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RSF resident launches nonprofit By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe is a hub for animal lovers so when a new nonprofit emerges to benefit animals, people notice. Lynn Moon, a resident of Rancho Santa Fe, founded Art for Barks. Although she retired from the financial industry 12 year ago, this nonprofit has undoubtedly become her full-time passion which benefits animals and helps artists. “Art for Barks is an online nonprofit mobilizing animal theme artists, authors and educators to assist animal rescue charities and service dogs,” Moon said. “We are dedicated to improving pet care and reducing abandonment by providing cutting-edge information on medical care, training and nutrition. We may be the first animal nonprofit to focus on the front end care of adopted pets.” Moon describes this nonprofit as an umbrella organization representing all charities and is not in competition with others. Moon’s business acumen and love for animals spurred the Art for Barks vision three years ago. “When the 2008 crash came, being a practical economist, I knew that twothirds of the art galleries would close and animals

would have serious problems if people could not afford to take care of them,” Moon said. “I understood that both the publishing and art industries were under severe change and under a crisis mode.” Moon figured out a way to weave the arts and animals together. And Moon knows about business. Within the nation, she was the first female hired by E.F. Hutton when it was the top investment firm in its time; and, she served an unforgettable role to help provide national credit to women. When Moon began thinking about establishing a nonprofit, she spent months researching every angle. “It became very clear to me that if we followed the Washington National Aquarium model and how they used the visual appeal of fish to teach about conservation, we could use animal fine art and attract a lot of interest,” Moon said. Along with the art, Moon thought, high caliber books and authors could coalesce together to build a new community of animal lovers. The Art for Barks website is a Fine Art Gallery Museum destination showcasing dogs, horses, cats and wildlife.

Renee Hill receives her official promotion to RSF Fire Marshal on July 1. Courtesy photo

Promotion to RSF fire marshal garners praise By Christina Macone-Greene Lynn Moon, founder of Art for Barks with horses Charleston Charlie and Fred Astaire, with Valko, a mobility service dog. Photo by Susan White

“The Gallery Museum depicts the best animal art nationally and internationally in all art styles and mediums,” she said. Art for Barks points the potential shopper to the artist’s website or designated fine art gallery. “The artist has no direct obligation to do anything for us,” said Moon, noting that all she wants in

return is a spark toward animal-care education. This past school year, Moon helped promote its art and animal-care educator mission with the Rancho Santa Fe School District. Both the administration and its teachers, Moon said, developed a year-long training program TURN TO NONPROFIT ON A14

Rancho Santa Fe Association members discuss future campaign guidelines By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — While the last RSF Association meeting served as a forum to discuss future campaign guidelines, it also brought to light the lack of civility, which occurred during the last board election. Items regarding campaign spending limits and disclosures were on the agenda. Ivan Holler, RSF Association Acting Manager, revealed some initial preliminary analysis to see if there was any feasibility on the matter. Holler cited some legal cases regarding campaigns. “Because the Association is not a government entity it may be able to adopt some sort of regulations limiting campaign contributions to individual candidates,” Holler said. “However, I would note that there would be

some risk associated with any such action, again, as a challenge to right of free speech.” Holler then went on to say that in regard to campaign disclosure requirements, such an action may

needed to be done to explore the issues. “I for one do not want to spend legal money for HOA case law,” RSF Association Director Heather Slosar said. RSF Association Di-

Had I known that I would have been subjected to the stuff that was pulled on me, I never would have done this.” Kim Eggleston RSF Association Board Member

be possible, but just as with campaign spending limits, this would require additional legal research. All research done by staff was a legal preliminary review and more

rector Rochelle Putnam said she didn’t necessarily think they were looking to establish case law. She felt there were a couple issues that concerned the community, one which pertained

to transparency. Putnam said community members expressed that a great deal of money was spent on the recent campaign, and from a curiosity standpoint, showed concern that a seat on the board could be bought. “The second issue here is regarding future elections,” Putnam said. “I think it’s intimidating with respect to candidates consider running that they may have to spend a great deal of money to actually get elected and run a valid campaign.” Moving forward, she said, they may have a tough time getting qualified volunteers willing to step up and put themselves through this. “Not only financially, it was a particularly ugly campaign,” said Putman, TURN TO GUIDELINES ON A14

RANCHO SANTA FE — When Renee Hill decided to pursue a career in fire service, she never dreamed it would skyrocket. A few years after graduating high school, Hill got the idea when her mother was employed with the Vista Fire Department. “I found it very interesting, got into some classes and finished up in Palomar College with an Associate’s Degree in Fire Technology,” Hill said. With an eye on the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, she applied a couple of times and was officially brought onboard for an entry level position in 2005. And the rest, they say, is history. Hill started as a Prevention Specialist which consisted of managing sprinkler and new construction inspections.

She then became immersed into county land use issues, plan checks and reviews. Climbing up the District ladder, in 2012, Hill accepted a promotion as Deputy Fire Marshal where code enforcements were added onto her duties. As of July 1, Hill was officially promoted to RSF Fire Marshal. Now, she will superintend the Fire Prevention Bureau. And RSF Fire Chief Tony Michel couldn’t be more pleased. Michel said that since Hill took on the role as Deputy Fire Marshal, she has been acting in a Fire Marshal capacity without the title for some time. “She has been doing an outstanding job,” Michel said. “She wants to strive to make sure she is doing what is in the best interest of the RSF community when it TURN TO FIRE MARSHAL ON A14

District resolves lottery policy for the short term By Aaron Burgin

REGION — Taylor Lessley and 60 other students will be able to attend San Dieguito High School Academy after all. The San Dieguito Union High School District announced this week that the district had created enough capacity at the Encinitas campus to accept the wait-listed students whose parents had protested the district’s open-enrollment policies over the past two months. The district achieved the added capacity in the

short term by consolidating classes into underused classrooms. Long-term, the school will be able to accommodate the increased capacity with new classrooms being built as part of the district’s bond program. “It’s a feel good story,” District Superintendent Rick Schmitt said. “We were able to solve our shortterm capacity issues and find space for the kids.” In recent weeks, parents have protested the district’s lottery policy, which TURN TO DISTRICT ON A14


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Tri-City lawsuit alleges conflicts of interest over building By Aaron Burgin

From left: Diane Murphy, John Vreeburg, president of the RSF Historical Society, and Kathy McHenry checking in guests at La Flecha House. Photos by Christina Macone-Greene

Historical Society’s home tour draws big crowd By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The heart of the Village in Ranch Santa Fe brimmed with visitors anxious to tour the famous and rarely seen Lilian Rice “Row Houses.” Designed in the 1920s, these attached homes, which are assembled, to look like a Spanish Village were the talk of the July 12 tour day. More than 200 guests took part in the afternoon event. Visitors first arrived to the reception area at the historic La Flecha House for check-in. To top off a picture perfect day, bottles of water were on hand as well as a small gift bag of goodies from Short & Fishman, including chocolates. From there, about a five-minute walk took guests to the “Row Houses.” A total of 20 docents were on hand at each Row House as well as volunteers. The first stop was at the Millar House. Although believed to be designed by Lillian Rice, there is no official documentation, but the stylish flow is in sync with the others. At the Millar House was docent Jane Carlin greeting guests. “Everyone is so interested in the old flooring, beams and the history of this house,” Carlin said. Next was the Spurr-Clotfelter Row

From left: Barbara Metz, Vonn Marie May, docent and author, and Kris Nelson at the Megrew House.

House which is on the National Register. One of the docent’s there was Karen Clotfelter. “My husband grew up in this house back in 1932,” Clotfelter said. She also pointed out how visitors were commenting on the lovely adobe and being able to have a glimpse in how the home was originally designed. A few steps away sat the Nelson Row House with Jan Clark and Sandy Yayanos serving as docents. Clark greeted guests and explained which portions of the house were original and constructed at a later date. Tour goers appreciated the blend of both constructions and commented how striking the décor was throughout the Nelson Row House. TURN TO HOME TOUR ON A14

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OCEANSIDE — Tri-City Healthcare District’s former CEO and board chairwoman had illegal conflicts of interest when they pushed for the district to enter into an agreement with a Carlsbad insurance underwriter to build a medical office building on the hospital’s campus, the hospital alleges in a lawsuit filed this month. The accusations are spelled out in the 149-page suit filed on July 3 by the district, which is seeking to void the pact between the hospital district and Medical Acquisition Co., (MAC), which the district said has left it with an unfinished project and a deal that has been to the district’s detriment. Yet, Larry Anderson, the former CEO, board chairwoman Rosemarie Reno and an attorney with MAC each categorically deny the accusations the district made in the lawsuit. “Everything that they have accused me of is completely false,” Anderson said. “I am really getting tired of being accused of things that are totally false, and I have been dealing with this for nine months, and clearly have more to deal with for the foreseeable future, but the accusations are false and in time everyone will see this.” The complex development agreement called for MAC to lease district land for 50 years and build a 60,000-square-foot complex. The hospital would then lease almost half the space for $75,000 a month and prepay $7.5 million in up-front rent. MAC would use the rest of the space to house doctors from a side company it set up for spinal surgeries in Tri-City’s operation rooms, as well as other services. As of today, the office building sits vacant on the southern edge of the campus. The lawsuit says that Anderson pushed the lease arrangement even though it had a clause that virtually guaranteed him employment for eight years and while MAC owner and founder Charles Perez had bought him various gifts, including a home-security system, guns and other gratuities. The original agreement had a poison-pill clause that would have forced the hospital to pay MAC $18 million if the board were to fire Anderson or his executive team. Even though the hospital board later voted to remove the language, the lawsuit says the conflict still existed at the time the deal was being negotiated. The district terminated Anderson in October 2013, and in November of that year outlined several causes for his termination, including that he misled the district about its financial condition, pressured the former hospital financial officer to misstate financial reserves, conducted an inappropriate investigation of Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall, spent district money for online image enhancement services and his interaction with MAC, which was deemed inappropriate. Anderson prevailed against the district’s attempt to block his unemployment request, when the state Unemployment Insurance Board said the district’s claims — some that mirror claims made in the lawsuit — lacked foundation beyond the hearsay testimony that was proffered up at the hearing by the district’s compliance officer. The lawsuit also alleges that former board chairwoman Reno, who is still currently on the board, failed to recuse herself from voting on the deal even though Perez, through MAC’s services, paid for $200,000 worth of medical expenses for her grandson who had been in a car accident, and who was later hired as a company driver. Instead of not participating in the lease negotiations, the suit alleges that Ander-

son and Reno were major proponents of the arrangement, with Anderson going as far as misleading the board with incomplete, faulty and misleading information about MAC, its financial strength and construction experience. These actions, according to the lawsuit, were violations of several government codes, including 1090, which bars elected and certain appointed officials from having a financial interest in a contract made by them in their official capacity. In certain cases, these types of conflicts can result in criminal charges being brought against the elected officials, though Tri-City legal representatives said the district was only pursuing civil remedies. The hospital’s dealings with MAC predated the medical office building arrangement. Tri-City and MAC started doing business shortly after Anderson took over as CEO in 2009. MAC had worked with several hospitals that Anderson and Tri-City’s current CEO Casey Fatch used to run. MAC’s business model is to pay upfront for patients’ surgeries in personal liability cases, then seek to recoup its investment from responsible parties’ insurance companies. In addition to the conflicts of interest, the suit spells out a series of actions Anderson did on behalf of the company that were tantamount to an quid pro quo arrangement, including: • hiring employees to mine hospital data to identify patients for MAC’s medical factoring business. • allowing Perez to interfere with district operations • paying MAC’s construction contractor $75,000 in district funds to settle the company’s outstanding bill with the contractor. • paying $47,000 in district funds for the rental and purchase of a truck used for mobile advertisement of MACs services. • causing the district to pay for the remodeling of a building at 4010 Vista Way, which it then leased to MAC, and then forgave MACs obligation to repay the district when it terminated the lease early. • Waiving a condition of the lease arrangement that required MAC to furnish the district with a letter of credit, which MAC couldn’t obtain due to its financial distress. The hospital is seeking to purchase the building, and voted Tuesday to file an eminent domain lawsuit, which would force the sale of the building to the hospital for fair market value. But the board said Tuesday it would negotiate with MAC’s attorneys to come to a fair purchase price for both taxpayers and MAC. The sides are far apart on the value of the building. Tri-City offered MAC $4.7 million, while MAC attorney Duane Horning said in a presentation to the board that the building is closer to $20.2 million. Reno recused herself from Tuesday’s vote after seeking advice from the board’s legal counsel, Greg Moser. When reached for comment, Reno said, “I have done nothing wrong. What the lawsuit accuses me of is low down and dirty, and I have done nothing but good for the hospital. As a registered nurse, I gave my life for the hospital.” She also said that in 2010, she asked Moser if her grandson’s arrangement posed a conflict. She said he told her it didn’t, but later recanted. MAC, in its own lawsuit against the district, filed in April, called the allegations TURN TO TRI-CITY ON A14

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Letters to the Editor

Red light camera fate now uncertain in state California Focus By Thomas Elias There are few worse feelings for a driver than receiving a letter purporting to show that person in the act of running a red light. But not many legal items are less enforceable or reliable, despite what the California Supreme Court said in an early summer ruling, which held red light camera photos and videos have “a presumption of authenticity.” There’s a reason traffic cops routinely demand that drivers sign the bottom of every ticket they write: That signature constitutes a promise either to pay a fine or appear in court on a specified date. Drivers make no such promise on red light tickets, which normally carry fines of about $480. That was one reason the city of Los Angeles abandoned red light cameras in 2012. The decision came about a year after that city’s police chief, Charlie Beck, candidly admitted that no actions were being taken against drivers who simply ignored red light camera violation notices. Because they’re not routinely sent as certified or registered mail (too costly), prosecutors cannot prove drivers are lying if they say they never got the mailed tickets. This in effect creates two classes of citizens, in apparent violation of the equal protection clause of the Constitution’s 14th Amendment: drivers who dutifully pay up the almost $500 fines on demand and scofflaws who don’t, and pay nothing. There could hardly be more unequal treatment. There’s also the issue of red light camera reliability. The nub of the case against cited drivers is usually a videotape which drivers can often see via an Internet link provided in the mailed violation notice. Since the vast bulk of

red light camera tickets involve drivers making rolling stops rather than full stops before right turns, the accuracy of videos is critical. A still photo may place a driver in the middle of a turn during a red light, but doesn’t establish that he or she didn’t stop before proceeding with the turn. If the video camera doesn’t run precisely at lifespeed, but is a little faster, a vehicle can appear to be rolling through the stop, when it fact it made a full stop. In several cases where police have been cross-examined about how often their video cameras are calibrated, they testified they didn’t know, that it was up to the camera operator — usually Redflex Traffic

in Oakland, for one example, over how much the city made last year from the 11 red light cameras it then had operating: The city says it netted just $280,000, while Redflex said the city share came to about $1.1 million. Oakland police are now auditing paid fines to see which figure is closest to correct. In Poway, near San Diego, cameras at three intersections netted between $100,000 and $218,000 per year. Apparently, those smallish receipts were not enough for either city to put up with complaints about cameras violating privacy and the exorbitantly high fines for rolling stops before right turns.

