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SPRINGING INTO FASHION Fashions by CoCo Rose, Ooh Fashionista, Housgoods, Active Angelz, Swimwear Anywhere, Body Boutique and Kenneth Barlis fill the courtyard of the Cielo Village on April 24. The event was the third annual Spring Xposure 2014 fashion show hosted by Fine Magazine. See more photos from the event on page A12. Photo by Tony Cagala

Dana Evanson, the docent and administrator of the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society the La Flecha House, designed by Lilian Rice. Photo

by Christina Macone-Greene

Rancho Santa Fe walking tour offers a glimpse of history By Christina Macone-Greene which lasts about 45 min-

Firefighters from Del Mar and other North County communities take part in the wildfire training exercises in April. Fire officials are predicting this fire season to be above normal due to the lack of rain and drought conditions.

‘Above normal’ fire season predicted By Tony Cagala

REGION — The green tops of brush filling the canyons and terrain throughout San Diego County is merely masking a potentially dangerous situation. Beneath the greenery, are dead stems and twigs — fuels long since dried out from prolonged periods without rain that have county fire officials and Cal Fire predicting this season to be an above normal fire season. “All the predictions are leading us to believe that it’s going to be an extremely active fire season,” Capt. Kendal Bortisser, a Cal Fire public information officer, said during a three-day wildfire

training exercise that took place earlier this month. More than 700 firefighters from departments all around the county participated in the training exercise at the Viejas Indian Reservation. “The whole idea behind this exercise is to give the firefighters the opportunity to kick the dirt off their boots, get on the brush engines, get out there lay some hose, cut some line, work with the aircraft in preparation of the upcoming fire season,” Bortisser said. The exercises, he equated to the analogy of cutting your firewood before the winter. “You don’t wait until

it starts snowing before you cut firewood,” he said. Predictive Services for the National Interagency Fire Center is seeing an above normal fire activity level in the county for May through July, typically the peak fire season period. “Even though we’re in fire season year round, it’s going to start kicking up in next several months,” Bortisser added. Cal Fire, as recently as April 10, announced the hiring of nearly 100 additional seasonal firefighters for the Northern California region to help prepare for the season. Normally Cal Fire oper-

ates staffing levels in three different seasons: Peak, transition and winter. “During peak is when we step up all of our apparatus, all of our stations, camps, crews; all of our aircraft — everything is fully staffed,” explained Bortisser. Cal Fire moved into peak staffing levels the first week of April — that’s earlier than most fire officials can remember, Bortisser explained. Mid-May is when peak staffing levels are traditionally achieved. “That’s a result of the TURN TO FIRE ON A18

RANCHO SANTA FE — Driving down the streets of the Rancho Santa Fe Village is entirely different than taking a walk through it. On foot, it’s impossible not to recognize the history surrounding this village which predominately highlights Spanish Colonial Revival-style buildings. While The Rancho Fe Historical Society has offered walking tours in the past, it wasn’t until last year that it designed a walking tour map for its visitors. The feedback has been huge. Dana Evanson, the docent and administrator of the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, said there are a wide variety of tour guests who stroll through the village. “We have everything from family reunions, class reunions, people who are staying at the Rancho Santa Fe Inn, members of clubs, university students, people who are attending a convention in town, and some of the Red Had Society ladies,” Evanson said. “I also do walking tours for the Cub Scouts since this is considered a history requirement that they can put under their belt.” Surrounding communities often take part in the walking tour; Evanson said that a large group of their visitors come from Carlsbad. The walking tour,

utes, takes visitors to 15 different sites. A handful of these locales include the La Flecha House, State Historic Landmark No. 982, Country Squire Courtyard, The Francisco Building, Louise Badger Home, La Valencia Apartments, and more. Lilian Rice, a 1910 alumnus from the University of California, Berkley, designed many residences, and much of the architecture, peppered throughout the village. Evanson said the most popular site is the Lilian Rice Row Houses. “They are all connected and built to look like a Spanish village. All of the colors, styles and setbacks are different,” she said, noting how they were built in 1927 for new residents in the ranch. Evanson calls the walking tour rather self-contained, and people don’t have to travel far on foot to see everything. “One of the beauties of Rancho Santa Fe is that it’s rural, and I point out to people that there are no street lights,” said Evanson, explaining why visitors love the atmosphere. As a docent, she also likes people to understand that the architecture in the village acts as a “play of shadow and light” against the adobe. TURN TO HISTORY ON A18


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City Council gives green light to affordable housing By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH – A mixed-use affordable housing development in the works for almost three years was approved unanimously by City Council at the April 23 meeting, despite opposition from nearby residents, the threat of a lawsuit and allegations of legal manipulation and violating city codes. Many of the dozens of people who provided written and oral comments said they support affordable housing because “it’s the right thing to do.” But they opposed this particular project on a city-owned parking lot in the 500 block of South Sierra Avenue. “There’s only one place this beautiful project fits and that’s on a projector screen,” said Martin Schmidt, who has lived across the street from the proposed development for 20 years. “It’s painfully clear to everyone that lives in the neighborhood that it just doesn’t fit. “When you take this project off the screen and put it on this small parking lot, what you have is a project that is simply bursting at the seams … on a street that is bursting at the seams now,” he said. Hitzke Development Corporation has been working with the city to build a 10-unit, mixed-use complex that would satisfy a decades-old legal require-

ment. Although all cities must provide affordable housing, Solana Beach has been subject to lawsuits since the 1990s after City Council took action that closed a mobile home park. Affordable housing advocates threatened litigation, claiming low-income units had been eliminated. Rather than go to trial, the city entered into what become known as the Perl settlement which, among other things, mandated the replacement of 13 affordable units. Since then three have been provided. The Hitzke proposal is a three-story complex on a 14,721-square-foot lot with three approximately 500-square-foot one-bedroom units, three two-bedroom townhomes that are 918 to 1,032 square feet, three three-bedroom units ranging from 1,002 to 1,232 square feet and a 1,383-square-foot four bedroom. They will be available to tenants with annual incomes between $33,000 and $44,000. Monthly rents will range from $740 to $1,145. The existing parking lot has 31 public spaces, all of which would be replaced. Hitzke will also provide the required 18 spaces for the residential component and another four for the commercial space, which is slated for office use.

Council members unanimously approved an affordable housing complex that will be built on a city-owned parking lot in the 500 block of South Sierra Avenue. Courtesy rendering

It was originally planned to be a small, high-end market but it was changed and made smaller in response to concerns about increased traffic. There will be 22 public spaces and one for the office on a street-level lot. A basement-level lot will include all 18 residential spots, as well as nine for public parking and three for the office. The estimated total development cost is $6 million, including about $1.1 million for predevelopment items such as architectural,

planning and engineering studies, an analysis of water, sewer and other utilities, application fees and legal costs. The city provided a $648,000 loan for the predevelopment costs. It will loan Hitzke a total of $2 million, although that amount could be increased by $50,000 depending on the applicant’s ability to secure other financing. The loan is for 55 years at 3 percent interest. Construction funds will be given after all other construc-

tion financing is used. The building is slated to be a sustainable development. Residents fear the project will result in increased traffic, parking and noise issues and a loss of property values. In an email to the city the Condominium Organization of South Sierra Avenue, which represents nine homeowners associations, stated its main concern is the project “does not fit the character of the avenue and we are concerned about the

safety of children playing on a property with such limited space.” Residents claimed city officials didn’t notice the meeting correctly. They also questioned the process for a view assessment review. The two applications submitted were from homeowners associations, which were deemed ineligible because they are not property owners. They also claimed affordable housing isn’t integrated throughout the city. City officials denied all allegations. City Manager David Ott listed several affordable units on at least six other streets. “As the general counsel of this municipal corporation I take great issue with any allegations of illegality,” City Attorney Johanna Canlas said. She and Ott said they went “above and beyond” city protocol for noticing, including hand delivering copies of the staff report to homeowners associations. “This isn’t a fun place to be,” Ginger Hitzke said after all public comments were made. “I like to be liked. I like my job. I like what I do. I’m really, really proud of it. “I think it’s going to be good. I have a very good track record,” she said. “This is my livelihood and this is my life and I believe TURN TO AFFORDABLE ON A18

Irrigation district crunches numbers for final budget Veterans groups unite By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — While the Santa Fe Irrigation District prepares to launch its 2014-15 budget July 1, staff members are fine-tuning their numbers for the board of directors June 19 for adoption consideration. Jeanne Deaver, the district’s administrative services manager, said their budget goals have involved several factors. “The board has passed a policy to adopt a balanced budget so that means that operating revenues equal operating expenses,” said Deaver, adding how that is definitely a main goal. Others on the task list include covering their capital project expenditures for part of a fiscal year. Then there are outside obligations. “We currently have a debt service payment where the bond Covenant requires that we have a certain amount of revenue left over after our operating expens-

es in order to cover the debt service payment,” Deaver said. Another element staff considers are some reserve funds that are being paid at a minimum balance per the district reserve funds policy. The current proposed operating and capital budget, including the debt service payment, stands at $37.47 million. A breakdown of this consists of $23.1 million in operating costs; $13 million in capital projects; and, $1.3 million for debt service. In total operating expenses, there is an intended contribution of $2.3 million for the Capital Improvement Reserve Fund (CIP). For the second year in a row, there is a proposed “no rate increase” for customers. “There is no rate increase included in the current version of the budget and we’re not planning to have one when it’s adopted in June,” Deaver said. “But we are going to be starting a cost-of-service study and

that will be looking at our revenue requirements and potentially making recommendations relating to rates.” Deaver was quick to point out that she did not know if that would include a rate increase. A change in the 20142015 budget may be staff’s inability to pull $1 million from its Rate Stabilization Fund to the Capital Improvement Fund. “It was a commitment the board had made to ask staff to set aside an additional million in addition to the 2.3 million that we already set aside,” she said. As it stands, Deaver pointed out, staff will be unable to do this for two reasons. By not initiating a rate increase for a second year, the Santa Fe Irrigation District’s budget has had to absorb additional cost increases from the San Diego County Water Authority and general inflationary prices. “The other reason is that

we are adding some money back into our budget that was taken out in the 2012 budget and was never added back in again,” Deaver said. She continued, “Those are programs that we have been deferring such as meter replacements and small pipe line replacement.” Additionally, the recent declaration of water shortage conditions means that the Santa Fe Irrigation District must communicate with its customers through a public outreach and water conservation budget. “We are trying to replenish some of those line items in our budget that were cut back in 2012 and restart some of the programs that we haven’t been doing,” she said. One final item needed for the final proposed budget is San Diego County Water Authority’s exact number of their rate increase. Deaver is expecting this number sometime in May, and then, they can update the budget with that figure.

to sponsor resource fair By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — The VANC (Veterans Association of North County) and Veterans Assistance of San Diego recently teamed up to share the VANC building on Mission Avenue. On April 26 they co-sponsored the Wellness and Resource Fair as their first joint event. “The event gave us a chance to work together closely, and spread awareness of the new partnership,” Dean Dauphinais, director of veterans services for Veterans Assistance of San Diego, a division of Interfaith Community Services, said. More than 20 service providers and vendors were on hand to share information and get veterans, active duty, reserves and their families hooked up with services. “It’s a mix of state and local government agencies, as well as nonprofits

and service providers,” Dauphinais said. Dauphinais said it’s beneficial to have services in one spot for walk-in questions. “It’s always best to meet face to face with people,” he said. “You gain a lot in personal contact. When they’re right there in front of you you’re building rapport. They know we are here to help them.” “We have a duty to them after they served for us.” Yasmeen Brown, a Navy veteran, said she attended the resource fair to secure job leads. There were also education, housing, health, veterans’ advocacy and wellness services on hand to benefit veterans and civilians. “It is geared toward the active-duty military, veterans, their families

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Community Commentary

Where does open space fit in Carlsbad’s general plan? By Diane Nygaard

EUSD’s terms should enable Encinitas to purchase Pacific View without more bond debt By Lynn Marr

In attempts to dispose of Pacific View, EUSD Superintendent Tim Baird has applied pressure of a previously scheduled and still portending auction, because relevant Education Code is allegedly set to expire as of Jan. 1, 2016. We don’t know if that law would be renewed. We don’t know if any monies from the sale could go into EUSD’s general fund. That possibility seems unlikely because EUSD would have to certify to the State Allocation Board: • The district has no major deferred maintenance requirements not covered by existing capital outlay resources. • The district has no anticipated need for additional sites or building construction for the 10year period following the sale. Considering 1) current EUSD operating expenses exceed revenues (as reported by The Coast News), 2) needs for facilities improvement funds, including updating and replacing I-Pad technology, are increasing, 3) the number of temporary portable classrooms, and 4) the Encinitas Ranch school site has never been declared surplus, then it’s highly unlikely EUSD could certify Education Code requirements could be met to the State Allocation Board. If EUSD finds existing capital resources, which wouldn’t include monies from the sale of Pacific View, don’t cover revenues needed for “major deferred maintenance,” then funds for a narrowly defined “one-time-purpose” couldn’t be injected into EUSD’s General Fund. EUSD cannot guarantee the district has no anticipated building construction for the ten-year period following the sale. The city and general

public were misled that money from the sale could likely go into EUSD’s General Fund as a “one time injection.” Because that law is set to expire on Jan. 1, 2016 Baird claimed he had no choice but to ignore EUSD and Encinitas’ before ongoing closed session ad-hoc mutual subcommittees’ agreements to give the city exclusive rights of negotiation for six months. Instead EUSD immediately proceeded to notice an auction, to be held on March 25, postponed, now, until May. Baird’s decision to break off closed-session negotiations was done in the context of a Brown Act violation in that he wrongly shared with the media the city’s confidential opening bid of $4.3 million. Encinitas’ initial bid was $1 million in excess of the only appraisal for Pacific View in the current time frame and zoning, using local comps. EUSD’s recently released, $13.5 million Pacific View appraisal from June 7, 2007, isn’t current, was conditioned upon upzoning to mixed-use-commercial-residential which would now require a public vote, and was based on EUSD’s often repeated intention to exchange Pacific View for a commercial property with a revenue stream, so the Naylor Act allegedly wasn’t applicable. But the Naylor Act applies from when EUSD determined to lease the former school site to Encinitas, approved by the Trustees through Superintendent Doug DeVore on Feb. 2, 2004. Thereafter, fields and playgrounds were paved over for the City’s temporary public works yard, without noticing public agencies of our statutorily guaranteed right to purchase 30 percent of Pacific View, .85 acre, for public open space at 25 percent of fair market value for do-

nated land. To act as a good steward of public resources, including taxpayers money, of land already in the public domain, to mitigate for previous misrepresentations and Brown Act violations, Baird should now negotiate with the City to offer Pacific View for sale, with terms that EUSD shall carry the loan, for an ongoing revenue stream, for a minimum of 30 years, charging zero percent interest; the site shall remain in public/semi-public zoning in perpetuity, the Old Schoolhouse shall remain on site, and 30 percent of our land, excluding parking, would be maintained as public open space, including fields, trees, and community gardens These terms would honor the intent of the State Legislature to preserve open space on surplus school sites, and would be in alignment with traditions established by the county and other cities as described by Bill Arballo, policy also recited in previous lease agreements between EUSD and Encinitas promising “to assist each other in the process of using District and City resources efficiently, without the exchange of funds.” Although $10 million would be exchanged, allowing the city to pay the loan over 30 years at zero percent interest would provide EUSD’s desired revenue stream, enormously benefitting local school children, artists, taxpayers and future generations. Lynn Marr is a Leucadia resident.

The long awaited General Plan for the city of Carlsbad was recently released. After an investment of over three years and $1 million it should really be something worth waiting for! Certainly there are some good improvements in the GP. The Mobility Element will continue to move the city towards better pedestrian, bicycle and public transit options. The new element of Arts, History, Culture and Education will be appreciated by many. But this GP falls far short of delivering on the promises to preserve open space made in 1986 with the Growth Management Plan. It falls far short of fulfilling the current vision of its residents. What were those promises? The 1986 ballot argument for Proposition E said it: “guarantees that we will always be a low density residential community with 40 percent open space.” The Proposition E cap on the number of housing units per quadrant combined with specific performance standards for public facilities provided the assurances that the promise would be kept. Each of 25 Local Facility Management Zones was required to have a minimum 15 percent open space (excluding environmentally constrained or unbuildable land). Each quadrant was required to provide three acres of parkland for every 1,000 residents. That vision from 1986 was reinforced with the new Carlsbad Community Vision adopted in 2010. The new vision prioritizes protection and enhancement of open space. Sixty five percent of residents surveyed ranked “protecting natural habitats”

Diane Nygaard, Preserve Calavera, Oceanside

Letters To the Editor Del Mar’s parking situation worsening The Del Mar City Council is making the parking situation worse for businesses and adjacent residents. We all know parking in downtown Del Mar is already very bad — there aren’t enough parking spaces for all the visitors. In their quest for more sales tax revenue, the Council is promoting more restaurant/bars in the town by issuing 50 In-Lieu Parking Fees for parking spaces that don’t exist and likely will never be provided. That means 50 more cars being parked in the adjacent residential areas.

