, we would not have this great compromise,” said Blackburn. If the agreement had been opposed by City Council,

NRG would have proceeded with building the new plant as originally planned. SDG&E’s power purchase may have also fallen through, leaving power made in Carlsbad to be potentially bought by counties outside of San Diego.

hearings and workshops would be sufficient for incorporating the public’s opinion into the document before the upcoming election. “We (City Council) have a constitutional right to put a charter on the ballot and we are going to do it,”he said.“You the public, have the last authority to approve it or disapprove it.” Councilmember John Masson agreed that the charter

needs to include the wants of the public and be created with transparency, but did not think that creating a commission was the best way to achieve that. “I don’t want to see it (the charter) go to a commission and get lost in ‘Never Never Land,’” he said. Deputy Mayor Olga Diaz voiced support for the public charter commission. She said that the last time the charter

was on the ballot, it did not incorporate any of the public comments received during public meetings. “We’re not the only five people in town with ideas,” she said of city council. Abed concluded the discussion by directing staff to set up public hearings and begin work on drafting the city charter without a vote from Council.

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Just that morning, Morris said he and his group got buzzed by motorists and honked at during their ride, even though they were in the bike lane and riding single file. “For whatever reason, this has become a little bit of an issue lately,” Bettencourt said. “It’s becoming more prevalent in a lot of these areas. Let’s face it the weather is nice all year round…people love riding bikes in a lot of the area, especially Rancho Santa Fe. “We just don’t have the wide shoulders for bicyclists to ride on, so a lot of times they’re in the lanes, but they’re allowed to ride in the lanes of traffic when it’s reasonable, in a lot of those areas.” Bettencourt said that even with enforcement, the problem isn’t going away. “At some point everybody just needs to watch out for everyone else,” he said. Under contract with the Rancho Santa Fe Association, Bettencourt said the Association, which generally sets the guidelines for a lot of the things they want the officers to focus on, asked CHP late last fall to start enforcing the bicycle laws a little more. He said that the CHP does have officers that are specifically out there looking for any violations involving bicyclists or motorists so it can be safer for everyone involved, though he explained that they’re not out there trying to push bicyclists out of Rancho Santa Fe. “What we’re actually there trying to do is to make sure everybody is following the rules of the road and everybody is helping each other out,” he added. Mike Lucas, who regularly cycles through the area, said he hasn’t noticed an increase in the amount of officers enforcing the



million in emergency funds remains to support Cal Fire through this June. Cal Fire officials are seeking out county and federal financial resources to supplement its additional personnel, though financing for San Diego

area, but added that it was pretty easy to stay off the beaten path by taking side roads. Bettencourt couldn’t say if they’ve necessarily increased the amount of officers in the area, but added that they’re definitely focusing on infractions regarding bicyclists and motorists that are driving unsafe around bicyclists. “We’re definitely looking out for that in that area. They (Rancho Santa Fe residents) want us to be out there to do specifically that,” Bettencourt said. While numbers of citations issued last year to motorists and bicyclists weren’t available by press time, Bettencourt said that he’s aware only of large bicycle groups being stopped and counseled by CHP officers, but not cited. In some of the larger riding groups, there can be as many as 75 riders. And to cite that many for an infraction would be time-consuming. “On average, (writing) a citation is going to take anywhere from five to 10 minutes as far as getting all of the information…you can imagine how long it would take to do that,” he said. Morris said that riding in clubs provides almost a safety in numbers mentality. “If they move in a unit,” Morris said, “for their own safety, that’s the safest way to go, and to actually take up the lane momentarily.” Morris said that because of the skinny sizes of the roads, cyclists understand that there’s stress involved for cars passing one rider let alone a group. “The car is a frighteningly strong, dangerous vehicle when it’s passing us very fast,” Lucas said. People will continue to ride bicycles; people will continue to drive cars out there. It’s just a matter of trying to keep people safe, Bettencourt explained. County specifically remains uncertain. For now, Cal Fire does not know when it will end its use of seasonal firefighters, if at all, for this year. “We will continue to staff our fire crews until our fire risk reduces, which may not be until next winter,” said Berlant.

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Decades-long career lands Mike Davis promotion to Carlsbad fire chief By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — It took Mike Davis 23 years in the Carlsbad Fire Department to move up the ranks from a new hire firefighter/paramedic to division chief. Yet it only took three months for Davis to make his final leap from division chief to interim fire chief, and then to official fire chief. “It is my turn to give back to the fire service,” Davis said. “As a fire fighter I have reaped the benefits of good leadership; as a captain I learned it, as a battalion chief I began to understand the administration, and now I’m leading.” He began working for the Carlsbad Fire Department in April 1990 and has served as interim chief since last November. At that time, then-Chief Kevin Crawford was selected to be Carlsbad’s interim city manager after the former city manager John Coates left his position unexpectedly. Crawford, who served as chief since 2002, recently announced that he would be leaving the city for a position with the United Way of San Diego County after a new city manager is hired. Davis was promoted on Jan. 13 to take the position full time. Though he’s still waiting for Crawford to move his personal things out of the chief’s office, Davis has hit the ground running in his new position thanks to his decades of preparation in

the department. Just last month, he helped the Carlsbad Fire Department sign on to participate in the state’s community paramedicine pilot program. The program trains paramedics to help citizens navigate the local health care system to find out which medical resources best meet their immediate needs. Davis explained that in some cases transporting a patient to the closest emergency room isn’t always the best answer. Some injuries can be better treated by nearby primary care or urgent care, while in some instances the closest emergency room many not have the medical resources needed to treat the patient at hand. The program is designed to help increase communication between paramedics and medical centers so patients can be transported or sent to the best care facility in the quickest amount of time. Plus it will decrease the number of non-emergencies, like cuts in need of stitches, from clogging emergency rooms. Davis said that on Jan. 14, Carlsbad paramedics responded to a citizen who was having a heart attack. The paramedics were able to assess the patient on scene to discover that he needed a stent surgically placed in his heart. Thanks to the community paramedicine training, the paramedics called Tri-

Mike Davis is officially named fire chief for the Carlsbad Fire Department. Davis has been with the department for 23 years. Photo by Rachel Stine

City Hospital to have them prepare for the surgery as they transported the patient. Because of this communication, the stent was placed in the patient just 58 minutes after he called 911. “This changes people’s

lives and outcomes, and that’s good medicine,” Davis said. But like any new leader, he said his immediate tasks include staff development with the help of his two new division chiefs. “We’re smart enough to

know there’s a lot we don’t know,” he said, adding that he thinks he’s ready for the task of taking over as the new chief. “I’ve been involved in every major decision of this fire department since 2007,” he said, referring to

when he was promoted to battalion chief. “I look forward to the challenge of leading this organization.” Davis surfs and lives in Carlsbad with his wife and two teenage daughters, who are students at Carlsbad High School.









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olive oil. That may be counterintuitive for some, since we’ve been told to avoid fat. But we really want to embrace healthy fats, like olive oil and omega-3s.

