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Back as president, Boon addresses board, attendees By Christina Macone-Greene year,” said Boon. “I would

“You don’t always have to strive for innovation, but you always want to better yourself,” says Bertrand Hug, who oversees two award-winning restaurants in Mille Fleurs in Rancho Santa Fe and Mister A’s in San Diego. Photo by Bill Reilly

Mille Fleurs nearing 30 years in the Ranch By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — When an award-winning restaurant maintains its prestige year after year, it offers a true testament regarding the person who is dedicated in overseeing its operation. At the Mille Fleurs helm, is the highly regarded restaurateur, Bertrand Hug. For those who know him, Hug’s name is synonymous with dining excellence. Born in Southwest France, Hug was an ambitious son of humble farmers. He pursued his higher education in economics at

the University of Toulouse. While immersed in postgraduate studies, Hug eventually arrived in the U.S., and to support himself while in school, he worked in the restaurant industry. “I started working as a busboy, then a bartender, and then a waiter,” Hug said. And that’s where it all started. Eventually, his focus in banking shifted to fine dining. When his friend and client, Norman Eisenberg, mentioned the probability of opening a restaurant in La Jolla, Hug made a bee-

line for the west coast. In 1973, Hug became the managing partner of Le Cote d’Azur. Since then, he’s owned several restaurants. Still, it wasn’t until 1985 when he purchased the Mille Fleurs property in Rancho Santa Fe – a location he was eyeing for years. Mille Fleurs has received high praise from numerous media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal naming it as the “Top 100 Restaurants in America,” and voted as the “Top 25 Restaurants in America” in both Food and Wine Mag-

azine and Gourmet Magazine. This recognition didn’t come easy — it took persistence and diligence. “I always loved food and my mom instilled in me this will to succeed,” Hug said. “I always wanted to be the best; and, to this day, 30 years later, we are on our way but we still have to be better.” This perspective has kept Hug at the top of his game to enhance the dining experience for his guests. For some restaurateurs who have reached the top

RANCHO SANTA FE — As board members settled into their seats, many attendees were interested in how the meeting would proceed. It was the first meeting of the board’s new fiscal year. Following a heated campaign, Ann Boon was reinstated as president, Craig McAllister served as vice president, and newly elected board member Kim Eggleston secured a spot as treasurer. Nearly five months ago, Boon was removed from her presidential position in a 5-2 vote among the Rancho Santa Fe Association Board. “Welcome to the first meeting of our new fiscal

like to welcome our returning board members and especially welcome our first new board member,” said added, referring to Eggleston. Addressing both the board and attendees, Boon went on to say she hoped that this initial meeting would focus on a renewed commitment to work together on the many issues and projects they have been working on this past year and those which are still in progress. Boon wanted everyone to know of the current projects the board was involved and that they would make the organization run TURN TO PRESIDENT ON A14

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Polo Club celebrates ‘First Responders Day’ By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — As always, polo in Del Mar is the place to be on a Sunday afternoon. While all were excited to watch the Pan-American Cup Finals, the mood shifted during the break when announcer, Steve Lewandowski, handed over the microphone to The Oceanside Police K9 Officer’s Association. Game dedication was in honor of “First Responders Day,” which also included Del Mar Lifeguards, San Diego Fire Rescue, and all first responders. While emergency vehicles rolled onto the field, including the police K9 patrol cars, Oceanside police officers Anis Trabelsi and Sam Hay were there with their K9 partners, Max and Gonzo. While Hay did a short obedience phase with Gonzo, demonstrating the importance of obedience in police line work, the action skyrocketed when the protection segment entered the picture.

Officer Sam Hay with his K-9 partner Gonzo Photo by Susan White

Both Max and Gonzo impressed the crowd. Volunteering his time that day, decoy and professional dog trainer, David Greene, acted as a suspect in pursuit when each officer de-

ployed their dog after him. In one “staged” scenario, Greene snatched a woman’s purse that was standing on the sideline; and, as he ran across the polo field, Trabelsi remotely opened his car

door and Max launched out and apprehended Greene upon command. Wearing a padded sleeve, Greene caught each dog. Polo watchers were amazed with the speed, force, and agility from these police dogs. Handlers, Hay and Trabelsi, also provided narratives while everyone was watching. Polo attendees were very supportive in their donations to The Oceanside Police K9 Officer’s Association, a charitable organization and a subsidiary of The Oceanside Police Officer’s Association. Lewandowski told the crowd, “The Oceanside K9 Officers Association thanks you for being here this afternoon. This nonprofit, established by the officers in 2013, bridges the gap for the K9s healthcare, training tools, and retired police dogs.” He continued, “In TURN TO RESPONDERS ON A15

Tickets are still available to attend the RSF Community Center’s benefit summer Supper Club Dinner event July 12. Photo courtesy RSF Community Center

Community Center readies for dinner benefit By Christina Macone-Greene is a fundraiser,” said Linda

RANCHO SANTA FE — The RSF Community Center is readying for its annual summer Supper Club Dinner event. Ranch residents Douglas Dolezal and Tulug Kenaoglu are hosting this summer evening soiree underneath a star lit sky at their hilltop home. Dolezal, a local designer, is thrilled to be taking part in this supper’s theme, a “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The event is scheduled for July 12 and tickets are still available. Proceeds from the event support the RSF Community Center. “We appreciate the support because it really

Durket, executive director at the RSF Community Center. As a nonprofit, the community center does rely on their events, programs and classes to keep the nonprofit flourishing. Durket went on to say while residents swttep forward to host the dinner, the community center is involved with arranging the theme, menu and entertainment for the evening. This dinner will consist of an English cuisine, punctuated by a heartier fare. “Our mission is to TURN TO DINNER ON A15


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RSF Historical Society hosts dedication tea By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Inside the La Flecha House in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe, longtime resident Dottie McCrink strolled around and admired the display of antique and collectible dolls which decorated the interior. McCrink, 93, recently decided to gift her antique doll collection to the RSF Historical Society. In return, they honored her with an afternoon tea. The tea menu included cucumber sandwiches, fingertip sandwiches, and sweet tooth savories. The blend of an afternoon tea and perusing a doll collection of more than 75 pieces attracted many guests. A swirl of talk highlighted how some dolls were created during the Civil War era. McCrink said she was delighted to see them displayed. For a long time, the dolls were stored away, and now, their beauty has been brought back to life once again. McCrink had her own way of procuring dolls. “They didn’t have to be pretty,” she said. “They had to have character.” And they did. The afternoon affair was a way to thank McCrink for her generous contribution. This special donor has resided in the Ranch since 1971. “Dottie has been a very

The popular E Street Café in Encinitas abruptly closed its doors last month. A lawsuit filed from the café’s former owner to the current one may have something to do with it. Photo by Aaron Burgin

Dottie McCrink’s granddaughter, Megan McCrink with her aunt, Katie Shull. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

strong supporter of the Historical Society and these dolls are her lifelong collection,” said Dana Evanson, the docent and administrator of the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society. Evanson pointed out that many of these lovely dolls are quite old, many antiques. For the Historical Society, Evanson said, this donation is so special because someone has gifted something so personal which adds such meaning. “To us, it is so nice when people express their support in whatever way they want,” Evanson said. “And for Dottie, it was her doll collection.”

McCrink’s daughter, Katie Shull, and granddaughter, Megan McCrink, were also there for the afternoon tea. According to Shull, her mother was a lover of the arts and also an artist. In many respects, collecting dolls was an extension of her painting and sculpting. McCrink started collecting dolls more than 45 years ago. “She would buy the porcelain head, paint the faces, make the clothes or find antique clothing,” Shull said. “She spent so many years, energy, and care with collecting them, making them, and displaying them.” Shull said before her

mother gifted the dolls to the Historical Society, family members did have the chance to pick out their favorite ones for themselves. Shull chose a selection of dolls for herself and children. “I kept several of her homemade dolls,” said Shull, noting how one of them was on display at the afternoon tea. “The doll reminds me of my first daughter.” Shull said it was important for her mother to do something good and beneficial for the community. Her mother, also an admirer of antiques, said gifting these dolls to the Historical Society was a natural thing to do.

Association Board approves a one-time budget increase By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE —During the last RSF Association Board Meeting, peppered throughout the crowd were representatives from the California Highway Patrol, CHP Senior Volunteer Patrol (SVP), and Explorer Post Program. On the agenda —a review of their annual budget, including a one-time boost for $1,500. The board unanimously agreed on repeating the same budget amount for the SVP at $4,000, and $4,500 for CHP Explorer Post Program, which is usually at $3,000. The reason for the $1,500 increase was to purchase a trailer to haul around equipment for special events. Rancho Santa Fe Association acting manager Ivan Holler started with the agenda introduction. “Starting back in 1999, the Association has provided annual funding to the Senior Volunteer Patrol of the CHP as well as those to the young

men and women that are in their Explorer Program,” Holler said. “There are some representatives here today.” First up was Matthew Wellhouser, patrol chief of the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol, who explained that every year, funding is reviewed for CHP senior volunteers and Explorers, since they are a big part of the community. California Highway Patrol Sgt. Scott Payson, from the Oceanside office, then addressed the board. “I want to thank the board for the past contribution you have given to our(Explorer) Post,” Payson said. “Without your funding we’re lost. We have an annual budget of about ($6,000 to $7,000) a year and that provides uniforms to those who cannot afford it, in addition to events that we go to compete in.” Payson called their CHP Explorer Post Program successful. He has been part of it since 1995. Payson reminded the board of the letter sent to

them a few weeks ago asking for a $1,500 increase in the budget. “The reason is we are trying to buy a trailer which will go to events like parades and we need equipment taken to a post,” Payson said. He continued, “Other than patrol car trunks, we have no other vehicles to transport that stuff. Whether you support the trailer or not we still appreciate everything you do for us.” The board approved the motion and now the trailer can be purchased. Lt. Preston Keul of the CHP Explorer Post Program spoke to the board. “I don’t know if you remember me from last year, I remember a few of you, and I had a pretty a hard time speaking,” said Keul, adding how he often paused during sentences last time. Since his promotion in the Explorer Post Program things have changed. Keul said he’s had time to improve his confidence, public speaking skills and leader-

ship which is a big part of being an Explorer. “The other big part is helping the community and helping the officers in the community like participating in events. I want to thank you all for donating money to the Post,” Keul said. Next up was a SVP representative, Capt. John Green, who has been part of the volunteer program for 13 years. “I want to thank you very much for your support,” he told the board. Green went on to say that currently the SVP is trying to recruit more people into their academy. “We’re trying to get a younger bunch, in their late fifties and sixties,” he said. The SVP has a patrol car at the R. Roger Rowe School nearly every day and are on hand to fill the gap with traffic control and other duties. Holler thanked everyone for taking out the time to come to the board meeting and the group was happy for the ongoing support.

Lawsuit could be tied to E Street Cafe’s closing ENCINITAS — Two weeks ago, the storefront on West E Street was filled with musicians, poets and coffee-drinking patrons. Today, the musicians are replaced with empty boxes, the poets with stacked up restaurant equipment, and the patrons are now just empty chairs. E-Street Café, once a bustling cultural hub in Downtown Encinitas, abruptly ceased operations last month. A sign in the window said the space would be reconfigured to its original orientation and leased as office space. Calls to George Gowland, who owns the property, were not returned. Patrons, city officials and downtown insiders have all asked the same question: what happened? The answer may lie in a 40-page lawsuit filed in January that pits the café’s former owner and co-founder Keith Shillington against current café owner Dominic Alcorn. According to the complaint, Alcorn last fall defaulted on a $125,000 loan from Shillington for which Alcorn put up the business as collateral. Shillington, according to the suit, notified Alcorn that he would exercise his rights to collect the collateral by filing a financial statement with the California Secretary of State. Shillington, who owned E Street Café with life partner Robert Nanninga until shortly after Nanninga’s death in

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2009, confirmed the active litigation this week, and said that he believes Alcorn abandoned the business so he could avoid paying him back. Alcorn, reached Tuesday, alluded to an issue with the former owners, but declined further comment on the topic, citing advice from his attorney Gregory Koehler, who also declined comment. Alcorn said he had taken up Shillington and Nanninga’s mantle and created popular open-mic nights and live music at the café, but believed the city and local MainStreet Association had created an unfriendly business climate that partly led to the demise. He pointed to the city’s decision to not enforce two-hour parking limits in downtown as cutting the business he was doing by nearly 30 percent. Additionally, Alcorn said, downtown’s well-documented issues with public drunkenness and vagrancy also played a role in his increasing frustration. “I’ve been spit at, called all sorts of names, my windows have been smashed, but was there anything done by the city?” Alcorn said. “I sat there and told the city that the parking issue was killing my business. They did nothing.” Alcorn, unlike his predecessors, was not a fan of the downtown promotions put on by the Downtown Encinitas MainStreet Association, TURN TO CAFE ON A14


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Opinion&Editorial

July 11, 2014 Views expressed in Opinion & Editorial do not necessarily reflect the views of the Rancho Santa Fe News

Ranchers coming around on global warming California Focus By Thomas Elias

Community Commentary

Protect Encinitas’ dog parks By Julie Graboi

The city of Encinitas has recently released the highly anticipated Peak Democracy tool to capture citizen participation online. A question on the discussion board has already unsettled local residents only two weeks after the unanimous council vote to name the new dog park at Encinitas Community Park after former Mayor Maggie Houlihan, who died of cancer in September 2011. The following question has raised a lot of concern among dog owners and dog lovers. “How important is it for off-leash dog hours to remain at Encinitas Viewpoint, Orpheus and Sun Vista parks once the new dedicated 2-acre off-leash dog park is open at Encinitas Community Park?” For pet owners and others aware of the important role that dog parks play in the health and well-being of dog owners, this question seems to point to a city that is out of touch with issues that are important to its citizens. It also hints at a darker purpose to possibly close down neighborhood dog parks and direct all dog owners to use the future dog park at Encinitas Community Park instead of neighborhood parks. Besides the leading nature of this question on dog parks and other issues of bias, there are reports of other technical problems in using this platform. According to Marlena Medford, Communications Officer in a June 30 email comment: “Peak Democracy does not have measurement expertise, and e-Town Hall is not intended to be a scientifically valid statistical survey— but rather, an informal process to deliver input from a self-selected group of participants to decision-makers. The objective is to treat input from e-Town Hall the same as input from all other non-sci-

entific channels for public input, such as council meetings, emails, letters published in local newspapers and chance encounters on the street with constituents.” As a concerned citizen, I have spoken at length about the weaknesses of the Peak Democracy platform and other invalid programs that the city has used to measure public opinion for the past four years. This is simply the newest iteration in a group of expensive and invalid programs that have cost us millions of dollars yet have yielded no valid results. As a candidate for council in 2014, I intend to do everything possible to protect neighborhood dog parks and to keep them open with the same hours that are currently in place. This is not only a quality of life issue for Encinitas pet owners, but a health and safety issue for many dog owners, who for health reasons, would be unable to own a dog without access to neighborhood parks. Local access to neighborhood parks allow for these residents who may be unable to walk their dogs themselves to keep their best friends. Dogs provide their owners companionship and protection so that dog owners with health issues can continue to live independently and with an important sense of purpose. I call on the City Council to do all that they can to make sure that the important community resource of local dog parks remains in place. The love and treatment of animals is one of the most important values to Encinitas residents and is part of what makes Encinitas the caring and compassionate community that we all want to preserve. Julie Graboi is an Olivenhain resident and Encinitas City Council candidate.

Letters to the Editor Re: Spa owner After reading your recent article (“Spa owner points to unprofessional practices,” June 23, 2014), highlighting a massage owner’s frustration with the increase of illicit massage businesses in Oceanside, readers were left misled and misinformed. California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) does not regulate the massage industry in California, neither does it have the authority to arrest, inspect, license, nor regulate massage establishments. CAMTC’s mission is simple: protect the public by certifying qualified massage professionals. Contrary to what was published, CAMTC ful-

ly supports a city’s ability to crackdown on those who seek to front massage business for prostitution. CAMTC oversees a voluntary certification process, assuring consumers that responsible therapeutic massage therapists meet minimum uniformed standards, along with passing an FBI background check. Although otherwise suggested by your article, the CAMTC did in fact communicate with Massage World co-owner, Alicia Wright, prior to her June appearance before the Oceanside City Council. It was during this email exchange CAMTC suggested Ms. Wright take her concerns to the city council, she did.