The property owner at 1201 Camino Del Mar has just been issued permits for 17 “in-Lieu parking spaces” required to open a restaurant/bar on the floor above the Prep Kitchen. That means a fee is paid instead of providing the new required parking. The parking spaces don’t exist and likely never will. Why would the Prep Kitchen like having more restaurant patrons vying for their existing parking spaces? Why would the adjacent residents like having 17 more cars parking in front of their residences — lowering the property values? And, if that isn’t bad enough, that same property

owner has a space next door to the Prep Kitchen advertised for rent as, you guessed it, another restaurant/bar, requiring 20 more of those in-lieu parking spaces that don’t exist and likely never will! Sounds like a “lose/ lose” for both existing restaurants (and other businesses) and adjacent residents! Shouldn’t we support an appeal to the City Council to reverse this decision, if possible? If you want to support an appeal, please contact me at artiepek@prodigy.net. Ralph Peck, Del Mar

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as their number one priority. That vision fostered active lifestyles and community health by “ furthering access to trails, parks, beaches and other recreation opportunities.” Now here we are in 2014 and someone’s vision seems to have gotten cloudy. This new GP ignores the promise of 40 percent open space — in fact there is no promise at all. Open space now becomes a general land use goal with numbers varying between 37 and 38 percent. Reducing open space to 37 percent is equivalent to losing land over 20 times the size of Alga Norte Park! It fails to address the existing shortage of parks and open space, particularly in the older parts of the city. It fails to expand parks while it adds 7,880 housing units and 22,906 residents. Some park acres are double counted. One future park, Veteran’s, is counted in all four quadrants. There is no recognition of the value of a neighborhood park — one you can walk to pushing a stroller or using a walker. In many neighborhoods the only park is a schoolyard that is now fenced and locked. Do you want a General Plan that fulfills the community vision and keeps the promises that go back to 1986? Contact us at info@preservecalavera.org or (760) 724-3887 to learn more or attend one of our community meetings. Let’s make sure the future Carlsbad lives up to the vision of its residents.


Contributing writers ChrisTina maCone-greene BianCa KaPlaneK bkaplanek@coastnewsgroup.com Promise yee Pyee@coastnewsgroup.com david Boylan e’louise ondash

franK mangio Jay Paris Photographer Bill reilly info@billreillyphotography.com Contact the Editor Tony Cagala tcagala@coastnewsgroup.com

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Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund gathers for its 2014 Grants Presentation Meeting By Christina Macone-Greene

Volunteers from left: Jane Scallan, Vivien U, and Jeanne Baker prepare for The Book Cellar’s semi-annual book sale that takes place May 2 and May 3. Courtesy photo

RSF Book Cellar preps for semi-annual sale By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — With so many brick and mortar bookstores forced to close its doors, Rancho Santa Fe’s Book Cellar remains a book lover’s hub. And its semi-annual sale, slated for May 2 and May 3, is always a much-anticipated two-day event since every item in the store is marked off 50 percent. Majority of all the books housed in The Book Cellar are gently used. “I often hear from customers how impressed they are with the diversity of books that we have and the amount of books that we have,” said Terry Weaver, manager at The Book Cellar. Weaver was a Book Cellar patron for about 20 years before she became a volunteer in 2006. Susan Appleby, Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild membership and development manager, explained that 100 percent of The Book Cellar sale proceeds go to the library guild in an effort to support its programs. And these monies are also part of the guild’s income budget. Book Cellar The opened its doors in 1985. The majority of book donations come from Rancho Santa Fe residents, but they also come from neighboring communities who want to support The Book Cellar. Its recent indoor redesign has created a welcoming ambience. “We have one lady, who comes in almost weekly and says, ‘You know, this is like my home away from home,’” said Weaver, noting how so many of their patrons feel the same way. The categories of books at The Book Cellar mimic a fine traditional bookstore. “Our number one selling books are paperback fiction with history, cooking, art, and architecture close behind,” said Weaver, noting how they even have a small section of foreign language books. The Book Cellar’s semi-annual sale is a great opportunity to stock up on a home library, locate a great new find, or even an eye-catching coffee table book. Near the entrance door of the bookstore, Weaver wants patrons to know of its

new enclosed glass cabinets of books that are higher priced, and some, considered more collectible in nature. While the volunteers help navigate patrons to the book categories they are in search for, they will also be happy to show patrons these encased items. “One of our volunteers sells some of these books in our glass cases on Amazon,” Weaver said. While the volunteers at The Book Cellar are getting their semi-annual half-price sale mailers ready, they are reminding future patrons that it’s not just books that are on sale. “Other items on sale are books on tape, books on CD, and movie DVDs,” Weaver said. “We usually have a really good turnout,” she added. Weaver continually conveys her thanks to her dedicated volunteers. And Appleby agrees. “We could not be more grateful to our volunteers for their time, contribution and effort,” Appleby said. She continued, “They are here because they love books and they love reading.” For more information about the RSF Book Cellar semi-annual half-price sale May 2 and May 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or about volunteer opportunities, call (858) 759-8421. The Book Cellar is located at 17040 Avenida de Acacias in Rancho Santa Fe.

RANCHO SANTA FE — Members of the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund gathered together at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club on April 24 to hear presentations from its 10 grant finalists. This is the last step before the women cast their final votes for their grant recipient choices. Roughly 60 members were in attendance, along with potential members. It’s also a milestone, celebrating the organizations’ 10th year in grant giving. To date, they have gifted over $2 million. Their $2,000 annual membership is the monetary fuel for these grants. “Our organization is a collective giving organization with a membership of women in Rancho Santa Fe,” said Kate Williams, Grants Chair of the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund. “Our mission is to support organizations that respond to urgent and critical needs, bold new ventures, and new approaches to time-worn problems.” The two focus areas for grant giving this year were Education and Economic Development and Social Services. Five potential grantee organizations were in each category. Five of the Education and Economic Development categories included programs for low-income after-school kindergarten children, parenting skills for those who have children in tutoring, and the buying of a service truck to help troubled youth learn construction skills, and more. A handful of Social Services programs presented were teaming high-risk youth with mentors from corporations or universities, a piece of medical equipment for seriously ill and special needs children named “belly bands” to help keep IVs in place, and a transportation program for children undergoing cancer treatments to help families during those difficult times. Each candidate had a 10-minute presentation. Names of these potential grant candidates are not

Victoria Hanlon, Advisory Chair and Kate Williams, Grants Chair of the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club for its 2014 Grants Presentation Meeting. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

released to the media, Williams said. The final grantee organizations will officially be announced after the votes are cast. Early May is the target media announcement date. Before candidates reach this final phase, members of the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund follow a precise protocol. After the “Letters of Interest” are received in September, about 12 to 15 volunteers are appointed to 2 work groups dedicated to each focus group. Following the first review of letters, they then choose 20 letters for each group. In January, the women request a full proposal with financial details for the intended grant. Cuts are then made to 10 in each focus category and then down to 7, in each. Williams said in the month of March, they visit the 14 sites for potential grantees. “Now, here we are with 10 potential grant recipients, 5 from each work group, and this is a chance for them to

present it in front of our members,” Williams said “After this meeting, members will vote through to next week which will determine who receives a grant in May.” Last year, the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund gave six grants. To date, Williams said they have about 125 members and are always looking for fellow Rancho Santa Fe women to join who are passionate about supporting organizations through philanthropic efforts. The Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund is a donor advised fund of the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation.

“They have a membership due and from that fee, they make grants from their fund,” said Sue Pyke, Donor Services Director at the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation. The Foundation plays an administrative role by holding the funds and writing checks after the grant decisions have been made. Pyke also calls this “time of year” an exciting one. “Since 2004, these women have granted over $2 million into the community and that is really a significant impact on peoples’ lives through the nonprofit organizations that they support,” Pyke said.


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An advisory committee of eight members will help work on the master plan for the development of the Shores property. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

8 advisors chosen to help plan Shores park By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — It had the potential to be a lengthy and controversial process. But selecting members for the Shores Advisory Committee could almost have been a consent calendar item at the April 21 meeting. Council members opted early on to form an advisory committee to help master plan the development of the Shores property, a 5.3-acre site bordered by Camino del Mar, Ninth Street and Stratford Court that the city bought from the Del Mar Union School District in 2008 for $8.5 million. A few years later the parcel — one of the last remaining open spaces in the city — divided residents on how it should be used until a master plan was created. Council members eventually adopted a compromise policy that was amenable to most parties involved, including dog owners and those who wanted an animal-free park such as families with small children and sports teams. With the master planning process finally under way, the city advertised for members in February who could balance the different community interests, be objective and unbiased when

weighing the competing stakeholder perspectives; and be committed to overseeing the process to ensure it adequately prioritized the competing park uses. By the Feb. 28 deadline, 23 people applied for the seven positions. Council members waived a traditional policy of interviewing each candidate and instead reviewed all applications and submitted their top seven choices to the city’s administrative services director. The plan was to have council members interview the top 10 candidates — or more if there were ties — and select seven. A list of 11 people was compiled but three declined to participate for personal reasons or because they had a conflict of interest, such as living or owning property within 500 feet of the site. Rather than eliminate just one candidate, Mayor Lee Haydu suggested changing the initial plan and allowing the final eight applicants to serve. Her colleagues agreed. Sissy Allsebrook, Kathy Asciutto, Gerry Coleman, Judd Halenza, Nathan McCay, Art Olson, Tom Sohn and Piper Underwood were appointed to the advisory committee.

RSF Women’s Fund members, Susan Danton and Pat Amtower, collecting formal wear and accessories at their April 24 gathering at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

Women from the RSF Women’s Fund take part in the Armed Forces Ball Gown Giveaway By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — During the month of November, Camp Pendleton has a host of elegant Marine Corps Balls for their active service personnel and veterans. But for some, attending these black tie venues may not become a reality if they don’t have the funds to purchase formal eveningwear. This year, the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund decided to embrace this cause and take part in the Ball Gown Giveaway sponsored by the Armed Services YMCA in Camp Pendleton. “We were looking for nonprofit agendas and things we could help out with which did not involve a grant process,” said Susan Danton, member of the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund. “This is not a grant

from the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s fund but we are doing this as part of our volunteer committee -- we wanted to let our members know that we’ll collect the items and deliver them out to Camp Pendleton.” No financial donation is involved. On the list of things needed are evening gowns, tuxedos, handbags, shoes, and jewelry. Generally, those seeking evening garments are in their mid-twenties. Danton wants people to know that it’s not just the members of her club that can help. The Rancho Santa Fe community can join together to help build their inventory for a spectacular delivery to Camp Pendleton. And they have a few months to reach this goal. According to the

Armed Services YMCA, Sept. 20 is the date slated for the actual Ball Gown Giveaway event. Created in 2002, the event has grown substantially. Suzanne Tabrum, director of events and community relations of the Armed Services YMCA, said last year they served 600 ladies and gentlemen. “We started this because it was compulsory for the marines and sailors to go to an annual ball, but their spouses weren’t attending because they couldn’t afford to buy a new dress,” Tabrum said. She continued, “We started the event to alleviate that so these young spouses could go to the ball.” Last year, Tabrum said they received a donation of 2,800 dresses and 200 tuxedos and suits. The need for

male suits and tuxedos has increased over the years. Left over evening garments are donated to nearby military bases for their annual formals. Tabrum describes the event as a successful one and they love doing it since it gives them an opportunity to give back to the military community. Likewise, it gives community volunteers another avenue to help. “And I look forward to working with the ladies from the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund,” Tabrum said. And Tabrum isn’t the only one. Danton cannot wait to see what the actual Ball Gown Giveaway day will be like. “I have been told they bring men and women, 50 at a time, and they get 30 minutes to shop to select a dress or tuxedo to try on,” she said, adding how volunteer seamstresses are on hand to do the tailoring. Over the years, the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund has helped the local military because it’s so prevalent in San Diego. “We have done grants which assist in the military and support services, to active duty, and veterans,” Danton said. “And the Ball Gown Giveaway just seemed like a wonderful extension of that.” For those interested in donating gently used, dry cleaned gowns, tuxedos or suits, and evening accessories, please contact the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund to schedule a drop off time at (858) 756-6557 or email womensfund@rsffoundation.org .

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Encinitas City Council hears overview on building soundwalls By Jared Whitlock

A drawing showing proposed roundabouts on the Birmingham Drive freeway interchange. Image courtesy of Caltrans

Roundabouts proposed as part of Birmingham Dr. revamp By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — Plans to revamp a freeway interchange at Birmingham Drive include building a roundabout at both the northbound and southbound Interstate 5 on-ramp. Along with the roundabouts, the sidewalk on the freeway interchange would be widened, the northbound on-ramp would be reconfigured and a park-and-ride lot in the area would be expanded. Ed Deane, senior civil engineer with the city, said the roundabouts are designed to improve traffic flow in the area. With the lack of traffic calming devices on the interchange, cars “sometimes aren’t sure how to proceed,” Deane said. Not far from Birmingham Drive, another roundabout is proposed at MacKinnon Avenue. Also, the overpass at MacKinnon would be realigned so it’s perpendicular to the freeway. The projects are part of Caltrans’ $6.5 billion package of freeway, street and rail improvements for the I-5 corridor. Funding would come from a mixture of federal and state sources. The cost of the two Birmingham roundabouts is loosely estimated at $1.6 million, according to Dean.

An estimate for the other improvements could not be obtained by press time. In August, the California Coastal Commission will decide whether to OK the I-5 package. If approved, work could begin on phase one projects, including the Bir-

It’s tough to walk in the area right now because there’s not much sidewalk.” Tess Radmill Executive Director, Cardiff 101 MainStreet

mingham roundabouts, as early as next summer. Phase two projects, like adding spaces to the park-and-ride lot, would take place from 2020 to 2030. Currently, the city is collecting comments from residents at council meetings regarding various parts of the I-5 corridor project. Residents can also email input to the city’s Planning Department at mstrong@encinitasca.gov. Those comments will be

summarized and presented to Caltrans in the next two months. Based on feedback from the city, Caltrans could alter its I-5 corridor plan prior to going before the Coastal Commission, according to Mike Strong, associate planner with the city. So far, Strong said the city has received around 30 emails regarding the Birmingham roundabouts. Most have been in favor. Tess Radmill, executive director of Cardiff 101 Main Street, noted the Cardiff 101 board voted to support the roundabouts on Tuesday. She said the roundabouts would likely alleviate buildup on Birmingham during peak traffic hours. Also, Radmill added the plan to widen the sidewalk to 12 feet on both sides of the interchange would improve walkability. “It’s tough to walk in the area right now because there’s not much sidewalk,” Radmill said. Cardiff 101 also looks forward to other traffic-calming improvements on Villa Cardiff, she added. Resident Barbara Cobb said currently not many are aware of the proposed roundabouts. “My hope is more people become aware and make their feelings known,” Cobb said.

ENCINITAS — Some homeowners could find relief from the increasing din of Interstate 5 in the future. The City Council received an overview on Wednesday night of proposed soundwalls designed to shield the noise from the I-5 widening project. The agenda item was part of an ongoing update on construction projects associated with the expansion. From north of the Leucadia Boulevard interchange to south of the Encinitas Boulevard interchange, Caltrans plans to erect soundwalls ranging from 8 to 16 feet tall over the next two decades. Ed Deane, senior civil engineer, said the soundwalls aim to decrease noise levels by at least five decibels for surrounding buildings and homes. The proposed locations of soundwalls are based on which areas are louder than recommended standards. And the threshold varies depending on the type of development. So, if an area overlooking the freeway is compromised of homes, soundwalls are prescribed if noise measures over 67 decibels from a backyard. Noise shouldn’t exceed 52 decibels from the inside of a school, Deane noted. If noise measures beyond those standards, planners examine the topography of the land and whether it could accommodate a soundwall. Property ownership is also considered. Mike Strong, associate planner with the city, said Caltrans looks to build soundwalls in the publicright-of-way. On private property, it’s up to the owner if a sound wall could go there. Resident Richard Julian, who lives on Nolbey Drive, said he’s disappointed that a planned soundwall in Cardiff wouldn’t cover his

A soundwall is proposed near this spot, which is north of Leucadia Boulevard. The council received an overview of potential soundwalls in Encinitas on Wednesday. Photo by Jared Whitlock

neighborhood. He’s spent thousands of dollars on double pane windows, and neighbors have done the same. “We hear that freeway 24/7,” Julian said. “We all enjoy getting on the freeway and utilizing that amenity,” he added. “At the same time, we shoulder a lot of the responsibilities for increasing the capacity of the freeway.” Four other public speakers also supported extending a soundwall to Nolbey Drive. Those who want to comment on the soundwalls can email Strong at mstrong@encinitasca.gov. Feedback from the public and council will be presented to Caltrans and the California Coastal Commission in hopes the plan is amended. In August, the Coastal Commission will decide whether to adopt Caltrans’ I-5 corridor plan. It calls for adding four express lanes — two in each direction — between La Jolla and Oceanside. The lanes would be open to buses, carpoolers, motorcycles and solo

drivers willing to pay a fee. Councilwoman Kristin Gaspar proposed a city mailer in the next month to let more residents know about the impacts of the I-5 widening. Doing so will give people the chance to weigh in before the plan goes before the Coastal Commission, she added. Council will consider the mailer sometime next month. In the meantime, the city is informing people about the project through its digital newsletter and on its website.

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Lack of IDs an issue for recently released offenders By Rachel Stine

REGION — Accessing social services quickly after being released from county jail or state prison can make the difference between an offender successfully reentering the community or going back into custody, according to many local reentry experts. For this reason, a wealth of San Diego County agencies and nonprofits are geared towards connecting released offenders to a variety of social services, employment opportunities, and benefits. But service providers, the American Civil Liberties Union, and other local reentry stakeholders have realized that many individuals released from incarceration are unable to access these services for lack of one simple thing: a valid, government-issued picture ID. “Without an ID as you come out, you are not going to be able to access

any type of services from Medi-Cal to CalFresh to employment to social security,” said Charlene Autolino, chair of the San Diego Reentry Roundtable. “It’s a Catch-22 for those who are coming out into the community.” The San Diego Reentry Roundtable is a countywide forum that promotes the successful and safe return of offenders to the community. The group is made up of representatives from the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, former inmates, and social service providers. The Roundtable started to address the issue of picture IDs when its service provider members began to report that this was becoming a significant barrier for the reentry population. “When (inmates) get out, there’s no way we can link them with anything if they don’t have an ID,” explained Dr. Mona Minton,

When (inmates) get out, there’s no way we can link them with anything if they don’t have an ID.” Dr. Mona Minton Program director

the program director of Project In-Reach, and a Reentry Roundtable member. “ID is the first step to any transition.” Project In-Reach helps jail inmates prepare for reentering the community by addressing substance abuse and mental health issues and connecting them with community resources.

