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County Supervisor Dianne Jacob claims that the fire prevention fee is more like a tax at the Feb. 25 Board of Supervisor’s meeting. Photo

by Rachel Stine

Supervisors keep Study rounds up county’s aerial insects pushing for repeal of state fire fee

Team members prepare a malaise trap to capture aerial insects in the San Dieguito River Park. A year long preliminary study of the insect community in San Diego County is believed to be the first of its kind. Photo courtesy of David O’Connor

By Tony Cagala

REGION — The most numerous species caught were flies, followed by butterflies and then wasps. These were just some of the preliminary results found in malaise traps intended to capture aerial insects in San Diego County. Beginning in August of last year, six malaise traps were set up throughout the San Dieguito River Park. The sampling will end later this August, though there are hopes of continuing on with the project beyond this year, explained conservation ecologist David O’Connor. O’Connor, a former conservation manager with the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, will soon begin

work as a contract conservation biologist with the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. The Institute is one of the local agencies, along with UCSD, the San Dieguito River Park and the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, collaborating on the insect trap project. One of the goals of the project is to help build the library of IBoL the (International Barcode of Life) project, a worldwide effort to build a DNA library of everything from flora and fauna to insects and other organisms. San Diego County is considered to be the most bio-diverse county in the lower 48 states, O’Connor explained. TURN TO STUDY ON A14

‘Inefficient’ bridge will remain for at least 3 years By Bianca Kaplanek

REGION — Deemed “structurally inefficient,” the narrow bridge on El Camino Real just north of San Dieguito Road will be replaced with a four-lane structure, but not for at least another three years, according to an update from Dean Marsden at the Feb. 6 San Dieguito Community Planning Group meeting. Marsden, from the city of San Diego Public Works Department, said the bridge would not allow 100-year flood waters to pass underneath. Traffic in the area is currently rated at a level F, the worst, with daily trips expected to increase by 200 percent in the next 20 years. Plans call for the city of San Diego, which has jurisdiction over the area, to even-

tually realign the roadway. According to an environmental impact report, the existing bridge will be removed. There are several different proposals for alignment, and each creates impacts that will need to be mitigated. Roundabouts have been studied, but are not the preferred alternatives, as they would require a large footprint. The San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, San Diego Association of Governments, California Department of Transportation and San Diego are collaborating to work with the mitigation properties. Much of the funding is from the federal government, which means the TURN TO BRIDGE ON A14

The narrow bridge on El Camino Real, deemed “structurally inefficient,” will be replaced with a four-lane structure, but not for at least another three years. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

By Rachel Stine

REGION — The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is continuing its fight against the annual fire prevention fee billed to property owners in areas where the state is financially responsible for wildfire suppression. “From its inception, I and this board, on record fighting against this tax, have argued that it punishes homeowners who are already doing their part to pay for services in our fire-prone back country,” said Supervisor Dianne Jacob at the Board’s Feb. 25 meeting. Established in 2011, the fire prevention fee is an annual payment collected from property owners in the State Responsibility Area (SRA), land where the state pays for the prevention and fighting of wildfires. The fee is intended to cover the cost of fire protection efforts, including brush clearing, from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire. The fee is currently set at $152.33 for each habitable structure located within the SRA.

The fee is reduced by $35 if the building is on property that receives fire protection services from a local agency. The County Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to support two legislative measures that would restrict the impact of the fire fees. Assembly Bill 1519 would eliminate the civil penalties levied upon property owners who do not pay the fire fees. Senate Bill 832 exempts owners from paying the prevention fee for buildings that have been significantly damaged or destroyed by a natural disaster. In a consent item, the supervisors agreed to send a letter to express their support for the two bills to San Diego’s legislative representatives in Sacramento. The fees are going to be sent out to property owners in San Diego County from May 8 to May 16 for the fee’s third billing year. Most of those who will be billed have property in unincorporated areas of Rancho Santa Fe, but some TURN TO FIRE FEE ON A14

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E-cig ban blazes forward By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — E-cigarette use is about to go up in smoke in Solana Beach after City Council, with a 4-0-1 vote at the Feb. 26 meeting, moved forward to prohibit the devices wherever traditional smoking is not allowed, such as at beaches, parks and the Coastal Rail Trail. E-cigs, as they are known, and all other similar devices will be included in the definition of “smoking” when an amendment to the existing law takes effect next month. The battery-powered vaporizers, also called electronic nicotine delivery systems, simulate smoking. A heating element vaporizes liquid solutions that contain nicotine, flavorings, both or one of the two. Critics, law enforcement officials and health and prevention experts say they are also used to inhale illegal substances such as marijuana and heroin. E-cigs don’t contain tobacco or produce fire, smoke, ash or carbon monoxide. There are few studies on their effects on users or bystanders but at least one study found some potentially harmful compounds are present in the vapors. It is sometimes difficult, especially from a distance, to tell the difference between them and real cigarettes. Other than a ban on selling them to minors, there are currently no state or federal laws regulating e-cigs. Several well-known organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Lung Association, have noted a rise in the use of e-cigs among middle and high school students. In San Diego County, Vista, Carlsbad and Poway amended ordinances to prohibit e-cigs where traditional smoking is prohibited. Several other cities and the Del Mar Fairgrounds are taking steps in that same direction. Specifically, the new Solana Beach law defines smoking as “the carrying, holding, or use of a lighted pipe, cigar, or cigTURN TO E-CIG ON A14


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Stormy weather keeps safety officials busy By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — A storm that rolled through the region this past weekend took down power lines, uprooted trees and resulted in minor bluff collapses. All of which city kept public safety officials on their toes. “Winds were the most significant factor, particularly Friday,” said John Ugrob, supervisor with the Encinitas Public Works Department. Officials stayed busy moving moving fallen trees out of the public right-ofway at locations like Coast Highway 101, Ugrob said. They also took down or realigned wind-blown streetlights and roadway signs. Ugrob noted officials responded to calls all day and night Friday and then Saturday in the daytime, during the peak of stormy weather conditions. Luckily, there weren’t any major incidents, he added. “We were expecting it to be worse,” Ugrob said, adding the wind was as strong as predicted, but the city didn’t get as much rain as forecasts were calling

Strong gusts caused the Encinitas Boulevard sign to dangle this past Friday. Public safety representatives responded to a high number of wind-driven incidents due to the stormy weather conditions. Photo by Jared Whitlock


Prior to the storm moving in, public works, fire and lifeguard representatives met up and game-planned how to best

address any storm-related issues that might come up, which Ugrob said is typical of any strong rain or wind event. “We touch base and

make sure we have the ability to adjust in case anything critical happens,” Ugrob said. The storm also sent eight-to-ten foot waves to

Train horns to toot a little longer By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Beginning in mid-March, Del Marians may notice the wayside horn at the Coast Boulevard train crossing tooting a little bit longer. The Federal Railroad Administration recently amended the regulations that govern wayside horns to ensure the devices sound for the entire time the lead locomotive is traveling through the crossing. The horn must sound at least 15 seconds before a train arrives at a crossing and while the lead locomotive travels through it. To comply with the new regulation, Del Mar’s wayside system will blow about five seconds longer than it has been since it was installed in September 2012. “The FRA is the law of the land, so there’s nothing we can do about it,” said resident Hershell Price, who led the effort to have the directional system installed in the seaside city. “Compared to what we had in the past, this is minimal. “Five more seconds is just one honk,” he added. “I don’t think it will have any effect. I don’t think it’s going to make anyone terribly upset. But if there are any complaints I’ll let (North County Transit District) know about it.”

beaches. Combined with high tides, lifeguards worried about major bluff failures. Encinitas Lifeguard Captain Larry Giles noted lifeguards monitored vulnerable bluffs at southern Grandview Beach, Swami’s and Cardiff to make sure they staid intact. “We look for cracks and fissures,” Giles said, noting they warn homeowners and beachgoers if a bluff looks in danger of failing. Small pieces of beach bluff collapsed due to precipitation, Giles said, but nothing major. With rain washing urban runoff downstream, lifeguards posted signs warning the public to stay out of the ocean at Moonlight Beach due to high bacteria counts. Relatedly, the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health issued an advisory for beachgoers to stay out of coastal waters for 72 hours until after the rain stops. On TuesTURN TO WEATHER ON A14

Fire does minimal damage By Tony Cagala

The wayside horn at the Coast Boulevard train crossing will sound an extra five seconds beginning in midMarch to comply with new Federal Railroad Administration regulations. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Train horns will be noticeably less frequent during the first two weekends in March — and completely absent March 15 and March

16 — due to construction on Camp Pendleton. The six Amtrak trains that serve all eight Coaster stations will not operate

March 1, 2, 8 and 9, and all rail service between Oceanside and San Diego will be suspended March 15 and March 16.

RANCHO SANTA FE — Firefighters with the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District responded to a call on Sunday afternoon of smoke seen coming from a detached structure near Via de la Valle and Calzada Del Bosque. When firefighters arrived at the scene they found a Toyota pickup truck on fire in a carport. The vehicle had been converted to a utility-type vehicle, similar to a street-sweeping vehicle, according to a fire department spokesperson. The fire was extinguished in 20 minutes, and flames were prevented from spreading to the rest of the structure, which also contained a residential unit, though, a portion of the carport and adjacent bedroom received heat and fire damage. Fire crews remained on site to conduct salvage and overhaul work. The Solana Beach Fire Department assisted in the incident. The cause of the fire is not yet known and an investigation is still under way.

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Jerry Brown called lazy, vulnerable California Focus By Thomas D. Elias

Community Commentary

Mandate would be harmful to businesses By Corinne Hackbart

It has been brought to my attention after my last Health Inspection at my deli, that there is a new mandate submitted by the State of California Health Dept. This mandate is requiring every single food establishment to wear gloves at all times. At first glance one would think, of course a food handler should be wearing gloves while handling food, but looking deeper into the reality this is wrong for 2 reasons. First reason, false sense of security. I worked as a nurse specializing in cardiology. We were mandated to wear gloves back in the ‘80s and ‘90s when Hepatitis B and AIDS became very prevalent in our society and the knowledge of how the AIDS viruses was transmitted was unclear. It was found that there became an increase of cross contamination of bacteria/viruses with nurses and health care professionals going room to room without changing gloves. Some nurses were washing their gloves so not use so many of them. The gloves were porous leaving some bacteria behind. This perception that the patient was being protected was nothing but a false sense of security, when in reality, just the protection of the health care worker was being provided. If the procedure of using the gloves correctly was followed, then of course cross contamination would not occur and patient safety was ensured. Proper procedure and protocol

must be followed which is the key to ensure the patients safety. I had a customer tell me of a situation very close to the scenario just described. She told me she and her friend visited a hamburger establishment in San Diego where the cashier was wearing gloves. He rang up the order, took their money for their order, then continued on getting their drinks and assembling their order not changing his gloves after using the cash register and handling the money. She was so appalled she canceled the order. Her comment to me was, I had no idea how long he had been wearing those gloves or where his gloves had been. If proper procedure and protocol are not followed, again, the customer/patient, will not be protected. I have personally spoken with many food service employees who will readily admit that it is often times very difficult to impossible to follow this protocol of constantly changing gloves. One employee told me that they were suppose to wash their hands before putting on the gloves. She said it was a joke since it is nearly impossible to put your semi-dry hand in a glove, then once in, since your hand is still a bit damp, it causes your hand to sweat. This would result in the hand washing step to be eliminated. Second reason, excessive rubber and latex in the landfills. There are currently many cities in the state of California that are no longer using

plastic bags. The concern, and rightfully so, is due to the enormous amount of non recyclable plastic filling up our landfills finding their way into our oceans. Think how much plastic, latex and rubber will be taking the place of the plastic bags in the landfills and finding their way into the ocean should this mandate be fully implemented. These gloves are not recyclable. There are already procedures and protocols built into the food handlers code with regards as to when gloves have to be worn. Some of the obvious reasons are, if a worker is wearing a band aid, or, if the food establishment allows it, if a worker is wearing finger nail polish, or if the worker has a cut on their hands. My question is, why not spend all this time, money and effort reinforcing prudent and proper hand washing techniques that has proven to help minimize/eliminate the transfer of bacterial/viral infections? Just imagine with all the restaurants, food courts, food kiosks, food trucks and all the other types of food vendors changing gloves every time a new order is up seven days a week multiplied by an estimated 1.35 million documented food service workers calculates to millions of gloves per day all going into the landfills Please contact your local City Council, Supervisor, Congress or Senator to stop this harmful mandate before it is fully implemented.

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Jerry Brown has been called a lot of things in his 45-year political career, from “Gov. Moonbeam” to “the old man,” but no one ever accused him of being a do-nothing dud of a politician. Until now. Changing the state’s school-funding formula, balancing the budget after years of deficit, proposing a massive water transportation plan and spearheading a successful campaign for a tax increase were not enough to make Brown a busy man, says his most likely fall reelection rival. “Brown is a caretaker governor,” charges Neel Kashkari, leading Republican in some recent polls. “I’m telling you, he’s a status quo guy. I call him lazy and unwilling to make the major changes we need to bring California back from the Great Recession. All he does is nibble around the edges of problems.” This unique criticism of Brown will be a major theme of Kashkari’s campaign against the 75-yearold Democrat. Kashkari, a former executive of the Goldman Sachs banking house, led the federal Treasury Department’s Troubled Asset Relief Program for several months under both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He takes much credit for rescuing the U.S. economy from disaster and is the early favorite over fellow Republicans Tim Donnelly and Andrew Blount in the June primary election. For sure, Kashkari is a different sort of Republican candidate, perhaps one California voters will be ready to accept. The Ohio-born son of Indian immigrant parents, he didn’t get here until 1998, then left for more than three years’ work in Washington, D.C. So he’s only lived here about 13 years, less than any serious candidate for governor in modern memory. “If time in California were the criterion leading to a great governor, Brown would be great,” the intense, shaven-headed Kashkari said, seated in a San Fernando Valley coffee shop. Kashkari is unlike other recent top Republican nominees: He’s not a billionaire, his net worth estimated at “only” about $5 million; he can’t write big checks to his campaign every time the bank account gets thin, a la Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina, Arnold Schwarzenegger and William Simon. “I won’t contribute anything,” he says. That

would contrast enormously with Brown’s 2010 opponent, Silicon Valley executive Whitman, who spent more than 140 million of her own dollars without coming close. “Brown is vulnerable,” Kashkari declares. “He wants to spend $67 billion on his crazytrain (Kashkari code for high speed rail) and one poll I saw had only about 33 percent of voters wanting to reelect him.” The same survey, however, found 59 percent approve Brown’s job performance, an odd polling combination. Kashkari says he’d pursue two main goals if elected: creating jobs and reviving California education. Asked how, he makes a major commitment to exploiting the state’s huge shale oil and gas reserves, without imposing a new drilling tax. He would also make a big push for less regulation of business, something Brown has tried, but not been able to push through the Legislature. How would Kashkari operate as a Republican dealing with a large Democratic legislative majorities? He doesn’t explain in detail. But he insists that “I would bring a lot of companies back to California, not have them continue moving out of state,” also a theme of the previous three GOP candidates for governor. But he doesn’t detail how he’d help business cope with high housing costs that prevent many companies from recruiting out-ofstate workers here. He also insists he’d pursue development of new reservoirs to store water in wet years and prepare for dry ones, but does not say where he’d put them. “We need a large water bond on the fall ballot,” he says. “I blame Brown for lack of preparation for the drought.” But in more than an hour discussing what he would do, there were no details on how he’d revive education, where California’s per-student spending is among the lowest in America. Kashkari brings obvious energy to the campaign trail. But his big handicap also is obvious — voters don’t know him. Not one person in that coffee shop appeared to recognize him, despite his distinctive appearance. Can Kashkari win in a state where Republicans are badly outnumbered and where he’s never run for any office, where he’s voted in barely half the elections during his time here? He says yes. Brown doesn’t seem worried. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com.