Faced with the sunsetting of SB 731, your article never addressed the introduction by legislators of the Massage Therapy Act of 2014, that clarifies any ambiguity of a city’s authority to curb illicit massage businesses by returning local control and use, fully supported by CAMTC. Which brings us back to Ms. Wright, whose story is headed for a happy ending. After taking the CAMTC’s advice, her concerns are now being addressed by those responsible for doing so. From any perspective, that is an outcome worth celebrating. Ahmos Netanel Executive Director CAMTC

The chorus of global warming deniers has not shrunk. Outcries claiming the entire issue is fraudulent are not going away. But realism is also slowly setting in among some California groups that long tried to wish away the issue by claiming any warming that’s happening is strictly a cyclical natural phenomenon. California ranchers are now among the first interest groups to realize that like it or not, global warming can no longer be denied with any semblance of accuracy. For very gradually, ranchers are seeing the grasslands they depend upon to feed their cattle begin to shrink and convert naturally to shrub land. What’s the difference? Shrubs have a greater ability to withstand wildfires, but cattle don’t like to eat them. This means the more grasslands gradually shift to chaparral-like shrubbery, the more ranchers must spend on hay. For consumers, that means more expensive beef, from filet mignon to hamburger. It’s not that grassland is disappearing quickly or that the loss is inevitable. But there has already been some acreage lost, mostly in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains and a 2013 study from Duke University and the Environmental Defense Fund concluded that if global warming continues its present trends, it will hike California ranchers’ spending on hay by upwards of $235 million a year within the next half century. That time frame is similar to predictions made two years ago by the state Natural Resources Agency, which concluded that if current trends continue (sea level along the California coast having risen eight inches since 1910), as many as 500,000 persons living near beaches and marshes will be threatened with flooding by the end of this century. Climate change denial tends to run stronger among political conservatives than others, so an interesting contradiction is arising. For these are usually the same folks who oppose increasing national debt levels for fear of fobbing large burdens onto generations to come. Why, if they don’t want to impose financial burdens on their descendants, do they not mind hitting those same generations with an environmental calamity? Maybe because they don’t believe there’s anything humans can do about global warming, which many conservative politicians and writers ascribe to nature. They ignore, though, the hundreds of academic studies that have found increased atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) are associated with higher ambient temperatures.

Maybe, also, they don’t think a degree or two of difference in average temperatures makes much difference. The once-large and permanent ice fields visible from Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park offer some evidence to the contrary: Photographed a century ago at midsummer by the legendary Ansel Adams and others, they are now all but gone. There was barely a glimmer of ice visible from the point last July and there’s less each year. It’s the same at Glacier National Park in Montana, which may now be a misnomer. So even if the warming visible on rangelands and high mountain peaks were mostly from natural causes, it is helped along by human activity that produces CO2. Which means today’s adults have an obligation to their children to do whatever

For consumers, that means more expensive beef, from filet mignon to hamburger they can to contain it. True, some other countries and much of America are doing little or nothing about all this. Does that excuse Californians from our responsibility? Meanwhile, plenty of other countries have acted similarly to this state’s cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases. One officer of the California Cattlemen’s Assn., which just over two years ago issued a statement opposing all capand-trade legislation, later said in a rangeland conference at UC Davis that climate change (natural or not) is “certainly going to impact all the other natural resources that we’ve worked to steward for so many years.” This change of attitude toward climate change from an organization that’s anything but politically liberal was remarkable. Whether it presages movement among other interest groups that have consistently fought climate change legislation is an open question. But it demonstrates that ideology can sometimes go out the window when confronted with hard reality. 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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Budget shows nearly $500K Foundation still going strong after 32 years surplus for new fiscal year By Bianca Kaplanek

By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — The city is starting its new fiscal year with a surplus of almost half a million dollars after the 2014-15 budget, which began July 1, was adopted unanimously at the June 25 meeting. Overall it shows revenues of about $24.3 million and expenditures of slightly more than $26 million, but an excess in the general fund. Though expenditures exceed revenues, reserves were established and are available to provide the additional funding needed for one-time capital projects, such as the pump station, Marie Berkuti, the city’s finance manager, explained during a May 20 budget workshop. “We have the reserves available from prior years so that we can take care of these projects that we have for this coming fiscal year,” City Manager David Ott added. “That’s why we put the money away for these planned expenditures.” “We’re not … in the red,” Mayor Tom Campbell said. The general fund, which pays for the daily operation of the city, will have an estimated $14.6 million in revenues, with the largest amount — $6 million, or 42 percent of the budget

— coming from property taxes. General fund expenditures will be about $14.2 million, with the biggest chunk — $8.4 million or 59 percent of the budget — going to public safety. Ott described it as a “good and solid budget” with revenues expected to be higher than estimated. “I usually don’t say that but I do anticipate revenues to be better during the year,” Ott said. The budget includes a few new items, including establishment of a fund for future improvements to public facilities. This year the city will set aside $100,000, although that amount will likely change in future years. Ott said staff inspected some public properties and indicated they will need repairs, such as new roofs, in the coming years. Council members also approved a $10,000 increase for the Community Grants Program, which provides money for nonprofit, nongovernmental groups and civic or youth organizations that serve Solana Beach and its residents. The city’s two waste haulers contribute $5,000 each to the program. SeverTURN TO BUDGET ON A14

DEL MAR — The Del Mar Foundation has been promoting civic pride and hosting events for the county’s smallest community for more than 32 years. And based on the group’s 2013 annual report, the city’s oldest nonprofit organization doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon. Last year the foundation saw capacity crowds at its many educational, cultural and entertainment events, including the Easter egg hunt, July Fourth parade, Earth Day celebration, summer twilight concerts, playgroups for infants and Halloween dog parade, to name a few. The group also provided funding for the junior lifeguard program, restoration of the library mosaic wall and two beach-accessible wheelchairs for use by the Wounded Warrior Project in Del Mar. Free Flight bird sanctuary and the Del Mar Garden Club and Community Connections also benefit from the foundation, which manages more than $1.5 million in endowment funds. In 2013, the Del Mar Foundation raised more than $172,000 in donations. Of that, about $72,000 went to operations and nearly $6,300 was designated to the endowment fund. The remaining $93,800 was earmarked for community

Youngsters scramble to collect eggs during an annual Easter egg hunt, one of many free community events hosted by the Del Mar Foundation. File photo by Bianca Kaplanek

projects. The organization also received close to $69,000 from program income such as ticket sales, grants and sponsorships for community programs. Expenses of about $53,000 resulted in a nearly $16,000 surplus. More than 60 volunteers serve on the group’s nine committees that are

responsible for communications, cultural arts, development, grants, special events, the youngsters of Del Mar, investment advice, nominations and the twilight concerts. Current officers are Jill Weitzen MacDonald, president; Judd Halenza, vice president; Bob Gans, secretary; and Carol Ostroff, treasurer.

Council opts not to go for 10/20 race in Encinitas By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — It’s back to the drawing board for organizers of a musical-themed 10-mile foot race, as the Encinitas City Council blocked use of its stretch of Coast Highway for the event. But a representative of the race said the June 25 meeting was a mistake, and is hoping the council will reconsider the decision at its next meeting. A divided council voted 3-2 to deny the request by the organizers of the California 10/20, which was slated to take runners from Del Mar to Encinitas and back on Feb. 15. The council majority cited a lack of a commitment to contribute to the Cardiff Mainstreet 101 Association and other local groups and closure of Coast Highway as the chief reason for the denial. The race is named for the 10-mile course, which last year spanned from the Del Mar Fairgrounds to Cardiff-by-the-Sea and back to the fairgrounds, and the 20 bands that perform to the racers on stages throughout the course. Peter Douglass, the race’s organizer, said that was a mistake. Douglass did not attend the June 25 meeting, and said his associates were not familiar with the group’s philanthropic plans, which he said do include a donation to the group, as well as other organizations. Last year, Douglass’

company donated $10,000 to the business group. Douglass, who co-founded the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, said the group needed to secure city approval before it could negotiate the amount of the donation with the MainStreet association. He said he will be at the July 9 council meeting to request the council reconsider the vote. “It was definitely a misunderstanding, my group didn’t do a good job with its presentation to the council,” Douglass said Monday. “We followed through last year with our pledges to donate to local groups, and

will do the same this year.” While Douglass’ comments appear to address the issue with the donation, there is still the concern about closing the Cardiff section of Coast Highway, the second such closure scheduled for February. “They are an out-oftown organization that would cause a negative impact to our businesses, who will be dealing with a closure two weeks before this race,” Councilwoman Lisa Shaffer said. That closure, on Feb. 2, is associated with the Cardiff Kook Run, the locally organized 10K and 5K race for which the City Council

unanimously approved its closure request the same night it denied the 10/20’s. Shaffer said she voted for the Kook’s request because of its local roots and the fact it is in its 15th year, compared to the 10/20’s second running. “They were here first,” Shaffer said. “It is too much to ask the Cardiff merchants to have Coast Highway cut off twice in the same month.” Douglass said the group is willing to work with the city to alleviate their concerns about the street closure, including possibly making slight alternations to the course.

“It’s not out of the question,” Douglass said. “We want to be a good neighbor and partner with the city and will do what we need to do to preserve that relationship.”

Board members are Richard Bockoff, Robin Crabtree, Karla Deerinck, Michael Halpern, Kelley Huggett, Steve Lutz, Julie Maxey-Allison, Tom McCarthy, Bill Morris, Donna Shaw and T. Pat Stubbs. Visit delmarfoundation.org for more information.

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Dr. Mark T. Galli, D.D.S. has over 20 years of experience providing state-of-the-art aesthetic and family dentistry for patients in Encinitas, Carlsbad and all over North County. Dr. Galli graduated from UC San Diego, UCLA dental school in 1994, and started his private practice in Encinitas in 2001. Dr. Galli's team utilizes the most advanced technology to make patient visits easier, faster and more convenient. The office is fully digital, from patient charts and X-rays to smile simulations and even crown design and fabrication. Dr. Galli and his staff pride themselves in making patients of all ages feel welcome, comfortable and well-served during their visit. Some of the services they provide include Preventive care, CEREC® One Visit Porcelain Crowns, Invisalign, Porcelain Veneers, Whitening, Fillings, Gum/Periodontal treatment, Digital Custom Smile Design, Sedation Dentistry, and more. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, visit www.gallidds.com or call (760) 943-1449.

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Local dentist gives patients plenty to smile about ENCINITAS — With the recent changes in health care, you might be worried about your dental benefits. Maybe you can’t see your preferred dentist on your new plan or you don’t have dental insurance at all. Though there is plenty of confusion, one thing is clear: healthy gums and teeth are paramount to your complete health. The Surgeon General reports that 80 percent of Americans have some form of inflamed gums or gum disease. Research has shown links between gum health and conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Gum inflammation can increase your risk for diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and low birth weight and premature births. “As a nation, we have never been as unhealthy as we are today,” said Dr. Mark T. Galli, DDS, of Encinitas. “And for those who don’t have a dentist, or are having trouble keeping their gums healthy, the health risks are cumulative.” “We wanted to help and figure out a solution,” Dr. Galli said. “As a team who wants to improve access to great dental care in this community, we decided to work

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and then UCLA Dental School, Dr. Galli has been practicing for 20 years and in Encinitas since 2001. “Dentistry is a career I really love,” he said. Dr. Galli’s services range from cleanings to cosmetic dentistry, and consultations are complimentary. He has several certifications, including CEREC one-visit porcelain crowns. When you think about getting a crown, you probably imagine a lengthy process resulting in numerous office visits. “With the latest onsite CEREC digital imaging technology, all of this has changed,” Dr. Galli said. “We make custom-fit, beautifully crafted porcelain restorations and bond them in place on the same day.” If you’ve ever considered straightening your teeth, Dr. Galli offers Invisalign clear aligning trays. These trays are made of smooth plastic and improve hygiene during treatment because they are removable. And if you one of the 22 million Americans who suffer from sleep apnea, Dr. Galli might be able to help you with this too. He has advanced training to recognize and diagnose various problems associ-

with all insurances — even if we are out of network on some — and to create an option for people who don’t have dental insurance but need a great dentist. So we came up with a Dental Savings Membership.” As part of his quest to help people achieve complete health, Dr. Galli’s Dental Savings Membership provides patients with most or all of their diagnostic and preventative care and includes a substantial 15 to 20 percent discount on most adjunctive services. “There are no third parties involved, which means no yearly maximums or deductibles,” Dr. Galli said. “There are no claim forms and you get immediate eligibility and group discounts for dual or family options.” Dr. Galli and his family are Encinitas residents, and he is happy to be able to help out his local community. “We are excited to provide a simpler and more affordable option for your whole family.” A graduate of UCSD

ated with sleep. Dr. Galli starts with a complete evaluation of your airway, jaw joint, muscles and bite. “These should all work together in harmony for ideal comfort and jaw position,” he said. “If we discover there may be a sleep apnea issue, you may be a candidate for an oral appliance to help with breathing.” This is a perfect solution if you have fears about using a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP machine. Speaking of sleep, Sedation Dentistry is another area in which Dr. Galli is certified and specially trained. It is an appealing option if you have dental fear or a busy schedule as it reduces anxiety and turns multiple appointments into a single visit. Mark T. Galli, DDS, is located at 477 N. El Camino Real, Suite B207 in Encinitas. Call (760) 943-1449 or visit gallidds.com for a complete list or services and other helpful information.


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RANCHO SANTA FE — Mille Fleurs overflowed with activity during the “Opening Day Fashion Show and Luncheon” on July 2. Both the glamorous couture and savory fare won praise from the guests. Before the luncheon, attendees had the opportunity to do some unique boutique shopping with Maggie B & Mister B, Del Mar Hat Company, Marisa Baratelli, Paige California, Karoo Collection, Grazia Bella, and Setti Divini Jewelry. Walking through the crowd was Andrea Naversen, chair of the “Art of Fashion” event. She was modeling a custom diamond necklace valued at $25,000, designed by RSF’s John Matty Company. Naversen wanted guests to know they had an opportunity to win this necklace. The winning ticket holder will be announced at The Country Friends’ “Art of Fashion” on September 18. The cost of a single ticket is $100. Numerous guests took advantage of this incredible opportunity. While guests dined on chilled Chino’s Farm gazpacho soup, layered wild salmon salad, and Farmer’s Market peach gratin, models graced the restaurant wearing Maggie B & Mister B fashions and Carol Bader’s breathtaking hats and fascinators. The afternoon truly captured the essence and the anticipation of “Opening Day” in Del Mar. Above all, the proceeds from the afternoon soiree were filtered back to The Country Friends so their chosen charities could benefit from everyone’s generosity. To learn more about the John Matty Company’s diamond necklace oppor-

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Still happy together Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan of the Turtles headline summer tour By Alan Sculley

When the Turtles recorded “Happy Together,” it looked like it might be the group’s last hurrah. At the time, the Turtles had achieved a measure of popularity with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe.” The single, released in 1965, around the time the Byrds were also having success with their chiming pop versions of Dylan songs, became a top 10 hit for the Turtles and pulled the group members out of high school and into the world of being a touring act. But the singles that followed had failed to build on the success of “It Ain’t Me

Babe.” “The Turtles were really struggling,” singer Mark Volman recalled in an early June phone interview. “We had put out ‘Can I Get To Know You Better,’ ‘Outside Chance,’ ‘Grim Reaper of Love,’ and we had no luck cracking the top 50…We were going through such a down time in our career that, if ‘Happy Together’ had not done well, we probably would have been out of a record deal.” Obviously, “Happy Together” did pretty well. It became the Turtles’ signature hit. The song also serves as the title for a package tour Volman, 67, and his musical partner since the days of the Turtles, Howard Kaylan, are headlining this summer for the fourth straight year. This year’s lineup rep-

Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan of the Turtles; they’ll be performing at Humprhrey’s Concerts by the Bay July 17. Courtesy photo

resents a bit of a change in the musical focus of the tour, expanding the era of music represented into the very early 1970s, with Mark Farner (of Grand Funk Railroad) and Chuck Ne-

gron (of Three Dog Night) joining the Turtles, Gary Lewis & the Playboys and Mitch Ryder on the bill. “It really was of interest of us to see how far we could kind of lean a little bit more rock,” Volman said. What hasn’t changed is the hit-laden approach to the entire evening. “Ultimately the goal was to play nothing but hit songs,” Volman said. “This is not a tour where you’re going to come and hear new material or tracks from albums or b-sides. This is going to be a half hour of number one/ top 10 records from every artist.” The Turtles ended up having enough hits to fill more than a half hour. After the breakthrough of “Happy Together,” the group dented the upper reaches of the charts with “She’d Rather Be with Me,” “Elenore” and “You Showed Me.” The Turtles also got TURN TO TURTLES ON A14

