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RSF Fire enforces weed abatement
State ‘unlikely’ to endorse Cardiff project
By Christina Macone-Greene
RANCHO SANTA FE — While the heavy Southern California rains helped with drought conditions and filled local reservoirs, new weed and grass growth presents a future fire hazard. The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District is urging residents to tackle vegetation abatement and defensible space for fire safety. According to Fire Chief Fred Cox, the current fuel levels are above what they usually are for this time of year. However, this moisture will dry out once the rains come to an official end. “These dry grasses can spread a wildfire quickly into dense native vegetation, our eucalyptus forests and ornamental landscapes which is a huge concern to us,” Cox said. “The Fire District has made it a point to meet with every HOA in the fire district, including the Rancho Santa Fe Association, to discuss expectations and concerns pertaining to vegetation management. These meetings are an opportunity to build rapport with the numerous HOAs and to educate them on the importance of defensible space and the maintenance of common HOA areas.” Cox said the fire district is readying to send its “annual weed abatement mailer” to district residents highlighting the requirements of defensible space as well as how to safeguard your home. “The Fire Prevention Bureau will also be driving throughout the district and looking at all properties for potential hazards,” Cox CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S “Volta” comes to the Big Top at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Show times at 4:30 p.m.
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By Aaron Burgin
ENCINITAS — Officials with the Department of State Parks have informed the Cardiff School District that they are unlikely to support the proposed campus redesign and companion boundary adjustment to George Berkich Park. They also signaled that the project would likely be subject to a more extensive environmental review process than previously foreseen, something that opponents to the project have called for. In the email dated March 26, a supervisor from the state parks’ Office of Grants and Local Services outlined three concerns raised by the National Parks Service with the school district’s proposal, which calls for the construction of a multi-purpose room that would open to the field and terrace-style concrete seating on a section of the park, which the district owns. The district needs the approval of both the state and National Park Service because of a 1993 federal grant agreement that requires the park remain in perpetuity unless the agencies endorse a boundary change. That agreement requires the district to replace the lost park land with a corresponding amount of land. School district officials have proposed redrawing the boundary to include the school’s parking lot, which would double in size in the new plan, as well as openTURN TO CARDIFF ON 6
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Carlsbad-based BIOS Lighting, an innovator in the biological application of LED lighting, announced the installation of its LED lighting system in the Gary and Mary West Emergency Department at UC San Diego Health in La Jolla. The BIOS lights will aid patients and staff in UC San Diego Health’s geriatric emergency department in two ways: by adding a heightened amount of circadian signal to provide alertness during the daytime hours; and by providing a unique wavelength of light dedicated to visual assess-
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SOLANA BEACH-BASED ElliptiGO Inc. recently unleashed a stand-up mountain bike on a growing community of North County cyclists. Courtesy photo
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California State Sen. Brian Jones has opened an Escondido district office, where constituents in North San Diego County can receive assistance on state issues and participate in legislative meetings with Jones or his staff. The new office is within the Escondido Chamber of Commerce building at 720 N. Broadway, #110, Escondido.
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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has announced Robert Luciano as the new assistant manager of its Rancho Santa Fe office. “I have been with Coldwell Banker since 2010, starting as an affiliate agent with its Pacific Beach office,” said Luciano. Prior to becoming the new assistant manager of the Rancho Santa Fe office, he was the assistant manager of the Del Mar office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
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Colin Morrison, of Carlsbad, was inducted into the Elmira College Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society. North County students named to the Scholastic Honor Roll at Oregon State University included Carlsbad students Brionna R. Geldert, senior, Business Administration; Sabrina K. Gust, senior, Animal Sciences; Adeline R. Hull, freshman, Art; Sophia C. Ilas, senior, Psychology; Gabriella K. Sanchez, sophomore, Marketing and Blair A. Stone, sophomore, Animal Sciences. Honorees from Encinitas were Edward J. Breding, senior, Elect & Computer Engineering; Marina D. Keller, freshman, Pre-Civil Engineering; Andrew H. Ross, senior and Mechanical Engineering. On the list, from Oceanside, were Jacob Hansen, senior, Business Administration; Isaac J. Hinsley, senior, Speech Communication; Viktor D. Medvinsky, freshman, University Exploratory Studies.
GARDENIA GREG was a rescue kitten and he serves as a reminder that “kitten season” is upon us. Courtesy photo
Get ready for kitten season By Staff
RANCHO SANTA FE — With the beginning of spring, flower fields are causing newsworthy traffic congestion and flower companies can be seen making deliveries all around town. But Tuesday morning, a tiny kitten was the first springtime delivery to make its way to Helen Woodward Animal Center. Hidden near the wild weeds of a parking lot, the fuzzy baby, named Gardenia Greg by the center’s veterinary team, is a reminder that the blossoming months are also the beginning of Kitten Season and residents may find these tiny new “blooms” in easy-to-miss and dangerous places around their homes. The months of April through the summer are known as Kitten Season, a time when shelters see the largest influx of orphan
kittens come through their doors. Indicating the start of that busy season, a caring animal-lover arrived at Helen Woodward Animal Center looking for a safe haven for a tiny 6-week-old kitten. “We are very grateful to Mr. Martindale for the effort he put in to find this kitten,” said Supervisor Tracy Woodworth. “Stray mother cats seek warm spots to have their litters but often the litters end up in dangerous spots and their stories can have tragic endings. “Cars parked outside, garden sheds, garages, attics, and even outdoor barbecues, are all very common spots for stray kittens to hide and they can be easily overlooked. We ask the community to check these spots regularly during Kitten Season.”
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Airport lawsuit settlement reached by Carlsbad, county By Steve Puterski
CARLSBAD — An agreement between the city of Carlsbad and county of San Diego announced on March 27 puts to bed a lawsuit regarding the environmental impact report over the McClellan-Palomar Airport Master Plan. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the plan on Oct. 10, 2018, which reclassified the airport from a B-II to a D-III to handle larger jets, repositioned the taxiway and runway and also lengthened the runway by up to 800 feet. On March 27, the City Council voted to approve the settlement 4-1, with Councilwoman Cori Schumacher voting no. The council discussed the settlement for threeand-a-half hours in a closed session before announcing a deal had been reached. However, the resident group Citizens for a Friendly Airport still has an active suit, independent of the city, against the county. “The county of San Diego is pleased to have reached an agreement with the city of Carlsbad regarding the McClellan-Palomar Airport Master Plan,” said Jessica Northup, communications officer for the county. “The airport is a valuable part of the Carlsbad and North County communities it serves. We look forward to collaborating with the city and implementing the Master Plan to enhance airport operations in the future.” Also, the county did not
THE CITY OF CARLSBAD and County of San Diego reached a settlement agreement concerning the final environmental impact report over the McClellan-Palomar Airport Master Plan, which was approved Oct. 10, 2018, by the Board of Supervisors. File photo
respond to an email request for comment by deadline. Peter Kirsch of Kaplan, Kirsch and Rockwell law firm in Denver and whom the city hired last year, said the deal includes a number of objectives such as creating a better working relationship between the two entities and avoiding a costly legal process. “What’s really important to understand … is it’s designed to change the relationship between the county and the city with regard to Palomar Airport issues,” Kirsch said. “And in particular to establish a permanent mechanism of dialogue between the council and supervisors, and staff of the city and staff of the county.” The airport master plan
has long been a divisive issue for residents here, along with others in the flight path in Vista and San Marcos. Many of those complaints revolve around noise and voluntary night flying, which the city has no power to enforce. The Federal Aviation Administration takes control over planes in the air, but residents’ complaints have not been addressed to their satisfaction. As part of the deal, the county will install two more noise meters. Kirsch said the agreement establishes permanent quarterly meetings to keep city staff updated on airport issues. In addition, the county will give the city 30 days to comment, reaction and feedback on any major development plans at the airport.
