Rancho santa fe news, april 13, 2018

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Locals honored for work with homeless

RSF resident Shea, Padres exec Seidler win Peacemaker philanthropy award By Christina Macone-Greene

The Four Freshmen will wrap up the 2017-18 Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe season with a May 11 performance at The Village Church. Courtesy photo

Community Concerts caps season with Four Freshmen By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — It’s a bittersweet time as the Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe nears the end of its season. While ticketholders don’t want it to end, they are eager to hear The Four Freshmen perform on May 11 in the final concert of the 2017-2018 season. The concert will take place in The Fellowship Hall located at The Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe. The Four Freshman are regarded for their harmony and have 75 albums to their credit. Over the years,

the ensemble has been the recipient of six Grammy nominations. Much of their vocal talent is reminiscent of legendary artists like The Beach Boys, Frankie Valli and The Mamas and The Papas. The Four Freshmen started from humble beginnings dating back to 1948. A fan base quickly followed because of their unique style. Audiences wanted more of it — and they delivered their sounds to avid listeners around the globe. Gail Kendall, president of Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe,

Joseph Weiss, Charlene Yingling, Lizzy Weiss and Terrie Litwin explain how the annual Healthy Conference motivates and inspires every year. Photo by Christina MaconeGreene

said she is delighted with the number of attendees for its 2017-2018 season. “This season has been a full house for every single concert,” she said. “The whole season has been eclectic,” she said. She added that the performer selection method ensures that there is something for everyone. For the past 18 years, the nonprofit, has offered a gathering place for music lovers. Ranch residents and those living in surrounding neighborTURN TO CONCERTS ON 13

RANCHO SANTA FE — Two San Diego County were recognized by the nonprofit National Conflict Resolution Center for their diligent work to help the homeless. Rancho Santa Fe resident and restaurateur Dan Shea and La Jolla resident and San Diego Padres managing partner Peter Seidler were the recipients of the Philanthropy in Peacemaking award during the 30th annual Peacemaker Awards ceremony on April 7 at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina. Through innovation and inspiration, Shea and Seidler started the discussion about temporary housing industrial tents to care for homeless San Diegans. All based in San Diego, three of The Bridge Shelter tents are run by the Alpha Project, Veteran’s Village and Father Joe’s Village. It all started about two years ago, when Seidler asked Shea if he could help him with an initiative he had in mind to help the homeless. “He (Peter) did not understand, since he came to San Diego, how he had heard little about the homelessness publicly, but he was watching it grow on the streets of San Diego,” Shea said. “He thought that there must be something somebody can do about this. We talked about it and agreed

that neither one of us knew much about homelessness, so let’s do what we do in our individual businesses and that is by tackling the problem from a fact-based point of view.” They studied the issue thoroughly. The men spent the first several months dissecting everything and consuming as much information and learning what they could. Shea said their intent was never politically driven. Even though Seidler and Shea started the discussion and began the process, Shea said in the latter part of the summer in 2016, a group met weekly on Tuesdays regarding helping the homeless. In addition to Seidler and Shea, Pat and Stephanie Kilkenny, Tom Mulvaney, Jeff Martin, Mitch Mitchell, Keith Jones and Dan Herbert continue to meet weekly. In June 2017, the men decided to partner with the University of San Diego in their endeavor. They collaborated and figured there was a different way to do things. Shea said that Housing First is the model that has been accepted nationwide by the Federal Government, and really, most professionals. “Housing First simply says the only way to TURN TO AWARD ON 18

Annual Healthy Aging event comes to Fairbanks Ranch By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center is gearing up for its fourth annual Healthy Conference at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club on April 27. While the day is geared to the senior population, even those decades younger walk away with valuable information, organizers said. Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center Executive Director Terrie Litwin said the $30 ticket price for the conference includes hearing

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five guest speakers, a luncheon and 17 handpicked vendors to peruse. “We’re excited to bring some dynamic speakers to the community and the educational and inspiration they bring, so we’re hoping everyone will come out,” Litwin said. Guest speakers include bestselling author Edith Eger, Ph.D.; Douglas Zieddonis, MD, who serves as the associate vice chancellor for Health Services at UCSD; bestselling author, and col-

umnist Richard Lederer, Ph.D.; clinical professor of medicine at UCSD Joseph Weiss, MD; and Lisa Eyler, Ph.D., also of UCSD. Weiss said he has had a wonderful time speaking at and attending the annual conference. “What I really find engaging about their program is the variety of topics,” Weiss said. “It is informative, enlightening and certainly a very positive and optimistic way to approach our future. My TURN TO AGING ON 5

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RSF couple sentenced for fraud, tax evasion

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Forum scheduled to address evacuation of large animals A forum is set from 9 to 11:30 a.m. April 21 at the Olivenhain Meeting Hall, 423 Rancho Santa Fe Road, on evacuation of large animals, after 50 horses died in the 2017 Lilac fire. Register at eventbrite.com/e/ encinitas-community-forum-large-an-

imal-evacuations-registration-43818236525?ref=eios&aff=eios to help facilitate a dialog on preparing large-animal owners for an emergency. The city of Encinitas, Olivenhain Town Council, San Dieguito Riders

& Encinitas Trails Coalition, the San Diego County Department of Animal Services, San Diego Humane Society, CalFire and Encinitas Fire will be on hand, along with guest speaker Deputy Director Laura Ward, from the County Department of Animal Services.

REGION — A disbarred Rancho Santa Fe attorney faces nearly three years in federal prison following his sentencing for bankruptcy fraud and tax evasion. In addition to handing down the 34-month custody term to 73-year-old J. Douglass Jennings Jr., U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel on April 5 ordered the defendant to reimburse his victims a total of $1,453,833 and to pay $5,927,093 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. During the same San Diego court hearing, Jennings' 72-year-old wife, Peggy, was sentenced to four months in federal custody for committing bank fraud. The couple had filed for bankruptcy in January 2010. In September 2011, Douglass Jennings pleaded guilty to devising a scheme to defraud his unsecured creditors by concealing wealth. Those hidden assets and income, valued at nearly $1.5 million, included a stock interest in a real estate venture valued at about $1 million; a 53foot luxury yacht valued at roughly $150,000; antique silver items valued at approximately $165,000; and $138,694 in salary payments and other benefits made in violation of a

bankruptcy court order. Douglass Jennings also pleaded guilty to tax evasion. At the sentencing hearing, Curiel quoted one victim of the fraud, who described Douglass Jennings as having “manufactured a diabolical morass of massive complexity around his bankruptcy.” Curiel further described Douglass Jennings' conduct as “callous, uncaring and deceitful.” Peggy Jennings was convicted of forging her mother’s signature on loan documents, fraudulently transferring funds into her mother’s bank accounts to make it appear that her mother had substantial income, submitting false documents to the bank and scheming to cause the bank losses exceeding more than $226,000. In addition to serving her prison term, she will have to pay a $50,000 fine and $145,481 in restitution. “The bankruptcy system is designed to provide honest debtors a fresh start,” San Diego-area U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman said. “Manipulation of that system through fraudulent acts can cause significant harm and suffering to innocent victims and will be vigorously pursued.” — City News Service



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HWAC’s annual Puppy Love 5K raises funds, awareness Art of Fashion By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — More than 400 pet parents and their dogs gathered at the Embarcadero for Helen Woodward Animal Center’s ninth annual Puppy Love 5K on March 18. Attendees moved their paws, walking or running, for the cause and raised $72,000. Jessica Gercke, director of communications for Helen Woodward Animal Center, said 100 percent of the proceeds go to its pets and programs. “We have 13 unique programs all dedicated towards the mission of people helping animals and animals helping people,” she said. This year there were three canine honorary grand marshals: Maverick, Murphy and Shadow. The animals were the Hurricane Harvey dogs that were flown to Southern California by Southwest Airlines last September when the hurricanes hit. A total of 64 orphaned pets, including cats and dogs, were rescued and transferred to Helen Woodward. All of them have since been adopted. “They had been orphaned pets in shelters that ended up under water, and now they have forever families, and their families brought them out to the run,” Gercke said. “They started the race. The families gave the ‘On your mark, get set and go’ countdown to everybody.” Gercke said there is a need to bring more of these pets from Houston. “So much of tragedy when it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind,” she said. “And once it was off the media, people feel like, ‘Oh, OK, Houston must be rebuilt.’”

Mike Kuyper with his Hurricane Harvey rescue, Maverick, who served as one of the three honorary grand marshals at Helen Woodward’s ninth annual Puppy Love 5K on March 18. Courtesy photo

Gercke said that’s far from the case. It takes a long time to repair and rebuild hurricane-affected shelters and foster homes so that they are operational again. According to Gercke, the orphaned pet problem is getting worse due to different spay and neuter laws.

“We’ve been in touch with Operation Pets Alive, which is the organization that we worked with during with Hurricane Harvey,” she said, adding the organization has asked Helen Woodward to take these orphaned pets. Helen Woodward stepped up to help. About a month and a half ago, Cloud 9 Rescue Flight trans-

ported 38 orphaned puppies from the Houston area to the center. On March 30, 52 more puppies headed to Southern California on a road trip. “They were driven across the county by volunteers and the fosters with Operation Pets Alive to bring them to us,” Gercke said. Gercke said while it was great to see Maverick, Murphy and Shadow, it also served as a really clear reflection on the work that Helen Woodward does. “These dogs could have had a really tragic end when the shelters were unusable, and instead they’re out here now running a 5K with their families,” she said. “It’s really a beautiful, happy ending story.” Gercke said it is great that pet parents who adopt from Helen Woodward take part in its fundraising events like the Puppy Love 5K. People receive so much affection from their animals, they are paying it forward by wanting to help other orphaned pets, she added. Gercke said part of the money raised at the 5K will go directly toward these orphaned puppies coming from Houston. And the need to help pets continues there. “The (animal) organizations out in Houston right now literally have no space,” she said. “They are getting as many of the puppies out as they can because they know that we have foster families here, and we have much more space to keep them while they’re getting ready to be adopted.” She said eight out of the 52 puppies have already been spoken for. Gercke said that Helen Woodward is always in need of fosters. For more information, visit animalcenter.org.

fundraiser set for September RANCHO SANTA FE — Designs from international luxury brands will fill the runway when The Country Friends presents its Art of Fashion runway show and luncheon Sept. 20 at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Throughout the day, South Coast Plaza mini-boutiques will offer the latest in clothing, handbags, jewelry, eyewear and accessories. For reservations and more information, contact The Country Friends at (858) 756-1192 ext. 4 or events@thecountryfriends. org.
 This year’s honoree is Maggie Bobileff, a Rancho Santa Fe business woman, philanthropist, and fashionista. Born and educated in Switzerland, Bobileff studied design, construction, textiles and retail management which prepared her for a fashion career. After moving to San Diego in 1997, Bobileff opened her first men’s store, Mister B, followed by Maggie B for women. She co-chaired the Art of Fashion last year with her friend, Denise Hug. Bobileff has served on The Country Friends Board of Directors and the AOF committee for a decade, and also has supported many children’s causes that include Promises2Kids, Rady Children’s Hospital, Casa de Amparo, and Kids Korps. Tamara Lafarga-Joseph and Sarah Sleeper, both of Rancho Santa Fe, will serve as this year’s Art of Fashion co-chairwomen.