Author Alan Mindell talks about his debut novel, “The Closer” at the RSF Senior Center on June 25. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

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RANCHO SANTA FE — Health, fitness and mental dexterity can occur at any age. Yes, even for someone in their 70s or beyond. And Alan Mindell can prove it. For Mindell, life began at 70. He amplified this message to the RSF Senior Center on June 25, but his inspirational words affect people of all ages. A couple years after celebrating his 70th birthday, Mindell’s first novel entitled, “The Closer,” was published and skyrocketed up the best seller list. First time novelists generally write something they know about. And Mindell knows baseball. “When I was in my 20s, I played center field varsity at the University of California, Berkeley, for three years,” said Mindell, adding how he was a skillful base stealer. “During the course of my three years, one of my coaches, who became a head coach, nicknamed me, ‘Motorbutt.’” Mindell was known for his speed. His talent on the diamond gave him the chance to live out a boy-

Then that “announcer daydream,” the one that plays in the minds for so many kids, came true in college for Mindell. He was up to bat. “Bases were loaded, two outs, I came out against the University of Southern California who at that time was the number one team in the country; and, it was the 10th inning and the score was nothing, nothing,” he said. “I struck out — and I never forgot it.” With a little poetic justice on his side, Mindell wrote, “The Closer,” a story about a minor league knuckleballer relief pitcher who gets a crack in the major leagues after 15 years. Intertwined is some romance, too. Not giving too much away, Mindell said he reshaped the bases loaded, two outs scenario once and for all and put his main character on the pitcher’s mound. After all, that’s where all the action is. Mindell wants people to know although his novel is a fictional piece, like his main character in the book TURN TO AUTHOR ON A14

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kay colvin Maidy Morhous has observed firsthand tragedies and inequities of mankind in many regions of the world. A seasoned traveler, she finds inspiration for her artistic expression through experiencing cultures in various locales across the globe. As fate would have it, Morhous was visiting Japan during the earthquake and tsunami that decimated Sendai, Japan on March 11, 2011. Since that time she has created a series of commemorative bronze sculptures for the survivors of Sendai in the aftermath of their city’s destruction. A member of the board of the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild, Morhous has founded the “Art for US” program, which formalizes the donation of one of her sculptures annually to an organization that exemplifies concern for their community while serving local needs. Recipients have included Rady Children’s Hospital, Scripps Hospital Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Foundation, as well as the Sendai Memorial of Sendai, Japan.

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JULY 11 CLASSIC FILM The San Elijo LIFE Club will screen the Japanese film “Hula Girls” directed by Sang-il Lee at 1 p.m. July 11 in room 204 at the San Elijo Campus, 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff. Admission and parking are free. CHANT AND TUNES Chanting and a concert will be held featuring singer Nathen Aswell, with chanting at 7:30 p.m. July 11 and the concert at 1:30 p.m. July 13 at the Crossroads Spiritual Center, 2734 Loker Ave. West, Suite H, Carlsbad. $25 for each event or $40 for both. For more information, call (760) 431-1831. JULY 12 PUPPING TRIO The Peter Pupping Trio will perform from 5 to 8 p.m. July 12 at Chandlers, Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort, 1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad. For more information, call (760) 683-5500 JULY 13 SUMMER ART The Carlsbad Oceanside Art League (COAL) Gallery’s Fine Art Show-within-a-Show will host a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. July 13. The show features animal-themed art, computer-generated art and all its high school scholarship winners through July 25 at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 101, Carlsbad. For more information, call (760) 434-8497 or visit coalartgallery.com. JULY 14

Maidy Morhous at work in her Del Mar sculpting studio. Courtesy photo

Morhous notes, “One does not have to be an art enthusiast to be touched or emotionally moved by art; art is for everyone.” Born in Upstate New York, as a child Morhous moved with her parents to Southern California, residing along the coast from Redondo Beach to San Diego since that time. Introduced to creating artwork by her mother at an

early age, her primary interest from early on was in working three dimensionally. During college years Morhous studied under the tutelage of master printmaker Richard Swift and Stanley Hayter, founder of Atelier 17 in Paris, France and subsequently earned her Master of Fine Art Degree. She progressed quickly to full professional status as an artist, exclusively represent-

CAMP FUN Art in the Garden summer camp for kids with Abrakadoodle, will be offered for youth ages 7 to 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 14 through July 18; July 21 through July 25 and July 28 through Aug. 1 at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Cost is $189 per week. Register at abrakadoodle. com/ca-north-county-san-diego-register. JULY 15 ART BY ROSE See Milo Rose’s, “Come See through My Eyes,” acrylic paintings through July 14 and Laura Mika’s mixed media “Outside the Box” through July 15 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. (Call 760) 7537376 for more information JULY 17 WOODIES AND MORE July 17, Aug. 21 and Sept. 18, rock and roll at Encinitas Classic Car Nights comes to Downtown Encinitas from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with hot rods, Woodies and other classic and vintage cars along South Coast Highway 101 from D Street to J Street. ANCIENT POTTERY Robert Nichols’ Pre-Colombian Mayan Pottery and Stoneware and San Dieguito Art Guild’s “Envision 24 Hours” paintings will be on display through July 17 at the Encinitas Civic Center Gallery, City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave. Call (760) 633-2600 for details. HATING HAMLET “I Hate Hamlet” by Paul Rudnick will run through July 17 through July 19 at the Liggett Theater, San Dieguito Academy, 800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. Tickets: $35 by calling (888) 71-TICKETS, or at the door. For show times call (760)

295-7541. JULY 18 FUN ON STAGE New Village Arts will stage “The Full Monty” with pay-whatyou-can performances July 18 through July 25 and final staging July 26 through Sept. 7 at 2787 State St., Carlsbad. Visits newvillagearts.org for tickets. MARK THE CALENDAR THESPIAN CAMP Register now for the Young Americans National Tour Summer Camp Workshops for youth grades three through 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 5 through Aug. 9 at Sage Creek High School Gymnasium, 3900 Cannon Road, Carlsbad. The cost is $250. A percentage will benefit the Carlsbad Educational Foundation. To register, visit youngamericans.org/summercamps.

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ed by Fidelity Arts of Beverly Hills for over a decade. Although she has worked in various mediums including printmaking, ceramics, stained glass and photography, she feels more at ease expressing herself through sculpture. She creates her expressive forms in oil clay prior to the lost-wax casting process, which results finally in a bronze sculpture. Morhous confides, “I am inspired by the depth and breadth of bronze sculpting. The soft malleable aspect of clay allows my work to develop naturally while the strength and power of the metal evoke sensuality, passion.” Her work centers on the human form as it continues to evolve towards abstraction. Morhous explains, “I begin with an idea, an emotion, an abstract concept. As the piece develops, my original concept evolves, solidifies, or in some cases, changes completely. I see my work as relating collectively rather than as individualistic, the embodiment of feelings and emotions. In this way, my artwork is meant to be symbolic rather than representative.” Morhous contemplates, “The act of creating is an emotional release; it centers the artist, giving an inner peace which allows us to reflect not only on who we are, but how we think and feel.

“It’s very important to move into personal space and to make time for meditation. My readings of Eastern philosophy give me peace and inspire me to think beyond expressing myself in humanistic terms. To become inspired I daydream and always have something to write with to jot down ideas. I love silence. I need to be alone when I create and let things develop.” Morhous continues, “I derive inspiration from the act of creating — in essence, bringing together two diametrically oppositional forces. The pride of being an artist comes not from what one sells, but the inner peace one derives from the act of creating.” Morhous is currently showing in several exhibits

across the country including the Whistler Museum in Lowell, Mass. and a solo exhibition at Tohoku University of Sendai, Japan. She is also featured in the award winning documentary film “One,” directed and produced by Sue Vicory for Heartland Films Inc. Her recently commissioned sculpture “Humanity” is the subject of an upcoming documentary by Vicory. Visit maidymorhous.com to learn more about the artist and her work. Kay Colvin is director of L Street Fine Art Gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, and specializes in promoting emerging and mid-career artists. Contact her at kaycolvin@lstreetfineart.com


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Buena Vista Audubon aims to preserve two sites By Ellen Wright

OCEANSIDE — The North County Advocates (NCA) has pledged to give $50,000 to The Buena Vista Audubon Society’s (BVAS) campaign to buy two pieces of land for ecological conservation. The campaign called The Clapper Rail Society, after the endangered light-footed clapper rail bird, aims to raise $1 million to go towards purchasing and restoring two parcels of land. One of the properties is a 3.56-acre property on the South Coast Highway in South Oceanside bordering the Buena Vista Lagoon. The sensitive wetlands are the habitat for the endangered light-footed clapper rail. The BVAS hopes to make the property part of the Buena Vista Lagoon Ecological Reserve and to establish an endowment for ongoing habitat management. The NCA is a nonprofit organization that aims to curtail over-development of coastal lands in North County and to curb the negative effects of increased traffic and zoning density, according to their website. “We are thrilled to assist the BVAS with these purchases because we know how precious our natural spaces are becoming in San Diego’s coastal communities,” said Patricia Bleha, director and founding member of the NCA. “Preserving natural habitats for endangered species while ensuring a healthy balance of open space and development with area cities is our main focus,” said

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Surfing Madonna celebrates first round of brick sales By Promise Yee

ENCINITAS — The Surfing Madonna mosaic has created a significant community impact since it was first installed on public property three years ago, and moved to its permanent home on private property just across the street from its original location. Mark Patterson, mosaic creator and chairman of Surfing Madonna Oceans Project, said the Surfing Madonna is doing the community good in ways he never expected. The annual Surfing Madonna 5k/10k run, held in 2012 and 2013, raised significant funds for youth scholarships including a special needs surf school. Currently, memorial bricks in the Surfing Madonna courtyard are being sold to raise funds for community projects. “That was one of the big aha moments for us, is when we realized we have the potential to change things in lots of ways,” Patterson said. “Not just issues with the ocean, but also people’s lives for the better. And that was a huge awakening,” he added. A ceremony was held on June 29 to celebrate the sale of the first 200 bricks. The bricks carry messages that honor family and friends, or share inspirational quotes. “They range from people’s memorial bricks to funky ocean, beach messages,” said Bob Nichols, Surfing Madonna Oceans Project vice chairman

The Snavely family, from left: Nancy Snavely, Sophia Snavely, Julia Chadwell, and the Snavely sisters, celebrate a memorial brick dedicated to Allan Snavely. The family said Allan had a special connection to the Surfing Madonna. Photo by Promise Yee

and Patterson’s ally in the initial installation of the Surfing Madonna mosaic. The Snavely family was at the ceremony to celebrate a memorial brick dedicated to Allan Snavely who passed away in July 2012 after an unexpected heart attack. Allan Snavely was a beloved husband, father, son, and older sibling to seven brothers and sisters. His sisters said he was their hero. Allan Snavely served as associate director at UCSD’s Supercomputer Center and helped design and build the renowned supercomputer. He was a surfer, and had an instant and deep

connection to the Surfing Madonna. His sisters and brothers said Allan painted a picture of the Surfing Madonna, and wrote the poem, “Our Lady of the Killer Swells” to honor it. “He celebrated things he loved,” Julia Chadwell, Allan’s mother, said. His last email to family included a note saying the Surfing Madonna had found a permanent home. His family said they felt Allan was there at the ceremony. Others also shared the strong connection they have to the mosaic that was created by Patterson out of reverence for the ocean.

“I wanted people to remember, on their way down to Moonlight Beach, the oceans are in trouble,” Patterson said. “They can do something. They should try to help.” The brick fundraiser will continue until all 1,000 bricks at the base of the mosaic are purchased. The price of a fundraiser brick is currently $150, and will be bumped up as fewer bricks become available. “The goal is to raise as much money as we can and give back to community,” Nichols said. The fundraiser is anticipated to raise $100,000 to help support community programs.


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Encinitas Little League enjoys being in the red sports talk jay paris The red coats are coming. And the red shirts and well, the red caps, too. “They really like to get the red on,’’ Todd Sleet said. “It’s a pride thing and they love to come back.’’ Sleet is the Encinitas Little League president. He watches with amazement at ELL All-Star games, when ex-players and coaches arrive in red to support the neighborhood tykes. Some of those faded red T-shirts are taut with bulging midsections. Maybe those weathered red hats are covering a bald spot instead of youthful locks. “I’ve seen guys from the 1980s and 1990s that

have pulled stuff out from the back of their closet,’’ Sleet said. “A big part of our league is our history.’’ True enough, considering the first pitch was heaved in 1957 down at the Moonlight Beach field, when ELL was North San Dieguito Little League. A rough calculation reveals some 25,000 children have chanted, “hey batter, batter” and are their any sweeter words on a warm Saturday afternoon? While ELL is long in the tooth it has done something fresh. It fielded four age-group teams in District 31 All-Star tournaments and dang if they didn’t go all Tony Gwynn: 4 for 4. Actually ELL went a combined 18-1 to win all four events. “We know it’s never happened in District 31 by a league and we’re not sure about south San Diego County,’’ Sleet said. “But no one can remember it be-

ing done.’’ Well done, ELL and just what’s brewing in this 503-player league that starts each February? “I think it says the community really believes in our league,’’ said Sleet, who’s ending his third year as the head honcho, with many clamoring for his return. “The parents are a big part of what we do; it starts with getting the kids to practice. Then it’s the coaches that put in countless hours. Then it’s the board of directors and the work they do.’’ It’s also about location and ELL’s comes up roses — or is it poinsettias? After three years at Moonlight Beach, ELL moved to its current site at the Magdalena Ecke YMCA in the early 1960s. Years ago when the Ecke family donated the land for the YMCA, presto, a firstclass, four-field baseball facility was built, too.

Add an epic skateboard park and at some point, the roar of the crowd and the crack of the bat is heard by all. “Being at the YMCA the younger kids start watching the older kids play,’’ Sleet said, and that plants the ELL seed. With anything that blossoms, someone had to till the land. Sleet said this record-breaking postseason was in the works for some time. He mentions the leadership of previous ELL presidents, Rich Ritchie and Steve Valois. “It just has been building and building,’’ said Sleet, whose three sons have ELL roots. “People ask ‘how did this happen’ and I say ‘it’s been a decade-long transformation.’ Hopefully now that we are at this pinnacle the other kids will see it and this will continue for years.’’ Play continues on Friday for ELL’s 11-and

12-year-old squad in the Section 6 tournament. It faces Oceanside National, the District 70 champion, in a North Coast showdown at San Diego’s Chollas Lake Little League. “We have a really, really sound team and we haven’t depended on any single person,’’ ELL coach Chaz Gagne said. “Every kid has contributed equally. We’ve had six kids pitch and we are hitting pretty much up and down the lineup. We are balanced.’’ Not bad for a community with youth more associated with hanging 10 than hoisting another title banner at the snack shop. ELL has four new ones and it could just be getting warmed up. “We’re a beach town but there is nothing laidback about those kids,’’ Sleet said. “They have so much drive that they want to practice every single day and get better.’’