Are omega-3 supplements helpful? There’s no question that omega-3s physiologically are important for brain development and heart health. The issue is how we incorporate them into our lifestyle. Ideally, we would get them through diet, but that's not always practical. Most people don’t eat fish every day, for example, so it can be helpful to supplement. The problem is, all supplements aren’t created equal. For example, you might need a dozen capsules from brand A to get the same benefit you’d derive from two capsules of brand B. This is true of most supplements. There are wide variations in potency and purity, with some containing high In general, what are your concentrations of heavy metdietary recommendations? als. Although there are many fad diets out there, it’s interest- Should everyone take suppleing how traditional diets ments? around the world have figured That depends. If we’re this out. We always hear about talking about a one-size-fits-all the Mediterranean diet, but approach, in which everyone is that’s just one example. taking the same supplements, The basic idea is lean pro- then no. tein, whole grains and lots of There was a study called fruits and vegetables. I would the Vitamin Intervention for also add healthy oils, such as Stroke Prevention Trial that

asked whether vitamin B could prevent stroke.When they gave vitamins to everyone, they found minimal to no benefit. However, if they targeted people with vitamin B deficiencies or genetic abnormalities, they found a 34 percent reduction in stroke. So the answer isn’t giving everyone vitamins, it’s gearing supplementation to each person’s individual needs. Any other advice about supplements? It’s about the whole picture. Not just supplement “x,� but is this right in this individual case, and is it a researched brand and dose. People need that information. Otherwise they get what I call “Supplement Stare Syndrome.� They’re looking at a wall of different brands, and they don’t know which to choose and whether it will help them. Our Natural Supplements School Jan. 29 is geared towards clinicians, but many consumers attend because they’re not getting the answers they need. We want to change that. Registration is $99 and more information is available at (858) 652-5400, or scripps.org/naturalsupplements.

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Cholesterol level is making me ‘lipid’ Will someone please explain to me the point of all my sacrifices for the past several years? In short, I just found out my cholesterol count has risen, for the first time ever in my young life. For the first 50 years of my life, I thrived while eating the crispy skin on my chicken, full-fat ice cream, butter, whole milk, French fries, hamburgers, Taco Bell, white bread, bacon and eggs. I did not consume olive oil, oats, Brussels sprouts, eggplant, nuts (unless covered in chocolate), barley or soy in any form. But in the past decade, I behaved myself and let life suck all the delicious grease from my diet. I stopped eating most of the no-nos and have been eating lots from the yes-yes list. And now my cholesterol goes up? I am completely baffled by my lipid levels. What, pray tell, is the dang-blasted deal? I stopped eating dairy two years ago. Simple, you say, not when you were the queen of ice cream and believed potatoes were just a vehicle for butter. It’s been nothing but soy and almond milk for me for some time. I haven’t eaten a hamburger or really any red meat in years. Not the biggest sacrifice for me, but it makes menu-planning considerably more challenging. I’m still trying to make tofu taste like spareribs. I scarcely see a French fry. I don’t use coffee creamer, rarely eat bacon, biscuits or storebought cookies and I can’t remember the last time I had any fast food. Even my butter is half canola oil. I now love eggplant, Brussels sprouts, and I eat nuts every day for a snack. Fat lot of good it has apparently done me. Maybe evil elves have been slipping lard into my morning protein shake. Perhaps I have been sleep eating. No one at the local market has mentioned seeing me at midnight rummaging through the TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B11

A surfer walks past a new plaque embedded in the Swami’s Beach walkway dedicated to legendary surfer Terry Hendricks. The plaque reads, in part: “Terry was far ahead of his time, and since the mid-1960s, played a unique and important role in the development of various types of surf-craft.” Photo by Jared Whitlock


ENCINITAS — Terry Hendricks channeled his Ph.D in physics into kneeboard and surfboard design. That’s one reason he’s remembered by many as San Diego’s surf scientist. “He could put numbers to anything,” said longtime friend Carl Ekstrom, who’s among San Diego’s bestknown surfboard shapers. Ekstrom was among the 60 people who attended an unveiling ceremony at Swami’s Beach on Jan.11 for a plaque honoring Hendricks, who passed away last summer. When he wasn’t surfing, Hendricks’ long resume included work on a reverse osmosis system for the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. “A while ago, I ran into this guy who also had a Ph.D in high-energy physics and asked him if he knew Terry,” Ekstrom said. “He took about two steps back and said, ‘I do, and wow, he’s very smart!’” Hendricks also applied his knowlFrom left: Bruce King, Terry Hendricks, Mike DePascale and Eric Klockenteger hanging out in the water at Ponto Beach.

TURN TO HENDRICKS ON B11 Photo courtesy of Dolly DePascal

Bluff failures remain an ongoing issue By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — The vast Pacific Ocean, graceful surfers, splashing children, an occasional whale or dolphin sighting and picturesque sunsets can transform a walk along the sandy shores of Solana Beach into a Norman Rockwell experience. But the fragile bluffs that loom above nearly all of the 1.7 miles of beach in the county’s second smallest city also make it dangerous. Public safety officials estimate they make about 6,000 contacts annually, warn-

ing residents and visitors to stay away from bluffs and out of sea caves. The obvious solution for increased safety would seemingly be to build something that would keep the bluffs from crumbling and falling. But sea walls and other shoreline protection devices prevent erosion, the natural process that creates beaches. The structures don’t allow the bluffs to be slowly converted to sand and cause existing sand to be washed Sea walls have pitted the California Coastal Commission, environmentalists, surfers and beach lovers against TURN TO BLUFFS ON B11

bluff-top property owners, who build the structures to prevent their homes from eventually falling into the ocean. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek



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Photographer and Carlsbad resident Jeff Goodrick took a photo of a sea lion taking in some of the warmer weather on the beach just north of StoneSteps on a Monday afternoon. Photo by Jeff Goodrick

Learn about medicines from the sea DEL MAR — Dr. William Fenical, director of Scripps’ Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine, is the guest of the Del Mar Foundations Speaker Series, from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Powerhouse, 1658 Coast Blvd. As a leading researcher in marine biotechnology and biomedicine, Fenical and his team at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, investigate ocean-derived chemical compounds as treatment for cancer, AIDS, asthma, arthritis, inflammation, and pain. His team’s recent discovery of a new chemical compound from an ocean microbe shows early promise of combating methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Join the Del Mar Foundation and Fenical for a unique glimpse at the future of medicine. Online reservations are required and may be made at bit.ly/dmf-fenical through Jan. 24. Fenical is a distinguished professor of oceanography at UCSD’s

Dr. William Fenical, director of Scripps’ Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine, will discuss his research on medicine from the sea courtesy of the Del Mar Foundation. Courtesy photo

