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Boon, Eggleston secure Board seats By Christina Macone-Greene lots

RANCHO SANTA FE — The campaign dust has settled. Candidates Kim Eggleston and Ann Boon received the most votes, earning them spots on the Rancho Santa Fe Association Board of Directors.

We had 1,544 ballots that were cast. I can’t say it’s the largest ever...” Ivan Holler Acting Manager, RSF Association

Ivan Holler, acting manager of the Rancho Santa Fe Association, said the final tallies were Eggleston at 823, Boon at 819, Dominick Addario at 740, and Susan Callahan with 689. On June 10, the ballots were counted at the fire station meeting room. By early afternoon, the results were finalized. “We had 1,544 bal-

that were cast,” Holler said. “I can’t say it’s the largest ever, but certainly the largest since I have been here.” On July 1, Boon and Eggleston will officially take their seats, with a board meeting scheduled on July 3. The campaign spurred a large turnout in terms of voter participation in the Ranch. RSFA Board President, Philip Wilkinson, thought the turnout was great with 75 percent participation among registered voters. “Our congratulations to Ann Boon and Kim Eggleston on winning their seats on the Board; and, our thanks to Dominick Addario and Susan Callahan for running for the Board,” Wilkinson said. Looking ahead, Wilkinson said his vision is to continue to run the Association as a business which began this fiscal year. He pointed out they will focus on cost saving measures and accountability, and continue to follow the best practices and procedures they’ve adopted. “We need to determine long range what TURN TO ELECTION ON A14

Dana Evanson, the docent and administrator of the RSF Historical Society at the Millar Row House. The annual historical home tour is scheduled for July 12. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

Annual historical home tour nears By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — It’s that time of year again. The RSF Historical Society is fine-tuning its Annual Home Tour. And it’s a must for those who appreciate the preservation of Lillian Rice architecture. This year, guests have the opportunity to take part in touring the rarely seen “Row Houses” designed by Lilian Rice in the 1920s. The July 12 event is expected to draw 250 visitors. “This year we are presenting the Row Houses which are on Paseo Delicias and were built around the same time and around the same year,” said Dana Evanson, the docent and administrator of the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society. Evanson pointed out that four on the tour were designed by Rice and built in 1926; and, each one was creat-

ed specifically for the owner. A historical story is behind each of these homes. And during the tour, a docent will be present at each site and tour goers will have a brochure to help lead the way. “Each house is joined and all have different setbacks and styles and colors when they were built to look as though it was a Spanish village which evolved over a period of time. At first glance, it’s deceiving, because the Row Houses do not look attached. The fifth Row House on the tour, Evanson said, is the Millar House. Built in 1928, it’s believed to have been designed by Rice but there’s no official documentation stating this. According to Evanson, at this time, Rice was TURN TO TOUR ON A14

SANDAG responds to concerns about platform, double tracking By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — The San Diego Association of Governments responded to the second of two letters from Del Mar that expressed concerns about a proposed project to add a track and platform at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, but the reply does not appear to assuage the issues, at least according to the mayor. “While we appreciate SANDAG providing a written response to the City’s concerns about project mitigation measures, we still do not have a commitment on a location and design of the Special Events Platform that lessens the impact to Del Mar residents and the natural environment, as well as features and mitigations to address the visual, noise and vibration impacts of the platform, double tracking, and the bridge replacement,” Mayor Lee Haydu wrote in an email commenting on the letter. SANDAG, the region’s primary public planning and transportation agency, is working with the Federal Railway Administration, which is providing most of the funding, to double track the railroad, replace the nearly 100-year-old San Dieguito River Bridge and add a special events platform at the fairgrounds. While the city supports the concept, officials and residents say the 1,000-footlong platform and 8-foot-high bridge should be reduced, and several other is- The San Diego Association of Governments, in a letter responding to Del Mar’s concerns about the length of a proposed seasonal platform and other issues surrounding a double-tracking project at the fairgrounds, stated it will address mitigation efforts later in the process, a plan that is not sitting well with Del Mar officials.

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Fire Protection District Fashion show, luncheon mark Opening Day pays visit to Assocation By Christina Macone-Greene

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RANCHO SANTA FE — Leaders from the RSF Fire Protection District visited the Rancho Santa Fe Association, its board of directors, and meeting attendees. In addition to relaying information from the Bernardo Fire it was also an opportunity to offer an outlook on future fire conditions, various ways to protect structures, and answer questions. First up, Fire Chief Tony Michel thanked the RSFA for the invitation. Michel told the board of directors there is a direct relation between fire and a prolonged drought. “The speed and fire activity that we witnessed in the Bernardo Fire and the other eight we had in north San Diego was affected by the wind and dry fuel we have right now in Southern California,” Michel said. Twice a month, the RSF Fire Protection District measures fuel levels by checking the chaparral and coastal sage. Both were at critical levels in February; and, those numbers are generally seen in August and September. Michel compared the Bernardo Fire as having a similar footprint to the Witch Creek Fire in 2007. Mutually, they were fast moving fires. Michel pointed out successes from Bernardo Fire which included the cooperation from the City of San Diego, Cal Fire, and other numerous agencies throughout Southern California. Another level of success, Michel said, was being the first fire since it received majority of resources such as aircraft, boots on the ground, supervision and more. Next up, Deputy Chief Mike Gibbs used a map of the Bernardo Fire, which showed where it started and the pathway and acreage it charred. Deputy Fire Marshal Renee Hill then addressed being fire safe. Looking ahead into the fire season, the depart-

deal on fuel modification for all homes, new construction and existing construction. Defensible space of 100 feet around a structure is strictly regulated. “And it’s not just the thinning of brush, but also having fire resistant landscaping within the first 50 feet of the home,” Hill said. Within this 50 foot range, the goal has been on planting drought tolerant and fire resistant plants such as succulents. And if it’s time to evacuate, they want residents to do so to stay

It’s not just the thinning of brush, but also having fire resistant landscaping within the first 50 feet of the home.” Renee Hill Deputy Fire Marshal

safe. Fire safe steps include defensible space, installing ember resistant vents, having fire resistant roofs, and clearing plant and debris from rain gutters. “If a firefighter is not there to put out little spot fires, your home will protect itself,” Hill said. “That is kind of what we have with ‘Shelter in Place’ communities where we don’t have an engine at every house because we have homes that essentially protect themselves from heat and embers.” The presentation from the RSF Fire Protection District was well received with a long applause. Michel offered the Association an opportunity to have future presentations for residents. The Association agreed it would be a great idea.

RANCHO SANTA FE — There’s nothing like spending a day at the races, especially on Opening Day in Del Mar. As a tribute to opening day and also supporting the longtime nonprofit The County Friends based in Rancho Santa Fe, guests will have a sneak preview for Opening Day couture. “This is such a wonderful opportunity for The Country Friends to benefit from this so we can help our chosen charities,” said Donna Ahlstrom, administrative coordinator at The Country Friends. A handful of tickets are still available for the “Opening Day Fashion Show and Luncheon” July 2 at Mille Fleurs in the

Ranch. With horses bolting out of the starting gate a couple weeks after this afternoon soiree, guests will have the unique opportunity for some very personalized boutique shopping and fashion show glimpses before the big day. Championing the afternoon luncheon, Maggie Bobileff, will have her European chic designs from Maggie B & Mister B modeling during the fashion show. “Maggie will have a lot of opening day attire for both men and women,” Ahlstrom said. Also there will be Carol Bader of the Del Mar Hat Company. While custom hats and headpieces will be available, customer orders may also be placed. “That

would give Carol time if someone wanted a handmade piece done,” Ahlstrom said. A special opportunity drawing is also creating a stir, she added. Ahlstrom wants future guests to know about RSF’s John Matty Company who is designing a custom diamond necklace valued at $25,000. The winner will be announced at their annual Art of Fashion Sept. 18. Serving as Mistress of Ceremonies for the luncheon will be Sandra Mass of KUSI News. Ahlstrom expects 60 or more attendees for the luncheon and fashion show. Both members and non-members are invited to enjoy the day.

District may revise enrollment policies By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — The San Dieguito Union High School District might look at revising its high school enrollment policies after a group of parents said the current system is keeping an increasing number of students from attending their neighborhood school, San Dieguito Academy. Associate Superintendent Michael Grove said that he would recommend the school board create a task force to examine the district’s current policy to see if it needs to be change and explore the ramifications of any changes. The school board will consider Grove’s recommendation at its board meeting on Thursday. The announcement, made at a Monday workshop at Cardiff Elementary, comes a week after parents packed the district’s board room to protest the fact that the children who weren’t accepted to SDA were being forced to make a longer, traffic-filled commute to La Costa Canyon High School. Parents have called on the district to consider changing both San Dieguito and Canyon Crest academies from open-enrollment schools to schools that would feed from the neighborhood, the model currently used at Torrey Pines and La Costa Canyon. One parent, Joel Rump, calculated that families would spend as much as $5,000 additional dollars in fuel and a full week more in their cars as a result of having to drive their kids to La Costa Canyon.

“Bottom line, the benefits of going to neighborhood schools are compelling,” Rump said. “And the drawbacks (to doing nothing) are pretty profound.” Nearly 100 people attended the workshop, during which Grove and district Superintendent Rick Schmitt explained how the district’s current enrollment policies came to be, and the potential effects of a change. Grove said the district has three choices: make all of the school neighborhood schools, make all of the schools open-enrollment schools or maintain the status quo. Changing the boundaries, he warned, would be a long and potentially divisive process. “Redrawing boundaries is a politically fraught process,” Grove said. The district’s current model for high schools was borne during the 1990s when the district was opening La Costa Canyon, and parents and administrators were concerned that the new high school create an ethnic and economic divide between the neighborhoods. As a solution, the district changed San Dieguito from a neighborhood high school to an academy open to all students in the district that would have to apply for admission. The district continued with that model when it opened Canyon Crest in 2004. Grove said that other districts have emulated San Dieguito’s open-enrollment model for new schools, including Mission Vista High School in the Vista Unified School Dis-

trict and Sage Creek High School in Carlsbad. The district’s lottery process calls for each eighth grade student to declare one school as their school of choice. If more students apply for the two academies than the capacity allows, the district conducts a lottery. Students who live in the school district’s northern half who don’t get into their school of choice must attend La Costa Canyon, and those who live in the southern half must go to Torrey Pines. Grove said the policy complies with the state’s laws governing open enrollment, which were enacted in 1993 to allow students to transfer from their neighborhood schools to other schools within their district, and conduct a lottery if demand exceeds capacity. State rules don’t allow proximity of schools to give students priority in the lottery process. Most years, the dis trict is able to accommodate all of the requests, but this year, nine-percent of the district’s incoming ninth graders did not get into their school of choice, an eight-year high. District officials said they don’t know what has fueled the surge in interest in the academies, and said they aren’t sure if it is a one-year blip or the start of a trend. Grove did say that there has been an increasing interest in the academies and a dwindling enrollment at the district’s neighborhood schools. Parents said the growth


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and changes within the district since the passage of the state law have put the district’s policy outside of the spirit of the state law. “Let me get this straight: other students are being displaced because other students have the freedom to displace them?” Britta Brewer asked during the Monday workshop. “It’s time we rectified the intended sprit of the law, and regain equality of choice.” Short of wholesale changes to the boundaries of the schools, Grove said district officials are looking at creating scheduling options that will allow academies to accommodate more students, as well as at making changes at the neighborhood schools to drive more students to them. These changes, however, wouldn’t be ready for the start of the 2014-15 school year, Grove said. Grove said that the district, prior to making any long-term changes, would have to consider long-term ramifications including dispersal of community facilities district taxes, changes in middle-school boundaries, socioeconomic and ethnic splits, long-term demographic shifts, and changes to programs that could also have a price tag. This process, he said, would need to be district-wide, not just including San Dieguito parents. “Right now, San Dieguito is open to all 12,000 students, so all of the families of our 12,000 high school students would need to be engaged in the conversation about what we want to do,” Grove said.


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Will power companies start “Robbing the ‘hood’?” California Focus By Thomas Elias

Letters to the Editor A silver lining emerges from a tourist’s towing misfortune There are brighter days ahead for tourists in Oceanside for the towing of rental cars. With all the left curves life brings our way, there are times when unexpected good deeds surface to the forefront. Much gratitude for the follow-up initiative of City Manager, Steven Jepsen and Captain Ray Bechler of the Oceanside Police Department, for taking a vested interest in one tourist’s misfortune, to improve the process and protocol when a rental car is towed in Oceanside. Progress is often made through tough life lessons and due diligence. This was no exception! Towing and recovery procedures are currently under review by city officials, and with the upcoming 4th of July holiday, when a parking violation results in the towing of a rental car, the protocol formerly enforced by the city municipality should no longer impede the release of a rental car. The city of Oceanside’s representatives, who work to advocate positive change, are a true testament to the core values found on the city’s website ci. oceanside.ca.us/, particularly those of Integrity, Excellent Customer Service, Teamwork and Leadership! Paula J. Margus, Virginia RE: No Paradise I was appalled at the story of Paula Margus’ problems in the June 6, 2014 article “No Paradise for a Tourist’s First Visit to Oceanside.” What a horrendous experience for a tourist whose rental car was towed when she unknowingly parked in an area designated once a week for a farmer’s market. Perhaps this happens to many motorists and is preventable. The city could set out orange cones and maybe a couple of sawhorses on the day of the market to signal that this is a no-parking zone that day. When the towing company asked for a notarized letter from the car owner (Avis Rent-a-Car) to release the car to the renter, this requirement is a common occurrence which the rental company, I am sure, has dealt with on a regular basis and should have a policy in place to handle the situation. If they don’t have a notary on staff, then a phone call to a mobile notary should have been made. Mobile notaries abound in San Diego county but this is something that a tourist might not know. We give same-day service, very often same-hour service. For the rental company to let the car stay in impound for over a week before obtaining a notarized letter, knowing that towing companies are charging a king’s ransom per day, is cruel and heartless.