Without getting arrogant. “We are not in it to embarrass anyone or to degrade our opponents,’’ Sleet stressed. “We show respect for the game and we respect the opposing players. ‘‘ It’s easy to find where ELL is playing — just look for the color that sits atop a traffic signal. “It’s awesome with everyone out there wearing red,’’ Gagne said. “There are a lot of ELL fans, former coaches and players that come out. “And the kids understand that. This year has been building for years, really since 1957. And they feel a part of that.’’ So much, that ELL’s boys of summer are seeing red. Contact staff writer Jay Paris at jparis8@aol.com. Follow him on Twitter at jparis_sports

Horse races set to start, but on a new day this year By Bianca Kaplanek

Junior lifeguards paddle in during the relay paddle race. Relays and games build physical fitness and lifeguard skills. Photo by Promise Yee

Annual Junior Lifeguard competition hits beach By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — Oceanside Junior Lifeguards faced off against Carlsbad, Camp Pendleton and San Clemente Junior Lifeguard teams in a fun day of competition July 7. In the water teams competed in swimming and paddling relays. Water events included the relay paddle race, in which competitors paddled Boogie Boards to a buoy and back. On the sand, running relays took place. “Its a fun day to compete against other kids,” Oceanside Lifeguard Sgt. Mason Turvey said. “There are about 800 kids from all the different agencies. It’s a large group of kids and parents with plenty of people in the water.” Sand competition included a game of beach flags in which runners must capture a diminishing number of flags. Those who fail to capture a flag are eliminated until one flag and one runner are left. “It’s competitive and fun to watch,” Turvey said. Top finishers in each

competition are awarded points. The Junior Lifeguard team with the most points at the end of the day claims the overall win. Individuals who achieve top finishes are also recognized. The best of the best go on to the junior lifeguard regional TURN TO LIFEGUARDS ON A14

DEL MAR — When the hooves hit the ground running July 17 for the 75th season of horse racing at the Del Mar Racetrack, fans may notice a few things are different this year, including the opening day. The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club usually begins its regular meet on a Wednesday, but because the San Diego County Fair was extended past its traditional July Fourth closing date, officials are taking an extra day to prepare the grounds and racing surface for safety reasons. This will be the fourth time since 1937, when racing started where the turf meets the surf, that opening day is on a Thursday. Also new this year is the seven-furlong inner course that replaced the previous turf installed for the 1960 season.

The $5 million project began in September to widen the course to 80 feet all around. While the main goal was to increase safety for the riders and horses, officials hoped it would also attract the Breeders’ Cup, which it did. Del Mar was selected to host the prestigious event in 2017. The old course had GN-1 Bermuda grass, or Greg Norman-1, named for the golfer who invented the strain. The same type was used because of its ability to adapt and grow well in Del Mar and withstand the track’s use of salty reclaimed water. The grass is also tough and dense, which keeps the hoof from penetrating the turf. DMTC officials were also hoping California Chrome would help make the 2014 season unique.

There was a possibility the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner would race in the Pacific Classic, but an injury he suffered in the Belmont Stakes will prevent him from doing so. His owners, however, said California Chrome could make an appearance on Pacific Classic Day, which is Aug. 24. Most of the track’s tried and true traditions will return, including the Opening Day Hat Contest, family day, giveaway days and post-race weekend concerts. At the close of opening day, race-goers can continue the fun at the nearby businesses. At L’Auberge Del Mar, for example, the hotel will be transformed into a par-

ty by the sea with music, cocktails and food. New this year is Club 1540, a limited-access nightclub offering a private red-carpet entrance, complimentary champagne and a special menu of tray-passed creations from the new Kitchen 1540 menu. Spa L’Auberge has also launched a new seasonal race menu that includes a mint julep scrub and daily double, exacta and trifecta spa packages. One thing race fans won’t have to do when the summer season ends Sept. 3 is wait another year to watch live thoroughbred racing. Also new to Del Mar this year is a fall meet that runs Nov. 7 through Nov. 30.

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and garnered dining praise, complacency has followed. Complacency in the restaurant industry doesn’t pair well together — some establishments flounder because of it. Not for Hug. He stays involved with Mille Fleurs, and his other downtown San Diego restaurant, Mister A’s. “You don’t always have to strive for innovation, but you always want to better yourself,” he said. Changing the décor at Mille Fleurs every seven to eight years is part of the betterment protocol. And then there is the food and wine, of course. While the French have a love affair with food, Hug said, he has always championed the movement, “From Farm to Table.” Chino Farm has been Hug’s go to destination for fine produce.

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which he said siphoned more business away from the establishment. Alcorn said he likely would never run a business in California again. “It has been such a disheartening experience,” Alcorn said. City officials declined to comment on Alcorn’s criticisms. Shillington said the café wasn’t the same after the sale. In the years following Alcorn’s purchase, he said, he tried to help the new owner turn the corner, but could see the dwindling patronage. “If anyone says that they didn’t see this coming or were blindsided by the closure, shame on them,” Shillington said. “It was clear he was struggling.” He also said Alcorn was having increasing difficulty making the payments, which according to the promissory note in court files were quarterly

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more ambitious musically as time went on. Its fourth album, “The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands,” was a concept record in which the Turtles assumed the identities of 12 different bands, each with a different style of music and wrote and recorded one song for each of the groups in that particular style. Before long, though, issues with managers and the group’s record label, White Whale Records, (among other things) pulled the group apart in 1970. If the Volman/Kaylan story had ended with the Turtles, they would still be a big part of the overall story of pre-Woodstock 1960s pop. Instead, the duo has gone on to enjoy a multi-faceted music career that took them into several different areas of the music business. Soon after the Turtles ended, Volman and Kaylan were recruited by

T he R ancho S anta F e News “I want to provide the freshest and best food possible which is not tainted by a lot of sauces,” he said. Hug continued, “We provide an environment where service is knowledgeable, but also friendly.” Over the years, it has been paramount for Hug to provide fine dining without the “stuffy ambience.” Delivering the best food possible in a welcoming environment has always been his unwavering mission. A visit to the wine cellar at Mille Fleurs brims with a robust collection. “I have a passion for wine. Frankly, I knew nothing about wine when I came to America,” he said. “I basically drank the homemade table wine or whatever was put on the table — we drank red wine cold to hide the imperfections.” Now, Hug is considered a regarded sommelier, tasting and procuring

the wines for his restaurants. Three mornings a week, Hug is wine tasting. “The sales people come by and I taste anywhere from 30 to 50 wines,” Hug said. He added, “You got to keep up with the Jones’ if you want to have a solid wine list because you cannot rely on the old.” Nearing 30 years, Hug is humbled by the fact that couples and families have chosen Mille Fleurs to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and other special milestones. Along the way, Hug has built close friendships. Hug went on to say that in the world there are about 10 percent of people who love what they do and he is one of them. “At night, it is such a true pleasure to say hello to everyone at Mille Fleurs because I love to see people smile and enjoy themselves,” he said. “I want to thank everyone for their wonderful patronage.”

amounts of $5,817 until October 2016. By late 2013, according to the court files, Alcorn had stopped making payments to Shillington, and on Nov. 26, Shillington issued a notice of default. By January, Shillington had filed paperwork with the state notifying them of his intent to collect the collateral to satisfy the balance. Alcorn never responded to the default notice or the notification of Shillington’s intent to collect the collateral, Shillington said. Shillington said he is extremely disappointed by Alcorn’s decision to shutter the business rather than trying to sell the business to satisfy the loan agreement. “To simply walk away, without attempting to see what was left, I don’t understand it,” he said. “Instead, he walked out on so many people. It’s heartbreaking to see the business shuttered, the whole city busted up about it.” Both city and down-

town officials have lamented the café’s demise. In it’s heyday, the café, the first cyber café in Encinitas, was a popular watering hole that attracted city officials, local celebrities like Joe Walsh of the Eagles and dozens of other folks who were drawn to the energy created by the ownership duo. “They were two of the most vibrant and vivacious people you’d ever meet,” MainStreet Executive Director Dody Crawford said of Shillington and Nanninga. “They were people you wanted to be around, talk to and they made it a very special place. Losing them put a crimp in the place’s style.” Shillington and Alcorn are scheduled to be in court for a case management conference at 9 a.m. Sept. 26. The popular E Street Café in Encinitas abruptly closed its doors last month. A lawsuit filed from the café’s former owner to the current one may have something to do with it.

Frank Zappa to join his Mothers of Invention. The duo gained a special place within the Zappa shows, taking on the characters of the comedy/musical duo Flo (Volman) and Eddie (Kaylan). Zappa was interested in Volman and Kaylan because of the “Battle of the Bands” album. “Frank had heard that and really liked the tonguein-cheek (character of the album),” Volman said. “He just really thought the image of the album and the dressing up as all of the bands and everything we were doing, that was what captivated what he thought of our band.” Flo & Eddie remained an integral part of Zappa’s music through 1972, singing on such key Zappa albums as “Live at the Fillmore” and “Chunga’s Revenge,” and appearing in his movie, “200 Motels.” After the members of the early 1970s Mothers went their separate ways, Volman and Kaylan launched Flo & Eddie as a

duo act. They released seven albums that achieved modest success, while doing multiple tours. During this period, the duo also began building what has been a long and successful career singing background vocals for the likes of Alice Cooper, T. Rex (They’re on the group’s great 1970s albums) and Bruce Springsteen (They sing on “Hungry Heart”). In more recent years, Volman and Kaylan have ventured into writing kids’ music (including “Strawberry Shortcake” and “The Care Bears”) while maintaining a steady schedule of headlining concerts to go along with the Happy Together tour, which now looks to be established as an annual outing. “That was the hope,” Volman said. “That was the hope that we would have it so that people would come out no matter who was doing the tour, so they would know that it was going to be a great show no matter who was plugged into the slots.”

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more efficiently while protecting the Ranch’s beautiful, rural community. “For example, working with the fire department to remove dead and dying trees throughout the Ranch, exploring ways to improve our infrastructures such as websites, cell service, and broadband,” she said. Boon continued, “As well as ways to improve the recreational amenities that can add to the enjoyment and benefit of all our residents.” Boon interjected this was a partial list of what the board would be working on this year. “There is a lot to do,” she said. Following this, Boon

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al years ago the city provided another $15,000, but that was cut by two-thirds during the economic downturn. Councilman Peter Zahn proposed bringing it back to the previous funding level. “We have a great number of people in need in the community,” Zahn said. “We have a good number of applications that do come in with grant assistant proposals, and we’re not able to really come close to fulfilling all of them and there’s good work to be done. “This is a relatively modest increase.” His colleagues agreed.

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competition in Huntington Beach. The day allows Junior Lifeguards to bond and show off skills they learned during the four-week Junior Lifeguard program. The program teaches boys and girls ages 9 through 17 about ocean awareness, ecology and basic first aid. There is also lots of running, swimming, surfing and beach games. “You’re always paddling and surfing, that’s every day,” Sean Mcquerry, a 12-year-old Carlsbad Junior Lifeguard, said. Water safety is the No. 1 lesson. “They have a specific, good understanding of the ocean that ensures kids are safe,” Turvey said. Many boys and girls continue through the Junior Lifeguard program and progressively learn

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he never gave up, either. In total, it took Mindell 15 years to write and ultimately publish, the book. Mindell’s dream of being a novelist finally came true. A year before his novel was published, though, Mindell decided to tackle another goal. “My ‘Motorbutt’ was good at the age of 20 so I thought maybe it was still there at the age of 70,” Mindell said. “I decided to try out for the San Diego

July 11, 2014 turned to Ivan Holler, the acting manager for the Rancho Santa Fe Association for an update and report. Holler said that staff was still looking at choices to inform new property owners about registering to vote. “A couple of those ways included potentially sending a registration packet to their escrow officer when they first buy a home and possibly sending a packet out with their first bill,” Holler said. “So we are still looking at a couple of those options.” Holler said his office also met with a group of real estate agents as part of its concierge efforts. The goal of this, Holler pointed out, was to help inform realtors and new owners about all

of the amenities the Ranch offers, as well as voter registration awareness. Holler informed the board and attendees that the Rancho Santa Fe Association’s new website was officially up and running. He confirmed that the new website address was RSFAssociation.org, however, if visitors used the old address it would redirect them to the new site. All minutes and agenda items from the different committees have remained intact and were transferred from the old site to the new. “Hopefully, you’ve had a chance to take a look at it,” Holler said. Boon acknowledged Holler’s work behind the website calling it a monumental effort.

“We cut it back when we didn’t have the money and now we have the money,” Councilman Mike Nichols said in support of the increase. Another $28,000 will go to Partnership with Industry, a local nonprofit organization that provides job training for people with developmental disabilities. Three- and four-person maintenance crews are hired by cities or other municipalities to help keep beaches, parks and sidewalks clean. Solana Beach will receive three employees who will work 24 hours a week. “It’s a win-win for everyone,” Nichols said. “Peo-

ple that want jobs that may have a hard time getting jobs … can get these jobs, and we benefit because we get a lower-paid employee through the state subsidy.” Ott said other cities who participate in the program describe the employees as “extremely loyal” people who “truly enjoy having a job where they can come to and really make things better.” “So they really, I think, will be an asset to our organization,” Ott said. “It’s going to benefit everybody in the community with more hands on our local parks,” Councilwoman Lesa Heebner said. “It’ll be great.”

more advanced water safety and lifesaving skills. Lessons include tower guarding, rescue techniques, boat rescues, first aid and CPR. “They get more comfortable around the ocean,” Carlos Alfaro, San Clemente lifeguard said. “They become better watermen and waterwomen.” Sean has participated in the Junior Lifeguard program for four years. He said each year builds upon previous skills learned. “You get a better concept of it,” he said. Shayna Dumont, 11, had been a Carlsbad Junior Lifeguard for two years. She said she has gained confidence to take on new challenges in the water. She was introduced to the walk on water drill last year. The balance and agility drill challenges Junior Lifeguards to walk across surfboards that are lined up end to end in the water. “Last year I was too

afraid to do it,” she said. “This year I did it.” Advanced challenges include a one-mile swim around the Oceanside Pier, and run-swim-run drills. “They’re preparing us to be lifeguards,” Bridget Donnelly, a 15-year-old Oceanside Junior Lifeguard, said. At age 14 Junior Lifeguards have the opportunity to train as lifeguard assistants. They are paired with a lifeguard, help set up equipment and get a day-to-day feel for the job. A high percentage of Junior Lifeguards later go on to become Oceanside lifeguards or police officers. “Eighty percent of our lifeguards were Junior Lifeguards,” Turvey said. Turvey has served as a lifeguard for 10 years and overseen the Junior Lifeguard program for four years. He got his start in Junior Lifeguards.

Senior Olympics.” Mindell became disciplined and trained hard. At 71, during the 2012 San Diego Senior Olympics, Mindell won four gold medals as a sprinter in the 50, 100, 200 and 400 meter races. “I was pretty tired after that day but it was a wonderful experience,” he said. “It showed me that training was very important.” In 2013, Mindell took part in the San Diego Senior Olympics once again. He beat his 400 meter race

from the year before and received a 25th masters rating in the U.S.A. While Mindell publicizes his book, he puts a twist on things by also weaving in a motivating message, particularly for seniors: Life Begins at 70. In many respects, he’s become an inspirational speaker by reminding people to keep the body and mind active. After Mindell’s talk, he grabbed his nearby glove and baseball and gave a few RSF seniors some knuckleball lessons.


