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Elephant rides won’t return to 2014 county fair By Bianca Kaplanek

TAKING A BREAK A young rider takes a break at the stables in Del Mar Horsepark Equestrian Facility. The facility on El Camino Real plays host to several horse riding competitions throughout the year. Photo by Tony Cagala

‘Real Housewives’ invade Morgan Run By Bianca Kaplanek

RANCHO SANTA FE — There was no shortage of leopard print, pumps and fedoras — as well as club covers that included everything from Rocky and Bullwinkle’s Natasha to a cactus and a giraffe — when the Real Housewives of Morgan Run hit the links on March 18 for fun and philanthropy. The event, for guest day at Morgan Run Club & Resort, was organized by Susan Horvitz, with help from her longtime partner, Tony Perez, and Deb Fisher. “All the clubs in the area have about four guest days a year,” Horvitz said. “They usually do something very generic, like a beach theme or Big Bird Yellow. “My girlfriends and I starting thinking about Bravo shows,” she added. “Then I said, ‘Why don’t we do Morgan Run Housewives?’ People from all over said they never heard of such a great theme.” Many of the women donned bling, bathrobes, haute couture or curlers, while others were equipped

Wearing The Dollar Store is the not-red-carpet-ready foursome of Connie Paulino, Florence Brill, Erlinda Nelson and Maryann Herbenar. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

with Swiffers. The not-ready-for-thered-carpet foursome of Connie Paulino, Florence Brill, Erlinda Nelson and Mary-

ann Herbenar wore The Dollar Store, with kneehigh fishnets, tulle hair accessories and aprons. “We figured we are the

least sexy foursome here so we needed to be crazy,” Herbenar said. “I don’t know if we can golf like this, though.”

DEL MAR — Elephant rides — a mainstay attraction for nearly three decades — will not be offered during the 2014 San Diego County Fair. The owners of Have Trunk Will Travel, which provides the rides, announced March 27 they will not seek to be part of this year’s fair for a variety of reasons, none of which include mounting pressure from animal rights activists who claim the activity is unsafe and the company abuses its animals. Gary and Kari Johnson’s five pachyderms, in addition to giving rides, are featured in movies, commercials, shows, parades, weddings and other events. The Johnsons also have a breeding program for their Asian elephants, an endangered species. One of the females, which is getting older, will be in her breeding cycle during the fair, Kari Johnson said. When habitat conditions are favorable, female elephants may give birth to a calf every two-and-a-half to five years. Otherwise it is every five to eight years. Once a female gives birth, she usually does not breed again until the first calf is weaned, resulting in a four- to five-year birth interval. Johnson said elephants only cycle about three times a year, so it’s always a difficult decision to not take advantage of the opportunity. Since 2011, animal rights activists have tried to eliminate the rides at the fair after a secretly taped video released by Animal Defenders International shows trainers allegedly abusing the elephants at the Have Trunk Will Travel compound in Perris, Calif. The Johnsons deny the accusations, saying people who are not with “legitimate animal wel-

Tai, one of five elephants owned by Have Trunk Will Travel, has appeared in several films. The company recently announced it will not provide pachyderm rides at this year’s fair. Photo courtesy of have Trunk Will Travel

fare organizations” are not qualified to comment on the footage because they “would not know what they are looking at.” Kari Johnson said the recording is not in context. After a two-hour-plus discussion in 2011, the fair board voted 4-3 to continue allowing elephant rides through the 2014 fair, when an occupational safety policy adopted by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums goes into effect. Beginning this September, facilities must limit training to protected contact rather than free contact if they want to retain the association’s accreditation.In free contact, elephants and handlers interact directly, while in protected contact there is a barrier between the two. The Johnsons chose to discontinue Have Trunk Will Travel’s AZA membership in November because, they said, the organization’s policies “are no longer conducive to the good work we are able to do for elephants in terms of our TURN TO HOUSEWIVES ON A18

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NCTD settles lawsuit Lawsuit stems from conductor slamming woman to ground By Jared Whitlock

Buoys float at the Carlsbad aquafarm, the kind of “blue” business that leaders want to encourage with marine spatial planning. A new report notes marine planning could propel San Diego’s marine economy. Photo by Jared Whitlock

Marine planning could benefit ‘blue’ industries By Jared Whitlock

REGION — The Yukon, a retired Canadian Navy ship, sits on the ocean floor offshore of Mission Beach. The ship, which was sunk on purpose in 2000 to draw recreational divers, generates an estimated $5.7 million for San Diego’s diving and hospitality economy every year. To bring more divers to the region, the nonprofit group California Ships to Reef would like to submerge more ships. A new process called marine spatial would help them identify the best spots to do so. “You want to find a place that’s relatively barren, close to a major port and won’t interfere with a fishery,” said Eleanore Rewerts, the executive director of the nonprofit. “You take all of these things into consideration, and this is why marine spatial planning is so important, so you know the ideal location for a ship,” Rewerts added. Marine spatial planning would enlist stakeholders to determine the best use of the ocean, on the surface of the water and deep below. A new report authored by graduate students at UC San Diego states a variety of “blue” industries could benefit from the approach. Some of those businesses include aquaculture farms, desalination plants and maritime construction, according to the report. With more competing for ocean space, it’s necessary to identify ideal spots for ocean businesses and activities through a science-based process. In many ways, it’s similar to how land is divvied up for different uses, according to the report. Currently, businesses like the Carlsbad Aquafarm, which raises and sells seafood to local vendors and restaurants, contribute to the $14 billion annual marine economy. But there’s room for much more growth, the report states. “Effective planning could increase the gross product of ocean and water-related industries in San Diego dramatically — billions of dollars annually,” the report states. “By establishing needed rules and regulations and pre-approving sites, that would encourage investment and industry growth.” There’s a lot of money in the ocean, even in small patches. In just one-square mile, Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute estimates a business could farm 150,000 metric tons of white seabass annually using the latest open-cage technology, generating up to $900 million in economic activity, according to the report. Marine agriculture, a new technique

that involves growing land and sea plants on a floating platform, is another area with big potential, the report states. The price of building a one-acre floating platform is $20,000, along with other costs to grow the produce. Yet that same platform could create up to $200,000 in revenue a year. Desalination plants, like the one that’s being constructed in Carlsbad, also represent an opportunity for the blue economy, according to the report. “Having reliable, drought-proof water supplies could represent a major competitive advantage to San Diego in the decades to come,” the report says. Michael Jones, president of the San Diego-based Maritime Alliance, has headed efforts to promote marine planning and advised the report. He noted it’s costly to import water, leading more to turn to the ocean as a drinking source. And marine planning would help sort out the best spots for desalination plants, Jones added. “If you’re not by the ocean, you don’t have desalination potential and fortunately San Diego does,” Jones said, adding that San Diego has more economic opportunities than landlocked places. He said it’s still too early to say what the marine planning process will look like. San Diego is one of the first places to consider the idea, and it’s gaining traction among local leaders, Jones added. Elisa Chang, one of the report’s authors, noted the researchers interviewed a host of marine-technology business leaders and sustainability experts as part of the report. Most expressed that marine planning could result in a significant economic boon, with the potential to increase environmental sustainability. “They said it could balance everyone’s needs and desires,” Chang said. But potential pitfalls are cited in the report. Chang noted that some expressed concern over groups being marginalized during the marine planning process. To counter that, a wide range of stakeholders should be consulted, she said. Additionally, planning fatigue is a threat to marine planning, she said. For nearly a decade, various stakeholders took part in crafting local marine reserves, which have been in effect for two years. Many felt meetings dragged on and they weren’t listened to during that process, Chang added. “Ideally you create a platform where people can communicate and hopefully reach solutions, recognizing that sacrifices will need to be made,” Chang said.

REGION — A woman who was thrown to the ground by a conductor will receive a $10,000 settlement, the NCTD (North County Transit District) board agreed last week. In a complaint filed with NCTD, Encinitas resident Colinesha Sutton stated that an ID scanner didn’t recognize her coaster pass during the afternoon of last Aug. 6. Paul Burshteyn, the train’s assistant conductor, told Sutton the fare was invalid, she said. Sutton asked if the pass could be verified at the next stop, but Burshteyn said she would need to get off immediately, according to her account. When the train came to a halt at Carlsbad’s Poinsettia Station, Burshteyn tossed a shopping cart with her belongings onto the platform, she added. From there, the dispute turned physical, train surveillance video shows. Burshteyn, another NCTD employee and a passenger pushed Sutton off the train. Then, the passenger threw Sutton to the ground. She got up and knocked into the passenger. Then, Burshteyn grabbed Sutton and slammed her to the ground.

“He then got on top of me and handcuffed me,” Sutton said. Carlsbad police officers then arrived and examined Sutton. As a result of the altercation, Sutton said she suffered abdominal pain, bruising on her finger and there’s now a scar on her shoulder. She also claimed jewelry in the cart is now

Frances Schnall, NCTD marketing representative and interim public information officer, said conductors are responsible for verifying fare. If a passenger does not have a valid pass, conductors are supposed to educate customers where and how they can obtain fare. Further, a conductor’s role is to keep track of pas-

NCTD acknowledges that this unfortunate event occurred and we are disappointed it happened.” Frances Schnall NCTD Representative

lost and her purse was damaged. In Burshteyn’s version of the incident, because Sutton’s pass wouldn’t scan, he said asked Sutton how much she paid for it to determine if the fare was valid. Sutton declined to say, and Burshteyn then asked to see her ID, he said. When she failed to cooperate, Sutton turned combative and he ordered her to disembark. She refused to leave, Burshteyn added. Once on the platform, she kept “fighting” and tried to get back on the train, he said. “I made a decision to detain her and allow the train to proceed,” Burshetyn said.

sengers without valid passes and report that information to a security team. “NCTD acknowledges that this unfortunate event occurred and we are disappointed that it happened,” said Schnall said in an earlier statement. “We expressed our sincere apology to the customer involved in the incident.” Burshteyn was a contract employee, according to Schnall. His former employer, Transit America Services, Inc., will pay the $10,000 settlement. He is no longer working with NCTD, Schnall noted. “We have legally settled this matter without incurring any financial impact to taxpayers,” she said.

Festivities for the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center’s “Moroccan Fantasy” begin at 6 p.m. May 17. The proceeds will help to benefit the center’s many programs. Photo courtesy of Laura Lynn Photography

RSF Community Center to Present ‘Moroccan Fantasy’ Gala May 17 RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Community Center is proud to present “Moroccan Fantasy a Night at the Oasis” Gala May 17, at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center. Festivities will start at 6:00 p.m., with tantalizing entertainment, cocktail reception, and silent auction bidding. A decadent threecourse dinner, live auc-

tion, and captivating entertainment will follow, along with an after party in the Hookah Lounge. This year’s gala committee plans to enchant guests by transforming the Community Center into an exotic oasis. Tickets are $250 per person and tables seat ten. Established in 1972, the Community Center began as an after-school facility and has grown to

include a variety of activities that connect neighbors, families, schools and businesses through a creative assortment of classes, programs and events. For gala sponsorship and ticket information, please call (858) 7562461, or visit rsfcc.org. All proceeds will benefit the RSF Community Center, a nonprofit 501(C )(3) organization.

April 4, 2014

The fast-growing success of HealthFusion has resulted in an increase in employees parking in nearby residential areas. City Council directed staff to find solutions to address the problem. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

City working to address impacts of employee parking By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — In response to residents’ complaints, City Council directed staff at the March 26 meeting to create potential solutions to a recent increase in employees parking on residential streets. Adopted plans will be applicable citywide, however, efforts will initially focus on the neighborhoods around North Rios and Barbara avenues, In December, residents in those areas notified city officials that a rising number of employees, primarily from the commercial center at the corner of North Rios and Lomas Santa Fe Drive, were parking along their streets. City Manager David Ott said he and other staff members met several times since then with residents and business owners to discuss long- and shortterm solutions. He discovered one reason for the increase was the success of HealthFusion, an electronic health records software company. The business has grown from seven employees to more than 100 and the owner provided limited parking for them. Two-hour parking limitation signs, which have since been removed, were also installed illegally in the lot. A city staff member conducted statewide research to find out how other jurisdictions handled

ALL ABOARD The San Diego Chapter of The Society of Sponsors of the U.S. Navy held their semi-annual meeting and luncheon at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe on March 20. Cathie McRoskey hosted the delightful and inspiring event. Courtesy photo

Help at hand for Marine’s companion dog

the problem. “We’ve got kind of a mix out there,” Ott said. Some requirements are based on the type of business or the number of employees. Other businesses must provide one space for each worker. Del Mar uses a formula based on square footage per employee, which many council members viewed as a strong possibility for Solana Beach. There were also suggestions to implement a residential parking permit program or temporarily restrict daytime weekday parking along certain roadways. Staff will present the various options at a future meeting. Whatever direction council members choose to take, the parking lot causing the recent problems would be unaffected, at least at first. The center was built before Solana Beach incorporated and adopted the current parking standards so it has grandfathered status for the number of spaces that must be provided. The center has 70 spaces. If it were to comply with the current code, 126 would be mandated. “We can’t require the existing property to increase their parking,” Ott said. “What’s troubling me a little bit is that the existing businesses (are) not going to be subject to (a new TURN TO PARKING ON A18

RANCHO SANTA FE — Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Companion Animal Hospital recently donated some crucial medical exams to a very special service dog. Daisy, a 5-year-old golden retriever/greyhound blend, is a lifeline to U.S. Marine Katherine Ragazzino. Considered 100-percent disabled due partly to traumatic brain injury she suffered while on tour in Iraq, Ragazzino depends on Daisy to alert her to the onset of health issues that mirror a small stroke. Over the past weeks, however, it has been Daisy who has needed medical assistance and the retired, unemployed former Marine simply did not have From left, Vocational nurse Michelle Tyler comforts Daisy before her the means to help her. For- exam. Veterinarian Patricia Carter provides Daisy her check up and tunately, Helen Woodward necessary exams. Courtesy photo ed Tyler, “but she would not Animal Center President gling to survive. Vocational nurse Mi- let anything happen to Daiand CEO Mike Arms was informed of the situation and chelle Tyler became Raga- sy. She got up in the morngranted the necessary ser- zzino’s full-time caretaker ing to see to Daisy. It was vices in honor of the sacrific- shortly after her release really beautiful.” Over the last few es made by both Ragazzino from her battalion and discharge from the Marine months, however, Daisy and her devoted dog. According to her care- Corps. Extremely concerned seemed to be developing taker, U.S. Marine Veteran for her well-being, Tyler said some concerning medical Ragazzino deployed two she saw an enormous tran- problems. After a summertours — serving in Iraq and sition in the former Marine time haircut, Daisy’s fur did off shore operations in Af- with the rescue of a doting not grow back and veterighanistan. She was injured dog named Daisy, whose nary visits revealed what when her head was slammed keen connection to the mil- seemed to be a heart murduring a vehicle accident. itary veteran primed her for mur and possible thyroid The accident, along with the a quick transition into a ser- condition. More tests would be necessary to determine intense duration of her tour vice dog. Able to sense Ragazzi- Daisy’s condition but the during the war left her with the disabling brain injury, as no’s oncoming attacks, Dai- quotes for the tests ranged well as PTSD, landing Raga- sy will nudge the disabled into the thousands of dollars zzino in the Wounded War- veteran into a safe position – an amount Ragazzino simrior Battalion for nearly two before her mini stroke-type ply could not afford. Carla years following her service. symptoms occur. Perhaps DiMare, an attorney for the The head injuries left the even more importantly, Dai- disabled marine, reached disabled veteran unable to sy provided Ragazzino a re- out to Helen Woodward Animal Center’s President do such simple tasks as typ- newed reason for living. “Katherine didn’t care and CEO and shortly, thereing on a keyboard, making her unemployable and strug- what happened to her,” stat- after, Daisy was scheduled


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to receive her medical care through the Center’s Companion Animal Hospital. “These pets become our family,” said Center President Mike Arms. “It would be devastating to not be able to provide medical care for a pet who is your actual caretaker in your daily life. This Marine dedicated her life to her country and her dog Daisy is dedicating her life to this Marine. I’m honored to help in any way I can.” On March 13, Companion Animal Hospital Chief of Staff Dr. Patricia Carter welcomed Daisy in for a full exam, a cardiac ultrasound and blood and thyroid workups, free of charge. Medical results did show signs of a thickening on one of the leaflets of Daisy’s heart valve (the tricuspid valve), which seemed to be causing the light murmur – a condition that can occur naturally due to an earlier infection. Fortunately, the symptoms should be manageable with treatment and good care, which Dr. Carter is working on with Tyler, Ragazzino and her beloved Daisy. In the meantime, Ragazzino and Daisy will continue their path together, providing the world real-life examples of loving, living heroes. For more information on the Helen Woodward Animal Center Companion Animal Hospital, visit animalcenter.org, call (858) 756-4159 or stop by at 6523 Helen Woodward Way, Suite 200, in Rancho Santa Fe.