Minton said that almost 80 percent of Project In-Reach clients lack adequate ID when they are released. Inmates are lacking official IDs for a variety of reasons, according to a report by the Reentry Roundtable. Some individuals are arrested without an ID in their possession, while others release their ID to a family member or friend who then misplaces it. For many inmates, their IDs expire while they serve their sentences. The sheriff’s department doesn’t provide any mechanisms for San Diego County jail inmates to obtain picture IDs before release. Those who are released from prison often lack IDs as well. In numerous cases, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will destroy an offender’s ID when the person enters prison. The problem with offenders lacking government IDs is not new to the county. “It’s been an issue forever. As far back as you can think, people have used IDs for everything,” said Kellen Russoniello, the health and drug policy attorney for the ACLU in San Diego. Yet the issue has become more prevalent in San Diego now because of the state’s prison realignment. More offenders are serving their time in county jails instead of state prison and inmates from state prisons are being released to county supervision. As a result, there are more offenders relying on county services upon release. And unless an offender has family or friends helping out, it’s practically impossible for a person to ob-

tain a valid ID upon release on their own, Minton said. Without money, an individual cannot utilize public transportation to get to a DMV to obtain a new ID, she explained. Reduced-fare transit passes are available, but they too require an ID. While some organizations, including Project InReach will help offenders obtain IDs from the DMV upon release, not all agencies have the time or funds to so do. The Reentry Roundtable brought the problem before San Diego’s Community Corrections Partnership on April 21. The CCP is charged with addressing the needs of realigned offenders and reducing recidivism. Chief Probation Officer Mack Jenkins leads the committee, which also includes the Sheriff, the head of the Health and Human Services Agency, and other officials involved in adult criminal justice. “This is a serious problem,” said Judge David Danielson, the presiding judge of San Diego Superior Courts, at the meeting. “I don’t think anyone disputes the need for access to a valid picture ID at the earliest opportunity.” Jenkins directed the matter to the CCP’s steering committee for analysis on how the county could provide picture IDs to inmates who are soon to be released or those who are released from state prison to county supervision. “It’s really a systemic issue,” said Jenkins. But he expressed optimism that the CCP will be able to address the problem. “I do believe it’s solvable,” he said. An update from the steering committee is expected at the next CCP meeting in July.

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Proposals give options for new civic center By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Based on two presentations at the April 21 meeting, a proposed new civic center should be approximately 12,700 square feet or 15,890 square feet, a difference that equates to more than $1 million in construction costs. But council members weren’t convinced the smaller, less expensive option is the way to go. “I’m not trying to create more space than we need or be overly generous, but I think at this point I’d rather lean … more towards something on the higher number,” Councilman Al Corti said. “(H)ave a little bit of room in here for flexible space or growth.” Don Councilman Mosier agreed. “I do want to make sure that we accommodate events other than just council meetings,” he said. “I’d like to have performance space, even space to display art and things to make the civic center more interesting and attractive both for residents and visitors. “My sense is that the right number will come with the design and it’s somewhere in between these,” Mosier added. “We don’t want to spend money unnecessarily, but we do want to get a product that the citizens can both be proud of and can use productively for many years. “You don’t want to get too skimpy and then in 10 years decide that there’s something else that Del Mar has to do and we don’t have the space to do it,” he said. “So I’d like to have a little bit of growth room.” Currently City Hall is housed in 8,086 square feet of space that includes offices, a trailer, the annex, the TV studio where council meetings are held, outdoor restrooms and a building that cannot be used for safety reasons. Del Mar contracted with Carrier Johnson Architects to determine how much space would be needed for the various departments and administrative offices for the city’s 22 full-time and eight part-time employees. Their analysis indicates a 10,837-square-foot building is sufficient for City Hall, with another 5,046 square feet needed for what is being called a town hall area that will include conference rooms, council chambers, the TV studio and restrooms. Carrier Johnson also TURN TO CIVIC CENTER ON A18

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M arketplace News The patient advocate By Phillip Milgram M.D.

Warning: the medical system may be hazardous to your health. From what I see developing in health care, not only will it not get better, it will get worse. You don’t want to enter the system without a competent patient advocate. The system has been destructed to take decision-making out of the hands of doctors and nurses who have dedicated years of commitment and training to the vision of caring for others and into the hands of administrators, insurance plans and pharmaceutical compa-

ity to provide care that is in the best interest of you as a patient. Doctors and nurses have been reduced to treating the chart, getting successfully through their shift, and avoiding criticism from supervisors bent on not spending money and loss mitigation, or performing unnecessary procedures when reimbursed. These days there is no knowledge of — or relationship with — you, the patient. Patient care is secondary, and continuity of care is lost. This means that nobody really knows you, where you’ve been or

Of course you can be your own advocate, but my recommendation is find a physician whose goal is your best interest. nies. Their goal is the provision of cost-effective medical care, and “a pill for each ill.” Of course you can be your own advocate, but my recommendation is to find a physician whose goal is your best interest. For example, I don’t know a distributor from an alternator. So I found a mechanic who I can trust. In many of these systems, the doctors have been stripped of their abil-

where you’re going in your treatment. To ensure you get the best care, I suggest you write — in large letters — the salient points of your past history, allergies, medications, procedures and labs with dates and results, and treatment goals. Present this to each shift doctor or nurse involved in your care. Providers are denied or delayed treatments in hopes of keeping more of the health care dollar for the controlling business-

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the parking lot of San Elijo Park Recreation Center, 1105 Elfin Forest Road, near the corner of Elfin Forest Road and San Elijo Road. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended; bring water and trail snacks. Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash. For information of hikes or the city’s trails, visit san-marcos.net or call (760) 744-9000, ext. 3535.

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men. Unnecessary procedures that are to be reimbursed by payers are abused by greedy clinicians or institutions with a blank check for care paid for by a third party they are not accountable to. Who suffers? You do! Medical mistakes affect 12 million patients per year and are the third leading cause of death in the United States (USA Today 4/18/2014). How else do you, the consumer, protect yourself? Find a doctor who cares about you and can guide you through your care. In my practice, I frequently have to counsel patients to avoid unneces-

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Author G. Michael Hopf is releasing “Sanctuary,” May 27. It’s the third in stallment of his seven part New World series. Photo by Spark Photography

Andrew Garfield stars as Spider-Man in”The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Caught in its own web Sequel falls into same trappings as film series it meant to reboot By Noah S. Lee

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” falls into the same sticky web as the previous Spider-Man film series it meant to reboot did — multiple villains, numerous storylines, a lackluster romance — and failing just as miserably. At this point I think it is safe to assume Spider-Man just doesn’t have what it takes to reignite public interest in him, given the lazy direction of this reboot series. I can’t say I’m shocked; 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” proved to be a relatively mediocre affair, and I didn’t have much hope for future chapters. And it seems my instincts were right. Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) finds himself running the gauntlet when two superhuman beings Max Dillon/Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Harry Osborn/Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan) emerge from the mega-corporation Oscorp. And on top of that, Peter’s relationship with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) is at a critical turning point since she has to choose whether to stay with him or pursue her college ambitions. As much as I disliked this film, I’ll admit that the flamboyant CG effects and action sequences have turned up a notch or two. Whether it’s the opening chase involving Spider-Man and Aleksei Sytsevich/ Rhino (Paul Giamatti in an extended cameo) or the Times Square showdown where Electro makes his debut, it would be a crime not to acknowledge the amplified intensity of these scenes. Then again, Spider-Man’s final battle with Electro and the Green Goblin does tend to overwhelm the eyes, even for someone accustomed to gigantic visuals. But even a web of action-packed spectacle isn’t enough to save “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” from falling into the same “Spider-Man 3” hole — and it’s a real shame history has to repeat itself. Director Marc Webb’s follow-up is crowded with several big storylines and has a tough time juggling all of them. We have Peter’s relation-

Jamie Foxx is Max Dillon, who is later transformed into Electro. Photo by Niko Tavernise

ship with Gwen and the mystery surrounding his parents’ disappearance (which takes a backseat to everything else), as well as subplots revolving around Harry Osborn and Electro. From the looks of it, the film’s ability to multitask gets pushed beyond limits, causing the narrative to stretch itself too thin. Peter and Gwen’s romance can’t make up its mind as to what direction it intends to follow, and this troubling development is worsened by the fact that the film plays up the awkward conversations to the point where they become wooden. Andrew Garfield didn’t convince me he was the web-slinging superhero two years ago, and he still hasn’t won me over. Why? Well, that’s because his performance is still same old-same old. Emma Stone isn’t quite as stodgy as her male co-star; she brings a certain level of ambitious independence to Gwen that you’d expect to rescue this film from its disastrous outcome. But she, too, falls under the spell of stilted awkwardness and doesn’t develop her character in a way that would make her more than just your typical comic book love interest. And to make matters worse, Electro’s origins and purpose are nothing special. Director Webb tries and fails to justify his existence by

having him stick around to show off his powers. As for Harry Osborn, a.k.a. the Green Goblin…well, that’s another story. The film’s portrayals of Electro and the Green Goblin fail to generate much interest in either of them. Jamie Foxx looks flashy when he becomes this living electrical generator, but when he takes a stab at imbuing this “nobody” with substance, his motivations come off as unconvincing. And while Dane DeHaan, who plays Harry Osborn, turns in a solid performance, his transformation into the Green Goblin is mistimed; it would’ve been better if director Webb had saved that villainous alter-ego for a later film. This isn’t the summer blockbuster to whisk you away. As a repetition of the blunders made by “Spider-Man 3” and a disappointment in its own right, it’s the complete opposite of satisfying entertainment. Take my word for it. MPAA rating: PG-13 for stylized action violence. Run time: 2 hours and 22 minutes Playing: In general release

Fascinated by the post apocalypse By Tony Cagala

RANCHO SANTA FE — As an 18-year-old he was a Marine, who would serve in Operation Desert Storm; later he would become a real estate agent, and after that a diver where he’d clean potable water tanks. Now, G. Michael Hopf is a bestselling author. Hopf, who turns 44 later this year, is about to release the third installment of his seven part “New World” series, about a group people trying to survive in a post apocalyptic world. “Sanctuary,” (Penguin) scheduled for release May 27 follows his first two novels, “The End” and “The Long Road.” In rewrites now, Hopf will be releasing the series’ fourth book, “The Line of Departure,” later this winter.

“Sanctuary” will be available at amazon.com, Barnes & Noble May 27.

as far as they’ve served in Afghanistan and Iraq and definitely the combat that I experienced was far less intense, I would say, than What drew you to becoming what those guys experienced. a Marine? There’s always three reasons for why I think Do you think those experipeople join the service: I ences influenced your writthink that either they have ing style at all? I’ve been described as a very strong patriotic duty that’s embedded in them, to kind of an action adventure those that are just looking writer. I’m very pithy about for somehow to pay for col- how I have things, the aclege and find some kind of tion leads up to things… I career, and then there are don’t describe a scene that those people that I think takes 10 pages to do so. I are out there to seek adven- think the American reader, specifically, reads difture. ferently than they used to. If I were going to describe Which one were you? I had a mix of two. I a baseball stadium, you alhad a mix — my old man ready have a visual because was a Marine and so I was you’ve probably been to a just kind of raised with the baseball stadium, I don’t value system that it’s about need to go into graphic decountry — and then also I tail like writers had to do had an adventurous streak 100 years ago. in me when I was younger. I knew that the Marines Was that something that could offer me something came naturally to you? I would say that came that other services didn’t and so I joined straight in as naturally to me. I didn’t dean infantryman, and even liberately do it that way. It though I had the grades wasn’t my past experiencand the schooling and what- es that created that — you not to do something else, I know, I can’t say that…I can’t necessarily say that it wanted to be a grunt. was my past experiences 20 How much of your “New years ago. I can’t. World” series is based on what you’ve experienced as The future you write about is obviously very scary and a combat Marine? There’s definitely some chaotic. Do you see your of it in there; I also know books as a warning of sorts? Yeah, absolutely. The a lot of guys that were in combat, some that are acTURN TO SANCTUARY ON A18 tually more contemporary

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The fame could have spelled the end for Old 97’s The Old 97’s are performing at the Belly Up May 8. Photo by Eric Ryan Anderson By Alan Sculley


or 21 years, the Old 97’s — one of the trailblazers of the entire Americana music scene — have been putting out consistently good albums, playing their hearts out on stage and being rewarded with a respectable and loyal following. The band has deserved better — more popularity, more airplay, even more acclaim for its unvarnished blend of punkish rock and hard-twanging country. But frontman Rhett Miller is happy where things stand with his band — and believes major stardom might have been a problem for the band. “I think if at some point we had had the kind of huge hit that changed everybody’s lifestyle and took all of the sort of monetary pressure off of the work (we could have become complacent),” Miller said in a late-April phone interview.

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MAY 2 SHAKESPEARE AT HAND Enjoy a production of “The Tempest” at 7 p.m. May 2 and May 3 at the Schulman Auditorium at the Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. MAY 4 FIRST SUNDAY MUSIC Friends of the Encinitas Library present its free First Sunday Music Series 2 to 3 p.m. May 4 at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, with the Box Canyon Band - Steve Spiker on lead vocal and guitar, Jim Henderson on 5-string banjo and vocals, Eric Bentley on up-

“I think that could have spelled the end of me as a writer who’s constantly searching for the next truth or the next great two and a half minute pop song. It would have perhaps spelled the end of my band and our work ethic and our just desire to prove wrong the people that don’t believe we can (bleeping) do this for real.” The Old 97’s sound plenty motivated on their new album, “Most Messed Up.” In fact, it’s perhaps the best album in a career that has featured 10 studio albums — many of which were better than good. That said, chances are the new Old 97’s album, “Most Messed Up” won’t turn the group into stars, either. At least in its unedited form, the new songs are unlikely to be played on the radio thanks to the frequent use of F-bombs and other salty language and

some unquestionably adult themes. The sort of candor and colorful language littered throughout “Most Messed Up” is a new twist for singer/guitarist Miller, the band’s primary songwriter. What he and bandmates — bassist/vocalist Murry guitarist Hammond, Ken Bethea, and drummer Philip Peeples — have created is a musically raucous look at the ups and downs of the rock and roll lifestyle that’s often funny, frequently dark, and above all, unusually authentic. Being willing to be blunt and use all variations of F-bombs and other expletives — a move that brings a gritty authenticity to the songs on “Most Messed Up” – didn’t come easy for Miller, who admitted he was always concerned with pleasing others and making good impressions. But a song-

writing session with Nashville-based tunesmith John McElroy sent Miller down the path that eventually produced the dozen songs on “Most Messed Up.” McElroy offered Miller the observation that “I think your audience would really like it if you walked out on stage and said f***.” “There were two things in that suggestion that he made,” Miller said. “There was the suggestion that you give up the idea of properness. And then there’s also the suggestion that it’s important to consider what the audience would like, and not in any kind of calculated swarmy way. I’m not going to try to write hit songs or become Justin Bieber. But our audience, what does our audience appreciate? What would they really like, and it occurred to me I had already written the song

‘Wasted,’ and that’s sort of a thesis statement about this life as a choice that you make to live this crazy, circus sort of Peter Pan existence, where you never grow up and you go from town to town, shaking your ass for money. I thought a lot about that.” Miller and McElroy put that idea to practice, writing the song “Nashville,” a fairly dark song leavened by some vicious humor. Miller was energized by what was starting to take shape. “The idea that I could really write both honestly and specifically about this life and this lifestyle and this career was wildly liberating. It was so great,” Miller said. Other than a few overdubs and some guitar and vocal parts added by guest Tommy Stinson of the Replacements, “Most Messed Up” was recorded live in

the studio, giving the album the raw and rowdy feel it deserved. The band figures to play several songs from “Most Messed Up,” now that the album has been released. Miller is confident the new songs will work well within a set that he expects could include upwards of 30 songs. “We’ve had a few records (in the past) where the majority of the new songs from the record were quieter, more contemplative,” Miller said. “Those are a lot harder to plop into the set and they’re a lot less fun to pull out as a new song on crowd. So this record’s going to be a lot easier to integrate into the set, not only because the songs are fun, but also because the songs sonically really harken back to some of our earliest stuff (from albums like) ‘Hitchhike to Rhome’ and ‘Too Far To Care.’”

right bass, Lou Shrinkle on mandolin and vocals. For more information, call (760) 753-7376 or visit encinitaslibfriends.org. STUDENTS’ BEST Enjoy the MiraCosta College classical Student Showcase and Recital, at 3 p.m. May 4, in the Concert Hall, Bldg. 2400. General admission, $10. Tickets at miracosta. edu/buytix or (760) 7956815. ARTWALK Visit the ArtWalk, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4, sponsored by Old California Restaurant Row, 1080 W San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos, along with the regular Farmers Market. MAY 5 JAM SESSION A MiraCosta College Jazz & Commercial Music Showcase/Faculty–Student Jam will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 5 in Studio A, Bldg.