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Opinion & Editorial

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Trump acted in haste on tariffs, may regret at length


Education remains key to reducing opioid tragedies By Patricia Bates and Summer Stephan

The opioid epidemic has negatively impacted the lives of millions of people across the nation, and San Diego County is no exception. You may know of stories similar to Aaron Rubin from Escondido, who overdosed on OxyContin and a variety of other prescription drugs. Aaron was in a coma for three-and-a half weeks and woke up as a quadriplegic who now needs 24-hour care. However, Aaron is one of the lucky ones – he survived. Aaron and his mother, Sherrie, began speaking out about the deadly consequences of prescription drugs. They founded the Hope2gether Foundation to help save lives through education. Stories like Aaron’s reinforce our belief that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and this is especially true when it comes to reducing opioid abuse. According to the California Department of Public Health, there were 1,925 opioid-linked overdose deaths in the state in 2016, with 239 in San Diego County alone. As a state, we must do better. While enhanced law enforcement efforts are necessary in confronting the opioid epidemic, we also believe that education is one of the most powerful weapons we can wield to save lives. That is why we have joined forces to craft legis-

lation to help save people from having to experience what Aaron and others have endured. Senate Bill 1109 (Bates) seeks to achieve four objectives: • Require continuing medical education of all opioid prescribers to include the risks associated with opioid use; • Require placement of warning labels on opioid prescription bottles that address the risk of addiction and overdose; • Require physicians who prescribe opioids to a minor to discuss risks with the minor’s parent or guardian and obtain consent before issuing the first prescription; and • Require youth sports organizations and schools that have athletic programs to annually give a document highlighting the risks of opioid use to each student-athlete and their parent/guardian, and to have the student-athlete and their parent/guardian sign the document. While SB 1109 will not solve California’s opioid epidemic on its own, it can help as part of a broader legislative effort. We crafted SB 1109 based on part of our conversations with grieving parents who have lost young kids to the opioid epidemic. It was clear to us that education must be part of any successful effort to reduce addiction. Education is important because while opioids can effectively treat pain, they also affect the brain and can create powerful depen-

dency in a short amount of time. Some patients wrongly assume their opioid prescription is safe since their doctor prescribed it, giving a false sense of security that can ultimately lead to death. SB 1109 brings common sense solutions that protect consumers by telling them the truth about the risk of addiction and overdose from prescription opiates. It also focuses on the duty of medical professionals and athletic school-based programs on educating and informing minors and their parents about the risks of opiate-based pain medications. We believe our legislation can help reduce deaths in San Diego County and throughout the state, especially when paired with other efforts to reduce illegal opioid suppliers and improve access to treatment. California needs to attack the opioid crisis in a preventative manner before it reaches the treatment stage to truly make a dent in the epidemic. As the classic saying goes, “Knowledge is Power.” We hope a bipartisan majority of the Legislature will agree and approve SB 1109 as it moves through the legislative process. Patricia Bates is the state senator for the 36th District, which includes North County. Summer Stephan is San Diego County’s District Attorney.

y the time most folks reach 70, even very impetuous males, they’ve realized the truth of the hallowed cliché, “act in haste, repent at leisure.” But apparently not President Trump. By many reports, he announced a massive round of tariffs on foreign materials and goods like steel and aluminum in a fit of pique, angered because his sonin-law and adviser Jared Kushner could not get a full security clearance. Within less than a week, there were already signs of regret. This was prompted not only by loud criticism from some of his fellow Republicans in Congress, but also because some other countries and federations, most notably the European Union, began openly contemplating their own tariffs on American goods, especially those made in “red” states that backed Trump in the 2016 election, goods like blue jeans and bourbon. For a businessman widely experienced in the give-and-take of negotiating, Trump surely knew that for every action there’s a reaction. He likely was not surprised when, for example, Canada began openly thinking about tariffs on cars built in states Trump carried, from Nissans (Tennessee) and Mercedes-Benzes (Alabama) to Chryslers (Michigan). So Trump began backtracking. He started by suggesting he might relent on tariffs affecting Canada and Mexico if a “better deal” emerges from current talks on revising the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). But so far, there’s been no backing off prospective tariffs against goods from China, Japan and

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And California farmers are expecting big trouble if Trump insists on the tariffs. They now take in more than $21 billion from foreign markets, with California almonds, for example, dominating nut sales almost everywhere. California vintners also would suffer. Wheat growers immediately protested the tariffs, and some large grain farmers were major Trump financial backers in 2016. California farms account for much of the world’s crop of table grapes, olive oil, raisins, figs, artichokes, dates, kiwis and canned, pitted fruits like peaches, plums and apricots. China imposed 25 percent and 15 percent tariffs on some of those items, including grapes, almonds and walnuts. Put a serious crimp in the China trade, as the nascent tariff war could do, and rather than helping decrease America’s trade deficit, the new levies could worsen it. So if he ever reflects on his insistence on tariffs – by all reports, against the advice of his top economists – Trump may come to regret it. But even though he frequently denies saying things days after they were videoed and recorded, he won’t be able to label the consequences of tariffs as fake news. Rather those consequences could include a new recession, loss of millions of American jobs and assured electoral defeat in 2020. The bottom line: Trump acted in haste on the tariffs and unless he relents soon, he could regret it the rest of his life. So might a lot of other people.

South America, among the largest buyers of exported California products from high-tech silicon chips to movies and food products. Even if Europe were to target red-state industries, China and Japan probably cannot. That’s because so much of their trade with America is actually trade with California. California rice, grown in the Sacramento River Valley north of the state capital, is a staple of the Japanese diet because population growth long ago outstripped Japan’s ability to grow enough on its own. China is the largest foreign market for American films, mostly produced by California-headquartered firms, even if some of those companies are foreign owned. And much of Asia depends on computer chips developed in the Silicon Valley. Wine and nut exports to China are also substantial. If Trump thought retaliation against his proposed tariffs would hurt California, he didn’t say so. But given the context of his seeming vendetta against the Golden State because it has defied him on several fronts, chances are he would not mind that. Of course, if Central Valley farms begin to suffer and fallow fields and orchards because tariffs are cutting down the exports that consume almost half their output, it just might harm the electoral prospects of GOP congressmen like Jeff Denham, Devin Nunes and David Valadao, who have toed Email Thomas Elias at almost the full Trump line tdelias@aol.com. for the last 16 months.

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Got to love the risk takers small talk jean gillette


t is true that in spring, fancies turn. For many people, it’s that time of year when wild and foolish plans are put into action. I love these interesting, curious people. I try to surround myself with them, read their books and listen raptly as they spin the tales of their discoveries and adventures. The best part is that I never envy them. There is nary a daring bone in my body or thrill-seeking cell in my cerebellum. I may be slapdash, sometimes spontaneous and I can even claim enthusiastic. I will never, however, be very brave, and my curiosity is easily satisfied. Most of my life, I was content that the sun came up and went down. It’s magic. I’m good. I was fascinated when I found out why, but I would have been content to go through life just knowing it happens because I saw it happen. The same goes for most laws of physics. I’m embarrassed to realize I would have been one of those “the earth is flat” sort of people. Although I regularly wish that I could be Queen of Everything, I cannot deny that if my particular personality had been in charge over the ages, life would be considerably more bland. A good example is the artichoke. Hungry or not, I would have strolled right by that ugly, prickly thing and never have imagined that if you trimmed off the thorns, steamed it and then were satisfied to nibble just the very end off of every leaf, you would



program this time will be talking about the world of wonder, and what I have to share with everyone is what an amazing and spectacularly fascinating world we live in — and how much of what surrounds us is nothing short of a miraculous.” Weiss will explain how everyone experiences this “wonder” through their senses of vision, hearing,

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enjoy a tasty side dish. If I had somehow managed to get that far, I never would have bothered laboriously scraping off the choke to get to the delicious heart. I would never, ever have cooked with, much less eaten, something that makes my tongue sting, my mouth burn and my eyes water. Salsa would not exist. The idea of snitching honey while the bees are still using it would never have dawned on me. If I had been the head of the think tank back when, Las Vegas would still be a dark spot in the desert. The idea of risking what you have struggled for, on the slim chance of getting more, is way too scary for me. My faint heart would leave the county fair missing a midway, and the only attraction at Magic Mountain would be the bluegrass music festival. Because I never would have set sail in some tiny wooden boat, we would still be landlubbers and, at best, we might be riding horses, but certainly not racing them. Don’t talk to me about madness such as clinging to a basket beneath a balloon or trying to get off the ground with small wings. Heaven forfend we should consider jumping out of the air on purpose in order to fall back to the ground, even with a stretchy cord attached. We might huff and puff up some steep foothills, but climb that sheer cliff? Don’t be silly! You all go right ahead, though, and continue risking life and limb. I’m really quite grateful to you all. Truth is, I’d really miss those artichokes. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who now admits there is no magic and that science is actually very cool. Contact her at jean@ coastnewsgroup.com.

touch, taste. “So, I’d like to share some insights about that, and I’m looking forward to hearing the other presenters as I have plenty to learn yet,” he said. Weiss’ daughter, Lizzy Weiss, who serves as senior center’s assistant director, said the event spectacular for people of varying ages. “I think there’s a misconception sometimes that it’s only for people that are in the older population,” she said. “Being 27 years old myself, I can tell you I learn something new every time at this conference. There’s this connection and a sense of community that you get from coming to these events and seeing other people that you have not met otherwise especially since it brings in new people that don’t always come to our senior center.” Volunteering for the day as a greeter is Charlene