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Piano company hits sour note for some in Bird Rock By Dave Schwab

La Jolla Today LA JOLLA — The business practices of Schroeder Piano Company, a Bird Rock merchant that handles consignments, have been called into question by multiple customers and are the subject of review by the county District Attorney’s Office, as well as being featured in spotlights of TV consumer advocate Michael Turko. La Jolla resident Lance Pelky has stepped forward to ask the public if other residents feel they have been unfairly dealt with by Peter Schroeder, owner of Schroeder Piano & Piano Rentals, Inc., located at 5680 La Jolla Blvd., after entrusting the company with their pianos set for consignment. “About nine years ago I consigned a $10,000 piano with Schroeder on a 60-40 split,” Pelky said, adding Schroeder kept delaying him. “He would tell me, ‘I haven’t sold it yet,’ then he told me, ‘I’ve been contacted by someone interested,’ then said, ‘They’ve given me a deposit.’” Finally, Pelky said, he stopped hearing from Schroeder at all. After many months, Pelky took his case to TV

consumer watchdog Michael Turko and “The Turko Files,” which subsequently profiled Schroeder and Schroeder’s alleged unfair business practices. After that, Pelky claims Schroeder offered to pay him part of the money he was owed, which Pelky said he rejected, before both parties finally arrived at a mutually agreed-upon partial settlement. “I have been contacted by several people since who’ve consigned pianos with Schroeder, had the same problems with him and have never been paid,” Pelky said. “I’ve tried to get some kind of resolution for them. I think he’s (Schroeder’s) a public nuisance at best.” After unsuccessful attempts to speak with Peter Schroeder, La Jolla Village News spoke with Schroeder’s wife, Dolores, who chose to respond to allegations about their piano company’s business dealings. Dolores Schroeder said her company has settled with Pelky and a handful of others who’ve come forward with allegations she maintains are unfounded. “Pelky’s account was settled five years ago,”

she emailed. “He was paid more than he deserved after threats that he would do more bad publicity. He required us to pay him at the Soledad Mountain Road Dog Park for the transaction. That was done. “There are other mitigating circumstances with (other) accounts payable that are too lengthy to go into,” she said. Turko said he’s done about five spots on Schroeder, two several years ago and three more recently. The TV journalist said he gets about 300 calls each week pitching prospective stories, 10 percent of which turn out to be more substantial, with about 1 percent of the pitches received actually being publicized on “The Turko Files.” He talked about what intrigued him about the Schroeder case. “People were claiming that their pianos went missing,” Turko said. “That, by itself, is pretty interesting. A piano is a big object.” Turko said he was told repeatedly by interviewees, many of them elderly, that Mr. Schroeder “won’t or hadn’t given them a satisfactory explanation” as to where their pianos were. As to the substance of

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the line of duty, sometimes these police dogs may get injured requiring expensive veterinary care. Thanks to generous community members, these dogs can stay healthy and safe, while they protect and serve.” Also on hand for the day was Oceanside Police Officer Tiffany Hogan. The Polo Club then invited officers Hogan

and Hay for the trophy presentation to the winning polo team, Hanalei Bay. On this special day, the San Diego Polo Club also offered their support with a fundraiser for San Diego County’s nonprofit, Solutions for Change. To learn more about Solutions For Change visit SolutionsForChange.org and The Oceanside Police K9 Officer’s Association at OceansideK9.org.

bring residents together in unique and special ways which foster community spirit,” Durket said. “Keeping with that mission, we look for these kinds of activities in an enjoyable way — so many people leaving our dinners never expected to have so much fun and meet so many new people.” Once again, the RSF community center has secured the entertainment of virtuoso guitarist Hank

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few days,” Hull said. “But I never heard any more.” Dolores Schroeder counterclaimed the money will be delivered, as promised. “He has been paid 25 percent of monies owed to him and will be paid in full,” said Dolores Schroeder. Piano restorer and technician Russell Berkley of North Pacific Beach said he, too, has a similar story. “I bought and restored an old Steinway for about $18,000 and consigned it with Schroeder, who later called me and told me he’d gotten about $3,800 for it,” Berkley said, adding he ultimately settled with Schroeder — following legal action — who agreed to pay some cash upfront and then make payments. “He finally ended up giving me an old Steinway he paid $6,000 for, and I restored it,” said Berkley. “We’re done.” Dolores Schroeder maintains Berkley was fully compensated. “We gave him a job with our company and he enjoyed referrals,” she said. “We sent him to technical school for a specialty learning to install Pianomation Units, which gave him a unique niche in the business, thus profiting

him from our initial employment. “We had his piano on consignment, we traded him for the amount due to him after the sale with a ‘special’ Steinway Piano,” she said. “He sold that piano for much more than we owed him and made a large profit.” Pasadena resident George Ashikyan, who rebuilds pianos, said he’s dealt with the Schroeders for 15 years or more, adding the relationship was pretty positive until recent years. “(Peter Schroeder) would send his pianos to me and I would rebuild them and send them back to him for consignment to sell,” Ashikyan said. “The last piano he sold, he just didn’t pay me. I had to hire an attorney and sue him. He paid the remainder of what he owed me.” Ashikyan said Schroeder was good about paying him until four or five years ago, when Schroeder “got slower and slower with payments, and then the last time he didn’t pay.” Dolores Schroeder takes issue with Ashikyan’s claim. “We have a legal contract with our attorney and his, that we are to pay him ‘whenever,’” she said.

Easton who is the featured guitarist in “The Steely Damned,” San Diego’s award-winning band. “We are excited to have Hank Easton perform. “He is such a talented guitarist and vocalist,” Durket said. For those who have never attended one of these special dinners, so many RSF residents have the opportunity to cross paths and make new friends. Another allure is the

San Diego weather and taking pause to enjoy the beauty of the Ranch. Including Dolezal and Kenaoglu, Durket also wanted to thank their July dinner sponsor, Laura Barry of Barry Estates. For those who are unable to attend the dinner, the next Supper Club Dinner is scheduled for August. Durket also wants residents to know how thankful they are to any families who are able to assist in any way

possible. “We have had local families who have farms donate some of the produce and also families who have wineries donate wine; and, that goes a long way when you are trying to run an event with a budget,” she said. To learn more about this special July 12 event or to purchase tickets, Durket invites all to call the Community Center for more information at (858) 756-2461 or visit rsfcc.org.

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allegations made about subjects of his TV spots, Turko said, “I’m not a cop. I’m not a law-enforcement agent. I’m not a judge. That’s not my call to make. That’s a call the DA has to make.” The county District Attorney’s Office was then contacted for independent comment. “All I can say is that a case is currently under review,” confirmed DA spokesman Paul Greenwood. The Village News talked with a couple of other apparent customers who’ve had similar stories to tell about their business dealings with the Schroeders. Thomas Hull, who is retired from UCSD and still lives near the university, said he placed his mother’s piano with Schroeder for consignment back in 2009. “(Peter Schroeder) told me he was going to ask $35,000 for it,” Hull said. “When I called him back a few months later, he said he’d gotten a down payment. I never heard any more about it.” Hull said he later told Schroeder he wanted his piano back. “He said it was sold and sent me a check (said to be a partial payment) in the next

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PAINT WHERE YOU PAUSE The San Diego County Library’s “Pause to Read” program invites all ages to submit a drawing or painting of their favorite place to “pause to read” through Aug. 1. Submission forms are available at all SDCL branches, including Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Cardiff, Encinitas, San Marcos and Vista, or online at sdcl.org. You may complete your drawing at home, or contact your local library to find out if they will provide art supplies for you to use at the branch. Entries must be on an 8.5-inch-by-11-inch piece of paper. Winners chosen in youth, teen and adult level. Submitted pieces will be featured on the SDCL Web site. For more information, visit sdcl.org. Courtesy photo

Del Mar Fairgrounds CEO Tim Fennell, left, congratulates Encinitas resident Tania Cotta on June 26. Cotta, was the millionth visitor to the San Diego County Fair and received lifetime tickets to the fair amid some pomp and circumstance. Courtesy photo

A lifetime of tickets

Encinitas resident Tania Cotta wins tickets for life after becoming the millionth visitor to county fair By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — Tania Cotta had little idea the San Diego County Fair ticket she purchased at a little after 4 p.m. on June 29 would be the last one she’d ever have to buy. That was until confetti cannons burst, horns started to blow, Pharrell’s “Happy” started to blare from the speakers, and fair workers informed her that she was the millionth visitor to the fair’s latest installment, known as “The Fab Fair.” As fair officials said in a press release, Cotta “received all of the pomp and circumstance of British royalty,” complete with fair regalia and special gifts. “I was wondering what was going on when I

walked through the gate And for the first time, because there were so the fair was making a big many Fair workers lined deal out of milestone — up, and then wow,” Cotta Cotta received a Lifetime Fair Admission pass, food vouchers worth more than $100, free concert tickets of her choice for any of the remaining shows, VIP tickets to the Big Bite Bacon Fest on July 5 and a Professional Bull Riding event Aug. 16, and gifts from fair vendors, including a $700 gas grill. “I never win anything,” Cotta said. “I am so thankTania Cotta ful for your generosity.” The San Diego County San Diego County Fair Fair, which posted at least Attendee one million visitors every said. “My best friend Ni- year since 1989, also passed cole and I wanted to visit another milestone Sunday, the Fair today to ride rides, as the event reached its eat our favorite Fair food, 50-millionth visitor since and just hang out, and then attendance records started being kept in 1947. this happened.”

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It’s a bug’s life out there I wish it were just a summer problem. However, in my gentle husband’s “lower 40” (front, back and side yards) bugs, both flying and crawling, happily make their home. He will neither squish them nor poison them, insisting if left to their own natural rhythms, they do good things and keep each other in check. Clearly, his idea of “in check” differs a tad from mine. Since no pesticides ever sully our growing green space, no day goes by without my having to pull a spider web off my face or an ant out of my hair. I really do support keeping pesticides out of our environment. But these days, when I see any beautiful backyard layout I might covet, maybe in a magazine or at the fair, I can immediately dissolve all desire for it by picturing it overrun with sticky spider webs or a line of ants marching resolutely through it. It’s the best buzzkill ever. There is no such thing as a last-minute party in my backyard (except maybe for the bugs). Yes, I know the spiders are eating the bad bugs, but I have massive spider condos adorning every piece of patio furniture, hanging plant, hot tub, plant, the patio cover, the grill, my car, the mailbox and anything else that doesn’t move fast and frequently. I spent hours scraping, sweeping, spraying and wiping them off everything in the backyard for my last party. I didn’t even bother until the morning of the event, because I knew that within four to six hours, they would all be back. This does not prompt me to remove them regularly. It’s like sweeping the Sahara. If anyone needs black widows for research or sport, please let me know. Our yard seems to be their favorite vacation spot. There are also spiders from pinpoint size to half-a-hand span in evTURN TO SMALL TALK ON B15

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and some of the subspecies of giraffe are in real trouble. The West African giraffe only has 200 left in the wild; the Nubian giraffe may already be extinct. So this World Giraffe Day initiative, I think, is fantastic.” June 21 marked the first ever World Giraffe Day. It’s an initiative started by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, which, according to its website, is meant to “raise awareness and shed light on the challenges they (giraffe) face in the wild.” What initially brought O’Connor to study giraffe was his interest in how they were able to coexist with cattle and goats, especially as it pertained to food sources. Giraffe feed up so high, O’Connor explained, adding that cattle and goats feed so low that their food sources don’t overlap. Yet, he found that there was a shift in how people were relying on the traditional livelihood of pastoralism. “And that is where pastoralists keep cattle and goats and everyday

RANCHO SANTA FE — Once again, the County of San Diego Grand Jury has issued another report to the school districts within the county, including the Rancho Santa Fe School District. The most recent Grand Jury Report is entitled, “Evaluating the Evaluators.” While students undergo county, state and federal evaluations, the Grand Jury believed it was time to address the protocol for evaluating teachers in San Diego County. A few months ago, the Grand Jury delivered another report to the districts in San Diego called, “School Security: There Is No Greater Purpose.” The Rancho Santa Fe School District’s legal representative, Richard Currier, Esq., responded to the most current report. According to Currier, from time to time, the Grand Jury will find certain topics essential enough to issue a report to the school districts. “This report is not aimed at the Rancho Santa Fe School District because a number of the findings and recommendations don’t relate to our school district,” Currier said. He speculated that the report was perhaps aimed at larger school districts. All in all, Currier’s response was sent back to the Grand Jury. It underscored either a disagreement to some recommendations, while highlighting how the others were already being conducted. The letter responded to the Educational Code Sections dealing with teacher evaluation at the Rancho Santa Fe School District. “Evaluation procedures are a mandatory subject to negotiations. We have a provision in the collective bargaining agreement and these are not accurately described as merely guidelines, these are things that the District must comply with,” Currier said. “Having said this, I put in the response the actual article from the collective bargaining agreement dealing with evaluation procedures, indicating it is consistent with the Education Code Sections and does not overly restrain the District in being able to evaluate certificated employees.” With the Grand Jury

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Leroy, a 6-month-old giraffe, left, munches on an Acacia branch at the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park. He is one of 14 giraffe at the park. Conservation programs locally, as well as the Giraffe Conservation Foundation’s World Giraffe Day are helping to raise awareness on the declining numbers of giraffe in the wild. Photos by Tony Cagala

Sticking their necks out Programs to help conserve giraffe look to gain traction locally and around the world By Tony Cagala

ESCONDIDO — The two giraffe approached the truck seemingly without a worry as Amanda Lussier, an animal keeper at the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park extended a large Acacia branch out and over the truck’s railing. One of the giraffe quickly latched onto the branch with its large blue tongue and proceeded to pull it into its mouth, contorting its lips around the leaves. The second giraffe followed suit, with some of the park’s 14 other giraffe coming over, lowering their long necks down into the truck’s flatbed to see what food might be available. That was an entirely different experience than what David O’Connor, a conservation education division consultant with San Diego Zoo Global Institute for Conservation Research, found while studying giraffe in the East African country of Kenya. For six months near the area of Laikipia, O’Connor would have to overcome certain challenges while trying to observe giraffe in the wild — at times being forced to observe them from distances anywhere from 200 meters to 500 meters away. It took him a month, he said, just to get the giraffe used to seeing his truck. Other times, the giraffe wouldn’t do anything but stare at him for several hours on end, making it difficult to make any behavioral observations. They’re really a popular species, but nobody’s really spent much time studying them, he said. What they know a lot about is their physiology — what isn’t so well known is how they live in the wild, and how they live with humans and how giraffe and humans interact, O’Connor added. What he did note, however, was the skittishness of the giraffe in the wild as the result of falling prey to poachers. “The main challenges facing giraffe are most recently poaching,” O’Connor said. “And they’re poached for several reasons: one reason is for

A giraffe lowers its head down to see what other food animal keepers at Safari Park might be offering.

meat, for food. Unfortunately, in the wild, giraffe are quite easy to kill,” he said. “Because sometimes initially they’ll just stop and stare at you, so one bullet can take them out, as opposed to an elephant or something where it’s harder. And you get quite a lot of meat for that one bullet…. “If you’re just trying to get some protein for your family, if you’re thinking about the species you could go after…you can see why that’s attractive.” While O’Connor said that the numbers on certain species, such as the Reticulated giraffe are uncertain, researchers think they’ve declined from about 28,000 in the year 2000 to about 5,000 today. “So if that trend continues, that subspecies will be extinct by 2019,” O’Connor said. That’s why now, working with the institute, O’Connor and others are trying to start a program addressing giraffe conservation. “People don’t really think about giraffe as a conservation issue,” he said. “People don’t even know that there are nine different types of giraffe…


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Rotary sponsors From the battlefield to the boardroom report young musicians Jobs suggests more REGION — Now in its 10th year, a partnership program between the San Diego Youth Symphony and Rotary District 5340’s International Youth Exchange, will bring students from Ireland, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and the UK for a twoweek summer program. The program brings together international conservatory musicians with SDYS musicians and Music Director Jeff Edmons for an intensive orchestral and chamber music performances from July 14 to July 30. This summer's performances include a Twilight in the Park concert at Spreckels Organ Pavilion,

an intimate Chamber Music Recital at the Mingei International Museum, a Classical Concert at California Center for the Arts in Escondido and a sunset performance at the La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest Concert at Ellen Scripps Park in La Jolla. SDYS also welcomes the public to observe the students’ rehearsals in Casa del Prado in Balboa Park. For tickets and information, visit sdys. org/upcoming-events. From 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 14 to July 18 and July 21 to July 25, free rehearsals will be at Casa del Prado Room 101, Balboa Park. Rehearsal times are subject to change.

positive employment environment for military veterans (BPT) — Employment opportunities seem to be on the upswing for military veterans, which is encouraging for the hundreds of thousands of service members returning from duty and veterans who are looking for new civilian career opportunities. The unemployment rate for veterans dropped to 6.6 percent in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While the news is positive, a 2013 University of Phoenix survey conducted by Harris Poll, revealed only one-third (33 percent) of active duty service members reported having made a transition plan for returning to civilian life after separation from the military. “Service members acquire skills during their military careers that bring value and diverse experience to civilian workplaces,” said University of Phoenix Military Relations vice president, retired Army Col. Garland Williams. “But some men and women leaving the service may not know how to market their skills as they transition to civilian jobs, and may therefore take jobs that do not leverage their expe-

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rience. As thousands of men and women return from Iraq and Afghanistan to a highly competitive job market, it is imperative that they have a plan to translate their skills into fulfilling and enriching jobs.” If service members don’t know where to start, there are resources such as the U.S. Department of Labor’s Transitional Assistance Program (TAP) to help veterans translate their skills and find quality jobs. Service members who have recently returned home might be interested in pursuing careers at firms recognized for hiring veterans. The military has a Best Veteran Employers list as well as current job postings for those companies. This list is updated frequently, so job seekers should check it often. In additional to applying for current positions, service members may consider requesting informational interviews in advance of their job searches to make sure they

have the necessary training to be considered for the roles. Some universities also offer resources for members of the military community who want to understand the available career options, making it easier to get started or continue a career path. For example, the Military Skills Translator Tool provided by University of Phoenix takes a service member’s military occupational specialty code and provides a list of civilian occupations that correlate to the job skills the service member used and refined while in the military. Each military job is linked directly to labor market data to provide background on jobs and the education required to enter a specific field. Service members can also earn college credit toward their degree programs based on their military experience. Here are some additional tips offered by Williams to help active duty service members and veterans pre-

pare for a civilian job search: Start early. Begin the transition process from military to civilian life as early as two years before being discharged. Speak the language. Communicate military experience and training with words, not acronyms, which may not translate on a resume. Promote universal skills such as leadership, management, cooperation, teamwork and strategic thinking. Don’t be afraid to promote yourself. As every proud service member knows, there is a “we” vs. “me” mentality in the military. The ability to work in a team is important to communicate, but you also have to be willing to discuss your own contributions and results. Consider flexible education and training programs. Education can help you address knowledge gaps and better understand and prepare for future careers.