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ODD FILES BY CHUCK SHEPHERD Self-Appreciation Everyone’s Above Average: Ask Americans how they stand compared to their fellow countrymen, and in survey after survey, the vast majority rank themselves “above average”in such areas as driving skill, sexual prowess, and general honesty. A recent study of English prisoners, published in the British Journal of Social Psychology, revealed that those miscreants think they, too, are in the upper half. They rate themselves above average (whether compared to Britons in prison or in society at large) in compassion, generosity, dependability, trustworthiness and honesty. In fact, the only trait on the University of Southampton survey on which the criminals failed to rank themselves as better than the typical Brit was “law-abidingness.” On that trait, the inmates rated themselves merely as “average.” Compelling Explanations Robert Bourque, 55, was convicted of DUI in Sarnia, Ontario, in October, but continued to deny the charge. He admitted he had four beers on the day of the traffic stop but said the Breathalyzer result was misleading because he had recently poured alcohol into his ears to test his theory about how Jesus healed the sick. (Bourque was acting as his own lawyer.) Toronto Sun, 1011-2013] The mother and other relatives of William Medina, 24, said they felt hurt by the public’s comments suggesting that Medina and his partner in the November Reading, Pa., armed robbery were “thugs.” William was a “family man” — “no big hard criminal,” his mother said. The two robbers, armed and wearing masks, were gunned down by a Krick’s Korner customer who said he feared the worst when he saw the robbers leading a store employee at gunpoint into a back room. A Medina cousin said he deplored people’s taking the law into their own hands. Ironies Celebrity Ironies: (1) In December, a California appeals court endorsed actor Tippi Hedren’s victory suing the lawyer who had earlier failed to win compensation for her from a 2006 studio accident. In Hedren’s most famous movie role, she was attacked by birds in Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic film, and in 2006 had been clobbered by falling scenery caused by birds nesting in an attic over a stage. (2) A man who won a Hollywood raffle to watch the finale of “Breaking Bad” with cast members was arrested in Fort Myers, Fla., in January and faces his own intent-tosell drug charges. Two weeks earlier, unrelated to the show or the raffle, a man with the same name as the show’s protagonist (Walter White) was sentenced in Billings, Mont., to 12 years in prison on drug charges.

Sharp celebrates day of health

ALL FOR THE KIDS From left, back row, Optimist Club of Carlsbad President David Daftary dropped by Capri Elementary School to present money toward the school’s Feb. 7 jog-a-thon and is welcomed by student Peyton Galli, Capri Elementary School PTA member Meghan Galli and student Shea Galli, in front. The club also donated $200 to Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School’s Feb. 5 jog-a-thon. The jog-a-thons, which are organized by each school’s respective Parent-Teacher Associations, raise money for programs and activities at each school. Courtesy photo

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School kicks off Catholic Schools Week with an Open House from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Jan. 26. Current and prospective are invited to tour the school, to meet the principal, teachers and staff. Call St. John School at (760) 9448227.

Crest Academy, and Kibera Girls Soccer Academy in Kenya, has been selected as a finalist for a Columbia Scholastic Press Association 2014 Crown Award. Crown Awards are the highest recognition given to student print or digital medium for overall excellence.

Messier has opened a new art gallery at 902 Suite A, Second St., Encinitas. S t u d i o hours are Tu e s d a y through Thursday 10 a.m. to noon.

Preschoolers from Discovery Isle Child Development Center in Oceanside presented a check to Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego on Jan. 2, as a culmination to the school’s Pennies with a Purpose coin drive. Children New citizens Forty-nine graduates of collected spare change and small bills beginning in MiraCosta College’s citizenNovember, allowing them to ship course successfully

Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ New art gallery coastnewsgroup.com. Local artist Tara Simone Preschool pennies New turf The San Dieguito High School Academy hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony prior to the first game played - the boys’ varsity soccer game - on the new turf field in its stadium Jan. 10. Because construction on the stadium is ongoing and bleachers are yet to be built, there will be a second Grand Opening during the spring sports season on a date yet to be determined.

DEL MAR — Sharp Medical Center is hosting a day of health and fun to celebrate the opening of its new Sharp Rees-Stealy center at 2600 Via De La Valle, Suite 200 in Flower Hill Promenade. To be part of the free event, sign up through sharp.com and go to the events page. The community event is free is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 15. The center staff is offering tours of the medical center, a meet-and-greet with doctors and staff and free health screenings with same-day results for blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose. In addition, Flower Hill health and wellness tenants are helping to commemorate the Medical Center opening by offering a variety of specials that include mini spa services and giveaways from Spa Gregorie’s, yoga demonstrations and education from CorePower Yoga, frozen yogurt treats from Yogurtland and more.

All outdoors on Web Live Out Enterprise LLC announces the launch of Live Out: The Outdoor Social Network. It launched Jan. 3 and offers a site that encourages and enables participation in sports and outdoor activities by consolidating various resources into a comprehensive social networking platform. It allows people to connect with each other and find places and information based on their interests. “Everything from camping, hiking and fishing, to snowboarding, scuba diving and skydiving.”Visit liveout.org.

Williams takes president’s post Encinitas resident, Jon Williams, an appellate attorney and partner at the law firm Boudreau Williams LLP, was sworn in as president of the San Diego County Bar Association for 2014.Williams specializes in civil appeals and writs at both the state and federal court levels. He is certified as an “Appellate Specialist” by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, and regularly partners with other law firms top conand trial counsel to handle Student paper is their complex appellate mat- tender ters. Global Vantage, a print and online magazine run colCatholic School Week laboratively by students from St. John’s Catholic Pacific Ridge School, Canyon

practice math and counting obtained U.S. citizenship in 2013 and will be honored skills in the classroom. from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 1 at Fair wins recognition the MiraCosta College The San Diego County Community Learning Center, Fair was once again a top 1831 Mission Ave., Oceanside. award winner at the Western This year’s students came to Fairs Association Convention MiraCosta College from and Trade Show in January Japan, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, China, The 2013 Fair received a total Ecuador, of 33 awards including cate- Thailand and Vietnam. gories in Marketing and Agriculture/Educational In Loving Memory Programs, the Fair Theme and ALAN ARCKLESS New Conservation and Green Aug. 23, 1930 - Jan. 1, 2014 Programs.WFA is a non-profit trade association serving the Fair industry in the Western United States and Canada.