2200. General admission, $10. Tickets at miracosta. edu/buytix or (760) 7956815. OFF NIGHTS AT REP On Monday and Tuesday Off Nights at the North Coast Repertory Theatre presents “It's A Good Day: A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee” in a new reading series at 7:30 p.m. May 5 and May 6. Tickets $20 online at northcoastrep.org. MAY 6 MUSEUM TALK Oceanside Museum of Art hosts a Jean Wells “Walk & Talk” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 6, about the process behind her complex mosaic sculptures on view in “Icons of Desire” at 704 Pier View Way Oceanside. MAY 7 Visit the Carlsbad Oceanside Art League art show May 7 through June 1 including the annual Chil-

dren’s Art Show. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 101, Carlsbad. Call (760) 434-8497 or visit coalartgallery.com. MAY 8 Enjoy Dance Break 2014, an informal presentation by students in MiraCosta College’s dance classes is at 7:30 p.m. May 8, May 9 and May 10 and at 2 p.m. May 11 in Theatre, Bldg. 2000, Oceanside Campus. General admission, $15; seniors/staff, $12; students, $10. Call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6526 or 6302. MAY 9 HONK! The Star Theatre Coast Kids presents “Honk!” based on Hans Christian Andersen’s "The

Ugly Ducking," Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.and Sundays at 2 p.m. May 9 through May 18 at the STAR Theatre Oceanside, 402 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Tickets are $18 online at startheatre.biz/ STCK_NOW_SHOWING MAY 10 PLAYING THE BLUES Local guitarist Robin Henkel will play the solo blues, 8 to 11 p.m. May 10 at Zel's Del Mar, 1247 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 1247 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar MARK THE CALENDAR SUMMER CLASSES New Village Arts offers intensive acting courses this summer for teens serious about theater. They include Acting 1:Contemporary July 7,Acting 2:Classical July 14 and Kids Act: “Rikki Tikki Tavi” July 23, Kids Act: Teen Improv Camp

July 21, Kids Act: Going on Stage July 24 and Kids Act: Verdi July 28. To register, visit newvillagearts.org. JOHNNY MATHIS Tickets are available now to hear Johnny Mathis at 7:30 p.m. June 28 in the Events Center at Pala Casino Spa & Resort, 11154 Highway 76, Pala. Tickets are $90, $80, $70, $55 with no service charge, at the Pala box office, or call (877) 946-7252, at Star Tickets, or at startickets. com. ‘DID YOU SAY CHICKEN?’ San Marcos Arts Council is coordinating its first annual Chicken Parade interactive art event this summer, July through September 2014. Business and Artist applications are being accepted through May 20. To apply or be involved, Sa n M a rcosA r tsC ou nci l. com.


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This draft has a different feel for O’Connell sports talk jay paris Kevin O’Connell is feeling a draft. Even if it’s tardy. “With it being pushed back two weeks, everybody is a little anxious,’’ O’Connell said. O’Connell isn’t worried about his landing spot. He had a five years in the NFL after being San Diego State and La Costa Canyon High’s quarterback. Instead of barking signals he’s wondering where his charges will sign. O’Connell, a 2008 third-round pick of the Patriots, is fresh off a 10-week stint of tutoring prospects with quarterback guru George Whitfeld. Among the group absorbing O’Connell’s smarts was Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel. O’Connell’s task was improving players’ stock as they prepared for the NFL Combine and their pro days. A good showing in those auditions can lead to an attractive draft slot and lucrative contract. O’Connell, a Carlsbad resident, instructed his pupils as much off the field as on it. There were sessions in the classroom dissecting various offenses, deciphering defenses and how to have a presence when the teams do their eye-ball test with interviews.

If Manziel and crew come off as smooth as O’Connell, their cell phones should ping early on May 8. O’Connell always had the look of an NFL quarterback: 6-foot-5, 225 pounds with a demeanor oozing with confidence and accountability. Now when he’s not improving others, he educates fans viewing games he as an ESPN analyst. “I love talking football,’’ said O’Connell, who’s part of The Mighty 1090 radio’s draft coverage. Manziel, though, arrived at O’Connell’s feet with static. Along with his Heisman Trophy he won as a freshman, Johnny Football is a polarizing figure: either loved or loathed. “I had never met Johnny before we started working together so I had a complete open mind to help him out anyway I could,’’ O’Connell said. ”And he was one of the most enjoyable players to work with that I’ve been around. From day one, he had the motivation and his commitment to the process was outstanding.’’ What O’Connell provided was the nuances of his career, which saw him play in five different offenses. But something else impressed Manziel after his phone rang and O’Connell’s ex-teammate was on the line. “Thanks for setting that up,’’ a giddy Manziel told O’Connell after speaking with Tom Brady. “That was really cool.’’

O’Connell shrugged. “I had nothing to do with it,’’ he said. But O’Connell had plenty to do with getting Manziel right, so he can do likewise for his future team. “He wanted to continue to grow and learn the NFL game,’’ O’Connell said. Predicting where Manziel is drafted is a crap shot. O’Connell speculates it’ll be in the first round, he’s just not sure where. Although he’s certain that Manziel is special. “With his skill-set, and ability to make plays, if he can combine that into a more traditional offense at the NFL level, I think the sky is the limit for him,’’ O’Connell said. O’Connell’s take on the Chargers selecting at No. 25? “I think there’s no question they’re looking at adding a player on the defensive side of the ball,’’ O’Connell said. “And they are at a great spot for a lot of reasons.’’ The Browns, in the market for a quarterback, are at No. 26. If neglecting to fill that void with their No. 4 pick, and a compelling quarterback is available, the Chargers might demand a heavy ransom. The Chargers could peddle their pick and still get a solid cornerback, linebacker or nose tackle later. “This is a draft with so much depth at so many positions of need for the Changers,’’ O’Connell said. “They can trade back and add picks.’’ Subtracting football knowledge from the savvy O’Connell is always a plus. Hopefully Manziel and others were paying attention. Contact Jay Paris at jparis8@aol.com. Follow him on Twitter at jparis_sports.

Surfer Taylor Knox, pictured, and personal trainer Paul Hiniker have teamed up to create SURFfit, a fitness DVD geared towards action sports athletes. Courtesy photo

Surfer, trainer team up for series of fitness DVDs By Tony Cagala

Taylor Knox is busier than ever since retiring from professional surfing in 2012. Even though he’s no longer on tour he’s still traveling to some of the best surf spots in the world going on photo shoots to being a part owner of Saint Archer Brewery, to raising his family in Carlsbad. And now he can add fitness instructor to his growing list of accomplishments with the creation of SURFfit. Knox, along with North County personal trainer Paul Hiniker, have released the first in a series of fitness DVDs aimed at providing a quick but active exercise routine using “functional integrated training.” They’re hoping a second SURFfit DVD with Knox will be released later this year, and the series is anticipated to continue into the future featuring more exercises and other professional men and women action sports athletes.


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Why did you see the need to create a fitness DVD? I just felt like there’s a lot of surfers out there that are really into their fitness and trying to become a better surfer. Age doesn’t have too much to do with it, with me. I know I can get better and better; I feel young, by body feels like it can do a bunch of dynamic stuff so, it was basically, let’s develop something that’s really good for your core. Because I think that has a lot to do with surfing and just overall strength without becoming big and bulky.

have been over five years ago.

Being as busy as you are, how are you still able to maintain that fitness routine? It’s one of those things where I knew that we’d have to develop something that I could easily do in a hotel room or while I’m traveling. That’s why it’s so cool. You can do this work out in a hotel room or in a park. You just deflate the (Swedish exercise) ball, put it in your travel bag; blow it up when you get there. And you just get an incredible work out Are you seeing other surf anywhere you are. professionals heading towards producing fitness How were you and Paul DVDs, or is this something able to cut down the exerpretty new? cise routine to just 21 minThis is pretty new. utes? Was that a difficult There’s been some yoga process? ones and there’s been You know it wasn’t. a couple of other little Paul, he’s got 12 or 14 exDVDs, but I didn’t feel like ercises in the video, but it was done properly — we have a couple hundred. production wise, and just So it was just about pacing being thorough and very ourselves. We’re releasing specific to those muscle it out in sequence, so anygroups — whether you’re one who got the first one, doing skateboarding, it goes in connection with snowboarding, surfing, it’s the second one. We have really a great board sport an endless supply of that workout. kind of stuff. How much do you attribute your fitness to the longevity of your career? It’s everything. I wouldn’t be in the same position or even enjoying my career. I think it would

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Financial review over golf course contracts warrants changes, committee finds subcommittee conducted a thorough review of financial statements and determined a forensic audit isn’t needed.

Golf authority’s chairman resigns By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — The council recommended at last week’s meeting that the board overseeing the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course should seek competitive bids for contracts and regularly report finances to the city. Last fall, residents raised fiscal oversight concerns at the course, which is run by the independent board Encinitas Ranch Golf Authority. As a result, a council subcommittee made up of Council members Tony Kranz and Lisa Shaffer reviewed ERGA finances over the course of four meetings. They presented their findings to council April 16, including a recommendation that the contract for managing the course on a day-today basis should go out to bid once the current agreement expires in seven years. That’s in response to ERGA awarding a 10-year contract to JC Resorts in 2010 without competitive bids. Shaffer said JC Resorts’ fees compare favorably with other golf course management contracts, but competitive bidding should be followed as a best practice in the future. Shaffer added that if competitive bidding is in place, it’s likely JC Resorts would be chosen again. “We’re not saying throw JC Resorts out,” Shaffer said. “We’re saying go through the right process.” The council also suggested that management contracts last five years, with the option to extend, instead of 10 years. While ERGA’s five-member board includes City Manager Gus Vina and two city employees, council doesn’t have jurisdiction over the group. ERGA will consider the recommendations separately in the upcoming months, the board agreed on April 22. The board will do so without Bill Dean, who resigned from his volunteer position as ERGA chairman the day after the council meeting. He did not respond to an email request to comment. In the aftermath, an ERGA ad-hoc committee will search for a replacement to Dean. Council members voted 3-2 to recommend replacing Dean. Several ERGA actions from 2007 to 2009 ignored a development agreement that governs the golf course, and

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The council recommended better tracking for Encinitas Ranch Golf Course Authority finances in response to residents’ concerns at last week’s council meeting. Courtesy photo

Dean was part of the board’s decisions, Kranz said. He added that deviations from the agreement should have been brought before the council. “This is not a witch hunt; this is just let’s have a fresh start,” Kranz said. Deputy Mayor Mark Muir disagreed, saying Dean alone shouldn’t be held responsible for ERGA’s actions. “The success or failure isn’t dependent on one person,” Muir said. In response, Shaffer said the subcommittee proposed removing all ERGA board members who served from 2007 to 2009; it just so happens Dean is the only one still serving. Earlier in the meeting, Shaffer elaborated on ERGA ignoring the development agreement, a document that the city and developer Carltas drafted in 1995. “The good news is that the financial irregularities do not appear to be motivated by personal financial motives,” Shaffer said. “We did not find anybody corrupt. The bad news is that the requirements of the development agreement were consciously ignored without seeking the consent of the parties to the agreement.” In 2008, ERGA voted to place $114,300 into its reserves, when the development agreement specifies those funds should have gone to the city’s general fund, according to the subcommittee’s report. Ultimately, it’s unlikely the action had a net impact on the city’s general fund or Carltas’ bottom line, the subcommittee found. Prior to 2007, Carltas was entitled to roughly $114,300, but didn’t claim the money then and the funds went to the city’s general fund.

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Still, the report states ERGA deviated from the development agreement and did not get council approval. Consequently, the public was left in the dark. After an audit in 2011, ERGA once again resumed normal accounting practices, and so further issues are unlikely to occur, according to the report. To make sure there’s better communication going forward, the council recommended that ERGA provide semi-annual reports with budget information and revenue distribution to the council. The subcommittee also examined a controversial contingency fund ERGA created in 2011 to pay for golf course improvements during the recession. The contingency fund resulted in ERGA paying less money to a CFD (community facility district) bond payment. So, about 1,000 homeowners had to contribute more in property taxes to the CFD bond payment.

ERGA board members cies and deviations over the have defended the contin- years,” Sodomka said. However, Kranz said the gency fund, stating it will improve the golf course over the long term. Ultimately, this means more revenue to pay into the CFD bond and other funds, they have said. The subcommittee didn’t have any recommendations in this area. And its report noted homeowner groups appreciated further explanation about the contingency fund. Dick Stern, president of the Encinitas Ranch Community Association, said he appreciated the council subcommittee looking into the matter, noting he agreed with all of the recommendations. Resident Gerald Sodomka said the subcommittee report didn’t go far enough. He argued the city needs a forensic audit for ERGA, which council didn’t support. “I strongly believe that in order to avoid any of these kinds of problems in the future, it’s necessary to examine all the inconsisten-




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always been fascinated by ‘What if?’ If this happens, then what happens from genre, itself specifically, that? Where that came I’ve always been fascinated from, I don’t know. ever since a young child, with post-apocalyptic type Is hope an important theme visions, or just anything, in your books? whether it’s somebody writAbsolutely, because ing graphic novels or tele- what is the end, but also vision, or movies or even could be defined as a new books, I’ve always been fas- beginning…The series cinated with the apocalyp- starts with “The End,” tic visions of other writers things progressively get and authors, and eventual- worse, but eventually there ly, I just wanted to have my is hope. own. And my vision…doesn’t What has this experience use zombies; it’s more about of writing the New World science fact-based things series and the successes the that bring on the apoca- books have had, meant to lypse. you? It changed my life. Where do you think that Writing the books — it’s fascination for the apoca- hard not to find someone lypse visions comes from? who doesn’t want to write I don’t know. I’ve al- a book — and I finally set ways had it since a young upon to do it. And then I child. I like science fiction. just have it in my personalSo, I’ve always liked to see ity, that whenever I create how people think of how that kind of a goal, I seek to the future might look...I’ve accomplish it. CONTINUED FROM A14


that life is short and the world is small and you need to do good things.” According to the staff report the city believes the project is in the best interests of Solana Beach as it will preserve the 31 public parking spaces and provide required affordable to very-low income housing. “We really, really try to do what’s right,” Mayor Tom Campbell said. “And we try to do what’s best for the city of Solana Beach. And one thing that I have learned over all these years, you are never going to please everybody.” Councilwoman Lesa Heebner said council’s job is to “make findings and apply laws.” “It’s not about opinion,” she said. “It’s not about a win. It’s not about what we kind of want to do and we listen to some people and not to others. We do take into consideration your input. That’s why we have a much-improved project here.” The complex was redesigned twice following input from two workshops. “The first time I saw it I hated it,” Heebner said. “Now it’s a beautiful building. “We’ve taken great pains to make sure that your issues and concerns were addressed,” she added. “Don’t forget, we live


recommended plaza areas that range from 5,000 to 15,000 square feet. Longtime Del Mar resident and property owner Jim Watkins and his daughter, Kit Leeger of Leeger Architecture, voluntarily prepared another analysis that recommends 8,395 square feet for City Hall and another 4,313 square feet for the town hall. They suggested a 16,000-square-foot plaza. In a Finance Department presentation that followed, council members

here, too. … We are you. … We hear you. We care. This is a good project. It’s been thought through and adjusted based on your input and your comments.” Councilman Mike Nichols had some design concerns with the driveway access and the tightness of the semi-underground parking structure. The city engineer said it will be difficult for motorists to turn around if they drive down there and find no empty spaces. Hitzke said she would look into potential solutions, including one to add sensors that indicate if parking is available. Hitzke said she is “elated” about council’s approval. “I’m really grateful the city is trusting me,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to making the people of Solana Beach proud of this development and this decision.” It will be at least a year before the groundbreaking as approval is still needed from the California Coastal Commission. Hitzke must also apply to the county for federal funds. Construction is expected to take about a year. Hitzke said she will continue to meet with residents to address construction concerns and timelines. “I will have follow up with the neighbors because this is an ongoing relationship,” she said. were told the city has sufficient cash flow to borrow between $7 million and $10 million, enough to finance either option. Director Planning Kathy Garcia said she will present cost estimates at the May 5 meeting based on the space needs. Councilman Terry Sinnott said as plans move forward he does not want to see a no-build alternative.“We have a substandard situation,” he said in describing the current City Hall. “We have to improve it. … I don’t want the fallback position to be, do nothing.”

Fire crews from around the county train with aircraft such as a water dropping helicopter earlier this month at the Viejas Indian Reservation in preparation for this year’s wildfire season. Photos by Tony Cagala



lack of rainfall, the drought, the fuels — a number of different conditions that are pushing us into staffing so early,” he added. During the winter is when Cal Fire begins laying off seasonal firefighters, but they were never able to do that this season. Cal Fire never went into winter service staffing levels for San Diego County. The wildfire training exercise started about 12 years ago after the Pines fire in Julian, but really began to take hold following the Viejas and Cedar Fires in 2003, said Brad Rushing, incident commander for the drill. “Right now, we’re in a long term period of drought. It seems that the Southern California area has been hit really hard in the past decade and there’s been a lot of lessons learned from those fires over the past eight or 10 years and this drill continues to evolve with those new situations,” he said. San Diego County remains under extreme drought status, according to the most recent data from the National Integrated Drought Information A firefighter participates in a wildfire training exercise earlier this month. The green tops of brush mask the System. dry conditions in the county’s valleys and terrain.



the positive reactions from visitors, and even more, from professional architects and historians who come for tours and give her the opportunity to learn something new.



and dependents,” Dauphinais said. “It’s also an opportunity for members of the public interested in what services are out there to come out and participate.” The Department of Veterans Affairs had a booth set up, and was collecting paperwork on site. Tammy Fernandez, mili-

Evanson takes pride in the fact that visitors enjoy their walking tour of the historic Rancho Santa Fe Village. However, she hopes that, after the tour, each and every person will walk away with another level of gratitude.

“I want guests to leave with an appreciation for preservation, because even now, Lilian Rice homes are being torn down. “And once they are gone, they are gone,” Evanson said. “People should really stop and think for a minute about

how they can preserve buildings and open spaces for their children, grandchildren, and beyond.” To learn more about the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society Walking Tours or book a private tour, visitrsfhs.org or call (858) 756-9291.

tary service coordinator, said resource fairs help connect veterans with available services. “It’s helpful to get information, when they don’t know what to ask,” Fernandez said. “We’re taking actual claim forms.” The Employment Development Department (EDD) was also at the resource fair and ready to assist veterans. “I encourage them to

go to the (County Coastal) Career Center,” Steven Segobiano, EDD veterans employment representative, said. Segobiano said after a general introduction of services, veterans receive one-on-one job counseling. “We show them how to equate their skills with civilian jobs.” Segobiano added veterans’ drive and dedication make them valued

employees. Dauphinais said he would like to see the resource fair expand next year. Veterans Assistance of San Diego provides programs and connects veterans and their families with wellness resources. Interfaith Community Services provides a wide range of food, housing, employment, social services and drug recovery programs.