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Deadline approaching to sign up for mandatory healthcare coverage By Promise Yee

REGION — All Californians are required to have healthcare coverage. Those who do not sign up for healthcare by the extended March 31 deadline will face a penalty charge for failing to have health insurance. For those who still have questions about healthcare plans, North County Health Services (NCHS) is a Covered California certified enrollment provider, and offers free assistance with online healthcare enrollment. NCHS was at Oceanside Civic Center Library Feb. 26, where 50 people were lined up for healthcare signup assistance within the first two hours. The service allows people to sit down one on one with a program resource specialist to answer questions about family size, income and health needs, in order to choose the best Covered California healthcare plan, which offers state financial assistance. It also helps people weigh the pros and cons of keeping their existing healthcare insurance or signing up for a policy under Covered California. Covered California policies are minimum coverage health plans geared for individuals age 30 and under, and those earning low to medium incomes. Policies cover doctor visits, preventative care, hospital care, emergency care, care for pregnant women, children and infants and prescription drugs. Children also receive vision and dental care. Cheryl McMahen, North County Health Services outreach coordinator, said preventative care is an important benefit of Covered California policies that allows patients to identify and treat chromic diseases early. “Patients can connect and come in more often,” McMahen said. “More people are going to be healthier.” Income perimeters for Covered California healthcare plans are $35,325 to $94,200 annually for a family of four, or $17,235 to $45,960 for an individual.

GUITAR ORCHESTRA Guitarists of all skill levels are invited to participate in the Encinitas Guitar Orchestra’s upcoming session, which will focus on Latin and South American music. The orchestra members learn technique and theory under the supervision of Peter Pupping and William Wilson, two Encinitas-based musicians and teachers. Rehearsals are Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ranch View Baptist Church, 415 Rancho Santa Fe Road, in Encinitas, beginning March 17. Cost to participate is $300. For more information, visit encinitasguitarorchestra.com, download the registration form, or contact Peter Pupping at Guitar Sounds, (760) 943-0755 or peter@guitarsounds.com. Courtesy photo

Magic at the library Ashley Guzman, NCHS outreach workers, (on right) and Chris Chavez, NCHS outreach assistant, answer questions on healthcare plans. Covered California policies cover preventative, hospital, and emergency care. Photo by Promise Yee

“Family size and income determine how much assistance you are eligible for,” McMahen said. “Basically the less you make the more assistance you receive.” State assistance can lower the monthly premium of healthcare costs to $1 a month in some cases. Policy choices are platinum, gold, silver or bronze level coverage through six Covered California healthcare providers within the San Diego region. Platinum coverage charges patients the highest monthly premium and 10 percent out of pocket costs for services. At the other end of the scale, bronze coverage charges patients the lowest monthly premium and 40 percent costs for services. Gold and silver levels fall in between. McMahen said, as a rule of thumb, people who are healthy and only need wellness services usually select a bronze plan option. People who have a

chronic condition and need regular treatments and medication usually select a platinum plan option. “For someone with a chronic condition the higher plan is a better fit,” McMahen said. McMahen added people who have an established relationship with a doctor might want to check on which policies their doctor accepts. Some families and individuals may qualify for free Medi-Cal coverage based on income, family size and age. Families of four with an annual income of under $32,000, and individuals earning less than $15,860 qualify for Medi-Cal. Upcoming Covered California sign up assistance will be held March 18 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Carlsbad Library, 3368 Eureka Place in Carlsbad, and March 24 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive in Encinitas. For more information, call NCHS at (760) 736-8718.

Students benefit from Casa event RANCHO SANTA FE — Casa de Amistad, Centro de Enseñanza presents its “Sowing Seeds of Success” champagne brunch and silent auction fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 15 at the Del Mar Country Club 6001 Clubhouse Drive, Rancho Santa Fe. Tickets are $100 at casadeamistad.org. Casa de Amistad is a Solana Beach organization dedicated to fostering education and character development for disadvantaged students in coastal North County San Diego. The benefit theme builds on a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) campaign to step up academic aspirations and success for students in

Casa’s “Study Companions” program, according to Director Nicole Mione-Green. “We are focused on increasing student participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subject matter, she said. The move is in keeping with federal and state reforms that have elevated STEM education to a national priority and elementary standards that have shifted the reading focus for elementary students from fiction to STEM-related non-fiction topics. “We want our participants to be able to keep up and be competitive with their peers,” Mione-Green stated. “Our goal is to push disadvantaged students,

most dual language learners normally tracked for basic courses and high school graduation, toward college-prep STEM coursework and STEM college readiness.” In line with this, Casa has invited professionals working in (or retired from) STEM professions to take part in the Study Companions program as volunteer tutors and mentors for K-12 Latino students in the community. The organization is also raising funds to build a library of STEM- focused books. For more information on the fundraising event or volunteer tutoring, contact Nicole Mione-Green at director@casadeamistad.org or (858) 509-250.

RANCHO SANTA FE — This March at the Rancho Santa Fe Library, join them for magic and share some cake with the Cat in the Hat. Dr. Seuss’ birthday party is at 3:15 p.m. March 6. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with stories, a craft and birthday cake. Be amazed at a magic show featuring The Amazing Dana at 3:15 p.m. March 13. Discover your artistic side with chalk art creations at 3:15 p.m. March

27. Get creative during Youth Art Month. The community is invited to its regular weekly programs, including: — Preschool Storytime - Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. — Early Literacy Storytime - Every Wednesday at 11 a.m. — Toddler Storytime Every Friday at 10:30 a.m. — Wii for All - Every Friday at 3 a.m. — Make and Take Craft - Every Saturday all day



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What you should know about your child’s teeth ENCINITAS — We teach our kids about manners and healthy eating. We encourage them to read and be responsible. All of these and other beneficial behaviors begin at home and shape the people they grow to be. Dental care should be no different. According to Dr. Matt Davis of Davis Pediatric Dentistry in Encinitas, the concept of a “dental home” is crucial to lifelong oral health. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry encourages the concept of a dental home. Based on the medical model, it emphasizes comprehensive, continuously accessible, family-centered, compassionate care. This means the patient, parents, dentists and nondental professionals all working together. “The establishment of a dental home may follow the medical home model as a cost-effective and higher quality health care alternative to emergency care situations,” according to the Academy of Pediatrics. So when should you first take your child to the dentist? The earlier the better. “A child’s first visit should be around their first birthday,” Dr. Davis said. “At our office we refer to it as a well baby visit and it is generally free of charge.”

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The dental home model focuses on children beginning at age 1 until 18, when they typically leave the nest. Davis Pediatric Dentistry follows the guidelines of a dental home and according to Dr. Davis, early home care and regular dental visits every six months can help lead to a lifetime of good oral health. A common misconception about children’s dental care is that they are “just baby teeth,” Dr. Davis said. “Baby teeth are very important to your overall dental health. They are important to normal development of the jaws, they save space for permanent teeth and help guide them into position. Many people don’t realize that the last baby teeth are typically not lost until 12 to 14 years of age.” One way that Davis Pediatric Dentistry shares important information about oral hygiene is through the practice’s mascots Rada Rabbit and Flossie. For more than 25 years the two have traveled to local preschools and elementary

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Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Puppy Love 5K, offers a run at 8 a.m. and a walk at 8:20 a.m. March 16 on Highway 101 in Solana Beach. Proceeds go to the animal center. Courtesy photo

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Dancers, musician, and painter collaborate Promise Yee

ENCINITAS — The story was about lines and relationships in first of four Patricia Rincon Dance Collective Salon Dances at the Encinitas Library on Feb. 23. The dance series is a nod to the Isadora Duncan Salon Dances of the 1900s, in which wealthy patrons gathered in their salon to watch dance. Features of the Salon Dance series are its up close performances and minimal props and addi-

tional lighting. “It’s a body in space performing,” Patricia Rincon, Patricia Rincon Dance Collective artistic director, said. “No lighting technique. Enjoying the space as it is.” The first performance “Caught” was carried out in theater in the round. Its three dancers, Kenna Crouch, David Wornovitzky and Bonnie Young Lee, explored staying on the line, straying off the line, and looking at both sides of the line.

“It’s looking at the lines,” Rincon said. “Architectural artistic lines, physical emotional lines in movement, personal emotional lines.” Each dancer expresses their unique relationship with lines. Natalia Valerdi, performance choreographer and Patricia Rincon Dance Collective associate director, said to prepare dancers for the performance she asked them to draw a timeline of their life including their ups, downs,

The Salon Dances series feature up close performances and minimal props. The dances are modeled after Isadora Duncan Salon Dances of the 1900s. Photos by Promise Yee

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and turns. “The choreography came from personal boundaries, struggles, and the blurring of those lines,” Valerdi said. The solo dances reflected each dancer’s life story. Lee stayed on the line. “It’s the lines I have to follow in my life,” Lee said. “Should I try crossing them?” Wornovitzky ventured next to the line. Crouch explored the two sides of the line. Between solo performances dance duets and trios were performed with moods that ranged from sensual to comical. The dancers, musician

Perez Lopez allows the music to guide his painting. “Caught” is a live collaboration of painter, dancers and musician.

and painter expressed to the energy of the other themselves and responded performers.

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Traveling to the Republic of Ireland in 1995 was our first trip abroad. We had considered Germany, but opted to ease into overseas travel by visiting a country that spoke English – except that it often was difficult to understand the Irish brand of English, especially in the rural areas. This boatman was a kindly, smiling fellow whose English was nearly indecipherable, except that we did understand his claim of a bit part in the 1952 film “The Quiet Man,” The movie was filmed in this area (near Cong on the Mayo-Galway border) and won John Ford an Oscar for Best Director. The boatman offered tourists rides on Lough (Lake) Corrib near Ashford Castle, a monumental medieval stone structure built in 1228. Photo by Jerry Ondash


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For most people, taking photos is as much a part of the trip as plane tickets, suitcases and postcards. We want to be able to bring home memories and relive our travels. With the advent of digital photography, making memories has become so incredibly easy and inexpensive, but most of us fail to make prints. Our photos stay on our phones, computers, laptops and tablets. With all the sharing technology available, maybe

we don’t need prints, but there is something special about paging through a photo album. Sure, compared to today’s high-resolution photos, the printsof-old may look a bit grainy and fuzzy, but they are still dear to our hearts and can bring back those special moments of our journeys. Here are a few photos of some of the people my husband and I have encountered during out travels in past years. All except one are prints in our albums, which we ceased to assemble in 2005 when we bought our first digital camera.

I photographed this colorful and jolly Portuguese street vendor – she grinned and laughed at every potential customer – in October 2002 in the beach town of Nazare. She and many other women who were dressed similarly stood next to their carts loaded with several varieties of roasted nuts in the section of the town built on the top of a cliff. It can be reached only by riding a funicular. Visitors come to Nazare to see the splendid baroque Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazare that houses the statue of Our Lady of Nazare, purported to perform miracles.. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@ coastnewsgroup.com

Our family traveled to Slovakia in May 2002 after researching my husband’s family tree and found many cousins still in the country. His maternal and paternal grandparents had immigrated from eastern Slovakia to the United States in the early 1900s but left behind many relatives. My husband took this photo of the eight cousins as they gathered in a window to say goodbye to us. Their parents had hosted a luncheon in their modest home (no indoor plumbing) on their small farm. They had laid out quite a feast but only the father and oldest daughter ate with us. The rest of the women served us, and the children in this photo had lined up against the wall to watch us eat and converse. I guess they considered the strange relatives from America entertaining. Photo by Jerry Ondash

On that same September 2001 trip, we just happened to be in Rome on the Sunday that Pope John Paul II was canonizing a half-dozen people (declaring them saints) from as many countries. We learned of the event the night before when we questioned a man who was setting up thousands of folding chairs in St. Peter’s Square. We figured tickets for the next-day’s event were long gone, but took a chance and wandered back to the square the next morning. Surprisingly, an usher showed us to some seats, so we pretended we belonged. Within the next hour, the chairs began to fill with thousands, including hundreds of nuns from the saints-to-be’s countries of origin. The atmosphere began to resemble a giant sporting event as nuns of all types filed in wearing color-coordinated baseball caps and carrying matching flags and banners proclaiming the name of their saints. I caught this nun as she entered the square. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

In May 2008, we traveled to China and began our 12-day tour in Beijing. Our guide took us into an area where the government has not destroyed the old neighborhoods or hutongs. Their preservation serves mostly to bring tourists so they can see how the urban Chinese used to live before hundreds of high rises were built. Hutongs are characterized by small, single-story dwellings that open onto narrow alleys. Communal bathrooms (one for each block) still exist. We also walked through a lively, thriving market in the hutong district where we saw this grandfather and grandson. Urban Chinese families are generally limited to one child, and since both parents work, the child is often raised by grandparents. These only-children often are treated like royalty – fed well and carried around by grandparents long after the children have learned to walk. According to our guide, this is causing an obesity problem in China’s youngest population. Photo by Jerry Ondash

My husband, sister, brother-in-law and I were touring Rome and Tuscany in September 2001. We flew to Milan just a few days after 9/11 in a nearly empty 767. We didn’t cancel our trip, reasoning that the skies were probably safer than ever because everyone was on high alert. The flight attendants opened several bottles of champagne and shared them with us. One afternoon, after touring the catacombs outside Rome, we were strolling through a neighborhood and came upon this knife sharpener. He rode his scooter through the nearby villages with his “workshop” strapped to the back – a compact, efficient operation for sure. Although the day was hot, he didn’t remove his sweater, maintaining a dignity and formality about his work. Photo by E’Louise Ondash


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Pardon their French in entertaining ‘Lies’ By Tony Cagala

Distant view of the one room schoolhouse constructed on the Pacific View property as donated by J.S. Pitcher in 1883. Photo courtesy of Encinitas Historical Society

Turning the tide on Pacific View The saga of the Pacific View property has reached epic proportions. The tide needs to be turned quickly to prevent the story from ending in tragedy. The Pacific View property, which was gifted in 1883 by J. S. Pitcher, has been the subject of hot debate during the past several years. Located on 2.8 acres only one block from the coastal bluff and two blocks from the thriving businesses along South Coast Highway 101, the property is home to the historic one-room schoolhouse constructed in 1883. The more recent structure built in 1953 has fallen into increasing disrepair since closing its doors a decade ago, but many interested parties have seen beyond its current eroding exterior to its extraordinary potential. The dream of converting the historic property into a community center for arts and culture has been the impassioned desire of many locals. With this intent, last year the City of Encinitas offered to purchase the property from the Encinitas Union School District for $4.3 million. However, by that time communication between the City and EUSD had disintegrated and EUSD elected simply not to respond with a counteroffer. With the January 9 announcement by the EUSD school board that the property will be sold at auction, emotions were reignited within the community.