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Six Californias? It’s just a bad idea California Focus By Thomas D. Elias ere’s a piece of advice for regisH tered voters: When peti-

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A huge win for solar homes A surge in solar growth is expected after CPUC’s announcement By Tara Kelly

The California Public Utilities Commission made a final decision today that has solar homeowners celebrating. The Commission unanimously voted to protect California’s solar customers’ net energy metering contracts for 20 years. Net energy metering allows the meter to spin backwards, giving customers full credit for electricity produced by solar panels that is not used in the building. The highly anticipated decision is a part of Assembly Bill 327 (AB327). This is considered a huge victory for solar power customers and property owners looking to go solar in the near future. California’s current solar power generators will be granted 20 years of “grandfathering” protections from the time they go solar. Property owners who go solar in the future have an opportunity to also have these same protections if they go solar before the AB327 statutory cap is met or before July 1, 2017, whichever is first. “There will be an unprecedented surge of demand for solar

power after today’s hearing, so it’s impossible to predict when the cap will be hit,” said Daniel Sullivan, president and founder of Sullivan Solar Power, “It is clearly in the best interest for property owners to go solar now, locking in 20 years of protections.”

service under net energy metering are protected under those rules for the expected life of their solar power systems. Commissioner Florio stated that one of the Commission’s goals was to preserve a vibrant solar market and today’s decision definitely

The average payback period for a cash purchase of a residential or commercial solar power system is four to six years. The average payback period leaves a bright future for Califorfor a cash purchase of a residential nia’s solar industry. or commercial solar power system is four to six years. Tara Kelly is deputy director of With the new rules, these solar community development and a San producers will have 15 years of free Diego California Solar Industries electricity. Association Board Member. “Even after the 20 year transition period, there will be benefits in those out years for customers who put in solar,” said Commissioner Mike Florio, “I think people who Letters to the Editor and reader {installed solar}, doing a calculafeedback are welcomed. Please tion of return on investment, will submit letters or commentaries, see their expectations realized.” including your city of residence When Gov. Jerry Brown signed and contact information (for Assembly Bill 327 into law last Occonfirmation purposes only) to tober, he included a letter stating letters@coastnewsgroup.com. that he expected the Commission to ensure that customers who took

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tion carriers accost you outside supermarkets, big box stores or shopping malls asking you to help advance a plan to carve California into six states, don’t sign. For this is one of the dopiest, goofiest ideas ever to come up in California, which has a long history of flirting with — and sometimes adopting — nutty schemes. This plan would create the nation’s wealthiest state — to be named Silicon Valley and to include most everything from San Francisco south through Monterey County — and also the poorest — Central California, including the San Joaquin Valley, with per capita income below even Mississippi’s. You say you don’t like paying taxes to support two U.S. senators, a governor and a legislature of 120 persons?

wind up in jail for bringing pot across the new state lines. It’s true that venture capitalist Tim Draper, the man behind this initiative, which is now being circulated by his paid workers, has recognized some good ideas in the past. He made much of his money off early investments in things like Skype and PayPal. Draper is also a libertarian. So maybe his real agenda here is to set up a situation where Silicon Valley firms like he’s backed can bring in all the cheap Asian labor they want, undercutting wages for qualified Americans. By going the initiative route with this idea, Draper circumvents any need to it approved by the current state Legislature, which would nix the idea in a moment. Instead, if this measure passed, only Congressional approval would be needed to make it reality. In a climate where representatives of other states consistently vote to deprive California of

You say you don’t like paying taxes to support two U.S. senators, a governor and a legislature of 120 persons? Well, get ready for 12 senators, six governors, all making well over $150,000 per year, and hundreds more lawmakers at more than $100,000 each, including perks. How about the state of Jefferson, including several Northern California counties that have flirted for decades with the notion of leaving California and joining some jurisdictions in southern Oregon? This one would not have a single University of California campus. Are residents there ready to pay out-of-state tuition of more than $36,000 per year for their kids? You think it’s tough to get agreements on water policy today with one state and the federal government involved? Just wait until six bureaucracies are floating ideas on how to divvy up scarce resources. Think you pay too much income tax now? If your pay comes from various parts of California, under this plan you might have to file income tax returns and payments in multiple states. And what if recreational marijuana were legal in, say, Silicon Valley, but not in some of the other new states? Californians could

its fair share of federal spending, Congress isn’t likely to multiply this state’s Senate seats by six. But there remains the possibility that one major party or the other might see at least temporary political advantage in saying yes. There would be a strong possibility that at least three of the projected new states (Central California, Jefferson and South California, including Orange and San Diego counties) might elect two Republican senators each. If it became likely that another two GOP senators might somehow emerge, Republicans in Congress just might take to the idea. So it’s up to Californians to stop this ludicrously flawed idea before its goes any farther. The first thing they can do is refuse to sign petitions aiming to put it on the November ballot. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. For more Elias columns, go to californiafocus.net

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City nixes tax survey By Jared Whitlock


Horizon Prep fourth-grade teacher, Amy Caster, the newest recipient of the “Teachers Are Heroes Award” presented by the San Diego County Office of Education in partnership with Lincoln Financial Media (Easy 98.1 and KSON 97.3). Along with a special trophy and various gifts to mark the occasion, Caster and her entire class, from left, back row, Alex Hartung, Jacob Shaull, Jonathan Coons, Jacob Albrecht, Morgan Mims, Caroline Casson, Caster, Abby McQuaid, Hannah Mayorquin, Nate Campbell, McKenna Leasure and Jaden Boyer, and from left, front row, Ella Park, Grace Kettler, Lindsay Raugh and Emma Jablonksi, will receive a free full-day admission to Legoland and will be part of an awards ceremony. Caster was nominated for her professionalism and dedication to teaching and her love for her students. This is her seventh year at Horizon Prep. Courtesy photo

Salk walk marks institute’s anniversary LA JOLLA — Salk Institute’s Step into Discovery will take place April 12, , beginning at 7:30 a.m. with the Walk for Salk 5K in the morning and continuing in the afternoon with Explore Salk. The walk will begin at the Salk Institute’s iconic courtyard and continue on a scenic route along Torrey Pines in La Jolla, finishing back on the Salk campus. Walk registration opens at 7:30 a.m.; the 5K walk begins at 9 a.m. Entry fee for Walk for Salk is $35, which

includes breakfast, a T-shirt and goodie bag. Children 12 and under are free. All proceeds go to Salk Institute to support important education outreach efforts throughout San Diego, fostering the next generation of sciences. The free-to-the-public Explore Salk offers participants a rare behind-thescenes tour of Salk Institute laboratories, scientific talks, and hands-on activities. The minimum age for entry to laboratories for Explore Salk is 16 years old.

Tours, A Kid’s Discovery Zone and science booths open at 10 a.m. with tours concluding at 3 p.m. The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is one of the world’s preeminent basic research institutions, where internationally renowned faculty probe fundamental life science questions in a unique, collaborative, and creative environment. Focused both on discovery and on mentoring future generations of researchers, Salk scientists make groundbreaking

contributions to our understanding of cancer, aging, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and infectious diseases by studying neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines. Faculty achievements have been recognized with numerous honors, including Nobel Prizes and memberships in the National Academy of Sciences. Founded in 1960 by polio vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk, M.D., the Institute is an independent nonprofit organization and architectural landmark.

Crafts, stories and celebrations at RSF library RANCHO SANTA FE — April brings a bouquet of children’s programs at the Rancho Santa Fe Library, 17040 Avenida de Acacias. Weekly programs include: — 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

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ENCINITAS — The city won’t order a sales tax increase study after all — at least for now. Two weeks ago, three council members said they were in favor of calling for a study on whether residents would support a tax increase to fund roads and other local infrastructure. Council members then voted 3-2 to request proposals from research firms. But two council members during Wednesday night’s meeting said they’re no longer in favor of such a study at this time. Councilwoman Lisa Shaffer said the study’s survey questions would help the city pinpoint which projects need funding. “Questions can be very helpful in discerning what people’s preferences are,” Shaffer said. “I didn’t get a crystal ball when I was elected.” But she added that “the risk of politicization” is too high right now, saying the survey has been characterized as phony, even though it hasn’t been written or approved. Two weeks ago, a consultant told council members they would have to hurry if they wanted the sales tax increase to make the November ballot. Councilman Tony Kranz said bringing up a sales tax increase causes people’s skin to crawl. But they come around to the idea when it’s laid out where exactly revenue would go, like infrastructure repair. However, he added the city shouldn’t rush through the outreach process, making a study unnecessary for now. While ordering a study requires the OK from three

council members, placing an increase on the ballot for a public vote demands approval from four out of the five council members. Two council members have flatly opposed upping the sales tax. Councilwoman Kristin Gaspar said the survey could aid the city in identifying priorities, but in light of big purchases like the Pacific View property, the city doesn’t have a lot of money to allocate to new projects. “We just can’t keep going back to the public time and time again when the well dries up,” Gaspar said, adding the city needs to find a way to live within its means. Councilman Mark Muir agreed that survey outreach doesn’t make sense when considering the city’s fiscal situation. “I just don’t know what we’d do with that information,” Muir said. “We don’t have the money now to look at these projects,” he added. A sales tax study, which includes a survey, community research and outreach, would cost roughly $100,000, according to the city’s staff report. The idea of a sales tax increase was brought up nearly two months ago as a means to fund projects like purchasing the Pacific View property. Mayor Teresa Barth, who previously voted in favor of the study, didn’t comment. This year, the city is on track to collect $11.72 million in sales tax revenue. Encinitas’ tax rate is 8 percent. Hiking it up to 8.25 percent would bring in an additional $2.7 million each year, according to a city analysis.


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The Canyon Crest Academy Academic League roster goes deep as the freshman team won first place in division finals. The team includes, from left, back row, Keshav Tadimeti, Peter Lillian, Michael Ai, Simon Kuang, David Choi and Alec Xiang, with, fromleft, front row, Nathan Mar, Jonathan Luck, Tracy Chin, Eshaan Nichani and Grant Summers. Not pictured, Robert Francis. County finals are April 24, with semifinals at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. and finals at 7 p.m. at the San Diego County Office of Education in Linda Vista.

DAD’S DAY FUN Horizon Prep Dad, Christian Bentley, takes flight in a fast-moving game of dodgeball , as the first day of spring welcomed Dad’s Day the school. Dads joined their students for lunch and organized games at recess. Dodgeball, soccer and basketball were the games of the day. Courtesy photo

Scripps hosts Marion Ross REGION — Spinoff Goes Hollywood, a live and silent auction event, will be held May 8 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, 3777 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego. Proceeds from the 23rd annual event will benefit patient support services at Scripps Cancer Center. Guests can enjoy dinner and entertainment, while bidding on luxury items, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and lavish getaways. The cocktail reception and silent auc-

tion begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the dinner and live auction. Teresa and Randy Cundiff serve as co-chairs of this year’s Spinoff, which marks 23 years of supporting life-saving care at Scripps Cancer Center. The event’s honorary chairwoman is TV star Marion Ross. Jane Carroll will be honored at the event to recognize her 15 years of service on the Spinoff event committee. Tickets are $200 per

person. For tickets and to learn more about the 23rd annual Spinoff Goes Hollywood, visit scripps. org/Spinoff or call (858) 678-6349. Founded in 1924 by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Health is recognized as a leader in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, Scripps is also at the forefront of clinical research, genomic medicine, wireless health care and graduate medical education.

The Canyon Crest Academy junior varsity team took the top spot at this year’s North Coast Academic League finals. The team includes, from left, back row, Jonathan Hung, Varkey Alumootil, Rachel Chen, Catherine Cang, Christina Zhang, Aaron Tanaka, Alvin Zheng, Peter Zhu and Niklas Sprute, with, from left, front row, Marie Shi, Marissa Wu, Coach Brad Spilkin , Victor Wu and Eric Wang. In the varsity division, Westview High School in Carmel Valley, beat Torrey Pines High School. County-level finals are April 24, with semifinals at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. and finals at 7 p.m. at the San Diego County Office of Education in Linda Vista, live on ITV, Channel 16j, from SDCOE studio. Courtesy photos

Paws in the Park for pets and people SOLANA BEACH — The city of Solana Beach Parks and Recreation Commission in association with Spay Neuter Action Project (SNAP) is hosting “Paws in the Park” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 6 at La Colonia Park, 715 Valley Ave. Come! Sit! Stay! And enjoy a day in the park with your furry friend. You can “paw- ticipate” or just watch one of the exhibi-

tions taking place throughout the day. The entire family will enjoy the Flying Disc Dogs, fly-ball relays and agility dogs. There will be pet pros on hand to offer their expertise on positive training methods and healthy pet foods. Meet local groomers, trainers, pet sitters, holistic and traditional pet practitioners. The SNAP Neuter Scooter will be on hand to

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Crammed Classrooms Why CUSD’s classes are so large, and the impact it has on students This is the first of a two part series. By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — “I feel like only some (teachers) know my name because I’m quiet, and in a large class, the teacher doesn’t have time for the quiet kid,” said Oscar Mundo, a Carlsbad High School senior. Some students report that teachers are missing the most basic thing about them: their names. And it’s not just the quiet kids who are getting lost in CUSD’s (Carlsbad Unified School District) large classes. Isabelle Lee, a junior at Carlsbad High School and an active member of the school’s speech and debate team, voiced a similar experience to Mundo’s. “Three of my six teachers know my name, and the rest of them kind of just grade my papers,” she said. With so many other classmates, students say it’s hard to get individual attention from teachers. They often rely on other classmates when they need help. In classrooms crammed with desks, it can be hard for students seated along the rooms’ edges to see the board. From students to parents, teachers to district administrators to school board trustees — everyone knows that classes in CUSD schools are large.