Also the fact that Pauline called Avis 34 times to get an update on the situation, and Avis still did nothing shows Avis’ complete incompetence and neglect. So Avis, I will definitely not be renting a car from you, and perhaps others will feel the same way. Paula, I am sorry that your vacation experience in Oceanside was such a terrible one. Consider this a virtual hug from a San Diego County resident. Charlotte Mitchell, Notary on Wheels, San Diego ‘Kook’ entropy When they unveiled the Cardiff Kook a whole lot of people really hated it, particularly in the surfing community. The most often stated complaint was it didn’t really look like a surfer actually surfing. He looked like… well, a kook. Another complaint was that the sculptor was not local to the coastal area. A point well taken as there is many talented, capable local artists who should have been considered for the piece. They would have at the very least depicted someone actually surfing. Instead we got some inlander’s ignorance of the style and grace of wave ridding. But then something cool happened. local critics and detractors started dressing up the kook in clever, funny and sometimes, elaborate ways. Oddly, it really alleviated some of the rising anger over the statue. It was fun to see what they would come up with next. The situation is now changed. The mundane has crept in. Mediocrity oozed over the kook like the monster from the movie, “The Blob.” No longer are the dress-ups filled with wit and sarcasm. It has become a venue for little Bobby’s birthday or ads for some retail endeavor that, frankly, no one but four or five people care about. What was once on the edge with humor and style is now blah, annoying and boring. But I suppose that is the way of things. Once edgy and gritty music becomes elevator muzac played in a dentist’s office or Wal-Mart. Scandalous Rock and Roll degrades into commercial Pop. It must be the universe seeking equilibrium and sadly, “Kook,” entropy has increased. Dave Fletcher, Cardiff

For decades, Californians who use the most electricity have paid extra for that privilege, on the theory that high prices might provide an incentive for them to use less. This system is designed to allow all ratepayers enough power for basic needs at very low prices, with the extra energy needed to run things like Jacuzzis and charge items like Tesla sedans coming at a premium price. One typical Southern California Edison bill for the month of February showed up to 314 kilowatt hours costing just over 12 cents each, for a total of $40.06, while the top tier of that same bill had 135 kilowatt hours priced at almost 30 cents each, for a total of just over $50, about 25 percent more for only about 40 percent as much power included in the bottom tier. Transmission costs for all rate categories were about 8.5 cents per kilowatt hour, meaning the difference in the cost of the energy itself was 17 cents between the first power used and the last, a difference of about 400 percent from the bottom tier to the top one. This may be about to change, as the state Public Utilities Commission considers a proposal by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to cut the number of payment tiers from four to two, a move that would likely raise the rates of low-usage customers. Yes, that’s the same PG&E indicted for criminal negligence in its fatal mismanagement of natural gas pipelines. A further change, added to switches in raw pricing, would see discounts available to low-usage (read: poor) customers cut by as much as 20 percent from today’s levels. That’s one reason the current proposals are the very opposite of a Robin Hood plan that would take more from the rich, but rather have been called “robbing the hood.” If approved for PG&E, it’s almost certain the same rate structure would be imposed soon after in the vast territories of Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric. Typically, systemic changes in utility regulation begin with PG&E and spread to the other companies less than a year later. Some of this switch is prompted by complaints from electric users in the Central Valley and other high summer heat areas where air conditioning runs up electric bills. The current rate structure sees utilities charge high-use customers more for power than low users, regardless of where they live. But it’s also quite likely driven by

Typically, systemic changes in utility regulation begin with PG&E and spread to the other companies less than a year later workers, users on average of far more power than almost any household, had even a slight influence on passage of last year’s AB 327, which enables some of the changes now being considered, a few plane tickets will have proven a superb investment for them. PG&E, in pushing for the rate restructure, says it wants to make prices more sensitive to time of use, with power employed at night or in early morning hours cheaper than kilowatts used in the hottest, highest-use hours of the day. That’s laudable, and has often been combined into the existing rate structure, which gives preference to small users. But it also could doom many poor, elderly Californians to heatstroke and worse if they can’t afford air conditioning. If the PUC approves rates favoring big users over small ones, the folks calling this robbing the hood will be proven right. For it would be a classic reverse Robin Hood tactic, robbing the poor and rewarding the rich. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol. com. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. For more Elias columns, visit californiafocus.net

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Music appreciation series celebrates ninth year By Christina Macone-Greene

A couple Monday afternoons a month, a group makes a beeline for the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center for classical immersion. Leading the series for nearly a decade is Randall Malin, who calls the afternoon a time for music appreciation for the non-musician. Malin, a retired senior airline executive, said when retirement entered the door there was an uneasiness. “When I retired I was really panicky with what I wanted to do with my life,” Malin said. “I wasn’t a golfer, gardener, hobbyist or a handyman; luckily, I found things to keep me intellectually challenged.” And one of those things was classical music. Malin is quick to point out he does not consider himself a teacher because he has no academic qualifications. Yet, he has a love for classical music which started many years ago. “When I got out of the army in 1961 and started in my career in New York City, my parents moved to Turkey, and they gave me their season tickets to the New York Philharmonics,” he said, adding how he regularly attended for six years.

marriage, Following family, and a demanding work schedule, going to concerts waited in the wings. Classical music came back to the forefront, Malin said, when his wife purchased a series of tape and CD lectures on how to listen and understand music from The Great Courses. Malin listened to them on his business travels. “At that time, I was spending a lot of hours in the air,” said Malin, adding how that’s when his passion for classical music reignited. The musical knowledge he received over the years, he’s implemented for the ongoing Music Appreciation series. For lesson preparations, he transfers many of his classical CDs onto a computer software program, where he handpicks material for the upcoming weeks. In addition to classical music, his other passions are history and biography. And Malin translates this information to the group, as well. “I give them a little background,” he said. “Whenever I play a piece, I try to set it historically and tell them something about the composer.” Keeping everyone in-

Randall Malin is taking advantage of his retirement by hosting a series on music appreciation at the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

terested, Malin covers a range of symphonies, concertos, chamber music, overtures, to operas. “I try to mix and match and take them from various

eras so I am not doing just baroque, classical or romantic,” he said. Last year, Malin tried an experiment called, “A Sampler.” Within 2 min-

utes, listeners heard more than 40 snippets of various pieces from one composer. The purpose was to try and show the depth and breadth of each creator.

Writer offers help Summer world of words offered for African women RANCHO SANTA FE — Author Jane L. Crane‚ of Rancho Santa Fe, examines the plight of 60 widows in seven different African countries, giving first-hand accounts from widows who survived the genocide in Rwanda, ran from the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, survived the “rape capital of the world” in the Democratic Republic of Congo, fought for their land in Zambia, and coped with HIV/AIDS in a black township in South Africa in her book, “Half a Piece of Cloth, the Courage of Africa.” Crane exposes the daily realities these women face and documents how cultural factors and superstitions often compound the widows’ suffering, putting their children at great risk for little or no education and a life of poverty and despair. Part one of “Half a Piece of Cloth” tells the widows’ stories. Part two offers solutions, including education, economic empowerment, and individual, grassroots and other efforts to bring about change, with the goal of helping Africa’s widows to have a full and satisfying life, or what Crane calls "a whole piece of cloth." “When I heard a speaker from Zambia at the United Nations describe the horrors that widows go through culturally after the death of a husband, my life

was changed. Eventually, I traveled to Africa multiple times to see for myself. Half a Piece of Cloth is the result,” the author said. Through her graduate work on women’s land issues in Sub-Saharan Africa, Crane discovered the desperate situation of widows in that region, a topic that has been largely ignored. After interviewing dozens of desperate widows in Africa, she founded Adopt A Widow. Similar to a sponsored-child program, Adopt A Widow helps African widows learn a skill to support themselves and their children in a one-year program while experiencing emotional healing. The author of the "Map for Gender Reconciliation," she holds a master’s degree in Peace and Justice and is currently working on her doctorate in Oxford, England, on Africa’s widows. For moroe information, visit halfapieceofcloth.com.

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COAST CITIES — Youth writing camps will be offered in Rancho Santa Fe and Encinitas this summer. The registration fee is $500 for the two-week morning or afternoon program for youngsters in grades one through six. In the Publish My Book classes, children will write and illustrate their own book and become a published author and illustrator by the end of the program. They will also dive deep into learning about the components of a story and aspects of publishing. The class includes two free copies of your child's published book. Sessions of

Publish My Book classes at Horizon Prep School, 6365 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe, will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. July 7 through July 18 and again July 28 through Aug. 8. At Encinitas Parks & Recreation, “Write It” classes are offered 1 to 4 p.m. July 21 to July 25, and 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 11 to Aug.15, and Aug. 18 to Aug. 22. For more information and to register, visit prepsummer.org/. Registration fee is $189.50 for residents of Encinitas and $199.50 for non-. This is a 1 week program, 3 hours per day. Your child

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And it was a hit. Jan and Tom Lyon have been attending Music Appreciation since 2005. “It has been wonderful,” Jan said. “What I love is how he shares with us the lives of the composers and how they fit into the historical time period.” Jan wants people to know how approachable Malin is and how lucky the Senior Center is to have him. Jan’s husband, Tom, said he likes the music Malin picks and edits them wonderfully for the class. What the couple has also come to cherish is the sense of fellowship from the Music Appreciation series. “After a few weeks, we became like a big family – it was astonishing,” Tom said. While so many listen to classical music in the car or home, for some, its background music. Malin wants to help take this to the next level. “If you just listen to music it is amazing what you hear because each individual instrument is so lovely,” he said. To learn more about the bimonthly Monday afternoon Music Appreciation series at the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center call (858) 756-3041.

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Scholar-athletes tapped for Falcon award REGION — Torrey Pines High School recently honored 37 seniors with the “Next Level Falcon Award” at a luncheon sponsored by Torrey Pines Pop Warner Football and Cheer. Falcon teams won eight CIF championships in the 2013-2014 academic year, including girls cross country, boys cross country, girls golf (plus state champs four years in a row), boys golf, girls tennis (24 years in a row), girls volleyball and girls swimming (five years in a row). Next Level Falcon award honorees who have committed to continue their athletic and academic success and their chosen colleges and universities, include: — Lacrosse: Bryant University, Bryce Cady; Colorado Mesa, Eli Suhadolnik; Fresno State, Natalie Chaffin; Marquette, Owen Weselak; Syracuse, Chelsea Mapes; Tufts University, Connor Lansdale and University of North Carolina: Kacey McKinnon — Swimming: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Crystal

The group of 37 Torrey Pines High School seniors honored with the Next Level Falcon Award, celebrate sports and CIF championships. Courtesy photo

Lore and Pearu Pold — Volleyball: Campbell University, Amelia Armstrong; UCLA, Reily Beuchler; UCSD, Rebecca Seaberry and University of Pennsylvania, Aimee Stephenson — Football: College

of Idaho: Kyle Ashby and Dwayne Hines — Cross-Country/ Track: Columbia University: Tal Braude — Soccer: Iowa State University, Macy Vrabel; UCSB, Zoe Purcell; USD, Camelia Tirandazi; Univer-

sity of Pittsburgh, Courtney Coate — Golf: Northwestern, Sarah Cho; SDSU, Georgia Lacey; Tufts University, Taylor Nordan; University of Illinois, Palin Ruttanasupagid; UCLA, Corey Shaun; Yale, Jennifer Peng

— Baseball: Pomona College, Robert Simsiman; Stevens, Tommy Baronner — Softball: Pomona College, Kelsey Buchanan — Rowing: St. Mary’s, Christina Shubat; UCLA, KC Yeagley — Field hockey: UC

Berkeley, Camille Doan and Ali Zimmer; UC Davis, Madison Cohen; Western New England, Grace Trupe — Tennis: USC, Henry Ji — Equestrian: University of Tennessee-Martin, Samantha Hill

Firefighters recognized for performing complicated delivery By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — On June 11, 6-month-old Zavier Stephan Morgan gurgled and wiggled in his mother’s arms as his parents, American Legion Post 146 and Oceanside Elks Lodge #1561 recognized the firefighter team that saved his life. The heroic efforts of the firefighters began when an emergency call for medical assistance came in Dec.

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pregnant and going into ear18, 2013. What firefighters gency. Melissa Wells-Pestana ly delivery. found when they arrived Firefighter paramedic was far from a routine emer- was just shy of five months Stephan Choi delivered the tiny infant who was the size of his hand, and weighed four pounds, seven ounces. But complications arose. The baby boy was not breathing, did not have a heartbeat and was still attached to the embryonic sac. Fire Capt. Glen Morgan stepped in to lend assistance. He administered infant CPR on the baby. Gently and exactly he performed two-finger chest compressions. The baby’s heart began beating, and he started breathing. The baby was transported to Tri-City Medical Center, where he recovered after 28 days of watchful care by doctors. The baby was named Zavier Stephan Morgan Pestana.

We’re a can-do fire department, we give you everything we got. It worked out really well.” Glen Morgan Fire Captain

His middle names, Stephan and Morgan, are in recognition of the firefighters who saved his life. At the June City Council meeting the firefighter team was awarded the American Legion Law and Order Award, Medal of Valor. Morgan said he has de-

livered more than 100 babies during his 30-plus year career as a firefighter, but has never needed to perform infant CPR. “I never had a complicated delivery,” Morgan said. “He didn’t have a heartbeat or respiration. Zavier was not looking good. “We’re a can-do fire department, we give you everything we got. It worked out really well.” Fire Chief Darryl Hebert said firefighters are occasionally called on to perform an emergency delivery, but complications are very rare. “I’m glad Capt. Morgan was there with senior experience,” Hebert said. “We have a very young department. For those who haven’t had any experience with childbirth it’s very stressful. took control, “He stepped right in and helped the outcome.” Hebert added the positive result of saving a life is the ultimate on-the-job reward. The firefighter team has developed a strong bond with the Pestana family. Hebert said he was glad to publicly recognize the firefighters, and share the moment and more to come with the family. “Kindergarten graduation, high school graduation, we’ll be there,” Hebert said. The American Legion Post 146 and Oceanside Elks Lodge #1561 joined together to award the Medal of Valor that recognizes first responders and citizens for going beyond the call of duty to help others. Twenty-one Law and Order Awards, including five Medal of Valor Awards are bestowed annually.