brush with art kay colvin Encinitas Union School District Board member Maureen “Mo” Muir responds to email inquiries, “I share in your vision for this community asset to be utilized in a manner that protects the intent of Mr. Pitcher who donated the property for our children and public use. As indicated by my statements and vote on this matter at school board meetings, I completely disagree with the policy platform my colleagues have taken.” According to Encinitas Mayor Teresa Barth, who has since its inception supported the concept of an arts center at Pacific View, “The city is still willing to meet with the school board to find a win-win solution to keep this historic property for public use and support the children of Encinitas now and in the future.” Encinitas City Councilman Tony Kranz states, “Encinitas has always attracted people who are either artists or supporters of the arts. It’s what makes our community so special. Another thing that draws people to Encinitas is the Pacific Ocean. So imagine how wonderful it would be to put these two things toTURN TO BRUSH WITH ART ON A14

the paintings of Jason Adkins, will be on display through April 3, in the Kruglak Gallery, inside the student center at MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. Know something that’s going The Kruglak Gallery hours are Mondays/Tuesdays 2:30 to 7:30 on? Send it to calendar@ p.m.; and Wednesdays/Thursdays, coastnewsgroup.com 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. MARK THE CALENDAR For additional information, conCELEBRITY POKER GAME tact gallery director Diane Adams Attend as a spectator or reserve at (760) 795-6657. your spot now at the Rancho San- MARCH 8 ta Fe Celebrity Poker ChampionMONTH FOR WOMEN View ship benefiting the Marshall Faulk “A Woman’s Journey” opening reFoundation, to be held from 7 to 11 ception and exhibition from 1 to 4 p.m. May 16, at Willowbrook Farms‚ p.m. March 8 at the Encinitas Coma private Rancho Santa Fe estate. munity Center Gallery, 1140 OakTickets at eventbrite.com. Address crest Park Drive, Encinitas. information will be given upon tickMAKE MOSAICS Kate et purchase. The evening includes O’Brien of Art Beat on Main St. cocktails and dinner buffet from 7 will be teaching a glass mosaics to 8 p.m. Cards fly at 8 p.m. class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March

SOLANA BEACH — The year: 1666; the setting: France. The language: anything but stodgy. The North Coast Repertory Theatre hosted the San Diego premiere of “School for Lies,” on Saturday night, and with its language as flashy as the players’ wardrobes, there was little in the way of disappointment. Working from a play by the 17 century French playwright Moliere, David Ives sets loose a lyrical barrage of rhyme in iambic pentameter with his adaptation of “The Misanthrope.” The story of a man attempting to cut through society’s hypocrisies with the truth is updated here with modern day language, adult in some areas, and tinged with bourgeois English accents. It’s the kind of production the North Coast Repertory Theatre does so well. The action, more verbal than physical, takes place in a French-style drawing room, where a single staircase divides the gilded set in two. Several doorways lead on and off the stage. The sudden appearance of Frank (Richard Baird) has everyone in France’s high society buzzing over his unabashed and unfiltered opinions, which he’s only too willing to share — even if it means being sued for libel. “I never joke. I have no sense of humor,” says Frank, whose stark black outfit contrasts heavily with the glittery and electric-colored wardrobes of the others in high society. Hearing what they didn’t expect to hear only shocks and stuns those who have fallen in the crosshairs of Frank’s barbs. One of the first to feel Frank’s fury is the poet Oronte (Phil Johnson). Oronte, while attempting to read a poem addressed to an unnamed zelda1970@cox.net to register. DVORAK GOES TO COLLEGE MiraCosta College Symphony Orchestra plays Dvorak at 7:30 p.m. March 8 and at 3 p.m. March 9 in the Concert Hall, Bldg. 2400. General admission, $10.Tickets are available online at miracosta. edu/buytix or CALL ( 760) 7956815. PURE POETRY Encinitas-based poet and recording artist Darius Degher will launch his new poetry collection “To See the Sound” at 7:30 p.m. March 8 at Ducky Waddle’s Bookstore, 414 N. Coast Highway 101, Leucadia. Degher will read from the collection and sign books, plus live music.


SYMPHONY SEASON The North Coast Symphony presents “A Journey Through Time” at MARCH 7 8 at Art Beat on Main St., 330 Main 2:30 p.m. March 9 and at 7:30 p.m. ART AT COLLEGE The art St. in Vista. Cost of $25 includes March 11 at the Seacoast Commuexhibit “Resurrection,” featuring materials. Contact Kate O’Brien at nity Church, 1050 Regal Road, En-

Celimene (Jessica John Gercke) and Frank (Richard Baird) make plans for a sweeping romantic getaway in the North Coast Repertory Theatre’s production of “School for Lies.” Photos by Aaron Rumley

lover, is lambasted — the prose, Frank says, as purple as the hairy mole on Oronte’s nose. Frank has a friend in Philinte (Joel Ripka) who tries to corral his outspoken ways, though it’s apparent Frank isn’t to be censored. “Society is nothing but a school for lies,” Frank says. Between Frank’s cynicisms and digs at just about everything comes the butler Dubois, played by the ever-able Jonathan McMurtry. Shuffling across the stage with a tray of canapés becomes a recurring sight gag in the production. When Celimene (Jessica John Gercke) arrives to meet Frank, they go toeto-toe in a battle of wits over whether he’s right or wrong to tell things like they are. At one point in the production, Frank runs out into the audience and sits in the aisle, as Celimene, on stage, does her best impersonation of him, mocking his ideals. Only when Phil-

inte begins two lies, one about Frank the other of Celimene, does it excite a real change. Believing that Celimene loves him, Frank begins to change. His wardrobe changes, though only slightly. Instead of his all black suit, his collar and cuffs are now lined with glinting jewels; instead of his unkempt hair, it’s now slicked back and combed through. “God knows how love can change a man,” the once-acerbic man says. Meanwhile, Celimene has come to believe that Frank has a powerful relative that can help defend her in a libel court case. The chemistry between Baird and Gercke is appealing, cutting at each other with pointed words and mimicry before settling into shared warmth in Act II. “School of Lies” is adeptly filled out with a supporting cast that shows off just as much verbal dexterity to maintain this solid, unforced production directed by Andrew Paul. Brenda Dodge as Eli-

ing for depth and color harmony with Linda Luisi, 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays, March 18 to April 8 at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad. Register at (760) 602-4650 or carlsbadca.gov/ parksandrec. TUESDAY NIGHT COMICS San Diego actor Mark Christopher Lawrence will host Tuesday Night Comics at 7:30 p.m. March 11 along with Jennifer Congernaum, Tony Calabrese and Lamont Ferguson at the North Coast Repertory TheMARCH 10 GET A PART Auditions will atre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, be held from 7 to 10 p.m. March Suite D, Solana Beach. Rated R. 10 at the Broadway Theater, 340 Cost is $20. Call (858) 481-1055. East Broadway, Vista, for “Things MARCH 12 My Mother Taught Me.” Bring a JAZZ GUITAR The free famone-minute comic monologue. Play ily music program, sponsored by is on stage April 18 to May 11. For the Friends of the Carmel Valley more information, e-mail broad- Library, will be guitarist Patrick Berrogain in a program of gypsy wayvista@gmail.com. jazz at 7 p.m. March 12 at 3919 MARCH 11 PENCILS AND PASTELS Townsgate Drive in Carmel Valley. Learn right-brain drawing, shad- For further information, call (858) cinitas. For information, call (760) 753-3003. The suggested donation is $10. Visit northcoastsymphony. com. BLUEGRASS The Del Mar Foundation’s Cultural Arts Committee presents The Claire Lynch Band with “Bluegrass & Beyond” at 7 p.m. March 9 at the Del Mar Powerhouse, 1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, $20 general, $35 reserved seating at ca@delmarfoundation. org.

ante brings a sweetness to her role, while Jason Heil brings laughs as Acaste, an empty-headed, self-involved beau with bows in his hair; and David McBean as Clitander, whose name people have fun mispronouncing, comes in with his nose in the air and his finger up it. There’s enough here to like in “School of Lies” that it’s worth going to see, and that’s the truth.

Where: North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Ste. D, Solana Beach When: Wednesdays 7 p.m., Thursdays-Saturdays 8 p.m., Saturdays-Sundays 2 p.m., Sundays 7 p.m. Ends March 16 Tickets: $41-$48 Info: (858) 481-1055 or northcoastrep.org Running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes


MARCH 13 ART AND A MOVIE Celebrate Steve White’s birthday with live music and art all day March 16 at the Seaside Bazaar, 459 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Then see his documentary, “Steve White - Painting the World” at 7 p.m. March 16 at La Paloma Theatre, 471 S. Coast Highway 101. If sold out, a second screening at 9 p.m. WANT TO WATERCOLOR? Learn watercolor with Linda Melvin. Cover the basics of watercolor, paints, paper selection, and brushes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for intermediate and 2 to 5 p.m. for beginners, March 13, March 20 and March 27 in the Solana Beach area. Cost is $14.50 for paper to be paid to teacher at first session. If you have watercolor supplies, bring them to the first class or contact Linda at (619) 200-3431 or painter197@aol.com.

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Yaël Gmach emcees E-Street café’s Tuesday night open mics and has helped develop the event into what performers call one of the best open mics in San Diego. She and her husband Vladimir Yarovinsky, right, play together for the opening and closing of the show. Photo by Yeshe Salz

Encinitas open mic night lives on Big Read ends with radio

Actress Gloria McMillan, left, plays Brigid O’Shaughnessy and actor Ron Cocking plays Sam Spade. Photo by Promise Yee

By Yeshe Salz

Special to The Coast News ENCINITAS — Long time hub for the Encinitas coffee-goer, E-Street cafe continues to hold true to its Tuesday night open mic tradition. Ever since its opening in 2004, E-Street has hosted the artistically minded, late night cafe crawler’s dream: a three hour open mic that hosts some of the community’s newest and most promising talent. But it’s not all about the creative caliber. E-Street open mics are known for their inclusive spirit, buzzing audience support and charmingly quirky environment. Musicians and poets flock there on Tuesday nights for this unique experience. “I do it for the love of it. It’s an excellent crowd and a pleasant atmosphere,” said one of the performers who only referred to himself as Robin. As a local musician, he’s played every Tuesday night since E-Street first opened. “It’s probably one of the best open mics in San Diego... Not necessarily because of the quality of the equipment or the stage but because of the difference in people here. I think it’s an excellent representation of the Encinitas community.” Each Tuesday starting at 5:30 p.m. artists are welcomed to sign up for a 10-minute time slot in which they’re free to perform any creative piece they wish. There’s only one rule: all work must be completely original. No covers are

allowed. Dominic Alcorn, E-Street’s owner, said, “The rule brings an original artistic aspect to the open mic, and it also offers a challenge to our artists.” Yaël Gmach, a longtime E-street musician, emcees the events. She and her husband Vladimir Yarovinsky play together for the opening and closing of the show. Gmach volunteered to run the open mic six months ago and has since, she said, “put some love” into the event, to help give this nearly 10-year-old affair a facelift. “At first I felt like the cafe needed a bit of life. There just wouldn’t be that many people signing up. But now people are finally getting interested in the art each of us provides,” she said. Gmach has helped develop the event into one that’s focused and intentional. “The goal is to provide a space for openmikers to practice in front of their peers and in front of other artists,” she said. “And then maybe one day it will mimic as if you’re in your own family’s living room, because we all come every week.” The E-Street open mics officially start at 6 p.m. every Tuesday night and end at 9 p.m. So if you are a musician or poet looking for a supportive space to test out your newest piece or just find yourself free on a Tuesday night, Alcorn invites you to, “come on by for a latte or a cup of coffee and enjoy the music.”

recreation of ‘The Maltese Falcon’ By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — The monthlong community Big Read of “The Maltese Falcon” ended with a live radio recreation of the story. The radio performance at the Civic Center Library on March 1 was done just like it used to be back in the golden days of radio, and proved to be a perfect finale for the novel written in 1946. “The Maltese Falcon” by Dashiell Hammett is known as the quintessential detective novel that others are measured against. Its short, direct phrases and snappy lines make it a fun listen. On stage, four actors stepped up to the mics and read an adapted version of the story written by producer Walden Hughes, some actors taking on multiple characters. “It’s a 30-minute play with certain highlights, enough for people to get the story,” Hughes said. Sound effects man Jerry Williams had a table full of props to create story sounds. “He is pouring a drink, door shutting, things that I’m really excited to see,” Monica Chapa Domercq, principal librarian, said.

Actor Tommy Cook and actress Gloria McMillan share stories from the golden days of radio during the audience talkback. Both have had a long run performing with Hollywood greats. Photo by Promise Yee

Hughes hosts a radio talk show and is an expert on early radio. Radio in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s aired live performances of current movies and dramatic versions of books, and cast big name actors. “TV took it all from radio,” Hughes said. “There was a live orchestra of 45 people, sound effects person, actors, and 900 people in the audience. It was all famous movie stars and comedians, they all worked in radio.” Hughes said he has connections to big name

actors of radio’s heydays. On stage for the performance was Tommy Cook the original Little Beaver in “The Adventures of Red Rider” serial; Gloria McMillan, who played Harriet Conklin in “Our Miss Brooks”; John and Larry Glassman, vintage radio program producers; and sound effects man Jerry Williams from the “Doc Savages” serials. The veteran actors were able to rehearse the 30-page script that morning and perform it that afternoon. Hughes said the beau-

ty of radio is that listeners use their imagination and create story images in their minds. Interestingly, Hughes and announcers John and Larry Glassman are both blind and rely on having a keen sense of hearing. Hughes added that radio draws both an older audience that recalls the golden days, and younger listeners who enjoy a good story. During this year’s Big Read, 450 copies of “The Maltese Falcon” were given away to readers. “There was a lot of interest,” Chapa Domercq said. “It spans generations other books might not have.” She added the Big Read program brings people together. “It unifies people,” Chapa Domercq said. “Everyone has that book in common. It brings people together, who maybe wouldn’t be in same room, celebrating literature.” The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, and is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and encourage people to read for pleasure and enlightenment.


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Firefighters to participate in annual boot drive RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe firefighters will be taking to the streets and intersections again this year to help raise money for burn survivors. The annual Burn Institute Boot Drive, taking place March 13, raises money to help fund burn prevention programs and survivor support services, including Camp Beyond the Scars for children who have survived burns. Firefighters will be standing at major intersections throughout the district during the morning and afternoon commute, collecting monetary donations of any amount in empty fire boots. “We look forward to this event every



LADYBUG, LADYBUG From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 5, join Ladybug Day at San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr. Encinitas, with a Ladybug Search at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The San Dieguito Garden Club will do flower arranging for children, and there is a ladybug release at noon. Courtesy photo



day morning, the advisory was still in effect for some beaches. Giles noted the parking lot adjacent to Cardiff Reef flooded. And the large surf damaged or destroyed around 15 lobster traps. “We lost a lot of sand out there as well,” Giles said. But he added most in-



project must meet National Environment Protection Act requirements as well as those of the California Environmental Quality Act. The state Coastal Commission boundary is the eastern side of El Camino Real. If that road is moved, the commission wants to move the boundary to retain the jurisdiction.



properties in Escondido and Ramona who will also be billed. Jacob has argued since the passage of the fee that San Diego County residents in rural areas already pay for fire protection from local agencies with property taxes.



arette of any kind, or any other lighted smoking equipment, or the lighting or emitting or exhaling the smoke of a pipe, cigar or cigarette of any kind; or the carrying, holding, or use of an electronic cigarette … or a similar device intended to emulate smoking that permits a person to inhale vapors or mists that may or may not include nicotine.” Smoking is further de-

cidents in Encinitas were wind related. Powerful gusts redirected traffic lights on Friday at Chesterfield Drive and Coast Highway 101, causing confusion for drivers, he said. Winds also broke a railroad-crossing arm near the intersection. “We’re getting a lot of reports of fallen power lines and trees with the wind — no big surprises,” said Battalion Chief Dismas

Abelman with the Encinitas Fire Department on Friday afternoon. Also, the county’s various swift-water rescue teams were on stand-by. The teams, made up of firefighters and lifeguards, rescues those caught in fast-moving water. They typically receive more calls during heavy rains, but since those never came, Giles said he wasn’t aware of the team being deployed in North County.