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Several classes in the district’s 16 schools have exceeded 30 students in elementary schools and 40 students in high schools. A fourth grade class at Magnolia Elementary has 38 students. Calavera Hills Elementary has two fifth grade classes with 37 students each. There are no class size maximum regulations for high school grades at a state or local level. At the district’s two main high schools, over 100 classes have 40 students or more. Last fall, a Spanish 1 class at Sage Creek High School had 45 students. At Carlsbad High School last semester, there were 46 students in one AP calculus A/B class and 44 students in a chemistry 1 honors class. Physical education classes at both high schools typically have over 50 students, and some class periods have over 60. When Carlsbad High School Principal Matthew Steitz was asked if he thinks physical education classes are too large, he said without hesitation, “Absolutely.” District administrators have emphasized that

CUSD’s class sizes follow state requirements. “There’s no single metric that people would agree on for a class that is too large,” said CUSD Superintendent Suzette Lovely. Yet even without an official metric, administrators and trustees know big class sizes when they see them. “No one would deny that class sizes are too large,” said Assistant Superintendent Suzanne O’Connell at an April 18, 2013 Board meeting when the subject was being discussed.

Cost of class sizes Facing millions of dollars in deficits since the 2008-09 school year, the district has cut costs throughout its annual budgets, resulting in the ballooning of class sizes in every grade each year. District officials agree that the cost of lowering class sizes is almost exclusively attributed to the hiring and paying of more fulltime teachers. No matter how many classes there are, the district still supplies every student with a desk, books, technology, lab equipment, and other materials. With ample spare classrooms, facility space is also not an issue. Adding another class unit means hiring another full-time teacher, which costs the district tens of thousands of dollars per year for salary and benefits. The average annual salary of a full-time teacher for grades kindergarten through third grade at CUSD is about $81,000.

Declining district budget, rising teacher layoffs State law only allows school districts to pay teacher salaries with its unrestricted general fund dollars, a financial resource that was cut drastically when California’s fiscal crisis was realized in 2008. In January 2008, thenGov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a “fiscal emergency” for the state. The Department of Finance projected a $14.5 billion deficit for the state’s 2008-09 budget, and funding for education was slashed. As a result of the cuts to state funding, the district faced a multi-million dollar shortage. The Board of Trustees had to lay off more than 100 teachers to help close the financial gap, ultimately leading to the increase of students in the classrooms.

The students in Jeffrey Spanier’s second period English class at Carlsbad High School take turns reciting monologues from Shakespeare plays. Spanier said his room is so crowded he cannot move the desks around. “You literally don’t have room in the classroom to put groups of 4 or 5 (desks),” he said. Photo by Rachel Stine

Before then, the district was enjoying a 20-studentsto-one-teacher ratio for first through third grades under a state incentive program. Four years later, the district was again facing a multi-million dollar deficit and the Board laid off dozens more teachers for the 2012-13 school year. Despite pleas from parents and the teachers union, the district was unable to use Prop P money to fund lower class sizes. Instead, due to the conditions of the voter-approved proposition, the money went to the construction of Sage Creek High School. Class sizes in the district were again increased.

State mandates on class sizes, for some grades While finances and the number of paid full-time teachers are the major determinants of class sizes, Education California’s Code also has some say. Sections of the state’s education code require that kindergarten classes have no more than 33 students, while classes in first through third grades have no more than 32 students. For fourth through eighth grades, the district’s class size average cannot exceed more than 29.9 students. Districts with class sizes that exceed these mandates are typically fined hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties. But districts can apply for a waiver that allows for the classrooms to operate at numbers that exceed the state’s maximums. Since it began facing fiscal shortcomings, CUSD has applied for these waivers. Their most recent waivers for this and the 2014-15 school years, have allowed them to keep class sizes in grades kindergarten through eighth larger than the state maximums, and escape about $650,000 in penalties. CUSD is not alone in facing financial struggles. Applications from districts across the state for waivers from class size penalties skyrocketed after the 200910 school year.

That year, eight California districts applied for class size waivers for grades kindergarten through third. For the 2012-13 school year, 101 districts applied for class size waivers for the same grades. The number of districts applying for waivers for class sizes for grades fourth through eighth similarly multiplied over the same years. But California’s Education Code does not set class size maximums for high school grades. According to district administrators, the only TURN TO CLASS SIZES ON A18


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Big Head Todd & The Monsters: No strangers to the blues


By Alan Sculley

odd Park Mohr, frontman of Big Head Todd & The Monsters was never a stranger to the blues. That influence has run through the group’s music ever since its first album, 1989’s “Another Mayberry.” But in recent years, Mohr’s relationship with the blues has changed dramatically — so much so, that he now feels like he isn’t merely influenced by the genre, he’s a part of the blues. And Mohr, in a recent phone interview, said the new Big Head Todd & The Monsters studio album, “Black Beehive,” is directly influenced by his deepening knowledge and understanding of blues. The change can be traced back to a 2011 album, “100 Years Of Robert Johnson,” an album on which Big Head Todd & The Monsters collaborated with blues legends David “Honeyboy” Edwards and Huburt Sumlin (long-time guitarist for Howlin’ Wolf) — under the

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APRIL 3 YOUNG MUSICIANS Ada Harris Elementary School will perform A Musical Showcase at 6 p.m. April 3 in the school’s auditorium, 1508 Windsor Road, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, featuring young musicians and singers for the Cardiffby-the-Sea community. All 20 performers had to audition to participate. Proceeds support the school’s music and performing arts programs. APRIL 4 ART


billing of the Big Head Blues Club — to create fresh interpretations of songs by Delta blues pioneer Robert Johnson. Edwards and Sumlin also joined Big Head Todd & The Monsters on a tour in support of the album. Spending time with the two bluesmen, who have both since passed away, remains a treasured memory for Mohr. “It was enormously important to me, both musically and personally, psychologically. They ended up being father figures to me,” Mohr said. “It was really kind of remarkable because, well, Honeyboy was 95 at the time and Hubert was 80. So they had an awful lot to share. “They were pretty lonely guys, kind of struggling with health and at their age, to still be working for a living is a pretty serious commitment to what they’re doing. I had a lot of opportunity to stay up all night and listen to them tell stories. Like many elderly people, they just love

San Diego artist Mona Mills opened a new exhibition of paintings in the New Symbolism style, paired with her original poetry April 1 at the Solana Beach Library, 157 Stevens Ave.,Solana Beach. An artist’s reception will be held at 2 p.m. April 19 at the library. For more information, call (858) 755-1404. APRIL 5 SHOW AT SPA The Sargent Art Group is having an Art Exhibit from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5 at Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad. For more information contact Donald Pallia at dpallia@yahoo.com.

APRIL 6 TOMORROW’S FILMMAKERS Encinitas hosts the Encinitas Student Film Festival with free screenPOETRY ings of 35 short films from

It was enormously important to me, both musically and personally, psychologically.” Todd Park Mohr Frontman

recalling the past and being able to share it with younger people. “So it was a real mentorship situation, and surprisingly for me, it just is that direct connect with what happened with history, with American history really, in such a personal and visceral way, to connect personally with the blues and the pains of the blues and the beginnings of so much of what characterizes America, through their experience.” On a strictly musical level, the Big Head Blues Club

North County high school and junior college students, showing Flight A from 1 to 3 p.m., then Flight B and the awards ceremony from 4 to 7 p.m. April 6, at historic La Paloma Theatre, 407 S. Coast Highway 101. A “Wrap Party” is at 7 p.m. after the final screening at D Street Grill and Bar, 485 S. Coast Highway 101. For more information, visit EncinitasStudentFilmFestival. com. JAZZ TRIO The Jaime Valle Trio featuring Gunnar Biggs (bass) and Richard Sellers (drums) will perform at 1:30 p.m. April 6 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Dr., Encinitas. For more information, visit encinitaslibfriends.org.

project was just as profound, introducing Mohr to an earlier era of blues that he had never explored and opening the door to new approaches in songwriting that have reshaped the sound of Big Head Todd & The Monsters on “Black Beehive.” “It forced me to woodshed Robert Johnson’s material, which I hadn’t done before. But it also opened me to a whole different way of looking at music,” Mohr said. “One of the big things for me that had great appeal was the lack of the commercial structures of traditional pop songwriting. That was really a liberating thing for me because I kind of spent my career in the shadows of ‘Sister Sweetly’ and I was kind of trying to duplicate that success as a writer. It just kind of felt hollow to me after awhile.” “Sister Sweetly” was the third Big Head Todd & The Monsters album — and first major label effort. Released in 1993, it produced hit singles in “Broken Hearted Savior” and “Bittersweet,” and

briefly gave Mohr and his original bandmates, bassist Rob Squires and drummer Brian Nevin a taste of the rock star life. The group wasn’t able to muster another major hit single, but the group (which now also includes keyboardist Jeremy Lawton) has built a sizable audience that likes the band for its entire album catalog rather than a couple of radio hits. With “Black Beehive,” Mohr feels he has entered a new phase as a songwriter - one that is strongly influenced by what he learned in exploring early Delta blues for the Big Head Blues club project. It shows in the music. Where preceding Big Head Todd & The Monsters albums had a rock sound that seemed as informed by a soul influence as the electric Chicago blues of the 1950s forward, the new album has a deeper, earthier blues accent. Here, songs like “ Seven State Lines,” “We Won’t Go

Back,” “Hey Delilah” and “Everything About You” are powered by strong rhythmic grooves and rumbling bass lines that ride below some tangy guitar work and gritty vocal melodies. Those hard-hitting songs are balanced by several ballads (“Travelin’ Light,” “I Get Smooth” and the title track) that have a folkblues accent that very much echoes the early Delta blues. Big Head Todd & The Monsters (who are joined by guitarist Ronnie Baker Brooks and long-time guest vocalist Hazel Miller on its current tour) will have plenty of time to weave the new songs into its show, considering it’s a two-set performance with no opening act. “Personally I really love conceptually, and I think our fans do, too, not having another group kind of setting the stage for us,” Mohr said. “So that’s kind of a nice thing to really dominate the evening, just like artistically. And I think our fans enjoy seeing more of what they paid for.”

ter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go To Heaven?” April 7 through April 14 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. The play is written and performed by Maripat Donovan (alternating with Nonie Newton-Breen) and directed by Mark Silvia. Tickets $35 to $55 online at lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-2787. For more information, visit lagunaplayhouse.com.

GET UP AND DANCE MiraCosta College presents a free Dance Studio Hour at 7:30 p.m. April 9, Room 5101, Dance Studio, Oceanside Campus. at 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. Children under the age of 5 are not admitted to dance performances. For additional information about the 2014 Dance Performances, call MiraCosta College Performing Arts Department at (760) 757-2121, ext. 6526 or 6302.

coalartgallery.com. CLASSIC QUILTS The El Camino Quilters host a quilt show from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 11 and April 12 at the QLN Conference Center, 1938 Avenida del Oro, Oceanside. Entry is $10. The event includes demonstrations and door prizes and raffles. CD LAUNCH Feeding The Soul Foundation and singer-songwriter Alex Woodard will launch of his book/CD: “For the Sender Love Is (Not a Feeling)” with a concert event at 7 p.m. April 11 at the Star Theatre, 402 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Performers include Jordan Pundik, Molly Jenson and Jack Tempchin. Proceeds will be split between Feeding The Soul and ECOLIFE, Tickets: $25 at eventbrite.com/o/ feeding-the-soul-foundation-465198755.

APRIL 9 FREE FAMILY SOUNDS April’s free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library presents the Bayou Brothers in a program of Cajun and Zydeco music at 7 p.m. April 9 n the library’s community room, APRIL 7 ‘SISTER’S EASTER 3919 Townsgate Drive, CarCATECHISM’ Laguna Play- mel Valley. For further inforhouse presents “Sister’s Eas- mation call (858) 552-1668.

APRIL 11 ART IN ACTION Impressionist oil painter, Toni Williams, from Solana Beach will paint and chat from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. April 11, at the Buena Vista Audubon Society & Nature Center, 2202 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Admission is free. For more information call: (760) 434-8497, or visit,


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Educational Opportunities

Founder of High Bluff Academy celebrates three decades in education CARMEL VALLEY — Jill Duoto’s 30-year career as an educator has literally come full circle. While her professional journey has taken her around the world, she eventually landed back in San Diego and founded High Bluff Academy, which is the culmination of her travels and passion for teaching. Jill Duoto graduated from La Jolla High School and attended UC Berkeley graduating with honors in 1981 with a degree in political science. She spent her junior year abroad at the University of Exeter in England. Plans to attend law school at UC Davis went to the wayside following a winter working as an au pair for a French family in a French ski resort. A job at a beach bar in Ibiza, Spain, ensued leaving Jill Duoto with a desire to, “travel, learn languages and experience the world.” After earning her teaching credential from SDSU, she was offered her first teaching job in Cali,

Colombia. It was in Cali that Jill Duoto met her future husband, Michael, the first day she arrived in 1985. “He was the new high school history teacher and I was the middle school history teacher,” she said. “We had very cozy department meetings.” It was the middle of a civil war and the two worked in a school that was a target of a communist guerrilla takeover. A strike to take all of the students and teachers hostage was foiled by the Colombian army at the doorsteps of the school. “This was a little too much excitement for a girl from La Jolla,” Jill Duoto said. So the couple returned to San Diego, married and found jobs at Francis Parker High School. The call to teach abroad came once again and the couple’s next undertaking was running an international boarding school in Kobe, Japan. The couple’s first son, Nicolas, was born in Kobe. Del Mar was always home base during the sum-

mers, and Jill and Michael finished their master’s degrees at San Diego State. Their next overseas post was working at the Singapore American School where Michael was high school principal and Jill was a teacher. “We had an incredible travel study program,” she said. “I accompanied 20 high school students to Nepal for a trek in the Himalayas.” It was while teaching in Singapore that Jill Duoto became interested in exploring new ways to help the students with learning disabilities following them finding success in her classroom. From Singapore, they moved to Curitiba, Brazil, where she was director of curriculum and her husband was principal. The Duotos returned to Carmel Valley in 2002, while Jill was pregnant with third son, Bobby. Michael Duoto was finishing his doctoral program at USD and Nicolas and Bryan attended Carmel Creek Elementary. After

HBA Principal Jill Duoto on a recent visit to her school program in China. Courtesy photo

15 years abroad, the family was ready to settle down. This led the couple to start High Bluff Academy. Initially a tutoring and test prep center, parents began asking for courses for credit. Gradually High Bluff Academy became an accredited high school. Today they have 40 students in grades nine through 12 in the full-time high school program and more than 400

students from Torrey Pines and Canyon Crest Academy per year who take courses for credit, tutoring and SAT/ACT prep classes. Her vast international experience has helped Jill Duoto recruit students from other countries to attend the High Bluff Academy. Some students are living with homestay families and others are here with their families. She also started

a Dual Diploma program in Zhejiang Province of China and travels there every year. High Bluff Academy is a WASC-accredited, NCAA-approved, high school. They are still accepting applications for summer school and next school year. Details can be found at www.highbluffacademy. com.