The state’s highest court says drivers don’t have the right to cross-examine camera operations Systems or American Traffic Solutions, both based in Arizona. But those firms are never available for cross-examination in court and the Supreme Court said they don’t have to be. So while drivers contesting red light camera tickets can usually question a cop, they can’t cross-examine the ultimate witness against them, an egregious violation of a basic constitutional right, no matter what the state justices may say. But legal reasons are not the main cause for removal of red light cameras in Poway, Oakland and most other cities that have gotten rid of them: finances are. Because more than half the take from each $480 fine goes to the state or the operating companies, cities often don’t make much profit from the cameras, while annoying thousands of their citizens and visitors. There’s disagreement

All of which means red light cameras are at a different kind of crossroad: The state’s highest court says drivers don’t have the right to cross-examine camera operations because of the presumption of accuracy in their findings, while some of the state’s largest cities have shut their cameras down. The upshot is that unfair as the cameras may be if they’re not properly calibrated, their fate in many places will hang not on traffic safety, but on the city budget dollars they produce, regardless of anyone’s constitutional rights. 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

Carlsbad mayor and city reservoir site. council: Are you listenExcuse me! Does the city come to residents ing? to fund other improveSince January, Olde ments or projects? Isn’t that why we all Carlsbad residents have been petitioning and pay taxes? If the city was in fimeeting with the mayor and city council mem- nancial crisis that may bers to set aside a 3-acre make sense; but that unused parcel of land is not the case here in at the old Buena Vis- Carlsbad which is quite ta Reservoir to be used well off financially. Surely Carlsbad can for park or open space serving the residents easily afford to turn this of Carlsbad’s northwest 3-acre parcel into somequadrant. thing of value to the Olde Carlsbad in the whole community. northwest quadrant of Who does the counthe city has been under- cil really represent? Apparently not the served regarding park residents or we wouldn’t space. Residents have met still be having this disrepeatedly with staff or cussion. council members and Mayor and city counhave so far only met with cil members, it’s time excuses, resistance, or to speak up and declare silence. whose side you are on. At the June 17 counAs elected officials cil meeting, 17 speakers you owe us that. Either you are on representing 600 residents of Olde Carlsbad the side of special interexpressed their unani- ests or on the side of the mous interest in having Carlsbad residents who this land set aside for a wish to preserve what precious open space is neighborhood park. It’s a total no-brain- still remaining to imer. The unused land is al- prove the quality of life ready owned by the city for all of us in Carlsbad. and it’s an ideal location If you disagree, we for a neighborhood park. need to have an open So why hasn’t it already dialogue, not silence. If you agree we need happened? When Mayor Hall your help and active asasked the council mem- sistance to move this bers for any comments dream forward. We would like to see after the June 17 meeting there was complete a “Buena Vista Reserve” silence with the excep- to be saved for all future tion of council member residents of northwest Carlsbad, indeed all of Keith Blackburn. Mayor Hall made the Carlsbad to enjoy. The next time we comment the sale of the reservoir would be off vote we will know who to the table until the fall. vote for and who not to Why not off the table for vote for. good? Respectfully, Ron Why would the city Ramswick, 39-year resistill be considering selling the property instead dent of Olde Carlsbad of serving the residents? Mayor Hall has said on more than one occasion, “How are you go- Is this what taxpayers ing to pay for this,” in want? response to our request for a park or open space The July 15 Carlsbad to be established at the City Council workshop

on parks and open space was the opportunity for the City Council to aspire to the kind of parks and open space that truly would make them a world class city. What they did instead was : • Eliminate the long standing goal of 40% open space at build-out • Ignore the request for neighborhood parks • Imply there “might” be some future parks added with no assurances that will happen • Say absolutely nothing about converting the Buena Vista Reservoir to a park • Make it clear they do not want to spend any more money on parks. Someone needs to remind them where their $ 74m in excess reserve funds came from. Wouldn’t it be a novel idea for politicians to spend taxpayer money on what the taxpayers want? Diane Nygaard On behalf of Preserve Calavera

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Council approved $78,000 to remove and replace poorly growing or dead trees and overgrown invasive plants along the 10-year-old Coastal Rail Trail. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

New trees to spruce up Coastal Rail Trail By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Vegetation along the 10-year-old Coastal Rail Trail will receive some much-needed attention after council members agreed unanimously at the July 9 meeting to spend up to $78,000 to remove and replace poorly growing or dead trees and overgrown invasive plants. The Coastal Rail Trail, which runs along Coast Highway 101, was completed in 2004. Since then no major planting or renovation has been done. A walk-through inspection was conducted earlier this year by staff members, representatives from Nissho of California — the city’s contracted landscaper — and Councilman Mike Nichols, a licensed landscape architect. Several problem areas were identified. “Naturally during this last 10 years a large number of plant species just disappeared due to their age,” City Engineer Mo Sammak said. “More planting is needed for the entire corridor.” In addition to vegetation issues, the walkthrough revealed eroded decomposed granite walkways and unacceptable expansion joints in the concrete walkways. Nissho representatives estimated the total cost of repairs to be $78,000. The current fiscal year budget includes $129,770 for the Highway 101 streetscape project, so about $50,000 is still available for other improvements. Council members approved the expenditure, which is in addition to the $195,400 yearly landscape maintenance contract with Nissho. That contract was


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first approved in July 2013 and was renewed for an additional year at the July 9 meeting. Once the improvement project is competed there will be about 2,000 plants comprising 10 species along the corridor. “All of the plants that are being selected are either succulent … or very drought tolerant … so there will be no increase in water demand,” Nichols said. “It’s a lot of the same massings of plants that we currently have out there with the introduction of some new succulent-type plants. “What they’re planning to do is a lot of work,” he added. “I think the price is fair. … I think it’s a good plan.” In other news, the city received the Project of the Year Award from the San Diego chapter of the American Public Works Association for the recently completed Coast Highway 101 west-side improvement project. The APWA develops and supports cities, agencies and organizations that plan, build, maintain and improve communities. “This is quite an honor,” Councilwoman Lesa Heebner said. Council members also unanimously agreed to delete the word “advisory” from the name of the Public Arts Advisory Commission. Councilman Dave Zito said the adjustment made sense since none of the city’s four other commissions have the word advisory in them. AT&T Mobility was sent back to the drawing board a second time in its effort to secure a conditional use permit TURN TO RAIL TRAIL ON A14


Coached by Nate Hetherington, the Rancho Santa Fe Attack Boys U13 Premier team won the Anaheim Surf Invitational during the July 12 and July 13 competition. Pictured: (Top row from left) Mitchell Seipt, Zack Borthwick, Ethan Roche, Nick Bello, Danny James, Jake Kosakoff, Jac Cubbison, Coach Nate Hetherington. (Bottom row from left) AJ Castellanos, Bradley Allgood, Gil Pidding, Jose Salgado and Denzel Zepeda. Not pictured: Drew Granieri, Sterling Snodgrass and Nate Valley. Courtesy photo

Craig brings smiles to children’s library By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — At the children’s section of the Rancho Santa Fe Library, excitement was in the air as everyone waited for Jenny Craig. On July 15, a special event was held in honor of Craig’s debut children’s book, “I Believe in Genevieve.” Craig’s lifelong passion to bring inspiration to others has now created a literary piece punctuating “strong and healthy” in a positive and fun way for kids. Craig who adores horses, crafted the story based on a little girl, Genevieve. The young girl works hard to ride and takes great care of an older thoroughbred that she competes and wins with at a horse camp show. The story highlights smart and healthy choices for both the horse, Candy Ride, Genevieve, and her sister, Trudy. Mary Lui of the Rancho Santa Fe Children’s Library started the introductions following Craig’s arrival. “I am so pleased to see so many people here,” Lui said. A crowd of children and their parents gathered around, giving Craig a welcoming applause. Diana Hughes, the children’s librarian, read “I Believe in Genevieve,” with Craig by her side. Craig watched the expressions of the children around her. After the book read, Craig had some things to share with the crowd. “First of all, let me say that the characters in here are really people that are in my life. I did have a sister, Trudy, she is gone now,” Craig said. “I have a real horse named Candy Ride; and, he is a stallion now, happy, breeding and putting out some wonderful horses.” Craig said she crafted her first children’s book from her childhood years. She has always loved horses and has owned them for about 40 years. Since she knew that chil-

here today and for donating all the books that the proceeds will go to support the Guild,” Appleby said. “We would like to offer you as an author and community member a gift membership to the library guild.” Craig was honored and thanked Appleby. While Craig was at the book signing table, children scurried over to the craft table to make stylish horse bookmarks and snaked on apple slices. Jenny Craig, left, looks on as Diana Hughes, the children’s librarian, reads, her debut children’s book, “I Believe in Genevieve.” Photo by

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dren loved animals, and that includes horses, she thought it would be enjoyed by kids. Craig said she used the premise of the story as a metaphor in eating heathy and to keep the body moving. “Moving your body doesn’t mean we have to do exercise. It can be fun things, but it’s important for children to be active,” Craig said. She continued, “So I tried to get that message across into a child’s mind.” Craig also praised her illustrator, Wendy Edelson. When she saw Edelson’s drawings it spurred her to write the book. “Wendy is self-taught and a brilliant illustrator, she gave the book an old-fashioned look to it,” Craig said. “And I’m an old fashioned gal.” Before signing books for the children, Craig answered a variety of questions from both adults and children. The first question was when she started riding horses. “I was 10, but back then, we couldn’t afford a horse because I grew up right after the Great Depression,” she said. Still, that didn’t stop Craig from being close to horses. She told the audience that she and her sister, Trudy, would rent horses a couple times a week and go horseback riding.

She wanted everyone to know that she rode Western style back then, and in her mind at the time, the horn on the saddle was a “mental safety net,” like an emergency brake. One child asked Craig if she every jumped with her horses. Craig answered, “No, I never did jump but I love watching them – they are so graceful.” During the course of the afternoon, Susan Appleby, Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild membership and development manager, made an announcement. “We would like to thank you so much, Jenny, for being

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RSF Golf Club readies for The Clambake By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — At the end of the month, local avid golfers as well as those flying across state lines, will be taking part in one of the most highly anticipated annual events of the year: The Clambake Men’s Invitational. This exclusive threeday event, with a swingoff July 31, will welcome a total of 64, two-person teams. A total of 48 teams are member guests, while the remaining is by invitation only. The Clambake is rich with history, beginning in 1937. The person with the vision was none other than Hollywood legend, Bing Crosby, who moved his family to Rancho Santa Fe after purchasing the Osuna Ranch property. “Bing Crosby was instrumental in starting the Clambake Tournament itself and it really kind of piggybacked on his Del Mar Racetrack experience,” said Tim Barrier, RSF Golf Course superintendent. “So Crosby and his cronies would go to the Del Mar Racetrack and would hang out here and play golf.” Crosby co-founded the Del Mar Racetrack along with actors Gary Cooper, Pat O’Brien, Joe Brown, Oliver Hardy and Charles Howard. A lot happened in 1937. This year marked The Clambake and the Del Mar Racetrack. Between the years of 1937 to 1942, “The Clambake,” also known as the Bing Crosby ProAm Tournaments hosted at the RSF golf course,

“Bing Crosby was instrumental in starting the Clambake Tournament itself and it really kind of piggybacked on his Del Mar Racetrack experience,” said Tim Barrier, RSF Golf Course superintendent. The clambake begins July 31. Photo courtesy Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club

attracted celebrities and pro golfers. It also transformed how future golf tournaments were championed. While Crosby thought he was just hosting a casual golfing party, with of course a competitive edge on the greens, the pro-am format is the foundation of modern PGA tournaments. In 1943, Crosby left the Ranch and estab-

lished his roots in Pebble Beach with a home sitting at the 14th fairway. Over the years, the RSF Golf Club continued to have their annual tournaments, but it wasn’t until 2009 that it was decided to bring back the olden times. “We renamed it ‘The Clambake’ because it really is the history of the Club,” said Scott Johnson, PGA professional at the RSF Golf Club. “All the big names in golf at the time played in it.” The renaming has had a great response and this annual event has return players. Last year, they had 60 teams, but were able to expand it to 64 this year. But still, there is a