The city is hoping to secure CEQA and NEPA approvals by the summer of 2015 so construction can begin in January 2017. The bridge design has the ability to accommodate a ramp for horses, bicycles and pedestrians. The agreement with the San Diego Polo Club expired in 2012. The club continues to operate, but any agreement is on hold until the city determines how it will pro-

ceed with this project. The segment running on the border of Mary’s Tack & Feed will remain in place for access to those properties and Del Mar Horse Park. The project is expected to cause issues for patrons of the restaurants near the existing light. The western side of Via de la Valle will be widened by a developer, but no plans have been submitted yet.

She has also emphasized that the county pays a $15.5 million annually for fire protection services, $10.2 million of which is contracted with Cal Fire. The County Board of Supervisors letter explaining the vote on whether to support the two bills stated, “Although the tax is intended to fund a variety of fire prevention services within

the SRA, including brush clearance on public lands along roadways and evacuation routes, it appears as though almost all of the revenue is going to stay in the bureaucracy in Sacramento.” The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is currently working to have the fire fee repealed via a class action lawsuit.

fined as “emitting or exhaling the fumes or vapor of any pipe, cigar, cigarette, or any other lighted smoking equipment used for burning any tobacco product, weed, plant or any other combustible substance, or any e-cigarette, hookah, or other similar device.” “This is the most expansive definition that we can provide for you,” City Attorney Johanna Canlas said. Following the initial discussion of a ban at the

Feb. 12 meeting, council members, in 4-0 with Mike Nichols absent, directed staff to prepare an ordnance amendment. Nichols said he was advised by the city attorney to recuse himself from the Feb. 26 discussion and vote because of “a potential conflict of interest through a family relationship in this industry.” The law will go into effect 30 days after its final adoption, likely at the March 12 meeting.

And that’s why the San Dieguito River Valley, which threads a quarter of a million acres and stretches over most of the east, west ridge of the county, was chosen as a spot for the project. “It really does contain most of the habitats that are found within San Diego County,” O’Connor said. “It’s just a diverse system,” he added. The collected samples are being sent to the University of Guelph Biodiversity Institute in Ontario, Canada. The idea behind DNA bar coding is using a small piece of the DNA that every organism has to identify its species, explained Dirk Steinke, director of education and outreach for IBoL. “As far as we know, this will be the first time such a study is done in this region,” O’Connor said. The benefits of the study will yield detailed information on the insect communities in San Diego. As the data increases over the years, O’Connor is hopeful that they’ll be able to notice changes in the insect community. This will allow them to see if something strange or good is happening in the ecosystem, such as climate change or if habitat restoration projects are working.


gether by having an arts center a block from the ocean. … I’m still hopeful that the School Board will decide to postpone the auction and continue negotiations with us.” According to Save Pacific View, an organization created for the sole purpose of halting the auction so that negotiations with the city can be restored, March 24 is the deadline for receipt of sealed written bids and March 25 is the public opening of bid and public auction. Scott Chatfield, creator of SavePacificView. org comments, “Right now, our only goal is to stop the auction and allow time for a compromise to be created. “That’s why as many

year,” said Firefighter Nathan Fritchle, who is coordinating RSFFPD’s efforts this year. “It’s a great chance for us to interact with members of the community and raise funds for a very important cause. It also creates a friendly competition among participating fire agencies to see who can raise the most money.” Fire Chief Tony Michel added “Due to the nature of this once-a-year endeavor, there may be some minor traffic delays at a few intersections in our district. We want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we strive to raise money for this great cause.”

In just one week of sampling, O’Connor said preliminary results found more than 730 different species. “That was hugely surprising,” he added. Of the more than 730 species that were sent to IBoL, there were some 245 species that were new to that database, O’Connor said. “That was the first time they’ve even been put into that database.” He said that was somewhat to be expected because this hasn’t been done before, adding that it also means they may have found new species. The library has been compiling species information for at least 10 years. It contains not just insects, but also flora and fauna and other organisms, Steinke said. The database is public and is already being used by several agencies, including here in the U.S. Steinke said groups are using the database to help identify any pests that may be traveling across borders. The FDA uses the database as their official method of testing seafood to control what kinds of species are sold. The use of the malaise traps is becoming a worldwide thing, Steinke said. “We have several people across the planet that are willing to put up a trap like that over a course of an entire year and collect and

ship the samples here,” he said. In Canada, which has a rougher climate, people tend to think the insect diversity is not as great as would be found in a warmer region like San Diego’s, Steinke explained. “We think 70,000 species haven’t been discovered in Canada,” he said. “And the more you go towards the tropics, the worse that might get; so the numbers get higher. There’s a good chance that half of what you encounter could be new at some point.” There aren’t any traps on the ground now, O’Connor explained. The traps have been set quarterly with the latest traps being removed this February. They expect to set the traps once more later this May. O’Connor said that a long-term goal would be to create a San Diego region barcode of life database. Creating a county, or even statewide, database will help the institute better understand the region and grow smartly in the future, he said. They are looking for biotech companies in the area to help create the barcode database in the future and are seeking other support to conduct and grow the project beyond this year. Contact O’Connor at doconnor16@gmail.com for more information.

Save Pacific View emails as possible need to be sent, as soon as possible.” Chatfield adds, “If the SavePacificView.org site works, it’ll focus the droplets of people’s passion about the Pacific View property into a giant firehose that should be hard to ignore.” The Save Pacific View website enables residents to submit emails which are automatically forwarded to the Encinitas Union School District Superintendent and Board members and each member of the City Council of Encinitas. Emails are also posted anonymously for viewing on the website. One concerned citizen quoted the wisdom of internationally renowned artist Andy Warhol, “I think having land and not ruining it is the most

beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.” It would be prudent of EUSD to consider adopting this pragmatic approach to Pacific View. The Pacific View property is an irreplaceable treasure nestled both geographically and emotionally within the heart of Encinitas. If auctioned to the highest bidder with financial interests as primary consideration, the historic site will be irretrievably lost as a legacy of the community. Kay Colvin is director of L Street Fine Art Gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, and specializes in promoting emerging and mid-career artists. Contact her at kaycolvin@lstreetfineart. com

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Showcase offered for talented youth, teens & adults DEL MAR — The San Diego County Fair is looking to showcase talented youth, teens and adults to compete for cash prizes during its 2014 summer season. Singers, songwriters, bands, dancers and actors are invited to apply on line at sdfair.com/perform. Application deadline for all contests is April 14. New this year to the San Diego County Fair is The Battle of the Bands. The contest is in search of the best musical group in the United States. The winning bands will get a chance to compete for $3,000 in the live final round during the fair, on June 27 at the Rock On Stage. Along with the cash

prize, the winning band will get a chance to perform at the Casbah in San Diego, as well as recording studio time at Recording Arts and Technology Studio. Winners will also be featured on ListenSD and the Nardcast. Returning for its fourth year is The Singer/Songwriter contest. This contest will showcase original songs and singers in their quest for the best performance with a grand prize of $3,000. In addition to cash, the first-place winner will have the opportunity for an additional performance during the fair, a chance to perform at the Casbah in San Diego, and recording studio time at Recording Arts and

Technology Studio. Winners will also be featured on the Nardcast; tune in to hear your favorites. The Singer/Songwriter contest takes place on June 20. Do you sing, act and/ or dance? Coming back for another year is the Triple Threat contest for performers between the ages of 8 and 17 years. The grand prize is $1,200. Additional prizes include a dance and fitness package from the Academy of Performing Arts, and a one-year subscription to Backstage. com. The finals for Acting will take place on June 14; Dancing on June 18 and Singing on June 25. The Ultimate Triple Threat competition featuring all three

mediums will take place on July 2. Professional and amateur dance groups are invited to compete in Southern California’s Best Dance Crew, a competition on June

15 where dance groups of five or more members will be judged on their technical skills, showmanship, creativity, rhythm and costumes. The grand prize for each division is $1,000.

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Landscaping a home is quite a lot of fun but sometimes, letting your imagination run wild can benefit or cause major distractions in your living space depending the approach you take as you design your living space. Believe it or not, there are many unspoken rules to good design and these rules apply to all the aspects of a beautiful living space or an outdoor garden. Ceramic pots, their types, sizes and shapes, colors and their placement are subject to these insights. I enjoy using ceramic pots in and around my own gardens as well. The beauty of the curved organic form covered with a high fired colorful glaze fits in nicely even when set out in the landscape all alone with no planting emanating from the pot at all. In this case, small trees and shrubs placed around a beautiful pot create a point of interest in the landscape that your eye can latch onto. Depending upon the light, shadows and reflection during the day, ceramic pots can become jewels in your garden that require little to no work to maintain and always bring delight to the observer. As far as using ceramic pots in a patio setting, there are a few rules that I like to follow when selecting the sizes, colors and the locations where they will be placed. First off, pots are great for softening hardscape and construction. Any space where concrete patios meet stucco walls, or where posts and columns reach the ground is a good place for a pot or a grouping of pots. The main thing to remember here when selecting and installing your choices for these spaces is that you have to have comfortable room to pass by afterwards. Overcrowding is prob-

ably the most common mistake most people make when designing their living space. Less is usually more. Now, when you select your pots, it is always a good rule of thumb to create a small family or grouping of different sizes, shapes and colors. One of my favorite places to go with clients to purchase pots is Canyon Pottery. Located on Aero Drive on the south side of Montgomery Field, they have a huge warehouse with an even bigger back lot that contains fountains, pots and platters of almost all cultural descriptions. This is where you can find high fired earth tone glazes combined with exotic blues and greens, reds and yellows in all sorts of shapes and sizes. When selecting some that strike your fancy, it is a good idea to construct your pot grouping using a tall or fat “mama pot” as the focal point and one or two “baby” pots that are a bit smaller in height and width bringing scale and dimension to the group. This variance in height will create interest, beauty and provide homes for different plant selections and how they will be placed. For instance, in a tall thin or vertically oriented pot, a spilling or trailing plant like Rosemary officinalis would be better suited to softening the look of the pot. In the small pots surrounding the “mama pot,” vertically oriented plants like Phormium tenax or succulents with fantastic color like Schwarzkopf aeoneum might be the ticket. It is always a good idea when choosing plants for your pots to select those that are fairly drought tolerant, they will enjoy a deep drenching periodically and do well in a confined root system. If you are low maintenance oriented or just gone quite a bit, you might choose to install an automatic drip irrigation sys-

tem for your pots. Pick plants that have similar water requirements since the time you set on your clock will water all the pots equally. I like to change the amount of water being administered to the different plants in each individual pot by installing adjustable emitters. One classic problem associated with drip irrigation and pots is overwatering. This is quite common and results in mineral deposits and water stains on the patio. All ceramic pots need holes in the bottom with a good gravel base to provide drainage. Adjusting the station time and the drip emitters in each pot will stop this and ensure a gorgeous landscape.


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his year’s Winter Olympics were great, but they left me ever more painfully aware of what a pathetic, card-carrying, fair-weather fan I am. After lengthy contemplation (at least 10 minutes) I have realized why I fail to stay fired up about any given sports team. I seem to lack sufficient killer instinct. I play for fun, never to win. This does not translate well to fan-dom. To stick it out in feast and famine, you have to be unshakably focused. Apparently, all it takes is something sparkly and I’ve changed loyalties. I may start out rooting for one team, but if the opposite team gets too harsh a drubbing, you’ll find me switching out of sympathy. This, of course, never makes any difference in the final score, but it makes me feel better. I do get very excited when the U.S. competitors in any Olympic sport get into medal conTURN TO SMALL TALK ON B11

A proposed private organization called the Leucadia Club, would like to open at Leucadia Plaza, drawing protests from some residents. It’s due to go before the Planning Commission March 6. Photo by

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Students, staff and volunteers earn entry into the Guinness World Records with 504 dancers performing an African dance set to the song, “Pata Pata.” Photo by Tony Cagala

School dances into record book By Tony Cagala

CARLSBAD — Englishman Philip Robertson, a slight man in a dark blue sport coat with silver piping and gold buttons on it, may have imparted a little bit of fear, even apprehension in the students, staff and volunteers of Pacific Ridge School last Friday. Robertson is an adjudicator with Guinness World Records. He was there to verify the school’s attempt to become the record holder for largest African dance. After going through the rules and how the dancers would be judged, the reality of entering the record books seemed to hit home. “I was actually very nervous,” said Mina Fardeen, a tenth grader, who participated in the event. But she credited her little brother for making her practice the dance the night before, and so she felt confident that she was ready for the challenge. Though, the school wasn’t gathered

just for the record-breaking attempt. The dance was more assembled for the school’s latest celebration, said Dr. Bob Ogle, head of Pacific Ridge School. What they were celebrating was the announcement of their newest projects – the construction of a permanent middle school building and arts center at the school’s 7-year-old growing campus. At a cost of $25 million, they’re anticipating the construction of the two facilities to be complete by the spring of 2015. The practicing of the dance began on Feb. 25. Most of the students, Ogle explained, had already learned the dance as seventh graders. So, he added, that that was an added benefit when going for the record. Tony Oliverio, who will be part of the class of 2016, was one of the students that had to learn the dance steps three days beTURN TO DANCE ON B11

Private club looks to open in Leucadia By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — Various rumors have pegged the private group Leucadia Club as a political think tank, a strip joint or even a religious cult. But those and other pieces of gossip aren’t true, the club’s organizers say. Members want to open Leucadia Club at 828 N. Coast Highway 101, and they maintain it will be nothing more than a mellow hangout spot for career-minded professionals. The club, which is invite only and requires a monthly fee, looks for members who can carry insightful conversation and have demanding, glob-

al-oriented careers, among other traits, according to materials they’ve produced. “Encinitas hasn’t seen a private social club like this,” J. Alfred Dichoso, associate planner with the city, said. “So people have questions.” Three months ago, organizers mailed the materials to nearby residents to try and clarify their intent with the club. However, some neighbors still fear a frat housetype of atmosphere taking root near their homes. They’ve said they plan on opposing the project during a March 6 Planning TURN TO CLUB ON A19


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Input sought from cyclists, walkers By Bianca Kaplanek

Taking part in the groundbreaking are, from left, Environmental Planner Dustin Fuller, Deputy General Manager Becky Bartling, fair board President Fred Schenk, General Manager Tim Fennell and Vice President David Watson. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Restoration at fairgrounds begins By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — A Feb. 24 groundbreaking officially began a restoration project to convert back to wetlands a large vacant parcel south of the Del Mar Fairgrounds that has for years been used as an overflow parking lot primarily during the San Diego County Fair and thoroughbred race meet. The revitalization will be conducted in three phases and include 3.5 acres of coastal salt marsh habitat and 4.7 acres of upland sage scrub habitat in the south lot, east berm and east buffer. The 22nd District Agricultural Association, which governs the state-owned

fairgrounds, is committing $1.5 million to the first phase. “But our environmental commitment doesn’t end there,” 22nd DAA President Fred Schenk said. “The 22nd DAA will soon commit another $3.5 million toward the restoration of the remaining portion of the south overflow lot as well as an additional approximately $7 million to storm water improvements in the backstretch/stable area. “Over the last 10 years the 22nd DAA has committed and/or restored over 20 acres of land to native habitat,” he added. “We have committed

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to the education of patrons, staff and vendors to ensure that our adjacent waterways remain clean in compliance with both the Clean Water Act and the Coastal Act.” The project is part of a legal settlement between the 22nd DAA and the California Coastal Commission, adjacent cities of Del Mar and Solana Beach and San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority. “In the years to come, the landscape in this area will be markedly different, shifting from overflow parking to restored and functioning wetlands and ancillary upland transitional habitat for the benefit of people of San Diego County and the state of California.” Schenk also noted the current 22nd DAA board of directors has worked for the past few years to mend what was once a somewhat unfriendly relationship with environmental groups

and its neighbors to the north and south. He praised local leaders for their cooperation and commended Del Mar resident Jacqueline Winterer, vice president of the Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley, for taking the project “to a personal level” and being a “strong voice for the community.” “I think they’re good spirits,” she said of the current board members. “I still give them a hard time to remind them that we own this land as much as they do and to encourage them to carry on the good work.” Winterer is proposing to name the parcel the Fairgrounds Tidal Marshes rather than the south overflow lot, as it is commonly referred to now. The restoration project will result in a loss of 1,250 parking spaces. Work is expected to be completed in 2018.