Another aspect, perhaps one of the biggest, is the county is committed to all of the mitigation set forth in the Mitigation Monitoring Program set in the final EIR, plus in addition to those required by law, Kirsch said the county will include all mitigation measures in responses to comments in the EIR. “It’s a relatively short agreement, but it sets forth a number of areas in which the county and city will cooperate on issues having to do with mitigation and noise mitigation, in particular,” Kirsch added. One hurdle over the years has been with the FAA, Mayor Matt Hall said. With the deal, his expectation is to work collaboratively with
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the county to approach the FAA, especially with flight paths and noise. Hall said he’s happy with the deal because it covers other issues such as noise, hours of operations and more defined flights paths, which were not part of the lawsuit, he said. And with the election of Jim Desmond and Nathan Fletcher to the board, Hall said they bring a different perspective to the issues surrounding the airport. “I think the settlement was a good thing,” he added. “FAA issues, without us both working together and being collaborative, we’d never stand a chance of getting those changed. If we work as a team, I think some of those might be accomplished.” Kirsch said the Palomar Airport Advisory Committee will be a conduit of communication as the board recommends actions to the county and Board of Supervisors. The PAAC was against reclassifying the airport. The City Council also nominated Winthrop Cramer as the Carlsbad representative to the PAAC last week. Schumacher, meanwhile, has long been against the airport master plan and wary the county would expand the airport into something resembling John Wayne Airport in Orange County. She motioned, which was passed, for the council to bring the issue back so the council and residents could have a conversation regarding the deal.
Fire destroys several Oceanside buildings, homes OCEANSIDE — Officials continued to investigate a fire that demolished a house and two apartment buildings in Oceanside on April 6, displacing dozens of people. The first report of the fire came in a little after 2 p.m., Oceanside Police Lt. Kedrick Sadler said. It originated in a single-family home with two dwelling units built as additions on Division Street west of Brooks Street, according to the Oceanside Fire Department. Two people suffered burns and were treated at UC San Diego Medical Center, according to the fire department. A third person was also assessed for burns but didn't have to be taken to a hospital. One firefighters also suffered a minor injury but didn't need to be hospitalized, the department said. The flames were out by about 3:45 p.m., but firefighters weren’t able to save the buildings, which were both “basically destroyed,” according to Sadler. At one point, every single Oceanside Fire Department engine and ladder truck, as well as three of five ambulances, were working on the fire, the Fire Department said. — City News Service
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Utility troubles could be a consumer opportunity
Police interactions should not be deadly By Alan Geraci
I was a trained prosecutor earlier in my legal career. I start there because I had the privilege of receiving much of the same “use of force” training that police officers receive. Every police officer and most prosecutors are trained on the “use of force continuum,” from mere physical presence, to verbal commands, to hand control, to baton and chemical force, and lastly, deadly force. Every situation is different; Every police officer is different. Escalated interactions take seconds for trained officers to react correctly so training and experience are key. Additionally, district attorneys and internal affairs currently investigate officer misuse of force allegations. Invariably, they rely on evidence and testimony from other officers who have an
interest in protecting their colleagues. This testimony often contradicts itself or lacks logic, or both. Without independent investigations or citizen review, conflicts of interest often exist when a district attorney prosecutes an officer whose cooperation may be needed in another case. Thus, officer testimony is frequently used to substantiate the claims that deadly force was reasonable and necessary. Victims end up taking the blame and then are further pathologized, dehumanized, and vilified by the local media. The public comes to see the victims, rather than the overreacting officer, as culpable for their own deaths. Our communities are now replete with examples of excessive force cases. Citizens of color are statistically more likely to have esca-
lated violence and brutality. This is also statistically true in our north county communities. Police officers must avoid using deadly force whenever possible. Common sense, right? But, right now, officers can legally use deadly force and kill someone even when they have other alternatives. AB 392: The California Act to Save Lives, introduced this year by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), will make clear that police officers should only use deadly force when they do not have other options. I support this legislation and urge you to make voice your support to our legislators when this bill arrives to the floor for a vote. Alan Geraci is a consumer attorney and former candidate for State Assembly.
Trees in Leucadia: From 839 to zero By Leah Bissonette
Late in the day on Monday, March 25, the City issued its report for the new, temporary Streetscape plan. Many of us read it and wept. On Tuesday, the mayor gave the State of the City report and proclaimed that Streetscape would provide 839 new trees along the Highway 101 corridor. No weeping there. Perhaps she hadn’t read the report. On Wednesday, the City staff presented the same report. Impact on existing trees will be “minimized” as part of the plan and there will be no new trees, just parking and a pedestrian path in the dirt right-of-way between Highway 101 and the railroad. Even the mayor seemed surprised. She asked, “Zero trees?” Yes, no trees as part of this temporary plan, was the response from staff. At first blush you would hope that the “no trees” thing was because the City wouldn’t want to plant trees as part of a temporary plan, only to have to rip them out
and move them later for a permanent plan. But no, that was not the reason. Because at that point Tony Kranz piped in to say that the railroad preferred not to have trees in the right of way as they could fall and be a problem for the railroad. Tony is the City’s representative to NCTD and he calmly stated that this is always the policy. This is always the policy, no surprise. Hmm. So somebody knew about this policy long before Streetscape was initially planned? Or why didn’t they know? So why has every picture of the proposed Streetscape showed a beautiful tree canopy with many trees planted in the railroad right-of-way on the east side of Highway 101? Why was it clearly stated in the EIR and in other presentations by the City that, while the City couldn’t plant additional trees on the west side because of the existing businesses and the need for wider sidewalks, there would be an abundance — in fact, according
to the mayor 839 new trees — on the east side of Highway 101? OK, things change. But this is not a small change. This means that Highway 101 will be the barren industrial parking lot strip that many have worried it would become for the last ten years of the fight over Streetscape. Now the mayor knows that the new plan involves ZERO new trees and minimization of the impact on old trees. A net loss of trees. Indeed, the whole City Council had it stated baldly to them — NO NEW TREES. And, the discussion made it clear that while the new plan is temporary, it will likely last for several years. Indeed, the mayor herself noted that temporary government plans often last for many years. And yet, your City Council blithely approved the new plan. They’ve finally done it. They have paved paradise to put up a parking lot. Oh, I guess if it’s a dirt parking lot that’s ok.
og your memory back just nine years to 2010 and you’ll find California’s Big Three privately owned electric utilities spending more than $70 million — $46 million from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. alone — trying to pass a ballot proposition making it almost impossible to create new publicly owned utilities. Imagine the outcry today if PG&E and its allies at Southern California Edison Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. spent that kind of money on a measure designed to keep their monopolies intact. All three have been implicated in the ignition of several of the largest wildfires in California history, causing tens of billions of dollars in damage to their customers. So the outcry against any repeat of the big-money utility company effort to pass the 2010 Proposition 16 — it failed — would come not only from consumers, but also from victims of fires admittedly started by the electric firms’ equipment, who see any utility spending for political donations or lobbying as essentially theft. It would take money away from the cash reservoir available to compensate victims. The utility company effort of nine years ago aimed to require a twothirds public vote before any new Community Choice Aggregations could be started. Such a huge margin would be virtually unattainable, the utilities knew. If that measure had passed, it’s doubtful places as diverse as Marin County and Manhattan Beach, San Francisco and Simi Valley would have the
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FARM? Airstream Innovations CEO accused of fraud by shareholders
By Jordan P. Ingram
SOLANA BEACH — A successful Rancho Santa Fe horticulturist known for growing French heirloom strawberries using his patented inflatable greenhouses is facing accusations of corporate fraud by his agricultural company’s shareholders for the second time in two years. David Chelf, 59, founder and CEO of Airstream Innovations and now-defunct Wicked Wilds, and his wife, Bridgette Chelf, a Solana Beach chiropractor, are co-defendants in a lawsuit filed on March 26 in San Diego Superior Court. According to the complaint, investors Patricia Thompson and Dr. Benedicto Masilungan were solicited by Bridgette Chelf to invest in her husband’s organic produce and inflatable greenhouse businesses to “facilitate pesticide-free food production and allow Third World countries to produce food with no electric power and far less water.”