Ex-hockey player shares tips to help prevent falls By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Deniz Armagan had his fair share of injuries on the ice playing for the St. Louis Blues. After retiring his professional ice hockey gear, Armagan became a board licensed physical therapist. He visited the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center on March 21 to share his knowledge about fall prevention. “I’m here to discuss fall prevention techniques because unfortunately in this age population, the prevalence keeps increasing,” he said. “It’s about basic balance principles and really basic neurology because it’s all tied in together.” Armagan, who owns and operates Movement 4 Life headquartered in Rancho Bernardo, shared how movement and control of a person’s body begins with the brain, not the muscles. For those 60 years of age and up, a delay in reflexes begins to occur, he said. These reflex deficits coupled with a lack of mobility stemming from injury and pain can decrease the quality of movement. “So, we become dysfunctional in our moving patterns, and that leaves us susceptible for falls,” Armagan said. “My goal is for people to have a comprehensive medical assessment and functional movement evaluation, which also includes a postural assessment because it’s all tied in.” Armagan said he wanted attendees to understand the contributors to better balance and what they could proactively do on their part. The mission is to get people back to what their “norm” was at one time, he said. “It is possible with work,” said Ar-

Deniz Armagan, a former pro hockey player, now helps seniors with fall prevention techniques. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

magan, noting it is a lifestyle change. On a personal level, Armagan understands this well. “The particular injury that led to my retirement, which occurred in 1988 immediately after I was chosen by a minor league team in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League, was a left meniscal tear which was misdiagnosed,” he said. “Unfortunately, I kept training and it got to the point that I was unable to walk up and down stairs, skate, or work out. “The moment in my life that I realized that through holistic and integrative medicine I could lead a

pain-free lifestyle was in 2012 when I was finishing my doctorate degree in physical therapy at Loma Linda University,” he said. Armagan said his back had seized up and he experienced nearly unbearable pain and spasms for two months. “I met an incredible neurologist who helped heal me and she had asked me questions that facilitated a major transformation in my life in reference to how I trained,” he said. Armagan said the components of balance are flexibility and mobility, coordination, core stability and posture. During his lecture, he demonstrated a few dynamic balance activities. They included tandem walking (forward and backward), grapevine walking and walking lunges. “These are three balance activities that people can do,” Armagan said. “But again, it would start with a proper evaluation and assessment. Without that piece, we don’t know what variables there are that have contributed to the lack of balance.” And Armagan does this assessment with his mobile business. “I’m a diagnostic person,” he said. “I’ve had amazing mentors.” Diagnostics are the key deciding which conventions are used, such as manipulations or therapeutic exercise. Armagan said this increases the effectiveness of his whole program while implementing regular reassessments and re-evaluations. Armagan said his mission is to increase awareness for integrative medicine, holistic interventions, nutrition, health and fitness to help others achieve a better quality of life.

Solana Beach adopts gun safety resolution By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Joining neighboring cities to the north and south, council members at the March 28 meeting adopted a resolution urging federal and state representatives to enact responsible, rational gun laws nationwide for the safe possession and use of guns. Regulations should include raising the minimum age to own or buy a firearm to at least 21, banning the sale and possession of magazines capable of holding more than 10 cartridges and prohibiting the sale and possession of military-style

Yingling of Encinitas. She has attended events at the senior center for years, she said. “The RSF Senior Center has opened the doors for me for so many things,” she said. “As a senior, I’ve learned so much, and it makes you feel so comfortable to know that there are things out there for you.” Yingling went on to say that just because a person is getting older, there is still so much they can learn and enjoy. She has attended the Healthy Aging Conference since its inception. Lizzy Weiss said the day offers so much to its attendees, and inspiration is at the top of the list. “Our inspiring speakers will offer pearls of wisdom,” she said. For more information about the Healthy Aging Conference on April 27, call (858) 756-3041 or visit www. rsfseniors.org.

semiautomatic and automatic rifles and handguns. The resolution also asks legislators to require universal background checks, safety training before purchasing a gun, a 10-day waiting period prior to taking possession of a purchased firearm and limits on the amount of ammunition that can be sold or bought in a given time period. Many of those provisions are already required in California. The resolution, similar to those adopted in Del Mar and Encinitas, asks Congress to repeal the Dickey Amendment, which does not allow funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be used to advocate or promote gun control. It also states Solana Beach opposes the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which allows a qualified person to possess a concealed handgun in — or carry one into — another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms. All of the more than 50 people who sent emails or spoke during public comment supported the resolution. “I want to end gun violence through legislation, education and activism,” Cindi Clemons said. “I don’t believe that a kid under 21 should ever be allowed to purchase a gun,” said Max Granholm, a seventh-grader at Earl Warren Middle School. “This raises the probability of an underaged shooter going onto a school campus unnoticed.

“This raises the probability of me or one of my friends getting shot or killed while they are simply attending school,” he added. “As a kid in a Solana Beach school, I am asking the council to keep me and my friends safe from gun violence to the best of their ability.” “We … cannot normalize scenes of screaming teenagers crouching under flying bullets,” added another student, referencing mass shootings at schools. “We do not want history to repeat itself in any neighborhood, much less ours.” “I don’t think any of us have any illusions that we control the federal or the state government, which really has its hands on the power over gun management,” Del Mar Mayor Dwight Worden said. “But we can add our voice to the voices all over the country, from students to seniors, who are speaking up saying how we feel about this,” he added. “That kind of collective voicing and marching and speaking up is how you change culture.” Nearly everyone who weighed in asked council to follow Del Mar’s action and add a provision to the resolution — which they did — asking the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which governs the Del Mar Fairgrounds, to prohibit future gun shows there. Most said the events, which are held about four or five times a year at the stateowned facility, don’t reflect the values of the community. Some claimed they endanger the safety of the community, make it easier to

purchase a firearm or don’t require buyers to undergo background checks. Bob Templeton, owner of Crossroads of the West gun shows that take place at the fairgrounds, said those statements are not accurate. “Some people watch national news but oftentimes what they hear is not the case in California,” he said. “Our legislators have addressed all the issues. We have some of the strictest gun laws in the country. There are no loopholes.” Templeton said guns are “not really sold” during the shows. “Orders can be taken but there is a required 10-day waiting period and background checks,” he said. “The buyer can then pick up the firearm at the dealer’s shop.” He said a claim made by a resident who went to the show that AR-15s were on display was also inaccurate. “AR-15s as we know them may not be on display,” he said. “But semiautomatic weapons that are California legal may be. Everything on display at the guns shows is legal. We have retired California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms agents monitoring all tables to ensure nothing is illegal.” Templeton said they also roam the floor and reunite minors who may have separated from adults because attendees under 18 must be in direct control of the adult who brought them. He said anyone who believes a violation has occurred should report it so he can follow up with the vendor.


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The lifelong learning group, LIFE Lectures at MiraCosta College, is hosting two speakers on “Inside Camp David” and the MiraCosta College Theater Production of “Sense and Sensibility,” starting at 1 p.m. April 13, at the college’s Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. Bldg. #1000. Purchase a $1 parking permit at the machine in Lot 1A, and park in this lot. Visit miracosta.edu/ life or call ‪(760) 757-2121, ext. 6972‬. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ SENIOR ANGLERS MEET

Local outdoor writer Ernie Cowan will be the guest speaker for the 9:30 a.m. April 13 meeting of the Senior Anglers of Escondido at the Park Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Ave., Escondido. For details, visit http://senioranglersofescondido.net/.


The Village Community Presbyterian Church Vacation Bibile School registration is now open. VBS will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 25 to June 29. Lunch will be served for all families from noon to 1 p.m. Cost is $105. Register at https://docs.google.com/ forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeGlote1LqpD8zsnx67KXTou6GmDU8Gy2yoPI0zz0VBmybGrA/viewform.



Enjoy pirate-themed pool activities and games from 5 to 9 p.m. April 14 at the city of Carlsbad’s annual Pirate Plunge event at Alga Norte Aquatic Center, 6565 Alicante Road, Carlsbad. Wear your swimsuit and dive for treasure or try games like the cannonball crush, hook it, ship raider race and more. Dry activities will include a treasure hunt, pirate ship slide and a tropical bounce house. At sunset, see “The Princess Bride” on the outdoor screen. Cost is $10 per person. For more information, visit carlsbadconnect.org, keyword search “Pirate Plunge.”


A “Bunny 101” training class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon April 14 at Rancho Coastal Humane Society, 389 Requeza St., Encinitas. The class will cover housing, bunny behavior, diet, handling, and grooming. There’s a $10 suggested donation. For more information call (760) 753-6413, e-mail opires@sdpets.org, or visit sdpets.org.


St. Mary Star of the Sea Altar Society will be serving fresh strawberry shortcake from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14 and April 15 during Oceanside’s “Days of Art Festival” at the St. Mary’s Parish Center, at Pier View Way and Freeman Street. The cost is $3.50 to raise