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Military working dog is retired from active duty After his handler was killed in action in Afghanistan, Dino, a Military Working Dog was allowed to be adopted by fallen Marine’s family

“Whenever a handler falls we try to get the dog to go to the family,” Overland. “Most of the time it happens, sometimes it doesn’t — due to the fact that he’s so young. That’s why it took him so long because when (Diaz) fell, I think (Dino) was four, and that’s just way too early to give a dog up,” he said. Overland said a typical service span for these dogs is about 10 years. Arriving from El Paso, Texas before the ceremony, Diaz’s parents Salvador and

By Tony Cagala

CAMP PENDLETON — Sgt. Jonathan Overland didn’t serve with Staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz under any deployment. He’d only known him for a week when they worked together at March Air Force Base. But there’s a strong tie that binds the two Marines together — a 65-pound Belgian Malinois military working dog named Dino. In 2011 Diaz and Dino were deployed to Afghanistan. On Sept. 28, 2011, Diaz, 27, was killed by an IED while supporting reconnaissance units in Helmand Province. Overland, a dog handler stationed at Camp Pendleton, has been caring for Dino since October of last year. That was until last Saturday when Dino was retired from active duty and allowed to be adopted by the Diaz family. “After that one week of meeting him, just knowing him, there’s a lot of Staff Sgt. Diaz in Dino,” Overland said. An experienced dog handler, Diaz was one of

Dino, a Military Working Dog, was retired from active duty on June 7 at a ceremony on Camp Pendleton. His handler, Staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz, was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2011. Dino was allowed to be adopted by the Diaz family. Photos by Tony Cagala

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From left: Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen), Frankie Valli (John Lloyd Young), Nick Massi (Michael Lomenda), and Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza) in director Clint Eastwood’s “Jersey Boys.” Photo by Keith Bernstein

Joy and tragedy intertwine beautifully in ‘Jersey Boys’ By Noah S. Lee

A beautifully composed melody of happiness and heartbreak, Clint Eastwood’s splendid adaptation of the Broadway smash hit “Jersey Boys” is music to the world’s ears. Based on the Tony Award-winning musical of

the same name, “Jersey Boys” chronicles the early days of the four young men from the wrong side of the tracks — Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi, and Bob Gaudio — who formed the 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. As they leave their New

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REO Speedwagon will perform at the San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds July 2. Photo by Randee St. Nicholas

Writing music and having fun By Alan Sculley

Forty-plus years into a career that has included several multi-platinum albums, hit singles and numerous arena headlining tours, REO Speedwagon is a long way down the road from its formative years playing bars around the central Illinois area where the group got its start. But in at least one way, being in REO Speedwagon today is a lot like it was in the group’s early years, according to singer/guitarist Kevin Cronin. “We're just at a point… where we can write songs with total freedom,” Cronin said during an early June teleconference interview with a group of reporters. “We don't think about airplay, and hits, and any of those thoughts that were peripherally on our mind. We don't even have to worry about that any more. It's really just about being back to how we were when we were kids: just writing music and having fun.” As Cronin hinted, the guys in REO Speedwagon are thinking about making music again. It’s been seven years since the band’s last album, “Find Your Own Way Home.” But the Internet gives bands whole new ways to get music out to fans, which is a new incentive to write and record new songs. “What this new, what we're calling the wild, wild west of the music business allows, is that we don't necessarily have to record 20 songs,” Cronin said. “There are all kinds of different ways to do it (release music) these days.” In fact, the biggest obstacle to making new music

for REO Speedwagon now is simply finding the time to do so. “It's kind of tough, because we tour about half the year, and the commitment to go in the studio and make a record, it's a huge commitment, for me probably especially in the band, because I'm kind of in charge of writing and co-producing the records. It takes a lot of my energy to make a record.” But Cronin wants to invest that energy. And this shouldn’t be a surprise. He said he’s always been driven by the need to express himself through songs. “I know for myself that making music, writing songs, performing, it's like breathing, it's like water, I have to have it,” he said. “There was never another alternative for me.” He always believed in himself, and in fact says his biggest advice to aspiring musicians is to never give up on themselves. “I always tell young people that you're going to have people who are going to tell you that you suck 100 times, until the 101st person who gets what you're trying to do,” Cronin said. “I'll tell just a quick anecdote,” he said. I was in Clive Davis' office. Clive

Davis was, still is, one of the biggest names in the music business. At this time he was new. I went in with my little demo tape, and I sat in his office and played him the tape, and he turned it down. He said, ‘This just isn't me, I don't hear this.’ That would have been enough to make a lot of people give up.” It turned out two of the songs on that tape were “Time For Me To Fly” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” which later became hit songs for REO Speedwagon. This wasn’t the only time Cronin’s faith in himself was tested. He joined REO Speedwagon in early 1972 only to split with the group after one album. But in 1976, he rejoined for the group’s sixth album, “R.E.O.” It was fortuitous timing. REO broke through at rock radio with its next release, the double live album “Live: You Get What You Play For,” and gained further momentum with the studio albums “You Can Tune a Piano but You Can’t Tuna Fish” (1978) and “Nine Lives” (1979). Then, with the 1980 album, “Hi Fidelity,” REO Speedwagon crafted a pair of ballads, “Keep On Lov-

ing You” and “Take It On The Run,” which blew open the door to top 40 radio, sending the album to sales of more than 10 million copies “Hi Infidelity” may have been the commercial peak, but REO Speedwagon continued to turn out popular albums and more hit singles (“Cant Fight This Feeling,” “Keep the Fire Burnin” and “One Lonely Night”) before the band’s popularity faded at the end of the 1980s. The group’s chart-topping run, though, has allowed REO Speedwagon to remain a popular touring act ever since, and the hits form the backbone of today’s live shows from the group, which also includes bassist Bruce Hall, guitarist Dave Amato, keyboardist Neal Doughty (the group’s lone remaining original member) and drummer Bryan Hitt. “We're going to give them (fans) the songs that they want,” he said. “To me, there's nothing worse than going to a concert to see a band, and they leave out some of their bigger songs for some reason. I've never understood why people do that. It makes me mad when I go to a show and that happens.”

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picture of this quartet at different stages throughout their rise to fame; he leaves no detail — major and minor — untouched and allows the singers to speak for themselves. His pointed direction doesn’t drain “Jersey Boys” of vitality, nor does it damage its tone, which alternates between joyful vivacity and solemn tragedy. The way I see it, his painstaking juxtaposition of their lives and their music makes for a much more attention-grabbing film. In his pursuit to shed light upon the rise and fall of The Four Seasons, Eastwood gives his characters room to breathe by breaking the fourth wall — a bold move that, in the hands of a less capable director, could cost the film’s credibility. With Eastwood in charge, however, this device fleshes out each band member’s perspective on their roots, success, and troubles, instilling an emotive interactivity in “Jersey Boys” that will captivate audiences from the get-go. Not for a split second does the film lose sight of what’s important — the drama behind the clean-cut suits and the renowned hit singles — even if it means starting off slow to see where these scrappy, roughand-tumble Jersey men came from, and progressively picking up the pace as their fame and fortune bring them unexpected predicaments. It’s sad but true, and Eastwood refuses to shy away from the mistakes these band members made and the trials their bond faced. No story about The Four Seasons can be told without the right persons to humanize their triumphs and ordeals, and I’m happy to report this film has plenty of good acting from a cast consisting mostly of talents from the Broadway stage production and national tours. Many of the faces seen aren’t recognizable, but, rest assured, each and every one of them hit the right notes without fail. John Lloyd Young imbues lead vocalist Frankie Valli with vibrant emotion, effortlessly embodying his struggle to live his dream and handle the ensuing rough consequences. Vincent Piazza brings an ambitious confidence to Tommy DeVito that works in his favor, especially when it creates big defeats for the band. Michael Lomenda ef-


fectively balances Nick Massi’s inner frustration with his good ear for vocals. And as Bob Gaudio, Erich Bergen has this quiet arrogance about him that goes hand in hand with his character’s songwriting savvy. Last but not least, those memorable songs have this immediate pizzazz to them, creating performances that exude genuine feeling. Landmark favorites such as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “My Eyes Adored You,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” and “Rag Doll” are guaranteed to enrapture audiences as they did me, and the relatable lyrics and infectious melodies never leave you even after you’ve left the theater. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to the original Broadway cast recordings, which, up until now, have served as my only connection to the famous jukebox musical. I haven’t seen a stage production yet, but considering what Eastwood has accomplished in his impressive treatment of The Four Seasons’ story, I hope to do so at some point in the near future. And perhaps there are a good number of you out there who yearn to see the wonder and misfortune that The Four Seasons experienced in “Jersey Boys.” If you’ve seen the musical before, you’re liable to enjoy what Eastwood’s film has to offer. And if you haven’t, then prepare yourself for a terrific rags-to-riches journey, with great music included as well.

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Horizon Prep Band member Nikki Butcher, delights in her “Outstanding Musicianship Award.” The school’s HP Harmony group also brought home a trophy for “Excellent,” as well as “Outstanding Vocalist” medals for Dylan Raymond and Camden Brown, from a performance at Disneyland. The HP Band also won “Excellence in Performance” at the Cerritos College Music Festival. Courtesy photo

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Crave beyond-the-beach excitement? Four must-try vacation ideas Heading on vacation? This year, instead of settling for just sitting on the beach, think about embarking on an experience-based adventure. “Whether you’re traveling with family, friends or by yourself, there are all kinds of activities to enhance your vacation experience,” says Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor for the travel booking website Orbitz.com. Here are four ideas to get you started on planning your trip: Expand your skillset They say there is no time like the present. Your next vacation could be the perfect time to cross a lesson or two off your bucket list. The Hawaii Style Surf School offers training in surfing and paddle boarding in the calming currents off Maui’s coast. Learn something new Whether you are an expert or casual admirer

of a subject, there is always more to learn. Consider vacationing where you can provide an educational experience for the entire family while still having a great time. The Ultimate Space Experience at Kennedy Space Center in Orlando offers an in-depth tour, lunch with an astronaut, and the chance to try the G-Force Simulator. Travel “back in time” Who says history can only be taught in school? Many historic sites offer activities and tours that immerse travelers in the sights and sounds of the past. The WWII Pearl Harbor Heroes Adventure in Oahu, Hawaii, allows groups to walk in the exact footsteps of America’s most courageous heroes, see genuine artifacts from the era, and visit the deck of one of the world’s most famous battleships, the USS Missouri. Pump some adrenaline

For those seeking an adventure in the truest sense of the word, pushing yourself slightly out of your comfort zone can make for some great memories. So while the Grand Canyon is cool, you may want to try something even cooler. Try exploring one of the greatest sites in the world from a different perspective — a helicopter. The Grand Canyon Wind Dancer Helicopter Excursion, based out of Las Vegas, offers the opportunity to see the region like you’ve never seen it before. Beach vacations can be great, but if you crave something new and exciting, it’s easy to find and book one-of-a-kind attractions, trips and tours — especially if you use online tools. So on your next vacation, why not try something you’ve never done before, and make some memories you’ll never forget?

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Zier feels a draft and couldn’t be happier

sports talk jay paris Whack, whack, whack. It was the sound filling the San Diego State batting cage of baseballs meeting bats. But Tim Zier, the former Escondido High star, longed to hear the ring of his cell phone. Zier and Brad Haynal, his SDSU teammate and best friend, were building calluses by hitting on draft day. The second baseman and catcher were pounding baseballs under the sun while their aspirations were shooting for the moon. The draft was entering its anxious latter rounds and the pair retreated to their comfort zone to preserve their sanity. Disappointment for Zier visited the previous spring when the draft came and went without his name being called.

They’re getting a guy who will go to work everyday and give it everything he has.”

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of the other sports, especially football,’’ Zier said. “I really had a passion for football. But it’s all coming together now and it looks like I made the right choice.’’ He exits SDSU with a slew of records — most career hits, games and atbats — and one big distinction — being among the pallbearers for his beloved coach, Tony Gwynn. Zier calls the last month or so “a surreal experience’’ as he turns the page into becoming a professional. Haynal knows the type of player the Phillies are getting in the 5-foot-10, 195-pound Zier, a two-time All-Moutain West selection. “He is gritty, hardnosed and he will give it his best shot,’’ said Haynal, a former Rancho Bernardo High star. What Haynal relinquishes is a roommate and best friend. The two become inseparable at SDSU and that won’t end with Zier playing for the Phillies and Haynal going to the Marlins. “We will always stay close,’’ Haynal said. “He’ll be in my wedding and I’ll be in his.’’ That can wait. What’s important is Zier’s marriage with the Phillies. “They’re getting a guy who will go to work every day and give it everything he has,’’ Zier said. “I’m going to work my tail off every time and play the game I’ve always played. That’s being a blue-collar player and just having fun.’’ But while looking ahead, he seems to exemplify the slogan, “Aztec For Life.’’ “Those are memories and I will have for the rest of my life,’’ he said. “I’m definitely proud of my work there.’’ He’s starting his real job after helping flip SDSU around. The Aztecs had six players selected in the draft. When enrolling at SDSU, baseball was under the radar. He leaves with it advancing to the last two NCAA Regional Tournaments. “When I came in as a freshman no one really knew about the baseball program,’’ Zier said. “And with my class it’s just been a huge turning point and we took the program to another level. “Winning is addictive and winning breeds good players. And we’ve become addictive to winning so this is a program on the rise.’’ The arrow points up for Zier as he starts climbing his baseball ladder with the Phillies.