High Bluff Academy offers a unique choice for high school By Jill Duoto

Imagine a high school where the teachers’ priority is to discover each child’s best learning style, where classes have 10 students or fewer, and where the faculty takes a deep interest in helping each student define and achieve his or her goals. At High Bluff Academy, the staff listens to the concerns of parents and evaluates the needs of each student before carefully crafting a customized learning experience. Whether your child needs to be challenged or supported, HBA is able to provide an effective and meaningful education in a small, nurturing environment. HBA has an outstanding faculty, a beautiful facility and extraordinary students. The teachers encour-

age and support learning while they challenge each student to reach his or her potential. Students enjoy coming to school at HBA and have formed lasting friendships. After touring the facility recently, one parent said, “The students look so happy!” This was the highest compliment and proof that learning does not have to be stressful. The HBA staff focuses strongly on college admissions. The staff collaborates with students and parents to help set goals and find the best career and college pathway for each student. Included in the tuition is private college counseling and step-by-step guidance with the college admissions process. Additionally, the English and math teachers are experts in preparing

students for SAT and ACT both challenged and supJill Duoto, M.Ed. is di- on High Bluff Academy, exams, and they include in ported to reach their high- rector of High Bluff Acad- visit www.highbluffacadetheir curriculum the crit- est academic potential. emy. For more information my.com ical information students must learn in order to feel confident and well-prepared for these important tests. HBA also assists students in writing their college application essays, another challenging and important element of the admissions process. HBA students have been admitted to UCs, all of the CSU college campuses, USD and they have earned merit scholarships of up to $20,000 per year at many prestigious private colleges throughout the United States. The school’s faculty is strongly committed to preparing students with the life skills they need to succeed in college and beyond. Students of all abilities are

Why all students should attend summer school By Jill Duoto

When I was a kid, only students who failed a class went to summer school. That is definitely not the case any more. With the growing competitiveness of college admissions, students of all abilities are using their summers to gain an edge. Advanced students are taking Honors Precalculus to gain the extra GPA point of this weighted class and to prepare for AP Calculus in the fall. Other students are taking Chemistry or Physics to prepare for AP science classes next school year. Athletes and other busy students are taking a difficult class in the summer to lighten their homework load during the

school year. I am always saddened when I see juniors or seniors who were never encouraged to remediate D grades from freshman year. Many students mistakenly believe that freshman grades don’t count for college. Unfortunately, a D grade in any academic class could render a student ineligible to apply to a four-year university. While Ds count for high school graduation, colleges do not accept credit for any class earning a D. Incredible maturation takes place in students between ninth grade and 12 grade. I encounter many students who were labeled early in their high school ca-

reers as not fit for a college prep curriculum and thus not encouraged to remediate low grades. Most of these students do mature enough to handle college prep classes by the time they are juniors, especially in the small classes at High Bluff Academy. So I encourage all students to remediate any Ds or Fs the summer after receiving the grades. Even if a student receives a C and repeats the course, the colleges will take the higher grade. High Bluff Academy’s summer schedule may be found on the school website: w w w.h ig hbluffacademy. com. Classes are held June 23 to August 1.

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Educational Opportunities

Looking for a small, Christian College of Liberal Arts and Sciences? You’ve found it in Saint Katherine College. Our student body has grown from 12 to 100 in just three years; we represent 15 states and a broad distribution of backgrounds and interests. Our vision as a College is to provide a balanced education founded and rooted in the life of the Orthodox Christian Church with its theology dating back to Jesus Christ and His Apostles. We welcome students from all faith traditions to attend. We offer degrees in the liberal arts and scienc-

es, and our majors include: English Language and Literature, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Music, Orthodox Christian Theology, Business Management & Economics, Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Kinesiology & Nutrition. With a low student-to-faculty ratio, we guarantee you significant access to your professors. Our academic programs emphasize the development of written and oral communication skills that are enriched by student intern-

ships and field experiences. We give considerable attention to our athletic programs, and over half of our student body is comprised of student-athletes from a variety of sports. We believe that athletics, music, and other extra-curricular group activities are all part of an enriched, well-rounded, education. All full-time students receive a membership to the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA. Visit us at: stkath.org or call the Administrative Office to learn more: (760) 943-1107.


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Calling All Soccer Players! Get ready for...

Fall ATTACK Recreational Soccer Online Registration is now open for those wishing to sign up for Fall Recreational Soccer through the Attack Recreational program at www.rsfsoccer.com. The program has been developed for children ages 4 to 18 and is uniquely designed to build upon individual skills so that each player can grow and improve throughout the season. The program emphasizes fun while learning the game of soccer and the meaning of sportsmanship. Attack annually serves close to 500 children in their Recreational program. Players who register by May 3rd online or at our Walk-In Registration will be able to request a certain coach or team and will be guaranteed the opportunity to play. The Attack Rec teams play against each other and the other local clubs (such as Solana Beach, Cardiff and Encinitas). Games are held on local fields on Saturday’s during the fall with practices during the week. Registration for fall soccer can be completed online or the forms can be downloaded from the website. All forms must be completed and new players must include a copy of their birth certificate or passport. Walk-in Registration

Walk-in registration is being held on Saturday, May 3 at the Rancho Santa Fe School from 9 a.m. to noon. is being held on Saturday, May 3rd at the Rancho Santa Fe School from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Coach and Team Requests will only be accepted through May 3rd. Forms will be available at the walk-in registration or you will need to bring the signed forms that you can download from the online registration. The Attack Recreation program is volunteer driven and relies on parents and other adults to coach and sponsor the different teams. This program has been in existence for more than 30 years and is committed to providing a high quality youth soccer program for all children. Over the years we have strived to keep the registration fees afford-

able for all players through our Sponsorship Program. These tax deductible sponsorships go towards the cost of running our quality program by helping with uniforms, fields, referee fees and in providing assistance to children who want to play but do not have the financial resources to do so. We offer different levels of sponsorship starting at $500. To review our Sponsorship options, check out our Rec Sponsorship Package on our website. Registration for our Summer Camps is now available online, as well. You can sign up for the camps at the time you register for the Fall program, or register separately by going to the Camps and Clinics page under the Recreational program on the website. All campers will receive a customized ball and t-shirt and we do take walk-ins. Attack also has a Youth Soccer Referee program for children 10 and older. Training is provided and these young referees are used in the fall to referee games on Saturdays. You can find more information about the Attack Recreational Program or the Youth Referee Program on the club website at rsfsoccer.com or by calling the office at (760) 479-1500.

Calling All Soccer Players! Join RSF Attack this soccer season for fun, learning, and laughter. Our recreational soccer program is uniquely designed to build upon individual skills so that each player can grow and improve throughout the season. We emphasize leadership, communication, and sportsmanship. Learn to love soccer in a fun, safe environment.

It’s Easy to Register In Person or Online!

Walk-In Registration

Online Registration

Saturday, May 3rd, 9am-12pm Rancho Santa Fe / R. Roger Rowe School 5927 La Granada, Rancho Santa Fe, Room 203 Coach & Team requests will only be taken at Walk-In Registration on May 3rd. Questions: 760-479-1500

Tuesday, April 1st - June 30th www.rsfsoccer.com Credit Cards & eChecks Online Only Forms must be signed and received in the office for your child to be officially registered.

Recreation Soccer

Pee Wee Soccer

Ages 5-19 (age 5 prior to 8/1/09) Registration Fee $300 ($325 after May 31)

Ages 4-5 (age 4 prior to 8/1/10) Registration Fee $200 ($225 after May 31)

Please Note: Our Recreational program is a volunteer run program. Please sign-up to coach, assistant coach, or sponsor a team. Players new to RSF Soccer will need to provide a birth certificate with their registration form. Scholarships Available. Please visit the RSF Attack website: www.rsfsoccer.com or call the office at: 760-479-1500 for more details.


Surfrider Foundation gala is set for May 9 MiraCosta marks 80 years COAST CITIES —Tickets are on sale now for the Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter’s Art Gala from 6 to 10 p.m. May 9 at Paradise Point Resort & Spa, 1404 Vacation Road. San Diego. General admission tickets are $60 and VIP tickets are $125 which include a Surfrider Foundation membership and reusable bag, a meet-and-greet with folk rock artist Tristan Prettyman and an autographed poster. All tickets include en-

try, food and drinks. Tickets can be purchased online at surfridersd.org/. This is a 21-and-up event. The evening includes a silent auction. For a sneak peak at some of the items up for bid this year, check out the Art Gala blog. This year also welcomes musical performances by Prettyman, a San Diego native, as well as the San Diego-based Paul Cannon. The evening will celebrate the chapter’s successes over the past year and honor the

organization’s supporters. The Art Gala provides support for the work the chapter is doing to protect the region’s oceans, waves and beaches. These funds are used to support volunteer programs like Beach Cleanups, Rise Above Plastics, Hold On To Your Butt, No Border Sewage, Ocean Friendly Gardens, Know Your H2O, and Beach Preservation. The chapter’s 2013 accomplishments can be found online here. Protecting the region’s

oceans, waves and beaches is made possible by the efforts of the grassroots force of volunteers and the funds raised at events like the annual Art Gala — all in the name of keeping San Diego County’s 70 miles of coastline deserving of the name “America’s Finest.” For more information on Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter’s Gala contact Art Gala Coordinator, Amanda Hall at (307) 752-5071 or amanda@surfridersd.org or visit surfridersd.org/.

REGION — This year, the MiraCosta Community College District celebrates its 80th anniversary, and to mark the occasion, has scheduled three days of activities for students and the public. Events will include a through-the-ages fashion show and historical review featuring the MiraCosta College Backstage Players Student Club and the MiraCosta College Theatre Department. There will be free food provided by the college bookstore, live music and a

photo booth where attendees can get their pictures taken in their best period costumes. The event dates are: — April 24, 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., outside the library at the Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive. — May 1, 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. outside the library at the San Elijo Campus, 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff. — May 8, 7 to 8 p.m. in the lobby of the college’s Community Learning Center, 1831 Mission Ave., Oceanside. (No fashion show at this location.)


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For Padres to succeed, ‘Buddy Ball’ has to roll sports talk jay paris

Natalie Gulbis tees off during Round 4 of the LPGA Kia Classic held at the Park Hyatt Aviara golf course. Photos by Bill Reilly

Nordqvist wins the Kia Classic CARLSBAD — Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist won the Kia Classic on Sunday, her fourth LPGA Tour victory. Nordqvist was two shots behind when starting her final round. She would shoot a 5-under to beat out Lizette Salas by one stroke.

Michelle Wie tees off during Round 4 of the LPGA Kia Classic held at the Park Hyatt Aviara golf course.

P H O T O G R A P H Y Lydia Ko and her caddie have a discussion before she putt’s on the 1st green during Round 4 of the LPGA Kia Classic held at the Park Hyatt Aviara golf course.

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doesn’t reveal a player penciled in to smack 30, or even 25, home runs. The closest would be Jedd Gyorko, the second baseman who led all National League rookies with 23 homers. Otherwise, it’s a gimpy slugger in Carlos Quentin, an enigma in third baseman Chase Headley and a first baseman in Yonder Alonso who aims for gaps, not bleachers. Will Venable? He had a career-high 22 home runs last year and expecting him to eclipse that is a stretch. So it goes back to Buddy Ball, which involves manufacturing offense through creative ways other than waiting for someone to crush a three-run homer. Which gets us back to pitching. The Padres require it in spades to win the inevitable low-scoring games that surrounds them like the marine layer does their downtown digs. Now you know why they gambled $8 million on broken down starter Josh Johnson. Why owners scratched a $15 million check on an eighth-inning specialist in Joaquin Benoit. What’s odd is their rotation was constructed by everything this side of Kobey’s Swap Meet purchases. With an organization mantra of “draft and develop, draft and develop” its starters were pieced together like someone cruising a junk yard to fix their jalopy. The prized Cashner was the key piece in the Anthony Rizzo trade with the Cubs. Tyson Ross, another power pitcher with a huge upside, was peddled by the A’s. Ian Kennedy was surrendered by Diamondbacks’ general manager Kevin Towers. The former Padres’ executive built his reputation on predicting pitchers’ successes, so Kennedy comes with that warning tag. The veteran Eric Stults pitched in Japan to keep his career alive, and found a second life even if there’s not much life to his fastball. Then there’s Johnson, the 2010 National League ERA leader. Since, he’s been beset by injuries and begins the season on the disabled list. Robbie Erlin replaces Johnson; he arrived via a trade from the Rangers. If the starters excel, they’ll pass the baton to a bullpen with its impressive back end of Benoit in the eighth, Huston Street in the ninth. What we’ve learned as Petco Park toasts its 10th season is runs are tougher to find than a Padres fan wearing a Dodgers cap. With that knowledge, it’s all about the Padres’ pitching and Buddy Ball having plenty of bounce.

The catch for the Padres is how they pitch. Much can be said, and predicted, about the season, which is finally here. That the Padres started right on Opening Night was oh-so-sweet. That the win came against the dreaded Dodgers was the cherry on top. But for this to be a cheery season, the Padres have to be marvelous on the mound. The Padres are always challenged offensively, and that’s by design. Not so much the Padres cobbling a run here, adding another one there. It’s keeping rivals from spinning the scoreboard, which is key. The Padres’ blueprint is to score as much from out of the batter’s box as from it. That was proven when the curtain lifted on Sunday night. Those in attendance will marvel years from now about pinch-hitter Seth Smith’s cloud-touching home run which tied the game. But astute baseball observers know this game was won with little ball, not the big hit. Let’s call it Buddy Ball and manger Bud Black needs to have it flourish on a consistent basis for the Padres to rise about .500 for the first time since 2010. Half of the Padres’ template was unveiled after Smith’s homer. The other half came when starter Andrew Cashner allowed a run on four hits in six solid innings. Following Smith’s blast, pinch-hitter Yasmani Grandal walked. When Everth Cabrera bunted, Buddy Ball was on full display. That Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson mishandled Cabrera’s bunt only gave credence to “Buddy Ball.” When the following hitter, Chris Denorfia squared to bunt as well, Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe sprinted in. That left an unoccupied third base, which was suddenly occupied by a slow-footed, but heads up Grandal. When the Dodgers conceded second base to Cabrera on the next pitch, suddenly two runners were in scoring position despite a batted ball never getting past the mound. Denorfia followed with a two-run single to supply the Padres with the goahead runs. That sent a giddy Petco Park record crowd and its “Beat L.A.!” chant into the Gaslamp night. For the Padres to shine, this is the way they must go Contact Jay Paris at jparabout it. is8@aol.com. Follow him on A review of their lineup Twitter at jparis_sports.

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Egg hunts and gatherings for Easter

SUPPORT FOR SEALS From left, Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation event Co-Chairwoman Dominique Plewes, welcomes New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, along with Event Co-Chairwoman and Del Mar Country Club Owner Madeleine Pickens. Pickens and The Del Mar Country Club announced more than $1 million was raised at the March 22 benefit golf tournament and evening gala, to support the SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation. The third annual event was organized to thank the Navy SEALs and their families for their military service and to honor fallen heroes. Courtesy photo

REGION — Egg hunts and more celebrate the spring holiday in North County. The Flower Hill Promenade hosts its annual Easter Egg Treasure Hunt from noon to 2 p.m. April 19, 2720 Via de la Valle, Del Mar. The Del Mar outdoor shopping district invites families of all ages to check in at to receive their “treasure map” which will give them hints to select Flower Hill shops where they will receive a stamp on their map and some special Easter treats. When finished, youngsters can return their completed treasure maps to Geppetto’s and receive a special prize. The Easter Bunny will also be there to help with the scavenger hunt, pose for photos and hop around. The Seaside Center for Spiritual Living’s Spring

Easter celebration will feature children’s musical artist, Karl Anthony, along with a choir, brass band and an Easter egg hunt. Services are at 6 a.m. April 20, featuring a release of doves and followed by a pancake breakfast. Additional services with youth services are at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The Easter Egg hunt begins at noon. For more information, call (760) 7535786 or go to seasidecenter. org/easter. The Lighthouse Christian Church, 4700 Mesa Drive, Oceanside, invites all children ages 2 to 11 to bring a basket and join the free annual Community Easter Egg Hunt 10 a.m. to noon April 19. Enjoy egg hunt, crafts, jumpers and food. For more information, visit lightcc. org or call (760) 726-0590. San Diego Botanic Gar-

den, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Encinitas will host a Spring Party with Bunny
April 19. The early party is 10 to 11:30 a.m. and the late party is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children ages 2 to 6 are invited to visit our gentle, big Bunny for photos and fun, make colorful spring crafts, pet real rabbits and chicks, and go on a parade through the garden, which will end with a “stuffed bunny hunt.” A group of live bunnies and chicks will be at each party giving the children a chance to see and touch these animals. Pre-register online at sdbgarden.org/ or in person at our office. The cost is $15 per child for members, $18 for non-members. Regular admission fees apply to accompanying non-member adults payable upon arrival.