T he R ancho S anta F e News funds to benefit the mission Reservations are necessary: cations are required along with a $149 registration fee to beautify St. Mary’s histor- (858) 674-4324. at tpadron@carlsbad.org or ic altar and sanctuary. 760-931-8400. BIRD WALKS SAN MARCOS DEMOCRATS Agua Hedionda LaThe Lake San Marcos goon Foundation invites HORSE SHOW HAS IT ALL Democratic Club will host participants to free public The Del Mar NationAmmar Campa-Najjar and bird walks which take place al Horse Show kicks off its his campaign team April every third Sunday of the three-week run April 17 14 meeting. at 12:30 p.m. month at 8 a.m. The next with Western Week. Much at the Discovery Elementa- walk will be April 15, and of the show is free, howevry School, 730 Applewilde starts in the Discovery Cen- er, tickets are available now Drive, San Marcos. RSVP ter parking lot at 1580 Can- for “Night of the Horse,” at to 760) 290-2077 or e-mail non Road, Carlsbad. Expert 7 p.m. April 21 and other birder, Rick Grove, will lead featured events throughout president@lsmdem.org. participants on a walk to the show. Get schedules and the best bird-watching spots tickets at delmarnational. UPDATE ON SCHOOLS com. Representatives of the around the lagoon. Escondido Union School District will speak from 10 APRIL 16 BONSAI BUDDIES a.m. to noon April 14 at the SUMMER JOBS Bonsai and Beyond will meeting of the Escondido The city of Solana meet at 6 p.m. April 17 at the Democratic Club at the Park Beach has job openings for San Diego Botanic Gardens, Avenue Community Center, seasonal summer camp rec- 230 Quail Gardens Drive, 210 E. Park Ave., Escondido. reation leaders, seasonal Encinitas for a workshop on See escondidodems.org for summer ocean lifeguards, kusamoto, bonsai companmore information. seasonal Junior Lifeguard ion plants. Remember to interns and part-time/tem- bring your trees, gloves and porary management assis- imagination. Extra plants MAKE A PLANT WALL San Diego Botanic Gar- tant. Applicants must sub- are appreciated. For details, den offers a class for adults mit a city of Solana Beach call Cindy Read, (619) 504in making a living wall/ver- employment application at 5591. tical garden of succulents http://agency.governmentfrom 9 a.m. to noon April 14 jobs.com/cosb/default.cfm. WORKING WITH SUCCULENTS at 230 Quail Gardens Drive. For more information, call “Create a Succulent Cost is $36, plus an $80 ma- (858) 720-2400 or visit ci.so- Turtle” for your garden or taterials fee paid directly to lana-beach.ca.us. Del Mar ble from 9 a.m. to noon April instructor on day of class. Fairgrounds parking fee 17 at the San Diego Botanic Garden. 230 Quail Gardens Register at sdbgarden.org/ $14. Drive, Encinitas. Forms and classes.htm. succulents provided. Cost is COLLEGE FOR KIDS Registration is now $54 and includes materials. TURN YOUR THUMB GREEN Learn about “Planting open for the 2018 College Bring small clippers to class. for Pollinators & All Things for Kids at MiraCosta Col- Taught by the SDBG succuGardening” from 9 a.m. to lege, offering five weeks of lent wreath team. Register sdbgarden.org/classes. noon April 14 at the San learning and exploration at Diego Botanic Garden, 230 for youngsters ages 6 to 17. htm. Quail Gardens Drive. Cost is Students can choose from Jr. $36. Register at sdbgarden. Vet Tech Zoologist for ages GET THE GOOD LIFE 6 to 8, Motors and Generaorg/classes.htm. The Carlsbad City Litors for Young Engineers for brary Good Life lecture seages 8 to 11, Robotics with ries from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. EARLY CHILDHOOD FAIR Vista Unified’s free LEGO® Mindstorm EV3 April 17 will be on “The Early Childhood Education for ages 10 to 13, and Art True Mediterranean Diet” Fair will be from 10 a.m. to Academy for Teens, a youth at 1775 Dove Lane, Carls1 p.m. April 14 at the Lin- academy program for ages bad. da Rhoades Center & Vista 13 to 17. Register at (760) Academy of Visual & Per- 795-6820, in person at 2075 DINE WITH THE DOCS Palomar Health presforming Arts, 600 N. Santa Las Palmas, Carlsbad or at miracosta.edu/instruction/ ents Dine with the Docs on Fe Ave., Vista. communityservices/college- heart health difference in forkids/index.html. men and women 6 to 8 p.m. APRIL 15 April 17 at California State PHOTO FUN DAY Take part in the Petal GET YOUR GARDEN TO THE FAIR University San Marcos, Show off your garden Ballroom 333 S. Twin Oaks to Plate Canon Photography Workshop at The Flower skills by entering the Paul Valley Road, San Marcos. Fields with Stacey Lynne Ecke Jr. Garden Show’s com- Cost is $50 per person or Foster from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. petitive outdoor display at $80 per couple. Fee includes April 15, including Intro to the San Diego County Fair. dinner, physician discussion Macro Photography, Fun Register online at sdfair. and parking. To register visWith Flash, Print Like A com/exhibits/garden-show it PalomarHealth.org/ClassPro, Photo Walks and Fam- by May 4. Fees range from es or call (800) 628-2880. ily Portraits. There will be $10-$350 per entry. This loaner cameras all day and year’s Garden Show theme APRIL 18 free printing from 9 a.m. is “Living the Sweet Life.” WHERE ARE OUR EAGLES GOING? Why are the majestic to 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite. REPUBLICAN ACTIVISTS HOSTED golden eagles declining at At 6 p.m. April 16, such an alarming rate in com / e / su nset-w i ne -tasti n g - mu s ic - p a i r i n g - t ic k- North County Republican Southern California? Buena Coalition will host two lo- Vista Audubon Society hosts ets-41113712220. cal Republican activists biologist Robert Fisher on John Buell, 76th Assem- golden eagle habitat and beMAKE A GRACEFUL EXIT Learn innovative end- bly District Republican havior at 6:30 p.m. April 18 of-life choices at the Beau- caucus chair, and Michael at 2202 S. Coast Highway, tiful Dying - Exit Papers Schwartz, executive direc- Oceanside. For more infor101 workshop 6:30 to 9 p.m. tor for SD County Gun Own- mation, call (760) 439-2473. April 15 at the Woodsy ers PAC. at the Veterans Coffee Shop, 845 Santa Fe Association of North County MEET THE CANDIDATE Join the Republican Drive, Encinitas. For more Resource Center, 1617 Misdetails, call Michele at (760) sion Ave., Oceanside. RSVP Club of Ocean Hills at noon to bensullivan@outlook. April 18, to meet Mark Meus944-7540 com. er, 2018 Candidate for California Secretary of State, FRIENDS AND FAITH at the Broken Yolk Café, The Catholic Widows APRIL 17 2434 Vista Way, Oceanside. and Widowers of North HOW TO RUN FOR OFFICE Do you want to run for There is no charge to attend. County support group for those who desire to foster office but don’t know where RSVP to (760) 842-8735. friendships through various to start? The Carlsbad social activities will Dance Chamber of Commerce’s SERIES ON ALZHEIMER’S at the Elk’s Club and hap- Candidate Academy will Escondido Public Lipy hour to follow at Brigan- prepare potential candi- brary offers Alzheimer’s tine Restaurant, Escondido dates on running for and Awareness Series from 1 to April 15 and tour the Gem- serving in public office. The 2 p.m. every Wednesday in ological Institute of Amer- four sessions are from 4 to April, at 239 S. Kalmia St., ica and lunch at Sheraton 6:30 p.m. April 17, April 24, Escondido, partnering with Hotel, Carlsbad April 17. May 1, and May 8. Appli- the Alzheimer’s Association

APRIL 13, 2018 for a series of instructional programs about Alzheimer’s disease. Reservations are needed by April 18 for The Hidden Valley Vista City Council of Beta Sigma Phi International 87th Founder’s Day at 11 a.m. April 28 at Meadowbrook Village, 100 Holland Glenn. Escondido. Cost is $24. All Beta Sigma Phis – active, inactive, on leave, transferees and guests are invited by calling Tiffany at (951) 837-7679.



654 E. Circle Drive, Solana Beach.



Carlsbad Spring Shop Hop, from 3 to 7 p.m. April 21, for an afternoon of Village hospitality, food sampling, live music, shopping specials, and a chance to win prizes. Check in at the corner of State Street and Grand Avenue, Carlsbad.


Palomar Health presents “Childbirth Preparation in a Day” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21 at Palomar Health San Marcos, 120 Craven Road, San Marcos. To register, visit PalomarHealth.org/Classes or call (800) 628-2880.

Get tickets now for the Sunrise Vista Kiwanis Club Grape Gatsby Affaire on April 28 at QLN Conference Center, 1938 Avenida Del Oro, Oceanside, with wine tasting, local food and ways you can contribute to eliminate teen homelessness in EVACUATING LARGE ANIMALS Vista and the North County. A forum is set from 9 Tickets at grapegatsby.com. to 11:30 a.m. April 21 at the Olivenhain Meeting Hall, NARFE TO MEET 423 Rancho Santa Fe Road, The National Active on evacuation of large aniand Retired Employees mals. Register at eventbrite. Association is hosting Val- c o m / e / e n c i n i t a s - c o m erie Fisher, Activities Co- munity-forum-large-aniordinator of the Carlsbad mal-evacuations-registraSenior Center, at 1:30 p.m. tion-43818236525?ref=eioApril 19 at the Oceanside s&aff=eios. Guest speaker Senior Center, 455 Country is Deputy Director Laura Club Lane, Oceanside. Visit Ward, from the County Denargechapter706.org. partment of Animal Services. TASTE OF CARDIFF COMING

Get tickets now for Taste of Cardiff, which highlights local restaurants, retailers, craft brewers, local vintners, artisans, musicians and photos in the vintage Camera Camper. Tickets at cardiff101.com/ taste-of-cardiff-2018-tickets.


Tickets are available now for a benefit concert, “Heart of a Child,” with 17 youth musical acts from throughout the region at 7 p.m. April 28 at Qualcomm’s Jacobs Hall, 5775 Morehouse Drive, in Sorrento Valley. The Ariana Miller Music with Heart program was formed by Dr. Jeffrey and Anita Miller of Encinitas, to honor their daughter Ariana, who died before she could get a heart transplant. Food trucks will open on-site at 5 p.m., and a reception and silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $25 general admission, $100 VIP (includes preferred seating and unlimited beverages). For information and tickets, go to https://resoundingjoyinc.org/event/7th-annualheart-child-concert.


Celebrate Lagoon Day with the Del Mar Foundation with family-oriented events from 9 to 11 a.m. and a Sky Hunters presentation of live native raptors at 11 a.m. April 21 at the San Dieguito Lagoon Birdwing Open-air classroom. Take the 1-5 freeway to Via de la Valle. Go east: turn right on San Andres by California Bank and Trust. Take a left to enter the San Dieguito Lagoon Staging Area and park. Follow signs to the Birdwing classroom.