“It was definitely not enjoyable,’’ Zier said. “I couldn’t watch it this time.’’ Instead of staring at the MLB Network, Zier zeroed in on fastballs and curveballs. But he thirsted for a change up, seeking joy in contrast to last June’s heartache. Suddenly Zier’s cell started vibrating with texts flooding his device. “I said what the heck and gave it a look,’’ Zier said. The messages were different but with the same theme: each one offered congratulations. “I got the call right after that,’’ Zier said. “I was a dream come true.’’ The Phillies selected Zier in the 21st round, and round and round went his emotions. A decision he made years ago — taking baseball over football — paid off. Zier earned 10 athletic letters at Escondido, and that included two phenomenal seasons with the Cougars when he rushed for Contact Jay Paris at 2,201 yards and collected jparis8@aol.com com. 31 touchdowns. Follow him on Twitter at “It was tough to let go jparis_sports

Los Angeles Clppers star Chris Paul talks to area kids about life and basketball during the Jared Dudley Camp of Opportunity on Monday. Photo by Aaron Burgin

Clippers’ Chris Paul shares life experiences with area kids By Aaron Burgin

REGION — A 6-foottall man clad in Jordan-brand apparel stood in the center of Alliant International University on Monday afternoon. If you weren’t an NBA fan, you might wonder why a man of such modest stature commanded the attention of the 100 or so young basketball players seated at his feet, hanging on his every word. That man was seven-time NBA All Star point guard Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers. Paul, 29, was a guest speaker at the Jared Dudley Camp of Opportunity, a local camp for elite players hosted by Jared Dudley, Paul’s Clippers teammate and a former San Diego Section player of the year at Horizon High School. Dudley’s camp, in its second year, attracts top middle school and high-school players from

across San Diego — including a number from North County — who participate in skill drills and competitive games. It also included several NBA guests, including Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker. Dudley created the camp to give San Diego basketball players the opportunity to showcase their talents, while also learning from professional basketball player what it requires to play basketball at its highest levels. But the highlight of the camp was Paul, one of the NBAs biggest superstars, who imparted pearls of advice for the pubescent ears, including respecting the game and its teachers, continuing to pursue your dreams despite not having early success (Paul didn’t start play or start on his varsity team until his junior year in high school) being a selfless player and preparing for

life beyond basketball. “If I play another seven years in the league, I will have played 17 years…I’ll be 36,” Paul said. “I’ll have a lot of life to live. As they say, that ball is gonna stop bouncing, so you gotta have something to fall back on.” Paul’ words resonated with Edoardo Fenzi, a 15-year-old who just finished his freshman year at Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad. Fenzi, a point guard for the Warriors, said he learned both how to be a better point guard and how to plan in case his hoop dreams die. “It was a great expe-

rience having Chris Paul there, he knows how to lead his team,” Fenzi said. “A point guard should be the loudest player on the court, and he is. “But I also learned that basketball I just a game and we need to have that back-up plan in case our dreams don’t come true,” said Fenzi, whose goal is to play basketball professionally. “I learned that you have to work as hard as you can on your game and make sure that you are the best player you know you can be, but choose a job and a career goal in addition to basketball.”


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Artists gather for animal protection ENCINITAS — A group of 17 local artists will join to help the animal victims of domestic violence during the Zooinitas Extravaganza Exhibition, benefiting the Animal Safehouse Program at Rancho Coastal Humane Society. An opening reception will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. July 26 at the Encinitas Library Gallery at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. “Zooinitas artists are proud to be a part of the vibrant art scene in Encinitas,” event Curator Cheryl Ehlers, said. “Encinitas is home to a diverse population of talented artists. During the opening reception our


deadline. Foster speculates, “We anticipate tremendous interest of artists and patrons in this exhibition project and opportunity… and for obvious reasons. Southern California is undoubtedly one of the most glamorous and unique locales on the planet.” Exhibition jurors include Daniel Foster, Drew Oberjuerge of Riverside Art Museum, and highly regarded Los Angeles-based art critic/curator Peter Frank. In addition to juried selections, a limited number of artworks will be included in the exhibi-



the members want regarding infrastructure and amenities and try to make those things happen,” he said. Wilkinson also ex-

guests will experience all forms of artistic expression.” The Zooinitas exhibit runs through Aug. 24 at the Encinitas Library Art Gallery, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information about Zoonitas call (760) 519-1551or log on to zooinitas.zohosites.com. There will be live music by Second Cousins, an opportunity to meet the artists, a silent auction, the chance to donate a new toy for Toys for Pups, and refreshments. Guests at the reception will have the opportunity to step into “virtual studios.”

tion that reflect the vision of California Dreaming and further enhance the scholarship and strength of this traveling exhibition. Concurrent with the Italian segment of the exhibition in October, OMA will host an eight-day Italy Art Adventure, including an exclusive tour of the Borghese Gallery in Rome, led by Alfio Borghese of the noble Borghese family and a behind-the-scenes view of the California Dreaming exhibition at the Il Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone. The tour, which runs Oct. 20 to Oct. 28, will visit cultural landmarks in the environs of Florence and Rome with lodging at a picturesque villa in the pan-

oramic hills near Cortona. Information on the tour is available at oma-online. org. Artists wishing to participate in the juried exhibition are invited to visit onlinejuriedshows.com for the detailed prospectus and instructions prior to the July 18 deadline for entries. For more information on Oceanside Museum of Art visit oma-online.org.

tended thanks from the Board to Larry Spitcaufsky for his terrific work on the Board for the last three years, including his leadership role as Treasurer over the past two years. While many voters cast in their ballots for

candidates who didn’t make the cut, Wilkinson encourages resident participation. He said he invites individuals to attend the Board meetings and perhaps even join a committee to help shape the community.

Kay Colvin is director of L Street Fine Art Gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, and specializes in promoting emerging and mid-career artists. Contact her at kaycolvin@ lstreetfineart.com



we’ve got something to hold onto now,” she added. “I don’t think it will decrease any of the pain,” Salvador said. “He’s (Dino) not going to replace Christopher, but what he will do is give us a little bit of what Christopher loved and that was the Marine Corps, that was Dino,” he said. David Barrera served with Diaz in Afghanistan and is now with the San Diego County Sheriff’s department. “He (Diaz) was one of those guys you always wanted to be around,” Barrera said. “He was younger than me by about, I think, a year and a half, two years, and I always looked up to him.” Barrera, also a dog handler, gives Diaz credit for training his working dog Sam, a Yellow Lab, who was, as Barrera said, the “worst dog in the kennel.” It was getting to the point where Barrera’s kennel master was about to send the dog back to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, where many of the working dogs are trained. When Diaz returned from his Israeli training, he told the kennel master not to send the dog back. “And the way they trained him, the Israeli way, my dog, he ended up becoming one of the best dogs we had,” Barrera said, adding that he has since adopted

SCOUTS MOVE UP Parents and leaders of Encinitas Cub Scout Pack 774 saluted its Cub Scouts as they moved into Boy Scouting at its Scout Advancement ceremony June 9 at the Olivenhain Town Hall. Celebrating the event, are, from left, Jennifer Reule, Rhys Frontis, Levan Radick, Nidia Vargas, William Vargas, Jesse Hill, Jimmy Hill, David Hall, Greyson Hall, Garner Miyagawa, Judith Kessler, Gavin Kessler, Garrett Miyagawa, Oliver Argus, Austin Payne, Riley Oswald, Kash Meiggs, Roger Argus, Joshua Jung-Figura, Colton Schlect, Nathan Calm, Michael Oswald, John Payne, Laura Waterman, Zack Waterman, Leo Gantus, Trevor Radick and Adam Calm. Courtesy photo



on the art jury, so she would have had a say in the project. “It reflects the same style and same wonderful approach to the architecture so we are going to do some more research on it,” Evanson said. She continued, “At this point we can’t find plans, but the owners believe it is a Lillian Rice Row House.” The Millar family has owned this property since it was constructed. Including the Millar House, others include The Spurr-Clotfelter Row House which is on the National Register, the Nelson Row House, The Megrew House which is on the National Register,



Sgt. Jonathan Overland, left, talks with Sandra Diaz and Salvador Diaz about how Dino likes to be pet and the food he likes to eat.

Sam. Diaz was just so knowledgeable, Barrera said. These dogs mean a lot to the handlers and the Marines, Overland said. “Especially for the handler, but more so for the Marines that we protect. Ever since we were able to implement ourselves in the war in Iraq, we’ve been taking the IED game to a whole new level,” Overland said. “They’ve (Taliban) had to come out with some off the wall stuff to deter these dogs, and nothing they have works. Our dogs don’t miss,” he said. As Overland describes it, when the Taliban comes out with a new technique for using IEDs, the handler and their dog figure out what it is, train for whatever that new technique might be, and render it as ineffective as possible. “It drives the Tali-

ban crazy,” Overland said. “We’re one of their worst enemies because we take their main fighting skill out of the game.” The bond that forms between dogs and their handlers: “It’s unbreakable,” Overland said. Prior to Dino being adopted by the Diaz family, Overland picked up a different dog. He’s got to be ready for deployment, he said. “I was sad to let (Dino) go — hands down my favorite dog I’ve ever been able to handle for as much personality he has…but he’s going to where he needs to go. And that was the biggest plan for us, to get him to go home. And now that he’s getting to go home I’m happy with it,” he said. “They deserve him, and he deserves to go to that family where he knows part of Staff Sgt. Diaz was there,” he said.

sues, including increased light, noise and trash, need to be addressed. The city sent SANDAG a letter late last year listing the concerns but did not receive a response. SANDAG staff, however, acknowledged receipt and provided the city with an updated version of the frequently asked questions, according to a June 2 letter to the city. Council voted 3-1-1 in April to send a follow-up letter. Councilman Don Mosier, who cast the dissenting vote, said he could support many of the mitigation measures but not a request to shorten the seasonal platform by 250 feet. To fund the project the agencies involved must comply with federal and state rules, Mosier said. A federal policy adopted in 2005 requires all new commuter and inner-city rail platform stations to have a platform running the full length of the passenger boarding area of the station, he added. Projects that don’t

and the Moore House. For each Row House, there is also the concept of indoor and outdoor living which is part of the Since square footage. each home was small in size, the outdoor patio was an extension of the living quarters. What Evanson likes most about the Row Houses is the lack of ornamentation and the beauty of the design. “Nothing is superfluous,” she said. This year, a few Village restaurants and establishments are also taking part in the RSF Historical Society Home Tour. During lunchtime, tour goers have the opportunity to dine at The Inn At Rancho Santa Fe and receive a complimentary chef selection

sorbet with a lunch entrée. The other dining choice, The Rancho Santa Fe Bistro, is offering complimentary iced tea with any lunch on tour day. And through July 14, a Café Positano certificate is serving up a handpicked list of complimentary beverages. Having these tour partners, Evanson said, really gives visitors the opportunity to spend the day at the Ranch and enjoy the beauty around them. For more information about the RSF Historical Society Annual Home Tour July 12 between 1 to 4 p.m., with an early check-in option for 11 am, please call (858) 756-9291 or visit rsfhs.org.

comply “will not qualify for grant funding,” Mosier said. “So for … Del Mar to insist that this platform be shorter as their primary opening concern is nonproductive,” he added. “It’s saying, ‘Del Mar says SANDAG and (North County Transit District) should ignore federal law, ignore state law and adhere to Del Mar’s wishes.’” In the June 2 letter to the city, SANDAG noted the project is currently 75 funded from the FRA through the preliminary engineering and environmental phase. “Because of where we are in the federal environmental process, it would be premature for us to comment on specific mitigation measures at this time,” SANDAG Executive Director Gary Gallegos stated in the letter. According to the letter, the FRA is currently reviewing 10 draft technical studies and a draft environmental assessment. SANDAG’s primary goal is to avoid environmental impacts. When that can’t be done efforts will be made to minimize them and iden-

tify appropriate mitigation measures. The letter states many project features discussed in Del Mar’s second letter and at an April 30 meeting between SANDAG and city officials “will be addressed as the project progresses in future design phases” and is determined to be feasible. “Once we receive feedback from the FRA and publish the draft technical studies and environmental document later this fall, it would be appropriate to discuss mitigation measures,” the letter states. “Del Mar feels it is appropriate to incorporate mitigation measures now while the project is in preliminary design and feasibility studies are being conducted,” Haydu wrote in her email. “To ensure the community’s needs and concerns about this project are met, we look forward to accepting SANDAG’s invitation to continue to dialogue on the progress of this project.” Haydu also stated the city “will continue to monitor and be proactively engaged in the discussions regarding” the $140 million project.

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CSUSM’s new women’s soccer coach is familiar face

Bobby Renneisen will take over sole head coaching responsibilities for the women’s soccer team at Cal State San Marcos this season. Renneisen has been with the college’s soccer programs since its inception in 2006. Photo by Anderson Gould Jr

in 2006. With the new title, he’ll have some new responsibilities that come with being the sole head coach — the first time the two programs will have independent coaches. Earlier this offseason, the soccer programs were divided up. Before that Pulvers had simultaneously served as the head coach of both programs. Pulvers will remain head coach of the men’s program. “It’s really exciting for both he (Pulvers) and myself, to not only support both programs because we have so much invested interest in them, but be more specifi-

cally working hands on with the players,” he said. And what might make the transition easier is that the entire roster from last season is returning this year. This season, he said, there’ll be a lot of regularity and a lot of similarities to what has been done before with the two programs. “It’s been a positive recipe that we will look to enhance more than anything,” he said. “How can we make it better? It’s already a really good thing and how can we make it better? So that’s ultimately what we’re looking to do,” Renneisen said. “I think there will

be some gradual changes through time,” he said. “As of right now, going into this 2014-15 season, we have a very experienced group with a great incoming class as well.” And Renneisen knows that the position isn’t just about tactics and wins — it’s about making sure the students are also doing well in the classroom and enjoying their collegiate experiences. “It’s an educational piece first and foremost,” he said. “The athletes are here to get their education and to see that happen and to watch those individuals graduate in four years is my

number one focus and goal,” Renneisen added. “Soccer is certainly a unique and a significant piece to the puzzle, which has brought us all together,” he said. Renneisen said the search is ongoing to build out his own staff, including a full-time assistant head coach. He added that he anticipates his staff will be solidified by the end of the month, or by early July at the latest. As for any advice he’s received from Pulvers, Renneisen said that Pulvers has been his number one mentor. “I have the most respect, appreciation and love for what he’s done for me,” Renneisen said. “And I think he’s always preached that the most important thing in being a coach is being yourself because the players, they want genuine people that they can trust and respect.” Players report to training camp Aug. 8.

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Enjoy fresh produce grown in your own yard by starting a successful vegetable garden. Courtesy photos

3 expert tips for starting a vegetable garden Spring into fresh produce faster with early season gardening tricks


arm weather begs green thumbs across the country to break out their gardening gloves and till the soil for the season’s plantings. Whether this is your first year tending a home garden or it’s something you’ve been doing for decades, gardening offers many rewards, including time spent outdoors, the ability to feel closer to Mother Nature, and of course, the fresh fare plucked just steps from your kitchen. Anyone can have a successful home garden no matter where they live by following a few steps from professional gardeners. Consider these three important tips for starting your garden right so you can enjoy fresh produce faster.