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RSF Senior Center enjoys an afternoon in Paris By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — People enjoyed an afternoon at the RSF Senior Center to learn a variety of Paris traveling tips as well as sharing their own travel experiences across the pond. Leading the July 17 afternoon event was Mark Anderson, the owner of Adventure Vacations, based in La Jolla. Anderson has jetted to Paris since 1972. “The first time, my budget was $5 a day and I slept in the park,” he said. But a lot has changed since 1972. Anderson has gone to Paris countless times. He eventually got into the travel industry and has owned his business for more than 25 years. “We have sent thousands of people to Paris over the years and it’s become our little niche in the market,” Anderson said. “It’s not the only thing we do, but something we have done well for a very long time.” Their packages such as Christmas Shopping Paris, Springtime in Paris, or Valentine’s Day in Paris have been huge hits and recognized by the Los Angeles Times and U-T San Diego, he said. Those in attendance took away Paris tips, complimentary maps, guides, and discount shopping cards. “Paris is one of those places that have an endless variety and fascination into so many rich cultural experiences like art, literature, architecture, food, and wine,” Anderson said. He also referred to Ernest Hemingway’s written peace, “Moveable Feast,” which is memoirs from his time in Paris in his early years. “Hemingway wrote this wonderful book which said for anybody who was lucky enough to spend some time in Paris in their youth it will stay with them for the rest of their lives,” he said. With a large map of Paris Anderson used as a visual, he explained and pointed out how the city was divided into 20 districts. He dismantled traveling to Paris into three seasons: low, shoulder, and high seasons. Low season occurs from November to March and travelers pay nearly half the amount in airfare and hotel bills than they would in high season, during mid-June through August. Shoulder season, Anderson explained, is from April to mid-June. “For the shoulder season, weather is still nice and prices are down,” he said, adding how the ideal time to travel to Paris is in the spring and fall. Anderson told everyone for those who want a direct flight to Paris, that itinerary was leaving from Los Angeles International Airport and boardTURN TO PARIS ON A14

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New venue ready for galas, gatherings RANCHO SANTA FE — Charles C. Butler of the Rancho Santa Fe Motor Club & Storage announces a new, secure warehouse and clubhouse site for event-hosting purposes at a facility close to Palomar Airport in Carlsbad. The newly constructed, state-of-the-art, indoor/ outdoor 17,000 square-foot property is equipped with an open warehouse space that can be customized for theme parties, corporate events, private birthdays and fundraising galas or receptions. The venue is equipped with a three-tier Tyco security system including a 24/7 video surveillance cameras, luxury member VIP lounge with beverage bar, designated cigar-smoking area, HDTV’s and Wi-Fi. RSFMC&S owner Charles C. Butler, said, “We have a unique space that will appeal to both auto enthusiasts as well as event planners for a variety of

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there was a lot of gnashing of teeth as I worked on revising and polishing the story to a point where I could then sit down and draw it. Also, comics are a medium that values the economy of words, so I spent a lot of afternoons doing things like cutting 30 words in a panel to just 10, or replacing them with a wordless picture. Drawing the story had its own challenges, like figuring out how to convey interior states and subtle emotions in pictures, but it also had its own rewards. I like to get lost in the drawing when I work, and it was easy to do so with a story that I had written myself and knew intimately. Overall, I was extremely grateful throughout the process to be able to work on a project that was Image courtesy of Michael Cho self-initiated and which I in their 20s and well-edu- had complete freedom to cated, intelligent and ea- tackle as I saw fit. ger to pursue their creative ambitions but trapped for What is striking about whatever reasons in a job “Shoplifter” is its natural and a path that might not ability to speak to our genget them there. It seemed eration about self-fulfilllike a great setup for a ment and happiness, and graphic novel. it explores those themes through the eyes of one CorI can imagine the transition rina Park. During the charyou made from illustrator/ acter creation process, what cartoonist to graphic nov- did you need to consider elist must’ve been an inter- with respect to conveying esting experience. When that sense of purpose via you decided to combine the heroine’s journey? beautiful imagery with brilThis is a tough quesliant writing in what would tion! My main considerbecome your first graphic ation was trying to create a novel, how did it feel? living, breathing character First, thanks for the that was believable and rekind words. It was a very latable. rewarding but very chalI didn’t want Corrina to lenging experience work- be a stand-in or the “voice ing on this book. I tend to of a generation” or anything have more confidence in awful like that, I just wantmy drawing than I do in ed her to be a complete permy writing, but the writing son with the contradictions has to come first for me. So and complexities inherent

REGION — Pantheon Books, part of Random House’s Knopf Doubleday group, appears in this year’s Comic-Con at booth No. 1515 to showcase Canadian illustrator/cartoonist/ writer Michael Cho’s debut graphic novel “Shoplifter.” This wonderful combination of imagery and words revolves around a young woman’s search for true happiness and self-fulfillment in the big city; meanwhile, she busies herself with small-time shoplifting in order to cope with her conflicting emotions. “Shoplifter” is a skillful testament to Cho’s potential as a graphic novelist, and that same skill resonated within the questions I had for him in advance of Michael Cho’s ‘Shoplifter’ graphic novel will make its debut at this Comic-Con. year’s Comic-Con in San Diego. There is no such thing as a work without an origin story. Which inspiration(s) encouraged you to create “Shoplifter”? A couple of different things went into it. I’ve worked primarily as an illustrator in my career, doing assignments for magazines and drawing book covers, etc., but had started to move towards writing and drawing comics stories. I’ve had a lifelong love of the comics medium and, over the last few years, I’ve written and drawn shorter comics on a variety of different subjects. I finally wanted to tackle a longer format story, so “Shoplifter” came out of that impulse. As for the story itself, it was something that had been percolating for a while. I knew a lot of people like Corrina, the protagonist of the story, who were


Know something that’s going on? Send it to calendar@ coastnewsgroup.com JULY 25 CONCERT AFTER HOURS A Leucadia 101 Main Street After Hours Concert will feature The Tonga RossMa'u Quartet from 7 to 9 p.m. July 25, at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For tickets or more information, visit ruthlesshippies.org and leucadia101.com. SCULPTURE EVENING From 5 to 7 p.m. July 25, join the free reception for the San Diego Sculpture Guild's “Sculptural Awakening” at the Civic Center Gallery, City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas. View the exhibit, meet the artists. For more information, visit sandiegosculptorsguild.com or call (760) 633-2600. LUX FOR LUNCH A Lunchtime Lecture for 18 and older is offered from noon to 1 p.m. July 25, at the Lux Art Institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, with Jim Rocks, habitat

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in anyone interesting. I think her struggle, however, can resonate with a lot of people who are sharp enough to critique but, for whatever reason, feel unable to create. The entirety of “Shoplifter” is presented in black&-white, which proves to be effective in painting a lively portrait of the setting and characters. As you were applying your artwork to the story, were there any other reasons you opted for the resulting choice of color? The book is actually drawn and printed in two colors — a magenta tone and black ink. I’ve worked in two-color quite a bit, and it’s an approach I felt was appropriate for this book. I just find focusing on things like atmosphere or mood easier with a limited palette than in juggling harmonies in full color and I’m more confident in depicting subtleties in two-color than with a harsher black & white approach. Now that “Shoplifter” is on its way to reaching the eyes and ears of the world at this year’s Comic-Con, what’s next for you? I’m just continually working on growing as an artist and story-teller. “Shoplifter” was originally planned as the first of five interrelated stories featuring different characters, so I have four others that I’ll be working on over the next few years. The next book is much longer and incorporates many of the lessons learned while working on “Shoplifter.” Hopefully it’ll find an audience as well. Artfest” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 1 through Aug. 31 at La Vida Del Mar, 850 Del Mar Downs Road, Solana Beach. The public is invited to a reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Aug. 1. For more information, call (858) 755-1224 or visit coastal-artists.org. CONSORTIUM OF CULTURE The Oceanside Cultural Consortium is showcasing live performances, music, poetry, art education, culinary and pop-up art galleries in Oceanside businesses and public spaces on the First Friday of each month, from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning Aug. 1. Visit oceansideartwalk.org for maps and each month’s locations, art happenings and sponsors. MARK THE DATE GROOVE THING Soul and R&B vocal legends The Stylistics and The Dramatics will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20, in the Events Center at Pala Casino Spa & Resort, 11154 Highway 76, Pala, with hits including “Betcha by Golly, Wow” and “You Make Me Feel Brand New.” Tickets with no service charge, at the Pala Box Office in the casino, or call (877) 946-7252, at Star Tickets, (800) 585-3737, or startickets.com.

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Composer/editor John Ottman talks ‘X-Men’ at Comic-Con By Noah S. Lee

REGION — On July 24, John Ottman will appear at Comic-Con’s 2nd Annual Musical Anatomy of a Superhero panel, in which prominent Hollywood composers will provide insight into bringing comic book characters and stories to life through music. A Marvel veteran, Ottman is the only person in Hollywood who handles both scoring and editing duties in the films on which he works, a practice he reserves solely for his longtime collaborator Bryan Singer. His dual contributions can be seen in the recent “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” During this phone interview, Ottman discussed his working relationship with Singer, his favorite career scores, what draws him to Marvel characters, the experience he had in composing the latest “X-Men” score, and more.

What do you enjoy most about your collaboration with director Bryan Singer, from your USC days to nowadays? The best part is the fact that we’ve worked together for so many years that there’s a trust factor that we have, and so it makes my job much easier than it can be when we’re making one our films. I just do it [music and editing] and then he comes in and basically sees what I’ve been doing and checks in to see how I’m shaping things. If you had to choose the one film score of your career that you love the most, which would it be? That’s a really hard one because there’s a few of them, but, inevitably, it’s usually the ones that no one hears or sees; the films that bomb usually end up being my favorite scores. In reTURN TO OTTMAN ON A14


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‘Soul Surfer’ meets and inspires fans at fundraiser By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — A line of fans carrying surfboards and ukuleles stretched around the parking lot of Surf Ride surf shop and down the block, as they waited to meet “Soul Surfer” Bethany Hamilton and get her autograph on July 19. Hamilton, 24, is a professional surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack, and went on to compete and win in national surfing competitions following her recovery. Her message of overcoming setbacks by relying on person strength and faith has touched millions of people. “She’s been a huge inspiration to me,” Isabella Fuiks, of San Diego, said. “I’ve dreamed of meeting her. She inspires me not to give up and to follow your dreams.” Also in line to meet Hamilton was Rachael Risko,12, of Oceanside, Isabella Darisay, 12, of Carlsbad, and Chloe Pierson, 12, of Oceanside. The girls are best friends who have been surfing together for two years. Rachael is a team surfer for Surf Ride. Isabella competes for Valley Middle School surf team. They all have their sights set on surfing professionally. “It’s all our goals,” Chloe said. Hamilton began competitive surfing at age 8. By age 9, she had sponsorships from Rip Curl and Tim Carroll Surfboards. At age 13, she placed second at the 2003 NSSA National Championships that took place in July. That October she was at-

Isabella Darisay, 12, of Carlsbad, left, and Chloe Pierson, 12, of Oceanside stand by as Bethany Hamilton signs Chloe’s surfboard. Fans lined up around the block to meet Hamilton on July 19. Photo by Promise Yee

tacked by a 14-foot tiger shark, and had her left arm amputated at the shoulder. A month later she returned to surfing. “She lost her arm, but still believed God would use (what happened) for good,” Chris Peck, Cobian marketing and event coordinator, said. “Her story creates a platform of celebration.” By January 2004 she was competing, and in 2005 Hamil-

ton won the Explorer Women’s division of the NSSA National Championships. “God accepts me just as I am,” Hamilton said. “I’m giving God the glory.” At age 23 Hamilton married Christian youth minister Adam Dirks. She continues to win surfing competitions, has been widely recognized with awards, and wrote several books including her autobiography “Soul Surf-

er,” which was made into a major motion picture. The fundraiser on July 19 was part of a promotional tour to share her story, introduce Cobian merchandise, and raise funds for the Friends of Bethany foundation. Hamilton has a signature line of Cobian sandals. Part of the profits from their sale goes to her foundation. The foundation supports shark attack survivors and am-

putees. Recently the foundation held a weekend retreat for girl amputees in their teens and early 20s. Participants challenged themselves to surf, and gained confidence in what they were able to accomplish. “It’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever been a part of,” Hamilton said. The foundation plans to hold another retreat next summer and expand its outreach.