But underneath the surface of a high-tech berry farm existed a tangled ecosystem of corporate graft, according to court filings. The plaintiffs claim that the Chelfs took their investment money and illegally shuffled funds between four companies — all of which were allegedly operating out of the same corporate office located near Cedros Avenue Design District in Solana Beach — including Bridgette Chelf’s chiropractic business, Ocean Wellness. “…Defendants lacked any real separate legal identities and became, in effect, alter ego of each other, not only when conducting their internal financial affairs but also while soliciting investors and issuing, or failing to issue, stock to investors,” the complaint reads. Both Thompson and Masilungan further allege they never received stocks or shares for their investment and that the Chelfs have refused to provide
shareholders with important financial records as required by state law. Carlsbad attorney Alan Pitcaithley, representing Thompson and Masilungan, said his clients have
accounting and when you don’t provide tax returns and accounting statements, you’re in violation of the law.” David Chelf, a former UCLA doctoral candidate
Investors allege underneath the surface of a high-tech berry farm existed a tangled ecosystem of corporate graft. been seeking a settlement for the past six months and hope to reach an agreement soon. “The bottom line is you have to account to the shareholders,” Pitcaithley said. “The law requires an
in physics, established Wicked Wilds in 2003 to produce a hybridized strawberry known as Mara des Bois at a farm in Ranchita, southwest of Borrego Springs. Later filings with the
California Secretary of State show Bridgette Chelf and Thompson listed as Wicked Wilds officers, directors or both. According to the company’s website (which is no longer active), David Chelf first developed an inflatable, temperature-controlled greenhouse to help Wicked Wilds grow “well-nourished plants” with a “higher nutritional content” without the use of any pesticides to better “achieve a level of gustatory greatness.” Both Airstream companies were formed to protect David Chelf’s intellectual property and to manufacture and sell his signature greenhouses. Wicked Wilds and
Airstream quickly garnered national attention as agri-tech vanguards and David Chelf was featured in articles by CNN Money, The Los Angeles Times, KPBS and Smithsonian Magazine. In 2006, Wicked Wilds’ certified organic strawberries sold from $60 to $75 for six punnets (or three pounds) including overnight delivery to award-winning restaurants in Las Vegas and across San Diego County, including Picasso at The Bellagio, Bouchon at the Venetian and A.R. Valentine at the Lodge at Torrey Pines. The Chelfs gradually shifted their business focus from growing strawberries to solely manufacturing, selling and installing inflatable greenhouses. In 2017, Westside Transplant successfully sued David Chelf and Airstream for breach of contract after the company failed to deliver a 75,600-square-foot Airstream Tunnel Greenhouse Unit and several accessories for $286,000. The following year, David and Bridgette Chelf settled a lawsuit filed by another former Wicked Wilds and Airstream investor Mary Ann Morrison after she alleged the Chelfs took her investment money and refused to hold shareholder meetings or “provide any accounting or record of where plaintiff’s investment has gone,” according to the complaint. David and Bridgette Chelf declined to comment for this article.
Encinitas council declines Adopt a Family celebrates bravery, honors resilience to back ferret proclamation By Christina Macone-Greene
By Aaron Burgin
ENCINITAS — Fans of feral ferrets found Encinitas unfriendly to their cause last month. Supporters of the animal, which are banned as pets in California, had asked Encinitas officials to support a resolution supporting their efforts to legalize them. But the City Council declined to support the resolution, with four of the five members expressing opposition to legalizing ferrets, which they said could potentially become an invasive species if a domestic ferret were to escape. “They’re cute, but I believe in science,” Deputy Mayor Jody Hubbard said. “I don’t feel comfortable ... it’s not something I want to support.” Hubbard, Mayor Catherine Blakespear and Councilman Joe Mosca echoed the concerns voiced by residents Dennis and Kathleen Lees, former traffic and public safety commissioner Christina Simokat and environmental commissioner James Wang, who all said that California’s ban is meant to protect the ecosystem from being overrun by the animals. The speakers pointed to other invasive species,
such as the rodent nutria and the invasive plant caulerpa, and the havoc those wreaked once introduced. Pat Wright, a La Mesa resident and the founder of Legalize Ferrets, spoke at the March 20 meeting and said that the opposition to ferrets is rooted in politics, not science. “None of these speakers brought any ‘science’ to the meeting. Because their science is nonexistent,” Wright said. “Their politics is quite apparent.” California and Hawaii are the only states that ban domestic ferrets as pets. California’s ban has been in place since 1933. Councilman Tony Kranz was the lone voice of support of the measure on the dais. He said that the likelihood of a feral ferret family taking root in Encinitas is “very, very low.” Also, he said, the resolution didn’t legalize ferrets in Encinitas, just voiced support for ferret advocates to state their case to the state legislature. “We are endorsing them having the opportunity to make that case,” Kranz said. “I’m prepared to let the legislature decide.
RANCHO SANTA FE — It was an evening of inspiration at Adopt a Family Foundation’s sixth annual gala with the theme, “Celebrating Bravery, Honoring Resilience.” More than 200 guests supporting the Rancho Santa Fe-based nonprofit gathered at Building 177 at Liberty Station on March 31. Adopt a Family offers financial support to victims of terror in Israel. According to Carine Chitayat, chief executive officer and co-founder of Adopt a Family Foundation, guests listened to moving presentations from keynote speaker Almog Boker, followed by Yaniv Perez who lives in Sderot. During the course of the evening, attendees took part in both silent and live auctions while enjoying the musical entertainment provided by Shanee, “The Voice of Peace.” “Our silent auction consisted of beautiful contemporary paintings which incorporated the theme of the night ‘Celebrating Bravery Honoring Resilience,’” Chitayat said. “These paintings were generously donated by seven local artists in the community and supporters of our foundation.” Co-chairing the 2019 gala was Orly Perez and Shira Schaffer. For Chitayat, the evening was memorable on many levels. “It was heartwarming
GALA COMMITTEE members Julie Rosoff, Orly Perez, Shira Schaffer, Doris Elihu, Carine Chitayat, Ruth Dahan, Sheryl Goodman, Kimberly Raoufpur, Reine Krief and Veronique Benchimol. Courtesy photo
to see people from our community come together and bring their support for Israel. Everyone was very moved by the speeches and the emotion in the room was very powerful,” Chitayat said. It was wonderful to witness the supporters of Adopt a Family, personally hear about their gratitude, and the impact that they are having on the recipients of our foundation.” Chitayat hopes that guests walked away from the evening knowing the annual gala is an invaluable fundraiser. The proceeds allow the organization to sustain and create new programs. “Adopt a Family Foundation embraces an Israeli family each year into its program and continues its sup-
port indefinitely,” she said. Chitayat shared that every year, the Adopt a Family Foundation invites an adopted family to San Diego for a week. This provides individuals with some respite while building strong bonds and friendships with families in the community. Also, the foundation assists in the costs of school tuition. “A substantial portion of the organization’s proceeds are dedicated to providing additional therapy sessions and summer camps to children who have PTSD,” she said. “This year we had five Israeli teens, their coach, Yaniv Perez, and his daughter at our gala, all of whom suffer from PTSD. They come to play in a soccer tour-
nament against local teens in our community.” Chitayat, along with other gala guests, were moved when Perez and one of the teens said a few words at the gala expressing their gratitude with the support of Adopt a Family. They described the experience as warm, supportive and one of friendship. Supporters and members of Adopt a Family host the teens during their Southern California stay. “This is a unique experience for all involved, and this experience truly strengthens their bonds with our community,” Chitayat said. For more information on Adopt a Family, visit adoptafamilyfoundation.org.