These are the small plants that have already germinated and have a basic root system. These are easy to transfer to your own garden and, with proper tending, will grow quickly and produce fruit faster.

Step 1: Research appropriate early plantings Springtime is ideal garden time thanks to milder weather, and a good place to start is by researching proper plants for your region’s early season. If you have questions, consult your local nursery or call your local extension office for specialized advice. In general, good early plantings include brassicas, a family of plants that includes kale, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbages. Additional cool-season crops to consider include radishes, beets, peas, potatoes and carrots. These plants will thrive early in the season and produce yields quickly. In addition to quick-producing plants, the early season is the best time to plant other varieties that take a long time to mature. Onions, for example, require a lengthy growing season and should be planted early so that in late summer, gardeners can enjoy the maximum yield possible. Want produce quicker? Consider purchasing starter plants, also called plant starts, rather than relying on packets of seeds.

Step 2: Prepare garden spaces for accelerated growth After months of not being used, your garden’s soil is likely compact and will require some tilling to loosen the dirt and encourage plant growth. You can do this with a garden rake; for large gardens, some people prefer to rent a power tiller. People who live in smaller homes, a townhouse or condo might prefer to use raised garden beds. Stylish and functional, raised garden planters from Outdoor Essentials eliminate the need to bend over to tend garden, a benefit that has made them vastly popular. Raised garden beds can be used virtually anywhere outdoors, including on a deck or patio, and they can be moved, too, if necessary. Whether you create a garden plot in your yard or add a few raised-garden planters to your patio, make sure the dirt is nutrient-rich and ready for your plants. Typically it’s wise to mix black dirt in with your soil to ensure that plants grow strong. If you’ve had trouble growing in the past, consider getting your soil tested

The mild, moist weather and longer days of the early gardening season make the conditions ideal for plant growth.

to verify pH levels. Step 3: Tend daily and enjoy the fruits of your labor For best results, tend your garden on a daily basis. Check for soil moisture and water as necessary. Make sure to pluck weeds and watch for pest infestations. If done daily, it should only take a few minutes to verify the health of your garden, plus it’s fun to watch plants grow and flower. As fruit and vegetables mature, it’s time to enjoy the season’s first harvest. The healthy fresh fare tastes even better knowing you grew it yourself, plus it cuts down on grocery bills. If you find you have too much of one type of produce at once, share with neighbors, coworkers and friends — everyone loves fresh garden delights. Keep in mind that as plants grow, you need to make sure they don’t overcrowd each other. This can limit growth and yield production. If your garden starts to look overgrown, you may need to pluck out a few plants to open up space and encourage proper growth and healthy root systems. Spring to it! The mild, moist weather and longer days of the early gardening season make the conditions ideal for plant growth. With a few simple steps and a watchful eye, you’ll be enjoying fresh produce at almost every meal.


June 27, 2014


small talk jean gillette

Cast is leading to crankiness Well, I may well be grappling with gangrene by the time you read this, as I just broke the first rule of having your hand wrapped in a big, annoying cast-bandage thingy. I got it a little bit wet. I can see the nurses scowling at me and my hand surgeon tut-tutting. But as I try to type, use a knife or fork, wash my hands or any other normal activity requiring two hands, I am embarrassed at every turn. I prefer to tell inquirers that I broke my hand in a really awesome bar fight. The tedious truth is I had an arthritic knuckle on my left thumb fused. I have been reveling in the sympathy, because the bandage /cast looks gnarly. However, it has caused me to become an even bigger klutz. I want my hand back. Now. No, Yesterday. I managed to keep the cumbersome beast on my left hand intact and dry for 10 whole days, which was not easy. I guess I got overconfident. While struggling to wash my hands with great care, I tipped it the wrong way or something, only to find things a bit damp. I used the hairdryer on it until I almost set the gauze on fire. I can only imagine the wonderful world of sepsis rocking and rolling under all this bandage. I’m sorely tempted to use the turkey-basting syringe to shoot some alcohol into it. That couldn’t hurt, right? There is no way to anticipate the screaming inconvenience of being limited to one hand. I thought I had a clue because I had been avoiding the use of my painful left thumb, the reason for the not-the-least-bitglamorous surgery. I didn’t arrange to have someone do my dishes and pour my iced tea and I blame that on denial, at which I am pretty skilled. But there is no denying a club-like wrap around one of your major appendages. I am working all angles, though. From TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B11

Song helps lost greyhound get back home By Tony Cagala

SAN MARCOS — Trying to catch a greyhound is like trying to catch the wind because they go so fast, said Francie Murphy. And appropriately enough, it was the song, “Catch the Wind,” by Donovan that helped to find a runaway greyhound named Aston in a San Marcos neighborhood earlier this month. Murphy, a volunteer grant writer with the San Diego-based Greyhound Adoption Center, explained that with the help of volunteers, social media, including Facebook, and the posting of flyers throughout the neighborhood, the 2-year-old greyhound was located and returned home to his owners. On June 4, after five days and nights on his own, while volunteers and residents sleuthed and searched for him, there was one Facebook post that caught the attentions of volunteers. A group of searchers that included Denine Hunt, made an attempt at locating the dog. And then there he was. Careful not to spook Aston, Hunt sat down with her back to the dog, explained Darren Rigg, founder and president of the Greyhound Adoption Center. It’s tempting to just try and approach a dog that’s been missing for days, but that would’ve been a mistake, he said. “As soon as she (Hunt) was within earshot of Aston, she started to sing this Donovan song…which was a song she used to sing to him at the

Owner Rob Raudenbush with Aston, a 2-year-old greyhound back home on the couch after Aston spent five days and nights on his own in a San Marcos neighborhood. He ran off after getting spooked but was found and returned home to his owners earlier this month. Courtesy photo

kennel,” Rigg said. And instead of bolting off like they thought Aston would do, he sauntered up, wagging his tail and she grabbed him. “It was a happy ending,” Rigg said. “And I can tell you there’ve been a few of these dog searches over the years end in other ways than happy endings like this. This one worked out great.” Aston came to the Greyhound Adoption Center about a year ago, along with 19 other dogs from Kansas, Mo., Rigg said. “He was almost a year old at the time

and a fearful young dog. He’d not had any exposure (to) being handled, being singled out from a group of other dogs,” he said. They assumed Aston was raised in a crate and kennel environment. He was too young to race and he didn’t have the disposition to it. Aston was full of fearfulness and it took a year to find the right people to care for him. Brooke Raudenbush and her husband Rob had just adopted Aston only two months ago. She said Aston is now

doing fabulous back at home. But during that time he was missing it was horrible she said, amounting to a lot of sleepless nights. Raudenbush said that greyhounds are great as pets. “He (Aston) doesn’t have a mean bone in his body.” “The situation with Aston was just unfortunate.,” said Rigg. “He just happened to take flight at a moment of something scaring him, which, I think, was the garage door.” Rigg expressed that track dogs not being good pets was a common misper-

ception perpetuated by the racing industry. Rigg, being around greyhounds since he was a kid, knew that wasn’t right. “To say these were not suitable as pets, when in actuality greyhounds, track dogs especially, make very, very good pets, and they’re quiet and they’re well-behaved and they hardly shed,” he added. Yet, with fewer racetracks and fewer races going on than there used to be, the surplus of greyhounds is still huge, Rigg explained. “Greyhound racing is a for-profit business, that up until the last 10 years was producing tens of thousands of surplus greyhounds every year in the United States,” said Rigg. “We don’t know the exact numbers now, because the industry doesn’t publish numbers anymore,” he added. Rigg called his founding of the adoption center an “accident,” but he’s been doing it now for over 30 years. The dogs they receive range anywhere from about 2-and-ahalf to 3 years old, that have either raced for a few seasons and either become injured or washed up. Many of the dogs have the ability to race until they’re 5 years old. “The worst is yet to come, I think,” Rigg said. “Because there’s going to be a deluge of dogs in the next five to 10 years,” he said. Murphy said the center’s full capacity is 60 dogs. Right now, they might have close to 50 rescued greyhounds.

RSF School District adopts Artist makes rainy Paris weekend brighter mathematics pathway By Martin Jones Westlin

By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — At the last RSF School District Board meeting, assistant superintendent, Cindy Schaub, provided an

We did have some challenges around homework, the change of homework, the type and difficulty...” Lindy Delaney Superintendent, RSF District

in-depth overview for a K-8 mathematics pathway which the board of trustees adopted.

Before Schaub spoke, Rancho Santa Fe School District Superintendent Lindy Delaney shared with the board how they have been working on math adoption for the new Common Core for several years, which led up to the implementation this year. Delaney told the board there were some challenges along the way, but the students were least affected because they were like “sponges.” “We did have some challenges around homework, the change of homework, the type and difficulty, but that was ironed out by November,” Delaney said. “So the next piece, we will take a look at is what classes we are going to offer — one of the things that have gone well is the addition of advanced classes in grades 3, 4 and 5.” Implementing an adTURN TO MATH ON B11

La Jolla Today LA JOLLA — One of the negatives about Paris (if there are any) is the weather. The city’s northerly latitude is often an accurate predictor of clouds rain, sometimes and when you least expect or want it. But Paris didn’t get its colossal reputation for beauty by everybody staying home. Case in point: Thousands braved the wet weather there May 22 to 26 to attend the annual Ateliers d’Artistes de Belleville, featuring the works of 250 artists from 130 studios, the largest exhibit of its kind in France — and one La Jolla painter was thrilled to note that a stranger held a key to her trip’s success. Judy Judy Judy, as she prefers to be known (with all due respect to Cary Grant), was invited to show her works by a friend. The group was founded in 1989 as a center for cultural exchange, seeking to demonstrate “how art can be made accessible to everyone and

Judy Judy Judy’s “Midnight Rendezvous” is now known in at least one Paris household. Courtesy image

contribute to the cultural vitality” of Paris. An invitation to exhibit there is a pretty big deal, but Judy Judy Judy, a member of the La Jolla Art Association, is otherwise an old hand at travel to the City of Light. She’s been there about 20 times and has taken in the works of everybody from modernist photographer Robert Mappelthorpe to the legend-

ary Vincent van Gogh to Leonardo da Vinci. The Musee d’Orsay, the Louvre, any or all of Paris’ 140 museums: She’s likely been there, savoring the art and history that defines Paris and, by extension, much of the world. “You know how all roads lead to Rome?” she asked. “All flights lead TURN TO PARIS ON B11


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Councilmembers approve naming park By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — As one by one, friends and supporters of the late Councilwoman Maggie Houlihan urged the City Council to name a dog park in her honor, Houlihan’s widower, Ian Thompson, wasn’t certain of the proposal’s fate. “You never know, there’s always a wild card with the council,” Thompson said. As it turns out, the decision was one of the easiest this council has ever made. The five members unanimously approved the proposal to name the dog park, which is part of the soon-to-be-completed Encinitas Community Park, after Maggie Houlihan, whose tireless animal-advocacy efforts is the stuff of legend in the city. “This makes perfect sense,” said Councilwoman Teresa Barth, who was Houlihan’s long-time ally on the council that Houlihan served on from 2000 until her death in 2011, when she died after a five-year bout with cancer. “This is a big deal to name a park after someone, and I don’t think Maggie’s a good person to name the park after, she is the perfect choice for the park,” Councilman Mark Muir said. Houlihan supporters

The Encinitas City Council on Wednesday unaminously approved to name a dog park after the late Councilwoman Maggie Houlihan. File photo

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. Parks and recreation Commissioner Sanford

Shapiro brought the item to his board in May, which unanimously voted to recommend the City Council approve the proposal. On Wednesday, the council and audience members echoed Barth and Muir’s sentiments and shared stories of her efforts in animal rights advocacy. Local animal rights groups credited Houlihan for their existence. Friends shared stories of her passion for her own pets. The council shared stories about their lunches with their former colleague. Kristin Gaspar recalled how Houlihan taught her how to give injections to her tortoise, which was suffering from liver failure. Deputy Mayor Tony Kranz remembered how lunches with Houlihan almost always had to be held at a restaurant with sidewalk seating to accommodate her dog, Rose. And then, there was the bunny suit story. Barth reminisced about a time one Easter when Houlihan invited Barth to lunch after the city’s egg hunt, at which she always dressed up in a bunny costume. “I thought she was going to go home and change, but we went to lunch and she kept the suit on,” Barth said, and the council chambers erupted with laughter.

Barth said Houlihan spent most of the lunch taking pictures with kids as they passed by. This was Maggie, supporters said: vivacious, full of life and fire. Thompson, in his comment to the council, told an anecdote that many had heard before: Houlihan, during a sister-city trip to Japan, stopped to help a feral kitten in distress while participating in a triathlon. In Japan, the act was hailed. Locally, Thompson said, the media and critics panned the act as disrespectful to the host city. Houlihan went on to capture the most votes in the 2004 election several months later. “I bring this story to your attention because the measure of someone’s contribution to a community is not always about a talent that we respect and admire, or how effectively someone has been able to expand the tax base or the length of time a person has served the city,” Thompson said. “Sometimes it’s about how deeply a person has been able to challenge our thinking about what it takes to be a conscientious member of our society.” Shortly after the unanimous approval and thunderous applause that followed it, Thompson was asked what was the first thing he would do when the dog park opens. “I’m going to go straight for the plaque, say a few words to Miss Houlihan, and congratulate her for another win for the animals,” he said. The 44-acre Encinitas Community Park is currently under construction just south of Santa Fe Drive and west of Interstate 5. It is scheduled to open in the fall.