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The Spanish Department at Horizon Prep will have to get a longer, harder list of words for next year’s Spanish Speaking/Spelling Bee, because the students aced this year’s list with ease, ending up with a five-way tie for first place in third grade. The winners are, from left, first row, Brooklyn Briscoe, Irelynd Lorenzen, Revere Schmidt, Kennedy Caffrey, Lukas Gregg, Jack Carroll and Daniel Greathouse, with, second row, Bella Raiszadeh, Lindsay Raugh, Grace Yale, Jasmine Kennedy, Jazmin Nason, and not pictured, Katie Bartolotta. Courtesy photo

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo SOLANA BEACH — Announcing the Solana Beach Cinco de Mayo Community Fiesta from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 4 at La Colonia Park, 715 Valley Ave. This event is free and open to the public This alcohol-free community event will offer many exciting cultural opportunities for the whole family. Mexican heritage performances will be sure to inspire cultural appreciation of Mexico, with the sounds of Mariachi Orgullo de San Diego from 1 to 3 p.m., followed by a Ballet Folklorico dance group from 3 to 4 p.m. There will be activities for the whole family, including piñatas, game booths with prizes, Mexican craft booths, face painters and fun jumps. Authentic Mexican food and beverage favorites will be provided. Free vision and health checks

will be provided by the Del Sol Lions Club. For more information, visit cityofsolanabeach.org or call the Parks and Recreation Department at (858) 720-2453. Community sponsors include The Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito; So-

lana Beach Parks and Recreation Commission; St. Leo’s and St. James Youth Dance Groups; Public Arts Advisory Commission; Don Chuy Restaurant; Rudy’s Taco Shop; Tony’s Jacal Restaurant and the Del Sol Lions Club.



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There’s something to say for enthusiasm I’m not feeling amusing today. I am feeling righteous anger, or at least I think it’s righteous. I just heard a radio commentator give the job-search advice that you should never apply for several different jobs at any one company because “It makes you look desperate.” Apparently companies only want you to apply for a single spot and convince them you are uber-qualified for it. Wouldn’t that be lovely in a perfect world? And when did enthusiasm suddenly become desperation? If I had hackles, they would have shot up when I heard this advice. I suppose it was directed at the recently graduated or the nuclear physicist, but it is a slap in the face to a huge part of our current job-seeking society. Why? Because they ARE desperate and, as a result, ready to flex. Their company has gone belly-up or perhaps they’ve been laid off because their employer figured out how to foist their job onto some other overworked staff member, making them obsolete. This was six months ago and they have been unable to find another like position for which their training is a custom fit. They haven’t even been able to find a less familiar position and they have truly tried. And now they can’t pay their bills, repair their car or afford food and may soon have nowhere to live. It doesn’t take long in southern California. Or perhaps you are one of the many who were never steered toward college or a trade. You had a split or marginal home life, and worrying about your future education and employment didn’t even make the top 100 concerns. You took what jobs you could get but they didn’t train you for anything special. TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B14

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Author Adrienne Falzon, a transplant from New York City to Rancho Santa Fe is helping to host the inaugural White Rose Luncheon at the Santaluz Golf Club May 8 with the nonprofit Breast Cancer Angels. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

New York author moves to Rancho Santa Fe finds new inspiration with a breast cancer nonprofit By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Adrienne Falzon admires the blooming roses around her and the picturesque scenery at the Rancho Santa Fe Library. Falzon and her family moved to Rancho Santa Fe from New York City last October, and according to her, it’s the best decision she has ever made. “This all you need as far as I am concerned,” Falzon said. “Why would you want to go anywhere else?” While Falzon has written several manuscripts over the years, she decided to ultimately publish one of them a couple of years ago, titled, “What Is An Angel?” Published in 2012, “What Is An Angel?” is an illustrated children’s book. The artistry is done by the regarded Helen M. Salzberg. The story takes place at Christ-

mastime. One of the characters, Olivia, an elementary school student, is given the assignment to make angel ornaments for a Christmas tree. “While she makes these ornaments, she begins to think, ‘What is an angel?’ so she goes home to her Aunt Rose for those answers,” Falzon said. While the book is geared toward children, Falzon shared, many adults have embraced the book, as well. Falzon, who was raised Catholic and attended Catholic school through graduate school, has always had a close affinity with angels. “Although my Catholic education didn’t accentuate angels, we learned a lot about angels as little children, in where we were born with an angel to help guide us through life,” she said As time pushed on, Falzon start-

ed researching the historical beginnings of angels, also referred to as divine helpers in the early Sumerian, Babylonian, Persian, Egyptian and Greek writings. From there, her pathway of learning continued to Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Middle Age philosophers, and of course, the artwork of angels from the catacombs, to the Renaissance, to present day. When Falzon first moved to Rancho Santa Fe, something caught her attention in a print media story about a nonprofit organization named, Breast Cancer Angels. “And of course it was the word ‘angels’ that got my attention and I wanted to know what it was about,” she said. Falzon called the nonprofit and spoke with Caitlin Cutt, the marketTURN TO AUTHOR ON B15

Bringing the fourth great ape to the forefront Solana Beach resident looks to raise awareness on bonobos By Tony Cagala

REGION — Debbie Sandler’s passion for bonobos was sparked when a professor of hers had mentioned something briefly about the fourth great apes. Her discovery of the bonobos was, by all accounts, an “accident,” she said. Sandler’s ape of choice at the time of her studies was the orangutan. But ever since learning about the bonobos, Sandler has become enamored by them. Recently, Sandler has been hosting a series of talks around local county libraries called, “Endangered Bonobos: The Forgotten Apes.” Since 2010, Sandler has been involved with bonobos, shifting her energies from research to conservation. She has spent time with the nonprofit sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo in the Congo, which is the only site to offer rehabilitation efforts to young bonobos. The more than 60 apes they currently foster are eventually reTURN TO BONOBOS ON B15

Debbie Sandler, a Solana Beach resident, has been giving talks at local libraries about her time and studies with bonobos, the fourth great ape. Photo courtesy of Debbie Sandler

DEL MAR — The city could take in about $435,000 more each year by putting meters on 177 spaces in the downtown area that currently offer free parking, but it’s not a move council members are ready to make without a comprehensive parking plan in place. Mark Delin, assistant to the city manager, presented a report at the April 21 meeting outlining potential parking revenues in the village that could be used to fund a parking structure that has been discussed for the City Hall site. In 2013 the city received $600,000 in parking revenue and $523,000 from parking fines. All parking income goes into the general fund. “Paid parking has been good for the city in general,” Delin said. His analysis included spaces along 15th Street and on Camino del Mar between 11th Street and just north of 15th Street. It assumed a fivemonth summer season during which meters would be in effect from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily with rates set at $2 per hour for prime locations and $1 an hour for less desirable areas. The seven-month winter season assumed half as much use, with all rates dropped to $1 an hour. Delin said he “may have been excessively conservative” with the winter numbers. If a 200-car parking structure is built, 70 spaces would be free for City Hall use. If the remaining 130 spaces were metered with rates at $1 an hour, Delin estimates the city could take in about $187,500 annually, assuming an occupancy rate of 70 percent in the summer and 35 percent during the winter months. Another $1.2 million in revenue could be generated if 40 spaces were designated for the in-lieu program, which allows businesses to pay for rather than provide required parking. With the money generated from additional paid parking the city could borrow between $9.5 million and $9.8 million to fund the parking structure. “If we do things with parking in the central core and don’t address the residential issue at the same time we’re going to have unintended TURN TO METERS ON B14


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Homegrown yoga program is now expanding to other states By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — At Broome Street Academy, a school that serves homeless and foster-care teens in New York City, students have been doing yoga since January. The template for their program: Encinitas Union School District yoga. “I’m actually surprised at how it’s been embraced,” said Barbara McKeon, Head of School at Broome Street Academy. “Even the hardnosed streetball guys are doing downward dog.” In 2011, a representative from the Sonima Foundation, previously known as the Jois Foundation, introduced yoga at Capri Elementary in Encinitas. Encouraged by the results, in 2012 the organization put together a $700,000 grant for yoga and nutrition at EUSD schools. That was followed by a $1.4 million grant from the foundation for this school year, which increased the number of yoga teachers at all nine district schools. Drawing from EUSD best practices, the Sonima Foundation developed a yoga curriculum. The foundation has since exported the program to 10 schools over the past year, including in Florida and New York. In the county, yoga has made its way to two schools in the Cajon Valley Union School District and the Monarch School in San Diego. McKeon said she’s grateful for the program because her average student doesn’t

Students at Paul Ecke Central participate in a yoga class. Developed in Encinitas, the program has since spread to New York and Florida. File photo by Jared Whitlock

have a lot of exercise opportunities. And many are grappling with social and emotional issues. Anecdotally, McKeon said, yoga has reduced stress levels and promoted reflection among students. “Students are using the calming techniques outside of yoga class, we’ve noticed,” McKeon said. She added Broome Street Academy is partnering with the University of Virginia to research the program’s

impact on students. Culturally and geographically speaking, Broome Street is very different from EUSD schools, McKeon said. Not to mention, Broome Street students are older. So, the program had to be adapted to fit her school. Still, she said yoga seems to help people of all stripes. And unlike the EUSD program, Broome Street yoga hasn’t encountered any set backs, she said. Last year, an Escondi-

do-based lawyer sued EUSD, arguing that yoga teaches Hinduism, adding the program violates what’s commonly known as separation of church and state. Ultimately, a San Diego judge ruled EUSD yoga has religious elements, but passed constitutional muster. Following the decision, the Jois Foundation felt more confident bringing yoga to other districts, said Eugene Ruffin, CEO of the Jois Foundation.

“We’re getting phenomenal feedback from educators,” Ruffin said. “Even those who were a little hesitant are coming back with positive comments.” The reluctance typically stems from educators who aren’t familiar with how yoga could benefit students, he added. “We went through that hesitancy in Encinitas, and you’ve got yoga programs on every corner,” Ruffin said. “So if you’re going to go

through it here, you’re definitely going to go through it in Harlem. “But we’ve overcome that in a very short period of time thanks to teachers demonstrating the benefits for children.” He expects the program to expand to other schools in the near future, but declined to elaborate because a final agreement hasn’t been reached. An announcement from the foundation will likely come by August. Ruffin is especially encouraged by comments reporting that yoga is improving younger students’ self-esteem. He added that yoga provides needed time for self-reflection. Scott Himelstein, director of the Center for Education Policy and Law at the University of San Diego, said results from the first of a three-year USD study shows yoga’s positive influence on EUSD students. Notably, as a result of yoga, teachers reported fewer instances of disruptive behavior, according to the study. And students developed better coping skills for potentially stressful situations. Additionally, students doing yoga performed slightly better on flexibility tests. For the study, researchers interviewed students, parents and district officials. And they compiled survey data from these groups. “We started in Encinitas and now we’re reaching about 10,000 students,” Ruffin said.







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Odd Files Fire chief addresses response times with One Paseo By Chuck Shepherd

Compelling Explanations Drunk Logic: Wendy Simpson, 25, explaining her DUI arrest during a March incident in Huddersfield, England, pointed out that she had just minutes earlier walked to a McDonald’s for a late-night meal because she knew she was too inebriated to drive. However, the dining room was closed, and she was refused service at the drive-thru window because she was on foot, and, she said, the only option left for her was to go home, get her car and return to the drive-thru. On the way back, she was arrested. Efren Carrillo, a member of the board of supervisors of California’s Sonoma County, was charged with misdemeanor “peeking” last year in Santa Rosa after he, returning home from a club late at night, saw his female neighbor’s light on and decided to drop in on her (though he did not even know her name). He had knocked at her back patio door, carrying beers, but was dressed awkwardly, leading the woman to call 911. “In retrospect,” the county supervisor told police afterward, “I should have had my pants on” (instead of just his socks and underwear). (His trial was underway at press time.) Ironies England’s Stockport magistrates’ court levied the equivalent of a $13,000 fine in March against Lorraine White, 41, who runs a part-time service as a dominatrix (chaining up and whipping “bad” men) in a “sex dungeon.” Her business is apparently perfectly legal; the citation was for violating fire codes because inspectors could not see how a client, being properly disciplined (handcuffed and chained), might escape the dungeon in the event of fire. Sounds Like a Joke Tiffany Austin called a KTVU reporter in March after being dismissed as a member of the Planet Fitness Gym in Richmond, California, after only one 15-minute workout — because she was “too fit” and therefore making other members uncomfortable. Planet Fitness apparently takes seriously its business slogan guaranteeing “no gymtimidation,” designed to keep out-of-shape women from feeling bad about themselves. Said another member, to the reporter, “It’s unfair to show off your body.”

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CARMEL VALLEY — A mixed-use development slated for the corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real will negatively affect emergency response times, according to an April 14 memo from Javier Mainar, fire chief for the city of San Diego. San Diego City Councilwoman Sherri Lightner, “and concerned community members have independently asked the Fire-Rescue Department to analyze whether the additional traffic associated with the proposed One Paseo development in Del Mar Heights will have a negative impact on emergency unit response times,” Mainar wrote. “The short answer to this question is, ‘Yes,’” he stated. One Paseo is described by developer Kilroy Realty Corporation as a “neighborhood village” on an approximately 24-acre lot. The original proposal called for about 1.8 million gross square feet of development with retail and office buildings, a 150-room hotel, more than 600 multifamily residential units, public open spaces, internal roadways and parking structures. Some buildings were proposed to be 10 stories high. In response to concerns that the project was too large, Kilroy revised the plans. The developer’s preferred option is a 1.4-million-square-foot project with no hotel and

Javier Mainar, the San Diego fire chief issued a memo earlier this month stating the proposed One Paseo development would have a negative impact on emergency unit response times. Rendering courtesy of Kilroy Realty

smaller dwelling units and commercial spaces because it maintains the goal of creating “a Main Street in Carmel Valley.” Mainar noted current response times do not meet the 7.5-minute city standard “and it is expected that not all added traffic impacts associated with the project may be mitigated.” But, he added, the response times in the community are consistent with those in other areas “due primarily to a lack of enough fire resources distributed” throughout the city. A department review of the draft environmental impact report indicates traffic counts on some streets surrounding One Paseo are

currently “higher than desirable,” the memo states, and those numbers are expected to rise if the development moves forward as proposed. While Kilroy is proposing improvements to roadways and traffic controls to address the projected increase, “it remains to be seen” whether the planned upgrades will fully address the impacts, especially because jurisdiction lies with the state Department of Transportation and not the city or developer, Mainar wrote. “Moreover, it is not clear from the DEIR documents whether the planned improvements will allow for emergency vehicles to bypass traffic that is moving

slowly or at a standstill along Del Mar Heights Road, a major artery and response travel path,” the memo states. Mainar concludes by noting it is unclear whether planned mitigations will “fully resolve the impacts” of the anticipated traffic increase from One Paseo. “As the fire chief acknowledged in his memo, just like communities throughout the city, Carmel Valley is affected by a citywide deficiency in fire resources,” Steve Scott, senior vice president of Kilroy Realty, wrote in an email request for a response to the fire chief’s assessment. “As San Diego residents and commercial property owners, Kilroy is committed to working with the mayor and City Council on ways to increase fire-safety resources,” he added. “We’re encouraged by the additional outlays for fire-safety in the mayor’s proposed budget for next year, and we expect the City Council to support continued progress toward addressing the overloaded public safety system. “Additional tax revenues generated by One Paseo will provide approximately $1 million to the city’s operating budget every single year, which will help fund that effort,” Scott wrote. “If approved, One Paseo also will invest more than $6 million in major improvements along Del Mar Heights Road, installing a state-of-the-art traffic-flow system that will address problems created by

the outdated equipment currently in place. “These investments will improve overall travel times for everyone, but it will be especially useful for emergency vehicles, which will have greater control over signals during an emergency response and therefore improved response times,” he concluded. Although the project is in the city of San Diego and falls within the jurisdiction of the Carmel Valley Planning Board, members of the Torrey Pines Community Planning Board have consistently raised concerns about reduced emergency vehicle response times as a result of the proposed project. That organization represents about 7,300 people TURN TO RESPONSE TIMES ON B14

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SOLANA BEACH — With improvement projects complete on Coast Highway 101 and the Cedros Design District, city officials are working to address traffic concerns in those two areas. Residents, city leaders and business and property owners at an April 14 meeting of the Highway 101/Cedros Avenue Development Committee discussed about three-dozen potential solutions. Recommendations that will be presented to city council at the July 9 meeting for further discussion include adjusting parking times, reducing parking requirements for restaurants, creating a valet parking ordinance, allowing rooftop parking on Cedros and paid parking options. Attendees had mixed feelings about varying time limits, especially along Cedros, where the maximum used to be two hours. It was increased to three in 2010 so visitors would have more time to dine and shop, but it also made it more convenient for employees to park along the roadway. Linnea Maddox, owner of Ta Dah Home Décor, said when she comes to work at 9 a.m., most of the spots are filled even though the businesses aren’t yet open. She said workers have figured out ways to avoid be-

ing ticketed, including wiping the marking chalk from their tires. “These employees aren’t stupid,” she said. One suggestion was to have longer time limits in some areas and shorter ones in others. “That would be too confusing,” Leaping Lotus owner Cindy Cruz, said. “You need to be consistent.” As summer approaches, she said, “We want visitors to be happy and not leaving the city with a ticket.” As for paid parking, there was general agreement that no one wants to see parking meters installed throughout the city. “I don’t think anyone wants meters in front of every space,” resident Peter House said, noting that “sooner or later” the city would have to build a parking structure, especially to accommodate employees. He recommended a trial period at the distillery lot. There was also discussion of allowing businesses to pay a fee in lieu of providing the required number of parking spaces. Money collected would go into an account that would be used to fund a parking structure. “I like that idea conceptually but it needs a timeframe attached to it,” Sean MacLeod, president of the TURN TO PARKING ON B14

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The president of Concordia Homes, Don Underwood, at podium, speaks before City Council and a crowd of residents opposed to the project. He explained that Safari Highlands Ranch would bring high-end housing to Escondido. Photo by Rachel Stine

