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he RSF Garden Club organized a tour of the Ricardo Breceda sculptures and spring flowers at Borrego Springs. On March 23 a chartered bus transported 20 people to the desert town, located about two hours northeast of San Diego. The tour started with a close up experience of the larger than life sculptures found in Galleta Meadows. Lunch was served at the de

Anza Country Club. The afternoon activities included a stop at a citrus stand for grapefruit and oranges and then the Borrego Springs Visitor Center. While there, the group was able to watch a short film about the history of Borrego Springs, learn about the native life and plants, and take a walk through a garden where the desert flowers and cactus were in full bloom.

The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club tours Borrego Springs and the Ricardo Breceda sculptures on March 23. Courtesy photo

The RSF Garden Club has more activities lined up for members and guests. Activities in the upcoming months include two Coffee in the Garden events, the Annual Meeting, a succulent wall display workshop, and the return of the RSF Tag & Craft Sale. For more information on club membership benefits and grant and scholarship programs, call (858) 7561554 and visit rsfgardenclub.org.

Drought, pests affecting trees in RSF By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The topic of trees in Rancho Santa Fe is an important discussion varying from their current state of health to fire safety. Leading the discussion at the last Rancho Santa Fe Association (RSFA) board meeting was field operations manager at the Association, Arnold Keene. He described 2016 to date as an interesting year so far. “I would say generally the trees are in pretty good health with the exception of the red gum. We’ve got pepper trees that seem to be thriving and a lot of the other trees that make up our community are actually doing pretty well,” he said. Keene pointed out that majority of the trees in the Ranch were comprised of the red gum eucalyptus tree. The Ranch did have other varieties of eucalyptus that were more resistant to pests such as the lerp psyllid. The red gum variety wasn’t as resilient to it. “So it’s the red gum that we really have to focus on,” Keene said. He also added how pine trees were being killed at a rapid pace by the pine beetle. One week the tree will have a brown path, and a few weeks later, the pine tree is dead. He told the board and members that residents must be careful when applying chemicals on these trees. In addition to the pests, Keene

In addition to pests, Arnold Keene says that trees in Rancho Santa Fe have had to compete for very limited resources of water and nutrients in the soil. Photo by Tony Cagala

said that trees have had to compete for said. Keen then branched off into fire very limited resources of water and nurisks. trients in the soil. He shared how his department is “I think we are starting to see the forest thin out a bit and as a reaction to the limited resources available,” he TURN TO TREES ON 23

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“We are here today because we have a major problem here in the Covenant area,” says Bill Beckman, chair of the Committee on the Natural Environment. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

Committee seeks to ‘reforest the Ranch’ By Christina Macone-Greene Ranch, and possibly, with

RANCHO SANTA FE — The thick canopy of trees in Rancho Santa Fe has thinned out over the years. In an effort to restore this picturesque memory, the Committee on the Natural Environment (CONE) is launching a collaborative movement named “Reforesting Rancho Santa Fe.” On March 21, both residents and key members of organizations were present to help champion this cause at a meeting held at the RSF Fire Protection District Station 1. Navigating the meeting was CONE chair, Bill Beckman. “We are here today because we have a major problem here in the Covenant area,” said Beckman, adding how the trees have changed since his move to the Ranch 15 years ago. He added, “You’re not looking at a leafy tree canopy. You’re looking at a lot of tree trunks with some foliage hanging on to those trees that are still alive.” Beckman described it as a different experience. And because of this, Beckman hoped the community could come together to reforest Rancho Santa Fe. “If we do, we make a difference. If we don’t, it won’t,” he said. Beckman shared that the purpose of the meeting was to take the steps needed to form a group to trigger the push to reforest the

different trees. Beckman’s goal was to engage the people present along with any entities they represented for that effort. “If we don’t do it, who will?” he asked the group. For the replanting tree effort, Beckman said, he couldn’t think of any-

You’re looking at a lot of tree trunks with some foliage hanging on to those trees that are still alive.” Bill Beckman Chair, CONE

thing else that was “dollar for dollar” a greater value or with a greater future for the Covenant area. “It’s just a no-brainer in terms of the property value impact, and the experience that we all look for in the Ranch,” he said. Taking part in the meeting was RSFA manager Bill Overton, RSFA field operations manager ArTURN TO CONE ON 23

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Family, groups, raise money for child to have autism service dog By Aaron Burgin

Ruby is an autism service dog trained through the nonprofit Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, which recently received a $10,000 grant from The Petco Foundation to train more dogs. Courtesy photo

Local nonprofit receives $10,000 grant

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RANCHO SANTA FE — A North San Diego nonprofit was recently awarded with a $10,000 grant from the Petco Foundation. Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs (TLCAD), with The Spirit training center based in Vista, has operated as a nonprofit since 1998. And TLCAD is thrilled with the gift. “This grant allows TLCAD to expand the rescue dog aspect of our program, to train more dogs in a shorter period of time and at less cost. This allows us to assist more clients requesting service dogs in San Diego County,” said president and executive director Karen Shultz,

cho Santa Fe resident. Shultz has been volunteering at TLCAD for 13 years. “The Petco Foundation generously awarded TLCAD with $10,000 to assist with the assessment and training of rescue dogs to determine if their health and temperament make them a good candidate to put into training to become a service dog.” According to Shultz, these special canine candidates go into their POOCH (Prisoners Overcoming Obstacles and Creating Hope) program. This program is leading the way toward hope TURN TO GRANT ON 23

REGION — Cameron Langager met “Drake,” a golden retriever autism service dog, for the first time in 2014 during a therapy session at the Comprehensive Autism Center in Oceanside. The experience changed his life, said his mother, Christine Langager. “I had never heard of an autism service dog, I didn’t know they had dogs specifically for autism,” she said. “It really just blew me away watching the time they worked together, and how immediate our son Cameron took to her. His anxiety levels, which have been high with his father away, were markedly decreased just by having Drake there.” Cameron’s father is an active duty Marine who recently returned from a deployment to the Middle East. Two years later, the veterinary hospital that owns Drake and a nonprofit that helps families get service dogs of their own have teamed up to help the Langager family receive its one wish: for 8-year-old Cameron to have a service dog of his own. The Drake Center for Veterinary Care and the nonprofit group Good Dog! Autism Companions have raised nearly $8,500 of the $13,000 needed to get Cameron’s dog, through a campaign called “Operation K9

Cameron Langager with “Drake,” a golden retriever autism service dog. The Langager family is looking to raise enough funds to purchase a service dog for Cameron to call his own. Courtesy photo

for Cameron.” It is asking for the public’s help to push the campaign over the top. “If there was ever a family and a kid who deserves this, it is Cameron and the Langager family,” said Gabrielle Feldman, a spokeswoman for The Drake Center. “This has been a life-changing

experience for all of us involved.” According to the Drake Center’s website, autism service dogs like Drake help to increase motivation, promote gross and fine motor activities, provide opportunities for language and calm and comfort children with autism. Christine, who is also

autistic, said she saw all of these things happen with Cameron during his time with Drake. “Drake would sense Cameron getting worked up, so she would bring him a toy or nudge him, or redirect him, and because it wasn’t a person, it was much less stressful, and he was much more willing to transition out of what he was doing into something else, which was amazing,” she said. “We really got profound glimpses into our son’s inner workings.” After seeing the success that Cameron had with Drake, the family took the step to apply for a service dog with the “Good Dog” nonprofit, which fundraises for half of the $27,000 associated with the service dog, which left the family to fundraise for the other half. “It was a daunting task at first, but as a family we decided we were going to make it work,” she said. That was when the Drake Center stepped in to help the family in their final push. The hospital is selling tote bags and hats for $20 with all of the proceeds going toward the “Operation” charity. Additionally, they pledged to match cash donations of up to $1,000 made at the center. Meanwhile, the family continues to work toward raising funds to make Cameron’s dream a reality. “We are so excited, we can’t wait,” Christine said.