Steering the course to success You hold a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master’s degree in sports management from George Washington University. You’re now studying to obtain an MBA from DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management. How have you been able to pursue your academic and athletic pursuits simultaneously? I have always been a student athlete, so I am comfortable focusing on school and my future career alongside training full time. I am learning a great deal from Keller, and feel like I’m rounding out and enhancing my prior studies. After I retire from competing, I want to leverage both my business training and U.S. Olympic bobsledder Elana Meyers has always dreamt of winning an Olympic medal. Courtesy photo

(BPT) — Elana Meyers’ dream of winning an Olympic medal began at a young age. Growing up in Georgia, she participated in a myriad of sports to feed her desire for competition, including basketball, competitive dance, soccer, track and softball. Today, the 29-yearold Meyers is ready to lay everything on the line in pursuit of her dream as the pilot of the U.S. women’s bobsled team. After joining the sport only seven years ago, Meyers is headed to compete for Team USA at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The 2010 Olympic bronze medalist took a moment to reflect on her career and future aspirations following her silver medal finish at the World Cup competition in Lake Placid, N.Y., last December. You had intentions to compete on the U.S. softball team in the 2012 Olympic Games. Did you always have ambitions to become an Olympian?

Since the age of nine, I had a dream to compete in the Olympics. My dad played in the National Football League, and my sisters and I were always involved in sports, so my family always supported my athletic dreams. I originally had aspirations to compete on the U.S. softball team during the 2012 Olympic Games, but softball was removed from the roster before I had the chance to compete. Now you’re competing in bobsledding, which is quite the switch. What inspired you to give the sport a shot? One evening, my parents were watching bobsledding on TV and suggested I try the sport, but I honestly wasn’t overly interested. Softball was my main focus. Later, when softball was cut, I contacted Todd Hays (U.S. women’s bobsled coach) on a whim, and he invited me to the training center in Lake Placid. I haven’t left since. Bobsledding is exciting and addicting. I feel like a kid every day I’m on the track.

athletic experiences to help future Olympic athletes. My dream job would be to become the CEO of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). I hope my studies in finance, economics and management will help me get there one day.

Moritz, Switzerland when I was on the podium. It was so special and so fitting for us.

What advice do you have for young athletes who have their eyes set on competing in the Olympic Games? This is what I say to When you’re not on the any aspiring Olympian who track, what do you like to do to unwind or to have fun? I am an avid reader, and I’m currently learning Russian ahead of traveling to Sochi. I’m also getting married in April 2014 to Nic Taylor, who used to be on the men’s U.S. bobsled team and trained with me in Lake Placid. He proposed during the medal ceremony at the World Championships in St.

I have the opportunity to meet — “as long as you believe in yourself and put your mind to it, you can achieve it.” All athletes have emotional and physical ups and downs, but it’s important to stay focused. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve your dream.


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thing that dictates how many students can be put in one class are fire codes. And fire codes allow for some flexibility, according to Carlsbad Fire Chief Mike Davis. Every school in the city is inspected by a fire marshal once each year. Davis explained that the occupancy levels for specific rooms rely on a number of complex factors, including the room’s square footage, the number of exits, the types of seating, and the type of building. “It’s not really cut and dry,” Davis said about the fire codes for schools. Each year a fire inspector meets with district administrators to discuss recommendations for the school sites, but CUSD’s needs and constraints are also taken into consideration. “It’s not always a question of code,” Davis said. “It’s a question of like every other civil service (organization)…everybody is trying to do the best they can with their finances.” He said that CUSD has promptly followed all recommendations made by a fire inspector. He couldn’t recall CUSD ever being cited for noncompliance for occupancy levels.

Impacts for students Class sizes have remained large through this school year. Class sizes range from 30-plus students in elementary school classes and 40-plus in high school classes. Current students have said that their classes are packed to the point that learning and the classroom environment are negatively impacted. Carlsbad High School senior Ashley Lauber said that it’s easier for kids to get away with disruptive behavior in a larger class. “With a bigger class, you get away with more. A

Kindergarten students in Lisa DeGour’s class at Kelly Elementary School practice drawing portraits with pencils as part of an art lesson. Photo by Rachel Stine

teacher can’t notice everything,” she said. She specifically recalls being picked on in Geometry her freshman year by other students. She said her teacher didn’t notice and the verbal teasing continued through the entire semester. Jose Garcia, another Carlsbad High School senior, said that in his U.S. Government class there were more students than available desks. He said that the students who got to class last sat in chairs along the edge of the room rather than at desks. “If you come in late, you got what was left,” he said. Daniel Levin said that there is little opportunity for him to get his questions answered outside of class. “If you want one-on-one time, it’s hard to get,” the Carlsbad High School senior said. “When I come in at lunch (to talk to the teacher), there’s already four other kids.” Students also said that classes could become noisy with more kids. On a Tuesday morning in early March, John Alexander’s second period physics class was going over how to calculate torque. All but one of the class’s 41 students was seated in desks arranged in six tight rows.

One student was situated in his electric wheelchair on the doormat just inside the doorway, the only place in the room where his large wheelchair could fit. Alexander was demonstrating the calculations on the board while the students followed along and discussed the problem with each other. Chatter quickly filled the room. “Hey, can you be quiet?” Alexander called above the din.

Effects on teachers and future class size reduction Students are not the only ones impacted by large class sizes. Teachers tell of not being able to give enough attention to each of their students and extended work hours. Yet more money in the state’s coffers and a different funding formula may be paving the way for lower class sizes in the years to come at CUSD schools. But to some degree, the extent of class size reductions in which grade levels and the timeline is up to the district and Board to decide.

Dian Faye and event coordinator Susan Horvitz share a laugh before the start of play.


know if we can golf like this, though.” The foursomes were divided into three flights: Collagen Cougars, Silicone Sistas and Botox B’s. Julia Gorman, Susan Smith, Fran McClure and Sue Lyerly won best flight. Awards were also presented in other categories, including closest to the pin and Fashion Divas of the

Day. The top raffle prize was a $300 TaylorMade Driver. The post-game lunch included chicken marsala, “flown in from the farms of Foster,” and crème brulee, with “berries confiscated from the backyards of New Jersey.” The event also raised $300 for Operation Game On, a program founded by Perez that provides free golf lessons, equipment and playing opportunities for

combat-injured soldiers. “It turned out so good,” Horvitz said. “Everything was perfect and everyone had a great time.” Horvitz said she isn’t sure if this would become an annual event. “We might not be asked to do this again,” she said. “And it’s a lot of work.” While the housewives may not return to Morgan Run, “Duck Dynasty” characters may invade next time, she said.

Next Week- Crammed Classrooms: Class sizes’ impact on teachers and how reduced class sizes may be in CUSD’s future Katie Fish and Tammy Cocco enjoy the breakfast buffet. Photos by Bianca Kaplanek



policy),” Councilwoman Lesa Heebner said. She suggested phasing in the increased requirements over time, as the city does when zoning is changed. Ott said that could be done, but some council members weren’t sure if they could support the plan. “I certainly don’t want to create the impression that we’re trying to drive an existing business out,” Councilman Dave Zito said, adding that he didn’t favor a permit program either. Zito said he could possibly support limited parking hours. “Some neighborhoods may not be amenable to that so that one I would have to think about.” “Certainly I don’t want to drive out existing businesses also, but the reality is sometimes businesses just outgrow the community that they’re in,” Mayor Tom Campbell said, adding that the downside to success is an inability to provide sufficient parking. “It’s not our fault,” he

said. “We certainly do not want to sacrifice the character of our residents’ neighborhood and create a traffic nightmare for them. This is a tough issue to try to deal with and I think that we can come up with something long term.” Councilman Peter Zahn suggested giving employers an option to subsidize public transportation for workers. “We see that happen voluntarily,” he said, “but I’m just wondering in terms of having that as a way to conform to a regulation of the type that we’re talking about, that that might be a way to mitigate that type of requirement.” Ott said it could be hard to verify whether employees are taking advantage of such a program. “We’re talking about this one isolated issue right here, but really it’s not,” Councilman Mike Nichols said. “Cedros, up Rosa — there’s a lot of employee parking up that street and then on Granados both the north and south side. “It still happens quite a bit,” he added. “So we need

to kind of look at an overarching kind of policy here.” Nichols said he doesn’t favor parking permits but he is open to hearing the pros and cons. “Don’t take anything off the table at this point,” he said. Although no residents spoke during the public comment period, Campbell encouraged people to provide input. “It’s very important that the community, the residents … communicate with council and the city manager,” he said. “Please send us emails … so we can get a sense of what the community and the residents feel about what’s taking place there.” Meanwhile, HealthFusion provided employees with maps highlighting where they should and shouldn’t park. “It seems to be working, at least for the first three days,” Ott said. The city also repainted the parking stall lines near the business center to conform with current standards, adding about three or four more spaces.


breeding program, conservation efforts and ambassadorship.” The company is now accredited by the Zoological Association of America. Since 2011, the fair board has been asked annually by animal rights groups to stop the rides. Directors said they would stand by their 2011 decision, although the contracts must be approved each year. The Have Trunk Will Travel contract for 2014 would likely have been presented this month. “I have no idea how the board would have voted,” President Fred Schenk said, adding that he learned about the Johnsons’ decision from a press release from the Del Mar Fairgrounds. “To be honest, we were surprised,” he said. “We didn’t invite them or uninvite them to come back. … I’ve had no contact with the Johnsons.” Schenk said he re-

spects the decision and is happy that “the children, over the decades, have had the opportunity to experience these magnificent animals.” “Having the elephants at the Fair has been a valuable tool in educating the public of the plight of the Asian Elephant,” Schenk stated in a press release. Although ride opponents say the attraction is a safety hazard, fair officials said there were no incidents with the animals in their 29 years at the annual event. “We are delighted with the decision and look forward to working with the fair board to secure alternate entertainment that does not involve wild or exotic animals,” said Alison Stanley, director of the Orange County affiliate of The League of Humane Voters, who urged directors at the March meeting to discontinue the rides. Paul O’Sullivan, a spokesman for Have Trunk Will Travel, said it is too early to say if the Johnsons

will return to the 2015 fair. “The logistics of managing five elephants and the staff are not simple,” he said. “Once they commit to a fair they could potentially lose out on other opportunities, including charity events. “It’s an inexact science and you always have to address the needs of the animals,” O’Sullivan added. “It’s very complex on where you go and how you get there and still ensure the elephants are treated like royalty.” Schenk said board members are still waiting for the final policy to be released by the AZA, but he said he does not expect the rides will return. “This very likely probably would have been the last year,” he said. “We made a decision to have them run through 2014. We didn’t know what the AZA would do in three years. I assume in 2014 there will be changes and there’s a good likelihood (the rides) would not have returned in 2015.”

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TENNIS TIME With the completion of newly revamped 18 tennis courts and an all-new Pro Shop, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, is hosting Wilson Demo Day from 1 to 4 p.m. April 5, for a family-friendly day on the courts. All ages are invited to try the latest Wilson racquets, relax at a complimentary family-style barbecue lunch and play on the courts with special guest, Corina Morarui, former No. 1 doubles player, second- time Grand Slam player and Tennis Channel commentator. Courtesy photo

Foodie event comes to North County CARLSBAD — A North County-centric food festival and competition gets plated from 4 to 7 p.m. April 13, at the Hilton Oceanfront Carlsbad Resort. Curated by Nino “Neens” Camilo, founder of the I Love Poke Festival, NorthEats is a showcase of all that is North

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Stop the madness So I’m watching March Madness with my husband and suddenly, I need a simultaneous translation. I realize I came from a generation that did not encourage women to be athletic. I had no basketball-playing siblings and while I dated some basketball players in high school and watched some games in college, I wasn’t listening. My consequent lack of familiarization with basketball terms leaves me shaking my head and putting my TV on subtitles, as the commentators call the games. I’m trying to follow comments like: “It’s about their ability to master the post up.” And “This gives him a real presence on the interior.” “They’re gonna live and die with their 3s,” or “He had a bunny there, but wasn’t able to transition.” Say what? Expressions like “tapped up, dipsy-do, get to the back boat, putbacks and able to convert in transition,” sent me running to my computer. Finally, after watching three or four games, the total immersion started to pay off and I found my ears making some sense of the patter, but as soon as they went to the half-time commentators, I was lost again. “These guards can get up under you where taller ones only get on you,” and “This guy is a TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B14

Two women begin a morning walk illegally along the railroad tracks. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Phil Tacktill, a Solana Beach resident and bonsai master points out some of the intricacies on one of his bonsai trees. Photos by Tony Cagala

Crafting little big trees Phil Tacktill knows the craft and art of creating bonsai trees By Tony Cagala

SOLANA BEACH — Some people excel at making mountains out of molehills. Other people, like Phil Tacktill, excel at making the majestic into miniatures. Sometimes called a bonsai master, Tacktill, when asked what that means, responds: “I say quite simply, ‘I know how much I don’t know.’” Tacktill added that it took him a long time to get there. “It’s calming,” Tacktill said on crafting bonsais. “It gives you a point to focus on; it gives you the ability to create and it also challenges your ability to keep a plant alive.” The backyard of his Solana Beach home (which he’s lived at for 20 years) has been given over to the more than 100 miniature trees and plants. Some of the oldest trees he has there are 40 to 45 years old and there’s seemingly a memory or story planted within each of them. Walking through the aisles of bonsais and other Asian-styled trees at his home, Tacktill recalled with ease when he received a given tree and where he had gotten it from. He’s been doing Japanese bonsai, the art of creating distant scenery, for some 50-odd years. It’s an art form that yields instantaneous results, Tacktill explained. “You don’t have to wait 50 years for a bonsai to mature.”

A traditional bonsai tree crafted by Phil Tacktill.