SOLANA BEACH — The city is seeking input on ways to improve how pedestrians and bicyclists get around town, especially after only about 10 people attended a Feb. 20 workshop to kick off its “active transportation” master plan process. Active transportation is defined as any self-propelled, human-powered mode of travel, such as walking or cycling. Solana Beach received a grant from the San Diego Association of Governments to prepare its first Comprehensive Active Transportation Strategy, or CATS, which will identify opportunities to improve bicycle and pedestrian networks by increasing connectivity and enhancing safety and comfort for walkers and riders. The goal of the CATS is to make active transportation an easier and more attractive mode of travel. The process is starting with an evaluation of what Solana Beach is like today for walkers and riders and where officials want it to be in the future. With a master plan the city will also become eligible for grant funding for new projects and programs. Solana Beach prepared a bicycle master plan in 1993 and adopted amendments in 1996 and 2005. The CATS project will reflect changes in the city since then, such as roadway reconfigurations, differences in travel patterns and the growth of commercial districts. While developing the master plan, the city will prioritize biking and walking networks, design priority projects, identify the costs and funding sources and prepare two grant applications. The process is expected to take about 14 months. Active transportation has many public health, environmental and economic benefits, including increased physical activity, which can reduce health risks such as obesity, diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer, stress and depression. More cycling and walking helps reduce vehicle miles traveled, so it also decreases greenhouse gas emissions and improves air quality. “Improving biking and walking safety can also improve traffic,” res-

ident Douglas Alden, of BikeWalkSolana, said, noting that his children get to school faster than the cars they pass on the way each morning. “You really need to teach the parents as much as the kids,” he said. Slowing traffic, especially in residential neighborhoods, is part of the plan to improve walking and biking safety. “Even if a collision occurs, injuries are reduced if cars are moving slower,” said Sherry Ryan, president of Chen Ryan Associates, a traffic and parking consulting firm. As a means to that end, the city is proposing a host of traffic-calming measures, such as midblock crossings like the one recently installed on Coast Highway 101, decorative crosswalks similar to those on Cedros Avenue, chicanes, additional bike lanes and sharrows. Other potential solutions include one- or two-way cycle tracks, which are like small roads for bikes that are separated from the road by medians or other landscaping or hardscape. “We have a range of facilities we’re considering,” Ryan said. “We need the community to help us figure out where the problems are and what potential safety measures can be taken.” Workshop attendees offered a few suggestions. Roger Boyd said the city should reconsider installing roundabouts, especially in the eastern portion of the city. Daniel Powell recommended a presentation focused on education. Ryan Wiggins suggested lengthening traffic signals to give people more time to cross roadways and improving signage, especially for sharrow lanes. “Drivers are rightfully focusing on the road,” Wiggins said. “You should make the signs more visible where you have the opportunity.” Wiggins also said if there are plans to narrow lanes, the term “road diet” should be replaced by something less negative. City Manager David Ott agreed. “Resistance to change is extreme, especially if we’re going to narrow the lanes,” he said. “When we tried that before (the term road diet) gave the wrong intention.” To help with the planning, residents are encouraged to take a 12-question survey available at sbcats.info.

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By Chuck Shepherd Teach a Man to Fish ... The Drug Users Resource Center in Vancouver, British Columbia (heralded previously in News of the Weird for a vending machine dispensing 25cent crack-cocaine pipes to discourage addicts from committing crimes to fund their habit), launched a program in August to supply alcoholics with beer-brewing and wine-making ingredients to discourage them from drinking rubbing alcohol, hand-sanitizer and mouthwash. The DURC “co-op” sells, for $10 monthly, brewing mix in a pre-hopped beer kit, but eventually, an official said, co-op members will brew from scratch, including boiling, mashing and milling. A civic leader told Canada’s National Post that the program has already begun to reduce crime in areas frequented by alcoholics. Government in Action More Texas Justice: After 37 years in prison, Jerry Hartfield goes to court in April for a retrial of his 1977 conviction (and death sentence) for murder in Bay City, Texas. Actually, the 1977 conviction was overturned, but before Hartfield could demand his release (he is described in court documents as illiterate with an IQ of 51), the then-governor commuted the sentence to life in prison in 1983. It was only in 2006 that a fellow inmate persuaded Hartfield that the commutation was illusory — since there was, at that point, no “sentence” to commute. Hartfield’s lawyers call Texas’ treatment a blatant violation of his constitutional right to a “speedy” trial, but prosecutors suggest that it is Hartfield’s own fault that he has remained in prison the last 30 years. Congressional wisdom has prevented the federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from using competitive bids to decide how much to pay for medical devices — and among the most steeply overpriced products are “vacuum erection systems” (“penis pumps”) that invigorate seniors’ lives. CMS pays an average of $360, while the Department of Veterans Affairs, which also buys the pumps but by competitive bid, pays about $185. In a January report, the Health and Human Services inspector general estimated the government could save $18 million a year (and beneficiaries another $4.5 million) if CMS could use competitive bidding.

GYPSY JAZZ March’s free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will feature guitarist Patrick Berrogain in a program of gypsy jazz at 7 p.m. March 12 in the library’s community room, 3919 Townsgate Drive in Carmel Valley. Born in the south of France, Berrogain bought his first guitar at the age of 14 and began playing semi-professionally while finishing high school. His interest in gypsy jazz peaked in 1998 when he co-founded a gypsy jazz band called the Hot Club of San Diego. For further information call (858) 552-1668. Courtesy photo

Meet Jethro, the birthday boy. Helen Woodward Animal Center is getting out the streamers and singing meows, because March 8 is this 11-pound, (almost) 13-year old Tabby’s birthday. He’s hoping for a day of sharing playtime with friends and snoozing in sunshine. Jethro is waiting to meet you at Helen Woodward Animal Center. He has been neutered and is up-to-date on all of his vaccinations. His adoption fee is $106 and he is microchipped

for identification. Helen Woodward Animal Center is at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. Kennels are open daily Monday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.; Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit animalcenter.org.

Solana Beach’s prop. B holds with all votes counted By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — The plus-size lady is singing — and can continue to do so at Fletcher Cove Community Center with fewer restrictions. With all votes counted, Proposition B passed 1,9471875, a margin nearly half of what it was after the first numbers were posted late on the evening of the Feb. 11 special election. The initiative was leading right after the polls closed and the first round of mail ballots were tallied. At approximately 11 p.m. the count was 1,720-1,593, with Proposition B leading by 127 votes. But about 36,000 mail/ provisional ballots were uncounted, although most were for the San Diego mayoral race, the only other contest being decided. Three days later, on Valentine’s Day, opponents had a lovely surprise. With another 28,000 ballots counted, 507 were for the Solana Beach election. The new count was 1,946-1,874. Prop. B was still passing, but by only 72 votes. On Feb. 18, with only 2,500 votes left to tally, the count was up by one on each side. But those numbers didn’t change the following day, with 1,000 ballots to go, or on Feb. 21, when the Registrar of Voters website announced all votes were counted. “Never had a doubt,” Solana Beach resident Mary Jane Boyd, a proposition proponent, said. In fact, Boyd said, the only time people in her camp were worried was prior to the election, when the local daily newspaper came out against Proposi-

With all votes from the Feb. 11 special election counted, a ballot initiative that dictates how Fletcher Cove Community Center will be used passed by 72 votes Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

tion B. Despite the shrinking margin of victory, Boyd said she wasn’t concerned because a request had been submitted to the Registrar of Voters Office to pull and count the Solana Beach ballots in the first few days following the election. “My thoughts about the evolving vote count and results have been that the exceptionally close vote mirrors how divisive and confusing the community center issue has been for Solana Beach’s residents,” Councilman Peter Zahn said. “The other reaction I’ve had is about the very high campaign cost of each vote in favor of Prop. B. “When we get the final numbers I believe we will see a cost of around $50 per vote for the pro Prop. B votes, five times higher than the cost of each no vote,” he added. “Regardless of which side you favor, this could be the beginning of a disturbing trend of greater and greater amounts of money deployed to influence elections in the city of Solana

Beach.” The measure outlines a use policy for Fletcher Cove Community Center, a 1935 Civilian Conservation Corps barracks on Pacific Avenue that was renovated in 2011. About half of the community wanted it to be available for private celebrations. The other half opposed such uses, fearing the impacts such as traffic, noise and drunken behavior would have on the adjacent residential neighborhood. City Council adopted a one-year trial period that allowed two private party rentals a month for a maximum of 50 people, who could consume no more than two glasses of beer or wine. Some residents deemed the rules too restrictive and gathered enough signatures

for an initiative, which council could have adopted. But they said the initiative was flawed, mainly because if problems occur the rules could only be changed in another election — and that is still the case. So they chose not to adopt it and instead called for a special election, which cost the city about $200,000. Had Proposition B proponents waited a week or so to file the petition, the measure could have been placed on the June primary ballot, but that didn’t happen. County Supervisor Dave Roberts, a former Solana Beach councilman, said the one question on that ballot “could easily have been answered by mail.” To avoid similar future situations, the state Assembly recently introduced legislation that will allow mail-ballot elections in gen-

eral law cities such as Solana Beach and Encinitas. Reducing election costs and increasing voter participation are driving forces behind Assembly Bill 1873, the Voting Ought To be Easy, or VOTE, Act introduced by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego). The Feb. 11 results are considered unofficial until the election is certified.


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Educational Opportunities HORIZON PREP Christ-centered, Classical Education in Rancho Santa Fe Imagine a place brimming with youthful energy and joyful enthusiasm. Where the blessings of individual character are celebrated and emboldened, purposefully guided by experienced academic leaders and skillfully nurtured by gifted teachers. A place where teaching for mastery is preparing articulate, critical thinkers and life-long learners. That place is Horizon Prep! EXCELLENCE Horizon Prep’s carefully honed curriculum combines the latest course materials with proven learning methodologies that actively engage students at every grade level. Students are well prepared for continued academic, collegiate, and life success. Horizon Prep consistently ranks among the top schools nationwide in Standardized Test Scores (IOWA) and is fully accredited by WASC and ACSI. PURPOSE Horizon Prep’s classical education model has flourished in Western culture for centuries and embraces the study of literature, language, science, mathematics, philosophy, history, and the arts. Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric phases form the foundation of this consistent pedagogy and shape our teaching approach at

every grade level. Studies have shown that nothing impacts a student’s ability to learn, to grow, and to achieve more than good teachers. Our low student-to-teacher ratio creates the optimum environment in which to provide the individual attention

Horizon Prep’s Christ-centered, Classical Education offers a Cure for the Common Core your child needs—and deserves. All Horizon Prep teachers are fully accredited and purposefully selected for having that special “gift of teaching.” JOY Students love to learn at Horizon Prep and enjoy an abundance of athletic, creative, cultural and contemporary electives and enrichment at every grade level. Student athletes gain confidence and experience by competing on Horizon Prep’s interscholastic teams. We offer a wide range of enrichments and electives, including music, drama, code, guitar, Mandarin, organic gardening,

finance, investment, and technology. To help make all of this possible, Horizon Prep offers over six acres of well-maintained athletic fields; a dedicated music center with hundreds of new instruments; an art studio that includes a printing press, potter’s wheels and separate kiln room; and a state-of-the-art technology center complete with secure campus-wide wireless connectivity and the latest Apple iPads, laptops and computers. Students and their parents also take comfort in knowing that our ACSI-accredited, over 7,000-volume library—staffed with a dedicated, full-time librarian— is always available. HOPE At Horizon Prep, we take pride and pleasure in delivering well-rounded graduates with a strong sense of self, hope, optimism, life purpose and direction. As one proud parent once said, “Horizon Prep is a great place to grow up.” Horizon Prep is now enrolling Preschool - High School. Join us an Admissions Open House, March 6th, April 10th and May 8th. For more information, visit: horizonprep.org or call our Admissions Office to set up a Private Tour (858)756-5599.

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brings out individual leadership qualities Under new management since 2010, Pacific Academy in Encinitas has led the way in student-centered education. Here, students’ needs, goals and interests drive the curriculum and overall educational program – alongside research-based best practices. The result is on-going modifications that best meet diverse student populations, increased demands for college admission and changing career trends while maintaining an enjoyable and meaningful experience. Summed up by Principal Dr. Erika Sanchez, “Education includes the person and the world they live in -- an experience that should be fun, engaging, relevant and fruitful. Our students actually look forward to coming to school.” Last fall, Principal Dr. Sanchez (Ph.D. UC Irvine) teamed up with newly appointed Director of Education Vikas Srivastava (M.Ed. Harvard) to integrate a school-wide culture of Mindfulness and Leadership in addition to revamping their college counseling and developing a weekly Life Skills workshop. Mindfulness is a secular practice that has been proven to increase focus, reduce stress and stabilize emotions in any situation. Vikas Srivastava

has led the effort through student seminars, teacher trainings and school-wide management. He is a longtime practitioner, founder of The Center for Mindful Education and experienced educator. Srivastava integrates school-wide Mindful based practices in policies, procedures and protocols that integrate communication, compassion and cooperation with students, staff and parents. “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, PAE firmly believes in bringing out individual leadership qualities in every student for whatever their path in life may be. “Leadership is the foundation of good choices,” states Dr. Erika Sanchez, Principal of PAE, “it supports 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 based on Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. While PAE believes personal development is necessary for success, col-

lege planning is equally emphasized to ensure a fulfilling lifestyle. “College counseling is meant to empower students to envision their future goals and map a plan to achieve them,” says Dr. Sanchez, “...a good college education doesn’t solve all our problems -- but it will maximize one’s professional options.” Dr. Sanchez meets with students in groups and individually to guide college planning, the application process and the final choice to best serve the student. The Life Skills workshops is led by staff and guest presenters every Friday and includes seminars in mindfulness, leadership and college/career planning; as well as, outdoor education and professional skills. Outdoor education includes trips to state parks and reserves to hike, paint, research ecology and learn history. Professional skills includes communication, organization, technology and etiquette. Vikas Srivastava will be presenting “The Mindful School Project” at UCSD Mindfulness Conference the weekend of February 7th. Nancy Stern will lead a free 90 minute parenting workshop on “Effective Communication” on Saturday, February 22 at 10:30 am.