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Encinitas property rights noses of city plan checkers. It appears that the time is right for an organized effort to break down the housing barriers of the past, now that the city is facing the need to located approximately 1,300 affordable housing units, it has a new city manager and planning director and there will be four council seats up for grabs in November. I am proposing that property owners who presently have an illegal dwelling unit and those who someday wish to develop an auxiliary unit meet, establish proposed revised regulations and form a negotiating association to deal with the city. Labor unions have successfully employed this tactic for over a hundred years, why not property owners? Because of the threat of the exposure of “illegal” activities and city retaliation, the utmost care must be exercised in becoming organized. I therefore

By Jerry Peters

Corruption charges getting closer to governor California Focus By Thomas D. Elias Gov. Jerry Brown has tried for many months to ignore the growing scent of corruption now afflicting his administration, instead pushing the worldwide battle against climate change even as he virtually ignored the world’s largest methane leak while it spewed greenhouse gases for months in his back yard. But serious conflict of interest allegations now reach directly into his office, targeting his chief of staff, Nancy McFadden, the top Sacramento official for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for many years before she took a $1.04 million golden handshake in 2011 before rejoining Brown, for whom she worked in the 1970s. Not only did McFadden take PG&E’s money, but disclosure forms show she owned about $100,000 worth of PG&E stock and many potentially lucrative stock options through her early months back with Brown. During this time, she was allegedly a key part of the appointment process for new members of the state Public Utilities Commission, which regulates PG&E and other California utilities, a normal chief of staff function. There is no evidence McFadden recused herself from utility matters. This, of course, raises the question of whether her golden handshake was really a prepayment for future services. McFadden is now the subject of a formal complaint just filed by the Consumer Watchdog advocacy group with the state Fair Political Practices Commission, a panel very unlikely to act against the top aide to the man who appointed two of its members. Charges in the Con-

sumer Watchdog complaint, filed under the Political Reform Act ironically sponsored by Brown during his first stint as governor in the 1970s, are sweeping and specific. McFadden, the group said, “…us(ed) her official position to influence governmental decisions in which she knew she had a financial interest. Her actions impacted the value of the PG&E stock options she held.” The filing goes on to say McFadden “was Gov. Brown’s point person on utility policy, utility legislation and political appointments to the PUC.” Brown Press Secretary Evan Westrup denied all this, calling the filing against McFadden “riddled with inaccuracies.” He added “She was not vetting candidates for the PUC and did not play a role in the other decisions noted while she had the holdings referenced…” Brown did not speak about McFadden, just has he’s refused to talk about corruption allegations at the state Energy Commission and documented corruption at the PUC. But emails among the 70,000 obtained by San Bruno city officials after the 2010 PG&E gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people there indicate her old friends at PG&E believed she was involved. In early 2011, PG&E executive Brian Cherry — now under criminal investigation along with former PUC President Michael Peevey — advised someone seeking a high PUC post via email to get help from McFadden, whom he called “the backdoor route” to getting appointed. The pileup of ethical problems in Brown’s administration seems to grow every few weeks, with the McFadden charges merely the newest. They join obvious conflicts of interest and exam-

ples of cronyism exercised by the Energy Commission, exposed in this column in 2014. Add the proven collusion between Peevey and executives of Southern California Edison Co. in assessing consumers more than 70 percent of the cost of the 2012 failure of the San Onofre Nuclear Power Station, caused by an Edison blunder. Then see Brown’s almost total indifference to the massive methane leak at a Southern California Gas Co. storage facility near Porter Ranch in Los Angeles, when his sister Kathleen draws six figures yearly as a director of SoCal’s parent company. Her position alone should raise conflict-of-interest questions whenever Brown decides utility policy. The Porter Ranch leak spewed more greenhouse gases than many months of driving by all the cars in the Los Angeles Basin, but Brown said little about it. Taken together, it appears there could be a pattern of corruption at high levels of state government, and a consistent Brown practice of ignoring or condoning both corruption and safety lapses. But other episodes don’t reach as close to him as the charges against McFadden, his close aide and adviser. The bottom line: Brown wants to be remembered for solving California’s budget mess and aggressively fighting climate change. Right now he risks being remembered much more negatively. Elias is author of the current book “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” now available in an updated third edition. His email address is tdelias@aol.com.

According to state law, every residential property owner has a right to create an auxiliary unit on or in their land if there is space, yet current Encinitas regulations and codes make it nearly impossible to do. Individuals have pleaded for consideration for years, but the bureaucracy has been intransigent. The price of land and construction costs makes it impossible to build housing in Encinitas that many workers and seniors can afford to rent. At the same time, there are a great number of property owners who need cash to make ends meet. Naturally, regardless of the roadblocks the city has imposed, a thriving underground market of over an estimated 1,000 non-permitted dwelling units have already been established and more are created every year. Surprisingly, some in new homes, right under the

have asked Bob Bonde, the president of the Encinitas Taxpayers Association and proven advocate for the legalization of non-permitted Encinitas auxiliary units, to lead the movement until it can be officially organized. If you are a property owner, with no ties to the city, and want to get involved in making Encinitas a better place to live for all, please contact Bob at this home phone number (760) 753-7477 or email at Rbonde007@gmail.com. If there is sufficient interest shown, Bob will call a private meeting at a non-city location to assure participant confidentiality. Owners of illegal units are known for their bravery and creativity. Your efforts are needed today. Please consider participating. Jerry Peters is a businessman and president of the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Taxpayers Association.

Letters to the Editor Legacies motivate city councils Until a neighbor clued me in, I was thinking that the Strawberry Fields Mall, was a stand-alone project, and if approved, would have been one of the few additions to the local coastline development. However, I was reminded that city councils are mostly motivated by only a few things: Re-election, their legacy of accomplishments, and keeping the city solvent. Council “legacy” is what my neighborly friend was suggesting, as an overriding motivator for certain Carlsbad councilmen. The “legacy motivation” seems to be going full bore, in both Oceanside and Carlsbad waterfronts. I now see that both councils seem to be bent on creating big and attractive tourist destination projects, on the remaining vacant coastal properties and to milk as

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much tax revenue from these developments, despite the lukewarm reception such mega projects might get from the local residents. Therefore, I am calling out the councils for what they might be planning to allow next, in the coastline corridors. When the Encina Power Station is razed, I predict that there will be a giant rushing “sound” to fill the empty SDG&E space with development — all with the council’s blessing. If one looks at the Oceanside pier vicinity construction of late, Oceanside’s wish list, is not that much different from Carlsbad’s, except that Oceanside seems to love collecting parking tolls, whereas, Carlsbad does not. You, I, and our fellow citizens should be vigilant for keeping a semblance of vintage city(s) flavor(s), as our city waterfront areas are as-

saulted, in these decades before elevated sea level, begins taking its toll. G. Lance Johannsen, Carlsbad Responding to community I was thrilled to read on your front page (Blakespear withdraws support for Coastal Rail Trail, March 18) that Catherine Blakespear came to her senses and withdrew her support for the purposed Coastal Rail Trail. But I was sorry to read that Tony Kranz thought Blakespear caved into “political pressure” because she listened to the community. Shame on Kranz for thinking listening and responding to the community is a negative thing! Isn’t that what an elected official is supposed to do?

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Boon, Overton deliver brief monthly reports By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — While President Ann Boon of the Rancho Santa Fe Association’s monthly board meeting discussed the progress of the nominating committee, Association manager Bill Overton gave an update on the financials. According to Boon, the nominating committee had completed their job and had received the names of around 10 Covenant members who were interested in learning more about the board position. Boon said individuals interested in vying for a seat would notify the Association by mid-March. Since the March 3 RSFA board meeting, the Association released the nominations they received, which were in accordance with the RSFA bylaws. On March 14, it was officially announced that the individuals contending for three vacant seats were Janet Danola, Allen Finkelson, Rachel Laffer, Rachel Leheny, Kenneth Markstein, Terry Peay, John Rikkers and Richard Sapp. The terms of Heather Slosar, Philip Wilkinson, and Jerry Yahr will be coming to a close. The winning candidates will officially take their seats at the July 2016 board meeting following a community-wide vote. According to the As-

sociation, ballots will be mailed to members May 12 and the names of the new board members will be broadcasted June 29. Boon wanted everyone to know that the nominating committee is not actually nominating people. “They’ll all be self-nominated,” she said. In reference to the Association budget, Overton said they were doing very well overall. “The Association is showing a profit against budget year to date,” said Overton, noting how golf was better than budget year to date. According to Overton, the RSF Tennis Club had a bit of an overage year to date, but staff was currently working with the club in reviewing their membership and their budget. Overton did note some variances. “The major variances are litigation. We are over budget year to date in litigation,” he said. Overton added, “I think we may we may end the year about on budget in this category, but as of right now we are over.” Overton also shared some overages in public relations by way of contract services. Overton said that this was the case since this area wasn’t budgeted for in adTURN TO UPDATES ON 23

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Wasserman provides governing documents updates By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — At the monthly Rancho Santa Fe Association (RSFA) board meeting, board member Fred Wasserman, who is also the chair of the governing documents committee, provided a range of updates. From current proposed amendments to future ones, Wasserman kept the board and