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single piece of litter on the field or in the dugout after the games,’’ said Darrell Atkin, whose been playing in the La Costa 35 Athletic Club league for 14 years. “There is an awareness for us to be good citizens and really leave it better than when we found it.’’ Finding the good among the LC35AC is easy. These are good people doing good things and both will be on display Sunday. This league has one eye on the ball and the other on helping others. If someone among their colleagues is suffering these players with limited range but endless compassion get busy. By taking it easy. The 23 teams take a

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hiatus this Sunday, but only to extend a hand. It’s the annual Swing With Your Heart co-ed tournament and here’s to everyone connecting. “Anybody can sign up,’’ said Daryl Wasano, the LC35AC vice president. “You don’t have to be a member to play in our games that day.’’ If there’s a more important afternoon in the season, good luck finding it. While league-play takes a respite, money will be raised for Dennis R., a longtime LC35AC participant, and Caroline Wrathall, a 4-yearold daughter of Reza Wrathall, another player. Both are battling cancer. Both have a legion of softballers at their side. “There’s a real culture here of the teams being like family and you take care of your own,’’ Atkin said. Which isn’t new for the LC35AC, which features over-35 and over-55 age-group divisions and is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The league’s popular poker bash has raised more than $100,000 for

the Boys and Girls Clubs of Carlsbad. It’s set aside enough dough to fund annual $2,000 college scholarships for area graduates. The grants are named for John Strayer and John Mitchell; Strayer founded the softball league while Mitchell created the flag-football side. And has the chatty Strayer ever missed a softball Sunday surrounded by those he knows best? “I just love it out here,’’ he said. “Even on days when it rains and we don’t have games, I’ll come out here, sit by myself and think of all the good memories.’’ Strayer’s gift of gab means he’s seldom alone. Dennis and Caroline, please know you’ll have plenty of friends this weekend, too. Sunday’s entry fees go to the families, same for the money from the raffle items, which range from tickets to the Holiday Bowl and Padres games. Hawaiian vacations and golf at area resorts will also be bid on. Don’t be surprised if the memorabilia features something from

Carlsbad’s Fred Lynn, as the former major-leaguer played in the LC35AC for years. But this is really about the recreational-leaguers giving it up for two people needing an assist. “We’ll gather all the guys around and take any type of donation,’’ Wasano said. “The softball is one thing, but when there’s a need for somebody, everybody becomes so caring.’’ Don’t let all these tough, macho men fool you -- they’ve got big hearts as well as big bats. “More than anything in this league there’s a sense of community, a sense of belonging,’’ Atkin said. Want to join in as well and why wouldn’t you? Go to lc35ac.org and help these guys aiding two locals by donating something straight from the heart. Knowing their goal, it’s impossible to swing and miss. Contact Jay Paris at jparis8@aol.com. Follow him on Twitter at jparis_ sports

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he 33rd annual Carlsbad Triathlon saw almost 1,000 participants T ages 14 to 76 take to the water and streets along Tamarack Beach on July 13. Finishing in first place in the Elite Men’s Division was Karl Bordine of Carlsbad. Silver medalist at the 2000 Olympics in the triathlon and winner of the 2006 Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii, Michellie Jones of Carlsbad finished in first place in the Elite Women’s division. Crossing the finish line just two seconds behind Jones was Apolo Ohno, eight time Olympic medalist in short track speed skating. Photos by Tony Cagala



T he R ancho S anta F e News fires they have recently had. One issue in particular has been addressing the Eucalyptus trees. The community is more actively involved, she added. “People are complying with the requirements and taking the responsibility to help protect their own structure on their own property,” she said. Michel said Hill takes on extra efforts to make sure she is well-versed in codes and adopting ordinances which can be easily managed by the community. And educating the community is an immense part of being Fire Marshal. “Renee just doesn’t just give an answer, she gives the answer and explains why

and what the outcomes are if we don’t do that,” Michel said. He continued, “She goes over and above what it is necessary in that position and is the perfect fit for Fire Marshal.” Looking ahead in her new position, Hill intends to be progressive and lead fire prevention into other great successes. “I think getting some of our smaller and larger communities designated as firewise communities would be a great success for San Diego, in general,” she said. “I would also like to thank the community’s support in working so well with us and really appreciate that relationship.”

wanted me to tell you that the French are not rude,” Anderson said. “They are like coconuts — hard on the outside but soft on the inside.” While Anderson named all the popular sites to see, he took a detour to his favorite bar near the Notre Dame Cathedral called, Les Trois Mailletz. Nearly 700 years ago, workers would go there for their break and some wine. Today, opera singers visit diners while someone plays on a piano, Anderson said. Another recommendation was The Rodin Museum in the middle of Paris. Anderson wanted everyone to know the

museum was housed in Rodin’s 16th century mansion. While getting around Paris can be done by metro, bus, and taxi, Anderson prefers to walk. The town is about three to four miles wide, compact and very accessible. Executive director of the RSF Senior Center, Terrie Litwin, was delighted with the afternoon event and considering a travel series to their lineup. “Everybody was so enthusiastic and energetic today,” she said. “They either had good memories, were thinking about a trip, learned practical tips and more about the sites to see.”

the project because it was too large and boxy. Representatives said they couldn’t come up with an alternate design that would provide the needed coverage. Council members requested the company come back during the next meeting with proof

that the facility will fill a coverage gap. As happens every year, there are no council meetings during the summer, although City Hall will remain open as usual. Council’s next regularly scheduled meeting is set for 6 p.m. Aug. 27.

er, because you can just completely be much more overt with your musical cent memory, one would be emotions. “Astro Boy” — a film that no one ever saw – and go- When you were composing ing way back, there’s a film the score for “X-Men: Days called “Incognito”; that of Future Past,” what kind wasn’t even released. And of approach did you opt for “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” is so as to differentiate this one of my favorites as well. film from “X2”? The biggest thing that What do you personally differentiates it from “X2” enjoy about scoring Mar- is that it’s a little more vel films, given your long modern; it’s been over a history with not only the decade since “X2,” and “X-Men” series, but also some of the scoring styles the last two “Fantastic have changed slightly, Four” films? even though I continue to Well, I think you can keep my own mantra of bewear your emotions on ing thematic in my scores your sleeve a little more and keep within the spirit as a composer, because the of the “X-Men” franchise. characters are larger-than- Nevertheless, the score was life, and therefore you more modern and perhaps don’t have to be as subtle darker. Modern meaning I as you might have to be used a lot more synthesizwith another film, and you ers within the score than can actually write themes just pure orchestra. for characters and so forth. As a composer, that’s sort How fun was it incorporatof a breath of fresh air, ing Jim Croce’s “Time in a because you can be more Bottle” into the Quicksilmusical than you might be ver slow-motion sequence? restricted to on some other It was a lot of fun, actufranchise. ally, because when we put I think a superhero that song into the pre-vis film is the closest thing version of that scene, it just you can get to score an an- completely made the scene imated film, which is the happen. I wish I could take ultimate film for a compos- credit for that song, but the

pre-vis artist with whom I was working put that song in, and I was thrilled with it. I was hoping it would actually work, and it did, because when you actually go put the scene together for real, it’s very often that the song doesn’t work anymore, and I was thrilled that the song still was just as magical in the sequence as it was in the animated version of the scene.


comes to fire prevention and fire safety.” Michel went on to say that Hill has a passion for the job and it shows in her work. He also noted her skill in overseeing personnel, making sure the people she manages are equipped with the tools and knowledge necessary to do their job. For Hill, the favorite part of her work has been the progression and compliance with the community. By understanding fuel modification, fire prevention, and being prepared, Hill said, the community has witnessed the change from the



ing either Air France or Air Tahiti Nui. Tahiti, Anderson said, is French territory. While French chefs prepare the food for Air France, Anderson wanted everyone to know that Air Tahiti Nui was a more laid back island style experience. “As soon as the plane leave, the crew gets into their Tahitian regalia, plays the ukulele, and sings,” he said. For American standards, Anderson said he recommended a threestar, preferably fourstar hotel rating. “And before I left the office, everyone



for a wireless communication facility on top of the CVS building at 305 S. Coast Hwy. 101. After first considering the request in March, council members asked AT&T to rework



Now that Singer has successively returned to the “X-Men” series with “Days of Future Past,” are you looking forward to scoring and editing future installments? Yes and no. The “no” comes because of the responsibilities that I take and the hell on Earth that I experience trying to tackle those tasks; that part I don’t look forward to. Having said that, there wouldn’t be any franchise that I wouldn’t jump in faster than this one; I am so in love with these characters and the world of “X-Men,” and filled with passion about it. So, in that regard, I would very much look forward to going back and continuing to tell the story.


the Nelson Row House. “Everyone seems so thrilled to have this opportunity to see these homes,” Clark said. “And I am having a great time,” Clark added. In the living room quarters where Yayanos stood, she added, “It’s a wonderful homey feeling and beautifully done.” At the Megrew Row House, which is on the National Register, visitors had the chance to meet and speak with docent and author of, “The History of Rancho Santa Fe,” Vonn Marie May. Enclosed in the wall



of an improper relationship with Anderson “factually baseless.” MAC’s suit alleges that the district did everything in its power to not fairly compensate the company for the medical office building, including making two inconsistent claims — that the agreement was voided and that the



kept 65 neighborhood students out of San Dieguito High School Academy, instead sending them to La Costa Canyon. Parents have contended the policy forces those families into a longer, traffic-filled commute and tore them away from lifelong peer groups. Some have called on


adding how she did not want to revisit it again. New board member, Kim Eggleston, was candid regarding the election campaign in regard to the personal attacks he encountered. “Had I known that I would have been subjected to the stuff that was pulled on me, I never would have done this,” Eggleston said. He went on to say that the money in the campaign flowed as a direct result from when the risk of fraud surfaced. “A group called PIC (Public Interest Commit-


on service dogs. “A local service dog charity, Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs (TLCAD), provided the service dogs and educational information. The children in the Art for Barks Book Club created art and literary work about service dogs that resulted in a book,” said Moon, adding how the children became aware of the many illnesses which cause people to need a service dog. Moon noticed how the presence of a service dog inspired the children to create art and craft poems and stories.

July 25, 2014 of a small porch, May pointed out an original fire hose. In the event of a fire, May said, the residents had to be self-sufficient because the closest fire service help was in Oceanside. The last of the Lillian Rice gems, The Moore House, also referred to Casa Blanca, was the last to see. “Everyone loves it and they are saying how the homes are larger than they thought,” said Patty Burruss, docent at Casa Blanca. In the courtyard area, cookies and beverages were available for guests so they could take pause at the water fea-

tures and beauty around them. On the tour, people loved not only the historical architecture, but how Rice was able to implement outdoor courtyards as additional living spaces. “I really didn’t know what to expect when I came on this tour, but I have to say that it was an unexpected pleasure,” said a guest from a nearby town. is such “There unique beauty in each one of these homes and I am in awe in how well these homes have been so well-preserved. “What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.”

hospital was in breach of the agreement. “The district has prescribed way too much power to Larry Anderson,” said Duane Horning, an attorney representing MAC in its legal actions. “He is an employee of the board, the board voted on the decisions, they weren’t subject to his control, it was the other way around.” As for Reno, Horning

said he believes there was no conflict of interest because she didn’t have a vested financial interest in her grandson’s treatment. “The facts are correct, but they are irrelevant,” Horning said. “The fact that her adult grandson received treatment through the company’s routine medical factoring business does not result in a conflict for her,” he added.

the district to consider changing both San Dieguito and Canyon Crest academies from open-enrollment schools to schools that would feed from the neighborhood, the model currently used at Torrey Pines and La Costa Canyon. The district in June voted to create a task force to examine its policies and determine if any changes needed to be made to the

policies or school boundaries. Schmitt said the district will listen to the task force if its findings direct the district in a different direction, such as a boundary change. But in the short term, trying to redraw boundaries on the fly was unfeasible, Schmitt said. “It wasn’t easy to do because of how complex it was,” he said.

tee) hired somebody to go to Phoenix and dig up court records on me and publically disseminated my social security number to God knows to how many people,” said Eggleston, referring to an email blast. Eggleston has had to hire lawyers trying to figure out the implications of all this while trying to protect himself financially against identity theft. “It’s abhorrent and it has put me in financial risk,” he said. The money which was spent on the campaign, Eggleston said, was a direct response against what to done to him. Board members agreed

that in the future they should review and refresh campaign and candidate guidelines. Part of the guidelines also up for consideration is having potential candidates speaking to third party and surrogate groups supporting them on civility guidelines. For example, actions taken in the 2014-15 election campaign would not be tolerated. “I don’t think we should over react on one probably anomalous election cycle,” Eggleston said. “This was a particularly contentious set of circumstances which led up to this election and hopefully this is an anomaly and does not repeat itself.”

Susan White, a board member of TLCAD, took part in the Art for Barks Book Club and thoroughly enjoyed working with Moon and the students. White has her own service dog, Valko, who helps her with balance. Valko is a mobility dog. “My passion is getting the education out about service dogs because so many people have never really encountered one and don’t know how to properly approach a dog,” White said. “If people try to touch a mobility dog, for example, this could cause a person to fall.” White, who is also an artist, said being part of the Art for Barks Book Club was a perfect fit.

Moon wants people to know about the free “Pet Care Registry” on the Art for Barks website. It’s designed to help the pet parent prepare for emergencies and protect their pet’s health and daily welfare. “The registry medical records drop box allows every pet parent to be better informed about their pet’s medications and disease history,” said Moon, adding how it provides round-theclock medical information any time of the day. Although Art for Barks is new out of the starting gate, its purpose to help animals and people is a winner. To learn more, visit ArtforBarks.org or email Moon at artforbarks@gmail.com

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Bocce players go balls-out for a good cause By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — The 34th Vigilucci’s Beach Bocce World Championship, held July 12 at Dog Beach, easily surpassed its two goals — have fun and raise money for a great cause. The event, which sold out in 13 minutes when tickets were made available this spring, will net approximately $105,000. The amount represents about a 16 percent increase over last year and brings the total amount raised since the first tournament in 1981 to more than $1 million. Del Mar lifeguards receive a portion of the proceeds, but the major beneficiary is the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad. Participants like that they are helping a worthy charity but most, if not all, are there to have fun. And that they did. Many came in costume on teams with names referencing bocce balls or private jokes. Some were first timers while others had lost count of the number of tournaments they attended. For Encinitas natives Michelle White and Brittany Gwin, it was the second time they played together when one of them wasn’t either pregnant or breast feeding. Calling themselves On the Bottle, the ladies dressed as babies last year and toddlers this year. “We’ll grow up with the event,” they said. “Next

Brittany Gwin takes her turtn as her On the Bottle teammate Michelle White looks on.

