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In a ceremonial signing on May 16, members of the Joint Powers Authority, from left: County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, Solana Beach City Councilman Dave Zito, Del Mar City Councilman Don Mosier and County Supervisor Dave Roberts, extend the agreement for another 50 years. Photo by Tony Cagala

JPA extends agreement for another 50 years By Tony Cagala

Because of severe drought conditions, the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District is becoming more persistent in educating residents and raising awareness about their fire abatement program. Photo by Tony Cagala

Drought underscores abatement By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The recent Bernardo Fire coupled with the southern California drought has triggered the RSF Fire Protection District to be more persistent than ever in terms of their abatement program. In tandem, educating and supporting their residents is also the goal. “We have been talking for some time now that we have been in a prolonged drought and our fuel moistures are at critical levels and have been since February,” said Tony Michel, fire chief of the RSF Fire Protection District. “And they don’t hit that critical level until late summer.” Michel went on to say that because of this, citizens really need to be diligent and to make sure they

listen to what the Fire Protection District is reporting, including the letters they send out. Additionally, if property owners have questions about their defensible space, they are encouraged to call the District and ask. An appointment can also be scheduled to inspect the property to be sure it does fit defensible space guidelines. Julie Taber, public information officer of the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, said property owners are required to remove or modify native brush and grass within 100 feet of any structure. Michel also wanted to add, “Citizens have to be diligent and if they see something out of the ordinary or are concerned, they

need to contact the Fire Prevention District.” The Fire Chief said if someone gets a violation notice, they should address it as soon as possible. The notices, Michel said, are specific for a particular property. The abatement letters were sent out to RSF citizens last month; and, staff members continually work on these abatement letters. “From there, we have a few inspectors that go out and inspect properties” he said. Michel continued, “We can only go on public access ways to see and we cannot go on a private property to look at people’s vegetation.” If the District notices something of concern, then there will be a homeowner violation request.

There are also cases where homeowners may invite a weed abatement officer over if they feel their neighbor and/or neighbors are not complying with the defensible space requirements. For example, if a neighbor’s property line has dead native brush which comes within 100 feet of their neighbor’s residential home or structure, then the district may be of assistance. “We can’t go onto someone’s property uninvited, but if a resident has a concern, and if it was visible from their property and we could see it from there, then we can address it with the neighbor,” Taber said. The abatement program, TURN TO DROUGHT ON A16

RSF Association Board candidate speaks out By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe residents have never seen anything like it before. While four candidates are vying for two open seats on the Rancho Santa Fe Association Board of Directors, some campaigning efforts mirror the price tag of a mayoral race. Not all the candidates are doing it — just a couple. And this concerns candidate Susan Callahan. “The amount of money that is being spent makes me wonder what the motive would be,” Callahan said. “These are volunteer positions to work very hard for three years on a homeowner’s board and I just don’t understand these huge amounts of money going to- Susan Callahan, a candidate for a position on the Rancho Santa Fe wards this campaign.” Association Board of Directors, says she’s surprised by the amount of When Callahan de- money being spent by candidates in the election. Courtesy photo

These are volunteer positions to work very hard … and I just don’t understand these huge amounts of money going towards this campaign.” Susan Callahan Association Board Candidate

cided to run for a seat, she never dreamed anything like this would happen. Past campaigning in the Ranch has been quiet. For TURN TO ASSOCIATION ON A16

REGION — June 12, 2014 will mark 25 years since the Joint Powers Authority was formed. With the agreement end date approaching, member agencies, initiated by the city of Del Mar followed by San Diego County and Solana Beach, signed an extension on May 16 that gives the JPA 50 more years of governance over the San Dieguito River Park. “The agreement was first signed on June 12, 1989,” said Susan Carter, deputy director of the San Dieguito River Park. “And it was for 25 years, or (the agreement) said it could be extended for an additional 50 years at the end of that time.” The JPA, which is comprised of the cities of Del Mar, Escondido, Poway, Solana Beach, and San Diego and one citizen representative, has the ability to implement planning and projects in a regional level affecting the San Dieguito River Park area. That’s something a local government entity on its own wouldn’t be able to do, given the restrictions of individual jurisdictional boundaries. Before the extension was signed, the JPA Board was considering another option of revising the original 25 year agreement. Carter explained that a revised agreement was drafted and approved by all of the member agencies except for the city of San Diego. In order for that revised agreement to be adopted, all of the six member agencies would have needed to approve it to make it official. “If we didn’t take a separate action, then we were still looking at ending this June,” Carter said. The board instead opted to set aside the revised agreement and vote to extend the original agreement. That only took two agencies to agree to extend it. “I think it gives a clear showing of support that the

river park will be a regional asset for 50 years to come — twice the length of time of the original agreement — and it shows how critical this park is to our quality of life,” said Dave Roberts, the JPA board chairman and County Supervisor for District 3. The cities already involved will remain within the JPA. Carter explained that if a city opted to leave, it would have to give a 90-day notice. As the agreement is written now, the JPA doesn’t have the ability to allow new cities to join. “But the revised agreement that we were looking at did talk about that a little bit,” Carter said. “It talked about a mechanism for having a new agency join in as a partner.” Though if one agency left the JPA, another could potentially come in to fill that vacancy, Carter explained. She added that there aren’t many cities knocking on the door to join because the agreement affects the agencies that are closest or more involved, more integral to where the planning area of the park is. The city agencies do contribute financially to the JPA, which Carter said is voluntary. “They pay a percentage of our annual budget each year. So when we do our budget, the lion’s share of that revenue does come from our member agencies.” That percentage amount is based on a formula, Carter explained, that combines acreage within the focused planning area of the park and population of the agency. This year, using updated Census numbers, the city of San Diego and the county pay 31 percent, Poway and Escondido each pay 13 percent, and Del Mar and Solana Beach each pay 6 percent, said Carter. Each of the nine serving JPA Board members has to be an elected official that is selected by their own agencies as their representatives.


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District reopens with gratitude, sensitivity By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The RSF School District reopened their doors on May 19, welcoming students back to campus. A combination of the Bernardo Fire and Poinsettia Fire were the deciding factors to halt school sessions late last week. While crews battled the blaze of the Bernardo Fire on May 14, families had orders to evacuate along the southeastern quadrant of Rancho Santa Fe. Many were able to return home that evening, and school remained opened the following day. Things, however, changed when the fire erupted in Carlsbad on May 15. “When the fires broke out in Carlsbad on Wednesday, we had several parents panic and we actually had approximately 12 staff members needing to leave because they lived in Carlsbad,” Superintendent Lindy Delaney said. “After this, I was

I was very proud of our staff and students who handled things quietly, calmly and professionally.” Lindy Delaney Superintendent, RSF School District

on a conference call with the other superintendents in the county and listening to what everyone was doing; and, we decided it was in the best interest in the families that we not hold school on Thursday and Friday for a variety of reasons.” These decisions were made dayby-day. Looking back to last week, Delaney said the

school has spent a great deal of time practicing for earthquake and fire drills and those efforts showed last week. There are a total of 705 students in the RSF School District. “I was very proud of our staff and students who handled things quietly, calmly and professionally — it was the way I would have hoped and expected them to,” she said. While Delaney is thankful to their first responders, Fire Chief Tony Michel was of enormous help. Both had texted frequently so Delaney could be posted on the fire updates. “Having access to him personally really helped the District because he was able to let me know exactly where the fire was, which areas our families were being affected, and who was being evacuated,” she said. Delaney wants people to know that another significant help were the

phone conferences the County Superintendent Randy Ward championed. It enabled Delaney to garner a better understanding on what their neighboring districts were doing. Some Ranch residents were not able to return home until days after the fire. Delaney pointed out that she and the District realize how an evacuation takes an emotional toll on both the parents and children. For the children, they have had a slow transition back into school. Additionally, Delaney is aware that some students may have higher sensitivity regarding the Bernardo Fire particularly if they were more directly affected by it than others. “If there is anything we need to do to help support any of the children emotionally, we do want parents to let us know,” Delaney said.

RSF Fire chief reflects after Bernardo Fire By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — A week after the Bernardo Fire sparked, the RSF Fire Protection District reflects on how thankful they are for the heroic efforts among emergency responders and its community members. The Bernardo Fire, which blackened 1,548 acres, started on the morning of May 13 at 4S Ranch. The RSF Fire Protection District said according to Cal Fire and San Diego investigators, the fire was caused by a construction related incident. By May 17, the Bernardo Fire was 100 percent contained. At that point, RSF Fire Protection District Fire Chief Tony Michel said all resources were pulled from the fire. These resources were an Incident Command Team which took over the perimeter control of the fire.

“We pulled all our resources off about after the third day and it went to Cal Fire which worked on making sure that hand lines and control lines were cut in to make sure the fire would not rekindle at any time,” Michel said. After the Incident Command Team was pulled off last Saturday evening, Michel said, the Bernardo Fire incident was turned over to the Fire District to make sure it was patrolled and communicated with any concerned citizens. At the height of the fire, there were 350 firefighters on the ground. “But once we started breaking out with other fires, some of those units were sent to the Poinsettia Fire, Cocos Fire and the Highway Fire,” Michel said. While the Cocos Fire was not an immediate threat to the District, they were still monitoring it closely.

“We were really fortunate not to lose one resident in this fire,” Michel said. “We lost one out building in the Fairbanks Ranch area. And there was some minor damage to landscape and to some exteriors of homes.” Michel attributes these successes to a couple main reasons. First, it filters to the heroic efforts of all the first responders. These groups include the fire department agencies such as CAL FIRE, Del Mar, Elfin Forest, Oceanside, Poway, Encinitas, Rainbow, San Diego, Solana Beach, San Marcos, Vista, and all the other fire agencies that rolled in outside of the region in to assist. Also on this list are North County Dispatch JPA, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, San Diego Police Department, U.S. Forest Service, and the State Office of Emergency

Services. “I want to thank all the cooperators, all the law enforcement, all the firefighters and the Red Cross — I want to thank everyone that had any part in helping,” he said. Secondly, Michel credits the residents who listened to their fire prevention staff and making sure they had adequate defensible space around their homes in case of a wild land fire. “Every year, we send out notices and we inspect all the residences as best as we possibly can to make sure they have their defensible space in place,” Michel said. He went on to say, “We try to get rid of any type of nuisance areas where some of that dead and dying brush can contribute to a larger fire.” Tackling the Bernardo Fire was a team effort.

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The city will be seeking input from residents on installing a roundabout on Jimmy Durante Boulevard at San Dieguito Drive as part of an ongoing sidewalk, street and drainage improvement project. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Del Mar may step up changes to sidewalk project By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — With the design phase of a sidewalk improvement project under way, City Council agreed at the May 19 meeting to potentially expand the scope of work downtown and along Jimmy Durante Boulevard. The approved project along Camino del Mar called for intersection improvements at 10th, 11th and 12th streets. Sidewalks are also slated to be added on the west side of Camino del Mar in front of 1202, 1234 and City Hall and on the east side of Camino del Mar between 10th and 11th streets. During an analysis of the preliminary design, staff found that parking could be increased and traffic could be slowed if sharrow lanes and angled parking — changes similar to those made along Coast Highway 101 in Solana Beach — were added from 10th to 13th streets. The changes would net 33 new parking spaces as well as widen sidewalks and improve storm water runoff treatment. They would also eliminate designated left-turn lanes at 11th Street, although left turns would still be allowed, and increase the project cost for this segment from $300,000 to approximately $615,000. The few residents who addressed council did not support the changes. Tom McGreal said angled parking creates “an unnecessary danger” by forcing motorists to back up into traffic and bicyclists. He also feared eliminating the left-turn lanes would make traffic worse than it already is. As for adding needed parking spaces, McGreal

said he would like to see a comprehensive parking plan. “It feels like we’re being piecemealed,” he said. Bill Michalsky and Former Councilman Dave Druker also opposed eliminating left-turn lanes. Druker didn’t support mirroring Solana Beach. “I am very upset with the way Solana Beach looks now,” he said. “It looks like a huge parking lot.” Druker also said he preferred meandering sidewalks ferred meandering sidewalks downtown rather than straight ones because they “are part of the character of Del Mar.” Council members agreed with the three speakers that changes shouldn’t be made in front of City Hall since efforts to replace the facility are ongoing. But they directed staff to move forward to garner more public input on other recommendations, especially since left-turn lanes are currently prohibited at many intersections during peak traffic hours. “This is a safety issue, and I think we’ve got to accept that to get increased safety for our community … we’re going to have to make some compromises and those compromises may be losing a couple of left-turn pocket lanes,” Councilman Don Mosier said. “I think this revised plan has some favorable aspects,” he added. “But I think we need more discussion and information before making a decision to spend more money on it.”

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May 30, 2014 Views expressed in Opinion & Editorial do not necessarily reflect the views of the Rancho Santa Fe News

Time for a new supervisor By Jim Kydd

After 40 years of public service, Mayor Jim Wood of Oceanside is running for District 5 County Supervisor. He is running to unseat Bill Horn, who, in my opinion, has been around too long. It is unfortunately only human nature to take things for granted as the years pass — just one of the reasons we need new blood. If you are for more

development and more traffic and more chance of backcountry wild fires, then vote Horn back in. It’s all in his voting record. Check the list of his major campaign contributors and “follow the money.” They are predominately pro-development interests. One development he has been in favor of was the Gregory Canyon landfill project. The project has re-

ceived so much opposition from the voters, that Horn is now saying he opposes the project. Mayor Jim Wood has the endorsement of the Oceanside, Vista and San Marcos firefighters. That speaks well for Mayor Jim Wood. He is a proven dedicated public servant. Please vote for Jim Wood for District 5 Board of Supervisors. Jim Kydd, Publisher

Why I support Jim Wood for supervisor By Pam Slater-Price

Throughout my 24 years in public office, I fought over and over to protect the quality of life of our North County residents. This important work never ends. It is a constant challenge to protect our environment, improve our communities, and run a government that is fiscally sound, and open and accountable to its citizens. We are currently at a crossroads in San Diego County. If we stay with the status quo, Supervisor Horn has the necessary three votes to continue major sprawl developments and ruin our backcountry by overriding our new General Plan and permitting grossly oversized projects in rural North County. Merriam Mountains (2,700 homes) and Accretive (1,750 homes) will add sprawl up the Interstate 15 and in Valley Center. These huge projects will create future fire hazards and create more congestion on I-15. This is one area where Mayor Jim Wood will make a major difference on the Board of Supervisors. will provide He the crucial third vote to change the balance of power back to the concerns of the residents, rather than the developdeep-pocket ment industry interests that have bankrolled Supervisor Horn’s campaigns for the past many years. We have just endured yet another series of massive fires with more to come. The danger increases when developments sprawl into dry inland areas. That is why Mayor Jim Wood is supported by Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista firefighters. They know he will support responsibly planned development

rather than out of control sprawl that would place thousands of homes in high fire danger areas. They trust him to uphold the County’s recently adopted General Plan, which allows for sensible growth in appropriate areas. Public safety is ingrained in Mayor Jim Wood. He spent 31 years as an Oceanside police officer before being elected as city councilman and mayor of Oceanside, where he has served for the past nine years. That is why he is supported by the Oceanside They Police Officers. trust him. Supervisor Horn has always supported the development of Gregory Canyon Landfill on the banks of the San Luis Rey River during his tenure on the Board. Most recently he testified in person on the record at the Army Corps of Engineers Hearing in January 2013 to support the Gregory Canyon Landfill Development. Mayor Jim Wood has been the staunch opponent of the landfill for his entire tenure on the Council, and will continue to hold that position as a County Supervisor. Supervisor Horn now says he opposes the landfill but that the Supervisors have no say. This is simply not true. The Supervisors have no vote but they certainly have a say. I opposed this landfill from the outset and testified at every hearing in opposition. I was joined by Mayor Wood and Oceanside’s Water Department officials at these hearings. Mayor Wood will continue to fight for clean water and to protect the river. The position of County Supervisor not only has a tremendous impact on land use and environmental planning for the unincorporated acres,

but also on dozens of essential services provided to the four North County cities, including services to seniors, youth and families. As a law enforcement officer in Oceanside for 31 years, Mayor Wood fully understands the importance of these social services in crime prevention and will work to keep gangs out of North County, reduce juvenile crime and help create avenues out of poverty and desperation that create crime in the first place. Jim is a people person and is very hands-on in his approach. That is why he is supported by the Oceanside police officers. They know and trust him to work hard and to keep his word. During Jim’s tenure as mayor, he has helped created thousands of quality jobs, significantly reduced crime and has drastically improved Oceanside’s finances by supporting fiscally responsible budgets. It is time for a change of leadership in County District 5. Mayor Jim Wood has the support of North County fire professionals, the region’s police officers of its largest city, and the support of the Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters. Please give Jim Wood your support and your vote June 3, Election Day, 2014! Pam Slater-Price is a former Encinitas City Council member, mayor and County Supervisor for District 3. She resides in Del Mar.