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The unemployment rate for veterans dropped to 6.6 percent in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Courtesy photo

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Odd Files Rancho Santa Fe Association launches new website By Chuck Shepherd

Rocking “Messiah” Prominent theoretical chemist David Glowacki was ejected from a classical music concert at England’s Bristol Old Vic in June for disrupting a performance of Handel’s “Messiah” by attempting to crowd-surf in front of the stage. Dr. Glowacki, an expert in non-equilibrium molecular reaction dynamics and who is presently a visiting scientist at Stanford University, was attending a special “informal” performance at which audience members were encouraged to stand and cheer loudly instead of showing the usual demure appreciation. He said afterward that he could not control himself when the performance moved to the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Cultural Diversity A formal-dress rental store in Fukui, Japan, with a side business making keepsake portraits of client brides, was surprised at the number of men who began requesting a similar service — to be outfitted just like the women, in wedding gowns and other frills. In fact, just as women expect full makeup and hairstyling for their portraits, so, too, do the men. The store, Marry Mariee, charges the equivalent of about $400 ($600 on weekends). Said the manager, “We want to provide opportunities for people to enjoy showing their real selves, whether they are men or women.” Democracy in Action! Inexplicable: Congressional candidate Tim Murray handily lost June’s primary election (82 percent to 5 percent) in Oklahoma’s 3rd District to incumbent U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas, but he did not give up. In a rambling letter to KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City, Murray accused “Lucas” of being a body-double for Lucas, since it is “widely known” that the “real” Frank Lucas was executed by order of the World Court in southern Ukraine in January 2011. Lucas, asked for a comment, told the station, “It does come as kind of a shock to read that (I’m) not (me).” The county Association of Governments in Phoenix notified Diane “DD” Barker recently that she could continue to address association meetings as a community activist, but was to cease introducing her remarks by performing cartwheels, as she apparently has done several times in the past. Barker, a 65-year-old former Ohio State University cheerleader, said she seeks to demonstrate the value of exercise and public transportation, but agreed to hold off on the cartwheels.

By Christina Macone-Greene

We have new content for the new website and actually had a lot of volunteers help us with the photographs.”

RANCHO SANTA FE — Following several months of multiple decision making prospects, the RSF Association launched its new website this week. So far, the feedback has been promising with its new look, photos and navigation tools. According to Ivan Holler, acting manager of the Rancho Santa Fe Association, they interviewed a Ivan Holler couple website firms and Acting Manager ultimately found one which they felt would convey the What was needed most, Association best. Holler said, was to update

the website since it was on an old platform and needed support. “We have new content for the new website and actually had a lot of volunteers help us with the photographs,” he said. It was also important to not only have an attractive website, but a user-friendly one, as well. “Another goal was that no matter where someone was on the site, the headers would remain the same to make the navigation easier,” he said.

Holler wants people to know that there is a section on the site which is password protected for members. While it’s in operation, more features are still being built. Holler called it a work in progress. “We tried to build a site that would be helpful to the residents, members, and also for folks who don’t live in the community but are interested in the community,” he said. Holler went on to say that with the new website, these visitors would have

the ability to learn more about the features and amenities which the Ranch has to offer. And quite possibly, spur a residential move. “There was a dual mission for our website,” said Holler. While there was a soft launch a few weeks ago, the site went live this week. So far, Holler said everyone has offered some great feedback in relation to the site and it’s been well received. Visit rsfassociation.org for more information.

Scripps unveils new emergency department By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — Scripps Health on Tuesday held the grand opening of its new emergency department and inpatient rooms at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, the centerpiece of the $94 million second phase of the hospital’s expansion. The new rooms comprise the Leichtag Foundation Critical Care Pavilion, the 72,321-square-foot building that hospital officials say will help the hospital meet the rising demands of the local population. “With steady population growth in North County, this expansion helps fill a critical community need by broadening Scripps’ capacity to treat an ever-increasing patient demand,” Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder said. Hospital officials said that since 2000, the population of the hospital’s surrounding region has increased by more than 20 percent while emergency room visits have grown by more than 50 percent. The new pavilion features a 26-bed emergency room with all private rooms, two of which can also serve as resuscitation rooms and four that can serve as isolation rooms for patients with suspected airborne illnesses. “With all private rooms, our patients will notice a more comfortable environment and our staff will have more space to deliver care with even greater efficiency,” Van Gorder said. Another key feature of the new emergency room is five ambulance parking bays — more than double the previous amount — which officials hope will reduce ambulance transport time and get first responders back into the field more

Part of Scripps Health’s expansion came to fruition with the opening of its new emergency department on July 1. Photo courtesy Scripps Health

With all private rooms, our patients will notice a more comfortable environment.”

central energy plant, med- $40 million from major do- Scripps employees ical imaging technology, nors and $1 million from doctors. including new CT, MRI and X-ray units, and infrastructure improvements both on and around the hospital campus, including improvements to the southbound InYour Oceanside/Carlsbad terstate 5 on- and off-ramp Territory Manager at Santa Fe Drive and improvements to Devonshire Call Windy for all Drive, which are still ongoing. your advertising needs. Scripps has raised Chirs Van Gorder nearly half of the money x102 President & CEO for the multi-million dollar growth plan through priwosborn@coastnewsgroup.com vate donations, including quickly than before. The pavilion’s second floor houses 36 private medical-surgical inpatient rooms for patients recovering from surgery or acute illness, as well as by patients admitted to the hospital from the emergency department. The expansion’s second phase also includes a new

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Teachers in North County school districts train to implement the International Baccalaureate program into their curriculum. Two magnate schools in Vista are working to become IB recognized schools. Courtesy photo

Vista magnate schools giving students 21st century-ready outlook Thanks to sand replenishment projects like this one in 2012, the shoreline in Solana Beach, and especially at Fletcher Cove, is wider now than it was nearly 20 years ago. File photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Sand replenishments show beaches wider SOLANA BEACH — Thanks to two sand replenishment projects city beaches are wider now than they were about 20 years ago. That’s the good news. Without similar future projects, however, that increase could be washed away, according to a report at the June 25 council meeting from Greg Hearon of Coastal Frontiers, a coastal engineering firm. Hearon likened the situation to a bank account. “If you’re putting in

more than you’re getting out, your balance grows,” he said. “Or in this case, your beach widths gain. Your sand volume increases. “But if you’re not putting in as much, more is leaving,” he added. “You’re going to have an erosional type situation. So that’s essentially where we are. We’re not putting as much on the beaches as we had in the past so we can expect that the longterm trend probably is going to be erosional.” The San Diego Association of Governments

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from the program It’s really nice ments there was an initial loss of sand during the first year not so much that the to see that the but net outcome wasn’t posiHearon said. projects seem to tive,Sand from the second project seems to be stayon the beaches longer, be maintaining ing primarily because the used were much wider beaches grains coarser, he added. Along the entire coastline of Solana Beach for you.” there has been an average Greg Hearon Coastal Frontiers

conducted regional beach replenishment projects in 2001 and 2012. In the overall project area, from Oceanside to La Jolla, less sand dredged from borrow sites in 2012. But Solana Beach received about 142,000 cubic yards of sand both times. Solana Beach established a monitoring program in 2002 that is designed to document changes in the shore zone, evaluate the impacts of human intervention and natural events such as El Niño and develop a foundation for future sand nourishment projects. According to measure-

beach width gain of about 36 feet, Hearon said. At Fletcher Cove, the beach is now about 90 feet wider than it was before the first replenishment project, when it measured about 104-feet wide. It increased to 132 feet after the first nourishment and 193 feet following the second project. “It’s really nice to see that the projects seem to be maintaining wider beaches for you,” he said. Hearon also noted that while it appears the sand has been moving south, it is staying in Solana Beach. He said the monitoring efforts didn’t indicate much sand is moving to beaches in Del Mar. “Most of that material stayed in Solana Beach for the first year,” he said.

By Tony Cagala

VISTA — Two magnate schools within the Vista Unified School District are on their way towards making its students more culturally aware, multi-lingual and emerge with a more 21st century-ready outlook thanks to the implementation of the International Baccalaureate curriculum. Laurel Ferreira is an International Baccalaureate coordinator with the Cal State San Marcos extended studies course, where for the past two years teachers from the school districts of Escondido, San Marcos and Carlsbad have been enrolled and receiving training in the curriculum. And for the last year, Ferreira has been working with Vista teachers from Casita Center for Technology, Science and Math and the Vista Academy of Performing Arts as the schools work to become IB recognized. The program has been implemented into the schools as teacher training progresses. “The International Baccalaureate really works on not just high academic achieving levels, but having people understand different cultures, speak different languages, be able to critically think, problem solve; take in different perspectives — all of those pieces — so that

when they’re working with other people it facilitates that,” Ferreira said. A lot of European, Asian and Australian schools are IB recognized, explained Ferreira. Alvin Dunn in San Marcos is in the beginning phase of becoming an IB recognized school, too. Jefferson Elementary in Carlsbad was one of the early schools to implement the IB program into their curriculum. “It’s one of these things, that it’s growing. “What IB tries to do is take skills and knowledge and put them into real world settings so that you’re learning is more interesting, it’s meaningful and very authentic,” she explained. Instead of breaking up the day into specific areas of subjects as math time or language arts time, IB goes across disciplines. Laura Smith, principal at Casita Elementary, explained that parents have a choice of pathway for their students, which, she added, include either the STEM path or the IB program. Having spent the past 24 years in educations, Smith said there was absolutely a need for a change in how students are being taught. “It’s inquiry based,” Smith said of the IB program. “And it’s meant TURN TO SCHOOLS ON B15

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Council approves EIR for El Caballo By Ellen Wright

ESCONDIDO — The proposed 8-acre equestrian El Caballo Park is one step closer to becoming a reality. On June 18, the Escondido City Council approved the use of $40,000 for an Environmental Impact Report during the 2014-15 fiscal year. The report will make it possible to begin building the park, located across from the Caballo Trail Head at 3410 Valley Center Road, once enough money has been raised. “It is not a true project until the EIR is completed,” said Library and Community Services Director Loretta McKinney. The city approved the budgeting for the report as part of the 2014-15 fiscal year in order to set into motion the process of creating the park. The piece of land has been the subject of debate between the city and residents since 2011, when the city originally planned to use the recreational space as a water treatment and distribution facility. The city planned to build on the site but the Council decided not to after learning the site would cost $6 million to develop. The project still has a long way to go until it is completed. The fundraising for the park will be in the hands of the community, said McKinney. The nonprofit group El Caballo Conservancy was established in March 2013 to help develop the land as a unique public park focused

It is not a true project until the EIR is completed.” Loretta McKinney Director, Library and Community Services

on equestrian services, according to their website. They are asking the community for donations to raise enough money to build on the site. The city funded the drafting of a master plan for the park by Wynn-Smith Landscape Architecture, Inc. The estimated cost of the park is $10 million. The park will be built in phases so building can begin earlier than the entire funding is raised. The plan includes arenas, bull corrals, pens, bleachers, a bandstand and more. The land has been in use for over four decades by the Charros de Escondido, who lease it from the city and built an arena on the property. The Conservancy is celebrating their accomplishments July 27 on the site of the proposed future park near the Escondido Humane Society off of East Valley Parkway at Bevin Drive. The event, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will feature pony rides, horsemanship demonstrations, equine therapy, entertainment and a food truck.

Del Mar helps locals to recycle DEL MAR — Coast Waste Management and the city of Del Mar have joined to make it easy for Del Mar residents and businesses to recycle and dispose of common household items in an environmentally safe way.

The event from 9 a.m. to noon at the Del Mar City Hall upper parking lot, 1050 Camino Del Mar, will offer on-site document shredding and the safe collection of non-controlled medications, sharps, compact fluorescent bulbs, household batteries and cell phones. Sharps and non-controlled medication drop-off is limited to residents only. Document shredding is limited to three standard office storage boxes. Compacted fluorescent, tubes or lightbulbs are limited to 12 bulbs or tubes. Limits are per person or business, per event. Used batteries being accepted include AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, alkaline, rechargeable, lithium, coin cells, and small button size. There is no limit on the number of batteries. Residents can also conveniently recycle household batteries by placing them out for collection inside a clear plastic storage bag on top of their blue recycling cart on service day.

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KAREN A. CASTLE June 24, 2014

Karen A. Castle died on June 24, 2014 after courageously and gracefully battling Alzheimer’s and cancer for over 10 years. Karen’s beautiful spirit and joy of living were inspirational to all who knew her. She was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, and grandmother as well as a superb athlete, child advocate, and community leader. Karen Ann was born in Greeley, Colorado to Max and Ruth Oesterle. She has two brothers, Dallas of Canoga Charlotte C. Hoban, 92 Carlsbad January 22, 1922 - July 3, 2014 Winifred Jane Geyer, 69 Carlsbad May 10, 1945 - July 2, 2014 Delores Johnson, 85 Carlsbad Nov.24, 1928 - July 1, 2014 Helen Annette Hammarstrom, 103 Oceanside Jan. 4, 1911 - June 28, 2014

Park, CA and Max of Ft. Collins, CO. As a young girl, Karen was extremely shy and quiet. But when she entered high school, she blossomed into a beautiful, popular teen who was voted Miss Greeley High as a senior. Her winning smile and genuine kindness opened doors for her as she went on to attend the University of Northern Colorado, where she earned her BA and MA in elementary education. Karen was a very proud member of Alpha Phi Sorority as well as numerous women’s honorary groups. On August 23, 1964 Karen married the love of her life, Jim Castle, and together they received their Master’s degrees in 1967. Born to work with children, Karen taught first and second grade in Littleton, Colorado for five years. Karen and Jim were blessed with two daughters, Kelli and Nicole, and for the next 20 years, Karen devoted herself to providing every opportunity for her girls. No mother has ever been more proud to celebrate successes or more capable of soothing difficult losses. Karen taught her daughters what motherAurice Jane Goodban, 88 Oceanside Nov. 16, 1925 - June 28, 2014 Jean Marie Krampe, 68 Encinitas Dec. 10, 1945 - June 30, 2014 Caterina Gangale, 90 Encinitas Sept. 13, 1923 - June 27, 2014 Gloria June Jones, 84 Encinitas Oct. 16, 1929 - June 27, 2014

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hood truly means. During her marriage to Jim, Karen relocated their family ten times! The former small town girl addressed each challenging new community with class and excitement. She always maintained her connections with dear friends, even from oceans away. Karen joined Bible studies, headed PTAs and PEO, volunteered for children’s service organizations, even learned new languages. The saying “Behind every successful man is a strong woman” must have been written about Karen. Karen’s devotion to her family was strengthened by her Christian faith. She found her passion traveling with her family around the world, learning about different cultures as well as different cuisines. Always an athlete, Karen challenged herself to become a terrific runner, golfer, skier, tennis pro, and Jim’s best dancing partner. She taught her family how to love and forgive; how to laugh and be a champion; how to work hard and play harder; and most importantly, how to be a strong mother, grandmother, and wife. She was a compassionate listener and a

fiercely loyal friend. Even as she battled to maintain her memory and her dignity, Karen continued to make friends, care for others, bring those around her joy, and through it all...share her beautiful smile. The family wishes to thank the Silverado Alzheimer’s Community in Encinitas which was Karen’s last home. The care, love, and respect the nurses, caregivers, residents, and their families showed for Karen during the end of her journey was a blessing to her family. And they always spoke of Karen’s sweet disposition and her loving spirit. Words cannot express the many ways Karen will be missed by her loving husband, her devoted daughters, her amazing son-in-law, and her four precious grandchildren. A celebration of Karen’s life followed by a reception will be held at the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe on Monday August 18th at 11 am; 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in Karen’s name at alz.org.