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RANCHO SANTA FE -Alan Arckless of Rancho Santa Fe, born in Durham, England on August 23, 1930, died at home on New Years Day. He served in the Royal Air Force and was a member of the Del Mar Rotary Club. He was preceded in death by daughter Yvonne Richardson and is survived by his wife Enid of 33 years, his children Alan E. Arckless, Elizabeth Gorman-Mazzone, and Jack Gorman, sister Doris Nelson of Durham, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was a very loving person and will be greatly missed by many. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 8, at 11a.m. at Horizon Christian Fellowship, Rancho Santa Fe. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Alan's memory to the Encinitas SPCA. Please sign the Guest Book online obituaries.utsandiego.com

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The Nativity School opened its doors in September 1996 as an integral part of the Church of the Nativity. The addition of the school represented phase two of the master plan of the parish and its commitment to serving the spiritual, academic, emotional and physical needs of Catholic families. The Nativity School is dedicated to providing a challenging educational environment, as well as fostering character development and decision making skills nurtured in our Catholic values. A Multiple Intelligence philosophy of education is the foundation that cultivates the intellect and promotes the sound spiritual, social, emotional and physical growth of our students. This philosophy begins in the Kindergarten year, and is fostered by promoting a love of learning among children. They are nurtured and accepted for individual differences and talents. Encouragement and positive reinforcement are used to allow individual development, both socially and academically. High quality academic programs support success for each student to reach his/her personal best. Specialty teachers create enriched units of learning in Science,Technology, Spanish,Art, Music and P.E. for

all grades. The school’s focus on Multiple Intelligence Philosophy of Education is key to embracing how individual students learn. Dedicated teachers and small class sizes. averaging 20 in a class. are hallmarks of The Nativity School’s high quality and nurturing environment. Character Education cen-

The Nativity School plans to open a Pre-K class in August 2014! ters around Catholic values, social justice, strong digital citizenship, and treating others with dignity and kindness. The whole school focuses on a virtue of the month, sportsmanship in all areas of life and moral decision making skills. Educational resources are available for support and enrichment. The Nativity School’s Educational Resource Program offers students additional learning opportunities within the regular school day. Students may work with a teacher individually for additional academic support as

well as assistance with organizational skills and/or time management. Students who may need more challenging work beyond their regular classroom curriculum also have the opportunity to work with a teacher in subject areas that are of specific interest to them. The Nativity School offers an after school homework club where students can work on their homework with the support of a teacher. To enhance the school’s mission and suit the needs of our families, The Nativity School plans to open a Pre-K Class in August 2014! This small addition enhances the overall experience of what is already an outstanding Catholic school community. The Pre-K curriculum and approach to learning follows the same educational philosophy as the Montessori Learning used in Kindergarten. This program uses the process of discovery and directed teaching, where students thrive both emotionally and academically.To learn more about The Nativity School, please visit our website at thenativityschool.org. Personal tours are also available with the Principal, Mrs. Margaret Heveron, and appointments can be made by calling the school office at (858) 756-6763.


All tryouts will be held at the RSF Sports Field from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m.

For more information, directions to the field, or to download the Tryout Form visit our website at

Announces U10-U14 Tryout Dates Rancho Santa Fe Attack is pleased to announce our upcoming Tryouts for Boys and Girls in the Under 10 to Under 14 ages groups. More information on specific dates, times and locations for the different age groups can be found on the League website, rsfsoccer.com. Attack will be holding tryouts for Boys and Girls U10 – U14 the weeks of Jan. 27 through Jan. 30 and Feb. 3 through Feb. 6. The Tryout Flyer along with the Tryout Form can be downloaded from the League website. The weekday tryouts will start at 3:45 p.m. for all age groups. All of the tryout sessions will be held at the Rancho Santa Fe Sports Field located at 16356 Rambla de las Flores, Rancho Santa Fe. The Attack competitive soccer program offers teams in every age group from U7 to U19 for those who are interested in a higher level of play. These teams are coached by a highly qualified international coaching staff that train and develop players who aspire to play in College and beyond. (More information on our coaching staff is available online at

the League website.) Competitive coaching focuses on skill development in the younger age groups and tactical abilities for the older players. Skill development for our players is always our focus with winning as the main objective.

We want to give each player the best opportunity we can to develop by providing only the best in all areas of the game.” Malcolm Tovey Director of Coaching

Malcolm Tovey, the Director of Coaching, has been with the League for 16 years. Coach Tovey is one of the most well-known and respected coaches in Southern California having been involved with youth

soccer here for almost 30 years. Coach Tovey’s philosophy is that soccer is “more than just a game.” The League’s mission is to develop the passion for the game throughout the community and through soccer have fun, build character and develop an appreciation for the rich spectrum of the world’s cultures. “Our goal at Attack is to provide the Rancho Santa Fe soccer community with the resources and support needed to learn about the game, and for all youth who want to play, we pledge to provide the highest level of coaching and to organize quality competitions for all levels of play,” states Tovey. “We want to give each player the best opportunity we can to develop by providing only the best in all areas of the game.” Questions about the upcoming Tryouts and all of the Leagues other programs can be directed to the League office at (760) 479-1500 or by emailing Marilee Pacelli, Director of League Operation at Marilee@rsfsoccer.com. Visit our website, rsfsoccer.com to learn more about our other programs, such as our Spring Futsal program, our camps and our Fall Recreational program.



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EDUCATIONAL O PPORTUNITIES Voted 2013’s Best Private School in the county Santa Fe Christian Schools offers an exceptional learning environment for preschool through 12th grade students. Our rigorous academic curriculum is taught through a Biblical worldview. Plus, SFC teachers are passionate about serving Christ and instill a love of learning in their students. Faculty are recruited for their ability to teach, mentor, engage, inspire and guide students in both educational and life experiences. Academic Excellence SFC’s small class sizes, averaging 20 or less students in grades K-12, ensures a strong teacher-student relationship. Students receive the personal attention needed to reach their full potential. Lower School (K-5th) prepares students for a lifetime of learning through research-based curriculum and active learning experiences. Middle School (6th-8th) is a time of exploration and helping students identify areas of passion and interest. Upper School (9th–12th) prepares students for a transition to a four-year college through college preparatory, electives and extracurricular activities. SFC’s college prep curriculum, with accelerated classes and advanced mathematics, includes 15 Advanced Placement and 10 Honors courses.

Three dedicated college counselors help SFC students with their college selection process. SFC graduates attend faith-based universities, Ivy League, private, UC and military academies across the nation. More than 80 percent of graduating seniors receive merit-based scholarships to attend college. K-12 Athletic Program SFC’s highly competitive Upper School athletics program includes football, volleyball, cheerleading, cross country, water polo, basketball, soccer, track and field, baseball, softball, lacrosse, golf and swim. SFC Athletics includes Eagles Edge, a progressive kindergarten through 12th grade athletic development system directed by SFC’s staff of professional Christian coaches. Eagles Edge teaches young athletes sports fundamentals, teamwork, and godly sportsmanship — starting in kindergarten. Santa Fe Christian Schools has 60 Middle School and Upper Schools sports teams directed by our staff of professional coaches. Enrichment Opportunities Lower School students develop a lifelong appreciate of the arts through dedicated courses in studio art, band and music. Middle and Upper

School students choose from a broad selection of fine arts options including choir, band, drama and media arts. Upper School students also have the option of taking AP Studio Art. SFC’s comprehensive Arts Program is designed to nurture each student’s Godgiven talent and gifts. Growing Faith Most importantly, students grow their Christian faith through Bible study, chapel, small groups, spiritual retreats, community service and mission trips. Upper Schools students take Christian Ethics, Apologetics, Comparative Religions and the Life of Jesus. All K-12 students participate in community service. Lower and Middle School students support a variety of community service projects both locally and around the world. Upper School students participate in global mission trips in places like Rwanda, Russia, Uganda, Italy, Thailand, and India. Santa Fe Christian Schools was voted 2013 Best Private School in San Diego County for the fourth consecutive year and SFC’s lower school is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence winner in 2011. SFC is accredited by both the WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International).