Letters To the Editor A glaring truth I read the April 25th Coast News with great interest as I waited in Terminal 1 for a delayed plane. Four articles concerning development pointed to a glaring truth about San Diego County. Developers beat a path to this county with plans to destroy pristine, California native plant stands for new housing communities with large expanses of heat reflective concrete and few, if any, solar panels. Dissatisfied home owners and the San Diego fire chief’s opposition to new developments sited infrastructure overload and reduced emergency response time as good reasons to leave well enough alone or at least try to develop a plan with more sensitivity to existing inhabitants whether they slither, fly or walk on two or four legs. Homeowners have been voicing their opposition to development for years, but to hear a municipal leader’s dissatisfaction with proposals to increase density was a welcome sound. Can other community leaders not recognize the effects caused by the ever-increasing development in this beautiful county? The third article, a Community Commentary, made me aware of the reduction of designated open space by the long-awaited City of Carlsbad General Plan 1986 Prop E promises. And the fourth article discussed the “above normal”

Helene Bell, Oceanside Re: Side-by-side cycling In response to Mr. Johannsen’s letter complaining about bicyclists “obstructing traffic,” (May 16, 2014) I offer five important bits of terminology. 1. Door Prize: Defensive bicyclists ride 3 to 4 feet from park cars to avoid getting doored. In some cases, most of the bike lane is within the door zone, forcing us to ride the line. In such cases, blame the traffic engineer, not the cyclist.

2. Right hook: On the approach to an intersection, through traffic should be to the left of right-turning traffic. 3. Left cross: Even motorists who are not busy texting or yakking on the phone sometimes overlook bicyclists, particularly those who are placing themselves outside of their central attention field by hugging the curb. 4. Right drift: Roads are crowned, and inattentive motorists tend to drift toward the right, often overlooking bicyclists too far out in the periphery of their visual field. Sometimes you need to be more in front of someone to get his attention. 5. Crowding: It is easy to demonstrate that the closer a bicyclist hugs the curb, the less lateral margin overtaking motorists will provide. To suggest a given person behaves worse when bicycling than when driving is absurd. If anything, a defensive driver will be even more defensive when bicycling. He/she will not slow you down or inconvenience you unnecessarily, but will do what is required for safety. More often than not this entails moving leftward and “riding large,” i.e., taking up real estate to which he/she is legally entitled, for good reason. John A. Eldon, D.Env. Consultant Electronic and Environmental Engineering Instructor, UCSD and UCSD Extension

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fire season prediction for our arid region and firefighters’ preparation. I’ve never written to comment, but I had to commend your staff on aligning these four articles in one edition. The timing of that edition was eerie. This last week of fires in San Diego was a preview of potential problems if we continue to encroach into our historically open spaces. Is it sustainable to put future homeowners in harm’s way? Will front end funding support fire retardant building practices, the increased costs for fire insurance and municipal services to protect life and property? When will these concepts be brought into the development equation? These are the questions that popped into my mind. Thanks for letting me express them.


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The San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy is available for presentations regarding the anticipated restoration process and environmental report. File photo

Presentations give ‘sneak peak’ into lagoon restorations By Aaron Burgin

REGION — Groups and parties still interested in a “sneak preview” of sorts of the long-anticipated restoration of the San Elijo Lagoon can still request a presentation from the group charged with preserving it. The San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy has been conducting presentations throughout the community in advance of the release of the environmental study of the proposed lagoon restoration, which is tentatively scheduled for July. The restoration of the lagoon, one of only a handful remaining coastal wetlands statewide, has been in the works since 2002, said Doug Gibson, executive director and principal scientist for San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy. “We are starting to wind down and are gearing up for the release of the environmental document,” Gibson said. “It’s a big milestone to get to this step.” Located on the border of Encinitas and Solana Beach, the 979-acre lagoon is home to more than 700 species of plants and animals, many rare and endangered. The lagoon is also popular with runners, bird watchers and wildlife photographers. Urban development has resulted in the disappearance of mudflat and saltmarsh habitats, with

mudflats being the primary food source for many of the lagoon’s animals. Conservancy officials estimate that the mudflat habitat will disappear in five years if action is not taken. State and federal regulations require environmental studies to determine how the environmental impacts of large projects such as the lagoon restoration can be eliminated or lessened be-

It’s a big milestone to get to this step.”

Doug Gibson Executive Director, San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy

fore the project can begin. The public will be able to review and comment on the environmental report after its release at several public meetings. Local, state and federal agencies must sign off on the report before the restoration can begin. Gibson said the conservancy is hoping to start the project by January 2016. The conservancy has given eight presentations since April to local clubs and organizations. Groups interested in having a presentation can contact the Conservancy by email at info@sanelijo.org or call (760) 436-3944 ext. 704.

It’s fashion forward for Country Friends RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Country Friends asks the community to save the date for its 59th annual Art of Fashion 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 18 at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Chairwoman Andrea Naversen has planned boutique shopping, a runway fashion show, luncheon and an Apres Affaire wine- and dessert-tasting. The event benefits the County Friends charities. For reservations, call (858) 756-1192, ext. 4 or visit thecountryfriends.org. Formed in 1954 to fulfill a need with the motto, “Helping San Diegans since 1954 - One Hand At a Time,” The Country Friends seeks

members and sponsors, owns and operates its own consignment shop, and hosts events to raise funds for local human care agencies. Membership is offered to those ready to take part in its community of giving. The Country Friends Consignment Shop is at the corner of El Tordo and Avenida de Acacias. This year-round enterprise is staffed by The Country Friends volunteers and open to the public. The Consignment Shop offers silver, crystal, objects d’art, china and furniture. Merchandise is received from estates and individuals and is either donated or consigned.

Alice the dog will be on hand to help celebrate the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s spring gala. Courtesy photo

Countdown: Helen Woodard Animal Center 26th Annual Spring Fling Gala By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The 26th Annual Spring Fling Gala hosted by the Helen Woodward Animal Center is right around the corner. Its Alice in Wonderland theme this year, “Down the Rabbit Hole,” promises an evening to remember. Considered as its biggest fundraiser of the year, its outdoor venue at the Fairbanks Village Plaza in Rancho Santa Fe is set for June 7. Co-emcees this year are Dave Scott of KUSI and Shelly Dunn of Jack FM; and, live music will be performed by The Heroes. For many, the Spring Fling Gala is a much anticipated event. “It’s a really nice philanthropic event that people are interested in because we are saving animals and supporting our programs,” said Regina Barrella, Special Events Supervisor at the Helen Woodward Animal

Center. “People want to be part of this night.” Barella expects the venue to sell out at 400 guests. “Last year we netted almost $290,000 with our Spring Fling Gala and all our proceeds go directly back into the Center which helps animals and people,” she said. This black tie event is co-chaired by Marlaine Fetzer and Rebecca Vigil. Last year, Vigil was the chair of the 25th Annual Spring Fling, and gladly accepted another opportunity. “I was approached to do it again this year, and again, wanted to step up to the plate and help out,” said Vigil, adding how her friend Fetzer has been wonderful to work with. While the Helen Woodward Animal Center has always held a special place for Vigil, unbeknownst to her, she hadn’t realized when her grandmother was in care at Escondido, the Hel-

en Woodward team would bring their animals to visit. Vigil said realizing this, provided her with great joy knowing her grandmother was receiving happiness and comfort with these animals. Vigil agrees with Barella about why the gala is so highly anticipated, adding, “there are so many animals lovers here and they really do want to support the Center and what it provides in the community.” As always, 5-star restaurants will be on hand serving up savories. A small list mention of these restaurants include, Searsucker Del Mar, The Fish Market, Casa Sol y Mar, The Melting Pot La Jolla, Truluck’s Seafood, Steaks & Crab House, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, and Pamplemousse Grille. “Every year, restaurants just step up immediately and want to be part of this gala and its fundraising efforts,” said Vigil, noting how they are an extraordi-

nary part of the evening. For the last several years, designer Joel Garlejo has created a magical ambience. This year, he returns once again to bring a whimsical, clever and creative atmosphere for, “Down the Rabbit Hole.” And the annual gala is once again overflowing with silent and live auction items. Vigil said they are repeating the popular “Wine Cellar” win. Guests can purchase opportunity tickets to win either a $1,000 or $2000 selection of wines to place in their collection. “I really encourage people to come out for a lovely evening,” Vigil said. “It’s a nice way to start June with such a lovely event in Rancho Santa Fe.” To learn more about the Spring Fling Gala or volunteer gala opportunities, please visit animalcenter. org or call (858) 756-4117.

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Encinitas raises traffic mitigation fees Unanimous decision doesn’t raise fees as sharply as proposed By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — The Encinitas City Council backed off of a proposal to sharply raise the fee it charges homebuilders for traffic impacts, but said the issue is not over. The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to approve raising the so-called traffic mitigation fee from $2,225 per unit for a single family residence to $2,254 per unit — the amount originally proposed by staff last week before the council requested a higher increase. But the council directed staff to return as soon as possible with information to determine why Encinitas’ neighboring cities charge significantly higher fees than they do, possibly leaving the door open for a future increase. “This will allow us to look at the issue from a more holistic approach rather than it just showing up on the agenda because we have to meet a deadline,” Councilman Tony Kranz said. “But we need to bring it back so we can address the issues of traffic impact, which are significant.” The proposal at the May 21 meeting would have raised the fee by more than 60 percent for single-family homes, from $2,225 per unit to $3,552 per unit, and 30 percent for other developments. Representatives of the regional Building Industry Association — including

three who attended the council meeting — called the increase unjustified and said it would add to the cost of buying a home, further pricing young residents out of the local housing market. “Some may reason that it’s only a small increase, however, housing is an industry that dies by a thousand cuts,” said Jim Schmid, CEO of Carlsbad-based Chelsea Investment Corp., which has developed affordable housing in Encinitas. The City Council said it was sympathetic to the issue of affordability, but several council members questioned why the city’s traffic fees were much lower than neighboring cities, some which charge as much as $2,000 more per unit for similar fees. They then directed staff to return with information about how those cities justified the higher rates. “San Marcos and Carlsbad are considered development friendly, but nothing has stopped them for having these significantly high fees,” Mayor Teresa Barth said. “I strongly urge (staff) to bring this forward as soon as possible,” she added. The council had to approve the small fee increase to keep it above the county’s minimum requirement of $2,254 per unit, a requirement to receive the city’s share of funds from TransNet, the voter approved halfcents sales tax that is earmarked for regional transportation projects. Encinitas is annually entitled to $1.5 million in TransNet funds.

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Nostalgia and bacon to highlight 2014 fair By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — The 2014 San Diego County Fair will offer all things fabulous, fried and 50 years ago during its 24-day run from June 7 through July 6. This year’s event, themed The Fab Fair, will pay tribute to the British Invasion that “changed the music scene forever,” fairgrounds General Manager Tim Fennell said at a May 21 press conference. The fair will also feature British pop culture, music and several exhibitions, including “The Beatles! Backstage and Behind the Scenes” and “Give Peace a Chance.” The former is a collection of 80 never-before-published photos of The Beatles’ first U.S. performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in February 1964 and the 20city tour that followed. The latter commemorates John and Yoko Ono’s eight-day 1969 bed-in for peace. Both exhibits are making their debut in California during the fair. “The John F. Kennedy Exhibition” commemorates the 50th anniversary of his assassination and includes personal items owned by the president and his wife. Also on display will be a re-creation of the Oval Office, a collection of gowns worn by first ladies during inaugurations and a fuselage re-created to look like Air Force One and available for touring. Not-to-miss culinary concoctions include bacon-wrapped Jack Daniel’s, a treat made possible by hollowing out a churro, injecting it with half a shot of Jack Daniel’s, wrapping it in bacon, throwing it on the grill and serving it with whipped cream and maple syrup.

The Fab Four, a Beatles tribute band, will perform June 26. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

The creation is the brainchild of Mike Peterson of Bacon-A-Fair, who last year introduced the cheesy bacon bomb — jack cheese in a biscuit wrapped in bacon and deep-fried. “He took a lot of his favorite flavors and put them all together,” Brittney Peterson said of her bacon-wrapped Jack Daniel’s. Charlie Boghosian, better known as Chicken Charlie, is offering a triple-decker cheeseburger on a Krispy Kreme doughnut. “We’re not leaving anything out,” Boghosian said as he described the one-pounder. Boghosian is also serving deep-fried chicken skins seasoned with his secret 16.6 paprika-and-garlic-based rub and chipotle ranch sauce for dipping. “Everyone always says

the skin is the best part of a chicken,” Boghosian said about his inspiration for the dish. “So why waste time with everything else?” On the healthier side, Boghosian is grilling chicken legs, something he does during family outings at Mission Bay. Garlic-battered artichokes, a variety of sausages, bacon doughnuts, homemade garlic-parmesan potato chips and the Hunka-Hunk-of-Bacon-Love, a peanut butter, chocolate, bacon and banana sundae, are just a few of the other gastronomic goodies to be had. There are, of course, rides — many of which may be better experienced before eating — concerts and fests for everything from beer and wine to bacon and Gospel. The Infield, revamped

and renamed Family Funville, offers a turkey stampede, farm contests that include watermelon seed spitting and corn husking, and a chance for little ones to learn about where their food really comes from. “And there are deals to be had,” Fennell said. The Best Past Ever allows fairgoers entrance for $1 a day. There is free offsite parking with a shuttle service at MiraCosta College, Torrey Pines High School and Horse Park. The fairgrounds also teamed up with North County Transit District for discounts on public transit and fair admission. Be on the lookout for this year’s mascots — Iam the Walrus and John, Paul, George and Ringo. Visit sdfair.com for more details.

Artist, former nun hosts fundraiser for lifesaving bone marrow transplant REGION — Artist and former Self-Realization Fellowship nun Heidi Hall is hosting another benefit concert and art sale to raise funds for her delayed bone

marrow transplant. Hall, an Oceanside resident, has been battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia since late 2010. Though originally planned for January, Hall’s lifesaving transplant was bumped to June 26 due to medical complications. After spending 30 years as a nun for SRF with-

out any financial savings and being unable to work since her diagnosis, Hall hopes to raise funds for the expenses insurance will not cover, including medical care as she recovers from the procedure. The benefit will be held May 31 at 7:30 p.m. at Seaside Church in Encinitas. The event will feature

musical performances by Shimshai, Deepak of the Breath of Life Tribe, and Josiah as well as a show of Hall’s art of sacred figures. Visit innernettickets. com for tickets and more information. Direct donations to Hall can be made at m.helphopelive.org /campaign/4342.

Heidi Hall displays her work in her Oceanside home in December 2013. Hall will be selling some of her pieces at a benefit concert and art show to raise funds for her upcoming bone marrow transplant. File photo by Rachel Stine

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International bestselling author visits Horizon Prep By Christina Macone – Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe’s Horizon Prep school opened its doors for a special event featuring international bestselling author and founder of the Arrowsmith Program, Barbara Arrowsmith-Young on May 23. Following the publication of her book, “The Woman Who Changed Her Brain,” Arrowhead-Young has been further recognized as an innovator for neuroplasticity applications in groundbreaking cognitive exercises. Horizon Prep is one of two schools in the state of California which offers the Arrowsmith Program. The students enrolled in this program are bright, yet have a learning disability which gets in the way such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, or dysgraphia. “I tell families and professionals that the Arrowsmith Program is not just about helping a student be academically successful, but it is about the long-term success of that person in life,” said Keri Leasure, M.A., CCC-SLP, Arrowsmith Program coordinator at Horizon Prep. Leasure said to incorporate a program that can get to the root of the issue, rather than trying to help a child to learn how to deal with the issue and compensate for the problem, is life changing. Leasure went on to say that the program can change the trajectory of someone’s life because it helps get rid of a disability which could be holding them back, such as learning math. “If you want to pursue a career in medicine or engineering we want to be able to give you the ability to kick those chains off that are holding you down from doing those things you dream of doing.” And that’s exactly what Arrowsmith-Young shared that evening. In 1978, Arrowsmith-Young invented cognitive programs to tackle her own learning disabilities. A resident of Toronto, Ontario Canada, she established her first school in 1980. To date, there

Bestselling author Barbara Arrowsmith-Young visits the campus of Horizon Prep in Rancho Santa Fe on May 23. The school is one of two in California that uses the Arrowsmith educational program, which Arrowsmith-Young created. Courtesy photo

are 55 schools in Canada, United States, Australia and New Zealand utilizing the program. And those numbers continue to climb. “My vision is that all students struggling with learning challenges will have the opportunity to benefit from cognitive programs utilizing the principles of neuroplasticity, programs that change

the brain’s capacity to learn and open to these learners a world of possibilities,” she said. Arrowsmith-Young earned a B.A.Sc. in Child Studies from the University of Guelph and a Master’s degree in School Psychology from the University of Toronto. Before her presentation, she shared

Rotary supports changing realities REGION — At its May 16 meeting, Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary presented Christopher Yanov, founder and president of Reality Changers, with an $11,056 check for the program that provides after-school academic support, financial assistance and leadership training for youth from disadvantaged backgrounds in San Diego. Reality Changers was

one of two major beneficiaries of the Rotary Turf Bocce Tournament held at the Del Mar Horsepark in late March. A number of Realty Changers’ staff and students attended the tournament, both to meet the participants and to assist in the tournament. After thanking the Rotary Club for its support, Yanov announced that five of their students had recently

won full Gates Millennium Scholarships this year. These scholarships from the Gates Foundation cover all college expenses through a PhD and provide increased opportunities for outstanding minority students with significant financial need. At this same meeting, Steve Binder, from the county’s Public Defender’s Office, spoke to Rotarians and guests about Homeless

From left, Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club President Steve Weitzen joins Vicky Mallett, co-chairwoman of the Rotary’s annual bocce tournament as she presents Christopher Yanov, founder and president of Reality Changers with $11,056, as a beneficiary of the tournament fundraiser. Courtesy photo

Court, a program that he started for homeless veterans 25 years ago as part of a service fair called Stand Down. The Rotary Club hands out roughly 7,000 bottles of cold water to homeless veterans and volunteers at Stand Down in July of each year. For more information, call Richard Fogg at (858) 693-7556 or Diane Huckabee at (619) 818-0528) or visit DMSBRotary.com.

how thrilled she was to have her program at Horizon Prep, where their vision is to educate the whole student and to discover and encourage their gifts. “The Arrowsmith Program allows these students to have a different future – one of confidence, one of being fully engaged with the world through being competent and able to learn academically, socially and vocationally,” she said. Through using the principles of neuroplasticity, Arrowsmith-Young said, it changes the brain of the learner so that it can register, absorb, retain, process and use the content. She pointed out that it’s all about getting the brain ready to learn by strengthening critical cognitive functions such as reasoning, thinking, planning, problem solving, visual memory, auditory memory, motor plans, and more. “Once the brain is changed, learning can occur naturally and the roadblocks that impeded learning are removed,” Arrowsmith-Young said. Dana Kettler, a parent at Horizon Prep, is thankful for the positive changes they witnessed in their daughter both at school and at home. “It’s been an interesting year for Grace as we took a step of faith enrolling her in the Arrowsmith Program,” Kettler said. “We did because we could see that this innovative program, grounded in years of neuroscience research, would give her the chance to resolve her struggle with dyslexia rather than just give her tools to compensate.” Kettler said that for her daughter, academically, they’ve seen her reading fluency increase, as well as areas in penmanship and math. And at home, her daughter is more organized. Kettler, excited about attending the event, looked forward to hearing the founder’s story and other parents’ successes. “For me, I’m hoping to thank her for all the work she’s invested in bringing hope to students with information processing disorders,” she said.