Plans for a new City Hall are moving forward following a city meeting on June 16. File photo by Bianca Kaplanek

City Hall plans inching ahead By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Plans to replace City Hall took a small but significant step forward when council members agreed unanimously at the June 16 meeting to spend up to $100,000 for a master plan. This phase of the proposal will include development of conceptual alternatives and testing to see what could be accommodated on the site at 1050 Camino del Mar, where the current facility is located. Council members would like the consultants to start with the basic facility community members have indicated meets the needs of the city, which is a 9,250-square-foot City Hall, a 3,200-square-foot Town Hall with a 100-seat meeting room, council chambers, the TV studio and the emergency operations center. It will also include a 15,000-square-foot plaza and at least 51 parking stalls, enough to meet the requirements for the City and Town Hall functions. Council members said the master plan should also show three to five alternatives that include the addition of commercial and residential uses as well as more public parking. Costs for each alternative must also be presented. According to the staff report, development of the master plan should cost about $70,000 using consultants who are already under contract. Once the alternatives are created the plans will be presented to the community, with input at a workshop and through a mail-ballot vote. Councilman Terry Sinnott said he would like to present three to five options to the public for “a good spectrum of reasonable choices,” but Councilman Don Mosier disagreed. He said with five choices, the preferred alternative could end up with support from only 25 percent of res-

idents, which “is not great guidance.” “We need to work hard to get it down to three options,” Mosier said. Mosier said plans definitely need to include a coffee shop and restaurants, something residents supported during a recent workshop. He said eating establishments will bring people to the facility, enrich the experience of coming there and serve activities held at the site. He said he didn’t hear a lot of support for retail. There were also requests to include space for cultural uses and possibly housing. Residents have also indicated more public parking should be added to the site. Earlier in the meeting, resident Jim Watkins suggested holding a design competition, which he said could garner great ideas at a low cost. Staff also asked council members to consider approving funds for the next two steps in the process — the schematic design and design development, estimated to cost $135,000 and $225,000, respectively. But council members weren’t ready to move forward with those phases. “We need to complete the master planning stage and then get more community input before we proceed with spending money on design,” Mosier said. “I’m certainly highly in favor of proceeding with the master planning phase one, but not subsequent design phases at his point. Nor do I want to start allocating resources to a project that is so loosely defined.” Resident Bill Michalsky agreed. “To go any further than the master planning seems foolhardy at this point because we don’t even know what the heck we want,” he said. Council members said they would like the mail ballot to go out in September.

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Odd Files Gardner calls town council ‘a joke’ By Chuck Shepherd Man of the People? Scott Fistler, twice a loser for electoral office in Phoenix, Ariz., as a Republican, decided in November 2013 that his luck might improve as a Democrat with a name change, and legally became “Cesar Chavez,” expecting to poll better in a heavily Hispanic, Democratic congressional district. (“Cesar Chavez” is of course the name of the legendary labor organizer.) Furthermore, according to a June report in the Arizona Capitol Times, “Chavez’s” campaign website features photographs of frenzied supporters holding “Chavez” signs, but which are obviously scenes from the streets of Venezuela at rallies for its late president Hugo Chavez. (At press time for News of the Weird, a judge had removed “Chavez” from the ballot, but only because some qualifying signatures were invalid. “Chavez” promised to appeal.) Compelling Explanations U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf of Omaha, Nebraska, trying to be helpful, he said, advised female lawyers appearing in his courtroom to lower their hemlines and cover their cleavage because males, including Judge Kopf himself, are “pigs.” Writing in his personal blog in March, he said, “I have been a dirty old man ever since I was a very young man” and that the women in his office are similarly contemptuous of daringly dressed female lawyers. The lifetime-tenured judge later said he regretted any harm to the judiciary that his remarks might have caused. Almond Upton, 60, charged with murder for “intentionally” striking a New York state trooper in May with his pickup truck, denied everything. He told reporters following his first court appearance that he is bewildered by the accusation: “I was (close to) the Connecticut border, and all of a sudden, I’m in Binghamton, New York (about 140 miles from Connecticut), and this cop got killed, I don’t know how it happened. It had to be a time warp.” The National Security Agency admitted in a June court filing that it had disobeyed two judicial orders to stop deleting accusatory evidence in its databases (which judges had ordered preserved to help determine if the NSA was illegally violating privacy laws). The NSA’s reasoning for its chutzpah: Its data-gathering systems, it claims, are “too complex” to prevent the automatic deletions routinely programmed into its data, and it cannot reprogram to preserve the data without shutting down its entire intelligence-gathering mission. The challenging party (the Electronic Frontier Foundation) called the NSA’s explanation disingenuous and, in fact, further proof that the NSA is incapable of properly managing such massive data-gathering.


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By Dave Schwab

LA JOLLA — In the aftermath of a flap over disbursement of some of the proceeds from last year’s “Dancing with the Stars” fundraiser sponsored by La Jolla Town Council, event organizer Nancy Gardner chastised the council for “playing politics” and getting away from its mission of “serving the community. “Why can’t the town council do something in the community for the children, for the merchants; why are we letting an organization that has the potential to help La Jolla become a joke by its behavior?” she asked. Gardner questioned the validity and necessity of a recent town council mail-ballot vote to have her removed from its board after she had already resigned, noting that “it’s not in the bylaws that they had to send out ballots. I happen to know many more people voted to keep me in than they said, and the number of ballots sent out exceeds the number of members in the council.” Gardner noted the council spent nearly all of the “$1,238 in question” in the membership-nonmember mail-ballot election with return stamped envelopes. She added the town council should be directing

Where does the community of La Jolla need help?” Nancy Gardner Event organizer

its attentions toward addressing the problems and issues of the larger community rather than focusing on itself and on individual members. “The town council needs to get rid of the personality issues, get rid of the angst,” she said, adding that members “need to ban together with all the other community groups in La Jolla. None of us are paid. We all volunteer to give our time back for the good of the community. So let’s not lose sight of what’s in the best interests of the community. “Where does the community of La Jolla need help?” asked Gardner, adding, “That’s where the town council should be focusing their efforts—not on personality issues.” Gardner said the good news is that “Dancing with the Stars” will go on. “It was so well-received; people just abso-

lutely loved it,” she said, noting the event’s debut “was a sell-out crowd our first year.” She added that the Police Historical Association plans to host “Dancing with the Stars” as a family fundraiser for the downtown Family Crisis Center in early 2015. “We’ve got people very high up in the community of San Diego that want to be involved as judges and dancers,” she said. “We have a hotel that wants to donate most of their services.” Continuing the event as a fundraiser for needy causes is “the right thing to do,” said Gardner. “When you do something that gives back to people that really need it, that’s what should be done,” she said, adding, “'Dancing with the Stars' is going to be fabulous. We will do the right thing for San Diego.” “I don’t lie,” Gardner concluded about allegations raised against her. “It’s not the right thing to do. It will always come back to bite the offender, and it will in this case. The truth will out.” If anyone wants to get ivolved in planning for the next “Dancing with the Stars” event, they should contact Gardner at (858) 775-7575 or (858) 456-3000.

Escondido VA clinic flagged during national audit By Rachel Stine

ESCONDIDO — An Escondido clinic providing healthcare services to local veterans was flagged during a national audit of wait times at Veterans Affairs medical facilities because of one report of incorrect scheduling practices. A June 9 report on the audit conducted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs earlier this year noted that the Escondido VA clinic had been flagged for further review. A VA clinic in Imperial Valley was the only other VA facility in Southern California marked for additional investigation. The Escondido clinic was flagged because one employee reported being told by a supervisor to schedule patient appointments in a way that does not comply with VA guidelines, according to Christopher Menzie, public affairs specialist for the VA San Diego Healthcare System. The employee’s claim was unsubstantiated and the supervisor involved is no longer working at the clinic. This was the only report of scheduling problems at the clinic, Menzie stated. There were no scheduling delays or problems with ap-

pointment wait times discovered at the clinic. New patients must wait one to two weeks for an appointment at the Escondido clinic, which is better than the average wait time of 43.77 days for all of San Diego County clinics. New patients wait about three-and-a-half weeks for a mental health appointment at the Escondido clinic, but there are appointment slots left open for veterans with urgent needs. Patients can also be transferred to the Mental Health Access Clinic at the San Diego VA Medical Center for sooner appointments. The new patient wait time for a mental health appointment at the clinic is also better than the county average wait time of 34.5 days. Current patients at the Escondido VA clinic wait an average of one to two weeks for primary care or mental health appointments. Note: This article is an update to the article “Escondido VA under investigation” published in the June 13, 2014 issue of The Coast News. Local representatives from the Escondido clinic could not be reached for comment prior to story’s publication.

Planning Commission will look at proposed cell tower ordinance By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — San Marcos has proposed new regulations it says would discourage cell and communications towers from popping up near homes and farmland, but local activists say the rules don’t go far enough. The city’s Planning Commission will discuss the proposed telecommunications facilities ordinance at its June 30 meeting. The debate over the proliferation of cell towers in the city heated up last fall when a homeowner in the San Elijo Hills community sought approval for a second, 35-foot-tall microwave tower on his property. Neighbors protested the proposal, which prompted the City Council to direct staff to draft the proposed regulations. The city has hosted several workshops since January, using the feedback to fine-tune the rules. The proposed rules encourage wireless applications to locate new antennas on existing towers, rather than build new ones, and discourages new towers in residential, ridgeline, environmentally sensitive and agricultural land. A wireless company seeking to erect a tower in an area the city discourages would have to provide technical proof that the location is necessary to bridge a significant gap in coverage and is the only location possible to do so. Opponents, however, said the proposal falls

short in two significant areas — it doesn’t set a minimum distance between cell towers and homes and doesn’t mandate wireless companies to install newer, smaller, less intrusive tower technology. John Signorino, one of the neighbors spearheading the opposition, said homeowners would “sleep better at night” if the city required a 1,000 foot buffer between towers and homes. “If you are going to use the old technology, which is intrusive and dangerous, then have reasonable distance requirements from homes or schools,” Signorino said. “This ordinance doesn’t do either of these things.” A wireless law expert who has helped the city craft the ordinance said the reason that cities can’t adopt such restrictions is because federal law doesn’t allow it. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 specifically says that a municipality can’t prohibit or create provisions that would effectively serve as a ban. The 9th Circuit

I can tell you that our ordinance in its current draft form is on the safe side of the line of not violating the law, but that line is not very far away.” Jonathan Kramer Legal Expert

Court of Appeals affirmed this provision in a later case, when it ruled that a local government would be violating the law if it did not allow a wireless company to close a significant coverage gap. Federal law also prohibits cities from prohibit-

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ing certain cell tower tech- staying within the bounds of the current level of nologies outright. Cities can require the law.” the companies to provide a “high level of proof” to justify placing the towers in a residential area, and regulate the aesthetic features, said Jonathan Kramer, the legal expert who has helped several cities — including San Marcos — craft their wireless tower guidelines. San Marcos law does require wireless companies to camouflage and disguise towers to the furthest extent possible, as well as encourage towers to be placed on city rightof-way before other locations are explored. “I can tell you that our ordinance in its current draft form is on the safe side of the line of not violating the law, but that line is not very far away,” Kramer said. “We know from court decisions how far we can go. So we are


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Could red light cameras be given the red light? By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Redlight cameras will be scrutinized after a major decrease in revenue from the devices was revealed at the June 16 meeting. Council members were also reminded a deputy was spending time reviewing violations rather than addressing more serious crimes. For about the last 10 years the city has contracted with The Redflex Group for three cameras on Camino del Mar — one at Del Mar Heights Road and two at Via de la Valle — and currently pays $1,577.51 per camera per month, or nearly $56,800 annually. City officials say the cameras were not intended to be a revenue source and for the most part have always been at a break-even point. They were installed to increase safety at major intersections. Assistant City Manager Mark Delin said sheriff’s captains have indicated the cameras reduced collisions. In fiscal year 201213, the city took in $93,901 from the cameras. Of that, $73,037, or 78 percent of what was budgeted, was reported as of March 31, 2013. For the current fiscal year, $109,240 was budgeted, but as of March 31 only $33,768, or 31 percent of what was budgeted, was taken in. City Manager Scott Huth said the cameras present two sets of expenses for the city — the operation cost that is paid to Redflex and money spent to review footage and issue tickets. “Right now we are not generating revenue

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Museum’s executive director resigns By Promise Yee

A decrease in revenue from red light cameras in Del Mar is causing city officials to wonder over its cost benefit to the city. File photo

to cover the Redflex part, and we’re certainly not — and nor have we, I believe ever — generated the revenue to cover the complete cost of enforcement, what it costs us to go to court and have a detective allocated to that,” Huth said. According to the staff report, the revenue decrease “reflects the change in standards of enforcement.”


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“The standards for the ability to positively identify the driver have increased,” Delin explained in an email. “There have been increased requirements for camera resolution, and clarity of the driver’s face in the picture. “If the resolution standards have changed, and the cameras do not comply … Redflex will need to fix this,” he added. In fact, Delin said, the company is replacing one of the cameras. “That was the single item in the budget that caught my attention, that we’re losing money on this program and we’re also paying a detective to review the evidence supporting the citation,” Councilman Don Mosier said. “I think we need to take a look at either a better way to adminis-

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ter this program or try to evaluate the public safety benefits of the program to determine whether it’s worth continuing to lose money,” he added. “So we would need to evaluate what the enforcement options are if we didn’t have Redflex cameras,” Mosier said. “I would hope that we get more information to help us evaluate the cost-benefit analysis of losing money versus the public safety impact of these red-light cameras.” Mayor Lee Haydu agreed and asked that the item be brought back for a full council discussion. She said she would like information on why other cities, such as Poway, have eliminated the red-light camera program. Meanwhile, the sheriff’s captain said she is working to have the park ranger review the images rather than a detective.


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OCEANSIDE — The Oceanside Museum of Art executive director said it was with a heavy heart that he announced his resignation after being at the museum’s helm for just shy of two years. Board members first heard the news of Daniel Foster’s resignation June 10. The announcement became public June 13. “It was a difficult communication without a doubt,” Foster said. “I love them, and the phenomenally committed staff who I greatly admire and am indebted to for their accomplishments.” Foster said his decision to resign came when job demands did not allow him a healthy balance of professional and personal time, including time with his 3-year-old son, Kenneth. Foster added it is difficult to walk away from the vibrant art community and exciting daily work he enjoys. “Being a director of an art museum means more than a 9 to 5, Monday through Friday job,” Foster said. “The impact of the museum and potential is huge. There is a lot of need in North County for Oceanside Museum of Art. “There is a lot of attraction and excitement to the job. I loved it.” During Foster’s tenure, revenues increased from $750,000 to $1.2 million, and membership rose 35 percent. “I’m proud of the numbers we accomplished as a team, and am proud of the quality of programming,” Foster said. “We have very aggressive, and very high quality programming, exhibits and events. I’ve struggled to remember an unsuccessful program.” Accomplishments during the past two years include increasing donorship, expanding the museum’s audience, multiplying regional partnerships and initiating talks to form a North County arts coalition. Foster said he is proud to have helped build bridges and open doors for the museum’s growth. Foster’s last official day as museum executive director is July 7. “It was the greatest honor to be part of their team,” Foster said. “I will miss them, and the role as their leader.