Spring is in the air at The Forum Carlsbad and to celebrate, the center is hosting an "April in Bloom” celebration from April 21 through April 29, starting with a Runway Fashion Show from 1 to 4 p.m. April 21 at 1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad. See the garden and Butterfly Encounter and Makers’ Market every day 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


There will be an Earth Day Festival 2018 at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens APRIL 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April SHOPPING FOR A CAUSE 21 at 1270 Vale Terrace Tickets are available Drive, Vista. now for the FACE Foundation’s annual Bags & Baubles GO DUTCH fundraiser from 1 to 4:30 Celebrate at the Dutch p.m. April 29 at a private Festival from 10 a.m. to home in Rancho Santa Fe. 4 p.m. April 21 at Calvin Register at face4pets.org. Christian School, 2000 N. Broadway, Escondido. The MAD HATTER TEA festival includes carnival Tickets are available games, shopping, auctions, now for The North Coast petting zoos, obstacle coursWomen’s Connection “Mad es, and more honoring Dutch Hatter Tea” a full-service heritage. For more details, tea from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 call (760) 489-6430 or visit p.m. May 8, at Lomas San- calvinchristainescondido. ta Fe Country Club, 1505 org. Loma Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Reservations are JOIN CREEK TO BAY CLEANUP $30 and should be made by Registration for I Love April 30. If space is avail- A Clean San Diego’s countyable, walk-ins will be $35. wide cleanup, Creek to Bay Send a check payable to NCWC to Dorothy Cuchna, TURN TO CALENDAR ON 19

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Airline CEO donates $1 million to RSF Foundation RANCHO SANTA FE — At the heart of every philanthropic act is a story. Rancho Santa Fe Foundation President and CEO Christy Wilson’s job is to help philanthropists connect with causes that speak to them, and to facilitate positive relationships between donors and their beneficiaries. One recent such successful partnership was with Ted Vallas, owner and CEO of California Pacific Airlines, who chose to support three local organizations whose missions are near and dear to his heart. “People who choose to be philanthropic usually have a cause that they have a connection to,“ Wilson said. “People want to give to a cause that matters to them. It’s about finding that connecting point for them.” The Rancho Santa Fe

Foundation was established in 1981 as a community foundation. “The primary focus was originally on Rancho Santa Fe,” Wilson said. “But 37 years ago the needs in the greater San Diego community weren’t as broad.” Over time, the foundation’s focus and structure changed. “Prior to my hiring, there was no executive leadership, there was no office,” Wilson said. “I was the first employee.” These days, the foundation proudly boasts more than $120 million in assets and has given close to $73 million in grants out to the community over the last 37 years. “We have six fulltime staff people now,” Wilson said. The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation does have a discretionary grant program, but most of its grants are through donor advised

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bargained for on April 8, 2017, as model Chelsea Guerra, 22, of Indiana Borough and photographer Michael Warnock, 64, of Point Breeze conducted a nude photo shoot around 11 a.m. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, as Warnock took photos and families looked on, Guerra walked around and posed wearing only thighhigh black stockings and high-heeled shoes. In early March of this year, Guerra and Warnock pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct after other charges were dropped, and paid a $300 fine. "My nude modeling is honest work," Guerra said, "and I use it mostly to fund my college career." [TribLive, 3/5/18]


Police in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, appealed to the public for help in late March tracking down a most unusual perpetrator. "Over the past year and a half," the department posted on its Facebook page, "someone has been clogging the women's toilet (at the Deland Community Center) with a 20-ounce soda bottle. This is very strange ... and gross." The Sheboygan Press reported that the string of more than 25 incidents began in 2016. Joe Kerlin, the city's parks and forestry superintendent, says the suspect is likely an adult male, based on security camera footage from outside the restroom. The city's resulting plumbing bills have totaled between $2,000 and $3,000. [Sheboygan Press, 3/21/18]


A man playing with a baseball on the roof of a parking structure in Honolulu on March 23 had to be rescued by firefighters after he fell into the space between two buildings and got stuck, KHON2 TV reported. Security guard Ray Rodrigues was dispatched to the roof to run the 55-yearold off, but found the man had fallen into a 7- to 9-inchwide space between the cement walls. When pulling him out with a rope failed, firefighters resorted to using drills and saws to cut through the concrete to free him. He was taken to a hospital in serious condition. [KHON2, 3/25/18]


-- Shoppers at the Miracle Mile Shopping Center in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, got more than they

Ted Vallas, CEO California Pacific Airlines. Coutesy photo

funds. “This is when a donor wants to direct their philanthropy, they know exactly where they want their money to go,” Wilson said, adding that this is the most common type of donation tree's upkeep. In December, Fort Myers' public works officials approved the removal of the tree, prompting protests from Cooper and others. She got the idea of marrying the tree from women in Mexico who have been protesting deforestation. "I thought, 'Oh, we should marry the ficus tree' -- kind of giggle, giggle." A city spokeswoman said the city is moving ahead to save the newlywed tree, but Cooper is worried that the decision is not final. "If they cut down this tree, I'm going to be a widow." [The NewsPress, 3/26/18]

-- A dairy truck driver lost his job in early March after being caught on a surveillance camera urinating near dairy cows in a barn at Tremblay Farm in Highgate, Vermont. While no charges were filed, Monica Massey of the Dairy Farmers of America said the driver's behavior was unacceptable. "We saw the videos. What we saw was deplorable," Massey said told WCAX TV. Darleen Tremblay said she was "shattered" by what she saw on the video. "I couldn't move. I froze and I shook," she added. [WCAX, 3/2/18]

-- Ruan Rocha da Silva, 18, was caught in late March trying to steal five cans of deodorant from a supermarket in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His prominent tattoo might have given him away: A year ago, after Silva tried to steal a bike from Maycon Wesley Carvalho, 27, and Ronildo Moreira de Araujo, 29, the two men forcibly tattooed Silva's forehead with the words "I am a thief and an idiot." The Daily Mail reported that Carvalho and Araujo were caught after filming themselves inking Silva's forehead and sending the video to friends; both were sentenced to jail time. Silva is out on bail, awaiting trial for shoplifting. [Daily Mail, 3/26/18]



-- The Snell Family Park ficus tree, a sprawling giant that has shaded the park in Fort Myers, Florida, for more than a century, played the part of groom to several brides on March 24 as Karen Cooper and others tried to save it from being cut down. The News-Press reported that while its roots are on the park property, some of the limbs in the tree's 8,000-square-foot canopy extend to an adjacent property that is for sale, and potential buyer Jeff Romer was concerned about his liability for the

Eastern Michigan University student Andrew (who didn't give a last name), 22, wasn't making any kind of statement or protesting any government action (or lack thereof) on March 12 when he filled a pothole in Trenton with a whole box of Lucky Charms and a gallon of milk. Andrew then lay on the road with a spoon and ate the cereal out of the pothole. "I don't know where the inspiration came from, but when it hit me, I knew it was a good idea," Andrew told MLive.com. "It tasted

the foundation sees. Ted Vallas fell into this category, wanting to give back to his community and help three organizations that he had a connection to at the same time. “Ted contacted us and wanted to donate $1 million in growth stock to the RSF Foundation to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs in North County, the Helen Woodward Animal Center and to Honor Flight,” Wilson said. “It’s an extraordinary gift.” “Ted had experience growing up with the Boys & Girls Clubs, and he’s been privileged to work with North County clubs as he sees the value in after-school activities and mentoring to kids who might not otherwise have that opportunity.” The Vallas family are also animal lovers, hence their support of Helen

Woodward Animal Center. “Animals are a huge part of their lives, and something they have a strong connection to,” Wilson said. “They want to make sure the center will have additional funds necessary for animal rescue, animal care. Honor Flight helps veterans by flying them to see memorials for wars that they fought in. “Many veterans live on limited incomes and can’t afford and wouldn’t be inclined to fly to see these memorials,” Wilson said. “Ted served his country, and it’s important for him to help enable veterans to go back and see where they have been memorialized.” Even with generous contributions such as that from Ted Vallas, the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation always looks to contributions of all sizes to do the good work it does. “We’ve been

pretty successful, we are growing but steadily,” Wilson said. “We are one of approximately 750 community foundations in the U.S., and one of 16 here in San Diego County.” Wilson and the foundation are grateful that Vallas chose them for his generous endowment. “It means everything to us that he has confidence in the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, and that he trusts us to make sure the support he’s providing to those three organizations is thoughtfully placed and impactful so that it helps the organizations continue the work that they do.” To learn more about the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation and how you can have the greatest impact with your charitable giving, visit www.rsffoundation.com or call (858) 756-6557.

great. If I was blindfolded, I wouldn't know if it was a pothole or a bowl." [MLive. com, 3/22/18]

his Ford Crown Victoria, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. The Times-Picayune reported that the couple, who have three children together, had been arguing when LeGlue hit him, shattering his leg. Doctors performed emergency surgery on the victim. LeGlue was taken into custody and was held without bond. [Times-Picayune, 3/26/18]

on a Chevrolet Monte Carlo parked in the lot of Buddy Bean Lumber Co. around 1 a.m. on March 26, reported the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. An assisting officer noticed a strong smell of intoxicants and asked Clanton and her passenger to get out of the car. Clanton refused a field sobriety test but agreed to a Breathalyzer, which registered her blood alcohol level at more than twice the legal limit. Nevertheless, she entered an innocent plea in Garland County District Court. Since 1994, Clanton has been convicted of driving drunk in various Arkansas jurisdictions and served jail time. [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 3/27/18]


Italian chef Fabio Picchi has offered three American exchange students in Florence a four-hour cooking lesson after the women tried to cook pasta in a pot without water on March 18. The pasta burst into flames within minutes, and firefighters were summoned to put out the fire. "We thought it was cooked like that," one of the students told La Nazione. "They will have lunch in our restaurant with two of my extraordinary cooks," Picchi said. "I think this can be useful to them, but also to us. Understanding is always ... what is beautiful and necessary." [La Nazione, 3/19/18]


It was lucky 13 for Hot Springs, Arkansas, resident Patricia Ann Clanton, 55, as she was charged with her 13th felony DWI on March 26. Garland County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Garrett stopped to check

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In Didcot, England, known as the country's "most normal town," one resident creatively tried to change people's perceptions with additions to road signs along local highway A4130. The prankster added destinations such as Narnia, Gotham City, Middle Earth, Emerald City and Neverland to roundabout signs, telling the BBC (on condition of anonymity): "To me there's nowhere that is normal, there's no such thing." He said he's been making "creative interventions" all over the country for about 20 years. The Oxfordshire County Council responded that while the additions were "amusing," they'll be removed as soon as the county's potholes are fixed. [BBC, 3/20/18] ANGER MANAGEMENT

Maghan LeGlue, 25, of Bridge City, Louisiana, shifted her rage into high gear on March 24 when she used her 2004 Ford Expedition to pin her 27-yearold boyfriend up against

Khloe likes to play with her little toy mice … but only when no one is looking. She’s a 3-yearold Calico blend who loves pets and cuddles, and is also polite and independent. At 16 pounds, she could use more regular exercise and would love to be adopted by someone who’ll throw her mice for her so she can get her paws moving daily. Khloe is waiting to meet you at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Her adoption fee is $121 and she

has been altered and micro-chipped for identification and up-to-date on all vaccinations. Helen Woodward Animal Center is at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe, open daily Monday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.; Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last application accepted 15 minutes before closing). For more information call (858) 756-4117, option No. 1 or visit animalcenter.org.