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ing the school’s garden for community use. The city of Encinitas, which also would have to endorse the proposal, was slated to consider it later this month. “Based on this feedback from the National Parks Service, it is unlikely that OGALS will recommend the boundary adjustment as outlined in the current draft ... provided by the school district,” the email states. “The City and the School District should continue to consider other options in moving forward with their proposal.” Barbara Baker, a supervisor with the Office of Grants and Local Services, said the district’s proposal is problematic because the parking lot would serve mostly a school purpose rather than for park purposes. “The proposal would need to show how park and recreation improvement is being realized by giving up open space area for parking that the school is planning on building for its own use,” Baker wrote in the email. Baker also said that the proposal to open the garden to the community would “need to be considered carefully regarding what is actually benefiting public use of the site, when it would be available for public use,” as well as what land would actually be eligible for the swap. The garden includes the old brick building, which wouldn’t be eligible for park replacement purposes. Those issues are part of an overarching issue that Baker said exists with the proposal: the district owns both the school and the park and the school use would take priority for most of the land being used
CARDIFF SCHOOL DISTRICT officials are trying to contact the state in regards to its recent statement but said that the letter “doesn’t change the school project.” File photo
in the swap. “The entire boundary adjustment presents special concerns due to property ownership, shared school use with school use as the priority, and use of contiguous school-owned priority for replacement,” Baker wrote. Cardiff School officials said this week they were trying to contact the state to see what this meant for the project, but said that the letter “doesn’t change the school project in the way of the board’s priority of serving students’ education in a safe and secure environment.” “This is just another step in the process, but we don’t have any further information from the National Parks Service to answer any questions about the letter,” board President Siena Randall said. “We are reaching out to find out what is next.” Randy Peterson, the school district’s contract bond manager, said the district doesn’t know what changed from several weeks ago, when they said that state parks officials recommended they include
the parking lot in the proposal, and the date of the letter, which appears to be a reversal. “We just need to better understand what has changed,” he said. Opponents of the district’s proposal raised concerns about the proposed land swap in a lawsuit they filed in March to force the district to do a more thorough environmental review of the project’s impacts. Eleanor Musick, a Cardiff resident and secretary of the group that filed the suit, said the current parking lot serves the park and school adequately. “There’s plenty of street parking, and the lot is never full unless there is a soccer tournament,” Musick said. “Otherwise on most weekends there’s only a handful of cars. The large parking lot is solely for the school’s benefit. It does not improve the park to have a 35,000-square-foot parking lot.” Baker’s email also informed the district the project likely wouldn’t be eligible for a “small conversion,” which requires a
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March 26, 2019 Former City of Encinitas, Executive Secretary Patricia Drew, died Tuesday, March 26, 2019. She was 87 years old. Patricia was born in New Zealand to British parents, Alfred and Amy Marsh in 1931. Leaving that country to come to american when she was only 19 years old. She is survived by her brother Dennis Marsh, nephews Dale Marsh and Gordon Marsh, and neices Debbie Marsh and Kathy Neutz. Patricia was active in her community of Encinitas, where she called home. She was an active member of the Encinitas Lions Club having be the board secretary for over 21 years and she shared her love of books with the Friends of the Cardiff Library. We will miss seeing her drive by in her yellow 1971 Ghia. Pat was a wonderful person and she will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
less thorough review of the environmental impacts, because of the controversy surrounding it. “Additionally, one of the requirements for a proposal to be considered a ‘small conversion’ is that the proposed conversion is not controversial,” Baker wrote. “It is evident that this is not the case, so a more extensive review by NPS will be required.” This was also one of the core arguments opponents made in their lawsuit. A group of officials with the state Office of Grants and Local Services said late April 3 that the letter was part of the ongoing negotiations between the city and state and federal officials, and cautioned that no project has actually been submitted for approval. “What has happened here is that we are encouraging them to come to a conclusion and give us a formal proposal,” said Sedrick Mitchell, deputy director of external affairs with the state department of parks. “We don’t want to overspeculate; this isn’t a proposal.”
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RANCHO SANTA FE — The ninth annual Bags & Baubles for FACE Foundation is turning a fundraising event into an unforgettable shopping experience. Once again this year, the venue will be located at a private Rancho Santa Fe Estate on April 28. Nearly 500 guests will come out to pick their must-have items while supporting pets in need. In 2018, Bags & Baubles raised more than $130,000. Ticket prices are $30 which includes complimentary champagne, wine, appetizers, desserts and shopping opportunities galore. According to Danae Davis, the executive director of FACE Foundation, its board of directors underwrites all event expenses, soCROP 100 percent of the proceeds .93 go back to the nonprofit. .93“The FACE Founda4.17specifically helps save tion 4.28lives of pets by givthe ing them a second chance when they’re facing economic euthanasia,” Davis said. “So, when a pet parent is faced with a difficult choice of not being able to afford a sudden emergency procedure or veterinary treatment for their pet, a lot of people don’t understand that without that money up front, the more humane option would be to euthanize the animal. We want to try to prevent that from happening — this year already, we have saved more than one pet a day from economic euthanasia.” Davis said while many attendees are returning supporters who annually come shopping for the day, they also see new faces, too. For Davis, Bags & Baubles is all about shopping for a cause and affording guests hundreds of choices in handbags, jewelry, sunglasses and more. The silent auction items are either new or
designers such as Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Tori Burch, Gucci, Prada and Fendi. “We have something for everyone,” she said. “We also have a section called the Cat’s Meow which is not part of the silent auction so people can buy those items right then and there.” Since its inception in 2006, FACE Foundation has saved nearly 2,300 pets. And one of those pets is Pinky, a 12-year-old Maltese Bichon, owned by Christina Kremers of Carmel Valley. Kremers shared how last November, Pinky was scampering through the grass when suddenly her back legs buckled, and she yelped. Kremers took her to the veterinarian right away. “Pinky had torn both of her back ACLs on her legs — she needed emergency surgery as soon as possible, and the cost was exorbitant — it was way out of my budget so the option that I had was to try to find something that could help me or put her down,” she said. “I came across the FACE Foundation, and I emailed them my story about Pinky and how much she meant to me.” The very next day, FACE Foundation contacted her and got the wheels in motion for Pinky’s surgeries. Kremers’ gratitude for Pinky being saved is beyond words. “I’m so thankful and blessed to have found FACE Foundation — without their help, I would have been part of that percentage of people who would have had to put down their best friend, and that would have been horrible,” Kremers said. For more information on Bags & Baubles tickets as well as sponsorship opportunities visit Face4Pets.org or call (858) 450-3223.