Daniel Foster resigns after two years at the museum’s helm. He will stay on until an interim executive director is assigned. Courtesy photo

“I anticipate to see the museum continue to flourish and grow.” Next steps for Foster will be to take on a “less time-demanding” director position with another North County nonprofit. The organization will make an official announcement of his hire next week. Following his resignation, Foster will continue to help the museum during the transition process, as an interim executive director is assigned, and the search for a permanent executive director begins. He will help see through key projects that will be launched this summer including the California Dreaming exhibit and Oceanside Arts Walk program. “I am committed to continue to support the transition of the new leadership in whatever way is asked of me,” Foster said. He will also help the arts coalition think tank group through the transition. It has not been determined what his continuing role with the group will be. Foster took on the position as museum executive director in October 2012. He said his goal was to bring the museum to its next significant chapter of growth and evolution. The museum is 17 years old, and has seen three executive directors. Ed Fosmire served as executive director from 2010 to 2012. James “Skip” Pahl served as executive director from 1997 to 2010, taking the museum through its building and expansion years.


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Cities work together for economic development By Rachel Stine

REGION — Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos, and Vista are preparing to move forward with a collaborative effort to attract and retain businesses to North County. “It’s always better for us as the North County region to either attract or keep an existing busi-

Regionalism truly is the new wave of how we do economic development.” Christina Vincent Economic Development Manager, Carlsbad

ness than to lose them elsewhere,” said Joyce Masterson, Escondido’s director of Economic Development and Community Relations. “All of us are working together to keep that business.” City officials explained that the economic benefits of a business are not limited to the city it is located in, but rather spread throughout the region. For example, employees that work for a company in Carlsbad may live in Oceanside or San Marcos. A business located in Vista may purchase supplies from another business in Escondido. To bring more businesses to the areas along

community CALENDAR JUNE 27 JOIN THE PARADE Celebrate Oceanside’s Independence Day Parade, starting at 10 a.m. June 28 along Coast Highway from Wisconsin Avenue to Civic Center Drive. Come see floats, bands, walking groups, cool cars and more. The theme this year is “Show Your Pride, Oceanside.” For more information, visit OceansideParade.com. GET YOUR GRANT ON A grant-writing workshop is being offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27 at the Oceanside Library, 330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Cost is $65. Call (619) 933-5677 for registration.

state Route 78, the five cities are partnering together to create a brand for the North County region, work together to support existing businesses, and conduct outreach to businesses looking for new locations. The collaboration began last year when the cities hired a consultant to develop a regional brand, which will be revealed in the next month or so. Three of the cities have recently adopted a resolution to hire the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation to implement the North County Economic Development Collaborative Model. Oceanside and San Marcos are set to vote on the contract in the coming weeks. The $230,000 contract will last for two years. “(Businesses are) not looking to a city, they’re looking to a region. So, we need to think regionally as well,” said Christina Vincent, Carlsbad’s Economic Development Manager. She said that while Carlsbad has about 15 million square-feet of industrial space, the five cities have about 52 million square-feet total, which is more appealing to businesses wary of future expansion. The region also has numerous assets including multiple airports, an ideal location between Orange County and San Diego County, and a variety of quality of life offerings, Vincent pointed out. “Regionalism truly is the new wave of how we do economic development,” she said. 2821. SCOTTISH GAMES The San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of the Clans will be 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. June 28 and June 29 at the Brengle Terrance Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Presale tickets $13 , children $5 online via PayPal at sdhighlandgames.org.

Magic 92.5’s Jagger and Kristi snazz it up, with Jagger in an original hat from the Rad Hatter during the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 26th Annual Spring Fling, “Down the Rabbit Hole.” Courtesy photos

Center hosts wild night in ‘Wonderland’ RANCHO SANTA FE — Last Saturday, Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 26th annual Spring Fling Gala took guests “Down the Rabbit Hole” and the result was a “Wonderland” of generosity for the Center’s orphan pets. The June 7 festivities were enjoyed by 337 guests who celebrated a night of food, entertainment and live and silent auction items, raising a net of close to $300,000 donated to support the pets and the programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center. The lavish affair was held in the Fairbanks Village Plaza in Rancho Santa Fe, thanks to the hospitality of Joe and Terri Davis, and was headed by Gala Committee Co-Chairwomen Rebecca Vigil and Marlaine Fetzer. Dave Scott from KUSI Channel 9 and Shelly Dunn from mornings on Jack 100.7 hosted the evening’s events. Congratulations to Poseidon Restaurant in Del Mar, which received the “Best Restaurant” award, Mia Francesca which took home the “Best Passed Hors D’oeuvres” award and to Nora’s Baklava which took meets at 6:30 p.m. July 2 at the Pavilion, Lake San Marcos, 1105 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos. For more information, visit palomarorchid.org or call (760) 510-8027. CAR BUFFS The Palomar Model A Ford Club will meet 7 p.m. July 2 at the Palomar Estates East Clubhouse, 650 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, San Marcos. Local day tours are usually scheduled for the Saturday following the meeting, departing from the clubhouse. For more information, e-mail Barbara at bkhk@cox.net or call (619) 425-3241 or visit palomarmodelaclub.org

JUNE 29 FAMILY FUN Families are invited to the San Diego Botanic Garden for Thursday Family Fun Nights from 4:30 to 8 p.m. through Aug. 28.A list of performers is at: sdbgarden.org/thursnights. htm. General admission $14, $8 for children. NEW FRIENDS The JULY 3 Catholic Widows and WidLOVE THOSE DOLowers of North County sup- PHINS A dolphin benefit port group, for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will attend a play at New Village Art Theater, Carlsbad June 29 and gather for Happy Hour at the Besta Wan Pizza House, Carlsbad June 30. For more information, call (858) 6744324.

JUNE 28 COIN SHOW The Oceanside-Carlsbad Coin Club is hosting a coin show plus sale and trade from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 28 at the Carlsbad Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Ask questions about old coins and currency with knowledgeable collectors. For JULY 2 ORCHIDS AND MORE more information, contact Thor Strom at (760) 696- Palomar Orchid Society

Participating restaurant Kitchen 1540 gets festive with the June 7 “Wonderland” theme. Center adoptable dogs snuggle up to volunteers.

home the “Best Dessert” award. Chef Kurt Waefler, executive chef and instructor from the San Diego Culinary Institute and Dee Biller, local chef, caterer, culinary instructor and consultant, served as food judges. “It was a wonderful night,” said Helen Woodward Animal Cen-

is being held at 7 p.m. July 3 with showing of “Soul in the Sea” about a bottlenose dolphin from New Zealand at La Paloma Theatre, 471 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Advance tickets for $15 at lapalomatheatre.com. Proceeds will be donated to Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project For more information, visit dolphinproject.org/. FUR FIX The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA invites animal lovers to Fur Fix Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. July 3 at 576 Airport Road, Oceanside. Come touch, pet and play some cute and cuddly animals or stop by our enrichment table and make toys for the animals. MARK THE CALENDAR

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ter President and CEO Mike Arms. “Each year I get to spend this evening surrounded by guests, restaurants, donors, sponsors and supporters who all want to help orphan pets. Anytime I see this many people coming together for that purpose, it touches my heart.” For more information on Helen Woodward Animal Center or to make a donation, visit animalcenter. org or call (858) 756-4117.

TAKE ME OUT Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts a Petco Park for Solana Beach Day at 1:10 p.m. Aug. 3 with San Diego Padres vs. Atlanta Braves. The top ticket selling child from local schools and Little Leagues will serve as the “Play Ball Kid.” Get tickets online at tinyurl.com/jw4cm36. WORK THE RACE Volunteer to help out at the Carlsbad Triathlon
 5:30 to 10:30 a.m. or 7 to 11:30 a.m.
 July 13; working along the race path. Work as set-up crew, athlete check-in, body marking, timing crew, hospitality tent or water stations. Contact Natalie at Natalie.Alegre@carlsbadca.gov or call (760) 6027511. POP WARNER OPEN

Register now for the Oceanside Pop Warner Inaugural North County Alumni Celebrity golf tournament at noon July 28 at El Camino Country Club, 3202 Vista Way, Oceanside. Entry is $250. Call (760) 715-3146 or email loreleiengerer@aol. com. DOG DAYS GOLF Canine Companions Invitational Golf Classic benefiting Canine Companions for Independence tees off at 8 a.m. at the OMNI La Costa Resort & Spa, 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad. A silent auction and awards luncheon follows. Registration open for golfers and sponsors. For information, call (602) 312-3040 or visit ccigolf.org.

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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

The flexibility of blended learning provides choice for students.” Sean McManus CEO

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!

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The Encinitas Preservation Association invites all on an historical bus tour July 19 to benefit the Encinitas boathouses. Courtesy photo

Tour benefits Boathouses ENCINITAS — The Encinitas Preservation Association (EPA) is rolling out a summertime historical bus tour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 19. The tour will depart from the city hall parking lot at 505 S. Vulcan Ave. at 9 a.m. and return at 1 p.m. Lunch will be available for $5. The tour will include 50 historical points of interest and scheduled stops includ-

ing the Old Encinitas School House, San Elijo Lagoon, OIivenhain Town Hall, San Dieguito Heritage Museum and a drive through the San Diego Botanic Gardens. The highlight of the tour will be a rare opportunity to tour Bumann Ranch. Tour guides on the bus will give a brief history or story about each area. Each ticket supports the preservation of one of Encinitas’ historical build-

ings, the Boathouses. The EPA acquired the SS Moonlight and SS Encinitas in 2008 in order to maintain them and make sure they remain in place for future generations. Tickets are $40 and available at the Encinitas 101 MainStreet office, 818 S. Coast Highway 101. For more information, contact Carolyn Cope at (760) 753-4834 or email at Cope3@cox.net.

DEL MAR — More than 75 people gathered at the San Diego County Fair’s Plaza de Mexico on opening day, June 7, to see their new Don Diego Scholarship Foundation legacy bricks paving a path to the Legacy Brick Fountain. The 200 bricks installed to date celebrate past and present Don Diego scholarship recipients and board members. Others were purchased by Fairgrounds employees and by people whose families have enjoyed special moments at the fair and racetrack. Inscribed with names, images and fun quotes (“I see nothing in space as promising as the view from a Ferris wheel” — E.B. White), each brick tells a story. Among the celebrants were Don Diego Chairman Paul Ecke III and his daughter, Polly, as well as three generations of the (Brenda) Larson family, who shared their memories of Grandma and Grandpa at the races. Shoja Naimi, co-owner of Roxy’s Restaurant in Encinitas, took a quick break from his Roxy’s booth at the fair to admire his brick. Naimi’s niece, Eliza Naimi, qualified for her 2014 Don Diego $1,000 employee scholarship by working at

Paul Ecke, and his daughter Polly, inspect their memorial bricks at the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation legacy brick path at the Legacy Brick Fountain at the San Diego County Fairgrounds. The purchase of bricks supports foundation scholarships. Courtesy photo

Roxy’s booth for her uncle and her dad, Shahran Naimi. Don Diego Executive Director Chana Mannen said, “The legacy continues. We encourage fairgoers to visit the fountain and purchase their own piece of fairgrounds history. You can custom-design an attractive brick any time at dondiegoscholarship.org. Proceeds benefit our foundation’s programs, which

carry on our region’s rich agricultural traditions.” The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation was named for Don Diego, AKA Tom Hernandez, who served as the fair’s welcoming goodwill ambassador from 1947-1984. The foundation has awarded more than $640,000 in college scholarships and grants for agricultural education since its inception in 1986.

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Prospect Mortgage, a new business to Solana Beach at 437 S. Coast Highway 101, and owner Kathy Larsen, was welcomed by Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce at its grand opening June 5.

TAKING THE STAGE The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus’ new dance troupe is the brainchild of Artistic Director RC Haus, who is also music director for the Rancho Santa Fe School District. Troupe members, from left, Bret Gerber, Juan Danner and Jason Danner, will be part of “LUV Madonna — Music of the Material Girl” at 8 p.m. July 12 and at 3 p.m. July 13 at the Balboa Theatre. Tickets are on sale at sdgmc.org or by calling (877) 296-7664. Photo by Jonathan Cervantes

Steven Schindler named aquarium interim chief chapter of engaging visiLA JOLLA — Stetors to use critical thinkven Schindler has been ing and to make science selected as interim relevant to their daily executive director of UCSD’s Birch Aquarium lives.” at Scripps Institution of “It is an honor,” Oceanography. Schindler said, “to help Schindler, a native broaden the reach of San Diegan joined the Scripps Institution of aquarium on, June 18. Oceanography’s science He served until reand a privilege to lead Birch Aquarium in its cently as senior vice mission of science educapresident and chief martion and ocean conservaketing officer for the Nation. tional Aquarium in Bal“As a native San timore and Washington, D.C., working cross-deDiegan, joining Birch Aquarium to help design partmentally to raise Naplans and strategies to tional’s reputation, improve programming and Steven Schindler will serve even more deeply engage guest satisfaction, and as the interim executive direc- with the public, on site tor ofJJLeadership_Ad_5075x725.pdf UCSD’s Birch Aquarium. virtually, is a dream increase revenues. 1 5/30/14 and 4:12 PM come true.” During his tenure, Courtesy photo his team launched two major new exhibits and revamped its communications programs. Schindler’s appoint“As the leader of ment is expected to last one year. our community’s He replaces Nigella Hillgarth, who served as oldest and largest aquarium executive dinonprofit hospice rector for nearly 12 years and was recently named care provider, president and CEO of the New England Aquarium I believe in keeping the heart and in Boston. Schindler’s appointcompassion at the forefront ment was announced by Margaret Leinen, direcof all we do.” tor of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Jan Jones, RN, BSN, FAAMA UCSD’s vice chancellor President and CEO for marine sciences. The Elizabeth Hospice “Birch Aquarium,” Leinen said, “serves the vital role as the public outreach center for Oceanography Scripps How Can We Serve You Today? with education, interpreting Scripps’ science Caring for Adults and Children throughout and conservation at the San Diego and South Riverside Counties core of its mission. (800) 797-2050 “I’m extremely www.elizabethhospice.org pleased to have Steve, The Elizabeth Hospice is a California licensed and Medicare-certified an outstanding aquarium hospice, and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. professional, take the helm as we plan our next

Rita’s Italian Ice had a grand opening June 13 at 578 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, hosted by owners Karen and Sayjal Patel and their children Rishi and Ameya. To show community support, Rita’s Encinitas donated a check for $500 to the Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito. For more information go to ritasencinitas.com Sons of Italy, La Costa dei Fiori Lodge awarded $4,000 in scholarships to four local seniors with Italian-American Heritage. Scholarship winners were Lodge Queen Kathryn Webb, Victoria Serafini, Corey Cesario and Griffin Rizzo. For information on the Sons of Italy, visit sonsofitalysandiego.org.

ing Room on the street level of Del Mar Plaza, 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, on July 3. It will house a boutique, exercise studio and cafe serving fresh juices, organic coffee and post workout bites. Engel & Völkers San Diego Ranch-Coast Realty announced that agent Danny Power has joined its shop. Power has been recognized as a top-producing agent in the San Diego area, specializing in oceanfront, coastal and estate properties. Power brings more than 15 years of experience in the real estate industry. At its recent convention, GFWC Contemporary Women of North County, an Oceanside women’s volunteer and social club, received the “Most Creative Project” Award for its support of Canine Companions for Independence. Horizon Prep presented end-of-year awards. Recipients include eighth-grade graduate Kylie Preske, the Aslan Award; with the Barnabas Character award to Ryan Gianni, Gaby Dale and Lauren Bothe and the Apostle Paul Academic Award to Kylie Dypvik, Drew Schmidt, Alex Partida and Natalie Paxton.