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Sumatran tigers get new home at Safari Park By Rachel Stine

REGION — The San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s newest exhibit is pure luxury for its feline inhabitants. More than twice the size of the big cat’s original hang out, the Tull Family Tiger Trail’s three exhibits are complete with a waterfall and swimming pool for splashing around, heated rocks for sunbathing, green slopes for running, and shaded nooks for cooling down. One of the keepers for the Park’s six Sumatran tigers, Janet Lawhon, explained that the new habitat provides more enrichment for the tigers. The exhibits’ features will help keep the tigers engaged and interested in their surroundings, more so when paired with stimulating scents and sounds

Safari Park tiger keeper Janet Lawhon rewards 10-year-old male Sumatran tiger Teddy for following her directions to sit up. Photos by Rachel Stine

placed inside. Lawhon said the swimming pool and waterfall has proven intriguing for the cats, particularly when keepers added one of their favorite scents, peppermint, to the water. The exhibits provide several spaces for keepers to interact with the tigers with behavioral management techniques in full

view of guests. These techniques include having the tigers jump onto a fence and roll over, and allow the keepers to check the tigers’ stomachs, paws, and teeth without sedating the large animals. The $19.5 million exhibit is also designed to provide greater tiger access education for park guests.

Lawhon said that she used to get complaints for guests who visited the Safari Park multiple times and never saw a tiger. With walkways all the way around all of the tiger exhibits, “You’re going to be hard-pressed not to see a tiger here,” she said. The Tiger Trail’s educational outreach focuses on teaching guests about these furry felines and also the two biggest threats to

Sumatran tigers: poaching and logging. Today, there are only 300 to 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild because they are being killed for their bones and fur and their habitat is being destroyed by logging, explained San Diego Zoo and Safari Park Ambassador Rick Schwartz. “We could literally lose this type of animal in our lifetime,” he said.


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MAY 30 SUMMER THEATER New Village Arts presents “The Miss Firecracker Contest” with pay-what-you-can previews May 30 through June 6. The play runs through June 29 at 2787 State St., Carlsbad. Tickets are $28 $39 at 2787 State St., online at newvillagearts.org or by phone at (760) 433-3245. JUNE 1 FESTIVAL IN CARDIFF Shir Energy Music festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 1 at Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester Ave., Cardiff–by-the-Sea with headliner Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary. The celebration of Jewish music includes arts and crafts, a game truck, food and beverages. Adult tickets are $15 and teens are $10, free under 11. All proceeds from the event support music education and the Seany Foundation. For more information, call (858) 453-9600 or contact adrian@behmedia. com. LOVE THAT MOZART The Mainly Mozart Chamber Players, members of the All Star Festival Orchestra, perform Mozart compositions at 2 p.m. June 1 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 6628 Santa Isabel St., Carlsbad. Tickets are $25. A reception follows. For more information, call (6l9) 239-0100. JUNE 2 AUDITIONS Auditions will be held for “The Odd Couple” from 7 to 10 p.m. June 2 at the Broadway Theater, 340 E. Broadway, Vista. Auditioners are required to bring a one-minute comic monologue. The Roles of Oscar and Felix have been precast. The play will run Aug.1 through Aug. 17 at the Welk Resort Theater. For more information, visit broadwayvista.com JUNE 4 FAMILY CONCERT Fred Benedetti and the Benedetti Trio join his vocalist daughters Regina and Julia for a free, one-hour performance at the Cardiff library at 7 p.m. June 4, 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff. For more information, call (760) 635-1000 JUNE 5 ART TO HEAL Tetrachromat Artist Concetta Antico will unveil paintings donated to Rady Children’s Hospital for its orthopedic ward at 6 p.m. June 5 at 3030 Children’s Way, third-floor orthopedic ward, Rady’s Hospital. ‘ALADDIN’ ON STAGE The city of San Marcos Theatre West Youth Theater will present “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.” at 7:30 p.m. June 5 and June 6 and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. June 7 and June 8 at the San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive. Tickets are $7 for youth/

students/seniors and $10 for adults, in advance or at the door. For more information, go to san-marcos.net/theatrewest or call (760)7449000. JUNE 6 PUPPING AND WILSON The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra, led by Peter Pupping and William Wilson, will perform selections from its current session “South of the Border” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 6, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 925 Balour Drive, Encinitas. SEE HOW IT’S DONE Artist, architecural illustrator and licensed landscape architect Richard Scott will provide a Fine Art demonstration from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. June 6 at Buena Vista Audubon Society & Nature Center, 2202 S. Coast Highway, Carlsbad. For more information, call (760) 4348497 or visit coalartgallery. com. BOLD AS BRASS Encinitas Library’s First Sunday Music Series presents a free concert by the Trumpets R Us brass choir from 2 to 3 p.m. June 6 at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. For more information, call (760) 7537376 or visit encinitaslibfriends.org BLUES AND BARBECUE San Marcos and Allen’s Wrench present the Rock, Blues and Barbecue Festival from 5 and 9 pm. June 6 and June 7 at Walnut Grove Park, 1950 Sycamore Drive, San Marcos, Attendees should bring beach chairs or blankets for lawn seating. Presale tickets are $10 June 6, $15 June 7, $5 per day/ children under 10. Get tickets at san-marcos.net/specialevents or at the San Marcos Community Center. JUNE 7 THE CLASSICS La Jolla Symphony & Chorus will perform at 7:30 p.m. June 7 and 2 p.m. June 8 at the Mandeville Auditorium, UC San Diego. Ticket are $29. Call (858) 534-4637 or visit lajollasymphony.com. GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT Chippendales male revue will return to Pala’s Infinity showroom for another ultimate girl’s night out at 7 p.m., June 7 in the Infinity Room, Pala Casino Spa and Resort, 11154 Highway 76, Pala. Tickets are $32 - $22 with no service charge at the Pala Box Office in the casino, or call (877) 946-7252 or startickets.com.


2014 Arts Alive Banners up for auction brush with art kay colvin With summer rapidly approaching, it’s once again time for one of the art community’s most upbeat annual events. The 2014 Arts Alive Exhibit and banner auction will culminate June 8 in the Cardiff Town Center. Now in its 15th year, the Arts Alive Exhibit is all about community involvement. Each year half of the proceeds go to the organizing nonprofits in order to fund ongoing work in and around Encinitas. The other half of proceeds, which is received by the banner artists, is often generously donated to local charitable organizations. Originated in 2000 by the 101 Artists’ Colony, this year’s Arts Alive exhibit is dedicated to the memory of Artists’ Colony board member A. Paul Bergen and Billy Stewart, devoted Artists’ Colony volunteer. For many years the Arts Alive auction has been the only annual fundraiser of the 101 Artists’ Colony, which supports community projects such as Full Moon Poets’ poetry slams at La Paloma Theatre, Halloween children’s games and music for Encinitas Safe Trick or Treat at the Lumberyard, and concerts featuring local musicians at the Encinitas Library. The all-volunteer 101 Artists’ Colony was formed in 1998 to foster awareness of all forms of art and encourage the interaction between artists and the community at large. The organization has become recognized as an indispensable part of the culture of Encinitas, despite operating without a physical location since 2007. The 2014 Arts Alive Exhibit, organized and produced by 101 Artists’ Colony, Cardiff 101 Main Street, and Leucadia 101 Main Street Associations, is partially funded by sponsors including Cardiff Seaside Market,

Bryan Helfand’s banner “Sol Centered” is one of 103 original Arts Alive banners to be auctioned on June 8 in the Cardiff Town Center. PImage

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San Dieguito Art Guild/Off Track Gallery, Scripps, SPY Optic, and media sponsor The Coast News Group. Although the program seems to run effortlessly each year, a great deal of activity occurs behind the scenes to produce the multifaceted event. Since its inception in 2000, Danny Salzhandler, President of the 101 Artists’ Colony and director of the Arts Alive exhibit, has been fully involved with the project. Each September individual artists are invited to participate by painting an original work of art for the

exhibit. By late November the artists are given either a small banner measuring 18” x 50”, or a larger banner measuring 30” x 84”. The artists have approximately one month to turn in their masterpieces. Shortly after all completed banners are collected, volunteers assist Carlsbad photographer Stephen Whalen as he takes high-resolution shots of each original

work of art. Volunteers Julie Ann Stricklin, Nancy Nelson, and Norma Salzhandler then produce the official auction guide and bookmarks that are available during the festive unveiling event in February. This marks the beginning of the silent bidding period. As silent bidding continues, the 103 original works of art are on display for three months on light standards along Coast Highway 101 throughout downtown Encinitas, Leucadia, and Cardiff, as well as in the Cardiff Town Center on San Elijo Avenue. Leucadia 101 Main Street Association records bids by phone until the end of the outdoor exhibit. The banners are removed from the light posts a week prior to the auction and scrubbed in preparation for sale. Professional auctioneer Rich Houk, who volunteers his services each year, will again conduct the live auction with bids starting at $150. Bidding wars occasionally occur, but the auction remains an ideal opportunity to own original works of art by local artists. The 2014 Arts Alive Banner Auction will be held June 8 in the courtyard of Cardiff Town Center. Banners will be available for viewing by 10 a.m. that morning, followed by an opening reception at 1:30 p.m. The live auction will begin at 2 p.m. The online auction guide can be seen at artsaliveencinitas.com, while bids can be placed prior to the event by phoning Leucadia 101 Main Street Association at (760) 436-2320. Kay Colvin is director of L Street Fine Art Gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, and specializes in promoting emerging and mid-career artists. Contact her at kaycolvin@lstreetfineart.com


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Neon Trees is back on the road and will stop at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay in San Diego June 6. Courtesy photo

After ‘getting right’ Tyler Glenn and Neon Trees are back By Alan Sculley

Neon Trees were still riding high on the success of their second album, “Picture Show,” and the hit single, “Everybody Talks,” that propelled the band further into the forefront of the mainstream pop world when touring behind the album came to an abrupt and premature halt. After a particularly frustrating show in Las Vegas in 2012, singer Tyler Glenn — who had gotten increasingly antagonistic with crowds that weren’t taking to Neon Trees

during a tour opening for the Offspring — decided he needed to get his life in order. Doing that meant going into therapy and canceling the remaining Neon Trees concerts that were booked. To outsiders, it might have seemed like a situation that could create serious conflict within the Neon Trees camp. After all, the band was losing out on touring income and the opportunity to make “Picture Show” an even bigger hit than it already was. But drummer Elaine

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Bradley said no one in the band had an issue with Tyler’s decision to pull the plug on band activities. “We all received the same email where he just explained, like ‘Hey guys, I know that things have been rough and I’m having personally a very, very hard time and I need to take some time for myself to get right,’” she related in an early May phone interview. “I think when that happened none of us really thought of the business, like ‘Oh no, why can’t we play these shows?’ I think it was more about, of course, you do what you need to do to get right. “It’s not worth it if we are, if we are personally just (killing) ourselves to have the kind of success we would have had if we would have just kept going. “I think we would have eventually just like burned out and gone away. So I think we all understood the necessity and the importance of taking that time then and worrying about it later.” Today, three years later, Neon Trees has a new album out called “Pop Psychology,” a top 10 single on “Billboard” magazine’s Hot Rock songs chart (“Sleep-

ing With a Friend”) and the world knows about some of the problems that had Glenn in turmoil by 2012. In an April 10 article in “Rolling Stone” magazine, the singer revealed he was gay and talked about his time in therapy and how it

Following a faith that considers homosexuality a “serious transgression” on par with rape and murder, was bound to create conflicts for Glenn. Glenn told “Rolling Stone” he had crushes on guys during high school,

“It’s not worth it if we are personally just (killing) ourselves to have the kind of success we would have had if we would have just kept going.” Elaine Bradely Drummer, Neon Trees

helped him get to the root of his problems. No longer hiding his sexuality was a big step. Like Bradley and his other Neon Trees bandmates, guitarist Chris Allen and bassist Branden Campbell, Glenn was raised Mormon and had chosen Provo, Utah, a conservative community that is 88 percent Mormon, for his home.

but it wasn’t an overwhelming part of his life until his 20s. He had, in fact, dated girls and at one point had a two-year relationship with a woman he intended to marry. But after forming Neon Trees in 2005, Glenn’s issues with his sexuality grew to be more of a struggle, and the question of whether to come out or keep things secret increasingly became a burden. The meltdown on tour in 2012 ended up being the turning point. Once in therapy, Glenn began to find his emotional center and decided he was going to come out. Not only did Glenn resolve to go public about his homosexuality, during writing sessions for “Pop Psychology” with long-time friend Tim Pagnotta (frontman of the band Sugarcult and the co-writer of “Everybody Talks,” as well as “An-

imal,” the hit single from Neon Trees’ 2010 debut album, “Habits”), Glenn took things a step further. He began to deal with his sexuality in songs he and Pagnotta were writing, including “Sleeping with a Friend” and “Teenager in Love.” Lyrically, such songs bring an extra depth to “Pop Psychology.” Musically, however, the album furthers Neon Trees’ track record for creating upbeat, hooky and tightly crafted pop-rock songs. Tunes like “Text Me in the Morning,” “Love in the 21st Century” and “I Love You, But I Hate Your Friends,” offer sugar-sweet hooks, smart blends of guitars, synthesizers and electronics and enough edge to keep things rocking. Meanwhile, mid-tempo tunes like “Living in Another World” and “Foolish Behavior” give the album a nice balance. Bradley said Neon Trees has stepped up the visual production in its show for touring behind “Pop Psychology.” The band has grown in other ways as well. “I think personally we’re kind of different, happier people,” she said. “So that helps the live show, especially Tyler getting comfortable with himself and almost getting right in the head, if you will, helps him to let a lot of things go. “He used to internalize a lot of things and get really upset if it didn’t go exactly like he wanted to. “So I think his newfound comfort with himself really helps us put on the show he wants to put on, which is excellent.”

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S.D. Polo season kicks off June 1 By Bianca Kaplanek

REGION — The sport of kings will kick off its 28th season at the San Diego Polo Club June 1, with gates opening at 12:30 p.m. and local and international players competing in matches at 1 and 3 p.m. The event will include a fashion show at 2:30 p.m., as well as the traditional divot stomp. The day will conclude with the 7th Chukker After Party until 7 p.m. Matches are held every Sunday, with the exception of July 27 and Aug. 3 and Aug. 10, with the season culminating Sept. 28 with the U.S. Polo Association’s Spreckels Cup finals. Ticket options include a VIP, center-field grandstand tent for $300 to $450 for a table of 10 with food and beverage service. Field-side reserved garden seating is $25 per person, and general admission is $12. Parking is $10. For $10 per person plus parking attendees can pack a picnic, tailgate on the east side of the field and watch the matches from there. The San Diego Polo Club has two full-service

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bars offering craft cocktails, local craft beers and champagne — a must-have for the divot stomp. Food choices include sandwiches, salads and daily specials. Polo was first played in San Diego in 1906, launched more as a business venture than an athletic competition, and has been part of local history longer than the Padres or Chargers. Hoping to attract visitors at the turn of the century, Hotel del Coronado own-

er John D. Spreckels built the Coronado Country Club, a four-block, two-story facility with three polo fields. The first major tournament was between English lords and an American team of Navy officers. Match attendance exploded but interest waned after two world wars. The country club was sold, bring to an end polo in Coronado. The game continued to be played in various locations throughout the county until 1987, when a perma-

nent home was found in the current location at 14555 El Camino Real in the San Dieguito River Valley. Although polo initially attracted millionaires and movie stars, Steve Lewandowski, community relations director for the polo club and match announcer for more than two decades, said the sport is not for the haughty, especially given the fact that “the athletes are pooping on the field.” Visit sandiegopolo.com for more information.