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RANCHO SANTA FE — The topic of utilizing solar for the Rancho Santa Fe School District has been on the agenda previously and discussed at length. Superintendent Lindy Delaney has done much of the footwork in terms of research. Her recent recommendation at the last monthly school board meeting was to rethink the solar process timeframe. Delaney said that because of the timing and the information that they are still working on, it was suggested that this topic be delayed until the summer months. The board expressed past apprehensions about blacktop solar panels on the campus. An option which was part of previous discussion was conducting an environmental impact report (EIR) on the school’s Dacus property which currently serves as a parking lot for the teachers. If an EIR is done on Dacus, located on El Fuego, it could provide more solar options. “We shouldn’t rush into solar, but look into 2017 solar,” Delaney said. Delaney wanted the board to know that her team did get some of the information that the board had requested, including diagrams and pictures. Board member Marti Ritto mentioned how the last parent forum revealed how some parents liked the idea of having solar over the lunch tables to provide more shade for the children. Both Ritto and Delaney agreed that hearing those desires was a surprise. Delaney assured Vice TURN TO SOLAR ON 23


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Board reaches agreement on how to address RSF Golf Club delinquencies By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Association’s (RSFA) board of directors listened to their fellow board member, Fred Wasserman speak about an amendment to the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club’s plan of operations which would address delinquencies. It was an action item that the entire board agreed on unanimously. Wasserman explained that the plan of operations that was before the board was a document that was signed between the golf club and the Association in how they would operate together. According to Wasserman, there was not an ade-

quate provision in regards to dealing with individuals who weren’t paying their bills at the club. “We have people who charge at the golf club that don’t pay. We’ve got members that are delinquent,” he said. Wasserman told the board and members present that there wasn’t a conforming process for dealing with this be it a suspension or even terminating membership. The amendments made to the document now address that concern. Wasserman wanted people to know that there will be a very clear process that all will understand if there are outstanding bills. The process, he added, was

that a hearing would take place which is required in the Davis-Stirling Act. The RSFA designated the board of governors of the RSF Golf Club as the entity to hold the hearings and oversee the process. “So that’s now in there,” he said, noting how the amendment was now meeting the standards of the Davis-Stirling Act. Some members in the audience wanted a more in-depth explanation in the amendment verbiage. Association manager Bill Overton said that this amendment process has been collaborative as was the choice in language. “This is conformance with the law to protect ev-

erybody,” Overton said, adding how this also included the board of governors. Wasserman assured members in the audience that there was nothing in the amendment that wasn’t being done properly. While Davis-Stirling requires that this type of action be done by the board of the Association, Wasserman said, the board can delegate this to either a person or committee. And that’s what they did in handling the issue of delinquencies. “There was no process to hold the hearings properly,” Wasserman said. He continued, “So I mean we truly worked on this and made it clear.”

Roundabout near fairgrounds gets the OK By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Del Mar’s first roundabout will be built at the intersection of San Dieguito Drive and Jimmy Durante Boulevard. Council members at the March 21 meeting deemed the environmental impact report adequate and authorized staff to complete the final design and advertise for construction bids for the traffic calming device. After analyzing three options — including no change to an existing stop sign and a traffic signal — the EIR consultants determined the roundabout to be the environmentally superior alternative. According to the study the rotary will provide improved traffic circulation for conditions through 2035. It also offers benefits to local air quality, greenhouse gas emissions and noise and meets the objectives of improving the pedestrian and bicycle experience identified in the community plan, according to the staff report. Councilman Al Corti, who could not take part in the 4-0 vote because he lives on Jimmy Durante close to the project site, said it’s not uncommon for motorists to exceed the 40 mph speed limit. A frequent user of the intersection as a driver, walker, bicyclist and motorcyclist, he said he supports the roundabout. So did resident Hershell Price, who said a stoplight wouldn’t “fit into the city.” He said his only request is that it not be too small. The roundabout will be approximately 100 feet in diameter and include curbs, gutters, pedestrian ramps, sidewalks, landscaping and signage. Two residents submitted an email also in support of the rotary after they witnessed a mother leaving her baby in a stroller on the side of the road to grab her other child who ran into the street. Four other speakers, all residents of the San Dieguito Drive canyon area, opposed the project, saying it would

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City Council recently approved a 100-foot diameter roundabout at the intersection of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Drive. Construction is expected to be complete next year. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

intensify an already gridlocked area during events at the nearby Del Mar Fairgrounds. That said getting in and out of their neighborhood is already difficult enough. They also expressed concerns about the ability of fire trucks and ambulances to respond to emergencies. “Many people are in love with the idea of the European roundabouts,” Annette Wiesel said. “Down at the beach colony it fits. … Jimmy Durante is different. Jimmy Durante is designed to have traffic move in and out of Del Mar at 40 miles an hour.” Beth Westburg said people leaving the fairgrounds often make illegal U-turns there and at other areas to get to Interstate 5. She said more people will use the roundabout to get back to the freeway, which will further exacerbate traffic. Studies have indicated not much can be done to alleviate heavy traffic at the

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the safety of our citizens, our pedestrians, bicyclists, our motorcyclists and the people driving their cars, and roundabouts win for each of those user groups,” Mosier said. Councilman Dwight Worden noted that U-turns would be legal at the traffic circle, thus increasing safety citywide. “The world will be better for U-turns with a roundabout,” he said. “For 99 percent of the time it is going to be a great asset to the community,” Councilman Terry Sinnott said.

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e have a problem, and it’s right at the end of our noses. It seems the world of artificial scent has begun to spin out of control. Maybe I’m only now noticing, but from the supermarket to the home furnishing stores to the dollar stores, you can find scented stuff of every shape, size and species. This exploding market makes me think perhaps I’m not the only homeowner who has had to drown out the smell of stinky dogs and a husband who fancies ripe cheese and salami. To my recollection, one’s choices used to be limited to a little eau de cologne, sachets and perhaps some hard-milled soap. To date, the selection includes body wash, hand soap, dish soap, room sprays, plug-ins, linen water, dryer sheets and, of course, candles. I won’t even include incense. Yes, I went to college in the ‘60s. It gave me a headache then, too. What has me querying is what they are blending in these things. Competition must be fierce, because it is clear the scent gurus are running out of options. Stroll down any candle aisle and your choices will quickly get odd. Before I stick my nose into anything, I search for a scent description. As often as not, the name is no use at all. First there are things like Parchment and Linen. Is that burning parchment, wet parchment or just the smell of paper? None sound all that lovely. Then there are those which are vague in a completely different way, like Simplicity or Serenity. If I ever actually find a candle that will bring me serenity by its smell alone, I’ll buy it by the industrial

drum. One real bait-andswitch is the candle line made to smell like freshly baked desserts. My children got extremely cranky after smelling peach cobbler and chocolate chip cookies, only to find the oven cold and the pantry bare. Those tend to play havoc if you’re dieting, too. They have, no doubt, prompted more than one midnight trip to the dessert aisle at the market. Some really need to put a cap on the number of items in the mix. I saw one labeled Mandarin, Tea, Crushed Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Thyme. It smelled lovely but the label made me dizzy. I’m also intrigued by the ones that claim to smell like a color. There was one just called Verde. Another was simply Red. The worst was a brand that claimed to be in harmony with nature. It had the way-too-natural smell of dirty sweat socks. I expected the Citrus and Cilantro candle it to smell like something I want to pour over poultry. What next? Avocado and scrub oak? Perhaps Worcester sauce and maple syrup. Maybe cucumber and wool? Passion fruit and butter? Chicken ripple ice cream? I rather fear if I light up the one called Herb Garden, then the Gardenia, the Lavender, the Ocean Breeze, the Topiary and the Apricot Honey all at the same time, it might cause a tear in the fabric of time and space. Maybe it would just make our noses explode. Wasn’t that already a “Goosebump” novel? Jean Gillette is a freelance writer seeking sensible scents. Contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroupcom.

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REGION — Medical cannabis has been legalized in California for 20 years, but the stigma surrounding dispensaries tends to have a distinctly seedy feel to it. The marijuana leaf flags hanging in windows of “here today, gone tomorrow” dispensaries in strip malls across the county do nothing to change the image of what are actually legitimate businesses, suffering from what had previously been a law voted in without the necessary structure to succeed. That, however, is changing. The fact that a facility like Torrey Holistics can even exist now is proof of that. Last fall, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law comprehensive medical marijuana regulations that have allowed local municipalities and providers structured guidelines, encouraging a responsible model for running what been a legitimate business for many years but hardly felt like one. “These new regulations allow best business practices,” Shane Smith, marketing director for Torrey Holistics said. “The industry, communities and law enforcement can now work together to offer patients

‘Bags & Baubles’ sparkles to save animals RANCHO SANTA FE — Reservations are available now for the Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) Bags & Baubles silent auction, set for 1 to 5 p.m. May 1 at a private estate in Rancho Santa Fe. Registration for the 2016 event is $25 per person. Guests can register online at face4pets. org. Tickets are $25 and include wine, appetizers and treats, estate tours and opportunity drawings throughout the afternoon. New and “gently loved” handbags, jewelry, accessories and sunglasses will sell to benefit pets in need of critical veterinary care. raise funds and awareness for local pets in need of critical or life-saving veterinary care. Bags & Baubles is a one-of-a-kind event that allows animal and fashion lovers to shop for a cause. Established in 2006, FACE is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 public charity that has saved the lives of over 1,400 local pets. For information about sponsorships or making a tax-deductible donation, call (858) 450-3223, visiting face4pets.org, or emailing events@face4pets.org.