Mike Peckham and his teammate Brad Peckham, half of the Wankers’ Wankzilla team, remove their headgear when playing for better accuracy. Photos by Bianca Kaplanek

year, who knows? Maybe we’ll be adolescents.” Perennial best-costume winners and sponsors of the much-appreciated “wanker” port-o-potty station, team Wankers’ Wankilla credited luck for doing well last year. Mike Peckham said he would be surprised to finish on top this year. “Look how we’re dressed,” he said of his

Godzilla costume before being called to play. “Hey lizards, you’re up,” his opponent said. There were 408 two-person teams that played 980 games on 82 courts in a round-robin format with four divisions – men’s open, men’s intermediate, women and mixed. This year’s winners are:

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Stone Brewing expands to Germany

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Drinking with the fountains of youth Do I look younger? I’m sure I must. I just spent a glorious evening drinking exotic cocktails with four of my son’s adorable 20-something friends. Some live nearby and others were back for a visit. For reasons that still elude me, these youngsters always treat me like a normal (notso-old) person and even laugh at my jokes. On a whim, I called, invited them out and the stars aligned, finding us gathered at a crowded bar where I was, by far, the oldest, least hip creature in the place. It will always amaze me that these kids so graciously make a space in their busy lives to indulge ol’ Mrs. G, but bless their hearts, they do. I basically feel like one of the witches from “Hocus Pocus” as I shamelessly try to absorb every stray particle of youth that drifts off them like a fine mist. You know, youth being wasted on the young and all. They are thoroughly enjoying life, which means they are squandering it, as we all did, and I am determined to recycle any of it I can. I’m really hoping osmosis works on this. Out with the old, in TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B11

By Ellen Wright

ESCONDIDO — Stone Brewing Co., has announced plans to become the first American craft brewery to open in Europe. The tenth largest craft brewery in the United States will open The Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Berlin, Germany, by late 2015 or early 2016. “With this expansion comes our commitment to brewing bold, aggressive, hop-forward beers in a country with

One of the insects that was collected at a sample site may help to tell how healthy the county’s watersheds are. Photos courtesy San Diego Coastkeeper

Bugs may help tell story on watershed health By Tony Cagala

ESCONDIDO — Last month, teams of researchers and trained volunteers with San Diego Coastkeeper waded into the shallow waters of Escondido Creek and a handful of other local rivers, collecting whatever forms of benthic invertebrates they could find. What they were doing was conducting a bioassessment of some of the rivers around the county, which, according to Travis Pritchard, program director with Coastkeeper, will help them to tell a new story on the health of local watersheds. By pairing the chemical data of the county’s rivers, something Coastkeeper has been collecting and studying for a long time, with the new biological data ought to tell a lot about the creeks and rivers. Water samples, Pritchard explained, can show the chemistry of the water there, what the pH levels or nutrient levels are like. “And that’s good because it tells you what the water quality is like,” he added. “It gives you a snapshot into Travis Pritchard, program director with San Diwhat the current water quality is. When ego Coastkeeper takes samples in June during you measure bugs though, you can take a bioassessment of San Diego County rivers.

that information and tell a bigger story. “It’s a direct measure of the integrity of the aquatic life and you can see what effect those pollutants are having on the life of the stream,” he added. Taking five samples in five days from sites in Sweetwater, Buena Vista Creek, two in Escondido and one at the San Diego River, the samples are waiting to be sent to a taxonomy lab so that all of the bugs can be identified down to their genus and species level, Pritchard said. Of the water quality data Coastkeeper already has, Pritchard said Escondido Creek has the highest levels of nitrates of any other river in San Diego County. “And I don’t think anybody knows why,” he added. Though Taya Lazootin, a student in San Diego State University’s master’s degree watershed science program is studying the nutrient pollution in the creek to try and find out why. She’s spent the last six months specifically looking at nutrient pollution, nitrates and phosphates, trying to correlate land use to nutrient concentraTURN TO BUGS ON B11

Stone’s future European home will serve as the company’s international hub.” Steve Wagner President/Co-Founder, Stone Brewery Co.

a long history rooted in the art of brewing,” said President and Co-founder Steve Wagner in a press release announcing the venture. The company estimates the European brewery will cost $25 million and the build out will take between 14 and 20 months. The 18-year old company got its start in San Marcos and moved to Escondido when they outgrew their location. TURN TO STONE ON B11

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Craft beer is creating buzz in Vista community By Ellen Wright

VISTA — This past June marked a milestone in American craft breweries — the most in operation since 1873, according to the Brewers Association. California has the most breweries among them, producing close to 3 million barrels of craft beer a year. During a time of brewery booms, North County is witnessing a boom of its own, with Vista surpassing Portland, Ore., for the amount of breweries per capita, according to head of Vista Brewers Guild Melody Campbell. The city is home to 10 breweries, with two set to open by the end of the summer and one by the end of the year. “It’s really great that it’s getting to the point where each neighborhood now is developing its own identity as part of the (craft beer) community,” said Jill Davidson, sales and brand ambassador for Pizza Port Brewing, which operates a cannery on the outskirts of Vista in Bressi Ranch. She pointed out that the San Diego craft beer industry has long had roots in North County, including Stone Brewing Co. and Pizza Port Brewing, but the amount of breweries is changing dramatically. Vista officials made it easier for the small businesses to get started and they worked closely with

Cans wait to be filled at the Pizza Port Brewing Co. in Bressi Ranch. Photo by Ellen Wright

brewers to find out their needs and what ordinances weren’t working. “They were really gracious and they welcomed us with open arms,” said Daniel Love, CEO of Mother Earth Brew Co. It all started when the CEO of Stone, Greg Koch, was looking to change locations from their San Marcos brewery. While he didn’t eventually choose Vista, Stone’s move opened the eyes of city officials to the possibilities.

“In working with them we realized it was really kind of a bio-tech company in what they did,” said Kevin Ham, economic development director with Vista. Ham worked closely with Love and other brewers to make Vista the brewing hub that it is today. “You want to create spaces and places where people want to live and work. The breweries have really added to that environment,” said Ham. The city worked with

brewers to start the guild, which meets monthly to discuss issues. “The reason we created the guild is so we could have a positive relationship with the city and they could get to know us as creating a destination for the city of Vista, which is essentially what we have done,” said Campbell. She said that the guild helped in the beginning, since city officials weren’t sure what to expect with tasting rooms, which she

clarifies, are different from bars. The city changed ordinances so that the breweries could have retail spaces in industrial zones, which opened the door for tasting rooms. The tasting rooms have changed the face of downtown Vista according to Love. “It wasn’t a safe area to be in,” Love said. “You didn’t feel safe to be here with your kids. We took a risk and it’s changed downtown.”

He estimates that hundreds of people come to Vista on Fridays and Saturdays for the breweries. Ham believes the tasting rooms are not only beneficial for the tourism, but also for existing businesses. They give companies another place to socialize after work, where employees can discuss work over a cold one. The higher price point means people are less likely to over-imbibe and it brings in customers with higher disposable income, said Ham. The breweries are located in industrial zones, so there are no restaurants for the tasting rooms to compete with. However, there is also a lack of food available for tipsy patrons. After the guild voiced their concerns with the city, officials changed ordinances to allow food trucks in business parks to serve food longer than 30 minutes. They’re now allowed to operate as long as the tasting rooms are open. The large amount of craft beer makers brings more awareness to the industry, said Davidson, and that helps the beer community grow as a whole. “There’s never going to be a shortage of great beer to drink and there’s never going to be a shortage of people who want to drink great beer.”





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Odd Files Coral Tree Farm claims ‘partial victory’ after ruling By Chuck Shepherd

Toilet Training Enric Girona recently donated his prototype pet commode to the town of El Vendrell, Spain, hoping to spark worldwide interest. Conscientious owners would train their dogs on the station — a hole in the ground with a flush handle — which is connected to the sewer system, as is the drain grid next to it (for tinkling). The platform, which appears to occupy about 20 square feet of surface, is self- cleaning (although not too clean, said Girona, because dogs are more easily lured with a lingering scent). Spain is already one of the world’s toughest on lazy owners who fail to scoop up after their pets, with fines in El Vendrell as high as the equivalent of $1,000, and in Madrid and Barcelona, $2,000. Took It Too Far The Japanese snack company Calbee recently staged a promotion around popular singer Nana Mizuki, giving away 10 backstage passes to her Aug. 3 concert in Yokohama to the purchasers of 10 lucky bags of secretly marked potato chips. Her perhaps-hugest fan, Kazuki Fukumoto, 25, was so determined to win one that by the time he was arrested for littering in May, he had bought and dumped 89 cartons of potato chip packages, weighing over 400 pounds, that were found at six locations around the cities of Kobe and Akashi. Police estimate he had spent the equivalent of about $3,000. Took It Way Too Far: Britain’s news website Metro.co.uk, combing Facebook pages, located a full photo array from prominent 23-year-old German body art enthusiast Joel Miggler, whose various piercings and implants are impressive enough, but whose centerpieces are the portholes in each cheek that expose the insides of his mouth. (With customized plugs, he can seal the portholes when soup is on the menu.) The holes are currently 36mm wide, but he was said to be actively cheek-stretching, aiming for 40mm. Miggler assures fans that his mother likes “most” of his modifications and that the worst aspect so far is merely that he is forced to take smaller bites when eating. (News of the Weird has reported on researchers creating portholes in cows’ stomachs, but still ...) Can’t Possibly Be True (1) Until the New York governor and legislature addressed the problem recently, it was legal in the state for narcissistic animal owners to force their dogs and cats to endure permanent, decorative tattoos and piercings. At press time, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was poised to sign legislation abolishing the tattooing. (2) Kayla Oxenham, 23, was arrested in Port Charlotte, Florida, in June and charged with using a stick to burn “brands” into the skin of her two children, ages 5 and 7.

By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — Supporters of a venerable family farm in Encinitas are claiming a “partial victory” after the city said it would allow farming to continue on the property but would add restrictions on other activities and prohibit others. City staff informed Coral Tree Farm, which grows heirloom vegetables and tropical fruits off of Requeza Avenue, that the family can continue to farm without a permit as long as it doesn’t discontinue it for a period of six months. The city is requiring the farm to obtain a permit to continue some of its most popular activities, such as community farm visits, educational tours and community gardening. But the city is requiring Laurel Mehl to cease other activities, such as group cooking classes, Reiki healing, Sunday suppers art classes and yoga, which the city says are not agricultural-related uses and prohibited in the residential area where the farm is located. “While it’s gratifying that the planning depart-

ment recognizes that Coral Tree Farm’s land has been in continuous agricultural production for more than half a century, it strikes me as unreasonable that the owner is required to get a minor use permit to do non-intensive activities that any average homeowner could do, like having visits from neighbors and tours of her property,” said Catherine Blakespear, a local attorney who is representing the Mehl family on the issue. Blakespear, who is also running for city council, pointed out that Coral Tree’s zoning allows for seven homes to be built on the land, adding that she believes the city shouldn’t require a permit for activities that would generate the traffic equal to that generated by seven homes. “Seven families would have birthday parties and garage sales along with everyday trips to work, the market and school,” she said. Coral Tree had been locked in a battle with the city after neighbors complained about the traffic and parking problems generat-

The city of Encinitas is allowing some farming activities to resume at Coral Tree Farm after neighbors complained over traffic and parking issues. Photo by Tony Cagala

ed by the farm’s activities. Neighbors contended that Mehl had only recently resumed farming activities on the land year ago. Mehl said that there had

Donation brings garden closer to building planned pavilion By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — The San Diego Botanic Garden’s quest to build a $4 million pavilion received a boost from the County of San Diego, which recently announced its interest in pumping millions into the project. In order to accomplish this, the county has started discussions with the botanic garden and city of Encinitas about potentially purchasing the city-owned land where the project is proposed. Botanic Garden CEO Julian Duval and County Supervisor Dave Roberts, whose district includes Encinitas, made announcement at the July 9 City Council meeting, just as the city was set to discuss possibly selling the land to the Botanic Garden as part of a proposal to spur fundraising for the pavilion. Roberts said the county is interested in donating up to $2 million into the pavilion, but can’t make the donation because the land where it is proposed is owned by the city, not the county. “The County is very interested in partnering with the foundation and the other interested parties, including the school district, the Leichtag Foundation and the city,” Roberts said. “We think this is an important project for the community.” The-state-of-the-art indoor pavilion would serve as the second phase of the garden’s wildly popular Hamilton Children’s Garden. The proposed 5,900-square-foot space would provide meeting and event space for up to 400 people, quadrupling the garden’s current meeting space.

been farming going on continuously on the land since 1958, when the farm opened. City planners originally required Mehl to produce records that would substan-

Oceanside and Carlsbad ranked among most stressful cities in state By Ellen Wright

The San Diego Botanic Garden may receive help from San Diego County to create planned pavilion. File photo

It would also include multiple classrooms, a full kitchen for catering and cooking classes, an amphitheater and access to expanded parking. Roberts outlined several possibilities that could help the county accomplish its desire to donate to the project: • Purchase a portion or all of the city-owned property. • Swap land with the city, or • Purchase the land with credits toward the construction toward the pavilion. He said the preferred option would be to purchase the land outright at full-market value. Duval said he approached Roberts over the past few weeks after he approached the city with the

idea of the botanic garden purchasing the city-owned land. The conversations quickly escalated when the city placed the item on the July 9 agenda, sooner than Duval expected. The council voted to indefinitely shelve the proposal to allow the county, city and garden to negotiate an agreement. If the county does donate the $2 million in neighborhood reinvestment funds to the botanic garden, combined with a matching grant from the Donald and Elizabeth Dickinson Foundation and the foundation’s ongoing fundraising efforts, the pavilion could be paid for before year’s end. Duval said the result couldn’t have been better. “We are really excited,” Duval said. “Having the county and the city and us all on the same page is the perfect scenario.”

tiate her claim of continuous farming. Blakespear wrote a brief to the city that included documentation of water usage rates and her business operations.