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newly redesigned, responsive website MiraCosta College continues its 80th anniversary celebration by unveiling its newly redesigned, responsive website. Not only does the new website feature beautiful photography and design, but it also improves upon the functionality of the previous site and makes program offerings easy to identify and explore. Potential students interested in studying for transfer, changing careers, or updating skills for their current vocation, are now able to find information on classes, certificates, and degrees more quickly and easily. The new responsive design means that the site has been designed for an optimal viewing experience— easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling— across a wide range of devices from mobile phones to desktop computer monitors. MiraCosta College marketing personnel researched and analyzed data, conducted surveys with staff and students, and analyzed search traffic. One key finding: more students and community members are accessing the site on their mobile devices and tablets. “We’ve experienced more than a 50 percent growth in mobile and tablet traffic over the past year

alone,” said Director of Governmental Relations, Marketing and Communications Cheryl Broom. “It was imperative that we have a website that, across all devices, offers a superb online environment that meets the needs of our students.” MiraCosta College partnered with San Diego strategic branding and marketing agency Mth Degree for the brand expression and the responsive user experience design, but the programming and implementation were handled internally. “Our goal for developing a new user experience to the MiraCosta College site was to create an optimal responsive design so that students could simply and easily access all content, regardless of technology device,” said Steven Morris, Mth Degree president. “Presenting the brand promise of MiraCosta College to students is the foundation of our brand strategy.” Besides a responsive design, users now have the ability to search the entire site and the faculty/staff directory from nearly every page within the website. There is more prominence given to the college’s most used pages, including the online student education management system

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ny headquartered at 2251 Rutherford Road, Carlsbad, begins its 25th anniversary celebration Feb. 28, unveiling a 250-card, 25th-anniversary multi-sport set. A “Happy Birthday Upper Deck” contest will run through March 28 in which fans can create videos of themselves singing “Happy Birthday” to Upper Deck. The winner will get a $2,500 shopping spree at the Upper Deck Store. Find more information at UpperDeck.com.

Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. Top scholarship Dylan Fetzer, a junior at Torrey Pines High School and graduate of Roger Rowe Elementary School in Rancho Santa Fe, won a top scholarship presented by the Global Leadership Connection. The winners were all nominated by teachers and counselors. Carlsbad has an app for that Visit Carlsbad, the destination marketing organization for Carlsbad, has launched the mobile version of its consumer website, visitcarlsbad.com. Mobile-savvy travel consumers can now access visitor information at visitcarlsbad.com /mobile on DROID and iPhone mobile devices. Author visit Local author, Janet Eoff Berend, paid a visit to middle school students at Rancho Encinitas Academy. The students are currently reading Berend’s young adult novel, “Vertical.” Anniversary contest Upper Deck, sports and entertainment compa-

By the sea The 149-suite SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 110 N. Myers St. in Oceanside, just a block from the pier, opened in February. The hotel will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by GF Properties Group, LLC and managed by Sage Hospitality of Denver, Colo. Shelter to Soldier For the second year, Schubach Aviation will sponsor Shelter to Soldier, a San Diego nonprofit organization that trains shelter dogs and places them with U.S. military veterans afflicted with PTSD. Schubach Aviation is donating one cent for every mile its fleet of private aircraft flies during 2014, with the campaign expected to raise around $11,000 to help train, house and care for the shelter dogs before they’re placed with U.S. veterans.

(SURF), Blackboard, the library and an easy-touse A-Z index. Commonly searched-for items such as campus maps, job openings and online education also were given prominent placement on the new homepage. College “MiraCosta is known for its innovative and diverse programs that are offered in an accessible, caring and supporting environment,” said Dean of Academic and Information Systems Mario Valente. “Now our website reflects those values.” Part of the new website design includes pages dedicated to the 80th anniversary that were created by students in the college’s Media Arts and Technology classes, including an interactive timeline that shows photographs from the college’s inception in 1934 to present day. These pages can be viewed at miracosta. edu/80. “MiraCosta College is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, which is the perfect time to modernize our main marketing tool and one of our most important communications tools,” said Broom. “This website is forward-thinking and will better enable the college to serve the changing needs of our students.”

Summer classes start June 2 & 16. Enroll in 6- & 8-week courses this summer. View a detailed schedule at www.miracosta.edu. Or, call 760.795.6615

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Resource center names new CEO ENCINITAS — Community Resource Center (CRC) announced Paul B. Thompson as its new Chief Executive Officer. Thompson brings more than three decades of nonprofit experience to CRC. He was previously the president and CEO of the San Diego-based Project Concern International and spent 18 years at World Vision where for 10 years he was the CEO of their subsidiary unit responsible for accessing US public sector funding. Thompson will be step-

ping down from his role as co-founder, principal and senior partner of the Carlsbad Pacific Group, LLC, a firm providing organizational effectiveness, leadership development and resource acquisition counsel to international and domestic nonprofit organizations. “On behalf of the board of directors of Community Resource Center, I am delighted to welcome Paul Thompson as our new CEO,” said Board Chairman Duane Nelles. “His wealth of experience, demonstrated leadership, strong com-

munity ties, and vision will take CRC to the next level and deepen our impact on the North County San Diego community.” CRC’s 48-member staff currently serves more than 11,000 individuals every year through food stabilization, general and domestic violence shelter assistance, asset building, workforce development programs, and a variety of supportive services. Thompson has a track record for transforming and leading organizations through periods of both

turnaround and rapid growth—and in doing so, he has led several organizations through effective change management and strategic planning processes to accomplish measurable results. “As a long-term resident of North County San Diego, I have been active in both nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, where I have long valued and admired the outstanding work of CRC,” said Thompson. Thompson and his wife, Konny, have four adult children and reside in Carlsbad.

College superintendent/president marks fifth year REGION — The MiraCosta Community College District was facing more than its share of challenges when Dr. Francisco Rodriguez was hired as superintendent/president five years ago this March. An anemic economy translated to decreasing revenues to the college, forcing deep and unprecedented budget cuts. The college had an immediate sanction to address to maintain its accreditation. Morale among faculty and staff had seen better days and the governing

board was fractured. The turnaround has been remarkable. “Dr. Rodriguez came here at a time when the college was in turmoil,” said David Broad, president of the MiraCosta College Board of Trustees. “He used his leadership skills to build a culture of collegiality. He stabilized the college. And he worked closely with the community and the business and civic leaders in the region to build up our reputation and standing.” Since Dr. Rodriguez arrived, financial order

has been restored, enrollment has grown by nearly 25 percent, and the number of military veterans and active-duty personnel has nearly doubled. MiraCosta College also has significantly increased the number of online classes while substantially beefing up the number of courses available on Fridays and Saturdays. And the college foundation has raised more money for student scholarships than ever before and the endowment has grown substantially.

Much still needs to be done as the college implements its 10-year education and facilities plan— the 2011 Comprehensive Master Plan—that calls for the expansion of science, biotechnology, nursing, and technical health-related careers and job-training programs. As part of the plan, the college will renovate and modernize existing facilities and construct new instructional buildings to provide students with the education and job skills they need to enter the workforce.


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Local honored for lifetime of teaching tennis By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — Teaching tennis comes naturally to Brad Humphreys, who began passing on his knowledge at the age of 15, when he took a summer job with a recreation department in Twin Falls, Idaho. Later, after earning his master’s degree in education from Idaho University, he relocated in 1970 to Encinitas, where he became a tennis instructor for the San Dieguito Tennis Club. He’s coached multiple generations of players at the club’s courts. “Teaching tennis to me has been rewarding on a lot of levels,” said Humphreys, who recently announced he’ll be retiring soon. “I enjoyed developing friendships with players and watching them improve over the years.” For his dedication, he’ll be awarded with a lifetime achievement award March 2 from the USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association), San Diego chapter. Some instructors coach only pros or youth players, but Humphreys has taught all ages and ability levels during his career. With such a wide range, he developed a knack for tailoring lessons to different kinds of people. “In the beginning, I was teaching everyone the same way,” Humphreys said. “It didn’t take long for me to realize not everyone plays the same. There’s a lot of different styles in tennis. One of the tricks is finding what works best for each person.” Aggressive baseliner, counterpuncher, serve-and-volleyer — there are plenty of tennis styles. And Humphreys said it’s key to find which style fits a player. Also very important: teaching players mental toughness. It’s a topic Humphreys is especially interested in, noting he made a habit of

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Brad Humphreys, who signed on as a pro with the San Dieguito Tennis Club in 1970, recently announced his retirement from the club. Mental toughness and fundamentals are signature lessons he tries to impart. Photo by Jared Whitlock

attending tennis conferences to gather perspective from fellow coaches on how to best foster a rock-solid mindset. “You have a lot of ups and downs in tennis,” Humphreys said. “It’s not just a straight line improvement that you see on a graph — there’s plateaus you have to get past and that’s where mental toughness comes in.” Pushing beyond the plateaus involves, among other things, playing one point at a time, breathing and developing a steady rhythm with rituals. “If you watch the pros serve, you notice they do the


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same thing all the time, like they may get their feet set and then pull their sleeve up and bounce the ball two times,” Humphreys said. Ultimately, success often goes back to the fundamentals, something Humphreys stresses during lessons. “If you get that base, you have more potential to build from,” he said. “From there, you can start incorporating strategy into your game.” “Tennis is easy to understand intellectually, but it’s another thing to understand it mechanically, where your body automatically does what it’s supposed to,” Humphreys added. To that end, resident Chris Peterson, who has taken many lessons from Humphreys, said his focus on fundamentals served her well over the years. “I never felt I had to rework my stroke or tennis elbow,” Peterson said.

She also described him as thoughtful, patient and smart. “He helped me with every aspect of my game,” Peterson said. “And he’s just an incredibly nice guy.” Humphreys has also enjoyed success as a player, including being named the Idaho state open champion four times, and he was No. 17 in the USPTA singles ranking in 1972. He also competed while attending Idaho State University on a full scholarship. “Tennis has been so good to me — it’s provided me with an education and livelihood — that I’ve tried to give back to it,” Humphreys said. He’s served as the past president of the San Diego USPTA, and he participates in Tennis Across America, a program offering free lessons to encourage more to take up the sport. “I love the game — it’s the least I can do,” Humphreys said.

The smile says it all, as does the plaque. The grin comes courtesy of golfer Beatriz Recari, the vivacious 5-foot4 Spaniard spark plug who’s preparing to defend her KIA Classic championship. The hunk of metal sits off the right fringe of the Aviara Resort’s18th hole, where Recari drained an 18-foot putt to prevail in last year’s playoff. Recari was in town preparing for this month’s the $1.7 million KIA Classic. Last spring it was Recari producing some March magic, as she scored a winning weekend for herself and North County. “It definitely was huge,’’ she said. But not just because she snapped a streak of 57 tournaments between LPGA win No. 1 and No. 2. The KIA Classic also gave the North County golf community a boost and its return for year two is a positive sign. La Costa Resort was long the hang out for pros when bringing their games hard by Batiquitos Lagoon. The KIA Classic was held at La Costa in 2010, exited for Industry Hills in ‘11 and returned last year, although to Aviara. The PGA’s Tournament of Champions morphed into the WGC Match Play at La Costa. But when Tiger Woods complained about the rain which often marred the latter, the men said, “later’’ and it moved in 2007. That’s comical on two counts: the sky once actually produced steady moisture in these parts; Woods didn’t play in this year’s Match Play in Tucson, Ariz. But back to California grass, that patch where Recari bested I.K. Kim with last year’s daunting putt in fading light and an accelerating wind. “It was getting dark and it was getting late,’’ Recari said. As often happens, the words of wisdom are spoken by a caddy. But Andreas Throp’s tip had more to do with reading the tealeaves than the green. “Hey we can’t be here forever,’’ Thorp told Recari. “We have to get this one right now.’’ Recari, who gained her third Tour win later in the year at Toledo, got right to it. Her putt found the hole and the KIA Classic found a champion with as much game off the course

as on it. The No. 21-ranked player is funny, bubbly, engaging and realizes there’s more to life than chasing a dimpled ball around manicured layouts. Recari, 26, will be just one of the LPGA stars hanging in Carlsbad. The four-day, 144-player KIA Classic features 49 of the world’s top 50 female golfers as it cements its standing among the Tour’s 32 events. This year tournament is staged one week before the LPGA’s first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Mission Hiils. With the KIA Classic keenly positioned on the calendar, it figures to be a destination competition for years to come. Plus the distinctive Aviara track is easy on the eyes “It’s an amazing course,’’ said Tiffany Joh, the Rancho Bernardo High graduate who’s back on the Tour. “I live here so I have the bragging rights.’’ Recari said what makes Aviara unique is its variety. “It seems like every hole has its own character,’’ she said. “It’s not like one of those courses where you can not remember the difference between No. 13 and No. 14, where they all seem the same.’’ Recari is different in that she went public with a private matter. It was at last year’s KIA Classic that she spoke of an eating disorder she battled in her youth. She revealed how difficult it was to overcome; with the motivation being maybe her story could help others. She joined forces with The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness to spread the word. That tricky 18-footer she nailed on the second playoff hole at Aviara last year? That takes a backseat to her charity work. “Winning really doesn’t make you happy,’’ she said. “What makes you happy is making a difference in a good way and I’m really proud of that. It is definitely important for me to give back something and it was something I wanted to do for a long time. “I struggled with that illness; I was able to overcome that and compete at the highest level. I definitely needed to go out there and make sure that from something so negative in my life I could make it a positive. “If I can help one girl, that was all I needed for me to talk about it and be willing to do it.’’ Contact Jay Paris at jparis8@aol.com. Follow him on Twitter at jparis_sports

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Proton Therapy center opens Health Watch Brought to you by the staff & physicians of Scripps Hospital In February 2014, San Diego County’s first proton treatment center opened its doors for patient care. Carl Rossi, M.D., medical director of the Scripps Proton Therapy Center, offers a glimpse into how this advanced treatment can benefit cancer patients. What makes proton therapy different from other current forms of radiation? Proton therapy is the most precise form of radiation treatment available today. Conventional X-ray treatment beams penetrate well beyond the tumor, but protons can be controlled to conform precisely to the shape of the tumor and to release most of their energy within the tumor. Protons stop where the tumor stops. How do patients benefit from this precision? The accuracy of protons enables doctors to treat tumors with a substantially lower total radiation dose to healthy tissue, compared to the latest X-ray therapy. The beam stops at the tumor, which helps preserve normal tissue. By minimizing harm to healthy tissue, patients tolerate their treatments better and are less likely to have problems in the long run related to their treatment. What’s the harm in lowdose radiation from X-rays? At some level, you will always create damage by irradiating healthy tissue. As we get better at curing cancer and people are living longer after treatment, there is cause for concern about long-term side effects. For example, a 2013 report in the New England Journal of Medicine analyzed the records of thousands of breast cancer patients who received X-ray treatments to their left breast. The report found these women developed a higher risk for heart disease, which was directly related to the volume of the heart that was


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irradiated during treatment. What types of cancer can proton therapy treat effectively? Proton therapy is best suited for solid tumors that are 1) localized (i.e., have not spread); 2) situated near sensitive normal tissue; and 3) require high doses of radiation. Specific tumor sites well-suited for proton therapy include breast, lung, prostate, spine, head, neck, brain, gastrointestinal tract and central nervous system, among others. Proton is also recognized as the preferred form of radiation therapy for many pediatric cancers. Because children’s bodies are still growing, they are extremely sensitive to the harmful effects of radiation. Is proton therapy supported by research? Yes, there is a wealth of scientific research studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals that have demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of proton therapy. These studies have examined a broad range of tumor sites and have shown a reduced rate of secondary cancers and treatment-related side effects in proton patients, compared to X-ray patients. What is proton treatment like for patients? During therapy, patients feel no physical sensation from the proton beam and hear very little noise. Delivery of the proton beam to the patient lasts (on average) only about a minute per treatment field. Time spent in the treatment room is usually about 15 to 25 minutes, for precise patient positioning and equipment adjustments. Afterward, patients are free to go about their daily activities. (Pediatric patients may receive their treatments under anesthesia.) Treatments are typically delivered five days a week for four to eight weeks. “Health Watch” is brought to you by the physicians and staff of Scripps Health. For more information or for a physician referral, call 1-800-SCRIPPS or visit scripps.org.