Having been raised in New York City, he said that whenever he would see green trees, that meant he was in a park. His interest in plants spurred from there and once back from serving in the military, he asked his wife to check out some library books on the little Japanese trees for him. He read through the books and then started growing things. Tacktill would eventually become a TURN TO BONSAIS ON B14

NCTD to step up enforcement for trespassing on tracks By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Those who find themselves on the wrong side of the tracks may also be on the wrong side of the law, and at some time in the near future in Del Mar, that could mean a day in court and a fine. At the request of North County Transit District, and all in the name of safety, law enforcement officers from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will begin writing tickets to anyone trespassing on the tracks. That applies to surfers crossing them to hit the waves and pedestrians walking or jogging alongside them almost anywhere in Del Mar. But the violations aren’t coming without warnings. Ubiquitous signs are placed beside the tracks informing people it is dangerous and illegal to walk on the rail line. “No Trespassing” has been stenciled on the sides of the tracks. Since March 10, fliers have been handed out to anyone walking, jogging or crossing where those movements aren’t permitted. The efforts are part of

a pilot program in Del Mar that will be used to develop a larger safety campaign focused on NCTD’s approximately 80 miles of track. Del Mar was selected because of its many hot spots, or areas where trespassers are often observed, according to NCTD officials. “This is an area of concern for our engineers,” Laynie Weaver, NCTD’s safety and emergency preparedness manager, said. “There’s a high volume of trespassing here.” It is likely a problem area because there is only one legal crossing in the city, on Coast Boulevard in between Powerhouse Community Center and Seagrove Park. So anyone wanting to surf or just get to the beach at the south end of the city must walk about a mile to 15th Street to hit the sand without breaking the law. In the past seven years there have been seven serious or fatal incidents in Del Mar in which there was a collision with a person or vehicle, Weaver said. That includes suicides TURN TO TRACKS ON B14


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The Escondido City Council is in support of a new equestrian park, though money for an Environmental Impact Report wasn’t set aside for the project at Wednesday’s meeting. Courtesy rendering

Escondido Council endorses equestrian park Though funding for the environmental report hasn’t been secured By Rachel Stine

ESCONDIDO — Residents and the City Council praised the completed master plan for a $10 million new equestrian park adjacent to Daley Ranch. But council declined to provide direction for staff regarding the preparation of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), leaving progress for the park in the hands of community volunteers. Located off of Valley Center Road, the undeveloped site for the proposed park has been used for decades by the Asociacion de Charros de Escondido to host Mexican-style rodeos and choreographed horse shows. In 2011, the city put forth plans to park utility trucks for the nearby water treatment plant on the site. Community groups and local homeowners fiercely opposed the project. The city eventually decided to allow plans for an equestrian park to move forward instead, and designated $50,000 in 2013 for the development of a draft master plan. The draft master plan, completed by Wynn-Smith Landscape Architecture, Inc., incorporates multiple arenas for rodeos as well as Western and English riding events. The design also includes a community hall that can be rented for special events, picnic areas, animal pens, and a therapeutic riding ring. Tim Smith of WynnSmith Landscape Architecture, Inc. said the designs were developed with a rustic, hacienda ranch feeling in mind. The plan proposed building the park in stages as funds are gradually raised. “We needed to make it possible for funding to happen early on so people would not be discouraged

about having to come up with the entire $10 million,” Smith explained. After being supported by the city’s community services commission and the planning commission, the draft plan came before council on Wednesday. Council was asked to endorse the draft, but not formally accept the master plan because funds have not been allocated to build the park. The development of an EIR was determined to be the next step for the advancement of the park. City staff explained that city staff could complete the EIR for about $10,000 or an outside company could compose the report for about $20,000 to $40,000. An outside company would be able to complete the report faster since city staff is already working on several other projects. Several residents spoke in favor of the proposed design at the meeting and encouraged the city to help set aside funds for the park’s EIR and construction. “The plan that you saw tonight far exceeds what most of us had envisioned three years ago,” said Steve Berrol. He is the president of the nonprofit El Caballo Park Conservancy, which was created to save and now fundraise for the park. Council members agreed. “I’m 100 percent behind this. I think it’s a fantastic plan,” said Councilmember Ed Gallo. He encouraged the community to raise funds soon so progress could be made quickly. Deputy Mayor Olga Diaz and Councilmember John Masson expressed support for the park and encouraged the city to provide the funds for an EIR. “I would imagine we could identify some funds if we worked on it. Certainly $40,000 is a lot of money, but it’s not imposTURN TO EQUESTRIAN PARK ON B14

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Odd Files Metal detector seeks to find medal’s owner By Chuck Shepherd

Job Security in the Paperwork Mine “The trucks full of paperwork come every day,” wrote The Washington Post in March, down a country road in Boyers, Pa., north of Pittsburgh, and descend “into the earth” to deliver federal retiree applications to the eight “supermarket”-sized caverns 230 feet below ground where Office of Personnel Management bureaucrats process them — manually — and store them in 28,000 metal filing cabinets. Applications thus take 61 days on average to process (compared to Texas’ automated system, which takes two). One step requires a record’s index to be digitized — but a later step requires that the digital portion be printed out for further manila-foldered file work. OPM blames contractors’ technology failures and bizarrely complicated retirement laws, but no relief is in sight except the hiring of more workers (and fortunately, cavebound paper-shuffling is a well-regarded job around Boyers). Democracy Blues U.S. Rep. Robert Andrews announced his retirement in February, after 23 years of representing his New Jersey district, and in “tribute,” The Washington Post suggested he might be the least successful lawmaker of the past two decades, in that he had sponsored a total of 646 pieces of legislation — more than any of his contemporaries — but that not a single one became law. In fact, Andrews has not accomplished even the easiest of all bill-sponsoring — to name a post office or a courthouse. Inexplicable The Internal Revenue Service reportedly hit the estate of Michael Jackson recently with a federal income tax bill of $702 million because of undervaluing properties that it owned — including a valuation on the Jackson-owned catalog of Beatles songs at “zero.” The estate reckoned that Mr. Jackson was worth a total of $7 million upon his death in 2009, but IRS placed the number at $1.125 billion. (In 2012 alone, according to Forbes magazine, Mr. Jackson earned more than any other celebrity, living or dead, at about $160 million.)


By Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — Her obsession with metal detecting has unearthed hundreds, if not thousands of items that people have lost, dropped or that time has forgotten. Apart from the loose change and discarded soda can tabs some of the items that Peggy Higgins has found over the years have captured her imagination. One such item — a 14-karat gold St. Christopher medal she discovered about three weeks ago in Cottonwood Creek Park. The medal features the figure of St. ChristoCreek Park. pher carrying the Christ A St. Christopher medal with two keys were found three-inches below ground in Cottonwood child on his shoulders. In the background is an image of a large ship. Higgins found the medal, which also had two keys attached to what was left of the golden necklace and clasp, in an hour’s worth sweep of her metal detector. Ever since she found it, there’s been something nagging her about the medal. She knows it must have an owner because of an inscription on the back. “It’s kind of a woman’s intuition,” Higgins said. “I feel like there’s more to this story, so I’d like to get it back to the owner.” She found the medal and keys about three inches down in the ground. She thinks it’s been there for about six months. “It’s definitely been worn,” she said. Higgins could tell by the wear patterns on the medal. “Because when you start wearing down gold, you know that means a lot to them.” Higgins asked the park host if anyone had been looking for it, but she was told no one had come to ask about it. If someone recognizes the medal or knows who the owner might be, contact Higgins at phsweeper@cox.net.

Peggy Higgins is seeking to find the owner of a St. Christopher medal and keys she found with her metal detector in Encinitas’ Cottonwood Creek Park.

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Bill could put an end to orca shows at SeaWorld By Dave Schwab L a Jolla Village News

REGION — The documentary “Blackfish” and the reaction of Point Loma High theater students chiming in with a public-service announcement calling for SeaWorld to eliminate orca show performances has ignited a chain reaction of local debate and inspired a state Assembly bill that would do just that. State Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) has introduced legislation that would stop SeaWorld from using killer whales in tandem with trainers at the marine-mammal park. The assemblyman said the recent documentary “Blackfish,” which aired multiple times on CNN recently, points to animal abuse of orcas at marine parks — the inspiration behind his bill. “There is no justification for the continued captive display of orcas for entertainment purposes,’” Bloom said. “These beautiful creatures are much
too large and far too intelligent to be confined in small, concrete tanks for their entire lives.”
 SeaWorld quickly responded to Bloom’s bill. “The premise behind this proposed legislation is severely flawed on multiple levels, and its valid-

If proposed state legislation is passed by lawmakers, SeaWorld San Diego could be forced to halt one of its most popular features — the performance of killer whales for audiences. Photo courtesy of SeaWorld

ity is highly questionable under the United States and California Constitutions,” said SeaWorld San Diego spokesman Dave Koontz. “We trust that our leaders who are responsible for voting on this proposal will recognize the clear bias of those behind the bill.” SeaWorld claims

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Bloom’s backers on the bill are “well-known extreme animal-rights activists, many of whom regularly campaign against SeaWorld and other accredited marine-mammal parks and institutions.” The marine-mammal park insists Bloom’s supporters include “some of the same activists that partnered with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in bringing the meritless claim that animals in human care should be considered slaves under the 13th amendment of the U.S. Constitution — a clear publicity stunt. “This legislation reflects the same sort of out- of- t he - m a i n s t re a m thinking.” Referring to SeaWorld and similar institutions as “abusement parks,” animal-rights activists are increasingly calling on the marine-mammal park to retire its orcas to seaside sanctuaries. The animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has also reportedly threatened to sue San Diego’s airport for refusing to allow advertising urging visitors to not go to SeaWorld until the marine-mammal park changes its allegedly abusive policy of requiring animals to perform in entertainment shows.

Councilman Tony Kranz reads the Robert Frost poem “The Road Not Taken” during a press conference announcing the city purchasing the Pacific View site. Kranz said he’s glad the city and EUSD could reach a deal, avoiding an “arduous path.” Photo by Jared Whitlock

Encinitas to pay $10 million for Pacific View By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — Near the steps of the Pacific View property on Thursday, Councilman Tony Kranz and EUSD Board President Marla Strich announced the city would purchase the property from the district for $10 million. The deal came on the heels of an eleventh-hour offer and after months of back-and-forth negotiations. The EUSD (Encinitas Union School District) board of trustees voted 4-0 on March 21 to accept the city’s offer for the property. Kranz told the crowd of roughly 50 people at the press conference that the city could look into crowdfunding as one option to finance the deal, adding that there are government versions of the popular crowdfunding website Kickstarter. “We’re not going to be bashful at looking at ways to make this less impactful on the budget,” Kranz said. “There’s no doubt it’s jumbled our budget significantly, but it was an important stretch. It’s an important piece of property that’s our history.” Strich said the size of the crowd at the press conference was a testament to the public’s support of the deal. The city also agreed the 2.8-acre land will remain public and can’t be rezoned or resold, it was disclosed. “I’m so relieved for the community,” Mayor Teresa Barth said in a phone interview last week. “I know so many people were genuinely frightened by the thought of losing that legacy property. And now we’re going to be able to preserve it for the future.” The deal is a dramatic turn from just two weeks ago, when it looked like EUSD was going to proceed with its planned March 25 auction of the site. More than a week ago, following residents’ passionate pleas to cancel the auction, EUSD sent a letter to the city stating council had one last chance to buy

the property. The letter went on to say EUSD would consider a deal only if it received an offer of at least $9.5 million from the city by March 21. On March 19, with that deadline nearing, councilmembers then voted 3-2 in closed session to put forward a confidential offer. “We’re just glad it finally worked out — that the city and district could come to agreement on this,” EUSD Superintendent Tim Baird said March 21. The district and city will meet in the coming months to discuss how the city will pay for the deal and the type of purchase agreement, and Baird said he hopes to complete the sale soon. Various plans for the property, including homes and an arts center, have fallen through since the Pacific View Elementary school shuttered 10 years ago. EUSD and the city started a fresh round of negotiations this past fall, spurred by the city’s desire to build an arts or community center at the location. In late November, the city offered $4.3 million for the site, which the district deemed way too low. EUSD then voted to auction the property off, raising the prospect of homes or mixed-use development going there. Because the financing of the deal hasn’t been settled on, as a backstop, the board of trustees also voted on March 21 to postpone the auction until May 22. “There’s certainly details to be done,” Baird said. “So I think it was prudent for the board to postpone instead of cancel (the auction). But there’s still plenty of time to get this deal done so this auction can be canceled.” Baird noted EUSD Trustee Maureen Muir recused herself from the March 21 vote because her husband, Mark Muir, serves on the City Council and voted on the item. Mark Muir and Councilwoman Kristin Gaspar voted against the city put-

ting forward an offer for the land March 19. At that council meeting, Gaspar said the property is unique, but the council majority wants to pay too much for it. “The offer comes with considerable sacrifice to our entire community, absent public discussion about that sacrifice,” Gaspar said. “The offer being made strays far from the appraised value.” The city received two appraisals of the property, one for $3.3 million and the other for $7.3 million. The public has eagerly watched the Pacific View negotiations — and gotten involved. To break the stalemate between the city and EUSD, last month resident Scott Chatfield launched SavePacificView.org, an online campaign that resulted in 700 emails urging EUSD to stop the auction. “Credit goes to the 700 people, most of whom sent heartfelt emails,” Chatfield said. When reached March 21, Chatfield said he “salutes both entities for showing courage and doing the right thing.” John S. Pitcher deeded the property to the school district in 1883. Back then, Encinitas’ original schoolhouse was built on the site, and the structure was placed back on property about 30 years ago. As part of the deal, the city also agreed that the schoolhouse would remain on the site. Barth said she expects the city to hold community workshops — both online and traditional town halls — to gather input on what could be done with the property. She likened the property to the Encinitas Library, which was also contentious due to the price, but since opening in 2008, has been well received. “The library is a community asset that was worth every penny and more, and I know Pacific View is going to be the same,” Barth said.

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Fundraiser will look to Be a part of ‘Madonna Park’ shine light on skin cancer By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — A Solana Beach dermatologist is once again doing a little “Sol Searching” to increase awareness about skin safety. To kick off Melanoma Awareness Month, Melanie Palm, M.D., will hold her fourth annual SolSearch fundraiser beginning at 5:30 p.m. May 1 at Beachwalk Center on South Coast Highway 101. The $25 tickets go on sale April 1, with the first 100 buyers receiving swag bags valued at more than $500. While the event is a fun way to educate the public about the dangers of sun exposure, the serious work begins April 26, when Palm and three of her colleagues will hold free skin screenings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at her Art of Skin MD office at 437 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Ste. 217. In previous years Palm said between 60 and 80 people were checked head to toe for suspicious growths and moles. She said several problem spots were discovered, including a rare sarcoma. “It’s definitely worthwhile,” Palm said. “Many patients would have been significantly affected if they had not come in.” While most people know direct sun exposure is not healthy, Palm said many are surprised to learn that even on cloudy days they should wear sunscreen. She said people are also unaware that they are usually not using enough sunscreen. “It’s called the shotglass rule,” she said. “The average bottle of sunscreen is about 4 ounces. About 1 ounce should be applied every 90 minutes, which means there are generally about four applications per bottle. People typically under use it by about 50 percent.” Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, accounting for nearly half of all cancers in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. More than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in this country each year. Melanoma, the most serious type, accounted for more than 76,600 cases of skin cancer in 2013. Risk factors include multiple or unusual moles, severe past sunburns and unprotected or excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight or tanning booths. “There is no good way to get a suntan,” Palm said. “The idea of a healthy tan is not great. If you want a healthy glow, use sunless tanning, such as spray-ons.” Palm acknowledges

Melanie Palm, M.D., performs a free skin cancer check as part of her SolSearch fundraiser. Courtesy photo

staying out of the sun is difficult in Southern California, but she said people can be smart about sun exposure. “Avoid peak sun times between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.,” she said. “Seek shade or use an umbrella. And be smart about the application of sunscreen.” While the Food and Drug Administration recommends a minimum SPF of 15, the Skin Cancer Foundation and most dermatologists prefer 30 SPF or higher. Palm said people should also check sunscreen labels to ensure the product blocks UVA and UVB rays. Appointments are required for the free April 26 screenings. To schedule, or to buy tickets for SolSearch, call the Art of Skin MD office at (858) 792-7546 After April 15 tickets to SolSearch will be available at San Diego Tidbits at artofskinmd.com/solsearch2014. The event will feature

live music by the acoustic duo Ottopilot, food samplings from local vendors and lead sponsor California Pizza Kitchen and an open cocktail bar. Raffle and silent auction prizes include cosmetic dermatology products and services, gift certificates to area businesses and restaurants and, of course, sunscreen samples. “We are giving away about $20,000 worth of amazing services,” said Sarah Anne Dordel, Palm’s director of business development. “There will be some really smokin’ deals.” Money raised will benefit the Skin Cancer Foundation, for which Palm is a skin care ambassador. Palm said the first event raised about $10,000. This year she is hoping to reach $25,000. In addition to increasing awareness, the event helps fund research efforts and early detection, she said.