Yanks and Brits go head to head in surf competition CAMP PENDLETON — They came by sea armed with surf boards and body boards. The British Army surf team emerged from the waters of Del Mar Beach ready to face their opponents, the U.S. Military surf team for the first time ever. The competition managed to stay close as the waves struggled to find any form early in the contest. But as the tide started to drop mid-morning and conditions improve, so too did the members of the U.S. Military surf team begin to drop high scores during the inaugural Red Bull Rivals International Surf Contest. On Saturday, the two teams faced off as part of the ever-growing Red Bull Rivals surf tournament. Usually, the contest pits the Marines surf teams from the West and East Coasts against each other. The U.S. team, led by their captain, Master Gunnery Sgt. Jay Michael Auwae, would earn the victory by a final score of 94.5 to the British Army’s 81. For the past two weeks, the U.S. and British have been training in the surf, a far cry from the training they’d been doing for years past during the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns. “There’s a lot of morale being built and camaraderie,” Auwae said. “The only

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time we (British Army) train together is in Afghanistan or Iraq, and all of a sudden now, the war’s over, what we call over, and everyone’s here now…it’s good country camaraderie and they’re our brothers, so it’s really awesome.” The U.S. team is made up of service members from several branches, including the Coast Guard, Marines and Navy. “I’ve got some pretty good surfers,” Auwae said. “They just got to go out there and perform. This competition can really get people nervous, so like anything else, you train, but when the real game is on, then you might get some nerves.” “It is a friendly rivalry,” said Capt. Joe Robinson, the British Army’s team captain. “We’ve enjoyed surfing with their team…and building up that special relationship with our U.S. surf team brethren.” Ten of the British Army surf team’s 150 members, which formed in 1998 and is one of the largest surf clubs in the U.K, spent time getting acclimated to the surf, which is pretty different than what they’re used to in the United Kingdom. “The waves we get back home are very inconsistent,” Robinson said. “In the U.K. the swell is a little bit hit and miss that generally comes in with storm systems and we generally have an onshore

Marine Sgt. Travis Nardi of the U.S. Military surf team, in white, with Sgt. Alastair Sharman-Courtney of the British Army surf team following the competition, where the U.S. surf team won by a score of 94.5 to 81. Photo by Tony Cagala

wind. So the guys have been pretty spoiled since they’ve been out here,” he added. Sgt. Alastair Sharman-Courtney of the British Army competed in the body boarding heat. He’s been body boarding at the competition level for the past three and a half to four years, he said, but body surfing for about 30 years. He’s from Somerset in the southwest portion of England, where he said the surf is the most famous throughout the U.K. Sharman- Courtney learned to body board from his mom, who learned how to do it from her mom, he said. The members of the British Army team come from all over the Army, Sharman-Courtney said. Robinson said the surfing and the competition helps the

morale building, too. “A lot of guys were in operations, and long periods away training, so surfing, it ticks all of the boxes, in terms (of) it’s an adventurous activity, it’s challenging, but it’s hugely enjoyable as well,” he said. Kohloe Andino, who took second place in ASP’s Billabong Rio Pro in Brazil earlier this month, was on hand as a guest judge. He said he saw some good surfing from the U.S. team and a lot of smiles from both sides during the competition. With some of the surf team members fighting off nerves, Andino said he too still gets nervous before competitions. “The first thing I think of is that I want to win. I don’t want to lose to anyone,” he said. “So when it comes down to a heat, I definitely get nervous.”

Doug Kamon usually gets what he wants. When you’re San Dieguito Academy’s assistant principle and athletic director, it comes with the territory. Then again, there was a time Kamon heard “no.” “I couldn’t get him to come out for varsity football,’’ Kamon said. “Him” is Rick Renteria. Despite stiff-arming Kamon years ago at South Gate High, Renteria landed on his feet. And in the Cubs’ dugout as their manager. “I’m a Chicago Cubs fan now,’’ Kamon said. Renteria backed football back then; his dad, not so much. A star shortstop for Kamon’s baseball team, Renteria briefly tried JV football. But one night at dinner, after the right-handed Renteria absorbed a punishing hit in practice, the proof was in how he handled his pudding. “I was eating with my left arm,’’ Renteria said. “My dad didn’t know my mom had given me permission to play football.’’ Father knew best — football wasn’t Renteria’s bread-and-butter. “Pops said, ‘you’re not playing football,’’’ Renteria said. Renteria concentrated on baseball and they still talk about the 1980 CIF final at Dodger Stadium, when Renteria’s South Gate played Granada Hills. John Elway played for Granada Hills, but Renteria had the drive — three of them. “Rickey hit three home runs,’’ Kamon said. “We won 22-20 in a slugfest.’’ One doesn’t have to twist Renteria’s arm when the subject is Kamon. “He was a man who tried to get the best out of you, he pushed you, ‘’ said Renteria, a Padres coach for six seasons before landing this year in Chicago. “He made sure that you were going to give the best effort you could give on any given day.’’ Renteria’s upbringing came with challenges. It was a gritty neighborhood where he lived, with temptation around every corner. But Renteria knew Kamon was in his corner, and we’re reminded again how prep coaches and teachers are role models. “He always pulled for everybody to overcome whatever obstacles they may have,’’ said Renteria, a first-round pick by the Pi-

rates. “Life is not easy; you are going to run into a lot of obstacles in your life. “He told us to keep grinding, every single day, in whatever we did. In my situation, I really did have to push myself all the time and that played a big part in who I am.’’ Kamon’s journey took him to North County in 1986, first teaching and coaching at Mt. Carmel for 16 years. When La Costa Canyon opened, Kamon was there to make sure the athletic department got off on the right foot. Now he’s at SDA, albeit with recollections from the stops along the way. “I’ve been very, very blessed,’’ said Kamon, an Encinitas resident. “Everywhere I’ve been the man upstairs has led me there to do what I wanted to do: developing young people with a philosophy that building successful teams means you are building successful young people.’’ Renteria was among them. With his family bouncing back and forth from Mexico, Kamon was a foundation Renteria leaned on. “Your coaches can impact you in a good or a bad way,’’ Renteria said. “Most times your coaches, hopefully, have your best interest at heart. I know coach Kamon did. He wanted to make sure you wouldn’t sell yourself short. “For people playing a lot of sports, the biggest influence you have on a daily basis is your coaches. You spend a lot of time out there with them, and with teammates, and all the different scenarios that help you learn how to deal with life. “Your biggest influence is going to be your family. But outside of that it’s your coaches and teachers that care for you, give you wisdom, knowledge and help you understand the outside world.’’ Grasping what Cubs fans want is easy: a world championship after last winning one in 1907. “They are passionate,’’ Renteria said. “And we’re striving to give them a competitive team every day.’’ The Cubs again find themselves in last place, but the sunny Renteria is optimistic better days fill the horizon. Someone in his rearview mirror is confident that Renteria will shine. “He’s done all the right things and is just a man of great character and integrity,’’ Kamon said. “I couldn’t imagine anyone being more ready than Rickey.’’ Contact Jay Paris at jparis8@aol.com. Follow him on Twitter at jparis_sports.


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Emmett Franch, 9, right, shows his appreciation to Phill Veneris of Cal Fire, with a handshake, a card and a goodie bag. Photos by Tony Cagala

Firefighters receive thanks By Tony Cagala

SAN MARCOS — Just a few months ago, Cal Fire and the majority of county fire departments were participating in an annual wildland fire training exercise. The message resounding throughout the event at that time was that this was going to be a fire season the likes of which has not been seen before. On May 13, the fire season began — abnormally early — fueled by extremely dry brush as a result of severe drought conditions and Santa Ana winds. Emergency calls went out that day of a fire spreading through 4S Ranch, pushing towards Rancho Santa Fe. And then another fire was reported in Carlsbad. By the end of the day, there were at least seven wildfires burning throughout the county. The wildfires caused thousands of evacuations to businesses and residents, road and school closures and destruction to homes and structures throughout the county, including killing one person in Carlsbad’s Poinsettia Fire. Full containment of the remaining fires is expected by Thursday, according to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler. And as all of the evacuation orders have been lifted and residents are be-

ginning to return to their regular routines where they can, Schuler said at a press conference on Monday that this past week was a stark reminder about the potential for wildfires throughout the state. “If you’ve not been affected by the wildfires yet, you could be, and we want you to be prepared,” he said. But as Cal Fire crews remain on alert, seeking out any flare ups caused by remaining hot spots, residents from the San Marcos area turned out on Monday to thank all of the firefighters and emergency officials at a ceremony at Fire Station No. 4. Parents and their children dropped off cards of thanks, even gift cards to Starbucks to show their appreciation for the firefighters’ efforts. During the fires, Cal Fire relied on the mass mutual aid system, which not only allowed the use of military aircraft, but also the ability to conduct night-flying aircraft and the increased staffing of firefighters — all of these things, Schuler explained, was critical to their success. Currently all fires remain under investigation, Schuler said. San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn of District 3 said it was unfortunate that there were so many fires in one day.

He’s continued to express his own suspicions that the causes of some of the fires were set intentionally. “You can find where (the fires) started, but you’re going to have a hard time finding what was left of the igniter,” he said. There is some video of the start of the Poinsettia Fire that shows a golf cart speeding off near where that fire began. Horn attributes the better communications of emergency response crews to the fact that, “we’ve had a lot of practice, unfortunately. We had the 2003 fires; we had the 2007 fires.” In Carlsbad, eight residences were destroyed, three sustained minor damage, one 18-unit apartment building was destroyed, one 18-unit apartment building received considerable damage, two commercial buildings destroyed and one modular building was destroyed. All told the Poinsettia Fire burned 600 acres with the cost of damage being estimated in the millions of dollars. Would these fires prompt any changes in the city’s protocols for fire safety? “I’m sure it will,” Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall said, adding that they’re already being debriefed and talking about ideas that will offer greater protection to homes and wildlife areas.

He also said that most of the area that burned was under their master plan, where defensible space was part of the conditions of approval. Hall said that that might have to be reevaluated. Capt. Mike Martinez of the Elfin Forest/Harmony Grove Fire Department and his unit started in the Bernardo Fire on Tuesday and were later dispatched to the Cocos Fire not long after where they were the only resource in the area at the time to protect a condominium unit, Martinez said. “We were there probably for about an hour and a half, and we protected that community,” he added. Martinez was around for the 2003 and 2007 wildfires. “This was another round,” he said. But he explained that the two previous fires happened early in his career. “This fire is where I’ve had the most education, the most experience. It was a lot of the same, but a different experience,” he added. When asked if any of the firefighters began experiencing firefighter fatigue, Martinez, Brian Serocke and Ken Gardner, also of the Elfin Forest/Harmony Grove Fire Department answered in a thunderous unison, “No.” “There’s a lot of adrenaline going there,” Martinez said, “and personally,

“This was a natural disaster,” said San Marcos Fire Chief Brett Van Wey, right, during a press conference on Monday at the San Marcos Fire Station No. 4. with Cal Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler.

I don’t feel exhausted until I’m not working. “It’s just one of those things where you go, you have a job to do and you keep going, and when things calm down, then you can rest.” “I 100 percent agree,” Gardner said. “It was only in our in-between assignments that we would feel fatigued.” The Elfin Forest/Harmony Grove Fire Department was one of the agencies to participate in the wildland fire training exercises this year. Martinez said it was valuable training, and experience that a lot of the newer guys can get. “We train routinely, which showed the benefit,” Schuler said. “Today as you look outside, there’s no smoke in the sky.” Lewis DesLauriers, a

supervising investigator with the state Department of Insurance toured the areas of San Marcos where the Cocos Fire burned more than 1,900 acres. He said he saw four or five burned structures. He and Soledad Gutierrez, enforcement supervisor of the Statewide Investigative Fraud Team urged residents that may have lost their homes to the fire to be wary of any unlicensed contractors out soliciting for work. So far, Gutierrez said there’ve been no reports of scams in the fire-affected areas. She said residents could go online to cslb.ca.gov to find backgrounds on any contractor’s license status. Gutierrez added that it’s a felony for contractors to work without a license in a declared disaster area.

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‘One Book, One San Diego’ book chosen REGION — KPBS has announced “Monstress” by San Diego-native Lysley Tenori, as its 2014 “One Book, One San Diego” selection. Event sites will include all 34 San Diego County Library branches including Rancho Santa Fe, 4S Ranch, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos and Escondido. Additional schools and local organizations will also participate in the program. More than 800 nominations were submitted by San Diego County residents, representing 350 different titles. Of these, the One Book advisory committee narrowed down the list over a period of weeks, researching and reading dozens of selections. Ultimately, the committee chose a book of

short stories set among Filipino-American communities in California and the Philippines. “I’m honored that “Monstress” has been selected for the ‘One Book, One San Diego’ program, and I'm excited to discuss my book with readers from my hometown,” said Lysley Tenorio. “I can’t imagine growing up without the library, especially the San Diego Public Library’s Mira Mesa branch, where I learned to love books and the joy that comes from browsing the shelves in search of a great read,” Tenorio said. The “Monstress” read will kick off in early October with a series of headlining events featuring the author. This will be followed by community events and discussions to be held through-

out the fall. An event schedule will be available by late summer. “One Book, One San Diego” community partners will host a variety of activities including panel discussions, film screening and book talks based on issues and themes in the book. This is the eighth year of “One Book, One San Diego,” a community reading program that aims to bring San Diego County residents closer together through reading and discussing one book. The program also selects both a children’s and middle-grade companion book to complement the adult selection. Those titles will be announced in June, and programming around those books will occur alongside adult programming in the fall.

Cellist in finals for scholarship CARMEL VALLEY — Cellist Meagan Wu, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy, is a finalist for the RB Chorale scholarship. The candidates play June 13 and June 14 at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road, Poway, and the audience will vote during intermission for the winners. Awards of $5,000 will be divided between three participants each of the performance nights. For tickets, visit rbchorale.org/future_productions.htm. Wu will attend Yale to study biology and music. She has earned high scholastic marks, becoming principal cellist with the San Diego Youth Symphony and earned three invitations to Carnegie Hall. She also formed a piano trio with friends, which performed many hours at public libraries and senior

care homes throughout the county. She has won numerous awards for her music and her service to the community. Her social science teacher calls her a “renaissance woman” – intelligent, creative, one who excels in all areas including music, Canyon Crest Academy senior art and science, humble Meagan Wu, will play the cello as with an innate desire to a finalist for the RB Chorale schol- learn new things and above arship. Courtesy photo all a good person.

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Callahan, and much of the community, it took many by surprise. And with this heavy-handed campaigning, a contentious climate has emerged. Callahan referred to the current board president, Philip Wilkinson’s recent written statement, describing the campaigns of a couple of candidates as a platform for mudslinging, bringing on high paid campaign consultants, door-to-door campaigning, and costly websites. “It’s a mystery to all of us because it’s all so unprecedented in the Ranch and we don’t know what the agenda is,” she said. Callahan, a resident of the Ranch since 2000, said there is division in their community. There is the idea of an “old guard” versus “new guard” at odds with each other. For Callahan, it



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Staff also asked council members if there was interest in adding a roundabout on Jimmy Durante Boulevard at San Dieguito Drive, a change that would increase the cost of that portion of the project from $900,000 to $1.5 million. Mayor Lee Haydu said a roundabout would slow traffic along that road-

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While there can be controversial isues, there is a manner and way in handling these issues that don’t have to be so divisive” Susan Callahan Association Board Candidate

doesn’t need to be that way. And neighbors shouldn’t be pitted against one another. While new ideas such as broadband wireless, a fitness center, the possibility of condo owners having voting rights are great ideas to look into, Callahan said, anything that moves forward should be done in keeping the traditions of Rancho Santa Fe alive. It’s all about dealing with one issue at a time and bringing the community back together again, she said. “It’s my sincere opinion that nothing can be ac-

complished if we return to the status quo,” Callahan said. She continued, “It’s time to move our community forward and I believe I can help do that — the words and actions we need are civility and cooperation.” Callahan wants people to know that a community is made up of everyone and should not be divided. In Callahan’s line of nonprofit and humanitarian work, she serves as the director of communications for International Relief Teams. In the nonprofit world, she said, it’s underscored with integrity and fiscal responsibility.

way and eliminate illegal U-turns by people leaving the fairgrounds. Michalsky said he supports the recommendation to slow traffic. He also said it is preferable to installing a traffic signal. As a member of the lagoon committee, he said there are concerns about how a lighted intersection would impact the surrounding wetlands area. Council in January agreed to use a financing

plan offered by the San Diego Association of Governments to borrow $3 million for the project. The city will use the money it receives annually in TransNet funds to pay the debt. The roundabout will put the price tag at more than $3 million. Staff proposed making up the $370,000 shortfall using grant funding or the general fund contingency. McGreal said he was

She has also been involved in numerous boards spanning internationally, nationally and in her own community. Additionally, she was a member of the La Jolla Town Council for three years. Callahan said she has no agendas and is not beholden to any groups. “There is a certain expertise with working on a board. And while there can be controversial issues, there is a manner and way in handling these issues that don’t have to be so divisive,” said Callahan, adding how she can offer this to the Association. As far as Callahan is concerned, there is disharmony in the Ranch and she wants to take a stand for the citizens. “We have a divided board and a demoralized staff — we need to put everything behind us in a fresh way and move forward,” she said. Also running are Ann Boon, Dominick Addario and Kim Eggleston. happy to hear there would be more opportunities for public comments on the proposed changes. “Taking a project that could cost $2.4 million, jacking the price up to $3.2 million and introducing angled parking and roundabouts — those are all topics that I think the community’s going to want to have more input on,” he said.