“Helga: Growing Up in Hitler’s Germany” is the title of Carlsbad resident Karen Truesdell Riehl’s latest eBook, scheduled for release July 7 on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and other eBook publishers. The nonfiction novel is based on the author’s interview of a former member of the Jugend, Hitler’s child army. A free sample download is available at Smashwords.com. MiraCosta College has been recognized as a Live Well San Diego Partner, a program of the County of San Diego, for its outstanding service and commitment to community health. MiraCosta is the first college in North County to receive this distinction.

Dr. Sondra Thiederman, a professional speaker on workplace diversity and Mid-City resident, has joined the Southwest Region Board of Directors of Canine Companions for Independence. Based in Oceanside, Canine Companions is a non-profit organization that provides assistance dogs Lorna Jane Activeto people with disabilwear fashion and fitness Pacific Coast Grill ities completely free will open its Active Liv- celebrated its second of charge.



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Fine dining and Victorian manors in Sonoma County hit the road e’louise ondash


stared at the perfectly formed, unblemished brown egg shell. It appeared to have undergone a skillful amputation of its upper quarter that allowed a peek at the differently colored layers of the shell. This surgery, performed with a laser, had transformed the egg into a delicate vessel for a layered concoction of egg yolk, cream, possibly spinach and something citrusy that we discovered after following the server’s instructions for eating. “The chef says that you should dip your spoon all the way down to the bottom so you can experience all of the flavors together,” he told us. We dutifully obeyed and were rewarded with a blast of melded flavors unlike I’ve ever tasted. We were in Executive Chef Jesse Mallgren’s territory — the ornate dining room (seats 60) of the Madrona Manor Wine Country Inn. A stately restored Victorian with several guesthouses, gardens and sprawling lawn, it stands regally above the vineyards near Healdsburg in central Sonoma County.

Madrona Manor Wine Country Inn & Restaurant near Healdsburg (north of Sonoma) has a commanding view of the surrounding vineyards. Built in 1881, it has been through several incarnations and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Owners Bill and Trudi Konrad have furnished it with treasures they have accumulated during their worldwide travels. Photo by Jerry Ondash

Following the chef’s directive was a lesson we learned earlier in our evening’s culinary adventure. My husband, Jerry, was distressed over the menu choices, even though there were only two. He couldn’t decide between the six-course meal that offered three choices within each course; or the 10-course “Grand Dame,” that provided no choices. (Knowing our limits, we declined the wine pairing that accompanied each course. Instead, we nursed a couple of glasses of an excellent local white wine throughout our gastronomic extravaganza.) As my husband fret-

ted over the menu offerings, Mallgren appeared tableside and lifted the burden of decision. “Just trust me,” he advised. We did, and there were no regrets. Each of the 10 courses was more flavorful than the next — and increasingly interesting. We marveled at the creative combinations of ingredients — Monterey abalone with seaweed and crosnes; chilled lobster, peas, lemon and mint; foie gras cocooned in dried beet bark. Several of the items listed on the menu required consultation with our smart phones. Each course was an exquisite presentation — a work of art and architecture, delicate and colorful. And the staff was well versed and on hand to explain what we couldn’t. Mallgren has been creating cuisine at Madrona Manor since 1999. He has only two rules that provide culinary guidance. “The food must taste good and it must be seasonal,” he told us. “Every year I go through the seed books to see what we want to grow. Sometimes there are new items, like a new variety of pea. There is nothing finer that picking

a pea and serving it the same day. At the height of the season, 30 percent of our food is from the garden.” And you won’t find that night’s menu on the Internet. “I look at the garden every day before I start (planning the evening’s menu),” Mallgren explained. The chef’s garden, which provides flowers and 26 types of tomatoes as well as many other vegetables, is flanked by a greenhouse, a fragrant citrus grove and other fruit trees. All of this is just outside the back door of the inn, a historic Victorian built in 1881. Bill and Trudi Konrad bought the property in 1999, after staying there. Bill had just retired from an international accounting firm. They had planned to operate the inn “for just a few years,” he said, but 15 years later, here they are. “It’s an incredible place to own because it is such a jewel,” Bill said, but admits it requires a major amount of upkeep. Still, there are perks, Trudi added. “My favorite thing is that, anytime we want, we can have family and friends. Christmas is fabu-

“Food must taste good and it must be seasonal,” says Executive Chef Jesse Mallgren, who directs the kitchen at Madrona Manor Wine Country Inn & Restaurant in Healdsburg, Calif. The chef not only loves having this large garden right outside his kitchen door, but also the lifestyle Sonoma County has to offer. Photo by Jeni + Dylan Photography

Trudi Konrad, co-owner of the historic Madrona Manor in Healdsburg, collected many furnishings like this painted coffee table during her worldwide travels. This one graces a guest suite in the restored School House, one of four romantic cottages on the property. Photo by E’Louise


lous here. We decorate everywhere and have Dickens singers.” It was difficult to imagine Christmas as we explored the gardens and beautifully manicured grounds on a sunny April day. Bursts of floral color were everywhere, confirming that visiting Sonoma County in the spring was a wise choice. You’ll also find serenity in the winter, when sitting by the fireplace on a rainy night could be storybook-perfect. Our romantic suite in the old School House, appointed perfectly with treasures from Europe and elsewhere, provided every amenity. This included a qui-

et, private deck sheltered by thick, tall trees and frequented by hummingbirds. season, of High course, is during the autumnal “Crush,” when the grapes are harvested, an exciting time that brings hordes of visitors to the area. Should you choose to explore wine country then, be sure to make reservations well ahead of time. For more information: visit madronamanor.com; healdsburg.com; SonomaCounty.com or call (707) 522-5800. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@ coastnewsgroup.com

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both have very international backgrounds, which is reflected in the design, food and their staff that is made up of employees from around the world. They are the couple that brought us Sweiners, the

highly original, delicious sausage, baguette and melted Raclette cheese concoction that is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. They were actually at an event in the parking

lot of the Sanford Consortium when they noticed the amazing restaurant location available there. In short order they had a business plan drawn up and as restaurant openings go, Bella Vista So-

A wine moment at the Grand Del Mar per Tuscans� have been in demand and pricing has been driven up for some of the best-of -breed like Tignanello, Summus and Solaia. Veneroso is my surprise find of the first half of 2014, with its medium deep saturated ruby base of fruit. In the sorting and crushing of the grapes, they are tread on by foot, first in steel then wood, before fermentation. Aging is 16 months in

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of the year when wine makers really don’t have critical responsibilities at bud break and flowering of the vines. But when one of the top distributors organizes its winery clients from all over the world to meet at the Grand Del Mar, one of the most beautiful resorts in the world, wine columnists and members of the trade put it on their “A� list to attend. Over 100 wineries and distributors popped their corks on their best and most recent vintages, produced by the Henry Group, a leader in the distribution of wines and spirits. Household names showed up like Shafer, ZD, Ancient Peaks and a personal favorite of mine from Walla Walla Washington, the 2011 Amavi Cellars Estate Cabernet. Henriot Importers, specializing in distribution, sales and marketing of luxury wines representing cen-


Giana Rodriguez is the program director of the wine program at SDSU. Photo by Frank Mangio

turies of family winemaking caught my eye, with its ties to some of the leading wineries in Spain and Italy. Rebecca Thompson captained the Henriot table exhibit and unlike other managers, she was out front and center talking up her brands and pouring samples, with special emphasis

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The Moonlight Beach Strummers are a familiar sight at Today’s Pizza f where they’ve met for more than 10 years. Music starts at 6 p.m and goes to 8 p.m. Photo by Promise Yee

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The San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s 7-week-old cheetah cub Ruuxa is getting to know his new dog companion as the two continue to bond and spend time at the Safari Park’s Animal Care Center. The 8-week-old Rhodesian ridgeback puppy was paired with the cub after the cheetah was rejected by his mother and had to be hand raised as an animal ambassador. The cheetah and puppy will be raised together and the dog will serve as a lifelong companion to the cheetah. Photo by Ken Bohn

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ENCINITAS — Solana Center for Environmental Innovation will partner with the Rob Machado Foundation’s Green Team and needs volunteers to work the 10th annual Switchfoot BroAm Surf Competition and Concert set for July 12 at Moonlight Beach. Organizers are putting together a team of vol-


unteers to lend a helping hand to keep Moonlight Beach clean on the day of the event. Volunteer times run in four-hour windows beginning at 6 a.m. on the day of the event and ending at 7 p.m. There will be a training event a couple days before the event with Rob himself. Volunteers will assist event goers in making sure that trash hits the appropriate can and that anything recyclable will be diverted from the landfill.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to meet Rob Machado, be part of this waste diversion event, all at a beautiful local beach, watching the surf contest and rocking out to a live performance by Switchfoot. The offer is open to anyone interested in environmental conservation, surfing and making a difference in the community. Volunteers will receive a RMF Green Team T-shirt and swag the day of the event.

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ENCINITAS — Every Wednesday evening music and singing can be heard bellowing out of Today’s Pizza. Inside the pizzeria, ukulele players are on stage, at tables and sitting at the bar strumming and singing. The Moonlight Beach Strummers is an informal ukulele band. There are a handful of core musicians that lead the weekly jam sessions, and dozens of musicians who regularly sit in and play with the group. The atmosphere is relaxed, and everyone is welcome. Renowned musician Jeff Linsky occasionally joins the group on stage. The ukulele band has been meeting for more than a decade. Music instructor Frank Leong, who passed away in 2013, came up with the idea of playing together at a public venue in order to give his ukulele students more practice. The group first met at Kealani’s restaurant, and then moved to Today’s Pizza about 10 years ago. After Leong passed away, band members Herb Pililaau and Jane Primicias stepped up to lead the band. “We wanted to keep Frank’s legacy alive,” Primicias said. “People love it so much. It’s a good feeling every Wednesday. There’s a lot of aloha.” Restaurant supervisor Payton Crouch said the weekly ukulele sessions are good for business. “They definitely bring in business,” Crouch said. “They’re good people. They’re cool for an older group.” The jam sessions are also a bit of a surprise to customers who have not been to Today’s Pizza on a Wednesday night. “Some just stand there and don’t know what to think at first,” Crouch said.


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“Some love it.” Musicians and friends arrive around 5 p.m. and have something to eat. Music starts at 6 p.m. and usually goes until 8 p.m. Crouch said the crowd stays until 10 p.m. closing time. During the jam sessions Pililaau calls out which song will be played, and everyone joins in regardless of experience. To help keep musicians together on songs, band member Frank Primicias prepared an extensive song list on Google Drive. This allows musicians to bring their programmed laptops or readers, and have access to music, finger charts, and Hawaiian and English words to each song. Every Wednesday there are two seats up front for musicians Luana Rebar and Vergie Thames, who regularly play with the group. Thames said she has been around ukuleles since she was a child, but did not take up serious musicianship until she joined the Moonlight Beach Strummers. “I was born and raised in Hawaii,” Thames said. “I didn’t start playing professionally until I was 40 years old, until the group started.” Hula dancers with a range of experience also perform on stage. Oftentimes spontaneous hula dancing breaks out in the audience as well. Musician Naida Malchiodi said there is no judgment, just joy. “There needs to be a lot more of this going on in the world,” Malchiodi said. The Moonlight Beach Strummers have developed a loyal following to the Wednesday night jam sessions. The band also performs at about six festivals a year. All band members, regardless of experience, are invited to participate in performances.



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ith porpoising dolphins dotting the picturesque Pacific, the Del Mar Village Association couldn’t have ordered a more perfect backdrop for its 19th annual Summer Solstice held June 19 at Powerhouse Park. About 700 people sampled food, wine and beer from more than a dozen area restaurants and approximately two dozen vineyards and local breweries during the three-hour summer kick off. The sold-out event also included live music by Semisi & FulaBula, feathered guests from Free Flight exotic bird sanctuary and a silent auction featuring vacation and spa packages, passes to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, gift certificates to local restaurants, jewelry, artwork and a one year Del Mar parking pass with a starting bid of $600. The evening culminated with lifeguards surfing ashore carrying tiki torches.Tickets once again sold out in advance. Proceeds support DMVA’s downtown revitalization efforts. This year a portion of the money raised will also benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation’s Operation Rebound, which provides surfing opportunities for injured warriors. Funds will also be used to bring beach-friendly wheelchairs to Del Mar. — Bianca Kaplanek

At sunset, lifeguards surfing with tiki torches culminated the three-hour event. Photos by Bianca Kaplanek

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