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In Valparaiso, Chile, murals take street art to a whole new level hit the road e’louise ondash


n this day April 13, 2014, the Chilean port city of Valparaiso, 74 miles northwest of Santiago, was ablaze. When the Gran Incendio de Valparaíso had run its course, 2,500 homes were destroyed, 11,000 people were homeless, another 6,000 had been evacuated, 10 were seriously injured and 15 were dead. I think about this as we traverse some of Valparaiso’s 17 steep hills (cerros) on this gloriously sunny day. It’s hard to imagine this disaster or others that have hit this city of about 285,000 (1 million in the metro area). Certainly still fresh in the minds of many residents is the three-minute, 8.8 earthquake that hit in February 2010, affecting 80 percent of Chile’s population. “I thought I was going to die,” one woman told me. “I knew it was the end.” We are on the second day of a 17-day trip with Odysseys Unlimited’s “Patagonian Frontiers” tour. After a couple of days in Santiago and Valparaiso, we’ll leave for Patagonia’s national parks, Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn. Valparaiso, or Valpo as locals call it, is no stranger to disasters. Major earthquakes in 1647, 1730, 1822 and 1906 left the city in shambles, and additional fires in 2014 and 2015 caused massive destruction of life and

Visiting student-artists from Africa painted this mural in Chile’s port city of Valparaiso. The area has endured many disasters, including three huge fires in recent years and a three-minute, 8.8 earthquake on April 13, 2010. Photos by Jerry Ondash

property. Perhaps the city’s stubborn will to survive has earned its Gritty City moniker. Economic temblors have tested Valparaiso, too. Before the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914, Valpo, known then as Little San Francisco because of its wealth and culture, was an important port city for all the ships sailing from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Valparaiso was the first major port available after navigating the stormy Straits of Magellan and rounding Cape Horn. Many

gold-seeking 49ers from the U.S. East Coast traveled on these ships to California rather than crossing the continent via horse and wagon. Once the canal was operational, though, Valpo’s port traffic fell dramatically. Steady economic decline followed throughout the last half of the 1900s, but, according to our guide, things are improving. Valparaiso is a portof-call for cruise ships, and several universities have located here. A cursory glance today leads visitors to think that no one under 30 resides

Grants awarded to local horsewomen REGION — Kacie Doyle of Woodgrove Farm, Rancho Santa Fe, was awarded a $3,000 Blenheim EquiSports horse show credit grant. A young professional, Doyle started from the ground up and created opportunities for herself, including spending countless hours grooming and training her own horses as a junior before working under Guillermo Obligado of Woodgrove Farm in 2016. The release said Doyle

is no stranger to hard work and dedication. A full-time college student and full-time rider for Woodgrove Farm, Doyle balances riding and school with poise and tact. “ ‘Work hard for what you want’ has always been my motto, and I spend as much time as I possibly can to better myself and my riding,” Doyle said. “I want to learn and gain as much knowledge as I possibly can as well as teach others everything I know. I want to

teach riders to love and cherish their horses. ... I want to make a difference.” Blenheim EquiSports also awarded $500 in horseshow credit grants to Cassie Gannon of Royal Heaven Farm, Escondido, and Jasmin Stair of Jasmin Stair Stables, Rancho Santa Fe. Blenheim awarded its $5,000 top Emerging Professional grant to Jessica Allan, co-owner and head trainer at Tally Hawk Stables in Pleasanton.

Patients swiftly arrive at new Wildlife Center ENCINITAS — The San Diego Wildlife Center (SDWC), 2380 Camino Vida Roble in Carlsbad. operated by Rancho Coastal Humane Society, (RCHS), got its first visitor, a 3-week-old baby Merriam’s chipmunk. SDWC Director Trish Jackman said, “The chipmunk was found on the sidewalk of our nearby rescue partners at the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services (DAS). They were able to pick it up and bring it to us. Other than being thirsty, it seems to be in good condition.” When the baby chipmunk arrived it had an initial examination to check

for injuries or illness. After that SDWC staff members offered it food and water. According to Jackman, it didn’t have any interest in the food. “That’s probably because it hasn’t started eating solid food, yet. When we offered it the water, the chipmunk held on to the syringe with its feet and drank. We’ll be switching it over and giving it formula.” With one baby chipmunk, there could possibly be more. The staff at DAS is searching the area to see if there are more babies, a nest, or a mother looking for her stray baby. If they can find the nest, they will

try to reunite the baby with its mother and siblings. Jackman says that, if the baby can’t be put back with its family, the chipmunk will eventually be released back into the wild. “This is wildlife. It’s not a pet. We will handle it as little as possible. While it’s here it will get the medical care and attention it needs, but our goal is to make sure it’s able to survive in its natural environment.” SDWC accepts any wildlife in need. Treatment will take place on site or some animals will be transferred to rescue partners for further care.

here. A young population also brings with it bars, discotecas, cafes, bakeries and art, galleries, some established in restored historic homes and buildings. And then there are the murals. “There used to be a problem here with graffiti, but they solved the prob-

lem by calling it street art,” our guide explains. (Read: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.) These murals have taken street art to a whole new level, though. Both invited artists and locals have blanketed the walls of homes, businesses and churches in colorful, eye-popping de-

signs and portraits depicting the city’s and country’s history, culture, humor and indigenous population. Even some doors, steps and sidewalks have become canvases. Between the art, uneven walkways and occasional post and pillar, it takes concentration to navigate Valpo’s streets, sidewalks and cobblestone maze of alleys. It’s a happy task, though, and I’m also grateful for our guide who knows where we’re going. When our street-art tour comes to an end, we board one of the historic wooden funiculars (ascensors) to descend from our hill. There once were about 40 funiculars scattered over the steep hillsides; today, nine are operational. We off-load at Paseo Yugoslavo and the Palacio Baburizza, which reminds us that Chile was built by immigrants. Now an art museum, this former residence of a wealthy Croatian businessman and philanthropist was built in 1916 by Italian architects. Many other buildings in the flat port area also reflect European origins. In 2003, the historic quarter of Valparaiso was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For information about Odysseys Unlimited: https:// odysseys-unlimited.com/. For more photos and commentary, visit www. facebook.com /elouise.ondash.

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Food &Wine

Here and there in the wine world taste of wine frank mangio


f you’ve been with me for a while, you’ll know that every so often I like to rummage through my in-box and come up with some fun and fascinating facts and comments that couldn’t or shouldn’t make a feature in Taste of Wine, but have

enough juice for your next small-talk wine party, or happy hour at your favorite wine bar. The envelope please: Finally, another-wine themed movie. This time it’s with hilarious female comedy stars formerly with “Saturday Night Live,” led by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. “Wine Country,” a major movie, will come out in early 2019 about girlie friends that invade Napa Valley to toast a 50th birthday. Stand by for a crazy cruise through the whole tasting scene. It’s “Side-

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ways,” only nuttier. Here comes the calorie counting. It’s been one of the most talked-about rules coming from Washington regarding the wine industry and other industries that are alcohol related. Starting in May, the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants to list calories next to all menu items including alcoholic drinks. As you have seen, these restaurants already have revealed the calories for menu food items and I have been shocked by the whopping readings on some of my favorite burgers and other former favorites. Over the top numbers are forecast for margaritas and other mixed-spirit drinks. Beer may surprise you on the upside, but fear not my wine friends, a fiveounce glass of wine, the standard volume of a glass of the grape, will be the lowest of the category. It’s expected that the average brand will be about 122 calories. Don’t be surprised if the FDA mandates the calorie count on each bottle of wine in the future. Frankly, I doubt it will have that much of an impact on sales. Wine is rising in sales, compared to beer and spirits. Funday on Sunday is the promise at Falkner Winery in Temecula as they restart their events each Sunday during spring and summer with games, barbecue, neat prizes, music and delicious menu offerings on the lawn and in their award-winning Pinnacle Restaurant. Special events are from noon to 3 p.m. Check out details at falknerwinery.com.

Little Italy in San Diego, enjoying a renaissance of popularity for wonderful eating places, wine bars and living spaces, has hit on a delicious idea to increase foot traffic for their large lineup of pizza restaurants. The district has launched a Little Italy Pizza Tour of four popular restaurants to “sample the goods, with pizza from Milan, Naples, Sicily and Liguria.” The story of pizza will be told, from ancient Greece and Rome, to today where it is the most popular food in America. Red wines that bring out the maximum flavor of pizza will be served. It happens each Saturday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. for $49 each. Call (619) 2556165 for available dates. Sal Ercolano’s Seasalt invites the Prisoner for three dinner dates. Seasalt Seafood Bistro in Del Mar, this year promising to offer the biggest of the wine dinner events, has taken a big step in that direction with a three-peat dinner featuring the Prisoner Wine Company, Thursday, April 26; Friday, April 27; and Saturday, April 28, all at 6 p.m. To my knowledge, this is a first for a Southern California restaurant. Napa Valley’s Prisoner is an unconventional blend of wine creativity, hailed by wine critics everywhere. Seasalt has carefully crafted unique dishes that will complement the flavors of Prisoner wines. All three days will sell out so call (858) 755-7100 ASAP. Cost is $70 per person. MORE WINE BYTES

A major wine movie is coming called “Wine Country” starring Tina Fey, left, and Amy Poehler, taking aim at Napa Valley. Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC Universal/Getty Images

lead guests through new release tastings of her top five wines. A variety of gourmet cheeses, aged dry meats, nuts and fruits will be paired with the wines. Cost is $35 per guest. Call (858) 673-7512 for details and an RSVP. • Vigilucci’s Gourmet Market in Carlsbad will present “Assaggi y Vino” (Tastes & Wines) at 4 p.m. April 19 on the market patio on State Street. Enjoy three courses, three wines and dessert. Tickets are pre-sold at the market, limited to 22 seats. Details by calling (760) 720-0188. • A reminder that the Vin Diego Wine & Food Festival is happening at Liberty Station in San Diego’s Pt. Loma district from 3 to 7 p.m. April 14. Top-shelf winNew tours in the Little Italy district eries from the West Coast of downtown San Diego include will join top chefs from San four pizza restaurants with a col- Diego. Visit vindiego.com lection of Italian wines to taste. or call (760) 805-2131.