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a sophisticated dispensary experience, which includes a large selection of high-quality product and consistency in a safe, nice environment.” The recent regulations opened up an opportunity for investors to see medical cannabis dispensaries as viable businesses, which is precisely how Torrey Holistics, which opened its doors in February 2016, came to be. “We were able to bring

Odd Files By Chuck Shepherd Fun at Work Bill Bailey (a former nine-year employee of the water-irrigation network near Grand Junction, Colo.) was awarded unemployment benefits in December for being wrongfully fired. The company claimed Bailey was insubordinate and that any complaints he had were merely because he is “too sensitive” to workplace “fun” and unable to “forgive and forget” his supervisors’ team-building spirit. According to an administrative law judge, the “fun” included, among other things, detonating unannounced, ear-splitting PVC “potato guns” (using golf balls and other items) on the job and Bailey’s boss’s placing his own feces in a bag inside Bailey’s lunch pail. (At one point in the hearing, during the boss’s mirthful, carefree descriptions of the “fun,” the judge felt the need to advise him of his Fifth Amendment right.) (Following the judge’s decision, Bailey’s two supervisors resigned.)

together people with traditional business backgrounds and industry knowledge to bring medical cannabis out of unsafe, unsavory neighborhoods into a quiet and respectable area,” Smith said. “We are here to stay. We have a great relationship with the city. We will continue to provide consistent, lab-tested products in an environment that is comfortable and discreet.”

Questionable Judgments The Agony and Tediousness of “Peeling”: The Canadian supermarket chain Sobeys has recently been selling pre-cut avocado halves, sealed in plastic packages. Said a spokesman, the product “eliminates the guesswork ... if you are not familiar with peeling and seeding a fresh avocado.” Also, recent-

Will Senn’s official title is operations consultant, and part of his job is to offer high-level cannabis consultations. He knows the industry inside and out, and he works with growers and patients to ensure that he is providing the best possible product for the spectrum of symptoms medical cannabis helps to relieve. “The most common ailments we see are people in cancer treatment, either early or late stage, and chronic pain,” Senn said. “Cannabis is also very beneficial for insomnia.” Senn explained that there are different strains and varietals of cannabis, and he and the staff help each patient choose which is right for their medical needs. He said that THC is also great for treating epilepsy. “Our patients’ safety is our number one concern,” Senn said. “Every strain we carry is lab tested not just for potency but for safety. We test for mold and CBD, which is the most medically beneficial compound found in cannabis for fighting cancer.” Senn is considered a “sommelier” in his field and takes extreme pride in not only the varietals Tor-

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Jim Janis of Carlsbad visits with Cuban locals. Many survive financially with side businesses — black marketeering; roadside produce stands; taxi service (usually horse-drawn); prostitution; and jobs in the tourist industry, valued because they draw tips.

This older man on a street corner in Havana was “just dancing to whatever music he heard and enjoying himself,” Margaret said. “There was a nearby jazz combo playing. He’s a good example of how colorful the streets are.” Photos by Jim Janis

tour company Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel), “because it allowed us to see most of the island, including some of the sparsely populated, mountainous interior. They also took care of our visas and lots of other details.” The couple’s 14-day itinerary included Holguin, a provincial capital in the northeast; Santiago de Cuba on the southeast coast; the colonial town of Cienfuegos; Santa Clara; and Havana. Besides having an af-

finity for Spanish Colonial architecture and a nostalgic pull for old American cars (“Cubans refer to all old cars — European, American and Russian — as ‘American’ cars,” Margaret Janis explained), “we were also interested in how the average Cuban lives, Cuban society, politics, history, economics, art and music.” The tour brought them conversations with a doctor and nurse at a neighborhood clinic; artists in their studios;

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tronic. The papermaker was making pulp using an old Russian washing machine. He said the machine was ‘hell on clothes, but great for shredding paper.’” Margaret Janis discovered she had something in common with the papermaker. “I explained, in my very poor Spanish, to the Linotype operator that my grandfather had been a printer, and would have used a machine similar to his. He was very interested in that, and sat down and produced a line of type (backward for use in the printing press) of my name, and gave it to me as a gift. It’s a treasured souvenir.” Though Cubans are known as a happy people, “it is hard to get to know (them) without recognizing what

damage the embargo has done to each and every one of them,” Margaret Janis said. “Despite that, they love Americans, are thrilled that we are now getting to Cuba, and are cheerful, industrious and inventive. (They truly have) the ability to make something out of nothing at all.” However, she added, “we are not naive. We know about the human rights violations of the Castro regime, the stupid rules that make the typical Cuban’s life miserable, and the wage leveling ($25 a month is standard government pay), which forces everyone to have something on the side, whether it’s black marketeering, selling fruits and vegetables on the side of the road, running a private taxi (usually horse drawn), prostitution or working in the tourist industry (provides tips) to make ends meet.” The Janises were happy to see President Obama travel to Cuba and believe it bodes well for Cubans. “If relations between the U.S. and Cuba were fully normalized and full trade relations resumed, Cuba would rapidly change for the good,” Margaret Janis said. “Fifty years of embargo hasn’t worked, so it’s time to try something else.” E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@ coastnewsgroup.com


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achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. JAPANESE FOOD WHISPERER Leading English-language expert on Japanese cuisine, and author, Elizabeth Andoh, will be with Samantha Binkley in the Healthy On You kitchen at 5 p.m. April 5, teaching Japanese cuisine and the tenets of traditional Washoku cooking. The class for just 10 participants, is $125 and includes a signed copy of Andoh’s book, “Washoku.” To register, visit healthyonyou.com/store/c4/Cooking_Classes.html. She will demonstrate traditional Japanese food culture including balanced flavors, colors and preparation methods. Andoh will also give a free lecture on “What is Washuko?” at 7 p.m. April 5 the UCSD, School of Global Policy and Strategy, Room 3202, International Lane, University of California San Diego. For directions, visit gps.ucsd.edu/ about/directions.html#Directions. ARLEDGE HEADS AQHA Sandy Arledge of Encinitas, was elected president of the American Quarter Horse Association on March 14 at the 2016 AQHA Convention in Las Vegas. Arledge has been an AQHA director since 1997 and currently serves on the American Quarter Horse

Foundation Council. DIA DE LOS MUERTOS WINS AWARD The California Parks and Recreation Society awarded the city of Solana Beach and the La Colonia de Eden Gardens Foundation the award for “Best Community Event in San Diego County 2015” for the Dia de los Muertos event held at La Colonia Park Nov. 1. HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR TELLS STORY For 10 years, Holocaust survivor Livia Krancberg has spoken of her experiences at local schools and organizations, including La Costa Canyon High School. She now reached her dream and her book "Two Sisters" has been published through the Library of the Holocaust and is available on Amazon.com Krancberg is now 96 years old and has lives at Seacrest Village in Encinitas. SOMMERLIER DINNER On April 7, 2016 Chandler's Carlsbad at Cape Rey Carlsbad, 1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad, will partner with four wine experts for a Sommelier Wine Dinner, a four-course meal hand-crafted by Chef Teri McIllwain. Beginning at 6:30, enjoy pairing of Chandler's coastal-inspired cuisine with handpicked wine from the restaurant's newly revamped wine cellar. Experts will be on hand during the evening to discuss his pairing choice and current wine trends. Cost is $75 per person. Make reservations at (760) 602-0800 or info@caperey. com.

50 YEARS OF SERVICE The Optimist Club of Carlsbad “The Achievers” recently honored a long time members Val Amaya. Val has been an active member of the club for 50 years. Amaya has been and is still active in The Special Olympics, including tennis, swimming and other athletic events.