ENCINITAS — The Surfing Madonna is making waves again in Encinitas. Her permanent home on Encinitas Boulevard and Coast Highway 101, directly across the street from her original location, has recently been transformed into a zen-like garden called the “Surfing Madonna Park.” The park is complete with a flowing fountain, native plants and flowers, nighttime lighting, brick pavers and an ocean view. “We want to give people an opportunity to come together and be a part of it, so we are launching the paver project this week” said Robert Nichols, vice president of the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project. The Paver Project is a community fundraiser, where you can purchase and customize the 8x4 bricks that are located at the base of the Surfing Madonna. “It’s a way to become a part of the Surfing Madonna’s history, give back to the community and share your personalized message with family and friends for years to come.” Mosaic Artist Mark Patterson said. The numbers of bricks are limited and they expect to sell out quickly. With the money raised through the bricks, SMOP hopes to realize their goal of donating $100,000 back to the community this year, double the amount they donated last year. “In 2013, we donat-

Purchase a brick to be installed at the Surfing Madonna Park to help raise funds for the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project. Courtesy photo

ed $50,000 and were able to set up a surf school for special needs children, give $20,000 in local youth scholarships, $20,000 to the city of Encinitas for local ocean/beach/park related projects, purchase marine rescue equipment, giving disadvantaged children the opportunity to participate in this summer’s Junior Life Guard Program and $3,000 to the Ecke YMCA special needs programs,” Nichols said. “Our organization is working hard to raise awareness of ocean conservation and we also heavily

support educating our youth on all environmental issues and improving the lives of those in need,” he added. The pavers are $150, which includes the personalized 8x4 brick, installation and maintenance. You can visit surfingmadonna. org/fundraisers/donations for more information or to order your brick. In addition, The Surfing Madonna Oceans Project will be hosting their 2nd annual Surfing Madonna “Save the Ocean” 5k/10k Oct. 25 at Moonlight Beach. Registration is now open.


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Rotary’s Bocce Ball fundraiser another success By Tony Cagala

DEL MAR — In the 18 years since the Del Mar/ Solana Beach Rotary Club began their annual Bocce Ball fundraiser tournament, they’ve netted $500,000, which has gone to helping the youth of San Diego County. “The number one priority is kids,” said Charles Foster, who’s been with the Rotary Club for 20 years. Those benefiting from the tournament: Just in Time for Foster Youth, a

nonprofit based in San Diego that helps foster youth transition to achieve self sufficiency and well-being. And Reality Changers, which helps to provide youths from disadvantaged backgrounds with academic, financial and leadership support. Other local groups as Encinitas’ Community Resource Center also receive a portion of the funds raised during the tournament, held at Horse Park.

The 18th annual Solana Beach and Del Mar Rotary Club’s Bocce Ball fundraiser saw a large turnout.

Some $50,000 has been raised by the Del Mar/Solana Beach Rotary Club in the 18 years it’s hosted the Bocce Ball tournament. Photos by Tony Cagala

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David Paul measures to see which ball is closest to the jack, the smaller ball during a game of Bocce Ball.

Kesia Williams of Just in Time, one of the benefactors of the tournament’s fundraising efforts, bowls her ball.

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The Cardiff-based Seaside Market will debut this season at Petco Park.Photo by Scott Wachter/San Diego Padres

Seaside Market to debut at Petco Park REGION — The San Diego Padres, along with Delaware North Companies, Inc. and Seaside Market today announced the Cardiff-based specialty grocer will open a Petco Park location for the 2014 baseball season. Seaside Market at Petco Park will debut on Opening Night March 30. The market will be located on the main concourse near section 105. “We’re excited to welcome another popular local business into the Padres family,” said Padres Vice President Concessions and Retail Scott Marshall. “We’re looking forward to opening a Seaside Market location inside of Petco Park and offering Padres fans the same fresh, high quality products that our Cardiff store customers have come to appreciate over the past three decades,” said Sea-

side Market Owners Pete and John Najjar. “Locals support locals, and we are thrilled to partner with San Diego’s hometown team. Always support your community!” Seaside Market’s ballpark location will offer a hot bar, flatbreads, a sandwich bar, cold salads and fruit, as well as fresh juice, organic sodas and craft beers. Family-owned and operated since 1985, Cardiff Seaside Market has maintained a commitment to offering superior products and spectacular service. Patrons of the ballpark market can expect the same quality products and excellent service. Seaside Market is just one of many Petco Park concessions enhancements the Padres and DNC Sportservice have partnered on for the 2014 baseball season.


Cycles and art Motorcycle artist, Scott Jacobs unveiled his Business news and special paintings at an opening achievements for North San Diego County. Send information reception at the first Scott via email to community@ Jacobs Studio Art Gallery coastnewsgroup.com. in February at 1231 Elfin Forest Road West, in San Elijo Hills, with paintings GIA honored The Ethisphere Insti- and prints, as well as his tute has named Gemolog- vintage motorcycles ical Institute of America (GIA) as a 2014 World’s Urgent Care opens Dr. Ken Thomas and Most Ethical Company. This is the second year Dr. Bill Kenney have in a row the 83-year old opened Oceanside Urgent nonprofit Institute has re- Care + Family Practice at 616 S. Coast Highway, ceived the designation. Oceanside for urgent and non-urgent health care Top voices Erica Schwartz, a needs. The center accepts second year student in most insurances and has Encore, Carlsbad High self-pay options. Hours School’s women’s interme- are Monday through Fridiate choir, was “shocked day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and but thrilled” to be named Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Best Performer” in her group by the judges at the New suites hotel Los Alamitos Xtravaganza Ryan Companies exshow choir competition on ecutives celebrated the March 22, in Los Alami- grand opening of Oceanstos. Her role as “the new ide Springhill Suites, 110 girl” in Encore’s 17-min- North Myers St., which ute set based on the film features a sixth-level pool “Mean Girls” captivated deck and fitness facilithe judges and garnered ty, the Hello Betty Fish Ms. Schwartz the award. House, public meeting Encore brought home a space, and below-grade 2nd place trophy among valet parking. Constructhe seven high schools in tion was completed in their division. 14 months. The $40 million project was financed Smoothie shop with a $25.1 million conMaui Wowi Hawai- struction loan from U.S. ian Coffee and Smoothie Bank Commercial Real Shop will open a new is- Estate. James Johnson, land-themed shop in May, of JG Johnson Architects owned and operated by designed the plan for the Nandini Chatterjee, at Oceanside property. Ocean Place Cinemas on the corner of Mission Ave- Kudos for ethics Rotary Club of Del nue and North Coast High-

Keeping the blood flowing: Q&A with Sunil Rayan, M.D. Health Watch From the physicians and staff of Scripps Health As a vascular surgeon at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Sunil Rayan, M.D., treats a wide range of conditions involving any blood vessel in the body that is not connected to the heart or brain. Dr. Rayan is also medical director of the operating room (OR). The Encinitas resident shares his insights about his specialty and the hospital’s plan to expand. What does a vascular surgeon do? Our specialty is very broad. Most commonly, we care for people who have serious conditions such as aneurysms in the chest or abdomen, strokes, and peripheral arterial disease, which can cause muscle pain with exercise and limited mobility. We also do more elective procedures, such as treatment of varicose veins. Do most patients require surgery? About 80 percent of our procedures are catheter-based interventions, which require only a small incision to insert a cathe-


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ter and perform angioplasty or stenting. Sometimes, we use catheter techniques to remove a vein. The rest require open surgery. Emergencies, such as bleeding from a ruptured aneurysm, or acute blockage of a blood vessel which causes an organ such as a kidney to start dying, require immediate surgery. Fortunately, we only see these about every 10 days or so.

dures via a needle puncture in the skin with no incision. People leave the hospital in a day, and recovery is a few days.

it in 2015. The old facilities will be renovated to include the new ORs and other services.

How long have you lived As medical director of the in Encinitas? OR, what is your role? We’ve lived in North We have four oper- County for eight years, ating rooms right now and bought our house in and all of them run from Encinitas three years ago. morning to evening, so I We love it here and plan to make sure we have good live here forever. feedback from the surgeons to improve effi- How do you like to spend ciency and satisfaction. your free time? Communication between physicians, staff and adWe have 8-month-old ministration is critical to twins, so that’s 99 percent keep everything running of my free time. We also like a well-oiled machine. have a five-year-old. BeScripps Encinitas is one tween my family and my of the state’s top hospitals medical practice, that’s for OR efficiency. more than 100 percent.

How has vascular surgery changed? Any plans to expand? We’re planning to add We can do much more two more ORs by 2015. A through very small inci- new building is already sions, with less pain and under construction, and bleeding and much faster the plan is to move the recovery. Twenty years existing ER and ICU into ago we’d do an aneurysm repair by making a major incision from the sternum to the pelvic bones. Patients would be in the ICU for three days, in the hospital for a week and recovering for a month. Ten years ago we replaced that with stenting, which required two small groin incisions, a couple days in the hospital and a few weeks of recovery. Now, we can do some proce-

“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.

Mar has launched the Ethics in Business Awards. Each month the Del Mar Rotary Club will select one business to spotlight as part of the Ethics in Business Awards to acknowledge the good work of North County businesses. If you have a business, or know of a business, you’d like to nominate for an award, please email eba2014@delmarrotaryeba.com. Visit delmarrotaryeba.com for more information and to download an application. New face at health center New Solana Beach resident Daniel Gilbert, HHP, has now joined forces with Steven Paredes, DC, at Solana Beach Health Center, 222 N. Acacia Ave., Solana Beach, offering Structural Integration. Call (949)

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LA JOLLA — La Jolla octogenarian and trailblazing author Natasha Josefowitz will be at Warwick’s Bookstore April 10 at 7:30 p.m. to promote her award-winning 20th book, “Living Without the One You Cannot Live Without,” which was recently recognized by Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2013. Having recently lost her brother, her son and her husband, it is 87-yearold Josefowitz’s strength, her passion for living life and candor that is truly infectious. “Living Without the One You Cannot Live Without” (November 2013), is reviewed by Kirkus as one of the most telling books ever written about pre- and post-grief. It is a collection of powerful, gritty, candid and inspiring poems about living and dealing with life after loss. On April 10, Josefowitz will read from her book and discuss how men and women grieve differently, unveiling new research on the various stages of the grieving process. Born in Paris, France in 1926, Josefowitz immi-

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known as the Paris Tasting. In it Napa Valley wines were invited to participate against their most endearing and best counterparts in France. The California winners: a 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap, and a 1973 Chardonnay from Chateau Montelena made by Miljenko (Mike) Grgich, which scored the most points of the competition. Contrary to the movie about the event, the bottle was perfect and never brown or discolored. Grgich went on to open his own winery one year later with Austin Hills and his sister Mary Lee Strebl. The winery started out as as Grgich Hills Cellar, but was later changed to Grgich Hills Estate. Not as well known is the fact that Grgich was, in that victorious year of 1976, 53 years old and had 50 years of preparation in wine for that moment. He came to Napa Valley from what was formerly Yugoslavia (now Croatia) in 1958, virtually penniless but with knowledge of winemaking and words from his father “to do better each day.” He is now 91, and, as of April 1, is still enjoying great recognition as America’s winemaker. In 2008 he was inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame. In 2012, he was honored by the Smithsonian Institute of American History in Washington, D.C. when it focused on American wine, displaying the Paris Tasting winning 1973 Chardonnay and other Grgich historical keepsakes. The famous Chardonnay is now shown in an official book, “The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects,” along with the Constitution, Abraham Lincoln’s hat, Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone and Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit. My latest visit with Miljenko was at Mitch’s, his favorite restaurant in Palm Desert. Taste Of Wine had an opportunity to enjoy his company and to ask him some personal, probing questions.

Miljenko (Mike) Grgich displaying his latest vintage wines including the 2011 Estate Chardonnay at a meeting in Palm Desert. Courtesy


days. It needs to be naturally presented with food so it doesn’t become a cocktail. What is left in your “bucket list” that you want to do in your life? It seems every year there is something special that comes to me. I do want to author a book about my life in Croatia as a young winemaker then in Napa Valley showing wine as art. Art comes from the heart. It is the highest form of creation. Is Merlot dead? Will it ever recover from the beating it took in the movie “Sideways”? Merlot will gradually take back its place. Merlot, you know, is still one of the most expensive wines in France, on the right bank in Bordeaux. The 2011 Chateau Le Pin from Pomerol is priced at $1,455. California is moving away from the fruit bombs to more mellow wines like Merlot. It’s much more acceptable as a food wine that doesn’t overpower the menu. What moment in your life are you most proud of? The Smithsonian Institute exhibit and recent book honor with Julia Child’s kitchen and my exhibit with my wine, beret and travel suitcase when I first arrived in America, is my most proud moment.