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Planning commission unanimously endorses cell tower ordinance By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — San Marcos’ proposed cell-tower ordinance received a unanimous endorsement from the city planning commission on June 30, despite being panned by both cell phone companies and opponents of the towers. That’s compromise — when nobody is happy — the commissioners said. “This is a perfect example of ‘you’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t,” Commissioner Carl Maas said. “Nobody is going to walk away from this happy,” Commissioner Steve Kildoo concurred. Technically, the commission’s vote was to recommend the Council approve the proposal at a future council meeting. Among other things, the new rules would discourage cell companies from installing towers in residential and agricultural areas by requiring them to seek a conditional-use permit (as opposed to a less

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onerous administrative permit) and provide the city with technical proof that the location is necessary to bridge a significant gap in coverage and is the only possible location that would do it. The ordinance also sets the maximum allowable towers on a given property based on its size. For example, a 10.1acre parcel could have a maximum of three cell towers. Flodine, the Eric commission’s chair, said the inclusion of the maximum-tower language and the conditional-use requirement made his decision easier, despite the opposition from both sides of the debate. “Having a CUP requirement means that the people will have a chance and we will have a chance and the council will have a chance to weigh in on these application,” Flodine said. “It gives me comfort to move forward.” Cell-tower opponents email at Info@pacthouse.org or by calling (760) 815-8512. Jodie K. Schuller & Associates has been selected for the 2014 Best of Del Mar Award. Each year, the Del Mar Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through services to their customers and community.

Casa de Bandini in Carlsbad just celebrated its fifth anniversary. The restaurant originally opened in Old Town in 1980, but after Diane Powers lost her lease at Old Town State Historic Park, she moved the restaurant to North County. Powers’ newest restaurant, Casa Sol y Mar, in Carmel Valley, also celebratKimberly Alexander, a ed it first year on May 22. graduate of MiraCosta College’s Horticulture Program Positive Action Commu- was looking for a career nity Theatre (PACT) is cur- change when she enrolled at rently forming an advisory in the midst of the last recesboard of top-level profession- sion. Now she’s running her als to assist those on the au- own landscape design comtism spectrum in finding and pany that earned a record 15 keep their perfect jobs. The awards in this year’s garden long-range goal of the project competition at the San Diego is to establish a successful County Fair. business that is owned and operated by individuals with San Diego-based Zephautism. Anyone interested in yr Partners broke ground on being involved may contact new Carlsbad luxury condos PACT Co-founder/Executive at Buena Vista Lagoon, 2303 Director Kathryn Campion by Ocean St., Carlsbad. The first homes will be ready to move in late 2014/2015. Prices will start in the low $1,300,000s. For more information, visit summerhouse-carlsbad.com.

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railed against the ordinance, arguing the rules did not go far enough to protect residents. One particular group of opponents have been urging the city for stricter rules since last fall, when a homeowner in the Questhaven neighborhood sought — and received — approval for a second, 35-foot-tall microwave tower on his property. John Signorino, who served as spokesman for the group at Monday’s meeting, repeatedly pointed to the cell-tower issue in their neighborhood, which he said was the “UNICEF poster child for everything wrong with the ordinance.” He said the proposed ordinance, by virtue of its tower-to-acreage standards, would allow the property owner to seek a third tower on the property in question. He also said that ordinance did not require the city to seek a third-party analysis of the wireless companies’ technical data.

Signorino’s strongest criticism, however, was that the ordinance did not set a minimum distance between cell towers and homes and did not mandate wireless companies to install newer, smaller, less intrusive tower technology. “The ordinance doesn’t do it,” Signorino said repeatedly throughout his 15-minute presentation to the council. Signorino pointed to Irvine and Calabasas’ ordinance as examples of one with distance requirements. City staff, however, would later say that Irvine’s ordinance only mandates the distance between towers and Calabasas’ provides a similar “safety valve” provision as San Marcos’ proposal, which a wireless carrier used to get a tower installed within minimum distance. Federal law prohibits cities from creating provisions that would effectively ban wireless facilities in areas where a coverage

gap exists or would ban certain tower technologies outright, said Jonathan Kramer, a wireless law expert contracted by the city to develop the ordinance. The proposed ordinance, Kramer said, goes as far as the city can within the current constraints of the law. Wireless companies, however, said they believed the ordinance goes beyond the scope of federal law. Representatives from Verizon, AT&T and a company that develops the smaller tower technology said some of the requirements, including annual reports to the city’s planning department and the requirement for companies to prove the need to install sites in agricultural and residential sites, would be unnecessarily costly and time-consuming. Milan Brandon, whose father Jeff Brandon is the property owner whose cell towers sparked the controversy, said the proposed

rules would hamper the city’s ability to provide quality wireless coverage to residents. “This ordinance would put our city at an economic disadvantage to other cities…and hinder progress,” Brandon said. “We must not delay the wireless buildout of our city any longer.” “We don’t want to see a government taking of rights from the carriers,” said John Osborne, AT&T’s external affairs director. AT&T sent a letter to the city weeks ago that outlined 47 points of contention the wireless carrier has with the proposed ordinance. After the meeting, Osborne said the fact that both sides opposed the city’s rules didn’t necessarily mean that the ordinance was a good compromise. “We still believe the ordinance violates AT&T’s rights and ability to place infrastructure as designed to be placed where it is allowed under federal law,” Osborne said.

Rancho Santa Fe rider shines in Pony Hunter Derby REGION — On the evening of June 28, the inaugural $5,000 Markel Insurance Pony Hunter Derby at the Blenheim Red, White & Blue Classic welcomed a group of small, medium and large ponies to the San Juan Capistrano North Grass Field. Young rider Jillian Stuart of Rancho Santa Fe earned a third place riding Prima Ballerina and placed fifth astride Anisette. After two rounds, Classic and Handy, it was Bianca Jenkins on her medium pony Fine Art that took home the top prize. Showpark Summer Festival is planned for July 16 to July 20 at the Blenheim facility. Coming into the second round with an 82, Jenkins earned a score of 77 with five handy bonus points to take the lead. Her total score of 164 narrowly beat second place finisher Woodland’s Huck

Jillian Stuart, of Rancho Santa Fe, scored in the top three on Prima Ballerina at the Pony Hunter Derby at the Blenheim Red, White & Blue Classic. Courtesy photo

Finn with Grace Tuton. Tuton and her large pony earned 80 in both rounds, and three handy bonus points, which gave her a final score of 163. Rounding out the top three, small pony Prima Ballerina danced into

third, with Stuart, of Rancho Santa Fe, aboard. Her final score was 162, with a 76 in the first round and an 80 in the Handy round, plus six handy bonus points. Stuart also earned a fifth-place finish on Anis-

ette. Devon Gibson and Christy Arbuckle of Seahorse Riding Club train Jenkins. They also train Emily Maclean, winner of the 2014 Zone 10 Pony Hunter Challenge.

Solana Beach filmmaker offers Xsports-on-line SOLANA BEACH — Solana Beach filmmaker Ira Opper has launched an extreme sports online video platform subscription service called Vaporvue. Vaporvue is a monthly, subscriber-based, video streaming service available on Internet connected devices. “Subscribers can access Vaporvue on their computer, smart phone, tablet and TV,” said Opper, president of Opper Sports Productions. “You can watch what you want, when you want.”
 Content featured includes movies, documentaries and TV series Ira Opper, a Solana Beach resident and filmmaker, has launched on surfing, skiing, snow- an extreme sports online subscription service called Vaporvue. boarding, mountain bik- Courtesy photo

ing, outdoor, moto and other extreme sports. Vaporvue also includes a wide spectrum of related adventure, travel, fitness, yoga, and the how-tos of extreme sports.
 Opper is one of the pioneering filmmakers credited with documenting “extreme sports” on cable TV. Vaporvue.com will provide on-demand, HD, Internet-streaming media designed to give subscribers access to the world’s extreme sports movies whenever and wherever they are. Opper has produced more than 200 extreme sports television shows, documentaries and movies.


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A couples’ infertility struggle leads to helping others CARLSBAD — Having a baby may not be so easy for some couples. According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 7 million Americans deal with infertility every day. Stephanie and Mario Caballero struggled with infertility for years, resulting in Stephanie having to undergo 10 artificial inseminations, surgeries, 13 in vitro fertilizations, and miscarriages. The dream of parenthood faded with each attempt, but new hope emerged when Stephanie’s cousin became her surrogate and gave birth to their twins. Today, the twins are 12. It was the heartache of infertility and ultimately realizing the different options for parenthood, which inspired Stephanie, who is also an attorney, to open Extraordinary Conceptions in 2005. Stephanie’s husband, Mario, joined the company a year later serving as executive director. In under a decade, Extraordinary Conceptions, headquartered in Carlsbad, has transformed into an international agency which matches surrogates and egg donors to couples and individuals, also known as “intended par-

After struggling with infertility for several years, Stephanie and Mario Caballero turned to a surrogate to have children. Courtesy photo

ents.” Stephanie admits she did not have a specific vision when she founded her company. “The goal that Mario and I both did have, though, was to help as many people have a baby wherever they were and to see the joy on their faces,” Stephanie said. “To help people in the U.S.A., China, France, Germany or even Italy — to help some-

one have a baby is the best job ever.” Stephanie wants people to know that there is no average couple that comes to them for help. While numerous issues cause infertility, others may face it due to cancer treatments and even those born without a uterus. And Extraordinary Conceptions also helps gay couples that yearn to be parents.

For Mario, who was by his wife’s side during eight years of infertility, the obvious emotional frustrations were also punctuated by the changing of doctors and not receiving the right information. “It seemed that people were more interested in our wallets than helping us and we learned a lot over those years,” Mario said. Invariably, this helped

Mario and Stephanie fine-tune Extraordinary Conceptions to become a company of fairness and compassion. “What this company does is educate potential clients on all the different roads as far as egg donation and surrogacy to achieve fertility,” he said. According to Mario, since Extraordinary Conceptions opened its doors, for the first initial years they helped five to 10 couples per month. Now, they average 20 to 30 couples every month. Mario went on to say they have expanded internationally for many years and it continues to be a focus. “There are people in so many countries that are not allowed to do in vitro fertilization after the age of 40,” he said. Mario continued, “Some counties also have limitations about having a child if someone is in a wheelchair, specific disease and restrictive policies, and where surrogacy is banned.” Because of this, foreign couples travel to the U.S. “They especially come to California where surrogacy is legal and legitimate to have a child; and, to have the name of the clients on the birth certificate the moment their child takes its first

breath,” Mario said. Stephanie said when their focus went international they wanted to make sure they had people on staff who spoke various languages such as French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese. Be it a phone call or “intended parents” flying thousands of miles to the United States, this was a comforting welcome. Stephanie attributes their business growth because it comes from the heart. After the grieving process of infertility, Stephanie said, couples come to realize there are other options for becoming parents. “It may not have been the way you thought or wanted — but if you really want it, you can get it,” she said. Mario said a common misconception he runs into is people thinking a business like theirs is focused on financial gains. Not for Extraordinary Conceptions, Mario said, because their policy is helping the client first. “Even if clients decide not to work with us after we invested hundreds of hours, just educating them toward making the right choice is our goal,” Mario said. “Everyone deserves the love of a child and no one should be denied that right.”

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n January, Colorado became the first state in the U.S. to allow retail recreational marijuana sales to adults 21 and older. 37 dispensaries opened for business and business has been booming. But hold on. Since 2005, the Colorado wine industry has more than tripled to more than 144 million, with local vineyards doing very well. The state’s consumers drink 3.1 gallons per capita annually, 24 percent more than the U.S. average. Colorado has about 108 wineries, small by California numbers (Napa Valley has over 400 alone), and most of those are boutique style with less than 25 acres un-

der vine. Most wineries offer unlimited free tasting. Jean and Walt Stringer are long-time wine aficionados and former next-door neighbors of mine. They left for Denver when his career as major light rail projects manager took him from Carlsbad. At their urging, I spent eight days, first in Denver, then Grand Junction. Both areas are a mile high in elevation with wines that accent this natural challenge with stunning scenery at every turn that quickly vaults up to 10,000 feet just a few miles from Grand Junction and the Palisade districts. After a meandering Amtrak train that took 10 hours to get from Denver to Grand Junction, about 245 miles, we were ready to knock on doors and try some high altitude wine. The AVA District is Grande Valley with 21 wineries, and eye-popping

TASTE OF WINE’S WINE OF THE MONTH By Frank Mangio 2012 Rodney Strong Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Sonoma, Calif. About This Wine: One of the first of the spectacular 2012 Pinot Noirs; West Coast Wineries are all applauding this vintage as the best in a decade. Rodney Strong’s Pinots are grown in gravelly soils, warm afternoons and brisk, cool evenings. It has a toney vanilla taste from toasty French Oak aging. About This Winery: Considered one of the best wineries in Sonoma, wine grapes are sustainably farmed. The winemaker is Rick Sayre, a respected, long-time maker of Pinot Noir and other varietals. Property is just above Santa Rosa. The Cost: COSTCO has just stocked this wine at $15 per bottle.

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A decision was made to sell off most of the 50 acres and concentrate on making great wine with the remaining 10 acres and quality varietals elsewhere in the district. My top choice was the 2011 Viognier ($17.99). In my Top 10 Tastes for the first half of 2014, I thought this one could compete with any Viognier in California. I said, “Their Viognier was art in a bottle, with its characteristic pear and apricot aromas and flavors.” A close second was the 2011 Syrah ($17.99) with its mocha, cherry, blackberry and spice. Both of these varietals are robust wines, resistant to the cold blasts of winter, common in Colorado even in late spring. For more, visit granderiverwines.com. On Sept. 18 to Sept. 20, the Colorado Mountain Winefest will happen in the Palisade area with 45 wineries participating in what will be the biggest Winefest in Colorado this year. Check out the details at palisadetourism.com. Any discussion of Colorado wine would not be TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON B15

5 easy tips for throwing the ultimate summer party How you can bring together right food, drinks and friends for an amazing summer party (BPT) — There’s nothing quite like a summer party where beautiful weather, great food and good friends come together to create memories that last. If you’re looking forward to throwing a summer party but you’re not sure how to get started, the following tips will have you outside enjoying a warm breeze with your friends in no time. • Formulate the guest list. What’s a party without guests, right? Start by determining how many people you can comfortably host and create your guest list with this realistic number in mind. Friends, family and co-workers can all attend, but make sure to invite people you know will be respectful of your home and your neighborhood as their actions reflect on you. You might consider adding your neighbors as well as they may feel slighted if they aren’t invited to the big party taking place next door. • Pick a theme. Theme parties make planning and decorating so much easier, and they provide guests an immediate sense of what kind of party it is, how to dress, etc. If you own a pool, invite everyone to a day at the beach. Or, pick a theme around your favorite tele-

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vision show. Whatever you decide, carry your theme through to the decorations, the attire and the invitations themselves.

taste. Warm weather gatherings shouldn’t involve a lot of time in the kitchen working over a hot stove. Instead, consider offering a selection of easy, ready-to-eat snacks in a variety of flavors. TGI Fridays Snacks are a perfect choice because they parallel popular menu appetizer items that people are instantly familiar with. Choose from the popular Cheddar Bacon Potato Skins Snack Chips or the new Bacon Ranch Potato Skins Snack Chips. With 11 different flavors to choose from, your guests can roam the party to try them all.

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you have a pool, make it the main attraction and don’t forget the floats! Outdoor yard games like darts, lawn bowling or bean bag toss are popular and you can encourage participation by turning them into a competition. Smaller groups may appreciate a deck of cards and no one can say no to bingo if there’s a prize on the line. Good music is a must so be sure to load your iPod with a fun, upbeat playlist your guest will enjoy. Planning the perfect party is easier than you may think. With a little preparation and the right food, decorations and entertainment, you can give your guests a memorable event they’ll be talking about all summer long.