NOONAN NAMED PRINCIPAL San Marcos resident Matthew Noonan, RHU, CIC, CHRS, CCWS, has been promoted to a Principal of Cavignac & Associates, a San Diego-based risk management and insurance brokerage firm. Noonan joined Cavignac & Associates in 2007 as an account executive in the agency’s Employee Benefits Department, and NEW MEMBER TO has played a critical role in CRT The Chairmen’s Round- the expansion and manageTable (CRT), a San Diego ment of that division. non-profit organization that provides pro-bono mentoring GET A BOOTH AT THE to CEOs of private business- FAIR Have you ever thought es in the Greater San Diego about selling something area, welcomes Carmel Val- at the Fair? Do you have ley-based Dowling & Yahnke a unique or popular item and Carlsbad-based Merid- that San Diego Fairgoers ian Properties Real Estate must have? If so, Del Mar as new members. CRT is a Fairgrounds organizers are non-profit volunteer orga- now accepting applications nization composed of more for Commercial Vendors to than 40 current and former participate in the 2016 San chief executive officers. Diego County Fair. The Fair runs for 26 days. All Vendor NEW BOUTIQUE FOR applications and details are SISTERS TRE’s passion for online at sdfair.com/concesfashion began in Del Mar, sions. California over 35 years ago SPICE UP THE MENU when Bobbi Martini opened Dream Dinners, a meal-asher first The Rare Earth bou- sembly company, celebrated tique. Now known as TRE its move from Carlsbad to Boutique, sisters Sheree Vi- 339-A N. El Camino Real, hon and Rochelle Johnson Encinitas with a grand rehave stores in both Del Mar opening. The new location and Encinitas. Their newest has better visibility and imlocation, TRE Boutique at proved parking. NEW STOREFRONT AT PLAZA Kitchell, an Arizona based construction company, is the latest tenant to join Del Mar Plaza following Made in Earth US and Fine Magazine. Kitchell is scheduled to open in its new location on the Plaza Level in summer 2016. For more information, visit delmarplaza.com.

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Scouts announce 2016 Cool Women REGION — Three North Coastal residents are among Girl Scout’s San Diego’s Cool Women of 2016. Debra L. Reed of Rancho Santa Fe, Darcy C. Bingham of Del Mar, and Erica Ollmann Saphire, of Solana Beach, were honored in March. Girl Scout Elizabeth Hosie of Vista was named the Cool Girl of 2016. “We’re proud to honor these exemplary women for their extraordinary leadership and community service,” said Jo Dee C. Jacob, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts San Diego. “Our Cool Women’s personal and professional lives make them consummate role models for girls.” Girl Scouts San Diego board member Julia Brown (a Cool Woman in 2005) and Joye Blount (a 2013 Cool Woman) co-chaired the 16th

annual event. During the ceremony, a Cool Woman alumna introduced each awardee. Bingham is a self-defined “philanthropreneur” who empowers young people to access college educations. Bingham serves as a UCSD trustee and Student Foundation chairwoman, and is a past-chairwoman of the Undergraduate Scholarship Council. Reed is chairwoman and CEO of Sempra Energy. Today, as one of just 23 women heading a Fortune 500 company, Reed oversees 17,000 employees and nearly $40 billion in assets. To learn more about Girl Scouts San Diego, visit sdgirlscouts.org or contact Blanca Santos at bsantos@sdgirlscouts.org or (619) 610-0757.


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Educational Opportunities An Attractive Option at a Fraction of the Cost Sugeily Cervantes was living in Rancho Santa Fe with an aunt and uncle when she enrolled at MiraCosta College’s San Elijo Campus in the fall of 2014. “Two of their three kids went to MiraCosta and they just loved it,” Cervantes said. “They wanted me to have the same opportunity to go to a great college.” Cervantes, who transferred to UC Irvine and is on her way to earning a master’s degree in educational leadership, is not alone. MiraCosta College is providing an appealing option for students in some of North County’s pricier ZIP codes, and one in eight MiraCosta College students who graduated in 2015 are graduates of high schools in the southern, more affluent areas of the district. “Not all students are ready to move across the country when they graduate high school, and MiraCosta offers them a valuable alternative,” said Rick Schmitt, superintendent of the San Dieguito Union High School District. “Aside from the economics involved, you get an outstanding education, have courses with small class sizes, and you’re in a very supportive environment.” Anthony Koutoufidis agrees. He could have attended almost any university on his list when he graduated from Torrey Pines High School in June of

Why spend $40,000 a year for a school when you could get a comparable education at MiraCosta?”

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group hosts two speakers starting at 1 p.m. April 1, at the college’s Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. Bldg. #1000. Ray Ashley, CEO of the Maritime Museum, and at 2:30 p.m. Arne Nelson, CEO of the USO San Diego. Purchase a $1 parking permit at the machine in Lot 1A, and park in lots 1A or 1B. Visit miracosta.edu/life or call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6972.

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Sugeily Cervantes Former MiraCosta student

2004, but the Carmel Valley resident opted for MiraCosta College instead. “It just made sense,” said Koutoufidis, who now works as manager overseeing clinic operations at Scripps Coastal Medical Center in Solana Beach. “I didn’t want to go into debt, and I was able to take all the classes I needed before transferring to UC San Diego.” In fact, MiraCosta College has one of the highest transfer rates to the University of California out of all the community colleges in San Diego County, and nearly half of all MiraCosta College transfer applications to the UC system in the fall of 2016 were for STEM majors. Koutoufidis saved thousands of dollars by taking his prerequisite courses – including biology, organic chemistry, physics and

APRIL 1 SUPPORT FOR PARENTS A new support group has formed for parents of young adults, ages 18 to 24 years old, who struggle with progressing toward independent living, college or jobs because of a developmental disability. Meet- STARGAZERS ings are once a month on MiraCosa Wednesday evening at 7 ta College p.m. Call Leslie Fellman hosts Star at (619) 990-0922 to learn Nights, with more. astronomical observing LIFE LECTURES The from 8 to 10 LIFE Lectures at MiraCosp.m. April ta College lifelong learning 1 and every

calculus – at MiraCosta College instead of UC San Diego. “They were rigorous courses,” said Koutoufidis, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. “But you get more of a one-on-one education and all of the support you need. You’re not just a number stuck in a large class.” Cervantes made the most of her MiraCosta College experience. After enrolling at the San Elijo Campus, she became active in student government and was elected vice president of the San Elijo Campus. She graduated with an associate degree in sociology in 2014 and transferred to UC Irvine. She graduates this spring and will pursue a master’s degree in education administration. “To be honest with you, I actually liked MiraCosta College better than UC Irvine,” Cervantes said. “If I could have earned my bachelor’s degree at MiraCosta, I would have never left.” MiraCosta College last year secured the green light to host a pilot baccalaureate program in the burgeoning field of biomanufacturing. The first cohort of students is set to enroll in the fall of 2017. “I would recommend MiraCosta to anyone,” Cervantes said. “Why spend $40,000 a year for a school when you could get a comparable education at MiraCosta?”

first Friday and Saturday of the month on the baseball field, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. Park in Lot 4C and walk to field. For more information, go to miracosta.edu and click on the “Observing” link. APRIL 2 WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS MEET The Catholic Widows and Widowers, a support group for Coastal and Inland ladies and gentlemen who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will see “Skin Deep” at Scripps Ranch Theater, Scripps Ranch on April 2, dance at the Elks Club with happy hour to follow at the Brigantine Restaurant, Escondido on April 3 and attend the “Flamenco Arana” concert at the Center for the Arts, Escondido on April 6. Call (858) 674-4323 for reservations.

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will meet at 6 p.m. April 6 at the Palomar Estates East Clubhouse, 650 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd., San Marcos. For more information or directions email Barbara at bkhk@cox.net, call (619) APRIL 4 425-3241 or visit palomarSUMI-E ART FOR SE- modelaclub.org. NIORS Register by April 4 for the Carlsbad Senior NEWCOMERS MEET Center Sumi-e ink-wash Carlsbad Newcomers prespainting classes from ent Amy Fike Peters of 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. begin- Sempra Energy in Reguning April 6 at 799 Pine latory Affairs, at its 9:45 Ave., Carlsbad. Fee for six a.m. April 6 meeting in classes is $52.20 for resi- Heritage Hall, Magee Park, dents and $58 for nonresi- 2650 Garfield St., Carlsbad. For more information, visit dents. For more informa- carlsbadnewcomers.org. tion, visit carlsbadca.gov/ parksandrec and click the APRIL 7 4-H GOLF TOURNEY “Adults 50+” button or call The San Diego County (760) 602-4650. 4-H youth organization is looking for sponsors for its APRIL 5 MAKE SOME HISTO- upcoming 4-H Golf TourRY Visit the San Diegui- nament April 30 at Castle to Heritage Museum, 450 Creek Golf Course, 8797 Quail Gardens Drive, ev- Circle R Road, Escondiery Saturday and Sunday, do. Tournament Title sponnoon to 4 pm. Free. For more sors ($1000), Tee/Special information, call (760) 632- Event sponsors ($150), awards and prize sponsors 9711. should contact Pawscout@ yahoo.com.