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The tree that will not die Summer Solstice is near and I can’t ignore my yard any longer with a clear conscience. I watched some very cheeky weeds rise up in my side yards all winter. But now the sun is out and something inside me snaps. This very day, the weeds must die. (Too much “Game of Thrones”?) Now I need to hunt down my gardening gloves and various other tools that have migrated to odd and hidden places over the past months. They might even be overgrown with weeds somewhere. After finally unearthing the necessary protective clothing, I start to crawl around in the garden, keeping fully in mind that the spiders have had eight or nine months to settle in, and they have made the most of it. I start to dig up beasts of flora as high as an elephant’s eye and it is rather therapeutic, even as sweat begins dripping off my nose. But the farther down the yard I move, and the longer I weed, the more my judgment shifts. Before long, many of those I classified as weeds begin to look more attractive. I show no mercy for the leggy dandelions, because they are prickly and have shallow roots, which make them easy to yank up. But suddenly the asparagus ferns, or as I like to call them, the kudzu of Southern California, start looking more decorative. They can be rather attractive and stay a nice color green all year. Maybe I won’t bother pulling them out, I reason. Besides, they just grow back. Then the wild grasses that have sprouted up take on an exotic air. I begin to think that short of a proper ground cover, they will do well enough for now. Then I come upon my true nemesis: The tree that will not die. We had a tree of unknown species in our side yard. It covered half the roof and annually shed mountains of little, crunchy, brown leaves that smothered everything under them but were imposTURN TO SMALL TALK ON B12

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and finished towards the end of 2011 and early 2012. The reason they were able to do anything like this, said David Salzberg, co-director of the film said, was because of Mike, Carlos and other cameramen that had so many cameras rolling. “I just think that no other director or producer has done it, because they haven’t had the coverage and they haven’t had the access because Mike gave us access that was unprecedented,” Salzberg said. As Salzberg and co-director Christina Tureaud started looking at the footage and talking to Mike and Carlos over a satellite phone while

REGION — The Library of Congress Veterans History Project collects and preserves unprecedented firsthand accounts of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War and the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. The project website provides researchers and curious visitors with photos, letters, news articles and video and audio recordings of veterans’ war stories. There are also firsthand accounts from industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors and medical volunteers who helped with war efforts. Army nurse Nan Borg shares her experiences serving in the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1975. During her 14 years of service she was assigned to an evacuation hospital in Korea in 1964, and served in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971. She describes the hospital set up in Quonset huts, dealing with visiting Time reporters who were looking for dead bodies and found none, and the horrible homecoming at San Francisco Airport. Borg said upon arriving in San Francisco she wanted to get out of her uniform because she feared for her life. Air Force Lt. Col. Richard Earl Pierson, of the 1st Air Commando Group, served in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953 and Vietnam War from 1961 to 1975. Pierson contributed diary entries to the history project. One entry described a close air support mission for Special Forces on April 17, 1963. “Weather had prevented aircraft from getting into the target area up to 3 p.m. this afternoon. “To make things a little bit more difficult, we had to bring our own armament with us to Pleiku as they didn’t have any. So we had carried napalm, rockets, and gun ammo with us. Of course, they had no armament people to arm or de-arm us at Pleiku and no crew chiefs to park us.”



Members of the Army’s storied Airborne division is featured, along with other units and a Marine battalion, in “The Hornet’s Nest.” Courtesy photos

Watching the war up close Not quite documentary, not quite feature film ‘The Hornet’s Nest’ gives viewers a close up view of the war in Afghanistan By Tony Cagala

SAN MARCOS — The gold star lapel button pinned on the collar of Ryan Lasher’s deep red shirt spoke as loudly as he did. And Ryan, a combat instructor at Camp Pendleton, was used to speaking loudly. The pin symbolized the loss of his brother Jeremy Lasher, a Marine with the Second Battalion, 8th Regiment, who was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan. Jeremy had appeared in the film, “The Hornet’s Nest,” which included footage from the battle that cost him his life. Ryan’s voice carried over a crowd of people at Cal State San Marcos’ new Student Union where the film had jut been screened, telling of how he dropped to his knees and cried when he heard his brother had been killed. “I think the film is — basically it’s like that reminiscence feeling for everyone that’s actually been over in country or knows the camaraderie,” Ryan later said. “I personally think the film best suits the general population, the general public, because it conveys what we do and what we have done and what we’ve been doing since 2001 whether it be here in Iraq or in Afghanistan.” “The Hornet’s Nest” isn’t quite a documentary and not quite a feature film — in fact, those involved with the production are describing it as an “immersive feature.” “Typically with a documentary, you choose one topic, you take a side on that topic and you want to explain why that side is important,” said Brent Dones, a co-executive producer on the film. “The reason why this is very different from that is…we’re bi-partisan. We did not want to tell you whether you should agree with the war or not agree with the war; we know America is as far apart as it’s ever been before, and we want to bring the country together.”

Veteran war correspondent Mike Boettcher, left, with his son Carlos during their almost two-yearlong embed with Marines and Army in Afghanistan.

The film was created entirely from video shot by veteran war correspondent Mike Boettcher and his son Carlos, both of whom embedded with Marines and Army battalions for more than a year in Afghanistan. Mike, a journalist that has spent 35 years covering global conflicts was largely absent when it came to his family and his role as a father, leaving their relationship described as “estranged” at best. Until Carlos had an idea — to embed with his father and try and understand why the job took precedence over his family. With no prior experience as a war correspondent, Carlos forced his way into the trip. The pair began filming in 2009


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More than $80M ready for capital improvement projects By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — The city of Carlsbad is looking to spend about $80.4 million in the upcoming 2014-15 fiscal year on capital improvement projects, including enhanced parks,

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potential community centers, and library improvements. At Tuesday night’s council meeting, city staff explained that much of the upcoming year’s budget will be focused on furthering the master plans of coming projects and reevaluating the future facility needs of the city. The city will specifically be looking at potentially expanding the Leo Carillo Ranch Park, the future relocation of Fire Station 3 as more houses are constructed in the eastern portions of the city, renovations to both city libraries, completing the Arroyo Vista Trail extension, widening

El Camino Real, as well as numerous street and water upgrades. The capital improvement projects are based on

Aviara Parks. Carlsbad’s 15-year capital improvement program outlines about 258 new and continuing projects that

Helga Stover explained that the majority of the budget for capital improvement projects comes from development fees, utility

The capital improvement projects are based on the city’s growth management plan the city’s growth management plan to ensure that the city projects meet resident demand. The city also plans to explore the possibility of building a community center at Pine, Poinsettia, or

are expected to cost about $496 million. City staff did voice concern that funds to pay for capital improvement projects may decrease in coming years. City budget manager

replacement funds, infrastructure replacement funds, special district fees, and other sources including grants. She said that the city anticipates the fees received from development

are anticipated to decrease in future years. While the city experienced a decrease in development revenues in recent years due to the poor economy, she said that moving forward the fees will decline due to lack of development in Carlsbad because the city is getting closer to being completely built out. Stover said that there are only so many big development projects like the Quarry Creek housing development left to be completed on the remaining vacant properties within the city. City Council approved further discussion of the projects for a public hearing June 17.

Proposal to name park after late councilwoman moving forward By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — A proposal to name a dog park in honor of the late Encinitas Councilwoman Maggie Houlihan is moving closer to fruition. The Encinitas Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously Tuesday, recommending the City Council name the twoacre area within the Encinitas Community Park after Houlihan, who died in 2011 after a five-year bout with cancer. The City Council is expected to take up the proposal at a meeting next month. The 44-acre community park is expected to open in the fall. Committee members of the Encinitas Garden Festival & Tour, the horticultural-appreciation event that

A proposal to honor the late Maggie Houlihan by naming a section of the Encinitas Community Park after her is moving forward. File photo

Houlihan spearheaded, proposed the posthumous honor for the three-term councilwoman, who was first elected in 2000. Houlihan was widely known as an animal lover and staunch animal rights

advocate. “In my opinion, and in the opinion of many others, Maggie was the most popular politician in the history of Encinitas,” said Sanford Shapiro, the parks and recreation commissioner and garden festival committee member who is making the proposal. “This is a way for the city to honor her permanently.” Houlihan supporters first approached the city with the naming concept in August, when they pledged to donate $7,500 in park enhancements in exchange for the naming rights. The council tabled the discussion to allow the new parks and recreation administration to review the city’s park-naming policy, which currently prohibits parks to be named after people unless the council or commission deems there are special circumstances warranting the action.

Houlihan’s history of animal-rights advocacy was well documented. In 2004, she used the proceeds of a lawsuit settlement to build an enclosure for rescued turtles. That same year, when running a triathlon in Encinitas’ sister city of Hondo, Japan, she stopped to help a feral kitten in distress. Friends and supporters of Houlihan have paid homage to the late councilwoman with a number of tributes, one of which stirred up controversy. Two years ago, the city initially blocked a request by the Arts Alive program to erect 100 banners throughout the city that included Houlihan’s image. The city later reversed course after Houlihan’s widower threatened to sue, arguing the denial was a violation of the group’s First Amendment rights.

Anderson takes Senior Women’s tennis event LA JOLLA — Second-seeded Catherine Anderson of Del Mar wrapped up the 70-and-over title at the May 18 USTA National Senior Women’s Hard Court Championships. She led top-seeded Charleen Hillebrand of San Pedro 7-6 (2),

3-2, when Hillebrand was forced to retire from the match due to illness. Former touring tennis professional Ros Nideffer of San Diego captured the 50-and-over singles title at the USTA National Senior Women’s Hard Court Cham-

pionships with a 6-2, 6-3 victory in the final over second-seeded Tracy Houk of Montara. In the 60-and-over division, top-seeded Tina Karwasky of Glendale won the championship for the third consecutive year beating Martha Downing of Shingle Springs, 6-1, 6-0. Top-seeded Mary Lynch of Rockport, Texas, finished a run to the 80-and-over championship as she defeated fellow Texan Margaret Canby, the No. 2 seed from San Antonio, 6-0, 6-2. For complete results for each age division, go to tennislink.usta.com.

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Odd Files By Chuck Shepherd Prom Draft A week before the National Football League held its 2014 Draft Day in May, a large contingent of junior and senior boys staged their own draft day at Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, Calif., “dividing up” the available girls to ask to the upcoming prom. As in the NFL, the drafters “scout” the draftees, and a “rule book” notes the draft’s boundaries (e.g., this year, sophomore girls are eligible). The girls, of course, can decline the invitation, but the draft, as in the NFL, is designed to discourage a selected girl from being “poached” by “competing” boys. Obviously, many in the community expressed horror at the draft, with the principal denouncing it and urging parents to rein in their sons, but one of the drafted girls wrote that the whole thing was just “fun” and “is not, was never, and will never ever be used to objectify the girls.” Can’t Possibly Be True The downfall of Russia-sy mpath izing Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych in February (which eventually provoked Vladimir Putin’s retaliation against Ukraine) accelerated when his countrymen learned of his startlingly opulent lifestyle (e.g., gold toilets, a private zoo) — including catching a video glimpse of a nude portrait Yanukovych had commissioned of himself by artist Olga Oleynik. Yanukovych, a not-particularly-buff 63-yearold man, was portrayed reclining and with an undersized male endowment. (Oleynik told Agence France-Presse news service that she had done a similar portrait of Putin — more generously endowed — but was “afraid” to show it in public or to disclose whether it was actually commissioned by Putin.) Skylar King, 28, filed a lawsuit in Clayton, Mo., in April against dentist Mark Meyers (and his Same Day Dentures clinic) for a 2009 session in which Meyers somehow obtained King’s consent to extract all 32 of his teeth and provide dentures, promptly after obtaining $5,235 on King’s mother’s credit card. King, who was seeking treatment for an abscessed tooth, said Dr. Meyers warned that he was at risk of “fatal blood poisoning” unless all teeth were yanked. Dr. Meyers insisted that King actually requested the procedure, even though X-rays revealed that at least 28 of the teeth were treatable.


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Signs will warn not to leave kids, pets in cars By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — At the request of San Diego Animal Advocates, council members agreed at the May 14 meeting to place signs in public and commercial parking lots warning people of the danger of leaving children and pets in parked cars. According to SDAA it takes only minutes for a pet left in a vehicle to suffer heatstroke. The organization said experts say on a mildly warm, 72-degree day the inside of a car will increase to 116 degrees within an hour, even if it is in the shade with the windows cracked. On an 80-degree day the inside temperature can climb to 99 degrees in 10 minutes and 109 degrees in 20 minutes. Even a 60-degree day can be fatal to a dog in a car, according to The American Vet-

erinary Medical Association. Encinitas, Escondido and the city of San Diego have approved similar programs. SDAA will cover the cost of buying and installing the signs in approved locations. City staff will work with commercial parking lot owners who want to participate. Because the placards are informational and installed on behalf of the city, they are exempt from the current sign ordinance. SDAA proposed using 12-inch-by-24-inch laminated vinyl signs with anti-graffiti coating that are expected to last up to 20 years. Although they support the project, council members had concerns about the proposed signs. “These look like they came straight out of the Solana Beach will soon install 1950s,” Councilwoman Lesa signs warning people not to leave Heebner said. children and pets in parked cars. She said she would like Courtesy photo

them redesigned with up-todate graphics and fewer words so they are easier to read. “I think it’s a good thing,” Councilman Dave Zito said, agreeing with Heebner that the proposed signs “are relatively unattractive.” Councilman Mike Nichols said he wanted assurance the city would have control over what the signs looked like and how many would be installed. Resident Jack Hegenauer recommended a more comprehensive sign that would remind people not to leave kids, pets or reuseable shopping bags in their cars. “It’s certainly not my intention this evening to trivialize the public health risk of hot automobiles, but seeing this item on the agenda got me thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if everybody could have their very own law and parking lot sign?’” he said.

Hegenauer said while there is already a law for one of his favorite causes, plastic bag reduction, the reminder signs at Vons are few, small and located high atop lampposts. “I’m somewhat envious of the footprint of the larger hot car signs,” he said. “I get what you’re saying,” Heebner said. “What’s in front of us tonight is to save children who could be left in cars and saving pets who could be left in cars. I had no idea that a car would heat up with the windows cracked to that degree.” Mayor Tom Campbell said discussing plastic bag signage was not appropriate since the item was not on the agenda. Zito noted that if too many other organizations request signs, the city will admit “it was a bad experiment” and remove them all.

Carlsbad makes plans to spruce up state beaches By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — For years, the picnic areas and bluffs along Tamarack/Frazee State Beach in Carlsbad have languished from neglect. Patches of dirt and dried out grass, stumps of dead trees, and grey concrete benches dot the beach bluff walkways adjacent to Carlsbad Boulevard. The public restrooms are littered and its floors are stained. The handrails on the stairway leading down to the beach are rusty and falling apart. The bluffs themselves have spotty, incomplete vegetation, inefficient sprinklers, and invasive plant species. The city has long been aware of the condition of the seaside sidewalks and bluffs overlooking one of Carlsbad’s most beautiful beaches, but felt it had its hands tied. Tamarack/Frazee State Beach and its public assets are the responsibility —both operationally and financially — of California’s Department of Parks and Recreation.

City council has been wary of paying for upkeep that the state is supposed to cover. But recognizing that the beach conditions will not improve under the state, the city is swallowing hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs and setting about to make the facilities Tamarack/Frazee State Beach functional once again. At Tuesday’s meeting, City Council approved a temporary agreement with the state to maintain Tamarack/Frazee State Beach’s picnic facilities and bluffs. The measure is viewed as the city’s first step towards taking long-term control of the beach’s upkeep. “We’ve needed to do this for 20 years,” said Mayor Matt Hall about the coming enhancements. “(The agreement) kinda represents our first response to a beach emergency we are having in our public beach area,” said Assistant City Manager Gary Barberio. According to city staff,

Tamarack/Frazee Beach’s decline can be attributed to a budget shortage for the state Parks and Recreation Department, not operational inefficiencies. The one-year state permit will allow Carlsbad to make improvements including replacing landscape along the bluff walkways, putting in new picnic tables and benches, renovating the public restroom, installing new railings on the staircase, adding erosion control materials, and planting native species along the bluff. Updating the landscape and restrooms at the picnic area will cost an estimated $400,000 and continued maintenance an approximate $75,000 annually. Improving the coastal bluff will cost about $500,000 and require $40,000 each year. While the state is providing some grants for the city to carry out the improvements, Carlsbad will still have to use local funds to complete the work. “Some people may be

critical that the city is picking up the tab for work the state should be doing,” said councilmember Keith Blackburn. But he said that continuing to do nothing would result in Tamarack/Frazee Beach remaining in disrepair, which would hurt the city’s reputation. “I think this is a good move to spend taxpayer money even though it is state property,” he said. As the city makes progress on improving the beach picnic areas and bluff over the next year, staff is continuing to work with the state to enable Carlsbad to take over maintaining the beach facilities for about the next 20 years. If a long-term agreement is reached, the city may be able to initiate programs along the beach space and major projects, said Barberio. The city’s attempt to work with the state and eventual agreement came at the behest of a local resident. Fred Briggs approached

the city about the beach’s deficiencies in summer 2013. In a presentation before city council, he pointed to the beach enhancements completed in Encinitas, Oceanside, Solana Beach, and Del Mar in recent years. “Their foresight will greatly benefit their economies in the future, particularly if Carlsbad’s facilities continue to be seen as neglected and shabby,” he said in a letter to council that accompanied his presentation. Briggs urged Carlsbad to at least take measures to address the beach’s sanitation and public facilities. Carlsbad began considering beach improvements as part of its coastal corridor project. While providing an update on the project to the City Council in October, Barberio emphasized that most tourists come to Carlsbad to visit the beach. Referencing the city’s latest tagline, he said, “When you think about a world class city, you think about a world class coastline.”