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hen you pass by a minivan packed with presc hoolers , you may think it is just a car full of kids. It is, in fact, a mini think tank. While confined for long distances in their booster seats, youngsters will debate and ponder the ways of the world and draw their first conclusions on the meaning of existence. You would think that the subjects on their newly forming minds would relate directly to that which most concerns them. Where the next Batman toy is coming from, what’s for lunch and when they can next go to the park with the really neat slide. Instead, they swing between small points of silliness and ones of true weight. The heaviest debate we had was about marriage, when a small group of 4-year-old boys began to consider this volatile subject. First Bobby noted boldly that he was going to marry his little brother. Tommy, somehow more rooted in reality than the rest of the carload, promptly pointed out that you cannot marry your brother. He added that you don’t know who you are going to marry because you
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said. “If hazards are present, homeowners will be notified by mail of the potential hazard and how to abate it. Staff is also willing to meet with individual property owners to discuss hazards, weed abatement, building construction features, and any other general fire concerns homeowners have regarding their property or a neighboring property.” Cox wants residents to know that in San Diego County, fire season is yearround. And with that, so is property maintenance. This upkeep includes 100 feet of defensible space around structures and 20 feet of clearance along roadways and driveways. “They (homeowners) are also responsible for making sure there is an acceptable vertical clearance of 13 feet 6 inches in height along all roadways and driveways. This is the required height for our emergency vehicles to safely occupy the road,” Cox said. “Dry, dead palm fronds should also be removed from palm trees as the accumulation around their trunks presents a severe fire hazard.” Cox went on to say that annual weeds and grass-
es need clearance. This needs to be done when they are mature and must be abated no later than May 1, 2019. Property owners who are in noncompliance will be notified by the district by mail to abate the hazards noted. Under the district guidelines, they will mail up to three notices offering the homeowner 35 days to comply with the abatement terms. “If the hazard has not been abated after this timeframe, the property will be subject to the fire district’s Forced Abatement Process. If forced abated, the district will hire a third-party contractor to do the required work and will bill the property owner,” he said. “If payment is not received, the district will then put a lien on the property. Property owners or managers are strongly urged to arrange for the clearing of their own properties, as the above requirements are strictly enforced." Cox said the cost of a force abatement is higher than if a homeowner were to do it themselves or hire a commercial company to do it. Cox encourages homeowners to schedule a site inspection with its Fire Prevention Specialists
neighbor girl told my son she might like to marry him. He put my fears to rest by telling her that she couldn’t know if she wanted to marry him, because she didn’t know what he would look like when he grew up. At least he’s fair, if narrow-minded. Other points of philosophy raised during the car-seat forum have included pondering the ways of the universe, like whether the moon is actually following us when we drive and whether or not the fog resting atop that nearby hill is actually a cloud that has come down so low or smoke from too many chimneys. One concluded that you get milk if you mix bread, butter and water, and another wanted to know just how those hotair balloons stay up so high and whether leprechauns are very tiny or sort of big. The kids I know are seldom interested in any cold pronouncement of the basic facts. They want to speculate and cogitate, and I let them, figuring that they will learn the truth soon enough from their father and the Discovery Channel. Whimsy will rarely be included in the three Rs, but it is alive and well in the world of the rolling preschool think tank.
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REGION — Authorities reached out to the public April 5 for help in identifying a pair of thieves who have swindled San Diego-area senior citizens out of thousands of dollars in recent weeks via a lottery scam. The crimes occurred on at least a half-dozen occasions during March and victimized retirement-age Hispanic women in various local communities, including Vista and the city of San Diego, said Sgt. Karl Miller of the sheriff’s Financial Crimes/Elder Abuse Unit. To con the victims, one of the perpetrators, calling herself Francisca, approaches them at grocery stores and initiates conversations in Spanish, according to investigators. During the interactions, the crook claims to have a friend with a winning lottery ticket who cannot claim the prize because he or she is not a U.S. citizen. At that point, a man who goes by the name Jose wanders up and pretends to overhear the women. He chimes
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in, saying he knows of a way to get the lottery winnings, if the victims are willing to provide upfront money. If they do, he promises, they will get a portion of the monetary prize. At that point, the swindlers drive the victims’ banks or homes to get cash. Once the thieves have the money, they drop the victims off in an unfamiliar location, leaving them stranded until they can get help. The targeted women have lost between $2,500 and $10,000 each, according to sheriff’s investigators. The female perpetrator is described as 40 to 65 years old, with dark hair and a medium build.
Her accomplice stand about 5 feet, 6 inches tall, has short black hair and is heavyset. Both are Hispanic, with accents that do not sound Mexican in origin. Surveillance cameras have captured images of the thieves. Anyone who might be able to help identify the perpetrators are asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or contact the agency online sdcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. — City News Service
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haven’t met them yet. This carried no weight with his peers. Bobby responded with his best defense, “My mommy told me I could marry anyone I wanted to, and I am going to marry my little brother.” Johnny joined the debate and solidified Bobby’s sibling-preference stance by stating that he might marry his little sister. Tommy, however, is a patient philosopher and pointed out to Johnny that you can’t marry your sister, either. Johnny also ignored such wisdom, restating his intent. Finally, the true thinker of the group took a stand. Jimmy had been considering all the alleged options throughout the discussion, and now stated, “I’m not going to get married. I’m just going to get a dog.” Silence ensued as all four boys considered the enormous appeal of Jimmy’s revolutionary idea. When the subject came up again in the presence of my son, he added this dimension. “You don’t know who you are going to marry, because you don’t know what they will look like when they grow up,” he said. My first reaction was horror at such an attitude, emphasizing only the physical appearance in your choice of mate. How could I have raised such a son? I began preparing a long discussion in my head to be delivered in the next few days. Later, a 3-year-old
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ENCINITAS — Hundreds of supporters and families of the Sanderling Waldorf School attended the nearly four-hour public hearing, after which the commission voted 4-0 to approve the eight-building, 31,150-square-foot school on four lots east of Quail Gardens Drive along Mays Hollow Lane. The project is proposed to be built in two phases: the first with eight modular buildings and the second phase, which is subject to the school’s fundraising efforts, the replacement of the modular buildings with permanent structures. A group of neighbors and a nearby congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses opposed the project based on concerns about traffic and pedestrian safety, but the commissioners said that the staff report and traffic study addressed their concerns. The commission added several conditions, including one that would require the school district to return for approval if it takes longer than 10 years to commence the second phase, and for the city to study creating a 25 miles per hour speed zone along Quail Gardens
to stretch from Encinitas Boulevard to the Encinitas Union School District farm lab property to the north. “I have no further issues, and I think it’s a wonderful project, it’s going to be a good synergy, and my concerns about traffic are answered,” said Commissioner Brett Farrow, who made the motion to approve the project. Sanderling Waldorf is a private school that was founded in Encinitas 20 years ago but currently operates in two locations in Vista and Carlsbad in spaces that have expiring leases next summer. School board chair Kimberly Prentiss told the commission that the school wanted to return to Encinitas, where most of the families reside. “The plan for this campus is just what our families have hoped for, a coastal location in a city with shared values with our program,” Prentiss said. “Those are including respect and care for the environment and for each other.” The majority of the 40 speakers who spoke during the hearing were parents and supporters of the school, many who waved signs and
wore sky-blue shirts in a show of solidarity with the school. Most of them spoke about the quality of education and how the Quail Gardens site would be a perfect permanent home. But several of the speakers, including neighbors and a representative of the English congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses, said the school would exacerbate an already congested street. “We learned a lot tonight about the school, however this hearing is not about how this particular private school education can be different from other schools,” said Glen Johnson, a longtime resident. “What we are looking at is some facts ... that Quail Gardens Drive is used as a shortcut for nearby public schools and the freeway, and the level of service is degraded during peak hours.” But the school officials
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responded that their traffic study, which did not take into account the traffic mitigating measures the school had pledged to take, showed they would not create the concerns the neighbors feared would take place. “We totally understand that our neighbors are going to have concerns about any change to the status quo,” said Bill Hofman, the project planner. “They’ve basically lived next to a park for all these years and with any change, there’s going to be a lot of fear. But all of the statements were not based on any factual-based information, they were all very speculative.” Hoffman said the school’s enrollment cap at 270 students, as well as staggered drop-off and pick-up times and carpooling in addition to a queuing capacity for 53 vehicles rendered many of the concerns moot.
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RANCHO SANTA FE — Well-known linguist, humorist and columnist Richard Lederer will serve as master of ceremonies for the upcoming fifth annual Healthy Aging Conference. The event, sponsored by the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center. is April 26 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, 15150 San Dieguito Road. The conference features expert speakers, lunch and the opportunity to explore senior resources, along with prize drawings. Conference speakers include Deborah Szekely, founder of fitness resort and pioneer in the spa industry including the Golden Door and Rancho La Puerta; Mary Walshok, PhD, author, educator, researcher,
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Senior Gleaners gather surplus food to feed the hungry By Lucia Viti
RANCHO SANTA FE — Are you an active senior willing to exchange time for productivity? Are you a vegetable or fruit farmer harvesting crops or a homeowner with a yard filled with fruit trees? Do you love sharing a bright sunny day with friends while serving to sustain our ecosystem and feed the hungry? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, Senior Gleaners are ready and super excited for you to join their efforts in gleaning surplus produce to help feed those in need. Gleaning, a Biblical tradition established by landowners who set aside portions of their harvested bounty to feed the poor, is sowing its seeds in San Diego to feed the hungry, reduce food excess, and protect the environment from harmful methane gas, a byproduct of food and organic waste. Celebrating 25 years as a nonprofit organization,
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San Diego County has plenty of food ... The problem is distributing it to those in need.”