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From left: Amateur ham radio operators Greg Gibbs, Tom Howard, Brian Tagg and Terry Runyon at the annual Field Day event on Sunday. For two days, amateur ham radio operators gather to try and make as many contacts as possible. Photos by Tony Cagala

HAM radio enthusiasts gather for ‘field day’ By Tony Cagala

SAN MARCOS — Ham radio enthusiasts were literally having a field day. Sifting through static and listening for another voice on the other end, ham radio operators spent two days in a field off of Rancheros Drive, participating in the annual ARRL Field Day event. Greg Gibbs, organizer of the event, said one of the goals was to see how many messages could be sent from their camp to others around the U.S. and Canada. During the two-day event on June 28 and June 29, their group made 776 contacts from cities within the U.S. as far away as Virginia and Florida to Texas, Ohio and Hawaii. They were also able to reach other ham radio operators in Canada. The Field Day event is part fun, but part training, too. Meant to simulate an emergency where all power and communications are down, the event served to highlight that with portable generators communications were still possible by using ham radios. “The fastest way to turn a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communications,” said Allen Pitts of the ARRL in a press release. “From the tsunami in Japan to tornadoes in Missouri, ham radio provided reliable communication networks in the first critical hours of the events. Because ham radios are not dependent on complex systems, they work when nothing else is available. We need nothing between us but air.” Terry a Runyon, member of the Palomar Amateur Radio Club, said that as people are becoming more addicted to instant communications through cell phones, ham radios are important because during an emergency, cell phone signals are cut to allow for emergency personnel to communicate, leaving ham radio operators to

Brian Tagg, an amateur radio operator demonstrates making a radio call.

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nication devices. Tom Howard, an Oceanside resident, has been involved with ham radios since 2007. Howard, who is blind, said he keeps his radio by his bed and is able to talk with people all over the

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50 glaciers within as many miles of downtown Anchorage. We sign on with Rust’s Flying Service, which has been hosting “flightseeing” tours in the area for more than half a century. Its pilots have logged thousands of hours before flying for Rust’s, whose planes take off and land from Lake Hood, the world’s busiest seaplane base. It’s hard to grasp how close the wilderness is to civilization here, until we are up in our six-passenger DeHavilland Beaver (for which die-hard bush pilots have reverential devotion). It doesn’t take long before we must contemplate just how insignificant humans are compared to the forces of nature.

“This valley was once under 4,000 feet of ice,” explains our pilot, Stu, who immediately after our plane ride will remove the seats and load barrels of oil destined for somewhere north. When asked if I may contact him later, Stu replies that “I don’t have email, I don’t have a computer, I don’t have a TV and I don’t have a cell phone.” But the longtime pilot is plenty forthcoming when it comes to pointing out land features and explaining the mighty geological forces that shaped Alaska and are still doing so. Stu notes that the dark ridges of the glacier’s snow were created by volcanic ash that rained down from Mount Redoubt, southwest of An-

Dramatic scenery like this arm of Knik Glacier near Anchorage can only be viewed from a plane. There are 50 glaciers near the city of 301,000. Only 18 percent of Alaska’s 663,000 square miles can be accessed by road, so small planes are vital to every aspect of Alaskan life.

Lake Hood, a small body of water next to the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, is the busiest seaplane airport in the world. For many Alaskans, a single-engine plane is as common as a family car because so much of Alaska is accessible only by plane.

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JULY 11 WIZARD FUN Youngsters ages nine to 13 are invited to take over the Del Mar Library at 5:30 p.m. July 11 and get in touch with their inner wizard during the first After-Hours Harry Potter Tween Mystery Night, at 1309 Camino Del Mar. The event will include Harry Potter-themed costumes and Harry Potter Trivia while solving the mystery in teams for prizes. Parental permission is required. To register, contact the Del Mar Library at (858) 755-1666 or visit sdcl. org. BRO AM IS BACK SwitchFoot Bro-Am will be held July 12 at Moonlight Beach and at La Paloma Theatre, 471 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. It will include a surf contest at 7 a.m., concert from noon to 5 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. screening of Switchfoot’s documentary “Fading West,” and a Switchfoot performance. Tickets at switchfoot.com/c/bro-am. JULY 12 HISTORICAL HOMES The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society holds its annual Home Tour from 1 to 4 p.m. July 12 from 6036 La Flecha, Rancho Santa Fe. Tour the historical Lilian Rice Row Houses. Your check is your reservation. Mail to P.O. Box 1, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. For more information, call (858) 756-9291. XC AT THE LAKE North County Road Runners invite runners to the Bake at the Lake 4 Mile Cross-Country race, 7:30 a.m. July 12 at Lake Hodges, Escondido. No bib numbers distributed after 7:20 a.m. To register, visit HYPERLINK "http://www. northcountyroadrunners. com" northcountyroadrunners.com or HYPERLINK "http://www.sdtc.com" sdtc. com FITNESS AND FUN Carlsbad Lifestyle & Fitness Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 12 at Pine Avenue Community Park, 3333 Harding St., Carlsbad, before the July 13 Carlsbad Triathlon. Both events are hosted by the City of Carlsbad and feature relays, agility tests and seminars and live demonstrations and a blood drive. For more information, visit tcarlsbadca. gov/parksandrec. TAMBOURINE MAN The San Dieguito Heritage Museum family program, noon to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday at 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, will be crafting our own tambourines, just as Native Americans used natural resources to create many different instruments. For more information, call (760) 632-9711 COMMUNITY SAYS THANKS Lake San Marcos Democratic Club will thank area firefighters at its meeting at 10:30 a.m. July 12 with coffee and light refreshments at Lake San Marcos Pavilion, 1105 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos. Visit lsmdem.org for directions or call (760) 744-9233

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aspx. SENATOR SPEAKS State Senator Joel Anderson and Stephen Guffanti will speak at the Tri-City Tea Party 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 15 at Boomers, 1525 W. Vista Way, Vista. For more information, contact Tri-City Tea Party at info@ tri-cityteaparty.org or (760) 600-8287. JULY 16 JOB SEMINAR Employment and Career Services of Jewish Family Service of San Diego presents “Job Search from A-Z,” from 10 a.m. to noon July 16 at The Ranch, 441 Saxony Road, Encinitas. Register for free online jfssd.org/jobsearch. E-READER INFO Escondido Public Library offer a tutorial at 6 p.m. July 15 at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, on how to use eReaders to download free library eBooks “Train your Tablet for eBooks.” Registration is not required. Bring your Kindle or tablet eReader device. JULY 17 A DIFFERENT APPROACH Happy Hour Politics, a satellite club of Carlsbad Republican Women Federated, will present Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, speaking on “The Eroding of your Civil Rights: How to Right Wrongs Legally” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 17 at The Crossings, 5800 The Crossings Drive, Carlsbad. There is a $15 cash cover charge (includes appetizers) and drinks are available for purchase. For reservations, contact Coordinator Melanie Burkholder at (307) 690-7814 or hhpcbad@gmail.com. GLOBAL OUTLOOK The North County Jewish Seniors Club will host Steve Shaefer, professor of Integrated Studies speaking on the global market, at 12:30 p.m. July 17 at the Oceanside Senior Center, 455 Country Club Lane, Oceanside. Call (760) 2952564 for information. AND THEY’RE OFF Racing season in Del Mar begins July 17 and runs Wednesdays through Sundays until Sept. 3 with post time for the first race at 2 p.m. On Fridays, first post is shifted to 4 p.m. and

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concerts are scheduled. For more information, call (858) 755-1141 or visit delmarscene.com. JULY 18 SIP AND SWING The Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club will host “Golf Fore Fun -- Sip and Swing” at 3:45 p.m. July 18 at 5827 Via de la Cumbre, with a shotgun start. For more information, visit rsfgolfclub.com or call (858) 756-1182. JULY 19 MIX AND MEET Simply The Best Singles presents the “Tonight's The Night” dance/mixer for ages 35+, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. July 19 at the Del Mar Marriott, 11966 El Camino Real. Carmel Valley. Icebreakers, prizes, photographer and more. Dress upscale classy (no jeans/no shorts). Cost is $15 prepay/$20 at the door Register at SimplyThe-

BestSingles.com or call (818) 577-6877. OPENING DAY ART Nativa Furniture will celebrate the Del Mar racetrack’s opening day with a July 19 “Opening Day” cocktail reception for its “Horses in Motion” art exhibit at 143 S. Cedros Ave. in Solana Beach July 17 to Aug. 30. Ten percent of the art sale proceeds will benefit After the Finish Line, a Thoroughbred rescue organization. MARK YOUR CALENDAR GOLF FOR PUPS Sign up now for the Canine Companions for Independence annual Golf Tournament Aug. 22 at the Omni La Costa Resort in Carlsbad. Tee time is 8 a.m. with Awards Luncheon and Silent Auction to follow. If you are not a golfer, there is a spa package that includes the luncheon. Make reservations

online at ccigolf.org or call (800) 572-2275. ANIMAL THEME VBS Weird Animals Vacation Bible School will run from 6 to 8:45 p.m. July 21 through July 25 at the Family Fellowship Church, 420 N. El Camino Real, Oceanside for ages 3 through 14. Cost is $15 per child/$45 max per family. For more information, call (760) 439-1971. SPORTS BIBLE SCHOOL Redeemer Presbyterian Church offers Vacation Bible School Sports Camp for ages 4 through 12 from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. July 21 to July 25 at 1831 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas with extended day available until 3 p.m. There will be basketball, cheerleading, Team 45, martial arts and games. On-line registration at redeemersd.org/ vbs or call (760) 753-2535. Ext.13.


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JULY 11, 2014 and just what it is you want out of life. It’s time to re-evaluate matters and make adjustments to suit your needs.

SOUP TO NUTS by Rick Stromoski

By Bernice Bede Osol FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014

FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves

THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom

ake a moment to review your past and present before pursuing the future. You have too much on your plate, and you must channel your energy in the direction that makes the most sense. Modify your schedule and remain focused on your dreams.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- You will be emotional today. Try not to let your feelings overflow into the workplace. Professionalism will count when it comes to future advancement. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Keep a close eye on your wallet, assets and personal papers. Your bank account could be compromised if your financial information becomes vulnerable.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Family members will be extremely hard to please today. Get out with colleagues or friends if CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Family it will help you avoid a domestic situation matters will be confusing or could cause that you aren’t prepared to deal with. uncertainty. Put your best effort into your work to avoid making impulsive personal PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Avoid emotional blackmail. Your peers will lose changes that are likely to be costly. interest if you insist on having everything LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Prepare to take your way. Honesty, integrity and comproon a new challenge. Find the sports and mise will be necessary. recreation facilities in your area and sign up for a new activity. Striving to be your ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- A holiday to a resort, hotel or spa will help keep your best will lead to both personal and profesmind off your troubles. Making arrangesional advancement. ments with someone special will be half VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Take a back the fun. seat and observe what’s going on around TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Spruce up you. Don’t be too quick to make changes your living space without being extravaprematurely. Keep an open mind and wait gant. Applying a coat of paint or moving until you have a clear picture. furniture around to suit your current interLIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Do whatev- ests and lifestyle will make a difference in er it takes mentally and physically to im- your attitude. prove your standing, but don’t try to buy GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Treat a busisupport. Extravagance will end up cost- ness or personal partner respectfully. ing you more than you can afford. Think before you say or do something SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- A choice that has the potential to hurt someone’s between money and satisfaction will feelings. Listen to what people say, and need to be made. Question your motives show patience and understanding.

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they’ll take them out into the wild for grazing,” he said. But they’re now switching to camels as a new livestock species, perhaps, he said, because of climate chaos and other reasons. That’s something they’ve never done before, O’Connor said, but noting that camel milk is now becoming a new health trend. And the camels will eat anything — they’ll move through an area leaving the whole of the vegetation denuded, and with camels being so big they can get into

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change. “The only way to see all this is from a plane,” Stu declares, as he takes the single-engine aircraft down to less than 1,000 feet. A bit later, we fly just a few hundred feet from the steep mountain slopes, where, with the pilot’s help, we spot a few moose, sheep and even a bear loping uphill. In about 90 minutes, we turn toward Anchorage and Lake Hood, where our flight began. I have to watch the plane’s pontoons to tell when Stu puts the Beaver down on the water because the landing is so flawless. I take a deep breath; I’m

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to develop internationally-minded young people.” Character-education is entwined with being an IB learner, she explained. Smith said the IB program really engages students, and that it’s a lot more interesting, which leads to a lot less discipline problems because there’s more participation. “If you’re bored in class you’re going to start

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recommendations having to do with developing guidelines for teacher evaluations, Currier responded that additional guidelines were not necessary at the District. Recommendation 14-24 stated, “Encourage and support district superintendents to give input to the evaluation clauses in their union contracts.” Currier said in his reply that in Rancho Santa Fe, the superintendent al-

that zone of the giraffe. Most worrying, O’Connor said, was a myth being perpetuated, which said that eating giraffe brains or bone marrow could protect people from HIV and AIDS. they’re being “So slaughtered for that reason, and it’s completely ineffectual,” he added. The giraffe conservation program is hoped to be in place over the next 12 months. Some of the ongoing conservation efforts include working with the communities that overlap with giraffe. One of their main goals

for helping to implement conservation efforts with those communities is not to be viewed as outsiders. “We can’t just say, ‘Stop killing giraffe,’ or, ‘Stop using the wood in the forest,’ without giving them an alternative,” he said. It’s about building relationships with the communities and with the herders, which usually entails going out on walks with them, understanding what their perceptions of the animals are. One of the best ways to help a species is to bring awareness, said O’Connor. “And that is what World Giraffe Day is going to do,” he added.

thrilled and — OK, I admit — also relieved. It is only three miles back to the heart of Anchorage, where about half of the state’s 710,000 residents (plus 1,500 moose) live. It is easy to see from the air how only 18 percent of cities and towns are on the state’s road system. The rest of the state is accessible only by plane, boat or snow machine (snowmobiles). We’re talking 663,000 square miles of open space, as compared to California’s 163,000, or Texas’ 267,000. Texas’ secondary status in the size category is a fact that Alaskans like to exploit every chance they get. A favorite souvenir T-shirt shows a silhouette of Texas within the borders

of Alaska and claims that “We’ve been pissing off Texas since 1959,” the year Alaska became a state. Since those who live outside the road system are mostly Native Alaskans who reside in tiny isolated villages, the roads have become a reference point for defining culture. Some say this rift is wide, while others think of Anchorage more as a place through which peoples of many cultures and beliefs eventually must pass. For more information, visit flyrusts.com or call (800) 544-2299.

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goofing around,” she said. “So their kids are being challenged, they’re active; they’re moving around. And when kids are asking the questions, instead of the teachers asking the questions, they’re a lot more involved.” Ferreira said it isn’t just the standards when it comes to how the program monitors students’ understanding of the materials. “STAR testing, and we’re moving into Common Core, would just be the knowl-

edge based,” she said. “This is actually working with the whole child, and really working on their social, emotional needs; music and artistic abilities, academic abilities.” Common Core standards are standards, which the schools have had before, Ferreira said. “Common Core is kind of the ‘what.’ These schools will still be meeting those standards, however, IB is how they’ll be teaching it,” she said.

ready sits in on negotiations and has direct input. Perhaps in lager districts they do not. But in Rancho Santa Fe District, Currier pointed out, the superintendent plays a role in what goes into the collective bargaining agreements. Recommendation 1425 reads, “Develop and support programs that give more individualized attention to teachers who may need to ameliorate their performance.” Currier indicated in his response that the District already gives individualized attention to teacher performance. “In fact, the superintendent and the two principles are very proactive in regard to providing support and evaluating teachers,” he said. Currier pointed out that in the report teacher

“Burn Out” was discussed in reference to moving instructors to other schools. Again, this does not apply to Rancho Santa Fe. There is only one school in Rancho Santa Fe and teachers don’t get transferred to another school in the District. And the Rancho Santa Fe School District already abides with recommendation 14-28 which reads, “Give oversight and input to the districts’ contracts to assure that teacher evaluation has some elements based on student performance rating, to comply with the state law.” Another recommendation was to allow teachers to participate in Professional Learning Communities which the District already historically complies with. The last recommenda-

tion, 14-30, reported, “Develop a system to measure effects of teacher evaluation on student performance.” Currier pointed out that the District already carefully evaluates teachers based on pupil performance. “In fact the superintendent, herself, tracks all of that,” he said. Most of the items in the San Diego Grand Jury Report either did not apply to Rancho Santa Fe or they were already being done. “The district does a really good job and it is reflected in the quality of their teachers,” Currier said. Currier also wants people to know that not at any time when this newest Grand Jury Report was created, did they ask the Rancho Santa Fe School District to provide any information, documentation or testimony.


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