A myriad of City Hall replacement analyses presented By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — During a nearly three-hour discussion at the May 19 meeting about replacing City Hall with a civic center, at least one council member said he wasn’t sure he could now support the project given the estimated cost. Council unanimously agrees the existing facility needs to be demolished. Employees don’t have indoor restrooms and parts of the ceiling have collapsed within the past few years. When they began seriously considering the project — efforts in the past have failed — the estimated cost was $12 million, which included additional parking. Probable costs presented by a consultant ranged from just under $10 million to nearly $18 million. The least expensive option included a 9,250-squarefoot City Hall, 100-seat Town

Hall, 15,000-square-foot plaza and surface parking for 50 to 75 cars. On the other end of the spectrum would be a 10,000-square-foot City Hall, 150-seat Town Hall, 15,000-square-foot plaza and 150-car parking structure. The type of parking had the biggest impact on the price. “I’ve got a case of sticker shock here,” Councilman Don Mosier said, adding that parking is pricey and the city needs to determine exactly how much is needed. “The inescapable fact is that underground parking, even if it’s tuck-under parking, is very expensive,” he said. Spaces from an in-lieu program — an agreement in which business owners pay a fee for future parking rather than provide spaces — are slated to be part of the project.

Mosier also noted the least expensive option is “just adequate” to meet the needs of the city. “I don’t want to finance $13 (million) to $16 million, and I don’t think the city can afford to do that,” Mosier said. Councilman Al Corti said he also had sticker shock, calling the $17 million figure “way out of whack,” especially since the city initially expected the price tag to be about $12 million. “Am I now as in favor of building this as I was before?” he asked. “The answer is no … regardless of whether the city could afford it.” Corti said he isn’t convinced $17 million is an adequate estimate. “I would like us to work on a process that can get the cost down to a more palatable number … closer to when we started this,” he said. Mayor Lee Haydu noted

at this point that will be difficult to do since there isn’t even a design yet. City officials hope to hone in on what the community wants at a June 9 workshop. During the marathon discussion, council also learned the highest and best economic use for the property at 1050 Camino del Mar, where City Hall is currently located, is multifamily housing, single-family housing, commercial and a hotel, in that order. A consultant from Keyser Marston Associates said the analysis, based on residual land value per square foot, assumes City Hall is not located on the site. It looks at revenue from the different types of development that could help fund construction of the facility on part of the lot. The assumptions were that the city could sell all or part of the property.

He stressed the scenarios are assumptions and not recommendationa. He also said other consultants may come up with different numbers but he doubted the order of use would change. According to the analysis, multifamily development could net between $10 million and $13 million, while a hotel would result in a negative gain. Yet another consultant provided council with an estimate of the city’s financing capacity. According to an analysis from Fieldman Rolapp, the city could borrow between $13 million and $27 million, depending on whether parking revenue is factored in. All presentations at the meeting were informational only. City officials will use the information as guidelines as the process moves forward and public input is garnered at upcoming workshops.


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Village’s sidewalk cafés are a seat of contention By Dave Schwab

La Jolla Today Sidewalk cafes: Boon or bane? In La Jolla, depending upon your point of view, they’re a little of both. Sides have been chosen and views expressed: Should businesses be increasingly allowed to capitalize on outdoor dining space along sidewalks, or is it more appropriate to safeguard the Jewel’s sidewalk space from commercial encroachment in the form of outdoor café dining, leaving it open instead for pedestrian use? On balance, sidewalks are needed – and good — for the community, said Claude-Anthony Marengo, president of the La Jolla Village Merchants Association. “The sidewalk cafés in La Jolla provide the type of fabric that we really support in the community,” said Marengo. “We really think as merchants that these sidewalk cafes provide energy that is similar to the shopping centers and their benches along the center common areas, like you see at Westfield Shopping Center.” Noting sidewalk cafes are meant to “create social circles and prolong your visit and interaction from the sidewalk to the business,” Marengo said it’s always better to “have our sidewalks busy with activity, and if it means blurring the lines between our sidewalks and our business …. I say it is good for the beach community that we live in.” But there are those in La Jolla who view sidewalk cafes as more an obstruction than an amenity. “I’m hoping we don’t lose our public sidewalks for private, financial gain,” said Sally Miller, a longtime La Jolla resident and a fixture at community planning group and board meetings. Miller noted that La Jolla’s Planned District Ordinance (PDO), the community’s blueprint for commercial development, seeks removal of most A-frame signs because they’re obstructions in the public right-of-way. Why, she asks, shouldn’t the same rationale apply to sidewalk cafes? “We’re not supposed to have public cafes in the sidewalk areas,” Miller said. “The PDO rules and regulations say there has to be eight-foot-wide clear, walkable sidewalks.” La Jolla Town Council woman Francis O’Neill Zimmerman concurred. “Outdoor cafes are lovely if they are sufficiently set off from pedestrian traffic, have table service using cutlery and dishes and permit comfortable observation of the human parade without impeding it,” she said. O’Neill Zimmerman noted, “There is a huge difference between an outdoor cafe on a patio (at Pannikin, MOCA and the small strip mall including Porkyland, Jose’s and La Valencia) and what is getting foisted on

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Pet of the Week Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Petof-the-Week is Barbie, a 1-year-old, 12-pound, spayed Tabby blend. With gentle purrs and a quietly inquisitive nature, she’s a quiet gal who wants nothing more than a sunny spot on you lap. She’s great with cats, kittens, and children and is litter box-trained. Her adoption fee is $119, and, as with all pets adopted from Helen Woodward, she is up-to-date on all of her vaccinations and is micro chipped for identi-

Autos, walkways, seating and people share space along Village business fronts. Photo by Dave Schwab

this community as sidewalk cafes — often permanent structural barriers along the curbs serving as customer benches on the interior, maybe or maybe not under some trees, allowing not much room for pedestrians to pass between the shop front and the cafe (Girard Gourmet).” The town council woman noted outdoor cafes “sometimes are set off from the pedestrian path by ugly wrought-iron fencing and seldom, if ever, used (Spice n’ Rice). She said that, in her view, the only sidewalk cafe spacious enough to allow foot traffic and tables and chairs is the Bird Rock Starbuck’s. “Generally, cafes end up being unsightly messes without charm and a source of litter,” O’Neill Zimmerman said. “Benches, well-tended potted plants and hanging flower baskets around town would be a lot nicer than all the café clutter on our too-narrow sidewalks.” Bird Rock architect Ione Stiegler, who heads La Jolla’s PDO subcommittee, which deals with sidewalks and other public right-ofway issues, said there are clearcut rules in the city’s municipal code to prevent sidewalk encroachment. She noted La Jolla’s rules are stricter than the city’s. “The La Jolla PDO requires an eight-foot setback from any encroachment of sidewalks, whereas in the

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city of San Diego, it’s six feet,” said Stiegler adding, “That’s any encroachment — curblines, trees, power boxes, et cetera.” Stiegler said the concept behind setback requirements on sidewalks is “to allow for pedestrian traffic in both directions, three feet one way and three feet the other for the city, and four feet each way in La Jolla.” The overall objective of sidewalk setback requirements, said Stiegler, is to “create an easy flow of pedestrians on the sidewalk unencumbered by sidewalk cafes.” Speaking for mer-

chants, Marengo said, “I would like to see more of them, if possible, and on various streets, that allow us to connect the Village into a social event of walking and shopping exercises La Jolla style. I would like to see more of this European style of dining and drinking like they have in other communities such as Del Mar and Little Italy … the only thing it has done for them is made them busier, with people gathering and socializing in their business district. As president of the merchants association, we want a lot more of that … and as a resident, I want to enjoy it the same way.”


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Youth orchestra performs June 8 RANCHO SANTA FE — The Civic Youth Orchestra will perform a “Showtunes Showcase,” at 3 p.m. June 8 at the Rancho Santa Fe Center of the Arts, 5927 LaGranada St. A reception will be hosted by Mostra Coffee with a silent auction basket fundraiser. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children under 12 and $5 for military. For tickets and more information, visit civicyouthorchestra.org or call (760) 728-1977. There will be performances by the Primary Strings Ensemble, the Intermediate/Chamber Ensembles, the Wind Ensemble and music of the Symphonic Orchestra. The concert will feature music from “Pink Panther,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Phantom of the Opera” and more. Civic Youth Orchestra member Bradley Pettit is one of the top six finalists for the Rancho Bernardo Chorale $10,000 scholarship. Pettit will compete June 13, where, during the intermission, the audience votes for their favorite scholarship contestant. He will attend Palomar College in the fall before transferring to the University of the Pacific or UC Berkeley to study physics and music. Bradley plays piano and trombone as well as singing and performed in Jazz Band, Jazz Choir, Concert and Marching Band.

SCRIPPS TOURS OFFERED Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla offers free, one-hour, outdoor walking tours from noon to 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of every month. View buildings of historical significance and step foot on the 1,090-foot-long Scripps Pier, an active, working research pier that is otherwise closed to the public. Tours are outdoors only and do not go inside research labs. Registration is required at scrippsoceanography.eventbrite.com. Courtesy photo

Horse owners spur into action aid stables during Bernardos Fire RANCHO SANTA FE — Thoroughbred horses stabled at the Valenti equestrian center in Rancho Santa Fe were brought to safety with the help of many hands, during the May San Diego wildfires, coordinated by the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department. Staff members and management of Valenti evacuated 43 horses to stalls at the Del Mar Fairgrounds after an email/social media appeal went out to area horse owners, and within minutes an outpouring of support helped secure enough trailers to complete the equine evacuation. Steve Valenti launched the social media campaign,

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Grand opening Kartech Solutions, Inc., held its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony May 20 at its offices, 3256 Grey Hawk Court, Carlsbad. In print The faculty director of MiraCosta College’s Writing Center, Denise Stephenson, has published her first book, “Isolation,” which details a dystopian future where a deadly bacterial outbreak has moved authorities to prohibit people from touching their faces and then each other. It is available online through such sites as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Her novel was financed largely through a Kickstarter campaign.

and the horse evacuation was accomplished within a few hours. The VEC facility was undamaged by the fire. “Valenti Equestrian Club staff were alerted immediately of the rapidly advancing fire danger from the Bernardo Fire and rose to the occasion regarding imminent threat to the horses. The Del Mar Fairgrounds management was extremely accommodating and reserved space for our horses on very short notice. Staff and volunteers quickly mobilized to prepare the facilities for the horses and ensured they were comfortable in their new

ter celebrated its new gallery space with a grand reception May 17 on the plaza level of the Del Mar Plaza, 1555 Camino Del Mar, Suite 314 Del Mar. The gallery opened in July 2000 and is a nonprofit organization, contributing to charitable organizations and the community. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Summer hours begin June 1 with the addition of Friday and Saturday open until 10 p.m. For more information, visit dmacgallery.com or call (858) 481-1678.

Women’s care expands Women’s Health Center at the North County Health Services San Marcos Health Center, a 501(c) (3) Federally Qualified Health Center, celebrates it grand opening at 4 p.m. June 5 at the San Marcos Health Center, 150 Valpreda Road, San Marcos. The site was expanded from 3,593 to 5,284 square feet and the public is invited for New gallery space The Del Mar Art Cen- tours of the new facility.

surroundings … it was truly a team effort,” VEC owner Irene Valenti said. “The community was amazing; they dropped what they were doing and offered to help, so much so that I was inundated with phone calls. I’m particularly grateful to the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department who coordinated the deployment of local helicopters among nine fires raging to douse flames in the area and ensure there were no injuries. Assistance offered by complete strangers demonstrates love toward animals and the desire to help others. It began as a terrifying situation that thankfully resulted in a happy ending.”

Vets honor Chavez State Assemblymember Rocky Chávez (R-Oceanside) was presented last week with the 2013 William C. Manes Legislator of the Year award by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of California in Sacramento. Chávez is the Vice Chair of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee, as well as a member of the Governor’s Military Council. Kudos for Tri-City The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons named Tri-City Medical Center as a recipient of its 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award. The medical center was one of only two named in San Diego. Tri-City Medical Center was evaluated on 34 program standards categorized within one of five cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, cancer conferences, clinical services and quali-

ty improvement. New medical center Emergency medicine specialist, Dr. Arnold S Kremer has opened Del Mar Integrative Medicine May 21 at 1349 Camino Del Mar, Suite B, Del Mar, with a menu of anti-aging, medical spa and integrative medical services tailored for each patient, offering a warm and intimate environment. Visit DelMarIntegrativeMedicine.com Cadets to Normandy Army and Navy Academy Cadets Tristan Johnson of Encinitas, Aren Johnson, Aydan Haen and Matthew Boyce of Oceanside, Christopher Medina of San Marcos, William Waite and Hunter Woods of Carlsbad will help commemorate the beginning of one of the most important military campaigns in modern history when they travel to Normandy, France this June to take part in the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The Academy is the only school from California invited to

Artists asked to design new bike racks for city ENCINITAS — The Leucadia 101 Mainstreet Association is seeking artists to design and fabricate unique bike racks for installation on business members’ private property along North Coast Highway 101. The designs are to be one-of-a-kind, site specific, safe, hold a minimum of four bicycles and have a unifying theme that embodies the artistic spirit of Leucadia. The winning artist will get a cash prize of $1,000 and be provided funds to fabricate selected designs. Competition packages must be submitted to the Leucadia Main Street office by emailing to info@ leucadia101.com by 3 p.m.

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June 4. Additional information can be found at Leucadia101.com or by calling (760) 436-2320. The art installation bike rack competition is being held in conjunction with the city of Encinitas and Mizel Family Foundation Community grant program. This generous grant will partially fund the design and arts competition for the winning bike rack designs to be installed along Highway 101 in Leucadia.


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Educational Opportunities Academy of Arts and Sciences...

A leader in the frontier of educational options For students who fall behind, AAS can help turn things around with our award winning credit recovery courses. Our curriculum is designed to ensure that students receive credit for what they already know and supports them with dedicated teachers that will build mastery in the areas they need to complete their courses. Our credit recovery courses are available free of charge during the school year and as part of our free summer school as well. Credit recovery courses are available in all core subject areas (Math, English, Science and Social Studies and some elective areas). Academy of Arts and Sciences is a leader in the newest frontier of educational options: online learning. AAS, a leading free public charter school of choice for students in grades K-12, offers a blended (online and on site) customized learning program. Students engage in an exceptional learning experience that blends innovative online learning with critical face-to-face and lab time. At Academy of Arts and Sciences, students will be able to access a diverse range of Arts and Science electives. “We understand that students learn best when their education is tailored to

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their needs, which is why a key tenant of the Academy of Arts & Sciences philosophy is flexibility,” said CEO Sean McManus. “With this instructional model, on site and off site time can be adjusted to fit individual student needs. The flexibility of blended learning provides choice for students.” The school utilizes cutting edge 21st century curriculum. Students are able to access the curriculum twenty four hours a day, and have the flexibility to participate in a wide variety of events, activities and experiences that enhance the learning experience. AAS also allows students the opportunity to access a wide variety of world language, humanities, media and technology, engineering and robotics, app and game design as part of the rich elective program. Online learning differs from traditional schools in that classes do not take place in a building, but rather at home, on the road, or wherever an Internet connection

can be found. Because of this, students take courses online with support from their teacher via phone, online Web meetings, and sometimes even face to face. This new way of learning allows the parent to take an active role in the student’s learning and to really become a partner with their child. The parent (or "Learning Coach") keeps the student on track in line with the provided lessons plans. In addition to the online courses, AAS provides plenty of opportunities to connect online and offline with other AAS students and families. The Academy of Arts and Sciences staff is very active in the community and can often be found interacting with families at Beach Clean Up Days, various community festivals, and organized activities that take place at their Learning Centers. An online education offers students the opportunities to learn in a small setting with a course schedule that is tailored to meet their individual learning styles and needs. This unique learning environment meets the needs of all types of learners and offers solutions to many different educational challenges. Many students find that learning in the comfort of their own home allows them be successful in ways never dreamt of before!

Adventure camps offered by San Dieguito Boys & Girls Clubs Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito is offering Summer Adventure Camps for ages 5-15 beginning June 16th–August 22nd. Choose from Day Camps, Junior Camps, Specialty Camps, Sports Camps, Teen Camps, Leaders in Training and more! We offer multiple locations in North County to include Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach,

We offer multiple locations in North County to include Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, and Encinitas.” and Encinitas. Our Summer Adventure Camps offer maximum flexibility with our Day Camps options and early/late pick-up and


drop-off program. Our staff is background checked, drug tested, trained, and CPR/ First Aid/AED certified for your child’s safety. Camp prices start as low as $145. Call (858) 720.2180, visit our website at www. bgcsandieguito.org, or visit the Camp Office at the Polster Branch – 3800-A Mykonos Lane San Diego, CA 92130 for more information.

Junior Lifeguards open to all levels of athletic abilities 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.

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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.

Is your child ready to be home alone? While kids dream about being home alone like Macaulay Culkin in the hit ‘90s movie, the parents must decide when their child is ready. While there are no state laws, in general children under 10 should not be left on their own and younger children and babies should not be alone even for a few minutes. Children reaching 11 to 12 may be alone up to three hours. Consider whether your child feels apprehensive about staying alone and if they could calmly dial 911 and give details. Can your child handle unexpected situations without panick-

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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The Grauer School offers . . .