• A Trinitas Wine, Room in Rancho BernarCheese and Charcuterie do at 3 p.m. April 14. KaTasting is at The Barrel sey Hills of Trinitas will

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Mainly Mozart 2018 Spotlight Chamber Music will perform at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, 17025 Avenida de Acacias, with a 5 p.m. wine reception and the concert at 6 p.m. April 20 Tickets are $78 at (619) 239-0100, ext. 2, or online at mainlymozart. org. The concert will feature Anton Nel, piano; Steven Copes, violin; Hsin-Yun Huang, viola; Ronald Thomas, cello playing Beethoven, String Trio in C minor, Op. 9, No. 3 and Dvorak, Piano Quartet in D Major, Op. 23.


The Music By The Sea Concert presents Kariné Poghosyan on piano at 7:30 p.m. April 13 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Tickets are $14 at the door or at encinitas.tix.com.


Peter Sprague and Leonard Patton play a fundraiser at 4:30 p.m. April 13, at the Center for Creative Renewal, 1905 Crest Drive, Encinitas, to support the Buddhist monks of the Gaden Shartse. Suggested donation: $20-$50. To register, contact artretreats.com/ events or (760) 436-3310.

posed!” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. April 14 at the Escondido library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. This touring opera ensemble features young professionals performing familiar arias and duets. ALL THAT SPARKLES

Join the reception at the Off Track Gallery featuring the hand-made jewelry by Cheryl DeLain from 4 to 7 p.m. April 14 at 937 S. Coast Highway 101, Suite C-103, Encinitas, For details, call (760) 942-3636 or e-mail pr@sandieguitoartguild.com.


The Oceanside Museum of Art hosts a free Blackout Poetry event from noon to 3 p.m. April 14 and April 15 as part of Oceanside Days of Art, inspired by Big Read novel “Station Eleven.” Use book pages to write a “love letter to the world we live in.”


A Free Family Concert will feature a Saturday Matinee with The Hutchins Consort at 11 a.m. April 14 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive.



Join the Heritage Ranch Jam acoustic open mic day noon to 4 p.m. April 15 and April 29, featuring you and your neighbors. Bring your instrument and join in, sign-ups begin at 11:30 a.m., at The Heritage Ranch, 450 Quail Gardens Drive. $5 donation. Three songs or 15 minutes, presented by ListenLocalRaFOREIGN FILMS dio.com. Details at SDHeriSan Elijo Campus of tage.org. MiraCosta College hosts a free screening of the foreign film “Heat and Dust,” CARLSBAD SPIRIT CONCERT The Aron Gunner MeEnglish, rated R. at 1p.m. April 13 at Room 204, 3333 morial Scholarship FoundaManchester Ave., Cardiff. tion will host the Carlsbad Details at lifesanelijo@ Spirit Benefit Concert with the Marklyn Retzer Trio gmail.com. and Exit 6 from 2:30 to 7 p.m. April 15 at the Stag APRIL 14 and Lion Pub and Grille, FREE ART LESSON 850 Tamarack Ave. $10 doCalifornia Center for nation at the door to provide the Arts, Escondido is offerscholarships for Carlsbad ing a free “2nd Saturday” High School seniors. Visit art lesson at 10 a.m. and arongunner.org again at 11 a.m. April 14 at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Using watercolors, APRIL 16 paint, and straws, you will ART ON FASHION Linda Davis, SDcreate your own “blown ink” cherry blossom tree. MA’s Docent Teacher, will RSVP at http://artcenter. present “Clothing Clues org/event/cherryblossoms/. in Paintings: It’s Not Just Seating is first come, first About Fashion,” at 10 a.m. April 16 in St. Peter’s Episserved. copal Church, Parish Hall, 15th Street and Maiden GET YOUR OPERA ON Lane, Del Mar. Cost is $10 2nd Saturday Concert (cash or check only). For deSeries presents “Opera Extails, call (760) 704-6436.


hoods have the opportunity to see top-shelf performers. For many, having quality performers only minutes away from home is not only convenient but appealing. Every summer, Kendall and other members of her board journey to Nashville to handpick top performers for the upcoming season. Kendall credits their choices to their donor base. Before every concert, all guests are invited to a pre-concert party. Wine is compliments of Northern


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Trust. Attendees also enjoy light appetizers and desserts before showtime. On the educational front, Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe champions outreach programs for its local schools. This year, MiraCosta College took part in the program and picked The Four Freshman. The nonprofit compensates the ensemble for an hour of their time to perform a mini concert and be part of a Q&A. For more information about purchasing tickets for The Four Freshmen and the upcoming concerts series, visit CCRSF.org.

Tickets: $80, $70, $60 with no service charge, at the Register at https://lux- Pala Box Office in the caart.wufoo.com/forms/r5my- sino, call (877) 946-7252 or n2x1ee06tk/ALL for “Fired visit palacasino.com. Up: Wheel Throwing Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ‘DAVE’S NOT HERE’ starting April 16. Learn the Cheech and Chong will essentials of creating func- perform at 7:30 p.m., July tional ceramics on a potter's 14, at Pala Casino Spa & wheel, with all aspects of Resort’s Starlight Theater. wheel throwing including Cheech and Chong reunited form making, trimming, al- in 2008 for their Light Up tering, assembling and glaz- America tour and haven’t ing. stopped touring since. Tickets are $50, $40, $30 at the Pala Box Office, palacasino. NCRT SEASON STARTS The North County Rep- com and (877) 946-7252 or at ertory Theatre will launch startickets.com. its 2018-2019 season schedule with “Blithe Spirit,” MIX IT UP By Noël Coward, Sept. 5 The Oceanside Musethrough Sept. 30. “Holmes um Of Art offers a Mixed & Watson,” takes the stage Media Class Series from Oct. 17 through Nov. 11 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 9 through Feb. 3 will be April 17 and April 24 at 704 “Moon Over Buffalo.” Order Pier View Way, Oceanside. your subscription at (858) Combine the Beginning and 481-1055. Intermediate Mixed Media classes and save on registration. No experience necAPRIL 17 essary. Register at oma-on‘HEART OF A CHILD’ CONCERT Get your tickets now for line.org/. the benefit concert, “Heart of a Child,” with 17 youth APRIL 18 musical acts from through- COMEDY NIGHT out the region at 7 p.m. Get tickets now for the April 28 at Qualcomm’s Ja- Comedy Night held to raise cobs Hall, 5775 Morehouse funds for United Cerebral Drive, in Sorrento Valley. Palsy at 5:30 p.m. April 28 The Ariana Miller Music at the Fairbanks Ranch with Heart program was Country Club, 15150 San Diformed by Dr. Jeffrey and eguito Road, Rancho Santa Anita Miller of Encinitas, Fe. The show will feature to honor their daughter Ar- Russ T. Nailz, Steve Kelley, iana, who died before she Greg Otto and Allan Havey. could get a heart transplant. Reservations at (858) 369Food trucks will open on- 3215. site at 5 p.m., and a reception MUSIC AT NOON and silent auction will begin The free Wednesdays@ at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $25 general admission, $100 VIP (includes preferred seating and unlimited beverages). For information and tickets, go to https://resoundingjoyinc.org/event/7th-annualheart-child-concert. TAKE TO THE WHEEL

Noon Concert present pianist Danny Holt and the Sincopa String Quartet from noon to 12:45 p.m. April 18 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas.



Every third Thursday, the Oceanside Public Library screens Silent Classic Films at the Civic Center Library, 330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. At 6 p.m. April 19 will be “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, which Roger Ebert called "the first true horror film.” The films continue on the third Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. through June.

Encinitas: Laura Cunningham, Melissa Marquardt, Kevin McGinnis, Grant Pecoff and Jan Trabin; Oceanside: Michael Summers and AkZhana Maxim; Escondido: Starla Cortopassi, Darrel McPherson, Nicholas Ivins and Mac Hillenbrand. FOREIGN FILMS

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Foreign Film Fridays will screen “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem”
 (Israel, Drama, NR, 2014) at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 20 at the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium
1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad.



Try a free art workshop from 7 to 8 p.m. April 19 and May 17, with local artist Linda Luisi at the Buena Vista Lagoon Audubon Center, 2202 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside, for all levels. Register at https://bvaudubon.org/ or call (760) 4392473. Bring paper, pencils, pastels, or watercolors.

Lux Art Institute will offer “The Language of Seeing” with visiting artist and teacher Alex Schaefer teaching the process of painting step by step from start to finish on Saturdays 11a.m. to 2 p.m. starting April 21 at 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Register at https://luxart.wufoo.com/ forms/r1qusgei1adhrpq/.





A host of North County artists will show their work at the Mission Federal ArtWalk, in 17 blocks of Downtown San Diego’s Little Italy April 28 and April 29. Area artists include Carlsbad: Justin Coopersmith, Roy Kerckhoffs, Gregg Visintainer and Barbara Davies;

An Earth Day celebration workshop of music and spoken word will be4-209 held with Laura Sandage from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 21 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito, 1036 Solana Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets are $20 at http://conspireconcert2018. eventbrite.com or $25 at the door.