OCEANSIDE — Oceanside has recently been ranked the second most stressful California city to live in by CreditDonkey, a data-driven analysis website. Carlsbad was not too far behind, ranking ninth on the list. The rankings were calculated based on commute time, average hours worked per week, percentage of divorcees, the odds of being a crime victim and percentage of income spent on housing. Oceanside’s divorce rate is higher than average in California, with 9.3 percent of men and 13.2 percent of women having been divorced, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s higher than the state’s average, with 8 percent of men and 11 percent of women divorced in California. Dr. Mina Sirovy, who is a marriage and family therapist in Oceanside, attributes the higher divorce rate to the military in Oceanside. “The men are getting deployed and women are having a hard time coping alone,” said Sirovy. She also said that many Hispanic women are getting better jobs than their husbands, which creates marital strain. Another factor that contributed to Oceanside’s stress rating was that residents on average spend close to 30 percent of their income on housing. Considering they work 38.9 hours a week on average,

and 27.7 minutes commuting to their jobs, the stress factor adds up. Compared to the other stressful cities on the list, Oceanside’s crime rate wasn’t high. Residents are less than one percent likely to be the victim of a violent crime. Carlsbad also has a low crime rate. Residents have a .2 percent chance of being the victim of a violent crime. Unfortunately, it still wound up on the list, largely because of a long commute time, clocking in at close to 29 minutes. Carlsbad commuters on average spend over 250 hours a year getting to and from work. Weekly, they average 39.1 hours working and have a similar divorce rate to Oceanside. About 13 percent of Carlsbad women have been divorced and a little over 10 percent of men. CreditDonkey ranked the city north of L.A., Lancaster, as the most stressful California city to live in. Other cities that made the list were Palmdale (ranked fifth), L.A. (ranked tenth) and Inglewood (ranked third). The study didn’t include unemployment rates in the ranking, which could have changed things. Carlsbad and Oceanside, both have lower unemployment than California’s average of 11.4 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2012, Carlsbad had an unemployment rate of 7.2 percent and Oceanside’s rate was 8.6 percent.


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Mount Soledad cross controversy continues; no end yet in sight By Dave Schwab

Volunteer tracker Denise Harter, left, listens as senior tracker William Sulzbach explains how an animal’s gait indicates its size. Classes fine-tune trackers’ skills.

Group offers firsthand look at area wildlife By Promise Yee

volunteer tracker. “I do a lot of hiking,” Chadwick said. “It’s something I’ve always been interested in.” Formal training teaches volunteers the protocol of collecting data. “Once you’ve gone through the full class series you really learn what you’re doing,” Phoenix Von Hendy, San Diego Tracking Team vice pres-

REGION — A group gathered around a circle drawn in the dirt. Using charts, measuring tools and field experience, they determined the four-toed track was from a toad. Senior tracker William Sulzbach pushed the group to come up with more information. Which were the front and hind tracks? What direction was the animal headed? After analyzing their find further the group moved on, stopped and circled another set of tracks, this time a mule deer. The group gathered at Los Peñasquitos Ranch House on July 12 was taking an introductory tracking class. Tracks, scat and tufts of fur were all clues to wildlife in the area. Denise Harter has been a volunteer tracker with the San Diego Tracking Team for five years. She said her appreciation of nature has grown because of tracking. landscape “The opens up to you,” Harter, said. “You’re aware of the birds and how they stop singing when you’re there, and how they start singing again if you stand still awhile.” Dick Chadwick, of La Mesa, said he is considering taking formal training to become an official

You’re aware of the birds and how they stop singing when you’re there.” Denise Harter Volunteer tracker

ident, said. Volunteer trackers go out quarterly in two-hour sessions to collect data in Los Peñasquitos Canyon, Mount Woodson, Calavera, Rose Canyon and Mission Trails. Tracking is usually done in the early morning when the lighting is the best. Volunteers stick to trails to minimize their impact on the environTURN TO WILDLIFE ON B11

La Jolla Today REGION — The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision not to hear arguments for and against the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial cross being an endorsement of religion means the matter now returns to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has previously ruled the cross violates the constitutional separation of church and state and must be removed. It was the second time the highest court in the nation declined to hear the case, which Justice Samuel Alito said “must go through the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals before the High Court can step in.” In the most recent developments, U.S. District Judge Larry Burns in December 2013 ordered that the Soledad cross be removed within 90 days, but stayed the order pending a forthcoming appeal by the government. On June 30, the Supreme Court denied hearing the case, with Alito saying it was not yet warranted because the appeal of Burns’ order has not yet been heard by the Court of Appeals. The 43-foot-tall Mount Soledad Cross, erected on public land in San Diego in 1954 to honor Korean War veterans, has since become the centerpiece of an all-encompassing veterans memorial now owned by the federal gov-

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Now that the long-running debate over the Mount Soledad cross was rejected by the Supreme Court for consideration, the case returns once again to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Photo by Don Balch

ernment. The legality of the Soledad cross has been in question since 1989, when U.S. Army Vietnam War combat veteran Philip Paulson, an atheist, became the lead plaintiff in a series of lawsuits seeking to remove the cross from the mountaintop, arguing its presence constitutes an illegal public endorsement of one religion over others. Paulson died of cancer in 2006, but the legal battle he began 25 years ago continues to rage. Reacting to the Supreme Court’s June 30 decision, the plaintiff’s

attorney, James McElroy, hailed the decision as the right choice. “The Mount Soledad Memorial Association (MSMA) had asked the Supreme Court to do something extraordinary, which was to take the case before the Ninth Circuit Court rendered its decision,” said McElroy. “The judge had not ordered the cross removed immediately, but ordered a stay until the appeal was finished,” he continued. “There was no emergency. The cross wasn’t coming down at midnight.” Charles Berwanger, an attorney for MSMA, said

at the Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Administration Bldg. #1000, Room 1068. Obtain a free parking pass at Campus Police Bldg. #1100. For more information, visit miracosta.edu/life. CAMP-OUT TIME Families must register by July 25 for the Aug. 2 San Marcos Family Campout in Walnut Grove Park. The cost is $17 per person. Register at san-marcos.net/familycampout or call (760) 7449000, ext.3500 for more information.

p.m. July 26, join the Do-ItYourself Project to make a Comic-Con-themed clock at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. JULY 27 ‘ DA N G E RO U S FRIENDSHIP’ Encinitas resident Ben Kamin, author of “Dangerous Friendship: Stanley Levison, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Kennedy Brothers,” will be hosting a signing event from noon to 2 p.m. July 27 at Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Ave., La Jolla.

that while the cross issue is now back with the Ninth Circuit, that court “should not revisit the establishment clause,” which is one of several pronouncements in the First Amendment of the Constitution. That clause states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” But Berwanger said, “Attorneys could get creative trying to get around that rule.” Berwanger added it’s possible that, once the Soledad case is finally settled by the Ninth Circuit, that proponents of the cross could petition the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case yet again. And, undoubtedly, this latest wrinkle in the Mount Soledad cross constitutionality case is going to take even more time, said Berwanger. “I expect it could take a couple more years — at least — in the court system,” he said. McElroy agreed the decision will not come overnight. “It will take at least six months,” he said. McElroy said plaintiffs are adhering to their legal stance regarding the status of the Mt. Soledad cross. “(The cross) is a 40foot behemoth, not a small symbol or a regular part of a veterans memorial,” he said. “It’s the symbol that government has chosen that predominates over everything else.” JULY 30 OMUG The Oceanside Mac Users Group will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 30 at the Oceanside Mission Branch Library, 3861 Mission Ave. It will be a Q&A seminar led by Chris Barczys and Miles Smith. For info visit OMUG.net or call (760) 757-4900. AUG. 2 SPOT ON Saving Pets One At A Time (SPOT) invites all to enjoy lunch, auctions and raffles with friends to help animals 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Q Restaurant and Sports Bar, 2725 Vista Way, Oceanside. Tickets, $22. No-host bar. Donate a ticket to Armed Services YMCA on Camp Pendleton. For more information, visit spotsavespets.org/, e-mail info@spotsavespets.org or call (760) 593-7768.

JULY 28 JULY 26 SUPER SOCCER Come COMIC-CON FUN At 1 see the top young players at the San Diego soccerloco Surf Cup July 26 through July 28 and Aug. 2 through Aug. 4 at the Del Mar Polo Fields, 3885 Via de la Valle, Del Mar. For more information, visit surfcup.com or call (760) 944-7176. The goal is to connect student athletes with col- MARK THE CALENDAR leges and universities and HERO FOR HUNGER help them achieve a college Nate Robinson is a father, scholarship. husband, author, Carlsbad Realtor and community “suJULY 29 perhero” hosting an OutMOVIE TIME At 4 p.m. door Movie Night for HunThe 29, enjoy a free movie ger, with music beginning at Rancho SanTa Fe July (with a LEGO theme) at the 5 p.m. Aug. 9 at Qualcomm Encinitas Library, 540 Cor- Stadium 9449 Friars Road, newS nish Drive. For more infor- San Diego. For more information, call (760) 753-7376, mation, visit OutdoorMovitheranchosantafenews.com ext. 03. eNightForHunger.com.



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New trainer at Valenti RANCHO SANTA FE — The Valenti Equestrian Club has appointed Lena Nordlof-Davis as its new VEC dressage trainer. The VEC boarding-training facility is an equestrian facility in the covenant of Rancho Santa Fe. A native of Sweden, Nordlof-Davis has served as the dressage trainer at the Fairbanks Riding Club in Rancho Santa Fe for the past 13 years and is the recipient of the 2013 Trainer of the Year award from the San Diego CDS Chapter. She will be relocating her dressage training business to the VEC, accompanied by two assistants. Nordlof-Davis, who successfully competed at the FEI (“Fédération Equeste International”, International Federation for Equestrian Sports) Grand Prix level, acquired a passion for horses at a very young age when she lived near a facility in her Swedish hometown where top European dressage riders would train. “I remember fondly my experience as a child when the horses would arrive during the summer months; they were magnificent animals,” Nordlof-Davis said. “For me, I’m not just riding horses — I am on the back of nature, seeking balance and living my dream. I experience a closeness to the environment when I work with horses and exercise patience with my students as well as their equine partners … both deliver superior results given the appropriate amount of time.” Nordlof-Davis currently manages 20 horses with


The Fourth District Court of Appeals hears the Coastal Commission’s appeal to a lower court ruling on Monday, overturning both the reconstruction of a private staircase and the state agency’s imposition of a clause that would require residents to reapply for a permit for their seawall after 20 years. File photo

Seawall suit goes to appeal Valenti Equestrian Club welcomes Lena Nordlof-Davis as its newly appointed dressage trainer. Photo by McCool Photography

the capacity to increase her client base. Many of her students compete and have earned their silver and bronze medals as well as several State CDS Championship wins, numerous High Point awards, and Circuit Championship awards. On her appointment to the VEC, she said, “I’ve always admired the Valenti Eques-

trian Club facility. It has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere and the grounds are stunningly gorgeous with a beautiful dressage arena. I’m honored to fill the post as the new dressage trainer and look forward to working with Hunter/ Jumper Trainer Guillermo Obligado and the Valenti equestrian staff.”

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a foundation board member, including serving as Vice Chair and Secretary and she succeeds Jeff Silberman. The Foundation’s 2014-2015 board includes Barbara Bry, Vice Chair; Susanna Flaster, Vice Chair; Joan Jacobs, Vice Chair; Luis Maizel, Secretary; Henry Haimsohn, Treasurer; Caryn Viterbi, Assistant Secretary; Brian Miller, Assistant Treasurer; Janet Acheatel, Edgar Berner, Marc Channick, Elaine Chortek, Theresa Dupuis, Graeme Gabriel, Elaine Galinson, Orin Green, David Kabakoff, Michael Levinson, Andrea Oster, Allen Reibman, Sydney Selati, Barbara Sherman, Lawrence Sherman, Jeff Silberman, Leo Spiegel, Mark Stuckelman, Andrew Viterbi, Eric Weitzen and Ellen Whelan.

State of the College St. Katherine College in Encinitas, is already laying achievements for North San plans for its Nov. 9 “State of Diego County. Send information the College” gala at the U.S. via email to community@ Grant Hotel in San Diego. coastnewsgroup.com. Follow them on Twitter or Facebook. Turtle sighting! A Green Sea Turtle has been New VP to company spotted at the Agua Hedi- The Carlsbad-based Prescott onda Lagoon, 1580 Cannon Companies, has added ShelRoad in Carlsbad, 92007. ley Leobold, as vice presiThese turtles are rare in dent of the Southern NevaSouthern California, but da division. Prior to joining enjoy the warm waters lo- The Prescott Companies, cated near power plants and Leobold was responsible for industrial sites. If you see a managing luxury golf comSea Turtle, call the Lagoon munities in Southern NevaFoundation. If possible, take da. a picture send it in, noting Foundation’s new board the date and time. Visit la- Fresh Start gifts In July, the volunteer surgoon.aguahedionda.org/. geons of Carlsbad-based Thorpe Foundation readies Fresh Start Surgical Gifts were able to provide sevfundraiser This year, the Mitchell Thor- en children and teens with pe Foundation will host the life-changing surgeries and first Pillar of Hope Fashion saw an estimated 33 patients Show on Sept. 6 in Rancho the next day for post-ops, laSanta Fe. For more informa- ser treatments and speech tion on the foundation, visit therapy. Aug. 2 is the organimitchellthorp.org. MTF was zation’s Volunteer Apprecifounded in 2009 by Brad and ation Dinner at Petco Park. Beth Thorp in honor of their For details, contact suzy@ teenage son, who died of an freshstart.org. undiagnosed illness in 2008. The foundation’s mission is Directors chosen to help families in the re- The Jewish Community gion, who have children suf- Foundation Board of Direcfering from life-threatening tors appointed Jane Scher illnesses, diseases and disor- as board chairwoman as of ders, by providing financial, July 1. Scher’s leadership emotional and resources to experience spans 13 years as

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New clinics director The Board of Directors of the Council of Community Clinics (CCC) named Henry N. Tuttle as its new chief executive officer. Tuttle takes the reins of an organization that provides centralized support services to 16 member community clinic and health center organizations operating over 100 sites including North County Health Services in Oceanside. Tuttle brings 30 years of leadership experience to CCC, the most recent as CEO of Manet Community Health Center, in Massachusetts.