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MARCH 7 ART AROUND YOU Through March 27, 16 artists from the local art group, Environmental Painters, will display their art at the Solana Beach Library, 157 Stevens Ave. A reception for the group will be held at 2 p.m. March 8. Call (858) 755-1404 for more information.

MARCH 8 OUTSTANDING WOMEN In celebration of National Women’s History Month, the Del Mar-Leucadia Branch of the American Association of University Women will present “U.S. Women in the Political Arena” at 10 a.m. March 8 at the Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave. Anne Hoiberg will talk about women who led the way in politics, from Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony to Eleanor Roosevelt. For more information, call (760) 815-8644 or visit delmarleucadia-ca.aauw.net. MARDI GRAS The Oceanside Civitan Club invites all to its Mardi Gras Bunco party and fundraiser from 1:30 to 4 p.m. March 8 at the Oceanside Women’s Club, 1606 Missouri Ave., Oceanside. Cost is $20. Call (760) 758-2769 for reservations. PAGEANTRY AND MORE The Carlsbad High School Winter Guard Tournament will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 8 at Carlsbad High School, 3557 Lancer Way, Carlsbad. Proceeds benefit the Carlsbad High School Band and Guard and VOX Artium Winter Guard Association. CHECK YOUR CHAKRA Rick Ireton will host a book-signing event for his book, “ChakraKey: A Key for Humanity” at 6 p.m. March 8 at the SoulScape bookstore, 765 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. TALENT ON TAP A Spring Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 8 in Carmel Valley at 11943 El Camino Real, San Diego. An elementary and middle school talent show will award a $10,000 Continued Education Grant, sponsored by the Super Dentists of San Diego. Contact San Diego Seasonal Fairs for information at sandiegoseasonalfairs.com/. TOMATOES AND MORE Enjoy free weekend gardening classes at 9 a.m. with Gardening for Beginners. March 8 and Tomato Basics March 15. For store locations, visit armstronggarden.com. KIDS IN THE GARDEN Join the Kids in the Garden Class planting starts and seeds with Farmer Jones from 10 a.m. to noon March 8 at 1270 Vale Terrace Drive, inside Brengle Terrace Park, Vista. Cost

Pre-register at farmerjones@ March 20 and registration must altavistagardens.org or call (760) be received by March 12. For more information or to register, contact 822-6824. (760) 750-4020 or visit csusm.edu. MARCH 10 IRISH FUN The Woman’s COMMUNITY MIXER Join the Del Mar Foundation at a no- Club of Vista, celebrating its 98th host Meet & Greet & Eat from Anniversary, will meet at 10:30 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 10 at the a.m. March 12 at the Shadowridge Poseidon Restaurant, 1670 Coast Country Club, 1980 Gateway, Vista Blvd. at 17th St., Del Mar with with Irish music by Cindy James. Happy Hour pricing until 7 p.m. Call Nancy (760) 822-6824 or visit For registration or more informa- womansclubofvista.org. LENTEN SUPPER Redeemtion visit delmarfoundation.org. The Del Mar Foundation promotes er by the Sea Lutheran Church, community cohesiveness, raises 6600 Black Rail Road, Carlsbad, and grants funds, preserves open holds a free soup supper at 5:30 space, improves beaches and park- p.m. followed by a Lenten service lands and sponsors diverse cultur- at 6:30 p.m. beginning March 12, and continuing on Wednesdays al programs. through April 9 except for March MARCH 11 26, when there is a family service HISTORY ONLINE The at 5:30 p.m. at the church. Call Computer-Oriented Genealogy (760) 431-8990 or visit redeemerGroup will meet, 10 to 11:30 A.M. bythesea.org. March 11 in the Carlsbad City Council Chambers, 1200 Carlsbad MARCH 14 GET JUNG AGAIN San DiVillage Drive, to hear psychologist, historian, and professional ego Friends Of Jung host a lecture genealogist Anne Miller. For infor- at 7:30 p.m. March 14, with Dr. mation e-mail boylepam@gmail. Howard Tyas at Winston School, 215 9th St., Del Mar. $20 non-memcom or call (760) 942-7466. COASTAL CLUB The Coast- bers. A workshop will be held from al Club presents “Wisdom: Aging 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 15 at Muelwith Meaning & Joy” from 11 a.m. ler College, 123 Camino De La to noon March 11 at 3575 Manches- Reina, Mission Valley, on “Nightter Ave., Cardiff. Reservations mares – Urgent Messages from are $12 to benefit the Waters of the Guiding Self.” Workshop $60 Eden: Community Mikvah and non-members. For more informaEducation Center. At 1 p.m. March tion, visit jungsandiego.com. 11, learn more about 211: the non- MARCH 15 emergency number with Alana KaHOTCAKES AND MORE linowski. Call (858) 674-1123 for Women’s Club of Oceanside will more information. cook up a fundraiser with all-you-


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15 and March 16 at the annual Herb Festival and Spring Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 15 and March 16, at 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, plus an Herb Festival, plant sale, Tomatomania! and Bromeliad Bonanza. ENCINITAS MILE Run The Encinitas Mile, a 1-mile road race for all ages and abilities March 16. The first of 8 heats will begin at 8 a.m. on Vulcan Avenue near downtown Encinitas. Portions of the proceeds will benefit the Coastal German Shepherd Rescue and the MEB Foundation. Contact Dan Seidel or Mark Sarno, for more information at seideldan@gmail.com or mjsarno@att.net.

MARK THE CALENDAR Tickets are now available for the free Seaside Native Plant Garden Tour at 2 p.m. April 27 at St. Mary’s School parking lot, 515 Wisconsin Ave. sponsored by the Buena Vista Native Plant Club and the Oceanside Coastal Neighborhood Association. Go to BVAudubon. org or OCNA.info or call the Buena Vista Nature Center at (760)4392473.

can-eat pancakes plus bacon, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee for $10 from 9 a.m. to noon March 15 at the club house,1606 Missouri Ave., Oceanside. Proceeds are to benefit the Oceanside High School’s Soundwaves. For information, call (760) 722-5616. BOOK TO BLOOM San Diego Botanic Garden hosts gardening author and illustrator Sharon Lovejoy, speaking at 1 p.m. March

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Healing powers of bone broth

I've spent the last few years learning and applying as much as I possibly can on the subject. That led me to start making bone broth three years ago. Once I saw the positive effects that

drinking bone broth had on my body I knew I was going to start a business making aving spent the it. past few years covering the cuBone broth as a healing linary world in San Diego, agent goes way back, can the name Quinn Wilson you give me a brief history kept popping up. I needed of it and common uses in to find out more about this the past? woman and what she did so It goes back to using I tracked her down. Turns the whole animal. In all

out Ms. Wilson has this societies’ rich and poor in very cool endeavor called every part of the world you Balanced and Bright where see bone broth as a staple she produces uber-healthy in the diet. Because of its beef bone broth that has nutritional properties bone healing properties and is broth helps to heal, arthriversatile enough to use in tis, stomach issues, autoimjust about any cooking ap- mune problems, it inhibits plication. infections, seals the gut Quinn brought some of and speeds up healing afher broth over recently and ter any sort of trauma. The we did some tasting and Japanese invented MSG in talking about bone broth. 1908 and by 1947 General  Foods issued a statement Tell me a bit about your that said, "soon all natural background and what led flavors would be chemicalyou to this endeavor. ly synthesized.â€?  Since a chemically synWell. I have always thesized "flavor" cube was been fascinated by food much faster for your aversince a very young age. age housewife to create a By 18 I loved being in the meal with we began to get kitchen and I could cook away from the traditional pretty well for a teenager. way of making a slow simYou would think all of this mered nutritionally dense would have led to a culinary broth. career but I actually ended Broth has been reup as an Interior Designer ferred to as Jewish Penicilfor almost 10 years. Around lin and is why we have all 2008 I became a Farm Chef been fed chicken noodle for Suzie's Farm, which soup when we're sick. then turned into a full time  job on the farm. Local and You use bones from small seasonal had always made local farm, pasture raised sense to me and once I had cattle, how does this make been introduced to a tra- a difference? ditional way of eating, the Locally matters begame completely changed. cause I know where the


fer beef broth, it tends to have more flavor. I'm also working on a project with Tommy Gomes for a fish stock for Catalina Offshore Products.

You add more ingredients to your broth, what are you adding?

Quinn Wilson and her healing bone broth. Photo by David Boylan

meat is coming from, what it ate and how it was raised. I also literally "know my farmer. The same guy that raised and cared for the cattle from the beginning to the end is the same guy handing me my order when I pick it up. When a cow is allowed to graze in pasture they ingest more beneficial nutrients than cows that have been corn fed. All of this then results in a healthier animal, healthier meat and ultimately a healthier bone broth.  Would organic chicken bones produce similar results, other than tasty broth? Yes you can make broth from any animal that was properly raised; if it has bones you can make broth. I have made a lot of chicken broth and personally I pre-

Balanced & Bright's bone broth contains, filtered water, ginger, apple cider vinegar and an aromatic spice that I am keeping a secret for now.   Can you share some of the benefits you and others have experienced personally from your bone broth? The first thing to happen is your hair, skin and nails really take to it. Within two weeks the skin on my hands became shiny and supple. Then my hair started to grow faster than normal. This is all due to the gelatin and collagen in the broth. I was in an accident when I was 10 and lost a couple of teeth. I’ve spent the last 25 years having surgeries for my implants and three years ago my implants began to fail. Once I started drinking the bone broth the pain completely went away and my dentist was shocked at how strong and healthy the bone in the grafted area is.  Order online at balancedandbright.com. They have a pickup location in Encinitas and door-todoor delivery for an extra charge. Also be sure to check out Quinn and her broth March 22 at 11 a.m. at Whole Foods in Encinitas. 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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Food forecast: U.S. embraces European traditions to create authentic cuisine stateside (BPT) — Not long ago, adding international flair to your foods simply meant incorporating a dash of spice or trying a new cooking method. Today, Americans expect more out of their food, and the newest culinary trends are inspired by European traditions in order to create delicious, unique cuisine closer to home. As more people seek the high quality and craftsmanship they’ve come to expect in European products, U.S. restaurants and food makers are creating American originals based on international customs, and the results are surpassing expectations. Keep an eye out for these top food trends: 1. Icelandic skyr You can’t go to a grocery store today and not see shelves stocked with Greek yogurt made domestically, the perfect example of how Americans have adopted an international food and made it their own. While it’s dominated the yogurt market for the last couple of years, another yogurt-type food is making a splash in the U.S.: Icelandic skyr. Traditionally used as a way to preserve fresh milk, skyr is made from skimmed milk with the cream removed. The straining process gives it a creamy texture. It’s also low in fat and sugar, plus skyr is higher in protein than its Greek counterpart. Look for U.S.-made skyr at your local grocer — some foodies deem it to be the next Greek yogurt, so if your supermarket doesn’t yet have it, it likely will by the end of the year. 2. Artisan cheeses Europe is well-known for having some of the best cheeses in the world. But you no longer have to travel overseas to find expert cheese-makers who create these decadent delights. For example, cheesemaking traditions in the Alpine region of Switzerland have been used for centuries to craft quality cheeses, but today the same techniques are followed in the creation of Roth Grand Cru TURN TO TRENDS ON B11

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frank mangio A leading wine publication, Wine Enthusiast, has revealed its Top 10 Wine Travel Destinations for this year, and many are real eye-openers. It based the choices on international wine countries, extraordinary food and cultural St. Francis of Assisi Church stands as the most iconic visitor location points. Italian locations could in Umbria Italy, named as one of the Top Ten Wine Destinations in the world. Photo courtesy of Concierge.com have taken up all 10 and then some, but possibly the rules of choice allowed one per country, and the winner was (cork-pop please)… Umbria! Last year, Italy remained on top as the biggest exporter of wine to the U.S., with consumers paying up for better quality Italian wines than ever before, from Brunello to Barolo. Umbria is Italy’s only land-locked region, surrounded by Tuscany, Marche and Lazio. Lots of rolling hills and green val- Italian wine specialist Marcos Mizzau was at Vittorio’s in San Diego leys paint a beautiful por- presenting the lineup of Frescobaldi Wines from Tuscany, Italy. Photo trait of vineyards and olive by Frank Mangio trees. Several well-pre- town to visit is Healdsburg, countries in the U.S. Othserved cities and towns with quaint B&B’s, many er fascinating wine counbeckon. They include: Or- tasting rooms within walk- tries named were: Aegean vieto, Assisi (home of the ing distance and rustic Islands, Greece; Valle de iconic Basilica of St. Fran- restaurants with farm to Guadalupe, Baja Mexico; cis) and Perugia, the dis- table menus. For wineries, Hill Country, Texas; Montrict capital. Montefalco is concentrate on these wine doza, Argentina; Baden, home to many of the well- AVA’s: The Russian River Germany; Barossa Valley, known wineries that make Valley, Dry Creek and Al- Australia; and Languedoc, wine from the native grape exander Valley. France. Sagrantino. At the top of Marchesi de FrescobalFurther north, another the winery list stands the surprise destination was di: From Tuscany to VittoArnaldo Caprai estate. It Walla Walla, Wash. The rio’s made Sagrantino what it is town has come to model Marchesi de Frescobaltoday, a powerful, highly itself as the epicenter of di is a Tuscan wine family structured, earthy, almost Washington’s wine tourism. dating back to the 1300’s fiercely tannic wine. Not One hundred twenty winer- now with nine estates and to worry on the tannins as ies call Walla Walla home 2,500 acres. To taste a better winemaking tech- and include some from Frescobaldi wine is to taste niques have balanced the northern Oregon. This is the history of Florence, grape for a unique and fla- another town that is packed from the Middle Ages to vorful experience. with tasting rooms, bet- the present day. Another better-known ter to compare than comVittorio’s: that Italian wine destination in Cali- muting around the nearby Family Style Trattoria in fornia is Sonoma County. Blue Mountains to taste. Carmel Valley, recently An hour north of San Fran- Look for classic Bordeaux brought in Italian wine specisco, and just west of the blends, Cabs and Merlots, cialist Marcos Mazzau. He well-known Napa Valley, and most recently, Syrahs chose the ultimate wines Sonoma is big, beautiful are moving up in popular- for each course served, and known for Pinot Noir, ity. Red wines are dark from the 2012 FrescobalCabernet and Chardonnay. and complex, the result of di Vermentino with roastZinfandel also does well long, hot summers with 14 ed vegetable salad, to the in this cool, ocean-influ- hours of daily sun from this powerful Frescobaldi 2011 enced wine country. The most northern of all wine Tenuta Castiglione Super-

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Family Winemakers of California are holding their annual event at the PasadenaConvention Center March 9. Consumer tasting is 3:30 to 6 p.m. Various levels of ticket options available starting at $60 pre-sale. Purchase and details online at familywinemakers.org. Firefly Grill and Wine Bar in Encinitas is planning a wine dinner March 12 at 6:30 p.m., featuring Powell Mt. Cellars of Paso Robles. Cost is $70 and held in partnership with Baker & Olive of Encinitas. This is a four-course dinner with five wines. Firefly has a new Bar & Lounge Tasting Menu from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. nightly featuring small plates and drink specials. RSVP at (760) 6351066. Encinitas Wine Merchants has Frank Family Wines Napa Valley Tasting March 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. Taste Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zins and Cabs. Details at (760) 407-4265. PAON Restaurant and Wine Bar in Carlsbad is having a special Happy Hour with Patz and Hall wines from 5 to 7pm on Thurs. March 13. Call 760729-7377 for more. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. His columns can be viewed atwww.tasteofwinetv.com. He is one of the top wine commentators on the web. Reach him at mangiompc@aol.com.