PICKED FRUIT goes to a number of North Coast food distribution agencies. Volunteers say they enjoy the physical exercise of gleaning and the opportunity to meet others who are motivated to help people in need. Photo by Lucia Viti
Senior Gleaners collect food that would otherwise be wasted. Members glean surplus produce from farms, fields, groves and yards as well as damaged or outdat-
ed food and products donated by grocers, food services and restaurants throughout San Diego County. "This is a program that helps the environment, as-
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sists homeowners, reduces waste and feeds hungry people all in one integrated process," said Karen Clay, Senior Gleaners’ general manager. “With all of the negativity in today's world, gleaning is positive and productive,” added Monte Turner, Senior Gleaner board president. “Rather than compost edible food or fill landfills with foods that become harmful methane gas, it makes more sense to support the Senior Gleaners who get food to the people who need it.” According to Turner, the food advocacy group collected more than 280,000 pounds of produce and distributed nearly 252 tons of food in 2018. And yet, San Diegans continue to waste 500,000 tons of food annually while 500, 000 people are considered food “insecure.” “While not starving, many San Diegans — one out of five — don’t know where their next meal is coming from,” he said. “San Diego has an abundance
Karen Clay Senior Gleaners general manager of trees loaded with fruit Food is picked dithat eventually falls to the rectly from the trees sans ground and becomes un- stems and leaves and never sightly, attracting insects gleaned from the ground. and feeding rats. To date, Produce is enclosed during we’ve collected less than transportation to ensure 10% of what’s available, that nothing detrimental leaving huge untapped re- is transferred from the air sources. We don’t have a while driving. All gleaners hunger problem; we have a are certified by the Departfood distribution problem.” ment of Agriculture. “San Diego County has Clay admits that there’s plenty of food,” Clay contin- an enormous quantity of ued. “There’s a consortium available food. of business between indiHowever, the public vidual urban agriculture, must be educated to desea-food pickups, and food fine and implement food recovery from residential recovery systems and the and retail locations. The processes of redistribution, problem is distributing it to processing, landfill diverthose in need.” sion and Green House Gas And that’s where Se- avoidance. nior Gleaners come in. “While gleaning isn’t More than 50 volun- new, many don’t still know teers glean almost every what it means,” she said. Tuesday morning, year- “Education in food recovround. Grocery crews are ery systems is in its infanscheduled four mornings cy. While organizations are a week for pickups from working to advertise, wordWindmill Farms, VONS, of-mouth is our best method Ralphs, Keils, and even Out- for educating the public.” back Steakhouse. Senior Senior Gleaners need Gleaners supply small dis- trucks, refrigerated vehitribution groups — those not cles or SUVs to transport at served by large food banks least 300 pounds of produce — inclusive of churches, to Heaven's Windows, a satsenior-centers, low-income ellite facility of the San Dihousing units and food pan- ego Food Bank and Feeding America. tries. “We need hauling sysTurner noted that it’s now standard practice for tems to get food from caternationwide grocery chain ing to the people who need stores to connect with it,” said Clay. “Everything groups like “ours” to ensure is measured by the standard that edible food is feeding sized — and sturdy — banana box. Most transports the hungry, not landfills. “Food organizations contain 10 boxes weighing like ours are being tapped 30 pounds, totaling 300 into after a recently enacted pounds of surplus.” While there are no minstate law that requires cities and counties to reduce the imum participation requireamount of organic — soon ments, all volunteers must to be toxic — material, to be be 55 or older, an age Turner dumped into landfills,” he describes as being a “certified grownup.” said. Donors receive detailed Turner spoke of the emotional satisfaction that receipts to claim tax deductions. he gets from gleaning. The federal Good Sa“I love being outside with friends picking fruit maritan Food Donation Act appreciated by people who protects donors from liabilifrequent food pantries,” he ty for “damages incurred as said. “People often receive the result of illness,” as long canned goods and unsold as the donor has not “acted grocery food items but rare- with negligence or intenly fresh fruit. And San Di- tional misconduct.” ego is fruit country.” The Senior Gleaners of Turner noted that Ran- San Diego County is a certicho Santa Fe and Encinitas fied nonprofit organization — established residential affiliated with the San Digrowth areas — are partic- ego County Office of Aging ularly abundant with orang- and Independent Services/ es, tangerines, lemons and Retired and Senior Volungrapefruits. teer Program, a nationwide Apples and pears are program that encourages gleaned from North County seniors to serve their comin the fall. Occasionally av- munity. ocados are harvested from Visit www.sandithe east, a fruit Clay de- egogleaners.org for more inscribed as a “real prize.” formation.
Average gas price highest since Aug. 2015 REGION — The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose April 9 to its highest amount since Aug. 5, 2015, increasing 3.6 cents to $3.868. The average price has risen 22 consecutive days,
according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. The recent sharp increases are the result of a series of refinery issues that have reduced supply. — City News Service
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â&#x20AC;˘ The Charthouse in Cardiff has its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Perfect Pairingsâ&#x20AC;? chef-inspired four-course dinner and wine at 6:30 p.m. April 18. The wine will be from the famed Rodney Strong Vineyards of Sonoma. The main entrĂŠe aged tenderloin will be paired with the wineryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley. Cost is $85 per person. Call (760) 436-4044 for an RSVP. â&#x20AC;˘ Lorimar Winery in Temecula is planning a Winemakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dinner at 6 p.m. April 19. Enjoy five courses paired with award winning Lorimar wines. The highly respected winemaker Marshall Stuart will present. Cost is $76.50 to $85. For details, call (951) 694-6699. Reach him at Frank@ tasteofwineandfood.com
he first thought that came to mind when I looked at Slaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 50/50 menu in San Marcos was, â&#x20AC;&#x153;well this is over-the-top.â&#x20AC;? And given that they use those words specifically twice on their website homepage with the lines â&#x20AC;&#x153;all sorts of over-the-top optionsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;over-the-top food favoritesâ&#x20AC;? then thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what this dining experience was going to be like so I was just going to go with it. With a column called Lick the Plate I better be able to go big once in a while right? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what this place is all about so I planned a day of light eating in preparation. In case you were unaware, the 50/50 comes from their original differentiator of their burgers having an even mix of 50% ground bacon and 50% ground beef. That ensures a moist, flavorful burger regardless of the temperature you order it. Much like buying the fattiest blend of beef for your burgers at home, 70/30 has always been my preference. My point is, lean blends of burgers are not my thing so Slaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is doing it right with their signature hook. As Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve mentioned in the past, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m more of a simple burger kind of guy, I want to taste that moist, fatty blend with minimal distractions but since this is an over-the-top kind of place, I was ready to indulge. Before I get into the food I should note that their
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he wine worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big place, so hop on board as we touch a few bases. First stop: Chateau Montelenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrival in San Diego for a wine dinner at the new West End Bar & Kitchen in Del Mar. The restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s showman-owner Sal Ercolano brought in the Napa Valley Cab favorite with its awesome history of celebrant Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. True to form, it drew a full house for two nights for these estate-driven wines. John Parker of Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market distributors did a totally pro presentation of each varietal including Riesling, Chardonnay, Zinfandel and everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite, the 2015 Cabernet. The winery first gained fame when its 1973 Chardonnay beat all French versions in an international battle of the bottles at the 1976 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paris Tasting.â&#x20AC;? Winemaker at the time was Napa Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pioneer Chardonnay king Mike Grgich, who went on to make his own wine starting in 1977. A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Discoveryâ&#x20AC;? Napa Valley wine has burst on the scene causing heads to turn. I had an ACRE 2016 Zinfandel from the Oakville and Yountville districts, at 333 Pacific in Oceanside ($33). Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got the famous traits of a great Zinfandel, bold, rich and dark flavors of berry with its 15% alcohol. A plush aroma will lure you in with its black fruit and notes of cedar and licorice. The 37th annual Paso Robles Wine Festival in Paso is Thursday May 16 through Sunday May 19, including a Grand Tasting Saturday the May 18. See pasowine.com for details. Walla Walla Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world-class wines deserve a lot more attention than theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting, not only for their lovely reds at Leonetti Cellars and Leâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Cole, but lately the area is showing up in major publications as one of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;50 Best Places to Travel.â&#x20AC;? With more than 120 wineries and a large number of restaurants, the lover of wine and food should also consider the vineyard-scenic beauty of the city, its surroundings and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;small townâ&#x20AC;? friendliness that fills the air. The wines turned out in the Walla Walla district enjoy some 12 hours of sun in the Summer and the grapes respond with a depth and power that few areas of the wine world can equal. Wine and cheese are joined at the hip in mutual flavor enhancement at 2Plank Vineyards. Cheese and wine are natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s link to high quality tasting. Together, they bond and embrace each other in a lifelong romance of taste. At a recent event, 2Plank Vineyards, at its tasting and barrel room in Vista, brought out some of their delicious Rhone Valley French style