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Meet the mascot of ‘Bags & Baubles’ FACE Foundation helps owners pay for life-saving surgeries for their pets By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — When Sharon Howland rushed her dachshund Lulu to the emergency veterinary hospital she knew something was wrong, but she never imagined it was as serious as it was. Her local veterinarian at the time was treating her dog for lower back issues. However, at California Veterinary Specialists in Carlsbad, which offers emergency surgical treatment and care, Howland heard a completely different diagnosis. It all happened on Mother’s Day in 2010 when 3-year-old Lulu began screaming in pain. Howland was living in Vista at the time. “I rushed her to the emergency veterinary hospital,” Howland said. “The vet took one look at her and said it wasn’t her lower back — it was her neck. They told me that it would be a lot of money to have the surgery, but she could not go home. (California Veterinary Specialists) couldn’t let her go home because she was suffering so bad.” Completely distraught, Howland didn’t know what to do. Her husband at the time was out of work and they were on a tight budget. And Howland said she had already spent a great deal of money with her other vet Sharon Howland’s dachshund, Lulu, had a life-saving surgery in 2010 treating what she thought thanks to a grant from the FACE Foundation. Lulu is the official Bags & was a back issue. Baubles mascot. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

In loving memory of

Whitney Rose Young June 23, 1983 March 25, 2018

Leucadia – It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of Whitney Young, who died unexpectedly on March 25 in Oceanside, California at the age of only 34. Whitney was born in La Jolla California, and attended public schools in Encinitas until she moved to Long Beach where she attended California State University and earned a BA degree Cum Laude in Sociology, with a minor in Child Development. She relocated to Salt Lake City in 2007 where she made many new friends while pursuing a career in early childhood education. She returned to her hometown of Leucadia in 2014. Whitney had many passionate interests including photographing

children, bicycling, arts and crafts, retrieving & refinishing abandoned furniture (which she branded as “Hot Garbage”), and cooking for her friends and family. Whitney was preceded in death by her beloved Grandma Bird (Norma E. Young) by less than three weeks, whom Whitney comforted in her dying hours at age 97. She is survived by her brother Scott Young, her mother Karen and father Jeff Young; her aunts Patti Young, Janis Young Spracher, Tina Young Krimmer and Denise Capra-Young, each of whom claimed to be her favorite; her uncles Mark Young, Bill Spracher, Vesselin Iankov, and Matt Krimmer; and her cousins Em & Willie Young, Kevin & Laura Spracher, and Sam Krimmer. Whitney’s engaging smile, passion and enthusiasm lit up the room when she walked in. While her light has been extinguished, her memory will forever be etched in the hearts & minds of her family and friends. Our family requests that any material contributions be made in Whitney’s memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: www.jdrf.com>donate>Memorial Donation

Then she heard the words “FACE Foundation.” “At the hospital, somebody at the front desk said, ‘Well, there’s a place called the FACE Foundation, and you can apply to have the surgery paid for’ they explained,” said Howland. The FACE Foundation pays for one-time, life-saving surgeries for pets whose owners can’t afford them. Howland got the paperwork filled out. Within two hours, Lulu was in surgery. And her surgical outcome was excellent. Now at 14, Lulu is the official mascot of Bags & Baubles, an annual silent auction fundraiser for the FACE Foundation. In fact, she has been their mascot since the inception of Bags & Baubles, which started eight years ago. Landing on April 29 this year, the event is held at a private Rancho Santa Fe estate where supporters shop for new or gently used designer handbags, accessories and jewelry. Every purchase goes to help animals like Lulu who need a one-time, life-saving surgery. “I’m so passionate about FACE,” said Howland, with her voice cracking and tears in her eyes. “They are my world and they are Lulu’s world.” Howland said what she loves most about the Bags & Baubles are the animal lovers who attend.

“People who go are passionate about animals,” she said. “And it’s fun to bring a group of friends.” But most of all, supporting the FACE Foundation means providing pet parents with grants so that they can save their pets with surgery. Executive Director Danae Davis calls what How-

I’m so passionate about FACE. They are my world and they are Lulu’s world.” Sharon Howland Lulu’s owner and FACE Foundation advocate

land was facing in 2010 as having to make an economic euthanasia decision before she learned of the FACE Foundation. “Economic euthanasia leaves pet owners in a grieving state like Sharon, who said she couldn’t afford to save her family member, Lulu,” Davis said. Since opening its doors in 2008, FACE has aimed to end economic euthanasia. “We work with over 150 veterinary hospitals in San Diego,” she said, adding that last year they gave more than 300 grants. In 2018, they expect that number to reach 350. Davis said that the Bags & Baubles event is one of its largest fundraisers of the

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desserts and more. Davis said there is something for everybody at Bags & Baubles. She’s also thrilled to have Lulu as their mascot. “Sharon has always been very excited about giving back to FACE,” Davis said. “It’s special when pet owners really see the value in what we do, and she has. Lulu is so sweet, and they show up every year ‘Dressed to Impress.’” To date, event sponsors include The Robb Family, Howard Finkelstein and Lorin LeGrant, Ranch & Coast Magazine, The Muha Family, The Spitcaufsky Family, California Veterinary Specialists, Missy and Phillip Cameron, Veterinary Specialty Hospital, Wendy and Willy Perry, Animal Protection and Rescue League, Cheryl Passer Design, Sky Facial Plastic Surgery, The Flash Collective, TLC The Lane CompaCROP Services, The ny Insurance .93Gate, The Ark, LifeNarrow time .93 Animal Care Center, 4.17 Veterinary HospiLa Jolla 4.28 Valley Veterinary tal, High Hospital, Performance K9 Training, KUSI News, Torrey Pines Bank, SaveThisLife.com, Deux Lux, Kings Pawn, Plaza Boulevard Pet Hospital, The Real Real, Kendra Scott and Carlsbad Golf Center. Tickets are $25 per person. To learn more about Bags & Baubles or to purchase tickets, visit Face4Pets.org or call (858) 450-3223.

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Rail upgrade funds awarded REGION — In January, as part of the first round of Local Partnership Program formula funds under Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), a major state transportation funding program, the California Transportation Commission awarded $173.4 million to 57 projects statewide, including several San Diego regional high-priority rail projects along the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) corridor. The CTC awarded a total of $18.9 million to several SANDAG projects, including: — $10.72 million for the Batiquitos Lagoon Double Track Project — $3.5 million for the San Dieguito Double Track Project — $2 million for the North Oceanside Double Track Project — $1.72 million for the Sorrento to Miramar: Phase 2 Project — $1 million for a signal respacing and optimization project The improvements will help replace aging rail bridges and add several miles of second mainline rail track along the LOSSAN corridor. They are part of a multi-modal strategy to improve the movement of people and goods through the congested I-5 corridor, as well as enhance environmental protection, restore lagoons, and improve coastal access.

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help people to get off the streets is to build housing for them,” he said. “Economically, it makes sense because it is cheaper to put them in a house then to have them on the street.” He added that emergency services often provide care. “In San Diego, there is something missing and that is that we cannot build housing fast enough; it will

be five to 10 years that some of these people will be left on the streets. We just do not have the ability to address Housing First that way.” Shea and the collaborative team determined how the stopgap could be The Bridge Shelter tents, costing roughly $800,000 apiece. Two tents were purchased by the weekly Tuesday group, and the other funded by the city of San Diego, Shea said.

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The tents help get people off the streets, Shea said, and begin a process of assessment and triage. The tents provide the most vulnerable homeless people with protection, and for the others they get them back to a situation where they can one day be productive in the community again. “We cannot wait five to 10 years for housing to be built and then address the situation,” Shea said. “That became the premise, and that became the discussion.” Shea said new partnerships have formed with other organizations that want to help such as Feeding San Diego, Family Health Centers of California and Helen Woodward Animal Center. Shea shared Helen Woodward President Mike Arms approached him saying more than 20 percent of the homeless population had pets. These animals mean everything to their owners and they won’t give them up, he said. With that in mind, Helen Woodward now provides vaccines, spay and neutering procedures and food for those pets. The first Bridge Shelter

tent overseen by the Alpha Project went up in early December 2017 on 16th Street and Newton. The second tent in the Midway District run by the Veterans Villages of San Diego opened a couple of weeks later. The third, run by Father Joe’s Village on Commercial Street, began in January. The three tents are housing and caring for about 700 individuals. According to Seidler, The Bridge Shelter tents have been tremendously effective and are managed well by Veterans Village, the Alpha Project and Father Joe's Village. “The homeless problem in San Diego for the first time has fact-based collaboration from business, political, philanthropic, medical and educational leaders,” he said. “The tents are saving lives, treating homeless folks with various diseases, keeping vulnerable people such as the elderly, battered women and children safe and generally providing ‘best in class’ results within a Housing First strategy. I believe that the success of these Bridge Shelters, where dozens of individuals have already found permanent housing after receiv-

ing effective treatment in the tents, has led to an overall sense of optimism and furthered fact-based discussions about San Diego’s next steps.” Ashely Virtue, director of external relations of the National Conflict Resolution Center headquartered in downtown San Diego, said Seidler and Shea received the award for their inspiring and incredible work for The Bridge Shelter tents. Virtue visited the Alpha Project site, and the experience was something that stayed with her for days. “I work downtown, so I encounter many people who are impacted by homelessness every day, and I can honestly say that I approach my walk downtown differently now because of my visit to that tent and the individuals that I encountered,” Virtue said. “I was so moved by their kindness and willingness to speak with us and share their story. All of them had such grateful hearts and words to express to the people who made it possible for them to be there and help to give them a roof over their heads.”

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ENCINITAS — The fate of downtown Encinitas’ canopy of ficus trees is once again up for discussion, as city officials question whether they should pay potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars to maintain them or replace them with different trees. The City Council recently voted to form a subcommittee to develop a plan for the city’s downtown tree canopy, which is currently dominated in areas by ficus trees. Downtown is home to 55 ficus, which were planted in the 1960s. The plan could include eventual replacement of some of the ficus to make way for a more diverse tree canopy. Encinitas 101 Main Street Association, which represents business owners in downtown, would be involved in the committee discussions. Supporters love the ficus’ winding branches and broad canopies, which provide shade and a unique look to downtown, especially along 2nd Street. But some business owners have complained that the trees are a nuisance, the roots damage sidewalks and snarl sewer lines and litter the city with fruit and foliage droppings at least once a year. The City Council made its decision after hearing a report from city arborist Chris Kallstrand about the cost of its current ficus-pruning efforts and the cost to expand it to the other 51 trees. The city has spent upwards of $89,000 since 2016 on a pilot project to save four ficus in downtown — two on Third Street near E Street, and two along Second Street between I and J streets. This included special pruning, crown maintenance and root maintenance, in an effort to slow or reverse some of the damage and repairing the

Ficus trees line Second Street in Encinitas. Photo by Shana Thompson

concrete and other damage the trees caused to city infrastructure. Kallstrand said expanding that program to the other trees would in the worst case scenario cost the city $1.26 million over five years, a figure that several council members were not comfortable with. “I’m not anxious to get out the chainsaw, but the reality is we’ve got a fiscal challenge here when we make these decisions and (with) the numbers I’m seeing, I think we might spend our money a little more wisely,” Councilman Tony Kranz said at last week’s meeting.

to come down. “If you cut down our beautiful ficus trees ... you would prove to future generations that you would be, well, hypocritical, giving lip service to environmental causes but then acting in ways that directly damage the environment, bowing to shortsighted and selfish agendas of a few vocal opponents,” resident Bruce Ritchings said. Tom Cozens, a local real estate agent, said the city needed to be more diverse with its tree selection. “The worst thing you can do is have monoculture,” Cozens said. “It fails.”

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