Grgich also has been the subject of a Croation TV documentary of his life, “Like the Old Vine,” which premiered at the Napa Valley Film Festival in November 2112. For this and other information It’s been said grapes are about Grgich Hills Estate, like children in a family. visit grgich.com. There is always one favor Wine Bytes ite. What is your favorite Callaway Vineyard grape? and Winery in Temecula Chardonnay is my fa- has a Budbreak Celebravorite. ($42.) I drink more tion April 5 from 6:30 to because it goes so well 9:30 p.m. with a special with Mediterranean food, winemaker dinner featura lighter food that is bet- ing vintner Craig Larson. ter for you. I have been Meritage Executive Chef disappointed that Char- Michael Henry will predonnay became bigger fla- pare a five-course meal. vored, but it is now going TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON B14 back to its earlier elegant

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had the pleasure recently of writing about Ki’s and hearing the story of Ki Holcomb, who founded Ki’s back in 1980 from son Barry and daughter Janet Holcomb. I never had the oppor to tunity meet Ki, but she certainly left her mark on the local community and dining scene and was loved by many. Ki passed away March 18. Janet Holcomb was kind enough to provide me with Ki’s story, and I felt compelled to share it with Coast News readers. I hope you enjoy it and have a chance to stop into Ki’s and experience what her children have done with this local treasure. Ki was born on Dec. 26, 1925 in Ft. Lauderdale Florida, the third child of seven to John Raymond Boylan and Nora Anderson Boylan. At the age of three they discovered she could sing, and as a “depression babyâ€? her father made money by having her sing at night in local bars and restaurants. Ki continued to earn money for their very poor family after her father died when she was 12 and her mother passed three years later. Ki and her twin Betty became dance instructors

Local treasure Ki Holcomb from the cover of her CD. She passed away on March 18. Photo courtesy Janet Holcomb

ers. Children Janet, Tim, and Barry followed and in 1957 they settled back in Indianapolis where their father created his company Survad and Ki became a stay-at-home mom who was adored by her children. Their home became the neighborhood gathering spot for all of the kids because of their mother’s welcoming nature, no child was ever turned away and there was always enough dinner for their friends. In September of 1971 the family moved to Del

Mar where their father entered and completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Living in California began her interest in healthy eating, so she began cooking more fish and stir-fry entrees for the family and in 1978 she went to work at

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for Arthur Murray in Indianapolis where she met her future husband James Holcomb. They married after knowing each other 6 weeks on Valentine’s Day in 1947 and their marriage lasted 66 years. As a couple Ki and James became specialty managers for Arthur Murray Dance studios. From 1951, when their son Phil was born, until 1957, their jobs were to establish new dance studios and train the new instructors and studio manag-

Highway 101 in 1994, Ki and Jim enrolled in a Big Band class at Mira Costa Community College and met several musicians who then formed Ki’s Guys. For over 15 years Ki’s Guys performed at Ki’s and at other community events and in 2003 we recorded her one and only CD. In 2001 the family noticed Ki’s memory beginning to decline, and the onset and advance of her dementia was very slow. They were able to enjoy life with Ki at home until 2012 when they moved to Pacific Place for full time care. Until that time she could be seen every night at Ki’s with her husband enjoying dinner and every Monday night singing with Ki’s Guys. Ki certainly left her mark on the area and I’d like to thank her daughter Janet for providing this look at her life. Next time you are at Ki’s in Cardiff, raise a toast to this local treasure. Visit kisrestaurant.com

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a vitamin store called Henry’s in Solana Beach where fresh squeezed vegetable juice was also served. After a year or so she decided she could manage a store of her own and in 1980 she opened the original Ki’s Juice Bar on Birmingham in Cardiff, at the young age of 55. Ki’s started as a Health Food Store with vitamins, bulk food items, natural cosmetics and fresh juice; much like a very small Jimbo’s or Sprouts with Ki as the only employee. Being the great mom that she was, she began making sandwiches and smoothies for the young beach crowd in the neighborhood and eventually began making her homemade soups on a hot plate. After a couple years Barry built her a kitchen in the back of the store and the legend began. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were served and Ki was there to greet her new family seven days a week.  As the business grew and Barry got more involved, Ki expanded her interests to include dance instruction to senior citizens at Palomar Community College and in Fallbrook, and to acting and singing in several musicals locally including the North Coast Repertory Theatre. When Ki’s moved to


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TIME TO RACE Encinitas Cub Scout Pack 774, from left, top row, Gavin Kesler, Marcos Prida, Rhys Frontis, Jimmy Hill, Oliver Argus, Greyson Hall, Zach Waterman and Trevor Radick, with, from left, bottom row, Garrett Miyagawa, Nathan Calm, Kash Meiggs, Garner Miyagawa, Austin Payne and Colton Schlect, held a Pinewood Derby competition where Scouts and their families came together to design, carve, paint and build race cars. Every scout received a participation patch and medal, and trophies were handed out for the fastest cars and for the winners of various categories based on appearance. For information, visit Pack774.org. Courtesy photo

Registration is now open RANCHO SANTA FE— Do you have a child that will be 5 years of age by Sept. 1, 2014? Rancho Santa Fe School District and R. Roger Rowe School is now enrolling kindergarten and new students kindergarten through eighth-grade for the 2014-2015 school year. The community is invited to the school office, 5927 La Granada, at your earliest convenience, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday to pick up your enrollment paperwork. The district asks that each applicant bring your Assessor’s Parcel Number to verify your residency, in order to receive a packet. R. Roger Rowe School K-5 Principal, Kim Pinkerton, will be hosting Kindergarten Orientation at 9 a.m. April 23 at R. Roger Rowe School. If you are enrolling a new student in grades one through eight, call Marsha Portugal at (858) 756-1141, ext. 102.

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From left, Board Chairman Bill Littlejohn congratulates Sophia Yphantides, the 2014 Santa Fe Christian School Eagle Scholarship winner, joined by Head of Schools Tom Bennett. Yphantides, an incoming freshman, plays the violin and is youth group worship leader at her church. She is studying Mandarin, Greek, Latin and Biblical Hebrew. Her interests include swimming, debate and musical theater. She volunteers at the Escondido Brain Injury Center and plans to pursue a career in international human rights law. The Eagle Scholarship is awarded annually to one new incoming freshman and provides funding for tuition, books, uniforms, athletic fees and field trips for up to four years. Courtesy photo

Roll on down to Padres games COAST CITIES — Baseball fans looking to avoid the hassle of traffic and parking fees can ride the Coaster train to downtown San Diego for every Padres home game. The North County Transit District will once again offer Coaster service to get fans to and from every Padres home game. To reach Petco Park from the Santa Fe Depot, fans may walk or take the San Diego Trolley Green Line toward the Convention

Center to the Gaslamp Quarter Station, just steps away from Petco Park. Roundtrip Coaster fare and roundtrip Trolley fare is included in the $12 RegionPlus Day Pass available at ticket vending machines on Coaster platforms by selecting ‘Current Promotions,’ online at GoNCTD.com, and through the NCTD mobile app which is available for downloadw at Google Play and the Apple Store. Complete Coaster and Padres infor mation is available at GoNCTD.com.

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INTEGRITY CELEBRATED The staff at LifePro Financial Services, Inc. celebrated being the first recipient of the Del Mar Rotary’s Ethics in Business Award. Each week, Each month the Del Mar Rotary Club will select one business to spotlight as part of the Ethics in Business Awards to acknowledge the good work of North County businesses. If you have a business, or know of a business, you’d like to nominate for an award, e-mail eba2014@delmarrotaryeba.com. Visit delmarrotaryeba. com for more information and to download an application. Courtesy photo



and the recent death of former Mayor Lou Terrell, who died Jan. 3 while saving his dog from an oncoming train around 11th Street. It may not seem like an extraordinary number of accidents. “One is too many,” Jaime Becerra, NCTD’s chief of transit enforcement, said. The agency is currently compiling data to compare that number to similar-sized areas. “Are you really going to try to nail everybody who’s crossing?” a surfer checking out the waves from the Eighth Street culde-sac asked Weaver and Becerra. “You’re going to have a really hard time getting people to stop. I won’t stop.” He said the accidents are mostly a result of a lack of common sense. “People aren’t being smart enough to look both ways,” he said. But Weaver and Becerra said it’s not that simple. About 60 trains pass through the city daily. “The closer you are to the tracks, it becomes an optical illusion that they aren’t moving that fast,” Becerra said. When a northbound


real glass cleaner.” “Get it over the contest,” “You don’t live by the jumper’s grid,” “Gave him a read off that pick-and-roll,” and “Going to try to load to the basketball.” Beg


sible,” said Diaz. While giving support for the park, Mayor Sam Abed said that the city needs to be cautious about spending money on the project. He said that the city is still working to fund improvements of existing parks, like Grape Day Park. “I think it’s going to be great for the community, however I have more realistic expectations,” he said. A decision about

train passed by the surfer and his friend sitting at the end of Eighth Street, they estimated it was going between 45 and 50 mph. They were off by about 20 mph. Weaver said northbound trains tend to travel 65 mph further north along the bluffs and slow closer to the grade crossing. Southbound trains usually go 65 mph as they approach the Coast Boulevard crossing, slow to about 50 mph through the crossing and are back up to about 65 mph about a half mile away. “Trains appear to be traveling much slower than their actual speed because of their size and mass, much like watching an airplane landing,” Weaver said. “It looks to be moving slow but final approach speed is over 150 mph. Trains also appear to be farther away than they really are.” Weaver said modern trains are also incredibly quiet. “You don’t hear the clickety clack as they are coming down the tracks like you used to in the old days,” she said. Approaching trains may be hard to miss at a crossing, where there are flashing lights, bells and horns. Weaver said ambient noise such as waves mask the sound of an oncoming

train away from the crossing. The surfer also claimed visitors, not locals, were the problem because they aren’t used to the trains. “Locals do tend to be more savvy, while visitors are a bit more naïve,” Weaver said. “But that still doesn’t make it legal.” “We want to make sure people are safe,” Becerra said. Once a citation is issued, a court appearance is mandatory. There, a judge will determine the fine based on the circumstances, Weaver said. The best way to avoid a day in court is to stay off the tracks unless you are at a legal crossing. If you are at the crossing, “be aware of the signals, don’t try to beat them and stop when the noise starts,” Becerra said. NCTD originally asked that enforcement begin in April, but officials decided to continue the education phase indefinitely. “No date has been set to begin enforcement,” Frances Schnall, an NCTD spokeswoman, said. “It just seemed like a good approach to continue with the education and outreach since it has been an overall positive campaign,” she said.

pardon? I’m unlikely to ever be truly fluent, even though my alma mater, San Diego State, made a proud showing this year. But either way, just watching Charles Barkley made it all worthwhile. He’s no Shaquille O’Neal, but his

commentary, whether I understand it or not, and clever commercials will keep me tuned in. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer trying to decide who to root for now. (Go, Aztecs) Contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com.

funding for the EIR was dropped as council voted on the master plan. After discussion, Abed requested a motion to endorse the park’s master plan, which was quickly made and seconded by other council members. Diaz then interrupted to ask about the Council’s direction on funding for the EIR, saying that without it, the plans for the park would end up in a closet somewhere. The agenda item stated, “Request Council accept the conceptual El Caballo Park Master Plan

and provide staff direction regarding preparation of an environmental review required prior to formally adopting the Master Plan.” But Abed stated that council “was not in a in a position today to move forward on an EIR.” He decided that the vote on the master plan for the park should continue without mention of the EIR. Council unanimously voted to endorse El Caballo Park’s master plan, leaving the next steps for funding for the EIR and eventual construction of the park to the community.

itas, Solana Beach, Del Mar and Carmel Valley. Live California will place the students from Spain with local volunteer families, and arranges all details including English class at the San Elijo Campus. The students also attend the city of Encinitas surf camp at Moonlight Beach. Call (619) 894-3957,

April 4, 2014 of his Peaceful Easy Feeling Cabernet Sauvignon as a courtesy from South Coast Winery. He will play a short set of his hit songs. For more information call (760) 274-1580. Falkner Winery in Temecula will have free concerts on Sundays from noon to 3 p.m.,

starting April 6. See falklnerwinery.com. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. His columns can be viewed at tasteofwinetv. com. He is one of the top wine commentators on the web. Reach him at mangiompc@aol.com.

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member of a bonsai club with the New York Botanic Gardens. Ever since then he’s achieved all manners of successes in New York, including opening a nursery where he would teach students how to create the bonsai trees. He said it was a good experience for him — with the more questions his students would ask, the more research he would have to do. Now in California, Tacktill was one of the people that helped found Bonsai and Beyond. Going into their fourth year, the club, with anywhere from 40 to 45 members, meets in Encinitas and in Balboa Park. On the third Tuesdays of each month, the club features hands-on lessons in techniques, critiques on plants and lectures on bonsais and other Asian horticultural arts. While there is big interest with the public in bonsai, Tacktill said not everyone is willing to put the time in on them. “We’re competing with the TV and the computer and the cell phones,” he said. His work and the club’s can be seen each year at the San Diego County Fair. Tacktill continually learns, which is fun, he explained. “It takes a while to develop taste and style,” he said. Tacktill studied a lot of Japanese books on bonsais, absorbing the material. Using black and white Polaroid pictures (the harshest thing you ever do, he said) brought him into reality. “I was romanticizing my trees and I started looking at them objectively. And when I looked at it objectively, I found out and evaluated them for what was wrong so I could correct it. And I applied the same thing to the trees I saw in the books.” That was a tremendous learning experience for him, he said. Figuring out what the tree likes is as much a part of the bonsai process as is the weeding or pruning of branches. “Sometimes you have to learn with the tree and

Above: A grouping of small trees serves to mimic a Sequoia-like setting. Below: One of the more than 100 plants and trees in Phil Tacktill’s backyard features a Vietnamese Hon Non Bo work, including a silver figurine from Vietnam. Photos by Tony Cagala

observe the tree,” he said. “You can’t always force a tree to do what it doesn’t want to do.” The ultimate to me is to try and see what the tree’s telling you and pull out the beauty that the tree has,” Tacktill said. “There are two forms of bonsai. One is the craft,

where you do the trees and copy the same shape. And the other one’s the art form. It’s the craft that has all the rules. “The art form is like any art form — depends on one’s imagination. And whether somebody else likes it, that doesn’t make any difference,” he said.

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Marion Ross honored at Scripps auction COAST CITIES — Spinoff Goes Hollywood, a live and silent auction event, will be held May 8 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, 3777 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego. Proceeds from the 23rd annual event will benefit patient support services at Scripps Cancer Center. Guests can enjoy dinner and entertainment, while bidding on luxury items, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and lavish getaways. The cocktail reception and silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the dinner and live auction. Teresa and Randy Cundiff serve as co-chairs of this year’s Spinoff, which marks 23 years of supporting life-saving care at Scripps Cancer Center. The

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Simplifying life isn’t so simple baby boomer Joe Moris I’ve touched on this a few times in the past. Everyone’s lives are vastly different from their siblings and peers even though the environments are pretty much the same. My daughter and I write in our book “Answers Heaven Speaks” about how we are all spirit whether we like it or not. It just is what it is. We all have a “plan” in this life. Every “spirit” and thus every person has a pre-designed plan in order to learn lessons on this earth. The problem with that is we all have amnesia. We don’t know that we’re spirit much less that we have a plan. Faithful followers of God lead their lives in the blind faith that God is taking care of them but when troubles occur they begin to doubt God and pull away. Chapter 12 of our book is a transcription from Yeshua teaching us how to stay connected to God and how to protect us from the “darkness” that envelops us and allows us to face the “troubles.” Darkness can be disguised in the possessions we seek, the need for growing bank accounts and the envy that comes from seeing others doing better than ourselves. For those of you who occasionally read the bible, go back to the Tenth Commandment. It is very simple. Paraphrasing, it says to be content with what you have and to not be envious of what another person has. There is a great lesson in there. By accepting the blessings you have you will have the abil-

ity to praise others who have things “greater” than you and also to be sympathetic and caring to those who have less than you. We live our lives in stages. We can’t wait to get out of high school and into the work force or college so that we can earn money to buy that really cool car. Along comes true love and the next thing you know you have a child, a family. Then you have to make money to have a decent home environment and then comes with it added bills and “things.” Sometimes the burdens of chasing success become intense to say the least; to stay afloat but somehow manage to survive, stress and all. After the kids are pretty much grown we are able to focus on planning the day we’ll chuck the job and go live our lives on the French Riviera or next to the soothing aquamarine waters of the Caribbean. For most, that is only a dream. There are only two ways to accomplish that dream. The first is to, in most cases, throw the family life aside, to a certain extent, in order to excel and prosper through work and earn riches you think you need. Unfortunately, for most, that just doesn’t happen. Because of circumstances out of their control, most of today’s baby boomers are afraid they will have to work until they drop. The second is to find a way to just simplify your life. I had lunch with a lady the other day who realized that pride was keeping her from being happy. She realized that in order to be “successful” in the eyes of everyone around her she needed to work, work and work even more to maintain what I’ve called in the past “golden handcuffs.” She finally came to the realization that she wasn’t

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