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tention. I’m not the ugliest American, but I can hold my own when the U.S. sends in a star, and especially when we are the underdog and come out on top. So, again this year, I was riveted by Olympic ice hockey, but probably still won’t be able sit through an entire game during the regular NHL season. I can’t even pick a team to get behind. Why? It hangs on the worst symptom of the fair-weather fan. I need some really personal attachment to get emotionally



fore the record attempt. “It was really fantastic for me to get to come in, and in those short three days, all come together as a school community and make this great thing happen,” he said. The dance wasn’t hard to learn, he explained. In the end, 504 dancers successfully participated in the dance, earning them entry into the Guinness World Records. Robertson said Guinness World Records gets




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involved. And it is almost always something silly and completely inconsequential to the rest of the world. For instance, I cheered for the Seattle Seahawks this football playoff season, because both of my cousin’s boys played for that team in the 1980s. Hey, blood is always thicker than other silly reasons. And I celebrated the Boston Red Sox World Series win because my son is in college there. Makes sense to me. Yet, if my local teams are winning, (Go Padres! Go Chargers!) I will turn into a rabid, as-if-I-always-followed-them fan. And I enjoy

it every bit as much as the loyal supporters. I have the talent of going from, “What? It’s baseball season again?” to screaming super fan in about a week. I’m just that flexible. I would, truly, like to see if I can sustain that level of excitement through an entire season, but, in sterling fair-weather fashion, my team has to keep winning. OK Padres. It’s all you.

between 40,000 to 70,000 applications per year for entry. “Worldwide, we adjudicate perhaps 100 every year, which is still an awful lot,” he said. “And it’s actually pretty exciting to travel to North America and see these extraordinary things happen.” Just three months ago the school submitted its application and the Guinness World Record application committee fasttracked it to ensure that an adjudicator was present for the event, Robertson explained.

As an adjudicator, Robertson said watching every record breaking attempt – succeed or fail – is exciting. “There’s no record I haven’t smiled at,” he said. “Even some of the tragic failures, or the unsuccessful attempts, there’s been elements of real beauty.” The school performed a line dance consisting of throwing arms up and out to the side, kicking up heels and toes and doing several turns, to South African singer Miriam Makeba’s song, “Pata Pata,” which was written in the 1950s.

The rise in the popularity of Neapolitan pizzas is evident in restaurants across the country, giving Americans a unique taste of this traditional Italian dish. What makes a pizza Neapolitan style? Originating from Naples, Italy, a Neapolitan pizza features a thinner crust that is baked quickly at high temperatures, typically in a wood or stone oven. The toppings are minimal with the sauce often being the dominating feature. The classic pizza Napoletana margharita — created in1889 as a tribute to the queen of Italy — simply includes tomatoes, mozzarella and crust made from wheat flour.

terest in dark chocolate and high-end desserts, American chocolatiers are giving their international counterparts a run for their money. Creating premium chocolate is considered an art form where expert chocolatiers use only the finest cocoa to create indulgent treats. Whether it’s a dark chocolate bar of 85 percent cocoa, a smooth and creamy truffle or a decadent chocolate covered caramel, the passion for fine chocolate is alive and well in the U.S. The confections can be found at specialty stores and even the candy aisle at your local grocer. If you have a taste for international flavors, you don’t have to look beyond our borders to find the finest foods. From rich cheeses to fine chocolate treats, European traditions are thriving in the U.S. as food experts adopt these methods and make them their own.

Alpine style cheese created in Wisconsin. Made with fresh milk in large imported copper vats and aged a minimum of four months, the resulting cheese is mild, nutty and smooth, earning numerous awards. It’s easy to jazz up your favorite dishes with international flavor by swapping out your standard go-to cheeses with this versatile variety. Try adding Roth Grand Grand Cru to potatoes gratin, Panini sandwiches or as the base for your next fondue. To create an artisan cheese plate, pair it with fresh apples and pears, almonds and figs for a fantastic blend of flavors guaranteed to delight the 4. Fine chocolates taste buds. Chocolate lovers agree that your common 3. Neapolitan pizza milk chocolate candy bar Forget thick crusts and found on convenience store loads of toppings, Ameri- shelves doesn’t hold a flame cans today are looking for to fine European chocolates. more out of their pizza pies. But thanks to a growing in-

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Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito names volunteer of year SOLANA BEACH — The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito named Solana Beach resident, Terry Lingenfelder as its volunteer-of-the-year. This honor will be formally presented at the Youth-of-the-Year Gala Aug. 8, at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Infield Pavilion. “It is our great pleasure to award Mr. Lingenfelder as the 2014 Volunteer-of-theYear,” said David H. Crean, chief executive officer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. “This award is in recognition of Terry’s outstanding leadership, dedication and tireless efforts in sustaining and expanding our mission at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. “He is a strong promoter, supporter and major contributor to all programs and activities that we offer. We could not have been as successful as we are without his vision, involvement and hard work for 43 years.” Lingenfelder has dedicated many years of service to the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. His long-standing service has included involvement on the Board of Directors (since 1971), president of the board (19791981 and 1999-2001), and chairman of the Foundation board (2012 to the present). Further, he has been instrumental in financing and fundraising initiatives, including Bucks for Boys & Girls. He was also instrumental in securing major donors for the 2005 Share the



Commission meeting. For the club to move into the location, the commission will have to approve a minor-use permit. “Neighbors are worried and the club representatives have shrugged us off,” said Barbara Kubarych, who owns property near the location. And Kubarych believes some residents have been reluctant to speak out because their neighbors, friends and business associates might belong. Minor-use permits are typically a staff-level decision. However, an influx of calls and emails to the city relating to the club kicked it up to the Planning Commission. When organizers first introduced the club to neighbors last summer, documents stated it would have 40 members. More recently, the group has said the ranks could eventually grow to as many as 110 members, though membership would most likely hover around 75, with a limited number of guests also allowed. “They changed their story,” Kubarych said. “It’s concerning because the last thing we want is a party pad with so many people.” But Charlie McDermott, who is the vice president of a pharmaceutical company and on the club’s board of directors, said partying just isn’t the club’s aim. “Most of us are married,” McDermott said. We’re not out to tear it up and party — all these accusations are very far from the truth.” McDermott said the

Solana Beach resident, Terry Lingenfelder was named volunteer-of-the-year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. Courtesy photo

Dream Campaign to renovate the Harper Branch and Pardee Aquatics Center in Solana Beach. For more information on the Gala, contact Ally Hanlon at (858) 720-2188 or visit bgcsandieguito.org. Lingenfelder graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s in Science/Business in 1958. After serving in the United States Army, he obtained a Certified Property Manager Designation in 1962 followed by a California Real Estate License. Lingenfelder was appointed by the California Governor to the Advisory Council of Atomic Energy and Radiation Protection. Currently, Lingenfelder is a partner of ITEC and TIP Real Estate Properties. He is married with four children and enjoys sailing, biking, skiing and golf.

club, a nonprofit, would simply give members a chance to kick back, enjoy good conversation and toss around creative ideas. Watching TV, playing pool and listening to guest speakers — not wild parties — are in the cards, he added. The club’s inspiration comes from the Longfellow House, an intellectual commune near Harvard University where notable leaders, poets and authors once gathered. “We want to continue the spirit in Leucadia,” McDermott said, adding that Australian surf clubs, where locals can stash their boards and hangout, are another influence. He noted Leucadia was chosen because many of the members live in the community. The club is looking to lease a 1,900-square-foot space, surrounded by businesses like Pandora’s Pizza and Progression Surf. It’s likely to generate less traffic than a small restaurant, according to the club’s materials. Tim Calver, who lives directly behind the proposed club, believes it will exacerbate existing neighborhood problems. A narrow alley separates his home and the club. He said the alley already faces flooding and parking issues, and a swarm of club members’ cars could block emergency access. Calver is also worried about noise wafting from the club. “For a club of this magnitude to go in would be irresponsible and reckless on behalf of the city,” he said. Dichoso said the club’s application and the alleyway are viewed as separate matters by city staff. But he noted it’s possi-

ble the Planning Commission, when reviewing the permit, could look at the club’s impact on the alley. If the commission approves the permit, it will consider limitations on the club. One proposed restriction would forbid the club from renting out its space for outside events. Dichoso noted a similar limitation was imposed on the Carlsbad Woman’s Club after it hosted large crowds. Neighbors have also raised concerns about members having key-card access to the club during all hours. While members have said they wouldn’t visit during off-hours, they could technically do so under the proposed permit. Dichoso said the club’s hours would be 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. The occupancy limit would be 115 people, but only a fraction of members are expected on a given day, and at-large meetings aren’t planned. If the city received enough valid noise or other types of complaints, it could look at stricter limitations on the permit, Dichoso stated. For now it, members wouldn’t be allowed to drink alcohol in the club, yet another neighborhood concern. The club hasn’t applied for a beer and wine license, but it might do so down the line after earning the community’s trust, McDermott said. “We had no idea we’d be put through this kind of scrutiny, put through this much paperwork — this many hurdles,” McDermott said. “We want to put all these rumors behind us,” he added.


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In 1966, at the beginning of my senior year, my dad took a job with Air Asia in Taiwan. We were living in San Diego and my dad worked in the aerospace industry. In 1965 President Johnson had pressured the aerospace industry in San Diego to relocate to Houston, which devastated the San Diego economy and housing market. Instead of moving to Texas my dad took the job in Taiwan instead. At that time Air Asia joined with Air America (CIA) and was running President Johnson’s secret war in Laos out of Taiwan, which Nixon was eventually blamed for. In 1966 Taiwan was a country ruled with the iron fist of Chiang Kai-shek, who was forced out of China during World War II by Mao Tse Tung. I quickly learned how free America was compared to Asia. For pocket money I taught English in the YMCA. When I would bring up politics, my students would shut up with a fearful look. From that young age I was being educated to appreciate our First Amendment Rights under our Constitution. In the spring of 1967 I visited Hong Kong with my parents. Mao Tse Tung had instituted the Cultural Revolution and was burning all the books and slaughtering the bourgeoisie (the middle class) throughout China. He was also creating havoc and terrorism in British-owned Hong Kong. Terrorists were indiscriminately bombing Western institutions while splashing red paint on buildings and plastering Mao posters all over the place. While visiting the brother of one of my students we narrowly missed being blown up at a Tram station by Red terrorists. A day later my parents and I saw a human body floating in Hong Kong Harbor while taking a sight-seeing boat ride. Bodies were frequently floating down the river out of China into the harbor of Hong Kong due to the insanity taking place across the border in China. A couple days later the Bank of America building next door to our hotel was bombed. That’s when my World War II veteran and Bronze Medal winning dad said “we’re outta here.” Prior to leaving, I walked into a bar and struck up a conversation with some soldiers on R&R from Vietnam. They said straight up to do anything I could to avoid going to Vietnam, saying it was a bloody nightmare. From that visiting week and thereafter I was very

much against the war and being caught up in Asian misery and death. Unfortunately my high school in Taiwan was unaccredited. I lost my entire senior year so at age 17 and 13,000 miles from my parents I returned to San Diego to finish my senior year. While watching Archie Bunker one night, all three television stations cut away to televise the first draft lottery. Vietnam was raging and the nightly news was not good. The recent Christmas Tet Offensive had just escalated the Vietnam War exponentially. Times were scary. Every young man had the military draft hanging over their heads. I surely was hoping for a high draft number but wasn’t so lucky. My birthdate (lottery number) came up No. 19. I tried to stay in college as long as possible but my young wife was pregnant and in those days you paid out of pocket for maternity. I lost my school deferment when I left school and worked full time to pay the medical bills. It didn’t take long to be drafted on of all days Sept. 11, 1971. Two weeks before the end of my basic training President Nixon cut off all new troops to Vietnam while my wife and our 3-month-old daughter ran off with a fireman. Because of that experience I feel for all the young men in the military today with pretty and young wives at home. No one likes getting those “Jody” letters. Nevertheless, I ended up completing my tour of duty at Fort Hood Texas. After my military stint was up I went to UC Santa Barbara. Anti-war rallies were common and I actively participated. From my Asian experience, political science became an interest so my

first BA came in Political Science. I was taught by truly liberal professors of whom I was in total agreement. But after completing my required number of units I was short of graduating so I double-majored and earned a second degree in Business Economics. That was another culture shock for me. Economics was being taught by conservative professors (yes, they really existed on UC campuses in the ‘70s). After graduation I built one of the country’s first skateboard parks and then eventually moved into real estate development. I was being pulled by my environmental liberal side and yet also by my conservative property-rights side. The projects I eventually developed combined both philosophies by having ample undeveloped open space for the critters. I have lived on both sides of the political spectrum and it bothers me that this country is so polarized that liberals and conservatives can no longer sit down and work together. This last week I was hammered by my liberal readers who believe me to be McCarthy reincarnate. It’s ironic how the current IRS scandal just drips of McCarthyism yet it wasn’t the conservatives that set that mess into motion. Nonetheless, I still get pulled by the high points of both sides of the political spectrum. Sometimes experiencing life outside our confined borders can stimulate both sides of the political mind. Don’t we all just want peace? Sometimes it just takes swallowing your pride and respecting your “neighbor.” Joe Moris may be contacted at (760) 500-6755 or by email at joe@coastalcountry.net



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