WOMEN HELPING WOMEN The nonprofit Helping Women Help Themselves (HWHT) helps women own and operate their own small business. HWHT offers education through local seminars 10 a.m. to noon April 2 at the Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave. and again 10 a.m. to noon May 14 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. HWHT provides APRIL 6 on-going business support CARS AND FUN The and one-on-one consulta- Palomar Model A Ford Club

MARK THE CALENDAR STAY HEALTHY, MY FRIEND Registration is open for the 2016 Healthy Aging Conference hosted by the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center April, 22 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, in Rancho Santa Fe. Register by April 18 online

at goo.gl/fbUVuW or call (858) 756-3041. The conference registration fee is $20 and includes lunch. For more information about the Senior Center, visit rsfseniors.org. AAUW ADDRESSES SEXUAL ASSUALT Members of the Del Mar-Leucadia Branch of the American Association of University Women invite the public and local school and college Title IX Coord i nators to join them from 10 a.m. to noon April 9 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park, Encinitas, to hear Melissa Swartz discuss “Title IX Advocacy and Action: Your Role in Sexual Violence Prevention,” as part of National Sexual Assault Awareness month. GARDEN TOUR Get tickets now for the California Native Plant Garden Tour in the downtown Oceanside at 2 p.m. April 10. Plant experts will lead a 1.5-mile walking tour starting from St. Mary's School parking lot, 515 Wisconsin Ave., Oceanside. The guided walk is free. Call (760) 439-2473 or visit BVAudubon.org or OCNA101.org.


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APRIL 1 OPEN CASTING CALL There will be an open casting call from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 1 at the Civic Center Library, 330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside for non-actors and actors for paid positions, stand-ins, body doubles and background, ages 9 and up for an upcoming “Animal Kingdom.” For more information, visit centralcasting.com. FOREIGN FILMS Carlsbad Foreign Film Fridays presents Behind the Sun (Brazil, PG-13, 2001, 100 min.), screens at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 1 at the Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad, in its original language with English subtitles. Admission is free. BAJA BUGS AT CAR SHOW The Baja Bugs Beatles Tribute band will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. April 1 at the Cruis’n Grand Car Show, and every first Friday of the month through September at Maple Street and Grand Avenue, Escondido. FIRST SUNDAY MUSIC Therianthrope, a musical duo of nylon string guitarist, Dusty Brough and tabla percussionist, Miles Shrewsbery will perform for the First Sunday Music Series at 2 p.m. April 3 at the Encinitas Library Community Room, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. For more information, call (760) 753-7376 or visit encinitaslibfriends.org. ‘BIG RIVER’ New Village Arts will preview “Big River” April 1 through April 8, at 2787 State St., Carlsbad, with reserved seats or pay-as-you-can at newvillagearts.org. APRIL 2 MOVING ART MiraCosta College presents the dance performance, “Physical Frequencies,” at 7:30 p.m. April 2 in the Theatre Bldg. 2000, Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive. All seats, $10. Children under the age of 5 are not admitted to dance performances. For additional information about the 2014 Dance Performances, call MiraCosta College Performing Arts Department at (760) 757-2121, ext. 6526 or 6302. APRIL 5 ART OF OIL Through April 5, artist Karen Angelia Kohlberg, presents “Conscious Evolution,” a show of oil paintings inspired by the Bhagavad Gita at the Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive. Visit Karenangelia.com. APRIL 6 LOCAL ARTISTS PLAY Wednesdays@Noon concerts presents flutist Beth Ross Buckley and guitarist Peter Sprague, at noon April 6 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. For more information, visit Encinitasca.gov/WedNoon or call (760) 633-2746.

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ESCONDIDO — A popular reality TV show is getting the Escondido treatment. The inaugural of “Dancing With Our Stars” at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido has enlisted nine local “stars” for the fundraiser set for 7:30 p.m. April 2. Comedian Dallas McLaughlin will emcee the event, while tickets run from $27 to $55 for general admission and $175 for VIP, which includes premium seating, dinner and early bidding in the silent auction. Indian opera singer Priti Gandhi of the San Diego Opera will act as the celebrity hostess for the VIP dinner, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the center’s education and community outreach programs. According to Jennifer Pena, development manager for the center, the goal is sell out the 1,500-seat concert hall. “We haven’t had a fullscale gala in a few years, and we wanted to bring one back,” Pena said. “At this point, our biggest push and focus is on ticket sales. It’s very different than selling a show because we are relying on the dancers to reach out to their contacts.” To organize the event, Pena and her colleagues reached out to officials in Grass Valley in Northern California. From there, the Escondido contingent was able to formulate its own plan. All the stars were confirmed by Dec. 1, although

California Center for the Arts, Escondido has enlisted nine local “stars” for the fundraiser set for 7:30 p.m. April 2. Courtesy photo

the marketing aspect was a new challenge. Pena said this unique event brought about several obstacles in how to spread the word, along with creating more than just a dance competition. “If you don’t know somebody or are invested in the center, it’s a difficult sell,” she added. “San Diego is a huge last-minute ticket crowd … so that’s how this is shaping up to be. Our VIP tickets are selling well. We pushed a lot through grassroots efforts.” In addition, the push to gather sponsors was also a challenge, although the center has secured several since its initial announcement of the event. “They were kind enough to talk us through the ropes and show us their outline,” Pena added. “We had great success in reaching out to people as ‘celeb’ dancers to the point where we even had a waiting list.”

to be a police officer and firefighter for a day. As for the sponsorships, Pena said 12 have been secured. “That has been a really positive thing,” she explained of the sponsors. “Same thing with finding the dancers. Judges, the same thing.” The featured dancers, or stars, include Allison Andrews, director of Fashion Week San Diego; Jeanelle Brecht, vice president of BMW/Mini Escondido; Frank Foster, co-founder of A Step Beyond; Lori Holt-Pfieler, former Escondido mayor and president and CEO of San Diego Hab-

The dancers will compete in two disciplines, Pena said, which include ballroom and freelance routines. After confirming the dancers, Pena said the plans for the evening began to take form. A live and silent auction were added, a VIP dinner, landing McLaughlin as the emcee and securing sponsors followed. The silent auction is slated for 6:30 p.m. and is open to all attendees, while the live auction will be after the show with the grand prize of Guns and Hoses, which will allow the winner

itat for Humanity; Dana Moen, principal of Classical Academy High School; Mike Morasco, deputy mayor of Escondido; Trish Sanderson, community director of Yelp.com; Kevin Svetich, owner of CLU Insurance & Investments; and Jim Weise, executive director of the Escondido Community Child Development Centers. Partnering with the stars will be dancers from PGK Dance Project, Tierra Caliente Academy and the Performing Arts Workshop. The judges include Stone Brewing Co. Community Relations Manager Chris Cochran, Jean Isaacs of San Diego Dancer Theater and Jodi Kodesh of KNSD NBC 7 San Diego, to name a few. Like any competition, there are those who are in it to win and others, such as Svetich, who is out to have a good time and support the cause. Svetich is paired with Alyssa Junious and said the preparation has been difficult and eye opening. Admittedly his partner will carry the load, but Svetich said he hopes to surprise friends and family with his newfound moves. “My previous dance experience includes high school prom, ‘80s disco music and several wedding receptions,” he joked.

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Baby Boomers Benefit From Knee Arthritis Treatments Their Parents Could Only Dream About How Cutting-Edge Treatments and Technology Are Helping Knee Arthritis Sufferers Avoid Knee Replacement Surgery and Stay Active In Their 50’s, 60’s, 70s and even 80s San Diego County - Nothing is more true. A life with constant pain is not a life worth living. And if you can’t stay active and do all the things you love - like walking, playing golf, tennis, vacationing etc. it’s not really a life at all. It Is More Like a Prison And for generations, knee arthritis has given good, hard working people a life sentence of pain and suffering. To make things worse, some companies only add to the pain by promising wonder cures and delivering junk. Newspapers, radio, late night television and your mail box are filled with “natural arthritis cures” that make wild claims and sound too good to be true. Because They Are Let’s be honest. Have any of those wonder supplements or “secret” treatments worked... even a little? Nothing is worse than getting your hopes up - spending your hard earned money - only to be let down time after time. It Is Easy To Give Up But while these companies are peddling “wonder cures,” real doctors and researchers were hard at work trying to discover a real medical solution. Modern medicine eradicated small pox and polio. Through laser eye surgery, doctors can give almost blind people perfect 20/20 vision. The potential cures on the horizon with breakthroughs like stem cell therapy are endless. So Why Not Solve The Riddle Of Arthritis Pain? For the past several years, that’s exactly what a medical clinic in San Diego, CA has been doing. Osteo Relief Institute has been able to help thousands and thousands of knee arthritis sufferers with cutting-edge treatments and technology older generations could only dream about. One of these treatment in particular has helped thousands of patients ease or eliminate pain and go back to doing their favorite activities like: walking, playing golf, tennis and many more. The treatment is called viscosupplementation. But wait. This is NOT the typical viscosupplementation. So if you are one of the many knee arthritis sufferers who already had viscosupplementation and did not get great results - what you are about to discover will be very important. It might get you out of pain. Here is why: During viscosupplementation, a special lubricating gel is put directly into your arthritic knee joint. This not only helps the knee joint to glide more smoothly, it acts as a cushion and protects the joint. If is often referred to as “joint oil.” In many cases, when done properly, this can lessen or even eliminate knee pain for up to 6 months or more. And even better - if this treatment works for you the first time - it can be repeated six months later and the results are often better.