St. James Academy — A Hidden Gem! North County’s Premier Catholic Elementary School For over 60 years, St. James Academy has exemplified a higher devotion to excellence. Many things have changed over the years: the building has been completely remodeled, technology is lightning quick, communication is global and access to information is immediate. What hasn’t changed is our goal to prepare students to live responsibly and faithfully in an everchanging world. The Heart of Our School is Our Children Our learning is based on the teachings and philosophy of the Catholic Church and following Gospel values to make a difference in our world. As the challenges of contemporary life evolve, St. James Academy continuously evaluates the best processes to enable our students to meet the current and future needs of our community. The vision for St. James Academy is to enable students, educators, and our community to gain both the

desire and the opportunity tives and a flex period to practice Christ-centered where they can get extra action in everyday life. help from teachers, retake or makeup tests, or work on homework. An Outstanding Preschool Extra opportunities In living our vision, we include athletics, music, have grown to include an performing arts, fine arts, outstanding preschool. Spanish and a surf club! This program’s goal for three and four year olds is Fully Accredited and to ensure that your child's Dedicated first school experiences are St. James is a fully filled with love, laughter, accredited, Catholic eleand learning. mentary school (Preschool8) that has been serving the One to One iPad Program San Diego North County We are in the second Coastal community since year of our one to one iPad 1952. pilot program. The program St. James employs fully includes fourth grade accredited teachers. through eighth, and the rest Students at St. James are of the school shares a school blessed with a dedicated set of iPads. teaching and support staff This program is offer- committed to providing a ing our students the oppor- strong educational program tunity to utilize new tech- that integrates spiritual, nologies and learning tech- moral, academic, social, culniques in order to give them tural and physical precepts. a greater advantage in their The Academy is part of learning and future educa- the vibrant St. James tional and career choices. Catholic Community. A Stellar Junior High Program We have an almost completely new Junior High program. Our Junior High program has been designed specifically to prepare our students for success in high school. They have a longer day, two days each week of block scheduling, a choice of elec-

A Hidden Gem St. James Academy is just minutes away from the beach and is tucked away in a beautiful Solana Beach neighborhood, which gives us a great sense of privacy. If you live in North County, call us for a tour of this hidden gem at (858) 755-1777 or visit our website at saintjamesacademy.com

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growth and enrichment experiences for PreK through 12th grade students. There is no better way to experience SFC than to visit our campus.

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Are your children thriving in school? Each student leaves as an independent, resourceful thinker with a lifelong love of learning.

At Del Mar Pines, we believe the elementary school years are the most formative of a child’s life. For 35 years we’ve challenged the minds and engaged the hearts of our thinker with a lifelong love difference our elementary students by encouraging a of learning. school experience can have thirst for knowledge and an Come see for yourself the on your child’s life. inquisitive spirit. Through a safe, nurtur- Celebrating 35 years ing environment, we provide • Kindergarten through sixth grades students the opportunity to • Small instructional groups led by master teachers express intellectual curiosi• Weekly instruction in music, art, physical education, ty and creative expression computer science, library, Spanish and hands on science while promoting strong • Integration of technology through the use of one-to-one interpersonal relationships. iPads/Macbooks Our goal for each stu• Cultivation of individuality as well as a cooperative spirit dent is to leave Del Mar Pines School as an inde- • Fostering a joy of learning • Fully accredited by WASC pendent, resourceful

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

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

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

Encinitas schools celebrate health week ENCINITAS — The Encinitas Union School District begins the New Year with a weeklong celebration spotlighting its efforts to support comprehensive student health. EUSD Wellness Week will take place Jan. 25 through Jan. 31. The event was strategically planned to coincide with the fourth annual Encinitas 101 Main Street Association’s Wellness Week. EUSD will participate in the kick-off event, along with city

and county officials, at the Encinitas City Library from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan.25. In addition to introducing wellness programs, EUSD will present three demonstrations of its childrens’ yoga program at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Students are also encouraged to stop by EUSD’s booth during the event to create a healthy smoothie recipe. Other events taking place during EUSD’s Wellness Week include:

— A special EUSD-grown menu at Solace restaurant will feature organic produce grown in the many school gardens. — Eat-a-Rainbow Salad Bars. New and colorful fruits and vegetables will be featured on the salad bar throughout the week. Students will be encouraged to match their clothing to the color of the highlighted food items. — Wellness Trackers. All students will be provided with

food journals and physical activity logs to track their healthy choices during the week. — District-wide Healthy Smoothie Recipe Contest. Child Nutrition Services will provide the winners with a smoothie party for their classroom. Smoothie must include at least one vegetable, have a catchy name and be delicious. V i s i t encinitas101.com/events/wellness-week/ for event details and updates.

Film festival begins in February COAST CITIES — The 24th annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival, presented by the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Jacobs Family Campus, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, will run Feb. 6 through Feb.16, sponsored by the Leichtag Foundation. For tickets, visit sdcjc.org/sdjff/. The festival showcases 60 of contemporary Jewishthemed films from around the

world celebrating life, human rights and freedom of expression. The mission of the Film Festival is to offer world cinema that promotes awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of the Jewish people. Feb. 10 will be devoted to short films, which is a juried competitive program of short films with awards being presented that evening at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theater by a film industry group of jury members.

Mom was right, you should eat more veggies — here’s how you do it (BPT) — With the new year upon us, people are thinking about changing their eating habits for the healthier. For many, that means vowing to eat more vegetables; the majority of Americans say they’ve been trying to eat more fruits and vegetables over the past year, according to a poll by the International Food Information Council Foundation. And, with good reason; eating plenty of vegetables



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and fruits can help ward off heart disease and stroke, control blood pressure and prevent some types of cancer, according to Harvard School of Public Health. How many servings of vegetables do we need to eat? The USDA recommends between two to three cups for most adults (more if you exercise more than 30 minutes per day) and between one to two and a half cups for kids. It may seem over-

whelming to try to pack that many veggies into everyone’s daily meals, but there are actually a lot of fun, easy and delicious ways for the whole family to eat more vegetables. Let’s start with breakfast. Veggies may not be top of mind at this time of day, but it’s easy to sneak some into your first meal and get lots of nutrients to kick start your day. If you are a warm breakfast type of person, try

the fridge for easy munching. Then, when you get hungry pour a few tablespoons of a delicious ranch dressing, like OPA by Litehouse Greek-style yogurt dressing, which is light on the calories and fat, has zero sugar, and is gluten-free, into a small bowl and dip the carrot and celery sticks, or even tomatoes on toothpicks. You can also try baking kale or sliced beets mixed with olive oil and spices on cooking sheets until they are crispy for a tasty and healthy take on traditional chips. For lunch or dinner, beat the cold by pureeing butternut squash, cauliflower or broccoli for a warm soup. Or, make a mason jar salad that tastes as good as it looks, with this recipe: Mason Jar Salad Layer each ingredient in a mason jar in this order:

Bottom layer: 2 tablespoons adding spinach, peppers OPA by Litehouse Greekand tomatoes to your eggs style yogurt dressing in Feta in the morning, or make it easy and flavorful by adding salsa into a serving of scrambled eggs or on top of an omelet. If you’re a breakfast on the go type, throw some kale, spinach, celery or cucumber, along with fruits like berries and bananas, into a smoothie and take it with you. For snacks, cut carrots and celery into sticks ahead of time and store them in

Dill Layer 2: Mix of any of the following — beans, diced cucumber, shredded carrots, diced bell peppers, sliced radishes, edemame, chickpeas, green beans Layer 3: Mix of any of the following — diced tomatoes, diced red onion, corn, peas, sliced mushrooms, diced broccoli, quinoa, walnuts Layer 4: Greens such as spinach, mixed greens, kale, arugula Tips: * Always make sure the dressing is on the bottom and the greens are on top, so they stay fresh and crisp * Use a variety of colorful vegetables and make it fun for the kids to help * Make several for the week and label the top. Everyone can grab their own for lunch on the go. With a little preparation and experimentation, it’s easy to find delicious ways to incorporate more vegetables into your family’s diet every day.



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Fried chicken & live music every Sunday at Moonlight Lounge I

DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate

’ve always been a fan of eating out on nights that aren’t traditionally big nights out for the general population. Sunday falls into that category, and when I heard Matt Gordon was cooking up fried chicken and booking bands at Solace and the Moonlight Lounge, my interest was immediately piqued. Just to refresh, the Moonlight Lounge is the casual upstairs portion of Solace in Encinitas with a community table,balcony and an open,airy feel with a view that looks westward into downtown.It’s a great place to be as the sun is setting, as the lighting is quite nice and it’s never that crowded. So about this fried chicken thing that Matt has going on. I am a huge fan of when

it’s done extra crispy on the outside and moist and flavorful on the inside. The kitchen at Solace nails both of those attributes and then some. The Jidori chickens are brined for 24 hours then double dredged in buttermilk and a seasoned flour mixture and fried until perfect. They did not divulge the seasoning in mixture and I don’t blame them, I would not want my secret seasoning recipe out there for anyone to recreate. In case you are unfamiliar with Jidori chickens, here is the lowdown on them. Jidori chicken refers to a type of mixed-breed domestic free-range chicken known for its robust flavor. The original Jidori chicken began when a precious pure breed of chicken called Hinaidori was crossed with the Rhode Island Red to create Akita Hinai-jidori, with Akita referring to the prefecture of Japan, and Hinai referring to the town. The chickens are fed an all-vegetarian diet, including clover, tomatoes, Fried chicken with a Boylan Soda Ginger Ale at the Moonlight Lounge. and apples.

Photo by David Boylan

They are delivered the same day of slaughter, insuring freshness.These are high quality, cage-free birds without hormones, steroids, or meat byproducts. Jidori chickens are never frozen, and retain less water than most chickens, resulting in a pinker breast, firmer texture, and fuller chicken flavor. That concludes the educational component of this week’s column. But wait, there is more! This very healthy portion of Jidori chicken comes with homemade pork sausage in a southern gravy, organic yellow grits and pickled kale and garlic. I was not in the mood for alcohol so I went with the Ginger Boylan Soda that they have on tap along with several other varieties and was quite happy with my selection. I did ask Matt what he would pair with the chicken and his beer suggestions were either a Coronado Pils or Societe Harlot. I’m not sure I’m ever going to be drinking wine with fried chicken, but if that’s your thing my research turned up Rose Champagne, sparkling wine or Lambrusco as options. Whatever your beverage of choice, this is Sunday dinner bliss. I even had a piece of chicken left over to munch on for lunch the next day and it was as good or better cold. I should note that the entire menu at Solace is full of great selections so if your dining companion is not into chicken,there are quality options. I’ve always been a fan of their burger and the mustard crusted sea bass with sautéed faro and toasted black pepper sauce is a nice as well. Sunday nights also feature $1.50 chef’s choice oysters and drink specials. I would not have a problem going solo for this meal though. There is a sizeable bar and a community table that I’ve always met interesting folks at. So now that we have established that the fried chicken is very worthy, let’s talk music. They have a great mix of bands that rotate through and they all seem to have a style well suited for the space. Nena Anderson, Paul Cannon Band, Red Fox Tails, Graham Nancarro, Midnight Pine, Peter Hall, and Stratos just to name a few. It’s a nice sound level that lends itself to dinner conversation and a lively vibe and that’s a good combination. So many venues with bands struggle with that. These are all high quality performers and the crowd tends to appreciate and pay attention to the music. Music starts at 7 and runs until around 9 p.m. Check out the full music schedule,menu,hours and location at eatatsolace.com Lick the Plate can now be heard on KPRi, 102.1 FM Monday-Friday during the 7pm hour. David Boylan is founder of Artichoke Creative and Artichoke Apparel, an Encinitas based marketing firm and clothing line. Reach him at david@artichoke-creative.com or (858) 395-6905.


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Rancho Santa Fe Inn unveils the new Morada FRANK MANGIO

Taste of Wine


ow do you take a historic landmark, that since 1923 has been pleasing guests with ranch-style accommodations and dining in one of the most upscale districts in San Diego County, and clean it up with a major remodel? The answer is, very carefully. The Rancho Santa Fe Inn was careful to maintain consistent comfort and the highest example of the rare ranch feel of the property with their new restaurant. Morada is the signature restaurant that is the epicenter of the Inn, with its clean, laid-back Southwest style. The food menu is in the hands of Executive Chef Todd Allison who has created a carefree elegance to his menu while diners settle back in the open-arms atmosphere. A concise eight entrees cover bases like Maine Lobster Carbonara, Grilled Colorado Lamb loin Chops and local Honey Glazed Chilean Sea Bass, which I chose, along with a side of Duck Confit Mac and Cheese. I was delighted to see an old friend that I have enjoyed for these TASTE OF WINE years, Kurt Kirschenman who was recently named Food and Beverage Supervisor and Sommelier at Morada. Kurt and I go back to his days at Loews Resort in Coronado. He chose a wine that brought back recent memories of a happy journey to Sonoma last year. Among the other memorable wineries visited was Stonestreet, a premium wine, up in the hills in the Alexander Valley. He poured their 2007 Cabernet Franc. Normally a supporting varietal to Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux Blends, Cab Franc is an insiders wine with a deeply velvety, smooth texture that is unmistakably left

Veteran wine director Kurt Kirschenman is now in charge of wines at Morada in Rancho Santa Fe. Photos by Frank Mangio

bank Bordeaux. “We have a new wine list with a larger number of wines offered. I have walked all over Europe, tasting as I went, and now I have the go-ahead to not only create a broader based California collection, but dig deep into the great wineries of France and Italy,” he said. “My Chardonnay now include Burgundy, my Cabs are partly from Bordeaux. I want wines from less traveled roads. We serve a six-ounce wine by the glass, which is more than most and we’ll be rolling out some high-end name brand cabs from Napa Valley on a test basis.” He emphasized that training the wait staff is important to convey to the diner what they are paying for.