By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — A lawsuit challenging the California Coastal Commission’s stance on an Encinitas families’ private seawall and staircase is now in the hands of three state appeals court judges, after the court heard arguments from both sides on Monday morning. The case has generated much attention as private homeowners throughout the state are at odds with the state’s coastal protection agency’s stance regarding seawalls, which are typically concrete or wooden barriers built at the base of cliffs to stabilize them and protect homes built atop coastal bluffs. The Fourth District Court of Appeals heard the Coastal Commission’s appeal to a lower court ruling overturning both the reconstruction of a private staircase and the state agency’s imposition of a clause that would require Barbara Lynch and Thomas Frick to reapply for a permit for

their seawall after 20 years. The families were applying for a permit to build a state-of-the-art concrete seawall to replace their aging wooden one and rebuild the private staircase from their homes to the beach below, after storms in 2010 largely wiped out both structures. The seawall and staircase had been on the property since the 1970s, and the Coastal Commission formally approved both structures in 1989, attorneys said. Much of Monday’s 30-minute hearing revolved around the staircase, which the Coastal Commission said could not be rebuilt because it runs afoul of Encinitas’ current general plan, which calls for the phasing out of private coastal staircases. State law, said Deputy Attorney General Hayley Peterson, allows coastal structures to be rebuilt in the event of a disaster so long as the structure doesn’t violate local ordinances.

Paul Beard, an attorney representing the families, argued that no such local ordinance exists. While the general plan discusses a private staircase phase out, the city’s zoning code — which codifies the city’s intent as laid out in the General Plan — does not include such a phase out. Williams countered that a local provision known as a coastal overlay zone restricts development along to coastal bluffs to seawalls, public staircases and landscape maintenance. Beard, after the proceedings, said that the zone’s language is silent on private staircases. “That code ... doesn’t even touch at what is at heart of this case,” Beard said. The panel, which included Administrative Presiding Justice Judith McConnell and associate justices Cynthia Aaron and Gilbert Nares, has 90 days after the arguments have been officially filed to render a judgment.

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Educational Opportunities Academy of Arts and Sciences...

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

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

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

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

Animals are king at Zooinitas art exhibit

New insight on earthquakes

ENCINITAS — Roaring with animal art, the Zooinitas exhibit will take the public into the jungles of Encinitas were art reigns supreme, with an opening reception from 1 to 4 p.m. July 26, at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. View a collection of wild and unusual animal art including the life-size wooden lion name “Aldimere” created by artist Thomas Thomas. The reception will provide support for the Rancho Coastal Human’s Society’s Animal Safehouse Program. Enjoy live music and refreshments as you tour into the virtual art studios of artists, Joan Hansen, Gary Johnson and Linda Luisi who will be creating art, just in time for the silent auction. Guests are also invited to drop a small toy into the Toys for Pups drop box out front, the day of the reception. “Safehouse is a safety net for the pets of domestic violence victims. When they know their pets will be safe, it allows them to escape and break the chain of violence. Safehouse is also a lifeline for veterans, senior citizens, accident victims, and…most recently…victims of the fires.” said Amy Heflin, director of the program. The Zooinitas exhibit runs through Aug. 24 at the Library Art Gallery, open 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday

REGION — To help make the best decisions to protect communities from earthquakes, new USGS maps display how intense ground shaking could be across the nation. The USGS recently updated their U.S. National Seismic Hazard Maps, which reflect the best and most current understanding of where future earthquakes will occur, how often they will occur, and how hard the ground will likely shake as a result. While all states have some potential for earthquakes, 42 of the 50 states have a reasonable chance of experiencing damaging ground shaking from an earthquake in 50 years (the typical lifetime of a building). Scientists also conclude that 16 states have a relatively high likelihood of experiencing damaging ground shaking. These states have historically experienced earthquakes with a magnitude 6 or greater. The hazard is especially high along the West Coast, intermountain west, and in several active regions of the central and eastern U.S., such as near New Madrid, Mo., and near Charleston, S.C. The 16 states at highest risk are Alaska, Arkansas, California, Hawaii,

Cheryl Ehlers will be one of the artists showing animal-related art at the Zooinitas art exhibit at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, that supports the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Courtesy photo

and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. “This is a celebration of our area’s lively art scene, with a particular focus on art experiences that encouraged everyone to get involved, connect, and gather, possibilities seem endless and imagination has no limits,” said artist and Curator Cheryl Ehlers. Participating artists include Adele Richert, Bobbi Harrington, Brian Batemen, Bruce Stewart, Cheryl Ehlers, Debra Saum, Francine Filsinger, Gary John-

son, Gwenn Beoppe, Joan Hansen, Krista Timberlake, Linda Luisi, Mo McGee, Stephen Frank Gary, Terry Oshrin, Thomas Thomas and Tish Wynne. For more information about Zoonitas, call (760) 519-1551 or log on to zooinitas.zohosites.com. For more information about the Animal Safehouse Program at Rancho Coastal Humane Society, visit the shelter at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call (760) 753-6413, or log on to sdpets.org.

Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. In California, earthquake hazard extends over a wider area than previously thought. Most notably, faults were recently discovered, raising earthquake hazard estimates for San Jose, Vallejo and San Diego. On the other hand, new insights on faults and rupture processes reduced earthquake hazard estimates for Irvine, Santa Barbara and Oakland. Hazard increased in some parts of the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles region and decreased in other parts. These updates were from the new Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast Model, which incorporates many more potential fault ruptures than did previous assessments. Recent earthquakes in Alaska, Mexico and New Zealand taught scientists more about complex ruptures and how faults can link together. This insight was applied to California for approximately which 250,000 potential complex ruptures were modeled. New research on the Cascadia Subduction Zone resulted in increased esti-

mates of earthquake magnitude up to magnitude 9.3. Deep-sea cores were collected that show evidence within the sea-floor sediments of large earthquake-generated mudflows. Earthquake shaking estimates were also increased following abundant data gathered from the magnitude 9.0 earthquake in Tohoku, Japan in 2011 and the magnitude 8.2 earthquake offshore of Chile in 2014, as those events ruptured along subduction zones similar to the Pacific Northwest zone. Some states have experienced increased seismicity in the past few years that may be associated with human activities such as the disposal of wastewater in deep wells. One specific focus for the future is including an additional layer to these earthquake hazard maps to account for recent potentially triggered earthquakes that occur near some wastewater disposal wells. I nj e c t i o n - i n d u c e d earthquakes are challenging to incorporate into hazard models because they may not behave like natural earthquakes and their rates change based on man-made activities.

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f I could have all my meals prepared by the team at The Curious Fork, I would have no problem giving gluten-free a try. The team there is committed to that lifestyle and has obviously put a lot of thought into making gluten free deli cious. I met with co-founder and chef Barbara McQuiston and her partner chef Kai Peyrefitte recently to learn more about their new venture. Â The Curious Fork has a lot going on. Besides the gluten restaurant portion, you have an educational component and great culinary stuff for sale. How did you come up with this mix?

We want to provide a complete, integrated experience at The Curious Fork. This is why our concept is a hybrid culinary space with a fresh quick-service cafĂŠ for breakfast and lunch, an educational kitchen offering cooking classes and guest speakers, and a culinary retail center, all under one roof. We understand that being healthy is a lifestyle. We want to be a community resource on culinary whole foods learning. That’s why we are incorporating education classes and sell unique products we believe in, in addition to the cafĂŠ to help someone stay curious about food!  So, I’ll admit, I’ve always been a bit of a gluten free skeptic. While I recognize that Celiac disease is real, I feel that it’s been exploited way beyond that and it sometimes feels like a fad diet by the way it’s been marketed to the masses. That said, I’ve never really tried cutting back on gluten to see how it affects my overall well-being. What influenced your decision to make Curious Fork completely gluten free?  I was raised cooking with my mother and grandmother using fresh ingredients from the garden. As I grew up, my children and myself were diagnosed with celiac disease — and I immediately switched my athome cooking techniques to gluten-free. This was not an easy task to undertake and there was not enough information at the time to help out, so the task was monumental. The result of this effort was seeing my family’s health, along with my own, improved almost overnight. After I transitioned from my national defense career, I went to culinary school and knew I wanted to create a culinary environment dedicated to healthy living highlighting the importance of quality food. I realize that some people get slightly turned off when they hear the term “glu-

Greens is preparing a summer harvest at our restaurant July 28 at noon. If you sign up online, you will get to enjoy what he prepares and taste some of his own Italian style salumi!  I appreciate how the retail portion of Curious Fork offers functional items that can be used on a regular basis. Most of us have cupboards full of cooking gadgets that don’t get much use. Can you share some of your more popular items?  We have a number of items we sell in our store that are both unique to San Diego and practical for a home chef.  An example is a cheese TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON B11

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Curious Fork co-owners Chef Kai Peyrefitte and Chef Barbara McQuiston. Photo David BoylanÂ

ten-free;� our food challenges that stereotype completely, and we provide simply delicious dishes that people don’t even realize are gluten-free!  So about that food, everything I sampled was really good. The quiche was the best I’ve had in a while, and your desserts were fabulous. And then, to top it off, you managed to pull off a gluten free baguette that won over even a skeptic like me. I’m not saying it’s not the best baguette I’ve ever had, but it made a great sandwich. Tell me what went into your menu development and some

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10 days on solid earth in spectacular Alaska hit the road e’louise ondash ell someone you are going to Alaska and T they assume you mean via a

cruise. While I’m told that cruising the Inside Passage is great, it can’t compare to spending 10 days on terra firma in what is arguably our country’s most spectacular state. In June, we chose to make Anchorage our base as we explored the city and surrounding area. We began by hopping the Anchorage Trolley for a 15-mile tour. Our driver-docent, a school teacher during the cold months, told of the city’s history, culture and oddities, like the 1,500 moose that live within the city limits; Earthquake Park, where the city dropped 14 feet during the 9.2 earthquake in 1964; and the 135 miles of paved trails within the city limits. You also can watch anglers fish for salmon a few blocks from downtown at 10 p.m. any summer night — and don’t forget your sunglasses. Though much smaller than many American cities Anchorage (population 301,000) has three mustsee museums. The first, the Anchorage Museum, offers 170,000 square feet of galleries and gathering space within an impressive downtown glass edifice.

Mark Ransom, an employee, pilot and docent at the Alaska Aviation Museum, stands by a 1928 Stearman (NC5415), flown by many of Alaska’s early aviation heroes, including Wiley Post (who died with Will Rogers) and Merle “Mudhole” Smith. In 1932, this plane conducted Teen members with ancestral roots in Native Alaskan villages entertain visitors with dances and songs that the first landing and rescue on 20,000-foot Mt. McKinley. It crashed in tell of 10,000 years of native peoples’ history. The Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage also offers 1937, was recovered in the mid-1960s, restored to flying condition and guided walking tours of recreated native village dwellings and exhibits featuring examples of clothing, tools purchased by the museum in 1991. The museum is dedicated solely to and artwork that illustrate how native peoples survive in Alaska’s harsh environments. Photo by Jerry Ondash the history of aviation in Alaska. Courtesy photo

One exhibit — the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center — houses 600 rare and beautiful Alaska Native artifacts (tools, clothing and jewelry) from the Smithsonian Institution. Displayed under glass and low lights, the artifacts are arranged according to the state’s 11 cultural groups, in which 110 different languages are spoken. The exhibit demonstrates the amazing capacity of the Eskimo to survive in harsh environments and the ingenuity employed in using every resource available. (Consider the waterproof jackets made of walrus intestines and the puffin-beak jewelry.)