dure without this advanced imaging... or if it was only used in the beginning... there is a good chance you did not get the results you could without good results. and should have. Many patients who Clearly, techdid not have good results nology is only elsewhere are now able get as good as the doctors using it... A Big Decision: Baby boomers now have more And experience scientific medical options to help relieve knee matters... arthritis pain than ever before. Choosing the right Everyone knows that spedoctor and treatment can be the difference between cialists are better a pain-free future or one filled with misery and than a “jack of suffering. all trades” when it comes to medical very favorable results because of the procedures. That’s why, if you need advanced technology and procedures heart surgery, you go to a heart surat Osteo Relief Institute. geon... not a general practitioner. Many patients are able to cancel At Osteo Relief Institute you will knee surgery and others go back to the be seen by actual Medical Doctors active lifestyle they had before it was who are specially trained in this stolen by all the pain. procedure... do it every day... and see How To See If The Experts At Osteo thousands of patients every year. Relief Institute Can Help You The latest technology combined If you have knee arthritis pain and with experienced and skilled doctors would like to see if this treatment can helps get the best result possible. help you - the experts at Osteo Relief Who Is This Treatment For? Institute would like to give you a This treatment is not for everyone. complimentary screening. But it is for a lot of people who suffer This screening will help determine with knee arthritis. Especially if you if you are a candidate for treatment and also gives you a chance to get your questions answered. If you are a candidate, you will leave knowing that you found a possible way to lessen or even eliminate your knee pain for 6 months or more. There is no obligation and if you are not a candidate - the doctor will help you find the best doctors and What Knee Arthritis Treatment treatments for your individual case. For your complimentary screening Do Doctors Choose For Themselves? call 619-722-3284. But if you want When choosing a knee arthriically for me on all occasions. So, a screening, we recommend calling tis treatment - would it help to that brings, if you will, a personal right now. Due to time limitations, know what treatment some doctors bias in that it worked so good for Osteo Relief Institute can only offer choose? me that I’m anxious to use it for my a limited number of screening per A respected and published physi- patients.” month. Osteo Relief limits the numcian treats knee arthritis patients and He also published a study in the ber because they believe in giving here is what he stated about treatJournal of Managed Care Pharmaevery patient the individual time they ment with viscosupplementation on cy that found that 75% of patients deserve. his own knees: “So, I’ve subsequent- who thought they needed total knee If you have ever been to a doctors ly gotten a total of three courses (of replacement 3.8 years later still had office and been rushed or treated like treatment) and it’s worked dramatnot had surgery after this treatment. a number - Osteo Relief is different. Osteo Relief Institute is often called a “throwback” to the old days would like to avoid total knee replaceThe only way to know for sure of medicine. Before the days when ment surgery and possibly lessen or if the procedure was as accurate as HMO’s and insurance companies (and possible - and the lubricating gel went eliminate your pain. now Obamacare) turned medicine into This treatment may help you if precisely into the joint space - is to a business and doctors just trying to you have knee pain due to arthritis. It use the digital imaging during the get paid. may also help you if you do not have entire procedure. If you are looking for a statevisible signs of arthritis on x-ray. You can actually see the lubricatof-the-art medical clinic with “old Studies show that arthritis is present ing gel as it goes where it is needed. long before it can be seen on x-ray. In school” ethics and values and treats If you did not actually see it on patients like the good ‘ole days... fact, the sooner you start this treatthe digital imaging screen - you do Osteo Relief Institute is for you. ment the better. So, if you have knee not know for sure if you actually Just call 619-722-3284 and secure pain - seeing one of the specially got the proper treatment. your no obligation screening before trained medical doctors at Osteo ReAt Osteo Relief we make sure someone else gets your spot. lief Institute could be the answer you and use special digital imagining is The risk is nothing. The potential used THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE are looking for. is getting your pain-free life back. This is important - this is esPROCEDURE. Not just in the beginTreatment is covered by most insurpecially for you if you have had ning. ance and Medicare. If you have already had this proce- viscosupplementation in the past But It CanBe Tricky The key t o this treatment being successful is actually getting the special lubricating gel directly into the joint where it can go to work. That’s why the doctors at Osteo Relief Institute use very advanced digital imaging that allows them to see directly into the joint and make sure the lubricating gel “hits the spot” and the treatment has the best odds for success. Studies show that doctors doing these types of procedures without this special imaging actually miss the joint space up to one third of the time! Why Treatment Can Fail This is why viscosupplementation can fail for some people. It is also why many knee arthritis sufferers come to Osteo Relief Institute after failed treatments elsewhere... and are finally able to get relief. It is not uncommon for patients to travel up to 3 hours or more for the advanced treatments given at Osteo Relief Institute. Do Not Be Fooled ONE BIG MISTAKE a doctor can make is to use digital imaging or ultrasound to mark the knee and then shut off the imagining and then not use it during the treatment procedure. This means the doctor did not actually see if the lubricating gel went where it was supposed to.


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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- A partnership is favored. Sharing your ideas and plans for the future will help you come to an agreement with someone you want to spend more time with.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Look for alternative ways to put your skills to good Size up your professional situation and use. Don’t be daunted by someone’s negdetermine your best plan of attack when ativity or lack of help. Do your own thing it comes to dealing with people who can and reap the rewards. influence your future. Make a sacrifice if it SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- You’ll means you can add more skills and edu- have an impact on the people you encation to your resume. counter. If you share your thoughts, the ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- If someone is being difficult, walk away. It’s important to focus on what you can do, not what you are unable to do. Be positive and make changes that encourage personal growth.

collaboration that unfolds will become a valuable venture. A romantic development will make your day.

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solute privacy of your personal affairs. One of your ideas will lead to a window of opportunity. Romance is encouraged.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -Don’t take the blame for someone else’s mistake. Protect your reputation by being TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- If you em- precise and honest. Don’t be tempted by brace a challenge, you will make a lasting a lofty scheme. A physical risk will result impression. Your ability to be diplomatic in injury. yet firm will give you the edge and put you CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Make in a position of power. a financial change that ensures the ab-

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Strive to be your best. Personal growth will unfold if you read a self-help book or engage in CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Share your something that updates your awareness feelings and be willing to compromise if it or improves your look or appeal. will help you get ahead. Love is encour- PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- The unfaaged, and making a romantic gesture will miliar will draw you in. You’ll be tempted be well received. to indulge in pastimes that can be costly.

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was 12, and an honorable mention goes to Pandora’s for amazing pizza.” Nice picks Kelli, I will have to revisit the Karina’s California burrito though, I’ve been stuck on Juanita’s version for so long that it’s time to mix it up. Becca Gherardini is another one of the fine design consultants and framers and a local’s local, having grown up in Leucadia. Her thoughts on the changes under way in Leucadia are spot on: “I’m old school, so as Leucadia slowly gentrifies, I feel a responsibility to stay true to the Leucadia ‘funk’ I grew up in. That being said, I depend on Captain Keno’s and the Pannikin to always make me feel at home. It’s certainly not farm-to-table, but at Captain Keno’s if you’re hungry all you need is literally $5. Plus, they have been there for 70 years! Just north of there is a big

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yellow train station built in 1888. That’s where the Pannikin has been serving fabulous coffee and tea and their house made muffins are simply the best. Make sure to ask for them toasted! I always drip their free honey all over mine. If you want eggs, go for the Greek eggs...they are as consistent as it gets.” Wow, so cool that you share my affinity for Keno’s. That was one of my favorite columns to write and still my go-to place to get funky in Leucadia. Owner Morgan Mallory steers the ship at Corner Frame shop and lives in Cardiff with his wife, Brenda Dizon. He is a self-proclaimed “Carcadian,” which is a new one to me and I love it. He has been eating lunch in Leucadia for over 30 years and, as he put it, “is still hungry.” Having been in the area for so long, Morgan had a lot to share on past and present eating options

in the area: “In younger years, I would start off with a big-o-breakfast at Little Moore and Mison and Hon would take good care of me and sweet Roz would fill my coffee cup. Now I make a massive yummy, healthy, fresh fruit and soy smoothies for my wife and me. Then, I admit, I’ve been known to stop at VG’s or Leucadia Doughnuts and drink the smoothie later. There are meals I miss from restaurants that are no longer around like an Angelina’s calzone, Sub Palace subs or Birdhouse gyro or kabob plate. Over the years, Leucadia has nurtured appreciation for good food as it has for good art. We are always more than satisfied when we get Fish 101, treat ourselves to Le Papagayo or pick Pandora. Or the No. 69 in top 100 best of Saveur magazine, the soup at LaEspecial Norte. Thanks Angel. I can’t forget to mention Haggo’s as a fresh and healthy, yummy option as well.