Residents oppose 550-homes By Rachel Stine

ESCONDIDO — Residents packed City Hall to halt the proposal of an upscale master planned community with 550 homes in the rural area north of the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park on Wednesday night. “Please keep your cluster housing and urban sprawl within the confines of the city and not in my backyard,” said Escondido resident Josie Ackerman before a standing room only crowd. The development, called Safari Highlands Ranch, is laden with an extensive number of requirements including annexation from San Diego County into Escondido, additional water infrastructure, and emergency access routes. Council was City charged with authorizing

city staff to fully analyze the project, a process that could take up to three years. Proposed by Concordia Communities, LLC., Safari Highlands Ranch would include up to 550 single-family homes, a new fire station, and community center on 1,100 acres. The initial plans have laid out five separate neighborhoods along Rockwood Road and leave over 600 acres of open space. Neighbors living within San Pasqual Valley cited a litany of unmitigable impacts, including overcrowding the San Pasqual Union School District, traffic, emergency access to the fire-prone area, and negative environmental effects. “It’s beautiful natural environment up there and we don’t want it disturbed by over development,” said

one local. “The road structure that serves Rancho San Pasqual now is barely adequate,” said another. “The development fees that we get will not cover those costs (of building a new school),” said Jennifer Burrows, board president of the San Pasqual Union School District. “You cannot sprawl your way into prosperity,” said Laura Hunter. “There’s no water, there’s no infrastructure, (and) there’s no money.” Residents urged the City Council to not allow the project to even be analyzed. Except for one public speaker who supported the project for attracting wealthy residents to Escondido, the only other advoTURN TO 550 HOMES ON B14

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Director of San Diego Libraries Jose Aponte speaks at the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild’s annual meeting. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

Jose Aponte takes part in Rancho Santa Fe Library special event By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — In recognition of Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild’s Annual Meeting, the guild hosted a special event with guest speaker, Director of San Diego Library, Jose Aponte on April 15. Before Aponte took center stage at the library, Art Yayanos, library guild board president, gave Aponte a unique introduction. “One of these days, they are going to identify the librarian gene and it will be called the Aponte gene,” Yayanos said. He continued, “His mother was a librarian, he is a librarian and his son is a librarian at UCLA.” For Aponte, the “Library of the Future” begins very much in the past. While reminiscing of his upbringing in New York and the importance that public libraries and books brought to his life, another topic which emerged was the oneyear anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing. Aponte was a runner at that event and had crossed the finish line on April 15, 2013. He was about a block away from the Boston Public Library, at the gear truck, talking with two fellow runners in his age group when the first explosion erupted. “I looked over their shoulders and could see the smoke ascending one block away,” said Aponte, adding how he told the runners it sounded like a bomb since

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Attack Recreational Summer Soccer Camps Online registration is now open for Rancho Santa Fe Attack’s Summer Recreational Soccer Camps and our Fall Recreational program. More information on these programs can be found on the League website at www.rsfsoccer.com. This summer the camps will be held in Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach. These camps are designed for all players who want to have FUN while working on their technical ability and improving their skills. The camp is open to all ages and will be conducted by Attack Director of Coaching Malcolm Tovey and his professional staff. Every player will receive a customized ball and t-shirt for attending. Walk-ins are accepted at all camps. Our first two camps will run the week of June 16-20 and August 4-8 and will be held at the Rancho Santa Fe Sports Field. After that we will move to Solana Beach and will hold our third camp the week of August 11-15 at Solana Vista Elementary School. Our fourth camp will be back in Rancho Santa Fe at Solana Santa Fe Elementary School the week of August 18-. The camps start at 9:30 a.m. and run until noon. All of our camps are available for online regis-

Who’s Ready for Summer Soccer Camp?! Join us this summer as soccer players of all ages come out and have FUN while working on their technical ability and improving their game under the supervision of our professional coaches. The emphasis over the week-long soccer camp will be on: Individual Skills, Speed and Agility, Finishing, Goalie Training, Shooting Skills, & Having Fun!

Calling; all palyers! Attack Fall 2014 Rcreational soccer season in now open. Courtesy photo

tration at www.rsfsoccer. com. For those that are interested in signing up your child for our Fall Recreational Program, registration is OPEN and can be completed online or the forms can be downloaded at this time. Walk-In Registration will be held on Saturday, May 3rd at Rancho Santa Fe School from 9:00 a.m. to noon. All forms must be completed and new players must include a copy of their birth certificate or passport. Coach and Team requests will only be accepted through the 3rd. You may bring your signed forms to the Walk-In Registration or mail them to the Attack office.

Attack also has a nationally recognized competitive program that is always looking for players from 7-18 years old. Our teams compete in the top leagues and play in some of the top tournaments around the country, as well as internationally. Contact our Director of Coaching Malcolm Tovey if you are interested in learning more about this program. Sign up now to ensure that your child has a spot in our camps and this fall in our Rec program. Questions about these or any of our other programs can be directed to the League office at 760.479.1500 or by emailing Marilee@rsfsoccer.com.

It’s Easy to Register Online! Simply Visit: www.rsfsoccer.com June 16‐20, 9:30am-12pm Rancho Santa Fe Sports Field 16826 Rambla De Las Flores / RSF $160 for 5 days (or $40 per day)

August 11‐15, 9:30am-12pm Solana Vista Elementary 780 Santa Victoria / SB $160 for 5 days (or $40 per day)

August 4‐8, 9:30am-12pm Rancho Santa Fe Sports Field 16826 Rambla De Las Flores / RSF $160 for 5 days (or $40 per day)

August 18‐22, 9:30am-12pm Solana Santa Fe Elementary School 6570 El Apajo / RSF $160 for 5 days (or $40 per day)

WHAT’S INCLUDED: Each camper will receive a customized Soccer Ball & T‐shirt! NOTE: All attendees must wear soccer cleats and shin guards. Please bring plenty of water and a snack. Scholarships available.


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Can your child handle unexpected situations without panicking? ing? How far away is a parent or responsible neighbor? Teach your child to use the telephone, locks, security system and appliances and have a fire escape route. Have them memorize a neighbor’s number and instruct them to never let a caller at the door or on the phone know they are alone. Talk to your child about the deadly consequences

of guns, medicines, power tools, alcohol and cleaning products and keep these items secure. If home alone isn’t an option, College Nannies + Tutors provides hourly nanny and professional sitting services from trained, background- and reference-checked and fun caregivers. College Nannies, the nation’s largest employer of nannies for infants through early teens, has a role model approach to nannies and mannies that even appeals to kids who ask, “Why can’t I stay alone?” For more information, call (858) 2014900 or visit collegenannies.com/lajolla.

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DEL MAR — With summer fast approaching, beach and ocean safety are on the minds of parents everywhere. The Del Mar Junior Lifeguard and Little Turtle programs offer peace of mind for parents and fun and useful skills for children ages 7 to 17. Programs take place at 29th Street in Del Mar and include a variety of age-appropriate activities and education including CPR, First Aid, sun safety, surfing, boogie boarding, paddle boarding and body surfing. Some of the skills taught include teamwork, leadership, self-esteem

The Del Mar Junior Lifeguard instructors are all ocean lifeguards. building, physical fitness, and lifesaving and rescue techniques with lifeguard equipment. Additionally, participants learn appreciation of the beach and ocean environment. Amidst all of the learning are plenty of fun and games. The Del Mar Junior Lifeguard instructors are all ocean lifeguards. Many

of the instructors are Junior Lifeguard alumni. Each instructor strives to pass on their excitement about the ocean, their sense of discipline and integrity along to their students in a fun learning environment. Xtended Program is available for the morning sessions to remain at the beach supervised by Del Mar Junior Lifeguard staff for more fun until 3:00 p.m. There are two- and fourweek sessions available. Find out more about Del Mar Junior Lifeguard and Little Turtle programs at delmarjg.com or by emailing info@delmarjg. com.

Montessori School enriches children’s lives SOLANA BEACH — Large classrooms filled with colorful and inviting Montessori learning materials await bright-eyed, eager children. Before long these children learn how to read, add and subtract. They learn the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates. They can name the countries of the world, the internal organs of the human body and the planets of the solar system and all this happens in the preschool classes! The children at Santa Fe Montessori School seem to learn effortlessly. They find joy in “working” in the classroom, although to them

No matter your child’s age, he or she will be honored and respected for who they are. it feels like play. Because both their developmental needs and their personal preferences are honored, the children appear rested, calm and peaceful. They learn and grow at an amazing rate, yet retain their

childish innocence and playfulness. A Montessori education can transform your child's life by developing not only their academic excellence, but their personal excellence as well. No matter your child’s age, he or she will be honored and respected for who they are, cared for and nurtured, as well as enticed into learning concepts and facts that will amaze you. Call to arrange a visit to our toddler, preschool/ kindergarten and elementary classes and see for yourself. For more information, call (858) 755-3232 or visit santafemontessori.org.

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Saint Katherine College holds its 2nd Commencement with former Wheaton College President as Keynote Speaker. Six degrees will be conferred on bachelor’s degree candidates Saturday, May 17, 2014 during Saint Katherine College’s 2nd Commencement, a ceremony continuing the tradition, and filled with pageantry, as well as hopes, dreams, and aspirations of those moving on. Dr. Duane Litfin is the Commencement Speaker for the College this year. Litfin was the seventh president of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.

His two doctoral degrees are from Purdue University (Ph.D., Communication) and Oxford (D.Phil., New Testament). Litfin has authored several books and his writings have appeared in numerous journals and periodicals. His widely-read book on Christian higher education, Conceiving the Christian College (2004), imparts critical clarity on foundational issues such as institutional identity, the foundations of Christian thought, and establishing a more congenial academic environment “We are deeply honored to have Dr. Litfin as

our Commencement speaker this year,” stated Dr. Frank Papatheofanis, president and founder of the College. “Dr. Litfin has been a strong leader in Christian liberal arts education and understands the importance of studying at institutions where the Gospel serves as an intentional guide to teaching and learning.” Baccalaureate services honoring graduates will occur at 5 pm on May 16th at St. Anthony Orthodox Church, 2825 Merton Ave, San Diego. Contact the College for details at 760943-1107.

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Summer enrichment camps Summer School Co-Coordinator, Nick Scacco, encourages students and parents to think open-mindedly about summer school and The Grauer School’s Summer Session. “Summer school is no longer just for students who need to repeat a class. It’s a time to get ahead or explore a creative outlet. Taking a summer school course for academic credit can free up a period during the regular school year for a fun elective or lighten your workload if you have a lot of extracurricular commitments.”

The Grauer School is expanding its summer program to include additional enrichment camps. The Grauer School is continuing to offer a diverse set of UC approved summer school courses for high school and college-bound students looking to get ahead this summer. Virtually all classes can be offered in an independent studies format to accommodate busy summer schedules. For middle school students, The Grauer School Summer Session offers kick-

start boot camps to prevent learning loss over the summer. One- to two-week enrichment courses such as creative writing, technical writing, poetry, multimedia-digital production, drawing, and painting are also available throughout the summer. Available workshops include acting for theater, stage, and screen; music performance; and music theory. Descriptions of classes, fees, transfer credits, prerequisites, and the enrollment application can be located at grauerschool.com/ summerschool.

SUMMER! GET YOUR COLOR ON THIS Who said summer classes have to be drudgery? Why not Painting? Theater? Music? Guitar building? Why not skill-building experiences rich in color and fun? At Grauer, we offer UC-approved core classes. We also offer intensive, exciting learning opportunities that are just too cool for the regular school year. Sign up today. Get your color on!


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Pictured from left: Scripps Encinitas founders Dr. Charles Clark, Herman “Pop” Weignad, Dr. Ronald Summers and Dr. Dwight Cook (1988 at opening of west wing addition). Photo courtesy of Scripps Health

Scripps Encinitas turns 50 in April – and still growing Health Watch by the physicians and staff of Scripps Health

Fifty years ago this month, the doors opened to Encinitas’ first hospital. And what began as a small facility providing long-term convalescent care has grown into a busy, full-service medical facility that cares for more than 80,000 patients a year in North County. Soon, the hospital will start a new chapter to meet the changing needs of North County. The new Critical Care Building at Scripps Encinitas is expected to open for patient care in summer 2014. The 61,643-square-foot, two-story building will house a 27-bed emergency department on the first floor, which will more than double the size of its current ER. It will also triple the number of ambulance bays, from two to six. The second floor will include 36 medical-surgical beds for patients recovering from surgery or acute illnesses. That’s just one example of the work Scripps is doing to provide exceptional care, close to home. Scripps is honored to be part of the health care framework serving North County. Scripps Encinitas has grown from humble roots. In 1960, Dwight Cook, M.D., and the late Charles Clark, M.D., bought property on Santa Fe Drive and Devon-

shire Road to build a small medical-dental building for their practice. They soon realized the community needed to expand its health care infrastructure, so they turned to patient and friend Herman “Pop” Wiegand, who put up his Bank of America stock as collateral for a loan to build a hospital on the same property. In spring 1964, the doors opened to Encinitas Convalescent Hospital, which was licensed to provide long-term care for patients recovering from illness or surgery. Later that year, the hospital’s third founding physician, Ronald Summers, M.D., joined the practice of Drs. Cook and Clark. They obtained a medical specialty license and converted some of the long-term care beds to acute care beds, enabling them to start taking care of medical illnesses. By 1966, the hospital was upgraded to a specialized hospital for internal medicine and was renamed Encinitas Hospital. In 1967, the founding doctors bought an adjoining parcel of land to the north for future development. Eight years later, they entered into a partnership on a major hospital expansion, which added full medical-surgical capabilities, an intensive care unit, a comprehensive emergency department and raised its capacity to 94 beds. The newly named San

Dieguito Hospital opened in 1975. As the business of health care changed, the founding physicians realized they needed more support to sustain and grow the hospital. They approached Scripps Health about purchasing the facility, based on their familiarity with Scripps’ high standards of care and community service. The sale to Scripps was completed in 1978, and the facility was renamed Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. In addition to Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Scripps offers multiple patient care locations throughout North County, including Scripps Clinic and Scripps Coastal Medical Center locations in Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, Solana Beach and Encinitas. To date, Scripps has raised $39 million of the $58 million in philanthropy needed to complete the current Encinitas expansion, which will also include a specialized ER observation unit, diagnostic equipment and additional operating rooms in the main hospital. To learn about opportunities to support Scripps Encinitas, call (760) 633-7722. “Health Watch” is brought to you by the physicians and staff of Scripps Health. For more information or a physician referral, call 1-800-SCRIPPS or visit scripps.org.

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New home Roblee Valentine, founder of The Ranch EQ, and team members hosted a grand opening of their new location May 1 at The Del Rayo Village, 16079 San Dieguito Road, in Rancho Santa Fe. The Ranch EQ is an independently owned and operated Real Estate firm with accomplished equestrians team members who actively show in the hunter/jumper discipline within the Rancho Santa Fe community and at national competitions. For more information, call (858) 437-4778.

Specialist. Graduate excels A Life Technologies employee and California State University San Marcos graduate student, Arvin Tahami, has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship Program Top scholarship MiraCosta College honor student Travis Williamson has been awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, which will pay up to $30,000 annually for tuition and living expenses as he pursues his bachelor’s degree in international relations at a four-year university. Global award for poem Pacific Ridge sophomore Khalid Abudawas was awarded the Sargio Penco award from the International Poetry Competition Castello di Duino, based out of Italy. His poem, entitled “Palestinian Fears,” was the only American entry to receive an award, and was selected from nearly 1,000 applicants worldwide.

Artist in residence A Colorful Universe, 1523 San Elijo Road, San Elijo Hills, San Marcos welcomes artist, author and inventor Catherine Newhart as its new canvas painting instructor. Adult wine & art painting classes are on Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. plus canvas painting for tweens and children Call (760) 761 0476 for class schedules. Internship awarded For the second year running, a Tri-City top in stroke care MiraCosta College graduate Trevor Garner Tri-City Medical Center has received has won the Bernard Hyink Scholarship, the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Fail- a top 1,000 scholarship internship prize at ure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award the 2014 California Internship and Work for implementing specific quality improve- Experience Association conference. ment measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Helping women Cardiology Foundation secondary prevenLEAP TO SUCCESS, a non-profit orgation guidelines for heart failure patients. nization to empower women who are breakThe medical center was the only one in ing the cycles of domestic violence and San Diego to receive Quality Achievement homelessness, held “Celebrating CouraAward recognition in both heart failure and geous Women” April 19 at its headquarters stroke care. in Carlsbad at Hera Hub. For more information about Leap to Success, visit LeaptoSucNew event manager cess.org The American Diabetes Association in San Diego has named Encinitas resident Keep it local Kim Messey as event manager of the 2014 Three North County florists will have San Diego Tour de Cure, a cycling fundrais- Mother’s Day specials, including Fox Point er to be held May 17. She will be involved Farms, 5600 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, a in event management and logistics, market- rose, gerbera, and lily flower grower; Third ing, sponsorship and fundraising. Bloom floral and gift boutique at 1205 Auto Park Way, Escondido and Flower of La CosClub wins big ta Farms. a full service flower shop specialThe Boys & Girls Clubs of has been izing in occasion arrangements, on the corawarded the Gold Social Media (Marketing ner of La Costa Avenue and Saxony Road in & Communications) M.A.C. Award, besting Encinitas. all 1,140 independent clubs across the nation and those overseas. Etiquette for today Bella Body Boutique, 2650 Via De La SPCA gets new director Valle, Suite C260, Del Mar hosted an April San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, 24 launch party for “Let Crazy Be Crazy: with locations in Oceanside, welcomes a Then Politely Get What You Want, Get Your new, highly experienced animal welfare Point Across & Gently Put Rude People In professional, Austin Gates, as the Director Their Place” by Elaine Swann. of its Oceanside Campus. Her expertise will allow the organization to continue to Chavez backs Selective Service fulfill its mission of saving animal lives and Assemblymember Rocky Chávez preventing animal cruelty and neglect. (R-Oceanside) announced today that Assembly Bill 2201 passed out of the Assembly New to the firm Transportation Committee. AB 2201 will Dowling & Yahnke, a wealth advisory automatically sign young men to the Selecfirm in Carmel Valley, announced that Tra- tive Service System (SSS) when applying cy Burgett has joined the firm as a Planning for a new or renewed driver’s license.