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San Marcos location has the most beer taps Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen. They claim over 100 and that all their bartenders and servers are Cicerone certified, which bodes well for all you crafty beer drinkers out there. In case you are unfamiliar with the term Cicerone, (sis-uh-rohn) it â&#x20AC;&#x153;designates hospitality professionals with proven experience in selecting, acquiring, and serving today's wide range of beers. Slaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vampire Dip was recommended to start our meal and it was a fine pick. The combination of roasted garlic, artichoke hearts and creamy melted cheese served in a sourdough bread bowl with crispy pita and veggies for
dipping was delish. I could envision eating a lot of this stuff watching a sporting event on a lazy Sunday. They also offer up Crispy Brussels Sprouts (see, there are healthy options), Ahi Tuna Poke Nachos, 50/50 Sloppy Joe Sliders, Kona Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Bacon Mac and Cheese Balls, and of course the pork centric Pork-APalooza, their signature bacon flight with Bacon Chicharron, Bacon Kettle Corn, Sweet & Sour Agave Pork Wings, Crispy Pork Belly with Jalapeno-Bacon Jam and Slaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Giardiniere. Burgers are the stars at Slaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and all 1/3 Burgers are served with your choice of: French Fries + Slaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s
Bacon Ketchup; Sweet Potato Fries + Pumpkin Sauce; or Slaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Salad; and any burger can be served on organic mixed greens or in a lettuce wrap. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d suggest it in a bun but just wanted to put that out there. And of course you can â&#x20AC;&#x153;Slaterizeâ&#x20AC;? your fries for that OTT experience with beer cheese or bacon chili cheese. Impossible burgers are available to replace the 50/50 blend, but that just seems counter intuitive to this whole experience. My advice is to bring an appetite and let loose a bit as we all need to indulge on occasion right? Find Slaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at 110 Knoll Road, San Marcos. Call (760) 759-2900 or visit www.slaters5050.com
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ENCINITAS — The conversation around hormone therapy for women is an important one. Women in the perimenopause and post-menopause stages of their lives can face a range of issues, and it’s important that they have the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions about preventative care and treat-
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far before you enter menopause,” Dr. Calhoun said. “Menopause is clinically defined as the cessation of menstrual cycles for at least one year. Perimenopause is the time leading up to that, when your hormones start to fluctuate and decline.” While typically women enter menopause around age 51, hormone fluctuation
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Palomar Community College’s new Maintenance & Operations Buildings will debut at 2 p.m. April 12 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a firsthand look at the complex on campus, 1140 W. Mission Road, San Marcos. SANTALUZ SPRING FLING The community of Santaluz is hosting its annual LIFE AND LEARNING Spring Fling & Dash on the Life learning lectures Grass from 10 a.m. to noon will be held April 12 with April 13 at 8170 Caminito the group production “All Santaluz E, San Diego. The My Sons” at 1 p.m. by the event is held to celebrate Mira Costa students. At 2:30 the end of winter. Join Peter p.m. discuss “Does Your Rabbit on the Village Green Stuff Own You?” in the Ad- for a day filled with cupcake ministration building at the decorating, crafts, inflatable Oceanside College Campus, slides, games, music and 1 Barnard Drive. Pick up a more. $1 parking permit in Lot 1 GENEALOGY GROUP The Legacy Users A and park. Visit miracosta. ASSISTANCE LEAGUE GALA Group Genealogical Society edu/life or call (760) 757Tickets are available will meet at noon April 12 at 2121, ext. 6972. now for The Assistance
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balancing prior to menopause to be most beneficial. “It is our preference to start balancing before menopause,” she said. “The risk to benefit ratio favors early treatment.” While symptoms and their severity will vary by individual, hot flashes, sweats, anxiety, sleep issues, weight gain, vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence and brain fog are some of the most common symptoms women experience. But treatment goes far beyond alleviating the symptoms. “Hormone balancing can help prevent major diseases that occur in post-menopausal women,” Dr. Calhoun said. “And again, the earlier we can assess you and begin treatment the more effective it will be.” Heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and osteoporosis are a few major concerns for menopausal women. Estrogen plays a huge role in the health of our blood vessels, brain, and bones, making the balancing of its levels vital. “At North County Nat-
ural Medicine we work with women to support them and decrease their symptoms as well taking preventative measures,” Dr. Calhoun said. “Multiple risks are associated with low or no hormones, and balancing can decrease that risk.” In every case, Dr. Calhoun said they evaluate patients carefully. “As naturopathic doctors, we operate from a preventative standpoint,” she said. “Our oath to do no harm, we take that to heart. We always use the safest and most effective treatments available.” The goal in hormone balancing is simple. “We want to allow post-menopausal women to live an enjoyable life free of symptoms,” Dr. Calhoun said. “Every woman should be able to feel confident, sleep well and get out of depression. That is why we do the work we do.” North County Natural Medicine is located at 815 N. Vulcan Ave. in Encinitas. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, visit northcounty naturalmedicine. com or call (760) 385-8683.
April 13 at South Carlsbad State Beach, intersection of El Arbol Drive and Manzano Drive, Carlsbad, to reduce fire hazards with projects for volunteers, removing tree branches and invasive plants, and by restoring seasonal pools and wetlands that support wildlife by removing accumulated leaves and soil. For more inforYOUR INNER TREE-HUGGER Join the city of Encini- mation, visit calparks.org/ tas to Plant Our Future and earthday. celebrate Arbor Day from 8:30 a.m. to. noon April 13, DONATE THE BIG STUFF at the eighth annual Arbor The city of Carlsbad is Day tree planting event. hosting the free “Donate, Come out to help beautify Don’t Waste” collection and protect the community event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through planting trees on April 13 at 1275 Carlsbad 2nd Street and 3rd Street, Village Drive, Carlsbad. between West C Street and Residents can donate genK Street. Learn about tree tly used bulky items, small care from local experts and home appliances, housebusinesses; participate in wares and home décor, small fun arboreal crafts and ac- furniture items, sporting tivities and let your inner goods, electronics and gently used clothing, shoes and tree-hugger shine. accessories. Donations will go to Goodwill programs inEARTH DAY PROJECTS California State Parks stead of a landfill. Foundation and South Carlsbad State Beach team up to EARTH DAY CELEBRATION celebrate Earth Day by hostThe city of Carlsbad is ing service projects at 9 a.m. hosting its free Earth Day
celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13 at Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. The celebration features environmental education, crafts, live music, free composting workshops, crop swapping, community garden tours and gardening class. Advanced registration is required for the composting workshops. The sign-up link is at carlsbadca.gov/recycling. The Ecology Center will bring Road Trip, a double-decker bus with environmental educational and activities.
and decline begins much earlier. Hormone therapy for women began making headlines following the release of a 2002 Women’s Health Initiative study. Hormone therapy was linked to an increase in breast and uterine cancers. “It caused a lot of fear,” Dr. Calhoun said. “There was a dramatic reduction in women seeking treatment. But we have come to know a lot more since then.” One drastic change is the understanding surrounding the use of bioidentical hormones. “The hormones we use in our practice are chemically identical to those your body produces, so the results are much different than those in the study,” she said. “Within our practice, we ensure breast imaging is clear and bio-identical hormones are used in an appropriate balance, to mitigate all risk of breast and uterine cancer.” Dr. Calhoun stressed that the benefits to risk ratio for women is higher for women under 59. And she advises beginning hormone League Rancho San Dieguito’s annual “April Affair, An Evening of Magic and Illusion” April 13 at the Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa, 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad. Tickets are available at the thrift shop at 1542 Encinitas Blvd. or by contacting us at (919) 475-4436.