purchased land for vineyards and a Persian style winery. He opened just a few months ago, making Fazeli the 10th winery on the trail. “We enjoy many celebrations and special events as well as our carefully crafted wines that are mostly blends with great stories to tell,” he said. “Fazeli has daily food service from noon to 5 p.m. with a menu that pairs well with all of our wines. We produce 15,000 cases currently, 16 reds, five whites and one rosé.” When you visit, try the 2012 Shiraz (same as Syrah) with its silky, black current with accented vanilla ($48.) See more at fazelicellars.com. Next to Fazeli on the De Portola Trail is Robert Renzoni Vineyards with predominantly Italian style wines that were featured in last week’s top eight great tastes for 2016. These wines

are true to form with abun- distilleries, with lectures dance of old world flavors. and tastings. Each course Robert especially spends a is five weeks, three hours a lot of time and energy on his day, one day a week. First blends, reflecting his fami- class will be Foundations of ly’s heritage along the Adri- Wine, Thursdays, June 2 to atic coast. Brunello, the elite June 30. For more informaSangiovese clone from the tion on dates and locations, south of Tuscany, plays a ma- call (800) 500-9377, or visit jor role in the wines he pro- csusm.edu. duces. Learn more at rober trenzonivineyards.com. Wine Bytes Our next stop was The Twenty/20, at the SherCave at Oak Mountain Win- aton Hotel in Carlsbad, ery and a visit with owner presents Tapas night startValerie Andrews. It was with ing April 7 from 5:30 to 8 a sense of great pride that p.m. Live Spanish guitarist. she explained that “Steve Tapas cooking on the terrace. my husband and winemak- For more information call er, did most all the custom (760) 827-2500. Sbicca’s in Del Mar is design and creation of the 10,000 square foot cave, over planning a wine and food 100 feet below ground with a experience: comfort food 65 degree temperature and and California classic wines, no air conditioning energy April 9 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. lost. “ Other energy saving Multi-course pairings, served techniques with water and family style with five wines lighting make this an envi- served; $75. Details at (858) ronmental triumph. All wine 442-2749. barrels are stored in the The Rhone Valley, Cave, and all banquets and Provence and the French food service are offered in Riviera are explored at the Cave. 6,500 cases were RELM Wine & Beer Bistro’s made last year, including two “meetups” in Carlsbad, small lots of sparking wine. April 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. and All operations are family April 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. Sommanaged. The full story is at melier Dave Andersson will guide guests through paired oakmountainwinery.com. I was happy to introduce tastings of the areas versus Wendy Evers, the new exec- similar domestic wines. There will be a selection utive director of program development at Cal State Uni- of cheeses and charcuterie, versity in San Marcos, to the plus a travel discussion; $35. De Portola Trail wineries. Pre-register at tamaraegoldShe presented the new en@gmail.com. CSUSM Professional Certificate for Wine, Beer and SpirFrank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur its Specialist program, which will allow adults to develop certified by Wine Spectator. and strengthen their skills He is one of the leading wine and pursue careers within commentators on the web. these growing industries. View his columns at tasteofIt will be unique be- winetv.com and reach him at cause classes will be held at mangiompc@aol.com. Follow the wineries, breweries and him on Facebook.

Or if we can’t decide whether to do Italian or Chinese, we can do both at once at Chinatown, only in Leucadia.” Morgan, did you see my recent column on the Chinese/Italian combo at Chinatown? Only in Lecuadia is correct! Thanks to the funky cool crew at Corner Frame Shop & Leucadia Art Gallery for their fun contributions to Lick the Plate this week. Stop in and say hi to this talented team and keep them in mind for all your framing needs. They are located at 1038 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas. David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative an Encinitas based integrated marketing firm. He also hosts Lick the Plate Radio that airs Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. on FM94/9, Easy 98.1, and KSON. Reach him at david@artichoke-creative. com or (858) 395-6905.

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looking closer at the trees that have suffered from drought and other elements. When a decline in the health of a tree is noted, it is followed closely for some time noting if it is able to rebound. If unable, it is listed for removal to enhance fire safety. And more so, in instances where the tree could hinder an evacuation route. In addition, Keene noted how the water culture is changing the landscape of the Ranch. “Our biggest goal right now is trying to adapt to the changing water culture. Tree management going

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vote in May — the same ballot in electing new board members for the RSFA. Major amendment highlights include removing the process in requiring residents to register to vote, giving each property two votes, and

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President of the board, Todd Frank, that blacktop solar panel renderings from the ground would still be done. During the middle of the board meeting, the board of trustees and attendees had the opportunity to hear seventh grader Sofia Symon, winner of the recent speech contest redeliver her winning dialogue. The topic was on children with special needs and was entitled, “They’re just like us.”

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at the RJ Donovan Correctional Facility. Shultz shared that inmates are taught TLCAD’s curriculum of positive reinforcement training by their training staff. In 2007, TLCAD was granted with international accreditation by Assistance Dogs International (ADI). “The POOCH dogs are also taken out of the prison twice weekly by our training staff, for exposure to many public venues and normal life situations to make them a better service dog,” Shultz said. “TLCAD will be starting its second prison program this month in northern California.” The ability to give a rescued dog a second chance at being a service dog is an extraordinary opportunity. Shultz shared that the cost to train a dog from puppyhood for the first two years of its life calculates to $28,000. “The time for a rescue dog would be half or less, at a lower cost,” she said. “TLCAD has never charged the client for a service dog and re-evaluates the placed dog annually for the working life of the dog to make sure it is working to its full potential.”

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nold Keene, executive director of the RSF Garden Club Erin Browne, Conor Lenehan from the RSF Fire Protection District, principal Kim Pinkerton from the RSF School District, and Melanie Conomikes and Laurie Broedling from Tree San Diego, and general manager of SFID Michael Bardin, and more. One of the many topics discussed was how it was important to continue watering trees to keep them alive. Conomikes of Tree San Diego suggested implementing a water budget and to use that budget for the best allocation. Bardin commended

eliminating the nominating committee. “We’ve made a lot of changes in these documents,” said Wasserman, adding how when one change was made more changes needed to be made in the following pages. “It’s really an updated document that the Association can be

very proud of when it is completed.” Wasserman described the changes as nothing “remarkable,” but there would be a summary sheet explaining to members what the proposed changes were because the document does have numerous red lines, which may be challenging to read.

When Symon finished, she was congratulated with applause and kudos. During the course of the meeting, the board also unanimously approved a consulting agreement with Barbara Swovelin, a retired English teacher from Torrey Pines High School to review their sixth to eighth grade English curriculums. It was Delaney who initiated the idea. “I think it’s in our best interest to periodically take a look and review different parts of the curriculum and how they measure up to outside of Rancho Santa Fe,”

said Delaney, adding how Swovelin had more than 30 years’ experience and is a phenomenal teacher. “I called her and asked her if she would be willing to come in and take a look at our English department.” Delaney said the advantage would be a fresh pair of eyes. Swovelin agreed and so did the board. Delaney shared at first Swovelin did not want to charge the school but Delaney insisted. Swovelin reduced her price to $80 per hour and the contract would not exceed $3,500.

CONE and Beckman. Bardin agreed that irrigation practices, choosing the right trees for the objective needed and being water efficient was key. “That’s why we’re in the room,” said Bardin, noting how reforesting was about the right trees for the future. “So I think you have the right players in this room.” Beckman thanked Bardin and said from the very start of CONE, they invited Bardin and it has been a very collaborative process. “We need to work with the irrigation district,” Beckman said. “They are not the bad guys. They are doing their job with the resources they have.” During the course of the meeting, Beckman also

touched upon the success of their Jan. 23 community-wide tree planting event at Arroyo Park. The event was sponsored by CONE, Tree San Diego, and the Stanford Club of San Diego. Beckman called it an outstanding event with excellent turnout. It was a perfect footprint for more tree planting events to come. Beckman said that if they are successful with this launch and ramp it up, future planting events would be meaningful. “We ought to make it a celebration every time we do one of these and make it fun,” he said.

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vance. “Overall, I think our financial statements and financial condition are strong. As far as the 2016-17 budget process, very briefly, we’ve begun,” said Overton, adding how they have had good discussions already with the tennis and golf clubs. Overton said it was the Association’s intent to try and have internal budgets completed by the end of March so dialogues with the finance committee can begin in April.

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