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Sauces play an important role in wine selection, as well as entrée selection, so there may be five or six wine selections that will go with a dish. Kirschenman hopes to bring in wine dinners, especially from the nearby wineries, long a hope of mine. Live music at the inn is now scheduled in the lobby area on the weekends from 6 to 10 p.m. Morada serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with brunch on weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn more at www.theinnatrsf.com Operacaffe is the Soprano Sound Cheryl Larson, a trained soprano performing Italian Opera, serves up the joy of Italian music while diners savor delicious Mediterranean food at the LUNCH Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:00pm DINNER Mon-Thurs: 5pm-9pm Fri: 5pm-9pm / Sat: 4pm-9pm Sun: 4pm-9pm

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La Jolla Sat. Jan 25 at 5:30pm. Join winemaker Keith Emerson for select pours accompanying a three-course dinner at $75. Call (858) 7503695 for reservations. Paradigm Winery of Napa Valley comes to Encinitas for a wine dinner at Solace, Jan. 28 starting at 6:30 p.m. Sean Crowley of Paradigm presides over four pours at the four-course meal. $80. RSVP at events@eatatsolace.com. WineSellar & Brasserie in Sorrento Valley San Diego pours Sangiovese at a wine event Jan. 29 from 5 to 9 p.m. Cost is $20. Call for details at (858) 450-9557. Wine Steals in Cardiff is hosting a Paso Robles vs. Napa Valley wine comparison, Jan. 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. $5. Vittorios Camino Del Sur in Carmel Valley, is presenting a Frescobaldi Wine Dinner Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. Italian wine specialist Marcos Mizzau will introduce the four great varietals including a Italian opera music is occasionally presented at San Diego’s Operacaffe. 2011 Tenuta Castiglione Super Tuscan. $49.50. For more information contact San Diego Gaslamp’s Florentine with several ravio- (858) 538-5884. li and risotto dishes. Operacaffe. I chose the Ravioli Food, wine and music are TASTE OF WINE is the basis for the Italian Porcini e Crema di Tartuffi,in happy to report that our web lifestyle and the Operacaffe is a creamy wild mushroom and site is now mobile optimized. the only one I know of that truffle sauce. Beef and fish Our viewers with smart completes the trifecta with dinners also abound. phones can access the weekly The wine choice is easy, opera music. At times she is columns quickly and easily. joined by celebrated tenor an Italian Antinori from tasteofwinetv.com. Rosario Monetti and pianist Tuscany, the 2007 Chianti Classico “Peppoli.” It’s made Bryan Verhoye. Musical performances with mostly Sangiovese and a begin at 6:30 p.m. and are touch of Merlot and Syrah. scheduled for the third Information and reservations Frank Mangio is a renowned wine conTuesday monthly with the for these musical evenings noisseur certified by Wine Spectator. dining room as a stage. It’s up can be made at (619) 234- His library can be viewed at www.tasteclose and personal and some- 6538. ofwinetv.com. (Average Google certified how the minestrone, ravioli 900 visits per day) He is one of the top and wine tastes much better Wine Bytes five wine commentators on the Web. An Emerson Brown Wine Reach him at mangiompc@aol.com. to the cream of Italian opera. The menu is decidedly Dinner is planned at Amaya



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On Jan. 15, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Protection officers discovered more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana at the San Ysidro port of entry. Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

member, driving a 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche pickup truck, entered the port for inspection through a designated SENTRI lane. The inspecting CBP officer referred the driver and truck for a more indepth investigation. Officers ran the vehicle through the port’s imaging system, revealing anomalies with the bed of the truck. They searched the truck and found 30 large wrapped packages of marijuana in the bed of the truck, underneath a

locked plastic cover. The marijuana has a street value of about $303,000. The driver was arrested and his SENTRI privileges were revoked. The second seizure occurred later the same day at about 4:45 p.m. at the Otay Mesa cargo facility, when a 62year-old male Mexican citizen entered the port driving a 1998 Freightliner tractor pulling a trailer with a shipment of watermelons. The CBP officer referred the driver and conveyance for an intensive examination. CBP officers again used the port’s imaging system to spot inconsistancies with the front wall of the trailer. Officers extracted 374 large wrapped packages of marijuana hidden in a false wall compartment at the front of the trailer.The marijuana has a street value of about $1.1 million. The driver was arrested. In both cases, CBP seized the narcotics and conveyance.

DEL MAR — Del Mar Heights Village shopping center, at 13983 Mango Drive, is getting a makeover and will take on the new name of Beachside Del Mar. New owner and manager Donahue Schriber provided preliminary sketches and elevation plans for the upgrades, along with details about the name change, at the recent Torrey Pines Community Planning Board meeting. Located on Del Mar Heights Road near Mango Drive in Del Mar, the look and feel of Beachside Del Mar is inspired by the community in which it resides, according to Donahue Schriber. The remodel will include the local tradition of craftsman architecture found in Del Mar and San Diego, as well as the character of nearby beachside resorts. The shopping center is being reimagined to create an inviting village atmosphere to shop, dine and work. Quality shopping, dining and gather-

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decades,” said Stan Pleskunas, another longtime friend and surfboard shaper. Whether at Swami’s or Black’s Beach, Hendricks often surfed alone at night, with a light on his helmet and the moonlight guiding him. “Terry was the first guy to introduce me to Black’s Beach and the incredible waves there,” Pleskunas said. “I clearly recall him telling me about the bathymetry and why the waves are so good there.” Above all, Pleskunas said he’s indebted to Hendricks for providing guidance at a key juncture of his life. “I was a kid of 14 and completely operating without adult supervision,” Pleskunas said. “I think Terry understood I needed some guidance and really stepped up to the plate. “He taught me about fins and why and how they work. He taught me about how to build a mold and use it. He taught me algebra as it relates to surfing. Terry made the world come into focus for me.” “Terry’s spirit lives on in all of those who embrace curiosity and are also bedeviled by it,” he added. Swami’s Surfing Association member and friend Eric Klockenteger helped facilitate the plaque’s installation. While Hendricks is now