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Nifty products solve pesky travel woes hit the road e’louise ondash


raveling can present some challenges, so thank goodness there are creative people out there who are always coming up with ingenious ideas to make being on-the-go more convenient. Here are some offerings that will do just that: It’s important to travel light, but it can be difficult to do when you have to plan for varying temperatures and rain. Two clever inventions will help you to be prepared while keeping luggage to a m a nage able minimum. The Secret Sweater gives travelers the option of layers without the bulk. It’s soft and lightweight, so takes up little room. The length goes just to the waist and sleeves are t h r e e - q u a rter, so the sweater stays hidden under a blazer or jacket. Made in America and comes with a carrying case. $39.99. www.secretsweater.com.

You may not get caught in the rain where we live, but there are places where that’s a possibility. Avoid a soggy head with the Hood To Go, a water-resistant, microfiber hood that attaches to a mini-vest and is easily worn under a coat or jacket. Be prepared without adding much bulk. Made in Portland, Ore., and comes with a pouch. $20. www.hoodtogo.com. Keeping baby safe from the elements and insects can be a challenge, especially when you head out for many hours. The Cozy Sun and Bug Infant Carrier Cover will keep your baby safe from ultraviolet rays and creepy crawlies, while allowing plenty of ventilation. The cover features a pull-over flap which keeps out the wind and rain. It’s a backless design, and doesn’t interfere with child safety straps on car seats. The elasticized edge allows for easy use and fits around the infant carrier like a shower cap. Great protection for preemies. Recommended for children from 0-12 months and fits all standard car seats. $14.99. cozy-cover.com.

Admit it. You’ve been tempted to tether your child to a leash at least once while visiting a crowded theme park, but you’re afraid what people will think. Maybe the next best thing is a Safety Tat – temporary tattoos that read “If Lost, Please Call _______.” Apply on the arm or hand. Several fun varieties available (flowers, ladybugs, dogs, rockets and more). $11-$21. www.safetytat.com.

The second device is a compact portable charger that eliminates the need for a cord and allows you to plug in your device anywhere there is a USB port. Called Nomad, there are two versions. The Nomad ChargeCard iPhone Lightning Cable is the size of a credit card and works with the iPhone 5, 5s, 5c Lightning iPad, and iPad Mini. The second version, the ChargeKey, is “the world's smallest USB cable” and is designed to fit on a keychain. It works with Samsung Galaxy, HTC, Nexus, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Lumia, LG and others. $29. http://www. chargecardproject.com/

Tablet lovers — listen up! The Lap Log is a pretty ingeniously designed pillow for your iPad, Omni, Samsung Galaxy etc. It makes using tablets comfortable and ergonomically correct. The Lap Log is filled with natural buckwheat hulls and covered with certified organic cotton twill. No straps or Velcro clips, and it comes in many designs and colors. Remove the wooden tray and Whether on a hike or road trip, carvoila! It becomes a travel pillow. $39. www. rying food for your favorite canine can be thelaplog.com. cumbersome and inconvenient. WellPet has a solution that will please both Fido Let’s face it; we’ve all become techies and master/mistress — Core Superfood to a degree we never imagined, and that Protein Bars. These bite-size treats are means we travel with a bag full of charging easy to tuck in a backpack or corner of the cords. Two recent gizmos help alleviate the car, and come in various flavors including aggravation of tangled-cord syndrome. turkey/duck, chicken/turkey and salmon. The first is for the iPhone user. Called All snacks are gluten-free and contain no CableKeeps (from Nice by Design), these corn, soy, artificial flavors, colors or presercolorful, fish-themed covers fit over Ap- vatives. (My granddog, Daisy, is a discernple charging devices. They not only keep ing pooch and she loves them.) 5.5-ounce your cords tangle-free, but provide little bag approximately $8. www.wellpet.com. platforms on which your phones rest. CaE’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer bleKeeps come in various colors and are non-toxic, recyclable and compostable. living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eo$16. http://nicebydesign.com/

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Rotarians at Work

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REGION — The last Saturday of April erupts with Rotary Club action during it’s annual Rotarians At Work Day. On April 26, members of the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary and the Del Mar Rotary, with the help of Boy Scout Troop 713 helped put the finishing touches on the Birdwing auditorium in the San Dieguito River Park by spreading decomposed granite and tamping it down. Also, under the guidance of Park Ranger Natalie Borchardt, the volunteers planted native plants and spread native Poppy and Lupine seeds along the trails.

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Del Mar Rotarians from left: Bob Sonnehalter, Janice Kurth and Bob Fuchs participate in the annual Rotarians At Work Day on April 26 at the Birdwing structure in the San Dieguito River Parl.

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Food &Wine

May 2, 2014

On the road again to find the ‘Great Eight’ taste of wine frank mangio


he road map to find my “Great Eight” wines for the first three months of Ray Falkner, newly minted winemaker Duncan Williams and columnist Frank Mangio. Photos by Frank Mangio

Carmel Valley Monterey — Holman Ranch Heather’s Hill Pinot Noir 2010; $37. High on a hill with this one has vines that get all day sun and good protection from breeze, fog in the morning. It’s a great prescription for healthy, vigorous Pinot Noir. Small production with high quality. holmanranch.com. Russian River Valley Sonoma — J Vineyards PinotGris, 2013; $12. Lots of melon and ripe peach — yes, it’s a white wine, but at times it’s good to have a fruit salad instead of a steak. Jwine.com. Guadalupe Mexico — Monte Xanic Gran Ricardo 2011; $49.99. Big BorWashington — Colum- deaux style blend deep, bia Crest Merlot, 2011, Co- dark and intensive with an lumbia Valley; $7. What, old-style handsome wax you say, $7! This is a rich, seal. It’s time for Mexican smooth, complex beau- wines to make their move. ty that must be tasted to montexanic.com.mx. Paso Robles — Opobe believed. The key to a great Merlot like this lo Vineyards Mountain — a velvety smooth tex- Zinfandel 2012; $16. An ture. columbiacrest.com. alcohol level to match Temecula — Falkner the price in this stud Winery Amante Blend wine, this big bang wine 2010; $39.95. A Super has plenty of cherry, plum Tuscan-style with San- and spice, but balanced giovese, Cabernet, Cab acidity to keep it drinkFranc and Merlot. Bring able. opolo.com. in the pizza and pasta for Temecula — Robert this soulmate matchup. TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON B14 falknerwinery.com the year took me to many road shows, wine bars, resorts and restaurants. Wineries are teaming together to tell their story along with a taste of the latest releases. Impulse wine buying is still alive and well. When I find a candidate, no impulses for me. I give the wine a test drive with foods, cheeses and breads of many flavors, then compare to others from a similar varietal and year. Only then did it make the great eight for this year. Prices are the best I could find, on line and in retail stores. So let’s hop on board, fill the cart and pop the corks.

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Get an authentic taste of Japan at Nozomi


n my continuing effort to highlight a mix of new restaurants and those that have stood the test of time, I’m highlighting Nozomi in Carlsbad this week. Nozomi has a style all their own and has been packing them in for eight years now. also They have very interesting ownership whose day jobs and global experiences are worth of feature column on their own. I recently had an excellent meal there and a conversation with owner Devin Acklin about Nozomi and his career outside of the restaurant that led to this successful venture.

You and your partner have very interesting careers outside of Nozomi. What do you do and how did Nozomi come to be? My business partner, Art, and I have had very exciting careers working for an aerospace company. This career has afforded us the opportunity to do some things that directly help support our nation’s defense goals. From flight-testing aircraft, to directly overseeing and managing operations in foreign regions around the world, we have gained a wealth of insight on what it takes to take a small project and help it grow into something significant. So when I returned home in 2012 from a yearlong assignment in Afghanistan, we decided it was time to turn this dream into a reality. After months of planning, searching and negotiating to build at various locations throughout San Diego county, the opportunity of “Hope,� translation: “Nozomi�, was presented to us. We took one step inside the restaurant and fell in love. We instantly saw the potential the restaurant had. But most importantly, we immediately saw that Nozomi was built with love, inspiration and a dream. We we’re just lucky enough to make this dream become our own. 
 There are several attributes that make Nozomi unique including how you source your fish, fill me in on those. Our vendor has been in the fresh fish business for

The rock star sushi team at Nozomi. Photo by David Boylan

over 20 years. Our outstanding relationship with them allows us quick and easy access to their product. However, it’s their Japanese branch office that allows them to have a strong connection with the Japanese Fish Markets, allowing them to directly import Japan’s

highest quality of fish to our doorstep in little time.

You have a very experienced team behind the sushi bar at Nozomi. Tell me about the talent and where they came from? We are very lucky to have the same head chef that opened Nozomi eight years ago. Francisco “Panchoâ€? Lopez (“Pancho Sanâ€?) has been the creative mastermind behind our new menus. His traditional Japanese sushi training began 14 years ago as an apprentice to a very well known, world-renowned San Diego sushi chef. His perfection, flare for presentation and creativity is unrivaled in North County. Our other rock star, Lane Manriki (“Lane Sanâ€?), provides yet another level of traditional professionalism, talent and cleverness to our team. Besides sushi, you have an extensive menu with entrĂŠe’s and small plates, or tapas. What are some of the highlights from those selections? The Blackened Tuna in Crispy Wonton is one of my favorite tapas on the menu. The spicy aioli compliments the blackened tuna extremely well, while the wontons provide just the right amount of crisp with each bite. On the heartier side, the Sirloin Beef Sukiyaki with glass noodles, egg and mixed vegetables is a favorite of many our guests. We also have a Gluten Free menu that boasts Gluten Free recipes of our teriyaki dishes, salads, specialty rolls and many of our tapas plates. 
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RSF Library Guild holds annual meeting By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE —The Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild held its annual meeting on April 15 and encouraged the public to attend. Board president, Art Yayanos, initiated a call to order and welcomed the attendees. Like last year’s annual meeting, since less than 25 people were in attendance, Yayanos determined there was not a sufficient number for a quorum. Because of this, the approval of the minutes, financial reports, and other matters would be discussed at their regular board meeting immediately following the annual meeting. At that point, Yayanos

introduced Susan Appleby, Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild membership and development manager, to deliver the election results. The 2014-2015 Guild Board Members are the following: Art Yayanos, Harry Bord, Kathy Stumm, Lynn Terhost, Terry Weaver, Erica Peterson, Nancy Miller, Vivien U, Francine Alexander, Mary Liu, Erika Desjardins and Leslie Barone. At the regular board meeting, Susan Stone Hayes was also voted in as the approved addition of a guild board member and Appleby remained a board member, as well. “I would also like to let you know that the financials were very healthy this year,” Appleby said.

Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild President Board President Art Yayanos gave a rundown on some of the improvement projects the Rancho Santa Fe library will be undertaking.

“Both in our membership and fundraising areas, we exceeded our goals by more than 50 percent.” Appleby thanked their community partners Donald E. Johnson of Wells Fargo Advisors, Eveline Bustillos of Coldwell Banker, and Warwick’s of La Jolla for their program support. Back at the podium, Yayanos went through a brief history of the Rancho Santa Fe Library. The guild was established back in Dec. 1963, the Articles of Incorporation drafted in Sept. 1966, and the library groundbreaking in Feb. 1967. “We have a number of 50-year celebrations in the following few years,” he said. A combination of volunteers, employees and directors of the guild, he said, have accomplished or began a “to do” list within the last year. The first mentioned was the ground floor reconfiguration of their building. The guild space now utilized an improved work environment, more display space, and an attractive sales ambience at the Book Cellar. “And one of our volunteers obtained permission for a display case at the post office which enormously helped our county librarians, guild volunteers and employees,” said Yayanos, adding how this encouraged

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the communication of their library effectiveness in the community. Looking ahead, the library guild’s proposal to the county’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Program was recognized. With the support of Supervisor Bill Horn who has been extremely helpful to a number of nonprofits, Yayanos said, this proposal will help the guild to be fully compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The guild will receive funds to help them be ADA compliant with its bathroom and offer ADA accessible parking in the library back parking lot. “The guild is also working on improving the patios in front of the library – the art jury has been incredibly interested in the project,” he said, noting how libraries are becoming a place where community members meet. Early estimates are ranging at about $250,000 for this project, so fundraising will be essential. After thanking the board and volunteers for their work, Yayanos touched upon how to help circumvent any diminishing revenue. He said there must be deliberate effort toward fundraising and encouraging people to bequest gifts. “Without a healthy endowment, any nonprofit organization is going to face difficulties,” he said.

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Mainly Mozart gets grant to work with amateurs COAST CITIES — Mainly Mozart Executive Director and Founder Nancy Laturno Bojanic announced that the organization has been selected by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to receive an NEA Art Works grant of $12,500 to support its new “Engaging the Amateur” project. “Engaging the Amateur” is a four-pronged, twoyear project begun in January 2014 by Mainly Mozart in the San Diego area. As one of the leading cultural organizations in San Diego, with a longstanding and dedicated commitment to community engagement, the organization aims through the project to provide adult amateur musi-

cians with opportunities to increase their musical skills and perform collaboratively in non-traditional venues. Among the project’s initiatives are “Jam Sessions,” engaging low-income, diverse communities in San Diego with mentoring by the Hausmann Quartet and Mainly Mozart professional musicians at locations such as the San Diego Rescue Mission. It then produces a threeday Mainly Mozart Amateur Chamber Music Seminar for adults in May and June 2014 and 2015 at San Diego State University Adult amateur participants will perform as an ensemble in a pay-whatyou-will “Overture Concert” performance at the 1,339-

seat Balboa Theatre in June 2014 and June 2015 as part of the annual Mainly Mozart Festival; “Mainly Mozart celebrates music as the universal language that knows no barriers,” Bojanic said. “We want to bring together people from the community who are passionate about making music, much in the spirit of the amateur players in Mozart’s day who commissioned works — and then played them.” Chamber music is and always has been the centerpiece of Mainly Mozart - even the orchestra is a chamber orchestra — all reflective of Mozart’s time. As a long-time producer

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of life, and look forward to discovering the possibilities these programs offer. Mainly Mozart will produce a concert titled “San Diego Makes Music”/”Tijuana Makes Music” that will

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ties or corporate events; Nozomi has three differently themed rooms. As you walk through our Japanese torrii (gate) outside and enter the restaurant, you’ll quickly notice the bottom floor with a waterfall and live turtle pond. This room is called the Yokohama Ocean, and provides an intimate setting for dinner on one side of the room, and a lounge area on the other side of



Cedros Avenue Design District Association, said. There is interest in developing a valet parking program, but MacLeod said


east of the Del Mar Fairgrounds to Sorrento Valley. Dennis Ridz, board chairman, said Mainar’s evaluation was “politically correct.” He said a projected population increase


cate of the project before council was the developer. “This will be a highend neighborhood that we are confident is going to be a benefit to city, to the community, and to the people who live here,” said Don Underwood, the president of Concordia Homes. Though acknowledging the pleas of the community, four of the city council members emphasized that the decision before them was whether or not to allow for further consideration of the development and would not guarantee final approval of Safari Highlands Ranch. “We are not approving any project tonight, we are approving the study of the project,” said Council member John Masson. “I have a real problem with nipping this in the bud.”

light in a Bottle. $25; Wine Club members $10. RSVP at (951) 699-9463. Europa Village Winery in Temecula has its Film Festival de Cannes May 8 at 6:30 p.m. Explore the cuisine, music and films of the south of France. Gourmet four-course dinner with Europa Village C’est la Vie French wines. Tickets $85, $75 for wine club members. Call (951) 2163380. Viticulture & Vinification are the themes of a winemaker’s panel and Tasting at 333 Pacific Restaurant in Oceanside May 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sommelier Maurice DiMarino will lead the discussion. $35. Call (760) 433-3333. 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 online. Reach him at mangiompc@ aol.com.

the room for those that want to relax and enjoy our fine sake selection. The second floor was named the Osaka Room. The bamboo accents, wall lighting and decor are meant to represent the older, traditional Osaka. Finally, if you head up the stairs you will step inside the Tokyo room. This is where the sushi bar is and where most of the energy of the restaurant flows from. With its own unique traditional bamboo Japanese decor, you can’t help

but feel that you’ve stepped out of Carlsbad and into 18th century Japan. Nozomi is at 3050 Pio Pico Drive, Carlsbad. (760) 434-1230 carlsbadnozomi. com

while it may be a good solution, there may not be a demand. He said it may only work for restaurants. Carl Turnbull noted the business community provides millions of dollars to the city in sales tax revenue.

“It would be great if the city could use a portion of those dollars to create parking that will increase sales tax and not impact residents.” “That’s the overarching goal,” Councilman Mike Nichols said.

in the county in the next four decades wasn’t taken into consideration, nor was the timing of an expansion project for Interstate 5. “If Kilroy finishes One Paseo at the 1.54 million (square feet) by 2016, and Caltrans does not even start work on I-5 un-

til 2020, and takes three to five years to complete, Del Mar Heights Road will be a parking lot for many years,” Ridz said. He also expressed concern about “hiring and keeping firemen based upon lack of pension and other benefits.”

“What it boils down to me an individual’s rights to explore what they can do with their own individual property,” said Council member Michael Morasco. Council member Ed Gallo added that when the project is fully planned and analyzed by staff, “It may look totally different or it may not at all.” “If I have to vote on this project as proposed, my vote would be no today,” said Mayor Sam Abed. “But, I’m not voting on an initiation on approving this project.” Deputy Mayor Olga Diaz adamantly opposed the project. “Everything that is commonly referred to as smart growth was not followed with this project,” she said, explaining that it did not make sense to build such dense housing in a rural area on the far east side

of the city. “There are so many flaws in the plan: fire, water, roads, (and) schools,” she added. She said she was against spending city staff’s time and the developer’s money working on a project that ultimately is going to be rejected. In 2003, the previous owner of the land proposed building 403 homes, a hotel, golf course, and equestrian center. Escondido’s Planning Commission recommended denying the plan, and the proposal was dropped before coming before council. “I think we should support this to find out once and for all if this project could even be built,” said Abed. City Council voted 4-1, with Diaz opposing, to allow Safari Highlands Ranch to be studied by staff.