Definitely worth the time: the earthquake exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of The Big One, and the Northern Lights show at the planetarium. Visit anchoragemuseum.org. The Alaska Native Heritage Center, northeast of downtown (public transportation is available) provides a comprehensive overview of Alaska’s native groups through music, storytelling, and song-and-dance performances throughout the day; exhibits of clothing, art and artifacts; and an impressive one-hour guided walking of village dwellings on the shores of a lake. Our guide (who doubled as a dancer) was a

well-spoken native teen who credits the center for enabling her to discover her family’s roots. “My mother, grandmother and I all grew up in Anchorage, so we had no idea about our heritage,” she explained, “but I’ve learned so much, thanks to the center.” The tour took us to a complete gray whale skeleton, the remains of a whale that was beached at the Placer River near Portage in 1999. When I relayed this to my Anchorage cousin, Panu Lucier, she told us that she had been a part of the twoweek volunteer effort to clean the bones and make it usable as a teaching tool for school children. Visit alaskanative.net. Because so much of Alaska is accessible only by plane, bush pilots and their machines were and still are integral to the states’ history and commerce. This story is told at the Alaska Aviation Museum near the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and Lake Hood, the busiest seaplane base in the world. The museum “preserves, displays, educates and honors the history of aviation here,” said Mark Ransom, a museum employee, historian and pilot. He also is my cousin’s significant other. “All of our exhibits are

These totems stand in front of the Nesbett Courthouse in downtown Anchorage. Artists Lee Wallace and Edwin Dewitt created “Raven Stealing Moon and Stars” (left) and “Eagle and Giant Clam.” The eagle plays a leadership role in native mythology, while the raven is frequently portrayed as a culture hero, trickster or both. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

Alaska-specific and meaningful to Alaskan aviation history. That means that what you see here is likely different from what you'll see elsewhere … ” Plus, he added, “it’s a known fact that any time spent in or around airplanes is not subtracted from one's lifespan.” Ransom has been operating off that theory for years. He made his first solo flight at age 17. “With so much wilderness and so little accessibility, flying in Alaska has always been so

much different from flying elsewhere.” The museum is packed with airplanes, artifacts and memorabilia, including a 1931 Pilgrim, “the star of our fleet,” Ransom said. “She was a state-of-the-art airliner 83 years ago, and is fully restored right down to the lavatory in the back. There were only about 26 of them made … and ours is the last remaining Pilgrim flying.” Don’t miss the excellent film about the littleTURN TO HIT THE ROAD ON B11

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Collector drawn to Disney artworks By Tony Cagala

ESCONDIDO — San Diego resident David Yaruss is recently retired from his professional work as a pharmacist. Though it’s his work as a hobbyist dealer at Comic-Cons for the past 35 years that has drawn his interests. Since 1975, Yaruss has collected close to 300 pieces of Disney animation artwork — everything from concept art to character cells to backgrounds of some of the company’s most iconic films. More than 250 pieces of his collection will be on display for the first time publically later this month at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. The former pharmacist said he began collecting roughly in 1975, out of total serendipity. He learned about a local comic show from TV and thought that it would be interesting. Yaruss went to the old El Cortez for the small show, where he saw some of the old comics he’d had as a kid. Those comics turned out to be very popular, he said, because of the artists that drew them. “It all just changed my collecting life at that point,” he said. Yaruss talked a little more about his passion for collecting and gave some advice on what to look for when going to the exhibit.

David Yaruss’s collection of Disney animation artwork will be on exhibit for the first time publically at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido starting July 26 through Sept. 7. Courtesy photo

“Golden Age of Animation” that you’re interested in collecting? That’s my primary focus, but as far as strictly Disney, I have some other non-animation stuff that I’ve picked up over the

years. But mainly the passion is Disney before the 1950s and earlier. Although I certainly wouldn’t say no to anything later if it was nice. There’s so many facTURN TO COLLECTOR ON B11

Do you remember your first piece that you collected? A couple of my earliest pieces — I don’t even have anymore — were some early “Snow White” drawings. Is there a bit of nostalgia for you in collecting these works? I collect for every reason. Nostalgia started it and then just the beauty and quality, especially the concept art and backgrounds, the cells — the images of the characters are cute and that is sort of the final touch on a piece of Disney art, or the process that goes on the screen — but there’s the concept art, storyboards, drawings, all of which come first. Is it only the art of the




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Vista heads to Key West for Hemingway look-alike contest By Tony Cagala

VISTA — The man was sitting at a small table outside of the café. On the table in front of him was an unopened biography of Ernest Hemingway. With closecropped white hair and a full white beard, the man sitting at the table bore a resemblance to the photo of the late author on the book’s cover. Tom Robertson, though, was of a slighter build than that of the pictured author known for his larger than life persona. Retired since last year after 43 years as a school teacher at Carlsbad High School and no longer having to grade papers or go to teachers’ meetings, Robertson’s newfound freedom has since been spent traveling with his wife and volunteering. “What I’ve been trying to do since I’ve retired, I’ve been trying to do new things that I’ve never done before in my life,” Robertson, 67, said. That includes traveling to Key West, Fla. this week for the 34th annual Hemingway Days — a week-long celebration of the author, where

Tom Robertson, first row third from left, participates in the Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike contest at Sloppy Joe’s in Key West, Fla. on July 21. Photo courtesy Tom Robertson

Robertson will be a participant in this year’s Hemingway Look-Alike contest. He got the idea some time ago, he said, when an in-law of his entered the contest and actually won it several years back. Robertson, sizing up the in-law a bit, said to himself, ‘OK, I could do

this.’ I look as much like Ernest Hemingway as he did, and he won the thing.” Held at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, the three-night competition to find the best Hemingway lookalike gives Key West and Sloppy Joe’s a tremendous amount of exposure world-wide throughout the year, said Donna Edwards, brand manager at Sloppy Joe’s. “Hemingway was friends with the original owner Joe Russell of Sloppy Joe’s in Key West, (and) there has always been a bond between the time Hemingway lived and wrote in Key West and Sloppy Joe’s,” she said. No more than 150 contests are allowed to participate; this year

there are 125 look-alike hopefuls competing. The contestants come from all over the country, Edwards said. Each year, Edwards added, they get international contestants, too, including one gentleman from Germany this time around. This year’s event will be a little more special with July 21 marking the 115th anniversary of Hemingway’s birthday. During the first round of the contest, each Hemingway contestant has 15 seconds to make an impression on the judges and audience, though Robertson said he doesn’t yet know how he’ll do that. He said his wife TURN TO HEMINGWAY ON B11

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A fisherman casts a line into the water at Discovery Lake in San Marcos on Tuesday. The city is considering requiring a catch and release policy at two of its lakes. Photo by Tony Cagala

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SAN MARCOS — San Marcos is considering requiring local anglers to catch and release fish caught at Discovery Lake and Jacks Pond, rather than recommending it as the city currently does. The city’s Community Services Commission is set to vote on an action item recommending the council change the city’s

policy, which the council could vote on as early as August. The fishery at both local water bodies — which at one point was teeming with bass, bluegill, catfish and crappie — has slipped in recent years, largely due to anglers catching fish and taking them home, rathTURN TO POLICY ON B11

July 25, 2014 es, the simple writing,” he said. Though looking like wants him to bring a the author, the similarstuffed animal — a six- ities seem to end there. toed cat — with him. Hemingway was fond of that type of cat and owned several of them at his Key West house when he lived there on and off for several years. One thing he knows, he said, is that he’ll wear a sportsman’s vest at least. Once he found out he was entered into the competition, Robertson began going back into the author’s works. Tom Robertson ErAs an English stunest Hemingway Lookdent at San Diego State Alike contestant University, “thousands of years ago,” he said, he Robertson said he took a class in Hemingwas a sportsman in the way. “I do love him. I love traditional sense during his writing style; love high school playing basthe quick, short chap- ketball and football. “I’m not a sportsman ters, the short sentenc-

in the sense of what he did, with the bullfights… but as far as deep sea fishing, I’m just not into that, and big game hunting. I have been hunting, but not like what he did,” Robertson said. “So sportsman, yes, but sportsman like Hemingway, no,” he said. “He was one of a kind, that’s for sure.” Since he started letting others know he’s going to Key West for the contest, people have been giving him second looks, telling him he does resemble the author affectionately known as “Papa.” And if he doesn’t win? Robertson said he’s also been told he looks like Santa Claus — and with the holidays coming up that might just be another volunteering opportunity for him.

Cedar fire. “The coyote population crashed,” Von Hendy said. There was also a corresponding increase in bobcats and gray foxes. It took more than 10 years for a healthy balance between coyotes, bobcats and foxes to return. The San Diego Tracking Team has been recording habitat data since 1993. Countywide tracking began when Friends of Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve and San Diego Biodiversity Project joined efforts to create the first maps of San Diego County wildlife

corridors in the 1980s. Conservation biologists and wildlife habitat experts helped the groups finalize wildlife corridor maps. The mapping project brought attention to the natural need for wildlife corridors, which were soon after included in city and county urban planning. The San Diego Tracking Team 501(c) 3 was formed in 1999 when the Mt. Woodson Wildlife Trackers and Los Peñasquitos Tracking Team merged to form an umbrella organization to educate the public and train tracking volunteers.

on the National Register of Historic Places and claims ghostly goings on frequently enough to be logged into a journal kept in the lobby. Will Rogers and Wiley Post stayed here just two days before their fateful flight to Barrow in 1935. If you see no ghosts, you’ll still find the collection of photographs of the city’s past fascinating. A generous breakfast buffet is served in

the wood-paneled bar, and many attractions are within easy walking distance. Visit historicanchoragehotel.com. For a free 100-page, full-color guide to Anchorage and surrounding areas, visit anchorage.net.

has seen any of the movies. Probably, “Fantasia”… it had a re-birth in the ‘60s, the psychedelic-era, which is my favorite movie. That’s sort of the passion of my collecting is aimed. But newer stuff, they did wonderful stuff on “The Lion King.” So I would say it’s kind of like Disneyland, it appeals to all ages.

computers, look up “animation process,” educate themselves briefly on what the process of getting a film on the screen (is)…To be more specific, some of the concept work — the detail in the drawings and the paintings, in some cases, are just astounding…Concept art to me is among the most beautiful.


So sportsman, yes, but sportsman like Hemingway, no.”



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Is it difficult to find these pieces today? Are you still collecting? Yes. The passion is always there. And each year it becomes more difficult. A lot of sources wind up in auctions and it’s becoming harder each year. Do you think today’s animated films being computer Is there one piece that generated takes away anyyou’re especially looking for thing from the artwork you that you haven’t yet found? collect? Well, anything that I’m I would think if anylooking for these days, and thing it will make it more since I do have quite a good rare as time goes on. In othcollection, I really can’t af- er words (it’s) one of those ford. I started this in the they don’t make them anyearly days. I can’t afford the more sort of things. pieces I would like to have. For someone who will see Who do you think this art the exhibit, what should appeals to? they look for? I would say anyone and They might want to, everyone that sees it and now with smart phones and

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er than releasing them as recommended, according to a city staff report. “There would be times that I would visit the lake and observe some fishermen leaving the lake with stringers full of fish (legal size & limit),” a city park ranger said in a report. “I’d try to encourage them to catch and release but they wouldn’t be receptive to releasing a nice-sized bass.” Parks staff received a letter from Lee Franchi, a San Diego resident who fishes at Discovery Lake, who expressed concern that the over fishing would lead to future generations not being able to enjoy the lake. “It occurred to me on several occasions that

unless there is a change in the current policy, the possibility that my son, and many other sons, dads and /or granddads could lose the opportunity and inherent enjoyment of fishing this body of water in the not too distant future,” he wrote. Park rangers concurred with Franchi’s assessment and are endorsing the change. Several lakes in San Diego County also have mandatory catch and release, including Lake San Marcos, Lake Las Posas and Lake O’Neil in Camp Pendleton and Barrett and Upper Otay lakes in San Diego. Discovery Lake is south of Craven Road and west of Twin Oaks Valley Road and Jacks Pond is south of Barham Drive along La Moree Road.


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“It could be coming from groundwater, it could be coming from runoff,” Lazootin said. “It’s just really hard to correlate exactly what source is contributing to high nutrient concentrations like nitrate or ammonia.” But what she and Coastkeeper do know is that high concentrations of nutrients take a huge dip in the areas that are mostly natural and vegetated — that’s where the trees and the vegetation suck them up in a way. Lazootin added that the levels are a lot higher in the urbanized areas, whether it’s commercial or residential/ “Escondido Creek is a river that goes through a lot of North County,” Pritchard said. “It drains a relatively large watershed. It’s still fairly rural up in most of it, however, it’s currently in the process of being developed, so that’s going to get more pressures on the river. “It also drains into the

San Elijo lagoon, which is one of California’s few remaining coastal wetland areas out there. So what happens in the river is going to affect the estuaries in the lagoon there,” Pritchard said. The hope for the new project, Pritchard said, is to help lay the groundwork to put in new biological regulations and objectives in the region. The funding to conduct the study this year and for next year has been secured through a grant from the state’s Department of Water Resources, administered through the County Water Authority. Over the next six months, Pritchard anticipates they’ll be compiling a report on the state of the watersheds, sharing the results with local storm water agencies that are responsible for maintaining the health of the streams and also with the regional water quality control board.

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tions in Escondido Creek, which drains into the San Elijo lagoon, a protected estuary. “You would think that nutrients are good, because they help the vitality of the system,” Lazootin said, “but when you have an overconcentration or an overabundance of nutrients it can also be detrimental to the habitat.” Basically, she explained, when you have too much algae in the water, it takes up a lot of the oxygen in the water, which can deplete the oxygen for anything else that’s living in the water. And eventually, if it gets really bad, she added, then the habitat can completely die out. Because there are so many land uses where Escondido Creek flows, Lazootin said it’s been hard to find the source of the pollution.



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Solana Beach resident Ruthi Solari will be a participant in the inaugural European Peace Walk July 28. Courtesy photo

promoting peace for the entire world: empowering women,” said Solari. “In my mind, one of the last standing areas for inequality and lack of peace in the world is the oppression of women. For this reason, I am using my involvement in the EPW to raise awareness and funds for an amazing international organization called Women for Women International.” Women for Women International envisions a world where no one is abused, poor, illiterate or marginalized; where members of communities have full and equal participation in the processes that ensure their health, well-being and economic independence; and where everyone has the freedom to define the scope of their life, their future and strive to

achieve their full potential. “This inspirational organization celebrates leaders like Ruthi Solari for her commitment to women’s empowerment,” said Brita Schmidt, executive director of Women for Women International. “We must work together to inspire women leaders across the globe until all women live in safe, healthy communities with equal access to knowledge and resources. We wish Ruthi luck and express our sincerest gratitude to her for raising awareness and funds for Women for Women International” To visit Ruthi’s fundraising page, visit justg iv ing.com / Ruth iSolari-EPW or to find out more about the European Peace walk, visit peacewalk.eu.



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