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 www.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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The Winston School’s therapy dog thanks firefighters DEL MAR — Dottie, a standard poodle and facility dog at The Winston School, doesn’t take a day off. When her owner Sandy Snodgrass and her family were evacuated from their San Elijo Hills home during the Cocos fire, however, Dottie was unable to report to the school for her job where she logs 30 hours a week as a therapy dog. “What can I say? Dottie likes to work and she gets anxious when she can’t,” said Snodgrass. When she and her family were able to return to their San Marcos home, Snodgrass was so grateful to the firefighters, she took them a care package of

Dottie, a therapy dog, shows some love to weary firefighters during the Cocos fire. Courtesy photo

food. Dottie tagged along and went right to work offering solace and comfort to the fatigued firemen who were temporarily camped at Double Peak Park. “She’s intuitive and she just senses what people need,” Snodgrass said. Snodgrass, a parent volunteer whose son attends the school, brings Dottie to the campus where her job is to relax and calm students enabling them to focus on their studies. While the tall black poodle might come across as a school mascot, Winston students know she’s all about work.

“Dottie isn’t a pet; she’s a service dog with social and academic goals and the kids respect that,” said Snodgrass, who has a master’s degree in rehabilitation therapy and wrote her thesis on the role of dogs in therapy. Certified by Assistance Dogs International, Dottie is in her first year of service as a facility dog with the school where her presence is being tracked and measured for the influence she is having on student success. The school is working to secure grant funding to expand the program and bring more therapy dogs into the learning environment.


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THE MIGHTY PEN Summer was in the air for the final Author’s Tea of the year at Horizon Prep to honor first through eighth graders who write above grade level or who have greatly improved in their writing skills. This session’s honorees included, from left, first row, Luke Mitchum, Gracie Willard, Rocco Quade and Cavan McCarty; from left, second row, Emma Caringella, Kylie Wilbor, Victoria Colucci, Irelynd Lorenzen, Cooper Whitton, Jonathan Coons, Cole McCarty, Champion Whitton, Jake Pistone and Trey Stepanow, and from left, third row, Luke Admire, Dane Mobius, Hayden Center and Maddie Giffin. Not pictured: Revere Schmidt. Courtesy photo

Deadlines are eased for upcoming Oceanside film fest OCEANSIDE — Oceanside International Film Festival, to be held Aug. 3 through Aug. 10, has extended the entry deadline to June 15, for its new category that celebrates Oceanside’s image. This category is free of submission fees and will be accepting films up to 5 minutes that have something directly to do with Oceanside, either documentary, music video, narrative fictional story or historic account. Participants can go to facebook. com/likeOIFF and message their YouTube or Vimeo link to the organizers. Candidates can mail their DVD, but must be sure it arrives by the deadline. Filmmakers will be notified

of qualification and voting will be on Oceanside International Film Festival’s Facebook page. Do you have a film longer than five minutes or not about Oceanside? Filmmakers can still participate at OIFF under regular submission process, with a June 16 deadline, 2014, as detailed at ocaf.info) Celebrities Sally Kirkland, veteran casting director D. Candis Paule, writer and director Charles Kaufman and actor Saginaw Grant. Oceanside International Film Festival is an annual event conceived and once again underwritten by Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation.

CREATE YOUR OWN HAT If you’d like to create your own chapeau for the July 17 opening day at the Del Mar Racetrack, make your own fascinator or cocktail hat and learn basic millinery techniques, Jill Courtemanche is holding a hat-making class from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 21 at 410 S. Cedros Ave. in Solana Beach. No sewing experience is necessary. The cost is $85. Reservations are required. For more information or to register, visit JillCourtemanche. com or call (858) 8766353. Courtesy photo

WOMEN’S GOLF Women on Course invite golfers to be part of The Crosby from 3 to 7 p.m. June 30 at 17102 Bing Crosby Blvd., Rancho Santa Fe. Tickets are $59 for WOC member and $79 for non-members. The afternoon includes golf activities to suit every skill level. Choose clinics for new golfers (clubs provided)‚ a clinic and four-hole play‚ nine-hole play, 19th hole festivities, food, wine and gift bags. For more information, contact Women on Course (703) 268-5078 or visit womenoncourse.com. OFF TO ENGLAND The San Diego County Fair visitors can win a trip to Liverpool and London and a side trip to Manchester. Finalists in the sweepstakes will be honored guests at the Fab Four concert on June 26, and the winner’s name will be drawn on stage. Enter at sdfair.com. CREATE A BIKE RACK June 4 is the deadline for artists and craftsmen to create a winning bike rack for installation along North Coast Highway 101, sponsored by Leucadia 101. The winner gets $1,000. For details visit Leucadia101.com or e-mail info@leucadia101.com. MAY 31 RUMMAGE AND RECYCLE The San Dieguito High School Academy hosts a recycle and rummage sale, sponsored by the SDA Foundation, from 7 a.m. to noon May 31 in front of the SDA Performing Arts Center Amphitheater at 800 Santa Fe Drive. MEET THE CANDIDATES Democratic Club of Carlsbad-Oceanside hosts a meet-and-greet for both June and November candidates at 10 a.m. May 31 at the Woman’s Club of Carlsbad, 3320 Monroe St., Carlsbad. For more information, call (760) 804-2754 or e-mail Rfriedheim@ roadrunner.com. WRITER’S TIPS Publishers and Writers of San Diego will meet from 10 a.m. to noon May 31 at the Carlsbad Dove Library,1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, with tips for working with distributors to bring a book into bookstores and how to choose the best distributor for a

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book. Members cost $10, non-members $15. Visit PublishersWriters.org to register. JUNE 1 WINE TASTING A Wine & Roses charity wine-tasting event will be held from 3 to 6:30 p.m. June 1 at Grand Del Mar, presented by the Social Security Auxiliary to benefit Camp Oliver. For tickets and information visit facebook /sdwineand roses or tweet @sdwineandroses or text wineandroses to 22828. The Wine Cellar opens at 1:30 p.m. with auctions at 2 p.m.. JUNE 2 ON YOUR TOES Teen/Adult Ballet classes start June 2 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. For more information visit EncinitasRecReg or call (760) 943-2260. JUNE 5 FIRST THURSDAYS Some Encinitas merchants will stay open until at least 8 p.m. on June 5 and the first Thursday of every month for the Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association’s new event series with free entertainment, food and drink, discounts and giveaways at downtown Encinitas shops and restaurants. Details on special offers and events can be found at encinitas101.com. JUNE 6 PARTY AT PARK DALE Park Dale Lane Elementary celebrates a Life is Good Fiesta from 5 to 8 p.m. June 6 at 2050 Park Dale Lane, Encinitas. For more information visit sites.google.com/site/parkdalepta/fiesta. JUNE 7 WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL Tickets are on sale for the Encinitas Rotary Wine & Food Festival set for 5 to 8 p.m. June 7 at the San Diego Botanic Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Raffle tickets are $15 and you need not be present to win. The event also benefits North County Lifeline. For tickets and information, visit crcncc. org, contact emailinfo@ crcncc.org or call (760) 230-6304. HOT WHEELS MOVIE The movie, “Team Hot Wheels: The Origin of Awesome” is coming to North County theaters at 11 a.m. June 7 and June 8 at Regal Oceanside 16, 401 Mission Ave., Oceanside; Regal San Marcos 18, 1180 W. San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos and La Jolla Village 12, 8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, La Jolla. Tickets are available now at participating theater box offices and online at FathomEvents.com.


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The essences of wine tasting taste of wine frank mangio

ast week I got to thumbing through L my very first wine columns

Fresh seasonal vegetables and Tempeh, served over brown rice with tahini-ginger sauce. Photo Courtesy

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Contemplating the Vegetarian lifestyle I re- religious, ethical/moral, etc. For me, it cently had a was an experiment. I didn’t start out with birthday and the thought of being vegetarian. When I it seems as turned 40, I had a checkup and my doctor though ev- told me my cholesterol and triglyceride ery year at levels were too high. I was about 25 pounds this time, I overweight and my diet was very unbaltake stock of anced; lots of meat and potatoes, very few

my lifestyle, fresh vegetables and fruits. diet, and caI decided to make a change in my life reer direction. And while I would probably to get healthier. At the suggestion of a bohave to give up my Lick the Plate gig to tanical medical specialist, (who wasn’t a make a permanent switch to vegetarian- vegetarian); I started cutting down my anism‌which I am not prepared to do, I am imal fat intake to see how my body would much more open to incorporating it into respond. I also had a thorough evaluation my diet than ever before. And while my from a certified nutritionist to see what plate licking has taken me to the occasion- type of diet was most effective for me al veggie and vegan restaurant, I wanted to based on my age, lifestyle and activity and have a conversation with someone around to see if I had any food allergies or sensitiv

my age who had made the switch and em- ity to things like Gluten (which I do not). I braced it. As it turns out, one of my good also became educated about food, studying friends, John Grimshaw made the switch the nutritional composition of everything I when he turned 40 and as a former Enci- was eating. It was the beginning of a journitas resident and someone who still fre- ney about food that continues to this day. I quents the area, he was also able to be a just got into it. great resource for local vegetarian restauOne of the obvious questions for me is rants. how do I incorporate protein into my diet? I discovered, for example, that there What prompted the move to becoming a are complete and incomplete proteins in vegetarian? Choosing a plant-based diet is a per- certain foods. A complete protein is one sonal lifestyle choice, and people make TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON B12 this choice for a variety of reasons; health,

L’Auberge chef launches new menu By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — When Brandon Fortune says he likes to use as many local products as possible for his menu at L’Auberge Del Mar’s Kitchen 1540, he isn’t kidding. The new executive chef worked with The Wheel in Leucadia to create stoneware that helps make some of his signature dishes, such as shrimp and grits, that much more artistic. But when necessary, he imports ingredients to make the food that much more authentic as well. Fortune was among 20 chefs interviewed for the position and one of 12 chosen for tastings. “We were very careful,� Robert Harter, director of sales and marketing, said. “We wanted a chef who could match the brand at L’Auberge. “Brandon’s very approachable, as is his food,� he said. “His personality is reflected on his plates.� Fortune joined the resort in February, replacing Scott Dolbee, but just launched his new menu earlier this month. He describes his cook-

Brandon Fortune, the executive chef at Kitchen 1540 at L’Auberge Del Mar, explains one of his dishes during the recent launch of his new menu. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

ing as modern American with an upscale Southern influence. Nearly every item comes with a story and perhaps a few personal comments. For example, he served his shrimp and grits to woo the woman who would even-

tually become his wife. His local hydroponic gem lettuces with spiced pecans, tart apples and compressed jicama feature fried, green tomatoes — not a surprising ingredient given that he hails from AtTURN TO CHEF ON B12

some nine years ago. The wine world has changed so much since those halcyon days when life was a little calmer, prosperous and most of the wine we reported on was Cabernet and Chardonnay. But what hasn’t changed, and what I focused on in those first columns, is that wine is a celebration of life and it makes sense to know how to celebrate to get the most out of it. Pour about a third of a glass of your favorite red and stay with me as I take you through the basics of elevating your celebration, with a review of the five “S’s.� The first thing that happens in this five-part harmony in the romance of wine is the SIGHT of the wine. It should be poured into a clear tulip-shaped glass with a long stem to grip. The color will vary from a deep red approaching black, found in wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, found in France and the Napa Valley, and the Nebbiolo grape, found in Barolo and Barbaresco in Piedmont Italy. TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON B12

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Discovering a new town just north of Sonoma hit the road e’louise ondash


e are in one of Healdsburg’s several antique stores, combing through a pile of old LIFE magazines, looking for one published the week of my birth. (Let’s just say it was sometime during the last millennium.) Eureka! I find one — and then another, so I buy one for a friend who was born the same week. And I can’t pass up another issue featuring 50 years of LIFE magazine covers. I’m pleased with my treasures. We’ve been to Sonoma County several times, but Healdsburg (pronounced HEELDSburg), an hour’s drive north of the town of Sonoma, is new territory. I’m sorry we waited so long to visit. The town of 11,000 is a little piece of heaven nestled among the 100 wineries of Alexander Valley, Chalk Hill, Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley. If you know your appellations, you know that this is serious wine and foodie country, and we hope to learn and enjoy. We decide to ease into it and explore the town first. Not far from the antique store is Healdsburg’s 1-acre central plaza, named by Travel + Leisure Magazine last year as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Town Squares.” We don’t disagree, but strangely, we’ve heard more than one local make the same apology for the plaza’s size — “It’s not as big as Sonoma’s,” which is eight acres. Nevertheless, we find it completely delightful and plenty big enough. People of all ages and colors are hanging out by the fountain, eating lunch or just lingering on one of the two dozen-plus benches. They seem to relish their moments in the shade of the redwoods and Canary Island date palms (planted in 1897). Bordering the plaza are boutiques, restaurants, wine-tasting rooms, hotels and art galleries. I’m not much of a shopper, but find some of the one-of-a-kind merchandise in the windows hard to resist. It was the Gold Rush of 1849 that brought Harmon Heald to California from Ohio. Like most fortune seekers of the time, he never struck it rich. But five years later, Heald built a general store and post office, around which a small settlement grew. He hired a surveyor to lay out the central plaza with streets and 85 lots, and a town of 300 was born. “Even in the very first map it was identified as a plaza, with the idea of being a community gathering place, which I think is such

An exhibit that ran until mid-May in the Healdsburg Museum told the story of the town’s part in the Civil War. Most visitors are surprised to find that Sonoma County was the only pro-slave county in the state. Its soldiers, however, fought on the Union side. Photo by Jerry Ondash

It’s not uncommon for restaurants to have their own gardens nearby where they grow vegetables and herbs. These raised planters are just outside Shed restaurant in downtown Healdsburg. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

According to historian Hannah Clayborn, trees were cut down in the town’s early days to accommodate Healdsburg’s ccommercial center and homes, but “the Plaza trees remained as a remnant of the old forest.” Some trees that stand today, like the Canary Island date palms (planted in 1897), are not native. The plaza’s fountain and old redwoods provide the perfect gathering place on a warm day. Photo by Jerry Ondash

a generous gesture,” said Holly Hoods, curator of the Healdsburg Museum said in a recent interview. “It was his land and his idea to found a town.” Hoods tells us more about Healdsburg history during our visit to the museum. By the 1920s, “Healdsburg was known as the ‘buckle of the prune belt,’” she explains. “Kids would pick prunes to earn money for school clothes, and people would come for prune blossom tours.” Hoods has worked for the museum since 1996, first as a part-time curatorial assistant. “I drove up to the building and said, ‘I want to be here.’” The fast romance is understandable. The museum lives in a former Carnegie Library — a grand stone building with beautiful interior woodwork and an elegant staircase that one might not expect to find in a town of this size. Its exhibits do the architecture justice. Permanent displays tell of the town’s history, including its Native American roots. (Don’t miss the collection of exquisite handmade baskets. We check an excellent exhibit on Healdsburg’s

Unique items like this mid-century pink stove (sorry, not for sale) and matching mixer are common treasures found in Healdsburg’s irresistible antique stores and boutiques, not far from the central plaza. The downtown is pleasantly walkable, with restaurants, wine-tasting rooms, art galleries and more concentrated within a few blocks. Photo by E’Lou-

ise Ondash

Holly Hoods, curator of the Healdsburg Museum, came to the town in 1996 and said she knew this was where she wanted to settle. One of her biggest challenges is to develop interactive exhibits that will make history come alive for young museum visitors who come regularly on school field trips. Exhibits change four times a year. Photo by Jerry On-


Healdsburg Museum is located in a former Carnegie Library, a neo-classical revival structure originally funded in 1910 by a $10,000 grant from wealthy industrialist Andrew Carnegie. Admission is free. It features a permanent exhibit with artifacts that belonged to long-time Disney movie and television actor Fred McMurray (“My Three Sons”), who had a cattle ranch in the area. Photo by Jerry Ondash

connection to the Civil War. The current exhibit, 19th century utopian communities in Sonoma County, runs through Aug. 3. Vineyards surround Healdsburg and there are

many tasting rooms, both in town and at the wineries. For information on the town, visit healdsburg. com. For a “Sonomads” guide to Sonoma County

and its 370 wineries, 40plus spas and all activities, visit SonomaCounty.com or call (707) 522-5800. Super Duper Deal — Las Vegas: Ain’t It Grand Package — The old downtown Las Vegas is being transformed into a happening place. For $170 (2 persons, double occupancy), you can stay for two nights at the completely renovated, “industrial chic” Downtown Grand (formerly Lady Luck).

Price includes two tickets to the Mob Museum, drinks in the MOB BAR (Roaring ‘20s theme), and dinner for two at Triple George Grill. Call (855) DT-GRAND (384-7263). Package based on availability; blackout dates apply. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@ coastnewsgroup.com

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Festival of colors

Recalling first jobs baby boomer

By Tony Cagala

ESCONDIDO — A centuries old Indian tradition of welcoming in spring got a modern touch with the inaugural Festival of Colors at Grape Day Park on May 17. Dancing, music, yoga sessions and the tossing of colors into the sky marked the first time the event was held in Escondido. Calling it a “transformative, consciousness awakening type of event,” Charu Das, festival coordinator, began the event 15 years ago in Utah before taking it on the road to other cities as Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The festival will be in Oceanside at the Junior Seau Ampitheater June 21. Visit fesitvalofcolorsUSA.com for more information.