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consequences and it’s going to cause problems,” Councilman Terry Sinnott said, adding that he had concerns about building a parking structure that depended on money from paid parking to fund it. “I don’t want to go there because there have been many cities that have built it and they did not come,” he said. Councilman Don Mosier said he supports paid parking over the current free, two-hour limit because enforcement “is a lot of work” and “creates a lot of ill feelings for people who stay here two hours



ing director. “I told her the reason I was calling was because they called themselves ‘angels’ and that’s my thing.” Falzon said. After Falzon met with Cutt, she was inspired by Breast Cancer Angels. Monies raised in a particular city stays in that town to support women “fighting the fight.” They help financially in an array of ways including food programs, housing needs, clothing, medical copays, transportation, legal assistance, home healthcare and more. Falzon wanted to help



turned to the wild. Sharing 98.7 percent same DNA as humans, bonobos offers this completely opposite side to human beings that chimpanzees offer, Sandler explained. “Chimpanzees show us and model the more violent, aggressive, murderous nature of human beings, and bonobos show us the kind, non-violent, non-murderous… (since they’ve been discovered in 1928 to be a separate species than the chimps)…and ever since they’ve been studied on their own as a species, have they been found to murder another in their species,” Sandler said. According to a study from bonobo researchers, 75 percent of the population has no idea these apes even exist. “They are the last to be discovered, and they may, in fact, be the first to go extinct,” said Sandler.

May 2, 2014 nize paperwork, but more importantly, you are a quick learner, you are honest, diligent, punctual, reliable and enthusiastic. You are willing to give any number of positions a shot, but heaven forbid you indicate that on your resume and “look desperate.” Besides, to list enthusiasm and loyalty on a resume is often disregarded as trite, since you had to apply online, they haven’t met you and have no reason to believe you’re not blowing smoke. My words to every Human Resource department

out there is to get a reality check and remember the value of on-the-job training and giving someone a chance. You may well be passing up a worthy, capable and loyal employee simply because they don’t fit your precise job description. Enthusiasm counts for a lot, or should.

and two minutes and get ticketed.” Mosier said he preferred pay-and-display parking rather than meters because the visitor is in control. “I think that putting the parking customer in control of their own fate is a positive step,” Mosier said. “But I am concerned that we do this in a coordinated way so that if you put in meters then you don’t chase all the people, including the workers and visitors, into the neighborhoods. “You’ve got to have a comprehensive parking plan to make this work,” he added. “A comprehensive parking plan has to

deal with the neighborhood spillover at the same time you make any changes to the commercial district.” Councilwoman Sherryl Parks called the presentation “a good start.” “It’s good information, but I would just take it as that, as a good foundation for helping us make some plans in the future about revenue,” she said. City Manager Scott Huth said the report was strictly informational at this point. “We wouldn’t want to put something forward that has a balloon effect that squeezes people out of one area into another,” he said.

and she did. On May 8, Falzon will champion the inaugural “White Rose Luncheon” at the Santaluz Golf Club. Proceeds from the luncheon will go towards the Breast Cancer Angels San Diego Chapter as well as a percentage of Falzon’s book sales. “Adrienne has been really generous with her time and willing to allow us to put an event together at her golf club which is really sweet,” said Cutt, adding how Breast Cancer Angels was founded in 2000 and has no overhead costs. Cutt wants people to know that the White Rose Luncheon is an event in the spirit of Mother’s Day. For

those who have lost their mother, have a sick mother, or have experienced the tragic loss of a child, this luncheon is a day of honor, reflection and a place to process those emotions. “The angels from Breast Cancer Angels represent guidance, support, and healing,” Falzon said. “So for all of these women who are going through a very difficult time, in so many ways, the angels are right in there helping them along.” To learn more about Breast Cancer Angels, please visit BreastCancerA ngels.org —White Rose Luncheon tickets may be purchased online through May 4.

In your talks, what is the main take away that you would like people to have about the bonobos? The fact that they exist; that they’re a species that needs our attention, (there are a lot of species that need our attention), but why this species? Because they are so like humans; and if they go away, there goes our opportunity to study them behaviorally, biologically, chemically — to understand how they do it without violence. How they can get by with successful social systems. So, what do I want people to take away? The fact that they’re there and the fact that they need our attention, and that there is an alternative to human behavior and a model for it that these apes have for us.

The Forgotten Ape.” But because they are the forgotten ape — they are cast aside…why talk about them when we have all this information about chimpanzees, because really they’re just the same as chimpanzees, right? Wrong. So they become forgotten. The Congo, the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo), has suffered from 1996 to 2003 two of the bloodiest battles. That’s the only place that these apes are found, is in the DRC and in a very specific area of the DRC… Researchers fled the area and then they haven’t been rushing back; so they don’t have a lot of attention of researchers because of their very isolated habitat, the instability of the region and therefore, they are kind of forgotten.

Your lecture is titled, “Endangered Bonobos: the Fogotten Apes.” Why do you call them forgotten? I am kind of copying Frans de Waal, who wrote a book called, “Bonobo:

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What are the threats facing the bonobo population? Three things: Poaching, the exotic pet trade and their habitat encroachment and destruction.

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HIGH TEA Friends of the Oceanside Library and the Oceanside Library Foundation host a High Tea fundraiser at 3 p.m. May 2 at Oceanside Civic Center Plaza, 300 N. Coast Highway, to purchase books for the children’s collections. Cost is $30 per person. Contact Cheri at (760) 435-5560 for details and reservations.


TEA TIME GFWC Contemporary Women of North County will host a Mother’s Day Tea fundraiser 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. May 3, on the lawn of the Wood House, 1148 Rock Springs Road, San Marcos, to support club projects that benefit local charities. Guest of honor is Crystal Gates, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, Family Readiness Officer. Reservations are $25 by emailing tea@cwonc. org. CRAFTS FOR A CAUSE La Costa Canyon High presents a Spring Craft Fair to fund Grad Night from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 3 on campus at 1 Maverick Way, Carlsbad 92009. Local arts & crafts, demos food, live music and balloon sculptures. For more information, email catalystchristy@ gmail.com. WE ALL SCREAM Cardiff School District 38th Annual Ice Cream Social -with the famous Cardiff Cake Walk, live music and performances, food and drinks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3, Cardiff Elementary School,

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FOR KATHY Parents of Kathy Scharbarth have established the Kathy’s Legacy Foundation to provide tangible protection for victims of domestic violence and support for surviving children. The community is invited to a fundraiser is being held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 6 at Brett’s BBQ, 1505 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas. MEDICARE INFO Learn about Medicare at 5:30 p.m. May 6 at Encinitas Coco’s, 407 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas. Call Douglas Kerr at (760) 4737721 to reserve a seat. BEST OF THE BRITS Daughters of the British Empire, Tintagel Chapter will meet at noon May 6 at 3817 Via del Rancho, Oceanside. Call (760) 731-7379 or email packlynette@yahoo.com for more information.


CARDIFF CONCERT Flutes de Salon professional flute ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. May 7 at Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff by-the-Sea. The performance is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Cardiff Library. For more information, call (760) 6351000.

CINCO PARTY The Rancho Buena Vista Adobe will host a citywide Cinco de Mayo event from noon until 5 p.m. May 4 at 640 Alta Vista Drive. The free, family- friendly MAY 8 event will have music and TASTE OF CARDIFF a performance by Ballet The fifth annual Taste of Folklorico. Call (760) 639- Cardiff by the Cardiff 101

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RAW FOOD LOWDOWN Solana Beach Library hosts “Live Raw” author talk and food demonstration by Mimi Kirk at 2 p.m. May 10, at 157 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach For more details, call (858) 755-1404. BREAKFAST FOR MOM The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside invites you to bring your mom to its Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. May 10 at 401 Country Club Lane, Oceanside. Tickets are $5 for youth, $7 for adults or $20 per family of four. For tickets and information, visit BGCOceanside.org. Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend with Tea and Homemade Cookies from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 and 11 at Weidner’s Gardens, 695 Normandy Road, Encinitas. For more information, call (760) 436-2194 HERITAGE DAY The city of Oceanside will have an Oceanside Heritage Day fundraiser and summer camp kick-off from noon to 4 p.m. at 220 Peyri Road, Oceanside. Admission is $5 adults, $1 children. For MOM IN THE GAR-

May 2, 2014 DEN San Dieguito Art Guild will have its Mother’s Day 20th Anniversary Art, Garden & Studio Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 and May 11 at 937 S. Coast Highway, Suite C-103, Encinitas. Tickets include a souvenir booklet and map with driving directions to each location. UMMMMM! CHOCOLATE! San Diego Botanic Garden hosts a Chocolate Festival from 10 am – 4 pm May 10 at the gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas,. The event is free with admission or membership, free parking. Purchase Tasting Tickets at the event. MARK THE CALENDAR GARDENS NORTH San Clemente Garden Club invites flora lovers to its self-guided Garden Tour 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 31 in coastal gardens tended by passionate gardeners. Advance tickets are available through May 29 for $25 online via PayPal at SanClementeGardenClub.com. WINE FEST Tickets are on sale now for the Encinitas Rotary Wine & Food Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. June 7 at the San Diego Botanic Garden. No tickets sold at event. $90 to $500 tickets benefit the Community Resource. E-mail info@crcncc.org or call (760) 230-6304. CELEBRATE SUMMER Del Mar Village Association hosts the Del Mar Summer Solstice to usher in the summer season from 5 to 8 p.m. June 19 at Del Mar’s Powerhouse Park, 1658 Coast Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014. Tickets cost $75 per person; and are on sale now at summer.delmarmainstreet.com.

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Global warming not as hot a topic The movie “Endless Summer” featuring Mike Hynson and Robert August was one of those movies/experiences that left searing memories in my head at a young age. As I’ve mentioned a few times in the past, after watching two guys traveling the globe in search of the “Endless Summer” and endless waves, I dreamed of someday living somewhere where summer never ends. After living and traveling to many countries, I found that dream in Puerto Vallarta. Weather-wise San Diego is 70 degrees, give or take 5 degrees every day. In PV it’s 85 degrees give or take 5 and the summer never ends there (and there are no mosquitoes). You can probably say the same about Cabo San Lucas. It just comes down to personal choice. Cabo is desert and PV is Santa Barbara-esque and despite all the twisted news we read and hear nowadays, zero Americans have been killed in either of the two places since, well, not sure if anyone has unless that person was tied to drug cartels. In 2011 there were 131 Americans killed in all of Mexico. Per my call to the State Department in Washington, D.C., evTURN TO BABY BOOMER ON B19

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Animal center puppies horse around RANCHO SANTA FE — With the approach of the Kentucky Derby, Helen Woodward Animal Center, hosts its annual Ken-Barky Derby at 10:30 a.m. May 2, featuring 20 puppies bearing the names of contending Derby Horses will gear up to go nose-to-nose in the “Run with the Noses.” Rose-shaped dog biscuits and dog toys will lead them to the finish line and all contestants are available for adoption. The event is free and will include a cheering crowd of more than 75 schoolchildren from Solana Santa Fe Elementary. Adopters of Ken-Barky Derby contenders will be automatically entered to win a rose-themed gift basket and a “gold cup” dog bowl. The upcoming “Run with the Noses” Competition is part of Helen Woodward Animal Center’s on-going efforts to increase the visibility of the large number of available adoptables and to highlight the unique personalities of each canine through an event that is both fun for the pup-


ery one of those 131 persons were of dual citizenship and involved in the drug business and/or cartels. No drug culture … good life. Our news reporting media doesn’t always tell all of the truth. Half-truths are lies. Speaking of which, and related to the endless summer I seek, climate was a major factor in my decision-making. All we ever hear about nowadays is global warming (recently changed to “climate change” when universal data are showing that we stopped warming about 16 years ago). I’ve become mystified by it all. To me, trying to tame the weather is foolhardy. When I was in college in Santa Barbara in the 1970s everyone was freaking out about “global cooling.” The so-called experts were saying that 50 percent of the population in the world would perish by 1995 due to the earth’s cooling. When I hear the alarm pundits saying the same thing today about climate change, I just shake my head. Here are some ex-


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A Helen Woodward Animal Center staff member opens the starting gates for the Ken-Barky Derby, set this year for May 2. Courtesy photo

pies and for the public. This year, the Center is incorporating a lesson on the importance of adoption for the students from Solana Santa Fe Elementary. The 10- and 11-year-olds will join the Helen Woodward Animal Center Education instructors for “spectator” hat-making and derby fan sign-making along with a message about the impact of adopting and saving lives. The students will then stay to enjoy the festivities, cheering their favorites to the finish line. The attendcerpts from a recent column in Newsmax Publications (April 22, 2014) that caught my eye: “Study: Global Warming Enhances Output and Health, Helps Poor” (newsmax.com/ Newsfront /g lobal-war mi ng- c l i mate - c ha nge -NC PA / 2 0 14 / 0 4 / 2 2 / id / 5 6 70 3 2 # i x z z 2 z gd L d WoG). “The modest increase in temperatures observed across the globe over the last century has helped to raise the standard of living of people around the world, according to a report from the National Center for Policy Analysis.

 The NCPA report stands in stark contrast to the most recent report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which consistently advocates giving the United Nations authority to tax and regulate fossil fuels, along with the power to subsidize and compel the use of alternative energy. The IPCC document, known as the Working Group II Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report, was released earlier this month. The paper predicts severe consequences for the planet if the global warming trend continues

ing students will also each bring a can of pet food to donate to Helen Woodward Animal Center’s AniMeals Program, providing food to the pets of the home-bound elderly. If you would like to attend the race, are interested in adopting, would like to make a donation, or would like more information, contact Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoptions Department at (858) 756-4117 ext. 313, visit animalcenter. org or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road. unabated. 
 “But this simply isn’t true, according to the NCPA. The Earth’s climate has shifted many times through history and prehistory, from tropical to frigid and back again. Over the preceding century and a half, average temperatures have gone up slightly, though the ongoing warming trend has apparently been on pause for the last 16-year period. ‘Contrary to popular belief, climate change thus far has had positive effects, and the net benefits of warming are likely to be positive for the foreseeable future,’ according to the report by NCPA senior fellow H. Sterling Burnett. The 0.8 degree Celsius (1.4 degree Fahrenheit) increase in the Earth’s temperature since 1880 has boosted global economic output by 1.4 percent, he asserts. It accomplished this by increasing agricultural production, cutting heating costs, and generating many other economic benefits. 
 Decreasing worldwide temperatures, on the other hand, portend upheaval and death, as they have for millions of years. ‘Cooling kills, and that is what is to fear,’ climate expert Chris-

Del Mar center begins next phase of renovation cated along Townsgate Drive, expanding the existing parking field behind the center between Pell and Kelsford Places. Taking advantage of the natural land grade, the top level of the structure will be three feet below Townsgate Drive at the north end and only five feet above at the south end, allowing enhanced vehicular and pedestrian access to the center from the street. Plans for the structure will include landscaped trellises, inviting walkways and three pedestrian entries. The parking structure will add approximately 600 new parking stalls. To gather feedback on what new retailers the community would like to see as part of the expansion, Donahue Schriber has launched an online survey at surveymonkey.

com/s/DMHTCSurvey. The feedback will be used to help determine what services, amenities and retailers the community would like to see added to the shopping center in the future. “The survey will help shape retail offerings at the shopping center and help us best serve our customers,” said Schreiber. Survey responses will be collected until May 31. The renovations, starting with the construction of the new parking structure, theater expansion and KinderCare relocation, will begin later this year. Construction of the new retail will begin in late 2015 and be complete in mid-2017. The center will remain open during construction and Donahue Schriber will work diligently to minimize impacts to customers.

topher C. Horner of the and self-reliance. Being taken care of by Competitive Enterprise Inthe government was somestitute told Newsmax.” thing to be ashamed of in I appreciate that I don’t those decades. Now, all we have to exercise in smoggy have is government wantair here as I did in the ‘60s ing more and more from us and ‘70s but changing the only to see our money givclimate? Clean air and wa- en away and mismanaged. ter yeah, but controlling the Watch what happens to earth’s temperature? Real- paychecks starting January ly now! It’s all just a power 2015. Being hosed may be a and greed scam. A recent poll shows that mild term. All the tax rates out of 32 topics that concern will be going up and all the Americans, climate change Affordable Care Act taxes will kick in on top of that. ranks 32nd. Baby boomers it’s time Americans are more concerned with their pock- to downsize and cast off et book, not some hypothet- burdens, otherwise you’ll ical computer model and be working for the governphoto-shopped propaganda ment more than 50 percent movie about global warming (“An Inconvenient Truth” used photo-shop. Check Snopes). Everyone should read this article in Newsmax because we just can’t afford any more of our government taking from the middle class where the majority of the middle class is still the baby boomers. Recent studies have shown that the middle class in America has been and is being hosed. I think we all pine at times for the ‘50s and ‘80s when life seemed simple compared to today and we were a country that believed in individuality

of the time. My next column will be written from the tropics on my deck overlooking the Pacific with its Mediterranean-like city nestled into the Sierra Madres. I’ll be enjoying my endless summer while the power and greed mongers in government are trying to figure out how to hose the middle class over healthcare and climate change. I’d rather focus on peace and tranquility instead.

DEL MAR — Donahue Schriber began the next phase of renovations April 23 at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center, 12925 El Camino Real, which will include a parking structure, theater expansion and new dining and shopping options. Entitled in the mid1980s, plans for the Del Mar Highlands Town Center were approved to include 425,000 square feet of retail and a parking structure. The center currently consists of 283,000 square feet of retail. Donahue Schriber’s new plans will add a parking structure and approximately 80,000 square feet of additional retail space including a threescreen expansion of the center’s Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas and a new KinderCare building. The three-level parking structure will be lo-


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