SCUBA BUNNY IS BACK
Scuba Bunny is returning to Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and families are invited from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13 and April 14, and April 20 and April 21, for eggstravaganza activities including unusual animal egg displays, crafts, a scavenger hunt and special appearances by Scuba Bunny at themed dive shows. TURN TO CALENDAR ON 19
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BATIQUITOS PLANT WALK
Bring your cameras and binoculars and join the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation docents for a free, family-friendly, easy plant walk of less than a mile, from 9 to 11 a.m. April 13 at 7380 Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad. You will also see birds and possibly other wildlife. Visit batiquitosfoundation.org/ to register.
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Meet dogs available for adoption from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society from 8 to 10 a.m. April 13 at Unleashed by Petco, 3435 Del Mar Heights Road, Carmel Valley. For more information or tickets, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza St., Encinitas, call (760) 753-6413, or log on to sdpets.org.
MEET THE CHEFS
Join the 23rd annual Meet The Chefs event and help raise money to treat and prevent child abuse and neglect, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. April 14 at the Hilton San Diego Del Mar, 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. VIP entry and reception from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tickets at casadeamparo.org/ event/22nd-annual-meetthe-chefs/.
ter week in Bressi Ranch, at 9 a.m. Palm Sunday, April 14; at 6 p.m. Maundy Thursday, April 18; at noon Good Friday, April 19 and at 9 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 21 at 2510 Gateway Road, Carlsbad. For more information, call (760) 930-1270. EASTER SEASON SERVICES
ClubOceanside.org to register, and for information, visit Info@OceansideBoatingClasses.com or call (760) 716-4713. WHAT’S YOUR BRAIN HEALTH?
Sci-Fun Science Club five-week program is being held for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. throughout April, at the Escondido library, 239 S. Kalmia Street, Escondido. Registration is required at escondidolibrary.org/register.
Are you age 50-80? Get your free brain health score at a brain health workshop from 1 to 2 p.m. and from 2 to 3 p.m. April 16, at the Gloria McClellan Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Sign up VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at (760) 643-5288. Join Cardiff 101 Main Street this year as a volBONSAI AND BEYOND Bonsai and Beyond will unteer for Taste of Cardiff meet 6 p.m. April 16, at the from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May San Diego Botanic Gardens, 2. Helpers will receive a 230 Quail Gardens Drive, free Taste ticket. Sign up by Encinitas. Call Cindy Read, April 19 at cardiff101.com
Carlsbad Community Church will have services at 10:30 a.m. Palm Sunday, April 14; at 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday, April 18; at 7 p.m. Good Friday, April 19 and at 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 21 at 3175 Harding St., Carlsbad. For more information, call (760) 729-2331, or visit carlsbadcommunitychurch.org. (619) 504-5591. Bring plants, gloves, and imagination. Ex- CIAO, BELLA! The Italian PUKKA PILATES tra plants are appreciated. Don’t miss the Pukka Pilates & Physical Therapy Sound Bath concert from 3 to 4 p.m. April 14 at 7805 Highlands Village Place in Carmel Valley, benefiting Rancho Coastal Humane Society, followed by tea and snacks from 4 to 5 p.m.
Center, a non-profit organization, is now offering classes on Italian language and culture Mondays, Wednesdays And Thursdays at San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. For class schedules and information, visit, http://icc-sd.org/product-category/the-san-dieguito-heritage-museum/.
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The Republican Club of Ocean Hills to meet San Juan Capistrano Mayor Brian Maryott, candidate for the 49th Congressional District, at noon April 17 at the Broken Yolk Café, 2434 Vista Way, Oceanside. $15 per person. Cash or check only at the door (no credit cards). POLITICAL ECONOMY DAYS RSVP Colleen at (760) 842Palomar College’s eco- 8735. nomics, history and political science departments host Political Economy Days, with expert speakers on various topics, from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. April 17 and 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. April 18 at Palomar College, 1140 W. Misfacebook.com/ sion Road, San Marcos. For coastnewsgroup more information, call (760)
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The Carlsbad City Library Cinema Club is celebrating Earth Month in April with a series of film screenings at Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, beginning at 1:30 p.m. April 14, with “The Salt of the Earth”; another at 6 p.m. April 17 with “Born in China,” and at 6 p.m. April 24, with “American ExpeMAKERS MARKET rience: Rachel Carson.” Encinitas Makers Mar- For more information, visit ket presents Spring Market carlsbadlibrary.org. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14 at 425 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, featuring artists and makers will create a lit- FRIENDS AND FAITH tle village filled with handThe Catholic Widows made goods including jewel- and Widowers of North ry, clothing, art, home decor, County support group for furniture, pottery, plants those who desire to foster and flowers. Admission is friendships through various free and there is plenty of social activities will hold parking. a meeting and potluck at Green Valley Mobile Home YOGA AND CATS Park, Vista on April 14 and Join a Cat Yoga class gather for Happy Hour and from 10 to 11:30 a.m. April Dinner at Sammy’s Wood14 at Rancho Coastal Hu- fired Pizza, San Marcos mane Society, 389 Requeza April 16. Reservations are St., Encinitas. Mistianna necessary at (858) 674-4324. Stromatt will lead the class, and cats available for adoption will be released into the practice space to inter- NATIONAL HORSE SHOW act with participants. Open The Del Mar National to 10 years and older. No Horse Show is back April yoga experience necessary. 16 through May 5 at the Del Space is limited. Register Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, online at eventbrite.com/e/ offering three distinct discat-yoga-benefitting-rchs- ciplines: Western, Dressage relax-before-the-tax-tick- and Hunter/Jumper. New ets-57226385660. this year: Hunter/Jumper Week will feature FederBALLROOM DANCE ation Equestre InternatioNIGHT Oceanside’s nale classes. Much of the Country Club Senior Center three-week show is free. The presents a ballroom dance featured Saturday evening event with the Musicstation events require a paid admisensemble from 3 to 5 p.m. sion, and general admission April 14 at 455 Country tickets and dinner box seats Club Lane, Oceanside. Ad- are now available at (858) mission is $10 and tickets 792-4288; or delmarnationare available at the Country al.com. Club Senior Center or the El Corazon Senior Center MARINE NAVIGATION in advance, or at the door The San Luis Rey Power the night of the event or at Boating Association is offerhttps://apm.activecommu- ing a 10-week course from nities.com /oceansiderec / 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, April Activity_Search/6909. For 16 through June 25 at the more information, visit Oceanside Yacht Club, 1950 ci.oceanside.ca.us/gov/ns/ Harbor Drive N., Oceanside, parks/senior/country.asp . on techniques for piloting a boat in coastal and inland EPISCOPAL EASTER WEEK conditions. Cost is $90 and Holy Cross Episcopal requires USPS membership. Church invites all to its Eas- Contact AmericasBoating-
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