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edge of physics and oceanography to kneeboards and surfboards. “He knew everything about hydrodynamics and designed boards to take advantage of a wave’s energy,” Ekstrom said, adding that Hendricks explained the physics of surfing through a mathematical formula in a late 1960s Surfer Magazine article. “Terry was all science,” Ekstrom said. “He just had this stoke and was incredibly inspired to explore.” The new plaque, which can be found on the pavement near the stairs leading to Swami’s Beach, reads, in part: “Terry was far ahead of his time, and since the mid-1960s, played a unique and important role in the development of various types of surf-craft.” Hendricks had a passion for developing what are called hydrofoil kneeboards. The hydrofoil, attached to the bottom of the board, lifts the rider above the water’s surface. A hydroplaning bodyboard, one of his latest creations, is evidence he was innovating even up to his death. “When, or if, we found out all of what he was working on (before) he died, I guarantee it will not be understood for another few



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Ott said he also doubted the Coastal Commission would allow it. Sand replenishment is one way to keep the beaches intact and prevent erosion, which leads to bluff failures, he said. The county recently completed one such project and another long-term one is in the works with the Army Corps of Engineers. Until that happens, the best the city can do is continue to educate beachgoers. “Mother Nature is a big problem,” Ott said. “We try to notify the public as much as we can.” Should an injury or death occur, circumstances would determine liability. “A given incident would have specific issues that would have to be evaluated to ascertain if there was any liability, and if there potentially was, to what degree,” Ott said.

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Academy celebrates New Transit Center offers weekend service theater alumni ENCINITAS — San Dieguito Academy will present a one-night-only Alumni Benefit for the school’s Theatre Department at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Clayton E. Liggett Theater, 800 Santa Fe Drive. Ariane Price (1992 San Dieguito High alumni) and her sketch comedy group “Strangely Attractive” present “The Lingering Smell of High School,” an evening of comedic sketches readings and improvisational comedy about high school. Price graduated from SDHS in 1992 and has fond memories performing in the old Roundabout Theater. SDHS is where she discovered her love of improv comedy. As an adult, Price is living her dream as a member of the famed Los Angeles Comedy Groundlings Theater where she writes and per-

forms sketch comedy and performs improv, doing four shows every weekend. She is the host of a Web series on Mom.me called “Web Crawling.” You may also have seen her in appearances on “Lost,” “Modern Family” and “Bridesmaids.” You can see her on Abe’s “Trophy Wife” this February. Proceeds from the event will benefit SDA’s Theatre Arts Council, which funds the technical director for the theatre department and the theatrical resources and supplies for students. A pre-show reception with light appetizers and beverage will start at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby. Desserts and beverage will be served at the conclusion of the performance. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students at seatyoursel.biz/sandieguito.com.

OCEANSIDE — The North County Transit District service changes, which take effect Feb. 2, will add weekend service to several Breeze bus routes as well as launch the new San Luis Rey Transit Center in north Oceanside. The San Luis Rey Transit Center at the intersection of Vandegrift Boulevard and N. River Road will serve Breeze routes 303, 309, 311, 313, and 315. All routes serving the new facility will have route and schedule changes. Passengers may find detailed information at GoNCTD.com or in the new Rider’s Guide which is available now for download and at customer service centers and on board Breeze buses beginning Jan. 23. The public is invited to a grand opening for the transit center at 10 a.m. Feb. 1

Details are available at GoNCTD.com. One of the major features of this final phase of the Mobility Plan, which was launched in 2012 to improve

The public is invited to a grand opening for the transit center at 10 a.m. Feb. 1 interconnectivity between transit modes, is weekend service to BREEZE routes 304/347 between Encinitas and San Marcos and routes 355/357 serving El Norte Parkway and Valley Parkway.

Oh, what a drag it is getting older JOE MORIS Baby Boomer Peace The Stones sang it best when they crooned “what a drag it is getting old.” In our baby boomer minds I don’t think we’ll ever get past thinking we are older than 25. We just mentally and physically cannot accept that we have become our parents, at least not until the body parts start showing their age. I built one of the first private skateboard parks in the country, in the world for that matter, back in 1978. It was called Sparks Goleta (UCSB). We had six pool variations and two half pipe variations. While the concrete was technically still curing (green), my friend Tim and I were the first to skate the park. When I took my first spill I “tweaked” my knee. Being 28 at the time I didn’t let the knee bother or slow me down. I continued doing all the things I enjoyed; skateboarding, surfing and golfing. But as time went on, that tweaked knee started giving me some problems. I couldn’t quite run as fast or walk 18 holes without the thing blowing up like a balloon. When I was a tad over 40 I played in an “over 40” baseball league. The last game of the season I finally blew the knee out sliding into second base. See, my mind still said I was 25 but my body was telling me it was 40 and counting. So as life continued its spiral downhill to a more sedate life, the back went out, the right “surfer’s ear” shut tight (otitis media … ask any surfer who has surfed his or her life in cold water in the winter. It’s the bones on the inner right ear that, due to sitting facing west with the north wind blowing in your water infested right ear, just

shuts tight), then the left knee went too. So back surgery, ear surgery, wrist surgery (car accident), right meniscus fixed, left meniscus fixed and then finally double knee surgery. Seriously now, I’m still 25 in my head but the body parts aren’t cooperating. I read recently that the baby boomers youngest members are turning 50 this year. For men, that’s double their mental age. We men will always be 25 in our heads. Yes the baby boomer generation is flat out becoming its parents. We never thought we’d get there where “there” is lots of gray hair, oncoming osteoporosis, fearing the “C” word and whatever else our parents went through once they rounded the age of 60. The first wave of baby boomers are already in their 60s. Those are the kids that were born between the end of World War II and the beginning of the Korean War. The second wave of baby boomers were born between 1954 and 1964. So, the World War II baby boomers are ready to pack in the hard lived life and take, or consider taking, their social security. The second wave of boomers are closing in quickly on their 60s with decisions to make as well. Apparently all the prognosticators and talking heads are saying that baby boomers either didn’t plan for their retirement adequately or a great deal of them were hurt by the recession and are now stuck looking to stay employed until some ungodly age. But, if working is what keeps a boomer healthy, most experts say go for it. I had a client once who, like clockwork, was in his office at 7:30 a.m. every day. I asked him once, several years ago, why he was still taking an early shower, putting on a suit, driving to his office through L.A. traffic and putting in long hours after turning 86.

He had more money and wealth than he could ever possibly exhaust but his response was pretty typical for all those A-type personalities bent on success; he said he would die if he stopped and retired. Like Andy Rooney of “60 Minutes” fame, it only took about six months after retirement before both my client and Andy Rooney ended up in boxes six feet under. To find peace in our lives we need to go with our gut. If working forever is going to keep you happy, then that’s what you need to do. But, if taking full retirement is what is going to make you the happiest, then that is what you

need to do instead. It probably just comes down to economics. It’s kind of ironic though that the ones who would prefer to retire generally don’t have the funds to do it while the ones who keep working instead have more money than they’ll ever need (but will think there’s never enough). While we consider all of our options we just keep whistling away to those endless and tireless Stones: “what a drag it is getting old!” Peace out. Joe Moris may be contacted at (760) 500-6755 or by e-mail at joe@coastalcountry.net.




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