Joe Moris

Clockwise from top: Paula Hodge, center, of Vista hurls colors into the air. The colors were a dyed cornstarch mixture. David Roth looks through his glasses covered over by colors from the color throw event. Esmae Nixon, left, and Brooke Hancock send colors flying. The Boyett family of Escondido attends the inaugural Festival of Colors event in Grape Day Park. Photos by Tony Cagala

Visit travel clinic before vacations outside US Health Watch by the physicians and staff of Scripps Health

Planning a surf trip to Mexico, or a sightseeing vacation in Africa? Maybe a backpacking adventure through remote Asian countries? For many people, summer vacations involve trips beyond the United States’ borders. Before embarking, travelers can help safeguard their health by making an appointment with a travel medicine clinic. In North County, Scripps Health offers residents access to these specialized clinics at Scripps Clinic Carmel Valley and Scripps Coastal Medical Center in Vista. Travel clinics help people prepare for their journeys by addressing important health-related issues, which can be easily overlooked when planning a big trip. Based on a person’s geographic destination and health history, the clinic’s travel medicine specialists can provide immunizations, medications and recommendations to help minimize risk of illnesses. Schedule an appointment at least four weeks in advance of travel, and bring itineraries, immunization records and prescrip-

tion medications. Here’s a small sampling of the many basic health factors travelers can expect to discuss with a travel medicine physician:

er altitudes. Symptoms include headache, nausea and dizziness. Medication can help prevent altitude sickness by making it easier for the body to adjust to rapidly

Before embarking, travelers can help safeguard their health by making an appointment with a travel medicine clinic. • Traveler’s diarrhea is the most common medical complaint among travelers, resulting from the ingestion of harmful bacteria in food or water. The risk of contracting it may be reduced by consuming only cooked foods, peeled fruits and carbonated beverages.

increasing heights. • Infectious Hepatitis A is a food- or water-borne disease (sometimes fatal) that attacks the liver. Immunization fully protects against the disease and should be taken by nearly all international travelers.

• Mosquito-borne illnesses, such as malaria and yellow fever can be quite serious. Malaria prophylactic medicine is indicated for travel in most of Central and South America, Africa, India and Southeast Asia. Yellow fever immunization is • Altitude sickness results required for travelers visiting cerfrom a lack of oxygen at high- tain parts of South America and • Influenza is more easily spread in crowded, confined areas such as airplanes and ships. During flu season, travelers should receive a flu vaccine to help protect them from the most prevalent viruses.

Africa. • Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial disease which is spread from person to person in ways such as coughing, sneezing, kissing and sharing utensils. The vaccine is required for travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia and is recommended for travel to parts of Africa, and for health care workers. • Although polio is almost extinct, an adult booster is recommended for travelers to India and Africa. Another site-specific disease is Japanese encephalitis, found in much of rural Asia; a vaccine is available for protection. Travel medicine clinics can also help long-distance travelers with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease adjust their medications, to decrease the risk of complications. For example, people with an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis, a serious condition caused by blood clots deep inside the veins, may benefit from anti-clotting drugs to keep the blood flowing during long plane rides. “Health Watch” is brought to you by the physicians and staff of Scripps Health. For more information or for a physician referral, call 1-800-SCRIPPS or visit scripps.org.

Memorial Day has just passed. It is a day to recognize those that served their country and to those that paid the ultimate price for freedom. For many though it’s the start of summer. For kids, it means no more schoolwork and for those over 16 their first shot at getting a job, learning self-reliance and the real value of money. We baby boomers can spin out tales of our first jobs and then like a roster, peel off each successive one along with a narrative. My first job was a paper route. I was 12 years old. Every day after school and then early on Sunday mornings I would sit in my driveway, paper-banding the San Diego Tribune, stuffing them into my saddle bags on my bike and then trekking out for delivery up and down hills in Country Club Village, now known as San Carlos in La Mesa. At the end of the month I would have the privilege of paying the Tribune for the papers “I bought.” To be reimbursed I would set out at night knocking on the doors of my customers requesting payment for my services. I can’t tell you how many times I would have to return because the customers didn’t have the $2.25. If they eventually refused to pay I would submit a cancellation notice to my route manager and then I would have one less paper to deliver but it was I who was out the $2.25. After all, I was an independent contractor. If I lost money that month, that was my fault, not the newspaper’s. There was a life lesson in there. My first minimum wage job was at Taco Bell in El Cajon. My owner was Bill Cason. He was Mr. Bell’s night manager at the first Taco Bell. Bill opened the second Taco Bell on Main Street in El Cajon. I worked in Bill’s second store on Second Street in El Cajon, which by then was the fifth Taco Bell. I made exactly $1 per hour. Nobody screamed then that $1 per hour wasn’t a living wage. Minimum wage was never intended to be a living wage. It was a wage meant to allow a person some respect for their service. It was meant to be enough to save for college or buy that first car to take girls out on first dates. So much has changed TURN TO BABY BOOMER ON B12



lanta, Ga. “I don’t really like other tomatoes,” he said. “I think beets taste like dirt, but I like them,” he said. So they are part of his cold-smoked trout with black walnuts, a chive-potato cake and feathered horseradish, an appetizer “goes from the dirt, to the ground to the water.” The asparagus with grilled wild ramps — part of the onion family — he


sible to rake up. I finally managed to get that sucker cut down, but its heart will not stop beating. The stump has sprouted, the roots throughout the yard have sprouted and I continue to madly prune it all back. I have


The entries by Borg, Pierson and other veterans paint vivid pictures of what daily war was like. The Veterans History Project was created by the United States Congress in 2000. States have made efforts to bring awareness to the project and encourage veterans to participate. Congressman Scott Peters of the 52nd District, which includes La Jolla, Poway, Carmel Valley and downtown San Diego, is encouraging groups to volunteer. Timothy Caudill, veteran caseworker and field


they were still overseas, the idea of a father and son reuniting during war started to become apparent to the filmmakers. “And Mike and Carlos said, ‘No,’” Salzberg explained. Mike and Carlos wanted the story to be about the soldiers, he added. What they brought back with them was more than 500 hours of video footage for the two directors to turn the raw footage into a cohesive narrative. The filmmakers did meet with military public


in all those years going back to the sixties. Today those Taco Bell workers want a “living wage” seeking hourly wages of $10 to $15 dollars an hour. That is insane. Minimum wage jobs were always meant to be stepping stone positions. We have that freedom because many have died to protect those ideals. Even today another military man or woman will give his or her life for my right to pick my own path. For those who voluntarily or as in my case, involuntary, serve our country, it is the ultimate sacrifice.

T he R ancho S anta F e News describes as “pretty much spring in a bowl,” while the still smoking scallops … literally “are one of our more perky dishes.” Fortune used his grandmother’s recipe to create his bread pudding, which he tops with orange creamsicle ice cream. Fortune, who now calls Carlsbad home, said he also taps into history, fashion, music and movies when formulating new culinary creations. He was trained at Le Cordon Bleu College of

Culinary Arts in Atlanta, honed his skills in fivestar resorts such as Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta and The Grand Del Mar in San Diego and briefly owned Aquamoree, a tapas restaurant in La Jolla. While at Kitchen 1540 diners should ask Fortune to stop by their table to share a back story or two about the food they are eating. Guys contemplating a marriage proposal may even want to order the shrimp and grits to go.

poured straight weed killer on it. It just sprouts up somewhere else. Feeling a bit like Churchill, I vow I shall not suffer this tree to grow back and will never surrender. I wish I could wield a large, sharp axe, although maybe it’s better I don’t. Perhaps there is a com-

bination chain saw and backhoe out there somewhere. If you’re not using yours, please let me know.

representative at Peters’ office, is helping volunteer groups within the district get started. He said it is a new outreach effort, and he will be videotaping his own experiences as a veteran as a training tool. “The interviews are very broad,” Caudill said. “It’s the meat and potatoes of the interviewee speaking of their experience.” The San Diego Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is one group that volunteers to collect war stories. Members sit down one on one with veterans and collect their stories on video. Sessions last about 30 minutes.

The Veterans History Project website spells out how to conduct an interview and send information. Basically anyone can hold an interview with a veteran. Guidelines ask the interviewer to collect the name, date of birth, branch of service, rank and war served in by the veteran. Then the interviewer prompts the veteran to discuss early days of service, wartime service, their experiences at the end of the war or their service and personal reflections. The interviews can be audio or video recorded and are unedited. More information on the project can be found at loc.gov/vets/.

affairs departments. What came of those meetings was what Dones called the fixing of two “minor, minor, minor issues,” made out of respect for national security. “But besides that, they allowed us to edit the film with complete creativity,” Dones said. “They were not involved at all in the process…they did not make creative decisions for us or say you can or can’t show that,” he added. With the film receiving a favorable reception from the military and from military families, some are calling it “digital medicine,” said Dones, ex-

plaining that it’s sparking dialogues between soldiers and their families. “That way, these families are finally able to see what their loved ones are going through,” Dones said. “Because a lot of times these veterans are coming home and they aren’t able to talk about it — they don’t even know how to approach the topic of what they did, and so they bottle it up — they keep it buried inside and that only exasperates the PTSD and other invisible wounds that these soldiers are getting,” he said. Mike and Carlos now both work for ABC News.

In our generation, we all served to one extent or the other. If you didn’t serve it was because of a high draft number, but until that number was revealed, there was still a psyche that one day the uniform might have to be donned. Today, no one is subject to service to our country unless it is a personal choice since there is no draft. If I was king I would suggest that government work be paid minimum wage. I would also suggest that we institute the draft and if fighting in wars were objectionable, then community service for two years would be the substitute. I suggest that minimum wage

for ages 16 to 20 be half what it is now so that kids can learn to work and make money. I suggest that we take a page from our past, honor those fallen for our sake and become a more self-reliant populace. But, I’m afraid this advice plus a buck will only get you a refill at McDonalds. Nonetheless, we still need to reflect on our true heritage and find a way to let the next generations experience what it is like to learn self-reliance and community much as we did as young baby boomers. Joe Moris may be contacted at (760) 5006755 or by email at joe@coastalcountry.net

Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who might love the smell of napalm one of these mornings. Contact her at jgillette@ coastnewsgroup.com


that provides all of the essential Amino Acids your body needs. Sources include Animal-based food; meat, Fish, Eggs, Poultry, Cheese. Incomplete Proteins are low in one of more of the essential Amino Acids and found in a variety of grains, beans and vegetables. Complimentary proteins are two or more incomplete protein sources that together, provide adequate amounts of all the essential amino acids. For example, rice contains low amounts of certain essential amino acids (lysine); however, these same essential amino acids are found in greater amounts of dry beans. Similar, dry beans contain lower amounts of other essential amino acids (methionine) that can be found in larger amounts of rice. Source: CDC So this particular combination (red beans & rice on Mondays is my favorite) gives me nearly a complete chain of essential amino acids. In addition, foods


Brick red might be a Pinot Noir, Merlot or a Sangiovese and other light red colored wine. You are also scanning for any foreign objects in the wine, which would compromise the flavor. It could be cork fragments, even tiny sticks or other impurities from the crush of the grapes prior to barreling. Color intensity, which is the pigments in the skins of the grape, is no guarantee of a great glass of wine, but it will give you an idea of the purity of the wine. SWIRL: Swirling, the 2nd of the five S’s, is done to prepare the sinuses for the smell as it aerates the wine allowing oxygen to mix with the wine to create a perfumed smell and flavor. When swirling, hold the glass firmly vertical by the stem and briskly move it in a circular motion. “Legs,” or “tears,” may be seen running down the inside of the glass after the swirl. These result from higher levels of alcohol and sugar and hint at the wine’s power. On my trips to meet Italian wine makers in Italy, I always got a laugh out of the vigorous swirling of their wines while expressing themselves, concluding it was just a nervous habit. Not at all! They were simply seeking the maximum “bouquet,” a combination of smell and taste. Salute! SMELL: The total smell of a wine is its “bouquet.” It’s a fitting description like the best flowers bundled up into a bouquet as a gift for a loved one. Another expression would be the “nose” of the wine. The human nose can distinguish thousands of

May 30, 2014 such as Kale, Spinach, Hemp Seeds and Quinoa contain substantial amounts of protein for my body. But, they may lack essential amino acids that the body can’t manufacture and therefor, need to be supplemented by a food that has that missing amino acid. This was all very daunting at first, but I had fun learning about how different combinations of foods gave me what I needed. What are your top 5 places for veggie cuisine in North County? We’re lucky to have vegetarian-friendly cuisine in North County. I can go just about anywhere and get a very healthy vegetarian option, even though there’s meat on the menu. This makes going out with friends who are meat-eaters easier and more inclusive. That said, my top five for good veggie fare in North County are Lotus Cafe & Juice Bar, Kim’s Vietnamese & Chinese, Ki’s , Roxy, and Swami’s Café.

The first thing is to ask yourself why you are doing it. Is it for health reasons, ethical, religious? If it’s an experiment just to try it out, I would say to start slowly by cutting meat out in phases. If you eat meat five times per week, try a couple of weeks with replacing one or two of those meals. See how you feel and then progress from there. I don’t crave meat any more, but I did go through that phase during my first year. In particular I craved bacon and In-n-Out. That passed and now my cravings run from Kale salad to roasted Brussels Sprouts. That’s great information John and a perfect way to work towards a healthier diet.

Lick the Plate can now be heard on KPRi, 102.1 FM Monday - Friday during the 7pm hour. David Boylan is founder of Artichoke Creative and Artichoke Apparel, an Encinitas based So finally, any advice for marketing firm and clothsomeone like me trying ing line. Reach him at to incorporate vegetarian david@artichoke-creative. into their diet? com or (858) 395-6905.

unique smells and wines have over 200 of their own. So get your nose down in the glass as close to the wine as possible. Take deep, short, sharp inhalations and try to detect smells such as flowers, fruit, herbs, oak, coffee, and licorice. Younger reds will smell fruity, old wines will smell earthier. SIP AND SWALLOW: The sip or taste of the wine and the swallow are indeed the most enjoyable of the five-part harmony. With the smell still lingering in the nose, place the glass to your lips and take in a healthy mouthful. Work it around your mouth, but make sure it’s not so much that you have to swallow right away. Keep the wine making contact with your palate and tongue with an awareness of the flavors it presents, as well as body, and acidity which will come from the tannins in the wine, essential for maturity. The last sensation of wine tasting is the finish or swallow. In the swallow, be aware of how long the taste lasts in your mouth. Great wines have a long finish that lasts as long as a minute. It should leave a very pleasant after-taste. It is your final impression of a wine and should reflect its overall quality. My short video on wine tasting produced by the talented Mike Bragg has been playing on YouTube.com for a number of years and has double the number of hits of any other of its kind. Look it up under “Wine Tasting Tip,” then scroll down to Mike Bragg and Frank Mangio’s video and see what you think. It was chosen to be presented to the Japanese as an introduction to wine

appreciation on YouKu. com. WINE BYTES Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas presents a re-creation of the Judgment of Paris Blind Tasting, the wine event of all time, May 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. $20. Call (760) 4792500 for details. San Diego Wine Company has a Cabernet Sauvignon wine tasting May 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call for names at (858) 586WINE. $10. The 31st Annual Wine and Roses Charity Wine Tasting is June 1 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Grand Del Mar Resort. These are award-winning wines from the San Diego International Wine Competition with great food from over 20 area restaurants. A silent auction and raffle drawings supports Camp Oliver in Descanso. Tickets are $100 and are available at wineandroses.net. More information at (619) 222-2486. The 11th annual Encinitas Rotary Wine & Food Festival Fundraiser will be held June 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Twenty-one local charities are supported; 20 restaurants will participate plus 14 wineries and six breweries. Top musicians will play in the outside setting. Several levels of ticket prices, starting at $60. See EncinitasWineFestival.com. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. His columns can be viewed at tasteofwinetv.com. He is one of the top wine commentators on the web. Reach him at mangiompc@aol.com.

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encounter is in the stars. Don’t question what’s being offered, just plan to enjoy the moment and see where it leads. Social functions will offer an interesting alternative.

SOUP TO NUTS by Rick Stromoski

By Bernice Bede Osol FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014

FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves

THE BORN LOSER by art & Chip Sansom

The coming year will be a time of advancement. Your moneymaking ideas are sound, but following the proper channels will be necessary. Stick to a strict budget, and your situation will continue to improve, allowing you greater freedom to develop an idea or interest that can add to your income.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Stick to your own affairs today. You will have to refrain from commenting on the way others do things. A friendship may be jeopardized if you are too opinionated.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -Someone close to you will show interest in your personal life. This can lead to an offer of help that will allow you greater freedom to follow interesting pursuits.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Don’t take part in gossip. Protect your reputation regardless of what others do. Stay GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Someone out of the spotlight and work diligently to will make you feel overly sensitive to- live up to your responsibilities. Actions day. Don’t waste time feeling sorry for speak louder than words. yourself, when you should be looking AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- You are for something to do that enriches your probably in need of a little pampering. A relaxing day at the spa or an energetic life and leads to new acquaintances. session at the gym will prepare you for CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Don’t fall a romantic evening. prey to a fast-talking stranger. Keep your eye on your money and refuse any PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- You will offers that seem too good to be true. feel better about yourself if you get rid of a bad habit. Self-improvement will help Caution is the name of the game. you shed negativity, making way for a LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Offer your confident, goal-oriented mindset. time to a cause that you feel passionate about. You can make life easier for ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Love and others with a little effort. Your own prob- laughter will surround you. Now is a good time to spice up your romantic life. lems will seem relatively small. Socializing or an intimate tete-a-tete will VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Delegate enhance your existence. your responsibilities. If you don’t put in TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Your an honest effort, you will not honor a schedule appears to be hectic, which commitment. This will cause problems will lead to a costly error if you don’t with an authority figure that will compro- slow down and think matters through mise your position. carefully. Ask for help if you feel overLIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- A romantic whelmed.

BIG NATE by Lincoln Peirce

MONTY by Jim Meddick

ARLO & JANIS by Jimmy Johnson


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